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Pirate Hunting (Draco)

PostAuthor: Jax Xefern » Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:15 pm

M3D13 139ABY

Location: Asteroid Belt, uninhabited system, Kuat Sector
Mission: Follow tracking beacon, retrieve lost materials, acquire intelligence on enemy

Jax watched the lettering stream by in his HUD for the fortieth time. He hated Imperial reports and mission briefings. They were the driest reading in the known galaxy and full of contextual holes indicating that something had been omitted. That something was usually had a blaster and a ridiculously unimportant reason for being omitted, and then the Imperials would bitch and moan when that something ended up dead anyway. Which wouldn't be a problem if they didn't have a tendency to take out their frustration on Jax's pay. He swore if the offer hadn't been so 'generous' and him already in the right place at the right time he'd have just ignored the contract altogether. Imperials were terrible to work with, no matter who was running the show.

They even treated their own people like trash. It hadn't escaped his notice that his teammate on the job got ignored most of the time and tolerating looks when he pushed the matter. That didn't bode well for the survivability of the mission either. The guy was in the fresher with somebody, somebody important if even the Quartermaster was giving dirty looks to a mission agent, which caused Jax to elect to use his own equipment for the upcoming dance. He merely charged his energy cells, made sure his powered armor was topped off even though it had it's own generator. The Briar Pistol was charged, his custom built heavy blaster cradled in the crook of his left arm, and his death head domed helmet sealed down. The built in environment control kept it comfortably warm inside his armor without the air getting dry or stale so long as the air outside the suit stayed breathable.

His heavy gear even made the Storm Troopers look under armored and Jax had happily loomed over the usually stout looking figures, for as long as it had lasted before he found himself sitting in the drop bay of a stealth insertion ship of one type or another, staring through his wide visor at the man he was there to work with.
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Re: Pirate Hunting (Draco)

PostAuthor: Antares Draco » Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:50 pm

Grunting as the stealth ship shifted to the side again - Antares wished the commanding Imperial Officer had been willing to listen to him. Instead of sitting in a stealth ship - perhaps waiting to be targeted and forcing them to steal a ship to get off the asteroid, they could have used the captured freighter that had given them the location of the base to get here. The pirates weren't very bright - obviously - all they'd have needed to do was let the ship ferry them in, and then sneak off it when they came to check it out.

Instead, he was seated in a shieldless, life-supportless drop-ship drifting into the system HOPING they weren't spotted. The system dampeners were keeping the pirate sensors from picking them up, and the environment controls built into his armor keeping his heat signature from setting the pirate sensor off, they SHOULD have been safe... though it also helped that the whole area was in the middle of an ion storm, because in Antares opinion they'd have had to use a cloaking device to get in.

Realizing he was being stared at - again - Antares looked up at the bounty-hunter, his own face-plate worked into his Imperial Knight Armor fogging slightly as he breathed. The Imperial Captain had trusted the bounty hunter to get in and get the target out, but only Antares had been given the list of the rest of the stuff they needed to recover. The ion storm would keep the pirates from calling for reinforcements, so they only had to worry about the crew that was staffing the asteroid base... and whatever droids the imperial techs hadn't been able to scan for.

Grunting as the drop ship 'crashed' into the side of the asteroid base, Antares winced as the drill attached to the drop ship pushed its way through the hull of the base, in a few seconds it would puncture the hull and provide a seal allowing them to enter a (supposedly) empty storage bay. Matching the bounty-hunters stare, Antares said nothing - but nodded as the drop ship shuttered one last time and went still. Approaching the doors to the seal, Antares waited for them to open - but evidently they'd been damaged on impact. Putting his hands together, Antares squeezed his hands into fists and the doors crumbled - a small whoosh of vacuum blew past them for a second before the seal compensated and they could exit into the storage bay beyond.

Stepping out into the bay, Antares reached up - disconnected his helmet-catch and dropped it to the floor, "Hang on," kneeling next to the nearest container, Antares scanned it - but scowled when a red light appeared on his gauntlet, "No good..." standing up, he looked around and said, "These containers all look old and abandoned... this bay hasn't been entered in a while... we'll have to find the main storage bay where my list matches what we have to recover,"
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Re: Pirate Hunting (Draco)

PostAuthor: Jax Xefern » Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:52 am

Jetii. It was always creepy being around one, they could tell when they were being looked at. Even through the mirrored visor of a Mandalorian helmet. Of course, all the Jedi could see in return was the visor and the overlaid death head symbol that adorned it. That wasn't much to go on and Jax didn't buy the belief that they could hear ones thoughts. If that were true his thoughts on the Empire would have gotten him in trouble long ago, back when the dar'jetii were running the show.

