Temnos Excavations Co., Alternate Docking Site
Moon of Thillon
A flurry of blaster bolts erupted from the open vault door, nearly singeing Rajhin’s tail as he ducked to the side with near-supernatural speed. The team had expected some resistance, but not from within the vault itself. That was troubling. Standard guard patrols and physical security measures were one thing, but this was a trap.
“It’s a trap,” Farrin stated matter of factly given the circumstances.
“Wouldn’t want it to be too easy,” Voden quipped as he readied his lightsaber.
Rajhin noticed that his fellow Togorian, Tybalt, was visibly shaking from the still raging blaster fire passing through the open vault door. The Obelisk’s mind raced for how to solve this particular dilemma.
“Wait,” Raj stuck his hand out to signal his teammates, “this is a vault right?”
“Technically it’s the antechamber to the vault,” Farrin quipped.
“So, one way in, one way out?”
The former headmaster nodded as he realized what Raj was getting at, “yes.”
The Togorian threw his only smoke grenade into the antechamber and waited for it to disperse its contents. The Collective soldiers continued to fire blind through the smoke. Rajhin slammed the panel to close the door, sealing the soldiers inside the vault antechamber.
“Tybalt, seal the door!” Raj commanded.
The snow-leopard pattern Togorian complied and proceeded to rip the control panel for the door right out of the wall.
“So we move on?” Tybs inquired.
Farrin seemed opposed, “It would be a shame to leave such a valuable cache of crystals behind.” The former headmaster’s point sinking into his more mercenary-minded colleagues deliberations.
“I’d say that’s a target of opportunity,” Voden added, “that’s our mission right?”
“It is,” Rajhin replied.
Kanal, who had been quiet until this point, pointed to an air vent above them, “we trap em’ and gas em’.”
“Gas them with what?” Tybalt asked.
“I saw some dioxsis grenades in the arms room we passed getting here. We get them inside then seal the room.”
Raj pressed a button on his communicator. “I’ll go with you to get the grenades, my droid can go through the vents to drop them. Then we seal the vents behind her.”
“My droid–nevermind. Let’s go. The rest of you bunker down here.”
Voden spoke up, “I can slice the environmental controls from the panel two halls back. Just let me know when to seal the room.”
“Thanks,” Rajhin replied, “good work. We should be able to loot the vault without much risk. Let’s go.”
The group split into their assigned tasks; Raj and Kanal went to secure the grenades and meet up with Rajhin’s droid, Voden went to slice the environmental controls and Farrin secured the door with Tybalt. Compared to getting to this point the objectives were accomplished in short order with no resistance save the troops trying to break out of the door.
Voden came over the team channel, “I’m in the system, but they’ve called for reinforcements. We don’t have much time.”
“This won’t take long, we’re almost back to the door,” Rajhin replied.
Surprisingly Raj and Kanal made it back without incident. Raj’s droid, Bast, cut the vent above the antechamber door open then floated down to take two dioxsis grenades. The droid took the grenades and went into the vent. Suddenly the soldiers’ attempts to open the door became more frantic. Bast floated back down and Raj signaled Voden to seal off the vent system running to the vault. The air vent above the door made a sucking sound as the system sealed around the vault and antechamber.
“And now, we wait,” Kanal stated. “It won’t take long.”
“Standby to flush the antechamber,” Raj relayed to Voden over the com channel. After a few minutes Rajhin gave the signal and Farrin cut the door open with his lightsaber.
Bodies littered the antechamber as the Collective soldiers failed to plan for someone turning their own trap against them.
Voden rejoined the group and sliced open the vault door, revealing the precious cargo of kyber crystals inside.
“Take all you can carry,” Raj commanded, “we’ll strip the soldiers’ grenades and blow the rest. That will get their attention.”
Farrin frowned but began stuffing his pockets with the rarest crystals he could find.