Leaving the bodies of Zon Fus’ clone and his Gen’Dai clones behind, the party left the facility with a storm of thoughts in their heads. Polis himself remained unresponsive to what had transpired as the party walked back towards Gunja’s bus. Along they way, they heard shouts and screams just a couple of blocks away which the party recognized as the screams from Rea and Thirra Taro- Arken’s wife and 4 year old daughter.
Arriving at the scene, the party found a scarred and cruel looking Rodian bounty hunter standing over Thirra. At the Rodian’s feet was a mortally wounded armed man grasping on life, and the battered figure of Rea Taro. Before the party could intervene, Rea lunged at the rodian and invoked upon the dark side of the force manifesting a complex power that Taral had seen performed a few times in his past that boils blood and melts bones. The Rodian’s screams became unholy as his smouldering blood gave way to the liquification of his form. Zendral readied his blasters, but held back to watch the Rodian die. Rea immediately embraced Thirra as the party approached. After Thirra mentioned the approaching of Orwell happily did Rea turn around. Rushing to the scene, Hartel used a health transfer to bring the man back to the realm of the living, while the others made sure that Rea and Thirra could stand.
The formerly wounded man introduced himself as Captain Harok Previl, and was Arken Taro’s superior back when he was doing military service, and was entrusted to the protection of Arken’s wife and daughter, and expressed his gratitude for the party showing up when they did. Harok Previl was also surprised to hear that Gunja is still alive after all this time, especially as Gunja plowed through piles of garbage and debris to pick up the party.
Much of the ride home was of Polis remaining unbearably quiet while “Uncle Gunja” made Thirra laugh while Orwell dressed some of Rea’s wounds while they rode the bus back to E5’s place.
Making it back to E5’s emporium, E5 muttered something about how Arken’s original plan to keep his family safe must not have worked. Shortly after arriving, Arken made it onto the communicator and was ecstatic that his family was safe; and after some small talk with Harok Previl, Arken stated that Jedi Master Keiran is ready for the party to arrive and discuss the future of the nation to the party, and the future of some of the party as well within the Jedi Temple.
Gunja of course, volunteered to drive the party there, and of course, Gunja thought it would be a good idea to get the party to bypass security by driving his bus into a window in the hallway leading directly to the council’s chambers. Taral put his hand over his face while Gunja let the party out with some of the Yuuzhan Vong guards and Jedi looking on with disbelief. Arken showed up shortly after and volunteered to pay for the window, and accepting his fate doing so.
One of the onlookers was the zabrak Jedi Master Rooth Ank who Visase recognized as the one who had visited her way back and refused to take her into the order. While Visase has more certainty that she will make it into the order, Rooth still expressed his caution. Arken led the party away from the mess while Gunja shot away on his bus to the lobby and waiting area. Arken took Rea to a Jedi Healer after Taral pointed the way, all the while, the Yuuzhan Vong guard captain Shu’val was assigned to notify the party of when Keiran and the rest of the Jedi Masters arrived. Shu’val and Taral talked at length about the conditions of the Jedi Temple, to which Shu’val discussed a little about the protests ruining the courtyard garden, and the fact that there are so few Jedi around made the times a little strenuous for everyone, especially in the wake of Dalbar’s betrayal.
Once Rea returned without any wounds was the message given to Shu’val to escort the party to the Jedi Council’s chambers.
In the chambers, five Jedi Masters were seated. The one sitting on the largest seat is the Twi’lek Jedi Master Keiran, and current member of the Galactic Federation Triumvirate. Sitting next to Keiran on his left is a human Jedi Master by the name of Camth Drucas, who was sitting down with his legs propped up and sporting a big ridiculous smile. On Keiran’s right hand was the Kel Dorian Jedi Master Evarr Dreskel. Across from Camth Drucas was the Human Jedi Master Yana Lish who sported a rough but quiet look on her face. Across from Evarr Dreskel was the Zabrak Jedi Master Rooth Ank who is keeping a serene demeanor.
