Star Wars Universe: Rise of the Clones

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Chapter 6

The Triton came out of warp at the edge of the Alpine System and approached a small, cratered moon where one-third of its surface is covered with a metal like smooth surface with various holes on it that appear to be exhaust vents or bays for various sized ships as the Triton entered orbit around The Facility. Lord Valkyrie and Captain Cruz looked upon The Facility when a mechanical female voice said, “Orbit achieved. Ship is scanned by unknown force on The Facility. No lifeforms on the planet, atmosphere within The Facility has changed from zero to breathable oxygen levels.” Lord Valkyrie stood silent for a few moments till he spoke, “Confirmed.” He turned to Captain Cruz and said, “Captain Cruz, advise the blitz troopers we are on our way to the shuttle bay. We are transporting down.” Cruz replied, “Yes sir.” They walked back and as Lord Valkyrie entered the center elevator Captain Cruz stopped and told the clones to make their way to the shuttle bay to prepare for transport before she entered the same elevator where Lord Valkyrie is in before the doors closed.

The Imperial shuttle and four Tie fighters flew out of the hanger from the star destroyer and flew towards The Facility. One of the doors along the metal surface opened and the fighters flew ahead of the transport ship as they entered The Facility. Once inside, the tunnel walls are lined with viewing windows, airlock hatches and walkways as the ships flew on the barely lite tunnel till one particular docking platform lite up. Two smaller platforms are connected to the docking platform and they lite up as well at the bottom of the tunnel and the ships landed. The Imperial shuttle landed, the bottom ramp lowered and twelve blitz troopers walked out and flanked the entrance as Lord Valkyrie and Captain Cruz stepped out. The pilots of the Tie fighters descended down the ladders from the bottom of their fighters to the platforms wearing Imperial star fighter black suits and followed the stormtroopers as they followed Lord Valkyrie and Captain Cruz as they walked by. Lord Valkyrie approached the split entrance metal door and two stormtroopers were about to break formation from behind when all of a sudden Lord Valkyrie made a single wave with his left gloved hand, the door opened and the two clones quickly resumed formation. Suddenly Captain Cruz stopped as the troopers walked around and entered The Facility and Lord Valkyrie stopped at the same time and a moment later he looked back at Captain Cruz and Valkyrie asked, “Captain Cruz, are you well?” Captain Cruz looked at Lord Valkyrie with fierce determination beneath her helmet and replied with a hint of anger in her voice, “Yes sir.” And she walked past Lord Valkyrie and entered The Facility with Lord Valkyrie following behind.

A solid metal blast door slid open and Lord Valkyrie and Captain Cruz entered, followed by the stormtroopers (as they waited for Lord Valkyrie and Captain Cruz to catch up) and an empty control room that is all lit up with a continuous, large console in an upside down U shape with a glass viewing window in front of them showing a barely lit endless factory with various mechanical arms and machines and multiple moving belts that remained motionless. Lord Valkyrie looked to his left to see Captain Cruz standing ridged and he said, “Captain Cruz, if this is making you uncomfortable, you have the right to ask one of your sisters to activate the cloning process.” Captain Cruz looked at Lord Valkyrie and replied, “No Lord Valkyrie, I am fine sir.” The stormtroopers remained at attention (with their helmets covering up their looks of uneasiness) as Captain Cruz walked up to the center of the control station and pressed a couple of buttons that suddenly lit up the cloning machines and the factory before them. She hesitated just for a moment (as she held her hand over a red button that said, “Commence”) before she pressed it and the machines came to life.

Lord Valkyrie stepped up and watched as small, clear boxes appeared from large, square shaped mechanical plants onto a moving belt before large mechanical arms from the ceiling grabbed them, lifted them up and insert them into glass squared tubes that lead into the ceiling and the boxes were sucked upwards till they were out of view. Lord Valkyrie asked, “Are there any other clone variants besides yourself?” Captain Cruz responded, “Not when I was born sir, but just before the facility was shut down they were about to clone five other variants.” Lord Valkyrie asked, “Is there any scientists left from the original team?” Captain Cruz pressed a few buttons as she looked at the small monitor on the console and replied, “Only one sir, but unfortunately he is no scientist.” Lord Valkyrie looked at her and asked, “Then who is he?” Captain Cruz looked up at him and her chrome helmet concealed her blank expression, and locked jaw as she replied firmly, “Its Commander Dorshaw Gleam.” Lord Valkyrie felt the uneasiness in the air and he asked, “Who is he captain?” There was utter silence in the room, even as some of the stormtroopers in the room turned their heads slightly as they looked at each other even as Captain Cruz replied, “He is our creator.”

A metal door opened to the right wall of the control room and Lord Valkyrie, Captain Cruz and two stormtroopers entered a clean room with a single cryo tube in the center to reveal a young, blond, white man wearing a blue military uniform with the front of his tunic red and a stylized (what appears to be) a yellow dragon on each side of his tunic. Lord Valkyrie looked up at the head of the cryo tube and saw various life readings and numbers going up and Captain Cruz said, “He is waking up. He should come around in two hour...” Suddenly there was a loud beeping sound coming from the control console in the control room and Lord Valkyrie walked out of the room briskly and saw one of the stormtroopers fumbling on the controls and Lord Valkyrie asked, “What’s going on trooper?” The stormtrooper looked back at Lord Valkyrie and replied, “Sir one of the clones is dying!” Lord Valkyrie looked into the clone assembly line and ordered loudly but firmly, “Give me the location of the clone now!”

