Star Wars : The Empire Strikes Back (AU)
A new Hope
The Empire Strikes Back
Betrayal at Besbin
( Part 2 of my AU story.This time, Vader and Piet have a plan to destroy both the revolution and Tarkin once and for all.)
A LONG TIME AGO IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY....
Star Wars : The Empire Strikes Back
It is a period of civil war. The Rebel alliance has stolen the plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the Death Star, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.
However Princess Leia has been captured by Imperial Troopers under the command of Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith, and is being held in the Death Star. The last hope for the galaxy is the plans to be brought to her father, senator Bail Organa.
Meanwhile in the Millennium Falcon, a starship, farmboy Luke Skywalker, Ben Kenobi, Starkiller, Han Solo, Chewbacca and the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 try to bring the secret plans to Alderaan and restore peace and freedom to the galaxy.....
In the Millennium Falcon, Obi Wan teaches Luke how to use the force.
Ben: Search you feelings Luke. Calm down.
Ben: There is no << But>>. Think of nothing but the Force. Let the Force flow through you.
Meanwhile Starkiller practices with his red lightsaber and Han watches him. Starkiller does some complex combos with his lightsaber.
Han: Hahahaha!! Ancient religions and magical tricks are no match for laser blasters.
Luke, hearing Han saying that, stops meditating and comes near Han.
Luke: You dont believe in the Force, do you?
Han: Kid, i have gone from one side of the galaxy to the other. I've seen many strange things, but i have seen nothing that proves that a mystical energy controls my destiny.
Ben, with a smile in his face, comes near Luke.
Ben: Luke, meditate. Feel the Force around you.
Luke starts to meditate. He closes his eyes and he feels a strange feeling. At first it is cold, but then it becomes warmer. It calls him. Suddenly objects around the room start to fly.
Han: WOW. That's a great trick, but nothing that proves that my destiny is controlled by a force.
Ben: Luke, this is your father's lightsaber. He wanted you to have this when you were old enough, but your uncle wouldn't allow it. He feared that you will follow damn old Obi Wan in some idealistic crusades like you father did. I will close your eyes with an XDE3 spray. You wont be able to see for two minutes.
Luke: It's okay, i guess.
Ben uses the spray on Luke's eyes. Then he activates a probe with laser blasters on it and gives Luke his father's lightsaber.
Ben: Luke, i want you to deflect the blaster's fire.
Luke: But, how can i fight if i cant see anything?
Ben: Use the Force Luke.
Luke uses his lightsaber and tries to deflect the probe's attack, but instead he finds himself being wounded in the left leg.
Ben: Try again Luke.
Luke: Okay. May the Force be with me.
Luke tries again. This time he can feel the probe, by using the Force. The probe attacks, but this time Luke has the Force on his side. Luke's lightsaber deflects the probe's laser blaster.
Han: Ha. That's just pure luck.
Ben: In my experience, there is no thing such as luck.
For the next few hours Luke continues his training, Starkiller meditates, Han sleeps and R2-D2, C-3PO and Chewie play chess.
C-3PO: Calm down. R2 won fair.
Han wakes up upon hearing Chewie.
Han: Unless you want to commit suicide, never tell to a wookie to calm down.
Then Han sleeps once more.
C-3PO: I see sir. R2, i propose a new strategy. Let the wookie win.
At the same time Luke learns to use the lightsaber.
Ben: Form Xian is based on the element of defense against multiple enemies, with blasters. If you use it against one enemy or Sith lords, you are dead.
Luke: And what form Shi does?
Han, who has just waken up from his sleep, interrupts Ben.
Han: Don't you ever bore talking about the same thing?
Luke: No. Why? Is it strange?
Han: A bit, but as i have said, i have seen many strange things. Anyway, i will go to look what this Starkiller guy is doing.
As Han walks, Starkiller is coming near him.
Starkiller: What do you do?
Han: Nothing. To say the truth, i am bored. Sometimes the galaxy may be a boring place.
Suddenly Han hears a noise.
Han: It is the alarm. We must have reached Alderaan.
Han runs to the cockpit. Meanwhile on the Death Star, the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader, talks with Admiral Piet in the control room.
