Kowlin had always wanted to visit the space station. It was like an airport, the only difference is. This space station was filled with aliens and other known races mixed into it. They would gather here in order to conduct legal and illegal business. Also their ships would be docked here for fuel. Some would come here to hire mercs, while others used the public transit to go from one planet to the next. Kowlin didn't need all this fancy gimmicks since he could summon up a portal and go as he pleased. But, he did enjoy the coffee at, "Pesci's Brew"
A cold cup of joe is what they called it. As Kowlin sat down and looked at the menu of this coffee shop, a nearby waiter had came up to him.
"Hello Sir, what would you like to order?"
Kowlin then heard another nearby patron state they wanted a cup of the most expensive cup of joe they had. So Kowlin had responded to the waiter after hearing this.
"Yes, I will take the most expensive coffee you have here."
"Alright, one cup of joe coming right up!"
Kowlin had his hand to his chin as the waiter went about his business to get his drink. Kowlin then looked at the patron who was nearby.
"Excuse me but who is Joe?"
The patron getting up and walking away after finishing his meal. Kowlin wasn't use to the social norm.
"Things would be better if Lord Mori was still around. He could have told me what joe meant.."
Kuro was honestly quite miserable up in the North. It was so. Goddamn. Cold. Kuro had bundled up in two coats, three pairs of pants, a wool hat, heavy duty gloves, fur-lined boots, and a thick woven scarf, and she still felt herself shivering. It didn't help that her ears were too big to fit beneath the hat, and Earth shops did not sell any ear coverings that fit Konatsians. What sort of miserable planet was this, where the air itself was capable of inflicting harm? Kuro simply wanted to go back home, but she could not until her mission was complete.
And it was her mission that had brought her to this Northern spaceport, which she stepped inside covered head to toe in her cold weather gear. As she stepped inside, she could feel several eyes on her, and she found herself befuddled at the fact that everyone else she found inside the port was dressed in mostly normal layers, with coats and hats here and there, but certainly no one as well-bundled as she. What were these Earthlings and other aliens made out of?
Seeking further warmth, Kuro made her way towards a shop that sold warm drinks inside of the port, a little shop called 'Pesci's Brew.' Once inside, still shivering, she approached the front counter and ordered from the befuddled barista. "O-One hot cup of t-tea, if you would," Kuro managed to get out. "A-Any flavor is f-fine."Her order was finished not long after, and she graciously accepted it before gently lowering her scarf to consume the hot beverage, which was a godsend to her frozen insides.
She then took a seat at a nearby table and sighed. How was she to find any of her Konatsian Lords at this rate? It was at that moment that she overheard a nearby man mumbling something about a 'Lord Mori', and she turned to glance at him. A man in search of a Lord as well? Were they a Konatsian Lord, perhaps? It was worth an ask. "Pardon me, sir,"she asked, "You mentioned a Lord Mori... He would not happen to be of Konatsian blood, would he?"
Kowlin had raised a brow after taking a sip and a konatsian woman coming towards him.
"Lord Mori's isn't Konatsian..."
Now that Kowlin had thought about it, he wasn't sure what Lord Mori's race was since he always wore that Helmet on his face.
"He's an alien from an Offworld Planet. Speaking of Konatsians. I was actually looking for a King on Planet Konats. But I just don't have the time to travel there. I have so much to do that it slips my mind."
Kowlin wanted to learn more about the Konatsian people, more importantly their royals. When it comes to that Planet, all he knows from it, is that it's covered in Desert.
"When it comes to Kings and what planet they are from. I tend to want to research all of them."
His main purpose was to see if there were any evil Kings out there. He would probably want to kill them or perhaps find a way to work with them in order for his own benefit. After all when it came to shinjins and Kings, the difference is that. Shinjins are actually born in a powerful position with true powers, and Kings are just looked to be that way.
Ah. Not of Konatsian blood. Well, that was... A shame, to say the least. Still, Kuro wouldn't give up on this space port just yet - there was always the chance that another traveler coming through may have seen them. Or maybe even one of the lords themselves, who knew? Kuro was about to thank the blue skinned man and leave him to his own devices, when he suddenly mentioned that there was, in fact, someone from Konats he was looking for himself. "Hm?"Kuro asked, her pointed ears perking up as he had her attention.
He was looking for the King of Konats? Interesting. Unfortunately for him, though, no such person existed. Not anymore, at least. Word must not have yet spread off the planet, however. Kuro briefly wondered if it was right for her to be telling people about Konatsian affairs, but she supposed news of the King's death wasn't exactly a closely guarded state secret - everyone on the planet knew he was gone. It was only a matter of time until people off the planet found out, too.
