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Voph

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SOMEWHERE NEAR THE OUTER RIM

 

 

Two special operations commandos stood side by side on the observation deck. Not much was said between them, but there didn't have to be. There was a somber mood in the air. Always was before a mission. The worst part was the waiting. Always waiting. From their perch aboard The Steadfastthe two had an excellent view of the destroyers milling about, punctuated by the occasional scream of starfighter engines as another patrol flew by. 

 

"Think they'll come?"

 

"You kidding? Boss offered to pay off the ship. They'd be fools not to."

 

The younger of the two folded his arms over his chest. "Think boss would still go through with it if he found out who they owe the money to?"

 

"You say that like the boss doesn't already know." 

 

"Good point."

 

The elder commando shrugged. "What's the worst he's gonna do, though? Nuke another city? Actually glass a planet? Mando's aint never gonna change, kid. Best just to live and let live. They'll get their dues soon enough."

 

The younger opened his mouth to say something, but was stopped by a flash of light, and a scream of engines as fighters streaked towards the newcomers. The onboard IFF soon confirmed the presence of their guest. The Jaster's Sparrow. "Jaster's Sparrow, you are clear to land in the main hanger. All Nexu Squad personnel report to the hanger." The elder nodded at the younger, indicating it was time to go.

 

When the ship arrived, only the elder soldier was there to greet them. He was dressed in full armor, save for the helmet tucked under his arm. "Welcome to the Steadfast, Captain. Glad you made it out here in one piece. Lord Voph wishes to extend an apology for not overseeing this venture personally. I'm Captain Aklin, leader of Nexu squad. I'll be giving you the rundown on the mission, and providing whatever support you need to make it happen. We've got a briefing room set up just this way." He gestured to the door behind him at the back of the hanger. "If you'll all follow me..."

 

Loreena Arenais Daiya Gray Venasir Zeke Tune



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Loreena Arenais

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A mission. Despite Lori having some Jedi training to do, she couldn't pass off a mission. She was responsible for her ship and crew. She had a debt to pay as well. There was no way that she'd let everyone down. So many times people didn't take her seriously, didn't believe in her. But now that view was changing. And once Jaster's Sparrow was paid off, people might see her as a responsible young adult.

It wasn't that long ago that Lori had gathered her full crew to help. Daiya and Tawrro were never out of reach, and even Gray Venasir was displaying loyalty towards them. As for Zeke Tune ...he was another story. Her first crush, her first love, and now he was on his maiden voyage as part of her crew. Given that he had a lot of piloting experience, she let him fly her while Lori sat in the co-pilot's chair. Any chance she got she had found some way to touch his hand, or his hair, or his shoulder, and each time their eyes met her cheeks would turn a shade of red. This wasn't a holiday, this was work. So they had to at least focus on being professional about it.

The Jaster's Sparrow dropped out of hyperspace, the lines of stars slowing until they reverted back to normal balls of light. The amount of Destroyers caught her by surprise and for a brief moment, she thought that they had gone into some kind of a trap as fighters headed towards them.

But then came the hail. Lori flicked the switch after putting on her headset. "Roger that.
Thank you for the escort."
She then hit another switch for the ship's PA system. "As you guys can tell, we've reached our destination. Once we're docked, anyone that wants to stay can stay." Another flick of the switch and she took her headset off. "I can't wait to hear what this is all about, Zeke." Lori grinned as she watched The Steadfast come into view.

Minutes later the Jaster's Sparrow was docked in the hanger. The loading ramp lowered and Lori made sure that she was the first to walk onto the deck. Her eyes fell on the Captain and his armour straight away. As he spoke she bowed her head. "Thank you Captain Aklin.
I'm sure that Lord Voph has a good reason to not be here. That's no problem. We'll not take it as an insult."
Well she wouldn't at least. Lori looked back and nodded to her crew before following the Captain to the briefing room.

Edited by Loreena Arenais, 15 March 2019 - 01:05 AM.


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One could say that Gray wasn't the most fond of @Voph. They had had a rough start, with Gray wanting to throw him out of an airlock. They had met sometime later, on a different mission, but it had to be cancelled, and they hadn't talked any. And now, they would meet again. So one could say that Gray was not in the best mood right now. But he liked the crew of the Jaster's Sparrow, so he would follow captain Loreena Arenais, even if Voph still held a grudge.

