Okay, clearing up two things to start off. First, unlike the title might make one believe, this one has nothing to do with Universal Sufism. Second, it’s not the actual title of the story. It actually never got a one, but I thought this description/placeholder title to be both eye-catching and quite fitting, considering today’s story (you’ll see! ^_~). So, what is it then? Well, that’s where the other part of the title comes in. Where the previous entries all focussed on the stories created at the Earth Jedi Order itself, this and the following ones will look at the ones that were inspired those stories. While I had already been writing my own Star Wars stories, this would be the start of a new era in writing for me. Following Order 66. Another Side, Another Story I intend to post the stories that were written as follow-ups and sequels to that story, including (eventualy) this one. Be warned, in case you want to read those stories and not be spoiled beforehand! I will blank out some pieces to hide spoilers (mostly names at first, but today’s story premise will be hidden entirely), while still trying to make it readable for everyone. Highlight the blanked out parts if you want to read them anyway.
Now, it has been about eight years, so I might be getting things wrong about the whole thought process leading up to the actual writing and story. I’ll do my best to recall things to the best of my abilities. During the Order 66 RPG, I was chatting with Jareth and at some point we started to talk about the part in which Shamila and Nillanthir met on Zaloriis. I believe it started as a bit of joking around, but fairly soon we started to consider expanding on that scene. It was a cute little scene where Shamila was mesmerized by the mysterious Jedi with the large silver wing. But what if there was more to it? What if feelings other than fascination would well up within the young Padawan? Could we do something with this? We had to go somewhat ahead in time, though. I mean, this strong adult (young adult, but still) warrior romantically involved with an underage girl about half his age? Even HBO wouldn’t have gotten away with that! And so it began. Together we wrote the scene for the Order 66 RPG, in which Shamila gave Nillanthir the Heart of Fire (cue title drop) and indirectly confessed her feelings. And after that we went all out!
Set ten years after the execution of Order 66 and the rise of the Galactic Empire the story begins in the deserts of the planet Zaloriis. Having been taken in by the Empire shortly after the events in Order 66, Shamila now serves as a deadly Imperial enforcer, tasked with taking out powerful threats to the Empire. One such threat is currently in hiding on Zaloriis. As she gets closer to the cave where her target is hiding, though, Shamila feels increasingly uneasy about her mission, but shakes off the feelings. When she finally encounters the insurgent she finds out it is none other than Nillanthir Zerati, the Jedi she met all those years ago on this very planet, whom she fell in love with but believed to have been killed a long time ago. Her feelings for him have only grown over the years and it seems Nillanthir’s heart is certainly not closed to hers. Shamila decides to abandon her mission, turn away from the Empire and the two leave Zaloriis. It isn’t long, however, before the Empire finds out about it and is on their tail. To make matters worse, the leader of an anti-Imperial resistance group called Crimson Thunder appears to have a score to settle with Shamila and is adamant to hunt her down.
And that is basically and very shortly the premise for the story. This time I’m not going to make the same mistake I did for the Order 66 entries and go all-out summary. Needless to say, a lot more is happening and many more characters, both old and new, make their appearance. It’s pretty big! Jareth and I kind of took the forum RP approach with this, in turn writing the scenes. This sometimes meant the writing would slow down a bit if one or the other took a bit longer, but it definitely was a lot of fun! Unfortunately, the writing would eventually grind to a halt, with the story around 30,000 words and far from finished. I have been writing other stories taking place in-between this story and Order 66, but it really is a shame this one never got continued. Although, now that Jareth and I got the contact going again… Who knows… *nudgenudge* I certainly wouldn’t mind getting this little gem off the ground again! ^_^