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  1. The Geomancer's Retreat!

    Morgana listened, merely observing with intrigue at the butchery before her and hearing the words that Cambul and Kev spoke about. This spirit was already beginning to pique her interest long before this came and now that it had, she had to confess that she could make for a powerful ally. As long as they didn't try to possess her, but rather somebody who would've hindered if given the chance, the Sith Lady called Vious or Ryleya could make for a powerful ally. What a formidable weapon she could become if Morgana could simply channel her in a direction that would help her plans in simultaneity to weakening her to a point where Morgana could own and enslave her to her will. If she could just find the secret to controlling this spirit and making it her weapon, she knew she would not only become a more powerful Sith than even her former Master, Darth Inferis, could've imagined but she would no longer have need of an apprentice. But if she learned something that, more especially, could enhance her longevity then her apprentice could be useful in another manner. She could use her apprentice to make herself even more powerful as she had originally hoped for when she had challenged and killed Lord Inferis, confirming the passing of the mantle that he had held during her training. Sadly, the poor old Bith was no longer alive and the dead served no purpose to the living as much as the weak were meant by nature to serve while the strong would rule over them. Now, she had to focus on something more ancient than him in fact, probably as ancient as the Empire itself from the descriptions she'd been given by Cambul and Kev. When Cambul answered Kev's question about his longevity by saying he had good swordsmanship, she smirked: her master had been the finest lightsaber duelist she'd ever seen yet still she had killed him... there simply had to be more to the cyborg's survival than his skill. She was snapped out of her thoughts by the laughing of the mercenaries that were approaching and she didn't need to be told to flee as Cambul and Kev made a tactical retreat of their own. However, Morgana decided she would move ahead of them and used Force-imbued speed in order to pass them and see if the path was clear before she would allow them to continue. She figured that if she could stop or distract any mercs approaching on the path ahead of them, then Cambul and Kev could escape their notice long before the ones they fled from had caught up with them. But there was still nothing other than the mercs behind them though she sensed a familiar presence: the Mute was behind the doors that she had almost rammed herself into with her brief burst of Force Speed though she stopped herself, centimeters in front of it. Then she ushered Cambul and Kev forward, gesturing with her head toward the doors and when they arrived, she explained why. "The Mute is behind here and if he is in better health than I fear he is, he could be one more Force-sensitive who can fight with us. Hm... Cambul, you and I will stand guard, dealing with any mercenaries who approach while Kev uses the Mute's lightsaber to find a way in and greet the Zabrak. If he is greeted with the face of Kev before either of us, he maybe more inclined to cooperate and collaborate for all our survivals than if one of us entered instead. Think you can handle that job alongside me, cyborg?" Morgana asked as she handed the cane which carried the Mute's lightsaber to Kev so that he could use it while she relied on her own pair of blood-red blades and Cambul likely readied his own.
  2. The Geomancer's Retreat!

    After Morgana cleared the way for Cambul and Kev to come through, she hung back and watched with intrigue as Cambul interrogated the dying soldier to find out what Mr. Prosper's goals were. She found it extremely interesting that Kev would be so obsessed with destroying Mr. Prosper that he would pistol-whip the trooper, telling her that he was far better to have as an ally then as an opponent. But the soldier said that Mr. Prosper wanted to resurrect his son, had been promised the return of his child by dreams in return for the body of Li Whitewolf. Was it possible that the spirit that lingered here had chosen to possess something in this temple until it found a worthy body to possess, returning to the galaxy when it found its body. It was interesting that this spirit had an interest in her apprentice although why it had selected her was a mystery, perhaps it was because of her more animalistic connection to the Dark Side of the Force. She wanted to know just what the nature of this spirit was and if there was a possible way to destroy it. Typically speaking, Sith spirits had to bind themselves to some inanimate object like their sarcophagi or their nearby pottery. The witch watched as Cambul led Kev to a safer area, preferring to be left to her thoughts after the mercenaries were taken care of at any rate. Perhaps there was a way to communicate with the spirit, make it a bargain so that it had a body but she still had her apprentice. She was curious to see what this spirit could teach her, in case there were unique ceremonies that remained beyond even the Dark Council. Oh what it would be like to know something that escaped even the ancient Sith Emperor who had led the Empire out of the shadows and brought the Republic and the Jedi to its knees. If only that kind of power were possible, Morgana knew it wasn't, but one could dream and it was in the nature of the Dark Side to crave and lust for power beyond the limits of one's flesh and blood. When Cambul returned, he told her that the spirit was way beyond the level of someone like Morgana which was something she was aware of. She had calculated the possibility that the spirit was more powerful than her and would likely endeavor to possess her if it had found her worthy enough. But she still had an ace up her sleeve, someone who could be persuaded to reach for the stars in return for revenge against those who wronged him: Seth. If she could persuade the spirit to consider the possibility of possessing Seth al Ugolio instead of Li, she would keep her apprentice and simultaneously calculate the power and cunning of the spirit in question. On top of that, she would be ridding herself of a potential liability to her apprentice's training and if she spared him when Morgana forced them to fight to test their skills against one another as she hoped, then he would have to be disposed of in some other ways. Of course, she didn't tell Cambul about Seth nor did she feel like she needed to tell him her plan in its entirety even if she could let a little bit of it out right now. "I think I have a card that would interest the spirit. It wants a body to possess and I might have a subject worthy of its attention, should I find a way to communicate with it without it trying to possess me. I'm curious to see its true nature, curious to see if it can be persuaded to be friend or foe but enough talk, we must retrieve Kev," she said, the last statement an agreement about his comment of sticking together. The only thing that unsettled her was that Cambul was uncertain about his memory with whether this place was booby-trapped or not. She did agree that "anything weird" needed to be run for or killed but little did Cambul realize that Morgana had not yet revealed her full power. It was her wish to keep it that way in case Cambul would betray her after they escaped this place, tried to kill them or stop her from her designs when collaboration was no longer a necessity. Let him think that she was a mere Dark Jedi or maybe just a little powerful if he wished, she would prove him wrong if it came to blows between herself and the cyborg. Besides, she had one edge on him already: his machinery made him vulnerable to Force electricity and if she got a good hit on him, he would go down like a pile of tin cans. She, on the other hand, could still power on through with enough rage if a storm of lightning was brought against her or deflect with her lightsaber which presented another advantage: Morgana had no limitations (save biology) to the speed of her dueling whereas machinery was usually cumbersome and heavy when duelists acquired them. Without even realizing it, she was already sizing up Cambul and assessing the possibility of the spirit's superior power.
