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Fighting Fate Itself
Chapter 1: Reflections
Coruscant was The Center of the Universe, the Political Hub World, and the home
of the Galactic Senate. Coruscant was also home to the Jedi Temple and the
Order which it held. The city was alive, filled with flashing lights and the
bustling of skyway traffic. Ships could be seen landing on its various ports
all around. Skycars cut In and out of building, avoiding other traffic and
hurrying to their destination. Lights illuminated the city streets and crowds
bustled by. People laughed and joked as they walked in and out of various bars
and shops. There was an air of excitement covering the City at all times,
making you feel alive and energized.
was a rare occurrence on the upper levels of Coruscant. Everyone on the upper
levels had garnered respect on Coruscant. They never interfered with others and
lived their own lives, generally wealthy and safe. The underworld of Coruscant
was where crime was the worst. Not even the Jedi were eager to solve crime in
the Underworld. Coruscant police did what they could, but could only do so
much. The criminal gangs had overrun the entire Underworld. On the surface, the
Jedi did most of the Peace keeping, which was why there was so little of it.
Since a Jedi had control of the Force, it was almost impossible to evade one.
were generally holed up in the Temple, but several were assigned to patrol the
upper levels of Coruscant. These Jedi were always ready to be called in as
backup. Few ordinary Jedi left the Temple unless ordered, but Solus Ordo was no
wasn't actually a Jedi, he wasn't even a padawan yet, but he was learning. He
was only 12 and had been trained since he was nine to be a Jedi. He wasn't the
most powerful force user and he was not even that great at Lightsaber combat,
but he was force sensitive, so the Jedi took him in.
Solus was not very fond of his peers. He had
no real friends in the order, and to be honest he never tried to make any. To
be really honest he didn't trust them. He really didn't trust anyone. He was
Mandalorian after all. He had been raised as a proud warrior race. He learned
that he could only trust his clan and anyone else was a threat. Of course he was abandoned now, his parents
were killed and he had been taken in by the Jedi. He had thrown away the tenets
of the Mandalorians whenever he joined the order, but some things could not be
forgotten. His mistrust was one of them, but determination was another. He
thought back to how it all happened.
watched as his parents, Mandalorians who had adopted him at the age of two,
stepped onto a ship taking them off world. His parents were leaving for a
mission in Republic Space, but he was going to stay behind on Teth. It was a
planet that bordered Wild Space and The Outer Rim. There was little activity in
the area, and many mercenaries and smugglers called it home. Solus's mother and
father also called the planet home, the home they had taken him to after they
adopted him. It wouldn't be long before he would be training in the Mandalorian
combat arts, most likely when his parents returned. He waved them goodbye as
the lowered the ramp an entered the ship.
Solus was waiting for the ship to leave after
several moments passed, but instead he heard the eruption of blasterfire. His
first instinct was to rush in there, but he realized that he couldn't help. He
heard a strangled female voice cry out from within. He doubled over as he
realized his mom was shot, probably killed. He turned to run back to his house.
He kept running and never faltered till he reached the door to the small tent
they called a home. He watched out the window to see if anyone followed him,
but he realized he was clear. He bolted the door shut and waited.
Solus held back tears as he
recalled the last days he spent with his foster family. They had talked about
putting him through a rigorous training regiment upon their return. They would
finally allow him to come on missions with them, learn the way of the
Mandalorians. There is no emotion, there
is peace. Solus recited the words, but found it hard to believe them. After
all he had been through how could he trust those words.
Solus was now walking at a faster pace,
weaving between the streets of Coruscant. He did this often, just to collect
his thoughts and get away from the Temple for a while. He loved being Jedi, it
gave him a purpose, a motive, but he didn't exactly like the life of a Jedi. He
was used to moving often, traveling from world to world, but as a Jedi he
stayed on Coruscant, rarely doing anything but meditating. He would come to the
streets of Coruscant to feel a thrill. He watched as people sold random items
to one another on the street, he watched as people entered the various clubs.
His thoughts began to drift back to
what happened after he returned to the tent.
sat quietly in the tent. It was heated and cooled, and had plenty of room to
fit four people, but it was only him. He had stopped crying for the most part,
and just stared blankly at a picture they had of their family. He hadn't left
the tent since the incident at the ship. He had gotten a local news report on
his holvid, which claimed there was a series of murders by spice smugglers. He
now knew what happened to his parents. His first instinct was to tell the local
authority that his parents were amongst the dead, but he knew there was no use.
This was Hutt space, there was no authority. He knew that if someone found him
by himself, and realized his parents were dead he would become a slave. He
couldn't tell anyone.
a few days Solus began to travel outside of his hut and into town. He was going
to tell anyone that asked that his parents had successfully launched and would
be back eventually, but he didn't know when. He planned to get off planet and
go into republic space, somehow. No one could have guessed the young child was
actually planning to sneak onto a starship and escape the planet. He had to be
sneaky. He would use a tactic similar to the spice smugglers who killed his
parents, but he would do no harm to the pilot. After a successful day of
gathering information, he returned to his small hut.
about an hour of rest he heard a rustling outside. He walked to the door flap,
and peered out suspiciously. His hand had drifted to a small blaster pistol he
kept hidden in case of danger. He saw two creatures walking around his door.
