Part 1 [9/7/12]
Yoda had landed on Kamino. The diminutive Jedi Master was met, just as Qui-Gon was, by Taun We and taken to see the Prime Minister of Kamino.
"The clones are obedient and will accept any order without question," Lama Su tells Yoda.
"A great pleasure to hear, this is. But more info on this donor I wish to hear."
"He is a bounty hunter who is free to come and go as he pleases. He was first- and foremost a centre of the construction of the armour and training programmes for the clones."
"But deeper into his heart I wish to know. Know that what drives him, I want to hear."
"He is a bounty hunter. What more is to be said?"
"Ready for action are the clones?"
"We have two hundred thousand fully grown and awaiting deployment, with another one million well on the way."
"Take those that are ready with me I will."
"Follow me then," Lama Su says.
As the two beings, one tall and one small, walk through the facility, battle alarms start blaring. All walls and ceilings are white, and so is the clone armour, Yoda notes. Looking deeper into the Force, he senses no malice in the Kaminoans. Only something which could be described as proudness to see their 'product' so efficiently going about their business.
By the time they reach their destination, a large parade ground hundreds of feet wide with cruisers landed on it, regiments of clones stand at attention in front of ramps. Ground vehicles are being loaded, walking up the ramps. The clones then follow, marching up in brigades.
"Well, here I leave you, Master Jedi."
"Yes. Goodbye this is, for now. Look forward to see the clones in action, I do."
"They will do their job to maximum effectiveness."
Yoda then walks to one of the officers, who leads him onto the bridge of one of the Victory-class Star Destroyers.
All the cruisers retract their ramps from the ground, and take off from Kamino, rising into the atmosphere and into the depths of space. All around, more than one hundred cruisers of a variety of shapes and sizes wait.
Then, as one, they all jump to hyperspace.
Part 2 [17/7/12]
The Republic jump out of hyperspace as one.
On the bridge of one of the Victory-class Star Destroyers, Yoda watches as the clones go about their duties. They are smooth and efficient at working, and now they would get their first real battle.
"Sir, the landing craft are ready," one of commanders on deck says. "However, we have no idea where to set down on the planet, and there are those other cruisers in the distance."
"Tell you where to land I will. On board one of the landers will I be."
Yoda then shuffles off to the turbolift and rides it down to the hangar deck level. There, LAAT/i craft wait. Walking to one of them, Yoda signals the deck officer.
"Launch all fighters will you. They will be a distraction while the landers make for the ground."
"Yes, sir!" the deck officer says, signalling the other pilots to get ready.
The landers take off first, with Yoda riding in the foremost of the landers. V-19 Torrents follow, overtaking the landers and heading for the Trade Federation cruisers.
This happens across all of the main cruisers, with the smaller cruisers and frigates heading down into the atmosphere with the landers.
"An arena next to a spire, need to be we do," Yoda commands.
"Sir," the pilot says, relaying that to the other pilots.
The landers change course, and soon a spire can be seen rising up from the ground. And next to it, seemingly joined onto it, an arena. Inside the arena was full of Battle Droids, except for a small circle where faint meter long lights wavered.
"Fire on the droids!" Yoda commands.
All LAAT's fire concussion missiles, lasers, and ion beams down onto the droids, destroying many of them while leaving the Jedi untouched.
"Around the survivors a perimeter create," Yoda says.
While continuing firing, the LAAT's pull into the arena. Yoda manages to spot figures in cloaks walking away from the arena through a tunnel, but then the lander drops even lower as it lands and the view is lost.
Mace, Ki-Adi-Mundi and Kit Fisto climb into Yoda's LAAT. Across the way, Yoda sees Anakin, Padme, Qui-Gon and an Astromech droid enter another.
No Battle Droid is left surviving, and all the landers take off again. However, rising up above the arena walls, more droids are seen.
A lot more. The battle was only just beginning.
Part 3 [21/7/12]
Darth Maul and the rest of the CIS contingent walk through the tunnels of the Geonosis catacombs and into the control room.
When at the control centre, General Grievous peels off and continues down another tunnel. The rest stand around a holoboard showing real time images of the battle taking place.
Poggle the Lesser talks to an army commander, then looks back at the others. "All of our communications have been jammed! We are under attack, on land and from above."
"The Jedi have amassed a huge army!" Nute Gunray cries.
"How could this happen?" Darth Maul asks. "Where could they have come from?"
"This doesn't seem possible," says Dooku, sounding perplexed. "How could the Jedi have come up with an army so quickly?"
