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  1. Corellian_Outrider

    Corellian_Outrider Admin FF | Curator: Art&RPF | Oceania RSA | CR NSW star 6 Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 9, 2002
    IC: Colonel Wullf Yularen
    Location: Coruscant - Senate Building - Approaching the Senate Atrium

    Yularen thought it be more tactful to escort the Nabooian Queen via the 'scenic route' once they alighted from the turbo lift. Between the many arches and columns, they could see the array of dancers performing at the central seal, the rest of the guests circled around, either watching on or taking a partner and joining in. He smiled inwardly upon seeing the two central figures leading the charge.

    His comlink chirped. He slowed their pace as he answered the call.


    He heard Agent Varik's voice on the other end.

    "Colonel Yularen, there appears to be an incident that has arisen, brought to my attention by one of the Inquisitors and... The Emperor, if you can believe it. I ran into them on my way to you."

    "I see." Yularen paused. Before he could ask for the details, another voice came over the Agent's comlink.

    “Colonel, your agent has taken some initiative, in bringing this matter to your notice. I have been alerted by Inquisitor Seventh Sister that there is another fire to put out. It seems an Inquisitor is pursuing a suspected Force adept in the Marais District Maglev station market, creating what has been termed a ‘riot.’ I want the ISB to take command of the Inquisitorius. I am suspending their mandate and consequently, Order 66, effective immediately! I have deputed Inquisitor Seventh Sister to select two inquisitors to coordinate with ISB to bring the inquisitor in with one to remain to track the Force adept - that is to track only and report.”

    A reflex twitch of his moustache. There was a lot of meaning with the gesture of the ISB taking command of the Inquisitorius. One would call it passing of the mantle, however, the reality of the situation is that it made sense to have someone overseeing all aspects relating directly and indirectly to the evening's festivities to ensure a clear chain of command and orders to be carried out with minimum confusion. Yet, the weigh was not lost on the Colonel.

    "Of course. For the safety of those concerned, it will be handled deftly, your Majesty."

    At the corner of his eye, he saw Sabé smirk, oblivious to what was said on the com but none the less found something amusing about the interruption.

    The voice on the other end returned to Agent Varik. "I await your orders, Colonel. It is my privilege to serve, in whatever capacity."

    "Since you all are there, you all may as well hear it from me rather than relayed." Yularen paused for a second to collect his thoughts and for Agent Varik, the Seventh Sister and the Emperor to be in position to listen.

    "I'll dispatch a team to the location and have them coordinate with the assets there. Seventh Sister, you best inform your… sibling at Marais Station, to inform them of your new mandate, to await ISB to be on site and report to them. In the meantime…"

    Yularen glanced to the centre of the atrium, working his jaw to say the next part of what will have to be done.

    "In the meantime, unless His Majesty objects, I'll arrange for my administrative staff, along with a guard contingent to lock down the Inquisitorius offices. They will start the transfer and archiving of Inquisitorius files. All Inquisitors, staff and satellite offices will report to the ISB daily. Coruscant time, 0600 until we get this squared away. For now, Seventh Sister, and the other two Inquisitors attending this evening are to remain at their reception posts. Agent Varik, you will be their point commander for the evening. If this meets with his Majesty's approval and he has no further details to relay, I will put the ball into motion straight away."

    TAG: Emperor, Seventh Sister and Agent Rahara Varik
  2. WarmNyota_SweetAyesha

    WarmNyota_SweetAyesha Game Host star 7 VIP - Game Host

    Aug 31, 2004
    IC: Agent Rahara Varik, Senate Building

    Rahara was amazed all over again at the concise, organized way that Colonel Yularen absorbed the new situation and got everything situated and streamlined.
    He said over her commlink: "Agent Varik, you will be their point commander for the evening. If this meets with his Majesty's approval and he has no further details to relay, I will put the ball into motion straight away."

    Rahara waited, poised to hear what the Emperor would say to the Colonel's response, ready to incorporate that into her ever-fluid plan of action.

    Tag for @Corellian_Outrider \ @pashatemur
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  3. pashatemur

    pashatemur Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Jun 21, 2004
    IC: Emperor Vader, Inquisitor 7th Sister
    LOCATION: Senate VIP Lift Lobby

    7th Sister blinked. Struggling against the realization that dawned, she looked down at the carpet and uncurled her toes. “...Suspending Order 66?” “Resending the mandate" of the Inquisitors? Right now! Not next session of the Senate or next year, not next week, but now!

    What was ...what was all the bending, the sacrifice, the pain, the loss, for what had endured, swallowed the poison promise of rising to power as an apprentice? Her hand flexed at her right side, fingers brushing the silk of her gown with her fingertips, but feeling the unnatural solidness of the mechno-prosthetic underneath, sublimated the rage and conflict inside. For the first time since presenting herself voluntarily at the Inquisitorius, 7th was overwhelmed with grief, but her heart stiffened, caged within her chest.

    Wasn’t this that for which she had fervently prayed as she ran from shadow to shadow, until alone and numb with fear, she could resist no longer. She was a Padawan several years from her trials the dark night her world ended. She hid in the dank lower levels of Coruscant, far from light and far from government center, half-way around the planet. There was overwhelming need everywhere she ran. At first she did what she could for those who would harbor her or keep her secret, but she only endangered them. Moving constantly, she heard about a woman with a long yellow braid who helped care for the destitute. Some said she was a witch, and was likely a Jedi.

    Many such stories told of other Jedi hiding on Coruscant, none could be found. That was when 7th Sister still hoped, still believed, when she was called Oskure Volent. That was before Vader, and his “lessons.” Slowly, her eyes rose to find the Emperor’s gaze upon her.

    Anakin sensed 7th Sister’s struggle. Her anger was to be expected and he’d been bracing for what he knew was to come, since he stood before the kneeling stormtroopers on the fiery wastes of Kalee. She, like all the inquisitors, was a lethal assassin and whom he had trained well. She could go rogue, as could they all. They needed a new endeavour and they needed to adapt, or-they must adapt!

    The Emperor took a deep breath, noted that 7th, or rather Oskure, nearly trembled. So he spoke to her gently, his look softening a bit, “This journey has required many sacrifices, Oskure. The wind has changed, the terrain is unknown. I am not a god. I am subject to time as are you, but what I may restore, I shall,” he said resolutely. “What I’ve conveyed to you, you will disclose only to those who are needed to accomplish the tasks of quelling the disturbance at the Marais station and the change of command for the Inquisitorius. Whoever must be informed, is to keep these changes to themselves until I give public notice of them. The news will travel fast, but we’ll do what we can to keep this on slow burn. So! Colonel Yularen, I will further discuss these changes with you tomorrow. I approve of your plans and you are free to proceed."

    Catching Rahara's gaze, Anakin spoke, in aside to her, "Agent Varik, this is Oskure Volent whom you know as 7th Sister. The two of you will stay in communication through the evening and beyond until further notice.”

    Anakin was about to close the conversation, turning to glance out into the Atrium, but turned again to Varik, and spoke once more, stepping close to the comm in the young Agent’s hand. “ more thing, Colonel. Trust has been too long maligned. I find myself remembering a time when we both trusted a mutual comrade. It took time to gum up what otherwise was a fairly dependable co-operation. Looking back, I know how we both were 'played.' Something to think about.”

    It was a bittersweet moment, recalling Kenobi. Anakin bowed his head for a moment and studied the far wall before adding as a coda, “Well, Admiral,” and he smiled at his mistake, “you have a lot on your plate. I’ll let you get to it. Skywalker, out!”

    He looked to the inquisitor and to Agent Varik, “Thank you, Agent...Varik. Oskure!” He nodded to both and swiftly made his way through to the Atrium.

    TAG: Colonel Yularen and ISB Agent Rahara Varik
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2019
  4. WarmNyota_SweetAyesha

    WarmNyota_SweetAyesha Game Host star 7 VIP - Game Host

    Aug 31, 2004
    IC: Rahara Varik in the VIP Lift Lobby

    Catching Rahara's gaze, the Emperor spoke, "Agent Varik, this is Oskure Volent whom you know as 7th Sister. The two of you will stay in communication through the evening and beyond until further notice.”

    After a brief parting exchange with Colonel Yularen, he looked to the inquisitor and to Rahara, “Thank you, Agent...Varik. Oskure!”

    He nodded to both and made his way through to the Atrium.

    Rahara resolved to be cooperative with the new setup; whether the former Inquisitors went along or put obstacles in their own path would remain to be seen.

    She gave the Inquisitor a long scrutinizing look and moved to the nearest lift.
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  5. pashatemur

    pashatemur Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Jun 21, 2004

    IC: Inquisitor 7th Sister/aka, Padawan Oskure Volent

    LOCATION: Senate VIP Lift Lobby

    Oskure stood, hand splayed over hip, took a deep breath, and lifted her chin to nod at the ISB Agent as Varik headed for a lift. “Where are you going, pray tell? If you’re headed for the reception, you’ve only to follow Lord Vad-His Majesty. Besides, don’t I need your comm code, if we’re to be ‘besties?’” Then she added, "Oh dear! Here comes trouble!" taunting in a sarcastic stage whisper, as she dropped her arm and menaced with a crooked smile.

    TAG: Agent Varik
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2019
  6. WarmNyota_SweetAyesha

    WarmNyota_SweetAyesha Game Host star 7 VIP - Game Host

    Aug 31, 2004
    IC: Agent Varik -- VIP Lobby

    Rahara blushed. Her mind had been rushing ahead to her anticipated meeting with the Commissar, so she'd forgotten about the technicalities.

    "Yes," She said in answer to Inquisitor Volent's mention of the comm code, "Let me give you my contact information." She dug into the elegant bag she had over one shoulder and drew out a identchip. As an ISB agent, she had several, some authentic, others false.

    She handed it to the Inquisitor and heard her say: Here comes trouble!"

    Rahara glanced to where she indicated, hoping to get a glimpse of who or what was approaching.

    Looked like their teamwork was about to be put to the test...?
    TAG for 7th Sister/Inquisitor Volent
  7. pashatemur

    pashatemur Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Jun 21, 2004
    IC: Dr Meril Blanik, B0b - a medi-droid, and Se'Iva - Dominant of the Cha'ala
    Location: above Selonia aboard the Icarus-the medbay

    Ariek’s chiming roused the doctor from her work. Without lifting her eyes from her monitor she called, “B0b!” Dr. Blanik’s medidroid and assistant had answered, his yellow painted lozenge shaped head swiveling round to gain her attention. “It’s Captain Kaylee. Ariek says she’s called for an update on Miss Se’Iva’s condition.”

    Meril gave an audible sigh before reaching to open the transmission in the small, dark office “nook” the doctor had allowed herself. Only a heavy opaque plastic curtain apportioned the corner off from the long medical bay, where patients lay in convalescents. Many of the beds were still occupied with injured from the attack the Icarus had survived only a few days prior.

