OOC: This is a run-on for House Karness Muur members that have indicated their participation. Below follows the introduction to the story. After all members have expressed interest posting will begin. No posting order will be established but a member may not make consecutive posts. All other rules and etiquette of a run-on writing will be followed.
Callus and Taranae bent low over a table in a small office their heads hovering above a small, irregularly shaped object that was glowing with a faint purple glow and giving off a dull humming sound. Callus rose and ran his fingers through his beard as he removed his datapad from the table. He tapped several commands and read a small block of text. “One of our survey teams found this behind a bulkhead.” He said quoting the report from his datapad.
“Apparently it was encased in rock that was sealed behind the wall and when it fell out it cracked and began to glow and hum.”
Callus put his datapad down and lifted the object in his hand. It wasn’t heavy, much less dense than he would have imagined, it was also cold to the touch and seemed to repel the heat from his hand. He looked across the table at Taranae with a quizzical look. Taranae gazed back at Callus.
“I have no idea what it is. We need to find its origin and learn more about it at the least.” she replied. “Have you any theories as to where we might begin?”
Callus sat the object back on the table and closed his eyes. The Quaestor extended his hand toward the object and felt it in the force. It was like a dense spot in his perception. It wasn’t a void like the technology of the Yuuzhan Vong, this was a concentration of energies, a nexus of power. Almost like a beacon, but it was clouded, weak. His eyes snapped open.
“Take a step back.” He instructed Taranae as he also stepped away from the table and extended his fingers towards the mysterious object. “Hold on to your butts.”
He sighed, the last word drowned out by a crackle of electricity and the ionization of the air as an arc of blue lightning erupted from Callus’ fingers and lanced through the air towards the object.
As the bolt hit, the light from the object grew in intensity. Both Callus and Taranae’s shadows danced on the walls behind them as the joining caused a loud fizz to start as a barely audible sound. The sound gained intensity as the lightning was continuously fed into the unknown item until it was a shrill squeal. Taranae covered her ears and she noticed Callus wince in pain as the sound began to reach levels high enough to cause damage to their ears.
There was suddenly a loud cracking noise which reverberated around the room, and both the Quaestor and Aedile dropped to the ground with their hands covering their ears as Callus stopped his assault. Everything went quiet as they dropped below the level of the table, but shadows were still being cast around the room. Taranae lifted her hands from her ears and glanced around. She could still see residual shadows of Callus and herself; Callus with his hands outstretched towards the object and she with her hands over her ears. What stupefied her was the distinct lack of sound. Cautiously she rose so her eyes just crested the edge of the table and peered along its surface to where the object sat.
It had been blown in two, but from the halves that were left, a light shone from each. The twin beams met above the item, causing a three-dimensional effect of a rotating planet. Taranae stood, uneasily at first, and looked at Callus below the table edge. He was still reeling from the shock of feeding all the energy into the object and then almost having his eardrums burst. After a moment, he stood up shaking his head. He gazed at the rotating display and gave a side glance to Taranae, shrugging as he did.
“I think our first course of action would be to determine which planet we are being shown.” he said. “And then we’ll discuss the tricky part, shall we?”
Taranae just nodded, dumbfounded. She had an idea which planet this could be after researching information to further her studies in the Shadow Academy and she had the feeling that Callus did, too. It looked as if the planet was covered in ice and could only be Hoth…