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STAR WARS
Episode VII: Escape from Peril

An Original Screenplay
By
Jeremy Lazar
And
GenMadine


INT. QUANTUM PIXIE - COCKPIT

Drekka is sitting in the pilot?s seat of the six-person cockpit, still fiddling with his engine part. Thenna enters and sits in the co-pilot?s seat.

THENNA
Dad, we have to help them.

Drekka huffs and keeps cleaning. He grunts and throws the rag.

DREKKA
Why are these damn things so hard to clean?

THENNA
They just need a ride.

Drekka looks at his rag, now out of reach.

THENNA (con?d)
Dad, we come into this world and (more)
THENNA (con?d)
can either do some good, or do some harm. It?s not like I?m-

Drekka grunts.

DREKKA
Stop it. You sound just like your mother.

THENNA
You?d know better than I would.

Drekka sighs, Thenna gets in his face and forces him to look at her, but seeing she?s hurt him, stops being angry.

THENNA (con?d)
At least let them use our comm to contact the Jedi Temple. Maybe they can get picked up.

Drekka looks out of the cockpit at the boys and their droid.

THENNA (con?d)
Please daddy?

DREKKA
Ok, but just one call.

THENNA
That?s fine.

DREKKA
This daddy?s little girl routine is going to get old one day.

THENNA
Sure daddy.

Thenna goes over and kisses Drekka on the cheek. Drekka gets up and exits.

EXT. TOWNOWI DOCKING BAY 1138

The two Jedi are huddled, but turn as Drekka exits the ship.

DREKKA
All right you two. You can use my comm - but that?s it.

BEN
Thank you Mr. Sunshadow.

DREKKA
Montorra.

Ben and Kane begin to follow Drekka into the ship.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE - COCKPIT

Drekka shows Ben and Kane to the controls. They punch a few buttons, activating the holo. Mara answers, startled.

MARA
Boys! I?m surprised to hear from you. How?s your father?

KANE
Not good.

Mara looks down and sees where the transmission is coming from.

MARA
Why aren?t you on Tatooine?

BEN
We?re on Townowi.

MARA
Townowi?

BEN
It?s all right, the Coalition doesn?t know we?re here.

MARA
Leave immediately.

BEN
We were near-

KANE
They kidnapped dad!

MARA
What? Who?

KANE
Some woman showed up with Coalition troops. I think she was a Sith.

MARA
That?s impossible - your grandfather destroyed the Sith and fulfilled the prophecy.

KANE
Looks like the prophecy was wrong.

MARA
I couldn?t feel any of this in the Force.

Ben and Kane worriedly look at each other

MARA (con?d)
Get back to Kharam immediately.

KANE
No. We?re going after dad.

MARA
Forget it. This is a matter for the Council.

KANE
But mom-

MARA
Where do you expect to-

The transmission begins to break up.

KANE
What?s going on?

BEN
Mom? Mom!

Drekka rises and hits a scanner button.

DREKKA
They?ve raised Lockdown.

BEN
What?s Lockdown?

DREKKA
High security shields. Someone did something they shouldn?t, and they?ll search every pad until they find what they?re looking for.

Drekka looks at Ben and Kane.

DREKKA (con?d)
How could I have been so stupid!

THENNA
What?

DREKKA
We sent a transmission to Kharam! I knew you Jedi would be trouble.

Drekka rushes out of the cockpit, Thenna follows. The boys look at each other confused and follow them outside.

EXT. TOWNOWI DOCKING BAY 1138

Drekka runs to his cargo, pulls out two hand-held anti-grav pads and begins to load them into the side of the ship.

DREKKA
Thenna, you Jedi, help me hide this stuff.

KANE
Why?

DREKKA
It?s contraband. The Coalition has been subjugating this planet and driving the natives underground. I?ve been smuggling supplies to them.

MINCH [Yeah and none to me!]

DREKKA
Who said that.

Minch jumps out from behind the cargo boxes.

DREKKA (con?d)
You! What are you doing here?

THENNA
Remember I told you I?d explain how I met the Jedi. Well, I was on the speeder...

DREKKA
(looking at Minch) What?d you do to my speeder?

MINCH
Me? I do [nothing. Blame your larva.]

Drekka angrily grabs a box and throws it. It busts open, spilling out several blasters.

THENNA
Dad! I thought you said we need to hide that stuff!

DREKKA
Not only do we have two wanted Jedi, but we also have Minch. It?s hopeless. I?m going to put to death for this.

KANE
Nothing?s hopeless. Why can?t we just blast out of here?

DREKKA
No way could I blast through these shields. They?re even stronger then the docking pad itself.

Drekka looks down at the floor, and runs back into the ship.

DREKKA (con?d)
Come on. All of you.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE - LOUNGE

Ben catches up with Kane.

BEN
What?s going on?

KANE
Don?t worry about it.

Drekka stops.

DREKKA
Either of you know how to use a gun port?

KANE and BEN
Absolutely

Ben looks at Kane.

DREKKA
Good. Man the guns, I?m headed for the cockpit.

BEN
We?re not doing what I think we?re doing?

Kane nods. Ben shakes his head.

BEN (con?d)
I have a bad feeling about this.

Kane and Ben enter the gun wells - Ben on the right, Kane on the left. As Kane takes the controls, he looks a little confused. Meanwhile, Minch and Artoo stay in the lounge and Thenna follows Drekka into the cockpit.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE - COCKPIT

Drekka takes the pilot seat and Thenna sits down next to him, taking a headset.

DREKKA
What do you think your doing?

THENNA
I want to help pilot us out.

DREKKA
You know you?re not ready, now go strap in the lounge.

Thenna gets up and storms out.

THENNA (con?d)
You never let me do anything!

DREKKA
(Shouting after her)
Not the time for this!

He puts on his headset.

DREKKA (con?d)
You boys ready?

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE - LEFT GUNWELL

Kane is still trying to figure out the controls.

KANE
Yeah, um, sure.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE - COCKPIT

DREKKA
Good.

Drekka raises the ship up and it hits the shielding, causing some sparks.

DREKKA (con?d)
Ok, aim for the fuel storage.

Kane and Ben blast at the landing pad, Ben much more controlled than Kane. The fuel explodes, causing the landing pad to blow up. The Pixie shakes, and Drekka, looking nervous, drops the ship under the shield, almost scraping the mountain below, and rockets up through the atmosphere.

EXT. SPACE - NEAR TOWNOWI

The Quantum Pixie speeds away from Townowi. Several capital ships are visible in the distance.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE - RIGHT GUNWELL

BEN
Looks like planetary defenses weren?t too happy with us leaving.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE - COCKPIT

DREKKA
Trust me, for an organization preaching freedom from the oppressive Republic, they really hate it when you break the rules.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE - LEFT GUNWELL

KANE
Squadron of fighters, incoming.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE - COCKPIT

DREKKA
Time for you boys to prove your worth. Look, those Coalition fighters are fast, but aim for the plasma cell under the guns and you can usually take em out with one shot.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE - LEFT GUNWELL

DREKKA (V.O.)
Kane - treat my girl well.

KANE
But- Um, Okay.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE - COCKPIT

DREKKA
What is it?

KANE
Nothing. I?m just not used to this type of gun well.

DREKKA
A little late for that. Ten seconds to maximum range.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE - LEFT GUNWELL

Thenna shows up by Kane?s gun well.

THENNA
Not used to this type of gunwell? What does that mean?

KANE
Nothing! I just, well I just can?t really shoot too accurately.

THENNA
You blasted the landing pad pretty good.

KANE
Of course I did - how could I miss!

THENNA
I can?t believe we?re trusting you with our ship.

KANE
Hey, I was pretty good back in the simulators-

THENNA
Simulators!

KANE
I was a little too busy being taught not to be Darth Vader to learn how to shoot guns!

THENNA
Get out of that chair.

Kane gets out, Thenna sits down and takes over

THENNA (con?d)
Go help dad fly this thing before his pride kills us all.

Kane huffs.

KANE
Fine.

Kane leaves.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE - COCKPIT

DREKKA
They?ll be here any second.

Kane comes to the cockpit and sits down next to Drekka.