Vader: Admiral Piet, i am bored of this damn old bastard named Tarkin. The Emperor should have let me in charge of the operation instead of having this old damned bastard.
Piet, afraid of annoying Vader, something that means death in most cases, has to agree with Vader.
Piet: I agree with you Lord Vader. You should have been the leader of the operation.
Meanwhile, as the Millennium Falcon reaches it's destination, Han brings the ship out of hyperspace with unexpected results. Instead of a planet, he sees only meteorites. Luke and Ben enter the cockpit.
Luke: What's going on?
Han: We've come out of hyperspace into a meteor shower. Our position is correct, except......no Alderaan!!
Luke: What?! Where is it?
Ben: Destroyed!! By the Empire!
Luke: What?! You must be joking!
Han: That's impossible. It'd take a thousand ships with more firepower than i--
Suddenly a lone Imperial Tie Fighter races past the smuggler's ship.
Luke: He's heading for that small moon. If they identify us, we are in trouble.
Ben: That's no moon...it's a space station. Turn the ship around!!
Han: Yeah...I think you are right. Full reverse! Chewie, lock in the auxiliary power.
Starkiller enters the cockpit.
Starkiller: What the.. happened here?
Luke: It's a long story. Let's just say that this moon is a space station that blown up Alderaan.
Starkiller: You've got to be kidding me.
Luke: No. That's the reality.
The Millennium Falcon starts to shake violently.
Luke: Why are we still moving towards it?!
Han: We're caught in a tractor beam and it's pulling us in! But they're not going to get me without a fight.
Ben: You can't win. But there are alternatives to fighting.
As the Millennium Falcon is pulled in, it is dwarfed by the battle station. At the same time in a room inside the battle station.
Stormtrooper: Clear bay 2037! We are opening the magnetic field!
Tarkin: Vader, we've captured a freighter entering the remains of the Alderaan system. Its marking match those of a ship that blasted its way out of Mos Eisley.
Vader: They must be trying to return the stolen plans to the princess.
Soon Vader with a battalion of Stormtroopers and Admiral Piet comes in the bay.
Piet: There's no one on board, sir. According to the log, the crew abandoned the ship right after take off.
Vader: I want every part of this ship checked! I sense something....a presence i haven't felt since...
Vader turns quickly and leaves. On board the Millennium Falcon, once the troopers leave, the floor panels covering the ship's smuggling compartments, slide back.
Han: This is ridiculous! Even if i could take off, i'd never get past the tractor beam!
Ben: Leave that to me.
Han: I knew you were going to say that!
Luke: I have a plan.
Luke tells the rest of the party his plan.
Starkiller: I agree, but i will have to stay here. If i come with you outside the ship, i will endanger the mission because my old master will sense me. Obi Wan has developed an ability to hide himself, and still Vader feels him. If i come with you, Vader will find us and the mission will surely fail.
Luke: I agree!
Outside, the guards hear a noise. When they enter to investigate, there is a quick round of blaster fire and then silence. In the docking bay control room, an officer tries to contact the soldiers guarding the Falcon.
Officer: TK-421. Why aren't you at your post?
From the control room, the officer sees the trooper emerging from the ship and tapping his helmet to indicate a faulty transmitter. On his way to check out the problem, the officer is confronted by something totally unexpected. A wookie attacking him.
The group quickly takes over the control room and locks the door behind them. Ben then gives an order to R2.
Ben: Plug in. We should be able to interpret the entire Imperial computer network from here.
R2 interfaces with the computer and C-3PO translates.
C-3PO: The tractor beam is coupled to the main reactor locations. A power generator at one of the terminals will allow the ship to leave.
With a sad voice , Ben speaks to Luke.
Ben: I must go alone.
Luke: I want to go with you!
Ben: Your destiny lies down a different part than mine. The Force will be with you....always.
After Obi Wan leaves...
R2: Whoop! Whoop! Whoop!
Luke: What is it?
C-3PO: He says << i've found her!>> and keeps repeating << She's here!>>.
Luke: The Princess is here?!
C-3PO: Level five, detention block AA-23. I'm afraid she's scheduled to be terminated.
Luke: Oh no! We've go to do something!!
Han: I'm not going anywhere!
