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Tal-Koren Wavingstrider

From Jedi, to Grey to Sith, the last of his bloodline and the last hope for the order.

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a character in “Star Wars: Force Heretic Alternate”, as played by Torrentwolf

Description

Name: Tal-Koren Wavingstrider - Lord Timaeus
Age: 38
Race: Human (Tetan)
Home system (system of birth): Empress Teta
Gender: Male
Hight: 6'2

Image Appearance: Tal-Koren is a rather tall man with a strapping build acquired from years of training and fighting. Koren is not vain about his appearance but does keep himself well groomed and presentable. Koren has been described as handsome with a statuesque like appearance. His facial features are firm and strong which is framed by a short boxed beard and complemented with shoulder length ponytail. He has a variety of battle scars across his torso and arms, most of them results from lightsaber battles, the rest from blaster and knife wounds.

Clothing: Tal-Koren typically wears expensive clothing, mostly in colors of blue. His robes are typically made from simmer silk, with costume made Vjun tunics and pants complemented with Corellian leather boots.

His sith robes are of sith design but are a modified version of a historical sith's robes. Koren wears a Cuirass with a cortosis weave and a mask when among his fellow sith. Though he respectfully removes it when alone with Ashara.

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Occupation (or disguised occupation): In the public Koren is an Investor in Andosa Corporate and a representive of the House of Wavingstrider.

Force specialization:
-Power; Tal-Koren is very strong in the force and is a highly skilled lightsaber duelist. Years of honing both have made him very powerful in this category.
-Sensing: Though strong in the force Tal-Koren's sensing is relevantly average compared to others it is clear it is not his specialization. He can sense alignments to a degree and he has limited mind reading.
-Manipulation: Tal-Koren has little use for controlling the minds of others through the force and thus his skills extend no further than manipulating non force sensitives.
-Sight: Tal-Koren's power in sight is second to his power, allowing him to see into the past and future and using it to his advantage.

Rank: Commander

Weapon (please make a description of the aesthetics of the weapon): As a master of the blade and collector of lightsabers, Koren has quite a collection of such weapons in his possession. However Koren always carries three lightsabers with him at all times. Two of them are his primary lightsabers from his days as a Jedi. Both are silver hilt sabers with engraved ornate patters. Both ignite into blue blades and can be joined together to form a double bladed lightsaber. The last blade is gold and silver with words of an unknown language engraved into them and ignites into a silver colored blade. Koren never uses this blade except for emergencies and has never lets anyone know he has it.


Personality: Tal-Koren is kind and emphatic compared to other Sith. He can come off as firm and a bit hard among other Sith he trains but he is not cold and cruel. Koren treats all of his students with respect and care while remaining firm in his teachings. Koren carries himself with the grace and an exalted air about him, projecting the air of a noble man. Given his background he is well versed in the arts of a gentleman, etiquette and the noble arts. In public eye he portrays himself as a noble from Empress Teta with a shrewd business mind, a kind heart and a ladies' man (Albeit the last is true of his true personality).

Koren is a very intelligent man and strives to accumulate knowledge. Particularly subjects of the Force and alien cultures are among his favorite subjects. Much like many great Jedi and Sith masters, Koren prefers to use his mind in a logical and strategic manner. He will often make plans in advance and use his intelligence to outsmart his foes. Koren also enjoys intellectual pursuits, one in particular is archaeology, which allows him to search for secrets and artifacts of the force and his heritage.

Since he played a part in it's formation and philosophy Koren remains a follower of the teachings and philosophy of the Grey Knights. Koren's compassion and kindness keep his ambitions and vices in check in a constant balance. It is his belief one becomes stronger in the force when harmony within one's self is achieved and Koren strives to balance light and dark in him. Koren allows his ambitions and vices freedom but insures to keep them tempered.

It must be noted while he follows a path of balance Koren does have his moments of weakness. When it comes to matters of slavery Koren has a zero tolerance for it and can react...darkly, as a result. Koren also has a zero tolerance for harming children and shows no mercy to those who do. Koren also does not accept Humanocentrism policies and while not violent about it he remains a harsh critic about it.



Background: Tal-Koren's origins are rooted in the Empress Teta, where he was born to one of the noble families of the planet. Koren became the last successor in his houses' line of heirs when his father was assassinated months before he was born and his mother died giving birth to him. With only his uncle and aunt to care for him, the house of Wavingstrider had reason to mourned and celebrated in the same period. His birth was more than just a monumental occasion for his family's house as it also created a powerful ripple in the force. Feeling the ripple the Jedi sent recruiters to find the source of this ripple and found Koren six months after his birth. When he was tested Koren was found to have a very high Midichlorian count, on par with some of history's most renown Jedi. But a problem arose as many of the guardians and caretakers for the Wavingstrider household staunchly refused to let the young master be separated from the house. With the family refusing to part with Koren the Jedi returned to the Temple on Corucant.

Two months later a woman came to the temple, with her was Tal-Koren. She explained the family had changed their minds and wanted a safe place for the young master from the dangers of the interhouse conflicts. For over a decade Koren was raised and trained to become a Jedi, learning their ways and philosophy. Koren's was respected by many of the masters for his dedication and respect and a role model to other apprentices for his personality and kindness. But while Koren did believe in the ideals and some of the philosophy of the Jedi he did not agree with all of their philosophies and policies. Over the years he had seen many apprentices leave the order with some joining the Sith for one reason or another. Though for some reason Koren was not among those few who left the order despite his reservations of it. For Koren he felt out of place with the Jedi but remained with them until one day he found his place.

After over two decades as a Jedi Knight with a well founded reputation word reached of Ashara Ashok's new Grey Knights. Koren didn't know what to make of them until he and several knights were sent to meet with Ashara's new order. Though small at the time Koren somehow felt at ease among the fledgling order and found their philosophy of balance was more in line with his own beliefs. Ultimately the meeting ended with neither side budging in their opinions. But it did cause Koren to have conflict in his loyalty, one which would result in him resigning from the order and leaving to join the Grey Knights.

Having been a pursuer of knowledge and a prodigy with the blade Koren served as a teacher of the intellectual and saber arts in the early days of the knights. He also played a role in helping create some of the ideals and rules of the Grey knights. The Grey Knights also allowed him the freedom to further his strength in the force and discover many other things such as his ties to his family on Empress Teta. During a visit to reconnect with his family a year after joining the Grey Knights Koren uncovered the truth of his aunt and uncle. Apparently when the Jedi came for him they saw it as an opportunity to seize control of the family, considering their secret bloodline it would have been a boon to Koren out of the pitcher. Carefully waiting two months after the Jedi left they killed off all who opposed Koren being given to the Jedi before sending him to them. They also had been conspirators in his father's assassination and had planed to kill off his mother before her death after his birth. Koren used this information to expose his aunt and uncle and reclaim his birthright as the rightful heir to the House of Wavingstrider and it's titles and resources.