  3. The Geomancer's Retreat!

    Morgana watched as the cyborg deactivated his lightsaber then listen around for anything wrong, confirming her suspicions that they weren't alone down there. At first, she thought he was growing rather bothersome with his comments about the mercenaries but when he mentioned Krath, her interest piqued once again. She didn't know much about anything Krath beyond the fact they were ancient but the fact that he did meant she was right to believe that this temple held value of some sort, especially with his warning she wouldn't want whatever was within. She also noted Kev's surprising ability to observe that something was wrong when the passage was left unguarded by any staff of Mr. Prosper's. It was her own suspicions that they were entering a trap but when they looked at her and asked her about the lightning, she realized she might have had a little problem. "Whether I can use lightning or not, Kev, the cyborg forgets that if I hit him I could fry him faster than I could destroy any of the soldiers. Seeing as we still need use of him to survive, lightning is too risky, especially considering the setting. However, I do believe you have a point about something: Cambul, if you have the shielding you'll take the bulk of blaster fire and make them think you came alone. "While they focus on you, I will use Force Sight to see how many there are then Force Speed to destroy them all as well as Choke or the lightsaber. While more elaborate, it will guarantee that Cambul isn't fried into charred metal bits and the time will allow Kev to see if he can find another way for us to circumnavigate this passage, perhaps a crawl space where he can access a control panel to aid our cause," Morgana said. To be fair, she had a point about what she said: lightning was too risky in these kinds of corridors if the cyborg wanted to avoid being blasted into oblivion or risk it, even if she had indeed known how to use Force Lightning (of which, she wasn't sure). In these kinds of quarters, the risks were too costly for Cambul and even if it meant more effort on her part, it would save his life to avoid using lightning if possible. Then she informed him that she was ready for whatever came in next, deciding that it was time to see if she could act on what she had offered to do, using Force Sight to scan the area ahead of them as soon as the door opened. So far as she saw with the Sight, none of the accomplices coming for them had slugthrower blasters but considering that she hadn't had a good look at what such blasters looked like, it was entirely possible that they still had them. Still, she saw there was about twenty or twenty-two of them and that Cambul would have to be really good about distracting them with the clip they had for her to work her plan out. She would also need a running start in order to circumnavigate him, hence why she had wanted Cambul to stall them long enough for her to use the Speed against them. Besides that, she also needed to plot out the best path possible for smoothest access to all the men as well as a means of finding out if there was deeper passage at the same time that she was killing these men. "Kev, you hold onto the Mute's lightsaber and see if you can use it on anything that gives us an advantage: perhaps to give us access to deeper parts of the temple or least give us eyes that can see ahead of us," Morgana said. Then she found the path that she was to take, noticing that she needed to swerve to the right to start with in order to kill the most possible then zigzag accross to deal with the remaining eight or nine warriors in order to be the best assistance to Cambul. She wanted to avoid the Lightning if she could and, besides the fact that she wasn't sure if she could conjure it in any event and combined with the fact she didn't want to reveal these limitations to either one of them, this was the best she could do. So she let Cambul go ahead and take the bulk of the blaster bolts which looked like the type that could be deflected given the red bolts and the slim build of them as well, unlike the Devils of Mustafar's slugthrower blasters which had several green bolts when they flew. So she scanned once again to see if anything had changed which made it delightful when she saw that there were no changes at all. Therefore, she plotted her path then coursed it after several minutes of Cambul taking heavy fire. Within moments, she had her lightsaber out and cutting the minions in two or three pieces, taking down each man in a matter of moments before any of the left side half had registered what had happened to their friends. When she came for them, they were a little more prepared for her but it was then that the true nature of her strategy came to life: in destroying their friends, she made them divide and scatter their fire across the land on which they fought. By doing that, they weakened their assault on Cambul and opened themselves to destruction from her and Cambul at the same time as well which meant that they would be too weak to stop both when the time came that they were needed. By the time the others were dealt with, about a dozen or so minutes had passed but time was nothing of consequence when Morgana had Force Speed and could get herself out of the temple at any given moment, if that was what was called for. At the moment though, she needed to be patient and let Cambul take the lead once the minions of Mr. Prosper had been destroyed. Speaking of the minions, she decided she needed to see if Kev had found out anything at all about what was ahead or at least had an idea of what they could expect ahead. If nothing else, maybe he finally had a practical use after all when she had previously only spared him strictly because she controlled her apprentice better with Kev alive than dead. If nothing else, should he have failed her on this account, he could tell her apprentice that he had perished on the way out of the temple, giving his life so that his mother could be free of her enemies: it would certainly be in touch with how kids like him might have normally reacted to this situation and the general childhood desire to please the parent whenever they could.
