Mission 1:   Posted by The unifying force.Group: 0
The unifying force
 GM, 26 posts
Fri 12 Feb 2016
at 14:08
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The ship takes six days to reach the planet you're headed for. Which has less to do with the distance and more to do with the hyperspace lanes which simply aren't too well known around here and the captain doesn't want to take any chances. So you have plenty of time to familiarize yourself with the ship.

When the ship drops out of hyperspace the captain is heard over the intercom to anounce that you've arrived and from the look of things, everything is in order. And about 20 minutes after your arrival, you're summoned to the captain's office.

The office is rather spartan, but several additional holoprojectors have been installed, you suppose a man with a binary brain has less trouble studying multiple inputs at once. The largest holoprojector is one located in the center, which seems to be a military model and is showing a projection of a bright green planet with only occasional spots of blue. It also shows the Sentinel drifting lazily outside the planet's gravity well. And two other, smaller ships are shown hovering between the sentinel and the planet. The ships are long and angular and quite a bit smaller than the sentinel herself.

"We've arrived at the Xarxalax system, an unusual name apparently given by the verpine who discovered it long ago. But the system is otherwise unremarkable. Standard gravity, standard air, less water surface than most, but there's a lot of moisture in the air"

He points a long slender finger at the holoprojector and then uses a few buttons on the projector to zoom in showing the two ships in more detail.



"Carrack light cruisers, old ships from the days of the old republic. But they're sturdy and can handle themselves in a fight. Plenty of firepower to scare off most pirates in these regions. I've already let them know we're not here to cause trouble"

He looks at the pale arkanian in your group and taps his chin thoughtfully briefly.

"We were supposed to make contact with another Jedi here. But I've been trying to contact her since we got here and so far no response at all. I'm afraid you're going to have to go in. Might be a good opportunity to speak with the locals as well, see what they know. Ask around about these pirates"

He shuts down the holoprojector with a soft whine and then looks at your group as if trying to determine if you look ready, then nods.

"I suggests taking a shuttle, you could take an escort of fighters, but those Carrack's might get twitchy if you do. They seem content enough to leave us be, but if we start bringing significant firepower towards the planet, they could change their mind"
Ooli Geduca
 player, 10 posts
Fri 12 Feb 2016
at 18:27
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Ooli shows up in her Imperial Navy uniform, cutting a lithe and tall figure in it.  She wears her uniform just as a model of the Imperial Officer would albeit as a blue-skinned Twi'lek who cannot match what most people would expect from an officer.  Then again, the Captain she snaps a salute to when she arrives on deck to meet him is also an alien.  Nonetheless, her manner of acting is by the book and not a thing is out of place.  She listens to his explanation carefully before speaking up.

"Captain, is this the kind of planet where acting openly as Imperial agents would draw the wrong sort of attention from the local populace?" she asks after thinking over his advice for a second, "if so, going in plainclothes and without an escort might offer us an advantage in discovering information.  Even if the planetary forces know of us in an official capacity, the locals might not catch on."
Yesdona Miralu
 player, 14 posts
Fri 12 Feb 2016
at 18:47
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Walking in the orange skinned Twi'lek leans against one of the walls and listens with half-hearted intent. This area of space was not unknown to her, the pirates more of nuisance than a threat in her opinion.

With a flip of her lekku, bringing them over her shoulders she listens to the other Twi'lek and smirks silently to herself I wouldn't walk around in an Imp uniform on Coruscant these days she thinks to herself.

She's not wrong, letting the locals know of our allegiance may not be the brightest of ideas, and a little dirt and grime wouldn't hurt the disguise either. Yesdona says when done listening.
GS-974
 player, 10 posts
Fri 12 Feb 2016
at 20:21
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Like a smell that lingers and will not go away GS-974 trailed behind Ooli. The stormtrooper offered a salute to the Captain then stood to attention during the briefing. Afterward the holoshow finished he didn't move. GS-974 would move when dismissed and he would speak when spoken to.
Tomen Brakkaar
 player, 7 posts
Sat 13 Feb 2016
at 08:08
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Tomen arrived as the briefing started, but remains in the back, listening.
Kalis Bantha
 player, 11 posts
Sat 13 Feb 2016
at 12:43
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Upon boarding the Sentinel and finding his quarters, Kalis had felt a stab of annoyance as the ship leaped into hyperspace without him at the navicomputer. He'd prepared for it, calculated coordinates, trajectories, everything! The first great step of his quest, and he'd missed it! Afterward, he'd meditated on the patience and humility of the Bantha. There were, after all, many other astrogators in a crew this large, who would be more familiar with an Interdictor's navicomputer and habits. Though none, he reflected, with his skill.

