SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

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SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Herzog » Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:34 am

Aztlan - Corania System, Outer Rim

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It was wet. Very wet. And humid. The rain didn't help matters. The temperature by itself would have been bearable, but the humidity just made it miserable. It was almost like one could cut the air with a vibro-blade, it was that humid and thick. And the rain was constant, as it had been for the last week or so. The wet season had begin in earnest. The jungle forest was soaking in the rain, and the many rivers and streams were beginning to fill to the brim with the run off. Aztlan was a tropical jungle world after all.

The planet Aztlan was a jungle planet with an abundance of native lifeforms. Aztlan is considerably hotter and more humid than Earth, but it is still well within habitable norms. The atmosphere is slightly richer in oxygen, but still perfectly breathable. The most dangerous thing about this planet is its native wildlife. There are several landmasses on Aztlan, ranging from archipelagos to large continents. Most of the land is covered by dense tropical rainforest, although the planet's largest continent also features open grassland regions and a large central desert. Even the poles are heavily forested, with temperatures never falling below freezing. The planet is sparsely populated, with settlements only on a few of the larger islands and continents. Some exotic plants and herbs were the planets main and only export. But nothing too important to warrant full scale settlement.

Which meant it was an ideal location for a Rebel base. Out of the way and off the major trade routes. Easy to smuggle in supplies and new recruits. The locals could care less of the growing conflict between the Empire and Rebellion. The jungle also made a perfect place to train guerilla fighters as well.

All that was well and good, but it didn't make those unfortunate souls sent out on patrol, training or other activity feel any better. The rain made it really miserable. Despite waterproof ponchos and such, everything still got wet. Many recruits and soldiers complained of the soggy boots as result of slogging through the jungle.

The rain also had the unintended side affect of messing with the rebel base's sensors. Hence the another reason for patrol during the wet season. Over the course of the last week or so, impacts and such had been detected. While meteorites were a common thing for the planet, not at the rate the way the things have been falling. Base commanders were getting edging and beginning to plan for the worse.

Verification was still needed that the rebels were not jumping at ghosts and the Empire was not about to come knocking. A small team of four promising recruits had been selected to investigate...
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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Samara » Fri Aug 05, 2016 12:04 pm

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"I am getting tired of this rain, " Samara said to no one in particular.

She slicked her wet wait out of her face and looked across the bridge with a free hand. The steady rain was coming down in sheets, cutting down on visibility. Despite the very effective camouflage poncho, it didn't little for the humidity. The piece material only covered her torso and hips. Her face, and her boots were soaked within a couple of hours of trekking through the jungle. Samara felt like she might as well be going for a swim. At least her lightsaber was dry and safe in it's holder off her belt.

The rebel looked back at her companions that were unlucky enough to be sent out here in the rain with her. She scowled at the sight of Reit in her armor. The mandalorian was probably nice and dry behind that armored helmet. She could only imagine Reit was laughing. Samara consoled herself that at least Mara was in the same boat as herself. The other woman might even be worse off. She didn't strike Samara as one to be out in the muck and wet of the jungle.

The sith's gaze also moved over Taanoas. There was a mystery. No one had seen his face as he had not removed his armor or facemask. Rumor had it the armor clad force user didn't eat either. Many viewed that with distrust, but he had some how convinced the higher ups that he was an asset to the Rebellion. He carried a lightsaber after all, and opposed the Jedi. That is what really mattered to Samara. The rain hardly bothered him at all.

Samara returned her gaze back to the bridge. The group had been out on the waterlogged trails for the last hour or so.

"Command said the impact was about a klick or so on the other side, right?"

From what she had been told, the bridge was constructed in order to service some remote sensors on that sat on top of a ridge on the other side. Going around the ravine took too much time, and had it's own set of problems. Hence building the flimsy looking bridge in the first place. And since the impact they were to investigate lay in the same general area, it made sense to take the bridge.

It didn't make Samara any happier about crossing the bridge. It looked to be treacherous in the rain and wind. And it made her feel exposed.

"Well, no buts about it..."
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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Mara Aragone » Mon Aug 08, 2016 4:35 am

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Samara's complaint about the weather was an understatement. Mara had given up on think her hair would ever be dry again and just made sure that she used good conditioner to keep the strands from getting damaged. She wasn't exactly vane, but she did have to maintain appearances and once they could make purchases on a decent planet she would have proper supplies.

She commented wryly, "At least you are not wearing mascara. It would run and smear, making you look half dead." The other woman's dark eyes and brooding expression did not help when her skin looked so pale.

