All were silent in the wake of the holocron's stirring. Commodore Ludofus felt not urge to speak up, as the shock on his colleagues' faces only heightened his anxiety. Doren, for his part, noted the shift in atmosphere amongst the Inquisitors, but said nothing, his eyes merely darting between those who seemed physically affected by the artifact. Ultimately, Yprene was the first to weigh in, "For once, I agree with Grendam, in so far that one floating armored husk does not a Vader make". Sefla paused, scraping the nails of her thumb and forefinger against one another, as one would sharpen a blade. "That said, as far as a candidate for experimentation with the artifact is concerned, I think Prazutis is the obvious utilitarian answer".
"You know as well as I that the Grand Inquisitor has no tolerance of the Dark Side", Brutus interjected in a low growl, "And were she here now, our young friend would be in for a world of hurt!". "T-that's right!", Ludofus squeaked at last, "To invite Sith rituals under our banner will only result in disaster". "You all make honest and commendable points Comrades", Vassyl condescended from on high, "And though I too am pained by her absence, the Grand Inquisitor, as you so put Mister Caesar, is not here. Likewise Commodore, we have partitioned ourselves from the Sith, and not without good reason". The Captain then raised a rhetorical eyebrow, and added, "However, as the Lady Yprene so aptly suggested, we may yet learn something from this development".
"You can't be serious Sir", Brutus protested in vain, "There's no telling what could happen". "Which is why we must endeavor to learn more about this phenomena", Doren countered, earning a nod from Sefla, "And, in spite of Prazutis' humble rank, he defied the odds and risked his life to acquire this holocron such that it would not fall into enemy hands". The Captain sent an appreciable smile down at the Zabrak, and continued on, "If he were so desperate to save himself, or so self-absorbed as to seek this power for his own ends, he could have done so and disappeared without much issue, I'm sure". Vassyl's expression then soured into something between a grimace and a frown, "The Office of Special Projects is willing to hear his request, but some stipulations must be set in place".
"First and foremost", Doren elaborated, "Using the Sith homeworld as a test bed is utterly completely out of the question. I will not jeopardize our tenuous relationship with the Sith Patriarch for the sake of this one exercise, nor will I condone transporting the holocron to a region where security measures are questionable". Balancing his bearded chin under a gloved fist, Vassyl took a brief, meditative aside, before concluding, "For this reason, we shall conduct the experiment in the Byss System: though I know little of Force Nexuses, the first Emperor's most safeguarded fortress world ought to serve our purposes well enough". "This is madness Captain!", the Commodore quipped back, "Even if the Inquisitor is successful, w-who's to say he won't gobble up half the Deep Core by accident?".
Doren now leveled a friendly nod at his naval contemporary, and softly spoke, "A most reasonable and valid concern Commodore. No weapon is perfect, and whatever instrument Prazutis may become, you may rest easy with the knowledge that our scientist will take steps to neutralize any undesired outcomes in case of an emergency". Vassyl glanced over at the assembly of High Inquisitor, and drove his argument home, "Besides, our three finest practitioners will be standing by, ready to dispatch their fellow Inquisitor if so needed. Though we cannot promise our conquering hero the fame and prestige of his idols, if his plan holds up, he may yet become a fierce engine the likes of which our war machine hasn't seen for over three decades".
"He's dangerous that one"
"Because he's a fanatic?"
"A fanatic with a conscience"