First in a line of weekly comics that lead up to the darkness series,
About this creation
On a remote cloning facility located in Timira city on the planet kamino. A very special ARC trooper trained personally trained by Jango Fett and later Kal Skirata. Put back into a deep sleep for showing more free will than desired in republic clone standards. He is soon to be awakened in what we would know as the year 20 BBY.
Deviss: I want that soldier awakened and ready to move out on the next transport bound for belderone.
Vau sla: yes commander, but I must warn you he was part of an experimental batch of arc troopers. He possesses... Certain traits that the republic army doesn't encourage.
Deviss: it doesn't matter, belderone needs reinforced, and the army is running out of arc troopers. We need all the troops we can get our hands on.
Vau sla: very well...
As the kaminoan technician begins the process of brining the arc trooper out of sleep, the trooper suddenly begins to awaken.
Deviss: ARC trooper 52 on your feet soldier!!! Your transport for belderone is leaving and you still need to get your armor and get briefed!! Now move it!!
ARC-52: yes sir...
Deviss: your armor and weapons, get your armor on and your weapons charged your going right into battle when you step off the transport!! You have three minutes!
Deviss: alright trooper, you're heading to belderone, to assist jedi master Kai Lure. There are numerous jedi and clones attempting to evacuate a city down there, meanwhile the CIS is attempting to destroy it via orbital bombardment. You will be assisting in the evacuation when you arrive. If you have any questions, now is the time to ask.
ARC: I understand my mission sir.
ARC: aren't you coming too sir?
Deviss: no, I'm in route back to k company, I was just sent to oversee your awakening and briefing, I'm returning to the front lines on metalorn.
ARC: good luck sir, and thank you.
Deviss: you need to get going trooper... And remember to keep your head down.
Hyperspace aboard republic frigate 54-C, a small detachment of reinforcements sent from kamino, traveling to assist the republic effort on belderone.
CT-4421789: ARC huh? That pretty exciting?
ARC: wouldn't know, been kept in a bacta tank ever since my training was completed by skirata.
CT-4421789: well I guess they've been running low on ARC's lately so they decided to activate you.
ARC: must've been real desperate.
CT-4421789: not much on conversation, are you?
ARC: not much on anything....
Sergeant: prepare to hold on men... We've just come out of hyperspace over belderone, and we've found ourselves in the middle of a space battle.
In what has been one of the biggest space battles the clone war has ever seen, the frigate while small enough to slip through the massive battle unseen, has been detected by a squadron of droid fighters.
Pilot: we've been hit... Critically... We're dead in the water. We can't send transmissions and we don't have our weapon systems. The fire is spreading through the ship. This is it.
CT-4789543: the pilot, sergeant, and a corporal are dead and the fire has consumed the cockpit, we have to get to the back of the frigate.
ARC: I'm sending out an s.o.s via my comm, I don't know if anyone will be able to read it but it's the best I can do for now.
Two days have passed since the battle of belderone, the republic was victorious but it was a bittersweet victory, for many jedi and clones were killed, and general grievous's flagship the invisible hand escaped along with the general. The wreckage of the battle fought days earlier still looms over the planet, as the republic combs the wreckage for survivors.
Pilot: commander vox, we're picking up a faint signal coming from inside the frigate.
Vox: alright, we'll cut it open and see if there's any survivors.
CT: this armor is a lot thicker than the newer models. This may take some time.
Vox: don't take too long there may be survivors and they may need medical attention.
CT: we've got troopers in here, shiny from the looks of em, they appear to still be alive, I'll awake them, and get them on the gunship.
Vox: say ace, you must be the ARC trooper we were promised a couple days ago. We were beginning to think kamino was lying about having one in reserve.
ARC: no, just made late by some CIS droids.
Vox: you're real late, your so late that you missed the battle. We got most of the civilians evacuated, but then the invincible hand and several other separatist war ships opened up on us from space... Lost twenty seven jedi.... And countless numbers of our brothers... A very dark victory.
ARC: grievous escaped?
A few minutes later aboard the republic venator "valiant." The new arrivals that survived meet general Kai lure.
Lure: greeting gentlemen, I am general Kai Lure, and I will be commanding you in the battle to come. I am most pleased that you survived and I am grieved that some of your brothers did not. Right now we are headed away from belderone and towards a separatist prison, on atoa in the ghost nebula. We are going there to rescue a jedi and several clones taken prisoner at the battle of belderone.
Intercom: we have reached Balgor prison on the planet atoa.
Lure: so you must be the arc trooper we were promised, back on belderone, I'm glad you could make it this time... Eh... What do you prefer to go by trooper?
ARC: just call me ace, and it's a privilege to be serving under you general... I took the liberty of going over your file while en route to belderone, quite impressive general.
Lure: I was also given the opportunity to look over your file, seems you were one of the most promising ARC troopers, but you had a problem with people who outranked you.
Ace: well, I knew better than some of my superiors, guess no one eels thought so.
Lure: well you'll be going with me, follow my lead, I'll try not to screw up too much ace.
Pilot: hold on tight men, we've got fights closing in on us, and it's about to get rough.
Lure: time to disembark men, let's take this prison quick, reports indicate the CIS base is sending reinforcements.
CT: theres a gunner up there on the roof. He's going to cut the unit to pieces.
Guard: come and get some you republic scum, you're not going to get into the prison, you've been sent by your superiors on a suicide mission.
Ace: team, if you can provide me with cover fire I can get this guy in one shot.
CT: don't be a hero, just because you're an ARC trooper doesn't mean you're invincible.
Ace: just give me cover fire.
Ace: got him.
CT: lucky shot, if you ask me.
Ace: nobody asked you.
Lure: besides the fact that there is no such thing as luck.
Lure: get ready men... There could be droids anywhere.
CT: I've never heard of this prison before.
Lure: it's new, been kept a secret for a while though too, it's not quite finished yet, most of the geonosians that were building it had to go back to help defend geonosis during the second battle for the planet. The completed cells where the jedi and clones are being held will be further back.
CT scout: general we've found the jedi and the clone sergeant.
Lure: what of the other clones?
CT scout: no others found, most likely killed.
The republic troops prepare to move out, when all of a sudden they are attacked by security droids.
Lure: it's an ambush, defend yourselves men.
CT: they're everywhere. We need to press forward. Otherwise we'll just be slaughtered here.
Ace: general I'll push through the droids and go get the prisoners.
Lure: alright go ahead ace, but be careful.
Ace: I always am general.
In the prison chamber where the jedi and trooper are being held, the days of endless torture have left them tired and on the brink of death.
Geonosian: ( in geonosian ) tell me the coordinates of the secret hyper lanes into republic territory. Tell me where the republic is going to strike next. Tell me what I want to know and the pain will end.
Ace manages to find his way through the catacomb like structure of the prison and into the cell where the prisoners are being held.
Geonosian: tell me where the weak points in the republic picket line of coruscant.
The arc trooper wastes no time in disposing of the geonosian dungeon master.
Ace: let's see this must release em' from those things... I hope it does anyway.
Ace: looks like we arrived to late general, got here as quick as I could but they were already too far gone. Missions a failure, but we need to leave now, before those reinforcements arrive.
Lure: your right ace, let's move out men.
This was only one of many battles that Ace and Kai Lure would fight in together until that fateful day...