The Zeltron woman wore little make-up herself, she really did not need it. But when she did it often made her already beautiful appearance become stunning. Or maybe that was just her natural pheromones affecting people's judgement. The cosmetics she wore on Aztlan were all water-proof.

Mara's skin tight olive-colored bodysuit under the camo poncho was weathering well. The material was damp, but did not absorb the water and get heavy. It was that quick dry material that hugged her skin and did not leave much to the imagination. With her utility belt and combat style boots, she was sporting the chic rebel fashion quite well. However, the poncho was like a blanket and covered her torso and upper legs.

"The impact could very well be a probe droid. I suggest hustling across the bridge to minimize our exposure out in the open." She would enjoy watching Samara's lovely rear end as they crossed. Reit's rear was covered in armor and was not nearly so enticing.
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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Taanoas » Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:34 am

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Taanoas moved through the rain, senses alert, taking in all around him. The world around him was alive and vibrant, brimming with potential and the rain was simply a part of that process. Thunder and lightning would be a welcome addition for it's power, majesty and spontaneousness that would punctuate the rain. He could appreciate Samara's sentiment though was unperterbed by the environment. His armor kept him generally comfortable, with cape and robes designed for comfort in any weather. The constant downpour might test it's limits given time, but not thus far. He considered his companions. All the women commanded respect, cabable, well armed and confident. He had not fought beside them yet, but felt himself in good company. It would take time though to see where their tendencies lay and whether they could walk the path he walked.

"Thunder and lightning would be a good addition," he responded to Samara's comments on the rain. As she continued on about the distance he nodded then listened to the exchange between the two women. He found Mara's brashness about hurrying across the bridge ill advised. As the bridge was their path forward, he strode up to it and paused to examine it's construction and condition. Bold action was not needed at the moment especially when a bit of care could avoid an unpleasant end.

Should his examination not turn un anything of particular concern, he will cross and stand sentry on the other side for the others.
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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Herzog » Thu Aug 11, 2016 5:04 pm

No lightening or thunder made itself seen or heard at Taanoas's remarks. But the wind was picking up a bit as a wave of hard rain rolled through the area. The bridge swayed in the wind but remained sturdy.

The force user's examination of the bridge found it to be of decent construction. It was a suspension bridge. Cables about two-three finger's width across made up the suspension rigging, while the planks of the bridge were supported by smaller cables. Netting rain from the cables that made up the hand rails to the planks themselves. The planks looked to be of sturdy lightweight metal composites. They did look slick in the rain. Although there was no danger of falling off the bridge, one should be careful when crossing.
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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Hat » Thu Aug 11, 2016 6:45 pm

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Convinced of the bridge's sturdiness, Taanoas crossed at a measured pace. His senses both physical and mystical working to ensure his safety. He assumed the others would follow and trusted them to alert him of anything that might come up behind him.
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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Mara Aragone » Fri Aug 12, 2016 1:32 am

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Mara watched Taanoas cross and his poncho did let her get a decent look at his rear. But his abrupt attitude towards their task and refrain from idle chitchat left her looking at Samara.

She shrugged and walked purposefully across the suspension bridge, reaching out with her senses in the pouring rain as visibility decreased. Her uncanny intuition often helping her to sense someone or something before she could see it with her naked eyes.

Out in the open the rain drops were smaller, but steadier than the large ones that came off the jungle leaves. Loose strands of her hair were becoming plastered to her face. At least she wasn't cold and wet.
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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Samara » Fri Aug 12, 2016 7:07 am

"I wouldn't call lighting a good addition, " replied Samara.

Samara smirked at Mara's comment, but she didn't say anything to it. She was not vain in that regard to her appearance. Her looks were what she was born with, and that was that.

With Taanoas moving across the bridge and Mara following, Samara waited until at least one of them was completely across. While the bridge looked sturdy, she didn't want to risk all of them being caught out on the open on it. After a moment, the armor clad force user was on the other side.

"Let's go, Reit," Samara said to the Mandalorian woman.

Samara stepped out on the bridge and began to cross. Once towards the middle, the woman was buffed by the wind and the rain. She was glad that the bridge was sturdily built. Even swaying in the wind, it felt strong enough that it would not go anywhere. The rebel glanced backwards and saw that Reit was bringing up the rear.
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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Herzog » Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:03 am

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In short order, the group of you crossed the bridge safely and gathered on the other side. The bridge held and nothing unexpected happened.

On this side of the ravine, the jungle seemed to enclose up on the group of you. Rather it was the geology or weather, the jungle seemed much thicker. The sound of the rain seemed to dampen a bit, and the thicker canopy blocked more of the precipitation from reaching the ground. It also blocked more of the sunlight, making the jungle feel more gloomy. The humidity was a bit more oppressive, at least to those not in cased in armor.

