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10.08.2012 , 01:30 PM |
Right, that thing I've wanted to do so I can actually progress the current timeline!
, Vierce, spoilers for Trooper Ord Mantell and Tatooine, 650 words.
I ran into to the mayor's office dust-covered, sweating, and carrying a whole lot of questions.
"Mayor, I know you said there's been activity like this, but that attack…those explosions were beyond reason."
Mayor Klerren peered anxiously at me. "Is anyone else…?"
My team filed into the mayor's office as I spoke. "No. We intercepted a couple of droids carrying additional payloads, but we neutralized 'em. Did your man say there were sixty-four dead and wounded from just the first one of those today? And there's been more than one wave of this?"
"Yes, you heard right."
I looked back at Jorgan. We had a bomb expert on the list of Havoc Squad defectors. Name of Fuse. If there was sudden new high-yield bomb activity at the same time as vague reports of a former Havoc man here…well.
The mayor's man skittered in from the inner office. "Sir, there's someone on the line. He claims to have vital information about the bomber's identity."
What? Really," said Mayor Klerren. "Put him through."
The assistant routed something onto the holo. A pale nervous-looking Zabrak showed up. "Ah! Uh, hello there, Mayor Klerren, sir. My name is Vanta Bazren, and I have vital information for you regarding…" Then he noticed me. "I'm sorry, is that…Sergeant, is that you? It's me, Fuse! From Ord Mantell, remember?"
I avoided laughing, but only barely. "Yeah. I don't forget." I turned to the mayor. "Sir, this individual has sensitive information I'm going to need to extract. Would you mind excusing us? I promise to get all the information he has on your bomber."
"Er, yes, of course." Mayor Klerren gestured to his assistant and the two left.
"Now, then." I turned back to Fuse. "I was saying. I remember you and Ord Mantell very well, Fuse."
"I…I'm sorry. I-I don't know what I was thinking."
"As I recall, you were thinking 'the Empire respects its warriors' and you were eager to bring them a 'present' to help them with it. Anything else you need your memory refreshed on?"
"I know, uh, you might not believe this, but…I'm really, really glad you're here. If anyone can shut down the Imps and stop the bombings in Anchorhead, it's you."
"Shutting down Imps is a specialty of Havoc Squad."
He swallowed hard. "Please, I-I don't have much time. If they catch me transmitting, they'll, uh…it won't be good. The Imps brought me here to design bombs. Desert planet, middle of nowhere, makes sense, right? Then Colonel Gorik, the Imp leader, wants to test the bombs. But, he wouldn't use the empty deserts – he wanted a live testing ground. He chose Anchorhead."
"He just decided to go testing your inventions on the nearest innocents?" said Jorgan.
"That's the Empire for you," I said. My throat felt tight.
"Not every Imperial officer is a murderous psychopath, but still. Yeah. Pretty horrible. As soon as I found out…I told Gorik I wouldn't do it. Never. So his men locked me up in here. Gorik's afraid of Tavus, or he would've just killed me. Only you can stop Gorik now. Let me help you – let me tell you who's putting the bomb droids together."
"You'll tell me a hell of a lot more than that, Fuse."
"I will! I'll help you find Gorik's base, I'll turn myself in. Just please, stop the droid production first so they won't hurt anyone else." He started typing at the console on his end, sending information about the droid facility over.
"Fine. I clean that up. Then I take you into custody."
If he had stuck around on Ord Mantell he might know me well enough to know exactly what I meant by "take into custody." But he hadn't. Instead he sounded relieved. "Yes, sir. – I have to go now. Fuse out."
I grabbed the name and coordinates he sent us, loaded that up to my own datapad. Then I turned to the rest of the squad. "We move. Now."
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