|Shadows of Light and Darkness
Author: Fallen Jedi 79 PM
It is sixteen years since the fateful day that Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader. For sixteen years he has terrorized The Galaxy as Darth Vader. He now is finally challenged by a young Jedi Knight who is none other than his estranged son. How will this affect him? AU.Rated: Fiction T - English - Adventure/Drama - Darth Vader & Luke S. - Chapters: 34 - Words: 119,262 - Reviews: 161 - Favs: 50 - Follows: 55 - Updated: 07-13-12 - Published: 05-24-12 - Status: Complete - id: 8145779
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DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT OWN STAR WARS. GEORGE LUCAS DOES. I MAKE NO PROFIT OFF OF THIS AND AM DOING IT STRICTLY FOR FUN AND FOR MY LOVE OF STAR WARS.
This Original Trilogy Au starts three years earlier than Cannon just so you know. Vader is suitless and the reason that he is unsuited will be found in the first Chapter. As for my other changes the Answers for why things are the way that they are will be revealed as the story goes on. Please let me know how you like this Fanfic. Luke was not raised by Owen and Beru Lars. He has been raised and trained by Obi-Wan for his entire life from infancy.
This is just the beginning. I have a ton of ideas for this Fanfic and will be working with it alongside the Lost Son that is if you want to see more. There will be a ton of twists as for the reason that Obi-Wan Ended up raising Luke you will have to wait and find out. The full truth will be revealed in later Chapters. Please let me know if you like the start of this Story. I have tried to keep the lines authentic but there will be some changes.
-Fallen Jedi 79
Star Destroyer Devastator:
Darth Vader stood on the Command Bridge of the Devastor looking out into the depths of space in silence. At the age of thirty eight he was the second most powerful man in the Galaxy and had held the position as Emperor Palpatine's enforcer now for Sixteen years as well as the position of Supreme Commander of the Imperial Navy. He was considered a monster by many and a beast though he was a man.
He looked at his yellow eyed reflection in the viewport. After his fight on Mustafar and the betrayal of Padme his fight had ended with him facing Obi-Wan on a ledge overlooking a river of Molten Lava.
He had at the time remembered Palpatine warning him of grave danger and had realized when Obi-Wan told him that the fight was over that he was right. He couldn't win and that he couldn't lose. So he had left the scene of the fight while Obi-Wan took his angel from him and left the planet. He had tried to pursue Obi-Wan and get to Padme first but Obi-Wan had taken a shortcut and had left him without his wife. The traitor, thought Vader in anger. He had then spent the time since that horrible day learning the ways of the Dark Side of the Force and preparing for the day that he became Emperor. One day he would destroy Sidious and become the new Dark Lord of the Sith.
His thoughts were ended as his First Officer, Captain Piett walked onto the bridge.
"Lord Vader we have reports of a Rebel ship that had several transmissions beamed to it by Rebel Spies during that last battle. It is believed that the Death Star plans were sent to this ship. We are ordered to intercept them. They are en route to Tattooine."
"Very well take us to maximum speed."
"Already done sir."
Vader smiled, Now this is what he liked, a competent Officer who didn't need to be told how to do his job.
"I am going to spar. Make sure that the boarding party is prepared appraise them of the situation."
"Understood my Lord I will also have all battles stations manned."
Vader nodded with a smile, "Good Captain."
Vader smiled, Piett was one of his best Officers. He had transferred Captain Ozzel to the position of overseeing the final stages of the construction of the Executor with the Promotion of Admiral and having Ozzel off of the Devastator had been a huge relief for Vader he liked a man who actually could do his job which is what Piett was capable of.
Vader looked out the viewports of the Devastator one more time before leaving and heading towards his training room. He entered the dark room and turned on the lights before removing his robe and his tunic. He stripped down to the point of being shirtless and looked at himself in the mirror. He still had his fairly strong Muscular build and he even sometimes would go into the Ship's Gym and work out. However in place of the blond hair that he had sixteen years before he now had a mix of Grey and blond hair and at this point it was half and half. His hair coloring didn't bother him. He wasn't so vain that he had to look like a baby faced pretty boy. Even though his face still looked fairly the same as it did sixteen years before it had a couple more scars and it was more hardened with anger. He didn't care though. Vader glared at himself in the mirror one more time before falling down onto the ground and doing several pushups for warm up. After feeling confident that he was warmed up he brought out several sparring droids and began to duel with them in anger as many things came to mind.
