TEST OF STRENGTH: Darth Chad could be heard working on his experiment behind the security fencing in the interrogation chamber of his shared Dromund Kaas estate. His other half, Darth Vixxen sauntered into the room and sparked some meaningful dialogue about their goals, and future together. Chad had something else in mind. He had been watching Vixxen, studying her moves and mannerisms, even how she spoke and reacted to others. But there was still one burning question on his mind: who was the stronger of the two? With no delay, Chad suggested they test each other's strength in a fight between the two, and Vixxen being the opportunist she is took advantage on the initial attack attempting to jolt her lover with lightning. A quick hand by Chad prevented the initial damage, but she was hardly done with him. Without ever drawing a lightsaber, the devlish pair skewered one other with the same red hot poker, took big blasts of lightning, and even had fencing and an interrogation droid ripped from the ceiling to pin Chad to the floor. Wave after wave, and shot after shot, Chad nailed her with fire and lighting, and Vixxen gave back as good as she got. In the final moments, while impaled together on the same object and nose to nose in combat, Chad backhanded Vixxen almost breaking her jaw, and Vixxen returned the favor with a headbutt that knocked him completely unconscious. As the fight concluded, Darth Vixxen ordered the servants to clean up the mess and drop her sexy but damaged husband into a kolto tank as she left for the upstairs chamber to change clothing. It was decided. While it was a close quartered intense display of combat and aggression, Vixxen was undoubtedly the force to be reckoned with, but still stood by her man and even fixed him a drink just the way he liked it before settling in for the evening. Side by side, there is no denying the power and reach of Dromund Kaas' hottest new couple, and their determination to reach their goals. -- Branna and Lava together went out on a small mission given by their superiors to investigate a cave that had been reported to have strange lights and whispers. The wildlife around the area were attacking nearby CommonWealth patrols and a solution was needed. Within the cave they stumbled upon the problem. Anoon happened to be meditating and compressing the dark side of the Force which were irritating the nearby wildlife. Branna and Lava both tried to remain hidden and then escape before they were seen but they had been sensed and already cut off by what seemed like fresh sith blood - a new Apprentice that went by the name of Martin. Clearly eager to prove himself Martain followed Anoon’s orders and successfully defeated the two girls, where they then were taken back to the Empire to face the consequences of betrayal. The two were not questioned of the CommonWealth and only a sample of DNA was taken before the both of their release. [24 hours up ] -- Romi, non-blooded sister of Lava, goes to Nar Shaddaa's Slippery Slopes Cantina to unwind after knowing Lava was ok. There she meet Maalraas (aka: Anoon). He preached to the patrons and slaves/workers of the bar about teaching them strength to gain freedom. This irritated Romi, so Romi approached him. From there they debated on ethics of slavery and how should a slave gain their freedom. They even gambled 1,000 credits to be given to a slave twilek depending on who she chose had the correct answer. Romi won out with the idea of staying a slave for simplicity in living concepts. Maalraas then, surprising Romi, paid up his end to the twilek for losing the gamble. Even though they disagreed with "how slaves should be freed," Romi was curious as to what this man was about and received a one-use holocom to contact him at a later date. -- A mysterious woman in white was rumored to have potential in the skill of cryokinetics and Maalraas picked up on her scent posting a job at the bastion without saying his identity to gain some backup in order to attempt to kidnap the woman that he needed to complete his mission. Rizman picked up to the job for some extra credits on the side while under his imperial alias! The Sith hired Rizman and brought along a newfound friend named Romi who decided to help Valla with his task. They ambushed the woman in white alongside another woman named Tamika that were travelling together in an attempt to deliver medical supplies to a nearby refugee camp. The woman in white made a deal with the Sith Knight, she would go with him and see what he was asking of her if he helped her deliever the package. He agreed. Shortly later the group unluckily got cornered by a hungry rancor. During the chaos the woman in white ran leaving the group to deal with the beast. They managed to ward it away to find easier prey and then split their ways after helping fully deliver the package. The Sith could find no trace of the woman in white and went to go continue his search elsewhere. -- The Sith Knight and the chiss named Romi retreated back to Maalraas' base on the outer rim to a planet that had an influx of a force sensitive reptilian species called tempestro. Maalraas had spent much time personally guiding and teaching the originally peaceful native species the way of the darkside. The two sat down and the Knight seemed to trust the chiss - sharing much of his past and what he cherishes most. Unknowing to the both of them the Dark Lord of the Sith lurked in the background eavesdropping having found his previous apprentices base long before. The Lord had no plans on intervening until his previous apprentice had admitted to after gaining the mantle of Dark Lord of the Sith after having defeated the Dark Lord, he would join the CommonWealth to go live in peace and leave the Sith to rot. The Lord had expected Maalraas to betray him but not the Sith. He had spent much time cultivating the boy. A pity. He sentenced him to death for treason and gave him an opportunity as per Sith culture to survive through a trial of combat. The Knight used all of his resources and had the Lord overwhelmed for a short period of time with the help of the chiss and his tempestro clan. The Lord's underlying rage trumped the Knight's anger in the long run and the Lord ultimately trampled the ones who stood in the Empires way. Admitting defeat Maalraas waited for death - however right before Darth Chadwick was about to deliver the final blow he was stopped by his wife, Darth Vixxen who had decided to stalk him to get a one up over an unsightly dinner argument. He begrudgingly let the both the traitors live as a slave under the care of the dangerous woman and now seeks to punish Maalraas for his crimes one way or another. Viewing the Knight now as a true rival, he leaves to hunt down the one that Maalraas loves and cherishes the most. His mother. -- Eva was approached by an individual that she did not recognize who claimed that they had information on the Empire for the CommonWealth. Eva took this individuals information, who's identity after the fact was ensured by the Master to remain secret. She learned of the Empires plot to kidnap the woman in white. She learned of Romi's involvement in the attempted kidnapping as well as the name "Maalraas" However, she did not know that this new surfaced Sith was indeed Anoon Valla. She made an agreement with the individual therefore managing to place a spy effectively within the Empire. His job would be dangerous but would greatly benefit the CommonWealth and Eva took many precautious to ensure that his connection to the CommonWealth would be hidden. -- Eva managed to sneak her way into an undercover operation for a search and retrieve