***It is no secret that the decision to promote Moff Bhindi Drayson to Supreme Commander could have been better made. While the reputation and exploits of Ms. Drayson are uncontestable there remain those skeptics that speculate if the Moff's ability were the sole factor in the decision. Conspiracy theorists point out that a simple recommendation by Simon Kaine to the Imperial High Command and the Emperor for Drayson's promotion would have still brought about the same results. Especially if Moff Drayson herself desired the promotion. And yet...
Simon Kaine made it a point to come to Coruscant to ensure from the Emperor's own mouth that such a promotion would, in fact, take place.
It, therefore, begged the question as to why Ms. Drayson's promotion to the post he was retiring from was so important to Kaine? It also would be cause for speculation as to the exact nature of the relationship between Simon Kaine and Bhindi Drayson.
The datasphere is alive with Drayson-philes (as they term themselves) that a union between the Supreme Commander and the Empire's most powerful Moff would have created a powerful shift in the leadership dynamic of the Empire that even the Emperor could have easily been threatened.
There are those that feel that if Kaine had wanted to be Emperor, he merely had to seize it without requiring the companionship of Ms. Drayson as there are those who say if Bhindi Drayson desired to be Empress, she merely had to reach out and take it as well.
Be that as it may, there are records of the Galactus making port at Yaga Minor more often than at most other ports. It makes one wonder if Moff Drayson was held in equal esteem as, say, Moff Kraken with Simon Kaine or was there something more..superficial that made its way into the mind of the Supreme Commander...?
***Prior to Coalition Billibringi Attack
"Another visit, Supreme Commander. A woman might read into all this attention," Moff Drayson remarked as the two walked to her private quarters.
"Maybe the rumors about your lack of loyality require a more hands-on presence from myself," Kaine replied calmly.
Bhindi Drayon's delicate face drew together in scorn. "No offense, Supreme Commander, if I wanted to move, there would be nothing you could do to stop me. Your single warship in port can be destroyed at my whim as could yourself."
It was Simon's turn to turn a disapproving look towards the Moff's direction. "Threats are beneath you."
Yaga Minor's Moff reacted as if physically struck and while she did not respond, it was clear she was angered.
"This way," she motioned crisply, all business.
"Damn if the Moff won't shoot him!" the security man turned his face to his workmate as the monitors showed both leaders enter her quarters disappearing from the Security Network's sight. No one seemed more intent on personal security than Bhindi Drayson but like all paranoid leaders how handled their share of secret programs and personal ambitions, they drew the line at spying on themselves.
"How do you know it's not an act?" the other, older security man asked.
"Have you ever known Moff Drayson to act?"
"Point!" the other conceded.
"My people expect me to shoot you one of these days," Bhindi reflected a few hours later.
"Sometimes I feel like shooting myself," Kaine remarked and saw that his comment drew much disapproval from the woman. Ambitious women had no patience for self-doubt. Especially when...
"Don't tell me you are worried about Joren Logan and his Coalition's rhetoric?" she prodded and Simon smiled. The culmination of the Glee Anselm coup was about to be brought about giving the Empire an boon to exploit.
"No.." his voice trailed off.
"You are not worried the Emperor will slip on his tea and break his neck, are you?"
Despite the narrowed eyes he threw her way she grinned a feral grin. "If you are worried about his safety, I might be able to arrange extra protection.."
"Hyfe is irrelevant.." Kaine murmured and Drayson suddenly laughed out loud rather harshly.
"Don't tell me you are still worried about time bandits from the future? You think the Imperium will last another four hundred years?"
Kaine could tell that she did not believe his report now any more than she did when he first relayed it. Or perhaps, she was merely toying with him in hopes of angering him to divulge more information that she could use to her own ends later?"
He looked up at her and noted (yet again) that her appearance did not do justice to her photos. She was young, ambitious and very, very angry. So much so that it was a poison to her soul.
If she still had one.
He sat forward, "Bhindi, I attempted an assassination of Hyfe during the first incident." She was the first person he had told outside his circle and he could see that the admission had the effect he desired.
The enormity of his admission was not lost on her but even as her mind tried to wrap itself around what he had just admitted too, some part of her refused to accept it.
"You do not fail.." she said by way of argument and it was Kaine's turn to chuckle out a laugh.
"What is the point of taking Hyfe's place if your enemies from the future are going to travel back in time and undo all your work?"
It was almost a comment of helplessness and it drew a rather vicious remark from the Moff. "Then mobilize the damned fleet and strike the Imperium with everything we have! Burn them to the ground!"
