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The young Jedi Sentinel leaned back after Alethea helped Ander calm down using the Force. Her question was one that had rather bothered him since the beginning of their little adventure, but now the moment had come to decide. Part of him thought they should go directly to the station...if for no other reason than to get a better understanding of what the station had done to create the temporal storm, and perhaps end it. There were two problems with such a plan. The first was the current possibility that those aboard the station were insane...or going insane from the effects of the temporal storm. The other problem was the clear presence of a dangerous foe aboard the station...a woman...one who was clearly using the Dark Side of the Force. What her design on all of this he could only imagine, but her presence made it all the more difficult for the decision they had to make. For if she was there...would they be able to deal with her.

The other possibility was to call Jaina and Jacen Solo. They were supposed to be nearby awaiting a call should they discover trouble requiring further Jedi assistance. The problem was, that was still at least twelve hours away, and that might be too late for whatever was going on. To delay seemed kin to disaster, and that was something he dared allow. The question, however, was did he accept Alethea's idea of exploring Ander's mind, or leaving him be? She might be able to glean some new information, but the man's thoughts were a complete jumble...chaos was there in his mind. To do so would require time as well, and time was something he thought they did not have a lot of. Yet, going to the station without more knowledge seemed just as dangerous.

He nodded to Alethea as if coming to a conclusion. "Explore whatever you can from his thoughts about this situation. I will lend you whatever mental strength in the Force you may need. Afterwards, I think I will look and see if we can find some evidence aboard his ship to help us...some access codes, or datapads containing vital information about the station's mission...maybe a journal or log. We will act from there, but my instincts tell me we do not have much time, Alethea. Even if we put in a call to the Solo twins...I do not think they will arrive in time to help us. We must find a way to board that station, and figure a way to end this temporal storm," Thal-ion said gravely.

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Alethea shared his concerns, about the station, the dark-side user who was potentially on board the station, the time it would take for reinforcements to arrive, and the time this would take--time they didn't have. Still, they had to make a choice. The longer they waited, trying to figure it out, the more time they wasted. In her mind, she thought that it was best to take a little time to find what she could within the mind of this man, as she thought it was possible that the information could be useful and could make things easier on them in the long run. There was, of course, no guarantee of this, so it could be a waste of time, but she thought that the potential benefits were worth that risk.

After seeming to think about it for a while, Thal-ion nodded, as though he had come to some conclusion. Thankfully, he had come to the same conclusion she had, so they didn't have to waste any more time discussing matters. "Right. I think that would be the best course of action," she concurred with a nod. "I'll do my best to be as quick as possible," she assured him. "I think you're right. I think we're on our own. Even if we call for reinforcements now, we can't wait for them to arrive before we act," she spoke in a somewhat grave manner as she moved to sit on the floor in front of the man.

She crossed her legs, closed her eyes, and took a deep breath as she began to reach into his mind using the Force. It truly was a mess. It wasn't just a mess on the surface. It was deeper than that. Nevertheless, she went to work sorting through the thoughts, piecing them together. It was quite the task to take them in and piece them together in her own mind, but even more so to try to reorient them within his mind, putting his mind and thoughts back together. It took an insane amount of focus and energy, as well as time.

She did her best to piece it all together quickly, taking a little time as she could. It took her less time than it would have taken many, because her mind processed the information much more quickly, and because it was essentially a puzzle, and she was great at puzzles, so finding where each piece fit wasn't hard. It took time not because it was difficult, but because of the sheer amount of information she was dealing with.

She wasn't quite sure how much time had passed before she finished, letting out a slow, deep breath and opening her eyes. She could feel a dull ache in the back of her skull, but she ignored it for now. "I think that is the best I can do at present. Any more will take time I don't have, and strength I can't afford to waste," she explained as she stood, stretching her slightly stiff muscles. "I did find some interesting information, though," she told him, letting him know that it hadn't be for naught.

"Here," she closed her eyes and used the Force to give him the information that was of use, leaving out everything she didn't think was useful. "It certainly doesn't answer all of our questions, but it's a start," she added before moving to get herself a glass of water while she waited to hear her companion's thoughts on the information.

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What Alethea had gained from the jumbled thoughts of Ander she now shared with him. There were a few things she had been able to gather, and that was more than they had previously. He let her go and refresh herself as he considered all she had been able to obtain from the young officer's mind. The first coming from Ander via Alethea was a woman coming aboard the station with the credentials of a chief scientist from the Alliance's Research and Development. The name on the card read: Dar'ia Sinavar...a name that meant absolutely nothing to him. He recognized her as the woman he had seen with the two crimson sabers earlier coming from Ander's mind as he was speaking. This was the woman who was their true foe, and had apparently taken up the role of chief scientist from the Alliance in order to gain access to the station. The next image Thal-ion gained was Ander and others being given new orders along with disturbing new security measures...including the summoning of two brand new squadrons of A-wings. Access became more and more restricted until only the woman Dar'ia was the getting anything. Another new image came from Ander noticing how his fellow officers were starting behave...obeying orders without question...almost blankly. Others were quieter...fearful...

Ander attempted to contact the Alliance about these new strange behaviors, but his own officers and personnel restrained him. Soon after, the nightmares began when Dar'ia ordered the full opening of the temporal anomaly they had been working on...causing the current storm. People began to go mad as time flashes hit them. Posts were abandoned or even destroyed. Some committed suicide. Others attempted to escape; only to be cut down by Dar'ia with insane hideous laughter. The Dark Side washed over the station like a plague, and eventually Ander escaped with the gravest of news.

At great personal risk, he had discovered among the chaos going on, that Dar'ia intended to go back in time in order to change history. He did not know where, but as the team had been studying the Blockade of Naboo...it was possible she intended to go back this moment in the history of the Galactic Republic.

