Sith Lord Deserii _ Part 2

Sith Lord Deserii

By AJ Marks

Leaving Drumond Kaas

Deserii made her way along with an overly excited Vette towards the hanger where Baras said he had a ship waiting for her. Her adventure on the Sith capital had been enlightening to the politics going on behind the scenes along with who actually wielded power and who did not.

“I can’t believe it, he gave you a ship, I told you he would. I hope its something stylish, I’d had to go around the galaxy in something awful,” Vette stated as they entered the hanger. The young Twi’lek was almost skipping along beside Deserii, her energy infectious as she hoped the same thing.

Making their way along the hangar towards the correct docking bay. She stopped looking at the number then over at Vette. “This is the one.”

She watched trying to hide the smile as Vette took off to see what type of ship they had. Of course Deserii took that moment to look over the Twi’lek’s curves, which were shown off with the armor she wore. That was something Deserii made sure of before hearing Vette’s squeal. Continue reading…

 

The Bridge

The Bridge

Viola smiled glancing down at the small stream, the narrow, rickety bridge before looking back at her brother driving papa’s wagon.

“You can do it Herman,” she encouraged him.

“Do you think so?”

“Yeah, you can.  Just go straight,” she replied, urging him on.

“All right,” he said, giving the reigns a snap.

Viola watched as the wagon moved across the bridge.  For a second she thought he might make it across before the wagon’s right front wheel slipped and it fell off into the stream.

Smiling, she skipped home to tell papa Herman got the wagon stuck again.

End (based upon a true story that was told to me by my grandmother)

 

Hope Renewed

Hope Renewed

by AJ Marks

Jonas walked around the ship, his daily routine to keep himself fit. Like everyone on board the ship, they established a routine to help pass the days away. With so many people, they could only do so much unless you worked on the factory ship, or argo ships, the other ships they had plenty of time for boredom.

Ever since leaving the Colonies they had tried to survive. Food was rationed out, as was water to help preserve the precious resources. He had heard more than a few people grumble they should have stayed at the Colonies. At least there they had a planet and more space.

Jonas held no illusions that staying meant death. If you were lucky to survive things would not be easy either. They would be struggling for supplies, including food and water. The Cylons might have poisoned the water.

“Hello Jonas,” a voice said, causing him to look up to see Markus walking towards him. Continue reading…

 

Join the Space Guard

Join the Space Guard

by AJ Marks

The cold wind lashed at the window causing Brian to shiver.  He reached over turning up the heat in the one room outpost.

‘Come see the universe, join the Space Guard,’ the poster had said that day he joined.

More like come freeze your butt off in some outpost on a frozen rock watching for an enemy no one had seen in over a hundred years

A far scanner suddenly came to life.  He paled a bit at the screen seeing an entire Rashic invasion fleet.

As the ground shook from explosions he thought, I hate this planet.

The End

 

Fall and Winter

Well, the seasons are turning, the weather getting colder, at least where I am.  Depending on where you live things could be different.

Been working on a couple of stories, including the next part of the Battlestar Galactica/Stargate SG-1 crossover story (didn’t think I was going to leave it at that did you)?

Finally added a spam blocker to the site to see if that cuts back on the number of spam messages I get here.  So far it’s blocking roughly 80 a day or so and I hope its not blocking anyone who is actually writing about the story. Continue reading…

 

The Sith Empress – Part 33

The Sith Empress

by AJ Marks

Part 33

Jessica made her way with Gaia as they entered the Jedi’s room.  It had few items that she could tell belonged to Gaia.  She watched as Gaia went though some drawers, pulling out some things and setting a small box on one of the shelves.

“What’s this?” Jessica asked, seeing the intricate patterns on the box as she picked it up and inspected it closer.

“Oh, that, I’m not sure, been in our family for generations,” Gaia replied.

“You haven’t opened it?” Jessica replied.  “I’m surprised.”

“Well, it’s not easy, and my mother said it would only open when the time was right, so far no one has been able to open it,” Gaia replied.

“So, no one knows what’s inside,” Jessica replied back to her. Continue reading…

 

The Sith Empress – Part 32

The Sith Empress

by AJ Marks

Part 32

Jessica and Gaia made their way to a small area outside the temple, secluded enough to have a private conversation.  This is what they wanted, a private area for this conversation between them.

