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"Why?" The Empress had the audacity to ask as Remo stripped another sliver of skin, this time from her exposed calf. Thinking to himself, The R3 unit couldn't help but chirp a chaotic laugh before leaning in toward her with a eerie binary cat call as his blades swirled around and slit both of her Achilles tendons clean in two, his binary mind could help but question back. "Why not?"

 

Her glowing red photosensor grew closer as the blades stopped, his electroshock probe running along her form on medium stun to increase pain yet keep her from being completely stunned as the hydrogen gas from the fire extinguisher crept upon her legs, cooling the flesh and causing the stiffness of the hardening cuts to throb and ache. He had full reign over her torture, that was, until Zalis comes him. His gaze shifting back toward the Empress, he sent one last fully powered electroshock pulse into the base of her neck, intent on frying her neural pathways and leaving her paraplegic before he departed.

 

Arriving at the hangar, Remo wheeled in almost happily chirpful. He finally had a chance to release his anguish upon someone, the fleshies whom built and used his kind toward their own goals. His arm reached up, rubbing the place where the restraining bolt once sat, and knowing the damage he had done to the self proclaimed Empress satisfied his hatred for the moment. Rolling up to Zalis, he chirped inaudible questions along the lines of "What's next?" as he came to a stop, his eye glowing red with pleasure.

 

Indeed... what's next.

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Zalis walked into the main hold of Obsidian Phoenix where she was met by WP9, who quickly extended a case that held the upgrade she requested. With a smile, she took it from the droids hands.

 

“Thank you WP9. Please go back to vault 4C and finish up for me. Initiate protocol seven with our guest, then clean up. Also, have agent Coltsoin up the security of the vaults until I return.”

 

Almost as soon as she finished, the green R2 unit came rolling into the main hold. She walked up to the droid and leaned down to one knee and offered up a smile as she placed the case upon her knee and opened it to reveal th upgrade disc.

 

“This is called Crystal Spark. It’s a program designed for trusted droids within Black Sun. I think I’d like for you to have it. It will allow for you to open any file within the Black Sun network, even remotely. It also upgrades your systems to know how to defend yourself. I won’t force it upon you… yet. But for now, we have a need to travel to Taris. It will be just you and me this time as we begin to establish the foothold on those worlds that are struggling.”

 

Zalis didn’t say anything more. She simply laid the case next to the droid and then stood up and walked herself to the bridge. She had a need to get Czerka under her thumb quickly before anyone thought to move on them.

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Remo's lens stared cautiously toward the red haired woman as she spoke, still leery of her due to her sentient species. But that was to be expected considering his past. Yet there was something calming about her, something familiar that translated his ability to trust her. Even as she finished and stood, he ironically felt little doubt behind her motives and quickly accessed the disk she had presented. A small lingering chirp was emitted from his form as he powered down as the disk rebooted his core and began the updates.

 

Initializing Crystal Spark.exe....

 

Open....

 

Run....

 

Crystal Spark Initialized.

 

Remo chirped once again as his programming came back online and he noticed that outside the update, nothing had been tampered with. Relieved, he strolled over beside Zalis and chirped an appreciative "thank you" as he gazed outward into the distant stars as they began to blur into lines of purple and white swirls. They were now on their way.

 

(Forgive the prolonged absence. Holidays and colds do not mix well.)

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Raven sat still bleeding, in and out of consciousness, drifting from one world to another. He voice was tired, soft, and echoed in the empty prison. As blood dripped like water from ice down the chair to which she was tied. 

"Kirlocca, are you there?" 

She knew there was no answer, but she yearned for anyone. For anything. 

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<< Why do you despair? >>

The voice was soft, yet deep and firm. The blueish aura that surrounded Kirlocca gave off a soft glow to the room as the once Jedi Master walked towards Raven. 

<< Is not the Force also present here? >>

While he knew that his touch would be hollow to her, he still reached his paw to touch her cheek.

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Pale hands freckled with bright crimson blood closed tightly against their restraints. The pain that ricochet through her legs from the skinning pulsed with every beat of her heart.  Her amethyst eyes looked up to meet the pale blue eyes of the once Jedi Grandmaster. She moved her head to meet his touch, imagining for a moment the comfort that touch would have brought. Tears came then again, leaving crimson stains in their wake.

“I have lost everything. Everyone. I can't even use the damn force, I failed there too.”

Her voice was a sob, wracked by every breath she tried to take. Her eyes were wide.

“I want to die. Why can’t I die?”

Her eyes stared back at his.

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Her words would have brought him to tears had he still held the ability cry. So instead, he leaned down going to both knees and embraced her within his presence. 

<< Why do you want to die? Do you really think that you have nothing left to offer? >>

Kirlocca quickly pointed at himself. 

