Part 21 - Yakusant.   Posted by The Force.Group: 0
Rhijans Thanus
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Tue 3 Jul 2018
at 17:32
Part 21 - Yakusant
Rhijans didn't react visibly to Shard's words...just commented, drily, "We're going to see what this chater is that they wanted to do.  We won't talk about anything riskier than that until we have some idea of how they feel about Dargo."  His dark eyes went form Shard to Haarmon, and came to rest on Jalt as he spoke.  Emotions were high, certainly...he'd have to keep everyone on task, if things started to get out of hand...
Haarmon Dak
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Tue 3 Jul 2018
at 17:42
Part 21 - Yakusant
Haarmon blinked and looked at Shard and nodded and muttered some form of agreement.

No one had ever called him useful in a fight before. He wasn't sure how to handle it.
The Force
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Thu 5 Jul 2018
at 20:39
Part 21 - Yakusant
Jalt thinks for a moment, before grinning.  "Rhijans... which building did you say this Clade were based out of?"

When Rhijans points it out again, Jalt nods.  "Right.  Easy enough.  We'll take comlinks with us.  If there's any trouble, we'll get out of there and call it in.  If that happens, I want one of you two... " he indicates Shard and Juragga, "to open fire with the dorsal turret.  Take that building down.  Start at the top and work down.  That should give the Clade something to worry about instead of chasing us."

He taps a sequence of keys on a control panel.  "Turret's powered, and unlocked."
Rhijans Thanus
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Thu 5 Jul 2018
at 21:59
Part 21 - Yakusant
Rhijans nodded approval of the plan.  "Not expecting any trouble...unless the Imperial credits they were offering are a little too freshly Imperial."  He gave a ghost of a shrug and continued, "Having contingencies covered makes negotiating a lot easier, though."
Reldan Jalt
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Sun 8 Jul 2018
at 20:30
Part 21 - Yakusant
Jalt moves to a storage bin.  "Comlinks in here." he explains, and takes one out for himself, "Frequencies are set for the Bantha's comms.  No need to ask if you're armed Rhijans, so let's go visit Nuq Clade and see what they want."

As the team leave the ship, Jalt slaps the locking pad to seal the vessel behind them.  He walks across the decrepit area with a bold swagger, remarking, "Wouldn't do to make them think we're nervous."

The boldness fades a little as they approach the building, and it  becomes clear just how heavily guarded the structure is.  If a window isn't covered over with fairly recent ferrocrete slabs, then it has the muzzles of at least a couple of blasters jutting out of its broken panes.

The entrance itself is a dark cavern, and anybody walking into it would present a nice silhouette against the light outside...

Shard and Juragga watch the approach to the building via a long range viewer in the Bantha's cockpit.
Rhijans Thanus
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Mon 9 Jul 2018
at 00:51
Part 21 - Yakusant
Rhijans slipped into the lead...for a couple of reasons.  They had spoken to him earlier, and he was, visually, pretty distinctive...but he was also more expendable than Jalt.  If the pilot got shot, their chances of getting off-world went WAY down

As they approached the building, he stepped forward further, hands held well clear of his blaster and palms facing forward to show they were empty.  "Your leader wanted to talk to my captain...I've brought him," he said by way of declaring the purpose for their approach.  He consciously chose, however, to not point out whether he was referring to Jalt or Juragga when he said, 'captain'...
Shard
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Mon 9 Jul 2018
at 13:29
Part 21 - Yakusant
Shard, comlink active, sits in the cockpit, watching.  Her fingers nervously twitch, habitually on the hunt for smooth metal...but her flask, she left that back at the base, buried in her locker.  Hopefully to be found by its next user when they clean it out after she expires.

"Juragga," the older woman begins, thoughtfully.  "You have any skill with ships' guns?  Because I'm about as good with them as I am with a blaster."

There comes a long moment of consideration.  "Worse, probably," she admits.  "I mean...give me a few seconds and I can put some shots on target, I guess, but any kind of continuous fire?  I'm probably more dangerous for everyone other than the thing at which I'm aiming."

