"Wait, before we start, I have to ask, was it you today?" Moira asked, her brow furrowed in concentration as she surveyed the Doctor for any signs of the truth. She was physically exhausted but the possibilities had plagued her mind despite her tired state.
"What makes you believe that?"
"Several things. For one, you sound a lot like the Trainer we had today, some of the mannerisms were the same, but most importantly, you felt the same."
The Doctor smiled, "What do you mean I 'felt' the same?"
"When the trainer came over to help check my force sight, it just, I don't know, it just felt the same as you."
The Doctor’s eyes seemed to hold a glint of amusement."Oh? Perhaps you are right that it was me, after all when you are able to discern the familiarity of a person's force signature, or rather their force essence as the official term goes, it usually dovetails straight into the abilities of Life Sense and Life Detection. Though Life detection is more the ability to sense the life around you. While life sense allows one to discern more particulars about an individual force signature. It is also key for a healer to develop as you can use the ability to diagnose the person's average well being, whether they are injured or not. Tracking wise, it works as well."
The echani looked at the Doctor, trying to incorporate her words into her own thoughts. "Would that work, even in combat?"
The royal guard in front of her just shrugged from beneath her lab coat. "That would also be correct, though utilizing precognition, and enhanced senses we tend to develop a certain Combat Sense that helps us recognizethreats rather easily. Of course, when we combine combat sense with other natural abilities on a passive level we begin to discern a truly wonderful ability that all Royal Guard back during the Emperor's time should have known. Can you guess what it is?"
Moira pondered the question, dredging up the dregs of what she had learned before her time in the Federation. Her thoughts drifting back to certain lectures on how to approach taking out a Sith trained individual, or any who had gone rogue. She rememebered it being addressed that it was almost impossible to sneak up on a sith. The actual ability was on the tip of her tongue, so she tried a new tactic. Using the elements of knowledge around it she shunted the force in the same manner she did these past few days when learning to enhance her memory. The hyper recall that talent allowed wasn't a catch all to help discern facts , nor a shortcut to hyper intelligence. But it did allow her the barest grasp upon the dregs of knowledge and brought back to her consciousness the few tattered whisps of recollection. "The Harrowing. Something that prevents a Sith , or a dark jedi, from being snuck up upon. Basically a hyperaware skill that logically I could deduce is a combination of several Sense Abilities."
The Doctor smiled, "Correct. It’s also an imperative for a healer in the field. Though it’s not something they usually teach you until you are a Guard."
"The difficulty involved is almost needed to be taught hand in hand with the ability to mask oneself in the force so one's presence may not interfere."
"What about those other abilities you mentioned, that soft to solid technique. Do you know how to do all of them?"
"For the one's I mentioned I at least know the basics and can teach you."
Moira pounded her fist into her palm and pointed at the doctor. "Hah, I got you to admit it was you! I guess that means you’re a Major as well."
The royal guard just gave her a wry smirk, "Perhaps you are a bit too clever for your own good. But that question would have been answered anyways. Since you seem to have some perceptions on the way it 'felt' for the Trainer's manipulation of the force I was going to have you enhance your memory of the experience and the impressions. Perhaps first allowing you to practice your use of 'Emptiness' and your force immersion before immersing yourself in that white current to help recharge your reserves. After all, I don't want my patient becoming too tired before I begin the next treatment of your situation."
"You mean we're finally going to try to fix my lungs?" Moira stuttered a bit nervously, hoping against hope the timetable had been moved up a lot.
"No child, that is months away at the very least. But I do intend to allow you to learn the basic tenants to use the unaffected tissue more efficiently to reduce the stress on the other. In the next week, perhaps, we can begin to show you how to reduce the pain you might be feeling during the times of training. Think of it as beginning to learn strategies to cope and treat the symptoms before we get to the main source of the problem as attempting to heal the aveolas of lung tissue presents its own complications. Sometimes very serious ones that I’ll teach you about as you continue your studies as we prepare to help heal your lungs."
She had to hold off a bit of her disappointment, but cautioned herself that there were no quick fixes. The young girl's eyebrows furrowed as she thought of one possible one the Doctor had mentioned before. "Didn't you say that one cybernetic treatment those Exogen's are asked to consider helps decrease the wear and tear on their lungs. Would that work?"
