Jul 25, 2021 6:54 PM
Vader and Luke are unsure who has kidnapped whom
Permalink

The Hutt that Luke and his squadron had been sent to take out was burrowed into the ground, as they tended to do, and was directly under the support settlement it needed to let it live it's life of disgusting greed.  Luke's orders had been clear- he and the other 3 TIE fighters in his squadron were to guard the 5 bombers, who were to bomb the entire settlement from above, heavily enough to take out the compound below, and some of the stormtroopers would come in after them and kill off any of the gangsters that had survived the initial bombing.

The settlement came into view as they rounded the planet, dropping lower as they approached.  Luke fired on the east guardtower, ordering the other TIE pilots to take out the others, and the bombers began to move into position above the settlement.  As he scanned the settlement again for further defenses, his eyes caught on the civilians fearfully running for cover- and the slaves, glancing around, uncertain.  These were no enemies of the Empire, no destroyers of peace and stability.  A rush of anger surged through him.  Did they really expect him to order his men to bomb innocent civilians? Slaves?  There had to be some way to do this with less casualties- sending stormtroopers into the base to flush the Hutt out would probably work!

He wasn't going to let this happen.  Almost without thinking, he surged into action, spinning his TIE fighter to face the bombers and beginning to fire.  He knew the ships his squadron flew, even if he didn't fly the bombers- he knew every weakness in the ships.  Taking them down was easy, the other TIEs taking a moment to move into action against him, two of the five bombers already falling to the ground below by the time the first of the other TIE pilots had moved into action.

Total: 13
Posts Per Page:
Permalink

There is, a few settlements over - in the forces moving against the leader of the most recent Hutt clan to renege on a deal with the Empire - the distinct sound of a helmetted forehead hitting a gauntleted palm. 

Vader screws up communications between squads - and especially outgoing communications - with an idle wave of her hand, orders her own people to intensify their suppressing fire (this particular slug, actually expecting to be ever attacked, hasn't done anything nearly as stupid as putting his vital support structures unshielded over top of his underground base, and actually has a decent ability to resist attacks, especially with the fighters from other compounds in the clan providing back up).

She comms Luke's fighter. "First Lieutenant Miyer, what is the meaning of this?"

Permalink

Shit.  Luke did not at all expect Darth Vader herself to comm him over this.  How did she even know?  He continues to fire on the bombers as he replies.

"We're facing unexpected resistance from the Hutt compound, Sir."

He's not a good liar but it will have to do.

Permalink

"You were not a Hutt last I checked, Lieutenant Miyer."

Permalink

Shit shit shit shit- that's the last of the TIE fighters, falling to the ground now, Luke is barely even noticing the fighting now- he doesn't know how to fix this.  He needs to run.  He needs to stop this.  Are other squadrons doing this?  He needs to find the other settlements and stop this.

He needs to respond to Vader.

"Are you implying that I shot down my own squadron, Sir?"

This is why he doesn't lie, he's no good at it.

He doesn't notice that his course has changed to take him towards Vader instead of towards the next settlement.

Permalink

"Is that what's happened, Lieutenant?"

Permalink

Luke does not have even the slightest idea what is happening or what Vader knows.  He's doesn't have any idea what he's doing but- they were supposed to be taking out Hutts, not civilians. Not slaves.

"Uh, no, Sir?"

He didn't mean for it to sound like a question, but it seems like it did anyway.

Permalink

"I find I somehow doubt that, Lieutenant."

Permalink

Luke catches sight of another small compound on his left, with a squadron the size of his own beginning to circle it.  He turns away from his previous path, barely wondering why he hadn't been headed straight towards it, and flips his ships comm unit off, deciding that Vader has already seen through his limited ability to lie.

He flies in as though he's providing backup, at first, getting well within range before beginning to fire on the bombers.

Permalink

Teenagers.

There actually seems to be a lot of chaos blooming among the ranks of the Imperials, actually, an escalating clusterfuck (that still gets the central Hutt and anyone capable of seizing control of the clan killed, Vader is annoyed but not going to abandon this opportunity) - that culminates in Vader's own TIE whipping alongside Luke's, and the switch on Luke's comm unit moving itself back to 'on.'

"You will land, Lieutenant Miyer."

Permalink

Luke finally has to admit to himself that he can see no way out of this one.  He pulls away from the settlement and lands his TIE fighter.

Permalink

Vader lands nearby, the hatch of her own TIE hissing open.

Permalink

Very reluctantly, Luke opens his TIE fighter and climbs out, standing at attention to the side of it, as he would before or after a mission.

Permalink

Out comes Vader.

...And sweeps past him, toward an outlying part of the settlement. "Follow me."

Total: 13
Posts Per Page: