The topic for this round is EXPANDED UNIVERSE! The time period is between Episodes 3 and 4. It has to be a story showing either a vehicle, character, event, or place. I chose to showcase Mara Jade Skywalker.
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About this creation
Journal Entry: I guess I should start toward the beginning, as if it really matters where I begin. My life has always been surrounded by war, death, hate, anger, and pain.
But I guess I'll begin when I was first starting out. I was merely a child when I began acting as one of the Emperor's Hands. At the time, none of the Hands knew of each other, but we were all used for the same purpose...to dispose of the Emperor's enemies.
On this day I was headed to one of Palpatine's offices to meet with him, Vader, and two other guests. I walked casually as if I wasn't about to be briefed by the most twisted creature in the Galaxy. The Emperor had just taken over control of the Republic and turned it into the Empire.
I waited in the turbolift; gut twisted in a big knot. I was on my first assignment, and although we hands had been trained to lack fear, I was considerably nervous.
The turbolift doors opened and I stepped into the office. The feeling of the Dark Side was palpable. I could almost scoop it out of the air with a bucket.
I soon learned that the two guests were Mandalorians.
I looked past them to see my masters; Palpatine and Vader.
The Mandalorian in the Crimson armor had a rough, stern voice. He said, "I am Ordo Skirata. My brother Mereel and I require your...uh...unique skills to help accomplish a task that has remained unfinished. Will you help?"
"It depends." I said in a sweet a voice. "What's the price?" "Whatever you want it to be." Replied Ordo "Money is no problem. We just want the job done right."
He gave me a holo with the coordinates of the target.
I then followed Vader onto the terrace to discuss my assignment. "You are about to go on your fist assignment young one. Be smart and use your training."
Vader turned toward me and the brothers. "Mara will go alone on her mission." he said as he addressed the Mandalorians. "She needs the practice."
The brothers and I walked to the hanger where their ship was docked. Although they wouldn't actually interfere with my mission, they would act as lookouts while orbiting the planet.
We went our separate ways to our hangars. I later saw their ship.
It was a prototype starfighter made by MandalMotors. It was lightly armed, but it was fast and nimble.
They prepped for flight and flew out of the hangar.
I, myself, took my StealthX Starfighter and jumped to hyperspace.
When I landed I realized that the target lived on Kamino. Kamino was the planet where the clone army was created. The inhabitants were known as Kaminoans. A small squad of clone troops escorted me to the main building.
I entered the establishment to find that I was surrounded by white walls and light blue, transparent tubes.
A tall Kaminoan in a white lab coat and holding a white briefcase approached me.
"Greetings I am..." the Kaminoan said, but those were to be her last words. I leapt through the air and activated my lightsaber.
I made a clean arc and felt no resistance. I walked away without looking back.
I met the Mandalorians inside a cantina on a nearby planet.
I told them the target was....well, they weren't coming back.
I returned to Coruscant and met with Vader. "Very good young one." he said, "But I do have other uses for you besides helping war-crazy barbarians hunt down every minor nuissance that comes their way. This is where you will begin your life's journey. From now on, your assignments are to hunt down and destroy the last of the Jedi that survived the purge." This is what I would do for the rest of my life, until now...
Instead of going directly after my first Jedi, I decided to make a quick stop. It was just a few years earlier when my parents had been killed by the newly-formed Empire. Troopers dragged me away while I screamed for my mom and dad. All the time I wondered if I was following the right path in life. Was I really meant to work for the Emperor?
Yes or no, I got a move on to the planet Hoth. Using my tracking skills, I found the two Jedi inside a cave with a roaring fire. I activated my lightsaber and my eloctrostaff and went to work.
They didn't put up much of a fight.
I moved on to the next Jedi. I chased him into a corridor in a base on Mygeeto. I jammed the door and there was no escape.
Another one bites the dust.
As I moved down the list, the Jedi became harder to defeat. Not to mention the fact that they somehow seemed to get more and more soldiers to back them up. In the plains of Naboo, I battled an elderly Jedi and four armored troops. The Jedi was skilled with his weapon, but the Force is stronger than anything.
It's also useful to have soldiers of your own to back you up.
We weren't a force to be reckoned with.
The job was done. And it WAS just a job, wasn't it? Or maybe not......
As I look back on my life, I realize that any number of times,Ii could have killed the Emperor, but back then I didn't know just how evil he was. Fortunately I was able to turn my back on the dark side and start a new life as a Jedi. I eventually married Luke Skywalker and had a wonderful son, Ben. I just hope that in the future, people won't be as blind as I was, and the galaxy will be a better place. ~ Mara Jade Skywalker