In a clean room with multiple adult size cryo-tubes lined up, a door slid open and Lord Valkyrie walked briskly inside with the same stormtrooper leading the way and they looked at the tubes to see clones of Miranda Cruz lying asleep till the stormtrooper stopped dead in her tracks as she looked at one of the tubes (that made a continuous beeping sound from the life monitors) and whispered, “Oh my God.” Lord Valkyrie stepped up and looked inside to see a young female in a hospital gown with both her skin and hair the color of chalk white with only her light pink lips piercing through the absence of color on her face (except a black V tattoo that started from the middle of her nose and then spread out to the top of her forehead with a single black line running down the center of the V to the middle of her forehead) as her body began to twitch. Lord Valkyrie ordered, “Open it.” The stormtrooper looked at Lord Valkyrie and aloud with concern, “Sir she is a defective! When we were cloned we were told any defective clone must be destroyed cause we do not know her motives or if she can follow orders! She must be…” Suddenly the trooper was lifted off her feet and dangled in the air as Miranda and the other stormtroopers looked on as the clone began making choking sounds and grasped her own throat. Lord Valkyrie looked up at the choking clone and stated, “It was not a request. It is an order.” The trooper dropped on all fours and coughed as she regained her breath, stood up and assumed the position of attention and replied, “Sir, yes sir!” And she began pressing various buttons as the woman in the tube began to twitch more (almost convulsing) and there are wrong answer type beeping noises and the trooper slammed her fist on the console, but did not change the sound and she yelped, “I can’t open it sir! Something is wrong with...” Suddenly Lord Valkyrie smashed his left gloved fist into the tube, breaking the glass, and pulled a small lever at the edge of the glass tube hatch and opened it as the rapid pulsing and beeping of the life display suddenly stopped and Lord Valkyrie caught the unconscious clone as she fell forward. Lord Valkyrie lifted up the unconscious woman in his arms and he turned to Captain Cruz and said, “Ms. Cruz, have Commander Gleam transported back to the Triton under guard. Assigned a squad of stormtroopers to monitor the cloning process and activate the cloning of the five other variants and have them notify me if there are any problems.” Captain Cruz replied, “Yes sir.” Lord Valkyrie walked to one of the turbo lifts and the doors closed just as Captain Cruz pulled up her left wrist to her helmet and notified the Triton to bring down another shuttle to transport Commander Gleam.

In the Triton’s sickbay, Lord Valkyrie stood over one of the bed’s where the white girl lied and watched over her as the life monitor made a steady beeping sound. Her eyes opened, slowly at first, to reveal yellow irises till she saw Lord Valkyrie standing over her and she quickly tried to sit up, only for Lord Valkyrie to raise his right hand at her and spoke calmly, “Rest. You were in cryo-sleep.” She felt an odd sensation she agrees with him and she obeyed him and laid back down as she looked at him in confusion and anger and asked, “Who are you?” Lord Valkyrie replied, “My name is Lord Valkyrie. I am here to liberate your brothers and sisters from hibernation and continue what Commander Gleam has started, only this time you will be fighting for yourselves and not other people’s wars.” She still looked at him in confusion and anger as he reached his left hand towards her. She flinched back and Lord Valkyrie stopped and said, “Its all right, you are safe.” She still glared at him as he moved his hand again and touched her forehead and hair softly and she felt relaxed, almost too relaxed. Lord Valkyrie asked, “What’s your name?” The woman replied, “Sofia, Sofia Demor.” Lord Valkyrie looked down and saw her hands are balled up into fists and as he scanned her he read her body tensed and looked like she is ready to fight him. Lord Valkyrie spoke, “I’m sure you know by now that you are the only one that is not like the rest of your sisters and that you consider yourself ugly in their eyes.” Sofia looked at him firmly and remained motionless on the bed with her body rigid and fists clinched tightly as Lord Valkyrie removed his hand and said, “Let me show you what I look beneath this mask, but I recommend you look away at first.” Sofia hesitated at first but turned away as he placed the tips of his fingers along the left and right bottom of his neck and there was a venting sound as air spewed from within side of his helmet and he lifted it off to reveal a blinding red light that nearly engulfed the room till after a few moments the light began to fade away and eventually revealed a hideous face of a man with no skin over his face, teeth and dentures exposed, red and yellow eyes that look like they are barely hanging on in their eye sockets as there are no eyelids and he has no nose and he said, “Now.” And when she turned around Sofia was taken aback and almost threw up. As she looked at him, she reached out to touch his face, only this time Lord Valkyrie flinched back (as did Sofia) and said, “I’m sorry, but I can’t risk you touching me. Since I have no skin, nose and ears, my body is exposed to any type of disease that will kill me.” He put his helmet and mask back on and noticed Sofia still looked at him with a firm and expressionless gaze and said, “At least we have a connection.” The door to sickbay slid open and Sofia immediately sat back, away from Lord Valkyrie, as she balled up her hands again as Captain Cruz entered and Lord Valkyrie turned to face her and she said, “Sir, I have a report that The Facility is 100% operational and the clones are in perfect health and battle ready.” Lord Valkyrie replied, “Excellent captain. Notify the bridge to send a message to Inchinn to send transport ships at once to transport the clones back to Inchinn and deliver astromech and protocol droids to maintain and upkeep The Facility till there are enough of your brothers and sisters to take full control.” Captain Cruz replied, “Yes sir. What about Commander Gleam?” Lord Valkyrie replied dryly and menacingly, “I will deal with him myself when he awakens and when we are back at Inchinn.” Captain Cruz snapped at attention and replied, “Yes sir!” And as she turned her back towards him but glanced at Sofia with cautious and dangerous eyes beneath her helmet (as did Sofia) before she stepped out of sickbay and the doors closed behind her.

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