On a collision course with the moon's surface, Karai wrestled with the stick, trying desperately to yank it back and raise his nose. The moon surged closer and closer as he struggled with the controls, the nose lifting higher and higher - until it went past a tipping point and the immense air resistance caught the underside of his fighter, snapping it nearly level. Suddenly he was shooting forward, just above the planet's surface, the engines which Karai had neglected to deactivate sending the fighter wildly out of control. Smashing through a thicket of snowy trees, a wing sheared off against a rock wall and sent the starfighter until a wild, plummeting spin that ended when the fighter hit the ground and bounce, rolling and spinning as it bled metal. The damage and snow finally killed the engines, and the fighter finally dug straight into the snow, sliding clockwise and forward to finally come to a harrowing stop.
Karai's insides were jelly, and blue blood dripped from a cut on his forehead, but he seemed otherwise unharmed. Sitting up, he looked around - and saw that his starfighter was teetering on the edge of a cliff, the cockpit already well past the center of mass.
The shock factor forced his back flush against the pilot's seat. He uncoupled his harness warily, and slowly released the canopy, pushing it open. The ship was quite damaged. With every ounce of care and deliberate movement, Karai crept his way out of the wounded starfighter, and onto the bronze snow. His instinct taught him to reach out with the Force - to at least save the vessel from destruction. Corvus would not be pleased. Those concerns aside, his most pressing one - vengeance, called.
As Karai popped the canopy, the starfighter began to rock dangerously - and as he clambered out of his seat, began to lean forward, closer and closer to its tipping point. The surface of the starfighter was wet and slippery from the snow. His booted feet couldn't find proper purchase - and the more his weight shifted, the more the starfighter tipped...
He froze. Halting his movement, Karai took a long, stunted breath and rested. There was little room for sentiment, teetering on the edge of a cliff. The former Padawan had to ask the universe if crash landing starships, hanging over a deadly fall was a common cosmic joke. Regardless of theoretical cosmological humour, Karai steadied his feet. It looked as though he'd have to sacrifice the ship to save himself. Suun had not given her life for him to die via lethal drop. Steeled, he counted on his training, willed the Force to him, aimed himself, and thrust his entire body outward, leaping for safe ground.
Karai whumped into the rust-coloured snow just as his fighter finally tipped over the edge. The Force had carried his leap safely past the edge, and he turned and rolled to his feet in time to watch the starfighter smash itself to pieces far below. Now there was a whole moon on which to find the Kallig stronghold - but Karai had had the forethought to run some scans on the way in, and estimated that - more by chance than by piloting skill - he'd crashed maybe five kilometers away from his final destination. Nothing to do now except get there.
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