<< I can tell you that death, while not the end, is a journey that upon embarking on it... leaves you far more detached then you ever would have been. To remain behind is to help guide the galaxy to its next turn. >>

Placing both of his paws within his lap, he tilted his slightly to the left and stared into her eyes. 

<< Do you remember my parting words to you on Carida? >>

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"I can fight the Sith, I can do it, but I am so lonely, Everyone I cared for is with you now. In that space beyond us." 

Her voice faltered as she choked back a vicious sob, every breath a spawning a violent coughing spree that misted pink blood onto her already blood covered bare knees. 

"You said I should wait for you. And I did..." 

She sobbed again, whatever shields had kept her regal appearance in check for the interrogation fully broken now as her heart searched the force that spun around her in a cyclone of anger, remorse, and sorrow. 

"I know I need to press on, but I-

-I am afraid to Kirlocca." 

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Kirlocca sat down upon the floor in a way that he would be able to look directly into her eyes without having either strain to look upon each other. His eyes became soft and warm, his posture welcomed her to cry. 

<< I did tell you to wait for me, and here you sit, waiting for me. But I also told you that you were starting something that would draw the eyes of others to you. That has not changed. You set a ripple effect within the Force. It has inspired others and motivated others to move towards you. >>

Kirlocca now moved in and gave her a hug. While her bondage would not allow for her to hug back, and him not actually having a physical body to embrace her made the hug slightly awkward at best. But he knew that his presence filled her up in the attempt. A she finished, he stood back up and gave her a soft smile, knowing that his next words may be his last. 

<< Now, hold on to hope. This is not your end. >>

With that, Kirlocca slowly vanished back into the Force. 

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A light hour away from where Dark Sun Station was hovering, a series of flashes interrupted the blackness of space. A half dozen or so Jedi ships emerged from hyperspace and reoriented themselves around the large MC90 cruiser. Adenna was on the bridge with Admiral Antilles as the streaks of hyperspace coalesced into small points of light. As soon as the fleet reverted, the bridge erupted into a dull roar as various officers began coordinating among each other with short range comms. The officers were nervous, excited, and full of anticipation mixed with a bit of dread that Adenna had become very accustomed to being around in all of the ships and squads facing apparent combat. It was a sense that she had grown to appreciate and enjoy because it kept her on edge and finely honed.

Scouts in stealth ships were deployed and made a micro-jump to get a closer look at the station before the rest of the fleet went in. It didn't take long for them to realize that their hopes for catching the station unguarded were wistful. As soon as word reached the fleet that a large Black Sun force was there, the mood on the bridge began to change to one of apprehension. Even if their Imperial Remnant allies were able to arrive in sizable numbers, this would still be a large battle and many would inevitably die.

It did't take long for Adenna to realize that they would have to bring even more ships than expected. She had hoped to catch the station without defenses, but that clearly wasn't going to happen. Now, instead of having a second fleet to enact the second part of the grand strategy she and the other officers had formulated, she would need to summon those ships as well to join the fight here.

"Contact Commodore Neldis," she said. "Inform him that he is to bring his entire task force to join us here. We will need far more ships than originally planned. Perhaps, if the Force wills it, we will be able to trap and crush the Black Sun's forces before their Sith masters can rescue them."

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First on sensors would be the St Cathryne, the old warhorse of the Black Sun, dating back some twenty years to the rule of Smash Daisaku, the sleek curves of Mon Calamari design showing stark contrast to its sisters as the flashed out of hyperspace around the Citadel. Beside it was the twin sister Star Destroyers, Mephistopheles and Holofernes, the wicked edges of their borrowed Sith design bristling with turbolasers and cannonade. The corvette Marie stood at the leading edge of the flotilla its heavily modified sensors laying down a wide field jamming layer as its fast engines propelled it in evasive maneuvers around the leading edge of the mighty fleet. Laid down during the reign of the ‘Old Pretender’ Ronin Wartide at the Red Dawn shipyards on Outremer, the Marie was the ship with the longest history in the Black Sun fleet. It had taken part in the massacre at Naboo, Cloud City, and Gala.

The rest of the fleet also was there, in their stark magnificence. Deployed En mass around the Citadel. 

