The two Rodians discovered in the escape pod, one male and one female, thanked Kess and the crew of the Krayt Fang for rescuing them. The male, Godon Netakka, claimed to have been captured by the pirates and locked in the pod. The other, a female introducing herself as Roo Bee Rey, spoke only in riddles. Her manner was peculiar and cryptic and the crew found her inscrutable. They quickly detected deception from Netakka, however, as he was carrying the mechanical key to several large glitterstim crates. He was also armed with a rare and dangerous disruptor pistol which Kess Dantares confiscated before locking Netakka in the Number Three Hold with Dobah and the Kubaz stowaway. Netakka revealed that he had, to his shame, joined Bandin Dobah’s crew under pressure after having crashed his ship in the asteroid tunnels. The crew also confined Roo Bee Rey to the hold, fearing that she may have gone mad.
A more thorough search of Dobah’s ship, The Vagrant, and the surrounding cavern revealed a few credits, a bottle of Corellian Brandy, and even more glitterstim worth tens of thousands of credits. With both Rycar and MaBeno claiming that they had underworld contacts that would buy the glitterstim, the team pondered their next move and decided to first return to Aduba III to turn in Dobah and collect the bounty, keeping the illicit spice a secret from Lokba the Hutt.
As they left the asteroid, however, they were fired upon from a small refitted Z-TIE fighter stationed on the asteroid’s surface. Captain Dantares attempted diplomacy and made contact with the ship’s pilot, agreeing to take him on board if he would come peacefully. Because his fighter was not outfitted for hyperspace travel he complied. But before he could reach the ship a second ship appearing to be a bounty hunter’s vessel swooped in and destroyed the fighter. Kess contacted the vessel and was told by it’s pilot, who appeared to be a Kubaz, that the Krayt Fang belonged to one Teemo the Hutt and to surrender immediately. Unwilling to do so, the team was forced to destroy the enemy vessel.
The Krayt Fang then proceeded to the arid world of Aduba III and Lokba the Hutt’s base of operations in a run-down former resort complex. The crew was received warmly, though they did notice some strange behavior from some of Lokba’s staff. The protocol droid C3-P9 led them to Lokba’s audience chamber where they turned in Bandin Dobah and the Kubaz. They then confronted Lokba about his neglecting to provide them with sufficient funds to purchase the Krayt Fang but he was evasive and cavalier. Lokba told them he would forgive them for their failure to officially obtain the ship if they would run an errand for him on the tiny mining planet Gavos near Nal Hutta, the capitol of Hutt Space. Lokba said that he had acquired an incredibly lucrative oridium mine on Gavos and needed a team to survey it for him. The crew agreed, and also turned over 10,000 credits worth of glitterstim if Lokba would allow them to take ownership of the Krayt Fang once they had paid the balance they owed to Damon Paris on The Wheel in three week’s time. As evening fell, the crew retired to two separate resort suites to rest and heal their wounds. Kess and Scraw took a room together while Rycar and MaBeno took another.