Your opinion is not necessarily mine; Your opinion is not fact; Your opinion is not absolute. Your opinion is a perspective.
"It's pathetic. They aren't poor and innocent, they're castrated cowards.
Perhaps that's why there are those who view the refugees with such disgust"
And I'm ashamed to say thats how many Danes felt about the jews in before WW2.
Funny how we suddenly changed opinion when we got occupied.
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"As far as the Supreme Commander and I are concerned, those crates were there when we arrived. Seems like they weren't garbage at all. Who could have known." The captain said and then pondered for a moment or two.
"Gather your best men tomorrow at 0500 local time and we'll see what we can do." The captain says and then leaves.
Less than 10 seconds after the Commando Captain taps the Jedi on the shoulder.
"You requested my presence Sunrider." The captain says as he and his team had been watching from a unlit corner of room. They had followed the team that brought in the crates, they had expected an invite. They were also a bit curious themselves as they had not seen what was inside.
A few of the crates contain medical supplies and rations, some were more interesting and were filled vibrodaggers, camouflaged gear, blasters and grenades. But it was always presumed the Insurgency wasn't in desperate need of these things.
The larger crates were roughly 2x1 in size and there were 10 of them. Inside was ACD1-AICs, also known as Advanced Combat Droids.
"Favoritism is easily the death of an effective and experienced commander structure. Not to mention that I pick very little, there are quite a few Admirals and various ranks below mine whom all have the power to promote someone Mr. Orthanec." Drayson answers the merc.
"And no need to apologize, he but speaks his mind at a time when formality is not needed."
Drayson press something on his wrist and a moment of two later, Draysons ship decloaks next to the crates.
"Time to go, don't expect me back for another visit I would prefer not to test fate in the middle of Imperial space anytime soon." He says as he boards a ramp that have lowered.
"And next time, move your garbage pile so guests have a better place to land Mr Sunrider." He says as he points to the crates and the ships fires up its engines and begins to take off.
While waiting for the merc, Drayson let the silence between them remain while he typed in something on two small datapads. After a few minutes he handed them both to Captain Verlern.
"Do you understand your orders Captain?" Drayson asks him.
"I do, sir." he responds.
"Good, now give me the first one, no need for you to carry more than one." Drayson says. Verlern does as requested after which Drayson throws it on the ground, pull out one of his Heavy Blaster pistols and fire three shots into it in rapid succession.
"You and your men may set up camp in the crevice, or wherever you find it best suited to observe this Insurgency." Drayson tells the Captain. "I shall endeavor to report daily Sir." he says. He salute the Supreme Commander and then takes his leave.
"Good. Now, I presume the merc will arrive soon so we can say our farewells."
OOC: So sorry guys, somehow I kept getting distracted from this event (MILOS), I had not realized it had been two days. My bad.
"Yes. Lets move topside." Drayson said. "You're welcome to join us Orthanec, Mr. Sunrider share everything with you anyway." He told the merc.
Drayson now looks to S'vashi. "I'm sure we'll see each other again Commander." and then promptly leaves the room, the Commandos following suit including Captain Verlern.
Some time later they have moved onto some a lightly forested area near the fissure, there he stops. Nearby are a large amount of crates stacked, some small and quite a bit larger.
Now they are just repeating themselves Drayson thought to himself. He did not care to discuss this part any further. So ignoring most of what had been said, Drayson stands up.
"Mr. Sunrider. The situation for the Republic have changed with the election of our new Chancellor, whom have given me strict orders not to begin nor resume any offensive operations. Regretfully on behalf of the Republic I must decline your request for further aid.
However, seeing as the potential diplomatic fallout of our insurgency support is already at risk, I will leave one of my security squads here as observers. I suspect you will find their company most reassuring and perhaps even helpful." Drayson says, before turning to one of the commandos at his side.
"Captain Velern. You think your squad is up for the task of.. observing this insurgency?" Drayson asks him.
