|The Search for Peace|
August 26, 1998
A decade after the horrors of the Great Sith War, the great Jedi Nomi Sunrider calls a convocation in the isolated solar mining facility Exis Station. Jedi Knights from across the galaxy gather to discuss the healing of their wounds and the rebuilding of the damaged Galactic Republic. All the great heroes arrive, including Master Thon, Sylvar, and even Tott Doneeta, recently injured in a terrible heat storm during a clan war on the Twi'lek homeworld of Ryloth.
But Nomi Sunrider's 14-year-old daughter Vima is not interested in meetings and speeches. She just wants to learn to be a Jedi herself, though her mother is always too busy with politics and business to spare time. Brash and bored, Vima steals one of the small ion mining ships and attempts to fly with a corona work crew, but finds herself trapped in the star's magnetic storms. Tott Doneeta saves her and brings the girl back to Exis Station, where she faces Nomi Sunrider's stern rebukes.
Only one Jedi, blinded to the force, does not attend the Exis Convocation--Ulic Qel-Droma, war criminal and grim wanderer. He has hired a scavenger, Hoggon, to find for him a place of peace, a place where he can avoid all contact with people, perhaps even a place to die, alone. Hoggon, a Jedi-phile and collector, does not know the identity of his passenger. After dropping Ulic off on the isolated, frozen ruins of Rhen Var, Hoggon rushes back to Exis Station in hopes of catching a glimpse of all those legendary Jedi Knights.
Hoggon arrives at Exis Station and takes a place in an airshaft to watch the convocation, as Sylvar has taken the chance to speak. She talks of Ulic Qel-Droma and mentions that he betrayed the Jedi and now wanders free. She makes reference to Ulic's conspiring with Exar Kun, and the death of Jedi, including her mate Crado. She then states that Ulic is the greatest shame of the Jedi Knights.
On Rhen Var, Ulic takes up his lightsaber, but cannot feel anything in the force. The weapon is nothing but a tool in his hands. The ground beneath him then gives way, dropping him into a hole.
Back on Exis, Vima stares at two hologram's belonging to her mother; one is Vima's father, Andur, and the other is Ulic. Vima asks her mother about training, to which Nomi responds with "not today." Vima then goes off to the docking bay, stowing away on a ship, intent on finding her own trainer. Also in the docking bay is Tott, who asks Sylvar to come with him to Ryloth, in order to deal with the anger within her.
Upon arriving at the new city of Tott's clan, the two Jedi are told of an attack on the clan by another clan. Tott leaves to deal with the situation and asks Sylvar to help while he is gone. Sylvar decides to try and rally the clan, telling them that they must attack and have revenge. Tott returns to announce that blood shed does not create peaces, and that a solution has been reached; the two clan leaders will go into the desert together and a new head-clan will join the tribes. Not used to the difference in custom, Sylvar asks to be taken home to Cathar.
On Rhen Var, Ulic looks back on what he has done in the past; betraying Nomi and killing Cay. He considers this to be a place as good as any to die, but is urged to live on by an image of his deceased teacher, Master Arca Jeth. Ulic pulls his strength together and climbs back up through the snow.
On Exis Station, Nomi finds her hologram of Ulic missing, and is told by Master Thon that Vima is missing.
On his ship, Hoggon discovers that Vima has stowed away on his ship. Vima says she is looking for Ulic Qel-Droma, and show Hoggon the hologram. Hoggon takes her to Rhen Var and drops her on the planet, giving her a transmitter with which to contact him. After Hoggon leaves, Vima states that she will not leave until she is a Jedi.
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