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Role Play Notes (8/28/20)

Open Role Playing Session 8/28/20
Regarding Pentastar & Vyjand Actions and the Role of Nigita in them.


Overview of post-lockdown actions

(Full summary available in: World Event: Mavros Contagion)

  • Relief teams starting coming in
  • Mercy Corps - Ship Recovery, Repairs, Fire Teams. Digging out rubble, treating patients, fixing ships. Restore buildings that can be restored, deal with rubble.
  • Vigil - Medical Supplies, Hunter/Killer Teams, Orbital Assets. More hospital ships are enroute, including the Hesperus (but they’re not fast, so they’ll get here eventually - even with JK piloting)
  • Any player factions that got beaten up from the saboteurs, assassin droid tanks, fire bombs, criminal raids, etc. are returned back to the status they were before hell broke loose.
  • The Republic stood down once they saw the containment fleet show up - they didn’t engage.
  • Republic classified the whole thing.
  • Persistent Memory started negotiations to participate in ruling council. Representatives of governor’s office, republic, corpsec, vague consortium of concerns that’s probably criminals.
  • The Vigil satellites are broadcasting the containment signal. The signal (Vyjand Control) that was going out that caused it to grow and convert organic material - as long as it’s jammed, that doesn’t happen.
  • Hopefully the teams on world can hunt down the remaining brains and make sure they don’t need the remaining satellites anymore
  • As sort of reparations, Vigil left two of their refit Nebulon frigates - fully crewed with droids, just waiting for captains.
  • Beginning of ministry of defense, along with the captured Pentastar Corvette (Imperial Vigil Class)
  • Operatives of Black Sun were seen on the streets during the riots and fires.
  • Black Sun was trying to capture medicines to sell on black market - profiteering, etc.

  • Session Starts 24 hours after last night’s conclusion

    Sola shares her suppositions:
    Pentastar - Tree is a map to other vergences, nexus locations throughout the galaxy. Given Vigil bunker (Bunker 153) and the age of it - this might have been how Vigil discovered their homeworld. With the right tools, Pentastar, if they have the right precursors, could be used as a map to go back to Vigil homeworld, which would be bad. Question on how they would be able to identify which was the planet?

    Other possibilities Sola came up with:
    Option 2 - The vergence/nexus on the Vigil homeworld is unique, at least as far as what it purports to be able to do (Resurrection of the Vanguard). Suggests to ask Vigil what that is. Given everything associated with the Force, there seems to be an opposite side - what if there exists the metaphysical opposite of the Vigil nexus. If the Vigil nexus is a fountain of light side that brings people back through the light side, is there a nexus out there that pulls a death Force. That could cause galactic destruction. Bandit doesn’t think the nexus was pure light side (nor do Fausto and Sabbath.) However, all note that the Vigil craft devices to "tune" the power of a Nexus (like those used on Ossus in B16. Shelter) which could hide the nature of the Nexus. Also, doesn’t imply that a giant light side couldn’t be a weapon of mass destruction. OR if this opposite exists, it could be a way to destroy the Vanguard permanently, which could also be problematic.

    Option 3 - They might be able to use that map to find where all the imprisoned Vanguard are in the hopes of releasing them and causing damage to the galaxy.

    Option 4 - Some other vergence they’re interested in and could only find it by use of the tree

    Sabbath wonders if they drew the Vyjand here to see if they could do it.

    Seru asks a bunch of questions:
    What is Vanguard? Bandit explains - Force Constructs powered by the departed Force Echo of a Force User. For all intent and purpose, a living being, but one more vulnerable to dark side corruption.)
    What are the Vyjand? Bandit, Tia, and Sabbath explain - Extragalactic invaders who crossed dark space from another galaxy. Reject technology in favor of custom organic symbiotes. Appear to be immune to the influence of the Force and do not appear in it.

     

    Where was the Harmonium Council?

    They were helping elsewhere where the tree was being attacked OR upon discovery that the disease affects Force users more. Effectively they hid.

     

    Team from "Seeds of Order" mission

    The group that protected the ship prevented Pentastar from uploading information about the Tree. The imperial officer was taken into custody. Promised to be spared the death penalty, and if Pentastar has captured any prisoners of ours now or in the future, he’d be used in prisoner exchange. He took the offer eagerly. Sola is suspicious of whether he’s telling the truth.

