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Hey boys and girls here is my second try at a story I started a while back called the Black war of Berog. I hope you all like it. C&C welcome and looked forward to. For added meaning and detail you may want to read my first story where Sev (my main character) is introduced. It isnt needed to understand the story though just the occasional refference in it. Here is a link if you want to read the first story it's called Val'kyra http://fanfluff.webs.com/Val'kyra%20flight%20%201.pdf
The Silent war of Berog
“Shas’ui Sev?" The Por's impassive voice broke through Sev's thoughts. "I understand, Shas'ui, that you are going through... difficulties. I know about your team and about the Kor who died to save you. Know that the fault is not with you, and that he died for the Empire, To'Tau'va." The Por paused. "But I am not here to comfort you. I am here to make you an offer.” The mysterious Por's words flowed soothingly in Sev's ears like warm honey on his tongue. Sev fidgeted in his blue grey armor, and turned away.
“I thank you Por’la. I do not blame myself for their deaths, but for the things I left unsaid. I will live with that now." Sev leant on the balcony rail and lifted his head to look at the countryside's distant hills. "But I am a good warrior and it will not affect me.” He and his commando team had captured the house in the war since Sev lost his brother-in-arms, but their operation was nearly complete. They were packing up their ops center, and it would be time to move on again soon.
“I am supposed to give you three choices one you can transfer to a new unit to escape the memories of this squad. Or you can stay but there is one more option. You can come with me and you will be dispatched to a secret unit to perform a task in a undisclosed location. If you take that option you will not be allowed to return… ever you will become one with the fallen. All your friends will think your dead we will have to fake your death in some kind of accident.” The Por finished the offer and the two were silent for a few moments as Sev thought.
“Why aren’t the others being offered this?” He asked somewhat saddened that he would even consider leaving his battle brothers.
“They will be offered the chance to separate and join other units considering your severe losses but they do not have the skill to join
the unit that you have. We need Shas who are experienced and willing to do what needs to be done and your background suits all
the requirements.” Sev looked out and his eyes followed a dust cloud rising in the distance. The squads replacement cadre must be
“When must the decision be made?”
“You must decide before you leave this balcony. I am sorry about the notice but we must do things carefully.” The Por apologized sounding like he truly cared. Sev thought for a few long moments. He couldn’t stand being around his brothers anymore every time he saw them a new memory made his heart wrench but at the same time he couldn’t abandon them but they would understand wouldn’t they? Sev swallowed hard as he made his decision. He would disappear and he would never look back.
“I will join that secret unit. How will we fake my death?” As the words left his mouth Sev teared up slightly he was abandoning his brothers. The Shas he had grown up with and for what? He shook his head and left those thoughts for later.
“You will be asked to escort me to the capital and our devilfish will supposedly be shot down by what’s left of the resistance. There will be no survivors of course.” The Por explained as if he had known Sev would chose to abandon this unit all along.
“You have three dec to spend some time with your brothers. Don’t let on what’s going to happen just pack your things and leave
them in your room we will take care of the rest.”
Sev wondered who ‘we’ was and how they would get his things but he didn’t truly care anymore he just felt numb and wanted to go before he regretted his decision more. Sev made a fist over his heart nodded and walked into the house.
“We need to deal with the Berogian issue very delicately. They already are skeptical about us and one little slip up could send us into a war. The Berogians are a very calm people but if they think their personal clan is threatened then they can turn very violent. So I have sent for a group of tau with very special skills lets hope they can solve this issue without tipping the scale too much.”Aun’Vre Hidden Sword talking to Shas’Vre Ta’Ray
On board the Ethereal vengeance
Shas’ui Sev walked through the hall carrying his bag over his shoulder. The sound of hoof on metallic floor sounded through the hall as he walked at a quick steady pace towards the op room on the ships fifth level. Sev smiled stretching his light blue skin into a soft smile. He thought about when he had received the invitation to join a new unit. He hadn’t known what the unit was or where they would be sent but he knew he couldn’t stand being in his old unit after they had lost so many men on Tam’la’ya. Sev’s smile vanished as he remembered the ones lost in the great siege of Tam’la’ya.
