1.073 ABY – 1600 Hour – Titan Base – Corban Sector – Cael Report
After getting a better idea of the 2 possible missions. We rendezvous back at the Smooth Sailor. I lay out what we know of the 2 missions. There are only a few questions brought up on each and then I put it to a vote.
Go to the Asteriod base where Commander Akbar and the Alliance Verpine gyroscopic prototype is. Remove the imperial threat, or evacuate commander and prototype or make sure the Imperials do not get the commander or the prototype.
Vote for – Cael, Mathus, Flower and Omnath
Rescue the Spec Ops Team looking into Shell Cracker Imperial prototype and / or complete mission to get info on imperial prototype weapon.
Vote for – Berrenger, Grabbo and Moonbeam
(Cael) “Looks like we are fast tracking the Guppy’s upgrades and taking a short hop to the Roche asteroid belt. Mathus, what is your time table to complete. Or complete most of the Guppy’s upgrades?” (Mathus) “Well, if the Guppy’s tech crew is half as good as me. I need a day.” (Cael) “Good, will you inform Gravic of our decision when you get to the bridge on the Guppy? Arkem will not be too happy with our decision.” Mathus nods Yes as he walks out the boarding ramp.
1700 Hour – Mathus heads towards the Guppy’s bridge and I head to the supply depot on Titan base. I think we will need some equipment to complete this mission. When I get to the supply area. It is in a desolate section of the base. Mostly asteroid in this area. The supply Sargent’s behind the desk is named Wayne. Working on a mix match of parts at a nearby workbench is Garth. (Wayne) “Good evening Captain. What can we do for you?” (Cael) “I need about a dozen space suits. 1 needs to be Wookee size.” (Garth) “We have them in stock. The wookee suit, I need a few hours to modify.” (Cael) “I see you can modify by what you are putting together there. I have 3 Imperial laminate armor suits. Can they be made space worthy?” (Wayne) “Sure, we have something that can be retrofitted to the outside of the suit to last you several minuets in space.” I look around at all the odd equipment sitting on shelves. (Cael) “Cool, so do you have any personal stealth fields?” Garth gets wide eyed and excited. (Garth) “He wants it.! I have it finished. Wait here. Let me go get it !” (Wayne) “Go get it. Sir, Captain Cael sir. I think you will like this.” Garth comes back with a small pouch that hangs on a belt. He walks around the counter to attach it to my side arm belt. (Garth) “Your Cael Hanarist, the blitzball star. Hear lift your arm. It attaches to your belt.” Garth backs up and has a grin from ear to ear. (Garth) “Try it. Hit the button. Hit the button.” When I press the button. I can see a sheen cover my entire body. When I look into the mirror. I can not see myself. If I move my arms there is a little distortion but still hard to see. I turn the field off. (Cael) ‘This is great. How long will it last?” (Wayne) “If you have it on constant. The power pack will drain in about a half hour. If you use it sporadically. Maybe a little longer.” (Cael) “Good, then I will need power packs for this and for several other weapons.” (Wayne) “Who is the Wookee. I can pull up his service record and get his specifications.” (Cael) “Well, you see, he is not alliance personnel. He is an independent doctor assigned to my crew. He is about 220 centimeters tall and 112 kg. Will that do.” (Wayne) “We can do it. So, you like the stealth field?” (Cael) “Yes, this will do well.” (Garth) “For the field. Can we get you autograph?” (Cael) “Sure, what would you like me to sign.” Garth runs into another small room and comes back with a wall poster of 1 of my early year games. I am in the air over the top of 3 other heads and the ball is poised to be thrown from my right hand. I do not remember the shot but the picture look good. (Garth) “Can you, can you sign this.?” I take a large black marker and sign it “To Wayne and Garth – Cael Hanarist” (Garth) “Thank you sir.” (Wayne) “Let us know if you need anything else Captain Hanarist.” (Cael) “I will, thank you guys.” (Wayne) “Oh, by the way sir. I have packages for you and 2 others of your team.” Wayne hands me 3 packages. 1 is for me. 1 is for Omnath. The 3rd is for Zal. I hand Zal’s package back. (Cael) “This package, you will have to forward to her new unit. Not sure where she is stationed.” The 3 packages are from Gaave. I wonder what he is sending me? Just then, I get a call from Mathus on my com. (Mathus) “Cael, can you get me about 100 meters of RD64 cable and about a dozen T5 power couplings. I am elbow deep in upgrades on the Guppy right now.” (Cael) “I will see what I can do.” I look at the 2 men behind the counter. (Garth) “The RD64 cable is not a problem. I have plenty of that, but I only have T4 couplings. He will have to make due.” (Cael) “OK, Mathus could also use some other equipment. Do you happen to have a data-breaker?” (Wayne) “We have an older model. Garth, please get the DB112 off the 3rd shelf on aisle 6.” Garth comes out from the back room with a 40 cm square box that has a small screen on it and several wires attached. (Garth) “1 slightly used DB112 for you.” I blow a little dust off it and look at the 2 guys skeptical. (Wayne) “It will work. Trust me.” (Cael) “OK, thanks guys.”
