Star Wars: Episode III - Page Five





Star Wars Episode III

The Path of Darkness

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EXT ALDERAAN - ROYAL PALACE - MEDICAL FACILITY -

Rab hurriedly pushes Amidala in on a wheelchair. Amidala huffs and puffs, obviously going into labor. Shmi follows along right behind.

Two droids, R2D2 and C3PO trundle along. They pass the group entering the medical room.

C3PO

I say, Artoo, that looked just like Mistress Shmi.

C3PO enters the medical facility. Artoo follows, beeping angrily.

C3PO

No, I don't think so. They will be happy to see me.

Artoo beeps his displeasure at being excluded.

C3PO

No, I don't see Master Anakin. I don't think anyone else will want to see you.

Artoo beeps sadly.

INT ALDERAAN - ROYAL PALACE - MEDICAL FACILITY - CONTINUING

Medical personnel place Amidala on a bed. R2D2 and C3PO walk right in.

LADY ORGANA

Get those droids out of here.

A burly doctor's assistant bars the droids' path. Artoo beeps knowingly at C3PO.

C3PO

Well, how was I supposed to know that Lady Amidala was having a baby?

Artoo beeps and whistles a complex reply. They go back into the main medical foyer area.

C3PO

That's easy for you to say. Your sensors look directly at her belly. I have to look down. In most cultures that is considered quite rude.

Artoo grunts a short response.

C3PO

You most certainly are.

INT ALDERAAN - ROYAL PALACE - MEDICAL FACILITY - CONTINUING

Shmi wipes beads of sweat off Amidala's face.

AMIDALA

(through gritted teeth)

Anakin. Where are you?

EXT BOTHAM CARUZ - GEOTHERMAL GENERATOR - SAME TIME

Anakin looks up to the sky as if hearing something.

ANAKIN

Amidala. I'm coming.

INT ALDERAAN - ROYAL PALACE - MEDICAL FACILITY - CONTINUING

The cries of two newborn babies fills the air. Rab and Shmi proudly put the two newborns in Amidala's arms. Tears of joy, exhaustion, and pain stream down Amidala's cheeks.

INT ALDERAAN - ROYAL PALACE - WAR ROOM - CONTINUING

Lady Organa slips through the door quietly. The holoprojection of the galaxy still glows above the table. Red clusters of dots appear throughout the galaxy.

LADY ORGANA

Bail ... I have news.

BAIL ORGANA

Good or bad?

LADY ORGANA

Both, I'm afraid.

Obi Wan and Bail both stand up, concerned.

LADY ORGANA

Lady Skywalker ... Padme

(she exchanges a knowing glance with Obi Wan)

Has given birth to twins. A beautiful baby boy and girl.

Obi Wan breathes a sigh of relief. Concern still clouds Bail's face.

BAIL ORGANA

And what is the bad news?

LADY ORGANA

Amberle's newborn son ...

Lady Organa shakes her head sadly. Bail sits down slowly. It is as if a great weight has suddenly descended upon him.

BAIL ORGANA

What happened?

LADY ORGANA

The doctors don't know. They couldn't save him.

Bail puts his face down in his hands. Lady Organa goes to him to provide some scant comfort.

OBI WAN KENOBI

I don't understand.

LADY ORGANA

That boy was to be the heir. Amberle is my daughter.

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INT ALDERAAN - ROYAL PALACE - MEDICAL FACILITY - CONTINUING

Obi Wan enters. C3PO and R2D2 stand nearby. The two babies sleep quietly, curled up in Amidala's arms. Obi Wan smiles warmly.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Congratulations.

AMIDALA

They're beautiful.

OBI WAN KENOBI

What will you name them?

AMIDALA

Luke. And Leia. After my parents.

Shmi smiles.

AMIDALA

(continuing; to Shmi)

I don't mean to leave you out-

SHMI SKYWALKER

It's fine. Those are wonderful names. At least they will bear the name Skywalker.

Amidala's face clouds.

AMIDALA

Anakin is coming.

(to Obi Wan)

Don't let him take my babies.

EXT ALDERAAN - ROYAL PALACE - SAME TIME

A ship lands in the docking bay. A warrior, by the looks of her, steps out and approaches the palace. She flashes identification as she passes the sentries. They let her by without word.

Aurra Sing smiles at their trust in her.

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INT ALDERAAN - ROYAL PALACE - MEDICAL FACILITY - CONTINUING

Obi Wan devises a plan to keep the children on Alderaan for the time being.

OBI WAN KENOBI

We can put Luke in an oxygen chamber. Modify the medical records to show that he needs to stay in there for several weeks.

AMIDALA

What about Leia?

OBI WAN KENOBI

There is another woman who lost a child today ...

INT ALDERAAN - ROYAL PALACE - CORRIDORS - CONTINUING

Aurra Sing strides confidently down the long corridor. Lady Organa walks quickly by, carefully holding a small wrapped bundle.