 

While they were in hyperspace, Gray came up to the cockpit, where the captain, and the newest member, sat. Zeke Tune, Lori's boyfriend, were piloting the ship. Gray had come to feel like a sort of 'uncle' to Lori, and felt a bit protective of her now, With Zeke. But he had not yet spoken much With him, which would probably change. That was part of the reason Gray was up there now. "Hello, love-birds. Everything alright?" The question was mostly for normal curtesy. "I presume we'll soon arrive. And Zeke, after this mission, let's have a talk, shall we?" Then he left. He had said 'talk' a bit differently, but not hostile. Wether or not Zeke had met or talked With Lori's father, Gray didn't know. But it didn't matter.

 

He went Down to the cargo bay, where he thought he'd find @Daiya. Then came the announcment that they had arrived. Gray strapped himself up for the docking. When it was done, and Lori came Down, he stood up and walked after her. "I'll come With," he said. He doupted it was a trap, but he still wasn't completly sure about Voph. So at least he would come With to the Meeting.



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"If you don't hurry up, Tawrro, we're going to miss our airlock."

She stood in the doorway of the tiny crew compartment, watching the Wookiee fiddle with some kind of equipment or the other. The girl hadn't been paying close attention to his arsenal as of late, Tawrro had surprised her by using a couple new toys he had picked up in recent months. This seemed to be one of those, and the shaggy beast's normally dexterous fingers were fumbling clumsily inside the gadget's housing as she spoke. He looked up at the teen, and uttered a couple barks and a low warble before turning back to his work.

"No way! That's what you said last time, and he turned out fine." Daiya crossed her arms, unhooking them once to readjust the bag slung over her shoulder before resuming, glaring in the direction of her Wookie guardian. It was something she had been doing more and more recently. It didn't used to be this way, she remembered having a lot of fun with him, but ever since they had left Denon the girl noticed Tawrro becoming more protective of her and more intractable of letting her enter risky scenarios.

Like boarding the ship of the now-former Darth Voph.

Tawrro turned back to her with an expression on his face, one she didn't need words to read. "Well, if you're not coming along, can you do that in the cockpit? You know Lori doesn't like to leave the ship without a pilot if it can be helped."

Daiya turned to leave, and caught herself on Tawrro's hand before she managed to take a single step. She turned back to the Wookiee, who had so quickly crossed the gulf between them, looking up into his eyes. The girl had always admired him, had looked up to him, and she tried to model her behavior after what she thought he would do. Having his disapproval cut at her, but as she looked in the face of her guardian, Daiya searched for a glimpse of remorse, a change of mind, some indication that she wasn't letting him down.

All she got was a neutral-toned growl, short with little emotion inside of it.

Her heart sank, but the girl flipped open her jacket nonetheless to reveal the holstered blaster it hid. "And the other one for emergencies, too. I didn't forget."

The Wookiee grunted his consent and let her go. The girl turned quickly to avoid his face again, moving out to the cargo bay and the open ramp at its end. Daiya bit her lip as she went, this was not the time to start crying. She needed to be alert and ready, not introspective, right now. Despite her assurances to Tawrro, even Daiya was skeptical of Voph's supposed renunciation of the Sith. Meeting the personification of a boogeyman was not something she could quickly forget, and soon she was about to see the totally-not-boogeyman again. There was no chance he was going to catch her unaware.

As she joined Lori on the hangar deck and followed the ship's captain to the briefing room, Daiya couldn't help but wish that Tawrro was with them. The girl drew near to Lori, staying close beside her. The Commenori princess was no Wookiee, but Daiya still felt better in her captivating presence. Perhaps, not safe, but secure. For now, that was good enough.
 

Voph | Loreena Arenais | Gray Venasir | Zeke Tune


Edited by Daiya, 17 March 2019 - 04:58 PM.

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Zeke had taken a lot of time recently learning about the Sparrow. She was a good ship, good speed, decent defenses, good maneuverability. It was a finicky mistress, but, with the right amount of time, he had learned how to to make the ship purr under his touch. Which was what Lori had literally done with him too. Each touch, each brush, every word, he turned a red color. He tried to work, but that slight floral scent kept going back to his nose. Stop being some love struck Teen, Zeke, get yourself together. Finger tips brush her cheek right before they exit hyperspace. “It will be okay. I promise.”

 

As they exited, without having skipped a single beat, reserve power went to the shields, and he began to calculate another hyperspace jump out of there, in case this was a trap. The weapons were not enough to take out of the fighters. However, it was maneuverable, and fast enough to be able to escape them just long enough to get back out if it came down to it: even if an interdiction field came up. Zeke does not speak his worries, he simply acts to protect the ship, and his woman, without any hint of worry. “Hello Gray. A little busy at the moment, but I am always up for a chat when this is done.”

