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Open Roleplay Coruscant - I Hate Pools

Discussion in 'The Galaxy Roleplay' started by Mike, Jun 23, 2015.

  1. Mike

    Mike Republic Faction Leader Staff Member

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    Kito stood in only a pair of water proof, skin tight shorts. He was atop a small platform, suspended from the ceiling of the large training room, with only a single ladder in place for transport up and down. The only other option was to jump from the platform, and that would mean landing in a deep pool of water that one could barely see the bottom of. Whether it was unfortunate or fortunate, Kito had yet to decide, but he was certainly planning on jumping into that pool.

    Only days before he had been given permission to receive a training holocron of his choosing. Kito had spent a full twenty-four hours thinking upon which power he wished to learn, and came to the decision that breath control would be the best choice. From the moment he got his hands on the holocron, to the moment he started climbing the ladder to where he was now, he had studied the holocron’s contents and prepared himself how the holocron dictated. Now it was time to learn the practical use of the power. One could be educated in a power, but not be able to use it. Kito wanted to use it, and use it well.

    Without a moment of hesitation, Kito closed his eyes, lifted his chin, and leaned forward until his weight carried him from the platform. He plummeted down, only forming a spear with his arms and legs at the last moment so that he sliced into the water rather than hit it.

    Suddenly only water surrounded Kito, who relaxed his form and began to simply float in a stasis like way. His eyes remained close, as he needed to concentrate. He could hold his breath for a while, being a very healthy, above average teenager, but not as long as what he could with breath control. Within a minute, Kito’s lungs began to ache.

    The first step was to clear one’s mind, and reject panic and any wills aside from holding one’s breath. Kito fought the panic rising in his gut as his lungs ached. The will to breath was strong, but he had to be stronger. The Jedi Code and the repetition of it within Kito’s mind calmed him, stripping the panic from himself and casting it aside. Having dealt with the panic, Kito firmly set his will in stone that he would hold his breath, and that air was irrelevant. His body and mind slowly began to listen, but even then, it wouldn’t stop him from drowning. The first step was, however, completed.
     
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    Mike Republic Faction Leader Staff Member

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    Having the first stage completed was a milestone, yet like all things in life, it would only get harder from here. Kito searched within himself, specifically in his lungs. The goal was not to fuel his lungs with the Force, but to find the tiny slivers of air still left in his lungs and sustain them. Kito's slivers of air were quickly disappearing, but he was able to latch on to quite a few. He fed the Force into them, manipulating the life cycle of the oxygen.

    It took a moment and a bit of concentration, but one by one the slivers of air left in his lungs began to sustain him. His lungs slowly stopped aching, though they never returned to a normal feeling. Kito's heart rate slowed, being Forced to take in less oxygen, but then again, Kito wasn't doing anything where the heart needed a healthy dosage of oxygen to run. He was simply floating in a dark pool, trying to learn how to hold his breath for extended periods of time.

    With the tiny slivers of air sustaining him, it was clear that even they could not hold Kito for long. He needed more air. It was good that he was figuring out how to do things the hard way like this, because when he would get into it in an actual situation he would be able to do it faster and with more precision. The next step wasn't necessarily apart of the holocron's teachings, but rather a fragment of Kito's critical thinking. If oxygen exists, and Kito needs more, how does he get more without being able to breath normally?

    Water had the answer for Kito. Fish use gils to breath the slivers of oxygen in water molecules. Kito would do the same. Using the Force, Kito searched around him, gathering many water molecules just outside of his lips. It was difficult, but Kito managed to find where the hydrogen met with the oxygen, and separated them. The hydrogen combine to create a small gas bubble that floated upwards, while the oxygen molecules combined to create an air pocket. Kito pressed his lips into it and took a small sip of oxygen. Just as Kito finished the sip, the air pocket disappeared, but it's job had been completed anyway. Kito then used the Force to sustain him on his new pool of oxygen. Now, the test would be how long he could keep this up.
     
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    Mike Republic Faction Leader Staff Member

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    What seemed like an eternity passed as Kito floated in the pool, sustained by the oxygen within his lungs and the Force. His trick with the oxygen within the water was intuitive, but if there was a case in which he couldn't get to air like that what would he have done. Dwelling on "what-ifs" wasn't the Jedi way however, and Kito put the thought behind him. He was a Jedi, and he would figure out a way no matter what. For now, he was content with floating in the middle of a dark pool while sustaining himself with the Force.

    Just that wasn't enough for Kito however. A creeping feeling like he wasn't alone in the water began crawling through his skin. The thought that it was a pool that he had filled himself never took any merit. It was a thought process he had with all bodies of water, regardless of how small they were. The moment Kito would get in them, even if they were empty and he knew it, something would spawn and cause him trouble. The answer for Kito's problem, of course, was the Force. Now he'd have to learn to multi-task while sustaining himself.

    Little by little, Kito took his focus away from the oxygen in his lungs. With each step, he paused, allowing himself to get used to using the new ability with lesser focus. Finally, he had pulled enough focus away from his lungs to be able to reach out and sense around him. He did so, and found the pool to be like he had jumped in- empty. A feeling of relief fell over Kito, though it was short lived as the creatures could spawn at any moment!

    Kito began swimming back and forth across the pool, holding himself sustained with very little concentration needed anymore. All the while he searched around him with the Force. It was the best he could do to simulate being in the unknown and even in combat while having to use the ability. It would require more practice to perfect and adapt, of course, but Kito had plenty of time. A Jedi's life was a boring life in this era, it seemed.
     

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