14:52 Space above Aargonar, Jedi Master Luke Skywalker stands on the bridge of an old Venator class Star Destroyer.
Jedi Knight Olin Tenn enters the bridge, Luke turns towards Him.
Tenn: Master Skywalker, how does the force find you this evening?
Luke: Master Tenn, Iím doing well, what is the update of the recovery team on the planet?
Tenn: Grand Admiral Yularen is ready to give the briefing on the situation, everyone is present except for you.
Luke: Thank you Master Tenn, letís not waste anymore time then.
Jedi Masters Skywalker and Tenn enter the situation room where Grand Admiral Yularen, and General Ackbar wait.
Yularen: Thank you for joining us Master Skywalker. As you know at 0300 this morning we sent a recovery team down to locate some the source of a strange beacon. The code that this beacon sent out dates back to the Jedi-Sith War, from over a thousand years ago. Upon landing the ships were destroyed and most of the team killed. We believe pirates are responsible. Skywalker your Son Ben was very badly wounded.
Skywalker: What are we doing to get them out Admiral?
Yularen: At the moment we are preparing a relief team to go in and back up the recovery team, we will then send in a transport to evacuate whoever is left.
Luke: Very good Admiral.
15:12 Cafeteria aboard Star Destroyer Endurance. Echo Team indulges in some R and R after spending 3 Months on the front lines of Angmar 7.
Sgt. Astor: Listen up Men! I know youíve been on the front lines for a long time now, and youíre hoping to take it easy. I can assure you that will not be the case, I want a weapons and equipment check done, so I can inspect them by 16:00! Do I make myself clear?!
Echo Team: Yes sir!
Tenn: Begging your Pardon Sergeant, but may I interrupt?
Sgt. Astor: Attention on Deck soldiers!
Tenn: Thank you Sergeant. Now as you all know, we sent down a recovery team at 0300 this morning to investigate an ancient distress signal. They were ambushed immediately upon arrival and are low on food, medicine and munitions. I need you to assist me in relieving them and holding off the aggressors until we can withdraw the team. Do you think you are up to the task Gentlemen?
Echo Team: Yes Sir!!
Tenn: Excellent, get ready we leave at 16:00.
Meanwhile on the planet below, young Ben Skywalker drifts in and out of consciousness as Republic Troops fight off the attacking pirates.
Captain Farr: Master Skywalker, Please Hurry! We canít hold out much longer! What? Say again youíre breaking up!
Suddenly a loud explosion blasts the ancient communication tower.
Captain Farr becomes another one of the mounting casualties.
Luke: Hello? Captain Farr? Blast!
Ackbar: Weíve got to get them out now!
Luke: Send in the extraction team General.
Caleb Fergus: You! Hold that thing steady while I pull Skywalker out from underneath.
Two soldiers hold the wreckage up as Fergus pulls Ben out from beneath it.
Fergus: Heís still alive. Get me some bactade! He might just pull through.
Soldier: But are we going to pull through?
Fergus: Soldier get me that bactade, and quit thinking like that, weíre going to make it I promise.
Meanwhile the front line is beginning to crumble. More and more waves of pirates are charging the Republic Soldiers. Exhausted and low on ammo the soldiers hold out for as long as possible.
The pirates break through and charge the Republic encampment.
Only to be cut down by the Republic anti personnel gun.
16:04 Hangar Bay Command: Alright Echo One, the skies are clear from enemy craft, you should be good to drop in at the Recovery team holdout position.
Master Tenn calms his mind despite the crackling of radios and the chatter of the troopers. He tries to find peace before the storm. But something has been nagging at him since the discovery of the ancient beacon, something dark and mysterious. He comes close to making it out only to have it slip away again.
Suddenly Tenn is called back to the world.
Sgt. Astor: Sir?
Tenn: Iím sorry Sergeant, what was the question?
Sgt. Astor: I asked if you were nervous.
Tenn: No sergeant. Iíve done this kind of thing before.
Sgt. Astor: Begging the commanders pardon, but we both know I didnít mean about the task at hand.
Tenn: You meant the distress signal. Yes I am, something dark surrounds it.
A loud explosion ends Astor and Tennís conversation.
Astor: Alright men weíve done this before, so you know the drill. I donít want any heroes. Letís all get back to the ship alive.
Things have degenerated quickly on Aargonar, Corporal Sheffield crawls slowly to check for wounded. So nobody is left behind after evacuation.
Sheffield: Hey pal, are you still with us?
The corporal turns the trooper over to see cauterized blast marks all over his torso.
Sheffield: Guess not.
Fergus: whatíve you got for me corporal?
