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The Darkness Waits


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Aurbere
01.18.2013 , 02:56 PM | #1
Hey everyone! Seems my previous fan-fic received some great feedback, so I am continuing the series earlier than I originally planned. The second installment will focus on The Master's daughter and her quest to further his plans. There won't be too much action like in The Breaking Point, but what action that is in there will more than make up for it. Some of the action will be slightly more 'gruesome' (specifically the action with The Master and The other Watchers), but it's not going to be like 'I blew his head to kingdom come!' .

Anyway, if you missed The Breaking Point or any chapters of it, you can find it here: http://www.swtor.com/community/showt...34#post5522534

Musings of the author will be written in Dark Green


Prologue


War is a game of deception, and The Master had played that game to perfection. Everything that had occurred was apart of his plan... even his capture. Skywalker had brought him to the galactic capital to be tried and convicted of several war crimes, the punishment, of course, was death.

The Master sat within a Force Cage, escorted to the Court Chambers by Luke Skywalker. They refrained from speaking to one another, much to The Master's dismay. He had hoped Luke would try to preach his Jedi teachings at him, if for nothing else other than entertainment. But Luke remained serene, centered in The Force. He believed the Force Cage kept The Master's power suppressed, but that was far from the truth. He was in control of the situation, they could prevent him from unleashing his power, but they could not contain his potent will.

Luke escorted The Master's floating cage into the center of the Court Chambers. The almost spherical chamber remained empty aside from a Twi'lek Judge sitting in a durasteel stand.

The Master looked around the room as his cage came to a rest. "No Attorney, no Jury. What is this? Is this an example of your proud judicial system, Skywalker?"

Skywalker, still at The Master's side, opened his mouth to respond, but the female green Twi'lek answered for him. "This is a sentencing hearing. There is no jury, there are no lawyers."

The Master shook his head. "So that is how it is?"

The Judge looked at the papers in front of her. "You are charged with treason, conspiracy to commit treason, several war crimes, genocide, and mass murder. For these crimes, you are sentenced to..." She stopped and hesitated. "Do you have anything to say in your defense?"

The Master had many things to say, but he didn't plan on grand-standing. "Yes. Yes I do Though it won't change anything, will it?." The Force Cage limited his mobility, so he remained seated. "My students and I created a wall between the Galactic Government and those who wished to destroy it. We manipulated events to ensure that battles would end in our favor. When Emperor Palpatine took control of the galaxy, I helped bring the Rebel Alliance together. I made sure the Death Star plans fell into Rebel hands. I arranged Grand Admiral Thrawn's departures into the Unknown Regions. I made sure Palpatine was on the Second Death Star, and helped Luke Skywalker get to him. I allowed the location of reborn Palpatine's clones to fall into New Republic hands." The Master sighed heavily before continuing. "When the Vong attacked the New Republic, I did what I could to turn the tide, but they were more powerful than I had remembered. When the New Republic bested them, I assumed that the galaxy was in good hands. I remained watchful, but allowed the Galactic Alliance to fight its own battles. Until Skywalker allowed the Sith to continue their pathetic existence."

The Judge rose a hand to stop him. "If I may interject, but what is the point of this?"

The Master rolled his eyes at her ignorance. "The point is that you need us on that wall. You need us to provide that barrier between your weak people and those that would do them harm."

"And that excuses your actions?"

Indeed. "Those deaths, although tragic, saved lives. My war would have saved lives. And my existence, although completely incomprehensible to you, saves lives! Even after everything your Alliance has been through, you are still weak, but I would have made the galaxy strong again."

The Judge quickly interjected. "I've heard enough. The sentence is death! And at Master Skywalker's recommendation, you will be held aboard the Jedi prison The Prism. Take him away, Master Jedi."

The Force Cage lifted off the ground as Luke directed it out of the Court Chambers.

Sentenced to death. At least they got that right. But they were sending The Master right where he wanted to go: the ancient Jedi-built prison The Prism.

Everything was proceeding as The Master had foreseen.


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Added Chapter 29 to The Shadows Fall
"My ultimate goal is the secret of life-that life that gives us consciousness, for without consciousness each of us is nothing. Through science, i will create new life and sustain my own. There is no reason Darth Plagueis could not live forever."

