Chapter 2: Star-Crossed.   Posted by The GM.Group: 0
Irulan Vendalion
 NPC, 16 posts
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 01:34
Inside the Iron Dawn
"You want us to join up with what...?" Irulan said, stepping through the doorway.

Then she saw the droid.

"You brought him back!" She threw her arms around Kibur. "Thank you!" she said, hugging him tightly.

But the next moment she pulled away, remembering what she had just overheard. The Rebellion.

"No. Not a chance," she said, her chin fixed in an all-too-familiar way.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:43, Thu 03 Dec 2015.

Eliana Laga'an
 player, 2 posts
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 05:42
Inside the Iron Dawn
"Irulan is right," Eliana interjected. "There is no hope of overthrowing the Empire with some small band of rebels. Yes they may have succeeded in destroying that station, but there are still legions of stormtroopers and a massive fleet of starships to contend with."

She turned and looked down the hall to where Judder, Mala and Torin were shyly getting acquainted. "Would you really want to drag our children into something like this? We were better served continuing our diplomatic relations with interplanetary government systems. Through peaceful negotiations and mutual understanding we were slowly gaining independence and freedom."

She arched an eyebrow at Alan. "As long as we followed the rules."
Kibur Vendalion
 GM, 21 posts
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 08:16
Inside the Iron Dawn
"Up until the Empire dissolved the Senate!" Kibur inturrupted, throwing a hydrospanner across the cargo bay. The children turned their heads at the outburst. "The last remnants of the old Republic, gone..."

Kibur turned to Irulan. "They've sent agents out to find the original inciters of rebellion, Iru." He turned to the children, who had gone back to their conversations. "We were bound to be next on the list. They're going to be looking for us, especially now that we've blasted our way off of Pii IV."

He stepped back to address the whole group.

"We have a choice. We can go back to our old lives, where the Empire would inevitably hunt us down with 'legions of stormtroopers and a massive fleet of starships', as Eliana so eloquently put it..." He stepped over and picked up his hydrospanner. "Or, we can join up with the one group who has decided to do something about the Empire, who have struck a major blow against them."

He looked around the group. "Our children can be in danger waiting for the Empire to find us, or they can be in danger while we bite at the Empire's heels."
Lt. Alan Page
 player, 5 posts
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 16:16
Inside the Iron Dawn
"El... Kibur is right. The old republic is gone, the only people that wish to see democracy restored is the rebellion. Do we really want to let our children continue to grow up under the rule of the empire?" Alan said as he moved closer to his wife,

"We tried... I know you tried everything to regain the senate's voice in the galaxy." "But you can't persuade, barter, or bargain with evil."

Alan stepped next to Kibur and Hak.

"If we want to be free, if we want our children to be free we will have to fight again." as he  finished his tone became somber as he spoke his final words.
Irulan Vendalion
 NPC, 17 posts
Fri 4 Dec 2015
at 00:13
Inside the Iron Dawn
Irulan shook her head.

"Before... when we used to fly together... I didn't care what happened to me. I had already screwed up my life so much. I didn't care if I died."

"But now..." she looked over where the children were laughing together. Then her gaze returned to the others.

"If we do this, we do it carefully. No more guns blazing." She looked pointedly at Alan. "We lay low. Keep under their radar."
Kami'atra
 player, 7 posts
 Miraluka
 Force Mystic
Fri 4 Dec 2015
at 08:57
Inside the Iron Dawn
Kami'atra's solemn yet confident gaze passed slowly over the entire gathering of his remaining family as they conversed and discussed the still fledgling Alliance to Restore the Republic. Pride, concern, impetus, and trepidation - a flood of quarrelsome emotions swirled within him as he considered carefully his next words. Unbeknownst to the others, preceding his recent self-imposed exile in the distant isles of Alpheridies, he had been wholly considering joining the Alliance in isolation. Dreams and visions of the coming of their terrible and potentially triumphant cause had been haunting him for many years now. . .

