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Ten10dix Creator
Ten10dix

OOC: Not to be rude, but I was the one who completed the mission, and the coordinates were sent to me. If you want to tag along, then you may do so but it will be aboard my ship.

The Odacon corvette leaves Hegemony space for the Korriban sector. It returns soon after fully stocked and with fresh soldiers. 120 ISB soldiers and 40 commandos, as well as 40 other as of yet unknown individuals. 15 Sith War Droids were also present.

The Order receives word that Agent Tanick, the Emperor's personal aide, wishes to participate in the following operation following the success of the previous one. He is picked up along the way, and is allowed 6 people to accompany him. The ship is already at full capacity after all.

Tsark and Kalira greet Tanick themselves as the ship departs for the Hegemony's coordinates.

"The mission was a resounding success. This next operation will likely be much more difficult. The coordinates correspond to empty space, so I assume we'll be meeting them on a ship or a secret station. As to the purpose, it is probably to coordinate the attack against the third Hutt vessel. I suspect that we shall be meeting the third party that dealt with the Anzillu."

Tanick would most certainly notice the group that the Sith had assigned to this mission, and as such his attention would likely be drawn to the individuals who had never been seen before. 30 of them looked like soldiers, though in a strange armour. 10 of them looked truly bizarre, though. They were covered in a dark red fabric, armour could be made out underneath it. The hood hid their faces, but upon closer inspection they were wearing smooth reflective masks. Strapped to their back were weapons. 5 of them wielded large Katanas, 2 of them wielded Pikes, another 2 wielded Scythes and the last one had 2 large Sickles. They stood immobile away from the other soldiers, hands clasped behind their backs.

The Odacon arrives at the destination, and awaits further instructions.

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Ori`verda Creator
Ori`verda

OOC:

Other cool melee weapons:
Gunblades, sword and board, nunchuk, sai, tonfa, whip, whip and blade, kunai, glaive, rapier and claws.

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Ρrʌжis Creator
Ρrʌжis

OOC: lol...

Considering the reports of the Hutts and their lackeys significantly upping their arsenal in addition to the construction of these dreadnoughts, Umbra wasn't taking any chances. Not only that, but he didn't exactly trust their mysterious allies nor did he like the fact that they were also consorting with Imperial operatives. It all felt suspicious, but perhaps he was be paranoid as usual. Umbra understood, after all, that they all have a serious common enemy that needed to be crushed by any means necessary. There was little room for error, so he and Thaxos would lead the Republic strike teams personally.

Once the new strike teams are organized and briefed on the situation, the Republic sends its Spec Force marines aboard the Rook, an experimental stealth corvette and transport craft. Aboard the craft was of course Umbra himself and his loyal bodyguard and assassin Thaxos, 40 Spec Force Marines, 150 Spec Force variant KR-1 Battle droids, and a number of utility and probe droids for support.

The Rook waits at the designated coordinates until further instruction.

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AK151 Author
AK151

OOC: Quick note: the meeting event between myself and Praxis takes place prior to this and would have been concluded prior to his participation here.

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AK151 Author
AK151

The Odacon and the Rook wait at the given coordinates for a time. Before long, they detect a ship dropping out of hyperspace, about the size of a Star Destroyer. Korhol vaguely recognizes the shape of the design, recalling the Bellator-class battlecruiser. This ship is scaled down but in all other regards is identical.

Both ships receive invitations to come aboard via shuttlecraft, and the parties detect the Star Destroyer's heavy shields lowering around one of the hangars, allowing them entry.

OOC: Turn order: AK > Ten > Branden > Praxis.

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Ten10dix Creator
Ten10dix

The Odacon docks in the designated hanger. Tsark, Kalira and Tanick are the only ones permitted to leave, and they are escorted by 4 of the men in red. Tsark explains to Tanick what they are as they leave their ship.

"Enforcers, mainly. Guards sometimes. Part of some initiative by the Order, and we've been chosen, among others, to test them in action. Redhoods is a colloquial term for them. I wouldn't ask too many questions if i were you."

