Re: Star Wars: Liberty's Answer - Judgement Day
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[ General Mariner Triton, Jedi Master | BT-7X Thunderclap-Class, Voidshark | Akula-One | Dantooine Atmosphere | 55 Minutes until Order 66 ]
Akula was an old human word for 'Shark'. It was the callsign that Kuati-born and recently minted Jedi Master Mariner Triton had adopted for his assignment during the outbreak of the Clone Wars. Geonosis brought Triton's decade-long hunt of leads for the Dark Lord of the Sith to a halt. During this hunt however, and as much a time training on Rishi with Matukai, the martial-minded Jedi General had made alliances with officers in the Republic Military and even the Senate Guard, in Chancellor Palpatine's early years in power, back when Rahm Kota was still somewhat of an instructor on the Jedi Temple. After Geonosis, Then-Knight Mariner was able to convince the Kuati Senator to commission a squadron of KDY-Constructed warships from the Republic's archives.
To Mariner, the BT-7 Thunderclap, while a relic, he argued, could make an effective short-range transport with the added benefit of being a dedicated warship, armed with the Republic's latest software, hardware, firepower and versatility. Aside from the refit of one vessel kept by KDY's Historians, the construction time for additional Thunderclaps would take time to meet the Chancellor's purchase of a fleet of Venator-class Capital ships. After combat shakedown missions, including mopping up after blockades over Christophsis and other worlds. Even Master Kota and Cin Drallig and their padawans were occasionally known to charter one of these Thunderclaps from time to time, despite Master Windu's admonition that Jedi were keepers of the peace, not soldiers, wondering why Mariner rarely if ever brought clones with him on assignment.
During the Blockade of Cristophsis, eight newly-built BT-7A Thunderclaps of the finally-operational Akula Squadron was intended to be first response and immediate commando deployment, a tactic separatists would be unaccustomed to fighting-- or expecting; Mariner had reminded Windu that it was ideal for rooting out the Sith Influence from within the Republic, his mission before the war. After the Destruction of the Invincible, Mariner and his craft seized two Lucrehulk Battleships and sabotaged them from within, causing disarray in the separatist-fleet when their core carriers were offline and destroyed from within, a nod to one of Skywalker's earliest victories.
"Akula 2, get to the surface and give 'em hell." Mariner was uncharacteristically foul-mouthed for a Jedi, likely attributing to his crews being run by former smugglers, privateers, mercenaries and even assassins. If they were given an enemy to fight, credits to earn, honor to be won and pardons to be received, they would sign up, on the condition that the Republic Navy issued 'liaison' officers, which was a better alternative to more conservative Jedi crewmembers. But necessary in many instances
"Akula 5 and 6, target the buzz droids. Akula-3, keep them from raining buzz droids."
"Akula 3 here, Dishing out some justice. Let's remind the Clones what they don't teach on Kamino!" The Corellian-born former Senate Guardsman was unemployed after faithfully serving on Chancellor Valorum's personal detail until after the Naboo Crisis. When the guard had to change, Jaden was given a promotion and allowed to retire, despite an ongoing investigation regarding a secret Trade Federation signal traced to the Senate Tower, and not from the Trade Federation embassy. Shortly after this dismissal, Jaden took up Bounty Hunting and Vigilantism, even earning a price on his head from the likes of Zam Wessel and Jango Fett for his 'heroics'.
[ Major Jaden Forrester | Republic-Deputized Mercenary | Akula 3 | Dantooine Airspace |]
The Corellian guardsman turned to Bounty Hunting and mercenary work before his arrest by Master Mariner after a prolonged dogfight over New Makeb, not realizing they were initially pursuing the same lead regarding the alleged conspiracy within the Senate and the secret transmission between the Dark Lord and the Federation Viceroy. It was only recently that the Battle of Coruscant confirmed the rumors of a high-level conspiracy, possibly even above the Senate itself-- at least an advisor, friend, minister or a well-placed Jedi Master at the very least who was close or at arm's length of the Chancellor. Mariner secretly suspected Master Plo Koon, given that he too practiced Electric Judgment; not unlike Vaapad, it was considered a taboo art rarely practiced, and the Kel-Dor Jedi was a long-time Jedi Councilor. In direct response to tempering himself against this, Mariner swore he'd master that ability some day.
