Star Wars Universe: Rise of the Clones

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Chapter 12

The Triton and two Venator class star destroyers came out of warp and approached a series of tube shaped space colonies with two equally long solar panel sails attached to each end as Lord Valkyrie stood on the bridge and watched the series of space colonies through the viewing windows. An alarm went off and protocol and astromech droids ran about their stations as a clone Miranda officer approached behind Lord Valkyrie and spoke urgently after she snapped to attention, “Sir, a dozen Mobile Units are heading straight towards us and are fully armed!” Lord Valkyrie replied calmly, “Raise shields and shut down all weapons, and notify the other ships to do the same.” The officer replied, “Yes sir!” Before she made an about face Lord Valkyrie added, “Hail to whoever is in charge and notify them that Lord Valkyrie requests an audience with Supreme Leader Cassel Depkun and Chancellor Karma Zebu immediately to discuss terms of an alliance.” The officer replied, “Yes sir!” And she made an about face and walked fast to the communications station just as Captain Cruz entered the bridge wearing her chrome armor and carrying her rifle and Lord Valkyrie stated, “Glad of you to join me captain.” Beneath her helmet Miranda looked at him with frustration but replied firmly, “Yes my lord.” Four green, four limbed knight looking Mobile Units with two red eyes that could rotate around their heads appeared in front of the Triton’s bridge and aimed large rifle shaped guns at them as the bridge crew either continued what they are doing or glanced up while Lord Valkyrie and Captain Cruz stood their ground and watched as if unfazed by the weapons that are pointing directly at them.

There was a short pause before the lead Mobile Unit moved away, with its large rifle still pointed at them, and the others parted ways as well but split in twos as they kept their guns trained on the bridge of the Triton and the other units, at the two Venator class star destroyers, followed suit. The captain of the Triton stood at attention behind Lord Valkyrie and announced, “Sir our request is granted. They have ordered us to dock on Docking Bay 21K within Munoz where a representative awaits for us.” Lord Valkyrie replied, “Excellent, you may proceed captain. Notify the Prometheus and Zebrine to hold position and maintain alert status till we return.” The captain snapped to attention and announced, “Yes sir!” Before he made an about face and left. Six, green block shaped ships appeared with three twin barreled cannons and the green ships separated into threes and took positions around the two Venator class star destroyers as the Triton proceeded towards Munoz as more than two dozen Mobile Units arrived and formed a U shaped formation around and behind the Triton (with their large rifles pointed at the ship) as the ship moved forward. Some of the android bridge crew on the Triton looked up at the viewing windows as they saw a sea of various large and small red and green ships and Mobile Units around the docking gate and Munoz as the Triton followed the blinking escorting lights to the open docking gate and entered the vast space colony while Lord Valkyrie stood, with his arms crossed, and Captain Cruz behind him, both looking on. Inside the Docking Zone, the Triton passed various ships (with one looking like it has been through a large space battle) as it proceed forward, with the Mobile Units still following it even as the walkway from Docking Bay 21K pulled out and a female voice boomed, “You are clear Triton. We are now activating the docking tractor beam. Please release your controls and lower your shields.” One of the protocal droid bridge personnel pressed a couple of buttons then pulled down a lever before pressing a button underneath a microphone and replied, “Maneuvering controls released and shields lowered Docking Control. You may proceed with docking procedures.” The three main engines of the Triton turned from bright to dark blue as the ship was pulled to port and the docking walkway extended till it latched onto one of the entrances to the Triton and the female voice called out, “Docking complete.” At that moment Lord Valkyrie turned away from the viewing windows and proceeded towards the turbo lift (with Captain Cruz following close behind) and Lord Valkyrie stated aloud as he was passing the ship’s captain (standing at attention), “Have all stations maintain red alert and have two squads of stormroopers stand by at the docking entrance and await for our arrival.” The captain replied, “Yes sir!” Before Lord Valkyrie and Captain Cruz entered the turbo lift and the doors closed before them.

