Part 1 [27/1/12]
"There are a group of smuggler's, Lord Maul, that are getting out of hand," Darth Sidious says.
"What would you have me do?" Darth Maul replies.
"Put them in their place. And I'll give you a chance to wipe them out."
"What about Naboo? We worked hard to get that planet and keep it, and now you’re just leaving it unprotected," Maul says with a hint of frustration.
"Oh but it is protected, Lord Maul," Sidious purrs. "More than adequately protected."
"So where are these pirates and what are they doing?" Maul asks.
"Remember the Trade Federation, and its plans for a new droid factory on Rhen Var? Pirates have found the location where we started building."
"And what does that mean?"
"I do not know how skilled these pirates are, or who they work for. But it is more than likely they transferred the location to someone, whether for sabotage or an acquisition of the place. I need you to head there and find out."
"Yes my master."
"If they prove worthless, kill them. All of them."
"Yes, my master."
Alarms blare and lasers scream, and two lightsabers hum and screech, with zangs as lasers are reflected off them.
"Get them," a Battle Droid calls out, with a monotonous voice.
"Roger. Roger," the other droids call.
The Battle Droids then step back quickly, and double the number of bolts fired.
With a resonant howl, a lightsaber swoops down and cuts a Battle Droid in half. It crashes to the ground in pieces. Those pieces are then lifted by nothing and thrown at the other droids, which all get destroyed.
"There is nothing like beating someone with their own." Count Dooku says.
"Yes. But why did you have to do that?" Qui-Gon Jinn asks.
"Battle Droids are Trade Federation property. If these pirates have bought them, then they must be desperate for protection. We must show them that trusting protection to these weak things is wrong."
"Well if you say so. Now, let's get to the headquarters of these pirates."
The two Jedi walk on through the corridors of the pirate base, lightsabers held in defensive positions. Each time Battle Droids attack, the Jedi make sure none are left standing before moving on.
But still the alarms blare.
Still no-one else has shown themselves.
"Wait," Qui-Gon Jinn says, and deactivates his lightsaber.
"What are you doing?" Dooku asks.
"Keep quiet and deactivate your lightsaber as well."
Dooku does what Qui-Gon says, and then heads quietly over. Muffled voices can be heard.
Dooku uses the Force and the door quietly opens. The voice that rings out sounds scared.
Qui-Gon then boldly walks in to the room. The pirate looks even more terrified.
"What was that about?" Qui-Gon asks.
"Wh- Who are you?" the pirate asks.
"Don't worry," Dooku says, walking into the room as well, "We won't hurt you."
"We just want to know what happened." Qui-Gon says, waving his hand in a peculiar fashion.
The pirate’s eyes glaze over for a bit, then he starts to speak.
"We're looking for a new base. Jayno was investigating the Tobali system when he came across a construction site. It was full of the droids we hired for protection, so he and his gang went investigating. He was on the line to me when he was killed."
"Did you hear what did it?" Dooku asks.
"It sounded like a lightsaber," the pirate says. He then looks down, and sees a lightsaber hilt in Qui-Gon's hand. "Hey! You’re aft-"
He then drops down, asleep.
The two Jedi walk out of the room.
"We need to get back to the ship and report this to the Jedi Council." Qui-Gon Jinn says.
Part 2 [28/1/12]
In the Jedi High Council Chamber, the Masters are in conference. In the middle of the floor, Qui-Gon Jinn and Count Dooku stand as holo-figures, and report what they have found out.
"With a lightsaber?" Mace Windu asks in response to Qui-Gon's findings.
"That's what he said yes," Qui-Gon confirms.
"Trust him, you do, this pirate?" Yoda asks.
"He was under a very good influence from the Force. He could not have lied," Qui-Gon says.
"Well according to the archives, the only planet within the Tobali system that can support life is Rhen Var. An ice world," Ki-Adi-Mundi reports.
"What is your location?" Mace asks.
