Date: Monday, May 20, 2002 11:31 PM Several hours passed before Lyzoun will came back to wake her. Kaliandra took a deep breath and opened her eyes. "Are we there yet?" she asked, knowing full well, they were. "We are." She sat up and ran her hands through her hair, being careful not to pull loose her Padawan braid pulled back in with the rest of her hair to conceal it. "How long until we make planet fall?" "15 parsecs." "You ready?" She nodded, pulling on the crash webbing. "Ready when you are." Lyz nodded and went back up to the cockpit and strapped herself in. "Atmospheric contact in 5.....4.....3.....2....1." The ship shuddered as they sliced through atmosphere. Kali held one, gritting her teeth as the g forces increased. The ship bounced and is tossed. Not one of the smoother landings Kali had ever experienced, but Lyzoun landed them in the specified area Alida had requested. Once they had landed, Lyz came back to check on Kali. "Well, that was smooth," the Padawan said dryly. Lyzoun snorted, "Good as its going to get around here." Kaliandra pulled herself out the webbing. "How far are we from the city?" "A few hours walk. I'll have to go in to get supplies and make contacts." She slung a pack around her shoulders and handed one to Kali, "We can go in together." She nodded and took a deep breath. She was here. Now just to find out about this Prince Humpervelle and if his 'secret weapon' really existed and get the information back to the New Republic. Sure, piece of densati. Lyz waited for Kali to gather her things before opening the hatch onto the world they were about to traverse. Kali slung her bag over her shoulder and followed Lyz out. Low grasslands met her gaze as they walked down the ramp. "Hospitable at least." Lyz remarked, turning to lock the ship. Kali nodded. "I've seen worse." Lyz chuckled, "As have I." She looked in the direction of the town and holds up her hand, revealing a small scanner. Kaliandra assumed she is looking for people, threats, whatever. Kali stretched out with her own senses. Clear, for now. Once the scanners let out a small serious of beeps, Lyz started walking again toward the town. Kali kept in step with her easily. "So you're going to look for work?" "Yes." "Anything in particular or just what brings the highest profit?" Lyz smiled, "I'm a soldier, I get paid to fight." She cocked her head and looked over at Kali, "Why?" The young woman smiled. "I was just thinking if you'd be willing to wait, I could make it worth your while to ferry me back off this planet after doing a little work for me." Lyz raised an eyebrow, "What kind of work?" "Reconnaissance, mostly. Some more covert things if needed," she said. Lyz considered it, she had definitely been trained in reconnaissance, generally didn't do covert work, but it was not beyond her, "Normally its not my first line of work, but I am capable." She eyed Kaliandra. "I could make it very worth your while," she said, pulling out a small pouch and tossing it to her. Lyz catches it easily, "You really do work for a well off mistress." She shook her head, "Better be careful others less respectable than me wouldn't killed you at the first mention of this on the ship." The girl smiled. "That was a bit of a test," she said. "If you and tried anything, I would have killed you." Lyz raised an eyebrow, looking the frail creature in front of her up and down, Obvious she doubted Kali's ability to take her, "Well you did fight good enough," she replied simply with a smile on her face. Kaliandra just smiled. "You'll find I'm just full of surprises." Lyz nodded, "I wouldn't doubt that somehow." "Well, what do you say?" she asked. "Alright then, you've just hired me on, usual guild contract with privacy clause?" She nodded. "What first then?" "We need to get into the city undetected." Lyz got a thoughtful look on her face and then pulls out a couple of ident chips. "This will help." Kali took the chip from her. "What's this?" "False ID." She nodded and smiled. "I should have said 'Who is this?'" Lyz chuckled, "Female courier name of Drayshna Rileur." She nodded. "And yourself?" Lyz selected another chip, "Nadira Seng, performer." Kali nodded. This could be interesting. "Does it meet your needs?" Lyz inquired. Kali glanced over the details of the new identity and nodded. "This will work." Lyz nodded, "Next?" "We get in to the city and then we look around. There have been rumors that Prince Humpervelle has a 'secret weapon'. I need to find out if it exists and if it does, what it is." "Do you have any other information?" "Not much more than anyone who had found out about the weapon, hasn't lived to share that secret." "Then that is a good place to start, where did they last disappear from," Lyz mused aloud. "Somewhere in the city. I have a list of their name, but that's about all