Thal-ion blinked and sat back with a mild headache...the transfer of thoughts and images from Ander had taken a small toll on him as he reviewed it all. Alethea had done exceptionally well with her discoveries, but the sheer magnitude of their problem now came crashing down on the young Sentinel. This woman named Dar'ia intended to go back in time and change something. Considering she was clearly using the Dark Side of the Force; it could not be for the good of the Jedi or the Alliance. She had to be stopped. Anything else was a disaster from which no one would recover...or even remember. Once changed...not a single person would remember what history was suppose to be like. It would all be gone...wiped out.

The Blockade of Naboo...that is what he had seen earlier, and now he had this to add in...the very real possibility of Dar'ia going back to that very moment in time. Whatever the significance of this particular moment currently escaped Thal-ion's mind, but it really didn't matter overly much. In the end, Dar'ia had to be stopped, and their reinforcements were indeed going to be too far away. They had to act very quickly.

He looked up at Alethea. She had seen all of this, and thus she knew how grave the situation was. There was no time to lose. He could only hope the codes to the station were aboard Ander's shuttle, or they were very likely going to end up fighting their way on to the station.

"She can't be allowed to do this, Alethea. One of us should send the distress signal to the Solo twins, and the other should search the shuttle for those codes. After that, we have no choice...we must find a way onto the station, close down that storm, and confront Dar'ia," Thal-ion said gravely...though his voice was even and smooth.

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Alethea refilled her cup and sipped on the cool water, allowing herself to relax. Even being used to taking in a great deal of information, it was still tiring. She sighed as she stared down at the water in the cup. The things she had learned, while certainly useful, brought no comfort. It was now confirmed that this station was indeed the cause of the storm. This woman, the dark side user, appeared to be behind it. She was their primary enemy.

It also appeared that she was planning to use this storm to go back in time, to the blockade of Naboo. It was impossible to determine the reason with the information they currently had available. Still, it was clear that whatever she was planning, it wouldn't bode well for the Jedi or the alliance. Nothing good could come of this. The past was meant to remain the past. It wasn't meant to be meddled with. Who knows what even the smallest of changes could do? What effects they could have on the present?

She shook her head, deciding that worrying would get them nowhere. They had to stop her. No matter what. With that thought, she looked up, turning her attention to Thal-ion as he spoke up. She gave a nod to confirm her agreement with his statement. They had to do something. They had to stop her. Reinforcements wouldn't reach them in time, but that didn't mean that they couldn't call for them. "I agree. We can't just wait around," she nodded once more, taking a deep breath. "I'll search for the codes while you send the distress signal," she added, though she was willing to switch roles if needed.

She waited for him to agree before she headed to the escape pod to see what she could find. Once inside, she took a seat, sighing gently at the shape the pod was in, and then got to work.

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Thal-ion nodded in agreement with her going to find the codes to the station. They would need them in order to get aboard without triggering any dangerous defenses which the station might have...or any alarms which might alert Dar'ia of their arrival. After she left, Thal-ion gave the sleeping officer another glance before going off to the cockpit. It was clear the man would be out of it for a while, and not likely to cause any trouble. Once in the co-pilot's chair; Thal-ion began opening up the comm system to begin his transmission to the Solo twins.

"This is Thal-ion Serr of the Emerald Dawn transmitting an emergency broadcast: Code - 75AA1! Immediate assistance required. Please respond," he began.

A moment later, there was a crackling from the comm system, and then the voice of Jania Solo came through. "Thal-ion, this is Jania. What is your status and situation?"

"We have uncovered evidence of a Dark Force wielder having infiltrated a secret Alliance station based out here on the edge of Wild Space. It appears she has influenced the personnel aboard the station in order to create a temporal storm," the young Sentinel responded, but then static came from the comm system. He blinked at it in confusion, and began an attempt to readjust the frequency and carrier output. "Jania?" he asked. "You still there?" Yet, the comm system refused to give anything else other the static. He wondered what could suddenly be interfering with their ability to communicate. Not understanding why he couldn't get through to the female Solo twin; Thal-ion began checking the sensors. The storm was putting out new waves of energy beyond its boundary. Such energy output was even coming into contact with the asteroid Alethea had hidden them on. There would be no further transmissions.

They had only themselves now...and the Force.

The young Jedi Sentinel took a deep calming breath. Time was running out. Whatever Dar'ia was doing on that station; she had done something to the storm. The entire area was now affected on some level. He did not sense any new waves of temporal visions, but he was sure that would change the closer they got to the station. How Dar'ia was able to hold off the effects was a mystery; for she was closer to the temporal wound she had created. He could only hope Jania would soon be on her way with her squadron and her twin brother. Even if they left right then...it would be too late. He knew it...he suspected Alethea knew it as well. There wasn't much else to do except get the ship ready. So, he began checking the ship's systems over, and warming up her engines. Once Alethea was done...they would have no choice...none at all. They would have to go back to the station, and stop Dar'ia if they could. Taking the officer back with them seemed pointless. There was nothing more he could do to help them. With Jania and Jacen on the way; he thought about simply leaving the man behind adrift in his small shuttle for them to find...along with the logs of the Emerald Dawn. He would discuss that with Alethea on her return.

He decided now was as good as time as any to meditate on the trials to come, and thus closed his eyes...letting the Force flow through him...waiting for Alethea to return.

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Alethea was good with things like this, finding things. Still, considering the shape the pod was in, it took even someone like her a while to find what she was looking for. Half the systems were fried, and it took a bit of work to get the remaining ones on. After that she went about searching the systems for anything that might resemble codes to the station. There was a lot of information to sort through, but given how adept she was at this sort of thing, finding specific information in a mass of useless or unrelated information, that part wasn't difficult.

