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DARK ILLUSIONSChapter 10



Jedi Knight Aayla Secura & Commander Bly arrive on Adaven, with the hope of finding Jedi Master Adi Gallia & Commander Deviss.


    



Commander Bly: Oddball, this is a good spot. Set her down here.


    



Commander Bly: With nightfall approaching, we should be able to move quickly.





Commander Bly: No sign of anyone or anything.





Commander Bly: The last known coordinates for General Gallia’s gunship were due south of here.

Aayla Secura: Very good, Commander. We shall walk the rest of the way.






Commander Bly: I still say we should have brought more men.

Aayla Secura: Not until it is absolutely necessary. May I remind you, Commander, we are on a peaceful mission.






Aayla Secura: Oddball, remain here with the ship. Continue scanning the area, and alert us of any movement. And be prepared for an immediate takeoff, just in case.

Commander Oddball: Yes, General. Good luck.






Aayla Secura: In my experience, there is no such thing as luck.





Commander Bly: There is something ahead. Not big enough for an enemy, but it does look familiar…Rho, Tau, check it out!





Rho: I can’t see anything out here!

Tau: Neither can I. Wait…I do see…










Commander Bly: Who are they, Tau?

Tau: Based on the battalion logos, these troopers are part of the original battlion of Adaven. These are burial markers.






Commander Bly: Commander Deviss and his men must have begun the burial process. Who else would have buried these troopers?

Aayla Secura: Their objective was to restore the original command post. We must be close.






Commander Bly: Let’s keep moving then.





Commander Bly: General, do you mind if I ask, what you think happened to General Gallia and her men?

Aayla Secura: I have hope we will find them safe. However, I do have a bad feeling about all this. There is something very cold about this place. The dark side is strong here.






Tau: Commander, I have a visual on the command post.

Rho: I have a visual on something else.






Rho: Why were these troopers not buried?





Aayla Secura: Because…they were burying the dead. These troopers must be from Deviss’ squad.

Commander Bly: Something went terribly wrong.






Tau: He has been blasted several times. And his serial number confirms he was part of Commander Deviss’ team.





Rho: Commander, their weapons are over here. Why would they leave them behind?





Aayla Secura: Probably because they didn’t think they would need them.





Commander Bly: Then who killed them? The planet was void of any life forms or Seperatists.





Aayla Secura: Obviously not. The Force will be our guide…





Aayla Secura: Destroyer droids…he fell…trying to get back to his rifle…





Aayla Secura: They were ambushed.





Aayla Secura: They were trying to get back to their weapons when the droids appeared. This trooper was shot in the back.





Rho: Droids are not known for their stealth. Their mechanical parts can easily be heard.

Tau: …unless something else drew their attention.






Commander Bly: Doesn’t make sense, General. How could these troopers be so easily killed by droids?

Aayla Secura: The droids knew they were here. This attack was too precise…as if the droids knew their exact location.






Commander Bly: A spy, perhaps?

Aayla Secura: Perhaps. Nevertheless, this was a trap. But where are Master Gallia and Deviss?

Rho: We found one more.






Tau: His neck was slashed. There are some restraints on the ground, near his feet.





Commander Bly: He must have been captured.

Rho: …then killed.






Aayla Secura: One way to find out…





Aayla Secura: He was restrained…until the very last second…when he was killed…with a lightsaber…





Rho: A lightsaber?

Tau: Jedi use lightsabers…






Aayla Secura: As do Sith Lords, Tau. This trooper was interrogated before his throat was slashed.

Commander Bly: Only the higher levels of the Republic War Committee knew of this assignment.






Aayla Secura: Yes, and even less knew of the precise location. Someone has betrayed the Republic…let’s keep searching for Gallia and Deviss.





Commander Bly: A battle droid. This is the first one we have come across.





Aayla Secura: …and there is Commander Deviss.





Aayla Secura: It appears he at least put up a fight…





Aayla Secura: But he was out numbered…





Aayla Secura: Deviss’ death still does not provide any answers. We need to find their gunship.

Commander Bly: The coordinates of the gunship were on the other side of this hill. Let’s go.






Commander Bly: I think we just found their gunship…or what.s left of it. Tau, can you confirm?





Tau: Affirmative, Commander. The serial markings are a match to the gunship assigned to Commander Deviss. And these burn marks could only be made by an explosion.





Rho: Watch your step. Looks like…someone’s hands…





Aayla Secura: We are close…I can feel her prescence…but something is different…





Commander Bly: General, wait! Please allow us to scout ahead…

Aayla Secura: …as if she is here but gone………oh no..










Aayla Secura: Master Gallia???





Aayla Secura: …I…I…have to know…what happened…





Aayla Secura: She survived the explosion…





Aayla Secura: …but someone was waiting for her…





Aayla Secura: …General Grievous…





Aayla Secura: …he attacked her…





Aayla Secura: …and killed her…





Aayla Secura: …with her own lightsaber…





Aayla Secura: It was a trap. The whole mission was a trap.

Commander Bly: General……is there anything……I am sorry.






Commander Bly: General Secura has found Adi Gallia. Begin collecting Commander Deviss and his men. I will return to the Kimcharise and report our findings.





Commander Bly: Give General Secura all the time she needs…





Aayla Secura: Noooooo.





Aayla Secura: (sobbing)





Rho: I thought it was forbidden for a Jedi to cry?

Tau: Apparently not. Let’s get to work.




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