Jax didn't make a sound as the vehicle shifted about them, even if he had his external speaker wasn't active and nobody would have heard him anyway. His heavy Mandalorian armor was a second skin on his massive frame, his comfort absolute, and when the time finally came Jax merely shouldered his weapon with the muzzle down to present an at ready position. The doors didn't open and Jax snorted. Imperial technology at its best. The jetii used his magic and ripped them open. Well, stealth wasn't the name of the day and that was just fine by him.

Out into the bay and the Imperial was playing with his helmet while Jax moved to a vantage point on the door. Hang on. Jax rolled his eyes again and kept his weapon trained on the opening. The place looked abandoned, this was likely where they stored things that weren't valuable enough to turn a profit but not quite worthless enough to just space out the nearest airlock. That as a unique category and would rarely be visited, thus the dusty nothing that was occupying the space. "They've likely forgotten what was in here, merely recalling that it wasn't important." The massive Mando'ade stalked down a row of crates to the door and paused. "Standby."

His voice was turned into a metallic, artificial sound that made it flat and lifeless. It just added to the unknowable quality that all Mandalorians enjoyed within their armor. Made 'em scarier. With a flick of his eyes he activated the button on his HUD that sent out a low frequency pulse. The system had been adapted from a medical scanner, powered up and given range, and the return information gave Jax the ability to see through most walls. The hall beyond extended away from the door in two directions and within the range of the pulse there was no sign of any subjects. "Hallway is clear of biologicals."
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Re: Pirate Hunting (Draco)

PostAuthor: Antares Draco » Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:38 am

Muttering to himself as he scanned a few more containers, Antares said, "I'm getting water, old rations and a few repair parts and aged data spikes... most of it IS Imperial but it's stuff from a decade or so ago," closing the scanner-attachment on his gauntlet, the Imperial Knight waited as the Bounty Hunter scanned the corridor beyond and then nodded, "Acceptable, and as we don't want to set off any alarms," placing his hand against the door, Antares closed his eyes for a second and then nodded as the door clicked, "There, it's open... the most it'll show is that it's been opened - and by the time they bother checking it out it'll be way too late,"

Moving quietly into the hall, Antares stretched out his senses - nodding when there was no response, "We would appear to have gotten lucky. This deck is clear of life - there may be droids, but they're likely to be on down-time because of the ion storm," checking his gauntlet-scanner, Antares scowled and activated the holo-projector in his palm, "Best guess, the tracker on the imperial cargo is in the bottom-most cargo bay. They must be planning to move it soon..." sighing, Cade deactivated his holo-projector and turned to face the mandalorian bounty hunter.

Making sure to keep his voice quiet as they crept along the hall, Antares said, "I realize that you've been given command for this mission," Antares said cooly, "And I do not question that. But I suggest taking the captain down, disabling internal communications and then dragging the captain down with us to that storage bay so we can grab what we need and then use whatever transport they have in there to escape," he shrugged, "Perhaps even splitting up once we have the captain - you take the captain to the bay, I lead them away and then double-back to the storage bay with the list,"

It wasn't Antares usual fare to take orders from a mercenary. But he was adaptable - and his orders designated this Bounty Hunter as commander for this insertion. So he would offer up his opinion and then work with whatever decision the Bounty Hunter made.
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Re: Pirate Hunting (Draco)

PostAuthor: Jax Xefern » Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:38 pm

Jax returned to a muzzle down, ready position. The Imperial Knight brushed off the list of items he'd discovered in the room though Jax couldn't help but think there would be a purchaser for the data spikes in a few of the backwater markets. Technological advancement made its way from the Core outward almost always, decade old Imperial technology would be the most common tech in widespread usage in the Outer Rim middle class. No way to drag it out then and there, however. "Bet that water tastes like it was just collected from a dewback's rearmost foot." Jax watched the door magicked open, idly wondering if they'd taught the guy how to use a button.

"Good for you if they are. I'm being paid for destruction and intelligence, not a lunch run. Maybe they've already loaded it on a fast boat out of here." Jax intoned the words as he looked down the hallway both directions, not relying on gypsy powers for his tactical security. Of course, given his HUD's view screen looking both ways didn't require actually turning his head. The sigh foreshadowed something that was likely to annoy Jax but he let it fly for the moment, better to get it all out while they were standing in an abandoned hall of an apparently abandoned level rather than in the middle of a fire fight.

