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The Academy: Acolyte Ascension


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Osetto
03.30.2014 , 12:36 PM | #181
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“So there we were. We had scaled the side of the of one of Coruscant’s skyscrapers. More than a dozen levels climbed with nothing but our bare hands. We didn’t know what to expect when we finally peaked our heads over the hole in the side of the building. Our bodies wanted to quit, be we couldn’t allow them to. Not when we still had to deal with the man in that vault.”

“When we dragged ourselves past the threshold of the blasted room, we saw our master leaning against a wall, drawing his last breath. I rushed over to him and he was all ‘I’m sorry… this was all my fault’. But this wasn’t his usual rasp. This was a ‘on the verge of death’ kind of rasp. But I kept my cool. I was like, ‘It’s okay master… we’re here now’. I look down, he’d been stabbed in the gut. His spine has been severed. He thought he wouldn’t make it. But he didn’t know how proficient I had become at healing wounds. I saved his life, but he’s all ‘why… now you’re too weak to fight’. But I’m playing it up like a cool guy, saying ‘nah man, I had to prove you wrong’, and he’s like ‘prove me wrong?’. 'Cause, you see, he had this vision a long time ago that this was how he died. This was basically me punching fate in the face.”

“But that’s when we notice Tash coming out of the vault. We still don’t know whether or not we can be diplomatic about this, so we play it cool and go over to meet him. We talk. He doesn’t know whether or not we’re still aligned with Syrosk. I throw down my ultimatum. Give him his options. The moment I saw the amulet around his neck, I was like ‘oh, all this had to be so he could get his hands on that’. But I call him out on it, and he’s like ‘psh, I just wanted to hold this in my hands before I go and loot all this other stuff’ and chunks it off the side of the building.”

“Now, we don’t exactly know how things are about to unfold. I think maybe I can goad him into revealing some more of his motivations, but then, wham, we get hit by the hardest Force wave we’ve ever been hit with, knocking us against the far wall. Well now we have to fight. Thing is, the guy’s a Darth. He’s stronger than both of us, even when we attack together. Plus, we’re exhausted at this point. I mean, he’s not fighting at his peak either because of his bout with Syrosk, but he’s still been through less than us probably. Well, he practically knocked my partner out, and I’m left staring him down. Guy starts getting a bit full of himself, starts throwing out some taunts. We have a short conversation in the heat of battle. Well, I learn Tash has been living the last few decades of his life in debt to other Sith. All this time, the acolytes at the Academy were just another asset sitting in his back pocket. Only this one he couldn’t get rid of. He had too much invested in them to take a loss, so he just kept waiting for an opportunity to present itself. These vaults were finally a way to get some utility out of them.”

“I find out that, basically, Tash has been chipping away at this debt of his, so that he might finally be able to be a proper Sith. So long as he was beholden to other Lords, he couldn’t do any of the things he wanted to. But eventually he realized he was getting old, and his debt would pass on to his apprentice. So his motives had shifted to raising the perfect apprentice, and then doing everything in his power to give them the chance to do what he couldn’t. Of course, this meant screwing over hundreds of other Sith to give one a better life.”

“Of course, we’ve spent enough time talking now that my partner’s recovered. And he had an idea. It fell to me to drain what remained of Tash’s reserves. I found out my right hand had a knack for absorbing energy, so I basically took in an entire torrent of a Darth’s Force lightning. Now, I couldn’t really do anything with that energy. I didn’t have the skill to contain or redirect it. But I had enough power within me to shoot off a spark of my own. But really, it was just a distraction. Plus, I got to say a great one-liner. You see, I shot a quick bolt at him, and he’s like ‘you call that lightning?’. That’s when I say, ‘if lightning won’t work, how ‘bout some thunder?’ That’s when Jresh charges him, and I supercharge his charge by doing a version of the trick we did earlier where I propel him forward with the Force. Pretty great, right?”

Sitting across from the chatty Human, was one resting his heavy chin upon his palm as his elbow dug into the desk between them. The talkative Sith wore a plain set of black robes, whilst the Imperial behind the desk was garbed in an neatly maintained gray uniform. Sitting inside the quaint office, the two men were alone, surrounded only by wall-bound computers and data terminals. In front of the Imperial, there rest a small datapad on the flat of the undecorated desk.

“Sir…” the imperial drearily began. “All I asked… was for a date of birth… so that I can enter you into the system.”

“Oh,” the Sith muttered. “I don’t actually know.”

