droid went scrambling through the apartment of Baron
Germanicus and Raeni Rodney's apartment on Alderaan.
She was particularly panicked because young master
Magnus had once again overflowed the master bath
trying to recreate the sea. "Come back here this
instant!" she shouted in a prim and proper voice,
while trying to keep up with the precocious young
Twi'lek. When purchased by the House of Rodney she
initially thought it would be a great honor, but the
young Twi'lek had proven to be the most difficult
child she had watched in her long career. "Oh just
wait till your mother hears about this!" she again
shouted, as she searched the expansive apartment for
the boy. "How many times do I have to tell you. That
is for getting clean. It is not a toy!" she said,
feeling her processors begin to overheat. "Oh my!"
she announced, before moving to sit down to prevent
her circuits from overheating. The young Magnus had
literally grinded her gears.
Magnus was beginning to embrace life away from the
people who had been his parents. In Alderaan, he had
his own large room which had promptly been filled
with a variety of toys. He had learned to quickly
love the bath in his parent's room. He actually
enjoyed baths, but today, he'd more than overfilled
the bathtub. The whole bathroom floor was soaked,
which meant more work for the abused nanny droid.
Now the boy was running around the house as nude as
the day he'd been born. In his mind, he was just
playing with the nanny. He was a sea monster with
ten tentacles and he needed a bath! He swung his
arms wildly from where he hid behind the sofa. When
the nanny bot sat down, he approached and rested his
chin on her knee. "I sorry. Sea monster ready for
bath time!" He reported with the most innocent smile
on his face.
droid's visual receptors glowed brightly when the
Twi'lek boy emerged from behind the sofa. "Your
parents will have me deactivated if you continue to
act like this," she complained, as she reached out
with both of her arms to grab the boy. "You are
going to right into that bath and you are not
getting out until every centimeter of you is clean,"
she told him, as she carried him into the bedroom,
whose floors were now covered in the high thread
count towels of the Baroness Raeni. With no civility
about it she let the young Twi'lek go, right into
the bath, which she had seen filled to the
appropriate level of water. "Now wash!" she said,
before folding her arms in front of her chest and
began glaring down at him.
Magnus agreed. Now that he had the chance to run
around naked, as all little boys like to do before
(and after) bath time, he was content to surrender.
He pulled his knees up to his chest as the nanny bot
placed him in the bath. "Weee!" He began splashing
instantly. "Bath time! Bath time..!" He sung,
completely oblivious that the bot wanted *him* to
bathe himself. Instead, he grabbed a toy and settled
in for an epic bath adventure. "When mama and daddy
be back?" He asked the droid.
droid spun around, waving her arms up in
frustration. "This is not a playground. This is a
bath!" she said, before reaching over to grab a
bottle of soap. "This is soap. Rub it all over. It's
how you get clean," she said, before offering him
the bottle. "Only do not get in any in your eyes and
do not attempt to drink it!" she warmed him, as her
memory unit realized she might need to start at the
beginning with this one. "Not soon enough, young
master. Not soon enough," the nanny droid reported,
sound exhausted, despite the fact that she was a
machine incapable of fatigue.
He stared at
the bottle of soap. He took the bottle from the
nanny bot and poured way too much soap into his
hand. "Smells good," Magnus inhaled. He began to
clean himself as the bot had requested of him. He
kept inhaling the smell and imagining things like
tarts and pies. He grasped the bottle, opening his
mouth wide, and bringing it towards his lips.
Apparently, this was going to be one hell of a rough
job for the nanny bot. "Nom!" He squeaked.
a world of great importance to the Sith it had
become a wasteland, forgotten to the galaxy, and
only spoken about in legend. As he guided his
starfighter down to the surface of the planet he
been remarkably quiet during the journey, telling
his wife nothing about where they were going or
*why*. The death of his master had come so suddenly
that he had yet to fully accept the mantle of Dark
Lord of the Sith. He was the heir to everything that
lay here and if he were to walk away now all would
be lost and the Sith would fade from the galaxy.
