Part 1 [25/2/12]
Five years after Sifo-Dyas was killed by one of his own, the production of his project is halfway finished. The Sith had taken control of it, with Dooku hiring the man to be the DNA donor. He now works under the alias of Tyrannus when doing work for the Sith. No Jedi gives him a second look as to where he goes, only that if they need him he returns immediately. Both Maul and Dooku are partners, each doing business for the Sith, which is risky for Dooku as his missions almost always involve Maul being hunted or fought.
On Tatooine, that small boy Qui-Gon once saw potential in has become famous. He is no longer a slave. He managed to free himself and his mother. With his skills, he indeed did build a spacecraft. The three members of his family all blast off the planet and move home. Secretly though, he has built the thing he wants most of all. He just needs the final part.
“Something in the Force is getting darker,” Mace Windu says to Yoda.
Both walk the Jedi Temple corridors. Night has fallen and all is dark. The blue carpet looks black, like a void. No sound can be heard except the slight footsteps of the two Masters.
“Sense this, I can,” Yoda comments. “Know what to do about it though, I do not.”
“Maybe all we should do is wait,” Mace Windu says.
“Meditate on this, I will.”
The Works is in total darkness. Only the glow of two blades lights the way.
“I sense something troubling, Lord Maul. It gives off a powerful aura,” Darth Sidious says.
“I will do what I can to uncover the mystery,” Darth Maul replies. “Could the Jedi be behind it?”
“Not even they could be able to produce this. It is the work of a new threat.”
“So what can we do?”
“Nothing yet. The Jedi will surely be able to sense this too. They will be as confused about this as we are. The next time Dooku is here, tell him we need to know if the Jedi plan to do anything about this.”
“Yes, my master.”
“Now onto other events, I have a new mission for you.”
The darkness is eventually replaced by the light. Both Windu and Yoda, however, make no indication that they see this. Both continue meditating, eyes closed. Yoda’s eyes then open.
“This is something of a mystery, I sense,” Yoda speaks.
Mace Windu opens his eyes as well and adds, “I could not see much either, other than the fact that he left Tatooine.”
“That place. Hold significance, does it?”
“It is where Qui-Gon Jinn first encountered Maul. The place they had to make an emergency landing while escorting the queen on Naboo here.”
“Contact him to find out more, we need to.”
Part 2 [27/2/12]
“Yes. The boy was strong with the Force. I could see that in him,” Qui-Gon Jinn says.
Qui-Gon stands in the Jedi High Council Chamber, but only Yoda and Mace Windu are present.
“And what did you do?” Windu asks calmly.
“We became friends. I told him the reason he could race in the podraces. Not that I gave too much away; he probably guessed it anyway. But in the next podrace, I told him to focus his energies. I had bet on him to win the race. Part of that was to get the parts we needed from his master. The other part was to free him.”
“So what happened after the race? I presume he won?”
“Yes. He did. I then took the parts back to the ship, and as I was heading back Maul attacked.”
“So you never got a chance to get the boy?”
“And when you escaped?”
“I was too preoccupied over Obi-Wan’s death. I forgot about the boy.”
“So this could be him? The disturbance?”
“Yes. But I- I’ve just remembered something. When I tested the boy, I asked Obi-Wan to get a midi-chlorian count. It was over 20,000.”
“Are you suggesting this boy is of the prophecy? The one to bring balance to the Force?”
“I can only presume so.”
“Get onto this, we must,” Yoda speaks for the first time. “Send a Jedi squad to hunt him down. Follow his trail.”
“I’d like to join them,” Qui-Gon Jinn implores.
“No! Join them, you will not. Once the boy has been found, allow you to go we will.”
“That is true,” Windu says. “For all we know, the Sith could be following this exact lead. They might even know more than us.”
The door to the council opens then, and Colan Zerr walks in. He looks around, and spots the emptiness of the place, seeing only three people in the room.
Zerr is around his mid-thirties in age. He has brown hair that is long, almost as long as Qui-Gon Jinn’s. His blue eyes seem to sparkle in the light. Fairly tall, he wears the standard dress of the Jedi.
“Sorry,” he says. “But there is something not right. Something in the Jedi Temple.”
“It is not something in the Jedi Temple,” Mace Windu implies. “It is all around. It is a Force centred gravity located around a boy.” He turns to Qui-Gon. “Fifteen now, would you say?” When Qui-Gon confirms this, Windu turns back to Zerr. “We need you to front a group to uncover him. Report back when you have found him.”
“What is it then? A kill? Or a capture?”
“Neither. We need him on our side. We need sweet talk. He must be distraught to know his dreams were so close to coming true. He might hate the Jedi because of Maul’s interception. If that is the case, the Sith might have the advantage.”
“So gather a team together, hunt him down, and report back for more instructions?” Zerr inquires.
“Yes. Use the Force. It will guide you to him.”
Zerr then walks out again. Windu watches him.
“Do you think it wise?” Qui-Gon asks.
