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Sun Quan
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 Post Posted: Thu, June 22nd 2006 07:31pm    Post subject: Tarpin's Chamber
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Sun Quan's heart raced wildly as the trio descended the spiralling stone staircase that led to Tarpin's resting place. Finally the Architect stopped, and Sun Quan nearly bumped into him. Then, holding the torch towards the door, he saw a stone bulkhead, both beautiful and protective, with no console or keypad. It seemed utterly barren, illuminated by the orange glow cast over it by the flames of their torches.

Sandros then, not realizing both Sun Quan and his son could easily see his actions, grunted as he slid a heavy slab of rock over the door's surface, revealing a long, cylindrical stone artifact hidden in a crevice.

It looked to fit perfectly with the small hole that sat dead-center in the middle of the door. As if on cue, Sandros jammed the key into the hole, and turned it. It seemed to dissappear into the door's surface, and a great rumbling began beneath the group's feet.

The door slowly parted, splitting into four pieces and vanishing into the door's frame. Sun Quan mentally applauded the architect; the splits in the rock were practically non-existent, so much so that the Patriarch hadn't noticed them before.

Beyond the door, the room was bathed in a dim, dark blue light. Situated in the middle of the room was what looked to be a stone casket. But all three knew exactly what it was.

Tarpin.
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 Post Posted: Fri, June 23rd 2006 12:14am    Post subject:
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Julian Noble and the Palace Elite Gaurd, which numbered only 40 men (Only the very best could be taken; this was a covert operation) all jumped simultaneously from the Terran Dropships, knowing that Tarpin's life depended on their success, landing softly on the stone plaza of the Cathedral.

It had been commissioned thousands of years ago, but had not been built until Tarpin had Sandros redesign it as a temple to the Holy Mother. Noble himself had looked over both the original and the new-fangled blueprint, and it looked as though the Emperor had payed the Architect a nice wad of cash just for shits-and-giggles.

But admiring Sandros' beautiful carvings and what-not wasn't the mission. Today it was stopping this false ruler from murdering his long-time friend and compatriot.

They burst through the doors of the cathedral, and found the Patriarch's Royal Gaurd. Wielding ordinary swords and no armour, they seemed an easy fight for a 3 year-old with a hold-out blaster, but all knew how fearsome they were; their skills were legendary.

"Do not move! Under laws enacted by the Patriarch, he, himself needs to be put under arrest and blah blah blah, you all know the fine-print. So just drop your butter knives and walk over slowly. And don't try any of your fancy ninja moves or we'll put a few craters through your skull." Julian announced to the red-and-gold-clad troup in front of him, knowing full well that they had no intention of taking his advice.

When no answer came, he slowly pulled the DL-22 heavy Blaster Pistol from his waist holster and point it towards the group.

"I won't be askin' again. Any o' you pull a sword, and there won't be a skin cell on your body left unburnt."

They still stood motionless, silent. Then one, the only one with any facial hair what-so-ever, whom Julian suspected was their leader drew his sword and began what he could only assume was a battle chant. However his motion was a bit too quick for the Lord Baron, who promptly shot him in the leg.

Amazingly, the man did not move, except barring his teeth in an attempt to relieve the pain.

Julian decided to put him out of his misery, hitting him in the chest this time. His reaction entailed a loud scream in some other language, before reaching in his own wound, flicking the blood on the ground and melo-dramatically falling to his knees, before lurching forward and planting his face into the marble floor, gurgling and mumbling. A thick pool of deep red blood formed around his stomach.

The rest of the group all simultaneously drew their swords and rushed forward.

Luckily the troopers were on their gaurd, firing a volley and taking down the bulk of them. A few reached the group, one swiping from high above down at Noble, whom side-stepped him and, pulling a small dagger from his boot, stabbed him in the chest. The man stumbled back a bit, then looked angrily at the general and began screaming and swinging his sword around wildly, barely phased if at all. However his length allowed Noble to blast him just above the dagger, coming quite close to his neck, and the man finally succumbed.

Julian looked around and proudly beheld that only 3 of his men had been killed. Were these men wielding an ordinary swords, Noble would have checked up on the men, but these sabers were dipped in poison, ensuring anyone who took even a glancing wound would be mortally injured.

Knowing full-well that he had less time than the average Corellian hooker offered for 20 credits, he grabbed a sword and ran to the altar at the center of the room, where the priest's table had been moved, the rug rolled over and a large square area of the marble floor had been removed, revealing the spiraling staircase that led to Tarpin's Chamber.

