[OOC]Sorry Mel! It was super late when I posted this and I didn't see your post! I didn't meant to ignore you! Sorry! Can we put your post's events as taking place after mine?[/OOC]
Gerba the Hutt wasnÃ¢Â€Â™t deadÃ¢Â€Â¦yet.
He garbled and choked on the glowing blue adhesive slime that held his mouth open and shut at the same time. The Hutt was already growing darker and mottled from the ruptured blood vessels inside his thick, blaster resistant hide. His huge eyes bulged and blinked. He could still breathe through his nasal cavity, or what was left open of it.
NellÃ¢Â€Â™s hopeful eyes overlooked the huge expanse of the battledome but couldnÃ¢Â€Â™t make out the one she was looking for.
Her lips pursed angrily and Nell asked without turning, Ã¢Â€ÂœStill there?Ã¢Â€Â
Gerba gave a muffled angry and very, very frightened choke.
Nell Terigo adjusted the setting on her charric, the very rare and hard to get a hold of charric, to the pain setting and smiled pleasantly at the source of damn near all her problems.
RedÃ¢Â€Â™s large, eerily white teeth crunched happily through a granÃ¢Â€Â™s armored breastplateÃ¢Â€Â¦and chestÃ¢Â€Â¦while he was still screaming. With a final sickening chomp, the lizard reached the gooey insides and the three-eyed mercenary went quiet.
Hssiss are a very highly adaptable species. These versatile lethal creatures even change to best survive the environment they grow to adulthood in. To such extremes that the heavily armored black hssiss of Korriban hardly resemble their gigantic green brethren on Mimbar.
Nell had found Red on Onderon, and the harsh, untamed world of beasts, and war showed in every scale and sinewy muscle of the dark force dragon. He moved and looked like a soldier lizard. Armor would have fit like a second skin, and the damage would have been legendary.
His head and dorsal spikes that stretched down all along his tail were larger and more pronounced than most hssiss. The tail itself was a massive deadly whip that nearly tripled the length of the lizard. Red bore huge striping of scars (almost healed completely by time and hardly visible on a first look), from battling drexl, the untamed beasts of Onderon, and Mandalorian soldiers.
The dais full of the wealthy and wicked guests of the Hutt and their bodyguards had definitely been emptied considerably. The huge red lizard wreaked a bloody kind of mess that only animals could create.
Nell Terigo adjusted the setting on her charric, the very rare and hard to get a hold of charric, to the pain setting and smiled pleasantly at GerbaÃ¢Â€Â™s slow suffocation.
Nell wasnÃ¢Â€Â™t very good at planning, pretty much everything that had led her to this point had been a healthy helping of luck and very difficult. She was finally going to save the ones she loved and end the hell that had plagued her for so long.
She should have seen it.
Anyone who dealt with HuttÃ¢Â€Â™s knew better than to forget about their wily majordomo. The pathetic creature trembled uncontrollably from where he hid behind GerbaÃ¢Â€Â™s bulbous mass. He sweat fear from the screams of those being torn to pieces by the hssiss lizard, and his wide eyes were pinned on a ornate wall decoration that would save himÃ¢Â€Â¦if he could only get to it.
There it was, the pretty ornate stone and secret switch. The twilek majordomo would have to leave his hiding place to reach it. His leku twitched and dripped sweat. He was breathing too quickly, too loudly, they were going to find him. He knew it.
The human female was speaking, in low, cold tones, he couldnÃ¢Â€Â™t hear over GerbaÃ¢Â€Â™s choking and the screamsÃ¢Â€Â¦waitÃ¢Â€Â¦When did the screams stop?
The frightened twilek turned to the right. Huge teeth dripping some blue body fluid were only inches from his face. The majordomo shrieked and lunged for his only hope. Large blood-wetted talons cut through flesh and bone and pinned the twilekÃ¢Â€Â™s calf on the stone tile. The majordomo screamed but the ground started to shake. Somewhere nearby huge gears turned and rumbled. He had still been able to reach the hidden switch and pull it down.
The huge lizardÃ¢Â€Â™s yellow eye went wide and searched for the source of the sound. The majordomo coughed a laugh as the entire dias around GerbaÃ¢Â€Â™s raised throne began to slowly fall to pieces, showering down on the battledome below.
Red glared rage at the majordomo, and opened his jaws to end the twilekÃ¢Â€Â™s life.
Then Nell screamed. Without hesitation the hssiss immediately leapt over the massive Hutt to where the yellow haired human fell. There was no ground for the well-thinking lizard to land on, just huge chunks of stone being wrenched apart by lowering durasteel support beams.
NellÃ¢Â€Â™s eyes were wide with that Ã¢Â€ÂœOh-@#$%-my-ass-really-didnÃ¢Â€Â™t-see-that-comingÃ¢Â€Â look as she tried to grab onto anything tangible as free falling stone escaped her fingertips. The hssiss leapt from sun-faded stone to stone as they fell farther and faster towards the battledome floor.
High above them the majordomo angrily sulked and nursed his leg as the HuttÃ¢Â€Â™s raised platform pulled into a special escape chamber with Gerba still choking and sputtering.
