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Shazam
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  Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 12, 2006 4:18:29 AM    View the profile of Shazam 
Shazam sat up on the bunk suddenly, the flashing chrono still bleating its harshest alarm in the darkness of his cabin.  For a moment the commander felt the urge to simply untense and drop back into the comfort of his blankets, but then reason caught up with him- You're not dreaming- get up...  Letting out a groan of frustration, the commander sprang from his bed with as much energy as he could muster- getting up slowly or rolling off could result in the temptation of going back to sleep.  This was the only way...

Flicking on the light to the cabin, the commander closed his eyes and searched for the sources of the light while his eyelides remained closed.  Staring at the invisible energy output for a moment, Shazam lowered his eyes and opened them slowly- this was his process of awaking to sharp, white, imperial light...  And for the last three weeks it'd been one hell of a project getting up whenever necessary.  Usually, when a pilot is given vacation, they tend to catch up on sleep and get themselves into the rhythm so they can go back to work refreshed, revitalized- happy!  The vacation he'd taken roughly a month ago had resulted in the severe brain injury of his XO, the salvage of his uncle's lost ship and the general lack of communication within his squadron.  He'd put them in direct danger without revealing to them the true threat raised against them- a powerful group known as the Ruvetrack Adero had gone out of thier way to extinguish them in an attempt to gain a single object...

Shazam rubbed his forhead and let his hand slide down the side of his face, revealing the presence of stubble.  Good to see at least one things periodic around here...  The commander smiled despite the fact he'd had little to no sleep since the night they escaped Forman II- he'd had yet to reveal whatever it was aboard his uncle's ship, the Seroster, that had been such a prime specimen for the Ruvetrack Adero.  But even that seemed distant in comparison to the little stunt above the planet Messari...

Putting on a pair of black pants and a long sleeved shirt of tough fabric, Shazam ran his hand through his hair a couple of times to make sure it wasn't falling out.  Moving to the refresher he caught sight of himself in the mirror, quickly challenging the quirks he outright ignored about himself on a daily basis.  The eyes are blue this morning- excellent...  Going to work on his chin, the commander went about extracting the early morning beard, his thought process running all the while.

Porcema wasn't sooo bad...  She'd been entertaining enough at the academy- that was most certainly true...  Never the less...  When Aegis and Nazgul had merged they'd been brought in for a proper meeting aboard the Strike-Class cruiser Faseo, a ship that would fall under attack by NR forces and be forced to escape in a drastic maneuver above the planet Messari.  This had resulted in the renunciation of Porcema's command as well as her execution, Art's rise in command, Shazam's aquitted court marshall, and the addition of a former High Admiral to the ranks of Nazgul.  Since then, it'd been clock-work, patrols and re-assignments across the entirety of VE territory...

Shazam returned to his bed and wondered where he'd set tomarrow's clothing line-up...  Great job security though...  In the last few weeks he'd seriously considered his role in the Vast Empire Navy and had asked on more than one occasion if he really needed to be there...  Perhaps it was time to move on?  And pilots thought they had it bad- don't complain...  Don't complain...  Just how he ended every argumentitive conversation with himself...

There was a bleep at the door and Shazam rolled his head toward the bane of his existance...  Back to work...  Slipping on the real flight suite now, the commander went to the door and clicked the access, the smooth white frame revealing the figure of a bridge peon...

"You're requested at the helm, sir!"  I wonder how much sleep he gets...  Usually he'd take these problems with the Imperial way out on Arturus, the supposed expert, and/or source with unbiased facts on how things 'should' be...  He was gone though- his little stunt aboard the Faseo had pushed his application for a ship job immedietly- the the High Council was very impressed by his initiative...  That or they felt obligated too- Shazam wasn't ready to lean either way.

"Of course..."  Shazam gave the bridgeman a half-way decent salute as he zipped the uppermost portion of his flight suite slightly.  Should have worn the jacket- now I'm going to get slapped around for forgetting to remind people of my rank...

The walk to the bridge of the Corellian corvette Flight was  a short one, but Shazam wished it would have gone on longer- he'd do anything for any time off now...  No matter how much he complained to himself he realized how good things really were- things were hectic but he could deal with it...  He was that good...

The double doors to the bridge opened wide and revealed the Flight's high staff; Shazam stifled a yawn.  "Liuetenant!"  The commander of the ship, a middle aged man with brown hair and eyes, going by the name 'Galli' for as long as Shazam could remember, held an accepting and comforting smile and a serious history of kicking butt as he ushered Shazam into the briefing area.  "We've been waiting for you- did your chrono malfunction?  We'll have it fixed immedietly..."  He snapped his fingers at the young man who'd just gotten done escorting Shazam to the bridge, then pulled the commander to a chair amongst the other four officials on-board.  To his right was Will, commander of Kaph Squadron and a fairly experienced member of the Vast Empire Navy- a good pilot if nothing else.  Directly ahead were the two men that Galli somehow depended on in the event of a batle, and to his left was the weapons officer onboard- a fairly aggressive man Shazam had only crossed once, but the man was older and probably more qualified to hold his position than the captain fo his...

"If you'll take a seat we'll begin..."  Begin what?  Hand me the patrol assignment...  Shazam sat...  "Today your wing, commander, will be sent to the far regions of VE Space between Requis and the Weadeem sector.  You're to help secure the region in the case of an attack by NR forces..."  Oh not one of these...  For the last three weeks he'd been doing patrols, which was aweful, but actually getting sent out to thin out the lines covering the entirety of VE space- you couldn't move...  Patrols weren't barelly even alowed for fear that some portion of space would remain uncovered when an attack suddenly capsized the entire VE!  Shazam nodded with a smile and let the commander continue-

"You'll be assigned to this region for approximately two months unless further orders tell you otherwise.  We'll not be escorting you, nor carrying you for this trip- your wing will be equipped with TIE Advanced fighters to carry you to your destination: from there you will be housed by the local naval force..."  Which could mean good food...  "This, of course, is because of the surge toward the core- we can't let ourselves be caught off guard when we have so little people to protect our own sectors..." Will exchanged a look with Shazam before the two of them nodded in modest agreement.

"When do we leave, Galli?"  Shazam rolled his eyes to make sure they were still working as the commander continued-

"As soon as you're ready to depart- you may do so.  The local naval force awaits your arrival."  He glanced from Will to Shazam before saying- "Any further questions?"  The commanders kept silent as Galli added- "You'll have your specific coords in each of these datafiles and any other information you'll need- I suggest you get your people together, breif 'em, and get a move on..."

Shazam and Will answered in unison- "Yes, Sir..."  A moment later they were out of the little white room, away from the mute companions of Galli as well as the hospital like feel of his office.  Will was the first to speak, stating- "At least we'll have some chance of seeing some action...  I'm sure these new recruits are anxious to get thier chance..."

"As they all are- give 'em a couple of weeks," Shazam said brusquelly.  Will didn't seem to take offence though, saying instead-

"Yea well- maybe they won't have too...  I've been kind of thinking what it'd be like if we took the core- like in a couple of days...  Real short like..."  Shazam clicked the access on the turbolift as Will continued...  "Peace in the next week?  I know its insane but I can't help marvelling at the idea- its a fantastic ideal to work toward..."

Shazam shrugged and managed before the lift doors closed- "I'll be happy if our plans involve sleep..."

(Alright- not really a blockbuster post, but it was aimed more at Shazam's attitude toward the predicament the VE is in- he feels kind of like things are dragging on and that the next mission is going to be as uneventful as the last three weeks- and he'll just keep losing sleep.  What I'd like everyone to do is get an opening post about what affects the last few weeks have been like to them- everyone but us and a few other guardian forces are moving toward the core while we act like we're working for the welfare of our system...  Again- a bit bitter, but Shazam is kind of rethinking his career.  What're your characters feeling like?  Each flight needs to get a mini-plot going for them, so perhaps this is a good place to start.  Maybe we could already establish conflict- either way we need to set things up- so talk things over with your FMs.  Furthermore, make sure you're stating what that miniplot is on the discussion thread here in the Naval Story Net.  And questions can be stated there as well, or they can be forwarded to your commander and we can use the CoC to get things figured out.  I really hope you enjoy this little mini-competition, but I also hope you learn something about getting to work as a flight as well as a thing or two about your characters.  Rock ON!)
 
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*Flash Was Here...*

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Arturus
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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 13, 2006 8:41:41 PM    View the profile of Arturus 
"Ah come in Lieutenant," Japheth said warmly ushering Arturus to a chair "sit down."  Arturus tried to stifle a yawn as he lowered himself into the seat.  It was rather hard and uncomfortable which was fitting for the office of the admiral; by being slightly uncomfortable the chairs prevented subordinates from becoming too comfortable and relaxed in front of their superior.

"Pardon me Admiral," Arturus said as he stifled a second yawn "I haven't slept in over twenty-four hours."  He had just arrived back from the Faeso after having to wait behind, in part out of curiosity, to see how the situation after his mutiny and Shazam's court martial would play out.  Talysha had left prior to the battle on the ship they had taken to the area so Art had to wait for and then pilot back a shuttle that was transferring several new crew members to the ship to take over from those who had been arrested for treason.

"Understandable."  The admiral acknowledged as he shuffled some papers on his desk.

"So what did you want to see me about?"  Art asked growing slightly impatient and wanting to leave the office before he fell asleep.

"Corran," the admiral began; Arturus' eyebrows rose when he heard the admiral use his real name as opposed to his callsign, "your actions on board the Faeso while technically illegal were the right thing to do.  You showed initiative, ability to act, and a commitment to not only your own survival but that of an entire crew and valuable hardware of the Vast Empire.  If there was ever a time that a mutiny or other severe action was required, you demonstrated when that time was."  Japheth stated in what could only be described as rather awkward praise.  Arturus began to wonder where this was going as the admiral continued.  "You have repeatedly applied for various command positions despite being a fighter pilot with no experience in the empire in commanding anything but a squadron.  You have no formal imperial training in the workings of a ship or ship tactics-"

"I have made studying tactics a personal hobby of mine and I have command experience prior to my time here."  Arturus blurted in his own defence.  Japheth held up his hand for Art to quiet down.

"You have no imperial experience on the subject but what you showed on the Faeso is that you have the mindset required to be a commander.  The men and women on that ship owe their lives in part to your actions and leadership.  As a result, after long consideration, I have decided to accept your latest application for a command position."  Japheth stated.  Arturus nearly froze for a moment; the revelation was stunning.  For so long he had waited for the chance to finally move up to a new level of command and now when confronted with the reality he almost didn't know what to say.

"Thank you admiral, when do I begin?"  He said after a second's pause.

"After you get some sleep."  The admiral replied.  "I will send you a profile of the ship and your officers.  The ship is a brand new Strike Cruiser; it is still nameless so when you take command there will be a christening ceremony.  As the new captain you will have the honour of picking the name so you have something to sleep on for the moment."

"What kind of ship is it?"  Art inquired.

"You will be commanding a Strike Cruiser; it's a newer model than the Faeso that you were on but overall it's almost entirely the same.  The new imperial models have managed to fix part of the flaws facing the ship's design."  Japheth answered.

"Ah so the systems on the modular parts have been strengthened then to prevent critical system failures and the ship breaking apart under intense targeted firepower then?"  Arturus responded.

"To some extent yes.  The problem cannot be rectified entirely because the flexibility of the modular design would be destroyed otherwise.  The engineers have done the best they can do so it is just something the commanders will have to deal with.  Anyway, get a good night's sleep lieutenant and congratulations."  Japheth said as he stood.

"Thank you Admiral!"  Arturus replied with a smile and a salute.

"The new ship will arrive in this sector with the new crew in two days so you have that long to study the ship and its crew.  A number of the officers have previous experience though much of the crew is relatively green so in many ways this will be a training run.  Hopefully we won't face any dire crises that will put you in above your head to start with-"

"Not that I couldn't handle it."  Art jumped in.  Japheth smiled.  Arturus was an extremely confident if not rather smug and arrogant; he was talented and clearly knew it.  Such an attitude could be aggravating but at the same time Art didn't let it blind him.  He was confident in his own abilities but listened and adapted as required; to him, such an attitude ensured that he always continued to strive for excellence and perfection and not submit to the temptations of mediocrity.

"We will see in due course.  Good luck lieutenant."  Japheth said dismissing him.  Arturus saluted again and turned in a very precise fashion to leave.  When he arrived at the door he turned back to ask a question.  "Yes your crew are to call you captain regardless of the fact that you are a lieutenant."  Japheth said not looking up from the paperwork he had returned to.  Arturus thought momentarily about asking the admiral how he knew what he was going to ask and then thought better of it.  Great commanders are instinctive; there was no reason to question it.


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"The way of war is a way of deception. When able, feign inability; when deploying troops, appear not to be. When near, appear far; when far, appear near. Lure with bait; strike with chaos. If the enemy is full, be prepared. If strong, avoid him. If he is angry, disconcert him. If he is weak, stir him to pride. If he is relaxed, harry him; if his men are harmonious, split them. Attack where he is unprepared; appear where you are unexpected. This is victory in warfare; it cannot be divulged in advance. Victory belongs to the side that scores most in the temple calculations before battle. Most spells victory; least spells defeat; none, surer defeat. I see it in this way, and the outcome is apparent." -- Sun Tzu

"Ultimate excellence lies not in winning every battle but in defeating the enemy without ever fighting." -- Sun Tzu
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Cyleaf Aehait
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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 14, 2006 6:19:14 PM    View the profile of Cyleaf Aehait 
Cyleaf sat up in bed, the alarm had woken him from some dream he couldn't nor didn't want to remember. Sweat glistened on his horned head, reaching to turn off the annoying beeping his hand visibly shook.

Sitting up in bed Cy shuddered as if ice had run down his back but the room was warm. Why do I have this feeling of foreboding, it's as if something was going to happen. Shaking the thoughts from his head another beeping startled him. The sound was more gentle and beckoning instead of the wrathful alarm earlier, looking over to the night stand he saw his datapad's screen flashing. Standing up and grabbing the datapad the Zabrak walked over towards the small fridge, he poured himself some blue milk and waited for the device to receive the message.

Incoming Mail
Downloading commencing

Cy took a drink from the cold refreshing milk and watched the progress bar slide its way up to 100%. The message appeared upon the screen.

Chief Petty Officer Cyleaf Aehait,
            This official message is to inform you of a recent change in your squadron position. You are still assigned to Ensign Willtconq's Kaph Squadron, but you now report to your immediate supervisor Warrant Officer 2nd Class Than Sion. You will now fly as Kaph 6. You are ordered to report to Willtconq's office for further briefing and information.
  Best of luck and Rock on,
    Commander Shazam Money


Cyleaf went over to the chair at his desk and sat down; he read Shazam's words over again. Looking over at the bunk that used to belong to Krius, the young Human had grown on him but he was no longer with Kaph's active pilots. Krius had forgone active duty at least for now and had become a weekend warrior or pilot in this instance. Though he would see him once a month Cy had regretted when the kid informed him of his decision. It was not more than one day since they had been back.

