The Imperial Shipyards

Imperial Creative Engineering => Fan Fiction => Topic started by: Rezikai on November 21, 2015, 01:41:37 AM

Title: The last orders of Captain Kai...
Post by: Rezikai on November 21, 2015, 01:41:37 AM
<Backstory: I started this fanfic about 9 months ago when I thought I was going to do it as a Photonovel, the mods may remember a deleted post by me back in May with pics of a stormie figure near a rough dio of pillars covered in vines. I decided to take a more in depth perspective on the story and wrote about 80 pages. I may turn it into a photonovel eventually... but wanted to test the waters 1st. BTW i see an imperial commander in Chewbacca #3 is called Commander Kai... the same last name as my main imp captain... Kai is a word that has a lot of different meanings in different languages around the world... so I'm not sure the reason for Gerry Duggan using it as the imp officer in the Chewbacca series, but that character has no relation to my imperial Captain Kai, just saying... my Kai came 1st!   :P >

Prologue: The Battle of Endor.

During the battle the second Death Star was destroyed and the Imperial star fleet took heavy losses when the command vessel and many other imperial capital ships were captured or destroyed in the chaos of the engagement against the rebel fleet. During the disaster the retreat order was given by a Captain Paelleon sending many surviving ships to retreat to predestined fall back points should something as unthinkable as defeat taken place.

The escape saw multiple star destroyers captured by the Rebellion. Some imperial vessels were able to flee to their fall back positions while others made blind jumps to get away from the carnage. Some still tried to get away but had alliance capital ships still in pursuit racing behind the imps hoping to pounce on their wounded prey.


As the massive imperial star destroyer Kumo flew through hyperspace it's structure showed the heavy hand laid on it by the Alliance cruisers. The destroyer's ivory white armor scarred and torn with blaster marks and bombing hits. Long dark streaks were burned along it's bow as its starboard side showed bulk heads and decks ripped open from torpedo strikes. Burned out turbo laser gun ports put large blackened voids where normally lights illuminated the sides of the star destroyer's hull once showing the life and power of this symbol of imperial might. They now stood as dark sobering reminders of the imperial power in flux. Suddenly the blue tunnel of hyperspace retracted as the star destroyer fell back into real space high above a small blue and green planet.

The Kumo's bridge was controlled chaos. As crewmen and techs rush to different stations shouting reports as officers on the command walkway barked orders down towards the crew pits.

As a technician clad in gray with a back uniform cap looked at his reports he looked up from his readouts towards the command walkway and spoke up with his report. “Captain! Shields are back up to 20% after the micro jump. Repair crews are still trying to cover all the damage.” The words were directed towards the olive drab uniformed man standing in the front of the Kumo's massive view ports. A man of average height, dark blue eyes, pale skin and jet black hair under his green cap turned from the view ports towards the technician and nodded as he replied. “ Have them get on the most detrimental damage immediately especially any damage that may cause future hull breaches or bulk head leaks.” Captain Kai said in a slightly anxious voice. He had a distinct anger under his breath and the technician could tell he was working to restrain it. “Right sir!” the technician loudly replied.

Captain Kai held his arms on his waist, his black gloved hands clenching his belt as he tapped his boot against the command platform's hull. Impatience was growing in him. Impatience or the knowledge of what just occurred was truly sinking in. The strike fleet at Endor was decimated. Not only that but the Death Star destroyed and no reports of Palpatine making it off the station had came through before the jump away from the chaos. Had Palpatine really been killed? Kai thought to himself. A moment later one of the other technicians from a console turned and shouted out of the port side crew pit. “Captain! Multiple hostile signatures coming out of hyperspace behind us!” Kai bit down on his teeth in frustration for a half second before replying “Ready remaining batteries for combat, launch any current prepped Tie flights for defense ready remaining tie flights to prep for launch!”

From behind the star destroyer two large Mon Calamari cruisers emerged from hyperspace and start to flank the imperial ship in a pincer maneuver.



As the remaining starboard batteries erupted with defensive fire towards the closer side Mon Calamari cruiser Tie fighters poured out of the Kumo's main hangar heading towards the further away port side rebel cruiser. Turbo lasers from the closer Mon Calamari vessel scored direct hits over the few remaining starboard batteries trying to defend the imperial capital ship.

“Captain! Damage control reports all starboard batteries aft of the main hangar are now destroyed or disabled!” An officer from the starboard crew pit reported hastily towards Kai. “Bring us about to put the planet to our starboard side as quickly as possible so the port batteries can try to get an angle on the closer cruiser! Where is it?!”

Suddenly another score lurched the entire bridge of the imperial star destroyer. Making the officers stumble and replant their feet for balance. The blonde haired technician who reported the shield and damage earlier turned in a panic towards Kai ”Sir batteries report the closer cruiser went into atmosphere, but the port rebel ship is starting a barrage!” Captain Kai exhaled quickly and mumbled to himself “Most of their fighters are back at Endor then. Track the closer cruiser if able!” One of the technicians from a console spoke loudly but never turned from his view-screen, “The planets atmosphere is interfering with scanners and targeting we can no longer track or scan the rebel vessel Captain!”. A split second later Kai barked orders down into the crew pit and finished his sentence loud enough so the entire bridge could hear “Follow it into the planets atmosphere!” The helmsmen looked up from his displays in disbelief “Sir?” Kai yelled his reply “Do it!”. As the helm officer complied Kai continued “I want us deep into the planets atmosphere, make sure the storms and interference cover us.” The helmsmen nodded and complied. As the Kumo started into its new trajectory the previous technician spoke up “Sir the second cruiser is in pursuit!” Kai waited a few moments before acknowledging the information and spoke his orders back towards the helmsman. “Have engines ready to preform an all-stop descent in the atmosphere and reverse thrust at the rebel ships incoming heading, have remaining port batteries ready the ships heading as it comes closer”. “Yes sir!” the Tech replied.

Outside the Kumo's view ports the squadron of Tie fighters that launched had broken off from following the missing second Mon Calamari cruiser and returned to orbit with Kumo. Flight officers on the Kumo's bridge ordered them to run interference on the second Mon Calamari cruiser now in pursuit of their star destroyer.

A few moments later another officer from the port crew pit reported “Sir engineering is ready.” Kai swallowed and crooked an eyebrow as he turned back from the crew pit towards the view ports and replied “ All-Stop reverse thrusts! All batteries fire at target! All remaining fighters stay space side of the rebel ship! Keep it engaged on both sides!”. Kai clenched his teeth a moment after the words left him. He knew it was a cheap parlor trick for a strategy which was basically the same pincer maneuver the pair of Mon Calamari cruisers had tried to do to the Kumo but without the same amount of fire power. In the back of his mind something felt off to him, he knew it was risky but some odd bit of intuition told him to be mindful of the missing Mon Calamari cruiser. Though he put the feeling aside with the mental training he had learned at the academy reassuring himself the ion storms over the planet may have taken the other Calamari cruiser as a victim.

The Kumo's engines hummed loud in the planet's high atmosphere as it came to a stop and reversed skyward. The Mon Calamari Cruiser while agile in space for a capital ship was much as it's imperial counterpart was in atmosphere, slow and sluggish to respond. Giving all the more time to the star destroyer's gunners and Tie fighters to tear into it's hull as it's shields failed under the barrage from the turbo lasers on bow and the tie fighter squadrons at its aft. With most of it's A and B wing's launched during the assault on the second Death Star it had no umbrella of fighter cover to speak of.
The Kumo's turbo lasers were now so close the gunners could not miss as they  unleashed volley after volley onto the hull of the rebel ship.

As the the battle between the Star Destroyer and the Calamari vessel raged the bridge crew of the Mon Calamari cruiser Riptide watched the battle above them as they were trying to gain altitude out of the planet's atmosphere. A gray skinned Calamari wearing his white naval uniform, the Mon Calamari captain sat in his chair. Captain Barrax barked orders in a grumbled tone towards his comm officer ”Status of the Clarion!?” A Mon Cala officer looked up and replied “It's shields have failed their getting pummeled from both ends sir!” Barrax turned back towards the view ports looking at the small outline of the Star Destroyer's arrowhead shape far above him. “Bring us about and start towards the Star Destroyer from its lower starboard quarter. We'll have to be quick!” he ordered. The bridge crew scrambled and bristled with urgency to comply with Captain Barrax's orders.


The Kumo continued the barrage against the Mon Calamari cruiser. The Clarion tried to turn to reach space as it came about. However a volley of fire from the Star Destroyer's lasers hit their marks right through the center starboard hull. The Clarion then shuttered hard as multiple explosions are seen bursting through the rebel ship hull. The Mon Cal ship starts to roll over never achieving even a low orbit. The Calamari ship starts to roll over like a huge fish turning in the sea and then explodes in a huge fireball raining debris down through the planet's atmosphere, raining over its killer the star destroyer now slowly ascending back towards a low orbit above the planet.

Captain Kai watched as his ship's adversary exploded through the view port. He felt slightly relieved as he listened to the imperial officers and crewmen start to congratulate each other when loud clangs are heard and felt on the ship. The instant Kai heard the hull register the sound the feeling of unease from the back of his mind came back. He mentally stifled it and turned to one of the crew pit officers. “Was that debris?” he said concerned. The technician he spoke to widened his eyes in surprise and looked up from his console flustered “No! The second rebel ship came up through the chaos and is attaching a pair of boarding clamps!”. Kai's expression changed in an instant from concern to surprise and anger “What!?”. Just then another officer reported aloud “Sir their ship attached starboard and aft of the main hanger where the batteries are out of commission! We can't blast them away!”. Less then a second passed and the excited and fearful ramblings of the crew pits were starting. Kai turned toward the helmsmen barking orders “ENGINES PULL US INTO HIGH ORBIT! GET US AWAY FROM THEM!”. The helm officer flashed his hands over the console to comply with his orders and then stopped with a look of shock at his view-screen readouts, he replied back towards Kai “ Sir, there's no response from engineering. Not even negative confirmation...”

Kai stood there a second processing what was happening why wasn't Vimoshi replying had he been killed in the damage the Kumo took? If so one of the junior officers should have replied. A thought ran through Kai's mind just as another technician called up from the starboard crew pit “Sir! Reports of boarders on levels 27 and 35!” As the situation started to become panicked Kai's training started to take over as his thought process became more damage containment oriented. He turned towards one of the officers in the port side crew pit. “Seal all functional bulkheads! Contain them! All stations prepare to repel boarders!”. As soon as the order was given the initial technician who had reported the shields and bulk heads turned back towards Kai, the young man in his twenties with blonde hair had a frightened look over his face. “Sir only partial response from the bulkheads because of the damage.” Kai had figured as much. He had resigned himself to the realization that surviving a day like today will be a task in and of itself. A moment later a different officer updated the boarding party reports “Sir we have reports of boarders on levels 35 through 48 now! They are using slicers to shut down everything except life support and deck hatches!”. Kai clicked his teeth in controlled frustration before walking to the rear of the command walkway looking toward the large double doors that lead to the rest of the Kumo's decks he inhaled deeply and gave orders in a more clear and steeled manner “Troopers to the bridge! The rest of you arm yourselves!”. Kai pointed to an officer in the communication's alcove gesturing an order to him. A moment later the officer in the alcove bent down into a locker compartment under the terminal and took out an armful of holsters and officer issued SE-14r blaster pistols. The officer ran towards Kai handing him one and then dispersed the rest to the officers coming towards the center of the bridge to obtain a side arm. Kai strapped on his holster and watched as the rest of the officers in the crew pits did much of the same. His mind flashed for a second to his former commanding officer Captain Jaeger's words several years ago “Conscripts will fight as well as any man that has fear of death in them. The men that don't fear death are the one's you cannot trust.”.

Aboard the Riptide's bridge Captain Barrax looked out through the view ports at the massive image of the Star Destroyer filling the space outside as his ship was clamped onto it's hull. Without turning from the scene of the Kumo's damaged starboard side he started requesting reports “Status of our boarding parties?”. A Mon calamari officer looked up from her terminal at the captain and replied “We locked down their engines with TEAM A. TEAM B is fighting their way to the bridge. TEAM C is making their way towards the armory. TEAM D is encountering heavy resistance on their way towards the main flight hangar.”. Barrax gave a nod of acknowledgment as he continued to stare out of the view ports with his large eyes. He clamped his gray colored hands behind his back anxious to hear the boarding teams objectives completed.

The Kumo's bridge was becoming as anxious. Chaotic chatter had broken out on the bridge as technicians and officers in the crew pits were hunkering down behind their consoles. The command officers and navy troopers readied themselves in the communication and security alcoves to the sides of the crew pits. Kai now wearing his holster and blaster reach up and turned his cap backwards and pulled it down tight over his thick black hair. His breath was heavy as the dread started to creep back into his mind. He looked over towards the communications alcove and inquired with a mid-level shout “Where are the troopers!?”. A comm officer clicked a few controls on the panel and turned with a hastened reply. “They are encountering heavy resistance two decks below us!”. “Do we still control the flight hangars?” Kai replied. The comm officer turned his head towards the views-screens and back at Kai and nodded as he spoke “Yes sir for now, orders?” Kai's mind raced he turned toward the flight officer hunkering down behind his console and spoke “Have all remaining fighters launch now! All remaining flight crews and pilots to their ships. I want bombers flying sorties on that bastard boarding us!” The flight officer acknowledged the order with a nod as he came back to the front of the console and started punching in orders. He looked up at Captain Kai with a worried look “Will it be enough sir?” Kai continued to stare at the double doors at the rear of the bridge. Kai replied in a calm tone “No, launch everything. All bombers, shuttles, even transports and drop ships. Anything to break us free. Have all flights join with MOON Squadron in attack vectors, with luck we'll break free of them.”. As Kai finished his words an officer shouted from the security alcove “Sir troopers are here!”

A trio of stormtroopers with burns and scoring on their armor ran into the bridge towards the Captain, their boots clanging on the metal deck plates. Two of the troopers were in normal armor as the lead soldier was wearing a white sergeant's pauldron. Kai put his hands on his waist as the troopers stopped in front of him “Report!” he barked. The lead trooper's com crackled on as he spoke “Sir a large assault team is one deck below us. Most of my team are gone. We wont hold them off for long without additional support immediately.” Kai nodded at the news and it was as grim as he assumed it would be. He waived towards a pair of technicians standing in the security alcove giving them the command he had set up while the bridge crew armed themselves. The pair of techs went to the double doors with plasteel welder torches obtained from the maintenance lockers and started welding the doors shut in case the rebel slicers were good enough to get into the security overrides that kept the rear entrance sealed. Perhaps a physical barrier may slow them down. Kai's feeling of dread was creeping into his mind again as it did earlier but now he let it envelope his thoughts allowing him to think of worst case scenarios. “There is no time for reinforcements now sergeant, ready your men.” The trooper acknowledged the Captain's comment with a “Understood sir!” and ordered his pair of troopers into each crew pits. The technicians finished their welding and moved to the security alcove and readied their blasters. Loud banging on the hull were heard from behind the rear doors as well as the occasional blaster fire and yelling. Kai shouted out “BE READY!” as he sprinted to the security alcove with the other officers readying their blasters in a defensive position. As Kai knelt to one knee as he trained his blaster on the door. As if on cue the sound of a cutting torch was heard as sparks and smoke started to slice through the center of the recently sealed double doors.

The cutting torches stopped and then a moment later the rear bridge doors exploded open with a loud BANG! Before the smoke cleared laser shots shot through the charred opening. Blaster fire darted from both crew pits and the alcoves towards the opened whole. Kai unleashed short controlled bursts into the smoke as he watched the silhouettes of boarders crumble and fall to the waves of blaster fire. He had a rush of adrenaline going through him and for a small instant he thought maybe the few bodies on the deck plating were all they were going to need to deal with. He reminded himself he knew better and a moment later he was reminded his experience would be correct as a flurry of shots came into the bridge from the other side of the double doors blasted portal. The blasts found their mark on several of the techs and officers in the security and communications alcoves. Kai returned fire then a massive explosion rocked the bridge as the double doors flung open and several rebel troopers rushed the bridge of the Kumo. Many of the rebels wore green field uniforms with large blaster rifles. The Kumo's bridge became a web of laser fire as the rebel boarders and fought to gain control as the imperial officers and technicians shot from behind consoles and the crew pits. Both the imperials and the rebel boarders took massive casualties in the melee of laser fire  some of the rebel troopers rushed the starboard crew pit and leaped into it being shot as they landed on technicians and officers allowing other rebel boarders behind them to follow and start close quarters fighting in the pit. The rebels fought savagely. Kai blasted away at them as they turned the alcove corner assuming the rebels didn't wish to use thermal grenades to damage the bridge beyond repair, it gave him and the officer next to him some advantage in the fighting.


to be continued...
Title: Re: So trying my hand at a fanfic
Post by: Tamer on November 21, 2015, 05:46:47 AM
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I created an image to go with the front page story I just posted. Looking forward to reading more.
Title: Re: So trying my hand at a fanfic
Post by: Rezikai on November 21, 2015, 07:53:15 PM
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I created an image to go with the front page story I just posted. Looking forward to reading more.

Thanks Tamer, eventually I may do some photo novel shots to go with the story or some art I made.
Title: Re: So trying my hand at a fanfic
Post by: Rezikai on November 21, 2015, 09:42:27 PM
Through the view port of the Riptide Captain Barrax listened to more reports of spacecraft launching from the Kumo's hangars. Dozen's of fighters and other support craft of all make were streaming from the wounded star destroyer's bowels. “Captain! Enemy targets are maneuvering to flank our position!” a calamari officer shouted out anxiously. Barrax turned to the gunnery station and barked orders “All batteries mark targets and fire, keep them away from us!”. As Barrax spoke explosions rocked the Riptide. Barrax held his command station as he turned again to his gunnery officer “Batteries report!” The calamari officer shook her head as as she replied not looking up from her view-screen “Sir portside batteries are operational but the imp craft are staying to our starboard. Starboard batterings are being overwhelmed!” Another set of explosions rocked the Riptide as the gunnery officer finished her sentence. Barrax turned back toward the view ports with alarm in his voice “What's the boarding parties status?!” The calamari officer looked at her view-screens and replied “They hold the engineering and are encountering heavy resistance en route to the hangars and armory. TEAM B is currently engaged on the vessels bridge!” Captain Barrax felt his ship shutter as more hits landed on the hull of his cruiser. He mumbled to himself as he looked at the stream of imperial craft zooming past “Not fast enough...”.




In vacuum of space the starboard side batteries were being pummeled by star fighter strafing and bomber hits. Tie's of all make were making runs across the Mon Calamari cruiser while the slower vessels were staying making more moderate runs towards the rebel ships gun emplacements. Shuttles and drop ships flew past the rebel cruiser's hull hitting it with what damage they could. Individually a few fighters and shuttles armaments wouldn't be able to stand against one of the large Mon Calamari star cruisers but as this one is now held in a stationary position and cannot utilize a good portion of its defenses the lesser offensive craft are taking their toll on the alliance vessel.

During the fighting the Calamari gunners did all they could to keep the swarms of imperials at bay. So many craft made it easy to find targets but targeting a vessel or fighter meant two or more would be attacking unprovoked. During the battle a sentinel drop shuttle attacked on a strafing run but could not pull away from the fire zone quickly enough and the Calamari gunners targeted the slower shuttle and fired scoring direct hits that tore into the shuttle's hull. The body of the sentinel tore open from the barrage and started to spin out of control. At the same time a titan drop ship was coming from the Kumo's hangar to attack the Riptide's bow. The drop ship with a massive pyramid shaped hull was designed to land four of the AT-AT walkers to a planet's surface. The titan for it's massive size was only controlled by a small cockpit near the top of the pyramid shaped body. The slow drop ship's pilot could see the wounded sentinel shuttle spinning out of control directly at it but didn't have the speed to maneuver away in time as the tri-winged shuttle smashed into the small cockpit of the massive ship disintegrating instantly in a fiery explosion. The massive titan slowly careened out of control at a forty-five degree angle and descended toward the hull of the alliance cruiser being pulled by the planet's gravity.

The Calamari gunners saw the massive titan drop ship coming but their lasers couldn't break it's superstructure up quickly enough before the out of control vessel smashed into the Calamari cruisers aft docking clamp severing it in the collision as the pyramid shaped drop ship slowly churned itself into debris as it tore through the clamp and continued into the alliance cruiser's hull.




The severing of the Riptides boarding clamp shook the Kumo's starboard hull and the inertia pulled the massive star destroyer closer towards the smaller Calamari vessel. The explosions of the the boarding clamp and collision of the titan drop-ship against the cruisers hull shook the Riptide's bridge violently. Captain Barrax shouted orders in the chaos at his officers “Status!”. The female mon calamari officer reported as she held on to her console during the impact. “Mooring clamp A destroyed! The star destroyer is on a direct collision heading!” Barrax replied towards his engineering officer “Get us clear of it!”. But it was too late as a thunderous roar of metal and explosions shook the Riptide as the star destroyer smashed into the Calamari cruisers hull. The bow boarding clamp was crushed between the pair of vessels as the Kumo drew closer to the Riptide. The Calamari cruiser's engines ignited as the Kumo collided with it, giving the rebel ship enough push off from the star destroyer to avoid being smashed into debris. As the Riptide's hull sustained the impact its engines fell inert. Without a way to control their descent the Calamari cruiser started to go into a flat spin as it fell deeper into the planet's gravity well.




Aboard the Kumo's bridge the firefight was chaotic and bloody. Dead and dying imperials lay in the alcoves and crew pits along side surviving troopers and bridge crew trying to put up a meager resistance towards the relentless alliance troopers. Captain Kai was laying prone behind the body of the dead imperial officer that had taken cover with him in the security alcove. A rebel trooper came around the side of the alcove and must have assumed Kai was dead as the young rebel had his attention towards the crew pits. Kai stayed still a moment until he realized the rebel didn't see him as a threat, then leapt to one knee and put a free hand up as the motion garnered the rebel troopers attention and he spun towards Kai with his D H-17 blaster at his torso to fire. Kai anticipated the move and clamped his free hand under the rebel troopers blaster and raised it towards the ceiling as bolts of laser fire shot from it as the young trooper fired instinctively. During the motion Kai shoved his own blaster pistol into the rebels throat and pulled the trigger blowing through the rebel soldiers neck exiting with pieces of bone and muscle out of the base of the back of the man's skull. The soldier gurgled and fell over as Kai held onto the dead man's blaster and held flipped it around to use it himself.

Kai watched as occasional blaster fire was still coming from the crew pits towards the rebel positions near the double doors when suddenly the rebels stopped firing back then turned and fled. For a few moments the surviving bridge crew didn't leave their cover unsure of what happened. A few moments went by during the silence. It felt like an eternity to Kai who hugged the edge of the alcove he used for cover to peer towards the rebel positions to see what happened. Kai saw they had gone, unsure of why. He backed away from the double doors dual wielding the pair of blasters still pointed at the blasted doors. Then a huge shutter and lurch shook the bridge of the Kumo. Kai stumbled before regaining his footing as the Kumo's bridge then reverberated as a larger lurching impact was felt throwing Kai to his knees. Kai looked out the view ports to see the starfield start to move and realized the Kumo had smashed into the something and was now falling planetside.
Title: Re: So trying my hand at a fanfic
Post by: JDeck on November 26, 2015, 01:56:30 PM
Cool story! Great story telling, I like the imagery.
Title: Re: So trying my hand at a fanfic
Post by: Rezikai on April 03, 2016, 01:15:09 AM
Captain Kai pulled himself up from his knees. The surviving bridge crew took their stations after they felt the Kumo was being pulled by the planet's gravity and started to go into free fall.

As he regained his footing Kai shouted towards the crew pits "HELM! Control?!" The blonde haired technician held onto the console as best he could through the shaking and replied up towards the captain from the starboard crew pit  "Gone sir! All we have is emergency thrusters!" The Kumo started to shake as it's massive form sheared through the upper atmosphere of the planet. The survivors of the Kumo's bridge started to hold on to consoles and control planels as the star destroyer started a slow flat spin in its descent towards the planet.

Kai's mind raced to think of options he balanced himself as he barked towards the other surviving crewers "What else do we have!?" A dark haired disheveled officer from the port pit yelled up from a console "All that's left we can control is internal comm, hatches, bulkheads and life support now, the slicers locked us from the rest!".

The Kumo broke into the lower atmosphere shuttering hard against the harsh winds of the planet. In it's slow spin the out of control vessel was peaking through the planet's clouds and landmass can be easily made out from its forward view ports. Kai had a thought and decided to put it into action. He yelled orders over the sound of bulk heads shearing and shuttering in the planets trade winds. "Time until impact!?" The female officer replied back to him "Sixty-three seconds!" Kai reach over to the communication terminal and slammed it on with his finger, unknowing if the actual system was even broadcasting internally to the rest of the ship."All remaining personnel to escape pods! Rally point ALPHA at the Northwest coast's peninsula!" Kai turned back to the crew pit and gave the coordinates seemingly too easily. But in excitement and fear mixed with adrenaline they didn't bother to ask. "Right! Coordinates marked!" The female from the crewpit yelped in reply. Kai never looked at the actual crew pits themselves keeping his eyes at the spinning scene outside the Kumo's forward viewports. He spoke above the noise of the howling wind whistling through the holes of the Kumo's superstructure. "Point of impact?" The blonde haired technician from the starboard crew pit shouted a reply "West on the main continent, near the western coastline!" Kai took a deep breathe and thought for a precious second and turned to the officer in the crew pit.  "Mark at five thousand kilometers to impact." The female waited a half second then replied "Impact in forty-eight seconds mark in sixteen!". Kai turned back towards the view ports and continued his orders "On my mark use starboard emergency thrusters and blow all starboard docking bays and battery wells into the planet's atmosphere." For a half second the officers and technicians were silent before the blonde haired technician replied back "Sir?!". " DO IT!" Was the only words Kai gave the younger man.

The female officer yelled up from the crew pit a few seconds later "Mark at five thousand kilometers in eight seconds. In five seconds. In three seconds. MARK!" As the female officer shouted the countdown Captain Kai felt relatively calm, the previous words of Admiral Jaeger still in his mind. As Kai heard the officer should the word -mark- he gave shouted his single word order to the crewpits "Now!".

With that single word from Kai all the hatches and wells were blown on the starboard side of the Kumo along with it's emergency thrusters used for when it has no main power to drive itself. The thrusters are enough to push the massive star destroyer in space but within atmosphere it was a near futile act.

From the surface of the planet the slow spinning Kumo looked like an ancient god falling from the heavens to the planet below, leaving a long trail of dark smoke through the clouds as it descended.
 
Following the massive vessel a stream of tiny spec sized shapes of fighters and spacecraft could be made out like flies following a dying animal. The arrow headed vessel continued to fall then the fighters broke from trailing it and started away in an unorganized scattering as the craft received their orders for the rally point. A small contingent of craft including a pair of tie fighters, a pair of tie interceptors and a sentinel shuttle continued to follow Kumo towards impact.

The continent below grew closer as the star destroyer was now very close to the surface of the planet. On board the sentinel shuttle Major Gridon leaned between the pair of shuttle pilots watching Kumo plummeting. One of the pilots turned towards the major with a questioning glance. "We're not going to the rally point sir?" The Major was an older officer in his mid forties with greying strands through his natural auburn hair. "No, we follow it all the way down." Suddenly the opposite pilot pointed towards the viewport with a surprised tone "Sir look!"

As Gridon turned from speaking to the first pilot he saw the falling star destroyer shutter with a large jolt as massive thrusts and compressed air was erupted out of the star destroyer's hatches and ports on their starboard side. The great blast of  decompressed air nearly stopped the flat spin to the ship and put it at softer degree coming inbound. No longer headed straight down for the surface the Kumo now was coming in from a much more manageable angle.

Back on the Kumo's bridge the surviving bridge crew worked feverishly to gain some kind of control after the ship had shuttered and the blastback from the decompressed hatches and gunnery wells had slowed it's spin considerably. Much the sound of the whistling through the bulk of vessel had stopped and the bridge crew found it easier to hear each other. The female officer shouted up from her crew pit "Thrusters and air blasts from the ports have stopped our spin but it we still don't have control to regain orbit sir!" Kai gave a smirk as if told a joke as he held onto the comm station bulk head replying "Orbit is the last thing on my mind! Port and Keel emergency thrusters to full on my mark!" As Kai finished the order both sets of crew pits replied with acknowledgments. The female officer gave started a second countdown"Sir thirteen seconds until impact! 12, 11, 10." At eleven Kai gave a shout over both crew pits "MARK! Thrusters to full!" Both crew pits gave their replies to his order as Kai shouted toward the crew pits "Hold onto something to brace yourselves!".

The thrusters on the port side of the star destroyer ignited straining to have any effect on the gravity that held the Kumo in its grasp. While unable to stop the ships descent it did give the ship much needed space from impacting inland and now it the great ship was headed toward the last half mile of land left before the coastline of the continent started. The coast of the continent was now filling the entirety of the bridges view ports. Kai jumped down into the legwell of the commstation bracing his legs and body in the small space. From his position Kai heard the officer in the crew pit continue the countdown. "Impact in five!" She shouted as coherent as she could considering.