He thought of Padme's betrayal on Mustafar, He thought of Obi-Wan's betrayal, Obi-Wan Kenobi, The man that had been his friend who had turned his wife against him and had stolen his children. Not long after Mustafar he had learned that he had had a set of twins, He didn't even know what his son and daughter looked like. His attempts to find them had been in vain. He had spies searching the Galaxy for them and although they had found several sets of human twins that had no parents to speak for them none of them were his.
He continued to duel in anger as he cut down the droids feeling rage for all of the things that had happened in his life. He was about to be in the space above Tattooine.
The planet represented so much to him, The place of his enslavement as a child. The place where he had worked as a slave where he had watched helplessly at the age of four as his mother was violated in ways that no woman ever should be right within Gardulla The Hutt's Palace.
Vader fought on as he became a living torrent of anger and hatred. More droids came into the room as he summoned them and he continued to fight in anger. He was a living vessel of darkness at this very moment. He was so immersed in the Dark Side that anyone looking at him at that very moment, would believe themselves to be looking at the devil himself.
A few hours later:
Vader looked out the viewport at the Tantive IV as it fired its laser cannons in vain upon the bridge of the Devastator. "Perhaps they should to just ram us with the entire ship it would cause more damage then their blasters are causing," said Vader with a sneer.
At the same time he saw a blast from the Devastator's cannons that hit the main reactor of the Tantive IV.
"Prepare the boarding party."
"As you wish my Lord," replied Piett.
Vader then looked at Piett, "You have the bridge keep the ship in orbit."
"Yes my Lord."
Vader then stormed off of the bridge and off towards the Elevator. He would take care of things on the Tantive IV and teach the meddlesome and annoying Princess Leia some respect that is if she was onboard.
A short time later Vader entered the Hallways of the Tantive IV in anger as he had memories of his childhood on Tattooine as well as his mother's death storming inside of his mind.
He looked at the bodies of Rebel troops and Stormtroopers that were laying in his path as he walked through the ship in anger.
He looked at the Commander of the Squadron and spoke, "Do you have access to the main computer?"
"Yes sir I will search it immediately. I am sending one of our prisoners to you."
Vader smiled, "Very well I will interrogate him."
Vader then watched as a middle aged man in an Alliance uniform was brought to him.
"Where are the Death Star plans?"
The man was silent as Vader picked him up by the neck with both hands and began to choke him.
At the same time the Commander of the Stormtrooper Squad returned to him, "The Death Star Plans are not in the main computer."
Vader ignored the officer and focused on Captain Antilles. "Where are those transmissions that you have intercepted? What have you done with those plans?"
"We intercepted no transmissions this is a consular ship. We're on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan," stated Antilles as he struggled to breath and speak.
"If this is a consoler ship then where is the Ambassador?"
Antilles said nothing in response as his neck snapped under Vader's grasp.
Vader in response threw him against the wall and turned in anger towards the waiting squad commander who flinched at the sight of the Dark Lord's yellow eyes.
Vader saw the flinch despite the Man's Stormtrooper Armor and spoke in anger, "Commander tear this ship apart until you find those plans and bring me the passengers. I want them alive!"
The Commander in response waved to his men and within moments the armored Stormtroopers began to disperse throughout the ship searching for passengers.
Around ten minutes later Vader saw a squad returning with a petite dark haired girl that he recognized as Princess Leia Organa. Vader smiled wickedly, Of course it was her. She had a tendency to get on his nerves in the long run and she had always been protected but not now.
She glared at him hatefully and fearfully, "Darth Vader only you would be so bold the Imperial Senate will not sit still when they hear that you have attacked a diplomatic ship..."
Vader motioned for her to be silent as he spoke, "Don't act so surprised your highness you weren't on any mercy mission several transmissions were beamed to this ship by Rebel spies I want to know what happened to the plans that they sent you."
Leia continued to play stupid much to Vader's anger and spoke, "I don't know what you're talking about I'm a member of the Imperial Senate on a Diplomatic Mission to Alderaan."
