<I>Rakata Prime, around 30,000 BBY</I>
Nightfall had already fallen around Rakatan Prime and the construction machines were finally turned off to give the slaves a rest for the day. The Rakatan slave masters retired to their homes around the planet but still kept a good eye on one of the moons that had a diamond like shadow in the center of it, their greatest weapon imaginable. Majority of the slaves lived in ragged huts and tents for their Rakatan masters forbid them from using any type of technology for the fear of a possible uprising. There were of course, trillions of slaves and only a few billion Rakatans.
The Degorians, a sub-species of the Rakatan and also native to Rakatan Prime were one of the first, if not the first, species to be enslaved. However for ten of thousands of years, they had gotten used to their slavery for that?s what the only knew. The Degorians were tall creatures, a Degorian had half green skin and half black skin, they had bug like antennas and burning colored hair and eyes, Degorians also had small lizard like tails. They looked like insectoid like humans, but they were a peaceful like people but also very intoned with the force for their special relationship with it universally.
Around the Degorian slave sector all were out in the center of the small village to rejoice after a day well done of work on the Rakatan's greatest machine. A big fire was going while others sat down in their rags on the wooden benches they had made for themselves. A few played primitive instruments of a two stringed guitar and flute while others sang songs in their own language. The other Degorians humbly exchanged personal treasures and food to their fellow friends and family. However all looked when a number of young Degorian females began to dance next to the light of the fire, indeed today was a fine day for tradition.
The dancers danced with grace and honor, they wore ceremonial robes, but were rags by modern standard but it was whatever their parents could knit though it was a great privilege to be a dancer. The youngest dancer was only 14 in basic years and had many markings of tradition Degorian symbols on her arms and legs which showed how far they were knowledgeable in their culture, but she also wore a headdress the elders had given to her earlier, she was beautiful to them. She was young S'et'ne'gl'ould of the Astuto tribe. Only the most beautiful and graceful woman could be the dancer of the tribe.
S?et?ne was known as the jewel of the Degorians to the Rakatans. Most of the slave holders wanted to wait till she was of age before they would rip her from her family and <I>share</I> her among their fellow Rakatans. The Degorians were not ignorant to what the Rakatans do with their females when they reach adulthood and sheltered young S?et?ne knowing what fate may befall her. However today was simply a day for relaxation and rejoicing for putting another day behind them. Many enjoyed watching S?et?ne and the other girls dance. It gave them courage that even though they were in captivity they had not forgotten who they were even though the Rakatans tried to put an end to it.
Just outside the village however, a few Rakatan slave holders were watching the celebration from a distance. They were easily disgusted by the Degorians and hated them. No matter how hard they try to break them they still celebrate after a hard day. Though a few Rakatans began to get a little antsy after brandishing their blades and headed toward the center of the Degorian slave sector where the celebration was taking place. Rakatans were overconfident and egotistical creatures and they had no fear of the Degorians and easily opposed their will on them if they ever got bored.
?That?s enough of this!? One Rakatan said as held up his blade while those dancing and playing instruments abruptly stopped to look at their masters. ?Your music is irritating us. It must silence now! All of you?get to your quarters now!? He shouted. Most Degorians in the celebration merely hung their heads low and obeyed. It was a usual sight when the Rakatans ordered the Degorians around; they mostly stopped what they were doing and simply obeyed. The celebration, in that instant, was ruined that quickly and easily.
A fully grown Degorian woman who had the look of age on her rushed up to young S?et?ne and took her hand. ?Come on child, we best not upset the masters.? The Rakatans were often unpredictable and could easily become hostile. The Degorians who were lucky enough to reach old age learned the hard way to never ever get a Rakatan upset in the least bit. S?et?ne merely nodded as she followed her mother toward the huts. She kept her eyes on the Rakatans however. When her mother saw her starring at them she gave S?et?ne a light pinched on the shoulder. S?et?ne jumped a bit but it got her attention. ?Do you forget why your father is no longer with us? The Rakatans don?t like when we make eye contact with them. S?et?ne didn?t say a word and just hung her head low. She was perfectly obedient, most Degorians children were. S?et?ne felt a cold chill run up her spine each time the Rakatans spoke, she was a fearful girl. She was deathly afraid of death after seeing her father mercilessly ripped the shreds by those beats of slaveholders.
?You there! Stop!?