She ended up finding a few different sets of codes. She thought that they would need all of them if they wanted to infiltrate the station without setting off any alarms, so she saved them all on a datapad. After thoroughly searching the system for anything else that could be of use to them, she shut it down. She sighed slightly to herself, preparing herself mentally for what was to come. She knew that Thal-ion had contacted the solo twins by now. They would likely be on their way soon. Still, it wouldn't be soon enough. Even if they left the second they got the call, it wouldn't be soon enough. They wouldn't make it in time. There was no way.

The two young Jedi would be alone in this. They couldn't wait. They couldn't risk the potential repercussions of such an action. Something had to be done, and it had to be done soon. Otherwise, who knows what might happen? They couldn't risk this dark side user going into the storm and passing through time. They couldn't risk the possible outcome of whatever her plan was. No. They had to stop her before she got the chance. If they failed, the galaxy as they knew it might very well disappear.

Still, she couldn't help but wonder. Could they stop her? Would they? What had Thal-ion's visions meant? Would they be sent through time? Would they accidentally get sucked in? Would they fail and be sent through the storm? Would they be too late and follow her through? If that was the case, could that be avoided by them acting rather than waiting? She had no answers to any of these questions, nor would she find them in her own mind. Only time would tell. Still, she could keep them in the back of her mind to ensure that she was always cognizant of the possibility of them somehow ending up falling back through time. She couldn't let herself forget, lest she miss something, some important detail, and face dire consequences.

For now, she got up from her seat and headed to the cockpit. Thal-ion was meditating, she could feel it even as she left the pod and headed towards him. She could feel him in the Force, which wasn't a strange thing for her, but his presence seemed stronger than the presence of others. She wondered why, but didn't let the thought linger. Instead, she approached him and took a seat in the pilot's chair, placing the datapad nearby. She didn't speak as she quietly sat, instead allowing him to break his meditating on his own.

Once he opened his eyes, she spoke. "I found the codes. They're on the datapad," she informed him, gesturing to it. "The twins are on the way, then?" she asked, already knowing the answer. She then paused for a moment, glancing back towards the main part of the ship where the other man still slept. "What should we do with him? We can't take him back with us. There's no point in it, and we'd just be putting him in danger, not to mention taking him back to the prison he just escaped from," she asked, wondering what he might suggest. She'd considered leaving him in his shuttle and hoping the Solo twins found him, but she wasn't sure whether or not he would want to do that. And if he did, would it be best to leave him awake so that he could send them a distress signal when they arrived, or let him sleep so that he would be calm, rather than worrying and fighting with his own mind?

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Thal-ion had been meditating while waiting for Alethea to return. When she did, he nodded in answer to her first question - the Solo twins had indeed been contacted, but he knew even as she did it would be too late by the time they arrived. They were on their own if they were stop the madness taking place. As for letting the young officer go...that seemed the wisest course of action. To take him with them was suicide for the man they had just rescued.

We can leave him asleep to let him continue recovering from the ordeal he has been put through," the young Sentinel began. "I suggest we put the little shuttle he was in on auto pilot. We know which direction the Twins will be coming from, and their exit point from hyperspace will likely be where we were earlier before coming in. They can find him when they come out...especially if the ship is already broadcasting an automated distress," he reasoned before opening his eyes and gazing at his friend.

The challenge ahead of them was likely something every Jedi Knight had to face at one point, but the ones to come afterwards were quite another matter. To face a wielder of the Dark Side was what they had trained for in various ways and degrees. To face the challenge of history...of Time...that was not something they had ever prepared for. If they failed to close the rift she had created...if they ended up in the past for whatever reason...then the two young Jedi were going to be facing things no other Jedi had dared to even contemplate. It was a daunting future before them, but as he gazed at Alethea...he felt like he would rather face it with her than any other.

"We best get this mission underway. Time, literally, is not on our side. I'll carry him to his shuttle, and get it ready. Get us ready to depart, and head back to the station. Hopefully those codes will grant us access to their automated docking system, and we can board without incident. From there, we will just have to do our best," Thal-ion said to her, and with a smile of determination and courage - the young Jedi Sentinel returned to the back to take care of their sleeping guest. The Force resonated around him with the choice he had made, and he knew...without a doubt...their lives would never be the same again.

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Alethea listened as Thal-ion made his suggestion in response to her question about the man. He suggested that they put him back in the shuttle asleep and put it on autopilot so that it would end up near where the Solo twins would emerge from hyperspace. Since it would be broadcasting the automated distress signal, it was that much more likely to be found. It was as good a plan as any. "Alright. Sounds like a plan," she replied with a nod, agreeing with his suggested course of action.

He then spoke up once more, suggesting that they get the mission underway. "Right," she agreed as she prepared the ship to depart as soon as they were ready. They could only hope that things would go their way and they could indeed dock and board without any issues. After all, that would be the easy part. Everything from there on out would be a challenge, no matter what happened. Still, it was a challenge that she felt that they were destined to face. It certainly wouldn't be easy, but it was their task and she thought that, no matter what happened, as long as they faced it together, they would be okay. After all, they had the Force to guide them, and one another to rely on. They would survive this, whether it was the dark side they faced or time itself.

She returned his smile with a small smile of her own, giving him a determined nod before he left to ready the man and his shuttle while she readied the ship. It didn't take long to get the ship ready, as she had been prepared to leave on a moment's notice, in case they were attacked. As such, she soon had everything ready to go. She then called over the comm system, "I'm taking us up," before she did just that. She wanted to put a little distance between them and the asteroids before sending the small shuttle on its way.

When they were a safe distance away, she called over the comm once again, "Whenever you're ready, we can release the shuttle," she informed him. Once that was done and the shuttle was on its way, she set course for the station and whatever awaited them on board. A dark side user, a storm that affected time, and who knows what else. She didn't know what fate had in store for them, but she was confident that the Force had chosen the two of them for a reason. They would face whatever was to come together, and for that, she was grateful.

