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    STAR WARS III: FALL OF THE REPUBLIC

    Story treatment by John L. Flynn

    Adapted from Part I:
    "The Adventures of
    Obi-Wan Kenobi"

    The Journal of the Whills
    By George Lucas


    FADE IN:

    MAIN AND CREDIT TITLES SUPERIMPOSED ON THE
    BLACK OF OUTER SPACE -- pinpointed with
    piercing stars, several moons, and a
    bright-colored nebulae. As TITLES end --

    The following is related in the story, roll-up
    format:


    Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the Old Republic was
    crumbling away, rotting from the corruption and treachery
    within. Power-hungry technocrats and wealthy bureaucrats
    maneuvered and bribed their way into office, while one am-
    bitious senator plotted to destroy the Jedi and rule the
    galaxy.

    Hoping to restore virtue and the remembered glory of the
    Republic, the High Council of Senators dispatched the Jedi
    Knights - protectorate of justice in the galaxy - on a quest to
    retrieve the lost Kaiburr Crystal. They believed that the
    small diamond-like object (which intensified the power of the
    Force) would unite the disaffected among the people and would
    destroy the corruption around them.

    However, within their Council, the evil Senator Palpatine had
    other traitorous designs. Foreseeing that the Crystal would
    secure his position as Emperor, Palpatine deceived one of the
    Jedi Knights and sent him to acquire the Crystal. . .




    DISSOLVE TO:


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    SCENE 1: Sigma Vulcanus -- a new, evolving world, that is con-
    stantly being shook by violent earthquakes and volcanic
    eruptions, and which is devoid of sentient life-forms.

    On the molten, volcanic world of Sigma Vulcanus, Anakin
    Skywalker, a handsome, swarthy man with a dignified stature,
    makes an important discovery. Using his lightsabre (as the
    equivalent of a divining rod), he uncovers the legendary Kaiburr
    Crystal. It pulsates with energy and fills Skywalker with a
    false sense of power and importance. But before he can savor his
    triumph, and return the Crystal to Palpatine, he is confronted by
    his old friend, and fellow Jedi Knight, Obi-Wan Kenobi and
    requested to explain his actions. Anakin refuses, and instantly,
    the two knights draw their lethal weapons and become locked in
    mortal combat.



    Anakin Skywalker, as if controlled by another force,
    strikes swiftly in rage, but Obi-Wan Kenobi, the more experienced
    Jedi, easily deflects the furious blows of his young opponent.
    "Let go of the Crystal, my friend! Its power will consume you
    and turn you against the Jedi Knights," Kenobi explains. But the
    words are un-heeded by the young Jedi, and the conflict
    continues.



    Skywalker attacks Obi-Wan again, forcing him to discard
    his defensive posture. Kenobi parries the thrust and sends Ana-
    kin's lightsabre flying out of his hand. At precisely the same
    moment, a cataclysmic earthquake rocks the planet. The effect is
    devastating: fissures, in the earth crack open and spout walls

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    of flame; thunder and lightning strike violently from the sky;
    and several volcanos burst and bubble.


    The young Jedi struggles to regain his lightsabre, but
    loses his footing and plunges, still in possession of the Crys-
    tal, into a pit of molten lava.



    Kenobi hurries to the edge of the volcano and looks down;
    but he is too late to save his former friend: Skywalker is
    completely engulfed in lava! With tears in his eyes and anguish
    in his heart, Obi-Wan picks up Anakin's lightsabre and bids a sad
    farewell to the body of his friend.

    CUT TO:
    SCENE 2: Jhantor -- is "the bright center of the universe."
    Highly populated and technology-oriented, it is an old
    world of many contrasts: the huge, domed capital, with
    its elaborate space ports and transportation systems,
    stands adjacent to an ancient castle and temple.

    In another part of the galaxy, on the capital world of
    Jhantor, Palpatine enters his senate chambers - followed closely
    by a brash, young courtier named Prince Valarium - and assumes
    his place at the head of a conference table. Valarium stands
    next to him and whispers in his ear as Palpatine's wizened eyes
    travel around the table from man to man.



    Through a terse discussion with his cabinet members and
    personal guard, Palpatine reveals that he has bribed or black-
    mailed most of the High Council members into voting for him as
    President, but he is concerned with three senators who cannot be

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    swayed - Tara Courtney, Mon Mothma, and Bail Organa. He further
    explains that, once they have been eliminated, he intends to have
    his troops take over the Spice and Mineral Mines and blockade the
    commercial shipping lanes.



    Several of his personal guard nod their approval; how-
    ever, two young officers stand and voice their disagreement.
    Lieutenant Motti (bright, young and smartly-dressed) and Com-
    mander Tarkin (thin, hatchet-faced with dark eyes) report that
    Palpatine's military force (which he has genetically engineered
    on the prison planet) are en route to the Spice Mines and Star-
    ports AND that they are ready to take command of the Starfleet;
    but they fear the swift retribution of the Jedi Knights!



    "I think I know the best way to deal with that rabble,"
    Palpatine announces, standing and walking over to his cabinet.
    "It's time that I demonstrate my absolute power--"


    Taking a large, crystal globe form his cabinet, Palpatine
    strokes it with his long, well-manicured fingers, then traces the
    longitude and latitude lines. The object begins to glow, and
    (with ILM's help) conjures a series of images from the planet
    Sigma Vulcanus. These images combine and crystallize on the
    SINGLE image of the dead Anakin Skywalker.



