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    The four people at the front of the room could not be more different at first glance. One human woman in the robes of a Jedi Master, who had a few strands of red poking out from hair almost entirely gone to white. A middle-aged Zabrak man in a Rear Admiral's uniform. A Mon Calimari who a few of you -- those who tended to follow politics -- recognized as chairman of the Republic Senate's intelligence committee. And a second Navy officer, this one apparenlty a relatively new human Ensign, who has simply escorted all of you into the room.

    The Mon Calimari cleared his throat. "I suppose it's time to begin. I am Senator Oro; my collegues are Admiral Saric Aan of the Republic Navy, and the Jedi Master Keda Starwind. You have all been informed of the basics of why this team has been assembled. Most of you have some connection with the Jedi Order, the Republic Navy, or Republic intelligence, though some of you have recruited specially.

    "As you probably know, the city of Dintella on Imperasan 4 -- a minor Republic system near the Outer Rim -- was attacked by unknown forces four months ago. It was only after we examined the wreckage that the true extent of this threat became known."


    The Mon Calimari turned to the Admiral, who activated the holoprojecter next to him, showing a display of a bombed-out city. Then the Navy officer took over the explanation.

    "What we found when we sent a Navy team to investigate was rather confusing. There was the obvious extensive damage to the city. But beyond that, we found a fair number of destroyed war droids and other military equipment of unknown designs, some dead soldiers in armor that was similar -- but not identical -- to Mandalorian designs, and a handful of the dead civilians were not recognized by any of the survivors, and gene typing suggests they were not native to Imperasan 4. At first glance, despite the oddities, we were inclined to write this off as a particularly ambitious band of pirates, possibly with the resources to hire a small group of Mandalorian mercenaries." The Admiral said, flipping through holo-still shots on the projecter as he did. "We forwarded the incident report to the main Jedi enclave on Dantooine, but we didn't expect them to have any more ideas than we did."

    "And they did not." Master Starwind said. "However, they did put out an inquiry to certain experts, one of which was a certain retired Jedi with a certain familiarity with computer systems..." She smiled. "I was on the first transport I could find to Imperasan 4 to confirm my suspiscions. I needed to examine things more closely to be sure, but my worst fears were confirmed.

    "Only two groups in the history of the galaxy have ever been able to build machinery that draws on the Dark Side. The Rakata of the Infinite Empire -- dead and gone millenia ago -- and Karil Valera's self-styled K'ril Technomages. Oh, we could have another mad genius. But it seems more likely that some of her followers escaped us.

    "And that is why you are here. To track down these new K'ril, discover their intentions, and allow us to stop them before they make another bid to conquer the Republic."
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    The mandalorian in red and grey armor listens to all the speakers intently during the briefing. His only noticable reaction is to lean slightly forward when the Admiral mentions the near-Mandalorians found among the dead. This is why they brought me in on this. , he thinks to himself. Could that akaan'ade (army) have some connection to ba'buir (grandfather)?

    After the Jedi stops talking, Theta thinks for a few moments ordering and prioritizing his questions. Looking around to see if any of the others are going to speak up first, he quickly decides that he should just go ahead and get things moving.

    His metalic voice speaks with a slight echo from his helmet to the briefers and the others gathered for the briefing. "First things first: Do you have any idea what the objective was in hitting the city of Dintella? That might give us some clue what the overall goals might be for such a force. Secondly, if it has been four months since this attack and there have been no further attacks credited to this source, then what are they waiting for? And if the trail is four months cold, it will be difficult to pick it up and follow the trail anywhere. So is there any further intel on where in the galaxy we should start looking, or do we just go back and skim the rubble of Dintella for clues. I would think if something was to be found there you would have been able to find it by now before recruiting us."

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    Hawke stands stiffly during the briefing - he's not used to receiving orders directly from top brass.

    "Sir. Do we have any intelligence on where these K'ril might have attacked from or where they might be attacking next?"

