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Secrets from the Past Chapter Eight (Star Wars SWTOR Fan-Fiction)

Mandalore finished his debrief and closed the hololine with the Supreme Chancellor.  A few plans had been devised, but nothing could be determined until everyone knew what was going to happen with the Sith and who they were going to target. The Republic decided to not engage the Sith during their coup against Relsor, instead, trusting that their enemy would end up crippled. Emain had expressed hope that they could take advantage after the fact.
            Talyc looked at Usharr who was still looking through files and files of data.            ‘Are those records of some kind?’ he asked the old Sith master.
            ‘Sith database files,’ replied Usharr. ‘The Dark Council has privileged access to everything recorded by the Empire: from failed acolytes to the latest Hutt scheme that made its way into Sith space.’
            ‘But you’re not of the Dark Council,’ said Talyc.
            ‘Not anymore, because of my exile, but that doesn’t mean my access to these files was ever revoked. I still have friends in the Empire.’  Usharr looked up and winked.
            ‘Clever,’ said Talyc. He was startled when Nriwe came up behind him and put her hands on his shoulders from behind him.
            ‘So I’ve got an old contact on Nar Shaddaa looking for refuge,’ she began.
            ‘Refuge?’ asked Talyc.
            ‘She’s a good fighter, from back in my slaver days.’ Nriwe took a singsong voice and batted her eyelashes. ‘She needs to get away soon and would be a great asset to Clan Kandera.’
            ‘What did she do to need to get away from the Hutts?’ Talyc looked at the Mandalorians leaving the room. Many clans remained, but the room looked much less clustered now.
            ‘Refused to dance!  Believe me, she’s loyal and we can trust her. She needs transport though.’
            ‘All right, well let me run a quick background check on her. What’s her name?’
            ‘Alegna. Togruta, Kaki coloured lekku.’
            Talyc nodded and began looking through his datapad for a Togruta named Alegna via the Holonet. 
            He heard someone’s com chime.  Brenum yelped.  The small holoimage of Trylia came into view as Brenum took the holocall on his comlink.
            ‘Trylia, my sweet!’
            ‘Brenum, I’m all right.’
            ‘Where are you?’
            ‘In a shuttle, on my way…to you.  I’ll explain when I get there, it’s a long story.’
            ‘Oh, Trylia,’ said Brenum.
            Talyc saw a tear run down Brenum’s face, as the others exclaimed sentiments of joy into the transceiver so Trylia could hear them all. Talyc felt relieved, he could only imagine how Brenum felt.
            ‘So tell me where you are so I can enter the coordinates.’
            ‘Mandalore,’ said Brenum.
            ‘Hang on!’ said Talyc, approaching.  He looked at Nriwe and smiled. ‘Can you make a quick stop by Nar Shaddaa?’
            ‘Why, hello, Talyc,’ said Trylia. ‘It’s good to hear everyone’s voices.’
            ‘We’re recruiting a Togruta,’ Talyc explained. ‘Former dancer, greenish lekku. Her name is Alegna.’
            ‘I’ll be happy to. Tell her to meet me at the Promenade, near the market stands.’
            ‘Thank you!’ exclaimed Nriwe.
            Brenum chatted a while longer with Trylia before ending the call. The blue-haired Jedi sat back down sounding and looking very relieved.
            ‘I told you,’ said Shadie.
            Talyc noticed Wapita walking past.  He took his arm and stopped him.
            ‘We’re not done discussing, Wapita,’ Talyc told him.
            ‘There is nothing more to discuss,’ said Wapita.
            ‘So you’re going to keep denying sending your recruit to spy on us just because you want to keep tabs on the Jedi and our Sith compatriot?’
            ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about,’ said Wapita, shrugging and shaking his head.  ‘Mistrust you? Mistrust Clan Kandera? Maybe. But even Dargoza wouldn’t stoop so low as to spy on other Mandalorians. We spy, we win what?’
            Talyc shook his head.  ‘Where is he anyway?’  He looked around.  Vax had been there earlier, had spoken to them, and now he was nowhere to be found.  ‘It’s convenient that your recruit disappears the minute I’m confronting you about him. What are you plotting?’
            ‘I’m not the one who’s been to bed with him,’ said Wapita. 
            ‘Oy!’ Fane approached.  ‘Don’t talk to him like that.’
            ‘What? It’s true.’ Wapita crossed his arms. ‘Maybe the old lover has a problem with your new lover, Talyc. But I know nothing about it.’
            ‘So you never sent him to spy on us? To keep tabs on us?’
            ‘Mandalore’s honour,’ said Wapita. ‘I know nothing of it.’
            ‘I found it!’ exclaimed Usharr.  Talyc turned around, as the attention of all who were present – the Jedi and several dozen Mandalorians – turned to the old Sith. This one looked at Talyc and Wapita.  ‘Everyone is going to want to see this.’


