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Chasing Shadows

Post by Cadden » Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:20 am

The Shadow Hunter burst from hyperspace, the single individual onboard busy at the controls as he guided the ship toward the planet before him. He had left the Eclipse, which he ordered to be renamed to the Harbinger, in Tarash Khel's capable hands, while he set out to accomplish his next objective alone. Any undue attention placed on the Crimson Empire itself would have resulted in unfavorable consequences to the Sith Lord, and would unravel all that which he had done in the past two years.

His empire itself was stretched thin, however. He had tasked Darth Invictus with securing Hapes, and Jay'arah was completing her tasks of stalling the developments of the Sith Empire. With his various agents operating throughout the galaxy, he had to consider not only his external threats, but also those within the ranks of the empire. And so, he had issued an order to Tarash upon his departure from the Harbinger. His inquisitor was bewildered as to why he would ask such a think, but all the same complied.

With the three forces that comprised of the Sith Triumvirate doing their own separate parts in securing victory in Trayus's Jedi Purge, and the data he found within the archives of the Onderon temple, he had come to one conclusion. Within the Jedi Order itself, there were but two people who, alone, stood a chance against him. He had already been actively hunting for Cazzik Wyn, for a chance to finally put the man down, but his searches had proven to be rather shortcoming. He lost several dark Jedi to these efforts, and after the last report of failure he opted to pull his resources from the task. But now, he had another to contend against; one Adam Sage, the new grandmaster of the Jedi Order. And it was this very individual that caused him to issue his orders to Tarash Khel.

His previous attire had been torn and smashed, due to the duel with Aaralyn on Onderon. During his trip to Charros IV, he had taken it upon himself to rectify this drawback. He had removed his old garb and replaced it with new, even going so far as to re-don his modified Mandalorian armor in its entirety. His enemies could not learn of his identity, not yet. It was too early in the game. And if they were to connect his reclaimed image to that of Taylon, then so be it.

Above all else, however, Sivter had to be killed first. While the rest of his forces would continue to carry out his will in other arenas, Darth Trayus himself would personally pursue Sivter.

He was guided by the Force, seeking out any who bore the distinctive signature he had picked up from Sivter and his cronies back on Cylon, and those aboard his ship at Alsakan. While it was faint, he had managed to sense something on the surface below. Possibly a covert agent, though he could understand why the Cult of Shadow wished to operate on this world. If they had an inside source manipulating the Xi Charrians, he could quickly see how Sivter might successfully follow through with the Charon threat.

Trayus brought the ship down in the wilderness, away from prying eyes. As he strode down the ship's boarding ramp, he opened himself to the Force, stretched out to seek out his prey. The hunt had begun.

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Post by Cadden » Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:09 pm

OOC: Halo gave me permission to perform a narrative on the majority of the thread. Therefore, this post and, possibly, the next one, will be rather... uneventful, as it were. It'll be much like my "Eye of the Storm" thread in introductory methods, I think. Basically, it'll describe what he's done is as much detail as necessary. But, given the lack of ability for me to keep on track with the rest of the events, IRL-wise, it was agreed upon that I can do it this way, so that everything falls in place properly when that time comes.

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His search on Charros IV proved to be worthwhile. He found not one, but two covert agents of Sivter's Cult on the planet, running their manipulations to help further whatever cause Sivter had for the planet and its inhabitants. While Trayus was unable to ensure the life of one of the agents, he had managed to bring the other to submission.

He had questioned the member of the whereabouts of Sivter's location. He was most unhelpful on the matter, and when the Sith Lord attempted to pull the information from the agent's mind, something unexpected had happened. The agent died. His organs had suddenly failed him, and he was now a lifeless corpse. Trayus knelt down and examined him for a moment. There was nothing worth noting of the agent's overall health.

It was a defense mechanism, he concluded. Clever. This was not something he would have put beyond Sivter in placing in his agents, which meant that he would have to find other methods to discern the information he sought.

He was able, however, to extract something. The location of another potential target. Charros IV was unlikely to see the last of the Cult of Shadow's agents, but they had temporary reprieve from the underhanded operations that they held on the world. And, if all went well, it would end in a permanent independence from Sivter and his influence.