"We must send all available droids into battle," Nute Gunray says.
But before the order could be carried out, Maul stops him. "Let the Jedi have this small victory. You have thousands of other droid making facilities across the galaxy. And besides that, there are too many to fight."
"Order the retreat," Poggle the Lesser says. "I am sending all my warriors into the catacombs to hide." As he finishes, he nods to the other Geonosians in the room, who relay the orders via comlink as they walk out.
"I will go and track down the Jedi an hunt them," Maul says.
Before he could so much as walk a step however, four clones in grey and painted armour rush in.
Maul activates his blade.
The commando squad rush into the command centre. The Zabrak in the black cloak actives a dual lightsaber. The others start backing away down other tunnels.
"We'll never take him," one of the clones says over the inbuilt comlink.
"Sure we will," another says. "Just get ready with the distraction."
"Whatever you say, Hunter," the first replies.
The clone called Hunter then takes a lightpike from his backpack and raises it in challenge. The others spread out across the room.
The Zabrak attacks first, but Hunter is ready for him. Blocking the left strike, then the right strike, he then makes an attack of his own. But instead of going for a block, the Zabrak goes for another strike, this time at waist height.
Knowing it would be useless to carry the attack on, Hunter shifts the lightpike to a reverse grip and stabs down, blocking the attack the Zabrak made at him.
The other three clones then fire upon the Zabrak, who defends himself rapidly with the blade. A datadisk slips itself out of a port, however, and slips itself inside the Zabrak's cloak. The Zabrak then makes a run for the exit.
"Lightning, now!" Hunter calls. The clone with lightning bolts painted on his armour boosts down the tunnel with a jetpack, but gets pushed back into the command centre, along with the grenade he had thrown.
"Cover!" one of the other two calls. All four of them get away from the grenade, which explodes, only cracking a small amount of the machinery inside the command centre.
Hunter then activates long range comms. "Target acquired. The command centre is now ours."
"Good work. The techs will be with you shortly to begin stripping down the machinery in there."
"Okay. But one thing. There was a Zabrak who I fought. He used the Force to pull a datadisk from one of the computers. What it might contain, I have no idea, but get the Jedi on the job. Wearing a black cloak with a double-bladed lightsaber."
"Okay. Relaying now. Good work Akaan."
"Thanks." The link is then closed. Akaan Squad then watch the battle unfold as the techs start arriving.
Part 4 [1/8/12]
The Acclamator-class assault ships had now landed on the surface and were bringing forth their compliment of 36 Self-Propelled Heavy Artillery, or SPHA's, into the battle. With twelve legs, the SPHA's were massive, and weighed a great deal, hence why they couldn't be brought into battle like AT-TE's could - via LAAT/c's.
They looked like fortresses, and had one massive weapon, which was even longer than the vehicle itself. It could also be elevated to fire at large objects in the sky. The weapon located at the top of the SPHA variated between sub-model. An SPHA-T's weapon was a turbolaser, and this is what most of the SPHA's carried into battle.
The gunship carrying Anakin, Qui-Gon, Padme and R2-D2 received a message via the clone piloting it that Darth Maul had took a data disk from the computer in the control room and left. This had happened while he was dueling a clone. The others had opened fire on him when ordered, and that was when they noticed the data disk flying from the computer port and into his cloak.
"That's fine," Qui-Gon says. "Keep a look out for him."
"Will do sir," the clone's mechanised voice replies.
"Wait! There. On that speeder," Anakin calls.
"Good spot," Qui-Gon remarks. "Follow that speeder."
Yoda, watching at the command centre, sees that several of the Trade Federation battleship cores were taking off.
After dropping off Mace Windu and the others, Yoda had requested to be taken to the command centre he knew the clones had set up. From there, he had watched the battle unfold, and the SPHA's walk into battle. The clones had been fighting vigilantly, and many droids had been destroyed.
But when the battleship cores started taking off, the vehicles, mainly AT-TE's, had aimed their guns upon them and fired.
To no effect.
"Concentrate all fire on the nearest core," Yoda commands to the clone commander.
"Yes, sir," he says, then relays the order.
All at once, SPHA-T's fire upon the nearest core, all in sync with each other. AT-TE's also add their fire, and after a few moments, the nearest core pauses. Explosions then ripple through it, and it starts falling down to the surface. As it impacts, dust and sand is blown in all directions, creating a sandstorm that impairs the vision of all combatants on the field.
