Post by Whill Shaman Erevis on Apr 9, 2013 10:15:49 GMT -8
Surface water made up only 0.9% of the planet, although most significantly, a vast subterranean ocean encircled the planet below the crust. Although extensive surface oceans once covered the planet, they leaked away to the subterranean ocean through the readily eroded crust through vast caverns that were once giant magma chambers. In turn, the erosive sea has contributed to the giant sinkholes throughout its windswept and grassy habitable areas.
Post by Linuy Findos on May 16, 2019 12:12:51 GMT -8
The Majestic-class cruiser slowly traveled towards it's destined coordinates, as Captain Tas Hatoo gave towards the crew members the last instructions. Linuy Findos, senator of the former Galactic Alliance and sponsor of the mission looked across the barren surface of the planet, as Utapau hardly offered any vegetation, it's surface looking more like an abbandoned miner site within a large desert with a few grassy habitable areas, covered by sinkholes. Back during the Clone Wars the Separatists had mined the planet mercilessly in order to achieve their war goals and even nowadays the consequences of their occupation could be seen. However, despite their return in form of the Grand Confederacy, they barely saw any Separatist presence, given that most of Utapau's citizens tended to live within the sinkholes. Maybe these people would be freed some day as well from their shackles, forced upon them once more by outsider forces. However, there was hardly anything Linuy could do for these people at the moment.
Although it took them some time, the ship eventually reached it's destination, landing nearby one larger sinkhole. Due to the cruiser flying over the site, the Neimoidian senator could quickly see the outlines of a Lucrehulk core ship on the bottom of the sinkhole before dust, blown by the wind, covered the view upon it from the cruiser. There it was! The destination of their journey.
Alright everyone, board the shuttles!, Captain Tas commanded those, present on board, "This is our only chance for us to get the coreship, so man the shuttles. We will abbandon this ship, bomb timer is already on, now that we are about to land." A countdown was shown over holocron, revealing that they had thirty minutes now. Linuy knew why it was necessary, even if it hurted her to see. But in the end she agreed to Hatoo's suggestion. When Findos planned out the mission, Hatoo already warned her that the cruiser wouldn't fit into the sinkhole, where the Lucrehulk facility was located - a whole landing operation had to be done by the means of shuttles, precisely in the form of Maxilipede shuttles as they were able to contain enough men on their mission. With the Spark of Nen already featuring a minimal crew around a few hundred men and thus making any fighter capacity within the hangar pointless, the entire hangar section was cleared in order to get enough room for eight Maxilipede shuttles, paid by the senator herself. However, they knew that they couldn't afford it to leave an entire heavy cruiser class ships within enemy hands. Thus a self-destruction mechanism was beforehand also necessary, as much as it had griefed the senator to hear. Although the bomb would probably detonate, once they arrived already on the bridge of the Lucrehulk, time and especially stealth was the essence until the Separatists would realize the threat of the operation. If the mission would fail, she knew that they all would be stranded. A prize worth to take.
"Then let's not waste our time!", she then said in a loud voice, "Now is the time! Go!" And with these words being said, she left alongside the rest of her guard and those, who had joined the mission the room in order to make it to the shuttle bay. On her way she eventually got rid of her robes, revealing below it a tight space suit, which let Linuy more look like a member of the Duros race, however it gave her more mobility. It griefed Linuy that she had to leave it behind, but realizing that luxury would solely slow her down eventually and the time for diplomacy would be over soon, she nontheless saw it necessary. In the end they had an entire Lucrehulk core ship to board! Within the next five minutes, everyone on board would reach the shuttle side safely, where the eight full shuttles would eventually descend down the rabbit hole, their course being set towards the next best landing location at the construction site. Now the real test has begun.
Post by Linuy Findos on Jul 15, 2019 15:13:54 GMT -8
As the Maxilipede-shuttles descended upon the sinkhole's bottom, Linuy caught a brief look upon their target. Around 900 meters tall, this massive ship looked like an inpenetrable fortress when the shuttles flew around it with hardly any potential entrance way inside other than the airlock around the command tower - yet this wasn't the route which the shuttle crews intended to go as it would be too obvious for entering the ship's bridge. Instead, the shuttles would land after a few minutes on the ground nearby the controllship, around the dockyards where it was constructed in near range to a boarding ramp. Several racks with droids were filled there into an MTT, while barely any organic workers, other than the Pau'an and the Utai were around to overlook the actions. Once the shuttles had landed and the majority of crewmembers left, they raised at first the curiousity of the foreworkers, but questions directly were avoided, when most of the Neimoidians showed up, including Captain Tas Hatoo, who gave one of the foremen a friendly nod. The adressed Pau'an solely nodded back, while overseeing the work outside of the cargo bay as the Corellian crew entered quickly the ramp. Once they were insideand outside of the worker's reach, the Captain quickly adressed Senator Findos.
"We're now in one of the equatorial bays", he then explained as they crossed a massive hall, filled with several vehicles, among them MTTs and AATs, "A massive portion of the ship is used to store the Separatist's war machine inside. In order to access the bridge, we will have to get to the lower decks, mainly patrolled by security droids. We'll have to be careful there as I can't estimate how many troubles they will provide us, Neimoidian or not." "I assume to find the turbo lifts?", she guessed, remembering vaguely the structure of those freighters. "Correct", Hatoo responded quickly, "But the trouble won't end here, as here comes the critical point. As you might know we have two towers on the controll ship. One, which we intend to board is the bridge tower from where we can effectively seize the core ship, send it into space and dock with the rest of the ring ship. The other one though is the military command tower. We need to seize this one, too if we want to have any chances of success - not solely because we want to get rid of battle droids, which might oppose us in order to turn them into our allies, but also because it is linked with the main power generator. And before one of the Separatist commanders on board rather decides to self-destruct the vessel rather than leaving it to us... well... we need to split the group."
