Chapter 1: The Things We Bury.   Posted by The GM.Group: 0
Anjali Vriksha
 player, 21 posts
 Neti
 Jedi Apprentice
Sat 3 Jan 2015
at 23:08
Re: Chapter 1: The Things We Bury
"Of course. . ."

The golden-yellow blade of Anjali's lightsaber mimicked the imagery of a Hoth sunrise as he leapt from the duraglass window into the fray amongst the team's newly awakened adversaries; his own dark robes mingled with the nightmarish armor of their foes to appear as an ever fluid splash of crimson blood upon the artist's deepest of onyx canvases.

"Jace!! Behind you!!"

Anjali flowed in the midst of the sinister combatants as a sapling ebbed at the touch of a craze-furied tempest; his blade arched and thrust seamlessly from the snap of his wrists, the longer handle allowed him exceptional control of his chosen form of deceptively defensive lightsaber combat. Though perhaps in this mess over their heads, this small team of Jedi apprentices fought valiantly as Anjali was filled with the ultimate might of the righteousness of their actions in this skirmish.
Thain Vendalion
 player, 8 posts
Sat 3 Jan 2015
at 23:34
Re: Chapter 1: The Things We Bury
Thain's breathing quickened, but he kept his eyes closed as the sith streamed into the chamber. Suddenly he felt very exposed. He reached out with the Force and found his sister in the confusion. He moved toward her, lightsaber still dormant in his hand as he concentrated on adding the newly arrived sith to the scope of his mental influence.
Jace Antilles
 GM, 18 posts
 Human
 Jedi Counselor
Sun 4 Jan 2015
at 02:28
Re: Chapter 1: The Things We Bury
Jace turned at Anjali's call. It was too late. The ancient sith warrior lifted him off the ground with the Force, and hurled him toward the duraglass pane.
The GM
 GM, 21 posts
Sun 4 Jan 2015
at 02:30
Re: Chapter 1: The Things We Bury
The window shattered, ripping Jace out of the window. The air pressure sucked the glass out after him. Icy cold wind pulled at the Jedi and their adversaries. The ship was now hundreds of feet in the air.
Kateri Vendalion
 NPC, 13 posts
Sun 4 Jan 2015
at 02:41
Re: Chapter 1: The Things We Bury
Without a thought, Kateri ran towards the window and jumped. As she fell through the air, she turned and fired her grappling hook at the ship ascending above her. With her other hand, she reached out, and caught Jace's wrist. The wire pulled taut and they swung below the ship. The icy wind stung her eyes and she blinked furiously, tightening her grip on Jace, feeling him start to slip.

"Help! Thain!" she screamed, but her cry was lost in the wind.

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Thain Vendalion
 player, 9 posts
Sun 4 Jan 2015
at 03:49
Re: Chapter 1: The Things We Bury
Thain's concentration snapped. He rushed to the window, just in time to see Kateri and Jace swinging back outward--away from the base of the craft. A surge of panic washed through him--his sister was literally hanging above her death by a thread. He knew his limits. There was no way he could lift them both and there was no time to wait.

Kateri and Jace reached the furthest point of their swing. Just as they began to swing back, Thain reached out with the force and caught hold of Jace. He desperately hoped that Jace would realize what he was trying to do and that Kateri would be able to hold on.
Alara Skye
 player, 5 posts
Sun 11 Jan 2015
at 21:45
Re: Chapter 1: The Things We Bury
Alara whipped around as an icy blast hit her, just in time to see Jace hurtling out the window, followed almost instantly by Tri, and then Thain rushing to help.

Something knocked her down and she turned back to the fight in front of her, her mind racing.

She couldn't lift them both back into the ship, even with Thain's help. She had never been strong in levitation. But maybe someone else could.

"Anjali, help Thain!" Alara called out, "I'll cover you."

With a fierce cry she thrust her lightsaber into the nearest black armored enemy and, as he buckled from the attack, kicked him backwards into his friends. While the sith tried to extricate themselves from their fallen comrade, Alara slid to her knees beside Draken.

She shook his shoulder. "Draken, get up, please, we need your help," Alara begged. "Push out the darkness, or we're all going to die."

Alara didn't know if Draken had heard her, but she didn't have any more time. The sith were advancing, and she had to help the others. Alara fought her way through the raging melee until she stood back to back with Thain, guarding him while he concentrated on keeping Jace alive.
Jace Antilles
 GM, 19 posts
 Human
 Jedi Counselor
Mon 12 Jan 2015
at 00:04
Re: Chapter 1: The Things We Bury
Jace calmed his mind, focused on the Living Force... And let go.
Draken Limos
 player, 15 posts
Mon 12 Jan 2015
at 03:26
Re: Chapter 1: The Things We Bury
"Help us... we're all going to die..." Alara's words pushed through, into Draken's mind, forcing him to recover, breathing in the force revitalising his body and mind.

Gripping his weapon with a snap hiss, the dark blue immediately clashed and slashed the nearest sith's blade then body.

