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The Battle Hymn of Karin Ka'Nesh
Author: Siduri with lots of help from Alain Boubil and C.M. Schonberg

Song-Fiction based on and to the tune of "I Will Make You Proud" sung by the character of Guillaume in Boubil and Schonberg's musical, Martin Guerre. For those not familiar with the original song, it can be heard on this website: http://www.jeromepradon.com/fr/sl_mg.html

Character: original female, Karin Ka'Nesh, former concubine to Emperor Palpatine (think of a forceless version Mara Jade before she goes soft for Luke, physically resembling Catherine Zeta Jones, but with gray eyes). Other Imperials who don't belong to me get mentioned, too.

Timeline: Some time after Return of the Jedi

Summary: Karin Ka'Nesh attempts to stir up the Imperial troops after Emperor Palpatine's death.

Disclaimer: Schonberg and Boubil own the music and some of the lyrics. I changed the lyrics in most places so that they would fit the sentiments of an original Star Wars character and situation. God-King Lucas of Flannel-land owns anything and everything to do with Star Wars. But he can't have Karin Ka'Nesh because she's one of my roleplaying characters. Unless he offers me BIG bucks and we all know that's not going to happen. I'm not getting paid for any of this. Nope, not at all.

"The Battle Hymn of Karin Ka'Nesh"

Coruscant. The second Death Star has been destroyed and the Imperial military and government is starting to feel the effects of the Rebellion quite acutely. The figure of Karin Ka'Nesh emerges after her time of hiding since the Emperor's death. She pushes her way toward a balcony within the Imperial palace and addresses the crowd that has assembled below:


I was born an Imperial
Just like each of you.
Born to obey and serve
As any woman must do.
Kneeling before the Emperor,
Filling his bed
Till my heart is breaking
But now he is dead!

Ysanne Isard, I knew your father.
Piett, Tarkin, I knew them, too,
Staunch patriots who stood for order,
Now, tell me, why shouldn't you?
Moffs, do not betray them.
Admirals, do not fail.
In the face of this Rebellion
The Empire shall prevail.
Stormtroopers, form your ranks;
TIE pilots, soar above the crowd;
Pledge this in Palpatine's memory,
I will make him proud!

Look around! Can't you see
What the Empire has become?
Isn't it time it was cleansed
Of this Rebel scum?
By the blood of the Emperor,
We will take up the sword!
We will root out these Rebels
In the name of the Dark Lord!

Everywhere there is chaos.
Everywhere there is doubt.
Everywhere are traitors;
It's our sworn duty to weed them out!
In these dark days of the Rebellion,
Vow as I have vowed
Shout it from the Imperial palace-
I will make him proud!
Here I come before you,
Bearing my soul out loud,
By the soul of the Emperor,
I will make him proud!

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