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7214.02.18 -PLANET SUNSA
The Gilcut team know they must pursue their Red Shoulder attackers
if they ever hope to see Chet again. Reverse engineering the
tracking devices they found on their ATs earlier, they devise a way
to track the Red Shoulder landing craft, and it looks like they're
returning to space. Not good- the team must find a way off
Driving out to the remains of a Balarant military base, the team
hides in the ruins and waits for a Balarant transport to
ambush. If they can capture the transport intact, they may be
able to bluff their way into a Balarant spaceport. And by
keeping the Balarant crew inside alive, they might be able to coerce
their way onto a ship. It's a long shot, but they have
Pent puts his newly acquired Strikedog to good use, shoving an
abandoned truck out into the path of the Balarant transport.
Goug does likewise on the other side of the street.
As the transport smashes into the trucks, it barely slows down, and
Balarant grenadiers open fire on their would-be attackers as they
attempt to board.
But Quey, having waited for the transport to pass, fires mortars
from behind and blows the gunners out of action.
Still not used to his new AT, Pent fails to board the transport,
dropping in front of the massive vehicle, but managing to stay
between the tracks- disappearing below.
Meanwhile, Balarant AT veteran Zotan Botep is no stranger to combat,
constantly having to fend off attacks from raiders like the Corpse
Eaters. To him, this attack is no different, and blasting his
way out of the back of the AT transport in an AT "Chanky", he pours
machinegun fire into Quey's Barking Turtle, even managing to get
through the tough armor!
As Zotan charges out and attempts to grapple the Barking Turtle,
Quey boldly charges past him, reversing into the transport and
firing mortars at the heavy Balarant AT. But although he
manages to stun the Fatty ATs still in the transport...
They quickly recover, kicking Quey off the ramp!
Meanwhile, Goug successfully boards the transport, and charges
across the roof, and the transport rolls forward enough to expose
Pent, still below. Pent's Strikedog punches the ramp,
upsetting one Fatty who tumbles off.
Goug jumps down, landing on the remaining Fatty and grappling
Zotan's AT. All the squad members call for a truce, and
explain their situation. Although he has no love for the
supposed Red Shoulders, Zotan remains unconvinced... until the team
offers some of their captured Jijirium as an incentive!
Zotan wisely keeps the other Balarant pilots out of the discussions,
knowing that abandoning his post is a serious (if profitable)
crime. Ordering them to stay behind and watch for further
attacks, he claims to take the team into custody- really, taking
them and the transport to a shuttle, launching towards the heavens
in pursuit of the retreating Red shoulders!
Will the team catch up with the Red Shoulders in space? Is
Zotan really willing to abandon his position in the Balarant
army? Is Chet even still alive? Find out next
Continue to Part 10!
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