"No."The Doctor said succinctly before giving her a stern glare, " It is not recommended in your situation regardless as the excess scarring and strain could compound the stress on your body enough to send you into another cardiac arrest. I would only recommend that operation to someone who was in the best of health. Not to mention..." the doctor paused, "There are also complications to having too many cybernetics if one learns other methods to learn more stealth based techniques, some include bringing lower level of radiation, or ionization, into being and suffusing the body with such to duplicate a false sensor reading from medical diagnostics. Not to mention the fact that in the field there are various higher range detection gear sets that can pick up on the traces of cybernetic replacement devices through fifty milimeter thick armor, water, swamp brine, in high iron rich pead swamps with swamp brine, in the midst of deserts, or anything other type of terrain.
Having cybernetics generally, when up against heavy sensor coverage actually destroys one's chances for stealth. Even if one temporarily turns the replacement organelle off and can deal with the side effects of losing one's blood flow. The cybernetic organelle components, even when completely mute can be picked up with a sensitive enough sensor rig. Frankly, they're only recommended for Exogen darktroopers because of the phrikite alloy afforded in the construction of the wardroid frame or in case a standard trooper has obtained injuries. There is a constant drive among the special forces and intelligence communities to make cybernetics that are harder to detect in their agents.
Most Shadowguard who have cybernetic replacement organs or implants, have the same benefits of sensor refracting materials coatings on their black colored armor. Same as the old shadowtroopers." The Doctor shook her head, "Not to mention it might be limiting enough to prevent a force user from reaching their upper limits of their abilities, no matter the long term. As such, I'm hoping that we don't have to resort to such crude measures and can learn to heal the lung tissue itself. Though most of that will be done automatically if we can prevent degradation, and reinforce your health and longevity with the force's natural benefits to reduce decay. Specifically, with certain lightside elements you will need to master in order to keep your ability to immerse yourself in the white current. Combative wise you might stray a bit towards more destructive techniques, at least that's the theory. But as your doctor, I strongly recommend against utilizing any cybernetics unless it becomes absolutely necessary. The long term reductions in your potential in such a permanent process just do not seem conducive for the varied short term relief.
In general, without altering the cybernetics slightly to prevent sensor detection, having cybernetics tends to push off one’s career in the special forces unless it’s a heavy combat situation where they’re deployed in any possible manner that requires sneaking. As for infiltration missions where one allows themselves to be captured by the enemy as bait.”The doctor raised one hand to her head and sighed, “The normal course of any standard competent detainment officer is to disable the cybernetic immediately or shortly after detention. Certainly within the first hour or so; there are different devices available at any planetary garrison to do so. If it’s a cybernetic kidney, well the person is put on dialysis, if it’s a heart- they’re usually hooked up to a mechanical heart at first opportunity so they can’t run away.“
“So if someone had a cybernetic leg, any good detention or intelligence officer on any decent non backwoods world would probably be get just as much use out of a peg leg?”
The young echani woman weighed the Doctor's words, trying to find any deception within them. Nothing of the sort was there. "Alright, I trust you for the treatment of my injuries for now. But please understand, I had to ask."
The doctor nodded, "Alright, now take the time to begin your meditations and immerse yourself in the force in both ways, I'll expect your mind's return in about thirty minutes. So if the last time was any indication, come back when it feels like five minutes. I'll then walk you through the abilities of Life Detection and Life Sense to help you learn how to use them in diagnosing a problem on the micro scale in tissues. Then go through the same things I did with you yesterday to help deal with the toxin buildup in the muscle tissue. If we have time, I should be able to putyou into a regular sleep for two hours before placing you into a hibernation trance. That way we can start on the learning modules."
Moira's head jerked up at that, "So you had time to calibrate the device?"
Tapping a stylus to the side of her datapad, the Doctor seemed slightly vexed that her patient would doubt her abilities in such a simple task. "Correct, and the beginning modules are a refresher course on biology and chemistry, I should have it ready just in time so that when you wake up I can talk you through enhancing the memory of that knowledge so you can objectively determine of how effective the process was.
Moira nodded once to show her understanding, then she began to center her breathing. She had spent several minutes at the dinner the entire group had to work on reading several of the materials which had presented different methods of meditation. Hyper - aware of her own past forays into the field of the mind.