After the quick dispatch, Draken lifted the body and threw it into more of his companions before rushing to the side of his fellow Jedi.

"Do you have them?!" Draken yelled over the roar of the cold winds coming from the window to Anjali and Thain as he tossed fallen durasteel panels and piping at the remaining sith with mere flicks of his hand.
Anjali Vriksha
 player, 22 posts
 Neti
 Jedi Apprentice
Mon 12 Jan 2015
at 07:20
Re: Chapter 1: The Things We Bury
Feigning under the falling blade of his nearest opponent, Anjali crouched low and swirled his golden saber around his back to seamlessly sever the Sith's feet at the hinged weakness of the armor's ankle joint. As the being cried out in unexpected agony and began to topple over, the young Neti before him rose back to his feet and thrust out his hand to cast the injured foe into two comrades who all blundered, lost their footing and swiftly flew out the opening to plummet to the frozen seas below. . . If only they had allies that cared as much for them as this small team of Jedi sought to rescue one another. . .

Anjali felt Jace release himself into the compassionate hands of the Force and trusted Thain's instincts and capabilities, and took hold of Kateri's ascension cable with both hands. As the winds swirled and twirled around the party, Anjali heaved with all his might and began with great haste to bring his comrade back into the relative safety of the ship. . . "Brave girl. . ." He thought to himself as he grabbed hold of her outstretched hand and pulled her back aboard, by the grace of the Omnipotent.

He scarcely regained his grounding as a crimson blade slipped past Alara's stalwart defense and chipped a few adorning branchlets from his head with a sharp crack and the sudden scent of charred timber filled the air.

Anjali clenched his jaw as he turned and rent the power cable from the ancient Sith's lightsaber, which sputtered into arrogant silence over head. He took full advantage of his enemy's shock as he swiftly dispatched the foe with a single slice.

"Pull him aboard, Thain! We have your defense!" Anjali shouted over the shrill winds.
Thain Vendalion
 player, 10 posts
Mon 12 Jan 2015
at 15:38
Re: Chapter 1: The Things We Bury
Thain frowned in concentration. If it was possible for a mind to ache with exertion, his was doing so now. He pictured Jace rising through the air, and channeled the Force through his mental image. Jace rose quickly, but so did the sith ship. As hard as he tried, he could only bring Jace closer to the broken window-wall by tiny increments, and he didn't know how much longer he could maintain even this.

"Could... use some... help..." he said to no one in particular. He had lost all mindfulness of what was going on around him.
Jace Antilles
 GM, 20 posts
 Human
 Jedi Counselor
Tue 13 Jan 2015
at 08:26
Re: Chapter 1: The Things We Bury
Jace reached out, pulling himself toward the ship, feeling the Force bind the space between himself and the ship. He finally was able to reach out and cling to the edge of the duraglass pane.
The GM
 GM, 22 posts
Tue 13 Jan 2015
at 08:27
Re: Chapter 1: The Things We Bury
The Sith fell back, surrounding their leader who stood on the elevated platform. Their lightsabers extended, they stopped fighting and simply stood still.
Kateri Vendalion
 NPC, 14 posts
Wed 14 Jan 2015
at 13:15
Re: Chapter 1: The Things We Bury
Kateri pulled herself to her feet, and took in the sight of the Sith army before them. I wonder if this was how our masters envisioned our first time in the field, she thought.

She looked at the others, willing them to hear her. We can't beat this foe. If we're to live today we need to run.
The GM
 GM, 22 posts
Wed 14 Jan 2015
at 19:25
Re: Chapter 1: The Things We Bury
The Sith leader barked to the other Sith. "Ardyti zhol! Nesti zhol kalv!" The six Sith hooked their sabers to their hips, reached out their arms in all directions and began pushing out with Dark Side energy.

The ship strained and groaned.

The leader closed his eyes. The Jedi could feel his mind reaching out, further and further away. Tapti' tsis karyian... tapti' tsis karyian... tapti' tsis karyian...

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Anjali Vriksha
 player, 23 posts
 Neti
 Jedi Apprentice
Sat 17 Jan 2015
at 02:35
Re: Chapter 1: The Things We Bury
As the Sith began to press Dark Side energy outward toward them, Anjali looked to the others and then out the shattered window to the frozen terrain far, far below them. . . Even if escape was an option, where could we run to?, he thought to himself.

The more these Purebloods spoke, it seemed to become less and less taxing to understand their ancient tongue; even so, Anjali could still only make out a few solitary words - "Annihilate. . . Come Sith Army. . ."

In that moment, Anjali did the only thing that he could think to do, yet having only heard the masters speak of its use, he wasn't certain if this team of apprentices could muster enough mettle to subdue the cruel intentions of these foes before them. . .

