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Gairk finished the glass of Guri juice he help in his hand. Evahe and him were sitting in one of the rare bars of Kur'Mantell which was not closed.
The owner, an Ithorian, had told the evacuation forces that he had already been told to leave his home once and did not intend to be told to leave it a second time. Garik understood the feeling.
"Any news of interest to tell me Garik?" asked Evahe
"I got a message from Gorath, they are sending twenty interception fregates to help reinforce the planet. They should arrive in a day or two." answered Garik in an encouraging tone.
Evahe glugged down his drink and turned towards the General
"Ah Garik... I sometimes dream the Chronicle and your Uncle were here."
"I too Admiral, I too... Who is to lead the Ground forces?"
"I don't know Thrawn will surely tell us at the meeting."

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Tuvax sat in front of Fury. The two Siths meditating on how to take on Mantell.
"I hear they are going to receive reinforcements. Ships keep on arriving at a steady rate." said Tuvax "We must blockade the planet!"
"The Forces they have are strong anought to break any blockade we attempt."
As Fury finished the Door of the cabin slid open and a Vaagari soldier entered. He was sweating alot. No wonder the several Aklasp warriors on board were anought to keep the temperature high and technicians hadn't had time to solve the problem.
"My Lords, Darth Avarice announces a success in her mission."
The two rapora smilled. News was good.

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Evahe sat in his makeshift office on Ord Mantell. The recent attack on the Hapan battle dragon was quite disturbing, the ship that had carried it out was mysterious and terrifying. It had fired a superlaser and it wasn't as big as most ships carrying that sort of weaponry were. On a better note, the Gorathian frigates had arrived. Thus he had signaled the commander of Gorath. As he watched, the holographic image appeared.

"Your frigates arrived today."

"Excellant, they are specifically modified to protect against the Raporan fighters. They are equipped with multiple concussion missle launched, perfect for destroying the slow plasma bombs. They should perform well.

"Only time will tell. Speaking of Rapo-"

The commander smiled, "Ah yes, of course. The Star Destroyer has been modified and equipped with the prototypes of our little project. It should arrive in time for the battle."

"We'll see about that," Evahe said grimly while ending the transmission. It was time for another of the endless meetings.


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Thrawn sighed as he stopped at the door to the conference room on Ord Mantell. Athien glanced at her father and smiled slightly, "What is it?"

"I just got the report on our reconisance pass over Adumar," Thrawn shook his head slowly, "They show four Raporan Replicators in orbit over the world."

Athien felt her eyes widen, "Four, how can they be building them so quickly?"

"I don't know Athien, I just don't know." Thrawn nodded to Hirotek as he stepped to the door, "I heard that you were planing to begin hitting Raporan troop convoys once they started up."

Hirotek smiled slightly, "Yes sir."

"Good Luck, now if we'll try and make it so that this world may hold." Thrawn answered slowly as the rest of the assembly stepped through the doors. Taking a deep breath he stepped through the door into the conference room and slid into a seat at the table's head.

Admiral Evahe nodded to the Chiss Grand Admiral, "So now that you called us all together, you said you have information for us."

"Yes, I'm afraid we've underestimated the amount of ships the Rapora had available to deploy," Thrawn tapped the holoprojector controls which suddenly made the rotating image of the galaxy switch to the planet of Adumar.

There was a gasp of surprise from many of the officers in room. Tenel Ka glanced around the table, unfamiliar with the Rapora she had no idea what ahd forced the fear into those before her. Admiral Evahe was the first to speak, his voice barely a whisper, "Four replicators."

Admiral Hirotek leaned forward and folded his hands before him, "I certainly hope you've got a plan to deal with this turn fo events."

"Yes, we all know that those Replicators could easily rip apart our fleet. We do have two super laser equipped capitla ships, fortunately." Thrawn leaned forward, "Admiral Oreton, Admiral Evahe, I suggest you redeploy the Eclipse and Sovereign to a position well above the system's ecliptic." He glanced around at the rest of the group, "Everyone else scatter your forces into task forces centered around an interdictor type ship, we'll have to string the Replicators out so that we can use the Eclipse and Sovereign to ambush and destroy them."

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Oreton nodded and locked his gaze with Evahe, simultaneously the two left the room. Ioor and Eressa joined them.

Oreton pulled out a comlink from one of his pocket.

"Imperious."

"Imperious here, Grand Admiral. Four replicators over two hundred other craft. What are you orders?"

"Maneuver Imperious above the world's ecliptic. Have the superlaser standing by, launch all fighter wings. All other ships will form up around Dominator Interdictors Warrior's Bane and Red Death. They are not to engage the Rapora."

Oreton took a left turn towards the hangar.

On his left Evahe was relaying similar orders to the fleets under his command.

Each of the four officers boarded his respective shuttles without as much as a comment to another.

"Pilot, all speed towards the Imperious."

"Yes, sir." The Imperial pilot nodded and with a sudden acceleration the shuttle began moving towards space.

"An escort has been assigned to us," the pilot confirmed.

"A fighter escort from Imperious?" Oreton asked.

"No, from the planet. Fighter profile matches Kashyyyk Motors Stargliders T- 57."

"Wookiees?" Oreton asked himself and confirmed his escort when he saw the starfighters around him. "Wookiees."

