TWO YEARS AFTER THE CLONE WARS
“It was gracious of the Captain to give us this vacation on the planet while she has her meeting in orbit, don’t you think Tik’Trii?” Shamü says loudly and boisterously to his much smaller, and furrier compatriot. “Just as long as you don’t end up kidnapping a child by accident,” Tik’Trii retorts, as he raises an arm to shield his eyes from the glare of Alderaan‘s sunset. The two of them, as well as Max and Raiden walk loosely together down the broad city avenue, noticing the various flowers in full bloom, and the music being played openly in the street. “If the sun is setting, maybe it best we go back to the shuttle?” squeaks Max to his companions, not moments before an Imperial probe droid and two stormtroopers round the corner, practically knocking into the group of aliens. "Hey! Watch where you’re going citizens!" The lead stormtrooper yells at the group, before being visibly intimidated by what exactly he’s yelling at, as nearly a half ton of battle-scarred Herglic marches up to confront him.
Before Shamü can say anything to the stormtroopers, the Imperial probe droid scans Shamü and elicits an alarm, displaying a wanted holo to the stormtroopers with a much younger Shamü Abyssail wearing a Separatist military uniform. Upon seeing this the stormtrooper draws his blaster on Shamü and yells “Stop! you’re under arrest!”. Hearing this Raiden pulls out his pistol and stuns the trooper unconscious with a blast. The probe droids holo fades away as it spins towards the stormtrooper’s assailant but before it can shoot the Arkanian a massive foot zooms into it’s optical sensor shattering it and the droid as it hits the permacrete. Shamü extricates his foot from the wreckage of the droid and lumbers towards the last trooper but before he gets there a burst of microwave energy leaps from Tik’Trii’s blaster cooking the last trooper through her armor eliciting a few pained shrieks until she could cry no longer.
“It good thing me not need to shoot cause me make BIG BOOM!” exclaimed Max. “You really are loud for such a sneaky furball. You really should get something a little more suited to your size and leave the big guns to me,” said Shamü. “Dis’ a squib gun it too smart for you, and you no tell me what to do! You not my captain!” Max retorted his fur bristling in response to his anger. “Calm down there little one we’re on the same side here” Shamü said while laughing “It was just a suggestion since you’re always sneaking around and I prefer my concussion rifle anyway” Shamü pointed out. Managing to calm down a little bit Max asked the Herglic “So why they have your holo and after you anyway?” “I may have been a (Cough) ranking member of the (Cough) Separatist army during the Clone Wars,” Shamü said evasively. “Not that Tik’Trii cares, but why didn’t you mention this to us earlier?” Tik’Trii asked. “Well there was always a chance it would bring unwanted attention and I figured you wouldn’t let me hang around if you knew,” replied Shamü. “We’re not scared of a little danger! Danger is my middle name!” Max exclaimed while brandishing his squib rifle. “Well since the Empire is after us I guess that means our vacations over,” said Raiden as he swaps his blaster’s power pack. While groaning Tik’Trii said “Tik’Trii didn’t even get to eat at The Elysium Table yet” “You can eat later we need to head to the spaceport and get back on Ataraxia before they find us” Raiden retorted. “Sounds like a plan, but how do we get through the spaceport security now that they’re looking for us?” asked Shamü. “Just follow me and we make it through fine!” exclaimed the Squib.
While sneaking their way towards the spaceport outskirts, the crew met with no patrols but did find it odd that they saw no starships leaving or landing at the spaceport. Managing to sneak into the spaceport itself with no trouble, the four crew members got to their RC-2 Twilight Scoutship without incident, but found that they could not use it to escape due to a shield canopy over the hangar locking it down. This left the crew arguing about how to deal with the situation for a while until Shamü chimed in, by saying “You know there are imperial codes to unlock the hangar bay right? All we need to do is get them from the Officer stationed here.” “Well where exactly is the Officer? Cause me not want to spend whole day running round’ spaceport shootin’ imps,” exclaimed Max. “They should be stationed at an office in the stormtrooper barracks,” Shamü responded. “So they’re looking for us and your great idea is to run into their barracks guns blazing. Are you trying to get us killed?” Raiden asked scathingly. “Ya! As much as Tik’Trii likes to cook stormtroopers Tik’Trii doesn’t think we can roast an entire garrison,” Tik’Trii said. “Calm down guys. Most of the stormtroopers should be out looking for us so we shouldn’t have too much to worry about. We also snuck our way here no sweat so maybe we’ll get lucky and be able to sneak through the barracks too,” Shamü responded. “Even if it is just the stragglers at the barracks it’s probably more than the four of us can handle and don’t make me laugh! Not even stormtroopers are stupid enough to miss seeing a huge kriffing Herglic walking around their barracks!” Raiden retorted angrily. “If you have better idea then speak up, but if not then me think we stuck with this one” Max pointed out. “Well I don’t have a better idea but that doesn’t mean this ones good. Just don’t blame me when it all goes to poodoo!” Raiden exclaimed. Although divided on their course of action, the crew headed in the direction of the spaceport’s Imperial barracks.
