Hey guys, I'm the number 10. Go ahead and multiply me. See what happens.
"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.
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."
OOC: I don't want to get into any arguments over what was supposed to be a fun fight for the two of you.
IC: Rirretu screams as the muscles on her arms are torn apart, collapsing to the ground.
The man shoots Kekzo repeatedly. Despite his tough hide, that many shots at point blank are too much for the Geonosian to overcome. He drops dead on the ground.
OOC: The pike didn't penetrate you, as the armour was thick enough to prevent that. It just shocked you.
Also, the Geonosian didn't advance on Branden. He flew at him. The distance as well as the speed wouldn't allow too many shots to be fired before he grabs you.
IC: Kekzo sees the man go for his side arm and grabs it before he can fire. The Geonosian is right in front of him looking down while the man is being shocked, so it isn't as if he would be able to do it without Kekzo noticing. He crushes the weapon in his hand, enough to disable it.
Rirretu feels the blade penetrate her armour, but yanks away and continues to flee. The blade had cut her somewhat, but her armour had absorbed most of the damage. Drone 3, still attempting to execute its attack, descends on Nym from above.
Kekzo takes out his sonic blaster and begins to fly. Flying was as natural to him as walking, and he was able to shoot with pinpoint accuracy. He notices the Drone, and waits for it to either be destroyed or to successfully execute its attack. He then sends 3 sonic blasts towards Nym
The bolts do indeed get Kekzo's attention, but the speed at which he is moving and the man's injury means that most of them miss. Kekzo is used to dodging fire mid-flight. One hits his hide, doing some minor damage, but that is it. The Geonosian sees Nym move impossibly fast and immediately knows that he is a Jedi. Or Sith, perhaps. They'd hunted Jedi before for the Imperials, just after formation of the Empire. They weren't prepared this time, but they had some experience. He swerves towards the source of the fire. The man was seriously injured, and had a few grenades near him. Unless he was feeling suicidal, he doubted they'd be used up close. Kekzo places one hand on the man's helmet and lifts him up, smashing him into the wall. His other hand thrusts the pike into the armour and it activates, frying it with enough electricity to hopefully prevent him from firing any time soon. He was lucky that Kekzo was in a rush, or else the pike would have been buried into his fresh wound and he would be dead. Kekzo clicks angrily at the man as he turns away to deal with Nym, telling him to stand down or he will die. Let's hope he speaks Geonosian, or that he at least possesses some semblance of self preservation.
Rirretu, on the other hand, was not having much luck with her adversary. She had not expected him to be this quick. The particle shield remained active despite the powerful blow, but she knew that one more blow like that and she'd be dead. That sort of speed meant Jedi, but he sure didn't look like a Jedi. As she recovers from being slammed into the wall, she drops one of her blasters and presses a button on her arm. Drone 2 pops out and locks onto the nearest target, which is Nym. The shock the drone would deliver should be enough to stun both him and his armour, giving her time to run.
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.
OOC: I think I should redo my move to account for the events that just transpired.
IC: Rirretu and Kekzo approach the Iridonian's position just in time to hear the sound of a disruptor firing. Rirretu checks the drone, and confirms that the Skull is dead, and one of the armoured dudes is down. This really couldn't have turned out better. His partner will most likely be distracted for a time and Kekzo will strike, kill him, and they walk away with 50,000,000 Waabaas.
Except that Nym wasn't distracted. Somehow he knew they were there. Rirretu was puzzled. Did he have drones of his own? Perhaps a motion detector? Scanners? He didn't seem to look at anything, but they may be built into his helmet. This is going to be tougher than expected.
Rirretu programs Drones 3 and 4 to prepare an attack on Nym, and recalls Drone 2 and fits it with an Ion package. Kekzo is perched on a high building, and Rirretu hidden behind a wall on a building roughly opposite to the cantina. She draws both of her DL-44 blaster pistols, activates her particle shield generator and deactivates her stealth generator. She calls out.
"Erm, hey there. You seen one of our friends around here? He's got a great smile, lovely eyes, fluffy kitten. A disruptor pistol, maybe a bullet in his head? Likes skulls? His mamma is pretty worried about him, so we thought that we'd just scan him, maybe take some DNA, and be on our way? That cool with you?"
As she finishes speaking, Kekzo has dropped from his perch and is speeding towards Nym, pike out like a lance. He is prepared to abort the charge or activate stabilizers if his target moves. Drone 3 is executing its attack, sneaking up behind the mercenary, and should arrive at Nym before Kekzo. If it succeeds, the shock would be enough to deactivate all of his armour's systems temporarily at least, and disorientate him for a good few seconds. Kekzo's lance is aimed at Nym's arm, the joint between his shoulder and forearm.
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?"
OOC: Not sure when they Rirretu and Kekzo would arrive, so is next turn good? This turn seems too fast, idk.
IC: Rirretu and Kekzo continue their approach towards the Iridonian's position.
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.
Rirretu and Kezko finish their approach towards the wookies, getting as close as they could without drawing their attention. Rirretu checks her wrist computer, and frowns.
"Drone 2 was following those guys with the obscene amount of real cool armour, and look what they found. Some wounded merc or something The little guy seems to think that he's important, cause its changed priorities to following him. Who the hell is this guy?"
Kekzo looks at the tiny computer feed, and immediately begins clicking.
"Woah, slow down there. What? What do you mean look at the skull? What the hell is a Waabaas? 50,000,000!?"