At first she concentrated on her feelings, steadying herself, taking in the anxieties she possessed one by one and let those thoughts wash over her before giving them up into the force. It was an odd experience, but the sense of Emptiness allowed her the concentration to vault herself into force, springboarding herself into the force as a whole, allowing it to wrap itself around her consciousness as she took in the wonder and majesty of it. Communing upon it's presence as a whole as if she was floating upon a placid salt sea before kiting her way into the swirls and eddies of force that made up the white current. Like before the experience felt electrifying, and she felt the pull to stay there more than her allotted time.
It was hard to describe but she could feel herself floating in the force like a buoy cast amid heavy waves, the tumultuous crash of energies re-invigorating her. Feeling a bit more secure she looked back towards the two glowing strands of her link back to her body. Taking a firm grip upon them both she pulled her mind back to her body and opened her eyes to see the Doctor's pensively maintaining a vigil over the monitors displaying her vital signs.
"I still say that's disconcerting every time you do that. Normal Force Immersion may be tweaked to help camoflauge the force user, but to actually seem as if dead and absent from the force takes it to a whole nother level. Eventually I'd hope you'd be able to use that ability while awake."
"Speaking of abilities," Moira smiled, "May I ask for a bit of details on that soft to solid technique, from what I was told today by the Inquisitor during that 'meeting' I may need to learn it's tenants for that Convection ability they said I once used at the conference if I'm to ensure there's no damage to my skin. Not to mention it would be useful in hand to hand combat."
“Oh, so how was your conference?”
Moira thought back to the meeting with the Inquisitor and one of the other royal guards, “Useful, they want me on an accelerated teaching regime, and want to push me as fast as they can to try and ensure I can deal with the degradation. They want me to concentrate on healing with you, go through the normal darktrooper abilities towards both milestones, and we’re talking about bringing another royal guard or two in to help hone some special areas they want me to develop, including my materialization aspects, piloting skills, and as much of the royal guard lessons I can start.”
“That’s probably because when you finish your studies you may be put in the Eleventh Regiment like I am.” The Doctor said with a sigh, “As your trainer, I’m authorized to tell you It’s one of the regiment of specialists off of Yinchoori that normally get a waiver from the traditional squall entrance test. But normally that waiver means a harder function or mission though they’re kept a lot from the normal rotation due to their specialities. For instance, medical or intelligence gathering positions don’t tend to be rotated out to the front lines as much due to the risk of losing their skill sets.”
Moira arched an eyebrow at the information. Most of the time no one would ever hear anything about the inner workings of the guard from anyone. The mere fact that the Doctor did meant the woman was privy to some of the plans that were in store for her. In some part this consoled her a little, if there were plans to keep her useful it meant there were likely plans to ensure she stayed alive instead of being executed at random down the line. Thinking to change the subject quickly she interjected a statement of her own. “That’s interesting, I certainly wouldn’t mind working along side you Doctor later. Now back to that technique?”
"It’s useful but not everything. The matukai's soft to solid technique is just a very poor precursor to actually learning the Reinforcement ability, that allows one to prevent massive amount of damage to oneself, or the or the Force Body technique which allows one to surpass the natural limitations of the body to save oneself at the cost of one's health as the body is forced to cannibalize parts of its systems to get out of extreme danger. I'll eventually be teaching you all while reviewing your memories on how you used Convection before to see if I can duplicate the technique on my own."
Moira nodded once, "That's fair enough, you're helping me already so it's alright to try and help yourself get stronger while you’re at it. I don’t begrudge that if it’s a two way street."
The Doctor looked at her with an arched eyebrow, "Indeed, but watch the naivete. it could get you in trouble here during times you're not being closely monitored by those with your interests in mind."
Of course, Moira thought, It went without saying that she got the impression everyone here looked out for themselves first and foremost. But the fact that anyone had her interests anywhere upon their lists at all was a boon she'd not forget. Of course she'd gear herself towards learning as much as possible. "I'm aware of the fact there's no free lunch here so to speak, but I'm grateful enough that you as a Doctor are willing to put the time and effort of your abilities towards my care at least while I'm here. I can only imagine how much worse this could be without that. I'd probably have been some twisted husk with a large amount of scarring over the entire course of my skin, confined to a life support suit forever, instead of having the possibility of not needing one in the future."
"Let's just take this a day at a time, young lady. You're my patient first, and my student second. Eventually I'll teach you what you wish to know, as I'm learning just as much from your case as it will be essential to have your own assistance for the final measures of healing. However, I will need you to curb that thirst for knowledge unless you can guarantee you won't practice any abilities you learn from me until it is believed you’re ready for them."