KANE
Need any help?

DREKKA
Kane! What are you doing here?

KANE
Thenna took the gun from me.

DREKKA
Thenna! But Thenna can?t-

EXT. SPACE

Drekka is interrupted by laser fire. The three Coalition Fighters make a run at the ship. Thenna hits two of them instantly one right after the other.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE - LEFT GUNWELL

DREKKA
Thenna! What are you doing? You?ve never used the guns before-

THENNA
Sorry dad, I?m a little distracted right now.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE - COCKPIT

DREKKA
I knew raising her to be independent would come back and bite me one day.

Thenna and Ben continue to blast Coalition Fighters

KANE
She seems to be doing pretty well for herself.

DREKKA
Look, can you fly a ship?

KANE
Sure.

DREKKA
Good. You maneuver, I?ll set the coordinates for Kharam.

KANE
How do you know about Kharam?

DREKKA
Because I just do, all right. Take over.

Kane takes the controls. Ben and Thenna keep firing on the increasing amounts of fighters. As Drekka works with the hyperdrive the ship takes a few hits.

DREKKA
I thought you said you knew how to fly.

KANE
I do, sort of. Just starfighters though.

DREKKA
Can?t fly, can?t shoot, some Jedi you are.

KANE
How bout I aim us back at the planet?

DREKKA
Go ahead, I doubt you?ll hit it.

Kane, now angry, drives the ship right at an oncoming fighter.

BEN
Kane! What in the Fire Rings of Fornax are you doing?

DREKKA
Forget it kid, I?m ready to go.

Drekka pulls the hyperdrive lever and the Pixie rockets off.

EXT. HYPERSPACE

The Quantum Pixie flies through hyperspace.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE - LOUNGE

Ben, Thenna, Kane and Drekka all enter the lounge. Thenna, Kane and Ben all run to congratulate each other, and Ben gives Artoo a pat.

DREKKA
Look at you two. Not very impressive. The Force must not run too strong in your family.

BEN and KANE
(Proudly)
We?re Skywalkers.

DREKKA
Great. No wonder disaster is always just around the corner.

Suddenly they hear a yelp.

MINCH (O.S.)
[Cut that out you] lousy droid! Ow!

Minch jumps back into the room. Artoo follows closely with his shocker arm out. Drekka grabs Minch and picks him up to eye level.

DREKKA
Touch one more thing on this ship and I?ll toss you out the airlock.

Minch smiles.

MINCH
[Don?t worry about me,] I always stay out of trouble.

DREKKA
It?ll be a few hours before we reach Kharam. I?ll be in my quarters.

Drekka storms out.

BEN
Is your dad always like this?

THENNA
All our contracts were on Townowi. Thanks to you guys we have nothing now.

WIPE

INT. DOOM KEEP ? PRISON CELL

Luke?s eyes open, only to see two sharp spikes sitting right in front of them. His eyes are yellow and glowing faintly, and he?s hanging upside-down, spread eagle, with electromagnets on his wrists and ankles suspending him above the floor. He hears a click and the spiked cage surrounding him lifts up to reveal Darth Nyx, standing in front of him with two Coalition Guards.

DARTH NYX
Welcome to Doom Keep, Master Skywalker.

LUKE
You have no right to-

DARTH NYX
I?ve been rude. Allow me to introduce myself. I am Darth Nyx.

Luke is speechless for a moment.

LUKE
Darth? You can?t be. The Sith were destroyed-

DARTH NYX
By your father, yes. Well it seems we are very much alive.

Luke?s eyes close and he concentrates. Nothing happens. Nyx bends down and grabs his forehead with her hand, examining his eyes.

DARTH NYX (con?d)
Don?t bother trying to use the Force. We have seen to it that your midichlorians remain dormant.

She stands back up and begins to leave.

DARTH NYX (con?d)
Stay cozy, you may be here for a while.

Nyx and the guards exit.

WIPE

EXT. SPACE ? KHARAM

The icy planet of Kharam sits quietly in space, surrounded by a dense ice belt in orbit.

EXT. KHARAM ? JEDI TEMPLE - DAY

The stony Jedi Temple sits overlooking a large canyon, surrounded on either side of the tundra by waterfalls. A light snowstorm has begun.

INT. JEDI TEMPLE ? JEDI COUNCIL

Mara sits cross-legged on a raised circular cushion. Ten Jedi Council members enter the room, including MASTER TALJA and the four-armed MASTER DAL-KON, and sit on similar cushions in a circle around the room.

MARA
Thank you all for coming. I?ve received word from my sons that my husband has been kidnapped by a Sith Lord.

The Jedi react with shock.

MASTER TALJA
That?s impossible. The galaxy has been cleansed of their scourge.

MARA
We?re not the first Jedi to have thought that.

Talja nods.

MARA (con?d)
We have little evidence of where he may have been taken.

MASTER TALJA
Then we must search for him.

The Jedi look at her.

MASTER DAL-KON
Is it wise for us to waste our resources to search for one man?

MASTER TALJA
If it weren?t for Master Skywalker, none of us would be here today. We owe it to him.

MASTER DAL-KON
Mara?

MARA
Even I would hesitate to use the Jedi for selfish reasons.

MASTER TALJA
It is not selfish to rescue our mentor from certain doom.

The Jedi take a moment to reflect.

MASTER TALJA (con?d)
I suggest that Master Dal-Kon lead an expeditionary force. We have enough T-Wings here to-

The door chimes.

MARA
Yes?

The door opens revealing Apprentice OVAN MAREKAL.

OVAN
Sorry to interrupt Masters, but a ship has arrived in orbit.

Master Talja looks up, out the window.

EXT. SPACE ? KHARAM

The Quantum Pixie approaches the planet.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE ? COCKPIT

Drekka, Thenna, Kane and Ben are seated in the cockpit.

DREKKA
They do know we?re coming right?

The face of the Jedi Comm Officer appears on Drekka?s holopad.

JEDI COMM OFFICER
Welcome Quantum Pixie. We are transmitting the course through the ice belt now.

The holo fizzles and Drekka looks at one of his screens.

DREKKA
This better be right.

EXT. SPACE ? KHARAM ICE BELT

The Pixie darts and weaves through the beautifully complex ice belt.

EXT. KHARAM ? JEDI TEMPLE

The Pixie flies past the Temple and lowers itself down into the canyon below it.

EXT. KHARAM ? CANYON

The Pixie flies underneath one of the canyon waterfalls.

INT. KHARAM ? DOCKING BAY

Mara and Talja stand in the docking bay as the Pixie lands. The ramps hisses and lowers, and Kane and Ben appear with Artoo. As soon as they see Mara then run to her and embrace.

MARA
Thank goodness you?re all right.

Master Talja walks to Kane and touches his shoulder.

MASTER TALJA
It is good to see you, apprentice.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE ? LOUNGE

Drekka, Thenna and Minch begin to disembark, when Drekka sees Talja standing outside. He stops and turns, preventing Thenna from leaving,

DREKKA
I want you to stay here.

THENNA
What? Why?

DREKKA
Keep an eye on Minch.

MINCH
[What? I did nothing.]

THENNA
But dad, I?ve wanted to see -

DREKKA
Stay on the ship.

INT. KHARAM ? DOCKING BAY

Drekka leaves the ship and sees Talja standing there staring at him. Mara walks to him with Ben and Kane in tow.

MARA
I can?t thank you enough for bringing my sons back. Any thing we can do for you, just ask.

DREKKA
Just some fuel.

Drekka looks at Talja.

DREKKA (con?d)
I just want to get out of here as soon as possible.

MARA
Master Talja will be able to help you with whatever you wish.

Mara and the boys leave with Artoo. Drekka and Talja stare at each other for a moment.

MASTER TALJA
I never expected to see you again.

DREKKA
I?m only here to return some unwanted cargo.

MASTER TALJA
I sense my daughter is here. May I speak with her?

DREKKA
No.

MASTER TALJA
It?s the will of the Force that she?s here.

DREKKA
I don?t want to hear about the Force.

MASTER TALJA
At least tell her I miss her.

DREKKA
Do you?

