Ask Laying Low

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    After that business on Mandalore, Miha had to go to ground for a while and a little sojourn to Wild Space would do perfectly, and before long Miha found himself landing on Rishi. There’s nothing on Rishi, just humid valleys, trees, and a disproportionately dense collection of gun runners smugglers and pirates; in many ways it was the best place someone could lay low for a while. Presently, Miha had parked his ship in the centre of a now abandoned settlement, and was now stood in the centre of the ring of huts and shacks, slapping the wet dirt with a shovel. That was the beauty about Pirates, they had the habit of dying randomly and violently on any given day and leaving their house behind when they did, all Miha had to do when he landed was expedite the process a little. It wasn’t a luxury resort by any means, but it was nice to finally have a little quiet. The sun was setting as Miha packed down the dirt of a fresh grave, a rusty old machete sticking out of the dirt like a skinny attanae to heaven; and when Miha wiped the sweat from his brow, he felt the sting of the neat little line that very same blade had left on his forearm.


    Stabbing the shovel into the dirt, Miha made his way back to the hut he’d decided belonged to him now. He briefly entered, before stepping out onto the porch with a heavy copper pot filled with a stew that he’d been cooking since the last Pirate fell, his first aid kit, and a bottle of rum so potent it would have been illegal on most planets. Pulling the cork with his teeth, he upended the bottle over his wound, wincing at the sting of alcohol in the fresh wound. Within a few minutes he’d stitched the wound shut and wrapped it in clean dressing, it was up to the body to manage the rest. Fishing a cigarra from a packet he’d picked off one of the corpses before he buried them, he lit the cheap pre-roll and inhaled deeply, before furrowing his brow and stubbing the thing against his heel, tossing the filter back inside. Snyde, he thought, bargain bin bullshit, barely worth burning. Washing down the disappointment and bitter taste of lacklustre smoke with a mouthful of the bootleg rum, before giving the radio left out on the porch a thump, filling the air with scratchy, crackling notes of music.


    As he lifted the lid off the pot and raised the ladle to his lips, the crack of a branch in the brush surrounding the clearing made his head swing up towards it, dropping the ladle back into the pot. With a sigh, he stood up and slipped the shorter of his swords from his waistcloth, slapping the scabbard against his shoulder as he stepped further into the clearing. “Your friends are dead, and if you don’t get running, you’ll be joining them.” He warned, casting a lazy gaze into the treeline and waiting for a sign of movement.
     
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    The pointy eared woman wiped the sweat of her forehead as she slentered towards the abandoned shacks in the distance. She kicked up dust as she forced her tired body to keep on going. Why exactly did I proceed on foot again? The Knightess asked herself, fully aware of her decision. The recent events on Mandalore had left her wounded and most importantly, had branded her a target of the Empire. That's why she had chosen to stay low for a while. Atleast until the Dark council retreated their forces from the mid rim.

    Approaching the small village, Sakadi heard a strange sound. A rythm. Was there someone... playing music? The Knightess had been pretty certain that the village was abandoned. The Sephi stopped in her tracks, scanning the village up ahead with the Force. There were little to no signs of life she considered an actual danger, except for one. One being, aligned to the Force. He carried the stench of the Dark side, but lacked the strength of will necessary to control it. Sakadi took a deep breath as her hand moved over the hilt of her lightsaber. Was she ready for another fight? Another battle against a practitioner of the Dark side?

    Cautiously did she set foot into the ruined village, masking her presence from any who might be able to sense her. While there was no telling what she might stumble upon, the scene still surprised her.

    Sakadi found a man, sitting on a porch, treating his own wounds while he simultaneously made a stew. Normally she wouldn't have approached with such caution, but the man's presence didn't go unnoticed to her. Besides, there seemed to be more out there if she would trust the man's instincts, his focus drawn to the treeline.

    "Perhaps you shouldn't try to draw out your enemy by stepping out in the open." Sakadi remarked.
     