"Vultures in the sky, I'm on 'em!" Jaden reported, activating his S-foils and letting his craft's trio of heavy cannons blast rotating bolts of heavy blue blaster bolts at the incoming Droid and Tri-Fighters which had been scrambled to cover them.
[ Commander Elara Zaarin, Republic Navy | Bridge | Acclamator-Class GRS Guardian ]
"Akula One, this is Guardian." Republic Navy Commander Risha Zaarin reported from her station at the GRS Guardian's bridge, monitoring their aerial and space assets. "Watch for Sabotage probes. Recommend short-wave EM pulse or hull polarization if you have any hitchikers." the Carida native was an all-business officer who was young for her rank, but earned for her aptitude and command results. She had captained one of Mariner Triton's Thunderclaps and only recently accepted a transfer to an Acclamator as a learning experience and a potential command opportunity of her own.
"Akula-1, roger that, Guardian. I'll cover you. Akula-4, Deploy commandos. Link up with NX and the others and cut off their escape. You're the first getaway plan. Everyone else, engage the enemy. Akula-2, Stay tuned for targets of opportunity coming your way."
Captaining his vessel from the helm of his own Thunderclap, General Triton was a Kuati through and through, being one of the Order's most proven pilots, called-for blockade runners and daring commanders. "Take prisoners and grab whatever Intel we've got. Their fleets, numbers and as many bases we don't yet know about." He was known for being always on the move once he'd committed to a course of action, going with as much patience and resources as he could afford, rather than act on instinct or attunement to the force alone.
[ Commander Cassian Thorvald, Jedi Padawan | Dantooine Surface ]
"Fight with honor!" Thorvald force-jumped out of his Thunderclap, twin viridian sabers drawn as the green-tunic clad Jedi sommersaulted atop a towering Droid unit, driving one saber into its central core while deflecting fire with his right saber. Born on Rishi to Matukai parents, Cassian Thorvald was discovered by Mariner and his master at the time during a mission, where at an early age, the young Cassian was seen accomplish astounding acrobatic prowess for a child; well for a pickpocket. The same who got ahold of Knight Rahm Kota's lightsaber and escaped, or so he thought. Padawan Triton had himself learned force leap at a young age and was able to reclaim the saber, that is, before other Matukai, and shortly after, the other Jedi arrived.
"We won't let you down, Akula-Lead." Mariner's apprentice, Cassian Thorvald responded as soon as his vessel landed. The apprentice was in a green-and-white tunic, akin to jungle camouflage with twin leather-wrapped lightsabers akin to old sword hilts. Cassian was a stocky, tall young man who spent hours a day in physical combat and training to be as quick-reflexed a fighter with only a moments' warning from the force or his instincts. His heritage and training meant he could perform impressive athletic capabilities many humans could only dream of.
After years of working together, Mariner was eventually tasked with training Thorvald, which led to their working together in their hunt for the Dark Lord of the Sith, and later, the Clone Wars. Ending them was one step further toward unraveling their shared mission.
Cassian lept to the ground to continue to deflect blaster fire while advancing his way into the droves of blaster-fire as trusted Akuka-squad's hired mercenaries with jet packs quickly descended from the rapid assault ship, firing mainly green and blue blaster fire at preference, mainly to identify themselves in contrast to separatist weapons. Among them was a clone lieutenant, one of few full-time stationed of his kind chosen to keep the mercs in line, but also to transmit the whereabouts of the Jedi to his own superiors, despite Commander Zaarin being left uninformed of this, though this did not escape the notice of allegedly-paranoid Mercenary Captain Risha.
[ CAPT Risha Eclipse | Republic-Deputized Mercenary | BT-7X Thunderclap-Class, Voidshark | Akula-One | Dantooine Atmosphere ]"Don't get cocky, Kid." Risha smirked as she flew her craft at a hover to lock onto a stubborn droideka trio that NX had painted for her ship's chin-mounted quad cannons, sending a shield-busting quartet of green blaster fire. Right now, the Republic academy dropout and former roommate of now-Commander Zaarin, the accomplished smuggler-turned 'good girl' had learned a thing or two about working the thin line between being a hired gun and a vigilante.
