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Thal-ion did as she wished while she was focusing on the problem at hand. While he kept their ship away from the enemy warships; he also meditated in the Force. Dar'ia had done this...or, at least done it at someone's command. What resources did the Sith woman have at her disposal? Had she sent a squadron of fighters through? Or a battalion of troops? Or had her apprentice or master gone through? What mischief had she been working on? It was clear the blockade of Naboo was the important event, but how was she or her agents to interfere? Only the Force could guide him, and thus as Alethea was seeking answers in her own way - so was Thal-ion. The Force flowed through him as he concentrated...letting this moment in history flow through his mind. Here was someone - or several people - who did not belong. Immediately, he sensed Alethea, because technically she was not suppose to be here anymore than he was. Yet, this much was clear already, and he sent out his probing thoughts in the Force away from their ship to Naboo and blockading battleships. There was the faintest of sensation coming from where the station had exploded and closed their only known way home, and lead to the planet even now the object of such unwanted attention by the Trade Federation. Yet, even as he focused on this faint thread; Thal-ion could get no more information.

When Alethea returned - he knew she had nothing new to provide either, but soon took their ship in when the Trade Federation troop transports began their run. He wasted no time in jamming their sensors as she swept their freighter in among the other descending vessels before breaking away to find their own landing spot outside of Theed. While his companion gathered herself together, and powered down the ship; Thal-ion wondered about where the other two Jedi had ended up. In the Force, he could feel them further away from Theed than they were, but knew the city would be their ultimate destination.

"To Theed, I believe. If our enemies are here to disrupt the timeline; perhaps we can infiltrate the city and watch for anything unusual while helping the resistance the guards will no doubt have formed. My immediate thought is we should rescue the Queen. She will be taken into custody by the Viceroy soon. What better time to have her killed if that is our foe's objective. Yes, infiltrate the city, help the resistance here get setup quietly, and watch for a chance to save Queen Amidala. Hopefully our two Jedi friends will be along about the same time," the young Sentinel stated in thought as he left the ship with his companion. "I'd also hate to see anyone find our ship. Wouldn't hurt to camouflage her as best we can."

He turned to look at the city just a few kilometers ahead of them. Even now he could feel the approach of the Trade Federation army on Theed. Part of him wanted to immediately jump in, and start wrecking havoc on the enemy column, but he knew better. Even two Jedi could not take on an entire army alone. Yet, to know the peaceful and beautiful city would soon fall without a fight was not something he enjoyed. To focus on the work at hand; Thal-ion started working hard on hiding the ship further from prying eyes. The last thing they needed was their ship vanishing on them.

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Thal-ion suggested that they head to Theed. If the enemy was here to disrupt the timeline, then perhaps they could infiltrate the city and watch for anything unusual, and perhaps even help the resistance that would no doubt have formed, given that the guards were unlikely to just hand the city over. The immediate concern was the queen. She was supposed to be taken into custody by the viceroy soon. That would be a perfect time for the enemy to strike, if there was, in fact, the enemy's objective.

Her main concern was that rescuing the queen too early would be directly tampering with the timeline. Who knows what kind of effects it would have on their own timeline? Still, she realized that doing nothing wasn't an option, because if the enemy was planning to kill her, she was quite certain that they wouldn't like the effects this would have on their timeline.

"Right," Alethea nodded in agreement with her partner. They would need to be careful, and wait for the right time, but no matter what might happen as a result of their rescuing her, it was preferable to the alternative of potentially allowing her to be killed. Something told her that her life was of the utmost importance. Why, she couldn't say, but she knew that this woman must live. "Then we camouflage the ship and sneak ourselves into the city," she agreed, helping him to hide their ship. After all, they couldn't afford to lose it.

Like him, she had to ignore the part of her that wanted to jump in and fight. She was not usually inclined to jump into a fight, but she was even less inclined to watch people suffer and do nothing. Regardless, she knew that it would not be a wise course of action. They could only do so much, and she feared that no matter how many they took out, it wouldn't be enough to truly make a difference. They were worth much more alive. They had a job to do. They had to stop these enemies of the Jedi, enemies that the Jedi of this time didn't even know existed. Or perhaps they did. Perhaps someone strong in the Force had noticed, but as of right now, they had no indication of such. For now, they were on their own, and if they were to make a difference and stop these enemies, they needed to play it smart.

