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Cassandra Paige

Cassandra Paige

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Offline Last Active Aug 06 2018 04:13 PM
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#1840879 It is unaVOIDable, it is your destiny. [TSE Dom of Nathema Hex - AN,21]

Posted by Cassandra Paige on 06 August 2018 - 04:13 PM

Cassandra was not surprised by Cerbera's request for Larry. Doctor Fischer had gotten along exceedingly well with the green skinned woman. It had been a little nauseating to watch in truth. 

 

"Of course," she answered with a smile, instead of making childish gagging noises. "I had already been considering him."

 

Which was the truth, she just didn't like it. 

 

Out of the way, out of the eye. Cassandra didn't particularly trust Cerbera- she'd be a fool to- but she did believe the other woman would not ruin GenPals reputation. At this time. Without a reason. She was already considering how to wrap this in a neat little bow, in case it came out in a fashion that could damage. A shell corporation with Dr. Fischer as the head would do just fine, she decided. Larry wouldn't care if it was wrapped up as part of the project package. He'd happily go along with anything as long as he got to do his weird experiments. The man wasn't dangerous or violent, and neither were his creations for the most part. He and they were simply more often unsettling. Yes, that would do nicely. 

 

"You have my support then," Cassandra said, nodding. "It will be a pleasure working with you again."

 

It really, really wouldn't be. 

 

But Cass put up with a lot for business.

 




#1840800 It is unaVOIDable, it is your destiny. [TSE Dom of Nathema Hex - AN,21]

Posted by Cassandra Paige on 06 August 2018 - 01:10 PM

If Cerbera was expecting a particular reaction, she might have been disappointed. 

 

After all, Cass's sensibilities ended in the same place the public eye did. 

 

"Well, so long as you have considered that already," she made a small, dismissive gesture with her hand. 

 

It wasn't that this information made Cassandra more interested in the project. Nor did it make her hesitate. It was simply that it didn't impact it at all. She didn't care what a customer did with her products once they exchanged hands. What they did with them was their business. A fully grown Griffin or a Vornskrill could tear a man's throat out with ease. Did that make Cassandra the murderer? Not even remotely. This functioned on an entirely different scale, yes. She was not blind or naive in that regard. It simply didn't register as something she cared about. 

 

She didn't particularly understand the point still. It seemed an awful lot of effort to go through for something like this. Cassandra wasn't driven by the same things Cerbera was, and in truth, was largely unable to see the appeal in anything that didn't already interest her. Empathy, seeing things from a different point of view, those were things too far out of Cassandra's grasp. With effort yes, or when it suited her she could coldly work through a reaction someone else would have. But she had to have a reason to care enough to sink that effort in. 

 

This simply did not qualify.

 

If Cerbera wanted a giant, planet eating crab, so long as it didn't eat anything that mattered to Cassandra, what did she care?

 

"I am not particularly concerned about 'sensibilities' outside of the public facade of the company. That you understand I must protect. I have several scientists who would suit for this job. My best, as a matter of fact."

 

Cassandra appreciated the people who worked for her that not only didn't push back but were happiest while exploring the depths of their work without concern for silly little things like ethics

 

"I believe we can be of help to you in this, yes."




#1840729 It is unaVOIDable, it is your destiny. [TSE Dom of Nathema Hex - AN,21]

Posted by Cassandra Paige on 06 August 2018 - 09:56 AM

Honestly, the view from the doorway could have been almost any GenPals lab. Right down to unauthorized creatures scurrying about (though she supposed these were technically not only authorized but desired. She would never understand it). Not quite what she had been expecting. It was a pleasant surprise in a day she had prepared herself to be full of, if not unpleasant, at least only moderately unappealing things. 

 

She trailed behind Cerbera, increasingly.... was there a word that conveyed a perfect cross between curious and concerned? Cass didn't know. There should be one that covered the equal measures of both feelings. 

