Part 16 - Unsolved mystery.   Posted by The Force.Group: 0
Shard
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Tue 13 Jan 2015
at 15:06
Re: Part 16 - Unsolved mystery
"You and I, we can talk out there," Shard continues in the same quiet tone, motioning with her head. "Rhijans has a couple of questions for Kendra.  He won't keep her - he's efficient."  A crook of the finger and she slips out from behind the screen.  Already, she's seeking the centerpoint between ice and fire, hunting for that fuzzy grey area where she can balance the demands of her training and her instincts.

And her hands remain hidden beneath her cloak, one seated atop a scuffed, cold-metal cylinder.
Rhijans Thanus
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Wed 14 Jan 2015
at 10:38
Re: Part 16 - Unsolved mystery
Rhijans waited for Barsh to follow Shard out before he turned back to Kedra's bed and approached, looking to see if she was conscious before asking her anything.  "Colonel Kourene said you saved his life," Rhijans began...if she was asleep, or resting, that would hopefully get her attention.

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Thu 15 Jan 2015
at 18:10
Re: Part 16 - Unsolved mystery
"He's... alive?  Nobody would tell me.  Said I need to worry 'bout me.  Thank you." The relief in Kedra's voice is noticeable, even through the fatigue, medication, and pain.  "We were lucky, you know.  I... I forgot... to turn off a hand scanner when I put it in my pocket and went on my break.  It found the bomb's energy signature, not me."

"Was behind an access panel on a... on a... a conduit.  And the Colonel was sitting close to it.  So I warned everybody, and they started to move away.  And that... that's when it blew."


Barsh leans up against the wall, his face a grim mask, "I hope your friend isn't threatening Kedra or anything.  She means... "  And then he stops, and stifles a sob...

Juragga makes a quiet huffing sound and shakes his head to confirm that his own results are as negative as Haarmon's own.  The droid does not appear to have had either its hardware or its software tampered with.

Apart from a little wear and tear, he's pretty much as he was when he was first activated...
Rhijans Thanus
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Thu 15 Jan 2015
at 18:31
Re: Part 16 - Unsolved mystery
Rhijans nodded.  He'd been curious to know why Kedra had warned the Colonel...the explanation made sense.  It was remotely possible that she'd worked out the whole story, that the whole thing had been staged to secure a cover for her...but the odds of that being the case were becoming more and more remote.

"Did you see anybody close to that panel?" Rhijans asked.  His voice was soft, low...and unexpectedly gentle.  "Or hear anything about someone who might have been working there?"  He could play the good cop, when it suited him.  In her state, a soft approach would probably get more answers than a harsh interrogation.  It would certainly attract less outside attention...

Of course, it might also have been the case that he did, actually, have a heart somewhere beneath all the professionalism...
Haarmon Dak
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Thu 15 Jan 2015
at 18:38
Re: Part 16 - Unsolved mystery
Haarmon nods at Juragga. If Rags says it's so, then it's so. The young slicer didn't have faith in a lot of things. But that was certainly on the short list.

So he closed down all the diagnostics and booted the droid back up.

"Hey, Chainmail Bikini, we're all done. Lay some S's on me, see how we did."
Shard
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Thu 15 Jan 2015
at 18:52
Re: Part 16 - Unsolved mystery
"Nobody is threatening anyone, Barsh."  Sighing, Shard searches for a moment and comes out with a somewhat tattered kerchief.  Clean; she's particular about that.  "He's just clearing up some things.  Important things, and if you thought for a moment you'd understand why they can't wait."  She shoots a look at him out of the corner of her eyes.  "Same deal with you."

As she speaks, she's reaching for the balance, and once it's found, opens herself up.  Her focus remains on Barsh, but now Shard is hoping to take it a step further, much as she did with Wakuda.  She hopes to feel his thoughts directly, like a pressure against her own sensitive mind.

It's not easy, but it's her best shot for this.
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Mon 19 Jan 2015
at 18:17
Re: Part 16 - Unsolved mystery
You-Why seems startled as he powers up again, "Oh my!  That was certainly a strange sensation.  Do I still speak with a lisp?  Please, say that you have resolved the situation, and that I will not have to be scrapped."

Barsh nods, "I understand.  Ask me what you want to know."  He seems a littlemoody, though that could easily be attributed to his concern for Kedra.  "Just make it fast.  I have things I need to do." 

"I don't know." Kedra answers after a few seconds thinking, "I don't think there were any work assignments in the area."  She pauses for a moment, and her eyes shift in and out of focus.  "I... I think I was the closest assignment.  And I was... a level down.  Or was it two?  But it might have been there for weeks, and then triggered by a timer.  Or a remote."

"Where's Barsh?  Wasn't he here a second ago?"