     

    Open Discussion

  • Vigil formed thousands of years ago. (Bandit)
  • Prior to 200 years ago, there were 40 Force users or less. (Bandit)
  • Not a lot they could do then, because they die and go back to where they came from. (Bandit)
  • They decided to build a fleet, start recruiting and evacuating refugees from planets during the Clone Wars and Imperial Eras. (Tia, Sabbath)
  • Pentastar could be infiltrated by Vyjand. (Bandit, Sabbath, Tia)
  • Or they could be investigating the Vyjand. (Sola)
  • There are 16 imprisoned Vanguard. (Sabbath, from a conversation with JK)
  • If you kill Vanguard and they’re crazy - they come back crazy. (Sabbath, Tia, from conversations with JK)
  • We’re discounting that a former Vanguard member was captured by Pentastar and they have him in custody, trying to find out information. (Bandit)
  • Seems highly suspicious - that they want to deny us an asset and retain a map ourselves. (Bandit)
  • Sola is most concerned about possibility of opposite vergence. (Sola)
  • Seru says take a black hole, stare into it. If you’re Force sensitive and stare at black holes, it freaks you out. Whatever’s on the other side, it’s bad. Unclear what the deal is. (Seru)
  • When you leave the galaxy, there is no Force. (Bandit, Sabbath)
  • There’s a bunch of Vigil fighters, tanks, scanning for brain nodes, fire-control droids, etc. wandering around.
  • Their eventual plan is to leave (Said by Assyria the night before.)
  • Tia wonders if there’s an Option 5: That they might be trying to make their own Vanguard, or something similar
  • Every target the Vyjand have hit so far has been Pentastar territory, except for Endor.
  • For 15 years the Vigil have been directly fighting the Vyjand inside the Galaxy. (Sola notes records of planetary battles from the wall of the fallen.)
  • There was a fight on Sernpidal and Helska, both weren’t so populated as Veragi.
  • Before Veragi, Pentastar was aware something was going on, but they didn’t know what.
  • After that, they got wind of the Vigil as a thing, Possibly there was surveillance, droids who could spot things, etc. on Veragi.
  • Tia will express concern that they may be somewhat compromised by Pentastar somewhere.
  • Assyria read the governor in last night. (Bandit)
  • Assyria told Bandit that they didn’t put any restrictions on the three fledgelings intentionally. They’re their own agents on the planet, don’t need permission to tell people things
  • He said she told him that. (Bandit)  

    NPCs Arrive
    (Commander Assyria, Magister Caerr'Lon, Agent Rambaud, Governor Hothden)

  • Governor shows up with Black Squad (Rangers that report to Kortho) in the hall.
  • He looks like he’s been drinking for the last 24 hours straight
  • He keeps looking at Assyria and Caerr’Lon with the “why did you tell me this?” face.
  • Sola asks if the Vigil folks had a chance to analyze things.
  • The Agent says she has operatives working on it now.
  • She doesn’t believe her organization is compromised for now (citing conditioning), but cannot speak for rest of the military. (Agent)
  • Says from everything that they’ve seen regarding Pentastar, at least the Ministry of Science appears to be more adept than their Imperial counterparts were. (Agent)
  • They seem to be looking at long-term strategy of how do they exist with these species, when they can compromise citizens, and prevent them from doing so. (Agent)
  • They don’t know what they’re doing with former Vanguard Kalis Marr. (Assyria)
  • Bandit asks if the Vigil Council has made a decision about what to do about the communication breach. (Bandit)
  • She checks a device on her wrist - there’s an earpop, she watches telltales. It appears to be some sort of jamming device. (Agent)
  • She says as of right now, they’re leaving it compromised and instituting different means through farspeaking through Vanguard - since that can’t be compromised. (Agent)
  • There’s a problem, they suspect that whatever’s going on has affected the Libra consciousness. (Assyria)
  • Apparently there were lives lost on containment fleet when certain Libra elements went rogue and mutineed - caused them to take Libra’s communications facility offline on home system. (Agent)
  • Without that, none of Libra modes in fleet are capable to contact the homeworld, forcing all Libra into regenerative stasis. (Agent)
  • No active Libra anywhere.
  • The droids on ships are individual, with data center, with repository. Those replicate across the Lynk Network, but are now isolated to each flagship. (Assyria)
  • The ships the Vigil donated aren’t connected. (Agent)
  • She says that bunker 153 could be turned into a lynk node. (Agent)
  • She says there was an odd request from a droid (describing JACT0) when they landed. (Agent)
  • Sabbath asks if Doc analyzed Velayna’s info.
  • They’re still enroute, JK headed back to The Hesperus after getting Assyria and Caerr’Lon (Assyria)
  • Assyria and Caerr’Lon are officers, explaining that Vanguard make up the command ranks of the fleet. (Assyria)
  • Assyria asks how they can help
  • Sabbath thanks them for helping
  • Assyria says Admiral Veloth is an acquired taste - one they haven’t acquired yet. He performs a particular job, and does it well.
  • She says they couldn’t suffer the losses they suffered on Sernpidal (noted as Operation Skyfall in service records) again.
  • Assyria says if there’s something she cannot say, she’ll say so
  • They read the governor in on who they are
  • Read him in on number of additional associates they have that know who we are
  • Including queen of Onderon Protectorate, who was read in earlier this year.
  • High-ranking members in Republic military - they know what they do, and why, which is at root of their alliance with the Republic Remnant
  • Sabbath asks if war scientists figured out why Pentastar might be taking on the Vyjand like this
  • Assyria says they’ve been affected the most
  • Sola says at a minimum, most of Pentastar’s trying to stop them
  • Bandit asks if Pentastar fought directly with Vyjand
  • Assyria says there have been several derelict Pentastar vessels in various locations where they’ve encountered the enemy
  • They were battle-damaged
  • There aren’t many Vyjand inside the galaxy.
  • After initial breach at Vector Prime, they were able to contain them
  • Not many significant remaining capital ships - 50-100 corvette class vessels, maybe 1-2 frigates that escaped the net, but nothing larger than that anymore.
  • The last one they tracked was the one that made the jump to Endor and crashed there to construct the gate
  • Agent says that the Vigil have some intelligence assets on Durbrillion and Bastion (inside Pentastar)
  • There’s no carrier signal for Vyjand Control within Pentastar space.
  • They don’t detect Vyjand communications in any of the major worlds
  • That doesn’t mean they’re not there, just that there’s no evidence of them there
  • Bandit thinks there’s some infiltration, but not fully
  • He doesn’t think they’d be in favor of the force clones, or being tricked into coming to Nigita
  • State of the War with the Vyjand

