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mill 9780345519436 3p all r1 qxp 8p insert template 12 2 10 11 55 A. L ost Tribe of the Sith 6, mill 9780345519436 3p all r1 qxp 8p insert template 12 2 10 11 55 A. By John Jackson Miller, Star Wars Knight Errant, STAR WARS LOST TRIBE OF THE SITH. mill 9780345519436 3p all r1 qxp 8p insert template 12 2 10 11 55 A. L ost Tribe of the Sith 6, JOHN JACKSON MILLER, BALLANTINE BOOKS NEW YORK. mill 9780345519436 3p all r1 qxp 8p insert template 12 2 10 11 55 A. Star Wars Lost Tribe of the Sith 6 Sentinel is a work of fiction. Names places and incidents either are products of the author s imag. ination or are used fictitiously, 2011 Del Rey e Book Edition. Copyright 2011 by Lucasfilm Ltd or where indicated All. Rights Reserved Used Under Authorization, Excerpt from Star Wars Fate of the Jedi Conviction copyright. 2011 by Lucasfilm Ltd or where indicated All Rights. Reserved Used Under Authorization, Published in the United States by Del Rey an imprint of The Random. House Publishing Group a division of Random House Inc New. DEL REY is a registered trademark and the Del Rey colophon is a. trademark of Random House Inc, This book contains an excerpt from the forthcoming book Star Wars. Fate of the Jedi Conviction by Aaron Allston This excerpt has been. set for this edition only and may not reflect the final content of the. forthcoming edition, ISBN 978 0 345 51943 6, www starwars com. www delreybooks com, mill 9780345519436 3p all r1 qxp 8p insert template 12 2 10 11 55 A. Chapter One, I think I might have ruined my life, Sounds like you met a woman the purple faced. bartender said pouring Do you want me to leave the. Only if I can smash it over my head Jelph Marrian, thought It was sweetwater anyway nothing that. would help him forget Sweat dripping from his matted. blond hair he drank deeply The empty mug glistened. its shaped facets catching the firelight Jelph twirled it. in his hand following the reflections Since arriving on. Kesh he d only drunk from orojo shells But the, Keshiri produced such wonderful glassware even. here to serve guests in a pauper s way station, The bartender passed him a bowl of porridge. Friend you look like you ve run all the way from, South Talbus. And more Jelph didn t add that he d been running, practically without pause since the previous evening. Now as the sun set again he d stopped parched and, ravenous here in a hovel nestled in the lengthening. shadows of the capital city s walls Jelph simply nodded. to the pleasant old Keshiri and retreated to a corner. mill 9780345519436 3p all r1 qxp 8p insert template 12 2 10 11 55 A. 2 John Jackson Miller, with his meal The natives on Kesh always felt freer to. be familiar with human slaves than they were with the. Sith They must not have much trouble telling us apart. he imagined tonight his soaked tattered clothes were. probably a tip off that he wasn t born on high, In fact of course Jelph was the only mortal on Kesh. born on high He came from space although he, called no planet home The three years the former Jedi. Knight had spent in his little farmhouse on the, Marisota River were the longest he d lived in one place. in years He d been fortunate to find it Jelph had dis. covered the abandoned homestead just days after, crashing his starfighter in the jungle highlands when. hunger made him bold enough to go exploring The, original occupant had left long before probably fearing. the stories that the Marisota River was cursed Sensing. the dark side of the Force all around Jelph had begun. to agree until he ventured north and realized that in. fact the whole planet was under a curse Kesh belonged. to the Sith, Jelph had devoted his entire adult life to preventing. the return of the Sith to the galaxy Toprawa had been. devastated by the Jedi s war with Exar Kun Jelph had. been born into a world that had already lost all hope. Fatherless he heard from his mother only horror sto. ries of the Sith occupation When she disappeared one. morning never to return the young Jelph might have. lost hope too had it not arrived in the form of Jedi. scouts The woman they introduced him to would save. Krynda Draay had also lost someone on Toprawa, her Jedi husband and had assembled a Covenant a. collection of Jedi Knights willing to do anything to pre. vent the Sith s return Assisting her watchful seers were. the Shadows agents serving her