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Dantius Octavian

Investigation Education

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 Year, 3634 BBY. Month, Welona. Day 23. Location: Jedi Archives

 

      Whilst still needing a cast for his foot injury from Hyperion, Dantius had decided to take Coventry's advice about training early but since he was physically disabled, he decided to start by sharpening up his mind. In the years before he went to the Vornu Temple of the Jedi Order, he had had some education in galactic law and while still remembering the basics, he felt it would be a waste of years to not somehow put it to use in the name of his new comrades. So he decided to visit the Archives and begin brushing up on his law by first re-reading the Galactic Constitution, a required text for one of his basic law classes. He decided he would start by reading over the basic amendments to the Constitution before then digging further into more obscure Articles that might or might not be overlooked.

 

       His first course of action was to read the "Rights of Sentience" and the "Contemplanys Hermi", both of which made up a good chunk of the Republic Constitution. The "Rights of Sentience" declared the outright ban of slavery, equality for all sentient beings, and a ban on all undue hardship on recognized sentient species, voter's suffrage, wage equality for all species working the same job, right of asylum for those immigrating into the Republic's annexed worlds, and many other such rights. Meanwhile, in contrast, the "Contemplanys Hermi" was a document that essentially gave Corellia a right to evade Senatorial duties (of all the worlds) and Dantius immediately found himself wondering why this wasn't a document that wasn't allowed for all worlds. After all, what if the majority of the Senate found a Chancellor to be corrupt and wanted to ruin any momentum before he had a chance to gain it? Sure they could vote him out of office or vote his bills into a veto but what if he found a way to circumnavigate around this? How would the Senators of so many worlds be able to oppose him without being declared outright traitors?

 

      He jotted down these thoughts on a flimsiplast notepad that he had brought with him and decided he would look into this later.  Force only knew that the people of Anaxes could use a bill like this, given the presence of the Republic military there. What if the military grew in the power it had under the nose of the Chancellor? How could the people fight back without it being a suicidal endeavor? These problems filled up the first three or four pages of his notepad and then he read further into more minute details like laws forbidding murder, rape, theft, and all such crimes. He read about what people who felt they had been victimized could do to get back at those who they accused of attacking them and under what conditions such rights could be revoked. He decided that he had to first know the laws of the Republic then investigate how these laws were effectively enforced before developing a method of investigation, not to mention he needed to read on the individual bill of clauses and rights of each planetary system that he might or mightn't be working in.

 

        Once he had read through each bill of rights and clauses provided for each planet he was interested in, he would read upon the culture(s) of that system and see if it was compatible with the method he intended to formulate for investigation. After this was achieved, he intended to compare cases solved on these worlds and see if he could trace similarities across them to refine his method. 

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         While reading through the Galactic Constitution, Dantius made note of things like right to due process of each person arrested, right to a jury of their peers, and other common rights within the Republic. He examined what this meant not just for cases of biology vs chronology (i.e. where a human might be sixteen years old but a three-year-old alien might be equivalent) as well as how the laws and guidelines of the Constitution might have been enforced or ignored during the process of several trials. Better still, he decided to look into different branches of law enforcement that existed throughout the Republic from the CSF to local authorities of different systems. With the CSF, he found that they sometimes stretched out like too little butter over too much bread especially in the criminal underworld where they struggled to keep order and while it might be true that a Jedi or two could help, what's to say there weren't already dozens of Investigators on the job already? Besides that, corruption was multifaceted and likely to spread not just across the criminal underworld regions of Coruscant but throughout the galaxy.

