May 2, 2018 at 4:22 am #8453
NParticipantPoints: 2Rank: Force Sensitive
NOTE Rough draft, edit as necessary to keep characters in character.
1st divergence, “What must I do, Master Yoda?”
As a start to the theory, let’s say that Yoda gives Anakin difference advise than in the canon timeline.
YODA: Premonitions . . . premonitions . . . Hmmmm . . . these visions you have . . .
ANAKIN: They are of pain, suffering, death . . .
YODA: Yourself you speak of, or someone you know?
ANAKIN: Someone . . .
YODA: . . . close to you?
YODA: Careful you must be when sensing the future, Anakin. Cloud judgment fear can.
ANAKIN: I won’t let these visions come true, Master Yoda.
YODA: During this war fallen in battle many colleagues and close friends have. A shadow of mourning, fallen across the order it has. As the conflict continues more and more among the order …(sigh)… find it difficult to take solace for those around them who transform into the Force they do. Mourn them, they do. Miss them, they do.
[Pause in conversation]
YODA: These visions, how deeply in meditation do they come to you?
ANAKIN: Dreams, they come to me in dreams.
YODA: Dreams, difficult to see clearly. Even for the most experienced of jedi.
ANAKIN: What must I do, Master Yoda?
YODA: As you meditate focus not upon the feelings the vision stirs within you. If focus upon the vision you do not, more and more clouded your vision will become.
2nd divergence, “how long is it going to take for us to be honest with each other?”
Let’s say that Anakin can get in short bursts of meditation a handful-ish number of times between his conversation with Yoda and the confrontation on Mustafar. Enough to make him consider that his actions and emotional state could have more significant bearing on the outcome than he at first believed.
3ed divergence, “It’s not a story the Jedi would tell you.”
As Anakin grows more confident that he won’t have to become more powerful in order to save Padmé he might be able to perceive the Chancellor’s intentions more clearly. he might also try hedging his bets. And act interested in the power to cheat death, while also preparing his own secret plan to save the Jedi and the Republic.
EXT. CORUSCANT DEX’S DINER NIGHT
As Dexter Jettster exits the back door of his diner and starts to lock it for the night Anakin Skywalker moves silently out from a nearby shadow.
DEX: Hell of a time to be out for dinner.
ANAKIN: I need to speak with you quietly. [turns head slightly towards door] Very quietly.
DEX: …? come on in.
INT. CORUSCANT DEX’S DINER DEX’S OFFICE NIGHT
DEX: (continuing) I got a small warehouse, one level down two blocks west, my secret stockpile of hard to come by ingredients. Though, [leans in] between you n’ me, the easy stuff’s gettin harder to come by these days too. Anyway, it’s empty enough for your little plan.
4th divergence, “I will quickly discover the truth of all this.”
Instead of speaking to Master Windu in the hanger bay as happens in the canon timeline. Anakin and R2-D2 just so happen to catch up to him just as he is about to enter a turbolift. A turbolift which “luckily” enough just so happens to have Battlemaster Cin Drallig and Chief Librarian Jocasta Nu as it’s only other occupants.
NOTE The following scene to be shown in later flashback.
INT. CORUSCANT-JEDI TEMPLE TURBOLIFT
The turbolift doors close and the turbolift begins to descend towards the hanger below. Until R2 Uses the computer terminal near the lift’s emergency operators’ controls to bring the lift to a near sudden stop.
MACE: Skywalker, what does your droid thi…[is cutoff mid-sentence by a quick burst of short beeps as R2 turns it’s head to face the center of the lift and angles it’s Holoprojector upward]
[a small scale hologram of one of the hallways in the Chancellor’s Suite with the words Internal Security Bureau top secret in fine print Aurebesh in the upper left hand corner of the image appears and begins to play]
[The Chancellor and Anakin walk into view from the right side of the hologram’s edge]
PALPATINE: created around you. Let me help you to know the subtleties of the Force.
ANAKIN: How do you know the ways of the Force?
PALPATINE: My mentor taught me everything about the Force . . . even the nature of the dark side.
ANAKIN: You know the dark side?!?
PALPATINE: Anakin, if one is to understand the great mystery, one must study all its aspects, not just the dogmatic, narrow view of the Jedi. If you wish to become a complete and wise leader, you must embrace, a larger view of the Force. Be careful of the Jedi, Anakin. Only through me can you achieve a power greater than any Jedi. Learn to know the dark side of the Force [image and sound quality of the recording quickly degrades] and you will be able [recording cuts out completely for a moment]
ANAKIN: [recording returns] What did you [recording quality improves] say?
PALPATINE: Use my knowledge, I beg you . . .
ANAKIN: You’re the Sith Lord!
ANAKIN ignites his lightsaber.
PALPATINE: I know what’s been troubling you . . . Listen to me. Don’t continue to be a pawn of the Jedi Council! Ever since I’ve known you, you’ve been searching for a life greater than that of an ordinary Jedi . . . a life of significance, of conscience.
