Back from the grave edition. Behold, I am still alive and this proves it, obviously.Official Twitter for Twits: http://www.twitter.com/sithempquestWIP Character Sheet: pastebin.com/9xXPhbraArchived Threads: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Sith%20Empire%20Quest---You are Mylene, Sith Acolyte, new arrival on Korriban, Chiss, and in that awkward gap between infancy and adolescence. Having found the classroom you were all looking for, you and your fellow acolytes now have no specific excuse why Zakk and Kagg shouldn't get on with their latest grudge match in what's sure to be a long struggle for the coveted status of alpha twin."Well then, this won't be hard to find again. You two want to watch us duel, or..?"There are a few ways you can do this, and the choice, is, yours.[ ] Say yes[ ] Say yes, ask Moriana to come too[ ] Say no, leave[ ] Say no, (figuratively) drag Moriana off with you too
>>37109586>[ ] Say yes
>>37109586[ ] Say yes, ask Moriana to come tooyou're back!
>>37109586>[ ] Say yes, ask Moriana to come too
You return! I did not believe my eyes when I saw the picture but you are back![ ] Say yes
>>37109586>[X] Say no, (figuratively) drag Moriana off with you tooEither we hurt their pride by dismissing them with little to no interest and go do something more productive, or they don't care and let us get a lead in gaining allies.Win-win if I ever saw it.
Welcome back CC, we missed you.>Say yes, ask Morianna to come too
>[ ] Say yes, ask Moriana to come tooYou don't see why not; nothing else of real importance to do today, and it makes you look friendly to them whilst also giving you a chance to see their combat skills (or lack thereof, as the case may be?). And it'll probably be entertaining too, can't forget the entertainment value of seeing two obnoxious kids get the snot beaten out of, by each other."Sure, let's go."You look over to Moriana, loitering there all quiet-like. Looks to be at a bit of a loose end, and you figure giving her a specific invitation to come too can't hurt - and maybe enough subtle reinforcement might just get her in the habit of going along with what you say and/or do. Can't hurt to have a habitual ally."You should come too."The girl nods, and the four of you set off, Zakk and Kagg all but racing as they stride away, you close behind, your taciturn companion bringing up the rear.In a matter of minutes, your group is assembled at a vacant sparring ground immediately outside the main building of the academy. The twins arm themselves from a rack of communal practice sabers, and face off from opposite ends of the field."This is where you learn that dumb riddles won't help you on the battlefield, brother." boasts Zakk, powering up his weapon. It hums and emits a dull glow. Kagg follows suit."Takes more than a good saber-arm to win a fight, ever heard of tactics?"The tension is practically palpable.[ ] Something to say?[ ] Shut up and watch.
>>37110267>[ ] Shut up and watch.
>>37110267[ ] Shut up and watch.Note their styles and weaknesses.
>>37110267winner gets a kiss
>>37110267>>[x] Shut up and watch.No need to add fuel to the fire, they do that themselves. Watch and learn from them what we can.Also I hope we wont go chaotic evil in this. That always did bug me about how Sith are depicted.
>>37110337I'm hoping for R63 Thrawn with a lightsaber, really.
>>37110267>Say nothing, but make this face
>[x] Shut up and watch.Nothing really needs to be said, they're already riled up enough anyway, wouldn't serve any purpose to egg them on even more. Similarly, Moriana stays silent, and indeed has put her hood up, covering her face from the admittedly rather harsh Korriban sun."Time to put your saber were your mouth is, Kagg. Or if you don't, I will!"Okay that was actually pretty good, as pre-teen trash-talk goes. With no further ado, Zakk advances, and you note that his form is actually quite solid, a standard Juyo ready stance, not really surprising that he'd default to a heavily aggressive style. Kagg takes a few steps forward, but lets Zakk be the one to close the gap, he himself in what you recognise as Shien form, which, if you're not mistaken, is based largely around defense and counter-attacks. Pretty good foil for Zakk's obviously offense-based strategy.Before you know it, the gap has been closed, and the twins begin to circle one another, Zakk evidently a little nervous to take the first swing. The proverbial calm before the storm. For his part, Kagg keeps his cool, pacing in time with his brother, but never breaking stance.And then it begins. No way to begin without it being necessarily rather telegraphed, Zakk swings and meets a rather perfunctory block. He steps back, then launches forth again in a lunging stab, forcing Kagg to fall back as he pushes the oncoming saber aside with his own.Moriana steps a little close as the two continue to trade blows, ground gained and lost but no advantage really gained as yet."Who do you think will win?"[ ] This is extremely open, just write in.
>>37110788Isn't Juuyo Form VII? The unfinished Form VII that required extensive know-how from Ataru (Form IV) to pass as usable? I mean, kudos on him for finding someone stupid enough to teach him Form VII, but I'll put my bets on Shien (Form I), which is, if I'm not mistaken, the elementary starter form. I'll go with the guy who sticks to his fundamentals over someone who is clearly showing off.
