The Imperial Stormtroopers fled through the forests of Kashyyyk, the sound of blaster bolts and the roar of frenzied Wookies filling their ears.
Commander Trench: "Fall back! Fall back!"
Trench vaulted over a fallen tree and turned to the trooper beside him.
Commander Trench: "Hold here! You, give me that!"
The trooper nodded and quickly handed over the flamethrower that he was carrying.
The Wookies andthe Republic Troops burst from the treeline, guns blazing as the charged forward. Trench gritted his teeth and unleashed the flamethrower, pouring fire into the undergrowth and burning several Wookies.
Dosan Quadera: "Your evil ends here, Imperial!"
Trench dove to one side as the Jedi leapt over the log and swung his lightsaber towards him. The blade missed Trench but he felt his flamethrower buckle as the Jedi's blade sliced it in two.
As Trench dodged the Jedi's attacks he saw a second Jedi rush into the frey.
Commander Trench: "Back to the beach!"
Quadera lunged at Trench but he slipped to one side, pulled out his knife and slashed it accross the Jedi's throat.
Vasak Julii: "Master Quadera!"
Trench turned at the voice and saw the Zabrack Jedi charging towards him.
Trench spun the knife in his hand and snt it flying towards the Jedi. The Zabrack grunted as the blade buried itself in his neck and ended his life.
Trench grabbed his weapons and ran.
Running from the forest, Trench spied Darth Davros and the technicians stood around the Empire's newest secret weapon.
Commander Trench: "They're here!"
Darth Davros: "Who are here?"
Commander Trench: "My Lord, the Republic! They are almost at the beach!"
Davros snarled and turned to the two other men.
Darth Davros: "You two, get this thing running!"
They suddenly heard a scream and turned to see Ames Victur rushing towards them.
With a roar of triumph the rest of the Republic emerged from the forests and charged the dwindling Sith forces.
Darth Davros: "Protect the weapon at all costs!"
With a cry of loyalty, the Sith surged forwards and the two forces met.
Ami Rand: "It is over Sith!"
Davros snorted as he spun around and cut the Jedi across the chest.
Darth Davros: "You underestimate my strength!"
Suddenly Davros felt a searing pain in his hand as Ames Victur's blade sliced through his wrist.
Ames Victur: "But you overestimate it."
Davros rolled over and stared fearfully into Ames' eyes as the Jedi raised his lightsaber.
Ames Victur: "Farewell, Davros. Your..."
Ames turned quickly around as a flurrly of blaster bolts flew towards him.
Commander Trench: "Hold the Jedi off! Protect Lord Davros!"
As Ames retreated Trench pulled Davros to his feet.
Commander Trench: "My Lord, your ship is here. We have to leave!"
Darth Davros: "The weapon!"
Commander Trench: "You will die if you stay!"
Darth Davros: "... Fine! Get me out of here!"
Trench dragged Davros to the ship and turned to look back at the battle.
The Republic was victorious. Kashyyyk was back in their hands.
Ames Victur and Dala Wasin looked sadly at Ami Rand's body.
Ames Victur: "Such a waste."
Dala Wasin: "Yes, she was a pretty girl."
Ames Victur: "Well, it seems that at least your fears were unfounded Dala. You need not have come."
A Republic Captain suddenly approached them, fear etched over his face.
Captain: "Generals? Forgive me, when cannot deactivate the weapon."
Ames kicked the machine hopelessly. It was no good, nothing could be done to stop it.
Dala Wasin: "What will it do?"
Ames Victur: "It will pull energy from the Sun and burn the entire planet."
Dala Wasin: "How much time?"
The machine began to rumble and orange fire suddenly flew up into the sky.
Ames Victur: "Time's up."
Dala gritted her teeth, there had been a reason for her to come here after all. Stepping forward, she reached out and used the Force to push Ames and the soldiers away.
Dala closed her eyes and turned her attention to the beam of fire that was lancing its way towards the sky. Slowly she began to draw it towards her, feeling the intense heat surround her and burn her skin. But she was a Jedi, she had been waiting her whole life for this moment.
Ames Victur: "Dala!"
Dala ignored the young man's cry as she turned to the machine and began to walk forward. The pain would have stopped any other man a long time ago, but Dala felt only peace as the flames licked at her body.
As she stepped into the machine Dala felt the Force wrap its arms around her and pull her into its waiting arms.
Ames watched as the machine exploded, taking Dala with it. Kashyyyk was safe. A good Jedi had died today.
Dromund Kaas, the following day.
Commander Trench: "Get him to the hospital, quickly."
Darth Davros: "Wait."
The trooper ignored the Sith and began to guide the chair forward. However, he suddenly stopped as an invisible hand grabbed his throat.
DArth Davros: "I said wait!"
Commander Trench: "What is it?"
Darth Davros: "Why did you help me?"
Commander Trench: "I am loyal to the Empire, and as such I serve its best interests. Keeping you alive was in the Empire's interest."
Davros nodded and shook Trench's hand before being taken away.
Trench sighed as he stepped into his apartment later that night. A frown corssed his face, however, as he saw the lightsaber staff leaning against the window.
Darth Ignatious: "A tough day?"
Commander Trench: "Lord Ignatious?"
Darth Ignatious: "How about a drink?"
Trench walked forward and took the glass cautiously.
Commander Trench: "What are we toasting?"
Ignatious smiled slyly.
Darth Ignatious: "The Empire's best interests."
They clicked their glasses together and Ignatious downed his drink in one swift gulp before turning to Trench with interest.
Darth Ignatious: "Tell me, Trench. What do you know of the Rule of Two?"