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"Eventually, all will seek it for their own glory. It is our sacrifice, not yours.
The others are elsewhere. They could not be made to understand like you."
"Where have you taken them?" Circissa asks.
*Even as the Silphen loses primary shields in certain sections, not all lose shielding thanks to the Mon Calamari shield designs. In order to avoid further destruction, Drayson orders the ship to elevate upwards, as to have shields on the belly take over in absorbing the enemy barrage.
Unfortunately, the Imperial succeed to destroying the gravity well generators, as the Imperials begins to turn their ships around and retreat, he orders his forces to let them and move back. There were more important things to do than chase down Imperials*
OOC: Although I would have preferred for yo to admit your loses more gradually, I think you covered the situation well. Nothing else really to say.
"You must not be allowed to have Infinite Starlight. It is not meant for you."
"And who claims that is what we truly seek?" Akarab follows up after translating.
"Leave? Why would I let you leave? I did not allow the others to leave, so you too must stay." Akarab translates again.
"Why is it so important that we stay?" Circissa asks.
"There was no accident. The defenses of the temple brought you here, and here you will remain.". Akarab translates.
*The moment the enemy ships shuts down their engines they lose the ability to maneuver effectively. Allowing the already fast Scythes and Coronas to run circles around the enemy ships, attacking from directly where the Pelleaons cannot bring their full firepower to bear, wheres as the Scythes now get to play on their greatest strength in terms of speed and firepower.
The Corvettes, relatively small and fast avoids most of the firepower from the enemy Praetor, however one of them loses its shields and the other takes a critical hit to its hyperdrive and is incinerated by an internal explosion shortly afterwards.
On the bridge, Drayson watches the turbolaser batteries continued to fire on the shield generators of the Acclaimed. To no effect of course.
As the enemy commander opens fire with Ion weapons, targeting the bridge, Drayson realizes what the enemy commander is trying to do and orders that emergency power be directed to forward shields, albeit almost too late. While not being completely breached, the bridge after all being one of the most heavily shielded places on most ships, some of the turbolaser fire cause several breaches on the bridge, almost sucking several people into space, including Drayson. However automated systems seal it.
The emergency power is finally re-routed to the bridge deflectors, holding off the rest of the bombardment for the moment.
The Ardents having shot down engines cannot keep up with the Coronas which simply moves behind the now stationary imperial frigates and thus find themselves unable to utilize their extra firepower.
The enemy Venators tests the shields of the Nebulas to their limits, but despite the efforts, the shields on the Nebulas are holding. As the anti-starfighter lasers on the enemy Venators seemingly provide such an impervious defense, nothing is done about the enemy TIE Neutralizers as Nebulas has similar point defense systems which proves similarly... impervious. Neutralizing the Neutralizers before to they can deliver their payloads.
The Venators also coming to a completely halt, the Nebulas move behind them and target them from there, once again, the Imperial firepower potential begins to negate.*
"We are here because we asked asked to investigate the disappearance of a group of researchers studying some ancient ruins." Akarab explains.
"We came to this place, seemingly by accident." He continues and gestures to his surroundings.
The delusional Imperial commander, does exactly what Drayson had hoped for. The enemy arrowhead formation begins to find itself encircled by a U shaped formation, putting the Imperial squadron under pressure from every direction. The supposedly long ranged Ion cannons fail the bring down any shields. The torpedoes are mostly intercepted and destroyed, the rest does moderate damage to the shields of the Corvettes.
The Silphen takes the punishment, albeit the shield are not breached. Its own firepower focus fire on the shield generators of the Acclaimed. Scythes make sure to keep the Pelleaons too distracted to target the Corvettes, the Corona Frigates join the Scythes in the assault on the Pelleans, providing extra firepower to bear down on critical targets and attacks the Ardents when prime opportunties present themselves.
The Corvettes, freed up from ship-ship combat can now focus on anti-starfighter screening, providing the flotilla with relative safety from enemy bombers. While the enemy Starfighters occupied in dogfights with Federation starfighters, bomber squadrons move in to target engines, shield generators and hangers. With the enemy Ardent frigates occupied in ship-ship combat with the Coronas, they have almost free reign.
The enemy starfighter assault in the center is countered 1:1 and thus stalled, on the flanks the Nebulas well protected, not overcoming the Federation starfighter squadrons so easily as presumed in the fierce duels between Nebula's and Venators.
What Akarab does seems to be working and he repeats out loud for the others what the Rakatan is saying;
"H-how dare you do this to me s-slave? After all of our sacrifices!" The Rakatan says out loud.