There was a moment where he hesitated and thought of
returning to Alderaan to raise his family, but in
that weakness he heard a call. Something else had
replaced the voice of his master. Something that had
called him back here. He opened the cockpit of the
starfighter and leapt out, before turning his
attention to Raeni in the ship. "This world has had
many names. My master called it Moraband," he
explained to her, as the sun began to set over the
Valley of the Dark Lords. Darkness began to cover
the land, providing the perfect ambiance for grave
Germanicus, Raeni had learned to go with the flow.
The family had recently moved to Alderaan, which had
been an uncomfortable transition for Raeni. All the
places she had lived in her life were vastly
different from each other. She had only begun to
settle into her new nest when Germanicus took her
off on a new adventure. She expected to be taken
somewhere to fight Jedi or train. When the ship
finally landed, Raeni found herself in yet another
world she knew nothing about. The young Sith made
her way out of the cockpit carefully. "Moraband."
She looked out over the darkening valley. Even a
novice Sith like herself felt *something* being
here. It was like she was connected to her roots.
Power surged from this place. She stood beside her
lover and master. "What are we to do here?" She
asked him, unable to hold back her curiosity
Germanicus asked her, as he began to descend from
the plateau where he had landed the ship into the
valley below. "It is *you* who is here to do
something..." he said, cryptically, as he struggled
to keep his footing in the darkness. One wrong step
would have sent him plummeting to his death, but as
he reached his hand out in front of the way slowly
became clear. "There was a time when our kind ruled
over this world and outstretched their hand over
much of the galaxy," he explained to her, as he
chose the most inopportune times for lectures and
history lessons. "Now it is down to just you and I,"
he continued, as the angle of the slope caused his
movement to increase. "Our true journey begins here
today, if it is to be the Will of the force," he
told her, as he finally reached the bottom and stood
within the valley. "The power that lies here
undisturbed is immeasurable," he explained to her,
before raising his eyes and glaring upon her with
their sickly shade of yellow. "...disturb it," he
said, in a tone of voice that changed as he
*commanded* her rather than spoke to her.
him. Each step was carefully calculated so she
wouldn't die before whatever trial Germanicus had
for her to endure. He didn't explain himself, only
gave her more reasons to be confused. He only
enlightened her through a history lesson, which
inspired her to look over the valley once more.
*Here* was the place where the Sith had ruled? While
she could certainly feel something different about
this place, it was now barren. She could tell that
the journey was going to be difficult by the way he
spoke of it. But, Raeni was ready for it. She
relaxed herself. She looked at her master, noticing
how the color of his eyes had changed. She felt
power in his words. It was inspirational. It awoke
the dark side that resided inside of her. She
outstretched her arms and gave a powerful push
outwards. Red sand flung up into the air everywhere.
Raeni only seemed to grow more inspired to
accomplish her task. She had no idea what she was
about to awaken, but she could honestly say she'd
never felt more powerful in her life.
knew what was in store for Raeni, as he knew what
his master had subjected him to, when he first set
foot upon this rock so long ago. She had several
advantages of him, however ... she was older than he
was and more powerful. "It will take both of us," he
said to her, before he led her towards a collapsed
entrance to a tomb that had lay dormant for several
centuries. He outstretched his hand, focusing on the
area of space that surrounded the boulder that
obscured their way. His eyes slowly moved towards
her, knowing it would take two to move it. It had
been intended this way from the beginning.
worked well together so far. She would have to trust
in the force ... and her master. She only wished she
knew what was coming. As they reached the tomb, she
stared at it uncomfortable. What was Germanicus
subjecting her to this time? Her body was ready. She
was fully recovered from the mess that occurred with
his master. "I'm ready, master." She told him,
outstretching her hand. She focused herself on the
boulder completely. Together, they were able to lift
the boulder and slowly set it aside. The path into
the tomb was open now. "Who is buried here?" Raeni
asked her husband.
closed his eyes as the boulder magically lifted
skyward due to their combined efforts revealing a
dark entrance to a tomb. "Go inside and see. I will
hold the boulder," he instructed her, between grin
teeth, as he raised a second hand. It was taking all
of his strength to keep the boulder up, and beads of
sweat were beginning to form on his forehead.
"Hurry. We haven't much time," he warned her, as his
voice rose in intensity due to the strength needed
to keep the boulder above the entrance.
vagueness was starting to drive her crazy. The tomb
was pitch black inside. She could see *nothing*.