He knew that Ord Mantell was home to a Wookiee minority, but he did not know that they possessed a paramilitary squadron. Much less four of them, as the pilot confirmed that every of the shuttles had been joined by Wookiees.

"Pilot, put me through with the leader of the squadron."

"Yes sir."

"Wroooar?" The Wookiee asked.

"Ah," Oreton started. He did not speak enough Wookieese to understand his counterpart. But his speech was interrupted by a mechanical voice.

"Commander Bashuccar, greets you."

"Commander, I thank you for you escort. I was simply wondering what you were doing here."

Another booming reply, and the electric translation.

"The commander regrets to have confused you. He is the leader of a Wookiee squadron that has decided to aid in this battle. His squadron is at your command."

"Thank you, Commander Bashuccar. May the Force be with all of us." Oreton answered, still not understanding what the Wookiees were doing there, and chose to make that one reason for him to survive: Find the answer to their presence.

"Pilot, how powerful are those Wookiee ships?"

"Pretty tough, they seem more agile than a trip and seem as tough as a Deltaboat."

"Interesting."

In another few minutes under the watchful escort of the Wookiee the shuttle made it safely on the Imperious. From the bay Oreton took a one-man speeder towards the lift that lead up to the bridge.

Once in the bridge he asked for an update and oversaw the regrouping of the fleet.

"Status on the Rapora?"

"They have had plenty of time to regroup, they have a pretective screen around every of their replicators. A shot of our superlaser would not come through to the replicator." Onolovav said.

"And if we fire, they'lll take the chance and fire back at us. And a fried Imperious would help nobody. Open a line to the ground, to Admiral Thrawn. Have some of the X-Lancers hang back above our engines, I do not want to be hit there. And assign Commander Bushaccar's Wookiee squadron to a TIE Defender group, they'll operate in pairs and they'll pick the smaller Raporan ships."

"Yes, sir."

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Commodore Eressa walked along the walkway of the crew pit listening to the reports. At the bridge's center was an enormous holo of the Ord Mantell system, all of its planets, rings, moons, comets, and asteroids visible. As were the two hundred Raporan Vessels clustered at the system's edge. Sighing she glanced at the sensor readouts for the immediate area.

"Sir, we've got a contact on passive sensors, wait tis firming up, we've got a Raporan starfighter on our scopes, it looks like it's been refitted with a sensor attachment instead of a torpedo."

"All ships this is Commodore Eressa battle alert!" Eressa stepped quickly to the command chair and strapped herself in.

* * *

The Timeless One glanced at the recon report from the lone Rapora starfighter, "Very good, the enemy has scattered, we can engage them peacemeal." He glanced at the holo of Darth Avarice, "Avarice engage and destroy that task force."

"By your will my lord," The sith woman answered coldly.

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"Sensor contacts, a whole Raporan fleet just dropped out of hyperspace, one replicator and supporting vessels," The sensor operator called out, fear entering his voice, "Range twenty thousand kilometers."

"All interdiction craft, power up your gravity well projectors, bring us to an attack course on the force." Eressa said plainly knowing that if everything went according to plan the move would be far from full hearty.

"An attack course?" Eressa's XO asked from behind her, "Sir."

"We have our orders, launch all fighters, send all bombers to attack that Vareme class Cruiser, we'll need to knock it out of the fight." Commodore Eressa said simply.

A legion of bombers, everything imaginable in the GFFA and UDA arsenal shot toward the enemy. Older B-wings were flanked by Clawtype missile boats and Scimitar Tie Bombers. The Raporan support craft began to respond, their formation moving forward to block the attack leaving the rear of the Raporan Replicator vulnerable.

"Navigator, plot a hyperspace coordinate for dead aft of the Replicator, then transmitt it, make sure it intersects our gravity well."

"Yes sir."

The bombers were on the verge of engaging when Eressa called out another order, "Pull back the bombers! Ready our antistarfighter weapons!"

Then dead aft of the Raporan Replicator the Imperius was pulled out of it's microjump. Beside it was the Eclipse class star destroyer along with it's supporting forces.

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OOC: So we just have an easy kill here? Ok, Strike and run...No need for the superlaser.

Hundreds of turbolasers fired at the massive battlestation. A few other Raporan ships made a dash to help it, but it was useless. The Replicator was doomed. Now, it's shields began to collapse. The Guardian and three Ravager Star Destroyers fired at it from its bottom.
Evahe smiled ats pieces broke off. He took satisfaction in knowing hundreds of Rapora were dieing, helpless. They were unable to save themselves. At the Replicator neared its final explosion, the GFFA ships backed off. It exploded as the last Rapora died. Onboard the bridge, there was cheering despite the fact the odds were still against them. Evahe knew the grim truth.
"Have our task force disengage and jump to hyperspace immediately."
"Sir, we're going to abandon Ord Mantell after all our careful preperations" said an obviously confused officer.
"You heard my orders. Get us out of here."
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Darth Fury was also puzzled. The clever tactics had cost the Rapora a Replicator. That was three destroyed in two battles, and the battle was just begining. The Rapora could continue to build them, but not forever.
Then the force left the combat zone. Surely they do not plan to abandon Ord Mantell? They have obviously prepared for the battle very instensly. It must be a trick of some sort....
"Move to engage the nearest of the task forces. We will inflict terrible casulties, they cannot all run. Is our Replicator ready to fire?"


