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Jaesa Valerin

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"A Jedi holocron has been stolen from one of our temple ruins on Ajan Kloss. We've determined that the thieves intend to sell it at an art show on Coruscant, so that's where you'll be going. It's just a basic holocron, but it's better to remain in our hands rather than be kept as a paperweight for some wealthy person. You'll be meeting Padawan Crix Aran on Coruscant to assist you. It's best to keep this mission quiet, but if you do run into trouble, try not to bring anyone back with you."



"Stop right there!"

Jaesa whipped her head around to look toward the voice, one hand grasping the stolen holocron and the other instinctively moved onto the hilt of her lightsaber. Two, three, four, then five armed guards burst into the room with their blasters drawn and aimed at the two of them. Damnit. She had made it to Coruscant no problem. She found and met up with Crix, no problem. They had entered the facility and found the holocron with little issue. It looked like her luck had run out. Someone must have seen them enter the room, perhaps. Jaesa quickly searched the edges of the room and her eyes landed on a small camera not fifteen feet away. Damnit. They'd forgotten to check for cameras. No wonder.

"Return the object to its pedestal and put your hands in the air!"

Jaesa turned as if to return the holocron to its spot, but instead took a moment to look for an escape. The was a door behind them, the one they had entered the room in. It led straight to the ongoing party, but it was their only option if they didn’t want to run through the guards. She quickly turned back around and extended the palm of her free hand toward the guards, pushing them back in a push of the Force. The knight then looked at Crix and said to him, "Run!”

The guards started to fire as she turned to run, one of the projectiles beaming just over the top of her head. Jaesa stopped to turn on her lightsaber to deflect the oncoming barrage of blaster bullets, hopefully covering Crix so he could make his escape. Hopefully, the hubbub of the party and the chaos caused by their intrusion would cover their escape.
 

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Crix had been busy disabling the droid security and he had done a pretty good job of it but he would be the first to admit that he had missed the cameras. Dumb security was still good enough at times it seemed. Especially when he had thought it would be beneath the level of security that these kinds of people would have – showed what assumptions got.

He raised both hands when requested but just like his partner for the mission, Crix wasn’t surrendering at all. When Jaesa used the Force to Push the interrupting guards back, Crix used his hands to assist him with the Force as well. Pulling his hands down, he Pulled sections of the ceiling off with the same motion, sending metal panelling flying at the guards, forcing even those who had initially kept their balance to hit the deck to avoid them.

And so they couldn’t get a good bead on them.

“Turn off the saber – we might be able to blend in!”


Also maybe not implicate the Jedi in yet another disturbance of the peace – the Rangers were already kind of dicks to them as it was.

Charging through the door they’d come through initially, the Jedi Padawan didn’t really slow down much even when he was suddenly in a crowd. Instead he was using the Force to enhance his reactions to allow him to bob and weave through them with Jaesa beside him.

“Just once I’d like to be a part of a party this because I had a date…”
he muttered, “And not because they’re the high society of the underworld… just once, yeah?”

The door they’d left through would burst open and blaster fire would start up, startling the crowd as their very armed security started blasting into the air, trying to get the civilians to hit the deck. Escaping Jedi really didn’t have the time to hit the deck after all.


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Jaesa Valerin

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Jaesa's lightsaber was off and hooked back onto her belt by the time the two burst into the party, as Crix had suggested. The holocron had been shoved into the inner pocket of her robe, and she kept a hand over it protectively as the two maneuvered their way through the crowd of socialites. She could hear the sound of disdain and surprise from the people they were passing by; she didn't exactly look as if she belonged to the party now that she had discarded her borrowed fine robes.

"I can't imagine-" Jaeda was cut short by guards entering the room and beginning to fire into the air. The guests around them dropped to the floor as instructed, but Jaesa kept going alongside Crix. They were headed backwards toward the same way they had entered, but as they neared the exit, six guards blocked the entryway and began to fire. Fuck, how important is the holocron to these thieves? Jaeda used the Force to deflect a blaster bullet away before turning heel and quickly searching for another way. There were two doors; one behind the bar (which likely led to the kitchens) maybe thirty feet away, and another ten feet away with a sign reading "Maintenance Halls, Employees Only".