[insert ISD smashing sideways into a savanah coast nosecone first here]

Without another word the port side of the star destroyer smashed into the surface of the planet's continent at an angle carving a massive gouge through it's coastline grassy plains. The entire left side of Kumo was crushed as the ship continued to plow through the grasslands buckling it's arrow head form against the massive pressure from the impact. The ship continued to destroy tree lines and flattening knolls as it was gouged a huge trench sliding across the grasslands heading for the coastline tearing away debris and bulkheads as it did. The ships wrecked hull and debris that pulled free from the ship littered the huge gash through the desomated streak it left behind.

As the Star Destroyer tore through the edge of the coast its port side smashed nearly a mile wide trench through the savanah's fields. It continued to scrape the grasslands, churning earth under it's port side until it reach the coastline. The Kumo's port side was momentarily scraping through the white sand beach for a moment before the sand caused the ship's hull to burn and buckle under the heat of the pressure and destruction.

The ship finally finished churning through the sand until it hit the shoreline. The water slowed the ship's momentum significantly which caused the buckled and broken hull to split and break open. The hissing sounds of steaming water meeting red hot metal from the hull caused the water to boil near the ships hull. After a distance the ship finally ceased moving laterally and buoyed above water about fifty meters out from shore. The massive damage to Kumo's hull allowed flooding into its decks and with the bulkheads already breached from the boarding parties the ship started to slowly sink. The much heavier engine section weighed down the aft of the ship as it sank to the bottom of the shallow coast much faster. The engine's filled with water the imbalance of weight started Kumo sinking so quickly on its aft end raised up the front of the ship's bow from the water. Allowing the bridge to be slightly above the waterline as well as the upper hangar. The star destroyer jutted out of the sea like a leaning ivory pillar as the aft settled into the shallow sediment. The midsection was mostly underwater,  the forward compartments of the Kumo's superstructure were now slightly above sea level. The angle at which the top of the command tower and the forward compartments slightly came above the waterline looked like huge stepping stones leading to the bow of the ship like an ancient ivory spire sticking out of the water. Kumo's command tower was initially submerged when the ship first sank but slowly rose up from the water line as the bow raised as water poured off of the command tower like a fountain gushing water over it. The star destroyer finally rested as the waterline settled half way up the bridges large triangular view ports. Through it all, the pounding Kumo took at Endor, the chase and assault on it hull here, even the collision with the rebel ship and the hard landing it took into the water, the large view ports of the bridge never ruptured. A testament to the manufacturing of the Kuat drive yards. Any that had survived the crash on the bridge would see the waterline stopped half way up the view ports giving them a semi aquatic view.

Captain Kai regained consciousness finding himself in the starboard crew-pit. He slowly started to rise, moving a dead stormtroopers body off of his torso. He wavered in a moment as he raised up sitting in an upright position moaning from the pain a bit. He then stoped as his imperial training kicked in. "Damage... Report." His request was met by silence. Had everyone  been killed in the battle and the watery crash? He looked out the view ports to see the half aquatic view before he spoke again louder this time. "Damage report!" Shuffling and moaning could be heard from the port crew pit, where much like the starboard side was littered with casualties. The blonde technician from earlier rose with a severe wound to his upper right forehead bleeding down over his face and and neck. He moved to a console and steadied himself as he started to go over the remaining information. "Major systems... unknown. Bulkheads were damaged from the boarding party and the crash we are taking on severe flooding to the aft section of nearly all decks." He finished his sentence and slumped over the small console holding his bleeding head. Kai slowly stood holding himself as he did feeling his body ache all over from being thrown around the bridge like a child's toy. "Have all surviving crew don gear and supplies. Get them into anything that has a respirator. I don't care if it's scout armor or Flight suits, anything that can hold air for them until the flooding stops or they can get to the surface."

Moaning could be heard from the communications alcove and the starboard crew pit as other survivors regain consciousness. The sound of metal scraping together can be heard from the rear bridge entrance. Captain Kai looked around as Lieutenant Sylvon raised her bruised head to the walkway along with a battered stormtrooper. She had been in the crew pit giving the count down to impact but during the crash had been tossed up and out of the crew pit. Kai turned to the moaning officer. "Sylvon, you survived!" He said surprised but slightly cheerful. Almost like this entire disaster was a joke. Sylvon coughed and checked her spit for blood turning to the stormtrooper who was also rising to his feet and then back towards the captain coughing again in a reply "Barely.... sir."

After the initial information regarding the crash terminals and displays started shutting down as the emergency power supplies were being flooded. Soon all of the crew-pit terminals were dark. Captain Kai looked over the handful of survivors from the bridge making sure everyone who had survived was in condition to travel the hulk that the Kumo had now became. Just before he started to make a judgment on where to try and get out either the view ports or through the ship a scraping of metal was heard from the rear where the rebels had blown the entrance to the bridge.

The metal scraping from the rear bridge entrance finally concluded with a ka-thunk! As bent pieces from the bridges entrance doors were shoved aside. A pair of stormtroopers wearing command paldrons came into view. They traversed the angled deck to reach the Captain. Who was climbing out of one of the crewpits holding onto one of the view port bulk heads as they came close. He turned to the pair and nodded as he spoke "Report."

The lead stormtrooper wore a squad commander's pauldron he was holding his E-11 to one side as a crack came over the internal microphone from his helmet. "Severe damage to all levels, most of the boarders retreated or got blown into atmo when the connection clamps were severed." As he finished his sentence the other stormtrooper spoke up through his damaged mic'd helmet. "We should get going sir, Major Gridon is waiting." Captian Kai raised his eyebrows in expectance of the news. He knew Gridon would make sure to survive any way he could but not in the way he could respect. Kai raised his hand above his head to pull his cap to its correct position but felt only his thick hair and guessed it was lost during the tumble he took. He gave a second to think of his reply but instead decided he needed to gain more information and simply replied in a faux surprised tone "He survived?" The lead stormtrooper replied "Yes sir. A decent number of craft made it off ship." Kai's brow darkened knowing now how Gridon survived. He wasn't even on the Kumo during the crash. He nodded towards the pair of men his eyes locked onto the second of the two troopers in an inquisitive glare "Good. Is there anyone else here to take with us?" Kai said as he turned toward the rest bridge taking tally of the survivng crew. Lt. Sylvon, one of the three initial stormtroopers that had come onto the bridge shortly before the raiding parties firefight. The blonde haired technician that indcideently Kai noticed had patched up the wound in his head Vishar was his name Kai remembered. He was terrible with names in his youth so he purposely learned any and all he could. Finally a badly injured female crewer from the opposite crew pit that had been thrown across it during the crash that left her with a broken leg. Her jet black hair reminded him of someone else but Kai surpressed the image in his mind to remember the woman's name. Ralix, Raliza, "We'll get you a splint Qwistis." Vishra said as he rubbed the wound on his head that had stopped bleeding and looked much better then it did a few minuted earlier.

Kai's memory triggered. Yazit Qwistis born on Coruscant to a servant of a noble house from the core, inlisted 3 years ago. Kai cursed himself for not remembering the woman's name immediately . Something he will always need to work on no matter how experienced he gets he told himself. Vishra looked up from bracing Qwistis' leg with a piece of paneling. "Sir only the few of us here." Kai nodded looked around for a hat to put on. It wasn't needed of course but he felt he should be in one to give others piece of mind. After looking and seeing the carnage of the dead and remaingng pieces of the bridge crew he thought better of it and instead puffed up his chest in a gesture of confidence that he knew was a lie but did for others piece of mind rather then worrying about his own.

Kai finally looked back at the troopers and said aloud "Fine, lets get out of here before we become permanent residents. We'll meet  and take any and all on the way." Vishar helped Qwistis rise from the crewpit floor as she held onto his blood smeared grey jumpsuit. He nodded towards Captian Kai "Gladly sir."

As the small group of survivors leave the bridge they forced themselves back through the now bent and burned rear entrance of the bridge doors. As they trudged through the ships decks they could hear the bulk heads filling with water as air was being pushed out of any exit it could find. The decks themselves were buckled and warped from the crash making the walk even harder on the wounded. As the group traversed the bent and disfigured decks Captain Kai kept asking questions at the pair of troopers that had given him Major Gridon's status. "Is Major Gridon taking command of the survivors at the rallying point?" Kai asked. The stormtrooper leader replied after a few seconds "No sir, he's waiting outside in a sentinel." Kai gritted his teeth in frustration. He knew Gridon would keep his own hands clean but he thought the man may have some integritiy to try and help the poor souls who're stranded in the pods or the craft and equipment at the rally point. Kai held back his anger and replied quietly "Hard headed fool, we could have used him to bring evac craft from the rally point." As the stormtrooper was silent before a comment came from behind Kai and the trooper. "Intelligence was never one of his strong points." The words cam from Lieutenant Sylvon who was walking behind the pair of stormtroopers and Kai. The pair of troopers turned back looking at Sylvon expecting to hear a finishing statement but none came. Kai just gestured for them to keep moving.

Traveling through the decks the group worked their way through halls of twisted metal covered in black soot from fire or spattered red with blood. Occasionally they would meet a group of survivors and they would join the rest of the bridges party. After several minutes the decks they climbed down to were half flooded with bodies floating in the water.

After a few minutes of traversing through the water Kai asked the pair of troopers how they got back inside Kumo with the hatches all damaged or twisted. The stormtrooper corporal replied. "We came in through the upper hangar." Kai turned from the stormtrooper squad leader and nodded towards the corporal with a blank expression before asking another question "Did you notice how damaged was deep storage and the armories were?" The stormtrooper leader gave a reply this time "The main armory was heavily damaged and half underwater, deep storage didn't look much better." The response made Captain Kai look down at his feet a moment as he put his hand on his chin in thought. The gesture obscured in the dark of the low lighted deck to whatever look he gave while doing so. After a moment he continued to walk on "If we have to engage the rebels on the beach we'll need armored support. Any walkers or support armor would help". After a few long seconds the stormtrooper leader replied "Yes sir, are they top priority?" Kai gave a moments glance back at the rest of the traveling party. From the seven that left the bridge to over two dozen now traveling through the decks with his party. "No, at this time casualty collection and the portable racks for the TIES. They'll be getting low on fuel by now and can't hard land easily like the shuttles". After the statement Lt. Sylvon spoke up "We'll have to get them from deep storage". Kai stopped a moment at mention of that and turned to her. "Sylvon, start that now. Any able bodies you find on the way use them to get the racks on shore as soon as possible. Keep whoever you need to keep." Kai said with a slightly gruff tone. Sylvon gave a inquisitive look as if expecting something to follow. Then Kai pointed toward the pair of stormtroopers "You two go with her and help make sure we get that done". "Yes sir" the pair said in unison. Kai nodded towards Sylvon and she gave a slight smile back.

After the words were spoke the trio of the two stromtroopers with pauldrons and Lt. Sylvon peeled away from the main group of survivors to start their new objective. Captain Kai and the surviving technician Vishar continued to lead the rest of the survivors through the darkened corridors of the star destroyer picking up others as they traversed the dimly lit decks of the ship.

An hour into the trek the group was over a hundred in number making their way past the lower hangar and stared to come out of the flooded decks. Eventually coming across the main corridors between the upper and lower hangars. The group winds their way through overturned supplies and abandoned equipment. The eventually make it to the main maintenance bay adjoined to the corridor and hangar. At the center of the large room an old troop transport rested where it had been tossed around when Kumo made it's plunge to the planet.

Vishar spoke up pointing at the rear of an overtunred AT-AT that had been at attached to maintenance scaffolding but was now smashed into the opposite end of the bay. Kai acknowledged Vishar's gesture "I see it. Well we're getting closer. Lets get ourselves to the bay doors and see if our piece of Kuat armor was tough enough to punch through them."

The group made their way to the end of the maintenance bay where the forward pilot compartment of the AT-AT had smashed through the maintenance bay doors like a fist through a screen. The doors had contorted concave on each other as the AT-AT had slammed into them punching through with such  force it was doubtful when the group made it past the bay doors to actually see the head of the AT-AT that there wouldn't be anything but smashed wreckage left.

They were mostly right.

The AT-AT's cockpit was mostly pulverized into smashed wreckage. No crew had been inside of it. But it seemed some of the power systems had been online during the crash where the wrecked remains of two main chin-guns would be were now just two huge black charred holes where they overloaded and exploded making a massive hole in the edge of the hangar bay floor where the cockpit wreckage was dangling over. Had it not been for the bay doors holding back the body section of the AT-AT it may have slid all the way through into the hole as well.

Kai looked over the hole and gave an annoyed expression. "Hmm, we'll have to make a traverse line. Troopers to the front!" About a half dozen beaten and battered stormtroopers wearing their armor some with some without their skull faced helmets came forth. Kai pointed towards the walls of the bay and gave orders "Lets get grappling line and get it tested. This is the last main section before we reach the upper hangar". The troopers nodded and each started unfastening lines and hooks from their utility belts. The troopers worked on tugging different sections of the wrecked AT-AT's cockpit and throwing hooklines across the hole in the deck to fasten to spots across. Once a few of the hooklines had securely fastened to a few terminals and another to a piece of the adjacent blast door frame bent open from the crash they tested to make sure the weight of a person would hold and then slowly started rope pulling themselves across. It would take time for the entire group of survivors to get to the other side. Captain Kai decided to stay until the last of them made it before pushing them forward. He watched as the stormtrooper corporal that had survived the firefight on the bridge started to head for the line but stopped him.

Kai remembered the younger man Corporal Zaym TK1979. It was odd to Kai he had trouble remembering names of certain crewers he could see the faces of but the troopers with their uniformity and all uniquness taken from them he remembered much easier. He held up a hand in front of the Corporal motioning him over moment to speak. "Corporal. Take a small team ahead to check the status of the upper hangar, make sure we can get ourselves back out." Zaym's micorphone crackled on as he replied from under his skull looking helmet "But sir didn't the others..." But before he could finish the sentence Captain Kai cut him off with a wave of his hand and then handed him a small comm-link. "Contact me with this. After assessing the damage make your way to deep storage and get the portable Tie racks out. Sylvon wont be there." Corporal Zaym nodded and took the small device placing it in his belt and then started traversing across the rope lines. Unsure why Sylvon who he had saw been ordered there suddenly not be but it wasn't his place to wonder why.

...to be continued.
Title: Re: So trying my hand at a fanfic
Post by: Tamer on April 03, 2016, 05:16:44 AM
Great chapter, time for the front pages. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: So trying my hand at a fanfic
Post by: Rezikai on July 01, 2016, 08:04:51 PM
continued...

The collision with the Star Destroyer sent the Mon Calamari cruiser spinning in a flat slow turn. The brave Calamari crew was struggling to hold their ship together as their cruiser started its' descent deep into the planet's atmosphere. The cruiser's gigantic wound billowed black smoke from the top of it's hull showing a spiral of smoke as it fell. From the bridge alarms blared as the Calamari crew struggled to keep their vessel airborne. “Helm! Status!?” Captain Barrax barked through his aged and gravely Mon Calamari voice. A young female Calamari controller officer shouted up from her station “Attitude control is gone! The Planets gravity has us!” Captain Barrax turned in his white captain's chair his gray skin with white spots creased and wrinkled. Barrax shouted towards another officer “Engines?!” A beige uniformed Calamari officer looked up from his station and shouted his reply over the alarm klaxons “Main's are offline. Aft thrusters are operable!” Barrax turned back towards the main view-port watching the horizon of the plant slowly turn in front him. “Bow thrusters?” he asked. “Destroyed!” the same Calamari technician replied. Barrax Turned back to the female Calamari officer “Distance to impact?!”. The female calamari replied with a shuttering in her voice as she replied “Sixty thousand kilometers and closing fast!” Another male calamari officer in the station adjacent to her shouted towards Captain Barrax as well “ We're dropping like a rock!”. Barrax took a second to think before starting his reply in his gravely aged voice. “Helm get the inertia dampers ready!”

Across from Captain Barrax first officer Shellis stood holding onto the holotable as reports from the ship flowed into it's display “Are you crazy!?” he yelped. Barrax didn't turn towards his first officer and just waved a webbed hand in his direction “Trust me!” As Barrax finished waving his arm the female calamari shouted her next report “Fourty thousand kilometers and closing fast!”. Barrax nodded as he continued to watch the horizon as he spoke his retort “At twenty-five thousand turn on the dampeners. How long can we keep them on until it shakes us apart?!” The beige uniformed calamari replied back “A few moments, a minute at best!”

A few tense moments went by as the alarm klaxon wailed throughout the bridge before the female calamari shouted her report “Twenty-five thousand mark!” Barrax nodded and turned pointing towards the beige uniformed engineer officer “Open them!”.

A second later the Riptide lived up to it's namesake as the inertia dampeners activated while the ship was spiraling down through the atmosphere. In the depths of space the dampeners bring would a ship to a halt from its own inertia, however in a spiral and now weighted from being in a planet's atmosphere the dampeners were smashing the fields of gravity around them to try and hold the Riptide in a stable position. The ship shuttered and shook violently from the dampeners trying to stop the effect of the planet's gravity on their momentous speed as it plunged closer to the planet surface.

The mighty shell shaped vessel shook and jerked as it's systems fought the gravity shaking it back and forth in hard convulsions each tearing more of the hull open and sending small pieces of the Riptide into free fall.

On the bridge the crew held on their lives as the calamari engineer shouted above the mixed sound of alarm klaxons and the low rumbled shutter the Riptide made as the dampeners fought against the planet's gravity. “We've slowed! But we can't keep it going!”. As he finished his words the female calamari shouted “We have to shut it down, it's shaking us apart!”. Barrax holding onto the commander's chair swing-arm looking out the view port. His vessel had stopped its slow spin and was now nose diving directly at the surface of the planet. He turned and barked his orders towards the group of bridge crewers “Start disengaging the dampeners! Just before they finish I want aft keel thrusters to full!” At the end of the sentence a calamari officer shouted a one word question about Barrax's order “But--”. The rest of his question was cut off in the sounds of the bridge alarms and the calamari engineer barked his reply to Barrax “Dampeners disengaging!”. Barrax shouted his next orders so loud it was over the alarms and the rumbling of the dampeners shutting down “Aft thrusters to full shoot them straight up!”. The sudden clear and loud order from the captain caught the bridge officers by surprise, it was the first time they had heard him strain his voice to make it that clear.

As the dampeners finished their deceleration of the Riptide the aft thrusters engaged shooting the rear of the Riptide up and over the bow flipping the Mon Calamari cruiser letting the engines free fall first.

As the crew felt the pull of the artificial gravity take hold of them keeping them upright as the Riptide flipped over itself the view in front of Barrax was starting to slowly change from the planet surface and slowly the planets sky started replacing the dark brown and tan land masses in front of him. Barrax turned and gave another loud order “Thrusters to balance on my mark!”. The female calamari officer gave another loud report “Five thousand kilometers to impact!”. Barrax waved his gray skinned webbed fin at the engineer as he shouted his next command “Aft thrusters now! Stabilize us!”

The aft thrusters on both the keel and topside of the Riptipe engaged shooting small bursts of thrust at the the rear of the rebel ship in different directions until the ship was no longer in a spiral but now was falling engines first in a straight descent.

The female calamari officer gave a very tense report towards Barrax “20 seconds until impact!”. Barrax looked through the viewport now seeing the blueish haze of the planet's sky instead of the brown patches of land masses below “Projected Landfall?!”. First officer Shellis yelled in a panic “Landfall!? Were going to smash like an egg!”. The female officer cut off his sentence shouting towards Barrax “Edge of the western valley possible mountain range!”. Barrax instantly replied gripping his command chair “All remaining thrusters engage on my order!”. A few seconds later the female calamari officer shouted again “Impact in 10!”. Barrax replied in a loud barking order “ All thrusters engage!”.

The Riptide's remaining thrusters all ignited in a symphony of steam looking looking plumes as the ship fell engine first. The bridge crew looked on as all they saw was the blue sky of the elevation they had just been part of. Their efforts slowed the ship slightly, then they felt the huge jolt as the rear of the ship smashed hard into the planet below. The ship port side clipped a cliff then it impacted the side of a mountain and tore a huge gash in forested incline of of the mountain. The engines cut the massive tear through the hill side as it churned up timber and boulders. The Mon Calamari cruiser's engine was becoming more entrenched in the earth of the mountain slowing it faster then the rest of the ship could naturally slow itself. The remaining force of the rest of the ship swung from the port side tearing into the side of the mountain toward the unobstructed starboard side, like a pivoting lever. The bridge crew watched as the mountain range they impacted with from their port view disappeared and saw the clouds and horizon spin from the right to left in front of them as the mountain's incline reappeared on their starboard as they felt the entire ship shake with a thunderous boom!

The ship took a massive blow as the starboard side hit the mountain. The impact shook the engines free of the earthen trench the ship had cut and slowly the Mon Calamari cruiser started to roll down the mountains incline. It tumbled a few hundred meters before coming to stop upright at the base of the mountain with the bow of the ship on the edge of a cliff over a huge bottomless looking ravine.

As the debris and dust settled around the Riptide like a shell shaped boulder that had dislodged and rolled down the mountain the Riptide came to a stop still intact.

Slowly after the thrashing they took from the impact the bridge crew slowly regained their senses. Barrax was the first to make a command order as low mumbling was heard from others on the bridge “Re... report.” he said in his normal graveled voice as he rubbed his large gray and white spotted aquatic forehead where a red mark now swelled. The command chairs control arm swung hard into him creating the bruise.


The beige uniformed engineer gave a report in a half moan “Heavy damage to all decks, engines are totally gone. But, we're still here.” The female calamari officer rubbed her shoulders, as she released the saftey straps from her control stations seat. “They took the brunt of the collision. Saved the rest of the ship though.” Captain Barrax looked over at Commander Shellis who lay still on the deck. Shellis hadn't strapped in securely when the collision took place and took severe injuries when he was thrown across the bridge. “Get med crews up here and to other wounded immediately. What happened to the Star Destroyer?” he said as he rushed towards Shellis and turned him over. The commander was still breathing but had his eyes shut and a nasty cut on his shoulder.

The young calamari officer adjacent to the female chimed in now more coherent “Imp fighter chatter last said it was crashing in a hard slide into the sea. Probably gone with all hands lost. Except their spacecraft that were in flight.” Barrax nodded and gave a somber reply “Calm tides or us. Alert all remaining fighter commands to start a rotation for umbrella cover as we assess the damage and wait for rescue. Communications, contact Home One relaying our situation.” He thought for a moment that he was glad the damned alarm klaxons had been killed by someone with common sense from it's blaring wail. But it was little solace to him knowing the rest of his old friend the Riptide was now little more then a large metal box to try and get a rescue signal sent from. The young calamari officer gave a sullen reply “Sir, long range transmitters are out. Maybe short range can reach them. A moment later the female officer interjected “Probably not, the interference from the planet and the massive wreckage from Endor would cause too much static”. Barrax looked up from Shellis still unmoving but breathing. “Well then, we'll have to send it personally on one of the remaining fighters. Speaking of which get whats left of Blue Squadron back to the deck they're probably low on fuel. If enough fueling containers survived lets try and get them refueled and prepped for a return trip to the fleet so they can relay our situation. “Yes sir!” the female calamari officer said as she started to punch up her half-lit console. The young male officer looked up at Captain Barrax “Should we scout the Imp crash site?” Barrax turned from Shellis still unconscious on the deck and looked out the view-port of the Riptide at the settling dirt and dust from the mountain side still rising from the impact. “Indeed we will. See if any of the A-Wings that were coming back in for repair and refuel from Endor survived our crash and we'll see what we can find out from their crash site”. The young male calamari nodded trying to punch one of the now extinguished buttons on his console “On it sir”. A few long moments went by as Barrax watched the settling debris through the view-port before turning back to the slightly moaning Commander Shellis “Did anyone make it off the Clarion?” he asked. The female calamari replied “During the battle, I saw a few pods launch but no more then a handful. It was too sudden” she said solemnly. Barrax nodded his reply and continued “While the scout finishes his run for the Star Destroyer's crash lets see if any other fighters are flight worthy enough to do a search and rescue on best approximate landing coordinates for the Clarions survivors.” Barrax said as he turned toward Shellis and placed a webbed hand on his comrade's arm. At Barrax's words The female officer nodded a reply.

As the bridge crew started fulfilling their orders a med team arrived for Commander Shellish, they began injecting him with fluids and used scanners on him to check for internal injuries. Outside the Riptide a handful of Y-wing fighters slowly descended to the exterior of the cruiser as maintenance crews started coming out of the ship to direct them into a holding pattern until a landing area can be cleared.

to be continued...
Title: Re: So trying my hand at a fanfic
Post by: Tamer on July 02, 2016, 05:58:16 AM
I will give this a better read later, but I like it. Off to share this with the rest of the world. Keep it coming!
Title: Re: The last orders of Captain Kai...
Post by: Rezikai on July 31, 2016, 11:52:03 PM
Corporal Zaym TK1979 looked over the upper hangar he never saw any kind of obstruction that the captain was hinting at. He was unsure of what Captain Kai was referring to or why he gave him a communicator rather then just let him speak to him from his helmets internal communications band. Either way nothing seemed wrong. Zaym was relieved to know they'd be getting off the Kumo before any other bulk heads gave way or the girders collapsed trapping them inside.

A moment of personal thought crept into his mind before Zaym decided to report in to the Captain. He was still unsure why he was ordered to use the hand held comm when the helm comm-link seemed to still be functioning fine. However he knew better then to question the captains orders. He tapped the small cylindrical comm-link on it's side opening the communication channel. “Captain Kai?” Zaym said speaking into the small transmitter in the controlled tone that had been drilled into him when when speaking to superior officer. “Yes what is it?” Kai replied in an apparent annoyed tone. Zaym continued “Sir, the Upper Hangar looks unobstructed, doesn't seem there's major damage to the docking doors so we should be able have them open without too much issue” A second passed as Zaym's words sat there, for a half second he let the thought that his comm-link didn't send the transmission and Kai was still on the other end waiting for the status. Zaym started to reach the comm-link back up to his skull faced helmet to repeat himself when Captain Kai's voice crackled through it “Excellent. Get your team to deep storage as ordered for the Tie racks, also if you encounter other survivors use who you can send the rest to our location. Work quickly Corporal. Kai out.” Zaym replied into the comm-link with an affirmation and put the comm-link back on his utility belt.

The conversation with Captain Kai was normal enough given the extreme situation the Kumo's crew found itself in but they were far from his true feelings. What was the Captain doing with the double talk and strange orders. After a moment Zaym decided it was best to do as he was told and let the officers sort it out.


Riptide's Crashsite


High above the Riptide the remnants of Blue Squadron were taking back to the skies after carefully landing and refueling near the site of Riptides crash site. The seven Y-Wings were bruised and battered, some had came back to the Riptide after taking heavy damage during the battle over Endor. Some had been held in reserve should the Endor offensive fail and were needed to help cover a retreat. Thankfully for the pilots of Blue Squadron that wasn't the case. However the seven pilots understood how grave the situation could be for the crew of Riptide if word isn't gotten back to the Rebel fleet of her crash and the survivors.

In the cockpit of the flight lead was the veteran pilot commander Vorm. A Mon Calamari pilot that had joined up with the Rebellion early on even before most of the Mon Cala political movements joined the Alliance. As Vorm was just leveling his Y-wing from take off his communications cracked on. The voice of a younger Calamari female came through static “Commander Vorm respond please.” Vorm gave a tired sigh and clicked on his communicator “Vorm here.” The female was one of the bridge crew he was sure. One of Captain Barrax's protoges probably. She continued in a short professional manner “Commander, Captain Barrax has ordered all remaining fighters inbound to continue umbrella cover. He will be assigning new objectives later this hour for part of Blue Squadron, please make sure all your birds still on the deck are fed well.” Vorm looked down at the trio of Y-wings still on the makeshift clearing the Riptide's crew made for a medical collection and refueling point. He assessed their status as he replied to the woman “Command we have three birds that would need about fourty minutes to top their tanks off but Blue 6 took some heavy action from imp gunners he'll need some extra love before he's back in the air.” The Mon Calamari woman's voice crackled back through the speaker “Acknowledged lead, Lactah's work crews will heal'em up. Calm seas to you Commander”. Commander Vorm gave a slight grimace he knew Sergeant Lactah well enough that tough love was a requirement when getting refit and repairs by his ground crew “That's affirm command. After we finish tonight we'll swing down for some chow and drinks.” The Mon Calamari woman didn't reply to Vorm's cocky attempt to get the woman to let her professionalism down “Over and out Blue Lead.” the woman said before the speakers crackled again as the link was cut off.

Twenty minutes later Vorm sat back in his cockpit as the orders came through over his display. His large Mon Calamari eyes poured over the intelligence. He realized it would be taking part of an already beaten and battered squadron from umbrella cover for a search and rescue. Vorm was anxious to get the ball on this mission rolling so he could get his people back together and try and get off this rock but he knew from his years in the rebellion sometimes if not most of the time he never got what he wanted.


Kumo Crashsite


The Imperial Star Destroyer Kumo creaked and moaned as water slowly passed through its decks. The emergency lighting was out leaving the twisted and buckled decks inside the half submerged capital ship in total darkness. Traversing the dark labyrinth Lieutenant Sylvon sloshed through half flooded the dark corridors behind the pair of stormtroopers leading her to their new objective, the main armory. She was thankful the water was warm at least as she looked past the pair of troopers. The stormtroopers had attached torch lights to the sides of their skull faced helmets illuminating the twisted hallway. Neither of them really needed the lights as their helms provided infra-vision if needed. However their headlamps were much appreciated to Lt. Sylvon's eyes who couldn't see much of anything in the totally black corridors.

