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Large(ish) urban area close to a long and largely unguarded border.


Yep, border security is already increasing, note the last headline. Canada will also be drastically increasing its security since the terrorists snuck in through Canada.


Considering that Breeder Reactors are bigger in this timeline, and they produce weaponizable plutonium, that's definitely going to make for interesting politics.
I wonder how Yuri Kovalenko will react to the purge in the Russian intel agencies? I will have to figure out his reaction...
 
Everybody Hates Gore
Reconsidering the Gore Legacy 10 Years Later
From Atlantic Magazine, January 2010


A decade ago, Dick Gephardt was sworn in as the 43rd President of the United States, taking over from his former running mate Al Gore. It would be a tumultuous presidency that made the prior eight years seem downright dull by comparison. And yet while Gephardt’s presidency is widely discussed today, overshadowing his predecessor in that regard, the Gore presidency remains controversial in its own right.

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“Haters Gonna Hate”

“Everybody hates Gore,” one pundit told me. “But nobody hates him all that much.”

Hyperbole for sure, but the statement does reflect the strange blend of the controversial and the underwhelming that have largely come to define the Gore Presidency in the public discourse. On one hand he signed in to law several controversial and divisive bills like the Green Growth Act (GGA) and Health Security Act (HSA) that were attacked from left and right alike. On the other, he gained a reputation as a dull technocrat, lacking in imagination, who inexorably steered towards the center, watering down promising bills in the name of compromise.

Conservatives maintain that he went too far:

“Al Gore marked the return of Socialism and Big Government Waste to the US political landscape,” said Newt Gingrich. “Between Gorecare and the Green Giveaway Act we saw the largest increase in public spending and big government overreach since the Johnson administration.”

Progressives maintain that he didn’t go nearly far enough[1]:

“Al Gore squandered a democratic supermajority,” said progressive political commentator Robert Reich. “He had both houses of congress wrapped up and yet delivered only diluted compromise bills on health care, entitlements, and the environment.”

His public perception has struggled since his days on the campaign trail. Despite an ongoing attempt to escape a reputation as “boring” by presenting himself as a “hardworking everyman”, which at best made him “an adorably dorky dad,” to quote actor and writer Amy Poehler, Gore “The Bore” continues to be seen as an uninspiring bureaucrat. He was lambasted by TV comedians, particularly Saturday Night Live, who portrayed him as a clumsy robot who runs on the Golden Mean Fallacy, with him nearly shorting out trying to find impossible “midway” compromises between unbreachable divides, such as coming to the conclusion in one controversial skit that they could “abort half of fetuses”.

Others have leapt to his defense. “Al walked a fine line,” said former Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton. “I mean, he got a lot done. Folks don’t appreciate that much, but he did. Most folks in 1993 would have told you that the GGA and the HSA were DOA, but he got them both through. Folks that say that he ‘squandered’ a Democratic supermajority forget that many of our fellow Democrats at the time would likely be Reform or even Republican today. Some of them did become Reform or Republican! There was a lot of post-Reagan neoliberalism back then, and folks pushed back hard against any spending on infrastructure or health care. While I’d like to think that I could have gotten a public option tacked on to the HSA, in truth, it’s hard to say. I don’t think that I even would have tried anything like the GGA.”

So, are any of these characterizations fair? Let’s look at his record:

The GGA was his first “big” accomplishment as president, a $50 billion infrastructure bill that funded the research, development, and installation of renewable energy sources and energy efficient systems, mostly via Public Private Partnerships. Conservatives, like Gingrich, see this as a classic case of Big Government Spending and attacked the corresponding “carbon tax” intended to help pay for it. Conversely, progressives, in particular Vermont Representative-turned-Senator Bernie Sanders, attacked it as anything but progressive. Sanders attacked the PPPs in the “Pluto Power Plan” as he dubbed it as a “corporate giveaway”. Defenders note that following a market-based strategy was likely the only viable path forward in a congress that, despite having a Democratic supermajority, remained staunchly conservative in many crucial areas, with coal and petroleum state Representatives and Senators staunchly opposed to the GGA, regardless of party.

Gore’s stances on homosexual rights were a mixed bag of achievements and compromises. His phased-approach on ending the ban on LGBTQ people serving openly in the military was, like so many other policies, attacked as “too little” by the LGBTQ rights community, who expected him to end the ban through a legislative action, and as “too far” from conservatives. Defenders point to the general apprehension for homosexuality in America at the time and the unwillingness of many conservative democrats to support him on the bill. Still, the “don’t ask” approach remains very controversial.[2]

The HSA was his second accomplishment. Based upon a plan by Republican Senator John Chaffee of Rhode Island, it created a program for the federal funding of private health care whereby federal “exchanges” would allow for the citizen to choose a private plan backed by federal dollars, with federal supplements tied to the income and needs of the individual. It included consumer protections such as a ban on refusing applicants due to preexisting conditions. Other clauses such as the controversial individual mandate and the phased-in employer mandate were intended to guarantee solvency and avoid the system collapsing under the weight of only sick people getting insurance. As with the GGA, the combination of vast federal spending and public-private ventures infuriated left and right alike. Defenders again call it “the best that could have been achieved at the time.”

Most controversial of all was the Crime Bill of 1994, which instituted mandatory minimum sentencing, “three strikes” laws, and other “tough on crime” measures. The bill received broad bipartisan support in at the time, where inner-city gang crime was at its peak, driven by the crack cocaine epidemic. Gore received praise from all sides at the time for passing the measure. But posterity has been less kind, as the bill led directly to the current epidemic of prison overcrowding and the controversy over privatized for-profit prisons and the alleged abuses therein. The disproportionate effect of the legislation on communities of color has led to the bill being seen in posterity as one of the most egregious mistakes in American civil rights history by activists and civil defenders. Yet a silver lining exists by way of reducing incarceration for nonviolent drug offenses, at first only for minor possession, which has helped in the more recent quest to destigmatize and decriminalize addiction. This latter aspect came directly from Gore, whose own son suffered from drug addiction. Other follow-on effects, such as the rise of evidence-based policing methods, have arguably reduced crime and improved public safety. And yet as police profiling and police violence remain controversial issues, it becomes hard to avoid the controversy of the law.

Also controversial was the Immigration and Border Security Act of 1998, a tri-partisan bill and “grand compromise” that saw border security strengthened and immigration enforcement increased and legal immigration corridors conversely expanded. Follow-on legislation in 2002 following the dirty bomb attack on Bismarck, North Dakota, further strengthened the Border Controls. Gore at the time applauded it as “a pathway for legal opportunity” and hyped up the reforms made to an archaic immigration system and the added security against “foreign arms and agents”. Once again, the legacy is mixed. Added border security measures have increased transit times, added fencing and surveillance methods have cost hundreds of millions to maintain, and increases in enforcement actions against undocumented immigrants led to occasional accusations of police brutality and overreach. Certainly, images of underage border crossers in handcuffs didn’t play well in many parts of the country.

Other classified provisions, later leaked, revealed increased domestic surveillance programs, further spawning outrage. On the other hand, the overall number of undocumented residents have by many metrics dropped as temporary worker permits for seasonal employment proved popular with agriculture in particular[3]. However, this cost Gore and subsequently Gephardt with unions and many blue-collar Americans, who lamented the loss of jobs for American citizens, sometimes accurately, but often exaggerated as temporary workers filled non-skilled positions that few US citizens were willing to take. Other “living wage” advocates lambasted the rules as a way around the minimum wage law and a “roadmap to abuse” given reports of poor working conditions in many cases.

Other controversial bills, made in compromise with the Reform Party and slash-Reform “Stripebacks”, saw limited reform to Medicare and Social Security and saw the implementation of the McCain-Ferraro reforms. Again, Gore was attacked from left and right for bills that one side saw as “too far” and the other “not far enough”.

Domestic and World events also left their mark, most notably the rise in both domestic and international terrorism. The DC Bombing led to a crackdown on Militant White Nationalist Organizations that saw numerous accused terrorists and their enablers imprisoned, saw the ugly stand-offs and deadly raids at Waco and Arizona, and saw Gore accused of “tyranny”. The Gore Administration’s involvements in Rwanda and the Congo saved many lives, but the latter quickly devolved into a quagmire of inter-ethnic warfare that ultimately cost many American lives and did little to stabilize the region or end the crimes against humanity. The Al Qaida dirty bomb attacks, both the interrupted one that none the less sank the USCGC Chincoteague and the successful one on Bismarck, ND, cost many American lives both from the bombs themselves and from subsequent radiation-related illnesses.

Probably the most controversial policy enacted by the Gore administration was one that would not surface until very recently: the Kiev-Kabul Affair. Often compared unfavorably to Regan’s Iran-Contra Affair, this deal saw the CIA, apparently with full White House support, funneling money through intermediaries to purchase Ukrainian-made weapons that were then delivered to the Northern Alliance and Paramount Warlord Ahmad Shah Massoud to battle the rival Taliban-led Pashtun forces to the south. Partnered with the US air strikes in 2000 and 2002 following the Al Qaida dirty bomb attacks and direct CIA and US Special Forces training of allies and clandestine raids on enemies, this effort helped stabilize the Afghan front north of the city of Kandahar, which the Taliban retains as a de facto capital. It remains unknown whether Osama bin Laden, the Al Qaida leader who hasn’t been seen in over three years, has been killed or just remains in hiding. However, while largely seen as “successful” in increasing US homeland security, it involved a partnership with “criminal elements” within the USR Black Market and organized crime in order to facilitate the quasi-legal shipment of arms into a war zone, and allegedly involved opium smuggling operations conducted by the CIA (it is unknown whether this was sanctioned by CIA leadership or, as they maintain, the actions of “rogue agents”). Furthermore, flagrant corruption and some alleged atrocities by the Northern Alliance have fed into the dark narrative that has grown up around the deal.

Gore also had a noteworthy effect on the Judiciary, ultimately surpassing Ronald Reagan’s 383 appointments and appointing over 430 judges[4]. This included two Supreme Court Justices, Stephen Breyer in 1993 to replace the outgoing Byron White and Ruth Bader Ginsburg to replace Harry Blackmun in 1994[5] and numerous Appellate and District judges. Gore judges have largely been rated as moderate-to-progressive in their rulings and shifted the US courts leftward, to the joy of progressives and the ire of conservatives. Even so, some progressives decry the Gore administration as a missed opportunity for appointing more radical progressives than the ones he did.

Some have even suggested that Gore, with a Democratic Supermajority from 1992-1994, could have revived the former precedent that when new Appellate Courts were created, a new Supreme Court Justice seat would be created to supervise it. Probably because of the conservative lock on the Court, President Hoover and the Republican Congress didn't bother adding a Supreme Court seat in 1929 when they created the 10th Circuit, and left the Court at nine justices. As a Supreme Court Justice has to oversee every district, there are thus some Justices that oversee two districts. By 1994 there were 11 appellate courts to 9 Justices, not counting DC, and some progressive activists, lawyers, and politicians argued there should thus be two more Supreme Court Justices, and pushed for Gore and Congress to add two Justices to the court. Gore was hesitant to do this, with the GOP and later Reform accusing them of a “court packing” scheme, and ultimately the idea got shelved after the special election in Texas. However, this started a conversation that lingers to this day and remains an “if only” moment for some progressives as it would have likely cemented a progressive majority in the Supreme Court for a generation.

So in the end, Gore’s legacy is one of Centrism marked by controversial bills that leaned left or right. In all, Gore’s tenure remains a time of “corporate giveaways” to the Far left, “missed opportunity” for progressives, a “mixed bag” for the center-left, a “dodged bullet” for the center-right, a “liberal nightmare” to conservatives, and a “dark day of socialist oppression” to the far right. Gore accomplished some major progressive gains, albeit “watered down” through compromise. He managed to work effectively with an ever-shifting congress with an insurgent third-party movement, though alienated elements in his own party’s base by doing so. This “dull technocracy” managed to deliver compromises that in the end deeply offended few, but fully pleased almost nobody.

But defenders, such as Governor Clinton, remain enthusiastic, and compare Gore to another Democrat hated in his time, Harry Truman, for whom posterity has been much kinder[6]. “Al did great,” said Clinton. “He passed a lot of meaningful legislation, saved a bunch of lives in Africa, took the fight to Al Qaida, and delt well with new threats to our nation. In time, folks will come around. Gore was great. Folks just don’t see it yet, but give ‘em time.”

Indeed, Gore’s public perceptions as an Ex-President have, like Jimmy Carter’s, been positive over all, lending his name and face to many charitable efforts. His continued presence alongside Margaret Thatcher in the global battle against Anthropogenic Climate Change, recently replacing her as the UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, have kept him busy and in the public eye. His award-winning documentary alongside Thatcher, Inconvenient Truths, has become a rallying cry for Millennium Generation climate activists as they come of age. The GGA is seen in hindsight as a successful implementation of national climate policy, despite its mixed bag of results. And his belated “change of heart” on crime legislation have started to win over some who’d previously lambasted him for the 1994 Crime Act while his open defense of LGBTQ rights has quieted some of the lingering dislike for the “don’t ask” policy.

Gore remains controversial on the right, particularly the far right, which still sees him as a “Modern Day Stalin”, though the center-right and many conservatives have softened on him, particularly when compared to the rise of neo-progressivism. “It could have been worse,” said Gingrich, in what seems high praise given the source.

So where will Gore stand ten years from now? Only time will tell, obviously. It is possible that he could have a Truman-esque reevaluation or simply remain the modestly controversial figure that he has been. It’s possible the long-term ramifications of some of his accomplishments will lead to realizations that shift things one way or another. Either way, President Al Gore brought a level of stability to an instable time in world history, helping to steer the events of the modern world in ways that we can see, and which we will see only in hindsight.

Love him or hate him…or simply shrug your shoulders…Al Gore’s administration undeniably helped shape our modern world.



[1] The great allo-historical irony of the Gore Administration in this timeline will be that on one hand he achieved more “progressive” priorities than Clinton in our timeline, but did so with some notable compromises such that progressives in this timeline will see his presidency as a “missed opportunity” and lament what a more progressive president could have accomplished.

[2] Note that with Democratic control of Congress from 1993-1999 the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) never saw a floor vote and was quietly just left in the appropriate committee to die. Speaker Dick Armey pushed it to a floor vote in 1999, but the Lame Duck Gore just vetoed it.

[3] In a strange irony in our timeline, the addition of border fencing during the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton years actually led to a net increase in the number of full-time undocumented residents in the US as people who once would have returned home after a season’s work ended up trapped inside the country and instead found a permanent home. Here a majority of those would-be seasonal workers (overwhelmingly agricultural) will have streamlined access to temporary seasonal worker visas sponsored by employers.

[4] Includes many of the over 300 judges that Clinton appointed, but with a friendlier, less obstructionist Congress Gore is able to get through many of the judges that Clinton couldn’t and sooner. Some noteworthy changes from our timeline include:
1994 - Gilbert Merritt, runner up behind Ginsburg and family friend, appointed to Ginsburg's seat on the DC Court.
1997 - Sotomayor sent to the DC Court to fill vacancy from James Buckley reaching senior status. This was filibustered and John Roberts held this post in our timeline.
1998 - Robert Raymar sent to 3rd Circuit, Maryanne Trump Barry got this seat in our timeline.
1999 - Elana Kagan sent to DC Court to fill vacancy from Patricia Wald. This was filibustered and Thomas Griffith held this in our timeline.

[5] In reverse from Clinton in our timeline.

[6] This comparison will lead to a resurgence of public interest in Truman, leading to revivals of Give ‘em Hell, Harry! and the 2015 film Give ‘em Hell starring Bryan Cranston as Truman.
 
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[1] The great allo-historical irony of the Gore Administration in this timeline will be that on one hand he achieved more “progressive” priorities than Clinton in our timeline, but did so with some notable compromises such that progressives in this timeline will see his presidency as a “missed opportunity” and lament what a more progressive president could have accomplished.
That seems about right. I just wonder how young progressives will push themselves forward after seeing how "lackluster" Gore's presidency was.

Gore remains controversial on the right, particularly the far right, which still sees him as a “Modern Day Stalin”, though the center-right and many conservatives have softened on him, particularly when compared to the rise of neo-progressivism. “It could have been worse,” said Gingrich, in what seems high praise given the source.
Neo-progressivism? Since repeating stuff from a century ago is kinda in vogue right now (much to everyone's eternal suffering, I know), maybe they could be more anti-corporate and more socialist than our counterparts OTL (with a more aggressive 1% movement and politicians with more clout and following than The Squad).

So where will Gore stand ten years from now? Only time will tell, obviously. It is possible that he could have a Truman-esque reevaluation or simply remain the modestly controversial figure that he has been. It’s possible the long-term ramifications of some of his accomplishments will lead to realizations that shift things one way or another. Either way, President Al Gore brought a level of stability to an instable time in world history, helping to steer the events of the modern world in ways that we can see, and which we will see only in hindsight.
Gore has been redeemed in the eyes of the general public and his policies/impact on the world stage has been long-lasting, which is a good thing. I've always been interested in Gore presidencies so this TL and CountDVB's have definitely sated my interest in that regard. He was definitely robbed in 2000, BTW.
 
Happy International Beaver Day, folks.

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I'm wondering how Revenge of the Sith plays out here.
You'll find out tomorrow, actually. Note that RotS comes out in December of 2001 so the Bismarck bombing will not yet have happened, so unlike OTL RotS, which was heavily affected by 9/11 and W's rhetoric surrounding it, TTL's RotS will be affected by different domestic politics.

That seems about right. I just wonder how young progressives will push themselves forward after seeing how "lackluster" Gore's presidency was.


Neo-progressivism? Since repeating stuff from a century ago is kinda in vogue right now (much to everyone's eternal suffering, I know), maybe they could be more anti-corporate and more socialist than our counterparts OTL (with a more aggressive 1% movement and politicians with more clout and following than The Squad).
I'll leave a lot of this to others, but @jpj1421 has some plans here.
 
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That seems about right. I just wonder how young progressives will push themselves forward after seeing how "lackluster" Gore's presidency was.


Neo-progressivism? Since repeating stuff from a century ago is kinda in vogue right now (much to everyone's eternal suffering, I know), maybe they could be more anti-corporate and more socialist than our counterparts OTL (with a more aggressive 1% movement and politicians with more clout and following than The Squad).


Gore has been redeemed in the eyes of the general public and his policies/impact on the world stage has been long-lasting, which is a good thing. I've always been interested in Gore presidencies so this TL and CountDVB's have definitely sated my interest in that regard. He was definitely robbed in 2000, BTW.

What I will say in regards to more 'radical' representation in government...well, we do have a mention of Senator Sanders who was on that trajectory since the 80s. Though, while this is also a world that is a bit more left of center, we have also taken away a lot of the superchargers of the political polarization seen in the 00s. Not to say that it would still occur to one extent or another, it was already happening, but with Reform there is a stronger "center" than we had IOTL. It's an interesting give and take.
 
Sith Happens
The Original Star Wars, Episode III Film Treatment
From ScriptLeaks.net by poster Jedi-Mauk101, May 4th, 2002


THREE TIMES, NERFHERDERS!! Episode III! The one you’ve been waiting for! Finally, the Rise of Vader and the Empire! (Cue “The Imperial March”, fuckers!).

The film begins with the traditional opening crawl:


EPISODE III

Revenge of the Sith!


War rages
across the galaxy.
Backed by a powerful
CLONE ARMY, the noble
Jedi Knights continue their battle
against the armies of the SEPARATIST CONFEDERACY.

Hoping to crush this insurrection once and for all, SUPREME CHANCELLOR
PALPATINE has ordered a seven-pronged offensive against the Separatist armies. And while eventual
victory seems assured, a growing faction of Senators has become alarmed at the Supreme Chancellor’s ever-increasing power.

But behind everything looms a far greater menace: the machinations of a foul SITH MASTER who quietly plots his ultimate revenge against the Jedi......​

tl;dr Synopsis

A series of Seven Battles plays out, wiping between one another:

1. Jedi Vrema Melovius and her Padawan on the red planet Hakorat battling Battle Droids alongside Clone Troopers…

2. Dantoine, where Jedi Bav Myorta leads a fleet of Jedi Starfighters against a swarm of Droid Fighters…

3. Kessel, where Mace Windu leads Clone Star Destroyers against a Separatist fleet. Battle Droids cross space and blast their way into the Star Destroyer cockpit, where Windu engages them, holding his breath in the vacuum, and propelling himself over to the other ship through space…

4. Hoth, where Jedi Knight Ket Falacha leads the battle against Battle Droids…

5. Malastare, where Jedi Nuara D’Naal and a team of Clone Troopers breach and assault a Droid Factory Ship…

6. Kashyyyk, where Yoda leads Clone Troopers and Wookies against the Separatist Battle Droids…

7. Helborum, Where Obi-Wan, Anniken, Padmé, and the Nima and Roona forces lead a battle against Admiral Kreeg’s fortress. They are joined by Anniken’s new Padawan, Prana Ashla.

One by one all of the Jedi encounter cybernetic X-9 Super Drones with four arms and shock staves, which prove near matches for the Jedi, killing many.

Yoda, who defeats many of these Drones, reveals them to be cybernetic organisms with a small reptilian creature at its core.

Obi-Wan, Anniken, Anniken’s Padawan Prana Ashla (Raven Symone), and Padmé manage to overcome their Drones and fight their way into Admiral Kreeg’s droid factory headquarters. Obi-Wan eventually challenged Kreeg, who has four laser swords from the Jedi he’s defeated. They clash, Kreeg using a grappling line to disarm Obi-Wan. The Jedi uses the Force to pull Kreeg’s pistol to himself, killing Kreeg with the weapon, much to his embarrassment in front of Anniken and Prana.

As they celebrate their victory, Anniken and Padmé share a kiss, only for Padmé to run off, scared. Obi-Wan tries to intervene and teach Anniken the lessons that he learned from Yoda and Quigon about emotional entanglements, but Anniken misunderstands and assumes that Obi-Wan has a romantic love for Padmé and runs off with jealousy. The Force Ghost of Quigon comforts Obi-Wan, who asks his old Sen-nai to speak to Anniken, but Quigon admits that in his current state, Anniken would not be able to see nor hear him.

Wiping back to Had Abbadon, the Jedi are greeted with a ceremony and rumors of new Jedi Masters to be named. Anniken believes that he will be named a Master, but of the three named, he is not among them, but Obi-Wan is, who accepts the honor with humility.

Padmé, meanwhile, meets with Senator Organa and others, finding out that, thanks to a motion by Senator Mothma, Chancellor Palpatine has seized even more power!

The Jedi Council decide to have the Masters’ Induction Ceremonies open to the public, trying to counteract growing public distrust in the Jedi fed by rumors. The ceremonies are at the Opera House, where Anniken wants to be Padmé’s Jedi Escort, but she chooses Prana. Instead, Chancellor Palpatine selects Anniken, noting how his sources tell him that Anniken is the most powerful Jedi and should have been a Master.

After the ceremony, as Queen Amidala and her retinue walk back to the Hover Limos, a Mandalorian flies up and assassinates the Queen! Obi-Wan pursues, but the Mandalorian escapes. Anniken rushes to Amidala, but she is a body double. Padmé is alive in a Handmaiden outfit.