"Bhindi, in one reality, the Blood conquered the galaxy and, even so, failed to wipe out everything of Heir Raktus' Dragon Imperium. Enough of it remained to travel back in time and, this time, help me contain the Blood during the Themien War. Do you think we could do better at eradicating the Dragons than the Blood?"
Bhindi rose, her silk robe wrapped around her and, while she made a pair of drinks remarked, "All you have is that Dragon bastard's word as evidence of this... other reality. I am sorry but that is not good enough. The Dragons do not deserve that trust. They are the enemy."
"Their actions fit their story," Kaine responded taking the offered drink when Bhindi returned.
Before the Moff could roll her eyes, Kaine produced a datacrystal and her eyes instantly lit up.
"What have you brought me now?"
"We have been visited twice by the Dragons so we know that not only is time travel possible, we know the Dragons develop it after about four hundred years. Now, I cannot just disappear and then return to become Emperor for they would simply come back through time and prevent it again. They have the advantage of simply waiting until I die for from their perspective, I already have died. Whatever I do in my life from this point on will already be known to them."
Bhindi's fingers moved the crystal in her hand and she shook her head, "You have become intertwined in their equation."
Kaine's hand covered hers as he drew her eyes, "Find me a way out of that equation."
Her hand clasped the datacrystal even tighter.
"He's gone?" a voice intruded and Bhindi finished tightening the belt of her uniform.
"He's gone," she confirmed and she removed the lockout to her quarters. Her Second in Command walked in and she handed him the data crystal. "Find out what is on this. Kaine does not do anything by halves and while he may be seeing demons and monsters in the dark with his inaction, I have no doubt that there is a weapon here." Her fingers remained on the crystal one of them tapping it.
"You have him in your palm..." the other man mentioned admiringly and her face instantly flashed with anger, her hand slapping his face hard.
"Watch yourself, Commander. Simon Kaine is a great man and like all great men, his problems have a life of their own. But do not doubt the man's genius and skill."
The man flushed at the strike but nodded his obedience. After she turned away to walk out, he ventured to speak once more, "How can you be sure he is not using you?"
It was a cautious question but it was one that drew a sincere smile from the woman and at that moment, she looked like the most beautiful creature the Commander had ever seen.
"As long as I become Supreme Commander, what does it matter?"
has cleared all moorings and is on station to depart."
Supreme Commander Simon Kaine was silent for a moment before he nodded. "Take us out of here, Gordon."
As the great warship's engines vibrated with life moving at the Supreme Commander's order, Gordon Sveli, the ship's master, moved over to him.
"Is everything alright, sir?"
Kaine sighed and looked over to his friend. "I just know what I have to do and it is not going to be the easiest thing in the galaxy to do."
"If I may, sir. She's no good for you. Pretty as all get out, admittedly, but she has a soul of ice and hate."
Simon Kaine turned to the other man and Gordon thought he had gone too far when Simon suddenly broke into a grin. "She wants to be Supreme Commander, Gordon. And to accomplish what I want accomplish, I think she will need to be."
"Sir, for her to be Supreme Commander, that means you will have to not be."
"There is a purpose to all of this, Gordon. The Coalition will strike and her attention will be captured while I finish my plans. There is a greater purpose here and it will require me to finally act. What makes this visit weigh on me is that I know these things about Ms. Drayson. I know what is driving her and I know what she wants. Her ambition is coiled inside her at all times, guiding her actions and pushed along by her hatred. If she was a force-user she would be a prime candidate for the Sith."
"Gordon, she is all about control. Like a recovering alcoholic. And I've just given her the keys to the liquor cabinet. Any number of things could happen. I fear the woman is going to kill herself and a great many people."
..What we know is that Simon Kaine made several visits to Yaga Minor, the majority of them taking place prior to his retirement. He then gained an audience with Emperor Hyfe and secured Bhindi Drayson's appointment as his replacement. A number of projects were started by Supreme Commander Drayson, replacing those of Kaine. Projects of a more exotic nature it seems from what little has been gathered.
Two years later, Bhindi Drayson is considered dead and Yaga Minor ...
During the Year of Cataclysm
Super Star Destroyer Acheron
Supreme Commander Bhindi Drayson smiled as her flagship marked off the distance at the edge of the system.
"Terminus Array powering up, Commander. Power bleed-off is nominal.."
As the activity aboard the Acheron
intensified, Bhindi whispered to no one in particular. "I have the power..."
"CONTACT! Unidentified starships penetrating our advance warning screens!"What?