Star Wars: Dark Prosperity.   Posted by Narrator.Group: 0
Liberty
 player, 123 posts
 Anger Management Failure
 Almost Neutral, but Good
Wed 15 Jan 2020
at 03:41
Star Wars: Dark Prosperity
Liberty answers Nathan, "My teacher said that whenever we get separated, he'd wait for me on Planet Atollon in the Lothal sector."

She then looks at Mittens. "Pursuit of the darkness on its own is the problem there. The je'daii are right that it will devour you... if that's all you pursue."

She returns her gaze to Nathan, "What has been your experience with the dark side, Nathan?"

Bethany is in pure listen mode at this point and doesn't want to interrupt this riveting conversation. But she does idly pet Pyrus since she knows he likes it.
Mittens
 GM, 2569 posts
Wed 15 Jan 2020
at 04:39
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Pyrus ohs from Joe's answer and smiles from Beth's pets.

Mits hrms at Lib's point about exclusively chasing Bogan.  "So.  I keep hearing that one can easily fall to The Bogan even while focused exclusively on Ashla.  All it takes is telekinetically tweaking someone's nose to get him to drop his blaster."

Yoda puppet: "Directly do harm with The Force, one must never, or instant Darksider, one will become."

"You telling me that Jedi wisdom is a lie?  That would line up with Evil Dad's mantra.  And if so, exactly how much pursuit of Bogan is OK before one goes over the deep end?  25%?  51.32%?"

Nathan shrugs.  "My experience with The Darkside has been little to none, to be honest.  My master had plenty to say on the topic, but even his experience with it was pretty much non-existent.  According to what I was taught, Mittens' Evil Dad is so extremely rare as to be possibly the first known case of a Dark Jedi in the Galaxy for about a thousand years."

Come to think of it, why have I been taking her word for it that she was raised by a Dark Jedi?  Her word against nobody's.

"So maybe there's something to be said for all the scare tactics if they've worked so well for so long.  Even if it takes over half your focus on The Darkside in order to fall, why devote any focus at all when staying safely focused on the Light Side means you aren't risking getting closer to going bonkers?"
Blake
Wed 15 Jan 2020
at 05:36
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  "That seems to be a very 'exact words' outlook if a direct quote from Yoda, Mittens.  I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of seemingly hypocritical rules are only dressed up as morals because it's easier to convince impressionable students that way, rather than bore them with metaphysical sciences."

  Okay kids, we shove people off cliffs or drop steamrollers on people because that way we can trick the emotional but stupid space magic into thinking gravity is to blame. Because we would need at least an extra weekend training you to resist cosmic blood thirst if you start tearing people in half directly, and then we're to blame if you screw up later.  Can't have that.

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Liberty
 player, 124 posts
 Anger Management Failure
 Almost Neutral, but Good
Thu 16 Jan 2020
at 03:51
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Liberty says, "I don't have *all* the answers, Mittens; I'm not my teacher. But if what I understand about it is true, the answer to how much bogan is: It depends on the person. Nathan is right; if the jedi wisdom was completely wrong, falling to the dark side would have happened a lot more. Besides, *everyone* is a little wrong in some way. Finding what is wrong, being willing to acknowledge it, and then being willing to correct it... those are what is needed to fix what is wrong. Which can be hard because people have different opinions on what is right and what is wrong."

Just look at all the alignment wars among tabletop gamers.

Liberty looks up at Nathan. "To answer *your* question.. because the darkness has something to offer that the light does not. If people refused to even touch water for fear of drowning, nobody would learn to swim. If nobody picked up crayons for fear of making a mess, art would not exist. And so on. But just like art and swimming are not for everyone, neither is the bogan, ashla or bendu for everyone."

Liberty looks up at Blake. "I wouldn't know. My knowledge of the je'daii is still kinda small."

Bethany says, "What's boring about metaphysical sciences? I wanna learn..."
Mittens
 GM, 2570 posts
Thu 16 Jan 2020
at 05:12
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Flashback:
"It truly is a marvel you haven't fallen completely to the Darkside yourself, young one.  Did your birth parents instill in you an extreme mental discipline you've been using all this time to purge yourself of all emotion?"

