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Kadi frowned at Telperien.  Claiming another's body as her own... While what she did was for her own survival, it made Kadi shudder. Were these people willing? Or were their bodies and mind stolen from them? And the poor animals... Did they know that the one who previously inhabited the body was gone? That their friend had disappeared? She was conflicted- on one hand, the she was glad that Telperien had lived. Her life had been an injustice, one she hadn't deserved. On the other... Her survival had cost someone their existence. She didn't stand as she pondered these things, glancing up to Telperien as she spoke.
 

"It's... good to see you too. What are their names?"

 

She crossed her legs, sitting on the damaged landing pad with her staff across her lap. She reached out to the cats with the Force, offering them peace and friendship. It wasn't a controlling move- they were free to decline. But she wanted them to feel at ease, to understand that she wasn't a threat. Her gaze drifted to Telperien once more, and she spoke quietly.

 

"What brings you to Kaskyyyk?"

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Telperien likewise sat, pulling her knees up to her chest and resting her chin on top of them. She lifted a hand and pointed to the creatures in turn. Her thin finger pointed to one of the saber cats, who bore a thin white stripe from the muzzle to the tip of its long tail. Then to the one with a matching black stripe. 

 

“This is Hono, and Kai.” 

 

She waved the finger again and released the two cats from the subtle control she kept on them. They reacted instantly to the Jedi’s use of the force. Bounding up to the woman to give her gentle but persistent head butts until she petted them. They were animals originally bred for war in the ancient pre human era of Naboo. But they also deeply desired the loving contact of others. They were a little too human in that way. 

 

“I followed the force, hoping that it would lead me back to you.” 

 

The Jedi woman was an enigma, it was undoubted that Telperien was attracted to her, but she also found herself just desiring someone like Kadi to talk to. To ponder the meaning of this brutal and short life. 

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  • 5 weeks later...

Kadi's frown dissipated as the cats bounded up to her, and she returned their affection with her own, rubbing them softly as she and Telperien spoke. It was nice to let her guard down- It had felt like the last few months had been spent going from one gruelling battle of attrition to another, with her only respite being the time it took to get from place to place, and the time it took for her to heal between each fight. She glanced up- the canopy was nearly bare, the burned branches holding few leaves now. One day, the trees would recover. This village would either be repopulated, or be reclaimed by the surrounding nature. Still, there was nothing wrong with mourning for what had been.

 

She scratched behind one of the cats' ears, looking back at Telperien.

 

"I'm glad you found me. It'll be nice to talk outside of an active warzone..."

How did one apologize for killing someone? Hey, sorry I murdered you, it was for the greater good? No, maybe it was best left unsaid. But how their last meeting had ended certainly didn't help with the awkwardness of meeting someone who normally, she'd be dutybound to fight. It concerned her- was this awkwardness just a matter of past hostilities, or because she had unintentionally separated herself from the act of killing someone? She didn't know, but it wasn't an introspective moment she wanted to have right now.

 

"Sorry, I don't really know what to talk about. The weather?"

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Telperien lay back and likewise let her eyes follow the twisting and burnt branches, tracing them in their vain attempt to reach the most sunlight possible. Unconscious to the fact that their greed could smother the undergrowth a hundred meters below them. Was it natural that the young grass that tickled the back of her neck could only survive when the wroshyr trees above them were burned and carbonized by turbolaser fire? Was it natural when the Katarn hunters killed and ate a Kinrath? Were the short and brutal lives of predator and prey something that a Jedi Naturalist considered a good thing? A source for their power? 

 

So many questions, but the young grass felt good against the nape of her neck, and she let her mind wander. 

 

“We do not need to talk at all. I am no philosopher and no great debater.”

 

The ears of the two sabercats perked up, and a low growl whispered deep in their throats. 

 

“Ah but it looks like we may have a hunt on our hands, Jedi. Will you come with us?” 

 

Telperien scrambled to her feet and held out a hand to the Jedi knight as the two cats looked at their master. Longing. She nodded and the two cats exploded into action. Bounding in great leaps after whatever prey they had caught the scent of. A very scared Minstyngar who was runnign as fast as its paws could carry it. The Hunt was on. 

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Kadi smiled as the cats took off into the jungle, leaping through the trees as they chased down the frightened beast. There was a simplicity to the natural world. In the natural world, death was almost always a necessary occurrence. When a cat hunted its prey, it did so for nourishment. What it didn't finish became food for worms and fungus and carrion birds, feeding the next generation of plant life. The next animal of prey would consume that plant life, and the cycle would continue. An ancient and unending cycle of food and nourishment. It never bothered her when Juro would hunt, or when an animal was slain by another. There was always a simple purpose behind it. Nothing like the warmongering of empires and armies, who killed millions simply for power and territory.

 

She followed the hunt, springing to her feet as the cats sprinted after there food, smirking at Telperien as she did.

 

"Think you can keep up?"

