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Irisa Ece

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Irisa stood on the barren sands of Jakku, a desolate planet known for its unforgiving environment and hidden secrets. The sun beat down relentlessly, casting long shadows across the wreckage of scattered starships that littered the landscape. Soon though, it would be replaced by the two moons. So, she stood at a designated meeting point, checking the location beacon once more just to confirm it was functioning properly. Irisa had situated herself on the outskirts of one of the settlements, so she wouldn’t be that hard to find.

As she waited, the hybrid absentmindedly twirled a lock of her purplish hair, a habitual gesture that betrayed her impatience. Her unique Zeltron-Falleen heritage was evident in her striking appearance, with vibrant skin and eyes that shimmered like spinels. For the most part however, she did as the locals did and tried to cover up as much as she could. Her hood was drawn up, as was her neck gait.

For the umpteenth time, she huffed, not that it mattered because the sound was lost in the wind that whipped around her. The Jedi Council had been well aware of her aversion to children. The mere thought of taking a youngling under her wing had always been met with resistance. Yet, this assignment was different. Kaedan Javik, the padawan she was to observe, was not a child in the traditional sense. He was old enough to fend for himself, and his training had reached a crucial juncture where assessment was necessary.

Irisa's task was clear: observe and assess Kaedan's abilities as he took the lead on this mission. It was a test of his skills, judgment, and readiness for the trials ahead. She was here merely to monitor, to watch from the shadows and intervene only if absolutely necessary.

The minutes stretched into what felt like hours, each one amplifying her impatience. She glanced at the horizon, scanning for any sign of the padawan's arrival. Irisa knew that the real test would not only be for Kaedan but for her as well. Patience had never been her strongest virtue, and this mission would demand every ounce of it.

 
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Kaedan

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Kaedan had never been to Jakku. As a result, he had to do a bit of research with his EZPhone on the planet from infrastructure to customs. When he saw that it was another sand planet, he groaned. He didn't like sand. Not because it was coarse or rough or irritating or that it got all over. The problem was where there was sand, there was a huge possibility of there being a sandcrawler. Where there was a sandcrawler, there were Jawas. He wasn't a fan of those little critters. They were thieves and they enjoyed touching other people's stuff and then selling that off, even right back to the owner.

It was a long journey from Takodana to Jakku so while the ship flew in hyperspace, Kaedan kept himself busy. He looked at his reflection while he was in the refresher. His hair was starting to get really long and so he figured it would soon be time to cut it. He absolutely hated having to wake up an hour early just to brush his hair. He had the time to cut it with his vibro-knife but he wasn’t confident in his ability to make it look good.


pfft!

He heard the sound and rushed out of the refresher, seeing steam blowing up out of a compartment. He sighed and used the force to pull duratape towards him. He also pulled a mask towards him and he put it on his face. He opened a floor panel and he got into the compartment. He applied the duratape and it was able to block the steam from being on blast. “That should hold.”

He climbed out of the hole and secured the floor panel. He heard beeping coming from the cockpit which signified that he was about to be in the Jakku system. He rushed to his seat and a few moments later he pushed the lever up which pulled the ship out of hyperspace.

The planet materialized before him and he was almost unimpressed. It looked like a ball of dust from his view in space. Given that he grew up on a nature planet filled with water and grasslands, this was the extreme end of the other side. Was the planet always this dead looking or was this the result of something? If that was the case, he hoped that Rion would never have to turn into a dead wasteland like this.

After the ship entered the atmosphere, Kaedan used the coordinates given to find somewhere close enough to land. He brought the ship down two klicks away from the meet up the spot.

With a hiss, the ramp descended. Kaedan walked off the ship and locked it up. He was wearing his usual tunic paired with a robe to protect him from the possible harsh environment of Jakku. On his hip, his lightsaber sat snugly and his vibro-knife was attached to his shin. Across his shoulder sat the strap to his satchel. Inside, he had a datapad, some medical supplies and a few chilled bottles of water. He didn’t know how long they’d be there so he wanted to make sure he was prepared.

After the long walk, the Jedi Knight he was paired up with came into view. It didn’t take long before he was right before her. Kaedan bowed with respect before speaking.
“I hope that I didn’t keep you waiting too long, Master.” He didn’t have any idea on if she was friendly or not but he hoped that he’d be able to make a good impression. “I brought a few bottles of chilled water, would you like one?”

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Irisa Ece

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Perched atop a rock formation, Irisa lounged rather casually with her legs crossed at the ankles. Having pulled down her neck gait, she now enjoyed one of her many guilty pleasures. A slender cigarra. Its tip glowed dimly as she took a long drag of its mixture. The smoke that escaped her lips carried a sickly sweet scent, a fragrance that mingled oddly with the arid, dusty air of Jakku.

Bright spinel eyes scanned lazily at the horizon as her thoughts began to drift once again. She found herself contemplating the mission, the nature of their call for aid, and the desert planet’s bleakness. Sensing Kaedan’s approach, the hybrid took down her hood and marked his steady progress. The stiff, respectful bow earned him the arch of an eyebrow. While she appreciated the sentiment, it wasn’t her style. She would, however, take him up on that offer of water.

"As sweet as it is, I ain’t one for formalities, Sparky. Call me Ece. None of this ‘master’ shtic." She said whilst catching the bottle. The cool water was a welcome relief against the desert heat. A bit of booze would have also been a delight.

Taking a moment, the hybrid began her initial assessment of Kaedan. He was young but not annoyingly young. If she had to guess, he was probably leaning towards late adolescence. A prime age, all keen and eager. At least he seemed well-prepared, his gear neatly arranged and his stance full of purpose. She noted the satchel slung over his shoulder, the lightsaber at his hip, and the vibro-knife strapped to his shin. He had come ready for anything, it seemed. Time would tell however whether all of it would be a help or hinderance.

"You’re takin’ lead on this one, padawan. I’m here to observe and report back to the council. Now, if things start to go south, I’ll step in and help," she instructed, assuming Kaedan had read the mission brief.

Still, she recited it just to ensure clarity and eliminate any chance of misunderstanding."The people living in that settlement over there-" she said, jerking her head towards the distant cluster of buildings, "-have reached out to the Jedi. What’s your first point of action?"

Irisa took one last inhale from her cigarra before stubbing it out whilst simultaneously studying Kaedan’s reaction. She was waiting to see his strategy. If he was smart, he’d suggest heading to the settlement first. They needed to confirm the information in the report was accurate. Not only that, maybe he could secure some transport. The idea of trekking across the desert, even with the sun beginning to set, was far from appealing.

With that in mind, the Jedi Knight jumped down from her perch. For some, her appearance was a lot of drink in. Her fuchsia pink skin was as vibrant as it was radiant, being further adorned with shimmering marks across her cheeks, forehead, chin and throat. Her hair was a wave of thick, purplish hues. She often tied her hair back during missions, but today she let it flow freely. Irisa's eyes though were perhaps her most captivating feature. Large and expressive, they resembled precious gems, their dark spinel depths sparkling with a hint of mischief. These eyes could be both disarmingly warm and piercingly intense, capable of reading a person's intentions with unnerving accuracy.

And right now, they were fixed on Kaedan. Something about him and caught her attention and now she was thoroughly inspecting it. “You sure you’re a padawan? I don’t know what they’re feedin’ you on Takodana but you’re too damn big!” The hybrid was now comparing their heights, and indeed it seemed the Kaedan was fraction taller than her.

In a joking display of exasperation, she shooed at him so they could start to get a move on. “Come on, Sparky. You the one in charge. You lead the way. Move it or lose it” she then proceeded to poke at him, rather vigorously until he started walking.
 
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