Part 1 [31/5/12]
In the Grand Convocation Chanber, the Naboo box was in the center of the grand hall. Pods in their thousands filled the outside, which could then be floated down at will of the driver. In the direct center stood the tall Chancellor's Podium. This chamber was the same in which Padme Amidala had called a vote of no confidence in the previous Supreme Chancellor, Finis Valorum.
Now Jar Jar Binks was speaking to all the Senators of the chamber, remembering what he had been instructed to do, but still a little nervous at having been asked of such a privilege.
"Dellow Felegates," he starts.
At the opening to where Naboo box would have been, Jedi Masters Yoda and Mace Windu stood watching. Mace wills Jar Jar to stay strong, this being very important. So important, it could rip the entire of the Republic apart.
"Me'sa propose to given immediate emergency powers to da Supreme Chancellor," Jar Jar finishes, adding a little bow.
Palpatine then stands up. "I love democracy. I love the Republic. But in the growing need of trial, I have given this offer a serious considering. I will lay down these emergency powers when this crisis has abated. And the first act I pronounce, is to create a Grand Army of the Republic to repel the growing threats."
The chamber halls clap and cheer in agreement. Mace had to admit, if anyone other than a representative of Naboo would have proposed this, then an agreement wouldn't have been made so easily. Mace then looks down at Yoda.
"It is sorted then. I will collect what Jedi we have available and see if we can rescue Anakin and Padme. And also Qui-Gon if he needs it."
Yoda starts shuffling off. Mace follows.
"To Kamino I will go," Yoda says. "Visit these cloners I will and see this army for the Republic they have created for myself."
"Traitor," Qui-Gon Jinn calls up at the arena box where Dooku stands.
"Oh, no. No. You have misread me entirely," Dooku says. "I only mean good. The Republic is all well and good, but it is rotten and decadent. Surely you know this."
"Don't listen to him!" Padme calls out.
"Now. Now. Don't be too hasty," Dooku says. "Just think about where you are stood."
Faint clanking can be heard. Soon it rises. When the first Battle Droid appears and fires, Qui-Gon's lightsaber is out and is deflecting bolts. Using the Force, he calls a droid to him and destroys it with a swipe of his lightsaber and using the Force to send the gun to Padme.
"Follow me. We need to get gone."
Rapid laser fire then sounds up and Qui-Gon looks at the sky to see his ship being piloted by his astromech, firing down upon droid after droid. A Super Battle Droid fires on the ship and it blows an engine, unable to be controlled.
"Artoo, come here!" Anakin calls.
Brave R2-D2 rolls forward through the Battle Droids fast advancing.
"Get a message to the Jedi Temple! Quick!"
As R2-D2 scrambles a signal relay, Anakin protects him with his own lightsaber.
Part 2 [4/6/12]
"A message from an astromech droid," Tayli De'har calls to Mace Windu as he walks back into the temple.
"Another message from Anakin," Mace sighs. "Let's hear it."
"Follow me," De'har says. The two walk to the communication center. A protocol droid waits.
Beeps and whistles then fill the communication center and the protocol droid translates. "Geonosis, it seems, is a hive for Battle Droid production. Master Skywalker and Mistress Padme are surrounded, and Qui-Gon Jinn is doing everything he can to stop the droids. Anakin has his lightsaber as well, and Mistress Padme is armed, but we are falling back rapidly. We have no choice but to escape into the catacombs where the Geonosian hives are. We might need your help rather quickly."
"Hmm," Mace says. "I came here to collect as many Jedi as I could to get to Geonosis and rescue the three. Now it looks like I will need a lot more."
"We have a few hundred Jedi waiting in the Temple," De'har says.
"Gather two hundred and get them to the fastest transports we have."
"Yes, Master Windu." She then turns back to the comm gear, contacting different areas of the temple.
Mace then walks away.
"Artoo! Did you get that message through!"
The droid beeps an affirmative.
"We have to head deeper into the tunnels," Qui-Gon says, deflecting laser bolts madly. "It might be our only chance."
"I agree," Padme says. "But that means we could get lost."
"Better lost than dead," Anakin says.
