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Thread: Star Wars DoD - Episode VIII: Jaws of the Sarlacc

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    Kadrien felt Tahla so strongly in the Force he didn't need to reach out to touch her. He smiled at her and quietly absorbed her presence. It was so familiar and just as peaceful as he had first felt. He put one hand on Bran's shoulder as Tahla faded.

    "See, she's not gone," he said. "She'll always be with us. We just need to figure out where we go from here..." he trailed off as he realized Alsia was making her decision. He left Bran for a moment to offer her his hand to shake. "It's been an honor," he said simply to her. "Keep an eye on the bucket of bolts for us." He bowed his head slightly to ACE and smiled.
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    Though a bit crestfallen that Tahla disappeared as quickly as she came, Bran listened to the jabbering droid and brusque Bothan in contemplation.

    "I'll take the commission," he said nodding to Shayle. "This rebellion needs jedi."

    Bran finally grinned in his boyish way, the first in a long while.
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    "And DLF Shipping needs you," ACE told Alsia, offering her a hand.
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    They agreed. Shayle and the jedi stayed, seeing ACE and Alsia off to the hangar before the fleet jumped away to their refuge on Polis Massa. They said no true goodbyes. Each knew the galaxy to be a big place, but sometimes small enough that paths could cross again. For now, the fledgling Rebellion won a major victory; one the Empire had no way to hide. Even now the Holonet brimmed with footage, some from the freedom fighters and others from the mercenaries and scoundrels they hired; but many just taken from the thousands of civilian traffic around Byss. Regardless, the fact that the construction of a super-weapon occurred right under the Imperial Senate’s nose served to irritate any more aggressive expansion, for the time being.

    As the last of the ships left the Peregrine’s bay, Shayle, Kadrien and Bran watched their friends blast off towards separate destinies. And though unseen, Tahla witnessed the moment from the Force itself, even sparing a micro-second to consider her former life, before continuing an eternal journey at the whim of life itself.

    No sooner had the ships left the bay, did the external doors close in expectation of their jump. As the stars turned to lines around them, all wondered just what else was in store for their collective struggle…

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    Default Epilogue: Tahla

    Tahla Joona has become one with the Force. She moved with the invisible current of energy that bound the galaxy together, feeling its ebb and flow with the seemingly constant loss and rejuvenation of life itself. It was difficult to avoid losing herself in its intoxicating nature.

    In the years that would come, the former Jedi would manifest many times, to supervise Bran Kota’s climb back into the Light. She cloistered herself in meditation with Kadrien Soth, instructing him in the ways of the Jedi Master. Mostly, though, she moved unseen and unheard through the Fleet. She witnessed her band merge with larger forces, and establish safe havens on moons and planets far from the prying eyes of the Empire. She buoyed spirits, loaned courage, and sowed hope against the dark days to come when they would need it. Many in the Rebellion against the Empire wished each other well with the phrase, “May the Force be with you.” Perhaps, when some of her old shipmates that had survived the death of the Resurgence said it, they were talking about her.

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    Default Epilogue- Kadrien Soth

    The day had been painfully eventful and all Kade wanted was some rest. He clapped Bran again on the shoulder and told him they would talk later and then he set off to find an open bunk.

    He took off his armor slowly, cleaning each piece before setting them in a nearby footlocker. There were a myriad of small lightsaber burns and blaster marks scarring every piece but he quickly confirmed that nothing was damaged. It was scarred, but whole. Same as me, he thought. His kit taken care of, Kade finally lay down, thoughts of Tahla on his mind. He thought back on his original mission so long ago: find two Jedi hiding on Coruscant, protect them, and bring them to Zel Sonn Station. Technically he had failed, as both Jedi were now dead. Perhaps that was true for Trangle but it didn’t fit Tahla. She had given everything for the mission and he knew there was nothing he could have done for her. He thought again of the sense of peace she had exuded earlier and even though he still felt his own sadness and shame he knew they would pass. Not only had they been successful, but she had reached a higher level in the process. That would have to be enough for now.

