Tobin was flying through the city on overwatch in the Virago when his sensors alerted him to incoming ships – dozens of starfighters coming from the north (the direction of the Imperial air base), and a shuttle with accompanying fighters coming in from the civilian spaceport (from the east). Tobin stretched out with the Force, determining the hostile intent of the starfighter pilots and their positions, he also determined that Galish was aboard the shuttle.
Tobin engaged some of the oncoming TIE Fighters as they came over the mountain range towards the city – blasting apart the rocks with proton torpedoes to hamper their approach. Eventually the Empire brought in an AT-AA and Tobin was forced to pull out. He headed towards the spaceport.
Galish (following a flight plan set by her accompanying TIE Fighters, which would take her towards the air base) used the distraction of Tobin attacking her escorts to pull away, rocketing for orbit and eventually hyperspace. She set course for the Angel of Lothal and arrived quickly, docking with an accompanying ship.
At the spaceport, hidden missile batteries began deploying to engage Tobin. He swiftly dealt with the TIEs and disabled the sensor system atop the control tower (blinding the Imperial forces temporarily) and headed full speed into the city to hide amongst the buildings.
Aboard the Lothal, Galish was hurried through to the bridge in a hover-chair. On the bridge Lieutenant Dixon and C3-V3X were assessing the tactical disposition of the Mimban system. Galish informed them that Predator Squadron were in trouble and needed help, they told Galish that they were preparing to jump in and join the battle at Mimban V.
Blisk (being ever the practical fellow) relieved C3-V3X of one of his legs and attached it to Galish as a very make-shift prosthetic. Galish prepared for battle as the Angel of Lothal jumped to hyperspace.
Inside the Hub Library Facility
Ghost, Gand and Whisper broke into the control room. They found a scene of carnage – console had been blasted, still smouldering, and the technicians killed. The commander appeared to have killed himself, rather than face capture. The group identified a security feed showing gas canisters deploying into a detention facility. They identified the self destruct mechanism, unfortunately Ghost found it too challenging to disarm, and with only 10 minutes left they decided to run for the imprisoned Bothans.
Backtracking through the facility they came to a small mess hall that had been converted to be defensible. Gand’s nemesis – the officer who fought him in the trash compactor previously – commanded a force of 25 Stormtroopers, 4 Death Troopers and turrets. Predator Squadron tried advancing into the room, but found the resistance too strong. Ghost remembered the Baradium charge they previously had, tossing it to Gand. His eyes glistening with glee, Gand swiftly armed the charge and threw it into the room, barely getting the blast door sealed.
The blast ripped apart the room and everything in it – denting the blast door that Predator Squadron sheltered behind.
They entered the room – smoke and flame everywhere. A figure came out of the smoke and collapsed – the blackened Stormtrooper armour barely clinging together smouldering. Together Ghost, Gand and Whisper pried the door open at the far end – opening onto a scene of wrecked girders and flaming wreckage. They carefully made their way through. At the end of the hall, they spotted the cargo elevator off to the left and a secured door to the right that led to the detention level.
Gand hot wired the door, bypassing and recovering the detonite charges built into the mechanism. Inside they found a large cell-block filled with gas. The area was clear of Stormtroopers, but it seemed as though the Bothan prisoners had died. They pulled the bodies out of the cells and into the corridor, identifying one as Captain Kay’daq. Gand determined that they had recently died – within 5 minutes. Ghost was so enraged, drawing on the Force, through her anger and frustration, she poured this energy into Kay’daq dragging the faint flicker of his life-force back to life.
After taking a few moments to recover Kay’daq asked “What took you so long?”. In response, they briefed him on the situation. Kay’day reached up into his mouth, removing a prosthetic within his jaw and cheek. They could see that the prosthetic had a computer chip and ports built into it. Kay’daq pressed it into Ghost and woozily said “This has to get to the General. No one else. Make sure he gets it”.
Aware of how few minutes were left on the countdown, they helped Kay’daq to the cargo elevator. They hit the lever, ascending upwards, barely making it as the entire facility began shaking as a massive explosision ripped through it. Flames burst over the side of the cart, the entire world shook as dust and debris fell from the ceiling.
Outside Tobin could only look on in horror as flames engulfed the Hub Library and the civilians sealed within.
The Battle at Mimban V – Last Flight of the Angel
Galish, aboard The Angel of Lothal, returned to the Mimban system. The ship reverted from hyperspace into a firestorm of turbolasers fire, surrounded by dozens of TIE Fighters and TIE Bombers. The crew found themselves engaging the Executor and its accompanying Star Destroyers at close range.
Galish then realised, she had not told Lieutenant Dixon which planet in the Mimban system Predator Squadron were on, and that he had jumped the ship in to join the main battle. Galish then determined that her best course of action would be to find a way down to the surface and find her wife, Princess Khylira. She grabbed a space suit from a bridge locker and headed for the nearest airlock – suiting up quickly, she opened the door and jumped out into space, intending to let gravity take her to the surface.
It was at this point that Galish realised that atmospheric entry would be incredibly painful, her jetpack did not function in space, that without a propulsion system she had no way to steer and that it would take a while for gravity to pull her into the atmosphere.
She looked on at the ensuing battle, the Executor quickly ripped one of the corvettes to shreds with turbolasers fire. Escape pods from the corvette made a desperate run for the planet. The molten surface of Mimban V glowed ominously throwing a red hue onto the battlefield. X-Wings rushed past dogfighting with TIE Fighters.