 

Cassandra blinked as the holo came up. It was.... frankly it was hideous. Why would anyone want to create.... a ship!?.... like that when the sleek modern lines of so many of the current offerings coming off of the Sith Empire construction yards were an option? Not to mention the realities of a living being of that size. The mess, the limitations..... the mess. 

 

The redhead was rarely at a loss for words, but she did not reply for a moment, trying to come up with something, anything beyond her initial reaction of 'but why though?'

 

Ultimately, it was the business aspect of the proposition that let her step beyond that. 

 

"It is.... far larger in scope, both literally and figuratively, than anything GenPals has worked with in the past," Cassandra said slowly. "I do not believe, however, that it is outside of the scope of capacity, though unless you have a facility in mind it will take something far larger than anything GenPals currently owns. You have considered the..... limitations of course? Of a living ship."

 

This was her way of delicately reminding her that it would require things like food, rest.... a place to..... defecate. 

 

Why on earth anyone would want this was beyond her.




#1840137 It is unaVOIDable, it is your destiny. [TSE Dom of Nathema Hex - AN,21]

Posted by Cassandra Paige on 05 August 2018 - 10:39 AM

'Proper motivation' in the case of Cerbera's pets had meant the green skinned woman practically looming over the shoulders of GenPal's scientists. Not something Cassandra planned to subject them to again if at all possible. Larry in particular, she thought, would never be the same. She also suspected he was utterly smitten and had to resist wrinkling her nose. But then, Larry's favorite projects had been entirely suspect so it shouldn't surprise her. 

 

"Mmm, a bit," Cass murmured as they stepped out of the lift and into the hallway. Her heels takked neatly on the tile floor as they walked. While the woman was not a biologist or geneticist herself, it would have been impossible to run a company focused on bio-engineering without becoming at least passingly familiar with the Vong and their work. 

 

"Truly amazing what they accomplish. We have had successes replicating certain projects in the lab. Nothing fit for sale, but the base processes are very useful in expanding the effects we can produce. One of the labs is dedicated to that- reduced risk of cross contamination unintentionally."

 

She paused as Cerbera opened a door, ushering the redhead inside. 

 

Cassandra paused just inside the door, grey eyes sweeping the room. 

 

Cerbera




#1838995 It is unaVOIDable, it is your destiny. [TSE Dom of Nathema Hex - AN,21]

Posted by Cassandra Paige on 03 August 2018 - 03:35 PM

Cassandra caught the intended barb. But how could an attack like that strike true when there was no target to hit?

 

One of the very first things Itash Mecetti had taught her was how to hide her signature within the Force. Better and yet again all to gain by keeping that as an ace up ones sleeve, yes? The fact that Cassandra was rather smug about it was the flash that Cerbera caught- Cassandra had not been born with the sensitivity required to manipulate the Force, but through a continued ritual with Tash they had kept it as part of her. It was not permanent and that rankled. But someday. Yes. There was nothing that Cassandra Paige wanted that she did not, in time, come to possess. 

 

Instead of a smirk the expression turned into a sunny smile. 

"Mmm I am sure that the things us poor mundanes miss would be simply hair curling."

 

A small barb of her own. 

 

She did not miss the way the 'offer' was presented. Like scraps from a table to the dogs. Good dogs, loyal dogs, but still. 

 

For now, for all of the smuggness at her burgeoning abilities, Cassandra knew the line she walked here was a fine one. So she let it lie because there was no gain in making a fuss. She had learned a long time ago that there were people you could push and people you ought not. Cerbera certain fell into the later category. 

 

For now. 

 

"Our scope is usually not so much the 'grand', but you know that already," Cassandra said as they stepped into the facility and started heading down. The cool air, the cleanliness of it- this was much preferable to the outside verdancy and mess. As much as Cassandra could find it interesting from a business perspective, in truth she hated all of that. 

 

"However I have no doubt that this invitation considers our capacities, rather than our deficits, so I am very interested to hear what you have up your sleeve."

 

Working with the green skinned woman had, after all, always been profitable. 