S?et?ne?s mother stopped instantly when she heard the Rakatan call to her. Two Rakatans warriors approached her and S?et?ne?s mother pushed her daughter behind her back so the Rakatans may not notice her. S?et?ne couldn?t tame curiosity though and poked one eye out to peer at her masters. The Rakatans smiled as they eyed S?et?ne?s mother as one felt her cheek with one scaly hand. ?For a dirty Degorian, you?re not half bad. I?m sure the other Rakatans will learn to just <I>love</I> you.? He said smoothly. S?et?ne?s mother merely turned her head to resist the Rakatans, but when the Rakatan saw her close her eyes to him he got defended. ?Don?t turn away from me, wretch!? he said as the Rakatan smacked her so hard on the cheek that it knocked her down. Young S?et?ne squealed as her mother fell and knelt down to her side to try and figure out if she was okay. S?et?ne had perked the Rakatans interest however. ?What do we have here??
The other Rakatan grabbed S?et?ne?s wrists with his hands and tugged her to her feet. S?et?ne looked frightened as the same Rakatan that checked out her mother checked her out as well. ?She isn?t bad for a teenage Degorian. I?m sure the others will pay for her. Alright, take her.? He said as he turned around. The Rakatan who had S?et?ne, kicked her and told her to march as he tightened his grip on her wrists. S?et?ne went teary eyed and she walked against her will with the Rakatans, she glanced back at her mother who was trying to open her eyes after that heavy slap. S?et?ne?s mother felt helpless as she saw the Rakatans take her daughter away. ?S?et?ne!? She shouted.
A few Degorians heard the cry and turned to see S?et?ne being taken away by the Rakatans. S?et?ne was their promising Youngling and the Rakatans were taking her to do only the force knows. A few Degorians were angered but realized there was nothing they could do. S?et?ne watched as the Degorians only starred but did nothing as she was being taken away. The Rakatans had such a tight grip on them that they couldn?t do a thing even if they wanted to. S?et?ne didn?t wish to be taken and without thinking lifted her head and sunk her sharp teeth within one of the arms that the Rakatan who was taking her away had. The Rakatan yelled as he released his grip on S?et?ne, who scurried away when he did. ?That little Degorian bitch bit me!? He shouted as he unsheathed his sword he had with him.
The Rakatan warrior followed S?et?ne as she ran behind the crowd of Degorians. ?Get out of my way worms!? He shouted as the Degorians simply looked at each other than back at him, they wouldn?t move. The Rakatan got frustrated then lifted his blade. ?I said move!? he shouted again as she slashed one Degorian male down right in front of him and the others. The other Degorians were horrified seeing their comrade dead on the floor but it only fueled their rage against the Rakatans. ?Well? Are you going to move or do another one of you wish to die!?? The Degorians tightened up and then charged at the Rakatan warrior whom was taken by surprise.
?Call the high guards; we have a revolt on our hands!? One Rakatan said seeing the Degorians beating his comrade to death. The Rakatan took out his stun baton then ran in there. ?Its time to get rid of these pests once and for all!? he shouted as he smashed a Degorian in the face with his baton. Alarms sounded through the immediate area and Rakatans with battle armor came rushing over.
Young S?et?ne was frightened seeing the Degorians taking any weapon they could find then rushing at the Rakatans, S?et?ne was soon grabbed by the wrist and whipped around only to feel relieved that it was her mother. ?Come on, you must leave. The Elder hut is safe.? Her mother took off a necklace that was around her neck that bore a strange azure crystal at the end then placed it in S?et?ne?s hands. ?Take this to them. Go on, hurry!? She said as she pushed her daughter toward the direction of the Elder?s hut.
S?et?ne was confused, She looked back seeing her mother rush off into the fray only to get the feeling like it was the last time she?d get to see her. Regardless, S?et?ne dashed off toward the hut with all her speed. She could hear screams, moans, fire, and the Rakatan?s machines behind her. She could only imagine the gruesome sight at the foot of the revolt. Near the hut however S?et?ne stopped seeing a Rakatan warrior just ahead of her whom carried a double side blade He turned and faced S?et?ne with an interested grin. ?Come here girl.? He commanded.
The Degorian simply eyed him then dashed off in the other direction. The Rakatan got mad and chased after her, S?et?ne tried to avoid him but he was simply too fast for the young Degorian. Suddenly though, there was a loud sound and the Rakatan was slammed into a hut next to him. S?et?ne turned seeing an elder Degorian with his arm extended. She had heard stories of a the elders being able to use a mysterious power, a power the Rakatan?s ultimate weapon was trying to harness. The girl stared at the old man for a moment only to have him look at her with a warm look. ?Are you alright, my dear?? He asked. S?et?ne only gave a silent nod, her body shook from all that was happening around her and the elder took notice. ?Alright, come quickly into the hut.? He said as he held the cloth door open then ushered the young Degorian inside.
