Hey guys, I'm the number 10. Go ahead and multiply me. See what happens.
He looks over to Lok before gesturing to the room's door.
He turns his back and walks over to the remaining Sith, who were now making their final preparations. The Mandalorians too were checking their weapons and speaking in hush tones, and dividing themselves into several groups. The Sith did the same, with pairs splitting off from the main group and leaving the room. Pjauti puts his helmet on and faces Lok and Nym as they leave. The helmet covered his head entirely and depicted a screaming visage, a mask of war. His voice was now amplified and robotic.
He watches them leave the room before turning to the Mandalorians.
"You will wait here for further instructions."
Four Sith remain in the room along with Tsark and Kalira. The rest exit with Pjauti.
"Mandalorians are efficient killers, as we hope you will be."
He raises his free arm to a nearby Sith, a fairly short human man. The man hands Pjauti a comms device.
"This will allow communication between you and Darth Naefas. She will guide you."
He then begins slowly walking towards the group. For most a walk was a walk, but for him it seemed to be far more menacing. He looks Nym, Serena and Lok in the eyes as he neared, finally resting them on Serena. They were pale with faint yellowish traces.
"For you, my dear."
A slow smile began to creep onto his face as he felt the slight traces of pure rage within her. He extends his hand and offers her the comms device.
She nods as she absorbs this new information. Glancing at her brother, she sees him looking over his shoulder. Their eyes meet, and she quickly diverts her gaze. He says nothing and looks forward again.
From Nym's perspective it depended on the person, and yet Aeternus points out that those who give in to the Dark Side, as most Sith do, tend to be among those who commit the worst of atrocities. What was she fighting for then? Did she really believe her brother when he said they were fighting the good fight, or did she just want to stay by his side? She knew the Sith intimately, and while she was certain that her brother's intention was to fight for a better Galaxy the rest of them seemed to fight for themselves.
"Sorry for prying, I've just never had an opportunity to ask these questions to people who would understand. Thank you both."
She remains quiet as they finish their journey, going over everything in her head.
The group finally arrives at a metal door. Tsark approaches it and a few seconds later it opens, and he steps in. The room they enter is large and dusty, it is obviously not used very often. Numerous crates are scattered and stacked, perhaps this is some sort of storage room. The light is dim, and mainly coming from various lamps and torches held by those within.
In the centre of the room stands Darth Pjauti dressed in the same armour as he was during their last meeting, though he appears to be holding a helmet of some kind. Around him are a dozen or so Sith.
To the right of the Sith are 20 Mandalorians wearing the same armour as those that had accompanied them. While Tsark and Kalira head towards Pjauti, the Mandalorians that had walked with them join their brethren.
Pjauti steps forward. He peers behind Maeror, Serena, Lok and his two Eternals before resting his eyes on them. As they get closer to him, they find themselves able to see several scars upon his neck. He speaks, his voice still but a breathy whisper.
"I expected there to be more of you. You are prepared?"
Kalira hesitates. She had never really met anyone who had left the Order before, people who know what she has gone through and who would hopefully not judge her for speaking her mind. Aeternus' comment in particular sparks her interest, and pushes her towards her next question. She tries to speak in hushed tones, conscious that her brother is only a few meters away.
"Do you... Do you think that a Sith can be..."
It is obvious that speaking her mind is very difficult for her, but she forces the words out of her mouth.
"Can be good? I know that the Order has done bad things. When I talk to Tsark about it he says that its for the greater good. He says that we save more lives than we destroy. If you want the Sith to realize their full potential, then they must be a force for good. Right?"
OOC: Sorry, been busy with stuff will be busy for awhile. Apologies for the delay :P
The Mandalorians remained silent. Tsark is initially as confused as Kalira when he sees Nym but he makes no mention of it. Anything that he needed to know he would have been told, and so he obediently remains quiet.
"It will take us roughly an hour and a half to traverse the mountains and arrive within the Temple."
He turns and enters into a small cave. The Mandalorian at his side walks with him, while the rest wait for Maeror and Aeternus to enter before following them inside.
Tsark and the Mandalorian quietly talk among themselves as they walk, as do the Mandalorians behind. Kalira is silent. Thirty minutes in and she approaches Nym and Aeternus.
"Why are you guys doing this? I mean, I thought this was typical Sith politics but you didn't strike me as being a typical Sith, Nym. And I've never heard of Aeternus before. My brother might be fine walking into this without knowing the full picture but I'd appreciate a little more information."
"That does sound confusing."
