3. Dantooine: Ghosts from the Past
Vhiran looked at her questioningly. “But I thought you said there was no…”
“There wasn’t, not from my approaching death at least,” Tha’ci interrupted. “I sat down on my knees and closed my eyes. And just before he struck me down, I let my soul leave my body.”
The Jedi Knight’s eyes widened. “Then, if you can do that, your power must be, incredible. Yet, Bane managed to defeat you.”
“Yes, he did. Unfortunately. And yes, they did say my power was certainly something to be reckoned with,” she chuckled and crossed her arms. “But that single ability is not a sign of my power.” She smirked as Vhiran again looked at her puzzled. “You seem like a knowledgeable young man. Do you know what Travellers are?” she asked.
Vhiran placed his hand on his chin and rubbed slightly through his beard as he thought. “I’ve, heard of them,” he finally replied. “Are Travellers not those Force sensitives with the inborn ability to detach their soul and body whenever they wish and then enter another body, and, who are said to be immortal?” His eyes widened even further. “Then you…”
“That is correct.” Tha’ci nodded. “Those who could make their soul ‘travel’ at will, if you would. And I am indeed one of those Travellers, born with that ability. What most people don’t know, however, is that a Traveller’s soul can enter more than just living bodies.” She inclined her head to the crystal in Vhiran’s hand.
Vhiran looked at it for a moment, then nodded. “This crystal,” he said softly.
Tha’ci nodded again. “It was there that I hid, a place where even someone as mighty as Bane could not hope to find me. This, however, had one major drawback I had not thought of that day. You see, a Traveller’s soul may enter lifeless objects, but they cannot leave them at will. The object must come in contact with a life form if the soul inside is to get out. For me, that did not happen for a thousand years, until you came along, and took hold of the crystal.”
She waited for a while as she watched Vhiran think through what she had told him. “Now that you know who I am and how I got here. How about you tell me about yourself now?” She grinned at him.
“Of course.” Vhiran replied. “I am Vhiran Ashukahwa, a Jedi Knight.”
“Ah, a Jedi Knight.” Tha’ci said dryly before Vhiran could continue. “So the Order is still alive then? I must say I am quite, surprised they managed this long.”
The young Knight shook his head sadly. “I’m afraid the Jedi Order lies shattered. The sudden onslaught staged by the Sith and the Empire was utterly ruthless and effective. Many of my fellow Jedi did not survive,” he sighed sadly, then looked up with a more determined look. “There are survivors, though, some I know personally. And even amongst the enemy’s own ranks there are those not satisfied with the current state of the Galaxy. I don’t think it will be long before the time to fight back arrives.”