The turbo lift doors opened and Lord Valkyrie and Captain Cruz stepped out to see a squad of stormtroopers on each side of the hallway, leading to the airlock door to the docking walkway, standing at attention with their blasters in front of them. As Lord Valkyrie and Captain Cruz pass, the troops made a left/right face towards the airlock door when both Lord Valkyrie and Captain Cruz stopped right in front of it and Lord Valkyrie ordered, “Open the airlock.” The stormtrooper at the far back end of the hallway replied, “Yes my lord.” And he pressed a button and the large, solid, round, metal door slide open. The door opened to reveal a platoon of green body armored soldiers (with a gold bird like crest on the front of their body armor) with red helmets and pointing tommy gun looking rifles at them and before Lord Valkyrie or anyone else could react, the stormtroopers suddenly rushed in front of Lord Valkyrie, pointing their blasters at the opposing troops and Captain Cruz pulled her rifle out as well. As Captain Cruz aimed her rifle she was stopped by Lord Valkyrie as he raised his left hand and blocked the muzzle and stated calmly, “Stand down. We are here to talk, not kill one another.” A young, firm, female voice called out, “That is correct!” The green body armored troops in the middle parted and a short, young, red head female walked up in her green military officer’s uniform (with a bird like crest in the middle as well) and spoke, “Michael Valkyrie, Supreme Leader Depkun has sent me and a platoon of Zarn Guardians to escort you before him, Chancellor Zebu and Supreme Sentinel Warn.” Captain Cruz lowered her rifle, as did the troopers on both sides, and Lord Valkyrie replied, “Excellent. I am also bringing Captain Cruz and two squads of my stormtroopers as escorts as well.” The female officer replied unwaveringly, “Very well, if you follow me please.” She walked away and Lord Valkyrie and Captain Cruz followed with the stormtroopers and Guardians marching behind them, glancing at the opposing soldiers as they went till they entered a large shuttle craft that is able to hold all of them. The door to the shuttle craft closed and the two pilots in the front pressed a few buttons and the shuttle launched, flying into the sea of skyscrapers and tall, oddly shaped buildings before them.

A middle aged pink haired woman wearing a black military uniform (with a different hawk like crest in the middle) yelled out, “ARE YOU SERIOUS?” A blond haired man in a red military uniform (with also another different bird crest on his chest) sat calmly on his throne and replied, “Warn, calm yourself. This man wishes to speak to us and we must treat him as our guest.” Warn sat in her throne, as well, on the other side of the podium and looked at the blond haired man, as if he’s crazy, and continued to yell, “Did you read the reports of what his ships are capable of?” A younger man with dark purple hair, wearing a green military uniform and an eagle crest on his chest sat calmly to the right of Depkun, resting his chin on his right hand, spoke, “That is why all our capital forces are committed Supreme Sentinel.” Warn turned to Zebu and spoke as she tried to control her anger, “Chancellor, we don’t know if he has more in reserve. Beyond the Protectorate’s perimeter everything is blacked out.” A deep voice echoed in the room, “Then you should listen to what I propose Supreme Sentinel.” Warn and Zebu looked around puzzled while Depkun looked towards the front doors and when they opened a mist spewed forth as the young woman