Star Wars - Fires of Rebellion

The Tierfon Outpost, Part 4

The Team had finally found the Terra’kan and after the attack by the source (the giant underground desert worms) the entire Terra’kan group had departed for a safer location, bringing Buurski, Crix Vane, Kip Salvo, Kos, the Tarnished, and M@-33 along with them. They all traveled by night to avoid the desert heat, with the Terra’kan clearly being more adept at traveling across the grueling sand whereas the group of Rebels struggled, at times, to traverse the soft ground. One such Terra’kan, a young man named Mohkno, found extra delight in taunting the Rebels as he would periodically effortlessly skate by and flash a dirty look their way or spout off a jab at them. In fact, the group noticed that most of the Terra’kan seemed to look at them with dismay whenever one of the Rebels would happen to catch one of the Terra’kan looking at him.

As the group foraged ahead they began to see a glimmer of light on the horizon as night turned to dawn. Buurski, who of the Rebels seemed to have the least trouble making his way through the desert, pushed ahead to speak with the Terra’kan’s presumed leader, Taima, whom he had saved from the source earlier before their departure. Buurski asked Taima where they were going and why, and Taima responded by motioning that their destination was just a short distance ahead, a stronghold called “Feree Hold”. He told Buurski that they would have been there by now had it not been for the slow pace of his companions, and that the rest of the Terra’kan were frustrated because they felt they were being held back by having to travel with the Rebels. He told Buurski that it was there that the Terra’kan would have a discussion on whether to continue on with the Rebels or to leave them behind.

A short time later, which was fortunate since the sun had now peered over the horizon and the desert heat was beginning to become unbearable, the Terra’kan began entering an opening in the ground one at a time. The entrance was so small that the Rebels had no doubt they would have walked right past it had they not been traveling with the Terra’kan. Once inside, they were relieved to see the walkway and halls were made of stone, and it felt great to move along solid ground once again. The halls were illuminated by small lips that protruded along the walls with blue light radiating from within, and Kip investigated one such fixture to find that the blue light was emanating from stones that were hot to the touch. Too hot to hold, in fact, as Crix would find out after he tried to pick one up.

As they reached the end of the tunnel they all entered a large open room filled with Terra’kan, both those they had traveled with and others that had already been at the stronghold. As the Rebels looked around they noticed all the Terra’kan they had traveled with were wiping themselves down with clean, damp cloths. Assuming this was some kind of ritual, and wanting to respect their cultures, Buurski started to wipe himself down as well but, without having a cloth to use and using the underside of his cloak, he was getting raised eyebrows from some of the Terra’kan but they did seem to notice the effort he was making approvingly. Buurski motioned at the rest to follow suit, and they did, however Kip noticed Mohkno was nearby and since a clean cloth had not been handed out to the Rebels, Kip yanked the cloth that had been given to Mohkno out of Mohkno’s hands, which prompted them to immediately engage in a shouting match with one another. It was only a moment before Taima ended the argument with the booming sound of his raised voice.

After the altercation had ended, Taima went back to a discussion he had been having with an elderly woman. Buurski wandered over and Taima introduced him to the woman, whose name was Rosme’. Rosme’ referred to Taima as “Sha’al”, which Buurski assumed was a title, and informed him that she was the leader of Feree Hold. The spoke for a few moments and then Taima escorted the Rebels to an adjacent room where he said they would dine that evening. As they sat, much of the tension began to lift as everyone was enjoying their meals. Kip was sat next to a pretty young woman named Misky and they hit it off right away. Just a couple seats down, Crix was doing his best to hold off the advances of an older woman, without much success. As they ate, Kip realized that he was very thirsty yet there was no water in front of him. He mentioned something to Misky and she laughed as she grabbed pitched with a cloudy liquid inside and began to pour it in to his cup. The liquid, she explained was milk of the Ke’Ya (their presumed mounts), and Kip found it to be quite bitter but he drank it to quench his thirst, nonetheless.

As the plates began to clear, Buurski opened a dialogue with Taima, who was sitting directly across the round table from the Rebels, and asked where they would be going from here. Taima responded by asking if the Rebels knew what “Terra’kan” actually meant. They did not, and he told them the literal translation was “those who are of the desert”. So, he explained, that is why the presence of the Tierfon Outpost was so invasive to him and his people. Their incessant drilling and digging was affecting them at a much deeper level than the Rebels could possibly imagine. He told them that the Tierfon Outpost was actually built upon “Dory’s Spring”, and that when the Rebels first arrived the Terra’kan elders voted to allow the construction and watched, unbeknownst to the Rebels, as the Outpost was built and did not interfere with the construction. The elders had thought the Rebels’ presence would add security to Tierfon however, it turns out, they were wrong. The Rebels had been destructive, and had been drilling in to the heart of the desert and stealing its precious resources and prohibited one of the greatest sources of water in Dory’s Spring from reaching the Terra’kan.

