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Interview with the Executor of Imperial Remnant
This is Kyr Kittaj of the Galactic News Network. Recently I was invited to Onderon for an interview with what is known as the Imperial Remnant. A faction of the Empire lead by Executor Ardonis Commodore, which split from the Empire on Coruscant recently.
I was able to sit down and have a talk with the Executor and the woman Jade, a paladin of the Remnant about current events and their place in the galaxy. There where some rather shocking revelations about the reason behind the split of the Empire and Remnant. As well as an explanation for how the Remnant was able to take Onderon back from the Sith.
Kyr Kittaj takes a seat on the bech taking out her holorecorder and activating it "Yes of course that would be fine. I have actually been very interested in getting an interview with you. So much has happened since the last one"
Ardonis Commodore nods. "Indeed it has. I suppose you have a list of questions already set?"
Kyr Kittaj: Yes, actually first I would like to get your comment on what happened on Coruscant and at the Rendili ship yards with the attack last night
Ardonis Commodore: I'm sorry, but I honestly have no current knowledge of that. I've been busy most recently. What happened on Coruscant?
Kyr Kittaj looks curious "Sith forces attacked the main city on Coruscant, there are also conflicting reports that they have taken the Rendili ship yards
"Jade" (Taffa Markova) chimed in. "there was a news report on that. pirates stole a shipyard or something. Couple of the 202 were in the system and offered aid."
Ardonis Commodore frowns, staring at her for a moment before turning to Jade. "It would seem I need to watch the holofeeds more. Or hope that my intel people are more on their game on current events. Forgive my ignorance in the matter. Once I have more knowledge on the situation myself, I will gladly update you."
Kyr Kittaj nods "One of the main questiones people have right now for you, is how exactly you were able to take control on Onderon here. It had been under sith control briefly before from my understanding"
Ardonis Commodore nods, sitting up slowly. "Quite honestly. I came to them, and told them that I wanted them off of Onderon. The Sith Dynasty was spread thin between Onderon and Korriban, so I told them simply they could not afford a battle for this planet as it would cripple their numbers. The Dark Lady agreed, and pulled her people out. I did promise political asylum for a few select members of her cabinet should she choose to do so, but she never stepped forward with her people so we have been Sith free all this time. I also demanded the release of Queen Astra from the Sith as well. I'm not as violent of a man as people believe me to be. Yes, it would show that intimidation was used as a tool, but it saved lives, and avoided major damage to the city and its people."
Kyr Kittaj: It is usual for a planet to be given up so easily. Was there any sort of terms to this agreement or did the sith simply leave?
"Jade" (Taffa Markova) says 'There have been stragglers every now and again, but every effort is made by us, and by the 202nd clone battalion to keep the planet as safe as possible. Residents ahve been returning quite comfortably. People here are happy to host us."'
Ardonis Commodore: No terms. I merely said they were not my focus at the time. And they seemed to think that was enough. As it stands, we're currently focused on the Republic. They have a hatred for the Republic as well. They tried to talk me into a form of an alliance, but I made it clear that this was only a temporary cease in my mission against the Sith threat. Perhaps they thought they could use this to their advantage, who knows. But I made no agreements to help them or trade anything with them.
Kyr Kittaj nods "there has been a great deal of speculation about exactly why this spit happened in the empire. Would you care to give your view of what happened?"
Ardonis Commodore: The great divide of the Empire, yes. That…. is quite a long story. I'll admit, I did do some wrong, but not to the extent I'm being accused of.
Ardonis Commodore: I'm sure the public is greatly aware of the threat known as Wraith. We had him in custody for a short while. We came to find that there was another spirit inside of the host body. Known as Simus. In my…. less then stable state of mind at the time. I sought the ends to a problem, and the answer to my serrogate daughters anquish. I employed Simus to aid me in killing Wraith, as well as bringing back a fallen comrade from the dead. A fools move you could say. But a father will do anything in his power to see his daughter happy again. I gave Simus a new body to host his spirit, and as he was bringing back our friend, Wraith woke to early. During the process of the resurrection, a strong blast of force energy knocked me across the room, causing my head to hit the wall. I later found out that it caused a mild concussion, temporarily imparing me. Wraith got the jump on Simus, slaying him in his new body, threatened to kill me and the newly living Jonas if I resisted him. In my impaired state, little choice but to let him out of the room. I sounded the alarms on the ship afterwards, but it was to late. He managed to escape still. From there, the man currently claiming to be Emperor took it upon himself once he found out what I had done, and called the Republic in to arrest me. This should have been dealt with as an internal matter, and investigated at least to some extent. But instead since he felt that I wronged him in bringing back Naja's former fiance, he went direct to the Republic to have me taken down. Many people saw this as an act of treason. He's done quite a few things in his time of service, outside of his duty or his power. Gone against the Emperess' orders. My attempted arrest was the final straw for certain people within the Empire. From there, we began to form up, and create the force that resides here on Onderon. We're here as a peace keeping force at the time, aiding the Onderon Royalty while they reform their Guard."
