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DARK ILLUSIONSChapter 36



Joined by Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, the Clones of the 212th Battalion are prepared to defeat the Droid Army. Following the coordinates given by Commander Gree, Commander Cody & the 212th begin their important mission on the plains of Oner.


    



Commander Cody: The gunship cannot get any closer without taking fire from the turrets. Check your ammo and supplies one last time, troopers.


    



Commander Cody: Everybody out!





Commander Cody: We’ll wait for General Kenobi’s gunship to land. Keep a lookout for any droids or rancors.





Trooper Dagda: We’re approaching the rendezvous point, sir.

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Very good, trooper.






Anakin Skywalker: I thought Commander Gree was exaggerating about the conditions on Oner. In reality, it’s worse than he described.





Obi-Wan Kenobi: Do give it a chance, Anakin. We’ve only just arrived.





Anakin Skywalker: There’s something not right……something…distant…hiding……





Obi-Wan Kenobi: Don’t center on your anxiety, Anakin. Keep your concentration here and now where it belongs. Here comes Cody now.





Commander Cody: We’re ready to move out, General.

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Lead the way.






Commander Cody: Lock and load, troopers! Let’s move out!





Anakin Skywalker: ……hmph……





Rancor: (distant low growl)





Some time later……

Trooper Daiki: Commander, possible targets up ahead.

Commander Cody: Everybody down! Switch to private comlink frequency 2-1-5.






Commander Cody: Let us check it out first, sir.





Anakin Skywalker: What?! Come on, let’s take them out now!

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Calm down, Anakin. Let them do their job.






Commander Cody on private comlink: Stay low. Sa’dia & Hadi . circle around to the left. The rest of us will go right.

Troopers Sa’dia & Hadi on private comlink: Yes, sir.






Trooper Sa’dia on private comlink: I have a visual, Commander — two battle droids on patrol.





Trooper Hadi on private comlink: They’re coming this way.





Commander Cody on private comlink: We’ll distract them.

(A rock hits the ground.)






Battle Droid 3125: What was that?

Battle Droid 2945: Probably just a critter.






Battle Droid 3125: Let’s check it out.

Battle Droid 2945: Roger, roger!

(Laser blast! Laser blast!)






Trooper Sa’dia on private comlink: They’re down.

Commander Cody on private comlink: Good work, troopers.






Meanwhile, at the Droid Army Command Post……

Battle Droid 1750: Two droid transmitters just went out.

OOM-12: Send all nearby units to investigate.






OOM-12: Activate the rest of the droids.





Back on the plains of Oner……

Trooper Daiki on private comlink: Several targets fast approaching from the south, sir.

Commander Cody on private comlink: Prepare to fire.






Battle Droid 4152: Clone troopers identified! CHARGE!





Commander Cody: OPEN FIRE!!!

LASER BLASTS!!!






Battle Droid 4152: …clone…troopers……identi——

PPFFZZZZZZZZTTT






Trooper Daiki on private comlink: More droids approaching from the east.

Battle Droid 4325: CHARGE!






Commander Cody on private comlink: Sa’dia . Hadi - Ra’d . Dagda . try to flank the droids on the right side.

Troopers on private comlink: Yes, sir!






Troopers Daikia on private comlink: We’ve got more droids incoming, Commander.





Commander Cody on private comlink: Take evasive action!





Trooper Ra’d: Magna guards!!!





Electro-staffs ignite.

ZZZZZ-ZZZZZZZZZ






Anakin Skywalker: How about now?

Obi-Wan Kenobi: OK, now they need our help.






Anakin Skywalker: First one to 100 kills wins!

Obi-Wan Kenobi: This is not a competition, Anakin.






CLASH!





SLASH . CLASH!





Anakin Skywalker: Always doing things the hard way, Master……

Force crunch!






Obi-Wan Kenobi: Always showing off, Anakin……

PPPFFFZZZTTT






Anakin Skywalker: Tied 1-1.

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Anakin……this is not a competition…






Trooper Dagda: Droidekas!!!





Trooper Ba’al: Where?!?! I can’t see them!!!

Trooper Dagda: Scamble! Scramble! Scramble!






Droidekas disengage and open fire.





SLASH! CRASH!

Anakin Skywalker: 2 TO 1!!






SLASH! CRASH!

Anakin Skywalker: 3 TO 1!!!






OOM-12: Continue the assault. Begin Operation: Nightcrawler.





Commander Cody: They’ve splintered us. Relay the emergency coordinates to everyone. We need to regroup!

Trooper Daiki: Yes, sir! Code Orange: Regroup at points 3-4-2-8!






Laser blasts and explosions fill the air.

Trooper Daiki over private comlink: Code Ora……group……points……2-8!

Trooper Dagda: Didn’t copy! Come in! I’ve lost my visual. Where is everybody??






Trooper Daiki: Dagda has been separated from the squad, sir. But I have his coordinates.

Commander Cody: Then let’s get to him before the droids do.






Trooper Dagda over private comlink: Didn’t copy!! Repeat!!! Wha——who are you?!?! No, wait —— AAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!

Commander Cody: DAGDA?!






Comander Cody over private comlink: Hold on, trooper! We’re on our way!!!





Trooper Daiki: How is he, sir?

Commander Cody: He’s……he’s gone. We’re too late.






Commander Cody: He was stabbed with some type of spear.

Trooper Daiki: A spear?






Trooper Ba’al: It was my fault. I knew this was his first real combat. I should have never let him out of my sight.





Commander Cody: Don’t blame yourself, Ba’al. Dagda knew the danger of this mission. But we have to leave him behind. Leave a marker, and we will return for him.

Trooper Ba’al: But sir—






Commander Cody: I don’t want to leave him anymore than you do, Ba’al. But we are in a critical situation. The entire mission depends on us reaching their base. And his death tells us that we must contend with something more dangerous than droids.





OOM-12: Continue the offensive. The battle is ours to lose.





OOM-12: Advance the 3rd and 4th droid armies.





Sagev: Notify Count Dooku that the battle will be over shortly.

OOM-12: Yes, sir.




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