The Rebels responded, in turn, by relaying to Sha’al Taima and the rest of the Terra’kan seated at the table that while they were of the Rebellion, they were not of the Tierfon Outpost, and that they wanted to get to the bottom of everything that was being done at the Outpost as much as the Terra’kan did. Taima took the Rebels to a room behind the dining area where there were several sacks piled high, and revealed that the contents of the sacks was the same as the spice the Rebels had been drilling for. Taima would not reveal to the Rebels what the Terra’kan used the spice for, but he did tell them that they acquired it simply by sifting the air and the sand to separate the spice out. Taima concluded by telling the Rebels he believed that they were different and they wanted to help, and that he had decided to take them to meet with the Terra’kan elders, the Ha’Kam. He told them they would depart the next day and that, for now, he needed them to rest and stay out of any conflicts.

The Rebels dispersed and Buurski left the group to meditate near the entrance to the stronghold and reflect on everything he had learned. It was there that Buurski was somewhat started by a voice behind him, and he turned to find Rosme’ standing there. Buurski asked her several questions about the Source and the relationship it holds with the desert and with the Terra’kon. He asked if the Source was attracted by the Force, to which Rosme’ told him that no one knew what attracted the Source. She did tell him about the legend of a man named Jake Corrall, who was said to have not only been able to tame the Source but to even ride the Source as a mount… but she said this was long ago and that no one really knows the truth of the legend any longer.

As Kip and Crix wandered the halls they were confronted by a few Terra’kan, one of which being Mohkno. He began to pick at both of the Rebels and then really started to hone in on Kip Salvo, with the two of them throwing multiple jabs back and forth as the confrontation began to quickly escalate. Eventually Kip’s words became too much for Mohkno and he challenged Kip to a (name?). Kip accepted without knowing what it was, and Mohkno told him they would engage in (name?) in 2 hours and he stormed off with his entourage. Buurski, Rasme’, and Taima had been attracted by the attention and Kip turned to find Taima’s face reddened as he explained to Kip that Kip had just accepted Mohkno’s challenge for them to duel… to the death. Taima explained that this was a sacred ritual, and that the combatants could only use a ceremonial dagger which Taima produced from his waste and handed to Kip, telling Kip that he could use Taima’s for the duel.

Kip and Mohkno met in a circular arena outside of the stronghold 2 hours later. Kip was a bit nervous since he was not familiar with the weapon he held in his hand, but knew he had a trick or two up his sleeve. The opening ritual completed and Mohkno did not waste any time, immediately lunging towards Kip with the blade outstretched right at Kip’s throat. Kip manages to dodge the swipe enough to keep Mohkno from slitting his throat, but the blade still connects and Kip found himself injured mere seconds in to the duel. A split second later, while Mohkno’s hand was still at neck-level on Kip, Kip reached within himself and gathered all of his hatred and anger he felt towards Mohkno into a ball of fire and imagined that ball of fire had set Mohkno’s hand ablaze. Mohkno immediately let out a yelp and dropped the blade on the sand, grimacing at the sudden searing pain he felt in his hand. He lashed out at Kip once again, this time firmly kicking Kip in the ribs with a skilled move that proved Mohkno was a more than formidable and deadly opponent, even without a blade in his hand. Kip reached down to grab the blade Mohkno had dropped and yelled out in a fit of rage as he pounced on top of Mohkno, driving both blades in to Mohkno’s gut and then ripping outwards with both hands. Mohkno ’s arms fell to his side and his whole body went limp. He would never move again.

The Terra’kon looked on at the result, shocked looks on their faces, yet the Rebels noticed that the eyes of the Terra’kon indicated there was more going on than the bloody scene in the middle of the room. Buurski reached out with the Force to a nearby Terra’kon and could hear him thinking… “The Source comes”… and Buurski yelled out to Kip to leave the arena immediately. It was only a few seconds later when the ground was rumbling so violently that many of the Terra’kon were losing their balance and falling over, and then suddenly a giant worm burst through the sand. The area had been cleared, however the worm was massive and could have easily consumed everyone observing the duel if they had still been in place. Everyone ushered back inside, where the solid stone floors would shield them from another burst if it came.

Once inside Kip handed both blades to Taima, both still covered in Mohkno’s blood, and Taima handed one back to Kip. He told Kip that Kip had earned the right to carry the blade, and that he had earned the respect of the Terra’kon at the Feree Hold, but that if other Terra’kon saw the blade on Kip’s hip he could expect more confrontations. He then told the Rebels to gather their belongings, that it was time to go. On the way out, Buurski went to Rosme’ to thank her for her hospitality and to apologize for the bloodshed. She responded by telling him that the desert was no place for the weak, and that Mohkno’s fate was his own doing. Just outside the stronghold the Rebels saw the Terra’kon loading up gear on the backs of two large, odd-looking animals… adult versions of the animal they had trapped a day prior. It was not long before the Rebels, along with a contingent of Terra’kon lead by Sha’al Taima, were on their way to see the Ha’Kam.

A few hours in to the journey the Rebels began to notice a commotion amongst the Terra’kon as they all started to look back the way they came. The Rebels, in response, looked back as well and were shocked to see a wall of tan and grey off in the distance, approaching them at a deadly pace…

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The Tierfon Outpost, Part 2

After meeting the leadership of the Tierfon Outpost, and uncovering some potentially disturbing information on the state of the Outpost and how it is being run, the Team decided to head into a nearby town with the Head of Security, Lorn Tull, to do some recruiting for the rebellion.

