May 18, 2021 3:52 AM
this is a scientific experiment in whether it's possible to give a force ghost a heart attack
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They fly past her, slamming into the sand outside the village - an eerily accurate bolt from the larger ship's laser cannons clips her wing - and the TIEs are beginning to regroup.

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"I'm breaking off to try to shake the fighters," she sends over the comm. "Dropship incoming."

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"Got it. We're making good time here."

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She slams a turn, screaming out over the open desert.

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Several of the TIEs - and the larger ship - turn to harry her. Her shields are dropping pretty rapidly - the larger ship's torpedoes don't always land, their laser cannons hit her effectively every shot they get off - 

A torpedo comes screaming through her shields, at her wing - 

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A hit, and she's going down!

Glance to the side, that entire wing's gone, no recovery-

She ejects.

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The TIEs break off, back toward the village.

The large ship - likely the personal ship of an officer - zeroes in to follow her toward her landing point.

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Hell.

Well, that's why she has a blaster. They won't take her without a fight.

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They land a bit away, out of easy blaster range, and the ramp begins to lower - 

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And a man in a black suit, black mask and cape, light saber in his hand but not yet ignited, descends, two red-armored guards following him, postures stiff.

There are quite a lot of Vader wannabes among the assorted dark side cults. Most of them have very particular ways of distinguishing themselves, though, and this one looks a lot like the briefings she's seen on Lord Inkil, leader of the First Order.

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Poser.

She takes cover behind her crash seat and opens fire.

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He in an entirely unnecessary move raises his hand and freezes the bolts mid-air - and the air around her's tight, her limbs locking - 

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Gr. She attempts to struggle free, pushing-

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She can wrest free, the bolts jumping toward the poser - he just deflects them, tilting his head, and keeps approaching her at a steady pace.

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She starts shooting again.

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He ignites his light saber - red, of course - and deflects the bolts.

He keeps advancing.

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She shifts her aim to his feet, trying to slow him down.

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His light saber is significantly less well designed for blocking things aimed at his feet. It slows him down a small amount, though not entirely, and while his face is obviously obscured and his body posture is hard to read he now seems extremely annoyed.

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Bring it, bitch.

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He gets within calmly enraged voice range - "I did not expect cockroaches out here, I must admit."

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"And I didn't ask for stinkrats, so it looks like no one's getting what they want today."

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"You think you can stop me?"

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"Maybe. Maybe not. But someone will."

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"Perhaps."

"It will be too late for you."

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"Big talk, scary boy. Whatever."

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