  4. The Geomancer's Retreat!

    When Morgana heard Cambul describe the lightsaber in detail, she wasn't surprised he was able to see things like the sea salt. That said, she was more impressed with the fact that he recognized each detail for what they were and confirm her suspicions that the Mute was on the run from something. It was possible he was on the run from the Jedi with which she had no trouble helping people escape, having done so in return for favors before. A couple even had the makings of great soldiers and warriors, those such people being saved by being turned over to contacts of hers that introduced them to the Empire. Still, she knew better than to believe she couldn't watch herself around Cambul the cyborg, whether he helped her out or not. She was thinking about how best to eliminate him if the event should be necessary and figured out that lightning (even Force Shock) could cause the cybernetics to short circuit if the volts could just land on him. But she figured this out mere moments before the lights went out, the only lights being seen in the darkness being green eyes from Cambul. When he mouthed "behind you" to her, she had thought she sensed something suspicious in the seconds before but had it confirmed. So she used Force-enhanced speed to whirl in a half circle, igniting the Mute's lightsaber as she whirled then swung it across, a red mist forming to confirm blood and the classic orange-yellow singe of the lightsaber with enough momentum to throw the upper half completely off the pelvis of the person she likely sliced in two. When she held her lightsaber in the likely landing area of the upper half, the head was sheltered by the helmet of a Devil of Mustafar. She heard the clicking of two more blasters and Force-choked the nearest man, shattering his neck before throwing him into the third person with enough force to break bones on both their parts. Judging by the angle of the landing, she might have given them both skull fractures which worked perfectly for her advantage. "Devils of Mustafar, where there are these three, there will be more! Find us a way further into the temple now, Cambul! Kev, hold onto the Mute's lightsaber and return it to him on the first chance that we find him: we may also need someone to slice down a door with a blade while Cambul and I make a stand so better to entrust it to you," Morgana snapped. To be fair, she had a good point: Kev was the least experienced of them all and would likely fall first among them in any event. Cambul was the most experienced but even Morgana had enough experience to deal with paid mercenaries like the Devils of Mustafar. Cambul even had a blaster already which meant they had that much more of an edge than if they were just relying on lightsabers, Morgana's force powers heightening their ability to fight back. Besides that, Kev and Morgana both had experience under the attack of the Devils of Mustafar with the latter being able to use that experience to fight back against the mercs and find help. Now was the time to start using it and she thought she had a way she could do just that, starting with these first three as they journeyed further into the darkness with Cambul guiding them through the temple even in the darkness.
  5. The Geomancer's Retreat!

    Morgana listened to what Cambul had to say, listened to the bickering between Cambul and Kev which made her think a highly illogical conclusion. Normally, she would've sided with one of them, having found that Kev was cunning enough to perform a feat such as he described. Indeed, he had the tenacity to pull of his desire for revenge against Mr. Prosper, a desire that Morgana had no problem helping him fulfill. Why would she if it meant one less enemy on her tail as well as that of her apprentice as opposed to one more? But still, she had to settle the argument between Cambul and Kev with the idea that she hatched. "Enough, both of you. This Ryleya person sounds like someone who knows how to cheat death which only confirms my suspicion that there's interesting material here. There's a ceremony in Sith lore called Essence Transfer which allows the one who knows it to pass their consciousness from one body to another as long as the body being possessed doesn't command sufficient will to fight back. This Ryleya person sounds like someone who has successfully bred clones for the purpose of performing the ceremony, delaying the grip of death a little while longer. As you can both imagine, my interest is heightened with what you've told me. You, Cambul, are a product of death-cheating yourself so why is cloning so impossible to imagine, let's get the weapons then head for the center. "Kev, unless that blaster you have is one already, you're going to need to trade in for a slugthrower. Lightsabers can't deflect the projectiles and we need some of that firepower on our side. Speaking of weapons, cyborg, take one of my lightsabers for the time being if we can't find your weapons: you'll need it more than I if we're to survive together. If we find the Mute's saber in there, you can use that until we find him again," Morgana said, letting the cyborg get ahead but pulling Kev aside for a moment. "Help me keep this man on track to finding the valuables I need to better your mother's training. Do that one thing and Mr. Prosper is all yours, I'll even make sure he's unable to escape you if it's necessary," she added. Then she tapped him on the shoulder and let him proceed, keeping her power behind them so that she could use it to protect their rear if needed. Besides, she had her lightsabers, Kev had a blaster, but Cambul needed his lightsabers so he needed to be ahead to look for his lightsabers plus he'd likely be the only one capable of taking a punch if any of them were to be blasted. Still, there was something about him, something about the way he carried himself that told her that this was no ordinary cyborg. This was someone who'd seen both Light and Dark without a problem wielding either as she had no problem slicing through someone who tried to bite off a little more than they could chew with her. She wasn't sure she wanted to see what would happen if he obtained his lightsabers and decided to turn on Morgana and Kev before saving his own hide. Still, she had no choice but to trust this unstable mind who'd yet to prove his worth to her and the son of her apprentice. That was when it hit Morgana that if Li had failed in her mission then she would've obtained the valuables of this place for almost nothing and would likely have to read any books she acquired from here. Fortunately, she could train Seth if Li fell and vice versa, making her perfectly prepared to adapt if needed be: only if Seth and Li died would it prove problematic for her designs against Hyperion. But what of the boy? Suppose Li died and Seth tried to betray her or fell himself before he could meet his full potential. Did Kev have the Force-sensitivity to become her next apprentice if that happened? Was it possible that he was the one Morgana should really be training and not Li? He certainly bore some of the animal his mother had but it had yet to be turned to psychopathy the way that his mother's was becoming. It was still more controlled and untouched, allowing her all the capability to mold him into whatever image of the Dark Side she would wish him to be. He might even have the capability to beat Hyperion at every turn in his own department of lightsaber combat... wouldn't that be a joy if the apprentice she should be training was right in front of her and Li had been destroyed by Pendragon?