M@-33 noticed a group of young men ogling over some guns at a gun shack and convinced them that, if they like guns, they aught to join the rebellion. The group then looked around and saw a nearby Noodle House and decided that might be a good place to do some recruiting. M@ saw a group of teens sitting at a table so he ordered some noodles and went over to sit with them. Buurski awkwardly invited himself to join a table where a group of mean who looked to be in their 20’s were enjoying their meals. Crix Vane went to console a “damsel in distress” and quickly realized he had made an error in judgement when she became creepily clingy in her efforts to make one of the young men at M@’s table jealous. In the end, the Team ended up leaving the Noodle House with a dozen new recruits whom they sent back with Lorn Tull to the Outpost to begin their training.

As the group continued their walk-through of the town, hey noticed that they were being tailed by 3 men. Kos, the Tarnished wandered to a fruit stand near where the 3 men were loitering, with Buurski in tow. Once they were close enough, Buurski reached out gently with the Force to see if he could uncover any information about their intentions by reading the thoughts of one of the men. Buurski is able to make out a couple random thoughts… “Teemo”… “Don’t let them make a deal”… and both he and Kos head back to the group where Buurski tells the others what he “heard”. Kip Salvo approached the men and used his powers to influence them into listening to him. The men end up revealing to him that they were sent by Teemo and that one of the Rebels had made some kind of deal with Teemo. The men didn’t know anything else beyond that, however Kip told them to relay a message back to Teemo (who Kip knew) that Kip wanted to speak with him and the men left.

As the group was discussing where to go next, they received a distress call from the outpost notifying them that a skipper had been shot down nearby and they needed to head over and rescue the crew. The team followed the transponder code of the skipper and were able to hone in on its location in the desert. They arrived to find it in the center of a bowl, however the group found it very odd that there were no indications that it had been shot down. The group descended from their transport and spoke with the crew, who had hunkered down behind cover near the skipper, to find out that they were under attack by some kind of indigenous race and that they were not here because they had crashed, but that this location was actually where their mission was.

The group looked around to see several machines positioned around the perimeter, and could see glints of metal beyond them which flashed off the weapons of the attackers from the light of the sun. The crew members informed the team that the machines were actually miners, which were drilling to get ore out of the ground. There were 10 miners spread around the skipper and they needed to get as many as they could back on board the skipper before they departed. M@ proceeded to the nearest miner and is able to set the repulsion on the miner to send it straight back to the skipper. Buurski tries to muscle one of the miners back to the skipper but the miner breaks, revealing a strange powdery substance inside, and is attacked by one of the masked assailants. Buurski takes a wound but retaliates by quickly running the attacker through with his vibrosword and readies himself for the next attack. Kos also attempted to move a miner but is quickly attacked as well. He binded his assailant and removes the mask to find a human woman underneath. The rest of the attacking group stops as it turns out Kos had immobilized their leader. Kos released her, without harming her, and convinced her to make her troops stop attacking. She reveals to Kos that they were attacking to defend their land and the substance that the miners had been drilling for, which was not ore after all, and they left. The Team, too, decided it was time to depart so they headed back to their shuttle. Buurski had taken a sample of the substance that fell from his miner and gave it to M@ for analysis once they were onboard the transport. As they departed, they looked down to see a pale cylindrical form that was about 300m long breach the sand’s surface and disappear back in to the sand.

Upon analysis of the substance, M@ determined that the substance had to be some sort of hallucinogen and the group begins to piece together some illegal activity that could possible be occurring at the Outpost…

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The Tierfon Outpost, Part 1

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With the Nimble Mind destroyed and no ship currently available to assign them to, Brigadier General Antares decided to send the Team to reinforce the Tierfon Outpost, on Expansion Region planet Tierfon. The base is located in a pocket of the Grand Teraah Desert, located near one of the few oasis in the desert, sheltered in a rocky cliffside. It is a starfighter base that has lost most of its veteran soldiers and needs direction. Antares promoted all Team members to the rank of CAPT, and 1LT to Raaraa and Crix. He also gave them all the ability to requisition two aids apiece.

The Tierfon Outpost is run by Major Wurth Bellaine, Human.
Head of Security – Lorn Tull, Kel Dor
Flight Instructor – Kytra Fah, Xexto
Flight Commander – Neala Yash, Chadra-Fan
Intelligence Officer – Miwa Jonos, Bothan
Chief Physician – Tana Youth, Duros
Head Engineer – Randal Spar, Human
Quartermaster – Boc Folen, Mon Calamari

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A Favor for a Friend, Part 5

Now that the Team had successfully infiltrated the Bakura Imperial Prison, they needed to find a way to overcome the large contingent of Imperials aboard the craft as well as locate and free both Dan Sear’s parents and any other high value prisoners they could locate within the prison. In order to do that, M@-33, Gand, Raara, and Dan Sear had identified some of the gangs and their leaders and needed to convince them to help them overtake the guards.

M@ and Sear opted to try to recruit Garm Barez, the leader of the Twin Suns Gang comprised of former military… Raara sought out Lilly, the leader of the Bloody Cutters which was fully comprised of females and they were not friendly to members of the opposite sex… and Kos tracked down Koro, the leader of an exclusively Gand gang called the Clickers. All were successful through their different tactics in convincing their respective gang leaders to have their gangs back the Team’s overthrowing of the prison.