#1838124 It is unaVOIDable, it is your destiny. [TSE Dom of Nathema Hex - AN,21]

Posted by Cassandra Paige on 02 August 2018 - 10:17 AM

Cassandra didn't see it as bowing. She saw it as the sensible business choice. In its own way, coming when Cerbera requested a meeting was bowing to her own avarice. The partnership with the other woman had been profitable for GenPals, which in turn made it profitable for Cassandra. 

 

The shuttle winged over Nathema. While Cassandra's gaze swept the lush greenery beneath her, her mind and attention were elsewhere. If it had been any other business, she could have insisted on the other person coming to her. Work in the Corporate Sector had been non-stop. Even GenPals plans had been put on hold while she and Itash Mecetti put into place the structure necessary to handle the unexpected responsibility dropped oh so neatly into Tash's lap by one Darth Carnifex. Originally the plan had been for Itash to accompany her today, for the pair to make a short get away of it here on this beautiful world. But problems had arisen. As they seemed to wont to do these days on Etti IV. 

 

The shuttle eased onto the landing pad, and the redhead disembarked a minute later. Dressed as was typical for her in business settings, she wore a crisp white suit. Heels taked on the tarmac as she approached Cerbera. 

 

"Good morning," Cassandra inclined her head. "This is quite a location. I was unfamiliar with the planet before your invitation, but some of the wildlife here is simply fascinating, no?"

 

Oh, Cass didn't care about the wildlife for it's own sake. Only for how it could benefit her

 

"Now, what was so important we couldn't speak of it over a holocall?" Cass was smiling, her tone friendly. It always was when dealing with Cerbera. 




#1823037 Business as Usual [TSE Dominion of Etti IV Hex AN-17]

Posted by Cassandra Paige on 08 July 2018 - 01:19 PM

"It's an opportunity, but not the one we had planned," she agreed. 

 

She sauntered over, settling her hip against the table beside his chair. Head tilted, looking down at him. 

 

"It's what we would have done, aimed for, if that path had been open," she pointed out. The only reason they hadn't was because working within the existing frame work allowed them in only to a point. Carnifex had shattered the frame work. 

 

"You, my dear, are going to have to learn to properly delegate," she continued with a smile. It curled, low and slow, over her lips, self satisfied, like a cat. "What you have done with Didact isn't that- you run that the way a noble would and it has worked because of the nature of it." She was referring to his literal connection to his men. "You, Lord Mecetti, are going to have to truly learn how to function in business."

 

The smile turned into a smirk. 

 

"Fortunately, you don't have to do it alone."

 

Itash Mecetti




#1822994 Business as Usual [TSE Dominion of Etti IV Hex AN-17]

Posted by Cassandra Paige on 08 July 2018 - 11:25 AM

Cass kept her silence for the exchange, mind turning the new possibilities over and over. Because of the nature of their respective businesses, it had not been possible to manipulate one of them into the role of ExO, or even one of the more important chairs of the Direx. All they could do was manipulate from the sidelines. But with one stroke Darth Carnifex had changed the entire playing field and put Itash in a position to exert the sort of influence they had not thought possible with the current lay of the political land. 

 

Once they came to their agreement, Cass bowed along with Itash and Direx Inyin as the Dark Lord swept out of the room and the door closed behind him. The Echani turned to them immediately, the expression on her face sour. 

 

"Was this your intention all along?"

 

Cass spread her hands. "It was not," she said, truthfully, though she would have lied if that hadn't been the case anyway. 

 

Inyin snorted. Whether she believed them or not was irrelevant now. 

 

"I will go inform the Direx of this..... development. I hope you two know what you're doing. For all of our sakes."

 

The woman swept out of the room, leaving the pair alone once more. 

 

"Well. That went..... differently than planned."

 

Itash Mecetti




#1821947 Business as Usual [TSE Dominion of Etti IV Hex AN-17]

Posted by Cassandra Paige on 06 July 2018 - 11:34 AM

The trio bowed, as was only appropriate, at the arrival of Darth Carnifex. Cass had been about to speak, but the Inyin surprised her.

