1530 hour- .241 ABY – Squad: Delta 3 – Planet: Onderon -Whisper Base
Voba, takes out some of his frustration on Zal. He rigs her bunk room door to lock when she enters. He also rigs the lights to flash on and off at odd intervals and the intercom to pipe in some god awful fast Denubian opera music into her quarters. This takes him a little while to rig up. I continue to set up the conference room as a holo screen center. Roots has been keeping an eye on Torre and categorizing his motivations . Omnath is helping Gaave in the comm room. It has been a long tiring day. I turn in for the night at 2200 hours.
0530 hour – .242 ABY – Squad: Delta 3 – Planet: Onderon -Whisper Base
(Carel) “Slept without any nightmares. This has not happened in a long time. Maybe its not having to worry about the prisoners getting loose?” 20 minute PT, shave, shower, day uniform. I check the laundry. Torre has several piles for each of us. I check my pile and it is all my clothes. On my way to my bunk I hear Zal banging on her bunk room door. (Zal) “Help me, I am locked in here.” (Cael) “OK, let me try the lock from out here.” I try the lock from the outside. Nothing happens. I pull my knife and pry the lock plate off the wall. I start poking at the wires and circuit board and the door pops open. She looks like she did not get any sleep. (Cael) “Well, nothing 20 minutes of PT and a shower cant fix.” (Zal) “Yea….Right…maybe.” I stop at my room and put the clothes on my bunk to put away later and head to the cafeteria. There I find Gaave making a large kettle of Java. This kettle is about 10 maybe 12 liters. Gaave’s eyes are bloodshot and he looks like he has not gotten any sleep either. Torre is making reconstituted scrambled eggs for breakfast. They taste like dirt flavored plastic flakes.(Cael) “We really need to get a better cook program into that droid.” Zal comes dragging in and grabs a cup of the kettle java. Omnath sits down with a plate of plastic tasting eggs. His left arm from the elbow down is not attached. He uses it in his right arm as a scoop for the eggs. Voba comes in looking well rested and smiling like a content Nextu. We discuss the plan of order for the day. (Cael) “What are we going to do about the meeting with “L” in 2 days? He meets with Sariv. I cant pass for Sariv in the Imperial uniform.” (Voba) “We go but we just observe him. Where he goes. Who he talks to. I also found out his name is La’vea Tarpitte. He is a wealthy business man. He manages several start-ups and long running businesses in Iziz.” (Cael) “What about credits? We need more parts for the shuttle. We will need to pay Verala for her next shipment in a week or 2. Maybe some other things or bribes?” (Voba) “There is a hidden slush fund. It is siphoned off of the merchants in Iziz . There is about 6000 cr right now in it.” While we are sitting there the proximity alarm goes off for the area by the motor pool door. We check the holo monitor. There are a group of kids and young adults coming up the jungle pathway. Zal, Voba, and I meet them at the door. (Darius- Deil’s nephew) “Since it is the rainy season and there is no work for us. We want to join you guys.” I look at Zal and Voba with my eyebrows raised. (Zal) With a confidant look on her face “Looks like my contact and good will with the natives has paid off?” There are 7 males and 6 females in the group ranging from 16 to 25 years old. We bring them to the cafeteria so we can interview them for their information and what skills they know.
1. Darius – male human 25 years old – brown hair – brown eyes – can pilot planetary or space – can handle a blaster – knows the area from Whisper base to Iziz and to Jiranna Base – perfect Scout
2. Zac – male human 22 years old – black hair – blue eyes – father is a woodworker, can fabricate from native wood
3. Zeb – male human 20 years old – brown hair – brown eyes – has no measurable skill but is enthusiastic.( Brother to Bobby )
4. Roy – male human 22 years old – blond hair – hazel eyes – can handle a slug thrower or blaster – can pilot planetary – has native armor
5. Bobby – male human 17 year old – sandy brown curly hair – green eyes – has no measurable skill but a very strong kid ( Brother to Zeb )
6. Svenn – male human 18 year old – blond hair – blue eyes – can cook – knows hydroponics and native horticulture
7. Billy Ray – male human 19 year old – brown hair – brown eyes – can play music on several instruments – no other measurable skill
8. April – female human 16 year old – red hair – green eyes – Mother is a village nurse – knows first aid + some more advanced medical techniques
9. Lucy – female human 24 year old – black hair – brown eyes – know piping, plumbing, irrigation piping
10. Rorry – female human 19 year old – black hair – brown eyes – has no measurable skill but is enthusiastic.
11. Flower – female human 20 year old – blond hair – blue eyes – very experienced with slug thrower or blaster – crack shot ( Sister to Moonbeam )
12. Peggy Sue – female human 18 year old – brown hair – brown eyes – has a little skill operating machinery – can fix small items
13. Moonbeam – female human 22 year old – blond hair – blue eyes – very experienced with slug thrower or blaster – crack shot ( Sister to Flower )
By talking to all the kids we find out they are all from the same 2 villages and none are fans of the Empire. (Svenn to Torre) “These eggs are horrible. Do you know what spices are? I can do better with my eyes closed.” (Torre) “I have no taste sensors installed.” (Zal) “Well then Svenn. You now have the most important job on the base. You are the base head chef. 3 squares a day for all of us.” Svenn smiles at the comment.
