Hey guys, I'm the number 10. Go ahead and multiply me. See what happens.
Kekzo dies of old age. He had so much to live for too :(
OOC: I'll pass until you get me into position.
OOC: Perhaps any future disagreements can be worked out in PMs (either the general one or otherwise) to prevent unnecessary clutter here.
Might save us from having a 10 comment chain on each move xD. Unless you guys are into that sort of thing...
OOC: I'd like to know how the Hutts managed to block communications, sensors and targeting systems. Can a criminal empire really beat the military tech that the Empire would have that easily? Maybe the lesser ships, but the Magister is specifically designed to coordinate and direct the fleet. Their stuff is top tier, so I'd expect it to be more of a challenge than the Hutts simply flicking a switch and suddenly our fleet is blind.
OOC: We did, each ISD carries 2 wings of 72 starfighters. ISDs default to carrying one fighter wing and one bomber wing.
OOC: Pass, will throw myself into Milos' loving arms.
OOC: Idk, waiting on Milos I think.
The Odacons and Tribune enter into the Enclave fleet and will follow their orders, placing themselves wherever they are directed.
"The Imperial ships have many tractor beams specifically to clear asteroid fields. Perhaps they could form the vanguard, followed by the Republic fleet. Once both of these fleets have the enemy engaged, then the Enclave can jump in and escort the infiltration teams. Once the explosives are placed, the Enclave can escort the infiltration teams out and the Empire will follow, with the Republic covering their escape."
"As for who is in overall command, Admiral Hul holds the highest rank among those in command presently. He is a dedicated military strategist and tactician after all. That being said, it may be wisest to chose the Hegemony commander. They know far more about Hutt tactics than we would as they fight them regularly and they are also a neutral party. This should really be decided among yourselves, so long as you get me and my men into our positions I could not care less who is in command."
Kekzo clicks angrily at Rirretu as she tampers with her drone's programming. She tries to ignore him as she set up a procedure that should allow them to detect any incoming threats. Detecting mass was unreliable, and so instead the drone will detect movement and vibrations. The drone will now scan in a roughly 15 meter radius around Reaper and Nym's position, and every couple of minutes the street they are on will be scanned. The enemy could still attack from a long range or from the buildings but its hardly her fault that she only has a single drone left. If Nym wanted effective support, then he shouldn't have sliced her and her drones up. She loved it when karma was on her side.
Kekzo is still clicking away at her, and as she goes to direct the drone and her new scanning protocol she realizes why he is angry.
"Erm, hey? Guys? What is this, some old kid's cartoon? What you doing splitting up? You don't seem like you're used to being a team, but whatever we're hunting has a literal swarm of droids at its command and can apparently burrow underground. Maybe they're separate threats, maybe there are dozens of different groups all converging in the city, who knows? The point is, in this situation, splitting up is the last thing you want to do. Obvious reasons aside, my drone can only scan one area at a time. Whichever direction you guys want to walk, decide upon it and start walking together."
OOC: This should have been done within the Preparations event. Kinda makes it obsolete if we do the planning right before we attack xD.
"I think it would be wise if two fleets coordinate with the Tionese to create a distraction, and then the third fleet can form a corridor to the Dragon Fang that our boarding forces can use to safely infiltrate and initiate the assault."
"I believe that the Imperial and Republic ships will best serve as a distraction, drawing any ships the Hutts may have away from the Dragon Fang. Then our transports can jump in escorted by the Enclave's fleet who will form a safe path to the enemy dreadnought. Thanks to their Lucrehulks, the Enclave will most likely have fighter superiority which will be vital in protecting the transports."
"If any of the boarding parties require additional assistance, then they should request it."
"Once the boarding parties finish their missions, the Enclave fleet will escort them to safety, under the protection of the Imperial, Tionese and Republic ships. Presumably the Hutt forces will retreat once the Dragon Fang is down, but if not then any stragglers can be mopped up easily enough."
