“Does it not seem to quite in here?” Zuser spoke aloud
The team of six had made it to the elevator and down several floors before having to make the rest of the way down on foot. Silent had urged that no droid use any hacking skills, it was to keep their droids from being taken over by the powerful A.I. that controlled the place.
“Yes, minus the firefight outside, we have not seen any man or machine alive since we breeched the place.” Blackhawk replied
“It is because of a 99 percent chance that we are walking into a trap.” Fate spoke
“What are you a C-3PO droid now Fate? Do not tell me the odds again.” The Shi’ido said
“What about the other one percent?” Brimstone said before his 3PO droid K’ebat could retort
“The A.I. is over spent in its duties with the fight outside and keeping things running smoothly inside to think we are any kind of threat.” Fate said
The Force can at times, be a little nudge, or the feeling of someone stabbing you in the eye, depending on the nature of what was going to happen next. This moment was like having the air taking a break from his old lungs.
“Mask now!” Silent shouted
No hesitation as all four of the organic crew put on their mask and the tall tale sign of a light green gas began to creep its way in through the floor exhaust.
“You were right not to trust the droid in his percentage, for it was wrong, I was at one hundred percent chance at leading you right into a trap.”
“So, I guess you are the super A.I. in charge of this fine establishment.” Silent said
“You would be correct, I am so far happy with the results you have given me for each of my test so far.” A.I. said
“You mean, surviving you blowing up of ship, not using our droids to get all the way down to your level, noticing that we are walking into a trap, and getting our mask on before the gas killed us, test.” Zuser said
“Yes, you have survived far longer then my other contestants.”
“Contestants? Is this a game to you are a test?” Blackhawk said
“Well test is in the middle of the word ‘Contestants’ so yeah? Zuser replied
“It is both. My job is to take care of this facility and its people, but the life of an A.I. can be boring when a second of your time is a span of a trillion lifetimes to me, but because of all the time I have I come up with fun little test or games to do with my toys.” The A.I. said
“You are one crazy A.I.” Zuser said
“Perhaps you four would like to take part in my next round of fun, I will even allow a wedger to make this more interesting for you, organics.”
“What is the bet then?” Silent asked
“If you follow the floor lights it will lead you and your team to an elevator, it will take you down to a floor we use to store extra droids, there we will have our make shift arena fight, my droids, versus your organics. If you win your fight against my team, I will allow you to take your prisoners to freedom and allow your firefight outside to enter my domain and take the Organics they came for.”
“And we should just take an A.I.’s word for it?” Blackhawk said
“Of course, I am a free thinking A.I. after all, I could have killed you in hundreds if not thousands of ways. I owe my allegiance to no one but my facility, as a token of keeping my word I will allow you to reach the arena unharmed.”
As the A.I. finished speaking the gas stopped and was sucked out as new fresh air filled the room, Silent was the first to take off his mask, the others followed suit.
“Then we will accept the bet, us versus you for the freedom of our people and to take who we came for unharmed by you or your army and free passage out unharmed. If we lose then you would already have taken our life’s. These terms we will agree to, do you?” Silent said
“Agreed, no harm to you or yours as long as you win, if not you are mean to do with as I please.”
“Agreed.” Silent said
The floor lights illuminated pointing them to the nearest elevator, the team entered and descended quickly, when the doors opened they were greeted with a large hangar like area, the roar of thousands of K6-CE Guard Droids, Imperial Sentry Droids, and Technocrats Soldiers under the A.I.s control filled the room repeating the name Rutgar as the team passed them all to the center where a Rutgar the warden and his five guard Droids stood by.
“Looks like we were going to have to fight him no matter what.” Blackhawk said
“How I hate Organics, you take and destroy whatever you feel like, just like my home world.” Rutgar said
“I would say I am sorry, but one, I never was apart of your inability to protect yourself, and two, I only say I am sorry to two people, neither which are you.” Silent spoke
“So that’s a Shard huh? I would have believed it was just another HK unit.” Zuser said
“No according to the file on him he is crueler to the prisoners here then most Sith lords to newbies.” Brimstone said
“Well he does hate organics.” Zuser replied
“If you are all done with your intros, I will now explain the rules. My team, Team Rutgar versus your team, Team Organics will fight to the death or to you surrender, though knowing you, surrendering is far worst fate then death. You will use what is on you, the droids outside the massive ring surrounding the arena will not attack you. I have placed to square boxes on the ground you will all stand in them and not attack until the countdown has ended. When the fight begins the team with the most members still alive after thirty minutes will be declared the winner. The count down will now begin……10……9….8……” The A.I. said
Team Organic stood ready, both of Silent’s lightsabers ignited as the countdown reached one, the Force struck once again on his left side warning him of incoming danger. As the A.I. said begin he struck an upward attack cutting his droid Fate on his left side in half down the middle. Brimstone blocked an incoming blaster shot directed at Silent.
