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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

Commander Hallin has reasserted command over the bridge and has ordered the Judicator to return to friendly space. As Falkyria makes her way to the bridge, she receives a message from him: "lieutenant, report to the medical bay and get some rest. You've done more than enough to earn it. Regardless, it's an order, as I don't need an exhausted and half-dead officer on my bridge. Don't worry, everyone on this ship knows that they have you to thank for them still being alive, and your competence in handling the situation will certainly earn you a promotion. But that's for later. Right now, feel free to pass out."

Meanwhile, he orders that as soon as Azrael is stabilized, he be transferred back to a prison cell until the Judicator arrives at the nearest Imperial space dock, where he can be properly dealt with. Captain Alterius, meanwhile, has yet to awaken from his coma, but his vital signs have begun to strengthen and show a slight amount of variation, indicating that whatever poison the Sith used to knock him out could wear off sometime soon.

The Judicator jumps to hyperspace, the crisis at hand deftly averted.

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

Time seems to slow to a stop as Falkyria leaps forward to attack the creature, throwing caution to the wind in a gambit that may or may not pay off. For days it seems as if the crimson blade edges forward towards the Starweird, crawling closer and closer as the creature leaps forward to try and get at Azrael. Her adrenaline makes everything tortuously slow, and as the blade grazes the malevolent creature's back, the countess drives herself forward with every bit of will she can muster, her mind racing far faster than everything around her. Her impatience nearly gets the better of her, but eventually she watches as she closes the distance and, agonizingly slowly, cleaves the Starweird in two. Its upper half topples to the floor over the course of what seems like an eternity for the young countess and turns to ash.

As soon as it disappears, time seems to reassert itself, Falkyria's adrenaline dying down as she starts to feel the exhaustion from the past few hours start to kick in.

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

As probably expected, the shields do nothing to faze the Starweird. The power fluctuations on the prison deck begin once more, though in the long run it shouldn't pose much of an issue to the operation of the Star Destroyer.

As Falkyria goes to the prison section, she wracks her brain for any advantage she could use against the remaining Starweird; as she found out not too long ago, facing it alone is risky at best, and suicidal at worst. Though it makes her angry remembering it, she recalls that in her tag-team with Azrael, the Starweird ignored her completely, to the point of acting surprised when she struck it. It was as if the Sith Lord were the only thing in existence for the creature.

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AK151 @ Star Wars - Roleplay Group

Sorry, ended up busy and strayed away for a bit. You're definitely welcome to join us in our little cult of niche Star Wars roleplaying on a Mod site lol. You'll have to tolerate the absurd history and continuous attempts to create a system that actually works well, but it's fun nonetheless!

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

The medical team once again hoists Azrael up, and he hears them joking about how frail he seems to be as they carry him to the medbay to patch him up again.

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

Moments before Azrael loses consciousness, Falkyria leaps forward, taking advantage of the Starweird's single-minded focus on the Sith Lord, and with one brutal swipe bisects it cleanly. So cleanly, in fact, that the blade passes through the creature and the lieutenant loses control of the weapon for a brief moment, causing it to singe her thigh slightly.

Azrael immediately feels all of the creature's attacks cease, and the husk of the Starweird crumples to the floor before dissipating into ashes.

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

Falkyria's formless slashing allows her to avoid cutting herself on the blade of the weapon. The blade cleaves through the Starweird's back, but the creature moves forward to follow Azrael, rendering the damage superficial.

As the Sith struggles up, the Starweird, still ignoring the countess and the damage she's done, extends one of its hands and Azrael instantly feels a crushing grip around him. At the same time, his dazed mind is smothered with what seems to be pure rage emanating from the Starweird.

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

The creature charges forward towards the Sith, completely disregarding Falkyria, almost as if she doesn't exist. Because of this, she is able to land another glancing blow across its wiry back as it passes by, causing it to howl and stumble in rage before launching a telekinetic wave towards Azrael.

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

The Starweird darts forward, but Azrael's Force push staggers it in its wild charge, causing it to lose its footing slightly. This allows Falkyria the perfect opportunity, and the blade arcs, slicing the creature clean through and severing one of its arms. Its shriek intensifies as it leaps back. It looks around, as if confused as to where the strike came from, before its gaze once again settles on Azrael.