  6. The Geomancer's Retreat!

    Morgana was more than a little surprised to bump into Kev, so soon after making her own escape from her cell, having seduced her captor into a moment of weakness she exploited. Still, she was glad that he had managed to find his way out, as she had as it was one less thing that she needed to worry about doing. She also sensed his uncertainty that he was pleased to see her or angry, for which she couldn't blame him, but she didn't let this show as she spoke to him. "You're such a clever one to have cut the power: they'll have plenty of trouble for long enough for us to do what we have to. Hm... you said this place reminded you of Ryleya who I'm guessing was a Dark Side wielder like me. Huh, that explains the strong presence of the Force I detected when I awoke in my cell," she began. Looking around, she even used Force Sight to see if she could find anything of immediate interest and at once, she found someone or something that seemed alive but not quite. It was male by look but was... mechanical, barely living, cybernetic. However, its power was also ancient and it was not impossible to assume that the cyborg (if it was a cyborg) had some knowledge of this place and whatever valuables might be contained at the heart of it. "Tell you what, Kev, before we free the Mute we need to take whatever valuables we can from this place then activate its self-destruct mechanism (assuming it has one). In addition to Dark Side knowledge that could be useful to us, we'll need a way we can cause this place to come down on their heads: there might even be a way you and your mother can permanently beat down Mr. Prosper contained within the heart of this temple if you agree to aid me. Your blaster is a slugthrower, by its appearance, which means you have a better chance of destroying more of our enemies than I do with my lightsabers until the slugthrowers are somehow decommissioned. "On the other side of a cell further down from here is a cyborg, from the look of it, but I can't get to him alone. I'll use the Force to get you into the ventilation shaft that will guide you to him and will even point you in the direction of his cell once I start levitating you but you will need to act quickly. I can kill the guards at the front of his cell but I will need the door opened from the inside once I have done so, in order to speak with him promptly. Besides, if we don't try this, Mr. Prosper will keep coming after us but by bringing us here, he's given us a chance to do him in permanently or at least cut down his resources forevermore. Wouldn't you like to find out if you can break him beyond ability to pursue your mother? I know I would in your position and don't worry, we will rescue the Mute on our way out of here but he''ll need his lightsaber back or at least a lightsaber," Morgana offered. She didn't expect that Kev would like the idea of trying to bring the temple down on Mr. Prosper's head, point of fact, she didn't really expect him to agree to it. Why would he when it would've been suicidal for him to try anything other than escape if it weren't for her? Besides that, she found herself caring for the Mute a little more than she thought she would be, making it a sincere proclamation when she said that they would rescue him on the way back out of the temple. Was she being tempted from the Dark Side by some sort of superficial crush or even infatuation with the Mute? How would it even be possible since she didn't know that much about him to begin with nor, for that matter, really cared for the platitudes of the Jedi which he probably held sacred when circumstances permitted? For the moment, it was something she'd have to push aside for a later time and when she had a chance to thoroughly examine her feelings about him, her apprentice, even her need for revenge against Hyperion. Did she really want to continue her revenge against him and if she did, what she do when she finally did face him and finally did kill him? Suppose she succeeded and was in need of a new goal, what would she do when her revenge was all she'd ever known? She pushed even these thoughts to the side as she prepared to levitate Kev in the event he went along with her offer: people were so much easier to raise to greater heights when they either didn't expect it or were willing. It was her hope it would be the latter in Kev's case, given the logic of her argument. But to her surprise, when she checked to see if the cyborg was still in place, it turned out that he had actually escaped already. In fact, just as she went to check to see if he needed rescuing, he veered right into their path and stopped short of hitting them. Besides the fact Morgana would likely have been able to stop it in any event, he likely sensed them before he could run them over. His presence in the Force had indicated some measure of skill in the abilities the Force granted some individuals. "Huh, looks like the cyborg we were hoping to collaborate with has saved himself but, my boy, there is still a use for you. Now that he's free, we'll need you to find the Mute and get a ship for us... two if the Mute decides he wants to make his move into the unknown at this point," Morgana told Kev. "Greetings, cyborg, I am Morgana and this boy is Kev. Be assured, we bear no relation but it would seem we have the same need as you which is to escape. But I sense that your power is surprisingly ancient which could mean that your cybernetics have delayed the call of death for your soul. Should that be the case, you will most likely know if this place holds anything of value to me: this boy's mother is my apprentice and any knowledge I can add to what I already possess. Help me and I will help you escape this place, perhaps even restore your full potential, while my ally here helps another one of our rank escape this place. You, among us all, are likely to know this temple better than any of us, I have need of whatever lies here that holds value, and this young man has the skills to make sure we have time to acquire it and escape. Do I have an accord with you or would you rather chance your odds of facing Mr. Prosper's foes alone? Divided and broken, we are weak but together and whole, we can break them," Morgana told the cyborg. Kev, from what she could tell, was still prepared to be levitated into the vents if she still had need of that which was good. He seemed to already accept that he needed her as much as she needed him for their survival which meant it was only a matter of persuading the cyborg to the same course. And it was while waiting on him to decide that she supposed she'd have to ask him for his name when he agreed and that was assuming he didn't introduce himself.
