Bloodlines 11: Fallen Legend . . The bridge of the Vindictive, flagship of the Imperial Fleet. One month after the events in Conquest 05: Relics .
Darth Lytin nodded at the ghostly blue image of Emperor Rovaniss rising from his holo-pad.
Darth Lytin: "It will be done, My Lord."
Lytin turned and walked briskly over to where three of his fellow Sith stood. Two of them, the Togruta Darth Halak and the human Darth Burren were former Apprentices of the Lannik Sith Lord and they fell silent in respect for their Master.
The third, Darth Belgon, was not one of Lytin's Apprentices and he maintained an air of arrogance as the Lannik approached.
Darth Lytin: "The Emperor has ordered the fleet to move into orbit over Prakith so that we may begin loading for the invasion of Tython."
The Imperial Fleet had been holding position in orbit around a lone star, waiting for their numbers to grow into a sufficient invasion force. The ships were currently only run by skeleton crews. It was both boring and tedious work.
Darth Belgon: "At last we finally get to do something!"
Darth Halak: "We have been doing the Emperor's will Belgon!"
Darth Belgon: "Ha! Your loyalty will be the death of you Halak."
Darth Burren: "And your disloyalty will be the death of you Belgon!"
A small cough cut short the bickering and the Sith turned to see the Admiral and his First Officer stood behind them.
Admiral: "My Lords. There is a ship approaching."
Grand Master Harash Soru ran swiftly down the boading ramp of his shuttle and ignited his lightsaber. Behind him ran Council Member Ben Dovallia and Jedi Knight Evan Swinington.
Harash Soru: "Ok! You both know the drill, in and out as quick as possible. Evan takes the communications and main reactor whilst Ben and I rush the bridge. All clear?"
Evan Swinington: "I'm on my way, Master!"
Hara smiled at the young Jedi. Years ago, Evan had fought during the Battle of Hoth but was believed killed after an explosion that seemingly took his life. Evan had actually made a failed attempt at Force Repulse, drawing ice into himself before unleashing his power in a catastrophic explosion that transformed his body into a web of ice. Despite his disfigurment, the boy was strong and skilled in the ways of the Force.
Ben DOvallia: "He's a good kid."
Harash Soru: "Yes, he'll go far I'm sure. Now come on, we have a fleet to destroy!"
Ben grinned as the Grand Master hurried off into the web of corridors that ran through the ship. He was about to follow when the sudden sound of a lightsaber stopped him in his tracks.
Darth Belgon: "Dovallia! At last, a real test for my skills!"
Ben Dovallia: "Darth Belgon. It's about time someone ended your rampage!"
Belgon leapt at Ben, their lightsabers cashing in a shower of sparks as they danced across the hangar.
Darth Belgon: "I sense your fear Dovallia! I am the shadow that haunts your dreams! Use your fear! Claim the power that my fear has given to me!"
Ben Dovallia: "That is the difference between a hero and a coward, not the fear, but what we do with it."
Belgon snorted and raised a crooked hand.
Darth Belgon: "I will show you exactly what I do with my fear!"
There was a crackle of energy as Belgon unleashed a powerful Force drain attack.
Ben grunted as he leapt into the air, neatly dodging the attack.
However, Belgon quickly fired off a second blast of Force energy, catching Ben by surprise and disarming him completely.
Ben grunted as he held up his hands in defence to the wicked Force attack.
Darth Blgon: "You have no idea of the power you face! Use your fear Ben! And you will have everything!"
Suddenly, Ben's face set in determination.
Ben Dovallia: "I already have everything that I want."
With a roar of effort, Ben redirected Belgon's attack towards the SIth Lord. The attack struck Belgon squarely in the head and he screamed in agony.
There was a blinding flash and when Ben turned around he found himself looking at tattered remains of Darth Belgon's robes.
Ben's comlink began to beep.
Harash Soru: "Ben! Where are you?"
Ben Dovallia: "I'm on my way Master!"
Darth Lytin watched as the ice Jedi charged through the ship, cutting down the few crew members whilst he held off ambushes from Halak and Burren.
