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40 posts. Alias of The Dalesman.


"Understood - they should be hitting atmosphere in ten."

"If this little tale is true, one of your wife's students went out and sacked a secret research lab, raided its databanks for information, freed a large group of captives and commandeered a ship to bring them here."

"The ship has no functioning tracking equipment on it, so that's an added plus..." the elf adds with just a hint of humor.

Tamrin's thoughts are interrupted by an alert from his communicator. He mutes the detention room comm as he opens his secure channel to the Harbinger Ascendant.

"Tamrin, were you expecting a hijacked Imperial vessel in-system today?"

Fivain's measured yet still melodious voice comes across the channel a few seconds later.

"Tamrin - we have a rather warm 'package' inbound to you. It will be arriving at your teleport pad in a few minutes, and database information is updating now via secure tunnel. No appreciable wear and tear, but it should probably be inspected, just the same."

"Understood - it'll be touching down in twenty. I'm sending IFF codes to your mechjocks and James now so they know it's coming," the elf replies. "I'll make sure to get extra provisions in it as well."

"And the crew's already set for whatever you need - just give the word. Harbinger out."

Aanandareavekki wrote:
I'm guessing this is one of those uncomfortable times when Fivain really doesn't want to think too hard about what Tamrin's family is capable of. Sometimes it's better to just be thankful they're on your side. ;P

Actually, no. Fivain's just a tad frustrated by Aananda's lack of forward thinking, and not checking first to see if there was any intel or tech worth salvaging from Aegythrax's lab before it all got slagged.

When you're a guerilla movement, you can't afford to just destroy or throw away the enemy's swag. Ah well... ;)

Aanandareavekki wrote:

"The site has been scrubbed clean."

"You might not want to know. Technically he's still alive, but that is a temporary condition. And I have been assured that he will not be enjoying the afterlife...or coming back from it."

"....Acknowledged, Avalon. We'll have agents monitor the system for any chatter or other activity, just in case. And congratulations on a successful rescue. Tell Vai I hope she can have at least a couple of days of nice, boring rest after all of this. Harbinger out."

"And please elaborate on the phrase 'dealt with'..." the elf adds.

Loverly....I can't edit my post.

Aanandareavekki wrote:
"Harbinger, this is Avalon calling. Be advised that the girl has been safely retrieved. Also, you can take Aegythrax off your threat list. He has been dealt with. To the best of my knowledge we were in and out without being spotted by any of the natives."

"That is good news, Avalon. I'm glad she is alright."

"Is there anything for us to bother trying to clean up at the site, or was it obliterated?"

Aanandareavekki wrote:

"Okay, hang on."

Aananda hits a button on her headband.

"Hello? This is Avalon calling the Harbinger. The girl Vai Emkar has been taken and we're trying to track her down. Can you please get back to us immediately and let us know if Aegythrax has any known haunts in this area of space? I'm sending the map file with the area highlighted now."

"Harbinger Ascendant acknowledges, Avalon. Tranmission received - stand by," the familiar voice of Fivain responds.

A moment later:

"Aegythrax didn't keep his laboratories close to each other, but there was a site that was supposed to be taken out a few months ago in this region. Small forested world called Darsoum. Exact planetside coordinates inbound to you now. Good hunting, Avalon - bring her back (and that bastard blue's scaly hide too, if you can manage)."

"....Yes sir," she affirms quietly. "I'll keep you apprised of our progress."

"Tamrin, if ships do show up and find us here..." she starts to reply.

"Wha.....why would he...how did he do it!?"

"How can we possibly.....stand by."

There is silence on the line for a moment, then swearing in the background

"What the hell just happened Tam!? The planet's surface had nothing, and now there are cities and people everywhere! What happened!?!?"

"Massive lifesign readings, and sporadic technological energy signatures. They showed up right after the massive magic spike that blew our main scrying sensors," the elven woman replies. "We're almost in range for a visual of the surface."

"Please tell me you have some explanation for why we're suddenly getting all kinds of energy signatures planet-side," Tamrin's former teacher asks, an edge of concern tinging her normally melodic voice.

Aananda wrote:

"Um, thank you?"

