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The Jade Empire - Xiwangmu Domain
« on: July 31, 2019, 04:37:52 AM »

This story describes events that took place several months before the meeting in the Khnemu station, so they are not binding on the general plot, but give a wider picture of the rebuilding network of the Goa'uld Empire.

The heir of the kingdom of Jade shows itself

Jade planet  Orbit
Xiwangmu Ha'tak


Death gliders circled above the building that had once been the home of Lord Yu Huang ShangTi, one of the most powerful and respected System Lords in the history of the galaxy. Time seemed to have stopped at the time when the granbde goa'uld reigned from the jade throne. But the events had followed one another and even for the reign of Lord Yu, the terminus had arrived. The attack of the replicators at the Hassara Space Station had been the final blow to a domain that had crumbled before the combined forces of Baal and Anubis. The lord of Jade had opposed despite his age-related dementia, a rather strong and resistant defensive line. With him, Amaterasu, a lesser System Lord, had joined forces, having risen to power and visibility in the last years of the third dynasty and other minor goa'uld, hoping to stop the advance of Anubis and his allies. But the attack of the replicators had put an end to all this. In a few moments the life of the leader of that courageous coalition had been killed, pierced by the replicator under the guise of one of the most hated Tau'ri. Since then the chaos had taken over the whole domain of the late lord of jade except strangely for a small nucleus of planets, which firmly remained in the hands of the last true heir of the Jade empire. Xiwangmu had managed, though with great difficulty, to remain firmly on the celestial throne, taking over from its disintegration and maintaining at least two of the most important planets. The ancient capital Jade, and its former residence, the planet known as Ulan'Tze, to which it was particularly fond. From these two planets, she too had slowly rebuilt her forces, and as Khnum had at least partially succeeded in restoring its former glory. But the isolation in which it had closed, would have ceased anyway, it was a matter of time. Inevitable consequence of the events that were affecting the entire galaxy. The Tau'rì continued their explorations, the Free Jaffà Nation although with difficulty, had found its own equilibrium and placed in the Milky Way. Even the goa'uld, although greatly diminished in number and almost completely decimated by their faithful forces, had nevertheless stabilized their small possessions. The fleets, however, were slowly rising again and that of Xiwangmu was one of them. On board her ship, the queen goa'uld awaited the arrival of the emissary sent by Khnum himself, whom she had never known, but who had managed to emerge as one of the new goa'uld landmarks for the Via Milky Way. Dressed in a long silk tunic in pastel colors, her face made up in a heavy but not so heavy look, Xiwangmu was the image of the same royalty of the Jade Empire. His fleet was his true strength, unlike Khnum, she had not been able to completely rebuild it and only two ha'taks constituted a defense against any threat that could come from galactic space. Patience was the main virtue of Xiwangmu, a mildly calm and calm person who, in situations of grave danger, had allowed him to survive and save as much as other goa'uld lost every time. After almost an hour and a half of waiting wanted by the queen herself, a signal warned of the arrival of the host ship in the orbit of the planet Giada.

"My queen the ambassador's ship sent by Lord Khnum, is about to emerge from hyperspace at times!" exclaimed the jaffà at the console of the pel'tak. Xiwangmu's eyes for what seemingly calm and laid, were particularly attentive to any movement to be made or already occurred.

A glow on the viewer announced the arrival of the ship sent by Khnum, but with great surprise for the queen herself, the great flagship known as The Duat appeared. A communication channel opened with the flagship.

"Lady Xiwangmu, I am honored to be able to meet you personally, it seemed a little respectful to send an ambassador, when I personally believe that showing yourself to a potential ally would be the best thing for our future relationships!" said the ruler of Khenem, smiling before the scene faded to show the two ha'tak and the disproportion not only in size but also in demonstrated power.

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Re: The Jade Empire - Xiwangmu Domain
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2019, 04:49:15 AM »

Jade  planet  Orbit

"For me it is also a pleasure to meet you at last, in millennia I have heard a few times about you, but always impeccably from my late husband and lord ... but I did not expect your arrival, but that of your ambassador or I would have welcomed you with all the honors you deserve! " the queen replied trying to please the lord of the planet Khenem with flattery.

