Star Wars Legends - Page Three





Star Wars Legends

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EXT QALAMIS RODEO GROUNDS - CONTINUING

Sirens blare and alarms sound.

Vader, Shonna, and Grumble freeze next to the wall.

VADER KESKAR

Guess he found out we left.

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INT GROMBY'S CANTINA - NIGHT

Two Bounty Hunters, KIN and KETH, decked out in their battle-scarred armor, drink themselves silly at a corner table.

KIN

Okay, I've got it. You drain the mug, and then ... and then you smash it on your forehead.

KETH

Okay. You go first.

KIN

Hey.

Kin points a dirty finger at Keth, accusing him of... something.

The WAITRESS arrives with another tray full of mugs, immediately changing Kin's mind.

KIN

Okay.

Kin grabs a mug, drains it, and slams it against his forehead, only cracking the mug. Kin falls back against the wall, stunned. Keth almost chokes on his food, he's laughing so hard.

Kin smashes the mug against Keth's forehead, shattering it.

KETH

OW!

KIN

Take that.

KETH

You didn't have to hit me. I would have done it myself.

KIN

You laughed at me.

Kin's comlink beeps.

KETH

Who is it?

KIN

Be quiet.

KETH

Who is it?

KIN

Hello? Kin and Keth Bounties. We find 'em, and you bind 'em. What? I can't hear you.

KETH

Turn up the sound.

Keth turns up a knob on the side of the comlink. It sends a high pitched squeal out. Everyone in the cantina winces in pain, and turns to glare at Kin and Keth. Keth points to Kin.

KIN

Ssshh. I think it's about a job.

KETH

You need a job, so you don't keep stinking up the office.

KIN

Shut up, I'm trying to listen.

The garbled syllables coming out of the comlink make no sense to Keth. He picks food off of Kin's plate. Kin idly sticks his finger in his ear and digs around while he's listening.

Kin notices Keth stealing food from his plate. He reaches over and smacks Keth in the face. Keth jumps over the table and knocks Kin to the floor. They roll around on the floor, trying to get the upper hand. Kin holds the comlink out so it won't get damaged.

One intelligible word emerges from the comlink.

COMLINK

...fifty thousand credits.

Kin and Keth freeze. Slow smiles spread over both of their faces. They get up and run for the door.

KETH

I'm gonna get there first!

Kin tackles Keth and climbs over him in his rush to get to the door.

KIN

No you're not. You're too stupid. See, I'm climbing on top of you.

They both run out the door. The door swings shut behind them. The Cantina Patrons shrug and turn back to their drinks.

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INT SANCTUARY OF PEACE - NIGHT

The Sanctuary is holy ground for the Guardians of Peace. It is a low building, simply constructed. No walls or guards surround the building. It sits on a hill, in the center of the Capital City.

Beings of every race imaginable are welcome. Several robed Guardians walk the grounds, even though the hour is late.

INT SANCTUARY OF PEACE - CONTINUING

The Council of Elder Guardians gathers in an upper room. WANDLE LY'UI, the pale skinned head of the council, shuffles down the hallway toward the upper room.

INT SANCTUARY OF PEACE - UPPER ROOM - CONTINUING

The Council rises as Wandle Ly'Ui enters. He sits at the head of the circle and motions for the others to be seated.

Twelve members now sit in the Council. They are representative of the people of the galaxy. Each of them was selected by the will of the force. All must be in agreement to accept new members when a vacancy arises.

Wandle strokes his long beard. Every male Council Member sports a beard.

WANDLE LY'UI

I have been told that we have received permission to build our temple.

Smiles spread around the room.

FEZ ANDAE, a giant of a man, rumbles in his deep baritone.

FEZ ANDAE

What do they want from us?

WANDLE LY'UI

They want to meet. Next month. We will arrange the terms of the agreement then.

JI'KALA ANOBI, the lone female member of the Council, taps her long fingernails on the arm of her chair. She wears a veil, to cover her beardless face.

JI'KALA ANOBI

Master Zhaggie, from the Tanto Complex called me today.

