Remi the Grey
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06.23.2012 , 10:36 PM |
Part 14. Nathema
Revan (the book) spoilers
Remi arrived at the pick-up. She was disappointed that the group was not there yet. It was dangerous to wait around; a random patrol droid could spot her and set up an alarm. She scouted the perimeter setting up mines as she went. She wished she had gone with them, she had regretted her decision more each day she spent with her old friends. Even though the council was blind, she had also been blind to the consequences of leaving. She should have found a better way.
Remi’s announcement of leaving the Order was met with the expected shock, disappointment, and smug certainty that they were right about her all along. They gave her a week to make sure she was certain. They said due to her ‘past experience with the dark side’ and ‘current associates,’ they could not allow someone as so strong in the Force to run around unfettered. If she chose to leave the Order, they would block her connection to the Force.
She sat in her room meditating. She had not spoken to anyone; she wanted to make sure her decision was her own. She hoped that her statement would wake them up; she hoped they would review their policies. She had to admit, their schemes only worked because she never obeyed orders fully.
The door to her chamber opened and to her surprise, Lord Scourge walked in. “I want to show you something.” He said. She followed him silently through the Tython orbital station to the small hyperspace capable ship the council had given him; it looked like the predecessor to the BT-7 Thunderclap. They boarded the ship and set off without telling anyone where they were going. Lord Scourge entered the coordinates and the ship jumped into hyperspace. He finally spoke, “You cannot let the Council block your power.”
“It’s not my intention to fight them. They need to see they are not infallible and that their success came from flexibility. ” She was silent for a moment more. “They’re also wrong about you. It’s foolish to make you leave.”
“You do not need to convince me that your Council is blind and foolish.” He smiled sardonically. “I have been telling you that for years, which I am told is part of the problem.” She sat quietly not needing to confirm the obvious. “I do not care if you call yourself a Jedi or not, but if the Emperor remains and you are to defeat him, you cannot do so as a Force-blind archivist in the temple library. I want you to understand that if there is the smallest possibility that the Emperor lives you cannot take that risk.” Then he told her the story of the Emperor, as it had been told to him more than three centuries before. He recounted his other observations of the Emperor, his power, his hunger, until finally they arrived at a gray-and -brown planet Remi had never seen before.
Remi stared in mute fascination, “This is it, isn’t it? Nathema.” He nodded gritting his teeth taking the ship to the surface. They landed at the spaceport in what used to be a city. Remi would have described the city as dead, but death is natural. There was nothing natural about the city. Instinctively she reached for the Force, and for the first time it was not there.
She walked away from Scourge feeling heavy and weak. He stayed close to the ship; he did not want to stay any longer than necessary to prove his point. She knelt closing her eyes, it felt like she was being pulled apart; like the Force within her was trying to fill the void the Emperor had left so long ago. What if I could fill it? She thought. If she could reach far enough then perhaps she could be the conduit to bring life back to this place. She closed her eyes and reached, casting her mind looking for the familiar flow that was everywhere but here, she reached until she felt her consciousness growing thin and stretched. She could sense the flow now, still so far away, but she knew she might…
Lord Scourge scowled as he looked at the abomination that surrounded him. He watched the Jedi kneel, probably feeling the horror more profoundly because of her strong connection to the light. He had just begun to wonder what she was doing when she fell over. He ran, picking her up and sprinting back to the ship. The weight of the planet slowed him and made the slight form of the Jedi a heavy burden. He boarded the ship throwing Remi onto a seat and frantically punched the controls. The ship took off leaving the planet behind as fast as he could make it. He turned to his companion her skin was transparent, she appeared gaunt, as if she had allowed the Force to run out of her. She stirred as the Force replenished her energy. Lord Scourge grabbed her by the collar of her tunic snarling in her face, “What were you thinking!”
“I thought,” she faltered. “I thought I could save it.”
“Save it!” He yelled shaking her to emphasize his words. “There. Is. Nothing. To. Save. You would throw your life away for nothing. You cannot change what the Emperor has wrought no matter how hard you wish. I brought you here so you can understand what you are up against but you are a child! Would you bear the pain and weakness of being blind to the Force? Did you not feel the void on that planet? Why would you allow that?”
She stared at him her eyes wide, bright with unshed tears. “Some things are worth the pain.” She said softly.
He realized what she was saying; this was not about Nathema, this was about him. She would leave the Jedi Order for him. Her eyes begged him to give her hope. Hope that he could feel something for her, that there could be something between them besides their duty to destroy the Emperor. It was impossible, he would never feel, he would never love, and he could not allow her to throw away everything on a hopeless dream. He released her pushing her back into her seat.
“Tell me,” he said mocking her. “What was your plan? Once you allow the Council to strip you of your worth, what would you do? Would you follow me? Become my dog?” He sneered. “Do you think you have any value to me without your power?” His lip curled with contempt. He punched the coordinates for Tython into the panel and they jumped to hyperspace. “Without the Force you are nothing to me.” He said and they did not speak again.
Explanation of Nathema
In my editing frenzy I cut out the entire explanation of Nathema that I had written. eh ehe hehe. SO this is a summary from the Book Revan, Scourge also alludes to it in the story.
At the end of the Hyperspace war when all the Sith were getting their butts handed to them and were running for their lives. The Emperor (though he was not the Emp back then) called the remaining Sith lords to a planet to perform a ritual that would tap the "true power of the dark side". This of course was a trick. What the ritual really did was drain all the life, force, energy everything from everything and everyone on the planet including the planet itself. All that power was transferred to the Emperor which is why he's still alive more than 1000 years later.
The planet is force dead though the buildings and such are intact. The books description reminded me of the planet in the movie Serenity. Only without corpses. Color, sound, everything is duller on Nathema, I thought it was a nice parallel to Scourge himself.
Anyway if you played KOTOR 1 and 2 then you probably would hate the book Revan. I liked it but then again I'm a Scourge fangirl