"Rhen Var is in sector R-6," Qui-Gon says. His hand disappears from view and then another hologram appears. This one a map of the galaxy. His hand reappears as he points to a planet. "And we are here, at Botajef, in sector O-6."
"Know that we should not get involved with pirates, I do. But darker, does this mystery seem. The Shadow Warriors involvement, there could be. Then again, a rival pirate gang it more likely is," Yoda says with the air of wisdom.
"Head there immediately, and report back on your findings," Mace Windu says.
"It will be done," Qui-Gon reports.
The holograms disappear.
"The Tobali system is near Felucia," Plo Koon says. "I seem to remember a scouting party was sent there some days ago."
"Contact them, we should," Yoda adds.
The pirates who remain all take cover as another snow ball is thrown from nowhere.
"This is ridiculous," one of them says.
"Just don't reveal our location to him," another says.
A third pirate starts to gargle. The others turn around to see a stark contrast of black against the white background.
"Oh great," the first pirate says, as a lightsaber activates.
The screams echo far and wide across the snowscape.
"All the pirates have been hunted down," Darth Maul reports, much later, to Darth Sidious.
"Very well. Tread carefully, though Lord Maul. If the Jedi have heard about this, they could descend on you faster than you would have time to prepare for. A scouting group was sent to Felucia a few days ago. Not far from your position."
"I will be vigilant, my master," Maul acknowledges.
The hologram fades away, and Maul looks up. A trail of vapour marks where a shuttle is descending to the surface.
"If you want a battle, I'll give you one." Maul quietly says.
A scream pierces the air and a lightsaber deactivates.
Two more Jedi descend from the shuttle hovering over Maul. Their lightsabers already activated, they jump into battle lively and fresh. Maul uses his dual-blades to block both of the Jedi blades at once. He twists the hilt of his lightsaber and the two Jedi's blades follow its circular tilt.
Both Jedi are knocked off guard. Maul takes advantage and deactivates both blades, jumps over the Jedi and swipes the hilt with the outside blade activating again.
Both Jedi are cut down as another one jumps from the shuttle, intent on catching Maul off guard too.
Maul senses the presence and follows up on the attack by throwing his blade at the incoming Jedi.
Without warning, that Jedi is cut in half too, and an engine is destroyed from the blades trajectory. As the blade returns to Maul's hand, the shuttle struggles to stay upright. Maul quickly attaches his lightsaber to his belt and uses the Force to destroy the other engine too.
As the shuttle heads down to the surface, Maul runs quickly for a hilly pass in the distance.
Part 3 [29/1/12]
"There. Smoke," Count Dooku points out.
"I see it," Qui-Gon Jinn reports.
The craft of the two Jedi changes trajectory to where the smoke rises. As it levels out to land, people are sighted walking out of the wreckage.
As soon as the craft lands, Qui-Gon is first out, running towards the people and wreckage. The temperature makes Qui-Gon shiver.
"What happened?" he calls out.
"We are of the Felucia scouting party," one of the people says, "The Jedi Council contacted us and said something needed investigating here."
"We saw a figure cloaked in black and decided that must be the person who was described. After sending four down to try to beat him, he cut all four down, and destroyed our engines," a second says, "We're all that's left."
"Did you see where he went?" Dooku asks when he comes within range.
"Over there to the pass," the third says pointing over to a snowy hillscape.
"Right then," Qui-Gon says, "Are you all that's remaining of the Felucia scouting party, or are there still others on the planet?"
"Only about a quarter of us were sent here," the first says.
"OK. Take our ship, head back to Felucia, and call the Jedi Council for reinforcements. Then get back here with as many others as you can pack into the ship. Got that?" Qui-Gon says.
"Yes, sir," the second says.
All three of the remaining group head to the craft which Qui-Gon and Dooku vacated. The craft takes off, with Qui-Gon and Dooku watching it.
Then the two Jedi start walking.
"If we need to make a quick escape, there is no chance of that now," Dooku says.
"Don't worry. I don't plan on making a quick escape," Qui-Gon says.
"Don't!" Dooku exclaims.