With his duties aligned with the Grey Knights for the time being Koren appointed overseers to run the daily work of the House and dedicated his time and some of his fortune to help build the new order. It was all for naught as tension continued to rise among among the Jedi and Sith against the Grey Knights as they went from a nuisance, to heretics and then eventually all out war. Koren was among the those on the front line defending his fellow knights and fighting against Jedi he once called friends. Koren proved his mettle and skill was well deserved during the purge but even he couldn't stop the death of the Grey Knights. Only he and a few of his fellow knights survived the purge and managed to go into hiding.

Though the order had been shattered Koren remained optimistic they could recover but it was not the same for Ashara. As she dwelled on the losses and survivors lost faith it drove Ashara further and further into misery until she once again fell to the Dark Side. Taking those who continued to have faith in her, Ashara formed a new Sith Order, one to surpass the old and to bring about a new empire. Koren however did not agree with this new goal of theirs and did not hide his opinion. None the less he followed Ashara and the order out of a sense of loyalty and under lining duty. Koren retained his responsibilities as a teacher and blademaster, teaching the next generation of students and being a keeper and seeker of knowledge for the Order.

Were it not Ashara and his belief in the way of balance she taught him, Koren would have nothing to do with her new Sith. Yet he has remained loyal to Ashara and continues to follow her on this new path.

For he feels it is his duty to guide her out from the darkness and back into balance.


Alignment: Chaotic Good

So begins...

Tal-Koren Wavingstrider's Story

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"No. Masks would be a dead giveaway. Just wearing black robes could mean anything to outsiders, but for us if we went out killing a Jedi spy in normal attire as our alternate personas, we might get more in trouble than if we were hooded figures. It is up to you, but if you end up being identified by a possible witness, then you will have to find a new disguise. I said before that Sith attire is a recommendation, not a must." Ashara said. "If you really want to wear a mask so bad to conceal your identity on a mission, then wear one. At least you would have a purpose for a mask and not just wear it for the sake of aesthetics!"

"By the way, we might have someone else coming with us if they decide to show up." Ashara continued.

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One year ago:

When would it end?

The war had come to Kashyyyk and the timing couldn't have been any worst. It had only meant to be a temporary operations base, only long enough to set roots elsewhere. But they had been discovered and now they were engaged with the Jedi once again. While his fellow comrades were fighting Koren was supervising the evacuation and guarding critical supplies, precious artifacts items and secret information. "Take that, and that, forget that and I'll put you on refresher duty." Koren said to his Handmaidens. The female Echani moved about rapidly, loading datacrons and artifacts from the archives. Koren was torn between supervising and helping load the precious items aboard the transport.

Koren had warned Ashara it was a bad idea using Kashyyk, he knew even his relationship with the Wookiees wouldn't have been enough to keep them hidden even for a short duration. The war against the Jedi and sith had cost them dearly the first time as the Grey Knights. But the strong had survived and even outnumbered they were group not to be underestimated as the Jedi had just done. Even so losing priceless artifacts and information kept Koren from joining the fray and prioritizing their safety. He had much to save and little time to do so, which did beg the question where his apprentice was. Koren had only his personnel to help him as the rest were out dealing with the Jedi. So where was Belexus? If he didn't have a good explanation when Koren found him he would certainly have him on refresher duty for a month!

When does the suffering stop?

He felt a ripple in the force, a warning which caused Koren to look up from his work towards the closed blast doors. Suddenly the door began to glow and spark as a lightsaber punctured it's way through like a hot knife through butter and began cutting a hole in the doors. All of his Handmaidens had stopped their work in took up their weapons but a wave of his hand stayed them, “Continue your work, I'll handle our 'Guests'.” Koren said with a hint of distaste in his voice as he said guests. Doning his mask he slowly walked towards the blast doors as the lightsaber finished it's cutting through. Though the door walked in four Jedi, their lightsabers ablaze and at the ready. Two of them he recognized as former Padawans friends turned knights he used to know.

“Tal-Koren Wavingstrider, on behalf of the Jedi council you are under arrest.” The lead Jedi, Jastin Parax said. Koren chuckled, his mask's voice changer giving his voice a light baritone to it, “Jastin, how nice to see you. Merix, you're looking lovely as ever.” Koren said. Merix Forvis, with her lovely white hair scowled at her former friend. “Unfortunately for you I do not recognize the Jedi Council's authority anymore. So if you would be so kind, I ask that you to leave. Now.” Koren said. “Recognized or not, you are still under arrest. Come peacefully Koren and we'll help you find your way back to the light.”

Now Koren truly laughed, “Find my way? Back to where? A life of servitude to flawed order? To be commanded by the paranoid and close minded people of the council? No my friend I am where I truly belong....or I was until you Jedi unjustly tried to purge us.” Koren's voice had taken on an calm but pointed tone, “Jedi whom I once saw as friends, above such actions attempted to wipe out a people simply because we believed in something different. And now, you all will face the dire consequences of such actions.” Koren said as he called his lightsabers to his hands, “I will say this one last time, leave while I give you the chance. If insist on using force against me then I will oblige you in kind.” He said.

When does the the madness disperse?

As expected the four Jedi readied themselves and the group stared him down, waiting for him to make a move. They knew he was powerful in the force and even more deadly with a lightsaber, so they were seeking to maximize their odds. “Tell me, I know the council wouldn't have sent your team here specifically unless they knew I was here. Who informed you of my presence here?” Koren asked. He would have thought the Wookiees would have respected his request for anonymity at least himself. Before anyone could dismiss his question a voice behind them spoke, “Because I told them you were here.” A young man's voice said. Behind the Jedi a young man in his mid teens walked through the opening.

He was wearing black clothing and robes and sporting a smug smile, “Belexus.” Koren said, his voice betraying his emotions for the first time. It was shocking, his own apprentice had betrayed not only him but the order as well. “Surprised? Not unexpected, you did always value loyalty. But isn't that the Sith way? To betray each other in bids for more power?” Belexus mockingly spoke. Koren steadied himself before speaking, “If I recall I taught you differently young pup.” He said. Belexus' face twisted into a snarl, “Stop calling me that! And you know full well that's not what the New Sith value, if they were anything like the Grey Knights like you told me their leader wouldn't have gone off the deep end would she now!” He yelled.

Belexus had a point, but his choice of words coupled with his betrayal put him a hair away from a fate worst than death. “For all you preach about balance of the force and within one's self, you allow your so called 'leader' to perverse herself with the dark side. The Jedi are right, all Sith need to be eliminated!” Belexus spat. “Belexus!” Jastin sharply said, silencing the young apprentice. “Koren, this is your last chance for redemption. Come peacefully before it is too late.” Jastin spoke. Koren chuckled, “Jastin, it was too late to bring me back when the order purged the Grey Knights. It's too late for me to come back to the Jedi.” He said.