son another Jedi of. great vision Master Lucien had somehow removed, mill 9780345519436 3p all r1 qxp 8p insert template 12 2 10 11 55 A. Star Wars Lost Tribe of the Sith Sentinel 3, Jelph from the Jedi rolls giving the young man com. plete and total mobility For years Jelph had been the. perfect secret agent traveling the Outer Rim investigat. ing potential Sith threats while the true Jedi Order. occupied itself with matters of less importance He d. been satisfied with his success, until early in the Republic s war with the armored. Mandalorians when everything changed Jelph never, learned exactly what had happened beyond that some. schism had decapitated the Covenant revealing his, existence among others Now regarded by the Jedi as. an outlaw Jelph found flight his only option What, irony that in selecting Kesh as his refuge he d found. the very thing that he had sworn to stamp out, Jelph finished the meal and rubbed his eyes He d. done everything right until now After life as a Shadow. hiding from the Sith on Kesh hadn t been difficult He. knew how to shroud his presence in the Force And the. existence of a class of human nobodies made it easy for. him to blend in so long as he lived in the hinterlands. and kept his contacts to a minimum In short order he. had picked up the local dialect and accent giving him. access to the necessities of life A life spent tending his. farm during the days and working to repair his dam. aged starfighter at night, The starfighter He had completed repairing most of. the damage done to the Aurek by the meteor storm it. remained only to reinstall the communications console. and select the time and manner of his departure Then. he would have truly been the sentinel he d intended to. be warning the Republic and Jedi of the Sith and, reclaiming his name. But he had met her Ori Kitai was of the Sith and he. had gotten too close to her despite his better judgment. He d let her distract him from his mission He d allowed. her into his home And now she had discovered his, mill 9780345519436 3p all r1 qxp 8p insert template 12 2 10 11 55 A. 4 John Jackson Miller, starfighter and had gone presumably to warn the. Or had she, He d left the farm quickly There d been no other. choice He preferred not to launch the starfighter, without the communications system which would. take a week to reinstall Catching Ori first was at. least worth a try But he cursed himself now for not. studying the clues more closely Yes someone had, gone through the shed killed her uvak and uncov. ered the starfighter But it wasn t clear who had done. what Yes Ori was missing and her footprints led, away up the trail But other people riding uvak had. recently been there too and left Only enfranchised. Sith rode uvak but all of them were supposedly hos. tile to Ori whom they now regarded as a slave Had, something changed She hadn t left with them in any. His bet was that the Tribe didn t yet know about his. secret If the Sith uvak riders had discovered his vessel. they would ve left someone to protect it That left Ori. The previous day when he d been up in the jungle he d. felt a profound pang of betrayal from her through the. Force He d seen the destruction she d wrought on his. tiny farm And now she was heading toward the capi, tal city with knowledge capable of spreading destruc. tion on a galactic scale, She had to be Ori s tracks had vanished before the. crossroads but Jelph remained certain she was bound. for Tahv There was nothing but jungle to the east and. no one to tell downstream in the abandoned towns of. the Ragnos Lakes With the monsoon rains choking the. Marisota River fords were out to the few southern, cities That left the capital a city he had never visited. The center of evil on Kesh home of Grand Lord Lillia. Venn and her whole misbegotten Tribe, mill 9780345519436 3p all r1 qxp 8p insert template 12 2 10 11 55 A. Star Wars Lost Tribe of the Sith Sentinel 5, He looked out the window toward the now purposeless. city walls Where might Ori be Where would she go, You don t look happy my friend The worried old. Keshiri took the empty bowl I always try to have, something to serve for the poor I m sorry it s not bet. It s not that Jelph said remembering himself, Ah The woman The old man retreated behind the. counter I may not be one of your kind young human, but I can tell you something universal You let a woman. into your life and anything