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1 The Test
All Sabine and I have to do is get this infected data chip mixed in with the ones at the genetics lab. If we’re right the chip which they think is just a copy of my DNA should put a virus on the computer that will give the rebellion access to any databank the chip is plugged into. Now all that's left is to.... umm…get my..blood taken…..by the Pau’an waiting in medbay 6, Doctor Rauff who looks way too much like a female grand inquisitor for my liking, AND with a needle bigger than my arm to top it off. Why needles, doesn't saliva contain all the same stuff?
I hurried down to the hall, already late to the appointment. Why am I always running? I guess it comes with being a rebel. I opened the door to the annoyed grey eyes of the tall Pau’an doctor, her pale skin made to seem paler by the deep burgundy tattoos on her forehead and cheeks, she quickly pulled out a data-pad and beckoned for the chip in my hand. She clicked the chip in a slot on the side as i went to sit on the medbay’s stretcher bed. Her anger subsided, and she looked back up at me with a smile before asking:
“Do you want to do the blood test or the body scan first?”
No one told me about a body scan, no, I don't even let Hera look at more than what I hurt when she cleans my wounds after a firefight. The fear in my head definitely made it to my voice as I croaked. “Body scan? You mean the thing that creates hologram of...everything?” My voice almost disappearing to nothing. “Is that entirely necessary...?”
I can't have that, what if it shows them my force sensitivity, or my...inconsistency
Although she was concerned for me, a sigh escaped her, you could hear a tiredness in her voice. It was probably pretty common for people to stop reading her ad after ‘500 creds for blood sample’. with a tired and sarcastic grin, she said “Of course, how else would the research be effective without the final result! Plus this way you are actually earning the 500 credits we are paying you, young man.” I fidgeted a bit and tried to force a smile to seem braver, but the anxiety in my voice certainly shattered that illusion. “How deep does this scan go?” Normally I'm better at hiding things than this...
She answered me calmly realizing this wasn't regular fears about a doctor seeing my butt, but something a lot more serious. “It’s a full 360 view, organs and stuff sweetie. Don't worry the important stuff is blurred to anyone without full clearance if decency is what you're worried about.” She motioned for me to take off my jacket and I complied, revealing a pale blue tank and a couple scars across my arms and shoulder blades. Her sweeter tone didn't calm me down at all, so I thought perhaps a personal story might get her to forget the scan, but being all I could think, I blurted out “Have you ever been scanned?”
She seemed surprised at my question, but smiled and spoke quietly as if telling me a secret. “Yes, with my twin brother, we wanted to see why he is force sensitive while I'm not... “
I almost jumped out of my skin. I knew she reminded me of him!
Does that mean she will know I'm a Jedi?! Or worse is this brother of her’s was the late...wait, she said “is”, not “was”. AHH…! The grand inquisitor might still be alive! But I saw him fall…
Luckily she had turned her back this me while speaking to prepare the needle to draw blood. “The scan told us nothing of a valuable difference. From his and his wife's research so far it’s either a neural mis-wiring or the will of parents shown to the child during their developmental stages or as Nyra, his wife insists, it's ‘magic’, that wiccan fanatic is nuts… I'm getting off course, what were we talking about?”
“How I get out of this scan?” I smiled shyly, hoping that she would settle for the blood test. Good to know my force sensitivity is safe, but i'm not normal in other ways too; I can't have anyone knowing I'm not just a guy
Doctor Rauff was having none of it, responding in a motherly tone “Not happening, we already gave your lady friend out there the money and you signed the papers Mr. Bridger, so now we are starting with the body scan immediately after the blood is drawn rather than looking at the computer simulation then. What has you so concerned child? If you think that I'll turn you in for anything I find then you have nothing to worry about there is nothing you could be or have short of a bomb in you or a bag of spice for me to have you arrested. I'm going to find out no matter what so tell me, boy.”
My voice was shaking again as I tried to answer “That's the problem, ma’am.”
I couldn't help but flinch, I haven't talked to anyone about this since my parents died.
The doctor was confused as she cleaned my arm with a swab asking again “What’s the problem?”
“I'm not just a boy… I'm a...a...” My voice froze before I could finish. How the hell could I tell her what I am if I'm not entirely sure myself?!
Dr. Rauff began to look at me with worried eyes before guessing at my cause for worry, but continued her work. I flinched as she stuck the needle into the crook of my arm drawing out some of my warm, red blood. After she removed the needle she placed a small orange bandage over the penetration mark. Hey look! My favorite color! I cheered up for a nanosecond before remembering my situation. She guessed:
“Shapeshifter? (That I wouldn't be ashamed of, so I smiled as I shook my head and my hands moved up to my lap giving her an idea of where my ‘problem’ is) “was something...removed?”Wait, what? I shook my head again as I turned red “Transitioning?” I don't think that quite covers what I am, but closer than my thing being hacked off. I shook my head to that too, but less so. “Perhaps you are a Hermaphrodite?”
“I've heard that last one before,” I responded shyly, cocking my head to the side with curiosity. “But no one ever told me what that means.” I think my family’s doctor called me that once, then my parents came in and asked me which I wanted to be, a boy or a girl. I eagerly picked boy because I wanted to be just like dad.
