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MikEagle

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The Shadow of the Knight
« on: July 06, 2011, 01:58:23 AM EDT »

Vol. I : The Shadow (3 ATC)
Prologue

  Saron Noko's ship flew into the rainy Corellian night sky. His mind was racing.

  "I expect your brother has a similar story. I didn't see him amongst the captives we hauled back. And I'm fairly certain he's not dead."

  When he reached open space, he entered the coordinates for Coruscant; the familiar bright streaks indicating the entrance into hyperspace. He leaned back, closing his eyes. The day had been chaotic: he never revealed his lightsaber so openly, even on missions. On top of that, he had never met such peculiar people as he had today. But these thoughts were not on the forefront of the Shadow's mind.

   The Jedi forgave her.

   He couldn't believe what he had heard just before he boarded the ship. Mercy and forgiveness in the wake of destruction and utter annihilation; would he have been able to show such virtues of the Jedi? Answers did not come easily. Had he been there to see his former master struck down, he did not want to think what he might have done if he was the survivor that had found the wounded Sith Sorceress. His mind began to wander in the darkness.

   Mercy has no place in conflict.

   But maybe mercy is what makes the Jedi stronger; given that she joined the Order afterwards.

   That won't bring Aerith back. It could've been her that killed Aerith.

   No. It doesn't matter. They'll all answer for it.


   The console beeped. Saron opened his eyes. He realized he had been asleep for a while and sat up, running his scanners for a suitable landing zone.

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   The cityscape hadn't changed since he was last here, looking down on it from a great distance; the familiar warm, orange hue from the sunset, seeming to glow from the planet itself. As Saron's ship descended, he noticed much of the planet had been restored, and admired the people that had worked swiftly to bring it to its current state. But the scars remained visible. Buildings in the lower levels remained charred and broken, places that were abandoned and haunted.

   He landed not far from the ruined Jedi Temple. Letting out a deep sigh, he got up and headed out.

   As Saron made his way towards the entrance, he tried to suppress the flood of emotions clouding over his mind. The temple, once a grand beacon and symbol of the Jedi, was now a shattered memory left to decay. Jumping up onto the debris, he looked around. He had no idea where and what to look for, but he had to start somewhere.

   After what felt like hours of wandering and crouching among the ruins, he stood up and stretched. He settled himself on top of a large fragment of what had once been one of the pillars that stood inside the entrance. Looking outside, he noticed it had become night, and his frustration started to grow. He used to stare out at the endless city every night when he was a padawan, and those nights were among the most tranquil moments of his life. That sight had not changed, but it no longer gave any peace to his mind.

   He was about to get up to renew his search, until he heard a familiar voice coming from the entrance. A woman.

  
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Re: The Shadow of the Knight
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2011, 04:11:25 AM EDT »

Chapter 1

   The hospital was bustling with medical personnel walking back and forth past each other with urgency in their steps. Still, it was quiet; at least quieter than in the immediate aftermath of the Sacking of Coruscant. A nurse half-jogged down a hallway and turned to look inside one of the rooms, where another young woman was finishing up her treatment for one of the bed-ridden patients.

  
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Re: The Shadow of the Knight
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2011, 02:04:44 AM EDT »

Chapter 2

   Cara stared at Saron wide-eyed. All she could manage to say was a whisper.

  
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Re: The Shadow of the Knight
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2011, 03:01:29 AM EDT »

 
Chapter 3

   Saron slowly opened his eyes. He rose from his seat and strode over to the terminal, anxious to see what Cara had uncovered. She handed the datapad over to him.

  
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Re: The Shadow of the Knight
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2011, 01:41:48 AM EDT »

Chapter 4

   Cara put on a fresh set of clothes, her hair still damp from the shower. She sat on her bed, rubbing a towel over her head. She paused and looked toward the datapad clipped onto her utility belt, hanging on top of her desk. Anxiety was tugging at her conscience. She trusted Saron enough that he could take care of himself, but she could not shake off the thought of that third name. She sighed and muttered under her breath.

  
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Re: The Shadow of the Knight
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2011, 04:03:15 PM EDT »

Chapter 5

   Saron let out a sigh of relief, as Cara walked into the room. She looked past him, making sure the two corpses stayed down. Grinning, she stepped back and shifted her attention to Saron, leaning against the wall near the smoking hole.