that was sent for Lord Valkyrie called out, “Supreme Leader, I present to you Lord Valkyrie of The Order.” And the large black figure of Lord Valkyrie entered, breaking the peaceful mist before him with his black boots, his intimidating large black figure, snake like eyes and black cape flowing behind him before stopping his advance between Depkun and the front doors. Supreme Leader Depkun smirked, while Zebu and Warn kept looking with blank but determined expressions, and spoke, “I see you still keep an urge to make a dramatic entrance Michael...” Lord Valkyrie interrupted, “It is Lord Valkyrie to you Supreme Leader.” Supreme Sentinel Warn immediately stood up and yelled angrily, “YOU DARE INSULT THE SUPREME LEADER! Guards, seize him!” Four soldiers approached Lord Valkyrie with their rifles drawn when suddenly they stopped, dropped their rifles, grasped their throats and began choking as they were lifted off the ground. Depkun shifted in his seat with a look of unease while Zebu and Warn (as she fell back in her seat) looked surprised and as the guards choked Lord Valkyrie spoke deeply and firmly, “I did not come here for a petty squabble. I came here to create an alliance that will regain the glory of Zarn and to satisfy your taste for revenge on Yaraka.” Supreme Leader Depkun stated calmly, “I would like to hear more, once you have released our guards.” The guards continued to choke when suddenly there was a loud snap sound and, like Warn and Zebu, Supreme Leader Cassel Depkun looked surprised (but for an instant) and the dead guards crumpled to the ground. Lord Valkyrie noticed Depkun’s surprised expression and the shocked looks of Warn and Zebu and he spoke dryly, “You didn’t say you want them alive, Supreme Leader.” Cassel Depkun’s lip quivered before he replied, “I guess from now on we have to be more precise when we discuss the terms of our alliance.” Lord Valkyrie spoke, “Could not agree more, Supreme Leader. Also, may I bring in my second in command for our discussions?” Depkun replied agreeably, “You may.” Supreme Leader Depkun pressed a button on his right armrest and a few short moments later the front doors opened and Captain Cruz marched inside and took her place to Lord Valkyrie’s right before he spoke, “Before we begin I think it will be more agreeable if we get to know each other.” Supreme Leader Cassel Depkun replied, “I believe we all know who you are Lord Valkyrie. You were a hero and important figure within the Zhargosia Republic and formed the alliance between your people and the United Star Systems before you were forced out of office and became a wanted man because your future self decided to wage a Terrorist War against Zhargosia and the United Star Systems. We heard from your future self that your wife betrayed you and is now engaged with your future self.” Beneath her helmet Captain Cruz stopped herself from looking shocked by what she just heard and continued to look forward when Lord Valkyrie replied, “You are correct about my former life Supreme Leader. I will now tell you about what I am and what I intend to do. But first, let me show your past and what my forces are composed of. Captain Cruz.” Miranda holstered her rifle and with both hands, removed her helmet to reveal her bundled up orange hair and while Chancellor Karma Zebu looked unfazed, Supreme Leader Cassel Depkun sat rigged in his seat, as he looked blankly at the stern but expressionless face of Miranda Cruz, and Supreme Sentinel Hamon Warn looked stunned and a single drop of sweat formed on her left temple.