“So, what happened?” Gaia asked after sitting for a few minutes.

“It seemed that my trusted second betrayed me.  He had been with me the longest and planned this revolt,” Jessica replied.  “At least he did in the Sith way.”

“The Sith way?” Gaia asked trying to understand.  She knew little of the Sith.

“Its like this, the strongest are not always on top, that’s a misconception of the Jedi,” Jessica replied.  “Its who is the best, most cunning and powerful.  He hide that side of him from me very well, that ambition.  He picked his time well, and organized his supporters well and when the time was right, attacked.  The ship never had a chance to fight back.” Continue reading…

 

The Sith Empress – Part 31

The Sith Empress

by AJ Marks

Part 31

Jessica made her way out of the room into the larger room and looked around for some people who worked there.  She was relieved when Gaia had awaken and appeared to be recovering.  Now she was looking for some food and drink when she spotted a few people.

“Um, can I get something to eat for two?” she asked her voice startling them.

“Yes,” one said and walked out of the room to carry out the request.  The other, who Jessica recalled was the doctor from earlier stood and made his way over.

“I take it she’s awake?” he asked her.

“Yeah, she’s hungry as well” she replied back to him.

“I see,” he said moving into the room to check on his patient.  “And how are we feeling?” he asked her moving to check on her vitals before nodding to himself and checking on her bandage.

“I feel a bit better,” Gaia said, looking over at Jessica.

“I think you’ll make a full recovery,” he said to her.  “Surprising considering not many survive such a shot with no armor.”

“Guess I was lucky,” Gaia replied.

Jessica slammed that thought shut, or what she might have done had Gaia been dead.  Her anger and rage probably would have washed over her leaving no one safe.  The only way they could have stopped her would have been killing her.

The orderly returned with some food, two different types, one for her and another for Gaia.

“Ah, here you go,” the doctor said as Jessica sat down next to the bed and ate as well.

“I’ll let Master Skywalker know that you’re awake,” the doctor said leaving the room.

“And they’ll want to speak with me,” Jessica replied.

“Remember what I said,” Gaia said.  “They are nice people.”

“I’ll keep an open mind,” Jessica replied.

She moved out of the room before asking the doctor where the leaders where.  After gaining that information she made her way down wondering how much they knew.  They probably figured she was the Sith Lord Darth Rizon.  There was also that one man, Trona, who Jessica wanted to talk to some more.  He seemed to have a knowledge about them no one else had.  Not knowing made Jessica twitch, she wanted to know.

She knocked on the door to Luke Skywalker’s officer.  The door opened allowing her in, she noticed he wasn’t along but another man, with brown hair and a beard was in the room as well.

“You probably wanted to talk to me,” Jessica said to them.

“Yes,” Luke said turning around and siting down motioning for her to sit as well.  Jessica walked over and sat as did the other man.  “This is Kyle Katarn.”

“The one who defeated Desann,” Jessica said.  Her statement seemed to startle them all.

“He’s where all this started,” Jessica said.  “I was at the Valley of the Jedi, one of the group who Desann sent though.  But when I went though, I had a vision from a Sith Lord.  He saw something in me.  So during the attack where Desann was killed I left the fight on my own mission.”

“And you’ve been working in the shadows all this time?” Luke asked.

“You could say that,” Jessica replied back to them.  “After heading to his tomb I went and visited a lot of other Sith tombs slowly gathering the information I needed to start building an empire, for that I needed warships.”

“The Sith battleships?” Luke asked.

“Yes,” Jessica replied not surprised they knew that much.

“Where did you find them?” Kyle asked.

“They are remnants of the original fleet from Darth Raven and the Forge,” Jessica replied.  “You had to visit a half a dozen Sith tombs to gain the location.  Even then I still needed people to man the ships.”

“Yes, how did you manage that, and money?” Kyle asked.

“I was able to gather the resources of a businessman thanks to a connection I gained early on, and most of the crew was made up of the scum and vermin of many worlds at first.  As I grew I gained some officers from both the Republic and Empire who were disgruntled at how things were going,” Jessica replied honestly.  She had no reason not to tell them, her empire had fallen.

