Jun 26, 2019 3:58 PM
the continuing adventure of Rafa and Occlus
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"Clever." And wrong. But clever.

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"So we have the excuse, we just need to- do it."

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"So what do we do?"

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"An attack of some kind." She examines the plans they have of Skar's base. The rocket tram control station is in a tower fronted by a large plaza, big enough to land several shuttles with room to spare. The other sides are walled off by either densely packed buildings or a steep cliffside drop to the bay below. "But if he's been holding off the Republic, something straightforward won't work. We need subterfuge, or an advantage of some kind."

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"How has he been holding off the Republic, what kinds of defences or strategies does he have that prevent straightforwardness?"

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"Sniper nests, probably. There's not a lot of cover on the approach, see, from the second story and up you have line of sight to almost everywhere."

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"And the Republic hasn't decided to do a sneak strike, or it's too difficult and they're spread too thin."

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"Mm. We need a distraction."

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"My Lord," he says, turning to Occlus, "did you mention we could leak information to the Republic?"

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"That is a possibility, yes."

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"Could they be the distraction?"

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"-that could work. And then the Republic dropships will let us get close without alerting Skar."

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Occlus nods. "Very good."

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"How does that plan fail?"

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"The Republic doesn't attack, or doesn't commit. We can't get the IFF on the dropships updated."

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"Why does the republic not attack or commit in that case?" He turns to Occlus. "What's our intel?"

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"Moff Pyron?"

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"As far as we can tell, Skar's been using a scrambler to confuse Republic transmissions in his immediate area. We think he may inflating the number of casualties and enemies reported. If we give them the bypass for the scrambler and a purportedly more accurate count, they should be willing to commit a full assault."

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He nods. "Could anything else disrupt them such that they don't commit anyway, or don't attack?"

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"There are a thousand things that could. You can never control your enemy's response entirely. But we don't have any other operarions listed as active during our window on the secured net, and in my professional opinion, this is as good an opportunity as we can make."

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Rafa thinks of continuing down this line of inquiry but decides against it. He's probably not yet high status enough. "Awesome," he says instead. Then to Brin: "The IFF on the dropships not getting updated, how does that happen?"

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"Um. If the codes are rotated and we miss it. Or if Crypto hasn't cracked it."

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"What are the odds that Crypto will fail to crack it? How do we avoid missing it?"

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"We... keep listening to Republic comms for any change in the pattern? And I think Crypto is usually very good?" She glances at Moff Pyron, who nods.

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"Is this sufficient to patch all problems in our plan? Thinking another way, suppose it's the day after it, and you're told the plan failed. What's the most likely way it did, and is it something whose patch is cheaper than just letting the plan fail?"

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