Star Wars Legends - Page Seven





Star Wars Legends

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INT UNDERGROUND HIDEOUT - MAIN ROOM - DAY

Kin hands a rolled up parchment to Vader. Vader opens it, breaking the seal. He quickly scans the message, then looks around as if searching for something.

VADER KESKAR

So that's it, then?

KIN

That's all he told us.

VADER KESKAR

Were you followed?

KETH

For a while, but we lost 'em.

VADER KESKAR

I have a very bad feeling about this.

Elbani looks up sharply from her reading. She gets up and takes the paper from Vader.

ELBANI

Let me see.

She turns it over, inspecting the royal seal closely. A small wire sticks out of one side, almost unnoticeable.

ELBANI

It's a beacon. They're coming.

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EXT CORUSCANT - CAPITAL CITY - DAY

The four warships descend on the city, following the beacon. One of them lands in a park, crushing several statues. The ship disgorges dozens of armored soldiers. They race toward the run down buildings nearby.

INT UNDERGROUND HIDEOUT - MAIN ROOM - CONTINUING

Vader hurries everyone out.

VADER KESKAR

Everyone out, now! Contingency Four. We meet in one hour. If you're late, find your own passage to Botham Caruz.

Shonna, Grumble, Nigus, Elbani, and Jedi await specific instructions.

VADER KESKAR

Shonna, you go with Grumble.

SHONNA MURRIN

No.

Shonna crosses her arms stubbornly.

VADER KESKAR

Fine. Stay with me. Jedi, take Gold group. Prepare the transports. Grumble -

A cry of terror cuts Vader off.

JIN BOLEMAR (O.S.)

Don't leave me!

VADER KESKAR

Take our friend. Show him some hospitality. Human kindness.

GRUMBLE

I am not human.

VADER KESKAR

Then show him some Vendag hospitality.

Grumble smiles slowly. He pulls open the cell door and yanks Jin Bolemar out.

GRUMBLE

Allow me to show you our ways.

Grumble shoves Jin toward the exit.

NIGUS ELE'AGAR

What do you want us to do?

VADER KESKAR

Nigus, protect her. Protect the book. May the force be with you both.

Nigus ushers Elbani and the Book out the door.

JEDI KIZEDEK

Where are you going?

Kin and Keth fidget nervously.

VADER KESKAR

To show our friends the back door. Kin and Keth, come with me.

JEDI KIZEDEK

Vader, don't do anything stupid.

VADER KESKAR

This is me you're talking to, Jedi.

JEDI KIZEDEK

I know.

Alarms blare as the perimeter is breached.

Kin and Keth whip out an arsenal of weapons hidden in their armor.

KETH

Where's the bad guys?

KIN

Yeah. I wanna bust some heads.

VADER KESKAR

Right this way, brethren.

Vader points them to a dark door. Through the door lies dark tunnels - the sewers. A rank odor assaults the group as the door opens.

KETH

Whew, that smells worse than you.

KIN

So do you.

KETH

Shut up. I took a bath last week.

VADER KESKAR

Through there are the bad guys. You go that way. We'll go this way.

Shonna slings a blaster rifle over her shoulder. Vader takes out his energy blade and holds it defensively in front of him.

JEDI KIZEDEK

May the force be with you.

Jedi shuts the door behind them.

Vader takes the lead. Shonna follows closely behind him.

Kin and Keth splash through the tunnels and disappear into the inky darkness. They holler out.

KIN (O.S.)

Hey! Bad guys!

Blaster fire echoes off the walls. Silence.

KETH (O.S.)

I'm okay.

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INT UNDERGROUND HIDEOUT - MAIN ROOM - CONTINUING

Jedi stares at the locked door for a brief moment, then turns to look wistfully at their makeshift home.

JEDI KIZEDEK

On the run again.

EXT CORUSCANT - CAPITAL CITY - SLUMS - CONTINUING

Jedi exits into the street. He pulls his hood over his head.

Three IMPERIAL SOLDIERS look at this stranger hurrying away.

IMPERIAL SOLDIER

He doesn't belong here. HEY!

Jedi keeps walking. He senses exactly where the Soldiers are, in relation to his position.

IMPERIAL SOLDIER

I'm talking to you. Don't you walk away from me.

The Soldiers quicken their pace to catch up to Jedi.

IMPERIAL SOLDIER

By order of the Galactic Law, I command you to stop.

Jedi keeps walking. The Soldier grabs him by the arm and spins Jedi around.

Jedi's eyes veritably glow with inner strength barely held in check.

JEDI KIZEDEK

You have no power over me.

The Soldier steps back in surprise. Jedi steps into his verbal attack.

JEDI KIZEDEK

I am a servant of the Force. By the power of the force, I command you to leave.

The Soldiers stare blankly at him for a moment, then their gazes drop to the ground. They shuffle their feet, ashamed.