"Follow me!" It seemed as if the closest door was probably their best bet, as the one farthest was also closest to the pursuing guards. Jaesa made a run for the door, dodging poorly-aimed blaster bullet and shoving the door open when she reached it. Once Crix was inside, she would use the Force to crush the handle, locking the guards out for now. "That should give us a few minutes at most, or a few seconds at least. Let's hurry while we can."

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Drop to the floor? Yeah, no – Crix liked living, thank you very much!

Rather than throwing himself to the floor, Crix threw himself forward in a half-jump, half-sprint, doing his best to avoid stepping on people. He didn’t really think anyone here was a nice enough person for him to feel bad about using their backs as springboards but, well, he was a Jedi. That basically meant he had to try to be the bigger person even when it was in relation to artefact smuggling pricks.

Oh what a life to lead.

It was, honestly, rather surprising that the guards were competent enough to try and block the exits like that. Said a lot about generic security guards that blocking a door seemed to be something only the top tier guards did – trust dirty credits to have bought people who knew what they were doing. Driving themselves forward for the maintenance corridor instead of the kitchen was a good choice though Crix still had a regret.

“One of these days I’m going to have a fight in a classy kitchen I can just tell.”
He joked as they ran through the empty corridor, “I hope it’s classy anyway. Wouldn’t be fun in a run down one-woah!”

A droid arm came reaching out around a corner, almost catching the Padawan by the neck but he had ducked just in time. From the darkness of the corner, an even dozen of security droids activated and stared at them.

“Please do not resist.”


Crix looked at them once before shaking his head and continuing to run, leaving the droids to start shambling after them. A doorway at the end of the corridor was their salvation and they just needed to reach it… he swore as the droids they’d left behind started to open fire on them.

“We’re going to need a speeder or something out there!”



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Jaesa Valerin

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"...One of these days I’m going to have a fight in a classy kitchen..." Jaesa, despite the stress of the situation, had to laugh at that. It seemed Crix really fancied the idea of being involved in fancy places, whether it be attending a fancy party or fighting in a fancy kitchen. Jaesa had never even pictured herself in a place like this before. If she recalled correctly, he was from Coruscant, so perhaps it was a difference of environment. If he was from here, he would probably want to attend things common to this place. I wonder if they have parties like this on Dathomir? That didn't seem likely.

"Please do not resist."

As Crix was, Jaesa was startled by the appearance of the twelve security droids that seemed to materialize out of thin air. She was distracted; she did not sense their arrival. This definitely complicated the situation. They were droids of brute strength, and Jaesa could not hope to go toe-to-toe with them. Blaster bullets whizzed past her and Crix, some missing her by so little that she could fell the heat of the laser warm her skin. Thank god most droids were notoriously bad shots.

"Our ship isn't far from here. If we can just make it there with enough time to spare, I can get us out of here."


Jaesa's lightsaber sprung to life as she fell just slightly behind Crix, blocking the blaster storm coming their way. They were almost to the door. Hopefully it led to more than just a closed off room.

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With Jaesa covering their rear, Crix set about getting through the door that barred their way on ahead and by that he meant he kicked the damned thing open. The door opened to the night-time activities of one of the lower levels of Coruscant – a relatively high lower level but that was just Coruscant all over wasn’t it? Every level was a lower level if you looked deep enough and behind enough closed doors.

Of course things never went smoothly on Jedi missions these days (had they ever, really?) and today was no exception.

The doors opened abruptly and Crix and Jaesa would find themselves in a back alley, having taken one of the emergency exits to the building they had been in. What this meant was that they were in a back alley on Coruscant – which meant, naturally, they ran into a half dozen street thugs who turned to look at them as the two Jedi interrupted their drug binge.

Literally one of them had a needle halfway into his arm when the two Jedi kind of fell out of the doors with the security droids blasting away.

“Hi guys, don’t mind us – coming through!”


Grabbing Jaesa by the back of her robes, he used the Force to assist him in picking the Knight up off of her feet and dragging her to the side, out of the way of the door before dragging her down the alleyway. They needed to get a move on before the droids caught up but, also, because the addicts decided that they didn’t like them dropping in.

“Hey! The kark are you guys?!”

