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Neimoidian Rhapsody // PS.46

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Venn Parsa

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Neimoidian Rhapsody // PS.46
« on: May 07, 2019, 12:44:45 AM »
Location: City of Jorra, Cato-Neimoidia
Area: The Dropview Cantina, Lodging #23-C
Time: Morning-ish
Tag: Open


Being stuck in the past
leads to nothing good.
In her opinion, Neimoidian architecture was a bit gaudy.  So much bronze and gold on virtually everything, pretentious choices for wallpaper and carpeting, and what were those Renaissance-like portraits of Neimoidians at the end of the halls as they moved to their floor?  Were they just rich stuffed shirts that everyone admired?

Thankfully, when they got to the rooms they were treated with less garish accommodations.  The two beds were seperate enough away from each other to not be weird, but no doubt with all the Hellions crammed in with their gear, it was a little congested.

“If big bad Dalan is anywhere as tough as our former Oberos, we might have our hands full.” she remarked again on this personal bodyguard.  A position like that for someone important… one could bet he earned that spot.

Still leaning against the wall by the window with her arms crossed, she regarded Kesvo’s question about the Whitescar.  “I just don’t think the Whitescar would exist, in the fashion we have been told, unless they have some kind of relationship with Blastech Boy.  There is a deal or someone is puppeting the other; otherwise, I can’t fathom how they co-exist."  Her prolonged time in the criminal paradise of Nar Shadda had given her particular insights into power dynamics.

“What we know is this place is obsessed with the past.  All those relics in the Cantina… talk about Clone Wars war crimes, true or not…” She shrugs. “It kind of reminds me of some rural corners on Umbara.  Decades ago, the Galactic Republic sent some mad jedi general to take the capital city, and he and his clones cut a path of blood and carnage that is now the stuff of legend.” The pale woman glances off to casually appraise the room again with a look before regarding the gathered once more.

“If anything like that happened here like that lady said, this might be a real paranoid or suspicious lot… and that might make word of strangers poking around get to whoever runs the show.  If it’s Whitescar, and they run everything in these parts, we might need to consider dealing with them before they deal with us.”  she pushes off the wall and looks out of the window.  It was a hell of a view; she watched the conveyex transports in the far distance, and they sort of reminded her of home.

“It’s funny. There’s this old imperial tale about this place… a Moff stationed here who used to put  prisoners in the Grand Arena of a city he renamed after himself.  At some point, one of the prisoners caused him to release one of the giant monsters and it turned and apparently ate him.  I think it was a story of not getting creative with executions.”  The dry delivery of such a grisly tale is uniquely Umbaran.

“I just thought it as just desserts, personally.”
She says before looking out again, as if trying to spot that city or its arena from here, not that she would even know what to look for.


"If I need a blaster, I'll take one."


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Kesvo Kam

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Re: Neimoidian Rhapsody // PS.46
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2019, 12:53:25 PM »
Kesvo didn't hesitate before taking a seat on the end of one of the beds, not minding having her back to the room's closed door while the antsier folk were drawn to the other side of the modest room.

"Makes sense," she said, head bobbing in a soft nod in response to Venn's thoughts on a likely relationship between Blastech and Whitescar. In response to the idea of trying to "deal with" Whitescar proactively drew a more thoughtful, less convinced expression.

"I follow your reasoning... but I'm hesitant to get too deeply invested here when we're not even sure there are leads of any value to find. Remember, we're not here to try and entrap potential buyers. We're just trying to find out where these artifacts are originating. That is, who's pulling them from the temple.

"I don't think we've seen the last of Shroud. He went through alot of trouble to get those artifacts and we didn't let him leave with them."
But even as she said that, her brow creased because something didn't feel right about that whole situation. For no reason she'd yet discerned, it felt a little like she was missing a piece of that puzzle. "I have a feeling he'll find us again, eventually. When he does, I don't want to be neck-deep in infiltrating a mercenary organization here just to catch some fences. If we had a more solid indicator that this Duke has bought similar items from the same people before, that'd be one thing. But right now for all we know this could've been a one-time sale, and the Duke's not part of any larger ring. It sounds like we're going to have to run a con just to be able to see the guy, which brings its own risk. Someone give me a likely outcome that creates justification for that risk."