 

          Dantius needed another planet to look for, another sector of the Republic to investigate that would still keep him close to the Order, should they ever need him for other reasons but not so close to Tython or Coruscant that he might as well have never left. That was when he found Anaxes, the military capital of the Republic and home of its War College and he knew in that moment that he had a chance to prove extremely useful here. Aside from policing the cadets and any soldiers on world, he also had a chance to help train cadets in his spare time in some of the arts they'd need to know for their combat days, proving that sometimes shaping those who'd fight on the front lines was better than being amongst them for oneself. In addition, Dantius might see himself tasked with mission after mission of law enforcement with the military, no matter where it battled the Sith and preventing incidences of possible treason before they had a chance to happen. They could fight the Sith with the right morale and Dantius would be one of those to make sure that morale was maintained, not to mention he'd still get to fight the Sith if he was required to.

 

           Besides that, he also had the honor of keeping the Order up to date with the changes of the galaxy and how it could adjust to them rather than letting them leave themselves to seclusion with simply Jedi Guardians helping as soldiers and Jedi Consulars helping as basically the Jedi archaeologists of the galaxy. Sentinels like Jedi Investigators, on the other hand, would be on the same level as the everyday common folk that would most frequently need their help. So with this, he began looking into cases of military police action against treasonous soldiers and how the Constitution was honored in all those cases.

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        When Dantius decided to begin his studies of the military police and cases where the Constitution was enforced and even upheld better than was thought. To make things more specific, he decided to look at cases involving major crimes: one for murder, one for theft, one for rape, one for child abuse, and one for treason. He figured he needed to know civil cases as well as military, in case he didn't get the position or if he was assigned to teach military policing to trainees. He figured it would be better to make himself marketable as a Jedi Investigator rather than be set to one way as he had seen Consulars and Guardians as well as some sentinels.

 

         Clicking on murder in the Civics section, he began with a case where there was a murder in Coruscant, done with a vibroblade knife. A Twi'lek girl was killed in one of the cleaner sections of Coruscant for being involved with more than one boy, a jealous lover complex motivating it. When police arrived, they looked into her file with her parents' permission and found that she had had a surprisingly dubious reputation from under their noses.

 

         Despite having top-notched grades at a prestigious public school in Coruscant and involvement in various sports, she had always been a tad socially underdeveloped and worse, had a manic-depressive diagnosis combined with Bipolar I which compelled her to promiscuity whenever she wasn't involved in sports or academia. Unfortunately, one of the boys she had been sleeping around with had lusted after her even after she had started seeing therapy and even found a boy who treated her with the respect needed to develop a good, healthy relationship with the opposite gender. All of this, of course, was uncovered further down the road especially once her school records were compiled and her bipolar and manic depressive diagnosis was found to reveal a more severe case than typically seen, especially when detected early. As the evidence was compiled, the lustful boy's DNA was matched perfectly with a sample extracted from the girl's rape-test kit when she was found to have been assaulted before she was killed. For Dantius, it struck a small cord to hear that this woman was ravished before she was killed, having lost his first flame Patricia in all too similar a fashion with the only difference being that Patricia took her own life rather than enticed Hyperion to do it for her.

 

          How people find the dark passion required to do this kind of stuff, I will never understand. But I suppose this is why we have police forces across the galaxy and the Jedi Investigator helping. Hm... I wonder if an Investigator had a hand in the matter of this case he thought to himself quietly. Looking to see if there was any way he could tell, he was pleased to see that an Investigator had in fact helped out by providing the use of an ability called Psychometry, whereby he used the Force to pick up impressions of the killer before the DNA was tested against the suspect's, the sample being removed before she touched the body, and accurately relayed her description of the face she saw to the forensic artist at the scene. This, Dantius realized, was something worth noting: with the ability mentioned there would be few who could evade him because all living things (to some degree or another) shed skin cells on the things they touch and leave minute traces even with thorough cleansing which could perhaps be picked up by a particularly powerful adept of the ability even when mechanical DNA extractors failed. Speaking of, he decided he would learn the classical techniques of DNA versus mitochondrial which, while more imprecise the classical which looked at the nucleus of a cell, was precise enough to substitute if needed. He wrote these things down on the notepad he requested for his research then continued onward.

Edited by Dantius Octavian

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