PALPATINE: Are you going to kill me?
ANAKIN: I would certainly like to.
PALPATINE: I know you would. I can feel your anger. It gives you focus, makes you stronger.
ANAKIN: I am going to turn you over to the Jedi Council.
PALPATINE: Of course you should. But you’re not sure of their intentions, are you?
ANAKIN: I will quickly discover the truth of all this.
[playback ends, R2 shuts down it’s holoprojector]
Jocasta Nu’s face is absolutely ashen. And even Battlemaster Drallig is looking noticeably pale.
DRALLIG: Our worst fears have been realized. We must activate the emergency beacon, recall all jedi to-
ANAKIN: -No, no, the chancellor’s been too many steps ahead for too long. We need a plan that keeps him thinking everything’s going to his plan while we work to create an opportunity to thoroughly dismantle it. If he suspects something amiss, The Jedi and Republic are finished.
NOTE1 End of flashback.
NOTE2 Windu still takes Kolar,Tiin, and Fisto with him to confront Palpatine. Their just waiting for him down in the hanger.
INT. CORUSCANT-CHANCELLOR’S OFFICE-EARLY EVENING
As MACE stares at ANAKIN in shock, PALPATINE springs to life.
PALPATINE: Power! Unlimited power!
The full force of Palpatine’s powerful Bolts blasts MACE. He attempts to deflect them with his one good hand, but the force is too great. As blue rays engulf his body, he is flung out the window and falls twenty stories to his death. No more screams. No more moans. PALPATINE lowers his arm.
His face has changed into a horrible mask of evil. ANAKIN looks on in horror. PALPATINE cackles.
ANAKIN: What have I done!?!
5th divergence “If into the security recordings you go, only pain will you find.”
INT. CORUSCANT-JEDI TEMPLE-HALLWAY-SUNSET
As Yoda stands near a tangle of clone and jedi bodies Obi-wan silently approaches.
OBI-WAN: the accommodation sector, everything below the archives is caved-in. the youngling nurseries and Padawan dormitories are completely crushed.
YODA: Killed not by clones, this Padawan. By a lightsaber, he was.
OBI-WAN: . . .Who?? Who could have done this?
INT. CORUSCANT-JEDI TEMPLE-CONTROL CENTER-NIGHT
OBI-WAN: I must know the truth, Master.
OBI-WAN moves to a panel and flips some switches. He sees a HOLOGRAM of ANAKIN slaughtering a group of jedi being lead by Battlemaster Cin Drallig, while effortlessly using the force to swiftly and brutally implode the entire accommodation sector in a single action. OBI-WAN and YODA react.
OBI-WAN: (continuing) It can’t be . . . It can’t be . . .
6th divergence, “I’m going there to end this war.”
NOTE during his brief meditations Anakin can see just enough to hint that Captain Typho’s presence aboard Padmé’s ship might be crucial to her survival. And before departing for Mustafar advises her to take him along if she goes anywhere.
INT. MUSTAFAR-MAIN CONTROL CENTER-DAY
Darth Vader seals the Control center and slaughters all droid and organic guards.
DARTH VADER: My master has sent me to dispose of you.
NUTE GUNRAY: The war is over. Lord Sidious promised us peace. We … we only wanted to secure our holdings during a chaotic transition!
DARTH VADER: Follow my plan instead. [begins to lightly force choke Gunray] And even you may yet get the chance to enjoy your hedonistic little retirement.
INT. NABOO SKIFF
C-3PO: [in pilot’s seat, briefly turns toward Captain Typho, in co-pilot’s seat] You know, I think I’m beginning to get the hang of this flying business. [returns full attention to ship controls]
INT. CORUSCANT-SENATE ARENA-CHANCELLOR’S HOLDING OFFICE-SUNSET
A HOLOGRAM OF ANAKIN appears before PALPATINE in his office at the bottom of the Senate Arena.
DARTH VADER: The Separatists are taken care of, My Master.
DARTH SlDIOUS: It is finished, then. You have restored peace and justice to the galaxy. You have done well, Lord Vader.
DARTH VADER: Thank you, My Master.
INT. MUSTAFAR-CONFERENCE ROOM-DAY
A Hologram of Sidious speaks with Anakin in the Mustafar control room.
DARTH SlDIOUS: Send a message to the ships of the Trade Federation. Tell them the Separatist leaders have been wiped out. Grievous and Dooku have been destroyed. All droid units must shut down immediately.
DARTH VADER: It will be done, My Master.
ANAKIN sees Padme’s ship arriving on the screen and goes out to meet her.
7th divergence, “my allegiance is to the Republic … to democracy!”
EXT. MUSTAFAR-LANDING PLATFORM-DAY
The sleek NABOO SKIFF lands on the Mustafar landing platform near Anakin’s Jedi interceptor. ANAKIN runs up to the SKIFF as the ramp lowers. PADME runs to him.
ANAKIN: Padme, I saw your ship . . .
PADME: Oh, Anakin!
