It had been a day since the attack in New Calamar, and Ty Anzion had
yet to fully recover. The middleaged Jedi Knight knelt quietly in the
corner of their apartment in deep meditation, carefully planning their
next move. His eyes opened and a powerful sigh escaped his lips, his
hand coming to rest on the hilt of his lightsaber for the constant sense
of security it gave him. With a slight groan of age he rose from his
position, and walked into the common area to seek out Kia. It was time
for their next strike.
The girl had not been idle, after waking up from the adrenaline crash
Kia had set about making special small egg shaped noisemakers, and what
looked like an electronic credit chip with part of the backing removed
but still attached by the fine wires, that was what she was bent over,
focused solely on her task at hand. Taking a small dusting brush she was
coating the inside with what looked like a very fine white powder,
careful not to breath the dust in. Setting the brush aside, she settled
a paper thin piece of what looked like plastic atop the coating of
powder finally tapping in a blue powder that looked like she had ground
it herself. Nudging the backing into place once more, she examined her
work, pleased that it did not show tampering at all.
Ty walked up directly behind her cautiously, never quite knowing what
she was up to. He looked over her shoulder at the objects she was
tinkering with, but could make neither hide nor hair of it. "Do not
worry yourself, young one. I am fine," he assured her, as his interest
was more focused on her than himself at the moment. "What is it there
you are working on?" he asked, genuinely interested as he took his eyes
off the object and walked around her, so that he would be facing her. It
was never polite to talk to someone's backside.
"Oh...this...I really just wanted to see if I could do it or not. The
components will mix and either explode or catch on fire when the thin
film melts. It's a credit chip, well was a credit chip. I couldn't help
but worry. You were in your meditative thing longer this time. I didn't
know if you'd wake up." Kia leaned forward setting the chip down closer
to him. "Just don't drop it. Not sure what till happen if you do."
Standing up, she stretched then gave him a questioning look. "So what do
we do now? Just keep hiding."
"Our activities yesterday will only draw out the real might of the
Empire," Ty explained as he carefully studied her makeshift credit chip
explosive. "Imperial Holovision has reported that the Empire has stepped
up patrols in all the major cities on Esseles ... not just here in New
Calamar ... we certainly got their attention," he continued as he walked
towards the window to look out at the towering structures that made up
the modern city. "We must strike again, lest they think they can rest
easy," he said, turning to look back at her again. "We should attempt to
infiltrate the naval base and destroy one of their shuttles," he
announced, after giving the matter some thoughtful contemplation. "Can
you rig a powerful enough device to destroy a shuttle, yet have it
remain small enough to go undetected?" he asked her, unsure of her true
capabilities in this regard.
"What kind of shuttle? That's not really that difficult Ty, you put
the explosives near the engines or tied into the acceleration controls
so that when they go to gain altitude and speed they activate the
explosive. Which is then triggered and explodes near the fuel and
engines. It wouldn't even need to be much larger than Moz was." She
looked back toward the door of the apartment almost nervously. "What if
they start searching houses? Would they do that? And why did you 'do'
that with the lightsaber and announcing your are here for the rest of
the known universe!"
"I am not a starship expert," Ty explained as he considered her
question. "It is of Imperial origin and design," he explained to her as
he moved to take a seat on a nearby chair. "The Stormtrooper was a
threat. I removed that threat. It was unfortunate I was detected, but we
can make this work to our advantage," he continued with an emphatic nod
of his head. "My presence here will attract the attention of certain
individuals within the Empire. If we can get those individuals to focus
here ... on us ... then they will not be a danger to others elsewhere," he
concluded, quite pleased with the stratagem he had developed during his
Blinking at him, Kia shook her head, "That would get you killed, Ty!
How are we supposed to get close enough to this shuttle to place the
explosives anyways? I can't just walk up there and ask to service the
shuttle, I'm not a Stormtrooper. I don't want to get killed or captured
either... " He sounded confident enough though. "What do I need to do? I
could make another Moz and just tell it to hide."
