(The Jedi followed silently behind Lord Bogdan through the labyrinth-like hallways of the castle. They entered a large chamber, a throne and two burning candles sat at the end)
Lord Bodgan- Welcome Jedi, to my throne room! Here we may speak freely.
Zhuan- Excellent. Now, perhaps you can explain what exactly you meant. You need Jedi to protect you from... a demon?
Lord Bogdan- You think I am a madman. Allow me to explain. Captain!
(Bogdan’s officer rushed into the room and bowed to the Sith Lord)
Officer- Yes my lord?
Lord Bogdan- Retrieve the box and bring it here for our guests.
Officer- But my lord… the box it is cursed!
Lord Bogden- Silence you spineless coward! You need only fear one thing- me! Now do as I command!
(The officer, terrified, ran out of the room as Bogdan turned smiling back to the Jedi)
Lord Bogdan- You see Jedi, I first began receiving… troubling information several weeks ago. Several powerful Lords of the Sith began disappearing. At first I was unconcerned with this – power plays within their holdings I assumed – but when I received this box… When you see it you will understand.
(Vito leaned close and whispered to Zhuan)
Vito- Master this Sith is delusional. Demons and evil spirits, they don’t actually exist. Right?
Zhuan- Apprentice, you will soon learn that things thought impossible are often very real. The Force opens the way to abilities which some consider… unnatural. Do not rule out our host’s words yet.
(The officer returned and placed a heavy box down with a loud thump. He quickly stepped back from it, his face a pale white)
Lord Bogdan- Now come and see Jedi, and do not be disbelieving any longer.
(Bogdan hurled the lid off of the box using the Force and Vito recoiled in disgust at the sight while Zhuan stoically looked on)
Vito- By the Force!
Lord Bogdan- Now do you believe me Jedi? Here are the last mortal remains of Baron Frenz-
Vito- You murderer! You brought us here just to show us your sick handiwork-
Lord Bogdan- You fool! I did not kill him! My agents found his decapitated body within his compound and dozens more Sith Lords as well.
Lord Bogdan- This was not work of a simple assassin; these were among the most powerful of the Dark Lords – no one would dare to challenge them – but I have here footage of the killer.
(The tiny screen flickered weakly to life; the form of what appeared to be a man recoiled back from a dark hooded being. There was a scream as the screen turned to static and a haunting laugh cackled)
(Bogdan turned the device off but the unnatural laugh grew louder still and the Sith Lord threw it to the ground)
Lord Bogdan- Infernal device! Why does the accursed laugh not cease!
Officer- My Lord look! It is the demon!
(The terrified officer pointed toward the window. A flash of lightning illuminated the ghastly form of Death's Mask)
(The demon slowly tapped its blade and the window shattered even as the otherworldly laughter grew louder)
Lord Bogdan- Fools! Protect your Lord! Destroy this demon!
(Bogdan's guards rushed to their Lord and opened fire on the creature)
Lord Bogdan- Jedi listen to me! The Sith call this the Jalka'Ri, Death's Mask - it is an ancient dark spirit which specifically destroys force users. I offer my allegiance to the Jedi Realm -I will even join your Order- just destroy it!
(Before the Jedi could respond Bogdan's officer spoke and the laughter ceased)
Officer- Sir... the demon seems to have... vanished.
Lord Bogdan- Impossible it-
(Without warning the laughter began again as the group turned to Bogdan's throne where the demon stood)
Death's Mask- Death awaits all.
Lord Bogdan- Blast it you fools! Do something!
(As Bogdan's soldiers opened fire, the demon vanished and reappeared, slicing one of the troops across the chest)
(Moving in a flash of darkness, the demon impaled another of the soldiers)
(Bogdan watched on in horror as the officer's head rolled slowly across the floor, stopping at his feet)
Zhuan- Lord Bogdan I am not certain of our ability to defeat this demon. The Jedi Order can protect you but I suggest we retreat-
Lord Bogdan- Retreat?! I will not be chased from my home by this... monster! I will destroy it myself!
(The Sith clashed blades with Death's Mask, the demon easily countering his attack)
Lord Bogdan- Jedi, if you wish for my allegiance you will assist me and fight!
(Death's Mask pushed Bogdan back as Zhuan attacked)
Death's Mask- A Jedi? You will be my first light side victim in quite a long time.
Zhuan- A long time, eh? Perhaps I can surprise you then.
(The demon seemed to grin as it unleashed a blast of Dark energy and sent Zhuan flying back)
(Vito knelt over his master, Zhuan was unconscious, but otherwise unharmed)
(Vito stood, the demon in between him and Lord Bogdan, calmly staying in a defensive posture)
Lord Bogdan- Apprentice forget you master! You have power, help me slay this demon!
Vito- We cannot defeat it! Listen to my master, we can still escape!
Lord Bogdan- No! I am Sith and I will not run from this monster!
(Bogdan charged Death's Mask, the demon quickly sidestepping the unwieldy attack and impaling the Sith through the chest)
(The demon unleashed a blast of Dark Force energy and sent the Bogdan flying back, slamming him painfully into his throne)
(Bogdan knelt at his feet weakly as the demon raised its blade)
Death's Mask- How disappointing.
Vito- Stop! You cannot kill him, he is an unharmed opponent and an ally of the Jedi Order!
Death's Mask- Oh? And what will the apprentice do to stop me?
(Before Vito could react, the demon decapitated Bogdan and disappeared, its demonic laughter filling the room)
Vito- Come out you murderer!
Death's Mask- Murder? Is it really a crime to end the life of men such as these?
Vito- But why? Why kill these Sith?
Death's Mask- Why? Because I can.
(Vito quickly twisted around at the words of the demon and launched a blast of force energy, sending the creature hurtling back)
(Zhuan groaned back to consciousness and Vito rushed over)
Zhuan- Arg... Apprentice where is the Sith? I-
Vito- There's no time master, I may have bought us a little time but we have to get out of here!
(Quickly coming back to his senses Zhuan leaped to his feet and followed Vito running out of the chamber)
Vito- I think we lost it master-
(Just as Vito spoke, the demon blasted through the hallway window)
Death's Mask- I hope you did not think you could escape so easily.
Zhuan- Apprentice listen to me, run to the landing pad and ready the speeders. I will deal with our demon.
(Not wasting any time, Zhuan gathered his energy and launched a whirlwind of Force energy at the demon, blasting it back out of the window)
Vito- The speeders are prepped-
Zhuan- Good, now quickly, go!
(Just as the demon burst out of the castle, the Jedi blasted away into the distance)
Death's Mask- Run if you will Jedi, but you cannot stop the darkness that is to come.
(The demon's laughter echoed eerily in the distance as Zhuan and Vito rushed farther and farther away from the palace)
Vito- Master, what was that?
Zhuan- A dark spirit, apprentice, beyond that I do not know.
Vito- Could this whole thing have been a trap then?
Zhuan- I do not think so, but this is a troubling development. The Lords Sith had always kept the balance of power, but now... We must go to Coruscant and report our findings to the Jedi Grand Council, perhaps there we can find a way to stop this demon.