"Trust me," Qui-Gon says.
The two Jedi head further across the pass. A small speck of black can be seen against the white. As the two Jedi get nearer, that speck transforms slowly into a small figure, which then transforms into a hooded, cloaked man as the Jedi get within a few feet of it.
"Yes. I thought you would come soon enough," the figure says.
It throws back its hood to reveal a red and black patterned face with cranial horns. A long lightsaber is then unclipped and two blades activated.
"I'll have fun with this," Darth Maul says.
Part 4 [30/1/12]
"You must know you won't escape this time," Darth Maul says.
Count Dooku and Qui-Gon Jinn activate their lightsabers.
"We will in fact capture you this time," Jinn says.
Maul attacks. Bringing his blade swinging down upon Jinn's blade, he flips over it and at the same time kicks Dooku in the chest. Using vicious strikes, Maul forces Jinn deeper into the pass.
Maul senses Dooku charging and so uses the next attack to swing over Jinn's left side while the blades are locked. He spins around to see Dooku jumping over Jinn's head to bring his blade crashing down upon Maul.
Or where Maul was.
While Dooku is recovering from overbalance, Jinn joins the fight again.
The battle continues all the way down the pass, and in sight is a village. Maul retreats into it after knocking both Jinn and Dooku onto the floor.
Footsteps can be heard as Maul runs through a building, faint taps upon the floor. Any people in the way, he uses the Force to push them aside.
"We are following you and will catch up!" Jinn's voice sounds.
Maul snorts, "Only when I let you."
He turns a corner and jumps up to a control deck, then runs along that to reach to reach a computer terminal. A glass window is left of this, and through it, Jinn and Dooku are sighted.
"We know you are around here!" Jinn calls.
"And we will find you," Dooku adds.
Maul then hits a button and jumps through the window.
"Where are they?" one Jedi calls to another. "I thought you said they'd be here."
"I did," a second says. "They were hunting out the Shadow Warrior."
"And the last we saw of that was in this pass," a third comments.
"Too bad I found you first," a voice echoes throughout the pass.
"What?" the first Jedi exclaims.
"This room is enclosed. You have nowhere else to go," the voice of Dooku sounds.
"Over there!" the second Jedi shouts, pointing through the right side window.
The other two look out as well, and in the sky is Dooku, Jinn, and the Shadow Warrior shown in a larger than life hologram form.
"This will be the ultimate capture!" the Shadow Warrior's voice says menacingly, while the third Jedi says "Get over there then!"
Darth Maul charges with one blade active and attacks Dooku with ferocity. He then follows with an elbow uppercut to Dooku's chin. With Dooku out of action, Maul swipes Jinn off his feet and Force pushes him into a wall.
A loud crash and a lot of rubble falls from the ceiling.
Three Jedi then do the same, followed by six more.
"Surrender! You have nowhere to run!" one of them says.
"Fools!" Maul hisses, and on that word, Battle Droids fire upon the Jedi from high vantage points around the room.
One by one, the Jedi collapse. Once the last one has, Maul injects each Jedi, including Jinn and Dooku, with a liquid.
He then uses the Force to press the button to turn the holo-recorder off, and activates his own.
"My master, it is done. The pirates are no longer a problem, and we have extras. The Jedi will come running when they see what they are missing."
"Good," the voice of Darth Sidious says. "Move them to the droid factory and send the message. Meanwhile, a new scouting party can take a look at Felucia."
Part 5 [31/1/12]
On a dark night on Coruscant, Mace Windu, Yoda, Plo Koon and Ki-Adi-Mundi all sit in the chairs of the High Council chamber.
All are troubled. No word has yet come back from Rhen Var or Felucia. The Jedi discuss possible options as to why this is happening.
A beeping indicates a message, and the holo-projector built into the chambers floor lights up. An image of a warrior dressed in a black cloak is shown, and behind him are Count Dooku, Qui-Gon Jinn, and ten others all held in separate magna-locks.