    Meril combed her short hair back from about her face and shoulders and cleared her throat. Ariek had been all business and an able captain in Kaylee’s absence, the Captain, Rowan, and Kal having left the ship on various errands. Ariek, renowned for her hard brand of humor and sarcasm had been uncommonly tactful and supportive, though certainly not quite the compassionate and nurturing good-heartedness that Captain Kaylee always showed. However, Ariek’s assistance with the dying Cha’ala had been verging on concerned. Ariek and, indeed, the entire crew knew that the Jedi felt responsible for Se’Iva’s dire state. They also knew that his actions had saved them all and perhaps, at the strange winged humanoid’s expense. Yet, Rowan owed his life to Se’Iva. It seemed the whole crew kept vigil, having gained a respect for the Cha’ala not only for her commitment on their behalf, but on Halcyon’s behalf, as well. Thus, Meril hated having no good news to give Kaylee.

    “Blanik, here!”

    Ariek related Kaylee’s question and Meril appreciated that she did not directly link them. It gave the doctor time to craft a reply that would have somewhat of a less demoralizing effect. It was true that Se’Iva’s complexion had somewhat enlivened with exposure to sunlight and B0b had recorded a slight uptick in brain activity, all of which Meril told Ariek, saying, finally, “...given these indicators, I cannot say she has had a significant improvement. I don’t know that enough time has passed for her to metabolize the nectar we gathered. Still, I know Halcyon would probably want to see Se before she experiences any further downturn. I can try some gene therapy, but I would need to see a better chart on her basic functions. That’s what I’ve got, Ariek!” said Meril shaking her head. “If you can soften that any, then more power to you.”

    A lost ocean of stars, lost within another and deeper, treacherous one and turning slowly...unaware in the silken chrysalis that was her cradle, drifting, the tether trailing...

    Memories or /Sleep-windings?/ These bits and pieces came apart and then together again, yet mismatched like shattered glass. She, for she believed she was “she”, yet some of the memories suggested she was “he,” struggled, listlessly, wings aching. The cradle was a bark that bound her, a prison, she could not steer. The chrysalis would not yield... /Let me go!/ she insisted. She was too weak to command it...or maybe she did not utter it, but thought it. There had been a storm, a violent storm and she pulled him from the water. /Rowan...?/ She could feel the "echo" of her voice. /Rowan!/

    TAG: Ariek and Rowan
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2019
  8. pashatemur

    pashatemur Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Jun 21, 2004
    IC: Emperor Vader and Lord Sidious "remembered"
    LOCATION: Senate Grand Hall and antechamber to the Atrium's dais

    Anakin pulled at the tall standing collar of his dark blue frock coat and ran a finger between his neck and the simple white cravat of his Ursean Security Forces (USF) uniform. He only wore the habit in Ursa system where he had been ‘Re’ for the past 8 years. It felt out of place here on Coruscant, but “clothes do mark the person,” as was popularly wisdom-ed and sure enough, some officers and guards failed to salute until after he had nearly passed them, so little did they recognize Lord Vader out of his habitual black.

    After Anakin-Vader... “I am me-a person, whatever the name,” he spoke to himself. Yes, after he’d created his new Sith's lightsaber from the shard of Dathka Graush’s purple crystal, Sidious had presented him with what Anakin could only term “a creepy set of dance togs” all in pitch velvet and synth-leather.

    As he walked and remembered, he began to chuckle quietly to himself. He had politely and respectfully declined “to be found dead in that get-up,” eliciting a genuine laugh from the ‘Master,’ who often called him, “my son.” So it was, Anakin continued arraying himself in his black Jedi robes and never once questioned the absence of change. Undeniably, other than a gaudy gesture of fashion, there was a “great deal more“ that Sidious intended never to share with his apprentice-a word that was simply a stand in for something of a far different meaning. “Sire!” said Anakin darkly.

    The noise of the assembled, the martial beat of many feet striking the stone floor of the Senate atrium rang in the Grand Hall lifting him from his thoughts. Memories had only encouraged the darkness and he must avoid wrestling much further with those shadows this evening.

    The orchestra was building and to his ear, it sounded as if the crowd was engaged. He smiled at that. "Celeste!" She had a way...

    In the relative quiet of the antechamber, the subdued lighting yielded a final bit of privacy to a mind that craved private life, but would soon enter upon a stage where public scrutiny would be the norm. Poised upon the threshold, Lord Vader, Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, now Re of Ursa and Emperor of the Galactic Empire of Free Systems knew, this step, once taken, would effectively shackle him to paradox and over his head would hang the saber of his past. This was not a sudden realization. This power of ‘Imperator’ was nothing to that which he was offered at the volcano of Kalee. It was not for power, nor eternity, nor desire or wealth that he would reign.

    He peered from the dark, eyes glittering with the impossible burden with which he’d encumbered his family. Savoring this last moment of solitude, the young Emperor advanced resolutely into the light, a prisoner of Coruscant.

    TAG: to be continued...
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2019
  9. pashatemur

    pashatemur Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Jun 21, 2004
    OCC: A joint post with Omi. My apologies for the delay Omi and thank you for your contribution and patience.

    IC: Captain Galen, General Torian Darkeyes of the ARR ship, Storm’s Eye, Senior Lt. Eichardt of Hidden Dagger, and Mr. Ailes and Captain Malcovich of the HIM Nebulon B Frigate, Zandra

    The Comm. officer gave a nod to Captain Galen that the line was open to the damaged Imperial Ship.

    “Can the other Imperials pick up the chatter?”

    “Yes Ma’am!” He stated excitedly.

    She looked up as though a boom mike was above her head. “Lance Corporal Owens? This is Captain Galen of the Storm's Eye. We are the Alliance to Rest…, this is the Rebels. We noticed you have taken quite a beating and that communications are sketchy.”

    She was using non-naval speak to get his attention.

    “We are here to help you, however we have hit a roadblock with one of your other Captains.”

    A few of the remains were missing their hands. They must have put them up to shield in a natural reflex, but the mucosal acidic spray melted them away. Senior Lieutenant Eichardt screwed her face up in disgust at the meaty sight and smell of the half-eaten, half-melted bodies, made all the more horrible a scene by the looping message from the “Genesis” -whoever that was! The transmission was still live from a half melted trooper helmet and Eichardt stated she believed that this was likely Lance Corporal Owens.

    “Lieutenant, Mam, should we answer?” asked the trooper, still looking about in the vast storage unit, his head lamp, a smokey shaft of silvery dust motes in a gathered pitch.

    Reaching down for the helmet, the trooper was surprised along with the others when the transmission came in more clearly, and in fact, from several other open channels among the search party. The message and voice had changed, as well!

    A metallic chorus reverberated clearly in the empty storage unit, “Lance Corporal Owens? This is Captain Galen of the Storm's Eye. We are the Alliance to Rest…, this is the Rebels. We noticed you have taken quite a beating and that communications are sketchy.”

    Eichardt breathed out sharply. What in the Emperor’s slippers to do! She stood motionless and looked from one to the other of her team before speaking up. “Captain Galen...of Storm's Eye, this is Senior Lieutenant Eichardt. How is it you are trying to make contact with Imperial Stormtrooper, Lance Corporal Owens?”

    Several in the group nodded approvingly. Had the aliens learned basic? What were they doing here! Were the aliens part of this rebel cell - the “Alliance to Restore...?”

    Suddenly, a low, deep thromb pulsed indicating that some other system had been coaxed back on. The team looked to one another in relief. Though their faces, lit by the glare of the troopers helmet lamps were cast with deep scowling shadows.

    “Captain Galen of Storm's Eye, this is Senior Lieutenant Eichardt of the HIMSD, Hidden Dagger do you read me?” Eichardt repeated.

    Back aboard the Alliance ship Storm's Eye the transmission from the Imperials on Hidden Dagger crackled loudly over the bridge. “Captain Galen...of Storm's Eye, this is Senior ...tenant Eichardt. How is it you... trying to make contact... Imper Stormtroop,..ance Corporal Owens?...Cap... Galen... Storm's Eye, this is Sen...rdt of the HIMSD, Hidden ... ... read me?”

    Galen sighed deeply. The situation was growing more dire at each passing moment. There was no more time for games and what she was about to say would make the General in the room pay attention. “I READ YOU LOUD AND CLEAR. DAMMIT LIEUTENANT! I DON’T HAVE TIME TO PLAY GAMES WITH YOU. YOU’RE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO TRUST ME.”

    She lowered her voice slightly but was still booming. “Right now your fleet is getting ass-rammed by God-knows-what and your concerned with how I got on your frequency?”

    Now she was being completely honest with the Imperial. Lowering her voice now to sound more calm she stated, “We came here to take your cargo ship but didn’t expect any other guests at this party. Your options at this point are very few. One, you can ignore me and continue to lose the battle and more likely your lives, or two you can accept our help and survive to fight another day. It’s your choice.”

    She stepped back and stood next to Torian. Nodding to the comm. Officer, the microphone was muted. She could hear the Imperial breathing through the speakers. She rubbed her temples. “Geez, these pukes are paranoid.”

    Torian chuckled.

    The frigate Zandra rocked slightly and the bridge lit up as another plasma ball “splashed” the shields.

    “Sensor?” called Ailes.

    “Shields at 70, and holding, sir.”

    Wilform had managed to get a message over to the Zandra, but the transmission from the Dagger was tenuous at best. He wanted to know who Captain Galen and Storm's Eye were. Now, having just heard Eichart responding to the Rebel Captain, Malcovich ran his fingers through his thin cropped “lawn” of greying black hair. “Comms, put us through to Storm's Eye so we can end this cluster dump! Keep the channel open to

    Eichardt. Mr. Ailes, would you be so good?” said Malcovich gesturing him to make contact.

    “Aye sir...I...yes, sir-Storm's Eye, this is HM Frigate, Zandra. Captain Malcovich wishes to spea-” Yet, Ailes was cut off by a further static-filled transmission from Hidden Dagger. Zandra’s bridge crew was stunned. Shrieks of alarm and pain and the unmistakable echo of blaster fire broke through the metallic scratch of the transmission.

    Then followed silence and a strange hum.

    Ailes whispered a curse before hailing Lieutenant Eichardt, “Senior Lieutenant Eichardt, what is your you copy?”

    A faint gurgled groan could be heard in return, but then again followed silence.

    Malcovich stared ahead still straining to hear a reply from Eichardt as did everyone on the bridge. No report came. The Captain lowered his eyes for a brief moment and then opened transmission to the Storm’s Eye at his station.

    “Captain Galen, this is Captain Malcovich. Senior Lieutenant Eichardt is not in any position to further this conversation, I’m afraid. Let’s get down to duunium, here. I’m sure your sensors have indicated the Hidden Dagger’s core is breached. The status of the majority of the ship is unknown, but I’ve been told by my away team that there were several massive, internal explosions before the destroyer decanted from hyperspace. The bridge has been able to gain intermittent control of communications and other systems, but they are cut off from the rest of the ship. They cannot navigate at the moment, though gunnery has some of it’s system running, targeting is also hampered. We don’t have the wherewithal to evacuate Hidden Dagger’s crew safely or in any great number. What can you do and how do we facilitate, if you are willing?”

    The modified Acclamator, Rilbek, the Imperial convoy expected to meet at this weigh station was already to have arrived. No point in throwing grease on the fire, thought the Captain, and thereby heightening the rebels anxiety. Time was against them.