Two friends, yes two of them he had lost in the span of seven months. Dodger, his first good friend since the loss of his parents had given up his life for he inexperienced Zabrak at Remis Seven. The other Krius was new to the squadron but quickly bombarded his way through Cy's armor and the two became friends. The only bright aspect so far was Crystal, an engineer division leader that had joined him on his squadron's vacation. Crystal was somewhat distance these past days since their return, the fighting and bloodshed at the Rebel's base had disheartened her.

Putting the datapad down Cyleaf walked over and undressed in front of the refresher, stepping in he let the warm water wash away the sleepiness. His dream still bothered him deep down inside as if he was forgetting something important. Drying off Cy dressed in his flight suit and proceeded to Will's office as instructed.

Than wasn't a bad guy, they had covered each other well in the jungle when Gilmen's men had tried to kill them. The other had even shot the snake before it could strike him again, but that wasn't anything like the legendary team of Kal and Than. How could we possibly reach the cohesion that those two had, it was almost as if they could read each other's mind.

It was almost as if he could feel that ice radiate from his spine and spread out over his body like armor. Things had happened too fast and numerous that all he could think to do was return to who he was before at the Academy, his relations with others was surly going to suffer. Stopping at Will's officer the Zabrak knocked twice, Than came to the door as it slide open, they stood face to face for a brief moment the tension could be felt.

It was obvious to Cy that Than had some resignations about their partnership as well, in the jungle on Imous III he had tried to talk to Goltred but the man had gotten wounded. It was going to take awhile before these two bought each other Corellian Ales.

"Come on in Cy and have a seat, Will just wants to go over some things with us about Flight 2." Nodding the Zabrak followed the other to a chair, Will sitting behind his desk. Crossing his fingers together Willtconq leaned forward just as the door whooshed shut.

 
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Jaden
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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 14, 2006 6:59:05 PM    View the profile of Jaden 
Jaden sat alone at the table in the mess hall, thinking rigourously about the past few weeks.  Two missions and they had both been a discrace to the squadron, and even that of the Vast Empire Navy.  He wondered if he could have done anything different in his actions to avoid any of the conflict that occured, but it was no use.

With the court marshalling of Shazam, there was contraversy all over the ship about what happened with the last mission, and how we fell into one of the NR's traps.  Communications were now failing with all troops and ships at Massari.  It had deeply affected Jaden, knowing that his commander, and long time friend, was in trouble for something that was definently not his fault.

The newest member to the Squadron, Amason, came in as a Judge, but had been reassigned to the squadron in hopes to get a better understanding of the situation.  Hopefully, things would work out and the case would turn out a fault, and things would go on fine.

Jaden had just finished his last patrol shift, and was now winding down, eating on some flat bread and sipping on some stim tea.  He hadn't seen any of the squadron members for quite a while, as everyone was exhausted and needed their rest, but all Jaden could think about was what would happen next.

The tension aboard the ship could be cut with a knife.  But, in all good news, Arturus had taken his own command of one of the newly arrived Strike Cruisers, which made Jaden a bit happier.  Arturus had been waiting for it for so long, and now he finally had his chance to prove himself.

Also, being the Executive commander of training, Jaden saw that the new influx of troops were coming through better and better each week.  More trusted pilots, and more experienced ones were coming in, and but a few were dying on their first missions.  The turnouts were much better than a few months before.

Jaden picked up the small plate he had been eating off of, and took it up to the counter where the cook was.  A look from the cook gave Jaden a shiver throughout his body.  The cook seemed to be having a bad day, and was taking it out on anyone who came up to the counter.

"Whats wrong Lentz?" asked Jaden

"Nothing really, I'm just really upset about the situation with Shaz.  We've been good friends around here, and it just sickens me to see that he's getting in trouble for this.  Good commander overall though," said Lentz

"Ah, yes he is, but don't let it get to ya man, things will get figured out," said Jaden with a wave.

After leaving the mess hall, Jaden decided to head back to the barracks and catch some much needed shuteye.

You never know how much sleep your going to get around here with all of this going on.....
 
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Than Sion
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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 15, 2006 7:07:25 PM    View the profile of Than Sion 
The alarm went off but without purpose.  A swift hand silenced the irritating nose.  Than Sion had been up already for three hours now, just sitting on the edge of his cot.  He had many things on his mind, too many for sleep to push away easily.  It was literally like he went on vacation as a simple pilot and left as a flight leader.  But that was only one part of the chaos in his mind.  With his promotion also came the loss of Demonic as his wing man.  The deadly duo of Kaph Squadron was no more.  He cut his loses and tried to get to know his new wingman, Goltred, only for the man to get shot by NR insurgent forces. 

I can do better with my time than wallow in self pity, thought Sion.  You are a flight leader now, you have responsibilities to fulfill.  So he started up his black data pad in the name of doing something productive.  He saw that he had a message from Will and checked it immediately.

Warrant Officer 2nd Than Sion
    Report to my office for the official briefing on your new position.
Ensign Willtconq


It was a short but to the point.  He had known about his promotion since the beginning of their ill fated vacation but hadn't been told much more about it.  Now was the time where that position becomes more than a title.  Even though will wasn't one of those commanders with a stick up his rear ends, he still didn't want to look like crap.  So he headed for the refresher where he washed and shaved his face and then combed his hair.  He put on his flawless, black uniform and then slipped his polished boots over the legs of his trousers.  He finished it all off with his black cap that was perfectly perched on his head.  He may be experiencing a lot of stress right now but he wasn't going to show it to the rest of the world.

When he knocked on Will's office door, it opened for him.  Will looked up with a grin on his face.

"Take a seat, Than, so we can begin this discussion," said Will motioning with his hand.  Sion took his seat and waited for Will to continue.  There was no need for a salute for Will didn't care for such formalities.  "You already know that you now bear the responsibility of leading flight two, but what that consists of hasn't been clear until now.  With Krius' recent transfer to the reserves and Goltred's hospitalization, that pretty much leaves just you.  So I have taken the liberty of transferring Cyleaf to your flight as your wingman."

Cyleaf, Cyleaf, Cyleaf, Sion processed this information.  Cyleaf wasn't a bad pilot, the Zabrak had pulled off some amazing stuff in the past.  It wasn't like they hadn't worked together before either.  It just felt like everybody but Kal was just a substitute.  They just had a connecting that made them a force to be reckoned with.

"Than, I am not going to pretend that I don't know what is going through your head right now.  I hated having to break you and Demonic up, but it was the only way that we could continue to use your capabilities to the fullest.  You never know, the three of you could become something great."

Three?

"I guess I forgot to mention that you have a recruit fresh out of the academy that will be joining you and Cyleaf.  His name is Blake Hymen and he seems to already have a reputation to go along with it.  He is very bright, excellent grades, but he also has some what of a problem with authority.  Take a look at his portfolio and tell me what you think."

Will wasn't kidding when he said good grades, these were at least as good as his if not better and he had studied with a vengeance.  But the shock of this went down when he started reading the recruits "rap sheet."

"Oh boy," Sion replied to one of the reports he was reading, "he actually had the nerve to correct one of his instructors on a grammar mistake.  Don't they make you scrub the floor with your head for that?"

"I see that you get the point.  He has a tendency to be ignorant at times, but he seems to have impressed most of his teachers.  I think you should meet him ASAP.  The location of his room has been sent to your data pad, though it is going to have to wait until after Cyleaf comes.  I guess I forgot to mention that earlier."

There was a knock on the door and Sion stood up to answer it for no reason in particular.  On cue, Cyleaf was right there when the door opened.  He was now face to face with his new wingmen and didn't know exactly what to think of it.

"Come on in Cy and have a seat, Will just wants to go over some things with us about Flight 2," was what he finally got out.

(OCC: I pretty much posted up what Than Sion is going through right now.)
 
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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 15, 2006 7:08:51 PM    View the profile of Shazam 
(Alright- I've already launched us- people can make introductions if they like but I'm going to get us moving mighty, mighty quick so we can get to the action.  Never the less, I encourage you guys to write about things before launching so you can set up a story- information on the events that are to transpire are held in the 'Introduction', credit going to Than for putting it together.  If you have any questions, comments or concerns whatsoever- lemme know.  As for now: looks like Nazgul, Flight 1 is in the Lead for post )

And Shazam did sleep- longer than originally thought, perhaps, but he slept enough...  Upon engaging the TIE Advanced in hyperdrive, the commander sat back and took a breather, as most pilots do, before thinkining on a few things.  Usually the thinking portion last throughout the flight, but Shazam wasn't a big believer in thought dwelling...  So he slept.  Comprey Courtney would have knocked him out...  Though he already was-

"What happened?"  Shazam awoke suddenly as his navicomputer beeped at him excitedly in warning; this must have been how rebel pilots felt in the company of an astromech droid.  Checking up on me so soon?  The commander glanced at the computer and suddenly understood the ecstatic behavior of the machine, quickly checking internal and external systems as the chrono ran down, the hyperdrive suddenly reverting the craft into sublight.  The commander observed that the cabin had warmed substantially in his slimbur, sharpening his senses somwhat and reducing the soporific tendencies that lethargy often brought about.  Grabbing the controls with his left hand and going to work on the computer with his right, he felt the ship come alive as it pushed out its first full stream of particles, thrusting the craft forward.

Though he knew the mask was clean and the lenses clear of any debris or film, it was as if a fog plagued areas of his eyes- he needed a bright, stinging light to fully awaken him.

"Identify yourselves immedietly!"  Or a screaming flight controller...  "If you're not identified within the next..."  Shazam cut him off with a calm voice-

"This is Phoenix Wing checking in- we're arriving for our shift in this.." he paused, eyeing the open space and single station drifting in the upper left of his viewport-" place..." 

"This is Nazgul 2- submitting clearence codes and identification..."  Jaden seemed a bit bothered by the unstable deckman; that or he thought it was hilarious...  Shazam wasn't paying attention though as further dialogue ran back and forth between his XO and the command crew of the space station- Station 5S double D?  Not much for creativity out here in the sticks I suppose...  The TIE Advanced appeared okay, nothing to worry about in terms of operating systems like life support...  He was still alive after all, and felt much more so after his most recent endeaver...

"Oh thank the Emperor..."  No wonder they've got such a stoney name... "The whole sector is on high alert!"

"Could you repeat that last, control?"  Willtconq sounded more authoritive these days, something Shazam had come to appreciate from the commander.  Though he hadn't been around as long as some commanders, Will had certainly shown what he could do with small group- it didn't take much to point to the improvement in commanding or maturing of tactical and technical knowledge that can only be derived from experience.

"I repeat the entire sector is on high alert- a local planet is getting pounded by a rebel strike force!"  There was some scuffling all at once as the line turned to static and a new voice took over-

"Commander- we need to speak..."  This one presses his suit every single day...  Shazam re-alligned his ship to center on the station- "Keep things under control everyone..."  He set the computer to run another diagnostic test before locating a seperate channel and saying-  "Yes, Command?"

"We're securing this line..."  The man seemed pre-occupied for a moment; Shazam stuidied the straps binding him to his chair as he quietly pondered on what was so exciting.  "Alright- you're clear commander...  Shazam is it?"

"That'll do for now- what've you got for us?"  Shazam was running the last moments' conversation out in his head to pick out the important thing; he was too habituated to pick up on important details like...

"Nestamas is under attack, Commander- a group of at least three rebel cruisers: no warning, just opened fire..."  Shazam lifted an eyebrow, trying to locate the planet in his head and control the surprise.  There it is...  Within a second he could remember the blue trees of the Ganavene Acres, the smooth feel of the atmosphere that created such beautiful sunsets and made for such an excellent break from... Well- this...

"How long ago?"  Too bad I haven't seen it in about five years- those were good days... 

"Maybe ten minutes- we have orders to send our forces immedietly..."  There was silence as this information evolved in the commanders mind- He means us, doesn't he?

"Send over the coordinates, command..."  I wonder how many compliment fighters they have...  The computer beeped and a blue indicator lightflitted for a moment as screen displayed the coords.  Local planet?  How far is local?  "Thanks command- I suppose this is all for now: we may be back yet..."  Shazam flicked off the com and went into the open chanel-

"What've you got, One?" Trevor didn't like to be kept in the dark so private channels irked him immenselly. 

"Looks like sitting on our butts isn't an option, folks- I'm sending the following coordinates for an immiate launch- do we need refueling?"

"My Nav computer is indicating Nestamas- what's going on?" Demonic was an inquisitive fellow he'd met on a few occasions but hadn't really gotten to know beyond simple exchanges.

"Looks like the rebels didn't get my memo about sleep - we're goin folks.  Expect three or so cruisers- medium sized.  I dunno if we have back-up on this one so be prepared for the worst; over and out."  Shazam careened the ship to starboard and found himself moving to refuel- it felt against the demands of his body, but he realized it was only logical to refuel- especially if there was going to be a battle.  He'd ran out of fuel more than he'd have ever thought possible, soe he certainly wasn't planning on making the same mistake. 

Shazam watched the numbers run as he approached the station, a few conversations exchanging information in an intense excitement as time marched on- the commander felt himself stiffening.  He couldn't help the inert need to vector around and blast away...  At the moment he didn't realize he was doing it, but there was still a portion in the back of his mind that was sensitive to fierce empathy.  If they didn't move quickly- hopefully they can remember how to pump gas...
 
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*Flash Was Here...*

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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 15, 2006 10:20:06 PM    View the profile of Arturus 
Arturus didn't even bother to undress when he arrived at his quarters; he was asleep the second he hit the bed.  The inevitable mess sleeping would make of his uniform wasn't relevant regardless as he was sure to receive a new olive-grey uniform now that he had moved from starfighters to ship duty.  When he had arrived at his quarters, he had been partially surprised to find that Talysha had not yet returned to the ship.  She had left the Faeso prior to the attack but had not yet returned from her leave.  The celebrations of his new command would have to be put on hold; considering that Japheth wanted him to take over immediately, the celebrations may have to wait until the first tour was over.  But these considerations were only a foggy dream; sleep-deprived, Art had abandoned thinking about these concerns and had just dropped onto the bed and into an instant sleep.

===The Next Morning===

The alarm Art had sent went off far too early, at least relative to his need for sleep.  He had been asleep for ten hours which was about four more than he ever got but considering how long he had been on the go, twenty hours would have felt great right about now.  Art unbuttoned his tunic as he climbed up from the bed and was amazed when he walked into the small sitting area to find a brand new uniform draped over one of the chairs and a stack of datacards sitting on the table.  Clearly someone had been running errands for Japheth during the night, or day, or whatever time it actually had been while he was sleeping.

