"And what really scares me is the 'probably.' Because anyone who can take it from them if they have it would be a hell of a lot scarier for having it." Tag shakes his head. "Example: Imagine if those crazy New Order Sith clones got their hands on it. They can already somehow clone Force-users; if they could add the greatest tactical system ever conceived of to that, they would be invincible."
Leechi shifts uneasily at Naru's response. It was clear that she had expected some resistance, but it seemed she needed the Express as much as they needed her, so, for now, lines of communication were still open.
"You must understand, Umbara's allegiance with the Alliance is conditional. Conditional on the friendly exchange of intelligence, war assets and technology, and Umbara has provided generously, with considerable risk to ourselves and rather one-sidedly. Your position implies distrust."
"Umbara shares the Alliance's vision of an free galaxy, a priority we have decided to place second only to our own survival. The Empire will use any weapon in its arsenal to destroy it's opponents with cruelty and prejudice, and we need to believe the Alliance is willing to do the same in order to prevail in this conflict. Your failure to deploy ADAM has raised doubts in your High Command's competency. The least you could have done is study the technology for its combat-potential."
"Umbara is proposing to do so, openly and with your full cooperation, and so, before you dismiss our proposal, and bearing in mind the magnitude of what I have just said, we must ask: Why?"
Tag leans forward. "Because, Abid--can I call you Abid--there are some of us, namely me, who have severe reservations about how ADAM would be used no matter how it was rolled out or deployed. I am personally of the opinion that the galaxy is better off without it, simply because everyone in it is currently trying to get us to do for them exactly what you're asking. It's playing with fire. I'd rather get rid of it, personally, but others are of a different opinion." His eyes flick to Grey and back. "So ADAM is off the table. Find another price."