Shadows of the Ascendancy

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The Landspeeder makes a sudden dip into the river and before you emerges a light which grows as an optically hidden door seems to open reveling a flooded chamber. Karakiss lands the speeder and doors shut behind you and powerful jets purge the water from the chamber. Karakiss opens the door and proceeds through another doorway, which seems to lead into a long tube. The tube seems to be see through and reveals the near crystal clear waters and the various creatures swimming in the river, though you do not remember seeing the station from the outside. He proceeds down the hallway, carrying Tyr, and enters another room. This room only has a single portal through which the outside water can be viewed. This section is mostly buried in the river bed, but the dome was also not visible from the outside. This chamber is a large circle with 4 total passageways spaced evenly around the circle. There are computer terminals and in one of the sections against the wall between doors seems to be a makeshift camp complete with hammock and what appears to be various chiss made weapons and other military items arranged neatly in rows. various Ssi-ruuvi datapads are strewn about as well. He looks back at Jace and says in broken common, “Welllllcooom”. He motions to your translator with a flicker of excitement. What would you like to say Jace?

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“It seem, Karakiss, you’ve “saved” us to some end. I assure you, at the core, I am nothing more than an ambassador for peace and progress. I know not if these…ideals…are counted among the reasons for our salvation…but I would be interested to hear your motivations?

Is this curiosity? Pleasure? Politics? Or are you merely saving us for the inevitable indoctrination. You’ll understand my confusion; while a swift death isn’t the Ssi-ruuvi way, neither is such…special treatment.
I am sure in my position, I have little offer that you don’t already desire, so I’d ask, if anything, fulfill my curiosity, from one intellect to another, what do you want?

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When Tyr senses that they have stopped and hears Jace speaking with the creature, he slowly comes out of the trance. He remains on the floor, eyes closed and breathing steadily, waiting for the moment that he may be needed…

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“Yes, i understand your confusion. Interestingly and ultimately i would have to say “ALL” of the reasons you mentioned, but most of all you are alive because it would be a waste to kill you. I have bested you, and for my part in this I require nothing else of you. Your unconscious friend with us now is highly desired by our Commanding Officer and required for his little pet project. But i have you now, and i have disobeyed a direct order to turn you in upon capture… but i’m curious… You friends have “powers” beyond what our understanding of physics can explain. I bested the red monkeys in combat but regret not being able to talk with them before their “acquisition by the Command… I will not make the same mistake twice, i never do. Now… tell me of your friends powers?” Karakiss takes off his utility belt and begins to settle in awaiting your response.

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“I fear there is little more I could tell you then what you know. They’ve power over mind and matter far beyond whatever tech I’ve witnessed. There seems to be no rhyme nor reason to who gets these powers. In only a few months of travel, I’ve seen both the great and low exercise this sort of…control over the world around them.

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Jace sits for a moment after he completes his understandings of the force…regarding the lizard-like being before him. His posture stiffens as he raises an eyebrow. “Curious, you’d disobey a direct order? From what I understand and what I’d expect, these could have…dire consequences for you. You’ll excuse my naivety, but I’ve dealt largely only with either the P’wecks or the blast from a Paddlebeamer when it comes to your kind…What bolsters you to be so curious?” Jace looks to to Karakiss with a stern gaze, doing his best to retain an air of dignity and what little superiority he can muster.

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Karakiss blinks and hisses as he looks away as if in disgust. "He is not a GOD, he is only a general. He was lucky with his new “toy”, but that thing will only get him so far… In the end only drive and willpower will win the day and droids and starships have none of these, even when supercharged." He snarls. Then regains his composure and looks back at you, head even keel with yours.

Control over the world around them? can they sense and feeeeeel others around them? Can they feeeeeell the life spark emanating out of the cacoons we call bodies?" His expression sours. " Can they feeeeel what entechment does? REALLY DOES?" He hisses as he again looks away.

“I have been a champion of the Ssi ever since my first campaign against the Rakata and I can tell you no other group has even come close to the damage you all have inflicted. It is in a word “impressive”. And the powers you all have i find fascinating…. and familiar." He looks over towards Tyr’s unconscious body.
Just then the holo recorder blinks and immediately turns on showing a massive holographic image of a Ssi-ruuvian head with a massive feathered headdress. Your translator kicks on…
“I hear you have obtained the Chiss special forces unit we have been searching for… Alive. Is this true, and if so why are they not already in MY possession? You are THIS close to being sidelined and punished for you repeated insubordination. You may be my champion, but champions can be replaced by newer and more loyal Ssi.”

“I have the unit in my possession because they are my prisoners and trophies. Trophies I am entitled to as mandated by the Sreeftut, or do you think your warmachine can sidestep the rulers decree?” Karakiss says smugly.

“How dare youuuuu…” The Admiral hisses, his blue scaled forehead crinkled. Just then from behind him a voice emerges that seems to take even Karakiss by surprise.
“I have heard enough. Karakiss, you are to report to the terraforming forward base immediately. The planetary consecration is commencing ans as Champion you have your role to play. Bring the Chiss group, they can bear witness to Ssi’s greatness and then be transferred to the Admiral for “processing”." The head of another Ssi-Ruuvi emerges but this time the gold scales can be seen glistening. Karakiss bows to the ground. “Yes, High Priest Tithiri.” The hologram ends. Karakiss picks himself off of the floor and is clearly deep in thought.