“There is no other way,” Mace Windu says. “We need you on a planet close to Tatooine to stop a Trade Federation presence. Shimia is depending on you. And Dooku will be with you.”
“I understand. That way we will be quick to reply when needed?”
“I’ll inform Dooku of the latest mission and get underway then.”
When Qui-Gon has left, Yoda turns to Windu.
“Only Dooku, Qui-Gon can control. Sense something between the two, I do.”
“Do you think the big push between the two will come?” Windu asks.
“Of this, the boy is a part of. Fracture the friendship it will, of two great warriors.”
“Are you certain of this?”
“Nothing is certain. The dark curtain surrounds us. The dark side, growing stronger, it is.”
Part 3 [29/2/12]
"Well here it is," Colan Zerr states. "Mon Gazza. Mining world and podracing central."
"And are you sure this boy is here?" another Jedi asks. "We don't won't to come back with the wrong boy."
"The sense I get is that the boy is here."
The shuttle the Jedi are using then pulls toward the planet and races down into its atmosphere. Once near the surface it pulls up. Instantly it rises again, as a podracer almost rams into it.
"That was close," Zerr says.
The Jedi then watch the podrace while slowly accelerating the shuttle.
A pod speeds past. Then a whole pack arrive. The one at the back of the pack manages to get through some tight gaps on its way to first position. Colan Zerr focuses on the driver through the Force, but almost immediately is blocked out.
"Contact Windu," Zerr commands. "Tell him we have found the boy."
In a comlink transmission, there are two voice that can be heard. Two others listen in. One is locked away in a private room on Coruscant. The other listens via holo transmission.
"He is here on Mon Gazzo," a voice says. "We think he might be doing the podraces here for a living. I tried reaching out to him through the Force, but he rejected my thoughts."
"Interesting," the voice of Mace Windu says. "Wait by the starting grid of the circuit and congratulate him on his success. He must not know you are Jedi. Keep your lightsabers on you. Like I said, the Sith might be hunting him down too. But don't reveal them unless you have to. Convince him you can give him more... excitement."
The link then went dead.
"Go to Mon Gazza, Lord Maul, and disrupt them," Darth Sidious purrs.
"Yes, my master," Darth Maul replies.
"Where are you at the moment?"
"I'm at Druckenwell. I can get to Mon Gazza quickly."
"Good. Now report back once you have the boy."
The podrace had finished and all the racers in the hangar. Colan Zerr walks up to a gangly boy of roughly fifteen, with brown hair and eyes. He then shouts "Hey! Great race!"
The boy then walks towards him. "Who are you?" he asks. His voice giving a dark intone.
"I can offer you great advice and a better career in podracing," Zerr says.
"Well I don't want to accept."
"At least tell me your name."
"Anakin Skywalker. I race the pods like no-one ever has."
"I know. Can't we talk about this, at least? Let us walk outside."
"Fine. But I seriously doubt you can do better than me in a race," Anakin says with a scornful voice.
The two walk outside onto the dusty red plains, past a group of humans talking about the race and to a small building. It is then that Anakin finally turns to face Zerr and looks him directly in the eye.
"What are all these others doing here?" Anakin asks.
"Well..." Zerr starts.
"Wait... Brown robes... And I can sense-"
The Jedi start backing off, reaching inside their cloaks.
"You're Jedi. All Jedi."
And with that, before even one hilt could be pulled out, a massive will of the Force from Anakin Skywalker blows the whole building apart and sends the Jedi flying in the splinters from the wood.
Part 4 [2/3/12]
Colan Zerr is the first to get up, having been prepared for the explosion. A Force Shield of his own deflected most of the outward energy from Anakin Skywalker.
"Why?" Zerr asks. "Why defy the Jedi?"
"One Jedi left me after building my hopes of freedom. Five years I waited for that Jedi to return. I then made myself famous and freed myself, saying that when I had become famous enough, and learnt enough about this power I possess, I would start my own order of Force users."
"Yes, but we have come no-"
"It's too late. I have built myself the ultimate lightsaber, and all I need are the crystals from these Jedi sabers here."
"You won't touch them," Zerr demands.
"Yes. He will," another voice rises up.
Colan Zerr whips around to see a red and black faced man with cranial horns standing to one side. He holds both hands out, and calls two of the lightsabers to him. Then he throws them to Anakin Skywalker.
"Let me see you fight," is all he says.
"Yo-" Anakin starts, but he can say no more.
Zerr runs up to him and attacks with a downstroke. Anakin activates both blades, and defends with one of them while the other swings around for an attack of its own. The two fighters then become a blue aura sphere, as close quarters combat reaches its peak.
Anakin then surprises both Maul and Zerr by using one of the blades dug into the ground while the other block an attack from Zerr. Anakin then uses that blade to swing around and kicks Zerr in the head.
With the Jedi knocked back, Anakin then deactives the blade dug in the ground and downstrokes upon Zerr with the one still active, achieving height from the previous swing.
