Interlude: Taking the Ring

Debinani Rahl whipped the speeder around violently, barely missing Paemos in the ion wash, and fired off into the mountains of Dathomir at a blinding pace. “I still don’t understand why I’m being forced to tolerate these fools,” he growled at his passenger who hadn’t been there a moment before. She stretched languorously, her silk shift clinging to her body, jet black hair flowing in a wind that almost, but not quite, matched that which was whipping past the open-air cabin of the speeder. She shifted in her seat so she could lay her small feet in his lap against his groin. “I would love to be here in person to oversee your training, dear heart,” she said quietly, yet he heard her clearly over the noise of the wind,” but my presence would attract...

The Book of Stephan – Chapter 1620

The Book of Stephan – Chapter 1620   Tonight marks my hundred and thirty-fifth year in command of The Rose and my hundred and thirty-fifth year of holding the dubious honor of being my Lady’s Lord Spirit.  Oh what strange, wonderful, and terrible changes we have wrought in that time.  When I first sat to pen my Annals for the Society’s legacy, it was on a dirty old piece of parchment with a bit of charcoal, using a wood and leather buckler for a solid place to write…and now…now I dictate to a tiny datapad and out of my window…. The last few months have been eventful to say the least, and as I’ve been too preoccupied to note much except for company logistics I’ll attempt to sum up as best as I’m able. After we trained in the new...

The Book of Stephan – Chapter 1

The Book of Stephan – Chapter 1   Greetings; my name is Stephan, and it would appear that I’ve become the de-facto Captain of the Society.  A lot of things have changed – so much so that I doubt that anything about the Company will ever be the same again.  I will endeavor to the best of my abilities to pass on all the information I have as best and as clearly as I can – since this entry will likely be the beginning of history for following generations of Brothers.             This morning I was just Master Sergeant Stephan, and I betrayed my Captain.  We all knew that the reason we managed to stay alive against Arogho’s onslaught was Lieutenant Silvan – not the Captain – and...

The Book of Rahl – Chapter 35

The Book of Rahl – Chapter 35   “YOU WHAT!?!?!?”             I winced slightly at Lord Hethrir’s outburst – so loud was it that I was sure that I heard echoes if it bouncing about the halls of the Emperor’s Retreat – a suspicion that was confirmed when a stormtrooper peeked around the corner to make sure I wasn’t throttling one of Palpatine’s chief lieutenants.             “I said,” repeating myself as softly and calmly as I could, “that we’ve abandoned our position on Talus.”             I could see the older man across the desk from me vibrating with rage under his...

The Book of Rahl – Chapter 24 Pt 2

We were all in shock of course, though none more than me. Most of the survivors hadn’t been with the Company long before our engagement on Arkazi. I, on the other hand, was about to celebrate my twentieth year in the ranks, and nearly my tenth as Annalist. I couldn’t remember a home before Khevoran’s Pride, brothers and sisters before those feeding the grasses on that miserable planet, or parents before the Captain and Lieutenant – the latter of whom we had just interred in space after our three-day flight coreward down the Corellian Trade Spine. We had come out of hyperspace in Yag’Dhul to get our bearings, examine some employment prospects for the few battered brothers remaining, and conduct some repairs on our equally-battered assault shuttle –...

(HoloNet) – Black Rose Society Recruiting Soldiers, Support Staff

Black Rose Society Recruiting Soldiers, Support Staff For Immediate HoloNet Release Corellian News Agency (Talus) – The Black Rose Society – the secretive mercenary company who came out of the Unknown Regions during the Clone Wars and has recently accepted a contract of service with the Empire – is seeking to expand its roster. The Society, after a move from Naboo to Talus last week, has constructed a small outpost and is looking to expand not only their cadre of combat personnel, but also create an infrastructure of civic services open to the public. According to their recruiting corps, they are accepting any and all who wish to join “the family”, from seasoned veterans to green recruits to musicians, chefs, and dancers. Interested parties should...

(HoloNet) – Society Accepts Contract From Imperial Center

Society Accepts Contract from Imperial Center For Immediate HoloNet Release Imperial News Service (Naboo) – The Black Rose Society, the secretive mercenary company who came out of the Unknown Regions shortly before the Clone Wars and has been selling their services to governments throughout the galaxy ever since, has finally accepted a long-standing offer of patronage from Imperial Center. After a crippling defeat at Arkazi 2 which has left their personnel and infrastructure greatly reduced, the Society contacted Lord Hethrir and began negotiations. “We’ve been trying to get them for several years now,” said an aide from Lord Hethrir’s office on condition of anonymity, “but I think their Captain wanted to stay out of the civil war. With him dead...

The Book of Rahl – Chapter 24

“Deb…. Deb! DEB GODDAMMIT!” The Lieutenant’s shout shook me out of my reverie, as well as my abysmal attempt to keep Zeke’s bowels on the inside where they belonged. Zeke was gone, the Lieutenant knew it, I knew it, and by Zeke’s whimpering he knew it too. The Company was in service to the Legate Zef’indi of Arkazi 2, and things were not going well. We were brought in to quash an uprising against the Legate’s rule of Arkazi, a little known dustball in the Outer Rim that no civilized being had paid any attention to in centuries. The contract seemed to go perfectly fine for months until the rebel made an alliance with the Ri’Cha, exchanging support of the Ri’Cha’s small but vicious military for what we figured were economic concessions once...