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Dragon'taan: Heart of the Marauder Corps
Drake's frown deepened, then the spark of recognition flew in his eyes. "Hold on - weren't you that guy with Krystal, Alex and I during that dust-up with Malgus?" Drake asked. "Zack?"

Dragon'taan: Heart of the Marauder Corps
"Transmitting..." Izanagi told Zack. "... Done. Follow the map marker. I think it fair you know, Kyle knows you're here."

* * *

Kyle and Anna stepped into the holodeck as it swirled and shimmered, becoming a holographic representation of Coruscant, Universe 02-Delta.

"I keep forgetting," Anna asked, "Is this Coruscant or Nar Shaddaa? They both look so alike..."

"This is Coruscant, comrade," Kyle answered.

"What's the difference?" Anna queried.

"Coruscant's a lot bigger - Nar Shaddaa is similar in most respects to Coruscant, but Nar Shaddaa is a moon of Nal Hutta," Kyle explained.

"Oh, I almost forgot to ask, where is your son?" Anna inquired.

* * *

Drake wandered over near landing bay Nine-Alpha, where he happened across Zack. He frowned, seeing Zack talking to Izanagi. "I'm sorry," he told Zack, "But I don't think I've seen you on Dragon'taan before - are you new here?"

It was then that Drake was stricken with a sense of familiarity. Somehow, he felt as though he should recognize Zack. He inclined his head, staring at Zack, trying to ascertain where he'd seen him. "And while were on the matter of introductions," Drake added, "Do I know you?"

Dragon'taan: Heart of the Marauder Corps
"Don't think I don't know you're there, comrade," Kyle told the blue vixen behind him. Kyle and Anna shifted to normal form, and walked inside Holodeck One-Delta.

* * *

"Yeah," Izanagi told Zack, "He's in the Holodeck District, Holodeck One-Delta. If you'd like, I can get you a map so you'll know where to go."

* * *

"Don't worry, it's my first time here, too," Faasnu told Alex.

Dragon'taan: Heart of the Marauder Corps
Kyle smiled, then told Krystal through telepathy (Since he and Anna are already airborne), Go right ahead.

* * *

While Faasnu's little brother headed for the Holodeck District, Faasnu and Keesha sat at the Bellator Bar. "First time on Dragon'taan?" Jerry asked both Alex and Faasnu.

Dragon'taan: Heart of the Marauder Corps
(Comrade, that's "atmosphere," not "atmosphear." lol, me an my spelling corrections...)

(EDIT: FF, you might want to look at the presentation thread of this RP to get an idea of what's available, if you haven't already.)

Kyle belched after downing his third glass of Romulan Ale. His steak was nonexistent, the sides happily eaten by Anna. Kyle got up, stretched, and Izanagi came over Kyle's comm unit.

"Kyle," she said, "I thought you should know, Zack is here - he's landing in landing bay Nine-Alpha."

"Affirmative," Kyle responded. "If he comes looking for me, direct him to the Holodeck District, Holodeck One-Delta."

"Copy that," the AI stated.

Kyle held out a hand to Anna. "Would you like to accompany me to the aforementioned district?" he asked her.

Anna smiled. "I'd be happy to," she answered. Kyle slapped a tip on the bar counter, and then they both walked outside, Kyle shifting to his crimson-scaled dragon form, and Anna shifting to her dragon form - a pink-scaled dragon with ruby-red eyes. In a second, they both took to the air, headed for the Holodeck District...

Dragon'taan: Heart of the Marauder Corps
"Zack McCloud," came Izanagi's voice, "This is Dragon'taan control - you are cleared to land in landing bay nine-alpha, repeat, Nine-Alpha, down planetside. Landing bay will be illuminated when you enter atmo." There was a pause before the AI said, "And by the way... nice to see you again, Zack."

Dragon'taan: Heart of the Marauder Corps
Anna leaned forward to look at Alex. "Pardon me, but I don't believe we've met?"

"Anna," Kyle said, "That's an old friend, Alex - and her foster mother, Krystal."

Before the introductions could continue any further, Kylet'oran, who had been silent until this point, cleared his throat to get Kyle's attention.

"Yes, Kylet'oran," Kyle said, "I know you're there."

"Been a long time, Indari," Kylet'oran said.

(Any ideas how we should set Holodeck action apart from other events in this RP? Otherwise, I'll just come up with something.)

Dragon'taan: Heart of the Marauder Corps
"It's possible, yes," Faasnu said. "Perhaps they live, and perhaps they don't. Either way, this is merely the beginning."