He had been denying the impulse to count himself among their crusade for the sake of the continued reconstruction of his tribe, but more especially the continued safety of his family. . . With his own sister and Alan's proximity to the Galactic Senate and the committed low-profile of Kibur and Irulan, he could not bring himself to become the potential cause for their exposure to danger and even death - or worse. . . Yet there in lay the chiefest of concerns - a few weeks ago, Kami'atra received a vision of this very interaction that they found themselves in the midst of now. The crew would be reunited - for better or worse - and would find the embers of their soul's once again flared against the sinister mark that now stretched exponentially across the known universe.

"So many lives have been lost already. . . ever so many much younger than the young ones down the corridor. In this era, beloved children are made to grow up with more haste than they have in millennia." A sudden chill crept throughout his entire body.

"Despite the pacifism of decades now, I am so honored to be able to tell you all together, I will be joining the Alliance. . . I can no longer sit idly by while children fight against this Empire in my stead. In my dreams, there is no longer any chance of keeping us all out of the wake of that which is coming for us all, and I would much rather stand together than watch our fate fall upon us. . ."

He looked now between the two mothers before him. "Will you come with us, my most precious sisters? . . In the days to come, it is your children that have a much loftier role than you may yet realize. . ."
Kibur Vendalion
 GM, 22 posts
Sat 5 Dec 2015
at 03:54
Inside the Iron Dawn
Kibur nodded. "I have a contact on Arda I, one of my old smuggling buddies before the Clone Wars. His name's Var Narek. He should be able to help us out." He looked to Irulan. "Shall I plot a course?"
Eliana Laga'an
 player, 3 posts
Sat 5 Dec 2015
at 04:33
Inside the Iron Dawn
Eliana drew in a shaky breath. Her plans, her whole goal in life had been to bring about unity through diplomacy, not bloodshed. To be told that all her hard work had failed....a knot formed in the pit of her stomach. She looked to Alan, but he was watching Kibur and Irulan. They must have all known it would inevitably come to this, she thought, I was the only one naive enough to think we could win our freedom peacefully.

She pressed her hands together and waited for Irulan's answer.
Irulan Vendalion
 NPC, 18 posts
Sat 5 Dec 2015
at 12:46
Inside the Iron Dawn
Irulan was silent for a moment.

Then she looked up at Kibur, and nodded. "Do it."

As she walked past him towards the doorway, she added in a low voice, "Are you sure about this? I remember some of your smuggling buddies."
Kibur Vendalion
 GM, 23 posts
Sun 6 Dec 2015
at 05:55
Inside the Iron Dawn
"Sure, they're a little rough," Kibur replied. "But Var's trustworthy enough." He walked with Irulan to the bridge. "Arda I is an Alliance stronghold. From what I've been able to pick up, the Rebellion scattered to the wind after the destruction of the Empire's new superweapon in order to avoid the Emperor's wrath." He sat in the pilot's seat. "It's a desert planet, full of winding canyons and immense plateaus. It should be safe, well outside of the Empire's eye."
Lt. Alan Page
 player, 6 posts
Tue 8 Dec 2015
at 15:39
Inside the Iron Dawn Storage Bay
Alan opened the footlocker and retrieved his wife's former combat suit and set it on the table. He checked it for signs of disrepair, before he retrieved another bag of blaster pistols, knives,and ascension guns. Alan pulled each weapon out and set it on the table for cleaning and inspection.
Eliana Laga'an
 player, 4 posts
Tue 8 Dec 2015
at 18:59
Inside the Iron Dawn Storage Bay
Eliana ran her fingers lightly across her combat suit. "I didn't know you'd kept this," she said softly.

Picking up a blaster pistol, she sighted the laser against a far wall, then laughed wryly. "I suppose I see now the usefulness of the target practice you insisted Judder and I do from time to time."