In the aftermath, as protection, Supreme Chancellor invokes Article 4 of the Jedi Charter, giving every Senator a Jedi Escort.

Back at the Jedi Temple, Mace Windu assigns each Jedi to a Senator. Obi-Wan is assigned to Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan. Anniken, by special request of the Chancellor himself, is assigned to Senator Amidala of Nima-Roona (“It looks like you have friends in high places, Sir Anniken”).

Anniken and Prana fly off to Nima-Roona, but Obi-Wan is approached by WIndu. He will not go to Alderaan, but is assigned a special task: find the Sith Master that they all suspect is behind everything.

Obi-Wan’s first stop is Murchalar Prison, where he confronts the imprisoned Mauk Shivtor (Benicio del Toro), eventually tricking Mauk into revealing that Kaliss Fett is the Mandalorian assassin and is working for Sidious.

WIPE TO a space station where Kaliss Fett (Cliff Curtis) as Laszlo Station accepts a hovering, shroud-covered package 7’ long from a rat-like alien named Lorray.

On Nima-Roona, Padmé, Anniken in attendance, is receiving a betrothal offer from Prince Balandarr. He offers great trade and economic opportunities between their two planets. Sio Bibble fully supports this as it would give them leverage against the Trade Guild, but Padmé plays coy.

Later, Anniken proposes to Padmé, a forbidden arrangement. Despite her worries, she falls into his arms.

Obi-Wan and a Clone Colonel named Max (Curtis), acting on a tip, travel to Laszlo Station seeking Kaliss and confront Lorray. Lorray shoots out an airlock and is sucked out to his death to avoid Obi-Wan using the force to pry the information from him.

Back on Nima-Roona, Anniken and Padmé marry in secret. Someone sends a secret recording to Sidious Morg. Sidious finds this “interesting” and calls up Kaliss via hologram. He inquires on “Project Phoenix” and then orders Kaliss to end his vendetta against Skywalker and the Queen, to Kaliss’ anger.

Kaliss now flies to Geonosis, and a castle amid Transylvania-like forested mountains. A hunchbacked cyborg Dwarf (Warwick Davis) leads him inside, past where a series of reptiles are being cybernetically bonded with X-9 Super Drones in a Frankenstein-like manner, and led to a room where Vurqlar-9-B of the Technology Union awaits. Workers push the shrouded package from Laszlo Station in with them.

Back on Had Abbadon, Chancellor Palpatine is walking to a hover limo with a Senator. Secretary Tarkin stops Palpatine while the Senator continues into the Limo. The Limo EXPLODES while Palpatine looks on in shock.

WIPE TO Nima-Roona, where Anniken and Padmé are having the perfect morning together as newlyweds. Their joy is interrupted by a hologram from Mace Windu. Palpatine has survived an assassination attempt and requested that Anniken be his guardian.

Padmé, who suddenly has a feeling that it will be disastrous if Annikn leaves, tries to stop him. He makes snide comments about her being “a Jedi now” who can “see the future”. She pleads with him, just noting that she has recently started to have “a strange feeling of connection.” He loses his patience with her, telling her that he will decide where he goes, noting this to be a great opportunity for him, and leaves her, tears in her eyes, to join Palpatine on Had Abbadon.

Back on Geonosis the shrouded package is revealed to be a man frozen in carbonite, face hidden, who Vurqlar-9-B begins to thaw. The Dwarf leaves and starts to send a secret signal. He’s caught in the act and tries to escape, eventually getting surrounded by Super Drones and cybernetic Worflak wolf-rat beasts, who attack.

In Space, Obi-Wan and Max get a message from Mace Windu. First, he relays that they received a partial message from an agent that Kaliss is on Geonosis and second that Palpatine is requesting that Anniken be granted Jedi Master status. Windu asks Obi-Wan’s opinion on Anniken becoming a Master, which Obi-Wan regretfully advises against since Anniken still has a dangerous “attachment”. They turn around and fly to Geonosis.

Anniken, meanwhile, arrives on Had Abbadon, where Yoda and Mace Windu formally assign him to Palpatine, but also ask him to monitor the Chancellor’s activities and report them to the Council. They are growing suspicious that Palpatine might somehow have ties to the Sith, or at least be unknowingly manipulated by them. This shocks Anniken, but he relents.

Anniken flies to Palpatine, who shocks him by being fully aware that the Council will have asked Anniken to spy on him, maintaining that he “has nothing to hide.”

Back on Geonosis Murqlar-9-B has the badly burnt Man, face hidden by an oxygen mask, taken to a room where robot arms start stabbing at him. He screams.

Meanwhile, Obi-Wan and Max land on Geonosis and hitch a ride on a Klorg-drawn wagon to the castle. They are attacked by cybernetic Worflaks and manage to fight them off and escape into an ancient secret tunnel leading into the castle.

On Nima-Roona, on a stormy night, Padmé tosses and thrashes in her sleep. This scene is inter-spliced with flashes from other images, so fast as to be almost subliminal: Anniken’s face wracked with anger, a bridge over molten lava, a knife in a feminine hand, a flash of Darth Vader’s mask......Padmé bolts awake, gasping.

“Annniken!!” Padmé looks around, sighs. Suddenly she puts her hand over her mouth and bolts out of bed, running to a trash can where she throws up. “By the Force what is happening to me? Anakin. Anakin, where are you?”

Meanwhile in the Opera House on Had Abbadon, Palpatine shows Anniken an opera. “This, for example, is the ‘Tragedy of Emperor Ganthicass’. It tells of the wise and powerful ruler who first united Coruscant. Alas his warriors, jealous of his power, betrayed and murdered him, plunging the planet into three hundred years of war.” He puts a paternal hand on Anniken’s shoulder and leans towards the stage, pointing. “Watch, my son. Watch and learn...”

On Geonosis, on the platform of the Castle, the storm still raging in the distance, Workers, watched by Vurqlar-9-B and Kaliss Fett, help a hunched, stumbling Dark Figure in a black hooded cloak try to walk. Occasional flashes of the skeletal robotic hands and feet of the Figure are seen as he stumbles towards a waiting transport. The hatch of the transport closes behind him and the ship lifts off and flies into the clouds. ZOOM IN on Kaliss, who speaks into a comm. “The ‘package is on its way’.”

Below, Obi-Wan and Max reach the castle, and a long system of secret passageways. They grab a Worker and Obi-Wan uses the Force to get him to reveal Kaliss’ room. Obi-Wan goes to a secret room outside of Vurqlar’s office. Obi-Wan watches Vurqlar through a small two-way mirror on the wall. The cyborg taps at a computer. The Comm. buzzes. He hits a button and a small hologram of Chane appears, telling him that “the package has cleared atmosphere and is en route.”

Meanwhile, Colonel Max looks into the rather nondescript room. Kaliss’ armor hangs from a wooden frame. A desk sits in the corner. Across from it is a coffin-like Mandalorian Meditation Pod. The room appears empty, so Max opens the secret door and steps into the room. He walks up to the desk and removes a device and plugs it into the computer. Numbers start to flash on its screen. Behind him the Meditation Pod starts to silently open, a rolling cloud of steam billowing out from it. Slowly, Kaliss Fett sits up in the Pod. Slowly, silently, he stands and steps out. He wears only some loose pants. The tribal tattoos on the left side of his face and neck extend down the whole left side of a body hatched with battle-scars.

Kaliss approaches Max, who finally realizes something is amiss. He turns around slowly to see Kaliss.

“Hello, father...”

Max reaches for his pistol, but Kaliss bolts and quickly chops Max in the side of the neck. Max falls to the floor.

“I am NOT your father, you second-rate copy!” says Kaliss.

Suddenly Max’s Comm. beeps quietly. Kaliss picks it up. Pretending to be Max, Kaliss plays along with Obi-Wan saying that “the Mandalorian’s information is ours.” They agree to meet at the tower in ten minutes. Kaliss crushes the Comm. with his bare hands.

On Had Abbadon we see the Freighter carrying the Dark Figure flying towards the planet below. CUT TO the Senate building and Palpatine’s office, where he is informing Anniken on all of his scheduled meetings. He refers to Anniken as “Master Skywalker” to which Anniken relates that, no, he is not a Master yet. Palpatine replies in shock, noting that he’d specifically requested Anniken’s promotion to the Jedi Council. “I guess I should expect such duplicity from them,” says Palpatine.

Anniken confronts Palpatine about this statement, to which Palpatine reveals that he was once a Jedi, under a different name. He loved a woman named ‘Shmi’ from a small desert planet. “She was enslaved by the Hutt and taken away. I never found her. For that forbidden love they punished me, stole my powers from me!!”

“I....I can’t believe it! It’s impossible!!”

“It is all too true! Look at me again, Anakin...search your feelings.”

Anniken looks again. “There is...something. The Force doesn’t just pass you, it is repelled by you!!”

“Yeeesss!!! That is the subtle nature of their deceit!” Palpatine removes a small object from a pocket. “Take this and place it into the main computer of the Jedi Temple. Bring it to me, and all will be made clear to you.”

On Geonosis Obi-Wan is at the tower and Kaliss, Chane, and some Super Drones are there to confront him. They pursue him up the crumbling medieval tower. Obi-Wan uses the Force to pull a thermal detonator from Kaliss’ belt, and arms and drops it, obliterating the Drones and the tower. As Obi-Wan falls a rock hits Kaliss, causing him too to fall.

On Had Abbadon at the Jedi Temple a Hooded Figure seems to ooze from the shadow, quickly assassinating two Jedi.

CUT TO the Jedi computer room where a Hooded Figure enters, and is revealed to be Anniken. He pulls out the Object Palpatine gave him and plugs him into the computer. He’s discovered by his friend Ket Falacha, panics, and slays his friend. Running out into the dark with his object, he trips over the bodies of the two slain Jedi, and is surprised and shocked to see them, but leaps out into the night to escape as alarms sound.

Back on Geonosis, a falling Obi-Wan manages to leap from rock to rock and make it to the top of the Castle. He calls an R2 unit in his Corellian Freighter, which starts up the ship and takes off. Kaliss, his helmet dented, confronts him, but Obi-Wan leaps into the passing Freighter and escapes, Kaliss rocketing off to his ship.

Back on Had Abbadon, Palpatine is comforting Anniken, who feels regret for killing his friend. They show him a highly-edited version of the conversation between Obi-Wan and Mace Windu that shows Obi-Wan telling Windu that Anniken is not ready to be a Jedi Master, which Palpatine describes as a betrayal. Anniken seethes in anger.

CUT TO a walkway, where a Hooded Figure emerges from the shadows and assassinates a Jedi and a Senator with a short red laser sword.

Padmé, meanwhile, lands on Alderaan. A Medical Droid burbles to her in the sick bay, R2 standing by. “Are you sure?” she asks.

They are greeted by Bail Organa and other Senators. More opposition Senators have been assassinated by Jedi weapons. Padmé notes that they’ll need more allies, and brings in Senator Mon Mothma. Organa objects, noting her support for Palpatine, but Mothma apologizes, noting that she was misled. “I am a centrist, not an authoritarian.” When Organa asks Padmé how she knowns Mothma can be trusted, she replies “I just…know.”

In Space, Kaliss’ ship attacks, damages, and boards Obi-Wan’s Corellian Freighter. They fight, but the narrow confines negate many of Kaliss’ tricks, and Obi-Wan impales him. The dying Kaliss laughs, noting that his nephew will still complete his revenge. “Padmé!” yells Obi-Wan, who takes over Kaliss’ ship.

Meanwhile, on Duprali, there is a beeping at the control of Slave 1. Boba Fett hits a button. A hologram of Kaliss Fett appears.

“Boba Fett, this is your uncle Kaliss. If you are receiving this message then I am dead. I am passing my mission to Lord Dias on to you. I also formally request you avenge my debts of honor. Details are included.”

Boba Fett turns off the hologram and banks off.

On Had Abbadon, at Palpatine’s office, Anniken sits on the floor in meditation. Palpatine walks around him, guiding his meditation. Storms rage in the background through a window.

Anniken sees many images flash by, including Padmé’s face, on a white bed, screaming in pain....crying ‘Noooooo!!’ and reaching towards a Blurry Figure.

“See what has been hidden from you!!!” says Palpatine.

The Blurry Figure focuses into....Obi-Wan Kenobi!! Anniken bolts alert.

“Obi-Wan!! He was hurting Padmé!!!”

“Now you can see...the TRUTH,” says Palpatine. “Now, it is time for you to confront your greatest fears and angers. Search your emotions...they will tell you where to go.”

Anniken travels to the dark, brutalist form of the giant Murchalar Prison Complex and confronts Mauk Shivtor, who looks up and smiles evilly.

“Jedi!! Such a pleasure to see you!”

“A friend tells me I must face my fear and anger. At one time you were the principal focus of both.”

Mauk slams into the Force Field barrier, snarling. “And fear me you should, whelk!! Lower this field and I will carve out your heart as I did to the old Jedi and your tired old mother!!!”

Mauk grabs his neck, choking, as Anniken raises a grasping hand.

“I can take your pathetic life whenever I so choose.” With a last, mocking glance Anniken leaves.

Meanwhile, a Hooded Figure materializes at the Jedi Temple and attacks Mace Windu, who manages to fight off the attacker, a Sith Assassin with a Vader-like mask who, with a raspy, robotic voice, mockingly calls him “Old friend.”

On Aldreaan, Slave 1 and another Mandalorian Landing Ship fly low near the Organa Estate. Several Mandalroians attack and engage the Jedi while the Ships land at the Organa Estate, the Mandalorian warriors easily overcoming the small squad of guards, and capturing the Senators. “Gather all but the Queen and take them to the ships,” says Boba Fett. “My uncle has a debt of honor with her.” He turns his blaster towards Padmé.

Suddenly R2-D2 rolls, beeping, in front of her. C-3PO runs to join him.

“Wait! Wait! Stop!!” says C-3PO The Astromech says that the Queen is with child!!” he turns to R2. “Is this true?”

R2-D2 beeps.

“My uncle’s honor debt is with the Queen, not with the child. Take her to the ships!”

On Had Abbadon, Palpatine tells Anniken that he has planned a final offensive. Afterwards the Jedi as known will be disbanded, and Anniken will lead a new force in their place.

Yoda and Mace Windu, following orders, dispatch the full force of the Jedi to Mustafar for the final offensive against the Separatists. Yoda and Mace are concerned about what will happen, but must follow the orders.

On Alderaan, Obi-Wan lands in the Mandalorian ship. A group of Guards rushes out and surrounds it, guns drawn. The hatch lowers and Obi-Wan emerges. A nervous Guard shoots. Obi-Wan casually draws his laser sword and harmlessly deflects the blast, then puts the sword away. He discovers that Padmé and the other Senators have been captured. He leaves R2F5 with them to repair their destroyed communications array and flies off to Had Abbadon.

At a Starbase on Had Abbadon, Anniken and Palpatine look out over a fleet of Clone Landing Craft. Armies of Jedi Knights and Clone Troopers load into the many ships, which take off into the blood red sky.

“It is a thing of beauty, Chancellor!” says Anniken.

“Yes. Soon this rebellion will be crushed and a new order brought to the Galaxy! And you, Master Skywalker, will be my right-hand!”

Yoda assigns Mace Windu to protect the temple from the Sith Assassin and sends the newly-arrived Prana to return to her Sen-nai Anniken. He and the rest of the Jedi board the Landing Craft bound for the battle at Mustafar.

On Mustafar, Boba Fett delivers Padmé and the other prisoners to the Separatists, specifically to Gunray Pabucan of the Sha’anar Trade Guild. Boba proclaims his uncle’s mission to Lord Dias “complete” and his services “ended.” Pabucan offers Boba a lot of money to stay and fight, but Boba notes that he doesn’t do “suicide missions.”

At the Jedi Temple. Mace Windu, Chancellor Palpatine, Anniken, and Prana stand on a balcony. A squad of Chancellor’s Guards stand on a balcony overlooking the streets beyond the Temple grounds, which are lined by a small army of Clone Troopers. Anniken seems preoccupied. Prana seems nervous next to him. Palpatine smiles and waves to a host of Camera Drones that hover just off the balcony. Mace scowls. Anniken admonishes a repentant Prana, still angry that she didn’t protect Padmé, and send her to guard the Younglings.

Mace is suspicious. Palpatine reassures him that, with the perimeter of Troopers, nobody can get in. “Or out…” notes Mace.

“Such a suspicious mind you have for a Jedi,” Palpatine notes.

At Murchalar Prison, the Sith Assassin breaks Mauk out of his cell and hands him his laser sword. “At long last!” says Mauk. “Our revenge!!!”

On Mustafar, the Republic forces of Jedi and Clones face off against the Separatist forces of Battle Droids and Super Drones. A reluctant Yoda orders the attack.

Back at the Jedi Temple, Mace Windu notes to Palpatine how the Force doesn’t touch Palpatine, even when it touches all. In voiceover during a montage of various Jedi killed on Mustafar he notes how he should be able to sense a Sith Master across the galaxy…unless the Sith have found a way to hide from the Force.

Mauk Shivtor and the Sith Assassin attack the Temple. They slay the Jedi one by one. Mace winces with pain as Mauk slaughters the Younglings.

“The Younglings!!!” he cries.

“Every...single...one!” says Palpatine, smiling evilly. “You were wise to trust your suspicions, Jedi. Now, feel the true power of the Dark Side!!”

Something unseen changes the atmosphere. Across the Galaxy Yoda, Obi-Wan, Anniken, Prana, and Mace all wince as if in pain. Mace draws his laser sword and confronts Palpatine, who is in fact Sidious Morg, Sith Master.

“Go ahead, Jedi, strike me down. An unarmed old man. The freely elected Chancellor of the Galactic Republic! Reveal the treachery of the Jedi!” says Sidious as he motions to the Camera Drones. “...The Galaxy watches.”

Inside the Temple Prana finds the slaughtered Younglings. She is then confronted by Mauk. They draw laser swords and fight.

Elsewhere in the Temple, the Sith Assassin confronts and battles Anniken, acting as though he knows Anniken. The Sith reveals himself to Anniken to be a badly burn-scarred Baron Cetu Thorpe.

On the Balcony Mace goes to strike Sidious, but the Chancellor’s Guards block the cut. Mace fights the Guards while Sidious, as Palpatine, tells the Camera Drones that the Jedi have “betrayed” the republic and retreats inside the Temple. Once inside, he grabs a Comm. And tells Tarkin to initiate “Order 3-6.”

Back on Mustafar, the battle continues. More Jedi, Clone Troopers, Droids, and Drones fall.

The Clone Troopers stop and touch the sides of their helmets, receiving a message. They suddenly fall back, allowing the Battle Droids to surround the Jedi on three sides. The Clones then take aim at the Jedi from the fourth side and start to fire. Caught in the crossfire, numerous Jedi start to fall.

“No....” says Yoda.

The Clone Generals around Yoda turn their guns on him. They fire, but Yoda has flipped away.

Several important Jedi: Bav Myorta, Vrema Melovrius, and finally Kiai Mudi are cut down.

On the Temple Balcony, Mace Windu battles the Guards, killing the last of them as the Camera Drones watch. He storms into the doorway.

Inside the Council Chambers, laser sword drawn, Mace enters, where Sidious awaits, seated casually in Master Yoda’s high seat, a hood over his head, shadowing his eyes.

Mace points his laser sword. “Sidious Morg, you are under arrest in the name of the Jedi Council and the Galactic Republic.”

Sidious laugh. “Fool, I AM the Republic!!”

“Stand down, or be put down.”

Sidious floats specter-like down from chair. “I prefer to do this...the hard way...”

Suddenly LIGHTNING shoots from Sidious’ fingers and engulfs Mace Windu.

Inside the temple, Prana assaults Mauk with her now-telescoped laser naginata. Prana seems to have gained the upper hand. Suddenly Mauk does a spinning move that deflects the thrust past him, grabs the pole of the laser naginata, and pulls. Prana screams as she’s pulled into his grasp. He lifts her by the neck with his right hand, the blade of his laser sword holding her weapon down.

“And now, my little Padawan, I drink of your blood!!!” He pulls her towards him, mouth open......

“No, my apprentice, not yet!” says the disembodied voice of Sidious. “I foresee a use for her!”

He reluctantly throws her aside and leaves, and she recovers and follows.

Anniken talks with Thorpe, who tries to convince Anniken to join him against Sidious. But he warns Anniken that Mauk is approaching and encourages him to strike down Mauk. When someone enters, Anniken, full of rage, thrusts, impaling Prana, his own Padawan! “It felt good, did it not? The rage? The hate? Remember that feeling,” says Thorpe, putting his mask back on and melding into the shadows.

Back in the Council Chambers, Sidious continues to assault Mace with his lightning. Mace slowly fights back, using his laser sword to redirect the lightning back at Sidious. Just when his victory over the Sith Master seems imminent, Anniken arrives, and is torn. Sidious please with him.

“Help me, my son!”

Agonizing, Anniken yells “FATHER!!” and cuts off Windu’s hands. Sidious uses the lightning to push Windu off the edge of the balcony.

The recovering Sidious now admits that he’s not Anniken’s father. “A small lie, to reveal the bigger truth!” Mauk and Thorpe join them, and urge Anniken to join them. “Always the Jedi have lied to you!”

Then Mauk discovers a hidden Padawan. He’s about to kill the Young Padawan but Sidious tells Anniken to do so. With the three Sith urging him on, he relents and strikes down the young Padawan.

“Welcome to the family!” says Baron Thorpe.

Obi-Wan lands at the Temple and surveys the damage in horror, including the dead younglings. He sees where Prana fell, but her body is not there. Suddenly Mauk appears. They exchange taunts and battle, with Obi-Wan remaining calm, centered, and focused, eventually cutting the reckless Mauk in half without emotion, a distasteful but necessary task.

Anniken and Thorpe arrive on Mustafar, where Anniken is assigned to lead the armies to finish the Separatists while Thorpe performs a “special mission.” Anniken assumes command of the Clone Army, telling them he will give them a way into the fortress.

Yoda and two surviving Jedi watch, sadly, from a hill above.

Padmé, the Roona, the Senators, and R2 and Threepio are imprisoned, the people behind bars, the droids via restraining bolts. Ba Ba uses his long tongue to pull off R2’s restraining bolt and R2 shocks the guard and hacks the computer, freeing them.

In the Separatist Council, Anniken arrives, they believe to save them. Instead, he murders them all in cold blood, his laser sword flickering red for a second after killing Gunray Pabucan.

Obi-Wan arrives on Mustafar, Yoda witnessing. Kenobi discovers a cave with an endless lake of lava, a bridge over it, and a train on a track that leads away. He runs up the bridge.

Anniken leads the Clone Troopers in the systematic killing of the Separatists.

Padmé and the rest discover a Sha’anar Nursery, witnessing how the Grubs must compete to survive, Padmé gaining sympathy for her old enemies by better understanding their species’ physiology and how it shapes their actions.

On the surface, Baron Thorpe assaults Yoda and kills the two Jedi. Yoda, though unarmed, remains an impossible target to hit.

