Chief and squad spread out through the thick forest fauna, the darkened moon light glinting off their matte black Katarn-Class commando armor. They were ghost in the night and they moved without making a sound despite the thick green brush. As the Commandos neared the edge of the forest Chief raised a fist. The commandos held fast as he brought his HUD’s ocular zoom up. He scanned the base of the mountain’s perimeter. There was an entrance to a cave amidst the rock formations and outside of it stood an armed guard.
“Location of rebel base confirmed half a klick from our position,” Chief spoke into his comms. “Permission to engage hostiles and begin elimination of HVTs,”
“Engage, but remember this is a covert operation. We aren't even suppose to be here yet,” CT-1104 spoke “Once the rebel high command is out of the picture we can launch the main occupational force with little resistance,” He finished.
Chief nodded and then regarded his comrades “You heard the man, activate stealth and let’s move,”
Suddenly the commandos would become invisible to the naked eye while photoreactive fibers mimicked their surroundings. Chief took point as the clones made their way forward through the rocky terrain that formed the bed of the mountain. They approached the cave cautiously and Chief shook his head. The guard was leaning on his rifle sound asleep.
“Sleeping on the job is gonna cost you,” Rev said into his external comms.
The rebel awoke with a start just as the commando placed a hand over his mouth and slid the knuckle plate dagger into his neck vertebrae. Rev guided the body to the ground and dragged it behind a rock outcropping. There was a slick dark smear where Rev had dragged the body.
“Rev next time, cut the chatter,” Chief said into his squad comms.
Rev simply nodded. The commandos made their way into the cave and their helmets HUD immediately adjusted to the even darker enclosure. As they traversed the damp cave Chief found his minimap malfunctioning. Then he and squad received a shotty transmission over their comms.
“Commandos… Losing signal. You’re… Own,” CT-1104 attempted to say more, but it was lost above the mountain.
“Alright Commandos we’re solo from here on out,” Chief said shortly after the failed message.
He took point again and they continued onwards. The cave was lined with moss and it squished beneath the commandos boots, Stalactites hung from the ceiling, and as they went deeper every once in awhile a torch lit the way. They found the cave branched off into multiple rooms and Chief motioned towards the first one with his hand. It was relatively empty aside from a few crates and some large webs. Not even a torch lit the chamber. They exited and walked to the second one. The Commandos entered with Verpine Shatter pistols raised. Deathly silent and extremely accurate weapons. They found nothing in the area but sleeping rebels. Chief backtracked out of the barracks den and nearly bumped into a patrol of two. He hefted his pistol into the air and took aim center mass while his squad filed out of the room behind him.
“Wait for my signal. Arson, Rev target the one on the right. Hacks and I will take the one on the left,” Chief spoke into his squad comms.
“Let them have it,” He whispered as he squeezed the trigger.
Shortly after both rebels dropped to the mossy floors and the commandos walked towards the corpses. Rev and hacks squeezed a couple more shots into the bodies and then they dragged the cadavers to the empty room. Chief and Arson stood outside as the other pair hid the bodies, making sure they’d receive no more unwelcome surprises. They emerged and this time chief ordered Arson to take point with a signal of the hand.
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