Moira nodded seriously, "Of course, in my culture one does not disrespect a teacher they learn from and utilizing or attempting to practice without some agreement from a trainer or group of trainers would do that. I understand that principle, I just feel a broader scope of knowledge might be best first in order for me to know where not to veer into. Forewarned, and given examples of proper usage of the force abilities may just be the key to preventing further..." Moira sighed, "Problems I might have. Not to mention the more I can branch out my understanding between subjects and connect them the better chance I have learning the principles, theory, and small scale manipulations faster. Even if it takes me years of practice to enhance my understanding to the point where I might use such abilities efficiently in the future. In short, I plan to learn as much as I can and not fall into the rut of hyper-focusing myself to a specific set of abilities even though I may develop those linked to my primary aspects faster.”
"I see. Aside from the reasonable goal of not having tunnel vision; you're afraid of damaging yourself again." The Doctor declared.
"Somewhat, I'd be lying if I said there’s not some small apprehension there of screwing up more, I’m just more cautious than anything else. I hope I can learn enough from those training me that I can build a mental lexicon of proper force techniques, and incorporate the lessons. That way, I can literally build a mental directory of what to learn, or what I've sensed. In this manner, I believe I can improve my chances of learning things the right way the first time, then not straying into areas I'm unready to begin to explore. But knowing the theory, and an examples of how a more advanced force ability I’d develop later on feels to use, I can be better prepared to shunt any difficult spikes of energy I have towards something productive."
"You mean burning off some of the excess energy that you might gain at times."
"Correct." Moira replied, parroting the Doctor’s former words with a sigh as she brought a hand to massage her temples. She was already getting a headache from the possibilities of where she had strayed before that had gotten her where she was.
"Alright, I can see the usefulness of that. I'll be teaching you at a pace I think you're ready for though. If I do give you a few extra references to build that mental lexicon of yours then I expect you *NOT* to attempt to experiment with such abilities until I'm sure you've reached a level of capability your Trainers feel comfortable with before you start."
"I agree and understand. Trust me, that's all I ask." Moira said, "Now, about learning that life sense and life detection ability?"
The Doctor sat back in her seat and began twirling the stylus around in her fingers, “In order to learn life detection one must be able to distinguish between the life source of various beings and their surroundings. Life Sense is a step beyond that, able to distinguish from the flow around others, whether they are sapient as well as to determine their physical condition. It helps to study the sort of signature they possess in the force as well though the actual term to describe what one’s sensing then is their force essence and the permutations in the strata of the force around them. Almost all of these examples are commonly referred to as Sense powers by the jedi. To start that I need you to hold out your hand." Moira did as she was asked, without really questioning why only to see the Doctor duplicate her movement, only with her arm ending with the palm about three inches below Moira's. “Let me go a bit more in depth then I did before. The principles of detecting another's presence as they manipulate the force carries, their force essence combined with their force use either passively or actively, may follow the same principles of similarity in one species as another. The force is in everyone no matter if they cannot use it. However, when applied to a macro scale can be utilized with the elements of life sense to ensure one can sense a Life Web, though that doesn't work unless the target population of species is less than one hundred thousand on a world. Though it's quite useful to determine where the easiest means of feeding on the dark side might take place if a dark jedi was rather... in need of finding an enclave of alien or near - human species among a large population a target might flee too, or to hone in on a war displaced populations. A true master of sensory perceptions might use such to spot said populations from a range of space or orbit. This gives you the idea of how much harder it is to discern a target when they are individually being hunted. At least, unless someone is very familiar with the person's life force they are tracking. Or can sift through a large amount of life force's to look for a specific injury one has left on the mark. For instance. You might one day be able to sift over a crowd of fifty to find one that has been shot. Now, utilize your ability to see the force, and I'll begin to guide you through the process of sensing life. Though with the larger version of life web I'd have to caution one would have to be familiar with the alien race in order to detect members of that species, and acknowledge the limitation of one's ability to sense only that one species at a time. “
As Moira flooded her eyes with the force a faint bluish green hue could be seen surrounding the Doctor’s hand. “You can make contact with another person’s force energies if you need to. I’ve not directed mine for any harm and it helps to detect another force essence by studying the relation between them and their manipulations in the force. Granted a force user has a stronger force essence then a normal individual but the underlying tenant can be focused on a force user first before learning to sense life and the general force essences in others.”
