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Aug 03, 2021 4:39 AM
in which force ghost fate!Anakin finds herself very rudely in canakin's body
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The general eventfulness of their lives since they left Jakku seems to be at a bit of a lull. Which - good. Her apprentice has needed a break.

(Anakin's needed a break.)

She's taking advantage of this to introduce Lily to the joys of archaeology. Not at all sarcastically so - Anakin's second greatest pleasure since she's died has been helping Luke poke around ancient ruins, especially those predating the Old Republic. It's usually less dangerous than poking around ancient Sith ruins, too, and Anakin wants a chance to really hands-on introduce Lily to the history of the ancient pre-schism Je'daii Order. There haven't been any really major Force traditions emphasizing a balance between the light and dark sides since the schism, but the Je'daii took a different enough approach from the direction Lily and Anakin are stumbling toward to set interesting questions in front of the girl...

Luke was the one who alerted her that this planet, not really near any used hyperspace routes, might have an old outpost that he thinks belonged to the Rakatan Infinite Empire before the Je'daii managed to seize it in the aftermath of the Force Wars. It's pretty far from where he's holed up avoiding his sister, so she offered to check it out for him.

Which leads her and Lily to wandering carefully through a half-collapsed base, the main remaining structures the parts that were buried underground - the basements and bunkers, as far as Anakin can tell, though it hopefully included some storage. Anakin's floating ahead of Lily, paying attention for dangers - or anything delicate enough her flesh and blood apprentice shouldn't step on it - while Lily takes scans with a holorecorder and notes on a datapad. They'll go back through later to start sifting through millennia of accumulated sediment, after they have an idea of what they can access without digging.

She's glancing over her shoulder, teasing Lily - "Maybe we'll find some old weapon for you to impress that boy you've been teasing with - "

- When she steps into a less damaged room than the others, a sphere made of interlocking rings on a dark pedestal in the center, and it feels completely inert in the Force, no different from every other harmless speck of dirt -

The world spins around her, Lily's alarmed shout the last thing she hears.

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Before an extremely unfamiliar rushing - almost a soft ringing - and there's rough cloth on her skin, there's air on her skin, the firm press of the ground under her feet and something in her hand and it's actually perceptibly dark -

- She hasn't had a body in over forty years and Anakin should therefore be excused for being a little bit freaked out as her consciousness slams into a form constrained by flesh and bone.

She stumbles, because how the fuck do legs work, especially legs without external mechanical support, and makes a soft sound of surprise, entirely unwillingly. She doesn't fall on her face, at least, catching herself with the Force - but it's pretty close.

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She seems to be in the same place, but she doesn't hear Lily shouting for her.  After a moment, however, she does hear an unfamiliar voice call out.

"You alright in there, Sir?"

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...This doesn't exactly feel like a vision. Could be something triggered or controlled by the artifact, though?

Either way, playing along is - probably a good initial bet.

"I'm fine!" she calls back, almost flinching at the deep, rough sound of her voice. It - cracks, a teensy bit, at the end, in a way that hopefully just sounds vaguely embarrassed. "Just some rubble underfoot."

Playing along would be easier if she had any idea what she's playing. Why is she even in this room in this - scenario?

She sweeps the light she's apparently holding for some reason around the room - it doesn't look any different from how it did. Nothing's out of place, though she's a lot closer to the pedestal than she was. (Well, 'look,' she only bothers filtering her senses as a ghost into visual input as a grounding exercise or when she needs to model what the living can perceive.)

(At least she can still sense and use the Force.)

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"Did you find what you're looking for yet, Sir?  We probably haven't got much longer." The same voice from before calls back.

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...What is counter-factual her looking for.

"There's a sculpture," she calls back, walking cautiously towards the pedestal. "Might not be the right thing, but looks artifact-y enough." Is counterfactual her wearing gloves. (She looks at her hands. That seems faster than parsing tactile feedback.)

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Counterfactual her is wearing gloves!  Her hands seem different then her hands ever looked in life.  Larger, for one.

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Well she hasn't had a body in over forty years but this is just. She does not like today. She would like to go back to where she was.

The universe doesn't spontaneously decide to be nice to her for the first time ever.

She gets up to the pedestal, gives the sculpture thing an unimpressed look, and picks it up (with the Force, and with her hand). (Maybe it'll dump her back?)

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It does not dump her back.  It doesn't do anything, actually.

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Rude.

"Sculpture's inert, but I can't find any exits," she calls back.

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"We should probably get out now then, Sir, we don't know how-" He's cut off by something, and then speaks again.
"They just commed from the ship, Sir, a seperatist ship just came out of hyperspace."

