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All Out of Limelight

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:51 pm

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The trip 'home' had been entertaining. Well, for Kaz it had been, at least. He and Kura had trained together, sharing their points of view and training practices with one another. They covered such topics as combat and battlefield theory, the reasoning behind their very different lightsaber builds, and even tactics of dueling as dictated by their individual styles. That wasn't to say they had shared everything amongst themselves, Kaz had no doubts that Kura had kept some secrets to herself. He'd certainly kept a bevy for himself as was his nature and his practice.

And, of course, there had been no little putting such theoretical efforts into practice. Kura was a more than capable swords woman, she had adapted quickly whenever the young Corellian had suggested the short coming in one of her approaches. He'd been very impressed with her sudden leap in survivability when he'd suggested that she think of his high speed offensives like they were slower attacks from multiple opponents, the strength of preference for the Shien aspect of Form V. In return he had learned a bit about striking with strength even against stronger or broader opponents, in training his strength without seeking bulk, and other such things that were designed to broaden both their fields.

Of course, that had all come to a rather abrupt end as they had arrived in orbit over Ossus. Before they'd made one turn around the planet a shuttle had come up to collect Knight Halcyon. Kaz had managed to put on his smile, doing an admirable job of showing his lack of surprise without being rude. Most of a week out to the Prism, a full week back to Ossus, and the wheels of whining politics had managed to turn. Just as he had suspected, the GA Senate had heard the grievance of the Gossam regarding the loss of their stewardship over Felucia. Having absolutely no authority over the actions of Jedi, especially Jedi who had merely acted as mediators over an otherwise entirely internal matter of a member world, they naturally decided to act as if they did.

A formal censure had immediately been issued to the Jedi High Council in regards to one Jedi Knight Kaziki Halcyon's deplorable acts in ending a protective relationship over an important agricultural world... yadda yadda yadda. Being under no contract or obligation to the Galactic Alliance Senate the High Council, again naturally, immediately capitulated to the censure by passing it down to their Knight who had done nothing of offense. How very clever of them to make no effort to maintain their equal footing with the GA and Fel Empire. Or so Kaz had pointed out in the private audience he had with the High Council, his mother at his side as his father had been required to sit with the Council itself. His father had laughed, his mother had scowled (at the Council in general, not her son), and then judgement had been passed. Kaz smiled through it all.

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The doors to the High Council chambers, such as they were, opened and Kaz strode out. He spotted Kura awaiting him and he burst into a sunny smile. At which point, he promptly lied. "Good news! I've turned the whole lot of them on their ear and we have been awarded a very prestigious mission in return. Not much up front on it but the value of the return should be quite impressive as we, my dear Kura, are returning to our spiritual and proverbial home ahead of all others."

Kaz gestured in the general direction of the landing field. "Come, my friend, we make haste to Tython... of all places."
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Re: All Out of Limelight

PostAuthor: Kura Nuhok » Sat Mar 08, 2014 3:48 pm

The tough training regimen that she and Kaz had initiated on their journey to Ossus has been rigorous but enlightening, with each learning more from the other than they had anticipated. Kura was excited about the slight shift in perception of her use of Shien, and was also pleased that Kaz was now learning that striking with strength was not always a bad thing.

Not that training had been all that they had done. They had talked, discussing points of view, philosophy and beliefs, even down to some personal minutiae, generally getting to know one another better. If they were to be partners, it was in their best interests to be able to read one another like a book. Not that she had told him everything that there was to know about her, but she had extended a degree of trust to him that few had been privileged enough to receive before.

However, their burgeoning partnership was brought to an abrupt halt as soon as they were in orbit around Ossus, and Kura had barely had the chance to offer to speak for him before Kaz was escorted away. She had spent several concerned hours outside of his hearing, pacing the corridor, before he burst through the doors, an inexplicably broad smile on his face. Concern etched on her features, Kura's eyes narrowed suspiciously as he proclaimed himself the victor in whatever verbal skirmish had occurred behind the closed doors of the Council meeting.

