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Shiromy stood atop the Erebus' bow, watching the Mandalorian army approach. They were about thirty kilometers away - too far for normal eyes or macro binoculars to make out. Tanks, troop carriers, armored speeders and jet troopers - about a thousand units total outnumbering the ESS ground forces roughly 4:1. Of course, the two corvettes added a significant shift in her favor.

(...)

Hopping off the bow, she landed in midst her troops.
"Your highness!" One of the commanders approached her. "We'll do our best to protect you, but you should stay in cover."

Shiromy rose a brow. "Thank you, but I think I can hold up pretty well." (...)
"Forgive my objection, your highness, but your garments won't offer much protection against their weapons. And even a lightsaber won't deflect a tank blast."
Shiromy frowned, then looked down at her silken wardrobe. The man was right. The elegant fabrics wouldn't absorb much blaster fire. Spreading her arms a gust of wind whirled up the dust around her into a dense spinning cloud. Breaking down the molecules she re-formed them. Finally a small shock wave spread from her and what had been a cloud of dust was now a shiny combat armor in metallic black and crimson perfectly fitting to the rest of her garments. After regarding her work for a moment she threw the startled commander a innocent grin. "Will this do?"

"... yes, your Highness." The man stammered. For a moment she regarded him, then the other soldiers around them. They were not used to have their Empress standing next to them, preparing for battle. Many probably didn't know her background, feeling responsibility for her safety. It troubled them, made them uneasy.

"Listen to me, all of you!" She addressed them and rose her voice. "As we prepare for the coming battle I stand here today not as your Empress, not as the uplifted ruler who smiles into the cameras while her people get slaughtered. No. I stand here as one of you. This upcoming battle is going to be rough and demanding. The Mandalorians are tough and relentless. They will show no mercy and expect none. Their goal is to capture me and kill all of you. If they succeed, they will go on and conquer our worlds, burn down our homes and enslave our families. But none of this will happen, if you do bare in mind what I tell you now."
She made a pause to let the words rest. Then continued, increasing the vehemence of her speech.
"On this battlefield I am not your Empress! Titles and privileges won't keep you alive in a battle. Do not care for my safety! I will fight as one of you and, if fate will, I will die as one of you! We will stand together as one and we will show those Mandalorian tin-heads what it means to F$%K with the ESS!"

The last words had come like a roar from a furious predator, as she rose her lightsaber high into the air. A thunderous cheer roared through the rows of her troops.

As she turned around she beheld a distant flash - and a red laser blast coming towards them. "Watch-" a soldier cried out as he noticed she was standing right in the projectile's way - yet grew silent as she deflected it with a simple wipe of her hand.

"Alright boys, that was our invitation!" Trevar called out. "Return fire!"

At his command all hell broke loose, as hundreds of heavy blaster rifles burst to life and spat their deadly charge at the enemy. While the armies fired at each other Shiromy positioned herself before the battle rows and - dashing from side of the front to the other - deflected blast after blast.

It was in the middle of this chaos that Shiromy felt truly alive.
Along with the recent image, I thought I might add the bit of said interactive story that inspired this image. So here it is. Enjoy reading and excuse my poor english writing style ;)

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A nicely rewritten version by SlingBlade87 can be found HERE
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SlingBlade87 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Writer
Ooh, I really enjoyed this. Lovely piece!

May I have the honor of retouching it?
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Vince-T Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
go ahead ;)
It's only a short excerpt of a story RPG I'm involved in.
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SlingBlade87 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Writer
Yeah, but it's a GOOD short excerpt and I'm a writer, I can't resist!
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Vince-T Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, ok. Looking forward to v2 then :)
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SlingBlade87 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Writer
A quick bother, what color saber does she have? I'm imagining either a vermilion, yellow, or crimson color. Thought that I should ask before I go creating something though.
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Vince-T Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At that point in time it's yellow (will get a red one some months later). Here's a picture to the story: [link]
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SlingBlade87 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Writer
Ah most excellent, almost done then.
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SlingBlade87 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Writer
I shall message you as soon as I have it finished and posted.
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