His view was blurry as he got used to using his eyesight again for the first time in a month, but it didn’t take long before he was able to distinguish the metal walls all around him. Some of them were covered by what appeared to be several large computer systems and monitors, seemingly quite old, but most of them still in working order. Apart from those and a few bacta tanks, the large room was mostly empty. Through some parts of the ceiling Vhiran could see pieces of rock sticking through the metal. A massive door separated the room from whatever was outside.
‘Where are we? Some sort of underground bunker?’
‘Remember what I told you on Kamino? About the secret base my group had on Dantooine?’
Vhiran nodded softly, recalling their conversation. ‘So this is, your cloning facility then?’
‘Just its monitoring room, which also served as briefing, resting and healing quarters. But I think you’ll be more interested in what lies beyond that door. No need to enter any complicated security codes. It’s not locked so it should open as you approach it.’
With surprisingly little sound for its size the huge door slowly slid open. Gasping, Vhiran did a single step back. A large transpariglass cylinder in the centre towered over everything else in the next chamber. Lights from the bottom of the cylinder illuminated the transparent fluids it housed, and the body floating within, connected with a number of wires to the machinery around. Step by careful step, the Jedi Master approached the device, his heart beating faster, his eyes focussed on the body. From a distance it already looked familiar, but as he finally stood before it and looked up, he started trembling softly. “Bul-tar…” Slowly he shook his head, trying to blink away his tears in vain.