1900 Hour – With the stealth field clipped on my belt. I take the DB112, the cable, the box of T4 power couplings and the 2 gift boxes from Gaave and head towards where the Smooth Sailor is Berthed. I stop in a side hallway because the curiosity has got the better of me. I open the package from Gaave. It is an under barrel blaster shot gun. Damn, these things are vicious. Only close range but deadly. There is also a holo-disc in the box. I pop it into my datapad and Gaave’s face pops up. Looks like his hair has grown back. He mentions he has been on several assignments since Onderon and that he found these items and thought we would could use them. He wishes us good luck. Gaave is not a bad guy. We could not have competed the mission on Onderon without him. I head back to the Smooth Sailor to drop off the 2 presents and then head to the Guppy. I stop by the PX and grab a case of ding dong cakes. When I get to the bridge on the Guppy. There is tons of wire hanging everywhere. I find Mathus under a control panel. I walk over and kick his foot. (Cael) “Beware of Mandelorians bearing gifts.” Mathus crawls out from under the consol. I drop the bundle of cable on the deck plate. Place the box of power couplings next to it. Then I reach into the box and pull out the DB112 and hand it to him. (Cael) “Thought you could use this.” (Mathus) “Wow, sure I can use it. Ah, those are T4 couplings not T5.” (Cael) “Supply said you will have to make due. They have no T5s in stock.” (Mathus) “Ok, we will just have to re-route a few things. More cable laying people.” There is a consensus groan from all the tecks in the room. Roots even swivels his dome and gives a groan. I hold up the box of ding dongs. The groans from the tecks turn to a YEA. Mathus grabs the box from me and sets it on the consol. (Cael) “I will leave you all to your work.” As I make my way back to the Smooth Sailor. I go past the ships barracks. I am confronted by a female Tel’wik marine. (Marine) “I hear you are not going after the Spec Ops team. You know they are based here. Too tough of a mission for you?” (Cael) “I felt it was more important to keep a commander safe then having to rescue an Ops team that should have known better of what to do.” The Tel’wik and I have several more cross words before she shows me how accurate she can shoot. On the target range. She runs a silhouette target to the long range setting. She hoists her HG203 blaster rifle and fires a single shot. Her shot is good. Very good but it is to the left in the chest of the silhouette. We seem to have draw a bit of a crowd. Some of the other marines are watching from the door. I hold my hand out for her blaster rifle. She looks at me for a second but hands it over. I re-adjust the sights since they are slightly off. (Marine) “The sights are fine.” I hoist the rifle. Target in the head of the silhouette and fire. The blaster bolt goes right between the eyes. Fricken HG203 rifle kicks like an anger kratt dragon. My shoulder is killing me. I hand her back her rifle. She and the other marines have their mouths open in a gape at that shot. The Tel’wik just stares at me as I leave.
2000 Hour – I grab some chow from the cafeteria. It is some mystery meat in a lite brown sauce and a blue green vegetable that taste like an old seat cushion. I finish eating and head to the Smooth Sailor. When I get there, I notice that Berrenger and Grabbo are not there. They have been spending a lot of time together. Still not sure what Berrenger’s angle is in helping us. I make a quick report to Arkem. Explaining that my team will take the Commander Akbar mission. I decide to put some fire under the Guppy’s marine strike team in the morning with some early morning PT. I turn in for the night. It is a good night with no bad dreams.