IMPERIAL SOLDIER

I'm sorry, Sir. We'll leave you now.

The Soldiers turn and shuffle away.

Jedi continues his journey toward the hangars.

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EXT CORUSCANT - CAPITAL CITY - STREETS - CONTINUING

Nigus and Elbani hurry toward the hangars. Two squads of Soldiers stand guard at the entrance to the hangars. Nigus pulls Elbani into the protective shadow of a building.

ELBANI

We can't fight them. We don't have time.

NIGUS ELE'AGAR

I finished it.

ELBANI

Oh, Nigus, no. Please. Not here.

Nigus pulls the hilt of an energy blade out of his cloak. He snaps out the blade. It hums to life, crackling noisily.

NIGUS ELE'AGAR

We can be through them in less than ten seconds.

ELBANI

No. Please. Too many people have died already.

NIGUS ELE'AGAR

This is for freedom, Elbani.

Nigus snaps off his blade.

ELBANI

Then let them be free.

Nigus storms out from behind the building. He hides his energy blade hilt in his voluminous sleeves.

He walks up toward the Soldiers. Elbani watches from behind the building. A tear flows down her cheek. She mouths one word silently "NO".

Nigus smiles broadly as he slows his pace. He tenses to snap out his blade and cut the twelve soldiers down. The soldiers sense something amiss.

Nigus brings up his hand to snap out his blade. Someone grabs his arm from behind, pinning it to his side. Anger flashes in his eyes. His head whips around to see-

Elbani. Her eyes plead with him to stop. His eyes flash to the Soldiers. They show no mercy in their countenances. Elbani softly whispers unheard words. The Soldiers step aside and let the couple pass.

Elbani leads Nigus to the hangars.

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INT HOVERTAXI - CONTINUING

Grumble sits across the taxi from Jin Bolemar. The taxi races through the raised tunnels leading to the spaceport.

JIN BOLEMAR

I'm not your enemy.

GRUMBLE

The friend of my enemy is my enemy, also.

JIN BOLEMAR

I don't support the Council any more than you do. Look, I'm on your side.

Jin Bolemar waves his hand in the air, drawing Grumble's attention.

JIN BOLEMAR

I'm your friend.

GRUMBLE

No, you are not.

Jin waves his hand again.

JIN BOLEMAR

Yes, I am.

GRUMBLE

No. You are not. If you wave your hand again, I will break it off.

Jin slumps back into his seat, disgruntled.

JIN BOLEMAR

Mind tricks don't work on you, do they?

GRUMBLE

They do. But they won't overcome the fact that I despise you.

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INT SEWER TUNNELS - CONTINUING

Vader leads the way through the tunnels. Pursuit sounds behind them. Vader's energy blade lights the tunnel sufficiently for them to see a short distance in the slime covered passage.

SHONNA MURRIN

They're getting closer.

VADER KESKAR

We're fine.

SHONNA MURRIN

They're only a few shiplengths back.

VADER KESKAR

I feel them.

Vader suddenly stops at an intersection. He closes his eyes for a moment.

VADER KESKAR

They've got us trapped.

SHONNA MURRIN

So is this it?

Vader smiles mischievously.

VADER KESKAR

Not yet.

Vader takes Shonna's hand and leads her down the right-hand tunnel. He turns off his energy blade. Blaster shots fire out, bouncing off the walls.

Soldiers run from every direction. They meet up at the intersection.

IMPERIAL SOLDIER

Where'd they go?

A splash sounds from the left-hand tunnel.

IMPERIAL SOLDIER

There!

The whole squad, save CAPTAIN ROMA, runs down the left tunnel. The Captain turns slowly around, sensing something behind him.

Vader and Shonna smile at him.

VADER KESKAR

Very good, Captain. You show potential.

CAPTAIN ROMA

They'll kill you.

VADER KESKAR

Yes.

CAPTAIN ROMA

What?

VADER KESKAR

I said yes.

SHONNA MURRIN

Vader, come on.

VADER KESKAR

Hold out your hand.

Captain Roma stubbornly refuses. Shonna buts him in the ribs with her blaster rifle. He glares at her, but holds out his hand.

Vader snaps out his energy blade. All the color drains from the Captain Roma's face. He starts visibly shaking.

VADER KESKAR

Just a token.

Vader barely taps the tip of the blade on the palm of Captain Roma's hand, scorching the flesh. Captain Roma hisses sharply in pain.

VADER KESKAR

I could have killed you. Don't forget.

Captain Roma bites his lip, desperately trying not to cry out.

Vader and Shonna turn and disappear down the tunnel.

CAPTAIN ROMA

Down here! Get them!

The squad of Soldiers rush past Captain Roma and down into the darkness. The Captain tucks his hand inside his uniform and slowly follows them.

