Tenrek winced at the man's question, knowing that the delegates were still very well in earshot, and Dezzi didn't do much to keep his voice low. However, the delegates chose to ignore the young man, and continued on through the small city, occasionally pointing out a few points of interest, cantinas, and various markets.
"As long as it takes. You know matters such as these can be delicate," said Tenrek. However, no matter how much Dezzi knew something, whether he cared about it was a completely different story in his experience. "And we'll have to wait to get a drink. Just try not to offend the locals why we're here. I don't want to have to explain yet again to the council about why we failed a diplomatic mission. We're already gaining a reputation as a combat team, and there are rumors that the Council might have us circulated out to the more quiet sectors of the Galaxy if we don't at least show results in other fields. But enough of that for now, I need you to stay quiet during the proceedings."
Coming to a relatively tall, brown building constructed from some form of duracrete. It didn't seem to be holding up very well, though, as the edges of the building were cracking and crumbling and the sides of the building were discolored in several places. Tenrek had doubts about the structural integrity of the building, but it didn't seem to bother the delegates as they walked straight to the door, slid a small card and stood to the sides for the Jedi to enter first.
Tenrek bowed slightly, acknowledging the gesture and made his way through with Dezzi just behind him. Standing to the side, a few feet past the door, Tenrek waited for the delegates to lead the way to the room where the negotiations would take place. Much to his displeasure, and he was certain Dezzi's as well, the building was not cooled. He knew they had the technology, but the society as a whole must have viewed using air conditioning as a weakness. He was beginning to regret dressing in the traditional Jedi robes.
As the delegates led them into the room, Tenrek raised an eyebrow at the size of the massive table in the middle, and the numerous individuals already seated. Only three others wore the robes that the delegates wore. The rest looked to be in loose-fitting military uniforms. His suspicion was confirmed when he spotted the guards along the walls in the same style of uniforms as the people at the table, although theirs were much less elaborate.
Taking an empty seat, his padawan sitting next to him, Tenrek waited to be addressed, as all eyes were on the two Jedi. However, he was watching the four delegates that lead them there take their seats. The woman, took a seat at the head of the table near the door, and said, "The Council of Eslaria, in full attendance is hereby convened, addressing the issue of Republic aggression against the world of Danzer and her people," the woman said, as Tenrek listened silently, wondering what Eslaria was. He had heard no mention of it in the records. However, that would have to wait, as the woman was continuing, "Senator Mibus Selsyn presiding. Military personnel in attendance, Generals Akalis Lorray, Ouler Talerre, and Melia Lorlan. Commanders Cedmi Krawol, Trann Ardezsh, Tyrmel Quallan, Jegent Helma, and Mordge Orwalker. Senators in attendance, Celbus Tarkkin, Paksati Sorus, Ben Nexqus, Molis Faprin, Nurek Lokin, and Savria Nercin."
Once the Senator had indicated the individuals named, she looked directly at Tenrek, and Dezzi and said, "The Council recognizes the delegates from the Republic, Master Jedi Tenrek Tunwol, and his Padawan. Is there anything you wish to say before we begin, Master Tunwol?"
Technically, Tenrek was not a Jedi Master, even though members of the Council had indicated that it was being discussed, but he let it slide. Raising his voice just enough to be heard, but still keeping it calm, and hopefully level he said, "Nothing at this time, Senator Selsyn. Just that we wish to resolve this as peacefully as possib-" Tenrek was cut off by the man named Akalis. "Then your government should have thought about that before launching an unprovoked attack upon our world, Jedi!"
Taking a deep breath, he replied, "General, surely you understand that galactic governments cannot be responsible for everything corporations within it's jurisdictions do. Czerka Corporation was out of line, yes, but the Republic did not attack you, nor did the people of Esseles. We are doing everything within our power to try and resolve this situation, but we cannot do so if you continue to attack innocent civilians who were a world away when Czerka was mining here."
The General, undeterred launched into another tirade against the Republic, unchecked by the Senators at the table. Obviously the Senate held very little power on the planet. That led Tenrek to wonder if this was just an act, a show to make it look like they wanted peace, just before launching more attacks due to inability to settle their differences. It was something that he had seen far too many times, but he had to proceed cautiously, and genuinely try to help these people see reason.
As the negotiations continued, he wondered what one of the other Jedi Knights or Masters would do in his situation.