Uncomfortably, Raeni released her hold on the
boulder. She quickly entered the tomb so Germanicus
wouldn't have to hold the boulder up for too long
without her. It was the most insane trust exercises
they'd ever done. The young Sith apprentice stepped
forward into the tomb. The darkness consumed her
until her eyes could see nothing. Her heart had
begun to beat so hard that it was all she could
hear. She was tense, expecting *something* to happen
in the deep darkness of the tomb. "G-Germanicus..."
Upon looking behind her shoulder, she realized she
could no longer see the entrance of the tomb nor the
form of her master.
When Raeni was
safely in the tomb Germanicus lowered his hands and
the boulder fell from the sky, sealing the tomb, and
separating them. He lowered his head and turned his
back on the tomb, reluctantly realizing there was
nothing more he could do for her. It was in her
hands now. He lowered himself to the ground, folding
his legs beneath him, as he began to meditate on
what was transpiring beyond what he could see. She
would never become a worthy Dark Lady of the Sith he
coddled her ... she would have to face this, and
overcome it, on her own ... as he had ages ago.
became sealed within the tomb a distant glow began
to emanate from deep within the tomb. The light grew
in volume and intensity until the whole of the tomb
became visible to her. She had descended the stairs
into a chamber that led to a narrow bridge over a
seemingly bottomless pit. At the end of it was the
giant sarcophagus from where the light originated.
Slowly the temperature began to crow cold ... almost
freezing. The stage for Raeni's indoctrination into
the Sith had been sent. Her next actions would
decide not just her fate, but the fate of the
It seemed like
she wandered for hours before the growing light
provided her with vision. She blinked several times.
The extreme brightness was so different from the
total darkness that she needed a moment to
transition. As her eyes began to refocus, she
realized that she had proceeded down stairs and into
a chamber deep within the ground. She eyes the
narrow bridge that separated her from the giant
sarcophagus. She took a step forward to stare down
at the bottomless pit that would claim her should
she fall. The climate was rapidly shifting. It
became colder and colder until her clothing felt
like nothing. Her body shook. She didn't know what
the sarcophagus held on the opposite side of the
bridge, but she was going to find out. Sucking in a
deep breath, Raeni closed her eyes. She made the
decision to trust in the force instead of her
vision. She stepped forward, boot colliding with the
narrow bridge. Her other foot soon joined. The
process was a slow one. Raeni's eyes were closed,
yet she could see the bridge clearly in her mind.
She stepped over the weak points in the bridge and
proceeded forward for some time.
At last, she
stood in front of the sarcophagus. Her eyes opened.
Her concentration had made it easy to ignore the
climate in the room until now. She reached her small
hands up, opening her palms. Using the force, she
very gently began to remove the front of the
sarcophagus. It was time for her to find out what
A column of
smoke and flame burst forth from sarcophagus, rising
to the ceiling of the tomb, and swirling like a
massive tornado. And from this smoke burst forward
the massive remnant of a figure from a forgotten
age, wearing armor centuries old, who had long
become one with the force ... his evil such that
long after his body died his spirit lingered on ...
still grasping for power. His eyes, appearing like
balls of fire, glared down at the young woman who
had dared to come before him. "Why do you come to my
tomb?" he asked her, as her presence had succeeded
in awakening his spirit from his longer slumber.
quick thinking, Raeni used the force to defend
herself against the sudden burst of flame and smoke
alike. She parted the flame while backing up. A
tornado was not violently swirling before her. The
creature that presented itself to Raeni had nothing
left of his physical self. His eyes were made of
fire and his body seemed to float within armor.
Raeni Rodney was not fearful. She puffed herself up
and accepted her fate. "I come because the last Dark
Lord of the Sith has perished. My master has taken
up the title. I come here to claim my place as his
apprentice." Raeni told the ghost of the past.
What was once
Darth Bane glared down at the young woman, sensing
not what she was, but what she could be. "What makes
you think you are worthy?" the spirit pressed her,
his spirit lunging forward towards her. There was a
great evil deep within the tomb that would likely
linger for another millennium. It was he who created
the rule of two that governed Sith teachings for the
past several centuries. Retreating from the galaxy
the Sith would hide and play the long gang that
would ultimately plunge the galaxy into the darkness
of the Sith rule, but it would all start here.