mission that she had managed to encrypt by chance. The report was suspicious - an archeologist team accompanied by an Imperial Officer had apparently discovered something but when they called for pickup the line was cut. Under the alias Lizzie Norman Eva met a woman named Linu. She was young and seemed like a good kid at heart. Originally only one was suppose to scout ahead but Eva managed to persuade her way into the operation. They spoke a little bit about each other before exploring the dangerous ruin until they came across two of the researchers that had been trapped under a cave in. Their chance of survival was low. One seemed to be a Force sensitive of some sort - however not very powerful and the other was revealed to be the Imperial Officer. The two discovered through a brief questioning that the artifact they had discovered was buried beside them under the rubble. Eva was not prepared for a lengthy infiltration mission and decided to drop her cover. Hearing Lin say that she valued both of their lives Eva respected it and while lifting the rubble she meditated and projected a healing aura to stabilize both of the imperials wounds to stop them from bleeding out. The Force user at this time was already unconscious and the Imperial officer changed the mission upon the realization that Eva was a Jedi. The artifact that was found was a simple mask that could block the physical Force. The Imperial Officer ordered the agent to place it on the focused Jedi to crush them all in the name of the Empire, while she herself was ordered to run and to gather a team to retrieve the mask after. Instead the agent decided to help Eva and she was able to safely dispose of the danger. The Imperial Officer seeing that Lin had betrayed a direct order stated that he would have her hunted for turn-coat. In return Eva told the woman that if she wanted she would cease clotting his wounds. Lin decided that, that was best for her personal safety. Eva finished stabilizing the Force user and after detaining him gave her contact information to Lin. She on a gut feeling decided to leave the mask in her care and staged a fake theft to throw off her Commanding Officer in hopes that she may have yet gained another potential contact within the Empire. -- Lord Maalraas summoned his apprentice to Dromund Kass for training. Upon his arrival the apprentice named Tamika greeted her Master. Lord Maalraas brought her over to two convicted heretics. One was a loyal Tempestro soldier who failed an important mission. The other was a human slave who stole from a cherished holy area of the Tempestro cult. In order to teach Tamika equivalent exchange to understand the Force ability dark healing, he instructed to his apprentice that only one of the two could be saved. He then took a ceremonial blade and cut both of their chests fatally, in an attempt to force the apprentice to use one's life force to save the other , but instead she used the surrounding plant life as a power source - withering it away to heal both the heretics. Lord Maalraas was very clear with his orders and said "One must be punished." So he presented her an ultimatum. She must choose who lives or both die. Tamika chose to save the slave. Still, the apprentice disobeyed the Lords direct orders and there had to be consequence. He killed them both to teach her this lesson. After succeeding with the basics of healing Lord Maalraas took the apprentices new festering rage and taught her the power of the darkside through teaching her to manifest Force lightning. Tamika has just begun to taste power but will she ultimately be able to overcome her mercy and weakness? -- It finally came time to prepare for Lava's surgery. Located at Caldorn Hospital on Manaan, Doctor Xan Dar and Althevalia Shalluat tag teamed a difficult procedure in an attempt to use their skills with shatterpoint to do their best to undo the alchemic manipulation that was done by the Sith to the girl. Their proficiency in the medical arts and experience as healers were tested but between their teamwork they managed to almost completely reverse the process back to the natural state to end Lava's constant pain that she was enduring. During the surgery somehow Lava's sister had gotten wind of it and decided to observe. After seeing the surgery was completed Romi tried to leave but Eva called for her to stop which prompted Knight Dar to shut down the elevator. Eva thoroughly questioned the girl about the attempted kidnapping against "Axon" the woman and white and the reasonings behind it. She also discovered that one of her medical interns, Tamika was there on the scene was a witness and was therefore asked to stay on Manaan until the investigation was over. After disarming her and obtaining a holocommunicator that directly contacts Valla, which she may or may not actually damaged and is having Xan fix in the mean time... Romi now waits in isolation to be questioned by the Grand Master who will ultimately decide the girls fate. -- Eva had just returned to the CommonWealth headquarters when she ran into one of the investigators that helped her solve Officer Fae's murder. Through some discussion Eva learned that Yabbis had recently suffered from memory loss after visiting a planet on the outer rim host to the Tempestro species. Eva could not determine why but after finding out about the unique culture she was fascinated and needed to meet the peaceful race for herself! She took the Padawan Lava Zomby along with her for some cultural field experience. Surprised, she saw the man she had been hunting - Maalraas preaching to the small clan in an attempt to convert them to his own cause. Eva, Yabbis and Lava observed for a little bit and eventually stepped in. However their diplomatic efforts had failed due to the amount of time that the Sith Lord had with them. She managed to question the Sith and find out much valuable information - her CCTV recorder in her CommonWealth Armor suit recorded the whole exchange of his rather willing interrogation. She kept this piece of evidence secret - for it showed him undermining his superiors. After the CommonWealth managed to knock out the Tempestro allies, to Eva's surprise even in the heat of the moment. Violence and anger heavy in the air Lava stopped and offered a chance to surrender to be arrested peacefully. Maalraas saw his situation clearly and surrendered. However even after Eva healed the wounded the CommonWealth was shunned by the race - asked to never return. Maalraas awaits the Grand Masters questioning in the CommonWeath's maximum security security cells on their flagship. -- Eva brought her Padawans Yusanis and Pup together with her alongside Lava for a small lesson on the code as an introduction for the new Jedi Padawan Pup. On their way they stumbled upon a well spoken Jedi Initiate named Melidonna. When they all arrived together at the Meditation guardians, her Padawan Pup discovered a skeleton with a crude branch sticking out of it. Eva gasped, how absurd! In the heart of the CommonWealth Temple? Eva left Yusanis in charge, being the senior Padawan and told them to look for evidence on what had happened while Eva reported what had happened and ran off to check the CCTV's and lock down the Academy. It was discovered that a Jedi Padawan had walked into the meditation gardens with some sort of seed.. but never left - anyone else that had walked into the gardens also did not leave. When the group got too close to the center tree it exploded with force energy revealing a multitude of victims, however it remained docile. It was only until direct contact with the force was made that it lashed out and