It is dead silent in the throne room till Lord Valkyrie broke the silence, “I see Supreme Sentinel Warn that you know Captain Miranda Cruz.” Warn swallowed as Captain Cruz stared at her and responded, “Not exactly, but I know her...” Cruz interrupted, “Kind.” Warn was a little surprised but then she looked at Miranda with a stern gaze and she clinched her fists so tight that her knuckles cracked and she spoke firmly, “I see an outdated clone like you has a use after all.” Cruz spoke strangely calm, “If you mean after creating us and use us to fight your wars till we are of no use and discard us like we are garbage, then yes.” Cruz tightened her fists till her gloves made a barely audible squeak and continued, “Only you made one grave mistake.” Warn asked, “And what is that?” In a blink of an eye, Cruz pulled out her rifle and fired three shots (one round over each of the thrones) forcing Supreme Leader Depkun and the others to duck in their seats and there were three metal clanking sounds as three helmets flew back and bounced off the walls with bullet holes in them. Behind each throne a soldier fell with bullet holes in the middle of their fore heads and as Supreme Leader Depkun and his colleagues looked up (as they watched the soldiers fell) they saw Captain Cruz pointing her rifle directly at Supreme Sentinel Hamon Warn.

Karma, Cassel and Hamon watched Captain Cruz with expressionless faces as Cruz aimed her rifle at Hamon with determination and a firm look on her face. Lord Valkyrie’s glanced in Captain Cruz’s direction and he stated, “Captain Cruz.” As if Lord Valkyrie is ordering her, Captain Cruz lowered her rifle and attached it to her side holster while Karma and the others breathed a sigh of relief. Lord Valkyrie spoke, “As you can see, the clones you have abandoned do not agree what you have done but will tolerate your cooperation with the order we are building.” Hamon asked with an angered expression, “How many, DEFECTIVE, clones were created in the cloning process?” Hamon glanced at Captain Cruz, as if expecting a threatening reply, but Cruz stood her ground and looked as if unfazed by what Hamon asked and Lord Valkyrie replied, “So far only one, but she has become VERY unique.” Supreme Leader Depkun asked, “In what way?” As if replying to his question, a dented helmet from a Zarn soldier fell on Depkun’s lap and Sofia “The Assassin” Demor appeared to the right and behind him with her specialized weapon staff on hand and replied to Depkun’s question, “Like that.” The Supreme Leader smirked as Karma looked up in awe while Hamon is clearly angered and was about to speak but stopped herself as Lord Valkyrie looked on and said, “Sofia Demor is an expert in waging guerrilla warfare and any assignment that entails eliminating a specific target or person by any means necessary. Even a clone, that is not like the others, can still be of some use. Am I right Karma?” Intimidated by Lord Valkyrie’s snake like eyes starring right at her, Karma smirked (but gulped as she sweat formed on her forehead) and replied, “I believe so, Lord Valkyrie.” Lord Valkyrie’s snake like eyes looked directly at Karma, as Karma tensed at the sight, and asked, “How is your wife faring?” Karma smirked and replied, “What Chancellor’s wives always do. Attends and hosts parties as well as seeing her friends and other rich girls. Beaming me out of my suicide attempt to destroy Yaraka’s Battle-carrier prototype with an Air Carrier is a great decision and allowed me to save my future wife from her abusive father.” He then pointed at Lord Valkyrie and continued, “I still owe you for that by the way.” Lord Valkyrie replied, “You don’t owe me anything Chancellor. Is your niece, Minerva, doing well as well?” Karma sat back and replied with a smile, “The Princess couldn’t be more happier. As a matter of fact she has a boyfriend who is a former Suit pilot and works in a Suit division that is in charge of repairing and maintenance of this colony’s sun panels.” Lord Valkyrie made a short bow and said, “Very good.” Lord Valkyrie then turned to Supreme Leader Depkun and asked, “Supreme Leader, how is your sister, Kayla, since I last saw her?” Cassel replied, “Since aiding the people’s welfare during the Exodus she now runs a community center at the edge of the capital and helps the poor that live within the city.” Lord Valkyrie asked, “Do I have your permission to see her, once our business has concluded?” The Supreme Leader replied, “I don’t see why not. Even if I refuse, you will see her anyway with your powers you displayed.” Lord Valkyrie spoke, “Supreme Leader, this is your home. No matter how strong I am, I will respect your wishes and privacy.” The Supreme Leader made a single nod and Lord Valkyrie continued, “I see your wife, Hamon, still has reservations about my peace offering.” As if insulted, Hamon yelped angrily, “Only because the offering you gave us so far are seven, if not nine, dead guards.” Lord Valkyrie replied, “We will reimburse you of your dead soldiers when we go over the details of our alliance.” He then turned his head in Captain Cruz’s direction and ordered, “Wait outside.” Captain Cruz snapped to attention and replied, “Yes sir.” Sofia remained at ease as she replied, “Yes Valkyrie.” And she walked down the podium and followed Captain Cruz (as she put her helmet back on) as they exited the room and the doors closed behind them.

The stormtroopers stood at attention on one end of the hallway, staring straight at the soldiers of Zarn on the opposite side (as they stood at attention as well but felt intimidated) while The Assassin leaned back against the wall (fiddling with her staff) and Captain Cruz stood at attention as well, but the young female officer that escorted them earlier squirmed and looked up at Captain Cruz with an uncomfortable expression. Captain Cruz then looked down at the girl, but the young officer immediately stood at attention and at that point the doors opened and Lord Valkyrie walked out of the room before standing before Captain Cruz (casting a dark shadow that almost eclipse the young female Zarn officer next to him) and stated, “Take the two squads and The Assassin back to the ship. I will join you shortly.” Captain Cruz replied, “Yes sir.” And she made a left face before marching ahead and the stormtroopers began following behind as The Assassin asked, “Why are you staying behind?” Lord Valkyrie looked at her and The Assassin remained relaxed as Lord Valkyrie replied (as if controlling his anger), “None of your concern Sofia.” The Assassin rolled her eyes as she sighed, grabbed her staff and followed the rest of the stormtroopers, leaving Lord Valkyrie behind.

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