Re: RPG: Age of Skywalker
((ATTENTION: Very important plot information ahead, must read.))
The Mandos rushed the PK's and destroyed the small force like chronowork. Solus, on a perch next to Tanis, had sniped several with his slug firing rifle. It was a more gruesome sight then Tanis expected.
The Jedi watched from their spot on the edge of the clearing as the PK squad was eliminated. The Chrysalide was now charging at Tealani and Resh, too enraged to care about or feel the wound in its arm. Tanis could see Solus level his slug rifle at the Chrysalide to take it out, Tealani and Resh's blasters wouldnt be too effective against it's hide so they didnt bother.
"Wait!" Tanis yelled. Solus made no motion, either he didnt hear or ignored him.
Tanis landed from his Force jump over Solus's rifle. Solus couldn't see with Tanis's robes draped over his scope. He looked up at Tanis is disbelief.
"...wait the hell are you doing?" Solus asked. Tanis could only imagine the look of skepticism on his face behind the helmet.
"The creature is innocent, it doesn't need to be killed. We've killed enough as it is." Tanis asked. His belief in the Living Force gave him an obligation to care for all creatures: sickly, dangerous, pathetic or great. They would only be killed it extremely necessary.
"So what do you suggest? I let it kill my comrades?" Solus asked
"...Shiv." Tanis said, looking to Shiv. The wookie understood. Being a wookie, Shiv had a general affinity to animals and it was hightened by the fact that he was a Jedi.
Shiv sat cross legged once again as the Chrysalide neared Tealani and Resh, who were still waiting for Solus to kill it. Tanis noticed Solus mutter for them to hold via his comm. Shiv focused himself and connected with the Chrysalide as he had when they made it angry. This time however, he calmed it down. Projecting compassion and ease, the Chrysalide was quickly subdued and the group saw it stop growling and running to sit down and pant after the attack. It began to nurse the wound on its arm now.
"Well done Shiv, well done." Tanis said as the group began walking up to the two Mandos already in the clearing. His wookie apprentice roared softly in acceptance.
In a moment the group was reunited near the Chrysalide, who was licking its arm casually.
"And what are we supposed to do with it now???" Resh asked jerking his thumb as the creature behind him.
"Can I keep it?" Tealani asked joking, her felinx meowed in disapproval.
"Just let it be. It can live in the jungles of Mandalore peacefully without being owned." Tanis said.
"Unless it comes round my back door. Wouldn't be such a peaceful-" Solus was cut off
"Very well, were behind on time as it is. We should reach Commander Ralin as soon as possible. Shiv, Aliyah and I need to get to Coruscant as soon as possible." Tanis said
With that, the weary group set off to finish passing through PK lines and reach the Mando side.
After some time the group reached a nearly dried out river that had been affected by Boba Fett's carpet bombing. The ground was littered with black armored bodies everywhere. Amidst them were Mando bodies as well. The main Mandolorian group was tending to their dead and wounded when the team of three Jedi and three Mandos arrived.
As Resh went off to see some of his comrades, Tealani and Solus led the Jedi to Commander Ralin, who was barking at someone over a long range comm receiver. Tanis, Shiv, Aliyah and Tealani approched him.
"Commander Ralin. (Tealani salutes quickly) How go things?" she asked.
"Not as good as I'd hoped... But battles never go that way. After that Vader class ship was destroyed in orbit the Imperials are retreating." Ralin said, ignoring the three Jedi.
"I thought that was good." Tealani said, taking some ration food from a table and giving it to Mez on her shoulder.
"Not for me. I'd want to kill them all right here and now. But because they're retreating, intel. is saying that they might start an orbital bombardment. But I guess we hit them hard enough that they're high-tailing it out of here." Ralin said, looking at some charts on the table.
"Commander Ralin, I am Jedi Master Tanis Ardion. This is my apprentice Jedi Knight Shiv and Aliyah tells me you two have met already. I've ended up here on Mandalore through an interesting turn of events, and I was able to assist your forces on several conflicts. However we now need to get to Coruscant as soon as possible via Aliyah's ship. Also, I've just learned that the Imperials are retreating because they've learned that the recently redeemed Luke Skywalker is being held on the planet Korriban by newly appointed Overlord Tho'un. They are massing their forces there because although at first it was a secret, word has gotten out of the redeemed Luke Skywalker's prison and the Rebels are no doubt launching an attack to retrieve the Hero of the Battle of Yavin. The Battle of Korriban is no doubt going to be a massive conflict and me and Shiv need to get our ships to help Princess Leia in the fight and see if we can get Luke out of there." Tanis said. He realized he just dropped alot of information, especially for Shiv and Aliyah who were unaware of Luke's dilemma. Most of it was what Obi-Wan and Yoda had recently informed him of.
"...Why are there more Jedi here???" Ralin said to Tealani while pointing at the three Jedi.
"Ahhh...ummm....Well, Tanis and Shiv stowed away on that Vader-class and jettisoned in an escape pod and landed near us a while back. They've been with us ever since and have fought well with us. We probably wouldn't have been able to get passed PK lines without them." Tealani said
"Whoaa lets not go that far Tealani." Solus muttered
"...I don't trust you Jedi. But I'll listen to you for the moment because you basically just dropped a bomb of information on me. You say the PK forces are going to Korriban?" Ralin addressed Tanis.
"Yes, they're going to defend the new Overlord Tho'un and the imprisonated Luke Skywalker." Tanis told him once more.
"What exactly happened to Skywalker?"
"He has ended his disillusioned ways. He was not himself as Overlord and is just now returning to his normal state."
"See? Thats the problem with you Jedi. One of you misplaces your comm. and the whole galaxy has to suffer your hissy fit. Do you expect everyone to say 'Hey regular good old Luke is back lets give him a hug!'. No. His actions have kept the whole galaxy nearly enslaved. He was no better than Palpatine." Ralin told Tanis.
Tanis could not address the concern for forgiveness, he does not know exactly why Luke has been acting this way, only that he wasnt himself and now he has been able to clear the Dark Side from himself.
"He was not himself, and as such does not require forgiveness. You should see it as though it was not him being Overlord Skywalker, but a confused, dark man who was not Luke Skywalker." Tanis pleaded
"Heh! Don't waste your words here Jedi. I dont even know how there are any of you still around. I coulda sworn the clones wiped you all out...Look, just get in your ship and go before I finish what they started. Solus, go ahead and give them clearance. Relay the clearance codes to HQ, that Jedi's ship is in Keldabe. You two should go with them so they dont get shot along the way." With that Ralin turned and walked away to address other concerns.
<Whats got his armor chafing him?> Shiv asked mockingly
"Not everyone will be privy to a Jedi pressence, Shiv. You may be seeing this later on." Tanis said sighing. The Mandalorians would never truly trust Jedi again.
"So we're using my ship?" Aliyah asked as Solus grabbed the reciever Ralin was recently using and called in the celearance codes for Aliyah's ship.
"I apologize for not asking. I had assumed you would be going with us after you told me you would fight for what I fight." Tanis said with a smile.
"Oh...yes of course. I was just saying. Ok off we go." Aliyah said and the group headed toward Keldabe which was less than a quarter mile away, looming in the distance.
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