Favouring a direct approache, Marek and RUST take turns to pacify the troopers guarding the exit while, with an element of surprise, the group quickly neutralised all threats in the hangar, but not before a dying trooper punched a calling button on a nearby comms terminal. Thall approached the comms terminal answering the call, failing to avoid the inevitable security patrol coming in lead by the deck chief. Alema rounded up the work crew in the hangar boasting them on a secret imperial investigation, convincing the group to stay low as the group get around setting up an ambush.
Thall hastily dressed himself up in the attires of one of the fallen navy officer’s uniform, setting up a scene in the midst of the deck with a couple of deceased troopers and Thall himself reeling in pain awaiting to attract the attention of the incoming foes, while the party lie in waiting at a blind spot near the entrance. The blast door opens and a party of 5 storms into the scene, failing to notice the group lying in ambush, the party of 4 navy troopers and Petty Officer Tera Wen rushed to the aid of the downed navy trooper that is Thall. All hells breaks loose when Alema took this moment to surprise the imperial party with her uncanny gunslling skills, promptly shooting down one trooper at the back. Fighting ensues for a couple of minutes amidst the packed hangar deck with covers aplenty, our heros evenrually overpowered the imperial troopers and managed to stun the deck officer. Interrogation reveals what lies ahead on their road to the Command Module of M226, connecting the docking section with a 5 meter wide tunnel that is meant to be traversed with repulsorlift cargo skiffs.
Knocking the deck officer down, our heroes proceeds to the innards of the docking section, deciding to traverse the ship with 2 of the 3 cargo skiffs parked there instead of using the service tunnel. piloted by Alema and RUST, the group raced to the command section before the massacre at the hangar deck translates into a general alert on the ship. 15 minutes into the tunnel Timi noticed they are being trailed by another cargo skiff, knowing the time is not on their side, Alema and RUST punched the controls to get the last leg of the journey to the command section. Out of a sudden the tunnels lights are gone to a sporadic flickering, this and his unfamiliarity with the ship innards resulted in RUST failing to avoid a huge pipe at the side of the tunnel, knocking the skiff out of balance and its riders square onto the group, both taking substantial damage. Knowing they need all the firepower they need and because of her old flame, Alema did a tight U turn with in the 2 file tunnel, despite her expert piloting she fail to avoid a well camouflaged obstacle in pitch darkness, with the rest of the group flipping up and down onto the surface, all taking substantial hit except Timi, who managed to hold onto the edge of the skiff and controlled his landing.
The group prepared for the coming pursuers as Alema explored the surrounding, looking at a couple more service tunnels they might walk on foot and undetected. the distinct sound of the skiff’s loud engine grows louder until the pursuing skiff, manned by one low-ranking imperial officer stopped at the crash site with thall again feigning injuries. Alema took the opportunity to shoot a stunning shot at the officer, missing her shot in the darkness and instead almost hitting Thall, prompting the officer taking a position near Thall hunkered down. Thall quickly apprehended her. It has been revealed, through casual coercion that the woman is a junior comm officer on the M226 Bridge, the group learned all they can of the command deck layout, the composition of the command crew, the commander Lt. Cmdr. Jilan Noor and the first mateLt. Hyzhan Trooand forced her to guide the group safely to the end of the tunnel, the entrance to the command module.
The entrance, flanked by strong walls with a wide 4 meters tall blast door at the entrance, does not looks to be particularly secured at all as officers and crews alike walked to and fro. Alema attempted to force the officer they captured into calling her command officer, Lt. Hyzhan Troo through her comlink, though unwilling, she complied to it at Alema’s gunpoint. In the conversation to draw Troo out though, she breaks down mentally in immese stress and warned the lieutenant of her rebel captives. Sirens promptly raised and blast doors shut as Alema knocks the junior officer down with her pistol hilt. Learning about the layout of the five decks in the module on a wall sign, the group make out that the entrance will put them at level 4 – cargo storage. Locked by a computer so encrypted that not even Thall can bypass, RUST nonetheless disabled the mechanical lock of the door and with a bit of force, forced the door open, the crew cannot be more aware that they are being boarded at this point.
Passing through the cargo area to the turbolift, the group decided to fan out with Alema taking the right stairwell, RUST and TIMI taking the right while Marek and Thall taking point to get to the bridge in the turbolift. The heros found the bridge that they entered surprisingly empty as they enters and, finally noticing they are all armed with pistols, some of them are obviously shaken and frightened, but is nonetheless forced to make a last stand by Lt. Cmdr. Jilan Noor. With a taunt to the rebel scums, as he puts, Noor coordinated near by troopers to take a covered position with himself shooting at Marek, who barely evaded the shot. The fight slowly turns to the group’s favour as Noor makes one last ditch effort to shoot an wounded Alema on the right stairwell, advanced to a more vulnerable position. Troo is visibly less participative as the fight ensues and the group concentrated their fire, brining down finally the commander with a grenade lobbed to the feets to Noor, ending his defiance in a fiery and then dead pile of ash. Alema’s disgust is well noticed by the group as Troo raised both her hands in surrender. M226 is now nominally under alliance control.
Troo bargained that as long as no one is hurt further, she will order a general stand down and will not offer anymore resistance. It is at this point where the group noticed the ship is in fact in hyperspace, Troo revealed their destination is Coruscant. As Timi worked on ways to drop the ship out of hyperspace and programming their jump to the alliance rendezvous, Thall accessed the ships primary databanks to locate the rebel prisoner being held. Besting the dated imperial security firewalls he managed to isolate the PERLEMIAN HAUL shipment schedules, as well as finding a full file on the prisoner they’re rescuing Able Nereno, the file reveals he was apprehended with the help of an Imperial Spy in the midst of a rebellion outpost in the Arda system…