Several assault shuttles carry YVH droids modified for Killik hunting with Luke in command. The shuttles head off, encountering much of what Bwua’tu expected they’d find, until the shuttles start coming apart around them. The YVHs can handle themselves, but Luke has a Force bubble around him. They move toward the Ackbar and breach the hull.
Inside, Luke can sense Raynar’s pull. Raynar wants him to leave. Luke is glad to do so…but with Raynar. He reminds him of all the memories they have, how Luke had protected his family from the Diversity Alliance, had helped Bornan Thul destroy a galaxywide plague. Raynar starts to retreat, but UnuThul has the power of the Colony behind him and asserts himself.
He can sense Unu coming for him. He has the YVHs seal off the hatch to make the corridor airtight and fix the hatch. Raynar comes through and flicks one of his hands. Luke is pushed back, bounced off droids and grabbing for hatches.
He finds his helmet dropping to the floor in two pieces. Luke orders the Dazers droped which deadens the auras of the Killiks. When bodyguards fire at him, Luke bats the projectiles into a wall. Unu ignites a gold lightsaber and deflects the YVHs.
Luke ignites his spare and kills the rest of the bodyguards. Raynar, being younger, thinks strength is the answer to every problem. Luke has learned much and is able to evade attacks. When he has to block with his blade, though, he takes off Raynar’s weapon hand.
Raynar uses his remaining hand to try to push Luke down the corridor. Luke roots himself there and waits, not budging. Luke asks Raynar what he can do with someone who won’t learn from their mistakes. He picks Raynar up by the collar and pins him against the wall.
When Raynar uses the Force to call his weapon back, Luke intercepts it and takes out the focusing crystal. He tells Raynar his days as UnuThul are done. It’s time to come home. He cannot stay with the Colony because, as long as he is the Prime Unu, Lomi Plo will be the Dark Queen of the Gorog. The Colony will be in conflict with the Chiss as long as that happens.
Raynar suggests there might be a weapon to kill the Chiss. Luke reminds him that it wouldn’t be right to use one if it did exist. The Jedi will not allow the Killiks to destroy the Chiss anymore than they would allow the Killiks to be destroyed. The Colony will grow too large again and devour its own worlds. That is why the Celestials drove them into the Unknown Regions. They had devoured their own world and tried to take someone else’s.
Lomi Plo bursts through blasting at one of the remaining droids. Then she parries the blastfire of the last one before using the Force to drain its power. Knowing she can do the same to his lightsaber, Luke springs down the corridor. She uses her white-bladed one and then produces the one Raynar had confiscated from Luke on Wotega: Luke’s green-bladed one.
Luke sends her staggering back with all arms flailing as she tries to keep balance on her mismatched legs, one human, one insect.
Something slams into him and sends him across the floor. He finds he’s not holding his lightsaber and cannot move his arm. He calls the weapon back to his good hand and parries her blows while someone fires shatter gun pellets at him.
In his earpiece, he gets a message from Control about Killik swarms headed to the medical frigate. Luke knows she’s probing him through the Force, looking for fear or doubt. He focuses on the fight and not on his loved ones on the ship.
Luke slides across the corridor and grabs a section of destroyed YVH droid that comprises a pile Raynar is standing on. Sending the droid down the corridor to Lomi, who deflects it, giving Luke time to knock Raynar out.
Control advises again that swarms are opening fire on the medical frigate. Luke was expecting it this time. He knows she can call off the attack. But he doesn’t need her to. He tells her Bwua’tu knew she would attack the ship and nothing is on it but a few mouse droids. Mara and Jacen are on Coruscant.
She lunges at him, he steps inside the attack, sweeps his blade up and around, cutting her in four pieces. He almost expects her to vanish in smoke. Luke retrieves the two lightsabers and goes to grab Raynar, telling him it’s time to go home.