"Talus did have a small air defense corps, mostly volunteer. This was after Endor. The Headhunter was part of a debt someone owed my dad over some shipping. All legal stuff, my dad my dad never smuggled...except for med supplies and food. Times were tough under the Diktat. Anyhow, he kept it maintained, and taught us all to fly. Me, I loved it. What kid wasn't a pilot nut back then? Anyhow, I was 14, and had just earned the right to solo in this. I'd been begging my parents for weeks to let me take it into orbit, and they agreed, so long as I stayed out of the traffic lanes. So there I was, minding my own business when this bulk freighter jumps out of hyperspace right in front of me. All of a sudden, I'm in the middle of a firefight! Turns out, the freighter was supposed to be a covert resupply for weapons and ordnance for the Coreillian shipyards, and it got jumped by pirates and made a blind jump here, but was followed. They must have thought I was an escort fighter, cuz they went after me in their Uglies. Then a squadron of A-wings enters the fray, and things get even crazier! But in the middle of all this, I hear this voice in my head telling me to relax, to let go." *Lank shrugged, trying to find the right words* " Then everything...slowed down. I felt like I was watching a vid of myself as I starting juking and diving. I saw an A-wing take an ion bolt and was about to be vaped by a TIE-wing. I flipped off the safeties on the lasers and opened fire, taking it out. I clipped one more before one of the A-wings got it. I was never more exhausted in my life when I landed , or scared. I thought my folks were gonna strip the hide off me. And the guy in charge of the Talus Defense force almost did, until the A-wing unit's comander saved my neck. I had saved one of her pilots, so she was returning the favor. I think this is where the sludgenews got the idea, because it was Dorset Konnair who was leading the squad. When she heard my story, she must've contacted the Jedi, because not a week later, there's Kam Solusar asking to test me for Force Sensitivity. From there, it was off to Yavin." Tag: Lissa OOC: Whew! That ws a long one.