 

One hand calculated a hyperspace route, the other was on the yoke. Once the calculations were complete, the free hand rested for a second on Lori's knee, and gave it a rub, before it moved to the yolk. “This is the Jaster's Sparrow, following flight path, and landing in main hanger.” Soon, the ship landed in the star destroyer with only the slightest of bumps. Dressed in a fancy suit, he had his ever present bone knife in a hidden compartment in his shoe. The paralyzing poison dry coated onto it, helped keep him safe if things went wrong.

 

He walked side by side with Lori, and looked around. So the master of the ship wasn't here. Strange. He lost count of how many Sith he had killed over the years, they were always so overconfident, that it was something small that ended up with their deaths. He quietly followed his lover to the briefing room. All the while, his eyes took in everything, location of doors, keycodes that were pressed in, location of troops, and cameras, anything else of note. If they had to make a break for it, he would have to drop his act, but, he would protect Lori, regardless of the cost. Though, he doubted they were in any danger. No, if they wanted them just dead, they would have been shot out of the sky once in tractor beam range.

 

 

He allowed Daiya to take the place right next to Captain Lori, and instead, he hung back a little, his eyes open. From this position, he would be the first to go if the people behind became hostile, and it would give Lori and Daiya time to escape. However, more importantly, it meant he would have the time to see everything the came at them and respond appropriately. He was not happy about this situation one bit.

 

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Aklin led the crew into a small briefing room, already filled with seven soldiers wearing identical uniforms to Aklin's. Those that were sitting jumped to their feet, and all conversation stopped as they saluted. "At ease, gentlemen, let's get this underway." Aklin gestured to the table as he took a position at the head of it. A couple soldiers in the back stayed where they were, content to watch the briefing standing. Aklin waited until the Sparrow's crew were seated, or had a comfortable perch on the wall, then began. 

 

"Boys, this is Captain Arenais and her crew. While we're on this operation, they are both our guests, and our boss. Per the orders of Voph, we are to do whatever is necessary to see this mission through." Aklin glanced at Lori, and said, "I've been instructed to thank you for coming out here. And Voph has left strict instruction that if at any point you, or your crew, think this mission is too much, you're welcome to walk away. But once we launch, there's no going back."

 

Aklin tapped out a series of commands on the table. A holo image appeared in the center of the table. A Star Destroyer, Harrower Class. Mostly. "Before he retired from your crew, we were approached by an old associate of yours." Aklin nodded towards Lori. "Mister Wayke sends his regards." Aklin leaned over the table, resting by his knuckles with arms slightly bowed. "By Lord Voph's request, he provided us with the scans the Sparrow took of a certain ghost ship. Records on this ship go way back, Mostly out in the fringe systems. Ship shows up, obliterates a civilian village, and vanishes back into space, just like that."

 

"Most people consider it a...ghost story. But we've done enough digging to confirm there's more to it than rumor. We still don't have the data required to launch a full out assault, but Voph says we can't wait that long. What little we do know is that precisely twenty-four hours before the Sparrow's crew rescued Voph, a village on Arbra was attacked. And the boss thinks there's a correlation. We have, at our disposal, a device, designed to emulate a distress signal of an old war ship, the Desolation. Voph is fairly confident that's all we'll need to lure this ghost ship out of hyperspace. From there, we find a way aboard the ship. Our mission is to retrieve an item. I don't know what exactly, I was never told. Outside of the fact that it would be held in the captain's cabin, and the Force Sensitives would know it when they saw it."

 

Aklin paused to let this information sink in. "Voph is prepared to offer you all twenty million for this mission, should you chose to go through with it. Any additional items found aboard the ship are yours to keep, should you desire. You will, regardless of the success of the mission, be reimbursed for any damages to your ship or person." Aklin turned to Lori. "What say you, Captain?"

 

Zeke Tune @Daiya @Gray Venasir Loreena Arenais


Edited by Voph, 17 March 2019 - 06:12 PM.


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As Lori followed Aklin to the briefing room, all that she could think about wasGray Venasir calling herself and Zeke Tune lovebirds. Were they being THAT obvious? She was trying to hide it somewhat, for she didn't want to make anyone uncomfortable. Especially while they were conducting important business. And the fact that Gray wanted to talk to Zeke later, she had a feeling that she knew what the topic would be. A part of her appreciated it, yet another part of her was worried. What if everyone was against this courtship? What would they do then?

She took note of Daiya keeping close to her and gave her a reassuring smile. Surely Voph wouldn't have called them for anything super bad. Right? Right??