Moira moved her hand into the glowing theel of energies, taking a moment to sense an impression, “It’s kind of warm, and the aura is rather soft.”
“That’s because this is how I begin to manipulate healing processes , child. The feelings you get when you touch someone else’s force energy can tell you a lot about them. How they tend to use the force, either like a brute in a china shop, or softly like a whisper blending their manipulations into the background noise that permeates the universe or rather the Nemesis.” The Doctor explained. “This is one of the ideas behind force stealth, to manipulate the force in ways to not make ripples or waves. In the world of lesser force users we tend to let those we work with closely to allow this point of contact in order to share the force for larger interactions. Such as creating a force barrier over an entire regiment, but for stronger users it’s a little different. For them it is rather intimate in nature as the force may create bonds within itself if too much familiarity is gained. Though if one delves deeply enough to sense the force essence of another they can tie themselves, supposedly, in a permanent manner such as a Life Bond. I’ve not sensed such a bond in my time in the Guard, but it seems pointless to one in my position. Now delve deeper to detect the force essence, I personally think of it as a well of their experience combined with the feeling of life within them.”
Moira tried to narrow her scope of view, but seemed to be grasping for air, “I can’t feel anything at all.”
“Try less focused, and used all your senses, not just what you See in the Force.” The Doctor reassured her current charge. “It takes different people different times to learn this, but that doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with them. One of my best friends in the guard couldn’t learn this until he sensed the death of several of his closest comrades as a sole survivor on a mission.”
“Really?” Moira said, shifting her focus and reaching out with her mind to the base of the Doctors force energies where it met and flowed through the doctors skin. Like a faint echo something came to her senses. She tried to narrow it down a bit.
“Really.”The Doctor responded to her question. ” Are you sensing anything more?”
“I can feel something tingly in my arm as it reaches out to delve deeper into the nexus of energies, both the active and dormant one’s around the nexus of your own force use.”
“That’s your own force energies and aura,” The Doctor stated, “It’s trying to react with mine. You should know that all force healers chakra reacts with their patients when the begin healing them. The trick is to trick the patient’s aura and force energies to not resist as much and convince them to assist you in whatever process you are trying. Think of it as achieving a specific frequency with a patient. That feeling can also be used to help someone learn to make a force barrier for the first time, drawing out a bit of their force energies into an aura that might wrap around them, protectively, like able to keep a hand from being burned by steam.”
“Can we try that?”
“Only a little bit to help you learn to mold your aura around your body, in this point specifically your hand for healing purposes. Visualize the force as a string wrapped around a cord of your energies then pull on it to draw it out.”
“Like this?” Moira said as her hand began to glow a greenish haze in the visible spectrum.
“Exactly, but for now that is more virulently strong then the subtle manipulations healing needs, I would state with some certainty that what you have done is the beginning of the techniques used to create a force barrier, though with a bit of refinement it can be extended over one’s entire body and then ‘tasked’ to protect one from harm. Most notably, an Emission user may task it to withstand heat, or cold, Imagine using it to take a bath in a hot spring as an extreme. A Manipulator to withstand things on a micromolecular level, or perchance to be stronger maintained with a psychokinetic shield to turn aside physical attacks. A Transmuter using it as a base to disperse an electromagnetic pulse, or a Materializer to use it to expel a blaster dispersing gas or particles such as in a Dampener Aerosol Grenade. But mainly a chance to learn the skill of making a force barrier goes hand in hand with the technique of keeping your aura flared at maximum to help develop one’s stamina. It just goes to show you how connected different abilities are if they share some tenants of methodology. Or at least in their preparation to use.” Moira blinked once ensuring that she’d commit that little bit of knowledge to heart as she wondered if she could expand the aura. The Doctor seemed to sense her curiousity and spread the fingers of her hand wide. “I don’t have time to oversee you exploring such types of use now. I just need you to soften the aura. Scale it back enough so it does not congeal together in one lump some and can be separated enough to mold just about your fingers. This is one of the easiest to create an external ‘reserve’ of force between your skin and the barriers edge that you can utilize for quick actions necessary in healing instead of merely drawing it from your core if you can learn to hold it there with your mind against the pressures it would defuse itself with.
