Umbra Squad - The Adventures of an Imperial Covert Operations Cell

Mission Report: Operation Jungle Storm
Encrypted transmission from ISS Vornskr

NOVACOM Communications
ABY 3.6.12
Confidential Document

To: Commander >> OID # 42375
From: Umbra Squad >> Mister Sinister
Re: Operation Jungle Storm

Commander:

I am pleased to report that the situation at Target Location has been favorably resolved. The facility has been secured and the intruders have been almost entirely eliminated with two individuals secured for further interrogation. Initial inquiries have identified them as Rego Tane and Grexi Taku of “Drevin Squad,” under the command of one Doma Alar who unfortunately narrowly escaped via a modified light freighter while we dealt with her accomplices. The enemy came from Mimban but are likely to be highly mobile.

We are analyzing our full data download to determine the full extent of the enemy’s activity, but it is clear they were monitoring Jyrele for more than two weeks prior to our arrival. Secondary objective was also successful and the officer in question is in our custody; I regret to say he was indeed compromised. Tertiary objective is ongoing but we have already gleaned the information above.

One minor complication was the behavior of Lieutenant Verala Mashar, who we ascertained was the supply pilot for Target Location in contravention of her chain of command. We naturally approached her as an entry vector but she foolishly involved her unauthorized superior and is even now paying a painful price for her irritating choice. I foresee no further difficulty on her front, as she has no information on our identities.

Overall squad performance was satisfactory, but substantial opportunity for improvement remains.

Mister Tactical demonstrated essential combat command capabilities and handled routine personnel management as necessary. Now that our respective authorities have been established I foresee no furtherance of the initial tensions that unsurprisingly arose between two men of will.

Mister Tattoo is of course a formidable and fearless warrior, but his bloodthirst and savage honor code can pose an impediment to subtlety and prisoner retention. But I am confident I can restrain those impulses within an acceptable range, and his obedience to our cause appears absolute.

I cannot say the same for Mister Twitch, who shows substantial piloting skill but exhibits a rash recklessness and penchant for impulsive irrationality that will require significant correction, at a minimum. I will endeavor to expeditiously effect the necessary change. His heart needs hardening.

Mister Brainbox has more than surpassed my skeptical expectations and proved vital to the operation. At the small cost of shallow flippancy, his technical prowess is indeed a potent asset of which we shall take maximum advantage. Still, I will remain vigilant for any sign of disloyalty.

Mister Metal remains enigmatic, but has followed orders without question. I am reserving judgment and keeping a close eye.

As for me, my power grows.

We are seeing to a few small outstanding details while we await your instructions as to the disposition of our passengers and our next deployment.

Empire Forever.

Mister Sinister Out

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Kahar's Bestiary Files
Audio Log for Cannok

UMBRA Squad Communications
ABY 3.6.11
Audio-log from Kahar for his Bestiary files
Recorded by MEA
Note from MEA: The jungle noise has been automatically filtered out of this audio log.

Kahar here. Do I need to say that? I don’t know.
Ahem.
The Cannok is an interesting specimen here on Onderon. We encountered a group of them while making our way to Whisper Base and I had a chance to study their martial instincts. I hope this log will aid Stormtroopers in the future.
We were ambushed by the beasts as they laid waiting in the trees. There was little to no sign about their presence. I would describe their tactics as similar to Forntarchs. One seemed to test our abilities (or perhaps it displayed a lack of intelligence) by attacking one of our men on the ground. Foolish beast, getting in range of my axe.
Kahar makes a grunting laughing(?) noise. Trowa is heard in the background asking Kahar to keep it down.
You keep it down Trowa. Hrm. Anyways, we had the boy with us. Firil was his name. He showed promise in our initial encounter. I could feel his anger as he tried to strike me down. It was decided that he would travel with us as an ‘insurance party.’ No, that’s not right. Hey Vil, what’s the term for a hostage type thing? You know insurance something.
Policy?
Yeah, that’s it, insurance Policy.
Seriously Kahar, do you want the whole damn jungle to hear you?
Trowa, this is important research stuff for future warriors of the Emperor.
Whatever. Just keep it down.
Anyways, I was beginning to teach the boys some Shii-Cho stances as they were taught to us. He showed great aptitude and he fought against the Cannoks well. But, like I said, similar to Forntarchs. It makes sense for a predator to attack the small and weak, and that’s exactly what the Cannoks did. So yeah, kid died, but we learned a lot about their tactics and that makes us better. He did die with honor holding onto his sword. His family will be proud to learn of his noble sacrifice to the cause.
Dammit Kahar, under no circumstances are you to talk to anyone about the boy’s death. Do you understand me? Can your feeble brain comprehend this?
I’m not an idiot Vil! Fine, I’ll keep my mouth shut. Happy?
Sound of brush crashing. Trowa’s voice interjects: that’s it. I’m turning off this recording.