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With the officer now on his shuttle, and sent away on auto pilot to where the Solo Twins would be arriving - the time had come for them to confront their troubles. Alethea had already gotten them under way by the time he returned to the cockpit. It would not be long before they arrived...already the station grew larger before them. A strange beam was coming from the facility to the heart of the temporal storm. Thal-ion knew this could in no way be a good thing. He looked at the readings from his console as his companion continued to bring them in on approach to one of the docking areas. What the scans revealed was something they both already knew: the station was indeed the cause for the storm. There were no fighters to greet them - which was a relief, and soon Thal-ion was helping Alethea complete the docking maneuvers. Once done - he took a deep breath, and stood up from his seat. Subconsciously, the young Sentinel's right hand grazed over his lightsaber...as if to reassure himself it was there. A glance over at Alethea seemed to sooth him.

He did not speak, but merely nodded to his companion before going to the docking hatch. Even as he did so; the Dark Side of the Force could be keenly felt along with the madness which had claimed so many on the station. Though he had been trained to understand what the Dark Side felt like; he had never before truly encountered it. This was new to the young Sentinel, and instinctively he began shielding his mind in the Force. The Dark Side was potent here...as if the madness of the crew aboard was feeding it. The sooner they closed the portal; the better they all would be. His lightsaber came to his hand without hesitation, and he soon opened the hatch for their first glimpse of their situation. There was no departure ramp waiting for them - which was not surprising considering Ander's thoughts had showed the two Jedi that most had abandoned their posts.

Down he jumped to the deck of the docking bay, and immediately his eyes were sweeping over the area for details and dangers. The bay was a mess...equipment was on fire in places or sparking badly from being destroyed. Some people lay on the deck slain in a variety of ways...most seemed to have killed each other, but he could also see evidence of lightsaber damage. Dar'ia had clearly been responsible directly for some of those dead in the bay, but his next thought was worse than this.

Reaching out with the Force; Thal-ion sensed no one left alive...only Dar'ia, and she was on her way to them. The crew had not made it. By her own hand or their own from the insanity - they were all dead. Only Ander had escaped, and he would likely never be the same. He could feel her getting closer, and immediately his mind went to battle - drawing upon the Force as the confrontation ahead came ever closer. He did not bother to glance at Alethea...her presence in the Force was enough to know. In truth, he barely knew the woman he would soon be fighting side by side with, but the young Sentinel knew he could not ask for a better companion. Skywalker had chosen them for a reason, and he had complete faith in Alethea.

Perhaps it was only his own desire, but he suddenly felt it through the Force - Dar'ia would not succeed here.

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Alethea brought the ship to the station's docking back, docking with the aid of her partner. Neither of them had spoken since they had released Ander in his pod. This was, she suspected, both because words weren't necessary, and because they had other things occupying their minds at present. When they had finished docking and stood, she glanced at her partner, noting how his hand had grazed over his lightsaber. She didn't say a word, her mind reaching out through the Force. She didn't need to see the bodies to know that they were all dead. Only Dar'ia was alive, and she was heading their way.

Alethea, like her partner, shielded her mind in the Force, but only to an extent. She could only shield her mind so much before it affected her other abilities. She shielded enough to protect her mind from anyone who sought to invade it or alter it, but not enough to affect her sensing anything, and that included the Dark side. It was strong here. Stronger than she'd ever felt it before. It was a bit unsettling, but she reminded herself of the Jedi code, and calmed her mind, not allowing it to affect her emotions. It was, admittedly, difficult not to feel something, anything, but for now, she managed it.

When Thal-ion opened the hatch, Alethea's eyes darted around the docking bay, assessing the situation, knowing that there was nothing good to see. Everyone was dead. Some at their own hands, some at the hands of others, and some at the hands of Dar'ia. It wasn't a pleasant sight by any means, but it also wasn't an unexpected one, nor was it her highest priority at present. She was focused on the dark presence approaching. She also felt the presence of her companion, which helped to keep her centered.

She felt, like him, that they would not be defeated by Dar'ia, but that didn't mean that she could let her guard down, so she focused her attention on the hanger door, waiting until it opened, or rather was pushed in using the Force. The blast sent it careening their way. Alethea reached out with the Force, using it to stop it several feet from them, and then she tossed it to the side. She then focused her attention back on the woman who walked into the hanger. The dark side hung thick around her, infecting the very air, it seemed. The way she walked, the way she held herself, her very presence spoke of her obsession with herself. That wasn't all, though. There was a madness. Not as present at what she had felt in the crew, but it was undeniably there, and that made her all the more dangerous.

"Well, well, well. What have we here. A couple of Jedi children? Is that the best your Grandmaster could muster up?" she laughed, a vile, taunting sound. "I'm going to have fun ripping you to pieces," she grinned, a terrifying sight on a face that was obviously tainted by the dark side. Her sick was darkened, her eyes nearly blood red, telling of her corruption. A moment later, her red blade spring to life, as did both of Alethea's blades. The Sith leapt towards them, but at the last second, rather than going toward Alethea, she pushed her to the side and came down toward Thal-ion.

Alethea landed on her feet and reached out with the Force, pulling Dar'ia back just before her blade would have come into contact with Thal-ion, flinging her several yards away. She stole a glance at her partner, to put her mind at ease that he hadn't been harmed, then returned her attention to the Sith, who was pulling herself up off the ground, looking thoroughly **** off.

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Darkness had come to Alethea and Thal-ion. A Sith...she had to be one. He was not sure how he believed that, but it was in her all the same. This was no mere Jedi or Force-user turned to the Dark Side. This one was a true member of the Sith. She was lethal...that much was clear the way she had flung the docking bay door open. Alethea had caught it in the Force, and tossed it aside. The way Dar'ia walked spoke of death, and her taunts were as dark as her nature. His recent duel with Alethea came to mind even as his emerald blade sprang to life. A fraction of a second later, and their opponent had throw his companion to one side only to leap at him with all her might.

