Part 1 [17/8/12]
Mace Windu stood at one of the windows of the High Council Chamber, overlooking Coruscant. Yoda was sat in the only chair that had been flipped into position.
"You brought them with you," Mace acknowledges.
"Allow us bring back the most Jedi, this option did," Yoda comments. "Otherwise, overrun would you have been."
"Well, I'm thankful for the help they gave us. Without them, it would not have been victory."
"Victory?" Yoda asks. "Not victory. The shroud of the dark side looms over everything. Begun, the Clone War has."
Mace just stares out of the window. "It was a shame that Qui-Gon had to be killed, and by the one he most trusted as well. Did you recover his body?"
"Brought it back, the clones did."
A beep then brings the attention of the two Masters to the centre of the chamber. A hologram resolves into a man. "The Separatists have invaded more places than we would like. One of importance," The door to the council chamber opens. "is Malastare."
"What?" the voice of Anakin says from the door.
"Special Operations will deal with the organisation of the clones, but we will put in a request for that world to be given priority."
"Okay." The hologram then derezzes.
"I want to be part of that mission," Anakin says.
"Make sure that you are part of the mission we will," Yoda says.
Anakin sighs in relief and starts walking out.
"But be warned that not an official part of the Jedi Order you are. Might not accept, Special Operations could."
"Then if they don't, I'll go myself."
"Concerned for your mother, we realise you are. Make sure she is safe, we will."
Anakin takes this without a word. He then walks out of the chamber. The door closes.
"Do you plan to make Anakin a part of the mission?" Mace asks.
"See what Special Operations has to say first, we should," Yoda replies.
Part 2 [21/8/12]
In invasion army jumps out of hyperspace.
First two Lucrehulk-class Battleships, which then start to spread out to either side of the planet. Then came ten Providence-class Cruisers, which split into two groups, each half heading for one of the Lucrehulk-class Battleships. Then fifty Munificent-class Star Frigates, which immediately set about blockading the planet.
Then came the Scimitar. Darth Maul watches the scene of all the spacecraft preparing for battle with ease. Each of the commanders knew what they had to do, and as far as Maul was concerned, all were expendable.
Landers of all varieties then pull from the hangar bays of all cruisers and head down to the planet. Droid Starfighters accompany them.
Reports then start coming in of areas took. It looked like it would be a washout. It looked like overkill.
Until the first of the Republic cruisers pulled out of hyperspace.
Darth Maul couldn't see them, but he heard the reports of those that were stuck in the fighting. Apparently some fighters had got down into the atmosphere of the planet, followed by landers.
Maul communicates with the commanders on those cruisers to send out more starfighters and to also alert the starfighters on the ground of the incoming fighting force.
The battle was under way, but Maul wasn't going to join yet. He had to wait. Wait until the wild card came into the fray.
"Sirs," the Special Operations officer reports. "All our forces are being beaten badly on the campaign of Malastare. What should we do?"
"We can't just give up," Plo Koon says. The entire Jedi Council was in session to hear this report. "There must be something we can do."
"Send you we could," Yoda says. "Able to command the forces there you would."
"Then I shall go," Plo Koon says, turning to the hologram. "Inform the commanders in that campaign that I will be on my way shortly."
"It will be done," the officers acknowledges, then the hologram derezzes.
"If this meeting is at an end, then I will be on my way."
"It is," Mace Windu says. "Council adjourned."
Part 3 [4/9/12]
The Republic Acclamator cruiser pulls out of hyperspace to see the devastation the battle has already produced.
General Plo Koon, stood beside Commander Wolffe, look out at the amassed Separatist force.
"Launch fighters and prepare to fire turbolasers," Plo Koon says.
"With respect sir, shouldn't we wait to fire turbolasers? Wait until we're closer?"
"Very good Commander. What else would you suggest then?"
"For a start, it is no good to concentrate fully on attack. Keep half or a quarter of the fighters here to defend us if anything should get past the main attack group, and two cruisers to one Seppie cruiser, which would give us an advantage."
"And what advantage would that be?"
"Two possible outcomes. They'd stay as they are, or some would swap targets to overpower two of our cruisers. At which point, we switch targets and destroy them."
"That would be good if we had a large task force. As it is, we only have five cruisers."
"In which case, the plan would still work. Just on a smaller scale, of course."
"I am willing to accept that could work, Commander. Let's just see how it goes."
As Plo Koon gives the request, he casts a glance at the commander. A strategist could be what might win this fight.
Maul watches from the Scimitar at the tactics of his enemy. They focused wide band, then forced some commanders to try to overpower the Republic ships, at which point, they would be blown apart by the ships they weren't attacking.
Some others would just keep to their target, but those also didn't fare well. They took longer to get blown apart, but get blown apart they did.
Getting onto the link with the reserves, Maul speaks. "Once the full of the main force has been destroyed, go for the attack while they are launching craft for a ground assault."
"And do what?" the Nemoidian on the other end asks.
"Let the landers get through, and destroy those cruisers."
"Affimative, Lord Maul."
The link then broke. Darth Maul watches as the last of the main force get destroyed.
Part 4 [4/9/12]
The Republic cruisers are destroyed quickly and systematically by the reserve force. Satisfied the job is done, Maul then drives the Scimitar to the surface.
