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    STAR WARS: DAWN OF DEFIANCE
    Episode VIII
    JAWS OF THE SARLACC


    The galaxy rests on a tipping point as the forces of evil have struck
    a devastating blow against the Alderaan Resistance.
    Yet all is not lost, and even now Senator Bail Organa
    has summoned allies and great heroes to take part
    in a daring attack on the Empire.
    As the fate of the Resistance hangs in the balance, a small band of heroes
    has a chance to strike a blow that will echo through the ages,
    and show others that even the mighty Empire can be defeated . . .
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  • #2
    Seven days passed in hyperspace as the Beginner’s Luck jumped into the Deep Core. All the rebels knew was they had the location of the Sarlacc Project, and nothing further. The Resistance had gone dark, sharing a simple set of coordinates well off the jump lanes. During faster-than-light travel, Obi-wan Kenobi shared the higher points of his career in the jedi knighthood and offered knowledge and training to those who took it. During their travel, the HoloNet was ablaze with the most recent breaking news. Dubbed the Antar Atrocity by the media, forces led by Admiral Wilfhuff Tarkin arrested or massacred millions of people on Antar 4 in punishment for its allegiance to the former Confederacy of Independent Systems. It was the first time the galaxy bucked against the Emperor’s war machine. On the seventh day, the Luck returned to realspace at the rendezvous point.

    Outside a massive nebula, a collected space armada of ragtag ships led by the Dreadnaught Peregrine amassed for their assault. Z-95 Headhunters flying patrol intercepted them, and escorted the YT-1300 in towards the capital ship. As they approached they noticed tramp freighters, modified bulk cruisers and more than a few Clone Wars-era ships making the motley assortment of the fleet. It was a stark juxtaposition to the pristine vessels of the Empire. The sensors even pinged the IFF transponder for ACE’s Winning Hand, the modified Republic vessel the droid used as his base of operations. Even Gavin Zrak’s stealth freighter the Jaded Trickster was parked out there, who surely had Vordell (the Dude) in his service. It looked like Senator Organa called in every favor he had up his voluminous sleeve.

    The Luck had instructions to park inside the Peregrine’s massive hangar, noticing Blue and Gold squadron housed there, and back up to fully crewed status. The fire of the Rebellion still burned. With General Kenobi in tow, they were escorted to the command center. Many of the crew stopped to thank or gaze in wonder at the assortment of heroes as they moved through the crowded decks.

    On the bridge, familiar faces waited upon their arrival in the form of Bail Organa, Garm Bel Iblis and Admiral Varth. Off to the side ACE and Gavin Zrak spoke silently to one another, looking a bit uncomfortable amongst all the formality and order. Organa nodded, striding over to Master Kenobi to shake his hand. Both men smiled fondly.

    “It is good to see you, old friend,” Organa said to Obi-wan silently. The jedi master only nodded expectantly, knowing that Organa had words to say and there would be time to catch up later.

    "My dear friends," the senator began, a gleam in his eyes. "You have done us a great service by bringing Master Kenobi here.”

    "I'm afraid we have little time for joyous reunions, though. Too many lives have already been sacrificed to stop our progress. While you were on Tatooine, the Bothan SpyNet brought forth very timely data. We have not only discovered the location of the Sarlacc Project above the planet Byss, but also obtained a full readout of the vessel's defenders. We know that the Sarlacc Project, while not yet complete, is within weeks of being so. Admiral Varth?”

    Gilder Varth came forward, his posture straight as an arrow.

    "What I have proposed is a mission to destroy the prototype. We have enough ships to distract its defenders, but we can't hope to beat them and destroy the ship—just survive,” he said. “What we need is someone to take control of their defenses and turn them against the prototype.”

    “The ship is docked and guarded by a Golan Defense Platform. Through the aid of Jaded Exports and DLF Trasportation, we have a number of Imperial transponder codes to disguise a small amount of vessels. It won’t stand up to visual inspection, but will fool sensors. We are asking your team to lead this mission. You’re our best and only hope.”
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    • #3
      Kadrien nodded. "A Strike Team has a better chance of success than an army," he said. He looked to Ace and the other smugglers. "If you can get us in, we can handle what's inside." Or die trying were the words he left unspoken.

      He raised one hand and began rubbing his chin in thought. "What of General Kota? I know he is reluctant to join us directly, but perhaps we could get him to launch a strike at a nearby system and divert some Imperial forces?"
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      • #4
        Senator Garm bel Iblis came forward at that, apparently knowledgable on the jedi fugitive.

        "Master Kota and his militia are on their way here from the Outer Rim," he said. "He'll be in the fray, just a little late..."
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        • #5
          “I'm willing to fly the strike team in,” ACE volunteered, stepping forward to be heard.

          He took amused note of the skeptical and surprised expressions on the faces of the Jedi present, before barreling forward with his offer.

          “The Winning Hand is to big for that kind of tactical insertion, but if you haven't blown my ship up I'd be willing to take the Luck in and out,” he said eagerly to Tahla and the others.

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          • #6
            Tahla spoke up. "If I can have the deck crew prep my interceptor, I'll fly cover for the Luck." She didn't like the droid suddenly jumping up to take her seat, but now was the time to be a team player.