    TAG: Ominous
  10. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Mar 28, 2004
    OCC: A joint post between me and @pashatemur , thank you, it was a pleasure!

    IC: Jori, Duchess Atreides Corrino and USF Captain Viggo Magnusson, Count Leijonhufvud och Magnusson af Gripsholm

    LOCATION: Coruscant, Senate Atrium, reception

    Jori pretended to observe the Empress’ dance. Usually she would pay more attention to it as knowing different cultures gave certain advantages. Everything that can be used against them or to further the Union’s interest can be and must be exploited. But now she was distracted. A random thought had passed through her mind. ’What if you are wrong?’ It nagged her. Ever since she had ordered those people arrested a certain sense that she had messed up did not leave her. Jori was usually sure of herself, sometimes too much for her own good. She had been blinded by her own anger and hatred for the Bene Gesserits that she made this idiotic mistake. But what’s done is done, she had to find a way to make it work. Jori switched her attention back to her dancing partner.

    “The dance is beautiful...”

    Viggo nodded to let her know that he had heard her words, but the ‘voices’ of the orchestra had increased considerably. Now the volume of the music and it’s deliberate pulse compelled one to move in accord and to involve oneself, wind one’s way into the welling sea of dancers. He smiled at the Empress’ clever premiss.

    “Yes,” returned Viggo, calling back to the petite Duchess, “So it is. It becomes you,” he said, noting how quickly and aptly she had taken to the dance. He smiled as they turned in tandem and tapped their feet together with the growing throng, clapping in rhythm and stepping to the left and then to the right.

    One of Jori’s strengths was adaptability. She observed the other dancers and the Empress, she noted the repeated actions and tried to emulate it. Maybe given time she would have mastered the dance but she hoped that it was adequate enough for the occasion. Her adaptability came as a chagrin from a lot of other members of the Great Houses, who liked the status quo. “You are very kind, but my sister is the real dancer, I am more of a musician,” she smiled.

    “Ah,” he called back over the music and resounding rhythm of many dancing feet, “I look forward to a concert then?” He didn’t mean to press her, so he winked at her to let her know he was teasing. “I am a “sometime” musician, myself. Perhaps we may perform together,” he managed to say before the dance required they both turn in place.

    Jori smiled back, she was not sure about the idea, but did not want to sound contrarian. “That would be delightful, though I must say that I am not on the same level as a professional musician. It is just a hobby and a way to sort of… meditate.”

    He shook his head dismissively. “I won’t begin to describe my musicianship! Let’s just say, I have ...enthusiasm to get me through!” Viggo laughed and looked up to see how rank upon rank of dancers’ arms and hands rose into the air and down in a slow arc to the right, hands curling round at the wrists like fans, the dancers’ bodies elegantly poised and turning together.

    The Empress was somewhere in the mix, but she was now rows away and out of Viggo’s line of sight. He recognized a few heads of state from various other planetary systems, many senators, Ursean officers and dignitaries, and quite a few Imperial officers amongst the throng. He watched amused to see the Enfanta dancing with her adopted ‘brother,’ as well.

    The floor was becoming crowded even as many from the terraces stood in line to descend and join, many having simply started to dance on their own balconies. The Ursean Captain could not help his amazement and silently exclaimed, “Oj!”

    Jori studied the man for a moment. Was he looking for someone? She was trying to decide whether or not to be offended or not, but given that she was looking around too decided to let it drop. She could barely see Dennii, the last she saw of her she seemed engaged in an internal debate. The Lord Admiral seemed confused as he too sensed her sister’s distress. That was a matter for later. For now Jori hoped that she could keep it together and not make any further scenes.

    “Ah, I see a familiar face.” she said “It seems Admiral Veroti had joined the party as well.”

    Captain Magnusson looked down to the petite Duchess and then off in the direction to which she was peering. “Yes, wasn’t his flagship Resolute your conveyance here from Derra?” He looked again to Admiral Veroti. He was a good officer and a decent fellow, so Viggo had heard. The man danced with his wife, so Viggo presumed, though it did seem Veroti looked back to follow the Duchess for a moment before tripping slightly and smiling to his partner apologetically. Viggo caught himself smirking.

    Jori stopped herself from grimacing at the thought of Derra. It was all a big misunderstanding, one that could have cost her life and that of billions of Union citizens. It was a reminder that she was still threading on the edge of the blade. Given how tense things felt here, she needed to be careful. So she nodded. “Yes, he was a gracious host… given the circumstances.”

    The two of them gestured, their left hands reaching forward and curling inward in invitation, as did all the other dancers. As each pair circled, so did Viggo and Jori. Above the throng, the monitors showed the Empress, the Commissar, and many other dancers. The seguidilla was cast over the holos and repeated in cantinas to ball rooms across the Empire.

    Yes, she was quite beautiful, the Duchess, complicated, certainly compromised and compromising. As she moved so gracefully beside him, Viggo wondered if such grace could be part of a body that could also be cruel. Perhaps, he’d misunderstood the family interaction he’d accidentally stumbled upon earlier. The delicate features, her heart-shaped face, the large eyes, and dimpled smile. He wasn’t exactly immune to such a charming assemblage. Was his gaze lingering too long-like a school boy, he scolded himself. It was impolite to objectify the lady, as if he’d spent too long in a desert and thirsted for the sight! He looked up to hide his thoughts, realizing too, that the Duchess was going to stand before a Senate committee and news of recent unrest in the Union certainly figured in her thoughts, and thus, she was likely under some strain.

    TAG: Anyone
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2019
  11. Corellian_Outrider

    Corellian_Outrider Admin FF | Curator: Art&RPF | Oceania RSA | CR NSW star 6 Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 9, 2002
    ~OOC~ Wonderful posting everyone. Special thanks to @pashatemur for this joint post.

    ~IC~ Riyo Chuchi, Bail Organa, Leia Organa, Rouge Organa, Regina Weiss-Hexa
    Location: Coruscant - Galactic Senate Building - Senate Atrium

    Riyo observed the figures dancing, subconsciously her foot tapping along to the music. The display between the Empress and the Togruta, which Riyo assumed to be Ahsoka, was beautiful, the way they compliment each other before the rest of the ladies joined in.

    As the music built, some of the guests took courage and left the sidelines to join in. Noting those who stepped in or gathered around the perimeter to watch, Riyo discovered, the Senator from Onderon appeared in the company of an elegant pair of Togrutas, a male and female, and a blond-haired female human. Of course, they were figures of importance given their attire, however the Pantoran was not familiar with the human, though she suspected who the female Torguta might be. Yet, now that she thought of it, the matter became more confusing. The Togrutan female with Bonteri bore an uncanny resemblance to the Togrutan Commissar dancing with the Empress; it was hard to tell who was who except for their gowns. Now, the elegant female Togruta and the blond-haired human female went together into the dance and their progress quickly became an awkward display. They were both waylaid and then someone else lead the Togruta onto the dance floor. And what was Bonteri doing? Riyo had a vague and uncomfortable feeling that she’d witnessed an unpleasant and private moment at a very public event.

    Beside her, a wriggling motion interrupted her observations of the curious interactions between the Togrutas, the unknown persona (the Bakuran Queen), and Senator Bonteri. Leia, large brown eyes luminous with excitement, squirmed as Bail lifted her off his shoulder.

    “A very unacceptable seat for a princess,” commented Bail’s sister, Rouge. To which, Bail merely raised an eye-brow. “You’re spoiling that child and she won’t be good for anything but hellions and rebellion!” continued Leia’s Aunt.

    Bail, briefly fixed Rouge with a curious gaze and then laughed, it seemed to Riyo, hesitantly.

    The other two sisters had let themselves be asked to dance and Leia clasped Bail’s arm and pleaded that they too must dance. Chuchi smiled as Bail, reticent to join in, explained that it would be impolite were he not to finish an important conversation with his old friend, Ms. Weiss-Hexa. Something seemed so familiar about the lady to Riyo as Ms Weiss-Hexa smiled softly to the princess, and said quietly, “Oh Senator, go ahead and dance...” the blond Weiss-Hexa’s voice too, seemed to ring a bell.

    Disappointed, Leia objected by screwing up her face petulantly, rocking as she found her footing on the upholstered seat, as the Senator and Prince, set her down. However, only momentarily deterred, Leia peered around her smiling father and looked up at Senator Chuchi, fixing her with one of her most beguiling looks, long lashes fluttering. "Maybe Senator Chuchi would like to dance? It would be most pleasing to dance with you Madame Senator!” said Leia as graciously as she could manage. Her soulful gaze and smile offered to Riyo, were only interrupted by a frustrated sigh and a quick glance over her shoulder, as if Leia was worried they’d miss the dance all together!

    Bail looked down to his daughter and patted Leia’s rosey-complected hand, which was so tiny in his large, warm-toned one. Then he too, offered a soulful gaze to Riyo, with those deep dark eyes, his dimps, belying Bail’s mercurial mood of earlier. “Riyo, I’d consider it a great favour if you could dance with Leia!”

    Riyo smiled at the suggestion. She knew Bail and at the moment, he was divided between being a devoted father and also a representative of the senate. "That would be a good idea and lovely, too." Riyo answered, holding out a hand to Leia while giving Bail a small wink. "We won't be long."

    She handed Leia from the seat and guided her to the dance. Catching Bonteri's eye and noting someone observing her as she lead the way, or rather was lead by Leia into the dancing throng. Weaving between dancers, Riyo begged pardon and offered an “excuse us,” as she kept the petite young lady-a human with fair skin, dark hair, and an intense gaze, in her sight. A smile was on the lady's lips as their gazes met and then she disappeared behind a couple. Riyo wondered what that was about and filed that to the back of her mind for later.

    Just now, however, Riyo had to keep her feet under her. “Whoa! Leia, where’s the fire?”

    “I’m just finding a good spot,” replied the Princess of Alderaan, biting her tongue and leaning determinedly in the direction of travel.

    Riyo allowed herself to be led as they continued along the perimeter, doing the best they could to avoid collisions, treading the fine line of being in the way of the dancers and spectators. Suddenly, they must have reached that “perfect spot,” as Leia began to dance, falling in without one little falter!

    What made this spot so special, the Pantoran suspected, was the nearness of another little princess, about the same age as Leia! Riyo’s lips twitched in amusement as she watched the two “titled” girls acknowledge one another with obvious excitement, dimples and all.

    The Enfanta’s partner too, a young cadet, offered his own polite, but decidedly lopsided grin. Finding himself momentarily minus his dance mate, he gave the Senator a quick little awkward bow and continued alongside her. Riyo returned the gesture and they paired up, allowing her to keep a close eye on the girls as well as her new partner. The young man, despite his obvious embarrassment, laughed at his mostly two-left-footed dancing. It was clear he was having a fun time and not too serious. In turn, Riyo laughed along with him, having fun as they were caught up in the moment. Her earlier misgivings momentarily forgotten.

