The members of the Dark Council sat silently in their grand chambers, staring at Darth Cathix's empty seat.
The door to the Emperor's quarters slid open and Darth Algren marched into the room and acended the steps to his throne.
Emperor Algren: "Greetings."
Dark Council: "Greeting, My Lord."
Emperor Algren: "Thank you all for coming. As you must have all heard, Coruscant has fallen to the Republic."
Algren looked disapprovingly at Cathix's seat.
Emperor Algren: "Darth Cathix sent an agent to Rhen Var in an attempt to recover an artefact she thought would please me. However, her agent was foiled by the Jedi who obtained the coordinates for Coruscants defences. Needless to say, our own troops were caught off guard and the Republic was victorious."
Darth Davros: "What of Cathix?"
Emperor Algren: "Darth Cathix was killed in the assault. As a result, I wish to introduce you to her successor."
The Council Members turned as the door slid open and Darth Saskil walked swiftly in.
Darth Saskil: "My Lords. It is an honour to sit with you."
Emperor Algren: "Darth Saskil is known to all of you. He has more than proved himself worthy of this task."
Darth Mercu: "I only hope that Lord Saskil is up to the task at hand."
Darth Saskil: "It would be hard for me to do a worse job than Lord Cathix."
Emperor Algren: "Indeed. Now, we have business to attend to. The Republic is about to feel the wrath of our retaliation."
An unamed moon in the deep core.
Ignatious stared at the dull, rocky mouth of the cave and took a deep breath. His connection to the Force was weak, Mercu had stripped him of his powers, but even he could feel the power that rolled out of the dark cave.
Ignatious walked slowly into the cave, keeping a tight hold of his blaster. The cave had high ceilings and Sith artefacts littered the untouched surfaces.
Ignatious gasped as he saw the treasures at the end, his old robes and his lightsaber staff. Both had been repaired and were sat waiting for him. Ignatious began to walk quickly towards them.
Darth Diagis: "Who enters my tomb?"
Ignatious turned at the voice and his eyes lit up in surprise.
Ignatious: "Master? It is me, your former Apprentice."
Darth Diagis: "So it is. Look how far you have fallen my Apprentice. I almost did not recognise you."
Ignatious: "My power was stripped from me. But I am still strong."
Darth Diagis: "Ha! You dellude yourself, Ignatious! No Apprentice of mine would let such a thing happen to them. You have failed me!"
Ignatious: "I was betrayed!"
Darth Diagis: "And I taught you never to trust anyone! That included myself."
Ignatious stepped back as Diagis' lightsaber flared into life.
Darth Diagis: "Look at yourself. You carry a blaster because the lightsaber at your belt is too much for you. You are pathetic, killing you will be an act of mercy."
Diagis raised his lightsaber as Ignatious fired off two quick bolts.
The Sith Lord chuckled as he batted the shots aside with ease.
Darth Diagis: "It is over Ignatious. All your long years of life grow stale in this moment."
Ignatious snarled as he tossed the blaster aside and drew the unfamiliar lightsaber.
Ignatious: "No! No you will not take life from me!"
The two Sith came together, their blades crackling with energy.
Ignatious rolled aside, barely avoiding an intricate thrust from his former Master.
Diagis stood patiently, easily blocking Ignatious' clumsy attacks as the broken Sith charged towards him.
Then, Diagis swung his blade and neatly cut Ignatious' weapon in two.
The Sith Lord reached out with the Force and threw Ignatious painfully into the stairs.
Darth Diagis: "I showed you so much. But how could you ever hope to stand against me. I am the conqueror of Gardocia! What are you?"
Ignatious turned, ignoring the blood which trickled down his face.
Ignatious: "I am the destroyer of Gardocia!"
Ignatious launched himself through the air and tackled Diagis, knocking his former Master's weapon aside. He reached down and clawed at Diagis' neck, trying to strangle the Sith.
Diagis snarled and brought his boot up to slam into Ignatious' side, knocking the younger man off of him.
Diagis unleashed a bolt of lightning on the crippled Ignatious and cackled as he walked towards him.
Darth Diagis: "You were always weak! With no power, you cannot hope to stop me!"
Ignatious roared as he knocked the lightning aside and grappled with the Sith Lord.
Ignatious punched his Master who swiftly dodged the attack and grabbed Ignatious by the throat. Ignatious gasped and in a last ditch attempt pushed against his Master's face.
Diagis gasped and doubled over as Ignatious suddenly felt new power surge up his arm and into his body.
A smile spread accross Ignatious' face as the air around him began to burn and he felt the Force return to him like never before.
With a flash of light and a sound of thunder, Diagis' body vanished as his cloak slumped to his floor alongside his armour.
Ignatious grinned and flexed his fingers, feeling stonger and more in touch with the Force.
He turned silently to his old things and walked swiftly up the stairs.
Ignatious smiled as gripped his saber-staff and flt the soft, rich fabric of his robes against his skin. The time for vengence was at hand. Both Jedi and Sith were about to face the wrath of Ignatious.
Dromund Kaas, Dark Council Chambers.
Emperor Algren: "So it is settled then. Darth Davros will lead the assault on Kashyyyk,"
Emperor Algren: "And Darth Mercu will go and assess the situation on Corellia."
Emperor Algren: "Do not worry about the Republic's victory. Their time is at hand."
Darth Koviss waited until the Council Chambers were empty before pulling up his holo-pad and sending a quick message.
Darth Koviss: "Ignatious, I know where she will be. If you wish to strinke, now is your time."
Ignatious smiled as he read the message and tucked his holo-pad back into his robes as he lefth tomb o Diagis.
Suddenly, a cold wind blew thhrout he tomndd a voice filled the dusty chamber.
Ignatious spun around, ready to face Diagis agian.
Ignatious: "Who goes there?"
A tall man with broad shoulders appeared behind Ignatious and smiled thinly.
Darth Bane: "Ignatious, I am Bane. And I have something to teach you."
The Sith'ari will be free of limits.
The Sith'ari will lead the Sith and destroy them.
The Sith'ari will raise the Sith from death and make them stronger than before.
I knew it! I knew I accidentally made Ignatious the Sith'ari. Officially, Bane was the Sith'ari, but he was far from free of limits.