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#1916876 The Sounds of Anvil

Posted by Ronak on Today, 05:35 PM

Fate must truly have led him here, as the women at the building which he had readed by now greeted him like a guest they had expected. The ways of the force were unfathomable and brilliant at the same time. As the Shistavanen stepped closer he bowed in respect and greeting. Aside from the women's appearance he also picked up their scents which told a story of their own, of strong bodies and wills, no fear or doubt noticeable.


Curiosity showed in the yellow wolf eyes, as they took in not only the appearances of the people present but also the architecture of the building, he followed the tall Valkyri inside. At the sight and smell of the food his stomach reminded him with a wolfish growl of the hours spent without eating. Inspite of his hunger he waited according to wolfish etiquette for others higher in the hierarchy to take from the food first, while taking in the odour of the hearty meal.


"Thank you for your warm welcome and the food", the wolfman yelped trying to cover his embarassment, but still appearing a bit sheepish. "My name is Ronak and I am here as a searcher, but I do not know what the Vur Tepe temple or the Je'daii Order is. I just ended up on this planet by chance. So, could you please explain a bit about this place to me?" Honest curiosity was clear from his voice and appearance.



Mariya Fleischer

Tyra Ashen

Kurenai Yumi

#1916145 The Sounds of Anvil

Posted by Ronak on 19 February 2019 - 05:42 PM

The predator hunting his prey is neither good nor evil, nor is the prey being hunted termed by any such terms. Both exist in a cycle of life and death balanced - for without the prey the hunter would die, without the hunter the prey would reproduce too fast killing themselves by overusing their own nourishing nevironment. The real hunter took no more than he needed, never bereft the prey's herd of their strongest but rather their weakest members strengthening them through his actions. Neither did he selfishly gourge himself in blood or lust for the suffering and joy of killing as the Sith did, no did he believe that not culling the weakest among his prey improved the herd's strength as a whole more than taking them out to improve the other's living condition, as the Jedi did. Nature had a balance and so had the force - that was what Ronak believed. Without light, no shadows could be cast, without darkness light lost its meaning as a contrast. What he had not found was a way to lead him towards such balance and stability between the extremes of light and dark in the ways of the force.


But it seemed the force had found a way of its own to guide him towards such a goal. When the smuggler's ship he worked on to earn his passage got stranded on the planet Tem he had felt an urge deep inside him driving him forward through the lava lands. Panting and suffering from the heat even more due to his fur, the Shistavanen scout searched for a way through this harsh terrain to lead him where his inner voice, the force whispering to him, called.


The harsh cry of a flying predator split the air, as he dove to attack a small critter on the ground. "My friend, could you tell me where a home of two-legged dwellers such as me can be found", he asked with a growling voice reaching out to the beast with the force. The predator fixed him with orange eyes glowing like the lava flowing in some parts of the planets he had crossed before. Offering a chunk of dried bantha meat as a bribe finally turned the beast onto his side. Gulping down the meat it screeching approvingly. "Show me the direction!", Ronak asked it gently.


With another screeching cry the beast soared into the sky and started to turn into a direction, circling after a while to give the earth-bound hunter a chance to catch up with it. Briefly, the wolfman considered running on all fours to increase his speed, but decided against it to keep an eye on his guide more easily. In such a way, he was led through the territory for several hours, before a peculiar sound reached the sensitive ears of the wolfman: metal clashing onto metal. Was there a fight going on? But duelled with pure metal weapons nowadays?


Reaching a knoll, Ronak could finally make out the source of the sounds: an actual forge! The screech of his flying guide made him turn back to him and thank him with words and another meat piece, before turning to the mysterious location. This was the place where the force had led him to meet who fate wished to introduce him to. You will never know, before you take the first step and approach your fate.


Mariya Fleischer

Caedyn Arenais

Kurenai Yumi

Tom Taff

#1916127 Uncovering the Past

Posted by Ronak on 19 February 2019 - 04:56 PM

Ronak could sense Valad Yar reach out with the force and probing the environment in much more skilled ways than he knew himself. Cave systems could be vast, but typically they occurred where water had access unless they had been created by volcanic or tectonic activity. Thus, staying close tot the river and its canyons seemed the most reasonable place to start a search for the wilderness expert. Refraining from probing on the force level himself to not interrupt or bias Valad Yar's search, he kept his keen senses trained on the wilderness around them, scanning the hillsides and valleys with sharp eyes, sniffing the air regularly to detect any intruder upwind from their own position.