Trayus had since returned to the Shadow Hunter and plugged in the coordinates for the relatively nearby system of Tholatin, with the planet of the same name. It was at one point attacked by the Xen'Chi, but the combined efforts of the galaxy's powerhouses managed to liberate the world from their grasp. The planet was fairly out of the way, and since its liberation from the Xen'Chi saw no real attention from the galaxy at large. The perfect place for a Cult agent to hide.

The trek to the world was uneventful, and the subsequent landing near a thin crevasse proved to be anything but troublesome. He departed from the ship, only to be met with the silence of a desolate region. Trayus narrowed his eyes from behind the visor and looked around. While it was known for the Force to be able to play tricks on even a proficient user's mind, he found it hard to believe that he was able to sense the presence of an agent of the Cult in a place no such individual existed.

His years of training as a bounty hunter and, before that, a SpecOps commando, left him reason to doubt he had been lead to a dead end. The crevasse was wide enough to allow for small ships to pass through with, possibly, some difficulty. Trayus opted to investigate the matter.

Eventually, his own theory proved to be true, as he found both cliffsides to house a series of catacombs. It seemed to be abandoned. Or purged of its previous occupants. He suspected the latter was more accurate. Trayus eventually came upon a particular cavern, which housed a rather extensive network of operations. Some of the equipment bore a very familiar symbol to him, one that brought back memories from almost ten years ago. He frowned. Impossible, was the only word that came to mind, when he saw the marking on several crates and some of the equipment.

He was interrupted when he felt the presence he sensed earlier approach him. It was fast, but not fast enough. Trayus turned just in time to see the Weequay bring about his bladed weapon. One hand came up to stop the Weequay's weapon hand, while the other arm came around to perform a swift disarm of the creature. While the tactic worked, the Weequay was skilled enough to swiftly avoid a counterattack by the Sith Lord, and summoned the blade back to his hand. Trayus brought out his own, the intimidating Soulblade, and stared at the Weequay through his faceless mask.

He brought the weapon up and sent a powerful blow down, intending to sever the Weequay's arm from the rest of his body, but the agent managed to block. The force of the blow, however, was enough to bring him to the ground. Without a word, Trayus brought his free hand up and, palm facing upward, lifted the Weequay off the ground in his moment of distraction. The following maneuver sent him flying into a series of the crates, bursting several of them open in the process. He turned slightly and approached his adversary, the only noise in the room the sound of the machinery and his boots echoing on the floor.

The Weequay got up, bringing his blade up in a defensive posture. Amused at his continuing defiance, Trayus swung Soulblade horizontally with both hands, bringing enough force for the blade to fly out of the other's hand. As the weakened Cult agent attempted to claim the weapon once more, the blade instead came to Trayus's free hand. and he looked it over for a moment before pinning the Weequay to the wall with an invisible grip. "You will tell me what I wish to know," he merely said.

The agent merely grinned, a thin trail of blood seeping from the corner of his lip. "You know not what you are dealing with," he told the other. "Once my master discovers who you are..."

"He will be dead," Trayus finished for him. He drove the Weequay's sword into his gut, narrowly missing any vital organs, and the agent let out a painful cry. Trayus looked at the creature once more. "You will tell me where Sivter is hiding."

He laughed, though it hurt to do so. "I'd... rather die," he merely said. "I do not fear you."

"Then we are done here." Trayus brought Soulblade up and drove it into the Weequay's heart. While he did not retrieve that which he sought, he had gained another piece of the puzzle. Releasing his own weapon from the Weequay's chest, he turned to the equipment inside the hollowed out rock, and opted to perform some research into another lead. Anything that would bring him to another agent.

On the console, he learned that his time was growing short. Soon, the Cult would strike once more. He considered ordering one of his fleets to assist in the battle against Sivter, but quickly dismissed that notion. It would be considered suicide, and would not bring about any gains for him. No doubt, his inaction at Alsakan must have circulated the political chain by now, and even if the Empire was not present, he doubted the Republic would have forgotten about his choices that day, either.

Additionally, it held the potential repercussions of destroying all he had built up so far.

It was not a risk he was willing to take.

He found the information he sought. Another nearby location. With time against his side, he had to hop in the same cluster of sectors, in an attempt to find what he sought. With this new information in hand, Trayus left the now-abandoned facility in search of more agents. His next stop was Deysum.

