Part 15 - Home of the Hutt.   Posted by The Force.Group: 0
Rhijans Thanus
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Mon 12 May 2014
at 06:41
Re: Part 15 - Home of the Hutt
"I suspect they don't mean that literally," Rhijans quipped drily.  There was far too much chaos happening for him to ever feel like this was 'homey'...and he expected a lot of people would take great exception to him quieting the place down a bit.

Rather than dwell on the notion, however, he made his way over to where some...thing--that could have been a Weequay under all the scars--was serving drinks and got himself a Corellian Ale...something strong enough that he trusted the alcohol content to kill anything likely to taint it, but still weak enough that he wouldn't be inebriated while he was trying to negotiate their purchase.

It wouldn't do to be perceived as unwilling to partake of Oomba's largesse, after all...being able to provide for their various hangers-on was one of the ways Hutts had of bragging how good business was and how large their various criminal empires were, and not taking anything could be perceived as looking down on the lifestyle.  Staying too aloof was a bad way to start negotiations.
Shard
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Mon 12 May 2014
at 13:18
Re: Part 15 - Home of the Hutt
"Extreme lack of respect, my rear," Shard mutters. "What I'm trying to do is keep us from all getting killed, which your 'opinions' are going to end up doing.  That includes you getting disassembled, You-Why.  You want to talk about how horrid we are on your own time, great.  But like everyone else here, when you're on a mission with us, you don't sabotage it."

Her eyes narrow as she studies the droid.  "And if you'd rather not be coming, then curse it, let me know and we won't take you.  I don't want to drag anyone into something they don't want to do."

She tramps after the others, gloomy thoughts running through her head.  The universe WOULD probably be a far more orderly run place if the machines killed all the organics.  Life and machines seemed to be good metaphors for chaos and order.  Maybe the machines should purge the galaxy every now and then.  Maybe every fifty thousand years.  Might keep things on a more even keel...

Shaking off the effect of the massive thoughts, she enters the larger chamber.

"Lovely," Shard mutters, studying the room with a jaundiced eye.  She leans over to You-Why.  "You'll notice I didn't argue against your opinions...there's too much support for them right now.  Just don't get us murdered, that's all."

She keeps her hands out of sight and her cloak about herself.  There are enough people looking mysterious here that it doesn't matter; Shard fits right in.  Rhijans might want to snag himself a drink; it's a good idea, but he'll have to do it for both of them.  She's having none of that, now.
The Force
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Mon 12 May 2014
at 13:42
Re: Part 15 - Home of the Hutt
The minutes pass, and a female Twi'lek comes by with a tray full of drinks, bound for a nearby table.  Backtracking her reveals a bar in an alcove off to one side, where a Besalisk serves drinks, handling bottles easily in all four strong hands.

Still no sign of Oomba, so there might just be time for people to get themselves something to drink.

You-Why is quiet, and keeping his back turned to Shard.  An astromech droid rolls past, and the protocol droid cheerily says, "Hello." to it, receiving a series of whistles and chirps in reply.  "And the same to you, with bolts on it." he responds, his momentary good mood evaporated.

"That is what I get for trying to present a better attitude." the droid mutters.

From near the raised stage there is a crash and a scream, as a table collapses.  A fight has started there.  Two Rodians seem to be laying in to each other, and people scatter from the immediate area...
Juragga
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Mon 12 May 2014
at 15:42
Re: Part 15 - Home of the Hutt
Juragga's little black nose twitched as the waitperson passed with a tray of drinks.  Then his teal eyes gleamed as he spotted the bar.

"Waaaaaarrrrhhhh," he commented with some pleasure.  Beer!

While they were waiting, he saw no harm.  So he ambled over towards the bar, trying not to step on any brawling Rodians.
Shard
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Tue 13 May 2014
at 11:56
Re: Part 15 - Home of the Hutt
"Amazing," Shard dryly quips. "And from another droid, to boot.  Looks like there's Bantha crap in all beings."  Her attention abruptly snaps toward the stage, where a fight has begun.

"Okay, everyone move back," she mutters, checking for her team, hoping none of them are close to the fracas. "Let's not get into this..."  Only, they don't want to look scared, either.

Aaaaand...there goes Juragga, heading for the bar.  Well, she doesn't have to worry much about him.  Only an idiot would take a shot at the Wookie...

...or someone with a vibroblade.  From behind.  Irritated, Shard keeps an eye on Juragga as he moves through the crowd.
The Force
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Thu 15 May 2014
at 13:49
Re: Part 15 - Home of the Hutt
Shard's theory that nobody, even in this den of iniquity, would get between a Wookiee and his beer seems to hold water.  Juragga makes it to the bar without difficulty and manages to signal to the Besalisk barkeep that he wants a beer.  The Besalisk, for his part manages to indicate a not too heavily inflated price for said liquid refreshment.