Tsark shrugs as he gestures for them to follow. Kalira does her best to ignore them as the three of them descend the ramp. The Redhoods follow behind. Another two leave the ship and stand besides the ramp, making sure nobody enters or leaves it without authorization.

"That other ship we saw must belong to the third party. The Order has some theories as to who they are, and hopefully we'll confirm one of them soon. But let's not linger here, we have work to do."

Tsark and Kalira follow whoever is there to greet them, the Redhoods following closely behind.

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Branden-Magister
Branden-Magister

*On the way down the ramp, Alpha got up to follow and was stopped by one the sith enforcers. He snarled at the man.

"My job is make sure that this man lives, I go with him. No exceptions." Alpha exclaimed not backing down.

"He comes with me, you argue, you answer to the emperor." Tanick added, walking past both of them, Alpha pushing his way past.

Tanick listens to what Tsark has to say and nods.

"I like them, but your militarization of the sith worries me, as I'm sure it worries the Emperor. Why the need for more troops? Are our storm trooper corps not enough for the sith?" Tanick asked flatly, not even looking at the sith when he spoke, an odd quirk about Tanick, very antisocial.*

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Ρrʌжis Creator
Ρrʌжis

The Republic shuttle lands and Umbra, Thaxos and a small retinue of Spec Force marines exit. Umbra takes note of the Imperial troopers and Sith nearby in the hanger, but largely ignores them. The commandos stay on guard but largely try not to provoke anything. For now they wait to be greeted.

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AK151 Author
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A man flanked by a small group of guards clad in foreign armor greet the two factions. The leader holds up a hand and the guards halt in unison between the two groups. The man bows before addressing the newcomers. "The Ancient and Honorable Union of the Tion Hegemony welcomes you to the Preliator. We are humbled by your presence." He turns and gestures through the open blast door he had entered through. "If you would follow me, the briefing is to begin shortly."

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Ten10dix Creator
Ten10dix

Tsark turns as Alpha and Tanick disrupt the Redhoods. Tsark signals for them to stand down, and they do so. His displeasure at being ordered about on his own operation is evident, but he says nothing.

The Republic? Tsark was confused. It seemed unlikely that the Hutts would be willing to treat with them if they knew that the Republic were behind the destruction of such an expensive investment. Then again, Tsark recognized the Republic commander. Umbra. He was unorthodox to say the least. Who even knew if the Republic government was aware of his actions? Their encounter near Swordbreaker fleet and in the Byss system was proof of that.

The Sith follow the man.

Tsark considers Tanick's question for a few seconds, before deciding to ignore it. He makes no effort to hide his distaste for the Imperial agent. They had just finished half of the job that the Emperor had assigned Tanick to do, which involved the destruction of a Dreadnought, and he barges in, ignores and contradicts orders and cannot even look Tsark in the eye?

Kalira smiles as Tsark blatantly ignores Tanick's question, and begins to engage Tanick in conversation on something else, anything else.

"So, uh, being the Emperor's aide must be cool, huh?"

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Branden-Magister
Branden-Magister

*Tanick looked at the sith, who was clearly avoiding his question. He seemed agitated, but Tanick didnt seem to care. Maybe this was why him and Branden got along so well...

"You seem to be offended by what I have asked. I meant no offense by it, I am simply curious from a intelligence point of view." Tanick explained this time looking at Tsark.

"As for your question, yes it is "cool". Money, power, prestige, what more could a man want?.." Tanick said and laughed a little before becoming serious again.

"He is a good man with a good heart. Though I fear that though his ideas are good and wonderful, they are not something this galaxy would ever accept. It seems to thrive off of war, it is disgusting. Not that you sith mind at all..." Tanick continued.

"But enough of this, I have something to ask of you. Regardless of my offensive nature, we shall have to speak of it in private (what we talked about in the pm) and I hope you would be keen to accept." Tanick explained.

He continued to walk with the others toward wherever they were going.*

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Ρrʌжis Creator
Ρrʌжis

The Tion Hegemony? Well that would explain a lot about this mysterious ally, Umbra thought. The Republic has secretly grown very weary of the Hutts stranglehold over the outer rim. If Tion wished to overthrow them, they would make a very useful long term ally depending on how this works out. He couldn't help but contemplate the possibilities.

