PART 1 [6/2/12]
A lone figure waits. Behind him is the remains of a water filtration plant that had earlier been fully functioning.
Before he had it destroyed.
Also littered around are bodies and debris that used to be police vehicles.
The figure waits in meditation, focused upon one vehicle that flies ever closer. A vehicle holding a secure method of tracking the Jedi.
A red open-topped vehicle flies around a building and the figures head tracks it. Tracks it right to the point where it waits directly above him. Then two humans jump out from it, cloaks flapping and blades already active. They land behind the figure with barely a thump sounding from beneath their feet.
Then the chestnut bearded man speaks. "Maul. We should have known it was you."
"Then why didn't you bring reinforcements? Surely your track record against me so far proves that you are incapable of beating me," the figure replies. And then it turns. From beneath the hood a red and black patterned face shows. A long hilt is produced from a belt, and a red blade activates from each side. "Don't expect to win against me this time either."
"Our luck can change with time," the white bearded man, Count Dooku, replies.
"Surely not," Maul spits, and then launches straight into an attack.
First the inside blade connects with that of Jinn's green one, and then Maul flips over it. Dooku attacks next, but the blade is sent aside by a quick parry off Maul. Maul's blade follows through and hits Dooku on the left shoulder.
"That should have decapitated you," Maul snipes. "Split your head from your body. But no. Jedi have an extraordinary way of dodging what should strike them down."
Jinn quickly strikes from behind Maul with a downstroke. But with a quick flip of his blade, Maul stops it and rolls away to the left. Three more attacks from Dooku, all vicious strikes, are blocked by either of Maul's blades. Using a Force push, Maul puts Dooku out of the action. Maul then senses Jinn running up for another attack.
Deactivating both blades, Maul ducks as Jinn's blade starts its downstroke, and backfilps, hitting Jinn in the stomach with both feet and sending him flying over Dooku and over the edge.
Only one hand can be seen gripping the edge. Maul walks over and stamps on it.
The hand can no longer be seen.
Maul then walks over to a holo-projector unaffected by all the destruction, not paying attention to Dooku, who is slowly getting up again.
The projector then activates and a hooded figure is seen. Maul bows to it, and Dooku, who was stood up and halfway to Maul, stops.
"Hello my friend," the voice of Darth Sidious emanates from the holo-projector. "We have need of your services."
PART 2 [8/2/12]
"How?" Count Dooku asks.
Darth Sidious starts - "Well we need you t-"
"No. How do you come to be here."
"Well, Lord Maul here, is my apprentice," Sidious says.
"You never revealed yourself to be a Sith."
"I will in time. When I have overthrown the Jedi and the government."
"So how come you haven't overthrown me?"
"You should know the answer to that," Sidious hints. "I can feel your frustration with the Jedi Order and the Republic."
"So I ask again, why haven't you overthrown me?"
"You can say no if you want. Jedi with their consciences, always not wanting. Always not thinking. Always trusting in the Force. What I need you to do is-"
The hologram then disappears.
"Master?" Maul asks the air.
A slight thrumming sound alerts the two warriors at a destroyed water filtration duct that they are enemies, not friends. And enemies fight, not talk.
Maul's two blades activate and Dooku defends himself quickly. An open-topped large vehicle then rises up above the blind-sight of the duct. Five Jedi, including Qui-Gon Jinn ride the vehicle.
"Come on!" Jinn calls to Dooku.
A left stroke from Maul is blocked by Dooku, who uses the Force to push Maul over. Dooku then sprints for the vehicle.
When Darth Maul recovers, he sees that the vehicle has already flown away.
"They must have been tracking that signal," Darth Maul says, much later, to Darth Sidious, within the confines of The Works. "Well, we must find another way to get to him. The scouts report that
Sifo-Dyas will soon return to the Jedi Temple. We need to set up an ambush on him and quickly."
"Maybe I could do that."
"I know you would Lord Maul. I know you would. But being attacked by you is hardly the jolt Master Sifo-Dyas needs. Being killed by ones friend is more shocking to understand than being killed by the enemy."
"So what do I need to do?" Maul asks as the two turn a corner.
The Sith Infiltrator is waiting in the hangar. Droids are restocking vital supplies.
"Lead Jinn and Dooku on a chase that takes them to Sifo-Dyas. They will then talk. You reveal yourself, and let the fight commence. Knock Jinn and Dyas out, and capture Dooku. Reveal all of his task to him, then leave. But make sure Jinn and Dyas see you leaving. That is important. Then let events unfold."
