Darkness Falls - The Story
Wriiten by Michael Butler
Kyle watched as General Mohc emerged from behind a group of stormtroopers.
"I see your security has improved", Kyle remarked.
"I try to learn from my past mistakes. I had the ship's important computer
files under surveillance. Just in case of sabotage," Mohc replied. "Although
I never expected it to be you who set off the alarm."
"Expecting trouble in your own ranks?" asked Kyle, studying the array of
troops in front of him. They
were all armed to the teeth, blaster rifles, thermal detonators and
"When dealing with pirates and criminals, its best to be prepared.
Especially with the changes that will
be occurring shortly."
"Really, and what changes are those?"
"You might find out sometime, if you live long enough," said Mohc. "but what
I want to know is how you got here?"
"I'm afraid I ran into your dark friend. He seemed to think that I could
take him to you."
"He won't be a problem any more" said Mohc without emotion.
"Yes, I saw your handiwork. Very impressive. A new super laser?"
"A slight modification to the original Death Star technology.", Mohc
answered. "However enough questions. You've been a thorn in my side for
long enough. Now you will die."
Mohc signalled to a couple of stormtroopers who raised their blaster
carbines and... BOOM! - all hell broke lose. Using the force, Kyle had
detonated one of the thermal detonators. White armour and body parts flew
through the air. In a split second Kyle had scooped up his lightsaber,
ignited it and was running at the troops behind him. A few managed to react
and fire off a few shots but those were deflected away with his saber. Kyle
charged at the troops, who where either knocked over like bowling pins or
cut in half by his flailing lightsaber. Using the force, Kyle accelerated
away from the troops who had started to give chase, firing their blasters as
they went. However the shots exploded harmlessly against the wall.
Mohc staggered to his feet and surveyed the bodies spread around him. His
own armour was blackened and damaged from the close proximity of the blast,
"Damn you Katarn."
The intercom bleeped and Kane spoke. "General, four Imperial Star Destroyers
have just entered the area", he said with a slight trace of panic.
"Don't worry", responded Mohc calmly, "I'm on my way."
Kyle finally lost his pursuers but in doing so had managed to lose himself
in the maze of corridors. The corridor he was in was deserted and looked
like it hadn't been in use for a very long time. Some kind of service
corridor, probably used in the construction of the ship thought Kyle has he
tried a few of the doors, but all were locked. He was just about to turn
around and try and find another way out when he came across another door.
This one had the words 'Power Maintenance Auxiliary Control' written in
"Hmm, this looks interesting", said Kyle igniting his lightsaber. He cut a
large hole in the door and stepped through.
The room was dark, illuminated only by the light being given off from his
saber. Kyle took a step forward and promptly banged his leg against
something hard, a console. Kyle leaned forward and studied the controls.
"There's got to be an activation switch here somewhere."
A shout from behind startled him. "You're not authorised in this area".
Kyle turned and saw a grey suited Imperial officer.
"Routine maintenance" improvised Kyle.
"That involves cutting holes in doors with illegal weapons does it?",
replied the officer raising a pistol.,
"Put down your weapon."
Kyle obeyed, placing the now extinguished lightsaber on the floor. As he
raised his arm up again, he stretched out his hand intending to pull the gun
from the grasp of his captor. Only the weapon didn't arrive neatly in his
hand, instead it flew into a darkened corner of the room. In a instant the
officer leapt at Kyle. Kyle reacted a little slowly and the officer managed
to land a punch. Surprised, Kyle swung back, only to see the officer dodge
the punch. Something wasn't right here, he tried to reach out using the
force only to find a empty space where the force usually was. A lesser man
than Kyle might have been worried about the lack of his Jedi Powers. However
he'd been in plenty of fights before he discovered his force powers. The
officer threw another punch, this time Kyle was quicker and grabbed hold of
the attacker's wrist and twisted it. His assailant responded by kicking out
a Kyle which forced him to loosen his grip. It was Kyle's turn to go on the
offensive this time, a sequence of punches to the officer's midriff and one
to the head sent him tumbling back into the console. As he landed on the
console, it sprang to life. First a gentle hum started to permeate the room
and then lights started to come on all over the room. The officer's gun was
now visible at the far side of the room, he made a scramble for it. Kyle
kicked out, tripping the officer who fell heavily against the side of
another control panel, hitting his head. Kyle tensed waiting for the next
attack, but it never came. The officer was in a heap on the floor. Kyle
retrieved the gun and started to look for some way of securing the
Kane turned when he heard Mohc's metallic footsteps approaching from behind.