She cocks an eyebrow at the Wookie. "If you've got any skill that way, maybe you ought to squeeze yourself into that turret." 
Juragga
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Tue 10 Jul 2018
at 02:25
Part 21 - Yakusant
Juragga hooted an affirmative.  He was more than familiar with starship gunnery.  Maybe not the best shot ever, but certainly competent.

With a nod, he went about squishing himself into the gun turret, adjusting it as best he could.
The Force
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Thu 12 Jul 2018
at 13:54
Part 21 - Yakusant
There is a lengthy pause, punctuated only by the sounds of movement inside the dark interior of the structure, and indistinct muttering.

And then a tall figure takes a few shuffling steps out into the light.  It's wearing a grey robe under a long brown coat, with a hood pulled low over it's face.  It stops in front of Rhijans, head tilted down to conceal its face.

When it speaks the voice sounds strange... muffled, and almost mechanical...  "Welcome to Nuq Clade's base of operations.  Please, enter before you speak further.  There are prying eyes out here, and ears too.  Not to mention some extremely rude blaster rifles."

From their vantage point on the ship, Juragga and Shard watch the exchange intently.  While they can't really hear what's being said, there doesn't appear to be any danger.  So far...
Rhijans Thanus
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Thu 12 Jul 2018
at 16:21
Part 21 - Yakusant
Rhijans gestured for their 'escort' to show them the way inside...and keyed his commlink.  "Shard, leaving my commlink open.  If we go silent, go with Jalt's backup plan..." he said in a low mutter.  It was a precaution...but the escort sounded far more articulate than the spokesman that had come to the ship.  And while there were several possible explanations for the almost-mechanical sound of the voice, a couple of them had 'bad news' associated with them, in his mind.
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Sun 15 Jul 2018
at 20:41
Part 21 - Yakusant
Inside the structure, a couple of people hurry forward, heavily wrapped in lengths of mismatched cloth, and help their welcoming committee to divest the robe, cloak and hood.

Underneath the layers of clothing is a droid.  A protocol droid, by the look of it, though it looks somewhat older and more badly treated by existence than You-Why.  It's grey shell is crusted with dust and grime, and covered with dents.  Here and there, scrapes show bare metal beneath the surface layer.

It stands in silence for a few seconds, and then.  "Excuse me.  Wearing garments has an adverse effect on my cooling systems, but it is necessary if I must go outside.  A functioning droid is a valuable commodity here, and other clades would attempt to steal me, if they became aware of my existence."

"I am F-2P0.  I serve Nuq Clade as a translator when they must deal with outsiders.  Nuq Neq Tchoq, the leader of Nuq Clade, informed me of your imminent arrival, and instructed me to greet you and escort you to him.  Do you require refreshments before you see him?"

Rhijans Thanus
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Sun 15 Jul 2018
at 22:27
Part 21 - Yakusant
Rhijans relaxed slightly...but not entirely.  The resemblance to You-Why was a subtle reminder that droids could have programking that didn't necessarily match their exterior...and there were rumors of droids who had developed full autonomy after xtended periods without memory wipes.  Looking at F-2PO, Rhijans was willing to bet it had been several years, and possibly several decades, since the droid had seen regular service.

"Nothing for me, thank you," he responded in a neutral tone, before looking to the other two to see their response.

Some small corner of his mind eased out a sigh of relief.  The mechanical tone they'd noticed was because its source was mechanical, as opposed to just being heavily filtered.  They weren't free and clear yet...but at least the first entity to converse with them wasn't a stormtrooper maquerading as a heavily shrouded Nuq Clade individual.
Haarmon Dak
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Mon 16 Jul 2018
at 13:14
Part 21 - Yakusant
Haarmon eyed the droid with some interest. He was always interested in ways that their programming could morph and mutate in order for them to adapt to unusual circumstances.

And this is as unusual a circumstance as any protocol droid had to manage.

"Have they got a mechanic in there to watch out for you? Or do you have to fix yourself?"
The Force
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Thu 19 Jul 2018
at 18:53
Part 21 - Yakusant
"A mechanic?" F-2P0 emits the electronic equivalent of a sigh.

"Sometimes, when I am powered down, stray impulses in my cognitive pathways result in something that, I believe, resembles dreams in an organic mind.  These dreams, for want of a better word, are the only place where I have seen a mechanic in the last fifty-three years."