  7. The Geomancer's Retreat!

    "You will release me and leave this place at once," Morgana said, applying Force power to perform a simple mind trick. If he was weak-minded enough, that would be enough but something compelled Morgana to realize that there was a little more to it than that. This man was greedy, if his reply was indication, and wouldn't be so easily swayed as to simply fall for the mind trick. No, she had to prey on his innermost fears and anxieties, perhaps make him uncertain he was even safe as long as he stayed with Mr. Prosper. His reply revealed he wouldn't be easily swayed but that she was on the right track about convincing him through the Force. "You'll have to do a little bit better than that, Morgana. I'm not some weak-minded lackey of Mr. Prosper nor one of his more trigger-happy pretend soldiers who think they can do anything because they got slugthrowers. While they did capture you, a performance I find commendable even for the Devils of Mustafar, it happened nonetheless and that is that. Now, if you don't mind, I have to return to mixing and calculating dosages to keep you docile until Mr. Prosper's ready for you," said the doctor. Hm... this won't be as easy as I thought but it will be more delightful when I finally break him Morgana thought silently. Deviating from usage of the Force, Morgana decided to see if maybe she could learn a few things from him first. "Why do you work for Mr. Prosper? Did you owe him a debt that could only be repaid by performing this service for him? Perhaps he holds your family for ransom which you pay off by working for him in these operations?" Morgana said. "Try debt from medical school. Mr. Prosper promised to take care of my school funding if I agreed to do this shavit for him and as long as I kept in line, he wouldn't touch my family. So a combination of a lot of factors, now if you don't mind," said the doctor. Now, it was a little disappointing he just dumped that all on her but her assumption was that he thought that if he vented all that on her then perhaps she'd leave him alone. Usually, especially among couples, when one person vented, the other tended to relent in their persistence to know something about them and proceed to console them. But the knowledge of medical debt and his family being left alone in exchange for his service proved more useful than she expected. So she decided to go for a combination of Force Confusion, this time, and information she thought he might want to hear in consideration of the circumstances he was in. "You know Mr. Prosper will kill your family anyway, if he hasn't already. You know that you will slave your life away to him but I can help you. I will pay off what remains of your debt, I will ignore your family, you will be free to leave. All you have to do to never worry again is just bring me my lightsabers and free me," Morgana said. Now, the good doctor hadn't succumbed to her spell, outright but he did falter when she spoke of his family, spoke of her willingness to ignore them if he just brought her weapons to her and freed her. So she repeated her insistence, begging him to free her in a voice that she had used to enslave the minds of men before and bend them to her will as a result of their innermost instincts, especially their more carnal and deviant ones. After a couple minutes, he finally yielded at which point she told him to find out where her lightsabers were being kept, bring them in his briefcase (which she discovered never got scanned when he came in and out by the guards), then free her with his keys. It took some time but when he did come back, she knew her lightsabers for what they were when he opened his brief case and produced a pair of deactivated blades. Rather generously, he produced the key to her shackles, freed her, then gave her the blades. When he completed all this, Morgana pretended gratitude and he even gave him a deep, numbing kiss straight on the lips, pretending to be charmed to him for being such a gentleman in freeing her. But while she kept him focused on her charm with the kiss, she brought one of her lightsabers up, aimed it at his gut, and pressed the activation button. For a few seconds, she let the blade stick through him before pressing the button once more to deactivate it. In the moments before, she had clasped his shoulder which she now used to push him onto his back on which he sprawled in the thralls of death. Outside, she sensed there were guards waiting for her and used Force Sight to confirm that there were just two which would be easy to conquer: just use a powerful enough Force Push to send the doors (which were stone and metal, thus extremely heavy if their relic look was indication) on a rapid flight path and their bones would be smashed by the bulk. When this was successfully applied, she sensed she had cracked their pelvic bones, dislocated their spinal cords, and flattened their thyroid bones with the force of the blow which told her only one thing and that was that they wouldn't be opponents of hers later. Now, the next part of her journey came up and that was finding a guide, someone who could help her navigate the temple, find anything of value to her within, and rescue her companions before leaving.
  8. Morgana Le'toile Brilliante

    Skills: Novice Single Saber >> Intermediate Single Saber Novice Dual Saber >> Intermediate Dual Saber Novice Saberstaff >> Intermediate Saber Staff Form I - Novice Shii-Cho Form II - Novice Makashi >> Form II -Intermediate Makashi Form III – Novice Soresu >> Form III – Intermediate Soresu Force Powers: Enhancement Force Dash >> Force Speed Force Body Astral Force Sense >> Force Sight Telepathy Perception Force Persuasion >> Force Confusion Psychokinesis Force Push Force Burst Force Wound >> Force Choke Environment Force Shock Telekinesis: Expert Her Lightsaber design (she wields two). She can wield one, both, or use the magnetic pommels to create a double-sided lightsaber which makes her all the deadlier with a blade.
  9. Name: Morgana Le'toile Brillante Gender: Female Species: Human Rank: Dark Jedi, Knight-Level Date of Birth: 3,662 BBY Appearance: · Height: 5'5” · Weight: Around 150-165 lbs (true range unknown but theorized at around here) · Hair Color & Style: Wavy Dyed Black (natural hair color: Brown) · Eye Color: Light Brown Right & Blue Left (Heterochromia iridum) · Skin Tone: Pale · Defining Features: Fingernails trimmed into claws (most visible), ink-black dyed hair · Body Type: Unknown, possibly athletic considering her ability to fight with a lightsaber Possessions: Black robes, lightsabers, and credits Personality: Morgana was always the child her parents never wanted, their favoritism of her sister Patricia being extraordinarily obvious. However, Morgana also loved Patricia and grew embittered and vengeful when she committed suicide, following the fact she was forced to give birth to Hyperion Algethii's rape-child. She is now enshrouded in mystery, anger, vengeance, and strife hence dying her hair black. Skills, Abilities, and Talents: Extremely verbally persuasive, wealthy enough to establish a small network of spies, and ambidextrous. Unstable temperament especially where her deceased sister or Hyperion are concerned.
