Tales from the Thandon Cluster
Gaul / Novus Orsa
Chapter I: Gaul
Gaul and his Trianii family were taken as were taken as slaves by the CSA as they quickly took over control of the planet with their superior technology compared that of the peaceful natives. Gaul was taken to one of the many Trigdale Metallurgy mines. He never found out were is parents and older brother were taken, of if they were even left alive. Gaul used to scream to try and compel the CSA to tell him where the rest of his family was. The screams turned to requests, requests turned to thoughts, and eventually those thoughts even disappeared as Gaul cam to the realization that he would never see his family again. Gaul was only 14 years old and we was being forced to grow up alone way before he was ready.
Gaul’s first job was to pack explosives to be used in the mine. The young Gaul was specially chosen due to his still small and dexterous hands. It really wasn’t a bad job as it at least kept him away from the heavy lifting and toxic cloud of dust ever present deep within the mine.
After working for a few months and accepting his new life as a slave, he was approached by another Trianii slave, Titus. Gaul had seen Titus and perceived him to be one of the leaders of the slaves. Titus asked Gaul to start providing him with explosives. He was to continue packing explosives for the CSA, but he was to only pack 90% of the explosives and smuggle the other 10% to another slave who would come to him. Titus said these explosives would be smuggled out of the mines and sent to the Brosin Underground (BU). Gaul had heard of the BU and their struggle against the CSA and there labor practice. Gaul was happy to comply.
Gaul was now 16 after spending two years supplying the BU with explosives. Unfortunately, Gaul grew discontent as he was putting his life at risk to get the explosives, yet his life had not changed. He started to doubt whether the BU was doing any good at all. One typical day, Gaul has just finished packing an explosive charge and hiding the 10% for the BU. Just then a guard grabbed him and carried him away without saying a word. Gaul knew he was finished.
The CSA gave Gaul two options. He could inform the CSA of all of his BU contacts and be rewarded with the opportunity to pay off his debts to the Trigdale Metallurgy and become a free man. The other option as to be tortured, and give up the names of his contacts anyway. Gaul thought heavily, he was no traitor, but what had the BU really done for him anyway? Then the CSA threw in an additional incentive, they would tell him what happened to his family. Gaul talked, he told them everything about the local leader Titus, and everything else he knew. When the CSA was satisfied Gaul had told them everything, the said four simple words that would haunt him for the rest of his life. “Your family is dead.” They then left Gaul alone in the locked room.
The next day Gaul learned that h would have to work 5 more years to work of his debts, though he honestly had no idea what he owed them for. Gaul had many roles in this new line of work but two were of special note. He supervised the positioning of the explosive charges and eventually become the one who planned the explosions necessary to exploit the valuable natural resources from the ground. The other was more sinister. His job was to beat misbehaving slaves and to torture slaves suspected of conspiring against the CSA. The CSA took perverse pleasure in watching a Trianii torture his own kind. At first Gaul was very passive with this new task, but complied out of fear of what might happen to him if he didn’t. Gaul soon noticed the look of great disdain and disrespect on all the faces of the slaves. This made beating them much easier, and Gaul soon became much more violent and used these sessions to release the anger that was stored within.
Eventually his five years of service was over, and Gaul became free. However, he realized he had no place to go. There were two likely options if he left. One, the Tranii could find him and kill him f they found out who he was. Two, he could be captured a second time and become a slave once again for the CSA. Gaul chose the comfortable option of staying and earning some money for when he did choose to leave the mines.
Following the fall of the Empire, there was promise of better conditions and freedom for the slaves. What should have been good news was bad for Gaul. If the slaves were freed, they would certainly come after him. It was time to leave. Gaul gathered his equipment and money. He stole a blaster and some explosives and left.
Fearing retribution if anyone found out is identity, he cut his face up, hoping the wounds and resulting scars would be enough to hide his identity. He was now 25 and heading for the city as a free man. He needed a new beginning and a new identity. From now on, he would be Novus Orsa.
Chapter II: Novus Orsa
At 14 Novus Orsa and his Trianii family were taken as were taken as slaves by the CSA as they quickly took over control of the planet with their superior technology compared that of the peaceful natives. Novus Orsa was taken to one of the many Trigdale Metallurgy mines. He was separated from his family and only years later did he learn of they death.
Novus Orsa’s first job was to pack explosives to be used in the mine. The young Novus Orsa was specially chosen due to his still small and dexterous hands. It really wasn’t a bad job as it at least kept him away from the heavy lifting and toxic cloud of dust ever present deep within the mine. As he grew older, and larger, he started placing the explosives and detonating the charges. He also had the unpleasant task of hauling the heavy rock from the dust filled mines.
He did this for 11 years, when opportunity for escape finally presented itself. An unusually big explosion came from another corridor of the mine. Someone must have incorrectly calculated the amount of explosives required. The mine was chaos and visibility was near zero. Knowing the mind by heart, Novus Orsa was able to make his way to the exit and made a run for it. Three guards say him escape and pursued him. Once Novus Orsa made it to the woods, he was no longer prey, he was he predator.
Novus Orse sprung on the group, killing the first guard almost instantly with a claw to the jugular. It was too close for blasters and an intense but quick claw to sword battle took place against the remaining two guards. Novus Orsa was the only one left standing, though with a cut up an bloody face. Novus Orsa did not mind the cuts as he knew in the future he would be able to look upon those scars and remember the price he paid for freedom. Novus Orsa looted the guards of their money, armor, explosives, and a blaster. He would make his was to the city to start a new life as a free man.