The situation became clear to Rar and her companions; the Killiks were a species of insects who were organized by a hive mind. There were hundreds of different nests, which together made up The Colony, headed by Raynar Thul, who had survived the crash of the Tachyon Flier and been absorbed into the Killik hive mind. Prolonged exposure to Killiks resulted in decreased individuality due to the power of the hive mind. All those who became Joiners in this way shared a telepathic connection, thoughts, and emotions, similar to the Myrkr battle meld. The Killiks had been expanding ever since the arrival of Raynar Thul, who had taught them the principles of healing and caring for one another. Before long, Killik expansionism had encroached upon the border of the Chiss Ascendancy, and a conflict had erupted. Raynar Thul had recruited his old friends for aid in the war against the Chiss, who were fiercely defending their territories, as they were aware of the subversive power of the Killik hive mind. Rar was especially eager to help the insectoid race defend itself against what she viewed as blatant Chiss aggression. The Jedi group rapidly became Joiners and their numbers were bolstered by the arrival of Tekli and Tahiri Veila.
The presence vanished from her perceptions as soon as she had noticed it, but it led the Twi'lek to believe that another individual was pursuing Solo. This knowledge encouraged her to enter swiftly, and she killed the Nikto guard after a short interrogation as to Solo's whereabouts. To deal with the two Quarren guards who came out to confront her, Rar used a powerful mind trick and memory rub, ordering them to prevent the Force-wielder she had sensed following Solo from entering. The Twi'lek then made her way through the chambers inside, uncertain of the structure's function. Soon, however, Rar overheard the unknown Force-wielder killing the two Quarren guards at the entrance; determined to discover the identity of Solo's other pursuer, she hid. When Lumiya, Dark Lady of the Sith and an antagonist of Luke Skywalker from the time of Palpatine, emerged in the corridor, Rar was shocked.
Determined that Lobi should not inform the Jedi Order of the alliance between Solo and Lumiya, as Rar felt such a development would ruin the Balance by alerting Organa Solo to her son's corruption too soon, the Twi'lek leapt at Lobi with her lightsaber. Immediately, Lobi was able to repel Rar's surprise attack, injure the Twi'lek, and retreat. The former Night Herald used the distance to remove the Jedi Master's headset with the Force, preventing Lobi from recording the duel. Rar quickly recruited Lumiya to her cause and together they pursued Lobi. The fierce fight which followed saw Rar and Lumiya initially overpowered; Lumiya lost an arm and Rar was dragged into the path of the Sith Lady's signature lightwhip by Lobi's command of the Force. Lobi continued to prevail until she hesitated; Rar seized the opportunity and forced the Chev back, whereupon Lumiya severed the Jedi Master's legs. With what she saw as an act of mercy, Rar then decapitated the helpless Chev.
When Rar had explained that she wanted to ally with Lumiya in order to further Jacen Solo's corruption, the Sith Lady accepted the Twi'lek's aid. Over the next few days, Rar helped Lumiya assassinate several members of the True Victory Party, the same faction she had observed as part of her Jedi duties after the Yuuzhan Vong War. Reh'mwa and the True Victory Party had become opponents of Jacen Solo and thus the aspiring Sith had asked Lumiya to kill off its leading members. After having performed a number of assassinations, Rar traveled with her new ally to the Anakin Solo, an Imperial I-class Star Destroyer bestowed upon Solo by Cha Niathal, the Supreme Commander of the Galactic Alliance forces. The Anakin Solo traveled from Coruscant to the Hapes Cluster, in order to protect Queen Mother Tenel Ka Djo from a possible coup d'état. Even while working alongside Lumiya, however, the Twi'lek was not made privy to the extent of the Sith Lady's plans, and similarly her explanations of the Balance fell on disinterested ears.
Before attacking Jade Skywalker, Rar reached out to Luke Skywalker in the Force and shared with him the grief and misery and anguish she had suffered since her fall. The mental outpouring alerted Skywalker to the threat posed by Rar but also distracted him, allowing Lumiya to sever his hand while he sent a warning to his wife. Rar hid as Jade Skywalker came to investigate but was unable to kill the Jedi Master when she sprung her ambush. The two opponents faced off; Rar mocked Jade Skywalker's offer of surrender and briefly overpowered the Human woman, before being tripped and knocked unconscious by her enemy. When Rar awoke, she had been disarmed, bound and gagged, with her fail-safe bomb disabled. Rar was able to flee the scene, securing a Galactic Alliance message dinghy to make her escape. Before she left, Rar ruptured a containment line on the Jade Shadow in order to delay the Skywalkers while she traveled to speak with Jacen Solo. The cantina exploded as Lumiya's fail-safe detonated, and Rar assumed that her ally was dead.
With Jaina Solo, Zekk, and Fel still tracking her movements, Rar knew that she had to act quickly at Ossus. She left the Meditation Sphere in a ravine and made her way to the Jedi Academy. Once there, Rar was surprised to discover that Jacen Solo had dispatched a complement of Galactic Alliance Guard soldiers to secure the academy in order to gain leverage over the Jedi Order. The Twi'lek felt that this made her mission to help Solo all the more pertinent, as in her opinion he was already blundering. Distracting the guards in the Ossus library, Rar downloaded all data on Sith Meditation Spheres to her datapad. Much of the limited information was already known to her, but the fact that the vessel was a powerful tool for the art of battle meditation, with which one could turn the tides of engagements, was news to the Twi'lek. Rar set off back through the forests to the ravine and ordered the Meditation Sphere to take her back to Lumiya's asteroid hideout in the Kanz sector.
When Rar fought another Jedi Master, Mara Jade Skywalker, at Roqoo Depot, she was able to surprise the woman with her skill. The Twi'lek was able to hold a defensive technique for an extended period, in order to hold her opponent in place or delay their departure, and while doing so, was able to deflect blaster bolts from a skilled shooter such as Han Solo with little difficulty. Rar was also proficient in the fourth form of lightsaber combat. She often incorporated hand-to-hand combat in her fighting, kicking her opponents or even using her sharp Twi'lek talons as weapons. During duels, Rar could make use of the power of Force speed, enhancing the rapidity of her actions.
Pakistan ordered an immediate investigation Monday into what the government said was an "illegal" and "unwarranted leakage" of confidential tax documents of the family of the country's powerful military chief.
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Uzbekistan's Supreme Court said on February 7 that 20 of the defendants are charged with organizing mass unrest, while seven are charged with distributing materials inciting social discord, seven others with inflicting serious bodily damage, four with the illegal use of firearms, and one person is charged with torture and blackmail.The same court last week sentenced the first group of Karakalpak activists -- 22 individuals -- sending lawyer and journalist Dauletmurat Tajimuratov to prison for 16 years on charges of plotting to seize power by disrupting the constitutional order, organizing mass unrest, embezzlement, and money laundering.Four defendants, including another journalist, Lolagul Qallykhanova, were handed parole-like sentences and immediately released from custody.
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Petty corruption is the type of corruption we are most exposed to; it is defined as the everyday abuse of power of public officials in their interactions with ordinary citizens. This kind of corruption takes place when citizens are trying to access basic goods or services.
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