Post by Darth Strigus on May 14, 2016 22:05:21 GMT
Once aboard, Strigus paced about the ship, making small talk with anyone who would join him. He overheard the operative speaking over the comm system, but didn't focus on it much. It could be anything interrupting the probe droids, and planning too much on any one thing would be fruitless. Instead, he just generally expected resistance, whether from the Alliance, wild animals, or perhaps something more exotic like a small cult or a monster that fed on dark side.
Instead, he focused on speaking with the others. He thought it doubtful they would know much more about the relic, but there was no harm in asking. "So do any of you know anything specific about Nihilus' Mask?" he asked, no longer caring particularly if the intelligence agent overheard them.
Vaeros found a seat, and immediately set to tapping away at his datapad. He was compiling a shorthand set of notes, from which a mission report would later be written. Better to make a start now, and update a piece at a time, lest he forget an important detail.
"Nothing specific," began his answer to Strigus' open question. "Judging by what little I've read on the subject, it's difficult to separate the historical documents from the myths."
Before the apprentices were able to discuss Nihilus's mask any further the ship jumped to Volik, resting at the edge of its atmosphere. Two Union soldiers quickly jogged to where the apprentices were and told them to load back up on the imperial transport. Meanwhile at the command center, a scan of life from the planet came through. "Admiral the scans came positive. It seems their is a rather large concentration of life near one of the mountains." The admiral pondered this for a moment. "Send the transport as close to that mountain as possible lieutenant." "Of course sir." The admiral turned and looked towards the stars. All seemed quiet. Quiet was never good.
Post by Darth Strigus on May 18, 2016 14:47:20 GMT
"Indeed, though some of the myths are-" Strigus stopped as he felt the ship enter the atmosphere, followed shortly by the soldiers entering. He didn't have much to add to the conversation anyway. The soldiers seemed to be in a rush as they began leading the way to the transport, but Strigus followed behind them at a leisurely pace. He'd make haste when there was actual urgency.
Instead, he continued his conversation with Vaeros as they made their toward the transport. "So you serve under Darth Niamh? What do you think of her?" He had worked with her a few times himself, but tried to keep his own opinions out of the conversation for now.
With a defeated sigh Marazu retracted his hand and followed the other apprentices. He could not seem to figure out the social cues of working within a unit for now so he believes it better to simply observe the situation as it unfolds. As the ship lurched and the soldiers rushed in to escort them to the transport Marazu settled in at the back of the group and followed with little to no enthusiasm for the task ahead. Instead he spent the remaining time listening to the others talk and attempting to learn as much as he can about the situation.
Aelor watched in silence, almost invisible to those congregated around. Of course, his mind was on the mission at hand, listening to the voices around him, but the nag in his mind to take possession of the mask himself called to him more loudly than his own Master's words, even though it was probably not wise. It was the spirit of vengeance on one side, and a spectre of Darth Nihilus was on the other side, like the angel and devil on his shoulders, tempting him to do one of two things once the mask was in his hands.
On one hand, he could destroy the mask. It, along with the power it may still possess, would be destroyed, and the spirit of Nihilus that may dwell within would be left to wander the cosmos as a lost soul. Or it could be sent to a black hole, similar to his mission aboard the Great Wampa, where the soul of Darth Nihilus could be sealed away forever, never to possess another form, another body, another's soul.
But on the other hand, Aelor could put the mask on. Darth Nihilus could give him great power within the Force, similar to that which Visas Marr could have possessed while as the Sith's apprentice. The three Dark Lords were outside the Baneite heresy: Traya, Nihilus and Sion. Although Sion was once the apprentice of Traya herself, they were still three great powers of the Dark Side, beacons for the Sith to follow, forces to be reckoned with, masters of the Force...
All that could be heard during this entire exchange of the apprentices was shouting and running, the entire hangar was just chaos as people got to their stations. About twelve soldiers loaded up into the trasport next the the apprenices's. After ten minutes of absolute chaos silence hit the hangar and the transports took off with the soliders and sith loaded inside. The transports shook as they left the ship, and headed towards the highest montain on the planet. What was there could only be guessed. A large concentration of life signatures most likely meant a mating season or migration....but you never could be too careful in this galaxy.
Strigus was ready to go once the transport landed. He could stand larger ships, but smaller ones made him uneasy, no matter how long he had to adjust to the ride. Igniting his lightsaber and stepping with relief onto solid ground, he quickly scanned the area for any of the detected lifescans.
As they landed the clawdite stepped off the ship after his companion, looking around to see if there was anything to conspicuous. While waiting for the others to disembark he stroke a match and light a cigarette staring out on the alien world with a small amount of trepidation. With no real form of self defense out side of his blasters and lone blade he knew he was at the disadvantage if something went wrong.
The takeoff and landing moved without disturbing the Miralukan in the slightest, Aelor's mind locked upon the possibilities of the treasures yet to be found. His mind was still present, however, as he followed his fellow Sith off the transport. A deep sigh came from his mouth, the only noticeable sound he made the entire trip, as he could see nothing but a vast expanse, his Sight perceiving nothing out of the ordinary. Of course, it could be hiding itself very easily, and the destruction of the Ravager at the hands of Meetra Surik and a handful of Mandalorians would have thrown the mask, and his armor, into the vacuum of space.
But he knew one secret, deep in hiding, through his time on Korriban, that his fellows did not know.
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