Star Wars: Jewel Wars
Location: Village of Aya, later that day
Dark Jedi made his through the village, his mind lost in thought. Many in the village simply gazed at him, and did their best to stay out of his way, a few even murmured something under their breath.
"You hear," an old man whispered, "they say that guy Lady Kikyo travels with is a sorcerer of some kind."
"You're crazy," a lady replied, "I heard he's a foreigner."
"You're both crazy," another man replied, "He's a Half-Demon, why else would he wear a mask like that, and protect that Half-Demon troublemaker Inuyasha. I bet anything they're plotting to rob and kill us all." Dark Jedi didn't even look at the farmers, as he made his way past.
"That's right keep walking Half-Demon," one of the men said, he grabbed a tomato, and proceeded to throw it, a few seconds later others had joined in, throwing rocks, and vegetables at Dark Jedi, the only thing that stopped him from being hit, was the Force, which blocked the rocks and vegetables.
"GET OUT OF OUR VILLAGE MONSTER," one villager shouted.
"WE DON'T WANT YOUR KIND AROUND HERE," a woman added. Dark Jedi simply stopped in his tracks, he knew this kind of treatment all too well, because he'd experienced it his entire life, it was the price one paid to be born to either a Mandalorian or a Jedi, you would always bare the stigma of your parents and ancestors, taking the blame for crimes you hadn't committed.
As the villagers continued to taunt him, Dark Jedi turned to face them. Many of the men in the mob held their pitchforks and hoes, as if waiting for Dark Jedi to make the first move. Before any of the farmers had a chance to move, Dark Jedi held out both of his hands, the Force flowed from his extended palms, ripping the farmers weapons right out of their hands, and turning the sharpened edges toward the farmers. As the farmers began to back away, Dark Jedi willed the weapons to follow them.
"Typical," Dark Jedi said, as he allowed the weapons to fall to the ground, "people like you are only brave when they have a weapon." Dark Jedi turned and began to walk away. But just as he had his back he felt a disturbance in the Force, he barely had enough time to dodge a fist before it slammed into his face.
"I'll show you who's a coward freak," the farmer shouted, as he threw another punch. Just as the man's fist came within a few centimeters of Dark Jedi's face, he suddenly stopped. A few seconds later the sounds of bones snapping filled the air, as the man's wrist and arm suddenly spun a full 180 degrees.
"AHHH!!!," the man moaned, "My arm, my arm." The last thing the man felt, was Dark Jedi's gloved fist slamming into his abdomen.
"Know this," Dark Jedi said, "I could have killed you where you stand, but I didn't." With that, Dark Jedi stormed off, making his way back to Kaede's hut.
Location: Kaede's Hut, later
"Well, well," Inuyasha said, as Dark Jedi made his way into the hut, "Look at what the wind blew in." Dark Jedi didn't say anything, as he made his way to the far end of the hut, and sat down.
"Hey," Ako said, "Where's Sakura?" For a few moments Dark Jedi remained silent, he had expected Sakura to arrive back at the hut before him, owing to his confrontation with the villagers.
"You mean she hasn't come back?" Dark Jedi asked.
"We thought she was with you?" Ako replied, this time with a hint of concern to her voice. Dark Jedi remained silent, as he tried to sense Sakura's presence through the Force, but found he couldn't detect Sakura's presence at all.
"We'd better go look for her," Dark Jedi said, as he made his way toward the door.
Location: Abandoned Shrine, on the outskirts of Aya
The horses made their way through the forest as fast as their legs could carry them, for Sakura it seemed like an eternity, since the bandits had ambushed her and blindfolded her, but eventually she felt the horse she was on come to a halt and soon she had been yanked out of the saddle. A few moments later she felt herself being slammed into the floor.
"Remove the blindfold," a voice said. A few seconds later Sakura found herself gazing into the face of an Imperial Black Guard Officer. Sakura's eyes became a light with fury the moment she set her eyes on the Imperial, and while her hatred of the man was great, it was nothing compared to the furry she directed against the dark figure who sat upon the decayed steps in front of her.
"Hey boss," one of the bandits said, "Here's the villager just as you asked for. Now how about that gold you promised?"
"Be patient," Valarium replied, smiling, "You will get what's coming to you." Valarium shifted his gaze toward Sakura. Valarium didn't say anything as he Fore Pulled the Jewel Shard from around Sakura's neck.