"Great celebrations or parades or other things are not necessary, this is only a first meeting to get to know each other and I think it is a courtesy to see oneself personally without a visor and the space that divides us!" replied Khnum amused and master of diplomacy. Xiwangmu noted with pleasure that his guest was far less arrogant than he had expected or told him. It was a pleasant surprise.

"We are about to send you the coordinates of the sacred imperial palace of Tiangong the capital of what was once a powerful empire, I will await you personally upon your arrival!" concluded by closing the video channel while the scene shifts onto Xiwangmu's face, which we now see much better. Queen Goa'uld is visibly very old, even her guest is definitely different from what you'd expect to see, wrinkles and a melancholy expression make Xiwangmu's face, a grotesque mask. The awareness of the end, especially of his life and the impossibility of having a worthy heir, leaves extreme bitterness in Xiwangmu, sadness and awareness clearly visible on his face.

Tiangong palace 1 hour later

The communications between the two ships had been clear, Khnum would have come down accompanied by his lotaur and five jaffàs from his personal Ram Guards escort, and it didn't take long then to realize how much Xiwangmu had guaranteed for safety, however the precautions were long to be eliminated in these circumstances. The activation of the ring took place exactly at the scheduled time and in a few moments Khnum appeared surrounded by his jaffas and his trusty Lo'taur, a young boy of about twenty years looking particularly impressive for his beauty and grace.

"Lord Khnum we are honored to welcome you!" the queen proclaimed bowing to the ruler of Khenem, Khnum in turn bowed his head in respect to the landlady.

"Queen Xiwangmu ... it is really a pleasure to talk to you personally, I never met you before and it was a serious lack of respect for you, I offer you my sincere condolences for the great Lord Yu Huang ShangTi, the best ruler who goa'uld have lost too soon! " Khnum replied, in his words, of what he really believed personally.

"I thank you Lord Khnum, I will soon take you to the place where the august emperor rests eternally, but first I will lead you to the hall where we could speak in total tranquility!" exclaimed the sovereign, making her way through the corridors of the building to a large room that seemed to be an outdoor garden.

"Your jaffà will be able to ensure your safety if you want also from this room or will be able to wait outside, in any case what will be said between these walls, will remain only among those present, fundamental questions for the future of our diplomatic relations!" he added, showing the large room that resembled a huge Chinese-style garden with cherry trees, waterways crossed by bridges, two gilded wooden thrones awaited them. Khnum nodded, sitting down but waving the hand that left his men out of the room. Not even Xiwangmu was accompanied by jaffà except by his Lo'tau. When all the jaffas were out of the hall, Xiwangmu turned directly to Khnum without a word.

"Now that there is no one and the room is reclaimed by potential spies or espionage devices, I can tell you frankly ... Lord Yu in recent years suffered from a progressive dementia of considerable speed, my every attempt to stop it or slow it down has failed miserably ... and in my attempts I realized that the situation had not only changed for the worse for Lord Yu, but also for me! " he completed the queen leaving Khnum without words.

"What do you mean Lady Xiwangmu?" asked the System Lord.

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Re: The Jade Empire - Xiwangmu Domain
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2019, 05:31:09 AM »

Jade  planet,  Tiangong  palace
pavilion of the red lotus



"Even my existence is nearing its end anyway, I am sterile and it is not the worst of my problems ... the sarcophagus is no longer able to restore my energy and the worst thing and I am no longer able to take a new host! " completed the queen by looking at Khnum directly in the eyes. The System Lord felt in obvious embarrassment, he was aware that Xiwangmu was in great difficulty, but even Khnum would have imagined this.

"Under what conditions are you and if I am not indiscreet, have you already made a count of how much time remains there before the inevitable passage?" Khnum asked in turn, trying to maintain total dinnannzi impassivity at that news.

"According to all the analyzes, repeated on different occasions, I have only five years of life left, after which I will not even be able to support this millennial guest and I will die within a few hours, so I ask myself to spare myself a war intestine! " Xiwangmu replied almost with tears in his eyes. Khnum was speechless, waiting a moment before he could find new ones that weren't late.