  • Sabbath asks if frequency of conflict escalated
  • Agent says there have been 6 incidents where Vyjand acted openly - have been innumerable skirmishes between one-off fighters, small analogs, etc. during past 15 years, Three within the past six months. (Veragi, Endor, Nigita.)
  • They classify what happened on Nigita as a major incident (not as major as Endor, but that was a surprise - they didn’t know their larger capital ships had that ability)
  • Sola asked if the gates could happen elsewhere
  • Agent says it would require a sizeable capital ship, and they didn’t track any coming through.
  • All the others at Vector Prime were interdicted
  • She says there are other gaps that are fluctuating, but defenses of those gaps are intact
  • Any breaches in hyperspace barrier are being watched
  • She says they have extensive surveys for past 3,000 years - have been watching the wall a long time
  • She says the fear here was that if they converted enough of the population, they could adapt the biosphere itself to construct a gate - that’s there primary concern
  • It’s not just you and the victims, it’s the other plants and animals that were similarly infected - they become part of the collective, a terraformed asset for the enemy to use
  • She says whatever horrors the Force regurgitated on this planet have just gotten worse
  • Agent says a tiny silver lining is that at least the creatures the Vyjand spawned won’t be able to use the Force
  • And if they were based on creatures that were Force-using, they’ll lose that ability
  • Future Plans

  • Sabbath asks what Vigil intends to do, now that it’s out in the open
  • He clarifies that Pentastar is interested, that their communication is compromised
  • He asks if they’ll come back to Nigita
  • Agent says that the Assembly and the Parliament are of one mind that Vigil is not going to get involved with conflicts in the galaxy - however, assets are being left in the system for use by Nigita’s defense forces, and they may be reactivating Bunker 153 fully, but they won’t have a significant presence here
  • Bandit asks that after Pentastar drew Vyjand here to deal with the Tree, and having kidnapped Kalis Marr, aren't they involved directly?
  • Agent says the political landscape is a quagmire, and they’re not going to get bogged down in
  • They’re going to direct efforts against Pentastar, but not with our involvement (Nigita)
  • They don’t know if it’ll be a cold war or what - that determination hasn’t been made, they will move against them (just like they moved against the Empire for years)
  • Tia asks if the Empire was interested specifically in Vigil
  • To a greater or lesser degree - was easier to convert inquisitors because of oppressive nature of the Empire because the world they lived in sucked (Assyria)
  • They gave them an opportunity to come out
  • Tia agains asks if the Emperor was personally interested in Vigil
  • Assyria says that Palpatine was so self-absorbed that he didn’t believe there could be a power out there that would actually challenge him - and since they didn’t actually challenge him, they ignored the fact they existed
  • Vigil was too far out for the Imperial fleet to harass - they would move in and out of systems too quickly for their forces to respond to, and they didn’t attack forces directly - they undermined, relocated people, evacuated people, etc.
  • She says it was a very different kind of warfare - they hid
  • Tia observes that it was different - Vigil wasn’t at war
  • Sola says that the galaxy also was at conflict, in a way the galaxy isn’t today
  • Vigil and the Force