In the headquarters, Anniken leads the ongoing slaughter. In the Hatchery, the Nanny shows Padmé and the rest a secret door. As they are escaping one by one, Clone Troopers led by Anniken break in and slaughter the Sha’anar. “The Chancellor says no witnesses,” says Anniken. When asked about the Grubs and Eggs, he says to burn them all, since they are just “insects”. A shocked Padmé witnesses. Ba Ba leads her through the secret door, which Anniken notices closing.

On the hill, the battle between Thorpe and Yoda continues, Thorpe unable to touch the ever-moving Jedi Master. Finally, he blasts Yoda with lightning from his fingers, but Yoda simply holds up his hand and the lightning passes harmlessly around him. Left with no other choice, Yoda raises his hand and Thorpe flies off, over the edge of a cliff.

Obi-Wan runs up the lava bridge, passing the Senators.

Moog and Ba Ba are trying to shake Padmé from her shocked trance when Anniken steps out through the hidden door. Excited, he calls to Padmé and embraces her, telling her that the war is almost over and that they can be together again soon. She palms a dagger, trying to will herself to kill her husband, but drops the dagger, unable to do it.

Obi-Wan appears and Anniken, blinded by fury, assumes the worst, using the Force to choke Padmé, who he assumes is betraying him with Obi-Wan. Obi-Wan forces him to release Padmé by drawing his laser sword. Ba Ba says “You killed her!” Anniken now chokes Obi-Wan, who flings Anniken back. Moog and Ba Ba carry away the seemingly lifeless Padmé.

At the Train Padmé is discovered to be alive, but unconscious.

Back further on the bridge, Anniken attacks Obi-Wan, and the two Jedi clash amidst the lava flows. In a long, running fight amid the crumbling, fiery landscape, they fight, Anniken’s laser sword occasionally flickering red, then out, as the kyber crystal within resists the Dark Side. Eventually, Anniken leaps recklessly, and Obi-Wan, centering himself with the force, cuts off his right arm and both legs.

Anniken slides towards the lava. Obi-Wan tries to help, but Anniken first tries to pull his laser sword to him to keep fighting (with Obi-Wan taking it instead) or physically pull Obi-Wan into the lava with him. “I WILL DRAG YOU TO HELL WITH ME!!”

Knowing that Anniken is lost, Obi-Wan regretfully leaves him to his fate.

Obi-Wan walks up the hill where Yoda is waiting. They talk, realizing that the Jedi are gone and that the Sith cannot be stopped now. Yoda notes that Padmé carries Anniken’s child, and that Obi-Wan must hide the child. Obi-Wan knows exactly where to take him. Yoda too will hide, noting that when it is time for Yoda to be found, Obi-Wan will know where to find him. They part ways.

Below them Anniken is suffering when Baron Thorpe appears, still behind the Vader-like mask. He puts his hand to Anniken’s throat, laser sword drawn.

“Hello, my grandchild.....or should I say.....my son!”

In a shuttle, Padmé, the Senators, and the Roona and Droids are escaping. Padmé is delirious, but suddenly clear and awake, knowing that Obi-Wan needs them.

As a large force of Clone Troopers advances towards Obi-Wan, the shuttle flies by and rescues him, and they fly off into hyperspace.

CIRCLE WIPE TO...

An “Imperial Montage”. “The Imperial March” plays as we step through a silent montage:

A fleet of Star Destroyers fly up through space at a rising angle, like stabbing spearheads.

The Roona being silently strafed from above by Clone Gunships.

Clone Troopers silently devastating a force of White Legionnaires.

Protestors in Had Abbadon getting silently gunned down by Clone Troopers.

A giant screen on a building clicks off from a news show to display an idealized image of Emperor Palpatine. Two scarlet banners with the Imperial Logo cascade to either side of it.

Finally, a dark Surgical Room. As the Imperial March crescendos, we see a badly burnt Man (face obscured) on a dark, grey table. Robot Arms silently stab at the flailing figure. Black leg plates are clamped over burnt leg stumps. Strange equipment is sewn into a chest cavity.

CUT TO POV shot, where a black mask descends TOWARDS CAMERA, eclipsing the view.

As the mask eclipses the view and the last bar of the March starts, the iconic breathing of Darth Vader begins to be heard over the music. The surgical table rises slowly and silently with a black armored Figure on it as the breathing and music continues.

Finally, we ZOOM IN on the iconic mask of Darth Vader as he rises and the music comes to an end.

FADE TO BLACK as the breathing continues for four more cycles, the only sound filling the empty blackness.

Then....SILENCE.

FADE TO WHITE. A “Hope Montage” starts. “The Force Theme” plays as we enter a second silent montage:

A clean, white Delivery Room. Padmé silently screams in pain on a delivery table, attended to by a nursing droid. Obi-Wan looks on stoically. As the droid extends a Newborn over towards the waiting hands of Padmé, Obi-Wan steps in and takes the Newborn. Padmé silently screams in emotional pain at Obi-Wan as he walks out with the baby (observant viewers will recognize this scene from Anniken’s vision in Palpatine’s office).

A Hooded Figure slips silently through a rowdy Bar Crowd into a back room. The Figure removes his hood to reveal Bail Organa. Mon Mothma and Naiyadah wait for him. Mothma holds up a device that projects a hologram of an X-Wing Fighter.

Master Yoda stands silently amid the swamps of Dagobah. A Spaceship lifts off in the background.

C-3PO pushes a hover chair down a hallway. In the chair sits a sad looking Padmé. R2-D2 trundles alongside.

As The Force Theme crescendos, full orchestra, we see a familiar Moisture Farm on Tatooine. A young man (Owen Lars) opens a door, a woman (Beru) behind him. A Hooded Figure hands the surprised man a bundled Baby.

CUT TO Owen, holding the Baby, now looking out upon the iconic twin suns of Tatooine.

PAN BACK as the music finishes its last bars to reveal Obi-Wan Kenobi watching from afar. The orchestra fades to a single flute playing the last notes of the Force Theme. Obi-Wan puts up the hood of a Moisture Farmer’s Robe and walks silently away as the music ends.

Full Synopsis

PAN UP to a Red Planet where two large space fleets clash in a fury of laser blasts and explosions. Starfighters jink and blast in running dogfights. INVERT and continue to PAN DOWN through the atmosphere to the rocky ground of Planet Hakorat, where two Jedi fight a group of Battle Droids. The Jedi are making short work of the Droids, effortlessly cutting them down left and right. HELICOPTER PAN BACK to reveal a long train of dozens of destroyed droids behind the Jedi, but also revealing a huge swarm of hundreds of Droids. The droid swarm slowly surrounds and envelops the two Jedi, but soon a force of Clone Troopers join them, mowing down the Droids with a barrage of laser fire. Destroyer Droids appear and start to cut down some Troopers, threatening to stall the advance, but a Republic Walker uses its cannons to destroy them. A grand land battle spreads across the horizon.

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WIPE TO...

Dantoine, where Jedi Bav Myorta leads a fleet of Jedi Starfighters against a swarm of Droid Fighters. He jinks and spins, dodging every blast, and destroying dozens of Droid Fighters in seeming effortlessness. Past the fighter screen, he and his wingmen dive down upon a Sha’anar Battleship, strafing the surface and destroying its defensive cannons.

WIPE TO...

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Kessel, where several large Battleships engage at close quarters. A Republic Star Destroyer and a Ghurran Man-O-War slide past each other, side cannons tearing into each other in huge rippling explosions.

CUT TO inside the Star Destroyer bridge where Jedi Master Mace Windu looks on stoically as the two ships blast into each other. The ship SHAKES with explosions. A Clone Trooper warns Windu that a swarm of Battle Droids is crossing the vacuum gap between them and the Man-O-War. Suddenly an EXPLOSION rips open the side of the bridge, sucking out the air and some crew as Droids rush in. Windu takes a deep breath, draws his laser sword, and battles the Droids.

WIPE TO Hoth, where a red-orange glow of a setting sun lights the ice and snow as Clone Snow Troopers and Walkers engage a battalion of Droids and their Hover-Tanks. Troopers manning a tripod-mounted cannon engage and destroy Destroyer Droids. Jedi Knight Ket Falacha leaps acrobatically over them and, in a wheeling, spinning martial display, cuts through swaths of Droids. He leaps up to cut a flying Droid in half and lands atop a Tank where he beheads the Droid Pilot and drives his laser sword into the tank, causing it to heat and start to break apart. He scissor-leaps off just ahead of the EXPLOSION, landing and engaging with more Droids.

WIPE TO Malastare, where several Republic Assault Ships stream through laser fire and sparking space debris from destroyed Separatist Ships towards the bulk of a Droid Factory Ship. Some are hit and destroyed, but others stream on.

Inside one is Jedi Nuara D’Naal and a team of Clone Troopers. They land on the Factory Ship and blast their way in, fighting their way through the Battle Droids within.

WIPE TO Kashyyyk, where a squad of Clone Troopers, Gunships noisily hovering by above the tree line, engage at close quarters with Battle Droids among the tangled jungle underbrush. Soon a group of shrieking Wookies drop down on the Droids from the trees and start tearing the Droids limb from limb.

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CUT TO just behind Jedi Master Yoda and PAN WITH HIM as he walks patiently among the chaos. Three Destroyer Droids roll out in front of him. He raises his hand and the Droids LIFT UP. He quickly lowers his hand and they come CRASHING DOWN, destroyed. He uses the Force to FLING more Droids away as he advances around a curve in the jungle path, where a Hover Tank waits for him and starts to lower its gun at him. PAN TO his face, which shows only sadness as the shadow falls over him.

WIPE TO Helborum, where Obi-Wan Kenobi leads a force of White Legionnaires (a volunteer force, as he refuses to use Clone Troopers given the question of their consent to fight) against the Droid Army. They rush from rock to rock on this scrub-covered semiarid planet making methodical progress against the entrenched Droids. Fighters dogfight in the air above them, vying for superiority. Obi-Wan deflects sniper fire from an outcropping with his laser sword, sending the blasts back up towards its source, destroying the sniper. The Legionnaires advance under a withering barrage of fire. Lasers blasting, a figure runs up and lands beside Obi-Wan. It is Queen Amidala in her Handmaiden Padmé disguise.

Obi-Wan describes his plans to carefully advance to the next ridgeline to link up with Anniken. Suddenly an EXPLOSION on the near ridgeline, flinging Droids like rag dolls. A force of Clone Troopers runs up along the ridge, clearing out the shocked Droids. With a huge flip and an excited yell, Anniken Skywalker lands among the entrenched Droids and starts to cut them apart. Padmé smiles. “...or perhaps immediately at this ridgeline,” Obi-Wan sighs.

“I swear I’ve aged three years for every one I’ve known Anakin,” sighs Obi-Wan.

“He is brave, you have to give him that!” says Padmé, smiling.

WIPE BACK TO Hakorat, where the battle continues. The two Jedi, Vrema Melovius and her Padawan Mort Ghanmaan, continue to lead the assault against the Droid swarm. They slice a path that the Clone Troopers move in to fill, threatening to break the Droid Army in two. On the verge of breaking the droid lines, three X-9 Super Drones appear from the crowd of Battle Droids. They each have four arms and carry shield-protected double-ended Shock Staves. With a scream Mort rushes them, laser sword swinging. “Padawan, no...!” screams Vrema.

Mort engages the three Drones bravely, deflecting many blows and cutting down one of the three. But their strikes are like lightning and eventually one staff strikes home, followed by another and another. Mort falls dead just as Vrema arrives. She uses the force to pull Mort’s laser sword to her, and engages the remaining two, which start to push her back.

WIPE BACK TO Dantoine, where Bav Myorta and his ships continue to tear apart the Separatist Fleet. With the defensive cannons destroyed and fighter screen eliminated, the Battleship is defenseless as Torpedo Bombers fly in and start to tear it apart with their rocket torpedoes. They are soon engaged by evil-looking Destroyer Fighters piloted by the X-9 Super Drones, who prove deadly, killing one of Myorta’s wingmen.

WIPE BACK TO Kessel and the Star Destroyer Bridge where Windu, breath still held, flying through the freefall, battles off the Droids amid the vacuum. A Clone Trooper warns, “Master Windu, the ship is falling to the boarders! We must do something!” Windu nods and, with a kick, flings himself out of the breach in the hull and into the vacuum of space!! Ice crystals form on him as he flies through the void towards the Man-O-War, trusting in the Force to protect him from the vacuum. He lands at an airlock, stabs a panel, and the door opens. He slips inside, hits a button, and air floods in. He relaxes and breaths for a second, then hits another button and the inner door slides open to where several Battle Droids await. Cutting a path through them with his laser sword and throwing several against the wall or into each other, he soon fights his way to the bridge where he stabs the panel to open the door to the bridge...where five Super Drones await him. He scowls and rushes them.

WIPE BACK TO Hoth, where the Ket Falacha continues to lead the charge against the Droid Army. Still spinning, he is making short work of the Droids, flipping through the air and beheading a Destroyer Droid before it can get its shield up. He pauses dramatically as we PAN OVER to where three Super Drones await, Shock Staves spinning. Ket snarls and exhales twin clouds of condensed breath from his nostrils.

WIPE BACK TO the Droid Factory Ship at Malastare, where Nuara D’Naal and her Clone Troopers climb and leap among the moving arms and sparks of the Factory Floor Assembly Line. Half-built Battle Droids move along the assembly line conveyors in neat rows, assembly arms putting them together piece by piece. At the far end of the line a cable shocks the completed Droids to life and they form up, firing at Nuara and the Troopers in never-ending waves. The Troopers do their best to keep up with Nuara; some get crushed, knocked down, or shot by the active Battle Droids. Nuara flips to the end of the assembly line and cuts the cable that is sparking the finished Battle Droids to life. The completed Droids, no longer sparked to life, begin to PILE UP. Now among the Droids, Nuara is cutting them down in droves. Suddenly a door opens and four X-9 Super Drones emerge. Nuara strikes a defensive pose with her laser sword.

WIPE BACK TO...Kashyyyk, where Yoda stares down a Hover Tank. Closing his eyes and lifting his hand with great concentration, Yoda starts to slowly tip over the tank until it falls on its side with a crash. Whooping Wookies descend upon the crashed vehicle and start to pull the Droids from it.

“Excellent work, Field Marshal!” says a Clone Trooper. “It is a glorious day for the Republic.”

“Indeed....Glory,” says Yoda, sadly, eyes downcast. He walks on, casually, almost absentmindedly tossing aside Droids or pulling hover ships from the sky and into trees. He emerges at a burning Wookie village where more Droids burst from the burning side of a hut. Some Wookies and Troopers are cut down before Yoda can toss the Droids aside. Soon Yoda stops, scowls, and turns around as six Super Drones burst up out of the ground behind him.

WIPE BACK TO...Helborum, where, side-by-side, Anniken and Obi-Wan advance up the hillside, leading the assault. Working together like a well-oiled machine the two use their laser swords and force powers to clear a path of advancement for the Troopers and Legionnaires.

They are joined by a force of Roona Warriors, who slam into the flank of the Droid Army. It is led by Prana Ashla (Raven Symone), the N’ehma[1] Padawan of Anniken. She wields a laser sword-spear with a four-foot pole and a one-foot laser blade. The blade switches from one end of the pole to the other as she wills. A force field protects the shaft. She wields it like a Japanese Jo staff. The various Legionnaires, Clone Troopers, and Roona advance on three fronts towards the factory, the three Jedi leading the charge. The Droid Army disintegrates before them. Clone Fighters fly up, clearing the skies.

Suddenly the ground trembles and, with a fount of dirt and rocks and a loud bellow, a six-limbed reptilian cyborg Burrugath Giant bursts from the ground with a titanic roar and incinerates a line of Troopers with laser beams from implants on its head. “That could be a challenge,” says Anniken

“Move aside,” says Prana, who runs off towards the Burrugath.

“Padawan, wait...!” says Anniken. Obi-Wan looks at him and raises an eyebrow. Anniken shrugs and runs off after Prana.

Prana runs, dodging the twin laser beams. She leaps over a swung claw, lands atop it, and runs up the leg onto to the beast’s back. It starts to buck. She holds on, climbing hand-over-hand up towards its neck. Grabbing on with her legs she ignites the laser sword-staff and plunges the blade deep into the creature’s neck. With a screech it falls on its face and dies. Prana flips over and lands next to Anniken, who watches, half in shock, half in pride.

“Is that the best they can throw at us?” asks Prana.

Meanwhile, inside the Droid Factory, a dark, grey metal room full of hanging chains, sparking conduits, and moving transoms, someone watches. Scores of Droids, Cyborgs, and insect-like Ghurrans scurry about. In the center, his spider-like legs perched around a custom seat, Admiral Kreeg (voice of Christopher Lee) watches a small hologram of Padmé speaking. A Flich, a Sha’anar, stands by. “Gather your ranks and prepare for siege!!” says the hologram of Padmé. “And be prepared, for I am certain Kreeg has a few more tricks up his sleeve!”

“Oh, yes, young one. I have plenty of ‘tricks’ indeed!” he says.

Suddenly the doors to the factory open to reveal a dozen Super Drones, shock staves buzzing.

“I have a bad feeling about this,” says Prana, the cocky glint suddenly gone from her eye.

In a series of CIRCLE WIPES the scenes shift between the seven different battles every few seconds in a running montage of battle clashes between Jedi and Super Drones.

Vrema Melovius, a laser sword in each hand, strains against the two advancing Super Drones.

Bav Myorta and his remaining wingman jink and dodge as best as they can against the superhuman agility of the Destroyer Fighters.

Mace Windu faces off against five Super Drones. Almost immediately he seizes the initiative and with a lightning-fast stab takes one out. The others start to swarm out around him, Shock Staves twirling, forcing him to retreat.

Ket Falacha engages the three Super Drones in a spinning, leaping, “Wire-Fu” type battle, just barely averting the six stabbing staves.

Nuara D’Naal battles four Super Drones, gymnastically flipping backwards as she bats away the striking Shock Staves. She gets shocked once and Force-leaps up into the catwalks. The Drones start to climb up pillars after her, scuttling like insects.

Six Super Drones rush Yoda, who slips and ducks and dodges under each swing and trust of the deadly Shock Staves, deftly avoiding each strike, flinging and throwing the attacking Drones in a sort of “Force Aikido”. The Drones start to get tangled up in each other’s way, unable to touch the ever-moving Jedi Master.

Twelve Super Drones spread out from the factory Door and engage Obi-Wan, Anniken, Padmé, and Prana. The three Jedi fall back in a defensive triangle as the Drones attack.

It cycles through each of the battles once more before...

WIPE BACK TO Hakorat, where Vrema continues her fight against the two advancing Super Drones. Using the Force, she flings one back, but it uses claw-like spikes on its arms and legs to dig into the ground and stop itself. She cuts off the arm of one, but receives a nasty shock from the other and falls back with a yell. The second Drone scuttles around behind her, trapping her. Growing exhausted at the sudden onslaught, she uses the Force to leap up out from between them, landing a few yards away. The Drones advance. She starts pelting them with rocks, which they bat away. Some Troopers advance beside her and blast into them, but they deflect the blasts like they were Jedi themselves!

“Trooper, call in an air strike,” she says.

Two Gunships fly up and starts cutting into the two Drones with automatic laser fire. Overwhelmed by the assault, one is cut down and the other damaged as they rush to reach the Jedi. Vrema engages the remaining one and slices it in half. Exhausted, she sadly eyes the body of her Padawan.

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WIPE BACK TO Dantooine, where Bav Myorta and his remaining ship (his Padawan) engage the four Destroyer Fighters. The two ships zoom close to the surface of a Republic Star Destroyer, weaving and dodging among the cannon towers, antennas, and other protrusions. The Destroyer Fighters follow in a running chase. The cannons engage and soon one of the Destroyers has its wing blown off and spirals in and explodes on the surface shields. Another cannon gets shot and destroyed by a Destroyer. The Padawan has a close call, the lasers scorching his fighter.

On Bav’s orders, the two Jedi Starfighters break apart. Two Destroyers follow the Padawan, the other follows Bav.

“Now, break left!! Engage the fighter on my tail as we pass!!” Says Bav.

The two fighters bank back around towards each other, completing the circle. Bav shoots past his Padawan, who in turn shoots past him, damaging the Destroyer following Bav. Bav’s lasers clip the wing of one of the Destroyers following the Padawan, causing it to spin into the other. Both EXPLODE. Bav now kills his engines, flips his Starfighter around, flying backwards with the inertia, and shoots and destroys the last Destroyer Fighter.

“Great shots!!” says the Padawan.

“Trust in the Force, Padawan,” says Bav.

In the background one Sha’anar Battleship EXPLODES, then another.

“The tide of battle turns! Onward, Padawan, to victory!”

WIPE BACK TO Kessel and the Ghurran Man-O-War, where Mace Windu faces off against the four remaining Super Drones. Mace uses the Force to push one in front of another just as it stabs, killing its fellow Drone. Mace falls back under a barrage of strikes, deflecting them with wide, sweeping parries. A Drone flips up and over him. Mace holds the laser sword over his head and closes his eyes, A Drone goes to catch him in a scissors between its two staves. Mace leaps straight up, flips, kicks off the ceiling, and drives his laser sword into a Drone, killing it. The remaining two charge. He turns, charges silently, and slides on the floor between their legs, slicing the legs off of one. The remaining intact Drone leaps at him while the damaged one scuttles towards him on its arms. Mace spins and slices off the two left arms of the intact Drone with a down stroke and slices it in half diagonally on an upstroke. As it falls, he kicks a Shock Staff from its hands, grabs it like a spear, and throws it into the head of the scuttling Drone, killing it.

Taking a second to catch his breath, he stands, brushes off his clothes, and walks calmly into the Bridge. He demands that the Ghurran Captain surrender. The Ghurran refuses. He casually beheads it, and the second-in-command then dutifully surrenders.

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WIPE BACK TO Hoth, where Ket Falacha continues his spinning battle against the three Super Drones. Surrounded, he spins and ducks low below a thrust, arching his back, right hand on the ground. He grabs the staff with his left hand and pulls it until it stabs and kills another Drone. He then does a gymnastic roll back to his feet, leaping up to kick a Drone in the head. He drops low again in a sweeping slice that cuts off its legs. The third one engages him, overwhelming him by sheer ferocity, shocking him once, twice...he falls to the ground and is only saved by another Jedi leaping in.

The Jedi battles the Drone, cutting off an arm, before the staff strikes home for a long and fatal shock. Shaking off his own shock, Ket jumps back up, stabs backwards into the head of the legless Drone as it scampers up, then leaps in a spinning, flying, stabbing attack that penetrates the defenses of last Drone, killing it. He runs to the other Jedi, but it is too late. A Clone Trooper approaches and salutes.

“General, we have broken their defenses.”

Ket, exhausted, sadly eyes the dead Jedi. “Thank you, Trooper. Rally the forces and let’s end this battle.”

WIPE BACK TO the Droid Factory at Malastare, where Nuara D’Naal battles the four Super Drones among the catwalks of the factory. She leaps from catwalk to catwalk, just ahead of the Drones. One comes charging at her, staves spinning. She takes her laser sword and cuts the catwalk, causing catwalk and Drone to fall. The Drone falls into a vat of molten metal passing under them on a transom. Two more leap over onto the catwalk, trapping her between them and the missing stretch of catwalk. She turns to leap to another catwalk, but the third Drone is there.

