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[SoNE Ep XVII][Freebuild 1] Heroes and Villains

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Location: Coruscant

This takes place immediately following my Episode XVI entry.  Part of this build was featured in my episode entry, so this is probably only eligible for partial xp...

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37417007411_e25303317f_t.jpg  So … the rumors were true.

37385581292_6abe464281_t.jpg  Apparently.  This holoimage came to me this morning, from one of my deep cover agents within the rebellion.

36707259914_11b4c9ca73_t.jpg  How long have the rebels had it?

37385581292_6abe464281_t.jpg  Not long, as far as we can tell.

36707259914_11b4c9ca73_t.jpg  How long until they attack?

37385581292_6abe464281_t.jpg  Days; maybe less.  You’ll be shipping out after this briefing.

36707260274_5f2cdf7581_t.jpg  So … our target is the rebel command ship?

37385581292_6abe464281_t.jpg  Not quite…

 

No, of course not.  With Grace, things are never that simple.

This is the same Ops Room that Grace and I met in a month ago, when I first came to Coruscant.

I’d come directly from Saleucami, with Tyria, two of Grace’s men and her droid.

Then:

A naval trooper offered to show Tyria to her quarters, but 2B said he’d been ordered to take me directly to the Ops Room.

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35719322385_c401e03edf_t.jpg   Courtesy requires me to warn you: if you attempt to draw any weapons in the presence of my mistress, I shall disarm you.

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35719322385_c401e03edf_t.jpg   In a very literal and permanent sense.

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35550497312_18da0ccf8d_t.jpg  Sergeant Kirana reporting for duty, ma’am.

37385581292_6abe464281_t.jpg  Sergeant Kirana, come in.  We’re nearly finished.

I follow 2B into the room as everyone turns back to their monitors. 

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I’m a little thrown off balance.  The last time I saw Grace in person she was coming off an extended deep cover op, posing as a civilian.  She looked harmless – well, right up to the point where she stepped out of cover and killed a rebel gunner.

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Still, in my mind, I’d been picturing her as an innocuous older woman, not the no-nonsense ISB officer currently commanding the room. 

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It looks like they’re running a joint operation with the Navy – a rare thing these days, when it seems like each branch of the military is out for itself, fighting to secure funding and territory against their rivals.

The naval officer outranks her, but it’s obvious that Grace is in charge.  Everyone knows it – except for the naval man - which is no doubt why he’s here.

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They wrap things up about 10 minutes later, and everyone slowly files out of the room, leaving only Grace and I.

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37385581292_6abe464281_t.jpg  Tank Bait

35550497312_18da0ccf8d_t.jpg  The Damsel in Distress.

37385581292_6abe464281_t.jpg  You look terrible.

35550497312_18da0ccf8d_t.jpg  Yeah, well … it’s been a rough couple of weeks.

37385581292_6abe464281_t.jpg  Get used to it; it’s going to get worse before it gets better. I do have some good news – you’re not on any official ISB hit list.

35550497312_18da0ccf8d_t.jpg  So … the Imp Cruiser that tried to shoot us down over Commenor?

37385581292_6abe464281_t.jpg  Gunning for Agent An, but once they saw you there, I think they decided to try and tie up loose ends.

35550497312_18da0ccf8d_t.jpg  I got away, though.  Am I still a loose end that needs tying?

37385581292_6abe464281_t.jpg  Negative.  Turns out, the ISB Colonel who set you on Agent An’s trail was acting on his own.  I’m not sure why he wanted Agent An dead, but he frakked up. 

37385581292_6abe464281_t.jpg  He either didn’t realize, or didn’t care, that the Royal Guard was also looking for Goatm.  They didn’t want him dead, though.  They had other plans for him, poor bastard.

35550497312_18da0ccf8d_t.jpg  Ok, so the mission against Agent An is a no-go.  Won't the Colonel still come after me?

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37385581292_6abe464281_t.jpg  He’s dead, Kirana.  Along with his family, and most of his staff.  The Royal Guard does not screw around.

35550497312_18da0ccf8d_t.jpg  Ah.  Roger that.  So … what now?