“Most impressive,” Luke finally stated.

“So what happened?  It seemed like you were rising up and going places,” Kyle asked.

“A subordinate of mine, Tyi,” Jessica answered.  “He had been one of the first to follow me, knew a lot of contacts but seemed like a weak minded idiot, which he was.  He used his position as second in command to move pieces against me.  He ordered a ship to open fire on my flagship destroying it, and most of the people who were loyal to me.”

She watched as Luke and Kyle seemed to take all that into consideration before Luke spoke up again.

“So, why didn’t you regain your power?” Luke asked.

Jessica considered that for several seconds.  It was a question she wrestled with as well in the beginning as she went about her revenge.

“Well, its complex and personal,” she finally replied not really wanting to say it had everything to do with a certain blonde-haired Jedi.    “Let’s just say I had a revelation about my path.”

“What about that fleet of ships, the remnants of Darth Raven’s fleet?” Luke asked.  “We need to make sure those don’t into another Sith Lord’s hands, or some pirate group.  There were how many ships?”

“A couple of hundred,” Jessica replied.

“That many?” Kyle said, almost in a panic about the number.

“Do you know where they are?” Luke asked.

“Yes,” she replied.  The old part of her, the part of her which was Darth Rizon protested giving this information to the Jedi, but she knew in her heart it was the right thing, not that it mattered really.  “But, the ships are not a threat anymore.”

That gave them all pause as they looked at her for some sort of clarification of her statement.

“What I mean is the ships have been destroyed,” Jessica said.  She had learned that the inactive ships had been equipped with a self-destruct which could be triggered by the Force.  She had done that before moving onto Tyi’s ships, giving them a countdown.  By now all the ships had been destroyed which she hadn’t started to man, which was less than twenty.  Those which survived had probably fled and without a leader were isolated ships.

“How did you managed that?” Luke asked.

“Something Darth Malak put into the ships so they couldn’t be used against him,” Jessica said.  “Tyi never understood that part, something I never told him about.

“So, how many are left?” Luke asked.

“Under my command, we had about twenty ships, with just over ten manned and operational,” Jessica replied.  “Tyi ordered my flagship destroyed, two more were destroyed in orbit that leaves about seventeen, and the internal battle cost them another four, so probably around fifteen depending on how many were destroyed in orbit in the recent battle.”

“We captured three and destroyed one,” Luke said.

“So, about ten or so,” Kyle said.

“Together they could be formidable,” Luke said.

“But without a leader, or resources to keep them operational they are worthless,” Jessica said.

“We’ll have to send a fleet to the location, salvage the scrap to make sure they don’t’ get parts to repair the ships, keep an eye out for them,” Kyle said which Luke nodded.

“I’ll inform my sister,” he said.  “She can send a Republic fleet out to investigate the area and secure it.”

“Anything else we should know?” Luke asked.

Jessica took that to consider everything she had done.  She would tell them some things, others, she would keep those a secret when it might prove useful further down the road, like having a senator with dirt on.  She never knew if she might need his help in the future.

“That’s all I can tell you,” she said.

“What about this businessman?’ Luke asked.

“He wasn’t part of the Republic,” Jessica replied.  The answer seemed to satisfy them for now.  “For now, I’m going to return and check on Gaia.”

She turned and left the room heading back to the med-lab to check on the blonde and how she was doing.  For now the blonde was where she could start rebuilding her life, away from the Empire and Dark Side.  It seemed like a daunting task, and one she hoped would work.

*****

Jessica made her way down the hallway when she spotted Trona walking towards her.  It seemed like from his step he was looking to speak with her.  He appeared to be a bounty hunter, or at least had some skill in that line of work.  His steps and posture indicated it and wondered what he wanted.

“So, who are you really?” Jessica asked him as he came up to her.

“Me, I am like you,” he replied back, not really giving her much of an answer, but he already seemed to know that.

“Not much of a reply,” Jessica replied back almost enjoying the feeling of the back and forth question and answer, like a friendly interrogation.

“We must be careful these days,” Trona replied back to her.  “We can never be too careful, otherwise it could be a disaster for us all.”

“There are more of you?” Jessica asked.

