Addendum 3/5/2012: With the events of C1M32, the focus has changed to a general exploration of the Sith Code as it applies to Spyker. This thread is likely to wrap up soon because of it.)
Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
Through passion, I gain strength.
Through strength, I gain power.
Through power, I gain victory.
Through victory, my chains are broken.
The Force shall free me.
--The Code of the Sith
First though, a shower. Running water was generally a luxury, but it was common for SPECWARCOM units, as they were often deployed to areas without any facilities at all, and the Federation gave them a deserved break upon returning. Sonic showers were good, but after a long week or so running an operation, hot water was downright heavenly.
Spyker Katarn stood there, letting the water bead over him and soothing the sore muscles; an operation on Thyferra was canceled at the last minute when intelligence revealed resistance would be too much for a lone operative. He'd been there for a week, and to have the opportunity snatched away at the last minute was somewhat irritating for the sergeant. It didn't help matters that the new Director of Special Warfare Command favored using the Direct Action Teams over the solo operators, but that was above Spyker's paygrade.
Spyker wiped away the steam that had formed over the mirror and stared at the person looking back. He could hardly recognize it from the person he once was; battle had aged him, and each one had its own story. That puckermark on his torso was the result of a rare slugthrower bullet fragmenting on contact. Another angry looking scar was the result of a fight on the water planet of Deyer; that injury couldn't have been treated by bacta, so the docs were forced to use the inferior product of kolto instead. More scars revealed signs of torture, some by the NR, others by people he used to associate with, but all left their marks.
The sergeant shook his head, clearing it of the memories. He pulled on his off-duty wear, and set about getting some shuteye; when he reached his rack though, he saw an unfamiliar object laying on top of it. It was a datapad, but one unlike any he'd ever seen: jet-black, with only the Tionese letter omega adorning its back in silver. Spyker flipped it over again to look at the screen, and hit the power toggle. The display lit instantly, and a message from Kyp appeared, telling him to read it in the man's absence.
To the soldier, the message had the force of an order, so he sat down, reclined on his rack, and began to read.
'The Book of Anger? Strange title..."