Rirretu makes some alterations to the drone's scanning protocols, making it focus on detecting the mass of objects or people instead of other signatures. The drone will then proceed to scan the street for any irregularities in mass, as holograms would have none. Nym, and Reaper if he leaves the building, will be accounted for, but anything else will be sent to the duo and Kekzo as probable hostiles. The entirety of the street will be scanned, and if nothing is found then the drone will proceed to scan all adjacent streets.
The Odacons and lone Tribune wait besides the Imperial Strike Force. As soon as the fighting starts, the Odacons will jump in and secure a landing point for the remaining Imperial soldiers.
The enemy were obviously hiding themselves among the holograms, as the drone is unable to find anything within the buildings. Instead, it attempts to locate the power source the hologram emitters are using, with the intent of disabling it to clear the streets and reveal the attackers.
OOC: I assume that by "shattered inwards" you mean the shot came from behind, as we were approaching the glasteel windows.
Rirretu shouts out a curse as the drone is obliterated. She manages to retain the communication channel with Nym and Reaper but doesn't have the gear necessary to do much else, unless the wreckage of the drone could be recovered. Instead, she focuses her attention on the remaining drone, now inside the city. She brings it up towards Kekzo's position, taking care not to get within line of sight of the street and giving it a wide berth, only traveling through areas they were certain had nothing dangerous in them.
Kekzo saw the drone fall, noting the trajectory the drone took. He heard the glass shatter, and observed it. From the looks of it, the shot must have came from behind, judging from the way the drone's debris fell and the way the glass was shattered, inwards and not outwards. Kekzo clicked at Rirretu, giving her this information. The drone soon arrived and began scanning the buildings behind them. Kekzo told her a few of the more likely positions by identifying ideal sniper spots he would take and through rough analysis of the trajectory the bullet would have taken to shoot the drone in such a way as to break that specific window.
Kekzo activated his particle shield. He couldn't be sure the snipers were using slugthrowers, but he assumed a high caliber bullet would be required to destroy the drone and pass through it, shattering the window. Better safe than sorry. Additionally, the drone stayed in the center of the roof, hopefully meaning it would be out of sight. They were on the highest building in the area, as that is the best vantage point.
Rirretu gives Nym and Reaper the info.
"Kekzo thinks the sniper might be behind you. If so, you might be surrounded. Patching Elize and Cadrin in to the data the scan receives. Mind going through it? I'll focus on gathering, you guys on analysing. You might also want to hunker down somewhat."
A single Tribune transport ship arrives at the coordinates, accompanied by the two Odacon stealth transports. The Tribune carried 3,000 ISB soldiers, as well as 600 War Droids and the necessary ships to transport them all. The Odacons had 40 ISB commandos, 120 ISB soldiers, 30 Karis and 10 Valikas, with an additional 15 War Droids.
Tsark was on Odacon 1, Kalira was on Odacon 2. If Tsark accompanied them, then he would find himself on Odacon 2 alongside Kalira.
The 3,000 ISB soldiers and 600 War Droids were divided into equal groups of three, and would systematically reinforce each assault point if ever needed. They would wait outside of combat, and jump in when ordered.
The Hegemony slicers that accompanied the Order on their mission to the Azalus have been requested, only a few, to work on hacking the Dragon Fang's systems while they fight. It may take a long time, or be impossible, but if the fight drags out then this could save the assault groups a lot of trouble.
Tsark turns as Captain Warrick approaches him. They exchange some words, and Tsark grins.
"Good, so our plan remains intact. This is our chance to deal a truly devastating blow to the Republic, one from which they will never recover. Are the Hegemony aware?"
Warrick shakes his head, and hands Tsark a box. He opens it, a faint glow emitting from the inside. Glorious PG Tips and delicious Bourbon cream biscuits, stolen from the Republic while they were busy preparing. With this recipe in the hands of the Empire, they will finally have the edge they need to conquer the Galaxy once again.
"Does anyone know that they are missing?"
"One man, sir. But he will be silenced. I will see to that..."
Tsark laughs maniacally as he goes into his quarters and makes himself a cup of tea, sipping slowly and savouring the taste. Perfection.
