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...Camera shows a wide view of the exterior of the warship Orion, still grounded on the respective island. View then begins to zoom in on the ship: some minor activity can be seen on the beach, from patrols to various training exercises. Right before the zoom in reaches the ship's hull, the view then cuts to the ship's interior. A number of personnel can be seen going through the corridors, mostly involved with repair work. View then cuts to Kagan gradually making his way to Medlab....


...Kagan was exhausted: both from his recent training in acrobatics, & assisting in ship repairs. He was pleased at how things were proceeding on bringing the ship back up to spec, & thankful he had had one of the two Starship Command tours of duty before he had gone on Merc duty since he had learned how to do starship maintenance. He had finished up in good stead, & had grabbed some more chow at Jilly's. Rade had been turning out to be a quick study for kitchen duty, & Kagan felt it wouldn't be long before he could turn field rations into something actually edible!
...As he approached Medlab, Kagan was more than a bit uneasy. In truth, he was more than a bit anxious! Since his near-death during one of the groups earlier missions against the Rakatta, he had been finding himself confused by strange memories: they were not dreams, but memories that clearly were not his own...Lana's perhaps?! It was becoming a bit of a distraction--especially after they had dealt with the rabble in the alehouse recently, as well as Lana's own near-death--& he needed to resolve it. He also wondered if she was having similar things happen.
...Stepping up to the door, he took a deep breath & paused a moment to gather his thoughts: this was an awkward thing to say the least! He hoped he could get 'Doctor/Patient' confidentiality regarding what they might discuss....he hoped anyway. His focus restored, he entered Medlab & he soon spotted her.

..."Good evening Doctor! I was hoping to discuss something with you that's been on my mind for a while now. Are you available at the moment?"

....He was never good with greetings, even back home, & even more awkward with ladies.
 
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Lana glances through the pile of reports and updates on her desk, memorising the key and pertinent information. Taking a sip of her coffee, she gives a slight sigh, She had only been out of it a week, yet the paperwork would appear to suggest that it had been longer. Glancing up at the sound of Kagans voice she nods and beckons for him to take a seat.

"For you I can make time, all I have at the moment is paperwork." Pausing she motions to a corner of the room, where she had had a coffee machine installed. More to help the medical staff keep awake during long shifts, than for dealing with backlogs of paperwork. "Help yourself to a drink, if you like"

Waiting for Kagan to take a seat, with or withut a drink, she asks. "What do you have on your mind, my friend?"
 
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...Kagan offered Lana a look of sympathy when he saw her pile of paperwork, "Seems never-ending doesn't it!?" He then nodded at Lana's offer of a drink, ''I think I will. Forgot how much maintenance takes out of you, especially with a larger ship!" He procured a cup of coffee & took a seat, imbibing some of the drink & feeling refreshed as it rehydrated him. Gathering his thoughts once more, he waited until Lana was seated before speaking up:

..."During our raid on that Rakatta science lab, after I got plugged full of holes you kept me this side of Final Rest. Since then, I've been having odd thoughts....no, more like memories that are not my own." He shook his head, "This may seem hard to believe, but in doing whatever you did, there might have been a sharing of memories in some way..." He paused a moment to see if Lana could follow his uncertain babble before going on, "During the aftermath of the enemy's boarding action, Raine was having her multiple personality crisis regarding a girl named Serena: I had never met her, but I recognized her name & recall images of her--like Raine, only older--& there's no way that could have happened in my time. I also could see you, over a span of years; you were involved with the Twi'Lek people a good deal...", his expression got a bit more serious, "...& I've not known a Jedi to be involved in a blood rite of any sort before, though our sources are limited." He realized he might be touching a sensitive spot, but the brain fuzz was driving him crazy.

...He paused a moment & took a quaff of his drink before finishing: "If this happened to me, I was curious if you had had similar experiences." He had noticed a subtle change since then, in her use of generated electricity, as well as a bit more aggressiveness in her fighting, so it seemed a logical inquiry.
 
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Listening to Kagan she nods to each of the comments. It had not gone totally unnoticed that Kagan had recognised the name Serena, during the boarding action. She was a little surprised that no one else had, seeing as Kagan was only a recent addition to the team.