"Huh?!  Not hardly!  Mittens is emotional in the extreme!  No fancy mental disciplines here."

"Remarkable.  Perhaps it has something to do with your race.  Any human child would have fallen."

"What?!  You telling me the Jedi perform twisted experiments on large numbers of Human children?!"

"Of course not."

"Then you don't really know what would happen to a human in my place, do you?"


Mits taps her cheek in thought.  "Science can be made boring.  Like when your Evil Dad can only find a tutor droids that require that you learn physics before it will teach you how to fix your Evil Dad's food processor.  Holovids on Science tend to be way more fun than actually learning it."

To Lib she continues, "But from the sounds of things you and your teacher think the Jedi are wrong in a major way.  You compare learning Bogan to learning to swim.  The Jedi compare it to toying with an extremely addictive psychedelic drug.  Whoever's wrong would be wrong in a big way.  I'm all for learning how to crayon.  So long as I'm not gunna turn into a raving loonie just for looking in the direction of crayons."

Nathan assures Mittens, "I'll be the one doing the looking, then.  I can understand your reluctance after what you experienced.  Nevertheless, because Dark Jedi are so rare, so too is any information on how to cure them of their addiction.  And if there's any wisdom to be learned from Liberty and her teacher on that alone, it is worth me risking myself.  Bethany can supervise to make sure I don't go too far.  But trying to decide on who's right or wrong when we haven't learned enough of both philosophies isn't going do any good."

Pyrus wants to contribute to the conversation.  "Swimming's fun!  It's like flying in slow motion.  And you don't even need wings!"

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Blake
Thu 16 Jan 2020
at 05:38
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  "Well not like I'm a Jedi either, Liberty.  But 'well technically we're right' mindsets are hardly limited to them either."

  He nods to Mittens's comment about physics before mechanics.  "Required reading is always just somehow worse, even if it's something you would have read eventually."  I read like, thirty books during the summer.  Beep Boop Only two of those were on the summer reading list.
Liberty
 player, 125 posts
 Anger Management Failure
 Almost Neutral, but Good
Sat 18 Jan 2020
at 00:22
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Liberty looks at Nathan and says, "You're willingness to learn and explore is admirable."

Liberty looks at Blake and nods, "Spirit of the law vs Letter of the law has been a thing in all cultures through all time. But we all know Letter of the law is mostly used to cover up looking bad because people think admitting to being incorrect is a bad thing. Sadly, because people put each other down, people are right to be afraid of looking bad."

Liberty turns to Mittens and says, "Even if the je'daii are wrong in a big way, it's much like if a town was wrong about banning fire. They'd be a bit colder in winter, but they are less likely to burn their homes down. I try not to embrace extremes like "wrong in a big way" or "right in a big way" because the darkness loves to embrace absolutes at the exclusion of anything gray. Some things are absolute. But making a habit of dealing in absolutes leads to an imbalance in favor of the dark. And that one in particular is one of the more blinding aspects. For example: The idea of 'you are either for me or against me.' If there is no such thing as a neutral party, then anyone who disagrees with you is against you and thus automatically an enemy. And when you view every disagreement as grounds for being an enemy, the least slight is worthy of death. But then... I'm saying that as much to remind myself. My personality lends itself to the darkness, so my teacher taught me how to temper it with the light without destroying who I am. Which is why I can so freely smile or be angry or suspicious without being homicidal or overly paranoid. Too much light, however, and I would feel imprisoned, the opposite of my namesake, and the more imprisoned I feel, the stronger the desire to break free. Thus, ironically, too much light would lead to too much darkness. Does that make sense? I feel like I'm rambling..."

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Mittens
 GM, 2571 posts
Thu 23 Jan 2020
at 05:13
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Nathan would like to think that thousands of years of Jedi wisdom amounts to more than just "technically we're right," but last thing in the world he's going to do is argue a point he's not fully convinced of himself.  And yeah.  Lots of boring required reading in Jedi school.  At least 80% of which he's forgotten.