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UMBRA Sq recordings: Operation - Jungle Storm

UMBRA Squad Communications
ABY 3.6.11
Private Communication between JF3-525 “Trowa” and Vil Maakzoor
Recorded by MEA

Trowa: Apologies Vil for not developing a plan of action with you before hand but time was of the essence and I believe we hold a tactical advantage now that we have her ship. I will follow your command and your lead but in matters of combat and tactics please trust in my judgement. As it currently stands we need more information. We should establish a direct link with her immediately and have her come to our ship and depart before anymore blood is spilt and before she can report in to the Moff. With your leadership and unique abilities and my military experience I believe Umbra Sq will rise quickly and serve the Empire to its fullest. Remember, power deserves loyalty, and loyal soldiers will add upon your power.

Vil: Mr. Trowa, your tactical prowess is not in question, but my strategic approach was proceeding as planned until Mr. Roach displayed erratic and irrational aggression which compromised a situation that I was controlling. There were too many unknown variables to risk a cantina confrontation, but now I concur that we must neutralize Lieutenant Mashar by whatever means. Moving forward I foresee a need for a stricter chain of command; if reason fails to rule then fear will do so.

Trowa: I fear that both Roach and Kahar may both be liabilities when it comes to covert actions it seems. I noticed on multiple occasions that I had to reign him in to prevent an altercation. We should keep this in mind for future operations.

Vil: Agreed. On the other hand Mr. Malek has thus far been a reliable and competent asset; perhaps we should look into more brain implants. What was that business with the screaming child and the grenade-lobbing father?

Trowa: I do not have any details on what happened prior to the grenade being thrown. I had everyone on a quick pace and only had enough time to deflect it before it slowed us too much. We will have to question the droid on what happened and figure out what to do about it then. I am happy to report that the combat capabilities from all personnel far exceeded my expectations, including Kobe and Shaq Sq.

Vil: Very good. As long as we can contain Mashar and avoid attracting further attention to — wait, is Mr. Roach buzzing the control tower?!

END COMMUNICATIONS

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Mission Update: Operation - Jungle Storm

NOVACOM Communications
ABY 3.6.03
Confidential Document

Commander Drumane
OID # 42375
Re: Operation Jungle Storm

Umbra Squad

Now that your are well on your way to the Japreal System, it is time that you were briefed on some additional details regarding Operation: Jungle Storm.

Firstly, you should know that the following information is highly sensitive which is why I have taken the precaution of informing you after you have already departed for Onderon. It is one part a security measure and one part evaluation of your squad’s ability to adapt to intel. Good luck.

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(Sketch of Onderon jungle – Imperial Archives)

As you are probably well aware of, Onderon has been under Imperial Control for the past 30 years. The planet is primarily made up dense jungle and a troublesome miasma of apex predators. There is but one major urban center on the whole planet, Iziz, which is administered by Moff Dardano. Near Iziz is an Imperial Army/Navy Ordinance Depot called Jyrele Base. Jyrele Base is administered by the Imperial Garrison headed by Admiral Corlen. Admiral Corlen maintains space superiority in the Japreal System where as Moff Dardano oversees administrative needs. It seems that a rather severe rivalry has erupted over the past few years and has created an unfortunate situation.

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Moff Dardano

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Admiral Corlen

Hopefully you are already beginning to surmise where this is going. Whisper Base is not actually a sanctioned Imperial listening outpost. It is an outpost which Moff Dardano established in the remote jungle in order to spy on Admiral Corlen. Whisper Base has the ability to intercept all of Admiral Corlen’s incoming and outgoing encoded Imperial communications. Needless to say, Moff Dardano has constructed a huge liability. Furthermore, he has done this using Imperial resources that he has skimmed off the top of shipping traffic to Iziz. His motives seem to be rooted in personal gain and avarice for Corlen. Unfortunately, his internal security is messy and rebel spies have discovered his little outpost and have managed to take it over.

According to our most recent reports, Moff Dardano does not currently know that his little side project has been targeted and aquired by an elite rebel squad. NOVACOM obviously does and that is why you are being sent in to clean up the mess.

