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Branden-Magister
Branden-Magister

*The station on Bilbringi hears the broadcast and word is sent up to the Station Commander, who in turn sends out a Ardent fast frigate to investigate after asking for the permission to do so.*

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Ori`verda Creator
Ori`verda

Task Force Two exists hypersauce in the system and approaches the Chiss garrison, transmitting identification and moving into high orbit.

Four LAAT/i's are sent down along with a host of drones. The humanoid operators secure a landing site away from the wreckage and overlooking the crash site from high, above. Infantry set up a makeshift camp around the grounded LAAT/i's.

A handful of drones circle the newly established beach head outpost while the rest of the rather large drone swarm enters the wreckage from any opening encountered.

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AK151 Author
AK151

The drones fly into the wreckage but are only able to examine the outer perimeter of the ship, as the main corridors and inner areas are sealed off by blast doors. As it is, the feed they send back indicates no signs of life or activity, the area seemingly deserted. The drones are unable to find any ways to bypass the blast doors, and thus further exploration will require cutting through them manually.

Meanwhile, the Ardent-class is granted access and is allowed to send ships down to the wreckage.

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Ρrʌжis Creator
Ρrʌжis

Special Task Force A-9 deployed from Mon Cala arrives over Ilum. An Acclamator escorted by a frigate and corvette.

The Mon Calamari Admiral and commander of the task force opens a channel with the Chiss forces. "This is Captain Raddish of the RAF. Requesting permission to deploy near the quarantine zone."

Once permission is granted, heavy transports embark from the Acclamator and make landfall around the crash site, deploying a few small divisions of troops and vehicles who establish a perimeter within view of the crash site. The task force establishes a small outpost opposite to the Enclave position, and fortify advantageous positions near the crash site.

A few HK-1000s, the Republic's new war droids, scan the ship for life signs (auxiliary sensor slots are equipped with advanced bio-scanners) and scout for ideal breaching points; among the main entrances in addition to structural weaknesses along the hull of the craft.

Meanwhile Raddish attempts to seek an identification for the ship. His intel officers get to work on asking the Chiss for additional data they may have on the crashed ship, in addition to processing the intel received from the scouts on the ground.

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Branden-Magister
Branden-Magister

OOC: Raddish? RAF? lol

*The Hedge sends down landing craft carrying an Imperial FOB with supporting vehicles and equipment. It deploys to the north of the crash site (or whatever direction forces arent deployed on) and engineers are quick to get work erecting defensive positions consisting of quick erect walls in a square formation with one main gate and four towers, one at each corner. Theres also two more towers defending the main gate.

A battalion is deployed to the surface consisting of 2 companies. Delta company of the 101st Air Assault Corps with their respective gear and vehicles, and Golf company of the 120th armored corps. Two sections (#wise probably 6 each) of broadsword class repulsor tanks are fired up and prepared, and due to the small size of the ship it was the only armor that was brought along. Two platoons support these two sections.

4 AALs are deployed to the surface carrying the air assault corps, which land and prep for combat. These troops were trained for quick dismount and rapid assault and as such could handle any CQC threat with ease, including tight areas on a ship.

Mean while field command sets up their temporary HQ connected to the armory in the center from which a few heavy weapons are carried out and set up in defensive positions. Lieutenant Colonel Daxon Tomar is the field commander in charge of Imperial forces on the ground and orders a platoon of Delta company to head out and scout the area out while he sends out a few probe droids to check out the ship itself.

Daxon watches the sensor readings and radar carefully as enclave and republic forces make the same preparations his troops make, and hopefully it wouldn't lead to any engagement.*

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Ori`verda Creator
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Since the drones are not equipped with the proper equipment to open the blast doors they instead clear a way for either Republic special forces or the Imperials to open the entryways.

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AK151 Author
AK151

The Republic droids scan the ship and report an overabundance of life signs that makes tracking any individual organism nigh impossible. Otherwise, the wreckage remains dormant as the Republic, Empire, and mercenary forces finish their preparations.

Despite its seemingly poor condition, the state of the ship's hull is surprisingly good; the only entry points are the ones already discovered by the mercenary drones.

As for identification, the projected image of the ship's silhouette, based on the wreckage, paints it as a somewhat smaller version of the Executor-class Super Star Destroyer. However, there are minute differences in construction that indicate that it is indeed a different design; the wreckage is, after all, only a part of the whole ship. No other indications of identity are visible, and it's likely that they will only be found deeper in the ship.

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Ρrʌжis Creator
Ρrʌжis

OOC: Sorry about the delay.

"Admiral, seems to be a chuck from a much larger vessel, an Executor variant it seems. Scans show its teeming with unknown life signs. Entry points are as follows." A hologram is put on display for everyone on the bridge to see, highlighting the scan data and entrances.

"Hmmm... forward this information to Marauder Squad, and give them the green light to begin the operation."