MASTER TALJA
Don?t worry, I?ll get you off planet as soon as I can.

DREKKA
Good.

Drekka turns and begins to walk back to his ship.

MASTER TALJA
I?m sorry I had to leave you.

Talja walks up to Drekka and takes his hand.

DREKKA
You didn?t have to do anything.

MASTER TALJA
I had to do this for me.

DREKKA
Tell that to your daughter.

Drekka lets go of her hand and disappears inside the ship.

INT. KHARAM ? T-WING DOCKING BAY

In a second docking bay, Dal-Kon stands with a large amount of Jedi. Behind them are T-Wings ? long-range snubfighters.

MASTER DAL-KON
Finding Master Skywalker will be no easy task. With so little to go on, we will have to split up to cover the most ground. Master Skywalker is counting on all of us. May the Force be with you.

The Jedi?s run to their ships.

EXT. SPACE ? KHARAM

The fleet of T-Wings exits Kharam and enters hyperspace.

INT. JEDI TEMPLE ? CONTROL CENTER

Mara stands with her sons in the Jedi Control Center. Several Jedi monitor readouts. They watch the T-Wings enter hyperspace.

WIPE

INT. DOOM KEEP ? DARTH NYX?S QUARTERS

Nyx is his her quarters standing in front of her viewscreen. We can?t see whom she is talking to.

DARTH NYX
Excellent. You shall be commended.

She cuts the transmission and calls up the viewscreen once again. Warden Kvez answers.

WARDEN KVEZ
Yes m?lady?

DARTH NYX
I have just received word from my source on Kharam. The Jedi have begun to search for Master Skywalker.

WARDEN KVEZ
Do you believe they?ll find us?

DARTH NYX
Fool. This is what we?ve been waiting for. Kharam is totally undefended. Prepare your troops and take us to the staging point.

WARDEN KVEZ
Yes m?lady.

WIPE

EXT. JEDI TEMPLE ? DOCKING BAY

A line of fuel pipes are hooked up to the Pixie, and a few small maintenance droids are performing repairs to the hull.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE ? LOUNGE

Drekka sits on his couch with Thenna and Minch.

DREKKA
We should be ready to go soon.

THENNA
To go where? I still don?t see why we can?t stay here.

DREKKA
Because we can?t. We did our good deed for the day.

THENNA
Well I doubt we?ll be getting a lot of contracts from Townowi anymore. And what about Minch?

Minch perks up at his name being mentioned.

DREKKA
We can shoot him, or better yet, hire him out for menial labor.

MINCH
[Very funny, dirty pilot.]

Drekka stands.

DREKKA
I?ll go check the systems.

Drekka walks to the cockpit.

EXT. JEDI TEMPLE ? DOCKING BAY

Master Talja walks onto the landing pad and enters the Pixie.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE ? LOUNGE

Thenna busies herself at the computer console. She turns as she hears footsteps coming her way. Master Talja enters the lounge and Thenna?s eyes light up.

THENNA
Mom!

Thenna runs to Talja and embraces her tightly. They release and Talja holds Thenna at arms length, studying her.

MASTER TALJA
My beautiful daughter.

THENNA
I knew you were here! I just knew it. Dad wouldn?t let me leave the ship and-

MASTER TALJA
Thenna, relax. Your father has his reasons, but I needed to see you at least once before you left.

THENNA
But I don?t want to leave. I want to stay here, I want to be a Jedi-

MASTER TALJA
I?m afraid you can?t. Not now.

Thenna withdraws.

THENNA
But why not? It?s what I?ve wanted for so long.

Master Talja stares at her daughter, almost tearful. She begins to speak when Drekka walks in from the cockpit.

DREKKA
We should be about ready to go-

He sees Talja.

DREKKA (con?d)
Come with me. Now.

Drekka takes Master Talja to the cockpit. Thenna drops on the couch, depressed.

BEN (O.S.)
Thenna?

Thenna looks up and sees Ben and Kane enter.

KANE
We heard you were leaving and just wanted to say good-bye.

BEN
Is everything all right?

THENNA
My mother came to see me.

KANE
Really, she?s here?

THENNA
Yeah, and now she?s in the cockpit fighting with my dad.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE ? COCKPIT

DREKKA
I thought I told you to stay away from her.

MASTER TALJA
Well I?m sorry!

Drekka sees Minch under the pilot seat and grabs him by the back of the neck, He thrusts Minch towards the door.

DREKKA
Too bad! Both of you get out of my ship. You deserve each other.

He opens the cockpit door.

MASTER TALJA
Drekka-

DREKKA
Get out of my ship!

MINCH
You dare no leave me with Jedi. Nasty man!

Drekka shoves Minch outside of the cockpit. Master Talja looks at him one last time.

MASTER TALJA
Fine. Then leave here immediately.

Talja departs, taking Minch with her, and Drekka slams the cockpit door shut, locking it. Talja hurries out of the ship, taking Minch with her.

KANE
Master Talja is your mother?

THENNA
Yeah, why?

Suddenly they hear the engines whine.

BEN
Uh-oh.

EXT. JEDI TEMPLE ? DOCKING BAY

Now detached from the fuel lines, The Quantum Pixie raises from the landing pad and heads back out through the waterfall with Drekka furious at the controls.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE ? LOUNGE

Thenna runs to the cockpit door and tries to open it, but it?s locked. She bangs on the door.

THENNA
Dad! Dad open up!

In the cockpit, Drekka ignores her. Thenna gives up and walks back to the lounge.

THENNA (con?d)
Useless, he locked the door.

Drekka takes the ship to hyperspace.

THENNA (con?d)
Guess you two are stuck with us a while longer.

WIPE

INT. DOOM KEEP ? PRISON CELL

The spikes in front of Luke rise back up and two Coalition Guards enter. One has a gun trained on Luke at all times, while the other carries a tray with several instruments, including a ration bar and a syringe.

LUKE
Dinnertime already?

The guard huffs and picks up the ration bar.

LUKE (con?d)
I know you need to keep me alive.

The guard looks at Luke and bends down and shoves the bar in Luke?s mouth. Luke spits it out.

LUKE (con?d)
I?m going to starve myself.

The guard bends down to pick up the bar.

GUARD
You?re going to eat it.

He pinches Luke?s nose and shoves the bar hard into his mouth. Luke gags, and this time spits the bar towards his right hand. The guard, now angry, punches Luke in the face and bends back down to pick up the bar. Luke jerks slightly, his hand inching closer to the gun in the guard?s holster. The gun is drawn magnetically next to Luke?s hand. He reaches it with his hand and aims it at the guard?s face. The second guard points his weapon at Luke.

LUKE
If you shoot me your master will be very unhappy.

GUARD
Reset the magnet!

The second guard nods and hits the control panel. The magnets shut off for a split second. Luke begins to drop, but the magnets reactivate, trapping Luke in a strange position. It disorients him and the alarms sound.

The first guard tries to wrestle his gun out of Luke?s hand, but Luke jerks his wrist sideways and fires at the control panel. It explodes in a shower of sparks and Luke drops to the ground. He hits the first guard with the gun, and shoots the second one.

Luke then tries the door, but it?s locked. He looks up and sees a ventilation panel on the ceiling. He attempts to force-leap, but falters, unable. Then the door to the cell opens. He shoots the first guards coming in and runs out of the cell. More Coalition Troopers are headed his way. He fires some more shots and runs off.

WIPE

EXT. HYPERSPACE

The Quantum Pixie continues through hyperspace. Drekka gets up to leave the cockpit.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE ? LOUNGE

Drekka enters the lounge.

DREKKA
Look, honey I?m sorry-

He sees the Skywalker boys.

DREKKA (con?d)
What are they doing here!?

THENNA
Dad! You just took off-

DREKKA
This is unbelievable! I risked my neck to bring you home and now you?re right back onboard.

BEN
Just let us contact the Temple again. We?ll explain everything.

The lounge shakes violently.

THENNA
We?ve dropped out of hyperspace.

DREKKA
That was the emergency cut out. Something large just got in our way.

Everyone runs to the cockpit.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE ? COCKPIT

They look out of the window and see Doom Keep sitting in front of them.

