1.080 ABY – 1430 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 )
From the bridge of the Shadow Raptor. With a smile across my face. I can see the Imperial cruiser Iceheart tumbling out of control towards the singularity. Berrenger over the comm system contacts the tie fighters that now do not have a ship to land on. (Berrenger) “Tie squadron, this is Shadow Raptor. I suggest you power down your weapons and accept surrender. Unless you feel the need to follow the Iceheart to her doom.” (Tie Commander) “Shadow Raptor, this is Wing commander of tie squadron 244. We are powering down our weapons and await your tractor beam to docking bay, out.” Not a bad call. We can use those fighters somewhere.
Sortuli turns and walks over to me. (Sortuli) “Captain Cael, I want your team in the brig until we can determine where this breach originated.” (Cael) “What? My team just pulled your mess of a ship out of this dire situation. My crack pilot over there just saved your sorry back side from getting sent to an imperial detention and interrogation block.” (Sortuli) “Never the less. You brought those droids on board. You are responsible until I deem otherwise.” (Cael) “Shall I forward my R2 units holo record of actions of my team to Arkem? That alone will poove where the fault lies. Besides, Who activates a crate full of untested droids without putting restraining bolts on them 1st?” (Hastings) “Ah Captain I believe Captain Cael’s strike team were instrumental in saving the ship.” (Sortuli) “I’m going to get to the bottom of this. Koomsey, plot us a course for Port Tuga.” (Cael) “You are going to hand over this ship to the imperials if you go there.” (Sortuli) “The brig, captain.” Sortuli walks away from me. At this point I give up arguing with this asinine captain. I throw up my hands and walk off the bridge. I do not go to the brig. I head to the area of the ship that still has saboteur droid resistance. I filter into a security team and proceed to shoot down any and all rogue droids left aboard. In the middle of the carnage. I notice a bright blue chip in several of these rogue droids. I pick 1 out of the chest cavity of a protocol droid. It has TTC printed on the chip. I seem to recall some droid factory with the initials TTC. I pocket the chip and will talk to Mathus later about it.
Unbeknownst to me. After I stormed off the bridge. RR5, who is still sitting in the pilots chair. Talks to the captain. (RR5) “Captain, maim, instead of the brig. Can our team be confined to our ship, the Smooth Sailor?” (Sortuli) “I will allow that. Someone make sure that hot headed captain gets there.” (Hastings) “I will see that captain Cael is escorted.” RR5 gets up from the pilots chair. Another crew member takes his place. RR5 proceeds to the Smooth Sailor. 2 security guards force Mathus to return to the sailor. He only slightly argues with them. Mr Berrenger is highly surprised by the appearance of 3 security guards to escort him to the Sailor. Just as the tie squadron is being loaded into the forward hanger bay. When my team all get to the Sailor. They find Jemin and Roots there, but DZ has been taken as a possible saboteur droid.
1530 Hour – A technician enters the Sailor. Past the 2 guards that are stationed at the bottom of the boarding ramp. (Tech) “Ah I am ordered to check the programming on your 2 droids.” He walks over towards RR5. As he approaches with a sensor probe in his hand. RR backs up and holds out his left hand. (Tech) “It is just a program scan. I can even run any updates you require. Besides, some of us seen you guys in action today. We know what you guys did to save the ship.” RR5 puts his hand down and allows the tech to run his scan. He also allows the tech to update 5 of his out of date programs. The tech next scans Roots programs. Roots does not allow the tech to update any of his programs. Berrenger has been messaging me as to the progress from the Sailor. I reply as to where I am and about the funny blue chip. Mathus knows that TTC stands for Tigan Tech Consortium. They are based on Tigan, in the Listoral system. Same as Port Tuga.
Also unbeknownst to me. Hastings had informed the security team sargent that I am with as to who I am. The sargent is to keep an eye on me and if the captain asks questions as to why he did not escort me to my ship. He was toplay dumb him about it.
