As the small band of droids moved closer, Ultimatum momentarily stopped. To those uninitiated in droid concepts, it may have appeared the robot was caught off guard by something. Those whose knowledge of the droid mind might have guessed that the robot was overcoming a fundamental conflict of orders, the first being to avoid contact with other sentients unless directly addressed, and the second being the command to maintain cleanliness of the facility in those areas most frequented by sentients. A roboticist might have surmised that the droid had a programmed perimeter from organics that it attempted to maintain, and that in moving towards the garbage it had violated that boundary and the potentials of the two orders in its mind were brought to measure. Finally, it may be concluded that the droid's order to cleanliness had been stronger than that of distance and thus the droid had continued onto its work. If Ultimatum had contemplated such possibilities, he might have found it amusing that uninitiated were closer to the truth. That pause had been a conversation between Ultimatum and Upari.
As he had stepped towards the group, the droid had felt Upari's mind warn him. "There is a Force here."
Ultimatum wondered if it were safe to trust any of the people here. Then another message came through, "Confirmed, antagonist."
And then Ultimatum continued on; there was no point in stopping or trying to help Upari. The Shard was the sole commander of their Force powers, and thusly Ultimatum could not aid him in any way. Instead, the robot would have to act normal and try to keep up appearances while Upari attempted to speak to Cedric Grayson through the Force. When the droids reached the garbage, Ultimatum began cleaning with them. Still new to the Force capabilities, but reasonably well suited to it, Upari's grasp of Telepathy was sturdy, but not extraordinary. Upari constructed the message he had in mind, short and hopefully easy to send across the distance. With one of Ultimatum's side processors, the Shard was able to calculate the amount of Force power required to accomplish the feat and then with a final effort sent it across the open air. A direct message intended for only Cedric.
"Force user, are you in need of assistance?"
Perhaps it was an ill-conceived message, given the scenario and the potentials for violence to break out. However, this was proving to be Upari's first near combat situation. It was a stress the Shard would need to grow accustomed to in the time ahead. Upari did not even know if he would actually aid if asked, the Shard wished to avoid a confrontation as most sentients did. He had left himself with that option by avoiding identifying himself or Ultimatum, but that was little protection in regards to the Force. With no knowledge in suppressing their Force appearance, it would be reasonably comfortable for Grayson to locate the two if he felt out. Though, the question arose whether the sentient would recognize a Shard in droid body, or if he would make some other assumption.