Anjali belted his lightsaber and stretched out his hands before him in a manner not unlike the Sith, and heartily determined to meet Dark with Light - Bogan with Ashla. . . He clenched his wooden jaw and called every individual walled cell within him to exert the light side energy up and out through his palms toward their enemies. . . He tried as best he could to intercede against the waves of dark side energy being exerted against them. "The Light shall overcome Darkness. . .," Anjali groaned toward the Sith while thinking to himself, But I cannot do this alone. . .
The GM
 GM, 23 posts
Mon 19 Jan 2015
at 22:47
Re: Chapter 1: The Things We Bury
The walls began to buckle and strain as the dark energy pushed outward. Panels popped and exploded. The room seemed to expand like the inside of a balloon.
Jace Antilles
 GM, 22 posts
 Human
 Jedi Counselor
Tue 20 Jan 2015
at 01:08
Re: Chapter 1: The Things We Bury
Jace pulled himself into the bridge of the ship. He saw Anjali attempting to push back and raised his hands to join in summoning the power of the Living Force. "Never give up hope, no matter how dark things seem..." he muttered.
Anjali Vriksha
 player, 24 posts
 Neti
 Jedi Apprentice
Sat 24 Jan 2015
at 22:58
Re: Chapter 1: The Things We Bury
Augmented by Jace's much desired efforts, Anjali redoubled his efforts though he began to grow weary with the expenditure of dynamic Vis. Observing what the combined energies of both parties was in fact doing to this vessel, and possessing no desire for what appeared to be a Sith mass suicide plot, Anjali sought to refocus his energies and drew upon the energetic flow of bright sunlight blaring in through the broken window pane beside him. This continued influx of solar energy revitalized every cell within his form as he now redirected his call upon the Force to envelope the extension of dark side energy that sought to buckle the hull of this transport and rend the entire group asunder in the process.

"I'll not allow it, demons!! By everything that is in me, your plan shall not succeed!"
Thain Vendalion
 player, 11 posts
Mon 26 Jan 2015
at 14:53
Re: Chapter 1: The Things We Bury
Thane sensed what Anjali was doing. He doubted that the power of padawans could match these sith, but he trusted Anjali's judgement. He took a deep breath to steady himself and then plunged into the mental battle.
The GM
 GM, 24 posts
Mon 26 Jan 2015
at 17:50
Re: Chapter 1: The Things We Bury
The ship began to crack, jagged scars ripping across the deck and walls. Cold wind whipped through the inside of the ship.
Anjali Vriksha
 player, 25 posts
 Neti
 Jedi Apprentice
Mon 16 Feb 2015
at 22:46
Re: Chapter 1: The Things We Bury
Despite the additional assistance in this fray, Anjali began to feel the full weight of the futility in this venture. Vehemently straining to strive toward containment of this dark power that sought to rend this vessel, Anjali had no desire to accept the fact that his efforts were completely in vain and that his judgement was not worthy of the trust other padawans had placed upon him. He quickly looked about the swiftly lacerated room. . . Options were far too few under these circumstances. . . His judgement was hastily failing him.

"We cannot hold back this dark tempest! If anything, we are merely stalling its progress. . ."

Anjali looked to the others who seemed too distraught to act, and for a moment felt a combination of anger and disappointment for his comrades. . . But he shook his head of these dissenting thoughts. . . Truly, what could we do?

With Jace and Thain continuing to hold the dark forces at bay, Anjali had quite literally no time for hesitation. . . Combining the lessons passed down through the generations after the times of Ood Bnar, the young Neti surrounded himself with a Lesser Force Shield augmented by his brethren's light-side energies and charged into and through the extension of the Sith's darkside exertions. Once through their energetic barricade, Anjali's brilliantly flaxen lightsaber ignited with a guttural roar from its bearer as he rushed their unrighteous foes!
The GM
 GM, 25 posts
Tue 17 Feb 2015
at 02:35
Re: Chapter 1: The Things We Bury
Anjali's blade sank deep into the chest of the greater Sith Warrior. He let out a gasp as the ship unraveled around them. Leaning in on the blade, the sith whispered in Anjali's ear, "Visa valia gimti..." then threw his arms out at the same time as his comrades. The ship ripped in half, explosions tearing the vehicle apart like paper. Brilliant light enveloped them.

The Jedi awoke, scattered across the icy landscape. The frozen sun shone down on the glistening snow. Remains of the ancient Sith warship jutted from the earth. A chirp went up on the Jedis' comlinks.

"Jedi Surveying Group 421, are you there? JSG 421, do you copy?"
Jace Antilles
 GM, 23 posts
 Human
 Jedi Counselor
Tue 17 Feb 2015
at 03:17
Re: Chapter 1: The Things We Bury
Jace coughed, pulling himself out of the deep snow. He looked around. He was about twenty feet from the nearest Jedi, Thain. To his left, a large, jagged chunk of the sith ship sat less than a foot from his body.

He fished his comlink out of his robes. "We hear you, Command. We're here."
The GM
 GM, 26 posts
Tue 17 Feb 2015
at 03:18
Re: Chapter 1: The Things We Bury
"Get back to base now, padawans," the voice replied. "The Sith... they're here."

<<END OF CHAPTER 1>>

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:18, Tue 17 Feb 2015.