DREKKA
It?s a prison station.

KANE
A prison station!

Kane concentrates for a moment.

KANE (con?d)
Dad?s on that ship!

DREKKA
That?s ridiculous.

BEN
No, he?s right.

KANE
We can?t go back now.

DREKKA
Oh yes we can, I?m not taking you there.

KANE
Ben, get on the comm. Tell mom we?re getting our father back.

Ben goes to the comm to contact Mara.

DREKKA
I said we?re not going.

KANE
Well, they?re going to start launching fighters at us pretty soon.

Drekka doesn?t budge.

KANE (con?d)
How would you like it if you died and Thenna was left alone?

DREKKA
Don?t tug at my heartstrings kid.

KANE
We?re Jedi. We?re warriors. We?ll go in there, get our father, and be gone.

DREKKA
I don?t want to hear?

THENNA
Just help them one last time.

DREKKA
How? You think we can just fly right into a prison ship?

Ben has finished explaining everything to Mara.

MARA
Ok, I?ll recall the search. I don?t like this, Ben. Be careful.

BEN
We?ll make you proud.

MARA
I know you will. May the Force be with you.

Ben smiles, nods and cuts the holo.

DREKKA
I don?t like this at all.

EXT. SPACE ? DOOM KEEP

The Quantum Pixie accelerates towards the prison.

INT. QUANUTM PIXIE ? COCKPIT

Drekka aims the ship towards an open docking bay.

DREKKA
This seems too easy. There should at least be a shield up or something.

BEN
Looks like you can just fly into a prison ship.

Drekka shoots Ben a look, and brings the ship in.

INT. DOOM KEEP ? DOCKING BAY 1015

The Pixie lands softly in the expansive docking bay.

INT. DOOM KEEP ? CONTROL CENTER

Warden Kvez oversees the prison control center. Several Coalition Technicians are at control stations, diagnostic computers and other stations. Darth Nyx enters.

DARTH NYX
It seems our prisoner has escaped.

Warden Kvez walks up to her nervously.

WARDEN KVEZ
We?re currently searching for him my Lady. The, um, troops will soon be ready for deployment, however, and-

COALITION TECHNICIAN
Sir, an unauthorized freighter has just landed in Docking Bay 1015.

Kvez shoots the technician an angry glance.

DARTH NYX
Good.

He turns back to her, confused.

DARTH NYX (con?d)
The sons have returned to save the father.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE ? LOUNGE

Drekka, Thenna, Ben, and Kane have gathered near the landing ramp. Drekka grabs a blaster rifle and gives it to Thenna.

DREKKA
Here.

Drekka notices that Kane is looking sheepish.

DREKKA (con?d)
Don?t worry, I have plenty blasters to spare.

After everyone is outfitted, Drekka nods towards the ramp.

DREKKA (con?d)
Let?s get moving.

INT. DOOM KEEP ? DOCKING BAY 1015

The group exits the ship and begins to leave the docking bay carefully.

WIPE

INT. CORUSCANT ? LEIA?S OFFICE

Leia presides over the meeting in the Chancellor?s office. In the middle of the room is a long rectangular table, lined with New Republic Military personnel and a few of the senior Senators, including GENERAL WEDGE ANTILLES. A holo projector lies in the middle of the table, but is not on. Leia is at the head of the table, passionately arguing her points, with a holo-projection of Mara at her side.

LEIA
My sources show that the Coalition is poised to strike at the Jedi Training Center.

GENERAL KADAR
Madame Chancellor, you?re asking us to deploy the fleet to defend a planet that our sources tell us is safe.

MARA
We understand what we are asking for. Please believe that we need the fleet to protect the Jedi.

GOLEMUN (O.S.)
The Jedi need our help again?

WEDGE
Senator Golemun, what an unexpected surprise.

Senator Golemun enters in his chair, surrounded by his honor guard.

GOLEMUN
Thank you, General, I apologize for my tardiness to this meeting.

His chair strolls up to the table and looks to Leia.

GOLEMUN (con?d)
I guess I missed the memo regarding its existence. Thankfully, you are all still in session.

MARA
We are wasting valuable time here. Kharam is about to be attacked.

GOLEMUN
How can this be? I thought it?s location was a secret?

LEIA
Luke seems to think that the secret has been compromised.

SENATOR BAHIRI
Master Skywalker assured us that the Jedi would not need military assistance.

LEIA
Yes, Senator, Luke is aware. He would not have requested this meeting if not absolutely necessary.

Golemun scoffs.

GOLEMUN
How predictable - the sister and the wife of the Almighty Skywalker putting the needs of the Republic aside to help the Jedi.

LEIA
Without the Jedi, our enemies would have defeated us long ago. Luke and Mara have-

GOLEMUN.
Why isn?t Master Skywalker telling us this himself?

Leia glares at Golemun. He has a suspicious look in his eye and a sly smile on his face. Leia maintains her cool.

MARA
We are here, asking for him. Can you help us?

Wedge looks to Golemun, then to Leia.

WEDGE
Leia, while your passion is duly noted, I am afraid we?re going to need a little more than that to justify such a strong military action.

Golemun leans back in his chair, smirking. Leia looks ahead blankly, with Mara over her left shoulder, with a distraught look on her face.

INT. DOOM KEEP ? CORRIDOR

The group heads down the dark, scaffolding-like corridors of Doom Keep. Their weapons are at the ready.

DREKKA
This isn?t right. We haven?t seen a trace of the Coalition since we landed.

KANE
What kind of complaint is that?

Drekka leads the group around the corner.

DREKKA
Trust me, I?ve been around. I-

A blaster bolt slams into the wall, an inch from Drekka?s face. He moves back and waves the group back behind the corner.

KANE
Happy now?

Drekka motions for them to stay down.

DREKKA
Much better, yeah.

COALITION COMMAND TROOPER
Remember, we need the two boys alive. Kill the rest!

Drekka, Thenna and Kane try to shoot back while Ben deflects bolts with his saber, but the strike force is too much. As the troopers push towards them, the group begins to retreat backwards into the corridor.

KANE
Around here.

Kane points to another corridor and the group follows him to a locked door at a dead end.

BEN
Locked! Just great!

Drekka tries to pry the door open when suddenly it opens and he falls inside.

VOICE (O.S.)
Get in!

With little choice, the rest of the group follows the voice and the door slams shut as the Coalition Troopers begin to fire at it.

INT. DOOM KEEP ? CONTROL ROOM

Drekka gets up and rushes at the man who opened the door.

DREKKA
You better be-

BEN
Dad!

Luke Skywalker smiles and embraces his sons.

DREKKA
So - this is Luke Skywalker.

Luke releases his boys.

LUKE
Pleasure to meet you.

DREKKA
I?m Drekka, this is Thenna.

Luke walks to an R2 unit plugged in to the diagnostics.

BEN
What?s wrong with your eyes?

LUKE
Long story. I found this droid, R2-J2. She was scheduled for a memory wipe.

DREKKA
Plenty of room for her on my ship, so if you don?t mind.

LUKE
We can?t leave yet.

DREKKA
Why not?

LUKE
This prison is a ruse. I?m the only captive here. They?re housing an invasion fleet. The center of this station has been hollowed out and something massive is being constructed there.

BEN
How do we stop it?

Luke points to a belt of charges on the computer console.

LUKE
We?re near one of the core conduits that runs to the main reactor of the ship. I was going to detonate it.

Ben looks to the charges, then to his father.

BEN
You weren?t planning on coming back were you?

LUKE
Sometimes a Jedi?s duty to others outweighs his duty to self.

DREKKA
Well now you have a way off this rust bucket, so no one has to sacrifice themselves anymore.

Ben activates his lightsaber.

BEN
Let?s go before they can launch.

The Coalition Troopers on the other side of the door begin to burn through. Luke looks at Kane cradling his rifle.

LUKE
Where?s your lightsaber?

The door bursts and laser fire pours through. Drekka, Thenna and Kane start shooting. Five Troopers try to enter, but are subdued.

LUKE
C?mon Jaytoo.

The droid follows the group out of the room.

