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Sat, Jun. 25th, 2005, 11:27 pm
Who Are You?

The door opens easily and makes little noise. Though Master Kenobi has forbidden students to visit the tower you find yourself walking up the old stone steps. You have your reasons.

The Force tingles in the air around you. In the shadowy light of your glowbar you can make out footprints in the dust. Someone has been here before you.
At the top of the stairs you hesitate. A nightbird cries out somewhere in the darkness. Light flickers from underneath the door before you. Can you hear whispering? Is someone in there now?
You consider turning around and going back to bed, but something tugs at you...
You open the door and step into the tower room. It's very cold...

And empty. Decaying furniture lies scattered around the floor. Tattered pages of some mouldy book flutter half-heartedly in the wind.
Your first sensation is relief - how silly you were to be worried. Nothing here can hurt you, unless you have allergies.
From the window you can see the main Temple compound. The other Jedi are probably sleeping now.

Slowly the hairs on the back of your neck begin to rise. You feel a presence in the room. You turn from the window but see no one. An oppressive air hangs upon this place. A great sadness fills your heart.

As you move towards the door it slowly swings closed, as if pushed by the breeze. The power in your glowbar flickers for a moment and then goes out.
Darkness.

Who are you?
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Sun, Jun. 26th, 2005 11:54 pm (UTC)
lonely_tower

A faint glow grows in the darkness, like a pool of light coalescing into the shape of a man. The figure stands a few inches taller than you, its face is partially obscured by its translucent robes. It stalks towards you slowly...

Jedi? That is not a name... But, yes, I do feel the Force in you. Why have you come to my tower? Did Kenobi send you?
No. I think not. You aren't meant to be here, I can sense it. And more, I can smell your fear... and anger. No, not a Jedi, whatever your name.

Tell me, boy, why have you come to my prison?


Mon, Jun. 27th, 2005 12:59 am (UTC)
tella_vorn

Ah shhhhugar coated marshmellows! I should have stayed at the academy! I'm Tella Vorn, who are you?

Mon, Jun. 27th, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)
lonely_tower

More company? And another Dark Sider! If I didn't know better I would think the temple had fallen to the Sith.
I am Master Durnago, Tella Vorn. Prisoner of the Jedi...

Mon, Jun. 27th, 2005 02:57 am (UTC)
tella_vorn

I'm not a Dark Sider, or rather I was.

And how can you be a Master and be held by the Jedi? Aren't you a Jedi? What happened here? Why does Master kenobi forbid us from coming here?
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Mon, Jun. 27th, 2005 04:35 am (UTC)
tella_vorn

Twlla notices the Jedi next to her. "So this has been were you were all today, Jedi! You missed the most hilarious removal of Kat's control chip, but that is a story for another time...."
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Mon, Jun. 27th, 2005 11:48 pm (UTC)
lonely_tower

Peace, Jedi. I want peace. Isn't that what you look for too? Isn't that what brought you here? Don't you seek a quiet place to focus on your memories and the Force without distraction... A place to relive the past, revisit moments with someone you loved free from the noises and voices that won't let you concentrate on what's most important.
I can help you, and maybe you can help me.

Mon, Jun. 27th, 2005 11:45 pm (UTC)
lonely_tower

So many questions! I was a Jedi, a great Jedi. My understanding of the Force was unrivalled. But I disobeyed the Council and was imprisoned for my crimes... for my "arrogance."
You stand in what was my cell. A cell I might never leave...

And why does little Master Kenobi forbid you to come here? Because he does not trust you.

Mon, Jun. 27th, 2005 11:48 pm (UTC)
tella_vorn

You are trying to lure us to the darkside, Master Kenobi trusts us with his life.
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Tue, Jun. 28th, 2005 12:28 am (UTC)
lonely_tower

I defied the Council. I thought I was far enough from the main temple that I might have escaped their notice but I was wrong. I taught my padawan that the greatest source of power a Jedi could tap was love. I realised that the darkside was simply an inversion of the true path to power.
My padawan was killed. I was imprisoned and never released. I died in this very room.

