Ask  Coruscant The Joker and the thief in the night

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    Planet: Coruscant
    Time: Late Evening
    Location: Uscru District


    The Evening was in full swing at this time, as always the Uscru was the place to be on Coruscant, ranging from the high fliers all the way down to the local drunks and party animals. Ships raced overhead dashing about from location to location, the air was abuzz with music and advertisements as well as the general rowdy talkative activity of any good city.

    A yellow air taxi was descending down from the upper levels towards the lower levels carrying one passenger and a droid pilot. The air speeder dropped down from the airbus lane and into a station that awaited its arrival.

    Carthus stepped from the speeder, wearing a tailored outfit that had simple if not elegant patterns upon the trim of the attire. It was offset by a belt around the waist, carrying a small collapsable blade on his right hip, a blaster on his left and of course had a number of pouches dotted around the belt in a fashionable way, a number of them containing credits and one of them containing a simple necklace inside.

    Carthus descended the stairway onto the main footpath and began to make his way over the wet almost shimmering ground towards a busy bar, tucked neatly between two alleyways. He raised his hand towards the droid staffing and manning the area to get their attention for a drink.

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    Rao Quel-Ran’s graduation was brief and didn’t leave much of an impression on him. His CO gave him a handshake, his first orders and told him to beat it. His first mission under the Galactic Alliance was to obtain information from a possible defector on Coruscant. Whether or not the intelligence was good, he would never know, he just needed to make the drop, pass it off, and await extraction. It was low profile and not extremely important.

    Uscru was the place for the drop, he would meet his contact, get passed the data and discreetly leave. It was for this reason that Rao felt it was necessary to scrape together some credits, rent some decent clothes, and for once act like he belonged. He was not very good at this.

    The Mandalorian, picking at his collar the entire walk to the bar, awkwardly sat down, unknowingly right next to one Carthus Pheonix Kira, whom vaguely resembled his contact.

    “Awfully warm out, ain’t it ?” He said, which would seem quite dumb to Carthus, as if anything there was a chill out in Uscru that time of night. It was Rao’s half of the cipher that would identify his GA contact.
     
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    Uscru… is that a Bothan name? Oddi mused as she approached the mildly flashy establishment. Most of the taverns that she had slinked her way into were a little on the smutty side, but this? This place was kinda classy. Not exquisite, but respectable at least. There was better money here, and better entertainment. Not bad, not bad… and she hadn’t even made it into the bar area yet.

    There was an area for those who were there for the dining experience where, occasionally, families would bring in their children. How sweet… younglings that actually get affection and know that someone is there to watch over them. Feh… this sort of coddling would never prepare them for the cruelty of reality. It left a bitter and, unadmittedly, envious taste in her mouth.

    She glanced over at the bar entrance as the band inside was starting another set. She could pick out the kloo horn from the noise immediately, and briefly imagined herself on that stage, playing the “pipe”, basking in the limelight, and earning some real credits. *Sigh* Alas, her need of immediate currency would have to be tended to first. She pocketed her fantasy and took a few paces toward the bar…

    Of course there was a bouncer. Of course there was. Sure, Oddi could make herself out to be any humanoid race, as long as it was a youngling. Sometimes being short for your age had advantages, but when you wanted to mix with the adult sector it made things a touch more… challenging.

    She would need a distraction. And there was one walking right through the entrance.

    A couple of Duros shuffled inside, so wrapped up in conversation that they weren’t quite paying attention to their surroundings. Smirking to herself, she stepped behind some floor art and shifted into a youngling of their species. As they walked toward the bar she fell in line behind them, her small hand holding on to the coattails of the taller of the two. As they attempted to enter, the bouncer stopped them, informing them that younglings were not permitted inside. As they argued that Oddi was not their child, she clamored for the tall one’s attention, asking Papa why they wouldn’t pay attention to her. Annoyed, the taller Duros kicked her away, causing her to fall to the floor. Enraged that he would strike a child, the bouncer stood up and grabbed the Duros’ collar. Chaos ensued, and Oddi crept in unnoticed.

    Ha!!! That was too easy… Oddi chuckled as she shifted back into her natural form. She kept to the back of the area, sticking to the darker spots while she scoped the scene…
     
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  4. Carthus Phoenix Kira

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    Carthus saw a droid come over towards him as he offered a smile towards the droid, taking a moment to mull things over before ordering one of his firm drinks of choice a Corellian whiskey.

