Gresham seamed to shift uncomfortably when the ambassador mentioned previous encounters, as if he wasn't sure how to respond to it.
"We are a very independent people, us yeshivi. I'm not entirely opposed to the idea of joining the Ascendancy but I, that is to say, my people need certain asurances." Started the leader.
"We need weapons to root out the resistance, but we want to do it ourselves. We don't want to be subjugated by your people." A peculiar smile flashed across Gresham's face before returning to a more neutral state as he continued. "There are some pockets of known intense resistance, perhaps if the chiss could bombard them from orbit, and provide us with heavy fire power and armor, we would be more open to your offer. You know, help us out as a sign of good faith."
Again Niluwu was impressed by this man's command of basic. It was better than her own. The proposal was not impossible, she'd have to ask for assistance from the Nurodo family to get a cruiser out here and bombard the locations Gresham had in mind, she'd also have to convince them to give her military supplies to pass on to the Yashuvhi. She had many options before her but this was the most straightforward.
She nodded slowly. She could understand his requests. Many worlds enjoyed independence, and she couldn't blame them. it was a great thing, to be sure. But there was an issue. "I could possibly convince my peers to send weapons, and use bombardments, but surely a quieter method could be devised? It wouldn't do well for a Chiss warship to bombard a planet that we are trying to convert. Maybe we could utilize commandos, instead? Since we would be taking care of these locations ourselves anyways, that is. Chiss commandos eliminating resistance sounds much better than Chiss cruiser bombards neutral planet." she asked.
"Another thing. In order to convince my peers to send aid before you join us, I will need you to sign documents stating that the Yashuvi will join us if we keep our end of the bargain. It will take convincing as it is to convince my peers to allow use to use our technology, so anything that could make it easier would be appreciated." she said.
"I won't commit to joining your people, and abiding by your laws over a five minute conversation. However I can give you my word that your help in this matter will change the yashuvhi people's opinion of the chiss forever." Gresham ran his thumb over his fresh scar. "Additionally about the bombardment vs. commandos. These, rebels have a leader. We ran her off once before, but she has a way of messing with peoples' minds. Gets in there heads. Better to blast her off the face of the mountain."
Niluwu nodded. She understood the man's worries, so she would make him at ease. "I understand that this person may be... persuasive, but I assure you our commandos are extremely loyal, and she will find it quite difficult to convert them. If it is still an issue, we will simply bombard the camp she is at, and then we can use commandos for the rest. And perhaps we may discuss the matter of your allegiance more thoroughly? I understand your concerns, and I would like to reach an agreement."
She searched his feature for any kind of emotion, using her training as a Chiss diplomat. She took a deep breath, standing. "If you'll excuse me, I need to speak with my colleagues about your requests. How many camps do you know of? Any information helps." she asked. She stepped out after his reply, pulling out a communicator and contacting her family. "This is Nirn'iluw'utthie. The Yashuvi leader is requesting military assistance with a civil war occurring on the planet. From what I can tell, it's nothing too big, but big enough to warrant a proffesional military." she said, looking around for eavesdroppers.
Nirn'iluw'utthie sensed, something akin to glee at the Chiss woman's concession to the man's insistence of orbital bombardment.
"Well as I mentioned there's the camp up in the mountains to the east, that is the one that must be destroyed with overwhelming force. The... terrorists up there poison the minds of our people against us."
"Down the river is another cell of terrorists, they are armed with only simple weapons, nothing so powerful as blasters. If you could send your commandos apprehend them we can place them in the prison at the center of the city, to be tried for their crimes."
Gresham stood up from the desk and walked the ambassador to the door.
"I'm confident that if we are able to put an end to these xenophobic camps that the rest of the planet will fall into line." The human put out his right hand towards Niluwu as if the shake her hand, a mannerism he must have picked up from interacting with the traders that frequented Yhashuvi recently.
As she keyed her communicator the signal went to her ship and was extended from there to her family back in the principal of chiss space. It was her brother Nirn'odvel'utthie that answered.
"You offered him defense of his planet from alien invaders and his response where demands of assistance in some tribal war? The Nuruodo family solves issues with violence, if the Utthie are to carve out a place of importance in the balance of power between families we have to prove that we offer something they do not. Peaceful negotiations, foreign affairs those are the strength our family intends to show, and the facet of the Nuruodo's political clout we have a chance of taking over. If you can only find a violent solution, maybe you should have asked to be named Nuruodo." there was a pause before Nodvelu continued. "But, if you see it as the only way, we do have a small force of well trained 'body guards' that could take down these simple stone throwers, perhaps we could spin it in such a way that it appears to be a peaceful negotiation. But all this just to agree not to interfere with the defense systems we plan to install? What else have you found out about these Yashuvhu? Did you run into anything like what I warned you about?"
