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So, this is it... I'm sorry if you waited something cute or fluffy about these two again... xD Today's angst time! Since 'Through imperial eyes' airs today in which we will learn if Kallus dies or they manage to save him and he joins the rebels I thought it would be fitting to share how my story goes about these two. And I really-really wanted to finish it in time so I worked literally day and night for like a week to finish this. I already had this story quite a long time now, and then I learned that Kallus became Fulcrum and it added a plus meaning to the whole thing, even more reason for this to happen. 
The guy in the white uniform is Essho Lieh (I think I shared a few sketches about him already, maybe) He's another ISB agent, and he hates Kallus ever since the Academy because Kallus always was better than him and Essho's real achievement would be to defeat Kallus so setting up a cruel trap like this satisfies him greatly. All those years he kept stalking Kallus' records to know what is his rival doing, how is he developing and while Kallus kept refusing promotions to be able to stay on the battlefield Essho didn't miss one opportunity to climb up the career ladder. He's more the mind than the muscle, manipulation, charisma and finding the right persons are his specialities. Right now he's working with Thrawn on capturing this mole within the Empire, and learning it is Kallus... Damn it was like Christmas for him. He also holds a grudge against Tora (mostly for being Kallus' girlfriend, once he tried to get her for himself just to take her from Kallus -he thinks she's ugly anyway- but of course he failed, the only thing he achieved was a punch from Tora) so he will really enjoy what he's about to do to her ;_____;
Poor Kallus just realized he fucked up... Fucked up real badly... He never was afraid to risk his own life but now the woman he loves will get tortured and executed because of him...... I can't even imagine the desperation he feels here... And if we talk about desperation... Fuck, can you imagine Tora's state of mind?? She worked so damn hard for the Empire all these years believing their propaganda all along that she can help creating a peaceful more secure world, so she followed every fucked up order, made so many sacrifices and did extra work all the time, was always one of the top troopers and she gets this in return?? They accuse her with treason while she's one of the most loyal imperials out there! And they betray her this badly and will torture her... She finally found happiness with Kallus and now it is all shattered... And the poor woman has no idea it is all her fiance's fault... Kallus never dared to share his new affiliation with her knowing that she still believes the Empire's lies. *sigh* And now Kallus has no choice but walk into the trap and contact his new friends, the rebels because he knows he has no chance to save Tora alone.

The troopers accompanying Essho are practically a variation of Krennic's death troopers they just have white armor and helmets. I imagine once Essho became high rank enough he immediately acquired his own 'body guards' so to call just to show off how powerful and important he is. Also his ranking plate is completely made up because I can't figure out Imperial ranking plates to save my life.  
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CaptainKat2121 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
*fangirls overload* eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!! *highpitch fangirl screaming*
Dartywriter2020 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
wow that was twisted!!!
MidoriNoHonoo Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Student General Artist
Oh my god Rayn, this is fantastic, absolutely incredible!! Holy shit, poor Tora, she looks absolutely devastated, I feel genuinely heartbroken for the poor girl... You always say you don't think you'd be able to do comics, but believe me this is amazing! Most of all I love the expressions, especially Tora's expressions, you can just see on her face that her world is shattering around her again... ;_;
RC-5968Frank Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it! wonderfully drawn, and I love all trooper variants so the white death troopers are really cool to me. Also poor Tora, she's losing it. and as far as the rank plate, I don't think anyone knows tbh. It's Greek to me! lol
Alpha-12 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
Essho must be pretty high up in the Bureau to get uniquely-armored bodyguards, good job here.
So Kallus got Tora a ring? Because you had her mentioned as his fiance.
Athena126 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017
I have no words. This is FANTASTIC!!!
FrenchSnack Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, no... :(

That's a powerfully drawn emotional twist. The moment before the storm, in the first image, when they're happy and contented and relaxed. And then the sheer shock... It comes across very well, and just grips us.

I agree with you, by the way, that it didn't make sense to see Kallus smile at seeing so many of his comrades-in-arms being murdered by a Rebel bomb. They're people he's worked with, and many of them are no doubt good, decent people. (More generally, I have trouble understanding how someone who switches sides in the Civil war can then start killing his former comrades and seem quite casual and remorseless about it.)

I confess, I do feel a bit sorry that Tora will now be leaving the Empire. (After being rescued or escaping, which I rather look forward to seeing. :)) I've long found it interesting to see morally good characters remaining in service to the Empire. It's a potentially quite fascinating situation, in terms of character personality. It's also a nice reminder that although the Empire's leaders are evil (Palpatine, Vader, Tarkin, Krennic...), or at the very least ruthlessly amoral (Thrawn), the Empire's rank-and-file soldiers are probably often ordinary, decent people who believe they're fighting to maintain order and justice, and to keep innocent civilians safe from harm. Until or unless they actually witness one of the Empire's atrocities.

