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 Post Posted: Fri, February 06th 2009 05:24pm    Post subject:
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"Mmm, I sense a great deal of bravery in you," Yoogle began their answer, "And your fault, it was not." Yoogle pondered the woman's thought process, and remembered when he was first learning of his "gift". Master Yoda had found him as a young child, and brought him to Coruscant to train and become a Jedi.

Times were different then, and this woman, had lacked the years of experiences and familiarity of the Force. It was a foreign, almost dangerous concept to her. Ikrit was the one to comfort her on this, "The Force is not a possession of one's body. It does not make the user do evil, nor does it hold an obligation to perform good. The Dark Side sees the Force as a tool, using dark emotions to strengthen their abilities."

"Or," Yoogle continued on the train of thought, "It could be an ally, a source of defense, like you have demonstrated. That is the path of a Jedi, defense and knowledge through the Force."

"We choose to live in harmony with those around us, seeking the betterment of the galaxy, through peace and guidance," Ikirt flicking his tail from side to side, "Our views have somewhat shifted, however, from the Old Republic, and we will instruct you in both. Ways that have held the Jedi for thousands of years, and a new philosophy we have adopted."

Ikrit continued, "The greatest difference, is we teach of the Living Force. We live in the moment, focusing rarely on the future, and putting our efforts into balancing the Force of today. Too long have we studied, and prepared for a future...."

Ikrit's voice dropped, and Yoogle could sense why. They recalled the days when the Masters of the Council had foreseen Anakin Skywalker as the Chosen One, and a time when the Force would truly be balanced...

"In essence," Yoogle picked up, "We invite you to learn with us, to grow your ability to sense, and utilize the Force. Corrupted, you are not, unless chosen to be, by your own accord."

"I sense much good in you," Ikrit smiled, "And great things can be accomplished by your will. You defended the majority of your friends, and once you recognized the Force as potential danger, you chose to understand yourself."

"Make a great contribution, you will." Yoogle concluded, "Have you as a pupil, we will."


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 Post Posted: Mon, February 09th 2009 12:24am    Post subject:
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Tash nodded, understanding and recalling her use of the Dark Side of the Force in recent times. Her thought process when she attacked Salla Zend was exactly that of the dark side as Master Ikrit had described. It mattered very little now, though. Yes Tash had used the Dark Side of the Force, but it had been out of ignorance. She hadn't accepted its corruptive influence and such use had been an anomaly as opposed to the systematic corruption of her conscience and self.

"It will be an honor to learn the ways of the Jedi," said Tash, standing in order to bow to the Masters.

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A youngling by the name of Zander Kuola entered the room, his human age around ten, yet a formidable and promising student of their Order. Ikrit beamed at Zander's arrival, welcoming the young pupil and introducing him to their new student.

"Zander, this is Tash. Tash, Zander. He is one of the most gifted, and intellectual students," Ikrit spoke highly, but then again, he said that about all their younglings. Yoogle, however, agreed. They were all special, and bright. The Force was strong with Zander, and so was his conscience.

"Zander, take Tash to her new room, will you?" Yoogle asked, also pleased to see him.

"Yes, Masters. I came to belay the news... Master Taris Wilton arrived on Nar Shadda and apprehended the bounty hunter who had stolen a pair of our lightsabers," Zander bowed before he had spoken, and his words were emotionless, yet he held confidence with Master Taris, that he showed rarely to anyone else. He was fond of the woman, and in the coming year, it was probable Master Wilton would take him to be her apprentice.

A worthy, and capable duo, "Good, good," Yoogle confirmed, "Recovered the Lost Lightsabers, she has," his reflection brought both comfort to Ikrit, and vitalized the respect Zander held for the woman.

"Arranda, we have two other students training at the first level beginning in three days. In the meantime, we ask that you study at the Jedi Archives, and take in as much knowledge as you can. Familiarize yourself with the Great Jedi Purge, and the reasons why the Old Order had failed. The strengths, and weaknesses of a Jedi." Ikirt instructed carefully, "Learn much, but do not be afraid to learn too little."

"A great Jedi, formed with a great sense of knowledge, they are," Yoogle continued, "But overwhelm your mind, we shall not. When you're tired, seek the Meditation Chamber... several, there are, but choose one to your liking."

Ikirt flowed with Yoogle's instruction, "We do not expect you to perfect in your quest in the Archives, nor in the art of Meditation. It is a lesson, that you will learn in the days to come. If you seek friends, you are surrounded by them. They hold little judgement, and great bonds of companionship can be made."

