Location: Royal palace, Commenor
Objective: Secure the place listed above, god save the queen
Right as Rick was about to draw up a counter to the Ren's remark, the masked Sith drew a woman to him and, to Rick's horror, began to suffocate her.
But that had been a smart move on the Ren's part. Rick's natural compassion, born not just of the Jedi Code but also his Mon Calamari community, prevented him from making a move in an otherwise opportune moment. Instead, Rick attempted to achieve the best compromise he could. He tilted his aqua blade very slightly toward the Ren, shifting from his Soresu stance to a more offensive position, and slowly moving to the left to completely block the hall between the Ren and the royals of Commenor.
"Kill her, and you guarantee your own death as well." growled Rick. "I may be a protector of peace, but I have no reservations to ending your life right here."
Now, at least, Rick at least partially counterbalanced the leverage the Ren had against him. If the Ren were to kill the woman, he'd most likely find himself on the wrong end of the lightsaber. However, there were still plenty of factors stacked against Rick. The Ren could draw his blade faster than Rick and counter him, or he could slam him against a wall and flee. Rick had no way of predicting the Ren's next move, so he simply played it safe, with his blade extending outward and his body tensed, ready to make any sudden maneuvers.