"Jedi of the Temple, I present to you your weakness. Twelve of your Jedi warriors have faced me, Maul, and failed. Oh, they are still alive, but one by one, they will be killed. As I shall now demonstrate."
The far left magna-lock lights even brighter as electrical currents run through it. The more powerful the current, the brighter the magna-lock gets. Soon the Jedi is reduced to nothing but ash from the heat of the electric, and the currents running through him.
"Hurry up and save them, or all will be gone. Including your precious Jinn and Dooku."
The holo-image then dissolves into nothing.
"Act fast we will, if to save them our goal is," Yoda says.
Mace Windu turns to Plo Koon and says - "Round up the best we have and quickly instruct them of their task. Give them the co-ordinates but make sure they arrive on time."
"I will get them on their way, and with permission, I would like to join them so I can deliver the briefing on the way," Plo Koon says.
"Permission granted," Mace Windu affirms. "Just make sure they get everyone else back."
"The message was sent approximately three hours go, my master," Darth Maul says.
"And you did exactly as I said?" Sidious asks.
"Yes, my master."
"Then I grant you permission to dispose of another Jedi. The tides turn in our favour, and soon no Jedi will be left."
"Then we shall rule?"
"Yes. We will rule, my friend. But first other events must take place."
A door bangs faintly.
"It appears the Jedi have reached you far more quickly than I would have hoped. I give you permission to dispose of any who attack you."
Sidious' holo-image disappears as the door to the office Maul stands in breaks open.
"Stand and fight, Maul. All Jedi will soon be rescued," Plo Koon says.
"Not if the droids have anything to say about it," Maul says.
He then activates his blades and charges, sweeping downwards.
Colan Zerr runs with fourteen other Jedi down an unprotected corridor. At the end is an open room where Qui-Gon Jinn and Count Dooku can be seen hanging in magna-locks.
As they head through the opening, Battle Droids that were hiding along the walls instantly ambush them. The readiness of the Jedi serves them well, however, as none are injured but half the Battle Droids get destroyed instantly.
The rest double the attack.
Plo Koon blocks the attack with ease and forces Maul back inside the office. The other three Jedi then surround Maul as well.
"Your move," Plo Koon says. "Although I would surrender if I were you. Four to one. You are outnumbered."
"I don't think so," Maul snarls.
Using the Force, Maul pushes the two Jedi on his sides into the walls, then activates his blade into the Jedi behind him.
"You two! Quick!" Plo Koon calls, using a Force push himself on Maul.
The other two Jedi recover quickly and charge through the opening. Plo Koon himself then backward walks it out and uses the Force to crash the ceiling over the doorway.
"That should stop him," Plo Koon says. "Now come. Zerr and his companions are in trouble I sense.
Plo Koon, a Kel Dor male from the planet Dorin. His family is strong with the Force. As his home world has little oxygen in the atmosphere, whenever he is off planet he is forced to wear an Antiox Breath mask. The mask covers his mouth and nose, and also has to have eye protection. An able swordsman with a blue blade, he is one of Qui-Gon Jinn's friends. That is also another reason he is here. To rescue a friend and uncover deeper mysteries that resolve around Maul and the Trade Federation.
Colan Zerr breaks each of the magna-locks holding each Jedi in place, while the others protect them all. The last Battle Droid is destroyed by a reflected bolt, knocking its head right off.
The Jedi start to lower their blades, but a crack in the ceiling brings the blade high again. The crack widens and five Droideka's fall down.
Lasers blasting and shields active, the Droideka is more commonly known as the Destroyer Droid, although a refined description is a 'rolling death ball'.
The Jedi are quickly outnumbered, with bolts getting through and killing those Jedi that are unconscious.
The ceiling then comes down fully, destroying the Droideka’s.
The dust and rubble settles and Plo Koon is seen with blade active in a defensive position.
"Let's get these away from here and set the bombs. We'll hopefully take Maul along with this place," Plo Koon says.
"Yes, sir," Colan Zerr says, and arranges for charges to be set.
