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I will not give them on a ship, I will not give them taking a sh*t, I will not give them on a plane, I will not give them in the rain, I will not give them here or there, I will not give them anywhere, I do not give a fuck you see, now go away and leave me be. ;)

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Ρrʌжis @ Into the Maw: Preparations

OOC: Yes we can continue. Go ahead and make your posts.

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Ρrʌжis @ Calling it

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Ρrʌжis @ Into the Maw: Preparations

OOC: Afraid of what, might I ask?

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Ρrʌжis @ Catching Up

Korhol's chest plate softens the blow but he still grunts and recoils as it impacts due to the strength of his opponent. He doesn't let go of Aaron's arm however, and still goes for the disarm.

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Ρrʌжis @ Into the Maw: Preparations

"The plan is sound, excuse my boasting. While I would feel more at ease if we knew more about what we are up against, it seems it can't be helped."

"I may be able to contribute some ships from our fleets as well, but it would mean the Republic would fully expose its involvement in these operations and thus break the current agreements we have with the Hutts. So unless I can bring this up with the senate in a timely manner, I'm afraid my hands are tied in that regard. Although, if its additional troops or droids we need, I can arrange for that quite easily and quickly."

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Ρrʌжis @ Into the Maw: Preparations

"I'm not sure as to what he is speaking of..." Umbra looks at Tsark and then back to the Tion representatives. "While I do admit that have a plethora of resources at my disposal, I unfortunately will not be able to provide an appropriate distraction. With all due respect, rather I think that my team should be the ones to destroy the Dragon Fang. I have amassed a strike force of my best men, they are specialists at infiltration and sabotage, and can handle themselves excellently in a firefight; even against superior numbers and firepower." Umbra speaks confidently.

"Not only that but we've analyzed the new tactics and military technology at the Hutt's disposal and have equipped ourselves with appropriate countermeasures. The raid on the TE Headquarters on Sleheyron and the Anzillu proved to be quite enlightening as to the Hutts' newfound military strength. Soha and his subordinates clearly wish to exert far more power than the Cartel has ever before."

"I can guarantee the Hutt Dreadnought's destruction with a mere fraction of the force that the Imperial's would send to do the deed. And at mere fraction of the time as well, which would potentially minimize the casualties and risk for all parties involved, and maximize the damage done to our mutual foe."

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Ρrʌжis @ Into the Maw: Preparations

OOC: Oh, I misunderstood then. From how AK worded it I had thought you didn't.

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Ρrʌжis @ Into the Maw: Preparations

It was rather inconvenient that the Imperial agents failed to acquire the other half of the data, Umbra thought. Despite that however, he couldn't help but feel a hint of satisfaction that his Specters yielded more success on their mission than the Sith.

Umbra reaches into a pouch on his belt and reveals a data chip containing a copy of the data. He opens his palm and it begins levitating towards the Tion representatives.

"This was everything we could gather. Hopefully its enough." He says.

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Ρrʌжis @ Into the Maw: Preparations

Not long after everyone else, the Republic operatives enter.

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Ρrʌжis @ Catching Up

Korhol swiftly reacts by moving his left arm to push the gun barrel to the side. However, without his other arm to use for leverage it off-balances his throw, but through sheer brute strength, Korhol is still able to pull Aaron partially into the air before moving his left palm to push on Aaron's chest and slam him into the floor. He follows up by lifting Aaron's left arm up and twisting his wrist to disarm him.

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Ρrʌжis @ Into the Maw: Preparations

The Tion Hegemony? Well that would explain a lot about this mysterious ally, Umbra thought. The Republic has secretly grown very weary of the Hutts stranglehold over the outer rim. If Tion wished to overthrow them, they would make a very useful long term ally depending on how this works out. He couldn't help but contemplate the possibilities.

Meanwhile, Umbra and his operatives follow along.

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Ρrʌжis @ Into the Maw: Preparations

The Republic shuttle lands and Umbra, Thaxos and a small retinue of Spec Force marines exit. Umbra takes note of the Imperial troopers and Sith nearby in the hanger, but largely ignores them. The commandos stay on guard but largely try not to provoke anything. For now they wait to be greeted.