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    When a voice called out into the clearing, he turned to face it as the corner of his mouth was pulled up into a small smirk. There was no breeze, and the air was sluggish and humid, with only a small patch of the thick vegetation moving. They were good, whoever it was that decided to stalk him, even with the plant life giving him a pointer, he couldn’t make out any figures in the greenery, and she’d gotten uncomfortably close to where he’d been sat prior to standing. “Worked for the last few times I’ve tried it.” He retorted, shifting his scabbard from his shoulder to his left hand to gesture at the shovel sticking out of the ground, and the six makeshift grave markers that surrounded it. “You’re interrupting my meal, so if you run now I promise I won’t pursue you; But if you want a fight,” Miha brought his right hand to rest on his pommel, rapping his fingers gently against it as he continued, “I can promise you one you won’t win.”
     
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    A smile played on her lips as she listened to the man's response. His overly self-confident, almost cocky reply amused her. Who did he think he was? While she could sense that the Force favored him, it was nothing worth mentioning compared to her. Despite her wounds, the Knightess was certain that she could handle him in combat. So was there any reason for her to feel threatened? No, there wasn't. Neither was there any reason for her to hide her force presence any longer.

    As she revealed her presence, the Knightess moved into the village. "Flattering, but I doubt that you'll be the end of me. I have faced monsters and survived phenomenons that would make the ordinary soldier run at the mention of it. It would be quite a disappointment if my life ended here, wouldn't it be?" the Knightess stated, her amusement visible all over her delicate face.

    Without hesitation, did the Knightess approach the porch. Despite his somewhat hostile manners, Sakadi doubted that he'd engage her in combat.

     
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    He didn’t know for sure when exactly he’d done it, his body moved without thought, but his thumb had pressed forwards to push the sword out his scabbard. Any of the humour and playful cockiness was gone from his voice as he addressed the woman on his doorstep, three inches of steel glittering between his fingers. “Everyone that came before thought they could win, right up until the last second, you think you’re better than them?” His grip tightened round the handle of his sword for a moment, before it returned the sword fully into its scabbard. He suddenly let out a short laugh, slipping straight back into his usual mannerisms. “Aye, you’re a Jedi alright; telepathy is one thing, but only a Jedi is that cock-sure.” He began to approach the Jedi, returning his scabbard to his waistcloth, though this time sitting on his right hand side, a position that would make drawing the weapon an awkward affair. He was sure she’d understand the gesture. “We’re on the same side, so as much as I’d like to see how the wonders you’ve seen compare to me, killing one another would do us no good.”


    He strolled directly past her, as if he hadn’t actually noticed her, before returning to exactly where he was sat by his stew. His hand finished inside his robes, pulling out a cigarra from his personal supply and lighting it as he rested a hand on his copper pot. “The food is for friends and guests, you’re neither of them. Yet. The light of his smouldering cigarra flared and smoke billowed out his nose as he continued, turning his head to look up at her. “Let's start with names, yes? I’m Mihal’ii Arcan.”
     
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    Not once did her pace falter, not even when the eccentric man gave her yet another warning. She only tilted her head slightly, as a response to the man's remark. Both her expression and her Force signature lacked malicious intent; she had no desire to turn this meeting into a chaotic duel. She had participated in quite a few battles as of late, too many to meet her pacifistic beliefs.

    The short laugh of the man transformed her smile into a grin. The man was quite perceptive. She wasn't sure whether she liked his comment about the Jedi being "cock-sure", but at least he ceased hostilities. For now, that was. The statement he made about them being on the same side, however, that was something the Knightess did not agree with. She shook her head, as she once again conveyed a telepathic message.

    "I'd suggest not jumping to hasty conclusions like this. I serve the Light side of the Force, not the Galactic Alliance and its cause." The Knightess had to clear that misunderstanding up. She did not serve the people, no, that was not the task of the Jedi. It had been the cause of their downfall many years ago, their faith in democracy and the people. So many times had the order lost sight of what it stood for, and she wouldn't make that same mistake. For now, her interests aligned with those of the Galactic Alliance, which had led her to assist in some of their missions, but by no means did she feel obligated to lead the Galactic Alliance to victory.

    Sakadi did no turn to keep the stranger in her sight. Only when he took out a cigarra again, did she turn around to face him. His offer was a fair one, she was neither his friend nor his guest, so he would not give her the right to join him at his 'table'. So exchanging names for now, that would be a good start indeed.

