THE NEW REBELLION
Disclaimer: I do not own Evangelion or Star Wars, or it's characters.
Summary: The team goes to rescue Leia aboard the Death Star, only to encounter old enemies and new allies.
My thanks to Cylon One and SerpentKing707 for their help on this.
Return To The Death Star
"Forgive me, my lord, but I fail to see how this will help us." the older, distinguished and scary-looking man, known as Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, said as he stood in front of the holographic image of Emperor Palpatine.
(You do not need to see, Governor, you need only comply.) The Emperor said through his holographic communicator from his office in what was once the Imperial Senate.
"But having those... people... here! I assure you, my lord, it is not necessary." Tarkin said.
(I too agree, Master.) Darth Vader said aboard his Star Destroyer. (Tremayne has proven less than successful in dealing with the Jedi, and that... woman... cannot be trusted!)
Yes, three-way holographic communications were nothing in this galaxy.
Tarkin was on the Death Star. The Emperor was on Coruscant. And Vader was on his Star Destroyer.
Through his live transmission to Coruscant, Darth Vader had explained to The Emperor what had happened on Tatooine regarding his encounter with Obi-Wan Kenobi, Shinji and Maris, and their escape from Mos Eisley. Needless to say, the Emperor was not happy about this.
The great irony in all of this, was that while the Rebellion had been enough of a problem, it had been caused by Starkiller, who had been created by Vader and Palpatine himself. So in effect, they had created the Rebel Alliance that was now the only true threat left to oppose them. At first they had considered the Rebellion little more than a nuisance, since it was only comprised of Galactic Senators. But with Starkiller and his Jedi leading the Alliance, they had grown into a full-scale threat that had to be taken seriously.
Worse, were the efforts of Shinji and Maris who had been responsible for locating and recruiting dozen of lost Jedi and Force-sensitives to not only strengthen the Rebel Alliance, but to also oppose the power of the Sith.
Sensing that Vader couldn't handle this problem on his own, Palpatine had sent High Inquisitor Antinnis Tremayne to the Death Star.
However, Palpatine had also dispatched Arden Lyn to the Death Star as well.
At hearing this, Vader actually spoke out against his Emperor. His reasons for this, actually good.
Arden Lyn was an immortal (her body preserved for 25,000 years by the Kashi Mer talisman and Jedi Master Awdrysta Pina) and after awakening from her slumber 19 years earlier, had killed eighteen Imperial Inquisitors - former Sith Acolytes of Count Dooku who Palpatine had retained all who had survived the Clone Wars since he would need their experiences in converting any Jedi survivors to the Sith's services. It was after she had killed several of the Inquisitors that Emperor Palpatine had approached her and offered her a position in his new Empire. But even though Arden had joined the Empire, Vader had serious concerns as to where her true loyalties lay. However, his thoughts on killing Kenobi and his former apprentice, Starkiller, overrode his concerns for the time being.
Antinnis Tremayne was yet another student of Darth Vader, like Starkiller and Tao, but unlike the pair, had lost favor with Vader after he had failed to eliminate Rahm Kota and another Jedi named Corwin Shelvay on Ord Catrell, an Outer Rim world known for it's association with the Intergalactic Banking Clan. After the other Jedi-hunting Inquisitors had been killed by Lyn, Tremayne was elevated to the position of High Inquisitor and had been trying for years to regain his master's favor.
His fall from favor was a result of his constant failures in trying to capture Force-sensitives and locating the Rebels that his master deemed dangerous. His most notable failure was Corwin Shelvay, a Jedi padawan to Master Darrin Arkanian, who succeeded in taking Tremayne's right eye and arm after Tremayne killed Arkanian. He was also known to be vain and arrogant, which was the reason that Vader chose the cumbersome and unattractive cybernetics he now wore, in order to teach him a lesson in humility.
(I will argue no further on this!) Palpatine snapped. (Tremayne and Lyn will arrive at the station soon, and you all will work together to overcome this growing threat to our peace.) He said, as his image faded from the other pairs vision.
Vader and Tarkin shared a look that spoke volumes. They were not happy about this turn of events.
"We cannot go against the Emperor, Lord Vader." Tarkin sighed.
(No. Unless his mind were to be changed.) Vader stated.
Tarkin looked shocked. "I have never known him to change his mind."
(If Tremayne and Lyn prove to be either incompetent, or traitorous...)
Vader's voice held a degree of confidence in it as he said that. As if he knew something that the Emperor didn't. (As difficult as that was to believe.) Regardless, he knew full well the successes and failures of his former pupil. He knew that Tremayne's arrogance and vanity would eventually be his undoing.
It was his hope, though, that Tremayne would eventually come to a better state than he had been found in. A degree of humility would have done him wonders. Which was why Vader had issued those rather blatant cybernetic enhancements that now graced Tremayne's face and hand.
