Post by Xander Savage on Feb 24, 2019 17:55:25 GMT -8
Wind rustled the loose fabric of his armor and it roared loudly in his ears as he plummeted towards the fast approaching ground below them. Arms tucked to his sides, flying head first, the Zabrak twisted himself in to an upright position and closed his eyes. Tuning out the roaring of the wind and the falling sensation within his stomach, the Sith delved deep into the recesses of the Force. Allowing the tendrils to extend to the HK as well, the Eternal Emperor gripped the droid and used the Force to slow their descent. Moments later, both he and HK-99 landed on the ground lightly, as if they had both simply taken a step forward and had immediately touched the ground they were now on. Opening his eyes, the Zabrak glanced over at the assassin droid while ZODIAC came hovering down behind them.
"Nothing too difficult, then?"
Asking the rhetorical question, the Zabrak spoke to the orb as it glided within earshot.
"Lead the way, ZODIAC. We must get inside before ARIES learns of our plans..."
ZODIAC slowed his own descent as the ground started to grow closer, pulling up just as the Emperor and the HK unit both slowed their descents and landed safely on the ground. He turned his photoreceptor toward the building, running a quick calculation of how far away they were now Of course... Let us be on our way... Without awaiting further discussion or debate on the matter, ZODIAC took off across the vast plain that lay between them and the building. He accelerated ahead just fast enough that both the Emperor and the HK Unit would be able to keep pace. He dodged and swerved as he avoided various little stations and equipment that protruded from the ground. Thankful for the fact that any organic beings had long since died off that might have proved far more dangerous to their progress.
Several minutes later, they finally arrived to the outer wall of the building. ZODIAC coming to a stop several meters out from a large set of doors. To the right of the doors stood a control panel featuring an old style looking biometric scanner and a manual lever My Emperor, you will have to go ahead first and activate that control panel. Once the doors open, the ionic field will deactivate long enough for myself and HK-99 to get inside...
Post by Xander Savage on Apr 14, 2019 19:24:44 GMT -8
Jogging after the floating 'eyeball', for lack of better term, had been the easiest part of his day, thus far. Upon reaching the doors to the massive facility, Xander paused to glance around. Not much here. Just more lifeless machinery. Noticing the old biometric scanner and manual lever, the Sith Emperor smirked as ZODIAC explained what to do. Nodding, he pressed his hand on the scanner. After a few seconds, a light above it blinked green. Grabbing the lever, the Sith yanked it down hard. With a loud metallic clang, a faint tremor could be felt at the ancient doors parted after remaining sealed for so long. As the doors groaned open, the Sith looked to his mechanical compatriots.
"Let us proceed. Zod, on point. HK, watch our flank. We do not need to be caught off guard by ARIES or any of his tricks..."
The Sith sneered as he watched the ionic field dissipating over the entrance. Motioning for ZODIAC to press forward, Xander would follow him in.
ZODIAC watched patiently as Xander activated the controls and powered the ion field down. He floated forward to the Emperor's side as the man spoke of being weary of ARIES and his tricks I assure you Emperor, Not even ARIES knows of this place's existence, let alone would be able to do anything here... With that statement made, he floated through the doorway. The next several minutes were filled with navigating through the ancient structure. ZODIAC and HK-99 staying a safe distance back from each door as Xander entered the Ionic fields and worked their controls. Like many of the structures on Iokath, this entire facility was built in large scale. If ZODIAC had to guess, the doorways were large enough to fit large masses of people or military vehicles through. He made sure to commit the floor plan to his memory banks as they moved deeper and upward through the building. There, at long last, they finally reached a control room. Several screens displayed read outs regarding various systems and their power levels. But there, in the very middle of it all, upon the main display, was a read out upon the Star Fortress that was currently being held in orbit by the tractor system Praise the makers! Star Fortress One Three Three Seven! Release it, and I shall help you in defeating ARIES...
Post by Xander Savage on Jul 13, 2019 8:44:52 GMT -8
Growing increasingly more wary of the absence of resistance, they had finally reached the control room. Approaching the main display, Xander watched ZODIAC as he gave a cry of joy at seeing his Star Fortress still intact. But something felt wrong. Very wrong. Motioning to HK-99, he spoke to the droid.
"Set perimeter. I do not want any surprises..."
Turning to face the floating golden orb, Xander posed a question.
"This Star Fortress. What is it exactly? Much of the information on the military might of the old Eternal Empire has been lost, save for that of the enigmatic Eternal Fleet..."
ZODIAC spun around and faced the Emperor as he asked about what the Star Fortress was. By his calculations, it had been a few thousand years since the Eternal Empire had reigned supreme. So it was no surprise that records regarding some of its technology had been lost or destroyed. It was a shame in honesty. The Eternal Fleet might have conquered the galaxy, but it was the Empire's other creations which had kept the conquered worlds in line. A small holoprojection of the Star Fortress appeared in between them then, slowly rotating Apologies Emperor, allow me to explain then... Star Fortresses are massive battle stations that were deployed across the galaxy by Emperor Arcann. Like most technology within the Eternal Empire, Star Fortresses are powered by Sun Generators. The excess plasma from which could be used to render the surface of a planet uninhabitable. Like many of its kind, this one contains numerous hangar bays, skytrooper production facilities, and residency for Zakuulan military forces. However, unlike other models, this Star Fortress cannot be so easily brought down by destroying data cores and the EPHEMERIS droid form... Did you have any further questions?
Post by Xander Savage on Aug 4, 2019 18:06:58 GMT -8
Massive battlestations that orbited planets under the Empire's control...? He had only come here for the Eternal Fleet, but having found Zodiac's Star Fortress, this was what he would classify as a win. Eyeing up the holoprojection for a few moments, taking in the details as Zodiac explained what they were, Xander waved a hand dismissively.
"About the Star Fortresses? No...yours, on the other hand..."
Trailing off, the Zabrak turned and walked over to the edge of the platform they stood on. Energy tethers rising up from the facility itself seemed to have anchored the Star Fortress firmly to Iokath. That was going to be a problem.
"How do we release your Fortress from its cradle? It seems ARIES didn't want you leaving any time soon..."
All of these measures to keep Zodiac and his Star Fortress locked down. Why? What did Zodiac know that Aries didn't want leaving Iokath...? While important questions, Zodiac was loyal to the Empire and the occupant of the Eternal Throne, whereas Aries was determined to stop them. So for the time being, Zodiac was an ally until they could safely discuss whatever information he held.
Zodiac floated over to the control panel, running a quick scan of the control mechanisms. While he could not work them, he could analyse them. His droid brain working to sort out what did what and within moments, came up with the information needed. ZODIAC floated back before the Emperor While ARIES may not want me leaving any time soon, this central control panel will override any of his desires. The system is fairly straight forward. We just have to power down the generators providing primary and auxiliary power, and then provide an override hand print to turn off the tethers... A simple enough procedure. And then, I will help you defeat ARIES, as agreed...
Post by Xander Savage on Nov 8, 2019 13:41:24 GMT -8
There was an inkling that he wasn't being told the whole story in the back of his mind, however, droids very rarely lied. Even still, he needed to be cautious. Looking over the controls, Xander's hands began to dance across the holographic display. A few minutes later, the generators were powering down. Placing his palm on the reader, his hand print was accepted as an override for the tethers. The distinct hum of energy dissipated as the interior of the facility became eerily silent. Look to the golden orb, Xander spoke once more.
"I have fulfilled my end of the bargain. Let us rid this world of ARIES and return to Zakuul at once!"