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  1. Darth Tagus

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    Tagus was many things to many people but one thing he was not was wasteful.

    With the Sith invasion of Mandalore, there were squads and armies and navies being thrown at the Mandalorian defenders and there was all manner of combat being undertaken. It was all just noise to the Sith Lord however as he descended down the ramp of the transport shuttle he had ridden down on.

    Behind him, his allies ignited their lightsabers and ahead of him the Mandalorian defenders began to open fire. His allies rushed ahead of him, lightsabers flashing, and he allowed them to rush past him without a word, like water rushing around a stone in a stream.

    Without igniting his own weapon, Tagus marched through the chaos as the Sith and the Mandalorian forces fought each other tooth and nail. He passed through the defensive lines as the Sith and Mandalorians forswore any ranged combat to engage in a brutal melee.

    Emotions were high on both sides but the distraction allowed Tagus to marched into the central library of Mandalore. He was a Sith Lord and he had his own sphere of influence and specialty; the past and those objects worthy of being preserved. Did he like the Mandalorians? No.

    Was he above cherry picking some of their key cultural artifacts to instruct future generations about them?

    Also no.

    So he marched into the wide open hall of the repository of knowledge with his lightsaber in hand and his eyes open. Were the books and secrets worth defending fiercely? Perhaps but the reason he was paranoid had more to do with who he was. No matter his target, Tagus would be a juicy target for any Mandalorian at this point.


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    Thick smoke whipped past the metal body of the dropship as it rocketed at top speed through the clouds. The billowing collums were filled with falling shrapnel from the dying ships above, the crashing starfighters and the various bits of risen debris carried on the violently made thermals. A torrential storm had been projected the day before. It seemed fitting for the Empire to attack when everything would be at its darkest.

    The metal frame of the dropship groaned as the engines were pushed to their limit. He was late and had been intending to go somewhere else to make sure a certain someone was alright. But reports of the bombings had brought him to his current vector. They had not just blanketed the whole planet with bombs and destroyed everything. The Empire could have but they held back. This was the same as all those years ago, before Silent Badger's time. Back then the Empire had done more than destroy, they had stolen the cultural history and now they were attempting to do it again.

    The light in the back of the dropship changed and the basilisk war droid took a heavy clanking step that shuddered the entire vessel. The rest of the occupants were silent and their dark black and red armor tinted by the light. No clicks of weapon loading, fixing of gear. They had been prepared for the past several minutes and were just waiting to engage. Koil was no force user, but he could sense the blood lust in the air.

    The door opened when the ship pierced through the clouds finally. Roaring air causing armor webbing to flutter, rifle slings to shake, but the dropship's occupants did not flinch. One by one they did not jump, they did not run, they just stepped out of the back falling to the planet below.

    A few moments of freefall before they brought their weapons to bear and ignited their jetpacks a mere few stories above the ground in front of the library. The cavalry had arrived. The dropship's laser cannons provided a strafing run and returned to another location for backup. The pilot had his own tangos to deal with and seemed to have grabbed the attention of two sith starfighters.

    In a violent slam the basilisk war droid crushed several Imperial troops in its landing. The metalic creature of utter destruction. The reinforcements of the mandalorians joined the fray and added to the carnage. But a lone robbed figure inside the entrance of the library caught the Silent Badger's attention.

    Dismounting his droid, the beast would run on auto, continuing to support his comrades outside, holding back the tide of darkness. In a burst of his jetpack the scatterweave clad mandalorian shot towards the windowed upper levels. There could be more inside than just the lone figure.

    Landing on a balcony above he had his quickdraw blasters drawn. Moving into the second floor making sure it was clear he walked cautiously into the library's upper levels. In the center of the building the second floor was open to see down into the floor below. Koil came to the edge to see if there were other Imperials inside but it seemed to just be the lone Sith. Both weapons were partially raised and pointed in the dark sider's direction but one lowered to its holster and Koil drew a throwing knife. At this elevation he knew he had advantage, and the Sith maybe did not know he was there, but he did not pull the trigger, not yet.

    Taking the throwing knife he hurled it towards one of the power boxes at the back. It embedded itself into the case, a spark shootinig out for a moment until all the lighting went dark. With that, Silent Badger took a step back away from the edge of the balcony, becoming swallowed up by the shadows and out of view.

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  3. Darth Tagus

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    Darkness.

    Darkness?

    Did the Mandalorian think that he had won himself an advantage? Did he believe that the shadows hid him better than any could find him? Or did he believe that Tagus could be cowed by it?

    Well Darth Tagus was not, unfortunately for this Mandalorian, afraid of the dark.

    Drawing the Force to himself and keeping his wits about him, Tagus did not ignite his lightsaber but was prepared to. Instead he applied what he had learned from his departed wife from linking their minds together.

    His Miralukan wife.

    Force Sight was easy on him so he barely even lost a step as he continued on his path unimpeded, near silently. He did, however, move slightly to his left, silently moving towards the pillars at the side of the hall.

    The hall was in total darkness - his enemy had thought to blind him but could his enemy see any better?
     
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    Well it seemed as though the Mandalorian was content to wait.

    Was Tagus?

    Certainly.

    However... there were things to do. If he had been here purely to kill some Mandalorians, he would have gladly waited around but as it was, he knew that he had a limited window of opportunity when it came to either destroying or stealing the knowledge that had been hidden here.

