August 20, 2020

Isaiah the Gray, Part 18

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Heart to Heart

Corban releases the tight grip around his lightsaber as his companion, the assault droid Zero-You, powers down.

Jimmy deactivates the force-field.

“Thank you,” says Isaiah who invites the Jedi on-board with a polite gesture. “Please, follow me.” Corban nods and allows the Force to guide him as Isaiah and Jimmy make their way to the Defiant’s central meeting area.

“Corban, you said the Jedi had sent you here to investigate the connection between the Sith and the destruction of Cserka Headquarters on Coruscant. While we are not Sith, I will save you some time: we destroyed Cserka headquarters and are responsible for the fallout. It was unintentional, hard as that may be to believe. I am being completely honest with you in the hopes we can help one another achieve our goals.”

“I see,” replies Corban who ingests the full weight of Isaiah’s words. “And what are your goals?”

The Truth – Nothing More, Nothing Less

“We are looking for the truth,” answers Isaiah. “About what happened to me, to us, and why. And most of all, I simply want to be able to choose want happens to me – and not be some pawn in a game of galactic chess.”

Corban considers Isaiah’s words for several moments, turning over these new details in his mind. The Force guides the blind Jedi toward trust and belief. “I believe you,” says Corban. But what happened on Coruscant? How could such a horror be unintentional? And for that matter, what brought you here to Korriban? To flee perhaps?”

Jimmy can’t remain silent any longer. “It was my fault…”

But he’s cut-off by Isaiah. “We were exacting a toll. A most justified one. But the power granted to me and, by association, to Jimmy could not be controlled. The building gave way, causing the atrocity you witnessed. And we did not come to Korriban by choice; this spacecraft was set to auto-pilot and we awoke several days later to find ourselves here.”

The Blind Wolf fidgets as he thinks. “I will not press you further. So tell me, what did you find on the surface?”

What Did You Find?

Isaiah and Jimmy exchange a knowing look which Corban picks up on through the Force.

“Come with me,” replies Isaiah.

The three men walk to the center of the room, over to the main AI console. “AI, please construct and display the Sith Machine based on mission reports,” commands Isaiah.

“Right away, Commander. Just a moment,” responds AI.

At the center of the room, AI creates an incredibly detailed holographic reproduction of the Sith Machine.

Corban patiently stands, unable to view the creation. But as soon as Isaiah touches his shoulder, granting him the image in the Jedi’s mind’s eye, Corban’s expression changes to utter shock and amazement.

“It can’t be…the Catalyst?” he exclaims.

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