Winter Comes The young padawan slowly, nervously, walked down the gangway from the Jedi transport. The padawan was followed by another Jedi, a human man, who seemed more confident but apprehensive, nonetheless. The young padawan was extremely short and rather green. He was called Yoda and he was on Korriban. Not something he was particularly excited about. Yoda looked back at the Jedi behind him, "Safe are we?" "Yes, my young friend, we?re safe." The Jedi smiled. Millin Kevell had been a Jedi Knight for ten years but he had never before traveled to Korriban. Nor was it a trip he looked forward too. However, it was Yoda who felt the most venerable, being only sixteen years old and without his master. Never before had he felt the Dark Side so strong before. Never before had he felt so out of place. Never before had he been so scared. Yoda took a deep breath and looked about. Korriban was a desolate planet, sandy and mountainous. The planet itself seemed to consist of one color: brown. Far off was a statue that called out to Yoda, like the Room of a Thousand Fountains called to him in the temple. There was a difference, though. The fountains asked Yoda to come and feel peace while the statue did not. It called him to do something, but what he could not say. The padawan looked down at his small arms and saw that they were covered in goosebumps. This fact didn?t escape Kevell, either, who he put a reassuring hand on Yoda?s shoulder and the little man managed a small smile. "Our goal," the Knight stated, "is that statue. That?s where the holocron is supposed to be. Are you ready to go?" Yoda nodded and tried to verbalize that he was indeed ready but no words came. Kevell appeared satisfied with the nod and walked forward, Yoda now behind him. Beneath his feet he felt the hard sand that scrapped his feet and the rock that stuck up every so often made him jump up slightly. Korriban was not his favorite place to be. Yoda was trying to calm himself as they walked so when they arrived at the statue he didn?t notice until he bumped into Kevell?s back. "Oh, here we are. At the statue we are." Yoda looked up to the top of the statue and felt dizzy. "High that is." Kevell nodded gravely, "Indeed it is. Do you know whose tomb this is?" Yoda looked over at Kevell and shrugged. "Darth Malak?s?" Kevell shook his head, "No, my friend, this is Darth Sion?s tomb. A Dark Lord that had a body that was decayed and only a skeleton. Pure hatred held him together." Yoda?s eyes widened. "Pleasant that is." They entered the tomb. *** A shadowy figure watched the two Jedi enter the tomb from a distance. He smiled to himself, slightly. Jedi, he thought. Welcome to Korriban. May you leave in peace. But one thing you will not be leaving with, is the holocron. With that he slipped the holocron into his pocket and walked back to his ship. *** The tomb was dark and clammy. The corridors were lighted by torches that Yoda found especially interesting as they had apparently stayed lit for centuries by themselves. Must be some technology he didn?t understand. "The holocron is not here," Kevell announced, softly. "But there is something else here. Another body in another coffin. I believe this has been buried recently." Yoda perked up. "But extinct the Sith are." "Yes," Kevell said. "Yes, they are. Nevertheless this body is buried in a Sith fashion. Take a look." Yoda turned even greener. "Fine I will be." Kevell said nothing and he turned. "Time to go, Yoda. I have to say you?ve just been through one of the worst experiences of your life. Your first real touch of the Dark Side." Yoda nodded. "Exciting it was not." "Indeed," Kevell replied. "Indeed." End. **************************************** All comments are welcome, be they positive or negative.