After the service, Gabriel returned to his quarters & pulled out a bag, then started opened his closet & pulled out equipment he would need for the expadition, he recalled what he father use to say about 'cold expaditions' 'What did dad say about this type of expadition?... wrap up warm, that's the esential part, unless I want to die od pneumonia.'
Gabriel then pulled out 2 fur jackets he wore on prior expaditions of cold or frozen planets with his parents & placed them on the bed, he then pulled hout his old Thermal Blanket & placed it on the bed with the jackets, 'Now... what else did he say?... Have all the equipment you need on hand for a dig.'
Gabriel then rummaged around a crate at the bottom of the cubpoard & pulled out pack of Acheologists tools, then placed on the bag with the other objects, 'Anything I'm missing... ah, emergancy & nessecery provisions of food & water. I better stock up after I finish everything else... he had 1 last piece of advice... just in case, arm yourself for anything... good thing I have that covered.'
Gabriel then welked over to the table & picked up the only other 2 items he didn't touch since the attacks, 2 black cylyndrical objects with little sign of silver casing, holdign one, he threw theother a short ways upward from hsi hand, the item spinning in the air before catching it, then attached them to his belt, 'Lightsabred are a Jedi's closest friend when called upon. Guess I should get this stuff to my ship if we're expected to take our own transportation.'
Gabriel then packed the Tools & the Blanket with into the bag, then checked each jacket had a pair of thermal-insulative gloves on them, one did & one didn't, so he took the gloves & packed them into a side pocket on the bag, then placed the jackets in the bag. he hten sealed the bag & threw it over his shoulder, then walked toward the hanger.
Once there, he walked over to the Hawk, he noticed one of the younger students at his B-Wing, hurrying over to it, he kept shouting,
"Hey, get away from that ship."
As he came closer, the younger student said,
"I'm sorry, Gabriel... I... I was jsut etching that Star Destroyer you blew up onto the side of your Cockpit, I thought you wanted to remember what you shot down up there."
Gabriel looked at the side of the B0Wing & saw half of a crudly etched Star Destroyer on the side of the cockpit, just behind the canopy, "Hmm... That dosen't sound too bad... give me that & I'll tidy this up & add how many TIEs I shot down as well."
Gabriel then took the etching tool & started to etch in & clean up the Star Destroyer he already destroyed, along with about 5 TIE Bombers, 3 TIE Interceptors & 15 TIE Fighters, "There. How dose it look?"
"Looks great. It's not unusual for pilots t oetch their kills on the side of their ship. Most of Rouge Squadron do it."
"Well We're not Rouge Squadron are we?"
"No... but still."
"Fare enough. You better dissapear to your studies before someone asks where you are."
The Studen nodded & then ran off, Gabriel then walked under the B-Wing & opened a storage area, then threw his bag inside, then checked the field survival kit inside for a Tent & rations, both he had supplied, 'Right... that's me set... Mabey I can squees in some training mixing the Echani arts with my current level of Jedi Katas.'
Gabriel then left the hanger after closing the storage compartment, then left the hanger for the closest Training area.
After some time traversing the academy corridors, Gabriel came to a training chamber & entered. Once inside, he entered a training program & & saw a Remote enter the room, Gabriel the took his Lightsabred, then flipped the Sabre in his right hand so the blade ignited the other way, he then ignited the sabres, both blades a Traditional Jedi Blue & waited for the Remote to attack.
Gabriel had programed the Remote to fire non stop, which meant Gabriel would try a constant defence with the new form of combat he had addopted, as the Remote opened fire, Gabriel deflected the attacks as quickly with only the one lightsabre, seeing as he was trying to mimic the movement of a pike or staff, so the other sabre would play into effect if he were to move his body, which is what he tried to do as often to make his movements fludic as possible.
As Gabriel was tiring, he finished a spin then threw the Lightsabre pointing ahead of him at the drone, the drone exploding as the Sabre came into contact with the drone, gabriel was panting as the speed he had to go jsut to stop the attacks, gasping, he thought to himself, 'I never knew it was that hard... I'm gonna have to practice before I introduce it to my combat style.'
Gabriel then extended his hands & pulled the Lightsabre he threw back into his hand, then extinguished the other Lightsabre. He then left to make final preporations for the expadition.
Talbot slapped Kyle hard across the face. The sweat and blood from his face pooled at the bottom of his chin and dripped all over Kyle's clothes. Talbot sneered as he tightened his grip.
"We studied his tatics as what we should never do in a combat situation. You grandfather was outsmarted by a... droid. The so-called Landoran Death Trap was just the old trap repackaged. It was nothing new and easily stopped.. you fool. But you never thought of that did you? You were so blinded by what your grandfather told you that you never bothered to do any research yourself. I pity you for that. You never thought to question, you never thought to ask why? Why did you lose to a droid? Why did you lose several battles in a row? Why did you allow yourself to die alone instead of on the battlefield like a true warrior. Well, consider yourself lucky, jedi dog. I'm going to send you to your grandfather right now!"
Talbot began to tighten his grip even more, choking the life out of Kyle. Kyle's eyes began to roll back in his head as he vainly attempted to pry Talbot's hands from his throat.
"STOP!" A voice rang out from the doorway.
Talbot stopped and looked up with a snarl. "What?" He yelled.
Tarkin stepped thru the doorway with two black clad stormtroopers behind him. "That's enough, Talbot. Release the jedi at once." He ordered.
Talbot looked at Tarkin with a stunned look in his eyes. "What? Why?"
The two stormtroopers aimed their rifles at Talbot. "That wasn't a question Talbot, but an order."
Talbot relased Kyle and let the jedi fall to the floor, gasping and chocking. Tarkin pointed to Kasan and Kyle. "Take them to hangar bay twenty. Their executions will be there."
Talbot grabbed his uniform top from the ground and began to put it back on. "I could've taken care of them here. Why bother taking them to the hangar bay?"
Tarkin sighed like he was telling a child how to put on his shoes. "I have a death far more suited to them than being choked to death. I am going to put them into an escape pod and send them into that asteroid field. The asteroids will either pulfurize them, or they will starve to death. Either way they will have a quick or slow death."
Talbot wiped the blood of his mouth and spit it on the floor. "Fine, but I am going to see them off. I want to watch them suffer."
Tarkin agreed with a nod as the two stormtroopers picked up Kyle. Talbot looked at Tarkin. "Let me take Kyle down, I still have my force belt on. He won't escape me."
Tarkin nodded. "Very well. You can take the jedi.' He then pointed to Kasan. 'Take the traitor to the same hangar bay." The two stormtroopers picked up Kasan and walked out.
Kyle thought it was all over, he could feel himself losing it as Talbot had his fingers gripped around his throat. He did his best to get his hand off his throat, but it was futile. But just as Kyle thought he was done for, a voice called for Talbot to stop. Long story short, Kyle was ironically saved by the person who was ultimately the murderer of his parents, Grand Moff Tarkin. If there was anything special about people of the Landoran family, was that there was no short supply of ironies they experienced. He now stood as the Stormtroopers had picked him up, and Kyle knew what his fate would be. To be shot out of the ship in an escape pod and be left to die. The only plus side to this was that he get to spend his last few moments of his life with the woman he loved. What a cynnical turn of fate, but this was happening, or at least going to happen. After seeing Kasan being moved by the Stormtroopers, Kyle turned his hateful gaze towards Tarkin.
"Don't expect me to thank you even as you let me die with Kasan, Tarkin. You murdered my parents, I won't forgive that." Kyle spoke what was possibly his last words to Tarkin.
Talbot slapped Kyle across the face. "Somehow I don't see you being as forgiving when you and your little whore are dead."
The group made their way down to hangar bay twenty. Already an escape pod was there waiting for them. A squad of stormtroopers stood around and quickly came to attention as Tarkin and Talbot walked in.
