Talon Intelligence Squad - Chapter 9 The Changing Empire

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  1. Mara Jade Emperor's Hand Jedi Knight

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    <<Last post in my name was by TSL, btw. In no way, shape, or form am I, Admiral Carre, trying to claim assistance of Rebel scum or destruction of Imperial equipment and personnel.>>


    Admiral Sondara Carre was in a dangerous mood.

    She gave little of it away. Her features were composed, and her smile held all of the icy beauty that came second nature for Carre. But her knuckles, gripping the railing before her, stood out in sharp white relief from the rest of her skin, and behind that smile, her jaw was clenched very tightly.

    Capturing the Talons was proving to be far more difficult, not to mention costly, than she had expected. She supposed she ought to feel some sort of respect towards them, but at the moment, all she felt towards them was ice cold anger and a fresh determination to do as she had intended and bring them into her custody.

    Her brow creased ever so slightly. General Coram was not conducting this raid very well. If he were smart, he'd start producing results before Carre produced a replacement... and a strategically placed zenji needle.

    She turned to Belacqua. "Well, most of the first team of Talons is off the ground now. Launch two squadrons of TIE Interceptors to find them and stop them. As for the Talons still on the ground... same orders stand. I want no deaths and no serious damage done. If there is any..." Casually, one delicate hand stroked the zenji needle nestled behind her left ear. Belacqua visibly shivered.

    Admiral Carre glanced quickly at Krycek. "It should not be long before we get a report regarding the second group of Talons-"

    No sooner were the words out of her mouth than the commlink clipped to her collar beeped a priority tone. She answered it anxiously. "Carre."

    "Yes, my la- Admiral. This is General Coram reporting."

    Irritably, Carre rolled her silver eyes, to the apparent amusement of Darth Alex Krycek, and spoke with impatience. "Then report."

    "We've zeroed in on Talon Squad Team Two, and are currently apprehending the Team. We have one in custody already, actually. Caught her erasing records of the squadron's visit to Montegue."

    Carre smiled. "Very good. Now all you need to do is secure the rest of them."

    "We're working on that, my la- Admiral Carre."

    If one more person starts to call me Lady Sondara... Carre's fingers clicked in annoyance around the zenji needle behind her rihgt ear. "Then go accomplish your orders, General. Carre out."
  2. Trika_Kenobi Force Ghost

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    Nov 4, 1999
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    Move along, move along.

    [This message has been edited by Trika_Kenobi (edited 06-16-2000).]
  3. Ty-gon Jinn Jedi Master

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    Ty-gon, Obi-wan, and Quis ran through the streets of Montague.
    "What the heck is going on?" someone on the street asked.
    "I don't know," someone from a building answered. "It might be some pirates, from Capulet or something."
    Ty-gon saw Mekial and Trika. "Team Two is over there, we'll get there, and contact General Ski."
    The rest of the squad suddenly appeared over a hill, datapads in hand. They ran into the ship. Ty-gon was the last to board the ship, and stepped over Mercutio's dead body. "What happed here?"
    "Long story," Trika replied.

    Obi-wan rushed aboard the ship- right in to Mara's waiting lips. "I missed you," she said.
    "I missed you too. What's going on?"
    "The Empire knows we're here."

    Greywolfe and Reyanna boarded Carre's ship. "Darth Krycek, Admiral Carre," he greeted.
    "This will be a day long remembered," Krycek said.
    "Indeed it will," Carre responded.
    "Ash knows nothing about this, right?" Reyanna asked.
    "No," Krycek said. "I feel a stirring in the Force surrounding him. I don't trust him."
    "Something we agree on," Greywolfe said cheerily. "And now we shall see the destruction of Talon squad."
    Three fleets surrounded Montague- Greywolfe's, Krycek's, and Carre's. "We can't miss them," Reyanna said.
    The four powers of evil watched out the window as the Rebel Transport Osprey lifted off the planet.
  4. Lilith Demodae Force Ghost

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    Nash followed CiCi into the hidden complex, her yellow-green eyes taking in every detail. She noted the code used to open the door. She noted the guards, their number, alertness, weapons, armor. She noted the number of techs and her vigilant glance caught the fact that one of them was attempting to conceal a blaster beneath his tunic.

    Lieutenant Tiver didn't bother with even a vague hand waved tour of the facility, he began to lead them straight through the complex. As soon as they had passed through the doorway, her comlink has produced nothign but static, so she had simlply turned it off. That sort of jamming would be standard proceedure in this types of facilities, and had been anticipated as a possibility. That aside, not ten steps later Nashraak had to concentrate to keep her tail from lashing as she recognised that there were far too many guards along their route to be normal, even in a secret Imperial Intelligence base.