    LAP DISSOLVE TO:

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    SCENE 3: Sigma Vulcanus



    Four shadowy figures - adorned only in dark, hooded robes
    (which conceal their identity) - approach the charred, motionless
    body of Anakin Skywalker and lift him from his fiery grave.
    Skywalker's flesh is torn and scabbed, his hair is missing and
    clumped in disgusting patches. Deep scars trace his face, and
    his body and limbs are without life.

    They place him on the ground with great reverence and
    begin to administer to his injuries in an attempt to bring him
    back to life. One robed figure motions to the other: "Bring me
    the herbs and remedies." He actually says nothing but is
    instantly understood by the others. A third figure sprinkles the
    body with a powder, while a fourth looks toward the stars and
    begins to chant in a deep, rumbling voice.



    In a matter of moments, the lifeless body of Anakin
    Skywalker stirs, as we



    CUT TO:

    SCENE 4: Dagobah (introduced in Episode Five: Empire Strikes Bk)

    Far across the galaxy, on the bog world of Dagobah,
    Obi-Wan Kenobi walks through the dense fog and pauses, unhappy
    and dejected because he has been forced by circumstances to kill
    his friend. He turns to Yoda, his eight hundred year-old teacher
    and says: "I have failed, Master Yoda."

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    Yoda gives him a contemptuous stare, then closes his
    eyes: "No good is it to teach you when you have not yet learned
    patience! Humility!"



    Obi-Wan shakes his head and offers an excuse as his
    reply: "But Anakin was my friend. The Force was with him very
    strongly, and I thought that I could be as good a teacher as you
    were with me." He pauses and breathes a deep sigh: "I fear my
    mistake may have terrible consequences for the galaxy!"



    The Jedi Master points a crooked finger at him: "Most
    important lesson have you learned! Now a great burden you
    carry."



    Kenobi squeezes his tear-filled eyes shut and drops his
    head in defeat. But Yoda is immediately at his side to offer
    comfort and to reveal that Anakin is not dead. He further
    explains the incidents which have just taken place and foresees a
    deadly conflict.



    The Jedi Knight is pale and silent for a long moment.
    Then, slowly, he, too, recognizes the entire awesome threat that
    Palpatine has brought to the Old Republic. He thinks of the
    lives of his friends (Lady Arcadia Skywalker and Bail Organa) and
    realizes that he must leave immediately for Jhantor.

    CUT TO:

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    SCENE 5: Bridge Interior -- a small, saucer-shaped freighter,
    with cramped quarters and a cockpit-like bridge.
    On the starship bridge, Captain Antilles - a rugged,
    mustached thirty-year old - makes final calculations for his
    approach to Jhantor when two tractor beams lock-on and bring his
    vessel to a halt. His short-range scanners reveal two sentry
    fighters, swooping into a holding pattern on his port and
    starboard sides. The sentry pilots order him to heave-to and
    prepare to be boarded.



    "No," he snarls in reply - but quickly reconsiders, when
    his protocol droid (C3PO) and his ten-year-old, Correllian cabin
    boy remind him that he is out-gunned. Antilles brings his ship
    about, and, in moments, despite his objections, a handful of
    Palpatine's troops board the freighter and confiscate his cargo.



    Captain Antilles curses the officer in charge, and
    explains the incident is far from over, as we

    DISSOLVE TO:

    SCENE 6: Jhantor

    When the tragic news of Tara Courtney's assassination
    reaches her embassy chambers, Lady Arcadia Skywalker is shocked
    and hastily gathers her servants and droids to leave for her
    homeworld. She is a beautiful matron, who is in the last stages
    of pregnancy, and she is fearful for her unborn child (or
    children).


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    For the past several weeks, she has watched the order of
    Jhantor deteriorate into anarchy under the rule of Palpatine, and
    she has made plans to escape, by smuggling her household aboard a
    spice freighter.



    But, in the docking bay, Lady Arcadia and her party are
    suddenly surrounded by a heavily-armed detachment of troops,
    activating their weapons and raising them to firing position.
    She turns to the officer in charge and demands to know what's
    going on; but he doesn't know - he is simply following orders.
    She resists his authority, claiming diplomatic immunity, but
    quickly reconsiders when the voice of evil echoes through the
    bay:



    "You mustn't be so hasty, Lady Skywalker!" PRESIDENT
    Palpatine emerges from the shadows, accompanied by Prince
    Valarium, and explains that Arcadia, her servants, her droids,
    and her pilot are being placed under his protective custody.

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    SCENE 7: Sigma Vulcanus -- The Monastic Order of the Sith -- a
    spartan-like retreat, high atop a mountain ridge
    Through a montage of scenes, wherein Anakin Skywalker
    remains in a coma, the silent, robed figures minister to his in-
    juries. Their task is an awesome one: First, in a most sophis-
    ticated furnace, they forge battle armour and a metal
    breath-screen (skull-like in appearance) that will cover his
    demolished visage. Next, they amputate his arms and limbs that
    no longer function, repair vital organs, and encase the torso -


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    forever - in the dreaded armour and artificial respirator.
    Finally, they restore the severed limbs with intricate computer
    circuitry and revive him from his comatose state. Anakin
    Skywalker becomes Darth Vader, more machine than man!



