A strange viral outbreak on the planet Chan’tak II causes alarm for Dr. Kylanth Thano and he sends out for help from Caduceus Galactic. After dispatching a containment crew, Dr. Juntah Atar, is confused that Caduceus’ efforts to help are now being turned away by a large military force quarantining the planet. No longer able to reach Dr. Thano, Juntah must turn elsewhere for answers.
Responding to the threat Caduceus sends Dr. Marqes Vaughn and his assistant M-BR-GE3, known as Ember, to try and get past the blockade to help in anyway they can. To aid them in overcoming the quarantine they enlist the help of Fin Num, a Sullustan diplomat and rebel sympathizer, Fin’s top scientist/virolgist Dr. Hans Zarkov, and Fin’s right hand human Drucilla the crazed pirate turned rebel. Tagging along, simply because is also Ratjole the orphaned Squib child.
Things look grim as even this small group of would be philanthropists are turned away by the second in command of the space station Na’zu Po’lari, a purple skinned Twi’lek responsible for the current blockade. The party manages to con their way onto the space station to refuel their ship. While aboard they uncover that the Commander of the military outpost fell ill to the mysterious disease that is afflicting the planet. Shortly after taking command Na’zu took a chunk of meteor being studied by Dr. Thano and had the doctor locked into the detention center.
Na’zu, driven mad by The Rock, planned to allow the outbreak to spread and so that all the planet’s inhabitant’s would die in order to “feed” the rock. Knowing that Thano was the only one with the power to declare him unfit for duty he’s had several soldier’s loyal to him keeping watch over the doctor. However, the PCs hatch a clever plot to spring the good doctor from the detention center utilizing the space station’s trash compactor’s.
After a quick run in with a dianoga , they manage to free the doctor who then takes control of the space station. Conferring with Doctors Zarkov and Vaughn they realize the virus is a mutated form of normally innoucuous human viruses and latching on to aliens to get them to attack and kill each other. The mutation is being caused by radiation from the meteor.
Obtaining the piece held by Na’zu Dr. Zarkov finds a way to reverse the polarity of the radiation to cure the victims. So genius is his plan that he even manages to take pieces of the rock, fuse it with a blaster pack and deliver curing stun bolts.
Interrogating Na’zu after everything has blown over only leaves them with more questions. Seeking out the answers to the origins of this strange rock our heroes now head into dead space.