>>37110788>Kagg, he's got the style and the mindset
>>37110788wiper "doesn't matter taking in there style looking for weakness and strengths in both there victory one way or the other has no meaning for me"
>>37110788"Kagg."Also FUCK YEAH! Welcome back to the land of the living you chucklefuck!
>>37110788Kagg he's using his anger instead of it using him. Zakk is good, but he's too cocksure and arrogant. Which is why Kagg is baiting him.
>>37110788Kagg strikes me as the more skillful of the two so I'd go with him. Who know maybe muscle will beat skill?>>37110862Your words confuse me.
>>37110952tl;dr: There are a bunch of lightsaber forms. Juuyo is the incredibly aggressive Form VII. It's really powerful but was never finished and lacks a whole bunch of shit it's supposed to do. People often compliment it with the less aggressive but also very offensive Form IV, which is based around acrobatics. Form VII with a Form IV finish is basically how Darth Maul fought, for the sake of a mental image.Shien, Form I, is the bare basics of lightsaber combat. Mastering it is mandatory to becoming a Padawan or a Knight, I think? Either one of those, I can't remember off the top of my head. But it's basically the fundamentals of lightsaber combat.Does that explain things better?
>>37110788The first thing you begin to notice is that, for all their showy opening stances, neither of the pair really has much knowledge of the forms they're aping. Looks like they're as knowledgeable as you yourself; they've seen what the forms look like, probably from their father, as you have, but that's as far as their expertise goes. Indeed, at this point, Zakk is still being more aggressive and reckloss and Kagg remains defensive and careful, but neither is really sticking to anything you recognise as the fundaments of, well, any formal lightsaber form. More just trading easily-blocked blows and grunting at each other."Looks like Kagg's just going to let Zakk wear himself out, then go in for the kill. So I'd bet on him."Moriana nods sagely, but doesn't add anything. You guess that was her assessment too, or maybe she just agrees with the logic. Hard to say, really, her poker face is really quite good.Meanwhile, the brothers are beginning to slow down, early enthusiasm and adrenaline wearing off and giving way to stubborn refusal to admit neither of them is actually achieving anything. If anything, it's a little boring to watch, little more than two boys swinging big sticks at each other - just fancier sticks, really. Far from the epic spectacle of fraternal combat you'd sort of hoped for.[ ] Let them fight it out[ ] Point out how dumb this is[ ] Look around, see if anything more interesting is happening
>>37111099>Write inJOIN INAND BEAT THEM BOTH DOWN
>>37111099[ ] Point out how dumb this is[ ] Look around, see if anything more interesting is happeningDo the first and if they don't stop do the second.>>37111112We're cunning not strong (yet)
>>37111096Also you're mistaking Shien with Shii-Cho. Shien is form V, effectively a variation on Soresu, replacing some of its focus on endurance with more counterattacks and such. I believe it was Vader's form of choice. Either way they both suck at their respective forms.
>>37111112>>37111099This.Our race is good for that sorta thing
>>37111112>>37111140You do realize we aren't at that stage yet and doing so would put a huge target on our backs?
>>37111096Your words no longer confuse me, I shall read up on lightsaber forms.>>37111132Supporting. Perhaps we can see some older people with more skill and learn a thing or two from them?
>>37111136>[X] Point out how dumb this is>[X] Look around, see if anything more interesting is happeningAs Anakin, he used Form V a lot, yeah. I think that once he got jammed into that heavy suit, which didn't allow him to make any of the movements he typically did, he swapped to...I think it was Niiman? Form VI, I think it was, supplemented with bits and pieces of Form V and improvised moves based on his now absurd length and weight.That said, if I'm not mistaken, Form V is the dueling form for lightsabers (that isn't fancy Form II fencing), so I'd still put my money there.
>>37111099[ ] Look around, see if anything more interesting is happening
>>37111099>[ ] Look around, see if anything more interesting is happening
>[ ] Look around, see if anything more interesting is happeningWith a sidelong glance to Moriana, you add "If they ever finish swinging at each other like idiots, that is."After that, well, you cast your eyes elsewhere, looking around the sparring field in search of a more accomplished duel. Mostly acolytes only a year or two older than you, by the looks of things... until...The blonde human from the dorm. She's dressed in combat armour now, and speaking to someone dressed in rather concealing robes, hard to tell their species or gender, only that they're slightly shorter.[ ] Focus on them[ ] Keep looking, there's gotta be something[ ] Back to Zakk and Kagg, might as well see how it ends
>>37111354[ ] Focus on them
>>37111354>[ ] Back to Zakk and Kagg, might as well see how it ends
>>37111354>Write in - Point out the blonde girl to morianna"Hey, wasn't she in our dorm before?"
>>37111354[x] Focus on themSeems more interesting than watching the other two flail at each other.I have now read through the basics of the forms!