    TAG: Dancers of the Reception
  12. pashatemur

    pashatemur Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Jun 21, 2004
    IC: Inquisitor 7th Sister/aka former Jedi Padawan Oskure Volent

    LOCATION: Senate VIP Lift Lobby

    Without Inquisitor Nelf looking over their shoulders, the past few hours, those Inquisitors who thought themselves worthy of taking the lead menaced one another and had thereby made it easy for the littlest “fledgling” to make enough trouble to bring the heat on them all. Now, the heat, in the form of the ISB, was given rule over the Inquisitorius! Oskure fumed. It had been a perfect silent chaos in which to begin chipping away at Vader’s control. Now she had to bear Agent Varik for a nurse-maid while she executed His Majesty’s directives!

    A smarmy little smile on her lips, 7th Sister gingerly took the ident chip from Agent Varik. "Thank you, Mizzzzz Varik. I'll be in touch! OH! Don't search too hard for "Trouble.
    Now, she knows just how to find you!”
    Hefting the chip into the air and letting it fall into her open silk-covered clutch, the inquisitor winked at Varik and then, in a half-turn, 7th Sister looked over her shoulder and said sweetly, “But, you are welcome to come along!” With that, she began to sauntered out of the lobby to cross the great hall into the Atrium, stealing a glance or two over her shoulder to see if Varik followed. Under her breath, Oskure sang a little ditty which ran counter to the strains of the orchestra, “ can’t catch me, ‘cause I’m the Gingerbread Man!”

    TAG: Agent Varik
  13. WarmNyota_SweetAyesha

    WarmNyota_SweetAyesha Game Host star 7 VIP - Game Host

    Aug 31, 2004
    IC: Agent Varik, Entering Atrium Area

    Rahara gave Inquisitor Volent a measuring look and followed discreetly into the atrium, keeping the entire area in view. She kept the Inquisitor in her sights as well as looking out for Colonel Yularen so as to respond to any directives he might issue.

    Tag for pashatemur \ Corellian_Outrider
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2019
  14. Ominous

    Ominous Jedi Master star 4

    Jul 30, 2004
    OOC: Finally!! Sorry everyone
    IC: Captain Galen, General Torian Darkeyes of the ARR ship, Storm’s Eye

    ...They cannot navigate at the moment, though gunnery has some of it’s system running, targeting is also hampered. We don’t have the wherewithal to evacuate Hidden Dagger’s crew safely or in any great number. What can you do and how do we facilitate, if you are willing?”

    The transmission came in clearly for once. Galen stepped back from the overhead microphone and motioned the comm. officer to mute the transmission from the Imperials. She looked over at General Torian for any ideas.

    He scratched the stubble on his chin and looked up for answers. “As much as I hate the Imperials, we can help in the rescue attempt.” He looked back at Captain Galen. “Tell them we’ll send over a shuttle. We will be armed but our intent is not to engage the Imperials but whatever is attacking them. He must tell his troops to stand down when we arrive. I don’t want a clusterf...”

    In all the back and forth communication with the Imperials and the threat of attack from them as well, they didn’t see it coming. “Captain!! Prepare for impa…”

    BOOM! The Dreadnaught-Class Heavy Cruiser was hit on its port side docking bay. The impact was enough to knock Torian and others off their feet. He looked at Galen and nodded. Without a word said, she knew exactly what he was thinking.

    “Get me comms now!” She barked. “Contact our escort ships and get a visual ident on what hit us.”

    Torian stood up on his feet and ran from the command center of the Dreadnaught to muster his men.

    “Captain Malcovich? This is Captain Galen. We were just attacked by your friends. Give me time and we will send over a rescue team.” She signaled to cut the transmission. She went to work on restoring order to the chaos.

    Torian ran for the armory aboard the ship where his men were already loading up. He looked around at his men, “Grab the big guns boys. I have a bad feeling about this one.”

    Armed and loaded they proceeded to the port side docking bay. The ship was enormous and time was ticking. Fighting through other crew members, they reached the docking bay doors. Crew members were being carried out from wounds received from the impact. “Sergeant? Get everyone clear of the docking bay.”

    “General sir! You don’t want to go in there.” There was panic in his voice. “Something attacked us after the impact.”

    “What attacked you?” He pulled an Imperial repeater gun from his back and loaded it. With its rapid rate of fire he could cut down whatever was attacking the ship and her crew. “I don’t know sir but their big and fast.”

    They entered the docking bay. Acrid smoke filled the port making visibility poor. “Torian called out in a low voice. “Eyes up, be prepared for anything.” Immediately they were attacked by a bug. One of Torian’s men were instantly killed.

    “Weapons hot!” He shouted. More insect looking creatures hurdled towards them but this time, his men were ready and gunned them all down. From the smoke a organic-like staff picked up one of Torian’s other men like a rag doll. Torian unloaded his repeated gun into the smoke and heard a thud.

    Torian motioned to one of his techs to clear the smoke. Everyone else went back to back to cover the other’s six.

    Slowly the smoke was cleared by vents in the docking bay and the outline of a body appeared on the bay floor. It was grayish in color and extremely ugly. It was still moving.

    “What the hell are you?” Torian asked. It coughed and gurgled. A guttural sound came from its mouth. Torian point-blank fired a blaster into its chest, killing it. Another guttural sound was heard in the distance. “Mistake.” It was muttered but could be understood. Torian found the source of the voice and saw a tall, large humanoid creature meters from him and his men. “Fight!”

    Torian pulled his blaster pistol from its holster and fired in the direction of the antagonist. The blast seemed to ricochet off the chest. Another guttural sound came from the creature. This time Torian pulled a long, sharp knife from its sheath attached to his belt. The creature nodded in approving gesture. Torian looked back at his men, “Clear the rest of the hangar. This one is mine!”

    He charged headlong into the creature only to be smacked in the back with a staff as the creature side-stepped his charge. Dazed from the blow, Torian looked up at the creature. The staff in its hand went from rigid to a whip-like weapon. With the snap of the arm, the whip spewed out a liquid at Torian’s face. Quickly, Torian rolled forward towards the creature, taking out its legs with his body roll. The creature lost its grip on the whip-like weapon. It landed mere feet away from Torian’s body. It coiled up like a snake ready to strike, but before it could the General took a swipe at it with his blade but to no effect. With a few more strikes, Torian managed to take the head off. He looked at his blade and was stunned at how badly damaged it was. The creature got back to his feet and saw what was left of its weapon. Another guttural sound came from its mouth. It grabbed Torian by the neck and picked him up with one arm like a ragdoll. It threw him against the wall and charged forward. Without any time to recover, the General found himself being choked out by the creature. Straining to reach his blaster, he raised it up under the chin of the assailant and fired. Its head split open spewing brain tissue and bone all over Torian.

    Torian fell to his knees to gain his senses back. “Sir?” One of his soldiers ask with excitement in his voice. “I’m all right.” Torian answered. “Let me catch my breath.” He stood finally but stumbling somewhat. He looked at the soldier, “Do you have a blade on you?”

    The man unsheathed his blade and handed it to the General. Torian walked over to the other creature that still had a head but not for long. Taking the blade, he decapitated the creature. He wiped the blade clean on his pant leg and handed the head to the astonished soldier. “Bag this up. It’s evidence that we have a new threat in the galaxy.” The young man turned to throw up but somehow held it in for fear of looking weak in front of the Supreme Commander.

    He looked around the docking bay, “Geez what a mess!” There were half-melted bodies of Alliance personnel on the floor. “Are we clear?”

    The other men in his group gathered around. “All clear sir.”

    He opened a channel on his commlink. “Captain Galen, the docking bay is clear of threats. I suggest you keep the fighters scrambled and kill anything that comes near the fleet. Whatever hit us is nasty as hell.”

    A click came through, “Already on it General. Shall I have a shuttle prepped for you to meet the Imperials?”

    “Aye, Captain. Ask them where they want us.”

    TAG: Senior Lt. Eichardt of Hidden Dagger, and Mr. Ailes and Captain Malcovich of the HIM Nebulon B Frigate, Zandra
  15. Corellian_Outrider

    Corellian_Outrider Admin FF | Curator: Art&RPF | Oceania RSA | CR NSW star 6 Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 9, 2002
    ~OOC~ Special thanks to @pashatemur for this joint post

    ~IC~ Senator Riyo Chuchi, Princess Leia Organa, Cadet Han Solo, Imperial Princess and Enfanta of Ursa Sophia Anastasia Isabeau-Skywalker, His Imperial Majesty, Re Mavrat Ursa, Lord Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker
    LOCATION: Imperial Center Coruscant, Senate Atrium

    Han tried a high back kick and nearly caught a person behind him.

    “Pardon, Ma’am!” he apologized with embarrassment and was relieved when the lady just laughed and, then, so did Han. Turning to Riyo, he shrugged his shoulders.

    “That was…” Riyo suppressed a laugh. “...a nice recovery!”

    “Yeah!” he said, biting his tongue to one side. “I got a few other talents. Think I’m ready for the stage?”

    “A couple more rounds and maybe you’ll be up for a solo performance.” Riyo chuckled. She glanced quickly to Leia and the other Princess and inwardly smiled as the two were seemingly kindred spirits as they gossiped and danced together. Riyo spun around with her footwork and faced her dance partner.

    “Hey! I’ve already got my handle!” reasoned Han.

    Leia turned around to smirk, “Solo the Clown!”

    Han laughed and replied teasingly," Laugh it up, 'Your Missy-ness!' I’m doing pretty good for ditchn' dance class."

    Leia stood as tall as she could and seemed not to know whether to laugh or find a spectacular retort.

    Riyo was about to inform Leia that calling someone a clown isn’t nice. Though the cadet seemed to laugh it off with a remark of his own, leading Riyo to comment, “And you are doing just fine, too.”

    “See!” said Han, lifting his chin and calling over the music. “Thanks, Miss.....?”

    He bowed stiffly to Riyo and then hammed it up with a curtsy to Leia and Sophia, who both broke into outright laughter.

    “Chuchi. Riyo Chuchi." said Riyo, shaking her head, chuckling. Then, with a smile she asked of the Cadet, “And you, kind sir?”

    “Solo. Han Solo, of course! Well, Cadet Solo, but I'm already a pilot. The Re and Ledaren want it to be official, so I'm sort'a going for the certificate. And you? What's your line, eh...profession, Ma’am?"

    “That is a noble profession. Definitely a skillset to have in your arsenal.” Riyo responded in kind. Making note of the title dropping of Re and Ledaren as his sponsors, there is a connection with the Royal Family. “Me? Nothing as glamorous.” She inclined her head. “I am a senator, I represent Pantora and it’s interests in the Galactic Senate. It is a pleasure to meet you, Cadet Han Solo.”

    “Pleased, too, Senator, Ma’am!” He said taking her hand to shake.

    The girls giggled and Sophia leaned to Leia and noted that Han had saved his manners for the grown ups.

    “Then the pun was unintentional about you being ready for your solo.” A twinkle lit Riyo’s eyes at Han’s etiquette and she shook his hand.

    After a turn, Leia looked up at the cadet, flashing a sly smile to Sophia and then asked “Aren’t you going to greet me?”

    Han sized up the petite girl and gave her a lopsided grin. “I already know your name!”

    Leia, hands on hips demanded, “Oh really? What is it?”

    “It’s Princess Shorty Pants!”

    Sophia covered her mouth with her hands.

