Hyperspace, Republic star destroyer Resolute
Supreme Chancellor Palpatine sat in the quarters he'd been granted aboard the star destroyer on its journey to Naboo as he reviewed the latest information on the ongoing war. It seemed that the Separatists were making good use of their initial advantage against the unprepared Republic. Their control of several major hyperlanes was undeniable and no one could say that they hadn't used those lanes to push deep into the territory of the Republic. They were practically knocking on the doors of the Inner Rim and Palpatine had the distinct impression that the galaxy was holding its breath to see if the Republic would be able to strike back.
He smiled idly to himself as he considered it all. Of coure the Republic would strike back. The war was far from over even if the Republic was on the backfoot currently but there was so much more to do. A chime at his terminal interrupted his thoughts and he turned to tap the control console to find
The remains of the shuttle was strewn over the better part of a kilometer. From what Kahan could surmise it had rolled and come down on its top side before skidding quite a ways through the wet and muddy grasslands before coming to a stop. He'd seen a few Rebel bodies already as he'd searched the wreckage with the rest of the Mandalorians that Fenn had assembled for the search party but so far none had been the one person that Fenn cared about in this case. There was no sign of the young Rebel diplomat who had made the deal with Fenn.
That could mean one of two things. Either her body was buried or crushed somewhere in the wreckage or she'd survived and moved away from the crash. The howl of a speederbike drew Kahan's attention as he looked up to see Fenn riding up to him.
The Mand'alor looked at Kahan, his urgency easily detectable.
“No.” Kahan answered. “If she survived she's nowhere in the area.”
“Haar'chak!” spat Fenn angrily. “We need her
The sounds of the club tumbled out into the neon-lit street as I stood outside of it amidst the hustle and bustle of the city's nightlife. Above the door a holographic dancing girl twirled invitingly in varying shades of neon blue and lavender as I turned my collar up and looked at my companion. She was dressed far too finely for this, if the white fur coat—I still didn't know if it was real or fake—wasn't enough of a giveaway then the pearl necklace and long black gloves certainly did it. She looked like a socialite and exactly the sort of girl I didn't want to take into Borvo's place.
“You sure you want to come in there with me Miss Kalan?”
She gave me a look, her baby-blue eyes surprising me with their hostility as she as she pursed her ruby-red lips disdainfully.
“This is a family matter Mister Tiero. I have contracted you to see it through but that does not mean I am going to sit out the process.” she reached into her handbag and produced a nasty looking pistol
Orbit of Balmorra, CIS light destroyer Harbinger
“Nothing new to report sir.”
Commodore Halna Gowen nodded as the droid repeated the now tired message for who knew what number it was by now. The past several days had been spent doing little more than monitoring the Balmorra system and waiting for the twice daily reports from Agent Hadra. He had to admit that those were the only highlights of his days on station in orbit of the planet. The CIS intelligence agent had a blatantly flirty banter that at once flustered Halna but also intrigued him.
He had a sneaking suspicion that his parents would tell him that she was the sort of girl he should not bring home and he couldn't really say they would be wrong. She seemed like a rather wild spirit and he had a feeling that there was far more behind the playful banter than anyone would suspect. Still, she intrigued him and he at least appreciated hearing from her amidst the dullery of hanging in orbit above the planet.
Looking down at the meal that had been placed on her tray Aira-ty made a face. It wasn't exactly the most appetizing thing to look at as she thanked the chef and walked away, poking at the meat with an inquiring fork. It at least didn't smell awful at any rate. She considered what might happen if she were to bring Leroi down to Mandalore from the clan compound on Concordia. The food would certainly improve that was for sure.
She wondered if perhaps she'd gotten soft, during the Clone Wars and before she'd eaten far worse than this. If Kahan wasn't up on the MandalMotors station she'd have said something to him about it and fault his service droid for spoiling her. As it was she was left to fume on her own which only served to heighten her irritation.
Startled out of her irritation, Aira-ty turned to see a familiar face amidst the other Mandalorians, one which she hadn't expected to see here of all places.
