||[Oct. 6th, 2006|11:33 pm]
PsyClone - A Star Wars Republic Commando RPG
Who: Walon Vau and Delta and Omega squads.|
Where: Various spare rooms in the Arca Barracks
Walon Vau hummed to himself pleasantly. Mird'ika was at home recovering from its wound, his previous job had been immensely successful (as well as entertaining), and he'd gotten another chance to work with Delta again. Delta, out of all the other squads of commandos he had ever trained, was his pride and joy. They were survivors like he'd raised them to be. Omega was...interesting to say the least. It would be fun to see how Delta and Omega meshed in training outside of a mission. Bridges had been built on the Black Ops mission, but they could burn just as easily. It was only a matter of time and stress to see just how well they really got along.
Walon came up with a training exercise to test them. He put the information on a data pad and passed it to a clone trooper, pointing to the commandos he was to take it to. It read:
"Hello Delta (and Omega), I'm glad to know you're still alive.
I understand that you are all supposed to be on leave, but I also understand that idleness can cause certain people to do very foolish things, such as injuring themselves. Am I correct Sev? By the way, how is your shoulder? It would be unfortunate if the damage was permanent. As I said before, I understand that you are supposed to be on leave, but I'd like to see how your skills have improved. Also, a little training never hurt anyone who wasn't strong enough, right Atin?
You will all be divided into teams of two and they are as listed here:
Team 1: Boss and Niner
Team 2: Fixer and Atin
Team 3: Scorch and Darman
Team 4: Sev and Fi
There will be no switching teams. If you find that you absolutely cannot work with your partner, you will need to complete another training assignment, which I'm sure most of you know what it will be. In your teams you will have to go to the room on the attached map with your number on it. In that room, you will need to find a key. You'll use that key to unlock the door on the other side of the room so that you may exit.
The first team to exit their room wins, the last loses. This exercise is not optional. Please find the indicated point on the attached map and report to it as soon as possible. I will answer any questions you have there. Don't waste your time trying to get your armor, you won't need it.
Walon wondered if his instructions on actually finding the key were a little too vague, but he shrugged it off. Commandos were supposed to be prepared for anything.
The rooms are basically crazy obstacle courses. Here's what they look like:
Room 1: Crowded and small. Requires a massive amount of team work to get through.
Room 2: Full of junk and garbage. Terribly unorganized. Might possibly be a few things living in the room.
Room 3: Very simply and plain. Nothing dangerous. Not too exciting or impressive.
Room 4: Large, empty, and hard to navigate. No lights, and extremely dark.
As Fi was departing, the thinning sea of troopers to Vau's nine started spreading as if a spear was being driven through it, with the old Mandalorian in its vector.
When the last of the clones had jumped out of the way of the incoming spearhead, it revealed itself to be a two-man entity comprised of Boss and Niner, fighting not to appear out of breath.
"RC-1138/1309 reporting, sir!" they said crisply in unison, saluting smartly. A little too crisply and smartly they realized too late.
The smart thing to have done would've been to appear seperately, a few minutes apart, in order to quell suspicion, but each commando's stubborness had kept him from volunteering to be the later one. They were both late enough as it is.
Late for what, they didn't know, but word had gotten out that Vau was looking for them for some reason, and it could only spell trouble if it was found out that they'd skipped holonews session. If they had any luck at all, that wasn't what Vau wanted to see them about.
They're together? Interesting. Vau thought to himself. They shouldn't have been that hard for the trooper to find unless he was truly that incompetent. Unless...
"It seems terribly convienient that you two would show up together after neither of you could be located. Care to explain?"
Boss flinched, his absolute dedication to discipline not knowing how to twist the facts subtly enough to remain true while providing an acceptable explanation. A voice inside him was also plaintively saying: 'There is nothing to hide anyways, is ther? We were just talking, mostly.'
Niner actually came up with something to say although he wished the Delta man himself, who had a better running rapport with Vau, had made that step. "We were discussing strategies in private, sir! Our attention to schedule was throw off, sir."
All of which, in a way, was technically true.
"Is that all you were doing? Or is there something you aren't telling me?" He looked directly at 38. The commando squirmed uneasily. Niner wasn't telling him everything. Maybe Boss would.
Boss took his cue from Niner and assumed his rightful position of closest personal acquaintance to instructor Vau.
"We simply discovered we enjoy discussing together. It was a little disconcerting at first, sir, given our previous disagreements." Trying to consider the subject resolved for all, he prompted: "How can we serve today, sir?" clicking his heels together.
Walon decided to not press any farther for now. It was better they learned to get along for this assignment. He handed the datapads to them.
"Come with me. Read those while you're walking." Vau decided to take them to room 1. He wanted to be sure the wouldn't get distracted on the way.
Boss and Niner felt under uncomfortable scrutiny as they read their respetive datapad. Judging from their simultaneous reaction, the 'pads apparently gave the same assignments. And unusual one, to be sure, but neither of them made a show of it, and both quickly reestablished their mask of profesionalism, wondering with a sideways glance which one had recovered first.
Boss felt the need to cater to his mentor once more as they reached the nondescript door 1. "Ready to begin mission, sir," he piped with a salute. If Niner hadn't still felt under Vau's microscope, he would've allowed his eyes to roll and smile to crack at the other's patronizing. Endearing in its own way, yet.
Vau actually did smile this time. Boss was always ready, he had always been that way. A born leader. As was Niner, but Vau was never sure about Skirata's batch. Previously, Vau was absolutely sure that the two squad leaders would butt heads in this assignment. Now he wasn't so sure.
"All right then. Do you have any questions?"
"No sir!" they piped in unisson.
At once they went through the door, the feeling of relief at having partially avoided Vau's scrutiny almost overwhelming their battle-readiness at the prospect of entering the unknown room.
(OOC: I'll let Boss and Niner go from now, since the interaction with Vau is at an end, but feel free to make him do other stuff! I can always pick up another NPC that he'll run into)