    Following his repairs, the monk-like figures (still
    hidden under their hooded robes) begin to instruct Vader in a
    dark, evil parody of Luke's apprenticeship under Yoda. Darth
    Vader is taught many sorceror's skills; he is lectured on the
    sinister machinations of the Force and is shown how to construct
    an even more lethal sabre using fragments of the shattered
    Kaiburr Crystal. But with each new challenge, and skill
    accomplished, Vader is doubtful of purpose. He knows he is being
    trained as a power weapon - and yet, he cannot conceive why.



    Angered by this confusion, and the fear that his humanity
    (and manhood) has been stripped away, Darth Vader strikes out in
    rage at one of his hooded teachers only to discover an empty
    robe. He is momentarily terror-stricken and then mystified as,
    one by one, the hooded figures vanish - in a strangely,
    compelling way - to reveal a 3-D holographic image of Palpatine.



    "Yes, yes," Palpatine taunts him, "Only now do you
    conceive that is was my force of will that saved you - that kept
    you alive - and that gave you life again!"



    Darth Vader extends a courtly bow to Palpatine and thanks


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    him for his life. But Palpatine is not interested in gratitude.
    He is in need of a powerful weapon and an obedient servant, and
    he reminds the former Jedi that he has the power to crush him
    should he desire. He then forces Vader to his knees and
    commands: "Now come to me, my servant. I have an important task
    that will complete your training!"



    CUT TO:

    SCENE 8: Jhantor -- Docking-bay and City Exteriors
    Obi-Wan Kenobi's approach and arrival on Jhantor is
    undetected by the planetary defenses. Marshalling his Jedi
    strength and cunning, he is able to slip past the sentries in the
    docking bay, edge by the troops patrolling the perimeter and
    reach the home of Lady Skywalker. But when he reaches the
    embassy, the huge chambers are silent and empty - and there are
    no apparent clues as to the Lady's whereabouts.



    Then, out of the darkness, Captain Antilles appears and
    confirms what Kenobi already suspects: The Lady and her party
    have been detained as "guests" of Palpatine in the prison cell
    block. After introducing himself (as Captain of a Correllian
    freighter), Antilles explains that he came to her embassy,
    seeking the help of the Merchanter's Guild (because of the piracy
    of his goods), and discovered an R2 unit (Artoo Detoo), that had
    slipped away during her capture, cowering in the shadows. He
    further reveals that the R2 unit has monitored her termination
    notice!


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    Realizing that he has little time, Obi-Wan enlists the
    pilot's aid; and the two men, accompanied by the stubby,
    mechanical droid, hurry toward the cell-block.

    CUT TO:

    SCENE 9: Jhantor -- Palpatine's Senate Chambers
    Palpatine orders his guards to bring the captured slaver
    to his senate chambers. While pacing back and forth, he examines
    the individual who stands before him in chains and shrewdly
    considers his fate: Boba Fett, the lone survivor of a group of
    commandos the Jedi defeated on Mandalore during the Clone Wars,
    is charged with interstellar slavery and the cold-blooded murder
    of the Jedi Kane Starkiller (Refer to Star Wars: Episode II).
    Fett's battle-scarred face sneers at the charges, defending his
    actions as "righteous vengeance."



    The evil President stares malevolently at Boba Fett for
    several moments, then offers him his freedom (and his confiscated
    slavership) in exchange for the extermination of the Jedi
    Knights. He also promises him a rich bounty for each Jedi scalp
    that he brings back; he wants proof of their deaths - and no
    disintegrations. Fett grins and replies that he may have
    difficulty in locating them since they are scattered throughout
    the galaxy. But Palpatine reassures him that the task should be
    an easy one with the President's secret weapon.



    Boba Fett dubiously agrees, as his chains are unlocked


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    and he is escorted from the chambers.



    As the slaver exits, Prince Valarium - accompanied by a
    few personal guards - announces the arrival of Darth Vader.
    Palpatine, in a quiet whisper, advises Valarium to - personally -
    supervise Lady Arcadia's execution, then requests that Vader be
    shown in.



    As the guards stand aside, Darth Vader, tall and
    threatening in flowing black robes and armour, enters the chamber
    and kneels before his master. Palpatine smiles, looking at his
    nightmare creation in black, and commands him to hunt down and
    destroy the Jedi Knights. Vader is hesitant and requests
    permission to visit his wife. But Palpatine refuses, telling his
    servant a vicious lie that she has been murdered by his comrades,
    and produces his crystal globe as evidence.



    Seemingly unmoved, Vader turns to look at a series of
    images Palpatine conjures (from the globe). The images re-create
    - in holographic form - the treacherous betrayal and murder of
    Lady Arcadia by two of Vader's fellow knights. (Note: since the
    images are too brutal for our saga, tight point-of-view camera
    angles should convey the details.) When the last image vanishes,
    the Dark Lord, fooled by the false images, stands, ignite his
    lightsabre and strikes the crystal globe with monumental anger.
    And this rage completes Vader's journey to the dark side.