Sev blinked as he came up to a door that to the unfocused eye looked like any other in the hall but once you approached it if you looked hard enough you could see fine red lines and letters in the door. He read then and took a deep breath. He tightened his grip on his bag and walked to the door. It slid open with a quick hiss revealing a small dark room. In the room sat several Tau Sev walked in advancing on their curious stairs. He looked around and spotted a Shas’Vre with short red hair. Sev walked over dropped his bag and placed his fist over his heart. “Sir Shas’ui Sev requesting permission to fall in.” Sev said in a relaxed but professional voice that sounded all too loud in the quiet room.
“Go ahead and relax Shas’ui we are in no need of formality here. Go ahead and have a seat wherever you like. Now that you’re here we can begin.” The Shas’Vre said in a casual tone that threw Sev off. Sev picked up his bag and sat down next to one of the four other Shas in the room while the only Fio across the room shot him a curious glance. The Vre walked to the front of the room and stood by the video screen. “Hello I am Shas’Vre Ta’Ray you all have been gathered here for a specific task. We were all picked because we show unique amounts of skill in a given area of warfare. At this moment I know little more than you do all I know is that we are being shipped to the Bor’kan sept and then we will find out more. I also know that whatever it is we are doing it is a black op. Meaning very few people besides us and the Aun know about us. We ship out tomorrow our bunks are on level four port side. Ta’Ray looked around and waited for the coming questions.
“Sir what is our unit name?” The Shas next to Sev asked in a low rumbling voice.
“We are known as the 912th bodyguards although we currently have no one to guard.” He answered quickly. He looked around again.
Sev took a breath. “Who is our commander?”
“We are under the command of Aun’El Ya’Tol who is the one in command of the entire sept in that area. We respond to no one but him. He is the Aun who united our two Empires almost single handedly. He is highly revered and thousands of Tau owe their lives to
“Sir what is my role on the team? I just don’t see how I fit in here.” The Fio asked in a hard voice that sounded like stones grinding on each other.
“It says here that you are the teams engineer and support specialist Herun.”
“What am I?” Rang a voice in front of Sev.
“Reath you are the team marksman and to answer everyone’s questions Kath is the demolitions expert here. Joq is the close quarters Shas and Sev will be our secondary commander.” Sev took in a breath. He hadn’t the slightest idea he would be made second in command of an elite unit on his first day. Sev shut out his mind and saved the thinking for later.
“Sir where do you think we may be stationed?” Sev asked.
“Judging by the area around Bor’kan and what is going on there I would place my money on one of the three planets inhabited by the Berogians in the Berog sept. There have been flashes on the news of terrorist actions on the capitol planet of Berog and well we look like a unit formed for a special task and stopping terrorists is a special task.”
“Why wouldn’t the Aun just dispatch the cadre’s in the area to fight the terrorists?” The Shas known as Reath asked.
“The Berogians have requested we stay out of the situation as they see it as an internal affair and want to deal with it themselves.” Ta’Ray answered. Ta’Ray looked around and took in a slow breath. “Ok well we have a while talk amongst yourselves I want to talk to each of you alone anyway.” He said as he walked to the back of the room. He exited the same door they entered and walked
down the hall.
“Well then I am Joq it is a pleasure to meet you.” Joq grinned towards Sev as the room erupted into several different conversations.
“I am Sev nice to meet you.” Sev replied shaking the Joq’s hand firmly. “So how did they find you they pegged me in a lift.” Sev asked remembering the strange group of Shas that had approached him abruptly in a lift on his old ship over Tam’la’ya.
“They kidnapped me on my way to the old cantina. The D’yi stuck a needle full of sleeping chems in my neck and I woke up in a ops room surrounded by black armored Shas.” He said chuckling as he rubbed his neck.
“Wow these blokes mean business.” Sev said slightly thankful his offer was less hostile.