Thal-ion was ready to leap back in response, but there was no need. Alethea yanked her away, and tossed her like a rag doll. Even now the woman was regaining her footing with seething rage. Together...that was the key. They had sparred together, and now knew what each could do. It was time to blend them together against their foe. Thus, Thal-ion called on the Force not just for himself, but to better stay attuned to his partner. A moment later, and he suddenly pulled the still slightly stunned Sith towards them. The same second, Thal-ion moved to the right, and began a complex series of strikes from the Makashi form. Dari'a was not caught so easily off guard, and managed to land on her feet, and even parried the young Sentinel's unusual style of attacks. It was clear from the woman's concentration that she had never dueled against someone who used Makashi. It was also just as clear the Sith woman's primary styles were Juyo and Ataru. She danced and weaved herself against the young Sentinel in a clash of emerald and scarlet with some thrown in spinning kicks in the hopes of keeping Thal-ion off balance. At the same time, she made sure to parry any strikes coming in from Alethea...for it was clear she was use to fighting more than one opponent.

"It will not be that easy, Young Jedi!" she raged at the two of them before leaping over Alethea's head, and aimed a kick at her back. Thal-ion, however, had noticed the maneuver before it was completed, and pulled his companion out of harm's way. The strike never landed, and Thal-ion was all over the woman once more with his usage of Makashi...blending this time his Soresu in as well. Back he pressed her...forcing her to circle back towards Alethea.

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Alethea had to admit, this foe was powerful. This would be a hard fought battle. She opened herself up to the Force, and more specifically to her partner. She could feel him in the Force, feel his intentions, predict his actions. This would be how they would win. Working together. This Sith was powerful, and would no doubt be a challenge to defeat, even two against one. Still, Alethea had no doubt that, if they worked together, they would prevail.

Thal-ion was the first to jump back in, pulling their opponent toward him and attacking. The woman didn't appear to be familiar with his form, but it didn't stop her from successfully defending against every blow. Not wasting any time, Alethea jumped in, paying as much attention to their opponent as she did to her partner. As she had in their duel, she began with a Shien reverse-grip mixed with her Niman form. She attacked fast and hard, but not too hard. She tried to balance making their opponent work harder and expend more energy without expending too much of her own. Neither of the forms the Sith used were known for conserving energy, so the more she was made to expend in defending herself, the less she would have to strike with.

Dar'ia proclaimed that it wouldn't be so easy before she leapt over Alethea. Feeling her companion's intention, she allowed him to pull her away, drawing on Djem so, she used the momentum of the action to twist herself back around towards their opponent and kick off the ground, launching a counter-attack as Thal-ion pressed their opponent back towards her. She leaped to them, using both of her lightsabers to strike in a single, powerful blow, augmented by the Force. It would take all of their opponent's attention for at least as long as it took for the strike to land and be blocked, before she could use her lightsaber to respond to anything Thal-ion threw at her. Drawing again on the principles of Djem so and blending it with Ataru, she used the energy expended by her opponent to block the blow and push her back, flipping back in mid-air, landing a couple of yards away before leaping back in to rejoin the battle, returning again to a mix of Shien and Niman, with a little Ataru thrown in when necessary.

Dar'ia seemed to be getting angry now. Her teeth were clenched and it was obvious by the air around her that she was seething. "Ahhh!" she pushed both of the young Jedi back. "You little brats! You think you can defeat me, a Sith Lord?! You think you can't stop my plans?!" she hissed as she began, but laughed in a depraved, and slightly frightening manner as she continued. "What is set in motion cannot be stopped! Even if you stop me, it wouldn't matter!" She laughed, "How does it feel? To know that even if you succeed, you still fail? HOW DOES IT FEEL?!" she laughed, the sound bordering on hysteria, her madness becoming more and more evident.

Alethea didn't let the words of the woman get to her. She couldn't. Even if she were telling the truth, they couldn't let that distract them. If they did, if they gave in to fear, they might both die, and then there truly wouldn't be any hope. Rather than listen to any more of this, Alethea moved to leap forward, but just as she did, the station lurched beneath her, causing her to stumble for a moment before she regained her composure. "What did you do?" she questioned, but the only answer she got was another crazed laugh. Her gaze flit to Thal-ion, as if asking him what he wanted to do.

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Dar'ia's words hung in the air even as the station violently shook. So startling was this newest twist that it had even thrown his companion off balance for a second. Dar'ia took advantage of this, and with a furious cry leaped back at Alethea. Thal-ion was done with this Sith woman, and he had the distinct impression that whatever was causing the station to shake was something Dar'ia had done. Time was already a precious commodity, but now it seemed to be slipping away even more. Thus, Thal-ion yanked Dar'ia out of mid-air, and kicked her square in the chest with everything he had. The Sith woman staggered back completely unbalanced by the sudden strike, and the young Sentinel wasted no time in continuing the attack.

"Succeed or fail - you will not be around to know," he told his fearsome opponent even as she staggered up to counter his lightning swift stabs and lunges. Dar'ia growled demonically as she desperately tried to keep the young Jedi's emerald blade from striking her down. The station rocked a second time - though not quite as violently as before. Thal-ion kept his footing having expected as much, touched Alethea in the Force.

'One of us has got to find out what is happening. She isn't getting away with this. You go, or shall I?' he sent to his companion even as Dar'ia skipped back and attempted to blast Thal-ion with lightning from one of her hands.

He had actually been expecting that trick...having read that some wielders of the Dark Side could access such power. Through the Force; Thal-ion guided the lightning to his emerald blade harmlessly, and he noted the cost of energy in Dar'ia's red eyes. It would not be long now. He continued to advance on her...waiting to see what Alethea would do...his eyes never leaving their Sith oppponent.