FEZ ANDAE

How is Zhaggie doing?

JI'KALA ANOBI

He spoke of one rebel. A Vader Keskar.

Wandle Ly'Ui sighs deeply. He appears to sink deeper into his chair.

FEZ ANDAE

You know him?

WANDLE LY'UI

I had hoped to become one with the force before anything happened.

JI'KALA ANOBI

I was told that he means to undermine our authority.

WANDLE LY'UI

Call it what you will. He sees things differently than we do. He has quite a following, though no one publicly acknowledges it.

JI'KALA ANOBI

So what is the problem? Can we not just sever him from all rights and privileges?

The Council Members murmur agreement.

WANDLE LY'UI

No. I fear that is the last thing we could do.

Wandle closes his eyes and braces himself, both within and without. He sits up and looks each Council Member in the eye.

WANDLE LY'UI

Despite his methods, Vader Keskar is right. The force is with him. We can do nothing but let him be.

Consternation furrows the faces of everyone in the room. This was not what they expected to hear from their leader.

JI'KALA ANOBI

What if he turns the Guardians against us?

WANDLE LY'UI

He won't. But I imagine he's got more important things on his mind right now.

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INT CORUSCANT - TANTO CITY - SLUMS - NIGHT

Grumble carries Shonna on his back as he runs down the dirty streets. Vader runs behind them.

Shouts and blaster fire follow them as they round another corner into an alley.

VADER KESKAR

I thought he'd have more of a sense of humor about this.

GRUMBLE

Halron has no sense of humor.

SHONNA MURRIN

Ow! You're squeezing my ankle!

She hits Grumble on the shoulder. He loosens his grip.

VADER KESKAR

We need somewhere to hide for the night.

GRUMBLE

Follow me.

Grumble splashes through a thick puddle. Vader narrowly dodges the puddle. He turns up his nose in disgust.

EXT CONDEMNED BUILDING - CONTINUING

Grumble enters, followed immediately by Vader. They close and bar the door behind them.

INT CONDEMNED BUILDING - CONTINUING

They look around. The interior is a wreck - worse than outside.

GRUMBLE

It's changed.

SHONNA MURRIN

Changed?

GRUMBLE

I lived here for a while.

VADER KESKAR

I hope you didn't pay too much in rent.

GRUMBLE

No, it was free.

VADER KESKAR

Go figure.

Grumble starts up a wide staircase.

SHONNA MURRIN

Hey, put me down.

Vader supports most of his weight by an arm around her waist. Shonna doesn't seem to mind at all. She smiles at Vader. He absently returns the smile. His mind is elsewhere.

Voices from out on the street grow louder as Halron's men get closer.

Suddenly, voices come from upstairs. Grumble, Vader, and Shonna freeze. They're trapped.

Two large silhouettes appear at the top of the stairs, bristling with weaponry.

VADER KESKAR

Just hold on. It was all in fun. I didn't mean to get anyone hurt. Me, especially.

The two silhouettes look at each other in confusion.

KETH

Hey, who are you?

Shonna immediately perks up and takes control.

SHONNA MURRIN

Those men out there, they're trying to kill us.

KIN

What men? And why do they want to kill you? You're just a girl.

Shonna works up some fake tears.

SHONNA MURRIN

My boss, he did something. I'm sorry, I can't even say it.

KETH

You don't have to say nothing, lady. We'll take care of them. Get the cannon.

Kin runs back into the darkness. A hideous screeching heralds the arrival of the cannon. The legs have long since frozen into place, so Kin just pushed it along the floor.

KIN

You go hide. We'll take care of them.

Keth slaps Kin on the back of the head.

KETH

I said that, you stupid!

KIN

You're the stupid head. I got the cannon, remember?

KETH

Hey, are you going to argue, or are you going to shoot that thing?

Vader and Grumble look at Kin and Keth, then at the cannon.

VADER KESKAR

We'll go hide.

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EXT CONDEMNED BUILDING - CONTINUING

The Guards group together for a full-on assault. Their leader signals, "One, two, three". They all rush the door.

