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The Retaking of Corellia

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Thu May 16, 2013 1:53 am

The signal had been unstoppable, the reaction of the Sith Imperial infrastructure immediate, the response of the people carefully planned for. Coruscant had fallen and with it the greater structure of the Sith faction of the Imperial Navy had been thrown into disarray. Corellia was, and always would be, a jewel in the crown of any galactic government that could claim to control it. A strong defensive and offensive position, the entire sector completely self-sufficient, and its defenders knew that as long as they scrambled for combat they could reasonably hold off any probing strike against them from the outside.

The Sith had stripped their garrisons and moved out to coordinated fleet positions, leaving a so called skeleton crew of trusted minions to lock down worlds who's streak of rebelliousness the Sith had never come to truly appreciate. Worlds that had supplied all too many of the crews for those warships that had once held them in thrall. Worlds that had been biding their time for yet another opportunity to assert the one fact that everyone in the galaxy should have long since learned. No matter how strong the chain used to shackle them, the peoples of the Corellian Sector were always just one stroke of luck away from being as free in reality as they were in their hearts.

For nearly a decade, an unseen group had pulled the proper strings. For as long as Emperor Krayt had been squeezing the galaxy in his fist, moves had been made. When the peoples of the Corellian Sector received the news that the time had come they had risen up just as they'd always known they would, just as every despot had thought in their individual delusions would not happen. Ships were seized by mutiny. Sith were captured, killed, or driven off of the key vessels their limited numbers occupied by overwhelming force of arms. The confines of ships and unity of crews providing a much needed advantage in those circumstances.

But what of the loyalists who had been left in place to control the worlds of the Corellian Sector? To maintain the enslavement of Corellia itself? They faced a far greater problem. The waves upon waves of native sons and daughters that crashed against their defenses in rebellious assault, armed with blasters and grenades pulled from hidden compartments all over the planet. And amongst their numbers stood a true surprise, a deadly fact that had been forgotten in a galaxy that thought them all but extinct. The Jedi. All across the sector, in twos and threes (sometimes more) the Corellian Jedi tradition reared up and lashed out at the foreign reins of power.

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On the planet Corellia, itself, no less than a dozen Jedi had appeared from their hiding places. Some had floated through the steady stream of spacers that frequented the world, others had hidden in administration or service positions that the elitist Imperials were all too practiced at ignoring into invisibility, and some (four in particular) had hidden in plain sight amongst the planet's 'Imperial' nobility...

Three lightsaber blades flashed in the grand entryway of One, CorSec Plaza. Two pearly white and the third a dirty yellow. The younger of the two Sith encountered there mistook a practitioner of Makashi, the second of the seven classical forms of lightsaber combat, for an immobile target waiting to be pounded on by a stronger attacker. The ridiculously tattooed Kel Dor hammered an overhand, vertical strike down upon the space that Kaz's shoulder had been a split second before. The young Jedi's blade slipped into the undefended gap behind the blow with almost disdainful ease, casually clipping the Sith's head from its shoulders. As the Kel Dor's head spun gracelessly away to thud on the floor with a sickening sound Kaz remained centered in the Force. It told him that he wasn't the immediate focus of any hostile intention, nor was there a more general warning that would accompany something on a grander, less targeted, but still very deadly scale.

Convinced he wasn't holding off the massed fire of a full quarter of a platoon, nor picking daisies and thinking more than he cared for on the nature of his bellybutton... Kaz allowed himself to appreciate the very neatly burned hole through the chest of the older Sith they'd encountered while trying to take back control of Corellian Security's headquarters from it's Imperial squatters. Plastered in yet more of the extensive tattooing, Kaz figured the being had been human, or a near human of some difficult to distinguish offshoot. Batting away a spot of stray blaster fire Kaz squatted down to relieve the Kel Dor of his lightsaber, stowing it in the rear long pouch at the small of his back. He gave the lightsaber of the other a brief but unhesitating look as he walked by to join his parents, Ryld and Hallistra Halcyon, where they appeared to be waiting to assault a wide staircase.
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Re: The Retaking of Corellia

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:09 am

"They're holding the top of the stairs with security droids," Ryld, Kaz's father, announced as the young Jedi arrived on the scene. The two elder family members took turns peering up the staircase to try to get a tactical picture of the defensive formation at the summit. Hallistra piped in next. "Salidor got up there before they could set in, he's headed for the main security hub. Your father believes that's where the Sith will be coordinating their counter offensive from if those two Selonians are wrong about that light cruiser in geosynchronous orbit." "Better safe than sorry and if they were going to do it on the surface with the ship as a distraction, this is where they'd do it from."