She looked from one face to the other, pointedly giving the others a chance to speak up and voice their thoughts on the matter.


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Venn Parsa

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Re: Neimoidian Rhapsody // PS.46
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2019, 05:56:33 PM »
General Order 1:
Maintain mercenary
cover identity.
Lips formed a line and she shook her head. “Operating out of fear or paranoia will only play out negatively.  Discount Grievous barely knows who we are and he barely escaped with his life.  It’s not like we announced ourselves to him so that he can just look us up.  The Skipper’s no slouch with the Mallard.  That ships one of the most common types in the galaxy and has a storied past evading authorities.  Good luck pulling it out of a lineup, easily.”

“Remember all we’ve done in just a few short weeks of knowing each other… rallied disparate enemy factions into an army to save a planet.  Freed scores of slaves. Pulled off a legendary heist. Took down a crime boss. Looked good while doing it.” Venn briefly seemed confused that these extraordinary people did all these things and were now so shaken that it rattled their confidence so much.

“We’re not amateurs ; finding us won’t be easy.”  Beat.  “I understand it was an unusual experience, but he isn’t going to pop out from under the bed.”  Perhaps, she likely still needed to work on those morale speeches. Heh. 

“If we ever see him again, I doubt it will be at a convenient time, anyway.” she added. “And we are already here, so we can General Order 1 rather than trying to force a path out of nothing.”  The constant debating just was wearing on her at this point. They still needed to boost their brand.

“Maybe the Whitescar needs mercenaries. Or the Duke does.  We choose the lesser of two evils and maintain cover...”  And as Venn was want to believe... the path forward would reveal itself.

"If I need a blaster, I'll take one."


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Kesvo Kam

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Re: Neimoidian Rhapsody // PS.46
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2019, 07:30:07 PM »
"I don't consider it fear and paranoia to try and keep aware of the hornet's nest we might've kicked," the Falleen countered, focusing on Venn for the moment. Kesvo's bearing was neutral, and intentionally so. "I'm not suggesting that we find a hiding place and duck. But the truth is that we don't know what his capabilities are. No, he shouldn't be able to track us down based on his limited experience with us. But neither should he have been able to have his ship parked right beside us without us having any idea of it. Neither should he have been able to turn the Silver Star's crew into mecha-zombies on command. He's clearly got some decent tech. I appreciate your confidence concerning the matter, but I also think pretending like we know what to expect here is unwise.

"If and when he does show his face again, I have no doubt that we'll kick his creepy face in a second time. In the meantime, I don't think it would hurt to try and prepare in any way we can."
She tilted her head to one side and back as she considered the Umbaran's suggestion of using the potential opportunity of the team hiring itself out as mercs while on the planet.

"That's a solid point," she conceded, with a nod. "Near the core worlds like this, it'd be a good place to do it. Word will spread. And maybe we'll catch a break on the ancient relic smuggling market here, if there is one."

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Venn Parsa

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Re: Neimoidian Rhapsody // PS.46
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2019, 01:17:56 PM »
Kicking hornet's nests
is the cost of fame.
Nature of the beast.

With another long look out to the view outside, she retorted with… “He doesn’t know what our capabilities are, either.  We're all in the dark.  And did you hear all the drivel he was spewing? Sounded like his head was filled with rocks and salamanders…” Perhaps it fell behind the more tangible occurrences at the time, but this Shroud character sounded pretty bloody insane.

“The biomechanical animated corpses is far more of an issue, but that only makes me think this is what your friend on Skye wanted all along. That capability, to create.  Maybe spread across the galaxy in the form of drones, as a new unshackled droid master race, yadda yadda, incomprehensible machine machinations.”  Those suppositions came forth as she still stared outside, the delivery rather monotone and neutral.

“Indeed, prepare, not despair.” Venn turned back to face them again.

“But your concerns do bring up a point.  Rather than just Blueberry and I training together, we should be mixing it up with the rest of you.  Unit cohesion and all that… something to work on when we’ve got the time.  I’ll see that’s set up next time we’re on the ship.”

"If I need a blaster, I'll take one."