"Is the escape pod ready?" Tarkin asked one of the standing stormtroopers.
"Yes, sir. We have disabled the homing becon and engines as per your orders."
"Good, good.' Tarkin then turned to Kyle and Kasan. 'I wish that I could stay and chat. But I have a planet to destroy. Put them in!"
Before Talbot shoved Kyle into the pod, he took out a small needle and took some of Kyle's blood without Tarkin seeing. He shoved Kyle face first into the pod. The other stormtroopers brought up Kasan, but before they could put her in, Talbot grabbed her and kissed her hard and long on the lips in front of Kyle. Kasan struggled against Talbot's embramce, but soon she was melting under his raw animal passion. Talbot finished off the kiss by shoving her into the escape pod.
"And to think, that could've been yours." He said with a smirk as the hatch closed.
Tarkin watched the entire episode with a raised eyebrow. Turning around he left the hangar bay leaving Talbot and the stormtroopers to watch as the escape pod was jettisoned into space.
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Mahtan Nólatári strolled into the gathering hall along with many other jedi. The speech Luke had given was short but meaningful- the mission to Rhen Var was still on and leaving soon. He felt the toll of the past two battles take a small effect on his body as he headed for his quarters here on the Yavin IV temple grounds. He was beginning to feel a bit tired but knew he would have time to rest, hopefully.
As he approached the door to his room he wondered what all might lay inside as he wasn't here often anymore and when he was he wouldn't usually stay long.
As the proper code was entered into the small panel, the light gray door slide aside into the wall.
The room was dark as no lights were on aside from small lights of appliances that told their status and usage. Quickly Mahtan flipped on the nearest light, the door slide closed behind him.
A lamp to his left came on and illuminated the front living room area. The lamp sat at a an end-table next to a dark blue couch. Across from couch on the far wall was a double-door closet and a holoviewer sat to its right.
Walking through the living room Mahtan entered the kitchen which connected the front room and back bedroom. The bedroom carried a similar tone as the front living room. Dark blue carpet and matching bed sat with the backboard along the back wall.
Directly to the left of the entrance was a small walk-in closet that would probably have the majority of Mahtan's belongs.
Opening the closet door he flipped on an above can light that brought light to the room and lit up a portion of the actual bedroom behind him. Inside was a small amount of gear and items. A decent sized dark tan box lay on the floor. Hanging along the wall were two different color robes, one black and one tan. Next to them hung what Mahtan was hoping to find. A thick cloak made of tauntaun hide and fur, a very nice item. It was heavy as well, weighing almost fifteen pounds. The white fur with some gray splashes gave it a nice look as well as some camouflage in snow which, for all anyone knew about the trip, they may need. Pulling the cloak out Mahtan threw it on the bed behind him and proceeded to see what was in the tool box below.
The metal latches snapped unlocking the box. Lifting back the lid revealed at top rack holding a pair of electrobinoculars and an old comlink which Mahtan doubt still worked. Below the rack was case of small handheld tools, an empty utility belt and an out-dated fusioncutter.
Slowly Mahtan remember what the box was from. Back on Bakura Mahtan would often help his uncle fix up swoop bikes in the shop and any that were broken around town. Also it was the box he had strapped to his own swoop bike incase it broke down, ran out of fuel, or if he got lost out on one of the trails. It would be perfect for the trip if was suppose to be old droids and vehicles lying around. Mahtan smiled and re-latched the case. It would bring back some memories. Also he planned on fiddling with the comlink on the way there.
Tossing the box on the bed next to the tauntaun cloak Mahtan headed into the kitchen to check for food. He really hoped he wouldn't find any, because if he did, it was guaranteed to be bad.
Luckily there was none and Mahtan would be able to just stock up on some fresh food before leaving. Now he just wondered if they were going to take just a couple ships or if everyone was flying solo in their own craft. He figured it would be separate just because they probably wouldn’t be able to spare any larger craft right now for it. Mahtan didn’t really mind either way.
Grabbing the tool box and heavy cloak off his bed he turned and looked at his closet. Quickly he opened the door and randomly grabbed one of the robes that hung from the wall. With that he was headed out to his ship to load up with what he had.
Kasan stummbled backwards and fell with a thud to the floor of the escape pod. She had enough time to look up at Talbot with anger and shock before the door closed and she could feel the pod being ejected into space. She let out a breath and pulled her knees up to her and lowered her head to them. She bit on her bottom lip and groaned out quietly, shaking her head a little.
Kyle sat there in the escape pod as it ejected into space. Pain, both physical and emotional, was what he felt. Anger and guilt followed as he sat there, without his lightsaber and his Jedi robe. The only thing that belonged to him was the Force right now. He looked down on the floor, then turned a bit to Kasan as he remembered how Talbot had forcefully kissed her, but also remembered seeing her melt to him. Kyle let out a sigh, before fully turning his face to Kasan. "Kasan.... I'm sorry." Kyle said.
She shook her head and pulled it from her knees. Without looking back at him, she said, "It's not you fault... This couldn't have been helped, Talbot was waiting for this for a long time... The fact that I am pregnant and that a jedi, let alone one he knows and despises, is the father, were just added bonuses to him... Nothing you did, or could have done, would have changed the outcome for me... I was going to be executed, but at least now, you'll be here with me..."
Kyle also shook his head and sighed. No, Kasan was wrong. Things could had been different, if Kyle wasn't so weak without the Force. If only he had been even more aggressive to the point where he skirted with the Dark Side, then he would had defeated Talbot, rescued Kasan and escaped with her. "No, Kasan. Things could had been different if I was stronger and more aggressive. If only I'd embraced the Dark Side back then, then maybe things would be different." Kyle spoke, feeling his own anger looming over him.
This time, she did look back, slight concern, shock, filled her eyes. She pushed herself from the floor and walked over to him. Setting herself down infront of the pilot's chair he'd taken to sitting in, she shook her head and said, "Don't say that... I've seen what happens to those who embrace the dark side... I didn't fall in love with Vader... I love you... Kyle... Please don't give in to this..."
Kyle nearly sobbed a bit after listening to Kasan speaking to him, persuading him not to think about the Dark Side like Master Luke would have. But it had done nothing to extinguish his feeling of guilt. "But Talbot had beaten me, simply because I wasn't strong enough. We ended up like this, waiting to die, because I wasn't strong enough. I failed you, Kasan. Because I wasn't strong enough." he replied, anger was filling his tone. Kyle was angry mainly at himself, for having failing himself and Kasan.
She chewed on her lips, looking at him when she fianlly stood, pulling on his hands to make him stand before her. She pressed against him, wrapping her arms around his back and shoulder's, laying her head on his chest. Sniffling slightly and reveling in the feel of him, she said, "I never gave up hope on you... You came for me, just as I knew you would. We won't die here, we can't..."
Kyle's anger was extinguished when Kasan made him stand before her, then embraced him. The thoughts of the Dark Side faded away as Kyle wrapped his arms around her as well. Slowly, one of his hands was stroking her back as she sniffled a bit. Kasan had, many times, subtlely saved Kyle from the Dark Side. She did it again. "We can't. We won't. I'm stronger than that. We are stronger than that." Kyle spoke, his voice was partly fired by anger, but mostly determination.
She didn't pull away, didn't want to. She'd been beaten, humiliated, abused and it showed on her slender body with the welts and bruises, along with the streams of blood that had stained her body. Her mind worried about the harm to the babies she carried, but one wouldn't know the extent of the damage until they got back to the academy. She closed her eyes and groaned a little, half in pain and half in frusteration.
Kyle didn't let go either. He had lost Kasan for so long, that he never wanted to let go of her again. Kyle would never let anything happen to her again, not on his watch. Remembering that Talbot had punched her in the stomach, Kyle pushed her slightly away. "Your womb, I can probably help you a bit, now that I had the Force back with me." he said.