S?et?ne took a large breath then gazed at was in the hut. All that resided inside was a few burning candles, a large circle on the floor, and six Degorian elders sitting along the circle on the floor with a humbled look. She was confused even more; she had never been inside the Elder?s hut before. However before she could see anything else she turned to the elder who helped her and showed him the crystal her mother gave her. ?My?my mom wanted you to have this?? She said in a timid voice.
The elder glanced at the crystal and took it in his hands. ?I see, your mother doesn?t expect to live much longer?? He said with low hopes. He then gripped the crystal tightly and faced the other elders. ?Those Rakatan beasts are killing our brethren out there. I fear our time in this galaxy may end here by this night.? He said followed by the murmurs of the other elders.
One Degorian elder was stroking his long beard as he looked at S?et?ne then the elder next to her. ?Those Rakatans only want us because of our force-sensitive nature. Once their weapon in finished they won?t need us around anymore. This was inevitable. Perhaps we should do what we discussed some years ago?? He inquired. The murmurs of the other elders continued.
Another, more heavier elder, shook his head and spoke up. ?We cannot say that. The Rakatan won't kill us just yet, their weapon is still incomplete. They may kill a number of us but they may keep us??
?Elder Ki?I'm?mo, are you suggesting letting the Rakatan slaughter what remains of our people while you hide in this hut? The Rakatans will kill <I>all</I> of us. They have enough power to fuel their machine, they don?t need us now.? One Elder said, the heavier one merely faced downwards in shame and scared of what may happen to him. ?I?m afraid we have no choice but do what we had discussed. A lot one of us will survive?its better than none.? The Hut shook from a blast coming from outside, the Rakatans were out for blood from that revolt.
?Agreed.? The Other elders said but one still stood up. ?Who will it be? Who will take our power and the survival of our race them him or her? It must be someone?untouched by greed and pure enough.? He said as he looked around the room to the elders who was unsure of themselves. Soon each of the elders turned and look at the small Degorian female, S?et?ne.
?No no no!? One Elder shouted as he knew what the others were thinking. ?She is too young and unknowing. She wouldn?t know what to do with such power. The Rakatans could take her and use her as a core for their machine!? He shouted but the others faced downward knowing he may be right.
The elder next to S?et?ne gripped her shoulder seeing the young Degorian look up him. ?I think she?ll do fine. The Rakatans will be looking far and wide for us, S?et?ne will be able to slip passed us. They wouldn?t suspect a young girl to have all of our power.? He said, the elders looked at him then S?et?ne. The elder was right and they decided to go onto it. The elder next to S?et?ne took a large breath having received his answer in silence. He pushed the young girl toward the inner circle and then took a seat around the circle with the other elders.
?Wait!? S?et?ne shouted as she became frightened on what may happen to her. ?I don?t know about this?I mean?why me??
?Because you are the Degorian?s best hope for a tomorrow.? The long bearded elder said. S?et?ne was still confused and began to become even more scared as the Elders silenced themselves and began meditating. One by one, the elders began to glow bright blue as a beam of light encased S?et?ne within the circle. The young Degorians began to feel a very painful burning sensation.
The crystal her mother gave S?et?ne floated out of the hand of the elder whom she gave it to and levitated over to the young Degorian. S?et?ne?s hand seemed to move by itself as her left hand opened up flat. The crystal hovered above her hand then embedded itself, painfully, into her hand. The young girl screamed in pain as her hand glowed bright red and the crystal seemed to form a gem stuck within her palm. Soon S?et?ne felt a gust of air surrounded her body then finally enter through her palm to the point S?et?ne thought her body was going to explode.
S?et?ne closed her eyes tight from the unending pain but soon opened one eye and when a voice rang out to her:
<div align=center><I> "Young S'et'ne. We are on the route to extinction. Inorder to keep even one member of our race and culture alive we must sacrifice ourselves to you. We will give our remaining force and life power not to the Rakatan's weapon of terror, but to you. With our power time will not corrupt you nor claim you and you will see what your eyes cannot far better then any of us. However young S'et'ne, you are not immortal. For the stab of a blade or the infection of a virus can still harm you. Use our power well and do not forget who you are."</I></div>
Soon the beam faded and all returned to normal once more. S?et?ne panted hard and looked at the elders whom weren?t moving at all. The burning sensation she was feeling subsided and the young Degorian walked out of the circle. ?Is?it?over?? She asked but received no answer from anyone. She went over to the elder whom had helped her and tapped him. S?et?ne shrieked when the elder fall over completely lifeless. They had given up their lives for the girl. The Degorian had never felt so much guilt in her life but that soon wiped itself from her mind when the Rakatan?s blade ripped through the feeble door.
