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A/N: Kill me, you should not. Able to write more, I would not be, if kill me, you did. Sorry for the wait, I am. Kicking my butt, college is. Thank EvannaLynch for this update, you should.
Trip Through Time
Obi-Wan surveyed the crowd that had assembled in his room in the Healing Ward. He would have preferred to have this conversation in a different venue, however, the death glare that Healer Vanu had given him at that suggestion completely erased that option. Now, everyone was waiting on him.
He sighed. "Where to begin?"
"I find that the beginning is always a good place to start," Qui-Gon supplied.
"Right, as usual," he replied with a small smile. "I suppose the very beginning would be around your time. Darth Sideous is probably gathering power and recruiting minions while you remain blissfully unaware. It will not be until I am 25 that the Sith really rear their ugly heads, and it is then that you must stop Sideous before he rebuilds the Sith into the monstrous organization that it is today."
He paused for a moment to gather his thoughts. "It was only supposed to be a routine negotiation mission. The Trade Federation had the planet Naboo blockaded to prove some point or another. I can't really remember the details, the mission drifted so far away from the original intent. Chancellor Valorum specifically asked for Qui-Gon to handle this delicate situation. At the time, nobody really understood why Naboo was the planet the Federation targeted, but looking back, it should have been so obvious."
"By the time we arrived for negotiations, the blockade had turned into an invasion. We ended having to stow away in one of the droid transport crafts to escape to the planet. Anyway, once we finally arrived in the capital city, we had to sneak the queen off planet to stop her from being forced to sign a treaty to make the blockade legal. We brought her to Coruscant, where she plead her case to the Senate and eventually called for a vote of no confidence in Senator Valorum on the advice of her Senator, Palpatine. The vote went through and Palpatine was put up as a candidate and eventually won on a sympathy vote, which was the beginning of the end."
"It was when we went back to Naboo that Qui-Gon was killed by Sideous's Apprentice, Darth Maul. I was trapped behind a laser wall and could not get to him in time. After that, things began to spiral out of control. Over time, it was revealed that the new Chancellor Palpatine and the Sith Lord Sideous were one and the same. By then, however, it was too late. The Sith had begun their reign of terror. Palpatine had complete control over the galaxy, and had organized the Sith in such a way that instead of killing each other off to gain power, they gained power by killing off anyone else in their paths, the more prestigious the target, the greater the boost in power. Jedi became their favorite hunts, of course. The Temple became our refuge, a place of protection. Parents from across the galaxy cry out for their children to be tested in order to keep them safe. We do all we can, but it is not enough. Now that the Sith have the Holocron, we do not stand a chance. They will annihilate us. It is only a matter of time."
The very pregnant silence after Obi-Wan's tale was broken by a young Padawan bursting through the door out of breath. "Masters!" he gasped. "We are under attack!"
Remember, kill me, you should not.