They've being on their way a while when Dash suddenly stopped. He jumped out of the speeder and grabbed his macrobinocular. He searched the horizon intently.
"Are you sure that's the right direction? No settlement is visible, Nomi."
His wife jumped out of the speeder too and relieved him of the macrobinocular. With a shrug she gave him the device back, when she was unable to find a settlement.
"Tcha, seems we went astray, Dash."
In this moment they heard a strange noise behind them. They turned and hardly believed their eyes, when the speeder begun to sink in the sand.
Nomi suddenly sensed the sand indulge under her feet.
They run for their lives. Finally they reached the Sinking Fields' outskirts. Panting they sunk to the floor and looked back to the direction where a short while ago the speeder was.
"Great! What shall we tell Roan when we come back without his beloved speeder?"
Nomi wrinkled her brow, stood up and put out her hand. She closed her eyes. The speeder rose slowly from its sandy grave and floated against Nomi. Dash looked at his wife.
He had often witnessed her using the Force, but never she had manipulated such large and heavy object.
Dash whistled acknowledging, when the speeder settled smoothly beside them. Nomi laughed and bowed like an actress on stage. Together they scooped the sand out of the speeder.
Dash grinned at her.
"So, we've saved Roan's rare jewel. But we still don't know where to go, Honey."
When he was about to jump on the driver's seat again, Nomi stopped Dash.
"Let me drive, Darling. I'm sure the Force will guide me."
Dash settled back in the passenger seat and closed his eyes.
"I'm excitedly. Wake me up, when we have arrived."
Nomi started the engine, closed her eyes, abandoned herself to the Force and suddenly she saw the way clearly ahead of her.
She smiled when she directed the speeder the way the Force had shown her.
It wasn't long before Nomi saw the Kelvin Ravine ahead. "Wake up, Dash! We've reached our destination."
Her husband stretched, yawned and looked around. "Are you sure?"
Nomi nodded her head.
"Well, let's go."
Slowly the two approached the village at the end of the ravine. Different from Roan's village the hovels were made from wattle and daub.
In the middle of the settlement was an evaporator cistern to ensure the villager's water supply. The few dwellers, being located at the village square were modesty attired.
A woman with dark, curly hair, dressed in a blue garb went to the largest hovel and disappeared inside. Soon after a tall, white-haired bearded man came out of the hovel.
With a friendly smile he approached Nomi and Dash. He was dressed in a simple linen tunic belted with a belt made from Gundark leather and despite the heat with a coat made from Fantabu wool.
"Welcome in Tuanul. My name is Lor San Tekka."
Delighted Nomi put out her hand. "You are the man we're looking for."
Lor San Tekka laughed. "Well, I would say you've found me. Why are you here?"
Dash shook his head. "Not here."
Lor San Tekka nodded. "Come in my hovel, we're undisturbed there."
The hovel was sparsely furnished. Some small stools, a little table and situated in a corner a slender bed. "Are you thirsty?" Dash and Nomi nodded.
Their host poured water in clay jars and handed them over.
Furthermore he placed a small bowl filled with fruits at the table. After his guests had a sip he looked thoughtful at them. "Strangers are coming seldom to us. What brings you here?"
Nomi yanked the small, unremarkable out of her neckline and handed it Lor San Tekka over. "Luke Skywalker had asked us to bring it to you."
By mention of Luke the old man's eyes lighted up. "Master Skywalker gave you this?" Carefully he opened the purse, retrieved the data store and swiveled it thoughtfully between his fingers.
"Any idea what's in that?"
Dash shook his head: "No. He gave me the data store asking me to bring it to you. You should keep it. Thereafter Luke had vanished, I don't know where to."
Their host nodded his head thoughtful.
"The ways of the Force are recondite. Master Skywalker wouldn't have sent me the data store without reason." He pointed at Nomi's lightsaber. "As I see, you're a Jedi yourself.
I'm glad to see that the order revives. So the Sith were unable to extinguish all of the Jedi."
Nomi shook her head and couldn't dam up her tears. "The new Jedi Order is extinct. It was one of their own who became a traitor."
Lor San Tekka looked at her disbelieving.
"And the worse, it was Luke's nephew - BEN SOLO!" Nomi shouted out the name.
Dash took her protective in his arms and addressed Lor San Tekka: "Our four children are missing since the attack at the academy. Nobody knows if their alive or if they're among the many dead."
Lor San Tekka nodded his head understandingly, when he put the data store back in the small purse. Then he rose and went to a small box, put the purse in and locked it.
"If you like, you can stay overnight."
Dash put him off: "No, thank you, we must leave." He and Nomi, who still sobbed silently, rose and went to the exit.
"Thank you for having us. May the Force be with you."
Lor San Tekka looked after them, before he went thoughtful back in his hovel. The report of the two stranger's had profoundly harassed him.
He went to the small box, unlocked it and retrieved the purse containing the data store. Carefully he removed the data store and put it in a reader.
His eyes lighted up, when he saw that it was a celestial map, showing the way to the very first Jedi Temple. But the map was incomplete.