Master Kenobi, obviously does not think you have bought into enough of the Jedi myth to be allowed to speak with me. He fears that you might still have an open mind when it comes to the Dogma of the Force... He seems to have been wrong in the case of the echani. She seems well brainwashed.
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Tue, Jun. 28th, 2005 01:08 am (UTC)
lonely_tower

Perhaps we have a different idea of power. To you Sith it might mean control over the universe or other beings. To me it is being able to fully realize one's own potential...To be unafraid, honest, to be real.
To be true to one's own feeling of Love is part of that. Why do we lie to ourselves and pretend we don't love? I would rather be a false Jedi than an emotionless Force puppet.

How can I help you? I will listen to you with an open mind. I will not condemn you. I will not presume to preach to you about what a Jedi should or should not be.
In return, I would like you to help me break the curse that keeps me here.

Go now, and think about what I have said. I will be here waiting...forever.

Tue, Jun. 28th, 2005 02:33 pm (UTC)
tella_vorn

The specter’s words infuriate her more than he knows. "Just because I trust Obi-Wan doesn't mean I'm brainwashed, it means I trust my family. And before you jump to conclusions about me maybe you should look a little more closely. If you do you may see that I'm not as brainwashed as you'd think."

Tue, Jun. 28th, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC)
talmantalus

Tella, do not let this spectre make you mad. It is what he wants, to turn you back to the Dark Side. Go now and meditate on what you have seen.

Tue, Jun. 28th, 2005 11:44 am (UTC)
seth_kelleso

i am seth Kelleso..please sir.. who are you?

Tue, Jun. 28th, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC)
talmantalus

Seth I will ask that you not return here. It will do you no good to do such things.

Tue, Jun. 28th, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC)
lonely_tower

A youngling? Aren't you afriad to come here? They tell me that a ghost lives in this tower... the ghost of a Jedi.
But I've never seen him.
You have good manners, Seth Kelleso. I appreciate that.
When I was a young padawan we were very afraid of the masters. There was no joking in the halls and we would be terrified to be caught out of bed past our curfew.

One year a band of Sith were sent here... some thirty or so. They demanded to speak to the old abbot. We padawans watched from the temple window. I don't know what was said, but suddenly the lightsabers were out! The Jedi Knights and Sith roiled like a whirlpool of light and dark. Even at the distance we could hear the high-pitched screams and shouts.

Do you know the old murri-fruit tree, the one with the flat rock beside it? That's where the last of the Sith made their stand. Three of them, back to back, surrounded by Jedi. I saw Force attacks that day that I never imagined possible. Could you think of what those three cornered men did not try? The pain and power was extraordinary!

They couldn't hold out though. The first fell, and without their third, the other two quickly followed. The Jedi left the Sith bodies on the field as they brought their own wounded back to the temple.

I crept out of the temple. Too young to be afriad, and to curious to just stand by. I went to the murri-fruit tree. I assumed the Sith were all dead, but when I arrived I heard groaning. Some of the mangled Sith lived still. One grabbed at my ankle, I was petrified. His legs had been severed completely from above the knees, but his other gloved hand still held his lightsaber. I expected to die... a foolish waste of a jedi's life. But the Sith just looked into my eyes. He was crying. I crouched down and gave him some water from my canteen.

Slowly his grip on my ankle released. He closed his eyes and said, "Thank you." I was so shocked, I just knelt there in silence as he features softened and he passed away. I had expected him to kill me because he was a Sith and I was a Jedi. But he had taken my gift and thanked me...

Many will tell you of the greatness of the Jedi and the wickedness of the Sith, but remember, Seth, on the battlefield, no matter what your training, we are only men.
I can sense you will be a great knight, Seth. And in the course of your career you will see blood-maddened Jedi initiate the slaughter of the wounded and you might even find a Sith who asks no more than a respite from his pain.
Remember, we are all the same. We're all just men.

Now, you should be getting back home. The next time you find yourself by the murri-tree think of what I've told you. If you dig around long enough you might even find a souvenier of the battle. The abbot ordered that the Sith bodies be left there untouched, to rot away. Perhaps a badge or buckle still lies there...

Come back again, Seth, and I will tell you more of this temple's past. It is all I think of these days...

Tue, Jun. 28th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
seth_kelleso

seth nods and goes to run away.. before he runs he asks " if you were a jedi why did they inflict this torture on you.. isnt that against their ideals?"