Part 5 [5/8/12]
The speeder led them to a hangar. There, both Anakin and Qui-Gon rush out, lightsabers active. Padme waits in the LAAT, but then sees, through the other open side of the craft, two Geonosian fighters approaching. As they fire, Padme makes a quick exit.
The LAAT is blown up. The Geonosian fighters then slam into the opening as Padme makes it inside. The opening is only partly blocked.
Anakin and Qui-Gon move to block the figure, as it moves to a starfighter similar in design to the Geonosian fighters. The hangar in which they stood was circular, and had a lot of wires hanging and on the floor. The colour of the walls was the same as the dull orange sand of the surface outside.
"My, my," the voice from the hood then says. "I seem to find myself cornered."
The hood then lowers, revealing Count Dooku.
"Dooku! You are going to pay for all Jedi you killed today. You, and that creature Maul." Anakin calls.
"And there I was thinking we were on the same side."
Anakin then rushes in, blade active, heading for Dooku, despite Qui-Gon calling him back. Dooku raises a hand and lightning strikes from his fingers. Anakin is blasted aside.
Qui-Gon the walks more slowly, blade held in defensive position.
"As you can see, my powers are now far beyond any Jedi," Dooku mocks.
"I shouldn't hold onto that for long," Qui-Gon says. "That confidence."
Dooku then moves forward and strikes with his red blade. Qui-Gon blocks. The two dance around the hangar, using boxes as shields or weapons, and using cables and wires to snag or bind the others feet.
Padme watches this from her vantage point. But it is obvious that Qui-Gon can't hold on much longer. Dooku's style is more smoother. But even so, she is still unprepared for his death.
It happens quick, and sudden.
After a quick flurry of exchanges, Dooku parries an attack from Qui-Gon, but keeps his blade going and chops off his sword hand at the wrist. Then turning around Qui-Gon with the grace of a dancer, he then stabs the blade through his heart.
Unable to bear it, Padme fires her pistol at Dooku. The bolt is blocked and is headed back for her. But Qui-Gon's blade moves of its own accord and blocks the bolt back at Dooku. The hilt of that blade then slams into Anakin's left hand, his right already active.
"Brave, but foolish lad," Dooku scolds. "I would have thought you would have learned by now."
"I'm a slow learner," Anakin smiles, and wades into battle.
Part 6 [11/8/12]
Anakin uses both blades effectively, but the old style of fencing that Dooku uses keeps one blade away while the Force sways the other. The battle keeps up pace until Qui-Gon's blade is cut from Anakin's left hand.
But still he continues to fight. But from the loss of a blade, something else emerges. A fierce will to continue the fight and end it.
Dooku can feel this easily through the Force.
"You were a natural dark warrior," Dooku mocks. "But you will soon learn." He swipes a cut at Anakin and rides the block around to Padme. He then grabs her and pulls his blade to her neck. "Stand down or she dies, Skywalker."
A small echo starts up in the hangar. A small cane hitting the ground then sounds, and the echo starts up again. "No need for that, my old Padawan."
"Yoda," Dooku scoffs, retreating his blade from Padme and throwing her to Anakin. "I don't need you to tell me what to do."
"Join the dark side fully, why did you?"
"The corruption of the Republic, by the one named Sidious."
"Sidious? What to do with this does he?"
"He is the one that started all this, and he has thousands of Senators in his grip."
"Believe you I do not."
"Do so at your own peril, my misguided Master."
"Going somewhere, my fallen apprentice?"
"Yes. Escape." And with a last look at Anakin, Dooku flees to his ship and calls for the pilot droid to immediately take off. Only the suddenness of his escape stopped Yoda from grabbing the ship with the Force.
Flicking a wrist at the ramp closure controls, Dooku walks to the cockpit and sits down in the copilot seat.
He just hoped that Maul and Grievous and the others had escaped.
At The Works, a Scimitar comes in to land at a dock. A figure already awaits the ship, and is standing patiently for it to land.
A minute later, Darth Maul emerges from the ramp and greets the figure in the robe. "The Jedi have suffered great losses in their ranks, and the war has begun."
"Excellent. Everything is going according to plan. You have the plans for our new weapon?"
Darth Maul produces said plans.
"Excellent. I have received word from Dooku that Skywalker is no longer in our fold. Send a fleet of Trade Federation ships to Malastare to take the planet. Have then search in particular for Skywalker's mother. That will provide the leverage we need."
"Yes, my Master."