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Post by Cadden » Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:32 am

Deysum. All evidence pointed here. Trayus had touched own on the planet but an hour ago, and had gone through his records on the planet. At one point in time, it had been an Imperial fortress world. Now, it was an independent planet that fended for itself. Mercs, no doubt, holed up there and turned it into an unaffiliated world. If anyone had been manning the planetary defenses, however, they would not have noticed the Shadow Hunter's approach. The craft was equipped with an advanced stealth system, rendering it virtually invisible to anyone who inhabited the world below that may have otherwise seen him approach.

On top of that, if there were any Force users on the planet, it was unlikely they would have sensed his approach. He had been masking his presence in the Force in order to find his next target, a tactic that he believed had worked thus far. However, as he approached his destination, he had allowed the mask to lift, and whoever may have been there would have immediately taken note of his presence. Supposedly, there was some top brass in the Cult on the planet. Whether the individual was still there or not was yet to be determined, however. From what Trayus could tell about the information he gathered on Tholatin, time was running out, and he could not afford to waste it chasing someone who he could persuade to tell him what he wanted to know of Sivter's ultimate whereabouts across the galaxy.

But he also wanted his target to know he was coming. What he had gathered during his search had proven one thing... to learn the location of Sivter's base of operations, he could not force the information from the target's mind, and the target had to be willing to tell him, possibly even at the expense of his own life. Which meant that Trayus had to announce his presence before he was seen, in order to set up the situation. He was running out of time, and to make it right, this could be his last shot.

OOC: Guess we can do what we talked about from here, Halo. Or whatever. As it can clearly be seen by my (lack of) posting lately, you ought to be able to guess pretty easily that the search isn't really going to be getting much further than this.

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Re: Chasing Shadows

Post by Halomek » Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:01 pm

On Deysum, in a rundown factory, the Dark Lord Malasik waited. He didn’t look like a Dark Lord. There were no tattoos, or black cloaks, or any of the other common paraphernalia usually associated with Darksiders in evidence about him. He could have passed as a Human civilian on any of a hundred different worlds. Most people wouldn’t have bothered to give him a second glance and that was one of his biggest strengths.

Few people would have guessed that one of the most unassuming and least intimidating looking Dark Lords in the Cult of Shadow had the blood of millions on his hands. The only person who exceeded such an astounding number was Sivter himself, for Malasik was the cult’s self-titled “sociological architect.” He knew how people would act or react to varying stimuli to achieve the outcomes he wanted - most of the time those outcomes being riots.

Very few people knew about him, even within the cult, which was precisely how he liked it, but now that the War of Darkness was reaching its inevitable conclusion, he had a different matter to take care of by the name of Darth Trayus. It was clear that Sivter’s erstwhile ally was actively trying to take the Cult of Shadow down and Malasik planned to address the issue.

“He’s coming,” Malasik said to the cult members with him. “As I suspected, he catches on quick. Be sure to give him an appropriate greeting when he arrives.”

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Post by Cadden » Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:58 pm

Darth Trayus could feel the difference of emotion in the air, the Force providing him the feedback he needed to root out the suspicious. It was a feeling that he had learned to pay careful attention to since the very first day he felt it.

Those many years ago, while he was a soldier for the Empire, he made the critical error of ignoring that very sensation. He remembered the incident well. Cadden was leading a team against a Dressellian outpost during the Empire's push to occupy the system. They came under heavy firepower by a surprise ambush, effectively pinning him and his team in the middle of two fronts. He and his entire strike force would have wound up dead if it weren't for the timely intervention of their own reinforcements. As he later woke up in the medical bay, he recalled the events, and that "nagging feeling" that he had only moments before the ambush.

It wasn't until many years later that he learned what it was, but it took only seconds for him to learn to never ignore it again.

The first of the attacks was wild, possibly intentionally. Trayus sensed it immediately, and snapped his lightsaber to life. The Cult member had launched himself into the air, bringing down a simple attack against him. He brought his own lightsaber up in an aggressive counterattack, to which the cultist immediately altered his tactics before the two met. Trayus's blade met with the other's, and the Sith Lord pressed the other off of him. Another cultist came to meet him. Trayus brought his blade back and blocked the newcomer's blow with a singlehanded grip.