1.074 ABY – 0430 Hour – Titan Base – Corban Sector – Cael Report
I wake up early. Throw on some sweats and running shoes. I head to the Guppy’s marine barracks. I get there at 0445. The entire company is still sleeping. I turn on the lights and toss a chair across the room. (Cael) “Up an atom you maggots. Time for PT. The company commander, a quarren sargent named Walden comes into the room half dressed. He sees me at the door barking orders. He runs over stands at attention and salutes. (Walden) “Sir, is there a problem sir?” (Cael) “Sargent, your company has become a bit laxed. We are soon going on a dangerous mission. If, and I do mean if it goes bad. It is your company of marines I am going to call for back up support. For starters we are going to have a 30 minuet PT. Records show you have not required PT for several months from them. We need these people in tip top fighting shape. Do I make myself clear?” The quarren nods yes. He turns to the company. (Walden) “All right, everyone up for PT, 5 minuets !” (Private) “But sarge, its only 0450. We have another 2 hours sleep.” (Walden) “I said up now Becker or I am going to make you scrub floors with a toothbrush for a week.” In 5 minuets the company is as ready as they will ever be. I take them on a jogging course through the ship. At a cross hallway we come across Mathus slowly walking towards us. He looks like he has been up all night. (Cael) “Good morning Mathus.” (Mathus) “Good night Cael.” As we jog by him. We wind our way through corridors. The early shift crew is dumbfounded that the marines are up this early and training. I deliver them back to the barracks in a half hour. (Cael) “All right, shower, shave and day uniforms for chow. After chow I want to see how well you can disappoint me in the rest of your training.” They all look at me like they want to fall back in bed, but they head to the showers. I find the officers quarters. Shower and shave and I grab a clean flight jump suit. I am waiting in the cafeteria for 10 minuets before the first of the marines makes it down there. Breakfast is a protein drink, 2 slabs of meat and a grain – vegie bar. After 15 minuets Lt Coronel Gravic comes into the cafeteria. He is startled by the amount of marines in here this early. He grabs a cup of java and a bowl of some gelatin that smells like fish. He sits at my table and we discuss the upgrades while he eats. (Gravic) “Your man Mathus is a work taun taun. He competed 4 days of upgrades, wiring and repairs in 1 night. We should be ready for departure later this morning.” (Cael) “Thank you sir. I will inform him of your gratitude when he finally wakes up in a week. I passed him in the corridor a while ago heading towards his bunk. I have a few things I need to attend to. Plan b stuff. Then my crew will load the shuttle for when we get to our departure point.” (Gravic) “Good, good, you do that. By the way, why are the marines up this early?” (Cael) “Plan B stuff sir, plan B.” Gravic gives me a sideways look but does not press the point. I finish my vegie bar. I stand, salute Gravic and head to check on the records of each marine.
0630 Hour – I make a list of recommendations for the marine company sargent to train each person in his company. I forward him the list. They are in better shape then I originally expected. As I return to the Smooth Sailor I am met by Berrenger. (Cael) “So what have you been up to? You know we depart in a few hours.” (Berrenger) “I have been helping Grabbo. Oh yea here, this sort of ended up in my hands. So you can have them.” Berrenger hands me a small heavy box. I open it and there are 2 thermo detonators in it. (Cael) “I love you man….Not that way, but, but I love you man.” Berrenger smirks and walks past. I check with the girls. They are attaching the space suit attachments to their armor to test them out and see how it fits. (Cael) “We need to move the Sailor back to the Guppy. Then move any equipment we are going to need to the shuttle. Do the retrofits work on the armor?” (Flower) “It’s a little time consuming to attach to the armor. A bit bulky but they seal and you have about 12 to 15 minuets of heat and air.” (Cael) “Good, I got extra power packs and be careful with these.” I hand moonbeam the box. (MB) “What’s in here?” (Cael) “Thermo detonators. Berrenger scrounged them up somewhere.” Both girls look at me wide eyed. (Cael) “They are stable as long as you don’t activate them. Just put them with our stuff that needs to go in the shuttle. Move the Sailor. I have to go meed Gravic. He has been running interference for us with Arkem. Who is upset that we did not take his mission.” (MB) “Cael, 2 guys from supply also dropped a load of space suits off. These suits and the mods for our armor are going with us, right?” (Cael) “Yes, the mission involves an asteroid belt. We most likely will need them.” I leave the girls to move the ship.