"The Empire has never been attacked on Esseles in such away," Ty
explained to her, sounding confident about his brazen plan. "Their
shuttles are parked close to the perimeter. We need only slip in under
the cover of darkness and plant our explosive," he continued, outlining
his thoughts in greater detail. "They're overconfident. We will not be
discovered," he finished, hoping the young girl would understand his
"Maybe I can plant this on one of the guards too." Picking up the
altered chip again, Kia zipped it carefully into the pocket on her upper
arm. ""It'll have to be explosives inside, they probably give the ships
visual inspections. Do you think you can get us into the shuttle itself,
without waving your lightblade about and bringing the garrison down on
us?" Standing, she still wasn't nearly on eye level with him, she
grabbed her backpack before settling back in her seat, rummaging and
pulling out different containers. "Shaped or just make another Mouse? A
Mouse would be easier, but we have to capture another one."
"If there is one thing I have learned from the formation of the
Galactic Empire it is that there is abundance of mouse droids," Ty
informed her, as he flashed her a kind and playful smirk. "You will
prepare the explosives while I scour the city for a suitable droid," he
decided, as he rose from his seat and began walking towards the door.
Before he left he stopped, and turned back at her one last time. "Try
not to blow yourself up," he instructed her, and then headed out of the
apartment to be about his business.
Muttering to herself as he walked out, Try not to blow myself up...
Setting the bowl on the table, Kia began mixing the proper compounds.
Normal, every day chemicals and compounds. When he left her attention
was drawn to the door every moment or so, she was worried for the older
Jedi. Stirring the contents with a wooden cooking spoon, picking up a
bottle of a semi liquid substance, folding it into the ground powders. A
grey lump of something that smelled acrid formed in the bottom of the
bowl, these were just following directions, the holonet is a wonderful
A full moon illuminated the night sky over the Esseles city of New
Calamar. In the distance stood the Terril Naval Base, home to a bustling
Imperial spaceport that assisted the nearby Imperial forces in
patrolling the bustling space lanes of the Darpa Sector. The base was
well protected with an electronic perimeter fence, which was accentuated
with a series of guard towers that boasted powerful E-web blaster
emplacements. The constant sound of engines roared through the night sky
as TIE/gt fighters and Lambda-class shuttles took off and landed
throughout the evening. Imperial Navy troopers provided security for the
base and regular patrols monitored all activity.
Ty Anzion sat perched on a hilltop two kilometers away from the naval
base. His tattered cloak, which had seen better days, wrapped around his
moderately athletic frame, concealing his figure in the darkness. His
eyes peered across the sky at the nearby facility, and grew slightly
concerned by the activity. "It is too early," he said to Kia, as he
checked the chronometer on his wrist. "Prepare the droid," he instructed
her, as he moved back down the hill so that he would not be seen. "We
will strike in three hours, he explained to her, believing that with
some time the activity would slow and they would have a more effective
chance at their attack.
"D'you really think it will settle down that fast?" Frowning across
at the spaceport, this was more than just taking out an outpost. "What
if they catch us?" Brushing hair out of her face, Kia shifted
uncomfortably at the thought of their being discovered, but she settled
down to prepare the little mouse droid. Rummaging around in the side
pocket of her backpack for the container she made earlier. Repeating the
process, she attached a piece of the charge about half the size of her
fist to the inside of the droid, loosening two of the wires inside she
fed them into the timing and remote control piece before carefully
inserting that into the explosive. Closing up the access hatch she set
it back down with a soft pat. "There you go Moz.."
"If there is one thing you can credit the Empire for ... it is
precision," Ty explained as he watched her tinker with the droid. The
man had no technical skill, and he believed she was particularly gifted
to have already developed such skills so early in her life. "There will
be a shift change, during which time they will be vulnerable," he said
as he began to climb up the slope of the hill once more. He got into a
prone position, laying on the slope of the hill as he crept to the top.
When he reached the summit, his eyes fixated on the patrols, his
enhanced vision picking up on their every movement. He closed his eyes,
slowly beginning to concentrate as he mentally began to form a map of
the compound in his head. It was as if he could visualize every movement
and weapon emplacement as he sought out the best point of insertion.