One Jedi then carries an unconscious one each while the rest play protection.
Darth Maul crawls out of the rubble that fell, and uses the Force to break a hole in the ceiling. He then jumps onto the roof and runs along to a hangar, swinging into it by grabbing the pipe running on the edge. He then heads inside the Sith Infiltrator, and blasts out of the hangar.
A second later, the factory blows up.
Part 6 [1/2/12]
"They were ready for us," Colan Zerr reports to the Jedi Council. "It was lucky we got out."
"We trapped the Shadow Warrior, who revealed himself as Maul," Plo Koon adds.
"Good this is, but trapped do you think he still is?" Yoda asks.
"We blew up the base afterwards," Colan Zerr says.
"But still the dark resides," Mace Windu says. "And this isn't the time. We need to check on those rescued, so if you'll excuse us."
"Not at all," Zerr says.
Mace Windu, Plo Koon, Kit Fisto, Yoda, Ki-Adi-Mundi and two others exit the High Council Chamber.
"They are in perfect hibernation," the Jedi Medic says, "But we detected an anomaly within their blood that seems to be the cause for that hibernation."
"We'll see what we can do," Mace Windu says.
The six Jedi crowd around one of the Jedi in hibernation and each place a hand on some part of the skin.
"Tell me what it appears as," Mace Windu says slowly.
"It fills part of the blood cell with some liquid which stops it operating properly. When it gets to the brain, it is deposited and influences the brain to slow down. You should be able to remove it using the Force."
The minutes pass and nothing happens. The time crawls on.
Fifteen minutes later, the Jedi starts to show signs of life. Fifteen minutes after that, the Jedi wakes with a start and a gabbled "I'm sorry! I couldn't stop him!" He looks panicked so the Jedi medic gives a calming draught.
"We know what to do now. Let's set to work on the rest," Mace Windu says.
"Keep at it we must," Yoda comments."Stop at nothing we can until all Jedi are healed."
"All concentrate on one Jedi at a time and it will be more beneficial to us. Tiring, but quicker as well," Kit Fisto says.
The Jedi set to work on one Jedi after another, until the last one is awake again.
"It was a trap the whole time," Qui-Gon Jinn says. "He allowed us to follow to a place that was enclosed, and once we were boxed he could strike effectively. Even the reinforcements we sent for weren't any good. It truly was a trap, and I think a trap to show how weak the Jedi are."
"This is not good news," Ki-Adi-Mundi admits. "But still we must persist with current matters. Would you say the adversary you were facing was a Sith Lord?"
"I can guarantee it, masters," Count Dooku says. "A red blade and cold blooded. Even talks like a Sith. Nothing but black or white in all speech."
"We will continue to investigate the matter, but for now, I'm sure you would like to rest," Mace Windu says.
"Thank you masters," Qui-Gon says. Both bow and exit the chamber.
"We've got some investigating of Rhen Var to do. That base was a fake. There would have been better protection. We need to send new scouting teams to Rhen Var, and back to Felucia. We must find the Droid Factory at Rhen Var and communicate with the Felucians of the forests," Mace Windu commands.
"I know that this has affected us greatly, my master," Darth Maul says. "The confusion within the Jedi Order must have reached a climax by now."
"I'm sure it has Lord Maul, I'm sure it has," Darth Sidious replies. "But we need to be sure and we need to act quicker on some things.
"I think it is time we brought our Jedi spy into the picture."
"How will you contact him?" Darth Maul asks.
"You will set up something that will get him to a secure location. Alone. Disable or kill any other Jedi, but the spy must remain."
"It shall be done, my master."
During the Rhen Var mission, the recapture of Naboo by the Jedi was a success. Queen Amidala contacted the Jedi Order, and also Chancellor Palpatine, and congratulated them on a job well done.
The Jedi Masters contact the Jedi team sent to Naboo, and split them into two groups for scout work on both Rhen Var and Felucia.
Meanwhile, Sifo-Dyas finishes transactions that should not have taken place.