    The Trianni knew she needed to stop this little trip. Too much farther and there was little chance of them getting out without being caught, even killed first.

    Faking a sudden stumble that would have been better suited to her guise as a poorly treated slave, Nash reached out and grabbed CiCi, slipping one of the vibroblades into the woman's waistband and hissing out a short expletive in her native tongue. CiCi, didn't speak Trian, but Nash had coached her in a few of the easier to recognise words.
    They had agreed that this one would mean "trap".

    Lieutenant Tiver was still rambling, rather aimlessly, about many of the accomplishments of this facility, what he hoped might come of this meeting, and his assurances that the New Republic would soon be dealt a devestating blow. Nash tuned it out, but left her mental recorder on, just in case something he said might prove revealing later. For now, she concentrated on figuring a way out.

    The guards were standing in pairs, one on either side of the cooridor, at regular 150 meter intervals.

    How to do this?

    Suddenly, they turned a corner. This short branck of the corridor was too short to have a guard pair stationed, and Nash pounced on the opportunity.

    Leaping forward, she lashed out with a single chop from the edge of her hand and Tiver dropped uncerimoniously to the deck. CiCi kept a look out as Nash quickly frisked the officer she had just felled. There was no talking.

    The Trianni security officer handed Lt. Draven the confiscated blaser, then leapt up to catch hold of the venting grill over head. No human could have made the jump, so it was unlikely that any search would start there, given them a small time lead.

    "Hand him up to me," Nash told CiCi, when she had removed the cover. Hanging on with one hand, the feline managed to wrestle the limp man up through the hole. It's a good thing he's not very big, she thought.

    "Quickly, now. Climb up me."

    CiCi paused only a moment, then jumped and grabbed a hold of Nash's utility harness and with her companion's help, crawled up into the ducting.

    Nash pulled herself up last and replaced the grill. There was now no sign in the corridor at all that anyone had passed that way.

    "Leave him, or try and take him with us?" she asked CiCi in hushed tones.

    "What are our odds?"

    "Not good, either way."

    "And if we take him?"

    "Worse."

    "Then leave him. He won't be found for a while. You hit him pretty hard."

    Nash nodded once, sharply, then glanced around to orient herself, her eyes glowing slightly in the dim lighting. "This way." With out any further ado, she led the way back toward the entrance and hoped, prayed that the air circulation systems for this compound weren't independent of the rest of the facility.
  5. Trika_Kenobi Force Ghost

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    <<Mara is captured, as I read it. I'm going to go with that idea because I know how much Carre wants to torture poor Mara.>>

    Trika and Mekial had managed to outrun the Imps that had surrounded the admin building, but that didn't mean the Imps had stopped.
    Team two was all here except for...Trika had thought she had seen Mara, but she wasn't here after all.
    "Anyone seen Mara?"
    The rest of the Talons shook their heads. Obi-Wan's eyes widened as he jumped up. "I'm going back out there."
    "Are you insane? There's AT-AT's and stormtroopers everywhere! That's suicide!" one of the Talons called from the cockpit.
    But, just like any other good soldier, or husband for that matter, he wasn't going to leave here without her, no matter what anyone said. "I'll be back in a few."
    Trika stood up, unhooking her lightsaber from her belt and charging her blaster as well. "I'm going with you. I'm not prepared to leave anyone here with all the Imps around."
    A few of the Talons agreed, saying they would provide ground cover for the two and keep the Imps away form the ship. Obi-Wan and Trika left, dodging Imperial fire and hoping, praying, that Mara would be all right.

    [This message has been edited by Trika_Kenobi (edited 06-16-2000).]
  6. Ty-gon Jinn Jedi Master

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    Obi-wan looked at Trika. It was hard to see through the fray of blaster fire, but he had to be out there.
    "Do you have any idea where she might be? What was she doing?" he yelled over the explosion sounds.
    Trika said something but he couldn't hear.
    "What?"
    She tried again, to no avail.
    "What did you say?"
    This time, he heard her. "A walker, right behind you!"
    He looked up to find an AT-ST staring down at him.
    Both started blasting.

