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Photonovel - Rykrof Enloe Chapter 22
« on: February 20, 2008, 10:59:24 PM »
Here is the latest chapter in the Rykrof Enloe series...








The Battle of Geonosis was a bitter victory for the Republic...





...as the prospect of a full scale war with the Confederacy became inevitable.






As the Clone Wars spread throughout the galaxy, millions of clone trooper units departed from Coruscant on missions to find and defeat the Separatists.






They were led into battle by the Jedi Knights; the first time that the Jedi Order had taken up arms en masse for a thousand years...






...and the Grand Army of the Republic engaged the droid army across hundreds of star systems.






Early in the conflict, an ordinary man rose from the ranks of a Coruscant peace officer...






...to lead the Republic to victory in countless battles.






Commander Rykrof Enloe became a name of legend in the officer ranks...






...always standing shoulder to shoulder with his men.






But once captured by Badoo Corba terrorists, all hope for his safe return seemed lost.






While one dear to him relied on faith...






...the other sought strength through the Dark Side of the Force.






But against all odds, Rykrof cheated death, turning the table on his captors...






...and escaped from the clutches of the Badoo Corba!







But the forces of darkness continued to plot against the Republic.







All the while the war continued...






...with no end in sight.











With the Clone Wars stretching the Republic's resources thin, there is a growing sentiment that Naboo has become vulnerable to attack.






At the capital city of Theed, a new day begins.

Tensions have escalated as the threat of a Separatist invasion weighs on the minds of the planet's citizens.






"One Venator-class Star Destroyer is simply not enough protection," Rykrof insists as he exits Theed Palace with Commander Brennan Kiltu, Chommell Sector Bureau Central Commander.
 




"Regardless of what intelligence indicates, I believe Naboo is a prime target for invasion by the Confederacy," he says.

"Rykrof, you're not listening to what I'm telling you," Brennan argues, lowering his voice.






"The Republic can not send additional forces here," he insists.

"I can't go into details, Rykrof, but I have assurances that this planet will not be targeted for an attack."






"Trust me on this.  And I understand your concerns.  This sector is under my watch; I won't allow any planet in the system to go unprotected," Brennan says with a smile.

"Alright," Rykrof bitterly concedes. 






"Rykrof, hey!" a familiar voice hollers as the former commander walks away from the argument.






"What was that all about?" the young man asks.

"Oh, Palom.  Hi.  It's just Commander Kiltu," Rykrof says to the Naboo technician.

"You don't need to get involved."






"Why were you saying there might be an invasion by the Separatists?" he asks.

"If that starts going around, the entire city could go into a panic!"






"Maybe they should..." Rykrof replies in a dark tone.






"...we can't rely on the Republic to provide protection forever," he continues as a pair of clone troopers looks on.

 




"Do me a favor, Palom," Rykrof says before leaving.

"I'm sure it's nothing, but let me know if you notice anything out of the ordinary."






"Of course, Sir," the helpful technician says.






Back at the Enloe homestead, Rykrof explains to his friend Freelo of the potential threat he sees facing the planet.






"I don't believe this," Rykrof grumbles after sipping on some homemade kardrum.

"The Security Council is blind.  After what happened with the Trade Federation invasion, they should realize the need for a larger military."






"You're blowing everything out of proportion!" Freelo exclaims as he throws his arms into the air.

"Commander Kiltu told you that he has assurances that the planet won't be attacked."






"Exactly," Rykrof says.

"Which means he might be hiding something."






"And if he is, I intend to find out what it is, Freelo."

"First thing tomorrow, I'm applying to be reinstated with my command."






- CRASH! - Rykrof is startled by a noise from the other room.

"Aw, damn!" Rykrof curses, jumping out of his seat.

"Freelo, go ahead and get your stuff out to the speeder.  I'll be ready after I clean up this mess."






"Caldin," he scolds his son, "You know better!"






As the toddler smiles at his father, Rykrof tries to hide his frustration over the incident.






He then carefully inspects the model starship for damage, and places the prize of his collection back on display.






Realizing that Caldin was only trying to play, Rykrof can't help but laugh to himself over the mishap.

"It's okay buddy," Rykrof says with a smile. 

"Mommy's right.  After all, they're only toys."






"Only toys?" Alyssa repeats sarcastically as she enters the room.






"Can't get mad at him for taking after his old man," Rykrof laughs.






"I overheard what you were telling Freelo," Alyssa says sadly, changing the subject.






"I haven't made any decision yet," Rykrof admits.

"You don't need to go back into service," Alyssa snaps at him. 






"Honey, I promised Freelo I'd scout with him today," Rykrof says, changing the subject.

"So we'll talk about it tonight, okay?"






Rykrof then finds Freelo outside the homestead.






"This is so exciting!" Freelo exclaims as he turns to his friend.

"I can't believe the Gungans have granted us permission to dig at Otoh Osakaar.  Who knows what relics we will uncover!"






