a mistress who didn't understand the meaning of the
word 'no'. Raeni Rodney had been feeling it since
she and Germanicus returned to Delaya after their
honeymoon. She felt that it was caused by the
appearance of his master, Darth Diabolus, and the
fact that she wasn't capable of killing him as she
was now. Since their return, she had been even more
devoted to becoming stronger. Her training had
become intense of her own accord. Yet...Raeni wanted
more. She wanted to test her abilities against Jedi.
She had no idea that her dreams were about to come
Hoth was a
hellish planet. The snow and ice that covered it
contributed to the freezing climate. Raeni had to
wear layer after layer of clothing to feel warm. Her
gloved hands held her furry jacket closed as the duo
progressed into literal nothingness. She had awoke
Germanicus up early claiming that something was
calling to her. While it could have been Darth
Diabolus, Raeni was so insistent that there was no
rejecting her. "It's close." She yelled over the
blizzard which was actively going on around them.
She could sense life forms for the first time since
they had landed the ship. She had no idea what was
calling her. The more she thought about it, the more
she wondered if Darth Diabolus had just successfully
lured her out of her hiding place. Raeni's fingers
wrapped around the hilt of her lightsaber. Through
the constantly pelting snow, she could see the dome
of an igloo-styled home. She smelt fire and cooking
meat. There were people who lived this far out.
Rodney had spent his life around nature, retreating
to the idyllic, untouched world of Delaya to commune
with the animals in peace. What he found on Hoth was
horrible. It was beyond cold ... a type of freezing
he had never before experienced. He expected it
would take a week in the tropical region of Delaya
to thaw him out after this. He did not want to go.
He was the master, and she should have listened to
him, but in this instance he was unable dissuade
her. "What's close?!" he asked her, with some anger,
if only to raise his body temperature as the snow
fell upon his heavy arctic wardrobe that did little
to keep his body warm. From behind her he, too, saw
the igloo, and he froze, literally, as his eyes
slowly moved to her from beneath his goggles. "Where
have you brought me?" he asked her, sounding a bit
annoyed, as his eyes slowly moved from Raeni back to
the igloo. Whoever they were ... they were warmer
Her free hand
suddenly snapped out and grabbed his arm to stop him
from progressing forward. "A second honeymoon..."
She mumbled thoughtfully. She sensed something
*else*. Her eyes narrowed behind her goggles.
"Jedi." The young woman didn't sound
disappointed...in fact, she was excited. It seemed
that once she was paying attention to other things
besides the terrible weather, it became capable for
her to focus. It felt like a veil before her eyes
had been lifted and she could *finally* see clearly.
There were two Jedi...one was significantly weaker
than the other. Additionally, there were two other
life forms all crammed into the same igloo.
would benefit if you would allow me to take him to
be taught by Jedi Masters." Dayna Ferobo calmly
spoke to the family of Twi'lek who had to run away
from their homeland in order to keep their child
hidden. It had involved great losses for the family.
They didn't want their son to be involved with the
Jedi. The couple assumed that no one would find them
this far out. They had assumed wrong. Dayna Ferobo
had appeared from nothingness and she was fully
prepared to take the child home. She had only just
become warm when she felt a disturbance in the
Force. Her eyes lit up. She pulled her goggles down
over her eyes and began to crawl towards the small
doorway. "Stay inside." She warned. The Jedi bravely
presented herself to the evil, sinister Sith who had
come to kill the talented Twi'lek boy. She stood
before them, fearless and calm. "Was torturing
Squibs not enough for you?! Now you've come to hurt
a youngling?" Dayna intended to take the boy to be
trained properly no matter what his parents had to
say. If they continued to live on Hoth, then all
three of them would freeze to death.
Germanicus thought silently to himself as he looked
to his young apprentice. "You couldn't have found
Jedi someplace warm?" he teased her, but before he
could press her the Jedi emerged from the igloo to
confront them. As she referenced their actions on
Skor II it seemed news of their misdeeds had spread
throughout the Jedi Order and this pleased him. His
hand moved to the hilt of his lightsaber,
immediately unclipping it from his belt. As he rose
the hilt he slid his thumb upon the activator, which
caused a *snap-hiss* that extended a crimson blade
nearly a meter in length in front of him. He assumed
a defensive position, the crimson blade illuminating
his covered face in the darkness caused by the
blizzard. There was more going on here than he was
aware, and therefore he would not take an aggressive
posture until more was revealed to him. Raeni knew
more than she was letting on, and he would need to
be more mindful. If she had sensed them then she was
perhaps as powerful as his master ... if not more
The Jedi was a
good appetizer, but she, too, sensed that there was
something more going on. The woman spoke of a youth.