    Ty-gon handed General Ski back his lightsaber. "Thanks for letting me use that," he panted. "Mine shorted out."
    The Raptor began lifting off the planet.
    "Where's Obi-wan?" Quis asked.
    "He went back to the Osprey to meet up with Team Two. He had to see Mara."
    Kevin chuckled. "I hope he made it."
    Ty-gon walked up to the cockpit. "What's that?"
    Kevin Ski looked out. "Those are SSDs. Some Imperial class ones, some Victorys even."
    "What are they doing around Montague?"
    "The same thing as those walkers and troopers, I suppose. Coming after us."
    "This isn't a specifically Rebel ship, though, right? They'll let us through, right?"
    "That's what we're hoping."

    "My Admiral," Greywolfe said. "I have dispatched the fighters of my fleet."
    "As have I," Krycek added.
    "They will be yours within moments."
    "Thank you, my Lords."

    "Droid fighters coming in at three marks-- 007." Ric announced.
    "Droid fighters have been out of use since the Trade Federation scheme! What are they doing here?" Ty-gon asked.
    "They're coming for us," Kevin responded.
    "Shields up," someone shouted. "Here they come!"
    Instantly they were surrounded by fighters of all kinds. Every TIE imaginable, droid fighters, some heavy shuttles and stormtrooper transports. But then, Ty-gon saw it. It was horrible, like going to a horror movie and seeing the villian's face for the forst time- a fleet of TIE Mysticians now manuvered into place around them.
    "They're shuttling us," Ski said in bewilderment. "They don't want us dead, they want us at that Star Destroyer."

    Greywolfe looked at his comrades. "We now have Mara and all of Team One?"
    "We're short the husband," Krycek responded. "But he, with the rest of Team Two, will be ours in moments."
  7. Darth Homer 327 Force Ghost

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    Homer powered up the shields of the Raptor to 100%. Keeping a steady flightpath, he looked at General Ski.

    "Course of action, sir?" Homer asked.

    If they went without a fight, they would be taken under Imperial custody, and probably tortured and killed. It was odd that they hadnt been shot down.

    "Why would the Empire be escorting us like this? They should weant us dead." Kevin thought.

    "Sir?" Homer said breaking Kevin from his thoughts.

    "We cant outmanuever all these fighters... Try it anyway." Kevin sighed.

    Homer punched the accelorator full speed and brought the ship into a twirling dive. TIEs and droid fighters followed the ship, firing off a few weak shots.

    "They want us alive. Lets put them in a situation where they are forced to kill us. Ty-Gon, Quis, get to the gunner stations. Homer head for the Super Star Destroyers. I'll be at the proton turret." Kevin said.

    Kevin, Quis, and Ty-Gon ran down the hallway. Two Super Class Destroyers appeared on the scanner. Homer pushed the ship to its maximum speed, dead on for the Destroyers. Kevin's voice rang through the Raptor's comm.

    "I'll take care of the TIEs, you two take care of those droid fighters." Kevin said to Quis and Ty-Gon.
    "Homer, keep us alive." Kevin added.

    As the Raptor came closer to the Star Destroyers, only the smaller Imperial crafts kept in thier pursuit. The larger ship lagged behind.

    Greywolfe watched the comparably small ship heading straight for the Super Destroyer.

    "Keep them alive. They cant do us any harm anyway. Just get them under your custody." Greywolfe said.

    Kevin Launced a slurry of proton torpedos into the Super Star Destroyer as the Raptor streaked by.

    Suprizingly the Star Destroyer was rocked by the small torpedos. Greywolfe nearly lost his balance.

    "What was that???" Greywolf bellowed.

    "Sir! They've taken out our main engine!" A captin shouted from his post.

    "Lucky shot. Dont let them escape!" Greywolfe said as the Raptor came around for another pass.
  8. Darth Agent Mulder Jedi Master

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    Feb 14, 2000
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    Krycek was watching the whole thing unwind. The Talons were clever, he'd give them that, but they weren't without their faults.
    Admiral Carre was still giving orders by the shipload, and Krycek felt he had to interrupt. "Watch those two TIE fighters," he pointed to their positions.
    Carre looked momentarily annoyed, but obliged. The rebel ship had pulled into another evasive maneuver, causing the two to fire off their marker, nearly blowing the ship to bits.
    Carre looked astonished as she grabbed a communicator. "I said capture them not kill them!"
    Krycek smiled at the rebel's intelligence. "Unless you order your fighters into a different attack pattern, they're going to get away, or your men will kill them. I've studied Starkiller's flight patterns before; General Ski is in command of that ship, though. You can tell by the tighter orders he's given."
    How in the Sith did he come up with that one? was all Carre could think. Who knew what he would come up with next.
    But maybe he was right...
  9. Mara Jade Emperor's Hand Jedi Knight

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    Nov 1, 1999
    star 3
    <<Aw, Trika... you make it sound like I'm a sadist or something... but yes, Mara's captured. Thought the post had been lost in the server crash, but apparently it wasn't...