Seth runs out the door and to the murri tree.. immediatly he feels cold as if an icy claw grabbed him.. he foraged amonst the rubble and finds a broken lightsaber.. inside there is a glowing black crysatal he takes it and hides it in his pocket.. he runs back t the temple to prepare to leave with master obi wan

Tue, Jun. 28th, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC)
talmantalus

Tal sits on a rock outside the Temple when he feels it. Some distance away there is a strange feeling. A feeling he has felt before. He felt it...in the cave. It was cold, death, unnerving. Tal stood up and threw his hood over his head. A storm was coming.

"Master? Where are we going?" Asked Les.

"I have felt something. Something that should not be on this planet. Something of great temptation. Come, let us discover this feeling." Tal set out and Les followed. They walked through the jungle and through fields until they meet a huge tower. It was very old and vines covered the walls thickly. He sensed that there were people in that tower and something else.

"Master, I don't like that feeling. I don't like that place." Says Les fearfully.

"Control your fear Les. It is alright. I will not let harm come to you. This feeling you feel is the Dark Side. It is the icy hand of temptation and death. Remember this feeling Padawan, for it will not the last time you feel it." Tal walked through the door and looked around. He feels people upstairs and walks up them to see what is going on. As he gets closer to the top he hears voices but does not interupt them. He stops and looks through a crack in the wall to see the Jedi, Tella, and little Seth all talking to some ghostly figure. After they have finished there conversation he graciously walks through the doorway and announces his arrival. "You should not be here." Says Tal to everyone. "Especially you young Seth."

Seth looks down at the floor hoping it will capture his attention more then his surroundings. "And what are you? A rogue Jedi who defied the Jedi Council? No, you are a traiter and you have been condemed for it. I do not disagree with your claims for love. I too love people on this planet. I have a family here, I have a padawan, a brother." He looks to the Jedi. "But that does not mean you have any right to 'power'. The Jedi is right in saying that you are a spectre who was power hungry. You claim yourself Jedi, but from what I see you are a memory. A memory of a fallen defialer. No good can come from listening to your story, "Jedi Master". And do not think I did not feel the power and death of the Dark Side when I walked to this tower. Jedi, Tella, Seth I ask that you not come back to this place again. This place stinks of the Dark Side and you do not need the temptation. You are all doing so well with your paths to the Light Side that you should not be swayed to this...again. Please, as a brother and a friend I ask you this."

The 3 of them do not speak as they leave one by one. "Les I need you to go outside and follow the others back."

Les looks up at him with concern, "Yes Master." He turns around and walks away.

Tal sighs and looks at the spectre. "Now, what do you REALLY want, 'Jedi'?"

Tue, Jun. 28th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
lonely_tower

You speak from a script, boy. A script written by Jedi Masters who were dead before you wer ever born. Compassion?! That is not the same as the Love I speak of. I refer to the highest pinnacle of human endeavor...the selfless bond between two individuals. Love, not your new age jedi substitute for it. Not your council approved version. How can one love be right and another be wrong?
Answer that my fine jedi philosopher. Do not qoute me "the path to the darkside" lines. Love causes people to act positively, love creates more love.

Do you know why that policy was started? In the earliest days of the Jedi, and this is a secret long suppressed, masters would take promising padawans as their mates to breed more powerful jedi. Human emotions, such as love and desire, interuppted the cold scientific nature of this plan. Love had to be marginalized in order to allow the jedi order to facilitate the reproduction of their prized students and mentors.

You think you live a code based on morality? Don't be so naive! The Rule is a practical tool used to keep control of a group that would be too powerful if left to its own devises.

You know nothing of me. Nothing of love. And little of your own history. Next time you come to another's home perhaps you will have the good courtesy to listen for a moment before you start spouting your propoganda!
Tell me little jedi, do you have any thoughts of your own...or are they all council approved?

Listen well, little padawans. See the high jedi meet an opposite view with unthinking fanaticism. They will never listen. They never did.
I died here, starved to death. And I never felt the compassion of the Jedi. I did feel their intolerance and small-mindedness though.

You waste my time. Send me a true jedi, instead.
One who has more than read what he is meant to believe...send me one who has actually lived life and made his own decisions.

Tue, Jun. 28th, 2005 04:42 pm (UTC)
seth_kelleso

you misunderstand me master jedi my question was in your favour,, i find it disgusting that anyone way left to starve to death.. there is no need to lose your temper with me.. I cant believe a jedi would do that to another.. least of all a master...