"Where's the rest of the Jewel?" Valarium said, calmly.
"I don't know what you're talking about," Sakura replied. Valarium remained silent for a few moments, before striking Sakura with the back of his hand.
"Don't take me for a fool," Valarium snarled, "Take her inside." The bandits simply smiled as they carried Sakura into the crumbling shrine.
"Should I inform Lord Chung to proceed with the plan," Deadeye asked, as he emerged from the shadows.
"You will not," Valarium replied, "Once we get the information we desire out of her,
Chung and that village of worthless life will be of no further use to us."
"What do you mean?" Deadeye asked, with a hint of concern to his voice.
"Once she tells us where the rest of the jewel is," Valarium replied, coldly, "You will take a squad of Stormtroopers, secure the dam upstream, and destroy it."
"WHAT???" Deadeye said, in shock, "But that will destroy the entire village, there's no honor in killing innocent women and children, Lord Nobunaga will not approve." Before Deadeye had a chance to finish his statement, he felt the raw heat of Force Lightning tearing into his body.
"Lord Nobunaga doesn't need to know," Valarium said, "besides those villagers aren't worthy of a superior being's second glance," with that Valarium let up, allowing Deadeye a chance to recover, "and you will learn your place." With that Valarium made his way into the ruined shrine.
"Well I don't approve," Deadeye said, to himself as he regained his footing.
The bandits slammed Sakura's face into the wooden floor. On all sides of the room, was a small squad of Black Guard Stormtoopers with orders to open fire the moment Sakura or the Bandits tried anything foolish. Valarium made his way over to Sakura, with a cold smirk to his face.
"Now tell me where are the other Jewel Shards," Valarium said, taking Sakura's chin in his gloved hand.
"I'm telling you I don't know," Sakura replied. Valarium simply sighed as he let go of her.
"Perhaps," Valarium added, "you need some persuasion." A red blade shot out of the cylinder mounted on Valarium's wrist.
"Now hold her steady," Valariums said. The Bandits simply smiled as they grabbed Sakura's arms.
"Yeah Boss," one of the Bandits said, "take her head off." Sakura shut her eyes, steering herself for the fatal blow. But the only thing Sakura felt, was the cold breeze of air generated by the swing of Valarium's sword. Sakura slowly opened her eyes, only to be greeted by a look of absolute terror upon the face of one of her captors. Slowly she turned her head. The sight she saw was something that would stay with Sakura for the rest of her life, one of the bandits holding her had been completely decapitated, while another had been cut almost completely in half, Sakura could tell by the slight movements of his body that he was still barely alive, at least for the moment.
"What, what did you do that for," the Bandit said, as his body crashed to the floor.
"Worthless inferior," Valarium said, as he held his lightsaber under Sakura's neck, "now tell me where the other fragments are?"
"I'm telling you I don't know," Sakura replied. Valarium remained silent as he stood up, he motioned for the Bandits to let her go.
"You asked me about a reward?" Valarium asked, the bandits though, were still too frightened to speak. As Valarium waited for their reply, he used the Force to form a series of ice icicles behind the bandits. Just as the first bandit was about to speak, Valarium Force Pulled the icicles toward him, each one tearing threw the chests of the bandits, before embedding themselves in the ceiling. One by one the bodies hit the floor, showing no signs of life, with the exception of a few twitches.
"Now I'm only going to ask one more time," Valarium said, as his lightsaber roared to life, "where is the rest of the jewel?"
"I don't know," Sakura replied, Valarium could sense her anger growing, "and even if I did, I would never tell you." Valarium simply smiled, from the corner of her eye, Sakura could make out a large black sphere slowly entering the room.
"The Empire has ways of making it's enemies talk," Valarium said, "and Interrogator Droids do what needs to be done, to extract that information." Slowly the Droid made it's way toward Sakura, but just as it came within range the wall just behind the Droid suddenly exploded, showering Sakura with splinters. The Interrogator Droid barely had a chance to react, before Inuyasha's claws sliced the Droid in half. The Dark Prince barely had enough time to react, but was able to dodge Inuyasha's attack, though the Half-Demon's claws tore into the fabric of his cape.
"Brave of you boy," Valarium said, "But foolish." With that he unleashed a burst of Force Lighting, it was only through his heightened sense of hearing that Inuyasha was able to dodge Valarium's attack, however the attack found a new target, striking Sakura at full force. Sakura's ear splitting scream echoed throughout the ruined temple, before she collapsed.
