Star -The Empire Chronicles: Order Within The Chaos

The Empire launches its campaign against tyranny within the galaxy while at the same time establish allies as they attempt to reach their goal of bringing down Lord Serenity and his cowardly subjects.


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The Valkyrie came out of phase and orbited Apocalypse as various Star Destroyers and other Imperial type warships and transport ships held positions around the planet, docked in the orbital space docks or departed the planet.  A black Lambda class shuttle flew from the hanger bay of the Valkyrie with two Special Forces Type Tie fighters following as escort as the shuttle descended towards the planet and entered the atmosphere for reentry.  When the shuttle and its escort completed their reentry, they flew past the domed capital and other surrounding cities (as vehicles and people walked to and fro from one dome to another) into the faint green, untouched landscape and towards the darkened, mountain landscape beyond.  The shuttle and escort reached the mountain chain and a single spire, black tower appeared in between two large mountains and the shuttle and escort flew around the man made waterfall in front and below the structure and landed on a perfectly flat, man made surface before the entrance of the structure.  The shuttle ramp dropped and Lord Valkyrie descended with Captain Cruz and Despite (wearing a black dress and hair made up into a cone shaped bun) flanking him as Director Spec and a muscular, towering, dark skinned male with a high and tight and wearing an Imperial officers uniform with a grey cape attached, waited for Lord Valkyrie.  Lord Valkyrie approached Director Spec, as he and the other person snapped to attention, and Director Spec announced, “My lord, the whole area is scanned and is secured.” Lord Valkyrie asked (as if ignoring Spec), “Who are you?” Spec looked a little surprised but stepped to the side as the other officer approached and stood firm as he replied, “Superintendent Rosa sir!” He saluted and Lord Valkyrie returned the salute and asked, “What are you the superintendent of Rosa?” Rosa replied, “Sir I am in charge of the populace of Apocalypse and its public image and all decisions regarding the lifestyle and well being of the people have to be approved by me sir.” There was a short silence till Lord Valkyrie stated, “Excellent superintendent.” He turned to Director Spec and asked, “Director, show me the facility.” Spec looked worried and replied, “Sir, unfortunately, we cannot open the doors.” Silence.  


    Lord Valkyrie, Captain Cruz and Despite looked at Director Spec as he told them that he and the scientist team could not open the doors to the building of interest to Lord Valkyrie and Despite gave Spec a confused look (while Lord Valkyrie and Captain Cruz’s helmets hide their faces) and then a spiteful look and asked, “What’s the matter, not strong enough?” Spec looked offended and seemed to bow down as if embarrassed as he replied, “No ma’m, I think it’s better if I show you.” They followed Spec as they passed a detachment of stormtroopers, as they stood at attention, and stopped before a group of plastic looking suited older people with various scientific instruments in front of a pair of two, narrow, towering thick doors.  Lord Valkyrie, Captain Cruz and Despite looked up the doors to gaze at the carving depictions of angels on one side (the left door) and demons on the other (the right door), armed with swords or spears fighting but were held back by various hooded or masked figures in the center holding both parties back with depicted lighted swords like Lord Valkyrie or lightsabers.  They continued looking up, past the black carved doors, and saw a statue where the left side of it is a white marbled angel while the other side is a black marbled demon and the demon’s hand pointed to the center of the statue’s mouth, as if warning Lord Valkyrie and the others to be silent.  As they looked up at the architecture Director Spec spoke, “We tried cutting through the doors but for some reason none of the cutting tools are able to cut through.  We can’t even take samples from the doors to analyze!” Lord Valkyrie stepped up to the doors as he said, “Allow me.” The scientists stood back from the doors as Lord Valkyrie raised his right glove in a stopping motion and there is a sound of creaking that ran up the doors when all of a sudden the doors opened slowly to reveal a long, high ceiling hallway, light up all in red.  