Kasan smiled slightly and shook her head, "No... I'll be ok. We need to figure out how to get this pod working again. We have to get back to the academy, or get the com system working enough to call for help... If something worsens, we'll worry about it then... Come on... Let's get started..." She looked around then, trying to figure out where they could start. They had to make this pod work and they had to do it, right quick...
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Gavriel had exited the infirmary physically, yet his mind still longed to drift within the room Kali was in. To stay there and watch over her, be there for her in her time of need, but his duty called and as much as he hated to leave he knew he had to. His mind swirled with the thought of Kali being injured like she was but Gavriel had to stop himself from drifting on it. Kali was a Jedi Knight, he was a Jedi Master. If they could not function as independents as well as they function together, then it was a sign that they were not yet prepared to share their completed lives together. So Gavriel took advantage of this moment in the hall alone to clear his mind. Kali was strong and could overcome this, she's been through things before Gavriel just as he has before her. It was only a matter of trusting each other to pull through on their own and still know that the other was waiting, offering support and encouragement. Gavriel took a look back at the door but shook his head. "Kali will pull through this." He told himself as he walked down the corridor towards his ship.
Gavriel felt a slight calling through the Force. Someone was wanting to contact him, but where? Gavriel focused and found the most likely spot was right outside of his room. It was the young Jedi Keyan Danorath. Gavriel had met him once, maybe twice before but his name had come up for the mission and Gavriel was glad to take him. Sending his thoughts through the Force, Gavriel redirected Keyan. "Keyan, in the hangar . . . Go to the hangar bay. I am waiting there." Once Gavriel had reched the hangar, he entered into his SoroSuub Personal Luxury Yacht 3000 he and Kali had named the Star's Shadow. Once inside, Gavriel activated the comline to everyone on the mission, and a few he thought would be appropriate for it. Sending the coordinates to the comlinks owned by Keyan Danorath, Mahtan Nólatári, Jedi Master Graul and his Padawan Daniel Hope, Renn Torvec, and Gabriel Kren. He then spoke the message to be transmitted. "This is Jedi Master Gavriel Derragon, this message is meant for all those accompanying me on the expedition to Rhen Var. Time is short so I will spare 10 more minutes until everyone is on board the Star's Shadow. Gavriel out."
Gavriel deactivated the comline and swiveled his chair to put his back to the com display "Jeeves, check then double-check the reverse power-flux couplings. I want to make sure this thing will get started without having to get out and push." "Yes Master Gavriel." Gav then went up to the Master Bedroom to the craft and checked the small closet inside. Satisfied that Jeeves had packed away his wampa-fur coat and rancor-hide boots, Gavriel closed the closet and looked at the mirror doors. He stood with his long dark brown hair, green eyes, his black tunic highlighted in light blue tucked into his belt, his khaki pants tucked into his black boots. His blue and green lightsabers on his belt hung loosely, ready to be activated within a moment's notice. He had not even shaved his face which was growing a 3-day old beard which Gavriel would eventually shave at some point. Taking a breath and turning away from the mirrior image he walked around the upper balcony and entered the cockpit. Uploading preflight procedures all around the room he looked out the main viewport seeing the hangar inside. He would like to have Master Graul keep an eye on the Jedi on the mission and maybe have Keyan help co-pilot. The old worker droid Jeeves would keep an eye on the main computer system while his R2 unit Screech would stay behind on Yavin with Kali. After seeing that all systems were operating and still initiating pre-flight checks Gavriel left the cokpit and went downstairs to the main hold and entered the kitchen to make sure it was loaded with plenty of foodstuffs. This craft would likely serve as their shelter on the planet since the mission would likely take more than a day to complete. Soon the team would be arriving.
After almost an hour of sitting in the escape pod, something dawned on Kasan. This was an Imperial based pod, therefore, would have a similar wiring set up to her TIE. She'd worked on the thing many times and knew it better then anything. If she could manage to get down into the workings of the pod, she might be able to make the thing work and give them a chance to get the hell out of there. Glancing over at Kyle, she finally said, "I think I know how to make this pod work, but first, we need to get this belt off of me..."
Kyle nodded to her, remembering the fact that Talbot's little boobytrap was still attached to her waist. First, he slowly reached his hand around that belt just to feel for a spot which he could detach it. He was careful about touching the front part of the belt, knowing that the bomb was there. There was always more than one way to trigger a bomb, and Kyle knew at least that much. "Alright, let's see about getting it off of you without setting that thing off. Bombs can be set off in numerous ways." Kyle spoke as he carefully checked the belt. He was coming close enough for both their bodies to touch each other, just as he found the buckle. "Ok, I'm there, just hang on while I'm at it." he said, just as he began to work at it. After a few moments of tinkering, he finally gotten it off. "There we go. We still have to worry about the bomb exploding though, because it's still around." he said.
She nodded, "Around, yes... On me, no which is all I care about right now." She looked around, for a panel or some way to get into the wiring system. Letting out a breath and tugging at the skirt she was wearing. Finally catching sight of one, she wandered over and knelt down, prying it lose with her finger tips. Once the panel was moved, she eyed the opening and looked inside. Nodding to herself, she said aloud, "Well, at least I'll fit..." She lowered herself to her knees and proceeded to get inside the small opening.
Laying down on her stomach she looked around and saw where the wires had been snapped and cut. Letting out a breath, she was relieved that it was the only thing that they had done. Turning over, she laid on her back, looking up at the wiring work, and absently bringing one of her legs up, next to the other, bracing herself. Reaching upwards, she slowly started to reconnect things, putting the colored wires back together. There were more then she'd originally thought. She cursed under her breath a little as she fixed more and more of the wires. Sometime later, Kasan heard buzzing and whirring from the main area of the pod. Moving her head, she called out to Kyle, "Did it work!?"
Kyle just stood there and watched as Kasan began to work on the electrical wirings of the escape pod. Not that Kyle didn't want to help. In fact, he wanted to do so badly. But unfortunately, Kyle knew little about the wiring system and he was too large to fit into the hole which had fitted Kasan. Kyle sucked a breath in hard and begrudginly accepted the fact that there was nothing he could do for now. After some time had passed, Kyle heard some buzzing and whirling from the main area. Nodding to Kasan, Kyle decided to confirm that for her. "Yes it did." he replied.
Kasan grinned and slapped the floor beneath her. Pulling herself out of the small hole, she dusted her bare back and legs off. Walking over to the co-pilots chair, she sat down and looked at him, "Let's go home... What do you say?"
Kyle nodded. It was the only thing he wanted to do now, he needed to cool down, to rethink his strategy. Kyle felt the need to be more aggressive, if not falling for the Dark Side. But there was another problem, Kyle had never been into an escape pod, so he never knew if it had hyperdrive or not. "There is a problem, Kasan, I don't even know if this thing have hyperspace capability." he said, looking around.
She looked at the board, "Most Imperial escape pods are outfitted with a hyperdrive, but, by the looks of it, this one doesn't. I should have figured. Well, at least we'll have air now, but we still aren't going anywhere..." She squinted her eyes and shook her head a little. Groaning out a little, she tried to shake off the pain. Glancing over, she grimiced as she said, "Although, now might be a good time to try that Jedi trick of yours. That pain... just got worse..."
"Should have let me do it earlier." Kyle sighed as he heard that Kasan's pain had grew worse. In fact, he sensed it too. Taking a deep breath, Kyle took both of Kasan's hands and held them. He then concentrated and opened himself up to the Force, using it to heal Kasan as best as he could. It was the best he could do for now. She leaned her head back and closed her eyes, intertwining her finger's with his. He relaxed her and whether it was his jedi powers or just him, she didn't know, but it helped enough to put her into a restful sleep, then first one she'd had for weeks. Her soft breathing and seemingly painless noises coming from her mouth were the only indication that she felt any better...