"Unfortunately, the King is dead,"Kuro stated after a brief moment. "So Konats will, unfortunately, not be of much help to your research. At least, not until a new heir is appointed, but that could take quite some time."
Now that she thought about it, perhaps if she filled this man in on her quest, he may be of some assistance even if he did not know any of the Lords himself. "I am actually currently seeking out these heirs myself - at least, the ones who are no longer on Konats. Several of them fled to this planet in light of recent events, and it is my duty to find them and return them to our planet so Konats does not remain without its ruler for long. You would not happen to have any information on this front, would you?"
Seems like the King was dead and he wasn't surprised on that front. When it came to powerful beings or rather, individual in such high statuses, They tended to meet an end eventually. He kept his left hand to his chin as his right took casual sips of his beverage drink. Unfortunately when it came to her searching for the Heirs, he couldn't help on that department since he hadn't met any konatsian at all like that.
"Unfortunately when it comes to konatsians I don't have a clue about them. I have never been to their planet so I can't speak on that.... but if you are looking for more konatsians, they could probably be on Earth since that's the most dominated area I have seen a lot of races come to meet..."
Though he wasn't sure where they would normally come together but anyway to help the next person he would certainly try to stir them in the right direction.
"Also wouldn't be wise to keep the throne unoccupied, its a disaster just waiting to happen."
Kowlin had assumed that either this woman was a relative of the Heirs she was looking for or part of the military if they even had one... or perhaps... she was a bounty hunter wanting to kill them... or capture them....
Ah. So the blue skinned stranger was not actually any more aware of the Konatsian heirs' whereabouts than Kuro was. Well, that was disappointing, but not wholly unexpected. Kuro supposed she ought to have known better than to expect the very first person she met in the station to be able to give her all the answers - or even any answers at all, really. "Yes, for some odd reason or another, this remote planet seems to attract quite the number of spacefaring visitors,"Kuro replied as the stranger noted that many people came and went through Earth.
She wasn't sure why Earth of all places was so active - it was far too cold, in her opinion - but it was, perhaps, its lack of significance that made it such a popular choice. One could quite easily hide themselves on such a remote, quiet planet, and hardly ever fear they'd be found if the people looking for them did not suspect they were on this planet.
And, unfortunately for the Konatsian heirs, Kuro had it on good authority that they were here. Or, at least were here at one point.
The stranger than stated it was unwise to leave the throne unoccupied for so long, to which Kuro nodded her head in agreement. "Indeed," she replied, taking a seat across from the man, since it seemed they may end up speaking for more than just a brief moment after all. "Konats' current stability is questionable at best, already - the last thing we need is absent leadership. And, it worries me that whoever assassinated the King is still at large." And they had killed her father, as well.
Kowlin would snap his fingers and poof, a bingo book had appeared in his hands. The list of the craziest criminals were in this book. Captain Kabe, Yangcong, Blizzard was freshly added, and a few others.
"If you would want to investigate more on the matters. I suggest you take this bingo book of criminals throughout the galaxy and try going back to Konats and show it around town. Someone much have seen something. Perhaps a face or a description of clothing. Most criminals tend to reveal themselves given time of course. Also those Heirs need to be protected as well if a King was assassinated. It's very hard now a days to assassinate someone so powerful. You actually need some help when it comes to that. Are you like a relative of these Heirs?"
She seemed to care a lot about the people of Konats and most importantly the King.
"I take it there was a Queen as well? Is she okay or was she killed as well?"
When it came to Kings, they tended to have wives as well unless they have remained single all their lives, boy was that Kowlin. He would casually fold his hands together wondering her thoughts.
At the mention that the King had been killed maliciously, the stranger seemed to perk up, and he snapped his fingers, spawning a book out of thin air, much to Kuro's surprise. Though, it was more just surprise that it had happened, not necessarily at the display of magic. As a Konatsian royal guard, she was capable of harnessing the power of summoning magic herself, to draw forth blades and weapons stored elsewhere and then return them when they were no longer of use. Much easier than having to carry them on her person at all times - the sword, especially, was very large, and required both of Kuro's hands to wield.
Kuro was then offered this book: a collection of all well known criminals across the galaxy. She was not sure how or why this man came into possessing this book, or what his sources were, but she supposed it couldn't hurt to give it a read sometime. Mayhap there was someone within its pages who had known links to Konats?