"Good of you to take notice." The massive Mandalorian deadpanned back. He listened to the suggestions for as long as they lasted and decided to herd people. It was an easy concept one of his uncles had taught him years before, to lead people you had to let them think they were going where they wanted to go. "We are going to check on your stuff first, or more accurately the disposition of an escape vessel. We won't be loading your lost and found while dodging a search or standing off a firefight. When I have the highest ranked individual I can lay hands on we are leaving just as quickly as we can accomplish that act." Jax pulled a demolition charge out of his mounted combat gear, attaching it to the ceiling his head nearly brushed.

"Destruction will handle itself." The light on the charge cut on, burning an ominous red.
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Re: Pirate Hunting (Draco)

PostAuthor: Antares Draco » Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:44 am

Inhaling as the Bounty Hunter told him what they'd be doing, Antares wanted to say more - it seemed risky to him, trying to load all that cargo without getting caught and then trying to make a run on the command center. Even with the force, it was risky. With all of his ammo and tech, and Antares own gear, they could hold the bay while loading everything. Yet the bounty hunter seemed determined to make as big a mess as possible... and he was the one in charge.

Antares had not been given command, and his orders (even though they had been given by people who were once beneath him) put him under the Bounty Hunters discretion. Exhaling - and releasing the anger that once-upon-a-time would have lead to a fight, Antares simply dead-panned his expression and nodded, "Understood," reaching a lift, Anatares entered and knelt down next to the controls. Holding his gauntlet-clad hand up against the controls, he extracted a few wires from the lift controls and (hooking them into the gauntlet) he adjusted the controls and the lift descended.

Remaining quiet as the lift jerked and moved to the left, Antares slid the control panel on his gauntlet off and left it hanging from the wires, "I've hacked into the controls. We'll be able to use this lift until we leave, and they won't be able to track us," reaching into the pouch on his belt, Antares extracted another control-pad and hooked it onto his gauntlet. As the doors slid open, Antares poked his head out and checked the read-out on his scanner, "The cargo is in one of the bays... the ion storm is still too strong to get an accurate reading,"

Following the hunter as they reached the doors of the cargo bay, Antares checked the scanner again as they looked out at the huge sprawling cargo bay. Spotting a bunch of workers loading cargo onto three GPE-7300 Space Transports, Antares whispered, "Looks like they're splitting the cargo up... if all of the stuff they've stolen can fit onto three transports we'll need to find something bigger to get it all off of this base... or we'll need reinforcements," the Imperial Knight scowled, "And that'll take 'till the end of the storm... and we don't have that long," spotting the dock-master giving orders to the worker from the upper level, Antares said, "If I can get up there and knock him out, I can hard-wire the com units to maintain an all-clear... might buy us more time, then you can..."

Giving the Bounty Hunter a wry look, Antares said flatly, "Give that destruction a helping hand,"
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Re: Pirate Hunting (Draco)

PostAuthor: Jax Xefern » Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:25 pm

Jax covered the Imperial Knight while he hacked the lift, sweeping back and forth with his heavy weapon just in case something decided to turn up to rain on their parade. When it was ready he moved in and lowered his weapon as the doors closed before them. He remained silent as nothing Draco had to say required a response, at least until they got down to the loading bay. Stalking behind some crates he allowed his HUD to create a live picture to go with what he'd seen while his head was still up. "Bigger would be slower, not the way of pirates unless it has a lot of firepower and shielding. And fighters. Which means people, lots of people..." Jax wasn't a Jedi, he could handle a problem like that tactically but he wasn't gonna try without a good reason. Imperial junk wasn't that reason.

"Your head's in the right bucket on that blaster sponge up there... but we don't need to find another vessel, we can use the work they're doing for our own purposes. You ever do any work with slave rigging? We set 'em up to run in single file, program our jump into all three hyper navs, then all we have to do is hit the button when we get back with our main mission goal. Make sure we aren't followed to the jump point... free and clear." He pulled a cylinder from his rigging and held it up, revealing a flash-bang. "I have a couple more of these, they finish loading up we just get them in a choke point to put them down. Be quick but might draw attention eventually."