Shard
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Mon 19 Jan 2015
at 18:44
Re: Part 16 - Unsolved mystery
Shard sighs again, rubbing her forehead.  "I know you have important things to do.  Everyone has important things to do.  This is important as well."  As he will no-doubt grasp, momentarily.

Fortunately, she seems to have an open pathway into his head.

"A few simple questions.  I'm going to ask them one at a time - answer them, and I'll move on.  Keep calm, don't get excited, and don't blurt anything out loudly."  Not only will that keep others from hearing, it'll make him think.

Her lips tighten, and she begins.  Unfortunately directly, but for her method to function, it has to be direct.

"What do you know about the explosion that hurt Kendra?"

"What do you know about the earlier explosion in the hanger?"

"Have you used the comm to send any messages in the last month?"

"Have you seen anyone acting...out of character for them?  Unwarrentedly nervous?  Edgy?  Drinking too much?"

For the final question, she leans a touch closer, her body relaxing.  "Do you have any contact with Imperials?" Shard quietly inquires.
Rhijans Thanus
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Tue 20 Jan 2015
at 03:47
Re: Part 16 - Unsolved mystery
Rhijans nodded.  "He's answering some questions, as well...unrelated issue," he said.  He honestly wasn't sure what Shard's line of questioning for the quartermaster's assistant might be, but even if it was the same set of questions, Kedra didn't need to know.

"You wouldn't happen to know if there's any way of tracking who may have accessed that particular panel, would you?  Either direct surveillance, or some kind of access log...even some kind of individual methods of doing things that might help us figure out who's accessed that area?"  He hated asking so directly...the secrecy of the whole project was compromised, to a degree.  He had to hope that his voice was low enough that she was the only one hearing him...and that nobody else had some kind of surveillance on her.

That thought sobered him a bit more than even his normal grim demeanor, and he forced himself to feign a casual air as he looked around her bed, trying to pick out any possible listening devices or cameras.
Haarmon Dak
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Wed 21 Jan 2015
at 13:37
Re: Part 16 - Unsolved mystery
Haarmon nods. It was not in any way the satisfied nod of someone who has successfully resolved a problem. He had really gotten his hopes up that You-Why was the leak. That Rags had gotten it right, first try, and they'd gotten the whole thing wrapped up, on the first day.

But alas.

Well, maybe this is the part of the vid where things look their darkest?

Even that wasn't really enough to cheer him up.

"Yeah," he muttered to the droid, "You're tip-top. I'm sure you'll be gracing us with your cheerful insights and cunning wit for decades to come."

He looked over at the wookie.

"So what now, Rags? Off to find the others?"
Juragga
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Thu 22 Jan 2015
at 18:25
Re: Part 16 - Unsolved mystery
Juragga frowned.  He should be relieved U-Y wasn't the spy, but it meant their problem was still unsolved.  He murmured something disgruntled along the lines of 'I got nuthin' and shrugged.
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Thu 22 Jan 2015
at 21:12
Re: Part 16 - Unsolved mystery
You-Why's relief is obvious, even with his inexpressive face.  The droid seems to straighten up, and he lifts his chin slightly.  "Oh, Sirs, you have no idea what this means to me.  I have the utmost confidence in your ability to detect and rectify any flaws in my systems.  Why, if I could be sure about your personal hygiene, I could almost be tempted to hug you both."

High praise indeed, from the organic hating protocol droid.

Kendra seems to slip into unconsciousness for a moment, then snaps out of it, "I... don't know if there are any surveillance systems in the area.  I haven't been here long, and they aren't my speciality.  There's a tech called Vochad who'd know about that."

"Just opening the access panel won't... won't have logged anything.  There was nothing that important in there.  If they did anything to the network itself, though, that would... would be recorded and they should have a copy of that in the admin office."


Barsh sighs, "You think I did it.  All right, I'll answer your questions, and I'll keep it quiet, so people won't know you're making a fool of yourself."

"I know nothing about the explosion that hurt Kendra.  And I thought the explosion in the hangar was  a freighter that came in with battle damage to its drives, at least that's the word going around the base.  No, I haven't used the comm systems to send any messages.  Ever."

"By, 'out of character', do you mean like a tired old drunk who's suddenly stopped drinking so much?
  And that one brings a small, triumphant smile.

"Define Imperials.  These days, most people are Imperials, technically.  Everybody from shop owners, to street cleaners, to customs officials."
Rhijans Thanus
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Fri 23 Jan 2015
at 05:13
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Rhijans nodded.  "Vochad..."  No answers here...at least, not any satisfactory ones.  But another thread to follow, even if it was a remote one.  He tried to recall Kourene's list...and whether Vochad's name was among those the Colonel had cleared.