The blade then strikes Zerr in the head, is pulled back toward Anakin, and cuts Zerr in half.
Other Jedi then start stirring, lifting hands to heads or just sitting up.
The rest are dealt with in less than ten seconds.
"That was very good, young Skywalker. I am Darth Maul," Maul says. "Surely you must have heard of the Sith?"
"I have no quarrel with the Sith. It is the Jedi I hate, for leaving me standed when freedom seemed so close."
"Join the legion of the Sith and exact your revenge then."
"I don't want to be known as a bad person!" Anakin shouts.
"And you won't," a voice says from behind Anakin. "Dear, dear. Maul. Why is that when we have a mission to do you always know where we are and get there before us."
Part 5 [4/3/12]
"Jinn!" Maul exclaims.
"Qui-Gon," Anakin slowly says, and turns around.
Standing a few feet from Anakin is Qui-Gon Jinn. Behind him is Count Dooku.
Maul freezes. Anakin however, activates the two blades he holds and holds them in defencive positions.
"Anakin. You must see sense. I was on my way to you five years ago when Maul here intercepted me."
"Is this true?" Anakin asks Maul.
"Use your feelings," Jinn says, while Maul comments "How should I know."
Anakin looks down and closes his eyes.
Maul and Jinn wait.
The time goes on.
Anakin opens his eyes, deactivates the two lightsabers. He then uses the Force to call his own blade to him. Using the Force, he then opens the other two blades and calls the crystals to his own blade, which enter each side. He then discards the two other blades, and activates his own.
The blade he now uses activates at both ends. The hilt has Tatooine tribal markings carved on it. It is also a more sandy gold than the usual silver.
Anakin then faces Maul. Quick as a flash he spins around and Force Pushes Jinn and Dooku, then blasts Maul aside and runs.
Maul recovers quicker and runs after Anakin.
Jinn and Dooku quickly give chase.
The chase continues for ages, over podracing tracks, rooftops, and plains, until a spaceport comes into view. Each takes a different path to reach it. The end result is Anakin is stuck in the middle of Maul and Jinn.
"If I have to fight both of you, so be it," Anakin says, and his blades activate with a twist of his wrist.
Maul, however, leaps straight over Anakin and attacks Jinn.
Jinn defends by jumping out of the way. Maul is prepared for this however, and hits Jinn on the right leg with his blade. The lower section of Jinn's right leg is severed from the body. Jinn falls, a crumpled heap on the floor.
"Finally. Five years late. The thing I wasn't supposed to to," Maul murmers.
Then Dooku speaks. "Control yourself Maul. The fight is conceded. Leave, or I will be forced to attack you."
"Fine. But be warned, if I ever catch you again..." Maul then flees the scene.
"What was that about?" Jinn asks.
"Something I should have told you long ago," Dooku says. "But now is not the time."
"What about me?" Anakin asks. "I still don't trust you though."
"Maul has just revealed his intentions," Jinn says. "He wants to kill me, something he has wanted to do for five years now. Something has been holding him back."
A transport comes along, with the driver saying to them he will take them back to their craft.
Part 6 [6/3/12]
Back on Coruscant, in twilight, the Jedi Council is in session. Among them is Anakin Skywalker, Qui-Gon Jinn in a hoverchair, and Count Dooku.
"And so you posess extraordinary talent," Mace Windu says. "However, you cannot become a Jedi."
"Why not?" Anakin fires up."
"Too much anger, do you posess. Dangerous this is," Yoda slowly says.
"What if my anger is my strength?"
"Anger. Fear. Hatred. A Jedi knows not these things. Attachment is forbidden. Compassionate Jedi are."
"The Sith have said they allow me to join them."
"To join the Sith is no path at all," Plo Koon says. "And even if you did join, you wouldn't be of much use to them anyway. I say we take this one in our hold. He knows of both Jedi and Sith. He can play a role no-one else can."
Count Dooku coughs. "With all due respect Masters, that is not entirely true."
"Know the Sith you do?" Yoda asks.
"They do not reveal all of their secrets to me. I do not know who is master and apprentice."
"All the more reason for someone else to be with them, reporting on them and where they are," Mace says. "Make friends with the Sith Anakin. Report on what you find."
"I still don't like this, but I will do your bidding," Anakin says.
"Now then, Dooku. How long have you been in league with the Sith?"
"For quite a while," Dooku says. "Sidious found me first. He introduced me to Maul."
"And why didn't you say anything before?"
"It didn't seem prudent. The Jedi would have found out about it anyway."
"Fine. Take Anakin with you to where the Sith most likely are. Meanwhile, we will sit tight and deal with more Trade Federation attacks. And also get Qui-Gon Jinn fixed up."
"That is very good," Jinn says.
"We shall leave at once, masters," Dooku says.
Anakin makes best friends with Sidious and Maul, but with Dooku spending less time at the Sith house then Anakin, he is unaware of the dark tides which turn.