    Riyo subtly shook her head, her braids shifted, the ornate beading sparkled under the lighting. She held back saying “children.” Though her amber eyes regarded the Imperial Princess, she inclined her head and curtsied to her.

    Sophia curtsied with poise and said, “So good to meet you Madame Senator,” which Han mimicked silently with crossed eyes.

    Both girls were ready to give chase when Sophia suddenly stopped and ran to the back of the line with glee, leaping up an impressive height, in Riyo's estimation, and calling out “Papa!”

    “Princess Shorty Pants!” a deep baritone voice answered, the face to which it belonged hidden behind the uplifted Enfanta, who laughed with glee, her feet beating the air excitedly.

    His teasing all gone Cadet Solo bowed and said, “Your Majesty."

    Riyo froze, eyes on the Emperor before seeking Leia.

    “Han! Anything to report?” asked the Emperor with mild theatricality.

    “Nothing you haven’t already, Sir...Your Majesty!

    Anakin harrumphed and smiling nugged the young man. He turned his attention to the Enfanta and hugged her as she exclaimed excitedly, “I met another Princess and a Lady Senator. This is her Highness Princess of Alderaan, Leia Org...Organa and Senator Chuchu!"

    The flicker of amusement dancing on his lips, Anakin shifted Sophia to his shoulder and looked around curiously. He met Riyo's gaze and then first addressed the doe-eyed Leia by putting Sophia down gently and kneeling. Now at Leia’s level, Anakin took and bowed over the Princess of Alderaan’s tiny hand.

    “We are honored you have joined us in celebration, Your Highness.”

    Riyo held her breath. Confusion, anxiety. Butterflies. She had been dreading this moment all evening and now she was caught in the spotlight and inadvertently brought Leia into it along with her. She had no idea how the Emperor would regard herself but that mattered not, She had a duty to Leia and she positioned herself protectively behind, her hands gently on the princess’ shoulders.

    Leia, never one for lost words, seemed uncharacteristically stilled for a moment. She looked at her hand in Anakin's and then to the young Emperor, eyes transfixed. “You are. ....Your Majesty. We've met before...a long, long time ago."

    Slowly, his smile warmed. "Yes, we have. I'm glad you remember."

    Uncharacteristically shy, Leia tucked her chin. "Where is the beautiful lady from the garden?"

    His brow knitted and he shook his head slowly. "I am not sure I know that beautiful lady. I do, however, know this one," he said, nodding to Riyo. Leia blinked, but continued to study Anakin's face intently.

    A small smile finally materialised on Riyo’s lips.

    Anakin acknowledged Riyo with a glance, but then, he too seemed for a moment transfixed by Leia before looking up and grinning, extending his hand to Riyo, as he stood.

    “Senator Chuchu-Riyo!” He said, using the name Sophia had misheard. “It’s been a very long while since last we met.”

    She didn’t trust herself to speak just yet. It was like a dream and part of her mind wondered if she was expecting to wake up. Taking a deep breath, Riyo pursed her lips and took his hand, with a small bow.

    He stopped her in mid-bow, saying,“Let’s drop the formality! Everyone’s been ingratiating themselves to me so much I’m getting a stitch in my neck.” He shook Riyo’s hand on each syllable as he filled in her silence, “I’m fine. How about you, Anakin?” The last he nearly had to yell as the music was reaching its zenith. “I’m fine too!”

    “Riyo is... healthy. How are you..” she carefully spoke as her head tilted, it took a moment to take in the drop of etiquette. Her eyes gauging whether she really could use his name. “...Anakin?” She was starting to feel a bit more at ease. “Hmmm... Senator Chuchu sounds like an important jelly, if the gelatinous creatures do risk being eaten if they show up to a senate hearing.” She lightheartedly added and allowing herself to smile.

    He too tilted his head, saying, “Huh?” he queried in return, matching her tentative and worried expression. “Eaten?”

    “Oh, as in jelly, the food…” Colour rose to her cheeks. “The creatures look edible, depending on type...” Her voice trailed off. She wondered if the meaning behind was misinterpreted. She had meant to be more lighthearted than to infer the disappearance of those who had disagreed with Palpatine’s Order. A fate she feared for herself. She bit her bottom lip and shook her head. “Oh never mind, Mas-uh-Skywalker.” She fumbled over his name, remembering his earlier instruction. “Anakin.”

    He laughed and commented oddly, “Confused me, too!” They were standing still while the ‘sea’ of dancers around them moved to the increasing intensity of the music.

    “Just old habit kicking in to address you as Master or General Skywalker rather than Anakin.” Riyo flashed a smile.

    He brightened. "I understand. Master, General, Commander, Lord-etc, etc, etc. Anakin will do for you,” he said and waved away the pretenses. “Speak and you shall be heard! Also, I promise not to eat you. But, If you can spare the time, important jelly fish that you be, I'd like to catch up. It's a little too raucous for a conversation now." He gave her a wink and then began to move forward, motioning, they should all move, too and use stealth. With an arm around Han and Sophia, he nodded in the direction of the Empress and the Commissar, then looked back to Riyo and Leia, ducking to avoid being too obvious or caught by the holo globes floating above the crowd and projected on the monitors above head.

    Riyo turned suddenly and started leading Leia back through the throng, the way they’d come, her eyes observing, letting the distance between them and the Imperial Royal family grow. Leia bowed her head for a moment and glanced back to where the Imperial Princess, Han, and the Princess’ father danced. For a moment, Riyo could see that the Princess looked wistfully to Leia before other dancers intervened upon the view, though Anakin was now visible, a head above most.

    Leia pouted and kept her eyes on the Emperor, leaning a bit against the direction they were threading and Riyo encouraged Leia to help her find their way back to her father. Nodding, Leia wove in and around, hand in Riyo’s. Disappointment in her big brown eyes, it was clear she was confused as to why Riyo chose to break off following the Emperor so suddenly when they all seemed to be having a good time together. How to explain it to Leia? It was ...complicated at best. The Alderaanian Princess asked something, though Riyo couldn’t hear. “One moment, Leia.”

    Finally on the sidelines, Leia asked if she could spend time with her new friend.

    “Not just yet. I’m sure you’ll see her soon,”Riyo soothed, leaning down and taking Leia’s hand between both of hers. “Come on, give us a smile and let’s have some more fun!”

    Poor Leia, she was surrounded, her view nothing but a forest of onlookers! But Riyo, glancing up to an overhead monitor, could see Han and Sophia ducking through the moving front line, resuming their dance to either side of the Empress and the Commissar, who surely had to be Ahsoka Tano! Yes, and there, directly behind Ahsoka and the Empress, was Anakin, ‘disguised’ as he was in his Ursean officer’s uniform, even though he was now standing to his full height. He took up the steps of the seguidilla, his arms and hands curving upward and over in the dance of the Ursean. Did anyone else find this moment as strange as she?

    TAG: Ahsoka, Celeste, Anakin, Sophia, Han, attendees in the atrium (if your characters are in the atrium or observing the media displays. Continue with your dance or observations)
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  16. pashatemur

    pashatemur Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Jun 21, 2004
    IC: Anakin, Celeste, Sophia, Han, and Ahsoka
    LOCATION: Senate Atrium


    Anakin watched Ahsoka dance freely next to Celeste. She moved with abandon and grace, her lekku swaying, graceful arms arching upward, montrals making the movement appear as flight and his aspect lit up, a smile growing on both face and in heart at the happy sight.

    He reached out, a vulnerable moment to be thus exposed and open to all the feelings swirling around him, so unlike those which he had experienced as he’d entered the Atrium.

    Years of grief having risen unbidden, he wet his lips and blinked the blur from his eyes. All the turmoil, disappointment, fortitude, and worry, all the striving, the rage, the denial, the joy he could not share with he had killed, tried to forget and yet remembered, the self he thought he needed to obliterate, to snuff out in order to truly make use of his hate and rage, just as had his helmeted wraith done in some other dimension. In the end they were mere tantrums against the force of nature which was eternally devouring itself and recreating. What fool thought it possible to rise above this?!

    He wondered if Ahsoka could sense these thoughts and feelings. It was too soon to say if that bond they had shared could be renewed. Could she trust him and more importantly, could he trust her? But this was Ahsoka, the Ahsoka he loved and to whom he had been bound by a life together no one else could replace or ever truly understand, the same who now danced and laughed so fondly and freely next to the Empress.

    He cherished them both. He had been fortunate in both. Celeste had been the only bastion once he’d burned what he thought were all the bridges to his past. He had wanted to cut away that part of his life and for a while, Celeste bore his anger, cruelty, and with patience gave him a means for hiding that “hated” past, she gave him release from the monster he'd become. How to tell Ahsoka all of this?! He did not know why, but he needed Ahsoka to know it all.

    “Steady,” he warned himself. Almost as divine intervention, his eye was caught by the antics of Sophia and Han as they danced to one side of Ahsoka.

    “Family!” he told himself, realizing his desire for a family had shaped his life. It was all he’d truly wanted; to “fix” what had been wrong in his own young life, to be the haven and warmth he miss in his mother. She would be ....would be filled with love and joy at this sight, he thought.

    He was overcome with a desire to embrace them all and laughed at himself for being the huge “goof” he must appear, feeling the ridiculously big smile that overtook his face as the music was reaching its climax.

    Han turned next to Sophia and satisfied with himself, and for this brief moment, enjoyed himself. He chuckled as he followed Sophia with his eyes. She circled him, lifting her skirts just as Celeste did, and Ahsoka next to her, fabric grasped to their hips and kicking jauntily behind and forward, ducking and letting go their skirts to clap energetically the beat as Ahsoka too, circled the Empress.

    Celeste smiled too and then grinned, her brows arching and knitting in concentration. A dancer by nature, her motions and steps were sure, almost aggressive, bold, rounded, and compelling. She held Ahsoka's gaze in hers, kicking and flourishing her arms in an arc to the side as she grasped her skirt to her hip and beat out the rhythms with her feet as Ahsoka circled. It was a moment out of time for the Reina, a true connection to a friend, a real friend!

    As Ahsoka orbited in her shadow, Celeste winked to Han, the music building to its ultimate crescendo,the last bar of the martial, inexorable rhythm beat out by thousands of feet across a galaxy, arms lifted in pure joy of movement and being, no thoughts of war or deception, no wrath or regret, simply....being!

    A kaleidoscope of faces whirred past as Celeste made a final quick turn, knowing “he” would be there! And with utter joy, Celeste embraced her Re, with Sophia following suit, capturing Han and Ahsoka into the embrace, as well.

    For a flicker, Anakin was astounded at finding himself surprised. This was not exactly the impression of a strong and decisive Emperor, he thought, but then laughing at himself, he embracing them all.

    Celeste, realizing they were surrounded by the public and disengaging only partially to clap and look at the guests around them, was struck by the thought that there might be malevolence about them, but feeling none, she clapped to the surrounding dancers, and waved as they were encircled by the convivial crowd.

    Anakin put his arm about Ahsoka’s waist and mussed Han's hair before stooping to pick up Sophia, who nuzzled his cheek and then waved at the crowd as did her mother and she peered all about for the Princess of Alderaan.

