1.074 ABY – 1930 Hour – Reserch Station Shantipole – Roche Asteroid Field-Cael Report
We are having a hard time dragging Carnor Jax back to the shuttle. He continues to plead that we let him go. (Cael) “Shut up or I will stab you again.” This shuts him up, but he continues to stall walking up the tunnel. Grabbo picks him up and walks him back in his arms. We can hear over the comms. Zal and RR5 are engaged with the rest of the Tie fighters. Seems they are making short work of them. It must be something to watch those B-wing fighters in action.
1945 Hour – As we reach the shuttle. I can just bearly see The Guppy engaged with the Oppressor. I ask Roots to start warming up the engines for us. We secure Carnor Jax in the main compartment. Grabbo patches the 2 large holes that Omnath and I put into him. We can hear that all the Tie fighters are disabled or destroyed. Zal is radioing to RR5 a vector to attack the Oppressor. (Cael) “What the Frick? They cant take on a cruiser with 2 fighters?” I run to the cockpit and radio Zal. (Cael) “Zal, you 2 cant take on a cruiser by yourselves. You need to get those fighters out of here.” (Zal) “The Guppy is bogged down. Her shields are failing. We need to give her a fighting chance. If we distract the Oppressor enough. Then the Guppy can get some room to maneuver and possibly get out of here.” I turn to Commander Ackbar. (Cael) “Do those fighters have hyperdrives?” (Ackbar) “Ah, well, yes, but we have never tested them, but they should work.” I cant read the Calamari’s face, but by the tone of his voice. I think he hopes they work. I climb into the pilots seat and start lift off procedures. (Cael) “Roots, start the calculations for us and the rest of the group to jump to the original extraction point we were suppose to meet the Guppy at.” (Roots) “Twee Beep” I bring the shuttle around but there are a lot of asteroids that I need to avoid. As I round another large asteroid. We can see the Shadow of Bardos cruiser moving through the asteroid field towards the Guppy. I bring the shuttle around to the far side of the large asteroid to hide us. The cruiser does not stop. So I assume it has not seen us. Over the comms. (Zal) “Cael, we have isolated the Oppressor’s starboard deflector shield. We are going to make 1 run and hopefully it will give the Guppy enough time to get out of here.” I transmit the coordinates of the rendevous point to Zal. I then use a tight beam transmission to let the Guppy know what we are doing. I get a “Received” back from the Guppy. I move the shuttle slowly out of the asteroid field. Zal and RR5 make their run on the 1st cruiser. They take out the Starboard deflector shield and the starboard engine with their proton torpedoes. As the cruiser tries to turn away. The Guppy opens up their Port batteries and lets loose on the Oppressor. The Oppressor begins to lists to its port side. I put the shuttle into hyperspace and we are gone. Damn those B-wing fighters are powerful. A few more of them and they could have taken on that cruiser by themselves.
2025 Hour – We emerge from hyperspace at the rendevous point. It is agonizing to wait to see if the B-wings and the Guppy show up. About 3 minuets later and the B wings emerge from hyperspace. (Cael) “Zal, where is the Guppy?” (Zal) “She was picking up her Y-wing fighters and was following us out. That cruiser took a beating after we took out the deflector shield.” After another 12 minuets waiting. The Guppy emerges from hyperspace. She looks like she took a beating also. With her comes a few parts of the Oppressor and 2 tiny asteroids. They must have got caught in the hyper jump bubble. The Guppy radios us that her landing bay is in shambles and that it will take about half an hour before they can have us land. (Cael) “Guppy, We each can follow you in hyperspace. No need to wait. Let us know the coordinates.” (Guppy) “Lambda shuttle, Commander Gravic wants several micro jumps to throw off the imperials. Transmitting the 7 jump points to you now.” I look at Roots. He swivels his head “Twee Beep.” I forward the coordinates to both B-wings. Over the next several hours and jumps we make it back to Titan Base.