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konstadinosblue
01.19.2013 , 11:38 AM | #2
Very good.Don't take me wrong but I have one complain:You made the Master too ******.I mean,you made him
look like god.I know it's your first fan-fic and I'm not saying I can do any better but I suggest you to make him
more weak,more human,as much as he can be.No offense.
Ahsoka: "Well, you want the bad news, or the really bad news?"
Obi-Wan: "Well, let's try the bad news laced with a little optimism."
―Ahsoka Tano and Obi-Wan Kenobi, attempting to flee from Mortis

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Aurbere
01.19.2013 , 12:11 PM | #3
Quote: Originally Posted by konstadinosblue View Post
Very good.Don't take me wrong but I have one complain:You made the Master too ******.I mean,you made him
look like god.I know it's your first fan-fic and I'm not saying I can do any better but I suggest you to make him
more weak,more human,as much as he can be.No offense.
I understand. I think I went a bit overboard, but that kinda had to happen for him to actually pose a threat to Luke.

I already have plans to 'humanize' him.
Added Chapter 29 to The Shadows Fall
"My ultimate goal is the secret of life-that life that gives us consciousness, for without consciousness each of us is nothing. Through science, i will create new life and sustain my own. There is no reason Darth Plagueis could not live forever."

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Beniboybling
01.19.2013 , 05:16 PM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by Aurbere View Post
I understand. I think I went a bit overboard, but that kinda had to happen for him to actually pose a threat to Luke.

I already have plans to 'humanize' him.
I know, how about you have the Master meet Traya's ghost and she uses force-lecture on him. That tends to humble.

Great FanFiction, I look forward to future chapters!

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Aurbere
01.19.2013 , 05:26 PM | #5
Chapter 1


She sat alone in the dark, waiting for her father to re-establish contact. The Master had not told her what the plan was, only that it required patience. Why did he toy with the Alliance? Why not take the seat of power? The Harbinger could only wonder, but she intended to ask him when he contacted her.

The Master's Holocron glowed bright green once again as his image projected from the device. "Ah. Child."

She remained seated, bowing her head. "Father. What is your will?" She lifted her head back up and brushed her long silver hair out of her view.

"I have allies that are awaiting my call." The Master's image brought much needed light to the darkness that permeated the Iron Citadel. "You will rally them while I make preperations for the next step of my plan."

He had allies? The Harbinger did not think such a thing was possible. "Who are these allies? I will find them."

The Master lifted a hand at her. "Not yet. My other students should be with you now."

Emerging from the shadows behind The Harbinger were the Twi'lek twins The Shadow and The Assassin. The Shadow, a green Twi'lek with spotted lekku, knelt before the Holocron. "We are here to serve, Master."

The Assassin, a blue Twi'lek, knelt as well. "Our mission is complete. The Gree Computer has been procured and installed."

The Harbinger made a double-take at the two Twi'lek's. "Where have you two been? And what Gree Computer?"

The Master answered her question. "I sent them to retrieve a Gree Computer from the wreckage of a battle cruiser on a remote planet in the Unknown Regions. The Computer is vital to the operation of Project Death."

The Harbinger took a deep breath and composed herself, centering herself in The Force. "Well, now that you have your computer, what now?"

The Master remained silent for a moment, as if studying his daughter. "You will go about the galaxy and rally my allies. The Shadow and Assassin will follow you, hiding in the shadows. They will make sure that you are not harmed."

Did she need their help? No, she was trained to be the best, but their help could be necessary. "Yes, father. Who am I looking for?"

The image shook slightly before vanishing and quickly reappearing. "I have several allies, but you shall first travel to Hutt Space and procure the Hutt Cartel's services."

The Harbinger had studied the Hutt Cartel... they weren't to be trusted. "The Hutts? We can't ally with them!"

The Master quickly stopped her. "They owe me a favor, but if they require credits, then credits they will have."

She still didn't like this. "What method of travel do I have?"

"My Defender-class Starship is sitting behind the Citadel. You will take it."

The Master's shuttle was a relic of days past, but he had modified it to make it a viable ship for this modern time. "Of course, father. I shall leave immendiately."

