Searching for Han, Chewie and Lando find a dimensional doorway when the Falcon 's warp engine dies. In a colorful void, they see the City of Dreams and land in a jungle. Seeking help, they are attacked by a beast until Cody Sunn-Childe arrives and draws his "monster-brother" into himself. Lando recognizes him as his boyhood idol, a freedom fighter, but Cody has put aside his past and his city is one of peace. Lando is suspicious, but Ansible "The Holy Terror" Beelyard, his second-in-command, confirms this. Chewie sees a Wookiee and feels at home here. In normal space, a Star Destroyer fleet led by Captain Plikk finds the doorway. She and Lieutenant Nizzon have patrolled for years, seeing no battles or glory, and hope to find both. Cody uses equipment to monitor Imperial transmissions to be reminded of the folly of war; though history portrays him as a Rebel dedicated to peace and freedom, he says he enjoyed violence and killing. On a little-known Imperial world, his philosophy changed when he was shot into a crevasse and met the M'usts, subterranean dwellers who thought him a Holy Flame God and taught him true peace. As latent psychic powers grew with help from the real Flame God, he returned to surface and left this universe, taking his battle-brothers to live in harmony. Outraged that Cody wasted such power on fantasy, Lando hits him and calls him a coward, unleashing more "monster brothers" until Cody pulls them back. Lando finds Chewie with the Wookiee and tries to take him away, but Chewie throws him into the arms of a 3PO unit. Lando sees Cody's dreams as a plague and condemns him for forsaking the universe. Plikk's fleet fire at the doorway to widen it for entry. Despite their fight, Cody fixes the Falcon and says he pities Lando for not seeing his way. Lando retorts that he has found a cause to fight for. When Plikk attacks the City of Dreams, thinking it a Rebel base or conquerable world, Chewie comes to his senses and leaves with Lando. Cody can't let Imperials destroy the Falcon and his city, so to Ansible's horror, unleashes his "monster-brothers" on the Imperials. As they flee, Cody sees what he's done and draws the monsters back, then calls his people and says that to live by peace, they must die by it as well. The Imperials level the city, depleting their energy but ready to die in glory. Lando grieves for Cody and his ideals, then exits through the closing doorway, leaving the Imperials to rot, and the search for Han Solo continues.
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