Following him up to the top of the hill, Kia narrowed her eyes, she
had good eyesight but not Force enhanced, looking out toward the base.
Her voice had dropped to a low whisper, "Are you sure we can get in
there?" She already mostly blended into grasses in the jumpsuit she
wore, "What are we going to do for three hours waiting?"
Ty thought for a moment about how to make the three hours pass
effectively, and his hand went to the sleeve of his cloak and he tore a
piece of cloth off. Moving behind Kia he placed the cloth over her eyes
and tied a knot behind her head. "Now ... how many guards do you see?" he
asked, as he moved away from her and studied her carefully, going about
training the adolescent in the least traditional of methods. He was
eager to see how she was progressing, as it would take considerable
abilities for her to survive the guerilla war they were attempting to
Kia tensed as he blindfolded her, she hated not being able to see
anything like this. "I see part of your sleeve. It doesn't look to be on
to attentive of duty." Despite the flippant tone, she tried clearing her
mind, focusing on a state of calm. It took her far longer than it should
have, fumbling a few times, before finally getting it right and
extending her senses out, looking for the guards. "Um, I see...four?
Well four that are close."
"No," Ty replied disappointedly, as he scolded the young student.
"Concentrate. See what cannot be seen," he said to her, using one of the
oldest clichés in the history of training. He had great confidence in
the young woman, but she had to learn to embrace the living Force if she
were ever to realize her true potential. Perhaps if she had been born a
generation earlier she might have grown into a great Jedi, but with this
man her potential would most likely never be fully realized.
The disappointed tone made her flinch a little, biting her lower lip
as she concentrated on the base before them. It seemed pointless, she
was not nearly as good at this as she was with electronics ... or
explosives ... Reaching out, Kia focused on seeing beyond what was
-there-. Taking a deep breath, she made herself relax. "There are seven
guards on this side of the perimeter." That time she felt certain of her
Ty nodded satisfactory in response to Kia's answer as he untied the
blindfold from around the youngster's head. "Good. Good, Kia," he said,
attempting to boost her confidence before the upcoming assault. His eyes
again scanned his wrist chronometer ... they had killed some time, but
there was still more than hour before the shift change. The waiting was
the hardest part, he thought to himself as his hand nervously fiddled
with the hilt of his lightsaber. His eyes looked down at the row of
Lambda-class shuttles that were being fueled, realizing one of those
would be the perfect target for their mouse droid to stowaway on.
"There's enough of a charge to destroy one of those, right?" he asked
her as he turned to look over his shoulder at her.
Having finally got hold of the Force, Kia did not let it go,
everything seemed sharper, especially now that she could actually see
what was going on around her. "I don't see the point of that, Ty ... I
know how many guards are up there, I don't know how to get past them."
Looking back to Moz, her grin almost lit up her face, "Moz could level a
few stories of a building. It's a good little droid. Which one are you
"You still have much to learn, young one," Ty said in a condescending
tone as he considered her statement. "We do not have to get by them ...
only the droid does," he explained as he motioned to the small mouse
droid. "Our task is simply to ensure that the droid goes unnoticed. If
they are watching elsewhere, then the droid will succeed," he continued,
as he crawled back up the hill in order to monitor the movements of the
Navy troopers further. "I will cause a distraction and you will safely
maneuver the droid into the shuttle," he instructed her, as his eyes
again nervously moved towards the chronometer on his wrist.
"I know ... it seems like there is more to learn than time to learn
it. So much more complicated than making sure an electronic is working
or building something." Tilting her head at the base, "Which one of the
shuttles? I boosted the range on the transmitter. I just need to know
which one to get it on. Can you mask the droid being visible, that seems
safer than making a distraction..."
Ty shook his head in response to Kia's question, finding it actually
a bit humorous. "No, Kia. I cannot make the mouse droid invisible," he
informed her, fighting back the urge to enjoy a slight chuckle. "When
the time is right you will know what shuttle to place the droid upon.