“I can’t really blame them I tried to knife one and nearly shaved off his cheek when they tried to restrain me. Poor guy aint goanna smile the same way ever again.” He said with a chuckle. Sev smiled fleetingly at the image of the purple haired Shas stabbing a Shas in the cheek with no warning. Sev looked around the room and paused then his wrist com Rang. “Shas’Ui Sev, who is this?” He asked
“It’s Ta’Ray head to the next ops room over I just need a word with you.” Ta’Ray sounded over the com. Sev stood nodded at Joq and walked out and turned right he walked a moment and turned again as he entered a even smaller but identical ops room. “Sir?” He asked as he entered. Ta’Ray motioned for him to sit down. Sev sat down quietly and took a breath. “Ok Sev it is really truly a pleasure to have you on the team. It says in your file you have earned the Cha medal and have been wounded in combat no less that three times. You have served as a medic a team leader and when it came time for it a spearhead. I would like to ask what earned you the Cha medal.”
“I had a Kor friend of mine get shot down and I fought through a Gue’la assault to retrieve what was left. In the process we ran into a few difficulties but we managed to fight through.” Sev said coolly repeating the story for a thousandth time.
“That’s very impressive considering, at least according to your file, your team sustained heavy casualties a few rotaa before the battle and you still manages to fight through it says here several hundred Gue’la. It also says that you saved several lives by carrying Shas out of a firing zone set up by the Gue’la and almost got yourself killed.” Sev nodded confirming the story. “Why did you do that Shas’Ui?”
“They would have done the same if not more for me. It should also say I wasn’t able to save several of them so in all respects I failed my attempt.” Sev said solemnly remembering the team getting pinned down just a few Tor’lek away from the crash site and how each Shas had been enraged and not thinking clearly when they had began to attempt to secure the crash site. Sev laughed inwardly, they must have seemed like complete D’yi risking each other’s lives for a crash site charging when all other cadre’s fled.
“Well given your expertise I am honored to serve with you. I know it must have been tough to leave your old team but I am glad you did or Aun help us we could have been ordered to serve with a complete D’yi.” Ta’Ray smiled and motioned with his off hand for Sev to leave. Sev stood shook the Shas’vre’s outstretched hand and turned making sure to grab his bag on the way out.
Several Rotaa later on Bor’kan
Sev took a breath as the ops meeting began. Ta’Ray was right they were going to Berog that at least was obvious by the holographic planet in the middle of the circular room. Sev looked around at the rest of the team they were all deadly serious now. “Ok Shas here we have it the planet Berog capitol of the Berog sept.” He said as he passed around old fashioned files. Sev took his with a nod and opened the file. He took a quick look inside at stacks of information and tons of satellite photos. Each one was of the capitol city or of some suspected Berogian. Sev quickly looked over the information on the Berogian at the top of the packet. Apparently he was a transport mechanic but really he operates as a saboteur. “Berog is primarily plains with a few scattered areas of forest and even a jungle at the north pole. The weather is warm but usually mild and it rains about once a week.”
Ta’Ray walked over to the hologram of Berog and pointed at a spot on the southern hemisphere. “This is the capitol city where we will be operating. In the last twelve rotaa there have been three bombings most of which in random areas. The Berogian government has denied all Tau offers of support and have gone so far as to banish the tau military from the issue but the Aun don’t want this to shake the Berogian resolve to join the empire so we are going to end the attacks once and for all. The Berogians are used to seeing Tau so we can blend in to a point.” Ta’Ray made the hologram zoom in on the capitol city so that the squad was looking at it from a birds eye view.
“Our base will be here but we will have safe houses here and here to back us up. The last few bombings have been here.” A series of red dots appeared over the buildings of the city. Sev looked over them as far as he could tell they were random. “The only connection we have is the type of explosive used GL19 a high explosive that lights up blue. It is not common on any planet in this sept so we know they are being supported from off world. So we will have three objectives to begin with. One locate terrorists two gather intel on them and three see how they are being funded and stop whoever is shipping them supplies. Any questions?” The room was silent for a moment.
“Sir if we get compromised what will be the Aun’s course of action?”
“The Aun will deny our existence and will make us look like radicals. One squad of specialists isn’t worth a race of allies. It is very brutish and against all doctrine but it must be done that way.” The room was silent after that. “Ok we mount up for Berog in twenty so get your gear and get to the flight deck.”