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Tenel Ka smiled as she read the detailed instructions that had come from Thrawn. He was the sort of man to think of everything she thought to herself. Then glancing up through the viewports of her command ship she saw an enormous force of Rapora drop out of hyperspace, just as Thrawn had said would happen. Driving at the head of the column was an enormous Raporan Replicator, its massive plasma generators flaring from built up charge. Tenel Stood and walked to the viewport, "Order the interdictor cruiser Jutland's Call to reverse polarity on their gravity well generators."

"Yes my liege, we've got Raporan fighters launching from their ships."

"Launch all fighters, but keep them close," Tenel Ka said quietly. Then the Replicator fired.

The plasma was directed by massive gravitational projectors, but like many cases involving engineers of any species, the situation in which the weapon system found itself was not within the design paramaters. The gravity generators fought with those of the interdictor, slowing the plasma stream until it burnt through the directing vanes and shot unaimed at a right direction into a Kar Lur cruiser, seeing the loss of one of their own, the Replicator gunners cut power to the plasma generators astounded.

* * *

Darth Fury felt his knuckles turn white at the loss of the Kar Lur, "What happened?"

The nearest Rapora Warrior shook its head, "The interdictor reversed its gravity generator's polarity, our Replicator's plasma stream was slowed enough by the repelling effect to damage the generators and other directing mechanisms. The interdictor is adrift, apparently the gravity generators overloaded from the strain."

"Bring us in to engage, order the Replicator to fall back."

* * *

"Is everything ready?" Tenel asked the communications officer.

"Yes, our position is being broadcast on all frequencies." Outside the viewport another task force of dropped out of hyperspace directly behind the Rapora fleet. Now the Raporan force was fighting against an enemy equal to it in strength.

* * *

The Timeless One watched the battle in seething anger as one of the Rapora glanced to him, "My lord shouldn't we move to assist?"

"No, not with those two superheavies loose, navigator jump us directly to Ord Mantell, inform all ground commanders to lauch as soon as we come out of hyperspace."

* * *

Thrawn smiled as he watched the sensor board, "Order the Imperius and Eclipse to move into the moon's shadow and hold there."

"Yes sir," The communications officer answered smiling.

"All ground forces are to stand ready for battle, planetary defense guns are to fire the moment any ship appears in orbit for now." Thrawn took a sip of the cool drink beside hima nd felt a slight smile creep across his face, he so enjoyed this part of the job outwitting another professional.

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Seryk walked along the halls of the cities headquarters building, wondering what the high commander wanted to talk to him about. he knew it had to have been important. She had been exceptionally busy dealing with the massive funeral preperations. Seryk had an idea that Fett knew what was going on, but he had decided not to ask. He knew all would reveal itself in good time.

They came to a door to a turbolift, and the door opened, to reveal the High commander standign there. She smiled as she saw them both, and Motioned them inot the turbolift.

"Well, Seryk, its seems that your freind Karyn has caused quite a stir in my poeple. Many want to see her dead, but they must abide by my judgment. So some have decided to look elsewhere for revenge." she said, and Seryk began to worry. he had been the one to talk the high commander out of executing her. He didnt think the High commander would allow her people to kill him instead, but he hads no way of being completely sure.

"How far along are the preperations?" Fett asked, and the High commander thought for a moment.

"They are moving along slowly, but steadily. We may have been practicing this for many years, but we havent had to actually execute the order in more than thirty years." the high commander said, and Seryk looked at them both in confusion. he had no idea what5 they were talking about now, but he supposed that he would find out soon enough. The turbolift slowed suddenly, and Seryk realized how fast they had actually been moving. The door opened, and Seryk stepped out. He looked around, and realize he was in a hanger bay, this one much larger than the one he had arrived in. He could see dozens of Gladiator-cla starfighters in hanger bay, but there were toher starfighteres also, ranging from elderly Z-95s, to lumbersome Y-wings, to brand new looking X-wings.

"Seryk, what you see here is but one of many hangers spread throughout these mountains. We can feild enough starfighters to fend off a small task force long enough to either evacuate, or bring in more firepower." the high commander said bluntly, and Seryk wondered what she meant by 'more firepower'. But he decided not to ask. The three of them began to walk down a ramp onto the main floor of the hanger, and Seryk noiced that the hanger extended mush farther than he had originally thought. he calculated it out quickly, and figured there had to be almost a full wing of starfighters in this hanger alone. And the high commander had stated they had multiple hangers like this one. Seryk knew that he shouldnt have been surprised by this fact, but he had though a people trying to hide, wouldnt have been out collecting starfighters on such a massive scale.

When they reached the main floor, an elderly man in a mechanics outfit walked over to them, and bowed slightly to the high commander, and then nodded to Fett. he looked to Seryk, and scowled slightly, before turning his attention back to the high commander.

"The squadron of ships you asked us to prepare is ready to go. Along with ten of our best pilots." he said, and the high commander smiled.

"Excellent. have them ready to launch within the hour." she said, and the mechanic nodded, and turned to walk back towards the starfighters. the high commander turned to Seryk and Fett, and smiled.