I have alot to think about.. but your sudden out burst has made me wary of you.. i will return later if thats ok?

Tue, Jun. 28th, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC)
lonely_tower

Forgive me, Seth. Those words were not directed to you, but to this comment by the other jedi.
My displeasure stems from his desire to preach to me the lies in death that were used to end my life.

You should go, Seth. I am afraid the conversation will become heated. But I never meant to frighten you. I am only an old ghost now.

Too many voices in here...

You asked why the jedi punished me...because like this new master they wouldn't listen.

Tue, Jun. 28th, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC)
seth_kelleso

of forgive me master jedi my mistake.. i will return later.. id there anything i can do for you.. it saddens me to see any one in this state..

Tue, Jun. 28th, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous)

Tal stands infront of this spectre his hands crossed lookin intently at this ghost, "You speak as if I am a puppet to the Jedi, when you are a puppet of your own emotions. That sounds dangerously Sith. You say I do not make decisions for myself, when I was the one who made the decision to come. I was the one who took that boy as my Padawan. I was the one who saved all those Jedi from certian death. I was the one who loves each and everyone of them. And you say I know nothing of love? You are wrong. I do feel love for a human being more then I would a family member.

You say I speak of a script when for thousands of years the Jedi brought peace to this galaxy. Then it was people like you, who were to selfish to look past there own selves. They loved someone so deeply that they would sacrifice everything to still be with that one person. What of Anakin Skywalker? He loved his wife Padame with everything in his heart and soul and the mear thought of losing her drove him mad. It drove him to the Dark Side and now, now we are all but a few because he loved someone. And you do not see why that is dangerous do you? You can not simply understand that your selfish acts to be with the one you love may cause destruction and death throughout the galaxy, as Darth Vader is now doing. Do not speak of love to me when YOU do not know my story. I do have pity for you being left here. I would not have imagined the Jedi doing this. But maybe if you truly thought why they did this you might understand that your quest for love would have driven you to the Dark Side, if you are not already.

I would ask that you not preach to the children again. Giving them influences like this increases there chances of feeling the emotions that they should not feel through the Force. The emotions that drive Sith. Already you have tainted young Seth's mind, I can not allow this. He will not see you again and if I find that he is. I will bring this temple to the ground." It begins raining hard outside as the rain hits what's left of the windows hard ringing in the room. Tal backs away from this spectre but stops, he turns and looks down in a corner and see's the Jedi sitting there in the dark. "Jedi, your young friend has already been tainted. I suggest you deal with it carefully. Also, it would be good if he did not come back. This ghost means to preach about something that I know can be the downfall of everything we are trying so desperatly to build. I will take my leave now. Good luck Jedi."

Tue, Jun. 28th, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC)
seth_kelleso

seth is wiatinf outside in the rain... He looks up at tal "you are wrong!!"

How could the jedi do that to someone.. he was nice to me.. he was angry at him because you strolled straight in and accused him of being bad!!""

the jedi walks out of the building.. upon seeing the jedi seth looks nervous.. the jedi tries to walk up to seth but seth runs away...

The jedi grimaces and looks at Tal... I do not think i would be a good choice as a master for this child..

Tue, Jun. 28th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC)
talmantalus

I wouldn't say that. You two are more alike then you know. But the boys reaction is disturbing. You should go to him and explain what was said.
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Tue, Jun. 28th, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC)
lonely_tower

You seem changed slightly. Your aura is more distinct. Perhaps you are a true jedi...

Yes, enter and speak your mind.

Wed, Jun. 29th, 2005 03:28 am (UTC)
jedi_rei

My name is Rei Jaganshi. Heh, now that I get in here, It's not as gloomy as it looks outside...

Wed, Jun. 29th, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC)
lonely_tower

Greetings, Rei Jaganishi. I am Master Durnago.
Gloom is a matter of perspective, as is happiness. Consider, from the outside you would seem to have led the happiest of lives, but we know differently, don't we...

Why do you come to my tower, Rei?

Wed, Jun. 29th, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
jedi_rei

Mm, I came out of curiosity. It overwhelms me sometimes, probably why I used to get into so much trouble. But, now that I've come to embrace the Force, I've seen that it's not curiosity that leads me, but the living Force. It is an honour to meet you, Master. If I may ask, how do you know of the trials of my life?