But when she turned back to Alan her eyes were dark with worry. "I just hope we are not throwing him into a world so unfamiliar that he can't navigate it safely. If I'd had more time to teach him proper negotiation skills... If I'd known he'd even set foot in our old lives, I would have taught him so differently."

She grabbed her suit and turned to leave the storage bay. She needed to talk to her brother. He had always been able to calm her, to speak reason into the turmoil. He would know how to protect her son.
Kami'atra
 player, 8 posts
 Miraluka
 Force Mystic
Tue 8 Dec 2015
at 21:07
Inside the Iron Dawn
As the others went about their business of astrogation and re-familiarizing themselves with old equipment and how life had once been for this crew, Kami'atra subconsciously or instinctively made his way to the medical bay. He cocked his head with a subtle smile as he enetered the sterile environment that had been his sanctuary so long ago; his mind trailed back momentarily to the Force-laden therapies that he had enacted herein upon nearly every member of Iron Dawn's crew at one time or another. Returning to the present with an extended sigh, Kami'atra took note of the fact that although Kibur was amazing at a great many things. . . he would still need to rearrange the various implements and instruments into the clearly labeled storage. Another time perhaps. . .

Turning into the room, he removed his Kami'ken from his belt and hung it upon two hooks above the doorframe. Slowly, he removed one of his gauntlets and ran two time-worn fingers across the three-fold cord that bound the blade fast within its scabbard during times of peace both functionally and ceremonially. Kami'atra pulled the cord to ensure its security and prayed that he wouldn't be made to draw this blade anytime soon. . . In spite of the dire era that they now found themselves a part of, deep within his heart, Kami'atra still desired the most peaceful outcome possible; an energy only reinforced by the decades of pacifism that he had been blessed with until recently.

He removed his other gauntlet and clipped them both upon the back of his belt and washed his hands in the medical bay basin as if it were a ritual that he had belabored on a daily basis. . . And perhaps it had been. . . He dried his hands and moved to join the others in the corridor only to find his sister rounding the corner from the cargo bay. Kami'atra spoke in an all too familiarly tranquil tone.

"Eliana. . . Do you have a moment? I know your trepidations concerning moving forward from here." Sensing her thoughts, he continued. "You know that as long as I have breath, and perhaps longer, Lord willing, I will never let any harm come upon Judder. . . Or any of you for that matter, but especially these children. I have foreseen the greatness that each of them have in store, and the tales that their souls simply cannot wait to share with us." He paused for a moment before continuing. "Very soon, we will come to find the fact that these three young adults were, in fact, born specifically for the endeavors that lie ahead. Take joy, peace, and comfort in that knowledge, my beloved sister. . . We will not allow them to fall astray in this most excellent venture."
Eliana Laga'an
 player, 5 posts
Tue 8 Dec 2015
at 22:21
Inside the Iron Dawn
As often happened when her brother spoke to her, Eliana felt her heart rate calming and her fears fading away. He always knew what to say to bring her peace. But his last words rang harsh in her ears.

"Most excellent venture? I still can't see how this new life of secrecy and covert attacks, of violence justified in the name of future peace, could possibly be excellent."

She bit her lip. "But I trust you. And Alan, and all of my  friends here. I know you aren't returning to this life lightly."

They walked together towards the lounge. "What of Dinema? Do you know where he is, or if Kibur contacted him?"
Lt. Alan Page
 player, 7 posts
Tue 8 Dec 2015
at 23:40
Inside the Iron Dawn Storage Bay
In reply to Eliana Laga'an (msg # 49):

"The suit was sentimental..." Alan said as he remembered Irulan's clone's final words and acts of heroism,

"I'd always hoped you'd not have to use it again." Alan said his spirit conflicted with returning to the fight like he'd always hoped to, but worried to place his loved ones in danger.
Irulan Vendalion
 NPC, 19 posts
Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 00:18
Inside the Iron Dawn Storage Bay
Irulan sat down in the copilot's seat.

After a moment, she said suddenly, "Kibur... what is your plan? We've got to keep the children out of this, somehow. They can't be in a war."