They were wearing light brown robes and had a metal cylinder strapped to the
belt of the robe. Solus recognized them as Jedi. His parents had told them of
the history of the Mandalorians and how they crossed paths with the Jedi
several times. They now held each other in a better light, but at one time they
were bitter enemies. The tall male was human and he had short, dark hair. He
was well built and much older than his apprentice. The apprentice was a
Twi'lek, a female. Her twin lekku draped across her back gracefully, and she
was also strong. She appeared to be only about 15 or 16 by human standards, and
she was very calm and collected. Solus dropped the blaster, knowing he would be
no match for a Jedi.
The Jedi he had met were really the
only people he could trust. The man was a Jedi knight, his name was Aeron
Starr, and he had been sent to investigate a string of murders in the area. The
twi'lek was called Selari Poyara, and she was one of his only friends. She was
padawan to Master Starr, as he had suspected. He got to know them rather well,
they did save him after all.
By this time Solus was arriving at
the steps of the temple. They had large pillars lining the entrance, and lots
of steps to climb. It was routine for Solus to climb these. He walked up
admiring the large structure and the spires that rest at the top of the temple.
The temple had expanded in the past thousands of years, and the ziggurat shape
of it was part of that. He walked down one of the many hallways in the temple,
toward his room.
He stayed in a dorm style area with
many of the other younglings, and wouldn't get his own room until he was a
padawan, and it would be located near his Master's.
The routine was so casual that he
began to think of his induction into the order.
listened intently to find out what the Jedi's motives were. He knew they were
peacekeepers, but something felt wrong. Suddenly the opening to the tent flew
wide and the two Jedi casually came in.
was told you may have information about the recent string of murders on Teth?"
The old man asked calmly. He seemed very genuine, but still Solus didn't let
his guard down. "I'm Aeron Starr, this is my apprentice, Selari Poyara, and we
are Jedi who were dispatched to check on a string of murders in this area."
man smiled at Solus and it seemed very genuine. The man seemed very kind and
made Solus want to trust him, but it wasn't that easy. Solus considered lying
to the Jedi, claiming he knew nothing. He had been told stories of the Jedi
being able to read minds, so that plan would probably not work. He then thought
about killing them with the blaster and then fleeing the planet before anyone
could find out. Solus then realized how stupid that was. He couldn't fight a
Jedi. They had lightsabers and the rumor was they could feel danger before it
even came. He realized the only way to get through this was the truth. He
didn't like it, but it was the only way.
parents were among the murdered. They died only a week ago. We are Mandalorians
and my parents were going out to Republic Space to do a mission. They had
loaded up a ship and were getting ready to leave. They were on the ship and
suddenly I heard blasterfire. I heard a loud shriek from my Mother and quickly
ran back here, staying for three days before even leaving," Solus recited the
story with a sullen voice. He thought about whether to tell the Jedi of his
escape plan. Would they allow that? Before he could say anything, he felt. . .
something. He couldn't really describe it. It was as if something tapped into
his brain warning him of danger. It sent a chill down his spine.
is outside!" Solus yelled, but before the words finished coming out of his
mouth, the Jedi had already leapt into action. They barreled out of the tent,
weapons drawn. Solus grabbed the blaster pistol and vaulted over the footlocker
he had in the room. Stray blaster bolts ripped through the tent and revealed
some of the battle to him. The two Jedi stood still, blocking as much of the
incoming fire as possible. They moved their lightsabers with elegance, sending
blasterfire back towards what he assumed were the spice smugglers.
of the thugs tossed out a frag grenade, which exploded into a million pieces.
Both Jedi had effectively dodged the explosion by rolling to the left and
right. They now flanked the last two remaining enemies. They shot out
sporadically, but none of the bolts found their targets. When they were close
enough, both Jedi simultaneously slashed their lightsabers through the chest of
watched in utter amazement at the elegance and finesse which the Jedi disposed
their enemies. It was fascinating. He didn't want to get to comfortable, but he
assumed they would leave being that was certainly the smugglers causing the trouble.
They checked out the thugs and verified Solus' theory. The now began to
approach him, still hiding behind the locker.
could hear the conversation they were having.
aren't going to bring him with us, are you Master?" the Twi'lek apprentice
was no chance meeting," The elder began to say, "he has the force can't you
watched as the apprentice shut her eyes and seemingly an utter calm embraced
her. She breathed deeply and suddenly her eyes snapped open. "I feel it, but
very faintly, beside he is too old."
council is desperate, we are in the midst of the clone wars, they need Jedi,
and he has potential."
he really make the cut?"
heard him before we fought the bandits; he said he felt something, before they
were even there. He couldn't have seen them, we were blocking the view. It was
the Force, working in very subtle ways. We have to at least try, besides he is
an orphan with nowhere to go."
Master, have it your way," The Twi'lek sighed and gave up the argument. Solus
couldn't help but feel elated. Not only was he safe, but he would leave this
planet and learn how to be a Jedi. He would learn the same thing the Jedi had
just done. He might even fight in those Clone Wars they referred to. He would
make something of his life.
Solus finally made it to his room
and fell to his bunk. It was quiet, and he knew he could finally rest.
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