1030 hour – (Voba to Zal) “Please take me to install the 10 communication relay rods.” (Zal)” I got no sleep last night. I need a nap then we can go later.” (Voba) “Not acceptable. These need to be installed right away.” (Zal) “Later, I’m not clear to fly in this condition.” She goes off to find a bunk. Voba now more ticked at Zal. Loads the 10 relay rods onto a speeder bike with some tools. He checks the map and heads out the motor pool door to set them up himself.
I take the kids to the conference room for a Alliance introduction video and some basics as to military structure. The video is short and sweet. The instructions on military structure. Well, somewhere in the middle of it. I loose most of them (Cael) “Ok gang. Lunch then its weapons training. Lets move to the cafeteria then the target range.” This brings them back around. Lunch is simple sandwiches with some tasteless past between bread. At the cafeteria I grab Omnath to help me at the range. I start them out with a hold out blaster. At 20 meters, Darius and Roy can hit the target without any difficulty. I find out Flower and Moonbeam are really good shots. I mean real good. The rest of the group at least know better to keep the blaster pointed down range. April has never handled a gun before. After 3 times trying to fire it. She pulls the trigger. The shot goes wild and we all duck. The gun falls out of her hand to the floor. (April) “Sorry everyone.” Omnath quickly scoops up the pistol. We will keep her far away from blasters as our Nurse. We next try the EL10 blaster rifle. It is way too heavy for the girls to hold. Flower and Moonbeam can hit the center of the target if the rifle sits on the firing bench. Bobby picks up the rifle like it weighs nothing. Damm strong kid. All the boys are better shots with the rifle then the pistol. While we are using the rifle. I have Torre set up some snacks and decent music in the rec room to keep the kids occupied after we are done for the rest of the day.
Voba travels about 1 km from the base. He checks the coordinates and places the 1st relay rod. He then travels another 1 km farther to the spot he has on the map for the 2nd relay rod. As he gets farther from the base. He seems to deviate slightly from his original course. After a while of zig zagging. He finds the coordinates to place the 3rd relay rod. It is 1.25 km from the location of the 2nd relay rod.
Back at base, (Gaave to Cael) “I have lost contact with Voba over his comlink. I cant even track him on the sensors. He is too far from the base in the under brush.” Omnath and I set the kids up in the rec room. I give Torre orders to only dispense no more then 2 shots of alcohol . (Torre) “Exactly how much is 2 shots? I was not aware a blaster was involved with alcohol?” (Cael) “2 shots is approximately 89 ml alcohol per individual and keep them contained at the rec room while we go look for Voba. No blasters allowed” (Tore) “Roger, Roger.”
Voba has traveled another 1.15 km from the 3rd relay rod and places the 4th relay rod. He re-checks his map for the spot for the 5th relay rod and heads off in that direction.
0210 Hour – I wake up Zal (Cael) “We have lost communication with Voba. Cant even find him on the scanners. Don’t want anything like what happened to Keith, happening to him.” (Zal) “OK, I’m up.” We prep the shuttle and take 2 recruits with us. Zeb and Peggy Sue. I give them a quick once over on the front and rear turret on the shuttle as Zal lifts off. She zeros in on the #1 relay rod and heads in that direction at about 5 m above the tree tops.
Voba, looking for the next location to plant the relay rod, runs into some trouble when a ground fissure widens abruptly under him. The bike goes into a steep drop and he losses control. The front ailerons on the bike hit a pond of water. Throwing Voba several meters past the bike into the deep water. As he tries to swim back to where the bike is sticking out of the water. He notices bubbles coming up all around him.