attacked. When Eva managed to return - the padawans were evacuated and the room was sealed off from the public and the lockdown was lifted. The investigation got put on standby until the Jedi Knights of the Order could take a more prepared, cautious investigative look. -- After interrogating the chiss sister of Lava, Romi, Noorha had learned all about Maalraas, his cult, and how he was filling it with freed slaves and others he claimed to have liberated and given freedom. Pairing that with the information that Master Eva had given her, along with Maalraas’s long list of crimes, Noorha brought along the newly appointed Master and member of the Council, Zach Shalluat, for an interrogation. At first, Maalraas was open with the questioning. He confirmed that he had formerly been a Sith under the tutelage of Darth Chad, but that he had left when his old master had betrayed him. It was then that the force called to him and told him of her plan and that he was chosen to lead it. Maalraas dodged questions about this plan, so Noorha decided to switch topics to his teaching, more specifically, what apprentices he might be teaching. Maalraas resisted. Master Shalluat attempted to intimidate the cult leader, but failed. Hating to resort to this method but needing the information to confirm her suspicions, Noorha used the force to mind probe Maalraas and forcing him to give up the name of his apprentice, Tamika. Noorha recognized the name immediately but remained passive as she directed questioning back towards the cult and it’s plan. Still refusing to give details, Master Shalluat went for a more straightforward approach, directly asking Maalraas about the innocents he had been sacrificing in the name of this force and her plan. Maalraas, interested more in preaching than giving information, dodged giving a straight answer and instead proclaimed his army was for the force and her plan and that there would no longer be dark and light, only what is and what isn’t. Not wanting to waste anymore time, especially when she knew who the double-crosser now was, Noorha took out a syringe carrying a tracker and plunged it into Maalraas’s thigh. She then nodded to Zach, who used his new found ability Flash Burn to wipe Maalraas’s memory of his captivity and interrogation. Maalraas was then set free, none the wiser to the tracker in his leg or the information he had given up. -- Another day, another interrogation. When Noorha got a look at Darth Chad, she was stunned to find out that Chad and Aleksander, Maelri’s ex-husband turned sith, were one and the same. That was enough to raise her hackles, but the long list of crimes that belonged to Chad had nearly put her over the edge. Fuming, she called in Master and Knight Shalluat, the newlyweds perhaps not thinking that an interrogation would be coming so soon since their wedding but needed nonetheless. As the three entered the containment area, Doc waited outside, just in case further assistance was needed with a truth serum, should Chads will prove too strong for Noorha to handle. The interrogation began with Zach and Noorha asking who Darth Vulkan was. He was the one who had brought down Chad in the first place. It was essential that the Jedi know the secret identity of this man. Noorha was tired of playing catch up. For once, she wanted to be ahead. Darth Chad resisted, doing his best to answer the question without giving up the name, but Noorha wasn’t settling for that. She pressed harder and Chad’s defenses crumbled, giving up Darth Vulkan’s true identity as Zeddicus Arrowood. Noorha was disappointed by the news but she was no longer surprised. She shelved that information for later and allowed Maelri to take over the questioning. Maelri started things off with a solid punch to Chad’s jaw and then demanded information on why Chad had kidnapped her, taken her blood, and why her bloodline mattered. Chad countered that it did not matter anymore. Further questioning didn’t reveal much more, so Zach listed off Chad’s crimes. Doc was tasked with making sure Chad made it to the transport on the way to an isolated location where Chad’s execution was to take place. -- **THE GREAT ESCAPE** After a fury filled interrogation, Grand Master Noorha turned to Doc and ordered Darth Chad be removed from the Interrogation room and escorted under arrest to an undisclosed location known only to the Jedi Masters and Doc for his execution. Having suffered phyiscal harm at the hands of his ex, Mae, Chad sat bound, broken, and defeated awaiting certain death at the end of this trip. Doc had just secured the prisoner and the cell he was in and was making a round in the cargo bay when Sith Lord Reyael appeared as if from thin air and attempted to rescue Chad. In what felt like an eternity, the Sith struggled to fend off Doc and get free from any restraints, but Doc was having no part of it. His powers of Cryomancy had grown more powerful and after doing damage with a flurry of icicles and an unexpected blizzard, Doc continued to use ice reinforcing the cuffs on Chad and freezing his boots to the floor. Crates were thrown, a bellowing shout landed its mark, and in the end, Rey used a force power of suggestion to creep into Doc's mind and distracted him with an utterly terrifying nightmare. The spelled dropped mere seconds before the two passed through the wall and escaped. Though he had fought valiantly, and the security cameras could corroborate his story, ultimately, Chad's escape was successful and Doc had to return to the CommonWealth and explain what happened. -- To the 'root' of the problem! Eva continued the investigation in the meditation gardens. Knowing of her brothers wife's talent in investigation she specifically contacted Knight Maelri Shalluat to aid her. Whatever the creature that lurked in the meditation gardens was, Eva wanted to come to a solution that avoided potential danger and violence. The two of them waited and watched, debated solutions for a long while until a whiff of brilliance overtook the young Jedi Knight. Maelri used her skill and affinity with animals to dig a pathway to the catalyst of the tree- the seed. Eva not wanting to risk the life of her brothers wife went in alone to remove it while the Jedi Knight stood guard and waited just in case something horrible happened. It did. Eva accidently disturbed the creature before she could remove the catalyst and a struggle broke out. Finally after some struggle the seed was removed and the creature withered and died - leaving Eva's clean up crew with a lot of work. Maleri rescued her sister in law from the collapsed tunnel that happened after she removed the catalyst and then they two of them made their way to the medical bay to get examined. When the tree came in contact with a force user it drew their ability to use the Force away. The seed was transferred to the CommonWealth Artifact Archives for further study. -- Maalraas was preaching to his followers on dromund kass His apprentice Tamika came to warn him that one of the sisters romi went to the jedi. He had said he already knew this as he had contact with her before. Since he had neglected to teach her of his truth she asked him an insulting question. She asked him if Darth Vixxen was the lady he had been speaking of so he stood before her and said "to us the force is a goddess she has given us life and power and in return we do her bidding their is no dark no light no right nor wrong only what is and what isn't only what is true or what is false". After she understood that they were the messengers of the force's will Maalraas tasked her with finding more force user candidates which he called the chosen. After