Raeni wasn't in the mood to ask her questions. Her
lightsaber was already in her hand so she ignited
it, allowing the blue blade to appear. The Jedi's
eyes lingered on the blade for a long moment. Raeni
tossed her master a look. "Next time, I'll take you
to Mustafar, okay?" It was the most extreme planet
in the opposite direction of this one. Frankly,
Raeni wanted to be back on Delaya where she favored
the weather most. Raeni was the one who stepped up
to fight the Jedi. She didn't drive into the
aggressive attack that her blood was pumping for.
Instead, she began to circle the woman and verbally
play with her. "Killing Squibs isn't nearly as
amusing as killing Jedi. You should have seen that I
did to expand my collection of lightsabers." Raeni
suddenly minded the active snowfall at lot less. Her
blue blade bounced back and forth casually. She was
Ferobo knew that she had to protect the Twi'lek
family. She had been sent on this special mission to
recover the boy and convince his family that life
with the Jedi Order was truly the best option. She,
too, grabbed her hilt. When her lightsaber ignited,
it ignited on both sides rather than one. Dayna
hoped to throw her enemies off by using a less
common weapon. The female Sith's words made her feel
bitter. She couldn't determine which was the master
and which was the apprentice, so she needed to treat
both with absolute caution. In attempt to steer the
Sith free of the Twi'lek family, instead of
fighting, she turned her back on both of them and
began running in the opposite direction.
and laughed. "Only a fool would fall for that." She
turned towards the igloo, where a small toddler
Twi'lek boy was poking his head out of his home. She
grabbed the boy by his double tendrils and threw him
out onto the snowy covered ground. "It wasn't the
Jedi who was calling. It was this boy." She said,
finally happy with what she had found. "He's a force
user." She lifted her boot, planting it on the boy's
small back. She lifted up her lightsaber with the
intent of beheading the boy. He was too weak to be a
Sith, and thus *useless*.
watched as the Jedi fled into the blizzard, but he
decided not to give chase. It was much too cold and
the snow much too deep for him to exert the effort.
He reached out with his free hand towards the igloo,
and he began to manipulate the area around it. The
structure began to shake as if pushed by unseen
wind. Eventually it collapsed upon itself, killing
those insane as the roof collapsed in. He moved
quickly towards Raeni when he saw what she was about
to do, quickly bringing the hilt of his lightsaber
in front of the child. His crimson blade clashed
violently with her blue blade in the darkness of the
blizzard as he shielded the child from her
onslaught. "The Jedi want this child. We should
never rid ourselves of a potential resource," he
said, as he looked from his apprentice to the boy.
"His parents can no longer help him. Bring him," he
ordered, before disengaging the blade of his
lightsaber and clipping it back onto his belt. He
then turned on the heels of his boots to begin
walking back towards the ship to escape the cold.
forces within the igloo quickly disappeared with
Germanicus' efforts. The boy's family was dead now.
As far as Raeni was concerned, he was about to be
dead too. It came as a surprise that her master
stopped her. Their blades collided with a sudden
hiss. The confusion she wore on her face was
noticeable in her voice. "What...Why did you stop
me?" A potential *resource*?! She looked down at the
cowering boy. If they hadn't been standing in the
middle of a blizzard, then Raeni would have happily
spent a long time arguing with him over his
decision. Instead, she let out a groan to show him
how she felt, then bent down and scooped up the boy.
"This is only going to lead to trouble." She began
to grumble about halfway to the ship. She could
sense the Jedi woman still. That woman was wise
enough to keep her distance, but not smart enough to
abandon her pursuit. The temperatures around them
seemed to be rapidly depleting. The day was turning
to night. Raeni hoped to see the end of this planet
soon. The Twi'lek she clutched was freezing. With a
frown planted on her face, she wrapped her coat
around him as much as she could. "If we don't get
out of here soon, this child is going to die. I can
feel that he's malnourished. He doesn't weigh nearly
enough." Raeni informed him, feeling a tinge of
guilt for wanting to kill him. Perhaps she could do
it in a more humane way?
ignored Raeni's question about why he stopped her,
as well as her concern that the boy was trouble.
Instead, he had a single minded determination to get
them back to his starfighter before they all froze
to death. When she commented that the child was
going to die he stopped in his tracks momentarily,
turning his head to slowly glare at her. "A moment
ago you wanted to kill him," he reminded her, before
pushing forward through the blizzard. At long last
the blackness of the hull of his starfighter came
into view and he quickly began to ascend into the
cockpit. "Get him strapped in," he said, as he began
powering up the ship's main reactor. He could only
hope that it had not frozen completely through.