INT. DOOM KEEP ? CORRIDOR

The group continues down the corridor, with Luke taking the lead.

LUKE
It should be down here some-

KANE
More Troopers!

Luke turns, but is shot in the stomach and falls.

BEN
DAD!

Kane, hearing his brother?s yell, and seeing his father on the ground, grabs Ben?s lightsaber from his hand and charges the Troopers, quickly slaughtering them. He then runs back to Luke, who?s now on the ground, with Ben propping him up. Drekka is tending the wound.

DREKKA
Lucky, lucky man.

Kane looks at Drekka, his eyes welling up.

DREKKA (con?d)
Don?t worry, he?ll survive. But he?ll need to be brought back to the ship. Ben, take your father and Jaytoo to the Pixie and prep it. Thenna, Kane, you two are with me.

KANE
No. Take Ben, I?m not leaving my father.

DREKKA
Ben gets to go because he knows how to fly a ship. You?ll back me into the docking bay.

Kane glares at Drekka.

KANE
Fine.

He cradles his gun and begins to march forward.

KANE (con?d)
See you back at the ship.

Drekka and Thenna follow after Kane.

INT. DOOM KEEP - CONTROL CENTER

Darth Nyx continues to oversee the Control Center. Warden Kvez walks up to her to report.

WARDEN KVEZ
M?lady, they appear to have spilt up. We believe one group is heading for one of the power cores.

DARTH NYX
It must be Skywalker. Leave him to me.

INT. DOOM KEEP ? CORE ROOM 7 CORRIDOR

Drekka, Kane and Thenna blast two Coalition Troopers guarding the entrance to the Core Room.

DREKKA
The Core Room.

INT. DOOM KEEP ? CORE ROOM 7

The Core is a giant empty sphere with a huge generator running vertically down the middle. A long platform circles the room, with an expandable bridges extending to the generator in the middle, 4 in all.

Drekka, Thenna and Kane enter. The room is engulfed in, pulsing generator-type sound, rendering the three unable to hear each other.

KANE
(Drowned out)
I can?t hear a thing in here!

Drekka points to the charges and then to the Core. The kids understand and wait while Drekka hurries to the bridge and hits the controls. The bridge begins to slowly extend.

Thenna starts to say something when someone walks past the door. She backhands Kane in the arm.

THENNA
(Drowned out)
Kane ? look!

Kane looks around.

KANE
(Drowned out)
What?

Thenna points the core where Drekka is. Kane shrugs, not seeing anything. He looks again and sees Darth Nyx striding towards her father, who is now walking down the extending bridge. Thenna begins to run towards it.

Drekka attaches the charges to the core and types in the detonate code. Before he can hit the button to activate it, though, Nyx appears out of nowhere at the control panel, and begins to retract the bridge, then destroys the panel with her fist.

DARTH NYX (V.O.)
Not who I expected.

Drekka shakes his head to get her voice out of it, then turns to see her standing at the end of the bridge with her two sabers lit.

THENNA
(Drowned out)
Dad!

Nyx turns and looks directly at Thenna, who is now screaming. Nyx uses the Force to push her back towards Kane and away from Drekka. Kane runs forward but is thrust back, hard against the wall. Nyx turns back to Drekka.

DARTH NYX (V.O.)
The Force is strong with your daughter.

Drekka?s face turns angry. He plants his feet, stands his ground.

DREKKA
(Drowned out)
You leave her alone!

DARTH NYX (V.O.)
You?re awfully brave for someone who?s about to die.

Drekka looks across the room to Thenna. She?s in tears, shaking her head. Kane is next to her, frantically trying to move, but remaining pinned to the wall.

Drekka gives Thenna a salute. He draws his gun and fires a shot at Nyx, distracting her. Thenna, hysterical, screams, unheard, kicking her legs.

THENNA
(Drowned out)
No!

Drekka turns and leaps forward. Nyx hurls one of her sabers into Drekka?s back as hard as she can. As the saber pierces him, Nyx drops the kids to the floor. Drekka slams his hand down on the activator before falling into the cavern below. The charges begin to blink red. Darth Nyx pulls her saber back to her from the cavern and turns towards Kane and Thenna.

Thenna begins to fire at Nyx, who deflects every bolt. She gets ready to attack Thenna, but a bolt goes wild and hits a pipe. It bursts, sending a cloud of hot steam where Nyx is standing. The loud hum in the room dissipates. Nyx as she screams as the steam blasts her towards the edge of the platform. When the cloud clears, she?s gone. Kane is runs to Thenna, who collapses in a heap on the floor.

KANE
Come on, we still have to get out of here.

Thenna slowly rises and they run out of the room.

INT. DOOM KEEP ? DOCKING BAY 1015

Ben and Jaytoo, who is helping to carry Luke with a hoverbeam, have entered the docking bay, which is occupied by several Troopers. They and pin the three of them down by the entranceway. Ben deflects two blasts with his saber.

BEN
This is crazy! We?ll never get to the ship.

Ben deflects a few most blaster bolts, one of which hits a Trooper nearby. He concentrates and waves his hand towards the ship. The lower belly cannon activates starts to fire salvos upon the troopers, taking most of them out. Ben runs to the ramp and lowers it, before waving for Jaytoo to bring Luke over.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE ? LOUNGE

They enter the lounge. Ben places Luke on the flight couch and

BEN
Jaytoo, watch after him.

Ben runs to the cockpit.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE ? COCKPIT

Ben takes the controls and powers up the ship as more Troopers enter the docking bay and begin to shoot at the ship. Ben slams the control console.

BEN
This thing?s slower than a Hutt.

The ship slowly whirrs to life as Kane and Thenna run into the bay, fighting the troopers, and onto the ship. Thenna and Kane soon burst into the cockpit.

KANE
We?re here, we?re here - go go go!

BEN
Where?s Drekka?

He sees Thenna collapse into the copilot?s seat, crying.

KANE
Just go, all right.

INT. DOOM KEEP ? DOCKING BAY 1015

The ship turns and blasts out of the docking bay.

EXT. SPACE ? DOOM KEEP

The Pixie exits amongst a flurry of ships.

INT. DOOM KEEP ? CONTROL CENTER

A Coalition Technician runs to Warden Kvez.

TECHNICIAN
Sir, the ships have begun to launch, but we have a problem.

The Technician points to a monitor showing the explosion in Core Room 7. Kvez lets out a painful sigh.

WARDEN KVEZ
It?s premature, but prepare the Dark Claw for launch.

The Technician nods and leaves as the evacuation klaxons begin to wail.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE ? COCKPIT

Ben and Kane stare at the fleet of ships deserting the station.

BEN
We better warn Kharam.

KANE
We will! Just go! Now!

BEN
Calm down, I?ve still got to-

KANE
Wait! There?s the ship dad was talking about!

EXT. SPACE ? DOOM KEEP

Doom Keep begins to break apart, revealing a massive ship in the center ? The Dark Claw.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE ? COCKPIT

BEN
So what, it?s toast. You want us to get out of here, we?re getting out of here.

Ben pulls the hyperspace lever.

EXT. SPACE ? DOOM KEEP

The Quantum Pixie goes to hyperspace as Doom Keep explodes in a tremendous fireball, taking most, but not all, of the fleeing ships with it. The Dark Claw is engulfed in flames.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE ? COCKPIT

As the ship rockets through hyperspace Ben calls Mara on the holocomm.

MARA
Are you alright?

Ben looks at Thenna, now being consoled by Kane.

BEN
Mostly. We rescued dad, but they launched an invasion fleet.

MARA
I knew it! When Leia hears this she?ll- Look, we?ll prepare for the invasion, Get here as soon as you can.

Ben cuts the comm.

WIPE

INT. JEDI TEMPLE ? MEETING ROOM

Mara and Talja stand in front of a small group of Jedi.

MARA
I?ve just received word that the Coalition has launched an invasion force towards the temple.

The Jedi begin to all talk at once.

MARA (con?d)
I?ve recalled Master Dal-Kon and the rest of the fleet, but they won?t be here for some time. In the meanwhile, prepare the swoops and be ready for attack.