Morally good Imperial loyalists are an interesting concept, which is why I so enjoyed the novel Lost Stars, and which is why I'll be kind of sad to see Tora no longer be a stormtrooper. I'll be interested to see what happens to her next, though! You do make us all care.
Arandompokemonfan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017
You know I actually thought Essho was a woman in my first viewing of this pic. XD

And if you want some ideas for ranking plates, I think this maybe of some help if you want to give him a more lore friendly plate ranking.…
Endri11 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would recommend this link actually, much more clear:…
CutLarp Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
TimeMusic15 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love the story you put in
Longshot123 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
That son of a bitch. He's trying to get to Kallus though Tora.
AlexwwPyro Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Student Digital Artist
There has to be a Fanfic about these two and this story
MuffinOnXTC Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
Well. You did it. You got me SO DAMN INVESTED INTO THESE TWO!
God why.. ._. No but for real, I've always ejoyed your comic-stripes, no matter if angsty or fluffy!
And now I suddenly noticed, that I completely and utterly fell in Love with Tora, and her whole backstory,
and this sweet problematic little ship. (Not to be mistaken for the sweet problematic _shit_ also known as Esshi Lieh)
I am so interested how this will proceed! Mostly cause I'm a sucker for angst and drama, but also
because God, now I need to know whats going to happen!!
And poor Tora.. compared to Aira-ty she was so not messed up yet..
LinkWannabe42 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017

Oh lord, I could stare at their expressions for HOURS... oh gosh, they're so beautiful, poor Kallus looks so devastated...

AND DON'T get me started on poor Tora, I will start freaking crying. I can't even imagine how she feels, oh gosh, she must be in so much pain...


I love this whole thing so much Rayn, but you give me so many emotions, why ;^;
CutLarp Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe E-11 blaster rifles and a stolen imperial vessel would be more appropriate.
LinkWannabe42 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
hehehihi2023 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That Jerk! Give us our Tora back!!!
DeadCobra Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
She is no traitor
This guy clearly dose this to spite him what a dick
Blinding-Lights Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Student
Oh no!
Deathwatch116 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
This gives me an idea that I'll probably write to you and SlingBlade87 about later xD

This is a well done piece and the expressions and the change of mood is pretty harrowing and spectacular. Seeing Tora go through so much in her head near the end really churns ones stomach. You've always had a way with showcasing and pulling out the emotions in charactera.

Let me know if Kallus lives or whatnot in the show pllllease.

I really hope Tora and Kallus can live happily ever after ;^;
Zackis23 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
So rayn44,What did you think of the SWR Episode: "Legacy of Mandalore"?
ImaginationDiva Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Tora no!! Nooooo!!! Q[]Q
D-Jackson531 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
Hang on, I've got comments but first I must collect my jaw off the floor.   Lacking a jaw is uncomfortable.



That's better.  OK, so one, right in the feels.  Ow.  Ow ow ow.  Argh.

Two, lovely job with your scenes & framing.  The close-ups on the eyes (frames 8&9) is very striking and tells us that there is more going on that the words in play.  The frame-less reaction shot (frame 10) right after allows the shock to overflow the page, and then resonates with the further frame-less shots (16, 18, & 21) where Kallus is really getting his spirit crushed (as he is still free) or Leih is rubbing it in while Tora is, from that point, always in a frame (trapped). 

Three, the simplicity of your lines is used wonderfully to your advantage here, allowing us to see every reaction clearly without extra clutter.  More detail would have robbed us of the shock and awe of this event.

Four, the reversed color speech bubbles makes the scene more ominous, in my opinion.  It's a technique more often used to denote bad guy speech, but here it's used by both sides. 

Five, The final two frames (Tora's in particular) hit like trucks.  Kallus' despair framed in front of his image of himself & Tora (good re-use of your own image, there) and the hot rock from the Geneosian moon is a lovely contrast.  Tora looks like she might be in an incinerator with that red floor (though what's burning is probably her loyalty to the Empire...) but the grey walls and slatted floors convey 'brig' just as effectively. 

Finally I want to comment on Frame 22 - yup, that's that black bar.  It conveys that time has passed without words, I understood that instantly even though I've never encountered that technique before. 
warlock6 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 25, 2017
Woah, this is going to a baaad ending from this point on. I'm very exciting to see what happens next!