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Ρrʌжis @ Catching Up

Just as Aaron does this, Korhol has already begun moving, as though he knew this was coming. He drops his pistols, uses his right hand to push Aaron's gun to the right, away from his chest. Korhol then secures Aaron's left arm with his free limb, and moves his right hand to Aaron's left wrist, attempting to pull off a throw move over his shoulder.

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Ρrʌжis @ Catching Up

One of Korhol's arms begin moving to track Aaron's movement before the dodge even fully registers in Korhol's brain. His reflexes are wired, sudden movements movements could prove fatal to his opponents. Just about midway through Aaron's dodge, Korhol takes another shot with his pistol sending another cone of blaster bolts his way.

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Ρrʌжis @ Catching Up

Korhol makes sharp and deliberate movements to avoid the projectiles just barely without wasting energy or leaving himself open to other attacks, wary of the second pistol in Aaron's hand. Korhol predicts the bullet trajectories perfectly and after taking a few steps forward to close the distance to his opponent, he lets loose a scatter blast of blaster bolts from both his pistols at close range.

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Ρrʌжis @ Catching Up

Umbra smirks. He pushes his cloak back and reveals a couple of unreasonably large pistols of his own. Or rather they looked closer to heavily modified scatter blasters, though one couldn't really say for sure until they saw them in action, and knowing Umbra, that's what he was going for. To keep his opponent guessing and have a myriad of tricks up his sleeve.

Thaxos is on full alert at this point, Umbra signals him not to interfere, but the Mandalorian remains vigilant nonetheless. Not only for the sake of his partner, but also to keep himself out of the crossfire as well.

"Oh yes, we shall." Korhol stares down his opponent, his weapons at the ready, likely waiting for Aaron to make the first move.

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Ρrʌжis @ Into the Maw: Preparations

OOC: lol...

Considering the reports of the Hutts and their lackeys significantly upping their arsenal in addition to the construction of these dreadnoughts, Umbra wasn't taking any chances. Not only that, but he didn't exactly trust their mysterious allies nor did he like the fact that they were also consorting with Imperial operatives. It all felt suspicious, but perhaps he was be paranoid as usual. Umbra understood, after all, that they all have a serious common enemy that needed to be crushed by any means necessary. There was little room for error, so he and Thaxos would lead the Republic strike teams personally.

Once the new strike teams are organized and briefed on the situation, the Republic sends its Spec Force marines aboard the Rook, an experimental stealth corvette and transport craft. Aboard the craft was of course Umbra himself and his loyal bodyguard and assassin Thaxos, 40 Spec Force Marines, 150 Spec Force variant KR-1 Battle droids, and a number of utility and probe droids for support.

The Rook waits at the designated coordinates until further instruction.

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Ρrʌжis @ Catching Up

Umbra stands and pushes the chair in, stretching a bit.

"How do you wanna play this? I'm up for whatever."

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Ρrʌжis @ Catching Up

"Sounds like a waste of time to me." He leans forward. "But if your implying we should have a sparring match, I'm not against it. It has indeed been too long."

Umbra lowers his hood and unfastens some latches and restraints that secured his helmet around his face and head. There's a small hissing sound as the air decompresses and he carefully lifts it off. Finally, Umbra's pale, hairless and slightly mutated face is revealed. His head and face was littered with scars, cybernetic implants and signs of augmentation and reconstruction. It was clear as day that his experiments along with Sith corruption and past battles had taken its toll on his body. His eyes seemed to be cybernetic as well and had an eerie glow about them. Overall, while an intimidating or even terrifying visage to behold, Umbra 'mostly' resembled a human.

He stares at Aaron for a few moments before finally breaking the awkward silence.

"Sometimes I wonder if you got the better deal with the split personalities and Kairn possessing you and all." As he spoke his sharpened, knife-like, teeth are revealed. He grabs the bottle of wine.

"Cheers."

Umbra begins chugging it down, red liquid spilling down his cheeks, until the whole thing is downed in one go. He slams the bottle back down on the table and wipes off his face with his arm before looking back at Karax.

"So... we doin this or what?"