“Tau’Va!” The squad echoed. Sev stood and walked quickly back to his room that he had slept in just once. He ignored the drones buzzing to and fro and performing various necessary tasks. He walked in the door and sat down on his bunk to take in what he had been told. He never had liked briefings the more he knew the worse he would feel if he were captured but then again the safest place to store good intel was your head. Sev began pulling out his bag from under his bead he hadn’t even opened it yet. Then Herun the squads Fio support walked in the room.
“Hey Sev have you ever operated in a city before?” Herun asked with a cheerful tone.
“This is my first op with a black unit. I was specialized infantry before.” Sev said coolly.
“Wait so your in command but this is your first op?”
“That’s what it looks like” Sev said realizing he was the unwanted officer that he had always made fun of.
“Well best of luck to you brother. May the Tau’va guide you.” Sev silently hoped it would as he picked up his bag and walked out of
Sev walked at a brisk pace hooves clicking on the metallic floor. He kept his head down and didn’t look anybody in the eye. He finally reached the flight deck after walking for a while. He walked in and took a seat in one of the three rows of waiting seats. He looked around at the flight deck. It was massive he was on the upper level but he could see over the ledge that on the level below there were three green Mantas. The noise of Kor and Fio performing thousands of tasks helped him clear his mind. The inner airlock doors began to creep open revealing several Orca assault variant transports hovering in the massive space. Sev looked around and found the squads personal black Orca. It was undergoing pre flight checks just a little way away. They would take the short flight up to a ship and then they would be in the Berog sept within two dec.
Sev felt his stomach tighten up this was his first op without his brothers. He thought about them for a moment. They would have been told about his death the day he left. They all thought he was dead now they probably included his name in their Ay’mal, a practice of remembering the fallen by repeating their names each day. He was dead to them and that hurt slightly but he had made his choice he had passed the point of no return long ago and he decided he would never look back. He meant that too so he shook his head and shoved the memories into a dark corner of his mind.
“Shas’ui may I have a word with you?” Sev looked up and watched as Kath walked up to him and sat in a chair next to him.
“I suppose it wont hurt too bad.” Sev said with a fake smile.
“It’s nothing important I just want to learn more about you. I like to get to know my superiors better it helps me. So I heard you were originally part of a rescue unit?” Kath asked with a smile. Sev cursed the stars, why couldn’t he just be allowed to move on in
“That’s right I was in an advanced element of the 323rd airborne we specialized in pilot recovery.” Sev explained carefully hoping that Kath wouldn’t ask too many questions. Sev turned in his seat to face Kath.
“That sounds pretty dangerous. My old unit specialized in hunting down remaining Gue’la resistance and eliminating them.” Sev felt the question crawling in his mind he had to ask it or it would torture him.
“Why did you chose to leave your unit?” He felt bad about asking it but he had to know if he was alone or if other Shas were in the same boat as him.
“I didn’t have to like you did. I was the only survivor of an ambush. Real nasty one too they caught us with our pants down going into the country to help some Gue’la build a school we weren’t even aware they were in the area until the lead vehicle went up.” Kath got that look in his eye, the look of a Shas remembering something horrible. “Then the rear went up and we were trapped in this river bed. They were everywhere we called for back up as soon as the first rounds were out. I hopped out of my fish when it took a rocket to the port engine I was lucky to make it… the others weren’t so lucky. After that they just picked off the vehicles one by one, took out our whole cadre with me as the sole survivor.” Sev could see the guilt and the pain in his eyes and he immediately felt guilty. He had thought he had it bad, poor Kath, Sev promised himself that he would not feel bad again at least he knew his brothers or at least most of them were alive and well.
“I am sorry Shas’ui. If you ever need to let it out you come to me I am here for you.” Sev repeated the line the combat psychiatrist had told him a thousand times hoping it had some magical effect that would help Kath through this.
