SWtCW: Battlefield Christophsis pt. 3
Crystal City, Planet Christophsis
Aira-ty crouched low in the debris as she looked down at their targets. There were three of the heavy weapon platforms, all of them placed in a square that was guarded by mounted weapons and droids. She and Skywalker's apprentice were on a high rise with several of her clones, ready to drop down on the enemy below once the fighting started.
She tapped her comlink. “Skywalker, are you ready?”
“Yes.” came the Jedi's voice.
“Good, then let's begin.” she killed the link and looked around at her platoon. “Alright boys, get ready, it's about to get noisy.”
Aira-ty noticed Skywalker's apprentice shifting nervously and reached over, patting the girl on the head.
“Don't worry love, you'll do fine.”
The girl's purple skin tinged a darker shade as she nodded. Aira-ty wondered why Skywalker wasn't taking better care of the girl, she was obviously willing to learn and please, so that he would keep her up o
SWtCW: Battlefield Christophsis pt. 1SWtCW: Battlefield Christophsis pt. 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The Clone Wars: Battlefield Christophsis
The Clone Wars have begun, not two months have passed since the opening battle of the war on Geonosis and the planets of the Galactic Republic are under grave threat from the Confederacy of Independent Systems and their Droid Army. The Separatists control many of the hyperspace lanes that link the Republic together, effectively isolating member planets across the Republic and leaving them all but defenseless.
One such planet is the rich world of Christophsis. This planet is not only a major economic hub for the Republic, but it is one of the few planets which has allowed refugee camps upon its surface. Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan has been a major sponsor of these camps and was touring the planet when the Confederacy struck.
With only limited defensive forces, Christophsis was no match for the might of the Droid Army which quickly swept across the planet and conquered it save for a few scattered hold outs. Desperate both to secure t
SWtCW: Battlefield Christophsis pt. 6SWtCW: Battlefield Christophsis pt. 63 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Crystal City, Planet Christophsis
“Can't you just shield us again?” Aira-ty asked in annoyance.
“I could, but there is no guarantee that we wouldn't bump into one of them and thus give away our position.” Kahan turned to look at her. “I do not know about you Commander, but I am in no mood to find myself exposed in the midst of the enemy army.”
“What about Skywalker and Hanabi?” Aira-ty asked. “We haven't seen them at all.”
“They are nearby.” Kahan replied, looking back at the assembled droids below. “I have ordered them to hold position for the time being until such time as we can make a difference.”
Aira-ty scowled. This was something she had never been any good at. Sitting and waiting. They were hidden away in the upper stories of an apartment block overlooking one of the main avenues of the city. A direct path to the government center where the Republic forces were stationed...though....
SWtCW: Battlefield Christophsis pt. 2SWtCW: Battlefield Christophsis pt. 23 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Aboard Republic Assault Ship Jelial, Crystal City, Planet Christophsis
Kahan picked his head up and looked around the bridge of the assault ship with a frown.
“Is everyone alright?”
“We're fine General.”
Kahan looked to the clone officer. “Are there any casualties?”
“Still checking sir.”
“Find those in need of medical attention and assess the damage to the ship as best as you are able. Begin deploying our forces, we have a battle to fight.”
Kahan's comlink chimed. “This is Master Kahan.”
“Master Kahan, are you unharmed?” came Master Kenobi's voice.
“So it would seem, I am awaiting further assessment from the crew on the ship's status.”
“I may be able to save you the trouble. Your forward strut is crushed, the prow of the assault ship is imbedded into the ferrocrete.”
Kahan nodded his understanding. “Thank you Master Kenobi, then at least our egress ra
SWtCW: Battlefield Christophsis pt. 5SWtCW: Battlefield Christophsis pt. 53 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Separatist Command Post, Planet Christophsis
Ventress' eyes were locked on the Jedi. The Mandalorian standing besides him was of little consequence. He was her prize. As the armored figure opened fire, Ventress swatted the shots away with ease, her blood pumping and burning with vengeful hatred for the man before her. As her bike neared the pair, she split her sabers in two and leapt as he swung his own double saber and sliced her bike in half.
