IC: General Hector Zey/Master Piim (NPC)/Beskaryc Taab/Knight Elim Rand (NPC) en route to the Council Chamber, Temple of Light "Planning a vacation?" The General's (Hector Zey) question visibly disturbed both padawan Ka and the Peacemaker (Master Piim) and even to Taab it seemed an odd way to greet someone whose contributions would be vital going forward. "Grandmaster," the Peacemaker said, a disapproving look crossing her face as she did so. The General looked ashamed for a moment before his expression hardened again. "Quite right," he said, sounding cowed. "Knight Loother, we were actually just talking about you and I've decided," he cast a wary glance in the Peacemaker's direction, "that it is essential for you to accompany us on our next mission." He gestured towards the nearby Council Chambers and ushered her and the others inside. "Would you be so kind as to join us for the planning session? Darth Harbinger is on his way for questioning and hopefully we will have all the answers we need soon enough." TAG: Zurros Ka, Rebecca_daniels, Runjedirun, Mitth_Fisto IC: Healer Susruta (NPC) Infirmary, Temple of Light "You don’t have to go out of your way." Healer Susruta shared a look with padawan Nosrep. Knight Dareagen's smile seemed less than sincere as he had made that statement. "Like I said, I’m fine, just a little tired. I’m sure the Force will get me through, it has so far." Susruta nodded, "The Force is indeed a powerful ally, but there was no need to rely on it exclusively when a Jedi has his friends to lean upon." He gestured to himself and padawan Nosrep. "I am not much of a warrior, a diplomat maybe, a scholar yes, but... well I can't imagine what good I will bring to this meeting. Are you sure I should go?" The Ithorian healer wasn't surprised at the response, it was rather odd that a padawan of his level and emphasis of training should go along with them to the meeting, but Susruta was sure the Force was pushing them in the right direction. "Trust in the Force padawan, and you too Knight Dareagen, that we will all be where we are meant to be." He waved them to follow him out of the infirmary. "Now, let us go. The Council is waiting." TAG: ConservativeJedi321, Galactic-vagabond422 IC: Darth Harbinger/Darth Sixtus (NPCs) Stockade, Temple of Light Darth Sixtus held her smile as Darth Harbinger was removed from his cell in shackles. If he was right this was the last time the two Sith would ever see each other, but she could give the Jedi no indication of that. They each had their separate destinies to fulfill, and as much as Sixtus wanted to take control of her own fate, she knew there was no fighting this. If Darth Harbinger was right. If not, they would probably both be dead. Executed once the Jedi no longer had need of them. She hoped Harbinger was right. "Master, I think I'm ready for that additional training now." The words from padawan Thrace stung. She had hoped he would stay with her. For a moment her smile dropped, replaced by a look of panic. This wasn't the way things were supposed to go. Were they? Knight Archisa was already on his way to the Council room, escorting Harbinger, and now Sixtus gave Master Kasumi a dirty look as she led young Thrace away as well. It was going to be lonely here she thought as the exterior door clanged shut and locked behind them, at least for a little while. TAG: Ananta Chetan, Gotab, Coffee_Ninja IC: General Hector Zey/Master Piim (NPC)/Beskaryc Taab/Knight Elim Rand (NPC)/Darth Harbinger (NPC) Council Chambers, Temple of Light Taab watched from near in the entry way as the Council of Guradians convened. The circular room was nearly empty, the polished stone floors clacked along with those who wore boots and heavy shoes, though the shoe less Peacemaker's (Master Piim's) footfalls were silent. On the far side of the room, arranged in a semi circle the Council itself took their seats. The General (Hector Zey), in the center seat look anxious, eager to get things started, while the Peacemaker sitting to his right looked as serene as ever. Next to her on her own right was Future (Hochner Trevalus) the Kubaz Knight. Taab had a more difficult time interpreting the non human's facial expressions, but if someone put a gun to his head he would say he was pensive, or perhaps he was just deep in thought.* Several of the other chairs were empty. Recent missions had not been kind to the Jedi in terms of either casualties or members unable to carry forth their duties. Sandman (Daniel Sandstrider), Saberjockey (Knight Be'orar), Momma (Knight Sherland) and Brains (Master Ropol) had all been assigned to other, less glamorous duties around the Temple after being unable to cope with the constant stress of the Sith siege. The General waved for the Negotiator (Knight Elim Rand) to take the seat at his own left, which elicited a smirk from the Jedi Knight. The other seats would go unfilled for now, though Taab assumed that the Old Fossil (Master Kasumi) would have been given one of them had she been here. The other Jedi in the room, Knight Loother, padawan Ka and Scars (Eira Dryn) kept their place, standing before the Council within their semicircle of half empty chairs. There was a gentle knock at the doorway behind him before the ornate wroshyr wood doors swung open behind him. Figuring that an attacker wouldn't knock first, but still thinking it was better to be safe than sorry, the Mandalorian still snapped his head over to see the three beings who entered next. One of these, Knight Dareagen, didn't surprise him, though his condition did. Taab had argued for the man to be