"Thank you," he said, nodding to Kedra, even though she seemed to be less aware of his presence.  "Get some rest...anyone with the guts...or dumb luck...to keep the Colonel alive through that blast is someone we need up and helping the cause."  He gave her a thin-lipped smile that was about as close to warmth as he managed to get these days, and then stepped out, closing the curtains behind him.

His first look, of course, was to see where Shard was at and what her status was.  His next look was to analyze if anyone else in the medical area seemed to be paying too much attention to the fact that he'd just stepped out of Kedra's recovery area (he couldn't really call it a room.)
Shard
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Mon 26 Jan 2015
at 18:52
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Shard sits quietly as Barsh rambles, slowly nodding her head, not overly disturbed by this bitter man's acidic assessment.  Finally he finishes and she waits a long beat, pursing her lips.  "So.  Let me get this straight.  Standard, straightforward series of questions I'd ask to anyone, and likely will end up so doing so with everyone.  And I receive..."

Up comes one hand (the other remains invisible) and fingers start to flick out: index, plus middle, plus thumb, refold thumb but add ring and little fingers, all in time with the following words...

"Defensiveness.  Mockery.  Personal attacks.  Evasiveness."  She pauses a moment, then sticks out her thumb, again, making five.  "Prevarication.  For example, I'm fully aware you know things about the explosion that hurt Kendra, yet you say you don't."

Her head cocks to the side.  "I'm going to ask you to come with me."  She raises her voice slightly, putting a slight edge to it.  "Rhijans?  Barsh will be accompanying us."
Rhijans Thanus
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Tue 27 Jan 2015
at 04:55
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Rhijans didn't know for sure what was going on...but he was more than prepared to back Shard's play.  He let his hand drop significantly to the grip of his blaster, though he left the weapon holstered.

"You heard the lady," he said, his voice flat and emotionless.  "Get stepping."
Haarmon Dak
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Wed 28 Jan 2015
at 02:24
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Haarmon shrugged. "You and me both, Big Guy. Oh well."

He took the droid's praise with no more than a couple of sagacious nods. "It's all good. That's the kind of thing we do for team-mates 'round here. Shall we go hook up with the others? Full report on Aluminum Siding's full recovery and all that?"
The Force
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Thu 29 Jan 2015
at 17:30
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"No, this isn't right." Barsh blurts out, a note of panic entering his voice "I didn't mean for anybody to get hurt.  Not the Colonel, and not Kendra.  It was an accident." 

"You have to believe me."  His shoulders slump and, resignedly, he starts to follow Shard.

You-Why follows Haarmon and Juragga, though he is much happier about it, "Oh, Sir, you have absolutely no idea how much it means to me to hear you say that.  'Team mates'.  That has a good ring to it.  We are team mates.  Members of the same team, who back each other up, through thick and thin, who trust each other, and would never do anything to damage that trust.  Sir, I have your back, just as you, both of you, have mine.  We are team mates, and we will never betray each other, because such betrayal would destroy the team."

"Where are we going to find the others?  I may know a shortcut.  Anything to help my team mates."

Rhijans Thanus
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Thu 29 Jan 2015
at 18:23
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Rhijans didn't let himself relax with Barsh's apparent acquiescence.  'I didn't mean for anyone to get hurt' didn't sound like the words of a man who'd been passing along intel on Rebel operations to the Empire.  It sounded like someone who'd been blackmailed into doing something...

And if the blackmailer got word that they'd rounded up his fall-guy...well, there wasn't much time to arrange for an 'accident'.  They'd probably have to risk something more hands-on...and they couldn't just take out Barsh.  He and Shard had tracked down Shard, that meant that any targeting reticle that centered on Shard would be looking at them, as well.

So he followed, hand still close to his blaster (resting on it would draw too much attention...there was a chance that Barsh's contact didn't know yet and if they could get him secured without people talking, it would give them a jump on rounding the contact up, as well).  He said nothing...but his eyes never stopped moving.  They regularly returned to Barsh, watching him for signs of recognizing someone (and reacting in fear to them), but he sought out every side hall, every alcove, any overhead pipe or duct large enough to hide a shooter, and anyone they passed along their way got a once-over assessment of their equipment, their stance, of how much attention they paid to Shard and Barsh...or how carefully they avoided noticing them.

We've got a thread...I'm not letting someone cut it off before we get a chance to pull on it...
Shard
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Thu 29 Jan 2015
at 18:32
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"All right.  Stop right there," Shard states, turning around before they hit the corridor.  She checks distances to make sure they're out of hearing of anyone else - that she can see - and if not, motions the other two to follow her to another area of the medlab that IS free from potential eavesdroppers.