[ ] Focus on themLooking a little closer, it becomes more clear that the one in the robes is probably female too. Still can't see their face, though. The robes themselves are quite distinctive, however, mostly black with deep purple trim, shouldn't be hard to identify again in the future. They have a curved-hilted lightsaber at their hip, too. As for the acolyte from before, she seems to be wearing two sabers, now that you get a chance to look closer.The conversation is clearly rather amicable, too, not any sort of confrontation at least. So much for a chance to see the older student in action.A nudge from Moriana drags you back to the fight at hand. Kagg finally seems to have started attacking in earnest, properly pushing Zakk onto the defensive now. Both boys seem tired, powered mostly by sheer bloody-minded stubbornness."Guess you were right, I think Kagg's really going for it, now."Quite so, upon closer inspection, looks like Zakk's suffered a few blows, he moves with a slight limp, and he's got a small cut on his right cheek, bleeding ever so slightly.[ ] Not interested, keep looking around the training grounds[ ] See how it ends[ ] Tell the boys to pack it in
>>37111680>[ ] See how it endsWe may as well as there are no other interesting fights going on.
>>37111680>[ ] Not interested, keep looking around the training grounds
>>37111680>[ ] See how it endsNothing big is gonna happen in the open.
>>37111680>[ ] See how it ends
>>37111680[ ] See how it ends
Man I'm getting lazy at replies, I didn't even greentext that last one, and I misspelled reckless earlier.>[ ] See how it endsAs the two boys move slowly but surely into the endgame, you notice that Gand and Vorr have showed up to watch at some point, and perhaps more importantly, so has Overseer Galsenn. Zakk lands a glancing blow on Kagg's leg, the latter steps away from the impact as it connects, swings back round into a rather sloppy horizontal swing that Zakk promptly ducks under, then charges forward, driving his shoulder into his brother's belly.Kagg's footing falters, he's driven back one step, then two, then finally overbalances and drops onto his back. Even as he scrambles to roll aside from the anticipated next strike, Galsenn strides into the fray. With a wave of his hand, Zakk's blade stops mid-swing, and the boy quickly intuits that he's being forcibly stopped. Quite literally forcibly, via telekinesis."That's enough."The glare the twins share could cut flesh, it's so sharply pointed. The I-had-you look from one side, the no-you-damn-well-didn't from the other. Not a word is spoken though, whether out of lack of breath or respect for the Overseer you aren't sure.Moriana wonders aloud "Do you suppose he did that on purpose?"[ ] "Did what on purpose?"[ ] Approach the twins[ ] Approach, and congratulate Zakk[ ] ...and help Kagg up[ ] Keep quiet and see what happens
>>37111999>[ ] Keep quiet and see what happensObserve and Learn, then we strike when we are ready
>>37111999Also I'm going to have to call it a day shortly, probably one or two more posts. Gotta love working on New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, and the weekend thereafter. Best job ever amirite.
>>37111999[ ] Keep quiet and see what happens
>>37111999>[ ] Keep quiet and see what happens
>>37111999good double>Did what on purpose?
>>37111999 ] Keep quiet and see what happensask later.
>>37111999>[ ] Approach, and congratulate Zakk
>>37111999[ ] "Did what on purpose?"
>[ ] Keep quiet and see what happensWeighing your options, you figure it's best to just observe for now. No sense picking sides for no good reason, being a friend to both twins has served you well so far, at least.After a short, tense silence, Kagg clambers to his feet, still glaring at Zakk. Zakk, for his part, is now looking daggers at the Overseer. With just a gesture towards the weapon rack, Galsenn directs the two to put their practice sabers back. They acquiesce without argument, still not having said a word since the interruption.For her part, your companion doesn't add anything else to her question, preferring to stay silent as well, at least until Galsenn approaches."I trust you two don't intend on crippling one another before your first classes too?"The human girl shakes her head. "No, Overseer." Common sense dictates you follow suit."Good. You're welcome to practice, but your performance reflects on me, and I will not have my students beat each other into worthlessness before they've even begun their training."True to form, he's more concerned with discipline than the actual wellbeing of the twins. Though to be fair, neither has shown themselves to be precisely likeable so far.---And that's all folks, you'll have the rest of your first day to do whatever in another thread, for now, I really gotta go to sleep. It's been rad as always, and next time I'll endeavour to give a bit more forewarning before just starting the thread. Here's hoping we can get some plot- and character-development rolling soon, once all this introductory stuff is done with!
>>37112280Thanks for running CCr have a good sleep! Should we keep this bumped?
>>37112280cool times CCr, see you again soon
>>37112280Ahh, leaving so soon. Well at lest you are alive and kicking!
>>37112280thanks for the short thread, hopefully future ones will be longer
>>37112439I do apologise for the general short-itude, but to be honest my main reason for running this at all despite the time constraints was to get my head back in the game, and before everyone just got tired of my durdling and abandoned ship. I hope it wasn't too obvious that I was basically winging it, too.>>37112418LEAVING SO SOON?
>>37112501hey no probs OP, I don't mind a shorter run compared to no run
>>37112280thanks for running!
thanks for running!