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Ardat Yakshi

By Octoberskys

Adventure / Scifi

Chapter 1 Natural Instinct

Prologue

Ardat-Yakshi (meaning 'Demon of the Night Winds' in an old asari dialect) is a rare genetic condition in asari, specifically affecting their nervous systems. Although the condition does not harm the asari herself, during mating, the Ardat-Yakshi's nervous system completely overpowers and dominates that of her mates, causing hemorrhaging in the victim's brain and ultimately death.

It is suspected that this condition is what lies at the root of the asari prejudice against purebloods. The condition is believed to be as old as the asari species, and that it appears only in the daughters of purebloods. Ardat-Yakshi also have the innate ability to dominate the minds of others.

Dantius Corporation - Among the best biotics-related pharmaceutical producers on Illium, a rising star in galactic commerce. (Doesn't mean they always did things legally.)


Chapter 1 – Natural Instinct

Professor Liara T'Soni was walking the streets of Illium late one night on her stroll home when she suddenly heard a loud explosion behind her. She spun around to witness two Dantius turian officers chasing a very young asari through the streets. She was pale, thin and probably no more than a meter tall. As the child fell exhausted at Liara's feet, she assessed the child could not have been more than 35 years old. Appalled by the hostility of the Dantius officers against a child so young, Liara instantly created a protective biotic barrier around them. "What is the meaning of this?" Liara demanded.

Out of breath but pleased that the child had been contained, a turian with a large scar running down the left side of his face shouted, "She's an Ardat Yakshi! Don't move lady, you are in grave danger! She can melt your mind with a single touch!"

Liara quickly looked down, but instead of fear, her heart felt for the young asari. Her face was stained with dirt and her clothes were tattered. She looked like she had been on the run for a while. Liara looked back up at the out of breath men, "Where did you get this information? She is not even old enough to meld yet."

The non scarred officer sarcastically roared, "Well this one can! We just chased her down from the Dantius Corporation where she killed two other Turian officers. She's terribly dangerous!" Liara, again staring down at such an innocent face, felt that her heart was betraying what she just heard. The exhausted little face stared helplessly back at her; blinking her soft deep blue eyes at Liara. She hadn't the stamina nor the will to run any further. Liara thought, "How could this little destitute child could hurt anyone?" Seeing the doubt in Liara's eyes, the child moved closer to Liara's legs and tightly embraced one; pleading for her life.

Scar face loudly warned, "Careful miss, she's very dangerous! She could kill you any second!"

Seeing the men lift their heavy weapons towards the child invoked something deep within Liara. With an outstretched hand to the men, she pleaded, "Please wait! She's only a child!"

The scar faced officer harshly retorted, "She's no child, she's a murderer!"

Liara again pleaded, "Please! Can't we talk about this? She is just so young!"

Recognizing the officers were not slowing their pursuit, Liara reiterated, "She's only a child. An asari child!" Her own words intensely echoed in her mind as she glanced at the girl attached to her person. Realizing the men were still pursuing her, expecting the worse, the little girl shut her eyes tight and buried her face into Liara's thigh.

Knowing how dangerous a true Ardat Yakshi could be, Liara reluctantly began to lower her barrier as the men approached. Within an arm's distance of them snatching the little girl, Liara's own words echoed in her mind once more, "She's only a child! An asari child!" With a renewed conviction, Liara's barrier dramatically strengthened pushing the turians backwards. "I will not let you harm this child."

Raising their weapons to point directly at Liara, "Lady, we're going to do what we gotta do!" Wearily, the little girl looked up at the woman who had defied her attackers. Liara's barrier was glowing brighter than any barrier field they had ever witnessed. Liara closed her eyes and slowly lowered her head. With one hand she hurled a bolt of deadly biotics at the two men; ending their lives instantly.

Liara's barrier instantly dissipated. Slightly panting, she glared over the officer's motionless corpses. "And I will do what asari do to protect their daughters!"

Trying to catch her breath, Liara leaned down to the little girl whose eyes were filled with tears. She looked so scared and exhausted. The child blinked wildly and uttered, "You were incredible! Thank you so much!" She couldn't believe someone helped her and an asari of all people, an obviously very powerful asari. The girl engulfed Liara with the tightest hug her little weak arms could muster. As the little one's crest nuzzled into Liara's chest she could feel the tension release from her body.

Liara was overwhelmed by the feeling that was sweeping her. She instinctually felt a connection with the little asari. Liara lifted the child to her feet and made a feeble attempt to brush off the dirt from her worn clothes. Her thumb caressed the girl's cheek trying to wipe away the streams of tears that were rapidly fading. Liara enveloped the young girl into her person and squeezed as tight as she could, causing the youngster to let out a tiny yelp. Liara slightly chuckled as she relaxed her embrace. Liara's face slowly became enchanted as she felt her motherly instinct taking over, despite her own young age.

Smiling wildly at the little girl, Liara licked her thumb and gently rubbed the dirt off the girl's face. "So, what am I to call you?"

Still in shock from being so close to another living being much less an asari, she shyly spoke, "Elysia."

"What do you say we give you a bath Elysia?" The little girl frowned at the idea. Liara laughed at the face she made when she mentioned a "bath" and continued her questioning, "How about something to eat then?" The girl's eyes lit up brilliantly. Liara smiled and picked up Elysia in her arms. Liara answered amusedly, "OK, how about something to eat and then a bath?" The girl nervously played with Liara's collar for a bit and then nodded yes. Away they went into the night back to Liara's safe apartment.
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