Lana raises both eyebrows at the mention of the blood rite quietly adding with a soft smile. "That's actually something, I tend not to shout about"

Taking a sip of her coffee, she takes a sigh "Yes, I have, though I will say it's not something I had expected, when using the ability I used, but it was the 'safest' thing I had at the time. Battlefield surgery under fire, can be.... messy. For the surgeon, for the patient and anyone else around them." The tone Lana uses would suggest that she was talking from experience, more than being apologetic.

Putting her cup down,she tilts her head down a little. “I remember an elderly male voice, your fathers I believe, saying ‘In death there are no secrets’. Which in a way is quite appropriate, wouldn't you say?” Pausing to take another sip of her drink she continues “Then brief images of you as a kid in some kind of camp, your military training, merc work against the Empire and events that lead you to where you are today.” Letting a distant look flash across her eyes. “It also gave me an insight into your culture, Language and cultures medical doctrines. Three areas that have always interested me.”

Nodding to herself more than Kagan, Lana continues “As well as why your people hate force users, or magic users in general. You consider us ‘cheaters’ and believe in achievement through their own prowess, both mentally & physically. To some degree I appreciate that."
 

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...Kagan nodded at Lana's modesty regarding the Twi'Lek blood rite, "Mum's the word on that one--we don't need you getting in hot water with your cohorts! That would have likely not gone over well with the Jedi Order either." He was content to let that point slide, though it seemed to him that she was close to the Twi'Leks as a people...something that was no small feat!

...Kagan clearly understood & accepted Lana's explanation regarding the hazards of surgery on the battlefield, "Ditch surgery is never easy, or expedient: that's one thing we learn in basic training." He figured that she could relate to that, even though Khopesh were usually younger than Ethan when they first end up dealing with such situations. "But for the future though, I would ask that you please refrain from doing so a second time: I'd rather not risk any other difficulties that might result." She had confirmed their sharing of memories, so his suspicions were confirmed...but how much did she really know?

...Hearing her quote his father's saying really struck home: he remembered to this day his father giving that advice upon his final test in basic. Had it really been that long ago? "It is apt, & also true. Upon death's threshold there is not only a sense of peace that is indescribable, but also a vague sense of seeming omniscience. This is a great part of why we can stand our ground in the face of certain death." As he listened further, he was more than a little alarmed by how much she seemed familiar, "I was born in camp 23:4761824KD, which was my home until I began training; they're not 'camps' as most of the Galaxy would think of them...for us, they are communities. From the age of 8 our training begins when we first take up the vibroblade, & training with live ammo keeps us on our toes & acclamate's us to battlefield conditions. After basic we serve at least 2-3 Tours of Duty in varying areas of the realm--mine being Regular Warrior Training on homeworld, & Starship Command on one of our 2 main space stations." He then took a drink, both to quench his thirst & to not overwhelm Lana with too much. He smiled a bit & then continued, "Merc duty was a long tradition from our earliest days: by offering our services we not only could reap rewards, but more importantly it helped us keep up with current Galactic affairs, so we could plan strategy accordingly. My travels brought me to the side of a number of shady characters, not all of whom were underworld types--though I met my fair share of those! I met Barragh in Minos Cluster during that time, & later ended up working with, of all beings, Nemoidans..." He shook his head in disgust at the recollection, but didn't use his more choice vocabulary, "...No reward was worth that! I finally ended up doing contract work with the Imperials, before they initiated hostilities of course, & assisted the 17th company of the 22nd Imperial division with a siege on one planet. The assignment wasn't too bad--while I had to put up with Imperial officers, at least it wasn't the Nemoidans! But once war began, I had to carve my way through a number of those I had fought beside not long before. After this, I encountered Barragh once more & he arranged my trip here..." He paused once more & took another quaff of his drink, & chuckled slightly, "...& we got here in spite of a 'minor inconvenience' that I think we may have mentioned some time back!" Their encounter with the Thalassian Slavers seemed like an opportunity missed--for only 1-2 more crew members on board, the slavers would have been thoroughly dealt with!