0930 Hour – I get to the bridge of the Guppy. Roots is just finishing up on the software upgrades. I find the empty box of ding dongs sitting on a roll of cable. Grabbo is there. He is handing out green pills to some of the teck crew still working. I am pretty sure I don’t want to know what those pills are. Berrenger soon after me, walks onto the bridge. (Berrenger) “Wow, what a mess Mathus left here.” (Cael) “Yea, he worked all night to finish the upgrades.” A female bridge ensign comes up to me. (Ensign) “Captain Cael, We have cleared your transport vessel the Smooth Sailor to docking bay #2. The crew in that bay will load your equipment across to the shuttle you will be using.” (Cael) “Thank you ensign.” Gravic comes over to Berrenger and I. (Gravic) “Gentleman, We will be leaving in approximately half an hour. The upgrades are complete. The bridge just needs a little clean up but that can happen while we are under way. We will brief you after we have entered hyperspace.” (Cael) “We will return in half an hour for departure and the briefing.” Berrenger and I take a short tour of the Guppy. We discuss what has transpired over the past day. I inform him of the equipment I have allocated from Titan base. I also inform him that I prepared the marine company on board the Guppy here that they were on stand by if all hell breaks loose. I do not tell Berrenger about the stealth field. The less people know of that ace in the hole the better. Berrenger informs me that he has been helping Grabbo secure some special medication. He shows me his new larger blaster pistol. Not sure he will hit any better with it. We work our way past the barracks level. The marines are working on hostage drills and forced entry drills. We stop at the cafeteria and we each grab a cup of java and then head back to the bridge.
1000 Hour – As we get to the bridge. We find Mathus is going through the new software with the bridge crew. Gravic orders the departure. The pilot and navigator start the procedure. Titan base retracts the access port ramps. The Guppy reals in her mooring cables and she slowly starts backing out of her berth. Mathus is showing Gravic his new 4 holo screen command console. Soon we are moving a half speed to our 1st jump point. Mathus walks over to Berrenger and I. I pull out the shotgun attachment. (Cael) “You think you can attach this to Betty?” (Mathus) “Yea, wow, where did you get this?” (Cael) “Someone gave me a gift.” (Mathus) “Some gift. It will take me a half hour to attach it.” Gravic gives command of the bridge to his 1st officer and he points the 3 of us to his office. Berrenger, Mathus and I sit at the conference table as Gravic calls up the mission specs. (Gravic) “Mathus, before we get started. I want to personally commend you on these upgrades. This would have taken the tecks at Titan base several days.” (Mathus) “Thank you sir. This is more refreshing then my last job. Also less Jawas I would have to deal with.” (Gravic) “Yes, very good. Gentlemen, it will take us several hours to reach the Roche asteroid belt. Commander Akbar is at research station Shantipole. It is camouflaged as several asteroids. He is working on a Verpine gyroscopic prototype fighter. We have received reports that there are several imperial star destroyers in the sector looking for the secret base. We may have a leak and we can not afford to loose this prototype. I also have a holo disc for you to deliver to the commander.” Gravic pulls up a holo schematic of the base. There are 18 actual asteroids in the base. The 2 largest holds the command center and the other holds the hanger bay for the prototype. The base commander is a colonel Hallby. Ackbar’s aid is a Quarren named Conror Jax. Your mission is to deliver this coded disc to Akbar. If possible, throw off the imperials to the bases location. Find the leaker and eliminate them. If all starts to go bad. Smoothly, and I do mean smoothly evacuate Ackbar and the prototype.” (Cael) “Sir, What if we can not get the prototype out safely?” (Gravic) “Then your mission is to make sure it does not fall into imperial hands.” (Cael) “And what if Ackbar does not want to evacuate or allow us to destroy the prototype. He does technically out rank me.” (Gravic) “The coded disc will inform him of your mission parameters. You will complete your mission even under Ackbar’s objections. Do I make myself clear?” (Cael, Berrenger, Mathus) “Yes Sir.” (Gravic) “Good, we have procured a MC-24A shuttle for you and your team to covertly get to Shantipole Base in. It has some shields and is lightly armed with 2 light laser cannons. Less flashy they your transport.” (Berrenger) “How long till we reach our drop point?” (Gravic) “Several hours. We need to make 1 jump and some maneuvering when we come out of hyperspace on the other side. Any more questions?” We all shake our head No, but Berrenger looks slightly worried. (Gravic) “Good, dismissed.” As we filter out of Gravic’s office. I lean over to Berrenger. (Cael) “Relax, we will be back here on the Guppy with the commander and the prototype faster then you can count the number of asteroids in that belt. Berrenger just gives me a thin smile worried look.