A quick run through the refresher station jolted Art fully back into reality and coupled with a cup of good strong coffee, he was ready to face the work ahead of him.  He had sent his protocol droid off to the officer's mess to bring back breakfast allowing him to begin reading through the files on the new ship and its crew.  The first thing that was required was a name.  The previous evening, or whatever it had been, Art had begun pondering a good name for the cruiser and had narrowed it down to two before feeling the overwhelming need to collapse.  The two he had come down to were the Doashim and the Algatak.  An Algatak is a reptile native to the planet Altora known for its cunning, stealth, and speed.  It embodied the attributes that Art himself had hoped to exemplify as a commander.  However, upon further reflection, he decided upon naming it the Doashim after a fierce creature on Ryloth known for its demonic looks.  The name he hoped would inspire fear; fear of his ship and him as a commander.  Perhaps he was slightly overconfident, a fault that was created with the excitement of something new and challenging.  Nevertheless, he felt that the name would fit and he was ambitious about what he could accomplish.

Having finally decided on a name, Art turned to the files that the admiral had sent him.  The Strike Cruiser was a ship that he was not entirely unfamiliar with.  The technical data provided by Japheth was a useful review and provided some insight into the changes made in the new models of the ship.  In particular, the joints of the ship that were weak due to the modular nature of the ship had been strengthened meaning that  more substantial, concentrated fire would be needed in order to destroy the ship's systems by exploiting those vulnerabilities.  In addition, the alignment of the laser cannons was now such that an intense crossfire could be created in front of each joint making fighter runs more difficult.  Overall, imperial engineers had done their job in making much needed improvements.  The new ships now held addition power generation capacities, could contain a maximum of three squadrons under certain modular conditions, and had an expanded capacity for troops while requiring a smaller overall crew and fewer officers.

According to the orders Japheth had given, the Doashim, as it was to be called, was to be responsible for patrol duty in one of a number of outlying sectors that had been made increasingly vulnerability by the coreward push.  The ship's modular status was going to be set for mixed operations.  A Strike Cruiser could be set for space superiority, mixed, or ground assault.  Each mode differed in terms of starfighters, hanger space, troop levels, and equipment available.  For this operation, the Doashim would be carrying a maximum of twelve assault gunboats and ten assault transports.  At deployment, however, only six gunboats would be available as the rest were on a reconnaissance temporarily and would be reassigned as soon as possible.  Troop wise, no ground assault vehicles were onboard as the army compliment was to serve as emergency garrison troops or reinforcements should such forces be needed in the area being patrolled.  There was one battalion, the 4th Mobile Response Battalion, stationed onboard the ship which meant a total of 576 troops.  Other than the ships and troops, the orders indicated that there was a variety of orbital and space equipment stored in the cargo hold and catalogued in the main computer so that the ship could provide limited emergency re-supply of some military hardware.  In other words, Arturus expected to be on a deployment that could have a little bit of everything involved at any time.

Having finished the ship overview, Art finally began to read the profiles of the important officers under his command.  While a standard Strike Cruiser would have some seventy plus officers on board, most were junior officers with there being a much smaller group of senior men and women running the ship.  After pouring another cup of coffee, Art began the final part of his briefing.

===One Day Later===

Art was surprised how fast he was assigned to the ship.  The mission he was to take on was clearly required as soon as possible and as a result; he was now taking immediate command of the ship and deploying that same day.  As the officer's shuttle took off from the hanger onboard the Atrus, Art felt himself slightly anxious in anticipation of the big event that welcoming a new captain was.  In addition to that, it was finally sinking in that one of his main goals in the Empire was now being realized.  After many long years of flying he was finally going to be commanding a ship and a ship of some power at that.  The Strike Cruiser was hardly any match for a main battle cruiser but nonetheless it could outgun a significant number of ships and contend well with ships even slightly above its class.

The short flight over seemed an eternity.  It was unlike Arturus to become excessively emotional about anything but he was truly excited.  He made a note to himself that this would be the first and last time he would show any emotion about his taking over command.  Since he was sitting alone in the back of the shuttle, he didn't need to worry about anyone seeing it and thus it damaging his image as a true professional.  Finally Art could feel the shuttle slow down; the feeling was followed shortly after by a slight level of turbulence as the shuttle passed through the magnetic layer into the hanger of the Strike Cruiser.  Art took a deep breath, ensured his uniform was in order and made his way towards the ramp to descend down into his new command.  Despite the new uniform, Art still continued to wear a sidearm which was highly unusual for navy officers and pilots alike.  But while that was unusual, what was perhaps more unusual were the ship captain's insignia on the uniform of a second lieutenant.  Judging from the backgrounds of the main officers assigned to the ship, Art realized that his first major challenge would be to establish his credibility with them and the crew.  It would be no easy task but it was an absolutely necessary one.  Orders were one thing but while they commanded obedience, they did not automatically command respect for those who gave them.  Arturus needed the respect of his men as well as their obedience.  Therefore, the test of his character and leadership ability would begin the second he set foot down in the hanger.

The shuttle navigated to the assigned docking position and landed with a gentle bump followed by the signature hiss of any ship landing and shutting down its repulsorlift coils.  The ramp descended slowly with a metal whine, the shuttle clearly was not brand new, and Arturus began his descent, inhaling the smell of grease, fuel, and metal that was fittingly described by pilots and hanger crews as the "sweet smell at home" given the amount of time they spent in hangers.

Art look straight ahead as he descended the ramp and saw that the officers and crew had assembled as per imperial protocol to welcome the new captain.  All officers, troops, and crew not required to be on duty to man critical systems were expected to attend such ceremonies and from the number of sharp, precise lines they formed on all sides of the shuttle it appeared as though that this indeed was the case.  Art marched down past the lines of stormtroopers on his right and ship crewmen, engineers, gunners, formed up on his left, and approached the line of officers at the far end of the human corridor.  As he approached, he tried to read into the expressions of the officers and in particular, the most important ones standing at the front.  There was a distinct lack of enthusiasm in their eyes suggestion a degree of skepticism and possibly even dislike of the fact that a second lieutenant had been sent as their new captain.  This is what Art feared the most but had certainly considered would be a possibility that he was prepared to deal with.

When he arrived in position, the executive officer who was standing at the left end of the front line, from Art's perspective, marched sharply down the line and turned to face Arturus.

"Welcome board Captain Hargraves," the man, a forty-one year old commander said accompanied with a sharp, crisp salute.  Arturus returned the salute.  Art thought he felt a sense of discomfort or at least awkwardness with the way the commander had said the word captain.  Perhaps he was being slightly paranoid and over cautious, that would certainly not be anything new to Arturus.  For the moment he ignored the possibility and continued to exude the image of confidence and ability that he felt.

"Thank you commander" he replied.

"Allow me to introduce the crew; if you would follow me sir."  The commander said.  The two marched to the end of the line, the executive officer two steps behind and two the left as was proper protocol.  Arturus had read about all these people but now he could see them in person and get an initial read of them and what he could tell of their perception of him.

From what he knew from his reading, the executive officer, Commander Kerrick Jansen, was a man who was never quite good enough to make it to the top.  He wasn't terrible in his role of executive officer but his leadership skills and initiative, especially in a crisis, was suspect.  As a result, he had drifted from command to command and while performing his duties, had never really excelled ensuring his career would eventually stall.  Build wise he medium to tall build, and would most certainly not past an army recruits physical test.  He certainly packed a few extra pounds, and an extra chin.  His eyes were green but rather dull; they showed intelligence but a true lack of passion.  The profile of him indicated that he was slightly conservative in his views on the military and in particular the role of women and aliens.  He accepted both grudgingly and was quietly known to blame them on occasion for his failure to rise up the ranks.  Clearly his lack of ability did not occur to him as a reason why.

(I will continue this tomorrow but I'm too tired right now.)

 
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"The way of war is a way of deception. When able, feign inability; when deploying troops, appear not to be. When near, appear far; when far, appear near. Lure with bait; strike with chaos. If the enemy is full, be prepared. If strong, avoid him. If he is angry, disconcert him. If he is weak, stir him to pride. If he is relaxed, harry him; if his men are harmonious, split them. Attack where he is unprepared; appear where you are unexpected. This is victory in warfare; it cannot be divulged in advance. Victory belongs to the side that scores most in the temple calculations before battle. Most spells victory; least spells defeat; none, surer defeat. I see it in this way, and the outcome is apparent." -- Sun Tzu

"Ultimate excellence lies not in winning every battle but in defeating the enemy without ever fighting." -- Sun Tzu
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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 15, 2006 10:24:26 PM    View the profile of Willtconq 
After the return from their "vacation", Will haven't had any decent shuteye. Every time he did, nightmares plagued his mind. Nightmares from their vacation. Sometimes, he wondered if they had truly been saved by the Army people. In his nightmares, instead of being saved, no one came to their rescue. They fought on. And died. But not everyone died in his nightmares, everyone but himself. Demonic went first, suddenly disappeared from the rest of his team. Then Orrak, then Cyleaf, who was quickly followed by Crystal. Then Qualray, then Krius. Than and Skylla were the last ones to die on the battlefields. Every time, they all died differently. But the pain and suffering never changed. But they all ended the same way. After everyone else had died, the twisted, blistering body of Goltred that looked like it had caught a disease from the wound would be brought before Will. Every time, Will would scream his head off, at the top of his lungs, and find him self drenched, in his bed.

After a week of continuous nightmare, Will simply refused to sleep anymore. He went to see some doctors, they prescribed him pills. They helped for a day or two, then the nightmares returned. He went again, they gave him more, different pills. So far, there have been no nightmares. The new pills were prescribed yesterday. The warnings on them said that the patient is practically killed, when going to bed, then wakes up when the pill wears off. Anyone who had a right mind wouldn't even go near them, but Will didn't care, anything that would help with his symptoms is good. For now, he needed to not remember those dreams; now, he has a duty to fulfill.

Later that day, he attended a meeting with the Captain and Commander Shazam about their new assignment. Will pretended to pay close attention to every word the Captain said, but in his mind, he was at a loss to what had been going on throughout most of the meeting. He only remembered key words, such as "patrol", "Tie Advanced", and "core". But it didn't take him long afterward to figure out what had gone on. They had been given yet another patrol assignment.

When his men returned to reality, they'd hoped to see action again, or simply to fly again. But after a week of patrolling, their minds were totally changed. Although they didn't say it, their faces showed their thoughts crystal clear. The faces of men who were about to fall asleep in the dead of night, reading a book about the history of wallpaper that didn't have a single visual aide in it. Their faces were usually spirited as they left their rooms. But Will guessed that sometime after finding out their assignment for the day was to patrol an area again, and before they reached the hanger in their flight suits, their face gained what seemed like twenty pounds.

The men all spoke of the Empire pushing toward the core again, but Will was no longer excited about the idea anymore. What the needed wasn't the agonizing patrols, what they needed were actual battles. Where they fought against enemy pilots, fighter to fighter, cannon to cannon. Their job as patrols is to make sure that non of the enemy comes into the space unsupervised. But every time they leave the hanger in their Ties, Will hoped that there would be some random enemy that would stumble upon the restricted space. This time, it was no different.

As he sat in his temporary office, Will called up Than and Cyleaf. He briefed them on their new positions and responsibilities. After they were finished, he sent the rest of the squadron of the meeting that was to start in half an hour.

"You two are welcome to hang around, but I'd probably feel better if I didn't have someone following me around."

"Alright, if you don't mind, then we'll see to our own businesses."

"Sure, just be sure you're there for the meeting." Will said to the two pilots behind him as he walked out of the office.

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"I know that you're all incredibly bored at the fact that we have another patrol on our hands. I know that this has been going on ever since our return from the vacation. But I have some good news for you." Will paused slightly to look at everyone in turn, studying their faces. "This assignment came out today, and is to be put into action immediately. It's still another patrol run, but things have finally looked up." Once again he paused. This time not to take a look at everyone, but to allow for some chatter that had started at the mentioning of "things looking up". "We will be leaving in Tie Advanced fighters as soon as everyone in Phoenix Wing is ready."

"Will, why are we issued Tie Advanced if we're just going to do a daily routine patrol around the area?" Kal asked, a little puzzled.

"That's cause we're not going to be patrolling the area today. We will be spending the next two months in a system in the outer rims. The destination will not be revealed to you. We are equipped with Tie Advanced is because the Flight will not be carrying us, nor escorting us to our destinations. Once we launch and enter hyperspace, we're totally on our own. The hyperdrives of our fighters will take us to our destination." Will paused again to let all the information sink in.

"If you don't give us the coordinates, how do we know where to fly to?"

"You will all slave your ships to mine. when we reach the destination then we'll get things straightened out again. You should know that Than."

"yes Sir." Will knows that Than knew that Will didn't care for formalities, but Will guessed Than felt it was required.

"Anymore questions? We'll be launching in approximately half an hour, so be ready. Dismissed."

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Upon entering hyperspace Will made sure that his squadron was on the same course as he was, and that he was on the same course as Commander Shazam, then turned off the com link connection. He felt he was going to fall asleep again. But he wasn't sure if he was going to have one of his nightmares again, if he did, he didn't want anyone to find out about it.

He did.

This time, Demonic went first again. He fell, by the sound of his screaming, down a very deep hole or a tube, until his screams could no longer be heard. Than reported the situation to him, and told him that he couldn't reach Demonic by com. Will wanted to jump down into the hole, but in his dream, he moved on, so did everyone.

Orrak, as always, was killed by a native animal that lurked in the shadows of the cliff. Will knew about it, but had no power at all to change the course of the dream. Cyleaf, who took the back of team one, was killed this time, by a mudslide. Everyone else was able to run out of safety, but he was trapped.

Crystal didn't want to leave him, and was buried in the runny mud as well. When they reached the enemies, Qualray and Krius were shot. Leaving the last three, Than, Skylla, and himself.

But his dream didn't end this time like it usually does. It was interrupted by the beeping of his navigational computer. Opening his eyes, Will found that they were already out of hyperspace. His head throbbed, but he ignored the pain. He cranked the volume on the com unit up to normal, and caught the last line given by the command.

"The whole sector is on high alert!"

"Could you repeat that last, control?" Will demanded.

The command repeated, then went into a closed conversation with Shazam. When he reemerged, he ordered everyone go be prepared for action immediately. Will was thrilled; his head was no longer hurting. Or maybe it was, just couldn't be felt. It didn't matter to him anymore, as long as they're getting action, and by the sound of it, it was going to be some pretty intense action indeed.

 
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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 16, 2006 3:46:03 AM    View the profile of Amason 
It's late (or early, depending on how you look at it), and I need sleep.  I'll make corrections and proof read it in the morning.  --Am


...Onboard the Faseo the morning after the battle at Messari...
Shazam slowly scanned the hangar bay.  He wondered if there were enough of the crew not present at the trial to make up even a skeleton crew.  He'd been told by Amason not to worry about the charge against him, but just knowing that he had a court marshal coming up kept him on edge.  Seeing Lacey Porcema sitting at the defendant's table at her own court marshal didn't help things. 