The group head deeper into the tunnel they are following, Anakin and Qui-Gon deflecting lasers at droids and Padme picking off droids when she can. The Battle Droids keep hunting them, and soon the trio arrive at a junction.
"Which way?" Anakin asks.
R2-D2 turns to face the right facing tunnel.
"Are you sure buddy? Looks to be winding forever that way."
"Well, whatever other choice do we have?" Padme asks.
"Okay Artoo. Lead the way."
The trio continue along the tunnel, which then opens up into a control center. R2-D2 titters in that droid like way. The meaning is taken as 'Oops'.
Computers line the walls and sat at them are Battle Droids and Neimoidians. Stood in the middle of all this is a droid of a type not seen since The Sith Wars. White and bony, with a head with inset yellow eyes, and a synthsac held within its chest, it looks around at them at R2-D2's titter.
"Well. Well," the cyborg says with a menacing voice, if that was possible through a vocoder. "Jedi. I was expecting you to show up here. The Senator of Naboo has to stay with me to be executed in full witness of the dury. But no-one said anything about you two."
Part 3 [8/6/12]
The vehicle Mace rides is a tank. He and Luminara Unduli had just destroyed the last of the cannons stopping the rest of the Jedi from landing.
Well, all but one.
"There isn't much time, and sneaking around or up a mountain will take too long," Luminara says over the comlink.
"Stay here and monitor the comms. I'm going out on foot," Mac says.
"Alright, but be careful Mace. That base is probably defended well."
"I will." Mace then exits the tank through the top hatch.
Walking on foot through the arid plains of Geonosis, Mace passes through a gate that is the start of the Geonosian base. No droids. Odd.
Then firing starts from multiple positions at once, and Mace draws his blade and instantly starts blocking bolts left, right and centre.
No wonder there's a load of boxes around here, Mace thinks. They make excellent cover positions.
Jumping to the nearest of those boxes, Mace discovers two droids. He destroys them both. He then backflips over a pile of boxes and drives his blade in intricate arcs to deflect bolts into more hidden droids. When he lands, he pushes into the ground and lifts the droids he landed in between up and away from him. Using the Force to control his lightsaber in an arc when he lets it go, both droids are cut up while still in the air, and the blade returns to Mace's hand, deactivated.
The maze of boxes then came to Mace as he stood in the middle of it. Settling into the Force, Mace uses his special ability to find the way. The was the ability to see Shatterpoints. Early on in Jedi training, he had discovered this ability came easy for him, but that other Jedi had to train for ages and even then it wasn't as clear.
The Shatterpoint Mace was looking for was located over a large pile of boxes that reached into the sky. Walking around them, he was instantly ambushed bu Geonosians. Ugly bug-like creatures that stood two crooked legs, they carried sonic rifles and used them to great effect. The sonic energy that erupted from them, when hit directly to an organism, would cause instant death by rupturing the internal organs. These blasts could not be deflected by a lightsaber, so for a Jedi as well, the best option was to avoid them at all costs.
This was what Mace was doing, dodging side to side, rolling and jumping, to get close enough to the Geonosians to cut them up. Half of them killed, more droids came rushing onto the scene, so Mace, deciding that fighting was no longer an option, dodged all lasers, deflecting what he couldn't and made it to the middle. While keeping with the Force, he looked at the power nodes surrounding the large cannon, and swung his lightsaber at the most critical point of one of the nodes. That power shortage caused a rupture in which all of them started to be destroyed.
All Mace did was jump high.
As the cannon itself blows up, Mace curls up into a ball as he is thrown by the expanding particles of the explosion. That overdraft takes him out to where he and Luminara had left their tanks, and he lands in a crouch lightly.
"Well, I must say, that was impressive," Luminara says, watching from outside her tank.
"Thanks," is all Mace says as he looks into the sky.
The first of the Jedi starfighters streak past, lasers flashing and destroying who knows what on their way to the previously captured CIS outpost. Mace and Luminara enter their takes again and head for the same point.
As Mace looks up, RTT's are being inserted into the location.