she received her mission she confessed she did not know how to use a lightsaber saber so to get her started he taught her the basics of the Ataru Form. He let her attack him without fighting back she got the hang of the basics but only time will tell if she can truly master it and make it her own before her first battle. -- Meeting at the Commonwealths Alderaan Stronghold. Master Noorha and Kid'riuku began their training session. Noorha, having brought along he pet Nexu Cat, Anasi, she had Kid'riuku practice Animal Bond with her, trying to decipher which of her favorite toys she wanted. After some time Kid'riuku managed to bond enough with the Cat to determine it wanted to play with it's Wampa toy. Pleased with Kid's results, Noorha was prepared to end the daily training session early, when she received a message on her commlink. The message stated there was a stranded Merchant, lost with in the near by cave system. Naturally Noorha leaped into action, bringing her Padawan along with her. Once inside the cave system, they came across an exhausted and injured Trandoshan. Kid'riuku immediately became enraged at the sight of the merchant, having memories of being hunted and captured by Trandoshans on Kashyyyk. Master Noorha, sensing her Padawan's temper, talked Kid'riuku down from his rage enough for him to lend the Trandoshan a hand in escaping the caves. Though as they were nearing the exit of the cave, an Albino Wyyyshockk crawled it's way down the side of the cave, and blocked their escape. While he was torn, between running and fighting, he felt like this was as good of a time as any to truly test his new ability. He gazed into the eyes of the now attacking Wyyyshokk, with a calming tone, he re assured the beast that they were not there to cause it harm. The calming tone, and the fact that Kid spoke to it, caused the Wyyyshokk to drop it's guard and observe the trio more, rather then attacking. Seeing the opening, Master Noorha suggested that they take the opportunity to run while the beast was confused. Once outside, the Trandoshan merchant expressed his gratitude for the rescue, and pledge a life debt to Kid'riuku in return for saving his life. -- STORMDRAGON SURPRISE ------------------------------------------- Waiting all day, keeping this quiet, was nearly impossible. Tirvi was running through so many emotions- fear, aprehension, joy, awe, it was hard to keep everything straight. The only thing she was sure of is that she needed to share this with her husband. The idea with the cider had come as soon as Tirvi had stepped onto their estate. Teresa wasted no time in retrieving a forgotten bottle from the cellar and setting it on ice so that it was ready. Even though Tirvi had only gotten home about 30 minutes before Dracazian, it was the longest 30 minutes of her life. After their typical greeting and a quick kiss, the pair settled down for dinner and the cider was brought out. There was nothing wrong with cider, but it was tradition by now for the Stormdragons to share a bottle of Tarisian white with dinner. Drac noticed almost instantly from the taste of the cider that something was not normal since a glass of Tarisian white wine was their usual with dinner. Concerned that Tirvi might be under the weather, he inquired about the cider and was told, "I won't be drinking for some time yet". As the wheels started turning in his head, she could not contain herself anymore. Still apprehensive about his response, she simply went for it and told him, "I'm pregnant. I found out today." Instantly, Drac realized he and Tirvi were quite lit after the reception at the Shalluat wedding and apparently there was a fair bit of excitement that spurred on a marathon night, thus resulting in the news. He lept from his chair at the dining room table and rushed to her side, kneeling in front of her chair. Tirvi was nervous. She still wasn't sure how Dracazian would take the news. They had decided before they had gotten married nearly 4 years ago that neither of them wanted kids, and now it would seem they would be eating their words. Rather than get upset, Dracazian's reaction was the opposite. He craddled her, kissed her, wiped away her tears, and told her how much he loved her and that there was no one else in all of the galaxy that he would rather have a kid with. Tirvi teased him back, doing her best to make the situation light. After hearing he would be a father, and fainting in true "good news" style, the shock wore off and Drac picked himself up off the floor. In the end, it was agreed that both of them were ecstatic with the news that they would soon be parents. Completely forgetting about their dinner, the pair retreated to their library with the intent to start making lists of baby names as their little family started to grow. -- Lava, still not knowing what she could do to give herself value to the CommonWealth, was trying different things since the rescue of Master Eva. Failing many of those things, after a few months of trying to grow Pineapple's, she gave up on that as she found out (with Branna's help) that she was actually growing "healing herbs" instead. So, watching other Jedi and the reasons that they were setting out on missions, Lava investigates a little finding out that many of those missions include diplomacy of sorts. So she did a little research into that. She found out that it took experience to obtain a good understanding and usage of the ability. Hearing stories of other people's travels on other planets, Lava began to become anxious to explore more than the surround mountains and forests of Alderaan. So she decided to go see the bird people on Rishi that Romi told her about. And that this could help her in her ability to socialize better and perhaps even gain some experience with diplomacy. She looked around Raider's Cove a bit after landing Romi's craft and simply observed the people roaming about doing business things and other things that would normally be illegal on other planets. She would have interupted those things if they weren't so numerous and accepted. So she let them go and continued roaming about. She eventually found a place called Blaster Path's Cantina. She figured that she would try some of their more esquizit food as well as pick up some food supplies to roam outside the city in search of the Rishii bird people. However, she never got the chance. As she was asking other patrons of the Blaster Path's Cantina about these Rishii bird people, she was drawn up on the dance stage by one of the dancing ladies. Suddenly, a green twilek that played an instrument next to the dancer bent over and quickly died. "This wasn't normal," Lava thought and she tried to quickly figure out what happened. After some time and recollection, she deduced that the twilek was poisoned and that the female human dancer was the last to touch him. Finding the dancer on the other stage, she simply waited for her to get down so Lave could ask her questions. Lava's idea was almost flawless. Lava, once the lady got down off the dance stage, offered her a drink and tried casual talk. When the lady reached for the drink, Lava looked at her hand and seen a needle sticking out of her wrist area. She immediately subdued this lady with difficulty of her damn droids trying to aggravate Lava. And with help of another Rattataki person, they were able to keep the lady subdued. While on Romi's ship enroute back to the CommonWealth's homeworld, Lava searches this lady's person for the needle figuring that she may need it to prove that she was guilty. She found the needle and put it into a container, but while doing so, she unknowingly contaminated