Author's note. Just something I came up with, an original version of the classic Star Wars saga. Start off like the original but then there is a twist. I know I start off by going over old ground but just bare with me, it's only the prologue. There is a slight warning for brief language.
Hope you all enjoy it and please review.
Anakin Skywalker had had a choice.
The way of the Jedi? Allow Jedi Master Mace Windu to strike down the Sith Lord Darth Sidious who had for the last thirteen years been Supreme Chancellor of the Republic, known as Palpatine. The Sith were obsessed with wiping out the Jedi, Palpatine had caused the bloody conflict known as the Clone Wars, this Sith had committed many crimes, his apprentices had attempted to kill him many times. He was sworn to protect the Galaxy from the likes of him. The Jedi had freed him, they had taught him the ways of the Force and had looked after him since he left his home Planet as a young boy.
The way of the Sith? The Sith offered power, far beyond the young Jedi's dreams, both physical and mental powers. Palpatine had always listened, always understood, respected the young man's decisions and gently offered his own advice. The Jedi Knight could have anything and everything he wanted, including....his young wife. He could save her as he had been unable to save his mother and she would love him and they would love their newborn child together. They wouldn't have to hide and he would be with her throughout when they had their next one. He would bring justice to the Republic, banish slavery to darkest memory and fix the corrupt Senate.
He had a choice.
He chose the way of the Sith.
"Every single Jedi is now an enemy of the Republic. Do what must be done."
An Order was initiated. An army of Clones led by a Jedi General marched on the Temple.
"Do not hesitate."
Jedi were cut down by Clones and their former comrade alike. No one was spared.
"Master Skywalker, there are too many of them, what shall we do?"
"Show no Mercy."
A Senator from the Planet of Naboo watched in horror as the Jedi Temple burned. She clutched her swollen abdomen as she feared for her Jedi husband. But by morning he came and told her everything was alright, she didn't need to worry anymore. He was going to make the Galaxy safe for her and their child which would be a girl though she disagreed with this. She believed him and begged him to come back soon, so he promised he would. And then he left.
All over the Galaxy, Jedi fell to their Clones as they ruthlessly carries out Order 66 which had been programmed into them since before they were born. Jedi, in their thousands died. But some did not.
One was the oldest Jedi living and he survived and escaped with the help of two Wookies one of which would play a part in the future of the Jedi though no one knew at that time. The Jedi's name was Yoda.
Another Jedi who survived was Obi-Wan Kenobi, former Master to Anakin Skywalker, now his comrade, his brother. When he saw those holograms, his heart broke with grief. His duty was to the Jedi, he had to destroy the Sith. Even if that meant destroying his brother.
He went to the only one he could trust, the only one besides the Emporer who might know where Anakin was. When he arrived she greeted him with relief and warmth but would not believe him when he told her what Anakin had done.
"I have seen a hologram of him....killing Younglings."
"No, not my Anakin. He couldn't."
He knew she would not betray her love but he also knew that she knew where he was. So he left, but knew he would have to follow.
"Anakin's the father isn't he? I'm so sorry."
"The Separatists have been taken care of, my Lord."
Darth Vader had just finished reporting to his new Master when he saw a ship approach. He saw it was his beloved wife, his prize for betraying the Jedi. Wearing the mask of Anakin Skywalker he ran to her and she hugged him tightly. But then she opened her mouth.
"Obi-Wan told me terrible things. That you turned to the dark side. That you killed Younglings."
He didn't want to hear this, he didn't have to listen to this. She should be grateful. But she was not listening to how he had would make the Galaxy a better place. She needed to be put in her place.
"The Jedi turned against me."
"Don't YOU turn against me."
Fool she started crying, why was she crying?
Why was he doing this? He claimed it was out of love, but he would rather power than love. She couldn't lose him, not after the heartache of the Clone Wars.
"I don't know you anymore."
"Anakin, you're breaking my heart, you're going down a path and I can't follow."
"Because of Obi-Wan?"
"Because of what've you've done. What you plan to do."
His eyes burned as he saw the outline of the Jedi, against HER ship.
"Stop, come back."
She betrayed him. The ungrateful little bitch betrayed HIM.
"I love you."
He had seen through her lies, now she would pay.
She would suffer.
"You're with him, you brought him here to kill me."
The fire of the Sith coursed through his veins, she needed to be taught a lesson of obedience. And before the Jedi could stop him, the Sith Lord advanced on his helpless pregnant wife and raised a gloved hand.
He cut off her lying breath and choked her, ignoring the demands of the Jedi.
"Let her go, Anakin."
"Anakin" she barely managed to whisper.
"Let her GO."
Just as the Jedi lunged, he threw her away, she crashed into a stone wall and slide to the ground, unconscious. He would deal with her after he had dealt with this meddling Jedi. Maybe a beating would make her see things his way.