Part 4 [12/6/12]
The lightsaber's of Qui-Gon Jinn and Anakin Skywalker flip into their hands. They cyborg grabs a hold out blaster from his right thigh. In his left, he grabs hold of a comlink and activates it.
"I have the Jedi and the Queen. We are-"
But the comlink is pulled from his grasp by a twitch of the Force. But still, the cyborg shouts into it. "-in the communication centre."
The last part isn't heard. The comlink has been destroyed. The cyborg has murder in his eyes.
"Fine!" The cyborg chucks the hold out blaster and from the place he originally stood, he draws two lightsaber hilts. "These were the kills of my first two Jedi. I will gladly add your two sabers to that collection here and now."
And then he activates both blades and lunges. One blade aiming for each Qui-Gon and Anakin, it is quite an easy move for the two to dodge, and as both did, their blades flick up or down depending on position to slice through the arms.
But the blades just ramp up energy as they are drove harder, both trying to cut the arms.
"You are fools if you think that you will be able to strike me down."
"I don't intend to," Qui-Gon says flatly.
"No. But I intend to do that to you," another voice says from the direction Anakin, Qui-Gon, Padme and R2 originally came from.
Qui-Gon doesn't even have to turn around to see that Darth Maul was standing behind them, or that he was hungry for revenge.
"Maul. Why do we have to run into each other again? Surely you have better things to do?"
"You have avoided my blade one too many times. But then I caught you out at Malastare, but I couldn't continue the fight without revealing Dooku's intent. Now we have free reign. Now we will finally find out who is more supreme."
"I don't think so. And next time we meet, I will finish you."
"What makes you think you are going anywhere?" the cyborg says.
"Now!" is all Anakin shouts.
At this command, both Anakin and Qui-Gon leap over the cyborg, and Anakin adds a flourish that brings his boot in contact with the cyborgs head. With this, Padme and R2 move to where Anakin and Qui-Gon are, with Qui-Gon providing a Force shield around the two so they are not reeled in by Maul.
All four then run down the passage with Anakin pulling down rocks over the passage exit.
"Clear this rubble up," Maul says.
"And get to finding them!" Grevious shrieks.
"But make sure the Jedi are kept alive," Maul purrs.
"The Jedi," both finish. "The Jedi I will execute personally."
Both then whip around to face each other, each flashing the other a death stare.
Part 5 [17/6/12]
"The Jedi are mine to kill!" Grievous shrieks.
"Master Sidious said I should kill any Jedi I run into so that my skills improve," Darth Maul states.
"And Master Tyrannus told me the same thing!"
"Master Tyrannus is not a Lord of the Sith!"
"But his orders are from Lord Sidious, and that includes instructions about me."
"Then you are a lackey in Sidious' basket."
"As are you, by being an apprentice."
"An apprentice is aware of more than a servant."
"Er, sirs?" a Battle Droid speaks up.
"What?" both Maul and Grievous round on it.
"Er... Geonosians have cornered the two Jedi in another catacomb chamber."
"Fine," both Maul and Grievous say.
Maul then turns to the pile of rocks blocking the entrance and pushes with the Force. All the rocks blow out down the tunnel, leaving the entrance free to traverse.
"You cannot use the Force. You would not have been able to do that."
"With a body capable of stopping a lightsaber cutting through and the strength provided by powerful arms, I should hardly think I need to."
"Fine. I'll take Jinn. You take Skywalker."
Both then walk through the tunnel, sabers active.
Mace Windu walks through the tunnel. Jedi had been inserted into the arena stands quietly and with no-one noticing.
He could see a man in Mandalorian armour. He could see a figure in a black cloak and he could also see the robes of the Neimoidians. All were looking down at the arena floor.
The Niemoidians he knew. Rune Haako and Viceroy Nute Gunray. The bounty hunter he supposed was Jango Fett, the clone donor for the Grand Army. He had been wondering why Jango Fett would be in league with both Republic and Separatists on the journey to the arena. Then he had dismissed the idea as being purely coincidental.
The other, he was sure, was Darth Maul.
Which is why, when he worked his way to the arena, to where Jango stood just by the tunnel entrance, and Mace had activated his blade just below Jango's chin, he was surprised when a familiar voice said "Ah. Master Windu. What a pleasant surprise."