the evidence as she didn't wear gloves while holding on to it (and luckily didn't get poisoned herself). Audréy fae was later released for lack of evidence. No dead body and contaminated evidence both played into her claim of being innocent and possibly set-up. Lava still has yet to meet bird people. So she sets back out to Rishi. -- Skytan was sitting in the Slippery Slopes cantina on Nar Shaddaa drinking and keeping to himself, when a gorgeous Chiss in a beautiful white dress walks into the bar. The Chiss walked up to the bartender and ordered a drink as Skytan called out to the bartender put her drink on my tab, the Chiss smiled and walked over to her Twi’lek friend. Skytan stands up walks over to the bar drops his empty glass picks up a new one and proceeded to walk towards the Chiss . She introduces herself as Romi and Skytan introduces himself and the two seemed to hit it off and they started flirting with each other Romi manages to pickpocket a datapad off of Skytan, she then introduces her friend as Jandril who was going to get a private room for the 3 of them. As Romi goes to the stage to serenade the patrons with her voice of a blue angel she thinks she heard Skytan whisper something but couldn’t figure out what It was, Skytan whispered to his other self “no we aren’t going to attack her here”. Jandril came back and said our room was ready. So we walk to the room and Jandril cuffs Romi on the bed has she walked over to Skytan and with the cuffs, Skytan says thanks for doing my job for me and whips out his cannon and instructs is helper droid to carbonize Romi, but she was able to resist the attack and was able to break free and jolted out of the bar trying a to dodge blaster fire and grenades. Romi managed to escape but her beautiful white dress has just been shredded. She was able to determine the datapad she pickpocted from Skytan was a bounty for Lord Starshifter. Skytan sees the guards man run to the stairs up to him he attaches a line to the balcony and forward rappels down to the ground cuts the line and proceeds out of the bar, as he is running from the scene he flips the bartender a credit chip for the drinks and damages. -- Lava goes back to Rishi in hopes of having better luck at finding the bird people this go around. She eventually went to the Blaster Path Cantina after looking around a bit. She was going to supply herself with additional foods and water. But before she could do so, she sees Audrey Fae talking with a patron at the bar. Lava begins to wonder about the woman that seemed to 'play' with the realities of her situations. She began to think more about her and started to like the idea of her when Lava suddenly notices that Fae is looking directly at her cringing. Lava looks away child-like thinking that she might not have seen her. But it turned out that Audrey did see her. They talked a bit. Audrey even showed Lava a bird person. But the bird person was about business it seemed. But for 5 credits, the bird person did tell her where to find more bird people, so she was happy and content over the ordeal. Then, Audrey asked Lava to check out her gloves. Lava cautiously let her, but had to hold her drink while she did. After handing the gloves back to Lava, Audrey quickly got Lava's fingerprints from the glass when Lava wasn't looking. They had more talk between them. And the talk helped Lava a bit in regards to Lava focusing her abilities of a warrior instead of trying other things to find being useful to the CommonWealth. The lady was crude in her mannerism's of calling Lava a brute and simple minded. But Lava, looking past that, decided she liked her afterall. -- Lord Maalraas continued his pilgrimage on Voss. At the very last stop he came upon the shrine of self-worth. The very last trial he needed to face. After meditating by the alter the Sith was given a vision where he needed to overcome his want for acceptance, Romi, The CommonWealth - his self pity in the face of his rival, Darth Chadwick and the courage to face the trials that would soon pass his way, Darth Vixxen. After facing these obstacles within his mind he realized who he was and what he wanted to be. How to grasp power on his own and how to forge his own path to victory. With a new sense of self worth Anoon completed the trial and went back to the Sith Order to continue to walk down his path of power and glory. -- Darth Chadwick was meditating a little away from the hidden Sith temple on Yavin. he was interrupted by Lord Valla's apprentice- Tamika. Despite the apprentice belonging to his enemies, at heart he was a teacher - and no matter her master he felt it was his duty to guide the young within the Sith. He tested her abilities and was rather impressed to see her creative and deductive mind. After teaching her some dangerous abilities - at the expense of another the apprentice wanted to truly test her abilities against the Sith Lord and the two fought, she surprisingly managed to injure the Sith Master before he took her down viciously. It was then that the two realized that they were being spied on. A little blue pickpocket tried to hide from the two with no success. The Apprentice had bee ordered to capture the chiss, Romi and Darth Chadwick saw no reason to stop her assaults. The Sith Master healed the apprentice at the expense of himself to give her an equal chance against the pickpocket - which Chadwick sensed had grown since the last time they had met. Darth Chadwick gave the Chiss an ultimatum. He would let her go if she managed to defeat the Sith apprentice. But if she tried to run... he would cut her down himself. Romi managed to defeat the apprentice after a long heated duel. Darth Chadwick rose to his feet and attacked her after - he owed Valla a favor which despised him greatly and he had no intention of letting the Sith traitor just walk away. With an amazing bout of luck the Sith Lord was crippled due to previous injuries during their battle and Romi managed to escape with her life. -- Lava and Maalraas - A War Waiting to Happen! With Lava feeling as though the CommonWealth base and homeworld restricting, she travels around experiencing the world first hand to gain better insight an knowledge of her teachings. At the end of her travels at Rishi, she decides to stop at the Slippery Slopes Cantina as a last spot before heading back to the CommonWealth. While watching the holodancer and drinking her water, she sees Maalraas enter. She immediately wants to attack him and finish the rivalry between them, but she becomes aware that he was releasing his followers into the world. Not knowing what to do at this point, she simply sat back down continuing to watch the holodancer and drinking her water. Maalraas sees her, but purposefully struts closer and eventually sits next to her playing arrogant as to who she was. This infuriated Lava at his ploy. Lava almost attacks him, but then Branna sits next to Maalraas and acts friendly with him. Words were said between Branna and Maalraas and a deal was struck between the two. Branna was to meet a Darth Vulkan in return for a future favor for Lord Maalraas. Lava then felt the full betrayel. The beast began to rise in her, but she knew if she released the beast, nothing good would have come of it. She quickly changed from growing angry to an emotionless and lost person. She dropped her saber in front of the other two. She was finished with all this nonsense. She couldn't take it anymore. Lava gave up and walked away. But Branna interjected and cut Lava off before she could leave. Maalraas picked up Lava's saber and quickly told Branna to leave her. Branna however, managed to whisper in