The Holocron deactivated, it's bright green light receeding back to a dim glow. The Harbinger stood up and use The Force to retrieve the device. She turned around to see the twi Twi'leks still kneeling. "Let's go you two."

The Twi'leks stood up as she walked past them.

Finally, The Master had unleashed her upon the galaxy.
Added Chapter 29 to The Shadows Fall
"My ultimate goal is the secret of life-that life that gives us consciousness, for without consciousness each of us is nothing. Through science, i will create new life and sustain my own. There is no reason Darth Plagueis could not live forever."

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Aurbere
01.20.2013 , 11:47 AM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by Beniboybling View Post
I know, how about you have the Master meet Traya's ghost and she uses force-lecture on him. That tends to humble.

Great FanFiction, I look forward to future chapters!
An encounter between the two would be interesting. Traya would probably scold him about his reliance on The Force for survival and The Master would call her a hypocrite.

I actually have been thinking of some sort of trial for The Master involving spirits of the past.

(and Chapter 1 is ^above)
Added Chapter 29 to The Shadows Fall
"My ultimate goal is the secret of life-that life that gives us consciousness, for without consciousness each of us is nothing. Through science, i will create new life and sustain my own. There is no reason Darth Plagueis could not live forever."

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Aurbere
01.20.2013 , 05:50 PM | #7
Chapter 2


The Prism- Prisoner Distribution Center

Luke Skywalker and Jaina Solo watched several guards escort The Master's floating cage through The Prysm's dim halls. Luke was intent on following them to make sure The Master didn't escape, but he was stopped by the super-prison's Warden: Jansil Cordon. Jansil was a tall man, and had an air of nobility about him. His dress code supported that theory, as he was wearing a neat black suit.

"Master Jedi, it may be best if you avoid the prisoners. Many of them have been put in here because of you Jedi." Jansil had an optimistic attitude for a prison warden.

Luke noted Jansil's attitude, but was worried still. "He surrendered almost without a fight... I don't like it." The Master was still dangerous, and Luke wanted to make sure he didn't escape.

Jansil nodded in agreement. "At least that scum is locked up where he belongs, as are the rest of his friends. I heard that their execution is in three weeks." He waved a pair of guards, dressed in standard blue uniforms, over to them. "These two will escort you to his cell."

The two guards saluted Jansil and marched to follow the guards escorting The Master. Luke and Jaina quickly followed.

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The Prism- Solitary Confinement

Solitary Confinement was nothing more than a long hallway of cells sealed with powerful Ray Shields. Each cell was equipped with several Neural Dampener, preventing Force-users from using their powers to escape. The Master could feel an invisible field around him, preventing him from using his powers. Escape would not be as easy as he had first thought.

The Master surveyed his cell. Rusty walls, rusty refresher, a rock-hard bed sitting on a raised metal slab. Truly The Prism was a quality prison. The silver durasteel walls had rusted to give the walls a blood-stained resemblance... perhaps it really was blood. He sat on the bed, it provided no comfort for him... not that it needed to. He did not intend to be here long.

The Master heard the echoes of footsteps coming from the hallway. Within moments the source of the footsteps was standing before him: Luke Skywalker, Jaina Solo, and two guards. "Come to gloat over your victory, Jedi?" The Master kept his gaze fixed on a red stain at his feet.

The two guards stepped to the sides of the cell entrance. Luke touched the Ray Shield that sealed the cell, it gave off no energy at his touch. "We came to make sure you didn't try to escape."

The Master chuckled to himself and brushed his brown hair out of his vision. "Indeed? As you can see, I can't escape. If you are here for something more trivial, please don't bother."

Luke said nothing in reply. He motioned to Jaina to leave. She obeyed her Uncle and stepped aside. Luke remained motionless for some time, studying The Master. A few minutes later, he left with the two guards. The echoes of their footsteps grew softer and softer as they exited Solitary Confinement, leaving The Master to his thoughts.

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Defender-class Starship- Meditation Chamber

The Defender silently drifted through hyperspace en route to Hutta. The old star cruiser was remarkably capable for being from ancient times.