'He's not serious about this is he? It's easier if I took the Hawk instead of hitch a ride.'
Gabirel hurried back into the hanger after his training with the new Echani skills he was studying. Upion entry, he ran over to hsi B-Wing & pressed in the commands to open the storage area, the hatch however sounded as if the thing were jammed. Giving it a good thump, Gabriel was able to open the storage area on his B-Wing, he then grabbed his Bag & pulled it out, then dragged the Survival kit out of his Ship & opened it up, rummaging around for a few things.
In heart, he had too much of his father in him, wanting to stay as close as possible to the place of intrest, but if the ship couldn't fit the area, a Prefabricated shelter was set up & secured for all weather conditions. Since growing up on the move, Gabriel had always drawn his abilities when on archeological expaditions from his father, although going from place to place so long meant he never made any real friends, but since joining the Academy, he could make all the firends he could never when with his parents.
'Where is it?... come on, I know it's in here... a-ha, he we go.'
Gabriel then pulled out the tools & kit for a 1-man Prefab shelter & about a dozen ration packs, the kit came with the pre-made materials for a shelter, a sleeping bag & a lantern for some lighting, all packed into a second sack. Opening his bag where he placed his Jackets & tools, Gabriel placed the rations packs into a side pouch & sipped it close.
Closing the storage area of the Hawk, Gabriel picked up the Shelter kit & slung it over his other shoulder, then looked over to Master Derragon's ship, thinking to himself, 'Way too classy for me on a expadition like me... I'd rather brave the snow.'
Gabriel then walked over to the ship & looked for an entry ramp, as he found one, he walked up it & into the ship, saying out loud,
"Master Derragon?" After a few seconds, he said again, adding to his previous question, "Master Derragon, It's Gabriel. I'm aboard for the Expadition."
Gavriel turned from his manual checks he was conducting below the deck. One of the floor panels off to the side had been lifted up to reveal a small crawlspace filled with tubes and indicator lights. Hearing his name called Gavriel stuck his head out and nodded. "Good, have your things ready?"
"Yes Master... I hope you don't mind this, master. But I brought a Tent." Gabriel wasn't sure if he was to bring the tent or not now that he was looking at Master Derragon.
Gavriel gave the youth a puzzled look. "Why a tent? Do you expect something to happen to this ship or are you thinking I'll have you sleep outside when we get there?"
"No, Master. It's that when I was with my Parents on expaditions like this, I've slept in a tent most of the time. I guess I've got more of my Father's side in me than I thought I was letting on." Gabriel now felt embarrsed with the whole idea of bringing the tent, but it wasn't his fault his instinct told him to bring one.
"Well I don't see the harm in having one just in case. Though personally I hope it's really a prefab shelter instead of a tent. Rhen Var is still in an ice age and a simple tent won't do much against those temperatures."
"I usually keep one of each, Master. I double checked it was a prefab shelter when I pulled it out with some ration packs." Gabriel knew mentioning the ration packs was going to haunt him the second Master Derragon gave a reply. Instead Gavriel only nodded. "Well if you want to eat those MRTR packs be my guest. The rest of the team will be eating decent meals from the foodstuffs here on the Shadow.." Gavriel glanced up and saw the quizzical look from Gabriel. "MRTRs are short for Meals-Ready-To-Regurgitate." he said with a brief hint of a smile. Though as far as Gav was concerned, those meals were far from a delicacy.
"Oh, I see. Don't worry about me Master. I'll set up the shelter as close to the ship without it getting in anyone's way." Recalling that he had forgotten to pack any form of Thermal-insulative boots, Gabriel asked, "Um... may I ask if you have a spare set of boots. I think I forgot to pack a pair."
"Well if you want to run back out to grab your pair then go ahead. We've still got time for that. Or you can hold off. I have a pair usually worn for space walks which is basically the same thing used for really cold missions. Not sure if they'll fit you though." Gavriel ducked back down and after a sharp clanging sound, Gavriel hoisted himself back up to the main floor and closed the crawlspace door. After duting his hands he walked over to the system control panel and found a once red warning light, now back to optimal green.
"I'm willing to take the chance with the space boots, Master... if I may talk about this expadition?"
Gavriel adjusted a small lever and sat down at the chair next to the display. "Sure."
"Well... my personal intrest in this expadition is that I want to see this tomb that may be there. I know it's against Jedi Tradition & the code... but My parents have been interested in the Mysteries surounding the Sith. The only reason I'm hear is my experience on Korriban, somehting I'd rather not talk about."
"Then why are you anxious to relive that experience or tempt it to come back by going to Rhen Var? Truth is, the Sith...culture, if you will, is far from the culture of the Jedi. Different rites are performed for each. This tomb is on Rhen Var, and it's the tomb of Ulic Qel-Droma. Are you familiar with his story?"
"No, Master. that's why I want to go on this expadition. Every day my parents have asked me if I've found anything on Sith History, but with what I've been studying here, I'm more dedicated to Jedi History, OUR history. That's why I want to come with you. To learn more about the Jedi & what we were before Vader & the Empire."
Gavriel adjusted his posture as he sat and thought back to tragic story of Ulic. "Thousands of years ago, when the Republic was still fairly new, there was a Jedi Knight named Ulic Qel-Droma. Together he and the fallen Jedi Exar Kun started what's known as the Great Sith War. Ulic was a part of the Dark Side, but had done so in order to save the galaxy in his view. Exar Kun however was a self-proclaimed Sith Lord and found a willing pupil in Ulic. However, when ulic found he had killed his own brother, he turned from the Dark Side. However another Jedi witnessed his crime and used the Force to conceal Ulic in a Force barrier which cut him off from ever using, or sensing the Force again. So Ulic was a Jedi, but not a Jedi in that respect. After that, he went into exile on Rhen Var and lived out the rest of his days alone."
"Which explains to me why his tomb was on Rhen Var... but as master Skywakler explained, Rhen Var was a battlefield during the Clone Wars. What are the odds we will encounter Confederacy Battle Droids?"
Gavriel chuckled lightly. "I'd say the chances are pretty good considering an old Trade Federation Coreship was crashed just outside of Ulic's tomb. The real question is whether or not those Battle Droids will still be active." Gavriel got up from his chair and patted Gabriel on the shoulder. "I don't suspect they will be, 20 odd years of inactivity would be murder on a droid's joints. And if I recall correctly, shortly before Palpatine proclaimed himself Emperor, a galaxy-wide signal was sent that made all of the Confederacy's battle droids inactive."
"Well that's good, I'm sorry for taking up so much time, I'd better find somewhere to sleep for the trip to Rhen Var... Thank you for tellimg me about Ulic, master."
Gabriel then bowed & left to find some sleeping quarters. Seeing as Rhen Var was some distance away, he was goign to need some rest after his 'Advanced' Training exercise. Gabriel then went down below the bridge to look for somewhere to sleep.
Keyan was still waiting outside the door, albeit somewhat impatiently when Gavriel's message reached him. The Jedi started at the voice in his head, and half turned to see who was behind him before he realized it was a telepathic message. Keyan merely grinned at his instinctual reaction. He left the door of Kali T'set and made his way to his own quaters.
Inside the room he had been assigned at the Jedi Academy, Keyan had various mementos and reminders from home. A hologram of his parents, a vista from the long-destroyed Alderraan and diagrams of various ships. X-Wings, frieghters, capital ships, all sorts adorned the shelves of his room. The young man packed a duffel full of essentials; clothes, reading material and utilities. He sat down at his personal computer and issued remote orders to the droids in charge of the Far Runner. They were to stay on the ground, and obey any orders from Master Skywalker in regard to transporting students or defending the Academy.
Hefting his bag over one shoulder, the student made sure both lightsabers were sercured on his belt, and left the room. The door locked securely behind him to prevent any unwanted excursions. Minutes later, he arrived at the hanger, where Gavriel's ship rested. The Far Runner was not far off, and his droid crew was visible, tweaking and testing systems. But he'd do more once he got back, artificial intelligence can only do so much.
