A Galaxy Divided 10: Blame . . Coruscant, Jedi Temple, one month after the events in A Galaxy Divided 9.
Harash Soru walked calmly into the Jedi Temple and smiled.
Harash Soru: "Ah it's good be home."
All of a sudden a loud voice cut through the low level of talk that filled the entrance way.
Ian Doskey: "Soru!"
Harash Soru: "Master Doskey?"
Ian walked over to Hara and without warning, punched the Jedi Master in the face.
Ian Doskey: "That was for Crike!"
Hara winced as he rubbed his bruised jaw and pushed himself up.
Harash Soru: "What's going on Ian?"
Ian Doskey: "Crike is dead because of you!"
Harash Soru: "Dead? How?"
Five days ago in one of the Jedi Temple's meeting rooms.
Ki-Adi-Mundi: "So in short we have doubled the defences around Rhen Var in case of a second..."
Ki was suddenly stopped short as the holoprojector flickered and disappeared.
When the image returned it showed a picture of Asajj Ventress stood beside a shackled Harash Soru.
Asajj Ventress: "Greetings Masters. As you can see I have captured Master Harash Soru. Now I know he is dear to you so I shall give you a chance to rescue him. You have one day to get to Ratattak before I execute Soru. Ventress out."
Ki-Adi-Mundi: "Master Michel, get a strike team together, I'll organise a shuttle."
Michel Kringe: "I'm on it Ki!"
Less than an hour later a group of Jedi stand at the ready to assist Ki and Michel in their rescue mission.
Michel Kringe: "Master Mundi, allow me to introduce Master Ian Doskey, his Padawan Crike Cenubie, Master Tierk Stemel and Master Jacob Lofstar."
Ki-Adi-Mundi: "Welcome all of you, and thank you for your help. Master Soru will certainly need it."
Ian Doskey: "I would have though the Council would have selected a team Master Mundi, not Master Kringe here."
Ki-Adi-Mundi: "Their is not time to discuss this with the Council, I have taken the decision to authorize this mission. Master Soru needs us."
Tierk Stemel: "Master Soru is an important Jedi Master Doskey, I'm sure the Council will understand."
Ratattak, a small lake beneath Asajj Ventress' fortress.
Jacob Lofstar: "I hate swimming."
Crike Cenubie: "It's good exercise Master Lofstar!"
Jacob Lofstar: "Ah to be a Padawan again. So eager about everything!"
Jacob reached down and pulled key from the cold waters.
Jacob Lofstar: "Let me help Master Ki."
Ki-Adi-Mundi: "Thank you Jacob. I'm not as young as I used to be."
With the Jedi out of the water they began the climb up to Ventress' fortress. Suddenly a low whistle filled the air.
Crike Cenubie: "Look out!"
A large missile exploded against the cliffs not far from where Ki and Jacob were climbing. The explosion threw both of the Jedi from the wall, sending them crashing painfully to ground below.
The other Jedi jumped back down to the ground level and watched as a group of Super Battle-Droids made their way out of the watery depths.
Jacob Lofstar: "Let me handle this!"
Jacob reached out and grabbed several chunks of rubble. Picking them up and throwing them at the Battle Droids, knocking them back into the water.
However, just before one was hit it fired of a second wrist rocket, the explosive detonating against the cliffs above Jacob. With a crash several tonnes of rock tumbled down upon the Jedi's body.
Ki hurried over to Jacob's side.
Ki-Adi-Mundi: "I've got you Jacob."
Jacob Lofstar: "Its alright Master Ki. I went out with a bang at least. Farewell, my friend."
Ki-Adi-Mundi: "The Force be with you Master Lofstar."
The Jedi climbed the cliff in silence, their thoughts resting on Jacob. Slowly they slipped through the fortress and came to the main hall.
Michel Kringe: "Ventrss! Where is Master Soru!"
Asajj Ventress: "Oh I'm afraid that you are to late Master Kringe. Master Soru was executed a few hours ago."
Ian Doskey: "You Sith witch!"
Ki-Adi-Mundi: "Then Ventress, and you Hawow, you will face the punishment for your actions. Both of you."
Asajj Ventress: "I was hoping you'd say that."
The Jedi jumped down from the balcony, Crike and Ian going for Fayla Hawow whilst the others went for Ventress.
Fayla Hawow: "Ah yes, the saber-staff twins. Your weapons will not be enough to save you."
Ian Doskey: "And your skill will not be enough to stop us!"
Asajj Ventress: "Haha, shall I tell you a secret Master Ki? Master Soru was never here. We tricked you with holo-images, a baited trap that you fell right into."
Ki-Adi-Mundi: "Then you shall regret baiting so many fish at once!"
On the other side of the room Fayla Hawow reached out and pushed Ian away.
Fayla Hawow: "Your Master is arrogant boy. I hope he hasn't taught you that."
Crike Cenubie: "My Master is confident. As I am confident that you will die!"
Crike swung high as Ian jumped to his feet and swung at Fayla's legs. However, the Sith Assassin leapt through the air, dodging both blades.
Fayla Hawow: "Pathetic!"
She landed and once more used the Force to throw Ian away.
Fayla Hawow: "See how weak your Master is?" He holds you back! The Dark Side can teach you so much more!"
Crike charged Fayla.
Crike Cenubie: "I will never join the Dark Side!"
Fayla backflipped over Crike and sighed.
Fayla Hawow: "So be it."
With a single swing Fayla broke through Crike's defences and slashed her blade across his back. Crike grunted and fell to the floor.
Ian Doskey: "Crike!"
Michel Kringe: "Master Doskey come! We have to go!"
The Jedi fled the room as Droids poured in firing off blaster bolts at the group of Jedi. They fled down the hallway until Ian stopped.
Ki-Adi-Mundi: "Master Doskey waht are you doing?!"
Ian Doskey: "I am going back for Crike's body!"
Ki-Adi-Mundi: "Don't be a fool Ian, they will kill you too!"
Ian Doskey: "I don't care! I cannot..."
Ian grunted as Michel punched him in the back of the head, knocking the Jedi Master out cold.
Ki-Adi-Mundi: "Master Kringe!"
Michel Kringe: "No time for lectures Ki! Grab a hand and drag him to the ship. Tierk, cover us!"
Tierk tossed Michel Ian's saberstaff before taking up a position behind the Jedi, blocking any blaster fire that came too close.
Tierk turned to run when suddenly Ventress jumped over the bacony.
Tierk Stemel: "Ventress!"
Asajj Ventress: "Oh come dear boy. Six Jedi and you expect me to let you leave without getting to kill one of you?"
Tierk Stemel: "It is not me who will die!"
Ventress slashed at Tierk but the Jedi flipped over the woman, landing neatly behind her.
However Ventress quickly threw her lightsabers at Tierk. The Jedi grunted as he blocked one blade. But then screamed as the second sliced through his wrist.
Tierk stared at his deformed wrist.
Asajj Ventress: "Your skill is nothing."
Tierk Stemel: "I am not done yet Ventress!"
Weakly Tierk charged Ventress. However the Dark Jedi flicked her blades and knocked Tierk's lightsaber from his hand.
Tierk Stemel: "May the Force be with me."
Ventress plunged her blades into Tierk's chest and watched as he dropped to the floor.
Asajj Ventress: "The Force is not with you boy. This is a day for the Sith!"
Coruscant, present day.
Harash Soru: "Master Doskey I did not even encounter Ventress on my mission. You cannot blame me for Crike's death!"
Ian Doskey: "But I do Soru! You are bad luck for any Jedi who works with you. And I refuse to ever take orders from you again."