  10. The Geomancer's Retreat!

    As far as Morgana could remember, there was no reason for her capture (at least, not originally) by Mr. Prosper. Last she remembered, she, the Mute, and Kev had separated and she had managed to escape with a little help from Seth who still remained in the shadows back on Li's world. So when she found herself in cuffs that restrained her wrists and ankles, she had to admit she was a little more than surprised. But in a way, it worked out even better than she had originally anticipated: she sensed she was in a place of great Dark Side energy, as great as her... perhaps greater. She could rejuvenate her strength here, where she could draw upon a source of anger and hatred for her strength, her passions fueling every blow she could ever give someone. She looked around and saw that part of her cell was contained in ice, which told her that she was either in the glacier of a planet that had various climates or an ice planet like Hoth or Ilum. The dark presence was too dark for it to be Ilum or else the Jedi wouldn't use that world as a sanctuary for crystals and building lightsabers among their Padawans. So it was probably Hoth, where Sith tombs were being discovered anyway by Imperial and Republic diplomats alike or another ice world with a dark presence which she didn't yet know about. It was also too ancient for it to be Hyperion or any other Dark Sider she might have known in the outside world, too dead and intangible for her to be able to talk to it; but still it was there. So next time someone came for her, as they would inevitably do if they had kept her alive for the trip here, she would see what she could do about finding out where she was. Sure enough, she heard the clicking of a door unhinging and the creaking of the door opening, a guard coming through with a tray that she could tell wasn't food. "I see you're finally up, Ms. Morgana ma'am. Mr. Prosper's paying me good money to take care of you until he can interrogate you next," said the man, the whitecoat proving he was a doctor even if he wasn't legally licensed. "Where is Mr. Prosper, right now? I'd like to kill him myself," Morgana said. "I'm not privy to the exact details of his location but suffice it to say that I do know he's got another prisoner he's interrogating. Don't worry, he's not bothered to start torturing your boy yet nor that quiet guy you came in with," said the doctor. Morgana sensed he wasn't lying about not torturing the boy which was good news but did sense he was only telling that much truth: he knew Mr. Prosper's location but wasn't telling. Observing his form, she noticed he bore keys and not just the one to let himself in or out of Morgana's cell but likely one that would release her from her restraints. Curious, she decided to see if maybe she could mind trick him into giving her the freedom she needed to find the boy and rescue the Mute from his captors. Not that she knew why she was interested in him being saved, but something told her even he could be of use to her someday just as there was a chance that detective named Karter could be useful (though he hadn't yet done so). With that in mind, she had a game plan for dealing with this little man that was bringing drugs that were clearly meant to sedate her or make her tell the truth: mind trick him if she could, apply Force Confusion if that didn't work, then make him beg for his life via Force Choke if he wouldn't free her then. If all else failed, she could kill him then take the keys from his cold dead hands using telekinesis to free herself if there were no Force resistant cuffs. The mind trick would certainly be a good way of finding that out, depending on the reaction her binds had but she had to hurry: if her hunch was correct, she didn't have much time before Kev was rancor food or worse.
  11. Whips vs. Pendragon Estate!

    Morgana noticed that the Mute had taken the focus of the Gunship and realized that the Jedi had the ship preoccupied. There is a way I can use this conflict to my advantage, the Mute has the attention of the gunship and is in a better position to take it down than I would be, however I can also escape and let it destroy him. Thereby, saving myself and eliminating a potential roadblock in Li's apprenticeship before he even has a chance to interfere but if he survives then he will be suspicious of where the hell I was even with this new troupe of killers in the way. Hm... suppose I somehow got the Mute into the gunship and had him turn that on the mercenaries rather than flee from the fight and assume he died she thought to herself silently. So she snuck away before the Devils began to scan for her in the area where was last seen and waited until she could find the Mute again. Sure enough, she saw him fleeing from the scene of an attack from the gunship which gave her an idea. She returned to the Mute, having lost the ten Devils of Mustafar after her to catch up with him, noticing he took out five which left a total of twenty of those folks behind as well as forty more of the mercenaries who had originally attacked them to begin with. "Jedi, follow me to a taller building and wait for the gunship to close in on us. Once we do, I'll give you a telekinetic push to launch a jump for the gunship: you're going to see if you can take over the controls and wipe out the remainder of the mercenary force. We still have to fight forty of the original men sent against us on top of these new killers that I've never seen before plus we have to find the leader to see if we can get him to talk about who hired him. "If she hasn't been captured by Pendragon or started her mission, we might be able to warn Li about any other detachments being sent. If she's the one they want then chances are, they've sent men after her in Mygeeto that Pendragon will either destroy or pay off for the trouble. Knowing him, he might just kill them all for his sadistic games and keep her alive to torture her a while longer if he's captured her or might use their deaths as a token of good will to ensure her capture. With that Muun son of whore, there's no knowing but anyway, follow me unless you got a better plan: my demon should be seeing to keeping them busy until we can get the gunship off their possession," she said, noticing a glare that the Mute gave her about the plan. She hoped Seth could keep the Head "Devil" busy or at least kill a few more of the Devils surrounding him so that their job became easier in wiping out the rest of the platoon. Nonetheless, with or without him, Morgana began looking around for the kind of vantage points needed for her plan to work. Sure she found her answer in one of the city's main reaction valves, supplying the city with much needed electric power, with enough distance between themselves and the gunship to where they could reach it if they sprinted. So she pointed her head toward the building, urging the Mute to follow her: he had a better chance of piloting that gunship than Morgana did or a better chance of bringing it down if he couldn't commandeer it for himself. That was when she thought to tell him one more thing that he needed to know for when he took the gunship away from the Devils and into their possession. "Oh yeah and if you get the gunship under your command, see what you can do about sending the original shavits who attacked us a present. The missile kind, if you catch my drift: these new guys will be ease enough to deal with on their own once we know they're alone: I just hope Kev got far enough away from the conflict to avoid being caught no matter what happens to us. Li will like knowing that her son was safe at our expense even if she'll never completely trust me," she said. The Mute raised an eyebrow her way and Morgana merely assured him that it was simply a long story of how Li had come to mistrust her as they headed for the reaction valve where Morgana hoped the Zabrak Jedi would have enough height if he leapt into the air. Combined with any Force enhancing of his own, her help should make his plan successful.