"But she was guilty." He thought.  "this could very well be the last day of her life"

The last few days had been like a whirlwind for Shazam.  He felt emboldened by their recent success against an Alliance patrol.  But that feeling gave way to frustration, and anger; directed at the woman who now sat several feet in front of him, still dressed in a captain's uniform.

The hangar bay had been chosen for both Porcema's and Shazam's court marshals because the arbiter, Walt Amason, had decided to make the proceedings public.  This would serve to put down any rumors regarding Porcema's guilt, and Shazam's innocence.  The hangar grew quiet as several men emerged from a doorway a few yards away.  First came the man Shazam recognized as the XO, then Arturas, the acting captain, and finally Amason.  The trio sat down at a table near the center of the hangar, with Amason in the middle.  Seated in front, and to the left of the arbiter's table, sat Captain Lacey Porcema, the defendant. 

After several minutes of discussion between himself and the other two men at the table, Amason nodded to an officer standing just to the right of his table, who spoke up. "Silence please.  Let the Proceeding begin."

The sharp sound of steel on steel instantly quieted the crowd.  "Ladies and gentlemen"  Amason said, putting down his gavel, "We are dealing with a sensitive situation here.  I decided to make this hearing public to eliminate any misconceptions or rumors that might result from a closed session.  Don't make me regret that.  During this hearing, I expect each of you to conduct yourself in a manner befitting an Imperial Officer."

"Sir" The young officer assigned to represent Porcema stood and spoke. "I would like to start by" 

"Counselor" Amason interrupted with a slight edge to his voice. "Sit down." 

"Yes sir.  Sorry sir."

"Captain Lacey Porcema" Amason began. "you are hereby charged with violating Imperial Penal Code Article two, Chapter three, and Article three, Chapter six.  The charges are treason and espionage.  How do you plead?"

"Not guilty" came the reply, which seemed to surprise even Porcema's defense representative.  With those two words, the crowd began to murmur and whisper amongst themselves.  The volume of their collective voices grew to the point that Shazam was certain things would get out of hand.  "You'll pay for this!  All of.."  She was cut off by the crowd.

"Execute the traitor!"  Someone called.

"Enough" Amason said, slamming his gavel down. "Any further outbursts in any form will not be tolerated.  You'll spend the next three days in an isolated detention cell.  This is your only warning."  His words quickly quieted the room.  "Counselor, you may present your case."

The young man defending Lacey Porcema stood, and began his speech.  He talked at length about Porcema's military career, personal life, and reputation.  It appeared to Shazam that he was desperately trying to say anything that would lighten the sentence, or at least make himself look a bit better.

After forty five minutes passed, with Porcema's defender still going strong, Shazam was about to get up and leave, when Amason interrupted the man.  "That will be enough counselor.  Thank you."

"Yes sir" The young man said, returning to his seat.

"We will take a short recess, and return with the verdict and sentence"  Amason said, as he stood and made his way out of the hangar, followed by Arturas and the XO.

Shazam had heard enough.  He walked to the nearest exit, heading for his quarters.  He just wanted some time to think.  To be alone.

The rest of the day was a blur to him.  Lacey Porcema was convicted of treason and espionage, and, despite some objections by Arturas, sentenced to death.  She would be expelled from the ship via the refuse airlock, just before the ship would enter hyperspace.  Shazam's own hearing went the opposite way.  He was acquitted of the charge of Dereliction of Duty, and was publicly exonerated of any involvement in Porcema's crimes.  His squadron held a party in his honor in the Faseo's mess hall afterward.  He was grateful that his pilots seemed to be getting along very well.  Events like this seemed to further strengthen their relationships with each other.  He also spoke with Amason later that evening, and extended him an invitation to join Nazgul Squadron, as they needed experienced pilots.  After much discussion, the invitation was accepted. 

Eventually he called it a night, returning to his quarters, but sleep never came.  He still couldn't get over the fact that Lacey Porcema was a traiter...

...Early the next morning...
Six men and one woman stood in front of the airlock.  Fear was evident on the woman's face.  She had dreaded this moment.  Her mind wondered back to the day she first met Aladon Rhen, who eventually became her Alliance contact.  He was taken with him; with his ideals.  It hadn't taken long to convince her to work for the Alliance.  At first her work for the Alliance was easy.  A position report every few days, and anything else of interest.  But as time passed, her assignments had become increasingly difficult.  She grew cold and distrustful, always on edge.  She had nearly fled the ship when the arbiter arrived.  Had she known then that she was actually deciding between life and death, she would have made a different choice.  But that didn't matter now. She was going to die in the next few minutes. 

She was brought back into reality by Amason's voice.  "Ms. Porcema, do you have any last words?"

"The Alliance will win in the end.  Don't you see, there's nothing..."  Came the reply.

"Alright.  That's enough."  Amason said, nodding to one of the guards beside Porcema. 

The guard grabbed her upper arms, and pushed her through the opening and into the airlock.  He kept his weapon trained on her as he backed out of the airlock as another guard closed the inner hatch.  As soon as the hatch sealed, Porcema was up against the window.  Her face was contorted in a mixture of anger and fear as she beat her fists on the hatch.  Amason could feel her hatred, her fear, her helplessness.  She was obviously terrified of dying.  Her eyes went wide as he reached for the console beside the hatch that would open the outter door, depressuring the airlock.  Now she seemed to be pleading for her life.  The anger and hatred that had been evident on her face had been replaced by pure terror as tears began to fall from her eyes. 

Then she was gone.


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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 16, 2006 7:49:43 PM    View the profile of Than Sion 
Anyone who even had a slight knowledge of hyperspace physics would be fascinated that it was even possible to put sub space to practical use.  It is even more amazing that the machine that can make such a magnificent feat can be small enough to fit into the fighter that Than Sion was strapped into.

He had been thinking this right before he doused off, which must have been an act of a higher being in itself.  So began another rerun of the dream that had been tormenting Sion for months now.  It started out with him being on a NR medical supply ship.  There was a little girl crying because she was lost.  Than Sion offered to help the girl find her mom who apparently had the same profession as he, a medic of the New Republic.  A report came over the PA system that Imperial fighters had detected the medical convoy's attempt at escaping.  It wasn't much longer before the ship began to shake from fighter runs.  The PA clicked on a second time to report that the shields were about to drop and, to put it bluntly, that they were all going to die.  All of a sudden a large explosion went off and Than was paralyzed by the dreadful site of a wall of fire coming toward him.  But this never killed him in the dream, it let him live only to be taken to a place like hell by the souls of the dead.  He never did get a good look at the place they were taking him before he woke up.  Luckily for him, this time was no different.

He woke up, oddly enough not sweating very badly.  The dream had started because he had helped destroy that vessel.  Even though it was unarmed, the success of the mission had depended on the destruction of enemy supplies.  Unfortunately for Sion's conscience, medical supplies were included on that list.

He changed the topic in his mind to the fighter that was one with him right now.  This was the most advanced piece of technology that Sion had ever flown before.  It was literally an Interceptor on steroids having the same class engine system and similar cannon and wing formation.  Out of place for a TIE model, it had a strong shield with a quick regeneration rate.  Even rarer was the fact that it even packed a hyperdrive.  The many options of payload were also something for pilots to drool about.  Over all it was a great fighter and Than Sion was afraid to even scratch it.

As soon as they dropped out of hyperspace, his fighter began to sound alarms.  At first he thought that the mechanics had screwed something up but quickly got the picture of what was truly going on from the chit chat over the com channels.  Ironically, there was a lifting of Than's spirit from all the chaos.  There was now a chance of actual space combat!  Ever since day one of patrol duty, he hated it.  Not only was it boring to look at space hours on end while doing absolutely nothing, it gave him too much time to think.  Too much time to think of all the ways that he could possibly screw up.

Like a beacon of light from heaven, Will announced to Kaph to prepare for possible engagement.  It was back into the fight, back into the game.  In ground combat he was nothing, but in space he was a master.  Demonic and he could... the thought was shot down by stone cold truth right then and there.  There would be no Demonic covering his back, nor would they work together closely to achieve things that they could not do alone.  It was all over and probably for eternity.  They got to the point where advancement would no longer allow them to achieve it together.  Now their careers would take separate paths, their destiny no longer the same.  Than Sion could only hope that it was for the best.

"Guess this is where we see how well we work together," said Sion over the second flight channel.

Guess this is the ultimate test of my worth as a flight leader, Than Sion added to himself...



(OCC: I can't think of what exactly to put down for the part of the Will meeting that includes Cyleaf.  Since I wrote about the part that pertained specifically to myself, I guess Cy should get to write his too.  If you guys want to get caught up with the story, I recommend that you do flash backs to things that happened in the near past.  I'll probably end up doing it myself after you guys get your bits in.  The last comment about the Demonic/Than crisis has a cross reference to the competition.)

 
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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 17, 2006 5:50:03 AM    View the profile of Darius 
Darius blinked the sleep out of his eyes and read the message over again.

Darius,
We have a problem and we need to talk.  I'm working through the paper work to get you family crisis leave because my father has not been replying to my messages.  Plus, we need to talk, I have something to tell you. 

With love,
Layren


He sighed, she still loves me at least.  But some idiots after me have probably nabbed papa to get to me.  I hate life, he thought to himself.  Darius opened another screen on his console and began typing a message, a long message back to his troubled wife.  Half-way through, his door opened in his quarters.

Hunter stood in his doorway with his hand up, Darius had his gun instinctively trained on his heart, still in its holster.  "Anybody ever told you you're a very jumpy person?" Hunter queried.

Darius resisted the slight urge to smile and replied in his cold tone, "I don't like getting shot in the back.  Use the doorbell next time."

"Uh huh, well, I just had a few questions.  First, how's our flight holding up."

The young man sitting at the console finally let go of his DL-44 and informed his fellow comrade their situation.  "Well, Cail, the woman who had jumped in with that supply shuttle, didn't want to stay with Nazgul.  She somehow enjoys hopping around ship to ship protecting the single ships of cargo.  And Zurth, if I had been faster in shooting the A-wing that had almost killed him, he would probably still be here.  But he decided that the navy life wasn't the life for him, so he returned to Ryloth."  Darius stood up and packed a last few precious items in his massive duffle bag.

"So...its just you an me then," Hunter added, walking over to the console and quickly skimming the message that was currently on the screen.  Darius immediately dropped what was in his hands, grabbed Hunter by the collar, and held him against the wall in the small confines of his quarters.

Hunter began to breathe heavier, and Darius used his other hand to move his message from the ships computer to a datapad and opened up an official message from the VEN.  Gasping for air, because Darius had his fist pinned against his throat, Hunter spoke, "it's none of my business sir.  What ever domestic disputes you have with your wife are your own matter, not mine...please let go."

Darius quickly relinquished his grip and began explaining, "don't read my messages.  Let that be a first lesson when you're around me.  Second, DJ234 is returning the the Navy after a long leave.  He was a former Nazgul and since our flight has the least number.

"Yes sir, anything else that I need to know?" he asked, smoothing the wrinkles out of his collar.

"No Hunter, you can go and get prepared, we depart for active duty in an hour."

"Thanks sir," he added and left the room, massaging his sore neck.

The young Nazgul flight leader walked over and opened the chest at the foot of his bed.  He opened an carefully examined the contents before removing them from their cubby.  He sighed as he tossed the chest plate of his covetted armor on his bed and pulled out his wedding band from a small box in the bottom of the chest.

"What the hell, you might as well wear it," he muttered to himself, and began to arm himself for yet another mission in service of the Vast Imperial Navy.
 
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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 17, 2006 12:10:04 AM    View the profile of Hunter 
  Rubbing his throat reflexively, Hunter walked away from Darius room, aiming back towards his own quarters. Due to Hunter having been a slicer in a past existence, it was automatic reflex for him to just sit down in front of any running terminal and begin reading. This wasn't the first time it had gotten him in trouble. When will I learn to stop doing that, especially around military people? He pondered as he stepped into his room. As he began to pack his usual equipment, Hunter spoke quietly to himself, "So, we lose two and gain another. Seems like that happens quite often here."

  When he picked up his flight helmet to put into his bag, a small rectangular piece of metal dropped out onto his bed. "I'd forgotten that you were there," Hunter whispered, picking up the small rectangle with his right hand. Turning it so the longer end was horizontal to his eye, he squeezed his eyes shut for a moment. When he opened them again, the mechanical pieces inside his eyes had clicked into a different position, allowing him to see in another spectrum. The strip now looked to have a picture blazing on its surface, a picture of one of the few family members he'd been able to track down in his life. . .
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*Two years earlier*

  Walking down the narrow street, Ridley glanced over his shoulder to make sure he wasn't being followed. I hate meeting with criminals. You always feel like your being followed. Pulling his cloak closer around him, he stepped inside a dark bar. Immediately his senses were assaulted. His nostrils flared up as the many varieties of smoke wafted into his sinuses. Forcing down a cough, he squinted his right eye to see well. Thankfully his left never had to deal with varying light, though the price of losing an eye could be considered to high. Unless it was lost in an accident, of course.

  Along with the smells and darkness arrived the sounds of the bar. Clinking glasses, minor bar fights, and hushed chatter combined to form a perfect cover if you wanted to talk discretely. Ridley ordered a Corellian Ale as he walked up to the bar. The alien bartender nodded. It was almost fun to watch him work. He had ten arms, something most bartenders would die for at times, and thus the bar had been specially made for him to work with. It was said he could serve eight orders all at the same time, but that was only a rumor. Slapping down the payment on the counter, Ridley picked up his glass and turned around. He scanned the bar for the right booth then nodded when he saw his contact.

  Dodging his way through the mass of people, he slid into the booth across from the man. His contact was middle aged. His hair had gone prematurely white. His years of philandering had caught up to him, gracing him with a rough cough and pale skin. His eyes were sunken into his head, but they had sharpness to them, which even stood out in the dark room. A blaster could be seen on the inside of his vest, placed there to be seen on purpose, though Ridley knew he probably had another tucked up his sleeve.

  "Even though I've seen that eye twice now, it still gives me a little chill. How did you lose it again?" the man wheezed.

  Ridley knew he was in no position to demand answers, so he played along. "It was an assassination attempt. On my family," he added a moment later. Just because the man was powerful didn't mean he could pry deeply into Ridley's past.

  "Ah yes, same old Ridley Vandate. I assume you want to get to business quickly; you've made it clear you don't like to talk much, or be around people as well. Now see, that's where we differ. I like having a lot of people around me. They make me feel safe, especially since I know they won't betray me. I'm content to let the galaxy war with itself. There's no need to get swept up in this political war," The man paused a second as a racking cough swept through his body. When it had died down, he continued, "I'm content to sit here on Nar Shadaa and reap in the wealth through information. Take you for example; I'd never have met such an extraordinary slicer for so cheap if I didn't have what you wanted."

