Trepus, Northern Hemisphere, Solyiat
Kiast System, Outer Rim Territories
35 ABY; 0812 Hours, Local Time
The Onderonian took a drag from his cigarette, quietly observing the trio that had been sparring with wooden approximations of katanas. The shortest of the three, a woman of smaller stature, appeared to be teaching a Zeltron with blue hair the finer aspects of swordsmanship. The dark hair was currently in a braid, the scarred visage bespoke of someone who was no stranger to battle. Occasionally, she would stop the Zeltron — who Celevon now recognized as the Rollmistress, Aurora Ta’var — sparring with the massive figure that appeared to be a Togruta to offer suggestions to improve the Zeltron’s technique, giving a demonstration to emphasize her words. From the description he had been given by Edgar Drachen, the Aedile knew this was the contact he was supposed to approach for an introduction to his actual target.
Unlike most missions he had been assigned, this was to offer the target a job rather than ending their existence. Still, it did not stop the half-Echani from observing his target. Despite the short stature, Yuki Suoh carried herself with the self-confidence of someone who knew themselves intimately, flaws and all. The feline grace of her motions bespoke of someone with extensive martial arts training and, in all likelihood, subconsciously moved without making a sound. A hunter.
Predator, a voice within his mind supplied.
The previous evening, Celevon had been given orders via a holo call from High Councilor Sorenn — the former Arconan knew Turel well enough to tell the difference between speaking to his friend and speaking to the leader of Odan-Urr, even if they were one and the same. The Commander of JTF Hoth had suggested approaching Yuki Suoh as an intermediary and told the Onderonian the locations that the woman could likely be found.
Drachen had completely ignored the fact that Celevon pointed out that he already knew Luna Okami, then ended the call to Turel’s amusement. The Assassin had chosen to approach near the end of a scheduled training session, since that was the only guaranteed time and place to find Yuki.
The situation had arisen due to the half-Echani’s frustration with all of the red tape involved to carry out operations, due to their close association with the Vatali Empire. This particular team was to be off-the-books
Their training session came to a close, respectful bows exchanged between the three of them. When Aurora walked off, the older female turned to face him and gestured for Celevon to approach. He dropped the remains of his cigarette onto the ground, which gave a satisfying hiss for a moment before the heel of his boot ground it to nothing. Nonchalantly, he gave the small woman the exact same cursory assessment she was in the process of giving him.
“While I appreciate the respectful distance during a training exercise that you were not invited to, you could have joined me and given suggestions to Ta’var,” Yuki spoke curtly, glancing at the hilt of Celevon’s own katana visible over his left shoulder. “I remember seeing you a few times since your appointment. What do you want?”
Though some would have taken insult at the brusque delivery, the Onderonian found it refreshing compared to those that chose to waste time with small talk. “I need you to deliver this datapad to Luna Okami. She’s been chosen to assist in a task of putting together a team of like-minded individuals.” A quirk of her eyebrow had the half-Echani elaborating. “The kind of individuals that work around or throw out the rule book and hate paperwork.”
The female appeared intrigued and looked over her shoulder at Keiji. “Very well. You are welcome to join me or return to your home, brother.”
There was no need for a response. The Togruta was just as interested as his sister was. A chance to play by his own rules? “What’s on the datapad?”
Celevon held out the device, a satisfied glint to his mercurial gaze. “A list of dossiers on possible members that could be recruited to such a theoretical unit.”
“And who exactly are you planning on leading this team?” Yuki questioned, taking the device before her brother could.
“Oh… I’ll leave that to decide amongst yourselves.”