Sylvon was slightly annoyed by the pair of troopers lack of tact not waiting for her however they were Major Gridon's men and his sense of tact was non-existent. During their trek she let her thoughts drift to about Captain Kai and how the rest of the evacuation was proceeding. As the trio waded through the mesh of buckled deck plating and twisted bulkheads they would occasionally pass the body of a dead crewman or trooper floating in the water. They eventually reach an three way intersection along their flooded corridor. The pair of Stormtroopers stopped looking down each direction checking the passageways. Lt. Sylvon came to a stop behind them “What is it?”. The stormtrooper captains voice crackled through his helmet as he replied to her inquiry. “We're making sure which direction is least likely to be blocked.” Sylvon gave a half nod with a very blank expression towards the man “Ah, well lets head portside since we know the hangar was half flooded so maybe the water will have stopped rather then starboard towards the forward armory.” She said. After a moment the stormtrooper captain agreed pointing down the left corridor.

Lieutenant Sylvon made a small smirk at her own cunning. She now understood why Captain Kai chose her to lead this objective and was glad he was taking an interest in her prowess and intelligence.

As the group proceeded down the left corridor it banked right again as the trio slowly traversed around the Kumo's main hangar the decks the natural incline was much more pronounced as the water level was getting noticeably lower. Eventually the water stopped and the group traveled past the mid ship of Kumo. Soon after the group had cleared the water the pair of stormtroopers stopped and hovered over the body of an officer. Lieutenant Sylvon saw this as intriguing with the new information she had. She came upon the man's body illuminated by the pair of head lamps. It was an older man in his sixties, his white hair cropped short as the older republic style would have been in this dead mans younger days. The body was badly scarred and burned from what appeared to be wounds created by fire, not a blaster bolt. She could see the olive drab uniform carried the rank insignia and cylinders of a Colonel. She knew the man and spoke his name aloud “Colonel Vimoshi. He should have been near the hangar when the Captain ordered all the spacecraft to attack.” The stormtrooper captain turned his gaze from the dead man's corpse to Lt. Sylvon and replied through is helmets speaker. “I think the armory isn't too much further ahead.” Lt. Sylvon simply nodded her head in agreement as the other stormtrooper said nothing. The trio returned to moving down the corridor as it banked to the right again and then they came to a pair of large blast doors. Sylvon pointed through the darkness towards the heavy metal doors half ajar. ”There it is”.

The door itself had been damaged in the crash as the left side had buckled under the pressure of the twisting corridor. Leaving an opening on the lower left had side of the door between the deck and the lower section of the door's frame. It was an opening neither of them seemed willing or physically small enough to make. The stormtrooper Captain tried the door controls but as expected nothing happened. After a moment the other stormtrooper turned towards Lt. Sylvon holding his thumb towards the buckled section of the door. Lieutenant Sylvon half curled her lips in a wince knowing what she was going to be asked. “Think you can make it through?” He asked through the speaker in his helm. Lieutenant Sylvon simply shrugged and nodded. She knelt down to get a better look at the damage to the door first then stood again nodding. She felt her shoulder length dark brown hair touch her face as she nodded and stood up. “Hmph” She said and started unbuttoning her tunic and slid it off her shoulders. She wore a matching olive drab tank top underneath her uniform's tunic that she rolled up exposing her toned stomach and navel. She felt uneasy as she realized the headlamps giving her enough illumination to prep her clothes meant that the stormtroopers were focusing on her intently. Not that she minded giving a trooper a show once in a while. But she would have been able to prep her clothes as quickly without the assistance of the headlamps. However considering the situation she acted like it was natural and it gave her stomach slightly queasy feeling. Sylvon knelt down again looking at the small opening between the door and the bulkhead and crooked an eyebrow “Lets hope there's nothing blocking my way the other side.” Sylvon turned over and laid flat on her back against the deck and started to slide and squeeze through the blast door's opening. “This will be a bit trickier then I thought” she said aloud so the troopers could hear her. A moment later the pair of men heard her steps back and forth inside the room before hearing metal being scraped as what they assumed was Sylvon taking off the control panel to override the main door's power with it's auxiliary if any remained.


Kumo: Upper hangar


Captain Kai and the rest of the group of survivors were moved past the wreckage in the upper hangar and reach the main loading bay doors. Corporal Zaym TK1979 stood next to Kai as he had ordered him to upon meeting up with his group. As expected when the Kumo made landfall everything sealed shut to minimize damage. He rubbed his chin a moment in thought of what it also meant for Lieutenant Sylvon and hoped she'd fair well. A second later the screeching sound of metal being forced against each other was heard as a pair of navy troopers started forcing open one of the bay doors using a makeshift winch. Kai turned towards the stormtrooper corporal “Alright Corporal, lets get able bodies across the water and if possible lets get some repulsor craft up and running for the wounded and litter cases”. The helmets speaker crackled on as Corporal Zaym replied “Understood sir”. After giving his order to Zaym Captian Kai turned back towards the long line of survivors that now snaked along the darkened corridors leading to the hangar. An eclectic mix of officers, technicians, stormtroopers and naval corps. A few land crewer and drivers to as he noticed a pair of A.T.-A.T. Drivers in disheveled gear in the middle of the cluster of people. Kai held his hand to his mouth and shouted “Sergeant Atter! Take some men and try and get some power supplies out of the maintenance area or pull it from one of the wrecked walkers to get the doors open so we can start getting armor on the beach!”.

A distant yell of acknowledgment was heard from behind a few dozen survivors as a navy trooper wearing his signature black uniform and his large black helmet threw up his hand in affirmation that he had heard his captain's order. A few minutes later the bay doors were opened and the sounds and smell of the ocean still several hundred feet below the bay doors could be felt. As well as the warm fresh air from the planet washing away some of the aroma of smoke and burnt metal the hangar and corridor's were polluted with. Captain Kai looked down at the sea's crystal clear water and gave a small smirk but quickly wiped it from his face. He turned towards the group of soldiers setting up power supplies. “We're much closer to shore then I expected. Sergeant status on the lifts?”.

Sergeant Atter stood next to the captain his large helmet removed and held under his left arm looking down at the technicians working on the power supplies at the moment the captain's question was asked. An older man in his early fifties he had grey hair with specs of white salting it. He turned to Kai and replied in a anxious tone “We should have one of the old troop transports ready within the next few minutes but as soon as it hits the sea it'll have to make like a shot to get to the beach before it takes on too much water.” Kai nodded towards Sergeant Atter “It should be fine as long as it's fast enough. What about air skiffs?”. Sergeant Atter turned towards a large storage area of the upper hangar and waved at it with the palm of his gloved hand “There was one chariot not totaled during the crash we could use it for the litter cases immediately”. Kai nodded with a grin and replied “Get the ITT down there first, with armed troops and equipment for a momentarily   beach head, then we'll get the chariot for the litter cases”. Sergeant Atter gave a slightly confused look in the half dimmed hangar “Troops sir? I'd assume if the rebels were going to attack us after they crashed they would have done so by now?”. Kai turned around looking down the hundred or so feet into the clear water as the light ocean reflective waves poured light through the hangar and over his jet black hair. Kai gave a slight gesture for Atter to come closer to him. As Atter did Kai continued “The rebels will be too curious to not see if we survived, they'll send something at least a probe of some kind. But the indigenous are what I'm more worried about.” Sergeant Atter gave an inquisitive look “Sir?”. Kai nodded and quickly spoke “I'll explain once you get the ITT's crew ready. I'll also be going with them on the transport to meet with Major Gridon.” Atter gave a slight nod and acknowledgment. “Yes sir.”

The next few minutes the surviving crew of the Kumo watched from the upper hangar as the ITT was launched from the bay and hit the water at full speed to make it to the beach. Calling it a launch was a nice way of putting it. The crew had bascially shoved it out of the bay doors. The Troop Transport made the beach just in time before the waterline got too far up it's fuselage to start swathing it. Inside the Troop Transport Captain Kai stood in the front compartment overlooking the squad of four naval troopers including Sergeant Atter and three stormtroopers, all armed.

The other three naval troops were two men and one female. The trio of stormtroopers looked battered and had burn marks on much of their once pristine white armor as they had been inside Kumo when the crash and fires took place. They all remained silent and stoic holding their weapons. Even Captain Kai had kept his side arm from the fire fight on the bridge. The silence was broken from the pilots controlling the ITT shouting orders to each other as they free fell from the Kumo into a mid air repulsor maneuver to get lateral movement going as they hit the water. The hard splash followed by the quick humming of the engines engaged at full shot the transport racing for the beach. With a clicking sound as the transport rushed towards the shoreline and the feeling of the repulsor engines making solid press against solid ground was felt even in the troop compartment. As soon as Captain Kai felt the transport lift itself from the water onto the beach he started his briefing.

“Your objective is to set up a perimeter for the temporary shelters. We may have to spend the night here. We will not be here by midday tomorrow, the indigenous life forms on this rock are huge and dangerous the northwestern peninsula is the only safe zone on the continent. That's where the rally point was set up and where we'll be heading. As soon as we stop keep your guards up and also watch for any rebel activity they may try and send a probe to check on us or worse if they are in better shape then we are they could send a strike team to finish us off. Do you understand your assignments?” Kai barked at the group of soliders. Only Sergeant Atter spoke up with a raised hand “You said the indigenous were huge and dangerous sir? What do we recognize them as?”. Captain Kai thought for a long moment starring at the sergeant. Not at the question but remembering what had happened four years prior on this planet he had seen. After a moment he answered him.

A few minutes later the Troop Transport stopped and the stormtroopers and naval troops disembarked and set out securing a small area. Captain Kai used his comlink to keep in touch with Corporal Zaym to insure the chariot would down shortly with the wounded and supplies. A minutes passed as a stream of cargo and material poured from Kumo's upper hangar. Captain Kai walked along the beach head now crowded with survivors and supplies before seeing an imperial officer flanked by a pair of stormtroopers walking down from a sentinel shuttle.

The older man was in his late fifties but still in physically excellent shape. His dark auburn colored hair was salted with gray heavily on the sides and a gray stripe had worked it's way from above his left eye all the way back to the middle of his head. Captain Kai crooked an eyebrow as he folded his arms and called out to the older man.”Major Gridon.” He shouted and nodded towards the older man. Who in turn nodded an acknowledgment and simply replied “Orders... sir?” Girdon's tone was something less then professional and hinted at annoyance. Kai gave a curt reply himself “You mean aside from the ones putting you under arrest for refusing direct orders and dereliction of duty for not going on with the rest of the flights?!”. The Major gave a smug smile as he gave his response to the younger man “Yes,.. besides those.” Captain Kai gave a slight sneer knowing that the major knew the situation as well as he did regarding the planet and surface. Kai continued “Get to the rally point and bring medical supplies for our wounded. Start a casualty collection point and make sure the fighters conserve fuel on the way here until we get the port-a-racks out of storage. You're in command of the forces there.” Major Gridon smiled at the orders as his apprehensiveness towards the captain was slightly eased. “Anything else?”.

Captain Kai gave a half wince, he and the major were far from friends and had it not been out of line for a commanding officer to strike another Senior he'd have socked Gridon long ago for the smug way he acted towards him. A long history of animosity between the two while serving on the Kumo existed from even before he took command of the Star Destroyer. But here Kai decided it was time to get past that.

Kai turned back and saw the massive tear though the beach and grassland Kumo had made before hitting the water. He turned and looked at the wrecked star destroyer half sunken into the reef off the shore. The blue skies and clear water were a calm and stark contrast to the massive wrecked capital ship he had called home for years. He took a breath and balled his fists in anger as he answered. “Yes. When we find those who did this, I want their heads on pikes.” Major Gridon paused a moment before giving a simple “Yes... sir” before turning away with is pair of stormtroopers back towards his sentinel shuttle.

During the next hours the chariot made runs to and from the beach head to the upper hangar picking up wounded and supplies. Some of the less injured crew start working on other land vehicles that could make the drop into the shallow reef and survive. By the time the temporary shelters were built later that evening the survivors had a second Troop Transport and had started working on moving an AT-AT out of the hangar. Kai looked over the survivors his mind calculating the possibilities of what this world would do to them had they not been prepared. He then thought of Sylvon and wondered if she had completed her tasks. If she hadn't by the morning he would have to leave her. Something he regretted in leaving a good officer like her but he knew far too well the cost that would be paid if the survivors of slow and wounded humans were left this far away from the safe zone once the second night started.

to be continued..
Title: Re: The last orders of Captain Kai...
Post by: Tamer on August 01, 2016, 07:41:15 AM
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Title: Re: The last orders of Captain Kai...
Post by: Rezikai on August 01, 2016, 07:58:56 AM
Awesome sauce! So gonna go share this.

heh man I really need to start doing these at times other then 2-3am b/c now I'm re-reading it I'm noticing plenty of grammatical and typo errors... i'll try and clean it up today lol.
Title: Re: The last orders of Captain Kai...
Post by: Rezikai on February 12, 2017, 04:51:21 PM
2/12/17



The interior of the Riptide had taken quite a bit of damage from the crash but the main hangar was still operational with emergency power. Inside the hangar four of the seven Y-wings Commander Vorm had been lead of were parked getting refueled and repaired. Commander Vorm being the Mon Calamari squadron leader had a conversation with Captain Barrax over the viewer a few moments earlier and was taking in all the information. Seven Y-wings and a pair of A-Wings were all we had left from the reserves aboard. He opened his cockpit and hoped into the grav-couch as he reviewed the information.

One pair of Y-wings would go solo with med supplies to mark targets for possible survivors of their destroyed sister ship the Clarion on the eastern side of the planet. One of the A-Wings will head towards the star destroyer's crash site and see what their status is. The other A-Wing will head back towards Endor to reconnoiter with the fleet to give them our status so they can get a rescue started. Leaving the other five Y-wings including himself to fly aerial cover sorties over the Riptide should the imps hit us before we can get defenses prepped. The fuel would be tight but as long as the rescue ships get to the crash in a few days the supplies should last.

A moment later a crackle came through over his comm-link with the voice of the maintenance bay crew leader. Over the speaker the maintenance tech's tired voice came through. "Commander Vorm. Blue three and five are departing for a search and recon for Clarion survivors now.” as the Mon cala technician's sentence finished Vorm clicked on his com-link to reply “This is Blue Lead, that's affirm. Please let me know when Blues six and eight get airborne to relieve eleven and twelve for umbrella cover.” The maintenance tech gave a quick reply back “We'll keep you informed Lead. Over and out.”

Commander Vorm wondered about the pair of A-Wings, the pair of humans that flew them were good pilots. He knew them both to be well trained but the A-Wing was something he questioned. While the fastest of any fighter in the fleet it had limited offensive firepower should one have to engage with it. He wished calm waters to those two pilots with their objectives.

As the thoughts went through his mind he noticed it was taking longer to fill the tanks then usual on his Y-Wing. He assumed it was damage to the refuel rigging causing the delay. He had hoped to get airborne soon, being on the ground was fine but considering the dangerous situation his crew were being put into he'd rather be in the air to help support them.

Then a crackle came across his comm again but this time it was the young voice of Blue 5 Lieutenant Cashil, she was the most recent pilot to join Blue Squadron a few weeks prior to the preparations near Sullust for the Endor offensive. “Lead this is  Cashil. Me and Six are heading out for the med drop mission any second now.” Vorm reopened his com channel “I was informed Five, but thank you for the heads up. Take care of Zovish for me.” A moment later the young Calamari woman's voice sounded surprised “Lead, your... joking? Right?” Cashil replied. Vorm gave a smirk on the sides of his Calamari lips and blinked his large eyes humorously “Of course not as old as he is he'll start forgetting stuff mid-flight.” The older hardened voice of the veteran Mon Calamari pilot came through over the conversation. “You know I'm listening in on this chat right Lead?” Zovish's voice crackled through the speaker.
Vorm gave a quick reply back “Oh of course Zovish otherwise I wouldn't have said it.” Vorm smiled at the joke knowing Zovish for a while he understood that the much older Mon Calamari pilot had almost no humor left in him to pick up on the joke and grimaced at the thought if Zovish and Cashil thought he was serious. A moment later Lieutenant Cashil's voice came back through the com-channel “Lead were off the deck, heading out!” Vorm replied back through the channel in a more serious tone “Calm waters to you both.”

As the pair of Y-Wings left the Riptide's hangar Vorm noticed the pair of human pilots climbing into their A-Wings. He watched the man and woman in their green flight-suits doing their pre-flight checklist in their small sized fighters. Vorm watched them ready their engines and start to lift from the hangar deck he put his webbed hand against his cockpit glass understanding how important their mission was and repeated his blessing “Calm waters to all of you...”


-


The bridge of the Riptide was half lit with emergency lighting and portable lights set up with generators so the crew could work their consoles. Captain Barrax sat in his white captain's chair with his pair of webbed hands clasped together in his lap. He barked out an order towards the Mon Calamari crew still manning their posts “Comm... status of refuge and shelter area assessment?” One of the female Mon-calamari officers looked up and replied “Possibly caves deeper in the mountain range from what the scouts are reporting sir. It seems the geology deeper in the cave systems are much more moist and warm.” Barrax put a hand on his chair as he replied in a more neutral tone “Excellent. I don't want to leave Riptide but if we have to it's good to have a reserve area set up. What of the Imperial's status?” He ordered as he turned over his shoulder. “ As he did a young male calamari office replied “SPEAR just got off the deck for a full snoop and scoot. Other then that the Imp chatter on the far side of the continent sounds like they sent their fighters and craft to a rallying point. No word on how many if any survived the Star Destroyer's crash.”

Barrax gave the man an nod in acknowledgment and spoke out “Hmmm. They launched everything they had to break free of us. It's possible most of the remaining landing craft are at that rally point waiting for rescue.” The female officer spoke back up “Their shuttles would have hyperdrives, but the drop ships and fighters would have to find a spot try and soft land.” The male Calamari officer who reported the imperial status was Lieutenant Tarris, he looked up from his console over at the female officer “Tie's usually can't soft land for long, the solar panels aren't sturdy enough in normal gravity.” The opposed female mon calamari officer was Specialist Dreisha. Barrax interupted their conversation “What's the status of Blue Squadron?” Tarris replied “The pair searching for clarion survivors are already underway. The rest are rotating umbrella sorties. I'll link it to your station.” Barrax gave another nod going over the data on his screen and continued “After SPEAR reports back intell on the Imp positions and strength we'll do an assessment if we need to have Blue Squadron make a sortie. Tarris replied “You think they'll need to? The Star Destroyer probably didn't have many survivors.” Barrax barked back still going over the data relayed into his pad “Perhaps, but there was so much spacecraft she spewed out that if they got organized alone they could still hurt us. I want to make sure that can't happen.” Dreisha started punching up the sortie's status' on her console and gave a quick reply “I'll start the reports as soon as SPEAR returns.” Tarris looked at Dreisha then to Barrax who was still hunched over his data screen “Sir, should we try and make contact with FOCI or Captain Vonsil?” Barrax let the question sit a moment as he leaned his head forward blinking his large Mon Calamari eyes before replying smoothly. “No, we'd don't know their status yet. We'll see if they try and contact us.” Tarris gave a questioning look to Dreisha and gave his reply “Yes... sir.”.


-


Captian Kai moved through the survivors while speaking to other officers and troopers in a trail behind him. He shouted orders as he came across crewman and naval troops setting up temporary shelters and setting up supplies. “Keep the material moving, everyone able are to get the P.L.R's ready! They'll be arriving anytime now!” Kai barked, the PLR's he referred to were the portable-landing-racks that were able to move a tie fighter when inoperable. Normally they are used for maintenance or long distance ground travel but he knew they couldn't stay landed on their solar panels for longer then a day without damaging the panels themselves. Following Kai was Crewman Vishar still in his pale grey technician uniform and stormtrooper TK1979 Corporal Zaym. Vishar was holding his hand to the small earpiece he was wearing “Sir, Moon Squadron leader reports ties are inbound.” A moment later the stormtrooper held his hand to his helmet as incoming transmissions came through his skull shaped helmets receiver and relayed it to the Captain “Sir Major Gridon is signaling, he's requesting use of the two working chariots.”

Captain Kai thought for a moment at the request. The other working chariot was just made air worthy a few minutes ago. Did Gridon not know it was damaged? Or did he assume we'd be repairing them for the evac of the remaining survivors. Kai gave a wince as he replied “Tell the Major he'll have to split his men to assist in the salvage of them and only after the Ties are landed and the casualty collection duty is complete.”

The stormtrooper corporal held his hand to the side of his helm as he relayed the Captain's message. No sound came through the stormtrooper's speaker as he informed Major Gridon. Captain Kai stood awaiting the Major's reply when a pair of imperial navy troopers marched to the Captain and his entourage. One of the naval troopers was without his large black mushroomed helmet showing his short brown hair. Both of the men had tears and stains on their uniforms as everyone else that survived Kumo's crash did. They had soot and grease covering their faces from being too close to smoke or fires giving them a haggard look. As the Captain turned to address them they stood at attention.

“What is it?” Kai said quickly. The officer without a helmet replied “Sir, Commander Karamat reports she's setting up a large perimeter circle to the north to scout for routes for excursion to the rally point. She hopes to use landcraft that's still operational from Kumo for assistance.”

Captain Kai's mood which had been perpetual dread since arriving on the beach lightened slightly. “She survived did she? Good. Have her start a wide scout area when she makes her perimeter search to the North along the coast. Make sure she takes blockade hardware, trip alarms and even sensor sticks if she has to.“ The second naval trooper still wearing his large helmet gave a question back at Kai “So large sir? You think the rebels will attack us when we try to move?” Kai pointed as a pair of technicians walking by inquired where to organize some gear. He gave a sharp reply to the naval trooper “Quite possibly, Major Gridon reported the rebels ship went down near the near this continent's eastern mountain range.” The first trooper spoke up “Sir if it's down shouldn't we have Major Gridon destroy it with operational craft and personnel?” Kai turned looking at the pair of men “No, their starfighters were still in the air at last report and they only had a handful or more. Also they went down much closer to the planet's indigenous life forms densest area.” The second trooper inquired in a slightly informal tone “The locals aren't friendly? Kai gave them both a wary look “On the contrary, much too friendly. Have Sergeant Atter give the rest of your group indigenous assessment so you can keep yourselves prepared. Then get back to Commander Karamat with the intell for any in her group she plans on taking for that scouting trek. Tell her even if the rebels don't strike the indigenous life will. This entire planet is a deathtrap.” The first helmetless trooper acknowledged for both of them “Right!”

Captain Kai turned towards the stormtrooper corporal with a half smirk anticipating what the Major's response would be. “Well what was the Major's response?” Kai asked in a annoyed tone as if anticipating the answer “It was a, refusal.” Corporal Zaym replied through the speakers in his skull faced stormtrooper helmet. Kai gave a half smirk “A colorful one I'm sure, not that it matters. Vishar lets get some maintenance crews for the ties and other craft that will be here soon ready to swap to land craft salvage for Commander Karamat's scouting mission.” Vishar gave a measured response “Yes, sir.”

As the words left Vishar's mouth the small dots reminiscent of insects started to stream in from the horizon. After a moment they took full shapes against the low hanging sun as tie fighters and interceptors. Flanked by shuttles and drop craft. Anything that survived the assault on the rebel ship in orbit to the rallying point. After a few moments Vishar turned to the Captain with a curious look “Sir why bring the Ties here for the Port-a-racks? When we could just have easily had Major Gridon send a few of the shuttles back to pick them up in a few runs?”

Kai rubbed his chin as a slight smile crossed his face before it flashed away and he responded to Vishar's question “It's all part of the great game Vishar, just remember that when you see something crazy happening.” Vishar simply gave a confused look and replied again “Yes... sir.” Kai smiled and turned back around walking towards a group of technicians setting up the landing area.

-

Streaking across the low hanging sun Major Gridon's sentinel shuttle raced across the planet's red sky. Inside the cockpit the pair of pilots and Major Gridon watched the landscape slowly change from the coastal surf and grasslands to a more rocky dry area.

Major Gridon knew why Captain Kai picked the only desert area on the continent to use as a rally point. It allowed some of the tie fighters to soft land. But he remembered why the desert area was used as a sanctuary from the indigenous life forms on the planet.

As the shuttle was in sensor range of the rallying point Gridon saw more and more of the tie fighters launching to go back to Kai's position. Gridon stifled a curse under his breath but knew it was better to play his part. After a moment of thought one of the shuttles pilots turned towards him “ Major, there's sporadic distress signals coming in from escape pods from Kumo.” Gridon gave no emtion in his reply to the pilot “Mark the locations and reply that pick up missions are being organized and to stay with their pods.” “Right.” replied the co-pilot as he started relaying the information back to the escape pods on his console. Gridon simply lowered his brow and spoke again “Time to rally point?” The first pilot spoke again “Under two minutes.” As the first pilot relayed the time to the Major the co-pilot had finished his reply transmission to the pods and turned towards the other pilot “I can't believe that many from Kumo survived the crash.” The first pilot replied to the question “Must have been good construction and luck.” The co-pilot replied “Must have.” Major Gridon listened to the pair of pilot's chatter thinking luck had little to do with it. He knew Captain Kai was a cunning and intelligent leader. Something he would have to deal with later.

Shortly after the thoughts the Sentinel shuttle finished crossing the rocky dry region and headed inward toward the orange brown desert. As the shuttle entered the area the main pilot announced “Rally Point Alpha ahead sir.”

Major Gridon watched over the controlled chaos below. Rally Point Alpha was a small area on the northwestern peninsula where the west coast's beach line scrawled north into a dry rocky range only allowing small amounts of grassland to grow past it before becoming desert. The dry cracked ground nearest the grassland is where the majority of the ships had set down.

The collection of ships were parked in a semi circle with the concave side on the grassland side of the desert. Equipment and personnel were moving around keeping whatever they could intact. Some of the regular tie's hadn't been able to stay airborne and came down in the sand too hard and were now stuck. The Tie interceptors however with their angled solar panels were easy to soft land in the soft warm sand. At the far side of the semi circle of ships parked in the sand was the remaining Titan drop ship from the Kumo. It's silhouette against the setting sun looked like a pyramid as it towered over the other shuttles and craft.

Most of the interceptors and ties fighters were gone now, headed south to where Captain Kai was setting up a temporary point. Gridon didn't need wonder how much the Captain trusted him considering he didn't entrust the pair of chariots to his command.

As they approached the landing area Major Gridon looked over the supplies as they were being unloaded. He knew why didn't Kai wish to remain with Kumo and that thought pleased him. As he let the thought rest the sentinel turned on it's landing lights as it came down in the dusk of the setting sun.

Major Gridon let the ramp come down the shuttle before starting down it. As he did he was greeted by a pair of Imperial flight officers awaiting him. One donning his wool black imperial uniform and small cap covering his dark chocolate colored hair while the other was still in his black flightsuit with his helm off under his left arm his blonde hair tussled from being in the helmet. As the Major descended the ramp the brown haired flight officer approached. “Major Gridon!” the brown hair uniformed officer called out. Gridon gave a half reply “Yes captain?” The younger man in the wool flight suit was Captain Ryvil and he seemed anxious to ask his question “Sir how is the Kumo?” Gridon replied with a half smirk “It's sunken on a reef in an inlet off the coast. So far as to say it's not going anywhere ever again.” Ryvil gave a startled reply “Ah I see. Apologies.” Gridon raised a hand in acknowledgment “None needed Captain.” Ryvil settled himself and continued “And Captain Kai?” Gridon gave a slight wince looking at the brown haired man as he retorted “He was severely shaken and bruised but still in one piece, though the damage he took from the crash may have had an effect on his better judgment regarding objectives and assignments.” Ryvil gave a more somber “Oh?” in his reply in a more neutral tone. Gridon continued “Indeed instead of letting a senior officer take control of the situation like myself he's still grasping to the hulk of the Kumo pulling whatever pieces of equipment he can for the trek here while having the fighters go to him for racking which is ridiculous.” Ryvil gave a confused look after hearing what Captain Kai was doing but simply said “I...see...” in his reply. Gridon leaned in his eye slightly wider “You do? Good because it's as clear as mud to me. Either way I am in command of all forces here we're to set up a casualty collection point for his people on their trek north. What word if any... from crewman in escape pods?” Ryvil nodded at the inquiry “We've received multiple signals, dozens in fact but their spread all over the continent.” Gridon gave a smirk back “Good, there's a search and rescue already being dispatched from Rally Point Beta for them we're to stay here, mark coordinates for them and report them to my comm link directly no one else is to know their locations. I want any light vehicles and especially skiffs ready for scout use.” Ryvil gave a surprised look “Point Beta...? sir?” Gridon gave a stone face expression to the mans inquiry and gave said in a neutral tone “Another point set up by Captain Kai's orders.” Ryvil gave an nod in acknowledgment and simply said “Yes sir.”

A half second later Gridon turned to the much younger blond haired man in his black flight-suit. The other imperial officer was Lieutenant Vanders lead of Onyx Squadron. Vanders had assumed command after their squadron leader was killed over Endor hours earlier. A young officer he tried to act stoic with his fresh features and bright blond hair. Vanders had seen half his squadron destroyed at Endor including Commander Cliner. He himself had taken fire but had  made it back to Kumo just in time to dock before it jumped into hyperspace. Leaving two of the squadron behind at Endor to fend for themselves. That part hurt more then watching the others be destroyed by the rebels. Knowing he had to leave them behind. The thought of that happening to him terrified his senses. He worked hard to swallow that fear standing now in front of Major Gridon.

