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The Misadventures of Pokere Nacht, Chapter 1

Home planet of the Togruta, in the Ehosiq Sector.

Re: The Misadventures of Pokere Nacht, Chapter 1

PostAuthor: Pokere Nacht » Wed Dec 10, 2014 4:30 am

The sheer number of people pressed into such a small space was awesome, certainly, but it paled in comparison to the simple fact that everybody -else- seemed totally and completely fine with the situation. Nobody bumped, nobody jostled, and when it was inevitable that such contact took place nobody even seemed to react to it. Pokere was, simply put, awed by the patience and social comfort of the Togruta people. Sarai kept looking at her with an amused smile that reminded Pokere to close her mouth and quit gawking.

Sarai was a bit taller than Pokere, though Pokere had the feeling she was the more confident one out of the pair due to her Jedi training, but the two continued to hold hands (practically a necessity to prevent them from getting separated due to Pokere's lack of familiarity with navigating such gatherings) and made their way to a food stand. The moment Sarai started to look like she was doing math in her head Pokere pulled up her account and showed the screen to Sarai before gesturing for her to do whatever she thought best. The meal that resulted was more of a light repast but it was simply delicious, taken as it was on a narrow bench shared with six others with the girls sitting tight shoulder to shoulder.

Pokere wondered at the press about her, hoping something would catch her eye, and growing more and more accustomed to the nearness her circumstances had put upon her with her Togruta peer. Knowing nothing about what she was looking at had the benefit of making her aware of everything and after a while she noticed something that had her curious. "Sarai, what are the blue sashes about?" Pokere pointed at a pair of male Togruta with wide sashes tied about their waists.

"Those are members of Public Safety. They are here to keep the peace, and there are lots of them in this part of the market."

Well, that explained part of why Pokere was having so much trouble spotting so much as a pick pocket. She sensed nothing but alertness from the two security force members and that meant they were taking their duty seriously, rather than things being secure on their own and the two merely being around for the sake of being seen. Then something in the Force told her to re-examine the last few moments. "What do you mean by this part of the market?"

Sarai used a long wave of her hand to indicate their surroundings. "This is the outer edge of the market, this is where common and low value things are to be found. Many people come here but they are good people. Normal people. Visitors, families, lone browsers, that sort of thing. Here it is not unusual to see a lone officer on patrol. In the center of the market is where the high value items including large things like speeders. Or at least the 'floor models' of such. Security is a bit lighter there but better equipped, and supplemented by private loss prevention specialists."

Sarai then turned and pointed toward a looming gray wall well behind the market. "The depths of the market border the warrens. That is where those vices I mentioned can be purchased. Lots of... private security there but they aren't interested in public safety as much as the protection of their employers' business concerns. Public Safety does not go in there in groups of less than four, usually more if they intend to do anything other than show they are willing to. There are some legitimate businesses, such as an apothecary mother likes to visit, but most of them are thinly veiled affairs for other things."

She then made a face. "The warrens are where the owners, enforcers, and workers reside. Nobody but them go in there, it isn't safe. There have been movements in the government to clean it out but it either amounts to nothing or people worry it to death over the possibility that one really bad but clearly defined problem would become dozens of nebulous problems." She sighed and shrugged. "Father says they have a point but I still feel like -something- should be done."

"I'm inclined to agree with you," Pokere said, still staring at the gray wall through the space between two booths. After a long moment she looked at Sarai and nodded. "Why don't you give me the full tour?" She stood and held out her hand again, thinking perhaps there would be something along the edges of the so called depths.
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Re: The Misadventures of Pokere Nacht, Chapter 1

PostAuthor: Pokere Nacht » Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:13 am

They were at it for hours, and Pokere did actually make some progress in between being shown unique items and activities on the Togruta homeworld. First at a fresh fish stall ran by an elderly member of the species, Pokere managed to arrive just in time to assist the man with lifting a milk crate full of ice over the edge of a device that automatically distributed it amongst the containers of fish on display. She volunteered to fill it once for him, he accepted, and about a half hour went by with both Pokere and Sarai making trips to the ice distributor from another machine set up in the area for the various booths to acquire their needed frozen water.

