Lets do a challenge! How did Isabella and Mira get to this point? Why is Mira a Sith? Why are they battling other than the age old bitter rivalry between Jedi and Sith? Is Isabella going to kill Mira or subdue her? Should you wish to accept this
mission you must write two sentences or more.
Story time. GO!
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Replace that with Mira saying "I'm not afraid." and Isabella responding "You will be....you will be."
Boom.. there you have it Jedi training commences.. the story can lead to here from there.
But ultimately Mira would fall to the dark side "because" she loved Isabella and because she cannot fall out of love with her, she isn't fit to be a Jedi.
They could have had a huge fall out about the Jedi Code and why love should or shouldn't be allowed and Isabella despite her feelings would defend the code and Mira would point out a flaw in asking if every Padawan is just a 'tool' or 'pet' for their Masters? Are they not meant to form bonding and caring relationships with their Padawans? Or does none of that matter because Jedi do not know love.
It could end in a severe battle of ideals, because in reality the notion between Jedi and Sith is that the answer lays in between, they are both extremes of the opposite side, but the truth lays in the middle. Mira could be trying to speak of that 'middle' but Isabella doesn't want to acknowledge it as too much "Jedi" thought is going through her mind, the mind of thought that wasn't there the night she kissed Mira. Because it caused their feelings to grow and Mira to question the 'Code' more and find flaws within it.
That conversation could culminate to Isabella saying something to the effect of "I never should have kissed you.." and leaving her to her own devices. This would hurt Mira enough, not just the conversation, but failing her master, but also her anger about it. She would run away and set out on a journey to prove there IS a 'grey' area but would fall to the dark side along the way.
Mira falls because she doesn't have a true master to teach her how to balance in the middle because she'd only known "two" extremes, and only started understanding a 'middle' ground after her moment with Isabella.
Isabella would have the sense talked into her by her "Mom" at her estate she returns to in her room when she has to 'think' but before she goes to apologize to Mira and have that conversation is when she found that Mira had run away.
Years later is when they would run into each other again.
She is sent to track down a rogue Jedi whom runs with a mask to cover her (very much like Red Hood) and she finds this rogue Jedi helping her along some turns and hurting her on other turns. In one scenario there is an item they are both after (a McGuffin) where they share a bit of a conversation.
To the reader and to Isabella they have no idea that this fallen Jedi is Mira, maybe she uses a voice modulator through her mask, so her voice isn't recognized, and maybe because she's shrouded in both light and dark energies Isabella can't sense who she is.
Alright, the McGuffin they are both after is one where Isabella needs to obtain to take back to the order and Mira needs it for a different reason though it isn't specified. The fight kicks off with Isabella saying her case on keeping the box and explaining to the rogue Jedi(whom is Mira.. but let's call her Phantom for now) about how she has helped her before and been an ally but also has been an enemy, so she asks her on this day to be her ally and lt her take the McGuffin back to the Jedi council. To which Phantom would reply "I can't let you do that."
They would then have their duel with which would end with Isabella slashing the mask off and disarming Phantom, and whilst holding her hand, she gets a look at her face (the picture in the shot above) and it is revealed to be Mira.
Isabella's response afterwards would be one of shock, almost being unable to react, this is the person she'd lost all those years ago whom had run away back before she could give her all the answers she wanted when she was ready to cast aside her pride, yet now, face to face with her again, didn't have the words...
I would continue, but I like to leave those in suspense ^_^ hehe hope you enjoyed my ramble
As we see in 'The Phantom Menace', Padawans are usually separated from their parents at a young age; as we see in 'Attack of the Clones', a Padawan's training will keep them too busy to contact their parents (likely by design, as the Jedi Masters do NOT want "attachments" to distract the Padawans from their duty, or to challenge the Padawans' loyalties towards the Jedi Order). That means Isabella will have no "Mom" to talk sense into her, only a Jedi Master.
The story also can bring up some of the hypocrisy of the Jedi there. They don't want to form 'attachments' yet what do you call a Master and their Padawan having? Do they just not like each other? Do they just keep it professional? Do they not care for each other? Was Obi-Wan not a real Jedi because he considered Anakin(his padawan) a brother and loved him? A best friend?
All that is attachment. So that's a great way to show the 'line' and how everyone seems to cross it in some way shape or form, whether Jedi or otherwise
Forming attachment compromises the mind off the task at hand from time to time because your priorities become skewed by it.
