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KANNER GLIDESTORM
 Posted: Sep 4 2017, 04:24 PM
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Looking out at the world, one would never know that it had once been destroyed by one of the most powerful Sith Lords that ever lived. The restoration project had taken centuries, and in some ways was still underway, but Telos IV was a beautiful world once more. Even the capital city was beautiful in its own way. It told the story of life after a war, the rebuilding that was possible even after an entire planet had been destroyed by the followers of the Dark Side of the Force. That even if they won a few battles, they would never win the war.

Of course, that was almost entirely lost on Kanner at the moment. He was sitting in the middle of a seedy cantina playing a friendly game of sabacc. And winning. He rarely went for the big pot at the end of a game, and instead chose to cash in on the hand pots unless something happened and he managed a remarkable hand. If he played his cards right, he could win more than enough with the hand pots to keep his ship flying for another few weeks, and food in his stomach. Maybe a drink or two to wash the food down with. All with just a few hours work playing a game that he thoroughly enjoyed. And he only used the Force a little, when he knew someone else was cheating.

Kanner came up on a hand of twenty, not the twenty-three needed to win the big pot, but it had been high enough to win the hand pot this time. He grinned as one of the players grumbled about having been close to a twenty-three. One didn't need to have the Force to know when one's opponent was piecing something together. Though, it did help when those he was playing against didn't even bother to hide what they were doing. It hadn't taken him long to figure out that there was only one player at the table that he would need to worry about. And so far, he had been able to keep them at bay. Mostly. He'd lost a few hands to ensure the game went on, but it hadn't been a terrible loss. He was careful with what he had, no need to be reckless.

He leaned back in his chair as new cards were dealt, he had a trash hand so far, though he did slide one card into the interference zone. He could put two there, but there was only one he could see being useful down the road. With that, he put just enough in the pot to stay in the game and then studied those around him with a few casual glances. The player to his left had almost nothing, a trash hand as bad as his. The player to his right thought she had a good hand, and even raised the bet. The player across from him, however, now they were a threat. Kanner had difficulty reading them, he didn't know what kind of hand they had, and he wasn't about to probe with the Force. Not yet.

So, he bet just enough to stay in the game, not touching his emergency stash at all yet. If it got to that point, he'd be sure to leave the game and call it a day. He glanced down at his cards, still nothing solid. Though he did have another card he knew he could use, he slid it into the interference zone as well. This might not be a lost hand, after all, maybe he could pull out a win. Or at least something that he could call a win. Only time would tell on that front, but for now, he'd keep playing. A few rounds went by, he wasn't about to let this hand go, not when it was getting interesting. He was protecting the pot for the moment, and only betting the bare minimum, a plan was forming in his head.

His plan, it seemed, would not come to fruition. The woman to his right came up on twenty-one, Kanner glanced at his cards and grinned. He stopped the woman from taking the hand pot and revealed his own cards, twenty-two. "Close only counts in hand grenades, I'm afraid." He began stacking the chips and adding them to his pile, cursing the bad luck as his carefully laid plans fell through. Still, he had the hand pot. The woman to his right, however, didn't care for his winning the pot.

"You're cheating!" Kanner could feel the tension rising, not just through the Force, but in the air. And he already decided he was going to put a stop to it. A wave of his hand and a gentle nudge from the Force, "You don't want to go for your blaster." He said calmly, taking a sip from his nearly empty drink. "I don't want to go for my blaster." Came the reply, as expected. Another wave of his hand; "You want to sit down and continue the game peacefully." She sat back down, restacking her chips. "I want to sit down, and continue this game peacefully." Kanner grinned and waited for the cards to be dealt.

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 Posted: Sep 4 2017, 06:23 PM
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Elsewhere in the cantina, another fellow was similarly not having thoughts about Telos and its past. He didn't care for old bombardments, or too much for stories either, although if someone were to tell it to him he'd politely listen and nod at the right spots. No, right then all he cared for was getting drunk. Not quickly, of course, no juma juice for now. Just a couple blue mappas, or whatever they were. Something blue and tangy, anyway.

It was pretty chill, at least. The person next to him was babbling away pleasantly about something or other, some luxury planet she had been to recently. And she was a pleasant person to be seated next to, which made everything that much nicer. She didn't seem to need much input from him right then either, which was nice, although he supposed he'd have to give her some acknowledgement eventually. He turned to give her his attention...