They finally got within sight of the Imperial barracks only to find a group of four stormtroopers patrolling the area. After waiting and watching the stormtroopers movements for a few minutes Raiden speaks up, “It looks like we can make it to the barracks without notice if we wait until the last one turns the corner.” “They must not have enough troops on duty, otherwise there wouldn’t be such breaks in their patrol,” remarked Shamü smugly. The stormtroopers kept on with their patrol and headed out of sight. “Well Tik’Trii isn’t complaining about it,” Tik’Trii remarked, leading the crew stealthily towards the barracks and out of the line of sight of the sentries. After getting to one of the entrances to the barracks Raiden tried to open the door but found it to be locked. “Me take care of dis’ in no time” Max assured the crew. Whipping out his toolkit Max broke the lock in a moment and led the crew into the barracks.
Inside the barracks the crew found themselves in a large vaulted room with some storage containers laying around and eight stormtroopers doing various tasks. The stormtroopers still hadn’t seen them as of yet, so Max proceeded to sneakily lead them through the room using the storage containers as cover. They made it about halfway through the room when Shamü bumped one of them causing it to topple to the ground with a loud crash and alerting the stormtroopers to their presence. Since the Imperials were dispersed throughout the room only a few had a line of sight on Shamü, but they managed to fire a couple shots in the crew’s direction with none hitting their mark. Since stealth had failed the only other option left was combat so Raiden and Shamü both returned fire from their positions, each killing one of the eight stormtroopers with a couple shots to the chest. With their diminutive stature both Max and Tik’Trii had to leave their protective cover to fire at the stormtroopers and they managed to ace one stormtrooper each. The five remaining stormtroopers moved to better vantage points and fired another volley of blaster bolts at the crew but managed to inflict only minor wounds. Raiden took advantage of the Imperial’s new positions and took out another stormtrooper with a blast to the chest and then the head. This was followed by Shamü knocking a stormtrooper down and out with a blast from his concussion rifle, and Max with his tensor-rifle. With only two stormtroopers remaining Tik’Trii thought it prudent to use their close grouping to his advantage so he strolled out from behind cover and caught them both in the path of his pulse-wave rifle.
After dealing with the stormtroopers, the crew proceeded through the doors at the back of the room to search for the officer’s quarters, but found themselves face to face with the imperial officer and two more stormtroopers. “I have sent a distress call to command, so there will be an AT-ST here imminently to deal with you scum! I suggest you surrender now or face the full wrath of the Empire” barked the officer. “I really don’t think that’ll be a problem for us since we won’t be here that long” Raiden snarkily replied as he raised his blaster towards the officer. Raiden shot at the officer twice, wounding him in the shoulder. The officer and his stormtrooper guard unloaded a volley of blasterfire at the crew with a few hitting Shamü but nothing too severe for the tough Herglic. Shamü charged one of the stormtroopers and headbutted him so hard that the plastoid of the trooper’s helmet dented and cracked from the force, leaving the trooper to slump to the ground dead. Tik’Trii dealt with the other stormtrooper just as swiftly by shooting them twice in the chest with his pulse-wave pistol leaving a smoking hole in their chest plate. With just the officer remaining Max raised his squib tensor rifle and blasted the officer straight into his chest, leaving him dead on the ground. Raiden searched the officer’s corpse and found the imperial codes needed to end the spaceport lockdown. The crew headed to the barracks computer and entered in the codes taking down the shield canopy over the spaceport.
Leaving the barracks hurriedly, the crew headed towards their RC-2 Twilight Scoutship but were stopped short when blasterfire erupted around them, coming from the four stormtroopers that were patrolling the barracks earlier. The stormtroopers managed to hit Shamü and Raiden leaving them both injured but still able to fight. The crew returned fire starting with Tik’Trii who managed to injure two of them with one blast, while still running towards the shuttle; Shamü managed to finish those ones off with a blast from his concussion rifle. With two troopers still remaining both Max and Raiden fired a volley of bolts at the Imperials while keeping with their crewmates, but none of their shots hit their mark. The stormtroopers fired another round of blaster bolts this time managed to hit Tik’Trii once and missed with the rest. While still running towards the shuttle, Tik’Trii fired off another volley at the stormtroopers and managed to kill one, while Shamü had the pleasure of taking out the last stormtrooper with a headshot. With nothing left between them and their escape, the crew finally reached their RC-2 Twilight Scoutship and prepped it for take-off. With the shield canopy down, Tik’Trii piloted the shuttle back safely to Ataraxia, still in Alderaan’s orbit, and made the jump to hyperspace.