37385581292_6abe464281_t.jpg  Now, you work for me.

Work turned out to be more varied than I’d expected.  A few big, joint ops like the battle at Xizor’s palace, and plenty of the kind of ‘deniable’ jobs that I’d gotten used to with my old SpecOps squad. 

But, we also spent a surprising amount of time doing what seemed like public relations work.  Bringing medical supplies to an outer rim colony, evacuating refugees in the path of a planetary storm; we even trained a local security force that was having trouble with raiders.  I don’t know if the ‘hearts and minds’ jobs came from up the command chain, or if they were Grace’s own initiative, but one thing was clear: she was playing a long game.

Which brings us back to today.

Now:

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37385581292_6abe464281_t.jpg  This is Lieutenant Thrace Jepson, currently assigned to DS2 as a Weapons Officer.  He needs a ride off the station, and you’re it.

31465386572_b5b5dd621b_t.jpg  Um - we’re sort of overkill for a taxi mission, yeah?

37385581292_6abe464281_t.jpg  His father’s an admiral.  Loyal to the Empire, but worried that the battle station is going to become an unsafe work environment for his only son.  Probably soon.

36707259914_11b4c9ca73_t.jpg  Can’t his buir get him transferred off?

37385581292_6abe464281_t.jpg  And look like he betting on a rebel victory?  Not a good career move.

37417007411_e25303317f_t.jpg  But getting an admiral in your debt would be a great career move for you.  I like it.

31465386572_b5b5dd621b_t.jpg  I don’t know, ma’am.  Sneaking onto the battle station and helping an officer go AWOL seems like…

36707260274_5f2cdf7581_t.jpg  … treason?

37385581292_6abe464281_t.jpg  Oh, that’s rich Kirana, especially coming from you.

36707260274_5f2cdf7581_t.jpg  What’s that supposed to mean?

37385581292_6abe464281_t.jpg  Last month, when you thought ISB forces were trying to kill you, what did you do?  Did you turn yourself in, trusting in Imperial justice? 

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37385581292_6abe464281_t.jpg  No, you called me to come save your shebs, and I had to call in more favors than I like to do it.  Why do you think those people owed me favors?  You think they get assigned randomly each month? 

37385581292_6abe464281_t.jpg  This is how the game is played, Kirana.  There are no heroes here.  No villains.  It’s all shades of gray, and everybody’s doing what they can to take care of their own people.

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37385581292_6abe464281_t.jpg  Get your kit sorted – the shuttle lifts off in 20.  You'll get the details en route, but we're up against the clock.  The rebels are coming.


 

Spoiler

 

If you made it this far, thanks!  Full sized pics on my flickr; C & C always welcome!

Room overview:

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Ceiling detail (built on a transparent baseplate):

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I'm getting all kinds of feelings by this, mainly positive ones :D Cool entry, I am glad that we get to see the control room in its entirety. Most impressive work with the detailed ceiling, and I didn't even know that transparent baseplates exist. *makes mental note to bl one later*

The photography is excellent as well. The ceiling lights really sell the scene. Great stuff. I've gotta give your entire story arc a complete read again some time.

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On 11/23/2017 at 8:50 AM, Cody Startale said:

I'm getting all kinds of feelings by this, mainly positive ones :D Cool entry, I am glad that we get to see the control room in its entirety. Most impressive work with the detailed ceiling, and I didn't even know that transparent baseplates exist. *makes mental note to bl one later*

The photography is excellent as well. The ceiling lights really sell the scene. Great stuff. I've gotta give your entire story arc a complete read again some time.

Thanks Cody!  Yeah, the transparent baseplates are really useful - I've used them as ceilings a few different times.  They're 16x16 and only came in 3 sets, so they're a little pricey on BL ($5 USD for good condition used), but not too outrageous.

You can find links to all my SoNE builds in the 'About Me' section of my profile any time you have an hour or so you want to kill  :classic:

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I love all the different wall textures you achieved in the briefing room!

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Wow!

I need to go through and read the story but I flicked through the photos and the level of quality is outstanding! Highly engaging! Excellent work!

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