Luke: They are going to execute her!
Han: Better her than me!
Luke: She's rich...powerful...if you were to rescue her, the reward would be more than you can imagine!
Han: I don't know.. I can imagine quit a bit.
Luke: You'll get it!
Han: I'd better! What's your plan?
Still disguised as stormtroopers, Luke and Han, with Chewie posing as their prisoner, make their way to the detention block. There they see an officer in black uniform along with a few guards.
Officer: Where are you taking this...thing?
Luke: Prisoner transfer from block 1138.
Officer: I wasn't notified! I'll have to clear it.
As the detention center guards move in to take custody, Chewie attacks them. With Han and Luke joining the fray, all hell breaks loose in the detention block. With the detention block under their control, Han checks to see which cell the princess is in.
Han: Here it is... cell 2187. You go to get her.
Moments later, Luke enters the cell, finding the princess sleeping.
Leia: Aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?
Han: Huh? Oh, the uniform! I'm Luke Skywalker. I'm here to rescue you!
Meanwhile in the office of Tarkin.
Tarkin: Obi Wan Kenobi is here? If you are right, he must not be allowed to escape!
Vader: Escape is not his plan. I must face him. Alone!
Back in the detention block, reinforcements have arrived and the fugitives find themselves trapped.
Leia: This is some rescue! When you came here, didn't you have a plan for getting out?
Han: He's the brains, sweetheart!
Leia grabs Luke's weapon and blasts a hole in a nearby hatch.
Han: What the hell are you doing?!
Leia: Into the garbage chute, flyboy!
One by one, they all leap in. After a few minutes, the company leaves the garbage chute and tries to go in the bay. Meanwhile Obi Wan locates one of the power terminals and disables the tractor beam, while the companions run into a squad of Stormtroopers.
Han: Let them to me! You damn imperial bastards, come here!
As the Stormtroopers come near Han, Han throws a grenade and kills all of them.
Han: That is a rescue princess, isn't it?
Leia: I cant say i am impressed.
Han: Sorry, but we dont have time for more.
Leia: You damn bastard!
Luke: Cant you two shut up for a moment?!! We are into an imperial space station, dammit!!
As Obi Wan returns to the Millennium Falcon, he finds his old apprentice waiting for him.
Vader: I've been waiting for you. The circle is now complete. When i left you, i was but the learner. Now i am the master!!
Ben: Only a master of evil, Darth!
So the duel begins. Lightsabers clash, as allies, now enemies, take up arms against each other! As Vader and Obi Wan duel, the troopers guarding the falcon move to assist their leader.
Han: Now's our chance. Go!!
As they make a run for it, Luke spies Obi Wan.
Ben: If you strike me down, i will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.
Seeing his opportunity, Vader swings, but a light appears and only Obi Wan's cloak remain.
Alerted, the troopers turn and fire. Starkiller comes out of the Falcon, and uses his lightsaber to deflect the blasters.
Starkiller: Run, Luke, run!!
Luke and Starkiller enter the Falcon. At the same time, Han and Chewie run to the cockpit.
Han: I hope the old man got the tractor beam out of commission, or this is going to be a real short trip. Okay, hit it!!
Effortlessly, the Falcon swings out of the docking bay and blasts into deep space. Inside the ship, in a room...
Luke: I can't believe he's gone!
Leia: There wasn't anything you could have done.
Starkiller enters the room.
Starkiller: Ha ha! Old Ben is still alive. He used a unique ability known as Fold Space to escape the Death Star. Fold space is a Force power that allows a Force-user to bend space to instantly transport himself between places.
Luke: He is alive?! Thanks the Force!
Meanwhile on the Death Star, Tarkin talks to Vader.
Tarkin: Are you sure the homing beacon is secure aboard their ship? I am taking an awful risk, Vader. This had better work!!
Soon the Millennium Falcon lands on the fourth moon of the planet Yavin. There, the party sees a huge pyramid made of stone. Once they enter in it, they find the rebels. The pyramid was the rebel base! As the rebels rush to analyze the information stored in R2, the Death Star approaches Yavin IV. At the rebel base however Starkiller trains Luke at the art of lightsabers. Every move of the lightsaber feels like an ancient mystical dance. In every attack, he feels every second of his moves. However Leia enters the room and interrupts the training.