    Don't have time to post at present, but I will be back, rest assured of that. Don't make it too easy for me to capture you, 'kay?>>
  10. Trika_Kenobi Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Nov 4, 1999
    star 6
    <<If I put a little smiley-face behind would it be okay? I know Carre; she'd love to torture any rebel. >>

    Trika and Obi-Wan were having more difficulty finding Mara than they thought they would have. Where the heck was she?
    And now this walker; both were behind a structure, but they knew the walker knew where they were. They would be trapped if they stayed here any longer.
    "All right," Trika thought aloud, trying to clear some of this up, "she's a hacker, right? Hackers hack into computers."
    "Yeah," Obi-Wan snorted. "But there are computers everywhere."
    "Not recently logged," Trika stuck her head out from their hiding spot and nearly got a energy bolt through the head. "Get onto the computer in the hanger and get a list of all places that a computer has been logged into. Don't go to the one in the admin building, that was me. The other should be Mara."
    Obi-Wan crouched to the side, ready to run.
    "I'll cover, now go!" she pushed the other in the direction of the hanger and took a position behind another huge object.
    The whole situation was quickly going to, oh Sith, there came another one. Team two couldn't hold on for long; there were too many stormtroopers. What had happened to team one?
    Trika stuck her head out and fired another worthless shot. This guy had to be an idiot; how long before he knew she had nothing worthy to fire at him?
    She moved around again, this time paying for it. One of the blasts had come a little too close and had scorched her arm. She jumped back, inspecting it and realizing it wasn't that bad.
    Force, Obi-Wan, hurry up...

    [This message has been edited by Trika_Kenobi (edited 06-17-2000).]
  11. Mara Jade Emperor's Hand Jedi Knight

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    <<I'll be on an overnight vacation starting today and getting back tomorrow, in a place with nary a computer in sight... I'll try to post some time today before I leave for Carre and Mara, but no promises. In my absence, I entrust my evil allies to cover for Carre and my squadmates to cover for Mara, since both seem to be in rather interesting situations. My family sure has nice timing... I get to leave all my fanfics in critical times! I swear they do it on purpose. >>
  12. Ty-gon Jinn Jedi Master

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    Darth Greywolfe grabbed the railing near the window to keep from stumbling at the proton blast.
    "They've hit our main engine."
    Force, that was too close.
    He ran to the next room.

    Krycek and Carre were recoving from the shaking.
    "Krycek!" Greywolfe yelled. "We've got to get to our fleets and take care of those Talons."
    "Agreed." He turned to the beautiful Lady Sondara Carre, Admiral of the Dark Star Fleet, and said, "My admiral, please excuse us."
    "Of course," she replied.
    Another blast rocked the SSD. A messenger ran up to Carre. "They've taken out one of our Victory Classes entirely."
    "Dispatch fleets Bianca and Katherine," she replied. "Talon Squad will be in my grasp, and alive."
    "Yes, my lady Sondar-" the messenger began, but never finished as a zenji needle pierced his heart.
    "I'll do it myself," Sondara said.

    Obi-wan had had an idea, and he and Trika had pulled the same thing Chewie and the Ewoks pulled- they hopped on top and hijacked the walker.
    "She was taken to a ship," Jinn yelled to Trika. "It might still be there if we hurry."
    She steered, and Obi-wan spliced into the computer. He shot many of the other walkers, stepped on a biker scout, and they were off.

    Ty-gon manned a weapons pod. "Two more SSDs appoaching, marks 197 and 150. Scope shows the 'Unnatural' and the 'Coyote.'"
    Kevin shot off a proton blast at the ship that appeared to be a reconstructon of Mulder's.

    "Watch it, Alex!" Greywolfe used. "I'm moving in!"
  13. Darth Homer 327 Force Ghost

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    Dec 24, 1999
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    Teila took the co-pilot's seat beside Homer in the Raptor.

    "We have two more Super Star Destroyers coming in Homer. We cant last much longer." Teila said hoplessly.