Crix Vane had escaped from his torture chamber and continued his pursuit of Dan Sear’s parents which he knew were in a nearby prisoner holding cell. As he tried to sneak through the halls he was noticed by a janitor, who turned out to be quite skilled in mop-based combat as they exchanged several blows until Crix finally arose victorious (though not without suffering several injuries along the way). Cris took the janitor’s uniform and keys and was able to access the holding cell and matched two of the prisoners inside to the photo he had on his data pad of Sear’s parents. Unfortunately, Crix’s advances through the South wing did not go unnoticed…

Suddenly the Team in the mess hall heard alarms blaring through the intercom system with notifications of a possible threat in the prisoner holding area. The Team no longer had the element of surprise and they were out of time to formulate a plan. Sear knew he needed a diversion immediately and he instructed Barez to punch him in the face… which Barez did, with exceedingly excessive force, and from there a brawl in the mess hall broke out. The Imperials were out-numbered by the Twin Suns so they called in for reinforcements from the Admin Center and the Team used the chaos to make their way to the Admin Center. Unfortunately, Sear had inadvertently engaged the wrong gang with the imperials back at the cafeteria since the Twin Suns would have offered a tactical advantage when infiltrating the center, but time had run out so they had to take their chances with the Bloody Cutters.

Amidst the commotion, Kos had been able to slip away with the Clickers, Ro’Ye, and Kilo to head towards solitary confinement to search if there were any allies there. They had previously identified one prisoner who stood out, and once in the solitary confinement area Kos was able to use a terminal to determine that prisoner was Daro. He masterly picked the very intricate and high-security lock and Daro’s cell and he and Kilo were aghast to find a beaten and tortured shell of a man who only slightly resembled Daro anymore after everything the Empire had put him through. Kos did his best to heal Daro’s wounds and then checked the manifest to see if there were any other prisoners worth saving. The only other name listed was that of Seki-Seki, a Nautolan who clearly had no love for the Empire based on her impressive body count. He was able to quickly free her as well and was more than willing to go with them once Kos told her she would get to kill Imperials if she came along.

M@, Sear, Raara, and the Bloody Cutters were now inside the Admin Center and they were putting a number on the Imperials still contained within. M@ unleashed the Bloody Cutters on the Imperials just as Kos and his group entered the Admin Center. M@ found a nearby terminal and jacked in. He was able to disable the gravitational stabilizer on the station, but Kos had to step in to re-route the fall of the station so that instead of hurling towards Bakura it was now floating towards a nearby moon. The group had an hour to get Sears’ parents and get off the ship or else they would have all perished in the crash.

As Kos surveyed the Admin Center he noticed the Garm Barez had not yet joined them and he knew he was compelled to go back and save Barez, if he was even still alive. Kos re-entered the cafeteria to find Barez and a hand full of the Twin Suns making their last stand behind a stack of tables in the corner of the room as the Imperials advanced. Kos quickly sprung into action as opened his attack with a ferocious Force harm on a cluster of Imperials. Kos, along with cover fire from the Twin Suns, took out all of the remaining Imperials and they made their way back to the Admin Center.

The Bloody Cutters’ blood-lust turned out to be much higher than anyone had anticipated, however, and the blood shed was quickly getting out of hand. Since the Cutters did not view M@ as a man, and therefore were willing to follow his command, Sear pleaded with M@ to get the Cutters under control… and M@ was about to do so until the Station’s Lieutenant pulled a weapon on M@ and M@ began to “Error”. M@’s photoreceptors turned red and the next thing Sear knew the majority of the back of the lieutenant’s head was against the wall and M@ was firing a gun protruding from his forearm at any remaining living Imperials inside the Admin Center. Between M@ and the Cutters, the scene was a massacre.

Crix had managed to disguise himself amongst the prisoners in the holding cell until a Stromtrooper came in and then he sprung in to action. He took out the Trooper, and then stripped him down and disguised himself in the Trooper’s armor, handing the Trooper’s stun gun to a burly looking prisoner in the holding cell with him. When another Trooper came in he managed to convince the other Trooper that he had orders to escort all of the prisoners to the Hangar Bay for immediate transport off of the station due because the prison was under attack. The only route from there to the Hangar Bay was through the Admin Center and none of them could believe the horror which befell their eyes when the doors slid open.

The Cutters were all frenzied with the taste of blood and they took immediately notice of the three Imperial Stormtroopers (one of them being a disguised Crix) escorting a string of prisoners when the doors opened. Sear caught the eyes of his parents only briefly before seeing the flashes of the Cutters running towards the group, and despite his shouts to yield none of the Cutters slowed their advance. The Cutters began to rip apart the two forward Stormtroopers, causing Crix to remove his helmet to reveal that he was not an Imperials, prisoner with the stun gun bravely pulled his weapon and advanced towards the group, essentially sacrificing himself for the rest of the prisoners as they fled back into the holding area in terror. Crix grabbed hold of Sears’ parents though, and ran towards the entry to the Admin Center to make way towards the Hangar Bay.

The Team knew they were almost out of time and they made their way as quickly as they could towards the Hangar Bay. They highjacked a ship and boarded, along with Sear’s parents, Daro, Kilo, Ro’Ye, Garm Barez, Seki-Seki, and all of the Clickers, to make their escape from the prison. They had escaped just in time to witness the Bakura Imperial Prison explode on the surface of the moon.