Thinking, looking, she finally runs and leaps across the void, grabbing a hanging electric cable and swinging over to a hanging light, which she grabs with her legs. She cuts the cable with her laser sword and flings the sparking cable back over to the catwalk, where it electrocutes the two Drones. The third Drone holds both staves in its lower hands and starts to swing among the hanging pipes and conduits towards her. It launches a kick. She dodges and leaps away to another light. She slips, almost sliding off into a pile of sharp Droid Parts below her. The Drone follows, landing on the earlier light. She leaps to a third light that swings wildly. The Drone jumps to the second light. The Drone gets ready to leap again. She throws her laser sword, which cuts the cable holding up the second light, sending the Drone falling into the parts, where it is impaled and destroyed. Leaping again, she grabs a pillar and slides back to the floor near the control room, which is already secured by a squad of Clone Troopers.

“The factory is secured, General.”

Nuara pulls her laser sword back to her hand with the Force. “Excellent work, troopers. Alert the Council.”

WIPE BACK TO Kashyyyk, where Yoda is surrounded by six Super Drones. He ducks and weaves among them in a never-ending flow of movement, effortlessly dodging each attack. He spins under one and uses the Force to further push the attacker into a second Drone, destroying both. Two more attack! Twisting between their thrusts, he Force-guides the Drones’ attacks into each other. Both fall, impaled on each other’s staves. The remaining two charge. One he slips around and Force-pushes into a tree, destroying it. The last one Yoda picks up and slams down with the Force.

YODA, sadly, starts to walk forward again when thirteen more Super Drones burst out of the ground all around him. Yoda sighs. As they start to charge, he flings his hands out, sending two Drones into another two, destroying all four. He slips to the side of another charging Drone and Force-flings it into a fourth. Wookies and Troopers try to assist, but are cut down quickly by the hyper-fast Drones with only one Drone destroyed (ripped apart by a pair of Wookies, War Chief Graanthaa and a young warrior named Chewbacca). Soon Yoda is in the center of a wild, swinging melee of eight Drones, systematically ducking, dodging, redirecting attacks, and Force-throwing them until, one by one, all are left smoldering.

A squad of Clone Troopers and Wookies approach, including a Clone General, Graanthaa, and Chewbacca. The Clone asks Yoda if he is hurt.

“In my body, unharmed I am. Unseen some wounds are.”

Chewbacca roars sympathetically.

Yoda then approaches a still-twitching Drone. With the Force he rips the face mask from it, revealing a heavily cybernetics-enhanced small reptile-like Creature, which shrieks in pain and anger.

Chewbacca roars aggressively.

“What in the galaxy is that hideous thing?!?” asks the Clone General.

“Another victim of this war, it is.”

Yoda holds up his hand and the Creature’s shrieks stop, its pain removed, and a peaceful look crosses its face. Soon it mercifully dies in peace.

“And may the Force be with us all.”

WIPE BACK TO...Helborum, where a dozen Super Drones menace Obi-Wan, Anniken, and Prana. The Drones leap and dance about in a confusing pattern that even the JediI find hard to track. Obi-Wan uses the Force to push one back, but it uses its forearm spikes to dig into the dirt and scuttles back into the melee. The Jedi fall back under the barrage of strikes and are ultimately forced back-to back into a defensive circle. “Anniken, for once I’d appreciate one of your ill-advised ideas!” says Obi-Wan.

Padmé, Guard Captain Pataka, and a squad of Troopers and Legionnaires starts to fire into the Drones at a furious pace. One Drone is hit and damaged before three peel off from the group and start to block the blasts with their shield-protected staves. Some of the blasts are reflected back into the squad, killing a couple of Troopers and a Legionnaire. One of the three blocking Drones breaks off and runs towards Padmé and the squad, staves swinging. The Drone stabs two Troopers in quick succession and leaps at Padmé and Pataka. Padmé rolls to the side with a scream, just dodging a staff. Pataka is not so lucky and gets a fatal stab to the chest! As the arcing shocks dance over him he uses his last effort to shoot the Drone, damaging it, then DIES.

Padmé screams “No!!” and starts firing at the damaged Drone, which blocks a few hits, but a couple shots get through its weakened defenses, killing it. Another Drone breaks off and starts running towards Padmé. Anniken notices and flips over the surrounding Drones and runs, screaming at the Drone pursuing Padmé. Obi-Wan and Prana fall back-to-back, desperately trying to hold off the swarm of Drone. Two Drones break off to pursue Anniken. Padmé shoots futilely at the Drone charging her. Just as it’s about to impale her, Anniken arrives and cuts it in half!

“It looked like you could use som.....”

“ANNIKEN, LOOK OUT!!!”

Anniken turns as the two pursuing Drones attack him. Caught off guard, he can barely hold them back.

General Ceel and the Ronna Warriors join the fight and charge, screaming, towards the Drones. Two more Drones break off from the circle around Obi-Wan and Prana and rush towards the screaming Warriors. The Drones leap into the mass of Warriors, killing many of them, but the other Warriors keep charging and fighting, swarming around the Drones. Eventually by sheer numbers the Drones are overwhelmed and cut to shreds despite heavy Roona casualties.

Eventually, working together the heroes, after a difficult fight, manage to defeat the last of the Drones, but Pataka is dead, casualties are heavy, and the battle isn’t over. They charge Admiral Kreeg’s droid factory headquarters, breaching the front gates in a rhyme to the opening fight in Episode IV and fight their way to Kreeg’s command center.

The doors behind Kreeg blast open and the Jedi run in, cutting aside Battle Droids. Padmé and Clone Troopers join them. “Game’s over, Kreeg! Surrender!!” says Anniken.

“Not so fast, Jedi!,” laughs Kreeg, who hits a button on his wrist and suddenly the floor around him drops and hidden doors start to slam shut. Anniken kicks a dead Battle Droid into the closing doors, holding them open. The doors shake as the Droid starts to buckle under the force. Obi-Wan drops down the hole, followed by Anniken and Prana. The Droid finally crushes and the doors shut.

We follow Obi-Wan as he plummets down through the corridor and makes a three-point landing on a platform stacked with metal boxes. Anniken and Prana land beside him. A few feet behind them is a steep drop. All three draw their laser swords. PAN to show Kreeg behind six Super Drones with four more beside him. “I hoped you would join me! I’ll need more arms to handle the additional light sabers I collect!” he says, displaying several Jedi laser swords. “Now, Jedi, you die!”

Anniken raises his hand and causes a tall stack of boxes to fall onto the six front Drones, crushing them.

“That should even the odds!” says Anniken.

Kreeg laughs and springs up onto a higher platform above and behind him. The four Drones rush to engage the Jedi. Anniken and Prana rush to engage the Drones while Obi-Wan leaps and flips over the Drones and then leaps up onto the upper platform after Kreeg, who removes and draws four laser swords. “You lack the honor for such elegant weapons, Kreeg,” says Obi-Wan.

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“And yet I keep collecting them!!” says Kreeg, who laughs, starts spinning the lower two laser swords with his pivoting wrists and holds the others above his head in stabbing poses. He advances, slicing glowing gashes in the floor with the spinning blades. Obi-Wan advances and they clash in a running, leaping fight, Obi-Wan trying without success to get past Kreeg’s defenses. Despite the four-to-one advantage in blades, Obi-Wan continues to block the four wildly swinging blades, leaping up, over, and around in an ever-flowing battle. A WIRE launches out of one of Kreeg’s wrists and wraps around Obi-Wan’s laser sword, yanking it from his grasp, then Kreeg mule-kicks Obi-Wan with two of his six legs, driving him over the edge of the platform, the Jedi just catching himself and lifting himself back onto the platform as Kreeg advances, laughing, spinning blades again gouging the floor with glowing gashes.

“And now, Jedi, your end!!”

Obi-Wan notices the pistol at Kreeg’s belt

“Perhaps not.”

Obi-Wan raises a hand and the pistol flies to his hand. He concentrates for a second, then fires three times. The blasts bypass the laser swords and cut through Kreeg’s torso, leaving holes that start to smoke. Screaming, flames engulf Kreeg’s small remaining organic parts and he DIES, torso slumping atop the still standing spider legs, the laser swords still lit in his still hands.

Anniken leap up to join Obi-Wan.

“We got here as soon as we...” Anniken begins, when he notices the pistol in Obi-Wan’s hand, which Obi-Wan tosses aside.

“A barbaric weapon,” he says, embarrassed.

“But effective, it seems,” says Prana.

“Alert the Queen. Tell her Kreeg is dead,” says Obi-Wan.

CIRCLE WIPE TO...nighttime on Helborum, where a celebration is happening, several roaring bonfires lighting the dark plains. A million stars and three glowing moons fill the sky. Clone Troopers sit in silence around campfires, cleaning their weapons, seemingly oblivious to the celebrations, while the Legionnaires and Roona laugh, dance, and play music. We follow Padmé as she walks, smiling demurely to the occasional cheers from the Legionnaries and Roona and silent salutes of the Clones. She walks away from the festivities to a lonely campfire where Obi-Wan, Anniken, and Prana sit quietly. She takes a seat on a log next to Anniken.

They discuss the situation, all optimistic that with the seven Republic victories that the war is nearly over. Obi-Wan is surprised and annoyed to find that Prana is unfamiliar with the Living Force as Anniken has concentrated on her fighting skills, given the war, so he takes time to lead her in meditation while Anniken and Padmé walk off under the light of the three moons of Helborum. They walk to a canyon and Anniken speaks of the local legend of the canyon. “The locals call this canyon ‘Maralah’s Fall’. They say a young maiden was smitten with a noble warrior who had taken an oath of honor never to marry. Unable to break his oath though he loved her, he spurned her advances. She cried so long and so intensely that her tears carved this canyon, which she then threw herself into.”

“That’s either truly romantic, truly tragic, or amazingly stupid. I’m not quite sure which,” says Padmé.

She turns to look at Anniken. Soon both are staring at each other with a deep intensity. Faces framed by the three moons, the music crescendos with romantic promise as they lean into a long, deep, passionate kiss.

Suddenly Padmé pushes away from Anniken and runs off. He chases her, and they disturb Obi-Wan and Prana’s meditation, causing Obi-Wan to chase after them while Prana makes a snarky comment (“No distractions. Right, Sen-nai”) and continues to meditate.

Obi-Wan attempts to share with Anniken the lesson he received from Yoda on Jedi being forbidden from love, but struggles to explain himself to the upset Anniken. Anniken is skeptical that Obi-Wan has known love, which causes an awkward moment where Anniken realizes that Obi-Wan has love for Padmé. Platonic love, but Anniken assumes that it’s Romantic and storms off, irate.

Suddenly the glowing ghostly form of Quigon Djyn appears behind him.

“His attachment to the Queen is dangerous, my Padawan.”

“As was mine. Tell me, Sen-nai, how do I teach him the way you and Yoda taught me?”

“You have already taught him as much as you can. Only Anakin can help himself. He must confront his emotions on his own.”

“Can you speak to him?”

“No. In his current state he will be blind to my current form. It is up to Anakin alone.”

“Then may the Force be with him....”

WIPE TO…

Had Abbadon, where we follow the Nimoida Royal Yacht as it flies among the city’s skyscrapers. Our POV changes as we watch it fly by celebrating crowds, various disinterested citizens, and, finally, a group of protestors on the verge of a riot. A group of Clone Troopers with riot shields and shock batons violently push them back.

The Yacht continues its flight to the Jedi Temple (which is itself surrounded by angry protestors), where it lands amidst all the pomp and circumstance of a celebration. The hatch opens and Padmé, Anniken, Obi-Wan, and Prana walk out, followed by R2-D2. They walk through an honor guard of Jedi holding laser swords aloft. Exotic music plays and a group of Jedi Younglings perform a slow, entrancing, dervish-like dance.

Obi-Wan notes that such ceremonies are to welcome a new Jedi Master, which Anniken half-jokingly says “well, I did handle myself very well…”

Ket Falacha greets Anniken like and old friend and they go off to talk, Falacha certain that Anniken will be one of the chosen Masters. Obi-Wan offers to escort Padmé, and she smiles at him in a sisterly look, which Anniken notices and is bothered by, looking on with jealousy.

WIPE TO the Yacht landing at the Senate Building. Padmé and R2 enter a room with Nasai Baza’a, Handmaiden Sabé (her impersonator; Vanessa Johannsen), Senator Organa and Senator Naiyadah of Mon Cala, along with C-3PO. Threepio and R2 have a small bickering session while Nassai lets Padmé know that Chancellor Palpatine has assumed even more emergency powers following a motion put forward by the Industrial Guild and supported by Senator Mothma, which enrages Organa.

“The corruption in this government just continues to grow!! Despite his promises, Palpatine has only entrenched it further!!” says Organa.

“We must stop this,” says a worries Padmé.

Back at the Temple, the Jedi Council announces the three new Jedi Masters: Lady Nuara D’Naal, Bav Myorta, and…

…Anniken watches closely, believing for a second that it will be him…

…Obi-Wan Kenobi. All congratulate Obi-Wan, who accepts with humility. Anniken congratulates his Sen-nai, even as he is obviously hurt.

The Council then announces that the official induction ceremonies will be done in public for the first time ever. The people are growing suspicious of the Jedi and their arcane ways and seeming influence, and so the Council hopes to open up to the people.

WIPE TO the Grand Opera House, where a huge gala event has been made of the Induction Ceremonies. All are in their finest. Even Prana is wearing a shining gown, offset by her laser sword-staff. Anniken offers to be Padmé’s forma Jedi Escort, but she turns him down in favor of Prana. Instead, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine asks Anniken to be his Jedi Escort. Anniken is surprised considering that Anniken is not a Master, to which Palpatine notes, “No, it was you I hoped to speak with. My sources tell me you are an exceptional Jedi, perhaps the best seen in generations!”

The ceremonies go on. Anniken’s attention wanders until he finds Padmé’s private box on the far wall. He watches her, Prana beside her. Palpatine notices this. On stage, Nuara is giving a graceful, showy display with circling stones, Myorta showing a display of raw power, and Obi-Wan calmly stacking stones in a seemingly modest display. Padmé notes how Obi-Wan’s display seems “a little…plain” to which Prana responds that Obi-Wan’s simple control will impress the Masters the most, suggesting that the other two are playing to the crowd.

Meanwhile, Palpatine acts amazed at the display, which Anniken dismisses as simple Force connection, demonstrating his own powers using the gems from some woman’s jewelry. “Incredible!!” says Palpatine. “Why, you should be the one up there on stage, not them!!” A complex look crosses Anniken’s face.

After the ceremony, Anniken, Padmé, and Prana meet back up and have a tense exchange. Anniken leads a confused Prana away, and they find and congratulate Obi-Wan. They have an exchange while below them, Queen Amidala and her entourage walk back to her waiting Hover Limos.

Suddenly a Mandalorian flies up on his jet pack and starts to fire! Amidala is hit by several laser blasts and falls. Anniken screams “PADMÉ!!!”

The Handmaidens run to cover the fallen Queen and draw hidden pistols and engage the Mandalorian!! The Roona Guards pull out small objects that expand into laser shield frames that ignite force fields. They too cover the fallen Queen! The three Jedi leap from the balcony to the platform and draw their laser swords! SIRENS can be heard in the background! The Mandalorian flies off. Obi-Wan leaps off the platform and onto a passing Hover Patrol Car below them, sirens blaring. Anniken rushes to the fallen Amidala, who is being administered to by a Handmaiden.

“Padmé!! Padmé!!” cries Anniken.

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“I’m here, Anakin,” says Padmé, in fact one of the Handmaidens. They hug tearfully, then Padmé shares tender last words with Sabé, her double, who was disguised as the Queen.

Obi-Wan rides the patrol car as the Mandalorian streaks off around a building. They pursue around the corner and encounter more patrol cars, but the Mandalorian is gone.

CIRCLE WIPE TO Had Abbadon at sunrise. MONTAGE of images of the sun rising over skyscrapers. Patrol Cars silently cruise the skylanes. The streets clear of people, only Clone Troopers on patrol. Finally, we see the dome of the Galactic Senate building, glowing in the morning sun.

Inside, the numerous seats of the hundreds of worlds are filled around the cavernous Senate Dome. Padmé (as Amidala) and Nassai look on as Supreme Chancellor Palpatine addresses the Senate.

“Yesterday three of our illustrious Senators were attacked. Senator Amidala of Naboo-Gunga thankfully survived her assault, but Senators Gurbal and Hadralon were not so fortunate.”

“Both opposition Senators!” Padmé notes.

As protection, Supreme Chancellor invokes Article 4 of the Jedi Charter, giving every Senator a Jedi Escort.

Back at the Jedi Temple, Mace Windu assigns each Jedi to a Senator. Obi-Wan is assigned to Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan. Anniken, by special request of the Chancellor himself, is assigned to Senator Amidala of Nima-Roona (“It looks like you have friends in high places, Sir Anniken”).

Anniken and Prana fly off to Nima-Roona, but Obi-Wan is approached by WIndu. He will not go to Alderaan, but is assigned a special task: find the Sith Master that they all suspect is behind everything.

WIPE TO the dark, brutalist form of the Murchalar Prison Complex, that looms like a dark counterpoint to the Opera House. A lightning storm crackles behind it in the distance. Spotlights trace the grounds from guard towers. A nondescript hover car flies towards it. CUT TO the entrance where a Hooded Figure emerges from the car. Two Clone Troopers guard the entryway. They salute as the doors rise like a portcullis and the Figure enters.

We follow the Hooded Figure as he walks through long, dungeon-like hallways broken up by numerous checkpoints and gates, through a large open Alcatraz-like bay full of shouting prisoners, and finally through a high security checkpoint with four Clone Guards and into a stone detainment area reminiscent of Silence of the Lambs. The Figure walks past cells full of various dangerous and snarling prisoners, including one Sophisticated Alien Prisoner who sits at a fancy table listening to classical-like music. He gives a serial killer’s smile to the Figure. Finally, the Figure reaches the last cell, where a brooding Mauk Shivtor sits on a bare bench. Mauk looks up and smiles evilly.

“Jedi!!” snarls Mauk. “What a pleasure!! How is your old Sen-nai?”

“He is doing well, thank you,” says Obi-Wan, the Hooded Figure.

Mauk. looks confused by this answer. Obi-Wan interrogates the snarling Mauk about the identity and location of his Master. Mauk mocks him at every turn, noting how there’s no punishment that Obi-Wan can give that is worse than what his Master Sidious would do to him.

Obi-Wan notes that they have the Mandalorian in custody.

“You know nothing!!!” screams Mauk. “My Master is far too cunning for you!! And Kaliss would NEVER be captured alive!! You know nothing! You HAVE nothing. You ARE NOTHING!!! My Master will triumph and the Sith shall have our REVENGE!!!”

Obi-Wan pauses a second and says, “So the Mandalorian Kaliss Fett DOES work for your Master then? That is all I need to know. Thank you for your assistance, Maul.”

Mauk screams, causing all the other prisoners to scream. Obi-Wan walks off. Camera follows him and PANS AROUND to show where Mauk screams from his cell as we ‘leave’ with Obi-Wan. “It’s too late, fool!! He’ll kill you! He’ll kill you, free me, and we will destroy you all!!!!”

WIPE TO the seedy Laszlo Station, a hive of scum and villainy, in orbit around planet Ord Mantell. Numerous space ships fly to and from the station. Among them we see a Mandalorian Landing Ship.

Inside the station, we follow Kaliss Fett in his full Mandalorian armor as he walks through the streets of the station. The crowds part in front of him, none willing to get between a Mandalorian and his mission.

He arrives at Lorray’s Shop. The small, Peter Lorre-esque rat-like alien shop owner (‘Lorray’) sits behind a small counter talking to a customer. Lorray looks up with his bulging red eyes to see Kaliss and shoes away the customer. “Ahhh, the Mandalorian! Dias told me you’d be here soon. Come, come!!”

Lorray hops down and waves for Kaliss to follow. We follow them through a curtain into a back room where a shroud-covered hover sled about 7’ by 3’ by 2’ tall hangs in the air. He gives it to Kaliss.

WIPE TO…

The beautiful Nima-Roona city of Oxon atop its majestic island. A flight of streamline moderne starfighters fly by in formation, leaving multicolor smoke trails. Below groups of people flock towards the city gates. Crowds of Nimoida, Roona, and occasional other species line the sidewalks, cheering for the parade that moves slowly through the streets. There are exotic animals, acrobats, bands, dancers, hover-floats with various nubile aliens...all the entertainment one could want. Inside the throne room, Padmé, in her formal Amidala outfit, and Nassai Baza’a sit astride their twin thrones surrounded by their Handmaidens and Warriors and attended to by Sio Bibble, Prana, and a bored looking Anniken, who sits slackly in his seat. Suddenly, the grand doors open majestically and the parade enters. A band plays a fanfare and in through the doors, on a bejeweled hover chariot pulled by gleaming Horgalis is Prince Balandarr, a corpulent, mustachioed man in golden robes covered in jewelry. He raises his hands gracefully to the awed crowds.

“Well, if it isn’t the Emperor of the Galaxy,” snarks Prana.

Balandarr is there to propose to the Queen. He offers great trade and economic opportunities between their two planets. Bibble fully supports this as it would give them leverage against the Trade Guild, but Padmé plays coy. As the parade leaves, Padmé removes the large ceremonial wig. “What a weight to bear.”

“The wig or the Prince?” says Anniken, offending Bibble but amusing Prana.

Later that evening, Anniken talks to Padmé in secret. He once again confesses his love for her. She expresses her concerns that such a marriage would be forbidden. He suggests that they marry in secret, to which she, in a moment of passion, agrees. They fall into each other’s arms in a passionate kiss. We PAN PAST them to the glowing sunset of Nima-Roona and FADE TO WHITE......

FADE IN on Laszlo Station, where Obi-Wan and Clone Colonel MX-1133 or “Max” are undercover, following intelligence placing Kaliss there. They work their way through the crowd, eventually confronting Lorray. Lorray denies everything, but Obi-Wan uses his mind trick to force the alien to reveal that he indeed had a package for Kaliss. Lorray flees, leading them on a chase through the station and into the hidden maintenance passages behind the walls.

We cut between Obi-Wan and Lorray as they scramble among the twisting, turning tangles of the maintenance tunnels. Obi-Wan reaches a dead end.

Lorray reaches an airlock and sees some space suits in a locked cabinet.

Obi-Wan closes his eyes, trusts in the Force, and cuts a neat hole below him with his laser sword. He falls in front of Lorray as the alien attempts to pick the lock to the space suit cabinet. Obi-Wan enters the airlock and confronts Lorray, using his Jedi powers to start prying the information from Lorray. He offers Lorray protection in return for assisting him, but Lorray, citing the danger to his family from betraying Lord Dias, shoots out the airlock window, getting sucked out to his death. Obi-Wan fights the vacuum and manages to escape, but they are at a dead end again.

OBI-WAN sighs and closes his eyes.