Once they had sufficiently hidden the ship, Alethea stepped back, sighing for a moment and nodding. "Ready to go?" she asked, waiting for his response before she began to lead the way towards the city. She could feel the activity in the city through the Force. The guards preparing, people panicking. Her mind reached out beyond them, searching for an unknown presence, one that didn't belong. Surprisingly, this time, she found one. "Thal-ion," she spoke up, furrowing her brows and glancing his way. "I think I found our enemy. He's near the palace, waiting. We need to hurry," she warned him before picking up the pace. They needed to reach the city, to reach the palace before it was too late.

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Hearing that their foe was already near the palace helped Thal-ion to focus more on their objective. He soon found himself sprinting after his companion with the Force flowing smoothly through him to increase his agility and speed. Though the young Sentinel had not yet found the person Alethea had; he had no doubts about the truth of her words. If their foe reached the Queen before they did - history for the two young Jedi would be permanently destroyed. On his pressed through the trees to their destination...following Alethea with ease. He could feel the Force flowing with her: every step, every breath, and every beat of her heart...she was so vibrant in the Force. They had been taught how the Force flowed from all life...how it surrounded everything, and now on Naboo racing against time...Thal-ion could understand the lesson a lot more clearly. Never had he been somewhere as vibrantly alive in the Force as now speeding through the forest to reach Theed. All of this reached the young Jedi as he continued on almost tirelessly in the hopes of stopping the certain death of Queen Amidala. He did not need the journal to tell him she was important; for the Force made sure he understood.

It only then occurred to him that they were already changing history by even doing this much. Granted, it was not much, but it was a beginning. The only true way to ensure the protection of their timeline was to do nothing, except stop the future assassin. Yet, if it could be changed for evil purposes - certainly it could be changed for good as well. Such changed would have to be carefully crafted, because a single misstep could destroy even the best of intentions. Still, the very idea of making things better for the Jedi and the Republic was not only a daunting idea, but one that floated in his heart and mind with great interest. Thal-ion knew their ability to not change things to come was already almost impossible. In stopping whatever troubles had come through already; they might inadvertently also alter things for the better. Thus, he reasoned, it was better to do so with deliberate intent - rather than accidentally.

The two of them arrived just ahead of the approaching first columns of battle droids with their tanks. No more than fifteen minutes was given to them between their arrival and the impending invasion force. Thal-ion glanced over at Alethea as he noted how empty the streets were already. The people had abandoned the city streets, and the guards - only a few volunteers - were also no place to be seen. He knew they had likely already formed resistance cells for later, but the emptiness of the city was a bit unnerving.

"Our time grows short. They will be here soon. Where is our future assassin?" he asked Alethea quietly...his hand slipping down to his lightsaber smoothly. With the Force as his ally; Thal-ion reached out for those around him, but especiallyin the palace. Immdediately, he discovered a bright presence in the Force - which startled the young Jedi. It was certainly not either of the two Jedi he had sensed fighting on the Viceroy's flagship, but the presence was bright and strong...a beacon against the darkness. He wondered who this person was, but the Force did not reply. All he knew for certain was the person was a woman, and located in the upper rooms of the palace.

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Alethea did her best to focus on the task ahead, reigning in her mind and her thoughts, which threatened to stray from their task, to worry about the consequences of their actions. She thought that the best course of action was obviously to try to keep the original timeline in tact, but that might not be possible, especially if they were unable to intercept the enemy in time. The next best option would be to try to minimize any changes, or at least the alterations they might cause. Killing anyone who belonged to this time was not ideal, no matter how evil they were, because they had no way of truly knowing what the outcome would be.

She was quite adept at predicting the consequences, or at least potential complications of actions. This was something that came in handy during battle, as she was able to predict her opponents actions with a high degree of accuracy, and plan her own moves accordingly, even planning things several moves ahead of time. But even she couldn't predict all the possibilities, especially in a situation like this. There were too many variables and too many unknowns. Thus, they should avoid killing anyone who was meant to live, and try not to allow anyone to die who wasn't meant to. Likewise, it was best to avoid saving anyone not meant to be saved, because there was no way to tell how that would influence the timeline, either.