The curtain at the back of the stage is pulled aside, and a pair of unusually tall Trandoshan step through.  They regard the continuing brawl with some disdain for a few moments, before hopping down to break it up by virtue of vigorous use of their blasters to club the participants until they decide to move aside.

On the stage, the curtain is pulled back, and everybody in the room starts yelling, cheering, hooting, whistling, and a vast array of other sounds, as what can only be Oomba himself slithers out, hands raised to accept the applause of his audience.  He makes himself comfortable, his single eye scanning the room, while the knotted mass of scar tissue which marks the former location of his other eye does nothing of the sort.

The noise in the room continues for some time, and as it dies away, Oomba calls out, "Coo sa naga bedwana mwa shaga?"

"He would like to know who has come to speak to him about buying slaves."

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Rhijans Thanus
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Thu 15 May 2014
at 16:04
Re: Part 15 - Home of the Hutt
Rhijans stepped forward.  "That would be me," he said.  He didn't want to involve the others in even a charade of slavery...their distaste for it might read through.  Besides, with everyone in the room looking at him, they'd be at greater liberty to watch his back and scout the crowd for threats.

He knew there was supposed to be some kind of protocol to follow when meeting a Hutt...but really didn't have much idea what it would be.  "I represent a mining interest that is looking at expanding into the area...seems there was a recent incident that resulted in a demand we're interested in supplying.  We don't want to take the time to try and import personnel, and thought that our demand might be able to be supplied by you or one of the contacts in your organization."

He hoped that UY had thought to step up along with him...he would need the droid to translate Oomba's response.  Even if the Hutt could speak other languages, Rhijans had never heard of Hutts 'reducing themselves' to speaking to anyone in anything but Huttese.
Juragga
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Thu 15 May 2014
at 18:23
Re: Part 15 - Home of the Hutt
Juragga took his beer and hung back, taking a long pull and watching the events unfold.  He hoped things didn't go south, but if they did, he was ready.  And somebody was going to eat a beer stein.
Haarmon Dak
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Fri 16 May 2014
at 13:08
Re: Part 15 - Home of the Hutt
Haarmon didn't like it when his 'protection' split up. He liked all his meat-shields in a nice neat little row, preferably between him and the bad guys. So he was a little nervous that Rags was so far away from them. However, Rhijans was drawing all the fire. So maybe it would work out after all.

He listened to Rhjans do his thing. He thought the guys was being a little formal for shady mining operation. He would have given the pitch a little swagger and style. But he figured the dude knew what he was doing.

He tried to keep out of anyone's field of vision. And he looked around to make sure there wasn't anything out of place.
UY-3PO
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Mon 19 May 2014
at 10:24
Re: Part 15 - Home of the Hutt
You-Why translates Rhijans' explanation, and there is a sudden stillness in the room.  Then...

Then Oomba starts to laugh, his vast bulk rippling as he throws back his head, and everybody else in the place laughs with him.  A cacophony of screeches, shrieks and howls on top of Oomba's deep bass note, which stops as suddenly as it started, and silences the rest

"Soong gootu da chuba wata.  Meendeeya jee koona stuka mo gootu moulee-rah!" the Hutt says, then more laughter.

"He says that he is glad we are here.  It means he might get a better price."

"Koose Wakuda."

"Now he asks for somebody to fetch Wakuda.  Whoever that is."
Juragga
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Mon 19 May 2014
at 15:33
Re: Part 15 - Home of the Hutt
Juragga tilts his head back for another quaff of beer, using the motion to survey the room for any choke-points, cover, or people shifting into attack position on his friends.

Hutts, he thought.  Why did it have to be Hutts?
Shard
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Tue 20 May 2014
at 14:42
Re: Part 15 - Home of the Hutt
She doesn't like the situation at all, but Shard backs Rhijans' play.  The man knew his game - proven in the past, many times over - and seemed to have a good handle on the situation.  Plus, team member.

She'd back any of them if they took center stage.

Only problem is, it looks like they aren't the only bidders.  There's someone else seeking to purchase the slaves.  She purses her lips, thoughfully.  Life would be so much easier if they could get this person alone and convince them to drop their buying attempt.

Such a person isn't worth the dirt on this floor, anyway.  Come to think of it, most of the people here aren't worth the dirt on this floor.  It made her teacher's appallingly common choice of solutions seem suddenly quite acceptable.