    "Sakadi Marathi Sinvala. Jedi Knight." she stated. As she approached the man once again. If he'd let her, Sakadi would sit down near the stew, her legs crossed in a meditative pose. "So what brings you here, Mihal'ii Arcan?"

     
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    He didn’t try to hide his disappointment when she corrected him. Another one who’s overdosed on meditation, it seems. In his prior dealings with Jedi, he’d found it was a common mindset; the idea that those better attuned to the Force should just… leave, return to some prelapsarian, idealised vigil. Then again, given the generational trauma the order had endured, he couldn’t say he was entirely unsympathetic towards it. As was the custom, Sakadi traded a question for a question, and so he answered her honestly, if imprecisely. “Oh, just sharpening my skills, wandering here and there.” He pointed his cigarra at the makeshift graves, “Making those for people who deserved it. I’m a private contractor, not unlike you Jedi I’m just backing the Alliance out of mutual interest. Made a bit of a botch of things at the moment, however, you’ve heard about Mandalore, right?” He punctuated his question with a slow drag on his cigarra, eyeing the wounds on the Knight’s body. He figured he already knew the answer to his question, but it’s important to know how honest your company is.
     
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    Sakadi ignored the initial disappointment of the man when she mentioned her allegiance to the Force. What did he expect? Had the galaxy forgotten about what happened when the Jedi and Sith clashed? Utter destruction followed. No, she preferred a more neutral and pacifistic approach to the conflict that raged on. One dedicated to the Light side, one that did not end in death and destruction.

    When he answered her question though, she had to suppress a frown. Sharpening his skills on Rishi of all places? If he truly wanted to sharpen his skills, he'd be out on the front line of the Galactic war. Not on some backwater planet. When he mentioned Mandalore, however, she understood why he was here.

    "You should've been there. Ran into a Dark Councillor and some other shady Dark side practitioners." the Knightess conveyed, as she reached for one of the energy capsule attached to her utility belt. An abandoned town was no place to slack off, it was perhaps even more dangerous than a forest. That was why she stayed aware of every presence that moved around their camp.
     
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    "I was." Came Miha's curt reply, fishing a silver medallion out of one of his pouches and holding it up to the light, "Met a Devil by the name of Xzaien, assuming I pronounced that name right. I would've liked to have taken her head, but this calling card will have to do for now." Evidently that was Miha's idea of a joke, because he let out a short chuckle that halted suddenly. He silently placed his long-sword in his lap, resting the weight against the crook of his elbow, "Say, you wouldn't happen to be paying attention to the tree-line, would you?" As if on cue, a patch of vegetation began to rustle behind him, moved by some unseen force that couldn't have been the wind.
     
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    Sakadi tilted her head again. Xzaien? She had never heard of a person named Xzaien before, much less a devil. She studied the silver amulet that Miha dangled in front of her face. It didn't ring any bells, and not because she didn't recognize the amulet, but because she felt a disturbance close by. A disturbance in the Force that came in their direction.

    Just as she tried to determine the numbers of their incoming assailants, Miha mentioned the tree-line. "Well then... Perhaps we should take a look, shouldn't we?" Sakadi stated as she calmly got up again. Reaching for her lightsaber, she turned to the tree-line. "Gentlemen, you may step out of hiding."

    At first, nothing happened. There was utter silence, like the calm before the storm. Nothing moved, nothing spoke and more importantly, the disturbance in the Force faded away. But Sakadi knew better than to trust solely upon the Force.

    After what seemed like ages, they moved. There were three of them, clad in dark robes and armed with an electrostaff each. Sith assassins...




     
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    Miha rose up alongside his temporary fighting partner, pulling his long sword free of his sash, he pressed it out the scabbard with a thumb. There was something beautiful about these moments, even the birds fell silent for just a few seconds. It was a red bird taking flight that broke the silence first, and the assassin’s stepped out into the light. “Don’t let them shrak with my stew.” He grunted between pursed lips, the cigarra pinched between them waving to accent his words. He took a long, final drag on the cigarra before pinching it between thumb and finger so he could speak clearly. “Your boss sent you here to die, brother.” He punctuated the statement by flicking his cigarra at the front-most assassin, before spreading his feet and crouching low, his hand was wrapped around his hilt, ready to draw at a moment’s notice.
     