This, she thought, was why the Jedi forbid things like this. Even the smallest change could have unforeseen consequences. It was theoretically possible to strategically plan small changes to create a larger, overaching change for the better, but it had to be done very precisely, very carefully, and by someone with the ability to "see" the potential changes. It was certainly possible, but it took someone extraordinarily crafty and brilliant to plan something like that. Thus, most of the time, even the most well-intentioned plan ended in failure. Sometimes it even accomplished the exact opposite of the intented effect. It was not something to be done lightly.

That begged the question, what were they going to do? They could try, for the time being, to avoid any influence on the timeline, but what happened if they failed? What happened if the enemy succeeded in their nefarious plans to influence the timeline in some way that would change the fate of the galaxy? Was it truly better to try to avoid any interaction or any actions that might have some unintended effect? Or was it better to try to come up with some plan to outsmart the enemy and alter the timeline for the better before the enemy could change it for the worse?

For now, she didn't have an answer, so she had to focus on the task at hand. Once they stopped the enemy here, they could come up with a plan for how to move forward. Through the Force, she kept both the assumed assassin and the queen's presences in the forefront of her mind as they raced through the forest towards Theed. She could feel that the enemy was closing in on the city, just as they did. They weren't moving as fast, however, so they would likely arrive around fifteen minutes after they did.

The streets of the city were empty, seemingly abandoned. It was a little bit unnerving, but she could feel the presence of the people, so she knew it wasn't truly abandoned, which made it a little less so. "There," she pointed to the west wing of the palace. "The queen is in the upper portion of the palace, so the assassin hasn't reached her yet. We need to hurry," she urged him as she took both of her lightsabers in her hands and gestured for him to follow her as she rushed through the streets, leaping up to the rooftops when needed, whatever was necessary to reach their destination faster.

Once they arrived at the palace, she used the Force to push the doors open, knowing there were no guards nearby. She then gestured to the right with her head, knowing that her companion was still right behind her. They rushed through the halls, up the stairs, until she felt the assassin nearby. She stopped near the end of the hallway they were currently in, pressing her back against the wall just before the corner that would lead them into the next hallway. She gestured to let him know that the assassin was just down the hallway. "Ready?" she whispered, waiting for his confirmation before she would take the corner and confront their enemy.

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The young Sentinel kept up with his companion as they raced to save the Queen of Naboo from this would be assassin from their timeline. It was good Alethea had the ability to sense their foe, and once she had - Thal-ion could zero in on their opponent. His presence in the Force was as if he were trying to hide himself from detection...only a flicker of him showing. Thal-ion wondered if he had realized that he was hunted. After all, hiding in the Force took immense concentration, and it had been known to blind some Jedi to their surroundings. His own lightsaber rested easily in his right hand as he waited. Already they had fought one Dark Side user - possibly even a Sith, but now they were about to face their second foe. When Alethea signaled she was ready; the two came around the corner face to face with a red-skinned alien he had never seen before. Something about him rang inside Thal-ion's mind and heart as lethal, and his blade ignited at once as they barred the strange tall alien male standing before them.

He seemed to not be surprised by their presence in the least, and already had his own blood-red twin sabers out and activated.

"So, you two managed to defeat my apprentice. That is unfortunate. She was so looking forward to killing Obi-wan Kenobi," the man said in a low evil tone. "Never seen my kind before, hmm? I am a true Sith, you might say, and you...you two are in my way."

Before Thal-ion could react to his words; a blast from the Force hurled him into the wall back some five meters. Dazed - the young Sentinel tried to shake off the effect even as the Sith now attacked Alethea with every thing he had. Where Dar'ia was skilled - this foe had a mastery over his movements and strikes. His assault on Alethea was in Juyo form, but unlike his apprentice - he did not deviate from the form. Thus, his martial skills enhanced by the Force was truly remarkable - on par with such Jedi duelists as Kyp Durron and Corran Horn. He was lightning quick, but there was no less strength in each of his attacks as he pressed Alethea..even marking her tunic twice as his blade slipped past her guard.

Having regained his focus; Thal-ion lept back into the combat, and harried the pureblooeded Sith with every ounce of skill he possessed in Makashi. The Sith warrior, however, had no trouble it seemed in picking off each one of the young Sentinel's attacks, and still had time to spare attacks at Alethea. This battle was lethal...one that would test their limits, and thus Thal-ion Serr opened himself up not only to the Force, but to his partner completely. Only together would they win against such a foe.