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WIPE TO Nima-Roona. Beneath a bright blue sky in a flower-covered field we see Anniken and Padmé, hands joined, in front of a Justice officiating the impromptu wedding. An Honor Guard stands to the side. In the small audience we focus in on Moog, who smiles, and Ba Ba, who weeps with joy. The Handmaidens stand by, some smile, some seem concerned. Prana and Sio Bibble exchange a brief, worried look. As the music crescendos Anniken and Padmé kiss and the crowd applauds, some wholeheartedly, some with reservation. The Honor Guard stands at attention as the couple walks away smiling, arm in arm.

We now ZOOM IN on a single guard, specifically on his left hand, which is clicking on a small device he has palmed.

CUT TO the hooded Sidious Morg, who sits at his desk. A panel beeps and projects a hologram of the marriage on Naboo-Gunga.

“Interesting...interesting indeed,” he says.

Sidious waves his hand and the hologram changes to Kaliss Fett in his space ship. He checks on “Project Phoenix” and also orders Kaliss to end his vendetta against Anniken and the Queen. “I have use for them,” he tells the Mandalorian.

Kaliss is outraged, but Sidious will not relent.

Instead, we follow Kaliss to the planet Geonosis, a place of Transylvania-like forested mountains. The Mandalorian ship descends through the cloud cover towards a dark, ancient stone castle with many modern, metal additions. It rests atop a forested mountain like something out of a Hammer Horror film. The ship lands on a platform and Kaliss exits. A hunchbacked Cyborg Dwarf (Warwick Davis) is there to greet him and lead him inside the castle.

Inside the Castle in a giant hall various cyborg Workers man a large assembly line. Towering, sparking Van der Graf generators right out of Frankenstein shoot lightning between them. A Worker pushes a hover cart filled with cages of the small reptiles last seen inside a Super Drone. The reptiles snap and hiss at each other. The Worker pushes the cages up to a machine where one robot arm grabs a cage and another deftly grabs a struggling, shrieking reptile from it and slaps the creature into a metal frame. Other arms weld the shrieking reptile into the frame and plug wires into its body. New arms connect robotic part after robotic part until a final arm slaps down the face and chest plate of a X-9 Super Drone over it. Electric sparks shoot through the Drone, animating it to life. It rises from the line, and joins a company of other Drones. A cybernetic wolfman-like Shistavanen (‘Chane’) looks on approvingly and barks orders to Workers. Chane looks up to high catwalks above. We PAN UP and ZOOM IN to see the Dwarf leading Kaliss. A Worker pushes the shroud-draped ‘package’ from Laszlo Station behind them.

“That way, master,” says the Dwarf, who motions to a doorway. Kaliss and the Worker enter into a room where Vurqlar-9-B of the Galactic Technology Union awaits. The door shuts.

WIPE TO…

The Senate Building on Had Abbadon where Chancellor Palpatine is talking with a Senator, walking towards a hover lino. Palpatine is stopped by his Attaché, Secretary Tarkin, while the Senator continues to the limo. As Palpatine and Tarkin talk, the limo EXPLODES behind them.

WIPE TO Nima-Roona, on a peaceful, sunny morning. Padmé and Anniken sit at a table while Droids serve them breakfast. In the background Prana goes through a series of kata-like exercises with her laser sword-spear. Padmé and Anniken smile lovingly at each other, lazy & peaceful in the morning sun.

This perfect morning is interrupted. Anniken has a call from Mace WIndu. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine has survived an assassination attempt and has specifically requested that Anniken be his guardian.

Padmé is suddenly panicking, begging Anniken not to go. “Ani, please! I...I have this feeling that something terrible will happen if you go!!”

Anniken says, “What, you’re a Jedi now and can see the future?”

“No...I......the last couple of weeks I’ve just had this strange feeling of...connection and....”

“Yep, you’re a Jedi now!” he scoffs.

“Anniken, don’t be cruel!!”

She pleads for him to stay, but he gets angry with her. He loses his patience and yells at her, “You will NOT stop me from performing my mission! This is an opportunity for something greater!! I am the Jedi, I know what’s best, and I will decide whether I go or not!! Do you hear me?!?”

ZOOM IN on Padmé, who watches helplessly as Anniken exits, a single tear in her eye.

WIPE TO Geonosis. In a back chamber Kalis and Vurqlar-9-B stare down at the ‘package’ up on a table. The sheet is removed to reveal a painfully contorted man frozen in Carbonite, his face obscured by the tortured hands. Vurqlar pushes a few buttons and the Man starts to glow red. Kaliss notices a flashing light on his wrist and leaves to investigate.

We see the Dwarf chirping in an alien language into a comm. Suddenly, mid-sentence, he looks up to see Kaliss and Chane leering down at him. Smiling, the Dwarf throws the comm. at them, runs to a corner, and hits a hidden button, causing a section of the wall to swivel. Laughing, he disappears.

The Dwarf runs through a small stone passage, ducking under beams, climbing over rock falls, and sliding down a dirt ramp and into the open forest. He runs through the underbrush of a coniferous forest. In the background we see searchlights and hear the growls of strange animals. CUT TO Chane, who barks out orders to a series of X-9 Super Drones, who run through the forest. Handlers release growling cybernetic Worflaks, wolf-rat beasts, from their leashes. They run into the forest. In the background Kaliss lifts off with his rocket pack.

CUT BACK TO the Dwarf, who runs. Suddenly a Drone bursts through the underbrush!! The Dwarf just manages to duck under the attack. A Worflak charges towards him, and he pulls out a small device, which he points at the Worflak, causing it to yelp in pain and run away. The Dwarf laughs and runs out into a dirt road. He clicks a button and a camouflaged speeder bike uncloaks. He’s about to get on when Kaliss lands next to him. Suddenly Drones and Worflaks lunge TOWARDS THE CAMERA, the mouth of one Worflak COVERING THE SCREEN, which CUTS TO BLACK.

FADE IN to Space and a Corellian freighter. Inside Obi-Wan and Max talk. Obi-Wan briefly mentions his upbringing on “a desolate and unimportant planet named Tatooine,” noting that “my brother Owen lives there still, a moisture farmer to the end. As children, he tried to talk me out of joining the Jedi.” Max notes Obi-Wan’s discomfort with the Clones and Obi-Wan admits to his discomfort not with the Clones themselves, but with using them as “tools of war” given their being essentially child slaves lacking complete free will in their choices. Max notes that since they are programmed to be happy and content with their life, does it matter if they have true free will?

Before Obi-Wan can answer, they receive a communication. It is Mace Windu. The first part is alerting them that they received a message from Geonosis: Kaliss was seen there delivering a package. Communications was lost with the agent.

Next, Windu notes that the Jedi Council received a special request by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine to make Sir Anakin a Jedi Master, which Obi-Wan notes as “irregular.” Windu asks Obi-Wan if he feels that Anniken is “ready”.

After much agonizing, Obi-Wan admits that Anniken has “an attachment” that he can’t let go of, and therefore is not, in his mind, ready to be a Jedi Master. “One day soon if he can let it go, he will be a great Master, worthy of a seat on the Council, but that time is not now. ....I regret that I had to say that...”

“Yet say it you did, Master Kenobi,” says Windu. “By your recommendation Sir Anakin will not yet be granted the rank of Jedi Master. Fare well on your mission to Geonosis.”

Wishing that the message had come “at a different time” Obi-Wan turns the freighter around and they fly towards Geonisis.

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Jesus f*cking Christ...

One little question here, @Geekhis Khan... did Padme die (as she did OTL)? Because it's a little unclear (or is she alive and what happened to her is a mystery yet to be solved?).

And Thorpe was indeed Anniken's father.
 
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Full Synopsis (cont.)

WIPE TO…

Had Abbadon, where Anniken arrives at the Jedi Temple and meets with Mace Windu, Yoda, and Kiai Mudi. They assign him to be Chancellor Palpatine’s guardian, but they also have a second, Top Secret mission for him: watch Palpatine, record who he meets and where he goes, and report back to the Council. Anniken is shocked at this unprecedented betrayal of trust in the Chancellor.

“Disturbing trends the Chancellor’s rise has accompanied,” says Yoda. “The Naboo Crisis, the Clone Army, the Separatist Coalition, the assassinations...with every troubling event rise his personal power does.”

“You think he’s with the Sith,” says Anniken.

“Impossible to say, that is. Perhaps only a well-meaning public servant he is, himself manipulated, but to ignore the dangers of his rise we cannot.”

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Anniken is hesitant, but relents and agrees to follow the orders. He flies his Starfighter to the Senate Building.

CRANE SHOT of Anniken walking down the platform where Palpatine awaits, cloak billowing in the wind, his Guards and Secretary Tarkin behind him. Anniken approaches with trepidation. Palpatine walks out to him, arms out, welcoming.

“Ah! Sir Anakin!” The Chancellor puts an arm around Anniken. “You are just in time! I was on my way to a luncheon with the Corellian Shipwright’s Guild! And following that is a meeting with Senator Horliss and then on to Senator Mothma...you’ll want to take good notes for the Council on that one!”

“Of course, I...what?!?”

Palpatine laughs. “Oh, don’t be naive, Sir Anakin! I’m well aware the Jedi Council wants you to monitor me. These terrible events have given me enviable authority, one that threatens the authority of the Jedi. Take all the notes you want, my friend...I have nothing to hide.”

WIPE TO Geonisis, where a Worker escorted by Vurqlar-9-B, pushes a hover-gurney with the moaning Man, his face obscured by an oxygen mask, down a long, dirty corridor. It is clear that he is badly burnt.

The Man is placed on an operating table. Several robotic arms descend upon him, sparking and stabbing. He screams through the mask and thrashes in agony.

WIPE TO the forests of Geonosis, where the Corellian Freighter appears through the low cloud cover and lands in a forest field. Obi-Wan and Colonel Max emerge from the hatch. Worflaks howl in the distance. Noting the danger, they head into the woods.

The Castle sits atop its forested mountain. Storm clouds gather around it, lightning crackling. A large bolt hits and illuminates the tallest tower. We PAN and ZOOM to a steep, winding mountain road heading up to the tower. A tired old Klorg drags a battered looking Hover Wagon along the road. Old Clag drives. Obi-Wan and Max huddle in the back. Old Clag notes how “them in the Castle moved in a couple years’ back, made all the changes. Strange lights an’ sounds. Ships fly in at all hours. Worflaks multiply, drag off not just nerfs, but herdsmen too…Worflaks is different. Smarter, meaner, with metal eyes. Them in the Castle sees all, hears all.”

We ZOOM UP to a tree where a crow-like Caalic Bird lands. We ZOOM CLOSER to see its cybernetic eye watching the wagon.

Suddenly Obi-Wan sits up. “Danger. How fast can your Klorg run?”

“She’s not run in years.” A howl cuts the air, frighteningly close. More join it.

“Time for her to remember! GO!!!”

Old Clag whips the reins with a ‘hyah!’ and the old Klorg bellows and starts to run. Several cybernetically-enhanced Worflaks burst from the underbrush and chase the wagon!! One leaps at the wagon. Obi-Wan ignites his laser sword and cuts it, causing it to fall back with a yelp. Max draws a pistol and starts shooting, wounding one. Another leaps, only to be cut down by Obi-Wan. Max shoots and kills another. Two Worflaks start nipping at the Klorg, trying to take it down.

Obi-Wan takes the reins. He closes his eyes and raises a hand. He says to the Klorg, “Remember, old girl. Remember the speed of your youth.”

Suddenly the Klorg picks up speed. She kicks the remaining Worflak biting at her. It yelps and falls.

A Worflak leaps onto the wagon and starts tearing at Max’s cloak. Obi-Wan raises a hand and the creature flies into the woods. The Klorg starts to leave the Worflaks in the dust.

Obi-Wan hands the reins back to Clag. He closes his eyes, reaching out with the Force.

“I need you to put your trust fully in me, Colonel. When I say, jump with all your might.” Obi-Wan , eyes still closed, reaches out with his fingers. “Soon.... Soon.... NOW!!!!”

Obi-Wan and Max jump off the wagon and fly into the woods. They CRASH through a tangle of thin vines growing over a large rock (leaving a hole) and disappear. The Worflaks run and leap into the hole after them as Old Clag and his Klorg escape up the path.

Obi-Wan and Max land in an old tunnel, rolling and returning to their feet. A single beam of light from the hole is the only illumination. The Worflaks leap in after them, growling. OBI-WAN ignites his laser sword and holds them off.

“Max, see that red rock sticking out of the ceiling? Shoot it.”

Max shoots the rock, which causes the ceiling to CAVE IN, burying the Worflaks, but sealing them in. The tunnel goes DARK, illuminated only by Obi-Wan’s laser sword, which he extinguishes, plunging them into total blackness. Obi-Wan turns on a small lantern, dimly illuminating the tunnel. “It’s a secret tunnel, centuries old. It probably leads to the Castle.”

WIPE TO…

Nima-Roona. Storms rage outside the window. In the canopied bed Padmé, in white cotton nightgown, tosses and thrashes in her sleep. This scene is inter-spliced with flashes from other images, so fast as to be almost subliminal: Anniken’s face wracked with anger, a bridge over molten lava, a knife in a feminine hand, a flash of Darth Vader’s mask......Padmé bolts awake, gasping.

“Annniken!!” Padmé looks around, sighs. Suddenly she puts her hand over her mouth and bolts out of bed, running to a trash can where she throws up. “By the Force what is happening to me? Anakin. Anakin, where are you?”

WIPE TO the Opera House on Had Abbadon, where Anniken, in formal robes, drink in hand, follows Chancellor through a group of formally dressed guests. Palpatine works the crowd, thanking various wealthy bankers, industrialists, and politicians, totally in his element.

“Impressive, Chancellor. You really know how to make friends!”

“You’ll find everyone is happy to be your friend when there’s something in it for them.” A light flashes. “Ah! The show is about to begin!”

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Anniken and Palpatine sit overlooking the stage. Performers in strange outfits sing operatically in a strange alien language. Anniken expresses a disinterest in opera, but Palpatine notes that he specifically requested this performance. “This, for example, is the ‘Tragedy of Emperor Ganthicass’. It tells of the wise and powerful ruler who first united Coruscant. Alas his warriors, jealous of his power, betrayed and murdered him, plunging the planet into three hundred years of war.” He puts a paternal hand on Anniken’s shoulder and leans towards the stage, pointing. “Watch, my son. Watch and learn...”

WIPE TO Geonosis. On the platform of the Castle, the storm still raging in the distance, Workers, watched by Vurqlar-9-B and Kaliss Fett, help a hunched, stumbling Dark Figure in a black hooded cloak try to walk. Occasional flashes of the skeletal robot hands and feet of the Figure are seen as he stumbles towards a waiting transport. The hatch of the transport closes behind him and the ship lifts off and flies into the clouds. ZOOM IN on Kaliss, who speaks into a comm. “The package is on its way.”

PAN DOWN into the forest...into the ground, to blackness, then down to the tunnels beneath the Castle, where Obi-Wan and Colonel Max continue to walk in the dim lantern light. They break through into a dust and cobweb strewn chamber lit by fingers of light. Various torture devices lay around, unused for centuries. We focus on an iron maiden against a wall. It creaks open and Obi-Wan and Max step out.

Max looks at a device. “This chamber appears to be tied into a series of secret passages throughout the Castle.”

“As I had hoped. Now, let us find Kaliss.”

A Worker plods down a stone hallway, eyes glued to a device. An old portrait of a man in medieval-style armor hangs on the wall. The eyes of the portrait slide open, revealing human eyes that watch the Worker as he passes. The portrait opens like a door. A hand reaches out, grabs the Worker, and pulls him inside. The portrait door closes.

Inside the secret passage, Max holds the Worker from behind while Obi-Wan faces him.

“I’ll tell you nothing, Jedi!” says the Worker. He taps his temple with a finger. “I have the mind of a Cerean and the will of a Hutt!!”

Obi-Wan raises his hand. “You will tell me where to find the Mandalorian.”

“He’s in room 2-3-7. Oh!!” The Worker puts a hand over his mouth.

“Thank you for your assistance.” Obi-Wan raises his hand. “Your will fall asleep now and forget you ever saw us.” The Worker falls asleep. “Colonel, drop him back in the hall and then go to the Mandalorian’s room. If it’s empty try to crack his computer systems. I’ll try to find out what the mysterious delivery was. If Sio Dias wants it then it must be critical to his plans.”

“Yes, General,” says Max.

CIRCLE WIPE TO a secret room outside of Vurqlar’s office. Obi-Wan watches Vurqlar through a small two-way mirror on the wall. The cyborg taps at a computer. The Comm. Buzzes. He hits a button and a small hologram of Chane appears, telling him that “the package has cleared atmosphere and is en route.”

Meanwhile, Colonel Max looks into the rather nondescript room. Kaliss’ armor hangs from a wooden frame. A desk sits in the corner. Across from it is a coffin-like Mandalorian Meditation Pod. The room appears empty, so Max opens the secret door and steps into the room. He walks up to the desk and removes a device and plugs it into the computer. Numbers start to flash on its screen.

We PAN over Max’s shoulder to the Meditation Pod, which starts to silently open, a rolling cloud of steam billowing out from it.

CUT BACK to where one of the flashing numbers on the device goes GREEN. “Almost...”

CUT BACK to the Pod. Slowly, Kaliss Fett sits up in the Pod. Slowly, silently, he stands and steps out. He wears only some loose pants. The tribal tattoos on the left side of his face and neck extend down the whole left side of a body hatched with battle-scars.

CUT BACK to where another number on the device turns GREEN. “Almost there...”

PAN BACK. Kaliss approaches Max, who finally realizes something is amiss. He turns around slowly to see Kaliss.

“Hello, father...”

Max reaches for his pistol, but Kaliss bolts and quickly chops Max in the side of the neck. Max falls to the floor.

“I am NOT your father, you second-rate copy!” says Kaliss.

Suddenly Max’s Comm. beeps quietly. Kaliss picks it up. Pretending to be Max, Kaliss plays along with Obi-Wan saying that “the Mandalorian’s information is ours.” They agree to meet at the tower in ten minutes. Kaliss crushes the Comm. with his bare hands.

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Had Abbadon, where we see the Freighter carrying the Dark Figure flying towards the planet below. CUT TO the Senate building and Palpatine’s office, where he is informing Anniken on all of his scheduled meetings. He refers to Anniken as “Master Skywalker” to which Anniken relates that, no, he is not a Master yet. Palpatine replies in shock, noting that he’d specifically requested Anniken’s promotion to the Jedi Council. “I guess I should expect such duplicity from them,” says Palpatine.

Anniken confronts Palpatine about this statement, to which Palpatine asks him to “Look at me, Anniken, with your Jedi eyes. What do you see?”

Anniken looks into Palpatine’s eyes. “I see a man, nothing more. The Force passes you by.”

“What if I told you I once was a Jedi?”

Palpatine tells Anniken about how, years ago, under a different name, he was a Jedi. “They will deny everything, of course. I was powerful, but rebellious. I balked at their silly rules. I saw a new way for the Jedi more in keeping with modern times. And.....I found love. A woman named ‘Shmi’ from a small desert planet.”

Anniken looks at Palpatine in shock and disbelief.

“She was enslaved by the Hutt and taken away. I never found her. For that forbidden love they punished me, stole my powers from me!!”

“I....I can’t believe it! It’s impossible!!”

“It is all too true! Look at me again, Anakin...search your feelings.”

Anniken looks again. “There is...something. The Force doesn’t just pass you, it is repelled by you!!”

“Yeeesss!!! That is the subtle nature of their deceit!” Palpatine removes a small object from a pocket. “Take this and place it into the main computer of the Jedi Temple. Bring it to me, and all will be made clear to you.”

Anniken reaches for the object...hesitates….

“Anakin...trust your feelings,” says Palpatine with a fierce intensity. “Your instincts will not betray you. This device will reveal every lie! Take it, son, and know the truth!!”

After a moment’s hesitation, Anniken takes the object.


WIPE TO Geonosis, where Obi-Wan emerges from a secret door into the lower level of the tower. The rotted frame of a long-decayed stairwell lines the walls. He asks for Max, but Kaliss appears. “My copy will not be joining us,” says Kaliss

“You are a fool to trust Lord Dias, Kaliss.”

“Clan Fett grows strong under his patronage.”

“He will never tolerate an army of warriors that he cannot control. If he wins, the clans will be scattered. Your children will be forced into dishonorable service as assassins and bounty hunters!!”

“More Jedi lies! Besides, you owe me a debt of honor, Jedi.”

Suddenly Chane and a swarm of Super Drones run up from the hallways. Chane hisses and points and the Drones charge! Kaliss fires at Obi-Wan, who draws his laser sword and deflects the blasts. Obi-Wan leaps high up into the rotted stair frame, some of which crumbles at the touch. The Drones start to climb and Kaliss rockets up to engage. A running fight emerges as Obi-Wan leaps from beam to beam, the Drones following, Kaliss harassing the Jedi with his rifle.

After several floors Obi-Wan uses the Force to remove a Thermal Detonator hanging from Kaliss’ belt. He pulls it to him, hits the button, and drops it. It EXPLODES in a huge orange-red sphere of pure heat, obliterating the Drones and causing the tower to start to COLLAPSE!! Obi-Wan falls as the tower gives way. A falling rock hits Kaliss, who falls too.

WIPE TO the Jedi Temple. Two Jedi walk along the outer wall of the Jedi Temple. They pass OUT OF FRAME to the RIGHT. Suddenly a Hooded Figure emerges from the shadows, as if melting out from them. It creeps up after the Jedi. There is the sound of a laser sword igniting and the sound of two STRIKES. One of the two Jedi falls dead back into frame. We PAN to see the other dead Jedi and the Hooded Figure sweep with the cloak then fade back into the shadows.

CUT TO inside the Temple in a room full of fancy Computer Equipment. A panel pops off of the wall and a Hooded Figure slips into the room. The Hooded Figure removes the hood and is revealed to be Anniken. He looks nervous, but focused. He approaches a console and removes the Object that Palpatine gave him and plugs it into the computer, which whirs. He watches nervously.

Suddenly the door opens and Ket Falacha steps in. “Oh! Hey, Sir Anakin, I didn’t expect to see you here! When did you get assigned Computer Duty?”

Anniken tries to make small talk when the Object beeps three times.

“What’s that thing doing there?” asks Ket.

Anniken tenses up. Realization dawns as shock on Ket’s face. BUSTED!!! Ket scrambles for a red button on the wall! Anniken panics, draws his laser sword, and strikes down his friend! Ket falls to the ground saying, weakly, “Anniken...why....??” and DIES.

Anniken, at a loss for a second, grabs the object, and slips back through the panel.

Hood up, he runs along the wall. He TRIPS over the bodies of the two slain Jedi, looks at them in surprise, shock and horror, then gets up and LEAPS off of the wall.

WIPE TO Geonisis, where we watch as Obi-Wan falls amid the tumbling rocks and beams of the Tower. He springs from falling object to falling object until emerging from the chaos, just grabbing the edge of the remaining tower walls. Several stones are dislodged and fall into the depth, but Obi-Wan emerges and stands up on the edge. Panting, he pushes some buttons on his wrist.

