A Forgotten Trooper

by SonicTeam34


Chapter 17: Another Adventure

"COVER FIRE!" Strider shouted as he unloaded a round of plasma bolts at the advancing droids.

Matt quickly switched targets, firing at the approaching droid force. "Where did they all come from!?"

Cosmo, who was currently reloading his DC-15S was the only one to answer. "Droid transportation pods, caught us off guard just like that Separatist cruiser!"

Rust dodged a red bolt and fired at a closing in Super Battle Droid, blasting it to the ground. "Doesn't matter where they came from, keep them at bay!"

"Easier said than done!" Trigger stated as he spotted another set of Super Battle Droids approach their position.

The group of clones were currently fending off an army of Super Battle Droids in the main hanger. Most of the other clones had set up other spots to hold the line, but only a few were still in the hanger. One clone who firing next to Strider got up from their cover and unloaded the full magazine of their DC-15S.

A Super Battle Droid quickly ended the clone's assault, shooting the clone square in the chest. Strider quickly shot down the Super Battle Droid with his DC-15A, but another replaced it instantly.

The Super Battle Droids were almost at the clones cover, forcing them to fall back.

"Take cover by those crates!" Rust ordered, diving behind a crate.

Strider abandoned his position and rushed over to a crate. He took cover behind in and began firing again. However, when he looked over the crate, he spotted Cosmo get shot in the back. The trooper fell to the ground instantly, his DC-15S tumbling out of his hand.

"COSMO!" Strider shouted, but the trooper didn't move.

Strider quickly resumed firing at the approaching Super Battle Droids. But he already knew deep in his mind that this fight was already lost. But he also knew that his brothers and himself would not go down without a fight.

With determination flowing through his veins, Strider shot into the group of Super Battle Droids, taking as many as he could to the scrap yard.


Strider's eyes shot open as the memory flooded through his mind. He could still distantly hear his brothers fighting when he got up from where he had been laying in the Gunship and stepped out into the sunlight.

"Blasted clankers, I hope the rest of the crew was able to get off the---" Strider trailed off as he spotted a thick black wave of smoke float through the sky, encasing any clouds it touched into darkness.

"What in the world is making that." Strider muttered under his breath as he looked at the thick smoke.

The Trooper went over to a crate and fished out a pair of Macro Binoculars. He flipped them on and looked up at the smoke trail. He followed the trail to what seemed to be the source, the source being a cave on top of a really high mountain.

Strider lowered the Macro Binoculars, looking at the mountain normally now. It was much taller than the mountains surrounding it, almost breaking cloud level.

"Strange, wonder what's up there." Strider said to himself, staring at the mountain.

The Trooper turned around and walked over towards Fluttershy's cottage, only to see Fluttershy wearing several inflated objects, a blue helmet, and what looked like a red vest. She was also slightly trembling in place.

Strider went over to the shaky pegasus, confused as to what she was wearing and why she was wearing it.

"Uh, Fluttershy? What is all that?" Strider asked, looking at the makeshift suit.

"I-It's armor for the journey t-to the m-mountain." Fluttershy claimed.

Strider had to take a few seconds to register what the mare had just said. Once he had, it still rocked his brain.

"Armor, that's supposed to be armor?" Strider questioned.

Fluttershy nodded, looking at her makeshift armor.

"That's not gonna protect you from a pebble. If anything, it's just gonna slow you down." Strider stated.

"O-Oh," Fluttershy mumbled.

"Also, why are you gonna go up to that mountain?" Strider asked.

"W-Well T-Twilight wants us t-to g-go a-and," Strider put a finger over her muzzle, silencing her.

"Twilight wants to figure out whats causing that smoke?" He finished.

Fluttershy nodded.

"Well then, that armor ain't gonna do anything but make it harder to climb." Strider exclaimed.

Fluttershy said something that might have been an ok, but Strider couldn't hear it due to her basically whispering it. Then, she went back into the cottage. After a few minutes, Fluttershy came out with the 'armor' removed. However, her testimony had caused Strider to start wondering.

Strider was curious about what was causing that smoke, and if Fluttershy was going to go, then he might as well. Not to mention the fact that Fluttershy seemed to be scared stiff about going.

"Tell you what, i'll come with you up the mountain." Strider stated.

"N-No, you h-have y-your ship to w-work on. I shouldn't take away your time." Fluttershy exclaimed.

"The ship isn't going anywhere, besides, i'm interested in what's causing that smoke." Strider insisted.

"O-Oh, the smoke i-is b-being caused by a-a, d-dragon." Fluttershy stammered.

Strider's eyes widened at that statement. He could place bets that the dragon up in that mountain wasn't anything like Spike. He had heard stories about Krayt Dragon from a few of his brothers, but he hadn't seen one in the flesh, or scales.

