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Akua smiled at Gunslinger.

Don’t worry about me, I’ll be fine. But thanks for the offer! I’ll stick with you! 

She beamed as she shuffled her way closer, so she was beside the male before beaming like a kid in a candy store at him.

 

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Spanner finished reinforcing the defenses, and just in time as things went sideways in short order.  Blaster fire began going back and forth in a heated debate of death, and he contributed his two credits to the discussion as well.   Firing into one of the squads, he managed to drop one of the droids, and damage the other.   

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Still the droids march onward, and many of them understandably focus on the jedi commander. It is most likely a large part of their programming to kill any jedi on sight, not that many do of course. Still with the sheer number and unshakeable advance forwards their red shots begin to punch through the hastily built barrier, sending pieces of sheet metal and chunks of masonry into the small gathering of clones. As the defence is torn into, some of the blasts would burst through and strike Akua, causing pain to shoot through her body. A loose piece of meta pings past the head of a clone who narrowly misses death, clattering into her lightsaber and sending it skidding away on the floor. 

Being so close to the jedi Gunslinger falls prey to a few poorly place shots, a lucky one catching him in the shin as it passes through a gap at the base of the wall. Other zip pass, missing by mere inches. By this time the advancing droids have reached the wall, and more follow behind, ready to attack. 

Meanwhile the clone sergeant and those men that can be spared have made good progress with the evacuation. A little over half of the civilians have been herded into the turbo lift and transported to the safe zone on the level above. It's taken a couple of trips to get this far, but they are getting there. A few civilians who haven't quite succumbed to the very rational fear of the battlefield have begun to help. They begin to help families move while staying together, and moving the wounded while the clones watch for their defence. The wall still has to hold out more though if they are to all make it out. 

B1 Battle Droid Squad 2 Combat Check: 3eP+1eA+1eD+2eS 1 success, 3 advantage


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B1 Battle Droid Squad 3 Combat Check: 2eP+2eA+1eD+2eS 2 successes
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B1 Battle Droid Squad 4 Combat Check: 2eP+2eA+1eD+1eS 2 successes, 3 advantage
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Clone Sergeant Evacuation Check: 1eP+2eA+1eB+2eD+2eS 2 successes, 1 advantage
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Gunslinger prepares to make a stand at the barrier, as the droids continue their seemingly inexorable approach. 

"Hold the line! If you're not shooting, you should be helping Spanner!" 

Leading by example, he begins taking careful shots through small gaps in their makeshift defenses, felling two clankers as they closed. There are so many of them.. If we get them as they're coming through... 

"Slugger! Get them as they breach, and the scrappers will plug the gaps for us!"

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Spanner watches the chaos, and makes his way back to the barricade.  He moves around the structure, reinforcing what he can, spot welding other places.   He doubts it will hold back for long, but hopefully it will give the civvies enough time to escape.

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Affirmative.” He responds to Gunslinger through his communicator. Slugger then turns Martha to fire in the direction of another group of droids. Taking down another three with the volley of laser bolts. “Ha, take that you buckets of bolts!

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As the droids finally reach the wall, they begin to try and tear it down. Lowering their rifles so they are levelled directly at the barrier, they open fire. Red bolts of plasma tear into the loose parts of the wall and they fly off with the force of the shots. However the damage is largely superficial for now, and thanks to the work of Spanner and Mynock, the wall holds, for now. If left to their own devices, the droids will break through soon. 

Droid Squad 1 Attempt to Tear Down Wall: 2eA+2eD+2eS 1 failure, 1 threat


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Akua, having been injured from the droids, moves back to where the civilians are, her lightsaber flying back to her grip. As she sits down, she takes out her emergency medpack and tries to heal, but the stress and worry from the battle causes her to fumble, the medpack dropping to the floor as she failed to administer it, groaning in pain.

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CT-7472 breathes a sigh of relief as he watches yet another turbolift rise. It was odd: he'd thought his assignment to Coruscant would be a refreshing change of pace from the unimaginable horrors of the battlefield. Yet here he is, under fire once more, and it feels almost... invigorating. He'd needed something, anything, to disrupt the monotony of the city, which had left him alone with his thoughts far more than he'd wanted. The clone turns towards the barrier, seeing the droids almost over it. Having barely slept the preceding  night (or most of the ones before that), he unslings his scattergun and charges the barricade. His opening shot goes wide, but still accomplishes what he sought to do - disorienting the droids and giving the other clones an opening.

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Trapper winces as the droids pour fire into the barricades and feels relief when they hold despite the pounding.  So far the defences are holding but they need to do something about the droid numbers on the other side. 

Risking a quick glance out through a loop hole Trapper takes in the scene beyond.  Seeing something he pops his carbine though the opening and fires off a random volley of bolts.   None of them manages to hit a single droid despite the press but strike the walkway beyond.