Aurra Sing looks quizzically at her, then continues.

INT ALDERAAN - ROYAL PALACE - MEDICAL FACILITY - CONTINUING

Obi Wan looks up, sensing something. Aurra Sing enters. He flashes out his lightsaber, standing protectively in front of Amidala.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Who are you?

AURRA SING

I'm not here to harm her - only to talk.

Amidala reaches out a hand to calm Obi Wan.

AMIDALA

It's all right. I trust her.

Obi Wan lowers his lightsaber.

AURRA SING

Your husband, Anakin, is being led down the path of darkness.

OBI WAN KENOBI

By who?

AURRA SING

Palpatine.

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INT SITH COMPOUND - TRAINING ARENA - NIGHT

Darthine Jez beats on a training dummy, venting her frustrations. Her long blonde hair is pulled back in a tight braid.

One of her rivals, SAJO YEX, watches her closely. He wears ancient-style Sith armor and wields two lightsabers.

Darthine turns to face him as he draws to within a few paces.

DARTHINE JEZ

What do you want?

SAJO YEX

I heard Silmus is dead.

DARTHINE JEZ

Yeah. Mandalore's men killed him.

SAJO YEX

How many?

Darthine refuses to answer.

SAJO YEX

(continuing; sensing the answer)

One?

DARTHINE JEZ

I could have taken him.

SAJO YEX

That's not the point. How did Silmus die?

DARTHINE JEZ

By his own lightsaber.

SAJO YEX

Impressive. He would make a powerful ally.

DARTHINE JEZ

Have you come to gloat over my defeat?

SAJO YEX

The Emperor is moving against the Jedi.

DARTHINE JEZ

When?

SAJO YEX

Now. We have discovered that Adi Gallia is here on Coruscant. She is the first.

DARTHINE JEZ

Good.

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EXT ALDERAAN - ROYAL PALACE - NIGHT

Obi Wan and Amidala stand on a balcony overlooking the courtyard. They watch a ship blast off into the night sky.

AMIDALA

Do you think she was telling the truth about Anakin?

OBI WAN KENOBI

I sensed no deception in her.

AMIDALA

Why would he do something like that?

OBI WAN KENOBI

The dark side is very seductive; very dangerous. If Palpatine is behind this, all of the Jedi are in danger.

AMIDALA

Should we tell Bail?

OBI WAN KENOBI

This is a Jedi matter. We will deal with it in our own way.

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INT JEDI TEMPLE - COUNCIL CHAMBER - EVENING

A hologram of Obi Wan stands in the center of the room. Only a few Council members are present. Among them, Mace Windu, Yoda, Yaddle, and Oppo Rancisis.

OBI WAN KENOBI

I fear that the Emperor may be behind this war.

MACE WINDU

That is a powerful accusation.

YADDLE

What if he is right?

OPPO RANCISIS

We may have no choice but to face him.

YODA

No! Stay our hands, we must. Unfortunate this is.

MACE WINDU

We may have to move against the Empire.

OBI WAN KENOBI

I fear even now that it may be too late.

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EXT ADI GALLIA'S RESIDENCE - NIGHT

A horde of Dark Jedi weave through the catwalks connecting the buildings. They merge with the shadows, slipping silently through the night.

INT ADI GALLIA'S RESIDENCE - CONTINUING

Adi Gallia looks out the window to the lanes of traffic in the sky.

She senses something elusive, dangerous. She reaches for her lightsaber at her belt.

DARTHINE JEZ (O.S.)

Very good. You're better than I thought.

Adi Gallia turns around.

Darthine Jez and Sajo Yex stand in the doorway.

ADI GALLIA

So you're the Dark Lords of the Sith.

Darthine smiles, but doesn't answer.

ADI GALLIA

You are no match for a Jedi.

DARTHINE JEZ

Oh?

She gestures behind Adi Gallia. Dark Jedi crowd the balcony. For the first time, Adi Gallia shows a hint of panic.

DARTHINE JEZ

It's just you and me, Gallia. I want to see if your legendary courage brings you a noble death.

ADI GALLIA

I trust in the Force.

DARTHINE JEZ

I gathered as much.

Darthine gestures to the room they stand in. It is large, but not exactly a good place for a battle.

DARTHINE JEZ

It's not much, but it will have to do.

She ignites her lightsaber. Adi Gallia ignites hers. They circle each other, sizing up their opponent.

Adi strikes first. The blow is easily deflected.

ADI GALLIA

I sense your fear.

DARTHINE JEZ

I just had my nails done. I don't want to chip them.

Darthine just tears into Adi, pushing her back against the wall.

DARTHINE JEZ

Would you?

Adi throws her off and leaps over her. She rushes toward the door. Sajo Yex steps in her way.

DARTHINE JEZ

No way out.

ADI GALLIA

You'll never succeed. There will always be Jedi.