The drone on Nym's back detaches as he kneels. Rirretu sends a message to Vergil.
"WILL SCOUT AHEAD. OPENING LINK TO DRONE. WISH ME LUCK :)!"
The drone then proceeds to fly above towards the sky, allowing it a clear view of the streets it will be scanning. It scans for anything unusual, but takes extra care to clear the holograms and noise of anything suspicious. The best way to hide was in plain sight, and so the drone carefully scans every inch of the street they are in. Once finished and if nothing is found, then it will fly towards the next street and repeat. All data gathered is sent to Vergil, who can double check it.
Kekzo stays well away from the ground and follows the group as they move, always perching himself on the highest available building. He is constantly scanning the area around him with his eyes to make sure nothing unusual, say a swarm of droids, is sneaking up on him.
Rirretu calls Drone 2 back to Nym's position. The swarm of droids must have originated within the city, not south of it as she had believed.
"There was a lot of slaughter, I'll give you that. I doubt the remaining combatants would be scared into hiding, they'd have to be pretty tough to make it this far. Maybe they're trying to figure out what's up with these droids, same as us."
"Also, seriously guys? Jester? Reaper? I really can't take you seriously with names like that."
She goes back to focusing on the second drone. It hasn't found anything yet. It is now above the jungles of the south, scanning for anything unusual.
Kekzo approaches their position, but stays apart. No doubt the Jedi would be able to sense him, but so long as they remained useful he would not engage them. He wasn't comfortable walking alongside them, and if they were ambushed by whatever was causing the swarm of droids he would prefer to evaluate the situation than to be forced into combat. He does his best to remain out of sight.
OOC: I assume the Republic has no further questions? May as well keep this moving.
The drone approaches them, easily spotted due to the fact that it wanted to be found by them. It starts transmitting a data stream to the unknown man's helmet, but to him it would be gibberish. The drone pauses for a few seconds, before transmitting the same data to Nym's helmet. The AI easily translates it.
"HEY AIS, HEY CRAZY DUDE. WE THOUGHT YOU COULD USE SOME HELP WITH THAT SWARM OF DROIDS. WAIT A MIN."
The drone approaches Nym and, with his approval, will attach itself to the back of his armour. It does this simply so that it can travel along with them without risk of being spotted and taken out immediately, and it does not have the necessary tools to do anything to Nym whether it was attached or not.
It begins transmitting the scan results and video feed from the second drone. Additionally, it opens a communication line with both Nym and the other guy. Rirretu's speaks to them.
"Hey there, you guys managed to get away from them droids then? We figured that together we'd have more of a chance at taking whatever the hell is controlling them down, so I'll be running support with my drones and Kekzo will join you when you need him. Also, do you have a name other guy?"
The second drone continues its search for the source of the droids.
OOC: To reiterate, from now on: Milos-->AK-->Branden-->Ten
The drone didn't find much around them, nor within the temple. Kekzo moves Rirretu inside, away from the cold, and they begin preparing themselves for their next encounter. Rirretu's arm was feeling much better, but when she tried firing her pistol from it the aim was terrible. Kekzo clicked at her a few times and she grunted. Still, this was why she loved using pistols, her other arm was just fine. She did her best to fix any damage done to Kekzo's exosuit and repaired some of the booster and stabilizers, but the damage itself still left some of the areas hit by the blaster bolts vulnerable.
With that done, they had to decide on their next move.
"So what about that swarm? Crazy, right? Wish I could carry that many drones. We gonna get to the bottom of it?"
Kekzo clicked. Obviously they would, whatever could create such a swarm of kamikaze droids was too dangerous to simply ignore. They would need to know what they're up against first. As Rirretu configured her other drone to a recon package, she considered something. Hesitantly, she began to speak.
"Maybe we could ask that Nym guy and the other dude to help us? I mean, yeah, he screwed my arm up real bad. And yeah, helping opponents isn't always the best idea. But enemy of my enemy, you know? We could find out what's up and let them deal with it. You could help, I suppose. I for one am not setting foot near that crazy Jedi without a speedy way out."