"...and so there I was, at the table, but I had like, a really shit hand?" she giggled, swaying a bit on her stool. Her drink was stronger than his, clearly. Or maybe she was just a lightweight? "And the dealer was like, soooo hot! I lost the game but I tried getting in her pants afterward and it was, like..."

"Reggie is thinking maybe little lady has been having enough for the night, yes?" Reggie replied gently, prying her drink from her hand. "Little lady should be going back to the rooms for now and Reggie maybe come up later for the fun times." Although, who was he kidding? Pretty drunk women wouldn't last long in this cantina, the least he could do was escort her up there.

So he did just that. "Heyyy, Reggie, where we goin'?" she giggled helplessly as he gathered her up and walked out of the main room. "Oooh, I get it, you wanna fuck, don'cha?" and she squirmed in his arms a bit. "We can do thaaat...."

"Little lady is needing the sobriety and the sleeping off and the hangover cures before Reggie is making with the frisky," he replied genially, kicking her door open. "Now be sleeping it off and Reggie will be returning in morning, yes?" He locked the door and closed it behind him, whistling as he made his way back downstairs.

Just in time to see Kanner do his Mind Tricks things on the woman next to him. Hm, interesting. Usually Reggie could pick up on a Force Sensitive in the area; did this guy know about him already? Was he after Reggie?

Well, Reggie was right here, after all. He caught Kanner's eye and stared at him from across the room for a moment, but then shrugged and went back to his perch at the bar. Which, amazingly, had not been taken. Lucky him!



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 Posted: Sep 7 2017, 06:14 PM
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Kanner leaned back in his seat as the table calmed down again, he let out a soft sigh, not wanting to fight. He was adverse to separating people from their limbs unless they were trying to kill him, or an innocent, or someone he cared about. This sabacc table was clear of innocents or people he cared about, but he still didn't want to separate people from their limbs if he could avoid it. And that was exactly what he was going to do. Avoid the need arising.

And then he saw the mercenary, or at least that was what Kanner took the man for. His eyes narrowed slightly as the man stared at him. Was he wanted? Kanner wouldn't be surprised if there was a price on his head. He'd done his best to piss off a very large number of people, some of whom were rather rich. Had he pissed one of them off and now they wanted revenge? It wasn't exactly impossible to think of. Great, now he had something other than the game on his mind.

He eyed the people at the table around him, he needed an excuse to go to the bar. Something to spoil the game for him, or give him enough reason to leave the table. Kanner played the next hand as defensively as the others before, and then he got what he'd been playing toward three hands ago. Without warning, he came up... With an Idiot's Array. The table was in stunned silence, the rarest hand in the game and the only sure victory. No one else could beat it.

Kanner got the reaction he wanted out of it, the woman to his right got angry, he sensed it at once. ”You don't want to start a fight.” He gently probed the woman's mind with the Force, calming her. She was weak minded, and drunk, easily handled with the Force. ”You want to buy a round for the entire bar.” Her eyes glazed over for a moment, and then she looked happy, perking up and yelling for all to hear. [i]”I'm buying a round for the house!!”[/color] He grinned at the collective cheer as he collected his winnings.

It didn't take him long to collect his winnings and stand, heading to the bar. Coincidentally he stood right next to the man that had eyed him earlier, funny how things worked out. ”Corellian ale.” He waited for his drink, not saying anything to the man next to him. He'd test the water and see what was going to happen, though, he was happy that his lightsaber was hidden under his long coat. At least he wouldn't seem a threat, or so he hoped.

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 Posted: Sep 7 2017, 09:42 PM
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Ah, and more trickery from the so-called Jedi back there. Curious, was every Jedi so reliant on the Force? Reggie was glad he was no Jedi any longer, if that was the case.

Even more curious, the guy coerced his weak-minded tablemate into backing down, and buying everyone a round. Did no one notice? Reggie wasn't even watching in their direction, and he was keenly aware of the manipulation going on. Perhaps there simply were no other Force-sensitives above? Not unlikely, and Reggie wondered if it was coincidence that he and this fellow had crossed paths.