Darth Lytin: "Shut down levels three and five. reroute power to the ray shields and try to get the communications running!"
Admiral: "Yes, My Lord!"
Darth Lytin: "And Admiral? Ready an escape pod."
Harash Soru: "Oh, I don't think that will be necessary. Do you Ben?"
Ben Dovallia: "No I don't think so. There is plenty of room in the cells in our ship. Of course, we could always store Lytin in one of the lockers?"
Darth Lytin: "Master Soru, Master Dovallia. What a pleasent offer. I am so sorry that I cannot take you up on it however."
Lytin leapt through the air, his lightsaber snapping to his hand as he engaged the Jedi in a ferocious duel.
Harash Soru: "Surrender Lytin! You cannot stand against us both!"
Darth Lytin: "We shall see."
With one hand, Lytin unleashed a bolt of lightning towards Hara whilst with the other he continued to duel Ben.
The Admiral and FIrst Officer went to step in as Lytin began retreating up the stairs but the Sith Lord quickly stopped them.
Darth Lytin: "Keep the ship running!"
Ben Dovallia: "Hara! You handle them, I've got Lytin."
Harash Soru: "Copy that, I'll be right behind you!"
Ben bounded up the stairs behind Lytin and unleashed a Force push that knocked the Lannik off his feet.
Ben Dovallia: "It is over Lytin!"
Hara gritted his teeth as he deflected as blaster bolt.
Harash Soru: "Surrender!"
Admiral: "Never we will die for the Empire!"
Up on the landing, Ben lowered his lightsaber to Lytin's throat.
Ben DOvallia: "It is time for you to surrender, Darth Lytin."
Lytin suddenly rolled out of the way of Ben's blade and leapt to his feet, unleashing a bolt of lightining that knocked Ben's lightsaber from his hands.
Darth Lytin: "No you will die!"
Ben charged Lytin, swinging his blade at the Sith's chest. However, Lytin neatly jumped over the attack.
The Lannik spun in the air and landed behind the Jedi, swinging his lightsaber in one fell swoop. Ben let out a gasp of surprise and fell to the floor.
Hara stopped. Looking in horror at the body of his fallen friend.
Harash Soru: "Ben..."
The Grand Master's whisper filled the silence of the bridge.
Lytin cackled as he jumped away from Hara's attack.
Darth Lytin: "The choice Mastr Soru. Capture me or help your friend?"
Darth Burren hurried into the room, limping heavily.
Darth Burren: "Master, we have to go! The ship wont last much longer!"
Darth Lytin: "So long Soru! Until we meet again!"
Lower down the ship, Darth Halak duels viciously against Evan.
Darth Halak: "You can't keep this up for ever Ice-Jedi!"
A series of explosions ran through the ship.
Evan Swinington: "Oh but I don't have to."
Darth Burren: "Halak! We need to go, now!"
Darth Halak: "Fine! Next time we meet Jedi, I will see to it that you melt in the fires of war!"
Hara cradled Ben in his arms as his fellow Council Member and friend slowly slipped away.
Harash Soru: "I am sorry Ben."
Ben Dovallia: "It is not your fault Hara. Lytin's easy to overlook."
The two Jedi chuckled at the joke.
Ben Dovallia: "You will remember me yes?"
Harash Soru: "Of course Ben! Forever and always."
Ben smiled as his eyes finally slid shut. Hara stood sadly and placed one of Ben's lightsabers on his body.
Harash Soru: "Farewell Ben Dovallia, Jedi Master, warrior, and friend. We will remember you."
The door to the bridge hissed open as Evan hurried in.
Evan Swinington: "Master! The Sith have fled, the..."
The Jedi trailed off as he saw Master Dovallia's prone form.
Harash Soru: "Evan. Turn the guns on the rest of their fleet and initiate the self destruct sequence."
Evan nodded as Hara bent down to pick up Master Dovallia's body.
Evan Swinington: "WHere are you going Master?"
Harash Soru: "To talk to the Emperor. It is time we put an end to this war."