    Homer gritted his teeth and jerked the controls to avoid hitting a flaming chunk of TIE fighter that one of the gunners had just blown up. Homer looked at Teila, and then spoke into the comm.

    "General, With more Super Destroyers coming in, I dont see how we have much of a chance of surviving this. Permission to take evasive action to get us the krif out of here." Homer said through the comm.

    There was a long silence, and then Kevin spoke.

    "Do what you must to get us away from here. Make the jump to lightspeed when we get at a safe distance." Kevin said.

    "Begin making the calculation for the jump to lightspeed." Homer said to Teila. Teila nodded.

    "Everybody hold on. I'm gonna try something I've never attempted before... at least not on such a big scale." Homer sighed.

    Buzzing around the SSD that had lost its main engine, the Raptor shot under its belly, narrowly missing the constant ion blasts coming from the other SSD. Coming around the SSD's right side, Kevin shot off several torpedos. The other SSD began a pursuit of the small ship. The SSD raced forward on the Raptor's tail. Homer cut the ship sharply left and reversed the engines. The SSD reversed its engines also to avoid slamming into the Raptor. Homer then shot the ship back into full speed and shot straight toward the out of control SSD's main bridge. Homer did his best to avoid the blinding fast shots of ion energy. The SSD saw the ship coming at them. As Homer brought the Raptor into a full speed spiral, Kevin fired a proton torpedo at the bridge of the ship. The SSD broke its sliding course, and in a last resort, cut to the left, slamming into the other SSD. Both SSDs rocked and failed. Neither one of them exploded, due to the fact that their collision wasnt a very strong one. TIEs still swarmed the area, and there were now two more SSDs to deal with.

    "Good work, Homer. Now get us out of here." Kevin said over the comm.

    "No. I'm taking out these other Super Star Destroyers first." Homer said bluntly.

    "That is a direct order, Captain!" Kevin yelled.

    Homer flipped off the comm and sped towards the SSDs. As the Raptor came within close range of the Unnatural, Homer fired off one of the escape pods. To the suprize of everyone, upon impact, the pod sent out a crackiling bolt of energy, causing the Unnatural's engines to fail.

    "What was that???" Teila asked Homer.

    "That pod was full of ion clips." Homer grinned.

    Homer sped past the Coyote. thinking better of tangling with it.

    "Got those lightspeed cooridinates?" Homer asked Teila.

    "Yep" She replied.

    Homer flipped a switch, and the Raptor shot into hyperspace.



    [This message has been edited by Darth Homer 327 (edited 06-18-2000).]
  14. Lilith Demodae Force Ghost

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    <<Has anyone seen LeiaB? I feel kind of awkward running her character for her.>>
  15. Darth Agent Mulder Jedi Master

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    The Raptor shot into hyperspace.
    A blast was coming towards the Unnatural.
    What in the Dark Jedi was happening to his fleet?
    "All TIEs bear on their defensive formation at .8739. Captain, send our course to .417."
    Tooms just sat there, confused. "I don't understand, Lord Krycek."
    "You don't have to understand, just obey."
    Tooms nodded. "Yes, my Lord."
    Most of the TIEs were crashing into each other. Had Mulder really left his fleet in this bad of shape? The rebels were not only getting away, but they were running circles around his fleet.
    But that would all change if this was a loss.
    A messenger stood anxiously. "What is it?" Krycek addressed him.
    "My Lord, it seems as if the first Team Talon and Team Two have escaped. We aren't quite sure if all were on that ship, but most of the Talons were, from what we gather."
    Krycek grumbled something derogatory about Imperial messengers. "Who was captured?"
    "Uh, the one named Mara Jade."
    Krycek searched through his mind and the nodded. "Mara Jade," he said thoughtfully. "Let's join the Lady Carre once again, shall we?"
  16. Darth Homer 327 Force Ghost

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    Dec 24, 1999
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    <<Lilith Demodae, As far as LeiaB, she is on a trip, and wont be home until wensday or thursday. She asked me to post for her character, but I saw that you had seemed to have taken control of it, so I held off. I'll post for her today. Thank you for posting for LeiaB for all this time. >>
  17. LeiaB Jedi Knight

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    Nash and CiCi made their way through the ventilation shaft. Nash led the way, due to the dim lighting, her Trianni heightened sight was a valuable asset.

    "Where are we going?" CiCi whispered.

    Nash looked back at CiCi.

    "Why dont you tell me." Nash whispered back with a grin.

    "We need to get whatever information we can on the TIE Mystician. If we could log into the main computer, we might have a chance of finding what we're looking for." CiCi said.