Keyan jogged up the access ramp and through the hatch. Voices echoed from within, so he knew he was not the first to arrive. He set the bag down in a lounge area, as he did not know room assignments or where the cargo hold was. He assumed Gavriel would be in the cockpit, overseeing last minute details, so he headed towards the bow. Star's Shadow was an unfamiliar ship, but it didn't take long to find the cockpit. Sure enough, Gavriel was there chatting with an astromech.
"Keyan reporting as ordered."
The Jedi sketched a half bow, with a comical look upon his face. It wasn't the military, but some things couldn't be helped.
Crukai stares at the transport ship from a fair distance. People were now entering the craft as it was growing near launch time. He checks his watch patiently, turning his head, he finds Aina approaching with a small bag full of supplies. She stops a few feet ahead of Crukai, giving him a quiet stare she says, "About earlier, I'm sorry I lost my... cool." She sighs, "I spoke with Master Luke, about all of this. I've got a lot to learn it seems, let's try to work together."
Crukai crosses his arms as he smirks, "Well, that's one change of attitude." He taps his hands together as he nods, "Okay, together then." He steps aside, allowing Aina to walk past. She enters the ship and finds a seat. Crukai follows her, there were several Jedi aboard now, and a lot of commotion was happening.
Crukai finds a comfortable seat and allows himself to fall back into the comforts of the chair, "Wake me when we get there." He says jokingly.
Renn cursed loudly and stuffed the heavy robes he would wear in bag along with the gloves and the boots. He grabbed both of his lightsabers and clipped them to his belt.
He ran out of his room as though he had an army of Nightsisters along with their rancors on his tail. The cloak he wore was trailing after him. He used the Force to enhance his speed and he rocketed past several other Jedi.
He kept on running until he came before the hangar. Renn ran up the boarding ramp and looked around. He was panting slightly and he did look like he was sweating a little bit. The Corellian stood up straight after a while.
"Jedi Knight Renn Torvec reporting for duty," he said, lowering himself into a sitting position on a chair.
Daniel didn't expect much of a change of scenery, maybe the beds would have been placed differently or the chrome desk on the opposite wall instead of the one adjacent to the bed, maybe even just a different lamp or one bent in a different direction but... it wasn't anything like his bunk back at the Acedemy.
For one thing it was much smaller, with a much smaller metal bed to one side of the wall, hollowed and curved, not that much different from a low crib, the matress looked new though the bed seemed somewhat aged, adjacent to it was a chrome desk with several drawers and cupboards for him to put his belongings and a small surface for him to do his work and eat his meals, while seated at the rather uncomfortable looking chair next to it. Other than that there was a metal doorway which lead to the private washroom.
A little frustrated though somewhat appreciative of the change of scenery, he dropped his satchel in the middle of the floor and let his arms fall to his side before letting out a sigh, the manner of sigh that dilutes one's anxieties and let's in the much needed air of confidence...it didn't take much to figure that out, what he had a hard time discovering was the origin of his anxieties.
"Padawan" Graul stood at the doorway, his predatory amber eyes glaring at the satchel so unceremoniously dropped on the floor "Do not leave your things in the middle of the room like that, you are now on Master Gavriel's Yacht not in your comfortable room back in Roslo"
Daniel glared back, perhaps for the first time in his life, his eyes had a desrespectful and questioning look about them and Graul appreciated neither element.
"Master" Daniel's voice seemed to have newly found confidence and rebbelion "may I please be allowed to have a shower in private"
Graul was not startled by his student's change of character, when pushed enough, any cub can learn to stand on all his feet and walk in his own manner, if anything this was the result Graul had been attempting to achieve. However he was taken aback by the fact that the cub had enough gall to not even acknowledge his statement.
"Watch your toung" he growled "You will not speak to me so or show such disrespect for the property of your betters, now pick your little bag up or I will and you do not wish to inspire my wrath even more"
Daniel complied, picking his satchel up and placing it tidily on the surface of the desk, a false, crooked smile forming on his lips as he did, he held many words for his teacher right at the tip of his tounge and it took his every nerve to keep them there.
Graul nodded, "You are not to leave this room for the rest of the journey, unless I say otherwise, you can have all the privacy" and he gave the boy his signature smile, not unlike that of an executioner.
Why was he always twisting his words like that?, he couldn't even extend his tounge an inch outward without it slapping him in the face, he was used to much better treatment and this wasn't the first time he had such a monolouge but as always he only bowed his head and half-heartedly repeated "Yes master".
Graul nodded his approval once more and moved out into the hallway, closing the door behind him and made his way to the bridge and the cockpit. He looked for Master Gavriel and was pleased to find not only him but Keyan present as well, he nodded a greeting to them, his dark brown hood nearly down to half his strong feline face "Fellow Jedi, I have seen that the young ones are in place for the journey, unless there is anything else you wish of me, I shall retire to my quarters"
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"Keyan reporting as ordered." "Jedi Knight Renn Torvec reporting for duty." Gavriel held his hands up to get everyone's attention. "Alright, lets get somethings straight. Master Graul, perhaps you can relay this to your Padawan as well that there is a basic amount of respect I expect while aboard this ship. Upstairs is off limits except for the cockpit. Since all of you will be staying in the guest quarters below the cockpit on the first floor, I don't expect anyone to be wandering around where they are not supposed to be. At this point, Master Graul walked into the main room, Gavriel gave him a nod of acknowledgement and continued. "You all have probably seen the observation deck on the back of this ship and yes, it does allow you out in space but only when stationary, the magnetic field doesn't hold when the sublight drives are going let alone lightspeed so unless this ship is stationary, don't go out there. All the rooms downstairs are open, including the kitchen and the food processors are particularly good. Capable of creating a wide variety of foods from any system and I have a ton of carbon on board for that purpose so I expect everyone to eat up because I don't want to waste what I've got packed away. All set everyone? Then if you need to pack yourselves away go ahead, I'm going up to the cockpit to get this show on the road."
Some of the students went to go get themselves situated while Gavriel checked a few other power systems. "Fellow Jedi, I have seen that the young ones are in place for the journey, unless there is anything else you wish of me, I shall retire to my quarters" Gavriel finished up his checks and nodded to his old worker droid Jeeves. Who then nodded and went to strap itself in. Gavriel then turned to Master Graul. "Master Graul my friend, I am honored to have you with us. If you need to rest then by all means go ahead. I'm going to have Keyan here come up with me so I can see how good he is as co-pilot."
Moments later Gavriel was strapped in his pilot's seat with Keyan beside him finishing up a transmission to Luke. "Remember, Ulic's tomb is of utmost importance. The Jedi Academy can always use more information on the old Jedi Order. Anything you find there can help us better train the students of tomorrow." Gavriel nodded his head to the hologram. "Of course Luke. Anything we can get our hands on we'll be sure to bring back." The holo of Luke nodded back. "And the Jedi Academy will be indebted to you. May the Force be with you." The holo then faded and Gav initiated the repulsorlift, with a loud, pulsating hum the craft began to hover. Gavriel opened the comchannel throughout his ship alerting everyone onboard. "We'll be approaching Rhen Var in about 2 days times so get comfortable." The sublight drives then started and Gav manuevered the ship towards the open hangar door. He sent a thought back to the Academy, specifically towards a section of the Academy where she waited. "May the Force be with you Kali." The Star's Shadow then exited the the hangar and rocketed past the Great Temple climbing steadily out of the jungle moon's atmosphere.
Once the Shadow was out of Yavin's gravity well, and the navi-computer had the coordinates locked in for Rhen Var, Gavriel pulled the lever back and watched as the starlights slid into streaks of light then erupted the ship into the blue and white maelstrom of hyperspace.