    LAP DISSOLVE TO:


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    SCENE 10: Jhantor -- Cell-block

    Meanwhile, deep in the cell-block dungeons, Obi-Wan
    Kenobi and Captain Antilles overpower a pair of detention guards
    and open Lady Arcadia's cell. Overjoyed to find her still alive,
    Obi-Wan embraces Arcadia warmly, then senses the pains of her
    motherly contractions. Antilles interrupts their embrace and
    reminds them to save their hellos until they're safely out of the
    cell-block. But, as they leave the cell, Prince Valarium and his
    personal guards appear and draw their weapons. Antilles
    exchanges fire with the guards, and Obi-Wan and Arcadia hurry off
    into the dungeon maze, followed closely by the Correllian pilot.



    Retreating down a linking corridor, past the cell-block
    armory, the two heroes - with their pregnant fugitive - decide to
    stand firm and fight. Captain Antilles charges his weapon and
    blasts away at the detention guards, while the Jedi Knight
    concentrates all his thoughts and feeling on detonating the
    arsenal and sealing the dungeon exit. But, in the midst of his
    efforts, Kenobi's heightened senses feel his former friend's
    RAGE. The rage, in turn, betrays Vader's thoughts and President
    Palpatine's sinister mission (to Obi-Wan).



    "Whatever you're doing - do it faster!" Antilles shouts,
    snapping the Jedi out of his daze. Kenobi immediately refocuses
    his energy and, in a matter of moments, the armory explodes, iso-
    lating the guards from them. However, the noise and excitement
    are too much for the Lady Skywalker as she doubles over in pain.


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    The Correllian pilot fears she's been hit by flying shrapnel -
    but Kenobi says she's having a baby and advises Antilles take her
    to the safety of his freighter. He further explains that he must
    leave - in spite of his desire to help Arcadia - to warn his
    fellow knights of Vader's treachery.

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    SCENE 11: Jhantor -- Palpatine's Chambers

    Reporting to the President's chambers, Valarium reluc-
    tantly tells of Lady Skywalker's escape. Palpatine is angered
    and quickly orders - over his private comlink - a division of
    troops to search the city. He then orders the arrest of Mon
    Mothma and Bail Organa to prevent any further interferences in
    his plans.



    Turning to Valarium, Palpatine's face darkens to an
    insane fury. Blinding energy bolts shoot from his finger tips,
    and the young Prince is struck down. "Don't fail me again!"
    Palpatine warns, as Prince Valarium crawls, like a wounded
    animal, to his side and gasps, "Never . . ."

    CUT TO:

    SCENE 12: Jhantor -- Docking bay, interior of saucer-shaped
    Correlian freighter

    In the dank, dark hangar-bay, Obi-Wan Kenobi departs in
    his starship, and Captain Antilles turns his attention to one of
    his most difficult tasks. With the nervous assistance of C3PO,
    he first comforts Lady Skywalker, then helps deliver her
    children. The moment is a joyous, mystic one as Luke and Leia
    take their 1st breath and begin crying. But that special sound


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    of babies crying brings a detachment of troops down upon them! *

    * Special Note: The troops should be costumed dif-
    ferently from the stormtroopers because they are part of
    Bail Organa's personal guard, - but the scene should cause
    a false moment of suspense for Antilles, and the audience.

    LAP DISSOLVE TO:

    SCENE 13: Jhantor -- Palpatine's Chambers

    Still enraged from Valarium's carelessness, Palpatine
    plots a unique political move that will destroy Lady Arcadia's
    influence with the Merchanter's Guild AND further cement his
    power with commerce and industry. He first frees a handful of
    pirates and bribes them to raid the Spice Mines and Mineral
    Springs; he then orders his personal troops to eliminate the
    pirates and guard - as well as regulate - the shipping lanes.



    But. in the midst of his political maneuvering, Palpatine
    is struck down - paralyzed - for a few, fleeting moments. When
    he regains his composure, he is deeply disturbed by a nightmare
    premonitions, a tremor in the Force which threatens his well
    being. He senses Lady Arcadia's true strength - the birth of a
    son that would one day challenge his power. (But he fails - in
    his twisted wickedness - to sense the second child!)



    Sending his special group of assassins into Jhantor,
    Palpatine orders them to kill every new-born son - both in the
    capital city and the nearby outlands - because, for the first
    time in his life, he is afraid. (The character should be played
    much like Herod's in the New Testament.)


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    This brutal action (of Palpatine's) spawns screams of
    anguish and unrestricted weeping as the soldiers - unquestion-
    ingly - carry out their violent task. (Note: The horror of the
    events will be merely suggested - and not shown - to our
    cameras.)

    IMMEDIATE CUT TO:

    SCENES 14 TO 18: Numerous Worlds -- Each distinct in its own way

    Across the galaxy, in a terror-filled montage of scenes,
    wherein we glimpse numerous worlds and races, the betrayal and
    execution of the Jedi Knights is perpetrated. Darth Vader and a
    handful of Palpatine's assassins barge into an exotic saloon and
    eliminate an alien-looking Jedi amidst screams and mass hysteria
    from the patrons.



    While this is happening, Boba Fett leads a group of
    stormtroopers into a docking bay and disintegrates the Knight
    mending repairs in his starship.