“The worst part is the only reason I made it was because I crawled under a wreck and hid during the battle. By the time the reinforcements got there the cadre was toast. They found me and some called me a coward they all looked down on me. I should have died with my brothers.” Kath looked down and Sev could see the guilt wash over him. He knew he could say nothing to make that guilt go away he had felt it himself a thousand times but never on such a grand scale.
“You just remember you do them proud every day you fight.” Sev didn’t know where the words were coming from now. He felt kind of bad because he felt better for himself knowing what Kath had been through. Was that wrong?
“Shas’ui Kath and Sev mount up!” Ta’Ray shouted from over by the Orca. The two immediately jumped up placed their helmets on, they hissed as they sealed with their suits enclosing them in their own private regulated environments. Sev jogged over to the Orca
and sat down next to Joq and Reath.
“All on board sir!” Reath sounded off. The rear door shut and the red cabin light turned on.
“Ok boys we are now at war.”
“We are the perfect enemy. We can strike anywhere without warning and with deadly effect. We can’t be seen and we hide within the very people you are trying to protect. Trying to catch us is like trying to grab smoke with your bare hands. Now let us see who wins this war.”
Unknown terrorist belonging to the manluk group
Inbound for planet side
Sev checked his gear as the hum of the engines lulled him into a daze. He made sure all the equipment pouches he needed were
securely fastened to his brand new body armor. Then he systematically checked his heads up display or ‘HUD’ and made sure all his internal systems were operating effectively. Once he was satisfied he looked around the cabin of the light recon transport. In the cramped space the six members of his squad tried to relax in their bulky commando armor. Sev liked the armor, it was usually only issued to the special ops fire warriors, but somehow Ta’Ray had gotten some for the small team. Sev smiled as he realized technically he was a special ops fire warrior now.
Sev nudged Joq in the side. “How you holding up brother?” Sev asked, earlier the Shas had complained about feeling air sick. Joq turned his head to make it obvious that he was looking at Sev under the blank face of the helmet and then he spoke.
“If Shas were meant to fly we would have wings. The Fio really need to invent a way to get down to a planet without having to ride in these
d’yi flyers.” Joq said in a voice that resembled a child begging for candy at the military supply station. Sev smiled and turned on a private com
channel between him and Reath who was sitting on the other side of Joq.
“You think he is gonna make it? I got ten credits says he don’t.” Sev smiled as he made the bet. He had been trying fiercely to bond with the
squad; he longed to feel what it was like to belong to a tight knit unit once again.
“You’re on. What are the details?” Reath sounded over the com obviously trying not to shake his head too much and give away their secret
“He blows chunks by the time we are in bed safe tonight I win if not you are a richer man.” Sev knew that neither of them would ever be rich
but he jested anyway.
“Deal you are gonna be disappointed my dear friend this ones got heart.” Reath said confidently. Sev looked around at the six jet black
figures and took a breath. With a blink he switched back over to the squad wide com.
“Pilot how much longer before he touch down?” he asked and he heard the breathing of the squad stop as they waited for the answer.
“That ramp will hit dirt in ten ok, start prepping for whatever it is you boys are doing.” The pilot said obviously annoyed.
“Just training my friend just training.” Ta’Ray said coolly. Sev checked his weapon again. He looked over the sleek compact pulse repeater.
“That’s what they always say then I get a call saying they need evac from a hot zone so don’t worry mate the bull is wasted on me just do
what you got to do and don’t need me again cause I am low on fuel.” The pilot said with a smart d’yi voice. Sev smiled and shook his head. He
went back to checking his weapon. The small assault weapon was light but he was told it packed a punch. To be honest Sev truly liked all his new kit. Even the crude close combat weapon that he was given.
A few raik’or later the red cabin light turned on. The squad sprang to life checking gear and running scenarios through there head. They were
mere raik’or from their new mission. This was it. “Ramp down in two!” Ta’Ray sounded off. Sev’s heart began pumping hard and he took
several slow breaths to slow it down. Images of what could happen flashed through his mind. He went through the possible scenarios in his
head and tried hard to relax. He looked down and checked his weapons again.