And then the droid is all business again...

"If you will follow me, I will take you to see Nuq Neq Tchoq."  It turns to shuffle away, deeper into gloomy interior of the structure.
Rhijans Thanus
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Fri 20 Jul 2018
at 06:10
Part 21 - Yakusant
Rhijans gave a nod, slipping that mental note in place.  Fifty-three years...  No mechanic meant, most likely, no memory wipes, either, which meant there could be an awful lot more to this droid than met the eye.

For the time being, he followed.  Nobody had done anything suspicious, and once the legitimacy of their visit had been established, nobody had done anything remotely hostile.  That didn't mean they were free and clear, in his mind...but it did kind of establish that they didn't intend any immediate bodily harm.

"Why'd they send out a living emissary, instead of you?" he asked the droid as they started walking.  The question served two purposes...it was a way to gain a little more information about who they were going to deal with, and it also provided Rhijans with a justifiable reason to say something that his commlink would transmit back to the ship, to reassure Shard and Kourene that they hadn't been ambushed, so far...

"I mean, you speak the language far more fluently that the individual I spoke with at the ship..."
Haarmon Dak
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Fri 20 Jul 2018
at 12:31
Part 21 - Yakusant
Haarmon was always simultaneously fascinated and unsettled when driods went off their programming. On some level, he recognizes that even the most lifelike tendency was just a result of intersecting information pathways and logic statements. But all the same, it always felt to him like, somehow, there was life and sentience in the heart of every program trying to claw its way out. And sometimes it did.

"Fifty three? That's rough. But, listen, we're here to do some business, right? And you're a valuable asset, right? And not to blow my own horn or whatever, these guys can tell you how much I hate doing that, but I'm what you call a dab hand at droid work. So, maybe we can work something out."

And, maybe, he could have a look inside the droid's head, too. Just to see wha'ts to be seen.
The Force
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Mon 23 Jul 2018
at 11:51
Part 21 - Yakusant
"As I understand it, Sir.  They had no intention of sending an emissary.  Nuq Neq Tchoq, along with some subordinates, was planning to attend to other business.  They saw that there was a ship nearby, and realised that it presented an opportunity they had not looked for."

"An opportunity?" Jalt interrupts.

The droid sems happy to explain as it moves further into the structure, and onto a descending ramp.  "Yes Sir.  A chance to talk to a captain who had not, perhaps, been contacted by one of the other clades."

The ramp leads down into a chamber with an entrance some five metres above floor level.  The air is warm, and filled with smoke from the fires burning in a number of cargo containers scattered about the area.

There are many humanoid creatures standing or sitting about the room, most of them apparently engaged in conversation with each other.  All are wrapped in layers of cloth under long coats and hooded cloaks.  Most of the conversations stop as the strangers descend the ramp.

At the foot of the incline a single figure, clad as all the others, sits upon an expensive looking, if somewhat decrepit, chair positioned between two of the fires.  It rises as Rhijans, Haarmon and Jalt step off the ramp, and extends its arms wide.

"Gaartopaq!  Gaartopaq!  It is to welcome, friends!"

"I present to you Nuq Neq Tchoq, the Mighty Leader of Nuq Clade, Greatest of All Clades."
Shard
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Mon 23 Jul 2018
at 13:52
Part 21 - Yakusant
Leaning closer to the viewport out of habit - a few feet aren't going to make a difference -- Shard squints.  "Juragga," she states into the com, "have a look at this vector for the dust cloud." Giving the direction, she switches over to the com-channel for the 'away team'.

++ Heads up, ++Shard quietly begins, hoping not to interrupt anything serious.  ++ We have something moving in the general direction of the Nuq Cade building.  It's still pretty far away, and not quick, but it could be anything from a weather event to a battle-barge.  I'll keep you posted. ++

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Rhijans Thanus
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Mon 23 Jul 2018
at 15:36
Part 21 - Yakusant
Rhijans nodded internally in response to Shard's notification.  If the clades were in the state of open hostility that seemed to be indicated, there could be hostiles inbound...but Nuq Clade would also recognize an incoming threat, as opposed to a normal passerby.  Assuming, of course, it wasn't something new...

