Part 1 [18/1/12]
Qui-Gon Jinn heads back to Mos Espa after delivering the hyperdrive and other parts for the Queen’s Nubian craft, which were won by the boy Qui-Gon was heading back to see.
However a cloaked figure stands in the way. He pulls out a shining hilt, a menacing grin upon his face, and activates it. A red blade appears from the left side, which the cloaked figure raises into battle position. Qui-Gon then pulls out his own lightsaber and activates it, taking battle stance.
The cloaked figure then moves forward with his blade angled for a left swing uppercut. Qui-Gon blocks it, but just as fast, the red blade of the adversary heads to a right swing down-stroke, which Qui-Gon barely blocks.
Realising he can’t fight the figure, he decides to run.
He turns around and uses the Force to increase his speed. The cloaked figure throws his lightsaber at Qui-Gon, who realises the blades approach and blocks it.
The craft is in sight, but Qui-Gon lets his guard down, and the cloaked figure catches up quick enough to attack again.
Qui-Gon again barely blocks it.
“Master!” a shout rings out. Obi-Wan Kenobi comes rushing out of the craft, lightsaber already activated, and joins the battle. “Just go! I’ll take him.”
Qui-Gon at first fights with Obi-Wan, but as the fighting progresses with swift strokes, parries and ripostes, he realises he can’t keep up with Obi-Wan agility. Vowing that as soon as he is aboard - he will rescue Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon then heads to the craft.
Captain Panaka is waiting just inside the craft.
“That is one hard fighter to beat,” Panaka says.
“I know,” Qui-Gon adds, “Is the ship ready for take-off?”
“We can finish installing the hyperdrive while in the air. The main thing is to get away from that thing out there.”
“But Obi-Wan. We can’t just leave him.”
“We’ll do what we can,” Panaka states.
Qui-Gon relaxes upon hearing this.
The two then head to the bridge, where Panaka tells the pilot to take off. Slowly, they head to the fighters’ position, keeping the boarding ramp open. Qui-Gon then walks back out to the ramp, and Panaka follows him, knowing what the Jedi can be like.
Viewing from the open ramp, Qui-Gon then sees the cloaked figure activate a second blade from the other side of the hilt.
Unfortunately, Obi-Wan, who had bent his adversary’s blade back so it almost touched his head, didn’t. Deactivating the blade closest to him, the cloaked figure then drives it through Obi-Wan’s body.
“Noooooooo!” Qui-Gon shouts, and is about to jump out to continue the battle, but Panaka holds him back.
“Think about what your Padawan has just done. Don’t risk that sacrifice by sending yourself to death.”
“You- You’re right,”Qui-Gon amends.
“Pilot! Let’s get gone, and quick,” he then shouts.
Back on the ground, the cloaked figure watches the craft make its getaway. He then pulls out a portable holo-projector and activates it. After waiting a few seconds, the screen then resolves to show another cloaked figure. Only the nose can be seen from within the hood, which is long and crooked.
“Report,” the hooded holo-figure says in a gravelly voice.
“It has begun, my master. The droid army of the Trade Federation and the blockade of Naboo will no longer be able to be stopped.”
“You have done well, then. Report back immediately. I have more Jedi for you to hunt, Lord Maul.”
Part 2 [19/1/12]
A spacecraft heads into the dark area of Coruscant which used to belong to a wealthy company, but now is a slum city. This place is The Works, the secret hiding place of the Sith.
The craft lands inside a hangar, where a robed figure stands. The ramp of the craft extends, and another robed figure walks out.
“What is thy bidding, my master?” Darth Maul asks.
“There is a Jedi, my friend. A Jedi who would be a great threat to us,” Darth Sidious exclaims. “This Jedi, while not a master, holds secrets that could destroy us. We could be revealed.”
“Give me his location and I will hunt him down. But what about my other mission to bring Queen Amidala to Naboo?” Maul says.