He doubted they expected to kill him, at least that easily. They were correct.

He brought his blade back to the first aggressor, and after meeting with a formidable defense, he twisted his blade's position just slightly, sliding it down the other's lightsaber, before a flick of a wrist resulted in a successful cho mai maneuver. The cultist was clearly not anticipating losing his hand, and his weapon, and Trayus brought his blade to slice through his chest, before bringing his attention back toward the second individual. "You are already beaten," he told the other. "Your day has come." He would not offer quarter, not here. They were not his targets; they did not have that feeling from the Force. No, they were... expendable.

The second cultist put up a better fight than the first, but in the end, it was futile, and he shared his comrade's fate as he fell to Trayus's blade. "Where are you hiding?" he wondered aloud. Trayus doubted his target was nearby, but he would not put it beyond the realm of possibility. "Are you afraid to face me?"

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Post by Halomek » Thu Nov 03, 2011 5:38 pm

“Certainly not,” a voice answered back from a comlink on the belt of one of the dead cultists. “You’ll find me in an abandoned warehouse on the other side of town. It shouldn’t be difficult for one of your skills to locate. Come alone and you’ll find me inside. Use any help and you’ll find nothing. I’m exceptionally good at disappearing and I assure you I can keep you on a wild bantha chase long enough for it to no longer matter.”

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Post by Cadden » Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:40 am

Trayus was insulted by the voice's insinuations that he would require help. All the same, it didn't matter; he had already come alone, for no other reason than to keep his exposure to a minimum. Trayus didn't waste any time, and began the search for the man. He found the warehouse in short order; it proved to be a fairly simple task, which reinforced his suspicions of what he was walking into. However, he had no other choice. Without any leads to additional cultists, it was press onward, or simple give up.

He wasn't known for giving up.

Darth Trayus entered the warehouse, and casually looked around. He entered the main room, and saw but one man, unassuming in appearance. It was the perfect way of blending in; don't look the part, and nobody would be the wiser. Trayus had to admit that even he would have a difficult, perhaps even impossible, time finding this man under less favorable circumstances. All these years gave Trayus the impression that appearances meant nothing, and would oftentimes result in one's death if taken for granted. He stayed his distance; best to test the waters before jumping in.

His time rooting out other cultists taught him the one thing he sought to learn; this memory wipe that was placed in their minds, it activated upon any information that it protected being intruded upon, either forcibly or willfully, and that a cultist would rather face death than divulge the whereabouts of Sivter's hole to him. "I seek but one thing. Share with me the location of Sivter's hiding place, and I simply leave." He didn't need to tell this one what the alternative was. He already knew.

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Post by Halomek » Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:29 pm

Malasik mentioned the alternative anyway. “Otherwise you’ll kill me?” he asked rhetorically. “I’ve already seen you in combat, so I know I can’t compete with you physically, but you must have realized by now that anyone who even tries to divulge the location of Arcanix is killed by the mind twist, so I’m dead either way. In other words, your power and skills, mighty Sith Lord, are impotent here if I so choose them to be.”

Trayus gave him a measuring glance, having caught what Malasik was implying. “If you so choose?”

Malasik walked over to a small table with two chairs, one on each side, and sat down. He gestured to the empty chair. “Have a seat, Darth Trayus, and you may just get what you came here for.”

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Post by Cadden » Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:57 pm

Trayus gave him a curious look, which dissipated through the facade his mask gave off, into obscurity. So, it was a trap. There was but one direction he could take. Forward. He kept his guard up, though he had a feeling it would become unnecessary, and proceeded to take a seat. It was uncomfortable; not the chair, but the situation. He say across the table from the one man he would meet that could give up the location of Arcanix. Yet he put up no fight. His cooperation in the matter was... unusual... to put it one way.

If he could call this cooperation. Trayus remained uncertain. Was this cultist merely playing games with him? Perhaps stalling for a moment Trayus could not sense nor comprehend? Or maybe his sole objective was to delay Trayus long enough for him to miss his goal? He was certain the man was more than apt in being able to elude him if he could escape, and Trayus wouldn't put it beyond him to have the ability to escape whatever situation he had placed himself in.