  "And I did what you wanted, Gartand. I got what you needed," Hunter pulled out the datapad with the information on it, holding it in front of him for emphasis. "Now I'm tired of these games. I want out, and I want the information you promised. I can just as easily destroy this as I got it. Have fun finding another man to do your high tech dirty work."

  Gartand sat there a moment then broke out in a laugh, sounding more like a dry cough than anything else. "Such a fine lad. Such charisma and bravery. . . Such stupidity as well." Gartand slammed his fist down on the table, causing a few heads to turn for a moment before they realized who they were looking at. "I own you boy. I own this entire block, even if the legal papers say otherwise. Don't think for a second I couldn't find another pitiful slicer to do the job you did. You aren't valuable enough to me to think you can leave my services without repercussions if I don't want you to." He glanced over Ridley's shoulder and motioned his hand.

  A moment later, a strong grip was pressed against Ridley's shoulder. Looking to the side, he followed the length of the arm until he was looking up into a face that looked like it had been copied off a marred wall. Before he knew it, he was pressed up against the wall, a hand pushed against his throat. With the blood pounding in his ears, he almost couldn't hear Gartand's last words, "I could kill you now, but you're right, I don't feel like having to find another slicer. Paper work is so boring. I'll give you part of the information you wanted for your services though. That eye of yours should come in handy. I expect to find you here tomorrow for you next assignment. I'll be very angry if I hear you've disappeared." The hand pulled away from his throat, allowing Ridley to collapse into the booth.

  Once his sense had returned, Ridley found that Gartand and his brute were gone, along with the datapad. In its place was a small piece of metal. All that for this. A piece of scrap? Picking it up, he was about to throw it across the room, when something stopped him. "Why would he mention my eye?" Hunter asked himself. For a moment he just stared at the metal again then he switched his optical view to another setting. After filing through two different spectrums, he let out a grunt. When he switched to the next setting, the image of a man appeared on the metal rectangle along with a name. Marius Vandate. Well, it wasn't all for naught. I've at least found one of my brothers, if it is just a name and face.

  When he left the bar, Ridley felt a slight happiness inside of him; something he hadn't felt in a few years. But when the realization came to him that he wasn't finished working for Gartand, the feeling was swept aside. What have I gotten myself into?

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*Preset*

  Putting the rectangle back into it place in the helmet, Hunter finished packing his bag with the last of his equipment. He didn't think he would need any of his special tools, but he always took one or two of his smallest slicing equipment wherever he went. They'd saved his life in the past.

  When he stepped into the hall, he found Darius and DJ234 waiting for him. "What took you so long?" Darius asked.

  "Uh, I couldn't find my helmet," Hunter lied. As they walked down the hall toward the hanger, Hunter said kidding, "I just realized I'm the only on this flight without a D at the beginning of their name."

  "I guess you're the odd man out then," DJ responded. "I hope that doesn't mean anything."

  Hunter grinned. This should be an interesting day.

(OOC Alright, I know I didn't take my flight up to where Shazam left off, but if someone posts today before the end of the night, I should be able to get another one in that gets us there. I figured I'd do a little character Dev, since none of you really know about Hunter. Sorry if I screwed up either of your characters.)

 
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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 17, 2006 12:10:07 AM    View the profile of Amason 
...Continued from Shazam's post...

The devastation was unbelievable...

As the two squadrons approached Nestamas, great patches of scorched earth could be seen from space, along with the smaller glow of millions of structure fires.  In some places, the fires were so concentrated that they resembled the lights of cities as seen from space.  The most populated areas of the planet had been all but obliterated. 

After several minutes of silence, Shazam cleared his throat then spoke. "Alright people, we've got a job to do.  Sensors didn't pick up anything when we entered the area, but they're here.  They're definitely here.  Begin a broad sensor sweep of the area.  Nazgul will the south hemisphere, Kaph will take the north."

As each squadron broke off, they separated into smaller flights, on different headings to maximize sensor coverage.  Shazam could tell that some of his pilots were getting anxious.  Shazam had a bad feeling about this.  This was too quiet.  He preferred a direct confrontation rather than playing hide and seek.  "It would take several medium to large cruisers to cause this much damage." he thought, looking at the planet in the starboard side of his viewport.

"Sir" It was Darius, Nazgul five, whose flight was closest to the south pole of the planet.  "I'm getting a faint image.  It's almost like a sensor ghost."

"Position?"

"It's coming from the other side of the planet."  Came the reply.

Nestamas had an extremely strong magnetic field; something that both rebel and imperial commanders alike had learned to use.  Some planets made for better cover than others, but Nestamas was in a league of it's own.

"A sensor ghost on the other side of the planet..." Shazam's thoughts were interrupted by Darius.

"Definitely not a ghost!  I'm reading an energy build up, and a lot of radiation.  It has to be our enemy fleet.  They must in combat.  It has to be laser fire." 

"That, or they just jumped into hyperspace.  Nazgul, form up!"  Shazam ordered.

"Kaph One to Nazgul One" It was Will, commander of Kaph squadron.  "We'll approach from the north pole.  There should be less chance of either of us being detected before we're within range--if they're still there.

"Acknowledged Kaph One.  If they have jumped, we'll see if we can follow. Good hunting."

We're rolling now 


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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 17, 2006 12:25:17 AM    View the profile of Cyleaf Aehait 
It was such a great feeling to be back in the cockpit of a fighter. The contours of the chair and the resistance of the flight stick was bringing him a sense of security. Though Cyleaf didn't mind being on the ground, not having a shield or metal encasing protecting you left a feeling of vulnerability. When the ship entered hyperspace along with the rest of Phoenix Wing the lights and beeping of the console seemed to lull him to sleep better then any bed did.

As his eyes drifted closed thoughts of the meeting swirled into his mind. With each every step he drifted closer to total sleep the images became sharper. In his mind he always wondered why in dreams he always saw things in third person, how could his mind know that when he was staring at Will, Than had is left hand quietly tapping on his chairs armrest in agitation.

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"Alright gentleman, I have already said this to Than but I wanted to tell you too Cy, I absolutely hating breaking up Than and Kal. Their chemistry together and flying ability were extremely remarkable. But as you both know Kal's carrier has taken a step up along with Than's." Cyleaf was sitting there absorbing the information, Will was his commander and Than his superior, that had not changed. Though he flew as Kaph 3 without a wingman Will had kind of acted like his, helping him when needed and Cy reciprocated.

Will continued on, "That doesn't matter now though, I want you two to become the new duo, and you have to watch out for Dredj who's fresh out of the academy." Cyleaf saw Than's look of apprehension though he had not been looking at him in the meeting. "You are now dismissed, go introduce yourselves to Dredj and we have a meeting in half an hour." Both Than and Cyleaf stood up and watching himself in the dream they both left the lower following his superior out as was custom. Upon the whoosh of the closing door the scene changed from an office to the interior of a shuttle.

He watched himself sitting there strapped in, the white around his violet eyes were redden in sadness. The Zabrak was shaking slightly. He was looking at himself like another would and he felt pity for the humanoid in front of him. The ship touched down in Bela Vista and the dream Cy unfastened and stood up, his normal stride was slow and somber as he exited the ramp, it was almost as if he was carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders.

The scene shifted again and he saw himself walking around the market place. Memories of how sad he felt inside fluttered into him. Stopping at one vendor he asked for directions. "Excuse me Sir; I am looking for the Berhak residence." With disgust the Bothan retorted "Nothing around here is free friend, information has a price." Reaching into his pocket grabbed 50 credits and handed them to the man.

With his tongue more loosened up the Bothan directed Cyleaf to one of the poorest streets in the city. Watching himself step around refuse and walk up to a tattered house the other Zabrak knocked at the door, when the rusted metal opened all he saw was darkness.

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The alarm of the console aroused him screaming from sleep, "I am so sorry" he repeated the words twice before realizing where he was. His face became fearful, did that go over the wing channel? he questioned himself before checking the console. After a minute he sighed in relief, it wasn't set to voice activated and all he could do was listen.

Hearing the communications from control to their wing leader Shazam he gripped the stick hard a few times, they were on high alert. After a few minutes of silence Shazam came back on the channel, they were going to be heading into the hot zone. His com set on scan it switched to the Kaph channel when Will came over.  "Alright boys we're up for engagement."

Next thing Than came over the Kaph channel, some of the apprehension he had experienced in the dream showed in his voice. "Guess this is where we see how well we work together," taking a breather he issued his first command as Cyleaf's flight leader, "Form up on me flight two and keep an eye out." Cyleaf grabbed the stick and work the pedals moving himself to Than's left, though both pilots were pretty good at what they do both almost collided.

"I said form up, that means you form on my right 6 not my left what is going through your head?" That angered the Zabrak; standard protocol stated that the wingman was supposed to form up left on his flight leader. We're not getting off to a good start he thought maneuvering himself into position on Than's right. It was this teams beginning and it could only get better from here, or one thought.

 
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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 17, 2006 8:25:50 PM    View the profile of Than Sion 
He looked down upon the piles of permacrete and bent durasteel.  Where once stood a chemical factory was now a pile of enflamed sludge that burned with a green flame.  Ironically there was no danger for there was no one left to be poisoned.  That was not the only place that still burned, there was massive fires everywhere.  The enemy did this very recently and from the looks of it, killing millions in the process.  Most disheartening was a residential area that had been burned to the ground by orbital bombardment.  He could only think of scorched, limp bodies of children and the parents that they had clung to in their final hours.  The New Republic boasts about how evil the Empire is, but I see no difference between the crimes of the Emperor and what the Rebels have done here today, thought Than Sion.  I take that back, at least when the Death Star destroyed Alderaan no one lived only to die slowly from their own injuries.  There were no children left without parents.  There was only a massive explosion and then nothing but big chunks of rock in space.

The New Republic would pay for t heir crimes against the Empire and Than Sion personally.  It was NR soldiers that had killed his parents in cold blood.  Left their bodies to rot at the threshold as one would leave garbage at a land fill.  Than Sion would kill as many of them as it would take for the Vast Empire to come to power, or die trying.  The New Republic was unworthy of ruling the galaxy.

"Sir, I'm getting a faint image.  It's almost like a sensor ghost," said Darius, second flight leader of Nazgul.  Than Sion wasn't sure, but he believed that Darius had also recently been promoted to flight leader.  Sion wondered if Darius was having any better luck with his pilots.

"Position?" asked Shazam.

"It's coming from the other side of the planet."  Came the reply.

"Definitely not a ghost!  I'm reading an energy build up, and a lot of radiation.  It has to be our enemy fleet.  They must in combat.  It has to be laser fire." 

"That, or they just jumped into hyperspace.  Nazgul, form up!"  Shazam ordered.

"Kaph One to Nazgul One," this was Will, "we'll approach from the north pole.  There should be less chance of either of us being detected before we're within range--if they're still there.

"Acknowledged Kaph One.  If they have jumped, we'll see if we can follow. Good hunting."

Than Sion's anxiety sky rocketed.  It had been a long time since he had felt the G's of combat or had to outsmart a birdie.  He just hoped that his skills weren't rusty and that his pilots would do well.  Though he didn't have high expectation's after Cyleaf's little mistake.  If only Kal and I did something stupid that got us demoted, thought Than.  Then we could have been able to work together longer.  Don't be stupid, your duty is to serve the Vast Empire.  If taking a command position is how I can best serve the Empire, then so be it.

The rush of adrenaline and the pre battle hype was all for nothing.  There was nothing but empty space when they got there.  While empty space and a lot of gamma radiation caused by a jump to hyperspace. 

"This is Nazgul 1, can somebody figure out where they jumped to?"

"This is Kaph 2, I already calculated possible jump points.  I'll send you the coordinates of the most likely."

"Thanks Kaph 2, I'll send a message to control right away so we can take down these Rebel scum."

That was Demonic, always thinking ahead...   

 
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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 18, 2006 12:34:06 AM    View the profile of Shazam 
Too late...  Shazam didn't blink for a moment, stunned by his own worst-case scenario come true; and he'd had a premonition of it.  Even before his scanners detected the destructive residue and energy emenating from the planet, he's seen the fires come to life as fiery rain pelted structures that someone, somewhere had called home, or work or just a place to talk...  Buildings held memories and to see them die in such a tragic form was disheartening-

"Do you copy, Nestamas?  Anyone?"  Shazam had opened up an open unit across whatever frequencies might have remained, but there was nothing...  The silence prevailed for a few minutes while the entire group seemed to resign themselves to deep thought, no longer interested in chatting up the next battle or complaining about the last few weeks...  Shazam was relieved when Darius spoke up and he was able to give some orders...

There are still people alive down there...  Shazam thought it as he endeavered to explain an alternative to the radiation; we can't just leave them...

Then Phoenix was splitting up and heading across the different poles; it was so quiet...  Nazgul drifted south in silence, watching the planet like an old holo drama, but simply stunned that it could be so real.  Shazam was sharp but he couldnt' help but feel pre-occupied by the thoughts of those still on the planet- Shut-up or get out, now...  Now wasn't the time to feel idealistic.

Though he'd gotten himself into the frame of mind that warranted battle, he wasn't disappointed to see empty space- it wasn't right yet...  "This is Nazgul 1, can somebody figure out where they jumped to?"

"This is Kaph 2, I already calculated possible jump points.  I'll send you the coordinates of the most likely."  At least they're on thier toes...

"Thanks Kaph 2, I'll send a message to control right away so we can take down these Rebel scum."  Shazam began to run through the frequencies when he noticed a change in pitch...  He cycled through again, trying to point out a single channel...  Unable to rest on anything definite, he turned up the volume slightly so that he might identify...  An image shot across his mind and he couldn't think- No...  Shazam switched the channel immedietly... 

"Is anyone out there!"  The drained voice of one man burst into the calm, cutting Shazam away from the whine he'd just heard moments before. 

"This is Phoenix Wing of the Vast Empire Navy- we've come to protect your planet from further assault..."  Shazam began, not sure of what to tell these people- were people going to arrive to help?  They'd been so prudish as to only send Phoenix for support when they were expecting and enemy force of three cruisers...

"Thank whoever!  We need support vessels immedietly!"  The voice sounded so enlightend and full of hope...  Shazam glanced out the viewport to check on the formation of the surrounding fighters as they swarmed around the old radation trail from the enemy ships...

"You're going to have to listen very, very closely, Sir- we're not equipped with the supplies to facilitate you're needs- help should arrive within the next few hours..."  Shazam didn't know that but he had to say something-

There was silence over the com; Shazam slapped himself, realizing this was an open line...  He would have to be extremely careful with his words while everyone was listening in.  The voice of the man over the com strengthened at last-

"Then you go and get those basterds...  GO and get those basterds!"  And we will...  Shazam didn't answer the man as he became quiet again; Demonic's line chirped up on his computer.

"What is is, Kaph?"  Shazam pulled up on the controls and felt the weight of the craft emerge as he crested a small hill and rode it back down. 

"I've got a definete exit vector- only thing is that its already being engaged."  Shazam lifted an eyebrow-

"By whom?"

