Thrawn Ascendancy: Greater Good Chapter 19 - Chapter 22
the Springhawk jumps into yet another battle
they are able to help a vessel that just so happen to know where the Vagaari pirate base is
sure you do, bub
Fsir, the guy (alien?) who runs the Saltbarrel (a ha ha, take his story with a grain of salt) is all for attacking the base directly but Thrawn urges patience, wanting to collect information first
There is some back and forth with Thrawn asking for a tour of the vessel and Fsir being hesitant. Thrawn hits him up with this proposition
“Perhaps your superiors could be persuaded to look upon it as payment for our rescue of their people and secrets,” Thrawn suggested. “In addition, a visit would give you the opportunity to see if your legends of the Chiss are accurate.”
“Who suggested we even have legends of the Chiss?”
Thrawn smiled. “Come now, Captain. Everyone in the near reaches of the Chaos has legends of the Chiss.”
Fsir sighed. “Very well, Senior Captain.”
this will pay off later, I am sure
anyway, back to Senior Aide Lakjiip, who is really surprised to see Lakinda arrive
and Lakinda is immediately suspicious that though the call came from a Patriel, it was “a mere Councilor’s senior aide passing out the duty assignments.”
Lakinda asks where Patriel Lakooni is and Lakjiip feeds her a b.s. line about the Patriel “talking” with Councilor Lakuviv in his office
When Lakjiip reveals the Agbui story, Lakinda calls it “unbelievable” and feels the possibilities are both tremendous and ominous
Lakinda feels that Lakjiip really wants the Xoldak family back in high status
as does Lakinda, but she isn’t a fool about it
Qilori thinks to himself that Jixtus - with him covered head to toe in a black robe - that he looks like “any other biped alien. Or for that matter, a statue, a mannequin, or even one of the mechanical robotics of lesser space legends.”
I am really looking forward to the day when C3PO meets Thrawn
Qilori tries to explain why he was (by his count, at least six hours) late and there is this great exchange:
“I was on a job, and I thought abandoning it would bring attention you probably wouldn’t want.”
“As well as damaging your professional reputation?” Jixtus suggested.
“My reputation is important,” Qilori said. “Not just to me, but to you as well. Any future job you want me to do-”
“Any future jobs will depend on how well you complete this one,” Jixtus interrupted calmly. “So will any future. You understand?”
Qilori’s cheek winglets twitched. “I would very much like to have a future,” he managed.
“Good,” Jixtus said. “Then we shall have no problem with motivation.”
Qilori - always looking out for his skin and winglets - doesn’t want to be anywhere near any battle and especially does not want to be tangeled up with Thrawn
Jixtus promises to make his “own arrangements for this Thrawn. Hints and rumors in the right ears should remove him a sufficient distance from Haplif’s web.”
Jixtus, through an almost casual questioning of Qilori, figures out that “either the Chiss have their own group of navigators, some aliens hidden on an obscure world of the Ascendancy...” He paused. “Or they have a means of finding their way through the Chaos without navigator assistance.”
He is awfully close to the truth
also the Sith Wars from Legends is back in canon baby!!!
