I am late on posting this update.
Two new chapters.
The Marauders have made their move. Luke finds some old friends. We learn a bit more about Tylo and the meaning of the garrison.
I’ll just leave this link here.
This “live” suit is a proof of concept of something which I have written into my fiction as an “overskin.” My concept of it was based on the real-life research behind just this type of thing. I explained this in the Star Wars story as the black, lycra-like suit that Stormtroopers wear underneath their armor.
In my fiction, a version of this not only has engineered bacteria, but also theoretical engineered silicon-based nano forms and long-strand polymers. The suit not only literally eats the sweat and oil from the wearer’s skin, but expands and contracts to compensate for fluctuations in atmospheric pressure or puncture wounds on the skin.
It’s interesting to see theoretical and fictional concepts get tangible.
This is a pivotal chapter that maybe explains the title. A touch of the horror trope. The garrison, Luke, and the Voss go to find out what exactly Vader’s Keep was built over.
We also meet some new characters. Some very, very, very old EU characters.
It has been some time since I posted an update to this story. Some people asked me questions about that.
1] A couple of things coincided for me, personally. First, I made a job change which did throw my schedule up in the air a little bit. Also, I had a bit of a health thing that also threw me off for a few weeks. I’m busy, but my health is fine, and I’m otherwise back to normal. I now have finished several more chapters, and I’m polishing them up, now.
2] In the long run, I definitely intend to maintain this entire story on GoogleDocs. I will inevitably go back and make some edits as I do this. It is very lovely that I can make a change to the story within GDocs and have the published document automatically reflect that update. So the whole story will be available both on Fan-Fiction.net and GoogleDocs, but eventually, the GDocs version will be the most consistently up-to-date. I’ll post updates for those interest as it the time comes.
3] Someone asked if anything, say, in Rogue One had thrown me off. Such as, for instance, seeing Vader’s castle on Mustafar. Welp, not really. My idea is still consistent with the canon universe in that Vader’s Keep here is also one of his castles. I realized also that Vader’s castle also does make an appearance in the Young Jedi novels. (I never read those.) So I was already going to be deviating from canon if I were to write that this was Vader’s only property.
4] It’s been some time since I have been up to date on any EU material. I admit I hadn’t seen much of the animated Clone Wars, but I have recently been able to marathon the whole series. I have to give all the credit in the world to Dave Filoni and the team there. As a fan, I have to say: wow. I truly loved what they did with a lot of these. I have to say my idea for what I was looking to accomplish in this story was also done by the Clone Wars. Namely, giving the troopers (at least the clone troopers) some humanity and individual stories. Also, they did a much better job exploring the Force in the show. Fans will definitely know the episodes I mean. They made the character of Anakin far more interesting than was done in the live action movies. Lastly, the “Lost Missions” were also good. (Yes, I skipped the Jar Jar Binks episodes.) Yoda’s trip to the Moraban was fantastic. And, obviously covering some of the same ground I am here. Call that foreshadowing if you will.
Stormtrooper Jafan comes to terms with the aftermath of the firefight. We learn some of the quirks of the Troopers on the base and their cross-species relations. And a Force user can no longer hide those powers.
Some sexuality in this.
The Centopt of the stormtrooper garrison has a face to face with Luke Skywalker. They learn a little bit about one another, and the mystery of what exactly Darth Vader has been protecting in the castle is explored.