Jastin sighed, “Then you leave us no choice. I'm sorry old friend, but you leave us no choice than to take you by force, or to strike you down.” He said. “Unfortunately for you, neither will be happening.” Koren said. Faster than the Jedi and his former apprentice could react, he threw his hands up and blasted the group with a blast of the force.


When does the killing end?

The force wave Koren threw at them was an example of his own strength in the force. It not only threw the group of Jedi and their accomplice back through the hole they had cut in the blast doors but wrenched the doors apart with a violent explosion. The group was throw apart from the blast, landing haphazardly outside on the walkway of the tree platform. They had little time to right themselves before Koren came charging after them, both sabers igniting as he caught them off guard. Though they managed to recover their footing Koren was able to keep them on their back feet as he effectively stonewalled their efforts. He didn't go in for the final blow even though he could, preferring to prolong the fight and play with his opponents. After all this was the closet thing Koren had to a challenge since the Grey Knight Purges and he wanted to make the most of it.

Koren did have to admit they put up a valiant effort but in the end they just couldn't manage to gain the upper hand in any way. Koren wasn't surprised, his former friends knew his style well but he had long since made changes to it. Eventually Koren grew restless and decided to end them. First to go were the two knights whom accompanied them as Koren swiftly disarmed them and used the force to knock them into a wall. Next was his former apprentice. Koren quickly separated him from Jastin and Merix before grasping Belexus by his neck. Belexus responded as expected, dropping his lightsaber and clutching his neck. Koren drew him in close and said, “We'll discuss your punishment later.” With that Koren released him and blasted him with enough Force Lightning to fling him across the platform to the edge where he stayed.

When does the strife abate?

Koren looked upon Jastin and Merix, “Hmmm, two left, not very good odds....for you I mean.” He taunted. Once again the three former friends engaged each other, Jastin and Merix were working in tandem using what they knew to try and get an edge on Koren but it was for nothing. Jastin tried a more aggressive angle but it was a mistake for Koren quickly blocked his saber with one of his own before stabbing Jastin with the other. Koren heard Merix scream 'no' as Jastin dropped his saber and fell to the ground. Jastin wasn't dead, not yet anyway, but he was defiantly out of this duel. Koren turned back to Merix who was looking at him with what looked like intent to kill...interesting, “And then, there was one.” He said as he slowly walked around, “When we came here we thought you could be redeemed, I see that you are too far lost to the dark side now.” Merix said.

“I am too far gone for the Jedi, but the Dark Side has not corrupted me. I saw the truth and in hopefully in time, you will too.” Koren said, “I will never fall to the dark side.” Merix spat. “Again, you fail to realize I walk the line and draw from both sides. And it appears you now draw closer to that line as well.” Koren said, “I can feel your passion, your anger, it swells and mixes with your compassion and empathy.” He added, watching as Merix scowled with every word he spoke. Koren's pacing brought him close to an unconscious Jastin, allowing him to flick his blade on the ground near him, spraying sparks near his body, “Don't touch him!” Merix yelled as she brought her blade up, ready to attack Koren if he made a move near Jastin, “Oh, have you two become close in my absence?” Koren asked.

Merix only scowled in return, but he could feel her emotions which did confirm what he suspected. “Interesting,” Koren said as he moved away from Jastin, “Tell me, what angered you the most. The fact I left the Jedi?” Koren pointed one of his blades at her, “Or that I left you?” His question had the desired response as Merix snarled and charged at him in a rage. The two battled on the platform with Merix able to hold her own against Koren. But Koren had no desire to hurt her so he was holding back. He may not have any respect for Jedi anymore but he did owe her something. “You were my friend! I trained with you, I trusted you, I lov-” Koren cut her off by swiftly disarming her and holding his blade to her throat, “I hold no illusion what we had is gone, but there is no reason to taint it with ignorance.” Koren said as he deactivated one of his blades, “Hopefully, you'll one day see things as I have.” Having said that, Koren sucker punched Merix with enough force to knock her unconscious. Before she hit the ground Koren caught her and gentle laid her down. He slowly caressed her cheek, “Please understand, though we may have changed you are still dear to me.” Koren said before rising and walking back to the hanger.

“M'lord, we have finished loading the transports. All of the artifacts and equipment have been secured.” One of his Handmaidens told him as he reentered the hanger with his unconscious former apprentice in tow, “Good, have a stasis chamber readied on my ship and place Belexus in it. I will deal with him at a later time.” Koren said. “As you wish M'lord.” The Handmaiden bowed to him as two others came to take Belexus. With his former apprentice dealt with Koren approached the open doors of the hanger and looked outside just as New Sith Transports began leaving the Kashyyyk. Though he could sense survivors the Jedi suffered a devastating loss and it would be some time before they would dare challenge them again. “M'lord, new orders from her lady Ashera, we are to set course for Coruscant imminently.” His Handmaiden said.

“Right into the house of the Jedi hmmm? She is getting bold. Very well, set course.” Koren said. “At once M'lord.” The Handmaiden said with a bow. As she left Koren stretched out with the force, feeling for Ashera. He could feel her dark side presence even from here. Every day Koren felt her slipping deeper into the dark side and each day it made it harder and harder to bring her back from path she had chosen. With a sigh Koren turned and began boarding his personal ship. Ashera may have lost faith in the Grey Knight philosophy but Koren had not. So long as he lived and breathed, he would always hold out hope she could be brought back.

And Koren would not abandon her to her fate.



Present day

Koren sighed as he overlooked the information on his datapad. He and his team had returned from a trip into the works looking for any relics or artifacts Darth Sidious might have hidden. The expedition had yielded nothing of value but they had found several clues which could give them a place to search next. As he sifted through the data Koren though about what had happened over the last year. Since Kashyyyk they had recovered from the events and had grown stronger as a result. Koren had no doubt in the coming months they would not only grow stronger but more deadly as well.

As for Koren himself much had changed and remained the same. He had thrown himself into his work as an archaist, teacher, public figure, occasional field agent and councilor to Ashera to bring her back from the darkness. As far as teacher went Koren taught a large amount of students, even those whom had masters of their own. But Koren had not taken an apprentice since Belexus' betrayal. Koren was not against taking a new apprentice, he just didn't have much interest since that day. Plus he had been enjoying his freedom of not having one. Though after a year of freedom and reflection he was more open to taking one now than he had been a year ago.

His thoughts were interrupted as one of his handmaidens approached him, “M'lord, lady Ashera has requested an audience with you.” She said. Koren looked upon her, she wore dark robes and had her face concealed with a veil and hood. This was the common attire when his handmaidens were accompanying him among the Sith. Outside of the Sith they wore pure white clothing and hoods without the veil. This helped keep their identities and links to him a secret when in his Sith and True persona.

