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Janick Beauchamp

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"Those who would most suspect a rock wall to conceal a rock humanoid Sithspawn would be other Sith, or the spies they use, so I would think it's only the highest level(s) of sensitivity that could potentially warrant something more than mundane, technology-based security. Like the sort of facilities only the Circle of Lords would have access to, the sort of thing not even the highest-ranking NFUs or non-Lords in the chain of command would have clearance for"

 

Mundane and technology-based? Outside of Bastion, certainly they could make do with peons and ordinary alarm systems. But because Sith factions often tend to have the most vital facilities on their capital planet, only the facilities vital enough to warrant alchemical wards will be protected as such, and nearly all of them are on Bastion, she thought, while also being remembered about their lack of anti-aircraft, rendering such facilities vulnerable to airstrikes. But Garith Darkhold's question had her thinking furiously and perhaps even overwhelm her. From what she knew, a facility at that level of sensitivity she would be describing would likely be a vault filled with holocrons or Force-artifacts rather than any real intelligence or command-and-control kind of facility, and especially not starfighter facilities: what she knew about the SIth Empire's starfighter corps was that no Lord wanted to touch that with a 10-foot pole, and in fact there was no Sith at all among the flight crew, despite the promises of rapid advancement for Sith.

 

"Now that we have arrived at the end of the shaft, what's next?"


Edited by Janick Beauchamp, 13 August 2017 - 05:28 PM.

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The double doors open revealing weapons aimed directly at them. Garith stepped forward with his right hand extended. “Stand down”, his gruff tone carried down metallic corridors.

 

Droids altered by mechu-deru vitae, technobest creations carrying blaster weapons and some with melee weapons.   Upon command they lowered their weapons. “You will let my companion inspect you”, he voiced boomed with authority. The type of certainty that came with years of forcing under his tyrannical might.  

 

“Go ahead a take a closer look. After that I will take you down to my forge”, he pointed down the corridor to his left. “Just do not go down the corridor to our right. That is Malice’s lab”, he then motioned to their right. 



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The sentry droids that guarded the entrance were visibly made much more dangerous using mechu-deru, while taking care not to go to the corridor on the right, and make sure to be walking the corridor to Garith Darkhold's left. Whereas the stuff she learned on Korriban, which led to learning the very basics of Electronic Manipulation, allowed for temporary overrides of programming, mechu-deru allowed for more permanent changes. To Janick, it looked more like programming changes than anything else. Pretty elaborate, yes, but what required the Force in the whole process of using mechu-deru was to give life to the machinery. She heard tales of how mechu-deru could be used to slice computer systems as well as light-siders using it, even though light-siders had to use it quite differently. The first reflex, prior to enduring this quest, was to just go to the person she heard about that could use mechu-deru and use Drain Knowledge on her to learn it, but decided against it because it would incur unacceptable risks.

 

"It seems that the main ingredient that requires the Force is to give a mechanical construct a life of its own, and higher level of skill can instill in one such construct higher levels of sentience and even intelligence"


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“Yes true”, why not share a little of his past experiences.  “It was not but a couple hundred years ago I had encountered such a droid altered in such a way. The droid was a Jedi and I had to encounter a few battle with him. I forget the Jedi droids name but he hung out a lot with the Jedi Master Mak Manto.”

 

“The very first time I had encountered a technobests is on Raxus Prime. There is a secret not many know why every once and a while more of these droids keep appearing on Raxus Prime. Long ago there was a Sith Lord who created an artifact far under the junk yards of Raxus Prime. Deep underground there is a vast tunnel net work. Within this tunnel net work is a laboratory.  That is where this device resides. This device has the power to create new technobests.Be careful with the knowledge I just told you. Life is still life not matter what the form may look like or whatever the side of the nature of the force it comes from. People fear what they do not understand. Some people hate droids even. Some people may not care that these creatures are still living things. They will destroy them anyways even though they have not been harming anyone.”

 

“Any question of the knowledge I just passed to you? If not I shall take you to my forge.”

 

 



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"No, I don't have any further questions"

 

Raxus Prime and technobeasts? If what she heard about on Korriban was correct, Belia Darzu used Raxus Prime as a base to build those things; most of those were on Tython or so the legend goes. Garith Darkhold would then lead her into the forge, where the main stuff she came here for was about to begin. She needed to make sure she didn't expend too much mental energy before getting in the thick of it, and yet the warning rang in her mind once more: Neither I [Garith] nor Malice has the patience for betrayal. Then again she was pretty far outside the mainstream Sith loop so she has little to no idea who to betray for, or who to betray against, to what end, or who could approach her to betray these two: she flew under the proverbial radar, and she will probably still remain that way unless the Sith somehow took proper care of airpower. That is, anybody wanting to exploit her to their own advantage in an inter-Sith feud would pretty much have to be committed to starfighter combat, at least enough to see where her own dogfighting skill fits and how her own ability, even limited, to conduct aerial campaigns would be of use, because even alchemists were more common among Sith than Sith that actually knew what to use starfighters for. But she realized that her stuff back on Utapau pales in comparison to the forge here.


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“Very well then”, he said then turned about in the direction of the left corridor. Once again the sound of beskar and durasteel clanked together. The corridor was long they had already passed a number of doors and corridor spanning off of the corridor they were heading down. The doors were not visibly marked. What lay beyond them was currently a mystery. This was Garith’s section of the facility. What was he hiding behind these doors?

 

After walking down the corridor for a short amount of time Garith took a left. Again walking down this new corridor there was more closed unmarked doors and more corridors spanning off this one. There was an odd sensation to these corridors.  It was a slightly disorienting feeling. Could there be some sort of alchemical presence on the corridors? There was a force imbued presence to these corridors. If one did not know what combination of corridors to walk the odd sensation could make then walk around in circles for days.

 

It felt like another half an hour had passed before Garith stopped at another door. At torso level to the left of a door was a key pad. No thumb prints or retinal scans. There was just a simple password entered in.

The double blast doors opened.

 

The door opening up revealed the room beyond. Upon Garith stepping into the room the lights flickered on. Directly in front of them was a large forge. It was of Mando’ade design but it looked augmented, maybe to imbue items with the force? Along the right of the forge was cooling pools and workbenches. To the left there were two opened doors. One leading to a storage area with useable items within two for crafting purposes, the other open door was a living quarters containing a number of rooms. Really it was like a small apartment with a larger the average pantry.

 

“Here we are”, he motioned to the forge. “Go ahead and look around and get yourself acquainted. In here it is safe and you should get to know the forge and workshop before we begin. If you feel hungry or thirsty there is food and drink in the living quarters.”



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After feeling increasingly dizzy as she walked through this maze in a cave, perhaps she feels that she might have used too much of her brain trying to understand mechu-deru. Or perhaps that was the heavy presence of the dark side as she closed in on the forge, where beskar, durasteel and other alchemical items were being forged. Anyhow, that was one unpleasant training experience to her, where getting in was the key, and her alchemy master of the day, Garith Darkhold, was having an uneasy time getting her in and out. Yet, she knew that the premises were much more like a beskar forge like the one she saw on Coruscant while with one Stephanie Brown, but the tools, however, aren't foreign to her. Getting to know the forge and the instruments was pretty easy to her because she was immediately reminded of how the premises of Beskar Ring Forge worked. But she realizes that just infusing the dark side of the Force based on the blood content of the item was not going to cut it beyond what she usually made.

 

"Now I've made a grim realization: just spraying blood as a vessel for the dark side inside the object is not enough"


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