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 Post Posted: Sun, June 25th 2006 11:07pm    Post subject: Imperial Training Facility, Test Range 004
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After retrieving his armor, Xaph was escorted by the two Stormtroopers to Test Range 004. Here, he would take his proficiency test.

The Range was typical training range: there were obstacle courses, markmanship ranges, and white armored soldiers running through them all. Xaph's escorts took him to a Stormtrooper who was monitoring the trainees and constantly making notes on his datapad. He turned, and surveyed Xaph.

"So, you're the new recruit?"

"That's right...sir."

"Well, don't just stand there, grab your self a gun. The trooper pointed to the a vacant booth at the nearby firing range."Grab yourself the AXM-50 blaster rifle and shoot the target that lights up. You have three shots."

Xaph stepped up to the booth, and pulled the rifle off of it's rack.

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 Post Posted: Mon, June 26th 2006 11:38pm    Post subject:
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Xaph weighed the gun in his hands for a moment, getting a geel for it, before snapping it to his shoulder. He let an inkling of the Force guide his aim up and...SNAP!

The rifle exploded as the three shots came out in rapid succession. Xaph lowered the gun and turned to the Stormtrooper Officer, confident of success.
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 Post Posted: Tue, June 27th 2006 08:37pm    Post subject:
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Xaph smiled under his mask, and turned to hear whatever famous criticism the Officer would give him. However, the officer merely made a note on his datapad and ushered him along to his next test.

Along the edge of Test Range 004 there was a row of small pre-fabricated shelters, each with a Stormtrooper standing sentry at the door. Xaph and his officer, at this point sans escorts, came up to one of them, and with a salute, the sentry let them pass.

The room inside was not large, but was kept at the meticulously clean standards of the Empire: there was one desk, perfectly centered in the room, with a small blaster pistol sitting in the middle of the room. Xaph knew the gun fairly well: it was a common model, and he normally had one on his person at all time. It was light-weight, easy to draw, and packed a fair punch, but there was no option of sustained use. The Officer stood at the front of the room and directed him towards the desk, where Xaph then noticed the center of the table become alive.

"This is your written test. The desk will change as you complete each question. Be careful with the blaster: it's armed. You have 15 minutes, starting...now."

Xaph sat down and grabbed a stylus pen from the holder in the corner of the desk. Question 1, Name the model on display, giving manufacturer name and make.
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 Post Posted: Tue, June 27th 2006 09:17pm    Post subject:
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Xaph found many of the questions easy, that being attributed to the common issue of the gun throughout the galaxy. He was sure the Imperials were going easy on him now...

As Xaph finished question 20, How would you describe this blaster's use as a last-ditch combat tool?, there was a sharp knock on the door, followed by it crashing in.

"Get the hell outta that seat!"

Xaph's reflexes took him out of the seat and away from the door as quickly as he could, putting the desk between him and the rough voice at the door. In came six men, half of them roughly dragging the others. They were all un-armored and out-of-uniform, not to mention they got past the sentry outside the door. Xaph realised this for what it was: a test.

Luckily, he had brought the blaster with him, and for now, the desk obscured the view of it from the intruders. He had to think quickly. The three men with blasters now had them all leveled at him. He knew from his examination that the blaster he held was set to stun, but he didn't know how serious the Imps would be about their training. His armor would take a few shots, but...

A race of tactics rushed through Xaph's head in the space of a quarter-of-a second, which was enough for him to decide what to do, and for the intruders' leader to begin to shot again.

Xaph snapped off a shot, hitting the man in the larynx, and stifling his shout in mid-yell. The man made a slight grasping sound and fell to the floor: his comrades opened fire.

However, they hit nothing but air. Xaph had flung himself towards one of the other men, knocking the hostage he held in front of him out of the way. Swinging his right-arm up, and connecting the butt of the gun to the man's chin, he disabled the second hostile.

The third, he figured, would be easy: just shoot him one more time. He hadn't taken into account the damage done to a blaster this light connecting with a man's chin. He pulled the trigger several times at what should have been a disabling shot, but there was nothing but a slight crackle as the gun mis-fired. In exasparation, Xaph threw the gun away, and dropped down, charging the last remaining hostile.

The man was trained, and not an idiot: he had taken his chance and was firing at Xaph. However, Xaph used his anger at being embarassed to shrug off the numbness in his arm from repeated stun shots through his armor, and quickly closed the space between the two of them.

Xaph swatted the muzzle of the blaster to the side, and yanked it out of the man's hands. Almost faster than the eye could see, he smashed it across his face and had it aimed directly between the man's eyes. At this range, even on stun...

"Enough!"