    Lord Valkyrie, Captain Cruz, Despite, Director Spec and Superintendent Rosa entered the structure while the rest remained outside as if they know they are not permitted to enter.  Lord Valkyrie and the others looked up at the towering stone statues lining the hallway, holding various swords or lightsabers and looking down upon them as if watching Lord Valkyrie and the others like the statues are sentinels.  Lord Valkyrie looked at the bases of the statues and noticed name plates that read (as he passed by), “Marchioness Xo Xaan, Ajunta Pall, King Adas, Lord Adraas, Darth Angral, Darth Bane, Darth Zannah, Darth Revan, Darth Andeddu, Darth Malak, Darth Malgus, Darth Ruin, Lord Kaan, Mother Allya, etc.” And between each statue are solid black wooden doors that lead to various rooms, but Lord Valkyrie kept walking till he reached the end of the hallway to see a large reception hall (light all red as well) lined with various artifacts and paintings depicting various battles and Director Spec looked around in awe and breathed, “What is this?” Lord Valkyrie replied calmly, “A copy of a Sith Temple.” Lord Valkyrie looked to his left and right and noticed a pair of turbo lifts, big enough to fit between half a dozen to a dozen people at a time (all in black) and Lord Valkyrie walked to the one on the left and it opened before him.  Everyone (except Captain Cruz) flinched as the door opened and Lord Valkyrie walked in, without a bother, and waited for the others to follow.  Director Spec and Rosa looked at each other before they followed the others in and the black door closed behind them before the turbo lift moved upwards for a few moments before it opened and the turbo lift was painted in red lighting from the outside as Lord Valkyrie and the others exited and everyone (except Captain Cruz and Lord Valkyrie as their faces were hidden beneath their helmets) looked up in awe.  


    The room is one large, square shaped library with paintings lining the ground level walls while above them is filled with books and shelves that spanned upwards till it reached almost to the top of the tower with one set of stairs, that is about ten feet long, that spirals upwards from one corner of the library to the other, starting from the back left end.  On the floor there is one long desk stretching from one end of the library to the other at the front while smaller desks (for four people) filled the remaining half of the library while the rest of the marbled floor remained bare.  When they looked closer at the desks they noticed all the wooden black desks are covered in wood carvings depicting various sword battles and other events through Sith history and the same goes to the long, black marbled desk at the very front.  Lord Valkyrie approached the back end of the library to look up at the three, long, triangular shaped window panes that spanned upwards to reveal the dark blue, cloudless sky and the land before Lord Valkyrie is black and a river of lava flowed right towards the Sith structure and ends below Lord Valkyrie’s view.  Director Spec and Superintendent Rosa looked in awe till Spec looked puzzled at the books that are beyond reach of the stairway and floor and he asked, “Why are the books beyond the reach of the stairs?  How can anyone read them if they can’t reach?” Lord Valkyrie answered, “That is because only people with force powers can read them.” Despite and Captain Cruz approached Lord Valkyrie from behind and looked at the paintings that lined the wall below the window panes depicting Darth Maul, Darth Revan, Darth Plagueis and Count Dooku.  Lord Valkyrie seemed to marvel at the view as he stood quietly for minutes till he looked to his right and spoke, “It seems to be more than just a temple.” Captain Cruz and the others looked in the same direction Lord Valkyrie is looking and saw just past the right corner of the farthest window pane to the right a large, squared shaped castle that appears to connect to the towering structure they are standing in.  Director Spec asked, “How do we get there?  The whole terrain is treacherous.” Lord Valkyrie answered, “We use the other lift.” Lord Valkyrie turned away, with his black cape flapping behind him, and headed back towards the turbo lift as the others followed to investigate the connected, mysterious, castle.