 

And then she was off, jumping through the trees with the aid of the Force. These kinds of acrobatics were no stranger to her- she regularly made incredibly difficult jumps both in combat and in her times in the wilderness with Juro. She glanced behind her as they leapt through the trees, but that didn't mean much. With how thick the vegetation was, for all she knew the Nightsister had already passed her in the trees.

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With a wave of her hand the Nightsister pulled the naturally made shadows around her, deadening her form as she deadened the sound of her footfalls. Her bare feet making no noise as she sprinted after the Jedi Knight. She did not draw on the force to speed herself however, that would cheapen the hunt, the thrill that came from the long run and a sharp point of a spear. 

 

She could feel the thrill of it pulsing with her heartbeat. It was adrenaline in its purest form. A nightsister becoming the predator she had always believed herself to be. She ranged behind the Minstyngar as her sabrecats kept at its heels. Snapping with each attempt to bring the beast down. But the cats had long avoided their predatory nature, living in the slums of Naboo, eating what their master fed them. So, a push was needed. 

 

Her mind connected with them, and she urged them onwards, stirring their beastial emotions. Their desire to maim and kill. To eat and devour. And the sabercats obeyed, a froth forming at their lips as they prepared for the fatal strike…

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Kadi felt Telperien reach out as they darted through the treetops, felt her spurn the cats' violent nature. It made her uncomfortable. They were loyal animals, but how much of that was mutual aid and how much of it was the pure dominance that the Sith were so fond of? She darted through the trees, the Force guiding her, painting a tapestry of the living forest, an elegant web of life and beauty. And Telperien's presence was a fly, caught in the web, struggling against it, trying to mold it to her will rather than leaping gracefully from strand to strand. It was no wonder that she felt trapped by the dark side.

 

Kadi leapt across a gap, grabbing a branch above her, using her momentum to swing up several feet as she looked down- She's lost the cats too by now, but she could feel all three of her companions in the Force, as well as the prey. It comforted her that the girl had come not to fight, but to meet peacefully. Kadi was still on guard, of course- she hadn't forgotten what had happened last time they met, nor had she forgotten who had spawned the young girl. But she would do her best to act upon this opening- to save Telperien from her fate.

 

She spotted what the cats hunted, whistling loudly to call attention.

 

"Telperien, it's up here!"

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The nightsister ran easily through the underbrush, her bare feet making little sound as she sprinted after the two sabercats and the Zabrak Jedi Knight. The flow of the force was so easy to tap into on the wookiee homeworld. The dark overhanging trees reminded her of Dathomir before it had been laid to ruin. And though it was slightly different, the undercurrent in the force of primal predators searching for their prey was delicious to tap into. No wonder the great furry humanoids loved their homeworld so, she could get lost in the darkness here. Revel in it, bathe and drink of it until it covered her from head to toe in its shadows. 

 

The swift and generous power offered by the nature of Kashyyyk enthralled her. So much so she nearly missed the directions Kadi yelled at her, so Telperien was forced to jump after her. Running up the side of a burned out wyshor tree, landing at the heels of the Zabrak jedi, and letting that energy flow through her and into her two sabercats. 

 

Driving their hunting instincts and hers into a frenzy. 

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Kadi could feel it- The source that Telperien tapped into. It saddened her. A world corrupted at it's heart, its people fleeing to the treetops to escape it. The frenzy of the hunt that she felt in her companions. The hunt was a beautiful thing- Life and death in one complete cycle, one life gone to nurture another. When she died she would do the same. But what Telperien thought was the hunt was a twisted manifestation of the natural order. Where the cats hunted for sustenance, Telperien had twisted it into one of bloodlust and frenzy through their shared bond.

 

"Control yourself, Telperien. A hunt without purpose is no hunt at all." she said quietly, before taking off again. This wan't the time for spiritual debate, but she wanted the young girl to think. They could discuss it after the hunt, while the cats fed. She was moving faster now, the Force guiding her from branch to branch, from tree to tree. She could see it now, their prey, leaping through the trees. It was getting closer to the ground, likely looking for a burrow or a hollow trunk to hide in. Unfortunately, the chance of it escaping the cats that were right on its heels was miniscule.

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The nightsister’s gaze searched the heavy brush as she ran, her eyes seaking the fleeting form of the Jedi Knight. Telperien’s mind was racing as she sprinted through the close clinging mires, letting the force guide every step. Her speed fueled by a mix of sudden rage and delight. But why the sudden peak of imperius rage? Was it the burned remains of a civilization that they ran through? Was it the realization that everything her mother and father had striven for now lay in ruins? 

 

Was it rage at the Jedi knight for trying to teach her a lesson that she herself knew nothing about? Yes, that was the source of the sudden fire that pushed her steps. How did the jedi expect someone like her to control herself? How could she control herself if she had never once been told or shown how? What a privileged life Kadi must have lived. Did she not know that the only joy that had ever stirred the soul of the nightsister had been in the thrill of a hunt? 

 

There was a purpose. The hunt itself, the pleasure from it, the fellign of an innocent prey, the feral desire of the blood spilling upon the ground. Telperien could almost taste the fear in the air and it made her mouth water spectacularly. Oh to taste that blood! 

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