The bright white lights of The Harbinger's Meditation Chamber proved a stark contrast to the darkness of The Iron Citadel. The Harbinger found it refreshing to be out of the darkness. She meditated, sitting in front of The Master's Holocron, with the two Twi'leks sitting beside her.

The Holocron glowed bright green once again and The Master's image graced them once more. "Child, we have a change of plans. The Shadow and Assassin will not be traveling with you for now."

What happened to trigger this change? The Twi'leks remained silent, forcing The Harbinger to speak for them. "Why not, father?"

"My escape from this prison is delayed. I need their help."

At those words, The Assassin spoke. "What is your will, my master?"

"Former Chief of State Natasi Daala installed Neural Dampeners in The Prism, preventing my escape." The Master was clearly irritated. "Once you land on Hutta, steal a transport and make your way to Coruscant. Once there, sneak aboard a prison transport. If you have any concerns, I assure you that a dangerous prisoner will be needing transport to The Prysm when you arrive on Coruscant."

The Shadow's spotted lekku thrummed. "We will have to use stealth field generators, our powers will not work on The Prism."

The Master's image nodded. "Correct. Do not fail me. Your missions are of the utmost importance."

The Master's students stood and bowed before the image faded. The Assassin bowed once more to The Harbinger. "We will not fail. When we are finished with our mission we will return."

The Harbinger nodded in reply. She would have to deal with the Hutt Cartel on her own.
Added Chapter 29 to The Shadows Fall
"My ultimate goal is the secret of life-that life that gives us consciousness, for without consciousness each of us is nothing. Through science, i will create new life and sustain my own. There is no reason Darth Plagueis could not live forever."

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01.21.2013 , 07:58 PM | #8
Chapter 3


The Prism- Warden's Office

Luke and Jaina followed the Jansil into the Warden's office. The office was decorated with several amenities that Luke felt were unnecessary. The Warden's desk had several small and rare flowers in silver vases next to a small computer at the center of his desk. At the back was a large painting of himself holding a baby Akk Dog.

Jansil sat at the desk and sighed heavily. "I don't know Master Jedi. Having that guy and his goons here makes me uneasy."

Luke tended to agree. This 'Master' was up to something, and Luke didn't like the tension that he was feeling. "You told me that this prison was a fortress, Jansil. I'm sure you can keep him here until his execution." Despite the feelings, Luke remained cautiously optimistic. "I'll be leaving Master Kam Solusar here just in case." If anything, having a Jedi Master here would keep the prison in line.

Jansil tensed as he wiped his brow. "Thank you, Master Skywalker. A Jedi should help, but I have this feeling that just won't go away." Jansil started to relax, but that tension returned. "I feel like he actually wants to be here."

Behind Luke, Jaina Solo slipped out of the office.

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Hutta- Jiguuna Spaceport

The Harbinger stepped off The Defender's boarding ramp and onto the sickly marsh of Nal Hutta. The planet was once a lush world thousands of years ago, now it is a toxic marsh. The air she breathed was a poisonous fume, but she used The Force to protect her from the toxic air.

The spaceport was empty besides the astromechs that desperately attempted to keep the port tidy, and several slaves and attendants. The spaceports walls ringed around The Defender, they were covered in slime and what The Harbinger could only consider to be 'gunk.'

She was approached by two pale white Twi'leks clad in extravagant black robes. They were followed by a hunched over creature that crawled on the ground. When the three came to a stop, the creature looked up. It was an Evocii. The Hutts' slaves had been so cruelly treated to the point that they were forced to crawl on the ground.

The female Twi'lek tossed the Evocci a small piece of flesh, which the creature devoured with pathetic zeal. The Twi'lek then bowed to The Harbinger. "Our master- The Great Ardunna The Hutt- was alerted to your arrival, but... he was expecting someone else."

Of course he was. The Harbinger knew who they were expecting. "You were expecting my father."

At first the Twi'leks were confused, but they quickly regained their composure. The male Twi'lek stroked his long lekku. "Our master was unaware of The Great One having a child. Did he send you here?"

She nodded in reply. "Take me to your master. We have business to discuss."

The Twi'leks bowed once again. "Of course, follow us." They clicked their heels and turned around to exit the spaceport. The Harbinger and the Evocii slave followed after them.