“DIE JEDI!” she roared as she assailed him from above.
He parried her blows but gave ground with each strike, causing Ventress to grin wickedly. He was no match for her, she just had to push him and—she parried a flurry of blaster bolts from the Mandalorian, hissing viciously as she swung her right hand saber out and slashed through the armor like tissue paper.
“You will not interfere!” she shouted as she turned back to the Jedi with a feral, tooth filled, grin.
Kahan winced as Aira-ty went down with her wound, clut
SWtCW: Battlefield Christophsis pt. 4SWtCW: Battlefield Christophsis pt. 43 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Aboard the Republic Assault Ship Jelial, Crystal City, Planet Christophsis
Lana stood against the bulkhead of the medical bay, watching Cody's body float lifelessly in the bacta tank. He seemed like he was just sleeping...sleeping with a half dozen different tubes and wires hooked up to him. Worst of all was the bandage on his side where the chunk of shrapnel had imbedded in his stomach. He'd gotten that because he'd protected her. She frowned and crossed her arms over stomach, feeling guilty over the minor cuts and bruises she had sustained.
“Are you alright Lana?”
She looked up to see Master Kenobi smiling down at her gently. Lana didn't say anything, she just wrapped her arms around her master's waist and buried her face against his armored chest. He seemed surprised and at a loss for a moment, but then he put a hand on her head and held her gently.
“Is this...is this what it's like all the time?” she asked nervously, her voice muffled by his clothing.
Star Wars: The Darkness Within, the Light Without“NO!” Kahan shouted as the saber sank into Hanabi's stomach.Star Wars: The Darkness Within, the Light Without2 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
He split his blades and slashed his way through the militiamen between himself and Hanabi just in time to throw his blades aside and catch her as she fell, a look of utter shock on her face.
“M—Master...it hurts....” she murmured weakly.
Kahan nodded gently, barely in control of the emotions raging within him.
“Just hang on a moment, hold on Hanabi.” he brought his com online. “Sly! Get back to my ship and get Triage!”
“Sir?” the clone trooper asked in confusion.
“DO IT NOW TROOPER! Hanabi is hurt!”
Sly didn't ask again, severing the link as Kahan ran his hand over Hanabi's pained features.
“It'll be okay.”
She nodded, trying to smile.
“D—don't worry Master...I—I think I'm going to be alright.” she winced, clenching her teeth and smiled at him. “Promise me something?” she murmured as her eyelids flutte
Star Wars: Chance EncounterBlaster fire rippled over the cover where Hanabi and her handful of clone troopers crouched around her. It was supposed to be just a simple outpost of Death Watch but it was a full blown fortress! She still wasn't sure of the enemy numbers but it was enough and it was taking a toll.Star Wars: Chance Encounter3 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
“Master Kahan, Commander Nokta? We can't get any closer than this.”
“Don't get yourself killed Hanabi.” Commander Nokta called. “We'll have support soon.”
“My armored forces are nearly in position, once they are we'll make a full assault.”
Hanabi looked over her cover, ducking down as the repeater swept her way.
“Hurry Master, they're going to cut us to pieces here. If they bring up missiles or rockets we're toast.”
“Acknowledged.” Master Kahan replied stoically.
Hanabi began cycling through her com channels, trying to figure out where all her troops were. They'd been scattered all over the landing zone once the Mandalorians—no, D
SW: Kaira, The Grand InquisitorSW: Kaira, The Grand Inquisitor2 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Commandant Aira-ty Nokta watched as the Jedi captive took another solid punch in the jaw from her Storm Commandos. This wasn't her first interrogation, in the past months since the fall of the Republic and the formation of the Galactic Empire she'd conducted dozens of these interrogations on Jedi and other enemies of the Empire. This was just like any other.
With another blow to the woman's gut, Aira-ty walked forwards, her men stepping aside, one of them lifting the Jedi's head up by her fur to meet her gaze.
“This doesn't have to continue.” Aira-ty said gently, looking into the bothan's eyes. “Tell us what we want to know, and we'll end this.”