Xaph hadn't even remembered the Officer, who had remained still and silent throughout the whole fiasco. He was now attending to the hostage and hostile Xaph had taken down with the pistol.

"Do you realise how hard you hit my men? Those pistols are built to fire even when dropped off a cliff!"

Xaph found it hard to focus on the man's words while still trying to keep his arm from twitching. He had gotten hit worse than he thought. Showing weakness now would not be a good idea...
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 Post Posted: Tue, June 27th 2006 11:02pm    Post subject:
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The Stormtrooper Officer lectured Xaph the whole way to the obstacle course: 2 good men disabled for at least a week, all for a recruit! Somehow, Xaph thought, this task was going to be even harder than it should be.

And it was. The Officer stopped Xaph in front of a large wooden wall with three ropes dangling in front of it. Xaph had seen several stormtroopers climbing up this wall and over, only to move on to the next obstacle. The Officer was going to make him run the course. If the previous recruits were anything to go by, it would be in full armor.

Xaph cursed himself for his stupidity back there, and he cursed the Officer for assigning him the task in the first place. He bent down and got ready to run up to the wall, when the Officer shouted from behind him.

"Recruit! Get the hell back here!"

Puzzled, Xaph turned around and saw that the Officer was pointing to a patch of dirt. Xaph walked over to it.

"20 Jumping-jacks, go!"

He was going to tire Xaph out first! The Bounty Hunter paced himself going through the jumping jacks: that wall was pretty high, and it was only the first obstacle. He finished his jumping jacks and turned to walk to the wall again.

"Recruit! Did I tell you you could leave?"

No! This wasn't possible! The officer surely knew how heavy this armor was! Xaph considered for a moment juicing up his pheromones and 'convincing' the officer not to make him go through with this, but quickly discarded that idea: he could be being graded on discipline right now.

And so it went on, from jumping jacks to push-ups, push-ups to sit-ups, sit-ups to pull-ups, until it was finally time to tackle the wall. The exercises had taken their toll, and even the Officer's voice synthesiser could not hide his glee as he told Xaph what he had to do.

"Recruit! Up this wall, across those bars, and down that pole! Then, up that net, across that beam, and down that wall! Double-time!"

Figuring this was make or break time, Xaph started moving.
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The wall had many foot holds, all placed haphazardly along it's surface: to pick one path meant going off the edge, to pick another meant zig-zagging all the way across the wall. Letting the Force guide his feet, Xaph made it up my going straight up the center. Stupid Trainers, thought Xaph, thinking they hid it in plain sight.

Up from here, and it was a straight 20-foot drop to the ground. The only way across was a set of bars stretching across the chasm. Xaph took a quick breath and grabbed a bar. Swinging himself across, skipping several bars as he went, he had to once again call on the Force to soothe the ache in his shoulders that felt as if they were going to pop.

At the end of the bars, they converged into a pole. This was a problem, as there were no handles with in three feet of the pole. Once again, Xaph found him drawing on the Force to assisst him as he swung back and forth, back and forth, back and...jump! He grabbed the pole and slid down it, his momentum spinning him around.

Slightly dizzy, the exhaustion was starting to make itself felt as Xaph's continual drawing upon of the Force started to take it's toll. The next task was to climb up a net-wall, something Xaph accomplished, sloppy as though it may have been. From this came extended a balance beam.

A balance beam would not have been hard. A moving one was. This beam swayed slightly from side to side, throwing the user off-course, causing them to over compensate, and ending them up in the Infirmary. Xaph, too tired to use the Force, took it slowly: step by little step, making the most minute of changes to his heavy armor, tilting one way and another until finally: he reached the end. A simple mirror of the first task, where all Xaph had to do was rappel down the wall, coming to a stop right in front of the Stormtrooper Officer.

Xaph watched as the Officer entered more figures into his datapad: this was it. Now he would recieve his final result, and more importantly, find out if he was going to Yinchorr.
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Colonel-General Scyntor strode into the training center himself, bearing the results of Xaph's test. He folded his arms across his massive chest, looking down at the being. Something about this... hunter... didn't sit right, but he had performed exceptionally. He nodded once, passing the datacard over.

"Congratulations, Xaph. You are going to Yinchorr. Pack your bags, the transport leaves at 0500 tomorrow. Rest up... you are going to need it."

After saluting Xaph, he turned and exited the training room, heading for the Mjolnir. He would escort the transport with this hunter himself, and personally introduce him to the screeners at Yinchorr. He frowned a moment as he approached the massive Acclamator, turning back over his shoulder to gaze at the training center. After a long pause he entered the lander and walked towards the bridge, his face dark.
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