Raeni kept her
eyes on what used to be Darth Bane. She would have
many questions for her master should she survive
this ordeal. "I was born into slavery," she told the
spirit. "Many generations of my family had spent
their entire lives in the spice mines of Ylesia. I
was born to the same fate: to live, die, and suffer
in the mines." Her small hand curled into the fist.
"*I* changed my fate myself! The darkness inside me
emerged and I liberated *myself* from that
situation. What makes me worthy? That makes me
worthy! It was at that moment that I realized I
didn't need to be weak and small. I didn't need to
allow people to step on me. I have far to go to
reach my potential. *I* will bring strength back to
the Sith...and one day, *I'll* be the Dark Lady of
moved back and forth with the ebb and flow of the
column of smoke that seemed to erupt endlessly
before her. The spirit lingered, saying nothing,
before moving away from her. "You have indeed
learned from your past..." the spirit said, its eyes
burning with intensity before the ancient mask. "Now
confront your future!" he told her in a menacing
voice, before suddenly vanishing before her. The
smoke and flame disappeared thereafter and on its
own accord the sarcophagus moved away from her,
revealing a set of stairs that led further down.
"Mama! Mama!" a both familiar and unfamiliar voice
called out from the darkness below, but it was *not*
He was gone!
Raeni had officially discovered that all Sith spoke
vaguely, but this one had left her with a means of
traveling further into the tomb. She stared down the
next set of stairs. She tried to reach out to
determine what was below. A strange voice called for
her. "Mama..?" It clearly wasn't Magnus, but the
voice tugged at her heart as if it already knew that
it was the voice of her son...her and Germanicus'
true blood son. She was still unaware of her
pregnancy. She was, however, aware that no son of
their existed yet. It didn't stop her from darting
down the stairs rapidly. "I'm coming!" She shouted
to the voice of her future. "Mommy's coming!" The
time in the tomb was beginning to feel like a dream.
She knew not where the winding stairs would lead her
next. 'Confront your future' the spirit had said...
The stairs led
to an execution chamber where ancient Sith took Jedi
to toy with before executing them. The sound of a
child crying came from the darkness. "Mama! Help me!
Mama!" he screamed, in a harrowing voice that would
surely send a chill through any mother's spine. The
darkness began to fade and a young child began to
emerge, who looked remarkably like both Germanicus
and Raeni. "Mama!" he screamed, as he wrapped his
arms around her legs, before shifting to hide behind
her as if something was chasing him. "Help me!" he
cried, as he buried his face in the back of her
knees, clinging to her for dear life.
She was moving
so quickly that she took the stairs two at a time.
The crying child awoke instinctive motherly urges
inside of her like nothing else. She was going to
*kill* whatever was after the child. The spirit's
words wouldn't begin to make sense until she reached
the end of the stairs. "I'm coming! It's going to be
okay!" She called out, suddenly emerging in the
execution chamber. Her head turned from side to
side. She was trying to determine where *exactly*
the crying was coming from. Out of the nothingness
came a child, male, *young*. Raeni was left
flabbergasted by the appearance of this child. She
could very much so see herself in the blonde haired
child, but she could also see features of her
husband. "Claudius," the name of their unborn child
dropped from her mouth. She and Germanicus had only
determined a name for him, but, in her mind, the boy
didn't exist yet. "Claudius!" She bent down, trying
to embrace the terrified child. His cries made her
want to scream. She *needed* to help him. "I'm going
to help you. Mama's not going to let anything happen
to you." She could feel his fear. It made the mirage
all the more easy for her to believe. Raeni stood
upright, grasping at the lightsaber at her hip. She
ignited it and held it out to the side. "Mommy will
never stop protecting you." She promised her little
darkness the light of a green lightsaber appeared,
much smaller than any blade than she had seen
before. It moved much more swiftly through the air
the adept skill of a master. Against it was poised
the crimson blade of a Sith's lightsaber. The sound
of two blades clashing filled the execution chamber,
while the two blades began blurring from moving so
swiftly. "Raeni!" the voice of Germanicus cried out,
as the two blades clashed in brilliant crashes. "Raeni!