With a snarl he rounded on the Jedi, his old Master who just stood there, shocked.
"You turned her against me."
"You have done that yourself."
The Jedi moved towards the limp figure on the ground, but Vader cut him off.
"Stay away from her, you will not take her from me."
"Your greed and lust have already done that" the Jedi snapped back before his expression turned pleading. "Anakin let me take her into the ship, she needs medical attention, she should not be outside in this acid environment."
"No, you do not get to touch her, you don't not get to do anything with her. She is mine Obi- Wan, not yours" Vader roared prowling in front of the body of his wife, like a possessive animal guarding its prey.
Obi-Wan gazed at the dark man in front of him, did he truly believe his words, that Obi-Wan wanted Padme for himself. That was the way of the Sith, his poor apprentice could not see that, Sith did not marry because they could not trust.
At Obi-Wan's silence, Vader continued.
"I'll let you go Obi-Wan for old times' sake. You can go and retire on some distant Planet, meditate, it's what you've always wanted. I won't seek you and we can both live our lives happy. Just walk away Master."
"If only I could."
"Do you not see Obi-Wan, I have brought peace, justice and security to my new Empire."
While Vader said this, Obi-Wan stretched out with the Force to feel how Padme was. She was still alive, but weak, very weak. She would need help and soon. But Vader would never allow this. So he straightened his back, shed his cloak and turned to the Sith Lord who already shed his own dark cloak.
"Your new Empire?"
"Don't make me kill you" Vader said quietly, his back now to Obi-Wan.
"Anakin, my allegiance is to the Republic, to Democracy."
"If you're not WITH me, then you are my enemy."
"Only a Sith deals in absolutes. I will do what I must" the Jedi said, drawing his Saber.
Vader made a sound of derision.
"You will try" the Sith before back flipping as he drew his Saber and lunged at the Jedi. And so began their battle.
Elsewhere in the Galaxy another fight of light and dark was about to commence. A very elderly and diminutive figure calmly walked into the offices of the new Emperor. The red robed guards proved to be no obstacle. As they slide to the floor, the old Jedi said serenely.
"I hear a new apprentice you have, Emperor. Or should I call you....Darth Sidious?"
The old Sith slowly turned in his seat.
"Master Yoda" he greeted. "You survived."
"Surprised" replied Yoda with a hint of humour.
"Your arrogance blinds you Master Yoda and now you will experience the full power of the dark side" Darth Sidious snarled and with that, he sent a jet of Sith lightening which hit the frail Jedi and propelled him into the wall.
The two men tore through the Control Room, barely noticing the dead bodies, only focused on each other. This was a fight to the death, there would only be one victor. But even that victor would pay a price, they knew each other too well, had sparred together for thirteen years. It was more than Sith versus Jedi, this was personal. And on they fought.
Sidious softly laughed as he approached the still form of the Jedi.
"I have waited a long time for this moment, my little green friend."
As he cackled, Yoda struggled to his feet to glare definitely back.
"At last the Jedi are no more" Sidious sneered.
"Not if anything to say about it, I have" Yoda said as he forced shoved Sidious away to crash into his desk.
As Sidious got up, Yoda took a defensive position.
"At an end your rule is. And not short enough it was."
Sidious tried to leap away, to the door, but with a leap of his own, Yoda beat him to it.
"If so powerful you are, why you leave?" And Yoda ignited his lightsaber.
Like his apprentice, Sidious made a noise of derision.
"YOU will not stop me. Darth Vader will become more powerful than either of us" and his hand spat a beam of red light.
"Faith in your new apprentice, misplaced maybe. As is your faith in the dark side of the Force."
And just like the younger Jedi and Sith, fighting on a far away on a volcano Planet, they lunged at each other and engaged. And so the twin forces fought, light against dark, dark against light. Yoda and Sidious used their knowledge and mastery to combat each other, while Obi-Wan and Vader fought a deadly dance through the spewing lava.
Eventually for the older pair it had to end, they did not fight with the raw energy that their counterparts fought with. Sidous tried to destroy the little Jedi Master with Sith lightning but Yoda refused to submit and the build up of power became too great and both were sent flying.
Sidious caught himself but Yoda plunged deep into the Senate. He survived but he could not fight any more and so fled. Escaping the Clones he made it out the building and Senator Bail Organa flew him to safety. Meanwhile the Sith Lord glared from his position high above in the Senate at the place where his opponent had disappeared.
"There's no sign of his body sir" a Clone trooper informed him.
"Double your search" Sidious ordered and as the Clones moved to do it, Sidious turned to his aide.
"Tell Captain Karggi to prepare my ship, I sense Lord Vader is in danger."
They fought, neither giving ground and the very Planet seemed to roar in response to their epic duel. But even the fires of Mustafar could not stop them, though it tried. They rode the fiery river of molten lava, till they reached a waterfall made of fire.