Kyle and Anna sat down at the bar, Kyle sipping his Romulan Ale. "I think it's fair you know," he told Anna, "I have a son."

Anna raised an eyebrow. "Where is his mother?" she asked.

"That's... something we'd both like to know; where - and, more importantly, who - is his mother?" Kyle answered.

"So... little brother has a family," Faasnu said, finally speaking to Kyle.

Kyle chuckled. "Yes, I do," he answered.

"I guess I never imagined you as a family man," Faasnu admitted. "I feared the events of your life had rendered you incapable of becoming such."

Dragon'taan: Heart of the Marauder Corps
Kyle and Anna continued to stare at each other. "If I were the man I were years ago," Kyle growled, "I would kill you where you stand. As it is, I am not who I was long ago - I have changed." He turned his back to Anna, and began walking back to his bar stool.

"What happened to you, Kyle?" Anna asked. "Why didn't you come find me? I can feel what you feel - you can't deny what you feel for me, even after all these years."

Kyle paused, then said, "No, I can't. As I said, I have changed after all these years." He looked over his shoulder at Anna. "Have you?"

"You know the answer to that," Anna responded. "If I hadn't changed, I wouldn't be here." She stopped, then asked, "What do you really want to know? Am I sorry for what I did?"

Kyle rounded on Anna. "Well, are you?"

"Not a day goes by when I don't feel regret," Anna answered. "Not because I'm here before you, asking your forgiveness, or because you think I should - but because I look back and see a young, foolish young woman who left the man she loved to die as their home world was turned into a glass ball. If I could do it again, I would have taken you along - or suffered with you on what was left of Cerinia. If I could do it again, I would not have left you to die." She stepped closer to Kyle, then told him,

"I don't know what anger and hatred you hold against me, nor do I know by what design we were forced to live without each other for nearly twenty years... but as you would say, the Force is giving us a chance to start again... don't slap it's hand away."

Faasnu and Keesha walked into the bar as Kyle looked to them. Finally, he said, "Mysterious are the ways of the Force... there are times I feel that it has a sense of humor." He looked back at Anna. "After I left Cerinia, I did go looking for you. I spent years looking for you, and yet... after all these years, you found me." He offered a hand to Anna. "You are right though - I do still have feelings for you. Perhaps now, after all this time, after all the wars and conflicts... now that we are free of such things, we can pick up where we left off."

Anna gently took Kyle's hand, and quickly threw her arms around him. Kyle embraced her, tears now flowing down his face. Faasnu removed his helmet, then walked over to the bar. He looked to Krystal. "Thank you," he told her.

Dragon'taan: Heart of the Marauder Corps
For what seemed an eternity, Kyle and Anna stared at each other. Finally, Kyle broke the silence. "Drem Yol Lok... Anna'khan."

Anna nodded. "Kyle," she greeted him. In Dragonarian, she told him, "If you're angry at me, I can understand. There was a lot about that day that's... hard to forget."

"You got that right," Kyle responded. "You have any idea what that did to me? Stealing my ship and leaving me to die on Cerinia as everything went up in flames?"

"How did you survive?" Anna asked.

"With difficulty," Kyle admitted in galactic basic. "I survived salvaging and scavenging what I could, when I could, from whatever I could, until the Dragonarians found me. The rest you already know. But what happened with my ship... and that bastard you ran off with, Aurthur?"

"He dumped me on Tatooine... and left me to die... Like I did to you," Anna responded, tears pricking at her eyes. "It became clear to me that Aurthur... used me. When we escaped Cerinia, he left me on Tatooine, hoping the locals there would deal with me... but, like you, I am hard to kill. However, Aurthur he was killed in a dust-up between Covenant Remnant and UNSC-Sangheili Alliance forces five years ago." She paused, then asked, "Did... did you ever... miss me? Did you think of me?"

"Do we really have to play twenty questions?" Kyle asked. "I have enough--"

"Why did you not come find me?" Anna demanded, her voice rising in volume and quivering with grief.

"Why did you leave me?!" Kyle yelled. "You ran off with the very man I warned--" Kyle stopped midsentence upon Anna's hand raising. At first glance, it looked as though she was about to backhand Kyle across the face, but she didn't - just remained like that, where a ring with a bright diamond in it was seen.

"Even though you hated me, I still loved you," Anna said softly. "I told you... that night on the mountain, remember?"

A long, uncomfortable pause followed this, Kyle and Anna again staring each other down.

