As the result of a zoo-based catastrophe, my players have a dewback that they want to return to the wild on Tatooine. So far, so good.
However, it’s going to turn out that the Imperial base on Tatooine’s speeders are out due to a parts shortage, so they’ve been buying up every dewback they can get their hands on to use instead. Whilst according to Legends trained dewbacks were raised from the egg, those suppliers can’t keep up and now a ranch is paying for every wild adult they can find, to sell on. If they release Daisy the dewback without fixing this problem, she’s immediately going to be caught and sold.
There won’t actually be a parts shortage- the Imperial speeder tech is lazy, and has fabricated it to get out of all the endless maintenance work, and now gets a kickback from the ranch for every dewback the Empire buys.
I’m trying to figure out ways for them to reduce the Imperial demand for dewbacks so they can safely release Daisy, like:
- Exposing the speeder tech’s scheme
- Getting Jawas or other scavengers to supply the parts instead (turns out the Imperial captain on Tatooine is a native, so he would be more willing to than you might expect)
- Discrediting dewbacks so the Empire stops using them and tries harder to get their speeders running, e.g. by organising a stampede/breakout
- Maybe the Empire’s demand is so high because they look after them poorly, and the PCs can teach them proper animal care so they don’t have to keep buying new ones
I’m a little conflicted on that last one. I’m not sure if “The empire has a big paddock of sick/lame dewbacks that will recover with proper treatment” enough, or if it kind of requires that the Empire has a big ol’ pit of dead dewbacks out back. Something about that doesn’t seem Star Warsy to me- it’s a very kind of banal, realistic animal cruelty.
Anyone have any other thoughts about how to fix this situation? And opinions on the level of animal cruelty that’s, uh, still fun?