Upsilon-class Shuttle Karufr Knight
The Collective were certainly ambitious; Vodo had to give them that, at the very least. Yet he knew the power of the Force would prevail. The Dark Side’s tendrils stretched galaxy-wide, especially in the Brotherhood’s domain, and he knew they would succeed.
The man glanced towards his companions for this little endeavour. He had the utmost respect for his fellow Taldrya and having the former Consul nearby was a great asset to the mission. Rian was certainly more than capable. The other two, however, he was uncertain of. His new Aedile’s loyalty had yet to be tested and not to mention It was a strange situation having his predecessor as his new subordinate. Appius Wight had left the Brotherhood out of the blue, abandoned his duties as Quaestor, only to return weeks later as Vodo’s Aedile. Needless to say, he needed to prove himself if he had any hope of getting on his good side.
Then there was Dasha, or ‘Jala’ as she preferred to be called. He’d done his background research on her. Orphaned child, horribly distrustful of men in general and yet she seemed oddly attached to his Aedile. Likely because he recruited her during his brief tenure as leader of Ektrosis and was now her master. Why someone gifted with the Force would bother wasting their time training someone without was a mystery to Vodo.
The Warlord walked over to a com-panel, pressed several buttons and began to speak, making sure to not take his eyes off his Aedile. “To all Taldryan forces, this is Vodo Biask Taldrya.”
“Today we head to battle—not for the first time, but also not for the last time. I expect every one of you to do your utmost, to do your duty. Duty to the Clan above all else. A brotherhood within a Brotherhood. I am reminded of an ancient general of the Sith Empire. Bethus Julius Korbulo was amongst the Emperor’s most loyal warriors but one day he ran afoul of his Lord. Ordered to take his own life he is recorded to have said, ‘Axios!’. I am worthy.”
“Duty above all else. Korbulo died for his master, proving his worth, and I expect many of you will die today as well—but you will do so for Taldryan. Axios.”
Vodo took his fingers off the com-panel, his gaze never wandering away from the Mandalorian that was his Aedile.
“Well, seems like we’d best get ready!” Rian said jovially, rising from his seat and stretching his limbs. “Rousing speech as always, Vodo.”
The response was cold and uncaring, deep in tone. Rian shrugged as the Quaestor never looked him in the eye and proceeded to the back of the ship. Appius and Dasha were set to follow, until the Mandalorian’s pathway was blocked by the half-mechanical Twi’lek.
“A word, Appius.”
The female Sephi’s ears twitched and she paused, realising the Aedile wasn’t following her. Though turning around, she managed to catch him giving her a slight nod to go on without him. Reluctantly, she left the two of them alone.
“Is there a problem?” Appius asked.
“That depends on you, doesn’t it?” responded the Twi’lek. The two stared each other down, neither willing to back away. “I don’t know why it is you left in the first place, and I don’t care. What I do care about is your loyalty to Taldryan, loyalty to Ektrosis, and your willingness to see this through.”
Appius was about to interject until Vodo cut him off.
“I’m not done. Second chances are rare. The summit has given you one under me, but heed my warning. If I even so much as feel you hesitate in the slightest, the Collective will be the least of your problems,” He finished, allowing the threat to sink into his fellow Sorcerer’s mind. “Am I clear?”
“Crystal.” Appius forced the word out of his mouth.
“Good, then come. We have preparations to make before we land.”
The hangar bay was supposed to be secure, impenetrable, no reinforcements in sight, at least not for a good while. Truthfully, their arrival was much sooner than expected and caught them completely off guard.
The moment the Karufr Knight landed in the hangar, several TIE/D Defender flights joined them. The ramp to the Upsilon-Class Shuttle lowered first, revealing both the Ektrosis Quaestor and Aedile.
“Don’t let them through!”
The very first thing Vodo did was fling some poor fool across the hangar with the Force like he was a ragdoll. In response, the Mandalorian Force user summoned the darkness within him to lance a streak of lightning at the opposing troops like a javelin, frying the first individual it touched and killing him in seconds.
Immediately blaster fire rang out in response to the hostility, and members of the Typhojem and Derriphan battalions responded, engaging the enemy in front of the House leaders and drawing their attention away from them with tried and true BlasTech E-11 blaster rifles in hand. Rian and Dasha joined the two Sorcerers as soon as blaster fire commenced.
“What in the frack!?” Dasha suddenly blurted out, unaccustomed to this kind of battle.
The Elder Juggernaut placed his hands on his lightsabers, he ignited them and joined the fray to defend his Taldryanite brothers and sisters. He deflected several blaster bolts back to their Collective attackers, killing several in the process.
“Rian.” Vodo said, gaining the Elder’s attention.
“I know,” replied the Juggernaut. He sheathed his weapons. They had a plan in place, and he knew it was time to execute it. They flanked around the sides of the conflict whilst the enemy’s attention was off them. it was time to go find their Proconsul.
If he was even still alive.