In the distance, he could make out a city's silhouette. But this would not be the target of their search, unless he had understood something about this mission completely wrong. Immediately he pricked his ears, as he heard Valad Yar's voice split the ambient sounds around them by asking a peculiar question: "Tell me, have you heard of an object known as a Thought Bomb...?" Ronak thought about this for a moment, before growling an answer: "I'm no expert for Jedi or Sith history and my people have always lived quite withdrawn from the rest of the galaxy. But it sounds like some Sith weapon to me. Pacifistic Jedi wouldn't build something called a bomb after all", he added a bit sarcasticly. "What is it?", came the curious question as an after thought.



Gray Venasir

#1916064 Sun and Shadow [SJO Exploration]

Posted by Ronak on 19 February 2019 - 10:38 AM

“It’s much more than that, my friend. It’s about discovering and learning about past cultures. The artifacts certainly help, but they’re merely a piece of the larger puzzle. And be careful of merely digging – it’s easy to damage things if you’re not cautious. Use these!", Cassius Droma explained and placed the tools into Ronak's hands. Curiously he eyed the brush and a trowel. How could you ever efficiently dig with this small thing? But he refrained from asking the question aloud and turned to follow them, intent to learn from observation rather than asking such an embarassing question. The brush made sense at least for getting rid of sand and dust.


As he kept an eye on the young one, he noted that Milla Ordo handed the counterpiece of the bracelet to Sabine Galen that she had also worn on Lothal. That it was meant for keeping track of her was news to him, but it made perfect sense for keeping the bright girl safe. Following them to the ceremony site showed that the planet was indeed vastly empty and their digging site the only place of interest is this desert landscape within several miles radius.


As Cassius Droma released his probe droid Ronak had to consciously control his dislike and refrain from snarling at the metal things. What quieted him was that the really looked more like tools than humanoids. The Shistavanen preferred to rely on his own senses rather than a machine's ones. Looking around intently he inhaled deeply to pick up any scents. Of course he could detect his party members whose scents he knew by now, then there were the machines and beyond that was something musky and decaying, a smell not unexpected where ancient burial chambers were nearby - although it smelt almost too intense for long unopened tombs.


The markings looked interesting, but he had no experience with code breaking and neither with ancient languages. Patiently, he waited until the real archeologists had finished their exchange before he voiced his concern to the two: "You said that the tombs should stay preserved. But I can smell some intense scent of decay. It could be just an animal's cadaver, although I did not note any life forms yet. But it could also be that something cracked an opening into the tomb site - most likely something natural like an earth quake. Should we check this out?"



Kiran Arlos

Sky'ito Yumi

#1916059 Journey to the Darkest Heart

Posted by Ronak on 19 February 2019 - 10:13 AM

Orex Mauda had proved to him again that the anger of the Sith made them unable to respect hierarchy on a long run and thus were weakened by their lack of cooperation. But the youth was not from his own pack and killing another violating their territory was the natural way - it would also be the natural way for the young man's pack, the Academy people. The three of them would turn from hunters to prey quite soon. Although not afraid of a fight, he was worried that he had no experience in defending himself against force attacks or against comattants with light sabers, while he was at it. Thinking of that, he eyes caught the sight of an object worn by the student Orex had just hidden - the hilt of a training lightsaber. It would neither be efficient nor really helpful in combat, but anything even a toy weapon was better than having nothing at all.


Rushing to were Orex was hiding the body, he grabbed the weapon and then placed him in the shadows hiding it again. "He won't be found for a while. Nonetheless, we stand out", Orex Mauda showed to be of the same opinion as Ronak. "We are now on the final stretch of this journey. We now go to the Equator where I am sure the Temples I seek are located. Valad, you will know more of the structural intricacies of ancient temples than I do. Your help will be needed."


Leaving as soon as possible was the wisest decision they had made in a while now. There was no point in staying, they needed to move and get out of the academy guards' range, before the hunt would begin. From now on they were pack held together by the common enemy who would hunt them, dependant on each other as none could fight their way out of here alone. Turning from Orex Mauda to Valad Yar he mustered both and replied their gazes with a curt nod demonstrating that he was ready for anything thrown at them.


#1915750 Journey to the Darkest Heart

Posted by Ronak on 18 February 2019 - 02:40 PM

"R.o.n.a.k, control minds not matter. THAT is true strength!", a voice resounded in his head. Right next to the levitating book a second book which he had not even noticed before became visible now. "I have what you TRULY wish to learn", the voice in his head insisted.