Leia: We have analyzed the plans. The battle station's defenses are designed around a large scale assault, and they will be of no use against a small one man fighter. You will have to hit a two meters wide target, in order to make the Death Star explode. Good luck.
Luke: I shall go now. Goodby Han. Goodby Leia. Starkiller, may the force be with you.
The Hangar buzzes with activity as pilots and crewmen make their last minute preparations. With a deafening roar, the fighters take off for battle.
At the same time in a star destroyer, Vader talks with Admiral Piet.
Piet: My Lord, why you have left the Death Star and took away your entire fleet?
Vader: A, Piet, my good friend. The Death Star is doomed to be destroyed. I have foreseen this. So i decided to let the Rebels destroy the Death Star. As they will focus on attacking the Death Star, my fleet will invade Yavin IV.
Piet: Very clever my Lord.
Vader: What a wonderful day. This day will remain in history. This day i killed Ben and i will soon get rid of both the rebels and that old damn bastard named Tarkin. Hahaha!!
At the same time, an officer comes near Tarkin, in the control room of the Death Star.
Officer: Sir, Lord Vader has betrayed us.
Officer: The fleet no longer protect us!!
Tarkin: Send all Tie Fighters!! Once i will kill the rebel scums, i will deal myself with this machine.
Meanwhile the Rebel Pilots fight against overwhelming odds, but they are systematically shot down until only Luke and his wingmen remain. As the fighters enter the trench, they come under heavy fire. Luke suddenly finds himself alone. As he approaches the end of the trench, Luke switches on his targeting computer. Suddenly he hears the voice of Obi Wan.
Ben: Use the Force, Luke!
Using the Force, Luke fires the torpedoes directly into the small target, causing an unstoppable chain reaction build withing the Death Star's core. Then, as the Rebel fleet moves away, the space station explodes. But before he can celebrate, he has a message from Leia.
Leia: Luke, the Death Star was just a distraction. The Imperial fleet invades Yavin IV. Come quickly!!
Luke: I am coming.
Luke's starship lands in Yavin IV, only to find the entire base full of dead bodies and stormtroopers. Suddenly a squad of stormtroopers attacks him.
Trooper: Here he is men. Kill him.
Luke, using his lightsaber, kills one after the other the stormtroopers. Then Luke enters the stone Pyramid, that is rocked by explosions. Luke senses a strange cold feeling.
Luke: I can feel.....Darth Vader.
Luke draws his lightsaber.
Vader: The force is with you, young Skywalker. But you are not a Jedi yet.
So Vader and Luke are locked in a furious duel. Luke attacks Vader with his lightsaber, and manages to wound Vader's left hand, but Vader kicks Luke's face and uses the force to throw him back.
Vader: Impressive! Most impressive!!
Meanwhile the Falcon takes off. Han Solo, Leia, Starkiller and the two droids are in it.
Han: Starkiller, go to the turrets.
Starkiller, shot downs five Tie Fighters, as the Falcon takes off the planet. At the same time, the duel between Vader and Luke continues. Luke attacks once more Vader, but this time Vader, with a complex lightsaber combo, disarms Luke.
Vader: Join me, and i will complete your training.
Vader: Obi Wan never told you what happened to your father.
Luke: He told me enough! He told me you killed him.
Vader: No. Obi Wan killed your father!
Luke: No!! That's not true. That's impossible.
Vader: Search your feelings. You know it to be true!
Luke: Why Ben, why?
Vader: Let me tell you the whole story. Anakin Skywalker, your father, and his brother, me , then named Nick Skywalker, fought in the Clone wars. My bother, your father, was married to a beautiful woman, named Padme, your mother. But, because we were at war, we had to leave our homes for a long time. During the invasion of Geonisis, that lasted one year, your mother felt very alone. He had given you, her son, to the brother of your father, Owen, because she feared of an invasion in Naboo. For one year, she had seen no man. Then, my old master came in her house to see her, Obi Wan Kenobi. Obi Wan was a Jedi master, but also and a man. Padme was a very beautiful woman that had to see a man for more than a year. They were both very good friends. So they slept together that day. In a few days, Padme learned that she was pregnant. The father of the child was Obi Wan. And that child was.. Leia.