"And finally," Yoogle smiled, "Do not feel overwhelmed, nor held back. We move, and teach at your own pace. But be warry of your feelings, Arranda, for sense them, we can. Force you to reveal them, we will not, yet hide them, will only stall your progress. Feel worry, or fear, tell us, you should," Yoogle paused, "But I sense, you will progress rather well."
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 Post Posted: Fri, February 13th 2009 09:24am    Post subject:
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Tash bowed to the Masters before leaving the room and following the young initiate to what she would come to know in the coming weeks and months as home. She was almost glad to be gone from the presence of the Masters. The way they look at her made it seem as though they knew everything she was thinking and if they were to believed, they really did.

"Your thoughts betray you," said young Zander, interrupting them.
"Sorry?" replied Tash, startled.
"The Masters are not to be feared. They are the guardians and mentors of all Jedi. If you have faith in nothing else about the Jedi Order, you should have faith in them."
"Thank you," replied Tash, really meaning it. Hearing the words come from such an innocent-looking source somehow resolved the conflict she was having with regard to the power of the masters. The rest of the journey progressed in silence, but Tash thought she felt the young Jedi probing her with his mind, looking for the conflict that he had earlier managed to resolve within her.

Tash bade the young Jedi goodbye at the door to her quarters. She entered to find a sterile-feeling room with a bed, a desk, a chair and an empty bookshelf. Removing the blaster that she had kept with her since arriving back at the ship on Etti IV, Tash placed it on the desk with the safety on. A look at her wrist chrono told her that it was almost dusk. She considered trying to find something to eat, but found her appetite to be missing. Eager to get an early start in the morning, Tash went to bed early.

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As the human left their audience, Yoogle turned to his old friend, "Great were the days, when filled the halls of the Jedi were." Ikrit agreed, leaping from his chair to walk at Yoogle's side. Together they walked the empty halls, now the Order was slowly rising in number, they would be begin to seek a world that wasn't an ecumenopolis. New Jedi, as most of them were, required the silence, the meditation that only the serenity of a forest, or the challenges of an ice or desert world could bring.

"Spoke to Kyp Durron, I have, and agreed he has on our venture to a new world," Yoogle relayed, "What have you collected?"

"Most of the Jedi agree, with only Knight Yun disagreeing. He fears the Sith will locate, and eradicate us with ease if we leave the Rebel homeworld. With Palpatine back, it's a logical prediction."Yoogle couldn't help, but to agree, they had to take the latest Dark Lord into their thoughts. They needed a world where the Jedi were safe enough, that they could continue their studies. "Staying on Denon, in a massive Temple, isn't fitting for our students. It holds many applications, but it is no longer the foundation of our Order. I have found it to be too much of a reminder of the Old Republic. I see unliving ghosts, memories that shouldn't become a constant reminder."

"The younger Jedi, however, find comfort in this place of solitude," Yoogle added, "Agree with you, I do. Have many choices, we do." Ikrit and Yoogle continued their conversation, before parting for their separate meditation rooms. Yoogle enjoyed the Zamorian Ocean, a room where the water flowed in beautiful ripple-waves, yet was as silent as though it wasn't there. When staring at your reflection, the liquid vibrated a strange aura around you.

Foreign-world eels danced with each other, and everytime their bodies connected, a peaceful melody would soothe all those who could hear it. The eels electrified as Yoogle entered, beginning their dance throughout the watery-liquid. Hello friends, Yoogle reached out to the creatures with the Force, while using it to help his leap across the room and into a wroshyr seedling tree.

Although the room was beautiful, he closed his eyes and projected the memory of his homeworld. Surrounded by his friends and family, Yoogle visited and joined a rather lavish feast....
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 Post Posted: Sat, February 14th 2009 08:37pm    Post subject:
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Tash woke early, eager to begin her training. The task she was to undertake was one that she understood, one of learning from books. She wouldn't have had a degree in anthropology from the University of Mrlsst if she wasn't any good at research. The first issue was finding the Jedi Archives, which only took about half an hour. Everything looked the same to Tash and she got the feeling she had been walking in circles for at least twenty minutes of that half hour.

It didn't matter now though, she had found the library and immediately sat down at one of the consoles. She entered 'Great Jedi Purge' into the search algorithm and scrolled down the list of resources. Among the first were 'Order 66' and 'Jedi Temple Attack'. Tash clicked on Order 66.