Pretending to sound interested, Rykrof then turns to his loyal friend, Ralbarr.







"Hey, watch over Alyssa and Caldin today for me," Rykrof tells the mighty Wookiee. 

"And try contacting Kala again."







"Ready?" Freelo asks impatiently.

"Yeah, let's get moving," Rykrof says. 







Early that afternoon, Rykrof and Freelo arrive at their destination.






"This is it," Freelo proudly announces.

"The ruins of Osakaar!"






"I can hardly contain myself," Rykrof mumbles.






Soon after, Rykrof finds himself hauling more equipment than he can muster.

"Geeze, how much further do we have to go?" Rykrof gasps.






"I don't know," Freelo says cheerfully.  "We'll know when we get there!"






After finally agreeing on a dig site, Freelo activates his personal assistant droid, RKE-O1G.






"Rykrof, hand me the hydro pliers," Freelo requests as the droid chirps to life.






"Sure, no problem," Rykrof says as he begins to look for the tool.

"What box are..."






"...oomph!"

"Quiet," Freelo whispers.  "You hear those voices?"






"...barely ...but yeah, I hear them too," Rykrof whispers as he scans their surroundings.






"We're not alone," Rykrof says quietly.






"Stay here while I check it out."






Cautiously, Rykrof approaches the origin of the voices...






... to discover a rough looking group of Rodians communicating with a masked warrior.






Realizing immediately that the group of aliens have infiltrated the planet illegally, Rykrof gathers what he can from the conversation.
 





"Boo'ta mees'kay," the warrior says darkly.

"Won bon tune Kiltu ma konsey lo kee tay."

 




"Taun Korba la Kiltu so mee lo peesay," he continues.






A dark, cold chill runs through Rykrof's body as he realizes the masked warrior has mentioned Badoo Corba terrorists and Commander Kiltu in the same sentence.






Rykrof then quickly heads back to the site to find Freelo.






To his surprise, Rykrof stumbles upon a dead Rodian alongside an ATL Interceptor!






"There you are," Freelo says with excitement.






"Freelo, you could have gotten yourself killed," Rykrof says sternly.

"I told you to stay at the dig site."






"But look what I found," Freelo eagerly points out.






"This recording mentions Theed Palace."






"It's a scrambled message ...but I think that might be Commander Kiltu," Rykrof says grimly.







"Why is he on this recording?" Freelo wonders out loud.






"Hey, who's that?" Freelo asks.






Rykrof quickly turns around...






...as the masked warrior from the holo transmission opens fire on him!






"BYAAAAAHHHHH!!!" Freelo screams as he dives out of the way of the laser blast.







"Freelo, get to the speeder, now!" Rykrof yells as he fires back at the warrior.







As Rykrof and Freelo attempt to escape, the warrior begins to pursue them!







"Who are they?" Freelo hollers over the blaster fire while sprinting toward the speeder.






"I don't know!!" Rykrof shouts.

"Just keep moving!"





"Kill them both," the warrior instructs the Rodians. 






"Get in!"

"I'll hold these slugs back!" Rykrof yells as he fires at their pursuers...






...striking one in the chest!







"Hold on Freelo, we're not out of this yet!" Rykrof says.







Meanwhile back at Theed, little do the citizens know of the sinister plot unfolding...






"Rykrof, this is Palom," the technician says into his comm link. 

"Where are you at?"






"I'm with Freelo.  We're about five kilometers southeast of the ancient Gungan site of Osakaar," Rykrof tells him.

"And we've got a major problem on our hands."






"My speeder's been damaged by a group of warriors that might be affiliated with the Badoo Corba; so I need you to send out an armored patrol with two squads to pick us up."

"But keep it quiet ...I think that Commander Kiltu might be connected to all of this!"






"You might be right - something's going on here in the city too," Palom reports.

"Kiltu's called for your arrest..."






"...and he's about to put the capital on lockdown."






"What the hell are you talking about?" Rykrof demands.






"Rykrof, I don't know what's going on!  But I can't send help!" he insists.

"Stay away from here; you'll be arrested on sight!"






"Copy that.  Keep your comlink on, Palom," Rykrof says.






"Is there a problem?" Freelo asks innocently.






Soon, the entire city of Theed is put on lockdown.






"Commander Kiltu," communications trooper NK-28 says as he approaches the senior officer.

"I have Gamma Unit reporting in with Enloe's last known location."






"And where would that be?" Kiltu asks.






"We've located his speeder approximately five point two kilometers southeast of Otoh Osakaar," the patrol trooper reports.






"But there's no sign of him or the Mon Calamari.  By assessing the damage their speeder sustained, the speeder hasn't been here long."






"I want a 20 kilometer radius of the speeder site searched until Rykrof Enloe is arrested," Kiltu demands.






"If he resists..."






"...shoot him."







