Mission to Ryloth Part I - Day 4/5 - Assassination.   Posted by The Force.Group: archive Z
Varis Rei
 NPC, 147 posts
Sun 14 Mar 2010
at 16:46
Re: Day 4/5 - Assassination
One Hour Later

Varis returns with all of the requested items, although not in unlimited numbers. There's a clip of caseless mercy rounds for the enforcer and three rockets as well as the head bag, etc.

Information Gathering is up to you guys and Aadun, so you might want to make a point of asking him.
Aadun Ogden
 player, 196 posts
Thu 18 Mar 2010
at 17:13
Re: Day 4/5 - Assassination
Around this time, Aadun came out of hiding and turned to whomever is still around and asked, "I was told somebody needed some information?"  He leaned up against the wall and crossed his arms.
Arng Hould
 player, 32 posts
 Bodyguard
Fri 19 Mar 2010
at 08:39
Re: Day 4/5 - Assassination
"Ah, Ogden, just the man we have been waiting for.  We are in need of knowing the social itinery of a certain key leading member of the Distombe Clan.  I would like to know when are where he is going out to... socialize.  You know, drinking, dancing, or whatnot that people on this planet like to do to entertain themselves.  People usually have a favorite night spot.", the Gran states his information request.
Varis Rei
 NPC, 148 posts
Fri 19 Mar 2010
at 16:07
Re: Day 4/5 - Assassination
"Arng, I think you have misunderstood," Varis tells the bodyguard. "After the prison break, the Head Clan is very likely to go into isolation. When they come out to events, it will be with increased security.

"The diversion that I am planning to help with the prison break will serve its purpose to assist a kidnapping as well. That's the window of opportunity. And Cotan will be leaving the Sienar offices to go to a press conference at that time."

Aadun Ogden
 player, 197 posts
Fri 19 Mar 2010
at 18:46
Re: Day 4/5 - Assassination
Aadun looked between Varis and Arng, but then shrugged.  "I'll bee what I can find," he responded and then sat down at one of the computers.  He seemed to know just where to go and what to type to pull up something and sure enough soon he had.

"Ah, it looks like the Distombe clan has a decoy airspeeder and escort," he began and then scanned the source some more.  "They'll actually be travelling in a landspeeder disguised as a cargo vehicle.  Usually they have four bodyguards with him in the back as well as an advanced communications array so that he could use it as an office."

Confident that the information would be enough for them to figure something out, he moves on to another source.  "Sienar Office you said?  Let me see." he began and then studied a map for a moment.  "Oooh, according to this map, there is a perfect ambush spot right here," he said and pointed it out to whomever is watching him.  "Maybe if you got a couple of speeders, you could block traffic in either direction."
Krysten Tyner
 player, 130 posts
Mon 22 Mar 2010
at 02:34
Re: Day 4/5 - Assassination
Krysten looked over to Varis.

"Is there any way you could have those droids you mentioned park their speeders?  Or would it look too conspicuous?
Varis Rei
 NPC, 149 posts
Mon 22 Mar 2010
at 02:48
Re: Day 4/5 - Assassination
Varis ponders the question, then looks over to Aadun. "I think it depends on whether Aadun thinks he'll have enough time to program a pair of droids to hijack speeders as well for your operation. The diversion takes priority, but if he can do it quickly, then it might be possible."
Aadun Ogden
 player, 198 posts
Mon 22 Mar 2010
at 03:22
Re: Day 4/5 - Assassination
Aadun shrugged and said, "It depends on the droid itself and how long it takes to crack.  I can't put a definitive time on how long it would take to finish.  I don't think it would take very long, but if something comes up, then it could take longer."
Arng Hould
 player, 33 posts
 Bodyguard
Mon 22 Mar 2010
at 19:54
Re: Day 4/5 - Assassination
"You might as well program the droids to ram their speeders into the truck, if you're going to go that far.  Otherwise, they could just steer around or over parked speeders.  Good luck disengaging the safety protocols on those droids.  You'll need luck convincing someone to step out in front of that truck.", says Arng in a tone denoting skepticism and hopelessness.