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Tal Vodax

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Re: Neimoidian Rhapsody // PS.46
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2019, 03:30:55 PM »
Tal listened while Venn and Kesvo made their points. Getting a better window into their thinking was interesting to him, who usually thought better on the battlefield. He wanted to change that, so taking lessons from the masters sounded like a good plan. He was more inclined to agree with Kesvo's assessment at the start, because they were operating blind on Jorra.

But Venn's suggestion that they boost their reputation was a great idea as well.

"Yeah, the Captain gave me the okay to set up a training station on the ship, but you're right." he said the Umbaran. "We should be training together. Four has mentioned wanting to improve her fighting game. I could use some target practice with a blaster and some more exposure to those sabers of yours. In case we run into Discount Grevious, as you called him." he said.

"For now, how soon do we want to start offering our services? Maybe Seven can get us an introduction with his connections?" Tal suggested.



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Rook Beroya

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Re: Neimoidian Rhapsody // PS.46
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2019, 01:12:49 AM »
Much like the Muun who ruled (or at least owned) most of Vlemoth Port, this place shouted its history and pride from nearly everything. Rook had taken a moment to study the image of the walking Neimoidian’s in the portrait before following everyone into the small room. Rook rested against the wall, watching her team debate the issue again.

The backpack settled at Rook’s feet, and she nodded agreement to Venn’s comment on how tough Dalan Oberos might just be. Rook thought it might be best to just find the guy, and offer to buy him a beer. See what happened after that.

When the Umbaran spoke of Clone Wars and war crimes, Rook stirred. It bothered her, to think of Venn’s family having suffered such a brutal fate. The story of the Moff who got himself eaten due to his taste in elaborate executions won a brief grin. It seemed just the sort of story Rook’s father might tell, along the lines of supporting the KISS principle.

The idea of making a bit of extra cash to pay off Ashely and acquire some unique templates (especially the chance at a template for the Conveyance!) was appealing to Rook. More comforting was the assurance that Shroud would not easily surprise them again. Her gaze traveled to Tal, who held such deep reservations about their ability to deal with Shroud. As usual, she could tell nothing from his bearing. She nodded slowly, disturbed by the notion that Switch might want to be able to make mecha-zombies, too.

Tal spoke in favor of Venn’s suggestion that they train as a unit, and Rook nodded agreement as well. “I would enjoy drilling with everyone, both singly and in groups.”

Her gaze focused upon Kesvo. “I would recommend we go places at least in pairs. While Shroud might get the jump on one person, he probably can’t deal with two of us before we get a distress call out.”

She dug in her pack and set her find on the table, beside her snacks. “If it helps, this is an actual, historic find. You could sell it to any major Academy, Library or Museum.” Rook shrugged. “If we come across a rumor here that the Duke is a collector of antiquities, we have something to legitimately offer.” She patted the ancient, carbonite-frozen creature upon the head.

After that, she glanced at Drasek, to see what he thought of Tal’s notion.

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Ashley Nasur

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Re: Neimoidian Rhapsody // PS.46
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2019, 08:40:01 PM »
 "It'd be a good idea," agreed Ashley, in terms of them training. "Especially if the others want more experience with working against ..." His fingers flicked, gesturing towards himself and then Venn.  "Actually, Venn, I wasn't in there with him," and spent a portion with his bell rung,  "did you happen to recognize what form he was using?"

That was potentially useful, if only because they'd have a better idea of what to expect when they fought him again. Ashley did not so much consider it an inf than more of a when"I think it's a good idea if we travel in pairs in general. This planet doesn't really seem friendly to outsiders? Plus ..." He shook his head. All the talk of Weswin and what had happened here had him concerned. Ashley didn't like it and it made him want to go back to the Mallard to pick up the holocron and have a talk.

 "Either way, I think I agree that while we're here we can see what we can find out while ..." The corner of his mouth curved upward.  "Boosting our brand, making the Hellions more known. Can't hurt but then I think it comes with some downsides, just because we've got Shroud to consider." His attention flicked to Rook, studying the find on the table once more.  "Rook is right, by the way. We could use this as an in, but only if we know for sure that this is something that would catch the attention we want."