It was a curious thing, this game the cultist was playing. A curiosity that intrigued him. A cautious type of intrigue. "You tempt fate," he said, "siding with Sivter. "What do you expect will become of you when your usefulness runs out? And take it from me... your usefulness will, one day, run out."

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Post by Halomek » Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:32 pm

“You get straight to the heart of the matter,” Malasik said with a nod. “That can serve you well, but it can also blind you to other details you should have paid attention to in getting there. For example, the moment you sat down you activated a pressure sensitive trigger to a small but powerful fusion device buried underneath us. Get up from the chair or make any sudden movements and you’ll cause it to explode, killing us and half the city in the process.”

“I can also trigger it if you try and get clever,” he added. “I believe you know quite well by now that death doesn’t frighten members of the cult, so don’t test me on this. There will only be two outcomes today: either I decide to give you what you seek, or we both die and add another massacre to the list of atrocities committed by the Cult of Shadow.”

He placed his hands on the table and folded them calmly. “And I can give you that information, Darth Trayus. My special talent is having a knack for knowing how people – how their minds - will react to certain stimuli and events. I used that knowledge to refine the mind twist that has been so well implemented in the Cult of Shadow and as such I know ways to retrieve the information it protects without setting it off. If I decide you’re worthy, you’ll be given that information as well as knowledge of how to disable the bomb beneath this building.”

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Post by Cadden » Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:45 am

So, it had come to fruition. He had to admit, it wasn't the first time he had been placed in a situation not wholly unlike this type. Granted, it had nothing to do with sitting on a fusion bomb, but the details seldom mattered to him. He'd been in his fair share of life and death situations. This one was no different.

"Death does not concern me," he said. "If I die, it is of little consequence to the greater scheme of things. There are forces set in motion that not even Sivter can stop. Killing me is... irrelevant." He grinned beneath the mask. "I cannot imagine that Sivter could lay the same claim."

Trayus did not make any attempts of his own. While the part of him that housed the spirit of Rahk'neqah saw the irrelevancy in the situation, it joined the part that was yet occupied by Cadden Blackthorne in the notion that, if it was at all avoidable, that was the preferred method. Rahk'neqah was willing to acknowledge that Cadden still had his uses, and such an untimely demise would put a delay on the rest of his plans.

As such, it was mutually beneficial that he did not die. Not this day.

"This situation we're in intrigues me, however," he continued. "Do what you must. Determine my worth."

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Post by Halomek » Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:54 am

“One thing you should never do is underestimate Sivter,” Malasik said to him. “The whole reason we’re talking now is because I did that. When I joined the Cult of Shadow I never imagined he’d come so far in so little time. I thought I was just using him and his insane goals to further my own social experiments; little did I realize…”

“Now that he has the Charon under his control, my usefulness to him is limited at best and it will only be a matter of time before he disposes of me. The same can be said for much of the cult, actually, though few besides myself seem to realize it. The point is Sivter needs to be stopped before he can complete his plans.” Malasik sighed. “I fear it might already be too late, but I’m determined to try anyway. I need to know that the one I send to kill him will be up to the task. There won’t be a chance to send another if you fail.”

“Sivter’s power in the Force is formidable, but if you truly hope to kill him you’ll have to overcome his greatest weapon: his mind.” The table suddenly lit up with a holochess board. “I’ve seen some proof of intellect in you, but your thinking will have to be intricate and layered to compete with his. My skill at this game has been compared to that of a grandmaster. You’ll need to defeat me at it before we go further.”

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Post by Cadden » Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:06 pm

Trayus's eyes narrowed. A game of holochess, to determine Sivter's fate? It seemed trivial, but he could sense the point in the task before him. His seemingly straightforward tactics were nothing more than a facade. Nothing he had done was without its purpose, even this relentless search for Sivter. One could have assumed that it was all about revenge, but that assumption was far from accurate. No, Rahk'neqah knew. Perhaps one of the few, but he knew. This is greater than your foolish quest for vengeance, Blackthorne, Rahk'neqah's voice reminded him. Sivter has grown out of control. He must be stopped, or he and his Charon will destroy the whole galaxy.