...Lana's mention of insight into their culture, language & medical practices raised his eyebrows a bit, "Most would find our civilization not to their liking, but we're proud of it. Not to mention our retired vets--who generally make up our economy--can put together a final defense line that could shatter the front lines of most militaries." That last part was a particular source of pride for him, & indeed the rest of his people as a whole. "It's rare that we share any of our language with outsiders. Occasionally, some Mercs we hire can be instructed if they wish after proving themselves. In Barragh's case, I shared that as he intends to run supplies from his 'business' to aid us in the war effort: as he put it, 'Don't want to be shot down getting you the stuff you need!' He also agreed to get me current news of the conflict." He hadn't been surprised that she'd pick up on their medical practices, "Our camps, battlefields, & other areas change a great deal with our constant combat training, & this helps keep our Medical services at a high level: as a result we have a good record against diseases, among other things. An Aquatic trooper that was part of our unit knew enough to be a qualified MD, & he always talked about it with us: this not only showed his acumen for Medicine, but also talking to us in depth about it was a safeguard in case he was lost in action."

...He had expected to come to the topic of why the Khopesh didn't like "cheaters". He didn't want to be rude about it, but he wasn't one to beat around the bush! "Not only is that stuff cheating, but as my father would say, 'Relying upon the weaknesses of others is ignoring one's own strengths!' I suspect you've also seen why, through our history, that that stance has been justified." He paused for a moment, having felt his blood pumped once more, & took time to regain his composure before continuing, "The stink of it is that we tried to co-exist with those like you, even before our realm came into being as we know it. Age after age, we would try to make allowances for their abilities....And after countless lives lost, we'd have to kill them in the end, & clean up the messes they invariably left behind." He looked Lana deep in the eyes, not forcefully, but he was serious, "Every attempt we made to co-exist failed! Finally, we could deal with it no longer. Some time ago our Medics discovered midichlorians, & their relation to the problem. Armed with this knowledge, we gradually began the Great Cleansing...This was sped along when 2 Jedi tried to steal infants from us, before being slain." He relaxed a bit, & sat back in his chair a bit more at ease having gotten that off his chest. "For us, what you call the Force is a blight not a blessing, & we refer to it as such. We're not immune to it, yet, but with the Great Cleansing we've taken that first step. It won't come in my lifetime, but it gives me hope for my peoples' future."

...Finishing his drink, he smiled, "Hope that wasn't too much to take in!"
 
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Leaning back a little in her chair Lana runs a hand over chin a little giving the matter some thought, having given an initial nod to the request. Listening to Kagan's speech a little shadow falls over her features, as he told of why his race hated Jedi. Making her wonder what her parents thought of her being taken to the Jedi now the Empire was around. Adding "That's the way with most things in life. One man's blight, might be another's blessing" to the comment about blight and blessing. Letting Kagan replies to his comment about too much to take in "No it wasn't, it was very informative"

"As a Jedi and your friend I am honour bound to respect that request, to not be would make me as bad as those we fight."
Pausing to take a final sip of her drink she adds "However.... from a professional standpoint, as a medical professional, it would tie my hands as to how far I can go to save your life in the field. Especially when it comes to wounds that can be fatal and 'beyond complicated' to repair." Lana taps the area over her heart as she says the last sentence. Which was also the area that sparked the trouble in the first place.
 

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...Kagan was relieved by Lana's patience: he wasn't one known for long-winded presentations, but it felt good to get the burden off his chest. He concurred with her observation of "one's blight, another's blessing", even though he couldn't really bring himself to accept it as she had. He gave her a playful grimace when it came to her mentioning of his prior injuries: he didn't like the idea of her employing such powers again, but she was the ship's physician & he had to respect her profession. "From what I recollect, you appear to have a deep, long-standing tie with the Twi'Lek people in general. We've dealt with them from time to time over the ages, mostly with Merc duty....though more than once, a few romances blossomed. A handful came to work for us during the Clone Wars, officially for decent training that didn't tie them to either faction, though I suspect they wished to remain neutral during the conflict & have to capability to defend themselves, should any challenge that decision. Periodically, a few come to reside in one of our camps & a handful of these even persevere through service to become full citizens."

...Relaxing a bit more, he continued, "If it would not be a burden, I would like to hear more about this 'Serena'. If Raine has those split-personality difficulties again, then we'll need that familiarity so we can help her deal with it. I heard that you gave her some 'treatment' to help with that, but the way things have gone of late it's possible that might be undone in some manner....What can I say, I'm a bit paranoid in this area of space." While he had a playful tone of voice when saying that, in truth being around so many Force users like Lana was quite uncomfortable--the so-called 'high born' were becoming increasingly insufferable, though he kept his mouth shut about that, for Lana's sake.
 
