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Faction: Dark Templar

Name: Cailet D'Ariany (formerly Cailletta Des Ariany)

Age: late 20s

Gender: Female

Race: Human

Height:  5'2"

Weight: 115

Hair Color: Red

Eye Color: Dark Green

Body Build: Athletic

Scars: None

Family: Estranged

Masters/Apprentices: Unkn

Sabre/Blaster Color: Red

Alignment: Unkn

 

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Cailet sat in the shuttle by her master’s side. The trip gave her time to meditate and reflect on the circumstances that brought her here. She remembered back to her days as a youth, running carefree through the estates, when she was called Cailletta. But her thoughts centered on the last year she spent there. She had just celebrated her 16th birthday, and her mother, the Duchess of Des Aireny, had arranged for great celebration. Only later did she realize that her mother had made it known that this was to be an event where potential suitors may present themselves. Many representatives from all over Onderon were there. Rolf, the heir apparent to the king, Darien: an upcoming noble, Azuma the orphan, and a young man named Garrick.

 

Garrick did nothing that evening to set himself apart from the others. Indeed, to Cailet’s eyes, he appeared to be there merely because this was where most of the nobility had come to gather. It was not until much later that she found herself talking with him more and more. He had aspirations, and not just for himself. He claimed that he despised seeing potential in people wasted. It was that conversation that he first gave voice to Cailet’s own misgivings. He had said, ”You are an extraordinary person, Cailet. It grieves me to see your own potential wasted. A pawn to be sacrificed for the gain of your house alone.” It was several weeks before she gathered together the courage to ask him for help saying, “I don't want to be a pawn.”

 

The next few months passed in a chaotic whirlwind. When the dust settled, Garrett had somehow enraged her mother to the point that her mother flew into a rage at a public function. It was there that one of the family secrets was publically revealed:they were force sensitive.  In one night, everything changed. Her family was in disgrace, and soon she would be shipped off to the Jedi academy. She sought Gerrick out the next day, to confront him over what he had done. Gerrick was not only unapologetic, he was downright excited! He reminded her that she had asked him to free her. He had done so. Now he wanted something from her. He charged her with learning all she could from the Jedi, but to pay attention to knowledge blocked and efforts to control the galactic population. He told her that he had cleared the way for her to advance to the 8th square. It was up to her to make the most of it and reach her own potential.

 

That was what brought her to the jedi order. She had tried to learn what she could,  but it was hard, oh so hard. Memories of home kept flooding in when she tried to meditate. The calm that was the hallmark of the Jedi never stayed in her grasp for more than a few moments. And the knowledge hoarding! It felt that every time she sought answers, she was denied, blocked, or deflected. The Force was wonderful and easily had the potential to change the galaxy, but they tried to keep it to themselves. She tried to be good, to understand, and to obey, but it was hard. They kept telling her that she had to master her feelings, to bury them and forget them. But it was those very emotions that made her feel the most alive.

 

She didn’t know why she was asked to go on this mission. As was typical, her master had merely informed her that she would accompany him. To watch and learn. He did warn her that this would be a test, an opportunity to use reason and logic rather than passion and emotions. She did what she could to be ready, but nothing could prepare her for what was coming next.

 

(To Be Continued...)

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It was a relatively minor planet, nearer the rim then the core of the galaxy. An odd destination, nothing noteworthy about it, claimed by neither Republic nor Sith. As she followed her master through the sparse streets and unremarkable warehouses, she kept silent. Previous ‘adventures’ had drilled home that any time she asked a question about what they were doing, or where they were going, she always got the same frustrating answer, ‘remember your training’.

 

Suddenly, her master turned into one of those warehouses, the door unlocked before them. The first chamber was, shockingly, filled with boxes and crates. It was all she could do to hold back the sigh of frustrated boredom. Before she could draw in the breath to ask what the hell they were doing there, her master did something unexpected: he drew his lightsaber. She could count on one hand the number of times she had seen his jedi weapon held, one half of those were when she fetched it for him. Now that she thought about it, it WAS odd that the doors were unlocked, and there were no guards inside. It was almost as if they were expected…

 

Her thoughts were interrupted as her master opened a hidden door, leading the way inside the heart of the warehouse. A warehouse that stored not goods for transport, but a fully developed communications center and listening post. Over a hundred people would be working here normally, though for what purpose she could only guess at. Right now...it was empty. Only the hum of the equipment accompanied their breathing and the pounding of blood in her ears.

 

Rounding a corner, they were suddenly confronted by a man. Even her master was surprised as the jedi had not sensed anyone despite looking. The moment of shock was just enough for him to pull out a blaster and fire off a few shots at the jedi. Anyone else would have been killed, yet force-enhanced reflexes are not something to be underestimated. Almost before the first shot was fired, her master’s blue saber was lit up and blocking the blaster bolts. Cailet..was stunned. The man who accosted them was no stranger, rather, he was someone she had not seen in almost a decade. It was none other than her old mentor, Gerrick.