I'm pretty sure that he knows that Kallus is the real spy an put this little show on to lure him and his rebel partners out into fiering range. oO
F1r3m0th Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
From the moment I saw Lieh I wanted my Sith jedi to time hop from LotFE and just punch him in the face.
ChaosPhantom444 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Nicely done but I feel really sorry for the pair.
Odd question, if the Star Wars producers didn't change Kallus's to being a spy, which side would you have kept him on?
rayn44 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The story would be the exact same, only without Kallus being Fulcrum. I already had this story long before they announced him becoming a spy. But then Essho (my villain) did this dirty move on them only because he hates Kallus' guts and also hates Tora and his biggest wish is to beat Kallus, so he comes up with this plan to set Tora up as a traitor knowing that Kallus loves her too much to let her just being executed, so he will actually become a traitor trying to free her (which he thinks can prevent and can execute both of them at the end...) So he can defeat Kallus on multiple ways. 
ChaosPhantom444 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Great minds think alike ^^
TheChosenHeroOfTime Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this so much!! This is incredible and it hit me in the feels. Beautiful as always. Love the emotion!
Studlyfudd13 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
So many feels! D: 

Beautiful art as always! I always hit the fav button before I even read it xD
Deltaturtle Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Student General Artist
Yes...Tonight, we shall know the truth.
whitelupa Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Student General Artist
My heart aches! Why do you do this Ray? This is so wonderful. I don't much care for rebels but I do love this pairing of yours! Poor Tora and Kallus. 
SultanOfAwesomeness Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Let's hope this is one story that gets a happy ending! I really hope they go into depth about Kallus' inner struggle about working to undermine something he's believed in for so long. I can't imagine that after only spending a single night in a cave with a rebel, he's suddenly 100% anti-empire.
rayn44 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sadly I'm a 100% sure they will never go any deeper into his reasons and struggles... They already should have done that but completely missed that step. If they thought people will get surprised that he's the new Fulcrum... Everyone knew from the moment they heard the first Fulcrum message... So they could instead of this cheap as hell 'surprise' build up a proper change of mind sequence for him. Really a shame. I'm honestly not satisfied with Kallus' character development... He was way too loyal and he believed in the Empire to just suddenly smile seeing the death of possibly hundreds of soldiers he fought alongside for years for god sake! 
DaiseyMae Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so good! I really hope Kallus survives! He's  my favorite character! I guess I'll most likely do a drawing of him too.
SlingBlade87 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
Oh dear, Edsal is going to be furious when he hears about this.

This is really wonderful Rayn, seriously love the expressiveness of everyone in this entire sequence.

Kallus and Tora both look so distraught while Lieh is such a smug ass, and then at the end, you can see the desperation of Tora's situation as she just keeps repeating to herself. I imagine this must feel a bit like what it did after her parents died and she was trapped adrift in that escape pod. She's got to be reliving some very nasty memories here. As for Kallus, good to see that he is reaching out to the rebels for help, but will they come to his aid I wonder?
D-Jackson531 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 25, 2017
Will they come to his aid?  Let's ask the Grand Admiral:

"Because Rebels have friends always rushing to the rescue." - Grand Admiral Thrawn (From Hera's Heroes, Season 3, Episode 4)
SlingBlade87 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
Well, he's not wrong.
kptparker Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Welp. Spy Business aint that easy if you love someone. Poor lad.

I wonder how this episode gona go, but i do hope Kallus gona survive if its this way. I imagined that he wont gona have chance to react but since he has now his chances of survival are a bit higher.
Asanford1 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my god Rayn this is absolutely perfect poor Tora! She is terrified you captured the emotions perfectly and I absolutely love it also I also love Kallus's first name! Tinian is perfect ahhh I can't wait for more!!!
Cameronwink Featured By Owner Edited Feb 25, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
The amount of suspense is strong.
CobraCatDragon2898 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Fudge! This is getting really exciting!
Hirfael9 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
Továbbra sem nézem a rebelst, úgyhogy a háttérsztorit nem tudom, de nagyon jó lett!
B1BattleDroid Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
This almost made me cry 😢
Hman999 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
Oooh boy. Kallus is gonna have quite the operation to run.
Endri11 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A very well done comic indeed, its interesting to see how this unfolds.

Now, the thing I like is Essho's guards, a white variant of Death Troopers is very flashy indeed. As for Essho's rank, you came pretty close to a rank in the Legends version of the ISB ranks, Commander is your closest bet for his rank insignia. Just invert the colours and it will be identical! 

Another thing I like is Fulcrum asking the Rebels for help. Will they assist or will the Agent have to settle this by himself...
hardcase1 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Alpha20k Featured By Owner Edited Feb 25, 2017
he's gonna need a drink. 

and think did he do that to bring out Kallus as the spy.
WhitePedal25 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
Aww those poor things!
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