Kyr Kittaj pausing for a moment sorting through all the information "You fully admit that your actions with this Wraith were for personal reason though. It sounds as it endangered others
Ardonis Commodore: No, not just for personal. I had full intentions of killing him. Had he not woken up to early, he'd be dead, and we wouldn't be in this situation now. If we want to go into self sacrifice, why I didn't attempt to kill him afterwards and die trying, the same should be asked of Azlum. He could have ended this long ago. If the sacrifice of a life would have solved the problem, he could have sacrificed his own.
Kyr Kittaj: but it was actually this incident with wraith that caused this spit to happen? There had actually been no report of it before. Only that you and the current Emperor had differences
Kyr Kittaj looks down as her datapad blinks at her she quickly scrolls through the incoming report "oh… my"
Ardonis Commodore nods. "Indeed. Jonas, the man that I had brought back, was the former fiance to the Emperess. He was struck down by Sith assassins before while doing his duty to protect her years back. Talking to her less then a day before, she admitted she was ashamed of what she would give to have him back. So, I tried to make her happy. By doing so, it seemed to insult Chris, and in retaliation over 'betraying' him, and letting Wraith escape in my weakened state, he tried to have me taken out of the picture more or less."
Kyr Kittaj slides her datapad across the table to Ardonis "I am sorry to interupt but you should see this latest news"
"Jade" (Taffa Markova) herself rolled her eyes and sighed. "Ardonis, it appears that Novastar has declared war upon us. And it also seems he's named Naja's unborn baby…
Ardonis Commodore slowly looks over to the datapad, both brows raising high as he looked it over. "These words are lies, and they will not go unpunished. If the boy wants to declare a war, then he shall have a war. I gave them a chance to do this peacefully, didn't want this to turn to war. But as always, they chose to fight first, not me."
Ardonis Commodore: As for the false accusations made my Chancellor Horten about the assassination attempts on the Emperess made by the Remnant, that is also a lie. I have fought for nearly a decade to keep the Empire alive for her. Why the kriff would I have her killed? The lies and propaganda of the Republic, as well as the False Empire, know no bounds. They will do anything to ensure their corrupt hold over the galaxy it seems.
Kyr Kittaj taps her fingers on the table "that is a great deal of conflicting information. what will your reaction to this declaration be?"
"Jade" (Taffa Markova) folds her arms, "The remnant wants nothing short of the security of the galaxy and the preservation of diversity of government. If the empire wishes to crush democracy under lies. then we will fight for the right of every free citizen of every world.
Ardonis Commodore: My reaction is this. We, the people of the True Empire, will do what we must to ensure the soverignty of the systems under its jurisdiction. The final preperations are made, we can only hope the others will follow."
Kyr Kittaj: I see. Do you believe this declaration will result in direct fighting between the two factions. Would you be open to diplomatic solutions if offered?
Ardonis Commodore: I have offered diplomatic solutions already my dear, they refused. Unless they're willing to counter my offer with something of similiar nature, then I doubt there will be any comprimise.
Kyr Kittaj: I am sure in light of this announcement you are a very busy man Executor. Do you have anything to say in closing?
Ardonis Commodore nods, slowly standing up. "I do. I hope that the young man claiming to be Emperor will see this interview, and wake up. I once thought he was a bright young man. We even spoke not long ago about rejoining the Empire to its former glory. But I cannot sit idly by while he usurps the throne. And to the Chancellor, I hope he'll see this, and know what he faces. Free people, unbarred by his corrupt government, willing to die for what they believe in."
Kyr Kittaj stands picking up her recorder "Thank you for the interview Executor"
Ardonis Commodore bows slowly. "Thank you for comming so far out of your way. Have a safe trip back home."
After this interview ended I was able to talk to an anonymous source who had some interesting commentary on the Executors comments. Many questions remain. Was this split in the Empire truly due to ideological differences, or was it a battle over the late Empress Naja whom Emperor Christopher married and whom Executor Ardonis considered a daughter. The Executor himself attempted to interfere with the wedding between Christopher and Naja, and clearly did not approve of their marriage. Sources note that before Chris and Naja’s romance began the now rival Executor and Emperor had good relations with each other.
War is never good for the galaxy. Is this conflict over who can bring order to the galaxy? Or a jealous spat over a woman? It is a question which we may never get an answer to now that the Empress is deceased, should it be true however these men may sacrifice many lives for the sake of their personal conflict. Perhaps only history will be able to judge.