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AK151 Author
AK151 Oct 7 2015 says:

"Let's start with that Federation operative," Nym starts. "Shiva, he seem familiar to you?"

The Jedi nods. "I took a look back at some of our logs. You came across him a while back on Nar Shaddaa. Malan Drayson. He tried to put a trace on you. He's not really Federation per se. He went AWOL."

"Then what was he doing there?" Rogue interrupts.

"Probably had the same idea Shiva did," Nym answers. "Doing the Federation's work for them and investigating the ship." He thinks for a moment. "Threat analysis?"

"Strategic mind," Shiva replies. "Plans ahead, probably good with creating something from nothing. Cautious to a fault."

Nym nods. "Yeah, we should get our hands on one of those recon droids. I'll have a talk with Elric about that. So all-in-all, think Drayson's someone we should worry about?"

Rogue shakes her head. "That's doubtful. He tried to place a trace on you and failed, and he didn't try to put up any sort of a fight against us this time. I doubt he's much interested in going after a group of pirates and mercenaries."

"True enough," Nym says. "So Drayson's clean. We can put together a dossier on him later. What about Rancor squad?"

"Honestly, it was a hell of a coincidence that we even saw them again," Rogue mutters. "They're not ones to look for fights, sadly enough. They know when to hold fire. As long as we're not working directly against them, we should be fine."

"They still represent a threat," Shiva remarks. "If we haven't yet, we should come up with contingencies in case we ever meet them again."

"I agree," Nym responds. Jack and Rorschach nod to indicate their approval of the idea as well. "We'll handle that once we're done. But for now, let's focus on the meat of the matter: what the hell happened aboard that ship." He leans forward and looks up. "Vendetta, Vergil, how're you guys doing with that decryption and clean up?"

It's Vergil that replies. "We're just about done here, actually. Sit tight."

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Ori`verda Creator
Ori`verda Oct 8 2015 says:

Compiling the data was the last step for the AI. The data was finally unscrambled and then, compiled and summarized. From what the two artificial intelligences can gather the Ouroboros was the second of two prototype research vessels, named Regnum-class. The vessel was under the command of Captain Tyn Harkonnen.

However, during its maiden voyage it was tasked with gathering specimens from Kessel but the vessel was ambushed along the way by Rebel forces led by a Jedi known as Saehral. The human female Held the title of Knight and survived Order 66 during the Battle of Cato Neimoidia, rumoured due to a maternity leave. However, it is more likely that Saehral was merely displaced during the battle, tending to locals as part of her Jedi duties.

With help from the Sith Lord, Darth Kay, the attack was repulsed.

Indiscriminately, over the course of the next four days the surviving Rebel troopers were used as specimens while repairs were conducted, damaged systems included the hyperdrive and communications array along with extensive damage to several key passageways, the starboard side hangar had been completely destroyed by the self-destruct of the Rebel blockade runner. The body of the Jedi was taken by Lord Kay for private examination and experimentation.

Later, during the first day none had been permitted entrance into the study of Lord Kay and no word on what his research detailed. Investigations regarding the Jedi and her militia revealed little; they had been recruited on fringe worlds such as Tatooine, Rodia and Ryloth to name a few.

During the second day the Ouroboros' maintenance crew began to come to blows with the engine room technicians, each accusing the other of sabotage. Sublight and hyperdrive systems were tampered with and the power generators were spinning out of control, a manual shutdown was required with the resulting deaths of several crewmen.

During the third day the hyperdrive systems had been repaired and a course was set for Kuat to conduct extensive repairs and resupply on men and materials. Reports indicate that several of the crew had started to hear whispers and even the lightest of work left them feeling exhausted, temperature across the ship was also dropping rapidly.

By the fourth day the vessel left hyperspace in uncharted systems and Lord Kay left; staff reported that he had never been seen leaving his room or requesting permission to take off from the central hangar. Captain Harkonnen conducted research into the Sith and found no evidence of him being on the passenger or crew list, nor was there mention of a Darth Kay in Imperial records in general, yet no crew members seemed to question his presence. Communications were down, supplies were dwindling, and control of the vessel had been lost. The crew was left stranded.

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AK151 Author
AK151 Oct 8 2015 says:

"Let's see what we've got," Nym says as the data comes up. Lines of text scroll through the holographic projection, far too quickly for anyone to read. Nym sighs. "Vergil?"

"Sorry, sorry, just compiling data," the AI replies. "Hey, they had the lyrics for Empire Today here. Want to listen while I do this?"

"No, damn it, no," Nym growls. Rogue and Jack chuckle at the exchange. After a few more seconds, the text disappears.

"Alright, I'm good," Vergil says, finished compiling the data. "Let's see..."

"Just start from the top," Nym orders, leaning forward onto the projector.