 

"Only in pointing out their concerns with the former," the Echani enunciated the last word clearly, "ExO's inability to grasp the current situation with clarify. Her actions, or in this case, inactions, are what have brought about this meeting, Lord Carnifex. Direx Inyin, at your service."

 

She glanced over at the pair, weighing for a moment. 

 

"The Corporate Sector welcomes the Empire. I speak for the Direx. We will be holding nominations for a new ExO that is more... amenable to the necessary work to benefit all of us," she continued evenly. 

 

It would not be either of the pair also in the room. The Corporate Sector ExO by requirement could have no business interests outside of the CSA. But then, neither of them wanted the position either, which suited them all just fine. That wasn't the sort of influence they aimed for. 

 

Itash Mecetti




#1820641 Business as Usual [TSE Dominion of Etti IV Hex AN-17]

Posted by Cassandra Paige on 04 July 2018 - 11:22 AM

Things devolved rapidly from there. Cass and Itash took a back seat to the events as they unfolded. They had orchestrated them, maneuvered all of the players to this point, taking advantage of events as they had unfolded. But now that they were here they were mostly spectators to it all. 

 

In the end, Direx Inyin stood, calling for a vote of no confidence in the Tiss'harl ExO. Seconded then, by one of the others the pair had in their pocket. 

 

An official vote couldn't take place of course- they needed the majority of the Direx in place for that, and too many of their members were scattered to different meetings in this moment. 

 

"Who then," the Tiss'harl said coldly, "Will speak with the Sith?"

 

"Since Direx Inyin has already been in contact with them, she would make an excellent liason while this unfortunate incident resolves," Cass finally spoke up, her voice and expression smooth. As if they hadn't arranged the entire situation. 

 

"If Lord Mecetti and Miss Paige would accompany me to that meeting, I would much appreciate it."

 

"Of course, Direx Inyin. Anything to keep the path forward as easy and smooth as possible."

 

Cass smiled.

 

Itash Mecetti Darth Carnifex 




#1819525 Business as Usual [TSE Dominion of Etti IV Hex AN-17]

Posted by Cassandra Paige on 02 July 2018 - 07:47 PM

Cass managed to keep her distaste for the ExO in check. Mostly. She had no doubt that the creature was perfectly aware. But she wore that particular, plastic smile. Perfect in every way, to the point that it's perfection gave it away. Of course, what could you say to that?

 

She smiled too perfectly at me so I know she truly despises me.

 

Ah yes, that would work so well for him. 

 

"Oh, I didn't realize," Cass said, raising a hand to her chest in mock surprise. The ExO turned to give her a cold stare. 

 

"Didn't realize what?"

 

"Well, I thought you knew." She glanced at the other members of the Direx sitting around the table for a moment. "How silly of me. The Sith have already been in talks with someone else."

 

The table erupted in noise. Not everyone jumped to their feet- some of them already knew what was coming, after all. The ExO managed to restore order, but only just. 

 

"Who," the Tiss'shar said, voice as flat as his eyes. "You, Miss Paige?"

 

She laughed, waving her hand. "Of course not. While GenPals maintains several high ranking Sith as clients and holds a significant marker share in Imperial Space, I am not interested in politics. I would hardly be an acceptable choice."

 

That was a lie. But a useful one. 

 

"I would have thought she would have spoken to you," Cass continued, inspecting her nails casually. "But I suppose if they haven't spoken to you, they must have a good reason."

 

They don't trust you hung in the air. 

 

Itash Mecetti




#1818747 Business as Usual [TSE Dominion of Etti IV Hex AN-17]

Posted by Cassandra Paige on 01 July 2018 - 05:12 PM

"You think the Sith brought the storms on purpose?" She asked with amusement. 

 

"And this is exactly the time to keep them waiting," she said, grey eyes casting over the view beneath them. "We have the connections they want. You were raised to power, Itash. But I was raised in business. No, let them sit. Not long, no reason to taunt them. But they need us now."

