AK151

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OOC: Will post later today.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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As the Sith begins to move away from the medbay, it becomes clear that the presence he is sensing is interested only in following him, and it continues to draw closer.

Meanwhile, Falkyria receives reports that one of the creatures has been seen drifting forward, going through walls and traversing decks as if in a straight line, seemingly moving purposefully towards something. It seems to be ignoring everything else.

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As personnel evacuate the medical bay, Azrael notices the creature seems to be following him exclusively.

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Falkyria's request regarding the shuttle's shield would take a couple of hours to fulfill, at the very least, if she still wishes to pursue that route. As for the information they have on these creatures, it is relayed in full to command, along with the current status of the ship and its crew. The Judicator awaits a response.

As Falkyria issues orders, Azrael senses a somewhat familiar presence drawing closer.

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The creature hisses as the ray shield encloses around it, its gnarled and desiccated hand tapping the shield futilely. It seems to be contained.

Meanwhile, the other officers are all unnerved by the exchange that just occurred between the Sith and the lieutenant. One of them glances to commander Hallin and gathers up the courage to ask a question. "What the hell was that thing that attacked us?"

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The creature gives no response to the shielding changes, remaining seemingly docile.

In the medical bay, commander Hallin and the Sith are stabilized; the latter has suffered less grievous wounds and thus is on the verge of consciousness. Commander Hallin's injuries, however, are more severe, and it will be a while before he recovers.

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The Judicator transmits its situation to Imperial High Command and awaits a response. The countess' other orders are followed as well, and a shipwide alert is issued, as well as instructions on how to proceed should one of the creatures show itself again.

Unfortunately, they are unable to locate any signs of the creature - or creatures - in the ship. Going over the camera footage of the attack on Azrael, Falkyria notices that it seemed to respond in some capacity to Force attacks, despite being seemingly unperturbed by blaster fire.

The creature in the prison cell remains there, as if a caged and wild beast.

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The officers obey Falkyria dutifully. A medical team arrives within minutes to take the commander to the medbay after the ensigns stabilize him and more or less staunch the bleeding. As the medical team carries him away and Falkyria notes a team taking the Sith away to the medbay as well, the rest of the officers on the bridge look visibly shaken by the events that had just transpired. First they had lost their captain to a rogue Sith, and now their commander just got attacked by some freakish monster. "Orders, ma'am?" ensign Torn asks.

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Commander Hallin is alive, but barely. He needs immediate medical attention.

Meanwhile, the creature in the holding cell seems content to watch the security teams as they stabilize the dying Sith.

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As Azrael collapses, the security teams make their way into the prison block and immediately open fire on the strange creature, deactivating the ray shield to retrieve the Sith Lord, necessary as he is to the possible revival of their captain. The strange creature darts forward, clawing apart two officers before they are able to reactivate the ray shield. At this, the creature pauses, snarling but not advancing forward, seemingly trapped.

Meanwhile, the creature on the bridge tosses commander Hallin aside and drifts back as it continues to take heavy fire. It seems to pause for a moment before continuing back and vanishing through the viewscreen.

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While Azrael's punch would have done little to the creature, the augmented Force blast again sends the presence flying. It catches itself this time, hunching over and snarling, though whether it is in Azrael's mind or whether it is an actual sound is unclear.

Security personnel rush into the prison block to see what the commotion is, and watch the battle with shocked and frightened eyes, unsure of exactly what they should be doing.

Lieutenant Falkyria is not alone in drawing her weapon, and many of the crewmembers, including commander Hallin, open fire on the strange creature; the blaster bolts impact it, but it seems unfazed. Suddenly, everyone on the bridge suffers an earsplitting howl that crawls into their heads. The crew try to cover their ears, but they still hear the horrible sound perfectly.

As it releases its mental scream, the creature furiously darts forward towards commander Hallin, shredding his chest with its razor-sharp talons.

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The ethereal creature is blasted back by the Force attack, disappearing through the wall. Azrael can still sense the creature through the pain of his wounds and knows that it isn't done. As if mindless, it charges forward again, talons outstretched. The Sith can feel the beast's savage fury.

Meanwhile on the bridge, commander Hallin receives a report of something happening on the prison deck. He curses and turns to Falkyria, telling her to take the bridge. Her gaze, however, is transfixed on something else, as are the eyes of the rest of the crew. He follows them and sees a creature emerging through the main viewscreen, as if crossing from the vacuum of space into the ship. It drifts forward slowly, as if not noticing the crewmembers.

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For a brief moment, the creature hovers, staring into the eyes of the Sith. Then, its face contorts into a snarl and Azrael feels a horrible howl claw its way into his skull, drowning out everything else. The men in the adjacent rooms hear it too and clutch their heads in pain, trying to cover their ears and not recognizing that the sound is in their minds.

The creature darts forward incredibly quickly while Azrael is distracted, clawing viciously at the Sith.

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Eventually, after following what seems like a journey through the solid durasteel between decks, the presence nears Azrael's prison cell. He watches as a creature seems to bleed through the wall; it looks gaunt, almost skeletal, with pale skin that clings to its bones; it seems almost ethereal. White flowing hair floats wildly around its head, defying the gravity of the starship. The creature hovers a foot above the ground, but even if it weren't it would have been a head taller than Azrael. Yellow eyes lacking pupils stare at the Sith as the creature enters the cell completely.

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As whatever is coming draws closer, Azrael notices something strange: he's at least somewhat familiar with the layout of the Judicator's decks, and is aware of the path the creature would have to take to get to the turbolift to get onto the prison deck. However, it isn't taking that path. It's not even taking a route that would indicate it is using the interior ventilation or something similar to travel discreetly. It seems to be moving in... a straight line, directly towards him, regardless of whatever obstacles may be in the way, as if it were simply phasing right through them.

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As Azrael focuses on the strange presence, it jolts, as if suddenly alert. Then it starts to move. It slowly but surely begins to approach the Sith.

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"We'll see about that, Sith," the commander responds. The Empire tolerates the Sith so long as they stay in line. The moment they decide to try and seize power or turn against the Empire, they become enemies to be destroyed. The commander wasn't lying in that Azrael's knowledge is the only thing keeping him alive.

Strangely enough, Azrael still senses nothing out of the ordinary. As he concentrates, however, he feels something strange. A very faint presence nearby, only a few decks down.

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