Nathan offers a thank-you bow to Liberty for her compliment and counters, "The use of the letter of the law can be for good as well.  It tends to be how disputes are resolved.  So if the Jedi resolve a conflict on a technicality, being technically right can be a good thing as well."

Mits balks at Nathan snatching away a dangerous quest from her.  But can't deny that she really is scared of looking into Bogan.  But then Liberty's rambling clicks with what she remembers hearing from Evil Dad's rants about the Jedi.

"Rambling beats ranting any day.  Evil Dad was always ranting about, 'Light Side is prison!  Dark Side is freedom!'  So I guess maybe he could be held up as an example of what you're talking about.  Master Sack-of-bones never wanted to talk about what went down with his former student.  But even judging from the only side of the story I got, no amount of leniency would have kept him from going full-on Darkside.  'Crush rejected me, Master held me back, my supremacy was unrecognized because of favoritism, Jedi Order is organized hypocrisy, blahdey blahdey blah.

"I'm guessing that the answer is, 'What works for Liberty may or may not work for the vast majority of Forcerers.'  But Mittens is much like Liberty in the, 'if you forbid a thing, I'm all the more tempted by it' sense.  So maybe the Liberty Way will be what saves Mittens from herself."


Nathan tries to hide his surprise.  His former student?!
Blake
Thu 23 Jan 2020
at 10:32
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  "While it sounds simple Mittens, 'Try not to be an asshole' means you won't be burning down any grocery stores over hypocrisy in the post office.  Just because there are less words doesn't make it any less hard, but it gets the point across.  Edgelord Dad sounds like he would kill the pizza guy for a late delivery and then tell you that you can't have any because only the strong get slices."
Bethany Bright
 Player, 16 posts
Thu 23 Jan 2020
at 19:08
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Bethany doesn't hide her curiosity. "Former student?"

Liberty looks from Beth to the others. Nathan is personally trying to not look surprised, so Liberty is forced to believe Mittens told him. Blake always looks unsurprised, so Liberty is forced to believe Mittens told him. She forgets that jedi are very practiced in not showing emotion while her own teacher is more expressive.

Liberty nodnods to Blake's explanation of non-assholery. Meanwhile, she ponders Nathan's words about technical correctness. It's not like she is uncharacteristically quiet or anything, Bethany asked a question that Liberty wants to know the answer to also.
Mittens
 GM, 2572 posts
Fri 24 Jan 2020
at 03:46
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Blake:
  "only the strong get slices."


How did he know?  Mittens doesn't wunna talk about that one.

"'What goes around comes around,' was something both Evil Dad and Master Fossil agreed on in their teachings.  Only, Evil Dad didn't really live by it.  Mittens would rather live in such a way as to get people to throw smiles and candy at her instead of rotten veggies.

"Oops.  Wasn't supposed to let that slip.  Main thing is that the Jedi bosses don't hear about it.  Master Cadaverous was worried that if word got out about his student going dark that it would hamper the prospects of all his students and tarnish the rep of the Jedi Order as a whole.  So please don't be as blabbermouthed as Mittens."


Nathan thinks on it.  "I dunno.  Could be very important to share what we know.  But timing is important, so we should meditate on when would be a good time to share, if ever."
Blake
Fri 24 Jan 2020
at 16:58
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  "I'll probably keep it secret Mittens.  But I might rub it into anyone's face who tries to pretend the troubles of your life are only one generation deep just because to admit otherwise would hurt their standing." Yet another problem Mittens won't need to worry about from Nathan.

  "Of course, being ready to be treated how you treat others won't keep people from freaking out about such sayings even if you use gentle language.  Your life was clearly full of cliche villain speeches.  But don't forget the awkward horror of realizing your greatest weakness is overestimating people. Mittens."

  Only a stupid drooling idiot can't handle this REAL oldschool sonic gameplay and ask for it to be dumbed down for children.
  You big silly head, REAL sonic games DID have mercy invincibility!
  HOW DARE YOUUUUUUUUUU!