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            • #7
              "There's a fleet of fighters to fly cover. I just assumed it would be easier to drop the entire strike team off in one vessel," he said. "Generals? How do you want your meat shields dropped off?"
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              • #8
                Just like old times, she thought to herself, starting the mission with an argument. Alsia held her tongue as she could see advantages to both options.
                "It's not a game of Final Fantasy where you can step outside the plot for a bit and train up your stats, it's a potentially apocalyptic final chapter in an epic drama." - Brass Tiger Captain

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                • #9
                  Admiral Varth addressed the question.

                  "We suggest several ships, vice one. There may still be patrols. Our fleet will engage the defenders, but much farther off from the platform and Super Star Destroyer," he answered. "Thus if you do engage any defenses, there is a greater chance of getting a team aboard."

                  Though Varth didn't address the chance for a high mortality rate, it was plain that this trip could be a one-way venture.

                  "We have six transponder codes, and thus it's suggested two freighter types to house the strike teams, with four fighter escorts."

                  Tahla, Kadrien and Alsia felt Kenobi dip into the Force, searching his feelings.

                  "I'll lead one of the strike teams," a clarion voice came from Obi-wan. All gawked at the former jedi master. "It seems like the right thing to do."
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                  • #10
                    "-a-hem," they also heard from over next to ACE. "I volunteer my ship and uh...me of course fly in one of the strike teams. I'm in, thick as thieves," said Gavin Zrak. "I'll even do it free of charge. I don't need my business interrupted by some Imperial super-weapon."
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                    • #11
                      "Very well, it seems like we have teams coming together," Admiral Varth answered. "Colonel Wist'lya, I suggest you lead the other strike team. Master Tahla and Captain Verza can pilot their fighters I assume?"
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                      • #12
                        Alsia nodded her head in acquiescence, she had nothing to add to the matter.
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                        • #13
                          "Very well, we'll still need two pilots for the other fighters," Varth said.

                          "I have a man, Vordell," Zrak added. "He's good for fighter escort and still owes me a favor."

                          "I can spare one of mine," Bel Iblis confirmed.

                          Varth nodded. "Good, we'll send a few soldiers on both the Jaded Trickster and Beginner's Luck to round out the boarding team."

                          "You have your orders. The attack commences in 12 hours. It's a two hour jump from here to Byss. Get some rack time..."

                          At that the meeting dismissed. Kenobi stayed behind to catch up with Organa, while Bel Iblis and Zrak took their leave.

                          OOC: Ok folks, post at will. I don't know if you want to talk among yourselves. I will move us ahead tomorrow morning.
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                          • #14
                            Tahla left the briefing room, and headed toward the hanger. The immense dreadnought still felt unfamiliar, and probably would forever. If she lived to see forever, anyway. She missed the tighter spaces of the Resurgence, if such a thing could be missed. These corridors were so wide, nobody ever interacted, it felt like. She was thankful for the Peregrine, after the cramped conditions on Polis Masa, but there was no place like home.

                            Turning a corner, she jogged to the end of the passageway before the dreadnought's massive hanger deck swallowed her whole. She could see the Black of space, dusted with glistening stars through the hazy blue "there and gone again" mirage of the magnetic field in place over the open bay door for just a few moments before yellow lights began to flash, as a klaxon alerted the deck crew on duty a minute or two before the huge launch bay door descended with a regally slow procession, replacing the stars inch by inch with flat grey durasteel. She figured they were about to jump.

                            the Jedi Master crossed the deck to where the Jedi Interceptor, dubbed the Jewel of Corucant by Bail Organa nestled down on its three landing struts like a resting raptor. She stood tiptoe to peer into the engines. Satisfied, Tahla ducked, craning her neck up toward the fighter's underbelly. She ran both hands down the belly, all the way to the arrow tip point at the other end. There was mild scoring from space dust, nothing wider than a centimeter or two. Should be fine. Her shields held up fine in the flight from the Resurgence, and the blue and cream paint was still bright and unmarred. She walked around, stopping at each of the landing struts. She leaned down, and grabbed each with both hands, hauling and shoving back and forth until she was sure that there was no wobble. On the starboard side of the cockpit, just below the canopy, some joker thought it would be a cute idea to paint a scorecard on the fuselage. She'd have it covered over if she made it out again. The last thing that she needed was a reminder of the lives she had taken. She stood there for a long time, transfixed, one hand pressed onto the angular hull. It might be the last preflight check she ever made. Letting her eyes flutter closed, she stretched out with her feelings. Tahla slipped into the all too familiar trance, the air around her replaced with the golden dust of life-stuff that swirled around everything in her minds eye. She stretched, flowing out of body, passing through bulkheads, every living being about the dreadnought a pinprick of light in the sea of gold.

                            "Master Qui-Gon..." She breathed, counting her heartbeats.

                            OOC: Tahla will spend a Destiny Point to use the Farseeing power to contact the Force Ghost.
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                            • #15
                              The eerily photonic muted blue and white manifestation of Qui-Gon Jinn came forth. His stern, yet somehow kind, visage was implacably unreadable.

                              "You've done well, Master Tahla," he said with a nod. "With Obi-wan and all the allies gathered here, this fight has a chance to succeed."
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