IC Ethan Malek, Ianna Mcear, Amber Tehanis Kayn Balzroth On Board Valkyria Ianna looked over smiling to Ethan, at least they has someone on their side. Two somebodies, they could of had three, but, she failed. Her boots shuffled against the deck of the Valkyria, still recalling the anger, and vitriol she directed towards Max. She still felt she was right, that she held the moral high ground but, it still didn't feel good. Her insides were all knotted up. If they failed it would be blood on her hands, cold blood on her hands. She would be a murderer. Her smile returned as they walked with Ethan over to the quiet woman with bright red hair. Amber had been reading the mission parameters again when a shadow was cast over her and her data pad. She looked up to see Ethan and the young woman he'd been with in the pilots lounge. "Just reading the mission briefing." she said with a forced smile, this was an expression she'd have to learn to use better. "Well, we won't need that too much." the younger woman said in a whisper, smile on her face. Maybe a little less forced than the other woman's but, still a little put on. Dumping her datapad onto her duffel, Amber stood and put her hand out. "Amber Tehanis". She stated simply to the young woman who looked to be a very similar age to herself. Lowering her voice she added, "We still need the parameters and details. And I've not seen Kayn, so I have no idea if he has been able to help." She thought back and it crossed her mind he might not want to help or maybe didn't even understand her request and thought it exactly what he suggested. That alone was a scary thought. "I hope we can trust him," Ethan said quietly. He didn´t know much about Kayn and had no idea how Amber had convinced him to help them with their plan, which made Ethan nervous. And there was something else that worried him. "We need a safe way of communicating with each other. You two are amongst the guests, Kayn with the entertainers and I´m with the staff most likely in the kitchen. Not sure if we can take coms with us and even if there is a chance the other squadmembers and our commanders will be listening. So we should use codes, or if coms are unavailable look for a different way to stay in contact." "Like what?" she was unsure as to what he meant, and he was right. The entire plan relied on Kayn's involvement. If he was out, this was a bust. Ethan kept silent for a moment, thinking. Then he said slowly, "maybe if that entertainment that Kayn happens to be a band. Maybe we could time the moment of our strike with a certain song. If they play it loud enough we all would hear it and be able to act together." It was an unconventional plan he knew, and it would force them to rely even more on Kayn but it was something that probably neither the imperials nor their superiors would think of. Amber frowned, the plan was once again relying on the one unreliable member of this group. First they had to hope he could access the gasses, second they had to rely on him to change the explosives out for the gas bombs, and third for him to play a particular song. She bit her lip, "I don't mean to sound negative, but that's an awful lot on Kayn when we don't even know if he's on board for sure." Ianna was about to introduce herself when the pair started talking about how to send the signal, and how much they were putting on Kayn...who was that again? They started talking around they young woman as if she knew what the plan was. She thought she did then they started talking about gas bombs. Wait that wasn't.... "Someone want to tell me what the plan is?" she asked in a confused whisper. "I thought we were just going to start a fire and walk out in the evacuation." She pulled out the borrowed lighter to drive her point home. Amber let her mouth drop open, it'd not occurred to her that Ethan hadn't shared their plan! "I'm sorry!!" She glanced at the older man, "You didn't tell her?" Ethan threw a glance at Amber, "Didn't have the time, yet." Then he turned towards Ianna. "Sorry for not telling you, but I thought we would go through our plan again once Kayn is here." He made a pause before he continued. "Amber suggested that just starting a fire might not have much of an impact. The imperials could easily get it under control and if there is a controlled evacuation our squad mates might still throw their bombs into the crowd. So Amber brought forth the idea of us using smoke bombs to create a panic and a chaos for us and the imperials to flee." The young woman's face soured a little, she felt like the last to know everything. Again her plan was torn apart but, at least something else, that didn't involve mass murder was put forward. She could take some solace in that. "It wasn't just one fire." she muttered to herself. She thought a bit more about the plan, and it seemed that they were relying on Kyan to bring the materials and now possibly be the signal to start the ball rolling. Though there was some clear worry about making him the linchpin in the plan. "Well, if we can find some stuff at this station we might be able to make it ourselves." She leaned in closer to Amber, looking at the datapad on her duffel. "You think you can look up how to make smoke bombs?" She knew about using the holo-net to find information, not that she did that. She wasn't the most literate when it came to technology. She also didn't have a datapad. "I'm sure there has to be a way to make it out of stuff we can find. Don't need to worry about Meanie bringing the stuff." She thought for a little longer. "We could demand to speak to the cook, or throw something on the nearest waiter's clothes so that when they go back to the kitchen it's clear what happened. That way if Ethan is in the back he gets the message." Amber frowned slightly, smoke bombs? She thought. Was he purposely not telling her the whole truth? She continued to listen as she realised that maybe he had done it intentionally. Ianna seemed very intent on no-one getting hurt, and there was no way that was going to happen. When she mentioned looking up construction of said bombs, she gave a slow nod. "Yeah, I can do that." She said, giving Ethan a knowing look. "I actually think Kayn, Zera and.....I don't know his name, the caterpillar? Are in the cargo hold, going over things with the Mando. At least he's getting a good look at what they've got and what needs to be done to them." When Ianna went on to suggest a way to give a signal by making a mess, once again she gave short nod. Making a mess is something she did without even really trying these days. She bent down and picked up her data pa while Ianna spoke, wondering if looking up the instructions to make such a bomb were even needed and if she found that on the holonet, could it be traced? Could it jeopardize the entire operation? " I have to ask, is me looking this stuff up on the holonet going to be dangerous? I mean, the net is not private, not safe. The Empire could be tracking anyone looking up weapon construction." A smile bloomed on Ianna's face as Amber reached for her datapad. It finally felt like things were going their way. However it wouldn't be a conversation involving her if there wasn't complication after complication. The Empire tracking