 

The pair had been working with the Sith Empire for over a year now. As they had built their businesses in the Corporate Sector, they had built bridges while so much of the rest had merely watched and waited, to see which way the wind blew. Now that it was clear which direction that would be, the gambles they had made paid off. They were in the position to offer guidance. They had the connections, the knowledge. 

 

A few minutes passed before she finally nodded. 

 

"That should sufficiently irritate them," she murmured with a small smile. "Shall we?"

 

Arm in arm, the pair headed down the hall and toward the lavishly appointed meeting room. It wasn't merely the current ExO, but several members of the Direx as well. Enough, she realized and glanced at Itash with a measured look. 

 

"Lord Itash, Miss Paige, thank you for gracing us with your presence." The sardonic tone was clear, and Cass's smile only widened. 

 

Perfect.

 

Itash Mecetti




#1818475 Business as Usual [TSE Dominion of Etti IV Hex AN-17]

Posted by Cassandra Paige on 01 July 2018 - 09:37 AM

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ETTI IV

 

The destruction of Ession had not gone unnoticed by the Corporate Sector Authority and the Corporate Sector at large. Not unnoticed… but ignored. When the emergency calls came, they went unheeded. When the refugees (some managed to escape the onslaught) appeared?

 

They were imprisoned.

 

Awaiting to be given away to the coming Sith Empire.

 

Because nobody in the Authority had any doubt that Ession would not be the last that they had heard of the Sith. With their aid in securing Black Star Station not long ago, and Ession on the near horizon, the entities within the Corporate Sector decided that it was far more profitable to welcome the Sith…. The alternatives simply did not suit.

 

In the end, they invited them. Opened the doors. There was the potential for profit for all parties that way, as opposed to leaving them closed. Offers were made, trades were set up. The prisoners from Ession and access to the Corporate Sector in return for safety. As business deals went it was a simple one. The agreements made from a distance even before the Sith set foot on Etti. No risks taken.

 

None that would not absolutely be worth the rewards, at least.

 

OBJECTIVES

 

  1. Process the Prisoners - Relieve local law enforcement of those put on hold for the Sith. Arrange transport to appropriate locations within the Empire, or divert some, under the table, for your own use (don’t get caught).

  2. Riot! - At one of the holding locations, a prisoner transfer has gone wrong. Angry and desperate, the prisoners have overcome the local guards and have taken over the complex. Put them down, hard.

  3. Secure the Hyperlanes - More than one Hyperlane, some large and some small, intersect at Etti IV. Clear the system as safe for the Empire and reset hyperspace relays to account for all Sith Imperial Vessels.

  4. Let’s Get Down to Business - Etti IV is the heart of the corporate sector. Make business contacts or contracts, establish a toe hold for your company, or supply something for the Sith Empire to claim a MF contract!

  5. BYOO - As always, if you have something else you’d like to do, have fun! The thread is your oyster.




#1797589 Floofasaur

Posted by Cassandra Paige on 31 May 2018 - 12:45 AM

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OUT OF CHARACTER INFORMATION

  • Intent: To create a new GenPal for the ‘Personal Security' Line

  • ​Image Credit: Typette| Nebu Kuro | GenPals Logos created by me.

  • Canon: N/A

  • Links: Created by GenPals

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Name: Velox media, Floofasaur ™

  • Designation: Non Sentient

  • Homeworld: Morellia, GenPals Labs, Engineered Species

  • Language: N/A

  • Average Lifespan: 15-18 years

  • Estimated Population: Scattered (Manufactured)

  • Description: Hip high repto-avians in a wide variety of plumage colours. Engineered through dormant gene work, Floofasaurs ™  are companion guards- affectionate, easy to train, and happy to rip out the throat of anyone not their owner.