"Seryk, your arrival, not to mention the attack by the two sith has made me realise something. Our time of hiding is over. It is time to reveal ourselves to the galaxy. You may tell the commanders of your people, that the warriors of this city are ready to fight." she said, and Seryk sighed in relief. This was going to be welcome news to a lot of people in the GFFA. But then somethign she said caught his attention.

"Wait, this city? What about the rest of the cities?" he asked, and the high commander shrugged.

"I will be contacting them, and ordering a meeting of all the high commanders. I will do my best to onvince them of the same thing that I have realised." she said, and Fett nodded.

"Thank you. How many troops will we be bringing with us?" he asked, and the High commander thought for a moment.

"You will have two squadrons of fighters, and three troop ships. That accounts for the majority of our ready ground troops. It will take time to ready the rest." she said, and Seryk raised his eyebrows. He had thought that it would have taken a long time to rally any troops to their cause, but here he was with a small landing force ready to go. THis was looking better by the minute.

"What about karyn?" Seryk asked, and the high commander nodded.

"She will stay here, to continue her training. it will be a while before we have your ships ready, so if I were you, I would go say goodbye to her." the high commander said. Seryk nodded, and turned to walk back up the ramp. The high commander watched Seryk go, and then turned to Fett.

"I do hope, Boba, that we are right about this. because if we are wrong, we will have spent all these years hiding and preparing for nothing." she said, and Boba nodded.

"One way or the other, only time will tell. And that may be the one thign we are running out of." he said, and the high commander nodded.

"What is the status of the fleet?" Fett asked, and the high commander sighed.

"Only a msall portion is even close to being running. We have kept all the weapon and sheild up to date, but we have never had to actually bring the fleet online. Hopefully, it can be done quickly. If not, it will be quit some time until we can be of any significant help in the war." she said, and Fett nodded. he knew that they had a sizeable force of warships, even though he had never seen any of them himself. Their location had been kept a tightly gaurded secret, even from him.

"Well, lets just hope we can get them running soon. I have a feeling the GFFA and the UDA will need all the help they can get their hands on." Fett said, and the High commander nodded in agreement.

"I am aware of this Fett. And preperations have already begun. Trust me, our ships will be ready soon." she said, and she turned to follow Seryk up the ramp. Fett looked back across the hanger, and though to himself, wondering how the arrival of the mandalorains would be taken. Zhe knewq that in a time of desperation, they would be welcomed with open arms. But if the war was won, then the true test would begin. Only then would they see if the centuries old scar had healed, of if it would be re-opened.

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Hirotek watched the battle over the world, and smiled. SO far, they had managed to destrpy one replicator, and cause serious damage to another. With minimal losses to their own forces. That was something to be proud of. But as he watched the sensors, he knew that soon the Repora would soon be ready to begin landing ground troops. Which meant that he needed to get moving. He had to head to Kuat, to see if they had any ships for him. Then, it would be back to Dresnak, to begin his operations against the Reporan re-inforcements. he turned to walk out of the battle center, and saw Athien standing there behind him. By the look on her face, she realised the same thing.

"Well, it seems the battle is now underway. Which means it is time to get going. I dont feel like running a massive blockade in an assualt shuttle. And we have some troop movements to interupt." he said, and Athien nodded.

"Yes, it is time to go. My father left us a shuttle to use. It is fast, and well armed. It should be able to get us through the blockade. " she said, but Hirotek could tell that somethign else was on her mind. And he knew what it was. She didnt want to leave.

"You would rather be here, wouldnt you?" he said, as they both began to walk towards the turbolift. Athien was silent for a moment, and then nodded.

"Yes. I feel that we would both be more usefull here, at least for now. They will need all the best military minds here to help with the battle." she said, and Hirotek silently agreed. He too wanted to stay, but without ships of his own to command, all he could do was offer advice. And with Eveha, Ioor, Oreton, and Thrawn all in command of the defences, he had no thoughts that his advice would really be needed here.

"While I do agree with you, we have other things to attend to. We have to prevent Reporan re-inforcements from leaving the unknown regions. And we cant do that from here." he said, and Athien sighed.

"Yes, I know. But still, I feel like I am abandoning our allies in a time of need." she said, and Hirotek winced. He knew the pain of that, having been forced to do it during the war against the vong.

"Trust me Athien, our forces in orbit are led by some of the best in the galaxy. And they know why we must go. And if we dont leave now, there is no garauntee that we will be able to get off the planet at all." he said, and they both enetered the turbolift. Athien thought about it for a moment, and then sighed. Hirtek was right, and she knew it. They had to leave. So now it was time to discuss strategy.

"So have you had any new thoughts on how we will be doing this? We dont have much in the way of firepower. That, and finding the Reporan convoys will nto be easy." she said, and Hirotek nodded. he had thought about that already, and had been running several ideas through his head. Sadl;y, he had been forced to decide on a rather by the book plan.

"Unfortunetly, our lack of available resources is going to make finding those convoys difficult at best. We will need recon units to be running almost constantly, mostly near Adumar. But i dont want to try ambushing ships to close to Adumar, the chances of re-enforcements arriving are to great. Luckily, we still have some Reporan mines to use, whcih will make things a little easier." he said, and Athien nodded.