Before they can continue talking she shouts out to the others that they have arrived at their destination. The ship lands, and the ramp lowers.
Before them is Tsark and an individual wearing Mandalorian armour. Flanking them are four more Mandalorians, all fully equipped with gold and black Beskar armour.
Kalira gestures to her passengers to exit the ship.
She sensed the Force within Nym, far stronger than it had been at their first meeting, and saw the lightsaber he had on his hip. Was he a Sith? A Jedi? Why was he even working with the Order? So many questions passed through her head, and she hadn't even gotten to the other 4 individuals waiting with him. She recognized no one, and so focused her attention on Nym.
"I... Sorry, I wasn't expecting you to be here. I have orders to bring Maeror, Serena and Aeternus as well as their retinues to the mountain side. I know what you're going to do. I guess we better get moving."
She gestures to her ship, inviting everyone inside. There is enough seats for everyone to be able to fit into the passenger seating area behind the cockpit. The journey takes roughly 15 minutes, during which Kalira can't help but question Nym.
"You're with different company than the last time I saw you. I'm pretty jealous too, it took me years of training to have the right to carry a lightsaber. You just a really quick learner?"
OOC: Can't remember if Kalira saw Nym's face or not. She'll likely recognize his voice regardless, unless his voiced was muffled before. Up to you whether she knows its Nym or not.
A Sith Infiltrator lands nearby. Its landing ramp lowers and out walks Kalira. She cautiously approaches, and is obviously confused.
"I'm here for Maeror, Serena and Aeternus."
She recognizes Nym but remains silent. Despite trying to hide it, all present can sense her fear and nervousness.
OOC: I guess so. GMs still have stuff to tell me, but they'll answer when they can.
OOC: Turn order: AK-->Pain-->Me
OOC: Oh, ok. It'd have to be a pretty big one to transmit to the entire Galaxy. I'm fairly certain we don't just leave them unguarded and they'd be in the middle of cities, I'd imagine. Or maybe on space stations.
Should probably have done that as an event and not this xD.
What was the message you broadcasted out of curiosity?
A message is sent to Emperor Magister.
"Hey there its your boiz Darth SoandSo and Lord Heymanwhatsup, if any of your children are force sensitive then feel free to give us a call and we'll work something out *nudge nudge wink wink*"
"Its a totz safe environment for young children over here in Sithotopia we promise good luck being a father bye."
OOC: Kinda expected to know what that first strike was, and I didn't realize you'd be broadcasting to the entire Galaxy. You using some pirate radio station or something to do that?
OOC: "After our strike on the Empire and our broadcast to the galaxy, surely now is the time to strike?"
Has this and your "great blow to the Empire" happened yet? Cause I haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary and you're talking as if it has xD. Fairly certain we'd notice you broadcasting to the Galaxy.
OOC: Nvm, waiting for the GMs to reply to a PM. Forgot about something xD.
Also it wouldn't arrive on time. If its a regular supply run then the moment it fails to show up the receivers would be suspicious.
And AT-ATs don't sound like a minor supply run. I was thinking equipment, materials or food. AT-ATs are top tier stuff which would probably be better protected.
OOC: If its a small supply run on the fringe of Imperial space then I doubt they'd have a cruiser escorting them. They'd probably be only 2-3 Tribunes with a corvette escort or something.
True, but when the convoy doesn't appear where it is supposed to and cannot be reached then eyebrows will be raised.
Regardless I don't think its worth playing this out, though that depends on how many ships you have and of what type. Even then, out of hyperspace I believe shields and weapons are deactivated anyway, so it'd likely be an easy win. Up to you if you think its worth doing.
OOC: Some questions before we begin:
What type of supply convoy? Military convoys would use Tribunes as their main transport. If civilian then the only armed force will be their escorts.
How big is the convoy? You're the ones ambushing it, so presumably you'd be comfortable with how big it is (unless you chose randomly or something xD). What are their escorts and how many are there?
Also its up to the GMs how long it takes before the Military notices this. Convoys would constantly broadcast a signal to protect from this sort of thing, but it obviously won't be immediately picked up.
EDIT: This is all if we're playing this out. I'm fine with it being an automatic win or something, not sure exactly how you want to approach this :P
The three Sith turn and head into the direction of their ship. They arrive outside, and Pjauti and Naefas both enter. Trina waits for a few minutes, watching the blizzard unfold. She looks back towards the ruins. Lok and his companions seemed to be typical Sith, lusting for power no matter the consequences. Their deaths would not trouble her in the slightest.
