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Jun 26, 2022 10:30 AM
in which danni learns what it means to be a sith (she's pretty sure it's friendship)
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It doesn't really let up entirely while she's standing there, though there's regular pauses - staggered between the sources of the bolts - probably to let the cannons cool down.

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Once she catches the pattern, she starts using the pauses to maneuver herself towards an exit, out of this room.

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She can find another hallway!

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As long as a) there are no blasters in the hallway and b) it doesn't lead her back to the Big Black Pit of Death, she's all right with refocusing her explorations here.

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It seems to lead to barracks, mostly, and a small access staircase in a back corner - heading one floor up, or five down.

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Sigh. Last time she went up, she started getting shot out, so she guess she'll surrender to the inevitable and try the staircase down, paying attention to her her Sense of Doom when it gets extremely strong and imminent, but otherwise basically just moving forward.

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This doesn't get her shot at! Immediately. 

She has to navigate - and sometimes just fight - several other apparently automated systems, but she makes it through. She gets very deep by the time she comes to an enormous, egg-shaped room built around a strange pod.

The pod is different from the rest of the pyramid or the settlement outside - there's strange symbols traced on its surface, flares of color, and it's otherwise crystalline and mostly clear, though the image of a naked human woman curled into a fetal position inside is distorted by the numerous prisms.

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...Whoa.

This definitely counts as interesting. Probably more interesting if Salacis can get her out of the pod... Is there a control panel or something?

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She doesn't see one. 

But the pod feels very weird to more than just Salacis's mundane senses. (Like potential, almost.)

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Hum. Yeah.

The question is how to bring that potential forth...


(She pokes the pod where one of the pretty patterns coverges.)

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There's a chime, felt more in the Force than in her ears. It sends shivers through Salacis's body, and the pod doesn't change visibly, but... That potential feels more imminent. Like a wave about to crash.

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That did something.

Let's try another poke.

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A deeper chime, and another and another each time she pokes -

And then the pod starts to glow.

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She steps back a bit. To give it room to glow.

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It shimmers and - unravels, almost, unfolding in an eerily perfect harmony, and the woman inside unfolds herself, stepping out of the egg and then rising to her full height, facing Salacis.

She's still naked, and, also, incredibly tall. Easily two feet taller than Salacis, actually.

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Salacis looks up (and up and up) at the woman.

"Wow," she says, or tries to. It comes out more like "Aaoah". She forgot she still has the gag in.

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She steps towards Salacis (who is, actually, at exactly the right height that the woman's breasts could easily rest on the top of her head), and then reaches up and touches the strap of the gag, tilting her head curiously.

"Is this traditional clothing in your culture?" she asks, voice strong and crystalline.

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...Blush!!

"Uhuh. Urmh." She makes to gather the presence of mind to reach up and loosen the gag to let it slip out of her mouth, hanging around her neck. "Um. No. It isn't."

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"Oh? Does it indicate something, then?"

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"...That I'm a brat who's too loud for her own good?"

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Hum. "You were very insistent in waking me from standby mode."

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"Aheh. Um. Sorry about that."

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"I hardly mind," she says, "So long as you can take me for a ride out of here."

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"I can do that. Give you a ride. Out, I mean. Off the planet. We'll have to get out of this pyramid first."

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Nod.

"I don't recognize this place..." she says, then turns back to her pod and begins folding it up smaller.

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