Galish remembered the grapple gun she’d acquired earlier. Taking aim at a nearby TIE Fighter, she fired, but the TIE was moving way too fast to get hit. She was then blinded by a bright searchlight and found herself being tugged towards a shuttle of some kind by a tractor beam. Galish filled with dread as she anticipated the worst.
The next thing she knew Galish was being pulled into an airlock and a space-suited figure was telling her it was ok, just breathe normally. The figure said “Were you a pilot? Did you eject?What side are you with, I don’t recognise the uniform?”. Galish was then led into the back as she informed him she was with the Rebellion. He said “Alright Imperials are starboard side, Rebels port”, and showed her to a medical bay – the ship was lined with beds, one side Imperial fighter pilots, the other Rebellion.
Her rescuer informed her that he worked for a neutral organisation that tried to help casualties in battle. So long as they don’t get in the way, they won’t get shot down. Galish tried to convince the man to take her to Mimban III, but he said there was no battle at Mimban III – it was here at Mimban V. She asked about going down to the surface of Mimban V, but he said it was too dangerous. Galish implored to him that her wife was down there, he said he wouldn’t take her down there, but he did show her to the escape pod.
Galish jettisoned the pod and held on tight as it hurtled away from the battle and towards the surface of the planet. Playing she didn’t land in a lava flow, or a field of toxic waste, Galish braced herself for impact.
Ghost, Gand and Whisper finally reach the top of the elevator shaft with Kay’daq. It opened out onto a darkened warehouse stacked with crates and shipping containers – a quick look around revealed dozens of Stormtroopers patrolling the area, a pair of TIE Interceptors and a Lambda-class Shuttle guarded by a pair of Death Troopers.
They snuck their way through the warehouse, flinging tools and bits of debris to distract the Stormtroopers. Gand handily found a hand grinder and a glue-gun on a tool trolley. Ghost, Kay’daq and Whisper arrived at the shuttle, taking cover behind it.
Gand approached one of the TIE Interceptors, arming his detonite charges. He placed them carefully between the engines of the TIE, noticing it was connected to a nearby fuel pump that ran underneath the platform. Gand took cover as a TIE pilot approached and got in the ship. With the engines warming up they would have to hurry.
Ghost blasted the first Death Trooper and Whisper put it down – Ghost got Kay’daq aboard whilst Whisper entered the cockpit and primed the engines. Gand charged through and got aboard the ramp, but as he passed the remaining Death Trooper it got a shot off with its pistol – shooting Gand in the face, blinding him.
Seeing this, Ghost blasted the Death Trooper, prioritised acquiring its blaster and helmet as a souviner, then saw to securing Gand aboard the ship. Whisper blasted off and made for the warehouse doors, blasting them apart with the laser cannons. On their comm system they received the following transmission from the maddened Imperial crew:
Shuttle Tydirium you aren’t cleared for launch! Stand down!
As their shuttle broke free of the warehouse the TIE Interceptors took off, detonating Gand’s charges – the warehouse got ripped apart in a massive fireball, but unfortunately Gand could not see it.
Tobin recognised the signs of Predator Squadron’s usual modus operandi and fell in with the shuttle, covering their escape from the oncoming hoard of TIE Fighters. They broke through and headed for orbit, broadcasting a “Mission accomplished” message towards the Rebel base before escaping to hyperspace.
The Battle at Mimban V – An Angel Falls
- Galish battles her way across the battlefield. The port wing section from the Angel of Lothal crashes down, then she looks on in horror as the rest of the ship crashes into a lava field.
- Galish gets into the Rebel base, reunites with the princess. Then she helps Captain Volin convince General Rieekan not to stay behind.
- Galish Pilots the Honey Badger out of there, but gets swarmed by TIE Bombers.
- The Rebel fleet arrives and begins engaging the Empire, covering the Honey Badger’s escape to hyperspace.
The Calm Before
- Predator Squadron reunite and get medical attention.
- They get briefed on the intelligence they recovered in a meeting involving Admiral Ackbar, General Rieekan, Captain Volin, Mon Mothma and Borsk Fey’Lya (the head of the Bothan Spynet).
- Indeed the Empire are developing another Death Star. Furthermore in around a month’s time the Emperor himself will be touring the construction site to oversee the final stages of the project.
- The shipping company owned by Gand’s brother, Jerome, is listed as part of the Empire’s logistics department for supplying the Death Star II construction – it’s one of the companies the Empire uses for cover.
- Tobin’s father is listed as one of the leads of Project Celestial Power. This was a front the Empire used for the development of the reactor for the first Death Star, and was headed up by Galen Erso until his death. It is believed that Tobin’s father is overseeing this project at the Death Star II’s construction site.
*Whisper suggests disavowing Gand to give him cover to infiltrate his brother’s organisation to gather more information (the idea being that Gand is fired in a very public manner, leading to him needing a job). To be credible they decide to extend this to the whole unit.
- They begin putting this plan into motion, Ghost coming to an arrangement with General Rieekan about the repair of the Honey Badger.
- Tobin and Jacen head to the Dusk Mynock, discussing a range of topics – The Force, the war and their place in it all. Eventually Ghost joins in, then Gand and Galish. (You guys might be best filling this segment out more fully).