    And by the time Vader and his cohorts have slipped into
    the quarters and strangled a sleeping Jedi, Boba Fett, accom-
    panied by several trained assassins, chases down and executes a
    fleeing Jedi and his family. However, the abomination of Vader
    (as well as Palpatine's sinister plan) is not complete until he
    destroys the remaining Jedi Knights as they make a final stand.
    The battle is fearsome, and the Jedi force manages to kill a
    large number of troops; but they are vastly outnumbered, and
    soon, they are massacred - to the last man - by Vader's troops.


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    After dismissing Boba Fett and his troops, Darth Vader
    looks over the battlefield, at the dead bodies, then takes a deep
    breath and says, "Kenobi, I will deal with you myself..."

    * * *

    Obi-Wan Kenobi hears Vader's words - but he is too far in
    space to offer him a challenge. He accelerates his starship,
    thinking of his compatriots, and hurries to the planet. However,
    arriving several hours too late, Kenobi is disheartened to find
    the dead bodies of his fellow Jedi Knights. He unhappily builds
    a funeral pyre and burns their bodies (in a ceremony befitting a
    viking hero).



    He then examines the broad, huge footprints in the sand,
    and whispers Darth Vader's name.

    CUT TO:

    SCENE 19 : Jhantor -- The Alderaan Embassy -- Well-guarded, the
    building is deceptive in its heavy fortification.

    With very little military effort, a special detachment of
    troops take Captain Antilles, Lady Skywalker and party through
    the defenses of the Alderaan Embassy and deliver them to a
    darkened conference room.



    Bail Organa, Viceroy and 1st Chairman of the Alderaan
    System, enters the room and apologizes to his guests for
    frightening then with his personal guard, but he confesses that
    his caution is not without warrant: Jhantor was full of spies
    and assassins and the R2 unit (in her embassy) could have been a


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    clever trap. He further explains that his colleagues had put too
    much trust in the stability of the Republic, failing to realize
    that while the body might be sound, the head was growing diseased
    and feeble, and THEY WERE ALL DEAD! There is deep bitterness in
    his voice, and genuine concern for Lady Arcadia.



    Antilles and Arcadia accept his apology and anxiously
    insist upon diplomatic sanctuary. But, as news of Palpatine's
    takeover of the Merchanter's Guild and the galactic shipping
    lanes reaches the Embassy, the outlook is grim! Organa curses
    loudly, suddenly realizing that there was nothing he could do to
    prevent the fall of the Republic and guarantee their safety.

    Pragmatically, he prays for their salvation by the Jedi Knights
    (unaware of their extinction), then orders the immediate
    evacuation of the Embassy.

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    SCENE 20: Jhantor -- Palpatine's Chambers

    With grim anticipation, Darth Vader, the Dark Lord of the
    Sith, kneels at his ruler's feet and reports his success.
    Palpatine is pleased that his servant has eliminated all but one
    of the Jedi Knights and smiles - with evil delight - at Valerium
    and the other members of his cabinet. He then asks the fate of
    Obi-Wan Kenobi. Vader is hesitant and replies that he and Kenobi
    have a private matter to settle! But that answer is not
    satisfactory enough.



    Palpatine pauses in his interrogation and boasts of his


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    ambitious plans (of galactic conquest) to Vader and the others
    that are assembled: his few traitorous lieutenants have betrayed
    their superiors and taken control of the Starfleet; his troops
    have successfully routed marauding pirates and have begun to
    regulate commerce and industry along the shipping lanes; and his
    political arrangements with greedy landlords, sadistic gangsters,
    and power-hungry governors have made his power absolute. He
    explains (that he has told them this to illustrate) that his
    control is predicated on his personnel following orders, even at
    the cost of their own lives!



    Pausing a second time, Palpatine dismisses Valarium, and
    orders him to report to the control center. The young prince
    agrees and bows slightly, a gesture Palpatine acknowledges with a
    perfunctory salute. Then he spins and strides from the room,
    leaving the Dark Lord looking from man to man in confused
    silence. As Valarium steps into the corridor, he is grabbed and
    assassinated by Palpatine's guards.



    Darth Vader then nods his understanding as the evil
    President reminds: "The fate of those who fail me is DEATH!"

    IMMEDIATE CUT TO:

    SCENE 21: Jhantor -- Docking-bay

    In the docking-bay, the massive evacuation of the
    Alderaan Embassy is taking place under tight security. The
    humming of elevators and the moving of heavy equipment echo
    through the large chamber as the bustling flight crews make ready


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    their freighters and the pilots perform final checkouts. Bail
    Organa, with the "help" of See Threepio, supervises his men
    loading supplies and ammunition, while Artoo Detoo aids the Lady
    Arcadia with her two infants. Captain Antilles is suspiciously
    nowhere to be found.



    Momentarily, the defensive sensors sound alarm - but they
    are quickly silenced when the unknown danger is identified as
    Obi-Wan Kenobi's approaching starship. Once in the docking-bay,
    Kenobi emerges from the craft and informs Bail Organa and his
    anxious troops that the Jedi Knights have all been destroyed by
    the treachery of President Palpatine and the hand of Darth Vader.
    A heart-felt murmur sweeps over the docking-bay, like a swell in
    a heavy sea. The last Jedi Knight's second piece of news is even
    more grim: the Starfleet, under the command of Palpatine's
    forces, have formed a perimeter blockade, and their purpose is to
    prevent Organa from leaving and force him to surrender his ground
    troops.