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    "We know where they attacked next, because they already did. Smaller scale, but the same methods. You'll be heading there, where the trail isn't as cold as it is at Dintella, and you'll have complete copies of the Dintella reports from all of our analysts." The Admiral said. "It's our expectation, though, that this will just be a starting point."
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    "So are there any correlations in the targets of these attacks that analysis can use to point to the reason for them? Or is that some of what we're expected to find out to use in tracking down the K'ril? How recent was this new attack?" Theta asks.

    It's a good thing I decided to record this briefing with my holorecorder. Never hurts to have it as reference material later or to have as evidence in case they try to change the rules later and burn the hired troops.

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    The female Twi'lek leaned back in her chair while her shapely legs rested comfortably on the table before her.

    "Because I have a reputation to protect and wouldn't like having aspersions cast on it: I am in no way affiliated with the Republic or the Jedi at all. I'm merely here because someone decided this was worth it to pay my going rate, considerable as it is.

    Now, with that out of the way, has anyone here actually bothered to check whether something similar happened previously outside of the borders of the Republic?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Douane
    The female Twi'lek leaned back in her chair while her shapely legs rested comfortably on the table before her.

    "Because I have a reputation to protect and wouldn't like having aspersions cast on it: I am in no way affiliated with the Republic or the Jedi at all. I'm merely here because someone decided this was worth it to pay my going rate, considerable as it is."
    The Senator chuckled, or at least you thought he did; it was hard to tell with a Mon Calimari. "That's not percisely true. Sometimes you haven't been working for who you thought you were."

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    "Now, with that out of the way, has anyone here actually bothered to check whether something similar happened previously outside of the borders of the Republic?"
    "That's one of the things you're likely going need to check into, and one reason why the ship Mr. Hawke will be flying for you is a civillian transport. We haven't recieved any reports through official channels. It's unlikely they started within the Republic, but we haven't found any trails on that end yet." The Admiral said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drothgery
    The Senator chuckled, or at least you thought he did; it was hard to tell with a Mon Calimari. "That's not percisely true. Sometimes you haven't been working for who you thought you were."
    The Calamari's words made her sit straight at once.

    "If I have worked for individual Republic officials in the past, that doesn't affiliate me with the Republic in any way just as taking a job from Rogga the Hutt wouldn't make me part of his syndicate. I am my own Twi'lek and I like it that way, nothing more and nothing less.

    I'd even work for the Jedi if they paid my fee ... but never for that lekku-grabbing, son-of-a-lylek Jedi, whom you sent to bring me in!"


    Sianni replied with an indignant tone to her voice as her braintails silently "screamed" vile obscenities as the mere thought of the brazen human who had kept fingering her braintails sent a shiver down Sianni's lekku and back.


    "That's one of the things you're likely going need to check into, and one reason why the ship Mr. Hawke will be flying for you is a civillian transport. We haven't recieved any reports through official channels. It's unlikely they started within the Republic, but we haven't found any trails on that end yet." The Admiral said.
    Sianni rolled her eyes. Once again the Republic proved that it didn't really care about what happened outside of its borders, even if doing so could mean its own doom.

    "Let's assume for a moment that this "Dark Side of the Force" really exists and isn't just a Jedi fabrication because they needed an all-around-vindication, what's so special about such droids? Do they only function when someone is around to power them?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Douane
    "Let's assume for a moment that this "Dark Side of the Force" really exists and isn't just a Jedi fabrication because they needed an all-around-vindication, what's so special about such droids? Do they only function when someone is around to power them?"
    The Jedi's eyes flashed for a second before calming. "What is 'special' about those droids is their unusual power source, and that it is proof the K'ril are back. They are among the least of the K'ril machines." Master Starwind said. "They can function without their keepers; some of their greater creations cannot. Their version of the Star Forge, for example, needed a score of Dark adepts to keep it running; they feared making it as dependent on a single person of power as the original Rakatan one."
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    Sianni didn't really worry about the woman's reaction. After all, most Jedi acted that way when she threw their "Dark Side Myth" at them. Except for that stupid human, of course ...

    "So the only difference is they are powered by this Force instead of by standard motivators. Do they even carry blasters and how would they supply them with energy?"

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