Competition: [EMB] The Girl In The High Tower (Q1-SF01)

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[EMB] The Girl In The High Tower (Q1-SF01)

Our agents have discovered that the daughter of an Eyalan baron is an inexperienced force user. Her father has taken measures to keep her confined, her power a secret. Our operatives are to extract the girl without implicating Clan Scholae Palatinae.

Rules

  • Visit the EMB wiki page for more information about the Excidium Mission Board.
  • Prompts are open-ended. You fill in the details.
  • Entries must be a minimum of 500 words with no maximum using the mission prompt.
  • Your entry should be about your main or alternative character, but may also feature your personal NPCs (NPC slot/cs not required). Additionally, you are encouraged to include fellow members of House Excidium where applicable.
  • PG-13: We aim to offer the Star Wars experience. As such, excess gore and overly sexual content is prohibited.
  • Loadouts required for your main/alt character. (Note: As with standard DB fiction comps, there is a certain amount of leeway with the logical use of items. No one will penalize you for grabbing a pair of binoculars out of your ship’s hold even if it isn’t in your loadout.)
  • Entries must be submitted in .pdf, .doc, or .txt format using the submission box on the DB website. No googledoc links accepted. (File > Download As > PDF).
  • All entries will be graded using the Voice Fiction Rubric.

Codes

  • Orange - Aggressive force recommended (Assault)
  • Black - Covert approach recommended (Stealth)
  • Blue - Exploration recommended (Reconnaissance)
  • Purple - Academics recommended (Research)
  • Green - Diplomacy recommended (Social)
  • Red - Rapid intervention required (Speed)
  • Gold - Extraction required (Extraction)
Competition Information
Organized by
Eminent Bale Andros
Running time
2019-01-16 until 2019-02-16 (about 1 month)
Target Unit
Clan Scholae Palatinae
Competition Type
Fiction
Awards
Third Level Crescents and Clusters of Ice as per VOICE guidelines
Participants
7 subscribers, of which 2 have participated.
Results
1st place
Knight Kadrol Hauen
Member
Knight Kadrol Hauen
Textual submission

Kadrol soared over the forests of Elaya in his Aurore-Class Freighter, piloted by his droid. The knight peered out the cockpit of the ship, his destination an outline on the horizon was fast approaching. “The trees are simply beautiful this time of year, aren’t they BB?” Kadrol asked his small, spherical droid.

The droid whistled in agreement. “Land us in that clearing. We must remain unseen.” The maurader instructed his companion. The Astromech steered the ship to the right, bringing it down in a small clearing near the edge of the city. Turning to go to the storage area on the ship and mount his BARC Speeder, Kadrol called out to his droid. “If I’m not back in eight hours, head back to Caelestis and get the empress to send help.”

The BB unit beeped in confirmation. With that, Kadrol checked his datapad to double check the location of his target, mounted the speeder, and headed off to the city.

It was approaching four in the afternoon when the Pantoran reached his destination: a tower on the outskirts of downtown Corocova, the Capital of the Democratic Republic of Elaya. The daughter of one of the Elayan elite had been found out to be Force-sensitive and was locked in a tower by her father in order to keep her powers a secret. The pantoran pulled his speeder to the side of the road and parked it. The building she was in was a large apartment building, and a new one at that. He figured that the girl would probably be in the penthouse; the natural choice for a member of the Elayan elite. Kadrol deduced that the baron more than likely still cared for his daughter, and would give her the best he could afford.

He walked into the lobby. A quick scan revealed that there were no guards on the first floor. He walked to the turbolift, and pushed the button to go up. A minute later, the doors opened, and Kadrol got in, pressing button for the top floor. Reaching his destination, the doors swung open directly into the penthouse. Two armed guards turned around to apprehend the knight. However, Kadrol took out his shock prod and stunned the guards before they hand a chance to make a move. He could hear water running in what he assumed to be the bathroom upstairs.

The young man was in no hurry to liberate the girl, and decided it would be best to wait for her to finish. Nevertheless, he wanted to make sure she didn’t figure out what was going on before he was close enough to stop her from doing anything to jeopardize the operation. Kadrol followed the sound of the water and found his way to the second story of the penthouse. Across the hall from the bathroom was a bench, which Kadrol thought would make a good place to wait. Kadrol waited for what seemed like an eternity before the door opened, and the woman exited.

Upon seeing the young man, she let out a shriek. She grasped the towel wrapped around her body tighter. “Who the hell are you?” She questioned. The girl was not what Kadrol had imagined her to be. She was younger than he expected, probably only a couple years older than himself. She had fair skin, beautiful wavy brown hair, and dazzling green eyes.

“My name is Kadrol Hauen. I’ve come to get you out of here. That’s what you want, isn’t it?” Kadrol said, getting right to the point.

“What makes you think I can’t leave any time I want?” She asked.

Kadrol looked into her eyes intently for a while. Because I’m like you. I know these things. He thought.

“Well then, Kadrol. Can you let me get dressed at least?”

“I can’t think of a reason not to,” The Palatinaean answered truthfully. As the human turned to go to her room, he added “pack a bag of extra clothes as well.”

Kadrol could sense that she wanted to go with him; that she was upset and felt like her father had betrayed her.

Ten minutes later, she came out, fully dressed and carrying a duffel bag at her side.

“Alright, madam. Let’s get going.” Kadrol said, gesturing to the lift. The girl complied. “I’m Abby, by the way.” She said, running her hand across his body as she walked past him. To Kadrol’s surprise, or perhaps his dismay, they made it to the speeder unstopped. The pantoran paused for a minute. He hadn’t planned this far. After a minute of self-deliberation, he decided to strap the bag to the back of the speeder. The craft only had one seat, so Abby was going to have to sit on his lap. He told this to the human, who nodded in agreement. With Abby on his lap, Kadrol pushed the throttle forward and sped off back to his ship. Upon his return to the freighter, BB-51 opened the bay door for Kadrol to park the speeder inside.

“You know, I would’ve thought this would’ve been harder.” Kadrol said.
“Can I at least know what you’re going to do to me?” The Elayan asked.
After initiating the autopilot, Kadrol went back to the rear of the ship and answered her. “Well, We’ll be going to Caelestis City, where we will train you to use your powers. From there, you’ll become one of us.” He kissed her on the cheek. “Sweetheart, I promise you’ll be well taken care of. I promise you that.”

With that, the knight returned to the pilot’s seat and steered the ship toward Seraph’s moon. Soon, the Lady would be fighting alongside Scholae Forces against the very nation from which she hailed.

Placement
1st place
2nd place
Raider Aylin Sajark
Member
Raider Aylin Sajark
File submission
The_Nanny_Escape.pdf
Textual submission

Sadly wasn't able to finish it :(

Placement
2nd place