“Sarah?” she asked in surprise as the
ARC Trooper Alpha-82
Nickname: Snake Eyes
Species: Human (clone)
Hair Color: black
Eye Color: brown
Equipment: Phase I ARC Armor
Weapons: WESTAR-M5 blaster rifle, DC-17cp, various grenades
Eras: Clone Wars
Affiliation: Galactic Republic, Grand Army of the Republic
Distinguishing Features: facial scarring around his eyes
History: Alpha-82 was an Advanced Reconnaissance Commando lieutenant who served throughout the Clone Wars. When first awakened on Kamino during the Separatist attack on the cloning facilities Alpha-82 was tasked with holding the line against droid forces attacking the administrative center of the city. It was here alongside fellow ARCs and fellow clone troopers that he first clashed with the droids which would be his primary opponents for the following years of warfare. Like many of his ARC brethren following the first battle for Kamino he was assigned to a Jedi general, in this case
Orbit of Coruscant, Republic star destroyer Guardian
The briefing room of the Guardian was filled with clone officers whose attentions were fully devoted to Kahan as he stood at the center of the room with Niklos by the holotank that was showing a projection of the Balmorra system and the assumed position of the Separatist task force within the system.
“As you can see the enemy formation is relatively small and appears to be composed of smaller, faster, warships.” Kahan explained. “The possibility exists that this is purely a raiding force sent to disrupt the manufacturing of the planet however given the presence of what appears to be a Recusant-class ship and multiple Munificent-class ships it is also possible that this is an invasion, though a relatively small one.”
“Do we have exact numbers General?” one of the officers inquired.
“We do not.” Kahan answered solemnly. “We could be facing a purely space based force of a dozen or so lighter warships with a few
Surface of Coruscant, Senate Building, Office of the Supreme Chancellor
Agent Ce'nah Haru was struggling to control the nervous twitching of her lekku. She didn't like being this close for so long to Jedi and she had two of them seated directly across from her and opposite the Supreme Chancellor. It didn't help that one of them was just a child, maybe in her teens. It reminded her of her sister and how the Jedi had come to take her away when Ce'nah was a child.
She had the uneasy feeling that the impassive face of the Jedi master in particular was hiding more than it revealed. She'd worked for the Republic's Judicial Intelligence service long enough to recognize when someone wasn't letting on to everything they knew. Regardless she began the briefing despite her misgivings and the sensation that she was being watched.
“This is Balmorra, nominally it's been loyal to the Republic since the war started and is a major arms manufacturing world. However many of the factories
The sloping mountain terrain passed by swiftly underwing as Bai sat astride his drake and looked down at his flock moving across the broken ground. They'd been grazing in their winter pastures but now with the summer months approaching it was time to bring the flock down to the valleys to graze while there was sunlight and warmth to do so. After the coldness of the winter Bai revelled in the radiant sun and his vibrant orange drake seemed to enjoy shaking the cold from its joints as well as it flapped its wings powerfully and glided on the updrafts of the mountainsides. It would be a beautiful season, of that Bai was certain.
It would be ni
The hardpacked snow crunched underfoot as Toric walked between the stark trunks of the winter naked trees. It would be better if the snow was softer, make it easier for him at any rate, but he could cope with that. He wasn't some human milksop. Pausing to listen, Toric's breath wafted in the cold air infront of his face.
He'd reached the edge of the woods. This was the place. Now he just had to get the beast's attention. Taking his shield from his back he strapped it to his arm and drew his sword from its sheath. Turning the blade he slapped the flat of it against the face of the shield. The resounding clang rang out in the still air and ech
The colorful planet turned on its axis, a multi-colored jewel of browns, whites, blues, and greens hanging amidst a sea of stars. Those stars blurred for a moment, warping as a void opened in their midst and a starship appeared from within the depths of the hole it had carved through space. As the ship transitioned from its faster-than-light jump, its captain considered the gem floating in her viewscreen.
“Orbis, what can you tell me?”
“Planet is terrestrial in nature with an atmosphere breathable by humans.” there was a pause as the ship's AI seemed to consider before it continued. “It seems that we have discovered an Earth analog Captain Harkness.”
