An Increasing Threat 11: Preparations . . Korriban, just under a month after the events in A Deadly Response 12.
The Sith Temple of Darth Levid's Order sat nestled deep within the valleys of Korriban's barren surface. In the days when Nihilus had ruled the Temple had been a place of beauty and great power, standing tall and strong. Now however it was nothing more that a crumpled mass of pillars and statues, threatening to be blown away by very wind that rushed through its empty halls.
Darth Zealot approached slowly, the Temple had changed dramatically since he had fled the clutches of his Master.
Darth Zealot: "Levid!"
Slowly, Darth Levid and his followers made their way through the vaunted entrance.
Darth Levid: "Zealot. You finally came."
Darth Zealot: "As we agreed. Though we are not here to make friends."
Darth Sion: "You are fools. This alliance will never work."
Darth Levid: "Excuse Lord Sion. He seems to be loosing his mind in his very old age."
Lord Corripio: "That is not to say Sion has grown weak. We are still very much the powerful ones here."
Darth Sophos: "He is right Lord Zealot. I may be old also but there is great great power here! Power enough to destroy Soru!"
Darth Leviathan: "Bane could not destroy Soru! What hope do we have?!"
Lord Corripio: "Bane? Bane was weak and foolish! He was nothing compared to the power we now have. His idea of only two Sith was a fool's idea!"
Leviathan's blade flared to life.
Darth Leviathan: "How dare you insult Lord Bane!"
Darth Levid: "Zealot, cage your beast."
Darth Zealot: "Hmm... Control yourself Leviathan."
Leviathan scowled as he deactivated his blade.
Darth Levid: "Come Zealot. We shall discuss matters more privately."
Levid led Zealot to his personal office and they began to discuss their potential alliance.
Darth Levid: "Soru and his Order are a blight. Whilst they stand in our way we cannot hope to rule the Galaxy."
Darth Zealot: "You are right of course Levid. Sion must be stopped. Our two Orders must unite."
Darth Kayzla: "Understand Zealot, this union must be true. To defeat Soru we must put aside our differences."
Zealot turned and glared at Sion.
Darth Zealot: "Agreed... For now."
Sion waited for the door to close before speaking.
Darth Sion: "This alliance will never work! There is not a single Sith here who isn't plotting another's death. We cannot defeat Soru like this!"
Darth Levid: "This isn't about Soru! You are jealous that I claimed leadership of our Order! It is you who are the problem Sion! Ever since Nihilus turned to the Jedi and betrayed us you have lost your nerve. And we have lost all respect for you."
Darth Sion: "Power? Betrayal? I care not for this Levid! But Soru will destroy you, not even your arrogance could stop any sane person from seeing this."
Darth Levid: "You walk a thin line Sion. Remember, death comes slowly and painfully to cowards."
Stewjon, two weeks after the Sith union. Harash Soru has called all of the Jedi together, to make a decision on the fate of the Order.
Harash Soru: "Thank you all for coming. I look out at you all and I cannot help but smile. A year ago our Order was shattered, we were brought to the brink of destruction. But now look at us, we have a home, we have structure, we have new learners. Not only have we managed to survive we have rebuilt."
Harash Soru: "But it has not been easy. And we have lost many friends along the way. For although we have stayed hidden from those that sought to destroy us. We have faced a different enemy.
An increasing threat, a deadly response.
One that the galaxy has failed to see. And one that we have kept in check with our blades. And sometimes with our lives."
Harash Soru: "Nay is about to give birth to my child. My child who will one day join our great Order and stand beside us as our brother. I do not want my child to have to grow up, facing the threat of the Dark Side, facing yet more death and corruption."
Harash Soru: "That is why I am here, speaking to you. The Sith have layed motionless for weeks now, their power shattered. This is the advantage that we have been waiting for, the time to strike at the very heart of their Order. I ask you all to join me, in one final battle against the Sith. To protect the Galaxy from an enemy that they do not know has existed. I do not ask this as Grand Master, nor as a Jedi. I ask this as your friend.
Let this be the time, when we all take up our weapons and destroy those that threaten to destroy the peace we have built."
Cossy Anaron: "There is no need to ask Master Soru. I will follow you to whatever end."
Jake Inman: "For death, for the Force, for you, Master Soru."
T'ra Saa: "You are a beacon of light Hara. One that no Jedi can resist fighting along side. It would be an honour."
Gath Prime: "None of us will face this alone. We face our fates as Jedi."
Ordan Minoh: "And as friends."
Harash Soru smiled, feeling genuinely touched by his fellow Jedi's words.
Harash Soru: "Then so be it. We will stand together as brothers and sisters. And we will end this blight that has haunted us for so very long."
A lone figure appeared at the end of the cavern, drawing the gathered crowd's attention with a slight cough.
Slowly, the tall creature made his way through the cround before stopping before Master Soru.
K'Kruhk smiled at Hara, at his old friend.
K'Kruhk: "Where do I sign up?"