The bothan's eyes blazed defiantly as she gazed at Aira-ty hatefully, her jaw remaining shut.
“Keep it up, but don't break her jaw. We need her to talk.” Aira-ty said with a sigh as she stepped back again and let the pair of Storm Commandos resume their ministrations as she leaned against the wall and continu
Star Wars: Surviving the OrderNiklos sucked in his breath as the communication ended. His mouth was dry. He knew what he had to do but...he glanced at the other commanders. They'd all received the same order just now as well.Star Wars: Surviving the Order2 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
“None.” Dae said simply. “The General and Commander must be eliminated.”
“That is the order.” Jordi said cautiously. “But you know as well as I that the General can't have anything to do with this, he's been in combat for the past several months.”
“Except when he went to Coruscant.” Grim pointed out.
“That proves nothing.” Jordi said dubiously.
“It is your call Commander.” Arid said. “We'll follow your lead.”
“This is not a discussion,” snarled Dae. “The Jedi are traitors, I'm issuing the kill order to my men.”
“No.” Niklos said sternly, drawing a glare from Dae. “I'll issue the order over the command circuit.”
“And the ass
Star Wars: Conflicting EmotionsAs the last of the armored figures collapsed in a heap, Kahan stood up and extinguished his sabers as he examined their adversaries.Star Wars: Conflicting Emotions2 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Aira-ty twitched and looked over at him in annoyance.
“These aren't Mandalorians.”
He blinked and turned to regard her placidly. “They're wearing the armor.”
“That doesn't mean anything!” she snapped angrily. “They're not Mando'ade!” she spat. “They're Death Watch!”
“You'll have to forgive me if I don't perceive the difference.” Kahan replied thoughtfully.
If not for the inquisitive gaze of his pale blue eyes Aira-ty might have attacked him right then and there. As it was, she took a deep breath and tried to calm herself as she explained.
“It's the same difference as Jedi and Sith. Outsiders might not see the differences but they're there...and they're pronounced.”
Kahan considered for a moment before shrugging. “I will have to be more cog
SW: Remember Who You AreSW: Remember Who You Are2 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Hanabi followed after her Master hurriedly, catching up to him as he walked briskly through the halls of the Imperial Palace.
“You made her mad again.” she stated worriedly.
The Grand Inquisitor said nothing as she followed after him and so she pressed further.
“You could try being gentler.”
“Why?” he asked somberly. “It won't do her any good.”
“But it will at least show that you care!” protested Hanabi as they continued. “She thinks you've completely abandoned who you used to be!”
The Grand Inquisitor snorted in apparent amusement. “Oh? And who are you referring to?”
“Kahan.” she stated candidly.
He froze in mid-stride, coming to a stop. Hanabi stopped as well, feeling her heart race as he turned to look at her, his blue gaze boring into her silvery eyes.
“What have I told you about using that name?”
“It's who you are!” Hanabi said defiantly.
“No, it's who I wa
SW: Kaira, the HelmetSW: Kaira, the Helmet2 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Aira-ty walked onto the hangar deck with the extra helmet under one arm. She spotted the Prodigal Star resting in its berthing with the General and several troopers standing around the freighter. Hefting the bucket she moved forwards with a purposeful glare as the five members of Wild Card squad and the three ARC troopers who would be accompanying the mission listened to the General's briefing.
“I have every faith in each of your abilities.” the General was saying. “We'll be completely isolated once we're on the planet's sur—“
“I have a present for you General,” Aira-ty said as she raised the helmet up and clamped it down on his head.