The idea makes her ill, and she focuses on the interplay between Rhijans and the Hutt, slipping a little closer to Haarmon.
Rhijans Thanus
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Tue 20 May 2014
at 18:44
Re: Part 15 - Home of the Hutt
Rhijans kept his face neutral...he wasn't pleased with the thought that they might be competing for the slaves, but the possibility had always been there.

What gave him greater pause was considering some of the options on who Wakuda might be.

He let a bored expression creep into his eyes and he looked about the room, apparently waiting for whoever/whatever Oomba had summoned to the chamber, registering the location of his teammates and trying to gauge just how closely they might be watched by others in the place.  If things went sideways, there was a chance they might get a clean jump on things, though if Oomba's security was any good, they'd have taken note of the fact that the whole group walked in together.
The Force
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Thu 22 May 2014
at 17:31
Re: Part 15 - Home of the Hutt
Minutes pass, under the one-eyed gaze of the Hutt who, to be perfectly honest, doesn't appear to be too concerned.

Then a voice comes from the back of the chamber, "You asked to see me, Master Oomba."  The voice is refined, cultured, and belongs to a human female, dressed all in red clothing of the best quality.

"Ya sa wata bedwana shaga, Wakuda.  Chuba naga choba mo gootu che copah?" Oomba responds cheerfully.

"We had an agreement Oomba.  You promised me... "

"Bantha poodoo!  Bu che copah nopa fa."

"Oomba reminds Wakuda that the price was not yet agreed upon." You-Why translates the discussion for Rhijans' benefit, and draws an angry glare from Wakuda herself.

"Very well." she turns towards Rhijans, seemingly oblivious to his other companions, apart from the protocol droid.  "How much are you prepared to bid?"
Rhijans Thanus
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Sat 24 May 2014
at 07:27
Re: Part 15 - Home of the Hutt
Rhijans gave her a cool look, as if measuring her up.  He was, in fact...though his assessment was more on a level of how much of a physical threat she was.  He hoped, however, that she would read more into it...he wasn't sure what to look for, in terms of assessing her threat value on other levels.

"What kind of a price do I have to beat?" he asked in response.  "Seems to me, in an auction situation, I should at least be informed what the current bid is, before I'm expected to decide whether they're worth that much to me.Play it cool...yes, you've implied you need labor, but it won't hurt to let them think you can afford to import it from outside the Sector, if the going price is too high...

He glanced from Wakuda to Oomba, inviting the Hutt to speak up about the current price...it was in his best interest, after all, to try and encourage bidding if he wanted a better price.  He let his gaze linger on the Hutt for a moment, before moving his gaze back to Wakuda, a ghost of a smirk creeping into his features as he looked at her...daring her to state her price and try and push him out of the bidding before it even started.

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Juragga
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Sun 25 May 2014
at 17:17
Re: Part 15 - Home of the Hutt
Juragga studied the human female with cold teal eyes.  He normally wasn't one for mauling females, but if this witch thought she was going to take slaves, he'd make an exception.  Come to think of it, she was already in the slaving business, so maybe he should start early...
Oomba the Hutt
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Mon 26 May 2014
at 08:24
Re: Part 15 - Home of the Hutt
"Jee stuta Wakuda choba.  "  "Oomba is still waiting to hear her offer."  "Cheeka wabdah foo cheekta lorda."  "She had to check with her master."

"My partner, not my master." Wakuda interrupts, glaring at Oomba.  "I offer 75,000."

The Hutt starts laughing, "Meendeeya da chuba kavaa mo gootu, Wakuda."  Hu looks at Rhijans, "Um chuba?"

You-Why considers loudly defending his professional honour, then decides not to.  Instead he speaks to Rhijans, "He definitely said master.  Oomba is unimpressed by the... pitifully small... opening bid, and asks what you will offer."

Shard
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Mon 26 May 2014
at 11:57
Re: Part 15 - Home of the Hutt
It's a good start.  The woman has narrowly missed insulting the Hutt with her opener, and instead become a figure of some ridicule.  The 'master' comment makes it even more obvious what Ooomba thinks of this red-clad buyer.  But the woman worries Shard.  She doesn't fit in here, any more than...well, any more than Shard does, herself.

Actually, Shard probably fits in better.

It takes all kinds, of course.  Even so, this is worth Shard's full attention.  The older woman lazily eyes this Wakuda, allowing her gaze to stray back and forth between her and Rhijans.  Her focus, though, remains locked on the woman in way she'd find difficult to describe.

