Qui-Gon Jinn took powerful, confident strides through the pristine hallways of the Jedi Temple, hands folded in the exaggerated arms of his frayed robe, his face a mask of serenity. He waited patiently outside the sliding doors that led to the hallowed chamber of the Jedi Council. When the doors opened with a whoosh, Qui-Gon walked into the centre of the room, standing calmly before the scrutiny of the Jedi Masters. He bowed deeply. "You requested my presence?"

Mace studied him before flicking his palm. A droid entered and shone a light in the centre of the room. A hologram appeared, shimmering into existence until a figure emerged.

Qui-Gon's eyes widened before his face hardened into a frown. "I don't have time for this," he growled.

"There's an infection," Obi-Wan's voice said.

Qui-Gon froze.

"It began a few weeks ago," Obi-Wan continued. "We don't know how. We suspected a biological weapon, but now I'm not so sure."

Obi-Wan's eyes were downcast but wide. He was visibly distraught.

"It spreads like wildfire. Within 20 seconds of direct contact, the infected change. They can't be controlled."

Obi-Wan's voice sounded small, afraid. Qui-Gon watched the hologram intently, noting the play of different emotions on Obi-Wan's face. Confusion, despair and something achingly close to terror.

"There aren't many of us left. There's nowhere to go. We're running low on supplies. We won't last much longer."

Obi-Wan finally looked up, his eyes pleading. "Please help us."

The hologram ended abruptly. Qui-Gon stared at the spot where the hologram had been, his heart sinking. He closed his eyes and centred himself. Taking a deep breath, he turned to face the counsel.

"The transmission was sent yesterday. Obi-Wan has a beacon on him. We can track him on the planet to find his whereabouts," Mace Windu informed evenly.

Qui-Gon nodded. "I will go," he said resolutely.

Yoda regarded him calmly, although Qui-Gon thought he spied just the slightest hint of sadness in his large eyes. Then he nodded and waved his hand dismissively at Qui-Gon. "Return Obi-Wan to his home, you will."