A bright sunny day on the city planet Coruscant. The sky rose high and open, light glinting off the buildings in sharp rays. The morning heat rolled lazily in slow folds from the buildings in attempts to settle on the ground, only to be lifted again by the feint winds and deposited amidst the ponderous shadows cast from nearby objects. Smartly Darana Cairnfell made her way into the household, pausing only briefly for the guards to verify her identity. She cast her mind out over the house, locating all of her students and operatives. Most of the newer and the younger ones were coming in from the morning run, led this time by Rook. Eirc was in the workout rooms. Talia seemed to be recovering from a late night of decrypting messages. Darana could see the formulas swirling through the other woman's mind. Morgen was already on her way down to the breakfast table, the whole concept of teamwork being new to the thief made Darana smile. So many came to her unaware of how to effect solid teamwork. Next her attention was drawn to Silver. Finally the young girl was learning to stand on her own. She would be stable enough now to endure the darker aspects of Sith training. Darana made a mental note to speak with Anelis about enrolling the ex-slave in the Sith academy. Missing among the typical members was Sidra Roamstar, the Mercenary now loyal to the house, kidnapped by Bobba Fett and Kylie Renoran, now a Jedi Knight. Kylie had returned to the Jedi, at least briefly. Avon was at her own house, tending to her own business set down by the Emperor. Shade was off planet on assignment fomr Darana and Takara was out checking on her own droid labs in the city. Upon reaching her own rooms, Darana shrugged off the Heavy Robes of her Red Guard Uniform and pulled on the less elaborate jump suit most in the household wore. Just because she was no longer on duty in the palace, did not mean she wasn't on duty here. In fact in her house, everyone was always on duty. That was life. Six AM. Time for breakfast. Easily she made her way upstairs to the brightly lit dining area. She paused at the window, soaking up the warmth, listening to the light chatter of the various members. It was one of the rare days when most all the members were present. Even Avon had decided to eat with them this day. Finally Darana joined them at the table, her own breakfast in hand. A sound from the hallway drew her attention. They all heard it, and the chatter at the table died away quickly. Members furtively glancing at each other as an unmistakable rhythmic sound, grew closer. The sound of marching feet. The confusion and anxiety around the table was palpable. Darana was about to bring the house under control when events did it for her. A twin column of what were unmistakably Red Guardsmen stopped at a full halt out side the main entrance to the dining room. At an unspoken command they broke ranks. Half a dozen came into the room, in full robes and armor while another half dozen or more could be seen in the hall. A quick look at the other doors to the room showed that there were now Guardsmen standing out side those as well. Ever so slightly Darana shifted in her chair, setting down the fork and knife she had been using. All interest in breakfast now lost. She was careful to project nothing to the rest of the house as the Guard Captain, a man named Lamont, entered the room. The heat from the new day still radiating from his uniform, and the armor of his men. Without hesitation Lamont withdrew a datapad and began reading, he was stone faced, but he could not completely hide his discomfort. His men, behind the face shields of their helmets were unreadable. Lamont's tenor voice sliced though the silence of the room. "By Lawful Order of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Palpatine: The entity known as The House of Darana also referred to as The Household is hereby disbanded." He paused for a breath, ignoring the unease of the room. "The Lady Darana Surragar Cairnfell Arsein-Davis is ordered to present herself to the throne Immediately." "Those holding membership in The House of Darana will receive a scheduled time to present themselves for reassignment." The Captain finished reading the proclamation and looked up from his datapad. Darana betrayed no emotion outwardly, but those around the table who knew her best could sense her disquiet. Without a word she stood, and Lamont motioned for her to proceed him into the hallway. The Guardsmen formed around here, and the group marched away with the same rhythmic noise. "Uh oh." Eric breathed into the silence.
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