Kaz nodded. "I don't like the timing of this then. He got up and we are blocked off? That's a slim opening, can we get by?" Hallistra gave one of those nods mitigated by a look of 'eventually' on her timeless features. Kaz made a sound of displeasure. "I'm gonna see about finding another way up. I imagine you'll be able to manage this lot without me...?" Ryld snorted at the implication that they might not be able to make their way through mere droids, even if they did have the high ground. Kaz chuckled and moved off to the side, using the landing wall for cover as he made his way toward a bank of turbolifts.

Getting in was easy, all turbolifts in a lock down situation went to the ground floor and opened immediately. Walking into the empty car and pushing up the emergency hatch, using a handrail to climb up, and leveling himself atop the car was barely an effort for a young and physically active Jedi Knight like himself. On a lower technology world there would have been cables and a counterweight, a system Kaz could have used to make a very rapid ascent. Corellia, however, was just ever so slightly ahead of galactic standard which meant the turbolifts were maglev or tractorbeam controlled. A couple of quick steps and Kaz performed a wall jump that carried him up a full level with the assistance of Force enhanced muscles.

He grabbed the rungs of a ladder embedded in a groove in the wall. Kaz climbed quickly up two more levels before he decided he was far enough past the battle in the main hall. He made the easy, for a Jedi, leap to the other side of the shaft to land on the narrow ledge on the inside of the doors of the fourth level. Bracing his back against one side, his foot against the other, Kaz drew and ignited his lightsaber to cut a hole in the edge of the door jam. He quickly severed the actuating bar on one side, extended the blade of his dual phase lightsaber and cut the same on the other side. Holstering his lightsaber he was able to easily push the doors apart and admit himself out onto a walkway that looked down on the main entry hall.

Kaz spared a look below. His father was standing in the middle of the flat area before the bottom of the stairs batting away blaster bolts while his mother used their connection in the Force to guide the spinning crimson lightsaber of the Sith Kaz hadn't looted. Her telekinetic control wasn't the definition of refined but to be fair she was flying with second hand, imperfect knowledge and the fact that there was nothing but enemies above meant she could be as sloppy about it as she wanted and still be getting the job done rather quickly. It wouldn't be long and they'd be hot on his heels. Kaz grinned and continued on his way, finding a stair well and quickly making his way toward the seventh floor. Like most well thought out designs, the tactical command and security hub of the One CorSec Plaza was at the very center of the building...
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Re: The Retaking of Corellia

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:59 pm

Kaziki Halcyon entered the command center slowly but without slinking. Cautious of concealed opponents but not fearful. He didn't sense the other Jedi, Salidor, in the immediate vicinity and that worried him. The Selonian had been a friend of the family for a long time, had taught Kaz some of his favorite interrogation techniques, and was a very capable Jedi. Salidor should have beaten Kaz into the command center by ten minutes or more and Kaz had fully expected to find the fur covered being hunched over a console ruining the day of any and all Sith forces relying on the battlefield oversight. Several Imperial troopers lay dead upon the floor, quite obviously struck down with a lightsaber or deflected blaster bolts. However, there wasn't a hint of Salidor.

Kaz lingered by the door for a long moment and waited, his lightsaber held lightly in his right hand and his robes stirring lightly in the breeze created by the pressure difference between the command center and the hallway behind him. There was nothing and finally Kaz strode into the room to check the consoles. His father was right, the Sith had been using the center to organize their defense. Kaz immediately set up a new encryption and modified the signal to be accessible to the loyal sons and daughters of Corellia while denying the Sith-Imperial Forces the resources of CorSec command. That would drive the tide of battle even further in Corellia's favor.

Kaz turned suddenly, a sharp feeling of pain in the Force and he knew instantly it was from Salidor. Like a blur Kaz leaped through the lines of consoles and up the theater sections steps to pass through a security door. Down the access hallway he went, turning hard right at an intersection and moving up another stairwell. He didn't stop until he burst out onto the roof, his robes flowing behind him as he skidded to a halt to find his family's friend up against an antenna post. The Selonian Jedi had his right arm squeezed against his side and his green bladed lightsaber held up in a defensive posture with his left. Kaz calmed himself, found his center, and through the Force bid his friend goodbye as the crimson blade that Kaz was too far away to stop and Salidor was too weak to fend off came crashing down.

Salidor knew peace, sending one last thought through the Force. The thought was clear, born on the wings of his very being. 'You've got winner, kid.'
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Re: The Retaking of Corellia

PostAuthor: NPC » Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:11 pm

The Selonian had been easy. Weak within the Force, for whatever reason, he had been ready to depart this life, fully prepared to find his peace. Darth Inego hadn't expected him to leave this life without a fight, but the slightest touch of Force Drain had appeared to be enough for the Selonian to give up the fight, allowing Inego to strike him down with little issue.