Use your instincts. I have confidence in you," he said as he reached out
his right hand, and firmly gave her a squeeze upon her shoulder. The
time was approaching and he wanted to make sure she was mentally
prepared. He could not afford to have her doubting herself in the midst
of the conflict.
"Oh. I thought..." Kia grinned a little and seemed to relax a little
at the reassuring squeeze to her shoulder ... he would not intentionally
endanger her life, she did not think. Shaking her head before scooting
back down the hill and picking up the controller, she sent the little
droid into a few small circles, then letting it go further out away from
her and bringing it back. Satisfied with how it was working, she brought
it with her when she made her way back up next to him, wondering why he
wouldn't just give her a target. "Ready when you are."
There was a small, barely audible beep on his wrist chronometer and
he popped up almost immediately. "The time is now," Ty said to her as he
walked to the top of the hill. "You know what to do, young one. If I
should fall head immediately to the spaceport and use what credits we
have left to book passage to the Outer Rim. You will find no life for
yourself here," he said with one final nod, giving a half smile to the
young Kia. A moment later he was off, moving much faster than any normal
human. As he approached the perimeter of the naval base he felt his
heart begin to beat faster and his stomach begin to tighten. He was
nervous, uncharacteristic for a Jedi. He was experiencing the same
symptoms he had two decades earlier during the Republic's liberation of
Esseles, which caused him to flee from the Jedi Order and go into
hiding. Would he be able to redeem himself this evening? Time would
The sudden movement made her jump, eyes going wide she started
maneuvering moz along with her, staying low she darted a good bit closer
to the perimeter, looking for the first open shuttle, Kia knelt behind
the rock that had been scouted first. Peeking up from behind it, she
sent the mouse droid trundling off towards the closest open shuttle.
Spotting a patrol of two Imperial Navy troopers, she moved it around
them trying to keep the movements normal of one of the little droids.
Her breathing was coming a lot faster now, fighting nerves to stay
focused. Up the ramp, she paused in the movements, mentally calling up
the typical layout, the memory causing a grin. She had hated studying
the blasted things but her parents had both insisted. Off to the left,
the droid settled in just behind and under the far rear jump seat.
As he reached the perimeter of the Naval Base, Ty's hand
instinctively dropped to the hilt of his lightsaber, and in a fluid
motion it was detached from his belt. A *snap-hiss* broke the silence of
the night's sky and within an instant a shimmering blue blade more than
a meter long emerged from the hilt. He spun around as he thrust his
lightsaber forward, cutting into part of the fence. It was not the least
bit subtle, but he wanted to draw their attention away from the shuttle.
Almost immediately a loud alarm began to roar through the compound and
two spotlights fixated his location. Blaster bolts began firing at him
from unseen attackers in the shadows, but he was quick to deflect the
oncoming bolts into the duracrete tarmac. He could sense that Kia had
succeeded in deploying the mouse droid, but if he were to succeed in
drawing them away from the shuttle, he needed to make quite the scene.
He surged forward towards the oncoming Navy troopers , bringing the
lightsaber up sharply as he closed the distance. His hands tightened
around the grip of his lightsaber as he brought the blade down in a
chopping motion, entering at the trooper's shoulder and cleaving
straight down into his torso.
Kia had waited a full minute then double pressed activation switch
for the explosive charge, ducking back down behind the rock to keep away
from any debris. Paranoia about such things could pay off. Waiting for
the gut wrenching sound of exploding metal, and the flash of light that
said she had successfully destroyed government property. She had picked
it because it seemed to have just landed, and it was close. Second
thoughts told her it probably would have been better to go for a guard
building or something bigger than a shuttle, did not want Ty to start a
war or something like that? They had dozens of these shuttles ... Kia
had not even thought of him during this, she hoped he was okay and had
not gotten himself blown to bits either. She would make her move to
escape after they started toward the shuttle.
Ty had allowed Kia believe that their mission was to attack the
Empire and aide the local Rebel cell, but he had not been honest with
the young student, because he did not want to risk her safety if she
knew the extent of the plot. The truth was something far more dangerous.
