...The creatures are blurringly swift, as they lunge at you in unison, gripping spears in their scaly hands. But you are faster still, drawing your pistol in one smooth motion, your other hand fanning the hammer faster than the eye can follow. You place four, five shots in the creature before it can react, and bloody splashes blossom across its scaly chest. It stumbles, yet still they come at you, hissing malevolently. You dodge nimbly, avoiding the tip of the spear, unwilling to be spitted like a possum on a pole. Dog yelps and bits, worrying the snake-thing’s thrashing tail as he circles behind it. You unload another fusillade of bullets at almost point-blank range, and finally the hybrid snake-man crashes to the grassy verge, it’s slimy blood oozing into the black waters. The other one cuts and lunges with its broad-bladed lance, and you back off warily, pulling yourself up nimbly into the lower branches of a thick-boled tree. A sharp whistling breaks the air, and a pair of feathered arrows bites into its hide, one of them burying itself deeply in the reptile-things’ flesh. You glance over to see that one of the horrors lies still at the feet of the male tribal, body slashed with several long cuts, while he grapples in close quarters with the other. The woman stands apart from the fray, launching arrows with blinding speed at the one threatening you.
You give a nod of thanks, calling Dog back to the base of the tree, as the serpent-man hisses and launches itself back towards her. She puts another arrow in its scaly hide, then drops her bow, whipping out tow bone-handled knives with chiselled dark stones as blades. She weaves nimbly, evading its attack, and you have a perfect shot at its back, placing a few rounds into the thing from your vantage point. It’s hardly a fair tactic, but you are outnumbered, after all. It reels, stricken, and she slashes it with her knives, and as it falters, you swiftly reload and fire another volley. One shot pierces its eye, and it slumps heavily to the ground. With a nod of thanks, the woman turns to the last one as it struggles with the male, and she slides both of her blades into its ribs from the back. Unable to defend itself, it hisses in pain and anger, as the male tribal casts it to the ground and stamps heavily on its neck. It thrashes for a few moments, before its twitching tail lies still...
The light from the holo-vid illuminated the image of a man in his mid-thirties, who now seemed to be the center of attention of the two people seated within the room. The woman, known as Watcher Five, merely waited till given the order to begin the debrief.
“As you know Keeper, Directive 7-ATF-99B (Seven dash Alfa Tango Foxtrot dash Niner Niner Bravo) allows us to recruit outside the normal means. The man you see presented is Napoleon Koi. Born on Coruscant to parents – Damon and Jarsana Koi – both who had known connections to the Hutt Cartel and Merchant Guild. At age 12, both parents were killed during an apparent robbery. Due to his age, Napoleon was sent to live with his Aunt – Alexandra Udinoff – his mother’s sister."
"At age eighteen, Koi enlisted with Republic Army and was posted on Corellia to aid their battle against the Imperial Occupation Forces. Here he made a name for himself during the Republic mission, code name - Operation Thundering Hammers. A four-man commando unit sent into Coronet city to extract the President of Xerotech – Davos Garam – who, with his board members, were stuck behind enemy lines."
"Two years later, his unit was re-tasked to Southern cities of Corellia, but Koi stayed behind to aid the Skirmisher Squads that were tasked with combating the Imperial Forces. This is where we believe that Koi discovered that profit could be made on the Post War Black Market by stealing and selling of art antiquities. It is assumed that he returned to the Xerotech building and retrieved a jade elephant worth 1.7 million credits. The elephant was part of a series of 5 from the artist – Paulo’o Dar’noth. The series, when placed together, formed a procession honoring the Alderaanian Queen. If all five pieces were brought to market, the estimated profit would range near 75 million credits. According to our contacts in the Underworld Markets, the other pieces were never found. Also, our sources believe that Koi is responsible for the theft of InterArms Bearer Bond stocks and the theft of the Antioch Manuscripts all totaling near 7 million in credits."
"A known serial womanizer (with an avid taste for only the finer things money can buy), he is also fluent in five languages, and has also been classically educated with an extensive background in Classical Art & Art History. He is still considered one of the best forgers in the market, and if our records are accurate, his current total theft of art & antiquities nears the 5 billion mark."
"His criminal ingenuity has made headlines in many of the populated worlds and…”
“How was he caught, Watcher 5?” came the flat response.
“In order to catch him, a joint task force comprised of four different Law Enforcement Agencies was assembled with the sole purpose of bringing him to justice. One of our deep cover operatives in the SIS, was part of this task force. From his report, it was merely dumb luck that they caught him at all.”
“He spent nearly a year in one of the Republic Supermax prisons. During that time, SIS discovered that the Warden was attempting to strong arm Koi for the location of where he hid his stolen fortune. Removing him to a more secure prison seemed the only viable option. However, during a routine transport to another one of the Republic SuperMax prisons, it is reported that Koi’s accomplices came to his aid and aided in his escape. This, of course, has been fabricated to cover-up our extraction of Koi and bring him here. He is currently being held in a containment cell awaiting your orders.”
“Will he work for us?" came the flat response. "He was at one time, a known, Republic sympathizer.”
“Napoleon Koi is neutral in the Imperial conflict. According to our sources, he has always taken the side with the most profit. Also, his new acquaintance with the Republic penal system has not endeared him to their ideals. So, yes, Keeper. I believe if we strike a deal with him, he will accept.”
"Very well. Let's offer him a deal. Either he works for us...or he will be introduced to a very different method for dealing with criminals."
One, just be patient
Don't be rushing
Like you're anxious
And two, you're just too aggressive
Trying to get your ahh
Do you know that I know?
And I don't want to go there
They only want, only want
My ha ha ha, ha ha ha
Only want what they want
But, na ah ah, na ah ah
Beep - Pussy Cat Dolls