Her gaze was serious as she fell into step with Kaz, listening to his insistence that they were being sent to Tython on an important and prestigious mission. Kura raised her eyebrows at him. "What truly happened in there, Kaz," she asked quietly, her hands tucked inside the sleeves of her robes, mainly to hide the fact that she ahd almost dug the skin of one finger raw from worrying about her friend.
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Re: All Out of Limelight

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Sat Mar 08, 2014 6:01 pm

Kaz folded his arms into the sleeves of his own robes as they started walking together, mirroring her body language to add ease to the scenario. His amusement didn't waiver in the least as she expressed doubt in his previous words, it was just as amusing as his clever ruse after all. "In order to make their displeasure with my participation in the Felucia situation known, the Galactic Alliance Senate has issued a sanction against the Jedi Order. In a show of... whatever the opposite of solidarity is... the High Council has passed that sanction specifically down to my person. The Senate agreed after a very brief consultation with the Gossam delegation."

He continued walking, his countenance finally taking on the appearance of one who found the situation disagreeable, though there was no obvious signs as to what part in particularly he was no longer amused by. "At any rate. You know that extraterritorial agreement the Jedi have with the GA, says we can pass into and onto any territory that claims membership with their government in the pursuit of our duties? I've been asked not to avail myself of that provision for a while." In short, though with many provisos, Kaz was exiled from GA controlled planets for an as yet unrevealed to Kura amount of time.
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Re: All Out of Limelight

PostAuthor: Kura Nuhok » Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:03 am

Typically, Kaz maintained his bright and breey exterior, acting as though what had happened in that room didn't matter one whit to him. However, Kura was coming to realise that Kaz actually felt things far more deeply than he was prepared to let on, especially to himself. He seemed to bury deeper emotions under a facade of cockiness, and that wasn't good for anyone, especially Kaz himself.

Kare looked across at her partner as they walked, her lips slightly open in shock, as Kaz explained that he had received a personal sanction for his actions on Felucia. "That is unfair," she exclaimed, her voice firm and almost fierce. The outcome on Felucia had been the only viable one: the Jungle Felucians would have declared all out war on the Gossams, and that would have ended in disaster for everyone, especially with the Sith presence on the planet.

"I wish that I had been permitted to speak on your behalf," she said softly, continuing their walk, but Kura's expression hardened, and she gave a tiny shake of her head. "Perhaps it could have made a difference." Then again, perhaps not. "And just how long are you supposed to stay away from Alliance planets?" That could seriously curtail their work together, and Kura was concerned that she might be assigned another partner, just as she was getting to know Kaz well enough to work effectively with him.
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Re: All Out of Limelight

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:01 pm

Kaz smirked at Kura's passed judgement. "Fair depends greatly on point of view, though I think you'd find that fair was never really a consideration during the process that brought us to this particular juncture." He kept their pace slow, ideal for idle conversation and proving he was no scalded dog to the rest of the Order who might witness his exit from the proceedings. He had a reputation to maintain, after all.

He turned the smirk into a flattered and reassuring smile that he aimed at his partner. "Unfortunately, this was no trial or review. I arrived just in time for sentencing. Nothing more. In point of fact, the data chit containing my report is still sitting unread on the arm of Grand Master K'kruhk's council seat. I was merely informed of what had taken place, how swiftly, and what I should expect if I took it in mind to violate the sanction. Nobody spoke but the exalted one himself. An impressive feat for my mother, considering the dark cloud of distinct... disapproval... that hangs yet in the air over her like her own personal thunderhead."

"How long... is subject to various situations. Under the table, behind a few closed doors and in quiet corners, my father managed to arrange for his political allies to kick the judgement over to a sub-committee on justice. That means we only have to convince nine beings instead of a Senate majority vote or, worse, the Gossam delegation themselves. We'll have to wait a while, let the Gossam focus be diluted by other events. That will come soon enough as Felucia is going to receive very pointed help in getting their galactic economy functioning efficiently. Then, when the Gossam are focused there and in other sub-committees trying to contain that in the hopes of regaining the world we'll get me unbanned."

He sniffed, calculating in his head. "Eight months, a year tops. In the mean time it's only GA worlds and, technically, I'm not banned from the worlds. I'm considered not a Jedi while within GA territory. I have other methods... after all, I look pretty snazzy in a civilian clothing and absolutely smashing in a Antarian Ranger jacket." His smile was back in full force. As long as Kura was there to take the Jedi responsibilities then Kaz could operate along side her and at her leave, just not with the full authority or excused actions of a Jedi Knight.
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Re: All Out of Limelight

PostAuthor: Kura Nuhok » Fri Mar 14, 2014 6:43 am

To say that she was disappointed in the manner in which the Felucia incident had been handled by the GA and the Jedi Order would be something of an understatement. Nothing of the circumstances appeared to have been taken into account, the Order apparently taking as gospel the Gossams' account of events. "It seems to be grossly unbalanced that nothing other than the surface elements of the situation have been exposed to the Council, therefore not allowing them to make a balanced decision." Kura's voice was unusually harsh, and her upset and disappointment shone through in her diamond-hard black gaze.