Luke: Leia...... my sister?!
Vader: Yes. However three months after the fall of Geonisis, i fell to the dark side of the Force. I started operation knightfall and with a legion of Stormtroopers, i attacked the Jedi temple and killed all the Jedi. For five months, me and Palpatine started a war against the galactic republic. In the end, Coruscant was sucked and Palpatine became emperor of the galaxy. However your father, found me in Mustafar. So in the volcanic planet, a duel begun between brothers. In the end, your father was a better warrior than me and cut me in two. So i became the machine i am ow.
Luke: And what happened with my father?
Vader: He found Ben kissing Padme. He became angry and so a duel started between apprentice and master. Ben killed your father.
Luke: I.. i dont believe it!!
Vader: Ben, come here. I sense your presence. Tell the truth to your pupil.
Suddenly,out of nowhere, Luke and Vader hear a voice.
Ben: Luke, remain calm. Don't fall to the dark side.
Ben appears with his lightsaber ready for battle.
Luke: You killed my father, didn't you?!!!
Ben: Luke, calm down.
Luke: Don't try to play games with me! I want the truth!
Ben: Yes. I killed your father.
Luke: What? How could you?!
Ben: I was on self defense! I tried to talk to him, but he didn't want to hear.
Ben: I tried to fix my mistake by training you.
Luke, filled with anger, attacks his old master. After dueling for some time, Luke uses the Force to throw back Ben and then with his lightsaber, he stabs Ben's left hand. However Ben can still fight, and his left hand isn't very wounded.
Vader: Luke, kill him and take your revenge!
Ben: Luke stay to the light!
Luke: I dont want any of this. Both of you tried to use me for your own ways!! Ben, you told me lies so you could turn me into a weapon and fight for your foolish idealistic crusades. And you Vader, you try to use my anger to make me your slave. You want me to replace Starkiller. No. I will be free. I wont become weapon of anyone. From now on i will serve only myself. No rebellion, no empire and no other bull****s!! I am done with your civil war. I am done with your fight between good and evil. You fight and burn the entire galaxy for your ideologies. You care nothing for the people. You are both the same. Damn you Ben! Vader is better than you. At least, he told me the truth.
Luke, uses force lighting, and wounds both Vader and Ben. Then he runs fast, using Force speed, and steals a nearby imperial Tie Fighter.
Vader: I lost the chance to get a very loyal slave thanks to you. Now it's time to finish our duel.
Ben: Dark lord, thanks to you, we lost our only hope. But i will kill you.
So a duel begins, as master and apprentice fight a final duel. Vader attacks with his lightsaber again and again, while Ben tries to hold on. Then Vader uses the Force to bombard Ben with heavy objects. Vader attacks his old master with lightning speed and severs both of his enemy's hands.
Vader: This is the end of you, my master.
Ben: You can still come back to light.
Vader: It is too late for me now. However, the talking will end now. It is time to take revenge for my bother.
Then Vader beheads Ben. Piet comes in the base, with a squad of Stormtroopers.
Piet: My lord, are you okay?
Vader: Yes. I have just taken my revenge. Send order to all governors in the galaxy to search their planets for Luke. I will find him!
A few days later in a cantina in Besbin, a small Ugnaught tells to the commander of a small squad of stormtroopers, that a strange man is sitting in the cantina. The man is wearing a black robe with a hood covering his face.
Commander: Sir, who are you?
Man: Just a mercenary. None of your business.
Commander: Men, he is just a mercenary. None of our business.
Man: Now leave.
Commander: We should leave now.
Man: Have a good day!
Commander: Have a good day, sir!
Meanwhile on the falcon.
Starkiller: Any sign of Luke?
Leia: Nothing. I contacted with the other rebels, but nothing.
Han: Where are you kid?
C-3PO: Oh my! Will master Luke be okay?
R2-D2: Bleep! Bleep!
Han: You are right. We must leave. Time to go in lightspeed.
Han pulls a lever, the ship lurches forward and is gone.
Soon i will write the next part of the saga:
Star Wars: Mercenaries
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