A memory hit her. The roar of LAAT/i engines pummeled her eardrums. Battledroids of all kinds marching towards her, firing blasters on full-auto. Clones all around her mowed down, their lives extinguished. Her lightsaber desperately deflecting the steel army's blasterfire.

Unconsciously she clenched the armrests of her seat, her heart rate quickening.

This message was last edited by the player at 00:22, Wed 09 Dec 2015.

Kami'atra
 player, 9 posts
 Miraluka
 Force Mystic
Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 02:46
Inside the Iron Dawn
In reply to Eliana Laga'an (msg # 51):

"So sorry for the misunderstanding, Eliana. . . As to the 'excellent venture,' I meant the endeavors of their souls to achieve that for which they had been conceived, not the fact that we are soon to participate in this war that now rages all around us." Kami'atra paused for the space of a single breath. "I will do my very best to shield all three of them from the worst of this whole mess as much as I can; you know that I will. . ."

Kami'atra then entered the lounge with the thought of Dinema at the forefront. "I let our brother know that I was headed to Raxus Prime weeks ago. Dinema and the Elders were finalizing a plan to expand the educational offerings of Mas'ada. . . As you well know, after the Clone War rendered portions of our world asunder, our blessed valley became more so by the influx of refugees from all over the surrounding province. Dinema has done an amazing work in guiding the reconstruction process that has taken many years to develop and enact."

"I do not know if our brother will join us quite yet. . . When the Elders pronounced him as guiding counsel and mediator of the Kami-no-Te, I could not have been prouder, but that sort of responsibility would prove to tax to even the most stalwart of men. He has proven himself most definitely up to the challenge, but working daily with the Elders of our tribe was a challenge even for our father. . . I will certainly be keeping Dinema updated to our movements whenever I can; in these terrible days, one cannot be too careful concerning who is listening in on even the most encrypted of messages."

He tried to finish his statement with a hint of a smile, but Eliana especially could see right through him, even at his best. He turned to see the younger members of this solemn crew across from them catching up with one another. Kami'atra chuckled softly to himself, "This future generation has so much of a burden placed upon them. . . We must all do what we can to lighten their load. . ."

This message was last edited by the player at 02:37, Thu 10 Dec 2015.

Kibur Vendalion
 GM, 24 posts
Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 15:18
Inside the Iron Dawn Bridge
Kibur nodded. "I agree," he said. "I'll do everything in my power to keep them out of the conflict, but nowhere is safer than an Alliance safe-world." He began looking through the star charts. "At least the Empire can't find them there."
Torin Vendalion
 NPC, 3 posts
Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 15:18
Inside the Iron Dawn Bridge
Torin and Mala stepped onto the bridge. "We can handle ourselves, mom," Torin said.
Mala Vendalion
 NPC, 1 post
Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 15:21
Inside the Iron Dawn Bridge
Mala sat down at the control panel behind the pilot's seat and began typing. "Let's see... Tion Cluster to the Gordian Reach... via the Ardan Cross..." Her fingers rapidly punched in coordinates.

"Astrogation is complete," she said. "Punch it, dad."
Kibur Vendalion
 GM, 25 posts
Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 15:22
Inside the Iron Dawn Bridge
Kibur pulled back on the hyperspace lever and the ship stretched and merged into hyperspace.
Kami'atra
 player, 10 posts
 Miraluka
 Force Mystic
Thu 10 Dec 2015
at 02:54
Inside the Iron Dawn Lounge
He knew these words could not possibly subdue Eliana's maternal heart about her son's future, but his sister would have known the genuineness that each statement brought to the sincerity of his heart on these heavy matters. Kami'atra drew his sister close in his arms and held her tight, and releasing her, kissed her forehead as he had countless times to calm her nerves after the arduous days of their youth when they were but children themselves. "We will all look after each other as we always have. . . That is all we can ever do."