A fully cloaked ship enters the quarantine zone, landing near one of the entry points to the wreck. HK-1000s form a perimeter around the LZ. Marauder Squad quickly exits down the landing ramp before the the ship speeds off into the upper atmosphere. To careful observers it would seem the Republic had another new set of toys aside from the droids, judging from the four large armored troopers accompanying the 40 man team. They seemed to be in power armor of some sort sporting heavy weapons of various types. Lastly, some astromechs and other support droids accompanied the team.

Two men in cloaks approach the bulkhead doors, Korhol Umbra and Thaxos Tenau. Umbra wore a different armor from his usual suit, it vaguely resembled Mandalorian armor, much like Thaxos' armor (Though Thaxos' was the genuine article) though stylized very differently.

They direct the Spectres to prepare for a breach. Two 4 man squads form up on each side of the doors hugging the walls, the EXO-Spectres form up in front of the door, and the rest hang back while the demo team sets breaching charges.

"How nice of the Chiss to invite us here. Rather unusual for them, but welcome all the same. Its been too long since I've done some serious field work."

"Didn't you say you came out here for the sake of your pet projects? That you 'sensed' something in the Force or whatever." Thaxos replies.

"It was merely a hunch. Won't know for sure until we see it. Although..." Umbra extends his hand towards the door and concentrates, reaching out with the Force toward the life force coursing throughout the shipwreck. If his hunch was correct, he should be able to to sense it now that he was up close.

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Branden-Magister
Branden-Magister

*With the information flowing back in to field command, Daxon opens up a comm link (or rather attempts to) with Republic and Enclave forces. If it was a serious threat inside proper cooperation would be key to survival and containment, whatever threat there actually was.

The men sent out earlier return to base and report on both the enclave and republic positions, both not as fortified as the Imperial position. Colonel Tomar then proceeds to devise tactics if for some reason enclave and republic commanders ignore his attempt at communications.*

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Ori`verda Creator
Ori`verda

Caduro, former Imperial commander, receives the hail from her former employers and notes that it addresses her as an Enclave asset. Caduro decides to roll with it.

The reply is sent over an unencrypted channel should the Republic units wish to listen in.

"This is commander Caduro; requesting assistance. We have sent in drones to scout out the innards of the vessel in question, they have successfully mapped out the outer sections of the vessel but the main corridors and inner areas have been sealed off by blast doors and for whatever reason Imperial engineers decided not to install ventilation systems which my drones could have utilized."

"I can only conclude that whatever is in there doesn't need to breathe or is dead, it is more than likely the Empire attempted to crew this vessel and that everyone onboard died of asphyxiation during the maiden voyage. That aside, my drones have cleared out and will allow others to open the blast doors."

"Caduro out."

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AK151 Author
AK151

Commander Caduro seemed to miss some of the images sent back from the drones depicting vents too small for even them to fit through, because not every ship is designed with ventilation systems that serve as alternative access points. As such, his statements are a bit confusing to Korhol, Thaxos, and anyone else in the ship, who all are able to see the ducts.

As Korhol extends his senses, he feels something strange: there's life in the ship, but it feels... muted, covered by some sort of shroud that dulls his ability to detect them. It's strange, but for him, perhaps familiar.

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Ρrʌжis Creator
Ρrʌжis

"So?" Thaxos inquires.

"Its been a long time but its still very familiar to me, I think we've found what I've been searching for." Umbra signals the strike team to breach the door. The demo team backs off and detonates the charges.

Marauder squad advances, scanning the area inside for movement and/or hostiles. They flip between a few optical sensors in their visors such as thermal to ensure nothing escapes their sight.

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Ori`verda Creator
Ori`verda

Once the Republic team breaches a point the drones swarm into it and begin to spread across the vessel's innards.

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AK151 Author
AK151

As the drones pass by the Republic squad they are immediately beset upon by a small swarm of large insect-like creatures, all about a half meter long, seemingly disturbed by the demolition. The insects tear through the surveillance drones with ease, ripping through the metal frames as if they were plastic.

Assuming they are not interrupted, the small swarm of what seems to be around a dozen insects turns its gaze to the Republic squad that had disturbed them. From the mandibles of the creatures there seems to be dripping some form of acid, likely what had allowed them to make short work of the drones.

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Branden-Magister
Branden-Magister

*Once word spreads of the attack on the drones, Daxon orders Delta company to begin their move on the ship. AALs are prepped for launch and take off a few minutes later. They land behind Republic lines and immediately disembark. The company forms up into its platoons and Captain Jace Malik orders 1st platoon to support Republic troops while 2nd platoon moves in to support the mercenary forces.*

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Ρrʌжis Creator
Ρrʌжis

The fire team open's fire on the charging insects. Umbra provides support with force push. The Exo-Spectres mow down the bugs that get too close with blaster auto-cannons and flamethrowers.