The sound almost rang in his sensitive ears and definitely snapped his mind out of the trance the book seemed to cast on him. The wolfman required a few moments to gather his thoughts and focus on his environment again. Turning around, Ronak noticed Orex Mauda 's handling of the young student which captivated his mind and distracted him from Valad Yar. Although his conscious mind was against the unnecessary killing of the young one, something deep within him cheered at the demonstration of sheer strength. "This is only the physical strength - imagine how much more strength you gain by only bending the mind not the body of your enemy", the voice from the book whispered into his mind again.


"We can't remain here much longer. Conclude your search and we will make our way to the equator", Orex Mauda announced rigorously dragging his mind again out of his partially entranced state. Yes, they should leave and make a run for it. But the promises of the book still seemed so seductive. After a few moments of hesitation, he made his decsion, grabbed the book and placed it in his backpack while turning to leave archive through the doors they had entered it. Curiosity kills the cat - or Shistavanen possibly. But what does not kill you, makes you stronger.



#1915465 Journey to the Darkest Heart

Posted by Ronak on 17 February 2019 - 05:26 PM

The way in which Valad Yar manipulated the guard appealed greatly to Ronak. There was no brutality involved, the guard followed the Sith's bidding but not to his own harm, if one ignored the harm received as punishment for letting them pass unauthorised. But that was not really his problem or worry. Orex Mauda seemed no less intrigued. "Although perceived as nothing but a brutal and arrogant manipulation of the Force, the Dark Side opens the doors to power most men only dream of", he whispered into Ronak 's ear. This time the wolfman was d'accord with him.


As they entered the academy, Ronak felt a change. Whispers filled his ears such that he would almost have missed Orex mentioning the Sith archives. Promises of power, strength, of the one and true way were audible - some voices sounded cruel, others sweet and gentle, all had a strength and an edge to them. The Shistavanen felt like he almost could not wait any longer, until Orex finally opened the blasted door keeping him from what called out to him. Curiosity itched him onwards. All these books and scrolls, all the knowledge kept within!


Deciding what to focus on was the true challenge, he looked for nothing in particular, but was curious about almost anything. The pained groans from one of the books made him turn away searching another direction. Historical storied might be interesting, but the boasting about battles won and enemies maimed was less than attractive to him. Then, a book caught his eye floating in the air 10 centimetres above the book rest. As he tried to stepped closer the book seemed to push him backward. Anger awakened in the wolfman - do not push me around, book! Not even thinking to turn back, he pushed forward himself, focussing on his wish to sate his curiosity. Snarling and growling, while he pressed onward fighting an increasing defense, until suddenly he stmubled the last two steps and caught himself at the book rest from falling. It felt like he had passed an invisible wall and now reached his goal - the floating book.


"Learn the power of the unseen. Fools think telekinesis is just about moving things in the air. Masters known that moving the right parts of your enemies' physique can prove more powerful than a light saber, so can deflecting an attack thorugh your will alone", the whispering voice promised unknown knowledge. Ronak did not need further encouragement to grab the book. For a moment he thought about keeping it, then he thought better of it. After all this was a library, knowledge was to be distributed, the sources of this knowledge were not to be stolen. This much respect for knowledge and common sense were left for him. As he started scanning the book to his datapad kept in a belt pouch, Ronak read the author's name: Darth Nox.


#1915449 Uncovering the Past

Posted by Ronak on 17 February 2019 - 04:32 PM

Everyone seemed d'accord with his suggestion. Domino seemed curios enough to join them in their search and would go on a ride with Gray Venasir to scan the vast hilly grass land for sign of a collapsed entrance. Ronak did not mind teaming with Valad Yar - the man knew better then anyone else what they were looking for.


Before turning to their task at hand, Ronak noiced Valad Yar reaching out with the force. Well, he had his ways of detecting something, the wolfman trusted his survival skills more than his ability to sense something through the force. If teams had combed this area some while ago there was no reason to waste time on anything outside. His main goal was to find a cave of other type of entrance, potentially burried by now. Scanning the area from above showed that the river after apssing several kilometers of hilly grassland led to a canyon structure further downstream where the hills turned into cliffs. This looked like the most promising area to look for a cave entrance for now.


The screeching call of a bird of prey made him turn his head in the direction where the hunter missed to catch its prey and landed on the ground close to the speeder. Before it dashed off into the sky again, Ronak reached out to it in his mind "Come here, my friend!". Stopping short and focussing its eyes on the wolfman the bird reacted to the ways in which he felt called by the force. Taking a chunk of dried meat from a belt pouch, Ronak offered it as a token of friendship. After a moment's hesitation the avian gulped down the meat. Now he had the attention. "You can get some more, if you do me a favour. Fly along that river. If you see a cave, show me", he instructed the bird with growls and yelps switching to Shistavanen subconciously as it felt more natural for communicating with the beast. Giving a curt nod, the bird soared up into the sky. If he did as instructed, they had gained and additional aid, if it did not he had lost nothing more than a small meat chunk. 