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Secrets from the Past Chapter Seven (Star Wars SWTOR Fan-Fiction)

Several weeks later.

Brenum sat on the lounge in the Mandalorian bunker, staring at his datapad.  Shadie couldn’t help but feel sympathy for her friend.  He had sent messages to Trylia’s datapad, hoping she would reply.  They had all sent messages, at a few days interval, and had been consistent about it. There had not been any replies.
            Brenum sighed and put his head in his hands.  Knarf, who sat next to him, put his hand on his shoulder and rubbed gently.
            ‘Why is it I cannot shake the feeling that something is terribly wrong?’ said Brenum.  ‘I’ve meditated, done everything a Jedi should. This is why we’re not supposed to have any attachments. I can’t function like this.’
            ‘It’s all right, Brenum,’ said Shadie soothingly.  ‘Trylia will be fine.’
            ‘Shadie,’ her blue-haired friend said slowly, ‘it’s been weeks.’  He shook his head.  ‘No, it is not all right.’
            Shadie looked at the others who shrugged.  Mandalore arrived at the bunker.  He had been briefed about a potential coup from the Sith, he had previously explained, and that their coup was aimed towards Relsor, but who knew what the full details entailed. Lian had gotten no news from Lord Void since his warnings a few weeks prior, and no one knew when this coup would take place. Mandalore did not want to be caught off-guard perchance the Sith were planning something greater. Shadie had to agree.
            Emerick arrived with his clan; Nriwe went and sat next to Lashika. Nriwe had been communicating with Lian when Shadie couldn’t herself, keeping him appraised of the goings-on here on Mandalore. The Republic was also ready in case of any attacks from the Sith.
            Talyc shifted, looking about.
            ‘What is it?’ Shadie asked him.
            ‘Clan Dargoza hasn’t arrived yet,’ he said.  ‘Ever since we returned from the Crypt, they’ve been conveniently off-planet.’  He turned to face her.  ‘I have words to exchange with Wapita.  I mean, what was he thinking, having his newest recruit spy on us?’
            ‘You’re still going on about that?’ said Knarf.  ‘Forget about Wapita. He can’t hurt us. Just let it go.’
            Talyc opened his mouth to say something when in walked Clan Dargoza.
            ‘Well, well, finally!’  Talyc walked up to Wapita.  ‘Can I have a word, Wapita? From one clan leader to another?’  The two walked off to one side. 
            Vax saluted Shadie and the others. ‘Wapita tells me your clan is well informed. Got yourselves a Sith insider or something?’ He cocked his head in Usharr’s direction.  The old Sith Maser walked up to the Rattataki and sized him up and down.
            ‘The Jedi, like the Sith, never reveal their sources,’ said Usharr.
            ‘I heard that you were in exile,’ said Vax, ‘so unless you have been reassigned within the Sith Empire, I suspect you have an informant.’
            ‘And what would a Rattataki bounty hunter know about that?’
            Vax narrowed his eyes.  ‘You one of those xenophobes, aren’t you?’
            Usharr looked around.  ‘I aid the Mandalorians, do I not? They are comprised of all sorts of species. Not to mention Captain Zaereg and his companions over there, and I quite enjoy their company.’
            Vax looked at Shadie.  ‘You shouldn’t trust an exiled Sith master.’
            He walked over to join the rest of Clan Dargoza as Mandalore began his debriefing, bringing up battle plans, star charts, and the Mandalorian blockade. Talyc returned and sat next to Usharr.  Shadie took a seat between Brenum and Usharr.
            ‘I do not trust your old friend,’ Usharr whispered to Talyc.  The old Sith took out a datapad and began looking things over. 
            Talyc leaned in closer and whispered: ‘Right now, I don’t know if it’s him I can’t trust or if I can’t trust Wapita.  He denies all knowledge of Vax following Fane, Nriwe and me several weeks ago.’
            ‘One of them is lying,’ said Usharr.  ‘And several of us sense deception. Not just…our informant.’
            Talyc looked back towards Vax. Fane, who was next to Knarf, leaned over and looked at Shadie, shrugging.  Shadie shook her head, pointing at Usharr’s datapad.  Fane nodded understanding.
            Shadie turned her attention to Mandalore, as Supreme Chancellor Emain came in view via holoscreen.