  
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Re: The Shadow of the Knight
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2011, 09:16:45 PM EDT »

Chapter 6

   The Smuggler's Moon had not changed. Its surface appeared to be much like Coruscant's, but anyone would recognize that this bustling and dangerous moon was Nar Shaddaa. The small Jedi ship glided among the tallest buildings, then landed inside a docking bay at the heart of the city.

   Cara stood up and stretched. She looked different: wearing black boots, a grey shirt with the sleeves rolled up to her elbows and form-fitting, jet black trousers, she was no longer in her casual attire. She patted down her vest, which was also black, making sure no pockets were empty. On her hips were two brown belts: her utility belt and another belt which carried her ammunition, hanging slack like a gunslinger's. She tightened two straps on her left thigh, which held the sheath for her knife.

  
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Re: The Shadow of the Knight
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2011, 02:07:02 AM EDT »

Chapter 7

   The sewer tunnels were even more humid and rank than the cantina. At the heart of the labyrinth were two figures, treading cautiously across a narrow catwalk; barely the width of a foot and complete with a fragile guard rail. The Jedi looked down at the bubbling and steaming river a few meters below him.

  
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Re: The Shadow of the Knight
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2011, 03:42:58 AM EDT »

Chapter 8

   A pair of brutish, Gamorrean hands grabbed the smuggler, one on each arm. Her hands were restrained behind her back. She resisted, trying to free herself from their grasp and to hurt them. One of them lost their grip, and she managed to give him a quick kick to the groin. He squealed in agony, backing away while the other threw her to the ground. He brought the axe-like blade of his Arg'garok to her throat. She froze, but she did not let fear show in her expression.

   The Gamorrean wielding the weapon said something to his friend; a series of screeches and yelps exchanged between the two. His friend approached, and they lifted Cara off the ground. The one with the axe shoved her forward. The pair of guards led her through a series of dark hallways; they all looked identical. She assumed that Jurzo had ordered the two Gamorreans to bring her before him immediately. Soon after, her fears were realized as they approached a spacious, bright room through an archway. She sighed.

   Looks like this is it.

   The smuggler squinted as she entered the room, her eyes feeling a sharp pain as they adjusted to the absurd number of lights in the room. A few moments later, her eyes focused on the grotesque Hutt in front of her, lounging on top of a small set of steps. A number of guards enveloped him, some of them bounty hunters she recognized. The vast room was filled with people; they were presumably guests and most likely from other criminal factions, including members of the Exchange. All of their eyes were on her in silence, as the Gamorreans pushed her to centre of the room. The one without the axe kicked the back of her right knee, as the other pushed down on her shoulders. She fell on knees with a small grunt. Jurzo's laughter boomed and echoed across the room. The protocol droid at his side provided translations for his guests.

   <Here is my little troublemaker. This Human used to be one of my best smugglers, in exchange for medical supplies. Being the great and generous lord that I am, I helped her in her time of need. But before the end of our agreement, she refused to satisfy her end of the bargain.>

   Cara spoke out. Her eyes were on the Hutt, full of defiance.

  
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Re: The Shadow of the Knight
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2011, 01:23:01 AM EDT »

Chapter 9

   After Cara had retrieved her belongings, the pair made their way out of Jurzo's compound in silence. Neither of them spoke as they wandered through the city, past its crowds and bright, coloured lights. The smuggler kept her eyes lowered, biting her lower lip. As much as she tried, she wasn't able to say anything for the long walk back to the docking hangar. She finally forced herself to speak when the Jedi opened the entrance ramp to his ship.
  
  
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Re: The Shadow of the Knight
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2011, 01:45:32 AM EDT »

Chapter 10

   Cara watched the prisoner barge grow closer, ignoring the representative's chattering about Imperial ship regulations and other drivel. She was seated in the cockpit with two pilots, the representative and three guards. It slightly bothered her that the guards were staring at her with their eerie black visors.

   The shuttle landed in the docking hangar with a soft thud. The representative stood up and gestured for the smuggler to follow. They were about to reach the loading ramp, until the Imperial abruptly stopped and turned to face her. At his hip and in his right hand was a blaster, aimed at her chest.

  
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« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2011, 02:41:51 AM EDT »

Chapter 11

   The bridge was surprisingly small, even for a ship this size. The smuggler made her way across the room, stepping over a number of corpses of the crew. She stopped just before a man's body, and reached down to search it. The captain had been present on deck, but he was easy game for her. She had intended to sneak in or wait for one of the officers to come out, until she encountered a wandering crew member. According to him, no one else carried the launch codes on their person besides the captain and the pilots. She didn't have time to run around the ship looking for a pilot. And now that the bridge was wiped out, there was no point in acquiring the launch codes.

