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Saga Child of the Force - Response to Jedi Purge challenge

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction- Before, Saga, and Beyond' started by WanderingJedi, Aug 25, 2004.

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  1. WanderingJedi

    WanderingJedi Jedi Youngling

    Aug 21, 2004
    "I'm sorry," the Master whispered. "The hunters are everywhere...this is the only way."

    He laid his hand over the child's eyes as his own fell shut, concentrating. No Jedi should ever have to do this, he thought bitterly. How could it have come to this?

    The Jedi Master had fled Coruscant, carrying with him a Force-sensitive child, Joel Lance. The Lance family had always tended to be renegades, usually disobeying the mandates of marriages and relationships in favor of a more Corellian view. Cy Lance, though not a Corellian, was not the only Jedi who had disobeyed the rules. Nejaa Halcyon came to mind, as well as a few others.

    Master Riik concentrated on the swirling Force in the child, then slowly, slowly reached out with his own gifts. Hesitantly, angry with himself for the choice being forced upon him, he began to manipulate the child's growing sensitivity.

    Several of the Masters who had survived the initial attacks had devised the technique to hide the children of the Jedi. Though it meant sacrificing a generation, they hoped that it would ensure the eventual continuation of the Jedi a generation later.

    Joel Lance was the only child Master Riik had escaped Coruscant with. And now...the child had to be stripped of his potential.

    The Master grimaced slightly as he finished the technique, feeling as guilty as a Padawan who had cut the cocoon of a shadowmoth on Coruscant. While it was completely necessary, it wasn't right.

    "I'm sorry, Joel Lance," he murmured to the baby boy, who began to cry. "But this is the only way." I have robbed him of his heritage...but someday the Jedi will rise again.

    The Jedi rose to his feet, child in his arms. "Someday," he whispered, tears in his eyes, "I hope you find your way back to the Force."

    Darkness stirred in his senses. A chill prickled his skin. "Vader," he murmured.

    The Master took a quick stock of his situation. His ship was grounded five kilometers away. Most likely Vader's starfighter pilots had already targeted it, or Vader had staked it out to await the Jedi Master's return.

    "So it ends." No escape anymore, he thought. At least the child is safe.

    Gathering the Force around him, though he knew it made him shine like a beacon for the fallen Jedi's senses, Riik slowly laid the child to the ground. He was on a well-traveled path; one of the colonists would find the child.

    His lightsaber, the last symbol of the Jedi he carried, found its way to his hand. "Time for this to end," he murmured.

    The man once known as Anakin Skywalker stood at the foot of the Jedi's vessel, crimson lightsaber blazing furiously. Riik's own blade raised in salute, emerald blade shining like starfire.

    When the lightsaber fell numbly from his hands, a last thought crossed his mind before the Master died: A Jedi sacrifices service to others.
  2. VadersMistress

    VadersMistress Jedi Knight star 6

    Apr 7, 2004
    A Jedi sacrifices service to others.

    That was so sad. *sniff* It was also very well done and heartbreaking. Great job!

    Ha ha ha! I snagged the first post!
  3. Vongchild

    Vongchild Jedi Master star 5

    Apr 2, 2004
  4. WanderingJedi

    WanderingJedi Jedi Youngling

    Aug 21, 2004
    Thanks for the compliments. :) I have been a longtime writer, though not here.

    A little background on Joel Lance-

    He was originally conceived by me for a series of levels I was creating for the old Dark Forces game. He evolved from a replacement for Kyle Katarn into a character with a massive amount of history...

    One of the problems he fights for years is his disconnectedness from the Force. Robbed of his heritage by a Jedi Master, it takes him years to reopen himself to the Force and become a Jedi Knight in his own right.

    There are two stories about his adventures during the New Jedi Order...maybe I'll re-post them here from

    Again, thank you!
  5. LukesTheMan

    LukesTheMan Jedi Youngling star 3

    Apr 30, 2004
    Simply beautiful, I don't know what else to say.
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