can happen, Jelph stepped toward the door turned and bowed. That s what I m afraid of, The last visitors filed out of the zoo That was what. Ori had always called it but the true name was some. thing more complicated Originally a special park hon. oring Nida Korsin and the Skyborn Rangers it had, since had the names of two or three other Grand Lords. affixed to it though that didn t seem a particularly high. honor to Ori There had once been wild animals inside. the last members of some of Kesh s predator species. But the Sith had long since hauled them out and killed. them for sport, Now the facility served as the public home for the. uvak mounts used in rake riding those few uvak who. survived their bouts in that violent sport anyway Sith. citizens and Keshiri alike came to marvel at the mighty. beasts being pampered and prepared for their matches. at the nearby Korsinata, Lately though they had come to see something else. Or rather someone, Ori found her mother where she expected to find. her mucking out the uvak stalls Jelph had been exactly. right Grand Lord Venn had made a public spectacle, out of Candra Kitai s fall from power Under the watch. mill 9780345519436 3p all r1 qxp 8p insert template 12 2 10 11 55 A. 6 John Jackson Miller, ful eyes of the burly night guard the deposed High. Lord continued the work that she d done all day for the. viewing amusement of the passersby Still wearing her. ceremonial gown from Donellan s Day now soiled and. frayed Candra stood on tiptoes delicately relocating. foul deposits with a large shovel, Looking down from her perch on the roof of the shel. ter Ori waited until the guard was right beneath her. Then she leapt downward kicking out to knock the, sentry senseless Kneeling she grabbed the man s. lightsaber and dragged him into the stall behind the. grounded uvak, Eyes watering from the stench Candra looked up at. her daughter with a tired expression You came back. It s been weeks and weeks, More like two Ori said studying her mother Such. a short time since the royal f te and she could barely. recognize the woman The gray hair always carefully. hidden by the Keshiri beauticians was out in straggly. force now Candra stank of every vile thing she d, encountered in her work Her hands however. remained free from calluses Ori could see why as, Candra robotically returned to her work gingerly hold. ing the shovel and making little headway, They keep feeding them slop that makes them ill. Candra groaned I know they re doing it on pur, You ll never get this job done shoveling that way Ori. said springing up and seizing the tool Looking at it for a. moment she suddenly remembered she was not a farmer. and threw it aside You ve been here all this time, Candra feebly pointed to the empty stall across the. walk They let me sleep over there sometimes, Wearily she looked up at Ori You look tired dear. Have you rested, mill 9780345519436 3p all r1 qxp 8p insert template 12 2 10 11 55 A. Star Wars Lost Tribe of the Sith Sentinel 7, Ori snorted She d run all the previous night and day. from Jelph s farm after discovering his secret in the. shed finally reaching Tahv an hour before Now at, last she was here and she had something to trade. What was he Where was he from republic fleet, systems the old characters had said The Republic she. remembered from her studies was the tool of the, Jedi the puppet body through which the Jedi Knights. ruled the weaklings of the galaxy, It was definitely information worth something to. someone But who, I m going to get you out of here she told her mother. I can t just leave Candra said They ll find us, wherever we go and we ll both end up right back. Looking quickly back outside the stall Ori pulled the. older woman into the shadows I m not going to, break you out I ve discovered something. Something that will restore us restore you You have. to get me in to see the High Lords, Candra looked at her bewildered for a long moment. before returning her eyes guiltily to the shovel I d bet. ter get back to work before someone else comes to, Ori grabbed her mother s wrists before she could. move Mother I need to know who to talk to, Shaking her head Candra fought to evade her daugh. ter s stare No Ori I don t know what you think, you ve found but nothing will make a difference. We ve lost, This will make a difference Ori had no doubt about. that Quickly she explained There was another starship.