The door explodes outward as the cannon fires. No one gets up.

Inside the building, two voices argue.

KIN (O.S.)

Ow! You blew up the cannon!

KETH (O.S.)

You pulled the trigger. You blew it up.

Shonna's voice comes from the distant darkness.

SHONNA MURRIN (O.S.)

Are they gone?

KETH (O.S.)

Yeah. I think so. I think I blew 'em all up.

Kin smack Keth.

KIN (O.S.)

I pulled the trigger. Me. I did it.

The guards stir and moan. Apparently they aren't dead.

VADER KESKAR (O.S.)

Did you hear something?

INT CONDEMNED BUILDING - CONTINUING

Keth pulls off a concussion grenade from his armor. He looks hopefully toward the door.

VADER KESKAR

Wait a minute.

KETH

What? I throw this. Boom. They won't be back.

SHONNA MURRIN

If you get the authorities down here, to investigate the explosion, we'll all be in trouble.

KIN

She's right.

GRUMBLE

She usually is.

VADER KESKAR

We'll just go around back. Thanks, guys.

KETH

Hey, we don't work for free.

SHONNA MURRIN

I'd really appreciate if you would.

Shonna gives them her most fetching smile. Both Kin and Keth blush and look at the ground.

SHONNA MURRIN

Thanks.

Shonna leans on Vader for support as they walk down the stairs. Grumble shakes his head in amusement at Kin and Keth, then follows Vader.

KIN

Um, hello? Could you, like, tell us your names. Maybe we could protect you some more.

VADER KESKAR

I don't think so.

SHONNA MURRIN

Come on, it might be fun.

GRUMBLE

We don't have much time. I know another place we can go.

KETH

Please. We'll help you. Just until we get some more information on this job.

Kin and Keth run down the stairs to join the group.

VADER KESKAR

Wait just a minute.

KIN

We're Kin and Keth, Bounty Hunters. We find 'em, you bind 'em.

KETH

We can protect you against anything and anyone.

SHONNA MURRIN

Really? You'd do that for us?

KETH

Not for free. Anymore. We had to stop doing things for free.

KIN

This stupidhead didn't pay rent, so we lost our other building.

KETH

That's 'cause you spent it all on that stupid cannon.

VADER KESKAR

How much do you charge?

Kin and Keth look at each other. They weren't expecting that question - at least not so soon.

KIN

Um, how much are you worth?

KETH

Hey, I know you.

VADER KESKAR

You do?

KETH

Not you, her. You're on that Rodeo Show. I saw you riding that Gartalope. You were so good. Just like whee, and whoo, and... you were good.

Keth mimics riding a Gartalope.

SHONNA MURRIN

Thanks.

Sirens whine in the distance, growing closer.

GRUMBLE

That is our cue to leave. Let the authorities deal with them.

Grumble strides off into the darkness. Vader and Shonna follow. Kin follows after them.

KETH

Hey, stupid.

KIN

What?

KETH

What about the cannon?

KIN

Leave it. We'll put it away when we come back.

KETH

All right.

Keth follows after Kin.

KETH

You got any of those nuts left? I'm hungry.

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INT SANCTUARY OF PEACE - UPPER ROOM - NIGHT

Wandle Ly'Ui looks out over the courtyard. The twinkling lights of the surrounding city cast long shadows on his wizened face.

Behind him, Fez Andae enters the room. Wandle doesn't turn around.

WANDLE LY'UI

You don't agree with me.

FEZ ANDAE

I do not.

Fez steps forward, but stops, as if hitting an invisible wall. He steps back, puzzled.

FEZ ANDAE

You don't have to keep me away. I will not harm you.

WANDLE LY'UI

It is not you that concerns me. The Council does not agree with my assessment of Vader Keskar.

FEZ ANDAE

Neither do I, but I respect your authority.

WANDLE LY'UI

You are the only one who does.

Wandle turns to face Fez.

WANDLE LY'UI

I am old. My time in this frame is soon to close. Who will lead then? You? Jikala? LessiDaud?

