1.080 ABY – 1330 Hour – Spy Frigate Shadow Raptor – Bonadin System – ( My team is still scattered all over the Shadow Raptor. These reports were relayed to me prior to our debriefing at base and each situation is going on simultaneously )
Imperial cruiser Iceheart is closing on the Shadow Raptor but the Alliance CR90 Corvette, Remember Ryloth is right on the cruisers tail. The corvette is peppering the cruiser with blaster fire. I give the order to increase power and move us away from the singularity. (Bridge Crew) “Sir, non of us are pilots.” (Cael) “What the Frick? Do I have to do everything?”
RR5 and Trosc are in the aft hanger bay. RR5 is in the Smooth Sailor and Trosk is out in the hanger bay. The kappa shuttle attempts several times to free itself from the debris, but it is stuck. The droids abandon the shuttle. They usher Captain Sortuli and Navigator Koomsey out and across the landing bay. They are headed for the aft escape pods. Trosc sneaks up closer to the 2 prisoners and tosses a small tracker onto the captain. Now they can follow them from a safe distance. As the droids and the 2 prisoners exit the aft landing bay. RR5 comes up to Trosc. (Trosc) “I put a tracker on them, but I suspect they are headed for the aft escape pods.” RR5 contacts me and asks for orders. (Cael) “Go after the droids and rescue the captain and Navigator. They must not get off the frigate with the captain or the navigator.” Trosc and RR5 proceed after the droids. On a monitor on the bridge. I notice that there is fire in the aft landing bay and it is getting bad. There are no fire suppression droids working on it. I have the aft landing bay control room evacuate the air out of the bay into space to put out the fire. DZ, who is still in the control room. Replies to me that they are looking for the door controls and will comply.
Berrenger, who is on the communications level. He patches more of the Shadow Raptor’s internal cameras up to the bridge. This way we can see more of what is going on around the ship. I command the ships crew to man the ships guns and commence firing on the cruiser. (Sensors) “Captain Cael, we have multiple sensor alerts coming in. We have incoming tie fighters from the imperial cruiser.” Mathus, who is monitoring the bridge. In between trying to get the hyperdrive on line with Roots. Reinforces the Raptor’s bow shields. I sit in the pilots seat and pilot us slowly away from the singularity. I never flew something this big and it takes some getting use to the delay in the ship moving. Problem is, the direction we need to go is the direction towards the imperial cruiser. It is still at long range from us. (Cael) “Do we have any long range weapons to use on the cruiser?” (Sensors) “Yes sir. 6 port and 6 starboard medium turbolasers can make that range.” (Cael) “Well, lets put some fire power directed at that imp cruiser.” Berrenger is able to get 1 of the medium turbolaser to fire. At long range the shot just hits. The cruiser and the corvette are still trading pot shots back and forth.
RR5 and Trosc follow the droids down 2 levels and down several corridors. They find them at the end of a corridor. The escape pods are past this area. They come up with a plan for RR5 to go down the corridor to where the droids are. He will find out which droid is the leader. He will shake hands with the leader. This way Trosc will know who to shoot at from down the hall. RR5 calmly walks down the hallway and past the 2 droids guarding the door. He sees 2 droids putting Captain Sortuli and Navigator Koomsey into an escape pod. As RR5 enters the room. The droids there all point their weapons at him. (RR5) “Weapons down. I’m not a meat bag. Who is in charge of these droids?” A silver protocol droid turns to him. (TJ-11) “I am commanding this mission.” RR5 sticks his hand out to the other droid. TJ-11 just looks at the hand for a long moment. At this point, RR5 realizes his mistake. Droids do not shake hands. Trosc’s shot goes over both RR5’s and TJ11’s heads. As the rogue droids scatter for cover. The door to the hallway is closed. RR5 calculates his chances are not good for him being in here by himself. He decided his best chance is to eject in the escape pod with the captain and the navigator in it. He draws his weapon. Points it at TJ-11’s head and fires. Blasting the whole left side of the droids face apart. RR5 dives into the escape pod. He can hear TJ-11 trying to give orders but his vocalization unit is severely damaged. RR5 closes the hatch and jettisons the pod. He quickly scans for the control mechanism for the pod. At this point he notices that the captain’s lizard is clinging to he back. As he gets the controls activated. The pods scanner on board shows that they are headed in the direction of the singularity. He fires the maneuvering thrusters and maneuvers the tiny ship to an access port on the forward section of the Shadow Raptor center spar between the forward and aft sections of the ship. He docks with the port and shuts the pod down. He unties the captain and navigator. When they pull off their blind folds they see a droid sitting there. (RR5) “Hello captain. We are presently docked at an access port on the spar section of your ship. Our team is slowly regaining control of the ship from the rogue droids. Are either of you injured?” (Sortuli) “No, we are not injured. You are not with the other droids?” (RR5) “No, I am with the strike team that inadvertently delivered these rogue droids to your ship.” RR5 opens the pod hatch. Scans the area for threats. There are no rogue droids in this area. The 2 officers and RR5 exit the pod and proceed towards the bridge of the Shadow Raptor.
The Shadow Raptor light turbolasers can now target and fire at the tie fighters that are swarming around it at close range. The main medium turbolasers continue to alternate fire at the imperial cruiser that has closed to medium range. The imperial cruiser is severely damaged. Mathus uses the ships ECM projector to disable one squad of 3 tie fighters. 2 are moving erraticly and one is drifting around disabled. The alliance corvette is really pounding the imperial cruiser from the rear. What little fire power the cruiser can muster against being in the middle of the 2 alliance ships is futile. Berrenger’s fire control station gets a solid hit on the cruiser and it lists heavily to its port side. I see the cruiser drifting. I maneuver the Frigate to pass the cruiser on our starboard side. Mathus, who is still monitoring our progress from engineering. Reinforces the Raptor’s starboard side shield.
At this point Captain Sortuli, Navigator Koomsey and RR5 reach the bridge. The captain immediately starts asking her crew for status reports. Koomsey is hovering over the crewman at the sensor station. RR5 walks up next to me in the pilots chair. (RR5) “Sir, would you prefer I fly the ship?” I look at him with a strained look as this huge ship bearly slides past the crippled cruiser. (Cael) “About time you guys got here, yea.” I relinquish the pilots chair to RR5. The starboard medium turbolasers fire agin sending the cruiser spinning out of control towards the singularity. (Sortuli) “Increase our speed. Get us to a safe distance from that black hole so we can jump to hyperspace.” RR5 increases the ships speed as the corvette goes into a slow turn and is following us away from the singularity. As I stand on the bridge. I look around at the devastation and the destroyed saboteur droids. This could have been worse. Much worse. We are still going to catch hell for delivering those droid. That reminds me. I really hope Shulla the hutt wiped the memory on that protocol droid we gave her.