Meanwhile, Umbra and his operatives follow along.

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AK151 Author
AK151

The hallways are smooth and uniform, much like those of Imperial Star Destroyers. The group turns into another hall, and then another, finally reaching a closed door that slides open, revealing a conference room. The guards take up positions on the sides of the door while the man walks in, leading the guests.

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Ten10dix Creator
Ten10dix

Tsark did his best to ignore Tanick as they walked on, and Kalira nodded politely as the Imperial agent spoke on. She thought it best to try to keep things civil between the two of them.

"Sure, Emperor Magister seems nice. Not that I've met him, but I'm sure he has good intentions and the Galaxy could do with a few of those."

As Tanick begins to speak business, Tsark reluctantly listens. He nods.

"We'll try our best, but that is not my priority. We are here for the Dragon Fang, nothing else."

The Sith enter into the room.

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Branden-Magister
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*Tanick enters the room as well, nodding at Tsarks reply. Expected, but he hoped Tsark could get more.

"I am curious as to why we are to work with the republic, although I presume it is the will of the Tion to have us working together." Tanick says quietly to the sith, waiting for the Tion representative to say what he has to say.*

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Ρrʌжis Creator
Ρrʌжis

Not long after everyone else, the Republic operatives enter.

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AK151 Author
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The Republic and Imperial operatives enter the conference room. There are already two others, a man and a woman, sitting down. "Welcome," the man says. "Please, sit. We have much to discuss."

Once the operatives take their seats, a holoprojector activates, displaying an unfamiliar ship. The woman speaks. "The operations to eliminate the Azalus and Anzillu were successful enough, but the Dragon Fang is the real objective. If we don't destroy it, the Hutts gain the power to cause mass destruction wherever they desire. We have a portion of the ship's coordinates." She looks at the Republic operatives. "We do not have the coordinates from the Anzillu. If you would?"

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Ten10dix Creator
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Tsark answers Tanick's question.

"The Republic acquired information vital for this operation. Perhaps they did not want to leave the destruction of the Dragon Fang to unknowns, just as we would not have. Despite our relationship with the Republic, if they are willing to help us achieve our objective then I see no reason why we should refuse."

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Branden-Magister
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*Tanick nods, a correct answer.

"My main question is why after so many years and prime moments to make themselves noticed they choose now to build an armada of Destroyers. Is their criminal empire not enough for them?" Tanick asked aloud, out of curiosity.*

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Ρrʌжis Creator
Ρrʌжis

It was rather inconvenient that the Imperial agents failed to acquire the other half of the data, Umbra thought. Despite that however, he couldn't help but feel a hint of satisfaction that his Specters yielded more success on their mission than the Sith.

Umbra reaches into a pouch on his belt and reveals a data chip containing a copy of the data. He opens his palm and it begins levitating towards the Tion representatives.

"This was everything we could gather. Hopefully its enough." He says.

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Ten10dix Creator
Ten10dix

OOC: But we did get the information :(. We were buddies with the Hegemony before this meeting, so we gave it to them right after we got back.

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Ρrʌжis Creator
Ρrʌжis

OOC: Oh, I misunderstood then. From how AK worded it I had thought you didn't.

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AK151 Author
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"Excellent," the woman says, plugging the data chip in. "The Azalus and Anzillu each had separate halves of the coordinates, which is why we had to hit both before taking down the Dragon Fang." After a moment, a projection of the Galactic map comes up, highlighting a small patch of space in the Nal Hutta sector. "There were are," she mutters.

"This operation will have to be handled differently than the others," the man says. "They've stepped up security, naturally, so straight up infiltration isn't an option. We need a distraction to keep their ships and defenses busy. That's problem one. Problem two is that the Dragon Fang doesn't have an Achilles heel."

The hologram shifts, showing the ship, three points on the structure highlighted. "We need to place charges at these locations," the woman explains. "That should be enough to tear it apart." She looks around. "Any questions before we get into details?"

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Ten10dix Creator
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Tsark answers Tanick's question as the Hegemony representatives combine the data retrieved by the Empire and the Republic.

