Equator City, Rodia : Defensive Line
After four days of intense fighting, the defenders are severely diminished in number. All are down to their last energy pack. The tireless droids harass them at all times of the day and night. Many have gone without food, all have gone without sleep. The defensive line has dwindled down to small groups barricading the streets into the city.
Weary, Aiden, only surviving member of the group he arrived with, has befriended a group of Rodians. During any lulls in battle, he directs scouting teams to retrieve energy cells dropped by fallen comrades.
A small starfighter zips by overhead, through the pluming smoke & dust. It heads toward the heart of the city.
The haggard defenders look at each other, debating on if it would be wise to send a scout to check the ship out, leaving their choke-point one gun short. As they deliberate, AAT-1 tanks burst through the scorched foliage and open fire on the buildings and defense outposts. The tanks form a line and do not push forward. As they shell Equator City, a company of battle droids push in.
Smoke, dust & debris fill the air. Screams of pain sound out all around Aiden. He fires blindly into the advancing line of droids, yelling to his new friends to keep it up. Looking around, he sees that even his battle-hardened squad are disheartened. Some cower behind any available cover. Others attempt to fall back into the city, only to be shot in the back by droid sharpshooters.
A shell hits close to Aiden, and he is sent flying into the middle of the street. He finds himself lying face-down in the rubble, debris raining down on and around him, ears ringing, and vision blurred. When his vision clears, in front of his face are a pair of reddish-brown leather boots. Someone is yelling, but he cannot make out what they’re saying. As the ringing subsides, he hears a commanding voice say “Stand fast, proud hunters of Rodia! Push them back!”. The dust cloud is illuminated with a blue glow & the boots run in the direction of the droids.
Aiden pulls himself off of the ground, & moves up to cover. Peering over the edge, he sees a lone Jedi, Rinn Tarpil, standing in the midst of the droids, deflecting blaster bolts & severing the heads of droids foolish enough to come near. The Rodians look on, astonished. Aiden rallies them, and they open fire on the distracted droids. Aiden notices that the tanks are moving to target the Jedi. He yells out a warning & the Jedi leaps to safety as the tank blasts the area he was at, destroying the droids there. Aiden watches in amazement as one of the tanks is lifted from the ground & flies through the air into the other. Both spew sparks, and the second explodes as it’s ordinance catches fire.
Ceaseless, more droids move in from the jungle.
Droid Control Ship, above Rodia
Jedi Knight Fon Kluu and Padawans Tykano Ranthor and Kelzorn cut their way through squads of B1 battle droids, searching for a way to disable the systems to the long-range emitters controlling the droids on Rodia. Encountering heavy resistance from Droidekas protecting a computer array, Ty calls on the Force to use a Droideka to smash the system while Kelzorn and Fon deflect blaster fire and eliminate the other droid forces in the chamber. Ty is overcome as his master’s emotions are blasted through the force. He can feel his master’s exhaustion as he is battling back the ferocious attacks of the mysterious figure from the conference room.
The trio make their way through corridors, looking for a way to escape the CIS ship. Ty stumbles as a disturbance rips though the Force at his mater’s death. Elsewhere on the ship, the crew of the Republic Cruiser they arrived on are executed as the magnetic barrier in the hangar is shut off, venting the atmosphere and the crew themselves into space.
The trio of Jedi come across a Sheathipede-Class Shuttle in on of the bays and rush the guards. Once aboard, Kelzorn takes the helm to discover that the ship lacks a yoke. After minutes of deliberation, he discovers that the ship is voice-controlled and quickly sets to getting their unarmed ship out of the hangar and onto the planet in one piece.