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“It would seem our journey together is soon to come to an end, I am sure once in the midst of the celebration, your claim to us as trophies will…disappear, as politicians are want to make happen.
I will answer your question, though. Yes, it is my understanding that the powers my companions exhibit ties to life sparks within each being. It guides them, speaks to them, and cries to them. The pain and anguish I’ve seen across the face of my friends during entechment…it was horrifying beyond any war crime I’ve ever seen.”
Jace continues, cooly so as to not seem threatening, “you’d understand, this is what drives us to greatness, and force our hand in classing with you. While we come from different cultures, you’d understand that this seems…an abomination to us, and we will stop at nothing to protect the rest of the universe from it.”

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Karakiss sighs a long hiss as he looks over at Trys unconscious body and then over to a small pod located under his hammock. He presses the white object in a specific location and the pod opens in a small puff of smoke revealing a very colorful and quite extravagant feathered headdress. He picks it up and looks at it for a few seconds. Then looks you (Jace) over. "Yes abomination, as you say. The Admiral’s new toy is sadly effective, even with plantlife. I can “feel” it pulling the lifeforce from everything. It takes all honor out of this offensive…" he hisses as he puffs out his chest and shakes his head, again looking you over for a moment.

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Tyr is fascinated by the conversation, but has learned well enough at this point that Jace is best left to do the talking. As the Redscale continues to speak, Tyr hears something in his voice, something that sounds like.. disgust, when he speaks of what entechment “really does”. Shocked at the words he is hearing Tyr closes his eyes and reaches out, like he has never done towards of those of creatures since he first encountered them, feeling the Force in the area around him, thru him, thru Jace and then… (Tyr uses Sense Force, actively searching the room and the Redscale particularly)

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Tyr feels the lifeforce of the planets many natural denizens and that of Jace and oddly and shockingly discovers a force signature that is actually quite strong in the redscale, though not refined or focused effectively.

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Tyr reaches out and touches the Ssisruvi’s mind, sending one simple thought, “The Same”. As he does this, he opens his eyes and sits up, looking straight at the Redscale, locking eyes and saying " Perhaps we share more than just a extremely low opinion of your general’s new toy, Karakiss" Relaying on Jace’s translator to get that message across. He stands slowly and waits for a reaction from their captor.

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Karakiss arches his back and looks around with a slight nervousness and then locks eyes with Tyr. “Yes, indeed…” He relaxes his posture. "We must all go now, the consecration requires my presence and you wil be taken up to the fleet… but first, i have a call to make. He reaches into another larger pod and retrieves what appears to be a chiss tight beam comm unit. He activates it as he leaves the room saying over his back with a whistle “I’ll be back in a moment.” As the door opens you see a familiar black-scaled face appear in the holofeed that looks to be Sel. “I have a task for you…” Karakiss says as the door closes behind him, leaving Try and Jace alone in the room of the research station.
After a few minutes, he returns and returns the comm unit to pod where he got it from. He looks at you both, “It is time to go, gather yourselves, it is going to be a bumpy and challenging ride…”. He leads you all back to his podlike speeder and despite what he said, the trip is smooth and without trouble.

He lands the speeder on an elevated platform and you are immediately greeted by ranks of Ssi-ruuvi redscales. At the end of the rows stands two Ssi-ruuvi that dominate the platform and whose plumage surpasses that of Karakiss’ plumage, a Bluescale and a gold scale. The bluescale is clearly agitated by Karakiss who barely acknowledges the Ssi by simply saying “Admiral…” followed by a slight and half-assed bow. The bluescale emmittes a very slight hiss and snarls. The goldscale seems strangely amused by this display, shacks his head then immediately turns its gaze to Jace and Tyr.
“So these are the mammals that have been causing so much grief?” The goldscale says with a calm delight as it turns to you. “It is an honor that you both would join us in this wondrous event. With the consecration of the planet we can join in the fight honorably and without fear of our gods wrath.” He motions for you to come with him and they lead everyone to an amphitheater like structure with a pyramid-like structure in the middle. Upon entering into the open structure, Karakiss looks at you both and says, “I know of your reputation, i would not try to intervien during the ceremony, it will mean death for you both. Be patient and restrain yourself, for your people’s sake.”
The area is lined with Ssi of all colors with the gold scale, blue scale and Karakiss taking positions at the apex of the pyramid and you all at the base of the pyramid in front of the lines of Ssi. The ceremony appears to be in two parts, the first part involves a series of religious readings from a large golden plate and lasts for the better part of three hours. During intermission you notice the Admiral pull Karakiss aside and relays a quick message. Karakiss just looks at you and snarls a quick response to the bluescale, then approaches you. “You must come with me to the landing platform.” As you travel in the lift to the platform he says,“You will be put into stasis and taken up to the fleet… That is, unless you get intercepted by Chiss forces…” The doors open to show a small green scaled P’w’eck working on some data pads and prepping the shuttle. It bows to Karakiss who nods back. They put you in stasis pods to awaken to events relayed in the next acts introduction.

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