Just know that by not tasking that energy it can create a healer’s reserve for the minute adjustments one needs to do to trick the frequency of their own force energies to work at healing matters inside a force sensitive or full blown force user to lessen resistance. Over time, you as a healer learn to pack the energies dense enough. As a side note, it’s also how I learned to combine with a force barrier technique to eventually be able to deflect a blaster bolt with my hand. Essentially I thickened the protective layers while transforming the outer most layer to transform into a more reflective utilization. Healing may come easier now because of learning that transformative process to the point where I try to mimic a coordinate frequency of my force energies to trick a patient’s energies to not resist me.“
“Neat.” Moira’s eyes widened, she could see several uses for that. All of it. It was a struggle to hold her own investigations into trying to figure out the Doctor’s force essence but for now she was holding steady. “This lesson is definitely going into my lexicon.”
“If you show enough progress I may even let you help with detoxifying the built up poisons in you muscle tissue that your meditations did not help relieve. Keep the energies about your hand, as a second stream of energy from your core. For now though, I want you to revert your priority back to sensing underneath my own manipulations. Sense the Life within.”
Moira nodded and closed her eyes, Delving deeper describing the sensations as they came. “Doctor.” She paused struggling to put it into words, “I can feel your heart beat, and something else similar to it. “
“That is the effect all life has on its surroundings even if they don’t realize it. To be honest, being able to hear my heart beat is probing a little deeper then I would prefer. I haven’t done this for a while, not since I was assigned to my last fire team where we worked together for years. Yes.” The Doctor nodded to herself, “Perhaps I can have you more than help with the detoxia. Yes, I suppose I must make it serious enough because it’s necessary for the next step.” With that the doctor took out a needle from her pocket, shifted her hand slightly from where it was under Moira’s. Then the Doctor stabbed her palm, driving the needle straight through as small specks of blood began to pool on her palm at the base of implanted object. A single small drop began to thread its way down the six inch needle to drip to the floor.
At the same time Moira winced, as she could feel a change in what she sensed from the Doctor, a sense of pain. Followed by a distinctive sense of wrongness in her life force that noted the vague area of where the injury had occurred. Reaching out Moira instinctively began to note her senses start assessing the area, echoing her efforts to view the Doctor’s healing sessions from the nights before and splayed her fingers out over the wound as the Doctor jerked the needle from her hand. “As you heal sense how I am numbing the pain, this is necessary and a two step process to learning the full ability of Controlling pain, both in yourself and another as well as the ability to Reduce an Injury. These are essential for a Force Healer to note. There’s no need to rush as I won’t bleed out from this, I made sure to hit nothing vital. Just remember like head wounds, hand wounds tend to be messy.”
This was followed by a dreamscape vision to her senses, showing three permutations of this ability, not only for pain in oneself, but also in others. The example being in real time as the doctor utilized her own internal reserves of energy to wrap the injury from the air, with a barrier to prevent the blood from leaving her system as it began to pool. Moira also noted the doctor keeping the flesh as steady as possible as her adrenal glands were wrapped in the force and the benefits of adrenaline were made to dull the pain. For the external use she noted in the vision a healer keeping the manipulations localized to the injury in question, utilizing telekinetic energies and barriers to prevent the exacerbation of the the injuries themselves, thus limiting the pain. It went without saying that Moira believed the same principles could be utilized to make the pain worse. When the was over, the Doctor looked at her pensively before giving her a clipped reply, “You needed to learn this anyway to withstand the difficulties in training you will have. In fact you need to learn this sooner rather than later. Begin by dulling the pain and securing the wound with the force, layer it as thickly as you need to, subtely isn’t necessary in this case as I can just rip open the wound to heal it the right way if you fail. Consider this being thrown into the deep end. At least there’s no manipulations you’ll need for the bone though we might go into that later. Though we’d be taking a round of the hospitals for that.”
Under the doctor’s words and continuing guidance she focused her efforts on the injury, arresting the wound’s edges and taking over the force supplying the doctor’s manipulations of the adrenal glands. Being sure to keep only the lightest of touches there in that stream as she saw the Doctor’s wince of pain become just a mere grit of teeth as Moira began providing the impetus for the process. Then she concentrated on the wound, directing the flows in her hand down into the flesh, slowly healing the muscle tissue beneath by supplying the energies for mitosis. It wasn’t perfect, but it was acceptable, as the tissues began to close before the skin began to wrap itself closed until just a small line was all that was left of the top puncture wound.