    Bail Organa curses quietly to himself, recognizing the
    futility of further conflict. The great leader - Viceroy and
    Senator of the Alderaan system - has fought many battles: he has
    fought along side Kenobi and the other Jedi Knights during the
    Clone Wars, and has helped to eliminate piracy and slavery - with
    the crusading Lady Arcadia - in the formation of the Merchanter's
    Guild. But this time, he realizes that he is outmatched! Organa
    acquires a comlink from one of his men and begins to broadcast


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    surrender orders to his troops.



    When, suddenly, dozens of Merchanter's Guild members, of
    all species and life-forms, follow Captain Antilles into the
    Docking-bay and assemble around Bail Organa. The group of
    freighter pilots and navigators is an impressive one: There are
    representatives from Mon Calamari, Bespin, Sullest, Correllia,
    Mandalore, Kessel, and Alderaan. Some are wearing fatigues,
    loaded with weapons and tools, while others are adorned in their
    native wear.



    "Some of them still have their ships - and the others
    will fly anything we can put into the air," Antilles reports, and
    the morale of Organa's men is revived again. "And if this action
    makes us pirates and outlaws - in the eyes of Palpatine's new
    empire - then we're with you one hundred percent!"



    As the two groups of men (and aliens) hurry off, cheering
    the success of their united departure, Obi-Wan Kenobi approaches
    the Lady Arcadia with his painful secret. He reluctantly admits
    that his pride (in the Force) may have betrayed Anakin to
    Palpatine, and that the man she once loved was now a hideous
    monster, more machine than man. She is, at first, taken aback,
    chilled by his statement; then, with tears in her eyes, she
    confesses that she, too, felt him slipping away - many months
    before - and was unable to reach him either.


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    Obi-Wan Kenobi and Lady Skywalker exchange a tender
    embrace, and recognizing the potential danger they they both
    faced, they arrange to separate the children with the hope that
    they would be united one day as brother and sister. Kenobi will
    take Luke to live with his brother Owen on Tatooine, while
    Arcadia will arrange for Leia to live as daughter of Senator
    Organa, on Alderaan. This way the children would have a better
    chance of survival should one (or the other) be discovered by
    Vader!

    CUT TO:

    SCENE 22: Bridge interior -- Flagship of the Starfleet* in the
    Jhantor Star System

    Darth Vader emerges from his private shuttle and strides
    past a handful of troops in formation. His presence is awesome
    and threatening as he approaches the starship captain. Commander
    Tarkin bows from the neck down and advises his superior that they
    were ready to annihilate anyone who attempts to run the blockade.
    Tarkin is over confident in his appraisal of the situation, and
    that reflects in his conversation with the Dark Lord.


    * Special Note: The Starfleet - at this moment in
    galactic history - is composed largely of heavy cruisers,
    destroyers, and spacecraft carriers, with a full complement of
    fighters. There are no Star Destroyers, Death Stars, or TIE
    fighters because the Republic's Starfleet was used primarily for
    exploration and occasional law enforcement. However, under the
    ruthless command of Darth Vader, it is a formidable opponent.


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    Organa and his diplomatic party captured alive (if possible) so
    that they would face the embarrassment of a public tribunal. And
    the Dark Lord adds that he wants Kenobi (!), his voice conveying
    the image of a dreadful fate (that would be inflicted) if his
    commands were not executed.



    Tarkin reluctantly salutes and backs away from him,
    angered that their positions were not reversed. He barks several
    commands, and his troops spring to battle stations.

    DISSOLVE TO:
     
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    SCENES 23 TO 27: Jhantor Star System -- Various types of
    spacecraft against a backdrop of stars and a
    brightly coloured nebulae

    Alarms sound full alert as the handful of freighters,
    transport ships, blockade runners, luxury cruisers and one-man
    fighters approach the armada of the Starfleet. The ships attempt
    - first - to cross the blockade with the diplomatic colors and
    symbols of Alderaan; but, when that fails, they energize their
    main deflector shields and prepare to fight their way through.
    (Captain Antilles and Obi-Wan Kenobi hold their groups up as the
    first wave attacks.)



    Keeping a tight formation, dozens of transport ships and
    luxury cruisers move in close to the Starfleet armada - and begin
    blasting away, while fifty-or-so small freighters and one-man
    fighters race across their surfaces, zipping between laser bolts
    as they engage the small pursuit fighters. Their plan is one of
    strategic genius: by flying in close, the rebel group emascu-


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    lates the fire-power, which is ineffective at close-range, of the
    larger ships. Additionally, the erratic and hot-dog flying of
    the Merchanter's Guild members confuse and place the military
    pilots at a momentary disadvantage! And that disadvantage is
    exploited: Antilles and Kenobi launch the second wave of ships
    and wait tensely to join the conflict, or make their escape.



    However, the heroic efforts (of the rebel flight crews)
    are brought to an abrupt halt by the armada as the heavy cruisers
    fire broadsides at point-blank range, disregarding their own
    safety. The Starfleet's audacious and dangerous move seems to
    turn the tide of battle: small one-man fighters scatter, luxury
    cruisers reverse their engines, and freighters drop their
    additional weapons and accelerate away. But, as the proton beams
    take their toll, last-ditch, suicide runs are made by the damaged
    rebel craft: a cargo freighter - loaded with weapons and cargo -
    heads on a collision course for one of the Destroyers and
    explodes, while a transport ship - mortally wounded in combat -
    limps at a heavy cruiser and detonates its nuclear engines,
    destroying his opponent with him. The balance of the small craft
    punch through holes and race for open space!