"You will choose me," Trayus simply responded, looking over the holochess board as he spoke. Whether the cultist was aware of it or not, he was already formulating his strategy. "You have no other choice. And I will not fail." With those words, he made his first move, all the while considering dozens more to follow up with several steps ahead of time. The method of choice to test him was an interesting one, but the cultist's reasons gave it validity. He would play the game, and he would win.

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Post by Halomek » Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:20 pm

“That remains to be seen, Darth Trayus,” Malasik replied calmly as he studied the board. “It’s still very possible that by the end of the day, the only thing we’ll be remembered for is taking half the city with us in a mushroom cloud.” He looked up at Trayus. “You see, those who try to work against Sivter in the cult typically don’t last for very long. It’s never a question of if he’ll find out, only when. If you’re lucky, he’ll just kill you. If you’re not… well… no one really knows what happens to those who disappear save Sivter himself, but I’ve heard enough stories about him to know it’s not a fate I wish to share.”

He looked back at the board. “You see, I’ve been studying you long before you arrived here, Trayus, and I’ve pinned you as the best chance I have at seeing Sivter dead. However, if you fail my test, I would rather vaporize myself than start over because by then it will be too late.” Malasik then programmed in a move to counter Trayus’s opening gambit. “And I won’t chance the possibility of your taking me alive and putting me in some cell only to rot away while you fail and Sivter comes to collect me.”

He looked up at Trayus again. “Your move.”

***

The game ended up lasting several hours, with both men proving to be quite adept in the match, but finally Trayus was able to pull out the win. Malasik leaned back in his chair and nodded in satisfaction as he deactivated the holo pieces. “You’ve won, not as quickly as Sivter would have against me, but still within an acceptable amount of time. I would say you passed.”

Malasik rubbed his chin thoughtfully. “You can learn quite a bit about someone through a game of holochess,” he remarked. “For instance, you were quite hard for me to read at first until I realized that you’re a man of… two minds.” He narrowed his eyes as he studied Trayus. “One mind is clearly more dominant than the other, I would even guess that the goal is full integration, but you are not one being yet. Not fully.”

“Before I give you what you desire, let me impart some helpful advice: use that division to its fullest. Sivter is also one who has another mind in his head - more than one if the rumors are to be believed - but unlike you he has fully subjugated the other minds and enslaved them so that they all work unquestionably towards his goals.” Malasik put his fingers together contemplatively. “In effect this gives him more than one brain to think with. While one is working on one problem, another is working on another. I suspect this is how he’s come to be able to anticipate and prepare for almost any contingency.”

Malasik smiled a bit. “This does leave a slight weakness though. Because Sivter has so thoroughly enslaved those minds, they have no free will of their own anymore. They are completely driven by his original mind and therefore have lost the spark of their own consciousness. In other words, all those minds share the same behavior that he does.”

“You, on the other hand, may be able to take Sivter by surprise by letting your other mind take over – if only briefly. The abrupt change of tactics might throw him off just long enough for you to get in that one critical strike to kill him.” Malasik’s face was dour. “Though I should caution you that such a window would be very small, maybe only a matter of seconds, and the gambit would only be effective once before he learns to take it into account.”

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Post by Cadden » Sun Dec 04, 2011 4:13 pm

Trayus mulled over the advice that the cultist gave him. The last thing that Rahk'neqah was willing to do was grant Blackthorne control of his own body, if even for a moment. The man that sat across from him presumed to know the situation, but he was only capable of scratching the surface. He was both wise and a fool to entrust the end of Sivter to him. Wise, because he put the task in capable hands; yet foolish, because he could not begin to comprehend what such a thing would eventually lead to. No one could.

However, he also had a point. Unorthodox methods would be the most prudent course of action to take, should he bring the Defel down. While Blackthorne's body was not in its prime when he first met Sivter, Rahk'neqah was still able to see firsthand what he was capable of, and how dangerous an adversary he could be. No doubt he held his own bag of tricks that he had not demonstrated in the duel. But that was one thing they both had in common.

"Your advice will be put to use, I assure you. I need but one one opportunity, and seconds is all it will take." He paused a moment. "A man of your... particular talents... could easily find renewed purpose within my own organization." He already knew the man's answer, but that did not keep him from presenting the offer all the same. Should the offer be refused, nothing would change. Trayus was a man of his word, and they would part ways with no further incident. True, the man would simply disappear, and could easily become a rather dangerous nuisance in the future, but it was not of Trayus's concern, unless he made it his concern.