“Very well. Please have the data moved to the vault while I meet with her.” He said as he stood. “At once M'lord.” The handmaiden said. Koren walked through the corridors of the hidden parts of the building to a turbo lift which would take him to a room near Ashera's office. Before he boarded one his students stopped him to inform him of critical information regarding some of the experiments they were conducting, thus delaying him from the meeting. Once Koren had given the appropriate instructions he boarded the lift. Once he arrived he exited the lift and used the force to trick the minds of anyone looking at him. Koren's public persona wasn't due to be here for another three days so him suddenly walking around the building would draw unnecessary attention so he filtered the minds of the non Sith workers so he was easily dismissed. Eventually creating a perception filter so he could walk in public without fear of violating rules.

All Koren had to do was avoid the windows and cameras until he reached Ashera's office where he was about to open the door when someone did so from inside. Of course Ashera wasn't alone, inside with her was Phora, a friend of his and Ashera's whom he was glad to see. Normally he would have removed his mask for them but of course lovely Jaleevra was with them. And of course there was Cruze at the door, the former Jedi slash pirate slash mercenary. Koren had no grudge against Cruze for his past, if anything they certinatly weren't enemies. But the fact he had killed several guards of theirs, some of whom were being trained by Koren, left a bad memory of Cruze in Koren's mind.

"Forgive my delay, we had some experiments that kept me from arrive sooner." Koren said, his mask lending it's baraton voice to his own. Again normally he would have removed his mask for Ashera and Phora, but with their guests presant and his desire to keep his sith persona seperate from his own it remained on his face.

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"Ahem, mask. If you want to keep yourself somewhat concealed, I recommend just putting your hood up in a way it conceals the upper part of your face. You are among close allies, not thralls." Ashara said, a bit irritated by the mask. "But then again, we are about to go on a mission, so maybe you can leave it on."

Ashara turned towards the window. "To think about it. It has been exactly one year since Kashyyk. We have come so far and the Jedi and old Sith are still mostly oblivious about our whereabouts. I knew coming here was a good idea. They expect their enemies least directly on their doorstep. I have plenty of contacts here and I know how things work here since I was born and grew up here. However since my parents are with the Jedi, I haven't seen them in ages despite them been not far away. Remember, my friends, we can show the Jedi and the old Sith mercy if they realize their faults and seize their war on us. I wouldn't want to destroy the Jedi or the old Sith, but I would destroy them if I had to. My only conditions for them are to stop hostilities on us and the remnants of the Grey Knights and to accept a new order that allows worlds to be united but act independently. You see I value individual freedoms much, I want to topple all dictators, kings and hutts to allow a confederation to bloom. But the problem is that there is a conflict of interests with the Jedi and the old Sith even on that. The Jedi are supported by and support so called benevolent dictators and kings, whereas the old Jedi support and are supported by hutts and totalitarians. Of course, if I was to head a confederation to ensure its order, to destroy those who exploit the weak, I myself would be a benevolent dictator. But this slight hypocrisy is something I am willing to risk." She said.

She then turned back to the others and said: "We set out in ten minutes. Meet me by the entrance then."

She turned to Cruze: "Yes that will suffice."

Before he could leave, Ashara stopped Koren: "I still feel that you think I may have fully fallen to the dark side, friend. But so you can understand better. I rather let the dark and light flow than try to manage a neutral as I noticed even for me, maintaining a neutral stance is an unnecessarily difficult feat. Maybe you should consider letting both sides flow. You see, you can use power to accomplish benevolent goals. Of course, I may have fallen a bit more to the dark side lately, but it is to ultimately to create a long lasting peace with a world that values every life." She said. She was however hypocritical of that last part as she hurt some people over petty things and has even used the force to tear someone apart in her office after they failed her for the last time.

But then again, this was Ashara. A woman with noble goals and usually a pleasant personality if you disregard the times she lost her temper. It was hard to determine how far she had fallen to the dark side and whether she was truly honest about what she said or was trying to manipulate somebody. For Ashara, she wouldn't kill someone who she wouldn't be able to sense a strong force in, because she felt the weak must be protected for their strengths can be found elsewhere and be useful for society.

Ashara then left to her chambers and changed to her bodysuit and hooded robe. She detached her head and set it on a table just so she could look up on her body. "Good" She thought and reattached her head.

She then headed down to the lobby to wait on her friends so that they could go to the lower layers to find and confront Master Obsidian.

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Phora’s glare followed Ashara, until she disappeared from sight. Ten minutes to get ready, ten minutes to another entertaining, and boring bloodshed – is what Phora thought.

“It’s funny how she hates masks, not that mask can hide who you are when someone knows you well…” Phora stared at Koren, face grim and eyes like glass.

“At least that’s what I got when I tried to fool Jedi master with a mask and poorly made sith outfit.” Suddenly she smiled, and her eyes became bright as memories flew through her mind.

“Anyway, I’ll leave you two to whatever you want to do with remaining minutes, Jalee?” She glanced at Jalee just before walking away, wondering if she will join.

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Cruze walked past Koren on his way back to his locker to make sure he had everything for this trip. Cruze respected Koren. Yes, he might not be all able this New Sith Order, but he was powerful and Cruze respected power. He had never seen Koren’s actual face under the mask, not many had. Cruze didn’t care as much, for all he knew Koren could be a robot, but there was a familiar feeling Cruze had about him, not entirely sure what it was though. Experiment huh? Wonder what he’s cooking down there He thought to himself as he arrived at his locker and opening it up. “Hmm, what to bring, what to bring…”

After loading up his belt with ammo and making sure his blaster was loaded, Cruze grabbed his lightsaber and placed it inside his jacket. “Wonder if you will be used today, been while darling.” He said to himself. Even though his lightsaber showed a white glow when activated, it wasn’t because that was Cruze’s alignment, but just because of the white crystal it had. He liked the uniqueness of it. The curved hilt helped with Cruze’s smooth fighting style, he didn’t use it often, but when he did, you would never guess he was a mercenary.

Cruze threw on his armored jacket and padded himself making sure he had everything. Gun, check. Saber, check. Bandana to cover half my face, check. Before closing his locker Cruze looked down at the crate he recently brought in. “Hmm, why the hell not.” He said opening it and grabbing one of the electromagnetic pulse grenades and attaching it to his belt. “Now to go meet up with the others.” Cruze said out loud after closing his locker and making his way to the entrance. While waiting he checked his holo to see if Master Obsidian and paid him for the recent delivery, but there were no credits yet. Damn, was hoping he’d pay me before we went down there. He thought to himself before seeing Ashara. “So Ashara, Master Obsidian might be expecting me to visit him, so would you want me to head into his office first to try to talk to him, or just forget about all that and follow your lead? ” He asked her as he walked up to her. He wouldn't be upset if they had to fight him, fighting is always more fun than talking and surrendering.

