The squad are sitting around the table in the Honey Badger’s galley.
Jacen: The thing is we have mission parameters. Ultimately, we’ll need to wait for the other forces to arrive. They’re our back up and we’re the scouts, so its our duty to inform them what we’ve learnt.
Ghost: There is also a lot of intel we could learn from being on the ground without ever setting foot on the Death Star – slice some computers.
Tobin: Wut? You would secure your intel on a closed system on a deathstar?
Ghost: The facility on the surface isn’t just for the shield projections, it’s part of the construction. There will be shipping and status updates there.
Jacen: True enough. All I need is that computer terminal, I can jack in and pretty much uncover as much intel as possible from there. We should be on guard for any taunts – specifically Klevic. He might be a ‘convenient’ target to lure us out.
Tobin: Yes; but the shield generator would only store things on a need to know basis, we won’t find much evidence of the station’s capabilities nor tactical data stored there. Have you ever considered that they might have considered internal defectors accessing the system in this way?
Ghost: True, but they would have the records of what was shipped through there, such as the components needed for deflectors. It’s not just a shield generator base. It’s a supply base for constructing the Death Star too.
Jacen: Possibly. But lest you forget we also have the advantage of them not aware we’re coming. That means security may not be as tight, or may not have been properly established.
Tobin: Them not being aware of our arrival is subject to debate. I mean, if I wanted to set a trap for us, I would set up an obvious weak point and have my best on standby. Give us exactly what they want us to see and an easy way to obtain it.
Ghost: Well, that’s the point isn’t it? Sending the sentient war crime that is Predator Squadron in first. If it is a trap, it’s the best way to make sure there isn’t one by the time the rest get there.
Jacen: Indeed, at least if its sprung than it’ll warn the others that we’re not there.
Tobin drums his cybernetic fingers on the table before he sighs.
Tobin: Fine, I get it, stick to the plan, avoid another Kamino. Because you were there to cover me that time.
Tobin folds his arms and knocks back a shot.
Ghost: Well it’s likely that when we’re on the ground that the situation will become a clusterfuck of misinformation. I’m sure that in the confusion that people and property would go missing.
Ghost: “And conveniently turn up at a later time, to take a ride back up to their quarters.”
Galish walks into the galley/kitchen area.
Galish: So… hick we are really going to do this?
Ghost: Have you been drinking again?
Galish: hick Alcohol helps with the Death Stick thing.
Jacen (shrugs): Let’s be fair there are others doing the exact same.
Ghost: Wait… You have a death stick thing now?
Galish: What kind of Gand leaves concentrated death sticks in their coat pocket? A child could find it.
Ace: You mean you ?
Galish: Its is a service that I preformed getting rid of it. (Pause). Hick.
Ghost: By inhaling it?
Jacen (eyes widening): Death stick!? I thought she said Death Star!
Ghost: Can’t I leave you unattended for 5 minutes?
Galish: Whattya mean? You can totally hick trust me. (Pause). I miss my wife.
Ghost: I’m gone for a few days and you develop another addiction…
Galish: If it helps… hick I won’t be doing that again.
Ace: From what I’ve heard you were not gonna stop arguing so…
Galish: No taste you see.
Ace: You desived it.
Galish (gesturing to Ace): Wh… Who is this…?
Ace: I’m ace and yes I’m a clone.
Galish: Urr….. right.
Galish staggers over to the fridge, near the large oversized-whiskey-bottle-shaped hole in the kitchen wall.
Ace: Erm guys this the one you told me about with the drinks ?
Ghost: I swear if I find you going for the alcohol I’ll have Gand rig up your toothbrush as an explosive.
Jacen (face-palming): Yep… I had no idea she moved on to a stronger vice.
Galish: Ghoosssttt!!! I’ve… m-missed you… Hick! I have a cyber liver now!
Tobin cocks an eyebrow.
Tobin: Before you look at me, I was up to my waist in Stormtroopers when this happened. That’s how we found Derek.
Galish: Wh…Who’s Derek?
Ace: A Gand.
Galish: Anyone got any coolant?
Tobin: That huge Gand you really hate?
Ghost: No Galish.