He knew that an Imperial Inquisitor had come to the Ringali Shell
recently ... he could sense their presence. He knew he was getting older
and he had a limited window where he thought he might be able to be
effective in a fight. And therefore, their true mission was to make as
much noise as possible, and to be seen, until he would draw the
Inquisitor out and inflict real damage upon the Empire. To that end his
eyes scanned the tarmac, his face illuminated by the shimmering blue
blade of his lighsaber. He spotted two Navy troopers charging towards
his position, and he planted his feet before pushing off before running
towards them. "Ahhh!" he yelled in a war cry, deflecting several of
their blaster bolts as he surged towards them. He stepped between them,
badly clipping the trooper on the right with his blade, badly
disfiguring the man. As he came behind the one on the left, he swung the
blade of his lightsaber into his back and the man immediately dropped to
his death with a painful cry. He stood over the injured trooper and
stabbed his lightsaber deep into the man's chest, ending his suffering.
It was a start ... but where was the explosion?
Kia jumped up, glaring in the direction of the shuttle, she knew she
attached everything right ... that bomb should have been a ball of
gasses and debris. Mashing the button for arm/fire repeatedly, tapping
the joystick up twice, down twice then left and right both twice, disarm
then fire again. Remembering she was not far from now enemy soldiers,
she dropped back to the ground, mentally berating herself for that dumb
of a move, the roar of the explosion drown out the blaster fire, a
shredding wave of shrapnel cut into the shuttles on either side of the
'ground zero' for the bomb. A moment after the initial explosion the
slightly smaller shuttle to the left let out a hissing whine and the
engines went critical on it as well. Any Imperials within the immediate
area would have been blinded or deafened by the loud noises, but the
unfortunate eight Navy troopers met a quick but messy death by flying
pieces of debris and fire.
The sounds of an engine could be heard after the explosions subsided
and the Lambda-class shuttle Sonthi slowly descended over
the burning mass of destroyed shuttles and obliterated Navy troopers The
shuttle's ramp was already lowered by the time it hovered over the Naval
Base's tarmac. It slowly moved towards the sight of Ty's lightsaber, and
as it approached three Imperial Storm Commandos hopped from the ramp to
confront the Jedi. These were the elite of the Empire's feared
Stormtrooper Corps, dressed in exotic black armor that closely resembled
that of their 'cousins', the Scout Troopers. One of the Commandos was
armed with an Oppressor flamethrower, and he immediately unleashed a
wave of flame at the Jedi.
Ty was impressed by his opposition, but it was not the expected
Imperial Inquisition. Is this what they send, he thought to himself as
he stood before the four commandos. His left hand thrust up as the flame
approached, and he closed his eyes as he concentrated on the oncoming
stream of burning heat. No flame would harm his fair skin, and gradually
the flames came to a halt as if he had a protective shield over him. An
instant later his eyes opened a smirk curled upon his lips. In the next
instant the flame blew back and enveloped the trooper, sending him
rolling to the ground in a fierce scream as he attempted to put the
The sound of the engine got her peeking back over the rock, watching
the commandos versus her friend. Eyes widening in awe as she saw the
flames repelled back at the attackers. Standing slowly, Kia was still
watching the fight. A sharp double beep from her bag reminded her to
fall back, biting her lower lip again she had to trust he'd get out
safely this time. Keeping low still she moved back toward their original
look out. Idly she wondered how many people she had consigned to their
fates with the explosions.
Ty was almost insulted that the Inquisitor had not yet come to face
him, and therefore he would make quick work of these Commandos in order
to send an unmistakable message that he hoped would no longer be
ignored. Before the commandos could react his lightsaber was thrown from
his right hand, and his eyes closed silently as he created a mental
image of the commando on the right. An instant later, the lightsaber
impaled the hapless soldier in the chest, and he dropped to his knees
with an audible groan. The hilt of the lightsaber quickly found its way
back into his hand, as he began to run from the other two, to make the
chase more interesting.