Dragon'taan: Heart of the Marauder Corps
Kyle sighed, then told Krystal, "Given the fact that my older brother and I have not been in contact since his first death, I can't have expected him to know that Anna and I have a... troubled history. That, and I did not think she was still alive."

* * *

Anna, Kylet'oran, San, and Dar-Ma headed toward the Bellator bar, Anna looking increasingly nervous.

"Anna," Kylet'oran said, "Relax - it's been a long time since then. He's changed."

"Perhaps, and perhaps not," Anna stated, "He knows I'm here. I can feel his anger, even from here. Perhaps he'll forgive me, and we can start again - and perhaps he won't. But I can't put this meeting off any longer."

The team stepped through the bar door, and Anna stopped upon seeing Kyle at the bar. For the longest time, there was silence, as Kyle turned to face Anna, a mixed expression of anger and relief on his face. Neither one said anything to the other - they just stared at each other.

Dragon'taan: Heart of the Marauder Corps
(Kursed, that's Anna, not Anne.)

Kyle stopped everything upon hearing the name. "Anna..." he whispered.

"Dad?" Drake asked. Kyle's voice was serious when he said,

"Drake, go to the house and stay there until I come for you."

"But dad--" Drake protested.

"Just. Do it," Kyle growled. Drake grumbled, slapped a tip down on the bar counter, and got up to leave, stopping next to Krystal.

"Whatever your reasons, I hope you know what you're doing," he told her. Drake walked out of the bar, shifted to dragon form, and left. Once he was clear, Kyle spoke up.

"Do you realize who you're talking about, or were you just playing messenger?"

* * *

Anna, Kylet'oran, San, and Dar-Ma wandered through the city streets, with Anna on point. "So, Anna," San asked, "How did you know Kyle?"

"It's a long story, ma'am," Anna responded. "I knew Indari long before he became General Indari."

"Before Cerinia was glassed, or after?" Kylet'oran queried.

"Both, sir," Anna replied.

"You sound nervous," Kylet'oran noted.

"I am, sir," Anna affirmed. "Before Cerinia died, I... did something to him. I don't know if it hangs over him still."

"What did you do?" San asked.

"It's... best left for Kyle to explain," Anna answered, "And that's why I dread meeting him face-to-face again."

"If you're so afraid of him," Dar-Ma queried, "Why are you going with us to meet him?"

"Because I want to put this to rest... once and for all," Anna replied. "I can't move on until I do."

Dragon'taan: Heart of the Marauder Corps
Kyle shrugged. "Depends on what you mean when you say 'my last fight.' The last major conflict we had was with the Sith-Imperial Alliance of Universe 02-Gamma. It was a--" Kyle stopped, sensing a disturbance in the Force - larger than the one he felt with Faasnu's arrival. But somehow, more... familiar.

* * *

Because the Retribution's Thunder had a gravity lift, and was capable of making planetary landings, Team Star Dragon was permitted to land down planetside. The Sangheili Gunship drifted toward the ground, then lowered it's grav lift, anchoring it to one of the bays located outside the city.

"Alright," Said Kylet'oran, "Let's go greet General Indari. Anna, San, Dar, with me - the rest of you... go find something to do."

Dragon'taan: Heart of the Marauder Corps
"Yes, Anna," Faasnu affirmed. "Her birth name is in Dragonarian - Anna'khan Assinara. I trust you with this information, too... you've not given me any reason not to trust you."

* * *

(And... Anna's appearance, with some old friends we're all familiar with.)

The Sangheili Gunship Retribution's Thunder - scaled up and refitted since the last time it was over Dragon'taan - dropped out of slipspace, and the crew on board took a long look.

"Dragon'taan..." said a Terran Dragonarian Jedi Weaponmaster. "Seems like a lifetime since we last saw it."

"Ten years is a long time, Kylet'oran," Responded the human female next to him - San, with her red tribal paintings still on her face. "Seems Indari's been busy."

"Indari...?" murmured a female voice in the back.

Kylet'oran looked back at the one who'd just spoken. The warriors of Team Star Dragon had only known her a few months, and in that short time, Anna had proven herself a reliable asset to the team, much like Indari had so long ago.

"Did you know Kyle Indari?" Kylet'oran asked.

"I did," Anna affirmed. "It's... a long story, sir. But if I can, I'd very much like to see him."

"So would I," stated the Argonian female at the helm, Dar-Ma.

"We all would," added the daughter of Kylet'oran and San, Keesha - otherwise known as "Keesh."

