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Return of the Jedi

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:39 am

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The first sign that the Tython system was about to receive it's first visitors in a very long time was the appearance of a hyperspace probe. It came out of the depths of hyperspace at a targeted point just outside the edge of the Tython system, immediately beginning a wide variety of broad spectrum scans and targeted laser imaging sweeps. At near light speed it drifted into the system, using the evolving angles of the visible planets to make scientific guesses at various details, counting the silhouettes of moons. It measured gravity anomalies, crunched the numbers, and identified the existence of at least two other planets not visible due to being on the far side of the system's star. It referenced the little bit of known data it had been provided with, compared, and affirmed certain details until... 88% positive match based on available data.

It wasn't much in a galaxy of practically endless possibilities but it was enough, along with the probe's continued functionality, to draw forth those who had launched it. First came a squadron of thirteen snub fighters. The lead four took up a station not far from where the squadron had appeared from hyperspace, four turned away to begin a long run just inside the orbital path of the outermost world in escort of the thirteenth fighter (it's lack of weapons and almost ridiculous number of antennas, receivers, and scanning arrays marking it clearly as a scouting vessel), while the remaining four put on the burners and made straight for the fifth world from the system's sun. Communications and chatter streamed back and forth between the various pilots, tactical data mixed with up to the moment observations of their surroundings.

Finally came the Corroded Serpent. Dropping out of hyperspace with all sensors hot and active, scanning its surroundings not just for threats but for natural and unnatural hazards as well. The communications board aboard the bridge went full green as the larger vessel connected and became the hub off all group communications. The figure standing at the front of the bridge near to the forward view port, his hands clasped behind his back, and cutting a figure that would have been eerily familiar a century earlier was the robed and contemplative Kaziki Halcyon. His eyes were on the distant orb that was their target but his ears were all for the information being communicated back and forth across the bridge, the tactical updates called out for the ship's captain to digest in his titular role.

"We have confirmation on eleven planets, an apparently abandoned science station appears to be orbiting the outer most world... no apparent power and no transponder signal." "Alpha flight reports multiple structures on the surface of primary target world and a space station in orbit. It appears to have basic power up, likely due to solar panels on the exterior. Transponder is responding, weakly, to inquiry as Tython Orbital Station." A cheer went up from the crew. Kaz nodded lightly to himself as their destination was, at least for the moment, confirmed. They'd found the ancient home of the precursor to the Jedi Order. He waited until the celebration had had it's chance to play out before speaking. "Have Beta flight continue surveying the other celestial bodies, Alpha can do a threat patrol starting from the inner most planet and working their way out. Delta remains on station. Take us to Tython, Captain."

"Yes sir." The Antarian Rangers set back to their command duties instantly, putting the vessel into motion. As the largely green with mottled blue orb grow before them ever so slowly Kaz glanced over to Kura. She'd been invited, and welcomed, to any and all activities that had taken place on the vessel this journey. Whether it was fighter pilot briefings, equipment checks and inventory, or simple daily status meetings Kura had been brightly welcomed to any she chose to attend. That was, if she wanted to drag herself out of her custom quarters. An expert artist had been commissioned to create a wide optical illusion of an open savannah on Shili, complete with the red and white patterned grass that had triggered the Togruta skin color evolution in the first place. A couple of large herbivores indistinct in the 'distance' of her walls. It had been the special surprise that Kaz had arranged quietly at the museum back on Corellia.

"I suppose this should be something of a spiritual homecoming for us. The founders of our Order were here, once upon a time. The progenitors of the philosophies that shape our Order's past. Just imagine what ancient and forgotten knowledge we might find on that planet's surface. The keys to our very foundation... fascinating."
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Re: Return of the Jedi

PostAuthor: Kura Nuhok » Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:28 pm

Kura stood almost shoulder to shoulder with Kaz as they approached Tython, her eyes, like his, sober and glued to the blue planet that was growing - albeit at an excruciatingly slow pace - and soaked in the atmosphere created by the frenetic activity surrounding them. All stations appeared to be on high alert, the snub fighters swarming out into the deep core, headed into the unknown with apparent scant regard for their own lives and their own safety.

She had spent an unexpectedly relaxing few days on Corellia, ensconced in a palatial suite at Kaz's home, the level of luxury and opulence something quite alien to her. In the end, even the promised visit from the seamstress had not been too difficult to bear, with Kura being able to persuade her away from a dress towards something more practical: a pale blue outfit incorporating a pair of shorts and a strapless top. Despite her protestations about her shoulders being too wide, even Kura had to admit that it had suited her.