“Yes, yes. Don’t worry about that,” Sidious replies. “I will make sure that the queen will stay on Coruscant until it is necessary to move her. Master Jinn will be suffering after you so brilliantly killed his padawan. He won’t be on form, which means your capture of the queen when it comes to it will be successful.”
“And then we will be revealed?”
“You will show yourself, yes. And that will cause confusion within the Jedi Order. They won’t know who you are, as remember, only two Sith exist at any one time. A master and an apprentice. The crisis of Naboo will be the first part of the greater plan to bring about the end of the Jedi.”
“The thing we have wanted for a long time. The final revenge of the Sith.”
“Yes. Anyway. To business. Head to Vandelhelm and dispose of Jedi Knight Cutla Saar. He holds info relating to this place, and once he finds a way off Vandelhelm, he could destroy us. My spies have kept him grounded for this amount of time, but it is only a matter of time before he does escape.”
“I will do it quickly and efficiently, my master,” Darth Maul exclaims.
“Good,” Darth Sidious hisses.
Both master and apprentice bow their heads, and then Darth Maul heads back to his craft. The craft lifts off, whipping Sidious’ cloak in its updraft.
The Jedi Temple stands tall and old, with the Grand Council Chamber the highest point of it. Inside the Grand Council Chamber, the Jedi Masters hold discussion.
“And I can only say that this warrior was trained in the Jedi arts. Only that could be the reason why Obi-Wan was so easily slain, and I met my death almost as well,” Qui-Gon Jinn finished.
“Padawan, was Obi-Wan Kenobi. Not able to hold his own in a fight against an able bodied warrior, he could not. Believe this assailant to be Sith, I do not,” Yoda exclaims.
“I’m not too sure,” Mace Windu says slowly. “Obi-Wan was learning from the best. I trust Qui-Gon would be able to fight a warrior as powerful as this. Obi-Wan should also be able to have held in a fight.”
“Until proven this point is, it is irrelevant,” Ki-Adi-Mundi adds. “What matters is the fact that the queen of Naboo is still in danger. Qui-Gon, you should be aided by Dooku, and we should then try to uncover the full extent of this mystery.”
“Agreed,” Mace Windu says.
“Trust Dooku less, I do. But a plan of action we need to create, and best for field work, the duo are. Agree, I do,” Yoda says.
“Dooku will be contacted and your mission will be delivered once you two are together,” Mace concludes.
Part 3 [20/1/12]
“I hear young Obi-Wan Kenobi met his fate with a warrior the Jedi fail to note is obviously a Sith,” Count Dooku says to Qui-Gon Jinn. Both are walking down a corridor to the main Temple hangar.
“I know of this. I could have killed that monster that killed him too,” Qui-Gon retorts.
“Now. Now. Jedi shouldn’t feel revenge or hate. But I understand. He was like a son to you after all. But we have other matters to attend to.”
“Why do you even put up with the Jedi Council? I know you don’t like them.”
The two reach the hangar and a tech leads them to the craft they have been assigned to. Count Dooku climbs up first, with Qui-Gon following. Both head into the bridge of the craft, seat themselves, and face each other.
“You didn’t answer my question,” Qui-Gon remarks.
“I feel the Jedi have ruined themselves to protect this decadent Republic. A far better rule could be founded, if only someone would stand up to Valorum and the Jedi,” Dooku answers.
“Well then, we’ve got some investigating to do anyway,” Qui-Gon says. “Shall we get going?”
In answer, Dooku turns around to face the windscreen and the controls, starts up the engines, and lifts the craft up.
Then they speed off into the distance.
The Sith Infiltrator lands on a pad designed to accommodate much larger. Maul exits, and goes to press a button on his wrist computer.
He looks left. Up. Right. A clang then brings Darth Maul spinning to face a man who has jumped onto his craft. The man is wearing the traditional robes of the Jedi, and also holds a lightsaber. He activates it, lifts the blade up with a resonant hum, and then holds it up to defensive position.
“I’ve been here too long to give up the fight now,” the man says, “trying to find a way out, and with everything backfiring on me. But now a ship has come. First, I will kill you, then take this back to Coruscant.”