Her vision narrowed, coming into focus on the molecules as she willed them together, sparking mitosis in the tissues as a byproduct of her force energies sinking into the skin. Like tiny little sutures the flesh reunited and conformed to all but the barest flap of skin which she then recaptured to the muscle underneath. Then while she was still in that state of hyper focus she turned her attention to the backside of the palm and the puncture wounds exit there, duplicating her efforts.
“Now delve deeper. See the veins, and small capallaries, and surround them with the force. Allow yourself to check that they allowed themselves to be drawn back together. Then filter the blood from the injury through the skin to ensure the task is complete.” Came the doctor’s words from afar, before Moira’s presence was narrowed further, diving deep underneath the skin as her focus became absolutely small in the force. With greater understanding, on an almost subconscious level she did as she had been asked drawing the blood cells and water that pooled beneath and above the healed tissues together as if each one was moved as if she was playing with a giant balloon. She could almost see the strange pinkish hues of light through the skin, and the holes between them. The liquid of the blood evolved only to her vision as a reddish haze in the light of where she was floating before she bent her will to the surroundings forcing the drops up through the large sized holes between the cells. At the end, she felt like the molecules shifted in her vision to their component atoms. It was almost narrowed to the point where she could see the blobs and whirs of protons neutrons and electrons.
Like deep down in the bottom well, the Doctor’s forceful presence could be felt as sharp words came to her mind, “I almost can’t even sense you now, Moira. Most healers can’t go so deep. It’s almost like when you delved into the white current, but different. Though I sense the barest tracest of your energies now in the damaged areas. Return.” She barely noticed the strands as they were connecting her back to her body, she was that focused on her task. But at the Doctor’s words she took the strands and pulled. It was a bit harder now, as she felt herself surrounding by her own presence , her own heart beat, but she imagined herself taller and opening her eyes. Slowly, her energies and focus bent to her will and her mind eased the process as she expanded her consciousness to the point she felt a liquid lurch as things came into focus.
Her senses could now feel the aura of the Doctor’s life force, like the beating of a second heart, and a perception of something else that was carried along with it. A deep longing for something missing in the Doctor’s life, almost like… her mind pinned it as sadness.
Opening her eyes she bit back naseau as her vision centered on the Doctor again, who was staring at her with a bit of bewilderment. “I do believe you focused yourself too far Moira, Almost to the point where you were small enough to barely be sensed if I didn’t follow the presence of energies emanating from your efforts. I’m unsure what exactly that was, but I believe it was akin to narrowing your focus to infinitesimal levels. I’ll have to consult the others to be sure exercises to control how deep you go. But for now, you have done something exceptional. Consciously, you have helped to control another’s pain, to reduce an injury, and then to actually heal it. This is excellent progress. Now, it’s time to lay back as I begin dealing with the fatigue poisons and the general maintenance you need right now to heal faster before I help you fit the synoptic teacher and put you into a deep sleep.”
“Yes Doctor. Though I do sense you now. “ Moira said with a bit of a grimace. “Like a second heart beat but not your own. Just with a sense of life where the force essence is connected to your physical form.”
“I imagine so.” The Doctor said with a bit of a wan smile. “Now can you reach out and tell me if anyone’s in the hall as I begin?”
Closing her mind Moira did not pay attention to the Doctor’s initial efforts to begin assisting the fatigue poisons in her muscles and stretched raw senses out. Truth be told she was beginning to have a headache from all the force manipulations, but she dismissed such out of hand. She had enough for this, and maybe something more. The Doctor wouldn’t allow her to overextend herself after all.
She began to sense the theels surrounding bits of motion in the halls, only one like the doctors. “There’s three presences, two muted. One seems like you, alive, but the other two just seem to be different, faded, moving.”
“Interesting. I sensed only one Guard making the rounds. Perhaps you might be sensing something else in the other two presences I’ll review the tapes and report that fact later. Enhance the memory and I’ll try to read it to see if I can ascertain the anomaly.” Sighing at another invasive presence, Moira did so, only to feel the Doctor’s slightest gentle touch upon her mind before it went away like whisps. “It is life detection, but you were also sensing something else. Something almost with an acrid taste. Like Iron at least from my perspective. I’ll review the logs and get an answer. I only hope in the future after you learn telepathy you can send me the memory yourself or learn Dreamscape. Think of it like shaking hands so long as you keep the possible harm out of the way from going to deep in a meld.”