"This is Jedi Master Gavriel Derragon, this message is meant for all those accompanying me on the expedition to Rhen Var. Time is short so I will spare 10 more minutes until everyone is on board the Star's Shadow. Gavriel out."
The message almost seemed to echo through the narrow corridor that led out of the residential area of the temple. 'That answers the question of transportation.' Mahtan thought.
Soon emerging into the hanger of the Yavin IV temple Mahtan moved to the designated ship; the Star's Shadow. The large 3000 Luxury Yacht looked rather comfortable from the outside but inside it was a little different.
Hustling up the boarding ramp Mahtan caught the tail end of a conversation being given by Master Gavriel.
"You all have probably seen the observation deck on the back of this ship and yes, it does allow you out in space but only when stationary, the magnetic field doesn't hold when the sublight drives are going let alone lightspeed so unless this ship is stationary, don't go out there. All the rooms downstairs are open, including the kitchen and the food processors are particularly good. Capable of creating a wide variety of foods from any system and I have a ton of carbon on board for that purpose so I expect everyone to eat up because I don't want to waste what I've got packed away."
'That's right I forgot to get food, but it doesn't look like I'll be needing to get any.'
"All set everyone? Then if you need to pack yourselves away go ahead, I'm going up to the cockpit to get this show on the road."
Mahtan headed for the lower deck of the ship to pick out a room and drop off his excess items.
The lower deck had a surprising chill to it. All the surrounding metal was particularly cool. The flooring was a special dark tile that resisted heat which could easily account for some of the chill.
Straying from the floor Mahtan noted a door to a guest room to his right, just in front of him. The door was metallic painted in a dark gray. In a whoosh the door slid into the wall left to right. The room beyond was dark. Letting the cloak and robe rest on his shoulder Mahtan searched the wall just inside the room for a light switch. Finding one he flicked it on. The room lit up with a quick flicker exposing the bed on the far back wall and a couch like seat built into the wall to the right. Stepping in, Mahtan hefted his tool box down letting it slide to a halt along the floor under a small table in front of the couch. Eyeing the bed he threw the extra wear onto the seat and continued to inspect the room.
Along the left wall was a closet and a personal bathroom that seemed rather clean and fairly new. The closet was empty as Mahtan opened the doors to browse. He noticed a holoprojector sat on the table as he turned around to view the room in its entirety.
"We'll be approaching Rhen Var in about 2 days times so get comfortable."
Gavriel's voice came over the com as Mahtan looked up to the speaker where the voice had come from.
Taking one last glance around the room Mahtan found it satisfying enough and headed out to the cock-pit, closing the door behind him. He figured he'd better give Gavriel a heads-up that he was onboard incase he hadn't seen, or sensed, his arrival.
As he came into view of the cock-pit Mahtan peered through the wind-shield of the craft and saw that they had already entered hyperspace. He had felt a little jolt earlier and figured that the ship had jumped, but he hadn't been sure.
Approaching Gavriel he spoke. "Master Gavriel, I'm pleased to see you're in one piece. How was your cruise on the Eclipse Destroyer? I hear that Kali is back and will recover." Mahtan sat in a near-by chair, hoping his words were just enough to break the ice and not cause a disturbance.
Kyle let out a brief sigh as Kasan had went to sleep. He did the best he could for her using the Force, and that was all he could do since he wasn't specialized in healing with the Force. Kyle was more used to using the Force for combat purposes. He could feel the amount of pain she was in, the Force told him that already. "If only I did better, if only I was stronger." Kyle thought to himself. If only he gave in to his anger, then Kasan probably didn't have to suffer the pain she was suffering now. His face became one of frustration as his anger began to settle in. Not surprisingly, Kyle's anger was directed more to himself than Talbot as he had failed to stop him from hurting Kasan. Kyle will be stronger, better, and he would see to it that it would happen.
Right now, Kyle needed to get back to Yavin IV. To get back home. Kasan needed medical care and soon. The sooner he got her back, the better. With that in mind, Kyle began to check the very same opening which Kasan had worked in to fix the wirings of the escape pod. He opened it and had a look at the wirings for himself. Kyle studied the wirings to see what went wrong or what he could do with it, and that was when he found that two wires seemed to be crossed in the wrong way. Kyle maybe slim himself, but he was still bigger than Kasan. This meant that Kyle probably wouldn't fit into the opening, there was only one other thing left to do. He began concentrating on the Force, using it to manipulate the wires, it was a somewhat difficult, but Kyle managed. He wanted to be stronger, and practicing the Force was one of the ways to do it. So why not? He continued to open himself up to the Force, as the wiring were loosen once again. Using the Force, Kyle manipulated the wires once more so that they crossed correctly this time. After tightening the wires, Kyle got up, somewhat tired, to see on the instrument panels that the hyperdrive was online.
Kyle nodded to himself with satisfaction as he closed up the panel. He sat down on the pilot's seat and set coordinates for Yavin IV before jumping into hyperspace. As he pulled the hyperspace lever, Kyle saw the stars melted into a maelstrom of the hyperspace tunnel which sucked the escape pod in. Kyle leaned back on his seat, letting out a sigh of relief and closed his eyes. But even as he rested, Kyle could still feel the anger he was directing towards himself. He worried for Kasan's still developing womb. His lost lightsaber and Jedi robe could easily be replaced, but not another life, not those unborn twins. Kyle felt hurt by the feeling that he had failed to protect them. "If only I was stronger...." Kyle repeated that thought to himself. He continued to rest, and meditate as the escape pod continued down the hyperspace tunnel.
Kyle opened his eyes to a noise which alerted him that he had returned to Yavin IV. Pulling the hyperspace lever, Kyle returned himself to real space as the blue maelstrom of hyperspace was once again broken up into stars amidst the blackness of space. He slowly maneuvered his way back towards the atmosphere of the moon when he was contacted by Yavin Control asking him to indentify himself since they spotted an Imperial escape pod coming towards Yavin IV. "This is Jedi Knight Kyle Landoran, requesting clearance to land." Kyle spoke through the com-link, then gave them the proper clearance codes. Once he had clearance, Kyle proceeded to land. He could feel, through the Force, that his sister was waiting and had something to tell him. Something important must had happened, but Kyle decided that his sister could wait. Kasan was more important, not to mention the twins.
Gavriel made his little speech about what was off-limits and such around the ship. After all, a ship is one's home away from home, and certain things must be maintained. On Far Runner, Keyan had similar rules about his training areas and living quaters. That was an advantage to an all-droid crew, they didn't get curious. So, Keyan would respect the pilot's wishes, although he may have to go to certain "off-limit" areas for co-piloting duties. But that was up to Gavriel.
The Jedi slipped down the hatchway towards the cockpit, and settled into the co-pilot chair. He took a few moments to look over the controls, note what was standard and what was different. There were obviously some custom modifications whose purpose would need to be explained. Keyan didn't think the flight would involve combat, but knowing the limits of the ship would help nonetheless. Soon enough, Gavriel was seated in the pilot's chair, trading final words with Master Skywalker. The communication ended and Star's Shadow made the jump to lightspeed, leaving Yavin IV behind.
As the ship hurtled through hyperspace, a tunnel of colors whorling around, Keyan turned to Gavriel.
"So, in all honesty, what do you expect to find on Rhen Var? I know plenty of students are expecting a horde of ancient battle droids. Somehow, that doesn't quite fit with the idea of a Jedi's tomb. Something more insidious perhaps?"
Renn sat in his chair gazing out of one the viewports. somehow being in space where no one was trying to shoot him down soothed him. Gabriel walked up behind Renn, carrying a drink, thinking Renn wouldn't notice,
"That's right," Renn said, glancing over his shoulder. "I said I'd buy you a drink. Didn't I?"
"You don't have to" Gabriel said, "I shouldn't take all the credit. I couldn't have done it without help.