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

Azrael's assumption is more than correct; the Starweird doesn't notice Falkyria in the slightest. It turns to face the Sith as soon as he crosses the threshold, all other thought forgotten, and immediately unleashes a telepathic scream, seemingly infuriated by the very sight of the Force user.

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

The Starweird instantly notices Azrael as he approaches the engine room, but it makes no move to attack him yet, instead continuing to focus on drawing energy out of the ship's reactor.

For his part, Azrael's wounds are healed superficially due to the technology in the medical bay, but he still feels weak from blood loss, and the internal damage is held together by patchwork at best. He feels strong enough to keep his body together through the Force, but that's probably the only way he could be able to keep up with the Starweird if it attacks him.

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

As the Starweird in the engine room slowly tries to regain its power and the technicians go back and forth discussing the possibility of implementing Falkyria's plan, the lieutenant receives a message from the medical bay: the Sith Lord Azrael has woken up, his wounds not entirely healed but staunched to the point where he can stand and move.

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

As soon as the technician crew enters the engine room, the Starweird lets out one of its telepathic screams, drilling through the skulls of everyone in the vicinity. It then points one of its arms towards the shield generator, firing a powerful bolt of lightning that overloads and destroys the device. Beyond that, it ignores the engineers, instead turning its attention back to the generator; it is likely that attack drained it of most, if not all, of its energy, and its primary focus now is restoring that power.

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

The Starweird returns to a state of dormancy, unable to do anything at the moment.

Meanwhile, the Starweird in the engine room remains motionless, and the bridge crew continue to monitor the increasing power fluctuations. They have not yet had a major impact on the ship's operations, however if the Starweird continues with whatever meddling it is doing, that may change.

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

Falkyria brings the lightsaber up to block the bolt, but overcompensates, moving the weapon as if it had the weight of a regular blade; because of this, the crimson beam is unable to block the lightning bolt and in fact narrowly misses the countess' head as she jerks it up.

The bolt sends her flying backwards and she feels a great deal of pain as the electricity dissipates through her. Fortunately, the bolt misses her heart, but it still feels like she just took a punch to the gut, and all of her wind is knocked out.

Seeing the lieutenant in trouble, the officers on the prison deck reactivate the shield around the Starweird, once again containing it and keeping it from further attacking their current commanding officer.

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

The men on the bridge notice slight power fluctuations centering on the location of the free Starweird. It doesn't seem to be anything particularly threatening to the ship, at least not yet.

Meanwhile, the Starweird in the cell with Falkyria raises one of its arms and launches a bolt of lightning at the lieutenant.

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

As soon as the ray shield holding the Starweird is deactivated, the creature leaps back, out of range of the lightsaber blade, snarling and hissing while emitting another one of its debilitating mental screams.

Meanwhile, the engine room is evacuated. There are no ray shields to contain the creature aside from shields at the entrances to the room itself. which keep the Starweird in its current location. It doesn't seem to mind, however, and approaches the generator; the operators on the bridge watch as it extends one of its clawed hands towards the reactor.

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

Falkyria is reminded of why only Force users can wield lightsabers; she imagines that if she were to try and swing the weightless blade, she'd likely end up accidentally slicing either something around her, or worse, herself. As it stands, if she's careful, she should have nothing to worry about.

Meanwhile in the engine room, the Starweird continues to claw through the operators, killing them quickly and efficiently. However, before it can finish the job, one of the men is able to send an alert to the bridge. The officers there immediately contact Falkyria to update her on the attack.

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

Hallin nods at the status report. "Good work, lieutenant. Right now, we need to figure out how to kill these creatures. Go ahead and take the Sith's lightsaber. See if it does anything. Hopefully it'll work and we won't have to rely on him to stop whatever these things are."

Meanwhile, officers operating the Judicator's power generator feel a tangible chill in the air. One of them looks around and sees a Starweird phasing through the wall, floating quickly towards the generator. One of the men moves to alert the bridge about the new intruder, but at the same time, another one of the officers makes eye contact with the creature; it immediately emits a scream that resonates through the skulls of everyone in the engine room, causing them to clutch their ears and fall to their knees. It leaps forward and starts shredding through the operators as they're incapacitated.

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

Hallin grimaces as he sits up, his mind whirling to assess the current situation. "What is the status of the ship and its crew? Where are we?"