  • Sabbath asked if they used visions for guidance
  • They say no, because the Force lies
  • They say they tend to trust the science
  • Says that the Force is constrained in its ability to tell things, using symbols pulled from the user's memories
  • That can be difficult when trying to marshall plans and avoid attritional warfare
  • They try not to plan large-scale operations in response to visions
  • Bandit asked if Vanguard could be brought anywhere other than Adasta vergence
  • If there’s a personal connection, yes (Assyria)
  • Assyria knew them and found their bodies on Veragi
  • Bandit asks about Adasta vergence being special - that Pentastar may be seeking out for its own purposes for a diametrically opposite vergence of what’s on Adasta
  • Assyria says that’s disturbing - and possible
  • She speaks privately with Caerr’Lon
  • She doesn’t know, doesn’t know what to look for - knows what their vergences look like there, and the particular creases in the branches that denote their capital ships - creases in the bark that move
  • Each represents artificial vergence on capital ship
  • Sabbath asks why there seem to be things that tie Vigil’s origin to this planet
  • Assyria says that Bunker 153 was built there when they found the tree a long time ago
  • They learned what they could from it, were deeply disturbed by the number of resonant vergences on the planet that make it difficult for them to be here, and Republic locked it up after
  • She says they were disturbed to see it show up on the maps again
  • This was 320 years ago, when they were staging for what they would need in various locations, only operating off a single carrier then, they made pop-up bases when they could
  • Tia asks if that could have anything to do with Seru’s black hole idea
  • Sola clarifies that the vergence on Adasta is a door?
  • Assyria says no, it’s their link with the vergence that lets them do it, not the vergence itself
  • Assyria says that as far as they’ve been able to trace, the Vyjand are from a galaxy that’s mostly dead, old, and far away - most stars burnt out
  • Sola asks if there could be another door out there that could send people through, or effectively create a situation where you bring death in
  • Assyria says that’s horrifying - not to her knowledge
  • Caerr’Lon says conjuration - plenty of Force sensitive individuals with that, People who raise the dead, populate the dead
  • Sola says not bringing back - conjuring something that never was, or opening a door that allows death to flow like a virus
  • Assyria says she’s not getting any sleep with that thought
  • There wasn’t a vergence on Veragi
  • There was a small shrine on Serpidal, but didn’t attract much Vyjand attention
  •    

    Vigil's Aid to Nigita

  • Bandit asks if it would be possible for them to assist us in assaulting Rimcee
  • Assyria says no, would require committing the entire containment fleet at least
  • Agent says Rimcee defense fleet contains only other superstar destroyer they’ve seen
  • Pentastar suffered a breach a few months ago using Veragi shuttlecraft, and they’ve moved the backbone of their defense fleet there
  • There are several new Allegiance class star destroyers in Bastion and Debrillion, and they still don’t know where they’re making them
  • Each Allegiance Class has at least 8 planetary ion weapons (serious business)
  • Vigil History

  • Asks if there’s a link between the cloning facility where the Lees were formed, and the Ascension cloning program
  • The Agent says she doesn’t have any information on that
  • She says that she doesn’t currently suspect that to be the case, because the only 4 (5) sisters that were Force sensitive are dead - the rest weren’t Force Sensitive in any way.
  • She says that she’ll look into it
  • Sabbath asks if she knows why that is
  • She says she doesn’t know - bad luck
  • Bandit says that it might be a later version of what they were trying to do
  • She says it’s possible - the Kaminoans were gifted in their clone operations
  • She says if she were to make clones of anything, she would go to them and drop some tactical nukes onto their stupid water world
  • Vyjand Mutagen

  • Bandit offers to let them interrogate the Pentastar officer
  • The infection, when beaten, is just a black lesion with tendrils until the signal was removed - then it retreated, and people just have scars that look like Lichtenberg marks
  • If the signal came back, Dr. Nutori theorized that the body would naturally get rid of the minerals in 6 months (chelation)
  • Asks about cure
  • It’s touch and go, Dr. Nutori can share information
  • Biggest problem is that they’re utter masters of biological technology and incorporating incredible mineral structures into their host organisms
  • Body armor is incredibly difficult to penetrate
  • They custom make the mutagen they release - every world they found them on had a different mutation
  • Vigil is worried that the Vyjand’s biological weapon abilities will outstrip their ability to counter it using technology
  • Vyjand path of attack