Gridon was staring at the young man and gave a louder bark “Lieutenant?” Vanders attention was pulled from his thoughts of the battle over Endor back to the man in front of him “Oh! Apologies sir I was reflecting on today's events.” Gridon gave a nod “Of your fellow Onyx wingmen I hope.” Vanders gave a slight nod in his reply “Yes sir. I don't like leaving them to go out on their own to Captain Kai. But I stayed behind as ordered.” Gridon gave a smile to Vanders “You did your duty as you always should lad. And with good reason, I have a new mission for you.” Vanders snapped back at attention “Sir?” Gridon continued “When the half dozen ties that weren't able to soft land easily and will need to be pulled from the sand get dug out I want you to lead them on a scout mission on the Rebel cruiser. Reports say it didn't crash nearly as bad as Kumo did and many of it's crew and supplies are still armed and operational. You'll be flying as a new designiation, Banshee Lead. The rest of your unit will be remnants of Moon and Stryfe Squadrons waiting to get their ties out of the sand and repaired. You should all be up and operable in a few hours. When this planet turns to night side you should have sufficient cover. Lieutenant Vanders gave a crisp reply “Just observational sir?” Gridon shook his head “No, should you engage do your duty to the Empire. Especially now of all times.” Vanders gave a nod with a quick reply back to Gridon “Yes sir, we will.”
Title: Re: The last orders of Captain Kai...
Post by: Tamer on February 13, 2017, 02:58:49 AM
Let me go share this and I will try to give it a read during my break at work today.
Title: Re: The last orders of Captain Kai...
Post by: Rezikai on February 13, 2017, 09:36:42 PM
odd,.. i had some more finished after that scene.. sec i'll find it and post it.


aha found it.

The air of the Riptide's bridge seemed heavier then just a few moments earlier as the information came across Captain Barrax's screen. The first message was that LONGSPEAR and SPEAR were both launched with his crews hopes for survival on them. However the more distressing information was just underneath that report from the maintenance crews observations. He read it again just to make sure it was correct.

“So how close we're we?” Barrax said going over the data on his chair display.
Lieutenant Tarris replied while going over his console's controls “Extremely, it was the Force alone that kept us from falling into that abyss of a ravine. Commander Vorm says they dropped flares to see how far it would go but the flare fell so far it was never seen hitting bottom.” Barrax's Calamari eyes squinted in annoyance “Hmmmm, and what is this about the fuel consumption? What is he trying to say about the gravity here?”. Specialist Dreisha looked up towards Barrax replying to him “As near as I read it the maintenance crews think the gravity here is having some effect of fluids making them flow more sluggishly and making it take longer to refuel the fighters.” Barrax turned in his white captains chair “But we don't feel the effect ourselves?” Tarris chimed in with an answer “We're unsure, we're on an dry rock without much moisture for several kilometers except for the traces the scouts reported in the cave system in the mountain tunnels we crashed next to.” Dreisha looked at Tarris as she commented “I don't feel worse off then I normally would be.” Barrix finally broke in “Nor I. Lets hope it's contained to just the fuel and fluids. Tarris gave a nod and replied “Yes sir.” A second later Dreisha leaned over her console towards the captain “Sir with Riptide this close to toppling wouldn't it be prudent to move supplies and personnel into the caves our scouts reported?” Barrix gave a quick nod as he went over the data coming in on his display “Indeed it would. Though I would hate to start moving then the Imps decide to visit us with our fins out.” Barrix said with a half chuckle.

The pair of Mon Calamari technicians started to chuckle in unison before letting the joke subside. It was good to have a laugh to lighten the mood  after an eventful few days. The destruction of the second Death Star and now surviving the crash. As the silence took over the trio's laughs Barrix continued “We'll move all the easiest mobile equipment to the tunnels and caves immediately. Lets leave the larger equipment for last in case the weight starts to become an unfavorable imbalance.” Tarris continued looking at his console he acknowledged “Yes sir, sending orders to the crews.

-

Clouds flew past the pair of A-Wings as they moved high into the planet's atmosphere. The pair of fighters were piloted by two human pilots detached to the Riptide prior to the Endor offensive. They human pilots turned to look at each other from across each others cockpits and nodded. The first A-Wing designated LONGSPEAR was heading back to the Alliance fleet with the data and situational reports for Riptide to get a rescue mission sent for them. Inside LONGSPEAR's cockpit Lieutenant Klavine set the course for high orbit to make his jump to hyperspace back to the fleet at Endor. He watched below as his comrade Lieutenant Tritan moved her A-Wing deeper into the planet's atmosphere as she broke away to scout the imperial position. He hoped to see her again soon. Klavine then readied the nav-computer for the jump to lightspeed. He watched the as his comrade's A-Wing became a tiny spec over the blue green planet before the navigation computer chimed in with the coordinates ready for his return course and his A-Wing jumped into hyperspace.

Lieutenant Aerrel Tritan had been flying for a while. She was eight years old when she first tried to learned to fly a land speeder. That was also the first year of Palpatine's great Galactic Empire. Aerrel held back her emotions as she thought about the stories of murder and planetary suppression by imperial Moff's seeking glory and riches for themselves when so many needed it more. She wanted a galaxy where people could find the help they needed and where those without a place to go had a meaning.

Her display buzzed its early warning signal letting her know she was only a few minutes from the target area. Aerrel gave a half smirk at the readout “Let's see what we can see”.


-


The sun was almost down as it drenched the sky red. Captain Kai walked through streams of survivors and the temporary shelters they had created on the beach just north of the Kumo's crash site. Standing next to him the stormtrooper Corporal Zaym accompanied, relaying orders from the internal comm-link the stormtrooper corproal  had in his skull shaped helmet.

Kai continued receiving messages from other officers in person while others used their temporary short range channels as they would report more survivors coming from Kumo he would give them Corporal Zaym's comm-link channel to ensure faster communication. No wanting every last report to take up too much of his time as he tried to get the survivors sheltered and ready for the night. He was thankful for the warmer climate of the planet but new it was a facade. Kai watched as the troopers and crew started setting up the shelters for the evening as work crews continued getting vehicles that could carry supplies operational. Kai had ordered a rotation of maintenance throughout the night. He turned looking across the remainder of the beach to the open grassland that came to the beaches edge. As if waiting.

Kai fixed his gaze on the darkening sky over the grasslands as he spoke to Zaym “Status on the fighters in the P.L.R.s?” He said to Zaym without actually facing the trooper. The stormtrooper put his hand down from the side of his helmet taking incoming transmissions to answer “All remaining ties that arrived have been sufficiently attached to the portable racks. Though a handful were still stuck in the sand at Rally Point Alpha sir.” Kai' turned to the North watching the beach wind off in the distance towards the survivors eventual destination before replying with a bit of short abrasiveness in his tone “Of course they were. Corporal find out which ties and pilots were stuck in the sand and make sure I have a report with that information within the hour. Zaym put his hand back to the side of his helmet and replied “Yes sir”.

Kai gave a slight nod still facing the winding beach full of survivors as he did he started to speak “Also inform the rack crews to keep moving the ties through the night, the rest of the survivor's and wounded can catch up in the morn... ing.”

As Kai finished his sentence his words trailed off as he noticed an officer in her olive drab uniform approaching. She like most every other officer that had survived had no cap upon her head but even with it on most anyone could see she was a short well built and toned woman with dark brownish red hair. It was pinned back into a bun except for a loch that had come undone and hung in front of her striking face. Her skin was an olive tone with dark soot blemishes around her chin and right cheek. Commander Karamat was a beautiful woman in her late thirties with high cheek bones and pronounced features but she rarely let the icy gaze her green eyes had warm to anyone. Captain Kai often thought of her as the precedent for what an imperial officer should be, strong, efficient, dependable and respected. Along her side a black uniformed naval trooper marched with her donning his large mushroom helmet and side arm. Kai gave a smirk as he realized the trooper was Sergeant Atter.

Kai gave a half formal nod towards the pair as they came within an earshot “Good evening commander. I'm glad to see you survived.” Most newer imperial officers would have shouted a reply back to their Captain as they approached however Karamat gave no immediate reaction until she was within a few steps of the Captain. She stood at ease in front of him and gave a her reply in her slightly deep husky voice “You know well and good I survived when my troopers reported to you earlier, quit pretending to be surprised with that foolish look on your face.”

Kai tried to restrain his emotions around her. Karamat was one of the few senior staff officers that could have easily been taken command of the Kumo when Admiral Jaeger retired. She rarely spoke out against someone or even let her emotions show but when they did it was a mix of an authoritarian scold and threat. Even so Kai felt so relieved to know she had survived. He realized his face must have been showing and he was thankful she mistook it as humor rather then something else. Kai widened his eyes and gave Karamat a slight nod “Apologies Commander. I thought that my instructions to them was clear enough.” Karamat kept her pose and simply tilted her head slightly “Well it was as muddled as anything else you would write when you first joined Kumo's crew, though I thought I had broke you of that bad habit.”. Now, that was one of those rare pokes, Kai's face gave a slight flush with emotion. He had been much rougher around the edges for an officer when he joined Kumo five years earlier. Writing next to nothing in reports if he filed one at all. Kai rubbed his squared off chin, partially in thought and partially remembering the punch Karamat gave him for his less then official comments regarding her uniform back then, even if they were meant to be flattering. “Yes well, we can reminisce of old times of me being your junior officer later. I didn't intend the report to be unclear as it was time sensitive. I needed to make sure we had a wide perimeter set up and quickly.” Karamat re-positioned her face forward and replied “That's another issue, why in the skies did you have us make such a huge perimeter if we're going to be moving so quickly? Even rebel commandos wouldn't come close to the net we set up that large let alone a strike team. Kai raised his hand in reply “As I said to your troops. The indigenous life forms here are extremely dangerous and cunning.” Karamat arched one of her dark brownish red eyebrows “We've over eight thousand survivors here alone. Not to mention heavy equipment out of the Kumo so far. I think we'll handle some local savages easily enough.” Karamat said. Kai lowered his brow a moment and then lifted it as his eyes found Karamat's green eyes in the fading light “You think wrong, Commander, respectfully.”

The immediate retort made Karamat bristle at him and the trooper and Zaym stand at attention ready for an order from either of them. Karamat had let her icy stare soften when around Kai reinforced it with daggers towards him, but Kai continued “This planet is restricted because of the indig's. They are large arachnids with a very high intelligence. We came here some four years ago while you were back on Coruscant. Admiral Jaeger sent multiple platoons reinforced with a division of AT-AT's. While on the ground Lieutenant Pliskin's group came across a cave housing ancient structures. We didn't have time to find out much about them before the creatures attacked. The indig's here these... creatures adapt rapidly fast. They tore into Colonel Tolecco's AT-AT's like they were made of paper. There were very few survivors.”.

Commander Karamat's gaze went from piercing to more rounded at hearing her old friend Tolecco's name. She remembered upon returning to Kumo from her stint on Coruscant learning he was wounded and reassigned a comfy job on Brental IV. Karamat gave a long sigh through her nostrils. It was well known among Kumo's senior staff it was her sign of frustration but as her outer persona dictated she said nothing to the fact and instead replied more casually “I, see. So these creatures are able to take blaster shots I take it?” It wasn't so much of an acceptance Kai was right in contrast to her, no Kai figured after years of knowing the woman she'd die in a pit of fire while being torn to shreds by vaskor's before she'd ever let that happen but it was enough for him as he continued “Easily but like most things their weak spot is their eyes, and since they have many in their head they can be wounded and killed but their thorax's are as hard as plasteel. Only large blasts from heavy weapons will damage them.” Karamat turned her head slightly to one side “Then your apologies for the report are accepted Captain.” Kai didn't show his relief but he was glad Karamat wasn't angry at him for being so blunt and in front of subordinates, as he had done so in the past together. “Thank you Commander.” Kai said with a nod “I'll be needing good leadership like yours on our trek to Rally Point Alpha.”

Karamat almost replied to ask why they were going to double quick it all the way to the rally point when Kumo's supplies and crash are right here. But she thought better of it remembering the new information she had just been told about the indigenous life's ferocity. The creatures would be all over Kumo in a day two at most. She turned to watch the column of survivors along with walkers and transports slowly heading north as she spoke again “Let's hope Gridon hasn't been so inept that we'll find the place overran and occupied with rebel troops in the days it'll take to mar-- “ She cut off her sentence and turned back towards Kai “What about the escape pods?” Kai gave a long sigh “Unfortunately he was already airborne and the only senior officer I had known was alive so I ordered Gridon to start a casualty and collection point at the rally point for them as well.” Karamat raised and lowered her brow slightly “You should have had me in charge of it. My men would be better suited for it.” Kai nodded “Apologies again. At the time I didn't know you had survived.”

Karamat threw a sidewards laser beam stare before returning it towards the column of men and material trudging through north along the beach. “How long before you'll be heading north with the rest of the materials?” Kai took a few steps to stand to her left side “I'm waiting for Lieutenant Sylvon to report. She was flushing out parasites from the rest of Kumo to ensure we get enough material and survivors off of it without being seen. Though with the way the sun is going down I'm hoping she'll be here soon. Karamat gave a non-expressive reply “I'll make sure our sentry line is extended for extra time should the savages make a run at us while we're slogging north.” Kai put his hand on his waist as he gave a short toned reply “Good Woman.”. “You know this.” Was Karamat's reply.

With her final words spoken Karamat turned her her gaze over her shoulder towards Kai and gave a nod in affirmation and marched off towards the edge of the beach where it started to change from sand to grass. Captain Kai watched her as she walked away admiring her not only for her excellent form fit inside her uniform but for her professionalism and indoctrination to the Imperial way. He almost cracked a smile before turning towards Corporal Zaym who still stood next to him awaiting orders. “Corporal, see if Major Araed survived and reported in yet. I'm going to be needing her skills for a mission.” The Corporal unfroze his standing position and replied as he held his hand to his helmet ready to send the Captain's request. ”Yes sir.“
Title: Re: The last orders of Captain Kai...
Post by: Rezikai on February 21, 2017, 11:51:17 PM
The blue hyperspace tunnel surrounding Lieutenant Klavine's A-Wing washed his control panels in a light blue hue. He had been familiar with seeing the blue streaking light since he started piloting. He often thought during these quiet moments about after the civil war was over, how he would return to his mother and explain what he had done and if his father would even stand to look at him or turn on him for being a traitor. Those bothering thoughts were often washed away like mud in a river when he entered hyperspace. Away from the politics of it all, he sat alone in the cockpit of his A-Wing awaiting the tunnel to dissipate and the blackness of space dotted with the stars of a tens of thousands of systems full his view.

Klavine looked at his nav-computer he should be leaving hyperspace in a few minutes. He expected to see the Rebel fleet mopping up the imperial ships that stayed to fight it out and either scrapping them or capturing them. What he had seen that day will never be forgotten. The second huge Death Star exploding over Endor and the word that the Emperor and Vader were both on it when it did meant the Empire's days were numbered. Soon he wouldn't have to worry about the politics of it as he would be on the victors side. Then it didn't matter what his father would think as he would have the proof to show him he chose right.

Suddenly a huge lurch shook Klavine's ship as the blue hyperspace tunnel was torn away and his A-Wing swiveled to starboard. The starfields in front of him spun lateral as his ship seemed to be grabbed pulled. To his horror Klavine saw the stars turning sideways suddenly blocked by the huge arrow shaped vessel in front of him. The imperial vessel aligned with large spherical domes on its sides was instantly recognizable. The imperial ship's tracking beams slowly pulled him ever closer from far below it's underbelly towards its main landing bay. Klavine took a half second to realize what was going on before he said audibly “Stang a dragship! Why is it here?!” He furiously started punching up communications channels to try and reach any Alliance friendlies listening “This is Lt. Klavine of Rebel gold group to any within this transmission I'm being captured by an Imperial Interdictor Cruiser at coordinates 851---” But halfway through his distress call a loud “Zzzzzt” came from the com-channel then a loud hissing wail of interference.

Klavine held his ears to his helmet as loud whine burst though his comm channel jamming his transmission. He gritted his teeth as he reach for his fire control and checked his laser batteries seeing they read over half charged. A millisecond later Klavine  grabbed his control yoke and flipped off his safety as he started to open up his pair of cannon's the A-Wing was equipped with. He pulled the trigger and watched a the cannons start a pair of yellow green blasts at the massive imperial vessel. Then a second later both cannon's reported power failure, no longer able to fire as power banks were drained. Klavine's face reflected the horror coming over his fire control's data report. “Impossible! It read over half!” Klavine yelled to himself.

As the words escaped his mouth the side of the interdictor cruiser fired blue white shots from an ion cannon hitting his small fighters hull shutting down almost all systems. A moment later a female human's voice crackled through his helmet's comm-link as a forced transmission came in. “This is Commander Faraday of the Imperial Naval vessel Slipstream. You will stand down any further aggressive acts and prepare to be seized and taken prisoner.” The woman's voice sounded very annoyed as the transmission broke off. Klavine looked down at his left hip. He still had a side arm a DL-44 to fight with. Less then a second later he realized with his ship disabled he wasn't going to fight off an entire imperial naval crew. He sat back in his grav couch thinking of how silly it had been to think to try it as the small fighter was enveloped by the massive ship's main cargo hangar. The darkness of Klavine's A-wing cabin was soon washed with the glow of imperial scaffolding lighting and spot lights as he and his ship was locked into place. He unbuckled his blaster from his hip and held it in front of him with a regretful look on his face as he checked it's power pack for use. “Guess, this is it...” He mumbled to himself as the sounds of imperial crewman started moving an adjustable catwalk next to his A-wings cockpit.

-

Deep in the bowels of crashed Star Destroyer Kumo Lieutenant Sylvon cursed under her breath. She had been traversing the ship with her pair of stormtrooper escorts for hours before reaching their destination, a large bent framed door. She had been the only one small enough to squeeze through the small opening it had near the bottom and now after a few minutes of work using her comm-link's power supply to re-route into the door's system she was almost able to open it. As she sat cross legged on the deck of the darkened room she wondered how the Captain was faring with the rest of the survivors. It was getting later in the day and she knew she was against the clock. The captain wasn't one to wait for a sole crew officer even her. Sylvon clicked her teeth a moment at the thought and sighed before continuing to tinker with the door controls.

Sylvon was in thought a microphone filtered voice called out from the outside of the door. “How goes it?” Crackled the male voice of the Stormtrooper captain said. Sylvon arched one of her eyebrows as she replied back still working on the door control circuits “Almost done it'd be easier if I had one of those headlamps.”. The other stormtrooper's voice spoke with his skull shaped helmets speakered sound “It wouldn't be able to be slid through.”

Lieutenant Sylvon smirked at that response, knowing full well how terrible the appearance these two were trying to keep up was, knowing it was torn into pieces hours ago. She knew she'd be done playing that game in just a moment as she finished splicing the lines together but halted before touching it to her comm-links power circuit. Instead she quietly took out her blaster and adjusted it's settings. After finishing she called out to the pair of stormtroopers on the other side. “I've got it! It may need help being forced when it slides up. I'll tell you when I activate it!” Slyvon yelled from her side of the door. From outside the door one of the stormtrooper's voices crackled in acknowledgment “Sounds good.” Sylvon took the wire from the door controls in between two fingers hovering it over the comm-link power supply in the palm of the same hand. In her other hand her blaster was held upright. “Activating now!” She yelled.

Sylvon took the wire from the door control with two fingers and pulled it to her palm the crack from the power supply being routed into the controls popped and a millisecond later the large door started to raise but it stuttered half way due to the damage. She saw a pair of thick rubber gloved hands reach under the bottom of the door and start to lift it pulling it up high enough to get to waist level before the creaking of the metal started to screech as the damaged section of the door jammed itself in it's location halfway up.

The screeching halted, before the pair of stormtroopers leaned down to go under the now half open door. As the pair came through and stood upright in the darkened room they tracked back and forth with their headlamps shinning illumination on the area but saw no sign of Lieutenant Sylvon. Just the remnants of her small comm-link on the deck and a wire running from the door. The stormtrooper captain knelt down on one knee investigating the circuit and wiring Sylvon had been tinkering with. A second later the stormtrooper Lieutenant's voice cracked through his helmet. “Where is she?” he said before continuing with “Where in the world are we? This isn't where she was leading us.”

The words made the first kneeling stormtrooper turn his headlamp up and shown light on an area with dead monitors built into the wall and beds lined up alongside. Inert droids were frozen next to the walls and beds as if servicing ghosts laying in them. As the stormtrooper captain turned his headlamp to the side he saw containers of different sizes filling the opposite side of the the room adjacent to the beds. A second later the stormtrooper lieutenant turned his lamp towards the beds that the captain had been focusing on “What the?”. “Look out!” shouted the stormtrooper captain.

The stormtrooper captain shouted as a large arc of blue energy engulfed him sending him forward to the floor. The other stormtrooper immediately opened fire into the darkness of the room. A moment later another arc of blue energy hit him from behind sending him falling forward into one of the containers knocking it over spilling out the packets and supplies inside.

Lieutenant Sylvon crawled into the room from behind the pair of unconscious stormtroopers from under the same door they came in through. She had hidden in the shadows until they looked into the room and realized it wasn't the armory, using the distraction to slip behind them. She pulled the pair of men to the beds and started strapping them down as they moaned in their unconscious state. Sylvon gleamed at herself as she whispered in the darkness. “About time to end this charade.” she mumbled to herself.


-


The sun had set when the work crews finished cleaning out and repairing the tie fighters of Moon squadron that had sank in the sands of Rally Point Alpha. The maintenance techs had rigged up makeshift girders from parts of other craft and supplies found in the shuttles to keep the ties from re-sinking. The total was two ties from Moon squadron and four from Stryfe Squadron. The pilots were five of the six that had their ties being repaired the sixth would take Onyx Lead's slot back to Captain Kai's position.

Lieutenant Vanders sat on a supply crate in the room as he looked over the other five pilots with him. All six of them were sitting on crates or supply containers or in one case standing in front of a darkened holoscreen. They had been ordered to assemble in the Titan dropship's crew prepping area which had now been commandeered by Major Gridon as a command vessel. The other five men were older then he all in their mid to late thirties. He wondered if the other pilots thought him too young and inexperienced to be leading them at this time. Commander Cliner had been killed the day before at Endor so he had yet to even lead his own squadron. Let alone men who didn't know him. The thought sat in Vanders mind until the holo-display lit up in front of the half dozen men and Major Gridon walked into the makeshift area.

The six men shot up from their seats and stood at attention until the Major gave them a wave to sit back down. As they did he turned his back to them and pointed at the screen in front of them.

“Gentlemen, you've been assigned to a search and destroy mission. Recon intelligence has the Rebel ship position here at mark 428.08 on your maps. They were light on fighters as most of their flights were being used on the attack on the Emperors' space station. We expect little to no resistance. Intelligence has the Rebel ship stranded and without power so anti aircraft weapons and standard ship combat tubro lasers should be inoperable. Their may be light ground fire from the survivors but expect it to be light as well. The mission will take place from a high altitude orbit back down into the night side of the planet. The Rebel ship crashed in a semi wooded area near a mountain range as we understand it so their ability to detect attack prior to your engaging will be minimal.”

The Major took a finger and traced a finger over the planets surface up above it and almost a straight drop down into the planets atmosphere on the red circle marking the Rebel ships crash site. Gridon then turned towards the half dozen pilots. “Questions?” He asked. One of the older men in his early to mid forties in the front near the hologram raised a hand. “Yes, Commander Lodd?” Gridon barked. Commander Lodd sat meekly as he asked his question. “Sir, you think a half dozen fighters can finish off the Rebel survivors?” Gridon gave Lodd a half frown as he replied back “The point Commander, isn't to finish them off. The point is to find their position and exact as much damage to them as possible and if their destruction is possible to inflict that amount of necessary damage to them. If after exhausting your laser's power banks on the remnants of the Rebel ship and it has yet to be destroyed or their personnel disbursed or killed then return home for refuel and rearm.”

Commander Lodd simply nodded in agreement at the answer he was given. Lieutenant Vanders thought the plan was very lacking in details and like so many plans Commander Cliner complained about it was more about what the superiors ego could afford to lose rather then the lives the pilots could. Gridon turned from Lodd's direction to face the other five pilots “Any others?” Gridon said giving a slight pause after “Good. Now to your ships. Vander you'll be taking Lead as Banshee One.” The rest are re-designated Banshee for this op. Remember your call signs back to base and Rally point Alpha's callsign is Big Rock.” Gridon finished then turned to the door and walked out of the prepping area heading back into the corridor's of the Titan vessel.

-

On the bridge of the Riptide Captain Barrax overlooked the dismantling of the bridge's displays and supplies while keeping a skeleton crew available for tactical use. The cannibalizing of Riptide had gone much more smoothly then expected except for the slow drain on the fuel from the planets unique gravity. Barrax looked over the few readouts still coming across his tactical display “Estimated time?” He called over to Lieutenant Tarris “He should be arriving back at Endor within the next half hour sir.” Tarris replied from his station. A second later Specialist Dreisha chimed towards the Captain “Sir, the maintenance crews have readied a command station inside one of the larger caves with heavy moisture.” Barrax turned towards her “Good, lets set up the med crews for the wounded there as well.” Dreisha started to relay the information into her console when Tarris spoke up “Sir I'm getting a message coming in on the secure channel.” Barrix turned back to Tarris and nodded “To my display.” A moment later audio and graphs flashed across the small display in front of Barrax, as he sat and reviewed the information a few moments later he turned off his display then turned towards Dreisha “Estimated time for SPEAR to reach target destination?” Dreisha punched up SPEARS information at her console “Any minute now Captain.” Barrix gave a slight smile to his wide calamari mouth “Good, I need to confirm SPEARS information to what I've received. If it checks out we may have more work then we thought we did.” Dreisha gave a puzzled nod and replied back “Yes... sir.” She knew the secured channel wouldn't reach Alliance ships so it had to be someone here on this planet. Her thought was interrupted by Barrix giving her and Tarris new commands “Now lets get ourselves moving and quickly to the caves.”

-

5 kilometers above the planet's surface a small A-Wing fighter flies quietly through the night clouds. Lieutenant Aerrel Tritan readied her recon scans for the star destroyer's crash site. Aerrel was in her early thirties and a veteran pilot of the Alliance. As the scopes started to relay information back to her display it gave her readouts similar to what she expected. The scans came back with a huge gouge torn into the grasslands leading to the sea and the Star Destroyer was half sunken in the water of the coastal inlet. She gave a relieved sigh “Ah, there she lay. Dead as a rock.” She said as she swung the A-wing into a half curving turn to better reconnoiter the site.

The Lieutenant's words were very accurate the scopes shown the planet's moonlit ocean slowly pulling out the tide and a large dark area where a huge arrow headed obstruction now obstructed the ocean currents around it. The display swapped from night vision to a thermal scan and the dark arrow headed Imperial ship started to dot with signs of heat inside of it. Some of them slowly moving others stationary. “Hmmm seems there were a few survivors on her. I wonder if any got... out...” She trailed the sentence in her mind as the thermal scan swapped to a retro thermo active scan showing heat remnants of anything moving recently that had stirred the air with enough heat to augment the environment. Normally these thermal trails were much fainter then the true thermal scans so whoever watched them had to look hard to make them out, however what jumped out to the Lieutenant was something even a novice scan tech could make out. The upper hanger of the Star Destroyer had a large thick defined stream of heat that had recently came from it some of it dotted like personnel other parts huge and bulky like equipment or craft. She thought to herself a moment slightly baffled by the readouts “What in the skies, how many did they get off that rig? How in the Force did...” That's when she saw the heat signature trail of a huge column moving north along the coastline. Like the star destroyers upper hanger it had small dots for human signatures but huge bulky streaks for craft, some shorter to the ground others large and tall nearing twenty-three meters. This surprised Aerrel audibly said “They got tons off of it.” A second later she turned to her consoles and started marking data and murmured “The Riptide needs to know.”

Tritan pulled her fighter back high into the clouds and started north along the coastline. Her mind raced with questions about the imperial ship's crew. Where were they now and why would they mobilize so much of their equipment and craft away from their ship. “Did they think we'd try and finish them off?” She thought to herself. Her ships alarms sounded as her long range scanners indicated a massive collection of life forms in the area north of her along the coastline. Tritan pulled her A-Wing higher into the cloud cover to avoid any ground sentries or surveillance that may detect her. Tritan checked her scopes below and saw a large encampment of temporary shelters and make shift tents. The encampment could hold thousands of survivors. Fires dotted the large collection of shelters like hot embers on a smoldering piece of wood. She moved her A-Wing slightly closer to view but couldn't see much of any craft or land equipment. She knew from her previous scans that some of it had made it off the Star Destroyer. She wondered if they had been moved to a different location “They're up to something.” Tritan said aloud. She decided to make sure in case the imperials were moving it against the Riptide's position. Tritan checked her fuel gauges and she seemed to have plenty to do searching and report back. She calculated the best course would be to continue heading north along the coastline. She swung her A-Wing adjacent from the coast line and further out to sea so she could take better observational scans. Her suspicions paid off as  few minutes later as her scopes lit up with the signals from imperial hardware moving north. Three AT-AT's four AT-ST's four troop transports and at least a dozen or so smaller craft like speeders and light chariots moving troops north. Then the center of the column of material caught her eye.