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“Right behind ya!” Jalee followed Phora, she really hated all these Forceys, except for the Theelin. Ashara needed to relax a bit, Koren was irritating with his face hiding, even if Jalee already found out that the Sith is actually Wavingstrider. And Cruze, this Jack of all trades... Also, that friend of Phora, the guy who asked Jalee to deliver the holocom to Phora, something was odd about this guy, his metallic voice and so on...
“So, what are we going to do now, My-Oh-So-Great-Lady?”

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Phora’s thought made her chuckle.

“I’m actually inclined to ditch this mission for fun, not to mention we need to find that idiot, Obsidian…the one you stepped on Jalee.” Also she had to check that holo sooner or later.

“Not that I’m happy about that, but I guess I have to attend this mission she gave us, any idea what I should wear? Yes, I am asking you cause I don’t really care about clothes that much.” Which is noticeable thanks to how often she wears the same clothes.

"So Mr. Soft Butt was Obsidian? His butt was so soft that I can't call him Obsidianbutt. And your clothes... You could run naked and still be more undercover than the rest."

Phora laughed - Master Obsidian became Mr. Soft Butt that day.

“That’s a good one, and naked? How come?”

Some time later, Jalee and Phora arrived at lobby...

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While at the lobby, Ashara had the feeling that someone was mocking her behind her back, but she brushed it off.

"We will head out immediately once everyone has gathered in the lobby." Ashara said to Cruze. "Just stay with us. If you arrive and something happens then he might try to make his escape. We need him there so we can confront him. He has been a thorn in our eye for a while now and I suspect he might be considering delivering valuable information about our whereabouts to the Jedi."

Then Jalee and Phora arrived. "Only Tal-Koren is missing now. Once he is here, we should make haste. Otherwise Master Obsidian might go to other bars he frequents and we would have to search for him." Ashara said.

(OOC: Luckily, Phora and Jalee werent nearby when they were making fun of Ashara, otherwise she would be in choking mood. lol)

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Jalee took out the Twi'lek figurine she usually wore on her sniper rifle and started to play with it. It was a good way to waste some time. “Oh, Phora, about your question earlier: I guess Jedi or Sith don't tattoo any symbols of their orders on their apprentices, so I would say it's hard to tell if someone is a Jedi, a Sith or anyone else when he's running naked. The robes give everything away, so duh, running naked is better. And more fun. At least until you sober up” Jalee looked at the Theelin for a short while. “Oh, and I think someone should give Mr. Strider an alarm clock or something. He's late as always.”

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Koren humphed at Ashara's sugestion of an alternative to his mask, she knew how he felt about the subject but would try humoring her in the future. Before he could leave, Ashara stopped him and spoke her mind. Koren listened but he wasn't buying what she was preaching, if she truly was as balanced as she claimed he wouldn't have felt the waves of the Dark Side rolling off of her at times. He nodded a conformation but more towards hearing what she said, rather than agreeing with her. Koren did let both sides flow freely through him but they harmonized within and created a balance within him. The fact Asrhara couldn't see that was a testament she had fallen quite far...too far.

Exiting with the others the conversation began to flow freely. “It’s funny how she hates masks, not that mask can hide who you are when someone knows you well…” Phora stared at Koren, face grim and eyes like glass. "We all wear masks Phora, in one form or another life requires us to. But in the company of friends such masks are not necessary." Koren said, subtly reminding her of the times when he didn't. As they left Koren returned to his lab and informed his handmaidens of the impending assignment. Several would be standing by some distance ready to provide tactical and after operations assistance while he and the others did their job. After insuring all experiments would survive without him he left to meet the others in the lobby. Again using the force to create a perception filter around the non order members and avoiding the camera's Koren made his way to the lobby where he managed to catch Jalee talking about him.

"If you would rather we return to the ruins of our headquarters I would be happy to oblige your request. Also please speak louder, I would love the public to know whom is under the mask.” Koren said, his deadpan tone masked by his mask's voice filter but non the less it was quite obvious what the tone was. Koren looked to Ashara, “Ashara, if you would be so kind I would prefer any apprentices we find taken alive for....'rehabilitation'.” Koren requested. It wouldn't be the first time he converted members from opposing forces. Over time Koren had refined his persuasion techniques and was the person for such tasks.

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“Whatever you say, you’re in charge, Master Ashara” Cruze said with a half bow, backing up and leaning against the wall, waiting for the other. Jalee and Phora walked up complaining Koren being late. He glanced down at his holo for the time. “Well, he’s not exactly late yet. It has been 10 minutes, but as long as he gets here within the next minute.” Cruze said, “Plus he doesn’t seem like the alarm clock type…” He trailed of. To be honest, Koren didn’t seem like an anything type.

Cruze looked up when he heard Koren arrive and say some sarcastic comments to Jalee. “Wow, didn’t think you had that in you buddy. Glad to see you’re at least a little human in there.” Cruze said with a smirk as stood up from the wall. “Alive? If they turn and try to fight us, why should we show them mercy? Just saying, if one of them ends up on the other side of my blaster after trying to kill me, I won’t feel sorry.” Walking forward to rejoin the group. Cruze stretched his arms above his head. “Ah… Well, what are we waiting for? I’m ready to go and have some fun.

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“Hmpf, I can call you Strider-Glider if that's what you want. But if you wanna know my opinion: most people who would like to know who you are know it already. And the rest doesn't give a shit, oh mighty Lord.” Jalee put her hands in her pockets. Working with people who were mostly thinking about themselves was boring and annoying. Especially if they were Forceys. “I won't say it often, but Mr. Demale is right. We should get going.”

Jalee looked also at Phora. The Theelin was the only person who was treating the Twi'lek like a useful person. Also, Jalee was really interested in that weird delivery she had to give Phora. The mysterious Forcey was someone even Jalee respected without knowing anything. She feared Ashara, but she was certain that even the boss would feel a bit uneasy with that guy around.

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Phora yawned, only to chuckle next as Jalee hit strider with words.

“What a hard blow with words, Jalee best words puncher as always I see.” Phora decided to leave Sith mask behind and go in casual…usual clothes she wears. Thanks to her reputation as someone that loves to fight in clubs, and with anyone else that stumbles upon her…thrashing around Obsidian in front of people won’t be a problem. Later Jedi…dispute is all she needs to justify why she fought with them.

“I’ll leave my lightsaber behind, few people know I have one…and I’d rather avoid using it.” All she needed was force, and her fists for what’s about to come. Phora chose to stay silent after that.

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"Okay, let's get going then." Ashara said, ignoring the slight disrespectful tone of some of her peers. "I got word that Master Obsidian is in his favorite bar named "The Cave". It is on one of the lowest levels and is about a twenty minute trip away."