"Although, if you really want to stop a truck, you have to hit it with an ion mine... several of them to fully do the job and remote detonated so they hit the right target.  Sure, once the truck's systems go dead, the stopping is a rough thing.  It's going to rattle around the passengers a whole lot.  But that's really what you want.  See, as a bodyguard, I know that when you find speeders blocking your path, it's time to turn the vehicle around right fast.  That's a set up for an ambush.  If the driver is fool enough to come to a complete stop, I would be on my guard with weapon drawn and eyes looking for trouble.  But if the truck comes to a violent stop, I'd be too worried about counting my broken bones to be on my guard.  And sadly yes, everyone may die when the truck crashes.  Oh, well, it was out of our control.  You were looking originally for an assassination anyways.  An added benefit is if any of that ion energy penetrates inside the truck, you've taken out their blasters as well.", he adds his own ideas for a plan of action.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:55, Sun 28 Mar 2010.

Aadun Ogden
 player, 199 posts
Wed 24 Mar 2010
at 04:11
Re: Day 4/5 - Assassination
Aadun looked back and forth between them once again and then raised an eyebrow.  "If that is the direction that we're going, I will see what I can do.  I just need a decision.  The more time I have to work, the more likely we will succeed."  It didn't really matter to the Zabrak what he programed the droid to do.
Varis Rei
 NPC, 150 posts
Wed 24 Mar 2010
at 23:40
Re: Day 4/5 - Assassination
"Decisions, decisions," Varis says. "Ion mines are going to be next to impossible to get in the short amount of time available. But that ambush spot isn't bad. If the droids hijack large enough vehicles, there won't be anyplace for a driver to go.

"When they realize they've stopped, they'll move Cotan away from the exterior door to protect him. If you plant a bomb on it to blast it open, he should be safe enough, although I can't say the same for the guards.

"If there were more time to plan and acquire equipment, we could certainly cut down on the potential loss of life, but there just isn't."

Arng Hould
 player, 34 posts
 Bodyguard
Sun 28 Mar 2010
at 07:03
Re: Day 4/5 - Assassination
"You mean, no where to go but up.  Do you two even know what kind of truck he's going to be riding in?  There's a lot of difference in flight ceiling between a repulsor and a hover truck.", Arng replies Varis.  "Oh, and if you're going to have trouble finding Ion Mines, you're not looking at the right place.  There should be a lot of Ion Mines floating around the military surplus market.  I bet lots of them were produced during the Clone Wars by the Old Republic; nothing better for taking out droids without hurting clones.  But the Empire these days don't really need them.  They should have dumped those unusued Ion Mines on the surplus market.  Plus garrisons should have them for anti-vehicle mines."
Varis Rei
 NPC, 151 posts
Sun 28 Mar 2010
at 14:33
Re: Day 4/5 - Assassination
"This is Ryloth, the technological ass end of space, where nothing is produced, and they have never had a real garrison. Of course, now that the Empire is here, maybe they will," Varis says, clearly annoyed.

She takes out a pair of credit chips, transfers some credits, and then tosses one to Arng angrily. "If you think you'll have better luck, go for it. I admit that I am a facilitator, not a military planner, so I'm going to go facilitate someone to take care of this problem who isn't going to stand around talking when they should be out doing something."
Krysten Tyner
 player, 131 posts
Mon 29 Mar 2010
at 06:34
Re: Day 4/5 - Assassination
Krysten spoke up.

"If it's an actual cargo truck modified for our target's purposes, then it's likely got not much more than a few meter's clearance, and that only for a few seconds.  The droids don't have to stop it cold, they just need to give us a few seconds to get to the vehicle and disable the driver.  Then, it's not going anywhere, is it?  I can disable the driver, or at least stop him from driving it anywhere after we start the operation.

"Arng, if you can procure an ion mine or two, we can plant the mine in our chosen ambush spot, and set it to command detonate as soon as our distraction droids cause the driver to hesitate, even if only for a second or two."