“Yes, like me, and you and the small Jedi, Gaia,” Trona replied back to her.

“What do we have to do with you?” Jessica said, her patience wearing a bit thin over all of this as Trona appeared to look around before answering her.

“You two are soul mates,” he told her.

“And?” Jessica asked, unsure what that term meant in how he was using it.  Sure, she might consider Gaia her soul mate after a bit, but for now it seemed a bit strange.

“When you are both ready to travel, look this man up,” Trona stated handing Jessica a card.  She looked it over seeing an address and a name, Percy.

“All right, hopefully we’ll get better answers from him than you,” Jessica slightly growled watching as he nodded at her.

“For now, I have to go report back on you two,” Trona said.

“And is that good or bad?”

He paused looked her over.  “Good, very good,” he said walking away leaving her to muse over his answer.

Turning she made her way back towards the medlab and Gaia, to check on how she was recovering.

*****

Gaia was lying on her back looking at the ceiling and was actually quite bored with everything.  However she really only wanted to see one person, but she had taken off to talk with Master Skywalker.  She felt no disturbances in the Force and hoped things were going well.

“Well, how is my patient doing this morning?” the doctor asked walking into the room and looking her chart over.

“Bored,” Gaia replied honestly.

“After what happened I’m amazed that you’re even alive,” the doctor replied back to her.  Gaia couldn’t remember much aside from waking up next to Jessica.

“I don’t remember much,” Gaia confessed.

“I only wish Trona would tell me more about what happened, it could save lives,” the doctor stated.

Gaia didn’t recall a Trona and wondered what he might have done.  For now, she was curious about how Jessica had managed to survive the destruction of the ship.  As the questions built up the doctor finished checking on her.

“Well, you can probably go out for short walks, try and gain your strength back up,” the doctor stated.

“Thanks.”

She watched him leave the room.  The next person was a more welcome sight as Jessica made her way into the room.

“You didn’t scare anyone?” Gaia asked looking at Jessica.

“I was a perfect Sith Lord,” Jessica said standing up to her full height.

“Well, no guards,” Gaia said.

“Oh, they are keeping an eye on me,” Jessica said.

Gaia studied the face in front of her which didn’t seem annoyed, but mostly amused instead.

“You know, I have questions,” Gaia finally said.

“I figured you would,” Jessica replied.

“I can take small trips,” Gaia stated.

“Then let’s go somewhere a bit more comfortable than a med lab to talk,” Jessica replied

“Sounds wonderful.”

End part 31

Continued in part 32

 

The Sith Empress – Part 30

The Sith Empress

by AJ Marks

Part 30

Jessica strode through the ranks of her former army, or anyone who dared come near her.  She was following her gut which was telling her she was needed close by.  She wondered what she was doing helping the Jedi in this battle, but the answer came quickly to her mind.  One part of her rationalized it was revenge for those trying to rebel against her, the second, she was doing this for one small Jedi.  She had to know what happened to her.

Making her way into the compound she continued on where she had a feeling she was needed, and hoped her gut was right in the direction she went.  Another lightsaber blocked her path, which she quickly dispatched, not caring who stood in her way.

Her current attacker was a former Sith, his red lightsaber crossed with hers.  She moved quickly dispatching him before continuing on.  She was in full Darth Rizon mode even as she moved further on.  She noticed that several were now aware that not only was she on the battlefield, but they had lost their command ship.  The ship she had programmed the command ship to plow into held the backup commander.  It was satisfying to know she had taken out both easily. Continue reading…

 

TheSith Empress – Part 29

The Sith Empress

by AJ Marks

Part 29

Luke reached the command room to see one the officer in charge look back at him.

“Its an attack,” he stated.

“From where?” Luke asked trying to figure out who was attacking, though one group came right to mind.

“Ten ships dropped out of hyperspace launching drop ships within seconds of arriving.  They are of an old Sith battleship design,” the officer said.

Luke understood who was attacking, though he had hoped to be wrong.  “How long do we have?”

“The first drop ships could be arriving at any time now,” the officer replied.

“Our fighter squadrons?” Luke asked.

“Silver and gold have already launched and engaged with the enemy fighters,” he replied back to Luke.  “We count ten drop ships approaching.” Continue reading…