However, there was a little tickle, a niggle in the Force that spoke of him not being alone, and the Umbaran Sith Lord turned his head slowly, seeking out the other Force-sensitive being. Very young - couldn't be any more then twenty or so - with that brash confidence of youth that sent out a message that he was a force to be reckoned with, or at least believed himself to be. Casually twirling his scarlet blade, he twitched an eyebrow up at the young man, taking a slow, calculated, menacing step forward.

"Well? Do you wish to join your comrade?"
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Re: The Retaking of Corellia

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:38 pm

Kaz ignored the step, there was still plenty of distance between himself and the Sith. Instead, he performed a respectful bow toward the body of his fallen friend to honor the Selonian as he deserved as a brave, if elderly, Jedi Knight. When that was done he turned his focus back to the Sith Lord who had addressed him and, giving a sad sigh. "Eventually? Sure. Right now?" Kaz used his face and body to give the impression of uncertainty at the question, rubbing his chin with his left hand and looking off into the distance. "I think you'd save yourself a lot of embarrassment if you surrendered instead."

He was holding his deactivated lightsaber in his right hand still and continued to do so as he pulled his robes off his shoulders and let it fall down his arms. The Sith had no reason to doubt his chances, Kaz didn't seem very intimidating and though that was by design there was no reason to go trying to dispel the impression either. He let the robe slip off his left arm, catching the robe on the protrusion of his lightsaber in his right hand and tossing it aside to land on an exposed bit of pipe.

The slightly curved back end, the lightly hooded emitter, these things would give away something about the young Jedi to a sharp eye attached to a mind with a good breadth of lightsaber combat knowledge. To a -great- duelist, however, the detail that told the true tale was the walk.... no, the stalk, that he used to move away from the obstructions that clustered around the stairwell door he had exited. Forward and to his own left, keeping his weapon side toward the dark being.

"There is no victory for you here, Darth..." Kaz waited a moment for the name to float to the surface of the Sith's mind before continuing. "Inego. Not today. Drop your weapon, surrender, and I promise you'll receive a fair trial. Probably two, now that I think about it." He smiled with more hope than he was really feeling, it was a good deal for a reasonable person with an accurate understanding of what was happening in the big picture.
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Re: The Retaking of Corellia

PostAuthor: NPC » Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:40 am

That was the problem with the Jedi: they paid too much heed to their fallen, and not enough attention to their very real and threatening enemies.

The young Jedi was full of himself, his over-confidence shining like a beacon within the Force, and Inego regarded him with disdain. He was going to be even easier than his compatriate had been. At least the old Selonian had had experience on his side. This young whelp was barely out of the Jedi Academy, and, despite his posturing, and that fancy lightsaber hilt, he should be nothing more than a fly to be batted aside.

"You are suggesting that I should surrender??" He almost laughed at the notion. "I do not surrender, pipsqueak. I would suggest that you surrender, but that would only hasten your inevitable death, which shall come at my hands." He watched as the young man strode with far too much confidence into the fray, clearly making sure that he was ready - or at least thought he was - for the attack that would no doubt come from the Sith Lord.

A look of surprise passed across the Umbaran's face as the young Jedi plucked his name clean out of his head. "An impressive feat, but a parlour trick, nonetheless, and a trick that will only hasten your demise." He dropped into the opening stance of Ataru, indicating his aggression without even having to take a swing at the young Jedi. "This is your last chance to die with honour, Jedi, and not like the snivelling brat you are."
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Re: The Retaking of Corellia

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Sun Jun 23, 2013 9:15 am

That was the problem with the Sith, no respect for the dead. Oh, and they were arrogant pricks, one and all. Still, that worked for Kaz. He could happily work with a glaring soft spot like that. So, without a twitch, his smile remained in place regardless of the Sith's words. Especially through the restating of the offer of surrender. "Yes, that would be an accurate assessment of what I'm suggested course of action." He continued to stalk slowly through an arcing path.

"I think you're right. Given a choice between surrendering to a certain death and fighting to an uncertain end, I think I'll go with option number two. Thanks for asking though, I appreciate the concern." His grin was friendly but extremely amused at the prospect of care from his older opponent. The name trick was exactly that, a trick. If one left a name unspoken, anyone who knew it would think it and that was usually enough to allow a talented Jedi to snatch it out of the Force.

"Really? Cause my stalling for time seems to be going rather well." Kaz watched the Sith take up his opening stance and finally paused himself. He activated the pearly white blade of his own weapon, performed a Makashi flourish, a Makashi salute, and neatly ended in the traditional one-handed low guard of his favored style. "Sniveling? How high you must stand to see what I have been doing as sniveling... but for someone who must stand so high... you're awfully far from Darth Krayt. Why aren't you running around with the boss? Surely you're good enough to be one of his favorite minions... aren't you?" He teased.
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Re: The Retaking of Corellia

PostAuthor: NPC » Sun Jun 23, 2013 4:34 pm

It was unnerving, watching the young, inexperienced Jedi moving inwards, stalking as though he knew precisely how to catch his prey. But that couldn't be the case. He simply wasn't old enough to have the experience to be able to push an opponent into a corner the way that he was obviously planning. "No surrender," spat Inego, twirling his scarlet blade once more in dangerous arcs. Another handful of steps, and the young Jedi would be well within the reach of his lightsaber, and, after that, he would be easy pickings.