“Why did you kill your droid!!!” Brimstone shouted, as Silent went in to cut K’ebat in half as well
The A.I.’s laugh filled the room as the droids surrounding them joined in unison.
“You have surprised me again, how did you know I controlled your droids that quickly.” The A.I. said
“When my Droid started talking percentages at me, I knew you must of remote hacked him, then you kept on with team Organics, I knew you would turn our droids on us for sure, well mine mostly, I killed the 3PO for fun, he knows how much I at percentages and would not shut it.” Silent replied
“My droid was not even hacked!” Brimstone shouted
“Nope, now use that hate on our enemy, and if we win, I might buy you a new droid.” Silent said
The four of them split, Zuser and Blackhawk to the left and Silent and Brimstone to the right side. Three guard droids took on the left side leaving two guards left and Rutgar to fight off.
“Take care of Rutgar Silent, you are the most qualified to handle that thing.” Brimstone said as he threw some lighting at the guard droids.
Silent called on the Force, willing it to manifest into a bright silver blue light pulsing through his hands into the lighting dancing off his lightsaber and out toward the charging HK Shard with his separated Twin virbo-arbir blades. Rutgar blocked the lighting with a quick parry, the Electro plasma filament could hold out against a normal blow of lighting but with the erratic jump from Silent’s blade it danced lighting over his weapon and struck his left hand sending a shock through its system and an almost organic mangled robotic scream escaped Rutgar’s voice. The pain and surprised that such a simple trick had work, threw his mind into anger as he attacked once more to finally meet resistance to the Shi’i do’s blades.
“I am surprised a simple mind could come up and make a trick like that work.” Rutgar said
“Well after a few hundred years of practice anything you set your mind too can work out.” Silent replied through gritted teeth.
“My you don’t look a day over a few decades.” Rutgar said
“Why thank you, a Shi’ido has to keep up their looks, but you my enemy look like something only a Bantha humper could love.” Silent said as he pushed off the HK
Zuser and Blackhawk worked tireless as they finally managed to kill one of the guard droids together, they notice that they are much slower due to their extra armor. Brimstone was keeping the other two droids away from him as he took pot shots, but whenever he got to close to the edge of the arena a droid surrounding it would try to reach out and grab him, he had been lucky so far to miss each grab. As he kept so much distance, he was able to keep watch on the fight between Silent and Rutgar and notice two items of interest, one being a nice adhesive grenade the other being a thermal grenade. Pulling them from the HK units belt he chunked the adhesive toward the two guard droids closing in on the tried Zuser and Blackhawk. It exploded holding down the two droids, as they toppled over to the floor. Zuser and Blackhawk took the chance to quickly take their heads and catch a breath as they heard another explosion go off toward Brimstone. One guard droid took the blunt of the thermal damage, destroying it and the other took minor damage as it continued an assault on Brimstone.
The speed of Rutgar increased as the fight carried on, Silent had noticed him becoming more urgent with each lose of his guard droids, with only one remining he was running out of ideas to handle a fight where he was outnumbered and his items had been taking right off of him. He had only two great ideas and they both needed his enemy slower, for right now the enemy named Silent was his biggest threat and the others had already slowed down from their own battles. For being in a droid body he never tried and after another minute he found is opening as he got a slight cut on his enemy’s right arm. Keeping up the pace he saw the poison take effect quickly, though the wound healed quickly, the poison was making the Shi’ido see more than one.
The room began to swim in circles as more and more copies of Rutgar surrounded him, losing his focus on which was the real one, the HK got more and more cuts across the Dark Jedi, after another two minutes Silent fell to the floor on to his back, staring up seeing tons of Rutgar’s looking down at him from a spinning room, Silent reached out with his hands and grabbed Rutgar’s leg. Rutgar took his blade and held it high over his body.
“Now to finish you and then take care of your friends, you filthy Organic, you deserve a death far worse then this.” Rutgar said
The smiled spread across Silent’s face as he spoke. “I do not die here today.” As Silent called on the Force, lighting surged up through his hand and up through the HK’s body, sending pain to the shard and shorting out wires, it was then that Zuser came up behind Rutgar and ran his blade through the Shard and his HK body. Rutgar fell backwards after Zuser took his blade out.
“Silent are you ok?” Zuser asked
“I will be fine, its not life-threatening poison he hit me with, thanks for the assist kid.” Silent said
“No problem old man.” Zuser grinned as he spoke
Blackhawk and Brimstone had finished off the final droid together as Zuser helped saved Silent’s life and with it the fight had ended.
“Congratulation Organics, I am very surprised at your tactics and abilities, I will have to file that away for the next time I encounter your kind. As promised the prisoners are being released, my droids are standing down and your fleet has been notified that they may board to collect their bounty. You may leave now, but I will warn you next time you come here attacking me, you will never get another chance like this again. Now hurry up and get out, I have a facility to fix.” The A.I. said
“Let’s go, the Brotherhood can get what they need, but what I need is a bit of rest and a drink.” Silent said as the limped out to the elevator and to the nearest pod out.