The revelation was something she had already feared, even though it might slim down their chances to seize the controllship even more. Of course, they were around eighty persons, who had volunteered on this mission, nearly an army on their own... but if they were discovered, they would face the same resistance from the Separatists a thousand times worse in numbers. And yet it was a necessary evil. With a questioning look, Linuy looked over to The Red Baron and Ignus , then to the rest of the crew. She wondered how they would decide of whom to follow.
"We will split up in order to take both towers", she then announced, "Captain Hatoo will ensure that the military command of the coreship will be under our controll, while I will lead the charge on the bridge. Whoever wants to choose where to participate should choose quickly as this this is not a drill - time is running thin and we need to reach those areas before the Confederacy smells the incoming surprise." "And avoid the security droids at all costs! Shoot only when you must!", Hatoo added warningly, "Other than that, let's hope that this will work out!" And without further word they formed two groups in less than two minutes, each consisting of roughly fourty individuals on both sides before splitting up in order to advance towards the lower decks, leaving the equatorial bay and it's eerie silence behind them.
Post by Linuy Findos on Nov 10, 2019 17:58:33 GMT -8
"So, any news on how the war goes?" The Neimoidian bridge officer was seemingly bored with his job as he talked to his fellow crew members while they checked the functionality of the installed systems aboard the Core Ship's bridge. "Another fleet lost, no reinforcements from Geonosis. Quite odd - I gave four times a similiar answer to the same question during the last two weeks." "Well, at least we're still alive unlike the Galactic Alliance. Won't raise up my morale too high, if I'm honest, but well... better still alive with a few regions and continiueing production than losing the battle." The crewmember sneered sarcastic. "Like that will save us! Gulch and Ariean are only lucky that the First Order isn't in our direct range! And yet we get killed like flys by these Blackguard ships! Still waiting on my payment for two months, but since we're just working on our own survival... well, we can only hope to pump out more and more until these Sith bastards ran out of ships themselves! Pah, never!" "Well, don't let the admirality hear that. Either way, bridge section B fully functional?" "Operational so far. In theory the controlls should work." "Good, continiue on with the communication arrays. Let's hope we won't get bombed and buried within this sinkhole in the meantime..."
As the two Neimoidians talked, Linuy and her squad were waiting outside the opened door towards the bridge tower, close in range towards the luxury executive suites. The shuttle at the airlock had already been secured by the Spark of Nen's crew, some engineers who came with the two officers being held hostage there. The few security droids, which they had passed by laid shot at the ground, only four of them being present at the bridge. With some luck Hatoo had already done the work for them and there wouldn't be any blood shed. This proved to be the case as suddenly movement went into the security droids as they flanked the two surprised officials. Shocked, the Neimoidians stuttered out words than they actually commanded. "H-hey what's the meaning of this?! This is rebellion against your masters, stop this, B1! Th-this is not part of your programming!" //Qui3t, trait0r! F0r the Alliance!//
Stern, the senator among with the rebell crew went out of their hiding position, the eyes of the two Grand Confederacy officers widening even more as they realized that they overtook command over the bridge tower. "You were wrong, when it comes to the Galactic Alliance", Findos replied towards the two Neimoidians sharp, "Mon Calamari and the gouvernment have fallen, yes - but the ideals of the Galactic Alliance haven't! Unlike you we don't cower to a warlord styling himself Consul, as we still have hope. The battle for freedom is never lost, keep that in mind!" "Senator Findos!? But how- !?" "Lock them away for the meanwhile, we need to get out of here", she commanded the B1 droid in front of her, "I will talk later to them later once we have left the system. Until them, ensure that they won't leave." "Roger, roger!" As the security droids escorted out the Neimoidians, along with some of the Corellians, Linuy and her fellow Neimoidians manned every station on the command bridge, establishing communications with the military controll tower on where Captain Hatoo and his men resided. ::Congratulations on taking over the Lucrehulk, senator::, the turncoat captain congratulated her, ::We have secured most of the assets on board, all battledroids reporting. According to the OOM unit there's still a lot of technicians and officers on board, but with thousands of droids at our disposal we can escort them into safe quarters until we have enough time to persuade them into a change of allegiance. Don't be too harsh on them, senator, like myself many are already disappointed within the broken promises of a backworld dictator - they will rout for our cause once they understand our motives.:: "As you know there won't be any punishments.", she noted solely, "Once we are at Corellia each of them can freely choose whether to return to their 'Grand' Confederacy , whether to aid us or to build up a destiny of their liking. But until then I want to leave the system with its core and ring section in one piece! Any troubles from the outside?" ::Not yet, madame, but there will be once we start the engines. Harbour command will get suspicious with one of the core ships leaving into space and the detonation of the Spark might also cause some suspicion once they realize that there's a wreckage. Not to mention the teatime with the Vice Admiral from which I sadly had to abstain. Mutiny on board, apparently there's a rebellion.:: The senator weakly smiled upon the last remark, turning her attention towards the crew. "Then we'll get out here right now. Coordinates set on docking with the ring section in orbit. We'll keep the charade as long as we can, no matter the complications on our way." ::Understood, madame. Communication relays on hold, maybe fake some interferences. I'll let OWO-05 handle the negotiations. That might buy us enough confusion until we reach the upper atmosphere.:: And as Captain Hatoo ended the transmission, the Lucrehulk core ship left slowly the sinkhole, when its engines started, the massive ship seeking to reach the orbit of Utapau in order to leave the system with its missing half. The hot phase of Linuy Findos' hijacking plan was now in movement.