  12. Whips vs. Pendragon Estate!

    While Seth was dealing with the bulk of the enemy force whilst they were still surprised by his arrival, Morgana was dealing with ten more of her own people, seeing a wonderful opportunity to do away with two at once before fleeing into the darkness. Using Force Speed, she dealt with two more in a flurry with lightsaber activity, figuring out that the six others remaining would spread out and try to ensnare her with a circle but without knowledge of where she was in the darkness, they wouldn't know if they were in walking into a trap or not. She dealt with one weak link and figuring she could outsmart the rest with a couple more instances of Force Speed, knowing her lightsabers couldn't deflect their shots but also know that could work to her advantage. The sorceress waited until four were close and when she did, she sped past them with Force-imbued speed and briefly twirled one lightsaber as she ran past four before ducking out of the way to avoid being hit which resulted in all four killing each other. The one man remaining knew better than to believe that he was alone and knew better than to believe that Morgana wouldn't kill him if she could get a hold of him. Nonetheless, she stalked him like a predator in the night, being careful not to alert him immediately to what had happened. However, it didn't take him long to realize that he was outmatched in the darkness of the night and when he felt the searing hot burning of the lightsaber impaled him, he accepted it more gracefully than most of Morgana's victories and he was indeed the least satisfying kill she had ever made. Seth had been brutish in his entry which was good enough for her when she saw that there were three more worth getting rid of, a job easily done with a couple dashes of Force Speed but she had a strong feeling that the leader of the mercenary squadron attacking them wasn't alone. If she were he, she'd have a backup contingency against failed slugthrower sharpshooters like bodyguards who could wield electrostaffs and/or vibroblades, the kinds of people who had killed Jedi and Sith alike before. Hell, she wouldn't have been surprised if she could have spotted a few Mandalorians on his side especially ones who had abandoned their tribes to search for the most skill warriors in the galaxy perhaps forming their own tribe in the process. As she thought about it, she wondered if this whole thing was a scheme of Pendragon to try and lure her out, knowing she would have probably sent someone to kill him by now even if he had no way of knowing that it was Whips just yet. It sounded like something he'd do, if anonymously, in a bid to undermine the apprenticeship or give Li an unfair edge over Morgana that she had not previously possessed. It was a good trick, regardless of who was behind it but it would fail like all the other tricks that had been thrown against Morgana and her former Master who had rightly cast out Pendragon for his indulgence in the excess of life. She briefly saw Seth or a shape she suspected to be Seth in the night and she called out to him with telepathy. Scout ahead, see what you can do about reducing the numbers to the leader but do not destroy him. I want to see that man die myself she told him. Nodding, he decided to do just as he asked but in a fashion she didn't expect: rather than head for the exact coordinates where he might have seen the leader and his remaining caravan of probably ten to fifteen elite bodyguards, he took a side route that allowed him a view without being immediately detected. She had to admit she was decently impressed by his cunning in this aspect and she hoped that he could actually aid him in this regard of reducing the merc leader's forces but not destroying him outright as she would have expected. The witch simply hoped that by this time, Kev got himself as far away from the chaos and into a place where even Morgana and Seth wouldn't think to look if they were to try and track him down again.
  13. Whips vs. Pendragon Estate!

    Morgana knew there would be next to no time for preparation once they chose to make their run for it so she decided to begin setting a plan in motion now. If Kev was to stand a chance of survival, allowing her to further manipulate Li to her will and make her understand the boy was at her mercy, he needed the highest chance of living that could be given to him. She hated saying as much but it was true and she knew better than to deny that about her own self-interest in making a weapon designed to destroy Hyperion and be easily disposed of when that purpose was finished. So her scheme was bold as it was reckless, but it would be the last thing that those blasted mercenaries would be expecting but of course, she ushered Kev and the Mute to duck to the darkest corners of the meat factory in order to buy themselves a bit more time. Once they were in the corner and the flashlights passed over, she decided that she would let them in on her game plan which was many-fold in the goals it was meant to accomplish. "Alright, here's the plan and since we may have only one shot, I want you two to listen up good. Kev, you are going to take the emergency tunnel and you are going to run like your little legs have never been able to carry you before to the next hideout that your mother told you to go to. Don't tell me or the Mute where you're going so that way, if we get captured and tortured we don't give you away under the pressure. "So far as I've been able to tell, there are still forty of those kriffing shavits even with how many we killed on the way here so if we can divide them and weaken their strength in numbers then good. Kev, you're going to learn about the emergency tunnels and since you're the smallest, you have the best chance of crawling in the tight spaces hence why you're going there. If we're luck and the Mute and I succeed in what we're going to do, a guardian demon I created may soon be joining the fight though why he didn't before, I have no clue," Morgana began. She gave a pause to see if they had questions to ask even if she knew the Mute wouldn't be able to utter his in the same way Kev's could but he did have flimsi and a pencil nearby; when they didn't she continued. "Mute, you're going to see if you can reach the ships in the docking bay and make some of them follow then get a ship and board it, get flying as fast as you can and then see if you can give us some aviary support. My demon and I will try to neutralize the anti-spacecraft weaponry they've got before you give us the air cover but don't destroy them outright: try to simply scatter them then leave them to me and the demon joining our efforts. We'll pick them off one by one from there and you can even leave without a single goodbye if you wish and the ship has a hyperdrive capable of interstellar travel, even if it's just planet-hopping. I'll see if I can somehow signal my demon to help us through telepathy as we've forged a bond but you better be doing your parts and well on your way once I call to him, understood? If so, commit your routes to your memory, they seem to only want me and Li more than either of you so we will bait them by advertising we will give them what they want but putting them where we have the advantage; if there are no more questions, commit your routes to memory and remember to run when I tell you to leave," she added. She paused for a moment then let them go to commit their routes to memory as she assumed watch of the mercs' approach, hoping that Seth was somewhere nearby to begin doing his part and helping the trio the hell out rather than lounging around and waiting for her orders. He probably had seen the chaos of their initial battle and thought that Morgana was well out of harm's way but when her telepathy confirmed otherwise, she hoped the fact that the mercs weren't expecting him would give him more time to cut them down before they realized he was there. Otherwise, this plan was as good as dead in its tracks and it wouldn't take a genius to see why that would be so even with someone as evidently skilled as the Mute and a sorceress like herself on the team. She already proved herself to have been no match for the slugthrowers in close quarters and she wasn't eager to face them on their terms again nor repeat any of the other mistakes she made. Hoping that they were paying attention to the homework they were assigned, she reached out in the hopes that her bond was strong enough with Seth to make telepathy no problem. Seth... save me... destroy the mercs she said through the Force, making it short and simple in the hopes it'd reach him faster. Once she sent out the telepathic impulse, she waited and watched while she waited for him to either confirm the telepathy or make himself visible. Knowing Seth, he would likely perform the latter rather than the former and that was alright as she would know through the visual confirmation he'd likely provide with his lightsaber. Meanwhile, she kept a spotlight of her own (so to speak) on the mercs who were waving their torches to and fro and had fortunately not found them yet though how long that lasted remained to be seen. Unfortunately, they wouldn't have very long as the mercs started heading in the same direction: their direction. "I hope you hurried and remember your route because they're coming. Mute, soon as you're both finished, destroy that terminal so that the info doesn't fall into the wrong hands even if you have to cut it to hundreds of little pieces with your lightsaber then run. I'm going to see if I can draw some of their attention away from this place and give you both a running start from the rest, don't question me on this. If my demon gets on the move, they'll try to anticipate us but they won't expect him at all," Morgana told them. She jumped down at that time and ran outside, hoping to see if she could pinpoint a good path to see if she could draw their attention away from the other mercs, ten of whom had tried to see if they could take the long way around and behind the meat factory. Just in time, she saw a purple glow in the distance that she knew could only be coming from a lightsaber and better than that, it was headed straight for those ten that were hoping to ambush the trio from behind. Meanwhile, another thirteen were headed towards the flanks that cut directly into Morgana's path while the remainder headed on forward into the meat factory but they didn't close the distance on it with the rapidity she expected of soldiers. Instead, she noticed they waited several hundred meters away, likely waiting for the signal from their master or else waiting for the others to get into ready position at least. How she would prove them wrong indeed and boy did she take reveling in that prospect.