Still, Shard and Juragga had eyes on it, whatever it was, and would keep them apprised of its progress.  For the time being, Rhijans pushed it to the back of his mind.  Deal with the situation at hand...that had kept him alive thus far.

"You wished to speak with my captain.  I've brought him," Rhijans responded.  Diplomacy wasn't his strong suit.  Caution, however, was...he still didn't point out Jalt as the captain.  If there was some kind of malevolence behind the requwsted meeting, there was still only a fifty-fifty chance it would be aimed at the right individual.
The Force
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Thu 26 Jul 2018
at 18:27
Part 21 - Yakusant
Nuq Neq Tchoq bows his head to Rhijans, "You indeed to did."  Then he gestures to include all three of the visitors.

"You will to forgiving me if I am to speaking own speak so all Nuq Clade can to understanding?  Our droid can to changing my words to you speak.  Chalonga birfato'da?"

"Sirs, he asks if that will be all right."
Juragga
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Sat 28 Jul 2018
at 18:05
Part 21 - Yakusant
Juragga grunted and narrowed his teal eyes at the targeting scanners.  This dust was confounding them mightily.  He shifted his grip on the turret's handles and leveled the guns at the cloud, glancing from the scanners to the viewport and back.
Rhijans Thanus
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Sun 29 Jul 2018
at 01:29
Part 21 - Yakusant
Rhijans lifted one eyebrow  slightly.  "No problem for me.  I can't speak for them."  He still avoided any gesture that revealed just who was actually the captain...whether it was just habit, or some nagging instinct drove him to it, was debatable.
The Force
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Mon 30 Jul 2018
at 20:05
Part 21 - Yakusant
"Daigatta chirodo Nuq Vasa nirballa ch'od... " Nuq Neq Tchoq begins...

After a couple of seconds, F-2P0 starts to translate.  "Here is the proposal.  Nuq Clade subsists on the salvage trade.  In common with most Clades, we gather salvage from wherever we can, and sell it to off-world pilots for Imperial Credits.  Sometimes we conduct trade with the Hutt, but that is mostly so that he will not look too closely at our other trade goods.  Recently, though, something has been discovered which means the Clade must change its approach."

"There is a thing that we dare not trade here.  If word were to reach the other Clades that we have it, it might result in their forming an alliance to attack Nuq Clade.  For this reason, we would like to charter a ship to transport the item to another world, where it can be sold quickly, and without attracting attention from the other Clades."

"We will pay a fair price to charter your ship, and there will be a bonus equal to two one hundredth parts of the sale price of the item."


"What is the item?" Jalt asks.

"That can not be revealed until you are away from this world.  It is not dangerous to your ship, or to your Clade.  It is, to the best of our knowledge, not illegal to transport.  We simply wish it to be taken elsewhere before it is stolen from us, or before we are attacked.  A representative of Nuq Clade will travel with the item, and will answer all questions at the appropriate time."
Rhijans Thanus
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Mon 30 Jul 2018
at 20:46
Part 21 - Yakusant
"Where do you want it taken?" Rhijans asked.  There were, after all, a few planets in the sector where they'd become less than welcome...and that didn't include any enemies Jalt may have made before they'd started working together.  And while he wanted to know what the cargo might be...not illegal (or, at least, not obviously illegal), not harmful, and highly desirable, at least here...he didn't know enough about illicit trade to come up with anything that fit those parameters.

But just about anything could be hazardous if they wanted it taken to an Imperial-controlled world.
Shard
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Tue 31 Jul 2018
at 11:26
Part 21 - Yakusant
Shard blinks.  Blinks again.  Then hurries back into the ship. "Macrobinoculars, macrobinoculars...Jalt have those anywhere?"

While she searches, the older woman again keys the comlink to Rhijans, Jalt, and Haarmon.  ++ All right - whatever is coming is big.  And slow.  And by big, I mean Potentially Imperial Walker sized.  I'm not saying that's what it is -- I'm trying for a better look at it, but the dust is hiding it -- but it for-sure could be that large.  I would seriously consider either warning your hosts, picking up the pace, or both.  ++

A suggestion, that, nothing more; Shard isn't the person on the ground, and isn't going to second-guess the team.

OOC - Definitely hunting for macrobinocs.