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INT SEWER TUNNELS - CONTINUING

In a different tunnel, nearby, a huge EXPLOSION shatters the air. The debris falls to the ground. Kin and Keth peek around the corner of the tunnel to see their grenade's handiwork.

KIN

Nope. Nobody here, either.

KETH

Let's try the next one.

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EXT CORUSCANT - PLANET - DAY

A small fleet of ships, led by Vader's ship - THE RECLUSE - leave the planet.

VADER KESKAR

Just settle in. We've got a ways to go until we reach Botham Caruz.

The ships race out into the dark emptiness.

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INT JEDI'S SHIP - CONTINUING

Nigus pilots the ship. Elbani sits behind him in the navigator's seat. She keeps glancing at Nigus, trying to catch his attention.

NIGUS ELE'AGAR

Your thoughts betray you, Elbani.

ELBANI

I don't like what you're becoming, Nigus.

Nigus turns around in his seat. He pushes a button that closes the cockpit off from the ship.

NIGUS ELE'AGAR

And what am I becoming, Elbani? Powerful?

ELBANI

That's not the kind of power you need.

NIGUS ELE'AGAR

When we get to Botham Caruz, we can go our own way. Live our own lives. That's what you want, isn't it?

ELBANI

Yes.

NIGUS ELE'AGAR

You don't sound too happy about it.

ELBANI

I'm happy.

Nigus reaches into his cloak. He pulls out a small box. He opens it. An emerald glitters within. He holds it out to Elbani.

NIGUS ELE'AGAR

Here.

Elbani looks at the glittering stone, then meets Nigus' gaze.

NIGUS ELE'AGAR

I was going to use it for the focusing crystal in my energy blade, but ...

Elbani throws her arms around Nigus' neck.

ELBANI

It's gorgeous. Thank you.

Nigus does his best to return the awkward embrace. He winds up just patting her on the arm.

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INT THE RECLUSE - CONTINUING

Vader and Jedi sit across a small table from each other. Jin and Grumble sit across the room. Shonna sits in the cockpit, just out of view.

JEDI KIZEDEK

We can't let them beat us to Botham Caruz.

VADER KESKAR

Adrum is waiting for us. He's taken care of everything.

JEDI KIZEDEK

Your brother?

VADER KESKAR

I know. But he wanted to help.

JEDI KIZEDEK

So we've got a place to stay.

VADER KESKAR

The last I heard, we had a whole nation.

JIN BOLEMAR

What?

VADER KESKAR

My brother has enlisted the favor of some very wealthy sentients. They have opened their nation for our people.

GRUMBLE

How strong are they?

JEDI KIZEDEK

If it does come down to it, what happens, Vader?

VADER KESKAR

The force is with them.

JIN BOLEMAR

If Amon Rama sends the Armada, they can't possibly-

VADER KESKAR

You have no faith in the force, do you, Jin Bolemar?

Jin shuts up.

VADER KESKAR

You think that because you came to me, I would accept you with open arms, and welcome you as one of us. You've done nothing but complain and gripe since you have been with us.

GRUMBLE

And you smell bad.

JEDI KIZEDEK

And you snore when you sleep.

JIN BOLEMAR

I do not.

VADER KESKAR

When we arrive on Botham Caruz, you will leave.

JIN BOLEMAR

But I-

Grumble elbows Jin, knocking him into the wall.

VADER KESKAR

Understood?

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INT CAPITAL BUILDING - WAR ROOM - NIGHT

Amon Rama steeples his fingers in front of him. The Council of Elder Guardians sits quietly around the table.

AMON RAMA

So they are gone?

FEZ ANDAE

We have many allies on Botham Caruz.

AMON RAMA

Why do you want him dead?

FEZ ANDAE

He defies our sacred rites and traditions. He mocks the force.

AMON RAMA

How many followers does he have?

LESSIDAUD

He is a popular man. He has drawn many away after him.

Moriah Likaanis picks up on this line of reasoning and continues.

MORIAH LIKAANIS

Enough to be called an army. He is a threat, not only to us, but to you, Chancellor.

AMON RAMA

I can see this. Is your man with him still?

FEZ ANDAE

Yes. He should be in position right now.

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EXT BOTHAM CARUZ SPACEPORT - NIGHT

The ramp on THE RECLUSE lowers. Jin Bolemar stumbles out. He looks fearfully behind him. Grumble follows him out of the ship. Jin runs away and disappears behind a loading crew.

Everyone exits the ship.

VADER KESKAR

That wasn't necessary, Grumble.

GRUMBLE

I enjoyed it.

The other ships land nearby. Their passengers disembark. Nigus and Elbani join Vader and Jedi.

ELBANI

Is this the place?

JEDI KIZEDEK

Yes. This can be a place of peace for us.

A door slides open. Two large figures appear silhouetted against the bright light. One of them wears the finery of royalty.