"If, Lord Vader. If!" Tarkin replied.
(For the time being we will do as the Emperor commands. When Tremayne arrives on the station, I want you to have him interrogate the Princess. She will tell us everything, or she will suffer until she begs for death!) Vader stated.
"Of course." Tarkin said as his holographic conference ended.
However, as the conversation with Vader ended, Tarkin was reminded of how his other conference had gone. And not very well.
(FLASHBACK, Death Star Command Council Meeting)
Seated around a large, black, circular conference table, sat a dozen men in various military uniforms. At present, only two were actually talking.
"Until this battle station is fully operational, we are vulnerable. The Rebel Alliance is too well equipped, they're more dangerous than you realize." General Tagge, a 45-year old man with short-cut brown hair and side-burns with a sloped-nose and clefed chin, said.
"Dangerous to your starfleet, Commander; not to this battle station." Admiral Motti, a 40-year old man with a slightly receding brown hairline, thin eyebrows, and a well-shaven face said.
However, General Tagge was not about to relent just yet.
"The Rebellion will continue to gain support in the Imperial Senate..."
That was when Governor Tarkin walked in and the holo-image of Darth Vader appeared next to Tarkin's chair.
"The Imperial Senate will no longer be of any concern to us." Tarkin said as he walked in and took his seat, which was on the other side of the room from the door. "I have just received word from Coruscant that the Emperor has dissolved the council permanently. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away forever."
"But that's impossible! How will the Emperor maintain control without the bureaucracy?" Tagge asked.
"The regional governors now have direct control over their territories. Fear will keep the local systems in line. Fear of this battle station." Tarkin explained as Motti smiled arrogantly.
"And what of the Rebellion? If the Rebels have obtained a complete technical readout of this station, it is possible, however unlikely, they might find a weakness and exploit it." Tagge stated.
(The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands.) Darth Vader said.
"Any attack made by the Rebels against this station would be a useless gesture, no matter what technical data they have obtained! This station is now the ultimate power in the universe! I suggest we use it." Motti declared.
(Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.) Vader stated.
"Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient Jedi religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or given you enough clairvoyance to find the rebels' hidden fortress...urk!" Motti suddenly started choking, having not seen Vader raise his hand up.
(I find your lack of faith disturbing.) Vader said in a menacing voice as Motti clawed at his neck to release the invisible fingers that were tightening around his wind-pipe.
"Enough Of This! Vader! Release him!" Tarkin barked at the Sith Lord.
(As you wish.) Vader replied with a somewhat bored sigh as Motti lurched forward, gasping for breath once more.
Once Motti could breath again, Tarkin proceeded to end the argument.
"This bickering is pointless! Now, Lord Vader will provide us with the location of the Rebel base by the time this station is fully operational. We will then destroy the Rebellion with one swift stroke!" Tarkin declared.
In retrospect, perhaps Tarkin should not have been so quick to declare victory so soon.
Considering even the slightest argument amongst his senior staff to be a problem in of itself, Tarkin himself was worried about the success of the Empire's newest super weapon.
Motti was right. The Rebels didn't have their resources or manpower.
But Tagge was also right. The Rebels were far stronger than they were willing to admit.
Their sabotage of the Death Star three years ago was proof of that, as well as a declaration that there were people in the universe who would stand against the Empire. And, despite the growing number of Jedi that the Rebels had, if the reports he had received about this 'Shinji Ikari' were accurate, there was at least someone in the universe who could oppose Lord Vader.
In a military situation, it didn't do to either overestimate or underestimate your enemies. If you did, you ran the risk of making a wrong decision at a crucial moment, which could cost you the battle or put your own troops in jeopardy.
And while Lord Vader's loyalty was unwavering, his success at dealing with the Rebellion thus far had yet to inspire a great deal of confidence.
Despite this, Tarkin needed to keep his men in line and on the same side, least dissension sneak into his command, on his watch.
He only hoped no Rebels were on their way to cause more trouble for him and his men.
(Millennium Falcon, same time)
While Han and Chewbacca were piloting the ship towards their unknown destination, the Jedi were all sitting in the back preparing for their rescue of Princess Leia.
"What's wrong, Maris?" Obi-Wan asked, sensing the upset in the Zabrak Jedi.
"I don't like this idea of bringing Luke with us." Maris said as the older Jedi played another round of Dejarik against R2-A1.
(The older red and silver astro-droid had been purchased by Han several months ago. With the Empire's resources being put more into the restoration of their new battle station, especially after Shinji's sabotage of the station itself, smugglers like Han and Chewie were able to make a little profit which they spent on the droid that helped to maintain the Falcon was just what the human and Wookie needed.)
Shinji was training Luke in saber techniques, specifically to use his lightsaber to block any laser fire that was directed at him.