1.075 ABY – 0700 Hour – Titan Base – Corban Sector
The 2 B-wings, the Guppy and our shuttle all emerge from hyperspace within a minuet of each other. We are about 10,000 kilometers from the base. Nightmare 4 and 5, 2 X-wings on patrol near by, intercepts us. They escort us into the base. It takes us about 15 minuets to reach the landing bay. The Guppy is being moored on the far side of the base. In the shipyard facility. She will need some major repairs. The 2 B-wings and our shuttle land in bay #1. As we break the threshold. I can see the Smooth Sailor in the corner of the bay. There is a load lifter and a stack of crates sitting in front of her, but she is still here. The deck attendant directs us into slot # 5 and I shut the engines down. I open the ramp and I head into the main compartment. Grabbo already has the deck hand calling for a gurney to move Moonbeam. She is still unconscious. I go down the ramp and stand at the bottom. I am watching the deck crew marvel at these B-wing fighters. Both of them are slotted directly across from our shuttle in slot #2 and slot #4. 1 of the deck hands is holding a refueling hose in his hands. I am pretty sure he has no idea where it hooks into. As the gurney with Moonbeam is coming down the ramp. Petty Officer Kressa comes over to me. (Kressa) “Captain, do you have more injured in your team?” I point to the crew coming down the ramp. Moonbeam is on the gurney. Flower has her left arm in a sling. Omnath is holding his detached left arm, in his right arm. Kressa’s mouth is a gape at our injured. I turn towards Grabbo as he comes down the ramp. Grabbo, after getting out of the space suit. His fur is all matted and tangled. He looks like a wet nerf. As I turn back to Kressa. I see her staring at my lower armor. (Kressa) “Sir, your armor is smoking from your leg.” I look down. My left leg, where I took a blaster bolt is smoldering. I quickly pat it out. (Cael) “Superficial, nothing to worry about. By the way. I need guards to take possession of Carnor Jax. He was the traitor at the Shantipol base.” Kressa calls over 2 guards. (Kressa) “Please take Jax to the brig.” The 2 guards lift Carnor out of his seat. As they get to the bottom of the ramp. Carnor gives me a look of “I will get you for this.” Like I care what he thinks. As I am making sure everyone exits the shuttle. Kressa is stammering something about a debriefing with commander Elmac in conference room 3. I also catch he say something about her in the cantina at 1800 hours. Not thinking I turn back to Kressa. (Cael) “Ok, got it. Debrif, Commander Elmac, conference room 3 and you at 1800 hours at the cantina.” My mind is going over so many things that it does not hit me until she smiles and walks away. Meet her in the cantina at 1800 hours? What the? Then it dawns on me. OH, meet her in the cantina. Wow I got to pay more attention to some of these officers. Kressa is about 15 meters away. She is standing by a load lifter, talking to a deck hand. I head to the infirmary to check on my crew. When I get there, Grabbo is barking orders to the nurses and orderlies. They are prepping to put Moonbeam into a bacta tank. 1 of the other doctors is examining Flower’s arm. Flower sees the worried look on my face. (Flower) “I’m fine. We will know about Moonbeem in a day or so. Omnath went to maintenance to get his arm reattached. Stop worrying.” (Cael) “Ok, I will be in conference room 3 for the debriefing. Don’t let Grabbo switch out your arm for a wookee arm.” (Flower) “Why not? I will be able to handle a bigger gun then.” She smiles at me in between a grimace of the doctor poking her broken arm.” I head to conference room 3.