"Or we could send them on a wild goose chase to our entry point, get 'em running around in all the wrong places while we make the snatch. Then run them to the top while we drop out the bottom in our three, brand new, cargo vessels." He shrugged, an exaggerated move in his articulated armor. "Of course, all that's if you're not dead set on taking a turn as a dock worker."
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Re: Pirate Hunting (Draco)

PostAuthor: Antares Draco » Wed May 01, 2013 2:17 am

Staring at the bounty hunter when he said Antares' head was in the right bucket, the Imperial Knight stared at him for a second - not quite sure if that was good or bad. But as the Bounty Hunter explained he began to nod, "If we go further in using their work to our advantage, after we've downed them and slaved the cargo-ships to each other, how about we wait until we take the bridge?" experienced in tactics, Antares always preferred to look for the angle that profited the most, "The minute everyone's clambering around trying to figure out how we got here, the ships launch and follow a per-programmed jump pattern. They'll be too busy with us here - and the guard ships outside won't realize the ships aren't going to the right place until they arrive at the edge of the system after the storm and the ships aren't there..."

Draco nodded, "Then all we have to do, is take one of the fighters as you suggested and fly out of here. No need to haul anything but ourselves and your prisoner. Three or four random jumps, then we head to the drop-point, meet the slave-rigs wherever we sent them, link up and take them to the Imperial Waystation,"

Watching as the dock workers moved the cargo aboard the haulers, Draco checked his chronometer and shook his head, "With communications between the base and the exterior escorts down for another hour and a half we can use that explosive you set and all the chaos to extract the captain easily... you're right," he said with a nod, "It would be foolish to waste our time and energy loading this ourselves... and if I keep the commander and his crew away from the comms while you deal with the dock workers no one would even be a little curious about the interior communications going down because of the Ion storm," he shrugged, "Then we don't risk drawing attention until they send down a work crew to investigate... and that's not likely to happen until after the storm,'

Glancing at the bounty hunter as he asked if Antares was dead-set on being a dock worker, the Imperial Knight returned the impassive shrug, "Imperial Knights ARE trained for every eventuality..."
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Re: Pirate Hunting (Draco)

PostAuthor: Jax Xefern » Mon May 06, 2013 4:53 pm

"And now you're using it to think." Jax rolled his neck. "Your scanner signal that I've been intercepting on my HUD says they're about done. I'll give you three minutes to get into position and then I'll flashbang the grunts, smack around the remainder if any, and start plotting a course. I'll come over the jump plans when you get to the bridge of the second ship and we can regroup on the third. Stay frosty." The massive Mandalorian made a convincing commando as he quietly moved away, looping around to get a better angle on the work crew without exposing himself to the overseer above.

Once in position behind a stack of crates Jax set his HUD to count down the requisite time as he prepped a pair of flash-bang grenades, mounting them on magnetic sliders that would allow the weapons to make a subtle intrusion into their formation when the time came. Just for the safety of a back up Jax stowed his light cannon and set his Bryar Pistol to stun to sweep up any left overs. There was always a chance some being would be tougher than another.
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Re: Pirate Hunting (Draco)

PostAuthor: Antares Draco » Thu May 09, 2013 1:56 am

Nodding as the Bounty Hunter quietly stalked away, Draco began to realize that maybe working with this Hunter wouldn't be so intolerable

At least he didn't have twenty different questions about Draco's past...

His armor far lighter and his build much slighter, Antares grabbed hold of one of the support-struts and shuffled his way upwards. The top reached, Draco eased his way along the rafters - keeping his eyes on the commander and his crew working on the command deck. Watching them quietly, he beckoned with his hand and waited as the scene unfolded.

"Did you say somethin?" the Rodian muttered to the skinny twi'lek boy working the console, "Naw boss, didn't say nothin," scowling to herself, the Rodian went back to work on her list - growling a few seconds later and saying, "You said somethin punk! Now quit playin-" the boy glared at her, "Boss I didn't say nothin! Who you callin punk?!" yanking her blaster out the Rodian aimed it at the boy's head, "You quit playin games boy or I'll tell the captain-" dropping down from the rafters Draco reached out with his Lightsaber and clipped the barrel off the Rodian's weapon.

Before they even had a chance to yell, Draco grabbed them with the force - slamming them into each other. Holding their limp bodies in the air, he beckoned to one of the storage crates and yanked it open with the force - dropping them in on top of each other in a heap. Slamming the crate shut, he sliced his lightsaber across the lock and nodded as an error-message appeared on the crate. Sealing it shut. Sighing, Draco began entering the command 'perishable - requires oxygen' on the crates command pad. That done, he walked over to the command console, "All too easy..."

Sitting down at the console, he deactivated the communications shielding allowing them to talk to the bridge - making it seem like a failure due to the storm. Then, bringing up the main access bar, he began deactivating the landing locks on the transports - only thing left was to make his way back to the Bounty Hunter.
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