First Mission Objective: resecure Whisper Base before the Rebels learn how to break Dardano’s encryption measures. Dealing with the rebels is left to your discretion. Obviously they are to be eliminated but it wouldn’t hurt to discover what they know. You are to do this without alerting Moff Dardano or Admiral Corlen.

Second Mission Objective: locate and secure Imperial Lieutenant Sarev and ascertain how much he knows. Be aware: Lieutenant Sarev for all intents and purposes is Dardano’s man. Under no circumstances should he be allowed to escape or contact Dardano. We would like to keep Moff Dardano in the dark until we learn just how much damage he has caused. Neutralize Sarev he becomes too much of a nuisance.

Third Mission Objective: although it is unlikely, secure and report any intelligence you might find regarding the insurgents. Example: command structure, other squads, locations of any hidden rebel bases, especially if they are in the Japreal system. Do they have a ship? Driods? Location? You know the drill.

Related Intel:
There are a few small villages out in the jungles made up human exiles of questionable character. It seems that Dardano has utilized at least one of these villages as a source of discreet labor to build Whisper Base.
The jungles are also home to a wide variety of apex predators known to hunt and eat humans. Be cautious in your approach to the target.
Some primitive tribes of humans have learned to tame and utilize the local fauna as a means of transportation and security. It is highly unlikely that you will run into any of these, but local reports in Iziz indicate these tribal gangs can be extremely hostile and dangerous.

Report back once you have completed these mission objectives. Use this secure line on the Vornskr. Remember, it is only a matter of time before the insurgent forces break Dardano’s codes and find out whatever he has been digging up on Admiral Corlen. Furthermore, it also only a matter of time before Moff Dardano realizes something is amiss out in his jungle bungalow and sends someone to investigate.

Commander Drumane Out

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ATTN: Umbra Squad
Operational Parameters

NOVACOM Communications
ABY 3.5.23
Confidential Document

Commander Drumane
OID # 42367
ATTN: Umbra Squad Recruits

Umbra Squad Recruits

By now you should all be briefed on the extreme confidential nature of your new assignments. I hope you take these next few days to acquaint yourselves with one another and establish an internal command structure. I know this will be quite different for some of you who are used to a more regimented protocol. This is however, quite a different “branch” of the Imperial Military and your squad will be given a certain amount of discretion in how you carry out operations. What is certain, is that you report directly to me, unless otherwise instructed by myself. Consider the establishment of your internal command to be your first test as a new squad. I am looking forward to seeing quality leadership skills in use.

Umbra Squad Membership is based on your unique innate talents and/or on your demonstrated skills in the field. Each of your candidacies has been considered and vetted by the highest offices of Imperial Command. Your missions will vary in nature, but will often require a certain amount of discretion and subterfuge. You may even find some mission objectives to be “testing” the efficiency of other Imperial Operatives including, but not limited to, Imperial Intelligence, Imperial Navy, Imperial Army, and other Deep Cover Squads not dissimilar to Umbra Squad. Overall, however, your missions will be specifically targeting Rebel Terrorist Activities including logistical targets and high profile neutralizations. The “Rebel Alliance”, as they like to call themselves, have spies everywhere, including some Imperial Facilities. Do not be surprised if you find yourself in exotic settings under false identities.

The Empire cannot afford to let weakness persist within its ranks. Traitors will not be tolerated. That’s how we end up with incidents like the Yavin Massacre. With that in mind, know that security is tight and some intelligence will not be available to you. It is imperative that the intel that you are entrusted with, remains confidential. In fact, your squad’s very existence is confidential and you are expected to keep it that way.

Do well and your unit will be rewarded with new resources and increased trust, not to mention the gratitude of the Emperor. Do poorly, and my reputation and NOVACOM’s reputation will suffer. Needless to say, failure will not be tolerated lightly.

NOVACOM’s Operational Punchlist will be made available to you shortly. Know that other elite squads may be carrying out parallel missions and may impact the success of your operations. I am aware that a certain culture of rivalry has persisted between squads in the past. To some extent, this is healthy and encouraged but I expect professionalism and mission success above all else. In some cases, I may require your cooperation with other squads. It’s important to remember we are all fighting for the same Empire and against the same enemy.

For now, I am intersted to see how your newly formed team performs in the field. I look forward to reviewing your mission logs. With that, I wish you luck.

Empire Triumphant,

Commander Drumane

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