ADRUM KESKAR, Vader's brother, a blonde man with sharply handsome features, smiles as he sees the group. His light clothing contrasts with Vader's dark rainment.

BARON VEITCH SALMA, a balding man of portly stature, extends a hand to Vader.

BARON VEITCH SALMA

Lord Vader, I am Baron Salma. I welcome you to Botham Caruz.

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INT BOTHAM CARUZ - SALMA ESTATE - GUEST ROOM - LATE

Nigus and Elbani rest comfortably in the room. Nigus hunches over a table, his energy blade in pieces before him. He makes minute adjustments, refining the power connections.

ELBANI

What do you want to eat?

Nigus grunts noncommittally.

ELBANI

You have to eat. You can't fiddle with that thing all night.

The door slides open. Jedi enters. He looks in mild surprise at the energy blade on the table.

Nigus stands up quickly, trying to hide the weapon.

NIGUS ELE'AGAR

Jedi. What a surprise.

JEDI KIZEDEK

Apparently so. You know, Nigus, you shouldn't have that.

Elbani looks quickly between their two faces, looking for some hint of anger or defiance. There is none.

NIGUS ELE'AGAR

You aren't angry.

JEDI KIZEDEK

I've been watching you for a long time. Since we left Ganthrocil, actually. You will be a good leader when we are gone.

ELBANI

"We?" I thought it was just Vader.

NIGUS ELE'AGAR

Many years ago, I told you that you don't have to die like this.

JEDI KIZEDEK

I know. But it's something I promised Vader I'd do.

Nigus slams his fist on the table, frustrated and angry.

NIGUS ELE'AGAR

Why are you so stubborn?! You don't have to die!

JEDI KIZEDEK

Nigus, you forget your place.

NIGUS ELE'AGAR

I know my place! I've spent the last ten years of my life defending you. And you're willing to just walk away and die? That's the coward's way out.

JEDI KIZEDEK

That is enough, Nigus.

NIGUS ELE'AGAR

No it isn't.

ELBANI

Nigus ...

NIGUS ELE'AGAR

Stay out of this, Elbani.

Nigus drops into a defensive posture and advances toward Jedi.

NIGUS ELE'AGAR

I beat you once, old man. Maybe this time I'll knock some sense into you.

The door whistles open. Vader strides in. He takes quick stock of the situation.

VADER KESKAR

Nigus!

NIGUS ELE'AGAR

So, you made it.

VADER KESKAR

Calm down, Nigus.

NIGUS ELE'AGAR

Why? So I can be asleep when you go to die? So I can stand idly by and watch you throw away your lives? I don't think so.

VADER KESKAR

So that's what this is about.

NIGUS ELE'AGAR

You're a fool.

VADER KESKAR

And yet you still follow me.

Nigus turns to face Vader. Anger burns hot in Nigus' eyes.

VADER KESKAR

Don't even think about it.

NIGUS ELE'AGAR

You're getting old.

VADER KESKAR

And so I should back down to you? Is that it? So long as I live, I lead this people. Not you.

Vader turns to Jedi.

VADER KESKAR

Baron Salma wishes to discuss the terms of the agreement before we sign it.

(to Nigus)

We'll continue this later.

Vader and Jedi exit.

NIGUS ELE'AGAR

I'll finish it.

Elbani watches the rage in Nigus. Worry clouds her eyes as she turns out to face the night.

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INT BOTHAM CARUZ - SALMA ESTATE - ROYAL HALL - CONTINUING

Baron Salma sits on a throne of exquisite workmanship. Advisors, servants, and sycophants crowd at his feet, despite the lateness of the hour.

BARON VEITCH SALMA

Ah, Jedi Kizedek. Welcome. You like?

JEDI KIZEDEK

How does all of this make you a better leader?

BARON VEITCH SALMA

Ah, ha ha. You are clever. Come, sit. Hungry?

Vader and Jedi sit at a table of burnished gold. Immediately servants place exotic meats in front of them.

VADER KESKAR

You said you had a new proposal for the division of land?

JEDI KIZEDEK

I thought we had an agreement.

VADER KESKAR

It's all right. Adrum mentioned it a few minutes ago.

BARON VEITCH SALMA

Yes. It appears there is a new player in the game.

Fez Andae, followed by a groveling Jin Bolemar, enters the room.

BARON VEITCH SALMA

If I sell the land to him, I triple my power in the Senate.

VADER KESKAR

And you lose all integrity in the process.

FEZ ANDAE

Your philosophies are overrated, Vader Keskar.

VADER KESKAR

Some think so.

JEDI KIZEDEK

Let's go.

BARON VEITCH SALMA

I'm afraid I can't let you do that.

Guards appear at every exit.

BARON VEITCH SALMA

You see, you are part of the price for my newfound power.

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