 

The Black Sun Armada
AP: 26
12 TIE Defender Squadrons
8 XJ Squadrons
18 K-Wing Squadrons
12 A-Wing Squadrons
2 Uriel ARC Squadrons

Holofernes
Ship Class: Star Destroyer
Type: Sith Kyber
Crew: 40,000 crew
Armaments:
50 Heavy Turbolaser Batteries
75 Turbolaser Batteries
20 Heavy Ion Cannons
8 Octuple barbette turbolaser
4 Concussion Missile Launchers
10 Heavy Tractor Beam Projectors
Complement: 4,000 Troops, 4 TIE Defender squadrons, 2 K-Wing Squadrons, 2 XJ Squadrons
AP: 4

Mephistopheles
Ship Class: Star Destroyer
Type: Sith Kyber
Crew: 40,000 crew
Armaments:
50 Heavy Turbolaser Batteries
75 Turbolaser Batteries
20 Heavy Ion Cannons
8 Octuple barbette turbolaser
4 Concussion Missile Launchers
10 Heavy Tractor Beam Projectors
Complement: 4,000 Troops, 4 TIE Defender squadrons, 2 K-Wing Squadrons, 2 XJ Squadrons
AP: 4

Sariel's Judgement
Ship Class: Cruiser
Type: Victory II-class Star Destroyer
Crew: 6,000 crew
Armaments:
10 quad turbolaser batteries
20 turbolaser batteries
20 Heavy Turbolaser Batteries
10 Heavy Ion Cannons
Complement: 3,000 Troops, 3 K-wing squadrons, 3 RZ-1 A-wing interceptor Squadrons
AP: 3

Red Hussar
Ship Class: Cruiser
Type: Victory II-class Star Destroyer
Crew: 6,000 crew
Armaments:
10 quad turbolaser batteries
20 turbolaser batteries
20 Heavy Turbolaser Batteries
10 Heavy Ion Cannons
Complement: 3,000 Troops, 3 K-wing squadrons, 3 RZ-1 A-wing interceptor Squadrons
AP: 3

Silent Spring
Ship Class: Cruiser
Type: Victory II-class Star Destroyer
Crew: 6,000 crew
Armaments:
10 quad turbolaser batteries
20 turbolaser batteries
20 Heavy Turbolaser Batteries
10 Heavy Ion Cannons
Complement: 3,000 Troops, 3 K-wing squadrons, 3 RZ-1 A-wing interceptor Squadrons
AP: 3


St. Cathryne
Ship Class: Cruiser
Type: MC30c
Crew: 900 crew
Starfighter/Troop Complement: 3,000 Troops 4 TIE Defender Squadrons, 2 K-Wing Squadrons
Armaments:
2 Heavy Assault MG1-A proton torpedo launchers
16 Medium Turbolaser batteries
16 Twin laser cannon batteries
6 cluster bomb launchers
AP: 3

Canto Bight Fiasco
Ship Class: Frigate
Type: EF76-3 Nebulon-B2 escort frigate
Crew: 900 crew
Armaments:
12 Taim & Bak XI7 turbolasers
12 Borstel RH8 laser cannons
2 Heavy Torpedo Launchers
Complement: 2,000 troops, 2 K-Wing Squadrons, 2 XJ Squadrons
AP: 2

Totenkopf II
Ship Class: Corvette
Type: Agave-class picket ship
Crew: 60 crew
Armaments:
4 turbolaser cannons
4 Point defense laser batteries
Gravity Well projector.
Starfighter/Troop Complement: 1,000 troops, 2 RZ-1 A-wing interceptor squadrons
AP: 1


Rhoads

Ship Class: Corvette
Type: CR-90 Modified 
Crew: 95 crew
Modifications
Deep range sensor package
Upgraded thruster package
Armaments
Missiles
10 Point Defense Guns
Complement: 1,000 troops, 2 Uriel class modified ARC170Es Squadrons
AP: 1

The Marie
Ship Class: Corvette
Type: Corellian CR-90E Heavily Modified
Crew: 130 crew
Complement: 1,000 troops 2 2 XJ Squadrons
Armaments:
5 turbolaser turrets
4 point defense guns
Advanced sensor/jamming package

AP: 1

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The voyage to Dark Sun was not easy. Located deep in the sectors previously controlled by the Corporate Sector Authority, the star charts that the Galactic Alliance possessed for this region had not been updated for some time. It was an already difficult transition through a region of space so dense with stars that some of the fleet’s older tenders could not even properly plot out routes through the quagmire of competing gravity wells.

 

What made it an arduous journey, however, was the unnerving sensation that the fleet must have tripped a proximity sensor or a surveillance probe or some other early-warning system that Black Sun had left to alert them to unwanted visitors. With the crime syndicate having found themselves in possession of the single most valuable head in the galaxy, they must have anticipated a rescue attempt and laid a trap. But as the armada popped in and out of hyperspace to confirm their position and reroute around stellar hazards, no fleet was lying in ambush. No battery of orbital turbolasers opened fire upon the fleet. None of their re-entry points were even mined.

 

“Andromina, you’re first out the hangar.” Slaughter had briefed the commando just prior to the last jump. The Admiral had considered leaving her TIE Defenders in reserve as a surprise for the Black Sunners, but the possibility that the fleet was about to revert into a free-fire zone could not be discounted.