“Hmmm, protecting the fighters?” Tritan thought as she touched her screen where the scan had showed a concentrated amount of tie fighters and bombers on portable hangar racks moving at the center of the column she observed over twenty of them. The portable hanger racks reminded her of a mini track wheeled siege machine with a rack with a pair of hangars on top for a Tie fighter to park in. The ties on the racks were able to be moved long distances without having to fly or be powered up and with no home ship in the area for them to return to she understood why they would be needed. She tried to assess the situation in her head “But why so far north?” it puzzled her why they had decided to move their collection point so far from their crash site.

Tritan's question almost answered itself as she heard her scopes signal a large concentration of life forms and material to the northwest. She swung her A-Wing down far beyond the column of imperial hardware trudging along the coastline to find small sandy peninsula on the northwestern edge of the coast. Her scopes illuminated the read outs of massive machinery and tech hardware. She recognized most of it as imperial shuttles and spacecraft. The semi circle of equipment curved away from the grasslands and coast more into the sandy peninsula. At the farthest point of the curve inward a large pyramid shaped ship sat away from the rest. She thought it looked as though the imps were setting up for something but she was puzzled as to what. At this point Tritan looked at her fuel gauge and decided she had scouted enough, she turned her A-Wing to the east and started at best possible speed back to the Riptide. She was just breaking away from the peninsula when she noticed a half dozen signatures moving skyward. She banked her A-Wing to get a better read on the signatures and saw a half dozen Tie Fighters moving up from the semi circle of equipment. She gave a frustrated huff “Just what I didn't need tonight.” She thought. Tritant pulled back hard on her control yoke banking the A-Wing easterly and hitting the acceleration. She half expected to be taking fire from the lead Tie by now she checked her scopes and what she saw made her do a double take. She turned herself around in her cockpit to verify what her sensors were saying was correct. The half dozen ties in fact launched for orbit. Far beyond the cloud cover she had so recently used they were moving into orbit and east. She gave a small smirk across her lips realizing the reason for the tie launches were not in response to her fighter “Hmmm seems we're not the only ones interested in the other.”
Title: Re: The last orders of Captain Kai...
Post by: Tamer on February 22, 2017, 03:39:37 AM
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Title: Re: The last orders of Captain Kai...
Post by: Rezikai on April 11, 2017, 06:10:52 PM
Kumo Crashsite

The night fell hard upon the once might Star Destroyer Kumo. Its' once ivory hull burned and twisted. Its decks half sunken into bloody and littered waters. Deep inside the ship few souls remained, fewer still would remain by daybreak. As the tide slipped away from the ship the lower decks slowly emerged from the waves. The moon's pull against the water also lowered the water line of the inlet to a simple wading depth.

The crescent moon's rays fell over the sands of the beach, giving the sands dunes a shimmer to them. When the tide had been pulled out to its furthest point the skittering starts. It comes from the edges of beach where the sand is thin before the shadows are seen roaming across the dunes in small swarms and wading into the shallow tide's water.

The shadows move swiftly over the dunes and even when wading into the water. The shadows moved through the shallow depths to where the lower decks of Kumo were now exposed. The main hangar once flooded now only had a few feet of water near it's base leaving it exposed and open. The dark shadows flowed against the moons light in the water to the main hangar with swift and agile grace. The shadows leaped into the openings and pour into hangar's bays and decks.

-

The nights cool air from the ocean felt good against the back of Captain Kai's neck. He sat around one of the many fires in the middle Kumo's survivor's encampment. Around the fire Corporal Zaym sat to his right and Vishar sat next to his left. He looked down at his leg, noticing that his side arm was still armed and ready. Though he hoped the planet's hosts would keep their curiosity or their blood thirst at bay enough to allow his people to reach relative safety. He and his small entourage were near the rear of the column of survivors coming from their crashed star destroyer. The sandy beach had started to turn into grassland the more north they traversed with the edges of large forests dotting the horizon even before the sun had set allowing the darkness of night to overtake the large line of imperial personnel to make their way. Around the large fire were dozens of technical crew, support officers, troopers and a few stormtroopers checking in from the perimeter to keep updated. All of them covered in sand and dirt most covered in soot or blood  and all of them with a weary look on their faces. Behind them were containers of of different shapes and sizes filled with supplies and tools and anything that could take with them from the Kumo.

Kai looked around at their faces often to remember each of their names. Most of which he had only seen once or twice in the files as they were transferred into Kumo's crew. Now they were more then faces and names on files in a registration. They were the thin veil of protection between each other. Kai gave an inaudible sigh looking beyond the initial pack of people and seeing the squarish outline of a pair of imperial troop transports that some of this group would load onto in a few hours while others would march along side. All of them trying to make it to some imaginary line of safety at the rally point.

He had contemplated using what few shuttles and support craft had managed to make it off Kumo to start a shuttle relay between the column of survivors and the rally point location. But in doing so was asking the rebels for another serving of metal on an already engorged stomach of imperial blood. No, the rally point as an objective is too important to allow the rebels to know about. While this way would be slow and arguably just as dangerous they had a better chance to escape the indigenous life without confrontation. If the rebels found their column and rallying point there would be not need for chances as their fates were surely sealed.

Kai leaned back on his elbow in the grass looking into the fire as he replayed the evenings events in his mind. The ties had nearly all made it to the racks in time a few had to hard land on the sand and took some damage others were dismantled for travel and were being carried in one of the AT-AT's. The rest of the equipment was in tight formation still heading north to Rally Point Alpha with Commander Karamat leading. Kai winced slightly at the thought of hearing Major Gridon's annoying protests when  Karamat give's him the orders he relayed and the good Major finds out he is under her command.

The rest of the Kumo's survivors and wounded would camp here until the early morning and then set out as soon as possible. Kai wished they hadn't need to stop at all but too many wounded made them slow and ineffective. The sentries reported every fifteen minutes to give his people time to defend themselves if needed. But only a few I.T.T's and chariots were left with this slowest section of survivors. He had hoped Lt. Sylvon would have reported back by now but with it being so long since her last check in he had to assume the worst that sent her to her death. Kai frowned slightly at the thought and swallowed it as not to let the others see his expression change. He thought of what he asked of her, sending someone to their death for the survival of the rest of the crew was something expected of imperial officers but still he didn't take the loss of a good officer lightly.

Kai looked up at the stars wondering how the rest of the retreat went. The disaster at Endor over a day ago, an ambush that had backfired and sent the Imperial Navy reeling. As the thoughts crossed his mind he noticed Corporal Zaym lean over and held his helmet close to his ear as incoming information was being relayed. Captain Kai waited a moment until the stormtrooper started to lower his hand from his helmet before Kai turned to question him. “What is it?” Kai said in a light almost casual tone. TK1979 turned towards Kai with is dirty skull faced helmet “Sir, Major Araed is reporting in. She should be coming to check in shortly.” Kai gave an half smile and nodded “Good, at least that's some better news then expected.” Corporal Zaym's expression went unseen behind his stormtrooper helmet but gave a slight nod in reply “Yes sir.” As the stoomtrooper finished the order a pair of naval troopers  were walking over to the group. One was a light skinned female with her large black mushroomed helmet still on while the other was a dark skinned male with a short short cropped haircut without his helm like his companion. Both looked as the other survivors did with dirt and soot covering their uniforms. As they walked around the fire Kai noticed the sacks over their shoulders  as they started handing rations packs out to those that were wanting. Kai took one himself and unwrapped it. The ration itself was a small cylindrical shape in gray wrapping, on the side of it was a small elongated blister of nutrient drink attached to the same wrapper.

Most of the officers and crew who took them opened them and started to munch on them Kai looked at the edible nutrient bar inside. It was a tan in color and extremely dry to the tongue, Kai's mind flashed back to the academy and greedily opening one and taking a huge bite the first time he had saw it after a long day of training and working up his hunger. He spat out the dry brittle pieces that day, a mistake his drill instructor was not going to let him forget for a long time. Today under the night sky and looking at the hungry, worn faces of the survivors of Kumo he chewed it cheerfully to put on the example for his crew to let them see him enjoying possibly  their last meal ever.

The others also joined in eating their rations and taking swigs from drink packs attached to the side of each. Corporal Zaym waved off the female naval trooper that offered him a pack and pointed to his utility belt signaling he still had a partial one in it. Vishra winced as he ate his bar and coughed trying to down it. Kai gave a chuckle at the face that he made and finished the rest of his bar in a large chomp and washed it down with the bland nutrient drink. “Karva, private from Phosmai.” Kai shouted out towards the group of survivors on the other side of the fire. A second later a young private wearing a black jumpsuit covered in dirt stood up from his seated position. He was an olive skinned man medium brown hair slightly longer then most with darker highlights. “Sir!” he said loudly towards Kai who was already motioning him to sit back down “You are nephew to Grand Admiral Sigel aren't you?” The young man sat back done and nodded “Great grand nephew, yes sir.” Kai gave him a nod and continued “I've been to Phosmai and met him before.” Kai said leaving the statement slightly open ended. Karva gave a slightly swallow and gave a slight wince to his reply “Sorry Captain, there's not much there. Aside from the ruins of the old shipyards.” Kai gave a light chuckle “Oh I know, but most of the people of the surface were polite and orderly. Sigel however was still quite full of fire and ice.” Karva gave a smile in reply “Yes, he is. The former Grand Admiral, though I believe my cousin Zaq says he still acts like he was in service.” Kai gave a laugh in reply “Of course he does. He was retired for half a dozen years and still strode around the capital dressed in his full whites and kept offices there. I fear and hope that'll be myself someday.” Karva gave a head tilt in a questioning glance “Sir?” he simply asked. Kai gave a smile and nodded back “Resolute to still be that sane of mind when I hit his age and afraid like he I'll never give up an bit.” Kai started laughing as he finished the sentence as did a few of the others around him including Karva. Kai sat up and his legs and looked up at the sky. I hope we all get a chance to he thought.

A moment later Corporal Zaym's posture motioned to his helm as if he was listening and then shot up at attention pulling his E-11 free from it's holster. “What?” Kai said standing up with him. “Contacts made sir, just under 2 kilometers.” Kai pulled his weapon up as the pair of naval officers previously handing out rations ran over to join them. “Rebels?” Kai said almost knowing it was foolish to think it could be them but hoping for a better answer. Zaym shot a quick reply back without turning his skull faced helmet toward him “No sir, the scouts made contact and there was screaming another biker unit is going to intercept.” Kai slapped Zaym on his shoulder to grab his attention “Visual contact only! Tell them!”. Kai shouted. Seconds later Zaym's voice crackled through his microphone “Sir large multi legged creatures was the contact the biker unit lost one of its number trying to get away.” Kai looked at Zaym “Where were the creatures headed?” he asked Zaym tapped the side of his helmet without a voice relaying the inquiry before turning back “Here sir!” Kai gritted his teeth and cursed. “Fine, Vishra!” “Yes sir!” Vishra yelped standing next to Kai, get to the transports and pull out the crowd suppression packs we should have a pair in each. Then get the transports and on either side of the fire roughly 20 meters away. Make sure they can cross their fire lines.” “Right sir.” Vishra ran over to the transports to start relaying the orders to the drivers. “Corporal, get the crowd away from the fire and hike them near the waters edge it may be their only chance for safety and arm as many of them as you can.” Zaym gave a nod and started shouting orders towards the rest of the survivors moving them away form the fire and west into the darkness of night. A few moments later Vishra returned with a stormtrooper each holding a pair of the crowd suppression backpacks. Kai took one as did the pair of naval troopers and the stormtrooper. Kai turned to Vishra “Get into one of the transports to coordinate firing. With any luck their won't be many of them.” “Yes sir.” Vishra replied and ran towards the transport south of the campfire. The pair of naval troopers and the stormtrooper all slid into the shoulder harness' of the suppression packs. The packs themselves were slightly oval in shape with a pair of exhaust thrusters at the bottom to allow short jump bursts if needed. The left control hand of the pack worked the long grappling arm with a four pronged clamp at the end while the right control handle worked a large taser shaft that had the ability to shoot a larger then normal laser bolt if needed. Each control arm had tubes and wires both feeding to and from them into the backpack itself.

The packs were normally for stormtroopers to use on rioters or violent crowds. Controlling crowds with troopers in the packs helped suppress them though the actual combat effectiveness of the packs were limited due to the few shots the laser on the right taser arm could use before its power pack was drained.

“Will this be better then blasters on the indigenous hostiles sir?” The female trooper asked him “Kai turned towards the pair of them “No, but small arms won't do much against them at all. The P.L.R.s with the tie's are racked up near the center of the column so there's no chance of getting them back this far in time either. Small blasters usually just annoy the Viraxen, but the ITT's firepower should hurt them if we can keep them corralled.” The pair of naval troopers looked at each other with worry as Kai finished initializing his pack and testing the clamp and taser arm “Alright, positions!” He barked towards the others.

-

The flight had been going as planned for Lieutenant Vanders. He was Banshee Lead on this mission. His first as Lead for any squadron Onyx or otherwise. His squad mates on this flight were most of Stryfe and a few Moon squadron remnants. They had launched just under half an hour earlier and were well on their way making their descent from their observation arc. They should be coming up on the Rebel ship within the next few minutes.

Lieutenant Vanders swallowed hard inside his flight helmet. He was possibly the youngest pilot on the Kumo. Now less then a day later of being part of squadron of a fully armed star destroyer he was on a mission to find out if his enemy had the capacity to inflict more damage on his fellow crew and squadron mates.

Vander's thoughts were cut off by the target early warning signal in his Tie's cockpit. He looked over his read outs. It wasn't entirely accurate, the Rebel ship's position was much further up a mountain's slope then originally projected. Vander's blinked as the information came through. He had been on sorties where intelligence on a target had been skewed or in some cases totally wrong. Commander Cliner would often say half the time they went into battle formation the intel they received was probably given by rebel spies it was so bad. Now after the catastrophe at Endor the Lieutenant started to wonder if that joking comment held more weight. Just then a voice crackled through the intercom within Vander's helmet. Lieutenant Lodd's voice came over the speaker “Lead this is Three. We have target identified and marked. Intel really botched this one that thing still has power! Another pilot's voice came over the communicator “There's definitely power inside the lighting is still showing throughout that heap. Order's Lead?” Vander's pondered a half second to remember the name to the voice. It sounded like Banshee 2 was the person asking when Vander's instincts kicked in and he suddenly started speaking into the comm-link. “Banshee's Three, Five and Six swing around twenty degrees to come at them from a different angle. Two and Four fall in formation for an attack run on any remaining ground forces that survived.” Vanders finished as he did the replies came back through his helmet comm-link “Copy Lead” and “Affirmed Lead.” from other pilots of the flight.

-

Inside the Riptide most of the crew had already moved the majority of their equipment to the cave system just outside the Riptides engines in the mountain range they had crashed against. Captain Barrax was walking from the hangar into the night air. The sun had long set and he was supervising the last of the Riptides personnel and equipment that was salvageable off the vessel when a Mon Calamari crewman came walking towards him. The mon-calamari crewman wore the basic beige uniform and raised a hand towards the captain as he approached “Sir SPEAR is transmitting scout information from their run on the enemy position.” Captain Barrax's wide Calamari mouth smiled “Good lets head over to the command center. There should be data equipment to get at least a partial dump from SPEARS transmissions. We'll also see what status was.”

The pair of Mon Calamari walked through the darkness from the Riptides hull. The remaining power inside of it was only being used to illuminate rooms for extracting equipment for the area around the ship until the unloading was finished. With it mostly completed Captain Barrax expected the power to be shut down shortly except for the flight hangar. As the Captain and the Mon Calamari crewman walked into the large oval shaped cave on the side of the mountain many of the maintenance crewmen and officers inside stood at attention before he waved them back to work.

The command center little more then a large cave with communications and weapons stations for the other areas inside and around the mountain filled with the rest of the Riptide's crew. Barrax understood his situation and knew it may take weeks if not longer for a sizable rescue mission to be planned. The Empire took a massive blow at Endor but the Rebellion's ships couldn't just jump to any system with impunity the way the Empire's ships would. As Barrax walked into the center of the command area Commander Shellis gave him an acknowledging nod.

Barrax stopped in front of a clear data screen with a display reading out a small fighter on it's out edge of sensor range moving towards the Riptide's position. He'd hoped a cave would have been found big enough to house the fighters but the maintenance crews hadn't been able to. So they'll have to use the Riptide's hangar for preps and refuels until one is cut for them. As his thoughts finished the display in front of Barrax lit up in in white lettering signifying the data transfer was already taking place. He reviewed the information as it was coming in and put a webbed hand on his large squid shaped head “Hmmm some of it confirms what FOCI sent. But some of it is disturbing. Do we have a channel to SPEAR yet?” he asked looking back at Shellis “Patching through to SPEAR now sir.” A moment later the mon calamari communications officer Tarris spoke up at their console “SPEAR this is POND do you read?”

Over the static the voice of the human female Lieutenant Tritan came through crackled through. “Affirm POND, snoop and scoot came back with lots more recipes to cook our favorite dishes.” Commander Shellis scanned over the display in front of him as he replied back to the Lieutenant's word “Good to hear SPEAR, we'd like a full report on all the ways the stew was stirred.” he said turning a large calamari mouthed smile towards the Captain. Tritan's voice on the intercom crackled through again as he did “It was stirred oddly POND a few spices were snooping around the kettle, the grocery list is inbound.” Shellis nodded in approval at the message “Excellent SPEAR we'll leave a light on for you.”.

Captain Barrax listened to the exchange between his first officer and the young pilot. He was glad to know the information on the imperial positions would help restructure his own defenses. He was glad that SPEAR had confirmed the information that FOCI had relayed to him earlier. Hearing the spices were snooping meant he knew they were launching a probe or reconnaissance flight to check on them soon. Barrax thought to himself a moment and wondered what odd thing SPEAR had found

Suddenly a Mon Calamari technician turned to Commander Shellis. “Sir! Blue Eight reports enemy targets inbound!” Shellis turned towards the other “WHAT!?” A few short seconds later Tarris spoke up from the communications console “I have them,  Enemy fighter signatures confirmed! Bearing 174 at high altitude coming in fast from above.” A second later Shellis turned towards Barrax who nodded approval “It's expected Commander, they're as interested in us as we are them.” “However we should remind them it's not nice to peek at us while we're undressing.” Shellis stood there slightly stunned but remembered the communique Barrax had received from his hidden source earlier. “Ah I see.” Barrax turned towards the communication officer Tarris “Lets get the heavy blasters set up from the mountainside ready! All non essential personnel to get inside cover of the mountain and all remaining umbrella cover to converge on enemy marks!” Tarris was holding the earpiece to the side of his head and shouted a “Yes sir!” as his reply to Barrax. A second or two later Barrax turned to Shellis “Where is Spear re-entering our airspace at?” A quick flash of surprise hit Shellish as he checked the coordinates on the display A second later he replied “SPEAR'S heading will take them right under the enemy signatures!” Barrax gave a quick frown “Patch me through to SPEAR.” Tarris clicked his console a few times and looked up with a defeated look in his large circular eyes “I can't sir, the imps are jammimg!” Barrax stood there with a frown on his face as Shellish turned back towards the Captain with a confused look “Why would they be jamming if they are trying to remain hidden to spy on our position?” After a moment Barrax shook his head and shouted “Those fools! Ready everything! Now!”.

-

High above the Riptide the half dozen Tie fighters broke into two trio's as three of the ties banked towards the mountain's skyline. The remaining ties streamed straight for the Riptides maintenance and supply area that was finishing packing and moving. Banshee Two's voice came in over the comm-link “Not many on the ground Lead.” Lieutenant Vander's caught himself giving a nod inside the cockpit of his fighter even though it was impossible and impractical as no one could see him do it. It was out of instinct more then anything he thought to himself. A half second later he replied back over the communication channel “Give them a strafing and make sure none of that is usable. Also-” “Sir! Enemy targets coming in .39!” Banshee Four's voice yelped over his own on in the channel. Vander's turned and saw dark specs against the blue black background of the night sky far off in the distance “ Break left! Spread formation and swing them towards the mountains!”


Inside the cockpit of his Koensayr BTL-A4 Y-Wing Commander Vorm frantically raced over his controls setting up attack vectors as he watched a spray of blaster fire from the lead Tie tear into the ground crews “Six this is Lead, your closest get after the main group and keep them off of the ground pounders!” Blue Six's Lieutenant Adax's voice crackled back “On it Lead!”.

Lieutenant Adax's Y-Wing was the closest to the Ties and sped in launching his missiles and opening up his dual lasers. The Ties had superior speed as they turned away from the missiles and sped up into a half curl. None of the volleys landed on the incoming Ties the missiles trailed the first two ties before exploding into the sides of the mountain. Vorm banked his Y-wing as he shouted into the com-chanel “Twelve, they're coming towards you cut left and drop the hammer!” Lieutenant Kradam's voice replied back “On it Lead!”

As the trio of Ties turned from their initial strafe Blue Twelve held back his weapons as he dove in from high and right of the trio making sure his shots would be closer and easier to find their marks. As the Ties cleared the edge of the ravine that the Riptide hung over they turned left directly coming into Blue Twelves sights. Lieutenant Kradam couldn't believe his luck as he watched the Ties  in front of him grow closer he opened up his dual lasers and missiles. The pair of missiles hit square on the leading Tie fighter destroying it in a ball of fire. Kradam's lasers hit the edge of one of the other ties sending it smoking as it trailed away from the final imperial fighter.

Inside his cockpit Vander's yelled into his comm-channel “Banshee Two status!” Banshee two reported back quickly over the comm-link “Port panel has major damage it'll go soon, won't be able to hold it!” Vanders cursed and shouted orders into his comm-link as well as he could as his mind raced “Get yourself around the Mountains and back to BIG ROCK!” As he completed the order a spray of laser fire flew just above Vander's cockpit from behind. Vander's gritted his teeth as he corkscrewed down away from the next volley of laser fire.

Lieutenant Adax's spray of laser fire missed the final Tie. He cursed under his breath as he watched it corkscrew away and below him. He tried to turn his Y-Wing to keep up with the roll but the sluggish handling of the Y-Wing wasn't able to compensate for the turn and he had to break away from the roll early. A moment later Vorm's voice broke over his comm-link as he pulled out of the roll “Six pull back! He's too quick for you that close to the deck!” Adax started to reset is position as he replied back to Blue Lead “Moving to regroup with you Le-aaaah...”

Vorm turned behind in his cockpit to see Blue Six explode into a ball of fire as three more Ties poured laser volleys down from above. He turned back around in the cockpit and pulled up on his control yoke testing the limits of the Y-Wing's agility.

Vander's shouted into over the comm-channel “Cut left Squad! Ready for another run!” As he said that Banshee Three, Lieutenant Lodd's voice came over the channel “Negative Lead, we have multiple enemy targets chasing us from the rear.” Vanders gritted his teeth but he didn't have time to argue. Instead he cut his Tie in a hard twisting semi circle and headed back towards Lodd and the other original trio of Tie fighters.

Vorm finished his turn and brought his sights on the new trio of targets that had destroyed Blue Six. Vorm sped down from above the group as he saw the last unharmed Tie from the original trio speeding under the three new targets back towards Riptide. He barked into the comm channel “Blue Twelve keep the group in front of you!” Replying was Lieutenant Draxan in Blue Eight “Trying Lead, they're much faster then us!” Vorm gave an angry look at his monitors as he barked back “Eleven break far right keep raining on them! Herd them back left!” Lieutenant Lisson replied back over the comm channel “On it Lead!” Vorm continued as his reflexes were on edge “Twelve come back around on me and be ready to open up on my order!” Kradam shouted back “Following you Lead!”

The pair of Y-Wings Commander Vorm lead hung a far arcing left half circle from high above the descending Ties who were avoiding the continuous blasts from Blue Eleven's onslaught.

The three Ties pulled a half circle breaking up and left to stay away from volleys from behind and their right. They pulled up as Blue Twelve had just fell in formation with Commander Vorm and were now coming straight at each other. Vorm shouted into his comm at Kradam “Now Twelve! Open up!”

The pair of Y-Wings unleashed their dual blasters and missiles into the trio of Ties. The left Tie's solar panel exploded from the volley of Vorm's fighter. It spun down into the ground and exploded. The center Tie took both of Lt. Kradam's missiles and exploded in a fireball. The third Tie fighter broke for high altitude in a very steep climb before veering back towards the Riptide.

Vanders unleashed a volley of laser blasts across the top of Riptide's hull then spun around to see Banshee Three come out of the explosions behind him. He shouted into his helmet comm-link “Three you've got enemy fighters all over your tail!” Banshee Three Lt. Lodd's terrified voice came back through the comm channel “They got Five and Six! Bottled us into a roll!” Vander's took a half second and shouted back “Break hard left for the Mountain tops!” Lodd turned his Tie fighter hard and fast towards the left making for the mountains just past the great ravine Riptide was perched on. Two of the Y-Wings continued after him while two others following behind continued toward Vanders opening up their lasers.

Vanders grunted as he felt the gravity force pull at him as he did a fast and tight Talon roll corkscrewing around the Y-Wings laser blasts and then broke a hard back down the mountain side below Riptide into the tree tops. The pair of Y-Wings cut hard right to follow him as best they could. Vanders raced his Tie fighter down the mountain buzzing the tree tops so close he could hear the tops snapping against his solar panels. He saw the blasts from behind him continue to hit trees and fly past him as his two pursuers fired relentlessly after. During the chase Vanders flew over a large drop as the mountain's base dipped drastically. Cutting his engines to near nil as he descended deep into the now dipping tree line realizing he had his chance. His engines near cut he was able to do a quick turn and accelerated back around and up the tree tops but below the sight of the Y-Wings who continued sending bolts of laser fire over the tree tops giving him a good measure of where they would appear when he was close enough.

As the Y-Wings came closer to the dip Vanders sped up and as the shadows of the tree line became the Y-Wing silhouette he lined his lasers with the Y-Wings position and opened up sending laser blasts through the underbelly of the Y-wings shields and then as the blasts traced across the rebel fighters fuselage it tore through the shields and blew apart one of it's large engine housings that gave the Y-Wing it's name. The rebel fighter's engine exploded and the fighter fell deep into the tree line exploding.

The Y-Wings companion broke as hard as it could to the up and right. Away from the incoming fire. But by then Lt. Vanders was well on his way back up the tree line to the Riptide. 

Lieutenant Lisson broke in over the comm channel “Lead this is Eleven, Eight got smoked hard and went down in the trees. Eyeball is on the way back to Riptide!” Vorm replied back quickly “This one's trying to lose us in the mountain peaks! Twelve Break off and help Eleven!” Kradam's voice came over the channel in reply “Moving out Lead! On my way Lisson!”

Lieutenant Kradam banked his Y-Wing from the mountains peaks and sped back down it towards the Riptide. From the darkened tree tops he could make out the pair of solar panel shaped shadows of the Tie fighter against the moonlight. Kradam opened up his laser blasts from half way up the mountain but the Tie Pilot swerved around them. “This guy is good Lead!” Kradam shouted into the channel.

Just then from the mountain side large blasts of laser fire erupted from a handful of caves towards the tree tops at the Tie Fighter. The Tie pulled up away from its strafe run on Riptide high into the air again. Kradam gave a half smile as he realized the ground batteries were up and assisting as well. “He's going high!” Kradam shouted.

Then a pair of shots came from high across the sky towards the Tie fighter hitting it in the solar panel rocking it. Lieutenant Triton in her A-Wing had arrived to help the rebel defenders. Over the Mon Calamari pilot's headsets they heard her human voice break through. “Blue Lead this is SPEAR offering assistance!” Vorm gave a quick smile as he replied “Much appreciated SPEAR, keep them away from the POND!” Vorm replied as he stalked the remaining Tie through the mountain peaks above the Riptide. He followed until it pulled up over the peak and sped down the mountain side. Racing back towards towards Riptide. Vorm's voice broke through on the comm channel “These guys are relentless! Blue Squad and SPEAR my target it heading for Riptide!” Vorm banked his sluggish Y-Wing back down the mountain and pull himself level high to get a gauge on the Tie fighter's position. Triton's voice came back over the channel “On it Blue Lead!” Then Lisson's “We're waiting on him Lead!”

As the Tie fighter sped towards the Riptide the handful of ground batteries set up by crews on the mountain side lit up the night sky. They traced the fast moving fighter as best they could until finally it dove and strafed one of the ground batteries in what looked like frustration before pulling up for altitude. Vorm broke through the headsets of the remaining rebel fighters “He's going sky ward again SPEAR can you intercept!?” “Easily Lead!” Triton said back.

Just as Lieutenant Triton's A-Wing banked to start moving to intercept the remaining Tie fighter a blast of laser fire hit her A-Wing's shields disabling them. She gritted her teeth as she spoke to herself “What in the!?” Then Lisson's voice came over the channel “That wounded Eyeball came back for more!?” Triton winced and barked into the channel “He's mine Blue Squad! The last one I'll leave for you!” Lisson gave a quick reply “On it SPEAR!”

Lieutenant Vanders knew his damaged solar panel was too far gone to allow a safe return back to base. He wanted to inflict as much damage as he could back at the rebels for what they had done to his squadron this night, for Commander Cliner at Endor, for everything he knew they had done. The A-Wing's shields held against his initial barrage but he had no time nor ability to reposition his Tie for another shot. He turned towards the tree line again but this time was wounded and slower and instead of a sluggish Y-Wing in pursuit a fast A-Wing was chasing after him blasting at him from behind. He realized he wouldn't have a chance head on against his new type of adversary. No he needed to be cunning.