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Even as they turned the corner, Alethea knew that their opponent expected them. He had been hiding his own presence in the Force, most likely to avoid the two young Jedi from finding him, but cloaking oneself with the Force only worked if your ability to cloak yourself was stronger than your opponent's ability to sense you. This was particularly true the closer they got to you. Alethea had exceptional powers of perception, so even with his attempts to cloak himself, she had been able to find him. She suspected that he wasn't pouring all of his efforts into hiding himself, as it had been a relatively easy task for her to find him, and he had been able to sense them coming. Had he truly focused on hiding himself, it would have been more difficult for him to sense them. As such, she thought that he expected the possibility that the two of them might have made it through, and partially divided his concentration in order to sense them when they got near, while still cloaking himself to their senses from afar.

As they came face to face with their enemy, a red-skin alien that she thought she recognized. Was he a Sith? A true Sith? She thought they had all died out long ago. Even in the days of the Old Republic, long before even this time period, they had been slowly dwindling. Probably due in part to their tendency to think themselves better than other species, leading to their very selective mating choices. Beyond that, she didn't know a great deal about them. She enjoyed reading about the Old Republic, as it was a time very different from their own, but their records of that time were often spotty at best. The man before her, however, suggested that at least a handful still remained somewhere in the galaxy.

Regardless, he was deadly, that much was obvious not only in the way he held himself, but his presence in the Force. This would not be an easy fight. She questioned whether or not it was a fight they could win, but decided against such doubt. The Force was with them. They had been sent here for a reason, and she knew that the Force was telling her that they would succeed. That, however, did not mean that it would be easy, that they wouldn't have to fight for their lives every step of the way. She ignited the two blades in her hands as the Sith spoke, confirming that he was a true Sith, before saying that they were in his way.

The next moment, Thal-ion was pushed back by a blast, one that Alethea narrowly avoided. After pushing Thal-ion back, then Sith attacked her with everything he had. She opted to begin with Djem So, parrying his strikes and quickly striking back with a counterattack. Still, her opponent managed to singe her tunic twice as she carried out her quick counterattacks with the speed of Ataru. This Sith was on an entirely different level from Dar'ia, which made sense, considering that he claimed to have been her master. His strikes were quick and powerful. Unlike in her fight with Dar'ia, where she could react to her strikes without using the Force, or attempting to predict them, she would have to utilize both of these skills.

She allowed the Force to flow through her, connecting her to both her partner and her opponent. She used the Force to predict his movements, allowing her to block them more easily, and plan counterattacks. She also allowed this information, along with her own intentions, to readily flow to her partner, just as she also read his movements, allowing her to avoid getting in her way, to aid in his strikes, or to block if he was unable to. Still, it didn't seem as though they made much headway. She had managed to singe the Sith's cloak with one of her counterattacks, but they had made little headway in actually gaining a true upper hand.

She wondered if, perhaps, they would have more luck gaining the upper hand if they used more unorthodox methods, rather than focusing purely on the use of lightsabers. She used the Force to visualize their surroundings and got an idea, one that she wasn't entirely certain would work, but it was worth a try. She used the Force to push their opponent away, giving her partner a chance to break away from the fight and follow the instructions she would give him without words. She then leapt towards their opponent, using a combination of Ataru and the characteristic Djem So attack, bringing her lightsabers above her head and bringing them down on their opponent with Force imbued strength. After the strike she leapt backward, pulling a nearby crate forward, towards the enemy as she did so, landing with her feet against the wall, she propelled herself forward, now using a blend of all of the forms at her disposal, rather than blending Jar'Kai and Djem So alone. The crate reached him first, but he cut it in half, as she expected her would. He was then covered in a sticky liquid, which didn't exactly make him happy.

"You're skilled, little Jedi, but are you sure it's wise to send your partner away and take me on all alone? You can't last forever," he taunted her, as he blocked her initial blow, but she didn't react, knowing that Thal-ion would not be gone long. In the meantime, she kept him moving, pressing forward when possible with a mix of Djem So's power and Ataru and Jar'Kai's speed, allowing him to push her backwards as she defended against his onslaught of attacks, keeping him in a relatively small area. The more he moved, the more the liquid that covered him slowly hardened, making his movements a little stiffer and less fluid. Thal-ion would return shortly, and then they could make their move. She just hoped it worked.

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