Lava's ear without Maalraas hearing her before she walked away. "She was learning from this Darth Vulkan, that he was different than the other Sith, and perhaps a unity between the Sith and the CommonWealth could happen." This snapped Lava out of the numbing thinking she had, but she still felt betrayed. She didn't move. Maalraas then holds the lightsaber in front of Lava and demands Lava to attack him. Giving no indication of a change in emotion, she ignores him and begins to walk away again. But Maalraas, for his own reasons, gives her no other choice but to defend herself. Lava force pulls her saber back from him, but doesn't ignite it. "I have already been Sith. I already been CommonWealth Jedi. I have seen a Jedi Knight. And I find that not any of them are right in their causes. I will walk from this bar. I will find my own path. And I will find out myself without another's influence to my future. If you want to kill me, then try. But you will not influence my decisions." Lava lowers her head forward, ignites her saber, and stands in her Shii-Cho form. A tear escapes her eye, "I will find my own way." Lava defends herself from Lord Maalraas and made her escape with a distraction from Branna to aid her. -- Bored Romi Romi decided to take a break from learning her lessons that derived from Doc. So she was at the cantina on Alderman and overheard some people talking about some weird stuff on Yavin 4. It sounded like rumors to Romi for the most part, but she needed the break and decided to check it out. She walked around on Yavin 4 checking out the forests and mountains when she ran into Darth Chad teaching something to Tamika. They weren't talking and totally missed seeing Romi before she ducked behind cover. Romi then witnessed one of most evil things that she seen in her entire life. She watched a woman get her life force sucked out of her. The image of the woman was young going to old in a matter of seconds and watching her die. Then had watch as Tamika became all excited about pulling off such a feat. Romi couldn't do anything about it, but decided to hang a while longer to find out more. She watch Chad and Tamika spar. And it seemed since the last run-in with this Chad person, that he was weaker in his abilities as the fighting/sparring continued. She didn't think she could take on either of them and continued to hide herself while watching. At the close of their sparring, they suddenly spotted her. Chad gave her the ultimatum. "Run and die, or fight Tamika and live." Seeing that she didn't have much choice in the matter, she had to fight. She defeated Tamika after a long fight of defensive maneuvers, but Chad went against his word and chose to fight Romi as well. Luckily, Chad's duel with Tamika already weakened him, or perhaps he was still weakened from a different fight. Either way, Romi felt she got lucky and defeated Chad even though she suffered a painful lightsaber cut on her left arm. But before she could put the cuffs on him, a sniper shot landed in front of Romi. She chose to run away to live another day as she was in no condition herself to fight more. -- Lava, not fully aware of what was happening with Branna, sent a message to Master Noorha to let her know what happened. Figuring that Master Noorha would make the best decision about that issue, she set off to the Blaster Path Cantina located on Rishi. From there, she overheard information about Jawa's, their habits of collecing things, and a broken down Jawa transport located out in the Dune Seas of Tatooine. She went to go check it out. After some investigation, Lava found a way to get to it. A balloon floating from one destination to another passed by it. This would allow her to jump to it and she could check it out. She arranged a speeder for pickup when she called for it when she would be done checking it out. So she jumped onto the platform. Suddenly, Anoon jumps onto it as well. Lava wanted to immediately tear him apart, but as rikety as the platform was, she thought better of it. Both of them stood on the platform, but neither dared to move swiftly in fear of it braking apart. Anoon began to meditate, but Lava wasn't going to allow him that and purposefully tried to aggravate him. But, in the end, all she did was get herself worked up. Once they got to the destination, they then fought over the datacrons that were barely visible amongst the wreckage of the Jawa transport. Lava almost made off with both of them, but fumbled one of them from her transport as it began to speed back up. -- **Eating for Two** Drac was running just a bit behind as he slid sideways into a parking spot and rushed inside to find his wife who was due for her checkup about her pregnancy. As he blew through the doors and came to the elevator, there she stood, arms crossed and toe tapping. He quickly remembered that *look* she had when he was 'this close' to screwing up the moment. The elevator ride down to the OBGYN felt like it took forever, but within moments, they stepped off the lift, onto the maternity floor, and found themselves being ushered into the doctor's office. Drac was terrified, and Tirvi was starving... or so she claimed. He didn't even have to ask. Remnants of her two burrito lunch still littered the front of her jacket, and truth be told, she probably could have eaten three more. Both of their nerves rising to the surface, they stepped into the exam room and waited for the doctor to approach. Dr. Stevens was a friendly guy. Not much to look at, but certainly knew his stuff. After an extensive round of questioning, and scanning, the doctor was ready to dismiss the pair when Tirvi piped up about the gender of the baby. With a smile and a nod, the doctor ran a second scan with a more focused and intense bioreading around her abdomen. What took 30 seconds for results unbearably felt like it stretched for days. Finally, the doctor turned to give them the good news. Both of them completely elated with the word from the Doctor, it was hugs, kisses, and tears as the happy couple who had been avoiding children now found themselves ready to expand their family, even by happy accident. -- The sith lords and their apprentices received a message from Darth Vulkan. There were rumors of sith ruins that have been lost and "needed new ownership". Upon arrival they noticed the temple, while in ruins, appeared to be rather whole. They arrived at the door of the temple and were greeted by two possessed sith. The spirits possessing the sith spoke in riddles testing the newcomers wisdom. They were able to pass this test and walked up the bridge where they met a large beast and a mutated man. The man was meditating off to the side and didn't bother with them. The group, began fighting against the monster. Reyael noticed a weak spot in its crystal eyes and attacked. Darth Maestys took out the other eye leaving the beast weakened. During this time, Darth Chadwick held the beast down allowing the sith an advantage against it. When Darth Maestys was dealing the final blow, the mutated man began bleeding from its mouth and the man died. The monster began speaking, claiming itself as a guardian of the temple and thanked the sith for breaking the control the man had over it. The guardian bowed to the sith before passing out giving the sith the rights to the temple. The temple would be made into an academy for the sith to train and grow in power. -- Tamika invited Romi over to apologize to her about constantly attacking saying it was part of her master’s plan. Then when he called off the hit, she wanted to apologize and ask her if there was a way that she could learn from the Jedi Masters not about