"Ah, um, thank you,"she stated after a moment. She flipped open the book to a random page, and it settled on an old man whose name seemed to be Yangcong. She briefly eyed his list of crimes, furrowed her brows, blinked a few times, then shut the book back up. "I will certainly pass this around to the proper authorities when I return - it will behoove us to have this chronicle in general."Knowing what foreign visitors to be wary of was powerful, especially given the might that even a single ill-meaning individual could potentially wield with the power of ki.
"And no, I am not of royal blood," Kuro explained. "I am a member of the Konatsian Royal Guard. My duty is to protect the crown and anyone who may one day wear it." That included rounding up these heirs before any would-be assassins got their hands on them. Hence the urgency of her quest.
As for the Queen of Konats... "The Queen is, well, alive, as far as I know... But, troublingly, her whereabouts are unknown, so it is difficult to say." If she were present, she would be easy to turn to as the natural leader of Konats in the absence of the King, but with her gone as well, they truly were without anyone to sit on the throne. If their enemies were to poise an attack now, they'd be more vulnerable than ever.
All this talk about crime and royal got him hungry. The waiter had came over and Kowlin had ordered himself a cheeseburger, and hopefully he didn't have to go use the bathroom since there was a tale not long ago that stated the use of narcotics being used in public restrooms had their deep association with the underground business of criminals.
"A royal guard huh, so you must be a very strong individual then."
He could sense her power and it wasn't even close to strong in fact, one could say that they are a low level saiyan that equal powers to that of a saibaman. His food had arrived and he had chowed down on a burger as he was hungry from all that sips of beverage that he was consuming earlier.
"Probably left out of fear perhaps... My suggestion would be to make an announcement, stating that the heirs are back just so that the public wouldn't worry about it and that perhaps if any invaders were to make a move, they would think twice because it would appear that there are royalties that are still there. And if you are having trouble with short supplies of people, mercenaries are the next best thing."
As the two chatted, a waiter arrived to receive any orders for food, though Kuro passed, content with her drink, which she quietly sipped as the man across from her ordered a cheeseburger. After that, he stated that Kuro must be a 'very strong individual,' to which Kuro slightly shrugged in reply. "I was trained by the very best, so I can only hope to perform on a similar level,"she stated. And yet, the 'very best' she spoke of that had trained her, her father, had been killed quickly and easily by whatever assassin had also taken the King's life.
Kuro could only hope to somehow surpass him in his strength, and honor him that way - but it'd be a difficult hill to climb.
Still, from what her ears had picked up, the people on Planet Earth were no slouchers. While many possessed low, borderline insignificant power, there were some whose power was well beyond that of Kuro's. She had to wonder if it was even possible for Konatsians to reach that level of strength. What if she simply couldn't become strong enough to defend the throne?
Kuro let a puff of air out her nose as she came to the conclusion that it wasn't worth it to worry about her strength - not until there even were royals to be defending. And, speaking of which, the stranger had a somewhat odd suggestion on that front. "Lie to the people of Konats?"she asked, and she sounded rather offended at the concept. "If the truth were to come out, the royal guard would never be trusted with their security again. And... Mercenaries!"Surely the armies of the castle would be potent enough to ward off any sort of attack. "I think we need not resort to such vile things, lest we become as foul as our enemies."
"Honor and the way of doing things is all fine. But you have to keep in mind of how the universe has been so far. A war criminal had attacked Capital Sadala and they didn't have a proper King or Queen at the time and he was one of their own kind based of military reports I have read about. Then there was the arcosians who attacked while the King was busy off fighting a war at Hatchi city. Things happen in this universe that many of us can't explain. Attacks will happen and you just have to prepare for them. You may see mercenaries as the lower standard than compared to soldiers but even soldiers would sell their own comrades out for money. That is what the many or rather some care for. Money revolves around this universe and any amount of money can be used for another person's benefit. Now yes you will have loyalty people like yourself where you can't even put a price on loyalty, but you would be surprise with how many faces you see that may end up stabbing you in the back. Trouble is everywhere no matter what and being ready for it, even going against principles may very well save a people or bring war to the front."
He eventually after talking, was able to consume his burger.
After Kuro's somewhat stern reaction to the man's propositions, he responded with his own perspective on the matter. Kuro was unsure where Sadala Capital or Hatchi City were, but perhaps they were places of importance on Earth - it would make sense for this man to know about all this if he was a local. She knew what Arcosians were, but she didn't know they were currently embroiled in a war with anyone - and she had to feel sorry for whoever was on the receiving end of their wrath. There was a reason Arcosians were feared throughout the entire galaxy, after all.