"It's a shame to destroy such great beauty," Valarium said, as a cold smile crossed his face. As he slowly made his way toward the unconscious warrior he could sense that Sakura was still alive, though barely.
"However," Valarium continued, as he activated one of his lightsabers, "her kind have no place in the New Order." Valarium raised his blade high over his head, and prepared to strike the final blow, however just as his blade was about to connect with Sakura's neck, Inuyasha slammed his fist into Valarium's face, knocking the Dark Prince clear across the room, just as he slammed into the wall the Stormtroopers, along each of the walls, trained their weapons on Inuyasha.
"Hold your fire," Valarium snarled, waving his hand, "He's mine, the rest of you make sure Deadeye has the Dam secured by the time I arrive." The Stormtroopers didn't say anything as they slowly made their way out of the temple.
"I have to admit you're brave," Inuyasha said, cracking his knuckles, "for a Human."
"Now why would I fight you one on one," Valarium replied, laughing, "when I'm the one with the numerical advantage," Valarium's face grew cold and hard, "destroy them both." Slowly a group of about 50 Sith Knights decloaked, and before long Inuyasha found himself surrounded.
"Hey that's not fair," Inuyasha shouted.
"Unfortunately for you boy," Valarium replied, smiling, "I'm not one who plays by the rules, and so I bid you adue." One by one the Sith Knights activated their lightsabers, and one by one they closed in to strike the decisive blow against the Half-Demon. But just as their lightsabers were about to make contact, Inuyasha leapt into the air.
"Too slow," Inyasha said, as he cracked his knuckles. "IRON REAVER SOUL STEALER." With that he slashed his clawed hands through the air, hoping to strike a target, while he was able to strike down a few, most of the Sith had been able to dodge or block Inuyasha's attack. Gradually the Sith lines reformed, forming a circle around the Half Demon.
Location: Just outside of the Shrine
Samanosuke was just about to draw his sword, when Dark Jedi grabbed his arm.
"What are you doing," Samnosuke asked, as he tried to break Dark Jedi's grip, "There's only one of them."
"That's what's bothering me," Dark Jedi replied. The figure turned his gaze toward the brush where the group was concealed.
"Get down," Dark Jedi said, as they ducked below the man's line of sight. Dark Jedi and Samanosuke rested their hands on their swords, waiting for the right moment to strike, but just as they were about to launch their attack, the man unleashed a burst of Force Speed, and vanished into the forest.
"That's weird," Ako said, "He spotted us, and yet he didn't raise the alarm." Dark Jedi remained silent as he stared at the shrine.
"Listen," Dark Jedi said, as he detected Inuyasha's Force Signature, however he soon picked up the presence of the Sith Knights in the shrine as well, "I think I know why, come on."
Location: Inside the Shrine, a few minutes later
Inuyasha slammed into the wall, at full speed. He had taken an extreme beating from the Sith Knights he had been fighting, owing mostly to the fact that he was outnumbered, thought he had still managed to inflict a small number of casualties on the Sith Knights, their superior numbers had begun to take their toll on him.
"Is that all you've got," Inuyasha said, as he tried to regain his footing. He clutched the wound in his shoulder as tighly as he could. One of the Sith Knights held his lightsaber under Inuyasha's chin.
"You may not be a Sith," the Sith Knight said, "But you can die like one." He raised his lightsaber high over his head. Just as he was about to strike the final blow, the far wall of the shrine suddenly exploded, showering the remaining Sith Knights with splinters.
As one of the Sith Kinghts attempted to regain his composure, he felt the stinging pain of Samanosuke's katana, tearing through his abdomen. Just as one of his comrades turned to investigate, the Sith warrior suddenly stopped in his tracks, he hesitated for a few moments before collapsing in a heap, as Dark Jedi slowly made his way into the room.
"What are you two doing here," Inuyasha said, as he slowly regained his footing.
"Felt you could use some back up," Dark Jedi replied.
"I don't need any help from Humans," Inuyasha said, as he slowly regained his footing. "I can handle these guys."