"We also still have sabre squadron. I think they would make effective scout vessels. Their lack of pilots will make them hard for the repora to find using the force." she said, and Hrotek nodded. he had htought about theta already, but had decided an a different use for those ships.

"Yes, but I have other plans for Sabre squadron. I have a squadron of recon fighters that we can modify to be flown by astromechs. Hopefully, they will be just as effective." he said, and Athien looked over at him.

"What are you going to do with them? Keep them for combat? The repora have already proven that they cannot be used for that to much. The droid brains arent capable of keeping up with live pilots." Athine said, and HIrotek smiled.

"I know. But hopefully, I will be fixing that situation soon. But that will have to wait until after Ord Mantell has either fallen, or the battle here is won." he said, and the turbolift finally came to a halt. The doors opened, and they both exited. They walked down thehall quickly, hurrying to the hanger bays.

"How so? Placing live pilots in the ships will make it easier for the Repora to defeat them, not harder. And better droid brains will only go so far." she said, and Hirotek nodded.

"I know. But live pilots are really our only option to make them truelly combat capable fighters." he sai,d and Athien nodded.

"Do you plan on asking the Jedi to pilot them? I know they havesome very capable pilots." she asked, and Hirotek shook his head.

"No, having jedi in the cockpits will only make the Repora gun for the fighters even more. That, and the jedi will be more usefull in ground battles." he said, and Athien nodded. He was right on both accounts, but she still didnt see how he was going to make the fighters more dangerous in combat. She was missing somethign important in his plans. And she had a feelign that once she figured it out, it would make her want to hit herself.

"You will find out soon enough. But for now, lets got off this planet." he said, and they stepped into the hanger bay where thier shuttle was located. The began to walk across the hanger bay, and a ensign ran up to them.

"Admiral Hirotek, Commodore Athien. Your shuttle is ready for launch, but we have to wait for clearence to be given by Supreme Commander Thrawn. He apperntly has a distraction ready to help you get out of the system." he said, and they both nodded. They walked over to their shuttle, and boarded it. Once inside, Athien closed the hatch, and Hirotek walked up to the cockpit. Athien followed closely behind him, and they began to pre-flight check.

"Well, all we can do now is wait." Athien said, and Hirotek nodded. He just hoped that they could get off the planet, and out of the system inone piece. If not, he had a feeling that it was going to ba a long time before they could make it back to Dresnak.

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Garik watched the Genesis jump away from the battlefield. He knew she was in good hands but he had commanded her for so long...
"Are we to follow them sir?"
The question of the young tactical officer pulled Garik out of his day dreaming.
"No. Evahe can look after himself i am sure... Set an interception course for that second Rapora Taskforce. Standard Tactic, one ship at a time and effective cover from enemny fighters by our own and our anti-fighter weaponary. Relay the orders to the other ships, the capitol ships shall serlect the target and the support crafts shall follow. Full speed ahead."
The Guardian followed by its Taskforce charged towards the Rapora fleet.
Hardly were they in range that they opened fire. The lasers only hitting chosen targets and ripping apart anything who got in their way.

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"Return fire, Concentrate on the larger vessels. Fighters shall make bombing runs on the smaller ones. And get us along side that Ship called Guardian." ordered Tuvax.
The attack was unexpected but not overwhelming.
The Rapora ships opened fire damaging and destroying smaller ship but the larger ship were protected by their shields... For the moment.
"Deploy landing shuttles and assign two squadrons of Kar Asps to devfend them. Can we fire the replicator?"
"Negative Sir" answered a vaagari "The enemy ships are too close to risk. We could wipe out half our ships if we fired."
The GFFA forces were at equal with Tuvax's. It was now time to see who was the best tactician.

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OOC: Bored, feel like posting. Also will introduce the Mandalorian cruiser. Cant draw it, so Ill just describe it.

IC: Not far from the battles that raged around Ord Mantell, a lone ship hung in space. Its dark hull seemed to aborb all the light that hit it, making it virtually invisble to the naked eye. Only its hull blocking out the stars made it visible. Not that the master of this vessel was worried about being found. Not only was the ship hard to see, any sensor sweep of this ship would return nothing. Its special sensor jamming systems didnt distrupt the sensors, but simply deceived them. It was a recent development in thier technology, and one that was more than welcome in the scarce naval forces this ship was a part of. The ability to remain hidden was a major part of their lives.

Aboard the bridge of the ship, dark red lights cast a crimson hue to to the bridge. The faces of all the men and woman at their stations were ones of severe concentration. They had never been this far away from thier home base of operations. They were deep in GFFA territory now, and very close to a critical battle in the growing war. Which was why they were here. They were here to study their new enemy. They needed to understand their tactics, their firepower. And the best way to do that, was up close.

In the command chair of the ship, an elderly man sat. His face was wrinkled with age, and his white hair was cut short on his balding head. Like the rest of his crew, he didnt wear a standard naval uniform. Instead, he was clad in the battle armor of a mandalorian. Unlike the rest of his crew, his armor had an ensignia on the breastplate. The ensignia consisted of two ancient swords, crossed over a black star. It was the mark of the mandalorian fleetmaster. He was the highest ranking person in the mandalorian fleet. He had spent years in the New Republic navy, learning the tactics of massive space combat. But once the empire ha surrendered, he had returned home, to take command of the mandalorian space forces. He slowly stood, and walked to the forward viewports of the bridge.