Circissa steps closer to the others and bows slightly in front of the Rakatan, Akarab sees what she is doing and decides to follow suit. Perhaps a show of respect, communicating through body language, would be a better start to a conversation with the Rakatan whom clearly believes herself their better.
Akarab introduces their names on behalf of everyone and inquires as to the Rakatans name as well. A simple way to begin communicating that may pave the way for further understanding.
*Before the Imperial majestic Squadron even comes close to Sullust, it is abruptly pulled out of hyperspace by a series of gravity well checkpoints on the Federation side of the border placed directly on the Rimma Trade Route.
The 3rd Defense Flotilla exists hyperspace just outside weapons range of the Imperial Squadron and diverts primary power to forward shields. The Flotilla, consisting of a Silphen-Class Destroyer leading the charge, two Nebula Destroyers, three Scythe Battlecruiser, Six Corona frigates, five Nexus Corvettes and a Endurance Carrier, launches starfighters and bombers.
The Silphen takes the center, flanked by the Scythes, the Coronas and at the farthest flanks the Nebulas. In between the ships are the Nexus Corvettes. The center vessels moves a little slower than the vessels on the flanks. The Silphen fires up its own gravity wells and the entire Flotilla begins to jam long range communications.
On the bridge of the Silphen is Vice Admiral Drayson, directing the ships into formation. He had not expected the Imperials to attack at this time none the less he had prepared for them.
As the flotilla comes into weapons range of the Imperial squadron and vice versa, Drayson gives the order. "Execute attack pattern Beta." The flotilla opens fire, the starfighters and bombers move ahead to engage in dogfights and bombing runs. Outnumbering the enemy, the starfighters can afford to divide in two, one group protecting the bombers and another group begins to hunt down enemy starfighters.
Silently on the bridge, Malan thinks to himself, that either this is a trap, a test or someone had sent the enemy commander here to die.
Akarab steps forward having already tuned into the force in order to try and comprehend her speech by other means.
"You're records are merely faulty Carnifex. Or your memory. Or both." Akarab responds.
When Shiva asks her question, Akarab merely says; "Yes" and thus answering it. Seeing Carnifex moving towards the shrine, he and Circissa quickly follows.
As they enter the shrine and see the creature praying there, Akarab's suspicions are confirmed.
Circissa asks; "Is that a..." when Akarab answers. "Yes. A Rakatan."
"Despair... Death.. Infinite.." Akarab mumbles to himself moments before the entrance seals shut and he and Circissa is blinded along with all the others.
As his sight returns Circissa asks him. "Master, where are we? What happened to the temple?"
"I am not sure." He answers. "This all reminds me about something I read about in the archives when I was a young padawan myself. I would have to consult them again to be sure, after all they were about some of the more obscure myths of the past." He pauses as he is reminded about the presence of the others.
"It would however be prudent of me to keep my thoughts to myself for now." he whispers to her.
Circissa gives and a curious, but worried look. However she accepts that now is not the time.
Akarab and Circissa leaves the Commando team outside the temple to guard the exit and proceeds into the temple. Already before entering they sense the shroud of the dark side and how its seemingly dulls their senses.
"Beware, padawan, it's in places like this even the greatest of us must be careful, lest we fall prey to the lurings of the dark side." Akarab whispers to Circissa.
"I understand Master." she says.
"No, you do not." He states, giving her sharp look. He moves to some of the walls to get a closer look at the motifs, symbols and markings. Circissa brings out a small round objects and throws into the air where it stops and begins to scan the room.
The shields finally drop on the three droids in the back. Circissa swiftly moves in and cuts of the legs of the nearest one and then proceeds towards the other two while the Commandos finish it off. She force pushes the second droid into the ground and force leaps onto the third one, cutting off its headpiece.
Akarab see's the fire engulfing Nym and makes a broad, but light force push intended to disperse the fire momentarily.
With the left clear Circissa leads the Commandos in an slow advance across the center towards remaining droids attacking the Imperials. Circissa leaps over to the droids engaging the Imperial Commandos and tries to get their attention. The Commandos support her by draining and weakening the shields as usual.
Seeing as the droids have shifted attention towards the Imperials, Akarab cease to aid Shiva with the force bubble and leaves it to participate in the fighting, making his way towards the droid firing at Carnifex with its blaster, his lightsaber ready and ignited in case the droid shifts its attention to him.
Their tactic seemingly effective, they continue their focus fire on the closest droids, hoping to take them down one by one. One of the younger Commandos close to the center attempts to advance, but before Circissa can get to him, he is hit three times. The armor saves him from the first couple of shots but the last one pierces through the throat cover and he dies instantly. Some of the Commandos look like their are about to go get him and Circissa senses it.
"No!" She yells. "Its too late, stay in cover."