Master Keiran went over the agenda, with the first topic being, “Should we trust Taral and keep Taral within the Jedi Order?” With the reasoning that it was Jedi Master Dalbar that served as the tie breaker in indoctrinating Taral into the order, but with Dalbar being discovered as a traitor, and with Taral’s previous ties as a Sith Lord of no small power, Keiran figured it would be good to revisit Taral’s position. Polis bellowed out of turn that Taral at least did something about the state of the galaxy unlike the rest of the Jedi Order. Only Evarr Dreskel seemed to agree with the statement.
Master Dreskel explained a lot to the order, such as the indoctrination of Taral into the order, and also why he entrusted Taral, a Padawan in the order to the training of another potential Padawan; Visase Tersik who herself had a history of tending towards the dark side. Evarr’s argument that Taral is already equipped enough to be a Jedi Master by knowledge and understanding wasn’t an easy pill for the Jedi Order to swallow. But the Jedi gave Taral’s companions a moment to argue and appeal for Taral.
The testimonies of the party rung true to Rooth Ank and Yana Lish who saw no reason to not keep Taral within the order; even if it wasn’t a comforting conclusion, especially in desperate times like this. Evarr Dreskel was, of course, wanting to keep Taral within the order as well. Camth Drucas simply said, “3 out of 5 Keiran, 3 out of 5”.
Then came the issue of accepting Visase Tersik into the Jedi Order. Rooth Ank explained that the reason he didn’t accept Visase into the order back when she was a child was because she sensed in her a tendency towards the Dark Side, and could not, in good conscience, accept her in. Rooth however is willing to listen for a change however.
Visase gave the Jedi a little of her life story, and the major changes she made when she joined the group; such as realizing that her life of hunting down gangsters wasn’t doing any good, and not solving the problem, which led Visase to try and find another way. Taral gave some more details in the changes she is making, while some of the rest of the party made cases for Visase’s change of heart. Evarr Dreskel was accepting, while Rooth Ank accepted because the Jedi have little choice, and maybe in the chance that Rooth was wrong about Visase. Yana Lish had little to say, but was more or less in Rooth’s boat about it. Camth Drucas stretched and said, “3 out of 5”.
With Visase accepted into the order, it was a matter of catching Visase up to speed. Thanks to a lack of other options, the council allowed for Taral to be the one to train Visase despite Taral’s controversial past and him being a Padawan. From there, Jedi Master Keiran tested Visase to make sure she understands the Jedi Code. The two of them said in turn:
There is no emotion, there is peace.
There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.
There is no passion, there is serenity.
There is no chaos, there is harmony.
There is no death, there is the Force.
With Visase as a Jedi Apprentice, Jedi Master Keiran moved on to matters that concerned the whole party, and the whole galaxy. Keiran discussed that Camth Drucas will be leading the charge against Mandalore the Reborn as soon as this meeting is adjourned, and that Supreme Commander Thaz Welk perfected a battle plan over the past 20 years. But also, Keiran mentioned that although he knows that Emeriss is working with Mandalore the Reborn; Emeriss is thus the only entity in the galaxy with the technology that can rival Mandalore’s, and so in order to ensure victory against Mandalore, they will need to use Emeriss’ technology to counter Mandalore’s. Zendral responded with disbelief that he knows that Emeriss is playing both sides of the war for their own sick agenda, to which Keiran responded by saying that he isn’t comfortable with that decision either, and all that Keiran says that he can do is show the Chiss Ascendency all of the evidence that the party collected of the crimes Emeriss perpetrated and the times when Emeriss broke the Chiss code. Zendral, upset that Emeriss is basically getting a free pass, leaves the council room in a huff.
Keiran then tells the party that what they need to do is track down the leader of the Galactic Axis, Orm; and make sure that the supply of Force Sensitives Orm is sending to his masters gets cut off for good. Its just that Keiran doesn’t know where to start in this endeavor.
Then Arken speaks up and says that he knows of one person that might know more of Orm’s location. This person is Arken’s brother-in-law, Tavish Brix; the person Arken had originally hired to work with the party, before Tavish backed off on the deal and sent Orwell to go with the party instead.