Mara nods and the Jedi begin to break up. Mara steps down and begins talking to a group of Jedi.

INT. QUANTUM PIXIE ? LOUNGE

Kane is sitting on the floor, comforting Thenna.

BEN (O.S.)
Get ready, we?re almost there.

EXT. SPACE ? ICE BELT

The Pixie drops out of hyperspace in the midst of the remaining Coalition fleet. Several fighters attempt to attack them, but get lost in the ice belt. A Coalition Troop Transport attempts to follow them through, but is badly damaged. It does, however, manage to make it.

EXT. KHARAM ? CANYON

The Transport follows the Pixie but is shot down. It crashlands in the canyon as the Pixie enters the waterfall.

INT. JEDI TEMPLE ? DOCKING BAY

The Pixie comes through the waterfall and lands sharply in the docking bay. Kane and Thenna unstrap themselves as the ramp lowers. Mara is standing right outside. With Artoo and a medical team behind her, she peers in as Thenna exits, Ben and Kane right behind her, propping up Luke. Mara sees him and gasps.

MARA
Luke.

She runs to him and helps the boys take him off the ship. The medical team places Luke on a hovering stretcher. Artoo warbles at him as he passes.

MARA (con?d)
Get him to the Medbay immediately.

The med team rushes Luke away, with Kane attempting to follow. Mara stops him.

BEN
The invasion force is out there. A transport followed us, but crashed in the canyon.

MARA
Good, Dal-Kon should be here shortly.

BEN
I?m taking a T-Wing.

MARA
It?s too dangerous.

BEN
We?ve got no one up there.

Ben begins to run over to a docked T-Wing.

BEN (con?d)
I?ll prep her, c?mon Artoo.

MARA
(Sighing)
Be careful.

Mara rushes off with Kane, Thenna, and Jaytoo.

INT. JEDI TEMPLE ? COMMAND CENTER

Master Talja is standing with Minch over the shoulder of a technician when Thenna and Jaytoo enter the Command Center. They see her Thenna, and rush over.

MASTER TALJA
Thenna?

Thenna looks to her mother, eyes welling up. Without saying a word she runs to her, and they embrace. Talja looks into Thenna?s eyes.

MASTER TALJA (con?d)
Oh no.

THENNA
He was so brave. He saved us all.

Talja hugs her daughter again.

MASTER TALJA
I know, I know.

Talja looks up as Ben?s voice breaks through the comm system.

BEN (O.S.)
This is Alpha Blue to Zulu Base-

Minch tentatively puts his hand on Thenna?s back. She looks at him, unsure at first, but smiles.

EXT. SPACE ? ICE RING

Ben?s T-Wing flies into the ice belt, Coalition Fighters begin to head for him. He banks his ship to avoid their shots. He fires back, but misses. Fiddling with the controls, Ben begins to look worried.

BEN
Dal-Kon better hurry.

INT. JEDI TEMPLE ? MEDICAL CENTER

Mara is sitting next to Luke, who is now semi-conscious, with eyes returning to normal.

LUKE
We?ve raised two very brave young Jedi.

Mara strokes Luke?s forehead.

MARA
They certainly have their father?s spirit.

Luke smiles.

EXT. KHARAM ? CANYON BOTTOM

A large door at the bottom of the crashed Troop Transport creaks open. A Coalition Officer limps out into the falling snow, his face bloody. Behind him are rows and rows of white armored Coalition Troopers wearing jetpacks. The Officer wipes a trickle of blood from his mouth and looks up to the Jedi Temple high above.

COALITION OFFICER
Death to the Jedi.

Behind him the troops cheer.

JETPACK TROOPERS
Death to the Jedi!

The fire their rockets and whoosh up out of the carrier.

INT. JEDI TEMPLE ? COMMAND CENTER

Talja stands with Thenna as one of the technicians points to her screen.

FEMALE TECHNICIAN
Master, look at this.

Master Talja walks over to the screen and sees a large amount of blips starting to rise from the bottom of the canyon.

MASTER TALJA
I knew it. Launch the swoops.

Master Talja hits a button on the console.

INT. JEDI MEDICAL CENTER

Mara continues to tend Luke

MASTER TALJA (V.O.)
Mara?

She looks up.

MARA
Yes?

MASTER TALJA
It seems the Troop Transport is in better shape than we thought. It?s launched troopers into the canyon. The swoops are away.

MARA
Good. Tell Kane that-

MASTER TALJA
Kane?s not here.

MARA
He?s not?

INT. JEDI COMMAND CENTER

Thenna looks at Minch, prompting Talja to do the same.

MINCH
What? Not my idea to go get swoop!

MASTER TALJA
Mara-

INT. JEDI MEDICAL CENTER

MARA
I heard.

She looks to Luke. He writhes in pain.

LUKE
The Dark Side.

Mara gets up and runs out.

EXT. KHARAM ? CANYON

Over thirty Jedi mount their swoops and burst from behind a waterfall. The swoops are nothing more than a saddle and an engine, which they steer with their feet, leaving their arms free to wield a lightsaber.

They swoop downwards through the heavy snow as the Troopers rise from the bottom and begin shooting.

INT. JEDI TEMPLE ? SWOOP DOCKING BAY

Kane runs into the docking bay and over to one of the remaining swoops, when he stops.

DARTH NYX
Skywalker.

He turns to see Darth Nyx standing behind him. Kane stares in horror.

KANE
It can?t be.

DARTH NYX
Oh yes.

She begins to slowly stride towards him.

DARTH NYX (con?d)
I?m afraid it is.

She stops five paces from where Kane is standing.

DARTH NYX (con?d)
Poor little Jedi. Daddy?s not here.

Kane looks at Luke?s saber hanging from her belt. Nyx motions, using the force to lift up Luke?s saber and floats it, spinning, between her and Kane.

DARTH NYX (con?d)
Go on, take it. Are you afraid?

Kane carefully walks towards the slowly spinning saber. He hesitantly reaches out his hand to grab it. Suddenly it activates, swinging at Kane?s head. He jumps back and falls to the floor as Nyx calls the saber back to her belt, laughing.

DARTH NYX (con?d)
You do your family proud.

The doors to the docking bay open, revealing Mara, green saber lit.

MARA
Leave him alone.

Ignoring Mara, Nyx keeps her eye on Kane.

DARTH NYX
Poor, weak, little Jedi. Good thing your mother is here to save you.

Kane gets up, attempting to defy Nyx. He looks behind her to Mara. Kane activates Ben?s blue saber, Nyx spins, and activates both her sabers, blocking Mara?s. She pushes Mara off of her, and the two begin to duel.

EXT. SPACE ? ICE RING

Ben chases after a Coalition Fighter, with two others behind him. He fires at the lead, winging it before almost crashing into an ice meteor. He takes a deep breath, and tries to shake the two fighters behind him.

BEN
Dal-Kon, you better get here soon.

One of the Fighters shoots at a large chunk of ice, melting it and creating a new obstacle for Ben. He pulls up, barely avoiding the crash, when from out of nowhere the fighters are blasted. More T-Wings enter the ice ring.

DAL-KON
You needed some help Skywalker?

BEN
It?s about time!

DAL-KON
Keep that up and I may just go home.

BEN
Be my guest, but there may not much home to go to.

Another blast hits Ben?s T-Wing.

EXT. KHARAM ? CANYON

The vertical battle continues, as the Jetpack Troopers overwhelm the small Jedi force. Ovan Marekal drops his swoop behind a Jetpack Trooper and takes a swing at him with his saber. It slashes the jetpack and the Trooper goes flying. Two other Troopers then rush Ovan from both sides, firing. He deflects their lasers, but one hits the swoop?s engine. It sputters and Ovan falls through the battling Jedi. He begins to rewire the swoop, and it starts up moments before it crashes into the ground. Smiling, Ovan rises back up into the battle.

INT. JEDI TEMPLE ? SWOOP DOCKING BAY

Kane and Mara are dueling with Darth Nyx. She gracefully deflects both Jedi?s sabers, keeping them at bay. Mara swings low and Nyx leaps up in the air, spinning and landing behind Mara. Kane runs after her, but Nyx takes a swing at Mara?s face and she goes down. Mara gets up, wiping blood from the cut on her cheek made by the knife blade on Nyx?s saber. Nyx looks at Kane and laughs.