"No problem," Vergil replies. A holographic representation of the Star Destroyer comes up. "The Ouroboros was a Regnum-class. One of two. They were prototypes. Commanded by a Tyn Harkonnen. It was designed as a research ship."

The image shifts, depicting the Star Destroyer, now damaged. "She was ambushed on her maiden voyage to Kessel. Rebel forces attacked in a Corellian corvette; they were commanded by a Jedi Knight: Saehral." Shiva shifts slightly at the mention of the name; the holographic projection shows a picture of the knight. "Guessing that's your spirit friend. She led the rebel forces and they were making some headway until -"

"Until that Sith Lord took over the defenses," Nym mutters.

"That's right," Vergil replies, a picture of the Sith in question appearing on the holographic projector. "Darth Kay. Not much information about this one. But he helped repel and defeat the boarders. The surviving rebels were used as subjects in whatever research the Imperials were doing aboard the ship."

"Poor sods," Nym sighs. "Sounds just like the Imperials."

"This Darth Kay had apparently locked himself in his quarters and was running experiments on the Jedi's body," Vergil says. "That's when things started going to hell. Systems started malfunctioning, and they had to restart a whole bunch of systems; several of the crewmembers were killed during this time."

"Sounds about right," Shiva cuts in. "Kay must've been the one who trapped Saehral."

"Yeah," Vergil agrees. "They repaired the hyperdrive and set a course for Kuat for repairs and a resupply. At this point, some of the crew were reporting hearing whispers. Work efficiency dropped a hell of a lot; the crew all felt exhausted."

"I know that feeling," Rogue murmurs softly, remembering the miasma in the cell that had affected all of them.

"The ship left hyperspace in some uncharted system, and the Sith Lord left. He didn't just take a ship and leave; it's like he just disappeared. No one knew where he went or even when he departed. He was just... gone. There weren't any records of his existence in Imperial databases, and there was no mention of him on any manifests. It's like he was a ghost."

"What the hell are we getting ourselves into?" Rorschach asks, looking around.

"And that's it. Comms were disabled, supplies were low, and they had lost control of the vessel. Not hard to piece things together from there."

Nym shakes his head. "That it?" The holographic projector shuts off, indicating a confirmation. The pirate lord sighs. "Alright." He looks around. "Thoughts?"

"This doesn't have anything to do with us," Rogue says. "The information's nice, but we really don't have any reason to act on it."

"Agreed," Rorschach responds. Jack nods in agreement.

"Shiva?" Nym turns to the Jedi. "What do you think?"

She pauses for a second. "I need a bit. There's a lot to process. But I don't like this. Why would the ship reappear now, hundreds of years later?"

"One of life's great mysteries," Jack mutters with a dry chuckle.

The Jedi shakes her head. "I want to get to the bottom of this. There's more here. I want to keep looking at this info."

Nym shrugs. "Fine by me. Not sure what you're going to find, but good luck." He looks around. "If that's all, you're all dismissed."

The others leave, but Nym lags behind. "You alright?"

The Jedi nods. "Yeah, it's just... I don't know. There's got to be more to this. This Darth Kay. Why isn't there any evidence of his existence? Why did he just disappear? Why did the ship all of a sudden come out of hiding?"

"Questions that you probably won't be able to answer, Shiva," Nym replies.

"Maybe. But I've got to try to, at least."

"Well, good luck with that," the pirate replies, walking off and leaving the Jedi in the meeting room.

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Ori`verda Creator
Ori`verda 20hours 14mins ago says:


Found the code?

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AK151 Author
AK151 13hours 7mins ago replied:

OOC: Not yet. Got caught up in stuff and haven't had too much time to over-analyze it yet.

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Branden-Magister 1hour 28mins ago says:

they get rid of the character limit? xD

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AK151 Author
AK151 1hour 20mins ago replied:

OOC: I really think they did.


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Ori`verda Creator
Ori`verda 37mins 59secs ago replied:


Guess you still haven't cracked the code?

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AK151 Author
AK151 14mins 42secs ago replied:

OOC: Nope. Not going to. I'll spend too much time on it and I don't have enough information regarding what it could possibly be. Might as well just move on.

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Ori`verda Creator
Ori`verda 9mins 54secs ago replied:


You failed AK, you failed.

I'll give you this hint though; you can remove the "With help from the Sith Lord, Darth Kay, the attack was repulsed." sentence and the code remains with the rest of the text.

It also bears crucial information for saving the galaxy.

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Headhunter128 Creator
Headhunter128 2mins 14secs ago replied:


I have cracked it. I think.

Not my code to crack though. :/

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Nym, Shiva, Rogue, Jack, and Rorschach regroup in the Sleight's debriefing room. The pirate lord looks around at everyone, focusing slightly more on Rorschach. "We all good?"

"I'm fine," he replies. The others nod in agreement; the mission didn't pose much danger save near the end when they all almost got incinerated.

"Right then," Nym says. "Let's debrief."

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