"Barsh, it might surprise you to hear that I believe you about that part," the older rebel begins, quite quietly.  And truthfully.  "So now is the time for you to come clean.  Spill everything, and we'll do our best to figure out a way through this - a way through that takes into account you deciding to cooperate and give us a hand." She leans a little closer, keeping her eyes on his, her voice low and earnest.  "AND that you didn't mean for anyone to get hurt."

Reaching out, she touches his arm then shifts back a hair.   Shard doesn't want to invade personal space, just let him know that this is people dealing with people.  "So tell me everything; holding out helps nobody.  I'll see what matches up with what we already know, and it'll fill in the blanks with the rest."

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Juragga
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Sat 31 Jan 2015
at 06:28
Re: Part 16 - Unsolved mystery
Juragga nodded to Haarmon, and inwardly slumped a bit at You-Why's happy chattering.  He almost felt guilty for doubting the droid.  But then, it could also have been that U-7 had a chip or bug planted in him without his knowledge, he rationalized.  They had to be sure.  And this spy business had them all jumpy.

"Ruuummmph," he agreed to the droid's loyal espousing.  He made a mental note to trust the droid in the future.
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Mon 2 Feb 2015
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"I really didn't mean for anybody to get hurt.  And it wasn't even my idea.  It was the freighter pilot, the Corellian one who came in last month." Barsh explains quietly as they move on.  "I was talking to him about Kendra, and how I didn't stand a chance with her because the rafts we're from don't get along."

"So anyway, he said that I should make a bomb, not a real one, but it should look good.  And I should put it somewhere, then deactivate it in front of her, so I'd look like a hero.  Only I didn't know how to make one, so he said he could rig something that would look the part without being dangerous.  He said... he said I just had to find a place to put it, where it wouldn't be likely to be found until I was ready to put on my performance."


The Quartermaster's clerk sighs, "I'm an idiot.  Just like my dad said before he left Mum and me."

In the distance, Haarmon, Juragga, and You-Why can be seen walking towards them.  The droid movements are positively jaunty...
Rhijans Thanus
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Tue 3 Feb 2015
at 06:33
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Rhijans' jaw clenched...the story was certainly plausible.  They'd have to do some checking, of course...

"What was his name, the Corellian?" he asked.  His voice was cold, clinical, detached...there was no anger toward Barsh in it.

But there wasn't any sympathy, either.
Shard
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Tue 3 Feb 2015
at 13:41
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Shard keeps her silence, her thoughts whirling.  Rhijans fires off a question when it's all finished, and it's a good one.  She waits a beat, then puts in her own two credits worth.  "Wasn't the brightest move, Barsh.  But there are worse reasons - like wanting to hurt someone - and I'm pretty convinced you're not an Imperial spy.  So far.  There's a light at the end of this tunnel." She grimaces.  "People do crazy things for love."

A bit of sympathy - real sympathy - couldn't hurt, either.

She spots the others heading her way, raises an eyebrow at You-Why's 'body language'.  Interesting.  "So.  His name, like Rhijans asks."  She hopes it isn't anyone she worked with.  Worries that it is.  "And any other details you can remember.  The more you tell us, the safer it is for you.  And I'm not talking about punishment."

The dark-clad woman glances back down the hallway with some concern.  Right now, Barsh is the only lead.  Someone, somewhere, knows he's a weak link.  Once they get all the information out of him, and that becomes obvious, he'll be more safe.  But until then, she needs to keep her guard up.
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Thu 5 Feb 2015
at 20:17
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"I... no, wait, I remember." Barsh says, "Volan Reise.  That was his name.  Don't know the name of his ship.  Was just a freighter to me.  And yes, I know it was a stupid idea.  Shouldn't have listened to him, but I was desperate.  And I didn't know that he'd give me a real bomb."

"Honestly, I've never done anything like this before, or even considered it.  I support the Alliance.  I'd never deliberately do anything to hurt it, or anybody on the base.  You have to believe me!"

Rhijans Thanus
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Fri 6 Feb 2015
at 04:26
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Rhijans briefly considered pointing out that, no, in fact, he did NOT have to believe anything...but it would be energy wasted on what was, apparently, only a secondary target, at best.

"For now, it would be best if you stayed in custody.  If Reise is anything more than a puppet, himself, you're in danger...if you're tucked away, he can't do anything to you without getting through us first."  He didn't bother mentioning that if Reise was just a puppet, Barsh was in even MORE danger, because they didn't know who might be pulling Reise's strings.

He looked at Shard.  "I'll let you call this one...we need to move quickly, before word gets around.  Do you want to come with me to find Reise?  Or take Barsh to a holding cell until we get the Corellian?"  It was obvious, from his tone, that regardless of her choice, he was going after Reise.