"What's going on Mohc?" he demanded pointing to the Imperial Star Destroyers
in the distance.
Mohc ignored him, instead turned to a Imperial officer and said "Get me the
"Aye sir," the officer replied. A few seconds passed and then a holographic
image appeared in front
of Mohc and his Black Sun comrade.
The image was of an Imperial Admiral, looking resplendent in his freshly
"Admiral Moshan" said Mohc, "So glad you could make it."
Kane's fur rippled and he stared at Mohc. "What's going on", he demanded
Again the General didn't reply, instead Moshan addressed Mohc, "Good to see
you again General. Is everything prepared?"
"Yes, Admiral. The Darkness Falls and her support fleet stand ready for the
change of command..."
"What!" exclaimed Kane interrupting the General.
"Very good General" replied Moshan, ignoring the outburst, "Stand by for
The Admiral's hologram flickered and then vanished. Kane glanced at the
tactical screen and saw that
the Imperial fleet had started to launch shuttles and fighters. Turning to
Mohc, he again asked, "What's going on?"
"You heard. I'm handing back over to the Empire.", Mohc smiled. "Time to
become a soldier for the Empire again."
"And what of all the time and money that Black Sun have invested in this
project?", Kane asked angrily.
"Contributions by good Imperial Citizens", Mohc said with a trace of humour.
"I won't stand for this!", Kane shouted.
"You don't have any choice", said Mohc raising his weapon arm to point at
Kane. "You will work for us or die!"
Kane took a step back, nearly falling into the crew pit. He ran through his
options, didn't quite like any of the choices being presented to him. "Okay,
okay." he said hurriedly, "I'll agree. Just let me inform my men."
"Glad you see it my way" said Mohc lowering his weapon and indicating to the
communication station, "be my guest."
Kane moved over to the station and switched on the ship wide broadcast
"This is Kane.", he said into the microphone. "I have just been informed by
General Mohc that he has
thrown his lot in with the remnants of the Empire. More Imperial troops will
be arriving anytime. To my loyal pirate crew I say...". He paused, looked
back at Mohc and then continued, "grab your weapons and anything else you
can carry and get to your ships. We're getting out of here..."
Kane felt a blast from Mohc's assault cannon explode near by. Drawing his
own weapon he fired a couple of shots before making a dash off the bridge.
Chaos erupted through out the ship. Wherever that Black Sun members and
Imperial troops encountered each other, weapons fire was exchanged. The
'Darkness Falls' became a battle zone as the forces loyal to Kane battled to
escape from the Imperial treachery. Forces that had been working together
side by side, now fought each other with venom and passion. An end to the
Kyle was studying the now active console when he heard the announcement. He
smiled to himself as he heard the distance sound of blaster fire. Just the
diversion I need. Now if I can only find some way of destroying the super
Kyle gave the console one more look over. "Hmm, this looks interesting.", he
said again as he spotted what looked like a self-destruct sequencer. He
reached over and pulled the switch. A low hum came from below his feet. Then
there was a grinding sound, coming from the both sides of him. Kyle watched
the lights on the console flicker for a moment. The grinding sound stopped,
Kyle turned to look. What he saw he'd hoped he'd never have to see again.
Three compartments had opened and out of them emerged three of Mohc's
genetic soldier creatures.
"I don't know how I'm going to get out of this one" said Kyle as the
creatures encircled him.
.......to be concluded.
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