The socialising had been both a boon and a curse to her: a boon because she had been able to spend her time around people, people who were friendly, and open, and welcoming to her, despite their obvious differences. They trusted her because Kaz trusted her, and that was enough for Kura to want to trust them right back.

Little Valin Halcyon had been something else altogether.

Kura had spent as much time as she could with the boy, teaching him little snippets of Togruti, explaining her physiology, and generally helping to keep him out of Kaz's hair while he had business to attend to. Kaz had been correct: it had been impossible not to fall in love with him, and she had developed something of a close bond with the boy during her stay, and, even now, a relatively short while later, found herself wishing for his boisterous company on occasion.

Her new quarters on board the Corroded Serpent had been something of a revelation, and Kaz might have noticed a tear or two welling in her black eyes as she had surveyed the beautiful artwork that had so reminded her of him. She had managed to choke out a heartfelt "thank you" to her friend at its unveiling.

However, she had spent as little time as she could manage in her quarters, seeking the company of those she had come to know over the previous few days as often as she could. No matter what the reminders of home were, she still needed the company of others, over and above everything else.

"It is, indeed, fascinating," agreed Kura, watching as the snub fighters swarmed in the distance, ensuring a clear path for the larger ship. There was an atmosphere of joyous discovery, one of which she gladly participated. "It will be quite the voyage of discovery, if nothing else." She returned Kaz's gaze, a contented smile on her lips. "I would hope that we are able to deliver to the Order that which they seek on Tython." It didn't bear thinking about if they didn't live up to expectations, especially with the sanctions against Kaz hanging over their heads.

"Did the Council give any indication as to what we were seeking here?"
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Re: Return of the Jedi

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:43 pm

"I did mention I studied anthropology didn't I? This will be quite the adventure for the likes of me... I'd be happy to find some early texts on... pretty much anything really. Lightsaber development, Force philosophy, or even just daily records. Anything to teach us about the people who lived here, trained here, learned here. Knowledge is of value, always." Even if one couldn't necessarily turn it into power, learning was its own reward and Kaz had always had a great passion for learning. If he hadn't had so much talent at other things he would have been quite happy to be one of the first to join the Jedi Librarians after the purge.

What he feared, however, was that it had been too long. That the structures had crumbled and the records had turned to so much dust. Unless they'd had holocrons back then... but no records said anything about that so he didn't know. "Assuming there is anything to find, we'll report it all, but I imagine that the only thing that would make the Council happy is a small mountain of high denomination credit chits and a small box that when thrown down on the ground unfolds into a fully furnished self sufficient temple with K'kruhk's face etched into the side."

Kaz shook his head as he watched Tython grow closer. "There was some muttering about this or that, but I get the feeling the Council is doing this to say it was done. That we were sent because we are capable and there's nobody out here to offend politically. Just like the Old Jedi Order from before Palpatine's Purge, I don't believe K'kruhk is much interested in details about anything before the Ruusan Reformation..." Kaz turned his head, shooting a look at all the groans that statement garnered for him from the bridge crew. Apparently he'd discussed the subject of the Ruusan Reformation more than once. Kaz raised his eyebrow but turned his look back out into space.

"Suffice it to say, things have changed from time to time in the history of the Order. It would be interesting to see just how much, don't you think?"
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Re: Return of the Jedi

PostAuthor: Kura Nuhok » Thu Jun 26, 2014 6:55 am

"Is there anything that you do not study," chuckled Kura, shaking her head, even as her eyes remained on the vast expanse of space laid out before them. Kaz seemed like an overexcited child about to take part in his first Akul hunt, and she afforded him a brief, indulgent smile. It was an expression that had been quickly added to the stock of "looks" that she had ready-prepared for Kaz, for any number of situations.

"I believe that you would be happy with the hunt itself, not necessarily the outcome," she remarked. In truth, she was much the same herself: the pursuit itself, at least to the Togruta, was more often than not the goal.

She couldn't help a quiet snort of laughter as Kaz poked fun at K'Kruhk. "Does the Council believe that there is such a treasure to be found, or are they hoping that we come across something far less... obvious," she asked. For the Order to send anyone to the Deep Core, using up so many resources that could be better placed in serving other aims of the Order, there must be something specific that they were hoping would be discovered. "It seems a vast expense for such little potential return. on the investment." Kura idly wondered whether or not someone on the Council might have knowledge that had been withheld from them. It was a distinct possibility.