"Well since we're not at a cantina let's just say I technically brought the drinks. You're a good pilot by the way. You'd put some Corellians to shame."
"My father used to let me fly our ship a few times when we were in the middle of deep space. Said it helped when I could get my hands on a fighter craft & learn to be a pilot... honestly I thought he wanted me to follow in his footsteps.
Sitting down nest to Renn, Gabriel said, "About that battle. I did what any Jedi would have done, if it meant risking my own life. I'd have done it anyway.
Renn nodded. "My father never taught me how to fly. I ran some simms here and slowly I began to get the hang of it. The only thing I learned from my father is deceit. I don't trust politicians."
Gabriel nodded at the remark "Neither do I or my parents because my parents are looking for the answers to Sith Mysteries... something I don't tend to be dragged into, being Jedi."
"So why are you going to Rhen Var? To me it's just a frozen wasteland."
"I'm going there because of the Tomb there. My family appears now to take seperate intrests, my parents with the Sith, me with what we are, Jedi. More spesificly, Jedi during the infantcy of the Old Republic." Gabriel then recalled his worry apart from the tomb, "I'm more worried about the number of Battle Droids we may find, even though Master Derragon said they aren't functional, I've always expected the Un-Expected. that minute posibility the Droids will become active."
Renn reached out and took the drink from Gabriel's hands. He took a sip of it. "I heard most Battle Droids are pretty weak. They should prove to be no problem to us."
"Most. Our problems will come with the Super Battle Droids & Destroyer Droids... I'm more worried abotu the Droidika because of the shielding they posess & the speed they can shoot."
"I forgot about those things." He drained the contents of his glass.
"But if master Derragon is right, we wouldn't have too much trouble.
Gabriel then finished his drink & looked out of the viewport & at the Malestrom that was Light Speed.
"True, well I'm feeling a bit tired," Renn said, leaning back in the chair
"OK, well I'd best leave yo to get some rest.
Carrying Kasan in his arms, Kyle got out of the escape pod as soon as had landed back near the Jedi Academy. He had to take her to the Mon Calamari Jedi Master Cilghal and her Chadra-Fan apprentice Tekli so they could check her up. Although he seemed slow since he carried Kasan around, but Kyle was actually rushing to the two Jedi healers. The sooner he got to them, the better.
Kasan groaned with the jerking motion from being carried. She hurt and now had no intention of hiding it from anyone. She kept her eyes closed, moved her arms and put them around his neck, pulling her head closer to his chest. She didn't talk, simply thought to him, *"Where are we?"*
Kyle simply kept going towards where he would most likely find Master Cilghal and her apprentice Tekli, the temple's medical center. He telepathically recieved Kasan's question about their whereabouts. "We are back at the Jedi Academy. I'm taking you to see the Jedi healer Cilghal." Kyle replied telepathically without missing a beat.
Kasan slowly opened her eyes a little, looking around. She made a little moaning noise and looked up at him. Trying to smile, she mummbled, "I knew you were my Jedi hero..."
Kyle nodded and gave a slight smile, those words returned a bit of confidence in him, but he still felt bad about his own failures and weaknesses in the face of Talbot. He kept moving towards the temple's medical center. He passed through the hangar bay, and caught sight of his twin sister Katrina standing there. Katrina stood there, watching him. She wanted to run over to him, ask him if he was ok, but with the way he was walking, she knew now was not the time. Something was wrong with Kasan Moor, she could sense it, but wasn't quite sure why she could sense more then just two people. Shaking her head, she followed along behind him, stopping at the door of the medical center. She listened to Cilghal tell him to calm himself and that everything would be alright. As her brother reluctantly came back towards her, she noted the bruises on his face. Grimicing slightly, she looked at him and said, "Are you alright?"
Kyle let out a slow and deep sigh as soon as Cilghal had finished speaking with him. Looking at his sister, Kyle knew that she would notice those bruises on his face. He nodded when she asked about him. "Yeah, I'm alright. But I don't know about Kasan." he spoke, taking a brief glance at Cilghal checking up Kasan along with her apprentice. Kyle then returned his full gaze upon Katrina and let out a sigh as he looked down a bit. "If only I was stronger, Talbot wouldn't had done that to Kasan...." he spoke in a low voice.
Katrina looked at her brother. She knew allowing him to stand here would only make him feel worse. Biting her tounge, she said, "Walk with me Kyle... Kasan will be alright and you know that... Cilghal is good at what she does. Kasan will be fine. It's you I'm worried about now... Something in you is different..."
"Yes, indeed. Something is different about me. I'm beginning to think that I should had been a bit more aggressive than I already am." Kyle said, as he started walking out of the medical center. Both his hands were hanging around his waist as he thought about something. Kyle still felt that it was his fault that Kasan had to suffer this much pain, he felt that he could had make it different if he had struck harder against Talbot. Granted, Kyle did hit Talbot pretty hard, but not hard enough as far as Kyle was concerned. Talbot still got away with it, along with Tarkin. Kyle had failed, at least that was how he felt. "I'd failed, because Talbot had gotten away with it." he added.
Katrina stopped, looked at her brother and shook her head, "Kasan is alive, is she not?" He nodded, "And so are you, relitively unscathed..." He nodded again. "Well... I'd say that you suceeded..."
Katrina was right in some respect, and Kyle nodded to her because of that. However, he knew that there were things he had failed to do. He had failed to make Talbot pay, he had failed to do any kind of damage to the Eclipse-class Super Star Destroyer. He had failed to avenge his parents by failing to slay Tarkin. "That maybe so, but I'd failed to make Talbot pay. And guess who I saw there. Tarkin, the one who murdered our parents when he ordered the Death Star to destroy Alderaan. I failed to make him pay for our parents' death, and the Darkness, as I'd seen, was still out there. More planets could be destroyed." Kyle said, frustration hanging in his voice.
Katrina sighed hard and looked away, "You know... You're a pain... But you do have a point about the planets... Maybe we should go discuss this with Master Luke?"
"Is that all I ever was to you, a pain? But anyway, maybe we should speak with Master Skywalker. Then I'll build my lightsaber again, since I lost it. Watch me do it, because soon enough you'll have to make your own." he said, as he raised his brow in humor and kept on walking.
Kali blinked awake. Vaguely, she remembered being taken out of the bacta tank, washed off, dressed, then laid in a bed and told to rest. It was what her body needed. It was what her mind needed as well. She had spent everything she had trying to stay alive, to keep breathing, her blood flowing. Looking around, she found herself in a dimly light room, dressed in a white two-piece gown with a top that draped over her shoulders, belled out at her wrists and a bottom that was snug around her waist and pooled down to her feet. She saw another bed, filled with another woman... Kasan. She was dressed in a gown similar to Kali's and looked peacefully asleep. That must have meant that she and Kyle made it out alive...
Kasan had long since fallen asleep, with help and pursuasion from Cilghal and her apprentice. The sleep had done her well and when she woke again later, she didn't hurt anymore, but was pretty sure that she was supposed to stay where she was. Yawning a little, she wondered where Kyle was and looked around for him. Her eyes didn't catch Kyle though, they found Kali. Grimicing a little, she tilted her head and said, "You were the Jedi female Talbot had..." Kali nodded, a look of regret and hurt passing across her features. She pulled her eyes from Kasan, pushing a few curls out of her face. The rest were spread out around her like some etheral red halo. Just that small movement still pained her slightly, but it was better than it had been. "I was... Til' Gav came... Did Kyle make it out alright?" Kasan nodded also. "Yeah... He's fine... Incredibly upset though... He thinks this is all his fault. I tried to tell him it wasn't... Make him realize that he saved us, but he won't have it..."