    The droid took the order moving off, as Carthus relaxed against the bar, his mind was focused on recent events still. All that had gone on and how the situation had changed during his time isolated adrift in space. Though he had fully recovered and was showing to be full of energy once again he still ached and had a look of concern over his face. The encounters with a Darth, the Jedi, and the rebels lately had given him a lot to be concerned on, but more than that he was concerned about what had happened to his friend.

    Even as his thoughts were running away with him, he kept a level of awareness over his surroundings, a hand slipping into one of the pouches on his belt and removing a collection of credit chips staking them upon the table in front of him. Rolling one for a moment back and forth on the countertop. It was then a voice broke through his thoughts
    Awfully warm out, ain’t it ?”.

    Carthus turned his head slightly to have his ear more towards the man as he chewed on his tongue a bit for a few moments

    "Things are about to get a lot more heated with the state of things"

    Carthus responded in kind towards the man, as he turned his head to look him over for a few moments as he took in a slow deep breath and exhaled taking in the mans appearance and features, taking in how well kept the clothing appeared and fresh they seemed to be, but his attention returned back to the bar as his drink arrived and the droid took the credit chips.

    A situation started to occur nearby with a bouncer and what appeared to be a couple of Duros, Carthus brow raised watching what was going on as he exhaled slowly shaking his head some, lifting up the cup towards his lips and taking a slow drink from it as he smiled a bit

    "Some people just can't resist conflict it seems, that or they really can't handle their drinks. So what brings a man like you here to this bar? Conflict or handling drinks?"

    Carthus asked turning his attention back towards the man, as he turned his body and rested his arm on the bar looking at him full on this time. But something sent a momentary shiver down his spine as though he felt something nearby, Carthus however ignored it and chose to keep his mind focused on the current situation with the man near him.


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    “I couldn’t hold my alcohol if my life depended on it, so I guess it’s the former.” The man responded with a slightly disappointed tone, signalling to the droid that he wouldn’t be ordering. Almost subconsciously, Rao felt over his jacket’s left inside pocket, making sure his stun baton was still there, concealed. He then refocused himself on the seemingly high roller in front of him. Finding his contact was important, but so was maintaining his cover of a casual socialite.


    “But really, I’m just here looking for an old friend. Looks a bit like you actually.” Rao smiles and gestures to him. He took a genuine curiosity to Carthus, at least for the moment. He seemed like a decent guy, if not someone with a sense of fashion. Rao’s outfit paled in comparison to the man before him, but he still tried to stand up straight and represent it well. They were the nicest things he’d worn in years.


    The young man’s eyes then started to search the rest of the bar, looking for his contact, or rather people that could be his contact. He counted two others matching the description he was given, and one was passed out at the end of the bar. While he was scanning the room, he took a look at the Duros fighting with the bouncer. Finally, after several moments, Rao’s gaze fell back on Carthus.

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  6. Oddi Xon

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    The human lady with the bright pink accessories at table five was oblivious to the fact that she was now about thirty credits poorer, but when one is flirting heavily with a high-rolling stud sitting across from them while getting waisted on Corillian Runners… well anyway, her mind was on other things.

    Oddi was doing well so far! She wasn’t about to stop to count her earnings yet though. Not here. And besides, she was getting a strange feeling about this place. No… it wasn’t the place. It was the bar itself... or something around that spot anyhow. Her common sense was screaming No! Stay away from there! but my stars was she drawn to it! Curiosity was indubitably getting the best of the young clawdite. Okay… maybe the bar would be a good distraction spot. While the drunkards were clamoring for the bartender’s attention their eyes wouldn’t be looking behind them or next to them, right? But to get to the bar she somehow had to not look like a child. Well… there’s always the chadra-fan, she pondered. She had used it before, but making those large rodent-like ears was a bit painful. Was it worth it?

    Yep.

    She crawled under an unoccupied table and morphed out of plain sight. Her ears ached as if someone had stuck their fingers into her ear canals and yanked upward. Ouch! She couldn’t help but wonder if the pain would lessen the more she practiced this particular form. Finally, she finished, and the pulling sensation halted. She managed to squirm out from underneath just before a rodian claimed the table for himself.

    She scanned the scene once again before casually slinking her way toward the bar. That feeling was still lingering. She just couldn’t quite put her finger on it, but Ai Mabara was it annoying!
     
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    Carthus felt a sensation once again, turning his head every so slightly towards the direction of Oddi. He could feel something, it was something that he only had felt on a few other times in the past, it was something that Azran had told him about. This caused Carthus to shift ever so slightly in his chair before turning his attention back towards Rao once more. While he did that he started to reach outwards towards that feeling trying to tell what it was.

