Star Wars Universe: Rise of the Clones

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Chapter 9

The star destroyer came out of warp near the orbit of a planet that is wrapped in darkness as Lord Valkyrie stood looking out of a viewing window while the crew in grey and white uniforms worked at the control consoles behind and below him. He then turned around and walked down the center walkway (passing the control operators beneath him) and when he reached the other side, Captain Cruz followed him to the turbo lift and Lord Valkyrie said, “Have my shuttle ready and prepare an assault team.” Captain Cruz replied, “Yes sir.” A few moments later the turbo lift opened and Lord Valkyrie and Captain Cruz exited the turbo lift to be greeted by multiple rows of various colored armored troops as Lord Valkyrie and Captain Cruz walked straight towards the shuttle and the lowered ramp. Once Lord Valkyrie and Captain Cruz pass the last four rows of purple troops they made a left/right face and followed them into the shuttle before the ramp closed behind them.

The Imperial shuttle flew from the hanger of the star destroyer and headed straight towards the planet’s surface with four tie fighters following alongside. The transport and the fighters entered the atmosphere and landed on the dark, rocky surface and the forward ramp lowered and a black trooper ran out with his blaster gun drawn. Once he reached the bottom the trooper immediately spun around and waved his hand left and right as stormtroopers rushed out with their blaster guns drawn and the black trooper yelled, “Move, move, move! Cover the flanks! Prepare incoming assaults!” The troopers immediately took cover behind multiple boulders and when the last troopers left the transport, Lord Valkyrie and Captain Cruz exited the transport and stood in the open. Captain Cruz asked, “What are your orders sir?” Lord Valkyrie looked at the rocks ahead and over them as all is quiet till Lord Valkyrie crossed his arms and called out, “I am here to speak to your leader! Take us to him now!” There are multiple high pitch caw sounds and bird like people (like Gala except only their faces are human and their hands and feet are black in color) emerged from the rocks and either stood on top of them or flew overhead and landed all around them. The troopers raised their guns and Lord Valkyrie ordered, “Hold your fire!” The troopers stood around, as if hesitant, as the bird like people stood as if ready to fight and one of them approached Lord Valkyrie and Captain Cruz and cawed, “Follow me!” Lord Valkyrie nodded and he and Captain Cruz followed with the troopers following behind (with their guns still raised) as the bird like people surrounded them or stood among the rocks watching over them as Lord Valkyrie and the others walked ahead through a canyon.

They continued till the canyon opened up to reveal an open area surrounded by large boulders except one section is cleared and has a set of wide steps leading to three rock formed seats with three bird like people that are covered with black feathers as well, except the feathers around their faces are white and grey and their faces looked like elders. One of the elders spoke in anger, “I am Gartock leader of the council of Birdmock, why do you come here?” Lord Valkyrie replied, “We are here for Gala and you have imprisoned her for making contact with us.” The elders and the surrounding Birdmocks cawed in anger as the stormtroopers stood their ground, including Captain Cruz, while Lord Valkyrie continued looking at the council leader, as if he is ignoring their angry cries, till the cawing ceased as Gartock raised his hands and lowered and he replied, “We do not wish to see any other kind except our own! Be gone!” Lord Valkyrie pointed a finger at Gartock as he spoke, “Not until we have Gala.” Gartock yelled as he stood up, “You want Gala, you can have her!” He made a loud, echoing, caw and two Birdmocks flew over the ridge to the left and dropped a woman between Lord Valkyrie and Gartock as the Birdmocks continued to fly and disappeared to the right of the ridge. A naked woman lie before them with her skin either bruised red or bleeding as she shivered and balled up, facing away from Lord Valkyrie.