He looked out at the hull of the vessel, which expanded for nearly a kilometer into space. The ships sharp lines were dark, and hard to see, but he knew what the ship looked like. He could see the split spear shape of the primary hull in his mind. he could seen the well hidden hanger bay doors on the top of this ship. He could see the hidden weapon banks. he glanced to the side of the ship, and notices a sall pair of blinking lights, and frowned. Those lights were at the end of the two short figurative wings of the vessel, which ended as one of the ships three masive engines. he had ordered all lights on the outside of the vessel to be turned off. And someone had disobeyed that order. He turned, and walked over to a small station.

He tapped a few buttons on the console, and brought up the ships current crew logs. he brought up the name of the current cammand officer of that part of the ship, and made a note of the name. He would have to see to that that person was punished. then, that person would make sure that the poeple under thier command learned to follow orders. He walked back to his command chair, and sat down.

"Sensors, are we still receiving from the probes?" he asked, and his sensor officer tunred to look at him.

"Yes Fleetmaster. We are receiving visual, thermal, and varius other forms of reading from all four probes. We are also receiving a large amount of comm chatter from both forces. We have already broken the GFFA and UDA encryptions, and we are working on the Reporan encrytion." the sensor oficer reported, and the Fleetmaster nodded. he had ordered the probes into the system nearly a week ago, to make sure they would record everything that occured in the battle.

"Excellent. Is there anything of note so far? Names of fleet commanders? Possible ship movements?" he asked, and the communications officer looked over to him.

"So far, we have caught the names of several of the GFFA fleet leaders. General Ioor, Admiral Eveha, and Grand Admiral Oreton are leading the GFFA forces." he said, and the fleetmaster nodded. He had expected all of them to be here. They were the prominent minds of the GFFA fleet.

"Excellent. Were there any other people of note? Ground commanders perhaps? And have we found out who is leading the UDA froces?" he asked. They had just recently found out about the UDA from a captured trasmission. His Superiors had been hounding him to discover who their leader was, so they could find out who they might end up dealign with.

"A few other names have been mentioned. Admiral Hirotek is here, apparently to help with the planning of the battle." the comm officer said, and the fleetmaster sighed. He knew of Hiroteks history. He had never imagined that a disgraced mandalorain would ever make it so high in any naval force, let alone the rank of Admiral. But he imagined that Hirotek had earned that rank, so he wasnt going to guess how.

"But one transmission is confusing. According to it, the person who is leading the UDA forces, has been dead for nearl twnety years." the officcer said, and the fleetmaster frowned.

"Who is leading them?" he asked, and the comm officer sighed.

"According to the transmissions we have gathered so far, Grand Admiral Thrawn is leading them." the comm officer said, and the fleetmasters' eyebrows raised. Every being in the galaxy knew of Thrawn, just like they knew of his death at Bilbringi many years ago. To hear that the legendary Grand Admiral had somehow returned from the dead would be shocking news to hic superiors. The fleetmaster stood slowly, and then nodded.

"Alright then. Prepare a transmission to our home base. Relay all information we have so far. They will want an update soon anyways." he said, and the comm officer nodded. The Fleetmaster walked over to the comm station, and watched the the information was encryted, and re-encryted with another system of encrytions. This made their communications difficult to crack. Even more so due to the fact that the encrytion changed on a day to day basis, and the encrytion sequences were pre-determined by the home bases computers, and then stored in the ships databanks. It made cracking the transmission difficult at best, futile in the long run. The effort put into crackign one encryption, would be useless in less than a day. And since every ship used a diferent system when out on patrol, made it that much worse for anyone trying to listen in.

But the fleetmaster knew that no one would be. Their ships only left there berths in deep space once a year, and onyl a few ships at a time. this kept the chance of their discovery at an extreme minimum. And on the rare occasion that they are sighted, they are normally written off as some secret military project of some governmant, or as some protottype vessel of a shipping company. And once sighted, the ships were equipped with a special leap drive, which could jump them away at a moments notice. It could send the ship across a solar system in a matter of seconds, where the ship would then enter hyperspace. The Fleetmaster had never had to use that system though, and he hoped that he never would have to use it.

After the communique was sent, the fleetmaster went backl to his seat,and sat back down. His bridge crew went back to work, watching either the space battle in system, or watching space around them, looking for any sign that they had been discovered. They all knew that they would be hear for some time longer. Until the battle was won by one fleet or the other. And no one on the bridge had any clue how long that would be.

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OOC: I'm feeling a little better, BS you're going to hate me for it but I'm going to draw the Mandalorians kicking and screaming into the conflict. I'm also going to remove the Eclipse class cruiser from the table... Thrawn just got outguessed.

The Timeless One watched the battle on through the viewports as a holographic rendition of the Aklasp commander shimmered into existance, "Timeless One, we await your command."

"There is a ship observing the battle at these coordinates, utilize your force sensitivity to find it and destroy it, we cannont have it idly watching our engagement."

"Yes my lord, what of the superheavies?"