Still, as pessimistic as the man's view was, Kuro simply couldn't bring herself to agree completely with him. The people of Konats were not so simple as to be easily tricked and backstabbed as other races seemed to be, nor were any of them so eager to turn on their fellow man. ...Right? Well, those in the capital stood on a unified front, at least, though... The whole planet was hardly entirely on the same page.
Kuro was even aware of some who hated the current establishment and would see it destroyed. But surely they were the minority. And the Konatsians had a common enemy: the Kashvar. When push came to shove, the Konatsians would work together, Kuro was certain of it.
"Some principles are not worth compromising on,"Kuro finally replied as the man ate his burger. "While I was unaware of the messes other planets in the galaxy are currently finding themselves, Konats will hardly need to stoop to such levels to keep itself afloat. All we need is to find a new ruler, and things will work out." Things would work out. Kuro quite strongly believed that. All the people of Konats needed to do was look towards their new ruler, and everything would be well again, no matter who it was.
Though, now that she thought about it... Her father may not have been so easily defeated in a fair confrontation, but a sudden stab in the back... Not even the mightiest of warriors could survive such a blow. But who could manage to sneak up on a man like him, whose ears heard every sound over a hundred meters out? Unless... His killer had no reason to hide, as his presence would not have aroused suspicion?
Kowlin had a brief thought processing through his mind. He knew that when it came to Earth, the two dominating races are human and zoans. When it came to Namek, there were namekians and then the mutated ones. When it came to Plant, there were saiyans, tuffles, and the saibaman, finally when it came to Arcose. There were only arcosians... So he would look at the girl before speaking up, for he had a theory if he was correct...
"Are Konatsians the only race on Planet Konats? or is there more races on that planet that co exist with you guys? Most trouble usual comes from other races, like on Plant, its the saiyans having conflict with the tuffles. For Namek, its the namekian having conflict with the mazoku who could sometimes be mutated... And when it comes to Shinjins like myself, we tend to meet our distant cousin demons every now and then."
Though if the konatsians were like the arcosians, then perhaps the konatsians had something in common with the arcosians, that they couldn't even trust themselves when it comes to the upper ranking. When it comes to internally conflict with just your own race, sometimes its far worst than having a rivalry with another race.
Kuro was snapped out of her trail of thought when the stranger spoke up again, and she turned her head to look back up to meet his gaze as he asked about the population of Konats. He explained that, in his experience, two separate intelligent species sharing a planet tended to be a recipe for conflict, as seemed to be the case on Plant and Namek, two other planets that were, apparently, embroiled in constant warfare.
And he wasn't wrong, there were two species of intelligence that both called Konats their home.
"Yes,"she replied, "There are, of course, the Konatsians... But there are also the Kashvar."She paused a moment, then elaborated. "Konatsians are taller, with colorful hair and eyes to match, as well as tall figures, while Kashvar possess hair and eyes that are black as night, and are much shorter. They are also capable of tapping into powerful dark magic, fueled by their life force, which makes them a dangerous enemy."
She supposed there had been conflict between the two races, but they weren't currently at an active war, to her knowledge. Many, however, suspected the powerful storm plaguing Konats to be the work of Kashvaran magicians, which would certainly be an act of aggression if discovered to be true, or even an outright declaration of war.
"They couldn't be behind the assassination, though,"she added. "We're not currently at war with the Kashvar, and although tensions are somewhat high, assassinating the King would summon the fail wrath of the Konatsian military upon their people. They'd never survive it."
Kowlin took a sip of his beverage as she went on explaining about that there was a race of others as well, the Kashvar who had used dark magic and he hadn't heard of these people either.
"Be very wary.. dark magic isn't something to take lightly or to be played with. From dangerous ancient creatures to the most craziest spells ever crafted. It has came from dark magic. They could very well be your enemies. If the konatsians aren't like other races as you claim they aren't and they wouldn't abandon their creed. You have to look closely at the Kashvar. Because any species that uses dark magic isn't the kind of species that you want to just walk on by into your homes.
Whether they may appear frail or just shorter than the konatsians. You have to take the cards that your planet has been dealt with. A dead King and a missing Queen. The only possible way I see the Kashvar not being involved, is if both your races are working and living together in peace, or both sides have a peace treaty. But then we have to ask ourselves. Would a peace of paper really dictate peace or could it be used as an illusion to do something vile."