   Found it.

   Taking the key card out of the captain's breast pocket, she walked up to the terminal at the forefront of the bridge. She slid the card into a slot at the top of the terminal and the screen flickered on. After a series of tapping on the screen, the layout of the ship appeared along with the bioscan results. Biting her lower lip, she darted her eyes across the scan.

   Where are you?

   Her heart jumped. She could not find Saron, but instead, she noticed a large group was rapidly heading for the lower levels and a number of other members were heading for the bridge. Tapping on the screen once again, she entered another command.

   *Open all cells.*

   The terminal let out a low series of beeps.

   Ship has not reached its destination. Confirm?

   After giving one last command, she darted out of the bridge and sprinted for the lower levels. The ship was probably full of hardened and nasty criminals, but they would give the Imperials a hard time.

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   An old man in a long black coat stepped out of the darkness, sneering.

  
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Re: The Shadow of the Knight
« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2011, 11:31:59 PM EDT »

Epilogue

   The hospital was busy as always. A man in beige robes and donning a brown cloak wandered through the halls, brushing past the staff and patients. As he turned left around a corner and entered the immediate room, a small boy collided into him.

  
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« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2011, 11:33:59 PM EDT »

Vol. II : The Knight (9 ATC)
Prologue

   The storm raged outside Saron Noko's capital city estate on Alderaan. Raindrops rapped the great window of the study as the distant roar of the thunder resonated with the howling of the passing wind. The room was illuminated only by a small desk lamp and lightning. The flashes lit the walls covered by stacks of records and data containing music of cultures across the galaxy. It had been almost ten years since the Jedi Shadow had been knighted; ten years since the siege on Coruscant. The Jedi sat at his desk, his eyes scanning intently across the screen of his datapad.

   It just doesn't make sense.

   He set the datapad down and closed his eyes, rubbing his temple. His head ached, and fatigue had begun to cloud his mind. The day had been filled with reading through countless reports compiled by the Council of First Knowledge. There was nothing out of the ordinary with the reports by themselves, but some things in the files bothered him. The Caretaker had approved of providing him with whatever resources he needed, and had only done so because of his reputation.

   The Shadows always sought information obtained through numerous means: missions, informants, interrogations and the like. Many of the reports were from Saron's time intercepting Imperial transmissions, but whatever had been decrypted from those transmissions were only fragments of the pieces of a puzzle. He started to question if these fragments were even from the same puzzle.

   He slowly opened his eyes, and took a sip from his glass of spiced wine. Sighing, he tapped on the datapad's screen, not bothering to pick it up. As the screen flickered to life, he brought up the remaining file. A recording of one of the partially decrypted transmissions played.

   ...Qu-...red...Co-...

   Saron stopped the recording. The crackling of the static and the high-pitched feedback intensified his pulsating headache, and he knew the rest would be completely incomprehensible anyways. Whoever these individuals were, they were intent on finding the girl. Why would the Empire be searching for a girl? Perhaps some troublemaker, he supposed. A really big troublemaker. Letting out another exasperated sigh, he stood up to retire for the night and brushed off his dull grey robes. He froze. A small icon blinked on his datapad.  Two more files remained unread.

   What? Where did these come from?

   Snatching up the device, he opened the files. A distorted picture of a young girl expanded across the screen. From what he could make out, she had long reddish hair with what seemed to be two braids running down her back. Her eyes were green, though with the quality, it was extremely difficult to confirm. These were the only distinguishable features that were visible. The other file suddenly opened, covering almost the whole picture. A cryptic message contained within.

   Red. The forsaken of Tyrena.

   Tyrena. He recognized the name of the Corellian city, but he could not help but feel suspicious. What did it mean by the
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Re: The Shadow of the Knight
« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2011, 10:15:53 PM EDT »

Chapter 1

   The archives was occupied by students of the Order, as they filled the seats throughout the grand, circular library. Many of them were absorbed in their studies, and some were quietly conversing. A number of them eyed the man in the dark cloak curiously, while a few who recognized him greeted him with a slight bow. He returned their gesture with a nod and a smile as he wandered past them. He approached the Caretaker just outside of the First Knowledge Council Chamber, who was busy organizing one of the stacks.

  
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