Too late on that last one so… Crix pushed out with the Force not as a Push or a Pull but as an illusion. Banking on the fact that they were high as hells…?

“… January’s Twi’lek of the month?! It’s March!”

Kark.


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Jaesa Valerin

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Jaesa felt a pang of sadness strike her as her eyes laid out over the addicts in the street. What a terrible place they must be in, to turn to and be surrounded by addiction. She had little time to grieve for them before she was helped away by Crix. As they made their way down the alleyway, a loud sounded crashed through the air. It came from behind them; a haphazardly-stacked pile of boxes had been just so slightly jostled by Jaesa before she was out of sight. From the yells of confusion, it seemed a distraction enough. It became mixed with the sound of the security droids, but by the time they glanced down the alleyway Crix and Jaesa had taken, the two had already disappeared around the corner.

"We need to find our way back to the ship, but I have no idea where we are." This was not something Jaesa was familiar with. This was maybe her second or third time on Coruscant but she had never been much farther than the surface level. "We need to find a way up somehow." The Jedi Knight continued to move away from the scene, hand still hovering protectively over her pocket, as she searched the area.

"BB-8, how far are we from you?" asked Jaesa of her comm link. A series of beeps followed and she turned to look at Crix. "It says we're not too far from the ship--we just need to get up a floor."


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Enough of a distraction was, indeed, enough of a distraction.

Thankfully the security droids were pretty dumb in the intelligence department and they couldn't really tell the difference between Jaesa and Crix... and all the addicts that they had left stumbling around. As far as their dumb AI minds could tell, they were armed sentients and basically human-like enough that the droids considered them interchangeable. That the addicts, naturally, took exception to that just reinforced the droids' decision to attack them.

Not exactly what he had intended but it would work as the vehicle for their escape. It tugged at a string in his hearts that they were fighting for their lives for the crime of, well, just kind of being there. That they would have also attacked them for the crime of walking past them was basically the only thing keeping him from going right back there.

"Well did'ya park it on a lower level or higher?"
he asked, tilting his head slightly to one side as he checked out not the street signs but the graffiti, "Cus we're in Turquoise Ynxan territory, see the markings? Which means we've about a dozen blocks... that way? Yeah, that way - from a spaceport landing area."

He was, after all, a native and the son of a Ranger who had spent years on the beat here in the hub of the Galaxy's scum and villainy. To him? It was easier to tell where he was by gang territory than it was by street names and that probably said a lot about how he had grown up.

"Up? Alright follow me - they probably think we're tourists so we won't know the local way."


The local way to head up levels, especially when you were down on some credits, wasn't to take the massive lifts that people used when they were new to the planet. No, the best way to head up for a local on a budget was tag a ride on one of the freight lifts that companies used instead. Heading over to one that looked like it was only for use by a local butchers, Crix opened the conversation with the operator.

"Wanna see the piss-air."
he explained as he handed over a few credits, "Show the missus, aye?"

Operator in question just looked at Jaesa before shrugging, pocketing the credits and starting the lift up to the level above them as he was paid to do so. As they began to ascend, Crix kept an eye out for either the gang or the droids.

"Been awhile since I saw home from this angle."



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Jaesa Valerin

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Jaesa sat cross-legged on the the freight lift and folded her hands in her lap. This certainly was an interesting view of the ventilation shaft. When she peered down into the void below her, it even gave her an uneasy feeling.

"You are from Coruscant, correct? This planet is-" Jaesa paused for a moment to find the right words. "-uh, certainly interesting. I-I mean that not as an insult, of course, it's just so different than Ajan Kloss, or even Yavin IV. It makes you feel so small." The dathomirian woman shook her head ever so slightly. "I'm showing my lack of travel, I'm afraid," she added with a small chuckle. "I grew up on Ajan Kloss so I was far from any sort of urban environment."

Jaesa pulled the holocron from her pocket and held it suspended above her hands as she rotated it with the Force. She had been unable to get a good look at it when they had nabbed it back, so she wanted to make sure it hadn't been damaged--or opened. It seemed just fine however, so a satisfied Jaesa returned it to her pocket.

"When we reach the next level I will contact BB-33 and have it prepare the ship for takeoff in case we are still being pursued."

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