Captain Miranda Harkness smiled as she felt her mind brimming with excitement.
“Okay then, let's get the survey teams ready for deployment.”
“Very good Captain, teams X-1 through X-16 will be deployed immediately.”
As the order was passed throughout the ship the two-person teams for each survey craft
The grasses rippled in waves of emerald green as Nathan rushed up the sloping hill, his book tucked under his arm as he reached the top and raised his hand to his mouth.
His voice echoed across the rolling green grass, carried by the rustling wind as he waited with a big smile on his face. After a moment of waiting a wake appeared in the long grass, the long blades waving about dramatically as whatever was beneath the surface of the green carpet made its way up towards Nathan. As the wake approached the young boy a large green head appeared before him, its large blue eyes gazing at him inquisitively.
“Hi there Ember.” Nathan said with a big toothy grin as he walked up to the creature and stroked its grassy form. “Are you ready for the next chapter?”
At this he held up the book he'd carried up the hill. The creature, covered from head to tail in what appeared to be the same vibrantly green grass as that which covered the rolling hills, trilled
Sitting back from the desk with a sigh, Maribelle looked around at the warmly lit room she was in. It was certainly comfortable and it had everything she could want. Books were neatly arrayed along the walls in the shelves. Paintings of far off places that Maribelle wanted to visit one day lined the walls, some of them painted by her own hand. There was even a grand piano in the corner that she could play with the skill of a master. It was all right there at the edge of her fingers.
Howeve none of it really made her feel alive and as she looked down at her latest book on the table she let out a long resigned sigh. She wanted to go outside.
Walking into the traning room Fern took a moment to admire the view of the stars out of the viewports of the liner. She'd rented the room for the next ninety minutes, plenty of time to gaze at the stars before she began. Space seemed so very peaceful when it was looked at from this angle, without any passion or personal convictions. Fern was acutely aware that out there amidst the stars the battle lines of the ongoing conflict between the Republic and the Sith were constantly being redrawn. Incessantly so. She was aware that her little sisters served on those lines whereas she was fortunate enough to be tasked towards more peaceful matters.
However in moments like these, looking out at the stars without any holographic battle lines overlaid on them, she simply took solace in the celestial beauty on display. Reaching for the control panel on the bulkhead she turned off the lights in the training room and let the blue glow of the stars illuminate her as she dialed down the
The vast metal spires rose upwards towards the endless sky overhead as if testifying to the ego of humanity. Ashepsut looked down at the spired city from the rise in the vast plain on which she stood. She hated visiting the city but it was necessary in this case, she couldn't ignore the request anymore than she could stop the seasons. Besides her a dark-maned lion let out a low moaning rumble.
“It's alright Rama.” she said as she placed a hand on his head and stroked his soft fur. “It will not take long.”
The lion let out another of his long and low growls as he leaned into her hand.
“I know, and I know you w
The broad flat expanse of the muddy beach lay stretched out before Penny as she skipped about the tide pools left behind by the receding tide. She could see for miles ahead of her where the ocean had retreated back out to sea and left exposed the vast mud plains before her. She loved low tide the most out of any time of day. It let her walk all the way to the horizon, though no matter how far she walked she could never reach it before the tide came back in and she had to rush back to shore.
Still, each day she spent at the beach she tried to reach the edge of the world before the water washed back in on her no matter how impossible it might
The morning sun filtered through the large windows, filling the kitchen with the first rays of sunlight as the dawn crept across the flat Nevada countryside. Alice could already smell the brewing coffee as she entered and found Tony standing by the coffee pot. The man loved his coffee if nothing else Alice mused as she gave her brother in law a smile and accepted the cup he offered her.
“Thanks.” she said, suppressing a yawn before she took a sip of the steaming brew. “Did you sleep well?”
“Aside from the damn dog.” Tony said with a jovial laugh. “I think he wanted to cuddle Slade more.”
The air lay deathly still around the ruins of the once proud city. There had been a time when this place had bustled with the presence of Elves at the height of their hubris and power but no more. Now there was nothing save for the ruined remains of stone that had once shown like snow, now long blackened with age. It was quite a bleak sight to behold and one that Kestor didn't find particularly appealing.