Her eyes widen, and she starts rapidly pressing buttons. Any self respecting bounty hunter would have 24/7 access to a scanner that picks up bounties on other people. The Crimson Skull Iridonian? And Kekzo was right, this guy was worth 50,000,000 Waabaas. That's a nice retirement package right there, if she ever really wanted to retire that is. Certainly more than the measly 1.5 million credits being offered for all of the work they were doing today.
"Looks like this venture may turn out to be extremely profitable after all. Yeah, yeah, I know. This wasn't for the money. You like arenas, I get it. This probably brings back so many good memories for you. Forget the wookies, let's head back and see what's up."
Rirretu recalls Drones 3 and 4 to her position. Drone 2 was keeping an eye on their quarry, and Drone 1 was scanning the local area around them. Once 3 and 4 arrive, they attach themselves to the back of the Kaleesh's armour as small parts of it open up. She presses a few buttons, and the drones change their reconnaissance modules to ones which should prove more useful in combat. Drone 3 receives the Ion package, and Drone 4 the explosive one.
On the way they go through each individual's visible armament and equipment from the recordings that the drone gave them. They also pick up on the fact that one of them had to ask the name of the other, "Jester", implying that these guys did not know each other. Jester turned out to have armour awfully similar to someone named Nym, who also has a nice bounty attached to him. The other guy was a complete mystery. Either he was some rich newcomer or smart enough to keep himself out of anyone's radar. They'd assume the latter.
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.
Two men, clad in heavy armour, laugh as they advance through the arena. The Krux Brothers, mercenaries under the employ of one of the Hutts on Nar Shaddaa. Killing was what they did, it was their job and their greatest pleasure. The first brother, Boe, had a large repeating blaster cannon held in his hands, connected to a recharge and cooling unit connected into his armour and located on his back, protected by heavy shielding. The second brother, Joe, held two very large swords in his hands and was grinning underneath his helmet. They were both chasing some weird bug creature that had been stupid enough to attack them. It was hiding behind a small house on the outskirts of the central urban area. Boe launched a spray of large blaster bolts at the house, yelling encouragements to his brother, who had decided to jog up ahead and finish this up close. Joe turned to yell back, but paused.
Standing a dozen or so meters behind his beloved, and deranged, brother was a person. He was almost positive that they had not been there a few seconds ago. Armoured, in a sense, nothing too fancy and certainly nothing that would hold under constant punishment. Their face was hidden by a very weird mask, looked like it was made out of bone or something. Of course most of these details were forgotten as they were being registered, until only a single thought occupied his mind. They had a disruptor pistol pointed at Boe's back.
He went to shout, but it was too late. The person fired, the disruptor bolt went through the shields and impacted on his brother's very volatile recharging unit. Boe instantly disappeared in an explosion. This must have been planned, no way this was down to a lucky shot. As he turned to flee, he felt something pierce his armour. His last thoughts as the static pike fried him alive were: "That's one big bug". And so ends the tale of Boe and Joe.
Rirretu Batesh puts her disruptor pistol away and claps enthusiastically as her partner, Kekzo, slides the guy with the big swords off his pike. The plan had been executed perfectly, with no flaws whatsoever. These two would have been dangerous in a straight up fight, but they had been outwitted by her amazing intellect and cunning. Kekzo approaches her, his dual mandibles clicking furiously.
"Stop exaggerating! You're fine, right? What do you mean he hit you? Okay, okay, I'm sorry. Occupational hazard. Sure, I'll admit, I was a tad slow getting here but you're hard to keep up with. We don't all have wings, you know?"
Kekzo finished with a particularly loud clicking noise as he began checking his wound. Luckily, Geonosians have a pretty tough hide, so the wound itself was superficial, but it had messed up one of his boosters. Kekzo stood two meters tall, and wore a specially designed exosuit. Wings were good, but stabilizers and boosters allowed for even greater control during flight. The extra strength and speed it granted him in combat was also a plus, as well as providing light protection over his vital areas. He retracted his pike and tucked it away, taking out his Geonosian sonic blaster. Rirretu began complaining that she hadn't finished her repairs. He spent the time checking to see if the wave and beam emitter attached to his arms were still functional, and they were. As whiney as the Kaleesh exile could be, she sure knew her way around technology.
As she finished, she called back the drone that had been scanning around them. Nothing interesting here, but a trio of Wookies had been sighted to the west in some forests. Wookies were tough, she wasn't sure how they were going to deal with them but better to deal with a threat on your own terms rather than on its terms. She'd discuss it with Kekzo on the way. She pressed a few buttons on her gauntlet, sending the drone out to scout ahead of them. She briefly went over the reports her two other drones gave her, but decided to deal with what they'd found later on. The press of another button and she turned invisible. Kekzo hovered above the ground and they began to slowly make their way west, the drone allowing them to avoid any of the other mediocre fighters.
OOC: By the way, I consider it offensive that Republic fighters receive additional protection and you're on the lookout specifically for Imperial agents. Such discrimination :O
*A small drone, the size of a bird, is scanning the area. It takes care to remain unnoticed by any of the combatants, an easy task considering their focus on the fight. Two individuals stand out among the rest, both seemingly very skilled but more to the point, wearing advanced armour that most of the warriors here could only dream about. According to the parameters given to the drone, these individuals should be considered a threat. It transmits some data and continues its observation, now being extra careful to remain hidden.*
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