"Funny," Samanosuke replied, "From where we were standing it was the other way around." Before Inuyasha had a chance to form a reply, the remaining Sith Knights lunged at the group. For the most part the group managed to hold their own against the first wave, and even managed to strike down a few of them. As the bodies of the slain Sith Knights hit the floor, a small orb emerged from their bodies, which were immediately absorbed into Dark Jedi and Samanosuke's Oni Gauntlets. While they had successfully reduced the number of enemies they faced, they still had to contend with the fact that they were outnumbered.
"Any more bright ideas," Dark Jedi asked, as he clenched his lightsaber. Before anyone had a chance to reply, the remaining Sith Knights launched another attack. This time the duel quickly degraded into a brawl. The sounds of blade connecting with blade echoed through out the distance as the three combatants faced off against the Sith Horde. Every so often the sounds of swords crashing, was broken by an ear splitting scream as another Sith was cut down. While the group was slowly reducing the number of Sith they faced, through either killing or crippling them, they were still capable of being worn down.
"I don't know how much longer I can last," Samanosuke said, as he blocked another attack. Before the Sith Knight had a chance to counter, Samanosuke ducked down, and plunged his katana into the Sith Knight's abdomen. No sooner had Samanosuke pulled his sword from the slain warrior, another Sith appeared behind him.
"Iron Reaver Soul Stealer," Inuyasha shouted, as he unleashed another attack, the Force energy he'd unleashed, tore into the Sith Knight's neck, completely severing his head.
"Typical Human weakness," Inuyasha said, cracking his knuckles. Another Sith Knight emerged from the shadows, just behind him, but just as he was about to strike the final blow, he suddenly froze for a few seconds before collapsing to the floor.
"Word of advice," Dark Jedi said, as he removed the wooden stake from the Sith Knight's back, "next time remember to watch behind you." The remaining Sith Knights regrouped near the door, for a few moments the two sides simply sized each other up, before one of the Sith spoke.
"Seems we are evenly matched," he said, "however it's you who have lost this day." With that the remaining Sith fled into the woods.
"What was that about," Samnosuke asked, "they had us on the ropes."
"I know," Dark Jedi replied, "the whole thing's starting to smell like a delaying tactic."
As Samanosuke and Dark Jedi continued their debate, Inuyasha made his way toward Sakura, who was still lying on the floor unconscious. However just as his clawed hand reached for Sakura's neck, he felt Sakura grab him.
"You're too late," Sakura said, as she slowly regained consciousness. "They've already taken the Jewel Shard." Inuyasha looked at Sakura, his piercing yellow eyes were alight with fury, as he grabbed her by the collar of her kimono.
"WHAT DID YOU SAYYYYYY????????" Inuyasha roared, as he threw her across the room.
"I said they took the Jewel Shard," Sakura snarled, as she regained her footing.
"Who took the Jewel?" Samanosuke inquired.
"Their leader," Sakura angrily replied. It was that phrase that finally caught Dark Jedi's attention.
"Do you know where they were going?" Dark Jedi inquired. Sakura remained silent for a few moments.
"All I can remember," Sakura said, "Is their leader ordering the seizer of a dam, just north of Aya." Dark Jedi felt his heart leap into his throat.
"What's wrong Dark," Samanosuke asked, "If all he's doing?"
"You don't understand," Dark Jedi replied, "Every decision Valarium makes is based on how much he hates non-Force Sensitives, he's not going to seize the dam, he's going there to destroy it." The group remained silent, they remembered over hearing some of the villagers mention that they had built a wooden dam, farther up the river as a way of irrigating their crops.
"But that'll flood the entire village," Sakura said.
"That's the whole idea," Dark Jedi replied, he turned his attention to Inuyasha, "do you know where the dam is located?" Inuyasha remained silent for a few moments.
"Why should I tell you," Inuyasha said, with a cold smile across his face, "the only thing that village ever did for me was seal me to a tree for 50 years." Before Inuyasha had a chance to finish his sentence the Half-Demon felt his throat beginning to cave in on itself.
"Just because I won't kill an unarmed opponent," Dark Jedi said, "Don't think I've lost my sense of right and wrong." Inuyasha struggled to break free, but found he couldn't.
"Okay," Inuyasha said, "Just put me down." Just as Inuyasha hit the ground, his face grew hard and cold.
"Don't think I'll forget this," Inuyasha snarled.
Stay Tuned for Chapter VI: The Quest Begins.
Note: Sorry about the delays, things have been crazy the last few months at work and school.