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Ori`verda Creator
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The drones are actually combat drones and there is an entire task force's amount of them. Whilst initially taken aback by the sudden bug swarm their numbers and ranged capabilities make up for initial losses.

They swarm over and between the Republic troops providing a steady stream of blaster fire all focused into a narrow hallway.

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AK151 Author
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Despite the drones' combat abilities, their numbers are greatly thinned by the small swarm, given that if they were actually present in copious amounts, there wouldn't be room for anything else in the hallways, given the size of the drones.

The insects themselves have an armored hide that impedes the blasters and the fire, at least at first. This allows them to close the distance between themselves and the Republic troops; most are gunned down, but before they are, they are able to spit globules of liquid that land on the troops' armor, melting through portions and causing severe damage.

Despite this, the small group of insects is quickly disposed of; while they may have been able to cause damage to the Republic forces, there are no casualties.

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Branden-Magister
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*The Imperial forces take up positions back behind the republic and mercenary forces, holding their angles. Not much else could be done at this point so they sat tight until things escalated further.

Meanwhile Golf company sits tit and digs in, fortifying their positions.*

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Ρrʌжis Creator
Ρrʌжis

After the bugs are dispatched, the fire team fans out in both directions of the corridor some distance from the entrance, securing the area. The wounded are dragged off to be treated and are swiftly replaced by the Spectres outside. The HK-1000s stand guard outside the breach, ensuring that none of the bugs slipped through to the outside as the fire team advanced further into the ship wreck.

Umbra crouches next to one of the deceased bugs, he pulls out a portable scanner which begins analyzing the carcass. The acid and powerful mandibles were obvious, but what else could he find out he wondered. These weren't anything like what he expected.

After a brief analysis he signals the fire team to advance. Some scouts activate cloak and scope out both directions of the corridor. First priority was to get out of this narrow hall and secure one of the main corridors, as cramping 10-20 commandos, droids, and power armor into this narrow hallway was not ideal. From there they could set up a fallback point. Next they would need to find a terminal, see if the could pull any data, schematics, and perhaps the ship's log files.

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Caduro redirects the majority of the Xiphos, sending the sheer majority back to their ships or to the forward outpost they had established. She had learned her lesson, no sense in wasting corporate assets frivolously.

Instead only a handful of Xiphos remain in support of both the Republic and Imperial troops on a ratio of one Xiphos per two soldiers. They hang back and above their government issue bipedal counterparts.

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AK151

Upon closer inspection, Korhol faintly recognizes the insects; they were a familiar sight, though in much greater numbers, many, many decades ago. They are Grutchins. Weapons used by the Yuuzhan Vong. How and why they are here is a mystery, but they seem just as dangerous as ever.

He also senses something faintly. A presence, masked by what feels like a veil around it. It's almost as if its watching them and observing them.

The hallway the blast door had opened into splits further down, feeding into another long corridor. One direction takes them closer to the bow of the ship, while the other takes them closer to the aft, where the engines would normally be, were the ship complete. There are no creatures or enemies in sight from either direction.

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Branden-Magister
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*Captain Malik moves forward and spots The republic commander leaning over the corpse of one of the bugs.

"What is that nasty thing?" Referring to the insect. "Looks rather unpleasant." Malik exclaims.

He orders 1st and 2nd platoon forward to take the wounded troopers positions and they take up positions on either end of the entrance, waiting for the command to move forward. 3rd and 4th Platoons are ordered to set up a defensive position and tend to the wounded. Although helping republic troopers seems an alien concept.*

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Ρrʌжis Creator
Ρrʌжis

Umbra takes note of the strange presence. He rolls his eyes as he is approached by the Captain.

*Sigh* "And you are?" Umbra says as he continues to study more of the creatures, not bothering to look up. He holds back any sign of annoyance in his tone in order not to provoke anything.

Spectres continue into the main corridor up ahead but stop not too far ahead in both directions and await further instruction from Umbra.

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The Xiphos continue their patterns.

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AK151 Author
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The Grutchins show no sign of any difference from the ones Korhol had seen during the Yuuzhan Vong war. How they had come to rest aboard the ship instead of running wild as Grutchins are inclined to do, however, is a mystery.

The Republic and Artemis forces encounter nothing as they cautiously move up to the split in the corridor.

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A message is broadcast from the Chiss Ascendancy: wreckage of a ship of unknown - but Imperial-looking - design has crashed on Ilum. Preliminary investigations taking place only a few days after the ship's arrival indicated an overabundance of life in the wreckage. Closer examination, however, was warded off by ferocious creatures, local fauna in a shockingly advanced stage of mutation.

After deliberation and some more cursory investigation, the Chiss government has concluded that the area is extremely dangerous and has enacted a local quarantine. It is willing to allow any interested parties access to the wreckage so long as they follow entry and exit protocols consistent with the quarantine.

After three days, if no interested parties wish to investigate the wreckage and ascertain what may lie within, the Chiss will simply incinerate the entire crash site from orbit.

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