1745 Hour – Captain Sortuli had competed her investigation as to the situation and my teams involvement in this droid fiasco. She informs my crew on the Sailor that they are no longer confined to the Sailor. Berrenger sends me a message about this. I still do not trust this pompous ass of a captain. I head to the Sailor. Once there I show Mathus the blue TTC chip. He calls up a mountain of information on TTC. They make the style of protocol droid that were used as the saboteur droids. They have a mostly automated factory on Tigan. Captain Sortuli walks onto the Smooth Sailor with 2 security guards, Hastings and Navigator Koomsey. (Sortuli) “You captain and your team have cost me a mountain of problems. Here are your orders. Find out who is responsible for these saboteur droids and apprehend them. I want their heads on a platter for what they did to my ship. You can either accept this assignment or we can have you and your team face a court marshal when we get back to Titan base. It is your choice.” This pompous captain needs a blaster bolt in the head to fix her attitude problem. I grab the data pad from her hand. (Cael) “My team and I will again pull someone’s back side from the fire. And when I make my final report. I will definitely make sure I let Arkem know everyone’s roll in this fiasco.” Sortuli confidently walks off the Sailor. Koomsey shrugs at me then turns and also leaves. Berrenger runs after Sortuli. (Berrenger) “Ah captain. Can I get my protocol droid back. They seem to have confiscated him along with the rest of the saboteur droids.” She turns and looks angry at Koonsey. (Koomsey) “I will see to finding his droid captain.” Sortuli walks off with her security detail. Koomsey turns and heads towards the detention area. Berrenger walks back onto the Sailor. (Cael) “Ok people, any suggestions on how do we get into this facility and track down these bastards?” Ideas are thrown around. After a wile, we decide to use the broken down tug. We will make an atmospheric compartment in 1 of the shipping containers. This will hold Berrenger, Mathus, Hastings and I. RR5 and Roots will pilot the tug. We fill the shipping container with destroyed droid parts. RR5 will fly the tug to the TTC factory and make a return of defective droids. Hasting looks at us with confusion on his face. (Hastings) “You guys do crazy stuff like this often?” (Mathus) “We make do with what we are handed.” We get to work on the compartment and start rounding up droid parts. At this point someone notices that Trosc is missing. (RR5) “I seem to have left him near the aft escape pods when I rescued the captain and navigator.” no one around the aft loading dock has seen him. We are under the gun here to get the tug ready. We will find him later. It takes us a little over 2 hours to fabricate the compartment and test it to be pressurized. We load piles of all types of broken droid parts into the container. The Shadow Raptor has jumped to the Listoral system. We can feel the ship return to normal space. We go over the plan 1 more time and make sure RR5 has his comm open and is linked to Berrengers data pad for messages. Tigan is aligned with the Empire but there does not seem to be an imperial garrison on this planet. Roots calculates our course in the shortest of time.
2200 Hours – We couple the shipping container to the tug and launch from the aft landing bay. The compartment we have made is cramped and utilitarian but it holds air and will do. I prop myself into a corner and catch a quick nap as RR5 pilots us to the factory.
2300 Hours – RR5 gets clearance and lands us smoothly at the space port near the factory. An administrative droid comes over to RR5. (TTC Droid) “Good day, how can we help you?” (RR5) “I have droids for a defective return.” (TTC Droid) “I will be happy to assist you and I am sorry you are having difficulty with our product. Please input your TTC order #.” RR5 stalls like he is looking for it. Berrenger quickly dummies up a 3rd party invoice and sends it to RR5 data pad. RR5 shows it to the TTC droid. As the 2 droids are preoccupied with the datapad. The 3 of us sneak out of the container. Mathus being Mathus. Hacks into the local cameras and sets them in a loop. Then he calmly walks out of the container and over to where we are hiding. I just shake my head at him. We head across the port to the customs area. Once there, we find multiple droids efficiently processing customers through customs. So the lines are not long at all.
RR5 and the admin droid continue to look for an original invoice on the TTC factory computer system. (TTC Droid) “I am sorry. Without an original invoice to proceed from. Then I can not process this return.” Berrenger messages RR5 to see if they will accept the load as scrap and used parts. (RR5) “Well, Would you accept these parts as used parts and scrap?” (TTC Droid) “Excellent, I will procure a off load unit to inventory the parts and assess a total value. It should not take us long.” The admin droid notices the severely damaged droids in the container. (TTC Droid) “These droids are not in optimal operating capacity. You should keep better care of your property.”
1.081 ABY – 0030 Hours – While we are in the customs area of the space port. We find an unattended computer terminal through a window. Mathus tries leaning through the window to access the terminal. When he cant reach. I grab his left leg and pick him up higher and farther through the window. Hastings and Berrenger stand in front to block the view of this clandestine operation. Mathus quickly accesses information on the computer system. The tug was purchased on planet by a Lt Hura Kogler – imperial intelligence. He also cross references orders in Kogler’s name and finds a droid order of several millions of imperial credits that was shipped to a warehouse across the port. A check of the warehouse comes up with a company that has been out of business for close to 10 years. The warehouse is supposedly an abandoned automation plant. Mathus also finds info on a Nubian shuttle that is registered to Kogler. The shuttle is listed to still be on planet. The warehouse is not far from the customs area. Mathus next pulls up a map of the area and prints out a copy. I slide Mathus back out of the window and we head towards the warehouse. RR5 meets us down the block from the customs area.
