Leeloo, Kal & Kelborn are on Cathar. Z-10’s are in the background as they standing on a yellow grassy hill. A large egg resting next to them. In the distance ahead is a battled wrecked Vert’ax City-Tree situated near the ocean. This is where the blood of thousands of peaceful and surrender Cathar were executed by the Mandolarian Neo-Crusaders only months ago.
Kelborn is especially grim and inpatient. Leeloo knows that they must dig a deep hole in the ground and bury the egg so it’s not disturbed until it hatches. Kal lends a hand in the digging. As the egg is nestled safely Leeloo touches minds with it to wish its species well.
Back at the Z-10s, Algar Gands is awake and gives his thanks for breaking him out of Mithus Cleez’s employment, he was a prisoner and was never going to be released. He does ask, “Who do I thank for getting me out, is it Fueru Nocti or Lady Klaw?” Leeloo quickly corrects him on calling Lady Asha Kawa by that name.
Next is Leeloo and Algar Gands entering the old Kaptoni Theater in the Uscru entertainment district of Coruscant. The Bothan bartender Jorgath, buzzes Leeloo through. Algar takes in the splendor of the theatre turned night club including Klaw’s handsome gold plated security men and a lovely waitress delivers a bottle of amber liquid and two glasses. Lady Klaw warmly welcomes Algar into her employment and after he fumbles over his words readily she effortless passes him off to her assistant a tall handsome Zeltron male named Rendo to get cleaned up and sign a contract of employment.
Alone Klaw comments on Leeloo’s appearance and notes that it was no easy task and warns Leeloo that Vilmok Foss Tango Base on Cydies is run by Base Commander Rudo Keller and he has suffered a great embarrassment. One he will likely not forget. Leeloo shares info about the Grinder’s private contract with an dead or alive price. Klaw is surprised, but is sure it wasn’t her competitor Nocti, he wouldn’t want Gands dead. Regardless she is impressed by Leeloo and says, this is a good first step in repairing their relationship.
Kal returns to Senator Eva Cana’s apartment. Kal speaks to her assistant So’nita Corv, who explains that Eva is not doing well, she hasn’t left her bedroom in two days and is hardly eating. She had a meeting with Senator Tyan Duna and was upset after, but it got worse the next day when the Galactic Senate Governmental Affairs committee had suspended Eva’s senatorial powers pending a full mental and physical evaluation. They’ll decide to lift or extend the suspension in one month. It was based on her memory loss and mental facility, they don’t want another Cado Reave incident.
Kal goes to Eva and attempts to rouse her from her self-imposed isolation in bed. Not wanting to burden her with his recent ordeal he allows her to believe he was on a relaxing vacation. They talk about old times and reminders her that their shipborne people overcome great loses and never give up. To get Eva to eat he promises to cook some proper food for her. While Eva is freshening up Kal bakes some of his famous spiced gravos bread which perks up Eva’s mood. Dressed casually in a short changing robe Eva joins Kal at the kitchen table and they talk about old times in medical school. Eventually the conversation dies down as the shadows of recent events cascades across her mood. Quiet once more she thanks Kal for everything and excuses herself back to bed.
Elsewhere on Coruscant at the Draay Estate Hazeen and Padawan Lavhan Tala are meeting:
A male Jedi Knight enters the High council chamber of the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Seated are Masters: Doe-nar, Felsha, Andor, Kodo-Toa & via Holo image Vandar Tokare. Knight Sedare is walking in the middle of a discussion, apparently not a closed session.
Jedi Knight Sans Sedare is there to request assignment for the capture of Night Sister Redora. The council was going to appoint Galen Neros as soon as he returns to Coruscant from his current assignment. Sedare is questioned by the council on why he would be best suited. The council is eventually swayed by Knight Sedare’s arguments, he is not the best choice to take down Redora, but certainly will be better suited then Knight Jax to study a Kwa Star temple if found. Also Knight Galen is not available at the moment and the Senate is pushing for progress. Knight Sedare is given the assignment on a probation period.