    With his senses still alert, Tagus walked deeper into the library towards the databank at the back of the room. His lightsaber was at the ready in his right hand now, still not activated, and he was ready to begin. Tapping a few of the buttons on the databank with his free hand, the process for the manual ejection of the datatapes began.

    All he had to do was remain uninterrupted and the cultural knowledge of the Mandalorian people would belong to him and he alone.


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    Being in the darkness did not dictate stillness. Koil moved along the upper floor unseen. Calm and focused the War Councilor moved still from cover to cover even though he doubted the Mirialan could see him amidst the shadows with his scatterweave coated armor and def care but the Mandalorian knew to never underestimate your enemy. Just because he had won fight after fight in the past did not mean he would win this one. The Echani had often defeated those who thought to great of themselves because they had always won up until that point. Koil was not the same as them.

    When it was clear what he was moving towards Koil pulled a concussion grenade from his pouch. His other hand holstered the quickdraw on his hip and pulled his Dirk pistol from his underarm holster. Tossing the concussion grenade down towards the back of the man a few meters set to impact he did not want to damage any of the artifacts or data inside the datatapes. A fragmentation grenade could end badly and Koilw as not the type to endanger his people's culture.

    Regardless of the grenade's ability to disable and hammer the Sith's senses to a debilitating affect the War Councilor leaped over the side and fired his pistol at the back of the Sith. He was not above shooting someone in the back. The grenade would have impacted just before the Sith hopefully pressed the eject button.

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    So the Mandalorian decided to play.

    One of the advantages of Force Sight was that it was not restricted in the same way that regular sight was. It was able to, in a short range, see through objects including the back of his own head. The fact that he had been actively waiting and prepared for warnings through the Force helped.

    Aborting the motion to eject the data from the drive, Tagus didn't hesitate to throw himself into a roll to his left, diving behind one of the data-shelves that littered this area of the library. The concussion grenade exploded with himself just beyond the radius, having begun his dive before the grenade impacted and detonated.

    Thankfully this would mean the slugthrower round would also miss him, though the only reason Tagus knew it was a slugthrower round was because of the damage it did to the wall he had been stood in front of. He would usually have heard the difference due to the distinctive sound of slugthrowers but the concussion grenade had been out of range to disorientate him to the point of helplessness - it was still an overwhelmingly loud noise that covered the sound of the slugthrower rather well.

    He rose from his roll facing the direction the shot had come from, his lightsaber still not ignited as he reached out with the Force, sending a retaliatory blast of Force Push in the direction of the shooter, blasting through the thin cover of the datastacks to send the pieces flying towards the enemy as a scattering of shrapnel.

    Shrapnel that probably held some facts about Mandalorian culture actually.

    "Come to defend your culture, Mandalorian? I half expected you to challenge me to a duel for the knowledge!"

    It would be just the type of thing most Mandalorians would do after all.


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    The Sith had waded through the battle outside, approached the library alone and gone through all of this without any cohorts. He was different from the other dark siders outside and Koil learned how different when his concussion grenade was dodged as well as his initial shot from his pistol.

    Smoke had just barely begun to curl upwards from the muzzle of the barrel when the Sith Lord threw a blast of telekinetic power towards him. The War Councilor had only just got his footing from the leap and was trying to advance on the dodging Sith for a follow up shot but the counter attack sent data stacks, glass and other loose items flying along with his own body. Silent Badger flew back, his lower body actually ending up above his torso. Twisting and landing he kept himself from falling on his face. Recovering with a three point stance he raised his V slit visor to center on his enemy.

    Koil stood up, regaining a firm stance while the Mirialan mocked those that would have come at this confrontation differently. A few scraps and some mild disorientation from the battering of improvised items had done little to actually hurt Koil or do more than scrape his armor a little.

    "It's not mine to gamble with." He said coldly in response to Darth Tagus. His people's history was not something he would fight over like it was some tab at a bar. His left hand unsheathed a throwing vibro-knife in reverse grip. The blackened metal meant to normally remove the chance of glinting metal to reveal his presence to his enemies. In this case it would still be visible to the Sith though the matte finish was less shiny than most blades.

    Koil raise his hand up and fired a series of four shots, tracking Tagus as he would no doubt move to dodge. The man had yet to show one of the notorious glowing weapons that force users were so fond of. The flash of the weapon was only a short moment, better for dark environments like that than a blaster.

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  8. Darth Tagus

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    It seemed that this Mandalorians wasn't the typical kind... he actually had something resembling a brain inside that tin can of his. Tagus would be the first to admit that he could respect a man like that. Enough that he likely wouldn't actually even kill the man even if he had the chance.

    Why would he?

    If Mandalorians could be cunning and intelligent like this one then there was hope that their peoples might not forever be enemies even with the attack on Mandalore. After all, holding grudges was the prerogative of weaker, pettier men and women.

    "Then stack the deck."

    Reaching into the Force, Tagus let off a bright flash of light, as tall as he was and about ten feet wide. It wasn't the Light Sided "force light" because it didn't have to be - it just had to be a bright flash to disorientate the Mandalorian and throw his aim off. The first shot was roughly on target anyway, impacting the cheek of his armoured mask as he charge forwards, low and fast. It slowed him a second but not much.

    Rather than dodge to the side as was expected by the width of the distraction, he instead surged forwards towards Koil, sending a Force Push ahead of himself to stagger the man and throw his aim off after the distraction even as he slashed upwards from his right side with his lightsaber, which ignited as it travelled through the air on it's course to sear through his chest armour.


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