Vader pointed his finger at her and spoke in anger, "You were a part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor. Take her away!" yelled Vader as he made a gesture with his gloved hand.
At the same time one of his overly cautious officers came up to his side. "Holding her is if word gets out about this? It could generate Sympathy for the Rebellion in the Senate."
Vader regarded the officer with little concern, "I have traced the Rebel Spies to her now she is my only mean for finding their secret base."
"She'll die before she will tell you anything."
Vader smirked, "Leave that to me. Send a distress signal and then inform the Senate that All Aboard were killed."
At the same time another Officer spoke, "Lord Vader battle station plans were not onboard this ship and there is no evidence that they were. An Escape Pod was jettisoned during the fight but no life forms were aboard."
Vader nodded, "She must have hidden the plans in the escape pod. Send a detachment. There will be no one to stop us this time."
Vader then turned and wordlessly left the two officers and headed for the Command Bridge of the Devastator.
Vader frowned, There was something about the Princess that was bothering him. What was it? Something was familiar about her. He had never met her in person before but something was not right and he wondered what it was.
Tattooine: Nine Hours Later:
Obi-Wan looked at Luke who spoke, "Do you think that Vader sensed us Master?"
Obi-Wan frowned, "Most likely. I think that that battle you witnessed with your Binoculars has him distracted and whatever it was it had to be big."
Luke nodded as Obi-Wan spoke, "I want to go out. We have to go to town and collect some supplies anyways. Come with me."
Obi-Wan smiled at Luke sixteen years ago he had been entrusted with raising Luke from infancy. He had originally planned to have Anakin's Stepbrother, Owen Lars raise Luke but in the end he was told that he had to raise Luke himself. He was grateful that the decision had been made for it had given his life of exile many joys and Luke reminded him of Anakin and Luke was just as much of a son to him as Anakin had been. Anakin so much had went wrong with Anakin. If only Anakin had confided in him more. He felt like he had failed Anakin so much if only he had not been so hard on Anakin. Maybe then Anakin would have confided in him more than he had. If he had the Galaxy would have been a different place.
Obi-Wan ended his thoughts as he focused on Luke's driving as they drove through the dessert in their landspeeder.
At the same time he noticed something ahead of him and Luke. It appeared to be something that had crash landed. At the same time he noticed golden object waving to him and Luke.
"Drive towards whatever that is Luke. We need to investigate it."
Luke nodded obediently. Obi-Wan had to admit that Luke had more of his mother's personality although he had broken rules he had more of his mother's reasoning something that his father had never had.
A short time later Obi-Wan smiled at the sight that awaited him, Anakin's old Droid, R2-D2 and Padme's Protocol droid, C-3PO.
Obi-Wan found himself smiling at the familiar sight of the two droids though he decided to keep the information of recognizing the droids to himself.
He hurried forward with Luke at his side as R2 whistled.
C-3PO then spoke.
"Hello sirs I am C-3PO human cyborg relations and this is my counterpart, R2-D2."
Obi-Wan nodded as 3PO continued.
"Don't mind my friend he is claiming for some reason to be the property of Obi-Wan Kenobi."
Obi-Wan nodded, "I am Obi-Wan Kenobi."
R2 whistled in response.
Obi-Wan smiled, "Well my little friend lets see what you are all about."
Within moment an image of Princess Leia appeared before him.
"Who is she? She's beautiful," exclaimed Luke.
Obi-Wan shook his head as the girl spoke, "General Kenobi Many years ago you served my father in the Clone Wars. Now he begs me to come and find you so that I can take you to Alderaan. I regret to inform you that my mission to bring you to Alderaan has failed and that my ship has fallen under attack.
"Within this R2 unit is information vital to Alderaan's survival. Take this R2 unit to Alderaan. My Father will know how to retrieve it. Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. You are my only hope."
Obi-Wan was silent for a moment as he stroked his beard. He then looked at Luke, "Load them up we will be heading to Alderaan. We will go back home and pack our things. We are leaving."
Obi-Wan then turned to Luke as he felt the Dark tremor vanish as though Vader had left the system. He must be focused on whatever R2 has inside of him, thought Obi-Wan.