“Ramp down in 3… 2… 1… dismount!” Sev stood and aimed his repeater at the door. He followed Ta’Ray out the door and looked
around for cover. He went prone just outside the hatch and took up a firing position. He looked around at the sparse vegetation that was around the area that they landed in. The are was covered in small bushes and short trees. Herun knelt next to Sev. He grabbed Herun by the
backpack and pulled him onto his back. “Get down you d’yi!”
Moments later the small reconnaissance transport lifted its ramp and soared into the night. Ta’Ray came in on the com. “Stay low and head north east. We are about a raik’or from the city.” The squad started moving almost as one. They walked north east and Sev watched the glow
of the city grow ever closer. Finally they reached it after several raik’or. Sev went prone and crawled to the edge of a group of bushes to get
a better view on the outskirts of the city. There were several wooden huts painted in all sorts of browns and greens.
Sev lifted his repeater and looked through the scope. The huts popped out at him and he could see in the window of the closest one. Inside
there was a small family of Berogians eating a meal and sitting around a low circular table. “Aw now aint that touching.” Joq said, Sev looked
around and the whole squad was doing the same thing he was.
“Keep your mind on the mission. We have a job to do and step one is getting to that safe house.” Ta’Ray said over the short range com. Sev
looked left and then right at the squad. They were spread out over three groups of sparse bushes and Sev could tell by the angle of Ta’Ray’s
head that he was looking at a map for a way into the city. Sev looked back at the city and surveyed all in his optics range. There wasn’t a
building over three stories and most of the buildings were extremely close together with an alley here and there.
“I have an idea.” He said as he looked at the rooftops. Ta’Ray looked directly at him. “Lets get on the roof of one of these buildings and work are way to the house.” He explained. There were a few moments of silence other than the sound of Ta’Ray clicking his teeth in thought.
“Ok you lead. Just don’t get seen because if we do we are sitting ducks up there.” Sev rose to a kneel and ran across the clearing and
stopped against the outer wall of the city which was no more than a two tor’lek fence with some razor wire on it. Sev took out his knife and cut an opening big enough to crawl through in the bottom of the fence. He then turned and motioned for the others to follow. One by one
they each ran up and crawled through the hole while Sev watched the area around them for signs of movement. Finally when every body was
through he crawled through and then ran to the dark corner where the squad waited for him. “Where to next?” Ta’Ray asked as he peered
around the corner of the hut towards the main road.
“Give me a boost.” Sev ordered Joq and Reath and he climbed up on top of the Berogians home as quietly as he could. Once he was sure of his footing on the slightly slanted roof he turned around laid down and stuck his hand over the edge. It was taken and he pulled Joq up onto
the roof. He repeated the process until the whole squad was on the roof and Sev began to wonder how much weight the roofs could
hold. “Ok sir now you lead.” He said as he rose to a knee.
The squad then took off at a quick but careful pace across the roof tops occasionally having to jump the gap between buildings. Several
raik’or later they came across a two story house that was completely dark and looked exactly like all the others on the block. “This is it. Herun,
Reath pull security cover the front and the rear exits. If anyone that isn’t us comes out shoot them but do not kill them.” Ta’Ray said as he
prepared to hop onto the ground below.
Sev checked his weapon again and looked at the house. He felt his heart speed up slightly. Sev jumped down after Ta’Ray and then he
sprinted across the street and stopped behind a hedge that encircled the front lawn of the house. He peered over the hedge and at the dark
house. There was a door at its center and then two windows. Sev aimed at the door and waited for a pat on the back.
He felt it and leaped over the hedge and ran towards the door. He lined up to one side of it and waited for another pat on the back. Joq ran
up to him and eased in front of Sev. “I am better at this, trust me.” Sev scooted back and let him take point.
Sev ran through the steps in his mind over and over again. He ran through hundreds of scenarios that he hoped he would never live through
and as each one passed before his minds eye he shoved it into the back of his mind and told himself to rely on his training. Sev felt the pat of
the back and his heart raced. He patted Joq on the back and took a deep breath.
http://fanfluff.webs.com/The%20Silent%20war%20of%20Berog.pdf This is a link to the story just scroll down till you reach the new chapter.