"Do you actually dislike me, or is it just that you don't trust me?" she blurted out. She blushed. "I'm sorry. I shouldn't have said that out loud. Sometimes my mouth moves faster than my brain."

"Let's just say, for both my former apprentice's sake and the sake of this Order he now loosely leads, that I hope I am wrong about you. Considering the events of the last 24 hours, however...well, we shall just have to see."

"I believe your mother is waiting for you on the Academy Deck, in the Library. Unless Doctor Zeppler has managed to woo her, of course. You might want to go check on her and make sure she's alright," she says with a smile as she sits back down and picks up the datapad.

She puts down her datapad and picks up the one Aananda placed on the table, pulling up some of her research.

"It seems that all of the praise regarding your technical savvy that has been heaped upon you is justified," she says after a moment. "Thank you."

She puts down the datapad and stands up.

"It has been...a very give and take experience, Aananda. I wish you the best in your travels," she says with a formal nod.

Aananda wrote:
Imperial Chronicler wrote:
Tam and Aananda find Fivain on the Stellar Observation Deck. She is seated, going over something in a datapad in her hand.
"Um, Fivain? I don't mean to interrupt or anything, but I have something for you. I, uh, think you'll like it."

She blinks, slowly - almost deliberately - before looking up, eyebrow raised appraisingly.

"If the rumors spreading around Engineering are any indication, I may indeed," she replies with a small smile.

She smiles, and puts a hand on his arm.

"I know that you will do what you think is right. Hopefully it will be so."

She turns back to the others.

"I'm sure you would all like a sojourn from our internal philosophical debates. Why don't you show them around, Tam, and get them quartered so they can rest and get comfortable. We will catch up later."

"For now, you are our guests, and we will try to be as acccomodating a host as we can be for you."

She starts to leave the chamber, and calls out over her shoulder with a smile, "Welcome aboard the Harbinger Ascendent."

And now my fingers rest. Night all ;)

Fivain lets out a long breath, then says quietly, "Yes, Tam. I remember that day as clearly as if it were yesterday."

She stands up and walks over to him.

"So is this going to be another one of 'Tamrin's Laws' added to the Codex, then? Another change to our course?"

"This order is balanced on the blade of a knife right now, Tamrin. We can't afford to make any more enemies. There aren't enough of us left to survive another culling. Do you really want to risk putting both sides of the draconic races against us?"

"Trying to lie to the patriarch of the Gold dragons, the leader of the Qesemet clans, and the first Emperor of the Dragon Empire? Really?"

"Which would require telling him about these two and the third one who is possessed by a powerful demonic entity. Again, how do you think that will go over, Tamrin?"

"And what? Detain him? Imprison him? Kill him?"

"How do you think any of those actions will go over with Khelorn and his allies, Tamrin? Of which this order counts (however tenuously) as one?"

Fivain turns her chair to face Tam.

"And did they ask you to come here, or did you offer that idea up yourself?"

"Yes, Tamrin?"

Cardcaster Ryo wrote:
Fivain wrote:
"And what 'kind' are you and your daughter, just for the record?"

"The kind you don't have to worry about, Lady Fivian. You should consider such allies, if they choose to ally with you while we are here, true gems in the mine you might say."

I'm sorry, but I had to say it! A way of telling her without actually telling her? Yeah, I pretty much had too...

"Based on the...fragmentary information you're giving me, 'ally' is a pretty strong word to use since we already have an 'alliance' with members of the Qesemet, which you say have no love for your kind."

Ryleh wrote:

"A demon. A very powerful one, I am sorry to say. As I said, we will deal with that situation."

"And for the record? We don't exist."

"You don't exist. Hmmm...just like us." she replies wryly. "Yet, just like us, here you are."

"Who is this Silver, and what precisely are you asking of us?"

Ryleh wrote:
"Our kind and our likeminded allies of many other races seceded from the Empire a long time ago. The place we made for ourselves is well hidden,and has been for many centuries. Until recently. A Silver found his way into our hiding place, and while there was unfortunately captured and corrupted by my son. We will deal with my son when we are able to, but in the meantime it is imperative that this Silver neither betrays our existence to the other dragons or provides Chan'trikalliax with yet more power beyond what the abomination that has possessed him has already given him."