"Kaph 1 just got off the line with command- apparently the Doashim is seeing to the engagement."  Shazam's heart leaped...  In an instant he'd found the frequency for the command line and began receiving instructions...  First they were told to hold position, then there was word of going to the surface to make greater inspections to make sure all enemy fighter craft had been cleared...  Then there was a coordinate...

"Phoenix- I'm forwarding the following coordinates to everyone: we're to assist the Strike-Cruiser Doashim against the enemy force that struck here..."  Shazam knew that there was a wave of excitement that was probably being closely followed by a back-up consideration.  If they took Phoenix to face the minimal three enemy cruisers with the Doashim at thier side...  How were they likely to come out?  "We will have no support for some time- it is up to use to secure the space in that area as well as defeat the enemy and protect our allied ship."  And we won't be late...

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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 18, 2006 8:37:49 AM    View the profile of Cyleaf Aehait 
Sitting in the cockpit the Zabrak began to sweat, must be my pre-battle nerves he thought to himself as he turned down the heater on the console. Phoenix Wing was splitting up both heading around opposite poles of the planet. Proceeding on their designated course Cy looked over the vast planet, though he could see hardly anything except some spread out fires as he overlooked the night side of the planet.

Demonic had already projected the enemy's jump points to praise from Shazam. Suddenly the Zabrak was angry, he was a pilot but now all that he would be compared to was Kal. How the hell could that be fair he asked himself, being under the microscope as he now was is a double edge. If Cy did great and they proved to be same or better praise would be theirs, but if not, well blame rolls down hill and he was at the bottom.

To take his mind off everything he began a systems check, better now than in the heat of battle. As the computer calculated all the information Cyleaf input commands to optimize his shielding by taking some power from his capacitor. He liked that better, his shots were not underpowered it was just that he couldn't fire as much, but on the flipside he would last a little longer.

All systems were green, "Five, my systems are all green." Than double clicked his acknowledge. Peering around the cockpit it wasn't all too different then the Hawkbat they had flew on their squadrons last missions. The difference lay in the armament and speed, the Hawkbat was about 3mglt faster but sported two less cannons.

Shrugging his shoulders though no one could seem them he sat back and enjoyed ride in space. Except for the other fighters in Kaph the vacuum of space was always tranquil except for the shiny distant stars. Those ground pounders don't know what they are missing down there and if he could Cy would have them see and feel what a pilot does. 

Kaph approached the north pole, the white of the planet shown eerily as the suns rays began to illuminate it, and it was beautiful. Such a shame that something can look so pristine when the rest of the planet is in utter chaos. "We're going to be rounding the pole soon, remember no one knows yet what we might be up against so be prepared for everything" Kaph 1 spoke over the comm, "And by all means let's all come home in one piece." Kaph 2 added.

Only now did it dawn on Cyleaf that he hadn't really heard Skylla or Than communicating over comms, must be on a private channel he thought. Remembering how hard it was to prepare a loved one for battle he could only imagine what was going through their minds. He didn't do too good of a job with Crystal, every since the trip she has been distant towards him, he hoped it was temporary.

Reaching up to the console with his left hand to flip to voice activated switch he got a surprise as his hand went slightly numb. Raising an eyebrow the Zabrak began to open and close it rapidly trying to work the blood back in, he hated the feeling of something going to sleep. Getting the feeling back he flicked the switch and spoke; "Wow this is the first time I have had pre-action jitters this bad."

 
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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 18, 2006 6:21:19 PM    View the profile of Than Sion 
"So back in the cockpit again," said Kaph Flight 2 Leader to Flight 3 leader over a private channel.

"I guess you could say it that way," replied Skylla.

"If something happens I want you to know that..."

"I know, I love you too."

"It is just that if something happened to you I don't think I could deal with it," said Sion bleakly.

"I feel the same way, but we cannot let it slow us down in battle for the worse could happen if we do."

"I already came to that conclusion myself, I am happy you feel the same way."

War did not look kindly upon inter squadron relationships.  It left too many emotions that may be able to over power cold logic.  When you let emotions take control of you in fighter combat, and in any other type of combat in that matter, you become a streak of fire in the sky.  You need to stay cold, unforgiving, willing to die and let die at any minute for the greater good.  Sion could only hope that he would make the right choice when it was a hard one...

"Phoenix- I'm forwarding the following coordinates to everyone: we're to assist the Strike-Cruiser Doashim against the enemy force that struck here," said Phoenix 1.  "We will have no support for some time- it is up to us to secure the space in that area as well as defeat the enemy and protect our allied ship." 

"You heard the man," said Kaph 1.  "The Doashim has reported that it is out gunned and out numbered by our NR friends.  We have been given jump coordinates and have been ordered to assist along with Nazgul.  Squadron form up, we are going to make the jump to hyperspace."

It only took a few seconds for Kaph to form up and make the jump to hyperspace.  Only a few minutes later they were back into real space.  Everybody's senses were on full alert in the case of an enemy ambush that never came.  Before them was a vast asteroid field and within those asteroids could be seen a medium cruiser being pestered by what looked like flies.  But anyone with a brain would know that they were enemy fighters.

"Phoenix-Prepare for engagement," said Shazam.  "We are going in.  Kaph take the right flank of the Doashim and Nazgul will take the right.  Let's get those Rebel Scum before they know what hit them.  I just hope we are not too late."

"This is Kaph one to the other flight leaders.  Let's spread out our flights so that we will cover a greater area.  Report flight status, we are all green."

"This is Kaph 5, everything is good with us."

"This is Kaph 9, same here."

"Good," said Will confidently, "Then let us send these sorry Rebel swine back to the 9 hells where they belong!"

So here it was, the final moments before everything turned to a storm of explosions and laser fire.  Than Sion was ready for it though, it was time to put these Rebels that have done so much damage to the VE in their place...

 
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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 18, 2006 7:24:44 PM    View the profile of Trevor Evenson 
*** Before everything happened, including our launch ***


Trevor had arisen from his sleep not due to his chrono going off, but from the mildly annoying beeping of the datapad that was near his bed. Sleepily he rolled over and muttered to himself somthing about five more minutes, bringing his hand down one the night table, knocking the datapad off. The sound it made as it hit the floor caused him to jump though, and he sat up. Leaning forward, he brouhgt his knees towards him and rested his head on them before leaning back and stretching. He was one of the few Nazgulians who had not been stressed out by the recent going-ons, and was taking a very relaxed approach to everything.

After a moment he decided to pick up whatever he had knocked down, and upon leaning over the edge of the bed found his datapad lieing face up, displaying that he had two messages on it. He grabbed it and propping himself up on his pillow, checked his first message, which was from Shazam.

    Trevor, I hope this didn`t wake you, I know its still early. Trevor quickled checked his chrono and realized that it was fairly early, but about the time he usually woke up. I thought I`d let you in on a few squadron changes we`ve made. Raigen is now in your flight, to help accomedae some newer members. Trevor found himself re-reading this part of the text, asking himself who Raigen was, finally remembering that it was one of the hotshot pilots from Aegis. After making up his mind and identifying a name with a face, he read the rest of the message, which Shazam had seemed to add as an afterthought. Oh, I also think that by now you should be getting your ass out of bed. We`ve been given another patrol assignment and are heading out soon.

Trevor suddenly had the urge to go back to bed and hide for the rest of the day. Another patrol run. Why don`t we get to do anything exciting. Who knows, maybe we`ll run into a band of pirates, or better yet, two bands of pirates. He thought to himself optimisticaly. It was then that he remembered the second message. He quickly snapped up the datapad which had been tossed next to him and checked the second message. It was from Tokijin.

    Hey! I hope you`re up already, we had planned to meet a bit early for breakfast, remember? I`ll be waiting for you in the mess hall. Don`t be too late. See you soon! : )

It had been the incentive Trevor needed, and it only took hima few minutes to get ready. He had pulled on a plain pair of pants and a blue t-shirt, nothing special, after getting out of the `fresher. It was a short sprint down the hall to the cafeteria, and it didn`t take him long to locate Toki. She was standing in line and when she spotted him, waved him over.

"I thought you wern`t going to show, so I decided to get in line." She said, trying to make it sound as if she was mad at him.

"Why wouldn`t I show, I`m not that lazy." He replied to her, letting out a small laugh while watching her do her best to hide a smile. She softly hit him as they moved foreward in the line, getting some breakfast, which was surprisingly good for ship food, and making their way to a table farther in, trying to find one less crowded. Toki spotted one first and led Trevor over and took a seat.

"So whats new?" She asked, carefully selecting what to start eating first.

"Well, we`ve got a new flight member. Raigen, ne of the ones who came with Jaden from Aegis." he told her between mouthfuls of scrambled eggs.

"Oh! He`s that one hotshot, isn`t he?" She asked, seeming slightly excited at the thought of someone new to fly with.

"Yeah, thats him." Trevor replied, sounding somewhat sullen. Toki raised an eyebrow at him and he launched into a short explanation. "I just think that he better straighten up if he plans to get along with me. One of his hotshot moves could get us all killed if he isn`t careful." Trevor told her, frusteration easily detectable in his voice. "I just don`t want him endangering my people..I mean person...you..."

"Aw. Well, at least give him a chance." Toki told him, taking his hand in her own. She looked up from the table and nodded in the direction she was looking. "Hey, isn`t tht him?" She asked, and Trevor looked up to see Raigen on his way to their table.

***Back to Present***

Trevor cracked his neck as they made their way past the southern part of the planet. It was not fun for him to see destruction like this, but it sure motivated him to do his best to help and stop whoever caused it.

"So whats the plan going to be if we show up and there are more ships there then we and the Doashim can handle?" Trevor asked Shazam, geniely wondering if the strike cruiser and a pair of squadrons could succesfully stand up to whatever had caused this serious of damage.

"Don`t Die." Shazam replied, and Trevor was glad to see that his commander still managed to show his sense of humor under such dire circumstances. A few weak laughs could be heard over the comm-line, but Trevor could tell everyone was feeling either very excited, or not excited at all. He switched over to flight three`s channel.

"Alright you two, I want to see some professional flying. Raigen, please try and hold off on the hotshot stuff, alright?" Trevor asked in a half joking tone, and got a pair of affermatives from Tokijin and Raigen.
 
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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 18, 2006 9:58:49 PM    View the profile of Demonic 
Earlier...


Demonic sat at his desk, sketching.

Kal always enjoyed drawing - he drew fighters, ships and other technology which he conceived during his spare time. Ships and Technology were his world -  Only when dealing with them did he feel confident he could succeed, and that he was truly happy.

He paused for a moment, and turned his pondering to another topic. When he had joined the Vast Empire, he had done it out of a misdirected sense of revenge, and a need for a purpose in life. But were those reasons good enough?

Kal wasn't a killer. He could kill, certainly - he had to be able to as a fighter pilot. But he didn't enjoy it.
He liked to convince him when he entered battle that he was doing it for his empire, but that wasn't exactly true. It wasn't their beliefs that he thought for.

So why did he keep fighting? Darr-Rann, who he considered a brother, was a stormtrooper in the empire, but even that didn't seem like a good enough reason for him.

He paused and looked at the clock which sat on the desk. An hour 'till briefing... Better get going.

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Demonic sat back as his fighter flew through the alternative-dimension of hyperspace. He had no clue where he was going, but it didn't really matter. He was just happy to be back in a fighter again.

The fighter was a good one too  TIE Avengers were rarely assigned, usually only on missions of great importance. He personally owned one himself, so he was familiar with the craft and how it flew. He maintained and tuned his fighter, so there was some difference in performance. Still, it was a good change from the interceptors they normally flew.

He relaxed and let his mind drift...

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One year ago...


"Demonic, you've got one on your six!" Dice yelled out over the comset. Kal looked at his sensor and cursed himself for not paying better attention. "Hold on, I'll take him down." His wingman continued. Kal looked to his rear-view screen and saw Dice pull his V-Wing fighter behind the pursuing X-Wing. The deadly craft's twin laser cannons blazed to life, tearing the NR pilot's ship to shreds.

"Got him!" Dice called out. Kal grinned.

"Thanks, I owe you one." He said. The pilot then turned his attention back to his target. Looming ahead of them was a New Republic minor troop-transport, loaded with NR infantry being moved in to reinforce the police stationed on Corellia. It was his job, along with the others of the resistance's starfighter corps, to stop the ship from ever reaching it's destination. They had stopped the ship small convoy with a space mine, moving in and taking down one of the carriers before the enemy could even mobalize their defenses. The first ship's destruction wasn't satisfying for Kal though. He wanted revenge for the people who he had lost the these forces -  and that meant killing them down to the last man.

"We've got more company!" Dice yelled...
 
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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 18, 2006 10:17:35 PM    View the profile of Willtconq 
"Phoenix-Prepare for engagement," Shazam's command cam over the speakers. "We are going in. Kaph take the right flank of the Doashim and Nazgul will take the right. Let's get those Rebel Scum before they know what hit them. I just hope we are not too late."

"This is Kaph one to the other flight leaders. Let's spread out our flights so that we will cover a greater area. Report flight status, we are all green."

"This is Kaph 5, everything is good with us."

"This is Kaph 9, same here."

"Good," said Will confidently, "Then let us send these sorry Rebel swine back to the 9 hells where they belong!" But then he felt something was wrong. He couldn't pinpoint the cause of the uneasy feeling, so he took what little time he had, and revised what had been said since in the last few minutes. The lines of conversation briefly scrolled through Will mind. Then he caught it. "Hold on a sec. Kaph one to Nazgul one, If we're both covering the Doashim's right flank, who's covering the left?" Will thought Shazam had a reason for them to both take the right, but the wording of the command and the logic simply didn't fit.

"What's that Kaph one? I ordered Kaph to take the right and Nazgul to take the left. What..." Shazam questioned angrily, clearly, to him, it wasn't the right time to making jokes about orders. But as he said it a second time, he stopped in mid-sentence as he also caught what he had said earlier. "Pardon me. But this is the order, Kaph, take the Doashim's right flank. Nazgul, follow me to the left. Now split."

By then, The two squadrons were already into the outer reaches of the asteroid field. Chunks of rock flew by at every different directions and speeds. As Will turned to the right to get on a proper approach vector to the Doashim, He came almost head on with an asteroid. On reflex, he quickly jerked the flight stick, taking advantage of a large crater in the asteroid, the ship rolled to left and down, less than a meter from the asteroid, and cleared it into safety, temporary safety. Behind him, everyone was able to clear the asteroid intact.

Sitting back, Will noted a few drops of sweat on his forehead. Man, I need to relax, and concentrate. Being this jumpy is gonna kill me in a place like this. He pulled in a long breath. the regulator pumping air into his lungs. Then he let the air run out. Then another deep breath, before he relaxed his muscles, and checked out his surroundings.

