Star Wars

The Swoop Strike

Embrul and Jayve fend off an assault by a local swoop gang, and Sha Feng defends The Heavenly Fire from imperial entanglements...

Embrul kneels beside the Blind Eye, finishing his inspection of the new starfighter. Jayve, aboard the newly christened Dusty Hawk, continues his self initiated tour of the ancient ship’s interior, finding it’s new namesake to be surprisingly accurate. Cobwebs and Mantellan dust obscure all inside, and Jayve goes about wiping off centuries old grime from archaic screens. Out on the pad, Embrul’s attention is caught by the keening sound of approaching engines, and he stands to see a group of Swoop bikers tear around the insulating wall of the docking bay, and jet towards the landing pad…

Meanwhile, Sha Feng, himself on Ord Manetell for repairs and resupply, walks with purpose up the familiar steps of his ship, Tian Huo (“The Heavenly Fire”). Moments ago, he’d received a suspicious transmission from his protocol droid and companion, J-9. Investigating, Sha Feng discovers the door to the cockpit has been locked from the pilot side, and J-9’s curious behavior continues on the other side. As Sha prepares to forcibly enter the cockpit, Azrai (an Ubese sell-wing whom Sha had been attempting to aid through several skirmishes, and had recently broken out of an Imperial detention center) walked up the steps and into the corridor where Sha stood, taking up a position behind him and leaning up against the wall with typical indifference. Focused on the task at hand, Sha ignored him, and ordered J-9 to open the door one final time. Much to his surprise, the doors quickly snapped open…

Back on the Landing pad, Embrul standsd to confront the swoop gang, which had now stopped just short of him and his ship, and were dismounting from their bikes. After a terse and uninformative conversation, the riders attack the lone exiled noble, and find that he is anything but easy prey. Launching into the air to evade their blaster fire, Embrul lands and in a blur of motion makes short work of a group of the invaders.
Wiping his hands of the ship’s grime, Jayve casually walks down the landing steps of the Hawk, unaware of the battle going on just outside. Startled by the sudden violence, Jayve drops his rag and deftly draws his blaster, ducking behind the landing struts in a vain effort to remain unnoticed. Two gangers jump on their swoops and rocket towards Javye, exchanging shots with him and screaming wildly. Jayve backs up the steps and slams the door controls to raise the steps as he runs all the way to the ship’s guns. He only just arrives and begins his way down the gun port ladder when he hears the roar of a swoop engine and the maniac screaming of the swoop gang lt. ramping up the docking bay steps and into the closing ship bay doors just before it slams shut beside him. The gang lt. shouts sadistic challenges as he gathers himself and begins stalking through the cargo bay to find his target…

For a split second, Sha Feng’s considerable calm wavers as he is confronted by the scene of J-9 surrounded by a trio of Imperial Agents clad in black, form fitting infiltrator’s armor, his core processor connected to a transportable data siphon carried by one of the agents. Startled by the droid’s ability to defy their commands despite the multiple restraining bolts, the Imperial agents raise their rifles and demand the Kel Dor surrender himself to the Empire. The entanglement is further complicated by the unexpected high pitch whine of a blaster rifle priming behind his back. Azrai Veru stands behind him, blaster rifle pointed straight at the Jedi’s back.
“Sorry Pal. They arrived right before you did.”

Embrul Darshan spins out of the path of a lance of blaster bolts and replies with a focused barrage of ripostes, the Force answering the summons of his will and aiding the exile’s devastating counterattacks. In one movement, he drops his immediate attackers and turns to the remaining bikers, and with a gesture overtakes weak minded Trandoshan swoop gang leader, calmly telling him “It’s time for you to go.”…

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