The next day at the Jedi Temple Corraun meets with Leeloo just as she is exiting the Kolto tank. He asks what trouble she has been getting into. Leeloo says it best she doesn’t tell. Corraun tries to convince Leeloo not to travel with Kelborn, he is a mandolarian promising to kill her. Leeloo responds that she needs all the help she can get and Kelborn as another reason to help. Corraun tries to get more out of Leeloo, but says she can’t trust he won’t share it with the Jedi Council. Corraun does his best to try and convince her that the less secrets she keeps the more the Order can help. She makes a remark about the order being sexist that she was kicked out of the order for breaking the rules while he was promoted to knighthood. Corraun points out that sexism is the Sisters way, not the Jedi. Leeloo changes the subject asking about the star sector research. Corraun explains that a new Jedi Knight has been assigned and he was just on his way to brief him.
Corraun and Leeloo met Knight Sans Sedare for the first time. Sans appears warm and respectful to Knight Jax and a little indifferent to Leeloo. Jax explains that he and Padawan Ran Dayble first narrowed down the list of planets and habitable moons within the five possible sectors from 211 to 157 based on atmospheric similarities to Dathomir. From there they spent the last several days examining archives for any mention of temples with in all knight records and reports over the last millennium, Even Sage Master Ru Bailio lent a hand from time to time. They found a lot of false leads, which upon further research proved to be ruled out in later reports.
They did manage to narrow the search by eliminating 21 planets based on full and thorough surveys which have occurred over this time period. Leaving 136 possible worlds:
The Five Sectors & # of possible worlds:
Lantillian Sector, in the Mid Rim. Has 6 possible systems: Bynarria (9), Dulathia (11), Gizer (6), Lantillies (15), Ondara (2) & Tarivo (6) Total 49.
Corva sector, Outer Rim Territories. Has 7 different systems; possible systems and planet each: Betha (9), Galaan (7), Hakara (5), Oricon (4), Trascor (9) & Xantar (3) total: 37
The Bozhnee sector. Outer Rim Territories. Has 4 possible systems: Belsavis (6), Brodogon (9), Gamib (6), Sibilaar (8). Total: 29
The Colonies, specifically the Tapani Sector. Total: 9, could be only any of their nine
Atrivis Sector, northern outer rim territories. Has 6 possible systems: Devon (1) Fedje (5), Gree Baaker (1), Mantooine (2) Nam’ta (2) & Shar’ack (1). Total: 12
A list has been put together recommended with sectors & systems to check first. It’s based on a metrics of factors including isolation, distance from common trade routes, which would make it more possible to have already been discovered. Then factored with a rating scale based on similar climate and atmospherics.
Even with this research it’s obviously an overwhelming task. The habited sectors will take considerable legwork of reviewing their maps and surveys, and that is once you’ve navigating through the government’s’ bureaucratic networks.
Searching the un-inhabited worlds for a single structure will also be time consuming. Each world could take weeks or more based on size and terrain.
While Knight Sedare and Leeloo are out searching, Padawan Ran Dayble and Corraun will contact the inhabited worlds via holo and attempt to get access to their local records, as much as time allows them with their required temple duties.
Regarding searching uninhabited or governed planets. Corraun used his military contact Emlik Corcer for some assistance. The Republic Military has a prototype device designed to detect hidden or “cold” enemy bases on even the most difficult terrain of planets. Corraun had convinced them to allow the taskforce under a Jedi Knight’s supervision use the prototype for a few months. They’ll use it as a field test and will be sending along three technicians to operate it and monitor testing.
The Prototype is called Hyperionics Ranged Transductor Scanner Model HRTS-01 or affectionately called the Hyperion Scanner.