Kekzo considered the idea. The Jedi seemed honourable, having mentioned duels numerous times during their fight. Perhaps he could be useful. He nodded, and Rirretu gives him a thumbs up.
The two drones, both fitted with a recon package, fly off. Rirretu is now personally controlling them herself. Drone 1 tries to find Nym and his friend, while Drone 2 attempts to find the source of the droids, heading south since that's where they came from. Both give the city and any droids a wide berth for as long as they can.
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."
OOC: It hasn't been 24 hours yet, so technically it would be AK's turn. I'll make my move anyway, seeing as how it is in reaction to Milos and wouldn't really affect Nym.
Kekzo realizes that they don't have the necessary manpower or tools to dent this seemingly endless swarm of deadly kamikaze droids. He clicks at Rirretu as he puts his sonic blaster away and picks her up with both hands. Any remaining drones return to her. She grins and waves at the man with the cool AIs as the Geonosian speeds away with her in his arms, his boosters at full blast. He uses the buildings to his advantage, dodging and diving between them in the hope that they'll lose him or find other easier targets. North was frozen tundra, which he really didn't like, but they had spotted temples when the drone was scanning the area. Rirretu consults the drone's logs and directs him to a temple that, at the time of scanning, had been unoccupied. They land on the roof.
Drone 1 resumes its scanning protocol, first scanning the temple itself for any signs of life of energy signatures. Once finished, it will scan around the perimeter, to warn them if anyone or anything approaches. Rirretu tells her partner about the AIs, and how they belonged to Nym. Presumably they helped him in combat, and she assumed they were ion-resistant as they weren't shut down following the shock of electricity. That meant they didn't really have a way to deal with them. AI assisted high tech armour and Force powers. It almost didn't seem fair, really. Kekzo was good though, and she had faith in his ability to wreck anyone who stood in his way. Who knows? Maybe they were lucky, and he was already dead.
OOC: Rirretu has 4 pistols, 2 DL-44s, Disruptor and DEMP. Just in case anyone was thinking I was making it up as the situation progress xD (GM approved).
Rirretu goes to speak but feels the shockwaves. Frowning, she spots the swarm of droids heading towards them. Immediately, she stands up and takes her DEMP pistol out, and begins firing. At this range, her accuracy couldn't be guaranteed but most would likely hit because of their proximity. Drone 1 retreats back to her and stashes away inside her armour just as Drone 4 exits. Equipped with an explosive of its own, it hovers by her side, ready to intercept any of the droids that may attempt to dive bomb her.
Kekzo is thrown off balance before he can swipe at Nym's legs, stumbling away. He immediately begins to hover off the ground, thinking this was his opponent's force abilities, but he quickly spots the swarm of droids coming inbound. He glances at Nym long enough to be confident that he would not resume the duel and then flies over to Rirretu. On the way, he takes his sonic blaster out and retracts his pike, putting it away. He clicks a few times at the Kaleesh as he approaches, and ignores the wounded man completely.
"I'm fine, kinda. Arm's been torn apart, but I've endured worse. He tough?"
Another few hesitant clicks as Kekzo watches the area above and around them. Any droids that approach will be torn apart by the sonic blast and most likely explode, causing a chain reaction with any nearby droids. Rirretu laughs at his response and continues firing.
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."
"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.
Rirretu cheers with delight as Kekzo lands his charge, before turning to the man.
"That is so incredible! You must be amazing scientists, both of you. I've tried creating AI before, in my free time. Based if off of myself, thought it would be cool if I could have a conversation with another me. The whole thing went way over my head, though. Best I could do was a VI with my voice, which was pretty boring. But I can see how uploading a mind, or even two, would fix all of the problems. I got the framework right myself, but programming it? Ugh, the worst few months of my life."
She considers the man's questions.
"I'm no expert, but believe me when I say that creating an actual artificial intelligence is, like, staggeringly hard. You'd need expert programmers, which don't come cheap. Or do what these guys did and upload a human mind, I guess. Sounds pretty scary though. Don't you guys miss your old bodies? Do you even have bodies? What happens if you're shut off? Is it like sleep?"
