Enroute to Krake’s Planet
Ahnk sat on the floor in his quarters, eyes closed facing the port as the hyperspace vortex swirled outside.
What is the point?
His mind mocked from the depths. Following breadcrumbs of man whose throat you could probably crush with a closing of a hand.
What had his travels thus far revealed? That Simon Kaine had faced a wide variety of threats in the past?
He started at a soft knock on his door. “Enter” he growled out and the door slid open revealing a hesitant Neela.
“Am I interrupting?” she asked timidly.
“Yes,” Ahnk replied annoyed.
She moved into the room ignoring his tone, “Are you doing a mystical Jedi-thing?” she motioned to him sitting on the floor.
He cocked an eyebrow at her, “I am sitting here thinking.”
“I have been thinking too,” she stated as if he had asked and stared out at the swirling colors of space.
“And?” he finally asked after a few seconds.
“Huh? Oh,” she tore her gaze from the portal to glance around his room in curiosity. “I do not think you will find Kaine.”
“Do enlighten me,” Ahnk said closing his eyes again as if what she had to say was of no real import.
“Look,” she huffed, “I know you are big Jedi Master guy and shit comes easy for you but I have been doing some reading on the type of person Kaine was rather than what he did.”
“He wrote a biography?” Ahnk asked a little surprised opening his eyes again.
“No, not as such,” Neela answered a little uncomfortably. “He did not write a book but… but others did. Unauthorized stuff like that.”
“Unauthorized? You mean gossip crap?” Ahnk closed his eyes again.
“Well,” she blushed, “Some of it was. There was a rumor he and Bhindi Drayson were, like, a thing. It was said that..”
“I do not care who Simon Kaine fucked,” Ahnk growled, frowning, eyes still closed.
“THAT,” Neela raised a finger, “was not confirmed. But he was linked with the daughter of Seamus Arliss of Arliss Industries..” her voice trailed off.
“So?” Ahnk sighed.
“..but she died,” Neela frowned in thought. “Anyway, there are other claims like he was linked with Telan Desaria but, again, no confirmation.”
“Well, I also read that the Imperial High Command was not really fond of their Supreme Commander.”
“Well, no shit! The High Command rebelled against Regent Zell where Kraken appointed himself Emperor.” Ahnk replied.
“Emperor Kraken was not a part of that!” Neela exclaimed.
“No, he was just the limp dickweed that took advantage of the circumstances,” the Jedi Master stated dismissively.
“The point is that Simon Kaine retired and disappeared and disappeared to such a degree that even the Empire could not find him. I do not think we looked at that detail too closely.” She said hastily.
Ahnk turned an irritated look her way. “And the Empire succeeds in everything it does?" He put on an astonished expression, "Wow! You are right! This is a mystery!”
“Don’t be an asshole!” she retorted angrily. “You’re a big something in the Jedi world, aren’t you?”
Ahnk grinned, “That does not mean I can’t be both.”
“I mean,” she huffed clearly irritated herself which pleased Ahnk inside, “you know mysterious Jedi shit.”
When Annk nodded, “Yes, I know mysterious Jedi shit.”
“So how would you rate yourself against Emperor Hyfe?” she asked.
Ahnk paused, his curiosity finally raised a little. “Well,” he mused, “I never fought him in a lightsaber battle..”
“That’s how you measure dicks, right?” she asked sarcastically.
“It’s a point of training,” Ahnk answered.
“What? You have to prove that your saber is longer than a Sith’s to be a Jedi Knight?”
“Essentially,” confirmed Ahnk. “It’s a shit galaxy for Force Users so what is the point in learning all these Jedi secrets and taking time to become one with the force if some Sith newbie can lop your head off because he felt like he was DarkestSith6 incarnate?”
“Who was DarkestSith6?”
“Well, he wasn’t DarkestSith7,” Ahnk answered unhelpfully. “He liked to stalk Jedi training grounds looking to fight an unsuspecting Padawan. He was a dick. You’d like him,” he grinned. “The point is, I do not think Hyfe was Palpatine-level strong but maybe …”
“..he was DarkestSith6 level,” Neela finished and Ahnk pointed a finger at her.
“You got it.”
“I’ve never heard of this DarkestSth6…,” Neela started and Ahnk jumped in.
“..exactly. So if Daemon Hyfe was not Emperor, you would probably not know about him either. Hyfe was a naval officer and an Admiral in the New Order Navy and did not start to his training until late in life.”
“Like Luke Skylwalker?” Neela asked, an impish grin on her face.
“Hyfe was much, much older than Skywalker,” Ahnk offered by way of answer.
“The point I was trying to make is that Daemon Hyfe was training prior to Simon Kaine’s retaking of Coruscant (Endgame) and , after Kaine came away with Coruscant he was not the one to become Emperor. People were surprised at the time when he announced Daemon Hyfe as Emperor electing to be a Supreme Commander.”