"Aye sir, should be interesting." He affirms
"Good I'll draft your specific orders before I leave: Now unless someone have anything else to discuss, I will return to my ship, I would prefer to leave within the hour. Sunrider, you should meet me topside before we go." He says, waiting a moment to see if anyone had anything else to say.
I will comment when you done, and this isn't incomplete. At the very least you should have made a skill limit. Otherwise gauging the full picture is a futile exercise seeing as these trees could be extremely underpowered or overpowered depending on what assumptions one might make.
Also, I never liked the Force power list, but I am not looking forward to everyone homecooking their force powers. I don't doubt what people makes up are possible, but I doubt the way people intend to use said powers are going to be nothing less than BS, not being a force user myself I expect to be on the receiving end of that. Lol
"I'm intrigued. However, perhaps its best not to delve further into the details just yet." Drayson says. He to had no further comment just yet. Before he made any promises of support he would wait until all other topics are addressed, if any.
"You can disagree and speculate all you want S'vashi. I'll stick to the facts, until they change or new ones come to light, I remain unmoved in the lightest by your warnings. Not that I am ignorant of them, they too have been considered, but alas they remain speculation."
Drayson pauses for a moment to take a drink, after all he didn't bring it just for showing off. In truth he had forgotten he even had it until a drink was offered. It had a sour almost spoiled taste, but it gave a refreshing feeling that was always sorely needed on the longer days.
"Besides agreeing with S'vashi on the rest, I find your little droid plan very intriquing. May I ask, what kind of imperial droid have you.. converted?"
"If Republic special forces were to engage the Imperials in their own space, I can guarantee you they are the least likely factor to prove our involvement." Drayson responds to the merc. Listening to Sunrider, Drayson have more than one suggestion however he decides to wait until the right time to share his ideas.
The next that speak is S'vashi, after listening to her, Drayon still holding the metal flask below the table, begins to squeeze it unless the metal bent slightly. If S'vashi had really chosen her words perfectly, she would have done so differently and under different circumstances. Drayson didn't buy it. Even if what she said was true then she failed because the point would have been to challenge Sunriders and Orthanecs perception, not his. No, she would have to come up with a much better excuse than that to explain away that blunder of perception.
In the interest of time and for the sake of ensuring a productive meeting however, he was willing to let the matter drop. And then, despite claiming to be pointing out an Imperial perception she falls right back into it when criticizing how the Insurgency will look and then moving on the explain why the Resistance TERRORIST attacks are somehow above reproach simply because they were large scale, successful or critical. As if the first is always possible, the second always a guarantee and the latter always needed.
With no small amount of effort, Drayson resist commenting on it.
Moving on to S'vashi's latter thoughts and questions he contemplates for a moment. Concerned about just who in the meeting could even be considered trustworthy considering that many different agendas being pushed, he avoids answering some of them.
"You fear mobilization. They are already. You fear a revitalization of their military. They did that less than a year ago. Upping their security? Clamping down hard on civilians? They have done so in the past and without having to justify it using a rebellion as an excuse." All of this was true before this insurgency and will be after should it fail Drayson thought to himself.
"S'vashi is right about one thing, while we do not know your long term strategies, attacking random targets, at least without tactical or strategic reasoning for doing so, is wasting precious opportunities."
"Terrorist strikes? You should choose your words carefully considering that this "terrorist attack" is completely the same thing the resistance used to do in their uprising against the Empire, which later led to the formation of the Federation and later the consolidation into the Republic we all now serve. Tell me, was it not led by a Jedi? What makes it so wrong for him to do the same thing the Jedi Order once did, their situation is the same as our once was.
But oh wait! Now that we can sit in our temples, protected by hundreds of Jedi knights and a battalion of elite soldiers, not to mention the Republic armies and fleets that protects our free democratic society, we can sit back and pass such hypocritical judgement on others.. On grounds of what? Morality?". Drayson responds, seeming almost furious about how hypocritical the Jedi was being.
