Her ship still under house arrest, Marina had no other means but to book a private transport to her intended destination. The past few weeks she had been hopping from one transport to another as a passenger as her father had grounded her ship, the Mariner IV...removing it's fuel cells.
This had come about as a result of her escapades..or wild irresponsible and dangerous stunt she pulled during the fall of CSA...mainly Commenor.
Marina had broken through what at the time was a blockade orchestrated by the Sith Empire's encroachment and attack on Commenor itself. Marina had come to it's aid..to her friend Cessy's aid. Cessy being the Queen of Commoner, whom had chosen to be incognito when she booked a flight with marina. In short, they shared quite a harrowing adventure with Commenor's own Juniper canyon. And it were they whom had first come across the first ever traces of the Amber weapon, which had been secretly tested. But those were in better times...before the sith had come...before Commenor and CSA came to fal under their iron boots.
The shuttle that had been deployed from the larger transport had come down planet side following a standard flight path which took it past Thrune industrial Complex. Marina looked out one of the viewports..mainly the one she were sitting next to. It was still all quite intact and untouched. How and why had the sith not attacked this system, being not more than a standard jump from Commenor?
It weren't that she had wished Damoria to have sustained same...by no means, no. Marina was in fact relieved this system had been passed over. Seemed the vermin (as she viewed all sith) had been too preoccupied in taking Commenor, to thin itself out to take on all of the CSA. But once Commenor fell....
It made strategic sense, she had later realized. Commenor had held the key to the CSA..much like Alderaan had with the FWC.
"Sigh..." Marina leaned back on her seat, as the shuttle made its way to the main estate...House Thrune.
She had done the same in Alderaan as she had done for Commenor when the sith had attacked.Being a pacifist, she didn't fight like a warrior, nor a fighter pilot, no. But she nevertheless made quite a mark in those confrontations and saved many lives.
Although she had not received as high a reprimand for disobeying her father's orders in not coming to Alderaan during the attack as she had received for doing same for Commenor.
At the time of Commenor's attack, Marina had not broken through the sith blockade, but then also evaded the pair of TIE/drone fighters that Micha had sent after her. During the altercasion and with some quick on the fly maneuvering tactics she managed to her two TIE/drone persuers disappear in an explosion by which she had created, using one of her escape-pods that she had eject in a narrow pass. No, her ship was certainly not armed, but she did however have fully fueled and 'on demand' ready escape pods.
And so, one may ask?
Well, she was able to remotely engage a pod's drive to near overload before releasing it. The overloaded pod crashing against one of thewalls in the narrow pass, (with two drone TIES's on her tail, lest not forget that) had taken the bait in following her only to never come out of Juniper Canyon. And of course, that was how she also meet Jairdain , whom had conjured up an electrical storm to disrupt a sith control ship from launching more TIE droids after Marina. She had met Jairdain when she finally was able to land and pick up Commenori survivors to evacuate them off the system.
Marina' eyes came to refocus from the memory of her part during Commenor's attack when she felt the shuttle making contact on the landing pad.
She had arrived on Damoria, at House Thrune's permitted landing pad.
"Lady DeVoe... " the co-pilot had come up to her as the shuttle was powering down.
"An emissary of Duchess Emilia is waiting on the tarmac." he announced, as neither he, nor anyone else on the shuttle had permission to disembark.
"Oh, yes...thank you.." Marina nodded, getting up and heading toward the exit door.
It were mid day..and the system's star was just overhead. marina took a deep breath. Fresh air...clean..different.
"Lady DeVoe.." a female voice greeted her. "My name is Solanna...I am my Lady Thrune's handmaiden." she took to bowing as marina stepped off the ramp. "Welcome to House Thrune....if you would be so kind as to follow me, I will take you to see my master."
As thus, marina followed Amilia's handmaiden to the estate's entrance and bid enter the great House of Thrune.
Her eyes befell some splendor, upon entering the great hall. Marina had not seen such ornate decorations of such antiquity collections as this before. Then again, not much at all were left of her ancestral Alderaan for her to really compare first hand...just holo images of Alderaan's once ancient past. What little had returned to New Alderaan were of personal items of families that had off world interests and estates at the time ancestral Alderaan had been destroyed during Palpatine's reign of terror....another vermin sith as Marina would account if given her opinion of them.
"Wow...beautiful.." she couldn't help but be in awe as she were lead into the main chamber where she eyes a rather ..tall but striking woman.
naturally there were not much of a response from Solanna, seemingly being that perhaps her role were to just escort Marina to her lady. And that she did and bowed to whom she presented marina as her lady Emilia von Thrune.
"Lady Thrune.." Marina herself presented a rather respectful bow to her host.
"I thank your grace for the opportunity from the invite to meet you." Marina first said, getting formalities out of the way. She was after all from Houde DeVoeone of the Great Houses on Alderaan. But Duchess she was not, as she was the youngest daughter of Duke Kyle DeVoe.
Again the inner chamber was amazingly decorated with a mixture of old and new...and well lit despite there were no natural light within-
Oh yes, she picked up on the heavy but again quite ornate tapestry that many old estates..castles even, had traditionally hanging on walls and windows. Still, it seemed quite beautiful and in many ways..quite fitting. Many antique and classical furnishings and art were commonly kept out of natural light as the UV could be quite damaging to those invaluable articles.
"Lady Thrune..." Marina once more motioned a respectful acknowledgement to Amilia's inquiry as to allow Marina to ask in the context as to why she had been invited into her House on Damoria.
"...I must first apologize for my limited scope of knowledge concerning your Great House. But I do know it has been loyal to Royal House Arenais...Commenor, for the most part as it existed before ..." She hesitated a moment, not knowing as to why, but felt an overbearing presence for that particular moment. maybe perhaps that she had spent her crossing as a passenger, not the pilot. If she weren't flying herself, such jumps weren't too palatable..didn't sit well with her.
"... It is why I have come to cross over to what is now TSE dominion." There, she successfully omitted calling them vermin. After all, it would not be lady-like for her to voice such language in the presence of another lady.
"I again, don't quite know as to the motivation of this meeting. But I must be honest and hope it is for the common good as to the liberation of this sector from your current oppressors...uhm, Lady Thrune." She then said, allowing her host to maybe divulge what she had in mind as to beckoning her here.
Marina wasn't here on official, nor sanctioned business. Actually, she had kind of disobeyed her father in his intentions of keeping her on Alderaan by grounding her ship. Naturally, neither her father, nor her own queen Faith Organa, knew she were here on Damoria...and certainly not in House Thrune.
Amelia von Thrune