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The Prism- Solitary Confinement

Alone in a cell. It had been so long since The Master was alone. He enjoyed his time alone, it gave him time to think, time to plan. He had planned his war carefully over centuries. He knew that his ascent would need to happen eventually, so he began planning for his war centuries ago. He moved pieces to suit his purposes, noted the strengths and weaknesses of the Galactic Government, and planned accordingly. The Force had given him visions of his war, each attack was shown to him, each step was planned to ensure that his victory would come to be. His victory was ordained by The Force.

The Master heard the echoes of someone's footsteps come down the hall. More visitors. Minutes later Jaina Solo appeared in front of his cell with a steel chair in hand.

She set the chair up and sat down. "We need to talk."
Added Chapter 29 to The Shadows Fall
"My ultimate goal is the secret of life-that life that gives us consciousness, for without consciousness each of us is nothing. Through science, i will create new life and sustain my own. There is no reason Darth Plagueis could not live forever."

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Aurbere
01.22.2013 , 06:01 PM | #9
Chapter 4


Nal Hutta- Jiguuna Spaceport

The Master's servants watched The Harbinger follow after the Hutt's servants. Using their affinity for stealth, The Shadow and Assassin quickly followed after them, completely invisible to all but the most powerful of Jedi. The spaceport halls were in even greater disrepair than the landing zones. Wall panels were scored with blaster fire, circuits fired out sparks and the foul stench of the marshes dominated the air.

The two Twi'leks watched The Harbinger turn left out of the spaceport, but they would not follow. Their mission had changed, as their master commanded. They continued to walk the halls of the spaceport until they came across a bright yellow sign indicating the presence of another landing zone.

The Assassin touched the console to open the door to the zone. It flashed red, denying them entry. He pressed several buttons... red again. "We don't have time for this." He whispered to his brother before punching the console.

Sparks shot out of the console before the door squeaked open. They stepped inside to find a small band of four Weequay pirates standing next to a large, bulky cargo freighter. Under cover of stealth, the two Twi'leks moved behind the group. They activated their double-bladed lightsabers and cut down the group before they could react.

They removed their shrouds and unlocked the freighter's boarding ramp. The ramp hissed as it slid down to touch the wet ground. They knew security would arrive soon, but by the time they would arrive, the two Twi'leks would be gone, leaving nothing but the dead pirates in their wake. They quickly boarded the freighter. Their mission was of the utmost importance to The Master, and failure would not be tolerated.

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The Prism- Solitary Confinement

"Talk?" The prospect of speaking to the killer of The Historian was preposterous. "You killed one of my students. Why should I talk to you? We are enemies."

Jaina nodded with a smile. "I have questions for you. Enemies or not, you are stuck here. What's so bad about answering a few questions?"

That innocent tone of hers made him sick, but she was right. "Very well. Ask your questions."

She grinned with victory. "Who are you?"

"That's your first question?" He scoffed at her. "I am known by many names, but you shall know me as 'The Master.'"

It was her turn to scoff. "'The Master?'" She laughed at the name. "What possessed you to name yourself that?"

The Master did not suffer fools, but he was forced to suffer these indignities. "I was a great Jedi Master, the most powerful of my time. I founded The Watchers and taught them what I know. My power is undying... as am I. I am the master of The Force!" He was almost yelling at her, but he quickly calmed down.

She rolled her eyes. "Sure." She let out a sigh. "During your trial you spoke of the Vong. You said that they were more powerful than you remembered, what did you mean?"

"Is it not obvious?" It wasn't entirely a question. "I had an encounter with those creatures. It was over a century ago. I encountered Vong scouting party during one of my sojourns to the Unknown Regions. We fought... they won. But I returned with my students and defeated their scout party. Strangely, I never encountered them ever again."

Jaina studied The Master with intrigue, but he was done with questions. "I have had enough of your questions girl! You think I am defeated, but you could not be further deluded!" He rose from his uncomfortable seat on the bed and stepped up to the Ray Shield. "When I escape this place, I will bring a war greater than this galaxy has ever seen. I will see Coruscant burn, your Temple in ruins and Luke Skywalker kneeling before me!" He watched her face contort in fear. "Nothing will remain but ashes and dust! My power is limitless, you can only delay your inevitable death!"