A bit later she sensed and managed to point out a pick pocket team to a pair of Public Safety officers, then assisted by cutting off the hand off member when he tried to bolt. That hadn't netted her the same kind of appreciation but the two officers did thank her all the same, commenting it was good to see the Jedi spreading through the galaxy once again.

Not long after lunch they received the message that the speeder had picked up its order from the grocer and would be headed back. Pokere checked with Sarai, and upon the other girl's agreement, waved them on without the pair. However, without risking getting in way over her head, Pokere decided it was just about time to leave the market. She wanted to get involved with the Warren but something told her it was way above her station for the moment, which equated to be well above her skill level as well. Getting herself killed, and leaving Sarai alone to explain what had happened, just felt like the wrong course of action for obvious reasons.

As they came out of the market and were able to let each other go without one or the other agreeing not to move from the spot Sarai decided to simply transition to hooking her arm around Pokere's elbow and leaning into her as they walked down the sidewalk. "So, what do you want to do now, Pokere?"

Pokere let the question be of primary importance, merely shifting her weight to counter balance against the other female's lean. "Oh, well... that's a good question. Hm..." She gave it some thought before a relatively decent answer came to her. "Does this city have a night life, an area known for establishments of the entertainment variety? Or are such establishments scattered?"

"Silver Road, there are other places for various types of folks but if you want -the- place it's Silver Road. I've never been there, not really, but I've ridden past it a couple of times during the day. Why?"

"It's as good a place as any to visit next. Then, if we have time, maybe the government district." Pokere patted Sarai's hand where it was resting on her forearm. There was literally no reasoning behind the selection, it just gave them a goal while Pokere waited for the Force to present her with clearer path. They mounted the speeder bike, got it going again, and were off to work their way to Silver Road.
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PostAuthor: Pokere Nacht » Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:16 pm

The trip didn't take too long, it was merely delayed by a few wrong turns that resulted in circling a block here or there but made it they did. Pokere locked down the speeder bike at one end of the three blocks that comprised the area known as Silver Road and dismounted to join the already standing Sarai as she elegantly unveiled the area as if a curtain was just parting, with a wave of her arm. Pokere took it in once more and with proper reverence... which wasn't much. "I assume it is more impressive in the later evening."

"Oh, definitely. During daylight hours it is a largely abandoned street."

That wasn't an entirely accurate assessment, there were people around. They just weren't the glamorous types the area boasted about. There certainly wasn't much silver to be had amongst the work men, street cleaners, delivery drivers, and incoming waitresses or cleaning staff. That went double for the one or two transients seen peeking from a couple of alleys. Pokere assumed that a couple of the establishments served food and the unfortunates were waiting for the employee meal leftovers to be tossed. That gave her an idea for the money that her master had given her, and she filed it away for once she was done there.

"What do you think."

The question brought Pokere back to the moment and she smiled to her friend. "Well, I'm glad I came to take a look but I don't see much here that I can do. Although... are there many homeless in the city?" She gestured to indicate the beings lurking at the mouth of a nearby alley.

"No, at least not that would be properly called 'homeless'. Our population isn't so large that housing is ever a problem and even when someone is down on their luck it's hard to tell because we live in familial communal groups. Two of my sisters have been without a job and have no marriage prospects either, but you'd never be able to tell unless you already knew. It isn't a stigma, nor is it a problem. They help with the younger members of the family, with the chores, and we are happy to have them still close with us. Usually, our 'homeless' are those who have mental or emotional illnesses causing them to be loners." Sarai said the last word with deep concern.

