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Chapter 1: Back in the saddle...


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The four of you have been called to a briefing along with approximately fifty other rebels. The briefing is being run by Lt. Neweki, a Twilek intelligence officer and is attended by most of the other rebel officers on site. In addition numerous pilots are present along with about 20 or so rebel ground operatives.

 

Neweki explains that despite the most recent tragedy on the last operation they have been tasked with locating and acquiring sorely needed munitions, namely Tibanna gas. While this is eerily similar to the last operation which went awry, one key detail has changed. Instead of raiding an Imperial supply convoy in space, the rebels have been provided information regarding a large supply base on the planet of Anzat, which is relatively close and supposedly weakly protected.

 

The plan is for Captain Zinel and his team of operatives to be covertly inserted onto the planet near to the supply base, secure the base long enough for rebel transports to land nearby and begin to offload the sorely needed munitions. The primary cargo transports will wait a few lightyears away from the planet along with their escorts for the signal that the base has been secured.

 

The four of you have been selected to insert Cpt. Zinel and his group onto Anzat and then function as a communication relay point to signal the other ships when it is clear to jump into the system and begin loading the cargo. In the event of Imperial reinforcements, the plan is to be abandoned and all forces to retreat.

 

Forces involved:

6 X-Wings (escorts, LtC Riddi commanding)

2 Gallofree Transports (cargo movers) along with loaders and crew

2 Squads (18 men, Cpt Zinel commanding) to seize and secure the base

Lost Hope to insert the ground forces, act as communications relay point, and assist in loading of cargo and ground teams.

 

Major Polin then asks if there are any questions or concerns and that if any equipment is needed to speak with Lt. Silsen to check availablity.

 

If nother further the operation will commence in approximately 48 hours.

 

OOC: If anyone has any questions, requests for equipment, concerns or recommendations now is the time to voice them. Under the "Days of 66 thread" you will find a listing of NPC's as you encounter them as well as the key officers and base personnel. You will also see that you currently have possession of Lost Hope which is a stock Gthroc 720 freighter liberated from Hindo's Freight Service as well as the astromech which was on board at the time. Also, I will be generally be omitting a great deal of information provided by NPC's. This is designed to get people to think, ask smart questions, and make suggestions and specific plans for both your group, ship, and operation. Good planning and tactics will be rewarded in several ways.

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Sitting with his arms crossed over his chest, Jimerus glances around the room for anyone else to respond. He had hoped, however, to get to be a part of the ground team so he could kill some Imperials, but he can wait.

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Duen raises a greasy hand nervously. "uhh, excuse me... what are we to do if we get, ummmm, caught while the base is still being secured?"

 

Major Polin quickly turns and says "We don't anticipate any sort of significant starship level threat, however should that change, you will need to evaluate your options. First priority should be to escape to provide additional information and aid in the rescue of the ground forces, but again, our intelligence shows that the only traffic expected during this period will be a few lightly or unarmed transports going to and from the base"

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"Permission to speak freely Major?"... "but this sounds like a babysitting job. Does command think we are amateurs?" Val speaks softly but assuredly to the Major, slowly digging a very long knife into the side of his boot heel. Small pieces of plastic scatter the floor along his sleek chair.

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Jimerus gives an almost imperceptible nod to Jarrin's statement, and narrows his eyes a bit as Val speaks the same words that have been racing around in his brain. He flicks his attention to the Major, awaiting his answer.

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Major Polin turns from his conversation with Cpt Zinel and says "I hadn't realized we had been graced with such tactical excellence and experience so as to second guess 30 years of combat experience, tell me, what makes you think you job in this operation is so meaningless?"

 

Cpt Zinel chimes in "I assure you, me and my men certainly don't view our escape plan as meaningless, let alone the fact that we would like some sort of ability to be extracted should something go wrong..."

 

Maj Polin says "That said, there is nothing wrong with babysitting, particularly for your first involvement in a combat operation, its better to get your feet wet then jump in the pool sometimes. Not to mention, Zinel always seems to find ways to make it interesting for everyone... ask his last "babysitters" how they felt in the end..."

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"Hmmmph." Val slightly huffed. A look of humility and angst combine on his face. "My apologies for speaking with haste Capt., " he turns his attention to the senior officer, "...and Major. Sometimes my mouth is quicker then my blade." Toungue slightly in cheek, but heartfelt enough for poker,fist-a-cuffs,or a rebel briefing. He leans to Jimerus talking softer... "As long as the empire feels the hurt, I guess we can play second fiddle."

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Both the Major and Captain turn their attention back to their other duties and the briefing is dismissed. The operation is slated to begin the following morning.

 

(ooc: if doing anything overnight, let me know)

 

(Next morning)

 

As you all gather and head down to the hangar of the base to make your preparations the entire base is abuzz with the activity. There is a great deal of anxiety mixed with a bit of optimism, the men certainly feel glad to be back to offensive operations rather than licking their wounds.

 

As you arrive at the hangar deck Maj. Polin is already there going over final details with Lt. Neweki to see if there have been any new breaks or additional information overnight. Cpt. Zinel finishes checking gear with his men and then walks over to greet you as you are beginning your pre-flight checks.

