Stewjon. A month after the events in An Increasing Threat 11.
Harash Soru stared around the empty cavern, wondering if it would be the last time he laid eyes upon his home.
The other Jedi were all in the hanger, cramming themselves into the fighters, some saying goodbye to their loved ones. Even the Clones were away, Hara had sent them off to Rhen Var to destroy the Droid factories that the Sith Empire had conquered.
With one final sigh, he turned to leave.
Suddenly a heavily pregnant Nayam Burl ran across the room.
Nayam Burl: "Wait for me!"
Harash Soru: "Nay? What do you mean?"
Nayam Burl: "Well I'm coming with you Hara!"
Harash Soru: "What? Nay you're pregnant! You could give birth any minute!"
Nayam Burl: "Your point?"
Harash Soru: "What if you die Nay? I couldn't bare to lose you or our child."
Nayam Burl: "So I'm just supposed to sit here and wait whilst you all go gallivanting of to the other side of the universe. What if you die Hara? What if you all fail? I don't want to live without you, I don't want to raise our child without you, I don't want to raise our child in a universe controlled by Levid and his minions!"
Harash Soru: "But Nay..."
Nayam Burl: "No Hara. I'm coming, we face this as a family. Together until whatever end."
Hara looked hard at his wife before allowing a small smile to break out on his face.
Harash Soru: "I do love you Nay."
Nayam Burl: "I know."
Harash Soru: "But you stay close to me. And if anything feels wrong you get yourself well away."
Korriban, four days after the Jedi leave Stewjon.
Since Nihilus' death the Sith have had little use for the captured Droid armies. With the leadership of the Order in dispute many had been left to rust whilst the rest had been posted to guard the Sith Temple on Korriban.
Lord Corripio: "Commander. Anything to report?"
Droid Commander: "No Sir. The pathway is..."
Corripio's eyes narrowed as he sensed a tremor in the Force.
Lord Corripio: "Soru."
A lone figure suddenly appeared on the sand swept hill, silhouetted against the sun's rays.
Harash Soru: "For to long these Sith have haunted our Order. Today this ends! Move up!"
Corripio's eye's widened as the entirety of Soru's Jedi Order marched over the hill, their lightsaber's blazing violently as the Jedi glared down upon their enemies.
Corripio turned to the Commander.
Lord Corripio: "Kill them!"
Harash Soru watched with a slight smile as Corripio hurried back into the depths of the Temple. He looked down the line of Jedi on either side of him before drawing his own lightsaber. He then said in a whisper that carried down the whole line:
Harash Soru: "For the Republic."
The Jedi charged down the hill and burst into the Temple, thy were met by a small army of Droids and they quickly separated and began to dismantle the Temple guardians.
Harash Soru: "All teams, start the search for your targets. Everyone else, fan out and destroy the Droids. I'm going for Levid."
Rade Danar nodded grimly as he sliced through a Droids hip.
Rade Danar: "Team three, lets go! We have a Sith to kill."
Darth Sophos stood in his meditation chamber, listening as the battle raged on outside.
A grim smile crossed his lips as the door burst open and Rade Danar, Gawdropp and Drakson Garrat charged in.
Darth Sophos: "The Yibaggi plant can only be found on Felucia. She attracts her prey by forcing her leaves to wilt, forgoing looks for power an success. Once the prey is close enough she releases an incredibly strong acid, pulling the prey in and dissolving it almost instantly. One of these beauties has been known to take down a Bantha. The gas canister beside it sedates the plant, preventing it from producing its acids and allowing me to study it.
Withered, old and unsuspecting. I think that is why I like this plant. It reminds me of myself."
Sophos turned around and his grin faded slightly.
Darth Sophos: "Hmm, the Padawan crew? Does Soru not think me a more worthy opponent?"
Gawdropp: "We are all Knights Sophos. Master Soru has his reasons for sending us to you."
Darth Sophos: "Perhaps killing you three will bring me a stronger enemy."
Drakson Garrat : "Your overconfidence shall be your undoing Sophos."
Darth Sophos: "We shall soon see."
The Jedi charged Sophos, swiging powerful attacks down upon his withered form. However, the Sith blocked the attacks with apparent ease.
Gawdropp swung both his blades towards Sophos but again the Sith blocked the powerful attack. Then, Sophos reached out his hand and blasted Drakson with Force Lightning.
Sophos quickly vaulted out of Rade's reach, leaping across to the opposite side of the room.
Using his lightsaber staff to push himself up, swung at Sophos.
Drakson Garrat: "We underestimated you Sophos. But you lack skill."
Darth Sophos: "Neither your weapon nor your skill can save you now boy!"
Sophos spun around and reached out with the Force. Gawdropp let out a surprised bark as he was launched off his feet, Sophos sending him flying into the wall.
As Gawdropp slid unconsciously to the floor the other two Jedi charged Sophos.
Drakson Garrat: "You'll pay for that Sophos!"
Darth Sophos: "Yes, let your hate guide you!"
Drakson checked himself.
Drakson Garrat: "No fear, no hate. Simply the Force."
The two Jedi swung at Sophos again. However Sophos jumped into the air causing the Jedi blades to pass harmlessly through the space where he had once stood.
Sophos landed and flicked his lightsaber through the air. Drakson let out a gasp of surprise as the red blade slid through his body.
Rade Danar: "Drakson!"
Sophos chuckled as Drakson fell to the floor.
Darth Sophos: "Just you and me boy. Surrender while you still can, for you have no hope."
Rade Danar: "Often people underestimate me. That is their first mistake. In your case it will be your last."
Rade charged Sophos, their blades crackling as they connected. However, Sophos no longer blocked with the ease he had at the start of the battle.
Rade Danar: "You grow tired Sophos, the Dark Side is destroying your body. You cannot continue."
They danced in a circle, their blades continuing to clash.
Darth Sophos: "I am Darth Sophos! Dark Lord of the Sith a commander of the Force!"
They locked blades, both pushing against one another. Slowly, Rade reached out with the Force and took a mental hold on Drakson's Lightsaber.
With a thought, Rade sent the blade flying across the room, straight into the gas canister beside the Yibaggi plant.
Darth Sophos: "What are you doing?"
Rade glared at Sophos.
Rade Danar: "And I am Rade Danar. Jedi Knight and servant of the light!"
Rade's hand shot forward, launching Sophos across the room and into the clutches of the Yibaggi plant.
Sophos screamed as the plant pulled him in, dissolving his body with a violent hissing sound.
Rade hurried over to Gawdropp and helped him to his feet.
Gawdropp: "Ah... Well done Rade."
Rade Danar: "Thank you my friend."
Rade Glanced at Drakson's body.
Rade Danar: "Our victory did not come freely however."
Gawdropp moved over to Drackson.
Gawdropp: "He is with the Force now Rade. We must rejoice in this knowledge."
Rade Danar: "Agreed."