Dragon'taan: Heart of the Marauder Corps
"No, no it didn't," Faasnu replied. He paused for a moment, closing his eyes. After a few moments, he opened his eyes and looked to Krystal. "I wonder, however, if I could prevail you for a favor; it has been revealed to me by my master that one my little brother was very close to - a woman by the name of Anna'khan Assinara, otherwise known to him as Anna - has... resurfaced. If what master says is accurate, she will make planetfall within the next three hours. Would you be willing to deliver this news to him?"

"Why can't you?" Keesha asked.

"Because, in years past," Faasnu explained, "I have been known to pull pranks on little brother from time to time - I fear he will not take me seriously should the news come from me. Krystal, could you please deliver this news to him?"

Dragon'taan: Heart of the Marauder Corps
"I thank you... Kursed," Faasnu said. "As I'm sure you know by now, I am Mathayus Indari... or Darth Faasnu, if you'd rather call me that."

* * *

Kyle smiled, gulping the bite of steak. "Just wondering," he stated.

"Alex," Draco requested, "May I ask how you know my son?"

Outside the Bar of Galaxies
Drake frowned. "I thought dad said Cerinia was glassed by the Necromyans, not destroyed...?" he mused.

"I'm not sure it was the Necromyans that destroyed what was left of Cerinia," Claire explained. "I'm reading traces of a strange radiation - one indicative of a superweapon, possibly of Sith design. It's... faint - sensors can barely make it out. Serena, are you reading this?"

Dragon'taan: Heart of the Marauder Corps
Faasnu sensed the other's arrival, and said to them, "Come from the trees - you've nothing to fear from me."

"Who?" Keesha asked. Faasnu simply indicated the figure he sensed.

* * *

"So Alex," Kyle said, "Did you know this city has a district of Holodecks and holographic arenas?" He munched another bite of his steak.

Dragon'taan: Heart of the Marauder Corps
Kyle frowned. "When who does what?"

"Kyle - Faasnu is here," Keesha said. She paused for a moment, then said, "I'll go find him... there is something I need to discuss with him."

"Very well," Kyle said. "But be careful." Kyle dug into his steak afterward, and Drake took a seat at the bar. Keesha left through the bar door, and vanished.

* * *

(Some hours later)

Faasnu stood before the statue of Kyle Indari in the Central District, staring at it as though it were Indari himself.

"Little brother, you have made quite a reputation for yourself here," Faasnu said to no one in particular. He sensed another coming up behind him.

"Been a long time since our last run-in on Dromund Kaas, Mathayus," Keesha stated. "Or is it still Faasnu?"

"Either one will do, I answer to both," Faasnu replied. "I heard you were mothering my nephew."

"For now," Keesha admitted, "Until we find someone better or find Drake's true mother." She stepped beside Faasnu, looking up at the statue. "Never really did like this statue - they never got the eyes right."

"Perhaps not," Faasnu said, "But it serves to illustrate what my little brother has become. He went from being a paranoid, cynical predator to a warrior and a family man. Hell, he's High General of the Marauder Corps, hero of the Marauder War, veteran of the Kemoran Wars, and survivor to the death of Cerinia. That's no small resume."

A long pause followed this as they both stared at Indari's statue. "What do you think Kyle will say when he finds out?"

"About what?" Faasnu asked. "About you and I? I don't think he'll mind - Drake may not take to it so well, but he'll forgive eventually."

"You know that for certain?" Keesha asked.

Faasnu smiled. "I am Jedi, remember?"

Keesha chuckled. "We both are," she corrected him.

So there they stood, Keesha with her arm wrapped around Faasnu's side and vice-versa, as they stood before the statue of Kyle Indari.

Dragon'taan: Heart of the Marauder Corps
Kyle chuckled, "I guess they would, wouldn't they?"

"Wasn't uncle Faasnu dead, dad?" Drake asked, finally letting go of Keesha and wiping away tears. "That's what you said."

"He was," Keesha affirmed, "But, thanks to the power of Ahkrinviingah, he lives once more - as do we all."

* * *

A Translight portal opened up, and a black JX49 Heavy Interceptor appeared. It headed to a vacant hangar after receiving the necessary clearances, and moments later, a transporter beam energized, depositing one Cerinian Sith dressed in armored robes plus a helmet on the surface of Dragon'taan.

Dragon'taan, Faasnu thought. Looks almost akin to Cerinia. I wonder if that's why little brother settled here...?

Faasnu headed into the city, intent on exploring before he went looking for his younger brother...

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