    TAG: all in the Atrium
  17. Corellian_Outrider

    Corellian_Outrider Admin FF | Curator: Art&RPF | Oceania RSA | CR NSW star 6 Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 9, 2002
    ~IC~ Colonel Wullf Yularen
    Location: Coruscant - Senate Building - Approaching the Senate Atrium

    Colonel Yularen paused by one of the alcoves for privacy, as much privacy as could be afforded with the Nabooian Queen at his side. A few moments later, another ISB officer approached them with a datapad in hand.

    “Thank you, Agent Montes.” Yularen said as the datapad was handed over. “Excuse me for just a moment,” he said to Sabé then stepped aside as the Agent took his place with the Queen.

    Yularen tapped away at the datapad, going over a new set of directives for both the ISB and their impending merging of assets of the Inquisitorius. This was a big step and very close to the changing of the Empire’s leadership. It had to be done and in a way that would not cause negative impact on the establishment. There was more to do though he’ll have to trust his staff to follow out the instructions. He skimmed back over the details to make sure it was clear and concise and then gave his seal of approval and handed it back to the agent.

    The agent promptly took the pad and left without a word as Yularen moved back to escort the Queen to the atrium.

    “Shall we?”

    TAG: Queen Sabé Amidala
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  18. pashatemur

    pashatemur Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Jun 21, 2004
    IC: Sabé Amidala Elected Queen of Naboo ,half-sister to the late Queen, Padmé Amidala
    LOCATION: Senate Atrium, Imperial Reception for the new regime

    Sabé remained still, and only with a subtle shift of her eyes and the merest smile did she acknowledge the elder man as he stopped to take receipt of a data pad. He held it such that she could not see the contents of the open document and she chuckled to herself inwardly, though she still felt woozy from the stun shot she’d received an hour past. Colonel Yularen did not strike her as a person who postured or required empty fawning and adulation. He was included in what clearly was an important gathering, it preempted the new Emperor’s own reception! Yularen, were he to be removed from the equation would be somewhat of a major loss to the new regime.

    The ISB Director had received orders from Anakin- that much was clear. A “contingent” of the ISB were being sent to “lock down the Inquisitorius offices” to “transfer” and archive files and an “Agent Varik” will be point commander regarding some event in the Marais district. The unraveling was already well advancing, she thought wryly. The Naboo situation notwithstanding, there was much movement in the “Force” as they used to say. Her subtle smile momentarily turned to a thin line as the words formed in her mind, “Poor foolish...stubborn...” but she let it go..

    So she wasn’t to be trusted with these details of the Imperial Security Bureau, but she was trusted enough to hold the new Emperor’s office while he underwent whatever procedures restored him from the burns he’d received and not only restored his lungs and missing forearm right down to the fingertips, but regenerated his hair! Something about this piqued her ire. If he could do that now, why did it take him nearly a decade to do? And more unsettling, with such power, of what else was he capable?! To make matters worse, he had accidentally been exposed to and inhaled an enormous dose of spice which he claimed was partially responsible for allowing him to forbear over his injuries sustained during the Battle of Kalee.

    From all she knew, spice was immediately addicting and the amount would have killed most beings. It wasn’t clear to her, but he underwent what that strange sisterhood of the Bene Gesserit called a spice ecstasy. She could deduce that beyond her, the physician, Ledaren Quinlan Vos, and the Bene Gesserit Alia, who exposed, him were the only people who knew. She pondered what this information could mean.

    Before her anger and concern got the better of her, the Colonel had returned. He did not offer his apologies for making her wait or say to where he urged, but only gestured and asked politely, “Shall we?” He was particularly quiet and the silence between them was awkward. “Good,” she thought, as she placed her hand upon his arm and decided she would not make it any easier on him...or indeed, on anyone. Mystery gave one the upper hand. She nodded, and again, did not turn to give him her face, but only glided with grace and reserve whither he led.

    TAG: Yularen
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2019
  19. Corellian_Outrider

    Corellian_Outrider Admin FF | Curator: Art&RPF | Oceania RSA | CR NSW star 6 Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 9, 2002
    Zaa Vashee - Queen of Shili
    Location: Coruscant - Galactic Senate Building - Senate Atrium

    The music marched to it's ultimate crashing cord and Zaa graciously bowed her head to her dance partner, Prince Jayden of Bakura. She was about to remark on his excellent skills as a dancer, but for a moment, the Queen of Shili noted that there was another presence close by. So must have her majordomo, who didn't take long in reaching her side. Always a worrier, that one, thought Zaa and as he discreetly spoke so only Zaa could hear, she glanced about and noted several familiar faces before directing her gaze back to the man opposite her.

    "Thank you for an enjoyable time," said Zaa, smiling to Jayden with genuine gratitude, but also, somewhat apologetically for the momentary distraction. Yet, she added admiringly, "You certainly know your footwork."

    TAG: Crown Prince Jayden of Bakura

    ~OOC~ Special thanks to @pashatemur for lending Anakin/Han/Sophia for this post

    ~IC~ Commissar Ahsoka Tano + Emperor Anakin Skywalker
    Location: Coruscant - Galactic Senate Building - Senate Atrium

    Ahsoka moved with the rhythm and emphatic and dramatic as the last strains of the orchestra, she turned, lifting her arms high as her montrals and ended with an elegant flourish as the music came to an end.

    One breath.... two...

    Straightening, she smiled as she and Celeste happily met eyes. 'We did it!' Ahsoka then mouthed to the delighted Empress and grinned as she took in her surroundings. Glancing about, it was bewildering to see how many had also joined in with the dance-

    “Anakin!” she exclaimed as she realised his presence, turning to see him behind her with Cadet Solo and Sophia too. Before she knew it, she felt an arm about her waist and herself, pulled into a warm hug. "Nice of you to join us."

    “Oh yeah?! Well, it's nice to know I was missed,” Anakin said warmly, a grin slowly spreading across his face.

    Ahsoka wrapped her arm around his back, returning the affection, while putting her other arm affectionately about the Cadet’s shoulders, making Han smile with a blush.

    Anakin looked down to where his coat was being tugged and laughed. “Come here, ‘girl-bunch!’” he said to the eager Sophia, leaning down to scoop her up.

    As she looked back out again, Ahsoka’s luminous blue eyes grew even bigger and brighter upon seeing a familiar blue face-

    “Chuchi?” she said under her breath.

    She wanted to go straight over and see for herself, but she was caught in the middle and there were too many in the way. She'd have to try to catch up with Riyo later.

    TAG: Anakin / Celeste - all in the Atrium (The Seguidilla is over, that should allow characters to interact a bit more freely)
  20. WarmNyota_SweetAyesha

    WarmNyota_SweetAyesha Game Host star 7 VIP - Game Host

    Aug 31, 2004
    IC - Agent Varik - Atrium

    Agent Varik watched as 7th Sister interacted with a hostile appearing Inquisitor who was dressed in black and gray with a helm and mask/armor ... lending an intimidating tone and very much at variance with the festive mood and actions of the dancers and spectators. They seemed to be gesturing toward a small human who would otherwise have attracted little attention, Rahara thought, then filed the latter's appearance away for future reference.

    The wonderful dance concluded and Rahara smiled fleetingly as the Emperor and Empress are enfolded in a close circle.

    Rahara moved into a position where she could intercept subtle 'messages' from Colonel Yularen as well as to keep an eye on the crowd for 'interesting' or notable activity.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2019
  21. pashatemur

    pashatemur Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Jun 21, 2004
    IC: Admiralty Command, Asset/Fleet management

    LOCATION: system network and Sector Zero, Imperial Center

    Meanwhile, a small bicone-shaped communications beacon, about the length and diameter of an average human male, floated nearly invisible to any “eye” that might take notice, it’s absorbent coating making it a small black dot in a vast sea of black, one of many dispersed and tethered magnetically to heavenly bodies throughout the galaxy. Occasionally, a small light blinked with the internal activity of collecting and transmitting data to the Imperial Admiralty’s monitoring network. Once transmitted through to the next beacon in the net, the data was “destroyed” at each node and the Admiralty channels on which it was transmitted, scrambled its communications with randomly rotated encryptions. Some of the data was scientific measurements collected to serve military and non-military inquiry and some for other needs such as mapping the “skies” and tracking the movement and positions of various military assets, such as expeditionary ships, military platforms and equipment, and, of course, the location and movement of it’s patrol and war ships, just as the movement of the 7th fleet in Chommel Sector had elicited interest earlier in the evening, half-way across the Empire.

    In a Mid-rim data center for Fleet command, the HMS Rilbek, Zandra, Soubise, and Fortunata were a few of the Admiralty’s assets that seemed to have gotten lost in the galactic “noise” which, with some regularity, “hid” the signals of the assets until whatever interferences dissipated and allowed the data to be collected and sent further on down the line. However, it meant that those assets would be flagged and listed for a vigilant scrutiny in order to locate or determine if they had indeed gone missing. Thus, the convoy to Muunilist was not necessarily missing, but was listed as “temporarily un-observable.”

    TAG: open
  22. Adalia-Durron

    Adalia-Durron WNU Mod - Aussie Queen star 10 Staff Member Manager

    Jun 3, 2003
    IC Zaa Vashee - Queen of Shili & Prince Jayden of Bakura
    Location: Coruscant - Galactic Senate Building - Senate Atrium

    Jayden inclined his head, a lock of golden hair fell forward as he did so before looking into her eyes. "Believe me Your Highness, the pleasure has been all mine. It's so wonderful to be able to move with a partner who actually enjoys them self whilst doing this." He did wonder what or who now had the lady's attention as her body guard seemed to be somewhat on edge. "If I can be of any further assistance, by all means please do ask." he glanced over to his wife, Queen Kirstine. He couldn't help but notice her seething expression, she wanted the attention, she wanted to be noticed by Zaa for her own reasons and there was a part of him that was amused by that. Zaa clearly hadn't noticed his wife. He looked back the beautiful woman before him. "I would be honoured to be at your Service." He bowed slightly, he knew the dance both with music and diplomatically.

    TAG @Corellian_Outrider
  23. pashatemur

    pashatemur Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Jun 21, 2004
    OCC: Thank you, C_O, for your collaboration and contributing Ahsoka to this post.

    IC: Anakin, Celeste, Maruuke Gartener, Sophia, and Han + Special guest Ahsoka

    LOCATION: Floor of the Senate Atrium

    The round smooth features of Sophia’s governess appeared to replace Anakin’s view of the tables fronting the large dance floor. He smiled as she curtsied, noting that she observed a long forgone formality within the Royal household. However, this was Imperial Center and a public setting and her Re was now Emperor. Ursa had been a secluded system only a decade earlier. However, as warm as the Urseans could be, social etiquette mattered. Odd to imagine given the people’s origins.

    Ursean space-farers had dominated what once had been sparsely traveled wild passes and now were heavily traveled trade routes, though Ursa was far from the core worlds then as now. Those days were in an ancient past and Urseans had settled into a less dramatic existence of cooperative governance, tradition, and order.