  Not all standards involved the fate of the galaxy or magic powers. Some of them are just dumb.
Bethany Bright
 Player, 17 posts
Fri 24 Jan 2020
at 23:07
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Outside discussing the societal do's and don'ts alongside the topic of The Force, the trip is pretty much uneventful, the ship makes to to the jedi academy and lands.

Yoda is out front, waiting for the team's arrival. "Welcome."

Bethany says, "Hello, Yoda!" and trots over to him happily before kneeling to shake his little hand.

Liberty raises an eyebrow. "...Yoda? I didn't know this guy could be seen talking to people."

Yoda moves his ears a bit as if hearing Liberty and does that laugh of his. "Personable I am. High and mighty, I am not. Enjoy the air of the outdoors I do... whenever I can."

He smiles and closes his eyes briefly as a breeze passes through the area.

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Mittens
 GM, 2573 posts
Fri 24 Jan 2020
at 23:58
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Mits gives Blake a thumbs-up.  "Overestimating people?  Meh-uh-eh.  Mittens always figured her greatest weakness was the temptation to make fun of rude people.  And chocolate.  And interesting looking doohickeys that probably do something fun if you fiddle with them.  And...  Yeah.  Come to think of it, Mittens has so many greatest weaknesses that overestimating people is probably among them."

Nathan half chuckles.  "You and me both.  Minus the doohickey one.  Unless it looks like a musical instrument."

During the trip, Pyrus tries get the youngsters to play with him.  Mittens is happy to oblige.

Upon arriving, Nathan was nervous to see Master Yoda waiting for them.  Probably means something terribly serious.  Oh.  Just a "coincidence."  (A word that Jedi always use with air-quotes or an exaggerated wink.)

Never could get used to the casual way Beth treats legends.  Still.  It's very affirming that neither Mittens nor Liberty are causing Yoda to grimace just from being in his presence.  That's a very good sign that there isn't even a whiff of the Darkside on the girls.  But that begs the question about whether what Liberty's been saying is true.  Nathan gives a stoic nod to Yoda and keeps quiet.

"Oh sweet!" Mittens cheers, swinging an invisible lightsaber around while making woob-woob sounds, "Everyone keeps bragging about how tough the Yoda lightsaber lessons are!  Does this mean I get to start now?  I'm pretty good with glowstick dancing, but I've long wanted to know how I measure up to a real Yoda trainee."

An apprentice of her age asking that question would likely be very out of the ordinary.  Yoda lightsaber lessons often start at around the same age as learning the alphabet if episode 3 is to be believed.
Blake
Sat 25 Jan 2020
at 00:24
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  Ah yes, Yoda without that dash of swamp crazed senility.  "They would have a very hard time doing their job if they had to hide while talking to people, Liberty."  Blake, Blake you're being needlessly overly literal for your personal amusement again.

  A is for aaaargh, B is for Blaaaarg, C is for Cauterize.  The Lightsaber ABCs have a theme they need to stick to, okay!?
Liberty
 player, 126 posts
 Anger Management Failure
 Almost Neutral, but Good
Sat 25 Jan 2020
at 05:13
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Liberty answers Blake, "Not really. I held a conversation just fine without seeing you guys face to face. Unless... is telepathy a thing Je'daii can't do?"

Yoda says, "Telepath we can, young one."

He looks at Mittens. "The kind of training you need; Lightsaber is not. Serenity you need. Come in! Talk inside we will."

Yoda waves the group towards the entrance as he heads in himself. "Knight Nathan; Fill me in, you will?"

Bethany hops back to her feet and merrily follows.

Liberty starts following. She looks over to Mittens. "There are forces in the universe stronger than The Force. Chocolate's one of them. People who aren't weak to chocolate aren't real, Mittens. Only people who can pretend like it doesn't tempt them and then they sneak chocolate when you aren't looking. But overestimating people... how is that a weakness?"
Mittens
 GM, 2574 posts
Sat 25 Jan 2020
at 05:33
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(( Ha-HA!  Liberty takes you literal in return!  Take that, Blake! ))

"Mittens figured she'd get a 'Serenity, you need' type answer.  Maybe so, but Mittens is hoping that this 'Serenity' is a cool combat teacher."