"Of all the battles we've been in, this is already the second time, for some of you, to be flying in an asteroid. Look out for the others who haven't before." Will commented to his squadron, Demonic and Than in particular. "Hellkite, form up with Demonic. Etan, with me. Than, look after Dredj. Cyleaf, I trust that your superior skills will keep you alive. As to Flight three, you're all excellent pilots, making any of you three group together would do more harm than help. From now on, do what you must to keep yourself, and possibly your wingman, alive."

Just as he said it, a small asteroid flew up from below, on a collision path with Etan. Dipping lower, Will shatter the rock with a burst of his guns.
 
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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 19, 2006 6:57:12 PM    View the profile of Demonic 
"Kaph four, this is Kaph two. Weaken power to your back shields and strengthen the rest -  If your slow enough to get hit from behind by an asteroid, your moving too slow." Kal said, taking the action himself. Percentages on his shield monitors shifted.

"Roger that Kaph two." Hellkite responded. His squadron monitor reflected the changes as the Leading Crewman made adjustments. An asteroid loomed ahead, and Kal pulled up quickly to evade it. He was surprised to see the other pilot roll to the right, skimming his side slightly against a smaller rock.

"Careful Kaph two. Try and mimic my course of action." He said. It was odd flying without Than, although he supposed this wouldn't even really reflect what it was going to be like in Kaph One, since Willtconq was his new wingman.

Another set of asteroids were directly ahead of them. Not much time to move... He thought, quickly making his judgement. "Kaph two, laser cannons, all linked!" He yelled through his comlink, switching the fire setting and triggering the cannons. Four-Shot bursts tore through space, slamming into the rocks in front of them, reducing them to dust and rubble.

"Good work four, keep it up." He said. Suddenly something caught his attention, and his eyes turned to the sensor display. Upcoming electronic signals... He thought. Suddenly he realized what was happening.

"Hellkite, missiles ahead! Be prepared to evade!"  He said frantically, intensifying his forward shields. Surely enough, debris in front of them exploded in a violent flash as some of the weapons made contact, the others getting caught into the blast and detonating themselves. Kal grimaced as his forward shields took a slight drop from the edge of the blast.

Demonic activated his commset, tuning it to the wing frequency. "This is Kaph two, we're experiencing contacts inside the asteroid field! It appears to be A-Wings. They're using their concussion missiles." He said. The enemy came into view, and sure enough, they were A-Wings. Six of the fighters sped towards them.

"Strengthen up your back shields, four,  it looks like they're going to try and get behind us." Kal said. One of the A-Wings slammed into a rock, then another, Suddenly they were behind them though, as the imperial pilots had no angle for a head-on shot with the asteroids. The A-Wings maneuvered around and got on their tail.

"They're on our six!" Hellkite said. Kal redistributed his shields once more.

"Let's make this fun for them then!" Kal said, turning his fighter off. They weaved in and out of the asteroids. The imperial pilot grinned as his theory was confirmed. The A-Wings, while fast, were not as manuverable as a TIE-Series fighter. They couldn't make the same sharp cuts, and therefore were having a hard time following. One of the ships dashed itself across an asteroid.

"Alright Hell, keep it up. It looks like they aren't going to be able to keep up with us." Kal said, cutting a close shave between to of the rocks which drifted in the field. I just hope it stays this way.
 
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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 19, 2006 7:19:59 PM    View the profile of Than Sion 
"Of all the battles we've been in, this is already the second time, for some of you, to be flying in an asteroid. Look out for the others who haven't before." Will said.  "Hellkite, form up with Demonic. Etan, with me. Than, look after Dredj. Cyleaf, I trust that your superior skills will keep you alive. As to Flight three, you're all excellent pilots, making any of you three grouped together would do more harm than help. From now on, do what you must to keep yourself, and possibly your wingman, alive."

"Show time people," said Than Sion over the Flight 2 channel.  "Let's try to get to the Doashim intact."

"Sir watch..." said Dredj before he blasted an astromech sized asteroid that was about to broad side Than Sion.

"Thanks 7," said Kaph 5.  "I should have caught that myself, must be a bit rusty."

Sir???, pondered Than Sion.  Even though he was used to hearing it out of his own mouth, it seemed awkward when directed at him.  Get used to it, you will be hearing a lot more of it if you continue to advance.

A big one the size of a small cruiser came flying toward flight 2.  The big rock was coming for them too fast for the three TIE Avengers to avoid it.  There was only one solution.

"This is Kaph 5 to Flight 2, everyone begin firing at that rock NOW!"

The combined fire power of the three TIEs caused the huge asteroid to break apart.  The Avengers were able to slip through what remained.

"Good work guys," complemented Sion.

Than Sion spied a red dot on the radar screen among the asteroids.

"This is Kaph 5, I have a bandit at my 10.  X-Wing model, lets show him what happens to stragglers.  Dredj flank him to the right, Cy take the left, and I'll come from above."

Than Sion pulled an Immelman to get above the enemy.  Not an easy task in the middle of an asteroid field.  When he was bearing down on the doomed snub fighter, he could see Cyleaf firing at the fighter from the left but had no reading on Dredj.  The bandit was quickly turned to space junk in the cross fire of Cy and Sion, still no Dredj.  Than Sion began to fear the worse.

"This is Kaph 5, do you read me 7?"

"This is 7, I copy."

Thank God, he is still alive, thought Sion.  It would be very easy for a green pilot to make one of many possible mistakes in an asteroid field that would kill them.

"I can't pick you up on my radar 7, where are you?"

"I don't know five."

Damn it, I should have done that maneuver with a rookie involved.  There were other maneuvers that would have worked just fine.  That was over kill, how could I be so stupid.  Now he is lost in the middle of a bunch of rocks that seem to be out to get us!!!

"This is 7, I have 6 on radar.  Now I have 5 on radar, everything is good now."

"Good to hear we are all together again," said Sion to the flight.  "Let's just stick together for now on so that doesn't happen again."

 
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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 19, 2006 8:06:12 PM    View the profile of HellKite 
HellKite let out a long puff of breath.  He calmed down slightly, seeing the disadvantage the A wings had in the current environment.  He shifted in his seat, feeling still a bit uncomfortable.  These TIE's were really nice fighters, HellKite had to admit.  Yet, he wasn't used to following such exact orders from others.  Back in his pirate days, he was given an extremely general order and was expected to carry it out in a way he would think of later.  This style differed greatly from the empire's uniform style. 

HellKite began to daze off, remembering past events.  Little did he know that he was slowly slowing down because of his lack of attention.  Avoiding asteroids weren't a new thing to Hellkite, though it was by no way, something he had been used to.  He had flown through asteroid fields before, though he hadn't done it enough to fly through them easily. 

The TIE dipped it's nose downward, causing it to fly down, narrowly avoiding an asteroid.  Still aloof, Hellkite's fighter had slowed down dramatically.  Looking around, Hellkite realized his electronic sensor had detected something.  Snapping completely back, HellKite made a quick barrel roll to the left.  Just as the fighter rolled, a missle wizzed past.  They had caught up.

"Kaph Two to Kaph Four, hurry up, you're trailing behind."  The comlink sent the message as HellKite flew upwards, avoiding another missile.  The missle slammed into an asteroid ahead, breaking into pieces.  A personality of his pirate days came back.  Quickly making a sharp turn to meet the A wing head to head, Hellkite flew towards the enemy.  Avoiding another missle, he made another sharp turn right in front of the A wing.  The A wing attempted to turn to face the TIE but not before it's right wing was hit from behind from 4 laser blasts.  The TIE then, seemingly in a random pattern, flew around making sure the A wing did not have enough time to aim.  It then backed up quickly.  The A wing moved back, attempting to get a clear shot, unaware what was behind it.  The A wing smashed into an asteroid behind it. 

HellKite felt proud for a breif moment.  The feeling would've lasted longer had the comlink not sounded.  " Kaph Two to Kaph Four, stick with me, you're aloofness almost killed you.  Make sure it doesn't  happen again.  This is teamwork."

HellKite sighed, speeding ahead.  "Roger Kaph Two, many apologies."
 
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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 19, 2006 9:26:07 PM    View the profile of Willtconq 
The many asteroids made the situation worse than Will liked.  Sure, he'd flown in asteroid fields before, but that was about a year ago. One year in one's life made a great difference. Will felt old all of a sudden.  As he sat in his pilot seat, visions of his last experience in an asteroid field flashed before his eyes.

He saw chunks of brown on a white background.  He saw Ties, Interceptors, weaving their way between the patches of brown, firing off green shots of intense energy every so often.  Then something would expand into a ball of yellow and orange before vanishing from view.

Out of the corner of his eye, he saw an asteroid approach him.  Instinctively, he moved his flight stick a bit to the right to avoid it.  But then, a voice called out to him.  The voiced seem ed familiar, but Will couldn't figure out where it came from.  It came louder, then again, even louder.  Will blinked once.  Twice.  And found Etan shouting at him from his own fighter.  The white background with brown dots had disappeared.  The view port was now filled with a large asteroid, coming straight at him.

Etan was already out of the way.  Will tried to maneuver away from it. Too late.  It was too close.

With the reflex of someone who knew the ship extremely well.  He estimated the speed and distance of the asteroid.  There's only one way. Half way through the turn, Will abandoned the turn, reduced throttled, engaged the repulsor lifts, and brought the back end of the ship around to face the asteroid.  Will switched as much power as he could afford to the engines and pushed them to full power.  Will the repulsorlifts to keep him some distance from the asteroid, the engines pushed the fighter at an angle away from the big rock.

"That was a sweet move, Chief."  Etan commented.  "You had me scared into cold sweats.  I thought you were done for sure.  Please don't do that again Sir."

"Not if I can help it."  Will answered with a monotone.  "But I'll be careful."

"If you don't mind me asking.  What were you doing back there?"

"I don't want to talk about it."  Will evaded the question.  The truth was, he wasn't sure what had happened either.  He had a feeling it had something to do with the dreams in the past, but he couldn't link them together just yet.  If I keep on getting distracted like this, I'm gonna get fried. "Kaph 3, form up on me.  Let's see if we can find those A-wings Kaph 2 talked about."

"yes, Sir!"  Etan said.  "But I think the A-wings have found us."

"Yes they have."  Will looked at his radar, found the red dots behind him.  "We've got three A's at seven o'clock high!"  Will called to Etan, and the rest of his flight, then pulled up hard on the stick, going into a loop.  Etan followed the move.  But instead, Will stopped after only half a loop, Etan on the other hand, continued into a full loop.  Will had no choice but to drop speed, and wait for the other one to do another half loop then catch up to him.

"Watch where I'm going, two!  Follow my lead, and don't assume anything."  Will lectured the rookie.  He knew it wasn't the best time to be doing lecture, especially when they're head on with three incoming A-wings. But he felt he had to get it out.  It was his duty, as their commander, to keep his men alive.

"Yes, Sir." Etan said quietly, "It won't happen again."

By then the three A-wings were already within range. "Don't let them get on your tail."

Surprisingly, the asteroid field had thinned to just little rocks. Enough to do damage, but nothing bigger than a bomb.

With a straight shot in front of him, Will set his guns to rapid fire, then started into a left barrel roll.  He increased his intensity until the only thing he could see was the A-wing that was coming straight at him. Pushing down the fire button, Will saw a cylinder of green lasers streak towards the enemy fighter. With shots covering all sides, it had no where to go. The A-wing took the shots quietly, before exploding.

While in the process of the technique, a number of small asteroids the size of fists had impacted with Will's ship. But at the speeds he was turning, they were simply deflected off, causing no apparent damage.

"One down, two more to go."

 
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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 19, 2006 9:48:59 PM    View the profile of Hunter 
  I hate asteroid fields. I hate them a lot. Hunter thought as he rolled his fighter to the right to dodge an incoming asteroid. Hunter's mind had learned to work differently over the years from spending hours at a computer terminal. He calculated everything on a battlefield subconsciously, which had always been to his advantage. Now that the environment was completely random, he had to rely on his flying skills alone, but he didn't know if that was enough.

  "Keep in formation, Hunter," Darius voice broke through the comchannel, snapping Hunter back to reality. He hadn't realized that he had zoned out. Zoning out was dangerous in a fight, but in an asteroid field, it was suicide. Flight two of Nazgul had almost reached the Doashim's supposed coordinates. While some flights had already engaged in dogfights, they had been able to fly smoothly so far. At least, as smoothly as you can fly in an asteroid field.

  Looking out his side viewport, Hunter saw a small asteroid barreling toward DJ's six. "Dive DJ," Hunter spat out, hoping he wasn't too late. DJ snap rolled downwards just as the asteroid skimmed over his aft. Pulling back up, he was once again in formation, though slight back from the group.

  "We have company," Darius voice said. Looking down at his navcomputer, Hunter saw four ships homing in on their position. "X-wings, and we're out numbered. Let's see what these babies can do. Going head to head won't work, so let's lead them on a chase. Get as close to those asteroids as you can. We should be more maneuverable than these guys. We'll break formation when they reach us."

  "Roger," Hunter said, following Darius through a tight turn around an asteroid.

  "Break formation?" DJ questioned.

  "Just follow my order!" Darius commanded.

  Checking his radar when they had pulled around the spinning chunk of rock, he saw that the X-wings had arrived on their tale. A few bolts shot by his craft. Spotting a large asteroid where he thought he might be able to lose them, Hunter heard Darius say, "Break," and he dropped his fighter's nose, aiming directly into a deep crater.

  Pulling up just before he collided with the bottom, he barrel rolled his fighter into an open canyon. Glancing quickly at his computer, he saw he had a fighter dead on his tail. Looking back up, he saw a solid wall rushing up in front of him. "Damn," he cursed as he turned his fighter to the right, following the twisting canyon's path. You're in the middle of an asteroid field, flying through an asteroid itself. You don't have time to look away from where you're going! he berated himself. Spotting an arch formation a few kilometers ahead, Hunter grinned. Bringing his weapons controls online, he targeted the formation and fired his lasers.

  As he flew beneath the arch, he swerved to the left to follow the path. Unfortunately, they were in space. Instead of collapsing to the asteroid below, the arch formation started to float in all directions, slowly. The X-wing's shields protected it from the stray chunks. That's two mistakes. Hunter groaned. Time to end this.

  As he followed the path around another sharp turn, Hunter pulled back on his controls, bringing his fighter up and out of the canyon. Continuing his turn while arching up, Hunter brought his fighter fully around and back in line with the asteroid beneath him. Switching direction, he dived back into the canyon, directly behind the surprised X-wing. Flicking to missiles, Hunter squeezed the controls and pulled back out of the canyon. Checking his computer, he was rewarded with the X-wings blip disappearing.

  Looking for his flight leader's position, Hunter flipped to lasers and blasted a small piece of rock out of his way. Following the computer's charted trajectory with his eyes, he saw Darius fighter dodging through the asteroid, followed closely behind by one of the X-wings. "I'm in need of assistance."