    He smiled a bit at the comment about conflict raising his brows some, before lifting his drink once again to his lips and taking a sip from the liquid in the glass

    "Well there will always be a conflict, hope you choose the right side. As for a person looking like me, he must be a very handsome friend indeed or one in a lot of trouble. What can I say I am somewhat of a rebel, I always end up in a level of trouble"

    Slowly he leaned forwards on the counter and raised a hand towards the droid once again. The action of leaning forwards brought him a bit closer towards the man again as he whispered.

    "And Rebels tend to get into trouble with the Empire don't you agree?"

    Carthus wasn't looking at the man as he said that, he continued to look towards the waiting staff until one saw him, making him smile friendly towards the droid before lowering back down into his seat and taking in a deep breath exhaling. He was curious to see what the man's reaction to his comment would be as he observed him. The way the man had spoken about looking for an old friend, how he looked like him made him cautious. There was only a few that would know him. It was either some underground gang that wanted his skills for something, the Rebels or someone had tracked him down from the conflict on Taris station.

    "Well I say then you have made a new friend that looks like your old friend, to that I will drink. The name is Carthus.....Carthus Phoenix Kira, a pleasure to meet you, let me get you a drink. It's been many months since I had a chance to enjoy the life of a city and its bars with another person. Was adrift in space for so long I almost forgot how to socialize let alone drink. So think I too won't be able to hold alcohol either, but they do make a very good Meiloorun Juice if I remember correctly, refreshing and non-alcoholic"

    With that Carthus reached back to his belt and opened up another pouch to fish inside for a few more credit chips, this time he left the pouch open however rather than closing it. As he was trying to reach out towards the sensation he had felt he could feel something else ebbing on the edge there, it was a sensation that was tempting him to reach out towards it, like a sweet-smelling meal to a hungry mouth, Carthus had to somewhat fight himself from reaching towards it to see what it was. If something is too good to be true it often was, so he aired on the side of caution.

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    As Carthus whispered, Rao’s heart skipped a beat out and suddenly his collar was too tight, the lights were blinding, every smell in the bar disgusted him and the man before him became an enemy for the split second it took him to process what exactly he just said. Could Rao had blown his cover to an Imperial agent? Could he be some sort of third party trying to make a buck? Or was he actually the ally that Rao was expecting? It all wasn’t very much to go on, but Carthus’ self description of being a rebel brought the young man confidence, if not in a fleeting moment of fearlessness. The young man pulled at his collar and ran a hand across his brow.

    “Well I promise your delinquency is with like minded company. I’ve… been in trouble with the Empire before. Rebellion is an addiction.”

    It was a gutsy move. A blatant disregard for the ruling authority on Coruscant, if not a direct insult. If found out, Rao would go down as a nobody trash talking the Empire, but if he was right, Rao could make a new connection, a new ally. Allies are everything in this galaxy, and currently the Mandalorian was in a dire lack of supply of such friends and possessed an abundance of foes. Now that the words were said he had nothing more than to wait and see if his gamble had paid off.

    “And by the way, there’s no better drinking buddy than someone who is equally as much of a lightweight as you. What kind of liquor do they have here?”

    He added that last part with a slight curl to the corner of his mouth. He could go for a drink.

    Rao, while completely unaware of Oddi, would be most upset if she were to pickpocket his contact who one way or another, most likely through foolishness and an utter lack of self control, wound up past out at the end of the bar. He didn’t know for a fact that the man passed out drunk was his contact, but seeing as the only other men in the bar that matched his description were either talking to him right now or leaving with a rather attractive girl on his arm. Rao had kept an eye on the man for the whole of the conversation, but was particularly distracted by Carthus’ comments.

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    Twitching her now mousey lips, Oddi peripherally eyed the patrons at the bar, looking to liberate some tiny rectangular metal slabs of currency from the pouches of their captors. Now there was an art to picking the perfect pocket. If you find someone too drunk when they’re at the bar, it could mean that they’ve already spent most of their money. No… it would have to be someone just toasted enough to be distractible but still have enough spending money for the snatch to be worth the effort. Normally this would be fairly easy, but… that uncomfortable feeling was driving her batty. It was getting so hard to concentrate. Was she coming down with something?