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Standing a little, only to refresh her drink Lana nods,. "Twi'leks tend to be tenacious race of people, when they have something to fight for. It doesn't surprise me that some found their way to your people" Taking a seat again she adds. "Afterall if they're not putting up a fight against the Separatists during the Clone Wars or against the Empire…. they have to put up with the ecology of their planet." Pausing to take a sip of her drink she adds "Recently a new student of the 'twi'lek way' has joined our ranks, though I haven't had the proper chance to talk to them about this subject." She wouldn't name names, in time things had a way of showing themselves.

Taking a moment to gather her thoughts, Lana nods to herself before answering Kagans question to the best of her ability "The group, or its core components came together after Davin and Corvus Dalen rescued 4 Padawans from Kashyyyk a short while after Order 66 was instigated.” Holding up a hand she points to the thumb and three fingers ”Serena, Myself, Marius and a young Correlian named Gavin Storm.” Taking a sip of her drink she continues. “We’ve lost a few people over the years, ‘mostly’ through them finding their own paths in a mixed up galaxy. Serena became one with the Force after a battle, over Agomar.”

Looking down at her cup, she says with a sigh “It took a lot of people a long time to get over that loss.” Raising an eyebrow at the assumption that she had had a hand in solving the split personality, she shakes her head. “If I am to guess who helped her, I would say it was Davin. There are a few things he can do better than me when it comes to the mind. I don't think it can easily be undone, but don't quote me on that.”
 
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...Kagan also took a moment to procure some more to drink after Lana finished: he figured she needed a moment, since the loss of this 'Serena' still seemed to be a painful recollection for her. Returning to his seat, he let her gather her thoughts before he spoke once more. "I remember seeing you on Kashyyk during Order 66, & some time after that. Ryloth isn't known for gentle beasts, such as the Lylek you faced to save 2 children, but the Wookiee homeworld is a place to watch out for as well: it gets even more hazardous the closer one gets to ground level." He smelt the fresh coffee, collecting his thoughts once more, " Though you all made it to a Venator-class Star Destroyer...which I believe you called the 'Enduring Hope', unless I got the name wrong."

...Kagan didn't waste any time getting into his fresh drink, & was feeling more refreshed only a few moments later. Looking Lana in the eye with a more compassionate expression--something he wasn't known for doing--he continued, "I remember you being close to a particular Twi'Lek by the name...Sienn Una, is it? This one appeared to have brought out your healing aptitude over the years you were training. Is it that this Jedi taught you how to do, whatever it was you did to keep me from Final Rest?" He didn't want to pry too much, & would understand if Lana didn't wish to talk more of that period. A sore point was still rearing its head though: who it was that ordered the last attempted theft of 2 of his peoples' children? This didn't seem the time to press that point though....not at the moment anyway. He had also seem images of this fellow named Corvus, who seemed to take over as her Master; Kagan had not met him personally, but that was just as well--it was doubtful they would really have anything to discuss.
 

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Lana nods to Kagans observations about Ryloth and Kashyyyk ecologies, finding herself agreeing with him. A sad smile flickers across her lips at her friend mentioning the name of the old ship. It was clear Barragh had briefed Kagan well "Yes it was."

Running a finger across her lower lip as Kagan asked about her first Master and the ability she used to save him. It was only fair that he knew everything that she had done, her answer was "Yes and no. She was the first to use the power in front of me. But it was through my own studies and watching Corvus and Davin use it, that I found the strength and skill to attempt to use it myself" Pausing she added "I actually used two powers on you. One to literally rebuild your heart, without which you would certainly be dead" Taking a sip of her drnk, she adds "I chose the other, which caused this memory exchange as I didnt think Accelerate Healing would work and could cause more problems. I was after all well aware of your unique presence in the force. It's actually called Transfer Force, which acts like the complete oposite to what Vorn did to me recently." Letting her words hang in the air a moment she say "Instead of draining energy, I used the Force to transfered some of my life energy into you." If the Vorn incident taught her anything, the tap worked both ways and the idea, didn't sit very well with her.
 

