Our first deployment was the Battle of Geonosis. I was given command of a platoon, and we managed to make it out unscathed, one of an excessively small number of units that hadn't lost a man. That wasn't for lack of action, though. We saw plenty. After that, Sei Vanta saw how well we worked together, and managed to pull strings and get us assigned to her. We were to operate as a surgical strike team, sent in ahead of an invasion force to strike a few key positions, then fall back to rejoin the invasion force or be shuffled off to the next target. We had one successful operation under Master Vanta, hitting a few key sites on Atraken just before the invasion, again making it out, miraculously, unscathed. We were then shuffled off to out next target: Akiva. That's where our luck ran out.
My squads and I boarded our shuttles ahead of the Jedi and her new Padawan (who had yet to arrive) and departed, as we were on an accelerated time-table and had to get there first. In preparation for the invasion of Akiva, we'd drop onto the world and neutralize a few key locations, then join the incoming invasion force. Our force consisted of a platoon (Varactyl Platoon) split into four squads, two to each shuttle. One pair was led by Jorin and Sei Vanta, the other led by me. We were to further split into their squads to hit four targets in close proximity to each other, then link back up. But the Separatists were ready. They had received advanced warning and had shifted forces to prepare for the attack and set up ambushes in key locations, aided by the native Uugteen. We walked right into it. Jorin’s Deathspine Squad was the first hit. His master ordered him to retreat and warn the others, so Jorin took off into the woods and broke radio silence to warn me. The rest of Deathspine Squad, including Jorin's master, were wiped out.
My Venomblade squad fared little better. We caught the panicked comm message from Jorin just before we were hit and managed to put up a bit more of a fight. We took out most of the droids, but were attacked from behind by the Uugteen, who had flanked around. I ordered the other two survivors to scatter and vanish into the jungle, hoping that might allow some of us to survive. As I worked my way through the underbrush, I drew the attention of one of the Seps sweeping the area. As the Uugteen approached me to investigate the motion, my buddy Sharp jumped up yelling and fired several bolts at the man, hitting him several times. Instantly, several of the other Separatists cut him down under a hail of fire, but he successfully distracted them from me. I restrained myself, trembling with the adrenaline, anger, and loss. I determined not to let my friend’s sacrifice be in vain and continued on, crawling away from the ambush. I pinged Jorin’s comm to get a general location and hoped the kid was alright.
I found Jorin, hunkered down in the darkness. A twig snapped out in the woods and the kid grabbed his damaged lightsaber. I came up behind his shoulder and said "Wait." "If clankers want to tango, now they’ll have two to dodge." Jorin said "Well thanks a lot" told me his name, and asked me mine. I said, "The boys just call me Camouflage." I handed him my other DC-17, and we fought all night, side-by-side, took our battle stance, and the kid wondered how the bolts missed me. Cuz they seemed to go right through me, just as if I wasn’t there (though it was really an illusion of the OCS). And in the morning we both took a chance and ran. It was near the riverbank when the ambush came and he thought this was the end and we were had. Then a bolt with his name on it came buzzing through a bush and I shoved him aside. We were pinned down, but then we heard a blaster that sounded different: a deece. The blaster fire from the Separatists ceased, but I pulled Jorin down when he tried to stand up and look around. Then one of our rescuers called out, and I responded. Havoc, Hawk, and Fury were the only survivors from Ignition Squad, the second squad under Jorin and Sei Vanta. We joined forces and checked our maps for the fallback rendezvous point, deciding our best bet was to head there. When we reached it, there were three others already there: Shadow and Ghost from Preystalker were already there with Anakkona, the only other survivor of Venomblade Squad. From there, we managed to regroup and push back through enemy lines and reach the landing site. The future of the hastily renamed Varactyl Squad was uncertain, but we ended up being assigned to Jorin for deployment to a special unit in need of reinforcements after recent losses.
On his very first deployment after leaving the Jedi Temple, Jorin's master was killed. I kept him alive, and the kid is... I don't know. Imprinted, I guess, on me and my men. I've got to keep him alive and show him the ropes. He's had his baptism of fire, but he doesn't have much in the way of experience. The boys and I will look after him, at least until he has a new Jedi master.
Conflict: Know Your Enemy and Know Yourself
I've studied droids, and now I study the natives of the worlds we deploy to. I saw too many of my brothers fall in the Battle of Geonosis, unfamiliar with the bugs' tactics and abilities. I learned a lesson that day to always know your enemy, and know yourself; your own capabilities and weaknesses. I've studied the droids inside and out. Every model we could get our hands on. I know just where to fire for the most effect, I know their tactics, I know how to anticipate their next moves. But not just the droids, My men and I have begun studying alien species, and always read up on any we're apt to encounter in a given mission. Many of my brothers make the mistake of focusing solely on the droids, and have paid the price when the Seps aren't droids. Lastly, I must know my men well. I didn't grow up with them, so I'm starting behind the eight ball a bit. I need to learn what they can do and what they can't. I'll know just how to help and just what not to do. I need to know how to take every advantage in combat, while allowing as few threats to develop as possible.
(-5=+1,500 credits) 5 Sabotage:
Our job is to clear the way for advancing units, but we often travel light. That will often necessitate using the Seps heavy weapons against them. Detonating their AA ordnance, rigging an ammo dump to blow, or even just turning their cannons around and shooting everything Seppie in sight.
Build: Average (for a clone)
Hair: Black, regulation cut
Armor description: Modified Phase I ARC trooper armor, camouflage patterning with color varying from mission to mission depending on the anticipated surroundings. Pattern mimicking Jorin's forehead tattoos on the forehead of his helmet, pattern mimicking Jorin's cheekbone tattoos on his shoulder plates. Dark gray kama and double-shouldered pauldron. Visor on his helmet rather than the more common choice of a rangefinder.