Inside the Corellian Freighter, an inactive yellow-painted R2 unit (R2-F5) blinks to life. It disengages from its station and rolls up to a console, ejects its probe, and interfaces the console. The Freighter comes to life and lifts off into the night.

ALARMS blare across the Castle. Searchlights cut the sky. Obi-Wan stands atop the ruined wall of the tower. Suddenly Kaliss hovers up on his rocket pack, a new dent in his armor.

“Nowhere to run now, Jedi! At last, I shall have my revenge!!”

Obi-Wan raises hand and closes his eyes as if searching the Force. “Another time, perhaps.”

Obi-Wan LEAPS high into the sky just as the Corellian Freighter flies by.....

...Obi-Wan flies into the open hatch, does a roll on the deck, and steps back up. He walks casually past R2-F5. “Great work, F5.”

R2-F5 beeps. Obi-Wan takes a seat in the cockpit. “I’ll take it from here.”

Kaliss watches as the Freighter flies off into the distance. He hits a button on his wrist and a second later his Mandalorian Landing Craft emerges from the Castle. He rockets to the Craft.

WIPE TO Had Abbadon, where Anniken sits in shock on Palpatine’s couch. Palpatine tries to comfort him. “I killed him. I killed my friend.....” says Anniken.

Palpatine call it “An unavoidable tragedy. He would have exposed you and ruined everything,” asking Anniken “how did it feel when you first struck him down?”

Anniken hesitates, and then says, “I just felt...relief. I was relieved he didn’t get to the alarm.”

Palpatine pats Anniken on the shoulder. “Then trust those feelings, son.”

Tarkin then enters. “Chancellor, I have retrieved some information from the Jedi communications logs you should see.”

They show Anniken a highly edited version of the communications between Obi-Wan and Mace Windu.

“No. Sir Anakin is not yet ready to be a Jedi Master,” says the hologram of Obi-Wan. “He has an...attachment that holds him back from the Force.” There’s a SKIP in the recording. “By your recommendation Sir Anakin will not yet be granted the rank of Jedi Master,” says the hologram of Windu. The fanfare notes of the “Imperial March” play softly in minor key as Anniken stares at the holograms, dumbfounded.

“By the Force, betrayed by your own Sen-nai!!” says Palpatine in seeming shock.

ZOOM IN on Anniken’s face, where the shock turns to confusion, confusion to distress, and finally distress to a deep, burning anger.

CUT TO a raised walkway on Had Abbadon. A Jedi escorts an alien Senator along a walkway. Suddenly a Hooded Figure materializes out of nowhere. A skeletal robotic hand appears from under the robe and ignites a short red laser sword. As the music crescendos he STABS the Jedi and Senator in the back in quick succession and fades back into invisibility, but not before we see a very brief flash of a skull-like mask reminiscent of Darth Vader’s and hear the slightest sound of a single sickly, wheezing robotic breath.

WIPE TO…

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Alderaan, where a Nimoida Yacht banks gracefully towards the beautiful planet.

In the Yacht’s sick bay, Padmé sits on an examination table, attended to by Medical Droid 2-1B4. R2-D2 stands by. “Are you sure?” asks Padmé.

2-1B4 whirs and burbles. There’s a buzz at the door and Prana enters.

“Your Majesty, we are approaching Alderaan.”

The Yacht lands amid the beautiful mansion and grounds of the stunning Organa Estate sits amid gorgeous white-capped mountains, green forests and fields, and blue lakes.

We enter a spacious country manor reminiscent of a French chateau. Bail Organa, Senator Naiyadah, C‑3PO and Kiai Mudi await Padmé, Nassai Baza, Moog, Ba Ba, and R2-D2. Prana heads off to train with Mudi while Moog and Ba Ba wait in the parlor.

The four Senators sit around comfortable chairs and couches. C-3PO serves drinks.

“Senator Talfrin of Glibbian and his Jedi Escort were assassinated by a Jedi weapon. Rumors blame the Jedi,” says Naiyadah.

“Impossible....the rogue Jedi that attacked us on Ttaz was captured!”

“I’m afraid there are...other dark Jedi,” says Padmé.

“If we, beh, keep losing Senators that support us, beh,” says Nasaai, “we will never see our reforms passed!!”

“Then we will need more allies,” says Padmé, who grabs a Comm. “Senator, if you please?”

The door opens and Senator Mon Mothma enters.

“Her?!? She has supported Palpatine’s rise from the beginning!!”

“Senator Organa, I was...mistaken in my support of the Chancellor and his army,” says Mothma. “I’m a centralist, not an authoritarian. Several other Senators quietly support you as well. What can we do to return democracy to the republic?”

Organa says, quietly, to Padmé, “How do you know we can trust her?”

“I just...know.”

WIPE TO Space, where the Corellian Freighter flies off, the Mandalorian Craft in pursuit.

The Mandalorian Ship fires into the Freighter. There is a large EXPLOSION. The cockpit SHAKES. The lights flicker. “Severe damage! We’ve lost hyperdrive!!” says Obi-Wan to F5. R2-F5 beeps and rolls off.

The Mandalorian Ship lands on the Freighter. An EXPLOSION blows a hole in the ceiling of the Freighter and Kaliss Fett drops through. Obi-Wan awaits him, laser sword drawn.

“Long have I pursued you, Jedi, and now I will avenge the dishonor you visited upon me on Kamino!”

“I admire your persistence, Warrior Kaliss, if not your obsession. You cannot win against a Jedi Master.”

“I have near bested you and your Padawan, Jedi. My armor and its capabilities make me your equal.”

“Yet you forget one thing...in these narrow confines your gadgets do you little good.”

Kaliss shoots his grapple line, which Obi-Wan dodges and cuts in half. Obi-Wan runs, cuts Kaliss’ blaster in half, and slashes at him. Kaliss rockets back, but only hits the far wall. With a running spin Obi-Wan dodges Kaliss’ wrist lasers and IMPALES him against the bulkhead.

Gasping and laughing, Kaliss says, “My death will not prevent my revenge, Jedi! My nephew will...carry on with my mission......” and slumps, dead.

Obi-Wan bolts upright. “PADMÉ!!!”

The Mandalorian Ship detaches from the dead Freighter and flies off TOWARDS CAMERA. As it passes, we see Obi-Wan in the pilot’s seat.

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WIPE TO Duprali, where a Mandalorian Carrier can be seen in orbit around the gas giant planet. “Master to Slaves, Master to Slaves, return to the Carrier,” says a voice over. The various “Slaves” Two through Four report their casualties and success or failure of their objectives. Boba Fett, flying “Slave One”, reports light casualties, all Objectives complete.

There is a beeping at the control. Boba Fett hits a button. A hologram of Kaliss Fett appears.

“Boba Fett, this is your uncle Kaliss. If you are receiving this message then I am dead. I am passing my mission to Lord Dias on to you. I also formally request that you avenge my debts of honor. Details are included.”

Boba Fett turns off the hologram and banks off.

WIPE TO Had Abbadon, and Palpatine’s office. Anniken sits on the floor in meditation. Palpatine walks around him. Storms rage in the background through a window.

“My powers may have been wrongfully stolen, but I remember a few tricks! Focus on the very emotions that the Jedi forced you to repress. Feel the joy, the sorrow, the fear, the anger. Find that which you value the most in this Galaxy, and concentrate....”

We ZOOM IN on Anniken’s eyes, which dart under their lids.

“Focusssss....seeee...... feeeeeeeeel.....”

Flashes of Oxon’s waterfall, the marriage, Padmé’s smile.....fire, falling black rock, Padmé in fear.....Padmé’s face, on a white bed, screaming in pain....crying ‘Noooooo!!’ and reaching towards a Blurry Figure.

“See what has been hidden from you!!!”

The Blurry Figure focuses into....Obi-Wan Kenobi!! Anniken bolts alert.

“Obi-Wan!! He was hurting Padmé!!!”

“Now you can see...the TRUTH.”

“How do I stop it? How do I save her?”

“You must trust in me explicitly, without question, and know that I have your best interests at heart. Can you do this? Can you swear your loyalty and faith to me?”

“I can do this, father.”

“Good......now, it is time for you to confront your greatest fears and angers. Search your emotions...they will tell you where to go.”

WIPE TO the streets of Had Abbadon. Anniken throws a dark hood up over himself and heads off into the driving rain.

The dark, brutalist form of the giant Murchalar Prison Complex looms in the rain. A Hooded Figure passes the two Clone Troopers guards, who salute the Figure as he enters.

We follow the Hooded Figure past the high security checkpoint with four Clone Guards and into the stone detainment area. The Sophisticated Alien Prisoner raises an eyebrow as he passes. Finally, the Figure reaches the cell with Mauk Shivtor, who looks up and smiles evilly.

“Jedi!! Such a pleasure to see you!”

“Mauk.”

“Forget it, Jedi, I will never betray my Master!!”

“It is not your Master I seek, Mauk, it is you. A friend tells me I must face my fear and anger. At one time you were the principle focus of both.”

Mauk slams into the Force Field barrier, snarling. “And fear me you should, whelk!! Lower this field and I will carve out your heart as I did to the old Jedi and your tired old mother!!!”

Anniken quietly seethes, but maintains his focus.

“She screamed and begged me not to kill her! It was sweet music to my.....hack!!!” Mauk grabs his neck, choking, as Anniken raises a grasping hand.

“It turns out, I need no longer fear or even hate you, Mauk, for I have found power the like of which you can never know.”

Mauk falls, choking to his knees, a look of fear in his red eyes.

“I can take your pathetic life whenever I so choose.”

Suddenly the Guards run in. Seeing them, Anniken releases Mauk, who falls, gasping, to the floor.

“This prisoner was choking and I used my powers to help dislodge it. See to it that he is more careful with what’s in his mouth.”

With a last, mocking glance Anniken leaves.

WIPE TO the Jedi Temple, where Mace Windu walks the walls of the Jedi compound. Suddenly we see – barely – the cloaked shape of a Figure outlined by the rain that runs off of it. The Dark Figure, the Sith Assassin, fades into visibility. Windu looks up, suddenly alert. The Sith ignites his short laser sword and thrusts!! A millisecond before being impaled Windu ignites his and blocks the thrust. Mace stares into the skeletal mask of the Sith.

“Who are you, Sith?!?

“Your doom, Windu!” says a deep, robotic, raspy voice.

The two begin to fight with their laser swords, the half-robotic Sith leaping around in a crouch, as if unable to stand fully erect. He leaps and darts around Mace, avoiding any attack by the Jedi, seeking any gaps to exploit. They fight to a standstill. ALARMS blare. Finally, Mace uses the Force to fling the Sith up and over the wall. He flies off into the night.

“Next time, old friend!!!”

Two Jedi run up to Mace, laser swords drawn. “What was that?!?” asks one

“A new complication.”

WIPE TO Alderaan, where Slave One and another Mandalorian Landing Ship fly low near the Organa Estate. The hatch opens on one and several Mandalorian Warriors rocket out from it. We follow the Mandalorians as they fly towards a field, where in the ever-nearing distance Kiai Mudi, Bav Myorta, and Prana Ashla practice with their laser swords. The Mandalroians attack and engage them while the Ships fly on.

The ships land at the Organa Estate, the Mandalorian warriors easily overcoming the small squad of guards, and captures the Senators. “Gather all but the Queen and take them to the ships,” says Boba Fett. “My uncle has a debt of honor with her.” He turns his blaster towards Padmé.

Suddenly R2-D2 rolls, beeping, in front of her. C-3PO runs to join him.

“Wait! Wait! Stop!!” says C-3PO. “The Astromech says that the Queen is with child!!” he turns to R2. “Is this true?”

R2-D2 beeps.

“My uncle’s honor debt is with the Queen, not with the child. Take her to the ships!”

He grabs Padmé by the shoulder and pushes her along.

WIPE TO Had Abbadon. Palpatine and Anniken walk along a platform towards the Senate Chambers.

“Today, Sir Anakin, I will announce to the Senate the final offensive, ending this war, and set in motion events allowing us to reshape a New Galactic Order!”

“And what will become of the Jedi?”

“They will be heroes, but their days ruling from the shadows are past. Soon we will retire the Jedi Council and absorb the Jedi into the New Galactic Army, a corps I want you, Master Anakin, to personally lead. Can you do this for me?”

“Of...of course!! Perhaps we can restore your powers, too!”

Palpatine stops, smiles warmly, and places a hand on Anniken’s shoulder. “That will not be necessary, my son.”

At the Jedi Temple, Yoda and Mace Windu stand on a balcony overlooking assembled Jedi, many in hologram form. “The Supreme Chancellor has ordered a final offensive against the Separatist forces at Mustafar, to begin immediately,” says Mace. “All Jedi are hereby recalled from their protector duties. This is our moment to end this war and restore peace to the galaxy! Dismissed!!”

The two Jedi Masters walk back inside from the balcony. “Clouded, the future remains. Portentous this day is, but know why I cannot.”

“Despite our suspicions we must follow the Chancellor’s orders. He retains the support of the Senate.”

“And what word from Skywalker do we have?”

“Several reports. Meetings, events...little substantial. Also, we lost communications with Master Kenobi outside of Geonosis. We have also been unable to contact Alderaan. The fates of Masters Mudi and Myorta remain unknown.”

“Unfortunate, this is.”

WIPE TO Alderaan, where Obi-Wan lands in the Mandalorian ship. A group of Guards rushes out and surrounds it, guns drawn. The hatch lowers and Obi-Wan emerges. A nervous Guard shoots. Obi-Wan casually draws his laser sword and harmlessly deflects the blast, then puts the sword away. He discovers that Padmé and the other Senators have been captured and the communications array damaged. He leaves R2F5 with them to repair their destroyed communications and flies off to Had Abbadon.

WIPE TO a Starbase on Had Abbadon. “The Imperial March” plays. Anniken and Palpatine look out over a fleet of Clone Landing Craft. Armies of Jedi Knights and Clone Troopers load into the many ships, which take off into the blood red sky.

“It is a thing of beauty, Chancellor!” says Anniken.

“Yes. Soon this rebellion will be crushed and a new order brought to the Galaxy! And you, Master Anakin, will be my right-hand!”

Anniken smiles. CUT TO Yoda and Mace Windu, who stand among the assembling forces. “There is no reason for you to go on this mission, Master Yoda.”

“No, my friend. Go on this mission I must. The will of the Force draws me to it. You,” Yoda points with his staff, “must here on Had Abbadon remain. Defenseless the Temple is to this Sith Assassin.”

“If that is your order, Master Yoda.”

“My order, it is. Old, I am. Able to protect the temple I am not. Only you, Master Windu, the strength to protect it have.”

Kiai Mudi, Bav Myorta, and Prana Ashla walk up. They apologize for failing to protect the Senators.

“No...failed you have I. So much have I not foreseen. Master Mudi, Master Myorta, with me to Mustafar you will come. Padawan Prana, your Sen-nai with the Chancellor awaits. Meet him at the Jedi Temple you will. Come, Masters...”

Yoda turns and walks towards the waiting landing, the other two Jedi Masters behind. Mace Windu and Prana watch as they walk up the ramp.

WIPE TO…

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The molten planet of Mustafar. Slave 1 and the other Mandalorian fly towards the molten red planet below. They fly on towards the Separatist base land on a platform. Two Sha’anar, one of them the corpulent Gunray Pabucan, escorted by X-9 Super Drones and Battle Droids, await them. CUT TO the Mandalorians, Boba Fett in the lead, escorting the Senators, Droids, and Roona captured on Aldreaan, all in chains or with restraining bolts.

“Well, well. Queen Amidala in my clutches at last!!” says Pabucan.

“Enjoy your fleeting moment, Gunray,” says Padmé. “The Jedi will find you soon enough.”

“Insolent as ever. Take them away!!!”

The Mandalorians return to the ships while the Droids escort the prisoners into the stronghold. Boba Fett stays behind. “I have delivered the prisoners per Lord Dias’ contract to the letter. My service to him ends with this delivery.”

“Don’t be too hasty, Warrior. We can pay well......”

“I don’t perform suicide missions.” Boba Fett turns and marches back to Slave One as Pabucan looks on, alarmed.

WIPE TO the Jedi Temple. Mace Windu Chancellor Palpatine, Anniken, and Prana stand on a balcony. A squad of Chancellor’s Guards stand on a balcony overlooking the streets beyond the Temple grounds, which are lined by a small army of Clone Troopers. Anniken seems preoccupied. Prana seems nervous next to him. Palpatine smiles and waves to a host of Camera Drones that hover just off the balcony. Mace scowls.

“Sen-nai, again my apologies for not......” Prana starts.

“Enough!” says Anniken, cutting her off. “You’ve explained yourself enough, Padawan. Now, go check on the Younglings.”

“I am sure Master Shalti is more than capable of.......”

“Do as I say!!!”

Prana bows. “Sen-nai.” She exits.

CUT TO Mace and Palpatine. The former scowls, scanning every corner. Palpatine pats Mace on the shoulder. “Relax, Master Windu! The Troopers have the entire perimeter secured! No one can get into the Temple!”

“....Or out.”

Palpatine laughs. “Such a suspicious mind you have for a Jedi!”

WIPE TO Murchalar Prison, where a hunched, Hooded Figure limps up to the high security checkpoint with the four Clone Guards.

“Sir, I will need to see some...gack!” The Four Guards grab their throats and fall, choking, to the ground. The Hooded Figure walks into the stone detainment area. The prisoners cower in the corners of their cells as the Figure passes. The Sophisticated Alien Prisoner stops his reading, looks up, smiles, and raises his cup in salute. The Figure reaches the cell with Mauk Shivtor, who looks up and snarls.

“YOU!!!” he shrieks.

“Master calls, Mauk. It is time.” The Sith Assassin pulls out a laser sword in Mauk’s twin-blade style from his cloak and holds it out as the force field blinks out. Mauk smiles evilly, grabbing the laser sword.

“At long last! Our revenge!!!”

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WIPE TO Mustafar. The Republic Forces land on the black lava stone plains in front of the fortified complex. Lava lakes give off a macabre red glow. Marching out, the Jedi, led by Kiai Mudi, form up in the center, flanked and reinforced by armies of Clone Troopers. Across from them a force of Battle Droids and Super Drones opposes them.

In the far back of the Republic lines Master Yoda awaits with the Clone Generals.

“Field Marshal Yoda, we await your orders.”

Yoda sighs and looks away. “The attack commence, General.”

CUT TO Kiai Mudi at the head of the Jedi force. He raises his laser sword and points forward with it. With a roar the Jedi forces charge the robot armies. The Super Drones charge. Lasers fly from the Clones and Droids. The two forces CLASH, leaping high into the air at each other in a multi-level melee.

WIPE TO the Jedi Temple. A smiling Palpatine talks to Mace Windu. “A new day dawns, Master Windu. One founded on technology with little need of warrior-monks.”

“I’m concerned with this line of thought, Chancellor.”

“Prepare yourself, Jedi.”

Suddenly the lights flicker and go out. “Sir Anakin!” calls Mace.

“On it!” says Anniken, who leaves.

Inside the temple Prana walks through the tower when the lights go out. She comes very alert and starts to run.

CUT TO two Jedi Guards, who stand by a door, laser spears in their hands. Suddenly the lights flicker and go out, plunging the room into darkness. They ignite their laser spears and come to a ready stance. From BEHIND SCREEN Mauk Shivtor emerges and ignites the double-bladed laser sword.

“Stand down, Sith!”

Mauk laughs and charges the two Jedi. The three clash, Mauk aggressively driving against the Jedi, trying to get past their long spears. The two surround him, putting him on the defensive. One thrusts aggressively. Mauk deflects the laser spear up, giving an opening. He rushes in, slicing off the Jedi’s legs. He turns to parry a thrust by the other Jedi, stabs back to finish off the injured Jedi and, laughing maniacally, attacks the remaining one. The furious assault becomes a game for the Sith.

The Sith Assassin fades into visibility from the shadows and casually stabs the Jedi in the back.

“He was mine!!!” roars Mauk.

“Quit playing, Mauk,” says the Sith Assassin. “We have a mission.”

The music takes a somber turn. On the balcony, Mace and Palpatine look out upon the city.

“Something has been bothering me about you, Chancellor,” says Mace. “The Force touches us all in its own way. To some it is a slight breeze. To others a tempest.”

Palpatine smiles. “And what does your ‘Force’ have to do with me, Master Windu?”

CUT TO Mustafar. SILENT. SLOW MOTION. The battle continues to rage. We see Jedi and Drones fall left and right in the melee. Mace Windu’s voice is heard in voiceover.

Mace (voiceover): “A Jedi is the eye at the center of a noble hurricane, a Sith the funnel of a devastating tornado. It was said that a Jedi Master could sense a Sith Master from across the galaxy, that his evil bent the fabric of space itself.”

Inside the Jedi Temple. Prana silently runs across the Courtyard, laser sword-staff at the ready.

CUT TO Anniken, who silently walks the halls in a dark-hooded cloak.

Palpatine (v.o.): “A fascinating thought.”

Mustafar. More silent, slow-motion battle. Master D’Naal cuts a Drone in half, before two more stab and kill her.

Mace (v.o.): “But you the Force doesn’t even touch. It bends around you...as if afraid of you.”

CUT TO Yoda, who flinches with every death.

Mace (Cont’d - v.o.): “Yoda believes you are a normal man. He is a gentle being. One who trusts his senses.”

Back to the Temple. Mace is standing now, facing Palpatine. Camera Drones hover by, watching.

“I, however, am NOT a trusting man, Chancellor,” continues Mace. “I see the worst in men where Yoda sees only the best. I look in suspicion upon those he gives the benefit of doubt.

“And what do your suspicions tell you now, Jedi?”

“If a Sith Master stood beside me, then I should know it. Unless he had discovered a way to hide from the Force. How else could the Sith have remained hidden?”

Inside the Temple, a snarling Mauk walks up to the door and stabs the lock as the Assassin stands with his back to the wall next to it. He is revealed to be very tall when fully erect. Suddenly Master Sha’ak Shalti runs screaming out the door, laser swords flying, towards Mauk. The Assassin stabs her in the back too. Smiling evilly, Mauk enters the door.

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It is the Younglings’ Chamber. We see the gathered Jedi Younglings, terrified as a Dark Figure steps out from BEHIND CAMERA, filling the left half of the screen. Mauk’s hand appears and ignites his laser sword. The Younglings flinch in terror.

Up on the balcony, Mace suddenly grabs the railing and winces, as if in extreme pain. “The Younglings!!!”

Palpatine smiles evilly. His voice takes on an evil, malign tone. “Every...single...one! You were wise to trust your suspicions, Jedi. Now, feel the true power of the Dark Side!!”

Something unseen changes the atmosphere. Mace falls back as if in shock and revulsion, igniting his laser sword.

Inside the temple, Prana falls to her knees as if in pain. CUT TO Anniken, who stops and looks back, shock and terror in his eyes.

Inside the commandeered Mandalorian Ship. Stars stream by the cockpit. Obi-Wan bolts up in shock

On Mustafar Yoda raises his head, a look of shocked revelation on his wizened face.

Back at the Temple Mace Windu recovers and faces Sith Master Sidious Morg, no longer pretending to be Palpatine, smiling evilly. The Chancellor’s Guards come alert and move to engage Mace, but Sidious hold up a hand. The Camera Drones look on.