Gradually the ship began to power up, but before
activating the engine his attention shifted to the
heating system. "The Jedi will surely pursue us. Be
mindful," he told her, as he began powering up the
Raeni shot a
glare colder than the environment they'd just been
in towards her husband. Now would have been the best
time to be able to read his mind, because she didn't
understand his thought process at all. She said
nothing instead of fighting, and strapped the boy
in. She even shed her coat to provide him with
additional warmth. He said nothing. All he did was
stare into the abyss. Raeni intended on killing the
Jedi woman when she appeared again...but...for now,
there were bigger fish to fry.
The ride home
was a silent one. Raeni did nothing to reach out to
the boy. She was decent enough that she took care of
him once they had arrived in their under sea lair.
She had him dressed in some oversized night shirt of
her own and tucked him in a bed within one of the
many unused rooms. Still, the boy said nothing.
eventually came to stand in front of the viewport.
Her hand was pressed up against the glass. Sir
Tentacles was directly on the other side from her,
simply looking on a world he could never fully
enter. The Jedi woman had yet to arrive. There was
no need for her to go to the surface yet. Her
concerns hid underneath anger and finally, she
snapped. "Why didn't you let me kill that boy?
Keeping him...is that *really* an option? Did you
forget that your *master* is going to collide with
us sooner or later? If he sees a child that
young...that weak...do you really think we can
protect him from the outcome?"
seated beside the viewport, silently watching her
attempt to commune with the sea monster. "When
fishing it is better to have live bait," he
explained to her, as his head slowly moved up to
examine her more carefully. "I was not about to
chase that woman around a blizzard all night. Now
she will come to us and you will dispatch her on
home territory," he lectured her, as his attention
turned to the decanter next to him. Surely there was
time for one drink, he thought to himself, as he
poured himself a glass of Alderaan ruge. "Everything
is an option, and I forget *nothing*," he told her,
with a snarl, before taking a sip of the drink to
stiffen his resolve. "You were the one that was
drawn to him. Do you think you were called to him
across the galaxy simply to decapitate him within
moments of meeting him?" he asked her, snorting
slightly before taking a second sip of the drink.
"You let me worry about my master. You have a Jedi
to deal with," he scolded her, before placing his
glass roughly down upon the side table.
him drink, feeling that the live bait was not
necessary. That Jedi woman was going to come for
them no matter what they did. It was one of those
self-righteous things Jedi amused themselves with.
She shifted on her foot to face him. "It's not like
I realized what was pulling me in. That boy doesn't
belong here. What am I supposed to do...train him?
I'm barely getting started myself." Raeni didn't
like having the boy there. Until that moment, their
home had been limited to just her and Germanicus. If
it was going to expand, it certainly wasn't going to
be like this. Her eyes narrowed at his words. She
threw up her hands. "Okay. *You* worry about your
master. I sense that Jedi woman is here, so your
live bait theory better die before I get back."
Raeni was not happy. Her unhappiness hung in the
air. The young woman departed for the surface where
she appeared in a small rock formation. "Why the
hell did that boy call for me?" She cursed under her
The figure who
waited for her on the surface felt identical to the
Jedi woman. However, it was another familiar face
who had come to her home. It was impossible to
forget the Devaronian who had set her wedding
briefly off of the rails. The horned, satanic
creature was waiting for *her*. Raeni had only just
finished fighting with Germanicus over the very same
male who stood before her now. "Oh. It's you." Her
hand opened up. She summoned the hilt of her
lightsaber to it and instantly ignited it. There
were only five feet separating her from fate. The
rule of two was becoming the rule of multiplication.
At this point, there were too many cooks in the Sith
kitchen. She squatted down into her knees and
prepared for the inevitable: a fight.
had bided his time, waiting for the right
opportunity to strike. Their recent trip to Hoth had
afforded him just that. He moved his hands to the
hood of his cloak, lowering it to give her a better
look at his red skin and horned head. He watched her
ignite her lightsaber, but surprisingly he did not
do the same. Instead, he lifted out his left hand
and suddenly the rocks from the jetty began to rise
from the lake and began to swirl in the air. He
closed his eyes, exhaling slowly, as a tornado of
rocks and boulders began to head directly towards
Raeni. The use of a sword was one thing, but mastery
of the force was another. Suddenly he thrust his
left hand forward, opening his palm, and unleashing
the full force of the rocks upon her. It was only
then that he would allow his eyes to open to watch
the results of his cruelty unfold.