"It will be done, my master. But why can't I kill Jinn? I have the power, but you say that I cannot."
"It is not whether you can or not. It is part of the greater plan. You will learn it soon. And so will Dooku. He will soon join us."
"I thought only two Sith could exist."
"Oh, he won't be a Sith though. Only a spy. And maybe one of two other things when we have need of them."
"Fine. I'll lead them through the Corellian Run. I'm assuming that is the way Dyas is heading?"
"Yes. The tracking beacon reads a route which looks like Druckenwell via Leritor."
"Plenty of time. I'll be back soon. Just watch for news about disruptions."
Darth Maul then walks to the Sith Infiltrator, and moments later, it takes off.
PART 3 [10/2/12]
"We have reports of a Trade Federation presence near Sarapin," Mace Windu says. "There is no-one else we can spare."
"We understand," Qui-Gon Jinn says. "Get there, wipe them out, check for anything unusual, and then return."
"What if Darth Maul is in the area?" Count Dooku asks.
"Unconfirmed, that is," Yoda retorts. "But engage him you may."
The four are walking down a corridor within the Jedi Temple. Qui-Gon and Dooku, both bearded, the former chestnut, the latter white. Yoda, small and green, but the wisest of them all. Windu, brown skin and bald, the calmest of them all.
Yoda, due to his height, uses a hover chair to move down the corridor.
"Just check it out," Mace Windu says. The four of them stop.
"We will," Qui-Gon says.
Qui-Gon and Dooku continue on to a hangar while Windu and Yoda stay still.
"Call for three Republic Cruiser's," Mace Windu says. "Just in case we've received false intel."
Three Republic Light Assault Cruiser's pop out of hyperspace. Long and red in colour with a triangular engine configuration, it has the cockpit at the front shaped like a half trapezium. The rest of the ship also has a trapezium shape. Each one is loaded with weapons and soldiers.
And in one of the three, two Jedi look out at the sprawl of Trade Federation control ships.
"At least two Lucrehulk-class Battleships out there," Count Dooku comments.
The Lucrehulk-class Battleships are shaped like a zero with one sixth of it missing. A spherical part in the middle of the zero is held with a slight tunnel, with the engines linked to it on the other side of the cylindrical zero.
"Still, let's go," Qui-Gon addresses the pilot. "And launch all fighters available."
The Z-95 Headhunters fly out of all the hangars. Vulture droids rush out to meet them.
Z-95 Headhunters are snub craft in a 'T' shape. A long nose and flat wings at the back, the engines lie either side of the back section above and below the wing-line. Two laser guns rest at each end of the wing. The Vulture droids, however, looked a lot more menacing. A flat plane with a head resting on the top section, each side of the flat plane has a half-split leg, which flips parallel to the head when in flight and is able to act like proper legs when on the ground. Weapon emplacements are hidden within the body.
Lasers flash in a web of light. Starfighters are little spiders in space, firing their webs. One fighter though, is hardly firing any lasers at all.
And any laser it does fire always hits its target.
"Pilot, lock on and get a scan of the fighter hardly firing any lasers," Qui-Gon says.
"Yes, sir," the pilot says, then working on a computer to work the request. "It appears to be some sort of stealth ship. Triangular at the front, it has a back end like that of a Vulture droid with the cockpit where the head would be. At each side is what appears to be wings."
"Right. Get a shuttle ready," Qui-Gon Jinn says. "I want a closer look at that ship. Dooku, let's go."
The two Jedi start to walk away when the pilot speaks again - "A shuttle is being readied. This astromech droid will show you to it."
The red astromech droid, a tin can on legs with a domed head, beeps to itself as it rolls in front of the two Jedi.
"Let's go," Dooku says.
"Hello," the technician says. "This is the only shuttle we could find, left over by a politician. No arguments, but me and R5-J2 need to accompany you."
"Fine," Qui-Gon says.
All three people and the droid walk into the shuttle, a Theta-class T-2c. Grey in colour and trapezium in shape, it has a long, flat vertical piece at the top and triangular folding wings. The cockpit is forward, and has a curving front which looks like a shoe.
The shuttle flies out of the hangar and into the enveloping battle taking place against a volcanic backdrop.
PART 4 [12/2/12]
"Follow that stealth craft," Count Dooku says.