 

Cpt. Zinel: "I hope you guys are ready for this, you may not think much of your role in this operation, but let me be clear, my men and I are depending on you to get us in there safely, relay the information out to the second group, and get us out of there if something goes wrong. I will be in the cargo hold helping to store out gear for the trip and go over the final details with the Major, let me know if there is anything else you need from us, otherwise we will be touching off in 20". He leaves and heads back to the cargo deck to review equipment checks.

 

A short while later Major Polin approaches, "Men, good luck out there. Our latest intelligence shows no major changes, but activity in the entire sector has been up, but we can't sit around and wait forever everytime the Empire decides to move a boat now can we. Keep it together, and remember, don't take any chances kiddos."

 

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As the last equipment and pre-flight checks are done, everything looks all set. The Cpt. and his men are all on board with their gear and ready for departure. You recieve your clearance to leave and make your way to the assigned coordinates. The second group begins mustering on the deck as you are preparing to leave.

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Duen activates his headset comm system and is all business. "Flight Control, this is the Lost Hope. All systems go, we're making the jump into hyperspace." He switches to the internal channel. "Hang on back there... here goes nothing." The jowled alien reaches for the hyperdrive controls and pulls the lever. The stars outside streak forward...

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Jimerus watches the stars melt into the milky soup of hyperspace. He double checks all subsystems before getting up from the co-pilot's seat.

 

"Looks like it's smooth sailing from here. I'm going back to check on our guests."

 

He heads aft, and checks on the Captain and his men.

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Base Ops: "Roger that Lost Hope, you are clear for departure on vector 214, happy hunting."

 

As the ship slowly begins to luch from its docking platform and make its way into the upper atmosphere and then into space Duen pilots the ship towards minimum safe jump distances from the planet and then turns to R2-N9 to help him get started on plotting the astrogation course. As R2-N9 crunches the numbers a few moments pass until he chirps gleefully.... the systems board shows all green and the Lost Hope is ready to go....last chance to turn around.

 

The Lost Hope fires into hyperspace...

 

Jimerus: The operations team is nestled in the back of the ship buckled in while exiting the atmosphere and once in space they begin to move around and talk nervously amongst one another. It is clear some of these guys are still pretty green and more than a few are nervous, the constant reminders of the last failed operation are wearing on everyone, even though it is never said. There is quite a bit of nervous chatter, and most anyone is willing to talk to you. The Captain and his XO are discussing some smaller details along with their two senior sergeants.

 

Jarrin: All equipment checks out, blaster packs full and loaded. Communications tested, blasters checked out and maintained. Armor gleaming and shiny.

 

After a few hours the the ship comes out of hyperspace.... almost immediately you realize things are wrong, all wrong. R2-N9 begins to squeel quickly. Without looking at the ships computers, you know what the problem is. The "defenseless" supply depot is in fact getting pretty crowded. Clearly visible from quite a distance is the white triangular form of a Star Destroyer, though you are too far away to visually determine exactly what kind....

 

GM: Duen, or whoever else, please roll sensors for the appropriate method of sensor sweep you are performing... Duen you are in charge of rolling for R2-N9

 

While your scanning computers are booting up it seems like hours pass as you slowly drift towards the planet, afraid to do anything else for fear of arising suspicion just yet. Your communication speaker then blares across the intercom scaring the flight crew near to death...

 

"Unidentified ship, this is Anzat customs control, please transmit your flight plan, manifest, duration of stay, and purpose...."

 

OOC: Be back to check this later tonight, head to fireworks with wife....11pm est or so.

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Duen activates the sensor system and looks over at R2-N9. "What're you getting?" He keys the internal comm. "Captain, you'd better get up here."

 

((Scan Mode sensors: 19, 3 on the Wild.))

 

R2-N9 finishes the sensors scans, the computers begin wildly feeding data across the screens and populating your displays. From what you can tell there space above Anzat is very crowded. What you can tell so far is that you appear to have an Imperial battle line in the system.

 

First off, the Star Destroyer is some version of an Imperial Star Destroyer, however it is not configured in a manner you have seen before. It has a significantly higher energy output even while orbiting, the ships transponder is indicating that it is "ISD Enforcer".

 

Along with that you also see 2 Carrack cruisers as well a number of smaller patrol craft. The interesting thing is that you are seeing a great deal of Imperial shuttle traffic heading to and from the planet. The best you can tell is that this fleet is here replenishing supplies, but it is hard to tell.

 

There does also seem to be a bit of civilian traffic, though not much and they are certainly taking a wide arc around the Imperial fleet.

 

Captain Zinel calls over the intercom: "I see what you are talking about, but I am not sure if this changes anything except maybe or timetable. Think on your feet and get us by the ships first and we can figure out our next step once we are in the atmo...."

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Jimerus, Val, and Jarrin, you see a flurry of activity in the back of the ship. The troops are all preparing to move out, alot of them are visibly nervous at this point and morale seems to be at a critical point.

 

The Cpt. tries to calm the men down, and tells them to prepare for anything and be ready to move out if needed.

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Jimerus nods at the troops, "Give 'em hell boys! Wish I were going with ya."

 

He turns, and heads back for the cockpit. Strapping back into the co-pilot's seat, Jimerus brings up their latest codes, and prepares them for transmission.

 

Looking to Duen, "I sure hope these codes satisfy customs."

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