SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Taanoas » Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:52 pm

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"Agreed," he says in response to Samara's comment. Taanoas waits until he senses the others are ready and then proceeds forward, weapon in hand but unlit.
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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Serest Riet » Fri Sep 23, 2016 12:34 pm

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Riet had been half-expecting the bridge to collapse. She had been ready to activate her jetpack if it had, but it had also occurred to her that if it had, she would have only been able to save one of her companions, if that.

However, the ways of these ‘fallen Jedi’ were still mysterious to her. She knew that they had powers. She knew their lightsabers were powerful. She knew that they did not particularly care to be called ‘fallen Jedi’. They were Sith. But beyond that, she didn’t fully know everything they could do. She watched at times, surreptitiously, from the edges of camp. They tended to flock together, eat together, talk together, and that was fine. She understood clannishness.

The rain hit her helmet and ran in rivulets down her armor. Inside, she was warm and dry, the armor’s environmental filter sheltering her from the inclement weather. Information scrolled across her HUD, measuring distances, marking allies, displaying her vitals in a small window at the bottom corner of the screen.

She carried her rifle in both hands, ready to bring it to bear if necessary. It wasn’t yet, but the oppressive weather would hide many things. Even her sensors were affected, occasionally derezzing, pixels dissolving across her field of view before resolving once more.

Riet had spoken little in the time they had traveled, acknowledging the others’ comments with a grunt at most. Now, she kept her place in line and glanced over her shoulder.

“Too quiet…” she murmured, mostly to herself.
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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Herzog » Sun Sep 25, 2016 3:16 am

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Sure enough, the group of you reach the sensor towers in short order. The collection of antennas, sensor dishes and such are perched in small clearing along the ridge. They are camouflaged to blend in with the jungle and would be difficult to see from the air. Under normal weather conditions, the sensors would provide the base with accurate readings in this sector. However, there was something in the planets atmosphere that cause rain to interfere with the readings. It make checking out the impacts visually a necessity.

From the information in your briefing, the impact was close by. Looking around, you can see a copse of mangled trees about a half a klick down the the slope from the sensor towers. It would not take long to get there.

The quietness of the jungle wasn't apparent until pointed out. But it could be because all of the wildlife is taking cover from the rain.
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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Mara Aragone » Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:15 pm

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The trek up the muddy slope had not been fun for Mara. She was not the outdoors type as it was and she was slipping and struggling for footing. At least the credits spent on good boots had proved worth it. They cost three times as much, but the shop clerk had assured her they were the latest tech in comfort for any weather as well as trendy stylish. Since they were covered in mud, she was just grateful they were waterproof and did not cause blisters. The clerk had been right about that.

To be able to hear each other, she shut down the stealth field generator when it looked like Samara wanted to talk. As someone mentioned it was too quiet, she found that she really could not hear anything much except the rain. “Any being that is sensible would be out of the rain. I am ready to go. Just remember to use hand signals to get our attention while the stealth field is up. It will be hard to talk with all sound inside being dampened.”

“I will turn it off when you all give the signal,” she added a demonstration hand gesture with a hand raise up near her neck with the hand sort of cupped with the fingers pointing to herself, then swiveling to mimic the pilot and mechanic gesture to shut something down.

Mara drew her pulse wave pistol and asked, “Are we all going to head straight there? Or should we split up into two groups to cover more ground in searching the area and flank whatever we find?”
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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Taanoas » Tue Sep 27, 2016 4:58 pm

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Taanoas scanned the area as they arrived at the sensors as well as stretching out his senses to see what if anything they would reveal. His companions continued to reinforce their competence through their actions and questions. A good thing to have. It didn't completely eliminate the danger from the other Force wielders, but this seemed hardly the time or place for one of them to invoke the rule of Revan laid out centuries before - One Master, One Apprentice. There had been a time where Force users had been more numerous. That day would come again. Without the puritanical shackles of the Jedi or all of the extreme base instincts the "Sith" were smeared with. Sith. Bah. Truth lost to history, mantles claimed not earned, a fallen race arguably lost for all time and the "Sith" a distortion of even that races ways and connection to the Force. Perhaps these two would be worth cultivating. Not Master, apprentice in the traditional sense. Thoughts for another day.

He listened to Mara's suggestion. Not unreasonable. Hard to say what they would encounter or what it would take to flush it out. "Without your stealth field, only the rain conceals my passage. I have no objection though to being a bit further ahead to flush out the enemy allowing others to strike from concealment. Allow me a moment to strengthen our resolve." With that he invokes a dark presence, the power of the force flowing into all present. "Stay within 30 feet or so of me and the Force will continue to strengthen you."

He pauses to see if there is any further discussion of if they are decided. If none, he sets out confidently towards the patch of mangled trees that point to the crash.
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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Serest Riet » Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:53 pm

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Under her helmet, Riet raised a brow.

She didn’t believe in the Force, as the Jedi and not-Jedi explained it, at least. Not that these dar’jetii were particularly eager to explain anything about the Force to one such as her. It was undeniable that they had powers that ordinary people did not. She accepted that. She could even work her mind around the idea that there was some kind of energy comprised of the life forces of all living beings. What she did not accept that this “Force” had anything to do with what she did, or what happened to her as she lived her life. Nothing controlled her. She made her own choices. The rest was random, like the beginning of the universe.

Rain slicked down the faceplate of her helmet. Periodically, a static charge wiped it away, giving her a few seconds’ window of unobstructed vision.

Dar’jetii such as Taanoas were simply gifted individuals. They had powers beyond that of normal sentients. If they wanted to believe their power came from an energy field, that was their choice. But it seemed mildly delusional to her, perhaps a lie perpetuated by their order so that apprentices wouldn’t become even more conceited thinking that the power came from themselves.

Then again, what did she know.