Typical planet scanners search for concentrated EMF and energy radiation signatures that a computer is pre-programmed to classify based on a large category of normal sentient uses. This along with thermographic imagining allows for the detection of most sentient and non-sentient life forms. These scans can be performed in 20 to 220 minutes on average.
When it comes to finding cities or a large energy consuming factory it works great, But when the military needs to locate an enemy fortification it falls short. The scans take considerable longer and if the base is well insulated or detects the scan attempts coming and goes dark it is nearly impossible to detect, beyond short range high powered scanners.
This prototype uses a hyper-ultrasonic sound waves through hyperionics technology to create 3D mapping and detect density variations. Looking at an image looks like 3D stippling drawings, difficult to make out with the human eye, but with the special part is the unique algorithm it can/should be able to read, isolate and make sense of the billions of hypersonic bounce back readings per millisecond. Allowing it to identify structures in dense coverage.
Earlier on Coruscant Kal is around when a frustrated Eva wants to go see Tyan Duna, even though she is suspended. Kal accompanies with her. They are politely asked to wait for Senator Duna who is in a meeting. Rumors are that at the next senate hearing a vote for war against the Mandolarians will be held and now after the events of Cathar there is a chance it will pass.
After waiting over an hour, Tyan’s office door opens and he is politely dismissing a bearded man in colorful robes that viewers would recognize from Episode #79 as his personal chronicler, quick introductions as are made between Eva Cana and Geaton Pham. Tyan hardly acknowledges Kal as a person.
Senator Cana is cold to Tyan and after Kal’s speech to her she is very motivated to do something productive while suspended. The first attack and sheer power of Redora and the Night sisters is fresh on her mind and a threat to the Republic. She insists on helping with the task force for finding Redora, learning from logs that she and Tyan both were doing so before his new office posting.
Tyan protests reminding her she is suspended. Eva mentally recites articles to the contrary; According to article 4V6 section 32.b her suspension only includes restrictions to voting, joining any new committees or postings. The suspension of sitting on existing committees that possess the following responsibilities: Senate oversight of appropriations and/or funds, foreign relations with any recognized government. Which means until Redora forms articles of government recognized by the Republic, then Eva can stay on the task force she was previously assigned to, even if it was in name only as the nominator of the committee. Tyan attempts to talk her out of it as a friend and looks to Kal for support, but he backs up Eva. Tyan is forced to conceded and make it official.
Sans and Leeloo have a chance to speak on the way to the star port. He comments on the oddity of her working with a mandolarian. Sans further makes it clear that he is in charge of this mission. At the star port they meet Kelborn and immediately butts heads with Sans.
At the docking bay they see the Rogue Star awaiting them. Kal and Eva are already there along with three plain clothes military techs just finishing the install of the Hyperion Scanner.
The three republic techs; Lakke Deming, Fenn Iris, & Pok Mayten have already been there for some time installing the Hyperion Scanner. Kal and Eva have met them already. A uniformed Commander named Roget is shocked to see a Mandolarian Bounty Hunter is going to be traveling with this military prototype. Knight Sedare plays the Jedi card and assumes full responsibility for its protection and secrets.
Leaving Coruscant and heading to the Lantillian sector in the Mid Rim. Should take 1.75 days to reach the sector. Pok Mayten sets a policy for one of the techs to be with the Hyperion Scanner at all times since a mando bounty hunter is on board. Lakke and Fenn don’t seem as concerned. Things are awkward between Eva and Leeloo who try to avoid each other.
Kal and Leeloo spend a good amount of time with Lakke and Fenn learning about the scanner. Leeloo learns that Fenn was one of the developers of Hyperion and before that he was a “Knocker” in the navy which he had to explain is a radar tech who specializes in detecting enemy vessels. Also that Pok is new to the unit, he joined shortly before leaving Coruscant. Leeloo playfully flirts with Fenn, but it eventually becomes obvious to her that he has long term feelings towards Lakke. Knight Sans attempts to get to know Kal and Kelborn. While speaking to Kal inquires about his mission come up, which Kal explains is to protect Senator Cana.