    Nash nodded as they passed over one of he many venting grills. Nash stopped as she stood over the venting grill, and listened closly. CiCi stared at the deeply consentrated Trianni. Than, as if waiting for the exact moment, Nash stomped down hard on the venting grill under her feet. The grill colapsed beneath her feet, landing on an Imperial officer walking down this hallway.

    The weight of the Trianni falling on him killed the officer instantly. Nash spun around pulling the blaster out of her tunic. A stormtrooper stood at the end of the hallway. Nash shot the trooper square in the chest, sending him sprawling against the wall behind him.

    Nash picked up the Imperial officer and the venting grill and tossed them out of the way. CiCi dropped out of the ventilation shaft beside of Nash. CiCi slid her security access card through the scanner of the door next to them. CiCi slowly crept into the room. It looked like an office of some sort, with a desk and a computer. A filing cabinet at the far wall had a fingerprint scan lock on it.

    Nash pulled the Imperial officer into the room, slumped him against the wall, and jammed the doors. Cici sat down at the computer, and began to search the files for information the TIE Mystician.

    Nash pulled out a small pouch from her tunic. Inside was several electronic devices, and lock-picking tools. Nash placed a piece of special magnetic tape across the fingerprint scanner on the filing cabinet. Pulling the tape back off, Nash ran the tape through a small rectangle shaped device. The device copied the fingerprint, and an exact copy of the print appeared on the digital screen on the end of the device. Nash placed the screen against the fingerprint scanner, and the locks opened.

    Nash flipped through the files, to find that there was just information on comm unit technology used for Stormtrooper communication. Nash looked back at CiCi.

    "Nothing of any use here. Any luck with you?" Nash asked.

    "Well, I'm no hacker, but I think I may have found what we're looking for." CiCi said.

    Nash stepped over to CiCi.

    "Its the complete plans for the TIE Mystician!" Nash said.

    CiCi pulled a disk from the pocket on the thigh of her Imperial pants. Placing the disk in the computer, CiCi began to copy the information to the disk.

    Suddenly there was a pounding at the door.

    "Open this door and surrender yourselves immediatly! There is no escape. We have all your exits blocked." A stormtrooper yelled. There were now 10 other stormtroopers standing outside the door, blasters ready.

    Nash and CiCi both went pale, as they looked at eachother.
  18. Jedi_Master_Insei Jedi Master

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    May 1, 2000
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    Hey, guys, just another FYI, I would like out of the squadron soon, things are getting complicated in my life. The most recent post gave me an idea of how Insei could die honorably, saving Nash and CiCi in the process. I'm gonna write something like that soon, if that's ok with everyone.
  19. Darth Homer 327 Force Ghost

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    Dec 24, 1999
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    Thats perfectly fine with me Insei, except it sux that your leaving.
  20. Jedi_Master_Insei Jedi Master

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    May 1, 2000
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    Yeah, well, I'm doing swim team, tennis, and am involved in a legal battle with my school, plus I'm getting extremely confused by the storyline that's going on here, and really don't know, so I'm cutting my involvement areas down to just a few.
  21. Jedi_Master_Insei Jedi Master

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    May 1, 2000
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    <<I'll still check and read from time to time, but here's my last story post. A formal salute to the explosives expert, and an ending worthy of any of my characters>>

    ***
    Nash and CiCi looked around at their dire situation. Stuck somewhere in a secret Imperial complex, with dozens of stormtroopers wasn?t looking up for them. ?Prepare to die, Rebel scum,? a stormtrooper said, lifting a blaster at their faces. Suddenly an explosion blasted the sidewall apart, and smoke poured through the room, slowly pooling at the floor, revealing Lt. Insei standing in the hole in the wall, two round objects in his hands. And the red and green lights on them were blinking. The stormtroopers hefted their blasters at the new threat, but Insei just shook his head.

    ?Dear me, don?t the new Imperials know anything?? he asked to no one in particular, then staring straight ahead at the lead, ?these here are thermal detonators, set on dead man switches. I drop ?em, the whole place goes boom, taking you out!?

    ?And you with it,? the senior stormtrooper replied, fright wavering on his voice.

    ?For what reason would I care if I do?? Turning his head towards Nash and CiCi, he motioned for the hole in the wall, ?Sometimes it pays to know there?s an old abandoned mine right near a military installation. Now get going!? Nash and CiCi ran out through the hole in the wall into a long dirt tunnel, away from where Insei was still holding the bombs.