“I’ve experienced some of those negative effects before Doctor. It’s why I tried to fight hard enough to be included here. Though now I don’t have a choice to leave even if I wanted to.”
“Such happens in life, now focus on what I’m doing as before.” Retuning her efforts , Moira brushed the anomalies aside and began to watch what the doctor was doing as the Doctor repeated the processes she noticed from the previous nights. Finally, just about when the Doctor was finished Moira felt a sharp tug of her presence being enwrapped in the Doctors aura as she was given a simple mental nudge. Directing her own waning force energies from her personal reserve from her navel, she felt like she had another person’s hands on her own as she was guided to leech half the toxins from a single colony of cells in a muscle and dissipate them safely into her bloodstream before her focus followed them along to her lungs and then out through the respiration exchange to dissipate harmlessly within the room’s atmosphere. The other half had her energies bent upon them, dissipating them into nothing from an array of force washing over them , eroding them to nothing.
Then another mental nudge was given as she opened her eyes to focus on the doctor.
“How did you guide my energies as if they were your own?”
“Technically, that is an example of a fourth domain of usage. A type which lies unclaimed is what I call the Exterior use of the force, not to be confused with external types of manipulations when one directs energies not their own... the energies could be the energies of another, an artifact, or even a dangerous force nexus of dark side energy.”
“I see, thank you for telling me that.”
“Just remember, for more virulent poisons, you can leech them through the skin. Natural one’s are best taken through the body’s biosystems to assist in the process, though one can internally metabolize them in the liver or with the force destroy them into their constituent molecules to better break them and their effects up. One could also remove dangerous nanoviruses one by one if you train your telekinetic abilities enough. Now lean back, I’m going to start putting on the apparatus.”
Moira sighed, wondering why she always had to act like a proper patient. Though reminded herself that disrespect towards the Doctor and her directions was like disrespecting a Teaching. Dutifully following directions , she maneuvered her head into the helmet as the strap was buckled under her chin. A small sensor nodule was placed in one nostril. “The helmet engages all the senses, in addition to the mechanism for implantation and in the morning I’ll walk you through the process of enhancing the memories step by step to help you assess the level of knowledge you’ve learned overnight. The tests in the PIT will also help with that. I’ll give you enough time to enhance your memory of the lessons you’ve learned so far before I put you under.”
“I understand Doctor.” Moira said as she thought back to what she learned today. Oddly her thoughts turned towards what she sensed in the Doctor. ”Doctor, are you sad?”
“No , I’m not.” The Doctor said with a shake of her head, “Why do you ask?”
”I sensed a bit more then I should I guess if the question upsets you.” Moira said with a shake of her own head, “I could feel it.” She patted her own chest meaningfully. “You hurt right in here. “
Abruptly the Doctor withdrew a few steps away from the bed and folded her hands, her eyes staring at Moira’s who stared back a little worriedly. ”There’s just some people I left behind to get to where I am, and… I miss them. Comrades that have departed and my own brother.”
Moira nodded once and sighed, “I understand. May I ask what happened to your brother? Is he still alive?”
“That’s a bit of a personal question, but no.” The Doctor paused, “He’s not alive. He was lost in the Squall.” Moira looked at the Doctor quizzically. It was a long time before the doctor answered, “As siblings in the Old Empire we were matched against each other on Yinchorri. I killed him just as like when any royal guard member who starts their training as a child. All to prove one’s loyalty to the Emperor, all royal guards are faced with a life or death battleat the end of their training, long before they begin to touch the force. You may be faced with one too, though I hope that doesn’t happen. It seems the Federation’s is much better than the old empires in allowing a few exceptions in their methods of people proving themselves. Now, enhance your memories before I put you to sleep. The droids then will put you in the tank in a healing trance after the two hours of allotted time are over though each module only takes thirty minutes.”
Moira’s blood ran cold at the words, it sounded far too like the initiations of those at into that man’s organizations that she had faced in that life. Something she never wanted to go back to. Though she promised herself there if she was ever forced to face her adopted sister in such a place, the blood that would be spilled would not be their own. ”I see, thank you for the warning Doctor. I’m sorry you had to go through that.”
There was no further conversation between them as Moira began the process of enhancing her memories in an order to help forge her own sort of mental library, going all the way back to the first day she was here, no, before that to her time in the ice. When she was finished and nodded to the Doctor a hand was raised to usher her into a normal sleep this time, as the machine began to teach her in a sort of fluid state of dreams.