Inego, though, did not understand the merriment in the young Jedi's smile, and he cocked his head slightly, his eyes narrowing as he watched the young man who was acting with a confidence beyond his years and his ability. "Your demise is the only thing that concerns me," replied Inego coolly. "Whether or not you feel you have an option is no concern of mine. The only option is death: how you get there is the only remaining variable."

Makashi... Now, there a surprise.

Makashi was a highly technical style, not much favoured amongst the young Jedi, and one that immediately put Inego on the back foot. Makashi practitioners could be far more trouble than they first appeared, and, coupled with the Jedi's use of the Sith technique of Dun Moch, made this young man a far more unpredictable opponent than Inego had first anticipated. "I care not to be the lap dog of Krayt," he spat, lunging forwards with a fast, Force-assisted attack, slashing diagonally downwards at the Jedi's torso, before stepping back out of reach of his enemy's blade.

"And you, Jedi... what arrogance must you possess to try to use Dun Moch against a Sith! Yet another area in which I shall prove that you are sorely lacking!"
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Re: The Retaking of Corellia

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Sun Jun 23, 2013 5:34 pm

"Quarter offered but not accepted. Very well." There would likely be an opportunity to ask again in a few moments after the Sith Lord had taken a dose of reality. That would be bitter but some people only needed a taste before they reassessed their situations. Not always though, and the Sith were more stubborn about it than most. Kaz had spent the last ten years learning that lesson time and time again. "Aw, you're concerned about my well being? I'm touched. I didn't even think you liked me." He touched his chest with his left hand and looked sentimental for a moment before returning to his look of general amusement.

"As for how, I'm thinking extreme old age. Hopefully while bedding three or four members of the harem..."

Kaz laughed. Twice actually, the second time more intensely than the first. His first laugh was at his own youthful thought of a perfect death. His second was at the idea that this Sith was trying to preposterously get across. That he, unlike every other member of the One Sith wasn't desperately licking Krayt's boots like a bunch of Keshri hounds. "And by that you mean..." Kaz swayed back, his feet dancing quickly to carry him out of the way of the with preternatural grace in his own Force assisted movement. The crimson blade moved by and Kaz danced forward, changing direction on a heartbeat, looping his blade high to make a double pass at the Sith's face before allowing the situation to resolve to a new stand off. "He doesn't know you even exist."

Kaz twitched the end of his blade, a tickle of movement at the bottom of his low guard, and smiled at the Sith. "You've struck in anger and failed. You've already lost, Inego. Back down, drop your weapon and surrender. It is your only hope." His emerald eyes narrowed as he waited for the start of a fight. Anything was possible, of course, but he doubted the Sith would start making wise decisions now.
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Re: The Retaking of Corellia

PostAuthor: NPC » Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:27 pm

The young Jedi was acting as though he had total control over the situation, when nothing could be further from the truth. The Jedi knew nothing. He was a young boy, fresh from holding his daddy's hand, who had no idea how to fight like a man, even though he clearly liked to think he did.

"I have no concern as to your perception of my opinion of you," spat Inego, taking a menacing step forward, twirling his blade casually, so close to the young upstart that he must have felt the heat from the blade as it whisked past his ear. He didn't want to harm him at this stage, just scare him a little into surrendering, as Inego knew that he would, sooner or later. It was far more fun if he could prod and poke the younger man into making his own errors, without forcing the issue and going in too heavy handed straight away.

"You will be dead long before your 'harem'," chuckled Inego, mildly impressed at the Jedi's fancy footwork as he danced out of the way of his flashing, slashing blade. He made it all look so easy, but that was one of the trademarks of a Makashi duelist. Inego jumped backwards, executing a fast turn and lunging in again, but the Jedi was already dancing out of the way of his blade. Makashi practitioners could be so tricky. "Perhaps not all of us wish to be at Krayt's beck and call," he replied snidely to the Jedi's taunt. "Some of us wish for the simple pleasures... such as destroying inexperienced young pups as yourself!"

Another flourishing attack from the Jedi, and Inego was on the back foot, sure that he could smell singed skin from where the white blade had come just a little too close. "You are fast, Jedi, but that does not make you good," scoffed the Sith. "And so far, striking in anger does not appear to be disadvantaging me, would you not agree?" A fast, aggressive double diagonal slash, top left to bottom right, then bottom left to top right, and Inego pushed forwards, wanting to corner the Jedi.
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