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A Favor for a Friend, Part 3

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The Team fled N’zoth incredulous of their discovery of the Sith temple and the encounter within, weary of their reunion with Kip Salvo, and stupefied after witnessing the destruction of the Nimble Mind. The myriad emotions had to wait, however, as the Sequorian I (piloted by Karreal Case (Lt, RA), with Gand and Raara as crew), the Gyft (piloted by Kip, with Dan Sear and Crix Vane manning the guns), and FAE (with M@-33 latched on tight) were all being pursued by a host of TIE Fighters. FAE veered off and fired the first shots of the encounter, as she destroys one TIE, and M@ assisted her by locating a bad motivator in another TIE and causing it to clip another TIE as it went down. Kos was able to slice into a cluster of TIE Fighters and lower their shields, opening a window for Dan Sear to fire upon the cluster and destroy several of the Fighters. The TIE Fighters were able to regroup, though, and they targeted their initial volley at the Gyft land the destruction left it powerless and floating through space. The TIEs then focus fire on the Sequorian and on FAE, with the Sequorian able to barely withstand the damage taken, but FAE is left incapacitated by a uniquely shaped TIE Fighter with curved wings.

The Team regrouped, knowing they were no match for the TIE Fighters, and determined immediate retreat was their only viable option. Kip frustratingly slammed his hands on the power controls of the Gyft and suddenly she jumped back to life, while M@ was able to get FAE back online and tap into the M@ Hive Mind to plot a course for the group to take out of the engagement. Since FAE was not equipped with a hyperdrive, she piloted herself over to the Gyft to latch on to the Gyft’s harness to be carried by the Gyft’s hyperdrive. Crix exited the Gyft to attempt to secure FAE into the harness, however he accidentally hit the emergency release and the entire harness, with FAE already attached, detached from the Gyft and began to float away from the Gyft. Kip saw the mishap and quickly navigate the Gyft back in to position over FAE and Dan Sear was able to assist Crix in getting both the harness and FAE securely fastened to the Gyft. As soon as everyone was locked in to place the Sequorian and the Gyft jumped to light speed and headed towards the Borealis system.

Once the Team left hyperspace they all gathered together on the Gyft to determine their plan of action. So far they had not had any luck locating Dan Sear’s parents and they knew they were running out of town. Dan Sear was at a loss, however Kip had linked with Sear while at the SIth Temple so he had an idea that he could try to tap back in to Sear’s mind and see if he could uncover any clues. With Sear’s permission, Kip searched Sear’s mind and found information on the Bakura Imperial prison which was nearby and the only place the Empire could have taken Sear’s parents.

Before deciding on their next move, the Team knew they needed to comm General Tantor to let him know about the destruction of the Nimble Mind and inform him of their current mission to rescue Dan Sear’s parents. General Tantor asked for the coordinates of the Nimble Mind’s remains so that he could send a team out to search for survivors or salvageable materials. He then requested the Team to report back to him at Polas Massa Base, but Kos told him they had something they needed to do first before reporting back and then ended the link.

M@-33 did an intel search to learn more about the Bakura Imperial Prison and the team is dismayed to learn that it is a heavily guarded prison with few infiltration options; none of those options being particularly realistic without being discovered. Additionally, they learned that this prison was a location the Imperials used to detain political persons and conduct interrogations. They discussed the potential for freeing additional assets from the prison as part of the rescue mission to find Sear’s parents. Due to this new information, the team decided that perhaps a mission of this level of import should be planned out and coordinated more carefully and returning to Polas Massa for reinforcements was the best move at that time. Just as they all settled on this decision, the Team heard the roar of the Sequorian’s engines and are able to glimpse out the window of the Gyft just in time to see it start to head in the direction of Bakura. They looked around and were unsurprised to find that Dan Sear was no longer aboard the Gyft. Kos quickly comm’d in to the Sequorian to try to intercept Kane and have her stop Dan Sear, but instead he heard Dan Sear’s voice on the other end condescendingly assure Kos that he had the situation under control before he cut off communications and the team watched in dismay as the Sequorian jumped to light speed and was gone.

The rest of the Team stood there momentarily in disbelief until Kos furiously proclaimed he wanted to try to beat the Sequorian to Bakura to avoid a potential disaster. The Gyft jumped to light speed but, even though it was able to stealthily drop out of hyperspace, they were unable to arrive before the Sequorian. Sear broadcasted his approach to the Gyft but the Gyft was not currently in any shape to take that course towards the prison without detection. M@ quickly got to work and was able to repair much of the damage and was also able to spruce up the ship’s heat dampeners to a point where it reduced the ship’s heat signature off the Imperial radars. They surveyed the station and were only able to identify two landing points, the landing bay or an exhaust port. The Team decides to attempt the exhaust port since the landing bay was crawling with Imperials. Since the Gyft would be too large to fit through the port, they all decided to latch themselves to FAE and make their way towards the station, because every time they latched themselves to FAE in the past it worked out exactly as they planned and nothing ever went wrong.

Unfortunately, as they navigated towards the port they are noticed by a group of TIEs on patrol. Kos was able to convince the TIEs that FAE and the group were not hostiles, that they were just doing a drill, but the result was that the TIEs offered to escort them back to the landing bay and the group had no choice but to allow the TIEs to do so. They had avoided the space battle, but they had an inevitable confrontation ahead of them at the landing bay and they were scrambling to come up with a plan to get out of it in one piece.