afforded the chance to take this mission off, but the General had insisted he be a part of it. Even still, Taab was rather unhappy to see the state the Jedi Knight was in. He was clearly tired, worn, but doing his best to keep it together. Taab looked to the General, hoping the Jedi leader would see the obvious, but he didn't look concerned. The other two Jedi who entered were Doc (Healer Susruta) and an Ongree padawan that Taab called Flipflop (Semajj Nosrep) for his inverted facial features. What were they doing here? Taab asked himself as Doc bowed deeply to the now seated Council and took his place within the semicircle in front of them. Neither the General nor the Peacemaker seemed upset by their presence, though the Togruta did seem concerned for the well being of Knight Dareagen as the doors swung shut. A few moments passed and the doors swung back open, this time without warning. Taab's hand twitched down at the holstered blaster pistol at his side as Knight Archisa entered, pushing the shackled form of Darth Harbinger out in front of her. The Jedi standing in front of the Council moved back swiftly, taking up places farther back along the wall as the Mirialan Knight and her Sith captive took up their places, center stage as it were. "So, it has begun," the Sith said through an insincere smile. He could feel the tension in the room, the frustration, the fear. It was all as it was supposed to be, and now the end game would soon be upon them. The General wasted no time though on pleasantries or playing the Sith's game. "We've killed Darth Zelus, and retrieved the codes from her mind. Are you still going to help us?" The Sith surveyed the room, they truly were desperate to be turning to him for help, but he knew that would be the case. He was somewhat surprised to see how desperate they had become, half the Coucil seats were empty and obvious padawans in his presence? He should thank them for such an opportunity. His smile dropped as he caught sight of the Kubaz Knight. He knew their destinies were intertwined, and that frightened him. But so too was the fate of the Sith Order and these Jedi intertwined, he had to play his part. He looked back to the Jedi Grand Master. "Of course, I will do anything I can to help." The Jedi Grandmaster frowned, he didn't trust the Sith, that much was clear, but he had little choice in the matter. "Get me close enough and I can implant the codes into the Hellfire's brain." He smiled that all knowing smile again as Taab questioned from the back of the room. "How close?" The Sith closed his eyes, feeling through the Force where the Mandalorian stood. Without turning around he answered him. "I'll have to be within five kilometers to overpower the ship's mind, though perhaps that's not the right term." Behind his faceplate Taab frowned, an expression that was mirrored by several Jedi in the room. ignoring the last part he concentrated on the distance requirement. "So close? Why?" "Because the ship is a hybrid vessel, it's computer core was damaged in one of the One Sith's final battles with the Fel Empire. We were forced to take.... extreme measures to ensure the ship would function." The Togruta Jedi spoke to him now, stating matter of factly. "That doesn't explain..." Darth Harbinger's smile turned to laughter, a laughter that echoed off the walls of the nearly empty chamber. "Our former...master was wounded in that battle. Darth Cavillous had Veneficus remove his brain to be used as the ship's central processing unit. I didn't think it was possible, but Veneficus is...was," he looked through hooded eyes towards the Mirialan Knight, "rather exceptional in his own ghoulish way." He turned his attention back to the Council. "Darth Shaga lives on, though he is...not himself. He has become the ship, and he must obey our commands, but I have to be close to him to establish the mind link." The other human, the Knight sitting to the Grandmaster's left spoke now in a clipped Coruscanti accent.. "And why do we need you? We have the codes, we can implant them ourselves." Darth Harbinger shook his head. "Shaga only trusted me, he will only accept those codes from me. Not even Zelus could break into his mind, but once he senses my presence nearby, he will let me into his mind willfully." The Grandmaster sat, mulling this over. He he already set the Guardians on this course of action, but now he was unsure as to whether it was the correct one or not. As he sat, it opened up the opportunity for questions from the others. It was clear they would have to plan this mission with the help and contributions of this Sith, so escorting him away for the process seemed counter productive, the real question, the only question, was whether they could trust him or not, and it was a question that the Grand Master of the Guardians of Light simply had no answer to. TAG: Ananta Chetan, ConservativeJedi321, galactic-vagabond422, Zurros Ka, Rebecca_Daniels, Runjedirun, Mitth_Fisto OOC: * gag taken from Stargate SG-1. OOC II: Jedi in the Council Chamber feel free to question Darth Harbinger to your heart's content. I'm on daily so I should be able to answer any question to him within a day, maybe even sooner. I am going to give us until November for questioning and final mission planning and hopefully have the mission launched that first week in November so we are at least close to being on schedule. Gotab and CoffeeNinja, feel free to move your characters to a training or sparring room and begin your training. Your characters will be called back in time for the mission to start so we don't leave anyone behind.