DARTH NYX
What?s the matter boy? Afraid mother can?t protect you.

Nyx swings at Kane and starts to duel him as Mara quickly gets back up and charges at Nyx. She parries Mara and force-pushes Kane over.

DARTH NYX (con?d)
An entire family of great Jedi, and then there?s you. Pathetic.

Kane looks up, hurt.

MARA
Don?t listen to her.

Nyx turns and fights Mara with both sabers, wearing her down. Kane leaps up and flies forward, slamming into Nyx and knocking her down.

DARTH NYX
Powerful anger for such a small child.

Nyx smiles and pushes Kane off of her, while dodging a blow to the head from Mara.

EXT. SPACE ? ICE RING

As the T-Wings dodge ice particles, dog-fighting, Ben is being chased by a Coalition Fighter, which he manages to dodge and destroy.

Ben banks his fighter and notices that a small group of fighters is about to leave the ice ring.

BEN
Zulu Base, warning-

INT. JEDI TEMPLE ? COMMAND CENTER

Master Talja stands over the technicians, with Thenna close beside her. Minch hangs to the back of the room with Jaytoo, eyes on Thenna.

BEN (V.O.)
Alert the swoops, we have fighters breaking through.

EXT. KHARAM ? JEDI TEMPLE

The group of fighters takes pot shots at the Jedi Temple, but descends into the canyon to help the Troopers.

EXT. KHARAM ? CANYON

Ovan and the rest of the Jedi continue to fight the Coalition Troopers, when the group of fighters drops in and begins to fire at them. A few Jedi are blown off their swoops.

Ovan makes a run for one of the ships. It fires at his swoop and it explodes. Ovan leaps off at the last moment and lands on the edge of the cockpit. The Coalition pilot begins to bank his craft to knock Ovan off, but Ovan uses his saber to cut the cockpit release. He tosses the pilot out, takes control of the ship, and begins to attack the other fighters.

INT. JEDI TEMPLE ? COMMAND CENTER

The Female Technician signals to Master Talja, who joins her at her radar screen.

FEMALE TECHNICIAN
Master, look.

A large blip appears, heading towards the ice ring. Talja hits a button to call the T-Wings.

MASTER TALJA
Blue Squadron, we?re picking up a new arrival.

EXT. SPACE ? ICE RING

From the ice ring, Ben is staring out at the massive ship heading towards them ? The Dark Claw.

BEN
Yeah. We see it.

INT. JEDI TEMPLE ? SWOOP DOCKING BAY

Nyx blocks a swipe from Kane and pushes her attack on Mara. She begins to push her back towards the wall, while simultaneously fighting Kane, almost as an afterthought. Nyx and Mara lock sabers and Nyx shoves Mara back with all her might. She back flips over Kane, deflecting his attack as she flies over his head.

Landing, she uses the Force to toss a few tools at Mara, as Kane attacks her. Mara dodges the debris tossed at her, but then Nyx looks to one of the unmanned swoops on the far wall. She flicks her hand and activates the swoop. It accelerates across the room at Mara, who barely has time to leap out of the way.

The swoop slams into the wall, exploding. Debris flies everywhere, and Mara is knocked to the ground. Kane is distracted, and Nyx deactivates her sabers and grabs him.

DARTH NYX
Now come with me.

INT. JEDI TEMPLE ? COMMANDER CENTER

Talja continues to monitor the battle screens.

FEMALE TECHNICIAN
Master, explosion in Docking Bay 4

Master Talja takes a step towards the monitor when another technician calls from across the room.

TECHNICIAN
Bigger problem. The warship is getting closer.

EXT. SPACE ? ICE RING

A T-Wing follows closely behind a Coalition Fighter. It fires twice, destroying it, only to quickly be blown up by turbolasers from the Dark Claw

BEN
Preventing these fighters from getting through the belt will be pointless once that ship gets in range.

Dal-Kon dodges laser fire.

MASTER DAL-KON
Wise observation young Jedi, but all the firepower we have won?t be enough.

BEN
There has to be a way.

Ben steers his T-Wing towards the Claw.

MASTER DAL-KON
Skywalker!

Ben continues to speed closer to the ship.

INT. JEDI TEMPLE ? SWOOP DOCKING BAY

Nyx is pulling Kane by the arm, towards the snowy cliff at the edge of the docking bay.

DARTH NYX
Come on you weak little fool.

She whips his around and shoves him down onto the snowy cliff. The waterfall roars behind them, and pulls in the falling snow from outside, creating a small flurry.

Kane gets up and points his saber at Nyx?s chest.

DARTH NYX (con?d)
Don?t try and intimidate me, child.

She re-ignites her sabers and holds them in a defensive stance. Kane sizes up Nyx for a moment and then charges, furiously attacking her with his saber. Nyx easily defeats every blow and pushes Kane near the cliff edge.

DARTH NYX (con?d)
You are a failure to your family?s name.

Kane looks behind Nyx and sees that Mara is starting to get up.

KANE
I will be a great Jedi warrior one day.

DARTH NYX
Ha. If you didn?t have your family to protect you, you?d be either dead or navigating spice freighters.

Kane stares at Nyx, angry. She uses the moment of intimidation to casually swipe her saber. Kane looks and sees that she?s sliced off the end of his saber handle, deactivating it.

Mara, now standing, ignites her saber and runs at Nyx. Nyx turns to fend off the assault, and Kane jumps out of the way. Mara and Nyx battle each other, neither gaining the upper hand. Nyx uses the Force to push Mara off of her, but as Mara flies back, Nyx?s foot slips on the snow. At that moment Mara leaps up, flying at Nyx. She kicks her in the stomach and Nyx goes backwards off the cliff.

Mara shuts off her saber and walks carefully with Kane to the edge of the cliff. They peer over and see nothing, but Nyx has used the knife blades on her sabers to cling to the side. She pushes off of her handles and flies back up with them to cliff level. She lands and pulls Kane towards her, kissing him on the mouth. She then speaks in a strange tongue.

DARTH NYX
[It is your destiny to join us.]

Kane responds in the same language.

KANE
[I?ll never be one of you.]

Nyx raises her arms in the air and takes a backwards dive off of the cliff into the mist below. Kane looks down and sees that she?s placed one of her sabers in his hands.

MARA
What language was that?

Kane looks at his mother.

KANE
I only know one.

Mara looks deep into Kane?s eyes, searching.

MARA
We better head to the Command Center.

They run off towards the command center.

EXT. KHARAM ? CANYON

Ovan makes a direct hit on the last fighter. It?s engine explodes and it begins to fall to the floor below. He turns his fighter back and goes to help the other Jedi.

The Troopers have dwindled to less than the amount of surviving Jedi, but are still advancing upwards. Ovan helps in the battle. He changes the transmission of the fighter and contacts Dal-Kon

OVAN
Master Dal-Kon, we?re almost done down here, how are things looking for you?

EXT. SPACE ? ICE RING

Dal-Kon dodges a shot from a Coalition Fighter.

MASTER DAL-KON
We?re wearing down the fighters, but there?s still that war cruiser to deal with. And young Ben?s gone suicidal.

Ben starts an attack run on the underside of the ship.

BEN
Very funny Mas-

A shot from the Dark Claw hits Ben?s ship, causing an explosion

BEN (con?d)
Hey, Artoo?

Artoo warbles.

BEN (con?d)
Fix that!

Ben?s controls give a burst of static before working once more.

MASTER DAL-KON
You okay?

BEN
Yeah, but my targeting computer is down.

MASTER DAL-KON
You?re too old to be use-

INT. JEDI TEMPLE ? COMMAND CENTER

Mara and Kane rush into the Command Center, exhausted. Kane immediately goes to Thenna?s side and hugs her, while Mara heads right to Master Talja.

MARA
How are we doing?

MASTER TALJA
Not good. The canyon is clear, but the largest warship I?ve ever seen is heading right towards us.

Several small blips appear on the Technician?s scope.