The diversion created by FAE had opened up a clear lane to the loading bay for the Sequorian and Dan Sear and he was able to recognize the pickle the Gyft crew had gotten themselves into. He made a quick attack plan with Karreal Case (Lt, RA) and he donned a suit and propelled himself, outside of the Sequorian, towards the prison. While he was inbound, Case fired off several shots and destroyed a couple TIEs before Case immediately hit the hyperdrive on the Sequorian and shot away at light speed before the imperials could react. Sear had undershot the opening of the bay and was clinging to side of the base, while the rest of the team used the chaos to scatter and avoid detection. M@ wandered off towards the security checkpoint, where a confused Crix hurried after him, and the rest of the team made their way towards the barracks in hopes of finding some gear to disguise themselves with. Ultimately, Sears pulls himself up the side of the station and is able to glimpse the teammates heading towards the barracks so he decides to rendezvous with them there.

Now at the security checkpoint, M@ convinced the guard that he was there to update the prison’s systems. He jacked in to the terminal but completely failed in his attempts to hack the system and the entire system crashed, causing the guard to take notice that something didn’t seem right. Now under more pressure, M@ convinced the guard he needed more time and that the shutdown was normal during an update. Crix inadvertently created a distraction for M@ as he tried to stealth his way in to the security checkpoint but he is made and all the guards trained their weapons on him. Crix raised his arms to signal that he surrendered, but one overzealous guard tells him to “stop resisting” and then bashed Crix over the head with the butt of his rifle. Crix was then handcuffed and taken deeper into the prison while M@ continued to work furiously at hacking the system.

As Kos entered the barracks his bad luck continued as he was immediately confronted by four stormtroopers. Kos looked around and saw that no one else in the barracks was paying attention to the confrontation so he held out his arm that wasn’t missing a hand and tapped in to the Force and all four of them fell like rag dolls never, hearts stopped. Raara entered the barracks at that time and two stormtroopers outside the barracks were able to catch a glimpse of what appeared to be four stormtroopers laying lifeless on the ground inside the barracks, but Raara quickly convinced them that those troopers were just sleeping off a long night of drinking. Kip, who was just outside of the barracks, sees a cluster of stormtroopers heading towards the barracks but he intercepted them and send them back to the hangar bay to check on the attack that had just occurred. The stormtroopers ran off and Kip made his way into the barracks.

Finally, Dan Sear entered the barracks where he was quickly attacked by a furious Kos. Kos swept Sear’s legs out from under him and plunged the blade of his lightsaber pike through the floor right next to Sear’s head. He made it clear to Sear that if he pulled any more stunts Kos would not hesitate to take Sear’s life. Sear indicated he understood, but that what was done was done and now they needed to work together if they were going to make it out of there. Kos pulled back his lightsaber pike, everyone in the barracks grabbed imperial gear to disguise themselves, and they started discussing a plan…

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A Short Respite

Battered, bruised, and exhausted, Crix, Buurski, M@ and Kos began heading towards the edge of the Pollis Massa system, to make contact with their rebel base, hidden amongst the dense asteroid fields that the system is well known for.

Off the distance, they saw what lookedt to be the rebel base carefully hidden on one of the asteroids, and they go in for the landing. They entered the base and are greeted by Commodore Aduro Scrye, seen accompanied by a slender Twilek at his side. The commodore introduces the Twilek woman as Raa-ra and M@ scoffs at the sight of a Twilek. He proposed that the group take Raa-ra with them as she could be a critical asset to the missions.

After the meet and greet, Buurski inquired about General Kane’s presence on the base. After hearing that she has her own quarters, they all decided to pay her a visit. First up were Buurski and Kos. Kos pulls out his most fine Carillion scotch and pours a drink for everyone in the room. They begin talking about the logistics of the Empire, the Rebellion, and the role she played in the Empire. She noted that many of the people under her command were good people, despite the malignant intentions of the empire as a whole. She has now assured the group that she is committed to their cause and will contribute any intelligence she has on the Empire.

A short while after, an angry Crix showed up at the door and forced his way in after being greeted by Kane. Kos pours him a drink, and without saying anything, he snatched it from Kos’s hands, took a sip, and slammed the glass back down on the table. With anger in his voice, he showed Kane the damage that was done to his leg. Kane, unaware of how this was her fault, facetiously comments on the injury and that while she commanded troops, what was done to him was due to the sole intent of the victimizer.

Right after this exchange occured, Crix leaves the room and Buurski and Kos followed a bit later, annoyed that Crix could ruin their chances at retaining Kane’s services. As soon as they began walking down the hallway, a loud alarm began to ring through the base.

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Assault on the Jade Moon, Part 8
The Resistance Gains Strength

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Jax jolted awake to find two stimpacks protruding from his chest. The last thing he remembered was his hovertank being overwhelmed by Imperial Stormtroopers, so he was very surprised to still be alive and staring at the faces of two medics as they were trying to examine him. He brushed them off and looked over the damage to his craft, made a few quick fixes where he could, then sent in a comm letting the Colonel know he was back in the fight. He radioed that he needed a gunner and Tyria, who had just lost her hovertank to enemy fire, was quick to volunteer for the post. Jax hit the tank into full gear and headed in her direction, towards the front line.