That is why they try to forbid love and attachment. Yet that is impossible to avoid, even for a Jedi. The Jedi would be lying to themselves otherwise. Which is the flaw within their teachings, same can be said of the Sith and their teachings, the flaw on both of their sides is that they're on two sides of separate extremes whereas the answer is truly in the middle.
Because your feelings will be compromised through attachment either way, be them in the Jedi Order or outside of it. You'd be asking someone to go against their natural nature otherwise.
That's probably why they try to raise Jedi from children, because they're easier to manipulate and control to that extreme.
Interesting if you think of it from that perspective isn't it
Gives me ideas for the dialogue in this story once I get to it
Welles: "[Nicaraguan President Anastasio] Somoza's a bastard!"
Roosevelt: "Yes, but he's our bastard."
In short, Jedi Masters don't have a problem with their Knights and Padawans forming attachments with other Jedi, e.g., Anakin's attachment to Obi-Wan. They DO have a problem with their Knights and Padawans forming attachments with non-Jedi, e.g., Anakin's attachment to Padme.
I agree the Jedi try to manipulate and control their Padawans' emotions to extremes. As for dialogue for your story, I'll be happy to help, but it's unknown whether or not I'm capable of helping- I often run into Writer's Block when writing my own stories.
lol. McGuffin. XD
I would figure at this point their conversation would be quite a shocking or interesting one.
In situations like this it's always great to introduce a third party, or I guess a 'worse' party. Perhaps a Sith Lord that Mira is trying to keep from maintaining the box. Maybe eventhough she's a fallen Jedi, it's that grey line on hr feelings for Isabella that causes her to be able to make those snap decisions on the help or hindrance of their missions.
A former master of Mira's perhaps that knew the plans she had for the box, knew her feelings for Isabella and knew they'd run into each other and quarrel, but perhaps this Sith Lord (lets call her Shadow) would have counted on the battle to distract them long enough for her to obtain the box, and that should Mira have fallen to Isabella or vice versa it would kill two birds with one stone.
But being that neither happened and the fact she now has the box she takes it upon herself to try to kill the 'birds' and proceeds to try to blow them up within whatever facility the battle took place while escaping in her ship.
This situation is one that Mira and Isabella would both have to escape albeit barely.
But in the ensuing destruction, Isabella would be caught with the debris thus knocking her unconscious or out of commission perhaps under some rubble. Which would leave Mira at a crossroads of decision, if she stayed back to save Isabella from the rubble, she would lose time in being able to catch Shadow, and would put her too far out of range to catch her or sense her, as well as endangering her life, BUT if she left Isabella to die, she would be able to catch Shadow in time and hopefully stop whatever her plan is.
This back and forth decision is also her walking the line, but eventually she decides she would drag Isabella from the rubble and onto her ship as she barely makes it out on time before everything goes up in smoke and buried underneath it's rubble. Mira by this point would I figure also be an excellent pilot due to her 'journeys' and although more hardened by life, still possessing that charm and soft demeanor that makes her..her.. if a bit wiser and skeptical by now.
Isabella would awake in the sleeping quarters with Mira watching her and upon waking would be complimented on her beauty when she sleeps, and Isabella's first reaction would likely be for her lightsaber but Mira would ignite hers and hold it out at her before 'tsk'ing at her. This is a role reversal during this moment as well to their prior relationship. But it also sets the tone that Mira wouldn't be as easy to be 'dominant' with, in terms of how she is now. But that's the beauty of it isn't it? As they'd have to rebuild their relationship to the point where Mira could be willingly soft with her again and give in to Isabella's whim. But that would be much later on
At this point Mira is still the one with the lightsaber and 'tsking' that with whom she saved. She would then explain the situation to Isabella and why she was trying to take the box, and how Shadow wound up getting it, but she isn't catching Shadow right now because Isabella is still alive because if she had caught Shadow, it wouldn't be the case.
Isabella would respond, not to the problem at hand, but to Mira, after a 'casual' thank you at saving her life, the conversation would turn(or at least she'd try to turn it) about Mira's fall, her confusion, how she could be saved and how she is not being honest about who she is. You know.. typical Jedi talk that Isabella probably has mixed feelings about as well but will still recite to answer things like this.
To which Mira would reply that she thinks she knows 'exactly' who she is, but that's the problem isn't it. That the Jedi are never about being 'who you are' but merely by how they decide to define what a 'child of the force' truly is.