Well, not really. What would have stopped Reggie from going into the room with his drunken friend from before, for a night of enjoyment and intimacy? Or what had driven him to get the man's attention in the first place? No, this was mostly on Reggie and his own curiosity.

Like a moth to light, the stranger came and sat down next to Reggie, ordering a strong drink right off the bat. Either he was showing off, or just as much an idiot as Reggie had initially suspected. "Strong drink for strong men, yes?" he said in a low voice.

He turned a little to regard Kanner more directly. "This one was wondering, merely, where strong man learned strong Force like was being shown off," Reggie said, speaking even more awkwardly than usual so as not to reveal his name. "Strong man is making a show of the generosities, yes? Coddling weak into sacrificing for all, as is Jedi way? Strong man is Jedi, no?"



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 Posted: Sep 10 2017, 03:49 PM
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Kanner normally didn't rely on the Force as much as he was at this moment, however, he was trying to avoid a fight with an angry, drunk, gambler who had just lost a very large pile of credits. It was best not to take chances when dealing with those odds, besides, it was also best to hide a lightsaber in these times. He didn't want to bring the Sith down on his head, join or die, and the Jedi would treat him with suspicion. Despite the fact that he had once been one of them once. Now he suspected that he would be viewed as if he were one of the Sith, fallen to the Dark Side.

And with the way he had just used the Force, he supposed he couldn't blame the Jedi for thinking that, but it did avoid violence. Even if it did get him a free drink. At least he had been thoughtful enough to get the entire bar a free drink as well. He could have been rude. Still, with that done he spread his senses around the bar, was this other man sensitive to the Force? He could tell that someone else was, but he wasn't positive. He'd have to wait and see what would happen with this one. Maybe he'd get lucky and he was just imagining things. And then maybe, just maybe, gundarks would be kind and loveable.

Still, Kanner wasn't going to pick a fight if he didn't need to, at the moment he was just feeling out the situation. If it came to it, he'd fight in his own way, he just hoped it wouldn't come to it. And then the man spoke, and Kanner chose not to comment on the unusual way he spoke. "It's something I like, and it's something I can handle." Truth be told, if he needed to, he could use the Force to purge the alcohol from his system so he wouldn't get drunk no matter how much he drank. Or what he drank. This was his first true drink that night, so he wasn't worried about it at the moment. But much beyond this, and he would be worried.

He raised an eyebrow as he took a sip of his drink, this place didn't have the best, but it was decent enough. "I was a Jedi, once. But no more, I was merely using the Force to avoid needless fighting. There was no point to fight that woman, she was drunk and angry, if she had been sober it would be another matter. But drunk? She didn't need to die due to stupid decisions she normally wouldn't make." Kanner was a Grey Jedi, he didn't follow the Light Side of the Force, nor did he follow the Dark Side. But he was still a good person where it mattered, and he would keep doing what he thought was right.

Kanner cast a glance at the man next to him, "Name's Kanner." He offered simply, without giving his last name, if his person slipped and called him by it, he knew he was in trouble, if not. Well, he wouldn't have to worry about it at all. Hopefully, he was overthinking things and wouldn't have to worry about getting into a fight here. He sipped his ale again, pacing himself so he wouldn't feel the alcohol much. It was best to keep his mind sharp for the time being, just in case.

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 Posted: Sep 10 2017, 10:17 PM
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Avoiding a fight, eh. Reggie supposed that was alright. He had thought the guy was cheating at cards, and maybe he had been, but at least he wasn't using the Force to do it. Reggie still thought of that as a disrespectful use of one's capabilities, but that was the old Jedi in him he still couldn't get rid of.

"This one is Reggie," he replied with a nod, straightening up. "Reggie apologizes, thought Kanner was Force cheating. Glad to be wrong, yes?"

He grabbed his glass and sipped it, enjoying the tang of the drink as it swished around his mouth before he swallowed. "Reggie was merely curious, not looking for antagonisms. Reggie was once Jedi too, long time ago. Could not keep up and left." He shrugged happily. "Is happier by self, yes? Kanner understands."

Hm. Now that the immediate concern was over with, what was to be done next? Reggie didn't know for sure. "Kanner is being good at the money games, perhaps? Could be teaching a Reggie a thing or two or three, even though Reggie is preferring to earn the credits by blade and fire and blood. Is messy but is honest."



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