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    Miha's warning did not phase the three assassins at all. When the Knightess reached out with her senses, she could feel their slight affiliation to the Dark side of the Force. Seperately, each of them posed no challenge to her ally, who felt a lot more present in the Force. But together, they matched him in raw power. It was still nothing compared to the purple Knight though. She suspected that the three assassins had received some minor training in the Dark side, probably just enough to hide their presence and enhance their own physical prowess. But was this truly all the Empire had sent after them? Three warriors below the level of an Acolyte? She highly doubted it.

    The Sephi watched in amusement as Miha took a fighting stance. He was force sensitive, was he not? Then why did he resort to his weaponry?

    "Honestly, why would you engage these gentlemen in physical combat when the Force as your ally?" she stated with a silent chuckle.

    With a swift gesture of both her hands, Sakadi channeled the Force. As she summoned the Light side to her aid, Sakadi's presence in the Force amplified. The assassins could sense it, as one of them slightly lowered his guard when he stumbled upon the beacon of Light. The other two quickly found themselves in Sakadi's telekinetic grasp, as she slammed the two against each other with a second gesture, knocking them out instantly.

    The third, under the impression that this was his chance to attack, twirled the staff around as he quickly crossed the distance between him and the Knightess.

    Instead of seeing the lavender woman move however, Miha would find her voice echoeing through his head once more. "I'll leave this one to you"

     
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    Evidently he’d overestimated his assailants, in a group they could have overwhelmed him, but they were poorly coordinated. Within seconds, his companion had taken out the majority of the combatants, leaving only one left to him. As the final assassin charged, he smashed the flying cigarra butt out of the air, where as Miha remained motionless. With his staff now held high the assassin was about to bring the electrified head down on Miha, only for Miha to suddenly surge forwards before the blow could be struck. Miha drew his sword as he lunged towards the enemies left flank, as the tip of the weapon came free it carved a bloody thorough from hip to armpit. The assassin’s posture was broken by the sudden attack, and he found himself stumbling forwards until he tripped over the stew pot, flinging the contents everywhere and sending the assassin prone. With an audible groan of frustration, Miha marched towards the assassin as they struggled to stand with the help of their staff. Bringing his sword up high, Miha brought it down in a vertical stroke against the defenceless assassin, aiming to strike his head from his shoulders in retaliation for a ruined meal.
     
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    This was the reason why she disliked swords. They always left such a bloody mess, it was just so uncivilized. But that wasn't the end of it. No, she could sense that Miha had no intentions of keeping the man alive. Still open to the flow of the Force, Sakadi made a quick pushing gesture, hurling the prone assassin away from the porch before Miha could deliver the killing blow.

    "Even a blind man can see that it's over. There is no need to end his life." she stated, with a harsh tone. She didn't enjoy having to lecture others, but that did not mean she wasn't going to.

    "Besides, the ste-" her telepathic message was interrupted by a soft, beeping noise that made the Force cry out a warning to her. Realizing what was about to happen, Sakadi's eyes widened.

    Reacting lightning fast, Sakadi once again relied on her telekinetic control over the Force. This time to push Miha away from the porch, as she herself jumped to safety and kept her body as close to the ground as she could. And for good reason. With a fiery explosion, the small house erupted into wood splinters and flames. Her instincts had been right; there were more enemies, and they had thermal detonators to boot.

    As blaster fire erupted from the tree line, Sakadi rolled over to reach for her lightsaber.

    "This day is just getting worse and worse, isn't it?" she conveyed to Miha.



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    Miha had just finished swiping the droplets of blood from his sword, and was just about to cut into the Jedi's lecture when he was interrupted by a beeping that couldn't mean anything good. Miha was about to leap from the porch when an unseen force reached out and hurled him away just a moment before the front of the house exploded in fire and splinters. Miha scrambled to grab his sword, before scurrying into cover behind the ruined house. He threw aside the scabbard of his longsword, he'd have little need for it over the next couple of minutes.

    "So are you going to try and be peaceable with these lot too?" Miha barked over the blasterfire, "Or am I allowed to do my damn job now?"