Doctor Rauff seemed almost relieved in her given answer. “To put my point simply, it's when an individual has both male and female parts; most of the time it's rare in humans and most humanoid species. Typically the female side is visibly dominant -that works up to that last bit - for most species, while hutts are all Hermaphroditic and identify primarily male.(I couldn't help but smile at that, who knew Jabba was like me.) I can see why you were so shy now. Would it help if I increased the required clearance level for your scan to be deblurred? till red from earlier, I nodded) That's fine, and there is nothing wrong with you, my brother introduced me to a couple people like you, in fact, he's the only reason I know people can even transition between genders or have any other non-standard status.”
"Thanks, that means a lot to me to finally get that off my chest but no-one can now, not even the people I came here with." I fidgeted even more, but her words relaxed me enough to trust her. "Alright, let's get this over with..."I was finally ready to trust someone with my true self.
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Your energy signature, which is often referred to as an aura pattern is part of what defines your mystical presence, and some contain extra abilities or limitations. Although certain auras are more likely to have certain affinities they are not promised, and unlike affinities, you are what you are for life (usually). They rarely affect social status, but it does determine what coven or order you are placed into.
Since you are reading this book it is highly likely that your energy signature is Aura prevalent, which means that the energy your body runs and processes the best is aura. Below I have listed a couple types of energy you will likely encounter as you become more used to magic.
(Many differences in magic that don't otherwise interact are in terms of under or over is due to the result of their first confrontation.)
Astrals are often seen as kind-hearted dreamers, but they often have a level of foresight and tend to be extremely lucky. They are Aura's greatest ally despite being weak to it. Their energies are strengthened by astronomical events and become immensely powerful on starships due to their intense connection with space, yet don't do as well underground or in thicker atmospheres. (So we usually go to their mountain temples rather than have them join us in our cave based HQ) Most Astrals are in the same order, (The House of the Night, or Night-breds for the caster title*) and hold influence over people's fortunes (think that psychic who only does night readings). They are also in tune with dimensional rifts and can determine when a paridime fracture* forms
Strong against: Mana,
Level with: Ṣẹda, Force
(relatively) Weak against: Aura
The Quivera are the best-known users of this energy, but there are a couple other covens and orders with the same basis. Aura is produced by the interference between different elemental energies within the atmosphere of a planet, allowing us to have a good bit of influence on the world around us. As a result, our energy can be overpowered by energies produced by individuals like Mana because it tends to form a bubble of more stable energy around where it is concentrated. In this case, our bodies will actually recoil when contact is made with the energy in a phenomenon called a 'Mana burn', it hurts like hell yet it begins to heal as soon as distance is added. We cannot produce energy normally in space and require energy to be put into the air on spaceships (oddly enough force sensitives act as energy concentrators that help us tolerate space travel.) Please note that different planets have different energies, which will affect your magic. We tend to strengthen with proximity to a planet's core and as a result, many of our temples and bases are underground or carved into stone. Many traditional Wiccan covens (ones that use the regular point up pentagram) also use this energy
Strong against:, (mild)Astral, (very)Force
Level with: Ṣẹda,
Extremely Weak against: Mana
Mana users like the Vori or Kaijudo Duel Masters rely on internally produced energy that holds the same range of frequencies as a mystical barrier called the veil. This energy like aura can be solidified into shapes like bubble shields or simple energy weapons, and it has the potential for use with limited teleportation in the hands of the Vori, but the Duelists are capable of reaching past the other side, although details of this 'other side' is held secretly by the order.
Very Strong against: Aura
Level with: Ṣẹda, Force
Weak against: Astral,
Of the five mystical groups in this energy, the Atlantis order is well known for their automatons (for us it's because we usually have to clean up after the ones that go rouge). their creations are made and 'brought to life' with the use of soul fragments or bundled up emotions. Also think animated objects and plants, more recently some computer programs, all can be done using Ṣẹda.
Level with: Aura, Force, Mana, Astral
The force is one of the few energies that contains internal factions (Dark/Light/Bendu or Grey) with the kind of differences that almost categorize them as separate entities. This energy is extremely weakened by earth, but elsewhere in the galaxy, it produces powerful telekinesis, telepathy, empaths, and a general connection with other living things. The force often behaves like a living being and provides foresight to ask it's followers to strengthen one of the three factions. Jedi are light side, Sith darkside, and there are two parallel factions of neutral called the Bendu and the Grey Jedi. Currently, this energy is unstable due to the long-term strength of the light side. We hope to help it repair itself through encouraging the Bendu and grey paths.
Simplified definitions of strength;
the light side is relatively aloof but comes when it's called so much as you don't ask for more than you need, and it gets kinda evasive when you ask for too much. Think of a child, they want to help, but unless you are doing what it wants it could get bored and ignore you.
Dark side energy, on the other hand, likes to be actively used, and may act more efficiently in subconscious tasks but also tends to be addictive and mark it's user (gold+red or silver eyes, premature wrinkling, paranoia, mood instabilities)
The Greys are a mix between the two, Bendu is more aggressive and concentrated, almost animalistic, and grey j. Is very life tuned and passive ability based.
*Caster titles- the name of a magic user for a coven/order. Ex- Quiverans of the Quivera or Nightbreds for the House of Night.
*paridime fractures are what some may call the formation of a new dimension or timeline within a Cannon-verse (think multiverse theory). It results in a dimension that no longer hits certain key events in it's metaverse connection (Think Cannon divergence situations like Vader dying early or Alderaan never blowing up, the end result is completely different.)