Kali gave Kasan a wry smile, nodding slowly. She sighed, shifting on the bed a bit. "Sounds alot like Gav...How are you doing? Is everything alright with the babies?" She looked over at Kasan with concern in her eyes. Kasan looked confused, "H...How did you know?" "I'm sorry... Talbot told me. That, and I can feel them..." She said, bringing a hand to her head, making a motion to indicate that she was a Jedi, after all. Kasan looked away. "Oh..." After a moment, she finally said, "Cilghal said they'd be fine... Said there was more damage to me then them." "And what about you? Are you alright?" Kali shifted again, trying to sit up in the medical bed. Kasan sighed. "I'll be alright... I feel bad though... I didn't mean for this to happen to everyone... This wasn't your problem... Talbot has wanted to make me suffer for a good many years now..."
Kali pushed to a sitting position, wrapping her arms around her pulled up knees. The motion felt better on her abdomen. She snorted softly at Kasan's last comment. "None of what happend was your fault, hon, if you knew how I ended up on that ship... But why has Talbot had it out for you for awhile? I mean, I know you flew with the Imperials for awhile..." "Yeah, then I ran, leaving a heartbroken 20 something kid in my wake..." Kasan looked over, hoping Kali would understand. Kali did and nodded and said softly... "Talbot..." Kasan nodded. "Yeah... He had it bad for me, but... I couldn't do it. Believe me, contrary to how he may look now, he was an attractive young man, and a good pilot, but... He embraced everything I hated about myself and the Empire... I honestly didn't think his hatred went that deep though." It was Kali's turn to nod. "I think his hatred, and not just for you but for others, is what has kept him going for awhile. Don't blame yourself though, hon. I don't think any of us are very proud of what happend on that ship..."
Letting out a breath, as her eyes teared up Kasan said, "Talbot was going to kill Kyle... He was going to choke the life out of him and there was nothing I could do... I tried to be brave, tried to be strong, but I was terrified on the inside..." Kali reached over and placed a hand on Kasan's arm. The beds were close enough that they could do this easily. "Kasan, that's alright. You probably couldn't do anything at the time, but there's no point in looking back on our regrets. What we could have or should have done. The best thing we can all do is accept it, learn from it, and move on..." Kali trailed off at the end. She spoke from her heart, and knew that she should take her own advice...
Kasan looked over, tried to smile a little. She laid her hand on Kali's and then whispered, "Before we left on the mission over Kegal... Kyle... Asked me to marry him..." Kali smiled, squeezing Kasan's hand gently. In that moment, she knew she had found a friend in this other woman. "What was your answer?" Kasan's smile widened a little as her mind wandered to that night. Slowly blinking, she said, "I told him nothing would honor me more..." Kali gave Kasan a wide smile. "Congradulations then, Kasan... Kyle is a very good man."
Kasan laughed a little. "Slightly absentminded at times though. One time... I made the mistake of telling him something that should have been private. I guarentee that Kyp knew as soon as Kyle comprehended what I'd told him." Kali laughed softly, then winced, putting a hand to her abdomen. "Ow... Well, all men can be a little dense sometimes. Don't hold it against him."
"Oh... I don't..." She looked over and for the first time realized that Kali was hurt. It hadn't dawned on her before. Concern laced her eyes as she said, "What did he do to you?" Kali moved her knees and let go of Kasan's hand. She lifted the top to her gown to reveal her abdomen. Along the right side, just under her ribs, was a long, thin, white scar. "It wasn't Talbot, it was Tarkin that nearly killed me. Talbot's interrogation hurt worse though, I think. The bacta took away most of the bruises and cuts... But he made me betray everyone I held most dear..." She choked a bit at the last part. It was her turn to tear up.
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Kasan groaned. "The truth serum..." Kali nodded, putting her shirt back down and wiping quickly at her eyes. "I think it's how he knew Kyle was... yours. Or I at least confirmed it for him."
"No... That wasn't you... You may have said he was the one that was on the ship, but I told him unwittingly before you even got there who the father of the babies was... My slip up and Talbot used it to his advantage. He's always held hatred for Kyle when I refused to shoot him down all those years ago... He thinks Kyle made the 128th look bad..." Kali nodded. "That would make sense as to why he went after Kyle with a vengence..."
"Yeah... That's why.... That and he wanted to see me suffer..."
"What happend to him? How did you guys get off the ship?"
Kasan shook her head. "I'm not entirely sure really... I remember, Tarkin coming in, telling Talbot that he had something better in mind for us. They drug us to the docking bay and threw us into an escape pod... Talbot made sure to kiss me before shoving me into the thing... They'd disabled it, but, I tried to fix it... Did enough to get the lights and oxygen working again... After that... I don't remember a whole lot really..." Kali shook her head, curls swinging around her shoulders, mirroring the other woman's movements. "That means those two are still out there..." Her fists clenched the fabric of her gown as she remembered what she had told Talbot about her family, and the promise he made her. Kasan shook her head a little. "I'm not even sure where they were going... They didn't say... It worries me though..." Kali nodded, worrying the fabric between her fingers. "Me too... He made me tell him about my family... What they did...where they were..." She choked up a bit at the end, sniffling.
Kasan shook her head again. "Don't worry about them... That's one of Talbot's mind games... He won't go after them. To him, they're not even worth it. He just wanted you to beat yourself up over what you told him..." Kali nodded, wiping at her eyes again. "Well he won that game then because I know I will until I see them and tell them myself..."
"Well, despite the fact that you just met me really, you'll have to trust me..." Kasan looked over, "I wouldn't lie to you intentionally." Kali nodded empathically, reaching over and squeezing Kasan's hand. "I know you wouldn't, hon. And I do trust you, but for my own peace of mind... Sooner or later I'm going to end up back on Corellia.... I have to see them again. If I leave before Gavriel returns, will you tell him for me? I know its alot to ask, but I would rather he hear it from a live person than a recorded message..." Kasan was a little hesitant, she didn't know Gavriel all that well. Less then she knew Kali. Clearing her throat a little, she said, "Wouldn't you rather have someone like Kyle tell him?" Kali shook her head, laying back down on her side, still looking at Kasan. "I think you'll be the right person... Someone who can relate why I actually had to go... Are you hungry at all? I'm starving."
Kasan hadn't thought about it before then, but now that she did, she could feel her stomach churning. Looking over, she nodded, smiling, "Yeah... Those bars they give you, aren't all that satisfying..." Kali laughed softly, wincing again. "Ow... You're right though. They're tasteless." *Kali reached over and pressed a button next to their beds, calling for a medic.* "We'll get something a little more nourishing in us..."
Tranquilty was in fine shape. Jak swung himdelf out of her cockpit when he heard his communications crackle.
Jedi Knight Kyle Landoran was coming in for a landing.
Jak noted how he thought that Kyle was... gone when he didn't return with the rest of the starfighters. The Rhen Var Expedition had already left, and Jak really had no agenda. He should probably be speaking to somebody about his current, newfound, Master-less condition, sign up for classes or something, He didn't know exactly how that worked, having not really been in any classes, one of the side effects of a Master/Padawan pairing.
Jak knew of Kyle, and figured it was as good as anything to talk to him first. So Jak found him, walking with somebody else, and talking to her.
"You know... You're a pain... But you do have a point about the planets... Maybe we should go discuss this with Master Luke?""
"Is that all I ever was to you, a pain? But anyway, maybe we should speak with Master Skywalker. Then I'll build my lightsaber again, since I lost it. Watch me do it, because soon enough you'll have to make your own."
Landoran had lost his lightsabre? He was going to talk to Master Skywalker, so Jak knew the destination. Not that it mattered mutch. Young Nox preferred to speak to people alone, but apperently, that wasn't going to happen anytime soon. Jak wasn't trying to be quiet, but his feet fell without sounf on the floor of the academy as he quickly walked up to the Knight.
He closed distance with rather remarkable speed. "Hey," he said, trying to find some way to open up the conversation, "Welcome back, is the women you carried in alright?"