ALL GAZE IN AWE UPON MY AWESOME SOMBRERO-WIELDING SIG!
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 Post Posted: Fri, June 23rd 2006 02:26pm    Post subject:
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Sun Ce noticed the commotion behind them, and began to draw his sword. Sun Quan stopped him, handing him a blaster pistol, and telling him to blast anyone who tried to come down.

Then he entered the blue chamber, moving towards the open case at the center.

"There he is, Patriarch. Lord Tarpin"

Sun Quan peered into the casket. Inside, the metal abomination lay, eyes shut and appearing deep in thought.

"Excellent." Sun Quan said, drawing his sword.

"What are you doing?" Sandros asked, confused.

The man's ever haunting voice echoed in Sun Quan's head, but he didn't let it phase him.

"I'm putting an end to this reign of terror." He said, slashing the architect across the chest, sending his body falling to the floor a meter back. No one besides him or his son could know what he was doing, and Sandros had already learned too much. A victim of his own knowledge.

Sun Ce apperently heard some of the commotion and backed slowly into the room, covering the staircase. Whoever he was waiting for had yet to appear.

Once he was sure nothing was coming, he turned around and saw the architect, bleeding on the floor and his father studying Tarpin's chamber, his sword laying on the floor, a layer of blood crusted on its edge.

"Father...?!" He asked, unable to believe his father capable of such an atrocity.

His head popped up from the other side of the casket, and he let out a long, regretful sigh.

"What... why?! What did he do?!" He asked, praying he had been threatened, forced to kill Sandros.

"Get out! You'll never understand! Spare yourself the sorrow and leave, and never look back!" He cried, willing his son to return to his post and forget he had seen anything.

He slowly walked away, a look of shock cemented to his face.

Then, gaining speed, he ran up the stairs, shouldering his way through a long line of soldiers, until he reached the top and climbed out into the cathedral.

Sun Quan regretted how events had unfolded; it seemed life had naught but tragedy planned for him. First his wife, then his baby son and daughter... and now his firstborn, his successor had just witnessed him murder another man.

But it all was necessary, for the people of Annaj.

He picked up the blaster pistol, his son having dropped it on his way out, and walked towards the glass.

He shot it, and a small crack appeared on its surface. He blasted it again, and a massive area in the center of the glass shattered and fell on Tarpin's sleeping body.

Finally he kicked the glass, and the last of it split into tiny crystals and fell into the freezing casket.

With no remorse, no regret, and an absolute hatred, he aimed the pistol at Tarpin's head. He could hear A troop of soldiers making their way down the stairs, but he still aimed, savouring the moment. The true salvation of Annaj. It would come not with Tarpin's awakening, but with his death.

Then, after a solid minute, he applied pressure to the trigger, slowly, every moment bringing the end closer. A sinister grin spread across his lips, growing until it felt as if it stretched from ear to ear.

Then a flash of light to his left distracted him, just as he pulled the trigger, and the blaster bolt collided with the stone to the left of his target's head.

Without thinking, he wheeled to his right and fired 3 shots in the direction of this assailant. He heard a groan and a thump as he hit the ground, dead. But before a moment passed, another man took his place.

Sun Quan recognized their uniforms; more than a year old, green uniforms from during Tarpin's reign. Oh, how close he had come! He had gone from having the world in his hands to death near at hand.

He recognized two faces among the group; Julian Noble and his advisor, Sorun Cal, who stood just a step below the Lord Baron. Sorun Cal heavily supported Sun Quan, and had Noble not been required to keep him, the man would have been dead in a moment.

He noticed a gleam in Sorun's eye; a gleam of respect, of devotion. The patriarch knew he was still loyal.

Then, the man tossed a smoke grenade into the room. Noble realized instantly what was going on and blasted him between the shoulder blades, then looked back and saw a haze of grey had pervaded the room. A fist collided with his cheek, sending him clattering to the ground. He swung his arm around and grabbed the agressor's foot, though another blow to his face, this one from the other foot, made involuntarily let go.

"Everyone! Back up the steps!" Hoping to catch him, but at the same time knowing there was no chance.
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 Post Posted: Tue, June 27th 2006 11:50pm    Post subject:
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As the soldiers ran up the steps in pusiut of the Sun Quan, the usurper, Julian walked the other way, going to make sure Tarpin was uninjured.