"He's not ready." Maris said as Shinji, using a low-setting on his blaster, was shooting at the young man.
"He'll never be ready unless he is put into a situation that will test him." Obi-Wan said sagely.
"We could have just sent him back to the base with Senator Organa." Maris said. "They would have arrived at the base in a day, and he could have easily begun his training with the other Jedi."
"We offered him that choice. He chose to come with us. He made his own destiny." Obi-Wan stated, with a small amount of pride.
"I still think it's foolish." Maris said.
"Who's the more foolish? The fool or the fool who follows him?" Obi-Wan said with a grin. Even though a part of me agrees with you. He thought.
Shinji leveled his blaster at the Jedi-in-training, and fired. Luke blocked the laser blast.
Fortunately it was a low power setting so that if any blast got through it would only stun him.
"Better." Shinji said. The AT-Field user suddenly cocked his head to the side then tossed his blaster to Maris. "Keep testing him. I'll be right back."
The pair looked at Shinji as he walked off, before looking at each other.
"Well, you heard my man." Maris said as she leveled the blaster at Luke and fired.
"Hey!" Luke gasped as he deflected the attack.
Shinji reached the cockpit of the ship as Han gave him a stunned look.
"Yes, Captain?" Shinji asked.
"Wha... I was just about to call you up here." Han said.
"I know. Did you need something?"
"Yeah. Two things, actually. 1-are you absolutely certain I'm gonna get paid for this?" Han asked.
"You got paid for taking us to Alderaan, didn't you?" Shinji asked.
Han just sighed, but nodded. While they had paid him exactly what they said they would, he was now faced with an even greater problem: risking his neck and his ship in a rescue mission against the Empire!
At this point... did he really need the money? He had enough to pay off Jabba the Hutt, but now it felt like he was getting greedy.
"Second?" Shinji asked.
"Where are we headed, exactly?" Han asked.
"Set course... 2-1-0." Shinji said, looking at the control panel.
"2-1-0? There's nothing out that way." Han said.
"There will be." Shinji replied.
(Less than an hour later...)
"We're close." Shinji said.
"There's nothing out here... but that small moon." Han said as he pointed off towards the vastness of space and saw a small, round, gray-colored object fast approaching them.
However, Shinji's face lost a shade of his normal color when he realized the truth.
"That's no moon. It's a space station." Shinji gasped.
"What do you mean it's a... space... station." Han's voice fell as the 'moon' itself came into better view. "Oh, hell!"
"I know. Should have done more to delay it's operations." Shinji said.
Han turned to Shinji at hearing that.
"Wait. You... you've been to that thing before?" he asked.
"Yeah. Put the Empire behind schedule when I sabotaged it." Shinji said.
"How much behind schedule?"
"About a year."
"Great!" Han said, unenthusiastically.
"It's all I could manage at the time. And that's where we have to go." Shinji said as he punched the communications button. "Guys, better get up here!" he said and removed his finger from the button.
"Have to go? Why?" Han asked.
"Because that's where Princess Leia is." he said.
"You didn't tell me she was aboard a heavily armored battle station!" Han countered as the other three Jedi entered the cockpit.
"I didn't know she was aboard a heavily armored battle station. I only knew in what direction she was." Shinji exclaimed.
"And if you knew..."
"I wouldn't have asked you to take us."
Somehow, Han accepted that.
The ship suddenly gets caught in the magnetic tractor beam of the station and is pulled into one of the hangers.
"What's wrong?" Luke asked.
"We're caught in a tractor beam!" Han answered, fiddling with his controls.
"Can't you do anything?" Luke asked.
"Nothing I can do, kid, I'm at full power. I'm gonna have to shut down." he retorted.
"There must be something you can do!" Luke asked Shinji. "Like what you did before?"
"Not against something that big. Especially given the fact that that's where we need to go." Shinji stated.
"Do you have a plan?" Han asked.
"Yeah, and you're not going to like it." Shinji said.
"Why?" he asked.
"Because it involves hiding."
The tractor beam lands the ship in one of the hangers as white-armored storm troopers arrived and surrounded the ship.
"Open it up!" one of the black suited imperial officers declared.
The white armored troopers activated the ships ramp door from the outside, and quickly began to board it.
However, the second the first two troopers walked up the ramp, they were attacked.
"What?" the imperial officer shouted in shock as two figures, one a young man with brown hair dressed in a black and silver outfit, the other a female Zabrak Jedi with glowing green tonfa-sabers in black leather pants and small halter top, raced out of the ship and into the station itself.
Blasting and slicing through every storm trooper and Imperial officers they saw, the pair made a quick dash out of the hanger bay, with everyone's attention focused solely on them.
Which was the plan.
Inside the Falcon, the floor plates moved up and slid over, revealing Obi-Wan, Luke, Han, Chewie and their astro droid inside hidden compartments. With the Imperials focused on their two allies, the group was now free to move about and locate the princess.
