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InRem
03-03-2006, 01:27 AM
Link to Chapter 1 in case you missed it. (http://threads.rebelscum.com/showflat.php?Cat=3&Number=1537375&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=1#1537375)

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CORUSCANT: CAPITOL OF THE REPUBLIC



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A lone, factory-fresh LAAT rumbles through the morning air. The steady rapping of the engines echoes against Coruscant’s mighty facades, creating a strangely calming white noise for the warriors aboard.

But no rhythm can calm the angst in one soldier’s soul. The freshly christened LAAT Scourge III is on a rare but important Homeworld mission. The group is en route to intercept a replacement for a fallen brother.



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It is the kind of mission Commander Koe abhors. He knew replacing one of his own could never be as easy as plugging in any random Clone. He imagined replacing his Jedi would prove even more difficult.



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Fifty-seven.

The number pierces Koe’s best attempts to distract himself with the scenery as the LAAT dips into a thick fog hovering among Coruscant’s towers.

Fifty-seven special operations without losing a man . . . and I lose my Jedi, my gunship, and those worthless pilots all at once.



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Only three days earlier, Koe was celebrating the success of another mission with Jedi Master Jole Suud, a Gran warrior of the highest ability and ferocity.



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The celebration had been premature. The Killers let their guard down early, and Suud had paid the price for their lack of focus.


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A droid sniper team had made its way into the extraction LZ and put a blast in the base of Suud’s neck.



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A consummate warrior, Suud drew his blade and turned to fight in spite of his mortal wound.

The hail of fire was too intense. He didn’t have a chance.



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Suud hit the dirt and took his last breath. Koe’s boys threw fire up at the sniper’s position, and Koe – for reasons he still couldn’t explain – scooped up Suud’s light saber.



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The volley continued as the Killers attempted to cover their commander’s retreat.



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Before the squad could board for takeoff, a frag missile exploded over the cockpit of the gunship, killing the pilots and knocking most of the Killers out, including Koe. The soldiers already aboard the Scourge II had been sheltered by the LAAT’s reinforced armor. They evacuated every Clone – even what was left of the pilots - before launching the crippled Scourge to a low flying attack cruiser.



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...the Jedi was left for dead.

Koe would return the light saber to the Jedi. He felt personally responsible for the loss of Master Suud’s body, and would make amends before he took on this new Jedi.



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The whole incident was just the kind of disaster Koe had learned to avoid over the course of so many battles.



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As a senior Asset Recovery Officer in the early days of the war, Koe was specially trained for work on sparse, often booby-trapped battle fields. His missions were always simple. Destroy remaining CIS ordinance. Recover salvageable Republic gear.



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Make sure no injured Clones were left breathing.



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He’d finished off many of his brothers on the field of battle. He had always done so without so much as a blink before pulling the trigger.



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Clones were tools of the Republic, and he was assigned to decommission them.



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But as the war moved from months into years, Koe encountered more and more cases of Clones showing something he had never seen among common grunts: a will to survive and keep fighting. Clones began to ask to be saved and returned to service.



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It was a rare enough occurrence that Koe had been able to slip most of the fallen who asked for help back into his salvage cruiser’s medical bays. The wounded were healed with bacta treatments. Clones with lost limbs were fitted for cybernetics.

Each became a fine soldier and bore out a new breed of Clone. Not a commander, but a free-thinking, fiercely loyal warrior that instinctively knew the art of survival even in the most perilous battle.



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Koe was soon reassigned to lead his band of salvaged soldiers. The team was attached to Homeworld Security Command as a special ops unit, and was matched with Master Suud and his extensive battle resume.

In a war where Clone casualties by the tens of thousands were hardly a cause for concern, Koe had defied the odds and kept his small band intact for well over a year.

Then Suud died.

Today they would meet Suud’s successor.

Koe could only hope his new, young Jedi could fill the mighty Gran’s boots. . .



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“Sir, how do we feel about this new Jedi?” Qoz, Koe’s most trusted brother in arms, breaks Koe’s train of thought with a question that cuts right to the point.



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“I can’t speak for you, Qoz, but I know he’s green. I know he’s bookish. I know he carries a light saber like the rest of ‘em. Other than that, I have no idea.”



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“Seems the Jedi are digging deeper into that Temple for warriors lately,” Qoz huffs. “If I may say so, sir, I’d much rather have a fighter like Master Suud.”



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“We have to take what we’re given, Qoz. We’re not permitted to go blowing up the galaxy without a Jedi in tow. Command and the Council see something in this young Knight.



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“Besides, whatever he doesn’t know about warfare, we can teach him better than any book...



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“At least he’s punctual. That’s a start.” Koe points out a group of shadows below as the pilot steers the Scourge III toward an empty spaceport.