TECHNICIAN
Warning! The ship just launched two squadrons of fighters.

EXT. SPACE ? ICE RING

The squadrons of Coalition Fighters burst from the docking bays underneath the Dark Claw, which is now penetrating the ring.

MASTER DAL-KON
Skywalker ? get out of there now!

In an incredible show of maneuvering, Ben begins to dodge the shots fired by the passing fighters. He almost survives unscathed when the last three fighters all connect. Artoo screams as Ben?s fighter is damaged and goes spinning.

INT. JEDI TEMPLE ? COMMAND CENTER

Thenna quickly looks up towards the ceiling, startling Kane and Minch.

THENNA
Ben!

INT. THE DARK CLAW ? BRIDGE

Warden Kvez is staring out of the bridge?s main viewport.

COALITION TECHNICIAN
Sir, the Temple will soon be in range.

WARDEN KVEZ
Excellent. Begin charging the main gun.

The Technician nods.

INT. JEDI TEMPLE ? COMMAND CENTER

MARA
Do you think we could evacuate in time?

Master Talja begins to answer when the Female Technician calls out.

FEMALE TECHNICIAN
More warships dropping out of hyperspace.

Mara?s shoulders hunch as Talja wipes her brow and sighs.

MASTER TALJA
The day is lost. We should prepare for our-

The comm crackles with a large burst of static.

GENERAL ANTILIES (V.O.)
This is General Antilles on Republic Defender Guardian. May we offer our assistance to you?

Mara and Talja look to each other. Talja hangs her head in relief, Mara smiles and looks at Kane, Thenna and Minch, who are all cheering.

MARA
Welcome General. We certainly could use the help.

INT. GUARDIAN ? BRIDGE

Wedge stares at a tactical map of the battle in progress, with Leia standing beside him.

GENERAL ANTILLIES
We?ll try to take out that war cruiser as soon as possible.

He flicks a few buttons, bringing up a schematic.

GENERAL ANTILLIES (con?d)
(to himself)
Heavy shielding over the main reactor-

INT. JEDI TEMPLE ? COMMAND CENTER

MARA
You better hurry General. I fear our time is running out.

EXT. SPACE ? ICE RING

The Guardian is quickly surrounded by several Republic support vessels and starfighters. The starfighters immediately head for the Dark Claw, as the remaining Coalition Fighters begin to pull out of the belt and go to hyperspace.

RED LEADER
Red Leader to Guardian. Beginning our attack run.

Near the bow of the Claw, Ben?s T-Wing floats. The lights in his cockpit are flickering.

MASTER DAL-KON
(through comm system)
Come in...walker. Do...ead...ver?

Ben shakes his head to clear it.

BEN
I?m here master. Most of my systems are fried, but I?m okay.

He begins to look over the damage.

BEN (con?d)
Life support, and I have thrusters but no engines.

MASTER DAL-KON
Listen to me. You have to get out of there.

Ben looks up, and out of his cockpit window. His ship is floating directly in front of the Dark Claw?s main gun.

INT. THE DARK CLAW ? BRIDGE

Warden Kvez is steadily pacing.

COALITION TECHNICIAN
Main gun charged.

WARDEN KVEZ
Arm the warhead and prepare to fire on my mark.

INT. GUARDIAN ? BRIDGE

A Republic Officer calls out to General Antilles, who looks at the bridge?s main monitor.

GENERAL ANTILLIES
They?ve armed the main gun. We?re too late. I?m sorry Mara.

INT. JEDI TEMPLE ? COMMAND CENTER

MARA
Understood. We?ll try and evacuate as many personal as possible.

INT. GUARDIAN ? BRIDGE

GENERAL ANTILLIES
All craft disengage.

EXT. SPACE ? ICE BELT

RED LEADER
You heard him, abort. Abort. Concentrate on the remaining fighters.

The Republic starfighters pull away from the Claw.

EXT. SPACE ? ICE BELT

From his cockpit, Ben can see the warhead begin to glow at the end of the barrel.

BEN
Artoo, reverse thrusters-

He hesitates.

BEN (con?d)
On my mark.

MASTER DAL-KON
Get out of there now.

BEN
Arming proton torpedoes.

MASTER DAL-KON
I?m giving you a direct order, Skywalker.

BEN
Fire!

Ben hits the controls, but nothing happens.

BEN (con?d)
Artoo! What?s wrong?

Artoo beeps, his words displaying on Ben?s flickering screen.

BEN (con?d)
Jammed!

The glowing warhead starts to move forward as Ben begins to concentrate. The jammed mechanism slowly moves before releasing with a snap. The two proton torpedoes fire from Ben?s ship.

BEN (con?d)
Artoo! Full reverse now!

INT. THE DARK CLAW ? BRIDGE

Warden Kvez has his eye on Kharam.

WARDEN KVEZ
Fire!

COALITION TECHNICIAN
Warhead launched.

EXT. SPACE ? ICE BELT

The Dark Claw explodes from the inside. Ben?s T-Wing pulls away in reverse, but is caught in the Dark Claw?s triumphant fireball. Shaken, Ben steers his broken craft back towards the planet below.

INT. JEDI TEMPLE ? DOCKING BAY

The T-Wings enter the docking bay along with the remaining swoops and Ovan?s captured fighter. Ben leaves his ship as R2 is lowered to the ground. He is cheered by the surviving Jedi as the hanger doors open, revealing Mara, Thenna, Kane and Minch who run in to greet Ben as well.

THENNA
You?re okay!

Thenna hugs Ben, as Kane simply grabs his shoulder.

KANE
Yeah. You?re a hero.

The Jedi continue to celebrate.

WIPE

EXT. KHARAM ? JEDI TEMPLE ? SUNSET

A fire burns on one of the Temple?s parapets.

INT. JEDI TEMPLE ? HALLWAY

Leia walks with Threepio and Golemun, on his throne.

LEIA
I?m glad you?ve decided to come tour the temple.

GOLEMUN
Don?t think I?m here for anything but an investigation. I don?t trust these sorcerers.

LEIA
It seems it was the Coalition that showed their true colors today, not the Jedi.

GOLEMUN
The Jedi must have provoked them. Why would the Coalition make such a risky move otherwise? I promise you Chancellor, I will bring an end to the Jedi before my career is over.

LEIA
I assure you Senator, if you are this blind, your career may not last much longer.

Golemun stops and looks Leia deep in the eyes.

GOLEMUN
I warn you not to underestimate me, Chancellor.

INT. JEDI TEMPLE ? PARAPET

Golemun stares as Master Talja puts a hand on Thenna?s shoulder, causing her to rise. The procession begins to leave.

WIPE

EXT. SPACE ? NARAGNOK

Black storms swirl across the dark red planet of Naragnok.

EXT. NARAGNOK ? TOWER

Lighting bolts crash behind a sea of lava, the Sith Tower a thin silhouette in the foreground.

INT. TOWER ? SECUTOS?S LAIR

Darth Secutos begins to speak from the shadows, perhaps nothing more than a hologram.

DARTH SECUTOS
She has failed to bring me Skywalker.

DARK VOICE (O.S.)
I told you she was weak, Master.

DARTH SECUTOS
Patience.

A dark figure in a solid ebony mask steps out from the shadows. Darth Secutos begins to laugh.

DARTH SECUTOS
We will destroy them soon enough.

WIPE

INT. JEDI TEMPLE ? ASSEMBLY HALL

The Jedi stand assembled in the large Assembly Hall, along with the New Republic Military and honored Senators and guests. On a stage at the end of a long walkway are Luke, with Ben standing in front of him, Talja with Kane in front of her, and Mara alone in the middle. Minch, Artoo, Threepio and Leia stand at the edges of the stage as well.

The assembly turns and Thenna enters, now dressed in a Jedi robe. She strides triumphantly to the stage, where she stands in front of Mara. She bows to Luke, and he returns it. She then faces Mara and bows on one knee. Mara places both hands on Thenna?s shoulders and then kneels in front of her as well. The two rise together, and Thenna turns to face the assembly. She smiles and looks at her mother as the Jedi ignite their sabers in salute. She is now a Jedi apprentice.

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