OOC: Not much... but oh well. I figure that, since Malasik set the trap, I would think it's only fitting that you're the one who concludes their little... err... meeting. :) It would look as though Arcanix is quickly approaching, so I can obviously finish this thread up afterwards.

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Re: Chasing Shadows

Post by Halomek » Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:39 pm

Malasik simply shook his head. “The only thing about your organization that interests me right now is you, Darth Trayus. Perhaps my opinion will change in the future, but that will all ultimately depend on your success against Sivter or lack thereof. Now prepare yourself for the information you seek…”

Within moments Malasik managed to mentally transfer the information he had promised to Trayus, giving him the complete coordinates to Arcanix and instructions about how to defuse the fusion bomb under his seat. Once he was done, Malasik stood up.

“I’ll take my leave of you now,” he said with a slight nod. “As you are now aware, the fusion bomb was specifically created to incorporate a ten minute cooldown time following its deactivation. Only after that time has elapsed will it be safe for you to leave your seat. By that time I will be beyond your reach. Whatever your intentions were following this meeting I’m sure you can appreciate that trust is not something one can put stock in for those who run in our circles.”

Malasik then left, leaving Trayus to deactivate the bomb alone. Although alert for some kind of trap or ambush that Malasik might have planned, it appeared as though the Cult of Shadow Dark Lord had no intentions of crossing Trayus. Once the bomb was deactivated and the ten minutes were up, Trayus cautiously stood up and found that Malasik’s promise held true. There was no explosion, meaning that he could leave and finally seek his vengeance on Sivter.

And now there was nowhere for Sivter to hide…

OOC: There we go. Done on my end if you want to make a post to wrap it all up.

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Re: Chasing Shadows

Post by Cadden » Mon Dec 05, 2011 7:22 pm

Trayus grinned. He should have expected as much from the man. It was of little consequence to him, however. He had the information he sought, and now it was time to fulfill a promise.

He ventured out of the warehouse and made his way back toward his ship, all the while using the information he was given to formulate his plan to bring the Defel down. One did not simply fly to Arcanix. Its space was guarded by more than just Cultists. There was evil there that did not sleep, and Sivter remained ever watchful. It was a barren wasteland, riddled with fire and ash and dust, the very air breathed was a poisonous fume. Not with ten thousand men could this be done. It was folly.

It would have to be meticulous in nature, and very discreet. Trayus ultimately decided that anything more than a singular infiltration would easily draw the attention of the Cult of Shadow on whoever entered Arcanix's space, which meant it called for a one-man operation. It would prove the best opportunity for him to test the full effectiveness of both his Shadow Calling technique and the Shadow Hunter's stealth capabilities.

The trek back to his ship was uneventful. The Cult agent proved to be true to his own word as much as Trayus was. As Trayus boarded his ship, he considered the options at his disposal. In the end, the man's advice to him seemed unavoidable, and perhaps it would still work to his advantage. Cadden still wished to see Sivter dead, and if Rahk'neqah could put a blockage on the amount of control Blackthorne had, then he could still maintain his own plans with little distraction from the otherwise imprisoned soul.

The ship lifted off the surface, and Trayus began to work the coordinates he was provided. Now he just needed an entry plan. No doubt the allied forces that rallied against the Defel would be converging on his location soon, provided they win the battle at Mon Calamari. They wouldn't trust him enough to participate in the assault, not after what he was forced to do at Alsakan. But perhaps they could provide a useful enough distraction to where he can break through the Cult's defensive perimeter with little effort. It was all about timing, but timing was something that both sides of the persona of Darth Trayus had plenty of experience in. It was the only viable option, he figured, and so Trayus had no other choice but to bide his time. He would have to prepare the Shadow Hunter for the jump to lightspeed, but it would have to match the departure of the allied fleet from Mon Calamari.

If his informant was still alive in the system, then he would be the critical key to ensuring Trayus's success in the matter. This seemed unlikely to be the case, if what he had learned about the battle held any hint of truth. But he was running out of options. Trayus opened the secure communications channel reserved for the Inquisitorious, directing the transmission toward Mon Calamari. With luck, he would get a response.

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