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11.11.2015 , 07:04 AM
Part 3-62. In which the party finds a bounty hunter

This series has pervasive spoilers for the Shadow of Revan Rishi questline. It also regularly uses the chapter 3 titles for the Sith Warrior and Sith Inquisitor, along with the background of their companions.

There once was a hunter who learned
Respect must be worthily earned.
She followed her work
And never did shirk
While the darker temptations she spurned.

Torch resided in more of an arena than a room. Sliding tiles revealed alternating patterns of red and chrome.

“It’s like the floor is lava,” said Nalenne, admiring. “Except that would be really stupid.”

Torch, a heavily armored woman, didn’t have much to say before she started firing miniature fusion missiles. Nalenne limped into close range and started Force inconveniencing her with everything she had.

Rho and Kira whirled into action like a pair of superheroes. Two of the really lame ones, obviously, X-folk or something, but still. Quinn hung back and shot with his customary precision. When Nalenne got sick of the zooming around she focused all her remaining power on crushing the idiot Mandalorian to the ground.

And, after a titanic struggle, Torch held still for a moment.

Nalenne brought her saber out. “And now you’re dying. Red Hulls!”

Rho ran up beside her. “Nalenne, we have to ask her questions. Red Hulls!”

“But our piratey reign of terror,” objected Nalenne.

“Will continue after our piratey, um, interview,” said Rho.

“I’m not buying it.” She raised her saber.

“No!” It came from above in a burst of jet thrusters and landed between Nalenne and her quarry. It was a Twi’lek, yellow-skinned, fully armored, with one foot that looked like it was crafted from overlapping yellowish metal plates. A blaster rode at her side, which struck Nalenne as a very bad place for it to be in a fight.

The newcomer faced off against Torch. “I'm bringing you in for the bounty.”

Torch scoffed. “No, you're not.”

“Yes, I am.”

“No, you're not.”

“Yes, I am. Look, we just beat you fair and square!”

“Yeah!” said Rho.

“Who is this 'we'?” said Nalenne.

“So you have to come with me,” concluded the Twi'lek.

“No, I don't,” Torch said stubbornly. “You’ll never take me alive.”

“Yes, I will! I have to!”

“And why’s that?”

“I’m a no-kill bounty hunter,” pronounced the Twi’lek.

There was a few moments’ silence.

“I think that’s admirable,” said Rho.

Nalenne made loud retching noises.

“So you have to come with me,” said the Twi’lek.

“I think Torch has earned her freedom,” said Rho. “After all, we're trying to save the galaxy here.”

The Twi’lek cast him a curious look. “You are?”

“No,” Nalenne said loudly.

“Yes,” said Rho. “Would you like to help?”

“No,” Nalenne said loudly.

“It sounds like a good cause,” said the Twi'lek. “I’m Tannu Ma.”

Rho bowed a little bit. “I'm Rho.”

“Who's your friend?”

“No,” Nalenne said, mostly on principle at this point.

Quinn took some time out from his fierce stoicking. “My lord, are we accepting another bleeding-heart sympathizer into the party?”

“Bleeding hearts would improve them both quite a lot,” grumbled Nalenne. “Come on, we've got an apocalyptic galactic war to stop.”

“Really? whispered Tannu.

“No,” scoffed Torch.

“Do you two say anything other than no?” queried Tannu.

"No," said Nalenne and Torch.

“Okay, maybe,” said Torch.

“I'm not saying no to be contrary,” said Nalenne. “I'm saying no because you're objectively wrong about everything.”

“Hold on,” said Torch, “are you guys serious? About saving the galaxy.”

“Yes,” said Rho.

“Huh. Should be interesting. Be seeing you.” She activated her jetpack thrusters and soared away in a maneuver more dramatic than safe.

“There goes my bounty,” Tannu said dolefully.

“Don’t worry,” said Rho. “We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
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