"The Wrath of the Galaxy, it's been a long time," A gruff voice called to her and she glanced at the Pureblood Sith who stood near the center atrium. Darth Vowrawn was a Dark Council member and had been in the position since before she was born and he would still be once she died unless someone killed him first.
"Darth Vowrawn, it has been some time... Thirteen years ago you saw Darth Marr and I to the spaceport when we left for the unknown regions of the galaxy. I didn't hear from you again until Empress Acina joined the Alliance. She mentioned that you were the one who advised her to join us," the Wrath greeted, moving to stand beside him. He bowed his head to her and she smiled at the familiar Darth who she helped at the Battle of Corellia and again on Rishi. She was glad that at least one of the Dark Council members from her days as an apprentice was still alive.
"I did. When you were the Wrath of the Emperor, you were an invaluable ally. Empress Acina spoke highly of you as well but she also thought you were foolish for not returning to the Empire when the war ended ten years ago," He advised and she smiled at the aged Sith noting the wrinkles and crevices that lined his tentacled face. She nodded and sighed.
"It wouldn't have been the same. My blade longs to be soaked in the blood of my enemies and what better place to do that then the unknown regions and for my own Empire," She rhetorically asked, giving another excuse as to her absence in the Empire but the Darth knew better.
"You cannot fool me, Lord Jen'Ari. You've been affected by the War more than anyone else I know. Working alongside the Jedi affected you more than it did Empress Nox," Vowrawn hinted as Jen’Ari blinked at him. This was news to her. She and Jen'Asha Kallig, renamed Darth Nox had been Acolytes on Korriban and they had fought together when they were taken by Emperor Valkorian thirteen years ago. She didn't know what had happened to the Darth but Acina wasn't a weakling.
"Did Acina die?" She questioned, unsure of what she was hearing.
"Yes, unfortunately. Empress Acina went to her stronghold on Yavin IV. She went with a handful of her Imperial Guard. Three days later, she called Darth Nox and her apprentice Eros to her stronghold. When they arrived, she lay dying. She and her guard were attacked by a group of Massassi while exploring the caves on the Planet's surface and Darth Nox, Jen'Asha became Empress Jen'Asha that selfsame day," he told her the tale and she shook her head, setting one hand to her chin.
"That's not possible. Was Empress Acina wounded in any way before she left? She could have taken on a Massassi without flinching and her guard was more than capable of handling it. What..." Jen'Ari began, trying to make sense of it.
"Lord Wrath, are you questioning the words of the Emperor?" a male voice echoed from behind her. It held dominance and rank but it lacked the dark side force energy to back it up. She turned to find the Emperor's Apprentice, Eros behind her. She set both hands on her hips and stared at the dark-haired human teenager, who she knew had been drummed out of the Jedi order by her friend and the Hero of Tython, Master Kael Rishond. Eros had once been a promising Jedi but the war with the Eternal Emperor had tainted him too much.
"No, I am merely questioning the facts of the tale. I came to speak with the Empress Acina. She and I had a meeting about the current situation," I offered and a grin spread across his pale features. Twisting them as his eyes glowed with that unnatural Sith orange that Jen'Ari once prized.
"What current situation? The Empress Nox is going to war with the Republic. I didn't realize that was a situation," Apprentice Eros grinned and Jen'Ari's anger burned in her chest. How could Jen'Asha decide something so crucial without first asking the advice of the Dark Council? Jen'Ari turned to Vowrawn and her eyes glowed with the red-orange fire once more.
"This is the first I've heard about it," He quickly defended himself against the more powerful former Sith. Jen'Ari stalked off, leaving the fearful Darth and the conniving apprentice to get to the root of the problem.
"You can't just walk in there," Eros called to her and she ignored him. If Jen'Asha... Empress Nox thought she could take over and immediately go to war, she needed to be taught a lesson or removed from her post.
An Imperial Guard stood at the door to the Throne room and he stepped aside for the former Wrath, knowing what she would do to anyone who stepped in her way. She may have been the Leader of the Alliance and now the Empress of the Alliance of Zakuul, but that didn't mean that the Empire had forgotten the things she had done during the wars she'd fought.
Jen'Ari stalked up to the doors and two Imperial Guards stepped into her way. They were older than the first and had served Empress Acina before this. Jen'Ari set her hands to her belt, inches from her sabers and met the eyes of the male.
"Stand down or I will cut you down," She growled, her voice deeper than before and seething with Dark Side energy that thrived here on Dromund Kaas. The Imperial guard swallowed a lump in his throat and shook his head.
"We can't do that, not even for the Wrath," The Guard replied and in an instant her blades were in her hands. They ignited and She held them to either side of the taller man's throat like a pair of scissors. His fellow guard ignited her electro staff and Jen'Ari glanced at her. The female crumpled to the floor, screaming in agony as she grabbed her head. The Wrath turned her red gaze back to the male and glared up at his face, sabers inches from decapitating him.
"I say again. Stand down or I will cut you down. I don't need a reason," She growled at the male. He stared at her face and paused for a moment as if listening to another voice.
"The Empress will see you," he responded curtly, voice audibly shaking. She deactivated her sabers and they floated back to their hooks on her belt. The girl stopped screaming and panted on the floor, sweat dripping down her face.
"Do not challenge me again," The Wrath threatened before she pushed through the doors and into the throne room. Ready to face Empress Nox and kill her if it came down to it. Jen'Ari would not let the Empire fall to ruin because one Sith Sorcerer was letting her new position go to her head.