Galish: Ooooooohhhhhh. That guy hick. I.. I can’t get hold of my wife on comms. She’d know what to do.
Ghost: Communications are on lockdown in preparation for the Endor operation. And right now, I don’t think she’d want to see you in this state.
Galish slumps down by the fridge.
Derek walks in, goes to the fridge, he’s wearing only a towel around his waist.
Derek: Sup guys?
Ace: Oh no…
Derek (to Galish): Please move.
Ace: Who let you on the ship?
Derek: Er… You guys gave me a lift.
Tobin: Seriousness Galish, you gotta get a grip on yourself. You were puking the entire time of the raid. Oh and the Chiss got high off caffine.
Ace: We did ?
Derek: Well a lift metaphorically. I literally don’t have anywhere to go.
Tobin: Alright Derek?
Galish: I was throwing up? Hick.
Dereck (nods): Mr. Stryder.
Galish: Hehe… “Strider”. Such a funny name.
Ace: No one calls him Mr.
Derek: It’s polite.
Derek turns to Galish.
Derek: Princess, can I please get to the fridge?
Ace: Am I the only normal person on this god damn ship?
Galish staggers to her feet.
Galish: Please… wwaaahh…
Galish falls down again.
Tobin: Aye I am glad I found someone who appreciates it! Thank you most humbly.
Ghost: No, Ace. Because you’re not normal either.
Ace: I’m normal just some PTSD.
Jacen (sighing): Welcome to my life. Ace… right?
Tobin sighs and uses the Force to project illusionary booze to lure Galish away from the fridge.
Ghost: A genetic copy isn’t normal.
Galish scrambles towards the illusion, moving out of the way of the fridge. Derek opens fridge, starts pulling out mayonnaise for a sandwich.
Ace: Who eats mayo?
Galish: NO ONE! THE LEAGUE HATES MAYO!
Derek: The league?
Derek (turning to the others): “Do I want to know?”
Tobin: Don’t pretend to be normal Jacen, you were slicing a Hutt’s bank account when I was hired to stop you.
Ghost (to Derek): No, you don’t.
Galish: The League of Fancy Hats!
Ghost: Run. Save yourself.
Galish gets back on her feet.
Galish: D…Derk? Dereeek??
Galish: D! I’ll call you D!
Jacen opens his mouth to comment, but closes it – too easy.
Derek: My name is Derek.
Galish: D, I am sooooooooooo sorry for drinkin your drugs.
Derek: I earned that name. You stole my medication. And almost killed yourself with it.
Galish: Hick As yoiu might have gathered, I am not very lucid at the hick moment.
Ace: I earned my name too. Why do you think they call me Ace?
Galish: But I just wanted you to know, (Galish prodding at Derek’s chest) Drugs are bbbbabaaaddd.
Derek: So are the things I’ve seen. The things the death sticks keep away.
Galish: You hick and I should talk sometime after Endor. GHOSTttt!! I am going to heeeellllpp. I feel the need to shoot something up. WHERE IS MY GUN??
Ace: We have a range right? Go shoot in the range.
Ghost: In 7 pieces hidden around the ship.
Galish: Whhhaa? Why???? You break’d my gun?
Ghost: So that you don’t get drunk / stoned and try and shoot someone with it.
Galish: Ohhh….. safettyyy
Ace pulls out his elctro staff.
Ace: Hey you want this?
Derek finishes his sandwich and begins eating it, slowly.
Ghost: Don’t tempt the infirm, Ace.
Galish: Cloney, I don’t trust myself to electrocute myself.
Ace turns the elctro part off.
Ace: Here you go.
Galish:But I wannnaaa help at Endoorrrrr. Huh…
Galish takes the staff, examining it.
Galish: How… How does it go bang?
Ghost: This is a bad idea.
Galish fumbles with the staff, attempting to find the trigger. Galish finds the trigger, activating the arcing purple electricity from each end of the staff.
Ace: Oh god.
Derek finishes his sandwhich.
Derek: Right, I’m off for a nap, if you see Oz thank him for letting me borrow a bunk here.
Galish: Tis all sparky… DERREEEEK!