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The rapid pattering of the LAAT slows as the pilot points the belly of the gunship at the approaching platform below. The morning fog is too thick to get a good visual, but the crew know who waits for them below.



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Jedi Knight Sedo Crus: the newest of Koe's Killers.

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On to Chapter 3 (http://threads.rebelscum.com/showflat.php?Cat=&Number=1944269&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=&vc=1)

CommanderRedd
03-03-2006, 10:22 AM
Woah! Nice! Nice effects, story, just-wow! http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

CHEWIE
03-03-2006, 11:23 AM
Yeah I loved this In Rem. Posted in more detail at JD where I saw it first. Very nice to see the story progressing and your pics are very, very well done.

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S_A_Longhorn
03-03-2006, 04:05 PM
Great story, IN REM! I wish I could make these types of pics and backgrounds. Your storytelling is the best part, giving us a real glipse of the Jedi in chapter 1, and now the clones in chapter 2.

I love the effects of fog and custom figs. Your pics look like actual movie stills. The way you pose each fig brings them to life. The flashback scenes really give the story more weight and realism. Great technique.

Looks like it will be a long story, but that's only a good thing! Can't wait to see more!

SpecialOpsUnit
03-03-2006, 06:04 PM
Wow the visuals are breath taking. The flashbacks tell everything.

The customs are remarkable and the name for the squad is cool as well. The quality of the pictures is very well done.

Can't wait for the next update and I am really looking forward to that.

LJames
03-04-2006, 08:39 AM
Holy smokes! I just posted in chapter 1 not knowing this was here. Really amazing stuff. Great writing and simply amazing effects! I can tell you've put a lot into this, great work and keep them coming!

shellachead
03-04-2006, 11:19 AM
Wicked ******!

I really enjoyed that. Very well thought out pictures that make you want to spend time looking over the details.

codyfan82
03-04-2006, 10:53 PM
Dude wicked story so far!! The second chapter was amazing! If they keep getting better each chapter, I don't know what i'll do by chapter 5!! Amazing job dude. I'd like to get a better look at Qoz when you have the chance! You should post him in the customs section. Sweet job!

Jason
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InRem
03-04-2006, 11:21 PM
Thanks, Jason. I think Qoz is out there... lemme see what I can do...

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The giant gun has been retired http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/smile.gif

InRem
03-04-2006, 11:23 PM
You guys are all far too kind. I am glad the reception has been so positive. If anyone has any suggestions for improvement, please do not hesitate to share.

Chapter 3 is in pre-production (which means it's still stuck in my overcrowded gray matter).

Thanks again!

sithlord424
03-05-2006, 06:07 PM
Duse that is awesome, keep up the good work.

InRem
03-07-2006, 12:57 AM
Thanks, sithlord424!

codyfan82
03-14-2006, 03:03 PM
just giving this a bump since i still enjoy reading it over and over and over!

jason
codyfan82

InRem
03-14-2006, 04:31 PM
Thanks, codyfan82.

I've got my script for Ch. 3 mostly done... I might add a little to it, but photos should follow soon.

nunyadbidness
03-14-2006, 06:45 PM
coolness

icraig78
04-14-2006, 12:29 PM
Nice work. Love the story

CommanderKorbra
04-14-2006, 12:44 PM
Pretty cool. I only have one complaint - In most official EU novels the clones do not "finish eachother off" when they are hurt. They try extremely hard to save eachother because they are brothers and know that each clone life is valuable. You act like they are simply cannon fodder and when they get hurt, another clone's duty is to kill the hurt clone http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/tongue.gif All in all I love the shots and story though. The gunship speeding through the city in the first shot was cool.

P3NDR4G0N
04-14-2006, 01:02 PM
... they are simply cannon fodder and when they get hurt, another clone's duty is to kill the hurt clone ...



much more realistic that way, in my humble opinion.

CommanderKorbra
04-14-2006, 01:13 PM
Yea, I guess. I was just saying like how in Labrinth of Evil and other stories the clones do everything they can to save their brothers instead of just shooting them dead when they are injured.

Sev
04-14-2006, 02:43 PM
Love it. Great story. http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Wereturkey
04-14-2006, 08:09 PM
good story and awesome pics to go with them..

hyouriittai
04-18-2006, 07:30 PM
I think the Commander Koe is an exception to the whole 'preserving their brothers,' thing. I really like this concept, Koe seems to be really eccentric, almost with the same type of temperment and personality as an ARC.

Your managing of light, photographing, and Photoshop(?) work is very well done; amazing, really. One question: what method do you use to super impose your figures onto backgrounds? Do you take a photo of them on a green-screen-like background, and use a color selection tool to wipe it out, or do you carefully cut the figures out of the original photo with a lasso, pen, or other selection tool?

Great stuff!