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Jude Sucal


“It won’t come to that, sir... At least, I hope not.” We three find a seat in the gallery and to watch the proceedings. A moment later, a well dressed young man in Thul colors struts into the hall. A man at the door announces him as Baron Stefan Thul.

I lean over to Jerus and whisper. “Hmm... this guy has a very punchable face.”

Armond Organa


I settle myself onto my throne, looking out at the people in the gallery to watch the reception. I make quick eye contact with Jerus Je’and before looking down at the man standing before me. “Now, Baron Thul. What brings you to Organa Lands?”

Stefan Thul


Bows. “My dear Lord Organa. Allow me to get straight to the point. Earlier today, my father’s loyal guard discovered a plot against your house. A group of armed individuals made contact with us, offering us a hefty bribe to allow them safe passage onto Alderaan so that they may strike against your home.” Looks out at the gallery of loyal Organa subjects. “My father REFUSED. Instead, he had these men arrested and put in chains.”

Armond Organa


I give a concerned, but skeptical look. “If this is true, than House Organa is thankful for your father’s loyalty. It is unlikely that the previous Lord of House Thul would have turned down such an offer.”

Stefan Thul


“That is the past, Lord Organa. The war is over, my grandfather is dead, and House Thul wishes to prove that we are not only loyal to the crown, but to our fellow houses. Since these men sought to act against your house, we felt it should be your decision as to what should be done with them.” I turn to the far doors and call, “Bring in the prisoners!”

The doors open, and a retinue of both Organa and Thul guards walk in, leading in four people, each of them wearing a sack over their heads. They are brought to the center of the audience chamber and forced to their knees. One by one, they are unmasked; the first is a dark skinned man with a shaved head except for a long rat tail braid. The second is a pale woman with unkempt hair the color of blood. The third is a Devaronian with horned filed into sharp points, and the fourth...

Iwan Starsnow


It’s like staring into a distorted mirror. The man knelt on the floor, hands cuffed behind his back... he glared with my eyes. He sneered with my teeth. The sweat matted hair that clung to his forehead was the same dark color as my own.

“Gendry,” I whisper.

Korre


My eyes widen, and I freeze up like an animal caught in high beam lights.
Becca Twilight


“Probably not the worst idea you’ve ever had.” I try to give a cocky smile, but my heart isn’t fully into it. “Just... remember this is an Organa matter. You know how stuffy Alderaanians are about following protocol and tradition. As tempting as it is, we shouldn’t jump in unless it’s obvious they need us.” I pat Korre on the arm. “Come along. Let’s find a nice place to sit near the door.” I walk her over to the bottom row of the gallery, where Xanthippe has been placed as well.

Iwan Starsnow


Part of me wants to go too and help protect Korre, but I keep following Jerus and Jude instead. Thinks would be alright, I told myself. Organa has this well in hand. “Let’s just... find out seats.”
Jude Sucal


We we enter the audience chamber, we can see people already finding spots in the rows of stadium seating on either side of the room. On the far end is a throne, next to which Armond Organa stands. When he notices us enter, he gives a nod of recognition, though he seem otherwise distracted.

“There are certainly a lot of people. I wonder if Lord Organa usually gathers this many people for his audiences with neighboring houses.” I say.

Becca Twilight


“Not just any neighboring house. Thul used to be Organa’s swarm enemy. Why they would suddenly come seeing an audience is very strange indeed.”
Becca Twilight


I nod. "I called him as soon as I saw the Thul procession rolling up. He's on his way down now, and I told him to bring Korré just in case. If something happens, I'd rather have her by my side than trapped in her room." I look across the hall to where Xan is sitting, quietly staring at me. "Might as well bring her too." I flag down one of the guards and ask him to escort Xan to the audience chamber.

Iwan Starsnow


"Well, let's see what all the fuss is about." I follow Becca and Jerus towards the audience chamber, where it seems everyone in the castle is gathering. On the may, we are joined by Jude and Korré, though I make a point not to catch her eye.
Iwan Starsnow


Perfectly timed to Jerus’ statement, a loudspeaker sounds in the mess hall, broadcasting Lord Armond Organa’s voice. [Attention: all security personnel report for active duty. All staff and guests please join me in the audience chamber as soon as possible. Thank you.] All of the off duty guards get up from their chairs and head for the doors.

I give Jerus a look. “You were saying?

Becca Twilight


I stride into the hall, skirting past the guards as they go to leave. I briskly walk up to where Jerus and Iwan are. “We should go too. It looks like it could be something important. I saw a whole noble retinue arriving outside the front gates... flying House Thul’s colors. Seeing as how the castle isn’t on lockdown, I can assume this isn’t an attack. But still, we should meet Lord Organa in the audience chamber and make sure everyone is on the level.”
Iwan Starsnow


“Well, it’s probably because I’m new to the group, but I feel like I’m not a normal addition. I helped unlock that Astro droid’s memory for Zar’kun, but that’s about the o oh thing I was really go for. Now I’m just... hanging around.”
Great! I'd rather have a flesh and blood medic than one of those faulty 2-1B droids. No offense, NED.
Iwan Starsnow


I can’t help but crack a slight smile. “It’s kinda funny, I’m at least five years older than him, yet I feel like the younger sibling sometimes.” I give Jerus a thankful look. “I really appreciate your father giving me the chance to train and be part of something bigger. I just fear I won’t live up to his expectations. Its like I’m not a real part of the team. I’m just tagging along.”
Iwan Starsnow


“Maybe you should have.” I look away for a few seconds before saying, “I didn’t mean that. I’m sorry. I just feel like everyone hates me, or that I’m in the way all the time. Even my own brother wants nothing to do with me. And Korre... she puts on a good face, but I know deep down she can’t stand the sight of me. You should have heard the way she screamed when....” I prop my bed on my fists. “I triggered something in her. I messed up and got too close too fast and... whatever it is that happened between her an Gendry came flooding back. And it’s my fault.”
Iwan Starsnow


“It’s nothing. I just... I feel like a complete idiot. I wasn’t thinking straight and I did something really stupid. I forgot Master Zar’kun’s teachings about being mindful of my feelings, and not letting them get the better of me, and I acted without considering the consequences and...” I sigh, exasperated. “It’s Korre. I... I really like her. I have no right to, and I was stupid to think she could ever like me back considering... but I just wanted it to be real. I let myself get carried away in my own head and I... made mistakes.”
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