Thereafter, he'd settled into ship life, shifts, and duties, though the hermetic ways of the computer operator meant he spent much time in his office, alone and working independently. In truth, he was content to spend his days in a monastic cell, with only a computer and the basics of daily life, but he longed to be among the herd, even if he was too shy to quickly make himself known.

He remained uncomfortable among the Imperial personnel anyway. They were as orderly and disciplined as monks, but there was a coldness and meanness he found off-putting. The Empire was a predator that preyed on the weak; he felt like a bantha among womp rats. What had happened to the Jedi leadership he'd heard of? What exactly was his role in this mission meant to be, if not to astrogate? He was having misgivings about this quest not the destination, but the trail. But the Bantha, and Kalis, was stubborn and not easily swayed.

So, upon finding he'd missed the emergence from hyperspace as well, Kalis quickly responded to Captain Sevrein's call, eager to hear just what was expected of him. He stepped into the office and gazed curiously at the planet, the first stop on his journey, wondering how many bantha were there. He'd conduct scans and connect to local dataworks later.

Sevrein's words answered some of Kalis's questions, and he was eager to go down to the planet and explore. He might even get to see a local bantha! The monk remained quiet, but checked his datapad for information on Xarxalax. How many Xs was that?


OOC: What do we know about Xarxalax? Knowledge (galactic lore) 23
20:40, Today: Kalis Bantha rolled 23 using 1d20+9. knowledge: galactic lore.

The unifying force
 GM, 27 posts
Sat 13 Feb 2016
at 15:06
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"I leave that up to you. The empire is known here, and it might make some people easier to talk to, and others harder. If you want to look like civilians I took the liberty of preparing an armor for your guard. It's a stormtrooper armor with jungle camouflage, works exactly the same but it looks less iconic. In the end it's your call"

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Kalis Bantha
 player, 12 posts
Sat 13 Feb 2016
at 15:09
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The unifying force
 GM, 28 posts
Sat 13 Feb 2016
at 15:11
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Tomen Brakkaar
 player, 8 posts
Sat 13 Feb 2016
at 22:14
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"Personally I think we should go as both. Captain, are there any transports on this ship that are not obviously Imperial? If so a few of us could go in that, while a few of the Imperials go in a standard shuttle. This gives both groups a chance to talk to those whom might not want to talk to the other group."
Yesdona Miralu
 player, 15 posts
Sat 13 Feb 2016
at 22:52
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Looking over at the robed man, Yesdona says That is not such a horrible idea, I cannot however assist in scouting if we are separate as such. There are limits to even my persuasive abilities and being caught on the wrong side of town with the wrong people could be disastrous.

Looking back towards the captain, she smiles and says But then again what is life without a little danger.I'm in

Yesdona looks around at her newly found teammates as she fondles her left lekku, getting a sparkle in her eye and a mischievous grin across her lips.
Xirek Kreshu
 player, 9 posts
 Jedi Consular
 Arkanian Offshoot
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 02:29
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  The Arkanian kept secluded in his quarters, so hadn't met any of the others before now. He would have introduced himself, but he could sense the Imperial captain was ready to begin. His deep metallic blue eyes met each of the others briefly in turn before the Captain started then turned his attention to the ship's leader. He kept silent and contemplative throughout the briefing, his hands folded into the opposite sleeves of his deep auburn robes, but the slightest raise of his eyebrows belied some confusion about the missing Jedi. He stared at planet on the holoprojector and when it went off he continued to focus on the same area as if he could still see the image. He stayed that way as the others discussed strategies for questioning the locals.

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Kalis Bantha
 player, 13 posts
Sun 14 Feb 2016
at 09:02
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Kalis began reading out pertinent facts about the planet. 'Xaraxalax has a population of 50 million: 41% verpine, who govern the planet; and 32% human and 27% other races, much of whom are transient.' A frown. 'Not including 32.1 million jungle bantha, in both farms and wild herds in the southern rainforest. The planet largely subsists on trade, with few major industries of its own.' He had other factoids, but they didn't seem important right now. Not like the bantha.

He folded and lowered his datapad, saying 'I think we can find suitable reasons for sniffing around.' He looked around the group; he didn't know these people yet, but they would be the first he would work with, the first of his herd. The daring orange twi'lek intrigued him; her touching her tail distracted him until he looked shyly away.