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Alethea had raised her blades to block the blow of the Sith who leapt towards her, but the blow never came, as Thal-ion used the Force to pull her away. As he fought the Sith, he reached out with the Force and spoke to her. It took her only a moment to decide. She was certain that it would be fine either way, but for some reason, she felt as though she should be the one to finish the fight with the Sith. He was a skilled duelist, but she thought that her own dueling style was more suitable for this opponent. "You go. I'll handle this," she responded to him through the Force as she rushed forward, using the Force to augment her speed. She slid smoothly between the two of them, using the Force to push the Sith backwards, away from them. "Go!" she told him, getting into her stance once more.

Dar'ia eyed Thal-ion as he departed, as though she would go after him, but Alethea stepped to the side, back into her direct line of sight. "I'm your opponent now. Take your eyes off of me and you won't live to regret it," that was the only warning she would give to her half-mad opponent. She then wasted no time in leaping towards her, hitting her with heavy, powerful strikes, augmented by the Force. She forced the Sith back with the flurry of strikes, focusing the majority of her attention on the woman, but remaining aware of her companion.

"You think you can beat me, child?!" the Sith hissed, but Alethea didn't take the bait. She remained silent as she rained blow after blow on the woman, waiting for an opening. There. As she landed a blow with the saber in her left hand, she used her right hand to hit the Sith with a Force push, causing her to slide backwards just as the station shook heavily again, causing her to lose whatever balance remained. Alethea then used the Force to grab onto a piece of cargo, slamming it into the Sith.

Dar'ia screamed, in anger more than pain, before somehow pulling herself to her feet and leaping back at Alethea. Alethea blocked her blows, momentarily taking the defensive as she assessed her opponent once more, watching, waiting for her next chance to strike. The station shook once again, but this time both she and the Sith were able to compensate for the movement, not allowing it to interrupt the flow of their fight. She hoped that Thal-ion would be able to stop the station before it was too late.

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The young Sentinel bolted for the door the moment Alethea intercepted Dar'ia's blades with her own, and pushed the Sith lady back. There was no time to lose. Every second was precious to not only the two Jedi, but to history itself. The entire station shook violently yet again even as he made his way down the corridor past more slain bodies. It was a mess filled with sorrow at so much loss of life. Thal-ion could not allow such sorrow to reach him as he could feel time slipping further and further away. He had complete faith in Alethea's ability to defeat the Sith woman, but something told him that no matter if she killed their foe or not - they were still in a great deal of trouble. Just as he was passing a viewport; Thal-ion staggered from the station rocking again violently. It caused him to pause in his headlong rush to the command center. In doing so, he happen to glance out the viewport only to discover the station was hurtling towards the temporal wound. He stood there rooted in place quite stunned by this realization. This was different from his dream...not that it mattered. The future was always in motion, and clearly Dar'ia had put a new set of events into motion. If he could not stop the station from entering the rift - they would end up someplace new in the space/time continuum. He gulped hard...the fear reaching him momentarily before he shook it away.

With the Force as his ally; Thal-ion pushed on towards the command center faster than ever. The Force flowed through him...enhancing his speed and balance as he adapted to the various new quakes the station went through. One he pressed as if he were literally racing against time itself, but even as he did so...the Force whispered to him he would be too late. He paused as this realization hit him from the Force...a warning he dared not ignore. Suddenly, he turned and sped in a different direction. Instead of heading to the command center; he raced for the nearest supply bay. Once he reached it - Thal-ion wasted no time in assessing the area. No matter when they ended up; he felt they would need the extra supplies. Of paramount importance to their survival was extra ship parts - something they might not have access to for a long time. Three crates were marked with the Alliance symbol, and were listed for their class of freighter. Swiftly, the young Jedi used the Force to stack the crates on an anti-gravity sled. There was little time to gather more than that, but he snagged another crate containing weapons, and then made all haste back for their ship. He could only hope Alethea was done with the Sith woman before he arrived. For the Force warned him that the station would not survive long after going through the temporal wound.

The station was now constantly shaking from it now entering the boundary of the storm. It would not be long now. He almost lost control of the sled, but the Force was still with him. For a moment, things became strange and disorienting to him. He saw a firefight taking place between the various insane crew members in the very hallway he was running down. Only his understanding of time kept him from allowing the scene to distract him beyond his ability to focus. Soon, he found himself entering the last corridor to the docking bay, and knew Alethea had dealt with the Sith even before he entered with the sled and the four crates.

"We need to get out of here! NOW!" Thal-ion yelled in warning over the noise of the station's troubles. He didn't bother to explain further as he rushed towards their ship with the sled.

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Alethea blocked each of the Sith's strikes and used the energy to reflect the strikes back at her. She waited patiently for the moment when she could fully take back the offensive. That chance soon came as the station's shaking became constant, catching the Sith off-guard. Alethea used this chance to once again push the Sith back, this time immediately leaping and hitting her with a heavy strike, all the power of her own strength and the Force behind the blow. This blow pushed the Sith down to her knees. Alethea then used the Force to fling several pieces of debris from around the room into the Sith, hitting her repeatedly with the objects, never giving her a chance to recover.

Dar'ia tried to block the onslaught of flying debris, but it was no use, piece after piece broke through whatever meager shield she could still manage to bring up. In a last-ditch effort to stop the young Jedi, the Sith sent Force lightning her way. The young Jedi could feel the change in the Force, the charging of the air around her. Electricity, or more specifically lightning crackled through the air. The young Jedi blocked the lightning with her blade and, rather than simply deflecting it, she used the Force to guide it back to Dar'ia. This wasn't enough to kill the Sith, but it was all the advantage Alethea needed. She used the Force to augment her speed, quickly closing the gap between herself and the Sith and driving one of her lightsabers through the woman's chest.