Pokere could imagine why. What she'd managed to read about the Togruta indicated that they were a very social species that preferred to be around others. Being alone in an alley was likely one of the more socially terrifying experiences in their minds. Sleeping in an empty room, standing alone in a turbolift, etc. would all seem infinitely more lonely to one of them than to Pokere who had often sought solitude to gather her thoughts or to study. "Well, I have no doubt your people work to help them. Where does that usually take place?"

"Temple district. Very centralized and, despite the name, the center of our medical council. Good people who live their lives to help others there, it really has been a boon to the sector... or so father likes to say." Sarai sort of blushed as she admitted to quoting the patriarch of her family. "Do you want to see it? It is the area that the city was built around as my species started to settle away from our nomadic ways in ancient times. The buildings there are beautiful."

"I would love to see it, lets go." Pokere got back on the speeder bike, smiled as Sarai snugged in behind her, and got the thing going again.
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Re: The Misadventures of Pokere Nacht, Chapter 1

PostAuthor: Pokere Nacht » Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:58 am

Together, the two young women went to the Temple District of the city. Together they toured the buildings that were open to the public. Together, they took a turn working on a soup line to give a couple of the workers respite. They were thanked, told what good young women they were, and someone expressed surprise at the Jedi even bothering to look in on their world. Pokere could only respond with one of the often quoted non-answers popular amongst the Order, that Jedi went where ever the Force took them.

When the sun started to turn the shadows of the buildings long, the two finally decided it was time to go back. It had been such a good day that Pokere had even forgotten why she'd come to the city in the first place, at least there at the end.

It wasn't until she was parking the speeder bike outside of Kura's home, not until she felt the pull in the Force that was her master meditating just beyond the garden fence, that she realized that she'd not gotten a second person to say they were glad she was there. "Oh... blast me..." she said quietly to herself, a long drawn out breath carrying the words quickly into nothingness. All she could do was take a deep breath, resist the urge to run away and join the Galactic Circus, and go on in. Which she did.

"Master," she said to the figure she found sitting in the relative dark.
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Re: The Misadventures of Pokere Nacht, Chapter 1

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Fri Feb 27, 2015 4:12 pm

"My young Apprentice," He said by way of a greeting.

Kaz was sitting cross legged in the garden, his hands folded on his stomach and his posture perfectly upright as he had apparently been meditating. Considering the sheer focus that went into such a thing, even with his response, it was perfectly possible that he still was. He was dressed in the basics of Jedi garb, the stiff collared under tunic and pants without boots or any of the other upper body layers. Bare feet, upon which his toes wiggled just about the time she looked at them.

"How did your training go?" He already knew the answer but he wanted to hear her answer all the same. That would be just as important to his assessment as the information he'd already gathered.
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Re: The Misadventures of Pokere Nacht, Chapter 1

PostAuthor: Pokere Nacht » Fri Mar 06, 2015 4:46 pm

Pokere bit her lip and looked aside as she regathered her thoughts. So much. Emotions, hopes, disappointment, the temptation to lie, so so much running through her head. But she was speaking to a Jedi Knight, her master, and the only thing for a proper Jedi Apprentice to do was come clean. "I failed, master." It was honestly all she could think to say in that moment, all that could really be said. And yet, she felt the overwhelming urge to explain it. "I was able to get one person to say they were glad I was there, but another opportunity never really presented itself.... I'm sorry."
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Re: The Misadventures of Pokere Nacht, Chapter 1

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Fri Mar 06, 2015 5:13 pm

Kal smiled suddenly, his eyes popping open to regard her for the first time since her arrival in the small sandy garden. "Very brave of you to admit failure. For a moment there I worried that I had misjudged you. That you might lie when it wasn't even remotely necessary. But no, you've made me very proud, reporting the truth as you perceive it." He stood, a simple uncoiling of his form, and set a hand on her shoulder gently. "You are, however, wrong."