“Is it the new calendar system? I can work with either date if you’d-”

“Uh, no. I mean, I don’t know my birthday,” the Sith admitted.

“Do you know your age?”

“Twenty four…ish.”

“Twenty four-ish?” the Imperial repeated, almost in disbelief. Grabbing ahold of the datapad, the officer released a heavy sigh as he tapped at the screen. “Lorrik Velash. Twenty four-ish.”

“Yeah, that sounds about right,” Lorrik admitted.

“And your… partner?”

“Twenty six-ish,” Lorrik quickly answered.

The Imperial began to rub his brow with his free hand. “Jresh Takuul. Twenty six-ish.”

“Is that all you need?” Lorrik wondered.

“Honestly, I don’t know,” the Imperial sluggishly confessed. “It’s not every day we get word from a Dark Councilor telling us to grant citizenship to a group of Sith who have somehow managed to live in Imperial space unregistered for more than a decade. But yes, you should officially be in the system by next week. You should be able to apply for housing as well as-”

“Oh, Vowrawn’s going to take care of that,” Lorrik casually informed.

The Imperial arched his brow at the Sith’s odd candor. “Is he now?”

“Well, that’s what Syrosk said,” Lorrik confessed. “He said he’s going to try and get us an apartment near the market district.”

“Lucky you,” the Imperial drolly stated.

“I know right?” Lorrik offered with a genuine excitement. “Once we get settled in, we’re going to become artifact hunters.”

“How does that work?”

“Well, there are a number of Force artifacts floating around the galaxy. We’re going to hunt for them.”

“Well, I wish you luck,” the Imperial replied, no real sense of encouragement in his voice. “I hear some of the Sith that deal with those kinds of things can be… unpleasant.”

“Oh, we know how to deal with unpleasant,” Lorrik declared. “Besides, after what we’ve been through, I think our worst trials are behind us. From here on out, it’ll practically be smooth sailing.”

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The new story unfolds in…

No Lords, No Masters

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Also, I've gone back and done a full read through the the story, start to finish, making edits and adjustments alone the way. Hopefully, most of the glaring errors are gone and the story itself is cleaned up. I doubt I'll be doing any more comprehensive sweeps again any time soon, so I guess this is pretty much as close to a finished version as I'm going to get.

Thanks for reading, everyone.
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Cidgarrillo
04.11.2014 , 05:29 PM | #182
Thanks. There's no words to express the gratitude I feel.
Now that it ended i feel bad. i need more like a drug addict with abstinence syndrome.
Just, thanks, and now that I realize there are more stories made by you I will follow them too and i have to say thanks for that stories too.
Thanks, again.





And again, Thanks. And another thanks to you, just in case you dont realize how many I bloody thank you all the good time you gave me.

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Osetto
04.11.2014 , 06:21 PM | #183
Quote: Originally Posted by Cidgarrillo View Post
Thanks. There's no words to express the gratitude I feel.
Now that it ended i feel bad. i need more like a drug addict with abstinence syndrome.
Just, thanks, and now that I realize there are more stories made by you I will follow them too and i have to say thanks for that stories too.
Thanks, again.





And again, Thanks. And another thanks to you, just in case you dont realize how many I bloody thank you all the good time you gave me.
And you have my sincerest thanks for your comment. I never really expected anything I've written to receive the level of appreciation and enjoyment readers have expressed toward this story.

If anyone asks, it was you people who made this happen. If not for the feedback and comments left by everyone in this thread, I don't know what state this story would be in. All those weeks and months between posts happened even when I was sufficiently motivated to continue writing. Without them, I don't know if I could have finished this.

For all my other ongoing stories, I still care about each and every one of them, and hope I can deliver them somewhere as remotely satisfying as this one. I haven't been writing much as of late, and probably won't for the rest of April as I find myself with a heavy workload that requires my writing attentions, but I don't plan on stopping anytime soon.



Also, for anyone interested, I've posted this story over at fanfiction.net. It should be easier to navigate and won't have any comments or author's notes breaking it up if someone wants a 'cleaner' read.
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FlashDeShiro
09.02.2014 , 10:57 PM | #184
well after reading this story for years im really impressed on how it ended ive just finished reading thru the whole story it was nice taking time off from reading it cuz when i went back to the story there were so many chapters to catch up on. This story held my attention and i fell in love with the story and characters in it and it was nice how the in game characters got some light in your story as well. I cant wait for the other stories to unfold!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! as always keep up the great work you do you are an amazing writer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!