An Imperial probe droid noticed on Basilique CCTV cameras on the morning of September 29th was the first hint of the impending attack. These units, often dispatched to gather information from rebel locations, report anything of significance as defined by specific preprogrammed protocols. Not long after cameras detected the probe, the unit is believed to have initiated a self-destruction mechanism to avoid recovery.
Later that evening there was a strong wind blowing the clouds in an easterly direction. As they parted, what looked like a small swarm of bats appeared in the distance. Within seconds, townspeople realised that the bats were in fact a squadron of TIE Fighters looming ominously over the horizon and heading straight for the town of Basilique.
Five All Terrain Scout Transport (AT-ST) units were seen emerging from the Lake. These bipedal walkers slowly walked towards the landing point, followed closely by three All Terrain Armoured Transport (AT-AT) walkers (likely full of Imperial Stormtroopers).
It was then that messages began to pop up everywhere: “TIE fighters incoming.” “Landing craft approaching.” One after the other they followed as citizens ran for defensive positions. These were the last reports advanced observation posts could send, before they were overwhelmed. The townspeople found it impossible to get a clear idea of what was happening. Wireless communications were jammed, the cables were cut and security officers lost grasp of the situation.
Barely making it half way up through the square, this pair of townsfolk were unable to reach shelter before the amphibious assault force crested the dock and entered the Piazza Escalus through Via Veneto. It was then that others they began firing their guns as best they could.
Fortunately for them, Via Veneto forced the funneling of the first two AT-STs. This allowed defensive forces to halt their progress with suppressing fire. Slowed, but unimpeded, the AT-STs broke through the narrow passage and into the square, followed closely by the first AT-AT.
In the middle of this turmoil, one could hear the skies above the town fill with the engines of X-wing fighters and the whizzing of the TIE Fighters.
Even the Millennium Falcon was sighted providing much-needed cover to the Alliance forces defending the besieged town. An aerial dogfight ensued, resulting in the tragic loss of two X-wing star fighters, their pilots and R2 units. Six of the enemy’s attacking force was downed.
Making their last stand in the centre of the Piazza, the rebels managed to buckle the onslaught against overwhelming odds, fortunate that the AT-AT became stuck between Via Veneto, requiring it to retreat, and fall hopelessly back into the lake.
Encountering much more opposition than expected, the remaining TIE fighters turned-tailed and retreated from the direction they came.