As he asks this, his eyes wander to the Sith. These creatures are vulnerable to the Force? Convenient that he's the only Force user here. Did they attack because of him? Unfortunately, being the only one currently capable of harming these Starweirds puts Azrael in a position of considerable pull and power until the situation is dealt with.

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

The Sith is recovering from his wounds slowly, though he is continuously slipping in and out of consciousness. His lightsaber is belted to his hip.

Alterius is still in whatever coma Azrael put him in, while Hallin is not only stable, but conscious. He sits up as Falkyria enters the medbay. "Lieutenant, what's the situation?"

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

OOC: Sorry, had some stuff to deal with and forgot to reply last night. My mistake.

IC: An update with all requisite data is sent to command, informing them of the situation.

On the prison deck, it seems the Starweird has gone dormant. At least for the moment. The ray shields continue to have no effect on the creature, aside from holding it in place.

The medical teams do what they can for Azrael, staunching the bleeding coming from both his reopened lacerations from his first engagement with the Starweird and from the puncture wounds in his back which turned into rends when he sent the creature flying. However, his wounds have already taken a significant toll on him, and though he will survive and recover, doing so will be a lengthy process.

As the Sith Lord slips in and out of consciousness, he is sure that he can sense two presences similar to the one he killed remaining on the ship. In his state he can't pinpoint where they are; he can just feel them. One is contained in the prison deck - that much he knows. Which begs the question: where is the other one?

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

The medical teams once again retrieve the Sith Lord, stabilizing him and ensuring his survival with some difficulty.

Meanwhile, the Starweird seems immobilized, but otherwise unaffected, by the ray shields.

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

As the Starweird continues to sink its claws into Azrael's back, the Sith forces his lightsaber upwards, cutting through the creature. Whether this kills it or not is irrelevant as Azrael blasts the creature back with the Force; the Starweird's talons rake through the Sith's body as it is forced away, but the attack, combined with slamming it against the ray shield, seems to have accomplished something. The Starweird's carcass lands on the floor, nearly bisected. Before Falkyria or Azrael can do anything, the corpse fades away.

Meanwhile on the prison deck, the technicians draw on more power to try to crush the creature, but the ray shields, while able to contain the Starweird, seem unable to destroy it.

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

The lights flicker back on as power is redistributed to Falkyria's position. At the same time, the Starweird jerks forward, pulled against its will into Azrael's lightsaber. The weapon impales the creature, but it takes the opportunity, curling up its talons and viciously sinking them into the Sith's back.

On the prison deck, the power continues to drain and the lights begin to shut down, bathing the area in emergency lighting; very soon the containment shields will collapse completely.

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

Azrael feels the Starweird's power growing as the ray shield fades, and he knows that Falkyria's tactic will not work. As the creature's power approaches a zenith as it finishes draining the ray shield, which goes offline, it unleashes a wave of Force energy, blasting both Sith and Imperial back. Azrael feels its power dissipate somewhat with this attack, as well as a momentary pause, likely so the Starweird can regain its full strength.

Meanwhile, the officers monitoring the prison deck notice power drains and fluctuations within the cells.

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

As the ray shield activates, the creature stops, but Azrael can still feel it emanating almost tangible savage hatred. It raises one of its clawed hands, and suddenly the lights in the hall begin to flicker, as does the ray shield. Azrael can feel it very clearly now: the creature is certainly using the Force.

Meanwhile on the bridge, high command replies with an acknowledgement of the Judicator's situation, as well as possible identification for the strange apparitions: the message contains all known (though this in and of itself is paltry) data on creatures called Starweirds.

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

Both Azrael and Falkyria feel a sudden presence in their minds, a horrible and debilitating piercing shriek that seems to claw its way through their heads. At the same time, the creature leaps forward, its talons outstretched to claw at the Sith.

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

The creature continues its approach towards Azrael, drawing closer. After a few moments, both Azrael and Falkyria can see it approaching down the hallway.

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AK151 @ Deep Core Explorations

Star Destroyer hallways tend to have shield projectors useful for hindering intruders; activating them all would cause too much of a power drain, but activating a few where necessary wouldn't be much of a burden on the ship. The difficulty arises from the creature's path, which traverses walls, floors, roofs, and decks as it continues in a straight line towards Azrael. However, if they could pin the creature down in one of the ship's hallways, they could perhaps trap it.

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