In fact, the place was a ten minute elevator ride down to the lowest level to an artificial cavern with a large lake and a little town like atmosphere on one of the lakes islands also another couple minutes trip by ferry. The artificial cavern was illuminated with a dim blue light that made the entire cavern visible however it gave more of a dusk like feeling.

In the little town, there were lots of neon signs and lots of bars and brothels. "Ugh. Such a dirty place. I bet a lot of classless scum come around here." Ashara muttered. The twelveth building to the right was "The Cave". Through the beads of the entrance, she could see Master Obsidian at the bar. He had sensed their presence, especially those of Phora, Koren and Ashara.

To Master Obsidian, he normally felt comfortable dealing with Koren without violence. With Phora not so much. But Ashara personally coming to find him was often not a good sign if she had other with her. Like a year ago, she would come alone and have a couple drinks with him. They almost had an affair, especially since he used to be a young and handsome charmer. But she got darker and he began to become unreliable and drank heavily.

"Soooo, Ajara. I take it you seek to dispohsh of me?" He said in a drunken stupor. Ashara then replied: "Not necessarily. I have come to remind you that you have an apprentice and he needs a role model, but his master is never there for him and would rather drink himself half to death than fulfill his duties. I am giving you a chance. Quit drinking and fulfill your duties. Think about your apprentice, your nephew."

"I cant. I have slipped too far. I am a failure. I failed you. I failed him. I sometimes thought of betraying you to the Jedi. Primarily you had changed. Sometimes I cannot recognize you. You used to be fair. While you aren't as violent as you used to be, you seem to forget about those who are close to you." Master Obsidian said in tears.

"Power and duty changes people. I have to lead and keep things under control. But I cannot be too soft on people either. If you try to sober up and stay away from the alcohol, I will help you and I promise I will spend more time with you." Ashara said.

In that moment, a group of men intruded. "Obsidian, you are a dead man. You always borrow, but you never pay back!" A man in a black robe said. Ashara then said: "I can pay back his debts." "It is too late for that. Even if his debts were paid back, he is still a dead man!" The man said.

Ashara then realized who the man was. He used to be a subordinate back when she was with the old sith. "Things just got interesting. Obsidian, you never told me you have friends who are with the old sith." Ashara said. She lowered her hood. Then man in the dark robe then said: "Old sith? What are you on ab..." He stopped mid sentence when he saw Ashara's face. "Crap. It's Master Ashok. The lord said that whoever kills her gets a colossal reward and a promotion. The others might be other wanted persons that we could be rewarded for."

Right as he took out his communication device intending to radio in her whereabouts, he couldn't move his fingers. Fear stuck his as he couldn't move. "I had expected you to have gotten stronger." Ashara said. "My friends will take care of your subordinates and I dont think they need lightsabers to accomplish that. You were always seeking to get rid of me even back then. But you didn't after I killed the others. You feared me and you knew you couldn't take it up against me, because back then you were small fry. I tried to treat you with respect, but all I got from you was disdain. You didn't care about respect. You only cared about power and control. I will give you a choice: Either you die quickly and painlessly or I will turn you into a cripple so that you will never obtain the power you seek."

"I'd rather die than be a cripple." The man said. Ashara then replied: "Cripple it is since you have not learn a single bit." A sharp pain ran through the mans body as he screamed in pain. All of a sudden his legs gave away and he couldnt feel them anymore. "Even if you got prosthetics, I made sure that you cant even use those. A shame I would have preferred giving you a worse fate but the amount of power used who attract Jedis."

Obsidian then said: "I thank you for saving me. But why are you so cruel?" "If I was cruel, I would have crushed all of his bones and given him a slow painful death. I chose the least cruel choice to neutralize an enemy who will always try to come back for revenge. Would you rather that I just knock him out or let him do what he wants? If it did that, he would come back for more trouble, plus who knows how many innocents he killed." Ashara replied.

"I understand. Sometimes it is hard for me comprehend your actions. But I guess there is still a part of you that values some fairness. I wish I could be independent and not be Sith, Grey Knight or Jedi. But as a freelancing force user you dont have allies and anyone can come to hurt you." Master Obsidian said. Ashara then replied: "Well then I will make sure that you only train your apprentice and stay mostly out of unnecessary conflicts."

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Cruze chuckled with the back and forth between Phora, Koren, and Jalee. Jalee obviously didn’t like or seem to respect Koren, for whatever reason. “So, taking less firepower is good Miss Phora?” Cruze asked rhetorically. He rarely used his saber, but when he did, he was thankful for carrying it. He mostly used his blaster when it came to conflicts, he wasn’t trained that well in much besides Form II.

As the group headed towards Master Obsidians normal gathering place, Cruze stuck towards the back. Scanning around, keeping an eye on things, but paying enough attention not to bump into anyone and still listening to Ashara complain about the club and the atmosphere. “Could be worse, could be just bars.” Cruze said with a smirk. Scum. Scum weren’t that bad of people, usually the ones to do the work most others wouldn’t do. Hell, he knew some pretty good scum that were great at their jobs.

As the group walked through the beads Cruze snapped back to reality. He stayed back a little, using his force power to shroud his presence to others in the room. As the Ashara, Koren Phora and Jalee walked forward, Cruze leaned back against a wall next to the beads they had through. Wonder if Master Obsidian has any lackeys around here He thought to himself as he surveyed the room, barely listening to the conversation between Obsidian and Ashara, blaster in hand, expecting something to go wrong.

Right when Ashara finished her sentence, a small group came through and started shouting towards Master Obsidian saying stuff about debts. They had run past Cruze with their full focus on whatever mission they had, so Cruze had a small advantage. He quickly surveyed them Sith… He had his blaster up ready for someone to make a move. "My friends will take care of your subordinates and I dont think they need lightsabers to accomplish that. Ashara said, putting a smirk onto Cruze’s face.

Cruze struck one of them from behind with the hilt of his blaster knocking them to the ground and then stomping them in the face to knock them out. “No lightsabers? Where’s the fun in that?” Said out loud, causing another one from the group to turn around, and quickly swung their lightsaber at him. Cruze jumped to the side. “What happened to no lightsabers!?” He remarked as he pulled his lightsaber and tucked his blaster away in one smooth motion.

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#, as written by Zaria
Phora never understood Obsidian, his lack of…seeing how easily he could change. After all in one moment he's drunk, in another he’s having no problem speaking in an understandable way, though that may be normal for a force user.

When group that had a dispute with Obsidian entered, and when conflict broke out – No need for lightsabers was…as Ashara said, though they tried to use such elegant weapon, meant for a far different times and surely not fitting for a club.
She took on one with bare hands, one that almost went down easily – with an elbow landing at his back of the head. Sadly he managed to stand, and he had to take out lightsaber, just like the one that Cruze fought with. Force made a short work of his lightsaber, sliding it out of his hands…and dismantling.

Then she force choked him lightly, and muttered.