"Those two have got to be the dumbest, craziest Jedi I've ever seen!" Han said with a huff.
"And just how many have you seen?" Ben asked as he got himself out of his hidden compartment.
"Counting them? Two!" he said with a smirk.
"Will they be alright, though?" Luke asked. "I mean... it's just the two of them against an entire space station. There must be thousands of soldiers here."
"With luck, they'll lead every storm trooper on this station on a wild bantha chase, allowing us to move freely about to locate Princess Leia."
"And you're not worried that they'll be captured?" the apprentice Jedi said.
"I'm more worried about the damage they'll do." Ben said with a smile.
The small astro droid started beeping.
"No, R2, you stay here." Han said.
Reluctantly, R2-A1 beeped in agreement.
However, while all this is going on, Darth Vader was only a few minutes from the Death Star and is shocked to find out what is happening aboard the space station.
"What do you mean 'there are two unidentified people causing damage to the station'?" Vader asked the ship's commander.
"Just what I said, my lord. And one of them appears to be a Jedi." A 50-ish man named Gorrn said.
Vader looked at the man and then looked towards the station that had just come into sight.
"No." he said with dispair in his voice.
Fortunately, no one heard it.
"Obi-Wan Kenobi. Here? What makes you think so?" Grand Moff Tarkin asked as Vader explained the situation from his Star Destroyer.
(A tremor in the Force. The same tremor I felt on Tatooine when I confronted my old master. And he is not alone!) Darth Vader said.
"Yes. Two unidentified rebels have managed to breach our security and have been causing all forms of chaos within only a few short minutes of your arrival." Tarkin explained.
(Shinji Ikari and Maris Brood. I have been pursuing them across the galaxy for some time. They are more trouble than they appear.)
"Obviously. Could they be here to rescue the princess?" Tarkin asked.
(No. I sense another reason they have come to us.) Vader stated as his personal shuttle docked at the station itself. (I will deal with them. Alone!)
While Ben, Luke, Han and Chewie headed to the Detention Level to rescue Princess Leia, Shinji and Maris ended up on the other side of the station where they encounter a group of droids that are being interrogated by Imperial technicians.
"Alright, let's get the final extractions done before those Rebel scum..." the technician said.
"Are you referring to us?" Shinji asked.
"What?" the first technician asked.
"Huh?" the second technician gasped.
"HELP!" the golden protocol droid shouted.
"3PO?" Shinji gasped in recognition.
"Captain Ikari!" the gold protocol droid gasped.
(Beep, Blip, Whistle!)
"R2-D2!" Shinji shouted as he and Maris flew into action.
Blasting and slicing the technicians down before they could even sound the alarm, the pair then freed the two droids from their bindings.
"Why are you two here?" Shinji asked the golden droid.
"We were captured along with Princess Leia. We were being interrogated to find out if we had any valuable data. To be honest, I haven't the foggiest idea what they were talking about." 3PO said.
(Beep, Blip, Bleep!) R2 beeped.
"Plans? What plans? What are you talking about?" the protocol droid asked the astro droid.
(Beep, Blip, Beep!)
"The plans you're carrying? How did you get the technical readouts of this station?" the gold droid asked.
Shinji and Maris looked at each other in stunned amazement.
"This little astro-droid has the Death Star plans!" Maris gasped.
"Then we need to get him out of here, now!" Shinji said leading the trio out of the maintenance bay.
(Main Bridge to the Death Star)
Princess Leia was being brought to the command bridge where Governor Tarkin and Admiral Motti were waiting. She was escorted by four storm troopers and Antinnis Tremayne.
With short blond/brown hair, and dressed in black robes and clothing, Tremayne's most noticeable feature was the large cybernetic implants that covered the right side of his face.
"I must admit that you are quite resistant to my efforts, Princess." Tremayne said as he walked behind the woman. "Pity you refused to cooperate. Now you will be made to talk another way."
"If I didn't give you anything before, I surely will not give you anything now." Leia stated with defiance.
Tremayne grinned as she said that. She is feisty. I like that. He thought.
Within a few moments, the pair and their trooper entourage arrived on the bridge, where Leia was welcomed by an elderly and distinguished man with a rather cruel stare.
"Governor Tarkin. I should have expected to find you in charge of this monstrosity. I recognized your foul stench when I was brought aboard." Leia said to the station commander.
Tarkin smirked at the young woman. "Charming to the last. You don't know how hard I found it signing the order to terminate your life." he said as he touched his fingers to her chin.
"I'm surprised you had the courage to do it yourself." Leia shot back.
"Princess Leia, before your execution, I would like you to be my guest at a ceremony that will make this battle station operational. No star system will dare oppose the Emperor now." Tarkin declared in grandiose style.