"Sir. We aren't going into the battle are we?"
"Yes," Dooku says.
"Lucky we upgraded the shielding on this thing then," the pilot says.
The T-2c Shuttle speeds into the battle, locking on to the stealth craft and follows it. The stealth craft then pulls away from the battle and with a flash, disappears.
"It just jumped into hyperspace, next to a gravity well too," the pilot says. "Wait, we're getting something. It's at Recopia."
"Get going then. We cannot lose it," Qui-Gon Jinn says.
The engines of the shuttle reach a higher pitch, and a sonic boom sounds. The stars outside turn to starlines, and then a space warp. A few seconds later, the warp turns back to starlines, which then turns back to stars.
"There it is," the pilot comments. "Ah, not again."
The stealth craft jumps back into hyperspace.
"We'll just have to wait. Hold up. It's at Corellia."
"Well what are you waiting for?" Qui-Gon says.
Again the shuttle jumps to hyperspace.
From Corellia to Froz, and then to Nubia. At Nubia, the stealth craft waits a while longer, and then jumps again. They are left waiting in space for at least two hours by the time the stealth craft shows up on the galactic map, this time at Denon. The shuttle jumps, and by the time they reach the planet, the stealth craft is making its way planetward. Denon is a city planet, much like Coruscant, but with no skyscrapers as tall as Coruscant’s. The shuttle tracks the stealth craft to a deserted landing strip, which both craft then land on.
Maul runs, both blades active, to the shuttle. Jinn walks out, green blade held in defensive position. Maul uses the Force to close the door of the shuttle as Dooku is about to exit. A bang can be heard from where Maul is standing.
"Just you and me," he says.
"It doesn't matter," Jinn says. "Dooku will be back in this game soon enough. And you will be captured and taken to court."
"I think not," Maul says. "We will soon have the ultimate victory."
"We?" Jinn asks. But that is all he can ask.
A laser fires from the Sith Infiltrator and Maul swings out of the way. The bolt hits Jinn and sends him flying over the edge.
Maul then returns to the Infiltrator.
"Sir. He's taking off again," the pilot says.
"And Master Jinn is where?" Dooku asks.
"The last I saw him was outside with the person we're chasing."
"Mark this position. We'll come back later. Follow that craft."
The shuttle takes off, and follows the stealth craft at a closer range than before. Out into space, the stealth craft jumps again.
"Make a rapid calculation of where he's going," Dooku commands.
"The only planet within the Corellian Run following that course would be... Planets Osarian and Rhommamool."
"Head there then. I'm guessing that is where he is going."
The shuttle jumps to hyperspace, hopefully for the last time this journey.
PART 5 [14/2/12]
A craft pops out of hyperspace. The Delta-12 Skysprite, wedge-like in shape, has no hyperdrive of its own, instead using a Syluire-31 hyperspace docking ring to jump. As the Delta-12 undocks, another craft pulls around the planet, heading straight for the Delta-12. Triangular in shape, a lot bigger than the Delta-12, and grey. It unleashes two lasers, one from each gun port. One hits the hyperspace docking ring. The other hits the engines of the Delta-12.
Left with no propulsion, and pulled into the gravity well of the planet, the Delta-12 is stuck in orbit and is being pulled ever closer to the planet’s atmosphere.
The planet in question. Rhommamool.
The T-2c shuttle returns to realspace. The first thing that is spotted by the pilot is the Delta-12.
"Sir, shall we open up a contact?" the pilot asks.
"Yes. We need to be certain who it is we are dealing with here. This could be a trap," Count Dooku replies.
A crackle of static sounds through the speakers however, and then a voice erupts.
"Get away from here! You will surely be killed!"
"Open the link!" Dooku shouts. The pilot does as told. "Master Sifo-Dyas, what are you doing here?"
"I was on my way back from a mission. I was then shot at when defenceless," Sifo-Dyas replies.
"Try to land safely; we'll get you in this shuttle when we land."
"OK," Sifo-Dyas says uncertainly.
The Delta-12 is pulled into the atmosphere. The shuttle follows. A triangular craft then follows that a few seconds later.
The Sith Infiltrator banks left and lands a long way from the broken Delta-12 and the shuttle. Retracing where they landed, Maul walks up to the shuttle as Dooku walks out of it.
"You've got me on my own," Dooku comments. "What is needed to be done?"
