Bloodlines 16: War . . Prakith, the Sith Temple, one day after the events in Bloodlines 15: Plague , the day that became known for the fiercest battle of the Hidden War.
The western grounds of the Sith Temple, an area taken by Jedi Master Liam Morris, now under attack from the Sith.
Cree Telum: "What's the plan Liam?"
Liam looked grimly back at the Kel Dor.
Liam Morris: "Defend the grounds to your last breath Cree. We have to hold out."
Cree Telum: "Then may the Force be with you, Master Morris."
Liam Morris: "And you, Master Telum."
The iron gates to the Temple swung open and a dark figure walked out.
Darth Vatrix: "Jedi. So the end is finally here."
Inside the Sith Temple, the area ahead of the corridors captured by fromer Jedi Master Quino Loskin.
Darth Rho: "I hate waiting, I grow hungry."
Darth Crandor: "Save your sick fantasies Rho! We have job to do."
Darth Veyron walked over, his golden helmet glinting in the light of his lightsaber.
Darth Veyron: "Nevertheless, Rho has a point. We should move to the Jedi's position."
Darth Venom shook his head as he looked up at the balcony.
Darth Venom: "We won't have too. They're here."
The chambers of Darth Soru.
Darth Jessra: "Michael my love. What is wrong?"
Darth Soru: "Jessra. I've been thinking. What if we are wrong?"
Darth Jessra: "What do you mean?"
Darth Soru: "The Jedi, they are more powerful than we wish to believe."
Michael Soru: "We sit here mocking their Order, telling them that they cannot stand on their beliefs. But we underestimate them."
Dorin Grey sighed as he cut the head from Darth Veyron.
Darth Soru: "Even those that look weak possess great skill."
Darth Jessra: "But the Sith are strong too, my love."
Darth Soru: "But are acolytes are weak, self-preserving cowards."
Taren Gurr backed cautiosly away from the vicious assault of Siger Wover's lightsaber.
Taren Gurr: "Ah, she's too strong for me! I can't beat her!"
Darth Jessra: "That is why we route the cowards out."
Darth Vatrix scowled as he cut down the Sith Acolyte without mercy.
Darth Jessra: "That is why only the strong become Sith!"
Vatrix snarled behind his mask as he slashed his blade across Wover's chest, killing her instantly.
Darth Soru: "But even then we let madmen into our ranks. People bent on carnage without order."
Darth Rho licked his lips hungrily as he looked over the dead Conyo Ull's body.
Darth Soru: "These people are driven by madness, not loyalty to the Sith. They are distracted whilst the Jedi remain focused!"
Darth Rho gasped as Res Marc plunged his lightsaber into the Sith's gut.
Darth Jessra: "But the Jedi are also distracted. They sit high and mighty thinking they are much better than us, when all it takes is one stroke of a lightsaber to unseat them.
Res flinched as Venom crept up behind him and slit his throat with his lightsaber.
Darth Soru: "But that makes are people arrogant. We have Sith taking on Jedi that they could never hope to defeat."
Darth Jessra: "Every Sith must be tested. If they fail they were weak."
Cree Telum dodged Malace's attack and quickly cut his blade across her back.
Darth Jessra: "But those Sith that suceed, they are strong!"
Cree gasped as Darth Esker gripped his throat with the Force, crushing the Jedi's windpipe and eventually killing him.
Darth Jessra: "The Jedi focus training on the Force, Sith train in all aspects of life."
Esker roared as he fell on Yikorr Tumbler. Crushing the Mon-Calamari with his weight and driving his fists into the Jedi's broken body.
Darth Soru: "But frezy blinds you to your surroundings. And even the most hate filled Sith cannot see the calm at the centre of the storm."
Esker screamed as Liam Morris ran up behind him and drove his lightsaber through the Talz's heart.
Darth Jessra: "But the Jedi let everyone join them. There is no screening. ven now, the weakest of their Order are made to fight."
Zadok Chain cried out in pain as Darth Venom's lightsaber's sliced through his young body.
Darth Jessra: "We use stealth to our advantage. And if that fails, then we use our raw power."
Master Dorin Grey grunted as he was eventually felled by the blades of Crandor and Venom. His story would live on for many years to come.
Darth Soru: "But what of the Jedi Masters?"
Darth Soru: "They are patient, calculating."
Gawdropp dodged to one side as Venom lunged at him.
Darth Soru: "They know exactly where the fist of their Order will strike."
Venom cried out in pain as Gawdropp's blade sliced through the eye slit in his mask.
Darth Jessra: "Cut off the head and the body will fall."
Liam Morris grunted as Darth Queren's blad ebit into his leg.
Darth Soru: "But what if the head does not fall?"
Liam spun around in responce and cut Queren down in one swift motion.
Darth Jessra: "Then we use all of our power to not only destroy it, but to ensure that another will not take its place."
Darth Jessra: "The dark will always out last the light Michael."
Liam grunted as Vatrix knocked his lightsaber away and blasted Force lightning into his face, charring the flesh and killing the Jedi Master.
Darth Jessra: "Always remember Michael, the Dark Side will always triumph."
As Jessra walked away, Michael could not help but wonder if she was wrong.
What if the Sith failed?
What if the truth he had been told was in fact a lie he had been fed.
What if the Jedi were stronger?
What if Michael Soru had chosen to join the wrong side?