    Captain Antilles, piloting the saucer-shaped freighter
    (with Bail Organa, Lady Arcadia, and party aboard), dives into
    the chaos, then steers through the battle. Once clear, he
    engages his ship's hyperdrive and soars away at light speed.
    Several pursuit craft follow - but their weapons are ineffectual


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    against his ship's deflector shields and their ion-propelled
    engines are no match for his.



    In another sector of the battle, Obi-Wan Kenobi's
    starship swoops past an engagement and accelerates into space,
    pursued by Darth Vader's flagship. Kenobi executes a series of
    stunning maneuvers in an effort to lose the Heavy Cruiser, but he
    quickly realizes that it will not be easy to shake. Marshalling
    the Force around him, the last Jedi prepares for a death-defying
    stunt. He then guides his starship into the nebulae; and with
    his deflector shields (and the Force) at full intensity, Kenobi
    flies through the core of the exploding star.



    Darth Vader stands silently on the Bridge of his
    starship, gazing in disbelief at the brightly-colored nebulae.
    He demands the scanning sensors probe the area for any sign of
    the Jedi Knight - but the results are negative! Gravely
    disappointed, the Dark Lord orders the Flagship returned to the
    fleet and walks away, sensing that they would meet again.



    The victory is an incomplete one for Palpatine's forces.
    His starfleet has destroyed or captured nearly three dozen
    vehicles - but scattered throughout the galaxy were rebelous
    pirates and outlaws that he would one day have to deal with!

    LAP DISSOLVE TO:

    SCENES 28 TO 30: EPILOGUE --

    Jhantor -- EMPEROR Palpatine, with Darth Vader, the Dark


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    Lord of the Sith, at his side, smiles malevolently and plots his
    next move as his assembled troops chant: "Long Live Palpatine!
    Long Live the Empire!!"
    Alderaan -- Lady Arcadia Skywalker - now a common servant
    in the Organa household - sings her daughter to sleep under the
    watchful sensors of Artoo Detoo and See Threepio, while Bail
    Organa awards Captain Antilles with a commission in his service.
    Tatooine -- Obi-Wan Kenobi, the last Jedi Knight,
    delivers the infant boy to his brother, Owen Lars, then
    disappears into the desert wasteland, awaiting the day when Luke
    would claim the light sabre of his father (from him) and become a
    man.



    FADE OUT.

    STAR WARS III: FALL OF THE REPUBLIC

    Story treatment by John L. Flynn

    Adapted from Part I:
    "The Adventures of
    Obi-Wan Kenobi"

    The Journal of the Whills
    By George Lucas


    FADE IN:

    MAIN AND CREDIT TITLES SUPERIMPOSED ON THE
    BLACK OF OUTER SPACE -- pinpointed with
    piercing stars, several moons, and a
    bright-colored nebulae. As TITLES end --

    The following is related in the story, roll-up
    format:


    Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the Old Republic was
    crumbling away, rotting from the corruption and treachery
    within. Power-hungry technocrats and wealthy bureaucrats
    maneuvered and bribed their way into office, while one am-
    bitious senator plotted to destroy the Jedi and rule the
    galaxy.

    Hoping to restore virtue and the remembered glory of the
    Republic, the High Council of Senators dispatched the Jedi
    Knights - protectorate of justice in the galaxy - on a quest to
    retrieve the lost Kaiburr Crystal. They believed that the
    small diamond-like object (which intensified the power of the
    Force) would unite the disaffected among the people and would
    destroy the corruption around them.

    However, within their Council, the evil Senator Palpatine had
    other traitorous designs. Foreseeing that the Crystal would
    secure his position as Emperor, Palpatine deceived one of the
    Jedi Knights and sent him to acquire the Crystal. . .




    DISSOLVE TO:
     
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    SCENE 1: Sigma Vulcanus -- a new, evolving world, that is con-
    stantly being shook by violent earthquakes and volcanic
    eruptions, and which is devoid of sentient life-forms.

    On the molten, volcanic world of Sigma Vulcanus, Anakin
    Skywalker, a handsome, swarthy man with a dignified stature,
    makes an important discovery. Using his lightsabre (as the
    equivalent of a divining rod), he uncovers the legendary Kaiburr
    Crystal. It pulsates with energy and fills Skywalker with a
    false sense of power and importance. But before he can savor his
    triumph, and return the Crystal to Palpatine, he is confronted by
    his old friend, and fellow Jedi Knight, Obi-Wan Kenobi and
    requested to explain his actions. Anakin refuses, and instantly,
    the two knights draw their lethal weapons and become locked in
    mortal combat.



    Anakin Skywalker, as if controlled by another force,
    strikes swiftly in rage, but Obi-Wan Kenobi, the more experienced
    Jedi, easily deflects the furious blows of his young opponent.
    "Let go of the Crystal, my friend! Its power will consume you
    and turn you against the Jedi Knights," Kenobi explains. But the
    words are un-heeded by the young Jedi, and the conflict
    continues.



