There really was no reason for me to be sitting in the cockpit of this decrepit piece of junk of a ship. The same vessel that had taken father and I to Orcus now stealthy carried us towards Dagobah, the belly of the swamp-planet rolling into view before us. From here, it looked like a green jewel hanging before a glittering black backdrop.
However, I knew that upon the surface of this force-strong planet, the swamps and gasses would be anything but beautiful.
My lip curled back a little in a snarl at the thought of trudging through the muck and mud. It seemed that no matter how hard I trained, what I went through, that penchant for the finer things, that reflexive urge to turn my nose up at the unrefined. Letting out a sigh, I forced myself to relax my features. Dagobah might not be my favourite place, but it was where I was meant to be right now, so I would make do.
I glanced to the Sith Lord next to me. For once, the mighty Darth was the one following me, rather than I him. I hadn’t even told him why we were going here. Yet he’d done what I asked with nary a word. He even piloted the ship as I couldn’t. I felt my chest grow warm as I considered how readily the man had made room in his busy schedule to indulge his daughter’s probably foolish-sounding request.
It was a warmth I quickly buried. I wanted to become Sith, Sith didn’t let in weakness.
As our ship descended into the atmosphere, gently coming to rest in a clearing, the surrounding swamp seemed to envelop our craft. I pulled myself up from the seat I was in, walking down the ramp as it descended. Instantly I was assaulted by the thick, acrid stench of the bog water. Steam arose from the ground. Stringy, mossy vines hung from the spindly trees, branches reaching out to claw at us from all sides. In every direction the marsh seemed to extend into infinity.
Goosebumps arose on my skin the second my boots sank into the soft mud. The force was strong here. Taking a step to the side, I waited for father to follow me out. I suppose it was time to tell him why I’d dragged him all the way out here.