Help m1" he cried out, as the green blade tore
through the red blade and the sound of her husband
crying out in pain filled the chamber. Only the
green blade remained. "Don't go, mama! Don't go!"
the voice of the child cried out, as his arms
tightened around her legs, to prevent her from
moving. "Please!" the child cried into her back of
waiting for a monster to emerge, but it was
something so much more disturbing than any beast.
The Sith apprentice watched as her master...her
*husband* was cut down by an unrecognizable green
lightsaber. "*No*! *Germanicus*!" She screamed.
Tears emerged from her eyes. It all felt so real.
The child trembled behind her. His painful screaming
was unforgettable...and it reminded her of who they
were. Any day, someone could come along and take
Germanicus away from her...and vice versa. She
realized that it was part of the Rule of Two for her
to kill him someday but ... she didn't know if she
could do it. Raeni's lightsaber blade disappeared as
she fell to her knees. She clutched the child and
cried. "I'm not going. Mama's not going anywhere.."
She stroked the top of the boy's head. She had to
kill the person responsible for Germanicus' death.
She had to see their face...she had to find them and
kill them *now*!
embraced the boy he gradually began to fade into
nothingness and light was restored to the chamber as
a doorway opened that would lead back up to the
surface. From above there was a sound of a rock
falling, bouncing off the walls, before it landed in
front of her. But upon closer inspection it was
*not* a rock, but a kyber crystal ... a special one
imbued with dark side energy that would project a
crimson blade like Germanicus and his master before
him. Silence fell upon the chamber and only the
sound of the rustling air through the canyon above
could be heard in the distance.
drifting away far too quickly. Raeni tried to snatch
up the boy, but he was gone. She was breathing
heavily. "Claudius... Germanicus..." She looked down
to her shaking hands which held *nothing*. The
coldness filled her again as she realized the mirage
was over. Raeni's ears perked as she heard something
falling down the chamber. When she looked before
her, she found a kyber crystal. While her master had
failed to tell her about what it did exactly, she
grasped it. Soon, she would no longer sport the
colors of a Jedi. She had embraced her future as a
Sith. The woman stood up straight and made her way
back towards the exit of the tomb. Her heart hadn't
stopped beating quickly. Her thoughts remained
tangled up in the fearful child and her husband...
Just before the entrance, in the deep darkness of
the tomb, she pressed her hands against her abdomen
and focused inward. She was shocked to find that she
felt an additional life presence there. She wondered
if visiting the tomb had something to do with her
conception or not. She felt absolutely shocked. The
boy she'd seen was already with her? She stumbled
towards the boulder separating her from Germanicus.
rose when he saw Raeni had completed her ordeal and
was emerging from the tomb. "You lived," he said,
revealing that he did, in fact, have some doubts.
"Kneel," he said to her, rather than question about
what she encountered within the tomb. He knew that
she would reveal what transpired in due time. He
came to a stop before her, as he examined her
features for wear and tear. What he had experienced
when his time came he would tell her in time, but
there was still one last process to endure before
they could return to Alderaan. He swallowed, as he
prepared himself for his own, albeit minor, role in
unscathed. Raeni was only suffering from shock above
all else. The woman said nothing. She simply did as
her master commanded her to do and dropped to her
knees before him. She bent her head to show her
obedience to the one that had taken her from Ylesia.
There was so much to tell him yet no time to speak.
Raeni had seen their son...and his death. A cold
chill rocked over her body. In the back of her mind,
a young Claudius was still screaming for her. She
urged to hold her child and soothe him...two things
she could not do. The voice would continue to haunt
stood over her, glaring down with his corrupt and
sickly yellow eyes. "From this moment on call
yourself ... *Darth Radic*," he commanded her, as he
bestowed upon her the Sith name that she would carry
until her end of days. "Rise," he said, in a single
word, as he rose his hand up. She had survived the
ordeal of Korriban ... she was a Sith at last ...
she would be a powerful apprentice to him ... and
then, as their rules dictated, she would be his end.
As he looked down at her he remembered the vision he
had of her when they first met. When his end finally
came *she* would be there.
