A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .
THE GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC
War grips the galaxy. The droid
forces of the wicked Count Dooku
clash with the newly formed
ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC, seeking
to control worlds that are vital to
the war effort.
Meanwhile, in the distant reaches
of the galaxy, Republic survey
ships hunt for new, resource-rich
planets to exploit. One planet
under scrutiny is GIACA, which lies
beyond the Outer Rim.
Attacked by an unknown force,
Giaca’s isolated survey vessel
sends out a RED ZERO distress
signal for immediate military
assistance. Republic forces race
across the galaxy to respond to
the call. . . .
A “red zero” is a military evacuation code. It always has top priority and goes to all army units and naval vessels within range as well as the calling unit’s operational headquarters. A red zero can only be invoked by isolated units and is restricted to disaster-level emergencies. It is never used in the context of normal military engagements.
Republic Astroship Doom Wail
Compartment 2A, Briefing Room
621 days after Geonosis
DATAPAD BRIEFING AS FOLLOWS
All forces, this is a priority-one briefing.
Operation Long Base began 779 standard days before Geonosis. The operation was named after the survey vessel itself, the Republic Astroship Long Base. The expedition’s continuing mission in the Far Reaches was to survey hot zone 25251 for resource-rich planets.
With the outbreak of the war, Operation Long Base’s promise of new, untapped mineral sources became one of the vital hopes for a Republic victory over the Confederacy of Separatist Planets.
Like other survey vessels of this type, the RAS Long Base carried only minimal Judicial Department forces. Whatever attacked the operation must have quickly overwhelmed its defenders, but not before they were able to send a top-priority distress signal.
The transcript of that holo transmission is as follows:
Judicial Seven—red zero, red zero, red zero. | Transmitting from surface of Giaca.| Outpost came under shelling minutes ago.| Sensors detect significant ground forces approaching.| Hope to give scientific element time to evacuate.| Desh and carbon resources might test optimal.| Separatists cannot [. . .] droid manufacturing would prove disastrous.| Losing [. . .] again [. . .] jamming transmission.| [. . .] and [. . .] one time [. . .] | May the Force be with us.
The RAS Doom Wail is the closest Republic vessel so we are now en route to Giaca. We are a few hours from Relay Point Alpha, at the farthest edge of the Outer Rim. Beyond that, there is no charting. Our navicomputers will be significantly hindered. We will have to proceed by referencing hyperspace beacons. The process is relatively slow. It will take at least 21 more standard days before we reach Giacia.
Also responding are the RAS Iron Star and a decommissioned Judicial cruiser, now a diplomatic boat named Republicanus. Both vessels are two or more days from Relay Point Alpha. Their operational statuses and military capabilities are unknown to us.
Additional briefing to follow.