  • Tia asks why they’re going after Pentastar territory, confirmed it’s just geographically convenient
  • Sola says two most organized organizations are Pentastar and Vigil
  • Assyria says she wouldn’t consider them an organization, they are a people from a single star system
  • Assyria says the Vyjand recently developed infiltrators
  • Sola says largest thing to go after is Pentastar
  • She suggests that if we’re going to drive Vyjand out permanently would need Pentastar’s resources
  • Bandit suggests killing them all and taking their stuff
  • Assyria says we now ally with people who have done far worse
  • As an example - Bandit went to Equanus - the doctor sent them there
  • That’s where they (Nigita people) encountered the first Vyjand infiltrator and mutagen
  • The Republic tested a solar weapon there killing 125 billion people (Assyria)
  • The Republic and the Jedi kidnapped millions of children over the course of their operations - everyone does horrible things (Assyria)
  • Sooner or later, you’ll have to talk to the people you disagree with (Assyria)
  • She says can’t kill them all, and if you do, who will prevent next group of people who think you’re horrible from killing you (Assyria)
  • She says that with enough experience, everyone is horrible in different ways - that’s why they don’t get involved in wars and conflicts in the galaxy, because they’ve seen it happen too many times (Assyria)
  • Assyria says that Pentastar's Ascension Program is disturbing - because Pentastar largely stays in their borders
  • They didn’t move during First Order’s rise
  • Bandit asks who the Faceless Ones are
  • The Agent nods her head
  • Assyria says it tends to be an ally of Pentastar that isn’t Pentastar
  • The information was turned over about tracking stuff
  • Bandit asks where Vendredi is
  • Last they can track his movements, he’s at Rimcee Station (Agent)
  • It’s grown increasingly complicated for recon vessels to stay in that system (Agent)
  • Patrols are getting too close for their spy ships to operate as freely as they once did (Agent)
  • Asking about clones
  • They encountered two - from their scans, the explosive that destroys them is integral to their physionomy
  • Agent says their bloodstream is a binary explosive - when their heart stops pumping, the two agents combine and they incinerate
  • Bandit says keeping their hearts beating would maybe prevent them from exploding
  • Agent says she wouldn’t do it with hands she'd plan on keeping
  • Sabbath asks length of time between stopping of heartbeat and incineration (Less than a minute - Assyria)
  • They can be knocked unconscious - the one we had self-immolated
  • Nigita Vanguard

  • Bandit asks what goal is - defeat Pentastar or defeat Vyjand
  • Assyria says she thought that they all made it clear that they wanted to live their lives
  • They’re willing to help them overcome the obstacles that come their way, but the way they’re talking, they seem to be asking for their mantle
  • She says that the Nigita Vanguard have rejected any insinuation that what they do is right
  • Bandit says his problem is and was, may express it poorly, but has fundamental disagreements about the philosophies they hold about the Force, etc. - says it’s not the same thing as realizing Vyjand is out to destroy everything and that he’s one of the individuals suited to assist in stopping them
  • He agrees with organization’s goals, and that he can even be Vanguard
  • Assyria says they don’t have a philosophy
  • Bandit says they disagree about how the Force works
  • Assyria says their philosophy is that they don’t trust non-empirical data - if something can be proven differently, they’ll adapt and change
  • All they have done - Night Mother Caerr’Lon was a witch before Vanguard, she led three covens, but she gave that up when she became Vanguard
  • Assyria was a Jedi master - some of her dearest friends used to be Sith lords
  • They gave up the trappings of religion, faith, and mysticism to do what they know, what they can prove - because it’s too important to be trapped in old, dying religions
  • Bandit says that’s where their difference is - that not everything about the Force can be explained empirically
  • He says they can consider him superstitious, and they have their disagreements
  • He says he’s had arguments with Hothden, but that doesn’t make him their best friend and ally
  • Assyria says that she doesn’t have to believe something that can be proven - she can accept the fact and deny it or be wrong
  • She says each Vanguard have committed, and stepped away from that faith, they don’t make decisions based on their interpretations of rolling the bones and determining where fate wants them to walk
  • She says that the three wouldn’t keep their same type of autonomy if they became Vanguard
  • Assyria says their problem with morality is that it’s so objective in the faiths of the old Force Users
  • That sometimes killing some is the right thing
  • Bandit says this last week saw him make decisions that killed many people to save more people - that it’s a shitty moral choice, but it was necessary
  • Bandit says he’s part of the war by choice
  • Assyria says she thinks she has a compromise
  • That they couldn’t put them in a position of authority - since Vanguard operate over vast swaths of forces, could leave them on their own with certain details, capabilities, to operate on their behalf
  • But without the committal to using the Force as a tool only when necessary, to using powers with the clear understanding that adhering to the Force’s will is adhering to something that may not have your species, much less all species’ best interests in its will, they could not put people under their command - could not trust them
  • They rely on the absence of faith, in order for them to lead
  • Bandit says he doesn’t want to command anyone of the Vigil’s forces
  • He says he has enough trouble commanding the police forces
  • The Agent says she (Tia) seems to have no problem commanding a platoon
  • Her brother was nothing if not ecstatic to be under her command
  • Bandit doesn’t want to command larger group
  • Sabbath points out that we went against the odds twice and pulled out a victory
  • The Agent says there was a significant cost
  • She says 1-0 instead of 2-0
  • Assyria says she hasn’t doubted their earnest dedication to saving lives, when saved the patients of Bnar VII
  • Bandit says they were warned that they got close to Frenzy
  • Agent taps her ear, says that it’s very audible when a Vanguard is channeling that much Dark Side. Certain of them are equipped to hear Abbatars in distress.
  • When challenged that the Vigil Doubts them, Assyria asks if she has ever said that she’s been disappointed by them
  • More Planning