Galish goes over to him and hugs Derek with the electrostaff in hand. Derek is still slightly wet from the shower. Ace moves to the far side of the room. When Galish hugs Derek, she also gets slightly wet. The purple electricity from the staff starts arcing around both Galish and Derek.
Ace: Erm can I have my staff back? I don’t want that going up anything. Or in anything!
Ghost: Oh no, it’s far too late for that.
The sparks start flying and electricity continues arcing around both Galish and Derek, they both fall prone in the middle of the galley.
Jacen turns to Ace.
Jacen: You see? This is why you don’t enable her.
Ghost: Warned you were. Clean up your mess you should.
Ace: It’s fun though I need to laugh. Been to long since I could do stuff like this. And I’m not cleaning it.
Ghost: Fair enough.
Ghost bends down and picks up the staff.
Ghost: 7 pieces might be a stretch…
Ace: Don’t you dare!
Ace draws his heavy shatter rifle.
Ghost: If you want to try that, you had best prepare to find 14 pieces.
Ace: Give it back.
Ghost: All actions have consequences
Jibril walks past the scene. Jacen waves to Jibril, but gestures that she should keep clear.
Jibril: Pfft. Alcoholics.
Jibril continues walking past the galley, waving Jacen off.
Ace: I’m just trying to keep morale high, we are all probably gonna die on this mission.
Tobin: Oi, calm it fellas, can we stop playing with our dicks a moment before we all do something we all regret?
Jibril: Most might die. Some of us plan on surviving this you know!
Derek (voice slurred): Er, could someone please pull her off me?
Jibril: Well I am not touching that mess of a Aqualish.
Ghost: Planning on just rolling over, clone? If you’re going to claim defeat before the battle then why bother?
Tobin: I mean, there’s an Empire that might kill us, so let’s save the macho gestures for them, now move, I might need to give CPR if I’m not lucky!
Ace: Oh we can spare if you wanna go.
Derek: Well I’ve never kissed a Rodian before…
Ghost: Yell out that you’re going to survive, fight against the impossible.
Jibril: Move over Tobin, I’ll do the CPR
Jacen sighs, moving Galish’s body over with the Force so that she’s rolled over.
Derek: Thank you!
Jacen: You’re welcome.
Jibril: Huh, looks fine to me.
Ace: Also I know I’m not gonna die but the rest of you, yeah I don’t think so .
Tobin: Never mind, its the "Forc"ught that matters, right?
Jibril: Are you still talking about our deaths Ace? Hardly inspiring rhetoric.
Ace: Everyone’s got to die at one point.
Galish is drooling, knocked out on the floor. Derek picks himself up and begins heading for the door to one of the rooms.
Derek: You guys be careful, I’ve seen what a Death Star can do up close.
Tobin: Hmm, so have I. So have I
Jibril: Ace, so annhilistic.
Ace (calling to Derek): Wait wait wait how do you know about the Death Star?
Derek: Those guys told us about the one they’re building in public at the Syndicate base before you arrived.
With that Derek wanders off.
Ghost: The apartment prices were crazy, but the views were to die for.
Jibril: Talking about death before a mission is more likely to result in death.
Ace: No talking about death makes you stay on your toes.
Jibril: You really are a half empty type of clone, huh?
Tobin: Besides, I’m gonna live forever. Lady Fortune is one of my mistresses! Ahaha.
Ace: Tobin, you mean the Force, right? (Pause) Also if you had see even half the shit I have, you would get it.
Jibril: Well then why don’t you enlighten us then as to what sort of “shit” you have seen?
Ace: Hmm where do start.
Jibril: Honestly my dear, I keep on hearing this and yet know nothing about it.
Tobin: Aye, that’s right. I understand it’s will, though I also understand that like any lover it will drag my ass through hell if she thinks in cheating. Ahaha.
Ghost: Start at the beginning, and when you get to the end, stop.
Ace: Well it will be easier if I do this.
Ace walks over to the nearest screen and loads up a file on the first Battle of Geonosis.
Ace: Well this is where it all began.
Ghost: First instructional video they show at the academy, what else you got?
Ace: Yeah I was actually there, I know stuff that wasn’t in any file.
Tobin: Hang on Ghost, I never heard anything about this.