Dar'ia eyes widened for a moment, but her face soon twisted into an oddly satisfied smile. "This war is only just beginning. Soon, you will wish that our roles had been reversed, little Jedi," she spoke bitterly, coughing up blood and giving Alethea one last smirk before she fell backwards, lifeless. Alethea stood up, not bothering to contemplate the words of the Sith at this moment. They had more important things to worry about, like the fact that they were currently on course to go through the storm, and there wasn't much time left. Actually, there really wasn't any time left at all, not to escape from the storm.

Just as she thought this, Thal-ion came rushing in with an anti-gravity sled piled with boxes. She didn't need to ask questions to know the reason behind his words or his actions. She simply nodded, using the Force to rush towards the ship, making it there before he did so that she could prep the ship to fly as soon as he was ready. The moment he had gotten on the ship and secured the cargo, she got them in the air. She could feel the station crumbling around them, as though they had entered the storm and it was crushing the station. She waited, timing their escape, using the station as a sort of shield to protect them from the storm. The moment she felt it safe, she got them out of the station as fast as their ship would carry them. As they exited the station, she watched it crumble behind them, as if it had taken all it could and it could no longer hold itself together. In front of her was a familiar scene, but not one in which they were meant to be. "Welcome to the blockade of Naboo," she said as she sighed lightly to herself and glanced at Thal-ion. This was going to be interesting.

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It wasn't long before Emerald Dawn was moving away from the rapidly deteriorating research station. Alethea had done well to get the ship up and running even as Thal-ion had brought aboard the supplies they would most certainly need. By the time he had made it to the cockpit; it was to see that which Alethea was even now mentioning: The Blockade of Naboo. Sitting in the co-pilot's chair; Thal-ion could see the large circular warships belonging to the Trade Federation encircling the lush and beautiful world of Naboo. Though there was absolutely no doubt about what he was viewing - it still left him breathless for a moment. Almost immediately, the young Jedi Sentinel reached out with the Force to see if he could get some kind of measure of what they were up against.

At the same time, he turned to Alethea, "Keep us away from them until we figure out what to do. I doubt they are just going to let us approach." He was fairly sure the warning was unnecessary, but this was an exceptionally strange situation...better safe than sorry.

Through the Force; Thal-ion felt a conflict erupt on one of the Trade Federation battleships. The Force hummed with the presence of two Jedi even now fighting to survive. Master Tionne had shared with him the journal of one of the former Queens of Naboo which had detailed some of this event they were even now witnessing. Indeed, it had been one of the things he had brought with him on the journey to study and discuss later with Tionne. The sheer coincidence of the moment was not lost one Thal-ion, and the battle continued to unfold on one of the battleships between two Jedi Knights and forces belonging to the Trade Federation. It jogged a part of the Queen's entry about this.

"Master Qui-gon and his apprentice are ambushed on the Viceroy's flagship. I remember reading about this in the journal Master Tionne had given to me. We don't have much to go on, but perhaps...," he began, but just as he was about to suggest going back through the storm - the station they had left exploded near the maw of the temporal wound. Something about the backlash of energy caused the portal to suddenly and rather brightly vanish without a trace.

There would be no going home now.

The comm suddenly crackled to life. "Unidentified freighter, you are approaching the legal blockade of Naboo by the forces of the Trade Federation. You will withdraw at once, or be destroyed," came the alien voice.

They were in for it now...

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Alethea gave a small nod to Thal-ion as he told her to keep them away from the blockade for now. She had every intention of doing so. She wasn't exactly the type to just rush headlong into something that could end up being trouble for them. She could feel the fight that was happening, too, hear the thoughts of the two Jedi as they fought. She fought not to look too closely, lest she find herself living the battle in her mind instead of focusing on piloting the ship. Still, she got enough information from her instinctive skimming of their thoughts to tell her what was going on. Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Thal-ion spoke up with something he remembered reading in a journal. They had been ambushed. He was about to suggest they go back through the storm, but before he could even get the suggestion out, the station exploded, causing the portal to vanish. "About that..." she spoke up, her weak attempt at humor. Not that it was incredibly unexpected, considering that she thought they had both felt that the Force was telling them that they would happen. Still, it was a rather disconcerting feeling, knowing that their only way home had just vanished, and they were now stuck in an unfamiliar time, a place they didn't belong.

Before she could say anything else, the comm suddenly came on and an alien voice spoke up, telling them to withdraw or be destroyed. "Roger. Withdrawing," she answered over the comm. She didn't know what exactly they were going to do now, but what she did know was that being destroyed was not part of any plan she had in mind. She wouldn't take them too far away, as they didn't exactly have anywhere to go, or anywhere to be, but she would take them far enough away that they didn't have to risk destruction. As promised, she changed their course and steered them away from the blockade.

She sighed lightly to herself as they moved farther and farther away. "Well, do you have any bright ideas?" she asked, glancing at Thal-ion. She could come up with a plan, sure, but he knew more about this time period, she thought, than she did. At the very least, she would need some more information before she could make any sort of decision. "I have to wonder, were we the only ones who came through? I mean, they created the storm for a reason, right? They wouldn't just let it go to waste, would they?" she questioned, shaking her head and sighing. "If someone else did come through, then we need to find them and stop whatever it is that they are planning. But what do we do in the meantime? Do we go to the Jedi? Or try to do this on our own?" she wondered aloud, though she would welcome any input he had.

Whatever they chose to do, they needed to be united. At least for now, they could only rely on each other, and no one else understood what they were going through, what was going on, or what was at risk. Then again, did they even know what was going on? Either way, they would have to rely on each other to survive. But they would survive and they would defeat this threat, somehow.