FEZ ANDAE

LessiDaud would be a good leader. He has served for many long years.

WANDLE LY'UI

He is old, like me. He will also go to his grave before the year closes.

FEZ ANDAE

You are certain of this?

WANDLE LY'UI

The force is with me.

Wandle stops and thinks for a moment, formulating a deep question for Fez.

WANDLE LY'UI

Tell me, Fez, do you believe the living force?

FEZ ANDAE

I'm on the Council of Elders, aren't I?

WANDLE LY'UI

Do you believe the living force?

FEZ ANDAE

Yes.

WANDLE LY'UI

If it is the will of the force that Vader Keskar sit on the Council, how will you respond?

FEZ ANDAE

Master, that's preposterous.

WANDLE LY'UI

Is it?

FEZ ANDAE

He is reckless. He has no respect for tradition.

WANDLE LY'UI

And what of us? Do we have respect for the living force, or are we too wrapped up in tradition to see clearly?

FEZ ANDAE

You are not yourself, Master Ly'Ui. Come, let me show you to bed.

Fez steps forward as if to help Wandle. Wandle flings his hand out, thrusting Fez backwards with the force.

WANDLE LY'UI

On the contrary, Fez, I feel more myself than I have in many years. I feel as if I have just awakened from a dream.

Fez gets up and wipes away a trickle of blood from his mouth.

FEZ ANDAE

The Council shall hear of this.

Fez stalks out of the room.

WANDLE LY'UI

I know.

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EXT HYDROPONICS FARM - NIGHT

Huge tanks rise up hundreds of feet into the air. They go below the surface just as deep. Transports load up food for the outer cities. The loading docks protrude from the tops of the tanks, casting long shadows on the ground.

Grumble leads the group straight up to the main building. He pounds on the door.

VADER KESKAR

What if she's not here?

SHONNA MURRIN

I thought you had faith, Vader. Come on, trust him.

KETH

I'm hungry.

KIN

Me too. What do they grow in there?

GRUMBLE

Synthesized algae.

VADER KESKAR

Oh, I'm hungry now.

GRUMBLE

It is processed to make many other foods, such as-

The door opens, spilling white light onto the group. They blink in the unnatural brightness.

A large silhouette steps into the center of the light. Standing at least seven feet tall, but not quite as broad as Grumble, SELBA GAUNTIL, also a Vendag, sleepily greets them.

SELBA GAUNTIL

Grumble?

(yawning)

Come in. Come in.

Her voice is of a slightly higher pitch than is Grumble's, but it is still far deeper than a human female's.

GRUMBLE

Hello, Selba.

Selba ushers the entire group inside.

INT HYDROPONICS FARM - LIVING CHAMBER - CONTINUING

Thin walls divide the large chamber into individual rooms. Shadows on the walls show the movements of the inhabitants of the rooms. Selba gestures to cushions on the floor. She pulls a shawl over her shoulders and seats herself.

Grumble plops down across from Selba. Everyone else seats themselves unsurely.

SELBA GAUNTIL

I didn't expect to see you until next week.

GRUMBLE

We ran into some complications.

SELBA GAUNTIL

I saw Halron Budne on the holo. Was that your doing?

GRUMBLE

No. It was his.

Vader smiles nervously.

SELBA GAUNTIL

He deserved it. He's killed more beasts needlessly than any rancher I know. I stopped trading with him.

GRUMBLE

But he's your biggest buyer.

SELBA GAUNTIL

I'll find another.

VADER KESKAR

Can we stay here tonight? We're in some trouble.

Grumble casts a disapproving glare at Vader.

SELBA GAUNTIL

I cannot support fugitives, you know that, Grumble. My license strictly prohibits it.

GRUMBLE

We will be moving on, Selba.

Shonna elbows Vader in the arm.

SHONNA MURRIN

(whispering)

Way to go.

GRUMBLE

Will you provide us with a meal before we leave?

SELBA GAUNTIL

Every time, Grumble ... and yet I keep feeding you. Follow me, please.

Selba leads the group back into the kitchen.

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