Darthine shakes her head, clucking softly.

DARTHINE JEZ

I'm afraid not.

They clash again. Adi kicks Darthine in the jaw, knocking her backwards.

DARTHINE JEZ

I wish your friends on the Council had fought so well.

Adi falters momentarily.

ADI GALLIA

What did you do to them?

DARTHINE JEZ

They're in a better place.

Horrified realization comes to Adi's face.

ADI GALLIA

You witch!

Adi fights with everything she has. She lays into Darthine with a ferocity matched only by her skill. Darthine ducks underneath a high blow and slashes upward, knocking Adi's lightsaber loose. Darthine kicks Adi backwards.

Adi calls her lightsaber to her with the force. Darthine slashes down and severs the flying lightsaber. The two pieces drop to the floor.

Adi looks up at Darthine. Hate fills her eyes.

DARTHINE JEZ

You want to kill me. Tough.

Darthine gestures to Sajo Yex. He steps away from the door. Darthine pulls her Chakram out.

DARTHINE JEZ

Now, run.

Adi looks at Darthine; at the Chakram; then bolts for the door.

Darthine follows her slowly.

DARTHINE JEZ

Be back in a minute.

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INT CORUSCANT - SKYWALKER RESIDENCE - SAME TIME

Anakin opens the door. He drops his satchel on the floor.

ANAKIN

Amidala?

A voice answers from the darkness.

AURRA SING

She's not here.

Anakin flashes on his lightsaber. Aurra Sing sits comfortably on the couch.

ANAKIN

Where is she?

AURRA SING

Somewhere safe.

ANAKIN

Where?

AURRA SING

She doesn't want to see you.

Frustration and rage build in Anakin.

ANAKIN

They are my children.

Aurra Sing stands and walks toward the door.

AURRA SING

You have a lot to learn about women, Anakin. So long as she is alive, they will never be your children.

Anakin lashes out with the force, destroying everything in the room. He points his lightsaber at Aurra Sing. The tip rests just inches from her neck. The heat draws beads of sweat on her white skin.

ANAKIN

Where are they?

Aurra Sing turns around. She stares straight into Anakin's eyes.

AURRA SING

I saved you all those times because I knew you could bring balance. You are turning to the dark side.

Anakin shuts off his lightsaber.

ANAKIN

No. The Jedi Order is corrupt. I am bringing balance. The inward vessel must first be cleansed.

AURRA SING

Not like this.

Anakin reaches deep within and senses the answer.

ANAKIN

They went to Alderaan.

Anakin pushes by Aurra Sing.

AURRA SING

Don't you have to go see your Emperor first?

Anakin exits without a word.

INT CORUSCANT - IMPERIAL PALACE - EMPEROR'S THRONE ROOM - NIGHT

Anakin stands before the Emperor's throne.

PALPATINE

What news do you bring me, my apprentice?

ANAKIN

I'm not your apprentice. I will not turn to the dark side.

PALPATINE

So you wish to rejoin the Jedi.

ANAKIN

No. I will teach my children of the force. They will rule.

PALPATINE

Yes. But first you must bring them before me. I wish to honor them.

ANAKIN

I am going to Alderaan. When I get back, I will bring them.

Palpatine rises from his throne.

PALPATINE

I sense you have some concerns about this bounty hunter - this Aurra Sing.

Anakin shifts uncomfortably. He looks up to Palpatine for an answer.

PALPATINE

She will accompany you to Alderaan. Await my orders.

ANAKIN

You don't order me.

PALPATINE

As you wish.

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EXT CORUSCANT - FLOATING HANGAR - NIGHT

As Anakin approaches his ship, he sees Aurra Sing leaning against it. She straightens up when he draws closer.

AURRA SING

So, what's the good news from Palpy?

ANAKIN

I'm going to Alderaan.

AURRA SING

I figured you would.

ANAKIN

And?

AURRA SING

Bail Organa Antilles doesn't like you. You'll need me to get past all of his guards.

ANAKIN

I can do it myself.

AURRA SING

Yes. You probably could. But then you'd have all of Alderaan after you.

Aurra Sing winks at him conspiratorially.

AURRA SING

You tend to strike first, then try to pick up the pieces.

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INT JEDI TEMPLE - LIBRARY - SAME TIME

Mace Windu leafs through a large volume of sacred text.

Oppo Rancisis enters stiffly.

OPPO RANCISIS

Our forces are assembled. They go to Botham Caruz.

MACE WINDU

We shall follow when the force wills it.

OPPO RANCISIS

Why do you search that text?

MACE WINDU

I find solace in the words of Elbani dos Ele'Agar. She was no less a Jedi prophet than Vader Keskar. I draw strength from her prophesies.

OPPO RANCISIS

I fear it will take more than words to win this war.

MACE WINDU

I fear it will take more than prophesies to survive this war.

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