In fact, she doubted that the Gossams had even provided the Council with the full truth, and, now, they were never likely to understand the circumstances until it was too late. It seemed as though there was nothing that she could do to help, to change the course of events, and that left Kura feeling incredibly frustrated.

She smiled slightly as Kaz explained that his father had already been greasing the wheels to try to prevent the exile for lasting for too long, and she arched an eyebrow with a cautionary glance. "I have every hope that his machinations shall not backfire," she said softly, seriously. "The Gossams - and, by extension, the Alliance - appear to be more than a little vengeful over this matter."

Her gaze turned more than a little shrewd as Kaz explained that he could still operate, albeit in a restricted manner, and Kura smiled slightly, "So you are planning on using my influence to allow you to continue with your underhand activities," she teased. "Of course, if you are acting as an Antarian Ranger, you do understand that you would need to do as you were told for once in your life?"
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Re: All Out of Limelight

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:57 am

Kaz could feel her deep rooted disappointment in the scenario. Unbalance... it was a curious turning and to the uninitiated it certainly appeared as if some gross misconduct existed to be exposed to the authorities so they could right the wrong. That was the mistake the people made when it came to large scale government, they believed politics existed to serve them rather than the politicians. A few kind hearted politicians made the same mistake. "The facts of the situation are unimportant to this scenario. This is politics, the Gossam have hurt feelings and enough influence in the GA senate to make noise about it. My misfortune is that they also have an ally on the High Council who was equally uninterested in the 'why' of the situation."

He smiled a little at her thoughts though he didn't speak on them. No, what he had actually done and why had little to do with the sanction. It wasn't that he had done wrong, nobody was concerned with that in the trail of punishment, it was that somebody important didn't like the results. "I took something from them when they already had so little left. Whether it was the right thing to do or the wrong thing is irrelevant to the politics of it all. The less worlds they have the less influence they have in the galaxy and to a politician, influence is everything. I have stolen wealth from them. Power. Resources as well. That those things, in this case, rightfully belonged to the Felucians themselves if of no concern to those I infringed upon. I thought, perhaps, the Jedi Order realized we were no longer servants or dependents of the GA but it turns out I was wrong."

The young and delightfully charming (well, so far as some were concerned) Corellian Jedi laughed with genuinely. "Oh, my dear Kura. I've been doing as I have been told all my life. The trick lay in my getting to choose which of the many conflicting commands I've been given over the years to follow."
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Re: All Out of Limelight

PostAuthor: Kura Nuhok » Sat Mar 15, 2014 5:09 pm

"That politics should have no root in the truth in this case is nothing short of shameful, and all parties ought to take a long, hard look at themselves," she replied vehemently. How could the governments govern if they were to refuse to consider the circumstances behind any given situation? As far as Kura was concerned, it was nothing if not a symbol of everything that was wrong with galactic politics in the wake of the recent war.

She arched an eyebrow, her gait now stiff and almost combative, as Kaz explained the weakest of reasons behind why his punishment had been so harsh, and she made a little disgusted noise. "The Gossams have plenty, and simply sought to take more through their subjugation of the Felucian people," she replied firmly. "There is no excuse for the forcible takeover of tribal worlds." There was passion for her chosen subject bubbling underneath her words, and it was obvious that there was more to what she was saying than idle supposition and baseless conjecture.

Kura cast an almost mutinous black gaze across at Kaz. "It is the Gossams who should be punished for what they have done to the Felucian people for generations," she stated flatly. "Is it not the duty of the Jedi Order to fight for those who are oppressed? If so, then surely punishing one of their own for that very action goes against the very tenets of the Order."