Niluwu nodded, although her brother wouldn't have been able to see it. "I understand that we need to do things peacefully. I suggested a peaceful reconciliation, but I believe the person leading this rebellion is able to use the force. She supposedly warps the minds of those near. This rebellion must be handled for our plans to continue. The rebels are extremely xenophobic, and are likely to attack anything we try to get started here. We can remove this threat and gain political favor with the Yashuvi by ending this. Listen, I'm on the verge of convincing the leader to outright join the Ascendancy. Converting the planet with only one show of force would dumbfound the other families, since Nuruodo take entire invasion to take planets, or threat of such. One bombardment to kill their leader, and the rest will surely fall in line. We may not even need commandos. This is our first foray into this game, and to immediately gain a planet's allegiance will do miracles for us." she said, almost pleading with her brother to let her continue as she is.
She could almost hear the gears turning in her brother's head. She and Nirn'odvel'utthie had disagreed repeatedly in the past, but he always came around to her line of thinking in the end. He did so now, with the usual terms and conditions that were his way of compromising.
"A rogue Force-user could very much be a threat to our interests in the region," he acknowledged. "And it could be an excuse for the Sith to interpose themselves more into Ascendancy affairs to 'deal with them'. But if you're adamant at bombardment, it needs to be warranted - otherwise the other families could easily paint us as mercenaries willing to sell the Ascendancy's firepower. Perhaps you should send some of your bodyguards to 'verify some of these terrorists' - an attack on our soldiers would give us justification for a small strike which we can sell as neutralizing a hostile Force user. Even if the Nuruodo don't acquiesce, we'll give us personal justification for commando strikes."
Her brother's suggestion should have been dangerous - in Chiss culture, there was no such thing as what Basic-speaking species called a first strike. A very select number of controversial Chiss - including a particularly regrettable Nuruodo - had flaunted these rules and been banished for it. Yet the Ascendancy itself was skirting these views, if the rumours about defoliator operations against the Killiks (intended to deprive them of their food) and using their Union allies as proxy soldiers were true. Niluwu could scarcely think of any real political consequences that couldn't be swept under the rug by a planetary acquisition.
She nodded once more. Her brother brought up some good ideas. "If we say that I was attacked personally by this force user when the bodyguards confirm the presence, we can even avoid most political fallout that the Nuruodo could stir up. Because then, we're lashing out in retaliation, to show them that he Ascendancy is not to be trifled with." No one ever said she was an honest politician. And the more they could slip past the Nuroudo, the less they had to slander the Utthie family.
"I'll get my bodyguards and send them in. Once they confirm the location of the Force user, and they confirm that there is in fact a force user, we'll retaliate and bombard the base. If you have anything else, let me know now, because I'll be directing my guards after this call is over, and may not have time to respond to a call." she said.
"Be careful," her brother warned as a way of farewell. "Remember your actions affect not only your own career." The signal crackled to static, and she pocketed her comlink.
Her four bodyguards were back at the ship. Niluwu now had to determine how many she was sending, and where - up into the mountains to provoke the more heavily armed rebels, or downriver to the less sophisticated rebel group.
She took a moment to decide, but it was an easy decision. She would send three of her body guards to the more heavily fortified base, as that's where the leader most likely was. She knew she was sending them into a deathtrap, that was part of the plan. She wasn't what most would consider empathetic. She could easily send troops to their death for the greater good. She pointed at three of the four. "You three are going to check the mountain base. Report if you find the force user. If I don't hear back within the day, I will assume you died." she said, watching as they snapped to attention and left the room. That left just the remaining one. She turned to him, her face grim. "You'll stay with me." She turned to Gresham. "My apologies for the wait, Leader Gresham. My brother is arranging for a bombardment right now, and as we wait, I sent a recon force as you saw to confirm the leader's position. Now, since these plans are in motion, let's discuss your joining the Ascendancy. I believe I have met your terms. We have a bombardment on the way, and we'll let you handle the rest like you requested. Also, if you join, you will get food, water, medicine, education, protection, and better technology. What more could you want? I think this offer is more than generous on our part." she said, staring into his eyes.
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