Seeing the Vendalion siblings leave Judder at the table to join their parents on the bridge, Kami'atra took this moment to talk with his nephew; though he had not seen the young man in over a year, as a child, Uncle Kam was never too far out of his nephew's reach. The two had been close as Kami'atra took every chance he got to visit Eliana and Alan during his sister's tenure in the Senate. He smiled to Eliana, an all too familiar gesture, and motioned toward the young Judder.

Sitting across the table from his nephew, Kami'atra struck up a conversation with the young man as if no time at all had passed since last they spoke. "So tell me, Judder, what do you think of all this mess? Is the Rebellion truly up to the challenge at hand?" He was fairly certain that he knew how Judder would respond, but perhaps he didn't quite know his nephew as well as he used to.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:28, Tue 15 Dec 2015.

Judder Page
 player, 1 post
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 14:17
Inside the Iron Dawn Lounge
"Mother tried, you watched her labor so hard to bring back the old republic, she'd fought with words as hard as Dad previously fought with his fists. I remember hearing Dad comfort her as she  would cry herself to sleep after she'd spent all of her time seeking a peaceful solution." Judder said with a sigh,

"Dad, however was always ready, he knows that the only chance the galaxy has is the rebellion. The old warriors of the force and it's allies." Judder stopped and looked right at his uncle,

"Uncle, you and this crew could very well change things and bring new hope and support to the rebellion. You are the heroes of the old times."

"I know our crew of the Iron Dawn must rejoin this fight..."

This message was last edited by the player at 15:21, Tue 15 Dec 2015.

Kami'atra
 player, 11 posts
 Miraluka
 Force Mystic
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 18:11
Inside the Iron Dawn Lounge
In reply to Judder Page (msg # 60):

Kami'atra placed a heavy hand upon Judder's shoulder as he sighed and replied. "Your mother. . . She has tried to bring peace where there had been only distress before. . . She has a most generous and abundant gift for such mediations, and nothing she has ever done could ever be in vain. I love her for this gift and know that I could never have become who I am today without her in my life and the lessons she has taught us all ever since she was a child."

"Yet now a new era is upon us. . . A time when diplomacy must be matched hand in hand with might; a most terrible outcome for certain. The Emperor and the darkness that he has begun to spread across the galaxy must be brought low in order to rebuild a higher goal - a truer republic of which all members who have fought and endeavored for peace could be proud. . ."

He looked around him to see the ramshackle vessel that now carried them onward and thinking of all the members that made up this diverse family as he continued. "And as for this crew, Judder, we were never heroes. . . not one of us. Together we simply held fast to the ideals that we always aspired toward and fought to bring peace and security to those we could reach. . . Who knew that at the end of that journey, the Emperor himself would use a similar sentiment to inspire the formation of the Empire we now find ourselves antagonizing."

"Our generation may indeed be the one to bring yours into this devastated age, but your generation will be the one to free us all. . . You have multiple choices ahead of you, Judder; you may choose to follow in your father's footsteps with blasters blazing on into victory, or take the path laid well by your mother, after all 'blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.' Or perhaps even still, you may find your own path to balance between them. Only you can tell us where your destiny lies, for we are simply here to assist in facilitating your life's journey. . ."


He realized in that moment that, as he spoke, he had been gazing all too heavily into his nephew's soul and recognized the gravity of the tone he had been taking. Kami'atra continued with a light chuckle, "But these matters will come to play soon enough. . . For now, I am more glad than ever to be with you and my family. Judder, I am so very proud of the man you are becoming, and this crew is blessed to have you among us today."

Even his closing remarks carried more weight than he had wanted, but these dark days were heavier than most, and one never knew when a preciously shared moment with a loved one could be their last. . . Kami'atra's heart was already heavy with loss and grief, and this newly reunited crew had only just taken flight moments before. . .
The GM
 GM, 6 posts
Wed 16 Dec 2015
at 08:41
Inside the Iron Dawn Lounge
End of Chapter 2.