Vanders flew his wounded Tie down into the tree line into the same dip in the trees as before and slowly spun around to await the A-Wing, but the overshooting laser bolts never came to give him a position on where his enemy would emerge from the treeline. Vanders panicked, his ploy was found out he punched the accelerator to speed back up the dip in the trees. As he expected his A-Wing enemy to be raining death from above any second. But instead as he cleared the edge of the dip's tree line expecting to see the mountain range and Riptide's crash site again was horridly greeted by the rivets to an A-Wings fuselage as the A-Wing Pilot had accelerated as they flew close to the tree line dip.

Vanders banked his Tie fighter at the last mili-second smashing his already wounded solar panel into the fuselage underbelly of the A-Wing sending both fighters spinning away in the night like marbles smacking each other and zooming away at different angles.

Vorm's voice broke over the comm channel again “He's moving around to try the mountains again! Twelve come at him from above!” Kradam gave a quick response “ Already ahead of you Lead, sending love letters now!”

Lieutenant Kradam's Y-Wing had stayed high on the mountain range to give support and now found himself the main attraction in this aerial show of combat. He shot a pair of missiles from high on the mountain side above Riptide downward as the final remaining Tie again tried to run for the mountain peaks to escape death. The Tie's pilot either never saw the Y-Wings missiles or didn't register what they were in time as the pair of missiles bulls eyed the Tie's cockpit blowing the entire fighter to bits instantly in a ball of flaming debris. “Good work Twelve! Eleven what happened to SPEAR?” Lisson's voice broke in “Unknown sir! She went skipping after the wounded Tie and now I don't show either on the scopes.” Vorm gave a hard frown and chattered back “Lets get back to base and repaired we'll have recov-teams sent for Eight and SPEAR if they were able to eject and make it to the deck.” A second later Lisson's voice came back through the channel “I hate leaving them out there sir.” Vorm winced “As do I Eleven, but Riptide needs a stable umbrella cover should the Imps try this again. Shellis will make sure to send teams for our people.”.

In the command center Captain Barrax looked over the displays as the combat over head ceased “Status report!” He barked. Shellis turned towards him replying “All enemy targets are destroyed or bugged out Captain. We have possible pilot's on the deck in need of pick up.” Barrax gave a slight nod as he replied “Get to them Commander. Our fighters defended us admirably this night.” Shellish nodded and started sending orders through the headset he held to his face.
Title: Re: The last orders of Captain Kai...
Post by: Tamer on April 12, 2017, 01:58:17 AM
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Title: Re: The last orders of Captain Kai...
Post by: Rezikai on May 07, 2017, 09:30:10 AM
- Kumo suvivors camp...


The sounds of scared gasps and angered voices shouting became the new background noise in the darkness behind Captain Vare Kai, of ISD Kumo. His breathing quickened as his eyes flashed back and forth from side to side into the darkness trying to make out any shadows moving against the dark blue and black star filled horizon. To his left was one of the rectangle shaped troop transports turning its guns in the same direction as Kai's vision. Slightly behind the transport was a stormtrooper and the female naval trooper both donning the crowd control packs that Kai himself wore. To Kai's right was the large campfire and the other naval trooper also wearing a control backpack. Beyond the trooper was the dark rectangle of the other troop transport where Vishra was inside scanning its cannons back and forth waiting for a target to come from the darkness.

Behind the small line of defense the four of them and two vehicles created was a small crowd of survivors being marched back away from the edge of the grassland coastline into the edge of the sandy ocean surf. Another small picket line of technicians and troopers took kneeling positions with blaster rifles and carbines to try and offer assistance to Kai's position more near the edge of the sand.

Kai tried to take deep breaths to control his nervousness. He looked back and forth trying to catch the slightest of movement against the darkened star speckled horizon as a small cloud front had shuffled into the area peppering the moonlight against the grasslands horizon.

Kai broke the nervous silence with instruction “There bodies and legs are extremely tough, go for the eyes on the front of the cephalothorax!” Their wasn't a reply from either of the troopers within shouting distance as each seemed staring into the darkness intensely. Each person of the group were ten meters away on either side. “There!” The dark skinned naval trooper to Kai's right yelped and pointed at a large round shadow barely visible against the darkness. “Fire!” Kai barked and the transport opened up with its dual canon's on top of its main body and the pair of single canon's in its forward pilot compartment. A loud ear piercing shriek cried out through the darkness from the shadow as it rolled back and forth showing it's long segmented legs flailing in moonlight for a few seconds.

Kai snapped himself out of the trance of watching the transport attacking the beast and turned to the left looking back to the north at the naval trooper and stormtrooper “Be ready it may be a-” Suddenly a large round bulbous body of a Viraxen leapt from the grassland shadows high into the air spreading its large segmented legs in the air and coming down on top of the other troop transport and crushing much of the middle main compartment as it tore into the durasteel with its sharp ends to its segmented legs. “There! Attack!” Kai yelled as he rushed towards the other transport. The female naval trooper and the stormtrooper also wearing their packs ignited their jump jets and quickly covered the ground between them and the large arachnid tearing into the transport's hull. Kai watched as the dark huge beast attached itself to the transports main compartment and started to peel its durasteel metal hull back like the skin of a fruit. The pair of imperials flew over to the transport towards the three meter wide diameter body of the Viraxen assaulting the imperial vehicle. As they came close the naval trooper powered up her taser shaft and shoved it hard into the nearest long segmented leg tearing into the transports hull. The beast shrieked in pain flinging its leg into the human woman and sent her reeling hard into the darkness. The stormtrooper took a second quick jump with his jets dodging a low swinging attack of the Viraxen rear legs. The trooper came down over top the arachnid's body and landed on its large round abdomen. Using the clamp claw arm of the riot pack the trooper grabbed one of the Viraxen's segmented legs shoving into the hull of the transport pulling it back out forcing the arachnid to release its grip.

Kai and the other naval trooper arrived just as the Viraxen swung itself off the transport and shuffled on its other legs into the grass. Kai and the naval trooper each clamped a leg and and started shocking the beasts body and head with their taser shafts. The arachnid rocked back and forth making it hard for Kai and the others to hold their grasping claws on it. Kai gave the beasts head a hard shock into the eye area trying to blind the arachnid as it shrieked out in pain and flailed in a hard jerk sending Kai and the naval trooper backwards toward the ground. The viraxen shook and turned just in time to have the transport's pilot compartment canon open up at point blank range into it's head. The stormtrooper jetted away from the beast towards Kai's landing place and saw the beast take hit after hit and refuse to fall as the laser blasts burned into its body. Kai and the male naval trooper rose and ran back towards the rear of the beast and shoved their taser shafts into the beasts rear abdomen. Finally the beast's movements slowed as its legs grew limp and it fell to one side against the shredded side of the transport it flung out its segmented legs trying to strike against the remaining attackers.

Kai and the others kept a safe distance and turned around towards the original Viraxen that attacked the first troop transport to see the other arachnid finally fall against the barrage of the dual canon and the port pilot gun. The starboard canon having been ripped from the pilot compartment. Kai's mind raced and turned back toward the others and scanned the area, the blood pumping through his ears as the adrenaline rushed through his body. “There's a third! Look for it!” He shouted out towards the others. As the words sat a moment the large arachnid shot from the grasslands shadows darting past the large campfire towards the survivors near the water's edge. “There!” Kai shouted towards the Viraxen as it arrived close to the picket line the few technicians and troopers opened up with their blasters. The Viraxen shrugged off the blasts and gave a blood curdling scream as it opened its wide fanged mouth and rose its front pair of segmented legs at the prey in front of it.

Vishra's transport opened up on the back of the Viraxen near the survivors as it sped towards it. “Kill it! Now!” Kai shouted, as he did the stormtrooper with the riot pack jump jetted to the backside of the arachnid to repeat the same move he had used against the previous beast. But the Viraxen turned quickly to get away from the transport's barrage and flung a long segmented leg up at the stormtrooper and impaled the trooper sticking its sharp segmented leg deep into the trooper through his riot pack up to the Viraxen's metatarsus. The riot pack's jets cut from the damage and the trooper's body went limp as the blood from the wound gushed down the dirty white armor. The viraxen turned and scissored another of its legs tarsus into the body of the impaled trooper bisecting it and flinging the parts away.

Vishra's transport finally arrived next to the beast and opened up on the arachnid monster continuing to fire landing hits but the beast took each blast keeping its attention turned from the survivors. Kai and the naval trooper jetted over towards fight overshooting the viraxen and landing between it and the survivors as the few with working blasters trying to continue to shoot at the beast. Kai tasered the back of the beasts abdomen and jumped back as the viraxen tried to scissor him as it had down the stormtrooper. It turned towards Kai and looked at him with its large single blood red eye with an onyx pupil. Kai was taken aback a moment “A royal...?” He muttered as the viraxen leapt towards him but as it did Kai used the claw to deflect one of the arachnid's tarsus claw as it tried to stab at him in a rage. The dark skinned naval trooper flew high above the beast garnering the viraxen's attention and it raised its front pair of segmented legs to try and impale him as it had done the stormtrooper but the naval trooper kept in the air and slowly flew away from the crowd and the beast followed until it stopped suddenly as the grass and  beach under the beasts legs started to become mushy from the edge of the tide wetting it. The viraxen gave a loud scream of frustration at the naval trooper as his jump jets cut off suddenly as their thrusters couldn't sustain the long aerial maneuver and he fell into the shallow water. The beast gave a loud audible hiss and turned back towards the crowd of survivors all the while taking blaster hits from TK1979 and others from the picket line that had rushed over to join the fray.

Vishra's transport arrived on scene just as the viraxen turned back and caught blasts from the transports dual cannon. Kai rushed towards the side of the transport and opened a compartment on it's side pulling out a cylindrical object and heaving it at the beast. Kai threw a thermal detonator that exploded just as it reach the beasts legs. The force of the blast blew Kai and the nearest picket defenders off their feet and lifted the transport a few feet in the air before it came down into the sand from the explosion. The arachnid shuddered loosing many of its legs and a loosing a sizable chunk of its abdomen and fell into the sand.

Kai shook his head as he stood up and shed his riot pack. He looked over at the survivors and nodded to them as he and a few of the technicians and troops with blasters walked closer to the viraxen in it's death throws. It was missing the entire left side of it's segmented legs and a large half circle blown away from its large abdomen. The arachnid hissed and slowly stopped moving as its life drained away. Kai looked at the beast's cephalothorax where its singular large red eye was now half closed. Kai shook his head slightly in thought.

Kai turned towards the others “Find our people!” he said pointing up the beach where the female naval trooper was knocked away early in the battle. The other dark skinned naval trooper had also shed his riot backpack as he trudged from the water completely soaked from his dunk in the coast. Kai let himself take some deep breathes holding a scowl over his face. TK1979 corporal Zaym marched up to Kai “No other units reporting contacts sir.” He said with the military sharpness that was instinctual to him when in combat. Kai nodded and turned toward the near destroyed troop transport and gave a long sigh. “It's had it, I'm sure. Corporal get the pilots out and have them fall in with the rest of us, we leave the area within three minutes and we pack Vishra's transport with every last person we can. The equipment will need to be left.” TK1979 nodded and held his hand to his helm giving orders silently under his helmet.

A few moments later the dark skinned naval trooper soaked from the ocean reported that the other trooper was found knocked unconscious in the sand. “Good, get her back here and on the transport.” Kai said relieved. Within the next few minutes the only pilot to survive the beaten and shredded vehicle hopped on Vishra's transport, as well a nearly two dozen other survivors that could fit on the large rectangle shaped vehicle.

TK1979 came over to Kai who had been kneeling over looking at the remains of the slain stormtrooper. “Sir, we're ready to move, over half will need to march alongside the transport however.”. Kai nodded at the statement “We'll all march, we'll take shifts as to give each group a rest every few hours. With luck this was a scouting party and we won't encounter more tonight”. Coropal Zaym just gave a slight nod unsure of how the captain would know that and held up a hand to the side of his helmet relaying the captain's instructions.

The remaining transport got underway packed with as many survivor's from Kumo it could while it crawled in speed alongside the rest of the survivors. Vishra was greeted by the Captain again as he sat in the pilot compartment with him. “Good to see you made it fine sir.” Vishra said to which Kai gave a frown but turned it into a neutral expression as he replied “Oh this is just the start Vishra, we'll have more then these to deal with by this time tomorrow night at the rally point”. Vishra gave a slight nod and a half smile unsure of what the captain was talking about but knew it was knowledge he'd probably not like knowing to begin with.

Over the next several hours the remainder of the rear column followed the last troop carrier until daybreak. It was then Kai ordered a temporary halt for relief and food. He seemed relieved the morning light had come. Vishra remembered something the captain had said during the night's trek after the attack that the beasts don't like the sunlight so it would provide a small form of resistance against any curious viraxen from approaching them. Vishra hoped he was right.

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Rally Point Alpha north western peninsula...

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Inside the hangar of the Imperial Titan dropship Major Gridon set up his command center. Usually the Titan housed four AT-AT's it could drop planet side for operations in it's massive hangar. None of the four were in the drop ship at the time of the Kumo's crash as the Titan was used to break free from the Rebel Ship attached to the star destroyer sending boarding parties over.

Now in the middle of the hangar a pair of portable holo-tables were set up  surrounded by clear scanning displays and technicians manning sensor terminals. Gridon was still wearing his olive drab uniform as he held his hands behind his back when the first reports from the strike on the Rebel vessel came in. A pair of stormtroopers armed and standing in the command center were positioned in front of the Titan's crew entrance near the bottom of the massive hangar to stop anyone trying to enter the makeshift command center during the operation. Aside from the group of technicians Captain Ryvil stood next to one of the holo-tables wearing his black officers jumpsuit reading the data as it was relayed.

Major Gridon had deployed his only pair of working probe droids at the extreme sensor ranges of the crashed rebel vessel. The droids were not adapting well to the environment for some odd reason and they were only bringing in bit and pieces of the battle as it took place far off in the distance of their visual scanners.

After the destruction of the Lieutenant Lodd's final Tie Fighter Gridon seemed gritted his teeth in frustration. ”If only that fool Kai would have allowed me to use the fighter craft instead of hoarding it. We would have overwhelmed them by now“. One of the ground technicians looked over from the clear display and nodded “ Yes sir.”. Gridon ignored the man's reply and continued his diatribe “But instead he took the fighters for himself for his own glorious hike along the coastline afraid if he's attacked by the rebels so he has to have them by his side at all times.” The rest of the ground crew said nothing to the remainder of Gridon's statement and the air sat uneasy a moment before another technician looked up from his console towards the Major “Sir, Banshee Two is limping home it should be able to make it if his solar panel holds”. Gridon gave no change to his expression nor looked in the technician's direction and replied “Track it until it gets close enough for a landing and if we need we'll set up an open area for a controlled crash.” “Yes sir.” the tech replied clicking on his console relaying the order.

A moments later the first tech turned towards the Major relaying information “Major, the head of Captain Kai's column has reach the our outer perimeter.” The technician's words sat in the air a moment as Gridon gave a half frown “... feh.” was the only reply the Major gave. The sound wasn't uncommon to the officers in Gridon's command, they knew it was the sound of unpleasantness about to happen. Usually when he was about to argue with the captain over a decision or when he takes a loss on something he expected to succeed at. Today would be both.

At the southern edge of the north western peninsula the first troops and vehicles from Kumo's column reach the peninsula's edge where the coast turned into a large sand bar that stretched out well beyond the horizon. In the lead was the massive imposing figure of an all terrain armored transport dubbed an AT-AT. Commander Karamat stood at the command station of the lead AT-AT. Her large green helmet hiding her jet black hair. She donned combat armor as most officers in the field would. Karamat balanced herself as she felt the floor of the AT-AT's rock slightly as the terrain started to change. The change of landscape started to coincide with the breaking light over the horizon as the evening darkness was shedding and slowly the warm colors of the planet's sun start to burn away the darkness of the star filled night's sky.

As the large lumbering vehicle crossed over the beaches rocky edge into the sand Karamat narrowed her green eyes as she saw the dawn start over the horizon. She let the thought that had been at the back of her mind this entire nights trek come to the front again, that the small peninsula was an odd place for a rally point so far from the crash. But if the Captain thought it the best place for survival she wasn't going to argue it, yet. “Not yet at any rate.” she murmured to herself watching the morning break across the peninsula's sand. One of the white helmeted At-At pilots leaned to one side as his voice broke through his helm speaker “Sir?” Asking if Karamat had said something intended for them.

Karamat gave no change in her cool expression as she replied “Nothing Sergeant, continue into Major Gridon's half circle of foolishness ahead.” The At-At driver leaned back upright as his reply came back through his helmet “Yes sir.” The huge lumbering vehicles trudged into Rally Point Alpha's semi-circle. Behind the three AT-AT's was a cluster of air speeders, light chariots and Troop Transports with various troops and personnel on foot carrying supplies.

Major Gridon cursed under his breath as he looked at the display screen showing the first part of the column entering in the semi-circle his shuttles and craft had created. One of the technicians gave an inaudible gulp as he looked up from his screen “Orders Major?”. Gridon gave a huff and replied “Tell Kai to meet me outside in the center of this forsaken spot he decided to declare our sanctuary. I want an audience to see his face when he learns what we've accomplished.” Gridon barked then as he turned to leave he shouted “Troopers, with me!”.

As the Major finished his words he stepped out of the hangar through the crew doors of the Titan dropship. The pair of stormtroopers quickly followed behind him along with Captain Ryvil. The technician on the display console watched him leave as he started to speak in a meak tone “Ummmm I think it's Commander Kara...” But before the words were out Gridon's entourage were out the door. The four other technicians working the command center's terminals and displays looked over at the fifth waiting for him to finish the sentence. Instead the technician just gave a cough and returned back to his console gulping again slightly.

Outside the Titan vehicle Major Gridon stepped quickly as the AT-AT slowly lowered itself by bending it's large front pair of legs at the knees and then lowered it's rear end to allow the main loading doors on the sides to be opened letting out survivors of the Kumo as well as supplies and equipment.

Gridon raised a hand to the blinding searchlights on the side of the AT-AT as it lit up the area directly in front of it. The red glow of the cockpit still showed the pair of pilot's silhouettes inside as Gridon walked past the head of the vehicle. He stopped in front of the disembarking troopers and technicians pulling out supplies and folded his arms across his chest expecting to see Captain Kai emerging soon. The pause gave Captian Ryvil and the pair of stormtroopers a chance to take their positions to the sides and behind him.

After a few minutes the heavy equipment being removed from the AT-AT's main compartments Gridon saw the AT-AT's commander walking down the loading ramp taking off her large green helmet revealing the brownish red hair of Commander Karamat. Gridon's body language changed as he was slightly surprised “What is this!?” he demanded. Commander Karamat tilted her head to one side a moment and gave the faintest of polite smiles before as she replied. “This, Major. Is the first bit of salvageable supplies and equipment from the Kumo.” Gridon gave a frown and elevated his voice speaking harshly “Don't toy with me Vareese. Where is Kai?” Gridon replied starting to grit his teeth. Commander Karamat's polite smile disappeared and her dagger filled stare shot back at him as she replied bluntly. ”He's still with the mass of survivors trekking here along the coast. You wouldn't have expected him to leave his crew just because he could? Did you Major?” Karamat said with a ambiguous tone. Gridon pulled his head to one side but kept his eyes that were now partially closed on Karamat “That-. Is old history Commander, not applying to our situation this night.” Karamat shot back a cold expression as she replied “While historical yes, it always applies Major. For nothing but to remember the lessons learned from previous experience. In learning from those hard lessons Captain Kai has put me in charge of all forces here while you're to remain under my command.”

The statement came and Gridon didn't seem to notice it at first and replied with a “What?” As a disgusted look started to fall over Gridon's face as Karamat's words sank in. Commander Karamat didn't wait for Gridon's assured conflicted reply and instead pointed towards the black jumpsuit wearing officer behind him “Captain Ryvil! You're now under my command along with all fighter and flight crew's from Kumo from this moment forward.” Gridon reach out and grabbed Karamat's arm pulling her down as he shouted at her. “You don't EVER under-mind me! Do you UNDERSTAND!?”.

Commander Karamat winced a moment and looked up at the large man holding her arm down and gave him a cold smile. The next second the sounds of falling crates of materials and unlocking safeties and powerbanks being loaded into blasters made Gridon look up and take notice.

Hearing the noise Gridon looked up from Vareese while still holding the Commander's arm and saw five naval troopers coming down the loading ramp holding blasters on the him and his stormtrooper escort. A pair of technicians that were unloading the equipment behind the stormtroopers doing so as well. As was several partially armored stormtroopers that had been helping the technicians unload their supplies.

Gridon looked back down at Karamat still holding her and screamed “You treasonous slut!”

Afer Major Gridon's outburst one of the naval troopers on the loading ramp shouted at the Major in a respectful but serious and authoritative tone. “You have to three seconds to release her or you and every man here in your command and even you Ryvil are turned to smoldering corpses to be put in the ocean and listed as KIA in the crash. Captain Kai's orders.” Said the veteran voice of Sergeant Atter.

Captain Ryvil slowly raised his hands. As did the pair of stormtroopers escorting Gridon.

Major Gridon gave a sneer and released Karamat who raised back up rubbing her arm. She then unhooked her blaster and pointed it at Gridon who stepped back with an angry look. Karamat never said a word and fired her weapon into Gridon. Large blue arcs of power enveloped Gridon throwing him through the air almost a meter. His unconscious body landed between his stormtrooper escorts with their hands still raised. Karamat let the slightest expression of anger fill her words “Put him in a shuttle and seal it. He gets to cool down a while, you two can escort him in there as well.” She said pointing at the stormtroopers who were now handing over their blasters to the naval troopers. Karamat gave a wince and shouted at the black clad officer now far behind Gridon's slumbering body. “RYVIL! Front and center!”

Captain Ryvil snapped forward between the pair of stormtroopers and over Major Gridon's still breathing body. “Yes Ma'am.” he said with some anxiety in his tone. Karamat correctly him “Sir.” Ryvil nodded “Yes, sir.” Karamat gave no change to her expression and continued “Get your report ready, I want to know why half a dozen Ties never made it to Captain Kai. He was quite displeased when he learned this and will be more displeased when he learns they aren't here now.” Captain Ryvil swallowed hard. He felt Karamat's eyes over him and he knew the power she wielded with just a word or twitch of a finger his thirty one years in existence would end instantly. “Of course sir.” Karamat's facial expression didn't change but the tone in her voice elevated to an annoyed anger “Of course!? Of course stanging of course! We have new priorities for defense which makes any Hutt runs your doing on the Rebels all secondary.”

Captain Ryvil nodded and gestured back towards the towards the Titan dropship and started to march back towards it with Karamat following almost of top of him. Sergeant Atter's naval troops moved Major Gridon's sleeping body and his pair of stormtroopers more inward of the semi-circle of ships where they sealed them three inside a Sentinel troop shuttle.

During the small trek to the shuttle Gridon regained consciousness and tried to protest but was met by Atter giving him a toothy grin and a few curses before they slammed the doors shut and Atter put a pair of his naval troopers on guard duty. “If he gets out don't feel you have to restrain yourselves, burn'em. Captain's orders.” Atter said to the pair of men now guarding the shuttles doors. After the orders Atter started marching back across the semi-circle of spacecraft to Commander Karamat's position in the dropship, cursing his old legs out loud to himself the entire way.
Title: Re: The last orders of Captain Kai...
Post by: Tamer on May 08, 2017, 01:55:35 AM
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Title: Re: The last orders of Captain Kai...
Post by: Rezikai on June 02, 2017, 10:40:02 PM
******Just a heads up from the author, some stuff may not be totally kid friendly in the chapter if you're reading it aloud. But nothing brutal mostly talk.******
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Inside the Kumo crash...

Lieutenant Sylvon sat in a small chair holding her head up by propping her arm against a display screen on a table in front of her. She was starting to drift asleep when she heard the moans of one of her captives as he started to stir awake. Sylvon smiled and stood up standing a little over a meter from a pair of medical beds containing the two other men. The room was cast in total darkness except for the light of one of the headlamps laying on the ground that until some hours ago was attached to the helm of one of the sleeping men.

“Wha... where” came the groggy groan of the older of the two men. A moment or two of dead silence filled the air before Sylvon spoke up “Inside Kumo of course, you must have fallen and hit your head”.


The man who awoke was an older man in his late forties comparatively to his captured companion who was also using stormtrooper armor. The other man was still unconscious on the parallel medical bed. He was a much younger man possibly into his early twenties if that. After a moment of silence following Sylvan's reply to his question the man started to come to his senses “What? No.. why can't I move, where am I?”. Sylvon continued in a formal tone replying to the man “I told you that already. You can't move because you're strapped in one of the medical beds in the port mid-forward sickbay. But you should have known that”. Sylvon added a slightly gleeful upturn in her voice as she finished her statement. The man struggled against his restraining straps but to no avail. The straps were used for restraining the most powerful of patients and easily handled his attempts at stretching them to escape. After a few moments of attempting to escape from the restraints he gave up and looked at Sylvon, who was little more then a silhouette of legs in front of the light thrown by one of the headlamps laying on the floor. Angrily the older man started to shout “What did you do to us?!”. Sylvon gave no real emotion in her reply “Why nothing yet. Aside from stripping both of you to make sure no little surprises like vibro-blades were concealed on you or in your nether regions.”

The sounds of the two talking must have alerted the senses of the other sleeping man. The younger man stirred as his groggy voice mumbled “Ugh... my head.” Sylvon let her voice raise in an appreciative tone as she noticed the second younger man was waking “Ah, now that everyone is awake we can start getting down to business.” The younger man clenched his eyes shut as he muttered on “Wh-Where... am I?” Sylvon gave a slight huff through her nostrils and replied to the younger man in a more annoyed tone “Again with the where. Gentlemen if we're going to have any fun you need to start using that large piece of matter in your skulls that are supposed to keep your intelligence.” The younger man seemed to not take in Lieutenant Syvlon's words as he tried to raise his body “What the, I can't move.”

The older man kept his head raised looking at the shadowed area where Sylvon stood “So... you knew?” Sylvon tried to keep a neutral tone to her voice but her excitement was starting to bleed through as she replied to the older man on the medical bed “Not at first. But you two aren't exactly regulation, nor acted like it.”

After saying the words Lieutenant Sylvon raised her arm in the darkened room while holding the second headlamp and turned it on pouring light over the pair of men strapped into the medical beds. They no longer wore the white stormtrooper armor nor the black insulation suits or any other stitch of clothing for that matter. Both of them squeezed their eyes shut the first moment or two the light hit their faces. The first older man to awaken was a scruffy looking human man with a salt and peppered beard. The other younger man had  brown hair was partially curled down the side of his young pale face and accented by his bright blue eyes. Now with the light cast on them they saw the thick black banded straps holding down their legs, arms and torso.

They both squinted as their eyes adjusted to the new light source glaring over them. Sylvon continued speaking as the men's eyes were adjusting “So, now. We're going to have a long chat about your information contacts and any informants helping you.” A slight pause came as the younger man reacted “She wants to know contacts? She knows who we are?” Sylvon gave a light chuckle towards the younger man in the med-bed. “Young man it's quite clear who you are... You're survivors of the Rebel raiding party.”

After revealing to the men she knew who they were their demeanor darkened.

A moment later the older man spoke up “What will you do with us?” Sylvon gave the older man a disgusted sneer as her brow lowered when she retorted “Well I thought after we speak for a bit I'd have my way with both of you strapped down so you couldn't resist and me being the kind and caring rapist I am I'd call your Rebel ship for a pick up.” Sylvon said as her lips curled in a hateful tone towards the pair of the captured rebels.

A long pause came between the men as they started to understand the gravity of the situation. Then Syvlon continued “You're enemy soldiers who not only tried to take the ship I serve on but helped bring it down and killed thousands on it and helped kill tens of thousands more at Endor and across the Galaxy with your terrorism. You should know what awaits you.” Sylvon finished the words with a cold emotionless tone that was more terrifying then the hateful voice she used just a moment earlier. She then walked between the two beds shinning the headlamp on the older man's face. The older man looked up at the light of the headlamp as he started speaking “M-My friend doesn't know anything, he was new and doesn't have the clearance.” Sylvon gave the man a quick acknowledgment “Oh I'm sure. By his young looks he's not old enough to have gone through any academy. Yet he was old enough to wield a weapon and use it against his own governments troops.”

The younger man hearing Sylvon and the other man speak about him as if he weren't there with them upset him and he shouted out “The Empire brought this on themselves!” But Sylvon kept shinning the light on the older man and simply exchanged hands she held the headlamp in and with without turning her gaze away from the older mans eyes her opposite arm swung back striking the young man hard in the face. “So, “Captain” lets begin with your ship's designation and compliment.” Sylvon said never turning to look at the damage her punch had given the younger man's face. The older man winced hearing his friend take the punch and looked up at the headlamps light “It's Commander. Commander Glavyn.” Sylvon's face couldn't be seen from the shadows as she held the lamp on the man's face but her voice's demeanor changed he could tell “Ah, I see. So who is your friend here Commander Glavyn?” She asked in a cold professional tone.