"The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers." Leia sneered at him.
"Not after we've demonstrated the power of this station. In a way, you have determined the choice of the planet that will be destroyed first. Since you have been so unwilling to give us the location of the Rebel Base, I have decided to test this stations destructive power, on your home planet of Alderaan."
"What? No! Alderaan is peaceful! We have no weapons, you can't..." she pleaded as Tremayne held her back.
"You would prefer another target? A military target? Then Name The System!" Tarkin hissed at her as he advanced upon her. "I grow tired of asking, so this will be the last time. Where is the Rebel Base?" he asked as the young woman found herself sandwiched between Tremayne and Tarkin.
Looking past Tarkin, Leia saw her planet in the video view-screen.
"Dantooine! They're on Dantooine." she said quickly.
"Thank you, your highness." he said to her as he turned towards the bridge technicians. "Continue the operation, you may fire when ready."
"WHAT?" Leia gasped.
"You're far too trusting." Tarkin said with a sinister smirk. "Dantooine is too remote to make an effective demonstration, but don't worry. We will deal with your Rebel friends soon enough."
Tremayne held the young woman tightly, Leia watching as the station's main weapon powers up, and fires a single blast of energy towards her planet, destroying and vaporizing it in a single strike.
However, they do not realize that several ships have already left the planet.
Leia was unaware of this.
On the other side of the station, Obi-Wan Kenobi clutched his chest, as if in pain, as he fell against a nearby wall.
"Ben? What's wrong?" Luke asked the older Jedi.
"A great disturbance in the Force. I felt as if millions of voices cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced." Obi-Wan said. "I fear something terrible has happened."
(With Shinji and Maris)
"Maris-chan!" Shinji gasped, holding his head as if in pain.
"I know! I feel it too!" Maris groaned, her hand over her heart.
"What's wrong?" C-3PO asked.
"Alderaan!" Shinji huffed before forcing himself to continue on with his girlfriend and the two droids behind him.
(Rebel Base, forest moon of Yavin-4)
"Galen? Are you alright?" Juno asked, seeing the Jedi Supreme Commander pause in the hallway of the base, looking like he was going to pass out.
"No. No I'm not!" Galen replied.
"Alderaan! It's been destroyed!"
"Are you sure?"
"Yes." he huffed. "Assemble the War Council!"
"Right." Juno said and helped her lover to the council room.
Upset and saddened at what has happened, a morose Leia is led back to her cell, only to be intercepted by an unknown group of individuals.
Han and Chewie attack them from behind, nailing the two guards that were behind Leia. Luke hits the two guards in front of her with his own acquired blaster. Obi-Wan appeared behind Han and Chewie, his lightsaber out as Tremayne turned and gasped when he saw who was behind him.
Leia, thrown forward when the shooting started, is naturally confused about this, especially when Luke approaches her.
"Who are you?" Leia asked the blond-haired young man.
"I'm Luke Skywalker. My friends and I are here to rescue you." Luke said.
"You're who?" she asked, confused.
"I'm Luke Skywalker, I'm here to rescue you, I'm here with Ben Kenobi."
"Ben Kenobi? Where is he?" she gasped in shock and enthusiasm.
Luke turned around and gasped, in time with Leia, when he noticed Ben was battling Antinnis Tremayne, which shocked everyone as the older Jedi was actually doing very well against the High Inquisitor, who was younger than himself.
"I never expected to see you again." Tremayne said as he deflected another strike from Obi-Wan.
"I never expected to return myself." Obi-Wan said as he dodged a strike from Tremayne.
Han and Chewie looked at the battling pair and then to each other.
"Who is this guy?" Han asked.
Chewie just shrugged his large, hairy shoulders.
More troopers arrived, and Leia grabbed the blaster out of Luke's hands and opened fire on them, striking three of them before they began to pull back.
However, from a side corridor, another trooper appeared and leveled his blaster at the group. Luke saw him and, not having his blaster, pulled his lightsaber from his belt, activating it and repelling their laser fire back at the trooper, just like Maris and Shinji had taught him.
This again shocks both Han and Chewie.
"Who the hell are these guys?" Han gasped in shock.
Chewie just roared his agreement with the roguish captain.
"I'm going to help him!" Luke said as he rushed towards Ben and Tremayne once the storm troopers had been dealt with.
"Prepare to die, old man!" the High Inquisitor declared as he brought his lightsaber up and then down at the elder Jedi.
Only to have his red blade stopped by a light blue blade.
"What?" Tremayne gasped.
"Luke!" Obi-Wan gasped.
"Mind if I join the fight?" Luke asked.
"Foolish, boy!" Tremayne said. "I can sense you are not properly trained." Tremayne said as he pulled his sword back and attacked Luke.
However, Luke deflected each of the attacks with expert skill that astonished the Inquisitor.