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PHYSICAL INFORMATION

  • Breathes: Type 1

  • Average height of adults: 1m

  • Average length of adults: 1.5m

  • Skin color: Pink, Tan, White

  • Feather color: Wildly varied. Available in both subdued hues such as white, black, dun, brown, and sandy, but also in an array of pastel and jewel tones in every colour of the rainbow.

  • Distinctions: With long necks and tails, these creatures come in either ‘sleek’ or ‘fluffed’ feather varieties, with the later looking decidedly plump and non-threatening  despite being no heavier than their visually ‘sleek’ counterparts. With needle sharp teeth and wicked talons, Floofasaurs ™ have an oddly pleasant aroma, reminiscent of popcorn.

  • Races: N/A
     

  • Strengths:

(+) Adorable: Come on, look at them. They are cute af.

(+) Trainable: Floofasaurs ™ are clever and can learn a variety of commands and even tricks.

(+) Fast: They are light on their feet, agile, and quick. They are difficult to catch and difficult to hit.

(+) Strong: Surprisingly strong for their size and appearance, Floofasaurs ™ have a powerful jump and kick that can do significant damage to an unarmored opponent, as well as a strong jaw and needle sharp teeth.

 

  • Weaknesses:

(-) Fragile Bones: While these are meant to defend and deter potential assailants, Floofasaurs ™ have fragile bones that can be easily broken, especially in the wings.

(-) No true flight: Despite having wings, this animal cannot fly. It can’t even properly glide. Its wings can be used to aid in jumps, but that is all.
(-)Feathers  not Armor: While they are strong for their size, they are still just feather and muscle. They cannot tank multiple blaster hits and certainly not a lightsaber.

(-)Teeth not blades: While teeth and claws can easily cut through flesh, they are useless against an armored opponent.

(-) Sterile: Like all GenPals animals, these are sterile to discourage irresponsible breeding.

(-) Proprietary: Like all GenPals animals, these animals require GenPals brand food to remain healthy.

 

 

CULTURE

  • Diet: Require GenPals brand Reptile food.

  • Communication: Squawks, warbles, chirps, hisses, and screeches. Body language.

  • Technology level: N/A

  • Religion/Beliefs: N/A

  • General behavior: Floofasaurs ™ are affectionate, friendly and cuddly- with one person. Not recommended for families or children, these animals form a strong bond with one person and do not socialize well with others. While they are not aggressive to other animals (provided they do not pose a threat or act too much like prey), people beside their bonded owner are at best suspect.

    Floofasaurs ™ are happiest when they are with their bonded owner. They will cavort and scamper, making content cooing or trilling sounds. They enjoy treats (GenPals brand carnivore treats are available in stores now for your new friend!), scritches at the base of their wings and will happily curl up with a head on a knee. If they have a choice, they will choose nearness to their bonded owner. They enjoy playing games, including fetch and hide and seek, and will occasionally engage in social grooming if someone sits still for long enough, gently rearranging hair or fur as they see fit. An annoyed or disappointed Floofasaur ™ will chastise their owner first with an irritated chitter, and if whatever is distressing them continues, a sharp nip. They will not, however, attack someone they have bonded to.

    A bored or lonely Floofasaur ™ can be destructive. GenPals recommends only dedicated owners choose this particular line for their companion. For the rare occasions they must be left parted for long periods, be sure to supply toys and a safe environment where your new friend cannot damage the couch or kitchen floor with their talons. Consider providing a blanket or old shirt that smells like you to help them remain calm and content until you can return.

    Floofasaurs ™ can be easily trained as guard animals. In fact, training one to not act in a  protection role would be more difficult, nearly impossible. For those times when out in public with your new friend, most local ordinances require a leash or harness for the protection of your pet…. And the people around you.

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HISTORICAL INFORMATION

 

While the initial plans to make a specific order for a certain Sith fell through, GenPals was left with genetic samples of Tiss’shar. Months passed with no real plans or intents….. Until one Doctor Larry Fisher needed a project to keep him out of everyone else’s work.