With a groan of stressed materials part of the walkway beyond, heavily damaged in the fighting so far, sags then gives way with a final crack as something snaps.

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As the droids begin to fire into the barricade, they pause when hearing the ground beneath them crack. 'Err, should we be worried?' one droid would ask, but as soon as this sentence is finished the ground beneath them splits and falls away. The droids are sent tumbling with a plaintive wail down into the lower level so far below them. Hopefully they wouldn't hit anyone on the level below. 

Those droids that remain however are focused on their target of destroying the barricade. As they continue to fire there is a crumbling noise as a large section falls away. 'They're through! They've broken through!' one clone would shout before he is gunned down by the advance. 

By now though, the droids were too late. The last of the civilians had been evacuated and the final turbo-lift load was being filled with the remaining clones. 'Come on! Move your feet! Get in here!' the sergeant would shout as he leans out of the turbo-lift, waving frantically to the remaining clones.  

B1 Battle Droid Squad 3 Fall Save Check: 2eA+3eD+1eS 1 failure, 1 threat


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B1 Battle Droid Squad 4 Combat Check: 3eP+2eD+1eS 4 successes
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Clone Sergeant Evacuation Check: 1eP+2eA+2eB+2eS 2 successes, 6 advantage
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"Nice shot, trooper!" Gunslinger cries over the din of the collapsing platform, but those remaining are breaking through the line. Confirming the civilians had all been evacuated, the sergeant orders the withdrawal: "Cyclones! Withdraw! Fall back to the turbo-lift!" 

Taking up the rear of the squad's strategic withdrawal, he sees a trooper falter, navigating the wreckage of their defenses- the one who had just dropped the ground out from under a squad of clankers. Not on my watch! Assisting the clone, he points him toward the lift: "Go! Get outta here! Go with the Cyclones!" 

Just as he is about to follow, a full squad of B-1s begins to crash through, dangerously close to their line of retreat. Not. On. My. Watch! 

Pistols blazing, CT-5472 turns several of them into piles of parts, before turning to make his own zigzag retreat toward the lift.

 
Description 2pistols w/aim,destiny flip,Sidestep(3 Strain)
Results 3eP+1eA+1eB+2eD3 successes, 3 advantage [3eP=S, S/A, A/A] [1eA=S] [1eB=A] [2eD=-, Th]
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Attacking Droid Squad 4: 12wounds w/1st pistol (2 ranks point blank); 10wounds w/2nd pistol (both unmodified for soak); sidestep upgrades incoming attacks; 3rd Advantage to Pass a Boost!

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Just before the droids break through, Mynock finally has some luck with the coms embedded in the droids head. With a dull popping noise something gives way under his hand, and a small holo projector springs to life. He sees an image of a strange looking alien with a flat topped head, encased in metal and ornate robes. He seems to have come across a two way communication, and although he can only see one side, he can hear both. 'Count Dooku, the new cortosis battle droids are exceeding our projections' the alien would say in a heavily robotised voice. 'They have driven the jedi and clones back on almost every front'.

'Almost every?' the voice of Dooku would query. Even to a clone this voice was infamous.

'There has been some units destroyed, but that can only be expected in a test of this scale' the alien would hurriedly respond. 'The factory can begin mass production with your permission immediately'.

'Very well. In the mean time continue to the attack, drive the fear of the confederacy into the heart of the republic. Keep the clones distracted until my task is complete'.

'Your assassin is ready Count?'

'Trenox is on his way to the jedi temple now, and I will be joining him shortly'.

'I will continue the attack my lord'.

With that the communication cuts out, leaving Mynock to rush after the other clones to survive the droid onslaught. 

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Mynock tucks the droid head under his arms and rushes out of the vicinity towards the turbolift on Gunslinger's orders. Urgently reporting while still running, "Sir! We need to notify the Commander that Count Dooku and his assassin are approaching the Jedi temple! Further, it seems these new droids are made of cortosis material! That means saber proof, sir!".

 

Hard Athletics + (PC Boost): 2eP+1eB+3eD 1 success, 3 threat, 1 Triumph
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Trapper retreats with the rest of the clones but so much fire is comin thier way one shot does manage to hit him.  Helped up by Gunslinger he nods his thanks,”Thanks sir.”

Once he makes it to the lift he hangs back just a bit to make sure the others gets clear then follows hot on their heels.

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Spanner hears the order to fall back, and finishes up his last weld on the barrier.  Turning he makes a dash for the turbolift, and takes several blaster bolts to his body and limbs.  Crying out in pain and fury, he stumbles and hits the ground before shuffling back to his feet, and limping to the turbolift and his squadmates.