Despite coming from a proud military family from Corulag, Risha preferred adventure to duty and dropped out of the academy, rather than graduate in an act of defiance against her parents and siblings. She emerged years later as a smuggler and slicer but signed on for the promise, or at least intent of keeping one of the Thunderclaps for herself in the ambition of making a name for herself after the war."We'll be on overwatch, keeping the vultures and hyenas from you, now move it!" Akula-4 was in folded-wings mode, being only able to operate its chin-mounted quad guns via her wookiee co-pilot Therak, while Twi'lek mechanic Cerina Ava was monitoring the battlespace and the feed from their scoutship and the Squad Leader's droid on the ground. From here, she would read the situation on the battlespace to her CO and their task force flagship. The other Eight Akulas were dominating the sky. Clone crew or not, it was quality versus quantity; the Republic was proving its reputation as a proud military force attributed to its history in Cerina's eyes.
Things were looking good for the first several minutes. Even in atmosphere, the other eight members of Akula Squad, each with a Jedi aboard with varying numbers of Clone and Republic forces at the controls or awaiting the chance to commence ground operations as needed. All of them were itching for battle. The Clones were impressed by the reputation this non-Clone squadron had made for itself in the last three years with just two of these ships or three, even four, but when their General had his way, they appeared over Cristophsis with 12 of them. With enough time and Jedi-attuned maneuvers, Akulas 6-12 were hammering away at the Separatist fighters who had responded to the Republic attack.
The Dogfight was a clash of heavier weapons against overwhelming numbers. Three-by four Blue and green blaster fire exchanged against the red tide of the Droid starfighters' weapons fire and summary warhead exchange. Republic proton torpedoes and cluster missiles decimated hands of the more tightly-knit Tri-fighters, whose speed and computerized maneuvers were hard to hit, but easy to kill when hit by so much as one stray blue blast by the Heavy cannons or the green quad laser turrets remotely operated by the republic co-pilots. Two Republic Craft broke off to intercept a squadron of hyena bombers heading for the Jedi on the ground while another let off a salvo of buzz droids over a section of the aerial battle. Crashed vulture and tri-droids soon enough littered the Dantooine landscape in flames to the constant roar of blaster and plasma exchanges in brilliant displays of destruction. One Thunderclap took a direct hit from spatial debris lodged in its frame and had to make an emergency landing. Fortunately, the crew was able to bail out as its Jedi captain was able to turn a crash-landing into an act of gravity-defiance.
"Nice Save, Akula-7!" Mariner noticed, himself on the offensive against some persistent adversaries, namely 4 vengeful vulture droids, who were originally 8 just seconds before. Akula-1 closed its S-foils, rotated itself on its axis and performed a vertical spin to face them head on in time to align a linked burst shot from his quad turret and rolling out of the debris field, firing a spread of cluster missiles to fly over Akula-3, himself persisted by low-flying Tri'droids in a turning contest. The Corellian always was one for the theatrical, but his unpredictability overwhelmed the droids as they fell to the quad lasers' gunner.
Mon Calamari Jedi Knight, Commander Narlock and his Clone Officer "Regs" were at their bridge as their Sullustan pilot continued to impress the rest of the squadron as they made an impressive display of whittling down the Separatist vulture droids, hyena bombers and tri-droids. Rapid-fire quad-guns at the Jedi's control were made all the deadlier as the latest in Capital ship heavy cannons fired from the Thunderclap's three main cannons to cause decimating alpha strikes, as another wave of Separatist air support appeared. "They're late, but the Seps could jump in more backup. Akula-Six: Let's finish off those walker droids then form up. Have we got a location on their origin point?"
"This is Wolf-10, we're tracking one, possibly a second point of origin. We're taking Akula 9 with us." Three other Jedi relayed this information as they set up sectors of perimeter around a 3 km radius.
"Beware of traps!" Came the Mon Calamari's reply.
BT-7 Thunderclap (Clone Wars Variant):
- Length 96 meters
- Width 61 meters
- Height 33.4 meters (wings closed) 80 Meters (wings open)
-- Armament (Clone Wars Refit):
- 3 Capital Ship Grade Laser Cannons
- 4 Quad Rapid-fire laser cannons
- 1 Ion Railgun
projectile cannon (rounds aboard)
- Torpedo Launcher x 1
- Missile Launcher x 1
- ECM/countermeasure systems
-Modular Regenerative Shielding
-Rapid assault ship
Before 3653 BBY
-Old Republic era
-Clone Wars era
-Republic Special Forces Division
-Jedi Order (limited-use, Clone War era)