  "I'm on my way," Hunter responded, pushing his engines throttle to full.

 
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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 20, 2006 7:52:31 PM    View the profile of Demonic 
"Kaph four, I know it's tempting to take those guys out, but you're better off focusing on survival. Besides, our priority is our main objective -  To assist the Doashim." Kal said, dodging an asteroid. Up ahead, another flight of A-Wings appeared through the debris.

"Contacts ahead, try and catch them with a few hits on the pass - screwing up their maneuvering systems could be lethal for them in this field. Remember the same applies to you, however."

"Roger that Two." Hellkite responded. The A-Wings were suddenly within their targetable area. Kal quickly triggered the TIE-Avenger's cannons, and Hellkite did the same.  Two of the five A-wings burst into flames as hits scored against their hulls.

"Good shooting, Crewman." Kal said, sending his fighter into a dive to avoid an incoming rock. "Let's keep moving towards the ship. Every second counts right now."

The A-Wings, which had now passed them, turned to trail them as the last set had, one of them slamming into an asteroid mid-way through it's maneuver. They must have a pretty stupid commander if they're sending their fighters into this to try and stop us from helping. They must know that our fighters are far better for this sort of thing.

"Kaph two,  this is Kaph Leader. What's your status?" Willtconq's voice echoed out over the commset. Kal activated his comm and answered quickly.

"We've got a couple of A-Wings tailing us, no performance-affecting damage,  We're continuing to proceed out of this field towards the objective."

"Roger that two, see you there."

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"Saber squadron, pull back! A couple of squadrons of Y-Wings have broken through our defensive formation and are striking the capital ships! We need you to take care of them!" a voice slightly familiar to Kal said to him via squadron channel. Kal sighed with impatience and redirected his fighter, dice following suite.

He was only fifteen, yet he was one of the resistance's most skilled pilots. He and Dice were an unstoppable combo, able to understand eachother's intended actions without needing to communicate between themselves. Yet they lost battle after battle, as they and the other resistance pilots were far too outnumbered, outgunned, and outtrained.

"Alright, this is Saber seven, approaching your position. Hang in there." Kal radiod over to the capital ships. Other remaining members of the squadron were doing the same. Kal took a look at his squadron monitor, and was shocked to see how many of them had fallen - they were at half-ranks.

"Alright Dice, let's deal with these guys so we can get back to our strike." The pilot said, activating his targeting systems and searching for a target to lock on. Odd... I cant find any...

Suddenly he picked up a faint signal near the center of their formation. In the battle, it was easy to not notice, but since he had been thoroughly scanning the area he managed to detect it. That's an odd Radiation type for a ship's reactor... He noticed that not only saber, but other squadrons were being pulled in.

"What..." Kal muttered to himself. Then suddenly it was clear. He frantically keyed the comm. "It's a trap! Everyone, get away from the center of the capital ship formation, now!" He screamed into the comlink, turning his figher hard and putting as much power as he could into the engines. Behind him, a boom echoed out and white-hot energy rushed forward...
 
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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 20, 2006 8:38:56 PM    View the profile of Than Sion 
Than Sion break turned into an X-Wing's turn.  The twin sticks felt hot under his firm grip.  This was the ultimate test of a pilot's abilities; it was 1 on 1 combat.  A burst of fire to the left forced the enemy to move to the right.  It was right where he wanted him, right in the elbow.  You can't shake me now, NR Scum, thought Than Sion.  Say your last prayer's to your maker before you meet him!  He tightened the grip with his right thumb to release a volley of fire into the enemies six.  The enemy tried to swerve hard right only to be followed.  The snub fighter's shields were getting low,  another burst of deadly fire from Sion's part would decommission it.  He triggered the gun without mercy; the X-Wing and its pilot were no more.  This X-Wing's flight had showed up only a bit after the original snub fighter.  They were not very good and probably mostly green, but Sion would not judge the whole enemy battle group from five fighters.  The pawns always go first.

"Nice Shot 5," said Cyleaf.

"Thanks 6," replied Sion.

"I got one, I got one," yelled out Dredj over the air waves.

"Let's not get cocky..." Than cut off as he pulled down just in time to avoid an asteroid.  "...Yet, there are still two out there.  Seven take the one on the left and six take the one on the right.  Keep them busy, I'll have a surprise for one while they are not looking."

Than Sion split a short distance from the rest.  It was enough to keep tabs on his two flight members while being out of the enemy's frame of thought.  He waited until the time was right and then burst back into the battle.  He headed for Dredj's target and got it by surprise.  The enemy pilot was able to eject from what would have been his fiery tomb in time.  Sion saw Dredj heading in to "finish the kill."

"This is Kaph 5, leave him 7."

"We need to take him out so that he will never be able to fly against..." said Dredj before he was cut off by his flight leader.

"He is out of the battle and is no longer a threat, abort your current vector.  Oh yeah, do they still teach people in the academy to take orders without questioning them?"

"Sorry sir, I apologize for going against your wishes."

"I don't want to come forth as though I have..." Than Sion swerved to the left to avoid another rock.  "...A stick up my ass, but I also don't like it when my men do things that I don't feel are moral and then question it when I tell them to stop."

"This is Kaph 5 to 6, how is your 'friend doing?'"

"This is 6, I think I played too hard with him because he died."

"Now that we got that problem solved, let's focus on getting to the Doashim again."

At least we didn't have any problems in the skirmish, maybe things are actually getting better for flight 2...

(OCC: This would be the perfect place for somebody in Flight 2 to prove my last comment wrong.)

 
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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 20, 2006 9:53:38 PM    View the profile of Hunter 
  "Where are you guys?" Darius asked, spinning his fighter up and around an incoming asteroid. The X-wing following him dived low and came right back onto his tail.

  "I'm coming in on your port side," Hunter stated.

  "Stay your course, I'm coming in on your starboard side," DJ said simultaneously.

  "Well one of you take care of him already." Darius ordered aggressively. Realizing its predicament, the X-wing pilot decided he would at least take out one Imperial, even if it cost him his life. The fighter seemed to burst forward with added speed, closing the distance between him and Darius.

  He's diverted his shields to boost his engines, just to catch up with Darius. Hunter thought. Too bad it was for nothing. Racing in from the side, Hunter appeared from around an asteroid, bringing his reticule right in line with the X-wings path. "He's got a target lock," Darius said. Green bolts shot out from around Hunter's viewport and collided right with the X-wings fuselage. Just as the explosion was ripping the ship apart, the pilot some how managed to launch a missile. Hunter's heart jumped into his throat. Would they sustain a loss this early in the fight? A second before the missile impacted with Darius ship, an asteroid flew right into its path. The shockwave from the blast sent Darius spinning for a moment, before he recovered his controls.

  As the flight formed back up, Hunter asked, "Did you plan that?"

  "No, Hunter, that was luck, and I'd rather not rely on it anymore today. Let's try to do this a bit smarter from now on. When I said break formation, I didn't mean go flying off completely from each other. Follow me in, we're almost at the Doashim." Hunter felt his nerves being grated slightly. Darius and he had begun working somewhat as a cohesive unit during the last mission, but cohesions tended to break apart when heated.

  "Understood," DJ replied. Hunter thought he heard something in DJ's voice, but he brushed it aside. Come on, we can work together guys. Though, I wish I knew Darius a bit better. Hunter had never liked taking orders from people. Something he had learned to adapt to in the academy, but he still disliked it when he didn't know the person very well. Since a battlefield was almost a set of numbers to him, he liked to bring in all the factors. Hunter preferred to have a feeling for how his leader would act in certain situations, but Darius was too new to him still.

  "I copy," was all Hunter said.

  "Nazgul five, this is Nazgul one, how far from the Doashim are you?" Hunter heard Shazam ask through the flights channel.

  "ETA, one minute, and we've taken out a flight of x-wings on the way," Darius replied.

  "Good work," Shazam responded. I wonder how the rest of Nazgul is doing. Hunter thought absently, as he followed Darius through a dive beneath another asteroid.

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*Two Years Earlier*

  Ridley stood outside the bar one more time. You really going to wait until the last minute, Ridley? He asked himself. He had stood outside the entrance, waiting in the dark alley that led to Gartrand's base of operations. It was well known that this bar was just a cover for the man's network, but even the officials left the place alone. Though, everyone knew that the official's on Nar Shaddaa were just another gang of sorts. There was no law on this forsaken moon.

  Finally, the war within himself ended, and the fear for his life and the thirst for more information drove him back inside the bowls of the pit. This time, the atmosphere of the place barely affected him. Not bothering to get a drink, he walked straight for Gartrand's booth and sat down.

  "Glad to see you could make it," the man said gravelly. "It's good to know that some men can accept the fact that sometimes they have no choice in certain situations." Ridley felt his blood beginning to boil. He detested this man. He loathed him with every fiber of his been, but he needed Gartrand too. Something he would have given almost anything to not have to admit. "It's time you went on another little hunt for me, my little cyber hunter. Hmm, I like that." Gartrand let out a guttural laugh that ended in a fit of coughing like always. "I think I'll just call you my Hunter from now on."

  "My name is Ridley Vandate," Ridley stated coldly.

  "Ah, but my lad, you gave up your identity the moment you walked through that door. You understand that?" Gartrand's cold eyes clouded over with a wisp of anger.

  Ridley could almost feel the brute's hands around his throat again. Finally, he nodded. "I'll play with the hand I've been dealt, but one day, the randomizer will come into effect. When that day comes, we'll see who leaves this bar with the pot." Ridley couldn't believe he'd said that. The words had just popped from his mouth before he could stop them. A cold sweat seemed to appear all over his body.

  "Well, it seems the runt's back bone is completely gone just yet," Gartrand stated. "I don't know if I'm impressed or disappointed. I haven't met someone like you in awhile. I'm going to enjoy this game of Sabacc that we play. Now, go find me this, and I want to see you here tomorrow with it." Gartrand waved his hand for Ridley to leave. Getting up, Hunter grabbed the datapad the man had slid across the table and walked calmly from the place. He wasn't about to show fear.

  Once he was back safely in the confines of his own apartment, Ridley finally glanced down at the image displayed on the datapad. "Great, he wants me to hack into Folay's Imports mainframe. Just what I want to do, get caught in a war between two gang lords. . . ." But once again, he knew he had no choice.

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  RE: Phoenix Wing: Livin on a Prayer
November 21, 2006 12:38:19 AM    View the profile of Cyleaf Aehait 
Things really began to heat up for the Zabrak as Kaph entered the asteroid field. His reflexes felt a little on the sluggish side, but a couple slaps to the helmet seemed to shaken things up. Not only was he trying to keep himself from being vaporized by a large or small asteroid, he had to also keep an eye out for Dredj.

"Of all the battles we've been in, this is already the second time, for some of you, to be flying in an asteroid. Look out for the others who haven't before." Will commented to his squadron, Demonic and Than in particular. "Hellkite, form up with Demonic. Etan, with me. Than, look after Dredj."  Cy heard will say something about his flying skills but the uncomfortable feelings that had crept up his body was taking some of the attention away.

"Show time people," said Than Sion over the Flight 2 channel.  "Let's try to get to the Doashim intact." Cyleaf was starting to acknowledge Than's leadership role as time wore on, he had slid into it perfectly. With asteroids closing in openings and creating others in his state he needed someone of authority, he it seemed that his condition was deteriorating as the battle wore on. Good job kid Cy acknowledged to no one in particular as Dredj saved Than from a small chunk of asteroid, bringing his awareness back forward the Zabrak had to dodge one the size of a rock beetle.

It seemed that fate was always cruel, just as the trip wasn't getting an easier in these large asteroids they were about to get company. They had just blasted a huge chunk or rock to space dust when the sensor came alive with contacts. X-wing space superiority fighters as they were aptly named for their weapons payload and endurance decided to throw their lot in with the Imperials. About to call out what he was reading but Than beat him to the punch. "This is Kaph 5, I have a bandit at my 10.  X-Wing model, lets show him what happens to stragglers.  Dredj flank him to the right, Cy take the left, and I'll come from above."

Double clicking the mic in acknowledgement the Zabrak rolled the ship a quarter to the left while decreasing power; waiting a few seconds for the ship to corner he slammed on the accelerator and looped around to the target righting himself. With his left hand he began to focus the target reticule on the ship and began firing, the shields wavered from his onslaught and winked out when Than added his muscle. After the shots broke through the ship exploded. Dredj though was nowhere in sight.

Than desperately called out to the kid over comms, Cyleaf just waited for the acknowledgement. Maybe we do have the stuff he thought piecing together the maneuver in his head. Dredj reported back in and all was fine, well except for the other fighters headed their way.

Each member of Kaph's second squadron picked three out of the five remaining fighters. Than had gotten behind one and was pelting it with green death. He had lured it into his sights. Upon the kill Cyleaf congratulated him "Nice shot 5."

Thinking to himself how best to take out the fighter in front of him Cy began pelting laser fire slightly off to its right. This forced one of two things, the fighter could pull up and try an Immelman and get behind him or ΒΌ roll and head out to the left. Putting money on the latter Cyleaf quarter rolled and slowed putting the fighter into his sights as it almost mimicked his actions. Spraying fire in front of it again made the pilot react fast without thought making him do the deadliest thing of his career, well his last. Rolling back to the right and pulling up hard the x-wing slammed into an asteroid that was floating down towards it.

The Zabrak catching the tail end of the conversation thought for a moment and agreed with Than, it was pointless to slay someone who couldn't fight back, maybe that person would return to their families and quit fighting. Than then directed the conversation to Cy, "This is Kaph 5 to 6, how is your 'friend doing?" "This is 6, I think I played too hard with him because he died." Some people just didn't like the old game of tag.

Preparing to return to his flight the fighter cockpit began to spin, getting faster and faster. All of this was in his mind, visions raced quickly across his eyes before everything went black.

Cyleaf stood kneeling in the jungle, the flowers smell dangled in his nostrils. He felt himself reaching out hoping to bring back a lovely gift to the lady back at the motel, oh how she would look lovely with that in her hair. A blaster bolt flew beside him slamming into the ground, and then everything went into slow motion. The snake struck striking him in the chest and pinning him to the ground. Than blasted it to chunks.

Cy woke up started to Than's voice, an asteroid was looming in on him. "What are you doing, get out of the way!!" Inverting slightly and increasing throttle Cyleaf began to pelt the asteroid with laser trying to chip off an escape route as he was turning. Small chunks sizzled on his shield, but the lasers had done their job, pushing the asteroid at an angle leaving him just enough space. Thinking himself clear he was about to sigh when he was rocked slightly as if hit from a laser blast.

The board lit up instantly and readings began to display on the console. He had lost his starboard missile tube. "Damnit 6 what's wrong with you? There are sparks coming off your starboard wing from that chunk of space rock." "Than I lost my starboard launcher, and I don't know what the hell is wrong with me." He had a small sickening feeling that it had to do with something in the jungle that day but he couldn't figure out what. 

 
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