A short time later the Two Jedi arrived at their hut. Luke headed into his room and packed his Jedi robes along with a few Holoimages of his father that Obi-Wan had provided. He gathered his spare Jedi Robes and at the same time slipped on a fresh pair of robes and left his room noticing Obi-Wan with his own travel bag.
"Are you ready?" asked Obi-Wan.
Luke nodded, "I am glad that our time has finally come."
Obi-Wan shook his head, "Master Yoda always said that a Jedi craves not adventure."
Luke smiled, "What would my father have said in response to that?"
"He would have said that he wasn't your typical Jedi."
Luke nodded, "Do you miss him?"
Obi-Wan looked at Luke in near tears, "I miss him everyday Luke, To me your father was my son. You and your father in my mind are both my sons and your father a brother as well."
Luke nodded as he followed his Master out of the Hut that they had lived inside of together for his entire life to begin their quest together.
Luke frowned as he noticed Obi-Wan coughing, "What is wrong Master?"
"Nothing Luke it is nothing don't worry."
Luke frowned sensing that his Master was lying to him for some odd reason.
His Master never lied to him. What was wrong.
A short time later As the two Jedi drove towards Mos Eisley a Squad of Stormtroopers examined the downed Escape Pod and found that there were two Droids who had been onboard of the Escape Pod. They now would have word out throughout the planet to be on watch for a pair of droids that were in the possession of any citizens trying to get off world.
As Luke and Obi-Wan drove into the Mos Eisley Spaceport they noticed a Squad of Stormtroopers in their path. the Squad Commander waved to them and motioned for them to stop their Speeder.
The Squad Commander then spoke "How long have you had these droids?"
"About four or five seasons," replied Luke on cue with Obi-Wan.
"They are up for sale if you want them," added Obi-Wan.
The Stormtrooper then spoke, "Let me see your identification."
"You don't need to see my identification," stated Luke as he used the force to influence the Stormtrooper's mind.
"We don't need to see his identification," replied the Commander as he looked at his Comrades.
"These aren't the droids that you're looking for," added Obi-Wan with another Gesture."
"These aren't the droids that we are looking for," stated The Stormtrooper.
"I can go about my business," added Luke with a cocky smirk.
"He can go about his business," the Stormtrooper replied.
"Move along," said Obi-Wan.
The Stormtrooper immediately began to wave in response, "Move along, Move along."
Luke smirked as they drove off, "All to easy Master."
"The Force always has a strong influence on the weak minded my Young Apprentice. Remember that," stated Obi-Wan with a smile
Obi-Wan's smile slowly faded as something came to mind. Stormtroopers were all over the planet looking for R2 and 3PO he knew that their time to leave was going to have to be as soon as possible in order to get off of the planet in time. It would only get harder and harder as time went on. He had a feeling that the fate of the Galaxy rested on his shoulders.
Luke frowned as they came to a spot outside of a large cantina. "Are you sure that we are going to find a pilot that will take us to Alderaan here?"
"Most of the good freighter pilots and smugglers drink here only watch your step my young Apprentice this place can be a little rough."
Luke nodded, "I have my lightsaber."
Ben smiled as he noticed Luke fingering it and he immediately took the lightsaber from Luke. "You won't be able to set it down anymore Luke this weapon is your life."
Luke nodded in silence as Ben handed him his lightsaber. Luke then followed his Master into the cantina in silence with R2 and 3PO behind him as an angry bartender spoke, "Hey we don't serve their kind here."
"What?" asked Luke.
"Your droids we don't want them in here they will have to wait outside."
Luke turned to R2 and 3PO.
"3PO we don't want any trouble just wait outside."
"Very well Master Luke come along R2."
Luke then turned and walked into the dark Cantina and headed casually towards the counter.
At the same time an angry Alien growled at Luke in a dialect that he didn't understand. Another alien man spoke, "He doesn't like you."
Luke frowned, "Sorry."
The man glared at him, "You just watch yourself we're wanted men. I have the death sentence on twelve systems."
Luke nodded as he touched his lightsaber.
"Back away or I will be forced to kill you."
The man prepared to shove Luke but before he could Luke's green blade entered his gut as Luke moved upon his companion and sliced his arm off.
