Force of Wills: The Ties that Bind
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09.07.2012 , 03:03 PM |
The Star Chamber space station/ Unknown region of Space
Very obvious and large chapter 3 Agent spoilers.
Shiloh walked beside Lokin. Ainsley, as she preferred to be called, followed behind with her two companions, whom Shiloh learned were Akaavi Spar, a Mandalorian, and Corso Riggs, a mercenary, and Ainsley’s husband. They wound through the halls of the forgotten Cabal’s primary headquarters, Shiloh recognized the halls, heard Hunter’s voice echo from a long forgotten battle. They eventually entered a command center of sorts, and there just as Shiloh had ordered her, stood Scorpio’s droid avatar interfacing with the console. Beside her stood Malavai’s ghost, hard at work, ready to aid her in whatever way he could. She closed her eyes, trying to focus on the real, on the here and now, but this place was a shrine to her past, and her ghosts roamed the halls, all giving her secret smiles.
“Hello agent.” Scorpio’s disembodied voice came from all around them.
“Hello Scorpio, I trust you are well?” She had not been happy to leave the throngs of the populace, she argued she could not evolve with the task Shiloh had given her. Ultimately she complied when Shiloh agreed to remove the restraining bolt, and gave her access to the entirety of the Star Cabal’s mainframe once again.
“I have evolved in the years of your absence, I have fully integrated myself into the entirety of the space station. I also no longer wish, nor need to kill you, you have given me power and freedom, for this I thank you agent.” The low female voice said.
“Please Scorpio, just Shiloh, I have not been an agent in over twenty years.” Shiloh walked over to the console Quinn was working at, he moved over to let her by.
“You have evolved as well I see, though your body has aged, you have become weaker, scarred.” The disembodied voice, was calculating, yet soothing. She finally moved back into the Droid body, the eyes lit up and cocked her head at Shiloh.
“Yes, the downside to being mortal, we age. Lokins told me the cubes have all been found and are on the move? How did we get here? I thought they had been set to start tracking after a hundred years, it’s only been twenty five. What happened? ” She looked around the room at the group assembled before her, both real and incorporeal. A large holo of the galaxy filled the room with a small handful of blinking lights.
“Kaliyo happened.” Lokin said grimly. How the Rattataki came to know was a mystery, she had her ways, and had been cunning and difficult to find and eliminate. She had known about the black codex, urged Shiloh to sell the information or become an information broker. Shiloh had refused, and refused to give away the location, the longtime partners and one time friends had parted on less then amicable terms. In the end both women had stayed true to who they were Shiloh, and her convictions and sense of truth, and unscrupulous Kaliyo. Oil and water simply don’t mix, regardless of the emulsion; they will always separate if left still for long enough.
Shiloh gave him a look asking a silent question, Lokin only shook his head, and before her eyes Kaliyo appeared leaning on Vector. Her hands felt sticky, and when she looked down they were stained with blood, a blink later they were clean again.
“She recruited my son Cohen, he’s currently on my freighter with my other son and another passenger.” Ainsley added highlighting one of the blinking spots on the galaxy map.
“Her name’s Oriah Quinn” Corso added, albeit shyly, he felt out of place, this business far over his head. Malavai’s ghost perked up at the name.
“There are also two beacons that had been coming from the freighter’s location, both beacons have been silenced, I have continued to track the freighter’s signature none the less.” Scorpio interjected. “It would by logical to assume the second beacon is thanks to this Oriah Quinn, it has moved with her since her departure from Drummond Kaas.”
An image of a young woman with bright blue eyes and full red hair filled her screen.
“Oriah Quinn, second child to Lord Ardyth Eldrazzi the Emperor’s Wrath and Major Malavai Quinn, deceased. One sibling, Marek Eldrazzi, granddaughter to Lord Kaervrek Eldrazzi, Head of Sith Intelligence Operations. Step-daughter to Captain James Arenson Pierce II” Shiloh lifted her hand to stop Scorpio, she knew what she needed. She knew this family all too well, they had single handedly shaped and destroyed her life.
“She has a second sibling Scorpio. Major Mitka Riggs Republic Army.” Shiloh said quietly, dismissing the image of Malavai’s daughter.
“I shall update my records.”
Shiloh looked over to Ainsley and Corso who had come to stand beside his wife, their little fingers linked. She felt a pang in her heart, and looked passed Vector and Malavai who watched her intently.
“What’s become of the Hoth cube?” She moved on, Scorpio highlighted a second blinked light on the map, located in Hutt Space.
“Current trajectory Nal Hutta, no further information.”
Shiloh tapped the final blinking light, also in Hutt space. The Belsavis cube, the coordinates she had left with her sister. Kianna had clearly retrieved it, she asked Scorpio to pull up the security footage of Mega Security Ward 23. The group watched in silence as the young Chiss Jedi fought one of the ancient beasts of Belsavis, how broken she dragged her Sith companion to safety. Shiloh brought a hand up to cover her mouth as she watched her baby sister fight, her heart in her throat. Gone was the seven year old child she had known so briefly, gone was the sweet girl from their years of correspondence. She was a Jedi and a powerful one at that. When she saw that she left with her allies broken but alive, Shiloh finally exhaled. Working with a Sith, this could bode well.
“Trajectory?” Shiloh’s voice was just above a whisper
“A Jedi?” Ainsley asked incredulously. “Since when does the Star Cabal work with Jedi, or Sith for that matter?”
“She’s my sister, and no one who knows anything of the Star Cabal, would have thought to seek out Tython for a clue.” She turned then to face her fellows, “Jedi and Sith are not the enemy, the Jedi and Sith council are. It is the dogma of each organization that oppresses not only Force blinds, but Force users alike. Light using Sith are persecuted as are Jedi who choose to follow emotion, marry, live outside the code, there is no middle ground, there is no grey. The Jedi and Sith councils inability to bend and compromise, accept that force users are more than the Force, but sentient flawed beings as we all are. My vision, my reason for doing this, is not only to give Force blinds more autonomy, but to give Force users a choice. Life is not Light and Dark, there is middle ground, and neither Jedi, nor Sith should be forced to live by the standards of these archaic religions by virtue of birth. As such, like minded Jedi and Sith, will for the first time since its inception, be welcomed into the Star Cabal. To infiltrate and effect change from within.”
“I can see why Hunter liked you so much, you are my commander, and I am your Hunter.” Ainsley smiled as she spoke the ancient words of so many Hunters before her.
Lokin gave her an approving nod, as did Akaavi and Corso, who seemed relieved, happy that he would be doing good work, fighting for a worthy cause.
Shiloh gave them all a small smile that didn’t reach her eyes. “Make no mistake, there are powers at work in all levels of government on both sides that would take the information and secrets within those cubes and use them to further their own agendas. Sith Intelligence and the SIS each have agents looking to undo us, as they always have, as I once did. Ainsley, contact your ship and your sons, bring them here with the cubes. Corso, if you like you can stay here to meet them, or go with Ainsley and Akaavi to retrieve the Hoth cube. I leave it to you to ascertain if the person or persons who carry it are Cabal material, if they are not…”
“No loose ends.” Ainsley replied seriously.
“Lokin I leave you with Scorpio to track us and provide intel. I go to Voss.” She wondered if Phi-ton was still alive, perhaps her only true and legitimate husband escaped Vector and Malavai’s fate.
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Force of Wills: The Ties that Bind