ANAKIN: It’s all right, you’re safe now. What are you doing out here?
PADME: I was so worried about you. Obi-Wan told me terrible things.
ANAKIN: What things?
PADME: He said you’ve turned to the dark side . . . that you…
ANAKIN: Obi-Wan doesn’t know all of the details yet.
PADME: He cares about us.
PADME: He knows . . . He wants to help you.
ANAKIN: Good, I need his help right now anyway.
ANAKIN: He’s going to protect you while you take temporary custody of some witnesses.
ANAKIN: [speaks into wrist comlink] R2? [R2 replies] send them out.
The main doors of the conference center open wide. A small group of OOM-series battle droids escorts the Separatist Council onto the landing platform.
ANAKIN: The sniveling cowards…
The lead droid walks to Anakin salutes and turns towards Padmé
OOM LEADER: The Separatist Council has surrendered and General Skywalker has ordered them remanded to your custody for transportation to a more secure holding facility. We have orders to assist you.
ANAKIN: …have agreed to testify to the full extent of the chancellor’s involvement in this destructive conflict. All to save their own skins ofcorse.
PADME: … even what happened to Naboo…he, he’s been behind all of it, this whole time.
ANAKIN: I don’t need any new powers to save you, but we still need to get this pack of womp rats to Coruscant if we want to see the end of this. [turns begins walking towards Jedi interceptor]
OBI-WAN: Where do you think you’re going Anakin?
PADME: [in near complete shock, quickly turns to see Obi-Wan Kenobi standing at the top of her ship’s boarding ramp] I, Anakin, I, I didn’t know he was…!
ANAKIN: [boarding interceptor with R2 entering astromech socket] Ahead of you. Someone has to make sure that son of a Sarlacc can’t schutta out as his own plan comes careening down around him. Besides, if you want to stop me, [cockpit canopy begins to close] you’ll have to catch me. [cockpit canopy closes, shields activate, interceptor begins takeoff]
OBI-WAN: (light sigh)
NOTE The Azure Angel I&II both had shields so I’m betting Anakin probably had some on his Eta-2 as well.
The confrontation on Mustafar obviously didn’t turn out as confrontational as it did in canon.
So, how might Padme still be in danger? Consider that among the surrendered separatist leaders is Archduke Poggle the Lesser. Who’s oversight of Baktoid Combat Automata may have allowed him to install some sort of backdoor skeleton key input for all separatist battle droids?
It’s a good thing Anakin insisted on having Obi-wan and Typho accompany her. And don’t forget 3po’s there too.
8th divergence “Darth Vader will become more powerful than either of us.”*
INT. CORRIDOR-SENATE ARENA
Darth Sidious, Dark Lord of the Sith, His Royal Majesty, Emperor Sheev Palpatine of the FIRST! GALACTIC! EMPIRE! towers over a defeated and disarmed Yoda as Darth Vader strides confidently into view from behind a bend in the corridor.
DARTH SlDIOUS: Lord Vader! Tell our little green friend here before he dies, what has become of dear old master Kenobi.
DARTH VADER: The weakling, [venomous smirk]is no more.
As the magnitude of the Jedi order’s failure dawns on him, Yoda’s vision blurs.
DARTH SlDIOUS: good (cackles) good. Now, finish him. And the revenge of the Sith will finally be complete!
In the same moment that Darth Vader ignites his lightsaber a [information redacted, spoiler] lightsaber blade lances through Palpatine’s chest!
Yoda’s vision clears just in time to notice that Vader’s eyes aren’t nearly as fiery red as they were even a moment ago.
DARTH SlDIOUS:[in near shock from the mortal wound, suddenly notices Vader’s eyes fading from Sith Yellow to Blue] Lord Vader!?!?!
ANAKIN SKYWALKER: Vader? [smirk] Vader’s dead. [deactivates lightsaber] I killed him.
The [information redacted, spoiler] lightsaber blade is withdrawn from Palpatine’s chest and his body crumples dead to the floor to reveal [information redacted, spoiler] behind him.
in the distance the sound of many clone troopers can be heard, closing in.
[information redacted, spoiler]
“Take a seat! I’ll be right with ya!”
CoCo Town, In the backroom of a homely looking diner. Anakin, [information redacted, spoiler], Yoda, Jocasta, R2, and Dexter Jettster meet in secret to recount Anakin’s secret plan to save the Jedi Order and the Republic.
Basically Anakin had R2 secretly record his conversations with Palpatine And was able to have Nu silently secret away crucial artifacts and lead the younglings to Dex’s warehouse where they could hide out unnoticed while Battlemaster Cin Drallig surreptitiously secured the temple in such a way as to make it seem that all the younglings where in the accommodation sector throughout Operation Knightfall.
Add to that the Separatist Council’s testimony on Senator Sheev’s true involvement. And that wraps up this scenario quite nicely.
Unless of course there’s someone out in the Unknown Regions who’s been watching the Republic almost fall and is patient enough to continue biding his time.
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