Day 367--Clone Wars--The Chaykin Cluster
Ghost Ship Recon
Access Aft Data Core
As soon as you hit the ground, start making your way into the ship. Along the port exhaust that you've landed in, you'll find a small room with a hackable terminal. If you slice through it, you'll open the exhaust vent completely, giving you access to the interior of the ship, as well as revealing--Mynocks? You have to say it like Princess Leia does over and over again, until the word connotes things deeply mysterious. Try it; it's fun!
After 38 makes the dubious claim that the Mynocks can somehow damage the ship to where it "won't be worth its weight in scrap," start making your way into the belly of the ship. You'll eventually come to a darkened vent that you'll have to crawl into. Note Fixer's use of the term "frelling" in his communication to you--someone at LucasArts is apparently a Farscape fan. Things are going to start going wrong for your squad pretty quickly here, but there isn't much you can do about it beyond continue moving forward. You'll eventually come to a trooper who'll open another vent for you, just before he meets an untimely end--apparently there are mechanical killer drones on board. Fun.
After the commando opens the vent for you, crawl through and activate your nightvision. You're going to meet up with your first drones here, and annoying little buggers they are, too. They fly, for one thing, so you'll need to keep an eye on the sky to prevent any of them from getting the drop on you. When they attack from a distance, they'll use a cutting beam that will quickly drain your shields. It's not so powerful against your health, but can still be a nuisance when more than one or two are focusing on you. They'll also come in for a kamikaze attack when they've taken enough damage, or can attach to your helmet like a good little headcrab and damage you from close range. They're going to be pretty annoying if you're playing on the Xbox with auto-aim off, but they can't take too much damage, so if you can get a few blaster bolts into their side, they'll go down without a fight. It's easiest to do this when you can spot them while they're attached to the wiring and shoot them before they come off, but they can be difficult to spot in the dark due to the poor contrast of the nightvision visor.
Don't worry too much about damage here, as you'll come to a bacta dispenser as soon as you get out of the vent. Unfortunately, you'll have to slice through a terminal to pass through the droid access corridor, but beginning the slice will spawn in three of the drones, and they can quickly kill you if you don't get rid of them immediately. We found it helpful to just blast them with an anti-armor round as soon as they appeared, but a grenade will likely work just as well. When they're down, hack into the console to open the droid access corridor and move on.
Find Delta 07
Delta 07 is in the starboard data core, but as soon as you spot him, he'll be taken down by Trandoshans, of all things. We could've sworn that Bossk was taller than these guys, but they're still pretty fiercesome for short dudes, as their treatment of 07 will attest to. He'll probably be all right--probably--but you're still going to want to get to his position ASAP.
Access Starboard Data Core
To begin with, another droid access corridor is located near the viewport, so head in and duck underneath it to move on. Trandoshans will be coming down the hall after you, and you don't want to have to deal with them in tight surroundings like this, so just ignore them and get moving; they won't be able to follow you into the access corridor. There is one drone within the corridor, as well as another one outside the exit, but taken solo, they shouldn't be much of a problem for you.
Another drone will be attached to the ceiling as you walk down the corridor, so look around when your visor goes fuzzy and blast it. Further down the hall, you'll be surprised to encounter more Trandoshans, of the knife-wielding variety; apparently they're able to overtake a heavily armed Republic warship, but can't be bothered to pack small arms for keeping the ship under control. They move more quickly than you can backpedal, but doing so will give you more time to fire on them before you need to use your melee attack, so do so.
Two more Trans will attack as you head down the ramp, so kill them quickly before heading further down the ramp for a resupply of Thermals and blaster ammo, then move on. After another droid access corridor, you'll come to a shotgun-wielding Trandoshan. At close range, these weapons can put a severe hurting on you, so whenever possible, try to take these guys down from a distance. You won't be able to grab one of these weapons--yet--so keep moving on until you spot a pair of troopers getting taken out by a mine. In order to disable any of these that you see, you'll need to crouch until you get right next to them, then hit your use key to dislodge the mine. A mine that can only detect things taller than four feet? Brilliant!
Anyway, beyond this corridor is the starboard data core, although 07 is nowhere to be found. You'll finally gain access to a bacta dispenser here, so grab a heal from it, then save your game before heading up the ramp.
The game here doesn't even have the decency to let you start your slice before sending in the clowns; as soon as you reach the top of one of the ramps, two scavenger droids will pop in from the ceiling and a gaggle of shotgun-wielding Trandoshans will blast through the far door. On hard mode, you can die in a couple of seconds from the combined fire of these guys, so your best bet for survival is to immediately backtrack into the corridor you just came from and use the doorway there for cover while you start dispatching your enemies. Keep in mind that a single sniper round to the head of a Trandoshan will end its adventure in piracy immediately. Sniper rounds are also decent one-shot kills when used on the droids, but they'll obviously be a bit tougher to hit due to the way they bob and weave.
Anyway, after you take down six or eight Trandoshans, and the pair of droids, you'll be able to slice the core here unmolested and retrieve the data that you're looking for. There's still another data core that you need to access, though, so no rest for the weary.