She would then rise, and be short with her words, inform her of where the meal she left her is, before saying a small quip and causing the door to shut, thus leaving Isabella in the room by herself. Again, another turn of events considering how when they first met it was Mira whom was isolated, and again it's a switch to a dominant feeling, one that Isabella is likely not used to, particularly from Mira.
But on the other side of the door we could see Mira trailing her fingers along the outside of it and resting her head against it, before walking off to continue piloting her ship. The feelings are still there, and still strong, but she wants to be in control of the situation right now..maybe in general.. but she has to fight the urge with every sense of her being to not just open that door, run at Isabella, no words, no code's, all history be darned and just do what she wants to and has always wanted to do with her. But no..not until she sees her point.. they'd been down this road before, and if they're going to get to where she wants to be.. one of them is going to have to give a little more than last time.. and Mira isn't giving in till Isabella is the one that gives that little bit this time.
What that can lead to is many conversations, many moments, many missions, but also Isabella seeing a bit more into Mira's world, playing both sides of the Empire and the Republic, being a gray Jedi. How she(Mira) carries a red lightsaber but doesn't consider herself anymore a Sith than she does a Jedi.
Almost scoundrel like, but not devoid of her morals, which, as in life, are never black and white, always a grey area..
But during this time, as I said, Isabella could learn more about this side, as well as use her knowledge to try to find one herself. Granted, through the first part of their journeys, she will still be trying to justify things via the Jedi Code or trying to belittle certain decisions and what they'll lead to as far as the dark side and Mira would continue to only keep her at a certain distance during this time, while also keeping her lightsaber, and sending her back to her quarters when they enter the ship.
Eventually Isabella would be able to roam freely around the ship, and come to know the droids of Mira and a few other things she collected along her journey.
As time went on during this journey, Mira would soften slowly to Isabella as Isabella started to warm to the things she was seeing instead of ignoring them and using the Jedi code to blind herself to them, but acknowledging them, and thus she grows, not just as Jedi but into a better mentor and person. When she gave Mira credit for showing her that, that is when Mira's attitude towards her would start to change and soften.
Eventually they would finally reach a midground, but a pivotal point in their relationship, where they would share a beautiful night staring outside of one of the windows in the corridor of their ship, and just stare at the galaxy, it would be a moment that would b filled with subtle tension and beauty and their hands would slip into one anothers. Before breaking them and Isabella goes back to her quarters.
But on this night in the middle of the night, a non sleeping Isabella would hear Mira sliding down the other side of the door and sitting on the other side of it. She would know Isabella is awake. She would mention to her, asking if she couldn't fall asleep yet, which would get a reply.
Mira would then start to talk about the time they first met, what she felt then, what she felt as time went on, and just the memories they had, bringing up the times in training, things they could both laugh at and tender moments they'd once had. And Mira would ask Isabella if she truly..didn't feel something then.. didn't feel the moments like she did.
This would inch Isabella closer to the door on the other side and sliding down to listen.. and their back and forth stories would continue. Isabella eventually would finally admit her fear, that she was afraid, what Mira meant to her, and what she felt between them, what the Jedi teachings had done to her mind and taught her, but also reveal that day.. that when she got the sense talked into her, the day of their fight. For the first time.. she felt free of the burden that was still there, how she could think of nothing more than wanting to answer the questions Mira had back then, and that day she had decided she wanted to answer them all.. but she had lied to herself.. she was walking to that room with one thing only on her mind.. and that was having Mira.. because she realized in that moment that she wanted nothing more than to 'have' Mira, the way she wanted to have her. But when she opened the door, she was gone. And she found herself lost again. Something she never thought she'd feel again.
Mira would catch the tone, and know that Isabella felt that way, right then right now..but so did she. But she wanted to hear it..she wanted to hear everything she had imagined..but she wanted to hear it come from Isabella's mouth this time.. even if it was from the other side of the door. But Mira would calmly and silently ask what Isabella wanted to do to her... to which Isabella would answer.. all those things.. softly.. those dominant things.. soft style.. hard style.. and all the things in between. Mira just listens as she whined herself and the back of her head against the door and just listening, as Isabella presses the door from the other side, tiredly, but with a passionate desperation that is both soft..and calculated.. stating and admitting... Then when she finishes and closes her eyes against the door.. Mira opens it..and finally sitting back to back physically with Isabella, asks her softly to take her.. just like she had been saying she wanted to... ending this request.. with a "please.." thus passing the dominant moment back to Isabella.
