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- "Your good friend Sobek refreshes you on the basics of tactical movement and combat."
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Site: Nakhti Barrens Outpost 21A Military Patrol
- [TV] Commentator: "...the Liandri Corporation for arranging this tournament to select your new emperor. Thank you for the opportunity to sponsor and improve upon your noble tradition..."
- Sobek: "Another crap patrol for the best of the Imperial Legion."
- Anubis: "I have friends in higher places."
- Sobek: "Yeah, the kind of friends who put scorpions in your boots."
- [TV] Commentator: "...the Ascension Nights will also be treated as a tournament qualifying round. The finalists will be invited to the Liandri Grand Tournament, which will take place right here in Nakhti space."
- [TV] Malcolm: "With a brutal fight to the death."
Cut to the above duo again.
- [TV] Malcolm: "...get crowned emperor of the Nakhti planet."
- [TV] Commentator: "Let's hear a few words from Selket."
- Anubis: "Selket?"
- [TV] Selket: "This is a historic day for my people. The Liandri will bring the attention of the entire galaxy to my world..."
- Nakhti soldier: "She certainly got me at attention!"
- Nakhti soldier 2: "You ain't kiddin'. Look at that!"
- [TV] Selket: "...It's an honor and a privilege to compete for Ascension. I only hope I can maintain our ancestor a standard of excellence..."
- Sobek: "Oh, shit."
Anubis turns on the soldier next to him and berates him.
- Anubis: "Got something to say, soldier? Speak up!"
- Nakhti soldier: "What the hell!"
- Sobek: "Easy Anubis! C'mon, set him down, sir. They didn't know."
Anubis and Sobek leave the area.
- Anubis: "I won't allow Selket to do this."
- Sobek: "You two got history. I know that. But she ain't gonna ask your permission."
- Anubis: "I leave for the capitol in the morning. Keep the men out of trouble."
- Sobek: "Forget it. All that political bullshit you left behind? It's a hundred times worse now with Liandri on the picture."
- Anubis: "No. She wanted me in the Tournament so badly. Now she gets her wish."
- Sobek: "If you're serious you gonna need help. And I've been in the Tourney."
- Anubis: "You weren't in the last Ascension Rites."
- Sobek: "Nah. I ain't exactly emperor material. But I did spend a few years on the Liandri circuit."
- Anubis: "When will you stop surprising me?"
- Sobek: "When you start payin' attention. Figure I can show you a few tricks."
- Anubis: "So be it. We start tonight."
Selket learns of Anubis entrance in the Rites. Needless to say, she isn't exactly happy. Cue a scene in the Liandri HQ.
- [Screen] Selket: "I thought we had a deal!"
- Liandri Officer: "Ah, whatever do you mean, dear Selket?"
- [Screen] Selket: "Anubis! He's in the Tourney."
- Liandri Officer: "By tradition, your Ascension Rites are open to everyone."
- [Screen] Selket: "I told you before. I want him out."
- Liandri Officer: "Hmmm... His file says he comes from a strong line of champions. But he hasn't had much success."
- [Screen] Selket: "He's a coward. Ten years ago, he dropped out of the tourney and ran like a dog."
- Liandri Officer: "Joined the Legion, I see. Left his young bride behind as well. But you knew that, didn't you?"
- [Screen] Selket: "Just take care of it."
Selket beats a random soldier and the screens shuts up.
- Liandri Officer: "Oh, we will, no need to worry!"