A Republic at War 16: A Delayed Arrival . . (Onderon, one week after the events of Chapter 17)
(Jedi Master Boris Yakerno looked out across the vast jungle of his home-world of Onderon, the various sounds of the jungle having a calming affect upon the world)
Basil- Well, if it isn't Onderon's hero himself! Master Boris it is good to see you!
Boris- It's good to see you as well Basil, or should I say Grand Marshall Basil?
Basil- Ah, Boris you know I have always been one for fancy titles...but not from a friend. Come let us walk. I see you have acquired a new costume, though it's still a bit shabby.
Boris- Oh yes, after the incident on Kessel I decided it was finally time to replace my old robes. I haven't worn these since I became a Jedi Master you know.
Basil- Indeed. At ease soldier. Speaking of which how is my uncle Duke Bartolo doing?
Boris- Oh the war has taken it's toll on him I suppose. He told me to tell you he is old and that is all. He should be arriving with the others soon though.
Basil- Oh Bartolo! Here we may talk inside.
Basil- You know my friend, I can't quite explain it but...there has been a change in the air as of late.
Boris- Have the beast riders started bathing then? That would be a drastic change in the air indeed.
Basil- Ha! It is good to see you have not lost your humor Boris! No, but even the beasts seem calmer. I can't quite explain it but I think the war is going to end soon.
Boris- And here I thought Bartolo was the Jedi in the family, but I confess that I sense something too.
Onderon Guard- Sir! Come outside quick! Separatist ships have been spotted coming into orbit!
Boris- Hmm, it seems that war isn't quite ready to end yet.
(The two rush outside as Separatist ships fly in overhead, the Onderon military moving to engage them)
Boris- Count Dooku!
Dooku- Ah, Master Boris, Marshall Basil, how nice of you to see us.
Basil- What are you doing here Count? I thought the King had made it clear the people of Onderon are not joining your alliance.
Dooku- Indeed, if then your are not our allies then your are enemies of the Separatist Alliance and will be treated as such.
Grievous- Let me kill them Count, I have not had a challenge in a long time.
Dooku- Very well, show them how we treat enemies of the Confederacy.
(The cyborg general activated his lightsabers, Boris dropping into a defensive position)
Grievous- I have heard of your skill Master Boris, and I am eager to add your lightsaber to my collection.
Boris- Really? I am flattered but you will have to beat me first General.
(Grievous attacked first his blades crashing against Boris's saber)
Grievous- I have trained at the feet of Count Dooku! How can you hope to defeat me?
(The two break apart , their blades flashing in a flurry of light before crashing into each other again)
Boris- You were trained by Dooku? I was as well, only your form is much sloppier than what I was taught. Perhaps standards have fallen, no?
(Breaking away Boris blasts Grievous back with a force attack)
Boris- And I fight with the power of the Force. Something that cannot be taught.
Grievous- Grrr! You have no idea what you are dealing with Jedi!
(Grievous's arms then detach, as he unleashed a flurry of four armed attacks against Boris)
(Breaking Boris's defense Grievous pushed him back, launching him through the palace window)
Basil- Boris! No!
Grievous- I may not have the Force Jedi, but I am still more powerful than you!
Grievous- Where is your hero of Onderon now?
Basil- We will never surrender to the likes of you. Death first!
Grievous- That can be arranged!
(Suddenly two heavy chairs came flying out of the palace, smashing into Grievous)
Grievous- Grrr! You Jedi don't know when to give up!
(Straining Boris launched a heavy wooden table flying right at Grievous)
Boris- No, but I do know when to fight back!
(Grievous looked up as suddenly Republic ships appeared, turning the tide of the battle against the Separatists as a clone force charged into the fray)
Captain Wire- There they are troops! Attack!
Boris- Excellent timing captain.
Wire- My pleasure sir!
Dooku- Come General, we have more important targets to attend to.
Grievous- Grrr, you win today Jedi, but I assure you your Republic is doomed!
(The droids move to engage the clones as Dooku and Grievous retreat)
General Duxos- Indeed Jedi, it seems once again that General Duxos will live to fight another day! Ha! Ha!
(Basil quickly produced a blaster, shooting the Magnaguard in the head)
Boris- I didn't realize Grand Marshalls still fought with real weapons.
Basil- Oh, we still find use for them.
Boris- Indeed. I can only wonder though why Count Dooku was in such a hurry to leave.
(Suddenly Boris's comlink started beeping)
(The device flashed to life showing the form of Master Ban Kazi)
Boris- Master Ban Kazi where are you? Is everything all right?
Ban- I'm afraid not Boris, our arrival may be a bit delayed, something bigger just came up.
Boris- What? What is happening?
Ban- The Separatists have attacked Coruscant.