0745 hour – As I get to the command center level of the base. I ask a female lieutenant where conference room 3 is at. She is just staring at my armor. She sticks her left arm out and points down a hallway. I go down the hallway to a door marked Conference room #3. When I enter, Berrenger is already there. Also there is Captain Jannis. (Jannis) “Is that, is that blood on your armor?” I look down at my armor. There is the burn mark on my left leg and sever blotches of blood on my chest and left arm. (Cael) “Yea, Sorry. I should have freshened up before the meeting.” I sit down and cross my arms across my chest to hide most of the blood. Pretty sure everyone can still see most of it. Commander Elmac, Zal and commander Gravic walk in and sit down. Gravic gives me an odd look as he sits down. I think he notices the blood, Frick. (Elmac) “OK, this debriefing is open. Commander Ackbar is resting. Gravic and I will discuss his work with him later. Gravic Why don’t you start.” Gravic goes over the basics of the mission. The stellar work Mathus did so the Guppy could be ready. He goes over some tactical maneuvers while engaged with the Oppressor. He commends Zal for the strafing run her and the other pilot of the B-wings did on the Oppressor. It gave them the opening to get a hyper jump head start on the cruisers. The 7 jumps and we were all in system. (Elmac) “Very good. Captain Cael, Your report.” (Cael) “Well, The Guppy put us in system and we coordinated an extraction point. My team landed on the Shantipol stations command asteroid. We were only on site for a short time before imperials micro jumped in and boarded the base. Prior to this point. I had my suspicions about Carnor Jax, but nothing was sufficient to confront him. When the imperials landed. My team split up to confront both incursions. We neutralized the incursions. After the commander downloaded all the prototype info. Carnor moved the commander to a shuttle pod bay for safety. When we arrived in the pod bay. Carnor launched the pod with him and the commander in it. He was well aware of our mission to protect the commander and he seen us approach. We evacuated all base personnel on 2 imperial Lambda shuttles. My team rendevous on the prototypes asteroid. We neutralized several other imperial squads there and secured the prototypes. Carnor attempted to blackmail us. Using the commander as trade for the prototypes. Zal, mathus, RR5 and Mr Berrenger. Launched in the prototypes. We liberated all the Verpine techs on this asteroid and placed them on another commandeered lambda shuttle with an alliance intelligence officer, a Kroviev. He was under cover at the station and also suspected Carnor Jax but was not successful in gathering enough information before the imperials arrived. He did have information that the project had been delayed for dubious reasons. My teck, Mathus had previously uncovered evidence that Carnor Jax had been delaying the project. Possibly for months. My team and I went in search of the commander. I will say that I am very impressed. These 2 B-wing fighters pretty much easily destroyed a squad of Tie fighters and put a world of hurt on the imperial cruiser. My team succeeded in tracking down Carnor Jax and we retrieved the commander, unharmed. We took Carnor into custody with only slight difficulty. With no time to land on the Guppy. We coordinated a rendevous point for all the ships. The Guppy, the 2 prototypes and our shuttle each jumped. Unable to safely land in the Guppy’s bay. From there we each continued for 7 other jumps to arrive back here at Titan Base. Most of my team is in the infirmary. And Carnor Jax has ben sent to the brig.” (Berrenger) “Has anyone checked Carnor for a tracking device?” Elmac looks at Berrenger and frowns. He then hits the comm button. (Elmac) “Security, Make sure you scan the prisoner Jax for trackers.” I give Berrenger a slight punch in the shoulder. (Cael) “Look at you. Thinking like a spy.” He gives me a smirk. (Elmac) “Thank you Captain, and Miss Zal. Do you have a report.” (Zal) “Yes, but as I give my report. I would like to bring in my wing man, ah wing droid. He has a visual recording of the dogfight between the 2 prototypes and the ties and the cruiser.” Elmac nods yes. Zal calls RR5 to the conference room. When RR5 gets to the room. She hooks him into the holo projector and starts the video. As the view of the dogfight starts to roll. Zal gives a shot by shot commentary. As I am watching the dogfight, I am in awe. Now I am sure. Those prototypes are awesome machines. They can spin out of the way of most incoming fire. The holo video shows the destruction of the 5 tie fighters and the 1 disabled fighter. These prototypes even have a powerful enough jammer to isolate the 1 disabled tie fighter from calling in reinforcements. Next it shows the