Lieutenant Sylvon turned the light back to the young man now wincing with a large red welt on his cheek below his eye. The older man looked over at his companion and nodded “Tell her Corporal.” Sylvon's voice chimed in “Yeeesss, tell me Corporal.” She said as she leaned over his medical bed. The younger man nodded and winced from the pain from the welt as he spoke “C-Corporal Smoldz.” He replied in a meek tone. Sylvon kept the light on Smoldz as she started to speak again “Hmmm you still follow his instruction. The well trained soldier you are.” She said tracing a finger over the closer of his restrained shoulders before continuing “So, Commander how many were in your boarding party?” But this questioned was met with silence as Commander Glavyn was hesitant to give up any more information.

Lieutenant Sylvon still looking at Corporal Smoldz with the headlamp clenched her free hand into a fist and struck her it hard against Smoldz's nose with a crunching sound. The Corporal shrieked in pain as his nose broke and started to bleed. Sylvon gave no emotion to the younger man's now bleeding face and continued to speak to Glavyn while facing the younger man “Oh Commander, I have yet to hear an answer.” She said in a slightly sinister voice. Glavyn raised his head and shouting at Sylvon “Stop this! He doesn't know anything!” he exclaimed towards her. Sylvon gave the slightest of smiles as she continued “I'm sure you're right. That he doesn't, the poor little harmless rebel. But he knows to follow orders against the Empire. He knows that it's no longer on his conscious to kill imperial troops and destroy imperial ships. No, Commander I'm sure he doesn't “know” much. He just does these things openly because it's what his friends were doing.”

After speaking Sylvon took her index finger and jammed it on the Corporal's nose making him cry out in pain and blood start to ooze out. Glavyn sneered at Sylvon “You vile person.” This reply made Sylvon give a slight chuckle “Oh Commander if you only knew.” She said. Commander Glavyn didn't respond instead he spat at her. His saliva landing on her cheek. Sylvon's eyes went wide a moment of anger then became razor thin. She wiped it with the back of her hand and turned the light back towards the older man. She spoke out loud again “ Boy, this old man thinks you don't know much. So I will teach you and he the first lesson. Knowing your situation.”
 
As her words finished Sylvon walked back to the medical supplies in the display terminal. She returned between the beds a moment later with a kit of some kind in her free hand. She glared at the Glavyn as she spoke aloud “So Corporal where do we start on your Commander? Hmmm? His face is quite ugly, unshaven. But his tongue and mouth is what spat on me. Disgusting and insulting to anyone in uniform Corporal. So do we start there?” She asked in a coy tone. Smoldz trying to speak through the pain of his broken nose gave a simple “Pweease dun hurr him.” Sylvon didn't turn from Glavyn as she replied to Smoldz “Oh? Then you wish to be the one I make speak? Hmmm. No. You're much to young and pretty for that as your Commander said.” Glavyn gave a shout as something stuck into the side of his skull and he tried to remain coherent “STOP this, kill us or let us go! Our forces will be here by--”

As Commander Glavyn spoke his words Sylvon took the headlamp she was holding over the pair of men and smashed it into Glavyn's chin and mouth before he finished. Nearly knocking him unconscious as a spurt of blood came out of his chin and cheek where the headlamp smashed into his face. Sylvon spoke with the darkness returned except the bit of light cast by the original lamp on the floor “Another lesson Corporal. It's best not to incur the wrath of your jailer when you don't have to.” She said in a polite tone towards him. Corporal Smoldz stayed quiet as Sylvon put the open medical kit on Glavyn's torso. What was inside was obscured to his vision as Sylvon appeared to pull items from the kit and used them on Glavyn. After a few minutes of curses she resolved herself “There we are, I was hoping to not have to go to such measures but your Commander was very strong and resistant.” Smoldz gave a half mutter “He's one of the best.”

Sylvon stepped away from the older man walking back to the display terminal and sat back in her chair facing them as she picked up the original headlamp and shone it on Glavyn's swollen face. A thin cut on the side of his bald head was now apparent though it wasn't bleeding profusely as the wound to his chin had been. She gave a smile “Indeed he is... or was. Now Commander your Corporal believes you to be one of the best of-- something or other. Is he correct?” She asked Glavyn with an inquisitive tone “No... nev...er.. was.” was Glavyn's reply. Sylvon continued “Such modesty. I'm actually impressed. Though it would be in line with the romantic ideals your kind seems to follow." At her statements Smoldz' anger boiled over and he started shouting at Sylvon “What'd you do to him!?” Sylvon turned taking the last headlamp and shown its light on Smoldz “Hush. Or have you forgotten the rule of the jailor already? Now Commander Glavyn. How many were in your team?” Glavn's voice was meek and without much tone to it “...F-Four...te-teams. A,..B,... C and D. Ten... or twel...ve sol-diers.. per.... t-...eam.” Sylvon gave an acknowledging nod in the darkness “I see. So you obviously had someone on board to give you the access and layouts of the Kumo correct?” She said leaning her head to one side. Glavyn gave his dead toned reply “Sli... cers.” Sylvon gave a frown even though it wasn't about to be seen “Now Commander that upsets me. You know I know there were slicers in your teams. Who gave you access to the mainframes and the layouts to ensure such a rapid shut down of the engines and other vital areas? Who was your collaborator.” A moment of pause fell after Sylvon's words before Glavyn continued “...per-son..... sor... source.” Smoldz spoke up “Pweese don commander.” Sylvon stood back up quickly and with and spoke at Smoldz in a curt tone “Corporal you were warned, now you must accept the consequences.”

Sylvon walked over to Corporal Smoldz and removed her glove gently she balled the glove in her fist. Then with a punching motion down she pushed it deep into the Corporal's mouth as he gagged for breath. Sylvon then punched him hard again in the throat. Smoldz gasped for breath as he tried to choke up the soot stained glove but could not, his lungs started to burn as he tried to breath but was unable to inhale.

After a few moments Sylvon reach down and pulled the glove up from his throat but kept it in his mouth and cupped her hand over it. “Now Corporal if that glove leaves your mouth. You will never need to gasp for air again, do you understand?”

The Corporal gave a slightly nod as he tried to breath through his broken nose and felt the blood oozing out start to coat the glove in his mouth. After a long moment Sylvon turned back to Glavyn. “So, Commander we were on the source of your infiltration, the person who allowed you access into the ships codes to shut Kumo down so easily. Glavyn gave a slight mutter as he replied “...s-source... wa ...was... Fff... Fo...ci.” Sylvon replied back a few times trying to pronounce the word “Faw-Kai, Faux-Kai? Fo-ci?” Glavyn gave a slight nod “...Foci...” Sylvon arched an eyebrow in frustration “Foci, I see. Thank you Commander. Now who or what was FOCI?” Glavyn continued his weak tone as he replied “ ...jus..t... in-tell...”.

Sylvon returned to her seat and crossed her legs smiling at the pair of men “Hmmm I see, so you never knew. Now Commander, I expect some few of your party wore imperial issued uniforms and armor hence why you were able to move about during the chaos less hindered. How many of your party survived?”. “J-ust... a... few...” Glavyn said. “How many that you know of?” Quickly retorted. “F-four.. or ...f-fi-ve...” Glavyn said meekly. Sylvon gave another huff through her nostrils “And your ships designate and compliment?” Glavyn gave her the information without hesitating “Rip...t-tide... one sq-ua.... uad... of... f-...igh...ters ...left. Crew... of Twel...ve-ousa...nd, low- ...er.. To... ha...lf.”

While the older man spoke his sluggish broken words the Corporal held his eyes shut not wanting to hear his friend give up the information to their captor. “Thank you Commander. For your cooperation you shall die a soldiers death.” Sylvon said standing up “Now Corporal, I'm going to remove the glove and if you try anything as foolish as your Comrade did I will not be as lenient as I was earlier.”

Sylvon walked back to the area between the beds and reach over to the Corporal's mouth pulling the glove free. She held the remaining headlamp up to the glove to look at it closely, still covered in soot from the Kumo's crash and fires but now dark red splotches where Smoldz' blood stained the fingers  . After inspecting the glove a moment in front of her Sylvon licked the gloves wet and slightly bloody area from Smoldz's mouth and put the glove back on her hand. The gesture caught the Corporal mentally off guard. “What,... do you want?” He asked from under his broken noses heavy tone. “At this point little to nothing is really left in him or you to get out.” She said with a smirk. Or did you have anything to add to his statements?” She said with one of her eyebrows raised.

The Rebel Corporal's mind raced he needed something to buy time, something that would give them a chance. After a milisecond he remembered “The dead Colonel in the hall. He was one of ours. We were trying to pull his data cylinders from his body when you interrupted.” Smoldz blurted out. Sylvon tilted her head slightly “Ah, Colonel Vimoshi I see. Well I suppose that could make sense, except he was killed from being shot in the back!” She said starting to let the anger run through her voice. Smoldz gave a hurried reply “He was! I swear, ask the Commander said he was!” Sylvon gave a near inaudible hum and turned back towards the barely conscious Glavyn “Commander? Was Vimoshi one of yours?” Glavyn stirred slightly as he responded “N-no... “

Lt. Sylvon turned back towards Smoldz, her eyes shooting daggers at him as she reach for a tool in the kit. Then Glavyn continued “T-trai... tor...”

The words slightly eased Sylvon's sinister look at the young Corporal as she turned back to the older man. “I... see. Commander what was he to do?” Glavyn tried to reply but the drugs had finally taken their toll on him as he slipped unconscious “Uuuh.. mmmmm... ehhh... shhhh....pppuuuuuuu...” Sylvon gave a slightly upbeat tone in her inquiry “Commander?” But no response came from Glavyn except light breathing. “Hmmm, it seems the good Commander is no longer able to respond.” She said in a near gleeful tone. Just then a clang from somewhere in the Kumo's decks caught Sylvon's attention for a moment as she continued her words “Perhaps others have come looking for assistance, or perhaps some of your fellow surviving raiders.”

Sylvon went over to the small terminal and reach down into the darkness pulling her blaster to her hip and re-holstering it. “Let's have a look shall we?”

After finishing her words Sylvon leaned under the door to the medical bay and shined the headlamp down the corridor. She saw a pair of men wearing black jumpsuits coming down the hall towards her location. One was holding the other up who seemed incapacitated both were wearing large black helmets with red visors distinguishing them as imperial gunners. A few moments later Sylvon brought them into the medical bay and lay the unconscious imperial on one of the remaining unused medical beds and removed his large black helmet revealing a brown haired man that looked very pale and sickly.

The other gunner didn't wait to watch Sylvon lay the unconscious man on one of the free beds. Breathing hard he collapsed into the small chair next to the display terminal Syvlon had just recently been sitting in. He pulled off his large shell like helmet revealing his sweating face. His skin was red from heat and covered in soot from fire with streaks from sweat that had poured out of him making his face look dirty and burned. His short red hair had streaks of dirt and grime through it. Sylvon turned back to the gunner sitting in the chair trying to regain his breath “Looks like you boys took it rough where were you stationed?” The gunner still breathing heavily in the chair kept his eyes closed as he replied. “We were near port gunnery station three before the crash. After we made landfall we had to claw our way out of the wreckage and the flooding.” he said as the words were forced from his lips between breaths. Sylvon continued as she walked towards the man “It's a wonder you survived. So now open your eyes ...sergeant. So I can ask you some more questions.”

The man in the chair breathing heavily opened his eyes as Sylvon shone the lamp's light directly at him. He winced and opened his eyes wide when he saw the blaster muzzle coming into focus. “S, sir?” He asked in a surprised and frightened voice. Sylvon didn't reply to his question and instead asked a question of her own “Crew compliment of the Kumo?” But the gunner still hesitated “Sir? I don't understand?” Sylvon kept her blaster pointed at him “It's simple specialist. The crew was infiltrated and had traitors aboard and I'm not taking any chances. What is the crew compliment?!” She said to the gunner sternly. The gunner's breathing was nearly normal when he replied “Fourtyseven thousand approximately with special detachments missing for Endor.” The gunner said wearily. Sylvon didn't give the question a chance to linger before she rifled off another “Last place Kumo had repair work done before the beginning of the Endor operation.” The gunner gulped starring at the blaster muzzle she held pointing at him “Bilbringi Shipyards.” he replied. “And Commander of the Ship?” Syvlon continued her barrage of questions. The gunner gave a sigh and a smirk before replying “One of the greatest men to command a Star Destroyer sir, Captain Kai.”

After the last answer Sylvon gave a slight smirk as she lifted her blaster from the man's face and re-holstered it. “What's your name Sergeant?” She asked in a cool manner. “Raem sir.” the gunner replied in a relieved voice. Sylvon let her eyes move back and forth over him rapidly “Hmmm... as in Gyce Raem, specialist Master Sergeant.” The answer catching Raem off guard “Y, yes sir. You know me?” Sylvon nodded “It's my job to know you Specialist.” Raem gave a slight nod “Apologies I don't know you sir.” Sylvon tilted her head “You don't and nor will you for now. Lieutenant is good enough for now after I know I can trust you and your friend.” Sylvon said turning the headlamp to the unconscious gunner the medical bed he laid in.

Raem stood from the chair with a questioning glance at the other men in the room “Who are these other two?” Sylvon gave a slight smirk turning the lamp on the pair of nude men in the medical beds. “They “we're” rebel infiltrators. However now one is unconscious unlikely to wake for a day or two and the other is being quiet hoping to save his own life.” she gleemed.

The words reminded Raem of something and he quickly looked at the opened Med-bay doors and scooted away as he spoke up “Lieutenant we need to go. Myself and Uwer and two others were on our way to the main hangar to try and escape when we encountered these huge creatures in the darkness. They attacked us but we ran. One just grazed Uwer and it nearly killed him.” Sylvon turned her gaze back at the gunner with a questioning look “Huge creatures?”. Raem continued “Yessir, we weren't able to make them out too well because of the dark but they killed the other two in our group all we heard was a half muffled cry out and then they were gone. They came at us from the behind the bulk head tearing right through the metal and the decks.” Sylvon pulled her blaster back out as she grabbed the headlamp and shined it at the Med-bay door. Raem chimed in “Closing the door wont do much sir, they tore through the bulkheads like paper.” Sylvon gave a slight nod replying back “No need to worry about that, we forced the door up and it's now jammed open. So these things won't be hindered by it if they decided to come for us.” Raem started to look nervous and let it creep into his voice “We should go sir.” Sylvon gave a nod towards the other gunner in the bed shining the light on him as she started to speak “We will as soon as your frie-”

But Sylvon's words stopped the instant she projected the light on the wounded man Raem had come with. Uwer's exposed skin on his body had started to turn pale gray as he flesh started to slowly droop from his bones and puddle on the medical bed. “ What in the name of...” She exclaimed. Raem didn't hesitate “Sir we should go, now.” “I think you're right Specialist.” Just then Smoldz gave a yelp towards the pair of imperials “Wait please! Don't leave us!”

Sylvon turned back towards the pair of men on the beds and looked at them coldly. As she re-holstered her personal blaster. “Specialist get the pair of blasters these two used and any ammo they had  as well. You're in charge of it so I suggest using on of their utility belts.” Raem ran over to the pile of armor and clips on the floor as he replied “Yes sir.” Smoldz started to let fear drip into his voice as he pleaded with them “Please, don't.” Smoldz said twisting in his straps “At least give us a fighting chance!”

As Smoldz pleaded towards Sylvon Raem leaned over the grabbed the utility belts and blasters from the pile of equipment at the edge of Commander Glavyn's bed. Lieutenant Sylvon held the lamp slowly walking over towards Raem as he was standing up with the equipment. “Specialist, use the most fully charged blaster. Keep the power packs for reloads. Give me the other blaster from their equipment.” She said in quickly. “Yes sir.” Raem said handing Sylvon one of the stormtroopers E-11's.

Lieutenant Sylvon looked at the blaster a moment and held it to Commander Glavyn's head as if contemplating something. Smoldz was in terror afraid to say anything that might make her jump and pull the trigger but not wanting to see his friend killed. A second later Sylvon turned towards Smoldz. “You both die now, or you carry him out yourself. Either way you don't get to be alone.” Sylvon said with a half smirk to her tone.

Without a second thought Smoldz leaped at the opportunity to keep his life and nodded. After a long pause of Lieutenant Sylvon frowned at Commander Glavyn's unconscious body pulled the blaster away and walked to the side of the bed to move the control yoke for the straps. “In a few minutes the straps will decompress and you and your scum will be able to leave. I suggest never coming within sight of me or Specialist Raem, corporal. Or else I will personally make sure your body is cut into pieces while you're still alive.” Smoldz nodded quietly without saying a word. Sylvon gave a half smirk “You're remembering your lesson, good. Specialist come, we'll make our exit another way from which you came.” As Sylvon spoke to Raem Smoldz cried out “A blaster! Or something to fend these things off with?!” But instead Sylvon smirked as Raem passed her going into the corridor “You think too much of yourself young man, or too little of me. That's quite offensive.” Sylvon said as she turned away into the corridor.

A moment later Sylvon and Raem were gone. Down the opposite direction Specialists Raem and Uwer had come.

Although it was only a few more minutes before Smoldz heard the medical bed's straps start to decompress it felt like an eternity keeping his eyes in the direction of the door that had darkened drastically since the imperial's left with the headlamp. When the beds straps finally loosened enough for Smoldz to pull out of he slid from the bed and knelt behind it trying to contemplate his next step. His face was bruised and nose bleeding and Glavyn was going to need him to get out of here.


Back down the corridor Specialist Raem and Lieutenant Syvlon briskly jogged, each holding a utility belt around a shoulder. As they traversed the twisted decks beyond the Med-Bay the sounds of clanging and skittering could be heard from different sections of the ship. “Lieutenant, are you sure it was wise to let that scum live?” Raem said to Sylvon “Your tale of these creatures in the ship is the only reason I decided to Specialist.” Raem gave a confused look as they hustled down another corridor “Apologies sir I'm not sure I understand.” Sylvon gave a half breath in her reply “Understandable Specialist, I doubt you've had advanced tactics training.” Raem was slightly crestfallen “No... sir.” Sylvon continued “ The creatures, if they are as fierce as you say they, will find the pair of rebels and take care of them for us. While buying us additional time to escape.” Raem nodded his head as they continued to jog down another hallway “I see, no I hadn't thought of that, I just figured you were soft on them.” Sylvon gave a raised eyebrow but lowered it as they continued moving through the twisted hulk of Kumo “No I don't have the right bits to.” She said. The pair of them started to chuckle quietly as Sylvon finished her joke. Both still moving quickly down the maze of corridors and bulk head doors sealed or burned and twisted. The skittering behind them had grown further away for a time.

As they turned a corner they came to an intersection in the corridor. They could continue straight or turn right. Sylvon used the headlamp to check the corridor ahead. Like most it was partially buckled from the crash with areas scorched black from fire. The pair checked the right corridor and saw it buckled as well but along with black scorch marks fresh red blood was spattered on the walls and large streaks. Raem spoke first “Someone was here recently.” Sylvon nodded “ “Was” being the key word Specialist. I suggest we stay on course it may be longer to the upper hangar but considering we have guests it will probably be safer.” “Probably” being the key word there as well sir?” Raem replied.

Lt. Sylvon gave him a crooked eyebrow of annoyance to the reply the specialist gave. She decided to dismiss the man's untimely fraternization with a superior officer he just met and was not familiar with. Lieutenant Sylvon simply replied with “On we go.”
Title: Re: The last orders of Captain Kai...
Post by: Tamer on June 04, 2017, 05:06:14 AM
Off to share. Thanks for the warning.
Title: Re: The last orders of Captain Kai...
Post by: Rezikai on September 17, 2017, 06:41:50 PM

*****Riptide's crash site*****

It had been a few hours since the raid on his ship and Captain Barrax sat in his chair in the command center placed the mountain cave above his ship the Riptide going over the post battle report “Well people. We we're lucky at best.” the older calamari captain said in his throaty rough voice.

Around the small holotable in the middle of the command center sat the officers of the Riptide. Three Mon Calamari men and a Mon Calamari woman and a human male. Commander Shellis and Commander Vorm were two of the Mon Calamari men around the holographic image of the Riptide and mountain range with the frozen scene of the Tie fighters and Y-Wings dueling for air supremacy. Commander Shellis used the Captain's lead in statement to start the details of the report.

Commander Shellis waved a webbed hand over the table as he started to speak “ As far as we know this was their probe at our defenses. We must conclude that the imp's didn't expect us to be in as good of shape as we were or they would have sent more snubs, or a bombing sortie.” Shellis nodded toward Commander Vorm who used the motion towards him to start speaking “These pilots weren't your average cadets recruited and bucking for their year in fighter service either to make ship officer either. Some of their pilots had experience”. At that comment Barrax grumbled a comment “Yes, the Kumo was at the suppression of the Halasia system two years ago. It's possible most of the pilots have had experience from that campaign.” He continued “What is the status of LONGSPEAR?”.

The human male at the table was Captain Dryce. He was thin for a human with pale skin and bright red hair cut short and neat combed over to one side. Dryce was wearing his green fatigues and tan vest as many of the rebellion ground forces has worn. He reach a hand over and clicked on the controls of the holo table showing a holographic schematic of the planet and an exit vector of a small arrow as it left orbit and entered hyperspace.

Dryce spoke up “Lieutenant Klavine should have reported to the Alliance fleet at Endor by now though we've heard no word back in over 6 hours.” Commander Shellis leaned over the holo table pointing a webbed hand into the orange and green holographic images. He spoke with a more inquisitive tone “It's possible the Imperial Fleet had unaccounted for reserves and the rest of our fleet is still battling it out with them and he either was destroyed or is assisting.”

Captain Barrax spoke up after the statement. “Unlikely. While the Empire had the drop on us at the beginning of the battle they would have called up reserve ships after the Superstar Destroyer was destroyed and their own forces were getting pummeled. We left the battle long after it was decidedly over and Homeone never reported more imperial hardware moving into the system.”

Commander Shellis chimed in “Perhaps we can send another fighter out to make contact.” Vorm spoke up “I'd suggest against it. With the losses during the raid we're down to five Y-wings which isn't really enough to provide umbrella cover for our crash as is. If the imp try hitting us again which they are surely to do we'll need everything to try and repel them.” Captain Barrax interjected between the two after Commander Vorm's statement “Lieutenant Ploshim what is the status of our battery placements?” The female Mon Calamari turned towards Captain Barrax as she flipped controls of the holotable. The image of LONGSPEAR's projected heading flashed away and the mountainside and Riptide crash returned with a graph overlay with green squares marking multiple areas on the mountain above and lateral of the Riptide's crash site. Ploshim spoke up as the image changed “We still have eight of the heavy turbo laser's still operational. If the fighters come again this time we'll be able to give them the pasting they deserve.” she said with a confident tone.

Captain Barrax chuckled a moment at that statement as he imagined Tie fighters being hit by ground fire and exploding into blue icing and landing on small pastry cakes then eating them as the thought faded he spoke up “Well it seems the ground units will be able to defend ourselves better next time the imps return. Vorm, your pair of pilots set out for Clarion survivors and to set beacons? What's happened so far?” Commander Vorm's large eyes half closed as his mood darkened at the Captain's inquiry. He punched on the holotable controls and a graphic of the continent replaced the mountain range. On the green image of the continent four blue circles appeared with identification marks. Vorm started to reply “Blue Three and Five found four Clarion escape pods around the northern edge of the continent a few hours ago. However when they investigated the crewmen were no where to be found. The pods were open and some evidence of small camps were made but we're unsure of what happened. We think they may have been picked up by imperial sentries or formed up together to get to a centralized location.” Barrax responded “That's distressing Commander. I'm hoping the Imps didn't get a hold of them first. If any of the Clarion survivors knew about our spies it would mean their deaths for sure regardless if they survived the crash. What is your fighters E.T.A?” Vorm shot him a quick reply back “They were heading inbound but received a weak signal from the Southwest. They are going to see if it's another pod that drifted out from the others.”

Barrax nodded as he continued his inquiry “I see, give me a report when they are back to base. Now what of SPEAR?” Commander Vorm cleared his throat as he clicked controls on the holotable again. The image of the four circles over the continent was replaced by the forested area below Riptide further down the mountain. A red line showed the vector of SPEAR skimming the treed before careening sharply beyond sensor range off the holomap. “We haven't found the wreckage of her crash yet. We've been trying to re-establish contact with her fighters computer in case she is just too far beyond the search teams range and landed. But with the damage her A-wing took in the collision it's unlikely Lt. Tritan wasn't able to stay up for long before hitting the deck. We have yet to receive a transmitter signal if she did eject.”

Captai Barrax spoke again “One of Blue Squadron was lost near her last nav-point correct?” Vorm replied “Yes sir Lieutenant Draxan was shot down in the same area his craft hard landed through the trees and we don't expect him to recover from his wounds.” Barrax continued “Hmmm, we will hope for the best for Lieutenant Tritan but must assume the worst and plan accordingly. Recall the recovery teams to help man the defensive batteries.”

A moment later the human man raised a hand in protest to the last statement.

Barrax noticed the human's motion and nodded as he spoke “Yes Commander Dryce?”

Dryce cleared his throat and spoke “With permission sir a few of our team is still left, two or three of us that made it back to Riptide won't make any difference for the gunnery crews. I'd like to take them for an extended search for Tritan or at least her ship to confirm if she survived.” Captain Barrax let the statement sit a moment as he rubbed his webbed hand over his large squid like forehead before replying “Fine, take the men from your unit. But don't be too long Commander, should the Alliance have to do a fast pick-up as we've had to do so many times before I'd hate to leave you behind.” Dryce nodded in acknowledgment as he replied. “We'll be home before dinner is ready Sir.” Captain Barrax opened his large fishlike eyes wide and gave a broad smile back at the human as the mention of food reminded him of his previous thoughts “At least be home before the pastries are served for dessert Captain”.



-Kumo survivor's column *****

The morning skies looked serene to TK1979 Corporal Zaym. As serene as it could from behind  his optical lenses in his helmet. He continued his gaze sky ward even while more reports came through his helmets comm. He looked back down at the small circle of people sitting and resting next to supplies and equipment. They were survivors from Kumo's crash and now all of them were a sitting in one of the many small supply camps about half a day's hike from the rally point.

Zaym had stayed with Captain Kai all the previous day and through the evening until the column had read the resting point. Kai had ordered Zaym out of the command tent when Major Araed arrived. Zaym had noticed Major Araed was much younger then he expected for her rank but made sure not to stare. Araed was a slender woman wearing the black uniform of the imperial army stormtrooper officers corp. She had very pale skin with bright wide blue eyes and bright blonde hair tucked into a bun at the back of her head with her black cap covering her golden lock's.

Zaym felt a slight depression for being ordered away from Captain Kai as he was excited to be the Captain's private escort through the last few days. He was always there when reports came in and always was the first to know the news of what was going on. During stormtrooper assignments news of any kind was rare and for a few days Zaym had been the conduit from which the exciting events had been projected from Captain Kai to the rest of the Kumo's crew and vice versa. Zaym sat with his E-11 leaned up against a supply crate next to him as he sat resting a few moments and looking at the ground. Around the corporal was a handful of imperial technicians in varying positions of rest. Some were eating rations others were trying to catch sleep in the soft sand using whatever they could for comfort. One imperial navy trooper was snoozing on the sand using his large black mushroom shaped helmet under his head as a small albeit hard headrest.

Corpoal Zaym's thoughts bounced around his mind about the Captain's orders relieving Major Gridon of command of the 73rd Legion to Commander Karamat. They were close enough to the rally point that some of the long range sentries from Karamat's scouts were able to make contact with Zaym's communications and he had learned the Major was “cooling off” as the other troopers put it.

However the image of Major Araed kept recurring in his mind. He found her attractive and very polite. She said little to him except where the Captain was at when she entered the supply area and Zaym directed her to the small command tent. Perhaps he was just not used to seeing such a younger adult in such a high rank. He shook his head slightly trying to blur the image of her from his mind when the sound of foot steps crunching through the sand and makeshift walk planks came aloud and Zaym looked up from behind his optic lenses and saw his minds image standing in front of him in the form of the stormtrooper officer Araed. He quickly stood at attention and saw the others technicians and troopers in the small supply area had vacated. “Hello again Corpoal.” Araed said with a soft slow monotone voice. “Kai has ordered you back to him for a small briefing on a mission he's assigning to us.” TK1979 Zaym nodded and his microphoned voice came through his helmets speaker “Yes Major. I'll go immediately.” “Good, please report to the center of this column for an equipment check and load. Also, you are still familiar with using an Aratech 74-Z?” Zaym gave the slightest of pauses and nodded as he replied through his helmet “It's been a little while since I used one but yes.” Major Araed gave a warm smile towards him and nodded “Fair enough. I'll be waiting as will the rest of our mission team. Please be prompt Corporal.” Araed said with a slightly lighter warmer tone to her voice. Zaym gave his affirmative and marched off around the supply area to the command tent.

Inside Zaym found Captain Kai and Vishar standing around a small holomap of the Rally point. Kai waved him over to the map and Zaym strode over “Commander Araed said you requested me sir?” Kai gave him an nod with out much of any expression on his face and turned back to the holographic map of the rally point. “You're being assigned to Araed's scout unit for this mission.” Kai gave a slight pause and continued “I want direct communication with Araed of course but she has a habit of being quiet more then is necessary. Corporal Zaym remembered the prior few days with the crash and column of survivors, more to the point the fact Major Araed never reported in her survival nor her location until Kai requested it. “A product of her special training I assume.” Vishar muttered behind Kai who turned shooting him an angry frown which was signal enough for Vishar to stifle. Corporal Zaym had become familiar with Kai's angered face over the last few days since the crash of the Kumo as he kept it as a near permanent expression as the horrible reports from the crash or the survivor's trickled in. In fact about the only time he noticed the captain's mood change was when report of one of the other officers survived.