  • Sabbath asks how Vigil will shift its activities
  • Assyria says that will be the Intelligence Directorate’s decision - it would be an intelligence operation
  • Bandit says Kestra, that they’ve been briefed on the coatings on their ships
  • He says her technology couldn’t produce a new ship with that coating
  • She asks if there’s a ship with the coating available
  • If we find another copy, let them know
  • Sola says the remains of the Vyjand of the plague ship are in the hands of Corpsec
  • Says that they’re negotiating with the executive director on that matter (Gov. Hothden)
  • Apparently Corpsec had a recovery team at one of their outposts in southern continent - moved it to deep cold facility (Gov. Hothden)
  • Bandit suggests that the governor tell Corpsec that their portion of the operational fee is the plague ship
  • Hothden says that we’re in an interesting position politically with the forces that have that much clout (Gov. Hothden)
  • It’s difficult to get the members of the council to agree to anything (Gov. Hothden)
  • If he starts acting as unitary executive, he’ll end up on the street and replaced with someone they can manipulate
  • Because we’re one world, and Corpsec has a lot more money, worlds, and people - we have to negotiate in good faith, even if this is technically our world, their participation in our government guarantees that it stays our world
  • Still have to consider politics (Gov. Hothden)
  • Sola clarifies that this planet’s laws don’t apply to corporate sector
  • Tia asks what would happen if one of the Vanguard got the Vyjand plague - are they susceptible?
  • Assyria says it happened once, on Sernpidal - a different mutagen at that time, didn’t have the Force effects that the version that was happening here had, don’t know if it would be true to form, but they “ran into the breach” - the infection didn’t come with their restored form
  • Tia asks about current form
  • Caerr’Lon adjusts uncomfortably
  • They know that if their connection to the Force is severed unwillingly, they would cease to exist
  • They don’t know what would happen to the Vanguard
  • Assyria says there were folks infected on worlds that were Force sensitive
  • The largest variety were on Veragi and Bnar VII - most likely to be catatonic
  • The ones who do survive do so because of the presence of midichlorians on their bloodstream
  • This (Nigita) particular pathogen was more virulent to those who had it, so they may be adapting
  • Multi-frequency antennae was programmed into the nanites that created it - similar material, similar purpose, different deployment
  • They believe it was Pentastar’s attempt to duplicate the effects they’ve found, specifically joiners (converted infected), those who adopted the mental control
  • The lesions occur on organisms controlled by central brains
  • Moving Forward

  • Unclear what to do next
  • We have confiscated the Pentastar black box (in the command and control base)
  • The probe ship with data archive that collected all scientific information from all the other Pentastar operations during the contagion - all data, neural recorder dumps, etc.
  • They had physical backup - ship has archive of everything they were doing
  • There was a destination
  • Hothden asks for a copy of the data
  • We gave the information on the data banks to Vigil
  • We asked Agent to track where the info was going
  • Bandit pulls out a datapad - says they stopped them from uploading the information, it was the scan on the tree
  • Turns it over to Assyria
  • Sabbath says look what Pentastar did to us - have to answer for it somehow
  • Assyria says that we’re (Nigita) incredibly vulnerable out here - that if we go kicking that large a hornet’s nest, the consequences would surely overwhelm the value of personal vengeance
  • Sabbath says he doesn’t disagree, but that we need to act against what they’re doing
  • Tia asks if there’s a possibility any Pentastar operatives could have gotten away
  • They confirm no one left the system once the riots began.
  • Sola expresses concern about acting rashly or quickly
  • Sabbath wants to explore what we can do
  • Bandit says that Nigita needs to arm up as rapidly as possible - needs to be able to defend the planet
  • We talk about trying to learn more, gather more intel
  • Sola’s concerned that there’s a highly limited number of people that could successfully infiltrate Pentastar and get the info that we need
  • Sabbath doesn’t think the typical sneak and grab
  • Bandit thinks that we have a way to disseminate disinformation
  • Sola is concerned that Pentastar could still know
  • Tia suggests that we can lay some traps, but understand they may know that it’s a trap
  • The Agent was surprised JK found Mar (the sith)
  • She says that he no longer wore the abbatar and wasn’t connected
  • This is the former Vanguard currently under the control of Pentastar
  • Sola thinks that if there’s enough former inquisitors, he might be held elsewhere
  • Agent says they heard a rumor that there was an exhibition on one of Pentastar’s worlds where they unveiled the combat capabilities of a eugenics program that leads them to suspect that they may be selectively breeding individuals for Force sensitivity
  • She doesn’t have any more information for that - their intelligence wasn’t on world, but there was a grand exhibition with all sorts of feats of strength, combat, speed - televised through their network, but that was their impression - that the individuals were part of a eugenics program
  • Not sure if that feeds into the ascension program - take the best, and clone them
  • Bandit asks the governor if he can get some information, news
  • Hothden says he’s all over the signal behind the signal
  • He says Vendredi might be the latest in a long line of leaders in the "Omega club"
  • The Omega club were always moving behind the scenes in the moff council - he thinks they deeply resented Inquisitorius
  • He thinks they might have tried to genetically engineer their own inquisitors that were subject to control
  • He says he doesn’t like that people kept secrets from him (about Vigil stuff)
  • Sabbath wonders again if the clones could be based on Tannis
  • We have leads working for the next step - to try to find where they were sending the information
  • Also have work to do on world to clear out what remains of any Vyjand infestation, Pentastar cells on world, etc.
  • Bandit says this world has many secrets - there could be some technology that could be used somewhere on the planet
  • That there’s been little exploration here, haven’t been looking at why people came here in the first place
  • There are a lot of mysteries on Nigita
  • The drugs used in this plague were collected by Ithorians and used with Kestra’s device to save a lot of people
  • Bandit asks if it’s possible for JK and the Doc to stay on Nigita
  • The Riftlor situation is under control (Assyria)
  • Assyria asks the Agent if there’s any directive from the Directorate or the Assembly that requires them to be elsewhere
  • The Agent says no, not to her knowledge
  • She says they went to Riflor when informed of the situation, they were not ordered.
  • She says she believes that JK and the Doc resented her presence, and her role as their commanding officer is also gone, she doesn’t think they would have a problem if she occupied the bunker or a new office on Tier 3
  • Bandit says he doesn’t know anything about her job
  • She says that’s by design
  • The Agent says that they’re the target of the ire of some powerful people, and they have a vested interest in finding out what the powerful people intend for them
  • She says it would be illogical for her to pass up the opportunity to watch them provoke those enemies and gauge the response
  • The Agent would find it very difficult to believe she could be infected
  • She shares most, if not all of her sister’s implants
  • Her bloodstream is probably the most chemically processed substance one would ever encounter
  • When challenged, she says that it would be unseemly to lie about the cybernetic enhancements
  • She says she didn’t get to keep her eye color
  • Right now, need to convince parties to let Persistent Memory on the government, especially CorpSec
  • Adding a fourth component would change the balance of power
  • Assets