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Ρrʌжis @ Catching Up

"To be fair though, I am cheating a bit with recovered Yuuzhon Vong biotechnology and nano-droids. And also quite honestly I might be exaggerating a bit with that eternal part. But breakthroughs are being made. I consider immortality less boring than that whole 'becoming one with the Force' nonsense."

He lets Karax continue. "The Enclave? An annoyance, considering I have to deal with the intelligence nightmare that is figuring out how that got organized so suddenly and out of the blue. Nothing more to say really, I don't have any qualms with them so long as they don't threaten us directly."

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Ρrʌжis @ Catching Up

Umbra has gradually become more lax and comfortable, livening up a bit after explaining himself.

"Some odds and ends. A few experimental Force techniques, and some rediscovered techniques. I even managed to develop a diluted form of eternal life." He brags.

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Ρrʌжis @ Catching Up

"I'm not so arrogant or foolish to believe that my plan will work out the way I expect it to, or that it will even succeed in the first place." Umbra interjects before Aaron can divert the conversation. "My schemes are not as simple as that."

"I don't think so highly of myself to think that I am the 'chosen one' who will bring balance to the Force and peace to the Galaxy." He says mockingly. "On the contrary I've often feared that I would become the villain, that my fight against fate, destiny, and this cycle of conflict would spawn a so called 'Hero' to bring about my inevitable and predetermined end. Should that happen I suppose I would enjoy myself the best I can while could.... until my, well, demise. But until then, if it should ever come to be, I will fight for what I believe in."

"My one and only true desire is progress. Not to bring about an everlasting peace. Not eternal balance to the Force. Although those would be lofty accomplishments indeed. My goal is to alter the status quo in any way I can. To keep things interesting, change the rules so to speak."

He stops and leans back in his chair, allowing Aaron to continue.

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Ρrʌжis @ Catching Up

"Its not like I'm going to pull this off overnight, and I won't need to turn on the Jedi. Steps will need to be taken, but I can assure the Sith's total destruction, at least for a time. They may inevitably return in a different form, but by that time I would have already succeeded in my grand scheme to mend the rift between our kind that the great schism created. True balance will be restored in the Force if all goes well." Umbra leans back in his chair, seemingly quite confident in his words.

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Ρrʌжis @ Catching Up

"More or less. Though I'm not necessarily unconcerned with the Republic or by extension the Empire. I made a deal with them after all, that I would do all in my power to aid in the Republic's success."

"I've seen first hand what the Dark Side can do to people who lack the knowledge and discipline to truly control it without losing themselves in the process to their desires and passions, becoming corrupt and depraved. The Sith and their philosophies are flawed. While not all of them are innately evil, their ideals are dangerous and must be wiped away in order for me to advance my plans. Its nothing personal against them really, its simply what is necessary."

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Ρrʌжis @ Into the Maw: Assault on the Anzillu

The strike team regroups with a Republic task force floating around in the middle of dead space to deliver and secure the data. After being debriefed, they are a dismissed and a new set of teams are organized for the final raid.

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Ρrʌжis @ Catching Up

After a brief moment, Umbra finally gets over his concern and decides to humor Aaron despite his initial reservations.

"More like keeping 'them' busy. I've hardly broken a sweat as of yet." He ignores the wine, while he loosens up a bit, Umbra still remains guarded. "So where have you been all this time? I assume you've been keeping busy yourself. I never took you for someone who would enjoy the hermit lifestyle."

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Ρrʌжis @ Into the Maw: Assault on the Anzillu

Once the remaining commandos are safely on board, the Republic ships cut and run, navigating their way through the asteroid field. They stick around just long enough to confirm the Anzillu's destruction before jumping out of the system.

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Umbra is a bit dumbfounded by the encounter. It almost felt surreal. He signals Thaxos to stay put. Hesitantly, approaches the table and takes a seat. He crosses his arms and simply stares at his former teacher.

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Ρrʌжis @ Into the Maw: Assault on the Anzillu

The commandos make a b-line for the evac point, removing any hostiles or obstacles from their path with extreme prejudice. Once the team nears the entrance the stealth craft docks up.

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Ρrʌжis @ Catching Up

Umbra steers the ship towards the hanger. Once inside he cautiously floats inside and takes note of his surroundings. Thaxos pay close attention to the Auroras scanners in case they pick up anything unusual or dangerous.

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