Wed, Jun. 29th, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC)
lonely_tower

Being mostly spirit, I see things differently than the living. Your aura tells me much about you, little jedi. It shows strength in the face of adversity... but adversity leaves its mark.

I see you have a new lightsaber on your belt. The tool of a jedi...but not, as some will tell you, the heart of a jedi.

What is in your heart, Rei?

Wed, Jun. 29th, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC)
jedi_rei

My heart houses many things. Overwhelming love for the people who took me in at the temple and taught me, pain still lingering from my past, the Force... It will take me the rest of my life to sort everything out, and all I can do until then is live for the moment.

Wed, Jun. 29th, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC)
brandon_durron

I am BRandon Durron.. who may i ask are you.. I have been drawn to this place by the power that oozes from it.. tell me are you jedi or Sith

Wed, Jun. 29th, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC)
lonely_tower

Neither, now. I am the face of death. I am shadow...
But you knew that already, didn't you?

Wed, Jun. 29th, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC)
brandon_durron

that i did master..I can feel your presence in my head.. you want something of me.. What is it? and what can you offer in return?

Thu, Jun. 30th, 2005 02:46 am (UTC)
lonely_tower

Hmmmmmm, what can I offer to you, Shadow knight?
I know secrets the likes of which you living have never even dreamed. I have powers now that have not been mainfested in the Force in the past millenium.
All of this potential... and yet...

I am trapped here in this room. My spirit form cannot pass through the boundaries of this tower. What can you do for me? Free me. Help me to walk in the world of light and air once more.

It will require trust on your part, warrior, but know this. I am a Jedi, I never turned to the Sith. My honour is unimpugned.
Help me and I will reveal to you all the secrets of death and beyond...

Thu, Jun. 30th, 2005 09:20 am (UTC)
brandon_durron

That is well for i have never fellen to the sith either.. I am a shadow jedi.. unrestrained by dogmatic rules.. I can use either side at need..

"What do I need to do?" The ghost proceeds to explain about the force suppression device that kept him there..


Brandon spends the next & hours looking fot the device but finds nothing.. he gets annoyed and starts smashing down wardrobes.. from a wardrobe a small orb falls to the grounds.. it was inside the frame of the wardrobe..

Brandon picks up the small orb.. It pulses red then blue.. it is vibrating..

Master Durnago seems to knoaw what it is.. he looks very excited

Thu, Jun. 30th, 2005 02:27 pm (UTC)
lonely_tower

You have found it, shadow jedi! Quickly, smash it! Release me from my imprisonment!

Brandon smiles, "All in good time, master ghost. I would like to discuss some things with you first..."

The air around the spectre begins to boil. You will release me now.
Brandon laughs, "Well, now that I have this, we can talk anytime. Perhaps I'll come back when you're in a better mood." He turns and walks toward the door.

You have miscalculated. The door swings shut with a bang. Somewhere in the walls bolts are thrown. I know every inch of this prison. I have spent several lifetimes here. Destroy the orb.

With a hiss Brandon's lightsaber springs to life. He strikes the door... but the blade destabilizes when it hits the strange black material. The wall is no better...

A special crystal lattice forms the alloy that makes up the tower. Remember, they used it for imprisoning jedi.
You can not escape. And now I grow weary of this...
Do you feel that? It is your heart beat slowing. It's almost calming isn't it? So much excitement a moment ago. Now, beat, beat, beat...beat..... ....beat.... .... ....beat....
I first leanred this trick one hundred years ago. It didn't have a large enough Force signature to be suppressed by the machines. I practised on insects and birds in the beginning...


"No!" Brandon tries to focus his rage, let is wash over him as a shield, but his heart continues to slow. Lightning flies from his fingertips, scorching the walls, his lightsaber cuts through the empty air that is Durnago.

Fool, I am a ghost, and a master. Did you think you could defeat me?
You had your chance for life, now truly I will show you the power of death!


Brandon's heart stops, blackness descends over his vision. He sways and drops to the floor of the tower. The last thing he heres is Durnago laughing.

Durnago goes into a trance, his life essence pours down over the unconscious shadow knight...

I LIVE!

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