A cold shiver
ran down Raeni's spine. She imagined Germanicus
comfortable in their lair while she sparred with his
master. Would he know? She didn't depend on him to
save her. This was *her* fight. The sight of
Diabolus' horns and red skin reminded her of the
tales he'd told her. The man truly was a monster.
She expected combat, not for him to dominate her
entirely with the force. She watched the rocks of
various sizes rise up into the air. Raeni knew she
wasn't ready to face Darth Diabolus, but she didn't
realize that she was about to lose the battle.
Instead, she concentrated hard and prepared for what
began to drop from the sky the very same instant he
opened his palm. Instinctively, Raeni opened up her
hands and held them above her head. She used every
ounce of her power to stop those rocks from
colliding with her. There was an instant...a simple,
quick instant where everything stopped. She held the
tremendous weight of the rocks over her head. All at
once, everything dropped. If Germanicus didn't know
Diabolus was there, then he'd certainly feel Raeni's
life source rapidly depleting while her body was
crushed. Darth Diabolus had won by a landslide, and
now Raeni's life was in danger.
easy," Diabolus declared, as he watched the rocks
fall upon the girl. Perhaps he was wrong to view her
as such a potentially powerful apprentice. He was
content to leave her there, broken upon the rocks to
think about her failure. As he turned he heard a
powerful screech and was confronted by a large
thranta, who swooped into him, clawing at his chest
and sending him flying across the shoreline. He was
down, slightly injured, but thoroughly outraged.
Germanicus' skill as a beast master was his only
saving grace, and it seemed that if he was going to
challenge him he would have to fight every creature
on this cursed rock.
Rodney emerged from beneath the waters of the lake,
dripping wet, and quickly moved towards his master.
His hand gripped at the hilt of his lightsaber,
bringing it up from his belt and quickly igniting
the blade. "You have chosen a poor battlefield,
master," he said to him, as he began to close his
eyes and concentrate. Suddenly a series of tentacles
emerged from the lake and gripped at the body of his
fallen master, dragging him into the water. A
thranta again dove at the body, attempting to pull
it away from the sea monster. His master was no
match for the beasts and as he was torn in two
directions his body suddenly tore in two. The water
turned a ghastly shade of red and both creatures had
moved quickly towards the rock pile, placing his
lightsaber back upon his belt, as he began lifting
rocks off the fallen body of his wife. "Raeni!" he
yelled, unaware that the death of his master had
just resulted in him becoming the Dark Lord of the
Sith. He had the power he had wanted all his life,
but all he could think about was the condition of
Raeni. He was throwing rocks in every direction,
exhausting himself, and building a terrible sweat.
His chest was beginning to hurt, and when he finally
saw her she was much worse than he could ever have
imagined. He collapsed next to her, slamming his
fist into the rocks, and unleashing a loud scream of
pain and anger.
Twi'lek boy had followed Raeni up the shoot and to
the surface. He had witnessed every single second of
the fight between the scary man with the horns,
Raeni, and finally the outcome with Germanicus. His
eyes were wide, for he was very young and had seen
much in this very, *very* long day. As the man who
had brought him from Hoth began to pull rocks away
from the massive pile, the boy ran towards him and
began trying to do the same thing. The rocks were so
heavy for him. He wanted to help, and it was that
desire which put him in touch with capabilities even
Raeni had not seen. The boy, unknowingly, used the
force to aid him in removing boulders which were
twice his side and greater. At last, the blonde hair
of the woman who had given him warmth, was revealed.
He stood back with tears in his eyes. He didn't
understand the complexity of death. The emotions
that ran in the air didn't just make the boy mourn,
but all the animals. The thranta gave out a mournful
cry. Across the lake, nerfs bent down their head
Life came back
to Raeni fleetingly when the rocks were finally
gone. Her eyes opened suddenly. She let out a gasp.
Her chest heaved up and down rapidly. The pain ran
throughout her whole body. She was bloody and broken
in too many places to count. The pull to death
lingered at the back of her mind. Death's voice
willed her to close her eyes and let go. "G-Germ..."
She sputtered. Even she was unaware of what had just
happened. His master...his nightmare...was gone.
Raeni tried to reach out to him. Each of her arms
was unresponsive. Everything was a mess. "D-Don't
give up on me..." She turned her head painfully.
Tears rolled down her cheeks. "I'm sorry." She
whimpered. Despite all of her training, she hadn't
been ready. Diabolus had made a fool out of her.
Beaten and broken, Raeni had *failed*.