The second episode of my Mahela Balaji Tale of a Jedi series
About this creation
After the Clone Wars broke out on Geonosis, the Mon Calamari Jedi Knight Mahela Balaji was sent with his Wookiee padawan Monkubacca and good friend Ki-Adi-Mundi on a mission to explore rumours of the Sith presence on the planet Burai.
Here they are travelling in a frigate to the planet.
Hologram of Yoda: Find this Sith presence, we must. The dark side: eliminated, it must be. A squad of good clones, I have sent you. Get to know them, you will.
Mahela: Thank you Master Yoda, a good squad of clones will be needed. I expect that there will be many droids on this planet.
Ki-Adi-Mundi: We must look for the landing place now
The frigate lands and the three Jedi step out and survey their surroundings
Mahela: Not much here, is there
Ki-Adi-Mundi: It must have been laid waste by an invasion many years ago
Commander Fraser: Here we present Omicron squad, Master Jedi. They are a hardened bunch of elite clones, with varying degrees of experience.
Balaji surveys along the line of clones
Fraser: We will serve you well in battle, Master Jedi.
Balaji nods his head and they walk off into the distance
After walking away from the landing platform, the striketeam begin to enter the fringes of a forest. Suddenly they hear a clanking noise and a laser bolt tears up the ground in front of them
Fraser: We're under attack!!!
Clone: Not these clankers again...
Mahela: OK everyone, we can use this fallen tree as cover, Fraser, you come with me and we'll hold them off
The skirmish begins, and Balaji almost immediately impales two droids on his lightsabers
The fallen log definitely provides some cover...
Occasionally Monkubacca lets his Wookiee instincts get to him and just rips the droids head off
Suddenly, Balaji's holopad beeps. He puts one of his lightsabers away and takes it out. It is a recon clone that they sent out
Recon clone: Master Balaji, we have found an ancient Sith temple over to the north-east, bearing zero nine one degrees.
Mahela: OK thank you. Monkubacca, we will go and investigate; General Mundi, you can stay here
Balaji and Monkubacca soon find the temple and enter into it and start walking through the corridors
Mahela: I've got a bad feeling about this... it all seems too quiet
Mahela: What is it?
Suddenly, from out of nowhere, two figures appear...
All four ignite their lightsabers and Balaji sees that they are sith
Balaji: Dooku! I would never have expected you here!
Dooku: Is that so, my young friend?
Balaji makes a leap towards Dooku and Monkubacca comes towards the other mysterious figure
As Dooku and Balaji exchange blows, Dooku makes some casual remarks
Dooku: I see you haven't met my newest Sith apprentice then?
Mahela: As a matter of fact, I haven't, but I'm concentrating at the moment, so there's no time for chit-chat
Dooku: Well I'm sure you'll have time to meet old Darth Torak sooner rather than later
Meanwhile Monkubacca and Torak are busy fighting away, with Torak gaining the upper hand slightly
Balaji realises that all is not going well with his padawan, and tries to turn round to see what is going on. Dooku spots this, and knocks his lightsaber out of his hand. Balaji tries to defend himself, but it is too late
The situation worsens as Torak holds a blade to Monkubacca's throat
Dooku: I see I have the upper hand here
Mahela: Not for long you won't
Dooku: Oh these Jedi, so headstrong
The fighting continues
Then Torak force pushes Monkubacca out of the building (insert appropriate Wookiee distress noise here)
Balaji: NO!! No!!! What have you done??!! Not my apprentice!
Dooku: I'm afraid so
Balaji wilts under the strength of the Sith attack, and falls over backwards, his lightsaber rolling out of his hand
Mahela: Noooo!! Not now...
Dooku: Prepare to torture our prisoner - Torak; commence!
Darth Torak unleashes a powerful bolt of force lightning at Balaji and Dooku still keeps his lightsaber lit. He starts to search into Balaji's mind
Young Balaji, your skills are most impressive. But I can feel sorrow, and hatred; perhaps for loved ones - oh keep going Torak - do you want them to survive; and you to become more powerful? Answer me!
Mahela: NO!! I would never submit to a Sith!
Dooku reaches further into his mind with the force and begins to blur Balaji's senses
Dooku: You WILL submit to my demand
Balaji: ...can't hold... out.... muchhh.... longge..r.
Dooku: You WILL submit to my demand!
Balaji collapses and goes limp with the effort of trying to keep his mind away from Dooku's tricks
Dooku: You are now my new apprentice. I will ... alter your mind a little to suit the purpose, we don't want you being too stubborn, do we
Balaji lies flat on the floor
The next day, Balaji is standing next to Dooku and Torak, red lightsaber in hand.