“Go ahead, Jedi,” says Palpatine/Sidious, “strike me down. An unarmed old man. The freely elected Chancellor of the Galactic Republic! Reveal the treachery of the Jedi!” He motions to the Camera Drones. “...The Galaxy watches.”

In the Temple, Prana runs into the Younglings’ chamber. She gasps seeing the little bodies, still, scattered across the floor.

Prana exits the Younglings’ Chamber in a daze of shock. Mauk Shivtor steps out of the shadows and lights his laser sword.

“Hello, little Padawan!!”

Prana ignites her laser sword-staff. “You killed them!!”

“Yes. And now I will kill you!!!”

Mauk charges Prana, aggressively attacking in spinning slashes. Prana falls back, deftly blocking the attacks.

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Elsewhere in the dark Temple, Anniken runs back up through the Tower. The Sith Assassin fades in from the shadows, standing at his full height. Anniken draws his laser sword and turns to face him. They are of equivalent height and Anniken looks upon him as if looking into a dark mirror.

The Sith draws his laser sword. “Hello again, Anniken.”

“Who are you?!?”

“An old friend.”

The Sith attacks in a leaping stab! Anniken parries and slashes. They enter a deadly dance, the Sith leaping around, beastlike, on hands and feet, stinging thrusts with his short laser sword. Anniken strains to block the wild, stinging assaults.

Up on the Balcony, Mace hesitates. Sidious, eyes closed, head tilted back, stands in front of him. “Yes...I feel your anger, Jedi, the HATE. It burns in you, Windu. Such an excellent Sith you would have made.”

“Never!!!”

“YEESSSSSS!!! The Dark Side touches you, Windu, I can feel it!! Now watch as the whole Jedi Order is torn down!!”

“NOOOOO!!!”

Mace charges Sidious, and swings, screaming. The strike is blocked inches away by the shielded staff of a Guard. Sidious laughs.

Inside the Temple Prana and Mauk continue their clash. Prana’s spinning parries hold off Mauk’s twin blades. Snarling, his assaults push her back. Suddenly she changes he grip, deflects Mauk’s blade up and slips under, thrusting. Mauk barely manages to turn and block it. Now HE is on the defensive!

Her thrusts and strikes drive him back. In desperation he uses the Force to push her. Prana flies back, sliding to a halt on her feet and left hand. Swinging her laser sword-staff back behind her and pushing a button, the sword-staff TELESCOPES out into a full-length laser spear or naginata. Prana stands and spins the blade around in a ready stance.

Elsewhere in the Temple, Anniken continues to battle the Sith Assassin. He manages to deflect three quick thrusts then uses the Force to push away the Sith, who slides, stands, and applauds, laughing.

“Superb, Anakin!! Obi-Wan taught you well!”

“WHO ARE YOU!?!?”

“What, Anakin, don’t you recognize....” The Sith reaches up and removes the Vader-like mask with a hiss of steam to reveal the burn-scarred face of.......Baron Cetu Thorpe!! “.....your own Great Grand Sen-nai?”

“Master Thorpe!”

“In the flesh....as it were.”

On the balcony, Mace battles the Guards in a running fight. They are skilled and disciplined, but little match for a Jedi Master, and several are quickly killed. Two Guards escort Sidious Morg towards the door. Sidious, as Chancellor Palpatine, turns to the Camera Drones. “The Jedi are in open revolt against the government!!!”

He is ushered through the doorway, where the panicked face twists into a dark smile. He removes a Comm. from his robe. “Secretary Tarkin, execute Order 6-6.”

Back on Mustafar, the battle continues. More Jedi, Clone Troopers, Droids, and Drones fall.

The Clone Troopers stop and touch the sides of their helmets, receiving a message. They suddenly fall back, allowing the Battle Droids to surround the Jedi on three sides. The Clones then take aim at the Jedi from the fourth side and start to fire. Caught in the crossfire numerous Jedi start to fall.

“No....” says Yoda.

The Clone Generals around Yoda turn their guns on him. They fire, but Yoda has flipped away.

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CUT BACK TO the battle, where, despite their defensive circle, Jedi after Jedi falls. The music turns tragic and things enter SLOW MOTION as several important Jedi: Bav Myorta, Vrema Melovrius, and finally Kiai Mudi are cut down.

On the Temple Balcony, Mace Windu battles the Guards, killing the last of them as the Camera Drones watch. He storms into the doorway.

Inside the Council Chambers, laser sword drawn, Mace enters, where Sidious awaits, seated casually in Master Yoda’s high seat, a hood over his head, shadowing his eyes. The two remaining Guards flank him.

“Ah, Master Windu. I was expecting you.”

The Guards charge Mace, who quickly cuts them down.

Mace points his laser sword. “Sidious Morg, you are under arrest in the name of the Jedi Council and the Galactic Republic.”

Sidious laughs. “Fool, I AM the Republic!!”

“Stand down, or be put down.”

Sidious floats specter-like down from chair. “I prefer to do this...the hard way...”

Suddenly LIGHTNING shoots from Sidious’ fingers and engulfs Mace Windu.

Inside the temple, Prana assaults Mauk with her telescoped laser naginata. Mauk retreats under the relentless thrusts and cuts, unable to slip past the ever-moving blade. He leaps over a cut towards his foot and tries to flip over Prana, but only just avoids being stabbed and falls back to the floor to her side, still held back by the blade.

“Having trouble, Mauk?” Prana attacks again, pushing him back. Suddenly Mauk does a spinning move that deflects the thrust past him, grabs the pole of the laser naginata, and pulls. Prana screams as she’s pulled into his grasp. He lifts her by the neck with his right hand, the blade of his laser sword holding her weapon down.

“And now, my little Padawan, I drink of your blood!!!” He pulls her towards him, mouth open......

“No, my apprentice, not yet!” says the disembodied voice of Sidious. “I foresee a use for her!”

“She is mine!!!!”

“NOT. YET.”

Snarling, Mauk throws Prana across the room. She rolls over, gasping, as Mauk EXITS. After a moment she gets up and pursues him.

Elsewhere, Anniken confronts Cetu Thorpe, who reaches out. “Come, grandson, join me! Together we will destroy Yoda, Windu, and Sidious and rule the Galaxy!”

Anniken is confused, divided. “No, I....”

“The Thorpe-Skywalker Dynasty shall rule for a thousand years!!!” He is suddenly alert. “Ah, but this will have to wait. Mauk Shivtor approaches!! Strike him down, Anniken, with all your anger, fear, and hate!!! Avenge Quigon! Avenge your MOTHER!!!

There is the sound of footfalls quickly approaching.

“Strike, Anniken, STRIKE NOW!!!!”

Anniken, screaming, rage in his eyes, thrusts as a figure enters the doorway. Anniken, in horror, sees that he has impaled PRANA ASHLA, his own Padawan!!!

“Sen-nai......why....??” asks Prana. She slumps to the floor. Anniken looks on her in a strange mix of horror and exhilaration.

Thorpe looms just over Anniken’s shoulder. “It felt good, did it not? The rage? The hate?”

Screaming Anniken strikes at Thorpe, who deflects the blows before pushing Anniken away with the Force. “Remember, Anniken...remember that feeling of power!” Thorpe puts the mask back on and fades back into the shadows.

WIPE TO the Council Room, there Sidious continues to blast Mace with the lightning from his hands. Mace screams and thrashes in pain. Sidious laughs. Slowly, Mace pushes through the pain, stands, and blocks the lightning with his laser sword. Slowly, he redirects the lightning into Sidious!! The tables are turned as Sidious’ own lightning attack is attacking him!! We watch as his face twists and contorts under the lightning, becoming twisted and deformed.

“You cannot win, Sith!”

“It’s not over yet, Jedi!!!”

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Suddenly Anniken, laser sword drawn, bursts into the room!

“Anniken!!! Son!! Help me!!!!”

“Don’t believe his lies, Sir Anakin!!! He is the Sith Master!”

“He’s killing me, Anakin!!!”

Anniken looks on, confused, trying to choose between the two.

“Anniken! PLEASE!!!!”

“FATHER!!!”

Suddenly Anniken’s laser sword flashes, cutting off Mace Windu’s hands. Mace falls back as Sidious’ lightning pours into him. Mace falls back to the railing on the balcony, then over it, plummeting.

“You have done well, my son,” says Sidious. He puts a hood on over his scarred head.

“Thank you........father.”

Sidious laughs. “I am not you father, Anakin.”

“.....But...you said......”

“...That I loved a woman named Shmi? A small lie.......to help you see the greater truth!”

Suddenly Mauk Shivtor and Baron Thorpe enter, and gather next to Sidious. Thorpe removes his mask, smiling. Mauk scowls hatefully.

“Join us, Anakin! Join the ancient order of the Sith!! Reject the LIES of the Jedi.”

“Come, Grandson!!”

“I...I’m not sure.”

“Did not Master Windu oppose you at every opportunity? Did not the Council reject your advancement? Did not your own Sen-nai betray you?!? Always they have lied...always I have had your best interests at heart.”

“Wait!! I sense someone...” says Mauk, who rips open a console on the wall to reveal a young, scared alien Padawan.

The Padawan draws his laser sword. “Get back!!”

Mauk draws his laser sword. “This won’t take long, Master!!”

“No!! Sir Anniken. This one is yours to kill.”

“He’s a child!”

“He is a Jedi!!! Indoctrinated from infancy by their lies!!! There is no way to save him but to free him from this life! Strike him down! Prove your loyalty!!”

“Do it, Anniken, kill him!” says Thorpe.

“He’s too afraid! He is a coward!!!” snarls Mauk.

The Padawan points his laser sword at Anniken. “Get back, traitor!!!”

Anniken draws his laser sword...hesitates...and strikes the Padawan down. Sidious laughs. “Excellent!! Baron, take our newest Sith to Mustafar. Mauk, stay here and kill any Jedi who return.”

Thorpe places a hand on Anniken’s shoulder. “Welcome to the family!!”

CIRCLE WIPE TO…

Obi-Wan’s commandeered Mandalorian Ship on the eerily silent grounds of the Jedi Temple. Obi-Wan exits and walks along the quiet courtyard.

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He visits the Youngling Chambers and stares in horror at the fallen Younglings.

He sadly walks, hand to his head, through the empty halls of the Jedi Temple.

He passes where Prana fell, but sees no body, somehow sensing that something important happened at this spot.

Suddenly he comes alert. Mauk Shivtor walks out, double-bladed laser sword drawn. “I’ve been waiting a long time for this, Jedi!”

“You killed the Younglings.” Obi-Wan calmly draws his laser sword.

“YES!! And I savored every...last... kill...! But this kill I will savor the most of all!!!”

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As “Duel of the Fates” plays, Mauk attacks Obi-Wan in a screaming, spinning assault, a tempest of fury and aggression. Obi-Wan remains calm and focused, efficiently deflecting each blow. Mauk spins, kicks, and strikes from many angles, becoming increasingly frustrated as he is unable to penetrate the Jedi’s calm defenses. Their laser swords lock.

“HOW?!?!”

“Your style of fighting is old, Mauk, but I understand it now.”

Mauk pushes off and attacks again, twirling the double-bladed laser sword, striking again and again. Obi-Wan, devoid of anger or emotion, calmly deflects them all. Mauk kicks at Obi-Wan, who raises a hand, sending Mauk flying away, spinning. Mauk rolls up on his feet and snarls.

“You’ve learned.”

“You didn't bother to learn.”

Mauk grins evilly. “I don't have to, Jedi.”

Mauk raises the laser sword like a spear and runs, screaming with rage, at Obi-Wan. Kenobi calmly lashes out, ducking under Mauk’s blade and, in a spinning slash, cuts the Sith warrior in half.

Obi-Wan casually walks away from his fallen enemy without a trace of emotion or vengeance, a man who has performed a distasteful but necessary task.

“Learn not...live not, my master always said.”[2]

WIPE TO…

Mustafar. Two spaceships, one a Jedi Starfighter, the other a Solar Sail of the type Baron Thorpe prefers, fly towards the volcanic planet.

“Grandson, you are to lead the final destruction of the Separatist Armies. Their services are no longer required. I....have a special mission to accomplish.”

The two spacecraft break off and fly towards different parts of the planet.

Anniken’s ship lands amid a squad of Clone Troopers. CUT TO Anniken walking among the Clones.

“Field Marshal Skywalker, the Droid Army is crushed and the majority of the Jedi traitors have been eliminated. A few, including Yoda, have escaped.”

“....Send five squads to find them and kill them. The rest of you to the front. We begin bombardment of the Compound in twenty minutes. I will get you inside.”

The Clone General salutes. “Yes, Field Marshal.”

WIPE TO the hills overlooking the battle. Master Yoda walks along a ridgeline with two Jedi. In the distance the Clone Army starts to bombard the Headquarters, explosions lighting up the watchtowers. Yoda frowns and continues walking along the ridge.

In the dingy, dungeon of a Prison inside the Separatist headquarters we see Padmé, Nassai, Bail Organa, Mon Mothma, Naiyadah, Moog, and Ba Ba locked in rusty cells. C-3PO and R2-D2 sit outside, held back by Restraining Bolts. A fat Ghurran Guard kicks back at a desk, watching a hologram of Pod Races. R2-D2 beeps and starts to roll. The Guard hits a button on a handheld device causing R2 to freeze.

“It’s no use, Astromech, we have restraining bolts.”

R2-D2 makes a sad sound. Suddenly a BOOMING sound can be heard. The walls shake, dislodging dirt and rocks.

“They have begun bombardment,” says Mothma. “We must escape soon.”

“In an adjacent cell Ba Ba gets an idea. He starts to push his head between the bars. His cartilaginous skull starts to squish as his head starts sliding through the bars. “Hey!! Roona! Cut it out!” says the guard, who throws something, which bounces off of Ba Ba’s head.

Ba Ba then takes a look, licks a finger and tests the air, puts his nose between the bars again and.....his tongue shoots out and grabs the restraining bolt off of R2-D2!! R2 comes to life with a beep and rolls towards the Guard.

“Hey!!” The Guard clicks the Device – nothing happens. R2-D2 opens a small hatch and shoots out Taser Wires that hit the Guard and shock him. The Guard falls, stunned. R2 interfaces the computer and all the cell doors open. ALL cheer!!

“Ba Ba, beh, you, beh did it!!!” says Moog, who gives Ba Ba a bear hug, causing Ba Ba to cough up the restraining bolt. It shoots out, bounces off the wall, and smacks Moog in the head. Moog gives an angry look to Ba Ba, who smiles meekly. Moog suddenly smiles warmly and gives Ba Ba another hug. “Ba Ba, beh!!”

The room shakes with another near explosion. Padmé runs to a weapons locker and starts pulling weapons from it and hands them out. “Quickly! Let’s go!”

CUT TO the council of Separatist leaders sit around the table. Many flinch as a near explosion rocks the room. “The Republic Armies are about to breach the gates!! We must surrender!!” says Gunray Pabucan.

A Battle Droid says, “Masters...a man claiming to be a representative of Lord Dias has arrived at the secret entrance!!”

The doors slide open and a tall Hooded Figure enters. “Lord Dias thanks you for your loyalty and service, gentlemen,” says Anniken.

“I hope he sent an army with you, then.”

“Indeed he did. However, I regret to inform you that he has sent me to terminate your employment.”

Suddenly Anniken raises a hand and all the doors close. He ignites his laser sword and starts to brutally cut down the Separatist leaders in cold blood. One by one they are all slaughtered.

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As he decapitates Pabucan, the blue laser sword flickers red for a second and his eyes glow orange.

WIPE TO where Obi-Wan flies towards the volcanic planet. Yoda watches the Mandalorian fly towards the embattled headquarters. “May the Force be with you, Master Kenobi.”

WIPE TO the hallways of the Separatist headquarters. Padmé leads the Senators, Droids, and Roona down the hallways of the buildings, shooting the scattered groups of Battle Droids they come across. A very close hit shakes the hallways, dislodging lots of debris. The Senators duck for cover. R2 beeps alarmed. “We’re not going to make it!’ Says Threepio.

Padmé dusts herself off. “Then we die trying. Move!!!”

Elsewhere in the headquarters, a group of Battle Droids and Ghurrans stand by at the main doors. Suddenly the doors start to slide open. “Who authorized opening the doors?!?” asks a Droid.

Suddenly scores of Clone Troopers rush in, shooting. PAN BACK to a balcony where Anniken looks on, coldly, arms crossed.

WIPE TO a cavernous room with a stone bridge that spans a massive lake of molten lava. Tooth-like stalactites hang from above. A laser sword cuts a hole in a wall and Obi-Wan steps in. On one side is a train sitting silent on some track. Obi-Wan starts running along the bridge in the opposite direction from the train. CUT TO behind him as we see him run along the bridge, which appears to run on into infinity.

CUT TO a large room. A Sha’anar egg hatches and the Grub that hatched from it starts to scream. A Sha’anar Nanny picks it up and leads a team of Nursemaids as they shuffle eggs and Grubs between different resin chambers. Suddenly a door opens and Padmé and the rest rush in, pistols ready. A Nursemaid shrieks, nearly dropping an egg. Padmé holds up a hand and lowers her gun.

“Hold your fire! It’s a nursery.”

“What are you doing here!?!” demands the Nanny.

“Trying to escape. I advise you take your young and do the same!” The room shakes with an explosion.

“There is no leaving the Hatchery until they are ready!” The Nanny casually drops the Grub into a slimy pool full of others. It immediately starts to push smaller ones out of the way to get to the food in the middle. “This one is strong! He will survive and grow.”

Bail Organa points to a small Grub at the edge of the pool who shrieks helplessly. “That little one is getting pushed away! It’ll starve!!”

“He is weak. The individual dies, but the swarm grows stronger.”

“The Trade Guild’s not just run by simple greed...it’s how your people survive!”

“It has served us for millennia! Grow fat or starve!”

WIPE TO the Hills, where Master Yoda watches the Headquarters burn. “So many deaths. So needless.”

“Master Yoda, the patrols grow near. We must go,” says a Jedi.

Yoda sighs and starts hobbling along TOWARDS CAMERA. Suddenly, as his face FILLS the FRAME, he comes alert. In the background the hooded figure of Baron Thorpe fades into visibility. With a flashing stab he lunges at Yoda, who leaps up out of the way. The remaining two Jedi engage Thorpe, who kills one Jedi with a lightning-fast stab and gets in a quick duel with the second, overwhelming and killing him. Thorpe walks up to Yoda, wheezing mechanical breathing heavy.

“Hello, Sen-nai.”

“Thorpe. A disappointment, you are. Such a great Jedi you were.”

“You underestimate the power of the Dark Side.”

“Yes, underestimated it I did. Not anymore.”

“And not for much longer!”

Thorpe leaps at Yoda, who deftly slips out of the way of the strike. Slashing again and again, Thorpe tries in vain to kill the ever-moving Yoda.

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WIPE TO the headquarters hallways, where Anniken leads a force of Clones through the corridors of the Headquarters, mercilessly slaying all whom they encounter, combatant or non-combatant.

“Fan out. Kill them all. This rebellion ends today!!!”

WIPE TO the Hatchery, where Padmé is talking with the Nanny when the sounds of blaster fire can be heard beyond the door.

“Your Majesty; armies approach!! We must move quickly!” says Mon Mothma.

The Nanny points. “There is a small hidden door over there. Beyond it is a bridge. It will take you to the train, which will take you to starships.”

“Thank you. May the Force be with you.” Padmé opens the small back door and the rest start crawling out through it.

Suddenly the front doors blast open and Clone Troopers burst thorough. They start shooting the Nursemaids and Nanny in cold blood. Padmé ducks. She watches the carnage, appalled.

Suddenly she sees Anniken walk in. She almost calls out.

“Kill them all,” says Anniken. “The Chancellors’ orders are to leave no witnesses.”

“Yes, Field Marshal. What about the Grubs and Eggs?”

“They are insects. Burn them.”

The Clones start to burn the Grubs and Eggs with flame throwers. The Grubs shriek and scream. Padmé looks on in horror as Anniken coldly watches this extermination, his eyes glowing orange. Ba Ba quietly slips back in through the small door. He suddenly raises his head and starts to look over in Padmé’s direction. “Baza’a, quick!!”

They slip through and shut the door just as Anniken turns to see it close.

WIPE TO the hills, where Yoda ducks under three thrusts and uses the Force to fling the screaming Thorpe across the hillside. “Kill you I will not, old friend, but kill me you cannot either.”

“Then it is an impasse that must be ended!!”

Thorpe attacks again and again, leaping, twisting, stabbing, slashing, but always striking air. Yoda flings him away again, and again. Finally, Yoda throws Thorpe hard against a rock. Thorpe falls, struggling to climb back up. “Win you cannot, Baron Thorpe.”

Thorpe wheezes mechanically. “You....would do...better...not to...underestimate me!!!” Thorpe fires lightning bolts from his fingers. Yoda closes his eyes and holds up his hand and the lightning passes harmlessly around him.

“I am sorry, old friend. Left me with little choice you have.” With a sudden shove into the air Thorpe is sent flying far away, over the edge of a cliff, where he plummets, screaming, into the blackness.

Falling to his knees, exhausted, Yoda sighs.

WIPE TO the bridge over the lava flows, where Obi-Wan runs across the bridge. He comes across the Senators. C-3PO and R2-D2 are close behind. Obi-Wan directs them to the train he passed and runs off down the bridge.

CUT TO Padmé. Moog, and Ba Ba, who are at the far end of the bridge. Padmé is in shock. “....He is evil. He turned evil....”

“Padmé, baza-ah!!!”

She comes alert. “Yes. Yes. We must move quickly before he....”

Anniken appears at the far end of the room. “Padmé? Is that you? Padmé!! I thought I’d lost you!!”

Padmé dismisses the Roona and pulls something from her belt and palms it. The Roona start to hesitantly walk away. Padmé turns towards Anniken and walks up to him as if in a trance. Anniken grasps her in an embrace. “Oh, Padmé, my love! They told me you’d been taken by Mandalorians!”

Padmé, still in a trance, says, “They brought me here.”

“The Force brought us back together. Great news, the war is over! We can return to Had Abbadon! Chancellor Palpatine is placing me in charge of the Galactic Army! Finally, this can all be over.”

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ZOOM IN on Padmé’s hand, which is revealed to be holding a dagger. “Yes...this can all be over.” She clutches the dagger, turns it towards ANAKIN, and........

......she can’t. Despite it all she loves him. The dagger falls from her fingers.

“What are we going to do, Anakin?”

“Whatever we wish, my love.”

Obi-Wan runs up. “PADMÉ!!”

A shocked and suspicious look crosses Anniken’s eyes. He pushes Padmé away. “You are with him!!! You betrayed me!!!”

“NO! I swear to you, Ani, I....”

Anniken holds up his hand and Padmé starts to choke. “Betrayers!! All of you!!!”

“Anakin, stop!!” screams Obi-Wan. Padmé falls to her knees, gasping. “You’re killing her!!!”

Obi-Wan draws his laser sword. Anniken tosses Padmé aside with the Force and draws his laser sword. She hits a wall and falls still on the floor. The Roona run up to her. “You killed her!!” says Ba Ba.