The full implications of becoming an AI hit Rirretu suddenly, and she obviously has quite a few questions on the subject.
Kekzo does not allow Nym the time to recover. The Geonosian uses the remaining momentum from his charge and directs the lower part of his still extended pike towards Nym's legs, hoping to topple him. He hopes the swipe is enough to take his disorientated foe down onto the ground.
Rirretu's eyes widen and she begins looking over the man's armour.
"AIs? Like, actual AIs? Wow, I've never met an AI before! I've always wanted to make one, but programming isn't my forte. VI is the best I could ever do. That's so cool! I'm Rirretu. And there's two of you? Two AI?"
She stops examining the armour and looks at his helmet, hopefully making eye contact with the actual person under there.
"You have two AIs? How is that fair?"
She grimaces as she finishes up healing her arm, at least as much as she should under the current circumstances.
"I would hold this against him personally, but I figure that seeing what Kezko did to you, we're even. Kinda. I mean, yeah, our plan was probably going to him being wounded or killed, but he didn't even hesitate. He just came straight at me, leaving you on your lonesome."
She answers the man's question.
"Yeah, I had one of my drones following you around. We've been in a fair few arena fights, Kekzo loves them. Geonosians, am I right? We normally scan our opponents to see who is real dangerous, and then hopefully ambush them and take them down on our terms. We know we'll have to face who's left, but if we eliminate all the dangerous dudes then all we have to do is clear up the rest. Neat idea, huh? Doesn't always work out that way, but we're still alive now, so we must be doing something right."
Kekzo's pike is not bashed aside by the smaller blade. The Geonosian had the full weight of his body behind it, as well as the momentum gained from his aerial charge and his grip was tight, aided by not only his own natural strength, but also the strength granted to him by his exosuit. With all of these factors at play, at best Nym would be able to push the pike a few centimeters off course, but its length and the speed at which Kekzo was moving meant that it would still hit him. He also attempted to bring his longer blade forward, but unless it was an unwieldy 4 meters long then the static pike would outrange it, as this was one of the main advantages of the pike. If all of the above proved to be correct, then Nym would be sent to the ground after receiving a very damaging strike to his armour.
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."
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.
Rirretu gets up once Nym turns to face Kekzo. She had no chance facing someone with his skills in melee combat, she'd be a hindrance at best and dead at worst. Instead she walks over to the medkit and grabs it. She also spots the wounded man, and puts her gun away and walks over to the wall.
"This sucks, right? Whenever we go up against anyone with a sword I get knocked around and have to sit the fight out. I mean, who even uses swords nowadays?"
She mutters something angrily under her breath in a foreign language before putting her back to the wall and sliding down, sitting next to whoever this guy was. She begins using the medkit on her wounded arm, then hesitates.
"You can have the rest afterwards, if you want? I would give it to you now, but your friend freaking tore my arm apart. He's pretty violent, anyone ever tell him that?"
She frowns for a moment as she heard him speaking to something other than her. She looks around, confused, then stops. Maybe he was going crazy or delirious from the wound? Figures, she was stuck here with only a madman to talk to. She sighs, and goes back to tending her wound.
Meanwhile, Kekzo observed his opponent carefully. Force sensitive, obviously, but not a Jedi. At least, not from the Jedi Order. He doubted they wore that type of armour, and they certainly wouldn't participate in arena fights such as this. Sith? Maybe, but they preferred to keep to the shadows. If Sith were participating, they would likely keep their powers to themselves. The fighting style was certainly aggressive. There were a number of ways he could have knocked Rirretu out of the fight without wounding her. No mercy should be given. Not that he let mercy come between him and a kill.
He clicks a few times, accepting the challenge. Not that his opponent would understand. His exosuit sustained some damage, two of the stabilizers were gone and a plate on his chest was weakened. He began to hover above the ground, his pike extended and ready. He charged head on at Nym, the pike pointed at his chest, ready to compensate for any moves his enemy might make.