"Perhaps they thought it a sound investment. These Dreadnoughts would have given them the power to demand anything from anyone within their territory, and could allow them to expand their operation elsewhere. We mustn't forget that Hutt space is occupied by many independent governments which are either coerced or corrupted into doing the Hutt's bidding. This amount of extra firepower would keep them in line with little required effort."

Tsark observes the given schematics. A distraction they say? He didn't have the resources to create a good enough distraction in space.

"This isn't a question exactly, more of a suggestion. Perhaps the Republic could provide the distraction as Commander Umbra here seems to have access to many unorthodox resources, as he proved over Byss. Maybe the Hegemony itself would be able to contribute some ships. Kalira, Tanick and I could command soldiers and plant the explosives in the meantime. Our troops are the best you will find, and the most obedient."

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Branden-Magister
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*Were it not for Tanicks time with special forces and their mental training and other techniques, he would have gladly snorted at Tsarks comment about obediencey about the sith. However he held his tongue and simply listened in on the proceedings.

"If you can get me to a terminal, I can almost promise control over most of the ships functions. If you could get me to a firing control panel.. Well lets just say I could really cause a distraction. Is there anyway you could get me aboard as a technician? Im sure hundreds of thousands enter and leave the ship daily. I know they are under extreme security clearences but with the republic and the Empire's resources at our disposal, anything should and is possible." Tanick adds in, thinking of the thought of completely messing with the ships functions.

Alpha behind him shuffled, annoyed at the thought of having to leave Tanick alone..*

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Ρrʌжis Creator
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"I'm not sure as to what he is speaking of..." Umbra looks at Tsark and then back to the Tion representatives. "While I do admit that have a plethora of resources at my disposal, I unfortunately will not be able to provide an appropriate distraction. With all due respect, rather I think that my team should be the ones to destroy the Dragon Fang. I have amassed a strike force of my best men, they are specialists at infiltration and sabotage, and can handle themselves excellently in a firefight; even against superior numbers and firepower." Umbra speaks confidently.

"Not only that but we've analyzed the new tactics and military technology at the Hutt's disposal and have equipped ourselves with appropriate countermeasures. The raid on the TE Headquarters on Sleheyron and the Anzillu proved to be quite enlightening as to the Hutts' newfound military strength. Soha and his subordinates clearly wish to exert far more power than the Cartel has ever before."

"I can guarantee the Hutt Dreadnought's destruction with a mere fraction of the force that the Imperial's would send to do the deed. And at mere fraction of the time as well, which would potentially minimize the casualties and risk for all parties involved, and maximize the damage done to our mutual foe."

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The three Tion representatives share a glance at Korhol's displays of arrogance. The man who previously escorted them in speaks. "We are unaware of the full extent of the Hutt defenses. However, intelligence suggests they have acquired a crystal gravity trap, which makes stealth all but useless. Furthermore, one team alone will likely have trouble completing all three objectives, as it is incredibly likely that the security measures you encountered aboard the Anzillu and Azalus will pale in comparison to what you will be facing there, especially given the recent events."

He turns to Tanick, shaking his head. "At this point, there's no conceivable way to penetrate their security measures and infiltrate the ship. We may know the location, but the measures they've taken to clear everyone new coming into that ship are breathtaking, and it will take a long time to figure out a way to circumvent them, time which they could use to either bolster their force, modify their security measures, or bring the ship fully online. Probably all three."

The woman takes over, looking around at the gathered crowd. "We will need to work together to accomplish this mission. At the moment, we require a force capable of creating a diversion to draw the Hutt navy away from the Dragon Fang. For this purpose, the TIon Hegemony has three Preliator-class Star Destroyers on standby, and two carriers. Any contributions the Republic and Empire would like to make would make the job of getting on-board the Dragon Fang easier."

"The infiltrators will consist of three teams," the other man continues. "The Republic will hit point A, the Empire will hit point B, and we will hit point C. Should be simple enough. I'd wager they've got a lot tighter and heavier security here, so it's likely that we'll be getting ourselves into a right firefight." He looks at Korhol. "Good thing you've brought competent men, then. But I doubt they'll be able to pull it off alone. You lost a good number of the men you sent in to take down the Anzillu, and the Dragon Fang, I suspect, will be another beast entirely."