But they survived and continued on with their fight.
"I have failed you Anakin, I have failed you."
"I should have known the Jedi were plotting to take over."
"Anakin, Chancellor Palpatine is evil."
"From my point of view, the Jedi are evil."
"Then you are lost."
The end was near and they both knew it.
"This is the end for you my Master."
But Obi-Wan dodged his attack and managed to land on the firm bank of the shore.
"It's over Anakin, I have the high ground."
"You underestimate my power."
"Don't try it" Obi-Wan almost whispered.
But he did and was cut down by his brother. Obi-Wan left him there as he burned, pausing only to take his Lightsaber. He reached the ship to find that Padme was on board but hadn't woken up. They left the fire Planet to find Yoda and as they did so, another ship landed and retrieved a body from the black shore of Mustafar.
When they arrived at Poliss Masa, Obi-Wan took his brother's wife to the Medical Centre, but it was too late for her. She was dying and all they could do was to save the babies.
A wail eventually cut through the air as the first was born. Obi-Wan held it in his arms for Padme to see. She smiled and touched her baby's face.
"It's a boy."
Another wail pierced the air and this one was held by Bail who stood at Padme's other side.
"It's a girl."
Meanwhile a man, who was once a Jedi, was treated and rebuilt. He was now only half of what he was before, in both mind and body. Anakin Skywalker was dead. His Master stood by him throughout, making sure as much of his apprentices' power was saved as possible. He felt the ripple in the Force that told him a life had just been lost, but the one on the operating table had not felt it, he was in too much pain.
"There's good in him."
"I know there is....still."
And Padme Amidala Naberrie Skywalker died, leaving two children crying for their mother.
The table rose, revealing the dark, armour encased figure that was...Darth Vader. He shifted on it, his hands were bound to it. A cloaked figure approached him.
"Lord Vader, can you hear me?"
"Yes Master" a deep mechanical voice replied. Vader turned to regard Sidious.
"Where is Padme?"
"Is she safe? Is she alright?"
"It would seem in your anger you....killed her."
"I...I couldn't have. She was alive, I felt it."
A rumbling began, and then turned into a roar as Vader groaned in grief. The walls were destroyed, droids smashed, metal exploded, in fact the only thing untouched was the cloak figure who smiled as Vader ripped away from the table. Vader stumbled as he took his first steps using his new metal legs, then he threw back his head and howled his anguish.
And there you have it, you know what happen before and you know the story of what happened next. But what if, there had been a change, just a slight change, how would it have affected the rest of the story. And what is this change.
The two Jedi and the Senator sat sadly in a small room as they discussed the future of the Skywalker twins. They were on Naboo, where Padme would be buried, on her beloved Planet but one her twins could not live.
"Hidden, safe the children must be kept" Yoda said to the two men on either side of him.
"We must take them somewhere were the Sith will not sense their presence" Obi-Wan said quietly.
"Split up, they should be" Yoda said thoughtfully, turning to Bail, sensing him about to speak.
"My wife and I will take the boy, we've always talked of adopting a baby boy. He will be loved with us" Bail assured them.
"And what of the girl?" asked Obi-Wan.
"To Tatooine, to her family send her" replied Yoda, turning now to face Obi-Wan.
"I will take the child and watch over her" Obi-Wan said firmly.
"Until the time is right, disappear we will" Yoda said as the two men got up and bowed to him. But before Obi-Wan could leave to collect his charge, Yoda spoke again.
"Master Kenobi, wait a moment. In your solitude on Tatooine, training I have for you."
"An old friend has learned the path to immortality. One who has returned from the Nether world of the Force, your old Master" Yoda said with a smile as Obi-Wan's eyes widened in astonishment.
"How to commune with him, I will teach you" the old Jedi Master said simply.
Some time later.
Bail Organa delivered a newborn boy into his wife's arms. She smiled down at their son, Luke Organa, Prince of Alderran. His blue eyes opened and he gurgled at his new parents. And their hearts swelled with love at the sight of him.
On the desert Planet, a lone figure rode out to a Moisture farm, a newborn girl safely held in his arms. When he arrived and dismounted, he was greeted by a young woman, Anakin's sister in law Beru Lars. She held out her arms, smiling and he gave her Leia Amidala Skywalker. Nodding to her, he left to seek out a home close by to the farm where he could watch and protect.
Beru ran over to her young husband, Owen who was watching the setting suns. She showed him their niece, and he smiled down at her, touching her cheek. And together they watched the suns set, the three of them.
Author's note. Well that's chapter one out the way, please tell me what you think. Don't know when the next one will be up, it will be about Luke and Leia growing up. I do have a few twists planned for this story, one I think will be a surprise. Till next time.