"Dooku," Mace says. "What are you doing here?"
"Waiting for the show. Maul must have found your Jedi and the Senator by now. But I forget my manners. Why don't I introduce you to a show of my own."
"What are you talking about?"
As Dooku says "Let me show you," clanking starts echoing from down the tunnel.
Mace pulls his blade from Jango's chin to salute his blade.
The coded signal is given. Roughly one hundred and fifty Jedi blades activate within the confines of the arena seats. Mace doesn't notice this however. Super Battle Droids fire their lasers upon him. Mace deflects each one madly, but smoothly.
A growing feeling in the Force alerts him to the fact that neither Dooku or the Niemoidians have moved.
Jango however, fires a flamethrower, forcing Mace to jump from the arena box. Other Jedi are forced down to the arena floor as well by scores of Battle Droids and confused Geonosians.
As the battle starts up, there is a final detail. Two Jedi are forced onto the arena floor by a dual-blade wielding Sith.
Part 6 [21/6/12]
Roan Shryne backflipped over the seats and landed on the arena floor, cutting up two droids as he did. Looking briefly up, he saw that his Padawan, Ola Tuune, had driven off some droids and was working her way down to the arena floor.
A slight glimpse of his former Master, Nat-Sem, and Shryne was back to fighting. Four Super Battle Droids came at him, and with a swift strike of his blade, he dismantled all of them. Human, sharp blue eyed, and with a slight beard and a mustache of brown, Shryne wielded a blue lightsaber, but with a lack of Force sufficiency.
Reverse thrusting his blade into the head of a Battle Droid, Shryne looks up. His Padawan, also human, leaps to the arena floor. Her blade, however, is shot from her hand. But other than that, she makes it to the floor.
"How was that, Master?" she asks, blocking two lasers with a Force Shield.
"Good. But without a lightsaber, how do you propose to fight?"
His Padawan then looks to Nat-Sem, who is blocking fire from a semi-circle of droids. One gets through, then another.
Shryne senses his former Master's death and looks around, still blocking the fire coming at him. As Nat-Sem drops, his blade deactivates and flies through the air. Shryne looks back to his Padawan to hear her say, "It's best to take opportunities when they present themselves."
"True," Shryne replies, but before he could go any further, a laser strikes Ola Tuune full in the head.
She drops to the floor.
"Why?" Shryne calls out, feeling alone. "Why?"
Padme Amidala twists and fires her pistol at the figure fast approaching. The figure holds two lightsabers and deflects the laser up into the ceiling. Rubble falls down into the tunnel the three traverse.
An astromech hovers quickly following its mistress.
"I hope we've brought them enough time," Padme says quietly to the droid.
"If it wasn't for the public execution you are meant to be having, I would kill you now," the cyborg chasing human and astromech shouts with menace through its vocoder.
Padme doesn't listen, but can't help feeling a slight hint of regret. She was here, simply because of a personal dispute of Viceroy Nute Gunray. Because she had been a strong supporter against the Trade Federation in the debates in the Senate.
She then turned a corner and arrived at the arena floor.
The Jedi were fighting hard. But more droids kept coming. Looking back, the cyborg wasn't behind her. Looking across the way, she saw Darth Maul dueling both Anakin and Qui-Gon.
Rushing forward she dodges and fires upon droids of all varieties, but gives the Droideka's a wide berth. Their shields make them formidable opponents.
Darth Maul then detaches from Anakin and Qui-Gon and jumps up to the arena box. The cyborg is also on the box.
"Mace Windu! Jedi of the Order," Count Dooku calls, as all Battle Droids stop firing. "You have fought valiantly. A worthy recognition of the Jedi Archives. But you are outmatched. Surrender."
"We will not become barter for you to play with, Dooku!" Mace Windu shouts up to the box.
"Then, I'm sorry, my old friend. Droids, fire."
As the droids cock weapons to fire, Padme looks up to the sky and shouts "Look!" pointing her gun up to the sky.
All look up. Hundreds of droids are destroyed.
The Grand Army of the Republic had descended upon Geonosis.