She rolled her eyes. "I find it hard to believe that you have ever done as you are told," she replied, the smile back in her voice. "And I, for one, look forward to you having to obey direct orders for once. I look forward to seeing whether you are, indeed, capable of such a thing."
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Re: All Out of Limelight

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:43 pm

"Politics is the art of making what one wishes of reality. It's rather like what I can do in the Force only far more effort intensive, time consuming, and focused on the acquisition of more power through wealth or influence. I fear, even if those involved were to take a hard look at themselves, they would only wonder why the rest of the galaxy is so insistent on not obeying and enriching them. I doubt that I have to explain to a fellow Jedi what power gained without hardship tends to cause in those who gain it." The only difference in their stances was that Kaz had long ago realized the realities of politics, that most governing officials were at best indifferent to the rights and wrongs of their daily activities. The truly ambitious ruled the scene because they had the strength and will to. Were willing to sacrifice those they were meant to protect to grow their own might.

It was along those lines of thought that he continued in response to Kura's follow through. "And there you witness the trouble with galactic government. When the hyperspace disturbance at the edges of our galaxy are the only intellectual limits to territory you will see a never ending thirst for expansion. It doesn't matter what the Gossam have. It doesn't matter what the Galactic Alliance or even the Fel Empire already has... they want more and taking anything away is cause for the strongest reactions in their respective eyes. No, don't be disappointed in them, they did only as their nature demanded." Kaz gave her a soft, deceptively calm smile. "Be disappointed that a majority in the High Council chose to facilitate that childish outburst."

"Our duty has been argued over for quite some time. I like to think that our duty is to serve the Force. I felt the Felucians were ready to take a stab at running their own galactic level economy, ready to govern the future of their own world. I had the means and the opportunity, so I gave them the tools and a couple of options to work with in that direction. Fear not, the Gossam will get what they have earned in the fullness of time. It's something of a punishment to see a people you've held in servitude under the guise of their not being able to take care of themselves prosper as soon as you've been removed from the equation. If nothing else, it will be quite the embarrassment when the Corellian delegation to the Galactic Alliance keeps bringing the subject up in discussions with the GA Senate regarding the process Corellia favors when dealing with new trade partners."

Kaz grinned. He sensed a rather insistent future for the Felucians, one that he didn't think he could alter now that he'd set them on that path. Felucia would not join the Unaligned Systems, and well for them that they didn't. It wasn't in their best interests considering their technology level and the complete lack of a personal defense force. Corellia would help Felucia make great strides on the planning end of their infrastructure but he suspected a different allegiance would see the Felucian culture to it's next great step.

The young Corellian turned his bright green eyes on his companion. "Doubting it doesn't make it naught, and putting on the uniform doesn't make me a real live Antarian. Besides... the Antarians rarely do anything I tell them to do and I'm the one paying them."
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Re: All Out of Limelight

PostAuthor: Kura Nuhok » Mon Mar 17, 2014 6:33 am

It was more than obvious that Kaz had grown up around the machinations of politics and was far more used to its ups and downs, its ins and outs than Kura was. However, it still didn't change the rights and wrongs of the situation. As far as Kura was concerned, integrity outweighed all, and it didn't matter to here where you were in the hierarchy. "And this would be why the Togruta largely excuse themselves from galactic politics," she said softly, the venom obvious despite her otherwise quiet tone.

She cast a long, quiet gaze across as Kaz as he continued to talk, waiting a few seconds after he had finished before commenting. "I am disappointed that it came to this at all," she replied honestly. "It does not matter who in the High Council entertained the complaint from the Gossams, but it matters that no-one appeared to have dared to stand up and request a full review of the situation."

Kura stopped walking, her hands still inside the sleeves of her robe. It was almost as though she was rooted to the spot. She gazed at her partner for a few seconds. "In my eyes, serving the Force means serving and protecting those who are unable to protect themselves, aiding those who are too afraid to take action, and providing hope to those who have none," she said resolutely. It was idealistic, yes, but, she felt, closely rooted to the tenets of the Jedi Order. "And that, in my eyes, means that you should not be punished or sanctioned for what happened on Felucia."

At that moment, politics seemed little more than a legitimate way to push down on the oppressed even further.

"You appear to have more faith in the political machine than I currently do," she said simply. Kura had just witnessed a grave injustice be sanctioned and approved by those who claimed to work for those under their governance, and it had rattled her worldview somewhat. However, she still had the lightness of spirit for a smile. "Ah, but if pretending to be a Ranger, you ought to act like one," she teased. "Are you going to deprive me of the fun that I could garner from this?"
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