Breaking News: The Empire Strikes Basilique!

An Imperial Probe Droid detected on Basilique CCTV early yesterday morning.
An Imperial Probe Droid detected on Basilique CCTV early yesterday morning.

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.

The advancing forces ascend the shore
The advancing forces ascend the shore

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.

A TIE Starfighter swooping in for an attack run
A TIE Starfighter swooping in for an attack run

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).

The Rebels escape to their defensive positions
The Rebels escape to their defensive positions

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.

The invading force emerges from the Lake
The invading force emerges from the Lake

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.

The lone defenders make their last stand
The lone defenders make their last stand

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.

The Piazza is breached
The Piazza is breached

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.

The Dogfight from above
The Dogfight from above

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.

The Dogfight above as seen from the Piazza below
The Dogfight above as seen from the Piazza below

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.

The Attack seen from a fishing boat
The Attack seen from a fishing boat

Encountering much more opposition than expected, the remaining TIE fighters turned-tailed and retreated from the direction they came.

The last of the humbled Imperial Forces retreat.
The last of the humbled Imperial Forces retreat.

Reporting courtesy of HoloNet News (HNN) “The Information Sources For The Republic” with additional referencing from Wookieepedia. To visit the Basilique, follow this SLURL.

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