Once inside the briefing room, Lori took a seat at the table and invited those of her crew that wanted to to do the same. She folded her hands on top of the table and listened to the proposal. An eyebrow rose as it was mentioned that she was to be the boss on this mission, as well as her crew. Really? Over all of these people? All of these ships? No doubt some of them would take issue with that.

"Orrico..." Lori whispered the name of her old pilot, her very first hire. He was a good man and very much like an uncle to her. But the two had parted ways a while ago. After their stint in Forst Order space, he thought that he brought too much danger to her, so he had left. Even if his concerns were true, it didn't mean that she didn't miss him. He'd always be special to her.

She looked to the holo-image and listened to the tale. So they were to somehow get into the ship, sneak into the Captain's quarters and find some item that neither of them knew what it was or what it looked like? Given that she was probably the only Force Sensitive on her crew, Lori knew that she had to be in the boarding party. No matter how much others might protest. It better not be some lamp with a genie inside to grant Voph wishes...

The offered payment was huge!
With that amount she could pay off her debt to Kaine Australis and still have plenty leftover for any future missions. She could even buy herself her own estate! "I think that with proper planning, this could be doable.
We'll need to study that ghost ship, know nearly every inch of it so that we can have plenty of back up plans available in case anything goes wrong. I don't want to lose anyone if I can help it."
But there was never any guarantees of that. Kaine had taught her as much. She just had to do the best she could in every situation.

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It seemed everyone except Tawrro decided to join for the meeting, which was just fine. Gray walked behind Lori and Daiya, and to the left of Zeke. It was unlikely that it was a trap, but if it was, then he would be ready to protect the others. Even though he knew the others could take care of themselves, Gray felt protective of them. He was the oldest of the humans on the crew, With only Tawrro the wookiee being older, so he felt it was his responsibility.

 

As they entered the briefing room, Gray took a Chair at the side of Lori. But he didn't like to be too formal, so he say With crossed legs and leant a little back. The man who had led them there began telling what the reason why the Sparrow's crew had been called. And it was a wierd reason. A ghost ship, emerging at random to obliterate a village, then dissapear. And it was apparantly the same ship Voph had been on before they had rescued him some time before. It all seemed crazy. 

 

Then came the mention of force sensitives. Gray usually didn't care for any of that, and this time was no different. It made him unsure if he would join on the mission, even if the rest of the crew did. The chances were that he would, just to make sure everyone got out unharmed. But the mention of the reward made his decision. Twenty millions was enouhg for all of them to, well he didn't know at the moment. 

 

He leant forward as Lori spoke. It seemed she was very much agreeing to to it. But she tried to sound reasonable and calculating. "I'll be the first to say that, I'll help see this mission to the end. No matter what," he spoke as if he was doing it because he believed in it. But the two reasons he would do it was to help Lori and the crew. And of course the Money. "And we won't lose anybody."

 

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Suddenly, Daiya was disappointed that the enigmatic leader was not present today. His underling of Captain Aklin was rather underwhelming, and it was a little difficult for her to remain interested in the briefing. The girl perked up at the mention of Orrico, the departure of their main pilot and obligatory ship's uncle had made life onboard the Jaster's Sparrow a little less lively, and she was eager to hear any news about him, but Aklin glossed over his contribution without anything more than a cursory mention of the man.

The mission pitch seemed to revolve around the star destroyer that had deposited their totally-not-Darth Voph into the path of their ship, and given the crew a figurative and collective —or Tawrro at the very least— heart attack over the danger he represented. He had been somehow rendered too weak to put up any resistance and willingly surrendered, an action that made the girl seriously consider what events had transpired aboard this supposed ghost ship to make him so.

It also made her seriously consider the proposition at hand.

Breaking into a spooky ghost ship that may or may not have beaten the Darth out of Voph, to retrieve an item that couldn't be described, after having lured it out of its hiding in hyperspace? Daiya was glad Tawrro wasn't present at this briefing, there was no way he would agree to this. She wasn't even sure if she wanted to agree to this. She had been on dangerous missions before, and she had committed her fair share of risky acts, but this one was definitely at the extreme end of both.

Still, both Lori and Gray seemed confident. And twenty million credits was a lot to pass up. The girl closed her eyes, wishing not for the first time that she could summon her visions on command. She even pressed her hand to her downcast forehead as was customary, feeling a little silly doing it without the agony of an impending vision, but Daiya remained firmly stuck in the present day. She sighed, lifting her head at the others in the room, trying to ignore any looks that had come her way. There was really only one choice here.

"I'm in."
 

Voph | Loreena Arenais | Gray Venasir | Zeke Tune


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