    The following days were full of briefings and casualty reports and all the minutiae and paperwork of rebellion. Unfortunately, Tahla hadn’t been the only soldier to give their life to take down the Sarlaac project. The Fleet needed time to lick its wounds and it was decided that the best course of action was to lie low. Kadrien thought of how even a short while he would have been itching to continue the fight, to follow up one victory with further action. Something had changed though and he now felt that caution was necessary. Intelligence was coming in how the Empire was out for blood as payment for the Sarlaac project. To stay on the offensive in their weakened state with the Empire on alert would be suicide.

    To even his surprise, Kadrien and Bran developed a quick rapport. The brash and flippant young man and the taciturn, quiet Kade made an odd team, but a good one. Kade would meditate on the nature of the Force, often with a ghostly Tahla next to him that only he could see. His early training had focused on the aspects of the Force that he could use in battle but now that he finally had time he could focus on the much broader nature of the Force. Tahla was a good teacher and he learned things often without even a word being shared between them. As he learned he in turn shared that knowledge with Bran.

    Kadrien taught Bran discipline while Bran taught Kade how to lighten up a little. Kadrien never took the title of Master as even though he respected and loved the Jedi, he did not feel like he had earned it. His connection to the Force grew slightly differently than the Jedi of old, not surprising considering where it had began. But that didn’t seem to matter to Bran and the two learned from each other regardless of the terminology involved.

    After a few years with the Fleet Kadrien began to grow restless. They had been jumping from system to system, never staying in one place long and never managing to accomplish much. A few hours into their latest stop Kadrien sensed something was wrong and headed immediately to the Bridge. Not to his surprise at all, Bran was arriving at exactly the same time. “What’s going on?” they both asked in unison. At that exact moment, the sleek shape of a Star Destroyer came out of hyperspace. Was it tracking them? Kadrien closed his eyes and fell into the Force. Even through the vast gulf of space between their ships he could immediately sense an evil presence emanating from it. His first thought of Nessa but he was immediately sure that this was different. It was another inquisitor. His heart sank as he felt the truth. The fleet wasn’t being tracked, he and Bran were. The inquisitor was following them through the Force.

    After another narrow escape, they decided that it was too dangerous for them to stay with the Fleet. He and Bran took a small and ship and moved from planet to planet, finding places strong in the Force to mask their presence. As they went they set up Rebel contacts across the galaxy and helped out wherever they could. Throughout their wanderings Kadrien felt pulled to return to Iridonia, his home planet. He avoided it for a time but eventually felt the will of the Force directing them there. Even there he still felt a pull drawing him in. He followed it into the blasted deserts of his homeland until he eventually came upon a series of abandoned but still camouflaged buildings: the training compound where he had been raised. They investigated the buildings carefully, feeling the place crawling with the dark side.

    The corruption of the dark side actually made the place a perfect hideout. They used it to cover their location and focused on the work they could do for the Rebellion on Iridonia. The Rebellion only had loose contacts on the planet, but Kadrien and Bran eventually organized the contacts into a full fledged Rebel cell. They disrupted Imperial operations throughout the system, gathered valuable intelligence, and generally made the planet impossible for the Empire to truly control. Unfortunately, they must have done their work too well as soon more and more Imperials were stationed in the system. That included, Kadrien could soon sense, the inquisitor.

    The time for running was over. Kadrien and Bran set a trap for the inquisitor, drawing him and his forces into the abandoned training facility of his youth. The fight was fierce. Kade and Bran fought in tandem, but the fight was turning against them. Just as Kade was preparing to bring the whole building down on top of them all, Tahla’s shade appeared and provided the pivotal distraction Bran needed to slice the inquisitor’s head clean off.

    Bran and Kadrien stayed on Iridonia for a while and helped with rebel actions on the planet. With the inquisitor dead, they eventually realized they were free to join the fleet. After several years, Kadrien Soth and Bran Kota returned to where it had all began. The Rebellion had grown in their time away, but there was much still to be done. As they entered the bridge to a chorus of salutes Kadrien took it all in and thought of the strange path that led him here. It was the Will of the Force, he heard Tahla whisper to him, and he knew she was right.
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