I have," she said. Lyz nodded, "What is your timeline?" She dug to pull out a data pad. "This is what I have," she said. "They landed, spent a couple days looking around, delivered their preliminary reports and then vanished." "Then it confirms these communications are all monitored." Lyz shook her head, "We will have to use out of band communications." She frowned uncertain just how they were going to accomplish that easily. "Or just something they wouldn't' look for," Kali said, pulling out a small black box and handing it to Lyz. "Old fashioned short wave transmission." Lyz accepted it, unsure, "Are you certain they wont think to look for this?" "It's on a scrambled frequency," she said. "No one uses these any more." "You're the boss." She replied easily, accepting the answer, after all this woman had proven herself resourceful and to work for a mistress so well off she certainly must know what she was talking about. Lyz exhaled slowly, fighting was much easier. Kali nodded and smiled. "Let's go." Lyz nodded and followed behind Kali. Kali took a deep breath and tried to look like she knew what she was doing and they headed for the city. Lyz was relaxed, falling into persona humming as they walked on. Kali read over the details of her persona as they walked, memorizing them quickly. She nodded as she read. This would work just fine. The city gate loomed ahead of them, "Figures an actual gate to go through." Lyzoun murmured under her breath. "For every gate, there is always a window," Kali said, with a sidelong smile at Lyz. "True, very true." "Shall we look for the window?" the girl asked, glancing to a small grove trees that grew close to the wall. 'Hrmmm it might work," she paused, her eyes followed Kali's to the grove, "or we could try our personae and go through the gate?" "Direct route first and if that doesn't work discreetly," she said. The mercenary nodded in agreement, "Separately or together?" "Separately," she said. "A courier and an entertainer wouldn't exactly make for usual traveling companions." Lyz grinned in agreement, "After you boss." She indicated for Kali to go ahead. Kali would have rather let Lyz go first, but to back down now would bad for the game now. "See you on the inside." Lyz nodded and fell back to a slower pace. Kali shortened her stride and quickened her steps. She was a courier and she was on a routine drop. Nothing interesting. Just work. Lyz casually looked around her, sure to keep an eye on her employer, wouldn't do for this one to get herself killed like her last one did. She saw the young woman talking with the guard and abruptly he let her in. After a few time the young mercenary followed suit. She was impressed with the speed of which Kaliandra was able to pass through. She presented her own ID with a smile. The guard looked at it with a slightly glazed, bored expression. "Everything is in order," he stated dully. Lyz peered closely at the guard, surprised by his dull appearance. She entered the city and headed for a nearby lodging, passing Kali on the way. The young woman gave her a small smile, before falling into step beside her, feigning interest in her surroundings. "We'll meet tonight at the tavern on the corner over there," she said with a subtle nod of her head. Lyz gave a flip of her hair in acknowledgement, pretending to brush it aside, then curved off to the small establishment she intended to make her home for the next few days. She caught a glimpse of Kaliandra heading to a slightly higher class inn and heading inside. Lyz wandered in and obtains a room and a lead about finding a position to perhaps sing or dance for the castle if they were in need of entertainment. She found out that the Prince is getting married to a local girl, one of the peasant class, but not a peasant any longer. She asked around a bit under the guise of trying to find out the Prince's tastes in order to prepare a suitable bit for the audition. Meanwhile, Kali found a small room for herself and set to work on forging papers to look like letters of congratulations from the neighboring system of Gilden. A courier had to coury something. She listened intently to the small bug she panted in the kitchen below. The kitchen help was turning out to be a font of knowledge of the reign and especially about the Prince's new bride to be. Rosebud, was a beautiful scullery maid who was swept up by the Prince to be his bride. They were set to wed in three days time. Just like a fairy tale the girl mused. Only this fairy tale was about to be crashed. She finished up her final letter and slipped it into a courier's pouch she fashioned from her things and headed out toward the castle. She would "deliver" them and then meet up with Lyz that evening with an idea of where to go from there.
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