Some of the clones had already landed. Maul would congratulate them with a quick end. Landing some way off from the town he knew the clones had landed at, Maul quickly opens the hatch, heads down in the lift, then pulls the bike out of the hatch. Getting astride it, he starts the engines and powers his way to the town to deal damage to the clones, and protect his prize for the wild card.
Mace Windu and Yoda listen to the report Plo Koon gives them.
"And we no longer have any air support except for the ships that survived the landing, but even then, the battle in the skies is tough. The CIS have a lot of resources in this campaign and have used every last one of them. Even if we do find Skywalker's mother, getting her out again is going to be nearly impossible."
"Focus on protecting the city then," Mace tells Plo Koon. "We will dispatch Skywalker and more cruisers. But this might be the last time we can do so. If after this, Malastare is still not in Republic hands, there might not be anything we can do."
"I understand. We will- cus o- ing the city a-"
"Communications breakdown, mean only one thing it can," Yoda somberly says.
"I know. Summon Skywalker and I'll get Special Operations to task more cruisers to the Malastare campaign."
"Tell them you wish to send Skywalker, will you?"
"No. But I will tell them that we wish to inspect this force and give them specific orders personally."
"Understand that, I do."
Anakin was wondering around, not really feeling he could be doing much expect finding some way to Malastare when Yoda and Mace Windu walk up to him.
"We wish you to accompany us," Windu says. "You will be part of the third force to go to Malastare."
"Finally," Anakin exclaims. "And what are my orders?"
Part 5 [17/9/12]
Darth Maul watches through some binoculars as more Republic cruisers arrive as backup. He smiles as the reserve force gets destroyed. As the forces start heading down to the surface, a manic gleam appears in his eye.
In one of the starfighters, he knew Skywalker would be heading directly for him. This was good. The duel would take place far from where it needed to be, then drive ever closer to the all important finale.
Withdrawing the binoculars, there was no need for them now that the starfighters were near enough to see with the eye anyway, Maul activates his lightsaber. Instantly, one of the Delta Athersprite ships rolls up and pitches down, heading directly for Maul, guns blazing. Blocking all of the shots, Maul heads backwards. Deflecting one last bolt, Maul spins and runs.
The Athersprite fires one last bolt, but it misses, then lands. At the instant it touches down, Maul spins and throws his lightsaber at the cockpit, but it is blocked by a shining blue saber emerging from a sand yellow hilt.
"You're going to pay for all the clones and Jedi you've killed in the last few days, Maul!" Anakin shouts, as he rushes to attack.
"Me?" Maul smiles a predatory smile. "Why should I pay, Skywalker? You should have stayed with us. But no matter. In the end, you will return to us."
As a reply, Anakin swings his blade from behind him with force to attack Maul's head. Maul blocks the blow just above his cranial horns, then swipes the blades to the left. Striking quickly and wildly with the opposite blade, he spins just out of reach of Skywalker's counter attack.
The people in the houses watch this battle, happening at blinding speed, and cower in case the battle goes nearer to them. The children have little sense of the fear of the adults, and watch with their noses pressed against the windows. They have never seen a battle as furious as this before.
Anakin had been striking at Maul, pushing him backwards for a while, keeping his mind focused. It was only when a particularly strong attack from Maul brought him out of this focus, he then realised what part of town they were in.
"Anakin? Is that you?" a voice calls.
Part 6 [10/10/12]
"Mom! No! Get back inside!" Anakin yells.
Shmi Skywalker looks to Anakin, blade held in front of him, to the red and black tattooed face of his attacker and the dual blade he wields. She turns to back into the house, but is pulled towards Maul through the Force.
Anakin does not attack.
"You have strayed from the Sith, and you have strayed from the dark side where you belong," Maul says. "Rejoin us, and you will be rewarded. Fail to do so, and your mother dies."
"Get - off - her," Anakin grounds out.
"I'm warning you! Bow before me, or she will die."
For a reply, Anakin launches himself at Maul. Not concentrating, acting in anger, he feels the blade slow as it starts chopping through flesh. He gives a satisfied grin as the blade continues through, but the scream issuing is higher pitched than Maul's voice and so he stops. Deactivates his lightsaber. Looks down.
Cut halfway from the left shoulder to the middle of her stomach, is Shmi, hanging limply from Maul's grip.
He casts her aside, throwing her on the floor.
"You're anger is powerful, Skywalker. The dark side will be with you, always. No matter what you do."
Anakin looks up into Maul's eyes. His mind is full of grief and guilt that he killed his own mother.
His eyes smoked of hatred.
His lightsaber activates again, this time held steady. It rises up, and Anakin growls out "You," before swinging wildly at Maul, who sweeps out of the way and runs.
"COWARD!" Anakin screams.
The Jedi are forced to pull out of Malastare. Anakin has no interest in the fight. He has no interest in anything. On the return journey, Plo Koon tries to confort him, but Anakin shrugs this off. During his report to the Jedi council, Anakin speaks blankly and does not look up.
He is too full of the guilt of what he has done. Too full of the darkness within him. He knew Maul to be telling the truth. He wanted to cast the darkness aside, but the anger and hatred grew within him anyway.
But still the war continues.