Coruscant, roughly three days after the events in A Galaxy Divided 4.
Mace Windu: "We may be in a war at present, but that does not mean we dishonour our sacred traditions. Today we recognise a milestone in one of our Order's brightest Padawans, and offer her a chance to join the ranks of the Jedi Knights."
Hara smiled as Dana moved to speak with Mace and Yoda when suddenly he felt a tap on his shoulder.
Ricky So: "Master Soru, I'm glad you made it."
Harash Soru: "Master So, I was looking for you. You wanted to see me?"
Ricky So: "Yes Master. I have a survelance mission to carry out. I believe I have discovered something to do with the second Sith!"
Harash Soru: "Have you consulted the Council?"
Ricky So: "No, I do not want word of this to get out. But I need you at the ready should anything happen."
Harash Soru: "Of course Master So, just call if I am needed."
Ricky smiled at Hara and then backed away out of the gathered crowd.
Mace Windu: "Please everyone be silent. The Council has agreed that Dana has already faced several trials during the war and that she must now face only the Trial of Insight and the Trial of Spirit."
Yoda: "The Trial of Insight, your first task this is."
Harash Soru: "Clear your mind Dana. And always remember your training."
Dana activated her lightsaber and stepped forward, closing hr eyes.
When she opened them she was stood alone in the Temple Hall, the only sound the gentle hum of her lightsaber.
As she looked around she felt a new presence behind her.
Darth Bayla: "Dana Kowls."
Dana spun around, her blade angled at the Sith's chest.
Dana Kowls: "Who are you?!"
Darth Bayla: "I am Darth Bayla. I am what you could become."
Dana Kowls: "I will never become Sith."
Bayal waved her hand and Dana's lightsaber shrank away into it's hilt.
Darth Bayla: "No? You can sense my power, the power that you to could have. I can show you this power."
Bayla reached out and took Dana's hand.
Darth Bayla: "You have but to follow me."
Dana Kowls: "No!!!"
Summoning the light side Dana felt her blade spring back to life and she slashed across Bala's chest. The Sith however, vanished.
Suddenly Dana recoiled in surprise as her lightsaber turned red and her arm reformed into the arm of Darth Bayla.
Darth Bayla: "I am your future Dana Kowls. You can never escape me."
Having congratulated his Padawan on passing her first trial Hara snapped open his holopad and made a call.
Harash Soru: "Ricky, have you found anything?"
Ricky So: "I think so. An old facility in the "
Hara frowned as static blocked out Ricky's last word.
Ricky So: "Master Soru? Blast, no signal."
Gritting his teeth Ricky pushed in to the facility.
Once more Dana found herself in the empty halls of the Jedi Temple, her lightsaber sitting ready in her hand.
She was aware of two figures approaching her, a Cathar and a human.
Goruq Da: "Dana Kowls, I am Master Goruk Da. Please, shut off your blade. you will not need it."
Dana Kowls: "I do not know you."
Goruq Da: "Nor should you. I am part of your future. I am here to warn you."
Dana Kowls: "About what?"
Goruq Da: "Him."
He pointed at the other Jedi dressed in black robes.
Dana Kowls: "Who are you?"
Luke Skywalker: "I am Jedi Master Luke Skywalker. You should not listen to Master Da, he will lead you astray."
Goruq Da: "Your Master agrees with me Dana, so do many Jedi."
Luke Skywalker: "Your Master is wrong, he will destroy the Jedi with the future that he intends."
Dana moved beside Goruq Da.
Dana Kowls: "My Master would never do such a thing. I stand with him until he gives me reason not to."
Luke Skywalker: "So be it. But remember Dana, one choice can change your life forever."
Hara watched as Yoda and Mace stood over Dana, pulling her out of the trance. She had passed her Trials, and Hara was incredibly proud.
His holo-pad suddenly beeped and he quickly activated it.
Harash Soru: "Ricky?!"
Ricky So: "Master Soru! I have found the Sith's facility! It was here on Coruscant all along! Its in the... Wait... You?"
Ricky's face fell in horror as a hooded man stepped forward from the shadows. The Jedi turned to the image of Hara and began to speak quickly.
Ricky So: "Master Soru! Its him! The second Sith is..."
The holo-pad shot from Ricky's had and shattered against the cold floor.
Ricky So: "You wont get away with this!"
Sith: "I already have."
The Sith lept forward, his blade clashing powerfully against Ricky's.
The Sith spun around, dodging Ricky's attack and throwing a bolt of Force Lightning at the Jedi that sent him flying backwards.
The Sith lept for Ricky, his lightsaber angled down towards the floor.
Ricky jumped to his feet, spinning away from the attack at the last moment.
Ricky So: "Your secret will get out! Others will come!"
Sith: "But they will find nothing."
With a wave of his hand the Sith brought one of the tall columns tubbling down on top of Ricky.
Ricky grunted in pain and looked up at the Sith.
Ricky So: "Why? You were our leader."
Chancellor Palpatine raised his hands and looked into Ricky's eyes.
Palpatine: "No. I am your destroyer."
The Chancellor unleashed a bolt of lightning that charged through Ricky's body and left him lying dead on the floor.
In the Jedi Temple Harash Soru looked away from the celebrations, his face darkening. He could sense Ricky So's death in the Force.
The Dark Side was growing steadily stronger.
Hi, Harry! I was very surprised, when I read your comment about Michel's niece!! Can't wait to see her role in AGD! Some information: Name: Mary Kringe. She has nice blonde hair. Lightsaber color: Blue. She's the daughter of Michel's youngest sister E'ss Kringe. When Michel visited his sisteron Tatooine, he sensed that the force was very strong in the girl and brought her to the Jedi temple.
A very interesting chapter indeed! The trails were great! Not sure what to think with the Palatine part though, I always figured no one would ever know, still always intersting to see takes on it like this :) Interesting indeed :) Lovely chapter ;)
Very nice comic, the first trial reminds me of the scene in TFU: Sith Edition, where Starkiller confronts his Sith self. I just have one question, how did she pass the second trial if she didn't listen to Luke, who seemed to be more of a Jedi than the other guy?