Title: On the Edge of the Empire Author: Anedon Characters: Arien Redan, Wilhuff Tarkin, Gideon Tarkin Genre: Diary Timeline: 19 BBY-7 ABY Summary: Feeling the end of his life drawing closer Arien Redan has one final gift for his nephew. His old diary, from the days when served as the imperial protector of Eriadu. Notes: This story is, somewhat, related to my Malek family stories, if you read those you might recognize Tobin, to whom these diaries are adressed/handed as Ilonas boyfriend and later husband. Thanks to @Adalia-Durron for the beta and support. Tobin, my dear nephew. The coughing is getting worse with every day and while the doctors assure me that I will be alright again soon I feel with every part of my body that my end is drawing closer. And that´s okay, I´ve accepted my own mortality a long time ago, in fact when I first set foot on this frozen hellhole that has been mine, our home for the last thirty years I was ready to end it just then and there. To just step outside into the storm and let the snow claim me. For it to bring the justice that your father spared me from. But then you came, and gave my life a sense, a purpose, a chance to do right with you where I had failed with myself. To do at least something good in this galaxy. In that way, you saved my life and for that I am grateful. I can take solace in the fact that you are such a better man already than I ever was. No that my life nears its end you will soon be forced to step into my shoes and continue my work on this world and I know you will do a great job. You have been like a son to me and so everything I own will be yours, including my old diaries, which I hope might help you. We of course talked countless times about these events, the events of my 23 years long rule over Eriadu in the name of the galactic empire. But reading through my diaries, and seeing my younger self's perspective might help you understand why I made the decisions I made. For this we have to go back, back to the last day of the Clone Wars, when I was barely thirty and the newly appointed commander of the ORSF. This is the final lesson I hope to teach you, now that soon you will enter into a position of authority: Power corrupts. Powerful men are almost always evil men, I would know, for I was both. 19 BBY The War is over The message reached us over secure com earlier today before then being broadcasted through the holonet. The war is over, well most of it. While a large number of CIS battle groups has shut down all over the galaxy some holdouts seem to continue the fighting. But it is still good news, I can still hear the celebration in the city below. The people are happy it's finally over, that the time of rationing food and energy are over, and that no further attacks will happen. That the rep... the new order has finally achieved victory. Still need to learn the new designations. This truly was an insane few weeks since the attack on Coruscant occurred, makes me kind of wonder if Gideon knew what was coming when he made me the new head of the ORSF. Gideon Tarkin, now Senator of Eriadu trying to outshine his brother it seems. But it's good to know he doesn´t forget his brother in law in this, especially now that Marica is only weeks away from giving birth to their first child. My little sister is becoming a mother, still sometimes hard for me to see her as more than a rebellious young teenager. I hope I can be a good uncle to the kid, as far as my new position leaves me time for it. The Quintad has decreed that to celebrate the end of the war we will hold a large military parade on Eriadu soon, including the showcasing to captured equipment and a big air show. A detachment of imperial forces will be in attendance as well as the new Sector Governor of the Seswenna Sector Wilhuff Tarkin, some rumors even speculate the new Emperor himself will attend the event. If that is the case it's even more important that everything will go perfect. This parade will be the first great endeavor of Eriadu in the new order of the empire and I will try my very best to ensure we show ourselves from our best side. Which will probably involve a lot of extra hours and too little sleep for the next two weeks. Can almost hear my mother scolding me "Arien, you shouldn´t complain, your new position is a great honor and responsibility, take it like a true Redan." Even though I´m now the military commander of our homeworld she still treats me like a child and I somehow doubt that will ever stop.