    The governess was quintessentially Ursean. A rustic beauty, Maruuke was hearty, sure, and tall. She took issue with those who did not participate in the order of Ursa, did not vote, and generally kept to themselves. Possessing this typical Ursean outlook, she was proud of her heritage, but would never chose to return to the life of her ancestors, and also possessing an egalitarian sense of position, she freely expressed herself and while a servant and governess to the Enfanta Sophia, she was by no means ready to consider herself inferior in station or employ, and liked flexing her opinion whenever possible, though not without caution when it was warranted-but life had changed, and Anakin, he thought to himself, more closely fit the nickname Celeste had coined for him, ‘Mr.Affable.’

    “I’ll see to the Enfanta, Minn Arri,” said Maruuke in a thick Ursean accent, rousing him from his thoughts, as she rose from her curtsey. He gave his acknowledgement and Maruuke took a reluctant Sophia, her charge, from the Re. For no matter if he was now Emperor, Maruuke had a certain claim on her Re, as did Urseans in the main-he was Ursa’s first, though now, she took care to render to the Galactic Emperor, the obeisance Coruscant expected. Taking his arm from around Ahsoka, he cupped Sophia’s cheeks and smiled before letting her be carried away in the governess’ arms. The Enfanta pouted, looking over Maruuke’s shoulder, but then, could be seen looking excitedly all about the Atrium.

    As they passed Celeste, who, having finished congratulating the nearest dancers, had turned in time to kiss Sophia, giving the Enfanta yet another forum for her protests, but Sophia was now clearly intent on the excitement of the gathering and let herself be whisked away by her governess, waving as she looked back over Maruuke’s shoulder and then grasping the long thick braid that trailed down the governess’ back and chattering animatedly about this and that around them. Anakin folded his arms as he surveyed all around them.

    “Any further orders, sir?” said Han, bowing to Snips, which made Anakin grin, seeing court paid to Ahsoka and he wondered how she was taking it all. The young man, for he was truly no longer a boy. Anakin looked in the direction Han had glanced twice with some concern. Han was watching in the direction Sophia had disappeared in the closing ranks of the crowd

    “As you were, Cadet! Just keep your eyes on Sophia....” said Anakin, brows knit in mock sterness.

    “I know, I know! She’s wiley! I better go,” said the Cadet, slapping his cap on his head and then turning on his heal with the Emperor’s leave and bowing quickly, but deeply to the Empress as she approached and he skirted her with due deference and moved quickly after the governess and Enfanta.

    As Celeste approached with muted reprove toward him, Anakin let out a quiet sigh. Yet, she took his hand and squeezed reassuringly and also grasped Ahsoka’s, chastising him playfully, “ Baptism by fire? Was that your plan, minn Alskling?” she asked with a wry smile and looking to Ahsoka, “But we certainly jumped those flames, didn’t we, partner?” she asked of Ahsoka, squeezing Ahsoka’s hand again.

    Ahsoka nodded and flashed a smiled. “We sure did and took down a few droids while we were at it too!”

    “I truly had no intention of putting this all on your shoulders, but ....yes, I see you had it all sewn up. Thank you...both of you.” said Anakin, an arm around each.

    But the warm moment was short lived as the public hemmed in. Anakin looked with a little seriousness to Ahsoka and then to Celeste.

    “Go on! I know! Things to discuss with the Commissar. I’ll meet and greet!” said Celeste reaching a hand to Anakin’s chest. “Go on! I’ll field questions and fend.” She turned about leaving no room for discouragement and with her gesture and body, intercepted the public leaving Ahsoka and Anakin to talk while they may.

    Anakin looked after Celeste and smiled almost sadly and then turned to Ahsoka. “Thanks Snips! I knew I could rely on you. She probably could have done it on her own, but having you near made the going a lot less unpleasant and well, you’re used to flying by the seat of your pants, anyway!”

    “I was happy to be Celeste’s support. Someone had to play the part of you…” Ahsoka pursed her lips, dimples in her cheeks as a grin flourished. She held up her hand, thumb and index measuring a small distance. “I just do things a lil bit different.” Falling into the old nature of friendly banter felt natural to do to cover the seriousness of the situation.

    Folding his arms, a crooked grin warming, he looked up to the tips of her montrals and nodded, “Yes, tip to toe, you’re just about my height!”

    She looked to the top of his head as her hand reached and touched the tip of her left montral. In her mind she calculated the difference and the revelation surprised her. “I… am too… fancy that!”

    He drew a hand from it’s “tuck” under his arm and traced a line up in front of the middle of her face to overhead and back and then pressed the tip of her nose playfully and laughed, whoever might be looking, be damned. Then, however, his mood turned serious again.

    “I noticed your recognizing Riyo Chuchi!” he said, looking over to where Riyo could be spied at a table full of celebrating company, one notable, being Senator Bail Organa. “I know they have to be surprised at your presence here, and particularly, at my side. I suppose that’s to be expected....” he seemed to hesitate for a moment, thinking.

    “Why not satisfy their curiosity, Soka! It would be as good a time as any. You know me, and you know them-granted, it’s been a while. But, we’ve a long way to go and ...tonight is as good a time as any to start rebuilding. Like I told you, they can probably get behind you, before they’ll even countenance a talk with me!” He gave the Commissar a side-long and knowing glance and winked as he turned his gaze back in the direction of Senators Chuchi and Organa as he noted his aid, Jan di Toli arriving and talking with a blond-haired woman seated and now rising next to Bail.

    Ahsoka looked over to where she could see Riyo Chuchi, Senator Organa and several others with whom she was not quite familiar. She felt conflicted between leaving Anakin’s side, her duty, and wanting to surprise Chuchi and rekindle friendships.

    He nudged her shoulder with his own. “Go on! Do it! You know you want to!” he said teasingly and maybe the least too persuasively, a bit of the Force at play. He cleared his throat. “You can do so much more for me and the galaxy, just making friends in a moment, than I can do addressing the Senate in a grueling three hour speech! Go on!”

    She worked her mouth as she looked into his eyes for a moment, assessing whether it was a good idea or not before smiling. “If you need me, just call.”

    He was going to say, ‘I’ve been hollering across the galaxy for you for the past 9 years!’ but decided that was a bit of resentment coming through and he didn’t want to have this ‘tram’ jump it’s tracks. His expression softened, remembering their ride to the Senate earlier in the day and he wet his lips before speaking, “Truly! I do...Now, you go and do the things you do so well. I know Chuchi and Organa will be happy to reunite with you. It will be good for everyone and I’ll be fine.”

    Her hand gently touched his and she inclined her head. “I’ll see you soon.” She took a step back and turned to the direction of where Chuchi was.

    “Hey, Soka?” he said as she began to make her way towards Organa’s table.

    She turned, her dress twirled and lekku swayed and wrapped about herself as Ahsoka about face.

    He put his right hand to his chest, then touched his lips and saluted in their old way, to say, “Force speed.” She seemed to emanate her own internal light and he smiled at her radiance. “Yep, that’s my Snips, alright!” he murmured to himself feeling warmed and somewhat renewed.

    As if some invisible barrier had been let down, the crowd pressed closer as circle of the public fell in toward the gravity of the Emperor and he was soon out of sight but for his head, that over-topped most of the crowd about him, except for the two red robed Imperial guards that parted the crowd to stand ready to protect him.

    TAG: open
  24. Ominous

    Ominous Jedi Master star 4

    Jul 30, 2004
    IC: Captain Galen, General Torian Darkeyes of the ARR ship, Storm’s Eye

    Galen watched as they continued to take fire from the alien warship. Shields were holding but it wouldn’t take long for them to start fading. She turned to the comm. officer, “Concentrate all fire on that alien ship! I want it vaporized.” Her voice was urgent but calm. The Rebel fleet unleashed its fire power upon the alien rock that had been attacking the Storm’s Eye.

    Torian and his men began to load their equipment onto the shuttle for the ride over to the disabled Star Destroyer. Every so often the ship would rock from enemy fire but it didn’t deter them from their duties. Others around the hangar were not so calm. The head of the alien species was also brought on board in a container box to keep it fresh. Every man was loaded for bear expecting the worse on the Star Destroyer. These special operators had been there before, combat was a part of life. An unspoken language passed amongst them as they continued their tasks. Eyes showed determination and dangerous thoughts but deep down, each man was concerned that they would let down their teammates. They accepted that they were all dead men. Realizing you were already dead made their job easier to perform.

    Everything was squared away on the shuttle. The pilot reached out to the comms officer. “Storm’s Eye, this is Renegade 1 requesting take off.”

    “Renegade 1 this is Storm’s Eye. You are clear for launch. Good hunting and bring something back for supper.”

    “Roger that Storm’s Eye” As he flipped switches and moved the collective forward. He flipped the comms to the back of the shuttle where Torian and his men were crouched down and ready. “This is your Captain speaking. We want to thank you for choosing Renegade Air. As always if you are a loyalty member you will be getting points for this trip. Due to the short amount of time in the air, your stewardess will not be able to serve drinks. Now please fasten your seat belts and as always the barf bags are below your tray tables.”

    The men, with their weapons between their legs started chuckling. A little humor went a long way when you were about to sit in the lap of death and ask for a bantha ride. The shuttle began its flight over to the Star Destroyer. From the pilot’s viewport you could see the battle between the alien rock and both the Imperials and Rebels.

    Back on the Storm’s Eye, Galen wanted this to end quickly. The longer they were out here, the better chance they had of more Star Destroyers showing up and ruining the party. As they approached the Hidden Dagger cautiously, the pilot flipped the comms back on to an open channel.

    “Star Destroyer Hidden Dagger, this is Renegade 1. We are on approach to enter your hanger. Please acknowledge.”

    Galen tapped into Torian’s communicator. “Good luck General. If things go SNAFU on you, give the word and will blow these Imperial diaper stains into oblivion.”

    Torian acknowledged back, “Aye Captain. Let’s hope they keep their end up.”

    TAG: Imperials
  25. pashatemur

    pashatemur Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Jun 21, 2004
    OCC: Please note “TIME” in the header.

    IC: Rogue Imperial Captain Babbit of the Nebulon B frigate Soubies, Lt. Maxin, Lt. Beno Tanawee, Captain Braun of the Star Galleon, Fortunata, Commanding Captain Malcovich, Lt. (Mr.) Ailes of the Imperial convoy command ship, Nebulon B frigate Zandra, a modified Acclamator-class cargo ship transporting a tank regiment and several battalions of stormtroopers, the HMS Rilbek, and the Roi’k chuun m’arh frigate War-Shaper, Commanded by Captain Naimi Zha’Yum

    LOCATION: Imperial weigh point - a set of coordinates off the confluence of the Hydian Way and Perlemian Trade Route on the way to Muunilist

    TIME: Moments before and up to the point the Alliance Shuttle “knocked at Hidden Dagger’s door.”

    Babbit paced before the bridge’s view port aboard the Nebulon B frigate, Soubise, rage building at the passivity and cowardice of his commander, Captain Malcovich. The Imperial convoy carried many important and high security government codes aboard the galleon, Fortunata and their mission was to deliver them, the personnel, and weapons and machinery while his second inquired what action his captain required of him. The answer, a muttered set of expletives. Captain Babbit stopped and looked out at the combatants, rebels to the left and “rock” aliens to the right. In the middle, the Hidden Dagger floated seemingly peacefully in space, while fiery yellow-white balls of plasma shot from the large alien ship, not just at Malcovich’s nebulon b, Zandra, but now at the rebel command vessel which was in the vanguard of the assembled rebel hodgepodge of ships.