Kai turned toward the stormtrooper corporal and continued. “Understand Corporal that your primary objective is reconnaissance. You may find other issues arise during the setting of the mission parameters but I am to be fully aware of everything.” Corporal Zaym gave a slight nod as a “Understood sir.” in a microphone sounding voice came through his helmet. The Corporal was glad to be back in the excitement of things but something gave him a sense of dread. As Kai continued the hologram of the rally point zoomed out to show the entire continent. It was the first time the Corporal had a chance to take it in. The continent was shaped much like a five point star with it's northern point sheered off and the remaining four outcroppings of land seem to have slightly rough with beaches and forests. The hologram then zoomed back in to the northwestern peninsula and even more westward past the rally point to the red sandy area at peninsula's furthest reach before the ocean and beach took the screen. “Here, is your destination.” Kai began. “Major Araed is on a recovery mission and you're to assist her and her unit but reconnaissance and communication is your primary objective.” The stormtooper nodded and his voice cracked through his microphone “May I ask what we are recovering sir? One of the escape pods?” Zaym asked inquisitively. Kai gave a half snort through his nose and shook his head “No, Major Gridon's incompetence or outright lack of duty is going to be called into question regarding the loss of them. No corporal Major Araed is on a mission to recover an artifact. A...” Kai paused a moment subduing his next word and instead said “A, classified one. Understand?” The stormtrooper nodded again “Yes sir.” “Go now and report to her and get ready.” Kai finished. TK1979 nodded a final time and turned and strode out of the command tent without another word.

Kai watched him leave and without turning to Vishar he spoke up “You don't have to cower like a rodent Vishar, you know what you said was out of place. Get over your mistake we can't doddle over our follies.” Vishar cleared his throat and spoke up “Th-thank you sir. Do you think it wise to send someone so low in rank and clearance with the Major?” Kai turned with a smirk on his face “That's exactly why. Someone without their own motivations.” Vishar gave a slight nod as he remembered he himself was not much different from the corporal in rank. “So now let us get to the pressing matter.” Kai continued.

Vishar punched up a few buttons on the holotable and the map of the peninsula's outermost edge faded and a transmission call was placed. A moment later the holographic upper torso of Commander Karamat became visible. The blue and white hologram had some minor interference in the clearness of the image but Vishar could see that Karamat had kept the lock of her red hair dangling down in front of the side of her face. Kai finally gave the slightest of smiles before wiping it away from his face as he nodded towards the image of the Commander. “Good to see you arrived Commander, I hope everything went smoothly.” He said toward her. Karamat gave the faintest of smirks before letting her face return to her icy demeanor. “The trip was smooth. Though Gridon was personally insulted to know I was taking over his operation here.” Kai gave a feigned surprised expression but was not trying to be too serious with it “Oh?” Karamat continued “Yes, he tried to get personally physical so I arced him and put him and his personal escorts in a Sentinel to cool off until you arrive.” Kai gave a half smirk and replied “Good to know you still handle yourself as well as I remember.”

Karamat narrowed her eyes in an icy stare of something different Vishar could only assume was anger but the normal pursing of lips or clenching of teeth he would expect weren't there as he had seen earlier with the Commander. Karamat gave a more strained reply “In-deed Captain.” Vishar gave an inaudible gulp as he assumed this was another inside comment similar to the field report one between Kai and Karamat. However unlike last time this was much different. Vishar could see the contempt start to turn the cheeks of Karamat's holographic image into pursing her lips with annoyance towards the Captain.

However Kai continued to talk through Karamat's displeased image as if nothing were wrong “The report you sent of this little raid Gridon put together, was subtle and disturbing.” Karamat's gaze started to return to her normal cool professional demeanor as she replied “I thought you would notice this. I didn't know he had sent it until I reminded Ryvil of what happens to people that cross me. But with the exception of Ryvil it was our squadron leaders that were sent, which were our most experienced pilots.” Kai looked over at datapad laying on the holotable and winced “Disturbing.” Was his reply before continuing “As of now you're in command of the rescue operation for the escape pods from Kumo. If there are any left since no action was ever taken for them to begin with. Remember to use ties sparingly as most will be needed to convert solar energy to power cells so I suggest using a shuttle. We should be showing up around mid day if our luck holds.” Karamat gave a slight easing to her cool demeanor as she replied “I find that luck is just an assortment of skills used at the proper time in the correct way Captain. With no further engagement of the indig's it seems our plan to traverse the beaches was the correct choice.” Kai flashed her a smirk “Commander I have found many, many times that luck will beat skill every time.” The Commander crooked an eyebrow in a bit of annoyance and this time did curl her lip some Vishar noticed but he dared not mention it to the Captain. “Karamat out.” She said as she reach forward to turn off the transmission and her image faded away. Captain Kai leaned over the holotable running his hand through his thick jet black hair. He closed his eyes a moment “Vishar, that woman can be stressful.” Kai said before reopening them. Vishar gave a small nod unsure exactly what the Captain meant. Kai turned and gave a slight turn to his chin and shook his head “I suppose I'll tell you the story sometime, of why she hates me so.” Vishar gave a slight smile and measured chuckle as he tried to reply “I, I hope so sir.” Kai continued “Maybe when I'm out of the Navy or we're both retired.” Kai chuckled and then continued “Well lets hope we both live to see that.”

Vishar gave a slight chuckle with the Captain as he said the words but deep down he was screaming his agreement. He wanted nothing more then to be off this rock and find a tavern to dive into.


Back at the supply area Major Araed's team had assembled TK1979 Corporal Zaym had arrived a few moments after the rest. The group consisted of seven scout troopers of which at least two were female Zaym assumed from their stature. One of the scout troopers pointed to a supply crate and Zaym nodded and walked over towards it and looked in seeing a set of scout armor inside. He gave a sigh inside his helmet inaudible to the rest of the group.

He turned and saw that the rest of the group were all scout troopers and he assumed one of them was Major Araed. Zaym started to change his armor as a scout trooper gathered the rest around in a semi circle. “While the Corporal gears up I'll go over the objectives.” The female voice of Major Araed said through the microphoned helmet of the center scout trooper. She reach up and flipped up her helmet's mask revealing her face. Zaym had gotten his arm and leg armors off and rushed to get out of his chest armor and body bucket as she spoke. “Our primary objective is a small object. About fifteen centimeters in height in a pyramid shape. Color may vary as it may be corroded or sand pitted but it originally was red.” Araed looked to make sure Zaym was paying attention before continuing “The target area is the furthest point on the peninsula and unfortunately with most of the heavy weapons and armor being used as defensive perimeter screen we get the job of search and recovery.”

Araed leaned over in the sand of the beach and drew the edge of the peninsula and made a few marks representing the target location on the peninsula and the rally point. “The area is a large tilted rock formation with a cave entrance on the base of the elevated side. That cave opens into a larger system with some old ruins of a long dead species that lived here apparently.” She gave a slight sigh  “But this object is somehow important enough for the Captain to issue it as an objective even though most of the crew is waiting for pick up from this rock.” She gave a snort and a half laugh which garnered the half chuckle from a few of the other scout troopers. “So let's get it fast and get back.” Araed finished her mission statement towards as she drew lines from the rally point to the target and back, then looked up smiling at the others on the team.

By now Corporal Zaym had finished getting his armor off and had put on most of the scout armor. “Are there any questions?” Araed asked with her warm gaze towards the other men and women wearing the scout armor. She then turned her soft gaze towards Zaym who had finished his transition into the scout armor and was taking a place in the semi-circle of men and women also wearing the same. “None from you Corporal?” Araed asked slightly anxiously. Zaym gave her a slight shake of his head and a “No ma'am” as he voiced through the helmets speaker. He had thought he'd have some questions but the warm gaze from the Major made him forego anything else on his mind. “Good. We'll be in the rally point within two or three hours making a stop to resupply and refuel and pick up a chariot for support. Then another three to four to reach the target destination. Let's move out.” Araed said clapping her gloved hands together.

Araed finished and flipped her visor on her helmet back down over her face with a smile and turned walking toward her speeder bike. The speeder bikes had been parked in a line with a cadre of materials ranging from scouting equipment on some to heavy sniper rifles on others.

After the other seven scouts had left a sole unused speeder bike TK1979 took his E-11 and a scout pistol with him as he tossed the few items including the communicator the Captain had given him into one of the scout teams black satchel bags that he had brought from the supply crate. He looked up at the sky again now seeing the planet's sun burn away the last of the dark blues and purples from the sky and gave a breathe as he fired up his bike and with a whirl-whoop he bolted it into movement into the direction of the others on the team.
Title: Re: The last orders of Captain Kai...
Post by: Tamer on September 18, 2017, 02:32:32 AM
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Title: Re: The last orders of Captain Kai...
Post by: Rezikai on November 12, 2017, 08:52:07 PM
Clarion recovery flight mission from Bluesquadrons Y-wings

Zooming in the night sky a pair of Koensayr Manufacturing Y-Wings zoomed over the forested landscape of planet. The pair had been away from their ship the Riptide most of the evening searching for survivor's of the Clarion's destruction. Inside the cockpits the pair of pilots, young Lieutenant Cashil and the aged veteran Lieutenant Zovish scanned ahead for any trace of their comrades.

The pair had landed at all four of the Clarions escape pods they located. But each time the searched for the survivors inside all they found were traces. The first pod had a small campsite set up outside of it with a firepit that had been used and was burned down to ash and coals by the time their Y-Wing's arrived. By the fourth pod they found the only thing they found was a few footprints trailing off into the grass.

Lieutenant Cashil was thinking of what could the escape pod survivors be doing. Had they been captured perhaps? Or maybe met with other survivors and decided to try and hike to Riptide's crash in hopes of linking with it's survivors. As the myriad of questions were rattling around in her head her speakers crackled on and the aged graveled voice of the elder of the squadron Lt. Zovish came through “We're getting closer on this faint signal but it's much further southwest then I expected.” Cashil blinked her large mon calamari eyes and spoke into her helmets mic “Lets hope its something we're starting to get low on fuel as it is being out all night.” Zovish gave a half chuckle and turned his large dark grey and blue mon calamari head towards his right to gaze over at Cashil's Y-Wing as he did. Cashil continued to speak as Zovish turned back away from gazing at her Y-Wing “Though at least its away from the imperial signals we were picking up. I'm actually surprised at how many Imp escape pod signals we encountered.” Cashil let the statement hang a moment as she felt slightly sorry for the people in the imperial pods signatures pulsing out for assistance and pick up. But the pair of Y-Wing pilots decided not to land at them, they had their own people to worry about first. They recorded the locations so when the data is given over to Riptide's command they can decide what to do with them. The sorrow in her emotion soon steeled over when the mental image of the Clarion exploding into thousands of pieces tore into the planet's atmosphere. She had known many of the fellow pilots on the Clarion but none of them had been left before the jump away from Endor in pursuit of the Star Destroyer.

Which Cashil also found odd. But now was not the time to worry about it she told herself. During the moments of silence of her thoughts Zovish's voice crackled through her cockpit again. “Hopefully they didn't assemble and make make off with the Clarion's people.

After a few moments the sensors start to zero in on the faint signal and the pair of Y-Wings bank towards the northern edge of a small cluster of stout craggy hills the signal was coming from. The moon illuminated the sides of the crags enough to make them to judge the distance before the pair came across a small plateau atop a cluster of the hills. The plateau itself was covered in high grass and spotted with large rocks and boulders a larger rock formation was off to the northwestern side of the plateau creating a large slug looking rock formation.

Cashil spoke through her comm-link as the pair circled the plateau making sure it was safe to land “It's definitely come from here but I don't see anything. Should we hit the deck like the rest?”. After Cashil finished her sentence Zovish grumbled a reply “I think it should be fine, no Imp pods came down anywhere near here and this is about as far from their crash site on this rock as you can get. Even still, lets be careful.

A few moments later the Y-Wings come down and landed on the soft grass area. The pair of pilots hopped out of their cockpit each with a pack on their back for supplies and a blaster holstered. Zovish had a sensor tracker in his hands trying to keep with the faint signal. As they started towards the location of the signal Zovish extended the pair of antennae from the sensor reader and punched on it's controls “It's definitely in this direction.” He barked towards Cashil as she was out of her Y-Wing striding over to him. She scanned her younger Mon calamari eyes around the area “This would have been better during the daylight hours.” She said. Zovish kept his large mon-calamari eyes on the tracker “No argument here but we need to remember it's not about us and these convenient fighters to crawl back into. It's about who may be hurt down here.

Lieutenant Cashil nodded in agreement and the pair started to walk towards the craggy moonlit rock formation. Eventually the pair looked all over the large flat rocks but found nothing. Cashil climbed to the top of a small rock formation adjacent to the large slug shaped rock formation as Zovish stayed below checking the readings on his trackers scopes “It's got to be here the scopes say were right on top of it.” Zovish grouched his complaint aloud. Cashil turned around looking at the rock formations with a questioning tone “Well where is it then? I don't see anything out here other then rocks and shadows.”

Zovish looked up at the moonlit rocks and Cashil on the formation when he noticed the set of rocks at the bottom of the slug shaped rocks. Four round rocks sticking up like fat dinner plates. At first he thought it was similar to a set our power generators but on a much smaller scale. But the formation of all four were too near identical to occur naturally. An idea came to his mind as he stared at the forms “Wait,... I think--”. “Aha! Found something.” Cashil proclaimed.

Looking up from the four similar shaped rocks Zovish noticed Cashil had come back down from them near the bottom of the slug shaped rock formation next to a large rock covered in sediment and dirt. Zovish half closed his older mon calamari eyes “What is it?” He inquired towards Cashil “It's...a handle put on the top of this rock?” Cashil said in a more befuddled tone. Zovish climbed up to Cashil to inspect her finding. “Hmmm, I bet its a hatch of some kind.” She claimed. Zovish cleared his throat as he stood a moment in thought “Whatever it is, its not any of our people.” Cashil turned to him, “I wonder if it's a bunker, maybe this is where the occupants of the pod came to? Or maybe its an old settlers ship that got fossilized.” Zovish gave a half sigh looking back down at his tracker “Well whatever it is it's still putting out a weak signal.” A second later Cashil spoke up “Ah I think I got it.” With a screech of rusted metal Lieutenant Cashil pulled the handle and a meter of the dirt moved the section shifted and fell off the side of a large square section of the now exposed metal.

Cashil gave a curious look to the new opening of the top of the rock formation “Hmm, this thing isn't solid rock. It just looks that way.” Zovish leaned over looking into the opening “Maybe for a reason.” Cashil didn't respond and instead leaned down looking into the opening. She turned to Zovish and said “Well whatever that reason was looks like no one's been in or out in some time.” Zovish noticed the dirt and dark dust coming from the edge of the opening of the newly opened dark hole had rubbed onto Cashil's orange jumpsuit and he asked “You're not going in I hope.” Cashil gave her fellow pilot a squinted look with her large mon calamari eyes as she replied “Of course! Who knows whats in here. If there's a signal then there is someone in here and they might need help.” Zovish gave his large squid shaped head a rub with his flipper and and shook it back and forth “I don't know, I have a bad feeling about this.” But as he finished his words Cashil had slid out her hand lamp and shone it inside and saw what looked like dirt of a floor or ground inside. Without much hesitation she knelt down and lowered herself into the opening and dropped inside.

As Zovish knelt himself down to the edge of the opening he looked back at the slugg shape of the larger rock formation he was sitting on. The view from this angle started to cause him memory to click as if de-javu was slowly coming to him. He tried to think of where he had seen the shape of this kind before. After a moment in unsuccessful reflection he heard Cashil's voice say something inside. Zovish put a foot inside the newly square shaped hole and slowly dropped inside.

The opening immediately got wide and deep once inside Zovish's feet found register in damp ground and dirt before he realized he could easily stand at full height inside the structure.

The illumination from Lieutenant Cashil's hand lamp cast light over old metal plating and large piping going along the walls. The occasional set of hooks and and straps were dangling against wall mounted railings as if they were there to hang a flight suit or coat on. The thick coats of spider webbing continued down the right side of the corridor while the left side was relatively unaltered. Cashil gave a slight exhale as she started to speak “Well this is quaint. What do you think this is a ship maybe?” Zovish came up beside her “Hmmm, not sure.” He said as he moved his tracker deeper to one side of the darkened area “Our signal is coming that way.” Zovish finished by pointing towards their left.

Cashil and Zovish continued down their left until she reach a circular pressure hatch that was partially ajar. Cashil gripped it with her webbed flipper and the hatch swung inward to the side relatively easy. Past the hatch lay a smaller sized circular causeway with thick rotting dusty cables on the sides and dark stinking water between sides of dark mud on the floor. Cashil shone her light down the small causeway and spotted another circular hatch about 4 meters away. She spoke up upon seeing the other hatch “A pressure lock possibly?” Zovish nodded in agreement before Cashil continued “Hmph. Kind of small for us. I should fit fine.” Zovish turned to her “What's this “I” talk.” as he leaned into the darkened causeway.

Lieutenant Zovish lead the pair down the causeway as he continued looking on his sensor tracker. The mud and water on the floor of the causeway was sturdier then he expected and felt nearly organic to him. He couldn't help the nagging feeling he knew where he was. Then Cashil tripped and fell to one knee on the soft mud. When she arose blackish goo stained her orange flight-suit down past her knee. “Ugh, I can't think of the amount of time I'll need in the sonic shower after this.” She grumbled but Zovish wasn't in the mood for comedic statements “Shhh. We're almost there.” Cashil gave Zovish an annoyed look as she continued walking behind him. As she shown the hand lamp past him as they traversed towards the circular hatch at the end of the small causeway. “Thank the tides.” Cashil exclaimed over a sigh. Zovish just gave a look up from his tracker as he replied and moved forward towards the hatch “It's right ahead.”.

A second later Zovish let the sensor tracker rest on his side with the shoulder strap. He tried moving the second hatch and it opened inward towards him opposite of the previous hatch with Cashil it swung open form the top with relative ease. Zovish took out his own hand lamp and shown it past the second hatch to look inside. His vision was partially obscured by more webbing. He tore it down with his alternate flipper and stepped inside.

Inside the next chamber Zovish looked down and saw small round spheres in piles. The spheres were dark gray and about the size of a human fist. He assumed they were eggs from the piles and the shells of some of them cracked open. His eyes tracked the hand lamps light as he slowly moved it past the piles of sphere shaped eggs to a large metal plate sticking a half meter out from the side of the wall and a set of controls running down the side. The controls display were totally dark with no power so it wasn't the source of the signal.

From behind him Lieutenant Cashil stepped through the hatch holding her hand lamp's light on the eggs. Her eyes widened as she pulled out her blaster. “M--, maybe we should go.” She said starting to get anxious at the sight of the piles of spheres. Zovish didn't respond as he turned to the right and took a few steps he replied “The signal is from here somewhere.” Cashil stepped in a few steps after Zovish and kept the light down at the spheres “Are these eggs?”.

Zovish didn't reply instead he walked around the plate with dead controls making sure his feet overstepped the piles of fist sized eggs. As soon as he cleared the deck plating he stood still. From behind him Lieutenant Cashil whispered out to him. “What is it?”

Lieutenant Zovish stood there frozen as he realized what he was seeing. A pair of pilot chairs turned sideways still bolted to the side of the wall that as now he understood was originally a floor. The control panel was similar to the one he had stepped around. It stood in front of the pilot chairs a moderate sized rectangle area that Zovish assumed had been the main view port was now stuffed with dirt from the outside pushing into the cockpit. On the control panel nearly all of the controls and displays were darkened without power except for a small blinking indicator near what had been the far left side of the panel and now was near the ceiling.

The blinking light wasn't a surprise to Zovish. He expected to see some form of signal being transmitted from here but seeing a pair of control yokes set between the two chairs made him realize what he was inside. “I think we're--”

Just then above control yokes the dirt in the view port started to sift and slowly small holes opened. Zovish shone his light on the dirt quickly as dozens of small arachnid like creatures emerged squalling and hissing and starting to traverse down the dirt into the cockpit.
Zovish tried to take steps back quick and bumped into Cashil who had come around the plate in the middle of the room to inquire what he was seeing. Zovish just screamed as he backed into her “Run NOW!”

Zovish didn't bother not disturbing the eggs piles as he turned and run back past the control plating obscuring Lieutenant Cashil's view. He shoved her back into the hatchway as he turned and un-holstered his blaster. Zovish pointed down as the fist sized creatures scurried towards them and fired multiple shots scoring a few but only holding back the rest of the small horde. Cashil yelped as she almost fell back into the darkened mud of the causeway and saw Zovish open fire at the small creatures “What are they!?” Zovish jumped back shouting “Don't know! Don't care!”

By now Lieutenant Cashil had her own blaster out and opened up a few bots at the ground sizzling some of the horde of creatures near Zovish. As Zovish fell backwards through the hatchway Cashil ran up slamming the circular hatch shut. The sound of the creatures jumping on the hatch and pressing into it could be heard as they scraped the opposite side of the door.

One of the small arachnids made it past the hatch's door as Cashil closed it and turned hissing at her. A second later a red blaster bolt burned directly into the creature blowing it into pieces. Cashil looked back at Zovish holding his blaster pistol. “Thanks.” Cashil said breathing fast from the excitement. “Don't mention it. Can you lock the hatch?” Zovish said as he ran towards Cashil and put his weight onto the circular hatch as well. Cashil held a flipper with her foot against the hatch as she reach for her hand lamp laying in the dark watery mud and picked it up to shine light on the hatch. “I think the manual lock is around here somewhere.” Cashil said moving her flipper to the top of the circular doorway “Got it!” She said as she opened a mud covered access panel revealing a dusty latch lock handle inside. She shoved the small handle up into the ceiling of the causeway locking the door.

Zovish's breathing had returned to normal as he slowly tested moving from the circular hatchway door “Let's get out of here.” he said. Cashil nodded in agreement Sounds good, whoever thought to put an emergency lock on the ceiling in whatever this thing is.” Zovish's wide mouth gave a half chuckle “It's an overturned AT-AT. That was the command cockpit.” he proclaimed. Cashil didn't let the comment sit she shot back “Then we're in the neck?” Zovish nodded “Correct. Let's get back out the hole we made.” Cashil let a long sigh of relief out “Best idea I've heard all day.”

Zovish walked to the open circular hatchway where they had come from which he thought meant they entered through a maintenance door or equipment loading door to the main cargo area of the overturned walker. He stopped short. The fading moonlight came through the square hole they opened in the roof of the compartment they first entered and landed upon a large arachnid creature. Easily twice the size of a human it was facing opposite of the circular hatch to the AT-AT's neck area where Cashil and Zovish were.

The massive dark colored creature had large dark fur colored rear abdomen and a much smaller thorax. A second later the creature stiffened and turned on it's massive spidery legs towards Zovish. The head of the creature was much like a spider in shape but instead of a multitude of eyes a large red eye was centered above a fanged mouth and drooling mouth.

Zovish in a panic slammed the circular hatch back shut as the large arachnid leaped at him. The force from the creature landing on the hatch as Zovish tried to hold it shut Jolted him hard as he almost fell backwards “Ahhhh! Help!” he screamed. Cashil ran through the soft blackened sludge in the causeway to help Zovish hold the hatch down as the large arachnids' legs tried to dart and spear from under the pressure hatch's opening. After a second more Cashil took her blaster and aimed it under the circular hatch and opened a volley of blaster fire. As she did the creature retracted a moment allowing Zovish to close the door and then use the manual lock found in a similar location as the cockpit's hatch. As it locked in place the creatures legs could be heard smashing into the circular door which was now started to bend inward from the onslaught. Cashil's large mon calamari eyes went wide “That wont that hold it!” Zovish turned and shouted with fear “No. We need out of here! Fire your weapon straight up!”

As he said the words Zovish pointed his DL-44 blaster pistol and unleashed a volley on the roof of the causeway they were in. Cashil took her own DH17 and fired at the same spot as him. A moment later the roof of the causeway caved in with dirt and hot metal from continuous laser fire.

It wasn't a moment too soon as just as the roof caved in the hatch door started to give way from the barrage of strikes the arachnid creature was hitting it with its long thick spear shaped legs “Move!” Zovish yelled putting his hands around Cashil's waist and hoisting her up to the opening “I know!” She acknowledged and reache to the still hot blasted opening the pair and made and pulled herself up through it.

Zovish pushed Cashil's feet through the opening in the roof and jumped himself grabbing the hot edge of the metal hole he and Cashil had just created. As he started hoisting himself up Zovish heard the circular hatch door give way and the huge arachnid start hissing as it entered the AT-AT's neck. Zovish pulled his legs up just as a pair of the creature's long spear tipped legs clawed at his own legs as he cleared the newly made hole. “Down now!” Cashil yelled as she jumped from the rock like structure. Zovish followed a millisecond later leaping through the the cool night air as well. The pair of them landed hard in the grass. As Cashil landed she rolled but Zovish came down hard and yelled as his leg twisted in the grass. “C'mon we got to go now!” Cashill yelled as the sounds of the arachnid's hissing and metal scraping from the top of the rock formation could be heard. Zovish rolled  over and sat up “Keep moving! Don't wait for me!” he exclaimed.

Cashil started to protest when more hissing sound was heard from the top of the rock formation. The arachnid creature had pulled it's massive body up to put it's head through the hole the pair of pilots blasted out of. The rocks around the hole started to move up ward as the creature strained to pull it's large abdomen through. Lieutenant Cashil pointed her blaster and shot a few well aimed shots at the beast using the last of the moonlight. The blaster bolts hit the monsters legs and head as it was trying to pull through the hole but the shot's had little effect against it's hard chitinous covered abdomen. A moment later the rocks near the center of the formation a bit further down from the square hatch on the topside Cashil started to sift and move. Cashil turned to Zovish and pulled him up.

“Let's go! We're not going to stop it!” Cashil yelled. Zovish stood up limping and trying to get moving “I'm trying! We have to get to the fighters!” Then as if the large slug shaped rock formation had been awoken from all areas of it shifting rocks slowly lifted like a huge door. Inside the hissing sounds of more of the creatures could be heard. As the pair of pilots ran for their ships the huge square door of the side of the AT-AT creaked open enough for a half dozen of the creatures to rush out hissing and skittering along the grass and dirt. Cashil looked back as she ran towards her Y-wing “It has friends!”

A few seconds later the pair had made it to the grassy area they had landed their Y-Wings. Cashil ran to hers and started jump on the fuselage of her fighter before she remembered Zovish was hurt and turned to check on him. “Didn't get back a moment too soon!” He said putting his flippers up to his the fuselage. “Can you get in yours?!” She yelled over at him. Zovish turned and nodded “Yea I'll be fine! Get your's started to use your top guns on th-...” Zovish cut his words off quickly as a huge arachnid's silhouette rose from the the back fuselage of the Y-wing where the pair of engines attached. It spewed a long string of web at him catching his torso. “Ahhh! G-...” Zovish turned as the webbing knocked him off the cockpit fuselage back to the grass. “Percy!” Cashil screamed out. She hopped in her cock pit and powered up the top gun. The arachnid sucked the webbing back towards itsel and used its long spear like legs to impale Zovish like prey on the sharp legs. The creature tore Zovish's arm from his torso as he tried to resist in a futile effort. The next second the beast pulled his now still torso to its multi eyed head and opened it fang filled mouth as it started to devour his other shoulder and torso.

Cashil sat screaming as the guns read online and turned them to fire on the beast. The shots had some effect as the bolts burned into the beasts torso but did little to it's legs holding the corpse of her friend. The Y-wing powered to full as she sank into her cock pit quickly and lifted off.

The half dozen arachnid creatures coming from the rock formation had arrived in time to try and leap at Cashil's Y-Wing as it rose from the ground. One landed on her fighters nose plunging it's legs deep into the metal hull. It hissed at her trying to pull it's large abdomen onto the fighter. Cashil opened up her fighters front pair of blasters and after a volley it blew the arachnid off of it. To her horror the creature landed and seemed wounded but limped back towards the rocks. The rest continued to spew webbing at Cashil's ascending Y-Wing until she engaged her engines and pulled free.

Cashil pursed her mon calamari lips tight in anger remembering her friend still down there dead and being consumed. She banked her Y-Wing around and turned it around staying high hoping it was out of the creature's web range. She came over the rest of the arachnids now heading back to the rock formation. Cashil aimed her canons and opened up her pair of front lasers on the remaining creatures to avenge her friend.

The strafing hit three of the monsters. Two of which were hit multiple times, only one fell to the ground dead. The other two limped along with the others. Cashil decided she wasn't going to let any get away. Not now not after what they did to her friend. She banked around for another strafe run but as she opened up her blasters she noticed the power in her banks had dropped considerably. Then her early alarm on her fuel started going off. Cashil pulled up from her second strafe run and reviewed her blaster control's readings gritting her teeth as she said aloud “What in the name of? They were over half full when I took off.”

Cashil was unsure why her fighter's fuel and blasters power were lower then originally thought but it meant she would have to leave now to make it back safely home. Solemn and angry she turned her fighter back towards the Northeast and set a course for the Riptide.
Title: Re: The last orders of Captain Kai...
Post by: Tamer on November 13, 2017, 03:47:43 AM
Off to share the new chapter!