The name was perfect for her as she had eradicated
those who had hurt her. She would continue to kill
until her days came to an end. She rose to her feet.
A new power settled inside of her. At last, she was
taking steps towards claiming the future that she
was destined for. After what she had seen inside of
the tomb, she was no longer sure if *she* was the
one meant to kill him, for it had clearly been a
Jedi who did the deed. But *who*? The disturbing
thoughts slowly began to move to the back of her
head. When Germanicus' end came, there would be
nowhere to hide. It had been a difficult trial for
her within the tomb. She wanted to embrace him and
fall apart. In the Valley of the Sith, she felt she
had to display more power than she ever had. She
started back towards the ship. Magnus was waiting
for them back at home. She couldn't protect one son
right now, so she'd protect the other.
Raeni back through the Valley of the Dark Lords
where both of their destinies as Sith had begun. The
walk back seemed longer than the walk down, and
neither one of them was talking. He reflected on how
the tomb had affected him when, as a young boy,
Darth Diabolus had subjected to him being cast down
inside of it. Gradually they began to reach the
plateau where they had left the starfighter, and he
turned his attention back to her. "It's a long
flight back to Alderaan," he told her, as he finally
broke the awkward silence. "Is there anything you
wish to tell me before we begin?" he asked her, as
he did not want to press her. Clearly whatever
happened had a profound impact on her, but he
understood that it might have been difficult for her
She wore a
heavy heart throughout the walk back. It seemed to
go on forever. In the darkness of the night, she was
working off of her senses more than vision. The
silence gave her time to replay each moment of what
happened in the tomb. The cries made her want to
explode. She had mentally exhausted herself by the
time they reached the starfighter. She stared at it
and readied to climb aboard when he reminded her of
the lengthy flight ahead of them. They wouldn't see
Magnus for some time yet. His question turned her
all the more quiet. "Yes." Raeni began simply. She
took a step towards the starfighter then turned
around slowly. "I saw our son in the tomb. I saw you
too, and what's meant to eventually happen." She
looked hurt admitting it to him. She feared that
Germanicus would die within the next five years,
given the size of the child in the mirage.
"Claudius...the boy that will carry on our families,
is already growing in my womb." She told him. "I'm
listened to her silently, his face growing wide when
she told him what she had learned within the tomb.
That he did not expect. Indeed the spirits of those
who came before were powerful. "Yes. I know," he
replied, matter-of-factly, as he stood before her.
"Doctor Chin informed me when you were at the
medcenter. He detected it during your tests," he
said, revealing that he had kept it from her. "I did
not want it to cloud your thoughts for I knew the
ordeal you would be objected to here," he informed
her, attempting to justify his deception. "But what
I did not know was that what lay within would sense
it and use it against you..." he said, as he began
to realize that ancient Sith alchemy seemed to go
way beyond his limited powers. Even now, standing
before her, he could not sense the life growing
He didn't act
surprised, happy, or anything else positive. Raeni's
eyebrows knotted. They'd talked about this.
Procreating was part of the plan. More importantly,
it was part of loving him. Her eyes narrowed as he
confirmed that he knew, and he had known since she
had been injured and brought to Alderaan. "*What*?!
You *knew*!?" He justified himself, but Raeni was
already angry that he had kept something so
important from her. She turned her back to him and
began making her way into the starfighter. "You have
to stop keeping things from me. I decide what's best
for me. I could have completed the trial knowing."
She sat down and crossed her arms over her chest.
"Take me home." Raeni commanded him. He'd kept his
master from her too. How long would he have hidden
listened to her, knowing that she was right. He
ascended into the cockpit of his fighter and began
preparations for takeoff. "The ordeal of the tomb
manifests itself in different ways to different
people, Raeni," he said to her, as the cockpit
sealed over them. Before too long he activated the
engines, which caused a upswell of dust behind them.