The Master's words struck fear into her heart. She quickly centered herself. The Master backed off of the shield. "Leave me, child." She did so, taking the steel chair with her. No doubt she would tell Skywalker of their meeting.

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Nal Hutta- Palace of Ardunna The Hutt

The Harbinger followed the pale Twi'leks down the wide halls of Ardunna's Palace. The Palace once belonged to Nem'ro The Hutt during the Great Galactic War, and had been passed down to his descendants, eventually ending up in the hands of Ardunna. The Palace's halls were in better condition than the rest of Nal Hutta, at least until she entered the Cantina. Drunk patrons threw their glasses of ale at the walls, others engaged each other in fist-fights. The only sober people in the Cantina were guards and bartenders.

The two Twi'leks showed her the entrance to Ardunna's Chambers. As she passed a table sitting next to the entanceway, a suave-looking patrons at the table winked at her before sipping some ale from his short glass. She blushed slightly, but quickly banished any thoughts from her mind.

She entered Ardunna's Chambers with the Evocii slave in tow. Ardunna surrounded himself with several guards and Twi'lek slaves. As she stepped into the chamber, two Gamorreans crossed their axes in front of her. She raised her hand and knocked them aside with The Force.

The Hutt laughed, seemingly enjoying her display of power. After recovering from a fit of laughter, Ardunna spoke. The Harbinger understood Huttese enough to understand what he was saying.

<"Little girl show same power as her father! Ho Ho Ho Ho! You come with a message?">

The Hutt was grotesque, his lips slathered in his saliva and the juices of the container of large insects that sat next to him. His fat body pressed against the female Twi'leks that he kept chained to him, their eyes begged The Harbinger for help.

"I come with a message from my father, but why not let him tell you himself?" Her words caused a stir as the guests of Ardunna quickly stared down the entrance hall to the chamber. She pulled out The Master's Holocron and activated it.

The Master's life-size image appeared from the small cube. "Ardunna. It is time to settle your debt, Hutt."

The Hutt laughed at The Master... fool. <"You think me a fool?! You are imprisoned, you hold no power over the Hutt Cartel!">

"Indeed?" The Master's presence in the chamber made many of the Hutt's guests cower in fear. "You owe me a debt, Hutt. This prison cannot hold me. Honor your debt, or I will destroy the Hutt Cartel."

More laughter from the bloated slug. <"You wouldn't dare attack the Hutt Cartel. Only fools would think such."> The chamber erupted with the laughter of its guests.

"You don't know the power of The Force. Your Cartel is meaningless compared to me. Honor your debt to me."

The Hutt hesitated for a moment. <"There may be a way for the Hutts to join you."> He waited a moment, keeping the chamber in suspense. <"If she can survive my challenge, the Hutt Cartel will join you.">

The Master paused, thinking. "Very well, Ardunna. What is your challenge?"

<"Not for you to know. The challenge will be revealed to your offspring when it begins!">

The Master's image nodded and turned to The Harbinger. "Complete his challenge quickly. We cannot afford the delay. Be careful, child." His image returned to the Holocron, its bright glow turning into a soft green glow.

She placed the Holocron in the left pocket of her black robes. "I'm ready for your challenge Hutt!"
Added Chapter 29 to The Shadows Fall
"My ultimate goal is the secret of life-that life that gives us consciousness, for without consciousness each of us is nothing. Through science, i will create new life and sustain my own. There is no reason Darth Plagueis could not live forever."

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Aurbere
01.23.2013 , 10:29 PM | #10
Chapter 5


The Prism- Solitary Confinement

The Neural Dampeners of The Master's cell projected their energy around him, creating a field around him, preventing him from extending his will and unleashing The Force. He spent much of his time testing the strength of the field, but it proved considerably more difficult than he expected. But he was not concerned. His students were going to deal with the dampeners.

The cold, hard surface of his bed proved little comfort as he laid on it, staring at the rusted ceiling. The Master heard prisoners yell from the isolation of their cells, begging for freedom. Fools, freedom would never be given to them. They were trapped him, but he would liberate them. Of course their liberation would be unintentional, but the denizens of The Prism could prove useful. Very useful.