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"Joy."

Is she having a nightmare. Maybe she's having a nightmare. Why she'd be in a male body during a nightmare about the Clone Wars is a bit of a mystery but, well.

Might as well act like it's real, though.

She wraps the sculpture in a cloth bag she fortunately has, then jogs back to the exit. She's reaching out with the Force as she does so, instinctively - habitually - she hasn't battle meditated since the actual Clone Wars, and her mind's jumping to that, even though battle meditation sucks - she's trying to get a feel for the people in the area (the clones?), for the strange feeling of the enemy's own clone army, for her general surroundings - her brain almost desperately tries to glance for her training bond to Elesse (still severed by death, of course, why would she expect this nightmare to have nice bits)...

"Any info on the seps?"

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The clones feel different then the clones she remembers, but there's about 20 on the planet with her, and more on the ship.  The enemies she can't feel in the force at all, for some reason.  The terrain mostly matches that of the planet she was visiting with Lily, with, well, the amount of small terrain changes she would expect, given the time difference- parts of the ruin that had collapsed in her time, but are merely near collapsing now, bits of forest that haven't grown yet, that sort of thing.

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'Feel different' matches with the - clone? Definitely a clone - talking to her sounding male.

Nightmare about weird gender flipped Clone Wars???

She finishes getting out of the room, glancing around for the clone she was talking to earlier.

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He's standing just outside the door, apparently on guard.
"There's only one ship for now, Sir.  Sounds like the clankers weren't expecting us to have gotten here first."

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'Clankers' isn't... What they called the sep forces in her Clone Wars. But that sure looks like the armor her girls were using.

Low budget poorly researched nightmare?

What is the type of thing she would've said as a general about this. Ugh. ...Well, not said, there was a running joke in the battalions she worked with the most, where her girls would convince shinies she was deaf and see how long it took them to notice she could hear their gossip, which only worked because Anakin is a telepathy slut and hadn't been communicating verbally back then if she could help it. Weird nightmare her doesn't seem to be doing that if she's being addressed out loud and not mentally poked - or not constantly linked to someone. "How far out are they?"

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"About 10 minutes, sir."

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Crap. She clearly doesn't have good comms down here - wouldn't, if it's the same planet - she could link but she is terrified of battle meditating again and also it sounds like weird nightmare her isn't - 

She starts jogging towards the exit, distractedly snapping off questions about the situation and the position of their forces - modulating between the more positive relationships she had with her girls before the rise of the Empire and her knowledge and demeanor (and ability to communicate verbally) as Darth Vader. 

Not anything that wouldn't make sense for her not to know, hopefully, but - she can fill in the blanks from what she is asking, she bets. She was a general for over a quarter of a century.

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The clones answer her questions quickly and professionally, not showing much surprise at any of her questions.

When asked about starfighters, they reply,
"They've launched 2 squadrons of vulture droids so far, Sir."

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She doesn't remember what those are, or military droids in general being in significant use at any point in the war, and her memory of actual battles is mostly intact... 

She doesn't openly react, though, instead doing her best to poke around what the trooper's perception of the threat the squadrons pose - she's pretty sure they're droid starfighters, which had never been very useful in her war, but if they're being actually used here...

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They are droid starfighters- the clone trooper clearly thinks of them as the default enemy starfighter, generally winnable against but not notably weak.  Not a serious threat to their forces with only 2 squadrons, but might be with more squadrons.

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Okay. Doable.

She manages to guess whatever of her own force's strength she hasn't been told by the time they get near enough to the surface that she can effectively give orders.

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The clones seem surprised and impressed as her leadership lets them easily defeat the enemy ship before they reach the surface- just in time for 3 more Seperatist ships to jump out of hyperspace.

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Ugh.

Well, she wasn't exactly this competent last time, she doesn't think - of course, she was using battle meditation a lot, which changed the calculus...

She directs her forces against the new Separatists, paying some attention to the Force - if there's more coming, they should prepare -

(She doesn't want this place to fall into Sep hands if it's at all her way back, and, well, presumably keeping the planet would be a goal of this weird mirror Republic anyways.)

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The three new ships don't do anything when they first appear, apparently not expecting to find the first ship already destroyed, but shortly after they realize what happened begin a rather simple offensive against the Republic ships. 

If there are any more ships coming, even Anakin cannot feel them in the Force.

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She does orient herself some to check for organic sapients on board before blowing any of the new ships up - checking for sapient droids is much harder, though usually the droids who've been left active long enough to develop sapience aren't being used in operations like this. 

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