Her momentary laps in concentration affords her a hit on the shoulder, the nearest Commando act fast and pulls her down behind cover. The others begins to target seemingly critical areas as the shields on the droids begin to collapse.
In the center, the stray blaster shot is quickly caught by Akarab and deflected back, he moves up to Shiva and places his hand on her shoulder to help her with the force bubble.
Circissa and the Commandos hold position while they try to drain the shields on the droids, with a Commando once in a while throw a thermal detonator. Circissa gives them cover by deflecting and drawing the attention of the closest droids, constantly staying on the move back and forth.
Akarab, as promised is standing near Nym's party in the center under the shield, his lightsaber ignited and ready.
Akarab takes up the front per Nym's suggestion and leads to others to the base camp ahead. When they reach it, Circilla greets them and signals the Commandos to come out of hiding.
"Have you made some new friends Master?" she jests.
"We, have made some new friends yes. At least for the time being." Akarab responds.
Akarab turns to Nym and Carnifex and points to one of the destroyed droids taht they have just passed.
"They are Rakatan Guardian Droids. Strong shields and deadly weapons. I would recommend caution against close quarter combat with them. I almost lost two men because they got too close.
There are eight more of them up ahead, in a reverse wedge shaped formation and more or less open terrain between us and the temple entrance they guard." Akarab warns the others.
Circissa steps closer to Akarab and says; "I was thinking about taking up positions on the left flank. Due to their formation, attacking on the flanks will make it harder for them to provide total fire support for each other. However, someone will still need to attack in the center and provide a distraction or it won't work."
"I will join whoever takes up the center while my padawan leads our Commandos on the left. If any of you have either a better plan or some additions, I would be happy to hear it." Akarab ends
"I believe we have an arrangement then." Akarab says, making eye contact with Carnifex first, and then Nym, in order to make sure both groups were standing down with sincerity. Then he shut off his lightsaber.
"My team is holding position up ahead." He says, subtlety suggesting that they move on to the temple.
Omg. I want it naw!
Master Akarab rushes towards the pirates and force leaps past them until he is in the middle of the two groups. He ignites his lightsaber and shouts;
"Seize this needless violence! Continue to fight and I will fight you all. Even if I die doing so, my mission will not fail because of it, but yours may very well fail.
If it is death or glorious combat you seek, there is plenty to be found ahead. Perhaps more so on your own. We were ALL invited and we are ALL guests on this world.
"Rakatan Guardian droids." Akarab comments upon studying the remains.
"And more of them ahead. I will scout things out, perhaps we can be the ones ambush..." Circissa says but then stops. Her Master had turned his gaze back and was looking at something flickering in the tunnel they had left. Circissa hadn't even noticed the sounds of blaster fire and red flickering of a Sith lightsaber being swung around.
"Should we help them?" One of the Commandos ask. "Help who? We don't even know who started the fight." another says.
"I will investigate." Akarab says. "The rest of you will stay here and prepare an ambush in case anymore Guardians enter the base camp" He continues and then runs back towards the other groups.
The Commandos quickly set up a perimeter and hide themselves. Circissa calmly picks the most open spot sits down, as if she was unconcerned with protecting herself.
A commando shakes his head. "She must really be arrogant if she thinks herself safe out there." he comments to another commando a few meters away.
"She's the bait *******." the other one says.
"Oh." he finishes, before the group going radio silent.
I know. The image is of the NEBULA Class Star Destroyer.
As the shields fail, Akarab slices the top off the droid he was attacking, followed by another strike towards its center in case the first strike wasn't enough. It manages to get a blaster shot off towards the commando, but his armor absorbs most of the damage. The commandos now focus fire on the remaining droid.
Circissa dodges out of the way from the liquid carbonite and them quickly roll under it where she thrusts her lightsaber up through its bottom center after which she moves out of the way.
The Commandos quickly realize their weapons are ineffective and switch to Ion weapons in an attempt to weaken the shields.
As this occurs Akarab seizes upon the Commandos initiative, with a light force push temporarily disrupting the flamethrowers after which he leaps over and past one of them, but when directly above he strikes towards the top part of the droid to see if it will penetrate the weakened.
Circissa follows suit, but with a much stronger force push towards the other droid, attempting to push it away and separate the droids from each other, followed by an attempt to crush the droid from the inside out using the force.
The rest of the Commandos form up behind the Jedi, where the Jedi can deflect the blaster fire while the Commandos open fire. One of them throws a thermal detonator.
Circissa begins to move slowly towards the frozen soldiers, with the intent of trying to free them. As soon as the grenade detonates she moves it and uses the force to cracking the icy shell.