    ?C?mon, Insei! Let?s get going!? CiCi yelled, but Insei just stood there.

    ?No, you guys get going. I?ll hold them off. Get on the bikes! Run, girls, run!? The final words echoed throughout their heads as they turned and ran off down the tunnel, towards where three speeder bikes were latched onto a landspeeder. They were working on getting the bikes off, when, suddenly, a bright red flash caught their attention, and they turned to see Insei fall to the floor, a smoking hole in his chest. ?Run?? he groaned, a final command echoing from his lips as the two grenades fell from his hands. The explosion ripped through the room they had just been in, incinerating the stormtroopers who had nearly killed them, and Insei?s body in the process. Suddenly a rumbling sound began to come up the tunnel towards them. The mine was collapsing! Nash and CiCi got onto the bikes and blasted out of the collapsing corridor, out towards the light at the end of the tunnel?
  22. Mara Jade Emperor's Hand Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    Nov 1, 1999
    star 3
    <<Arg... what, I leave for one blasted night and you all escape me? Why, you Talons just signed the death warrant of one General Coram... and perhaps one Lt. Jade... aw, don't worry, I'm not that evil. Or am I...?

    Oh, btw, nice death scene, Insei... very heroic of you!>>

    "Admiral Carre, I-"

    The motion of Carre's wrist was so quick it was almost imperceptible; General Errak Coram never saw the zenji needle until it was embedded deep in his chest. He gasped in mingled pain and shock, then dropped to his knees, clutching in vain at his heart.

    Admiral of Fleet Sondara Carre's eyes were narrowed to smoldering silver slits, and for a rarity, her full lips were curled downward in a fearsome scowl. "Save what little breath is left in your lungs, General," she hissed, her voice steely and harsh. "I have no use for the babblings of an incompetant and idiotic failure."

    Coram's mouth hung open. Slowly, his eyes traveled to the freely bleeding and clearly mortal wound in his chest, then back up to the face of Admiral Carre, twisted in anger but still as darkly beautiful as ever. He made as if to speak, but Carre cut him off.

    "Why, you are not worthy of the unform your blood is soaking. Only an utter fool could take the amount of troops you had at your disposal and fail to apprehend Talon Squadron!" Carre's delicate nose wrinkled, and she turned away, as if too disgusted to look at him any longer.

    She was the only one who was not still staring at the dying man. The entire crew of the bridge continued to gape openly at this display of mercilessness.

    Carre merely sniffed slightly as she sauntered, almost too casually, to her accustomed place. Then let it be a lesson to them. Fail me once, and one does not live to fail me a second time.

    She spoke quickly into her commlink in a voice that was perfectly serene. "Ebens, consider yourself promoted to General of this mission, since Coram has been... less than satisfactory. Whatever Talons remain on Montegue, I want them brought to me... and I wish no more failures."

    "Y-y-yes, Admiral..." The young man gulped. "What of the hacker we caught... Jade? Should we sent her to your ship now?"

    Carre smiled. "Not yet. She can wait. The shuttle she's in should be on hand for any other Talons you find. No need for an extra trip."

    "Just as you wish, Admiral." The words were rushed, and Carre nodded sagely. Yes, if I were he, I would be making every effort possible to please, and I would be doing it as quickly as possible.

    **********

    Consciousness returned slowly, bringing with it a wave of sensation, most of it unpleasant. Intense searing pain just behind her eyelids, as though her mind was being consumed by flame. Dry mouth and queasy stomach. Stiff, sore muscles that protested as she tried to move them. A lingering grogginess that made her feel even more ill at ease than she did already.

    She rubbed at her temples, groaning softly in discomfort. Where the kriff am I?

    Memories were sluggish, for consciousness had not fully returned yet. But Lieutenant Mara Jade of Talon Squadron was slowly but surely recalling what had happened... and wishing it could somehow turn out to be a bad dream.

    The young hacker forced herself to sit upright, disregarding the pain in her back as she did so. It had now sunk in; she had been captured and was now a prisoner.

    And probably on my way to the Empire. She frowned. Or maybe not...

    Mara strained her ears, listening for the sound of running engines, but heard none. She cast out with the Force and sensed that she was still on Montegue, but not much more than that.

    Her eyelids drooped. She was so very tired.

    Dimly, she remembered being drugged after she'd started to come around from the stun beam. That would account for the way she felt now, as if she could lay down and fall asleep and never wake up... hey, that sure sounded nice right about now...