Kahan jerked for a moment as the helmet locked in place and much to Aira-ty's surprise he lashed out, shoving her back and clutching at the helmet as if it were trying to take his head off. After a moment's struggle he ripped the helmet from his head and threw it across the hangar. The sound of its impact echoed a
Star Wars: All Good ThingsAira-ty sighed as she doffed her armor, letting her hair down and shaking it out to its full length. It was good to get out of it finally. A month in constant combat certainly introduced you to new smells! She was looking forward to getting her battalion back to the rest of the 13th Assault Corps which was currently engaged on some nameless rock against the Seps. Her own mission had at least been a success. A resounding one if she was any judge of it. They'd not only managed to nail their target, but cause some additional trouble as well when they'd had to shoot their way out. She was very proud of her men.Star Wars: All Good Things3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
She changed into something more comfortable, simple casual wear. Space but it felt good to be in something that she didn't wear into combat. She did what she always did however, and strapped the Westar-34 to her hip. It had belonged to her husband, to Jango. She'd found it in the arena on Geonosis, along with his body...the memory came back unbidden and she took a deep, steadying br
Star Wars: Future Mind GamesThe last of the Stormtroopers fell to the ground, leaving Aira-ty and Kahan standing alone amidst the white shelled bodies.Star Wars: Future Mind Games2 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Aira-ty trembled slightly within her own armor. “I just...” she took a deep breath. “Kahan I just—“
“Don't.” her husband said quietly, turning to her. “Don't think that.”
She grimaced and glared at him from behind her helmet. “You're in my head again.”
He smirked at her, despite the fact that he wore his own set of beskar'gam, he'd declined a helmet. He wore the rest of the regalia though, done in a olive drab with teal slashes running down from the shoulders of his armor. And in all honesty...she loved seeing his face even if she wished he'd wear a helmet.
“Always.” he replied simply.
Aira-ty's face flushed and she looked away from him in annoyance, doing what he suggested and forcing the thought from her mind. She couldn't think like that. These men were no longer Jango's legacy...they
SWtCW: Shadows of Nar Shaddaa pt. 1SWtCW: Shadows of Nar Shaddaa pt. 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away....
The Clone Wars: Shadows of Nar Shaddaa
The Republic's war for survival continues to rage across the galaxy; with Christophsis now firmly back in Republican hands General Kahan and Commander Nokta have been sent on a mission to Hutt Space to ensure that the powerful Hutt lords do not enter the war on the side of the Separatists.
Amidst the ghosts of Aira-ty's past, memories of old enemies loom in the shadows as Hanabi tries to cope with her feelings of rejection after Anakin took a leave of absence and left her in the care of Master Kahan. Also on the mission are a squad of clone troopers hand picked by Aira-ty for their independence and wild nature.
As they near the planet Nar Shaddaa, the Vertical City, each member of the team finds themselves wondering what awaits them in dealing with the often deceitful Hutts and their insidious clan politics centered on the Grand Council and what traps the mysterious Separatist agents sent by
Star Wars: Wasted FutureStar Wars: Wasted Future3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Aira-ty stumbled and rolled, banging her head against the sides of the tunnel as she tumbled downards. She was finally spat out, landing flat on her ass, in a small cave lit by blue glowing crystals.
“Ow.” she muttered, rubbing her butt. “Jango? Jango can you hear me?”
Her comlink gave her nothing but static and she cursed as she removed her helmet. Just her luck. Reaching down, she pulled out a glowstick and began examining the cave. Aside from the crystals there was nothing of interest—wait—she jerked the light around and froze as a face peered at her from out of the gloom. Her face.
“Wh—what?” she stammered, drawing her pistol and pointing it as the apparition walked forwards into the light.
“Hello Aira-ty.” she said.
Aira-ty's heart thudded in her chest. “Wh—who are you?”
“I am you...or I could have been.” the woman said quietly, her expression sad. “I am what you could have been.&
SWtCW: Shadows of Nar Shaddaa pt. 2SWtCW: Shadows of Nar Shaddaa pt. 23 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Nar Shaddaa, the Vertical City, Korbo's Place
“What are we doing here?” Aira-ty grumbled as she sat slouched at the table.
“Eating.” Kahan replied simply as he examined the menu. He eyed Hanabi. “You may order whatever you like.”
Her face brightened for the first time since they'd been on this trip and she all but leapt at the menu. At least that was something, but it still didn't answer Aira-ty's question.
“General, why are we sitting in a restaurant instead of meeting with our contact?”