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Fortunately, the Trade Federation representative seemed to be content with Alethea withdrawing us from the blockade around Naboo. How long that would last was another matter entirely. However, the questions raised by his companion afterwards were quite unsettling. What if Dar'ia had sent someone else through first, or more than one person? What if it was another Sith, or a whole battalion of troops armed with the weapons from our time period?? The possibilities were quite endless, and each was just as disturbing than the first. There were now two massive decisions to make: either to find someway down to Naboo and help the two Jedi Knights who were even now fighting for their lives, or to step back and figure out what Dar'ia had done - if anything.

"Why here?" Thal-ion suddenly inquired of his Jedi companion. "I mean, of all the points in history - why this event? We must assume the station had some ability to scan the time stream, and pick a point in history. If that is true - then there is a very specific purpose to coming here at this moment. Thus, I believe any mischief our enemy had planned starts here at Naboo. What information I have on this conflict is third-hand at best from one of the former Queen's journals, but the entry is not from the current ruler: Queen Amidala. From what I recall, she was instrumental in helping defeat the Trade Federation's occupation of her world. Perhaps Dar'ia sent someone through to deal with her - to kill her before she could accomplish that. Or, it could be someone -especially if it is a Sith - sent to deal with Qui-gon Jinn and Obi-wan Kenobi. Either way, we must find a way to slip past the blockade to Naboo in order to help."

Thal-ion paused though as he stared out the viewport at the distant array of circular battleships currently orbiting Naboo. Good as the Emerald Dawn had been upgraded - she could not take an indefinite pounding. Of course, those ships out there were only armed with laser cannons - lots of them, but only lasers - not turbos, and they had no ion cannons either. Their weapons were about sixty-plus years out of date; which could give their ship an advantage. Yet, even with these thoughts - the idea of being able to slip past the blockade was daunting. Indecision could paralyze them into acting too late, but acting too quickly could also end badly for them.

"The Force has always been our guide, but my instincts say we must reach Theed somehow. I think this might be easier once the Trade Federation commits to landing troops. With so many troop transports landing - one more ship might just slip by among the chaos if we jam their sensors. We would have to be quick. Even with our advancement in technology - I doubt we could jam their sensors for very long...perhaps five minutes before they figure out something is wrong. What do you think?" Thal-ion finally continued as he looked back at Alethea in the pilot's chair.

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Alethea glanced at Thal-ion as he questioned why here. She didn't have an answer, not anything concrete or specific, anyways. She thought that they must have seen this as an important event. Perhaps they thought that whatever happened here gave people hope, that it, in some way or another, turned the tides of the war, despite how insignificant it might seem compared to some of the other battles. She could only guess. She wished they had a real answer. If they knew why, it would certainly make it easier to stop whatever it was that they were planning. Alas, they had no answers. Though that wouldn't stop her from looking for one in hopes of stopping them before it was too late.

She listened as he spoke, going over what he knew and talking to himself, trying to figure it all out. Perhaps he was right. It could very well be that their enemy wished to stop Qui-Gon Jinn or Obi-Wan Kenobi, or kill the Queen of Naboo and thus removing their influences from history in hopes that it would change the course of history in their favor. "Whatever the reason, whatever her plan was, we can be sure it won't bode well for the Jedi, or the Republic. As you said, whatever it is must start here," she concurred, falling quiet as she considered their options. Their ship was upgraded, and it was far more advanced than the ships of this time period, but it wasn't invincible. Even accounting for the Trade Federations' out dated weapons, the ship couldn't hold out forever. Certainly not with that many ships bombarding them all at once.

What they really needed was a distraction, something to keep the enemy off their tails long enough, and Thal-ion was quick to make a suggestion. They could wait until the Trade Federation began putting troops on the ground and sneak during the chaos by jamming their sensors. It just might work. Of course, as he pointed out, their time would be limited, but she didn't need an infinite amount of time to get by. "Five minutes is more than enough time. I think it might work," she agreed, nodding her head gently. She took them a little farther out, far enough away that they were likely to be ignored by the Trade Federation ships, but close enough that they could see what was going on and spring into action as soon as the chance arose.

"Can you take over for now?" she asked, handing over the controls to him. "Just keep us in this area," she instructed him, despite knowing that it probably wasn't a necessary statement. "I need to focus," she explained, closing her eyes, taking a deep breath, and reaching out through the Force. She reached out to the ships, and to the planet below. She used the Force to determine what the situation was like, and to try to find anyone who didn't belong. She found the two Jedi, both of whom were still alive, fighting droids. She also found the Trade Federation leaders who were in charge of this blockade. She waited, watching, until their thoughts told her that they planned to begin putting troops on the ground. She then pulled her mind back, at least enough to focus on the task at hand. She hadn't found anyone of notable suspicion, but she needed to focus her attention elsewhere for the moment.

"I'm taking over again," she informed him before switching things back over to her controls. She turned the ship around and slowly brought them back towards the planet, careful to stay out of range until the transports could be seen making their way down toward the planet. "Alright, let's jam their sensors," she said, waiting until he had done so before she proceeded, going from a slow speed to a speed that was fast enough for them to make it in time, but hopefully not fast enough to draw too much attention to them. She slipped them in among the transport vessels, mixing in with them as they approached the planet. She ducked between them, doing her best to stay hidden from the ships above. Once they were through the atmosphere, she broke away from the group, searching for a place to land that would suit their purposes, and keep them out of sight.

She found a clearing with enough nearby trees to hide them decently well and then put them down. "Alright. Shall we?" she asked, flipping a few more switches as she powered the ship down and then stood up from her chair. "Where do you want to begin? I will try to search for anyone suspicious through the Force, but it may take a little time to find them without deep meditation, and we don't have time for that right now," she explained as she headed for the ramp, ensuring as she did that her lightsabers were in place. "This isn't going to be easy," she stated the obvious somewhat absentmindedly, glancing at him and taking a deep breath. "May the Force be with us."

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