Part 1 [8/12/12]
"Where did those clones appear from?" Darth Maul asks, still with one hand raised.
"The- There wa- was a ship, m- my lord," the Neimoidian stutters. "Tha- That claimed to be c- carrying supplies."
"And did you not scan it?"
"It was a droid that was on the line."
Maul then flicks his hand, and the Neimoidian flinches. What happens though is that the console gets flung across to the entryway of the deck, blocking the four clones who were making their escape.
Maul then turns to them, and finds one drawing a lightpike.
"I know these. A tremor in the Force."
The clone with the lightpike then rushes forward and strikes. Maul doesn't even bother with a gesture and Force Repulses the clone backwards. Looking back to the entrance, the console has been moved from the entryway and the other three clones have disappeared.
The fourth is running to it as well. "No you don't!" Maul calls, and without a gesture again, pulls the clone towards him, at the same time as activating his lightsaber.
The clone twists his arm around and deflects the incoming lightsaber with the lightpike, pulls it back to whack Maul on the head, causing the Force concentration to slip long enough for the clone to get away.
Maul gives chase, but spots a grenade coming his way. Batting it with the Force, still keeping an eye on the clone running away, another one then comes from behind. Spinning around, he destroys this one with his lightsaber.
Facing the door again, the clone had gone. But the clone couldn't have got there in time, so he had to be hiding behind a console.
"Look under all the consoles and shoot the clones on sight!" Maul commands.
"Sir. There is no clones under any of the consoles. The droids would have spotted something," a Neimoidian says.
"Well-" It was then he remembered.
The clones had a member with a jetpack.
Part 2 [10/12/12]
"They must be gaining ground quickly," Maul says. "Get all droids hunting them down."
"And you will be?" one of the Neimoidians asks.
"Hunting them down as well, of course."
Maul then runs out of the deck and along corridors. The alarms start blaring and a droid voice calls over the intercom "Invasion. Republic forces spotted in the facility. Find them and detain them."
How slow Neimoidians could be. But when he came to power, they would be the first to go. How Sidious could have even thought to use them in the Battle of Naboo. Their Battle Droids were more than useless, designed to use sheer numbers over brute force, and the Neimoidians themselves were little more than cowards. He despised them, and they would be the first to go in his grand plan.
Focusing upon the Force, he finds the four clones easy enough. And sure enough, they had set a trap. The clone with the lightpike stands ready in challenge, with the other two a bit further back and either side of the forward-most clone. Using the jetpack to stay high is the fourth clone.
Reviewing his options, Maul goes for straight out attack. Running forward, he attacks the clone with the lightpike, to which the other clones immediately start firing, and the clone with the lightpike blocks the attack.
Maul is thrown backward a bit, but then sees two grenades coming his way. Using the Force to throw them behind him, he hears electronic squeals as Battle Droids get blown up. All four clones had now reverted to pistols and were firing completely at random. Three at a time. Then one would stop and another start.
Exactly the same move they had pulled on Geonosis. Still blocking the lasers, Maul evens the favours by collecting all the droid parts using the Force and throws them towards the clones.
The clones break away and fold themselves up on the walls or floor. Maul quickly gets into action and runs to them, but is blocked by the clone with the lightpike. Two of the others start running. Maul goes to attack again, but this time doesn't see the grenade coming his way until the last second.
By the time he deflects it, the other two clones have caught those that ran first.
Part 3 [13/12/12]
The chase continues, and Maul is catching the clones up. With no idea where they were headed next, he couldn't order the droids to effective positions, and was forced to split them to block every ext out of the corridor.
Only to then find the clones had already beaten the droids and had moved on. Only recently had he got a hint of where they were going, and that was through the Force. Upon sensing it, he had sent Super Battle Droids and Droidekas to that location. From the reports he was hearing about their direction, it seemed it was true.
Reaching the next intersection of corridors, Maul sees more proof that normal Battle Droids are useless in confined spaces. The debris of what looks like ten droids is littered across the floor.
Looking on the walls, there are no blaster burns to indicate missed shots. Whatever these clone troopers were, they were deadly accurate.
Turning right, he sees the entrance to the hangar. Activating his lightsaber, he speeds up and rushes through the entrance and into the hangar whole, where he sees the scene has already turned to devastation.
The clones are fighting through the Super Battle Droids and even the Droidekas as though they were regular Battle Droids, using a variety of stun pistols, stun grenades and heavy weaponry.
There are only three clones fighting, though, and he couldn't see the fourth. That one must have been killed a while back, as he couldn't see a body. Looking at the clones more closely, he could see that the one with the jetpack wasn't with them. Maybe it had imploded and killed him.
That would have been nice.
There were only a few Super Battle Droids and just one Droideka now in play. Maul wouldn't have this, and so charged through the litter of droids and to the clones. His comlink then activates and a loud voice says "Sir! We have found a whole pile of explosions in the communcations room!"
At this exact moment, a loud voice echoes throughout the hangar. "Hey! Maul! Lights out"
This brings Maul to a halt as he twirls around and sees a fourth clone hovering in the air with a jetpack and a charge held in his hand. He presses the button on it, and the lights go out at the same time the communications dissolve into static.
Part 4 [15/12/12]
Four shadows move to the nearest shuttle, three running one flying and enter it. Before Maul could even call to the Force, the shuttle had already taken off. So instead, he uses the Force to run as fast as possible back to his own ship.