    I've no time for this... I need to get out of here! Come on, Mara... on your feet. You think better on your feet...

    Stumbling slightly, the hacker managed to stand, leaning heavily on the uncomforta
  23. Trika_Kenobi Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Nov 4, 1999
    star 6
    Trika had never been an expert on walkers, and the way she handled one proved it. The thing wavered more than was steady, and she had the feeling Obi-Wan was getting sick.
    "Let's get out of this thing," she suggested, seeing the hanger where a few of the Imps had landed. He had figured that Mara would be held in the one closest to the side entrance.
    The first team, or most of it, had taken off. She figured the second team would get her message to take off, and whoever else was left was in bantha poodoo.
    Obi-Wan jumped down after Trika, and the two were just about to enter the hanger when the sound of a ship taking off broke their run.
    "Oh no, they're going to-" he started to run, but Trika grabbed the back of his clothes and pulled him back from around the corner.
    "Hold on, we don't need any desperate heroics here," she informed him.
    Obi-Wan's mouth flung open. "But they're taking her away!"
    Using more confidence holding him back than brute strength, she shook her head. "There's not need to get yourself in the same situation. There's nothing you can do," she pointed to it rising into the sky, "and plus, we'll get her back."
    Obi-Wan watched it get higher and higher into the atmosphere. "What if they kill her? What if they torture her? What if-"
    Trika watched his hysterical form try to put the puzzle together through his love. "We'll get there first, trust me."
    Trika sensed another group of stormies to her immediate right and pointed. "Right now, we gotta get out of the way or else you'll get to meet her a lot sooner than you think."

    [This message has been edited by Trika_Kenobi (edited 06-18-2000).]
  24. Talon Squad Leader Former Manager

    Member Since:
    Dec 22, 1999
    star 5
    <<Insei, I know that Mulder would like to get his little hands on you to kill another Talon, but the plot needs to sway in that direction. Don't worry, there is no pressure on you. The authors will keep your character in the background until ready, just like we did Bullwinkle (God rest his scrungy soul). So keep your shirt on, kay?>>
  25. Idiots Array Jedi Grand Master

    Member Since:
    Jan 3, 2000
    star 5
    Judging by the stormtrooper's reports, Jaren could tell that the Raptor had made the jump to hyperspace. Telia was safe and that was all that really mattered.

    Jaren, however, was not quite so fortunate. Two stormtroopers started prodding his back with their blaster carbines, urging him toward a waiting shuttle. To his left, Jaren could see Kendrick reciving the same treatment.

    All around the landing bay he could see signs of the Empire's might. Several AT-ATs and AT-STs patroled the streets while vast legions of sparkling stormtroopers marched in tight formation, conducting an organized search for the remaining Talons. Several squadrons of TIEs screamed overhead and Jaren reflexively ducked as the shrill whine of their twin ion engines filled his ears and dopplered into the distance.

    "Nice to feel wanted," Ken commented, refering to the assembled military hardware that had been ordered to the specific mission of capturing one squad of operatives. Kendrick's remark only gained him a sharp blow to the kidneys and as he doubled over in pain he was thrown bodily into the shuttle where Mara Jade was already lying unconsious on a bench.

    Jaren glared at the troopers but held his tongue against any comment. There would be plenty of time to get beat up later; right now he had to think of a way to get Mara and Ken out of this. They were his team and he felt responsible. It didn't matter that there was nothing he could have done, he had been the one in charge and his troops - his friends - were in trouble.

    "I'm really not looking forward to the next part of our little trip," Ken said as he picked himself up off the floor.

    "What, did you forget your serial number?" Jaren asked as he examined Mara for a pulse. She was still breathing and her pulse was strong, if a bit erratic. They had probably injected her with some kind of chemicals. She would probably come around shortly, although Jaren couldn't guarantee she would like what she found when that happened.

    Ken chuckled a bit at Jaren's comment and then frowned. "Maybe I should start practicing what I'll say at my interrogation." He cleared his throat and began. "Kendrick Quinn, Captain; New Republic serial number 48619700. Kendrick Quinn..." he trailed off. "I sure hope those guys find us pretty soon."

    As the shuttle lifted off the ground, Mara slowly awoke and Jaren eased her into a sitting position. They were in a small, and heavily reinforced compartment of the ship. Several sets of binders attached to the walls at regular intervals paid silent tribute to the fact that this was a heavily guarded prison shuttle. It looked to Jaren like the trio of Talons were in this for the duration.
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