Posted 23 April 2019 - 07:16 AM
Posted 26 April 2019 - 04:20 PM
There was something different about the Outer Rim, more than just the location. You couldn't fly through a system in the Core and the Colonies without finding someone, some sign of civilisation, you never felt alone in the cold darkness of space. It wasn't like she had anyone for company aboard the Sleipinir apart from Stinger either way, and the Holonet gave her ready access to the rest of the galaxy. She actually had a show running on a screen as she flew, just to provide some background movement and sound. That was perhaps it, she felt a need to remind herself that civilisation was that close to her, that she could literally reach out and call up the latest holodrama or the news from Kashyyyyk with the touch of a button. It wasn't that there wasn't any company, it was that the company she did find was...well different.
Apatros was perhaps the perfect example of that feeling, that sensation she had of something being off, being different from what she was used to. The city was like any other city on the surface, the inhabitants going from work to home to any of the activities that you'd think they'd enjoy the same as any other city, the galaxy over. And yet...there was something off about the place, something that just seemed to make the hairs on the back of Asaraa's neck rise, as if someone had walked over her grave. It wasn't till she had gotten away from the space port, had really gotten into the backstreets of the city that she managed to figure out what had been bothering her. The people may have been going about their lives, but they seemed subdued. Shadows of what she'd expect.
At first, the Jedi thought it might have been the murders she'd heard about, it was all the shopkeepers and bartenders seemed to be able to talk about. It was why she had left the relative safety of the spaceport to strike out into the city. It was why she was standing here, under the awning of a small stall, a skewer of roasted meat clasped in her hand as she chewed on it, watching the crowds of workers ebb and flow around her. The murders were certainly casting a pall over the city, but it wasn't a happy city to start off with. the corporation that ran the town, ORO wasn't known for taking the best care of their workers, but even they had realised the need for extra security That was why she'd decided to sneak out here, to watch the ORO security teams sweeping the plaza. She couldn't just leave the killers out there to continue to have their way with the population, but the Jedi Knight really didn't want to end up in the cross hairs of the security forces she was trying to help. Better to get an idea of their capability, to make it easier to...well avoid them honestly. So imagine her surprise when one of the team wore a lightsaber at his best, rusty and broken down maybe, but a lightsaber none the less as he blazed like a beacon in the force. You had to give it this, the Outer Rim certainly wasn't boring. This was...Asaraa hated it when she felt like the force was guiding her somewhere, the very idea fighting against her notions of free will, but, times like this made it hard to argue with that. Wrapping the force around herself, a cloak to disguise her signature the girl reached out to Horus Arseneau, just the lightest touch through the force, more to gauge his reaction than anything else. This changed things, just a little.
Posted 27 April 2019 - 12:22 AM
The Force was so....distant. For years as a boy it always felt as if The Force was such an abstract concept. Sure he could run faster, jump higher, and fight longer but those were the only times where he felt a true connection to The Force. Where his friend Elyane had always been a natural user of The Force, it was always much more deliberate than he felt it should be. Even now as Horus knelt down to focus, he could barely think. His mind danced into a thousand different directions the moment his eyes were closed.
Why is it always so damn hard?
He just couldn't get it. When Elyane spoke of meditation it seemed like she was relaxed and taken to this other world. For Horus it was as if he was allowing the time in the day to die or he was murdering it himself.
Time passed, not too long, almost thirty minutes and he was still struggling to focus his mind. Horus was prepared to give up on the exercise when in one moment a cool breeze washed over him. Bizarre. He'd never felt such a breeze on Apatros before, especially not one such as this. His spine loosened and his mind finally calmed. It was as if someone had reached out to him, clearing his mind so he could focus to a single point. Horus opened his eyes, allowing the blue orbs to wash over the colony before him.
What was that? He stood to his feet, a curious expression on his face as he took a few paced steps out of the pavilion. "Hello?" Horus called out, though it came out as little more than a muttered croak. He could not understand it, that feeling, it was just like when he fought or when he was running. This had been the first time he'd ever experienced it just sitting down.
Posted 29 April 2019 - 05:24 PM
Well, that answered that didn’t it? She’d been right about the boy, he was force sensitive, well either that or it was the most out of there, most unusual set of coincidences ever. The odds that he would start like that just as the force was reaching out to him was, well unusual didn’t even cover it. So then the lightsaber at his best wasn’t just a coincidence was it…but what Jedi kept their weapon in that state? There were only two thoughts that came to her, either he was hiding, hoping to disguise the weapon, but then why would he hold it at his waist like this, why would he be meditating in public like this. So if it wasn’t his weapon then…he must have received it from someone, a family member or another Jedi maybe.
It was an interesting find, but that was all, for a moment Asaraa thought about turning away, going back to her ship and leaving but…but well but. The look on his face as he called out, it was one she recognised, one that had painted her own face more than once as she’d delved into the mysteries of the force, mysteries she was still learning. She couldn’t just leave him alone like that but, a small smile danced across her lips as she tossed her wooden skewer into a nearby bin, hooking a thumb into her belt as she padded towards him. “Uhhh...hi? Are you ok? Do you need some help, a drink or something?” The girl flipped the bottle of water in her hand around it, offering it to Horus as she closed with him. Till she knew more about the boy, maybe revealing who she was wasn't the best idea, besides she was a little curious about how skilled he was, what he could sense from her.
Posted 01 May 2019 - 12:22 PM
Posted 19 May 2019 - 05:39 AM
He was...rather more sensitive than she'd expected, she'd sensed he was a talent in the force but honestly hadn't thought that he'd be able to sense anything from her, although that just made him that little bit more interesting than she'd thought.
"Well, something like that," Asaraa fell quiet for a moment her brain racing as she tried to work out what it would be best to tell the boy, what to keep back and hide from him. "We were in the area when we heard about the planet and the situation here, I didn't actually plan to stop here but well it's nice to get off the ship for a while and stretch your legs...or well it normally is." The pink-haired Jedi's lips pressed together as her gaze flicked away from Horus for a moment, settling on the miners passing them by, "It's not exactly tourist central around here is it? Even for people as, what did you say, as 'weird' as me." Her gaze flicked back to Horus as she reached out, settling her hand in his, a small smile pulling up the corner of her lips to take any sting out of her words. "Asaraa, so you're with the security forces? So, you'd know all about these murders I heard about then? Do we have to be worried?" It was why she'd come to the planet in the first place, and if he could help point the Jedi in the right direction, well that would be useful. "The rest of the crew wasn't too happy about me wandering around by myself but, I honestly didn't think that it would be that bad only..." the girl's head nodded at some of the miners hurrying by with their heads down, "everyone seems so...subdued. Is it always like this or?"
Asaraa managed to avoid reaching out to the force as was her natural reaction, instead her blue eyes fell to the man's waist, widening at hte sight there. "Wait, is that a lightsaber? You're a Jedi?" It was perhaps a little on the nose, but sometimes sneaking around a subject only ended up getting you in more trouble.