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05.14.2013 , 10:35 PM |
Prompt: Who knows, I'm having too much fun with this
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Spoilers: Sith Warrior galore, especially Ch2 & Ch3
It only took 26 seconds for everyone to be in the room after the intercom summons ended. Perhaps there was something to this "loosening up" after all. Then again, in the old days, perhaps they all had simply ignored or wished to irritate him by specifically taking longer than necessary.
No matter...Quinn had a newfound respect for his shipmates, regardless of their lack of military discipline, and felt that they actually had some respect for him...a novel sensation in his and their years aboard this ship. Even Vette deferred to him occasionally. He very nearly choked the first time she buried her snide comment and simply did as he'd asked. Then again, she appeared to have very nearly choked that he'd asked it instead of ordered it stiffly.
In the few weeks since their elimination of Lord Xioban on the transponder station, life aboard ship had changed into something...well...better than normal. Jaesa had been named as Darth Baras' new apprentice, and Quinn given immediate command of the ship, as expected. Since that epic battle, though, she had taken on a new maturity: miles from the naive child that Xioban had broken and taken as apprentice, nor was she the psychotic lunatic that Xioban had molded in her own image.
She had clearly grown into the role of a Sith, and that had clearly been felt by Baras, even halfway across the galaxy. At present, he was about to explain to the crew just exactly what that meant.
"Good morning. We are headed for Dromund Kaas, and will arrive within a few hours. We have been summoned back by Darth Baras so that he can meet with Miss Jaesa in person. In all likelihood, she will come out of that meeting having been promoted to Sith Lord. With that, she will assume command of the ship, and we will resume our missions in the service of Darth Baras and the Empire."
He brought up a holo list of targets and missions and went meticulously over the outline. As he felt everyone start to fade into boredom a bit, he flipped another switch. A vague hum was felt by everyone and a metallic taste filled the air. Everyone jumped.
"Unfortunately, this is all merely what we were meant to believe and, to borrow a word from Vette, crap." The Twi'lek beamed in her seat. "The field I just raised will prevent Force users from feeling what happens inside this room, as well as disabling any snooping devices, up to and beyond what Imperial Intelligence currently possesses. It was given to me by Darth Baras for use against Lord Xioban, and I have been able to determine that even he does not have a 'back door', as it were. Jaesa, I'm sure you can verify the Force-blocking properties."
She looked slightly ill. "Yes. I could draw on the Force if I really needed to, but not as powerfully as normal, and all sense of everything outside this room is just...missing."
"My apologies for the disturbing nature of the field. I will attempt to be brief."
"Darth Baras, put very simply, is absolutely paranoid. After raising up an unrivaled spy network, he summarily destroyed it with our help, simply because part of it might have been proven to exist. After raising up an apprentice of unrivaled power who was willing to perform his every whim, he ordered me to destroy her simply because he thought she might some day be a threat. And now, after stating how much he wanted Miss Jaesa to be his new apprentice, he has decided to destroy her after only a few weeks despite finding her progress and work very satisfactory indeed."
"He alone is responsible, directly or indirectly, for in excess of eighty percent of deaths of Dark Council members or their immediate apprentices over the past twenty years." He paused to let that figure sink in. "Even by Sith standards, that man is a menace to the Empire. And he must be stopped."
"So, before we reach Dromund Kaas, we shall have a 'hyperdrive malfunction' and be forced to stop, and limp on to Alderaan for repairs. While there, we will pick up reinforcements to the crew, and have a short time to get acquainted and engage in combat practice before we complete our journey to Dromund Kaas and complete our mission.
Pierce piped up at that point. "What is our actual mission, sir?" Pierce had long since stopped trying to goad Quinn, and the two had fallen into a comradeship that could almost be called "friendly".
"I'm glad you asked, Lieutenant." All eyes expectantly took in his slight smile. "We are returning to Dromund Kaas to destroy Darth Baras." Jaesa, of course, knew all of this already. He had already sworn loyalty to her and given her command of the ship, with himself serving as the figurehead in case any blame needed to be deflected. She was quietly trying to keep from going mad within this field, which affected her far worse than either of them had guessed. He would attempt to expedite further.
He let that sink in for a moment. Vette was the next one to speak up. "So, Quinnie-poo..." He didn't hate the name quite so much now that there was a modicum of genuine affection behind it. "...who are these mysterious reinforcements we're picking up? And do they believe in 'movie night' Wednesday?"
"I'm not sure about the second question, and I should keep their identities secret until we meet for their own protection." She nodded. "But I met one while I was serving during a couple diplomatic missions, and the second was our ship's doctor....or so we thought..."
Horrendously bad fan fiction:
Sith in a Pretty Dress