strafing run they did on the cruiser Oppressor. The proton torpedoes did some pretty impressive damage. The video ends with the jump to the rendevous point. (Elmac) “Very good. By the looks of that holo video. We need to get these fighters into production as soon as possible. Mr Berrenger. Your Report.” Berrenger looks at me then commander Elmac. (Berrenger) “Well, sir, Cael pretty much covered the jist of the mission. The only thing he left out was the imperial use of boarding droids. They were pretty formidable to deactivate. I will also say the B-wing fighters are a very impressive ship. They handled better then others I have seen. They cant outrun a Tie but they easily evaded enemy fire. The increased shields do make a major difference. The cockpit is a bit cramped for a pilot and a copilot. Other then that. I have nothing.” (Cael) “Sir, what happened to the 3 other shuttles of Verpine techs?” (Gravic) “We retrieved 1 of the shuttles. That was why the landing bay was a mess. They came in too fast in the middle of the fire fight. Crashed into a load lifter. Tore 1 of the shuttles wings off. We had 2 deck hand casualties. Everyone on the shuttle survived. I suspect the other 2 shuttles hid amongst the rest of the Verpine settlements in the asteroid field.” (Elmac) “Does anyone have anything else to add?” (Zal) “Sir, my contract was only for the prototype production and testing. What assignment would I be on now?” (Elmac) “We will find something for your talents. Anyone else?” We all look at each other. (Elmac) “Good, everyone dismissed.” As we are walking out of the conference room. (RR5) “I need to see if maintenance can increase my armor rating. If I plan to continue operations with this crew. I will require it.” RR5 heads off towards maintenance. (Cael) “Wait, whats he mean by that?” (Berrenger) “How many of your people from this operation are in the infirmary right now?” Berrenger walks away. I look at Zal. (Zal) “Go soak your armor. You are starting to smell like a meat locker.” She walks away. The female lieutenant behind the desk is looking at me with a horror look on her face. I head to the shuttle we came in on.
0900 Hour – I retrieve Betty and the rest of my gear from the lambda shuttle. I figure I will bunk in the Smooth Sailor. Roots follows me. I have to move 2 large crates to get to the hatch. It does not open. The power is off. I look around outside and find the power cable and plug it back in to the ship. Now the hatch opens. Roots rolls over to his docking port and plugs in and goes into sleep mode. As I am stripping off my armor in my cabin. Now I notice the other blaster shots I took. Yea, this was a tough mission. I start to notice how tired I really am. I look at the chronometer 0915 hour. I will just get a few hours sleep.
1545 Hour – I am dreaming. I am home on Alderan. I am standing in a field of tulickie flowers. I look up and see the Death Star hovering in the sky. Suddenly there is a loud roaring sound and a green laser envelops the whole field. I wake up sweaty with a start to the sound of engines revving near by. I am back on the Smooth Sailor. There must be a another ship launching from the base. In between my heavy breathing. I notice a smell in the cabin. My armor still has the blood on it and it is starting to smell bad. I throw on my PT outfit. I take the armor and find the base laundry. When I get there I place it on th counter. The corporal behind the counter looks at the armor and wrinkles his nose. (Cael) “Ah, can you guys clean this up for me?” (Corporal) “Yea, I cant do anything about that burn hole, but we can get the blood and that horrible smell off of it, maybe. Thats not your blood, right?” (Cael) “Imperial traitor blood.” The corporal smiles at that. I head back to the Smooth Sailor. I check the chronometer. It is 1640 Hour. I take a long hot shower and shave the 3 day old stubble from my face. I change into a pair of black slacks. A tight fitting black no collar shirt. A pair of mid calf nerf hide boots. I trim my hair a bit on the sides. A black dinner jacket and I look in the mirror. I check the chronometer again, 1740 hour. I put on my championship blitzball ring. Slip my datapad into my jacket pocket and head to the base cantina. As I walk across the flight deck. I catch several deck hands talking and pointing in my direction. I ignore it like I use to of the paparazzi. They were constantly trying to get holo pictures of me and some girl I was with at a club. I take my time. I get to the cantina at 1800 hour on the dot. When I walk in, Kressa is sitting at the bar. She is wearing a form fitting little black dress and knee high boots. Wow, that is a big difference from her day uniform. She sees me at the door and smiles. I smile back. I think to myself as I walk in. “Oh, this is going to be a fun night.”