S?et?ne turned around seeing two Rakatan warriors letting themselves in. ?What the hell? They?re dead, but how?? The then noticed S?et?ne standing over the lifeless elder. ?You, girl, what happened?!? The young Degorian didn?t give them an answer which easily angered the warrior. ?Come here you!? He said as he reached for the young girl. S?et?ne became frightened as the Rakatan reached for her and unknowing held her hand out with the gem inside of it. Suddenly, the Rakatan was blown out of the hut after crashing into his comrade.
The young Degorian opened her eyes and saw the Rakatans knocked out on ground just outside the hut. She breathed hard as she looked at the gem within her hand. ?Did?I do that?? However S?et?ne could hear footsteps getting louder near the hut and rushed off before any more Rakatans could come and try to take her. It was painful to leave her home and people behind but S?et?ne had no choice and left the village as quickly as she could and entered the Rakatan desert that was just next to it.
The desert was hot and devoid of any life. S?et?ne had been wandering for hours without food or water. No Rakatan would go in the desert for only death awaits one whom enters. The young Degorian feared her time would end more quickly then the elders thought it would. She was tired, frightened, and thirsty. The Degorian trudged through the hand which burned her feet to the bone but as this happened, her hate for the Rakatans started to take shape within her. The slavers who killed her family and forced this situation upon her. The more she thought about it, the more her hate swelled up within her. ?Those?dirty?disgusting beasts?I?ll kill them?I swear I?ll them all?? She told herself over and over.
Finally though, S?et?ne couldn?t go on and collapsed into the sand. She gripped a few grains of sand then lowered her head against it. The sun beamed down on her fragile body as she felt herself burning. ?I failed?you?guys?I can't go on??
S?et?ne lay frying on the sand clinging to life when a heavily cloaked humanoid approached her. He had his hood up so his face was concealed in darkness. He placed his hand on S?et?ne back then rolled her over and felt her pulse, faint. The figure picked up the young Degorian and placed her on his shoulder. The man seemed untouched by the heat which was rather odd but he simply walked further into the desert with the Degorian passed out on his shoulder.
Soon S?et?ne awoke feeling grass beneath her and hearing running water just beside her. The young girl sat up suddenly finding herself in an oasis within the desert. The Degorian scrambled over to the stream beside her and dove her face in, taking as many drinks as possible. S?et?ne took her head out and smoothed her long wet hair back. He looked at the red and orange coloring of her hair then took a few more sips of water.
?You?re awake?? S?et?ne turned around suddenly after hearing the voice and gazed upon the one who said it. The man was still draped in his black robes and his face was still concealed. However the Degorian girl didn?t respond to him. The man only laughed darkly then tossed her a fruit. ?Eat; you need your strength back.? S?et?ne caught the fruit, sniffed it, then looked back the man wondering if she could trust him.
S?et?ne looked at him with a confused look but the man simply turned away and starred at the desert just ahead of the oasis. S?et?ne looked down at the fruit again then took a bite. She was starving so she ate the fruit quite quickly after she determined it didn?t taste bad. S?et?ne wondered about the man though so when she finished her fruit she began to walk slowly closer to him, trying to examine him.
The man suddenly turned around again which made S?et?ne jump backwards but the figure only gave another dark laugh. ?You are probably wandering who I am.? He spoke in a strange tone but S?et?ne merely nodded. ?I don?t really have a name but if you must call me something?call me?<I>Bogan</I>.? He answered.
S?et?ne was unsure but the man did save her life so she assumed he deserved a little gratitude. ?Tha-thank you.? She said in a timid voice.
Bogan laughed darkly once more. ?No need to thank me, Youngling, but if you really want to show me a token of your thanks?might I gain permission to see your left palm?? S?et?ne was disturbed that Bogan knew about the gem embedded into her hand but she guessed it was because he must?ve searched her before she regained consciousness. However, reluctantly, she outstretched her hand a bit then opened up her palm. A rush of force began blowing the trees violently and Bogan?s garbs as he walked closer to inspect the gem; it seemed to force blowing things away didn?t affect him as much as it did the Rakatans warriors.
The mysterious man placed his dark gloved finger on the gem and the violently force subsided and all returned normal again. ?I see?you?re untrained. You don?t know how to control the power coursing within you. Tell me, girl, do you know what this gem is?? S?et?ne looked at him for a moment then silently shook her head. ?It?s a Force Gem. When someone has these gems it usually means the person has a low midi-chlorian count and is very weak in the force. These gems amplify the force tremendously but it only works if you drain the life force out of those very powerful. By the strength of the Push you were creating?there is much power within this gem.?
S?et?ne remained quiet as the man spoke, she didn?t quite understand him. He was saying words she had never heard before. ?What?do I have to do to?control this power?? She asked in her same timid voice.
Bogan looked up to her and chuckled darkly once more. ?All you have to do?is listen everything I say.? </div>
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