“I’m guessing you are Cutla Saar. You won’t be getting my ship that easily. And the secret hiding place of the Sith will remain secret,” Darth Maul retorts.
“So it is true then. The Sith really did find out. Fine,” Saar says, and then he throws the lightsaber at Maul.
Maul, using his quick reflexes, dodges the blade, activates his own, and holds it behind him, while Saar recalls his own blade. Saar then jumps and brings his blade slamming down upon Maul. Maul blocks the attack and backflips, kicking the Jedi in mid-flight.
When he regains his feet, Maul sees the Jedi running for the ramp of the Sith Infiltrator, and so throws his blade in a Force-powered arc. The Jedi catches the blade to throw it back, but in doing so gives Maul an advantage. Maul rushes up to Saar and grabs his wrist, twisting it downwards. The still activated blade cuts through the flesh of one leg, but Saar quickly releases Maul’s blade and twirls out of the way.
“I might be injured, but my power is still strong!” Saar shouts.
Maul attacks, while Saar holds his blade to defend against the attack. A left-stroke downwards. A right-stroke upwards. A full vertical down-stroke gives Saar an uneasy flitter of panic but quickly throws up his sword arm to defend against the incoming blade. Realising that he doesn’t have the strength to keep his blade straight with just one arm, Saar lifts his other arm to the lightsabers grip as well. But even so, the blade slowly tilts toward his head.
“Admit defeat, and deactivate your blade,” Maul says, “Or die in shame of having been killed with your own blade.”
“Then die in shame I will,” Saar says. His sword arm starts crumpling under the strength of Maul’s power. “I won’t admit to being a coward.”
Just then, the blades spark and repulse from each other. Quick as a flash, Maul deactivates one blade and activates the other side just as it heads to Saar’s sword hand. That hand cut off, Maul calls Saar’s blade to his other hand and with a swift down-stroke to the right, cuts Saar down.
Maul looks down; deactivates both blades. Then he walks to the Sith Infiltrator.
After a few minutes, the craft takes off.
Part 4 [21/1/12]
“We have to concede defeat. There is nothing here,” Qui-Gon Jinn amends.
“As to that, I think you are right,” Count Dooku confirms. “No sighting of any Sith activity in this area of Coruscant.”
A beeping sounds from Qui-Gon’s wrist. He presses a button and a hologram of Mace Windu appears. A frown crosses his face, distorted from the quality of the blue tinted holo.
“What is it?” Qui-Gon asks.
“We need you back here immediately,” Mace Windu says. “We have just received word that Queen Amidala of Naboo is heading back home. We need you to play protection.”
“I will do my part,” Qui-Gon says.
“Oh, and bring Dooku along too. His skills are exceptional,” Windu adds.
“It will be done,” Qui-Gon says. The hologram then dissolves out.
Qui-Gon then turns to Dooku. “Are you up for one more mission from the Council?”
“I will. But I ask for old times’ sake, will you not leave with me, once this mission has been complete?” Count Dooku pleads.
“I will think about it,” Qui-Gon says, but with a tone that disagrees.
“You know as well as I do the corruption of the Republic,” Dooku tries again.
“Now is not the time for this discussion,” Qui-Gon says with finality.
Darth Maul answers the beeping comlink, while also keeping his controls in check.
“Report,” the gravelly voice of Darth Sidious calls.
“Cutla Saar is dead, my master. He will no longer be able to return,” Darth Maul reports.
“Good. Queen Amidala is heading back to Naboo. Arrive before her and set up our forces to find her as soon as she lands.”
“It will be done, my master.”
“I sense something troubling, Lord Maul. Be careful on your travels.”
“I will, my master.”
As a beep resounds through the craft, a shot rings on the shields.
Maul looks down at the rear-view screen and sees two craft following. Another laser erupts from one of the craft, and Maul quickly pulls the Infiltrator downwards. The two craft then break apart, one following at a distance while the other disappears from view. Maul looks inside himself and uses the Force to detect where the other craft went. He senses a human falling in trajectory with the Infiltrator, using a jetpack to keep him level.