Finding the space between ice and fire has become a tad more easy for her; maybe it's the lack of the booze hazing up her thoughts, maybe it's the practice she has been putting in, Shard can't say.  But she's growing accustomed to walking the fine path between the chilly emptiness her teacher espoused, and the furious storm he warned against.

And into that space, her spirit once again steps, this time in the hope of discerning where Wakuda's spirit stands.
Rhijans Thanus
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Tue 27 May 2014
at 06:27
Re: Part 15 - Home of the Hutt
Rhijans kept the smirk off his lips...but it showed in his eyes...when Wakuda corrected the droid (or Oomba.  Either way, it didn't work well in her favor).

"Seventy-five thousand?  And here I was concerned that this might be a serious auction," he said dismissively.  Turning to Oomba, he added"I could low-ball a better bid than that, but I wouldn't want you to feel like I was wasting your time."  He took a deep breath, appearing to consider just how much to bid, even though he'd already settled on a figure in his mind...a significant increase on her bid, while still leaving himself plenty of leeway if she pushed the price higher.

"Eighty-five thousand...as a courtesy to you and your organization."  He looked sidelong at Wakuda, gauging her reaction.  He didn't expect a display of violence here, as that would be an affront to Oomba and offending Hutts in the heart of their own palaces was not a healthy practice.  But she didn't seem to fit in here, which meant she may or may not understand even that basic level of protocol...and if she intended to top his bid, killing him would be a way to make sure he couldn't raise the stakes again.
Haarmon Dak
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Wed 28 May 2014
at 17:00
Re: Part 15 - Home of the Hutt
Haarmon was doing his best to stay out of the way and not mess anything up. There was a lot to mess up here. He backed away so that he was close to Shard. He leaned in, "What are we gonna do if she outbids us? We have a back-up plan?"

While he asked he looked around to see if maybe there was a terminal he could access.

More info is always good.
The Force
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Thu 29 May 2014
at 08:26
Re: Part 15 - Home of the Hutt
Wakuda snorts derisively, and declares, "One hundred thousand."     

Haarmon scans the room, but doesn't see a terminal anywhere... 

Juragga, meanwhile, is still observing the room's occupants, while attempting to remain inconspicuous - no mean feat for a Wookiee.  Luckily for him, almost everybody is concentrating on the auction.  Rhijans and Wakuda have afforded him a sort of invisibility, at least until Oomba settles on a winner...
Shard
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Thu 29 May 2014
at 17:20
Re: Part 15 - Home of the Hutt
"Simple," Shard mutters back to Haarmon, almost dreamily.  She blinks once, an expression of vague confusion snapping across her face, then her eyes narrow.  "Win or lose, we know who has the slaves."  She keeps her voice low - extremely low, just pitched loud enough to carry to Haarmon.  "We'll find them."

Her hand snakes out, grips his arm at the elbow. "Stay close," she continues.  "If this gets ugly -" and it might, who can say? "- we'll need to break out.  I'm not Rhijans and you're not Juragga; we'll need to cover each others' backs." 
Rhijans Thanus
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Fri 30 May 2014
at 07:17
Re: Part 15 - Home of the Hutt
Rhijans didn't even bat an eye.  "One Twenty," he responded coolly.  While he wasn't accustomed to handling monetary sums on that level, they weren't completely foreign to him...he'd just had to split them with one or more people who'd helped in the collection.

That gave him enough experience, at least, to not feel queasy at the prospect of throwing that kind of money at the problem at hand.
Haarmon Dak
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Fri 30 May 2014
at 12:55
Re: Part 15 - Home of the Hutt
Haarmon visibly started when Shard grabbed him. Wow she's fast, he thought as he took a breath and looked around to see if anyone saw him jump out of his skin like a little girl.

And then blushed a little at the thought that she was expecting him to watch her back, rather than the other way around.

But he still thought he would be more valuable to everyone logged into a terminal somewhere rather than out here in the middle of things, scared to death and muttering sarcastic quips to himself.

Not for the first time, he wished there were some way to just insert himself into the Nets somehow, and just stay logged in all the time, and kind of just run in the shadows.

But that was clearly futuristic fantasy crap.

"I'm going to go check the Nets," he hiss-whispered to Shard, "See if I can find anything helpful." And he pointed to where the terminal was so she would see it was not very far away.

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Juragga
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Fri 30 May 2014
at 17:19
Re: Part 15 - Home of the Hutt
From his position near the bar, Juragga continued to keep an eye on things.  He was, of course, tracking Haarmon, Shard and Rhijans... but he was also watching the fringes of the room to see if anyone were flanking them or moving into position.

He took another pull of beer.