"I will deal with them," The Timeless One answered smiling coldly as the hologram disappeared. Glancing at the crew he smiled, "Full axial rotation bring us to face away from the planet, even out shields."

The rapora looked at each other perplexed as the enormous craft swung around and the gibbous cresent of Ord Mantell's moon rose into sight.

* * *

The two superheavy star destroyers orbited at stunning distance to the moon, the prow of the eclipse and sovereign class ships clearing the surface of the moon by just a few hundred meters and the ships continued to pick up speed. Admiral Oreton nodded at the detailed battle plan Thrawn had sent him, the plan had been astonishingly simple. Remove the Raporan Replicators one by one or two by two through ambushing them and trapping them between either a gravity well or a GFFA Task Force. In the case of the Ord Mantell gravity well the Eclipse and Sovereing would use gravity assist to shoot at astounding speed into range of the Raporan forces and destroy them.

Still Oreton knew that the effective range of a superlaser was great enough that he could target the Replicators as soon as he was clear of the moon and both the Imperius and the GFFA ship beside him had their weapons fully charged and ready.

* * *

The Timeless One smiled as he nodded to the communications officer, "Inform the Revival that she amy fire when ready."

* * *

Deep int he communications center on Ord Mantell Thrawn felt his gut clench as he watched the two remaining replicators settle into position facing away from the planet. He glanced at the holographic image of Athien that looked perplexed, "Do you think he's guessed our strategy?"

The sensor operator spu toward her console, "Replicator two is powering weapons, energy spike, energy spike! She's firing!"

Thrawn felt his eyes widen, "By the force."

* * *

The brilliant plasma blast ripped throught he moon ripping apart the vast celestial object into its componet pieces. Molten boulders flashed as they hit the shield of the Imperius, "Damage report!"

"Port shields at fifty percent, ventral shields at ten percent."

"Sir, second replicator is preparing to fire!"

"Weapons, fire the superlaser, one quarter power!"

The brilliant green flash shot through space and impacted the replicator that had fired first ripping through it's hull and setting it into a gentle spinning motion.

Then the second replicator fired, a brilliant beam of golden plasma that sliced through space and hit the Eclipse class Cruiser. The shields of the vessel held for a moment then crumbled as the beam continued to eat into it. The ship's prow began to melt and a chain of explosions along the vessel's weapons trenches revealed a mortal wound as the golden beam cut off.

Oreton spun as the communications officer yeeled, "They report they're abandoning ship, their whole hull has taken a beating. The ship is starting to break up."

"Weapons, hit that replicator before it fires again!"

Another brilliant green blast shot from the Imperius's bow and hit the replicator's plasma emitters dead centers, but the ship's shields managed to deflect most of the blow before the hull. Still the replicators primary weapon system was offline.

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The Mandalorian cruiser hung there watching when suddenly two evilly dark vessels dropped out fo hyperspace above and behind it. The ships broke in formation toward the darkened ship then a red laser arched from the ship's bow and swept the vessel.

On the Mandalorian Cruiser's bridge the tactical officer spun to the fleetmaster, "Sir, we're being scanned, its some sort of red laser optical / particle scanner, very old style technology."

"Have we been detected?"

The officer actually swallowed involuntarily, "Yes sir, the sensors weren't designed to counter such a scan, in fact because of nature, I've never heard of an effective counter. It's really like firing a volley of underpowered turbolasers to find something, they've certainlly..."

The deck rocked and the lights on the bridge flickered as a brilliant blue white bolt slammed into the front of the vessel. With a flash the shields of the cruiser buckled. Alarms began to whine in the command deck, "Evasive action, status report, engineering, disengage sensor jamming we've been spotted, reroute all power to shields."

"Primary and secondary shields are comning to full power dorsal outer shield is at fifty percent. Fleetmaster, the concussion has forced us to reroute power for dorsal battery group four," The woman which served as the ship's engineer answered. She gripped the console as another bolt slammed into the dorsal outser shield, "Outer Dorsal shield is down secondary shield at ninety five percent!"

"Full axial rotation, all hands fire at will weapons target those ships. Tactical analysis."

A brilliant volley of red turbolaser blasts shot at the two attacking ships. As the shots hit some which were hitting at a shallow angle were deflected harmlessly into space. Most detonated on the shield and a brilliant green aurora of plasma formed around the target vessel. Then a pair of ship length bolts from super heavy turbolasers shot toward the the target. The bolts hit squarely but instead of detonating they were absorbed into the shield which recoiled inward and bounced back. As it bounced back a bright green bolt only slightly less powerful then the superturbolaser blast that had been fired flashed back into the mandalorian vessel.

The bridge rocked, "Tactical, what is this thing!"

"I don't know Fleetmaster, its not on any of the databases, unknown configuration, weapons, the works."

The Fleetmaster stroked his gray hair in frustration, "Helm get us out fo here!"