0100 Hours – When we get to the warehouse. There is a heavy metal 3 meter high fence around the warehouse. There are 2 working cameras near the gate. There is evidence of speeder traffic through the gate recently. The 2 cameras at the gate are the only ones we can find. We go to a side section of fence. Out of the view of the cameras. I hoist RR5, Berrenger and Hastings over the fence. Then I climb over last. Mathus walks down the fence and finds a weak spot in the fence. He cuts a hole for him to slip in. On the other side of the fence. We all can see an open garage door in the side of the warehouse. Inside are droids loading more droids into shipping containers. Mathus uses his scanner that he innocently forgot he had hanging off his belt. The scanner shows that there are 7 life forms inside and several other items moving around. The moving items are most likely droids. His scanner can not filter out the multiple of sounds in there. We sneak up to the door and see Captain Oglerk and her 1st mate Kog. Except now they are dressed in imperial intelligence uniforms. Berrenger produces several stun grenades and hands them out. Berrenger runs in and throws the grenade. Captain Oglerk, AKA Lieutenant Hura Kogler. Pulls a blaster and fires at him as she ducks for cover. Her shot misses Berrenger. Inside the warehouse are also 5 storm troopers acting as guards. The grenade goes off in the midst of the troopers. Disorienting them before they can react. The rest of us enter and pitch the grenades. Kog is backing up towards the far side of the warehouse. Hura is trying to crawl away. I run over to her and plant a foot in her back. With a loud umph. She gives up. Kog slips out another door in the warehouse. Mathus cuts him off and walks him back inside. Mathus actually got to use his hold out blaster for once. My team ties up the 2 imperial officers. Mathus looks over the manifest of the droids. I in the meantime make short work of the incapacitated stormtroopers. I hide their bodies in a metal crate and lock the lid. I walk over to my team and hand each of them 1 of the E11 blaster carbines from the stormtroopers. They all look at me confused. (Cael) “The troopers had no more use for these and they had me make sure these weapons went to a good cause.” I don’t think RR5 got the joke. Mathus shows us the manifest of another shipment of droids that they were going to tempt another Alliance cell with. He also shows us Hura’s mission plans. Dates, times, contacts and all the mission parameters. We also check the logs on the Nubian shuttle to see where it has been. We make sure the load lifters finish loading the droids into the shipping containers. There is a better tug in the warehouse to move the shipping containers. RR5 contacts the TTC Admin droid. He accepts the 450 credits for the droid scrap. RR5 pilots the tug with the shipping containers. I will pilot the Nubian shuttle. I really like this shuttle. Smooth, quiet and rides like a cloud. We make sure we have Hura and Kog secured. Mathus had downloaded all the information on Hura’s mission into his datapad and wipes there data trail from their computer. Mathus memory wipes the load lifter droids so as not leave a trail. Berrenger finds the camera memory files and we download them and shut the cameras down. We make the warehouse seem abandoned again.
0600 Hour – We take off in the Nubian shuttle and the tug with the shipping containers full of replacement droids. It takes us over an hour for us to rendevous with the Shadow Raptor. As we approach the dark colored Alliance frigate. We can see the extensive damage the ship had sustained from the debris field while it was tumbling towards the singularity. Part of the overly large sensor array is missing. There are several major breaches to the hull. Blaster scoring pot marks the ship. We get clearance to land in the aft landing bay. As we disembark the shuttle with our prisoners. Sortuli and Koomsey are standing there waiting. (Cael) “Ah yes captain. Please have some of your security detail escort these imperial agents to the brig. We do not want them to be injured before they can be interrogated for their crimes. My team needs some rest and chow. So if you will excuse me.” I don’t let her reply before I walk past and head to the cafeteria for breakfast. Everyone follows, even Hastings.
1.082 ABY – 0400 Hours – The shadow Raptor comes out of hyperspace near Titan base. We are escorted in by 2 X-wing fighters. We can see the Guppy, still in dry dock. Looks like most of the repairs are done. There is also a slightly bigger MonCal cruiser docked at the base. I will be glad to get off this frigate and away from captain Sortuli. The Shadow Raptor is docked in the slot next to the MonCal cruiser. I personally move the Smooth sailor back to the landing bay on Titan base. Afterwards I check in with Arkem. We sit down for a short debriefing. I go over the major points of the mission and of the disagreement with Sortuli. (Arkem) “Well, Sortuli is politically connected. I would give her a wide berth. I will make sure she does not continue the idea of a court marshal. I will see that one of my men sits in on Hura’s and Kog’s interrogations. Thank you captain, dismissed. Oh and General Cracken will be having a general debriefing at 1100 hours today. Make sure you and your team are there. And this time clean up a bit”
(Cael) “Aye, Aye sir.” I make sure my team gets food, rest and is primed for the debriefing. I also check on the Flower and Moonbeam. They are both on lite duty but out of the infirmary.
1100 Hours – Main briefing room – Titan base – General Cracken is a bit younger then I expected. He still has some red hair but there is grey around his temples. He is a very personal guy. Shakes hands and hugs almost everyone above lieutenant. Even offers me some Corellian whiskey when he shakes my hand. The briefing starts. Arkem helps in going over the notes. Cracken goes over the shorter points of each of the missions. The Shadow Raptor’s intelligence gathering. The saboteur droids take over of the Shadow Raptor. The imperial intelligence officers behind the droid problem. The conclusion to all of them and how they each affected the other. He commends the crew of the Shadow Raptor. The crew of the Remember Ryloth and my team in bringing the Shadow Raptor in with her information. He also commends my team again for being instrumental in securing the replacement droids and capturing the imperial agents behind the evil plot. I look over at Sortuli. She does not seem happy at that comments about my team. She does not look in my direction. Cracken and Arkem go over possible upcoming missions. They want to increase Alliance presence on some of the core worlds. We have a missing division. The 501st on Dantoine. Maybe after some R and R, we will see what assignments are available. Never found out what happened to Trosc. Someone may need to check the morgue.