Arng Hould
 player, 36 posts
 Bodyguard
Tue 30 Mar 2010
at 05:09
Re: Day 4/5 - Assassination
Arng catches the credit chip in his left hand, the one that isn't holding a pistol that is about to get loaded with mercy rounds.  He looks down at the credit chip with a bit of stunned, disbelief, or at least that's what it would seem to be without any of his three eyes blinking.  "Produce?  Do I look like a factory?  I am a bodyguard.  I do not produce.  I stand around being alert and wait for something to happen.", he replies now sounding highly insulted in return.
Krysten Tyner
 player, 132 posts
Tue 30 Mar 2010
at 11:22
Re: Day 4/5 - Assassination
Krysten sighed and held out her hand.  The Gran was turning pre-madonna on them at the worst possible time.  Why couldn't just take his orders and do the sith-spawned job.

"Here.  I've got a shop already located where I could probably get at least one ion mine."
The Force
 GM, 393 posts
 The Adversary
 Herder of Cats
Thu 1 Apr 2010
at 16:12
Re: Day 4/5 - Assassination
OOC: So, give me some actions here. Where are you going and what are you doing?
Krysten Tyner
 player, 134 posts
Thu 1 Apr 2010
at 23:48
Re: Day 4/5 - Assassination
OOC: Krysten's going to go to the armory shop where she picked up a couple of rockets and see if that guy has three ion on mines.  What I'd like to do is place one on the ground and one on the buildings to either side of the alley/roadway that our target is going to be taking.  This should hopefully cover a wide enough area that, when set off simultaneously, they will render the truck inoperable and allow us the chance to either obtain or neutralize our target.
The Force
 GM, 398 posts
 The Adversary
 Herder of Cats
Sat 3 Apr 2010
at 03:29
Re: Day 4/5 - Assassination
Krysten searches for ion mines, but the Empire outlawed them because they can be used by resistance forces on vehicles. The only places with decent supplies were garrisons and armories.

Krysten locates a single ion mine.
Krysten Tyner
 player, 135 posts
Mon 5 Apr 2010
at 03:52
Re: Day 4/5 - Assassination
Krysten comes back after a while with a single ion mine.  Not anywhere near what she wanted, but they were going to have to make do.  When she returned, she asked Aadun and Arng to meet her back in the room they were using to plan.

She laid out a map of route their target was taking, along with two blocks on either side of the route.  At the ambush spot, she marked the narrowest point at which the ion mine would be the most effective.  She then marked the buildings on each side, and leaned over the table with her hands on the edges.

"Okay.  Since we both have tranq darts, I'd like to work out which one of us is going to go for what.  My darts are an aerosol, and if I remember correctly, yours require contact.  That being said, it might be a good idea for you to go for the driver, depending on the cover he has.  Granted, taking out the driver is more of a backup for the ion mine than anything.  There's not a lot he's going to be capable of doing with the vehicle if it's incapable of moving."


She turned to Aadun.

"Since we've only got the one ion mine, I wouldn't worry about using the droids to block their route.  I'd rather have the mine set to a manual discharge, so that there's no chance of sensors picking up the activation package of the mine.  Since there'll be no need for the droid pilots to block any routes, I'd like you to use the saved time from that looking up blueprints in the two buildings on either side of the ambush spot.  Are there alleyways, connection tunnels, etcetera where we could move at a good pace and not be in plain sight?  The longer we're out of sight, the better chance we're going to have of getting away with our target alive."

She stood up and looked back and forth between the two males.

"We also need at least two routes to get back here, or to wherever we need to take our target.  Arng, can you work with Aadun to get some better maps, or at least a wider view?  You and I can plan our route back while Aadun's getting us the prints for the two buildings on either side of the ambush spot."

Arng Hould
 player, 38 posts
 Bodyguard
Mon 5 Apr 2010
at 04:54
Re: Day 4/5 - Assassination
Arng taps his left foot with his arms crossed looking both impatient and disappointed.  "One Ion Mine?  That's all you could find?  I was hoping for two.  Really?  Of the lethality rating of all the things you could find on the blackmarket, these things rate next to nil.  But I don't blame you, Krysten.  I blame the mentality of the blackmarket arms dealers who think all the demand is in lethal weaponry like rocket launchers.  It's horrible what has become of the criminal underworld.  All they can think about is killing people.  My mother used to tell of a time when the worst the underworld could do was some industrial sabotage.  For all the supposed law and order the Empire brings to the Galaxy, it sure has become a lawless place.", says Arng as he looks over all the equipment they've got for this mission.

