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At Endor there was a huge cost for both sides involved. The Rebel Alliance lost roughly 1/5 of the fleet and with those vessels more crewmen than even I can count. These are men and women who died for a dream but we need to remember The Imperial Fleet lost people too. Not droids, not just warships but people. How much of a loss? I will leave that to the historians to calculate. For us the war continues.
The following journal entry was found on data pad in the hand of a Star Destroyer crewman in a damaged escape pod shortly after the battle of Endor.  Only now am I transcribing it, for the man whose name we will never know. I cannot help feel some sorrow and remorse for his death by Asphyxia I can relate to his sense of duty and pride in service. He did not deserve death; this was not an evil man.
-. Thanu Onal Medic Home One

I have no deep love for the Empire I have no deep hatred for the Rebellion. I am simply a man trying to do my job as best as I can do it. I joined to escape the poverty of my homeworld and I found a life, a career, a purpose and a cause greater than myself though I do not always agree with it.
I am no longer a name, just another face in an endless sea of faces, one of roughly 37000 crew aboard this Star Destroyer. I am just a man doing my job. I know next to no one aboard. With a crew the size of a small city it’s simply impossible to know everyone.
 Still I feel some pride in service. I serve aboard the symbol of Imperial power and it happened to be my bad luck to end up on one fighting the Rebellion. It’s a big galaxy and the Empire has plenty to do, it’s never been able to commit its full attention to the Rebellion but I do wish that I wasn’t among those committed to that particular fight.
I feel no hatred toward them I feel no love for the Empire. I know my duty, I will follow orders. I will die if need be but I would really rather live. I am no zealot, not some fanatic who does everything in the name of the Emperor. My officers are like that. In my opinion they’re crazy and they just might get us killed for some useless ball of rock somewhere on the Outer Rim. Still the captain seems to be a fairly reasonable man but I’ve never met him.

As I write this we’re headed for an out of the way system called Endor. It’s a big galaxy of course there’s some of I’ve never heard of.  Whatever happens at Endor, I’m not afraid or anything, I’m still glad I got these last thoughts down. Still I’m just a little uneasy since I’ve heard this could seal either the Rebellion’s fate or the Empire’s.
I leave myself to whatever the powers that be, the Will of the Force, whatever, may have planned for me.
Timothy Zahn writes Imperial officers as guys who are good at their job not necessarily evil they just happen to be on the opposite side. I tried to do the same here. Picked Endor because it's well know and this was originally written for a writer's club I'm part of.
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Ispeakmuzik Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW. Great idea!!!
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Pietroschek Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
My apologies: "The following journal entry was found on data pad in the hand of a Star Destroyer crewman in a damaged escape..." POD??? Do you mean one of those starship-mini-escape vessels?

For the text itself: I like that proverbial streak of honesty and moderation used for it!
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist
yes. I'm not overly familiar with some of the systems of an Imperial II class Star Destroyer. I will alter it for accuracy if need be.
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Pietroschek Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's your decision, I just thought it could have been like a typo, that one word was forgotten.
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist
didn't catch it I will fix it.
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Pietroschek Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Good luck and all the inspiration you need for your work! Feel free to read my Dark Sider Force View here on DA... :stormtrooper:
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Celestialhost Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent. Nice perspective.
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Out of billions of people in Imperial service(there'd have to be to control an entire galaxy) they can't all be evil. Some of them are bound to have some kind of honor.
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lordhadrian Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Nice work :)
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deristad Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Good job!
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