Ghost: It was the first official deployment of the clone army, it’s quite a big historical event.
Ace: After a long time training this was our first battle.
Ghost: A massive attack on the Separatists, leading to the eventual genocide of the Geonosians. To sum it up.
Jibril studies the screen.
Jibril: I’ve read about this before. Ace, were you at the Battle of Mygeeto?
Ace: They where hostile and we didn’t kill them all!
Jacen: Maybe you didn’t. But it sounds like the Empire wanted to finish the job.
Ace: And which battle, Jibril?
Jibril: The Battle of Mygeeto. I recognise your markings.
Ace: There were two. Or one very long one.
Jibril: “Wolfpack” I seem to recall. I can’t be sure which one it was, but I am sure you were part of the Wolfpack, the 104th Battalion. Under General Kit Fisto I believe?
Ace: The Wolfpack was General Plo Koon and I was wolf pack yes, when I wasn’t doing special stuff.
Jibril: Huh… interesting. (Jibril looks back at the screen.) And you wonder why I didn’t become a solider?
Ace: Yeah the clone wars it was hell.
Jibril (looks back at Ace) You have my deepest sympathies.
Jibril walks away, kicking Galish as she leaves the room.
Ace: Well thanks, I just wish that everyone I used to know was still around they could help us.
Jacen: Maybe they’re a few still out there, I mean we have a couple of clones here.
Ace: Yeah that is true, but from what I know most didn’t have the chip taken out like I did.
Ace tilts his head to one side and points to a scar. Jacen frowns.
Jacen: Why did they install a chip there?
Ghost: Yeah. Order 66 would be quite inconvenient right now.
Ace: Well technically none of you are Jedi and it was a control chip.
Galish: Whhaaa…. what happened?
Galish: Sounds like a normal day.
Jacen: And to think this came from the Republic. Should have known it wasn’t as perfect as people made out.
Galish picks herself up unsteadily.
Ace: Hey this is not the clones fault! Blame Palpatine, not us!
Ghost:: There’s no such thing as perfection, only an ideal to strive towards.
Ace: Well I am the perfect solider.
Ghost: Than I am sad for you.
Ace: It’s what I was bred for so nothing to be sad about.
Ghost: Not because of what you are, but because if you achieve perfection then you can only fall from there.
Ace: No I didn’t try to be perfect, but that was why I was born.
Jacen: I’m not blaming you. I’m just disgusted with the methods the Emperor made, it’s like you were never even given a choice to begin with. (Jacen hangs head low) It just makes me wonder if the Republic was setting itself up to fail from the get go.
Galish: N…No one is perfect.
Ace: Jacen most of the Republic where good people. I know I’m not perfect, that’s what they wanted though, hence the chip.
Jacen: Then think about this. Is that what you believe or were programmed to?
Ghost: Then rejoice in being flawed. That means you can still drive yourself to improve, to be better than you are now.
Ace: If I was programmed I would be like a god damn battle droid I am not I can think for my self do stuff for my self don’t don’t question my loyalty.
Galish: Loyalty to what? Your programming?
Ace: I’m not a battle droid I’m not programmed I think for my self.
Galish: Not all programming is mechanical.
Ace: If I was programmed do you think we would be talking right now you would have Star Destroyers on top of us now if I was not loyal to the Rebels?
Jacen: I’m not questioning you. I just needed to be sure of something. It’s clear you’re your own person. Maybe I’m overthinking it, but I wonder if everyone in the Senate knew about the chip and were okay with it. That’s just not what I agree with, no one should be given such a thing.
Ace: If the Senate was in on it we wouldn’t have the Rebel Alliance. Do you even know the Alliance’s history?
Galish: Th…This is getting a bit too deep for me. Just think on this… our actions define who we are. Just let them be the right ones for you.
Galish staggers out muttering about her gun.
Jacen: Everyone does. And yes, those people rebelled. Doesn’t mean the Emperor didn’t have an inner circle of politicians with him. Either way, there’s no sense talking methodical or the past, nothing we can do about it so we move forward.
Ace: Yeah whatever you say, I’m gonna go find the bar get a drink try to find someone to “talk to”.
All participants gained 5 XP for good roleplaying.