To which Isabella would take, after turning her body and pulling Mira's head to the side and looking in those eyes, staring at her with eyes that ask if she knows what she's getting herself into, but without saying the words.. despite not saying it.. Mira still catches the intent in Isabella's eyes and simply says "Please..." to which Isabella would comply. And thus.. the rest of the night becomes theirs, with Mira willingly giving herself to Isabella, whom takes her, willingly..finally..and without fear and thus finally awakening that side in Mira that had thought to have been lost but is now ignited and melting within Isabella's embrace, touch, and moment, but also awakening another side of Isabella she is no longer afraid to embrace. They had taught one another..and now they shall have one another.. like they could never.. or would ever.. have anyone else...
I could go on, but I think this ramble has gone on long enough hehe ^_^ I hope you've been enjoying that one as well
It also winds up making their relationship more complete and thus more fulfilling. I'm glad that you enjoyed my ramble so much ^_^
Now I really want to see it lol. Oh well, maybe one day ^_^ I'm glad you enjoyed!
Their journey and 'story' would also become one of Legend within that Grey Jedi type of Lore. The two star crossed lovers and the tale of falling, redemption, love, and also the path that lead them down the Grey area, an area of not being afraid to be yourself and being able to master both the passive and aggressive sides of the Force. Seeing the force as one entity rather than "Light side" and "Dark side" and the teachings therein. It would be a story for the archives of official lore for future generations of Jedi that wish to walk that path and also ones that aren't afraid of love. Ultimately it holds the secret to unlocking "all" sides of the force for benefit, progression and growth, as opposed to being tied down by one or the other and the Jedi or Sith's definition of it.
Grey Jedi have the potential to be the strongest Jedi's in the galaxy for this reason, and them finding a way to truly find that line, and walk it without falling towards either side is an inspirational kind of thing. The journey is not an easy one... but such a fulfilling one for those that can find their way through both the darkness, and the light and breaks down barriers in more ways than one
The Dark Side is hard to escape because you make enemies of those who could be your friends and either kill them or they kill you.
Okay, Strawberry, now I have to ask: Jedi or Sith? (a hand may or may not be reaching for a lightsaber at my belt)
Not sure if I'd be a Mando. Like the Jedi and Sith there are too many OC's with them. I would go for something more original. Perhaps an elite military asset from Alderan who happened to escape before the planet got destroyed and now spends time collecting bounties on high ranking Imperials.
Mira: "Kill me, then. End the pain. I will beg you to take my life, if that will please you."
Isabella: "Why would you want to die?"
Mira: "Why would I want to live? My father sold me as a slave, to pay his gambling debts. My master was a Sith Lord who used torture to instill in me knowledge of the Dark Arts, and then made me murder the inhabitants of my hometown- as well as my traitorous father, whose death I do not mourn- so I cannot escape this fate. I killed 196 innocent children, whose faces haunt me to this day- a pain upon my conscience which my master refuses to end, thinking it will give me power. If you will not end my pain, then end me before I end another..."
Mira (sobbing as her lightsaber reactivates): "I don't want to live only to bring death to innocents. I don't want to live a slave to darkness. Please..."
Isabella (sees Mira's lightsaber fly towards the brunette's head, and cuts it down before Mira is hurt): "I..."
(To be continued.)
Nicely written. Even though it leaves with a cliffhanger. Which I can't blame you for because that is exactly the kind of picture I left you all with.
Maybe the Sith Lord will come to reclaim his "apprentice," and kill Isabella as punishment for her "theft"- or maybe Mira will sacrifice herself to save Isabella, blocking her master's view and allowing the blonde to take the Sith Lord by surprise.
Or maybe Mira will help Isabella kill her master, only to declare herself the new Sith Master, and corrupt Isabella into becoming the brunette's Sith Apprentice. Which ending do you think is best?
they got vader in it
and we all know how awesome he is
Okay, I’ll try! Always loved these two characters.
I’m a gamer, and we’ve been running a Star Wars game for over two years now that’s very different from the canon one. Anakin is killed early on, Palpatine dies during Order 66, the Jedi become slowly more tyrannical and domineering and are the main antagonists in the game. ‘Light Side’ doesn’t mean ‘good’ in our world, it means ‘order, control, tradition’. ‘Dark Side’ isn’t ‘evil’ but means ‘passion, chaos, ‘do as thou wilt is the whole of the law’. Also, droids and cyborgs have a really hard time of it and are treated badly by most of the factions.