"What?" Tremayne gasped.
"Surprised?" Luke smiled.
"Actually, YES!" he shouted as he pulled back and attacked, right as Obi-Wan came to their aid.
Han and Chewie went over to Leia and just watched the pair of Jedi battle the Inquisitor. Luke using his saber to defend while Obi-Wan attacked, and Tremayne doing both against two enemies.
"Who are you?" Leia asked the human pilot.
"Captain Han Solo. This is Chewie, my first mate." Han introduced as Chewie roared.
"We have to help them!" Leia said.
"Really? They seem to be doing pretty well on their own. Besides, if anyone should be helping them it should be that Shinji guy and his Zabrak girlfriend." he said.
At hearing this, Leia perked up.
"Shinji and Maris are here?" she gasped with a wide smile.
"But soon, you will not be." another voice said as a woman with black hair, gold eyes, dressed in a red and green bodysuit with no sleeves, and a large cybernetic right arm appeared behind them.
"What?" Leia gasped.
"Who the heck are you?" Han asked.
"Arden Lyn!" the woman said.
"Oh... we're dead!" Leia gasped.
Meanwhile, Shinji and Maris were heading back towards the ship, after placing a thermal detonator on one of the tractor beam generators and escorting the droids back to The Falcon.
However, they were only one corridor away from the hanger when they found their escape route blocked by a tall, black-garbed figure in a menacing helmet and a red-bladed lightsaber in his hand.
"Vader!" Shinji hissed.
"Ikari!" Darth hissed.
Maris ignites her lightsabers.
"Shinji! Get the droids to the ship! I'll deal with Vader!" Maris shouted as she put herself between Shinji and Vader.
"What? But Maris-chan!" Shinji started to protest.
"Don't Argue! Just Go!" she shouted as she threw herself at the Sith Lord.
And she criticizes me for being reckless. Shinji thought as he ushered the droids towards the ship.
Maris battles Vader while Shinji gets the droids to safety to the ship, which is only a few meters away.
However, while Maris and Vader are fighting, another Jedi arrived to aid Maris.
Shinji actually senses her, and smirks.
Vader swung his saber and slammed it into Maris's sabers, knocking her back into the side wall.
"Three years, and you are still not a match for me." Vader hissed.
"Really? I thought I was getting better. Seeing as how I'm still alive." Maris grinned.
"Tell me where the Rebel Base is, and I will grant you a quick death." Vader said, standing over a panting Maris Brood.
"Never!" Maris hissed up at the half-machine Sith.
"Then... Die!" Vader hissed as he lunged at her, only to have Maris dodge to the right and evade the glowing red blade.
His lightsaber fell towards Maris, only to be blocked by another lightsaber. With a green blade.
"What?" Vader gasped.
"Who?" Maris gasped.
"Hello. Master." the young Togruta woman said with a toothy grin.
"What do you mean there's another Jedi aboard this station?" Tarkin shouted.
"Sensors detected another intruder, on the same level that Lord Vader was on." the lieutenant said. "When we pulled up the visuals... it appeared that the intruder had a lightsaber."
"You can't be serious!" Tarkin hissed. "Why didn't we detect this intruder before now?"
Tarkin just glared at the lieutenant.
It's times like this that I wish I was Lord Vader! He mentally grumbled, wanting to Force-choke this incompetent officer.
"Ah-Ahsoka?" Vader gasped as he stared at his old padawan.
"It's been a long time, Skyguy. I was afraid you'd forgotten me." Ahsoka said.
"How could I forget my first padawan?"
"You forgot yourself. It wouldn't be much of a stretch."
"Still the same as always, aren't you... Snips?"
"You remembered my nickname. I'm touched."
Ahsoka grinned as she brought her lightsaber back up and slammed it against Vaders.
Maris just looked at the pair as they clashed.
"I hate being kept out of the loop." Maris huffed as she struggled to stand up.
Just then, more white-armored storm troopers arrived.
"Oh, good. Party time." Maris grinned as she attacked the soldiers.
A forceful explosion reverberated down the hallways as Han, Chewie, Luke, Leia and Obi-Wan raced down the corridor, narrowly avoiding the sonic blast that was headed their way by Lyn.
The group raced down the corridors, heading to the hanger, all the while Han was blasting the control panels on the doors so as to close out the thick, metal blast doors.
"Hope that'll hold them!" Han said.
He had closed at least five blast doors between themselves and the pair who were pursuing them. Hopefully, it would give them enough time to get to the ship and take off.
The quintet arrived at the hanger and saw Shinji with two droids next to the Falcon.
"Oh, thank god!" Leia sighed in relief when she saw R2.
The group heads over to the Falcon, only to pause when they notice a lightsaber duel going on.
"What's going on?" Luke gasped as Shinji raced over to the fight. Now that the others were here to take care of the droids, he could go and help his girlfriend.