When he walked into the room, the odor of perfume invaded his nostrils. It was a fine perfume, but it did intrude a bit much on the senses...

Then he noticed the crumpled pile of robes, tossed recklessly in the corner, a swath of crimson across the front standing out- then Julian saw the old man, who was wearing the clothes. Actually, it looked more as if the robes had swallowed him in a rather violent fashion, cutting open a wound with their sharp talons.

Running over, however, Noble saw the deep wound diagnol, from his left shoulder, all the way across his torso, until reaching the end of his stomach and trailing off. Sun Quan was not only trespassing on holy grounds (technically the graves of all former emperors were considered holy ground, and Tarpin had his chamber built under a cathedral and still decreed his 'grave'.), but he had also spilt blood on them, murdered an innocent man, and attempted to murder the emperor. That was enough to have him put away for a very, very, very long time, and might even get him killed when "sleepin' beauty" woke up any day now.

Julian whispered a quick prayer for the dead man, before reaching down and closing his eyes, and reluctantly walking to Tarpin's casket.

His gargantuan 'shell' was stuffed inside the case, and his still organic eyes were shut. Just to the left of his head was a small charred pock on the marble surface. It was amazing how close he had been to killing the sleepin figure.

Just as Noble turned to leave the chamber, there was a great wirring from the direction of the casket- Julian wheeled around to see Tarpin sitting up in the casket, his eyes casually half-opened.

"What'd I miss?"
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Sun Quan stumbled out of the hole that led to the Spiralling staircase and gained his balance in mid-air, as he jumped from the altar to the path that ran down the center of the cathedral.

He heard a shout behind him, and knew one of the Lord Baron's loyalists was levelling his heavy blaster rifle; Sun Quan kneeled down, while still moving, turned, and threw the poisoned sword at the hole in the raised altar- a wild shot rang out as the sword embedded itself deep in the soldier's toros, and the venom began to disperse throughout his body, rapidly decaying his organs and tissue, and effectively plugging the hole until the next trooper could heave the body out.

Sun Quan continued to run, but as soon as he burst through the cathedral's massive doors, he was met with two more of Noble's lackeys.

"3." One said, counting down for the Emperor to set down his weapon, already shooting them in his head.

Sun Quan jumped to the ground instinctively as blaster cannon fire ripped into the two, sending them both to the ground only a moment after him. He looked over and saw a red-clad Imperial Guardsmen aiming a blaster cannon that had been propped on a railing across the courtyard directly at the door. Judging by the third dead Green uniformed body slumped over just next to the gun, the Guardsmen had arrived in the nick of time, stopping this 'rebel' ambush. Just a way's away, Sun Ce stood in front of another contigent of Guardsmen, this group having donned armor, knowing they were facing the heavy guns of Noble's elite troopers.

"Sun Ce! You have saved my life!" Sun Quan cried, running towards his son.

"They would kill you... I couldn't let them... even after-" he started solemnly, before his father interruped him.

"I did what was needed to keep Tarpin from drowning this world in tyranny again. Sandros would have tried to stop me if I hadn't killed him, and then I would have been unable to keep Tarpin from waking. But with Noble's interference, I fear we will have to take the throne while Tarpin sits upon it. Will you fight with me, Sun Ce?"

"I will father. For the fate of Annaj, I will fight!"

"Good. We must leave for now... we should make for the palace and round up the rest of the Imperial Guard, and tell the Dukes and counts what has happened. We shall see with whom their loyalties lie."

The sound of wood crashing on stone rung out around the courtyard as the cathedral doors, which had slowly closed came open again. It taken longer than Sun Quan thought it would for the men to get the body out of the tunnel entrance. But then again, being Noble's troops, it wasn't so surprising. In the Emperor's opinion, Noble was an unintelligent, disrespectful barbarian, and the only reason he kept him was because he had no probable cause to demote him, and knew he had a good amount of support from the people. Not enough to cause an uprising, but enough to cause discontent among the populace.

However he wasn't as stupid as Sun Quan would think, lest he wouldn't have survived all the loopholes the man had exploited to incriminate him. It seemed every move he made was under close scrutiny, yet he always knew what to say to get off scot-free.

Sun Quan rushed towards one of the dropships Noble's troops had used to land, and, yanking the pilot from his seat and watching in mild amusement as the man cowardly ran away, jumped in and fired it up. The men quickly boarded, and soon all of them were on their way to the palace.
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