 

The duel was fierce but quick. As good as he was, Gerrick was still no match for a force-wielding Jedi, a fact he had talked about when she was back on her homeworld. Unable to process the situation, she stood there, watching helplessly as her mentor, her confidant, her friend was cut down by a Jedi’s lightsaber. A siren filled the air, filled with terror and hatred. It wasn’t until the Jedi had crumpled to the ground, head bashed in from a loose pipe, that Cailet realized the siren was her own voice, screaming out in despair and rage. It would be longer still before she was able to see that it had been her hands that had picked up the loose pipe.

 

How long she stood there, she was never able to tell. It could have been minutes, hours, or even days before the shock wore off. Her entire life had been killed before her eyes, and her hands were just as bloody, just as guilty. She knew only two things. She could not stay here, and she sure as hell could not go back to the Jedi Academy. A quick search of the bodies revealed a data crystal from Gerrick, more than she hoped for. Dashing back to the shuttle, she quickly took off, trying to put as much distance between her and this world.

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Alone with her thoughts, Cailet searched through the shuttle logs, looking for some clue or insight, anything that could provide guidance. She had killed her master in a passionate rage. There was no part of that fact that would not brand her an enemy of the academy. Eventually, she was able to glean some information from her master’s old notes, though what she found did not make her any happier. Yes, he had known who they were going to find. Yes, they knew Gerrick’s history with her. And yes, she had been expected to side with the Order against him. Damn them! Not a word of preparation, or permission, treated as just another pawn..again. The old angers flared up. Why was everyone only interested in what she could do for them? She was so tired of being someone else’s game piece. Anger pushing away the hurt and sorrow of his loss, she finally was able to play the holocrystal she had found in Gerrick’s pockets.

“Cailet. If you are viewing this, then I must be dead, or nearly so. The Jedi are nothing, if not predictable. If its any comfort, no I did not go into this intending to die, but that is a risk I am willing to take. My goal is the same as yours and it is far bigger than either of us. If my death furthers the cause, then so be it, I can die knowing that the galaxy will be a better place to be. A better place for children to grow up in. I am sorry I could not help you more at the Academy, but there are things the Jedi needed to teach you. I trust that you will have learned enough. I have only one more task for you. Find your way to the Sith Empire. Embrace your emotions and learn the side of the Force the Jedi try to deny. But be warned. The Sith are just as dogmatic, just as blind, and just as predictable as the Jedi. When you have learned enough, escape any way you can. You will be one of the most powerful individuals, able to harness both the light and dark sides of the Force. You will finally be free of all shackles. Then it will be time to free others. What is the great divider in the galaxy? The one thing that separates the weak from the strong? It's the Force, and access to it. Find a way to equalize the playing field. When the Force is accessible to every citizen on every planet, both Jedi and Sith will fall away as neither will have any meaning. It will be the dawn of a new age where oppression becomes a thing of the past. This is my legacy and my charge to you. Welcome to the Eighth Square.”

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Gerrick’s words proved true. The Sith were blind and dogmatic. Everywhere she went, Cailet was met with suspicion and hostility stopping just short of outright attacking her. Eventually she was able to speak with a Sith Lord who was able to direct her to a recruiter. The next few days were a grueling ordeal filled with long waits, harsh interrogations stopping just short of torture, constant threats, and worst of all, unending uncertainty. Her history with the Jedi was damning. Her rage induced murder of her old master was redeeming. But it was up to the Dark Counsel to decide whether she would be allowed to train as a Sith, or executed as a Jedi spy.

 

Finally, the verdict came down and with relief she she was allowed to begin her training along with the other acolytes. The next several years would sometimes leave her wishing she had been executed, it would have been kinder. She was competent with her lightsaber, but would never last long against a trained jedi or sith. Her saving grace was her strength in the Force. Already familiar with it, her challenge now was to lower the reflexive blocks the Jedi had drilled into her, to let fear and anger flow and fuel her power.

 

Cailet’s unique acceptance of both sides of the Force, along with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, caught the attention of some of the local Darths. One in particular, who had a ‘healthy obsession’ with lost Sith artifacts decided that Cailet could be useful in that particular field and took her on as an apprentice. Ironically, one difference Cailet appreciated in her apprenticeship under the Sith versus under the Jedi was that the Sith told their apprentices upfront that they were expected to obey, were expendable, and were being used as pawns to further their master's power. The Jedi did the same, they just didn’t admit it.

 

This arrangement suited Cailet just fine, as it allowed her the freedom to operate alone and to try out her own unique solutions to unexpected problems. During one such hunting mission, Cailet came across a group that would, for the third time, change her life: the Revanites. Here at last was a group that also sought to blend and use both sides of the force. For the first time since she could remember, she felt at home. It was a wonderful, blissful few months. Alas, once more, she found she was forced to depart, to ‘preserve the secrecy’ of the Revanites. It seemed that her ‘master’ had kept closer tabs on her then she thought. Her ship had a hidden transponder homing beacon. The Revanites could not tell her where, only that it was transmitting. And where the Sith are involved, if you find one such device, there are likely 5 others that you didn’t see. Again finding her path unexpectedly barred, she turned her back and left. Once more, she was alone.

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