A Republic at War 14: Art of Deception . . (Ziost one week after the events of Chapter 13)
(The Dark Jedi Anton Rogun gazed across the desolate landscape of the former Sith capital world Ziost now covered in ice yet still seeping with dark power)
Anton- Where are those Jedi? Droid, keep a lookout when the Jedi appear, kill them.
Battle Droid- Roger. Roger.
(Across on the side of the Sith Temple a patrol of Battle Droids marched through the snow, there was a small hissing sound)
Battle Droid- Halt. What was that?
(From above Jedi Master Ban Kazi leaped onto the droids, destroying them in one swift slice)
Gulio- Well Ban, I suppose you never were one for subtlety.
Ban- I got the job done didn't I?
Alinta- Indeed, come now we haven't time to bicker, the longer we stay here the more of a chance the Separatists will-
(The whirring sound of a missile and explosion stopped Alinta)
Ban- I see your point. Come on let's see what the twins have got themselves into this time.
(In front of the Sith Temple, Vince and Karlo Yond’Ull and their troops engaged the Separatist forces)
Karlo- Blast it! How are you holding up Vince?
Vince- Oh just fine! Easier than shooting wamp rats back home!
Karlo- I'll take your word for it!
Ban- Trooper! What's going on here!
Clone- Sir! We didn't have a chance, they have long range heat seeking missiles we're out of range now but-
Ban- Any sign of Mehendrish Sinn?
Clone- No sir if she's here she would be in that Temple.
Ban- Then that's where we need to go, Alinta stay here with the troops, Gulio you're with me!
(Meanwhile in the Temple)
Battle Droid- Sir we have spotted the Jedi forces.
Anton- Ah, so Master Ban Kazi is here. Excellent his death will only enhance my reputation!
(Ban swiftly cut through a repeated droid before sensing a dark presence above him)
(Ban whipped around, barely having time to block Anton's attack)
Anton- Ah, your reflexes are good Master Jedi! I am glad to see my skills will not be wasted here!
Ban- Skill? I've seen banthas with more skill than you Sith!
Anton- I will make you pay for those words Jedi!
(Meanwhile on the bridge of the Vindicator Kuve looked out on the icy planet below feeling its dark power)
Kuve- They don't trust me eh? And rightfully so, but putting this fool Captain Dolor in charge of me and Commander Deverts on guard will not stop me from my mission.
(Suddenly, sensing a new presence, Kuve stepped away from the viewport)
Kuve- No, it can't be....that's impossible.
(Kuve whipped around and stretched out his hands the clones suddenly gripping their heads in pain)
Kuve- Captain, I'll be taking a leave of absence, permanently.
(The crew fell down one by one as Kuve walked off)
(Ban and Anton continued their duel as the battle raged on)
Karlo- Vince come on Master Ban needs us!
Anton- Well, well, well. Is this all the great Master Ban can summon for help? Two children. Ha!
Vince- You're talking to the two children who killed Darth Vulnero!
Anton- Really? Perhaps I underestimated you. Let us see your skill then!
(Anton engaged the Yond'Ull twins as Ban called to Gulio)
Ban- Gulio come on! Let's go!
(The two Jedi rushed into the Temple the only sound coming from the muffled battle outside)
Gulio- I don't like the looks of this place.
Ban- Neither do I. Stay on guard, who knows what the Sith may have in store for us. The capture of Mehendrish Sinn could turn the tide of this war. Let's hope she decided to show up.
(The hallway ended in a large crypt, icy snow blowing through the ruinous wall)
Gulio- What is this place?
Voice- Welcome Jedi!
(The Jedi's blades hissed to life as a hooded figure walked into the frigid room)
Figure- This is a crypt of Sith from ages past. A monument to their prowess and dark majesty!
Ban- Who are you?
Ban- Kuve?! You're the traitor!
Kuve- Yes, you all were so foolish, oh now it couldn't be ti-timid old K-kuve could it? Ha! Although I believed you know me by another name Master Gulio. Darth Veku.
Gulio- What? That's impossible you were killed on Rhen Var by Janax Narr! I saw it!
Veku- You only see what I want you to Jedi. The art of deception is not one to be taken lightly.
Ban- This ends now Kuve!
Veku- Oh, I agree. With your deaths!
(Veku sprang into action hurtling a piece of ancient wood at Ban before disappearing)
Ban- What the- Where is that Sith?
Gulio- He has the power of force invisibility he could be anywhere...Look out!
(Veku appeared behind Ban, slashing him across the back before disappearing again)
Veku- For all your battle prowess it seems your reflexes aren't good enough!
Gulio- Ban are you all right?
Ban- Ugh...behind you.
(As Veku swung his blade down, Gulio spun around to see a green blade stop Veku's)
Veku- What? What is this treachery!
Figure- Oh I think you know what this is Veku.
(The figure threw his hood back revealing Master Boris Yakerno)
Veku- No! This is impossible! I killed you! You should be dead!
Boris- I could say the same about you, but you must understand orbital bombardments are not entirely accurate...especially against Jedi.
Veku- Grrgh! I'll destroy you all!
(Veku swung forward, Boris easily sidestepping his attack)
Boris- Hmm, I suppose your are better at fighting when we can't see you.
Veku- I am darkness and shadow, you cannot defeat me!
Ban- I wouldn't be so sure!
(Veku turned around surprised as the wounded Ban swiftly decapitated him)
(Meanwhile at the Temple entrance, the battle slowly died down as the droid forces were routed)
Alinta- Give up Anton, you've been defeated.
Anton- I suppose so Jedi! However, I will not be surrendering today!
(The Dark Jedi leaped into the air landing on an automated speeder)
Anton- You may have won this battle Jedi, but the war will be mine!
(With that the Dark Jedi flew off and the Jedi emerged from the Temple)
Alinta- Wh- Master Boris! You're alive!
Boris- So it would seem!
Karlo- What happened in there? How are you still alive?
Boris- Well it is a bit of a long one but I will be quick. Shortly after the battle of Taris I was convinced that there was a traitor amongst the Jedi. I quickly began to suspect it was Kuve as all his entrance files had been modified off of another Jedi's one killed by a Darth Veku. He obviously found out and tried to kill me.
Alinta- But wait, when I was on Nar Shadda, I thought I felt your presence, was that you?
Boris- Indeed. One cannot simply say another Jedi is Sith without proof. So I went to talk to my good friend Victor Terronzi about this problem. Fitze was also unhelpful. So I decided to lure him out. When I discovered the operation here I decided to come and the rest is history.
Gulip- Well I suppose now that's all cleared up we don't have to worry about a spy in the Temple.
Boris- True. However, I did find something else on my "vacation" and I'm not sure you're going to enjoy it....