"I will soon be reunited with my husband Lord Yu and the other wives, dead before him, I will be buried in the great tomb of Lingtong but at my death the heavenly order will fall, the heir to the throne died during the fall of the Empire and none of the potential successors, however still alive, is even remotely worthy to sit on the heavenly throne ... for this you have been invited, to find a suitable solution for the purpose I set for myself! " the queen added, standing up and taking a walk around the ruler of the planet Khenem.

"You Lord Khnum were one of the few lighthouses, a light in the darkness in which we have sunk because of the bad government and the advent of the tau'rì, now we are not able to eliminate the problem as it would have been done when we were strong, my husband made the mistake of granting protection to our enemies even to the Asgards when we should have eliminated them to the last man ... but now we must live together and rebuild what was lost in years of civil war! "

"All empires have fallen and my realm will at least collapse unless you have a name, a goa'uld prince to settle to my death with which to continue the divine heavenly Empire of Jade!" he concluded by finally showing his true intentions. In light of those words, now Khnum completely understood why Xiwangmu had strongly wanted that meeting and had prepared that pavilion far from prying ears.

"I understand your problem Queen Xiwangmu, but right now I cannot guarantee you a succession worthy of the empire, I can only tell you a simple thing, I will not allow the Celestial Empire of Jade to disappear in the oblivion of time, that its Gods are forgotten , I will do everything possible to find a successor and if necessary to train him personally, you have my word! " Khnum replied, making his eyes sparkle. Xiwangmu looked closely into his eyes before replying in turn.

"My hope is to have a worthy heir, a leader who will rebuild the heavenly empire as powerful as it once was, reconquer the entire territory and be an example for all the faithful jaffas and the people of the galaxy's Gods, who have not accepted this change wanted by Tau'rì! "

"If it exists, you will have my research starts from this very moment you have my word!" Khnum replied dryly, rising to his feet and bowing his head to the old queen goa'uld. Xiwangmu smiled in turn before speaking again.

"Now I will lead you to the mausoleum of Lord Yu Huang Shang Ti, the tomb of the Jade Emperor please follow me!" the queen changed around, making her way to the pavilion door. Only when Khnum reappeared with Queen Xiwangmu, the Ram Guards felt more relaxed. Side by side, Khnum and Queen Xiwangmu were in full harmony, as if they had always known each other and that they were indeed almost husband and wife. The Lingtong Mausoleum was not far away, but to get there it would have taken only a few moments to recalibrate the coordinates of the conveyor rings. It didn't take long then.

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Re: The Jade Empire - Xiwangmu Domain
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2019, 04:50:32 AM »

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Lingtong  mausoleum


The conveyor rings were activated after being calibrated and brought Khnum, his personal escort and Xiwangmu itself directly to Lingtong, a town not far from the imperial capital. As for the whole planet, also in this case the architecture of the site was derived from Chinese but with subtle goa'uld and even Ancients traits. A large central building accompanied by smaller buildings and a park extending as far as to miss the horizon. Hundreds of statues depicting terracotta warriors had been placed almost everywhere along the paths, to protect the individual buildings and beyond. But the greatest and most majestic architecture was the great tomb of Yu Huang ShangTi. A Chinese imperial palace similar to the one in which he had reigned, adorned with statues of dragons / goa'uld, terracotta warriors and wrapped in a sacred wood, slightly above it thanks to a flight of stairs actually four that rose from each side . An immense statue of the goa'uld in the Chinese emperor style, had been raised behind in gilded bronze. The serene and severe look, the symbols of his power, the great headdress on his head. Khnum was left speechless, compared to the necropolis of Khenem, they were very poor compared to the immense imperial tomb of Lord Yu.

"Its construction had already been completed many millennia ago, Lord Yu believed he could live forever and for this he came to abuse his sarcophagus, but that abuse eventually led him to the precocious madness and to the inglorious end that we all know. ..but come, I will let you visit his room where he rests! " the queen added, making her way to the great tomb before them.

"I imagine that these secondary palaces are the sepulchres of minor wives and concubines as well as of children who died prematurely?" Khnum asked, looking at the buildings that stood out on the horizon.

"Even the ashes of the best First Prime reside in this sacred necropolis ... not only the body of my husband, but also characters who have distinguished themselves for various merits that I will not list, but who have received a proper burial, but follow me, I will show you the inside! " completed Xiwangmu making his eyes sparkle, holding out Khnum's arm.

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