The last thing I need is to start a new long fic, but this one has been long time in coming; enjoy!

No posting schedule as of yet; I'll be updating as I finish the chapters so it will depend on when that is...

Disclaimer:It's George's sandbox, I'm simply destroying the sandcastles

Title: Tragedy - Balance
Author: Jade-Max
Characters: Barriss Offee, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi
Genre: Romance, Adventure, Action
Era: Post AotC AU; post Fixation, Tragedy on the Landing Pad, Attachment is Forbidden and Every time We Touch; RotS AU
Summary: After several brief and Force charged encounters, Anakin and Barriss have been separated to pursue their own paths. But old evils linger at the heart of the Republic, corrupting it, twisting it, and they're thrown back together to destroy or succumb to it...
Notes:It should not be necessary to read any of the previous installments to understand this fic, however, it is recommended that you do so to understand the character development


Opening Scroll

With Padmé Naberrie dead these past five years, the events holding the galaxy in its grasp have proceeded forward with alarming speed.

The Trade Federation, having been implicated in the death of the popular senator but never convicted, has solidified their place as a force to be reckoned with. Side deals and corruption have eroded that power base as more and more they are implicated in nefarious dealings - but nothing is ever proven.

Upon the death of her sister Padmé, Sola Naberrie stepped forward to take her place, and voice, in politics. Naboo, once again sounding with the soul of a Naberrie, has earned itself a strong sympathy vote - more so than before. Backed by many, Sola Naberrie is being heralded as the likely most likely Senator to replace the Chancellor once the state of emergency - the Clone War - has passed.

Several Senators, the Banking Clan and other Corporations like them have pressed for more legislation to allow Chancellor Palpatine to make decisions unilaterally in the case of great crisis; a motion supported by some but opposed by many.

Padmé's death led to the vote being defeated the first time it was tabled, but with much time having passed and the war threatening to sunder even more worlds to the Separatist cause, the motion has been brought back for consideration... and Sola Naberrie is determined to thwart it.

On the eve of the vote, Chancellor Palpatine is captured along with the vocal Sola Naberrie, and several Prominent Senators killed, when Separatist forces infiltrate the Senate in an effort to stall the vote and force the Republic into submission.

Anakin Skywalker, now Knighted, and his old Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, on Coruscant for some much needed time away from the front lines, are dispatched immediately to the Senate building to assist Jedi Master Barriss Offee who, being an observer of the Senate meeting at the time of the abduction, has called for assistance.

Unknown to either of the Jedi who answer her call, Barriss Offee is in possession of a secret that could save the galaxy or sunder it...