Sheffield: Just about all the soldiers on the front line are dead, still one or two holding out, but that heavy blaster is the only thing standing between us and being overrun with those pirates.
16:31 Echo Team arrives, and none too soon. The Gunship comes as a welcomed sight to the exhausted team.
Sgt. Astor: Alright men set up at the mouth of the canyon, weíll hold these savages off for as long as we need to.
Echo Team arrives and assists the last holdout defending the canyon mouth.
Ghost: Iím glad to see you guys here, didnít know if I could hold on much longer.
Scorcher: Weíll make em regret coming to Aargonar.
Dead eye: looks like they put up one heck of a fight.
Boone: Well weíll be the last thing these pirates never see.
A sudden blast takes out the Anti Personnel gun. The defense of this canyon falls solely to Echo Team.
Pirates quickly swarm the canyon charging into the republic defenders.
Scorcher: Ugh, I wasnít expecting hand to hand combat, cant get a shot off in this close of quarters.
Dead eye: Donít lurch forward scorcher. Or Iíll take your head off.
Scorcher: Shoot Him quick!
And living up to his name, Dead eye takes off the pirates head.
Scorcher is able to fire up his Gatling laser and deal devastating blows to the enemy force.
Scorcher: Eat this you primitive ape.
Scorcher: You mightíve lived longer if you hadnít dragged me away from my R and R, and force me to come down to this sorry planet.
Scorcher: You Okay Bud?
Ghost: fine, thanks for taking out those degenerates for me.
Scorcher: Glad to do it, now letís get you out of there bud.
Dead eye: Err, get your hands off me you dirty pirate!
Pirate: You made a big mistake coming down here mate.
Pirate: This is the end for you clone scum!
Loco: Not if I have anything to say about it.
Dead eye stares at the lifeless pirate in dazed confusion for a minute. Expecting to be dead, he lets out a hoarse ďthanksĒ to Loco.
Just as Dead eye gets up, he is spotted by an Umbaran pirate, who angles his weapon towards him and closes in. The Umbaran says something in broken basic, but all Dead eye picks up is Republic Dog.
Just as the Umbaran prepares to fire, Dead eye hits the dirt and blast him with his sidearm.
Tired of the close calls, Dead eye grabs his rifle and retreats back to the Republic team encampment.
17:14 In the situation room of the Star Destroyer Endurance. General Ackbar gets into contact with Master Tenn.
Ackbar: Master Tenn, We are sending an armored Transport in to extract the Soldiers. We are tracking a large sandstorm heading your way, and we need to get you out as soon as possible. Are you able to withdraw from the fight when it gets to you?
Tenn: General, I think we can break off from the engagement, but youíre going to have to come back for the remainder of us soon afterwards, just a small number of us wonít be able to hold the pirates off for long.
Ackbar: Very good Master Jedi. Iíll send in the transport first to pick up the wounded and as many others as it can hold, a gunship will extract the rest of you immediately afterwards.
Tenn: Please hurry General!
Ackbar: Captain, dispatch the transports to get those troops off that rock!
The republic soldiers are down to their last ammo packs, and bactade rations. Beaten and weary, they continue to fight, finding strength in the hope that rescue it on its way.
Boone: Got emí.
Loco: Good one.
One of the pirates misses Boone, but spots loco, and immediately takes him out.
17:48 The Transport Arrives to extract the recovery team, The sun has set, and the sandstorm has began to blow in.
Tenn: Astor, Have your men provide cover while we withdraw the recovery team.
Astor: Yes Sir!
Fergus: Hold it soldier, boats full, weíre gunna have to wait until the next transport to leave this little desert oasis.
Gunner: Iím engaging a contact, keep down.
Transport Pilot: Weíve lost our gunner, weíre full up. Im pulling out of here, good luck men.
Transport Pilot: Captain Jag, This is cavalry one, we are pulling out, you are clear to land.
The remaining Soldiers rush to get onto the gunship and off of Aargonar.
Astor: Double time troopers, unless you want to be a permanent resident here.
The gunship enters orbit and heads towards the Enduranceís docking bay.
A dark robed figure walks through the canyon and into the republic teamís abandoned encampment.
Pirate Leader: Alright Sir, Iíve held up my end of the bargain, now where are the credits and surplus blasters you owe me?
Mysterious Stranger: I have your payment right here.
And with that, the mysterious robed man, produces a lightsaber and dispatches the pirate leader.
The IG droids make quick work of the remaining pirates.
Mysterious Stranger: My lord, the republic has withdrawn back to their ship, I donít believe they found anything, Iíve taken care of the remaining pirates. Everything is in place for phase two of the operation.