With a roaring howl, Red snatched the female by the tough holster strap over her shoulder, shredding through a good portion of her blue coveralls in the process. Strong, powerful talons and scaled muscles leapt from stone to stone trying to put off the eminent crash to the ground. Red twisted and turned like a grackelcatÃ¢Â€Â¦
The world was a big blue of bright red-orange scales, stone, and the sandy battlefield below for Nell as she tried to maintain control of her bearings.
Ã¢Â€ÂœWell this is gonna hurt.Ã¢Â€Â
She shut her eyes tight.
THENÃ¢Â€Â¦Three months earlierÃ¢Â€Â¦
Nell Terigo came back from the dead.
She gasped and coughed for breath as she flung her head from the gray murky swamp water. The yellow-haired human clawed at reeds, and rotting bog lilies. Nell was covered in black silt and blood...her blood. Nell cried out in pain as she pulled herself onto a shallow bed of sand overshadowed by towering faded brown reeds.
She had been dead for five hours.
Nell choked on air and coughed up mud, swamp water, more blood and what might have been vomit.
Thick black smoke and hot orange flames burned from a huge wreckage of metal that might have once been some kind of transport starship. Something trapped inside howled.
She rolled over and collapsed onto her back, clutching her stomach, mouth agape in agony. The hair hanging in her face was burnt and the right side of her long brown leather jacket was covered in black burns and red blood seeping from underneath.
Nell inhaled, and tried not to scream as her body convulsed.
Then a darkness came through the reeds, very like the essence of a shadow coming into solid form. Nell cried out and tried to crawl away despite the burning pain that screamed through her. Her right eye had burst a blood vessel and was wide with terror.
Ã¢Â€ÂœAbsolutely, not love,Ã¢Â€Â The dark figureÃ¢Â€Â™s rotting hand grabbed her long, and loose yellow hair and pulled her out of the water. Nell screamed and kicked, blood on her lips and voice hoarse.
Ã¢Â€ÂœIÃ¢Â€Â™m the reason youÃ¢Â€Â™re still alive, lovely, lovely creature.Ã¢Â€Â
Tears left streaks through the dirt on her face. Nell knew she wasnÃ¢Â€Â™t bleeding anymore. Her blood no longer left her body, as if something unseen held it in place.
Ã¢Â€ÂœLovely, lovely creature.Ã¢Â€Â He continued to drag her, unbothered by her screams and attempts to pull free from his darkened rotting flesh, Ã¢Â€ÂœI canÃ¢Â€Â™t heal, of course. I merely kept you from leaving your lovely flesh.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœLET ME GO!!Ã¢Â€Â Nell screamed through her tears and suffering.
Ã¢Â€ÂœWeÃ¢Â€Â™ll let your pretty flesh heal itself, love,Ã¢Â€Â The darkness shrouded humanoid pushed aside the reeds and pulled his struggling prize along, radiating with glee.
Ã¢Â€ÂœAnd then, love, weÃ¢Â€Â™ll have some fun.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœHey little Nellie, its me.
IÃ¢Â€Â™ve found out everything that happened, andÃ¢Â€Â¦well I have honestly no clue how to react to thisÃ¢Â€Â¦
You deservedÃ¢Â€Â¦you had so much life ahead of you.
I should have told mom to put you in a conventÃ¢Â€Â¦forever. Then IÃ¢Â€Â¦youÃ¢Â€Â¦none of this shouldÃ¢Â€Â¦have happened.
IÃ¢Â€Â™m going to take care of this, Nell.
I still canÃ¢Â€Â™t help but think this is partly my faultÃ¢Â€Â¦I mean if it hadnÃ¢Â€Â™t been for the bounty on my headÃ¢Â€Â¦the whole accidentally getting captured thingÃ¢Â€Â¦and my little sister having to get me out of every jam IÃ¢Â€Â™ve ever been inÃ¢Â€Â¦IÃ¢Â€Â¦canÃ¢Â€Â™t believeÃ¢Â€Â¦
Ã¢Â€Â¦IÃ¢Â€Â™ll fix thisÃ¢Â€Â¦I promise.
Save me a bottle of the good stuff, pretty girl.Ã¢Â€Â
The holovid message flicked off and the image of Nell TerigoÃ¢Â€Â™s brother vanished. She had been Ã¢Â€Â˜deadÃ¢Â€Â™ for thirteen days.
A low growl came from the reeds.
The dark force sensitive being paused, then slowly turned unable to sense the creature through the Force, Ã¢Â€ÂœWell now, what are you, then?Ã¢Â€Â
Nell smiled with dirt and blood covered teeth, Ã¢Â€ÂœI call him Ã¢Â€Â˜Red.Ã¢Â€Â™Ã¢Â€Â
Huge pieces of sun-bleached stone rained down on the side of the battlefield where mercenaries and prisoners alike still fought the hulking dome of Nelba the Shell Hutt. Limp pieces of bodies, expensive food dishes with their half eaten delicacies, and the weapons of few mercs hit the ground like hail.
When the huge brightly colored lizard crashed to the ground amidst the chaos of stone he was able to maneuver his flexible scaled body to reduce the impact of the hit. But it was a long, long way to fall.
The lizard and human rolled and clumsily smashed into a wall of stone that had pierced into the ground, and more stone showered violently on top of them.