“We are meeting with our contact.” Kahan replied with a glimmer of amusement in his eyes which made Aira-ty twitch. “Kindly take your helmet off and order something.”
Aira-ty did no such thing, instead leaning back and eying the other patrons of the restaurant. This was on one of the nicer areas of Nar Shadda's Vertical City and the restaurant reflected that, as did its patrons. Their ragtag little group seemed very out of place a
SWtCW: Shadows of Nar Shaddaa pt. 3SWtCW: Shadows of Nar Shaddaa pt. 33 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Nar Shaddaa, the Vertical City, Outside Borvo's Estate
The rain poured down in running rivulets from the structures above their heads as Aira-ty and Kahan stood under an awning opposite and down the street from the main entrance.
“I count seven cams fixed on the approaches.” Aira-ty muttered as her helmet's enhanced vision revealed the concealed observation devices. “Three guards, probably more inside the door.” she bit her lip. “This isn't going to be easy sir.”
“No, I imagine not.” Kahan replied calmly from besides her. “I sense two more guards inside, not very attentive ones though, none of them are all that alert.”
“Think you can slip us by them?”
“Probably, it's getting through the door that is more concerning. Illusion or no, they'll notice the door opening and closing, even if they don't see anyone actually entering.”
Aira-ty sighed and glanced over her shoulder at him. “It's never easy.
SW: Kaira, A Darker FutureAs Commandant Aira-ty Nokta walked into the Imperial Ballroom with Captain Jesp on her arm she felt a smug satisfaction as dozens of eyes turned to her with looks of desire. Just as many malicious glares were shot at Jesp for standing as her escort. She couldn't help the smugness, she hated these events, however as Commandant of the Storm Commandos she was required to attend these balls or risk the ire of the Imperial elite. She didn't need anyone else breathing down her neck, so she attended. That didn't mean she wasn't going to make these slaggers squirm though. The scandalously revealing red dress she was wearing was geared towards exactly that. They could look all they wanted, Emperor help them if they so much as thought of touching though.SW: Kaira, A Darker Future2 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
“I hate these things.” she muttered under her breath as she and Jesp mingled with the crowd.
“Yes Commandant,” Jesp replied diffidently as he stood besides her in his dress uniform. “But this is also a duty.”
SW: Kaira, Divergence PointKahan stopped in mid-stride as he, Hanabi, and Skabeor ran through the compound. He could feel the approach of their adversary. They weren't going to be able to get away from him in time. Ahead of him, Hanabi skidded to a halt and turned to look at him.SW: Kaira, Divergence Point2 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
He smiled at her with a heavy sigh. “Keep going.”
“Wait what about you?” she asked, her face suddenly writ with worry.
“I'll be right behind you, I promise.” he turned back the way they'd come. “Now go.”
“You heard the man sweetness,” Skabeor said as he grabbed Hanabi's hand and pulled. “We gotta go.”
Hanabi pulled out of his grasp and glared warningly at him before turning back to Kahan.
“Master?” Kahan looked over his shoulder at her. “Don't die.”
He smiled and nodded. “Get going, I'll be there soon.”
As the pair of them continued onwards, Kahan shrugged out of his robes and drew his saber staff, holding it
SW: Sparring with DarknessSW: Sparring with Darkness2 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Hanabi knelt in the training room, meditating and trying to find her center after the day's frustrations. She didn't know how much longer she could continue to do this. She was not cruel enough for this new life. She knew that the only reason she was still alive was because Master Kahan, the Grand Inquisitor, allowed her to live and protected her from the ire of his peers, superiors, and subordinates. In her turn she tried to follow his new path but found it hard to execute the level of cruelty that such required. At least Aira-ty seemed to have adapted well to the New Order. She was almost as bad as Master Kahan had become though she was often left at a disadvantage when he interacted with her.
Hanabi sighed fretfully. She knew that Master Kahan still loved Aira-ty and that she loved him...but she knew that neither of them would ever admit it. Love was a vulnerability in the Empire. It was an avenue for an attack that needed to be defended. Hanabi herself was a vulnerability for Maste