“I’m so not in the mood for killing today, you’re lucky.” Is what Sith heard before losing consciousness, his body slumped onto the ground.

“Sweet dreams, and let’s hope we won’t meet again…”

Later Phora listened to what Obsidian and Ashara had to say, that she let him go off hook so easily surprised her…in a good way.
“Aren’t you generous today…” She had to mutter.


OOC - Cruze you forgot about yourself in post ^^.

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Sweet dreams, and let’s hope we won’t meet again…” Said Phora, not noticing that another guy snuck up on her back. Jalee took out a stun gun and hold it against his side. She could use a blaster, but if the others weren't supposed to use lightsabers, then Jalee also wanted to play fair and only knocked the guy out. „Don't tell me you're getting old, Phora.” The Twi'lek shook her head, her lekku waving in the air due to the movement.

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Now that they had time, Phora replied to Jalee’s earlier question.
“Actually Jalee…I am old.” She grinned.

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Cruze looked up when he heard Koren arrive and say some sarcastic comments to Jalee. “Wow, didn’t think you had that in you buddy. Glad to see you’re at least a little human in there.” Koren looked to Cruze, “Happy to have done so. I may wear play the role of a void but I am still human.” He said as Jalee replied, “My dear, unlike others among our group I do hold respect for your talents and a living being. But do remember I while many among our Order and some outsiders know of my duality the majority do not. If what you say were true, I would not be free to move about without the mask. You may call me as you wish but I ask, not demand, you not say me true name in public please.” He asked her politely.

Koren was not like the other hard nosed, stuck ups in the order and respected other beings regardless of race. He didn't know why Jalee didn't like him, but he would not respond aggressively with her unless necessary. She would either warm to him in time or she wouldn't. Koren would only get aggressive with her if she crossed a line with him. Ashara quickly brought them to order, explained her plan and moved them on to their destination. The lower levels were the unlawful side of the Corucant most people never say or even thought about. If crime was the most rampant anywhere it was here, right under the noses of the Jedi and Senate. Koren despised what went on down here but there was not much he could do about it for now. That said he had his own secret base of operations down here, built off the books with his own funds and located on level 47. Besides his residence at Republica 500, FOB 47 was just a place for Koren to practice his experiments away from the eyes of his peers.

He took great lengths to hide it from everyone but his inner circle. It was created as safe house in case things with Ashara went too far to be redeemed and Koren needed to go into hiding for any reason. Funny enough, Koren had established an operations outpost for their order just twenty levels above as a cover for his. Mostly it was used to test new droids in secrete was the cover reason for it's existence.

Upon their arrival it didn't take long to find The Cave and Master Obsidian, whom had been waiting for them. Koren had never had any trouble with master Obsidian, in fact the two worked quite nicely, when he wasn't drunk off his behind. Koren did have to admit for someone drunk his use of the force to sober himself up was impressive. Koren listened to Ashara give Obsidian a firm lecture on the state of his life and his apprentice.

“Ashara does have a point master Obsidian. As a fellow college and a friend I am concerned with your mental and physical health. As you know I help train the apprentices of other masters, yours is among them and he has expressed concern for you. I would be remiss as his teacher and your friend if I didn't come to help you.” Koren said. “I would be willing to aid you in your recovery if you would be willing to try. Sometimes the journey to recovery is best walked with a companion by your side.” he added. But before he could recover men in black robes came marching in demanding his head for not paying them back credits he owed. It didn't take long for them to be outed as old sith, one whom Ashara knew very well. Right as he took out his communication device intending to radio in her whereabouts, he couldn't move his fingers. Fear stuck his as he couldn't move. "I had expected you to have gotten stronger." Ashara said. "My friends will take care of your subordinates and I don't think they need lightsabers to accomplish that."

As Cruze, Phora and Jalee went to work Koren stayed by Ashara as two of them moved to attack Ashara, "Only two, how disappointing." Koren said as he used the force to grasp the two men, lifted them up into the air and tossed them out of a door into the back alley of the building where no one would see them, "Even more so. Though perhaps I can get at least a little bit of a challenge out of them." Koren said as he walked calmly after them, taking his two lightsabers and attaching them together. Outside the two sith met him in kind with their sabers drawn and more than eager to run him through. Koren activated his double bladed lightsaber and the battle commenced. Much to his discontentment his opponents were well trained, but hardly at the level Koren desired. So was the case he was holding back and giving them a handicap just to prolong the duel. Koren could have handled them blinded and with his bare fists and still wouldn't have even a quarter of the challenge he was looking for. After an even six minutes of playing with his new friends Koren became board and swiftly disarmed them and used force lightning to render them unconscious.

Looking at them Koren snarled as he deactivated his saber, “Hardly a challenge, not even worth the effort.” He said as he detached the two sabers and replaced them on his belt. A sound behind him caught his attention and Koren turned around to look for it. He felt another force presence, another sith perhaps? Swiftly he closed in on the target whom had trapped themselves at the far end and found not a sith but a girl. She was young, no more than fifteen and covered in dirty rags Koren hesitated to call clothes. It was apparent she was one of the downtrodden whom lived on this level, “Well well, what do we have here?” He asked. “Please, please, don't hurt me! ” She cried as she pressed herself into the wall, as if trying to phase through it. “No, I won't do that. However, since you just saw what happened I can't just let you go can I?” Koren said as he reached out for her, “No!” Suddenly Koren felt himself being thrown back as a blast of raw force knocked him down.

Koren was in shock, he had felt the force in her but he didn't think such a powerful attack would come from one untrained in the force. The blast had only thrown him because he had his guard down but Koren knew from experiencing it she had great potential, “M'Lord!” A female voice called out as several of his Handmaidens, whom had remained hidden, revealed themselves, weapons drawn and pointed at the girl, “I..I..I'd sorry! Please, it was an accident!” The girl stuttered in an attempt to avoid further punishment. But Koren only held interest in the girl, it was the first time in a long while since he had take such an interest in a force sensitive. “Oh that was no accident little one, not at all.” Said as he stood and walked slowly towards her. The girl shivered in terror, putting her hands up as if to shield herself from a beating. But Koren just stopped in front of her and used one finger to gentle turn her face towards him, “You just so happened to be in the right place, at the right time.” He said before waving her hand across her face.

Her eyes fluttered closed as he used the force to put her to sleep and she collapsed into his arms, “Take her back to the 'residence', accommodate her, but do not let her leave. Perhaps the force has given both of us a second chance.” He said, “And gather up the sith, take them to the lab. They'll prove useful for the 'experiment'.” Koren said. “As you command M'lord.” The handmaidens said as they took the girl and the sith as he went back inside, his mood much lighter than before.

