It was decided by Tiamat that it was time to start following her own rules. Things were not working how she wanted, she was following too much and though the were promises of great things to come, she decided she was just as capable without relying on those, especially higher ranking sith for her successes. She had made a risky gamble and had it backfire terribly, her theory proven wrong not by just poor calculation, but other factors she still remained unaware of their happening. The interference made a bigger mess than usual, but regardless of what has happened, things seemed stagnant, not just in the Sith, but the galaxy also. The stillness offered opportunity though and if she were following her own rules, they often said to listen to her instinct and swing when the moment felt right.
It was well overdue for a visit with an acquaintance she had not seen for quite some time: Newton Arden. She had meant to visit following Denon, but there were clearly unexpected barriers that came up and things just seemed to remain just as rocky. She had tracked him down to his office on Manaan and made herself an appointment under the pseudonym Anat. She also made effort to change her appearance slightly due to some friction between her and the Republic lately. Regardless, Tiamat was surprised how well she looked as a blonde; her flaxen locks hung in loose curls around her face and occasionally brushed behind her shoulders to keep from falling into her line-of-sight. She wore an emerald sleeveless blouse that tied in a bow knot around the neck, a cream pencil skirt and of course she went with heels. She had to practice walking in them a couple days in advance, but she was sure it would be worth it. Then just for added effect to the ensemble, glasses.
Quietly she waited, bag set next to her as she felt odd being back in society that seemed so foreign to her now.
It's time for Newton's next appointment, with this person now Anat. The executive lifestyle may have it's perks, but it does have a lot of downsides. He has to meet with tons and tons of people. Has to do lots and lots of paperwork. Have lots and lots of meetings. It's starting to get real boring, real fast. At least he still has good company. Newton was wearing a nice suit, looking sharp as a Blackwell Executive should, he was sitting at his deck checking his chrono as his appointment is soon approaching. His astromech droid M7 was at his side, Newton would smile. He would also have his sassy secretary droid L3 with him.
With that, L3 would then go waddle over to the waiting room fetch Anat. "Hello there Anat. Mr. Arden is ready to see you. I'll show you to his office" With that, L3 would then waddle back over towards the office through the white pristine halls, and then show her the door "There you go ma'am" she said.. There, Newton would be waiting, he would have a seat in front of his desk, he would be attentive, he would have his hands clasped.
A droid returned to the waiting room and directed Tiamat, or today, Ms. Anat, to follow her to Newton Arden's office. The now blonde Tiamat smiled and stood, walking with a calm pace, keeping just behind the droid and to its right as she listened to her own heels click in sync with the droid's pace. It would be a short walk to Newton's office and she was escorted inside; she felt herself tighten her grip on her briefcase as she saw him sitting behind his desk and she slowed down, taking in how much he has grown into the executive.
The woman smiled, a combination of being friendly and also the endearing reunion of friends...or at least she thought they were friends when they last part. Tiamat sat down in the chair across from his desk, her blue eyes drifting to M7 who was nearby before returning to Newton. "It seems time has done us both well." she started and opened her case to remove her holo-pad.
"One moment we're fighting bugs on Theta, the next you're climbing to the top of Blackwell and I," Tiamat paused, glancing at Newton to gauge his reaction, "Well, I'm about to welcome a renaissance." the Force turned subtly under her will and for just a blink of a moment, Newton would see the red of her flash in his eyesight before return to its flaxen locks.
As the lady came in the office, Newton's raised and eyebrow at how she looked so familar, he couldn't place... it's also been so long... But then she spoke, she brought up Theta. Ah, he sees. Newton would smile as he saw an old friend. Newton would nod in affirmation of her words. " Indeed Lyra. It's very nice to see you." He sincerely said, he would stand up from his desk chair. M7 would then move a bit forward and start beeping happily. Newton too would smile as his companion missed her as well.
The change of hair, was fine. Lyra can do what she wants to do. Booking this appointment under the name Anat though? Seems unneeded but maybe it was done to surprise him. Well, it worked if that's the case.
She said that she is about to welcome a renaissance? She must have gotten somewhere on the Hypergates research, or discovered something else concerning Gree technology. It's been how many years? There was more then enough time.
Newton would then casually ask. "A renaissance you say? You made a breakthrough looking into the Hypergates?" he asked, going with his first guest. He was quite curious as to know more. The subject of Gree technology is very interesting. Shame he hasn't had more time to look into it himself lately.
The woman's grin grew wider as things started to click with Newton; it had been many years since they have seen each other, but he clearly recalled without hesitation about their mission that launched Tiamat's own research. The woman stood up and patted gently on M7's dome and opened her case on a nearby table to remove her holopad. "Its good to see you too M7." she said turning to face Newton, "The hypergates...yes."
The holopad illuminated images above its screen giving a three dimensional view of one of the gates she had discovered, "I have found a small handful of the original gates on systems near where the Gree had built their kingdom, but I have also created an algorithm that has located several others as well as access points."
Tiamat flipped through a few images before pausing on a gate-to-gate access point video, "A major breakthrough I believe, I have schematic to build them, and I have a team of chemists working on synthetics to power them." She paused, letting Newton process and take in what she was showing him.