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Secrets from the Past Chapter Six (Star Wars SWTOR Fan-Fiction)

Talyc met with Nriwe and Fane near the docking station. Nriwe had dolled herself up a bit. She always looked stunning, but Talyc noticed she had taken particular care to put some makeup on and to dress lavishly.
            ‘My, you’re dressed to impress!’ remarked Fane, voicing Talyc’s very thoughts.  Nriwe blushed. 
            Talyc nudged her. ‘I’m sure Lian will think the same, and more.’  Talyc looked at his chrono.  ‘We should get going. I’ll go clear our departure in person.’ He pointed at the booth. Then he noticed Vax standing nearby in the shadows, looking ominous.  ‘I think our friend Wapita has his recruit spying on us.  I’ll just check what he’s up to.’
            Vax didn’t seem to notice him.  Talyc approached as the others head inside the small freighter they would be taking to the Crypt.  As Talyc got closer, he heard Vax talking into his com.
            ‘They’re taking the green Twi’lek with them. They’re going to the Crypt, but I’m not sure for how long.’
            ‘Just for dinner!’ Talyc cut in.  Vax spun around looking like a bantha had just sat on his stomach.  Talyc leaned in towards the transponder.  ‘Or maybe overnight if all goes well. Nriwe’s got herself a date. I’m surprised you’re a bit late on the news, Wapita. Next time, get someone less conspicuous to spy on us.’
            Vax quickly switched his comlink off.  ‘Talyc!’
            Talyc pointed at the comlink.  ‘If Wapita wants information, he just needs to ask. I’m not one to hold a grudge.  Dargoza was the one with whom I had an issue.  Our clans don’t need to be rivals.’  Talyc put his hands on his hips.  ‘Anyway, what does Wapita gain from following us and gaining information on us.’
            Vax looked down a moment.  ‘I’m really sorry, Talyc,’ he said in a low voice.  ‘I’m sorry to deceive you like this.’ He looked up again. ‘You understand though, that Mandalorians or bounty hunters don’t usually tend to hang out with Jedi, let alone collude with them.’
            ‘Collude?’ laughed Talyc.  ‘If that’s what you want to call it.’  He winked.
            ‘My point is, Wapita has distrust.  Plus there is a Sith who’s with Shadie and Knarf all the time.  A Sith!  You need to be careful with that one.  I don’t trust him, what’s his purpose here on Mandalore?’
            ‘We can trust the old man, he’s on our side,’ said Talyc.  ‘For now. Don’t you worry about me, Vax. I’ll be fine. And tell Wapita we’ll inform him how the date went.’
            Vax nodded.  Talyc made his way to the shuttle after clearing their departure with the Mando in the booth.  He sat down at the controls; Fane gave him a quizzical look.
            ‘Vax was spying on us for Wapita,’ said Talyc.  ‘Apparently, he’s mistrustful of Usharr, mostly.’
            ‘A little late to not trust us,’ said Nriwe.  ‘We didn’t just now recruit Jedi into our clan.’
            ‘I know.’  Talyc sighed.  ‘It’s weird.  Why be dodgy now?  I’m telling you, when we get back, I’ll have a word with Wapita, from one clan leader to another.’

