1230 hour – .243 ABY – Squad: Delta 3 – Planet: Onderon -Whisper Base – Cael Log
Voba busies himself finishing up on making 10 home made bombs out of available material around the base. Just in case we get over run. Omnath has taken 1 speeder bike and a few of the smaller dead lizards and is in search of the Imperial scouts in the jungle. Zal has Florek helping her repair the down engine on the Lambda shuttle. Florek has on a modified suit to deal with the humidity. It has 3 fans with hoses all over to keep his body dry. He is also a bit OCD. He does not remove assembled parts. He will remove each part of the assembly. 1 at a time. After 1-1/2 hours, Zal is about to wring his neck but she keeps her cool. Voba checks all the cameras situated around the base. He leaves Florek a detailed list of how he wants the cameras to face and rotate.
In the rec room I have the recruits going over hand to hand combat techniques on some holo-vids. Also, what can be used as an improvised weapon and some of the kill points on the body. After about 2-1/2 hours. Which is about the length of time that this group loses interest in learning. We move to the training area. Zal comes to check on me and their progress. (Zal) “How are they doing?” (Cael) “Ok, I guess. I was going to put some of the hand to hand that we have been going over to practical use. You want to help?” (Zal) “Sure, anything is better then dealing with that annoying Devorian.” Zal removes her jacket and puts on a pair of fingerless nerf hide gloves. She goes into a ready stance about 1 meter from my right. (Cael to Recruits) “OK, we are going to demonstrate some of the moves and techniques we went over before. Who wants to be 1st to take on Zal?” All 7 boys push and shove to be the 1st in line. (Darius) “I’m the oldest here, I go 1st.” (Zal) “All right. Come at me then.” Darius rushes Zal, she easily sidesteps him. Hooks her left arm under his neck. Pivots his body around. Kicks him in the back of the knee and drops him to his knees. Then with her right fist pushing on the side of his rib cage. Bends his body outward with his head crushing into Zal’s left breast. We can all see he is in some pain but he is smiling. (Cael) “Do we see what he did wrong?” All the boys just stand there with their mouths open nodding yes. (Moonbeam) With her hand raised “He was not thinking with the head on his shoulders but the 1 in his pants.” The girls all giggle. Zal drops Darius to the floor and backs up. I look at Zal with a smile. (Zal) “Didn’t even break a sweat. NEXT! ” Over the next 2 hours as Zal puts the boys through their paces. I get the girls, in groups of 2. To practice the grips, moves and pressure points. Flower and Moonbeam are very fast and are good at grappling. The rest are picking it up by watching the 2 blonds block my hand from even close to touching them. All of a sudden, Darius’s comm beeps with a message from his Aunt Diel. “Imps in village-help–come quick”
Omnath after 1-1/2 hours, finds some of the scouts from Jiranna Base. He circles them and figures out they are headed to Diel’s village. It begins to rain harder. When he gets to the outskirts of the village. He hides the bike and temporary disables it so no one can take it. As he sneaks into the village. There are 4 Scouts in Diel’s hut arguing with her. He disables the 4 bikes. He then tries to sneak up on the hut they are all in but when he gets to within 3 meters of the steps. All 4 scouts are on the porch with Diel pointing their blasters at Omnath. (Scout 1) “Is this alien 1 of yours?” Diel, with a scared look on her face. Shakes her head , NO.(Omnath) With his hands slightly raised “I give up. Cuff me Imp.” (Scout 1 to Diel) “Seems you have been holding out on us old woman.” He turns to the other 3 scouts. (Scout 1) “Round up the rest of the rebels in this village. We need to make an example of them.” Omnath on hearing this tries to move but 2 shots from a blaster set on stun and he is out cold on the ground.
(Darius) “We have to go. My aunt needs us.” (Cael) “Wait a minute. You cant just go rushing into there. Besides, how long will it take you to walk there?” (Darius) “about 2 hours.” (Zal) “We can be there in 10 minutes in the shuttle.” (Darius) “Then lets go!” (Cael) “OK, OK. We need a plan. You all need armor and weapons. Come with us, except April, Lucy and Rorry” At the armory, we put Flower and Moonbeam in stormtrooper armor with the EL10s. The boys get Alliance armor vests and helmets. I give each an EL10. I don the Imperial lieutenants uniform. Sariv’s side arm on my right hip. Holdout blaster and knife under the jacket. Zal preps the shuttle. (Cael to April) “I need you to set up a Med bay at the end of the locker room. We are going to have injured when we get back. I hope none that are too seriously injured. Lucy and Rorry will help you, OK, Can you do this?” (April) “Yes Sir.” (Cael) “Torre can help. He can get you what you need. Move or lift anything to get ready for us.” (Cael to Voba) “We have a problem. Our friends at the village are being held by Imperials. We are on our way there to liberate them.” (Voba) “OK, I will monitor from here. Take a relay rod. Plant it at the village before you leave there.” (Gaave) You need help? I will go also.” (Cael) “Come on then.” I take the rest of the recruits to the shuttle. We put Peggy Sue in the front gun turret and Billy Ray in the rear turret. (Zal) “Darius, Get in the co-pilot seat. I am going to need your directions when we get close.” Darius goes up forward to the seat to Zal’s right. (Cael) “All recruits strapped down Zal.” I go forward and hold onto the grab bar behind Zal’s seat as we take off in the direction of the village.