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...Kagan could see that Lana was still affected by the loss of their previous ship, as well as those aboard. Survivor's Guilt? It wouldn't have surprised him. Of all the Jedi he had met so far, Lana as a ship's physician would be more connected to the loss of those aboard. "If you ever find yourself needing an ear to listen, or a shoulder to cry on...I'm easy enough to find." Such an offer was common place among his own people: while he & most others weathered the battlefield easily enough, some needed support of that nature to keep going...but that, generally was all that it really needed: just the simple things that could mean so much depending upon the individual. It was unusual to extend this offer to someone outside the realm, especially to someone like Lana, as most of his people still viewed Jedi as enemies.

...As she remarked about the powers she had used to keep him alive, Kagan give her a wry grin, "Guess we can say that I was quite literally a 'heartless' bastard, eh!?" He casually shook his head, "Poor joke, I know!" Even back home he would have never made it as a comedian.

...Her mention of the 'Vorn Incident' brought a scowl to Kagan's face. "That's history that doesn't need to be repeated!" He clasped his hands & rested his chin on them in deep thought. "From what I've seen, you & the others have dealt with 'Darth-Megalomaniac-of-the-Week' before. Even though I didn't see any recollections regarding that, it was discernible from everyone's reactions. I would like to hear more about this, if it would not be of inconvenience." Retrieving his drink that he had set aside briefly, he took a swig & continued on, "If it would be of interest to you, I might be able to procure some of our 'anti-Blight' vaccine which we used to help bring about the Great Cleansing. I'll need to ask Barragh when next he's in this neighborhood, but I'm sure he'd be game for it..." a small smile returned once more, "...if not, well, we can beat some sense into him I think. While this isn't the cure we had been hoping for, it was a crucial first step for us as a people. Considering how the Rakata have been imbued with the Blight somehow, this might assist in developing counter-agents to their artificial empowering, or any of their bio-tech." Taking a final draught of his drink, he finished, "If by chance you can develop the cure we've been looking for, then you'd probably be the only Jedi we'd ever celebrate!" While relations would never be really close, such an act would do much to alleviate such tensions...& goodness knows, his people could do with one less enemy with the war against the Empire raging still.
 

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Lana looks up from her cup and smiles at Kagans offer. "Thank you you will be by my first port of call" She couldn't help but laugh at Kagan calling himself a heartless bastard. "Poor joke, maybe. But there's nothing like a little 'sick' humour."

Taking a sip of her drink she nods in agreement to the observation about her encounter with Vorn not being repeated "I might not be so.... fortunate next time. Though I am someone that learns from their encounters" Scratching the tip of her nose, she adds. "We do keep running into him, from time to time. On one of out last encounters with him, he tried to get ahold of a very powerful and large Force crystal." Opening a draw in her desk, she offers kagan her force Crystal shard to examine. "This is one of a few pieces left of it" Taking a sip of he drink again she adds, "Incidentally his daughter isn't a big fan of his, so we have worked 'with' her in the past," She dint know if it was her place to bring Raine into the conversation, that would probably be a conversation for another time.

Raising an eyebrow at the idea of using the klopeshes anit force medicine on the Rakatan, had possibilities "If you could get me a sample, I can have a look at it and see if it is a viable option. It would have to be weaponised somehow to be of use. Getting them to stand still long enough to inject them will be... difficult." Tilting her head down a little she adds "Straight off I could see one problem, it would be indiscriminate."
 

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...Kagan was relieved that Lana appreciated his meager efforts. While still the 'new guy' amongst the the group, he still felt very much on the outside only really able to relate to Matthias & others among the crew. If hostilities with the Galactic Empire could be resolved in a timely manner--unlikely, but one could always hope!--then perhaps a few of his countrymen might offer their services as Mercs in this area of space?! Only time would tell.