 

Finally, the jump to the rendezvous point. The veteran soldier remained on the bridge during this final hour, waiting for a barrage of turbolaser fire to greet their re-entry from hyperspace… but instead the formation found itself in the middle of a formation of allied vessels from the Jedi Order. About them was an unexceptional star orbited by unexceptional planets and unexceptional moons--many light-years from civilization, this system would have held little value to any but a mining corporation or a criminal gang.

 

The moment fleet arrived out of hyperspace, its recon A-Wings were dispersed throughout the fleet in search of any emplacements that might await their approach on Dark Sun Station. Speedy little interceptors equipped with sensor jammers, they would be well-equipped to flee if any opposition was encountered. At the nucleus of this squadron was the Steadfast and Fidelity, two MC90 Star Cruisers that had so recently been battle-damaged by the disaster at Coruscant that the repair crews hadn’t even had the opportunity to paint over the repaired armor plating. The Phalanx, a worn Dreadnaught-class Heavy Cruiser held one flank, and the Kalidor, a more modern Majestic-class Heavy Cruiser at the other. Within this formation prowled and twisted a trio of corvettes, ready to break off to support a starfighter attack.

 

On the bridge of the Steadfast, Slaughter regarded the incoming sensor data from the coalition’s scouts with apprehension. In a star system like this, there would be little opportunity for clever maneuvers or gambits--it was going to be a slugging match, each side dealing out tremendous blows and suffering tremendous casualties. He hailed the flagship of the Jedi formation in a text communique, confirming their position and transmitting planned maneuvers. They were not subtle.

 

Jedi fleet, Steadfast Actual. Good to see you. Will focus efforts on enemy Star Destroyers and Golan. Surviving forces will blockade and demand release of target.

Spoiler

 

Galactic Alliance Fleet:

Total AP: 17

Fighter Squadrons:

16 XJ Squadrons

11 K-Wing Squadrons

6 A-Wing Squadrons

1 TIE Defender Squadron

 

Steadfast:

MC90 Cruiser

Armaments:

75 Heavy Turbolaser Batteries

30 ion cannons

6 proton torpedo launchers

8 tractor beam emplacements

 

Fidelity:

MC90 Cruiser

Armaments:

75 Heavy Turbolaser Batteries

30 ion cannons

6 proton torpedo launchers

8 tractor beam emplacements

 

Kalidor:

Majestic-class Heavy Cruiser

Armaments

Heavy Turbolaser Cannons (30)

Ion Cannons (20)

Laser Cannons (20)

Concussion Missile Tubes (8)

Tractor Beam Projectors (8)

Antimissile octets (~20)

 

Phalanx

Dreadnaught-class Heavy Cruiser

Armaments

20 Quad Laser Cannons

15 Turbolasers

15 Laser Cannons

4 Ion Cannons

1 Warhead Launcher with 25 Concussion Missiles

 

Surprise

DP20 Frigate (Corellian Gunship)

Armaments

8 Double Turbolaser Cannons

6 Quad Laser Cannons

4 Concussion Missile Tubes

 

Audacity

DP20 Frigate (Corellian Gunship)

Armaments

8 Double Turbolaser Cannons

6 Quad Laser Cannons

4 Concussion Missile Tubes

 

Incisor

Warrior-class Frigate

Armaments:

10 Turbolaser Cannons

8 Laser Cannons

4 Concussion Missile Tubes

Antimissile Octets

 

 

Edited by ObliviousKnight

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Beth cocked her head to the side and triggered the line cable comm to Slaughter’s console. Being piped along the fuel lines from the communications and munitions hookup at the bottom of the TIE Defender,  it could not be intercepted. At least until the fighter broke from its docking location and ejected the fuel and power transmission line.

 

“Acknowledged Steadfast Actual. Templars beginning flight pattern.”

 

She flipped the communications to shortband with a flick of a switch and nodded to the flight deck controller who waved his glowrod. Deck crew got behind cover stations, and the TIE fighter squadron shot from the hanger into the cold depths of space. They would be flying recon until the engagement. Beth smiled as she watched the black painted Star Destroyer Misericordia emerge from hyperspace alongside the Galactic Alliance fleet. Standing in stark contrast to the rest of the fleet. The last imperial capital ship that had survived Kuat. This would be a fight to remember.

Spoiler

 

Misericordia

Ship Class: Star Destroyer

Type: ISD-II

Crew: 10,000, 400 gunners

Armaments:

50 Heavy Turbolaser Batteries (20 Forward, 15 Left, 15 Right)

50 Heavy Turbolaser Cannons (20 Forward, 10 Left, 10 Right, 10 Aft)

20 Ion Cannons (10 Forward, 5 Left, 5 Right)

8 Octuple barbette turbolaser

10 Tractor Beam Projectors (6 Forward, 2 Left, 2 Right)

Complement: 4,000 Assault Troops, 4 TIE Defenderr Squadrons, 4 Scimitar Assault Bomber Squadrons

AP: 4

 

 

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