(The Jedi Temple, one week after the events of Chapter 8)
(Security Officer Fol decided that the Jedi Temple at night was about as different as it was during the daytime as it could get. It was almost a different place. The familiar life of the Temple had subsided as the Jedi retired for the night. Fol continued on his normal patrol route when a strange light caught his eye)
Fol- That's strange. No one should be up at this hour.
(Fol walked into the Com Room to see a hooded figure hunched over a projector screen. Suddenly it dawned on Fol: This was the same room Republic Intelligence had been investigating for the Temple spy)
Fol- Stop where you are! Hands up!
(With lightning speed the figure produced a blaster and shot the Temple Guard square in the chest)
(Fol looked up and a surprised expression came across him upon seeing the figure's face)
Fol- So..it was you..all along.
Spy- Yes, and it is such a pity that you will not live to see the dark onslaught that is to come.
(As the sound of footsteps grew closer the figure put the blaster away and ran off)
(Across the galaxy the Republic was under attack. The Wookie colony world of Alaris Prime was overwhelmed by the initial wave)
(The vital mining world of Aeten II soon followed)
(And the Republic garrison on Fresia was slaughtered)
(Republic Strategic Command Center, Coruscant)
Commodore Revees- How did this happen so quickly? Just the other day I was informed that the Confederacy was reeling and would be defeated within the year!
Lieutenant- Sir, I don't know, we've received reports from around the Republic this caught us completely off guard-
Voice- Perhaps I may be of assistance.
(Director Meredith of Republic Intelligence walked into the room)
Revees- Director! What's going on? You're agency is supposed to warn us of these things! What happened!?
Meredith- Commodore, calm yourself, this was a...slip. Republic Intelligence knew as little about this as you do, that is until last night.
(Another figure, Jedi Master Desmond Ortu of the Temple Security Guard stalked into the room)
Desmond- No need for introductions I'll get right to the point. For the past severeal weeks Rep. Intel. an I have been sniffing out a spy in the Temple. Late last night one of my guards was murdered after he discovered that a transmission had been made containing the entire Republic Early Warning System Codes. That's how the Separatists attacked without our knowing.
Revees- A spy...all this time and the Military didn't know about this?
Meredith- You must understand our... reluctance to reveal such a thing.
Revees- Well it doesn't matter now. There's only one planet standing between the Separatists and the Core Worlds. Eriadu is currently being defended by Master Boris Yakerno from the Separatist siege. Master Ban-Kazi has been sent to evacuate his force but from the looks of it the situation for him, and the entire Republic is very bleak.
(Eriadu, the site of the Main Republic Stronghold; Master Boris Yakerno stood with his troops as the thundering droid footsteps grew steadily louder; even the battle hardened troops of Upsilon Squad shuddered at their approach)
Boris- Stand your ground men! We either fight and win, or take the enemy down with us!
Captain Jag- Get ready! Here they come!
(The Separatist vanguard marched straight into the Republic fire, Boris slicing into their ranks)
(Following the vanguard, Repeater Battle Droids marched into the fray, spraying a barrage of blaster fire at the Republic troops)
(Republic cruiser Valiant in orbit over Eriadu)
Captain Dolor- Sir, our forward picket line is engaging the Separatist siege force. Their fleet is far stronger than ours.
Kuve Bac'h- Master, can we really hope to stop this fleet?
Ban- No, padawan, that is not our purpose. We are here simple to evacuate Master Boris and his troops, and to make sure the Republic Code Relay station where his base is doesn't fall into enemy hands.
(Despite fighting valiantly, the clone's morale suddenly broke down, even the battle-hardened veterans running into the Relay Station)
Jag- Sir we can't hold out! We have to run while we have the chance!
Boris- What? Commander, stand your ground! You're sitting ducks in that building!
(Even as he fought off the droids Boris spotted a figure out of the corner of his eye; It was the Sith Lady Mehendrish Sinn)
(Fighting through the droid ranks, Boris fought to the Sith)
Boris- You! You're the one doing this aren't you?
Mehendrish- How preceptive of you Master Boris. You must be referring to your troops suddenly losing the will to fight. That is the power of Battle Meditation, one of the many gifts of the Dark Side.
Boris- If you think your power is going to work on me, you're sorely mistaken.
Mehendrish- On the contrary, I was counting on it not working.
(Boris lunged at the Sith, their blades crackling against each other)
Boris- Your form is not as good as I thought it would be!
(Mehendrish struck back weakly, her blow easily blocked by Boris)
Mehendrish- Indeed, but you must remember I am fighting two battle: mental and physical, and I have almost won!
(On the Valiant Kuve started to feel the effects of the Battle Meditation upon him, his will slowly eroding away)
Dolor- Sir, the captains want to know their orders. If we don't act now we risk letting the Code Relay fall into Separatist hands.
Ban- We've got to hold out for Boris. Dispatch another round of shuttles we-
(Suddenly cracking Kuve pushed past the helmsman and shouted into the comm)
Kuve- All ships open fire! Destroy the Code Relay, now!
(Mehendrish and Boris continued their battle, a thin smile coming to the Sith's lips)
Boris- What is so funny Sith? Afraid your meditation isn't working?
Mehendrish- Patience Master Boris, you will see my handicraft soon enough!
(The Sith suddenly broke away as an explosion rocked the relay base as the Republic bombardment came raining down)
Boris- By the Force!
(The Valiant Kuve watched in horror as the Republic vessels bombarded the surface and the Captain frantically tried to call them off)
Ban- What have you done?!
Kuve- Master I....I don't...I don't know what came over me...I-
Ban- Enough! All I know is that because of you we not only have lost this battle, but we may have lost one of the greatest Jedi of our time, and I hope for your sake that you can live with that...