  • The captain captured
  • He wants to be held in Hothden detention center, along with other high-value targets that haven’t been executed (all the ones from Jacton’s campaign)
  • Tia asks if Pentastar could have access to a lot more proprietary information in LIBRA
  • The Agent says unlikely - not a network, but a consciousness
  • She says that’s all that they’re at liberty to discuss about its nature
  • More akin to turning an intelligence operative than to a simple matter of hacking
  • The Libra’s intelligence is vastly different from a standard droid
  • They don’t think it’s possible for it to have been hacked
  • She says they’re all down, and that may have been the objective for whatever happened
  • They can’t shut the consciousness down, can merely prevent it from connecting across space
  • It connects to the Lynk network, they severed that link
  • She says she believes that the Lady can directly speak to Libra - she’s never been led to think she could not - so the Libra are active in Adasta
  • To some degree, yes, but they are not walking the streets in the arcologies, in the colonies, or in the colchis floating platforms, etc. (Assyria)
  • Their roles right now are being taken care of by various other droid forces (Assyria)
  • They rely on the impartiality of droids for law enforcement - wouldn’t trust an organic to interpret the law (Agent)
  • Sabbath asks if something was done to them - LIBRA, or something done to themselves (Self)
  • Sabbath asks if they’re working towards solving the mystery
  • The Agent says she isn’t, but others are
  • Sabbath wonders they could do the same thing
  • Bandit asks if it’s worth visiting Kamino
  • She says if so, there are several tubes of biological contagions she’d like us to bring with us (Agent)
  • Assyria looks at her, that they’ve talked about it
  • The Agent says she’s not a fan of Kamino
  • Assyria says that they’re impartial - they don’t get involved in the activities of other worlds unless they’re directly against Vigil - the Kaminoans didn’t do anything against them, Assyria intervened once with the Kaminoans, and she doesn’t regret doing so, but it was a significant risk of exposure they will not repeat
  • Sabbath asks about them (Nigita teams)
  • She says to feel free to do whatever they want (Assyria)
  • Sabbath asked what plans could be made
  • The Agent gets up and walks out
  • Sabbath asks if he hit a nerve
  • She says the sheer volume of what he doesn’t know would crush planets
  • She says good day
  • If he insists on pestering her, she’ll ask her brother to Code Black him - she says to get away from her
  • Assyria was behind him, watching
  • Bandit says it would really stink if his suspicions about Agent Lee were correct
  • He’s worried she could spy on the Vigil
  • Assyria says she thinks she knows her daughter better than that
  • Sabbath asks what he said wrong
  • Assyria says she was one of sixteen survivors that she liberated from a Kaminoan clone facility
  • She says he keeps sticking on that world - the Agent disagrees with Vigil’s perspective of non-intervention
  • She has dedicated her life to making their people better, and she asked Sabbath to leave her alone, and he pressed her
  • Of her daughters, she is one of the most private
  • Assyria says that while she understands everyone's nerves this evening, when someone asks you to let them be, it’s usually considered rude to not let that be
  • Assyria says she’s aware Sabbath was trying to help
  • Tia asks if they scanned the implants (Assyria)
  • Assyria said they did on the trip home
  • She says one of the girls died on the way home (Assyria)
  • The cybernetics were existing technology (Assyria)
  • They all had one that they could not duplicate, that keeps them in communication with each other - quantum entanglement, haven’t been able to recreate it (Assyria)
  • They could find no other interface with them so ruled them out as a risk (Assyria)
  • All of the rest of their implants have been replaced as they grew (Assyria)
  • Tia asks about their eyes
  • Assyria says they were replaced on many of them, but the two we know the most chose not to
  • She believes that is because the Agent was the first to get the implants, and the Lieutenant was the only one allowed to have a different color
  • Assyria asks if the Lieutenant told Tia about this
  • She says it’s oddly personal for Tia to ask
  • Tia says that the Agent mentioned it at the funeral
  • Assyria says she didn’t remember it being in that much detail