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Cruze and this sith clashed sabers a couple times, Cruze was having fun, wasn't often he would be able to have saber to saber combat. As he stepped back Cruze looked around the room. "Well, since the others are finished with their fun, I guess it's time to finish this." He said with a sigh. When the sith came down with a strike to try to over power Cruze, Cruze did a leg sweep sending him to the ground, and catching the sith's red saber.

"Now now... I would really want to kill you right now, since you decided to pull your saber out when it was a gentleman's fight." Cruze said as he pushed the man back down with his leg, with the red lightsaber a couple inches from the sith's neck. "But, I don't exactly call the shots." Cruze slid his own saber back into it's holster, but keeping the red one where it was. Cruze looked up at Ashara, waiting to see what she would want him to do. Kill or spare. Cruze preferred to always kill, less competition and there wont be a liability. But occasionally he would be ordered to let people live, to send a message. Plus he knew Koren did experiments on most captives they took.

During all of this, Cruze noticed Koren get pushed back by a wave of force, but noticed it came from a girl and Koren had her taken back, along with the other defeated men. "Don't have too much fun there."

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(OOC: Not using lightsabers wasnt a command. It was a figure of speech that Ashara was confident that her friends were strong enough to deal with the attackers without lightsabers.)

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As the others dispatched the enemy, Ashara noticed a strong presence in the force. Following it, she saw Koren get force pushed by a young girl. He then knocked her out and had a handmaiden take her away. "I see. You are trying to get a new apprentice." She mumbled quietly, not audible to anyone but herself.

Cruze had fought an enemy and had him at his mercy. He looked at her for guidance as if she was to decide where to let him live or let Cruze kill him. "Do as you see fit. The enemy is at your mercy not mine. If it were up to me, a simple spare or kill is too easy. Killing them quickly relieves them and sparing them does too. Some people you can turn by sparing them, while others will only seek revenge and sparing them causes you further troubles." Ashara said to Cruze.

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Cruze smirked after Ashara said she didn’t care what she did. “Thank you. And I agree” Cruze said, slowly pushing the saber through the man’s neck, making him suffer with pain. After a couple seconds he slice horizontally killing him after the pain Cruze put him through. He deactivated the saber and tossed it to one of Koren’s handmaidens. “See if your master wants this little souvenir.” Cruze said out loud, he felt more relaxed, killing the man released some stress, as well as some anger he had built up.

As he stepping back from standing over the man, Cruze could almost feel as if someone was trying to get a read on him. He quickly brushed it off, either Koren was trying to read his alignment as he did with most other force users, or Ashara was doing roughly the same for personal reasons. Cruze never considered himself balanced, he had hate and anger in him sometimes. He had only let it take control of him once, when the last of his old crew was killed and he went to the front door of the Androsa Corporation.

Cruze pushed rubbed his hand through his hair and sighed. “Well, what’s next? I think I remember mentioning a spy of some sort. Hopefully we can have more fun.” Cruze said he looked around at the others. "Will Master Obsidian be joining us, or heading back to recover?"

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As he reentered the establishment, Koren winced as Cruze impaled the Sith he had been dueling through the throat. Yes Koren had done his fair share of nerve wrenching acts but that didn't mean he was desensitized to them. After a couple seconds Cruze slice horizontally killing him after the pain he put him through. He deactivated the saber and tossed it to one of Koren’s handmaidens. “See if your master wants this little souvenir.” Cruze said out loud. Before she could catch it Koren called it to his hand with the force, causing the saber to fly through the air quick as a whip. Koren examined the blade, it was true he collected sabers from defeated opponents as well as sabers wielded by Jedi and Sith long since past. As such had quite a few in his collection but this saber was not one he would consider adding for multiple reasons.

Koren tossed the saber back to Cruze, using the force to give it a boost, “Perhaps if I had earned it, but as they say to the victor go the spoils.” Koren said just as Cruze noticed his new prospect, “Don't have too much fun there.” Koren humped, fun for him would have been either spending time in his archives, dueling or joining master Obsidian at one of the clubs just to watch the dancers. With just a dismissal wave to Cruze Koren turned in time to see Ashara looking at him. Through the force he could feel intrigue and something else he couldn't describe. Her eyes looking upon his new prospect his handmaidens were taking away told him exactly the source if her emotions. Koren had been putting off training a new apprentice since his last had betrayed him. Belexus had been his apprentice back when the Grey Knights had been at their peek. But even with his separate philosophy from the New Sith Koren had been unable to keep Belexus from believing they were all no better than true sith.

After the skirmish at Kashyyyk Belexus had vanished from the Order. Koren had informed Ashara that Belexus had been a Jedi spy and after inquiring as to his fate Koren let her know he had taken care of Belexus personally. Oh he was very much alive, that he did not hide from anyone. But as to what Koren had done to him, no one in the order knew. “I take betrayal very harshly Ashara,” He had told her when she inquired, “He may no longer be my apprentice but he is still useful in....other aspects. Trust me when I say the less you know the better.” Koren had said to her.

Considering he conducted test on captured enemies Ashara had heeded his advice and not asked any questions.....yet. If the knowledge of the test he was conducting were made know to the rest of the New Sith, much less any force based organization, quite a lot of people would suddenly be very cautious of him.

Because the things Koren was researching would make him very dangerous if he went down the wrong path.

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#, as written by Aniihya
Ashara then said to Koren: "Take good care of your apprentice. Don't make them hate you and do use them. I personally had a rough time as an apprentice. I was adopted into the Jedi at a young age, but only because my parents and the jedi masters feared what I could become due to my high midichlorian count. They feared that if they didnt keep me in check I would end up as another Vader. But their biggest mistake was that I was seldomly treated like a human with some dignity. I was used by them. Later I fled the Jedi and went to the Sith to exact my revenge and I had almost become what they had feared. Before I could commit any serious atrocities, I created the grey knights with like minded Sith and Jedi. But then I fell out of inner balance, going to the extremes of both light and dark. The dark in me wanted to destroy everything, but the light in me wanted to protect everything, so both restrained each other. I have come to understand that what I had perceived as neutral in the grey knights was basically just political neutrality while it was still morally on the light side. So I came to the conclusion that moral neutrality is impossible, because it would either require inability of action or to balance bad deeds with good deeds and good deeds with bad ones. So now I accept both the light and the dark. For every person I kill I secretly go to the lower layers and grant someone enough means to live. I am quite aware that even among the New Sith some perceive me as a monster. But Koren, I need you to make your apprentice better than me, at least on a moral standpoint, one that is aware of the far reaching consequences of actions."

Ashara knew perfectly that she wasn't a good person, but she wasn't that bad as a Sith either. Many by her age had at least massacred a town before. But she had killed maybe a couple hundred, most during the war with the Jedi and the Old Sith.

Cruze had mentioned the next mission and Ashara said: "Yes, the Jedi spy. I prefer to capture him or her. Killing them is only necessary if they put up too much resistence. Then afterwards we can finally enjoy the night."