Luke walked in as casual as usual and smiled as he saw his old friend, "Master Katarn. It is good to see you."
Luke felt the disturbance in his mind and furrowed his brow slightly as he inclined his head to him, "What is on your mind Katarn?"
Katarn waved to Jaden Korr and Corran Horn who had just arrived behind Luke. As they sat Katarn cleared his throat and spoke
" there is no point in me beating around the bush here. I think accepting this boy to our temple is a big mistake. I think letting him even come here was a mistake. Do you not feel it? Not only does the dark side circle around him it seems to generate from inside him. It is like nothing I have seen in one so young. The last time I saw the dark side so concentrated with with Darth Maw back in my days as a mercenary. The child is dangerous "
Corran horn nodded but Jaden spoke
" True I felt his aura from miles away but we can not ignore the other facts.. The boy is powerful. Very powerful, the kind we have not seen in our temple in many many years. Now that we have allowed the boy to learn he has the potential to grow he is a danger if he is not controlled. "
Luke sat down at his seat and sighed, "It is true, the boy is dangerous. He is very powerful and quite frankly is a loose cannon. However, if he can be turned, if he can be brought to the light, he would become a very powerful Jedi."
Luke looked around at all the unsure and troubled looks, "I understand your concern, I share it. But we can not ignore this." He looked over at Master Katarn, "When I found you Master Katarn, you were a mercenary. A man willing to kill for money who had no real feelings or passion. But you had the Force. Now you are on this council and a crucial member of the New Order. My point is this masters, there is hope for anyone, if you only have the patients to work with them. Even Sith Lords have been known to turn to the light after a life of darkness."
"Everyone consumed in darkness is not past redemtion of the light." Said Les Crafter as he walked into the council room, "Forgive my intrusion Master's. My name is Master Les Crafter of the Old Republic." He crossed his arms and stood in the middle of the room presenting himself to the entire council.
Corran Horn looked slightly affrnted at this intrusion. Even in the days of old this would have been seen as inn appropiate. Sensing this Katarn said
" Be still Horn, Master Crafter has spent time with the boy. I believe his opinion is worthy of this council. Please take a seat my friend. " He waited for Les to sit before replying to Luke
" I do not dispute that one who embraces the darkside can turn to the light but this boy is different. He generates the dark side. The last reported case of this was seen in Marco Ragnos and i think I need not remind any here what atrocities befell the galaxy under his influence."
Les bowed graciously and sighed, "There was another who generated the Dark Side as you speak of. A former master of mine who was a Sith Lord and turned to the Light. He became a great and powerful Jedi, unmatched by many. He two generated the Dark Side, but only when he was consumed in it. His name was Dante Kamatura. His Sith name was Darksaber. He reigned more terror then most have ever known." Les pulled out two lightsabers and held them out for everyone to see, "These are his lightsabers." The Dark Side of the Force almost poured off of them and soaked the floor as Les held them weightlessly.
Katarn Held his hands out and summound the sabers towards him. Holding them in his hands he felt darkness run through his heart. Shuddering he placed them down on the table beside him. Taking a moment before he spoke he said
" These... are evil. How did they come to this temple "
"They were Darksaber's and found their way into Brandon's hands. However, it is something more then just coincidence. I feel he and my old master are related in some way. These lightsabers call to Brandon in a way that only Darksaber would know. I recommend they be locked away and hidden." He said putting his hand to his mouth and thinking.
"They were taken from Brandon? This is ill news for to take these items from him will provoke only anger and mistrust yet to leave them with him will do him no good either. I think that for now at least they will be kept by the council. We should send for the boy and test him. Master Crafter could we ask you to fetch him as he has developed a bond with you. He will rather if you find him. We will await him here "
"I must agree with both Master Crafter and Master Katarn. These lightsabers hold nothing but hatred and anger and can not be left in Brandon's hands. They must be held by the council until further notice." Luke said and sighed as Les stood up. "Thank you for bringing this to our attention."
"Of course." Les stood up and made his way out of the council room. He was satisfied with the council's decision to back him up in keeping the lightsabers away from Brandon, but he knew it would not be easy on Brandon.
He found Brandon loosely meditating where he had told him to and half grinned, 'At least he is trying.' He thought. Stepping up quietly had sat down next to Brandon, "I see you took my advice. I am glad you did. How do you feel Brandon?"
"Bored" replied Brandon opening his eyes and getting to his feet.
" So what now? any chance of actually getting this hokey religion thing done with?"