Serena and Maeror were different. She had convinced herself otherwise in the months leading to this, but looking them in the eyes she could see it. All they wanted was peace, and to achieve it they would have to put their own lives and the lives of those they cared about on the line. Maybe they would succeed, but the stakes were too high for her to take unnecessary risks.
"Liudeti, we will be leaving."
That voice, a whisper that was both gentle but unmistakably sinister, sent shivers down her spine, something that even the blizzard had failed to do. She told Pjauti that she would be coming soon.
Apparently none of this was getting any easier, but it was far too late for her to simply give it all up. Soon the real work will begin.
Taking a deep breath she walked up the ramp. The shame, the regret, the sorrow. She allowed it all to overwhelm her from time to time as a way of remembering why she was here, as a way to stop herself from being lost in the Dark. Now it was replaced with an attitude as icy and uncaring as the storm that raged around her.
"Tsark and Kalira will be dealing with Yoran's supporters, alongside those chosen by Pjauti."
"As for him relishing the challenge, he is not the same as he was ten years ago. While his pride is still there, he will not willingly engage five of you without support. For most fighting five opponents would be suicide, for Yoran it would be a risk he likely will not take. If you throw everything at your disposal at him he will do the same, and we do not know exactly what he has up his sleeve."
"But that is your decision. We will provide you with the opportunity to face him, the rest is down to you. Handle it in whatever way you wish."
OOC: To her overthrowing Yoran is necessary, and will strengthen the Sith Order.
Lok convinced 20 of her brethren to defect and leave the Sith Order. In her opinion he should have remained and helped them from the inside, leaving was essentially them betraying the Sith.
Also you have to remember that these are people. They can sometimes use flawed logic, be hypocritical, exaggerate, be mistaken ect. Nobody is perfect, not even a Sith (just don't tell them I said that) :P
"Kevn is a Marauder and Dvasi is an Inquisitor. They are both deadly. That is all we know."
"We suggest splitting yourselves into two groups, those who will confront Yoran and those who will secure the area around him, preventing reinforcements from reaching him. Our priority will be the Sith, but if you make too much noise then the alarm will ring, and our soldiers will converge on your position."
"You have a week from today to prepare yourselves. When you are ready, contact us and we will send Agent Kalira to meet with you."
Trina turns to Nym and Serena.
"Saying that this will not be an easy fight is an understatement. I would go into this mission with the expectation that you and your crew will die."
"Are there any further questions?"
OOC: I'll just answer questions as they come.
Naefas' skin turns a deeper shade of red as Lok patronizes her. Despite desperately wanting to retort, she bites her tongue. Pjauti and Trina would likely not appreciate any more petty squabbling.
Trina replies to Lok.
"And yet I can't help but assume you will not rejoin our Order once Yoran is dead? Regardless, I think it would be in both of our best intrests to sit down and talk once this business with Yoran is finished. We may have much to offer one another.
Again Naefas remains silent, but the thought of further cooperation with a traitor is obviously angering her. Pjauti says nothing.
"There will be two Sith agents, both have proven themselves reliable. Agent Kalira will be the one to guide you to the mountain entrance. There you will meet her brother, Agent Tsark, who will escort you through the tunnels and into the Temple. While crucial, this will also be the easiest part of the mission. It will be an hour or two of walking, and the most you risk is a strained ankle."
"As for Yoran's followers, few Sith now reside within the Temple. We are moving to a new location, and I have done my best to delay this and ensure that those who remain are supporters of Yoran. He likes to surround himself with his followers, so it was no difficult. We will deal with the majority of them, but there are three who will likely be with him at all times."
"Darth Uril is the current Sith Fist. He is a loyal and dedicated servant of Yoran, and will be working within or near the Council chambers."
"Additionally some time ago two Sith, if you can really call them that, rejoined us. Kevn and Dvasi, personal bodyguards to the Dark Lord Kairn. They wished to serve the Order anew, and after a period of tests Yoran has ordered them to protect him."
"If greatly overwhelmed and outnumbered, Yoran will probably flee and alert those around him. We also have no information surrounding his personal quarters or what defences he has within them. If challenged by two or three of you alone then his pride demands that he fight. There have been enough attempts on his life for us to make this assumption."
"Besides Sith there will be various guards and soldiers patrolling the corridors, but with Naefas' help you should be able to avoid them. If not, then they should not be too difficult to dispatch for warriors of your skill."
The three Sith do not look surprised. Naefas rolls her eyes before speaking.