To the idea of researching the blue prints of the surrounding buildings, all he has to say is, "Computers and I don't really get along.  But I'm a good observer.  I can scout around the location.  I'll get such a feeling for those buildings and alleys that I'll be able to walk them with my eyes closed.  I can even get a peek inside the locked rooms.  And knowing what doors are locked is something blue prints aren't going to tell you.  And security cameras... someone is going to have to disable them if there are any."
Krysten Tyner
 player, 136 posts
Wed 7 Apr 2010
at 00:36
Re: Day 4/5 - Assassination
Krysten sighed, most of which was hidden behind her helmet, though the droop in her shoulders was slightly noticeable.

"You know what?  Let's just do it.  We're running short on time, and we need to have this go down at the same time as the rescue operation for our jetiise.  I'll set the mine to detonate on a signal from my comlink, and we'll go from there.  We'll have to see if we can kidnap this hutuun or if we are going to have to remove him from the Galaxy."

Her voice was flat, lacking some of the emotional inflections it had carried just a few moments ago.  She wasn't mad at Arng, or Aadun or even anyone else in the group, she was just frustrated that, well, she wasn't blowing stuff up and killing things.

"I'm going to head out.  You can..."

Her voice trailed off, and when she spoke again, no visual aid was required to hear the evil grin in her voice.  She quickly turned to Aadun.

"Is there any way you could put together an official-looking anonymous bounty description for our target on a datacard?  It doesn't have to be perfect, but it needs to be anonymous, and have a 'dead or alive, but pays more for alive' note.  Don't use a Hunter's Guild seal, that could have repercussions the like of which we are not equipped to deal with.  But I am a registered Hunter, even if I'm only classified as a freelancer.  I need it in the next forty-five minutes to an hour, or it's not going to do us any good at all."

She turned to Arng.

"Head out to our ambush spot.  Do your thing, learn the alleyways and whatnot.  I'll be along with you as soon as I get the card from Aadun to plant the mine.  For the purposes of this hunt, you're a newbie Hunter I've agreed to work with for the bounty.  That'll make it that much easier to get him.  And if the white-hats show up and he manages to die in the 'crossfire,' then it's just too bad, and better luck next time for two down-on-their luck Hunters.

"I'll plant the mine, you nail the driver, and at the same time I'll hit the back door with an explosive rocket.  Then I'll launch a hollow-tip, knock out the people inside and we can get out of dodge."

Arng Hould
 player, 39 posts
 Bodyguard
Sat 10 Apr 2010
at 08:02
Re: Day 4/5 - Assassination
"Sure thing.  We've planned this thing to death.  No time to waste in getting into the field to see the plan fall apart as plans are want to do.", replies Arng.  With his heavy slugthrower pistol reloaded with the Mercy rounds, he tucks it back into its holster under his coat.  He then sets off to the location where this ambush is to take place.  To save time, he'll hail a cab.  That should also give him a view of what traffic is like in the area.
The Force
 GM, 439 posts
 The Adversary
 Herder of Cats
Sat 10 Apr 2010
at 15:01
Re: Day 4/5 - Assassination
Following the plan, Arng heads to the area to do some scouting. He observes for half an hour and finds that the traffic is very light, mostly foot traffic in the neighborhood.

Krysten waits for Aadun to forge the papers, which he does with some success and she's set to go as well.
The Force
 GM, 447 posts
 The Adversary
 Herder of Cats
Sat 10 Apr 2010
at 21:28
Re: Day 4/5 - Assassination
The kidnapping attempt goes as well as might be expected. Which is to say, the plan completely falls apart in the first five seconds of the engagement.

The intense planning, however, contributes to an intense recovery of the situation. A minute of battle after hours of planning and preparation leads to the capture of Cotan Distombe.

As they are heading away from the ambush site, they receive a coded transmission with information for the rendezvous to escape the planet.