Lord Valkyrie looked at the woman, as the troopers and Captain Cruz stood by, and began approaching her slowly and asked, “Gala?” The woman cringed when he spoke her name and made a weak caw that sounded more like a rasping sound and Gartock spoke, “She has been de-feathered and removed her ability to speak like one of us for her punishment.” Lord Valkyrie kneeled and touched Gala lightly on her left shoulder but she flinched to his touch and Lord Valkyrie spoke, “Gala, I’m here.” She continued to shiver and Lord Valkyrie gathered her in his arms and with one wave of his left hand the brown, long hair that covered her face was gently moved away to reveal her tear stained face as she looked up at him and she looked terrified at his snake eyes and was about to cry out. Lord Valkyrie took notice of her shock and he said, “Gala, it is me, Michael.” Gala quickly stopped herself from about to scream in fright when she recognized his voice and she stammered as she continued to cry and said, “Michael, they took my wings, my beauty.” She smothered her face to Lord Valkyrie’s chest as she cried almost in silence and Lord Valkyrie caressed her and replied, “Your beauty is not taken away from you my love. Nothing can.” Gala looked up at him as she stopped crying, but tears still running down her cheeks, and lightly touched what she believes is his chin beneath his cloak and Lord Valkyrie asked, “Gala, who did this to you?” Gala hiccuped as she tried to hold back from crying and replied, “My father, Gartock.” Lord Valkyrie held Gala closely as she embraced him for comfort when Gartock spoke aloud, “You must leave, now!” Captain Cruz approached behind Lord Valkyrie and removed her cape and Lord Valkyrie lowered Gala till her feet touched the stone ground and allowed Cruz to wrap her cape around Gala to hide her naked form. Lord Valkyrie stood with Gala before she walked away with Captain Cruz helping her till they are in the middle of the group, but Lord Valkyrie remained where he stood (with his head down). In a low tone of voice Lord Valkyrie spoke, “You tortured your own daughter.” Gartock spoke aloud as he pointed at Gala, angrily, “THAT is not my daughter!” Gala looked away as he spoke and pointed at her and Lord Valkyrie repeated (but in normal tone), “You tortured your own daughter.” Gartock cawed angrily, ruffled his black wings and spoke aloud, “That creature is not....!” Lord Valkyrie yelled, “YOU TORTURED YOUR OWN DAUGHTER!” And suddenly Lord Valkyrie thrusted his left hand up, clutching the air and Gartock was suddenly hovering a foot off the ground and began grasping his own throat as he made choking sounds and struggled to caw while all the Birdmocks rapidly flapped their wings, while some of them sent black feathers flying into the air, and made loud cawing sounds that echoed in the open area causing many of the stormtroopers to cringe and cover their ears from the loud cries. Gartock then suddenly thrusted towards Lord Valkyrie’s outstretched left hand till his throat connected to it. Red veins appeared around Lord Valkyrie’s snake eyes as Lord Valkyrie stared hard at Gartock and stated, “Witness your death.” Gartock made a loud, angry caw till suddenly Lord Valkyrie shoved his right gloved hand through Gartock’s chest and there was a sound as if Valkyrie punched through a plastered wall and his gloved hand exited through Gartock’s back (as black liquid sprayed/exploded out through Gartock’s back) with Gartock’s black heart in his grasp and Gartock’s caw was cut short and turned into a gasp as he looked at Lord Valkyrie with wide, shocked eyes.

Dead silence. In a span of a minute, the Birdmocks were cawing and flying their wings madly when they saw their leader being choked by Lord Valkyrie and suddenly stopped once they saw Lord Valkyrie punch through their leaders chest with his heart in hand. The Birdmocks, stormtroopers and Gala looked either in utter shock or shear horror as they saw what Lord Valkyrie did and when he pulled his hand back out (with Gartock’s heart still in his grasp) and held Gartock’s heart to the side (with Gartock watching in horror as he is unable to move) and before all their eyes Lord Valkyrie closed his fist and Gartock’s heart exploded in his hand, sending black liquid chunks flying, falling or dripping from his gloved right hand. The last thing Gartock saw was his heart exploding in Lord Valkyrie’s hand as Gartock’s eyes widen and suddenly his head and body slumped in Lord Valkyrie’s grasp lifelessly.

All the Birdmocks crocked and cawed so loud that it made many of the stormtroopers cringe. Lord Valkyrie dropped the lifeless body of Gartock to the floor and the Birdmocks suddenly flew straight at Lord Valkyrie and the others and the stormtroopers fired their blasters and struck many of the Birdmocks, but they weren’t enough as they flew straight at them and Lord Valkyrie when suddenly Lord Valkyrie let out a grunt as he slammed his right fist to the solid rock beneath him. When he slammed his fist the area he hit cracked and the ground bubbled upwards and then fell creating a wave from the rocky terrain (causing the ground and the surrounding rocks either to crack or crumple as the wave passed) followed by a transparent energy bubble that expanded outwards and as the troopers, Cruz and Gala stumbled the Birdmocks were either throttled back or fell (or slammed into their comrades) to the ground in mid-flight. Valkyrie stood as the Birdmocks ruffled their feathers as they stood as well (cawing madly in the process) and Valkyrie spoke angrily, “We came in peace and your response is hurting your own kind and trying to kill us?” The Birdmocks cawed and flapped their wings angrily as they stood ready to attack again till one of the elder council members cawed angrily, “KILL! KILL THE VISITORS!” The Birdmocks flew straight at them in one large horde and Lord Valkyrie screamed through his cloak, “YOU SHALL DIE!” And Lord Valkyrie immediately raised his right hand before the first Birdmock flew at him and with one wave the Birdmock flew/flipped in the air to the left (as if Lord Valkyrie physically struck him) and struck the ground hard.