    The turbo lift door opened and they were greeted by a large dark grey ballroom with a high ceiling, two wide stairways at the back left and right corners that led to two observation floors that led from their end of the room to the other side where the other door awaited and four towering stone statues that faced inwards and sat along the middle of the ballroom that lead from the lift they exited to another doorway on the other side of the rectangular room.  Lord Valkyrie led the way as they walked along the red designed carpet towards the far door as they looked about the architected room and up the towering statues that looked down upon them with their hands on their lightsabers and Despite spoke with caution, “Looks like whoever ran this temple admired this Darth Revan, Maul and Plagueis.” Lord Valkyrie spoke, “Indeed.” When they reached the door on the far end there is no doorknob and again Lord Valkyrie raised his right glove and the door opened to reveal another large ballroom but with six pillars and along the walls dotted racks of various weapons and along the top two sides of the walls are hallways covered by thick glass and Captain Cruz said, “A large training room.” Lord Valkyrie (as if ignoring Cruz’s comment) turned to one of the nearest doors to the left and exited the training room to see a red walled and floor hallway with a black ceiling lined with black doors.  Captain Cruz stepped ahead of him and opened one of the doors to reveal a room a pair of black robes hanging on hangers and various bandages and wrappings next to a sink and mirror, along with scissors and various medical equipment and Cruz stated, “Prep room.” She turned to Lord Valkyrie and continued, “Looks like this place is both a museum and a training area for those who wants to be a Sith.” Lord Valkyrie stated, “Then there are living quarters as well.” Whispering sound, “Sith.” Lord Valkyrie turned to his right as he heard the whispering sound and heard another voice (deep male pitch and emotionless), “Come.” Despite, Spec and Rosa looked at Valkyrie worriedly and Despite asked, “Valkyrie?” Lord Valkyrie walked slowly in the direction he heard the voices till he stopped, stood for a few moments and then he stated, “This way.” And he began to walk down the hallway.  Spec and Rosa looked at each other with puzzled expressions while Despite looked at Cruz as she obediently followed Lord Valkyrie and Despite immediately followed behind before Spec and Rosa took a quick few steps to catch up, not knowing where Lord Valkyrie is going.  


    They walked around the training room and down another hallway till they reached a door at the very end and when Lord Valkyrie opened it, they saw a set of stairs spiraling down with stone walls and freshly lite touches.  Superintendent Rosa spoke with caution, “Looks like someone is expecting us.” Spec said, “There shouldn’t be, this place is abandoned and there are no life signs when we scanned earlier.” Lord Valkyrie entered the stairway nonetheless and the others followed as Rosa, Spec and Despite looked on with extreme caution and after what felt like an eternity, they say a pale blue light and when they reached the bottom of the stairs they were greeted by a single, skinny podium stand that held a single red book on top as the stand is the only thing lite in the blue overhead light while the rest of the room is pitch black.  Captain Cruz stated with caution in her voice, “I don’t like this my lord.” Lord Valkyrie approached the stand (that stood a few feet from the entrance) and looked down upon the red book and it read, “Book of Sith” in black lettering and Lord Valkyrie reached for it and touched it with his gloves and when he lifted it off the stand, the stand descended and the silent room is replaced by a rumbling sound and began to shake.  Captain Cruz and the others behind her reached for both sides of the stone walls in the stairway as dust and pebbles fell about them and small rocks inside the room Lord Valkyrie is standing in and Rosa called out, “WHAT THE HELL!” And Spec yelled, “WE GOT TO GET OUT OF HERE!” Even as the room and stairway shook, Lord Valkyrie remained standing where he is, with a look of eerie calm, and just as fast as the room began to shake, it suddenly stopped.  Rosa, Spec and Despite looked around in confusion while Cruz continued to look on at Lord Valkyrie when Despite asked aloud, “What happened?” Lord Valkyrie replied emotionlessly, “It was a test.” There is a sound of rocks falling and Cruz instinctively stepped forward when suddenly a blue light appeared from the ceiling and the room lite up to reveal itself as a cave and the direct beam of the blue light shinned down upon the towering stone statue of Darth Vader and everyone looked up (as Despite, Spec and Rosa gazed upon the statue with awe) with someone in the group gave a short gasp as everyone stood in silence.

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