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[The Rebellion]
Events that occur from 2 years before to 5 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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This story was first published in
Star Wars Adventure Journal #13:

[Star Wars Adventure Journal - issue 13]

This story is included in:

[Tales from the New Republic]

Tales from the New Republic


The Last Hand
SHORT STORY
Paul Danner
West End Games
Story published as:
Short Story (1997, 1999)

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Synopsis:
On Morado, young Nyo loses another hand of sabacc to the Herglic gambler Doune. Down to one credit, he is ready to give up, when a mysterious figure enters the room and challenges Doune to a hand. The man reveals himself to be, by all appearances, the legendary Kinnin Vo-Shay, who should be over 100 years old, or dead. With no credits to wager, Vo-Shay is snubbed by Doune, but Nyo tosses him his last credit. The game is on. When the final hand is complete, Vo-Shay and Nyo walk out with nearly 250,000 credits. Vo-Shay gives Nyo 200,000 of it, since it was based on his credit, and talks with the boy. Nyo had been in the game in order to win enough money to buy a lightsaber, a link to the Jedi he so admires, from a black marketeer on Nar Shaddaa. Vo-Shay confirms that he is the Vo-Shay of legend, but does not reveal any more. The two head together to Nar Shaddaa to purchase Nyo’s lightsaber. En route, Vo-Shay speaks with a mysterious disembodied voice, which Nyo will later hear but receive no explanation for (until later). After leaving Morado, they, aboard the Ashanda Ray, are attacked by forces loyal to Doune, but Vo-Shay and Nyo escape unscathed to Nar Shaddaa. On Nar Shaddaa, they find that the lightsaber has already been sold . . . to Doune. Doune challenges Vo-Shay to another hand of sabacc. If Vo-Shay wins, Nyo gets the lightsaber. If Doune wins, Doune can have the pendant that Vo-Shay wears and which is rumoured to be the source of his amazing luck. Knowing that even if they win, they won’t be allowed to leave with the lightsaber, Vo-Shay throws the game. Victorious, Doune simply tosses away the lightsaber (which Nyo retrieves) and heads out with his new pendant. Later, Vo-Shay comments that it’s not a lucky or mystical item at all, but his fiddling with it was simply used to distract his opponents. Doune will be in for a rude awakening when he tries to use it in a “sure” win. Nyo and Vo-Shay return to the Ashanda Ray, where Vo-Shay explains that when the Ashanda Ray was lost in the Tyus Cluster, back when he supposedly vanished for good, it was trapped between the black holes of the area, stuck in a place where time as we know it did not exist quite right. Others had been trapped there as well, including a Jedi Master named Aryzah, who helped Vo-Shay escape. Aryzah’s spirit is the ghostly companion Vo-Shay was speaking with, and she travels with him, continuing beside him on a spiritual plane, so to speak. After Vo-Shay tells Nyo this, he offers him a position as first mate. Aryzah welcomes with a kind “May the Force be with you,” to which Vo-Shay replies “ . . . you’re gonna need it.”


Chronology:
This story occurs approximately just after year after the Battle of Yavin.

Related Stories (in chronological order):

  • A New Hope
  • The Last Hand


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