  • Assyria says that if Pentastar creates a reliable vaccine that protects them from conversion, they could potentially coexist with Vyjand
  • She finds that possibility terrifying
  • Bandit observes that one would think Pentastar would want to fight against the Vyjand
  • Bandit wonders if independent operatives would be helpful to ferret out who the traitor was
  • She says historically, that’s how many have been ferreted out (Assyria)
  • That it would depend on the directorate (Assyria)
  • She says our profiles among enemies are of significant infamy, they'd recognize many of us.
  • Assyria says an ability they master is postcognition often as a replacement for Foreseeing.
  • Reason Caerr’Lon wears gloves - they can read objects better than people (Assyria)
  • An object can’t knowingly lie (Assyria)
  • A person can be conditioned to lie under interrogative probe and when probed using Sense
  • While there are some Seers, not many - most prefer to train in postcognition over Sense
  • While many have personal Sense powers, they tend not to lean on it because not only can the Force lie, but the people on the other side of it can, too
  • Bandit wonders whether there are people who could use Sense
  • Assyria says they’re better at interrogating objects
  • Assyria says the examination of keyboards, etc. is probably well in hand
  • Sabbath wonders if we should try to talk to the assembly
  • Assyria says they’ve been informed, and she’ll report to them when she gets back to her ship
  • She does know that since Libra was taken offline, they’ve sequestered for safety
  • Sabbath asks if there are any leads for why Libra went offline
  • She says she doesn’t right now - may in the future
  • Assyria says that Libra doesn’t operate under programs as we understand it
  • She says the incident with the Libra happened on the containment fleet - would need to seek out the Admiral and see what happened
  • She’s not sure if that would be a less difficult task than defeating the Vyjand
  • Sabbath apologizes for going too far
  • Assyria says all the survivors of Kamino were particularly gifted in one way or another
  • She’s afraid that hers (Agent Lee's) is keeping a grudge
  • If she had to hedge her bets, Lee would have already developed a perfect tactical plan to wipe out the Kaminoan race from the galaxy - probably 4-5 variations, each of them guaranteed to be 100% successful and even more vicious than the last
  • Assyria says her daughter is angry, but ruthlessly effective
  • Sabbath confirms that they’ll go back where they came from
  • Assyria says yes - they’re concerned there may be another Vector Prime opening
  • The anomaly is getting more unstable - if they find another way through the hyperspace barrier, they’ll be fighting on two fronts, and they’re barely holding the first
  • Sabbath asks if they can help, as does Bandit
  • Assyria says that there aren’t enough of them
  • They’d need to crew another thousand ships to fight on two fronts - and unfortunately, they haven’t found a partner in a long time with that many people willing to fight
  • Assyria says there are those in the council that would approach them if another front opened
  • The Parliament sees that as a possibility
  • The Assembly does, as well
  • They once had the ally in the Republic, but that government made some terrible decisions
  • The new Republic put all their eggs in one very fragile basket
  • She says her Republic was just as full of idiots
  • Bandit says the new Republic disarmed themselves in the face of their enemies
  • Assyria says they have reason to believe that was infiltration of First Order operatives
  • Bandit says the inability to detect, resist, or do anything about it is sad
  • She says at the time, they’d endured almost 50 years of constant war in the galaxy, starting with the Clone Wars and the Separatists - that everyone gets exhausted sometimes
  • Tia asks about whether Pentastar could be trying to create their own Vanguard program
  • Assyria says that they want controllable people
  • Bandit says he doesn’t see why they’d need people to come back - less likely to get ambitious, less likely to try to take over government, and they combust when they’re done
  • Bandit says he didn’t get much sleep lately and he had horrible nightmares of people dying, etc.
  • Lots more people on Ord Mantell than on Nigita
  • When Kestra scraped the stuff off the Guardian
  • There were some scans, but not much was available for re-use.


  • Cover image: Tales from Nigita World Codex Cover by W.Morgenthien

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