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Tash was horrified by what she saw on the screen. Entire armies of stormtroopers gunning down Jedi while their backs were turned. They weren't like stormtroopers that Tash had seen though. These troops had colour on their armor and different helmets. Tash scrolled past the pictures and started reading the article.

It was once she got to the end that Tash understood. They weren't stormtroopers, they were clone troopers and they weren't hunting the Jedi, they were betraying them. The Jedi had served as generals in a conflict called the Clone Wars. This confused Tash even more. Why would Jedi Knights and Masters serve on the front lines during a war. Surely that would violate their peacekeeper mandate.

The article didn't answer many questions. If anything, it raised more than it answered. Why were the Jedi leading armies and why didn't they realise Palpatine was evil? It seemed so obvious to her ... he was Emperor Palpatine. There wasn't ever a time where he was anything but evil. It didn't make sense in the context of the Jedi she knew about.

She read the next part about the attack on the Jedi Temple, hoping that it would answer some of the questions that the previous article had posed. It didn't. The article mentioned that a Jedi named Anakin Skywalker had lead the attack, later becoming Darth Vader. Tash wondered if he was any relation to Luke Skywalker, the emerging Jedi she had met a couple of times over the years. Skywalker had slaughtered the assembled Jedi with the help of a battalion of Clones and burned the temple.

It was disturbing, but still didn't help Tash understand how it all came about. How did Anakin Skywalker go from chosen one to slaughtering children? Surely it wasn't like flicking a switch. There had to be warning signs that he was a psychopath. It was then that Tash understood why Ikrit wanted her to meditate after her research; these unanswered questions were making her head hurt.

She decided to seek out one of the meditation rooms to settle her thoughts and center herself.

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Yoogle could sense the Jedi, all of them, as they co-existed in the Temple. His mind watched over them carefully, as though blanketing them with unseen comfort. The Council had come to an agreement, the Jedi Temple, as sacred, and as useful as it had been to them, would no longer serve as the training ground to the Order.

The Jedi were approaching a new year, and with it, they would undertake new responsibilities. Three younglings were called to the Council's attention, all of them eagerly ready to take on the challenges that were chosen for them.

"Master Yoogle, how can we help?" one of the children asked, his eyes wide, and as open as his mind was. His connection to the Force was brilliant, and it was Yoogle himself, who had discovered the young boy in an orphanage within the Ryloth sector.

"Great assistance, in packaging the archives, we need. With great care, assist the librarians and the droids, will you?" Yoogle would not order, nor mandate any instructions for their departure from the world of Denon. It may have been decided, but it would become a collective choice.

"Yes, Master. I will. I look forward to the Council's new training ground." he bowed, and parted the room. His heart was proud, yet lacked the dangerous sense of pride that could critically alter a Jedi's path and lead him to the dark side. He was a student, that Yoogle had placed a great amount of faith in.

A pink twi'lek girl, a rare color for her species, beamed as Ikrit focused their attention squarely on her. Her connection to the Force was also promising, yet her dedication to her studies had always been somewhat lacking. It was her lightsaber training, however, that always showed a great abundance of skill. "Masters?"

"Young Kaylie, we have chosen a special task for you. In the month that it will take us to prepare mentally for our departure, we ask that you assist in the training of our scouting parties. We ask that you accompany Corran Horn, and seek several crystal deposits. We have an ample supply here at the Temple, but we wish to reserve them for future generations."

She smiled, but allowed it to disappear, attempting to show the Jedi council her professionalism, "Yes, Masters. May the Force be with you."

"And May the Force be with you," Kyle Katarn stated, bowing in unison with the others around him. And finally, the oldest of the three younglings. Zax Orion had proved ready to embark and test his training within the Jedi Trials, but more accomplishments, and mental control needed to be demonstrated. "Zax Orion, you have been chosen to assist in the exploration of the Valley of the Jedi. It has been several years since our expedition took place to set the souls to rest, and finally, we have chosen to revisit Ruusan."

"Set up planetary shield generators, your task force will." Yoogle added, seeking out Kyp Durron's advice, "Long has Ruusan served the Jedi, and continue this legacy, we will."

Zax bowed, his emotions in a higher check than his fellow younglings. As his shoulders rose, he departed from the meeting. The Council meditated softly, waiting for the final hours of the night to end.