"What's happening?" a Neimoidian calls, but Maul hardly hears.
Inside the Scimitar, up the lift to the bridge, and activating the controls, Maul also takes off. He knew the clones had an advantage as they had got away first. He didn't expect the shuttle they had been riding to be slowly arcing down to the ground.
Considering another hair brained scheme, Maul speeds up and catches to the shuttle, blowing it up when in range. Slowing down and watching the ashes burn, a warning light on his board flashes.
There was another shuttle taking off within the forest!
That was unfortunate. For them. Maul raises the speed again and loops around. This new shuttle they had was fast. The Republic really were giving their all for this army. He had the better vehicle though, and could run circles around them if he so chose.
But that would be poor use of his time when he could just blast them out of the sky.
Slowly edging nearer he then senses that he is close enough to fire. A small jink of the clones' shuttle makes those lasers off target.
That then makes them realise that they have a pursuer, and they start going through a wild spin of erratic turns, even looping back as though to attack.
Maul activated the comlink to see if it had a signal again, but the clones had done a good job with the communications relay. Using the Scimitar's in-built comlink wouldn't do much good to contact the surface, but maybe he could contact the numerous cruisers around to set their targets on the clones' shuttle.
He spots the erratic error he had made however.
The clones were planning on stopping him doing exactly what he was planning by forcing his hand to react to their next plan. Setting course for the nearest of the mainstream cruisers, a Lucrehulk-class Battleship, Maul follows the clones in to land, giving them a fair chance.
He wanted to see what else they had up their sleeves.
Part 5 [18/12/12]
Landing in the battleship, he sees chaos everywhere as he flies deeper into the superstructure. Deciding to take the safer route, he turns around and flies the Scimitar out of this side and to the other side, where he lands the Scimitar and uses the Force to speed run across the entire superstructure and into the main area of the battleship. From there, Maul quickly heads to the bridge.
"Maul, my lord," a Neimoidian stutters. "W- we saw you coming."
"What about the squad of clones in that shuttle? Didn't see them, did you?"
"W- We were tracking them, but they've split."
"Yes. It is impossible to locate them."
"Not for a Sith," Maul growls. "Pull a map up of this battle ship."
The Neimoidian does as told and puts the map on a screen on a console. Maul walks over to it, places his right hand inches from it, and closes his eyes. For a few seconds, he is silent. Then he lifts his head and opens his eyes.
"There is one about to fire the heavy weapons, one is trying to destroy the main reactor, one is waiting by the escape pods, and the other is inside the shuttle they used to get here."
The Neimoidian doesn't even ask questions but starts issuing orders.
"I will deal with the one at the main reactor. Just make sure the others are killed."
"Yes, my lord."
As he starts to make his way to the main reactor, one of his Force insights comes true when the heavy weapons fire up. Another comes true when he reaches the main reactor to see the clone with the jetpack zoom away.
Maul sees that the clone has placed a timer bomb on a high area of the reactor. Smiling, Maul calls it down with the Force. Beeping then starts up, faintly at first, but Maul heard it all the same.
Using the Force again to gain a speed boost, he makes it to the Scimitar just as the first explosion rocks the battleship. By the second, he had already took off. More explosions were starting up with rapidity, and as Maul escapes from the battleship, he sees the shuttle of the clones. Planning on blasting them out of space, he turns the Scimitar to face them, but a warning light comes on, and his craft jumps to hyperspace.
Part 6 [20/12/12]
“Ha! Ha!” Hunter cheers. “That shows them!”
“Yeah,” Traycn agrees. “It does. But we’re still in danger here.”
“How?” Aranar says. “You held the escape pods while I set the guns to blow up the other battleships, and Hunter blew the main reactor. Then we ran to the escape pod and ran before it fully blew.”
“And now all we need to do is wait for Lightning to pick us up,” Traycn comments.
“Which should be any time now,” Hunter speaks, activating the in-built comlink within his helmet. “Lightning, you hearing?”
“I’ve done a sweep of the area and nothing around. And Maul bit the dust so that’s a plus for us,” Lightning says over the link.
“What? He’s dead?”
“Negative. Jumped to hyperspace by accident due to damage when the battleship blew.”
“Hope he lands in a star. Track us and pick us up. We should be able to do a quick transfer.”
“Okay. Coming around now.”
Hunter switches back to outside vocals. “He’s on his way. And we can stay here as long as possible. There’s no-one else here.”
“Except for that base down there on the planet!” Traycn exclaims. “It won’t take long for… But without… Ah.”
“See. We think of everything."
The transport of the clones pulls into view, locks onto the side, and a minute later opens its airlock to allow Lightning to cut through the windscreen of the escape pod. With that done, he stands back to allow the other clones access to the shuttle.
Closing the airlock, the four start chatting animatedly while walking to the bridge. Taking seats, Lightning takes the shuttle away from the planetary gravity well for the jump to hyperspace.
A beeping stops them from jumping to hyperspace.
“Akaan Squad of the Grand Army of the Republic, we have been asked to relay a message to you.”
The speaker is male and there is no picture.
“Go on,” Hunter speaks up.
A picture then appears of a Mandalorian, who could have been in green armour, though from the blue tinted holo, it was hard to say.
“Boys,” the Mandalorian speaks. “I have failed in my duty and am in deep trouble. I have been chased far across this planet by my own, and am desperate for help. Akaan Squad. My boys. I trained you for this. Do not fail me.”