* * *


            The trip to the Crypt was inconsequential, other than Nriwe kept going back to the refresher to make sure she looked fine.  Her heart was pounding when they arrived at the Crypt. She noticed the outside of it changed some more.
Upon touch down, Fane and Talyc wished her luck and she walked to the entrance of the first chamber.  The door slid open for her, and she heard Lian’s voice welcome her.  She walked through the rooms, making idle chitchat with the Jedi. 
            It seemed like it took much longer this time to reach the bottom of the Crypt and walk through its massive hall.  Lian stood by the door, ready to greet her.  He was garbed in simple Jedi clothes, as opposed to his usual Jedi Master garb, but it suited him.
            Lian took her hand and led her to a table in the centre of the room.
            ‘I trust your trip here went well?’ he asked.
            ‘Yes, quite!’ said Nriwe.
            ‘I’ve taken the liberty of preparing some snacks. While I don’t need to eat, I quite enjoy the taste.  I hope you like nerf?’
            ‘Yes, thank you.’
            Nriwe noticed that his tone was different, nervous.  They sat down and began chatting, but it was different too. 
            ‘We don’t need to talk about just simple things, you know,’ she said.  ‘You’re usually full of Jedi talk and reminiscing about Tython.’  Lian looked up at her.  ‘What I mean is, you seem to not know what to say.’
            Lian looked down at his plate.  ‘I apologise.  I was worried I would bore you with all the Jedi talk of Tython and how I miss the place.’  Nriwe shook her head.  There was a short pause.  ‘I’ve had another talk with Lord Void.’  This piqued Nriwe’s interest. She raised her brows.  ‘He believes the Dark Council is withholding information from him.  He thinks it has to do with the fact that his apprentice failed and is no longer on Relsor’s ship.’
            ‘Well, I don’t know who in their right mind would want to be on his ship,’ said Nriwe.
            ‘Void is concerned. He has thus far been willing to work with us behind the scenes, but he suspects there is much information to which he is not privy. He has warned us to be vigilant.  He believes the Sith are planning a coup against Relsor.’
            ‘Are they trying to let themselves be wiped out? There is no way they can take on Relsor.’
            ‘Not to destroy him, but to cripple him,’ said Lian, ‘in order to renege on their alliance.’
            ‘Does that mean the Sith would be willing to join the Jedi and the Republic in the fight against Relsor?’
            ‘I don’t know,’ said Lian.  ‘Our list of allies grows, but many are unwilling to commit to anything right now, all from the fear Relsor’s mere existence creates.’
            ‘I understand.  Well, Mandalore stands with you, regardless!’
            Lian looked up from his plate and stared at her for an uncomfortable while. ‘You would be so willing to risk your life for the Jedi? For the Republic?’
            ‘It’s not like it’s not the first time,’ said Nriwe.  ‘Shadie’s my friend, my clanmate. It all started with her and Knarf. A few more Jedi added to the mix doesn’t change the fact that Relsor would attack Mandalore anyway. He’s done it before; Gourd has done it. We’re in this war whether we like it or not.’
            ‘And you don’t like it?’
            ‘Of course, I don’t like war! But I’m a warrior, a fighter. I’m Mandalorian. I will stand by my friends, my clan, my family, and fight till the end.’
            ‘I would not want you to die for the Jedi,’ said Lian.  He looked down again, then up and around.  ‘This is what has become of my life, because I was dedicated to fighting for the Jedi, ready to sacrifice myself. Would you risk injury, imprisonment, death?’  He looked back down and closed his eyes.  ‘You do not have to fight for the Jedi.  You do not have to risk anything for us.’
            Nriwe reached for his hand.  ‘I risk it willingly. I risk it for you.’
            Lian opened his eyes but said nothing for a long moment.  Then, ‘I’m sorry.’  Lian took his hand away from hers.  There was a silence.
            ‘Listen, do you need me to go?  I don’t mind, it’s okay.  I’ll go.’
            Lian said nothing. Nriwe stood and slowly made her way to the door.
            ‘Wait!’

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Secrets from the Past Chapter Five (Star Wars SWTOR Fan-Fiction)