Tomorrow, Tash Arranda would receive some of her first lessons from Ikrit, Yoogle would communicate with his old Padawan, and Kyle Katarn would leave to conduct security checks for several of the Rebellion's Senators. The Council would then, put in a request for Rebel aide in their quest for a new training camp.

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In the days since she had been set her research task, Tash had completely lost track of the day/night cycle on Denon. She rarely ventured anywhere near an outside window and thus couldn't be sure if it was night or day when she woke up to begin her research again.

It was rewarding, yet confusing work. Rather than research the history of the Jedi, per se she had reinterpreted the request and started doing research on the various battles of the Clone Wars, watching through her imagination as the print on the screen caused images of death and destruction at the hands of Jedi, clones and droids alike.

It seemed wrong to her that keepers of the peace were used in this manner. Fighting for justice was one thing, but leading an army for it crossed the line into that of a common soldier, in Tash's opinion. In addition to this, special ranks had been created for the Jedi, all involving the rank of general and none having paid their dues to reach the title.

Mystic powers didn't grant the Jedi the right to skip the chain of command and Tash thought it immoral that they took part in the war at all. Though they were undoubtably successful at this endevour, Tash wondered what the cost was. Had the Jedi stuck to protecting diplomats and actually searching for the Sith, they would not have been spread so thin and would not had been in front of thirty or more blasters that would target them once a single, previously created order had been spoken by the Supreme Chancellor.

The warrior role taken by the Clone Wars Jedi was not the only thing that disappointed Tash about how the Jedi had handled the Clone Wars. Anakin Skywalker, who apparently wasn't the Chosen One after all, was already at risk of seduction by the Dark Side because of a childhood in slavery and was still permitted to chase Dark Jedi around the galaxy and fight against them, irrespective of the fact that most on the council had said on record that they thought the boy was reckless.

It seemed to Tash that the Jedi had forsaken their principles and instead taken the course of action that lead to the greatest power, not for themselves but to be used against the enemy. Skywalker was a powerful Jedi and so was set loose against armies and dark forces during which time he exhibited recklessness that should have alerted his Master, if not the order as a whole to the fact that young Anakin was not the Jedi he should have been.

As Tash lay on her back in the undergrowth of a garden in the Room of a Thousand Fountains, she realised that she could sum up her opinion of the research she had done so far in one word. Disappointing. She realised that Masters Yoogle and Ikrit were right about the past failings of the Jedi Order and that a new vision for the future was needed if the Order was even going to survive.

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The Jedi Temple buzzed with activity, with students running to their morning studies, as Masters Yoogle, Ikrit, and Katarn walked the stairs to the inner council room. There, they would await for student Tash Arranda, and interpret the progress she had made. Once the meeting was over, Yoogle would introduce her to more depth training in using the Force itself, if the Council felt it was the necessary next step.

Yoogle had yet to hear from his old apprentice, and he eagerly waited for his progress on eliminating the rising Dark Jedi threat within the Exchange. His encounter with the Ysalamiri had not yet happened, as Yoogle could still detect his presence. It was small, and distant, but nevertheless, it was there.

The Force was with him.

Denon's morning sunlight shined through the Temple walls, beaming the Jedi with a fresh sense of daily undertaking. Yoogle curled his legs, meditating on a strange bird that had flew across the sky. His thoughts joined the creature, watching it soar in morning glory, before it tucked its wings and dived.

The wind brushed against its feathers in a brisk velocity as the creature pludged towards the surface...

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Tash woke up, not having a clue what the time was. She checked to chrono that had been sitting abandoned on her desk since she arrived and was startled to see that she had been at the temple for almost three weeks. It hadn't seemed like that long, but there had been times where it felt like she was in the archives for days on end.

Fortunately, she was well rested and felt energised as she dressed in preparation to go before the Jedi Council. She wasn't sure how to feel, her disappointment with the Jedi was profound, but she also knew that the council was aware of the issues that it had and was working to rectify the situation. She couldn't really judge anyway, having murdered a criminal using the Force barely a month earlier.

Whatever the future of the Order held, Tash was sure that there was a place in it for her. The Jedi temple felt as much like home as Uncle Hoole's ship had, perhaps more so because of the peace and tranquility that seemed to be imbued in the walls.

Tash made her way to the Council room, one of the few that she could find without consulting a map or getting lost. She reached the large ornate doors and reached out a hand to knock, a sense of excitement running through her.

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