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Reluctantly, Evahe boarded the shuttle. The massive Eclipse was gone. It was a true tragedy. With all four of the Replicators out of the battle, perhaps Ord Mantell would hold. Perhaps.
It wasn't relevant. His massive flagship was destroyed, obliterated. Gorath was planning to build another Eclipse, but it would be a long while before it was completed. However, that wasn't all Gorath was working on.
He flew the shuttle alone. He knew where he was going. He entered the cordinates in and pulled the lever back. It was a short trip. When he came out of hyperspace again, there was a massive Imperial II Star Destroyer in front of him.
Evahe transmitted the code and landed in the ship's docking bay in silence. It was a mighty ship, clean and orderly. Not quite worthy of flagship statue, but it would have to do. A figure waited for him.
"Grand Admiral Evahe! It is great to see you, I am commander Bivensteen. We weren't expecting you so soon," The man said enthusiastically.
"I'm glad you're in good spirits. The Genesis had been destroyed. Your ship had been equipped with the fighters as I have asked?" Evahe said grimly.
Bivensteen gestured, "They are ready for combat."
Evahe glanced at the Raporan fighters. The discovery at Ossus had proven quite useful to Gorath, "Let us head to Ord Mantell then."
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Darth Fury wasn't sure how to react. The massive black ship was destoryed, but all four Replicators were disabled. The other superheavy was still unchecked. It could prove to be quite a nuisance. He needed orders now...


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Hirotek cursed as he watched the Replicators fire their weapons, destroying the moon forst, then dealing a death blow to the massive Genesis. But he alos saw that one of the two remaining replicators was damaged, and spinning slowly. And he knew that the other one had taken a direct hit from the Imperious, so more than likely it was out of the fight now as well. But the loss of the the Eclispe-class would hurt them in the battle severely.

"Athien, we have to leave, now. Power up the engines." Hirotek said, and Athien looked over to him.

"Thrawn hasn't said we can leave yet. He said he had a plan for us to get out of here safely." Athien snapped, and Hirotek shook his head.

"Considering what just happened, I think your father will have bigger concerns then us. Like how he is going to deal with the rest of the Reporan forces now that the Genesis is gone." he said, and Athien stared down at the control panels for the shuttle. She hated to admit it, but he was right.

"Alright, powering up the engines. But on the record, I still think this is a bad idea." she said, and Hirotek smiled.

"Well, if it is, you can tel me after we are dead." he said, and Athien looked back over at him, a perplexed look on her face. The mandalorian in him was starting to show now. Perhaps his caution was turning to recklessness. If so, Hirotek may be more unstable than she had thought. And if that was so, she would have to find a way to real him in before he got them both killed.

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Fleetmaster Orglidek gripped the armrests of his chair tightly as the ship rocked from yet another blast from teh strange ships. he looked down at one of the small display in his command chair, and frowned. The sheilds werent going to be able to take much more of this pounding. So now it was time for desperate measures.

"Helm, prepare the leap drive. Get us out of here!" he ordered, and the an at the helm nodded. The officer hit a short series of switches, and then wtahced a sa series of lights on his bord turned green.

"The drive in online, and ready Fleetmaster." he said, and the fleetmaster nodded. The helmsman hit a button on his console, and the ship accellerated at an emourmous rate. Within moments, they had left the strange vessels behind. A few seconds later, the ship slowed to a much mor managable speed.

"Excellent work helm. Now, plot us a course out of here. I dont care where to, I dont feel like taking on those ships again. Not until we can fight them." the fleetmaster ordered. The halmsman nodded, and went to wrok at plotting a course to the outer rim.

The fleetmaster sat back, and sighed. His first engagement in this war, and he had been forced to fle like a scared child. If these were the foes they were to face, he knew that the mandalorain warfleet was going to be needed a lto sooner than previously thought. And hopefully, it would be ready in time to make a difference.

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"Alright Bivensteen. Let's see how well these prototypes work." Evahe said.
The ISD Reborn came out of hyperspace in the Ord Mantell system. It was pure chaos. Without the Replicators, the forces were even. At least that's what Evahe hoped...
"Bring us to attack the nearest Raporan task force, the one engaging the GFFA forces. Get me General Ioor."
No one questioned his authority. They had all been rather surprised to see such a figure of high power on their ship. The Reborn was powerful, but Evahe wasn't comfortable on it. Especially considering the fighters were experimental and Raporan in design.
In a moment, a shocked Garik appeared in front of him.
"Alright, Garik there's no time to talk. I can explain later. Send me a task force of reinforcements and we'll cut right through this Raporan task force." Evahe said quickly.
Garik nodded and saluted. He was about to speak, but Evahe had the transmission ended. There was no time to waste. The ISD was already engaging a Vagaari Cruiser. The Vagaari ship was no match, but it was just the begining. As Evahe watched, seventy-two Raporan fighters formed up in front of the Reborn.
Their target was a Vareme. They went past the hulk of the Vagaari cruiser was ease and destroyed the few fighters that had been hastily scrambled to intercept them. A Kar Lur got in between them and their target. Evahe smiled as a few plasma bombs sent the Raporan cruiser crippled, likely doomed.
Then they fired at the Vareme. After every fighter had launched its plasma bombs, they returned back the ISD. The casulties were minimal, but a second run would be tricky. Vagaari and Raporan ships were coming at the Reborn from all sides.
Garik kept his promise. A GFFA task force, led by a Ravager, had now joined Evahe's lone ship.
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Tuvax watched in horror. The Vareme Conquest had been destroyed, by Raporan fighters. What was going on? How did the GFFA acquire the technology?


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