Kura shrugged. "Certainly, it would be interesting," she replied, her eyes narrowing as she watched the theatre of space play out in front of them. She glanced across at her partner, a tiny smile dancing on her lips. "I do not believe I thanked you for what you did in my quarters." Kura turned to face Kaz properly, and inclined her head. "Thank you."
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Re: Return of the Jedi

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:32 pm

"Illusions..." Kaz didn't know everything. In fact, there were a great many subjects he could discuss at length that he would readily tell people he knew absolutely nothing about. The ability to carry a conversation without seeming ignorant was a high skill in the circles he'd once ran in and it was an invaluable skill for a Jedi to have when dealing with the uninitiated in the field. Deception wasn't well thought of in the Order but sometimes the people had to get what they were expecting in order for the job to get done. "I've thus far successfully avoided learning anything about the courtship rituals of the Hutts. Does that count?"

Kaz grinned back at Kura and flowed easily, turning away from the window. "Well, life is full of little things... how much easier is it to be happy if one learns to enjoy the little things? One might not always catch the prize but one can always hunt, yes?" He gestured toward the back of the bridge. "Come, let's go prepare for our 'hunt', as I've suddenly decided to start calling it. The game is afoot." He chuckled and started moving toward the door that would admit them to the rest of the ship.

"Who knows what the Council believes? I think that each member has their own expectations, some perhaps well within the realm of the unreasonable. At least a couple are hoping there is still a whole Temple standing somewhere on the planet, and there may very well be, but operating out of the deep core will quickly overwhelm whatever advantages getting a free home would have afforded us. Not to mention the time limits on the hyperspace course remaining open making it of dubious logistical value on the whole." He shot her a wink when she spoke of expense. "The expense is mine, so that's hardly important. However, I guarantee that whatever we find here will be sufficient to the cost."

"Well, I know you don't wish to be in there so much but I figured I could make what time you spent within your quarters just a bit more pleasant. I couldn't think of a single reason not to... plus artists tend to live such un-wealthy lives, if I didn't throw money at them from time to time they'd all starve to death."
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Re: Return of the Jedi

PostAuthor: Kura Nuhok » Fri Jun 27, 2014 7:43 pm

"Sometimes, there is such a thing as too many illusions."

Kura had spoken with a quiet certainty that indicated the weight behind her words, but it was by no means a rebuke of her friend. Kura herself was straightforward and to the point, and failed to understand the need of others to hide behind half-truths and diversions. Of course, there was occasionally the need for a Jedi to play a role - as she had done already for Kaz, pretending to be his date/bodyguard at an insufferably formal function - but that, in her opinion, should be the exception, and not the norm.

Smiling at his reply, Kura shrugged. "Is that through happy accident or design," she teased. In fact, she would be surprised if Kaz didn't at least have a rudimentary knowledge of Hutt mating processes. He seemed to at least have little snippets of knowledge about pretty much everything else, and she couldn't imagine that something as... potentially erotic as the Hutt mating process would have bypassed him completely.

She grinned with a broad brightness as Kaz indicated they move away from the bridge. "One day, I shall teach you what a proper hunt is," she promised. She was sure that her people would not object to an outside taking on an Akul on his own. Not if he was a Jedi.

Kura nodded soberly as Kaz outlined his beliefs when it came to the Council. They were, indeed, split - apparently beyond all reconciliation - and that was of great concern to the Togruta. "I hope that we are not being used as pawns in some larger game," she said, her voice full of trepidation. She twitched an eyebrow at her partner. "Expense matters, when the money can be put to a greater use."

"Thank you."

The words that Kura repeated were simple, but heartfelt and full of gratitude. "I would ask how it is that you know me so well, but that is likely an answer I would not like to hear."
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Re: Return of the Jedi

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Sat Jun 28, 2014 6:28 am

"Everything we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. Even the 'truth' is merely the interpretation accepted by the largest number of people."

Kaz responded calmly yet enigmatically. They were each entitled to their individual illusions, Kaz merely felt that his version accepted more of the galaxy than Kura's, while she no doubt felt the same in return. Kaz had been down the path of that conversation on more than one occasion, and had long ago learned that few others were willing to accept that everything was, in its way, a lie told for convenience rather than a solid and immutable fact as they had so far gone through life believing. Facts were very important to people, even if they were occasionally proven wrong and new 'facts' had to be put in place of the former 'facts'.