Rising high into the atmosphere the Valley of the
Dark Lords grew small and distant behind them. "I
was trying to protect you. I see now that you no
longer need my protection. A powerful Sith you will
be," he informed her, as he settled back in his
chair as the craft tore through the atmosphere and
entered the space above Moraband. "So it is to be a
boy then?" he asked her, seeming more upbeat now
that they had departed the dark world. "Then he is
to succeed me as *King* of Alderaan," he told her,
confidently, as he looked over his shoulder while
the navicomputer began downloading the coordinates
for a return trip to Alderaan.
remained silent as they left Moraband behind. She
wondered if fate would lead her back there when
Germanicus died...when her *husband* was killed. Her
head fell into her hands where she began processing
everything that had happened. He didn't see it. In
keeping secrets from her, he was failing as both her
master and her husband. At this point, all she
wanted to do was retreat to Alderaan, train, lick
her wounds, and spend more time becoming a mother to
Magnus. "I believe so," Raeni said into her hands.
Her head slowly rose. Her eyes were bloodshot, for
the tomb had momentarily wrecked her. She was forced
to look at the future: Germanicus was going to die
by her hand, or by another's. "We will have to see a
doctor to confirm. Then, maybe you'll have your
not need to be skilled with the force to sense that
he had upset his wife by keeping secrets. "Was there
more?" he asked her, as he placed the starfighter
into a path deeper into the system, at a slow speed,
while considering what had happened. He knew he had
made a mistake in keeping secrets, but he did not
exactly know how to dig himself out of the
metaphorical tomb he had ended up in. "I am sorry,
my love," he told her, as he unfastened his safety
harness and turned 'round to face her.
reported, opening up her hand to reveal the kyber
crystal. "When it was over, I was given this." She
extended her arm so he could see it. She waiting for
his explanation. There was still so much that Raeni
didn't know. She hated that. When she was sure he
had seen the gift from the spirit of the tomb, she
pocketed it. In the starfighter, there was nowhere
for Raeni to hide from her husband. She frowned at
him as he apologized. She reached out her hands,
this time touching his cheeks. "It's okay.. I just
*really* would like for you to stop keeping me in
the dark. Put yourself in my shoes. I just found out
I'm pregnant and your response was 'I know'. It was
a little shocking for me." She released his face and
sat back. She stared into his eyes. It seemed she
was still hurt. "Are you even happy about it?" She
worlds throughout the galaxy rich in kyber ... Ilum,
Jedha..." Germanicus explained to her, as he
examined the crystal. "The crystal will power your
lightsaber, but unlike the ones you currently have
collected from the Jedi this one calls to you ... it
will produce a red blade like all Sith," he
explained to her, before the lesson was interrupted
with her sweet caress. "Of course I am happy about
it, Raeni," he said to her, as he attempted to offer
her a reassuring smile. "You will give us a son who
will grow to be big and strong and carry on what we
will start when we return to Alderaan. One day he
will rule over the planet," he explained to her,
with a bout of overconfidence as Sith were prone to.
She was glad
to hear that the crystal would change the color of
her lightsaber. She would never identify with being
a Jedi, but she needed to collect more kyber
crystals if she were to ensure all blades she used
were red. She wanted him to show her how to change
the crystal sooner than later. Raeni felt alienated
from her love. Perhaps it was the scene in the tomb
that had hurt her so combine with the secrets. Her
eyes briefly gazed up this face. She offered him a
little smile. He was bursting in confidence while
Raeni drown in uncomfortable feelings. Was it a
vision? Was that the future? She was scared that she
was going to lose Germanicus in a matter of years,
not decades. "Y-You're right..." She nodded.
never be the same after today, but I shall always
love you, and our children," Germanicus informed
her, as the natural color slowly returned to his
eyes as the pull of the light called to him from the
love he felt for her. "I was never the same after
the day my master first took me to the tomb," he
admitted to her, as he became briefly lost in the
reflection of his youth. "It was on Moraband that he
first sensed you. He was exploring the other tombs
... looking for something ... elusive," he explained
to her, but he did not share his master's ambitions
to skulk about in tombs. His eye was squarely on the
future of Alderaan, not the past of Moraband.
He was right.
She'd never be the same again. Her heart ached
inside of her chest continually. She refused to make
eye contact with him. She could think of nothing
more than the moment he died before her eyes. She
felt bad for him, for she was sure his experience
was even worse than her own. At least Raeni was an
adult now. "It's good he's gone now." She commented.