Maul pulls the Infiltrator to the left and snap-rolls it upwards.
A laser fires from the craft in the distance, but with a careful nudge of the controls, Maul evades it.
Another snap-roll brings the Infiltrator over the top of the enemy craft. Using the Force, Maul carefully manipulates the controls to bring the Infiltrator alongside the other craft and nudges it slightly off course. The man clinging to it scrabbles quicker on the holds to reach the pilots seat. Another shot from the distant craft hits his companion craft instead, causing it to blow its left wing and killing the man holding on.
With one craft down, and one to go, Maul opens the hatch of the Infiltrator and jumps out, using the Force to reduce his vertical drop greatly. The other enemy craft speeds past and Maul grabs hold of a grip, using the Force again to protect himself from crumpling due to the great impact.
Activating his lightsaber, Maul opens the pilot’s cockpit and kills him in the process.
Manipulating the controls by the Force alone, Maul guides the craft to parallel with the Infiltrator, and plants a detonator on the crafts’ hull.
Dropping back onto the Infiltrator with the gravity generator taking affect, Maul quickly heads inside and yaws to the left.
Not a moment later, the enemy craft blows up.
With no more enemies pursuing him, Maul takes the Infiltrator up into space, and plots the co-ordinates to Naboo. With one final check, he pushes a button and jumps to hyperspace.
Part 5 [22/1/12]
The Sith Infiltrator pops out of hyperspace, the planet of Naboo hanging right in front of it. The craft then speeds toward the planet, past the Trade Federation control ship that lies in orbit, and into the atmosphere. Out of the clouds, the beautiful city of Theed appears. The palace shines in the sun, but there is no-one around the city to admire it. The Infiltrator angles toward one of the palaces hangars. On it, two Neimoidians wait.
The Infiltrator lands and the ramp extends out. Darth Maul appears and storms past the Neimoidians, who take this ignorance a gesture to follow. Tall beings with headdresses and cloaks of many colours, the Neimoidians are the leaders of the Trade Federation.
The two follow Maul to the palaces throne room, where he then turns around and addresses them. “The queen will soon be arriving and I need to contact Sidious.”
“Y- Yes. O- Of course,” one of the Neimoidians says.
The Neimoidians are also cowards, and so while one of them heads off to contact Sidious, the other stands nervously, twisting his hands and moving from foot to foot. Maul glares at him with menace and the Neimoidian moves backwards quickly.
“It is done, my lord,” the other Neimoidian reports. “Lord Sidious waits.”
“Good,” Maul says. “Stay out of my way while I speak with him.”
The two Neimoidians quickly back off, and Maul makes his way to a holo-projector, where Sidious’ face waits. Maul bows to it.
“Rise, my apprentice,” Sidious says. “Now. I have some interesting news and I need you to listen carefully. The queen is again being protected-”
“I shall wipe out any protection I face,” Maul says with vigour.
“I have no doubt about that, my friend. But one of them is Obi-Wan’s master, Qui-Gon Jinn. I’m sure you’ll have no trouble taking him down. But another is our friend and spy, and will most likely be with Jinn. Should he reveal himself to you, you need to be quick in thinking, and be able to improvise without harming him too much.”
“I understand, my master.”
“Now go. And do not fail me. There is no room for failure here. We need to keep everything exactly as I planned for the next phrase to begin.”
“Yes, my master,” Darth Maul says, and the holo-image dissolves away. Maul the walks to a window and watches the sky, where a faint trail can be seen as a sleek ship makes its way to the swamps.
“Track that ship and hunt it down,” Maul tells an officer. “I want to see them all go down. All except the queen, our spy, and Qui-Gon Jinn.”
Part 6 [23/1/12]
In the control centre of the palace, frantic activity is taking place.
Neimoidians are rushing around to check status machines and to transfer information. Yet in the middle of all this chaos, Darth Maul stands next a holo-figure of Darth Sidious.