They reach the Bynarria system on time. There are 9 possible worlds to scan. Fenn and Lakke are excited to test out the Hyperion Scanner. The initial scanning of an average size planet can be completed in 20 hours. It takes Hyperion longer to filter out the images and identify hidden structures. This time is dependent by the terrain and how unique the structure they are searching for. Hyperion is preprogramed for common military structure shapes, but it’ll have to learn more to quickly scan for different shapes. It takes Hyperion an additional 19 hours on the first planet Cerwot, to identify seven irregular shapes with in its heavily jungled terrain.
The techs need to land near by these possible points and take out a hefty 40 pound slave unit to take local seismic signals to better help Hyperion learn the terrain and materials for filtering. Pok stays with the ship. Eva insists on going along much to Knight Sedare’s dismay. Kal and Leeloo back up her decision. In the dense jungle they have to land several km away and then trek to the first anomaly which proves to just be natural rock formation covered by dense vines. They trek back and can search one more location before it’s too dark.
That evening Sans speaks with Eva and suggests she not leave the ship as its too dangerous and he’d much rather have use of the cyborg for completing the mission opposed to having to protect her.
The scanning of planets continues day after day and becomes somewhat routine. Eva and Leeloo are eventually forced to speak. Eva congratulates Leeloo and wishes she and Tyan will be very happy together. Leeloo shocked asks if Tyan has told her this. Eva explains when she woke up she immediately went to see Tyan assuming their relationship would have grown over the time she can’t recall. Eva was devastated to learn that Tyan had turned her away. Eva recalled how affectionate Tyan has been to Leeloo and combined with some things he said it was obvious that his heart belongs to Leeloo. Surprised by all of this Leeloo did not correct her. Leeloo did mention that over the time Eva lost she was Leeloo’s best friend. It was Eva’s turn to be surprised and unsure what to say.
Knight Sans Sedare invites Kelborn to a sparring match, lightsaber vs. beskar sword. Sans gives Kelborn the first move. Kelborn not unfamiliar with the fighting style of Jedi having observed Leeloo, Tala and Corraun on Dathomir, decides to move in aggressively forcing Sans to adopt a defensive stance. Instead Sans leaves himself open for the attack, but at the last fraction of a second strikes his twin white bladed sabers holding them at Kelborn’s throat before he could even swing. Kelborn respected such a risky maneuver and learned that Knight Sedare is not afraid to win or lose in a single move. Kelborn expresses his respect and concludes that Sans must be a true killer at heart. Sans denies it and gives Kelborn a un-sportsmen-like insult before leaving. Kelborn states he has never gained and then lost so much respect for someone in such a short amount of time.
One night Leeloo overhears Eva watching the holo vid of her blaster incident at the senate and literally feels Eva’s pain as she is watching it for the first time. Leeloo desperately wants to go to her friend and hold her, but can’t. She tells Kal who checks on her.
Nearly two weeks has gone by with moving to system after system in this sector. The scanning process is gradually getting faster as Hyperion learns, but has become more of a tedious process. Kal continues to offer plugging into the slave units to help speed up the process, but is politely turned down every time. There has been a few scrapes and bruises from terrain or plant life. The few times there has been a predatorily critter it has been scared away with a blaster shot or sent away by Leeloo. Lakke has been working on a way to better stabilize the com signals to save time. Sometimes they get a little static and connection issues, which is reestablished in minutes. The cons of using a prototype.
Today they finds themselves in the Ondara System and have already scanned the planet Jars’frem. Three anomalies are detected and the Rogue Star is set down 10 Km from the second one. Fenn has been getting worried about Lakke’s safety and trying to get her to stay more often on board the Rogue Star. This didn’t go over well and was compromised with them taking turns.