Les half smirked remembering when he felt this way as a child. Not standing up, he turned to Brandon, "This 'hokey religion' is something that I am offering to you as a gift and a chance to better your life and everyone elses. You will have a chance at a life that very few have Brandon, it is not to be taken lightly. And, if you show some respect, you will be taken into the council and judged whether you can be trained as a Jedi or not. Are you willing to show enough respect and not let your mouth get the better of you to have a chance at this 'hokey religion'?"
Brandon said nothing and just got to his feet. Not firing off a smart ass answer was the most repsect he could really show to anyone. He waited for Les to lead him to the council meeting. HE wanted the power and he wanted to be trained. But to what end? that not even he knew
Les took his silence as a yes and half grinned as he made his way to the council chamber. They stopped at a large blast door and he looked at Les, "These people are one of the most respected council's in the universe. If they say anything harsh, it is only to understand more of you. Once again Brandon, try your best to be patient. Also, when we enter, make sure to bow when I do." He nodded slightly and opened the door. Walking in with Brandon behind him, he stopped in the center of the room and bowed.
By the defiant look on Brandon's face it was clear he was considering the consequences of not bowing. However slowly and very begrudgingly he tilted his head and shoulders in a short bow. Immediatly he felt the presence of his sabers in the room and his eyes darted to Katarn, then to Skywalker. Though Katarn had handled the blades he was sure that he had given them to the man who held the main seat. He waited for them to speak to him
Les sat down in the chair he had been offered before and there was silence. For a moment, they just read him through the Force. Luke sensed his unease and his want for the lightsabers and turned his head to the side in question, but didn't speak. One of the master's shifted his weight and Les put a hand to his chin as if observing Brandon for the first time ever.
After a few moments, Master Skywalker spoke, "Brandon. You have been brought before us today to take trial and be judged if you are fit to become a Jedi. Do you understand what this may mean if you are to become a Jedi? Do you know what you want to do if you become a Jedi? What role do you see yourself playing as a Jedi?"
Instinctivly Brandon knew that lying and saying he wanted to use his powers to become a champion of justice would not wash with this lot instead he spoke the truth. they could like it or lump it. He knew he had potential and if they wouldn't train him he was sure he would find someone who would
" All my live I have been living in darkness, in every sense of the word. I want to feel that my life has more importance, more meaning than just etching a livng as a thief and assasin. I want to be in control of my destiny. I want to realise my potential. I want to make a difference in the galaxy. I want to be remembered. "
He stood there, defiant as ever. His mind tugging at the lightsabers in the box beside luke's seat. To his enormous suprise he heard a rattle inside the box. The sabers had moved as if longing to come to him
" I also want answers, why for example are you all so fetermined that I dont have my blades back. And mhy are you all looking at me as if you have never seen anything like me before and yet..yet you know me. Does this have something to do with Darksaber?"
Everyone looked at Les and he leaned forward, "Yes it does." Les could feel the attachment of the lightsabers and Brandon and this disturbed him even more. They WANTED to go to him. This was astounding.
"Darksaber was an embodiement of pure evil. Something hateful and vile. There is only one man in the universe who has gone up against him and survived and lived to tell about it. The fact that his lightsabers are drawn to you disturb all our minds Brandon." Les said and looked over at Luke.
Luke had a troubling look on his face and looked back at Les, "Will he complete what he begins?"
Les nodded, "He will. I swear it."
Luke nodded then looked back at Brandon with a serious but happy look on his face, "Then welcome to the New Jedi Order Brandon."
Brandon looked over to Les and shrugged. The council all looked at each other then luke spoke.
" the question we now must face is who will take the boy as his padawan learner. He is too old to join the younglings in the groups classes. It depends on what will suit the boys the best. Master Katarn could teach him the path of the weapons master. I am not able to take another padawan as I already have two. Master Horn could teach him the path of the jedi Consular... or maybe master Corr could teack the path of the jedi Guardsman."
Before anyone could speak Katarn had risen
" I believe the boy should be taken by Master Crafter if he will agree to it. I sense their destinys are intertwined somehow "
Les shifted slightly and he sighed, "I have not taken a Padawan learner for some time." He thought for a moment and his hand went to his mouth as he looked up at Brandon. He slowly nodded, "Alright. I'll do it but as long as he knows the responibility and dedications."
Brandon shrugged again. Katarn nodded and took his seat again. With a peircing staring at brandon he added " We will be watching closely Brandon. I am sure you are used to doing things your own way but right now you are living in our community and there will be rules that must be observed. Talented though you are you are not the first with powers and you will not be the last. Do not let them take control over you. You may go."
Brandon looked up at the council and said
" if you think I am getting the braid in my hair you have another thing coming "
THen he gave slight bow and left
Before he was completely out of the room Les stood, "Padawan." He called to Brandon, "Meet me in the spot where I told you to meditate and do so again. I will join you shortly."