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Tsark's glares at Umbra.

"With all due respect, infiltration is only one aspect of these operations. While we may have used more men, we also always had a way out secured for our commandos, and prevented them from being overwhelmed by the Hutt forces via a successful checkpoint system and gradual fallback strategy. Perhaps pure infiltration worked for you, but if they are ready for us then I sincerely doubt that your specialists would get very far without support."

"With that in mind, the Order is prepared to lend our own soldiers to the Hegemony to aid them in their own assault. The Republic is welcome to our aid as well, but they seem to have things covered with their own specialists. They will be at your disposal if you require additional forces, or if you prefer conserving your people's lives. We will also take the precaution of having a number of these soldiers ready to jump in and reinforce each point if necessary. We will only have one chance to do this, we shouldn't go in unprepared."

Tsark turns to Tanick.

"We have tried contacting the Emperor but he is unavailable, for some reason. If you would please ask him to contact the Supreme Commander to authorize the re-allocation of naval resources to our operation. 2 Star Destroyers and 6 escort ships should be sufficient"

He turns again to the Hegemony representatives.

"Tanick's query is valid. Is there any way to access the Dragon Fang's internal systems? The Order would happily divert resources to a fourth assault if it meant turning their own security on them.

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Branden-Magister
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*Tanick nods at all of the discussion, and upon hearing of Tsark's comment about the Emperor, he curtly nods and leaves the room to contact Pao.

"Supreme Commander, sir, this is Major Tanick." Tanick explained while saluting.

Pao returned the salute and asked him what he needed.

"I'm sure you are aware of the cover operation against the Hutt Cartel. We require a distraction, ships to be precise. The republic is here and will know of the ship movements. I will be in contact of the location to send them." Tanick explained.

"I will contact Admiral Brax, and have him ready his squadron. Good luck, we hope for your success." Pao answered.

Tanick saluted and Pao returned it, ending the call.

He returned to the meeting and explained to them that an Imperial Squadron was on route.*

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Ρrʌжis Creator
Ρrʌжis

"The plan is sound, excuse my boasting. While I would feel more at ease if we knew more about what we are up against, it seems it can't be helped."

"I may be able to contribute some ships from our fleets as well, but it would mean the Republic would fully expose its involvement in these operations and thus break the current agreements we have with the Hutts. So unless I can bring this up with the senate in a timely manner, I'm afraid my hands are tied in that regard. Although, if its additional troops or droids we need, I can arrange for that quite easily and quickly."

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Branden-Magister
Branden-Magister

OOC: oh yeah? And whats stopping you from using your bloody pirates? :P afraid are you?

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Ρrʌжis Creator
Ρrʌжis

OOC: Afraid of what, might I ask?

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AK151 Author
AK151

Before continuing, one of the Hegemony agents answers Tsark's question. "Their internal defenses are an unknown, unfortunately, and this includes the strength of their firewalls. I suspect they are formidable, and any attempts to breach them would take a long while."

The female addresses the rest of the group. "Is there anything else? If not, we will begin preparations."

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Tsark turns to Tanick.

"If the Republic fails to provide additional ships, then we may need to contact the Admiralty once again. The entirety of the Imperial Strike Force may need to be mobilized. Let us hear what plans and preparations the Hegemony has before making the request, though. Perhaps we have enough ships as is."

"The Order has no further inquiries."

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Branden-Magister
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*Branden nods at Tsark's comment, but worries of the implications. The hutts had a reach everywhere on every system. To go into direct combat would be detrimental to the Empire. Wonder what Tsark thinks.

"Tsark if I could have a moment with you." Tanick exclaims, pointing towards the door.*

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The Republic operatives and ISB receive a set of coordinates from the same sources that had provided them assistance with the Anzillu and Azalus. Along with the coordinates, which coincide with a small patch of empty space on the border of Hutt territory, is a request: bring a single, small ship, and nothing more. It seems that whatever alliance this third party wishes to form is one that they are establishing out of necessity, not trust.

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