Kal, Leeloo, Kelborn, Knight Sedare, plus Fenn & Pok are in the field on this trip. During a routine stop for testing they lose connection with the Rogue Star. Fenn wants to give it time for Lakke to reestablish coms, the pinging between Hyperion and the slave unit is still active. After several minutes they hear a ship approach, then realize it’s not the Rogue Star or even a transport, the engine whine is too high pitched. Its three armored speeders that open fire.
Fenn is afraid and Leeloo leaps to his side to protect him. Pok Mayten seems calm under fire and kills a gunner. Kal and Kelborn work together to take down the other gunners, while Jedi Knight Sedare works completely independent. At one point Leeloo leaps into an armored speeder and slays the driver, but the velocity of the speeder is too great and she crashes with it into the trees. She is stunned. Kelborn rushes to her aid and pulls her from the wreckage before it explodes. The last of the three speeders retreats.
As the smoke clears only one injured and unconscious attacker remains. Sans starts searching for something to tie him up with. Pok mentions that these speeders came from the direction of the Rogue Star. Concerned about the Hyperion he starts running in that direction. Kal, Kelborn and Leeloo all give chase. Sans remains with Fenn and the slave unit in hopes of questioning the prisoner.
Leeloo and company reach the clearing where the Rogue Star was parked. It’s gone, but in its place are two Verpine Bat starfigthers and a heavy transport called Razor Three. Leeloo recognizes the symbol on the ship as Davian Raxus’s symbol. The armored speeder is there and the Raxus pirates have fortified themselves. A total of 10 pirates, four AR-9 Assault droids, one parked speeder with a laser cannon and lead by a pirate with a disruptor pistol. Fearing that the Rogue Star is getting further and further away the group doesn’t wait for Knight Sans to catch up. They attack the pirates.
Leeloo leads the charge and is grazed by a droid’s blaster rifle shot. Pok moves to cover and using a stolen pirate carbine opens fire. Kal and Kelborn lay down suppression fire as Leeloo moves against the pirate leader. During the fight with the pirate leader Leeloo is shot by an assault droid. This goes unnoticed by Kal and Kelborn for several seconds. The pirate leader takes her lightsaber and runs his verpine vibro-sword into her chest, which final gets the attention of her allies.
Knight Sedare reaches the clearing and joins the fight, but once again positions himself to work alone. With the added distractions the focus is taken off of Leeloo giving her time to come to once more. She gets up with a quiet fury and drops two pirate and an assault droid in less than three seconds. Kal shoots the leader to the ground while Kelborn immobilizes with his Beskar sword. Kelborn picks up the disruptor pistol turns the pirate leader to ash.
With the battle over Kelborn comments on how much he likes the disruptor. Kal points out that it’s illegal in all civilized worlds for a reason. Leeloo tells Kelborn to drop it. He refuses and Leeloo tells him for now he can’t use that on anything other than a droid. Sans looks displeased, but with time working against them they search the transport and table the conversation for another time.
Kal checks the transport’s computer. He learns it’s a modified KZ12 Kuat Drive Yard heavy transport. No record of where the Rogue Star was taken. Fenn catches up with the slave unit and is horrified to learn that both Lakke and Hyperion were taken. At Leeloo’s request he activates the slave unit to see if he can ping Hyperion. He can, but needs time to calculate the math on distance. Without asking permission Kal inserts his S-Comp connector and does the calculating in seconds. The Rogue star is in space and getting further way, but not in hyperspace yet. Sans and Leeloo jump into the faster Bats while Kal pilots Razor Three.
Once in space Fenn using his skills as an expert “knocker” uses the ships scanners and detects six ships incoming. Kelborn welcomes it saying ”Good it saves us the trip.”.
End of session.
Important Introductions & Firsts:
Planted a Queen Bardukoid egg on Cathar, Rendo, Jedi Knight Sans Sedare, Commander Roget, Corporal Lakke Deming, Corporal Fenn Iris, Specialist Pok Mayten. The ship Razor Three. The planets Cerwot & Jars’frem.