Buurski had just slaughtered three stormtroopers who were guarding the Command Center and stared menacingly at the fourth, and only remaining, Stormtrooper. The female Stromtrooper, Sergeant Serenko, was petrified so Buurski and Gand capitalized on the opportunity to track down the location of Major Kane and try to finally sway the battle in the Rebellion's favor. Through questioning the Stromtrooper, they found out Major Kane was located in the factory and was surrounded by dozens of troops… but Kos noticed something more, he could tell that there was a connection between the Sergeant they were questioning and the Major. He dug a little deeper and Serenko revealed that she was Major Kane's lover, and that the Major would do anyting they asked as long as they didn't harm her. Buurski had Serenko radio in to the Major and then he grabbed the comm from her hand and told the Major to come meet them, alone, or she would never see Serenko again. The line was silent for a moment, but Kane conceded and Buurski gave her the location of where to meet them, around the corner of the Command Center, before he destroyed the comm and they all awaited her arrival.

Concurrently, M@-33 and Crix Vane were still engaged in close-quarters combat in a derailed elevator with VP Jakura and both of his bodyguards. M@ had just “errored” and he and Crix were trying to fight their way through the bodyguards to get to the VP. Several shots were exchanged and eventually Crix was able to get his hands on Jakura, if only to use him as a shield from the assaulting bodyguards as he braced for the next round of attacks.

Just outside, Tyria was finally able to see Jax approaching and she made a dash for it to the hovertank. Several Imperials take shots at her, but she managed to make it safely to the hovertank and hop inside. Jax welcomed her aboard and Tyria inspected the craft to check out its condition. She was able to make some quick fixes to the rocket launcher before Jax hits it into high gear towards the attacking imperials to take the offensive.

After just a few tense moments, the silhouette of Major Kane appeared to Buurski and Kos in the shadows of the dense dust alongside the Command Center. She yelled to them to state their demands as she held her weapon at her side, ready to pull up and fire at any moment. Buurski sheathed his vibrosword and motioned to Kos to lower his lightsaber and he told Kane that they did not call her there to fight, they just wanted to talk. IN an effort to begin to gain her trust, Buurski sent the unharmed Sergeant Serenko across the field to Major Kane. After a back and forth conversation on the Empire’s values, and Buurski beginning to convince Kane that perhaps all may not be what it seemed with the Empire, she suddenly snapped back to her previous form and began to raise her weapon to fire. Kos moved quicker, though, and was able to bind her in place so that she could not fire. Buurski and Kos had not been paying attention to how much time had passed and suddenly they were under fire from snipers who had repositioned themselves during the exchange. Kos dodged the first shot and the second shot, which was headed straight towards the back of Buurski’s head, was suddenly diverted and slammed straight into the face guard of Sergeant Serenko. Major Kane looked back across the field with rage-filled eyes at Buurski and Kos after seeing her lover’s lifeless body fall to the ground. Still bound by Kos, and unable to move, Kos runs past Kane to Serenko’s lifeless body and just as he releases Kane from his hold he begins to mend Serenko’s wounds right before Kane’s eyes. Serenko’s eyes popped open and she suddenly began gasping for air as life, one again, began filling her lungs. Kos removed his helmet and placed it over Serenko’s head so that she could breath and finally Kane understood who the real enemy was as she pledged her allegiance to Kos, Buurski, and the Resistance.

Buurski radioed over to Aduro to find out his location so that he could bring Kane to him while Kos stayed behind to infiltrate the command center. After finding out they had to cross the entire battlefield over to the warehouse, he sent a request to Jax and Tyria to create a diversion so they could safely make it across. Jax gained the advantage on his attackers and Tyria began firing all over the field creating general mayhem and destruction and, most importantly, cover for Buurski and Kane as they crossed the field. With the duo clear, Jax got a wild look in his eye as he drove his hovertank in full speed right through the side of the factory’s wall.

As Crix tried to fend off the bodyguards he fired another shot, this one again missing its intended target but this time causing the elevator car to crash to the ground. Crix was just able to see the VP flee the elevator as he was clubbed in the face by one of the bodyguards and , in response, Crix knocks the bodyguard to the ground and repeatedly bashes him in the face until he stopped moving while M@ took care of the other bodyguard. They both exited the elevator to head up the surface of the factory through the stairs.

With the Empire now in full retreat, Aduro ordered all forces to push forward into the factory where the Imperials were making their stand. The Resistance wiped them out and began destruction of the fully and partially built AT-AT’s inside of the factory. Buurski was surprised to find the VP running straight at him as he entered a stairwell, and Buurski grabbed the VP and brought him to the Rebel forces for detainment. Kane lead Aduro and Madine to the R&D area of the factory where he finds the AT-AT plans where they were able to identify the weak points of the AT-ATs at the neck and the limited movement of the legs. As M@ wandered the floor he stumbled across a miniature AT-ST and he smuggled it away while others were preoccupied.