"Happy coincidence, as a matter of fact. They are fully functioning, self-reproducing hermaphrodites. When the time comes, through whatever biological function dictates such things, a given Hutt just gets pregnant. So, I haven't studied their courtship rituals because they don't have any... though, to be fair, I find it equally disturbing to know that their entire species could bounce back from extinction with but a single survivor." Though he had no plans for a Hutt genocide at that given moment he couldn't help but wonder how the galaxy would react to such a thing if it were politely executed.

He smiled in return as they moved along. "I look forward to learning if my definition of the word is truly so far different than your own. It should be an extremely enlightening educational moment, either way." He could only hope she let him at least sharpen a good stick before she tossed him into the mud for camoflage... Her concern cut through his ruminations as they exited the bridge and started down the corridor that served as the spine of the vessel. "If you're not the king then you are, by elimination, a lesser piece. It's the nature of the game."

"What's a greater use than exploring? Rediscovering the lost past so that we might apply that information to our unknown future, exploring a forgotten world for forgotten wisdom, and... imagine if some Jedi were left behind. How amazing would it be to find a planet populated by Jedi Knights, hundreds of thousands of Jedi ready to get back into the greater galaxy and help us make a difference? Or ruins, either way. Lots of fun." Kaz was of the opinion that as long as it was his money he was the one who got to define 'greater' when it came to matters of use.

"You're welcome, and no you don't." Nobody liked hearing the explanation behind the really good magic tricks. It took all the magic out of the trick, after all.
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Re: Return of the Jedi

PostAuthor: Kura Nuhok » Sat Jun 28, 2014 3:53 pm

As usual, Kaz responded with such a convoluted answer that, for a second, Kura completely lost her train of thought. That was something that she would have to be on her guard for. To be partnered with someone who was such a consummate wordsmith, without even taking his talent for illusion and trickery into account, she would need to be forever on her toes.

"Know it all." Kura's lips curled into a smile as Kaz explained why he had never studied the courting and mating rituals of the Hutts, and she shook her head. "You have an answer for everything, do you not," she teased. "I believe I should make a mental note to never attempt to argue with you about anything. I would be doomed to failure from the start." Probably not, but still... Kaz seemed to know at least a little about any subject you happened to toss his way, and that would be enough to backfoot anyone who tried to get into a discussion with him without being one hundred percent sure of their facts and position.

Kura smiled. The smile was knowing, and almost wild, as her mind tripped back to the day of her first solo Akul hunt. The frenzy of her people, the blind fear coursing through her veins, the knowledge that, if she did not pass the rite of passage, she would not be deemed worthy in her own society, had all weighed heavily on her shoulders. However, she had hunted the creature with skill and determination, triumphing at the end of a long day. "You would be expected to partake in all aspects of the hunt," she said, a warning note weaving its way through her words.

"Including taking a bite from the still-warm flesh of your prey..."

A wicked smile danced across her face, and she would bet that that alone would be enough to make Kaz back out of an Akul hunt. Following Kaz away from the bridge, she couldn't help the worries about the bigger picture taking root in her consciousness. Perhaps, after they returned, she would ask Master Vy whether she knew anything more about why she and Kaz had been sent to Tython.

She smiled warmly as Kaz waxed lyrical about the very nature of exploration. "I can tell that it is something that you are passionate about," she said, falling into step with him as he headed down the corridor. "If only your supposition about a planet populated by Jedi Knights could be true." Her tone was wistful. "There are too few of us remaining. The Order needs bolstering in any way possible. Even if we were to rerecruit former Jedi..." Kura's voice dropped off. "But then we would end up with those like Cade Skywalker. Forget I mentioned it."

Kura twitched an eyebrow at Kaz, her expression dropping into one of sternness, before breaking into a smile. "I thought I had told you to keep out of my head," she teased. "You only do it because you know that I am unable to respond in kind!" She nodded down the corridor. "Where are we going now?"
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Re: Return of the Jedi

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Sun Jun 29, 2014 3:11 pm

The Corellian man gave a grin as Kura called him a know it all, though he shook his head in quiet amusement as he answered. "Yes, though occasionally the answer will be I don't know." He glanced at her with what could have been genuine concern if not for the upbeat tone of his words as he responded. "Now, don't go doing anything drastic. I rather enjoy a lively debate." Especially when the other person was trained to have an open mind about alternative points of view. Doubly so if they came unprepared for an opponent like Kaz.