"Glad you wasted five minutes of my time for that, Lok. Why all the secrecy? We're all either Sith or former Sith here. You so afraid of us that you have to hide behind some spooky mask?"
It takes Lok, Serena and Nym a few seconds to realize that it was Pjauti who had spoken. His voice was breathy and quiet and he didn't seem to put much effort into being heard by anyone other than those he was talking to. Naefas grunts but remains silent. Trina resumes the conversation.
"The Order has questions for you Lok, if you would be willing to answer them. We are curious as to where our former brethren have gone and who it is they serve. But let us begin getting down to business."
"We are all here because we desire the death of Darth Yoran. We all have our reasons, though some are more apparent than others."
This was directed at Lok, for despite now knowing who he is they still have no idea why he would want to take Yoran down. He claims it is to strengthen the Sith, though fleeing with 20 of their members did nothing but weaken the Order.
"Our plan is simple. Serena and Lok will assemble their teams and follow the lead of a Sith agent we will provide, who will show you a second entrance to the Sith Temple located within the mountain range. From there you will be escorted to the Temple proper and will make your way to the Council Chambers. Yoran should be inside. It will be up to your teams to eliminate him. Pjauti will commence a purge of Yoran's supporters within the Temple, preventing them from coming to his aid, and Naefas will have gained access to the Temple's security systems allowing you to bypass them safely. Once Yoran is dead you will be extracted and the mission will be complete."
"This is a general and simplified overview. Are there any details you wish for me to explain?"
OOC: Given their gear (which from the images I've seen of the Eternals is pretty Sith like), their affinity for the Dark Side and their strength in the Force the best guess would be Rogue Sith. I can't be 100% sure of it of course, but its not like there is a large pool of suspects to draw from. Given that other Dark Side cults are isolationist and pretty unique it narrows the pool down even further.
Naefas scowls. Pjauti lowers himself and whispers in Trina's ear. She nods.
"Your word is irrelevant, we do not even know your name. Knowing your identity after we have already taken our risks is unacceptable. Stop playing games with us and remove your mask."
OOC: There is no way these characters would ever cooperate with you without you telling them who you are. They're cautious, cunning, paranoid Sith. I can't justify it IC, sorry.
OOC: And what knowledge do they have of the Light Side? Did they pop over to the Jedi Order and ask them to hand their tomes over? Did they manage to gain in roughly one year what some spend decades of their life trying to attain? You would still essentially be Sith, only with a differing philosophy.
True, but such factions are normally isolated and easily identifiable. The fact that you are unidentifiable and use the Dark Side heavily would lead them to assume you are rogue Sith.
OOC: If that is the case then fair enough.
The Sith will want them to remove their masks and identify themselves. If they chose to do this then they will be asked the same as above, if they refuse then we move from there.
OOC: The Sith are currently the only organization to train users in the Dark Side of the Force, barring the Eternals who themselves were former Sith. There are no other major organizations which would be able to produce three powerful Dark Side users. Can you name others that currently exist?
You can say that they are more balanced, but they were made up of rogue Sith. It would take more than a few months for them to become lightsided. Also from my understanding they are only balanced in that they try to control the Dark Side, not that they inherently lean towards the light (though this too may be a misunderstanding). Either way they draw more from the Dark than the Light.
Regardless there is enough information for them to make an assumption. They will also require that you remove your masks and identify yourselves, because they don't want to work with unknowns.
Also you're wearing Lok's armour. All of the above could be wrong and you would still be easily identifiable xD.
OOC: I assume the two Eternals with you are not wearing masks, as you said they "betrayed no emotion" which would be a useless detail to add if their faces were covered. Maybe I misunderstood and you meant their body language?
All three Sith turn to the new arrivals, and it does not take a genius to figure out who they are. The distinctive armour one of them wore once belonged to Darth Lok, he even acquired it during a joint Imperial-Sith operation and spoke with two Sith agents while wearing it. The two with him were instantly recognized as being among those who fled the Order alongside Lok. They also stank of the Dark Side, and the Sith were the only ones who trained Dark Side users.
"We did not come here to fight. That being said, we will not work alongside unknowns. We risk much by contributing to this operation, and we demand answers."
Lady Trina turns to Lok and his brethren. Darth Naefas and Pjauti were both openly hostile towards the rogue Sith but she did not seem to care for their presence.
"Do not insult our intelligence, Lok. Remove your mask and explain where you have been. We have reports that your friend, Admiral Arkanus, now serves alongside the Nexus Enclave. Have they agreed to shelter you? Or is this something else entirely?"
OOC: Sorry, meant to say Serena.