    Ceasing his frustrated pacing and muttering, Babbit said wonderingly “What the deuce is that crazy idiot doing?. He’s going to get us all killed!” Then in a rage, the Captain growled towards the Zandra,”Fire, man, fire! Why don’t you fire?”

    The bridge crew went quietly but anxiously about their business for what seemed to some, minutes and then Babbit broke the silence again with, “Mr. Maxin, have gunnery ready torpedos and cannons; load and target that alien craft, but keep a bead on those rebels. Let’s take care of this alien trash and then we’ll deal with the rebels.”

    Maxin looked to the comms officer and to navigation near where he stood, all the officers working to hide their concern. “Ahem...sir, Commanding Officer, Captain Malcovich told us to maintain a discrete position and be prepared to defend the!”

    Babbit did not turn to address the Chief’s words, but said, “Captain Malcovich is clearly not in any state of mind to meet the present challenge! When I report what happened here, Malcovich won’t have the authority to command himself. You are welcome to step down and yield your position to someone who will not question his superior officer!”

    “Sir! I - Gunnery-” stammered Maxin.

    “Get off my bridge, you dolte!” said Babbit waving the sergeant at arms forward. “Remove this insolent coward to the brig. Gunnery?!” barked Babbit, waving another officer to his side.

    “Aye, Sir!” returned the Gunnery officer quickly.

    Without looking to the officer, Babbit ordered, “I’m making a field promotion.You are now Senior Lieutenant ...someone make a note of his name...and acting TAO. Ready gunnery and target that infernal rock!”

    “Tanawee, name’s Beno Tanawee, Captain, sir!” said the newly appointed second, his words going unheard in the shock of the moment.

    Aboard the Imperial star galleon Fortunata, Captain Braun stepped toward the viewport, not certain she was seeing Soubise moving forward out of it’s designated defense position in an aggressive move toward the alien ship.

    “Captain-the Soubise is moving out of position-” called Braun’s second.

    “I see - Comms, hail Soubise.” said Braun in a low even tone and then turning to her second, she commanded, “We’ll need to cover ourselves.” Quickly, the Captain and her second worked out what contingent adaptations needed to be made.

    A worried voice broke in over the bridge address system, “Captain Braun,, Senior Lieutenant Tanawee, here. Captain Babbit declines to speak at the moment. He suggests you take his lead in this conflict-”

    Captain Braun spoke immediately, “Lt. Tanawee,” she repeated, expecting Maxin, “your Captain is breaking rank...” Her voice broke off as static
    replaced Tanawee’s voice for a moment and she could see from her vantage in front of the galleon bridge’s view port that the Soubise was now under fire from the larger alien ship.

    Meanwhile communications reported transmission of orders from Captain Malcovich that “Soubise and Fortunata were to “take position starboard aft of the rebel flag ship” and that the Rebel command ship, Storm’s Eye had been advised to expect them.

    Captain Braun nodded out of habit and conveyed her orders to the helm.

    Turning to her bridge, Braun called, “Comms! Hail Storm’s Eye and advise that we are falling back as per Captain Malcovich’s orders with the understanding we are acting in accord and notify command that Captain Babbit and the HMS Soubise” are currently breaking rank!”

    Aboard the Imperial command ship, the Nebulon b frigate, the HMS Zandra the captain’s second reported, “Captain Malcovich, sir, the rebel Captain says they are sending out a shuttle and asks where you want it to go. She also wants assurance that our forces will recognize them as “friendlies,”and to stand down to admit them.” said Ailes hopefully.

    The Zandra shuddered faintly and sensors gave report, “Shields holding at 68%.”

    Acknowledging, Malcovich responded to his second, Mr. Ailes, “Good...enough for social science! Thank the rebel... CaptainGalen and tell her that the shuttle should head for the Hidden Dagger. Tell her that the galleon HMS Fortunata and the frigate HMS Soubise will be drawing back to their starboard flank. We will inform the Hidden Dagger to expect the rebel shuttle and stand down weapons-”

    He stopped mid-sentence as he saw the Soubise in the distance, leaving the shadow of the stranded imperial star destroyer, Hidden Dagger, green streaks of turbolaser fire lancing out from the Nebulon b toward the enemy and drawing plasma fire from the alien “rock” ship.

    Ailes gestured to Malcovich, about to speak and directing his Captain’s eye to the rogue frigate, but Malcovich spoke first. “I see it. Comms! Raise the Soubise.

    The crackle over communications was lessening and the connection, immediate, as evidenced by a well defined connecting “click” and the sound of Soubise’ bridge in battle in the background.

    “Babbit, draw back immediately,” commanded Malcovich, who’s usual drawl became dark and menacing.

    “We’re a bit too busy here to indulge your cowardice, Captain Malcovich! And one more thing, I intend to report you.....” Babbit spit out between clenched teeth as the Soubise rocked hard with an intense volley of fiery balls of plasma. Alarms began to ring on his bridge as the particle shields flicked with the intensifying hail of bright white and yellow projectiles, so intense, the barrage lit the Soubise’ bridge with blinding light and alarms strobing red and screaming from stem to stern.

    So, this was the alien capacity! The superheated projectiles appeared to emanate out of slightly flared tubules rising from the rock substance that made up the hull of the ship. The tubules all seemed to be targeting the same area of the Soubise.

    “DRAW BACK!” Malcovich commanded, speaking over the errant Captain Babbit and seeing he was not complying, “Lieutenant Maxin,” Malcovich called to Babbit’s second. (For his part, Tanawee cleared his voice as he stood next to Babbit, realizing he could not properly interject that he had replaced Maxin, but he drew away from Babbit.) Malcovich continued, “Captain Babbit is relieved of his command! I am ordering you to have him conveyed to the brig. You will take command and fall back as ordered.”

    Senior Lieutenant Tanawee hesitated for a moment, beads of perspiration appearing and spilling over his taut face. However, he raised his hand to call upon the bridge guard, but did not complete the order as Captain Babbit drew his blaster, lifted it to Tanawee’s head and fired.

    A collective gasp escaped Babbit’s bridge crew and transmitted to the Fortunata and to the Zandra before the Soubise abruptly ended communication. The broken regulation against armed blasters on the bridge aside, the ship shuddered and began listing to one side, Tanawee’s elevation to second now over, his pooling blood spilled across the slanted shiney floor of the bridge. “Would anyone else like to lodge an objection?” asked Babbit scanning the officers around the bridge. “I thought not. Now-uhg-gunnery,” whinced Babbit as another full volley of fiery projectiles rocked the ship, “target the origins of their weapons. You should have a good read on them by now!”

    Connection ended with the Soubise,Malcovich spoke with Captain Braun. “Now Soubise has broken formation, Captain Braun, withdraw immediately out of the alien’s range and starboard aft of the rebel command ship, as ordered. Best you not exhibit your capabilities to the aliens.”

    All eyes on Fortunata’s bridge were on Captain Braun as she stood silent for a moment and the galleon took a plasma blast from the aliens.

    “Captain?” called Malcovich just as Braun responded, “Aye, Sir,” and Braun’s second turned to the helm to usher the freighter toward their fall back position near the Alliance ships. Nervous looks were exchange quickly as Fortunata got under way and the Zandra closed communication.

    Braun turned to her sobered crew and began to encourage their focus towards making haste to their fall back position and toward defensive maneuvers.

    Coming to stand at Braun’s side, her second began to speak in quiet tones to his Captain, “Mam, shouldn’t we give aid to the Soubise?

    “No, Kaidon, he’s committed mutiny. Likely, we’d have to fight him to bring Soubise back. To make matters worse, he’s drawn an active weapon on bridge, and murdered an officer. He’s going alone up against these aliens without a clear strategy or knowledge of what we’re up against in terms of the enemy and their abilities. At the least, Captain Babbit has gone rogue, and has likely lost his mind. I wouldn’t want to be his crew right now. Someone over there has got to take control. At the most, he may have lost us the force we need to escape these ‘clashing rocks’,” said Braun, referring to the symplegades of legend.

    Both Captain Braun and her second, watched as the Soubise sailed toward her fiery destiny, the scene growing ever more distant as the Fortunate approached the Alliance battle group.

    “ It’s Captain Galen of Storm’s Eye right?” asked Captain Braun and Kaidon responded, “Aye, Captain.”

    “Comms,” called Braun, “Hail Storm’s Eye and advise that we are falling back as per Captain Malcovich’s orders with the understanding we are acting in accord.”

    On the Zandra, Malcovich reached out to Commanders Buro of Zandra’srescue teams and Bond, Deck Commander of the Hidden Dagger’s” main hanger, to monitor the rescue and arrival of the rebel shuttle, as Ailes was reaching out to Captain Galen.

    “This is Lt. Ailes of HMS Zandra for Captain Galen, Commanders Buro and Bond have been notified and stand ready to receive your shuttle in the main hangar of Hidden Dagger. One of our convoy frigates has engaged the alien craft and is currently drawing fire. It is Captain Braun and her galleon, the HMS Fortunata who are now withdrawing to your starboard flank.” This last, he relayed, the gravity of which settled in as the full meaning of Babbit’s insubordination, hit home. If Babbit survived, he’d be a “hostile,” but there might be a chance of confiscating his ship in tact. If Soubise was lost, it would mean 700 less they could rescue.

    Sensors rang out as Ailes ended transmission. “Two ships, decanting to port and ....” The officer’s voice was drowned out by proximity sensor alerts...

    Meanwhile, in the hangar of the Hidden Dagger, Buro looked to the preparations to receive the shuttle from the Storm’s Eye. With reluctance, the crew and troopers holstered weapons and slung their DLTs over their shoulders, their last encounter with the aliens still fresh in their minds, the two huge crab-like armored aliens, now dead and piled on a repulsor bed to one side. It was a sight, the vaulting reaches and the huge main hangar filled with injured and dead, haggard survivors who’d arrived after anxious journeys through the belly of the disabled Imperial destroyer, and storm troopers, some unhelmeted, all looking toward the open bay as the alien ship was tractored back from the bay opening, gray and dead and set down with a grinding noise as the rough craggy exterior dragged on the metal decking. Now, the focus became the arriving rebel shuttle. Hands twitched, faces held grim and taut, while the Hidden Dagger’s deck could be both heard and felt shimmying with an off-balanced thrum.

    It was quiet enough to hear the tower giving the arriving shuttle permission to land. “...once you have landed, lower your ramp, and exit with weapons holstered and shouldered.”

    As the shuttle, Renegade 1 had prepared to depart the Storm’s Eye, two cronau flashes appeared port side of Captain Galen’s ship, a very short distance away and two vessels exited hyperspace together, one, a battered and disintegrating modified Acclamator-class cargo ship, the HMS Rilbek and the other, another alien “rock” ship similar in size to the one now firing on both the Imperials and the Alliance. While the Acclamator fell apart on decanting from hyperspace, the newly arrived alien ship began a broadsides assault on the Alliance command ship, Storm’s Eye.

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