Never the less he had a job to do and it required his presence here amidst the silent ghosts of eons long passed. With a gentle nudge he urged his mount forwards and the stoic destrier carried him beneath the stone archway of the old city
Fireflies danced and flitted across the grasses as Miranda walked under the starry night sky overhead with a book and a large teddy bear stuck under her arm as she carried a lantern in the other hand. Ahead of her two large bipedal shapes came towards her beneath the starlight, their footsteps shaking the ground as they strode across the grasses. Miranda stopped and waited for them to come to her, smiling up at the two Tyrannosaurs as they looked down at her with their yellow eyes glowing with reflected firelight.
“Hey you two.” she greeted them as one of them lowered its head to sniff at the teddy bear. “Okay hang on.R
“Lucy! Wait for me!”
Tiana pushed through the leaf litter and branches as she tried to keep up with her dog. Lucy for her part didn't seem to care one bit for Tiana's struggles and so forged on ahead without her.
“Come back here silly!” Tiana called again as she pushed a low hanging limb out of her way to find Lucy standing at the foot of the tree looking up and barking insistently. “What's gotten into you?”
Kneeling down, Tiana ruffled Lucy's scruff affectionately even as the collie mix continued to bark up at something above them.
“What is it?” Tiana asked teasingly as she turned to look w
Silence reigned in the stone house as Kahan waited pensively with his parents. It had been seven hours since his wife had gone into labor. Seven hours since she had started crying and sobbing in pain. It had been half an hour since silence had fallen and since then, nothing. His father put a hand on his shoulder reassuringly as if to say it would be alright and all Kahan could do was nod. Then the door to the bedroom he'd shared with his wife these past few years since the war opened and the midwife came out.
She looked at Kahan for a bare moment before casting her gaze aside and hurrying past him. Kahan frowned, unsure what to think of the
The galactic map floated in front of Ahsoka as she examined the holotank. A spread of green showed the extent of the Empire's control, spanning most of the galaxy with a few areas shown as being free of the Empire's sway. She had been doing her best these past years to ignore the spread of the Empire, staying out of their way and trusting in the Force that the galaxy would sort itself out. Now however that she'd been found by Bail Organa she found herself looking at the state of the galaxy and feeling as though she had been wrong to leave the galaxy to its own devices.
What if she had fought sooner? What if she'd found other Jedi survivors a
Peter rushed down the slope towards the water, half falling down the embankment and very nearly tumbling into the shallows before catching himself. Hefting his net he stuck it out into the water and waved it around, pulling it back up and investigating its contents. There was nothing in it.
Undeterred he again thrust the net into the water once more and swished it around. Dragging it back through the water he once more investigated its contents only to find it still unfilled. A few more attempts yielded similar results and by the fifth attempt Peter was quite put out.
His grandfather had said he'd cook crawdads for dinner if Peter could ca
The army of the Woodland Realm mustered before the day was through, gathering their dead and wounded from the battlefield before beginning their march back into Mirkwood. Aira-ty sat astride Edoin, stroking the stallion's neck gently as she gazed down at Dale and the remnants of the Easterling army. Her journey it seemed truly had come to an end and she felt that she should be happier about that, but somehow leaving behind her traveling companion did not sit well with her and she lingered there atop the rise as the elven army trooped gazing at the future she had left he man from Gondor to.
“Your heart does not yet long for the forest
The sun's rays glittered on the rippling waves as Marie walked down the pier. It had been a nice funeral for her uncle, as far as funerals could go. She still felt strange wearing the two-piece bathing suit and skirt but, well...her uncle had insisted that everyone treat his funeral like a beach party and had demanded swimsuits for everyone. Marie blushed slightly, thinking of some of the choices that her uncle's friends and her own family had made. No one could ever accuse them of being boring she supposed.
Touching the ruby pendant around her neck she had to smile. It had belonged to her grandmother apparently and her uncle had kept it for
How is it that some of the most compelling character narrative material we've been given since Disney took over is consistently from game trailers?
Seriously why is it that we're getting such compelling character writing only in game material with