Germanicus' old master couldn't hunt them down
anymore. It would have been significantly more
difficult to fight Diablous on Moraband if not
"I wish he had
trained me more," Germanicus confided in her,
revealing a vulnerability he might ought not have.
"But yes ... good that he is gone," he said to her,
as he reached back towards her to put a reassuring
hand upon her. "Had we fought him and he knew of
your pregnancy he would have surely used it against
us. His death came at a fortuitous moment in our
journey," he explained to her, with a firm nod of
his head. "Now I find myself as Dark Lord of the
Sith ... free to chart our own course and write our
own destiny," he said to her, confidently, as he
began to formulate the plan that he believed would
land him on the throne of Alderaan.
flickered towards his. "You're better off without
him. You can keep getting stronger by yourself,
Germanicus." She tried to patch up his
vulnerability. She did believe in him, and she loved
him too. Her head hung. Her fingers slowly laced
with his. She was beginning to come back around to
him. Her frown grew deeper. "Our destiny is
predetermined," she told him darkly. "In the tomb, I
witnessed your death. It *wasn't* by my hands. It
was a Jedi...a green lightsaber. Our son was there
too." Her hand drew away from him. She quickly
withdrew back into her shell. As his apprentice, she
knew full well that she was supposed to be strong.
As his wife, she drew her knees to her chest as she
began to cry. "He wasn't even that old. I'm not
ready to lose you so soon. I'm not ready to lose you
*ever*." Her tears came harder. "You should have let
your Master kill me. *I* am the weakest of the three
of us!" She claimed. "The rule of two states that
it's necessary to kill you but I can't. I won't."
listened as she recounted the vision of his death,
which caused the cold embrace of fear to wrap around
him once more. There was more he was hiding her,
more he could tell her ... but should me? Ultimately
he decided that he had kept enough from her, and it
was time to be forthcoming. "When I first
encountered you on Ylesia I was overcome by a vision
of my death ... you were there," he admitted to her,
as his face went a ghastly shade of white. By then
she was crying and he reached forward through the
cramped confines of the starfighter's cockpit to
attempt to wipe away her tears. "You will grow to be
the most powerful of all of us. My master felt it,"
he explained to her, as he revealed to her his own
doubts about his own power. "We will train. We will
prepare. We will bide our time. The Jedi will not be
our ending," he vowed to her, naively, for the Will
of the force could not easily be denied.
There was no
doubt in Raeni's mind that she had seen the future
in the tomb. It had all been so real. Her clutching,
terrifying son cried out to be helped inside of her
head while Germanicus' pained scream filled her
ears. Germanicus only confirmed it. Raeni would be
present when her husband was murdered. Now, it was
her body shaking. The rain clouds had rolled in over
her head. She was incredibly upset over the whole
ordeal. Suddenly, power wasn't the number one thing
she lusted for. There was something she wanted so
much more...her family to be together. She lifted
her head. She could feel him there, trying to reach
her as she fell further and further away. "What if
we can't stop it? What if I lose you?" She needed to
get stronger. She needed to return home and train
until she couldn't move anymore. "You said I was
there. If I'm not here, then the future will never
come true. You'll be saved." She explained to him.
It all seemed logical in her mind.
What if... Put that from your mind, apprentice,"
Germanicus continued, in a more authoritative tone.
"The Will of the force guides our path, but no
future is certain. We have each been provided a
glimpse into a potential future. Nothing more," he
told her, in an attempt to alleviate her fears.
"There is time to prepare and change what we have
seen. To accept it as unalterable is foolhardy. The
combination of both our visions will provide the key
to unlocking this future, and changing it," he said,
decisively, unwilling to simply allow her to flee.
He was no coward, and truly believed in time he
would become the most powerful being in the galaxy
and defeat any Jedi he countered.
It had been so
real. Even the boy had warmth to him. His skin was
soft. For Raeni, it was like being deposited inside
the real moment...only she was powerless to stop it.
She looked at him sadly. She needed time to recover
from this, time to prepare to alter the future. She
refused to kill him. If that made her less of a Sith,
then so be it. Raeni said nothing. She only nodded
her head slowly. She was digesting everything that
had happened. She had gained a kyber crystal. She
had gained a Sith name...what had she lost in