Obi-Wan then approached Luke with a large Wookiee at his side, "Chewbacca here is first mate on a ship that might suite us."
Luke nodded as he followed his Master to a table where a man of around twenty five sat. The man had the appearance of a scoundrel and Luke sensed that the man was fairly arrogant.
The man spoke, "Han Solo. I am Captain of the Millennium Falcon. Chewie here tells me that your looking for passage to the Alderaan system."
"Is it a fast ship?" asked Obi-Wan.
"Fast ship? You have never heard of the Millennium Falcon?" asked Han.
"Should I have?" asked Obi-Wan.
"It is the ship that made the Kessel Run in eleven Parsecs. I have outran Imperial Vessels and I am not talking about the giant bulky cruisers I am talking about fighters. It should be fast enough for you old Man."
Obi-Wan nodded as Han spoke, "What's the cargo?"
"Myself, The Boy, two Droids and no questions asked."
"What some kind of local trouble?"
"Lets just say that we would like to avoid any Imperial entanglements."
"Thats the real trick huh?" asked Han.
"For that ten thousand?"
"Ten Thousand?" asked Luke.
"We could almost have our own ship for that much," stated Luke.
"But who is gonna fly it kid you?"
"You bet I could I'm not such a bad pilot myself."
Han smirked as Obi-Wan spike, "We can give you two thousand now plus fifteen once we reach Alderaan."
Han nodded, "You got yourselves a ship. Docking Bay ninety four we leave when you are ready."
Obi-Wan nodded knowing that Vader was closing in on them.
"We have to sell our speeder and then we will be there."
"Alright Old Man we will be waiting for you."
Obi-Wan then motioned for Luke to follow him and together the Two Jedi left the Cantina together and headed towards their speeder. Luke smiled, "Its alright with me if we sell it. I'm never coming back to this planet again."
Obi-Wan smiled, "That was your father's attitude."
"Why did you raise me here Master?"
Obi-Wan stroked his beard before speaking, "I had a number of reasons. One of them was that it was a distance away from Coruscant making it difficult for the Emperor to sense you. Another was that this was your father's home planet and it was also Vader's planet and this is the one planet that Vader will never return to," stated Obi-Wan. He knew that Luke at age sixteen was still not ready for the burden of knowing that Vader was his father. He would tell him when the time was right.
Luke frowned, "He will never return?"
Obi-Wan shook his head, "No he won't. It is also unlikely that your father would have returned had he lived."
Luke nodded in silence, He was grateful to have been trained by Ben as a Jedi. Ben had taught him well. Though many people told him that his uncle was just a crazy old man. However he knew a lot of things about his Jedi Master that they had yet to know.
No matter what his friends said Biggs was always loyal and although Biggs had admitted to being a part of the Alliance to Restore the Republic he had never told Biggs that he was a Jedi Knight.
Ben had thought it best for them to keep their secrets between the two of them.
Luke ended his thoughts as he saw Ben looking at him, "We will take the Speeder and sell it. He is getting closer so whatever price we get is what we get."
Luke nodded, "Master how did you gain all of the funds that we have used for all of my life?"
Ben frowned deciding to give Luke some of the truth, "A very good and wealthy friend."
Luke frowned, "They just gave it to you like that?"
"They knew the importance of your survival and protection from Vader so they gave me a large amount of money."
"What became of that person Master?"
Obi-Wan frowned as he stroked his beard before speaking, "Vader questioned the person for information about you and I and that person died with the secret of what they knew about us."
"Was it a he or a she?"
"It doesn't matter Luke. Trust me the less that you know the better."
"Yes Master," replied Luke.
Obi-Wan frowned as they got inside of their speeder with R2 and 3PO. There was so much that he had kept from Luke. All Luke even knew about his mother was that she was a Senator from the Old Republic. He didn't know that she was Padme Amidala. He hadn't even truly told him what dreadful fate had befell upon Padme, a woman who was supposed to be his friend whom he had let down sixteen years before.
Obi-Wan paused from his thoughts and looked at Luke with a smile as they approached the used Speeder Lot. Luke hopped out as a female alien approached them who was no doubt the owner of the lot.