She could feel the flush of energy from whatever it was that Taanoas had done. It felt sharp somehow; a whetting of her senses, like she could suddenly see in greater detail, hear more distant things. She felt more aware of the muddy ground under her feet, the distance between herself and her companions. She knew the exact motion it would take to raise her rifle with perfect efficiency, to key the controls of her jetpack in an instant. She felt like a better warrior than she had ever been.

It was power. It was undeniably real. It was unnerving to some extent as well. Maybe that was why there were tales of dar’jetii falling into darkness, going mad. The power was a rush, like a drug. Its absence would feel like one was lacking, like one had become slow, senses dulled.

Taanoas had not asked if they wanted his gift; he had bestowed it without asking, assuming they did, assuming they would accept it because that was efficient and logical. She could not fault him for that. It was logical. She had been working alongside dar’jetii for a few months now. She had felt their power before. The first time it happened, she had been disconcerted, almost afraid. She knew enough now to bear it more stoically, to weather the boost to her senses and reactions as she would weather its lack, knowing there was nothing she could do about either.

She spoke, her voice low, filtered by the speakers in her helmet.

“I am fine staying in such a grouping, rather than splitting up. I will continue to bring up the rear.”
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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Herzog » Thu Sep 29, 2016 6:41 am

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Samara glanced at the others, the sensor towers, and then to sky. Seemed most were fine sticking together, especially with the benefit of the stealth field. From that point of view, it was good idea.

"Alright, I'm for sticking together as well. The stealth field will cover us well"

The rebel pulled her lightsaber from it's holder. It was a long handled variant, good for dueling. It had served her well so far. Samara felt the familiar weight and was mildly reassured. Further confidence was gained as Taanoas dark presence washed over the group. The power would give them all strength.

Samara nodded to Mara to reactive the stealth generator, and gestured for Taanoas to lead the way. They would find out shortly if this mission was paranoia or warranted.
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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Herzog » Thu Sep 29, 2016 6:50 am

With caution, the group of you make you way from the sensor towers down the gentle slope to the impact site. Downhill was much easier going then uphill, and this side of the ridge was not a muddy mess. The rain continue in its steady beat, and the wind blew gently.

With minutes, you arrive at the mangle patch of trees. The impact had caused a small creator that was source of the destruction of the surrounding trees. In the center lies the mangle remains of an imperial probe. It seems the base commanders fears were warrented.

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Upon a quick visual inspection, the crash did not destroy the droid. Something else had....

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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Taanoas » Thu Sep 29, 2016 5:58 pm

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On instinct Taanoas ignites his lightsaber, a green blade crackling into existence, his second hand coming to rest comfortably on the handle. He reaches out his senses, prepared to act.

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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Mara Aragone » Fri Sep 30, 2016 3:43 am

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Mara halted at the view of the demolished probe droid. She had suspected such a thing from the Empire to come snooping around whatever planets they were hiding out upon. But seeing it already destroyed was unexpected.

With Taanoas igniting his lightsaber, she looked around for the threat. She had not sensed anything and their stealth field was still up. She breathed slowly and closed her eyes for a moment, letting her instinctual senses reach out around her. She had the uncanny ability to sometimes sense people before she could actually see them. It had made her nearly unstoppable in hide and seek games as a child.

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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Herzog » Fri Sep 30, 2016 12:49 pm

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Samara's eyes widen at the sight of the destroyed droid, and then immediately narrowed. The wreckage was confirmation of one thing, but a mystery on the other. Whatever wildlife could mange such a piece of machinery had to be dangerous.

The rebel's senses stretched out over the clearing, taking in details. The woman also felt with the Force, searching for threats.

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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Serest Riet » Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:36 am

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With the dar’jetii already on alert, Riet doubted there was much her sensors could pick up that dar’jetii would somehow miss. But she turned in place just the same, scanning the surroundings with the IR filter in her helmet. The trees and scrub were limned in shades of blue and green, her companions in oranges and reds. Taanoas’ lit blade was nearly white edged with violet.

She looked up in particular, wondering if this was some kind of a trap, if the droid had been left as bait, rather than scavenged.

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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Herzog » Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:01 am

All of you noticed the churned up ground near the droid, with many foot prints of scattering the area. Claw marks and scratches covered the wreckage, and all of you surmises that the animal or whatever that must have destroyed the droid was of at least medium size. It also had the strength tear the probe's arm's off the it's main body. From the number of prints, you figure that there were at least 6 creatures, three of which where medium size or above.

One other thing you all noticed was the droid impact seemed to have landed in some kind of nest or den. There were remnants of reptilian like eggs that were crushed as a result of the droid crashing into the area.

You also all picked up that the forest had gone unusually quiet. Whatever had destroyed the droid was still in the area.

Samara and Taanaos sensing the Force immediately picked up that the creatures where still nearby. In fact, they were rapidly moving towards you and would be upon in less than a minute!
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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Samara » Fri Oct 07, 2016 11:14 am

Samara cursed as the Force told her things were rapidly approaching the location of the downed droid. It was easy to see why the droid was in it's condition when you take in the ruined eggs of some large creature.

The rebel ignited her lightsaber in a flash and took a defense stance.

"Trouble is coming!" she called out to the others.
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Re: SM: Soggy Boots [IC]

Postby Mara Aragone » Sat Oct 08, 2016 10:39 pm

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Mara had her pistol in hand, but was unsure that it would have the stopping power to take down a particularly large beast. Thinking better of he choice of weapon she pulled a fragmentation grenade from her utility belt as well, feeling slightly more comfortable.

She switched off the stealth field generator so she could hear Samara. Besides the field would not hide their scent.

"How far away?" She asked as she moved behind a tree for cover after getting a sense of the direction the threat was coming from based upon the other woman's stance.
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