Nathan's eyes go wide.  Woah!  Yoda knows me by name?!

Ehem.  Nathan gives another stoic nod to Yoda.  That's proper etiquette, right?  He's never been trained in grandmaster manners, so he's just guessing here.

"I was assigned to investigate a 'strange occurrence' on Tatooine.  My friends volunteered to keep me company.  Upon arrival I sensed our young friend, Liberty, whom I guessed was the most likely to be involved in an 'occurrence' that would catch the attention of the Council of Assignment.

"She's been separated from her guardian.  They have a set rendezvous in the event of separation, but considering our location at the time, I figured it wisest to keep radio silence and return here first before preparing to continue on to the rendezvous."


Mits nods.  "Good call, Teach.  'Hey, crime lord!  There's a Jedi nosing around on your planet!  Come and get 'im!'  Probably woulda resulted in a swarm of bounty hunters shooting at our cab with their military grade fighters.

"Overestimating being a bad thing might be something like expecting Nathan to fend off a city's worth of deadly bounty hunter ships with his glow-stick."


Pyrus notices how slow Yoda is moving, cuts off the old man's path, lowers himself, and nudges his snout toward his back.  "Hop on if ya wunna ride in style, Mister Yoda."

Nathan's face turns beat red.  That's most certainly not the polite thing to do.  He means well, but...

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Blake
Sat 25 Jan 2020
at 05:43
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  Blake totally deserved literal feedback loop.  Also, In another place, another time. A man assumed a group of heroes were smart enough to not think an artifact known as 'volcano in a can' was hot sauce.

  Also, look how polite Pyrus is.  Offering the tiny man a ride isn't something Blake was willing to do after all.

  "I've had to stop relying on 'They will know that I know that THEY know I know' style plans for good reason.'" There is also expecting your enemies to be only KIND of stupid, not so stupid it loops back into metagamey genius.
Liberty
 player, 127 posts
 Anger Management Failure
 Almost Neutral, but Good
Sat 25 Jan 2020
at 06:03
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Yoda smiles at the dragon. "Thank you, young one. Accept your offer I will." he climbs onto Pyrus in his muppetty way.

He points a cane at Mittens. "Then find Serenity your next mission will be. Find her on Corscucant, you will."

He then points his cane to Nathan. "Wise indeed. Take needless risks you must not."

Yoda looks at Liberty, casually leaning on Pyrus's head and says, "Darkness in you I sense. Many things to say you have. Wisdom you offer. But wisdom do you seek? Yes... yes... sense wisdom you do..."

Liberty looks like she was going to answer Yoda before he answered him for her. "...I seek the truth."

Yoda says, "Seek truth, many claim. Few, however, those who truly seek it. Honest, you are."

He looks at Mittens. "Kindred spirit to young Mittens, you are."

Yoda looks to Nathan, "Saddle you with more responsibility, I will not. See this one safely educated and safely home I will. But come on journey with her you may. Learn something you might."

He looks at Blake. "Forget you I did not. Wise you are. Better though. Loyal. Yes. Good friend you are."

He then looks forward, away from the team. "Secrets I have. Secrets I will soon share."
Mittens
 GM, 2575 posts
Sat 25 Jan 2020
at 06:23
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Pyrus grins proudly.  Mittens was excited about this guy and Nathan's showing deference, so it's obviously something special to give him a ride on your back.

Mittens is mouthing the words that Blake just spoke.  They know I know they... I... know.  Yeah.  I get it.  Totally.

Woah!  Nobody told Mits how muppety Yoda is.  Does he know the muppet frenzy style?  Of course he does!  This guy's turning out to be way cooler than people make him out to be.

"Just kidding about personifying Serenity, Mittens was.  Aware that the word is part of The Code, she is.  Amused to be right that Serenity is a cool teacher anyhow, Mittens is quite."

"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, they say," Nathan mutters, hoping that Yoda won't take offense at Mittens mimicking him.