joining but more about learning their power in the force. Branna said that she could talk to her masters and find out what her masters would think about the idea. Then Tamika’s master came by and she suddenly stopped talking about her plan and let her master Valla inside. She offered everyone drinks Branna ordered water she checked it for sedatives and Romi ordered something strong so Tamika gave her some Collicoid Milk which Romi just slammed down and proceeded to get dizzy and pass out she forgot to check that the sedatives were in her drink. Tamika orders the place on lock down knowing that her other ‘guest’ who she owed could come in and collect his prize. Skytan then walks into the room and he did not realize it was going to be such a party he decided to be more diplomatic instead of coming in guns blazing. Branna and Skytan discussed what to do with Romi he wanted her but offered her to come along with him to deliver his prize she refused then he decided to call up his employer ‘Gogo’ to discuss the details in the end Branna now owes Gogo a favor and Skytan said to her to call him if she ever needs. -- Both Skytan and Branna came to Gogo's "office", Skytan was immediately told to go in the back room to get his inoculation shot for the disease that Gogo put in him to ensure loyalty. From there, Gogo spoke with Branna trying to get to know her a little better. After all, she was from the CommonWealth and he didn't want to cross them. So, with great care, Gogo implied that his contracts were mostly of good nature and would like to open up possibilities for business with the CommonWealth. After the initial chat with Branna, Gogo thought of two things that she could do. She put herself in debt on Romi's behalf to help the chiss. He thought that was commendable, but business always took precedence. There were two options that he thought of. One was to get Nik'ol back into action with her contract with a little motivation. The second option was to get any and all information about this Raldani person. He hasn't really heard anything about her aside from gossips and rumors and felt as though he needed to know .. just in case. Branna took the second option and quickly dismissed herself from Gogo's presence as she was nervous/scared. Skytan returned to the scene in the middle of the negotiations with Branna. But was pretty much ignored until Branna made her way out. Gogo then gives his employee two missions. The main mission was to find out all the information about the Blaster's Bastion. Where the base of operations was, who was in charge, contacts, bounty hunter names, etc... Gogo wanted to take over the business of the Blaster's Bastion and information was the start in which to do so. Skytan's secondary objective was to make sure that Branna would follow up on her promise, to keep her motivated to getting information about Raldani. Gogo doesn't like those that don't keep their promises and always likes to keep a failsafe in play...just in case. What Gogo didn't know is that Skytan already had some run-ins and information about Raldani. And Skytan didn't tell him either. So, Skytan, always having to be Gogo's minion due to the disease that was put in him, Gogo felt confident that his plans were going to go smoothly. Now, if he could just make sure that Skytan didn't contact him during a mission.... -- Reyael thought she was crazy to accept Anoon's request to go somewhere, just the two of them. Yes, he was fun to tease, fun in the sack, and an ample source of entertainment, but to go somewhere with him? Still, she accepted anyway, curious about him and the weird tug she felt in his direction. They met at Foxy's, a brothel and cantina, known for shady people and shady practices. Reyael had been there a few times before, had been hit on and had done the hitting on when it suited her. This time, however, would be different. Reyael noticed one patron, a regular, who once had tried to have his way with her. She pointed him out to Anoon, who promptly killed the agualish with blight. This excited Reyael. She scoped out another victim, an innocent, scrawny Twi'lek. Anoon wasted no time taking care of him either. By then, the other customers were fleeing the premises. Two security guards came to apprehend the sith pair. They faced off, but the sith were too powerful. High on their success, they took over one of the occupied rooms above for their own use. Knowing they had to get rid of evidence, they took the security tapes and sabotaged the system. There was a treaty in place, after all. With that done, they returned to the Sith Academy to continue what they had started. -- Training and a Big Nono! Lava, walking around the base at Alderman's, hears voices at the training area. She decided to check it out and found Eva training "Mind Trick" to other padawans. Lava quickly learned how to do it with almost no teaching, but perhaps it was just lucky that she did it this one time. Then Eva switched to training a new form (Soresu) for combat. Lava, out of frustration of her inability to grasp its style, reaches out to grab Martin (as Martin was being successful at learning this style). Eva immediately stops the training and dismisses the class. She commanded Lava to follow her and had her scrub the floors. Meanwhile, Martin and Yusanis both watch the punishment unfold before them. This punishment was not very understanding to Lava, let alone the anger welling up inside her at the embarassment of the whole ordeal. Her jealousy getting stronger of Yusanis as Eva seemed to continue favoring him in front of her. After her punishment was over, Eva had Yusanis go speak with Lava and perhaps help her with ... things. However, Lava was confused to everything that happened, ashamed, and damaged of her pride. She wanted the day to be over. Then Yusanis lets out a whopper to Lava. "I will kill you if you ever put Eva's life in danger!" -- Doc picks up a mission to oversee the peace talks between the Republic and the Imperial and to show the CommonWealth's interest into the situation. He finds his new padawan named Romi and heads out figuring that this could be a good mission for her to go on and learn from it. On their trip to Coruscant for the peace negotiations, they were attacked by Kilran with his navy ship from the Imperials. Upon reaching the bridge to find out what was happening, Doc and Romi find out the Captain was dead. This left the crew leaderless. Ambassador Asara attempts to take command of the situation, but Doc and Romi were quick to keep her inline of tactics and morals. Fending off the invaders seeking Ambassador Asara, the due learned Kilran's intentions. Kilran gave them the option to give up Ambassador Asara or die. Romi's determination kicked in as she did not believe in killing others or giving others up to be killed or worse. Courageously, Romi and the Doc purged the ship of the invaders including a Mandalorian. Romi felt sick for a few moments in the mission as she had to kill a few of them. But she didn't dwell on those emotions and continued on. Then it came down to releasing the tractor beam that Kilran used to hold them in place. Fighting through numbers and making their way to the consoles on the Imperial ship, they ran into a Sith named Lord Voxx. Bravely, Romi and the Doc, using their abilities and fighting skills, were able to gain the advantage over the Sith and laid out the killing blow. Romi felt sad over this loss of life, even though this man was a Sith. But realizing that there was no other way, she quickly moved on from that train of thought and proceeded with the mission. Once the mission was over and the ship continued