Major Kerrie Kiley grimaced under her helmet as she watched two of
her best commandos so easily dispatched. <Click>"Grenades!"<Click> she
ordered to the one last commando she had, as her hand dropped to her
belt to grab hold of a glop grenade. It was set to contact detonation,
and she hurled it at the Jedi in the distance. She brought up her E-11
blaster rifle and followed up the grenade with a series of quick, poorly
aimed, blaster bolts to distract him.
"Ugh!" Ty groaned as he spotted the grenade incoming, leaping
vertically in the air as the grenade exploded beneath him, spreading out
a large swath of the encompassing substance beneath him. He came down on
his left knee into a crouch position, his activated lightsaber held out
beneath him as he menacing stared down the commandos. They were no match
to him, but he believed it was cruel to toy with his prey. One of the
Major's blaster bolts actually clipped his shoulder, causing him to
grimace in pain, but it would not cease his attack on the unfortunate
commandos. His left hand came up and thrust his hand up at the smallest
commando, unleashing a wave of telekinetic energy heading directly at
"Gaah!" Major Kiley groaned as she felt herself thrown off her feet,
her body sent flying back into the durasteel support rod of the
shuttle's ramp. Her head slammed into it, and she fell unconscious to
the ground below, laying there like a sack of vegetables. There was but
one commando left, who continuously was firing with his E-11. Spotting
his commander incapacitated, he began to back up, heading towards the
shuttle's ramp. He did not want to be the final victim of the Jedi.
Upon reaching the original hill, Kia turned and pulled a pair of
binoculars from her backpack, focusing in on the blazing blue lightsaber
blade, at least it made him easy to spot. Her breath caught, and she
held it for a moment watching the soldier fly backwards. This. This was
why she had wanted to learn from him. She should do something to help,
but what should she do.
It would make a bad impression if he allowed the running the Storm
Commando to escape, so Ty immediately began running towards the shuttle.
His blade deflected several oncoming blaster bolts, which were very
poorly aimed by the fleeing commando. As he reached the bottom of the
ramp the shuttle began to take off, but it was no matter. He swung his
lightsaber in a downward angle at the commando, severing his head in one
fluid motion. The head rolled down the ramp and landed on the tarmac
below. Ty stood there nervously for a moment, never a fan of heights. He
closed his eyes and jumped from the ramp of the shuttle, roughly landing
next to the downed Commando.
Ty knelt down next to the fallen commando and lifted her into a
seated position as he stared at her intently. He held the blade of his
lightsaber to her throat and glared at her, almost showing a flash of
anger. For an instant, he thought about severing her head, but she had a
larger purpose. "I want the Inquisitor," he snarled at her, before
dropping her back down to the ground. He could hear additional shuttles
coming now, and his head perked up as he looked towards the hill in the
distance. He disengaged his lightsaber and began running out of the
smoldering compound towards the hillside. Their objective had been
Seeing Ty disengage his lightsaber Kia lowered the binoculars,
strangely elated that he had not killed the one that had been injured.
They did not need to kill them to make a point.
As Ty arrived in the hills, he sought out Kia, still nursing his
blaster wound on his left shoulder. "You did well, young one," he said
to her happily, as he began descending the hill towards their waiting
speeder. "We must go," he instructed her, realizing that the area would
soon be swarming with even more Imperials, but most likely not the one
Giving him a beaming smile, she nodded then spotted the burn on his
shoulder, "You're hurt!" Trailing after him as he went to the shuttle
Kia looked back over her shoulder at the rising columns of smoke.
"There's a medkit under the passenger seat, it'll have to do until we
get back. Wow, did you 'see' those explosions?! And that fire, you just
blew it back at them!" Hopping into the pilot's seat, she started things
up while waiting for him to get in the speeder.
"It will be fine," Ty assured her as he settled into the speeder,
strapping himself in knowing Kia's propensity for erratic flying. He
graciously accepted the medkit and began preparing a bacta patch as the
speeder sped away from the carnage and the destruction. As he applied
the bacta patch to his wound he let out a pained gasp and closed his
eyes to center himself. He was confident his message would now be making
its way to the Inquisitor and a confrontation would soon be at hand. He
only hoped he was a match for her, for if he was not ... Kia would surely
be in grave danger.