"What manner of abomination has possessed your son? And what 'kind' are you and your daughter, just for the record?"

"And wars involving dragons never favor anyone else," Fivain says flatly. "Something we discovered far too late, I'm afraid."

She leans forward, templing her hands on the table.

"Why are you here, then, if you are not in good standing with either of the draconic dynasties?"

Ryleh wrote:
Fivain wrote:

"I greet you both," she says formally, switching fluidly to the draconic tongue. "That's an interesting naming structure. Most modern dragon names have shied away from it these days. There is a history lover in your family tree, perhaps...?"

"I have no idea what 'modern' dragons consider appropriate names. Our names are as they have always been. We have had nothing to do with the Empire for a very long time."
Aananda wrote:
"Can we speak in common please? I'm still learning the language and I feel like I'm only getting every third word when we speak in draconic."

Switching back to Common at Aananda's request, she arches an eyebrow at Ryleh's response.

"And why is that, if I may ask?"

"I greet you both," she says formally, switching fluidly to the draconic tongue. "That's an interesting naming structure. Most modern dragon names have shied away from it these days. There is a history lover in your family tree, perhaps...?"

Cardcaster Ryo wrote:

Ryo takes a seat.

"Ryo Antairus. Home World: Unknown."

He smiles. It's true of course, he has no idea what the name of the planet Agartha hides in is. Not that he would tell them if he did...

Cards help him if Antairus is a draconic name... Thought it up last week as I was making Ruji's stats.

"A pleasure, Mr. Antairus. 'Homeworld Unknown'...it sounds like you travel as much as my former apprentice here," she says with a nod to Tam.

She turns her gaze to Aananda and Ryleh.

She nods.

"Your idea paid off handsomely while you were gone. We've avoided quite a few...entanglements, thanks to it," noting Aananda's wide-eyed curiosity.

She leads everyone down the hall, through a few turns (and some very stout looking doors that slide open as the go) into a large room filled with chairs and tables. An array of screens (similar to Tam's datapad screen, but much larger) adorn the walls, and the center of the room has a circular console on a raised pedestal.

"So," she says as she motions for everybody else to sit, "I suppose some formal introductions and a lot of catching up are in order...?"

Cardcaster Ryo wrote:

"Since we've been invited in so warmly, of course."

"Though considering our last stop, it was warm..."

"Well young man, we're not in the hospitality industry, so you'll have to forgive the lack of such attentions here," she replies with a smile, briefly glancing at Tam appraisingly.

Fivain casts her gaze across Aananda, Ryleh and Ryo, then raises her free hand to the wall.

"Security? Everything is under control here. Lower the circle - ten seconds, then reactivate."

A tinny voice replies, "Yes, ma'am. Circle disengaging - now."

The circle stops glowing.

"If you'd care to join us in the hall before it reactivates...?" she asks the group as she finally holsters her own Caster.

Tamrin Sunwake wrote:
Fivain wrote:

"And Tamrin wouldn't bring Qesemet dragons here. Nor would he bring Asamet dragons here unless there was a very good reason to do so," she interrupts.

"They are no threat at the moment. It's alright."

"Umm - well, they're neither. Which is some of the reason why I brought them here, mistress," Tam says, bowing his head to the elf woman in deference. "A lot's happened in the last few...um, how long have I been gone, exactly?"

"Several years. We knew you survived the incident in the tunnels, but could never find you, regardless of our method of searching. My guess is that your nose for finding new places kicked in again?"

"And Tamrin wouldn't bring Qesemet dragons here. Nor would he bring Asamet dragons here unless there was a very good reason to do so," she interrupts.

"They are no threat at the moment. It's alright."

Tamrin Sunwake wrote:

"Sean? It's alright, you can stand down - these folks are with me," Tam says as he moves to the front of the group. "I guess the new detection system....."

His voice trails off as he sees the elven woman.


The elven woman smiles slightly, speaking with an easy grace.

"Welcome back, Tamrin. We were wondering where you had wandered off to this time. I see you are keeping....colorful company, as usual."

"Sean, holster your Caster. That's no proper way to greet your Master now, is it?"