its travel to Coruscant, that was when the Doc told Romi that she passed two of her trials (Trial of Courage and Trial of Skill). Romi, not being much to dwell on things, was overjoyed at hearing the Doc's approval. -- Finding Out the Truth Lava finalyzes her plans in regards to Yusanis. She sent a message to him giving him coordinates of her now home and told him to come alone so they could talk. Feeling confident in her plan, she simply waited for him. Yusanis, clear on his intent of trying to 'mentor' Lava, did as she requested. When he arrived however, it was not what he was expecting. Lava stood before him with dark energies surrounding her more so now than ever before when Yusanis looked upon her. Lava didn't like Yusanis at all from the start. Now even less than before. She intended on showing him her Sith side, and indeed she did. "You threatened me! So let me return the favor! After I kill you, I will kill Eva as well!" (summed up) This triggered something fierce in Yusanis. Both of them fought hard using the force and their combat prowess. Rocks were thrown, trees were cut down, pillars were sent flying, etc... and in the end, Lava was the victor. Once Lava realized her victory, she lifted the debree off of Yusanis and that was when they talked. Lava revealed that she had no intent on murdering Yusanis or Master Eva by revealing that she was only using her stun saber. She only wanted to reveal more about Yusanis by saying such words even though it hurt her to say them.. She, in response, found out Yusanis's past, his guilty feelings over his murdered mother, and how he came to have this 'bond' with Eva. Lava learned the truth from Yusanis and why he was here at the CommonWealth. And this gave her a newfound respect of him. They both considered Master Eva to be the motherly figure they grew to know. "Now," Lava thought, "all I have to do is tell Master Eva all of this so she doesn't give up on me." -- The Saresh line, which had been transporting precious cargo including an artifact known as the Circle of Saresh, from one stronghold to another - But the ship suddenly lurched forward heading down towards the bogs of Taris as its engines suddenly failed. It struck the bog with heavy force, its hull splitting apart. And its smoking parts hissing as they sunk into the water. In the wake of the crash was Darth Chadwick and his apprentice Martin, who had a vision to come here and retrieve the artifact on the ship. As they approached the ship they both felt the powerful light in the artifact but upon Martin retrieving it a creature made of vines erupted from the bog and attacked the two. After an intense battle, Martin with his masters help destroyed the creature by pinning it to the ground with a spike of stone. Martin secured the artifact after the beast was destroyed the two sith spoke and while Martin was questioned by his master he managed to give half truths which kept his secrets hidden. -- Branna was successfully not seen sneaking into a currently unmarked building - Raldani's unopened cantina. About an hour later - she was once again successfully not seen sneaking out of it however there would be a blinding light blocking the CCTV's for those two short periods of time. -- Lava came back from her last mission still upset about the whole alliance between the Sith and the CommonWealth. She went to her new place of stay and meditated on the events that happened. It all came down to her losing her temper. Something that seemed to come up time and time again even though she was feeling more and more in control as time passed. She knew in her heart that she had to either do something quick about it, or leave before she would do any harm to her friends. She concluded that it was simply too risky for her friends. So she decided that she must leave until she could keep her temper in check. She didn't know where to go though and needed some guidance as to where she could go that would let her eventually gain control over her emotions. So she called Romi, told Romi of her decision, and if Romi could take her to wherever. Romi immediately said that she wanted to come with, but Lava would have nothing of it. As much as Lava wanted Romi to be around, she also knew that they both were growing yet into this world. And that Romi had a much better understanding of it. After much reluctance, Romi finally accepted Lava's decision. Romi knew the perfect place for Lava to go to. A place that Romi could visit often and no one would be the wiser. A place that no Sith would find her. A place that Lava could still live in the wild, yet close enough to civilization for Lava to learn and grow at her own pace. After collecting Lava belongings, Romi had her ship pilot its way to the destination that she had in mind. They set down outside of the city where there was a lot of cover, trees, water, animal life, etc... The girls gave each other a big hug. Both in tears, they hand-signed their special way to each other, "Sisters Forever." And Romi watched Lava disappear into the trees. As Romi departed, she knew Lava would one day find the peace that she was looking for. After all, Lava found the bird people fascinating! And she laughed. -- Upon arriving back at the Jedi Temple, the Grand Master looked everywhere for Lava. An important conversation was needed and the alliance now relied on the girls apology. What had been put together was very fragile and it was the Jedi's duty to take the higher ground. At least just for now - the greater good had to be considered. No matter how hard she searched the girl could not be found, the CCTV's showing her disappearing onto her sisters ship. A warrant was put out for her arrest- unharmed to find the zabrak and bring her to the Grand Master. -- **Darth Vixxen Sets The Stage** In an effort to send one final blow and message to the former Grand Master of the CommonWealth Jedi, Darth Vixxen set her most deadly Knight out on a quest almost 3 weeks ago to track down and kill Darth Rapid, aka Lord Victor DaMone. Victor, the recently returned father of Eva and Zach who aided in her rescue sent Vixxen off the deep end and knew with the treaty now in place, she could not touch Eva, but could force her into a Varynoth. After tracking Victor from Dromund Kaas to a remote location on Yavin 4, Lord Reyael phased through a wall into his meditation chambers, and after a few brief comments, set into motion the means for his demise. An incredible fight broke out between the two, but with the use of Deadly Sight, and a forced explosion to his lightsaber, Victor's hand was blown off only moments after his face and eyes began to melt and blister in the surprise attack. His last ditch effort to use Darkshear failed as the spear passed through Reyael's hem in the blinded assault and her downward strike across his neck sent Victor's head rolling into the waterfall's wash and down to the river than ran below. As his body faded into the Force, a holo of Victor emerged from a datacron in his pocket. Information about Victor's next of kin, title, lands, and property were all transferred to the newly titled Darth Keres. Now armed with his entire powerbase (meager, but efficient), Darth Keres returned to Dromund Kaas to inform her former Master Vixxen of the events. Vixxen, who felt the disturbance in the Force already knew... and smiled in a devilishly pleased sort of grin knowing Eva felt it too. Now, she would wait for the challenge of Varynoth to be presented through official channels bringing this rivalry once and for all to a head where the winner could walk away satisfied the other had suffered. Who would be victorious? Only time would tell.