"Follow," Maul says. The two start walking. "We need a spy within the Jedi Temple to report on what is happening. We also need Sifo-Dyas dead."
Dooku stops walking. "Why?"
"Well... Hmm... Sidious knows why. This way."
The two walk back to the Infiltrator, and a communication is set up.
Almost immediately, Darth Sidious appears. "What is i- So, you have brought Dooku along."
"Things didn't plan out how we would have hoped," Darth Maul says. "It was much wiser to do things this way."
"Why does Sifo-Dyas have to die?" Dooku asks, loud in voice.
"So we remain secret. And a project of ours does," Sidious says. "Sifo-Dyas found out about it, and decided to take things under his control. He was heading back to the Jedi Temple to report on it. That is why we need him dead."
"I still don't understand-"
"This is about loyalty to those who serve you well. Think about it! When have the Jedi ever let you do things your way? When have the Jedi ever listened and understood about the crumbling Republic? Together, all three of us, we can take the Republic for our own."
"I will think about it," Dooku comments. "Just make sure Maul stays here."
"It will be done," Maul says. "But what are you going to do?"
"Test my loyalty," Dooku answers.
PART 6 [16/2/12]
Count Dooku walks back to the shuttle and tells the pilot to take off.
"Maul is here," he says when the pilot tries to argue. "I've just battled him and done some damage to his vessel, but he is more than likely hiding waiting to strike Sifo-Dyas when he comes out. Why else would he be shooting craft down?"
"OK. OK. I'll get to the nearest city," the pilot says.
Dooku exits the shuttle and it takes off. He then walks to the downed Delta-12.
"Dooku!" Sifo-Dyas exclaims. "I told you not- Where's the person who shot me?"
"I have dealt with him," Dooku simply replies. "Now then, what is this project the Sith are working on?"
"The Sith? I don't know about any projects of the Sith."
"So what were you doing that means you are being chased by one?"
"They must have found out about it."
"About what?" Dooku questions.
"I set up an army. The Republic needs it."
"You were acting without consent from the Jedi Council. That is how the Sith so easily knew."
"No. It's not. I'm not," Sifo-Dyas implores. "You don't understand. I have foresaw the Jedi downfall. This army should protect them."
"Why didn't you say this to the Jedi Council?"
"I tried. They wouldn't listen."
"Then you should have tried harder to make them understand," a voice says.
Darth Maul is walking towards the two. Sifo-Dyas squeaks.
"Dooku. Kill him. He's the Sith!" Sifo-Dyas commands.
Dooku picks his blade from his hip and flips it in his hand.
"An army, no matter how strong," Dooku begins. He activates the blade. "Will never stop the downfall of the Jedi. Only prolong it. As for the Republic. It needs to die."
"No!" Sifo-Dyas exclaims. "No! You can't! The Republic will live because of what I have done!"
"The Republic will die because of what you have done," Dooku comments. "The Sith already know. And they are already using it in their plan."
"How do you know?" Sifo-Dyas asks. "How do you know what plans they have? You can't see into the minds of others!"
"No," Dooku says. "But I can ask them. Goodbye, my old friend."
Dooku then stabs the blade into the heart of Sifo-Dyas.
"It is done," Maul comments.
"We should take the body and secure it. One, so no Jedi can detect it. And two, it might be useful in the future," Dooku says.
"Now I see why you sent the shuttle away. Fine. Let's take it back to base."
Maul and Dooku use the Sith Infiltrator to take the body of Sifo-Dyas back to The Works on Coruscant. The body is put into a sealed chamber, where it cannot rot. Lord Sidious congratulates the two of their good work, and fills Dooku in on the spy work that needs to be taken place. Dooku accepts and asks a few questions. Then Sidious tells the two to return to their original positions and make it look realistic as to the events that happened.
What follows is the two return to Rhommamool, and Maul chases Dooku with the Sith Infiltrator. As soon as Dooku reaches the shuttles location, the Infiltrator pulls off. Dooku then spins a story to the pilot that he was indeed right, and Sifo-Dyas was killed by Maul. The two then return to Denon and pick up Qui-Gon Jinn. All three then return to Sarapin, to find the battle already won. The Trade Federation had fled after a bit, the pilots of a Republic Cruiser say.
Then comes the Jedi Council report when they return to Coruscant.
Meanwhile Dooku has changed Allegiance.
Meanwhile, darkness prevails.