Brenum was staring at the console monitor in the Clan Kandera bunker, as was everyone else, watching the progress bar; it was barely moving at all. It seemed to Knarf he kept leaning more forward every now and then, inching his eyes closer to the monitor screen.
            ‘It’s not giving us anything!’ Brenum shouted, kicking the console.
            ‘Easy, there,’ said Knarf, putting a hand on his friend’s shoulder. ‘It’ll take time.’
            ‘We don’t have time,’ Brenum said in a hushed voice.
            ‘What’s the worst that can happen?’ asked Fane.  ‘Relsor won’t hurt her.  Trust in your love.’
            Brenum closed his eyes.  Knarf could feel some sympathy.  He looked over at Shadie. ‘What time did Talyc say he’d be out of his meeting with Mandalore?’
            ‘Right about now,’ said Shadie.
            ‘Go and join him at the tavern,’ said Knarf.  He motioned Brenum.  ‘We’ll stay and run a few more diagnostics before joining you.  But this thing will take a while, so I’m not expecting to get anything tonight.’
            Shadie nodded, as she and Fane left the bunker.
            ‘What was it you told me once?’ said Knarf.  ‘Something about breathing?’  Brenum chuckled.  ‘Here, help me run a few scans on this part of the tracker, make sure we haven’t missed anything.  All this info will start to make sense once the bulk of the main part completes its full scan and gives us data we can actually read.’
            Brenum nodded and got to the task. Knarf tried to give him his most comforting smile, but he knew the feeling too well to know it wouldn’t change anything.

* * *


            Talyc sat at a table in the tavern, waiting for his friends to arrive.  He looked up and saw a familiar face.  He felt surprised, his heart skipping a beat, recalling when he’d last seen the bounty hunter; a tall lean and pale grey Rattataki with a few face tattoos continuing along his neck. Talyc thought he’d never see the day when the two would meet again. The Rattataki man turned his way and his eyes went wide with recognition.  He walked to Talyc’s table and sat down.
            ‘Talyc Kandera?’
            ‘In the flesh,’ replied the clan leader.
            ‘My, my, it’s been a long time.’  The Rattataki grinned.
            ‘Only about ten years,’ said Talyc. He bit his lower lip, unsure what to call the man, friend wouldn’t quite describe it.  They clasped hands.  ‘It’s good to see you, Vax.  What are you doing all the way here on Mandalore?  Thought you didn’t want in on the Mando life.’
            ‘Well, pulling off old bounties is starting to get old, you know,’ said Vax.  ‘I ran into an old contact of mine and I got an offer to join a clan on Mandalore.  Figured I’d give that a try.’
            ‘A shame you didn’t run into to me sooner,’ said Talyc, ‘I’d’ve offered you a place in Clan Kandera.’
            ‘Bah, we’d have gotten to our old tricks and not been able to get our tasks done. Probably best we don’t work together, fewer distractions.’  Vax winked. Talyc blushed.  ‘Although, those were fun times.’
            ‘They were,’ said Talyc.  ‘I have fond memories.’ Vax’s greyish skin turned a pink hue as he smiled. ‘Though I’ve moved on,’ Talyc added. If Vax was still anything like Talyc knew him to be, he was prone to a lot of flirting, so he wanted him to know about Fane, to avoid any awkwardness.
            ‘Well, yeah, I hear you’ve landed yourself a handsome young Jedi,’ said Vax.  ‘Hope he keeps you safe.’
            ‘On the most part,’ said Talyc.  Both he and Vax laughed.
            ‘Listen, Talyc,’ Vax said with a bit of a more serious air, ‘I’m sorry I disappeared on you the way I did. You deserved better. I just… Mandalore wasn’t for me back then and I just didn’t know how to tell you.’
            ‘Don’t worry about it,’ said Talyc, understanding Vax’s need for closure. ‘I’d figured as much. After wallowing, of course.’ Talyc didn’t want to lie, but he had pushed the memories from his mind a long time ago. Vax had broken his heart, but that was history now. ‘We’re good.’
            Vax perked up. ‘Yeah?’
            Talyc nodded. ‘So who’s the lucky clan?’ he said, changing the subject.
            ‘Clan Dargoza,’ said Vax, ‘with Clan Leader Wapita.’  Talyc winced.  ‘What?’
            ‘Rival clan.’
            ‘Oh,’ said Vax.  At that moment, Wapita and other members of Clan Dargoza entered the tavern.  ‘Well, this is awkward. Doesn’t have to be.’  Vax waved them to come by.  Wapita scowled but aproached and stood near the table.  ‘You know Talyc, he’s an old friend.’  Wapita didn’t answer.  ‘I see no reason why two rival clans can’t sit together and have a drink.’  Vax waved at the waitress to come by.  ‘A round of your best Tarisian ale for all my friends.’
            ‘You haven’t changed much,’ said Talyc.
            ‘Oh, more than you know,’ Vax chuckled.

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