"Luke, stay here." Ben said as he rushed over towards the battle.
Shinji went to Maris's side while Obi-Wan raced over to Ahsoka and Vader.
"Well, this is quite a reunion." Ahsoka said with a smile.
"Indeed." Obi-Wan said. "Like old times."
"Yes. The circle is now complete. When I left you I was but the learner, now I am the master." Vader stated.
"Only a master of evil, Darth." Obi-Wan said.
"It doesn't have to be this way, Skyguy!" Ahsoka said. "Come with us."
"I cannot disobey the Emperor." Vader said.
"He's evil! He's using you! And You Know It!" Ahsoka shouted.
"You don't know the power of the Dark Side!" Vader hissed.
"Did you forget what happened to me at that Dark Citadel?" Ahsoka said in an almost chiding and condescending tone.
"Are you alright, Maris-chan?" Shinji asked, helping his girlfriend up.
"I've been better." Maris replied.
Vader suddenly found himself outnumbered, when a forceful sonic explosion ripped the metal wall that was behind him apart, allowing two figures to join them.
It was Arden Lyn and Antinnis Tremayne.
"Which just got worse." Maris hissed.
Shinji moved towards Arden Lyn while Antinnis Tremayne attacked Ahsoka, forcing Maris to battle Vader yet again as Obi-Wan aided the Zabrak woman.
Lyn was a master of Teräs Käsi. Roughly translated meant 'Steel Hands'. However, Shinji was more adapt at combat than anyone would have expected. This was mostly from his Force-insight which allowed him to anticipate a foe's attack.
"You think you will be triumphant? I shall be triumphant!" Arden Lyn shouted as Shinji blocked her attacks.
"Good god, this woman sounds like Asuka!" Shinji groaned as he deflected another attack.
"SONIC PUNCH!" Lyn shouted as she thrust her right Juggernaut wardroid arm forward, sending a blast directly towards Shinji, who threw up his AT-Field to block her attack.
The sonic blast rebounded off of Shinji's field, the backlash knocking everyone off their feet who was in the immediate vicinity.
Fortunately most of said people were storm troopers and Imperial technicians.
Vader and Tremayne were knocked back as Ahsoka was thrown into Maris.
Darth Vader, Antinnis Tremayne, and Arden Lyn were quick to stand, and advanced upon the four Jedi as Luke and the others got onto the Falcon.
Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, and Maris were slowly backing up as Shinji remained in front in order to protect them from the deadly trio.
"Four against three, and we're backing up... why?" Ahsoka asked.
"We need to get out of here before more troops arrive." Obi-Wan said.
"We have to get to the Falcon." Maris said.
"They'll never let us leave." Shinji said. "Unless... Get On The Ship!" Shinji shouted as he suddenly expanded his AT-Field.
"Shinji, what are you doing?" Maris shouted.
"Get On The Ship! Get Back To The Alliance!" Shinji shouted as more soldiers started to arrive on Vader's side of the field.
"I Won't Leave You!" Maris shouted as Ahsoka grabbed the Zabrak woman.
"You've Got To!" Shinji shouted.
On the other side of the AT-Field, Arden Lyn just watched as the pair continued to shout at each other.
The Storm Troopers fired at the field, Vader and Tremayne struck the field with their lightsabers. Nothing was working.
"Keep Attacking! He Can't Hold That Field Forever!" Vader shouted.
"Then let's knock the wall down!" Lyn shouted as she powered up her sonic-force punch and attacked the field with everything she had.
However, as her Sonic-Punch was unleashed, two interesting things happened.
1-Shinji's AT-Field was shattered, knocking the young man backwards into the Jedi.
And 2-The backlash of Lyn's Sonic-Punch knocked all of the Imperial's, including Lyn herself, backwards and onto their backs.
Maris and Ahsoka grabbed Shinji and quickly pulled him onto the ship while the Imperials were recovering.
Before anyone could do anything else, the hatch closed, and the Falcon took off.
"So you're another Jedi?" Luke asked the Togruta woman.
"Yes. Like Master Kenobi, I fought during the Clone Wars." Ahsoka said.
"But I thought you died on Kamino during the Separatists final assault on the cloning facility at the end of the war?" Obi-Wan asked.
"Everyone did." Ahsoka said. "When the facility was attacked, I was knocked out and pushed under a few tons of steels and wires. The Kaminoans actually found me and placed me in a bacta-tank so that I could be healed. But when The Chancellor took over and became the Emperor, and all Jedi were branded as traitors... and when I heard that Master Anakin was lost as well... I thought it best to disappear for a while."
Obi-Wan looked at Ahsoka and then at Luke, at least glad that she hadn't let that little detail slip.
"Master Anakin?" Luke asked.