“We are sending all available troops into battle my lord,” Maul reports.
“Good. The queen has made a foolish move. Make sure she pays. Disable, not kill, the Jedi and draw them away from the main action,” Sidious says.
“Why not kill, my master?”
“Oh I know you do, so much. But wait. Things will become clearer as the plan comes into action. Once they are disabled, hunt down the queen and force her to sign the treaty.”
“It will be done, my lord.”
The army of the Trade Federation heads out to the plains to meet the army of the Gungan’s. A battle takes place within one of the palace hangars for control of the craft, sleek N-1 Starfighters. The Gungans use shields to protect them against the laser fire of the AAT’s. Naboo pilots rush to the N-1 Starfighters after the astromech droids are rescued from lockers. The battle in the hangar dies down, but the battle of the plains has only just begun. The MTT’s unleash the squadrons of battle droids hidden inside, deactivated. The racks extend out and off-load all the battle droids. And with a touch of a button in the Droid Control Ship, all of them activate and charge through the Gungan shields. At the hangar, the queen, Jedi and Naboo soldiers proceed to the iron draw-doors, which slowly start to open.
But all pull back, as Darth Maul lies in wait.
“We’ll handle this. This is a job for Jedi,” Qui-Gon Jinn says.
“We’ll go the back way,” one of the handmaiden’s shouts, and the rest of the group turn tail.
N-1 Starfighters are now streaking out of the hangar, but Maul has eyes only for Qui-Gon Jinn and Count Dooku. Maul dispatches his cloak and the Jedi do the same. Maul then pulls out his lightsaber, and activates both sides.
Jinn and Dooku both do the same.
“I have the advantage. You are outnumbered,” Maul says.
“Not seriously,” Jinn retorts.
Both Jinn and Dooku then attack as one. Maul deflects both attacks by holding his blade almost vertical and twisting around to the left. He then kicks Dooku aside to battle with Jinn one-on-one. After a brief exchange, Dooku is back in the battle, so Maul uses the Force to send some boxes flying at Jinn’s head.
He barely deflects them. Dooku and Maul have taken the battle further afield, along a corridor. Jinn quickly runs to aid Dooku, but arrives too late. Dooku gets kicked out of a window, and Maul then follows up as Jinn arrives by throwing him out of the window as well.
Without looking back, Maul then runs down the corridor and around a corner.
Hanging onto the windows ledge, however, is Dooku.
And hanging onto Dooku’s left leg is Qui-Gon Jinn.
Using the Force, the two help each other up into the corridor again, and assess their damages.
At the palace throne room, Padme Amidala holds Nute Gunray hostage. The doors are closed but a hissing can be heard.
That hissing then stops.
A zap then sounds and then the crashing of metal is heard. A red plasma bar feeds its way around the door, cutting away quickly. The door then blasts inwards, and Darth Maul is standing in the doorway.
“We will in fact sign the previous treaty,” he says. “This invasion will be legal.”
“You’ll never force me,” Amidala stubbornly says.
“There is nothing you can do.”
All other doors open and droids come pouring in, surrounding Amidala and the others.
“Sir,” one of the droids says. “The Gungans have retreated and we are chasing them into the
“Scratch that,” Maul says. “We have won anyway.”
“Er. Yes sir.”
Naboo is lost to the Trade Federation. The Gungans are recovering from the battle, and all the pilots in space were defeated.
Nute Gunray and the main Neimoidian entourage head out of Naboo and back to base. Darth Maul also heads out.
On Coruscant, Palpatine is elected Chancellor, and the first announcement he makes is that Naboo will be retaken, and a Jedi task force will do it.
At the Jedi Temple, Qui-Gon Jinn persuades Dooku to stay longer, and in the Council Chamber, Darth Maul has indeed created confusion within the ranks. The Jedi argue over whether the Sith really have returned.
Meanwhile, Sifo-Dyas heads to a distant planet twelve parsecs off the Rishi Maze.