Uh... So he does sense Darkside in her.  He's sure taking it in stride.  Stoic bow.

"I'm still learning to ask the right questions, Master Yoda.  Perhaps someone more qualified should...  Nevermind.  I really want to learn more about the musical friend she mentioned.  I'll be happy to be her guardian.  But is Mittens really ready go to Corscucant on her own?"

Mits' ears perk.  "Secrets?!  If you were trying to bait me into giving you my full attention, it totally worked!  We can hammer out logistics later.  Double time, Pyrus!"

She picks up the pace, and so does Pyrus.
Blake
Sat 25 Jan 2020
at 06:49
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  Blake is just a guy with some standard in a galaxy that sets the bar very low, but he's sure the green muppet means well.

  "Nathan, once again I'm reminded of the things we have in common." Wildly spiraling between feeling like the babysitter and a lucky idiot.
Liberty
 player, 128 posts
 Anger Management Failure
 Almost Neutral, but Good
Sat 25 Jan 2020
at 07:11
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Yoda stays on Pyrus because it's fun. Even laughs like he is having fun when Pyrus speeds up. The group is soon inside the jedi building.

Yoda says, "Fear not, young Mittens. Speaking in riddles, I am not. Real person Serenity is."

He looks at Nathan. "Ah... Emerald Haynesworth, you speak of. And go alone, Mittens will not. Accompany her you will. Await you all many adventures do."

Liberty asks, "So what's this about secrets?"

Yoda's expression becomes more solemn and he says, "Yes... Yes. Heard of the Dark Wave, have you? Pain have I felt. Yes. Immune to the Dark Wave I am not. Much research into the Dark Wave the council has done. Continue it will if left unchecked. Strangely the Force moves. Choose you to find the final answers it did."
Mittens
 GM, 2576 posts
Sat 25 Jan 2020
at 07:42
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Pyrus so happy the little green man had a fun time.  n.n  He doesn't want to admit he's got no clue about any Dark Wave, but it sure sounds serious.

"So... Blake really loves making music too?"

Mittens jaw-drops and stares wide-eyed and speechless at the Big Reveal.

Nathan gulps.  "Us?  Golly."

He looks around at the group.  "All of us?"

Mits recovers and chuckles.  "I guess this confirms my theory that The Force has a sense of humor!  Some crazy guy I once knew kept going on and on about how 'The Dark Wave is the portent of the glorious return of the return of the Darkside to it's rightful dominance in the Galaxy!'  Ha!  Little did he know that the annoying little kitten he hated so much was going to be part of the team that would unravel his vaunted 'Return of Darkminance.'"
Blake
Sat 25 Jan 2020
at 07:56
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  "No Pyrus, that's an unrelated subject."

  Then Yoda makes his... Okay it could be Blake's own Biases that make him consider this not much of a secret or reveal at all.  'Dark Wave is a thing, it's kind of a downer' makes up the 90% of public knowledge already.  'Oh hey it's still happening' being confirmed by an official muppet aside.

  "Mittens, I will be marginally displeased if your evil dad starts to haunt people just to say 'I told you so'."
Liberty
 player, 129 posts
 Anger Management Failure
 Almost Neutral, but Good
Sat 25 Jan 2020
at 08:24
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Well there is the fact at least someone in the team is being chosen to find out more about the Dark Wave. Only the players really knew that.

Liberty says, "Find answers? Like... what caused it?"

Yoda says, "What caused it, pretty sure I am. Positive, I am not, but pretty sure. More important stopping it is. Know how to stop it, I do not."

Bethany asks, "Ooo... so what do you believe caused it?"

Yoda closes his eyes. "Time travel. The dark one who would claim to be master of Mittens.. have NO idea did he. The Dark Wave... death throes of a slain timeline it is. A sign of darkness rising, it is not. Evidence of darkness crushed it is. But... grow it shall. Until stopped."

Liberty says, "Time travel?! Who has the ability to time travel?!"

Yoda says, "Know this I do not. Sensed them I did. But move about do they. Haunted many people and places are due to Dark Wave. The Force predicts it will grow. Stop it... you must."