The survivors press forward, doing their best to navigate the Jungles of Onderon to reach the Rendevouz Point. Due to their lack of survival expertise, the group is sticking to the easier paths in the jungle. The canopy lets in little direct light, casting shadows on a hostile interior. Large insects flitter by, sometimes landing on the troopers, other times avoiding them entirely.
Tempo and Dor, the two remaining Clone Trooper survivors, strike up conversation with the team. They’re a curious pair, asking about all sorts of things.
Camping out for the night, the group sets a watch. Several hours in, the sentries hear sounds of blaster fire. Rousing their allies and moving to investigate, they find several battle droids have taken down a large riding animal of some sort. Their investigations are cut short when out of the darkened folliage a Droideka wheels onto the path, unfurls it’s cannons, and opens fire! Quickly dispatching the other droids, the squad is able to take cover and concentrate their fire on the Droideka. After a minute of sheer terror pucntuated by the strobe-light of blaster fire, Vi’tig is finally able to pierce the Droideka’s shield, diminishing it. With it’s sheild power reduced, the droid finally starts to take damage. With one final blast the Droideka brings down Kerra with a well palced shot, but is blown apart right after.
With Keera recovering from her wounds, the squad inspects the fallen mount. As they do, they find a wounded Onderonian female. Thanks to some deft first aid by Freq, the woman regains conciousness. She seems surprised and beligerent at the Republic soldiers, saying that they took their time to get to Onderon. After some negotiations and explinations, the Onderonian identifies herself as Glena, a Beast-Rider of Onderon. She offers to take the heroes to her commander, a long jounrey away (especially since her mount, a boma, was killed).
Walking for almost an entire day, the party makes it to a cliff above a wide valley. Large reptilian drexl are seen overhead, some of them with warriors mounted upon them. Staring in awe, the troopers are amazed at the Beast-Rider’s ability to tame the creatures that harried the droid fighters.
But their awe turns to determination as they spy the Separatist Ion Cannon distant in the background of the valley. Their objective in sight, the party descends into a cliff-side cavern; the current safehouse for Glena and the rest of her fellow Beast-Riders…