Erda stood in thought for a moment before responding. "I like to look at it this way: each Brotherhood member has his or her strengths that they bring to the table. My skill set is usually utilized to... eliminate... specific threats to the Union. Others train to be leaders. Some learn simply to fight. But we all learn to utilize the force, to some degree or another.
"Your skill set is an interesting one. We don't have many whose primary goal is to seek knowledge. But that just means we could use you all the more. There's so much history, so much lore... Even aspects of the force that are unknown to most.
"Quite frankly, there's so much for you to discover that I don't even know most of what it is," Erda said, stepping lightly towards a short, stone wall and sitting down.
"I can guarantee you this, Kasto: you won't be bored with us. You'll be mentally, maybe physically challenged. It will grow you to be the best version of you. I speak from experience, kid."
Vaeros couldn't deny, this proposition was growing more and more interesting by the moment. However little he knew of the Force, he had heard many a tale of its capabilities, and the accomplishments of Jedi and Sith alike. If he was truly able to use it, then it would be utterly remiss of him to pass up this opportunity. He needed to know precisely what Erda was getting at.
He came to stand before her, his hands now in his pockets. Looking her up and down once more, he opened his mouth to answer her proposition.
"I trust I won't be kept away from my obligations to my family for too long. On that condition... When do we start?"
Erda brushed aside Vaeros's mention of conditions. It wasn't her place; he could take that up with those directly in charge of him once he was properly initiated.
"When do we start?" she repeated, considering a moment. "How about right now?"
She didn't wait for his response, diving right in. "As I mentioned, I didn't come to Kaas City looking for you. That was a bonus. My original goal still stands, if you'd like to help me. I was tasked with retrieving an artifact--something expensive, I suppose, though I don't know much about it. It was, however, suggested that it might contain some information regarding one of the older force-using orders. If you helped me to extract the artifact, I might be able to pull some strings and give you the chance to study it before anyone else..."
Right now? She had a task for him already? Today was getting more interesting by the minute. As he listened to Erda's briefing, a thin smile began to spread across his face. A lost artifact, mysterious and apparently valuable, and he may well be the first to investigate it!
"You have my undivided attention," he confessed. "History and archaeology are my specialist subjects. How much do you know about this artifact so far?"
"About the artifact in and of itself? That's about it. They don't tell me? I don't ask, so long as it's not going to endanger my mission." She stood up and began to walk briskly, expecting Vaeros to follow.
"It's being stored in the archives of one of Kaas City's largest museums. I believe you were there earlier, inquiring about your family's business? That's when I first felt your presence and started to follow you. They're going to be closing up for the night shortly; no time to waste."
Erda looked over her shoulder at Vaeros, grinning. "You're considering becoming a Sith and you're hesitant about theivery?" She chuckled. "I can get us in and out, don't worry. Just follow my lead and you'll be perfectly safe. You still up for this..?"
Vaeros pursed his lips in worry and thought over her retort. She had a point, and he ought to know better than to worry; he had after all been brought up savvy enough to know that remaining legitimate would only bring one so much success. All the same, he'd never had a direct hand in outright theft before. At least it appeared that Erda would have things in hand.
"I'll do it." Nodding in understanding, he remained close behind her. Her proposition remained far too interesting for him to be so easily swayed.
"Look." Erda stopped for a moment. "I don't know what you know about the Brotherhood. But as far as I gather, the Sith tend to have a pretty bad reputation, at least outside of Union space. They think we're violent, unruly, and do whatever we want. I disagree." She began to walk again.
"Our methods may indeed be 'ham-handed,' but what we do, we do for a reason, same as anyone. The Sith of old may or may not have been some slimy, murderous thugs, but Athor and I are trying to keep the Brotherhood Assassins from senseless violence."
Erda paused again, looking both ways before setting off to her right.
"We're almost there. Like I said, you have nothing to worry about. I just need you to innocently distract the personnel for a bit. I'm sure you can come up with something."
Around another final corner was the museum: a large building with pillars lining the front.
"And again: they're about to lock up for the night, so you best hurry. I might see you inside I might not; I'll try to keep a telepathic link with you so that you can contact me if you need to. I'll hear any thoughts you want me to--you seem powerful enough to keep what you want to yourself."
With that, Erda jogged of to the right side of the building. She was quickly obscured by shadows, leaving Vaeros alone.
As he heard her out, Vaeros' expression softened. True enough, he had heard all manner of ill rumours about the Sith, their untrustworthiness and propensity for violence and fearmongering. But the way Erda spoke to dispel those rumours was undeniably impassioned, soft though her tone was kept in order to avoid notice. Already, Vaeros could tell that there was something more to this.
As they turned the corner to come before the vaunted museum, he drew a sharp breath to steady himself. There was to be no confusion; he was about to help her steal an artifact rightfully entrusted to the museum's keeping, for whichever benefactor had retained her service. Yet all he could think about, as he wiped his expression clear of plain emotion, was what kind of story he was going to spin to hold the attention of the security. He had decided by the time he ascended the stairs and entered the building.
With an easy smile upon his face and his hands in his pockets, he approached the front desk.
"Good afternoon!" he greeted the receptionist pleasantly. "I'm a new arrival to the city, and I've always had a great passion for the galaxy's history. I was wondering what you could tell me about any upcoming new exhibitions or specific items that'll be coming to the museum in the next few months?"
We're on, he thought, trusting that Erda would be able to do as she had described and hear him through the Force. Move fast.
Darth Xaos: Talk to ya later, mate.
Sept 6, 2017 16:51:17 GMT
Darth Strigus: Alright, gotta head out. Nice chatting, though, see you soon
Sept 6, 2017 16:50:43 GMT
Darth Xaos: I might just check those out. I've definitely never read/watched any murder mysteries with such an unexpected setting.
Sept 6, 2017 16:43:24 GMT
Darth Strigus: Found it by coincidence, too. A friend found it in a sauna, knew I liked Rome, and gave it to me for secret santa. I started in the middle of series, but they're stand alone, so it's basically fine
Sept 6, 2017 16:43:22 GMT
Darth Strigus: If you like either one, I'd definitely recommend them.
Sept 6, 2017 16:42:31 GMT
Darth Strigus: It's called Roma sub Rosa, by Steven Saylor. It's a bunch of murder mysteries that are set in Ancient Rome, so it combined two things I love
Sept 6, 2017 16:41:33 GMT
Darth Xaos: Oh, yeah? What series is it?
Sept 6, 2017 16:40:56 GMT
Darth Strigus: I'm in the middle of a series now, though, so it might be a bit before I start
Sept 6, 2017 16:40:31 GMT
Darth Strigus: I might just go with NuCanon. As much good as I've heard about Thrawn, it'll probably just be hard to keep everything straight going forward
Sept 6, 2017 16:40:14 GMT
Darth Xaos: I'd say start with the books from the '90s since that's where it all began. Unless you'd like to jump right into the NuCanon in which case any of them seems a fine place, I've heard good things about most of them.
Sept 6, 2017 16:39:18 GMT
Darth Strigus: I've never read any of the Star Wars books, oddly. I'll have to give them a shot. Any starting place you'd recommend?
Sept 6, 2017 16:38:01 GMT
Darth Xaos: Just finished Dark Disciple and it's given me an itch to read a bunch of the the NuCanon books.
Sept 6, 2017 16:37:23 GMT