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Nal Hutta- Palace of Ardunna The Hutt

She stared defiantly at the crimelord. "I will complete your challenge, Hutt!" With her father's departure, the music of Ardunna's Chamber resumed and the patrons resumed their discussions.

Ardunna reached his slimy hands into the large bowl next to him and pulled out some sort of slime covered insect. He stuffed it into his mouth and slurped it down. <"Little girl is eager!"> He bellowed out a laugh, the foul stench of his breath filled her nose.

She held her breath for a moment and exhaled. "I don't have time for this. What is the challenge?" She took a deep breath at the first sign of relatively clear air.

Ardunna laughed again. <"The challenge is grueling. Little girl will not survive."> He coughed and spit up some of the insect he had eaten. The small pieces of the insect fell to the ground with a sickening sound.

The Harbinger held in a gag. "I don't care what you think Hutt, I have business elsewhere." Despite the sickening feeling she had, she remained defiant of the Hutt's insults and foul being. "What is the challenge?" She was growing tired of the Hutt's attitude, her anger was rising.

Ardunna let out a loud groan. <"Little girl must earn respect of entire Hutt Cartel by participating in galactic competition: The Battlezone!">

"The Battlezone?" She had heard of the gladitorial competition that the Hutt Cartel held. It was a barbaric sport that was broadcasted across Hutt Space and was viewed by degenerates across the galaxy. She let out a long sigh at the thought of competing. "Very well, Ardunna. I'll play your little game." She stepped closer to the Hutt's dias and parted her robes to reveal the two lightsabers on her belt. "But if you don't hold up your end of the bargain, you won't live long enough to hide from my father."

The room fell silent until Ardunna's laughter broke that silence. <"Little girl have spirit. She do well in the Battlezone!"> He waved his floppy arms at the Gamorreans. <"Take little girl to guest chambers. She wait there.">

The Gamorreans rushed to her side and squeeled for her to follow them. The Evocii slave that had been at her side throughout her meeting with Ardunna followed as well before being grabbed by the pale Twi'leks that had escorted her to the Palace. She quickly turned around and pulled out one of her lightsabers. "He stays with me." She took pity on the creature and sought to liberate him from this place. The Twi'leks backed off and let the Evocii go.

She clipped the hilt back on her belt and returned to the Gamorreans, who escorted her out of Ardunna's Chambers.

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The Prism- Maximum Security- Sector 7

The Soldier paced his large cell, his robes covered in the blood of the inmate he had just killed. The body of the Aqualish inmate lied slumped against the cell's back wall. The Aqualish's blood soaked the wall he leaned against, as well as the bunk-bed and the floor.

The screams, cheers, and boos of the inmates inhabiting the surrounding cells defeaned him, and alerted the guards to his actions. At least seven guards ran from several posts to investigate. As they approached, The Soldier sat down on the bottom bunk of the bunk-bed. The Ray Shield of his cell vanished as the seven guards entered the cells. One of the guards fired a stun round from his blaster pistol, knocking The Soldier back and incapacitating him. His vision blurred, his head pounded and his ears were numbed.

The guards lifted the dead inmate and carried him out of the cell. One of the guards covered the blast shield of his helm with his right hand. "Sith's blood!" His muffled voice was shaky as he spoke. "I didn't sign on for this!" He ran out of the cell, stopping to reactivate the Ray Shield before running back to his post.

The Soldier's mind reeled still from the blast, but he could feel his mind recover. Thoughts began to race through his mind. He knew they would send him to Solitary Confinement, as he had planned. He desired to be away from the masses of prisoners, to be alone, to meditate on The Master's plan. The plan had confused him. How could being captured be apart of the plan? The disturbances of the prisoners prevented him from contemplating the grandness of The Master's plan.

But he would know what the plan entailed, whether The Master wanted him to or not.
Added Chapter 29 to The Shadows Fall
"My ultimate goal is the secret of life-that life that gives us consciousness, for without consciousness each of us is nothing. Through science, i will create new life and sustain my own. There is no reason Darth Plagueis could not live forever."