"Yes. Anakin Skywalker was once my master. I was his padawan learner during the Clone Wars." she explained.
"Anakin Skywalker was my father." Luke said.
Ahsoka gasped as she heard that.
"Your Father? You mean you're... but how..."
"Padmé Amidala." Obi-Wan said, as if that explained everything.
"Padmé? You mean... Master Anakin and Senator Amidala? They..."
Leia just looked at Luke.
So, he's the son of a Jedi. She thought. Strange. He doesn't seem like a Jedi. Too much.
"I knew he was keeping something from me, but I never once thought..." Ahsoka uttered.
"Nor did I. Until he was lost to us." Kenobi stated.
"I'm surprised that Shinji couldn't find you after all this time." Maris said to Ahsoka. "How is it that you missed her?" she asked Shinji, who was sitting down in a chair trying to rest.
"I didn't miss her, I just couldn't go looking for her while she was in the heart of enemy territory." Shinji explained.
"Enemy territory?" Maris asked, then her eyes went wide. "You mean... she was hiding aboard the Death Star all this time?"
"Well, it is big enough to hide for years. If one doesn't cause trouble." Shinji said with a smirk.
"You knew I didn't want to be found?" Ahsoka gasped at the AT-Field wielder.
"It was like that with several of the Jedi I've located across space. Some of them didn't want to be found, and some still don't, but the ones that were in hiding, yet wanted to help against the Empire, I went to them first." Shinji explained. "But... we've found you now, and we've got to get back to base before the Empire finds out where we're going."
"And how would they do that?" Leia asked.
"Well... we did tell Bail to leave Alderaan and head to the Rebel base. They might be able to track him there. If not him, then Vader and The Emperor will be able to locate us." Shinji said.
"My father's alive?" Leia asked.
Leia breathed sigh of relief at hearing that. "But... locate us? How?" she asked.
"The Alliance has the largest concentration of Jedi's and Force-users in the galaxy. If nothing else... they'll be able to sense us, with the Force." Shinji said.
"Which means..." Ahsoka started to say.
"We'll need to prepare for battle!" Maris hissed.
(A half-hour later)
"Are you sure?" Leia asked the golden protocol droid.
"I'm afraid so, Mistress Leia." C-3PO said.
"Damn it!" she cursed.
"What's wrong?" Maris asked.
"The technical readouts of that battle station! When our ship was attacked I put the plans into R2 for safe keeping. But when we were all captured, his data-protection protocols were damaged. The battle station readouts were damaged." Leia said.
"How much damage?" Ahsoka asked.
"R2 estimates that at least 35% of the technical readouts were damaged." C-3PO said.
"That's not good. What if the specific information we need was in those 35% we lost?" Maris asked.
"Well, maybe I can help." Ahsoka said, holding up a rectangular card slipped from her belt.
"What?" Leia asked.
"I was aboard that station for more than two years. I figured something like this would come in handy." Ahsoka smiled as she pulled the first card from R2's input terminal and inserted the one she had.
"You downloaded the technical schematics of the Death Star?" Maris asked.
"Yup." Ahsoka said.
"The complete readouts?" Leia asked.
"Yeah." Ahsoka smiled.
Leia breathed a sigh of relief. "Our hope... is restored."
As Shinji and the others flee the Death Star on their way back to the Alliance, they are unaware of the large Star Destroyer, called the Interrogator, who are following the Falcon for a very special reason not known to anyone but themselves.
Been a long time for this update, but I hope it's up to everyone's expectations.
"You don't know the power of The Dark Side!" Vader hissed.
"Your mother would be so disappointed in you!" Ahsoka spat at Vader.
"Oh That's It!" Vader shouted, swinging his lightsaber wildly.
"You had to say something, didn't you?" Obi-Wan said, both himself and Ahsoka now ghosts of the Force.
"How was I supposed to know he was still sensitive about that?" Ghost-Ahsoka asked. "He never talks about his mother!"
"Now you know why!" the grumpy ghost said.
"What do you mean 'there are two unidentified people causing damage to the station'?" Vader asked.
"Just what I said, my lord. And one of them appears to be a Jedi."
Vader looked the man.
"So one of them was identified?"
"Ack! Uh! NO! URK!"
"And people wonder why I get choke these idiots!"
"Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerous ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient Jedi religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or given you enough clairvoyance to find the rebels' hidden fortress...urk!" Motti suddenly started choking, not seeing Vader raise his hand up.
(I find your lack of faith disturbing.) Vader said in a menacing voice as Motti clawed at his neck to release the invisible fingers that were tightening around his wind-pipe. (Surprised that I could choke you from the other side of the galaxy?)
"Enough Of This! Vader! Release him!" Tarkin barked at the Sith Lord.
(As you wish.) Vader replied with a somewhat bored sigh as Motti lurched forward, gasping for breath.