The Age of Gambrach: Gates of Darth Soukey

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In the days of the first coming of Gambrach lived another man from the tribe of Gunn called Anakin Soukey. Soukey was of the camp of Ibbad Morsi and when the day of Gambrach’s dethronement by Ibbad Morsi came, Soukey was the man of Gunn who led Gambrach away from the palace. Ibbad Morsi banished Gambrach from the land and it was written that Gambrach kept this in his heart against Soukey, the face of his truncation.

 

Decades letter, when Gambrach and Gejoshaphat rumbled in Electoralis Federalis, Anakin Soukey was back in the palace, as the king’s adviser on secureness. And in the ides of the second month of the year, on the eve of electoralis, upon the proclamation of Soukey, electoralis was pushed back for half a dozen weeks, in the guise of the secureness of the kingdom being incompatible with it. This perplexed the house of Apicuria, as it was said that they had no more gold doubloons to prosecute electoralis. And in that day, Anakin Soukey flew the kite of Rexus Interregnum, many said, to prolong the reign of Gejosphat. But yea, did electoralis hold and Gambrach declared king in the stead of Gejoshaphat.

 

At his coronation, not to be confused with the Koronation that failed to happen in Gideria, Gambrach said, knowing the rulers to be fearful of him, “Ye needst not be fearful of me. Only be fearful of the consequences of what ye have done.” And in the fullness of time, it came to pass that the government upon the shoulder of Gambrach began to hold the men of Gejoshaphat to account.

 

In those days, fear began to grip the sons of men, heralding what came to be known as the Feast of Passover in Aboo-Jar, the seat of the throne. For many had acquired palatial mansions far beyond their monthly wages could pay for. The Spirit of arrestatum and confiscatum, whose name was Egbami, swept through the city and many fled these homes thinking, ‘if this evil spirit meet me not present here, it shall pass over me.’ Egbami laughed, for it was not just a spirit of physical properties, it also had the power to scrutinise records in the registries of Aboo-Jar. It was said that Egbami also descended upon men and caused them in a fit of apostasy to hand back to the treasury all they had taken. Better, they thought, to be only mildly offensively wealthy than to fall into the hand of Egbami. And the righteous began to fast and pray for Egbami to pass over them.

 

The men of the secret police of the Kingdom, the Deliverance Squad Squadron swept in, and entered the places where Egbami had passed over. First was in the house of he-who-must-not-be-named, so unnamed because his name could only be pronounced only by a chosen few. He was captain of Gejoshaphat’s patrolmen of the ships and seas and waters.

 

Very quickly, in the fullness of time, the Deliverance Squad Squadron also visited Anakin Soukey, accusing him of great, great pecuniary malfeasance. Soukey was a most treasured guest of the Deliverance Squad Squadron, and they treated him to the best of their hospitality, insisting he be their guest forever.

 

“Thou honourest me with thine hospitality”, said Soukey, “but I beg to take my leave. For I am frail and infirm and must consult with my physician who lives far away in Londonia. I promise thee, I shall return.”

 

“Nay”, said the Deliverance Squad Squadron. “Thou art our finest guest ever. Thou tellest tales of such phantasmagorical propensities, of which we are yet in need. Tell us more.”

 

And when Soukey saw that they would not let him go, and that the court could not break his chains, he began to tell. Of how there was once an King’s Adviser on Secureness, not Soukey surely, who was charged with replenishing an armoury but thought it wiser instead to test the bravery of the army. So the bullion went elsewhere.

 

To Dukkie, the owner of the daily news parchment known as Today, whose work premises were attacked by the armies of the Haramites. Dukki requested compensation of Gejoshaphat, though he was not commander of the Haramites and help came from Soukey. Dukkie, confirmed this to the people of the Kingdom saying “This money cannot be forfeited to Egbami. For I lifted mine eyes onto the hills and from thence cometh my help, in the face of Soukey. As it came from Soukey, this help cannot be wrong.” And so he became known as Dukkie Nixon.

 

It also went to RayDar, who beamed images into the crystal balls of all the gazers in the Kingdom. Soukey had given RayDar a big chunk of the bullion just before electoralis. RayDar was in the inner circle of Gejosphaphat and Padipalia for electoralis. RayDar, of whom it had been sung that he was of great candour, of a truth, was held in the jailer’s custody and could find none who would stand in the gap for him, that he might be released.

 

With the greatest, austere, spartan and frugal disposition, the Deliverance Squad Squadron said to Soukey, “Thou tellest not of another Adviser on Kingdom Secureness. Verily, say we unto thee, thou speakest of thine own self. Thou art marked for the dungeons.”

 

And the people gathered and were heavily wounded and mortified by the tales of Anakin Soukey. But he could no longer be called Anakin after the weight of the Revelations. The force of the dark side, if the tales were to be believed, was very strong with him. He was to be known thereafter as Darth Soukey. And these were the Gates of Darth Soukey.

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