He turned, a little gesture indicating she should follow him, and exited the garden the same way she'd come in. The two of them padding out into the darkened 'road' that was little more than open space between rows of homes. "There is a trick to seeing opportunity that is, funny enough, so difficult to spot that you can actually take advantage of an opportunity without realizing it is an opportunity. For instance, I can feel somebody, right here in this village, that is very thankful that you were at hand. Your friend, the girl you rescued from the casual cruelty of her siblings... or cousins... it's hard to tell around here."

He shrugged and smiled down at her. "You succeeded, you just didn't know it. Perceiving opportunity and perceiving all opportunity are both complicated skills to perfect, and they are in different galaxies as far as difficulty. Fortunately, we have plenty of time to practice, Pokere. Now, barefoot and the Thousand Years of Steel." He pulled his lightsaber from his belt and sketched out a large circle by walking it out and pointing with the hilt while he waited for Pokere to ready herself.
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Re: The Misadventures of Pokere Nacht, Chapter 1

PostAuthor: Pokere Nacht » Fri Mar 06, 2015 5:44 pm

She watched him as he regarded her, smiling in the way that had become so familiar to her perception of the Corellian that she often had a hard time thinking of him without it even though she'd seen him without it, just a few moments ago in fact. His words made her smile, though it wasn't a mirthful thing. But that became a look of confusion at the speed of light. "Wrong, master?"

Pokere turned and followed after Knight Halcyon out into the street, turning to regard the village as he spoke. The dawn of realization on her face turned it dark purple. "Oh..." Why hadn't it occurred to her? The very first thing she'd done was help somebody, and they'd thanked her, and it hadn't even clicked in her mind. Her master was right, she'd succeeded without realizing she was working on the goal. Because, at the time, she hadn't been working on the goal but rather just trying to get to where she thought her best chances were. She'd selfishly been selfless and that thought made her uncomfortable. She looked at her master as he declared she was to do one of the velocities she'd been taught.

Pokere pulled off her boots while her master sketched the circle. Other questions came to mind with the rest of his words but she kept going back to the disturbing thought. "... master..." she said as she pulled both of her lightsaber hilts from her belt. The Thousand Years of Steel was a Velocity that could be performed with either a single blade or two. She'd been taught to perform it with two. Knight Halcyon usually performed it with a single weapon, though he'd been the one to teach her the two weapon version.
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Re: The Misadventures of Pokere Nacht, Chapter 1

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Thu Mar 19, 2015 3:05 am

Kaz smiled to himself when she said the lone word. Being half in her head already, and most of the time, had its advantages. Amongst those advantages was the fact that occasionally she wouldn't have to figure out a way to put her thoughts into words. He could sense her disturbance and the source, so focused was she on it. "It's a question you have come to too soon, Pokare, but there's no way to put that out of your mind now, is there." It wasn't a question.

"Most of us don't begin to notice, let alone struggle with, the contradictions in our philosophy and proscribed behaviors until late in our years as Knights. So, in the realm of over-thinking things, you're ahead of the class. Congratulations." He chuckled to himself as he held his lightsaber out in front of himself, staring at the unactivated hilt in his hand for a long moment and finally going still. "Remember this, my young apprentice, we have the power to do good for others. My grandfather, in one of his more philosophical moments before he passed away, said that the true power of a Jedi is the ability to reflect the Force back into the galaxy."

He smiled, looking at Pokare for a moment. "Reflect the good, reflect the bad. We choose at whom or what we reflect. We reflect evil back at evil people, using their power against them. Like deflecting a blaster bolt back at the shooter, they are the engineers of their own undoing. When we see good, we can and should reflect that good back at its source. Reward the righteous with righteousness, and the violent with violence. Only what they give, never more and never less, and that my boy... his words... is balance. We bring balance to the galaxy, Pokere. We bring balance to the Force. And sometimes that requires a bit of illogical behavior."

He held up a hand to forestall any response. "Consider, think, meditate. We will discuss the details later." He then took up his single weapon stance, ignited his lightsaber, waited for her to do the two weapon stance, and then clicked out a three count with his tongue before beginning the velocity there in the quiet street.
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