Jun 23, 2021 7:16 PM
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Lily's going through some of the stuff they found in the latest stash they've been investigating. Her archive-droid Tyrant's pretty sure all this stuff is safe, or at least not going to lash out against her as long as she's not masking her Force signature, and for those she's really the best to gently poke them... (A lot of those also really hate Master Anakin.)

She's being cautious of course. She's gotten all the safety lectures, and she's worked with some stuff already under Master Anakin's careful eye, and really poking a weird loop thing that Master Anakin is sure is basically inert and Tyrant's archives say has never had in built defenses is probably the safest thing she can be doing on her own as far as investigating Palpatine's old hoards goes...

It is therefore incredibly unfair when the ring clicks in her hands, lights up - 

And dumps her somewhere very not the small workroom she was in, without the weird loop thing. 

...Where is she. 

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She is in a ditch by the side of a highway. Up a slope and past a steel guardrail there is a painted asphalt street; a blue car is in the process of speeding away without noticing her.

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Planet surface, normal gravity, breathable air that doesn't even feel like it has a particularly weird oxygen amount... Vehicle is weird, but some places still use animals for transport, so. They might not have the resources for hover technology. The Force feels kind of weird past a large bubble around her, but this might be one of those planets with very annoying Force-suppression stuff. Ugh. She hates those. 

But this is very freaky and she would like to know where she even is - it's too bright for her to see the stars, though, even if she had the ability to calculate starmaps at a glance, and her droid doesn't seem to have come with her. She gets to her feet, cautiously, mentally checks her lightsaber's location -

And reaches out to Master Anakin through their training bond.

"So that was not as inert a thing as we thought, and I'm now on some other planet. I'm not hurt."

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"..."

She somehow projects both amusement and concern.

"I thought accidentally activating artifacts was my job, Lily."

And she appears by her apprentice's side, glowing softly. 

"We do seem farther than usual, that was... Hard." She looks around, frowning. "Like I didn't have a real reference..."

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"Yeah, yeah. You're still three for one, though."

Glancing back to the road - "Think they might be pre- or low contact or just weird about technology, vehicle I saw wasn't a hovercraft and the engine sounded off." She climbs up to the side of the road, squinting up and down it. 

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There is not another vehicle immediately in evidence.

On the other side of the highway, something very fast moves through the trees parallel to the road - stops before coming into view -

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...She tries to poke at it with her Force sense. 

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Anakin steps up beside her, ready to defend Lily if whatever that is takes exception to their presence, focusing more on 'incoming danger' than poking specific things. 

...The Force thinks they're in absolutely no danger and also that they're on a hazy bit of rock floating in the void of space. Okay then. She's going to watch for things trying to approach Lily (from any direction) instead. 

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One inorganic nondroid being, one organic being.

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And nothing else...

"Stay here," she says out loud, and drifts closer to the two beings - not as quickly as she can, but definitely at a brisk walking pace. 

"Hello?" she calls. 

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The beings do not move. She'll have to vault the guardrail to cross the highway.

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She immaterial. She goes through it. 

She doesn't approach all the way, keeping her posture open and hopefully nonthreatening. "Do you speak Basic?" she calls out, trying to angle for a better glimpse of the two. 

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Lily goes to sit on the guardrail, watching, with only a small huff. (She knows Master Anakin's being reasonable but she's been beaten before and also Lily is increasingly less a baby. She's probably-fourteen by now. She can defend herself if needed.)

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The organic being moves, when addressed, but neither one talks.

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"Maybe there's some less shy locals we can ask for directions?" Lily calls out to her teacher. "Don't think they're gonna attack us. And if they don't even want you looking at them, it's not like we can try charades for 'nearest space port'..."

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"Perhaps," she calls back, then starts backing off from the two, carefully making noise like she would if she was actually walking. To the two: "I apologize if I startled you."

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The beings start whispering. Very very fast at high pitch.

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Anakin doesn't actually have ears, and they're making noise at all in her sensory range, so - she tries to parse if it's a language she knows.

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Nope!

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She backs off until she's on the other side of the highway from Lily. 

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The organic one tries talking again. A lot of tone comes across - she's curious, she wants to figure out how to communicate - but it's still not in a language Anakin knows.

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She tries a wide variety of others. 

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None of those work either. The inorganic being creeps slightly forward, carrying the organic one piggyback, and they can see the one -

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- and the other.

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She smiles and waves from her perch on the guardrail (she looks like a kinda short preteen or really short teenager, dressed very strangely for the area).

"Hi!" she says. 

Does - preteen? Honestly possibly not much younger than her, given Lily's weird mystery age... Anyways, does the girl look healthy? 

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She looks in perfect health! She says something to her carrier.

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