EMPEROR'S LOG .. C O N F I D E N T I A L Current Location - ECLIPSE-LEV5 Date - 1.0614200 Subject - Lammashta, Psylocke ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Today she came to the Officer's Meeting in the Dining Room. She was quiet, tended to pick at her food but seemed very alert to the conversation around the table. She did comment to me about Mira Lexor's request to retain her former rank by whispering "I'm thinking that Mira has a good point. I think it is honorable for one to turn down a rank that she doesn't feel she can hold responsibility for. It's noble - perhaps a little foolish, but still noble." After everyone had left the room, I ordered the guards to leave except for Tahirah, my new Haldis Guard. Then I rose from my chair and stood. She looked as if she would stand but I said "No. I want you seated, my apprentice. And I want you to listen to me very carefully. You have received a minimum amount of rest but you are still suffering from your recent trauma at Port Lansing. As well you should. Reveal to me your thoughts as they come into your mind." I warned her to hide nothing from me and began truth reading her to see if she had become Maul or some other past personage. My apprentice's brow furrowed and she looked down at the table and said "I don't feel anything..." I knew then that she was, as she said to me at Port Lansing, an *empty vessel to be filled with the Dark Side* and it thrilled me. "Good enough", I said. "Now...what is your name and who do you serve?" She looked up at me with a puzzled expression. "I am Psylocke Jago Lammashta and I serve you." "And who am I?" I pressed. "You're Emperor Palpatine...come to think of it, I don't know your first name. I'm curious to know what it is." she had the audacity to reply back! My anger leaped into dangerous measure as I moved closer to her. "WRONG answer, my apprentice! I will give you one more chance to tell me who I am..." She nodded quickly with a smug smile. "You...are...my...master." I gave her a warning look and paused before I said "And, just so you know - you will never, not ever, know my first name...do you *understand*?" She disappointed me entirely when she replied, "As you wish. But I would have liked you to address me as Captain Lammashta instead of Psylocke before anyway..." That piveted me into a new direction with her. "You lack the vision behind this questioning - even moreso, you lack *respect*!" I moved closer to her face and gripped her narrow chin angerly. "Let me see you show that respect *now*, my apprentice! KNEEL to me!" I watched with satisfaction as she knelt on one knee, then told her to kneel on both knees, which she did with a touch of defiance. I gritted my teeth. "Now...here's TODAY'S lesson, my little Lammashta..." I looked at her, trying unsuccessfully to hide her emotion from me and pulled away from her in disgust. "Do you see the space between my feet and your knees? That represents the division between us!" Psylocke looked up. "Yes, Master, a division." She was turning dark, I could sense the coldness seeping into her day by day - and I was beginning to know her weaknesses and it disturbed me. I needed to make her submit to me as her master or we could never begin. "NOW...here, too represents the space and time and experience between us!" I used the Force to slam her back against the opposite wall. "Are you making a note of THAT? Let me hear you answer me!" My apprentice smiled back at me, as if the jolt sent her pleasure instead of pain. "Yes, the space of time and experience between us, Master!" I looked at her with some surprise and it occurred to me that she might not have absorbed the entire lesson, so I decided then and there to finish it. "Ah..but that still does not demonstrate the division of my power against yours, my apprentice!" I seethed, "Look into my eyes now..." My pupils slitted over hers and I lifted my hands, surrounding her with blue and white Force lightning. I managed to raise her up from the floor midway to the ceiling and dropped her, stunned. She screamed once in pain, then lay on the floor barely moving. I turned away, nursing my private anger, returned to my dining chair and waited for my apprentice to digest the lesson. I knew this one would be a greater challenge than her forebear, Maul. He had not been as much a handful but then - I had discovered him as a near babe. Psylocke Lammashta was an attractive, maturing female. I watched her as she laid there quietly on the floor. Slowly, she pushed herself up into a sitting position. "Do you think I don't understand that you are more powerful than me?" she suddenly retorted. "Do you think that I don't know that you could kill me in an *instant*? Is this suppose to scare me...Master?" She glared at me - I could detect a delicious rage welling in her. "I DO understand this! I've known it for years! Everyone thinks that I don't understand anything! That everything has to be explained to me!" She stood up warily. "I am your apprentice. I sacrificed the one thing I truly loved for you! I do understand the distance between us." "Then give up your *sacrifice*" I hissed. "I don't want your love or any other emotion unless it's to STIFLE it under my foot!" Her face hardened as she glared at me. "I already gave it up. You, of all people, should be able to sense it, I haven't been able to feel anything but emptiness since..." She cut herself off as if she were trying to hold back a bad memory. "Are you sure you know who you are talking to, Lammashta? I am not 'people', I am your MASTER. Sith do not feel, they act according to what they have been taught. You have been raised erroneously to think 'emptiness' is a feeling...but no -- for you, it is a state of *beginning*. As you told me once before, you wish to be filled, like an empty vessel, with knowledge. I am your Master now - I am giving you your first lesson...LET ME FILL IT." She looked down at the floor and then back up at me. "You are most profound, Master. And I do wish to learn from you." I nodded back at her obvious sincerity. She was calmer now. "So," I said, "Let go of your past life and your recent sacrifices. They have been noted and duly appreciated but you are a new creature now. You are my Sith Apprentice. One day, you will serve me without question. One day you wil be my finest champion - I respect your abilities and will use them. One day, you too, may become a master and command respect yourself! But, my young apprentice...we have a long road and short time to get there." I stood before the chair and faced her. "Go now, and finish your sleep. I will monitor your dreams night and day so that no entity will disturb your rest." Silently, she turned on her heel and left the room.
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