“Anakin, what have you done?!?” says Obi-Wan.

Moog grabs her body and throws it over his shoulder. The Roona run off down the bridge with Padmé. Anniken stares at Obi-Wan, then at Padmé, and back at Obi-Wan, a complex stream of emotions crossing his face. “You! YOU killed her! You turned her against me!! Her death is on YOUR hands!!!”

He raises his hand and Obi-Wan starts to choke.

Obi-Wan fights the choke. “That’s not true!!”

“Always it has been YOU who held me back! You were ALWAYS jealous of me!!! Ever since you first freed me!!

Obi-Wan falls to one knee. “No, Anakin....I....loved you...like a brother.”

“LIES!!”

Obi-Wan closes his eyes and PUSHES the air in front of him. Anniken flies back. He lands on his feet and charges, screaming. He attacks Obi-Wan in a berserk rage, pure hate and fury driving him. Obi-Wan is taken aback by the onslaught and struggles to avoid the furious strikes. He backs up onto the bridge.

CUT TO Moog and Ba Ba as they carry Padmé up to the train. They discover that she is still breathing and board the train.

“What about Sir Obi-Wan?”

“He is a Jedi,” says Mothma. “He will want us to get her away from here.”

CUT BACK TO Anniken and Obi-Wan. A wild swing by Anniken cuts away a floor-to-ceiling pillar holding up the bridge. The pillar falls, causing the ceiling and wall to cave in and causing the bridge to topple, cutting then off from Padmé and the rest. The collapsing wall reveals the outside. A small “waterfall” of lava starts to pour in. Obi-Wan attacks Anniken from the side, diverting his attention. Anniken fights back, all rage. Their laser swords lock. Anniken’s blade flickers red again.

“You are falling to the Dark side, Anakin!! The kyber crystal in your light saber is resisting you!”

“Then I will force it to obey me!!!”

Anniken breaks off and attacks again, forcing Obi-Wan back. Obi-Wan jumps away, onto the fallen pillar, which bridges the lava. Obi-Wan retreats up the bridge, into the outside. Anniken, face awash in rage, sees his laser sword flicker red, then flicker out for just a second. He shakes it, returning the blue blade, and pursues Obi-Wan.

WIPE TO the Train as it flies quickly through the tunnel. Bail organa looks out the window and then turns to check on Padmé. Nassai administering to her, she coughs and comes awake.

“Anakin....” she says, weakly.

“Save your strength, beh.”

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CUT TO where, furiously, the Sen-nai and his former Padawan clash amid the lava flows of Mustafar. Streams of lava pour around them, melting the surrounding rock. Rocks break loose and fall into the seething hot flows. Vents of scalding steam shoot out from cracks. Flames erupt. The broken landscape serves as symbol of their broken friendship. Anniken chases Obi-Wan up a ridgeline between two flows. Obi-Wan leaps across a flow onto another ridge, dislodging some rocks. Anniken’s laser sword flickers red and out again. He shakes it back on and leaps across.

“Anakin!! Resist the Dark side! I have faith in you!”

“You, like all Jedi, are faithless liars!!”

“It is the Sith who are the liars!”

“They have shown me the truth!!!”

Again they clash, Obi-Wan trying to retain his composure in the face of Anniken’s onslaught. They leap and flip from rocky outcropping to rocky outcropping. They clash and separate. Anniken stumbles and almost slips into the lava.

“Anakin! Take care! Your anger makes you powerful, but careless!”

“If it gives me the power to kill you, betrayer, then that is enough!!” Anniken runs, screaming, attacking. Obi-Wan blocks three reckless blows then leaps high up onto an outcropping above as Anniken’s laser sword flickers out again.

“Stand down, Anakin!! You cannot win!! You will die!”

“Then I will take you with me!!” Anniken forces the laser sword back on and leaps up at Obi-Wan, screaming, putting all of his hate and anger into this strike.

Obi-Wan closes his eyes, holding the laser sword to his forehead. Reaching out with the Force, Obi-Wan deflects the blow and slices twice. Anniken’s right hand and both legs are severed from his body. Screaming, Anniken falls, legless, down to the edge of the lava. Anniken screams, and, despite the injury, starts to climb. The rocks start to slide and he slips towards the lava. Obi-Wan puts away his laser sword and starts to walk carefully down the slope, hand out.

“Reach for me, Anakin! I can save you!”

“Fear for yourself, traitor!!” Anniken reaches out with his remaining hand. His fallen laser sword starts to shake. Seeing this, Obi-Wan uses the Force to pull Anniken’s laser sword to himself and clips it to his belt.

Obi-Wan reaches out “ANNIKEN!!!”

Anniken grabs Obi-Wan’s hand and starts to pull him towards the lava. Obi-Wan fights to avoid being pulled in.

“I WILL DRAG YOU TO HELL WITH ME!!!!”

Obi-Wan realizes that Anniken is lost to him and pushes Aanniken away with the Force. Anniken slides to the edge of the lava. Flames ignite on him and start to engulf his body.

“Goodbye, Anakin,” Obi-Wan says, regretfully.

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As Anniken, burning, screams, Obi-Wan regretfully walks away, not turning back.

Obi-Wan reaches the top of a ridge, the lava flowing far below him. Yoda is waiting for him. Anniken’s screaming is still audible.

“A pity it is, a Padawan to lose. Reminded of this today I was.”

“The Jedi are gone, Master Yoda. Palpatine is the Sith Master.”

“Know this, I do,” Yoda says, sadly.

“How do we stop the Sith?”

“As of now, we cannot. We wait until the Force a way provides. Until then I sense that a child of Skywalker within the Queen grows. Hide him from the Sith you must.”

“.....I know where I must take him. What will happen to you, Master Yoda?”

“The Force will provide a way. When right the time is know where to find me you will. Farewell, Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. May the Force be with you.”

Yoda turns around and walks off over a ridge.

Back below, Anniken, badly burnt, struggles to get up the hill. Suddenly the wheezy, gasping breath of Baron Thorpe can be heard. Suddenly the skeletal robotic legs of Thorpe appear before Anniken, who looks up. We PAN UP with Anniken’s gaze to see Thorpe standing above him. Thorpe holds his laser sword, ignited. He stares down with his Vader-like mask.

“Hello, my grandchild.....or should I say.....my son!”

Thorpe, laser sword still drawn, kneels down by Anniken, putting a hand to his throat.

CUT BACK TO Obi-Wan, who watches from a distance as Thorpe kneels aggressively over Anniken. Obi-Wan sees a large force of Clone Troopers swarming up from below around the hills, cutting off any escape.

A Ghurran Shuttle flies through the red skies, Bail Organa and Mon Mothma look out from a window, deep in thought.

“Your plan is dangerous. We will need to wipe the memory of the droids as a precaution.”

“The Protocol Droid only. The Astromech’s memory will be a useful resource.”

Organa nods.

PAN TO Padmé, who lies on the deck, flailing. The Roona and the Droids administer to her.

“ANNIKEN!!! NO, ANNIKEN!!!” she thrashes.

“She’s delirious!”

“No....she, beh, sees what is,” says Nassai.

Padmé suddenly becomes alert. “Obi-Wan. Obi-Wan needs us.” Pushing away Nassai’s hands she gets up and walks to the cockpit, where Naiyadah pilots. She points out the windscreen. “Down there!”

We see Obi-Wan atop a hill, Clone Troopers streaming in from all sides. A last stand seems inevitable. Suddenly the shuttle flies up and hovers beside him. Ba Ba gives Obi-Wan a hand, pulling him up into the shuttle. The Clones start to swarm up the hillsides and fire at the shuttle as it flies away.

Obi-Wan watches from the window as the hills of Mustafar fade off into the background. Padmé walks up and puts a sisterly arm around him. They can be seen through the window of the shuttle as it banks away into the distance. Their faces betray a galaxy of worries. As the music fades, the shuttle shrinks to a distant point on the horizon.

In orbit around Mustafar, the shuttle flies off into the distance as a Clone Star Destroyer appears from BEHIND CAMERA, shooting at the shuttle. The shuttle disappears into hyperspace.

CIRCLE WIPE TO...

An “Imperial Montage”. “The Imperial March” plays as we step through a silent montage:

A fleet of Star Destroyers fly up through space at a rising angle, like stabbing spearheads.

The Roona being silently strafed from above by Clone Gunships.

Clone Troopers silently devastating a force of White Legionnaires.

Protestors in Had Abbadon getting silently gunned down by Clone Troopers.

A giant screen on a building clicks off from a news show to display an idealized image of Emperor Palpatine. Two scarlet banners with the Imperial Logo cascade to either side of it.

Finally, a dark Surgical Room. As the Imperial March crescendos we see a badly burnt Man (face obscured) on a dark, grey table. Robot Arms silently stab at the flailing figure. Black leg plates are clamped over burnt leg stumps. Strange equipment is sewn into a chest cavity.

CUT TO POV shot, where a black mask descends TOWARDS CAMERA, eclipsing the view.

As the mask eclipses the view and the last bar of the March starts, the iconic breathing of Darth Vader begins to be heard over the music. The surgical table rises slowly and silently with a black armored Figure on it as the breathing and music continues.

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Finally, we ZOOM IN on the iconic mask of Darth Vader as he rises and the music comes to an end.

FADE TO BLACK as the breathing continues for four more cycles, the only sound filling the empty blackness.

Then....SILENCE.

FADE TO WHITE. A “Hope Montage” starts. “The Force Theme” plays as we enter a second silent montage:

A clean, white Delivery Room. Padmé silently screams in pain on a delivery table, attended to by a nurse droid. Obi-Wan looks on stoically. As the droid extends a Newborn over towards the waiting hands of Padmé, Obi-Wan steps in and takes the Newborn. Padmé silently screams in emotional pain at Obi-Wan as he walks out with the baby (observant viewers will recognize this scene from Anniken’s vision in Palpatine’s office).

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A Hooded Figure slips silently through a rowdy Bar Crowd into a back room. The Figure removes his hood to reveal Bail Organa. Mon Mothma and Naiyadah wait for him. Mothma holds up a device that projects a hologram of an X-Wing Fighter.

Master Yoda stands silently amid the swamps of Dagobah. A Spaceship lifts off in the background.

C-3PO pushes a hover chair down a hallway in Organa. In the chair sits a sad looking Padmé. R2-D2 trundles alongside.

As The Force Theme crescendos, full orchestra, we see a familiar Moisture Farm on Tatooine. A young man (Owen Lars) opens a door, a woman (Beru) behind him. A Hooded Figure hands the surprised man a bundled Baby.

CUT TO Owen, holding the Baby, now looking out upon the iconic twin suns of Tatooine.

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PAN BACK as the music finishes its last bars to reveal Obi-Wan Kenobi watching from afar. The orchestra fades to a single flute playing the last notes of the Force Theme. Obi-Wan puts up the hood of a Moisture Farmer’s Robe and walks silently away as the music ends.

IRIS OUT

Star Wars Theme plays.

ROLL CREDITS


[1] The N’ehma are a race unique to this timeline, but are the species that Mauk Shivtor is a member of and are therefore roughly analogous to the Zabrak (hat tip to @Migrant_Coconut). Females have longer, ever-growing horns that are manipulated at birth to twist down and around their heads in decorative ways that vary by clan and are further decorated with culturally-associated paints and other decorations. Lucas’ daughters, horrified by the N’ehma, convinced him to let the females at least have attractive “feminine” horns.

[2] This exchange and conclusion was part of the Revised First Draft of Episode I from our timeline. I repurposed it for Episode III in this one.
 

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I think revisiting hoth was kinda lazy
@LordYam . When you have written a 750+ page timeline, you may call me lazy.

When you have dutifully posted four posts a week for over 2 years, you may call me lazy.

When you have written a single post so large that you had to spend over an hour this morning just figuring out how to split it into two, you may call me lazy.

Don't like the empty fan service? Fine. I created the Hoth scene as empty fan service, because empty fan service is a Star Wars staple. Like, do not like, IDK. Can't please everyone, won't try.

But don't ever call me "lazy" until you have walked the walk.

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@LordYam . When you have written a 750+ page timeline, you may call me lazy.

When you have dutifully posted four posts a week for over 2 years, you may call me lazy.

When you have written a single post so large that you had to spend over an hour this morning just figuring out how to split it into two, you may call me lazy.

Don't like the empty fan service? Fine. I created the Hoth scene as empty fan service, because empty fan service is a Star Wars staple. Like, do not like, IDK. Can't please everyone, won't try.

But don't ever call me "lazy" until you have walked the walk.

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PREACH IT, BROTHER!
 
Wow.....this is a hefty post. I don't think we've seen a singular post this long on the main thread since this whole timeline started. Regardless, I legitimately think this is the best rendition of the Prequel Trilogy I've seen thus far. It all feels so different yet makes so much more sense than OTL.

I'll be livid if this doesn't get critical acclaim from the critics or the wider Star Wars fandom.

They are joined by a force of Roona Warriors, who slam into the flank of the Droid Army. It is led by Prana Ashla (Raven Symone), the N’ehma[1] Padawan of Anniken. She wields a laser sword-spear with a four-foot pole and a one-foot laser blade. The blade switches from one end of the pole to the other as she wills. A force field protects the shaft. She wields it like a Japanese Jo staff. The various Legionnaires, Clone Troopers, and Roona advance on three fronts towards the factory, the three Jedi leading the charge. The Droid Army disintegrates before them. Clone Fighters fly up, clearing the skies.
I KNEW IT!

Anniken was gonna have a Padawan one way or another.

She pleads for him to stay, but he gets angry with her. He loses his patience and yells at her, “You will NOT stop me from performing my mission! This is an opportunity for something greater!! I am the Jedi, I know what’s best, and I will decide whether I go or not!! Do you hear me?!?”

ZOOM IN on Padmé, who watches helplessly as Anniken exits, a single tear in her eye.
This slow descent of Anniken into Darth Vader is just simply too painful to read through. He keeps making the same mistakes over and over, with no desire to change. You can argue that this is why Anniken fell so hard to the Dark Side.

Next, Windu notes that the Jedi Council received a special request by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine to make Sir Anakin a Jedi Master, which Obi-Wan notes as “irregular.” Windu asks Obi-Wan if he feels that Anniken is “ready”.

After much agonizing, Obi-Wan admits that Anniken has “an attachment” that he can’t let go of, and therefore is not, in his mind, ready to be a Jedi Master. “One day soon if he can let it go, he will be a great Master, worthy of a seat on the Council, but that time is not now. ....I regret that I had to say that...”

“Yet say it you did, Master Kenobi,” says Windu. “By your recommendation, Sir Anakin will not yet be granted the rank of Jedi Master. Fare well on your mission to Geonosis.”
God, I love how there are actual scenes showing why Anniken was not admitted into the Jedi Council instead of being on a whim. It all just makes Anniken's perceptions of Obi-Wan being a betrayer and subsequent anger make a lot more sense in hindsight.

Anniken and Palpatine sit overlooking the stage. Performers in strange outfits sing operatically in a strange alien language. Anniken expresses a disinterest in opera, but Palpatine notes that he specifically requested this performance. “This, for example, is the ‘Tragedy of Emperor Ganthicass’. It tells of the wise and powerful ruler who first united Coruscant. Alas his warriors, jealous of his power, betrayed and murdered him, plunging the planet into three hundred years of war.” He puts a paternal hand on Anniken’s shoulder and leans towards the stage, pointing. “Watch, my son. Watch and learn...”
Damn....no Plagueis?

Honestly, that changes everything about Palpatine. Does he even have a Master or did he find the way of the Sith on his own? The former would be kinda boring but the latter...now that's interesting.

“Go ahead, Jedi,” says Palpatine/Sidious, “strike me down. An unarmed old man. The freely elected Chancellor of the Galactic Republic! Reveal the treachery of the Jedi!” He motions to the Camera Drones. “...The Galaxy watches.”
Now that's an interesting way to trigger Order 66.

“What, Anakin, don’t you recognize....” The Sith reaches up and removes the Vader-like mask with a hiss of steam to reveal the burn-scarred face of.......Baron Cetu Thorpe!! “.....your own Great Grand Sen-nai?”
So glad Cetu Thorpe actually lived. He was too good of a character to not be in the Third Film.

Anniken, screaming, rage in his eyes, thrusts as a figure enters the doorway. Anniken, in horror, sees that he has impaled PRANA ASHLA, his own Padawan!!!

“Sen-nai......why....??” asks Prana. She slumps to the floor. Anniken looks on her in a strange mix of horror and exhilaration.
HOLY CRAP.

He actually murdered his own Padawan (or at least it appears to be). I actually think Anniken is under far more stress in this movie than Anakin ever was throughout Revenge of the Sith.

“You have done well, my son,” says Sidious. He puts a hood on over his scarred head.

“Thank you........father.”

Sidious laughs. “I am not you father, Anakin.”

“.....But...you said......”

“...That I loved a woman named Shmi? A small lie.......to help you see the greater truth!”

Suddenly Mauk Shivtor and Baron Thorpe enter, and gather next to Sidious. Thorpe removes his mask, smiling. Mauk scowls hatefully.

“Join us, Anakin! Join the ancient order of the Sith!! Reject the LIES of the Jedi.”

“Come, Grandson!!”

“I...I’m not sure.”
This whole dynamic with Sidious, Thorpe, and Mauk has me totally fucked in the head. It isn't the Sith that we know of OTL, which I actually kinda like in the absence of the Rule of Two but seeing all three characters become "cordial" with one another is strange considering Sidious mercilessly murdered Dooku via Anakin and betrayed Maul OTL.

Sidious honestly became more mysterious/ambiguous in Episode III. Having him destroy the Jedi out of personal revenge for Shmi would've been a perfect way to connect what happened to Anniken's father and Sidious Morg but now that's apparently a lie. Without something as grandiose as the Sith Order's Grand Plan or his personal agenda (to rule the Galaxy forever), what exactly drives him?

Obi-Wan casually walks away from his fallen enemy without a trace of emotion or vengeance, a man who has performed a distasteful but necessary task.
Nice to see Mauk's story end in a nice little bow instead of being needlessly extended (*cough* Filoni *cough*).

CUT TO where, furiously, the Sen-nai and his former Padawan clash amid the lava flows of Mustafar. Streams of lava pour around them, melting the surrounding rock. Rocks break loose and fall into the seething hot flows. Vents of scalding steam shoot out from cracks. Flames erupt. The broken landscape serves as symbol of their broken friendship. Anniken chases Obi-Wan up a ridgeline between two flows. Obi-Wan leaps across a flow onto another ridge, dislodging some rocks. Anniken’s laser sword flickers red and out again. He shakes it back on and leaps across.
So glad it's canon that the corruption of the Dark Side is what causes lightsabers to turn red like in the EU.

Obi-Wan closes his eyes, holding the laser sword to his forehead. Reaching out with the Force, Obi-Wan deflects the blow and slices twice. Anniken’s right hand and both legs are severed from his body. Screaming, Anniken falls, legless, down to the edge of the lava. Anniken screams, and, despite the injury, starts to climb. The rocks start to slide and he slips towards the lava. Obi-Wan puts away his laser sword and starts to walk carefully down the slope, hand out.
This is a lot more brutal than OTL, like a LOT. If Darth Vader hated Obi-Wan in our timeline, then he DESPISES him in this one.

Back below, Anniken, badly burnt, struggles to get up the hill. Suddenly the wheezy, gasping breath of Baron Thorpe can be heard. Suddenly the skeletal robotic legs of Thorpe appear before Anniken, who looks up. We PAN UP with Anniken’s gaze to see Thorpe standing above him. Thorpe holds his laser sword, ignited. He stares down with his Vader-like mask.

“Hello, my grandchild.....or should I say.....my son!”
Guess we know who Anniken's father really is.

A clean, white Delivery Room. Padmé silently screams in pain on a delivery table, attended to by a nurse droid. Obi-Wan looks on stoically. As the droid extends a Newborn over towards the waiting hands of Padmé, Obi-Wan steps in and takes the Newborn. Padmé silently screams in emotional pain at Obi-Wan as he walks out with the baby (observant viewers will recognize this scene from Anniken’s vision in Palpatine’s office).
Does Padme live in this film or does she still die? There's no vision of Anniken seeing her die so I'm assuming that she actually lives.

PAN BACK as the music finishes its last bars to reveal Obi-Wan Kenobi watching from afar. The orchestra fades to a single flute playing the last notes of the Force Theme. Obi-Wan puts up the hood of a Moisture Farmer’s Robe and walks silently away as the music ends.
Now I'm curious to see how the Multimedia Project will tie in Episode II and III together. We know that Padawan Prana will exist in the comics and in the possible animated mini-series since she was actually formulated during this time period instead of later with Filoni.

As for Prana, did she actually live? Maybe she can do her own thing like what Ahsoka did in Rebels (and the final season of Clone Wars)? Such a shame Wookies will never get to experience the latter though for Prana, that shit was awesome.
 

LordYam

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@LordYam . When you have written a 750+ page timeline, you may call me lazy.

When you have dutifully posted four posts a week for over 2 years, you may call me lazy.

When you have written a single post so large that you had to spend over an hour this morning just figuring out how to split it into two, you may call me lazy.

Don't like the empty fan service? Fine. I created the Hoth scene as empty fan service, because empty fan service is a Star Wars staple. Like, do not like, IDK. Can't please everyone, won't try.

But don't ever call me "lazy" until you have walked the walk.

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Fair enough. Perhaps it was overly strong of me to phrase it that way
 
Fair enough. Perhaps it was overly strong of me to phrase it that way
Yes, it absolutely was. There are few things more insulting to call a writer than "lazy". By calling me lazy you effectively called me a talentless, unoriginal, uninspired hack and you frankly owe me an apology for that insult. You can disagree with my decisions and you can respectfully express your disagreements. You can write your own TL where you come to your own conclusions. But I do not tolerate insults, particularly from those who, as best as I can tell, have never actually put themselves out there and exposed their own creations to criticism.
 

LordYam

Banned
Yes, it absolutely was. There are few things more insulting to call a writer than "lazy". By calling me lazy you effectively called me a talentless, unoriginal, uninspired hack and you frankly owe me an apology for that insult. You can disagree with my decisions and you can respectfully express your disagreements. You can write your own TL where you come to your own conclusions. But I do not tolerate insults, particularly from those who, as best as I can tell, have never actually put themselves out there and exposed their own creations to criticism.
You’re right. I am sorry. I never meant to cause offense.
 
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LordYam

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I am wondering what happened with Thorpe between the PT and OT movies.

Your version of the movies are certainly very interesting and ambitious. I certainly would have a hard time coming up with something like that on my own so bravo for the ambition and scope alone.

In some ways it’s better than OTL.

Mon Mothma starting out as a Palpatine supporter was a GREAT idea and gives . Windu and Sidious’s confrontation (especially the part where Palpatine drops the mask) was truly bone chilling, and the final exchange between Anakin and Obi Wan (as well as the montages at the end) were genuinely heartbreaking.

That said I do feel (and this is purely personal preference) that it leans into the pulp FAR more than the OTL PT ever did, and I did like some of the stuff in the OTL version more.

Again it’s all down to personal preference and there is a lot to admire in what you did.
 
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