Kos had made his way inside the Command Center to find any intel he could gather before the Rebel forces left the moon, but was startled when a group of imperials emerged within the Command Center. One of the imperials was an Officer who had Crix’s disruptor pistol pointed straight at Kos. In response, Kos reaches out at the Officer as the flesh on the Officer’s arm begins to turn gray and decay right before his eyes. He screamed in pain as his arm whithered away as several of the imperials around him also suddenly fell, never to move again. Three Imperials remained standing and their attention was suddenly diverted to the doorway upon seeing a sudden flash of light, only to find that the light was coming from the blade of Buurski’s therm-axe. Buurski savagely attacked, immediately killing two imperials and setting the third ablaze. The imperial ran screaming from the command center until he was silenced by a shot from Tyria, who was standing just outside.

The Rebels had won the day. The Imperial Base and the AT-AT factory on the Jade Moon was no more.

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Assault on the Jade Moon, Part 7
A whiff of roasting flesh

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We start off with a standoff between Crix and a trooper who has Crix pinned up against a rail, hands securely grasped around Crix’s throat. Crix slowly turns to see beneath the rail to only catch a glimpse of a pit of what seems to be molten lava, just as his attention is redirected back to the man choking him. Struggling to draw breath and naked without a single explosive on his person, Crix reaches straight for the trooper’s eyes. He immediately misses, as a frustrated trooper throws Crix over the rail. Just as he is being tossed, a rather lage mechanical arm smacks into him, his one saving grace as he uses his own momentum to barely grasp the edge of the rail, dangling off. In that moment, a hot searing pain runs through his right leg, as it slowly dipped into and out of the molten ground. As Crix screams out in pain, M@ takes a shot at Crix’s attacker who then falls hurt into a corner.

Meanwhile, back at the barracks, Tiria and Jax are engaged in heavy combat beyond a long trench. Tiria, skillfully piloting a land tank fires a missile at a turret and completely blows it up. Two nearby ATPTs also absorbed the blast and collapse to the ground. On the other side of the trench, Kos and Buurski are looking for a way to make it across the trenches towards the factory to find M@ and Crix. Buurski hoists Kos over his shoulder and leaps right into the trenches, where they are greeted by a captain and about a dozen more troops. At this point, Kos, with a devious look in his eyes, takes aim right at the Captain and menacingly waves his hands in the direction of the captain. The Captain lets out a shriek as a bright glow is emitted from his helmet and the captain falls dead. As the remaining troops run the other way in fear of their lives, a turret turns and then takes aim directly at Kos. Kos is thrown down and as ATPTs stomp his way and launch grenades towards him, Kos gracefully rolls and evades the whole disaster.

Back on the other side of the trenches, battle rages on as Tiria fires a concussion missile at the nearest Tibanna gas reserves as one of the last remaining ATPTs fires back.
Back in the factory, Crix was last left in a very daunting situation. With a sheer will to survive, Crix slowly pulls himself up. He fails a couple of times, his hurt leg dipping in and out of the molten lava. In his final attempt, just as he gets his second leg over the rail, a falling catwalk smacks him right back down, next to the trooper that is the cause of his pain. Crix cries out in both pain and relief as he looks upon his attacker with utmost contempt. A few feet ahead, M@ finds himself face to face with two troopers, “Slappy” and “Stabby”. As Slappy launches an attack at M@, Stabby pulls out a pistol and M@ takes a hit. Crix, noticing that M@ is in a bit of trouble, quickly grabs a pistol from his nemesis and rolls into cover. M@ proceeds to knock Slappy off the rails and take out Stabby without Crix’s help.

As a fierce battle wages on outside near the trenches, and Kos is rolling around evading turret blasts and grenades, Tiria fires another missile into a group of troops and is able to take vaporize about a dozen of them. As the assault continues, Buurski approaches and begins to scale the cliffside while Kos enteres the Armory to see what he can find. As Buurski climbs over the edge at the top of the cliff, a bullet whizzes right by him, and another sending Burrski diving to the ground looking to escape being in the cross hairs of a very determined sniper. With Buurski in position with a detonator for the bombs placed by the warehouse, and Kos with the other controlling the bombs near the factory, both detonators are set off and explosions rip through the area, with everyone taking notice. Inside the barracks, Kos picks up some frag grenades, a shoulder mounted missile launcher, and a Thermax Axe. With their initial objective complete, Koss, Buurski and Tiria rendezvous back outside and continue to make their way towards the factory where M@ and Crix are held. As Buurski rushes foward, a bomb detonating to his right, Tiria blasts another walker and destroys it completely.

Just as Crix and M@ find a bit of relief from their attackers, M@ is able to jam a stim pack right into Crix leg to get him back on his feet. They hear voices coming from the nearby elevator shaft; reinforcements seem to be making their way to the pair. Crix, thinking on his feet, sabotages the elevator causing it to go into plummet down before stopping completely and getting stuck. As one of the elevator troopers pokes his head out of the opening to see what is going on, M@ and Crix leap unto the top. Crix takes a shot and sends the trooper falling back into the elevator, pinning who appears to be the VP down. M@, seizing the opportunity, shoots through the hole attempting to take out the remaining two troopers. Crix turns around to see M@’s eyes begin to glow a deep, crimson red.

As a sniper continues to take shots at Buurski, Buurski continues to head towards the control center, ultimately taking a hit from the sniper. Kos is able to heal Buurski and they enter the command center, where Kos takes out three troopers and scares the rest of them into submission. Meanwhile, Tiria continues to fend off the army in her tank, but the tank takes a hit as shields go down, and the tank goes dark.

To be continued…

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