Ahnk thought back, “Well, if he knew Hyfe was becoming a Sith… And he was not the only highly-placed Sith because there was Lupercus Darksword. If Kaine had taken the throne himself, he would have alienated the Sith. Because of Palpatine they would have assumed themselves as the natural heirs…” Ahnk’s voice trailed off at the thought.
“In all I have read there is no rumor, claim or supposition that Kaine was a force-user…” Neela supplied.
“So he satisfied the Sith’s vanity all the while retaining control of the Empire’s armed forces. It was a shrewd move.” Ahnk concluded begrudgingly impressed.
“So, if he were to retire?” Neela prodded.
“He would no longer be in control of the fleet and the Sith might jump at the opportunity to clean up a loose end that would potentially separate them from uncontested rule of the Empire.”
“And he would have to hide in a way so as not to be found by Sith or force-users that may come looking,” she added. “And , if he can figure that out..”
“He would effectively be hidden from me as well until he chose to reveal himself.” Ahnk concluded, frowning in thought.
“And he was not just hiding from Sith but also these Imperium assassins from the future,” Neela pointed out.
Ahnk made a rude gesture.
“Hey, you or I do not have to believe that part but there is evidence to suggest that he did believe it!” Neela held up her hands and Ahnk had to acknowledge the point.
The INS girl began to pace his quarters and Ahnk noticed her nervousness fading as she was growing more and more comfortable in them.
“So,” she finally looked at him full on,” how would you
defeat assassins from the future? No,” she stopped, “that is not the right question. How would you defeat assassins from the Black Dragon Empire from the future?”
Ahnk shifted his position, moving from the middle of the room to the wall with the portal giving her more room to pace as he considered the question.
“It would have to be far enough into the future that time travel technology can be created,” he mused. “For argument’s sake, let’s say five hundred years…”
“Now there is no guarantee the Dragon Imperium’s government will last that long. In fact very few governmental polities last even a couple hundred years with the exception of the Republic and, if in the future time travel is a reality, it would be a fringe technology.”
“How can you surmise that?” Neela asked.
“Well, for one thing there would be more instances of time travelers from the future if it is a widespread or common technology. How many instances were there?”
“I think there were at least two,” Neela answered thinking back. “Mr. Dram may know of more.”
Ahnk waved that away as he did not feel like rousing the angry half-man from his slumber. “So if the technology is out there in this future and there is a galactic polity, then either it is regulated heavily or only a fringe group has it and is using it to pull off something aimed specifically at Kaine so their future fortunes are changed for the better. At first it fails and whatever actions take place, it is not enough to change the future enough to wipe away the group, the technology or their desire to change their history.”
“And they try it again?” Neela asked. “Or maybe they succeeded and the future did not turn out well and they had to come back to undo it?”
“The problem is that as long as the future does not change too drastically so that the group is still around with both their will to change the future and their technology, they have the advantage of history. No matter how long Kaine waits, the instant he shows up and people know it and history records it, this group will have another chance to make a go of it.”
“The Black Dragon Empire seems to have the most advanced technology though they stay behind their borders,” Neela commented.
“It is an Imperium existing around the cult of personality called Heir Raktus.”
“So you have to defeat him to defeat them? How would you stop these time travelers?”
Ahnk shrugged, “Off the top of my head, I could go back in time and shoot Michael Gue in the face,” he snapped his fingers, “or Jade could give him the crabs..”
“Who?” Neela asked confused.
“Doesn’t matter,” Ahnk waved her questions away. “The easiest way for a person without a time travel device to strike back at someone from the future is to ensure you survive that long to do it.”
“Like carbonite freezing?”
Ahnk barked out a laugh, “Not sure how long a person would last with that process but possibly. But you would have to know the target date and you can’t get that without interacting with these assassins. So not only would you have to survive the experience of the assassination attempt, you would have to capture them and get them to relay that information.”
“So it’s hopeless,” Neela sighed and sat down on Ahnk’s bed. She was surprised by the firmness and her hand absently patted it.
“Not necessarily,” he murmured thinking. “We might ask the source.”
“What do you mean?”
“If Kaine and Raktus have issues, then it stands to reason if we can’t ask the one, we can ask the other?”
“You mean seek out the leader of the Black Dragon Empire?”
Ahnk shrugged, “Why not?”
“You’re not scared?”
“When you live as long as I have, you learn what to fear and what not too.”
“Just how old are you?” suddenly looking around the room as if there were clues scattered about.
A slow smile spread across his face, "Old enough to remember burning the Bathory Clan alive."
"Huh? You're a weird Jedi."
This post was edited by Omnae (2:04am 23/02/21, 2 months ago)