them. She had no idea if they could or not, it was possible but, how many searches are done on the holo-net, could they really track down everyone that looked up smoke bombs? They were juvenile pranks at best not weapons of war. There was that word again juvenile, it seemed everything she thought of was childish and by implication stupid. "I don't, computers aren't really my strong suit but, once we get in motion they won't have a good trace on us right?" she looked to Ethan for some validation or at the very least a second opinion on her idea. "There are probably parts of the holonet that the empire is watching and were they might even be able to track us down. I still have some old imperial codes which could give us a greater access to the holonet but the codes might be out of date by now and could lead the empire on our track. Though there are pages that might be not as suspicious, smoke bombs and other non lethal means are standard bounty hunter equipment and there are certainly guides on creating them on bounty hunter pages. If we look them up there it shouldn't cause suspicion." Once again Amber frowned slightly, he's still talking about smoke bombs and really wants me to look up their construction. Had his ideas changed? From the start she'd been talking gas, not smoke. Smoke would only cause panic, gas would hinder and harm somewhat but not kill. He did say 'other non lethal' so many be was on the same page and just covering to protect Ianna? Right now she was very confused and her only response was . "O..K."Somehow she needed to find out what he meant without her around and now was not that time. "I can look this stuff up in a bit, but I won't be digging deep as that will alert someone, somewhere. Dumping the data pad down she straightened up to see Kayn approaching. Kayn had woven through the Sheep aboard the Valkyria, looking for the conspirators. There they were, huddled together, casually working at not seeming furtive. He slipped into their group. "Lots of people in a small ship. Mind if I join you? I could use some peace and quiet, and this group looks quiet." He turned to Amber and lowered his voice, Amber instinctively felt her defences kick in as she lifted her chin in a very small act of defiance. "If you were serious about what you suggested in the brig, you have the wrong guy. I have no idea how to get that stuff. But if you want to tweak the plan a little, I have a suggestion. We're all going to have bombs, bombs that have dead-man switches. If you arm it and drop it, boom. So how about this: at the opportune moment, we grab our bombs, hold them up, and yell, Dead-man switch! Anybody attacks us, we all die! Then we'll round up all the VIPs, call for extraction, and kidnap the whole lot. If these people are important enough to be worth murdering, they've got to be worth interrogating. If we can pull that off, the Empire will still lose all these dangerous leaders, plus we get the bonus of picking their brains at our leisure. "And here's the clever part of the plan. All the Sheep in Imp uniforms stay in uniform and in character, we'll round them up with all the real Imps, and then we'll have undercover assets among the prisoners. If the bad guys try to escape or fight back, our people will be right there to stop them. And if they can keep their cover, they can even milk the bad guys for intel. "So that's what I think we should do. If y'all like the plan, spread it around to the others. I'm not the most popular person in the Sheep, so it might be better coming from someone other than me. Think about it, all right?" She listened and pursed her lip to think for a moment. "Bigger risk of dying, and you like that risk, not all of us do. Having said that, the fact it's your plan irks me, but I like it." she conceded. "But right now the Captain wants to see me in the Cockpit, before you ask, I have no idea why. Told him I'd be there in a minute and it's been longer than that, better go. A part of her was very glad now that the plan was clearer and relied so much less on one person to pull it off. She was mildly surprised he was unable to access those items, a smile touched her lips as she thought not as clever as you think then? "So yet another plan?" Ethan said quietly to Ianna. He knew now that Kayn had made it clear he wouldn't be able to get them the non lethal bombs they needed it was unlikely they could still follow their current plan. These non lethal bombs were pretty expensive on the black market and creating them without any real knowledge was extremely dangerous."But," he continued towards Ianna. "It's probably either that or back to our original plan of starting a fire." He made a pause, unwilling to make another suggestion. Max words came to his mind, haunting him about the Grappler. His plan had failed that day and many good soldiers had died because of him, because he assumed command and made the wrong decision. "You are the one who first suggested doing this non lethally." He gave Ianna a questioning look. "I will support you whatever you decide." Ianna was quiet, for a while Meanie just showed up and said he couldn't get a hold of what they needed. They could just make their own right? But, Amber was worried about getting caught, about the Empire finding them. Though the horned humanoid put down one plan he offered another one that made her spine shiver. It sounded like the plan she'd thrown away with only second thought, the 'Republic Forever' plan. The question was could they pull it off with just themselves. With her conversation with Max, it seemed everyone was set in their ways. They wouldn't join their plan of that she was sure. The issue would be convincing their comrades that they would detonate, that they would kill everyone rebel and imp if it came to it. I don't know," she shook her head, "I mean, Meanie's plan could work but, we'd need everyone else to go along with it, and they won't...they just won't. Though is there a chance that we could do it ourselves? But, I don't think we can control the whole party with just the four of us. And if we did pull it off could the people we want fit on this ship?" She just didn't know, her head was swimming, her mind trying to find the right path out of this mess and it just wasn't coming. Her face soured in thought, too much going on, too much to keep track of, and she just couldn't. All she knew was that she wanted no one to die. She pulled out the lighter flicking the top, if they wanted to go through with Operation: Fire Starter, it would have to come early, almost as soon as they arrived, to at the very least pre-empt anyone else's plans. "Ok, maybe we don't just start a small fire. Maybe we try to burn the whole place down, make them have to cancel the event. I don't know how we do that...other than running around like crazy people setting fires wherever we go. Maybe use some cooking oil or grease or something from the kitchen, I might be able to use the alcohol to get the flames burning faster. But, then I don't know if we can get out without anyone dying." Another shake of her head. "I just don't know. But, I do know that whatever we do, we do it as soon as possible. Don't give the others time to prepare." TAG Anyone who wants to interrupt this nest!