this just makes me want a Revan movie series so bad
Turns out Qilori was pretty earlier and Jixtus let him stew in his own fear
Jixtus is a petty d i c k
SPOILERS FROM HERE ON
Lakuviv on his foolish and likely fatal errand: “From this moment forward your performance will either bring honor and glory to the family, or send it reeling into disaster”
massive Lord Farquaad energy here
Lakinda has a bad memory names
unlike Ar’alani, who makes it “a point to known and user her officer’s names”
Ar’alani is a good leader
Lakinda is already feeling suspicious about this “endeavor”
Lakooni - the Patriel - hasn’t shown up at all
Lakuviv instructed the comm officers to “ignore any and all transmission except those originating from this office and carrying this protocol”
Lakinda immediately tells her crew to ignore these orders and heads off into space
Thrawn comes in asking a bunch of questions about the Magys’s clothing and Thalias (justifiably, her roommate being an alien preserved in a coma) asks to know what the heck is going on
and tells him that the Patriarch asked her to look after him
Thrawn seems tickled by this, that he needs looking after
well you do, you lovable blockhead
also this reminds me, we have not seen the Patriarch at all
Thrawn thinks Fsir’s story is b.s. and that the Springhawk is being lured into a trap. Thrawn decides to:
turns out going jump by jump is long and tedious
Laknym seems excited, with Thalias its his chance “to prove himself in the eyes of Thrawn and Kharill, his chance to show that he was indeed worthy of...fleet advancement”
the Grayshrike appears just as Thrawn gives the order to attack the Saltbarrel
there are a bunch of gunboats that make it seem like there are individual pilots inside
but its all remote controlled
this will be very helpful later on
Wutroow mentions filling up a zigzig card
the Chiss version of bingo?
Ar’alani and the Vigilant have been investigating the planet Sunrise for two weeks
there are definitely survivors putting their society back together
real shame we don’t get to meet and learn form them
they went through a horrifying ideal and they are barely mentioned and are literally overlooked
What the heck is borjorysauce?
Yopring is looking at a mine that look suspiciously functional when he is jumped and being chased by armed and armored skycars
Ar’alani employs a very neat maneuver and trick with water and grants Yopring his opportunity to escape
I do like how good of a tactician and clever thinker Ar’alani is
Ar’alani notices that the skycar’s design “was radically different from ant of the hundreds of wrecked air vehicles” seen on the ground
Apros is able to pass on what little information he knows about Lakinda and the other Xoldak family/military personnel being pulled away for a “family emergency”
Apros reveals two other families - the Erighal and the Pommrio - also sent emergency summons
they are also part of the Forty Families
and these planets just happen to be on the southwest vectors
And he is able to pass on the brooch to Thrawn
this brooch has been on a real frigging journey
in an interrogation with Fsir, it is revealed he received instructions from a certain “robed and hooded” alien
Thrawn wants to go investigate what’s going on in the Ascendancy’s southeast sectors. Samakro decides to get a bit snippy, pointing out:
“It doesn’t sound like the Expansionary Defense Fleet was invited.”
“Do you care?” Thrawn asked.
“Neither do I.”
Thrawn finally gets the jewelry piece!!
And Thrawn finally decides to wake up the Magys and have a real sit down and talk session
where have other aliens been stored??
surely they would ask where their leader is??
Thrawn had given the Magys’s outfit a good look over and notices that the brooch and her outfit have many similarities
when the Magys wakes up, she is JUSTIFIABLY pissed that she was forced into hibernation
Thalias bluffs her way through the conversation, claiming (with zero evidence) that people are indeed alive and well on Sunrise
and as proof she shows her the brooch
the Magys recognizes it immediately
and actually agrees to go back into hibernation!
once Samakro and Thrawn leave, Thalias realizes Che’ri had somehow convinced her!
Che’ri playing mindgames
kind of very much creepy
Che’ri be like: Imma invite myself in thanks
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anyways...yes. ok. for a Clone Wars matchup, I think Fives. Fives has an easygoing temperament and will be able to handle whatever mood swings you’re feeling. He loves seeing all the new styles you present and will compliment you on them every time, just beaming to everyone about how great his girl is.
In the Bad Batch, I think Wrecker. He’s the most emotionally aware (fight me on that), and he has no problem understanding you. He has no filter and also sometimes doesn’t understand “normal” things but that’s ok. He loves your different styles and is always game to try whatever delicious new thing you have cooked up.
For Rebels, I think Thrawn. He is drawn to the way you express yourself so artistically in your appearance, and he loves your appreciation for different kinds of art as well. It’s hard to find someone who appreciates finer things like he does, so when you’re able to match him in a discussion, he’s amused and finds that a breath of fresh air.
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