  14. Whips vs. Pendragon Estate!

    Back in Castell, Morgana was sitting down and resting up from her injuries in trying to stall Whips' enemies long enough to help her escape which she suspected she succeeded in doing as she saw a single ship take off when she looked out her window. Besides that, the bandits turned to looking for them afterwards, probably the best indication that Li had indeed escaped her enemies who were now turning towards Morgana, the Mute, and Kev. Now, Morgana knew it wouldn't be long before their hideout was compromised and Morgana needed to make sure that Kev would survive even if she and the Mute did not: much as her interest was ultimately in ensuring her own survival, she needed Kev alive to still have some control over her even in death. If she could use Kev to direct Li to another, more experienced Sith Master, then she would have completed her job if she did not survive this battle. Still, she intended to succeed even if it cost her the Mute (something she could live with, if needed) and for that, she needed a plan of action. "Kev, is there any chance you can find a databank and produce schematics of this place? I need to know what escape routes we can use if we need to make a run for it after we've made our attempts to kill as many as we can, assuming there are still any left by the time we're through. With the will of the Force on our side, we shouldn't need those escape routes but we can never be too careful: we'll also need routes we can utilize to ambush them, even if we have to sacrifice the building in order to kill them all off," Morgana began. If they were to defeat these mercs, they needed to outsmart them. The mercs had weapons that nullified a lightsaber's ability to deflect, they needed to neutralize those weapons before engaging. They had numbers, the Mute and Morgana needed to reduce those numbers as much as possible before taking them head on. The sooner they did these things and avoided dying, the sooner they could triumph then wait for Li to return, all the while getting the Mute offworld. It was then that Morgana thought of a way that two birds might be killed with one stone: if she could neutralize the remaining rocketeers, she could make it possible for the Mute to take a ship and get out with Morgana's hope being that some of the men were sent after him. But how to convince them to pursue him if she could do that? Ah ha! She could convince them that Kev was onboard with the Mute, aiming to reunite with his mother and if they could catch the ship, they could capture him and ransom him for Li's life or something of the sort. Meanwhile, Kev would actually be safely within one of the ventilation shafts or even down in the smaller sewage lines that had been closed off to use for years on end. But if they had tear gas, then he'd needed a mask for going down there but this was a butcher shop: surely they had one for handling the flesh of dead animals. It was then that Morgana began to look around while Kev and the Mute were getting ready for the next stage, the former fulfilling her request for schematics while the Mute most probably kept a lookout.
  15. Ulterior Motivations

    When Morgana heard Seth confess that she had won the duel, she took joy in that as well. She wasn't sorry for taking pride in stealing victory from him like that, not sorry that she had won how she did as she had enjoyed the pain she inflicted on the Weequay. Hell, as he spoke, she realized that he was even more useful to her cause than she had originally thought he would be. It wasn't every day that one landed themselves, after all, with an admitted orphan with no family ties he knew of that would question his disappearance if he died, no friends who would avenge him, and he mentioned something about a man named General Nobunaga. She had never heard of such a name nor did she imagine that she would've liked him if they had ever met up with Seth or anyone else. Best of all, Seth was broken. He had no desire or reason to care about his own life, he was just as willing to throw it away to something she could bid him to do as keep it for his own benefit. True, he might attempt to turn against her every now and again but his schemes would pitifully obvious from their inception even if she let him get pretty far with them for the sake of entertainment. Still, there was something to him, a power she had never seen before and a certain ferocity to his style that struck her as unusual even compared to the aggressive tactics of Form V (aggressive compared to Soresu or Makashi but not Ataru or Juyo since Form V still had a defensive element where they usually didn't). There was a flare that just could be nurtured into making a truly powerful combatant, capable of shaping Li into whatever image that Morgana desired with all Seth needing to do being to follow Morgana's instructions as precisely as possible. So when she arose from the dirt, wiping off the wide flowing bottom of her black robes before she stood at full height, she addressed her new disciple, her new agent of change for Li Whitewolf. "Seth, as it troubles me to see a terrific soul like yourself with potential floating alone in the galaxy, I would be happy to take you under my wing in entirety. Comply with my demands, train as best you can both in instruction from me and in anything you may teach me, and you will become a truly powerful being, after all. Now get yourself healed up, we have a long road ahead of us and it will be a glorious result when we are finished, you have my word," Morgana said, patting Seth on the shoulder as her means of excusing him from further duty to her for the day. She put her lightsabers away and decided it best to simply rest up for the time-being, planning the corruption of her apprentice and her disciple that was to come. The only uncertainty she had now was who was which, was Seth the disciple or was he the apprentice? Was Li the disciple or the apprentice? Was one of them both or neither? All in good time, she supposed... all in good time.