Feb 23, 2020 5:52 PM
every journey has a first step
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"Did your friend help him decide that?"

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"I don't think I'd say that. Isn't really anyone's fault but his if he got mad when his stuff would go missing or break or he'd lose a whole bunch of bets..."

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"I suppose anger would be a natural reaction. But to such extremes..."

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"He really didn't like the others, and thought they were messing with him, and he'd always been kinda unstable. I don't make people do stuff, though, unless they're being really bad."

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"I do not seek to criticize, merely to understand. You were in a difficult situation. That you brought others as well as yourself out of it speaks well."

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"...I was pushing him to make him mad. I didn't think he'd kill everyone himself, thought he'd just get into fights and mess up their ability to work together, but I was planning to get a lot of the important slavers dead anyways. Just would've been hard. Instead I only had to tell everyone when they needed to run and hide that morning."

"And I wouldn't have left people where they didn't wanna be."

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"Actions always have consequences. Sometimes not exactly the ones we expect."

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"I guess so..."

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"Living in the moment in fine as far as it goes, but I usually find it best to keep half an eye on the future."

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"How do you do that?"

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"How much do you know about Jedi?"

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"Nothing, really."

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"The galaxy knows us as diplomats, philosophers, and warriors. But the true source of a Jedi's power is her connection to the Force, an energy field that connects all life."

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"That sounds kinda like my friend. The Force."

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"Yes, I suspect so."

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"People say I'm a demon. A vengeful spirit. 'Cause I can do weird things, and I didn't have a father. Are all Jedi like me?"

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"...No. Not exactly. But it is not often a Jedi knows her family. And some of the things we do others could consider... weird."

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"I know my mom, though I'm not around her much."

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"A Jedi is usually taken for training at a very young age."

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"What's training like?"

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"Difficult. But rewarding. Academic studies, history, science, politics. Physical discipline, lightsaber training. Studies in the mysteries of the Force."

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"Those sound fun. What's a lightsaber?"

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"The weapon of a Jedi." She twitches her robe aside to reveal the sliver cylinder at her side.

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"Cool. I think I wanna do fighting and the Force and history the most just for cool stuff..." She makes a thoughtful face. "But keeping an eye on the future... If I'm gonna be doing stuff with it... What's helpful for stopping slavery?"

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"That depends on what scale you want to attack the problem, and how much visible progress you're willing to accept over your lifetime."

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