So, to Isa and Mira…
Mira was a young padawan after the Exodus, but she was never really happy with the Jedi. After an accident that cost her a hand, she had a cybernetic replacement, and the Order no longer saw her as a real person. She escaped and surrendered to her dark side in her misery. Luckily for Mira, she is found by Lucas Lars (who is kind of a 30-something version of Luke Skywalker in this world but nothing to do with Anakin; he’s sort of a cross between Bruce Lee, Jesus Christ and Timothy Leary). Lars is the universe’s only really sane man, the leader of a small group called the Followers of the Temple, who are decent and sane, more like the official Jedi in the movies. Anyway, Lars helps her come to terms with her unexpressed anger and embrace her Dark Side fully: ‘though passion, I gain strength, through victory, my chains are broken.’
Master Lars has been watching Isa for a while; he notes she is growing increasingly discontented with how corrupt and brutal the Jedi have become, and she’s creeped out by their insistence that she has to ‘breed’ to pass on her rare Force powers. Lars wants her to join his Followers and fight for justice and peace and sanity rather than the brutal, callous domination of the Jedi Order. He sends Mira, with orders that she should get herself captured by Isa and then free her from her emotional chains. Isa’s yellow lightsaber suggests she is a Jedi Sentinel, essentially a spy or secret agent. She’s probably an Inquisitor, a Jedi who hunts and captures or kills apostates (anyone who disagrees with the Order!). She hunts Mira as an apostate, and easily captures her. As she’s bringing her back to face brutal Jedi justice, she listens to her captive, learning all about her mistreatment and abandonment. Over the journey, she falls in love with her captive, and has her eyes open to how horrid her Order has become. Mira returns her love and tells her about the Followers and Master Lars, who is trying to bring peace to a war-torn galaxy and resurrecting the compassionate Jedi of old. Isa and her new love return to the Followers, determined to oppose the oppression of the Jedi Order and use the powers they taught her against them.
Oh, and the Followers don’t believe in ‘midichlorians’ or that Force use is in the blood, so Isa and Mira don’t have to breed and get happily married
I really think I'm going to use this plotline in our games; it feels so fitting! One of the Followers characters is a lesbian, and I think she'll really relate to this...)
Isabella's yellow lightsaber color I chose because I found its meaning to be 'those who are highly skilled'. Which I can't imagine her not being at master level since she is such workaholic and perfectionist in my yuri comic. Her being an inquisitor is a logical position for her to be in. Also I find it funny that in your story it's Isabella who is expected to do the hanky-panky rather than Mira. lol!
I basically re-wrote the SW universe to make it a better fit for an RPG - the players wanted different factions, grey morality and above all, they need to be the heroes. What makes for a good film doesn't really make for a good RPG setting. I liked the idea that the Jedi and Sith could be good or evil - here they are essentially two parts of the same religion, like Protestant or Catholic Christians, or Shia or Sunni Muslims. For the most part, the Sith are arguably better in our world, as they're not trying to impose their order on everyone else.
I felt that 'droid rights' were one of the big unanswered questions in Star Wars, as we know they can feel fear, pain and affection, yet everyone (even the good guys) treats them as non-beings. They are fully sentient, capable of emotions and feelings, but they are also basically slaves who can be mind-wiped. I liked the idea of them being an oppressed underclass fighting for their own rights. The Jedi especially hate them because they cannot manifest force-abilities. One of the PCs is a droid, BeeDee, and she's very much a freedom fighter for her people.
Ah, I see about the yellow 'saber. In many SW games, including Knights of the Old Republic, yellow equates to Jedi Sentinel, who are the espionage experts of the Order. I actually think that suits Isa well
In your story, Isa is a philanthropist who questions the unpleasant aspects of her Art Deco Future world, such as wanting rights for the 'Pets'. I thought that would equate well to her being a Jedi Inquisitor who eventually questions her Order's motives, eventually seeing that they are not so much keeping humanity safe from evil, but actually repressing the rights of others. That seemed in keeping with her established character, and it also seemed nice that she falls in love with Mira which finally opens her eyes.
I like your idea about Isa being an inquisitor.