The path leading from the bridge seem to split at this point. From your briefing, you recall that one fork lead down to valley, while the other went to the ridge above the ravine. The paths formed a loop that was probably about 5-10 km in length. There was a set of sensor towers near the peak of the ridge that the path serviced. The impact registered a bit further down the ridge from those sensor towers, perhaps less than a kilometer off the path.
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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Taanoas » Fri Aug 12, 2016 9:55 am

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Taanoas kept careful watch while the others crossed and shrugged at Samara's dismissal of a preference for lightning. Strong storms brought change - good and bad. The constant steady drip of rain reminded him a bit of the Jedi. Each drop of rain like an independent action - done for the "good" of the Empire's people while slowly drowning them in its misery. With it they washed away the foundation of their principles, and like the mighty trees that stood here they would topple until what had been was no longer recognizable and the new trees that took root replacing the ones gone. Rather than a slow rotting death better a blasting strike of lightning or a powerful wind to knock down those pillars that were unworthy.

Focusing his attention on his companions, Reit it appeared had elected to remain rear guard which was fine. The order of their march mattered little to him at the moment, unfamiliar with his companions strengths or weaknesses.

"Up to the ridge and a better view. High ground is where I expect to find opposition if it's here. Better before they discover the sensors than after. Anyone have a way to jam a signal if it is a probe?"

That sort of thing wasn't his specialty, though perhaps one of the others was prepared. He faced his companions, keeping an eye to anything behind them as he expected they did for him in turn. The pause while confirming some capabilities, would also provide another to take the lead should they choose. Sith could be particular about being first to a combat. No reason to anger them unnecessarily, though he supposed that could inspire them to fight better. A simpler decision perhaps if he knew for certain what they would find. Should they fail to take the initiative, he would act. He had not come all this way by simply trailing along.
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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Samara » Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:29 am

Samara felt more aware as the group gathered on the other side. The thicker canopy made it feel darker, and that seemed to make the sith pay more attention to her surroundings. Almost like there was danger about.

The woman looked at the fork in the path and then at the others. They had all made it across the bridge, and now they needed to decide which route to take.

"No, I don't. I think Command is assuming the worse and just wants confirmation. If we do find a probe, hopefully we can destroy it before it finds anything."

Samara nodded as Taanoas suggested the high route. It made sense and would give them the advantage.

"Right. The high ground it is."

The rebel looked ready to move on.
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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Mara Aragone » Thu Sep 01, 2016 1:42 am

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Mara shook her head and used her fingers to comb some of the wet strands from her face, “No, I am not an expert in manipulating electronics. I suppose I could buy a jammer some time, but as of yet I have not had a reason to own one.”

“However, I do have a stealth field generator to help quiet our passage from any probe’s audio sensors.”

She had no argument against proceeding to higher ground and commencing the search there. But she was not going to lead the way, preferring to be more in the middle during such a jaunt through the jungle.
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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Taanoas » Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:52 am

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"A stealth field would be welcome." Once activated he proceeded to head to higher ground, careful to keep his pace and distance aligned with the others to be covered in the stealth field as well. Weapon in hand he felt confident they could handle whatever they would find.
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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Herzog » Fri Sep 02, 2016 6:38 am

Mara's activation of the stealth field generator signaled to the group to proceed. With Taanoas and Samara leading, leaving Mara in the middle and Reit bringing up the rear, the group of you proceeded to higher ground.

The path to higher ground started out as a gentle slope and decently marked. However, the path itself soon became a muddle stream as runoff from the rains runs down it. You are force to stick more to the sides to keep your footing and progress up the path is slowed. The rain is steady throughout the trek.

After about 45 minutes of steadily gaining elevation, you reach the top of the ridge. There is a break in the trees, affording you a hazy view of the ravine and valley below. The constant rain is obscuring visibility, but you are able to make out the bridge from earlier and little bit beyond. The path looks to follow the ridge for about another kilometer before descending back down to the valley. Accordingly, the sensor towers are about half that distance.
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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Samara » Fri Sep 16, 2016 4:18 am

Samara breathed heavily though her nose as the group paused at the summit of the ridge. The rebel had made sure to keep a pace that would enable every one to stay in Mara's stealth generator. She was not out of shape, but the rain had made the trail muddy and treacherous. Concentration was required in order to prevent from slipping. The rain had not abated, keeping the rebels mood sour.

"Should be easy going now," Samara commented as she looked over the next part of the trail. It was relatively flat as it snaked it's way along the ridge.

The rebel waited for the others to catch their breath, before nodding to Taanaos to proceed. She thought they would reach the sensor towers shortly.
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