A quick glance towards Valad Yar confirmed that he was ready to follow, so the scout chose the fastest route down the hill towards the winding river.


#1914628 Lady Moon

Posted by Ronak on 15 February 2019 - 06:18 PM

The stimpak he had used before to numb the pain from the wound started to wear off, leaving a subliminal pain behind, tearing at his thoughts. Although this distracted him slightly, the scout kept his thoughts trained at the current situation. Observing her more closely, the woman Jairdain seemed to belong in this environment as naturally, as he did in the forests of Uvena Prime. As she waved her arms invitingly, a silver hilt became visible at her belt. Of course, he had felt her strong connection to the force.


"Do you need assistance?", she asked calmly. Her calm ways reminded her of his friend The Wayfarer - he had also managed this calm demeanor in the strangest of situations. Fond memories of days gone by made the wolfman more willing to trust her. Although showing weakness in front of an unknown stranger felt not like the best idea, especially after what had happened to him, something like an inner voice kept telling him that it was alright, he could trust in her.


Casting aside his doubts, he growled with a strained undertone: "I am sorry to bother you, but would you be equipped with a first aid kit or something to help me with a..." Than he hesitated to say the word 'blaster wound'. That would cause awkward questions. "... aninjury?", he settled for instead. "Or do you know a place where I could get some help?", he added as an afterthought. Only when he looked into her face for a bit longer, did he notice that her gaze was not really focussed on him, she seemed not to really look at him at all. Maybe she had visions through the force? At least she had responded before, so she was aware of him and not experiencing some vision taking her focu away from the here and now.


#1914619 Journey to the Darkest Heart

Posted by Ronak on 15 February 2019 - 05:54 PM

Ronak noted Valad Yar's gaze on the instructor and could tell from his gesture that he disagreed with this behaviour, unlike Orex Mauda who seemed quite content at the sight. Not wishing to stay much longer to witness the scene, the wolfman passed on following in Orex' wake.


A single guard watched the entrance when they neared the gate to exit the academy's site. Orex explained their need for medaillons of access. Fighting against students was not Ronak's favourite way of acquiring it, but if this was without an alternative he would have to take it. Even if the whole area did not look well-guarded enough to make it impossible tot sneak past the guard, the tricky part would not be to get outside to the wastelands behind, but to get back inside where they were likely more attentive.


"Aren't there any officials to announce our expedition to? After all, you were given landing rights, so likely they will give you an allowance and us medallions being your co-workers", Ronak suggested. "If there is no alternative, we have to fight, but the official way would likely be more elegant and create less trouble for us in the long run."


#1914612 Sun and Shadow [SJO Exploration]

Posted by Ronak on 15 February 2019 - 05:40 PM

Kiran Arlos seemed also sensible enough to think about possible hostilities, although he possibly meant not wildlife originated ones which had not been Ronak's first concern. Yves Galen allayed their fears quite properly, however this did not increase the wolfman's mood. The word heat did not in the least amuse the Shistavanen whose fur provided for extra heating under such circumstances. Better for him to stay out of the sun and keep to places where shade would be provided at least. Deserts where not his favourite environment - they lacked trees providing cooling and shade, fresh springs providing water, wildlife providing food or a source for study. At least there were no hostile creatures native on the planet unlike others he had been to before.


When hearing the temple quarters and ceremony site mentioned, Ronak quickly checked the map. The temple chambers looked quite open, the ceremony site held the promise of the unknown behind the collapsed parts sparking his curiosity. Without education as an archeologist the best he could do was dig and search for access points to new unknown sites. "I will join you", he yelped pacing after Sabine Galen. "I have no idea about archeology really except that it's digging for ancient artifacts. Maybe I could learn a thing or two."


His gaze went to Milla Ordo asking her nonverbally, if she would wish to join as well.


Sky'ito Yumi

Cassius Droma

#1914410 Journey to the Darkest Heart

Posted by Ronak on 15 February 2019 - 04:12 AM

As Orex Mauda was handling the formalities with the dock guard, Ronak took in their environment. For an archeological expedition he would have expected them to land somewhere away from current civilisation and was therefore surprised to find himself in the middle of what seemed training grounds. There were many kinds of alien species uncluding some he had never met in reality before. Were the Sith actually more open for cooperation nowadays?