 

Rather than splice avian genetics into the samples, he decided to unlock certain dormant genes and traits, returning the specimens to something more akin to ancient ancestors, long before sentience was gained on Tiss’sharl.

 

The result? Floofasaurs ™.

 

Cass hated the name. But it was better than the ‘Cassowarie’ one employee (ex employee) had suggested. Well, not everything could be as clever as Salafranders ™ , could they?

 

 

 

 
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#1786203 Operation Rebirth | The Rebellion's Rebellion of Jaminere (Hex AK-24)

Posted by Cassandra Paige on 15 May 2018 - 09:27 AM

Location: Antigone Communications (formerly Jaminere Communications Consolidated), Palace District

Allies: TSE, Itash Mecetti Jacen Vadith Tsisaar Taral Sebastian Thel Llkt'tudrin'wyshd

Enemies: Rebels, Cedric Grayson Cenric Marus Lyra Sarn Ari Vox Jax Vandal

Current Objective: Deal with the Home Invaders

Current Mood: "HA GOT HIM!- oh chit"

Gear: Stylish suit. Killer heels. Paddle Beamer.

 

There were moments when everything seemed to go right. As soon as she pulled the trigger the second time, she knew that her shot was a good one. There was a satisfaction in that moment that she hadn't been expecting. Straight and true and dead center of his che-

 

"I thought you said this thing bypassed shields Tash!"

 

It wasn't merely annoyance in her tone, she was down right insulted by the turn of the situation it seemed. To be fair, she was exactly that, but that's what happens when narcissistic psychopaths think they are getting what they want and then suddenly do not. 

 

"Little busy!"

 

He really, really was. 

 

The hum of the lightsabers, the crackle of lightening, weapons firing- the room had gone from a tense standstill to pure, unadulterated kinetic energy. With the easing of the Malacia, several of the employees started to shift and stir, though most were still and silent. She couldn't get a clear shot at the people behind him, and his head was ensconced in a helmet- Itash had trained her specifically to not take a headshot with the paddle beamer because of how deadly it was (and this was for defense, dear Cass, no reason to have that on your hands, not at least, until he was ready for it to be, not that she knew). If his face had been in view however? She would have zapped him right in it, lethality be damned. 

 

"CASS! Shoot him!"

 

She made an annoyed sound in her throat. 

 

"With what? The toy you gave me?"

 

"JUST DO SOMETHING WOMAN!"

 

"FINE!"

 

Reaching down, Cass pulled off her heels. And threw them, one after another, straight at Cedric's head. 

 

It was surprisingly satisfying but the satisfaction was short lived. It wasn't a particular natural action in combat, and the large motions combined with the focus on Cedric left her open for one of Ari's shots. 

 

It hit her just as she let the second shoe fly, and the momentum from that combined with the stun bolt spun her around. She collapsed bonelessly to the floor. Stun bolts were funny things- different people had slightly different reactions to them. For some it knocked them utterly unconscious, which was, Cass realized, a blessing. Because some people remained completely aware, simply unable to move, unable to act. Up until now, it had never occurred to her to wonder which one she would be. 

 

Entirely paralyzed and yet aware of everything going on around her.It was like Raykka all over again. Literal nightmare fuel. Her heart hammered too fast in her chest, remembering, the sensation too similar- he had used the force to keep her still as he had literally cooked and eaten parts of her as she watched. This was not the same situation, but the similarity of feeling was too great. Fear was an unfamiliar sensation for one Cassandra Paige, but this level of helplessness was too close to that one before. Tainted by that experience, she could do nothing but watch- could not move to draw calming breaths, could not act to calm herself. But neither could the tremors from those memories make their way to her hands. There was no outlet for reliving Raykka. 

 

So the only place it had to stay was seated right behind those grey eyes. The terror there was out of place, even in the chaos of the communications hub. But there was no where else for it to go.

 

Summary/TL:DR- After being annoyed her paddle beamer wasn't working, Cass threw her heels at Cedric's head, then went down to a shot from Ari and has flash backs to Raykka.