...He listened carefully as Lana recalled their prior experiences with their main nemesis. "Hopefully, that won't happen again--we've already got enough reason to see him expunged, purged &, if need be, blasted from the surface of whatever locale he is encountered!" As Lana was the main medic among this lot, her survival was crucial. Definitely not like home, he thought to himself, but that was to be expected; he missed the general cross-training that took place among his fellow warriors during Basic as well as on Tours of Duty. When Lana offered him the crystal shard, he was loathed to accept it, though he did so. Eyeing it carefully, his opinion hadn't changed...even holding it was not a pleasant experience, making him noticeably uncomfortable. "Were the decision mine to make, I would have this thing destroyed. It remaining gives only another reason for him to plague our presence with his own." Handing it carefully back to Lana, against his own better judgement, he sat back to get over the experience of touching it. After a few moments he calmed down enough to take another swig of his drink. As Lana continued, he recalled an earlier conversation that occurred shortly after his arrival. "I recall Raine mentioning someone named Muriel shortly after I arrived here. Is this the daughter of his that you speak of? Family feuds are among the most cruel from what we've seen in our past & elsewhere, & with the abilities your kind possess it only makes a bad problem worse." He took another sip of his drink, having downed almost the entire second cup already, "My people are generally divided into 2 categories: Familial being those with traditional families, & Camp-born, like myself that come from one of our breeding camps. Despite early difficulties, we eventually gelled together though our culture's value. The Familial often have many tales from the battlefields of days past, & Camp-born make up the majority of the population now: I mentioned to Barragh that I had 28,943 distant & immediate relations. For me & others like me, our realm isn't merely our home, but in a real sense our family, & family takes care of its own." He hoped he hadn't gotten off topic with her, but for some reason he felt the need to share this with her.

...As he finished his drink, Lana finished her analysis. "Getting a sample would take some time as it is...unfortunately, I didn't think to bring any with me when I went on Merc duty. Barragh will have to get some next time he makes a delivery run, & that's likely to take weeks if not a few months to arrive." He chastised himself for not having brought any with him, but consoled himself by not expecting to be needing out in the middle of nowhere. "I really need to ask him for that anyway, because if by some tragedy I get infected with the Blight, then I'd need some way of helping undo that mishap." He then looked at her once more, "I don't think it could be 'weaponized' as you mentioned. My main concern is its possibility of being employed as a possible counter-agent to what they have, though if we could undo you-know-who's mechanations in making the Rakatta what they once were, then I wouldn't object in the least. We abhor the use of bio-weapons, & erradicated one enemy that dared use them against us. As to delivery method, I think that can wait until we find out if it's viable to the task first." He smiled a bit, "One does not risk everything to settle a score prematurely!"
 

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Lana gives a polite nod listening to Kagans words, about how he wants to deal with Vorn "Unfortunately when it comes to Vorn, things are never that simple"

Taking a sip of her coffee, she nods at the mention of Muriel. "Yes that would be her name" Running a finger under her lower lip she adds. "Familys can be messy, when they are on two sides of the same conflict." Smirking a little she adds. "Even if one party is responsible for the conflict" Tilting her head down a little she adds. "Not something I have experienced first hand, but I have seen it happen with others." Lana leans forward a little and listens with interest to Kagans people dealt with family. It sounded a rather milateristic way of living. Moving from a camp to camp. which probably explained a lot.

Taking a sip of her drink she nods "I didn't think you would of and given how the rest of the galaxy is at the moment, it might also catch the wrong attention. But you are right, a permanent solution to fix what Vorn did, is needed."
 

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...Kagan grimaced at Lana's analysis, "If it were that simple to get rid of him, we could have ages ago & been better off for the lack of his presence. Like cockroaches, his kind seem to never go away entirely....perhaps that should be our new 'official designation' for him, eh?" Still trying, unsuccessfully to get some good news..

...He nodded as she confirmed who this Muriel was. He was sympathetic to her plight--to be taken away as a child & brought up in complete isolation, as the Jedi did to her & countless others over the ages...He didn't admit it openly, but his people considered Order 66 to have been a good thing; while he was no exception in that feeling, he had to keep it to himself. "Any group will have its difficulties, but as long as a fair means of adjudication exists then alleviation is possible. Among my people there are typically Duels for this! Among other worlds, especially those with more opulence than opportunity, it can get quite cold-blooded." He relaxed in his seat a bit, trying not to ramble again. "I've heard it said that there was 'a seed of conflict that began within the original cell that has never been lost with time', & that seems to hold true for most of what I've seen anyway."

...He patiently allowed Lana to finish before speaking once more, "I'll make sure to ask Barragh when his next supply shipment comes in--he's supposed to be bringing me updates from the Homefront, so I can put the request in for some of our vaccines along with the usual provisions." A thought suddenly occurred to him: "On the subject of vaccines, have you been able to isolate the necrotic element from the enemy's 'Zombie virus' as yet? They'll be expecting us to use the vaccines for it that we have, so they're not likely to just stick with one variant of this plague even if it's working effectively." He knew they'd need to keep ahead of the enemy's bio-weaponry.
 