M7 likes getting patted on the head, and likes Lyra. It's been so long for him, he's glad to see her again. If the droid could smile, it would.
Newton would be intrigued by what Lyra said. She found more of them? That is big news there. And schematics to make more of them? Newton nodded and grinned. He vocalized his thoughts. "I gotta say, that's very impressive. When we found the one on Theta, it opened our eyes to all the possibilities. It was unprecedented... But more of them found, the means to find more, and the ability to build more of them?" Newton would then slowly stand up from his seat while holding on his desk. "That's game-changing on a intragalactic scale scale. " it really is. "Very well done." It also seems that the greater galaxy is still oblivious to the Hypergates existing, or any sort of concept like them existing. Newton didn't know about them until he found one after all.
That being said, what brings Lyra here? Is she here just to say hello and notify them of her advances with the Gree technology? Which is fine with him. Or is she here wanting something other than that? Anyways, he would ask to confirm. Newton would then sit down. "So, at least one of the other original Gree Hypergates you found are functional? And you went through one and it worked? Went through one and ended up on another world?" He could only imagine what that feels like... A ship doing it is one thing, but a person being thrown at FTL speeds? He can barely even fathom picturing it live. And that's what the Blackwell logs he found on the space station said, but they had a bad case of the dead and the gate exploded. But if the others did work, that would gave her the solid foundation to reverse-engineer that she would need.
The droid, M7, continued to beep in delight to Lyra's presence and listened with as much interest and as intently as Newton as she gave a brief explanation as to the progress she had made with the hypergates. Newton expressed his awe, recalling what they had encounter on Theta. The fact she did not have access to as much as he suspected made Tiamat beam with a bit more pride and accomplishment than previously. He started to ask questions about the functioning status of the gate she did find, though she had found five.
"Four...I have found four." she clarified and walked back to her seat to sit, "Plus a space gate." she added knowing that would certainly catch his interest. "The issue with Theta is the use of Kyber, the Gree didn't use crystals, it a synthetic liquid material that I've had to have the xenochemists break down and rebuild." she explained, but paused, going back to how the gates worked, he seemed to be interested that point.
"So once activated, I have dubbed the gate itself the gate access point and there is two ways of travel, one by gate to gate, and second is gate to exit point. Gate to Gate is of course more stable than just to exit without one. The downside to jumping is you cannot just jump from anywhere on the planet, you have to do it from a specific set of coordinates, ones in which open portals in between magnetic fields and the waves in them. It folds space and time to allow one to essential step through a door to the other end." simply put, or at least it seemed simple to Tiamat, the actual process of explaining multidimensional physics was a whole new level of understanding.
"I've done both, traveled from gate to gate, and then from gate and portaled out on some world." she grinned, "Its surreal, Newton." Tiamat explained, it was almost like a daydream to do such a jump.
"A space gate?" Newton had the look of surprise in his face. He was definitely interested, as he considered such a thing like that would exist, as the gates on the ground were already groundbreaking enough. A gate in space? Newton is hardly ever surprised with the possibilities, but that? He hardly knew what else to say.
Her findings regarding how they work make sense, the part about gate to gate makes more sense, that was shown to be possible in the Blackwell logs, but gate to exit point as long as they have the coordinates? That's impressive as well, and she knew the science behind it as well.
"I believe it" he chuckled lightly as he said in response to her traveling through the gates both methods being surreal. Newton would never know the feeling unless he tried it himself, he is tempted to ask. "Well done Lyra. Impressive work." he said, prasing her for her findings. Newton would then stand up and look out the window, his head would turn slightly towards her "You know, it's funny how for how advanced we are today, there are ancient civilizations with technologies that most people could only dream of, let alone comprehend." He was also impressed with how much Lyra has evolved from when he first met her, she has her own team on everything working on groundbreaking technology
Newton would then sit back down. "So, when you build your first working Hypergate, it's a success, what then? Any particular plans" he would pose the question to Lyra. Would she share with the rest of the galaxy? Keep it for herself? Maybe friends? If Newton was in her shoes, he would be looking this for a way to monetize this technology, it would rake in millions and millions of credits... But then again he's a corpo and she isn't.
He seemed fascinated by the space gate and she would get to more on that in a moment as he continued. She even still thought it was unbelievable to the technology that existed and the lack of progress on drivers that would propel those faster through space. There were of course drawbacks to such technology which was one of the reasons she came here, the other reasons was it was vulnerable to possible malfunction as the current hyperdrive technology seemed to have a low standard deviation of error and exit points were predictable, as compared to one way travel through gates.
"Still working on it, plans are in progress since...well, I am having to create material that never existed. And honestly, I am not sure what I would do once I've made one." she explained, leaving out the details that she was nearly done with her own. "What I wanted to speak with you about is the space gate, which I think would be more desirable to potential clients." she started, watching Newtons' reaction to gauge how to move her pitch.
"The issue of course, I am not in a position where investors would trust their credits in my work." she explained, "That is why I came to seek out Blackwell's opinion and where their interests lie regarding this technology."