"Excuse me if I do not buy into your lopsided morality. As for your confirmation of Republic involvement, I have confirmed nothing that Mr. Sunrider here haven't already gossiped about it seems. As for the publicity of it all, I believe that may be the point is it not. If you have issues with it, make it clear to everyone that any all and all Jedi aiding his are cast from the order and banned from Republic space, and make sure the Empire knows it as well." Drayson turns his head and looks to Skye.
"In addition to wishing to know the answer to S'vashi's questions, I am curious as to just how many you intend to inform of Republic involvement.?
OOC: What makes you so sure there is a difference?
"Proper soldiers? What you are asking for are men and women who go above and beyond that definition. Your cause have a long way to go for the Republic to consider putting some of our elite units under the command of what is essentially a foreign insurgency. I am hesitant at best." Drayson says before turning to S'svashi.
"Tell me again S'svashi, how did the Jedi come by the knowledge of this operation?" He asks.
Drayson takes a seat, he have left all but two of the SpecForce commandos outside. After all, better not to antagonize anyone. He gives all the attendees another look, he was not familiar with the merc nor his reasons for fighting for this insurgency. S'svashi he knew much better, although he was very much curious whom had given S'svashi the security clearance to even know about the covert Republic efforts. He certainly did not, perhaps this validated a personal visit to Commander Umbra for an explanation.
A more simply explanation was that the Insurgents leadership was a bunch a loudmouths. Perhaps the terms of Republic support should be renegotiated.
When offered something to drink, Drayson shook his head and pulled out a small flask from a belt pocket. "I'm good." he said with a wry smile. Looking at his own flak for a moment he suddenly remembered how it had been ages since he'd taken some time off, or celebrated something. But most of his old friends were dead, the rest are unable to look past his rank, whether they are on or off duty.. Burdens of command? There was a time when he would have sworn off any major rank. How things change..
"I think you can proceed with the meeting Sunrider. Unless someone else have a pressing desire to draw things out?" He candidly asks.
"Jedi." Drayson responds in a condescending tone. His dislike of the Jedi were no secret, especially not to the Jedi. So there was no point in hiding it, not that he would have otherwise, the pretense of humility or respect would be the greater offense than the lack thereof from Draysons perspective. It always reinforced his views of the Jedi that when it came to him, they always did just that.
In response to Sunriders offer, he declined. "While I would appreciate seeing what becomes of our... lend lease.. I would rather not stay in Imperial space too long. You never know who might abandon their principles.. causes.. or loyalties coming face to face with what may be the biggest pay day of their lives." He says.. glancing towards the Cyborg.
"Lead the way. Sunrider."
Soon after S'vashi's arrival, a small group arrives. Wearing light armor and equipped with mostly the basic gear of a normal Republic Trooper, albeit without the markings, Malan Drayson makes his way towards the group. He is flanked by two SpecForce units, more commonly known as Republic Commandos, which are much more well equipped although they are also without any markings for the occasion. Exactly how they arrived and by which means are unclear, but they seem to have arrived just in time for the meeting.
OOC: I may have misread something you said above then. Ah well.
OOC: I think Tarkin should have gone first, since he hadn't. He should go next, and Drayson last. If I have anything to say, not sure yet.
Not gonna start an argument here, but you may want to double check some of those.
"Not everything that's going to get them in power will be "brutally honest". That's frankly asking the impossible.
"Sometimes, to tell the truth does more harm than it ever does right. Am I advocating lying? Look at it from this perspective. Has the world ever been black and white?"
Yet all I get from arguing with conservatives or pro-Trump supporters are "LIBERAL BIASED MEDIA CAN'T BE TRUSTED." and then they go to Fox news, some strongly conservative YT channels and or facebook/Twitter groups and gobble up everything as absolute truth.
Its the most hypocritical argument out there to cry about a supposedly liberal media. While a lot of the criticism of the media in the US is very much justified, it as come to the point where Trump can pretend to be a war with the Media, while he is really at war with Facts, and creating a dangerous precedence for complete collective factual disillusionment in politics.