1430 Hour – In flight I go over some hand signals with the group. (Cael) “Flower and Moonbeam. You follow me out of the shuttle and take positions about 2 meters behind me to the left and right.” Both girls smile and nod. (Cael) “Darius, you keep the guys in the shuttle until I signal. If I raise my right hand up vertically. It is all out of the shuttle and take the Imps out. If I hold my left arm out horizontal. We are still talking and to wait. Zac, you stay in the shuttle at the top of the ramp and make sure none of the Imps enters the shuttle.” They all nod Yes (Cael) “All of you. When you exit the shuttle. Pick your targets. I don’t want any innocent villagers getting shot.” They all nod yes again. I go back up to Zal. (Zal) “We should be there in about 5. (Darius) “Come in from the South. There is more cover and the sound does not travel well from that direction. It will mask our approach” Voba signals that he has a com jammer set for the scouts com channel but it will only work in the area of the village. (Cael to Zal) “You heard my hand signals to the recruits?” (Zal) “Yea. There is the village 3 kilometers to our starboard.” She points to the right. As we approach the village, Zal slows the shuttle to dead slow. There are 10 Imperial Scouts. They have the villagers out in the rain in a U shape in the center of the village. The Imps all have blasters pointed at the villagers. I can see that Omnath is laying on the ground in front of Diel’s hut. Zal turns the shuttle slightly and makes sure the speeder bikes get the force of the repulsers as we land. They all bang into each other and most get their front ailerons tangled. Zal lands the shuttle and opens the ramp. I exit and the 2 girls follow. 1 of the scouts is a Lieutenant. He walks over to me. (Xaro) “We were not expecting a shuttle. I am Lt Xaro – Patrol 2348 – Jiranna Base. And you are?” (Cael) “Lt Sariv – Whisper Base. We were on a search pattern and seen you in our local village. We seem to have misplaced a prisoner. You wouldn’t by chance have found a Gank?” (Xaro) “Affirmative, he is our prisoner. He will return to Jiranna Base with us.” (Cael) With his left arm our “He is OUR prisoner. I need the information from that abomination. (Xaro) “You will have to take that up with my commander. He is going back to my base. Sargent, Pick 2 villagers to make an example of them.” (Cael) With his right arm raised up. “OK, Have it your way.” I reach under my jacket. Grab the commando knife. I plant the knife into Lt Xaro’s throat up to the hilt. The gurgling that comes out of his mouth kind of sounds like. (Xaro) “We suspected this.” The scouts start firing at the villagers. (Cael) “Girls, Shoot them, GO, GO, GO!” Moonbeam and Flower both put a large hole in the center of 2 imperials that are closest to them. Darius and Gaave run out of the shuttle. Darius on seeing the villagers being killed freezes just outside the ramp. Gaave fires and hits 1 of the scouts. The rest of the recruits scamper out of the shuttle. I am using Xaro’s limp body as a shield. Leaving the knife in his throat. I draw Sariv’s fancy pistol and fire at a scout. The shot goes through his eye socket and he falls in a heap.(Cael) “Damn! I like this gun.” the rest of the boys run down the ramp. Peggy Sue tries to fire the shuttles laser turret, but nothing happens. She looks under the handles at the targeting computer box and there are a few pieces missing that Florek did not re-install. (Peggy Sue) “Guns not working Zal. Its missing parts.” (Zal) Damn that Florek. Hold on.” Zal raises the shuttle and pivots so Billy Ray can have a clear shot. Flower seeing the shuttle pivoting moves to the side of Cael that Moonbeam is on. She sees Darius just standing there (Flower) “Darius! Come on! Snap out of it.” Flower grabs Darius and pulls him out of the way of the shuttle moving. Moonbeam continues to fire at the scouts. Billy Ray fires the rear laser turret. He does not hit anything but the Imps all move for cover. Omnath who has woken up from being stunned, crawls behind the nearest scout. This scout is holding a villager as a shield. He stabs the scout in his legs. The scout falls over backwards letting go of the villager. Omnath continues to stab the scout until his is dead. I catch 2 blaster shots. 1 in the right leg. The other in the left arm that is holding up Xaro. Soon most of the scouts are dead. The last 2 scouts disappear under a hut. (Moonbeam) “Cael, You want us to get those 2 guys that ran away?” (Cael) Taking the knife and dropping the body of Xaro. “Yes, don’t let them get far enough to get a signal out.” Flower and Moonbeam run after the 2 scouts hooping and hollering in their helmet. (Cael) “Damn those girls are good.” (Zal) “Billy Ray. Hit the bikes.” Billy Ray fires again destroying all 10 speeder bikes. (Cael) “No! We need to. . . Damn.! That blows this village.” Zal pivots the shuttle and lands. There are 8 survivors from the village. (Cael to Diel) “Can you get everyone to grab what belongings they will need from their huts and only what they can carry. This village is now done. You are all coming back to base with us.” Darius smiles and goes to help his Aunt Diel get her belongings. Flower and Moonbeam soon return holding 2 extra E11 blasters. (Flower to Cael) “Those 2 scouts bodies will make a nice dinner for a ruping. Gaave goes into the shuttle and retrieves the relay rod. He plants it at the North edge of the village. I check my chronometer. It is 1515 hour. (Cael) “Lets get a move on people. We need to get out of here before someone else comes looking for these Imps. By 1610 hour, all the villagers and what little belongings they have are loaded on the shuttle. (Omnath to Cael and Gaave) “I slipped in the rain. Stupid imps would not get close enough to me.” Omnath takes a seat in the shuttle. Darius is in the co-pilot seat and I am standing behind Zal when she lifts it off the ground. She flies the shuttle at only 1-2 meters above the tree tops to avoid detection. (Cael) “We got lucky, this time.” (Zal) “So when do we run out of this luck?” (Cael) “I hope not for a very long time.” We are landing back at base in a little over 14 minutes.