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Kagan didn't need to air his views on the subject of family and Jedi, Lana had got a good enough 'read' of what they might be from the incident that triggered this conversation. Though she had no intention of trying to change them, is they were clearly too ingrained. She instead gives a simple nod or two in the appropriate places. A distant look creeps into her eyes at the mention of opulence and duels. "I can imagine so. Not all races are so, 'civilised'" The last word is said with a wink

Taking a sip of her her drink she replies "We have our best people on it and got them working with the Ptolans." Pausing she adds "Fortunately or not, depending on your views, the Zombie virus remains once the body is dealt with. So they have plenty of samples of the virus to work with. It's only a matter of time before the have a working vaccine"
 

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...Kagan smiled at Lana's wink. It was true: not all races were so civilized....alas! He was already on delicate ground as it was, & didn't want to impose any further on her. Judging by the distant look in her eyes at one or two points when he spoke, it was apparent that she had seen a good deal relating. Kagan was happy to let that matter drop & get on with the tasks at hand.
...Kagan was pleased to hear of their progress thus far, "It's good to hear that they're on the case! Any idea how long the virus remains with the body afterwards? Viruses don't tend to just stay with the remains--especially with any native fauna, depending upon the world." He couldn't begin to imagine how such a virus could devastate a planet's ecosystem: insects especially would be able to spread it like wildfire. "They might also look into something that can put the virus into a dormant state, just in case it takes longer than expected to produce a working vaccine, not to mention preventing one corpse from infecting a world with it." He thought for a moment more, "You didn't encounter anything like that when on the Enduring Hope did you? At least, I couldn't recall any such images...though I admit it gets a bit fuzzy in that area."
...He didn't want to draw up unpleasant memories for her, but if she or the others on that ship had encountered anything that might be pertinent to their current predicament, he figured it was worth a try! His concern was also evident, despite his best efforts to conceal it.
 
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Lana runs a finger over her upper lip at Kagans question about how long the virus last in the body, she replies. "I think only the Rakatan know the answer to that one, if they cared about it. Considering they had planned on inoculate their minions against it. I'm sure the microbiologists will find a way to identify its lifespan" Lana takes a sip of her drink and nods "I will make sure that they look into that."

"I can't think of any situations during our time onboard the Enduring Hope."
Taking a sip of her drink, she adds "And normally I have a very good memory for things we have come across in the past."
 

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....Kagan listened intently to Lana's reply...& thought for a moment. "Do you think either of those scientists we rescued from the bio-lab outpost might have some input on that by any chance? They were working on that very field as I recall--even being dead, I can still remember that little detail. They might also recall something we might have overlooked when we were there!" He admitted he was grasping at straws, but he had to make sure with what was at stake.

..."I have no reason to doubt your recollection ability Lana--especially with all that's happened in the past few weeks alone!," He smiled a bit, "In the end, that little talent may prove more valuable than most of the resources we can bring to bear."

...Kagan then gave here a look of genuine concern, which wasn't in his manner normally, but she'd likely sense weariness(?) on his part,"With the Sith avidly involved apparently--as if the Rakata were not enough of a pestilence!--do you think it's possible they might deploy something similar to clones in the future? Or something else nefarious?" The number of Cheaters they had already encountered was unacceptable at the best of times, & their numbers did not seem to be diminishing. "It seems likely there is some type of training center already in business, considering the number we've encountered so far."
 
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Lana nods a little to Kagan mentioning the scientists. "I believe they are being 'cooperative' in that matter." Running a finger around the rim of her cup, glad it wasn't made of glass, she ads "I'm only glad we don't used coercion to get what we want. This puts us above those we fight in the morlality stakes."

Shaking her head a little, at the mention of her long term memory, she says "A good term memory, can be as much a blessing as it can be a curse." Taking a sip of her drink, she adds. "Somethings are indeed, best forgotten"

Pulling a face at the mention of clones, she shakes her head. "From what I've seen the Rakatans are like a plague, similar to their zombie one and thankfully this conflict seems localised to this area of space. So Clones would be a waste" Pausing she raises a finger, before saying "Unless their target gets bigger."
 

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