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Slugger heard the order and gets up from his cover to fall back, but first he was going to give his brothers the chance to escape. He aims Martha an fires with deadly precision taking out three more droids with relative ease. “Affirmative Gunsligner. Retreating now.” With the closest droid threats dealt with he charges back to the turbo lift.

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Gunslinger brings up the rear, weaving his way toward the turbolift. He almost makes it, too, before a stream of red bolts slams into his side! Taking his breath away, the clone sergeant's training and instincts kick in and he manages to stagger onto the lift with his waiting squad.  

With a last glance behind to ensure there are no stragglers, he slams the close button, and voices into his com through gritted teeth: "Get us outta here!"

 

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Akua gasps as her clones barely make it into the lift.

It’ll be alright everyone...

she said before she smiled.

Can anyone radio the jedi temple?

She then asked, the urgency apparent in her tone.

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7472 finds himself alone at the barricade. Seeing the other clones boarding the lift, he fires one last time at the mass of incoming droids. His shot connects, and the clone can't resist smiling slightly as he hears the satisfying blast of impact. He does not get the opportunity to witness the fruits of his labor, however, as he has already turned towards the lift. Making a run for it, he just barely makes it in time, breathing out a sigh of relief as the lift door closes just behind him.

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As the last clone trooper throws them self into the turbo lift, the safety door slams shut and the lift rockets upwards away from the level. Glancing around they would see around fifty or so soldiers along with Cyclone squad. Almost all of them were injured, slumped against the wall or sat on the floor nursing their wounds. Looking around the survivors in the lift, a cold realisation would come over the squad. Doc wasn't there. Where could he be? Unfortunately the dark truth was that he must have been one of the many that fell to the droid attack. 

They did not have long to mourn the dead though. In a minute or two the doors slide open as the lift judders to a halt. They had reached the level above, and emerged on a large bridge section that stretched from one tower to an almost identical skyscraper far off in the distance. The view from the bridge was stunning, the city stretching above and below for mile after miles. The lights of the towers glisten like the far off stars, now invisible below the clouds. 

As they emerge they find the other civilians that they had rescued, and a few of the soldiers who had taken the lift before. There were also a number of troop carriers hovering a little way off of the ground as reinforcements hop down onto the bridge. Among the new Corouscant guards arriving, there were two jedi with them. 

The first was immediately recognisable as the leader of the jedi order, Mace Windu. The second jedi wore sandy brown robes mixed with the white armour many jedi had taken to wearing recently. He had a well trimmed orange beard, and long hear that reached his shoulder. Obi-Wan Kenobi, it could be no one else. The pair would approach the battered group of soldiers, weaving their way through the other survivors. 

While they approach, a team of medics rush from person to person, helping those who were injured, stabilising them as best as they could before moving to the next person. Eventually one reaches Cyclone squad and begins to check them for wounds with little care for preventing pain. "Oh stay still and let me work" he would snap in response to any complaints before implementing stim packs and basic first aid. 

As the jedi arrive, the pair nod at the group. "You have done well padawan' Mace Windu said in a deep commanding voice. 'Because of you, many civilians have survived this attack. How are you and your men holding up?"

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Master! We intercepted a communication by Dooku. He plans on attacking the Jedi Temple!

The female immediately exclaimed, shuffling as fast as she could to the masters.

We have to inform them...! Some assassin called Trenox... and Count Dooku himself is apparently going to meet him! And they talked about cortosis droids too! 

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Gunslinger permits the medic to administer a stimpack, and stanch the flow of blood from the wound in his side. Wincing, he stands to take in the spectacular view, and reflects a moment on Doc and the many others who did not make it. 

Commander Serendine's report snaps the sergeant out of his brief reverie. He looks about at his fellow troopers, including a couple stragglers who had fallen in with the squad. Don't look so shiny now, and we're just getting started...

"Sir! Request permission to take Cyclone Squad to join in the Temple defense!" Gunslinger stands at attention, as best he can with his injuries, wincing again as he salutes the officers. 

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The two masters would look at each other with a concerned look on their faces. "That is troubling news" Obi-Wan said as he stroked his beard. 'They must be using the attack to cover up this move for the temple".

"That and terrorising the republic citizens"  Mace would add.

"These droids must be the same ones Anakin has been investigating on Tatooine". Who this Anakin was, and what he was investigating was news to the squad, but Obi-Wans words seemed to make sense to Master Windu. 

The master would turn back fro talking to Kenobi to look at the sergeant with a slight smile on his face, a flicker of approval. 

'You've done well soldier, but you all look like you need to rest".

"Anakin is on his way to the temple now, but he may need help". Obi-Wan would add. "He may be able to handle this himself, but he may appreciate some help".

Mace would turn back to his padawan and the clones. "I trust you to know yourselves. Do you think you can manage this threat? If not commander Fox can sent reinforcements".

 

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