The Connections That Bind Us [Ossus]

Dakdill Shihar

Initiate

Breathe Dak thought as he slowly inhaled through his nose and exhaled through his mouth. He had taken a comfortable seat on a thick round cushion just outside the hall of fountains where he could hear many of the younglings and padawans at play and the sound of water running and splashing. Taking another deep breath, Dak inhaled through his nose and out through the mouth.

On each inhale he felt his body expand. Stretching, accommodating the refreshing air as it brought new energy to his body. As he breathed out he felt his body soften, relaxing into his seat, and he gently closed his eyes. Rather than his mind leading his breath, Dak allowed his breath to lead his mind. He focused on the sensation of each breath, taking them one at a time. Each of their unique intricacies. He noticed the way he felt it in his body. He even rested one of his hands on his stomach, feeling it rise and fall. He allowed his thoughts to come and go, not focusing on any one thing.

Dak reached out with his feelings, seeing the temple. The academy. He felt the younglings under his protection and the Padawans he trained regularly. Small blinking lights in the Force. Radiating peace. Brimming with hopes and dreams and ideas. He could feel resentment and fear. Pain. Disappointment. Adolescents coming into adulthood and learning the highs and lows of their own minds. Contentment and compassion from their friends who had been through these stages of their life already.

Between it all - all of the feelings, all of the calmness and compassion, all of the fears and doubts, all of the pains and changes - he felt his connection to the Force. It was in him. It was in them. It was in everyone and everything around him. He could feel himself and then he could not feel himself, as his self faded and all that was left was the energy connecting all living things.
 

Aeaolen Kicka

Community Team
Staff member
Community Team
Galactic Alliance Senator
Gazir Hemsar, one of the few Duros Jedi he had know, had been on a visit to Ossus, the rebuilt and Vong terraformed Ossus that was, to visit the Great Jedi Library that had been rebuilt and the Ossus Jedi Temple which had rebuilt as a component of the Great Jedi Library. Hemsar had already passed through the somewhat heavy Galactic Alliance Defense Fleet that had been assigned to Ossus. The ships, soldiers and spacers who had been assigned as a part of the "New Jedi Order Shield Force" which had been established as a collection of Galactic Alliance Defense Forces assigned to protect the New Jedi Order. Ossus was underneath the care and protection of the New Jedi Order ultimately but the shield force that had been assigned to Ossus was underneath the command of Rear Admiral Syal Marogon, a male Tognath, who had greeted the new arrival to Ossus, as he customarily does for when Jedi arrive at Ossus. "Welcome--" The Read Admiral paused looking down at a data pad, his blue uniform pressed and neatly fitting to his modified breathing mask. "Jedi Knight Gazir Hemsar! Welcome to Ossus Master Jedi!" Syal bowed to the Jedi, showing respect. Syal was a fan of the Jedi and had volunteered to become a part of the Shield Force.

Gazir smiled at the Rear Admiral. "Thank you Admiral. Might I bother you for transportation down to the planet?" Gazir had landed his modified X-Wing aboard the space station that served as the main port of entry to Ossus, in theory anyone could land down on Ossus but the heavy alliance patrols around the orbit of the planet and enhanced augur scans, modified scanner and recon probes, as well as routine patrols by the squadrons assigned to the shield force had made Ossus a very protected world. Not only did that help but the presence of a Nebula-class Star Destroyer known as the "Heart of Ossus" which was underneath the direct command of Rear Admiral Marogon when he was not at Ossus Shield Station, on business. Gazir eventually made his way down to the landing pads of the combined campus of the Great Jedi Library and the Jedi Academy at Ossus. Gazir could feel the tinge of light side on the planet, it bathed him in warmth across his body and he took in the sunlight of the planet; perhaps out of all it one presence stood out as venerable and above many others.
 

Dakdill Shihar

Initiate

The passage of time meant little when Dak entered deep meditation. Minutes or hours could pass and he would not realize until he came back to his physical senses. Fortunately, there was some new presence in the Force that rippled into Dak's awareness and brought his meditation to an end. On an exhale his awareness returned to his body and the world took shape within the physical limitations of reality once again. His eyes opened and he took in the view of the empty hall he had placed himself in and rose from the seat, following the Force through the halls and to the outside and the bright sunlight.

Enjoying the fresh air, Dak's feet led him not towards the social areas growing out from the Temple as it slowly became the focal point of what would undoubtedly be a large and thriving city one day, but to the artery of life for the Temple, Academy, and most of the world; the landing pads where ships came to and for near constantly. The new presence was there, or was just arriving as Dak felt a tug in his awareness and looked up at an X-wing flying overhead to land.

Arriving at the port of entry, Dak awaited away from the landing pads lest he get in the way of any traders or droids fulfilling their important work and instead waited for the sight of any new Jedi. It was easy to spot Gazir the Duros as he stood out from the rest of the small crowd that filled the bustling staging area. He raised his hand to attract the attention of the other Jedi and then bowed once they were close enough for conversation.

"Master Hemsar." Dak said as he rose, smiling genially, "Welcome to Ossus. The oasis of peace and tranquility of the Outer Rim."
 

Aeaolen Kicka

Community Team
Staff member
Community Team
Galactic Alliance Senator
Hemsar made his way through the busy landing pad and entrance to Ossus. Hemsar could see several members of the New Jedi Order Shield Force, they bore the symbol of the Jedi Order on their left shoulder with the symbol of the Galactic Alliance on their right shoulder; customary of units within the Galactic Alliance Defense Forces. Hemsar nodded at the Sergeant standing there with them and he nodded back. As Hemsar's attention was focused on the soldiers, he felt a surge of the force from a fellow force user, a powerful presence at that. Hemsar noticed a hand raised in the air and then the arrival of the Jedi that had hailed him. He vaguely knew his face but couldnt place his name. "Thank you, it is the first time I have been on Ossus. It does appear to be peaceful and tranquil." Hemsar had returned his bow. "I apologize I cannot place your name." Hemsar was being blunt, he didn't want to lie and pretend that he knew someone when he didnt.
 

Dakdill Shihar

Initiate

"Dakdil Shihar," Dak said, "But everyone here calls me Dak. I haven't left Ossus since the Academy was reconstructed. Or at least not for long. Would you like a tour?" he offered, gesturing with his hand. He was excited to have another Jedi visiting. Ossus was more used to seeing younglings come and leave as Padawans or Knights; less often did a Knight come for a visit and it was always a delight. The soldiers that had accompanied Hemsar were far from a surprise to Dak; the G.A.D. soldiers were almost as common in and around the Academy as were the Jedi.

"What brings you to Ossus?" he asked, wondering if they were receiving a semi-permanent resident to the Academy or not. There had probably been some message or memo or announcement or notice of some sort but Dak did not keep up with any of that. His sole focus was the students and their training and education. Anything beyond that he left to the other Knights and Masters who were all, frankly, more competent and interested in such details than him.
 

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