After Arrianta, R5, and their former slave friend emerge from the bunker, they are greeted with silence. It seems the remaining guards have fled, leaving the plantation to the slaves—for now, at least.
Joe quietly leads them to the slave residence, and as they approach they can hear the buzz of conversation. Many frantic voices are talking at once, and though they are straining to be quiet, there is an aura of frenzy to the din. As soon as Arrianta and his companions enter the compound, a hush falls over the group.
Arrianta pauses for a moment, trying to craft his words carefully: “We have freed you, but we cannot give you your freedom. You (he points at the crowd for emphasis) have to take it! I am not here to lead you, or to become your new master, but to help you in whatever way I can. If you wish to fight, I will fight alongside you. If you wish to flee, I will do everything in my power to get you to safety. The odds are most assuredly stacked against us, but justice is on our side, and justice is a very powerful ally.” After speaking, Arrianta takes a deep breath, holding it in as he waits for the gathering to respond.
The man who risked his life to help Arrianta steps to his side. “Fellow freedmen, Arrianta has given us a great gift tonight; the gift of vengeance! For every lash, for every withheld meal, for every night spent wondering if it would be better to die, we will give that pain to the overseers one thousand times over!” He has moved forward to the center of the crowd now, and they hang onto his every word. Looks of grim determination have spread to every face.
“And when we are through, there will be no more masters on Fare!” The excited muttering explodes into cheers. Fists, farm implements, and appropriated weapons are waved in the air as the crowd swarms forward. They reach out to pat his shoulder. They touch Arrianta’s fur and R5’s dome.
The rest of the night passes in a blur with food, drink, and dancing. A wookiee woman approaches Arrianta and drags him roughly into the center of the celebration to dance. She offers her thanks only once, and then tells you where her quarters are before slipping away. R5 and a few others head off to the VAPR Moth to make a few repairs, which for once seem to go off without a hitch.