"W-Well, if you want to." Fluttershy said quietly.

"I just need to grab some supplies for dragon hunting." Strider said bluntly.

Fluttershy's eyes widened at the word hunting. "N-No! Even if it is a d-dragon, it s-shouldn't be hurt because of something it naturally does." She insisted.

Strider wanted to argue, but instead just sighed under his helmet. He had forgotten for a second the fact that this planet has almost zero violence that he knows of.

"I'm at least bringing a DC-15S." Strider muttered.


Strider and Fluttershy walked through town towards the tree library, also known as the Golden Oaks Library apparently. The two quickly spotted the rest of the group standing out in the front of the library with saddlebags on. Well, except Rainbow Dash. It didn't take long before the group gave confused looks at Strider.

"Strider, what are you doing here?" Twilight asked.

"I've been told that a Dragon is the cause of all that smoke. I'd like to follow you up there and make sure that you don't end up getting burned up by that--" Strider cut himself off as he noticed Fluttershy trembling rapidly. "and i'll shut up about that."

Twilight looked over to her friends, who returned her confused gaze, then back to Strider.

"Ok, you can follow if you want." Twilight proclaimed.


Strider soon found himself once again marching with the six ponies. After a few short minutes of walking, the group found themselves at the base of the mountain.

A very steep mountain.

"Uh, how are we supposed to get to the top?" Strider questioned, looking at how steep the mountain was.

"We climb." Twilight stated bluntly.

"The surface of the mountain is way to smooth and steep to---" Strider trailed off as he watched Applejack climb up a little effortlessly.

Applejack was then followed by Pinkie Pie, then Rarity, then Twilight.

"climb..." Strider finished, before mentally slapping himself in the face.

These creatures were ponies. Ponies have hooves. Hooves can go up steeper slopes and inclines then human feet. Strider was about to fire a cable for him to climb up with, but remembered that the cable attachment was to the DC-15A that had been broken in half.

Strider looked around the surface of the area for any nooks or crannies for him to climb on. He spotted a chunk of rock sticking out and grabbed it. He used the rock to pull himself up and to a crack, which he used to pull himself up again.

For the ponies next to him, this would be a piece of cake, but for Strider, it was like back on Kamino at the training wall. The only difference was that there were no practice droids shooting at him. But he had taken on worse, so he soon ended up side by side with the group once again.

However, when he went to reach for another ledge, he quickly ran into a problem. The DC-15S he was carrying was badly restricting his climbing. He looked over to see Rainbow Dash, who was using her wings to fly while her empty hooves were crossed.

"Rainbow Dash, think you can hold this until we get to a path?" Strider asked, extending his hand with the blaster out towards the pegasus.

Rainbow Dash eyed the blaster similar to how Angel Bunny had the first time they saw it, before grinning.

"Sure." Rainbow said, taking the blaster.

Rainbow Dash didn't see it, but under Strider's helmet, he was grinning to. Did she really think that he would give her a DC-15S that could shoot? That's what the safety switch is for. Strider also didn't have to guess that the pegasus didn't know about the switch, so that blaster wasn't shooting a single bolt until it was back in his hands.

However, before the group could start climbing higher, Twilight took notice of an absent Fluttershy. The group looked down to see the pegasus hiding in a bush at the base of the mountain.

"Fluttershy? Come on, we have to get moving!" Twilight exclaimed.

"I-I know, b-but that cliff is so, steep." Fluttershy stated.

Rainbow Dash sighed. "It's a cliff, it's supposed to be steep. Just use your wings."

"O-Ok." Fluttershy mumbled, stepping out of the bush.

Fluttershy outstretched her wings and tried to fly up, but a loud snore from the dragon above, caused her to freeze up. Her wings folded in on themselves, causing Fluttershy to fall back into the bush.

"You alright?" Strider questioned, letting himself slide down the mountain and landed back on the ground.

Fluttershy poked her head out from the bush and took a look around, before ducking back into the bush as the dragon snored again.

"Fluttershy?" Strider called out, leaning over the bush.

The pegasus was nowhere to be seen from where he was looking in the bush.

Strider put a hand on his helmet, thinking to himself. An idea quickly popped into his head and he leaned down next to the bush.

"I've got an idea, you can just ride on my back until we find a path on the mountain." Strider exclaimed.

Fluttershy poked her head out of the bush again, looking right at Strider's helmet.

"Y-You would do that?" Fluttershy asked.

Strider nodded. With that, she got out of the bush and looked up at the mountain. As gently as she could, Fluttershy got onto Strider's back, wrapping her forehooves around Strider's neck.

Just as Strider assumed, Fluttershy didn't weigh as much as he thought. He could still climb, but it wouldn't be as easy as before.

The Trooper went back to the side of the cliff and began climbing once again.