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Re: Photonovel - Rykrof Enloe Chapter 22
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2008, 01:07:05 AM »
WOW dood looking like William Shatner, the army of Pax Bonkix! Another funny thing was seeing some of what might be going on in the real world coming to life thru your work. Great job, I really really like how you incorporated wave 7.5 in there.
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Re: Photonovel - Rykrof Enloe Chapter 22
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2008, 04:08:38 AM »
I love the Ventor stardestoyer.
A good use of the new rodians and one very entertaining story.
I wonder how many peeps can relate to thier kids playing with "daddy's toys".
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Re: Photonovel - Rykrof Enloe Chapter 22
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2008, 09:45:18 AM »
Another great chapter... good work my friend.

A couple comments about the figures...

Brennan is a very nice looking figure but is it just me or is there something... James Bond about his appearance?

I love the custom rifles on the Commandr Bly figures!

The Alyssa figure looks stellar. But the blue lipstick with her pale complextion makes her look like she's suffocating... LOL!
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Re: Photonovel - Rykrof Enloe Chapter 22
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2008, 12:22:21 PM »
Nicely done once again. I really enjoyed the flashback color rendering vs. the storyboards. Great customs & more importantly the story line continues to be strong.

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Re: Photonovel - Rykrof Enloe Chapter 22
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2008, 11:00:29 PM »
Thanks my friends.  This chapter entailed more sets than I've ever made before so I'm planning on getting some use out of some of these for Chapter 23 as well, which will be titled REVELATIONS.  The plot that began to take shape in this chapter will come full circle in the next chapter (at least I hope).

The scene with the toddler was definitely inspired by my 9-month old son, who already seems to have his eye on my collection. 

As for the rifles on the clones, they aren't customs unfortunately - just McSnowtrooper rifles... and the reason Brennan looks like Jame Bond is because of it being from a Daniel Craig figure (head is from the Golden Compass figure of him)... I kind of liked the color coordination of his outfit, it was meant to have a bit of a James Bond feel to it.

It will probably be a couple months before the next chapter is ready, I still have a couple sets to work on for it and it's getting harder to find time for these, but if there's one thing in the hobby that I think I'll always look forward to, it's working on these.

Thanks for the comments everyone.

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Re: Photonovel - Rykrof Enloe Chapter 22
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2008, 11:18:30 PM »
A couple of months?... oh my!

Well I am sure they will be worth the wait.
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Re: Photonovel - Rykrof Enloe Chapter 22
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2008, 10:54:19 AM »
I really enjoyed this chapter and putting our hobby in the story brings some realism of our lives to your novel.  How/What did you use to make Palom?


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Re: Photonovel - Rykrof Enloe Chapter 22
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2008, 10:04:03 PM »
Yeah, probably a couple months Bloodant... I wish that were't the case, but most of these take a really long time to make, considering there's customs to create, dioramas, the script, etc.  Then I have to find hours to take the pics, then edit them.  The whole process for this chapter easily took 100 or more hours... mostly because of all the sets, like the Enloe homestead.  That took me a long time to make.  The previous 21 chapters that I posted here had already been completed over a 2-year period. 

For chapter 23 though, at least most of the sets are done.  I still have a couple new customs I need to make for it though, and am scratching my head a bit about how I want to present a few things (like Kiltu's treachery).

Glad you like this one Starfox, I always appreciate your feedback. 

Here's more on the custom of Palom -



head - POTF2 Death Star Trooper
helmet - SAGA Naboo Guard
torso - ROTS Count Dooku
chest armor - SAGA Death Star Gunner
arms - ROTS Count Dooku
gloves - ROTS Royal Guard
legs - TAC Kamino Clone

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Re: Photonovel - Rykrof Enloe Chapter 22
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2008, 08:45:20 AM »
thanks for that breakdown Chewie, I really have to learn how to do this kind of stuff


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Re: Photonovel - Rykrof Enloe Chapter 22
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2008, 09:02:19 AM »
pictures no work no more  :'(


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Re: Photonovel - Rykrof Enloe Chapter 22
« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2008, 10:47:53 PM »
Sorry, my bandwidth got exceeded... since I've had FTP issues back and forth (mostly because of my computer) I decided to use my own hosting service... they should be showing now though...

Starfox, pn's are a lot of work, but fun.  If you ever decided to make a series, I'd love to discuss ideas with you.

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Re: Photonovel - Rykrof Enloe Chapter 22
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2008, 05:31:57 AM »
You've kept me glued to my computer as usual, Chewie. I love your Rykrof series!
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Re: Photonovel - Rykrof Enloe Chapter 22
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2008, 06:29:45 PM »
Thanks Simmons... I really enjoy making these.  And I can't wait to get the next chapter posted.

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Re: Photonovel - Rykrof Enloe Chapter 22
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2008, 06:32:02 PM »
We're looking forward to it, it's interesting not just for the story. I like trying to dissect what Justin used to create each scene!  8)
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