    An obnoxiously loud twi’lek was telling several listeners on about his exploits in the Outer Rim territories, making him a unwitting accomplice to her sticky fingers. She was about to work her own “magic” when she paused, squinting at the blue-tinged blabbermouth. Was he the reason that she was so spaced out? No… it wasn’t him. Oh, thank the stars it wasn’t him! But somewhere… somewhere behind this tentacled braggart was the source of her own distraction. Wake up, numbskull! she screamed internally. You’re going to botch a good score! Pursing her lips together, she took in a breath and started to reach for…

    Yikes! An impeccably dressed human male who was sitting behind the twi’lek, and who bizarrely stood out for no good reason, glanced right in her direction! She turned around, her back facing the man as she hoped against hope that he didn’t catch her in the act. Her morphed ears absentmindedly twisted to listen behind her. It’s him! I’m being drawn to him! Why??? she queried from within. For the first time in a long time, she didn’t have a quick answer. This weirdness had totally thrown her for a loop. Should I give this heist a pass and just walk away? I really need a win here!

    Oddi grumbled to herself, swearing in her native language. Reluctantly, she decided to take a step back. It was just too weird, this scenario. But there was this itch that she just couldn’t scratch… an urge against her better judgement to examine this human, despite the potential of getting too much attention. Slowly she glanced back in his direction. Seeing him preoccupied in conversation, she glanced down at his pouch.

    It was wide open.

    Ohhhhhh… the temptation! It wasn’t fair! Not one bit!!! She wanted to stomp in frustration. It was too good to be true!!! Was this bait, or was he just some wealthy naive idiot??? Gah!!! She bit her lip hard as she fought the urge to accept this challenge. But… looked at how he’s dressed! Who knows how much he’s got in there! I could eat for a week! her inner gambler egged on. She gritted her teeth. Gotta do it! But I need to be slick. Casual. Coooool… I got this. After her mental pep-talk, she sprang into action.

    She approached the bar right next to the man, who continued to speak with his friendly conversation partner. She produced several of the stolen credits for a drink. A necessary investment. “Heya!” she called out and waved her credits at the bartending droid. “A shot of Scariffian rum over here!” As one hand extended above her head for her target to see, the other dexterously slipped into the open pouch…


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    Carthus could not help but let out a slight chuckle as he noticed the reaction the man had gotten from his comment. Returning to sipping at his drink and looking straight ahead. Even after all he had been through he still had a nature to be a bit of a joker at times. Besides in his mind, the galaxy was dark enough without a bit of humor.

    Carthus raised his brows a bit at the response that Rao had made. Rolling the liqueur in his mouth to take in a full flavor for a few moments before swallowing it down.

    "Good to see we are of like minds, though I have to comment even for the best attire you may wish to rough it up a tiny bit before venturing out my friend, that mixed with a story about looking for a friend that looks like me but not quite sure and not leading with say a name can be a bit of a mistake. Sometimes it's the little things that can tip a person off. As for what I am drinking it's from my homeworld of Corellia, pretty sharp on the mouth and best to be drunk slow over a good conversation. But it all depends on what you're in the mood for, partying, conversation, deep thoughts or refreshing with a tiny kick to it"

    Carthus could feel whatever was causing his senses to go off getting closer to him, he took a guess that it was the person that had taken to sitting next to him. They must have kept to the shadows which could only mean one of a few things. He had his body turned to the person who had approached, as he placed his glass down on the counter towards the middle. It was an odd place to put the glass as it wasn't fully a natural position most people would take. But his eyes looked down on the glass and the light causing it to act as a somewhat murky mirror to look through.

    "But yes little things often give the whole thing away, always worth keeping your eyes and mind about you....."

    Carthus said continuing the conversation as he continued to watch the glass even as the droid started to move over towards them, he heard the order of a shot of Scariffian rum, he noticed how the hand and been moved from the person who was now waving credits with one hand through the glass. But it was also the movement of the other hand going towards the pouch. A mischievous grin curled upon Carthus lips as he saw this and suddenly pushed outwards towards the sensation he was feeling next to him with his own feelings. There was no malice behind it, more humor.

    "......I mean it's almost like someone trying to pick a person's pocket but not paying attention to where their marks eyes would be. Now an experienced thief has to take all these things into consideration. But stealing from an unknown without proper planning is never a good idea, as there are always those with more experience as well as risking upsetting a gang and becoming indebted to them...."

    with that, Carthus would turn his head suddenly towards Oddi as he reached towards his glass with the other hand to raise it up in a salute towards them

    "....go on take the credits I don't need them, but while your at it why don't you take that necklace out and put it on the counter for me and tell me about yourself"

    Carthus said referring to the old hand-carved stone necklace, it was only in the shape of almost a marble at best.

    Even though all of this Carthus had kept jolly and cheerful in his words

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