Zal hovers over relay rod 1. The scanners show relay rod 2 about 1 km away. She slips over to the 2nd rod location. Then the 3rd rod show up on the scanners about 1.25 km away. At this point we hear the crackling voice of Voba over the comlink. It is coming from 2.5 km away. As we get closer we can see the speeder bike sticking out of a pond of water and Voba surrounded by some 2 m size frog creatures. Zal brings the shuttle in at a slow hover. I tie off and open the forward ramp. As we get to 6 m above the water. Omnath dives out the shuttle with his arm blade extended. (Cael) “Damm that Gank.” I lower the winch cable down to Voba. He is standing in chest deep water where the bike is. I take a pot shot at one of the frog creatures. Zeb and Peggy Sue attempt to shoot at the creatures. Omnath is engaged with 2 creatures and Voba has dropped a grenade into the water. Both are thrown a little after the grenade goes off. Voba hooks up the cable to the bike and I starts the winch. Voba is now surrounded. (Cael) “Oh Hell.” When the bike gets up on the ramp. I unhook the cable and send it back down. I also unhook the tie line on me and jump feet 1st into the water from 6 m up. I grab Voba and push him towards the cable. Between Voba’s grenade and Omnath’s blade. Most of the creatures are dead or moving off. Zal starts the cable up with Voba and I on the end. After we are in the shuttle I send it back down for Omnath. (Zeb) looking at the 3 of us dripping wet as the ramp closes. “WOW.! That was Great.!” Omnath pushes past him. Retracts his blade and sits in a chair. I just shake my head and go strap into another chair next to Omnath. Voba goes up to Zal in the pilots seat. (Voba) “We need to plant the rest of these relay rods.” (Zal) “Its getting too dark. We will finish tomorrow.” (Voba) “But, But, Ok, Ok.”
*0530 hour – .243 ABY – Squad: Delta 3 – Planet: Onderon -Whisper Base *
Another night of no nightmares. 20 minutes PT, shave, shower and a fresh uniform. I drop yesterdays wet uniform into the laundry. When I get to the cafeteria Svenn has mad something better with the reconstituted eggs. They smell and almost taste like real eggs. Not sure where he got the potatoes for the hash browns from but they are good, and the Java is allot better then the stuff Gaave made yesterday. I notice none of the other kids are around. I finish my breakfast and head to the barracks rooms. I open the doors and abruptly throw a chair into each of the 4 rooms that the kids are in. (Cael) “Get up you maggots.! Its 0630 hour and you should be up and ready to start the day almost an hour ago.” They all start scrambling to get out of bed and for their clothes. (Cael) “Class starts in 1 hour.” I walk away with a smile on my face.
0800 hour – Zal and Voba after breakfast load up tools and the last 6 relay rods onto the shuttle. They again take Zeb and Peggy Sue to man the turrets on the shuttle and act as guards with EL10 blaster rifles. As they are taking off. Several Rupangs ( flying lizards ) land on the shuttle and start clawing at it. With 1 engine still down the shuttle is unbalanced and drifts starboard and almost hits the turret and the trees. Zal hits the alarm. Omnath and I hear this and rush to the landing pad. Omnath extends his blade and goes after the lizards with a vengeance. I climb into the turbo laser turret. In the process of Zal trying to keep the shuttle from hitting anything. 1 of the kids in the shuttle turret hits the turbo laser turret I am in with a laser blast. It starts a small fire inside. The smoke makes it hard to see or to fire the turbo laser. I don’t want to hit the shuttle. After a few intense minutes of firing the Rupangs are dead or scared off. Zal swings wide and heads to the # 5 relay rod location. I power down the turret and put out the fire. (Cael) “What a mess. We are going to need Florek to add to his list and see if there is anything he can do to fix this mess.”
Zal gets the shuttle to the 5th relay rod spot in under 10 minutes. She brings it down to ground level and Voba hops out. Zeb follows him holding an EL10 blaster rifle. Voba looks at him. Zeb is looking around and seems very scared. (Voba) “Good thing no Rupangs are around.” Zeb nods. Voba places the relay rod and they both get back on the shuttle. The next 4 relay rods get installed just as quick over the course of a 4 km stretch. The last relay rod spot is in the side of a cliff. Voba points to the spot about 10 m below the top edge. (Zal) “Lower the ramp. I will move as close as I can and tilt the shuttle back so you can reach that spot.” Voba ties off (Voba to Zeb) “Stay seated. I don’t want you to fall.” This Relay takes Voba some extra time to install. Getting it into the rock takes using some of the tool but it is eventually installed. Voba gives Zal the OK and raises the ramp. Zal checks the sensors and wheels the shuttle around to head towards Whisper Base. They are back on the landing pad in a little under 35 minutes.
1120 Hour – Gaave calls us to come to the comm room. When Voba, Zal, Omnath and I get there. Gaave shows us the scanners. There are 2 Imperial speeder bikes out from Jiranna Base. They are starting to get close to Whisper Base here. (Cael) “Frick. If they get close enough then we are in real trouble. We need to get rid of them. Maybe take them out and make it look like the lizards did it?” I look at Omnath. (Omnath) “I can make it look like an accident. Easy, very easy.” (Cael) “Take some of the dead lizards with you that are out on the landing pad.” (Omnath) “Roger, Roger.” (Zal) “Stop that. You sound like Torre.” Omnath just smiles as he heads out of the comm room.