The stormtroopers and Captain Cruz fired their blasters as the Birdmocks descended upon them as Gala huddled behind Captain Cruz. As the Birdmocks flew and tried to grasp Lord Valkyrie he swung both his left and right hands viciously, sending Birdmocks hurtling in the air and onto the ground or struck boulders like they were toy dolls. Lord Valkyrie then began grasping the air, with both his hands, and multiple Birdmocks suddenly flew against each other and were instantaneously crushed by an invisible force, sending blood either spraying or fountaining to the ground below and dropped in forms of boulders of crushed flesh, feathers and bones. He then went back to waving his hands in the air and sent Birdmocks hurtling backwards in the air and either rebounded off the rocks or flew away from sight (if they were able or had time to regain control in midair). A Birdmock flew right at Lord Valkyrie as he cawed, but Lord Valkyrie immediately kicked her in the chest, sending her falling onto her back and the Birdmock cawed in anger only to have Lord Valkyrie raise his flatten right hand and (with a sound like a snake hissing) in one quick movement Lord Valkyrie chopped her head off in one swing. Lord Valkyrie continued swinging or clutching his hands in the air and eventually the cawing or crocking sounds of anger from the Birdmocks to sounds of pain and agony filling the air.

Gala watched in horror as Lord Valkyrie slaughtered the Birdmocks about him, sending feathers, black blood, limbs and hurtling bodies about. Suddenly the Birdmocks stopped flying or running towards Lord Valkyrie and the troopers and began running or flying away. Captain Cruz stopped firing, raised her hand and yelled, “Cease firing!” And the stormtroopers stopped, but as a group of Birdmocks flew away Lord Valkyrie turned and raised a grasping hand towards them and they suddenly stopped in mid-flight and began to squawk and caw erratically. They were suddenly pulled back and Lord Valkyrie twisted his grasping hand around and the Birdmocks heads turned as he twisted and both the Birdmocks squawked loudly till both their heads turned 180 and snapped. Valkyrie dropped his hand and both corpses dropped with a loud thump sound. Lord Valkyrie walked towards Captain Cruz till there was a sound of a crying baby bird. Lord Valkyrie stopped and looked back at the direction he heard it with his menacing snake eyes and walked back towards its origin and on the other side of the rocks he saw female and children Birdmocks about him with a look of shock. Lord Valkyrie spoke menacingly, “You will all feel my pain.” With a hissing sound he stood his ground and the female and children Birdmocks cawed and squawked in pain as they raised their hands to their ears and one by one their heads were caved in by an invisible force.

Captain Cruz heard a series of screams and cries of agony and she looked back at the stormtroopers and called out, “Let’s go!” They ran up to where Lord Valkyrie and when they reached the top of the rocks they all stood and watched as the Birdmocks heads crushed inwards or exploded, sending black blood and pieces of their skulls flying about their headless corpses. Gala covered her mouth as she looked wide eyed in horror as she watched Lord Valkyrie stood there and slowly closed his right fist as he crushed the skulls of the female and children Birdmocks till his right fist fully closed and the sounds of crushing styrofoam or plastic cup noises and cries of agony ceased. He looked at the black liquid and chunky ground before him (that is now littered with about a hundred headless corpses) as the survivors (who were lucky not to be caught in Lord Valkyrie’s invisible grasp) looked around their dead comrades with looks of terror and made low tearfully cawing sounds. Lord Valkyrie then looked up into the blue night sky of space and stated, “Captain Cruz, notify the Triton that this planet shall under constant surveillance from orbit, in case the Birdmocks decided to either retaliate or aid those that wise too.” Captain Cruz still looked firmly at him (beneath her helmet) and replied, “Yes sir. I’ll have them relay the message back to Inchinn and transmit it to the rest of the space fleet.” Lord Valkyrie replied, “Excellent captain.” He then turned around to see Captain Cruz and the rest of the stormtroopers standing at attention, while Gala crouched behind Captain Cruz as if she needs protection from Lord Valkyrie. Lord Valkyrie approached Captain Cruz and his shadow casted over her and Gala as she coward away with a terrified look on her face but ended up stumbling and falling onto the ground as her body is still numb from having all her feathers torn off and her only covering is Captain Cruz’s cape and held it tightly close to her naked form. Lord Valkyrie started to reach towards her till she started to crawl away from his outstretched gloved hand and he stopped. He stood there for a few moments before he stood back up, faced Captain Cruz and stated, “Have Gala report to Medical immediately.” Captain Cruz replied, “Yes sir.” Lord Valkyrie walked away with the stormtroopers following behind in a two column formation as Captain Cruz helped Gala up and escorted her behind the rest of the stormtroopers as the surviving Birdmocks in the area watched them from the cliffs and rock formations close by, but did not make a move or noise around them, even as Lord Valkyrie, Captain Cruz, Gala and the stormtroopers left the surface.

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