Several months after the defeat of Darth Kromus.
Gareth was travelling along the snowy plains of the planet Csilla in Chiss territory. Why the young Jedi apprentice had been sent there, he couldn’t guess exactly. The Chiss were a private species and kept mostly to themselves. Blue-skinned with red blaring eyes, their appearance made Gareth rather uneasy, so did the thought of dealing with them in person. Gareth was glad he did not need to interact much with them.
Indeed, he had been sent here for other reasons than socialising with the Chiss: a few standard weeks back, a report had been brought back to Coruscant, which spoke of fluctuating energy. Apparently, it was causing Chiss ships to crash nearby on the planet, but they could not detect the source of the energy field. They had issued a report for a specialist from the Core. The Jedi, in hopes to forge a peaceful bond with the Chiss, offered to send a Jedi to check it out. Gareth’s Master, a Jedi named Salah, had deemed Gareth ready to go investigate on his own, but Gareth kept his comlink close by in case he needed a long-range transmission to call for help. After all, he’d only graduated from padawan to Jedi recently. However, he could not tell why he would need help identifying energy readings. He had a strange feeling, though, and that was why he remained alert.
His scanners began to indicate abnormal readings; each sequence of beeps picking up in speed. He followed the signal. He came to a cave in the snow. He entered and soon realised that somehow he could sense the mass of energy through the Force. He pocketed his datascanner and followed the signal through the Force.
Here is a glimpse at Chapter One:
Images flashed through her mind: a crimson blade slashing off a leg, life drain, a barrier, then her blade, her dark side, coming down hard.
Shadie woke up in a bounce, gasping for air. It took a while for her to get her bearings back; it always did. Her nightmares, no, her dark memories, were growing more and more intense, and becoming increasingly frequent. She’d only returned from her temporary self-exile on Dantooine recently.
Shadie dressed and walked through the halls of the Jedi Temple.
‘Master Juun,’ replied Shadie, as she turned towards him, surprised yet glad to see him.
‘What brings you roaming the halls in the dead of night?’
‘My dreams,’ she replied. ‘They are disturbed.’
‘Shadie…sorry, Eidahs… All Jedi falter at some point in their lives, but you are not inherently evil. You were Sith once and came to the light, remember? You may have let your emotions overwhelm you when you killed Kromus, but you cannot let that control your fate. You are here, are you not? You went to Dantooine to meditate many weeks, did you not? And you are not a Sith right now, you did not embrace the dark side.’
‘But when I killed him, yes, and therefore he won.’
‘Not entirely, if he did win, though I disagree with you altogether.’
Shadie paused. ‘Master Juun Kloh?’
‘Yes, my pupil.’
‘What brings you back to Coruscant?’
‘I’m not sure. I was told a matter of great import needed to be discussed and the Jedi Council required my immediate presence,’ he replied.