Kaz looked at her in curiosity at the unusual fierceness that wafted off Kura as she turned to thoughts about hunting and the what not. Kaz felt the same way about the subject though his version of hunting was a little less traipsing around the wilder lands looking for trouble with an animal and more along the lines of stalking about society looking for trouble in general. "I doubt I would be of much use in dressing the kill, or tanning the hide or whatever." Kaz frowned at her next statement however. "I'm nothing if not polite. If somebody goes through the effort of cooking the thing of course I'll eat before the plate gets cold."

What a silly statement to make, he certainly wouldn't insult anyone after so much effort on their part. "Knowledge, experience, what's not to like? I find any Jedi willing to remain ignorant to be woefully lost." He smiled indulgently, commiserating with Kura over the hope filled but very unlikely scenario that he himself had suggested. "Well, it's probably for the best that it not exist. Who knows if we'd agree with them on anything, and the reunification of the two leadership structures would be a logistical and political nightmare."

Especially with K'kruhk involved, if one were to ask Kaz. Throwing Cade into the mix would just be asking for a Jedi civil war as the fool would insist that he knew best while making self-centered and destructive decisions without any moral compass to speak of... pretty much exactly what he was doing anyway. So, yeah. But, of course, they were onto another subject. "Didn't read your mind on that, would take too much effort and be far too intrusive. You'd have noticed and been very much offended, not to mention all the extraneous information I would have gathered along the way. No, rather I read you. Takes longer, isn't as accurate, but people tend to only be slightly offended that so much can be gleaned merely by observation."

He walked them into a room that wasn't labeled, but the second the door opened it became apparent that the space belonged to Kaz. There were two levels, separated by a ledge and three stairs. The upper area closest to the door was almost a home office space with a wide desk, computer terminal, a shuttered (with clear glass) shelf full of data recorders over said desk, and the wall right next to the door containing a large display case filled with various... well, lightsabers. The lower level had a bed and two doors that one could only assume went to a closet and a fresher. Kaz moved to a pack that was set up against the railing at the ledge, picking through the various pockets and mumbling out a laundry list of things as he confirmed they were present and accounted for.
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Re: Return of the Jedi

PostAuthor: Kura Nuhok » Sun Jun 29, 2014 5:46 pm

Kura cocked her head to one side. "I am certain that the times when you do not 'know' something will be a rarity," she chuckled. Kaz was far more knowledgable than she herself could ever be, and, if she were honest, she envied him that ability. Perhaps, one day, if her duties to the Order and to any family she might have were fulfilled, she may get the chance to further her studies. Only time would tell. "Lively debate is one thing, but being whitewashed every time is quite another!"

She snorted with laughter at her partner's take on an Akul hunt, and shook her head vehemently. "There is no need to dress the kill, or to tan the hide," she replied, her grin almost feral. "Tradition states that you must take a bite of flesh from the body of the Akul... directly from the body, from one of the open wounds that you inflict on it to take it down." She expected more than a little revulsion from Kaz at that revelation, and flashed him her sharp, pointy teeth.

"What do you think that these are used for?"

Kura smiled simply as she walked along the corridor beside Kaz. "Alas, there are too many of us who are stuck in their ways," she bemoaned. "And that shall be the true death of the Order, not another purge." If the Order was unable to adapt, it would die. Just because it wasn't a single living entity, it wan't immune to the demands of evolution. "On the other hand, perhaps integrating another order of Jedi Knights would not only be easy, but pleasurable." Her voice was conversational as she mused the possibilities. "Who knows what the outcome might be if such a thing did happen?"

She looked dubious as Kaz tried to explain away how he knew her so well. She knew full well that he had been dancing around in her mind on more than one occasion, and wouldn't put it past him to be repeating the act when her guard was down. "As long as that is all that you are doing, Knight Halcyon," she replied teasingly. "I may not be able to do the same to you, but I would find some way to exact my revenge..." The tone in her voice danced the line between threat and promise, and Kaz would likely not be quite sure as to exactly where the comment fell.

Kaz didn't answer her question as to where they were headed, instead merely opening the door when they had reached their destination. A quick glance around told Kura that they were in someone's quarters, quite obviously Kaz's, the way he went poking through a pack that had been resting against the railing. She frowned, once more feeling woefully underprepared for what was to come. "Is there a reason you have brought me to your quarters," said Kura, a light, easy smile on her lips, even as she made a mental note to head back to her own rooms as soon as possible and ensure that she was fully equipped for what was to come.
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