As he watched the lesson and dispute between student and teacher, his neck's fur started to stand on end. What a stupid and senseless waste - killing a young one who could still learn from mistakes and support his pack strongly after the lesson learned and being positioned in his deserved place in the hierarchy. Teaching a lesson through violence was the usual way of Uvena Prime, but through killing was simply stupid. Noone could learn after they were dead.


Were the Sith so sure of themselves that they did not need every member at their side in case of need? Were they so weak that they were unable to keep a hierarchy through respect and knowledge of the higher one's superiority and had to constantly fear the lowers in the hierarchy to overturn them? There is neither strength, nor power nor honour in killing a weaker one, in particular one you are supposed to teach. They were not thinking for the best of their pack, but for their own selfish best - keeping in place even if undeserved. This was not the way he could follow!


His gaze turned to Valad Yar who had described the ones calling themselves Sith in much this way and spoken of a true way beyond this. Whether Ronak would find this way would be left to the future, but the way he observed here and now was definitely not his to follow.


#1914140 Journey to the Darkest Heart

Posted by Ronak on 14 February 2019 - 04:40 PM

Ronak nodded at Orex Mauda's words. There was a deep truth to it. How could a pack survive, if the elders were never challenged by the young growing in strength, if the strong did not take the lead to guarantee the survival of the whole group. Fights were necessary to determine such strength, but killing each other in such a fight was a waste. Every individual was needed and none could learn, if they died in such a fight for the upper position in the hierarchy. As long as a hierarchy was respected, the pack could then operate as a union in crucial situation.


"I will keep my mind open and free from prejudice", Ronak responded to both Orex Mauda and Valad Yar. "Then I will see on which path the force will lead me." Keeping his mind open did not mean, he wished to betray his priniciples.


The wolfman's ear twitched, as the alarm sounded. The time had finally arrived to take his first steps on a path which would shape his fate and path in the galaxy. Watching the preparations of his companions, he only put on goggles for protecting his eyes in strong sunlight. But covering his nose was unthinkable as he would be bereft of one of his most important senses in an environment where every tiny bit of an advantage could mean the difference between life and death.


Focussing and concentrating on his inner strength he tried to collect his thoughts and emotions before they would eave the vessel to step onto the world. A whispering a voices came to his attention as he did so, some consumed with anger, some filled with pure dark, some speaking of power and knowledge. This promised to be an interesting experience.


#1913772 Journey to the Darkest Heart

Posted by Ronak on 13 February 2019 - 04:47 PM

Yellow eyes briefly moved to Orex Mauda , as he stepped to the pair, but kept himself in the background. Yet he listened at least as intently as Ronak to the explanation by Valad Yar . Excluding any side or part the knowledge made one vulnerable to the thing missed out. To him it seemed that both sides seemed to leave out or miss certain aspects they simply did not wish to see.


"Anyone who allows those simple things to dominate who they are, to be all that they can, are no true Sith." Those word made Ronak prick his ears and focus on Valad Yar more intently. True enough, this was what he despised in many of the Sith he had met. "Knowledge of the Force in all its aspects, knowledge of when to and when not to use force to achieve your objectives", sounded much like the philosophy he could identify with.


"Have I answered some of your questions?", the man finally stopped in his explanations. Pensively Ronak nodded. "Yes, you have. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I will think about what you have told me."


Focussing on Orex Mauda again, he yelped: "Can we help in any way? Or should I better prepare mentally for what is ahead?"


#1913769 Uncovering the Past

Posted by Ronak on 13 February 2019 - 04:32 PM

With pricked ears Ronak listened intently to Valad Yar 's explanation. A cave network, possibly entrances open centuries ago were now collapsed, so he had to keep his eyes open for cave-ins, springs and formation along the valleys' rock faces. Path finding was his expertise after all.


"We might want to spread out for finding the entrance to these caves, 5 kilometres diameter means we still have about 20 square kilometres to cover", the wolfman growled. Pointing at Gray Venasir Ronak suggested: "You can cover a lot of terrain with this speeder of yours. If you take a second person along, they can keep their eyes open the see any cave-ins in the plain or along the rock faces." Turning to Domino he yelped: "Will you join us? We could use another pair of eyes."


"I would follow the course of the river. If you are fine with that we stay in contact via the comms and notify the others as soon as we find something." Yellow eyes turned from one to the next looking for agreement or better suggestions.