    Skywalker attacks Obi-Wan again, forcing him to discard
    his defensive posture. Kenobi parries the thrust and sends Ana-
    kin's lightsabre flying out of his hand. At precisely the same
    moment, a cataclysmic earthquake rocks the planet. The effect is
    devastating: fissures, in the earth crack open and spout walls

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    of flame; thunder and lightning strike violently from the sky;
    and several volcanos burst and bubble.


    The young Jedi struggles to regain his lightsabre, but
    loses his footing and plunges, still in possession of the Crys-
    tal, into a pit of molten lava.



    Kenobi hurries to the edge of the volcano and looks down;
    but he is too late to save his former friend: Skywalker is
    completely engulfed in lava! With tears in his eyes and anguish
    in his heart, Obi-Wan picks up Anakin's lightsabre and bids a sad
    farewell to the body of his friend.

    CUT TO:


    SCENE 2: Jhantor -- is "the bright center of the universe."
    Highly populated and technology-oriented, it is an old
    world of many contrasts: the huge, domed capital, with
    its elaborate space ports and transportation systems,
    stands adjacent to an ancient castle and temple.

    In another part of the galaxy, on the capital world of
    Jhantor, Palpatine enters his senate chambers - followed closely
    by a brash, young courtier named Prince Valarium - and assumes
    his place at the head of a conference table. Valarium stands
    next to him and whispers in his ear as Palpatine's wizened eyes
    travel around the table from man to man.



    Through a terse discussion with his cabinet members and
    personal guard, Palpatine reveals that he has bribed or black-
    mailed most of the High Council members into voting for him as
    President, but he is concerned with three senators who cannot be

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    swayed - Tara Courtney, Mon Mothma, and Bail Organa. He further
    explains that, once they have been eliminated, he intends to have
    his troops take over the Spice and Mineral Mines and blockade the
    commercial shipping lanes.



    Several of his personal guard nod their approval; how-
    ever, two young officers stand and voice their disagreement.
    Lieutenant Motti (bright, young and smartly-dressed) and Com-
    mander Tarkin (thin, hatchet-faced with dark eyes) report that
    Palpatine's military force (which he has genetically engineered
    on the prison planet) are en route to the Spice Mines and Star-
    ports AND that they are ready to take command of the Starfleet;
    but they fear the swift retribution of the Jedi Knights!



    "I think I know the best way to deal with that rabble,"
    Palpatine announces, standing and walking over to his cabinet.
    "It's time that I demonstrate my absolute power--"


    Taking a large, crystal globe form his cabinet, Palpatine
    strokes it with his long, well-manicured fingers, then traces the
    longitude and latitude lines. The object begins to glow, and
    (with ILM's help) conjures a series of images from the planet
    Sigma Vulcanus. These images combine and crystallize on the
    SINGLE image of the dead Anakin Skywalker.



    LAP DISSOLVE TO:

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    SCENE 3: Sigma Vulcanus



    Four shadowy figures - adorned only in dark, hooded robes
    (which conceal their identity) - approach the charred, motionless
    body of Anakin Skywalker and lift him from his fiery grave.
    Skywalker's flesh is torn and scabbed, his hair is missing and
    clumped in disgusting patches. Deep scars trace his face, and
    his body and limbs are without life.

    They place him on the ground with great reverence and
    begin to administer to his injuries in an attempt to bring him
    back to life. One robed figure motions to the other: "Bring me
    the herbs and remedies." He actually says nothing but is
    instantly understood by the others. A third figure sprinkles the
    body with a powder, while a fourth looks toward the stars and
    begins to chant in a deep, rumbling voice.



    In a matter of moments, the lifeless body of Anakin
    Skywalker stirs, as we



    CUT TO:

    SCENE 4: Dagobah (introduced in Episode Five: Empire Strikes Bk)

    Far across the galaxy, on the bog world of Dagobah,
    Obi-Wan Kenobi walks through the dense fog and pauses, unhappy
    and dejected because he has been forced by circumstances to kill
    his friend. He turns to Yoda, his eight hundred year-old teacher
    and says: "I have failed, Master Yoda."

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    Yoda gives him a contemptuous stare, then closes his
    eyes: "No good is it to teach you when you have not yet learned
    patience! Humility!"



    Obi-Wan shakes his head and offers an excuse as his
    reply: "But Anakin was my friend. The Force was with him very
    strongly, and I thought that I could be as good a teacher as you
    were with me." He pauses and breathes a deep sigh: "I fear my
    mistake may have terrible consequences for the galaxy!"



    The Jedi Master points a crooked finger at him: "Most
    important lesson have you learned! Now a great burden you
    carry."



    Kenobi squeezes his tear-filled eyes shut and drops his
    head in defeat. But Yoda is immediately at his side to offer
    comfort and to reveal that Anakin is not dead. He further
    explains the incidents which have just taken place and foresees a
    deadly conflict.



    The Jedi Knight is pale and silent for a long moment.
    Then, slowly, he, too, recognizes the entire awesome threat that
    Palpatine has brought to the Old Republic. He thinks of the
    lives of his friends (Lady Arcadia Skywalker and Bail Organa) and
    realizes that he must leave immediately for Jhantor.

    CUT TO:

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    SCENE 5: Bridge Interior -- a small, saucer-shaped freighter,
    with cramped quarters and a cockpit-like bridge.
    On the starship bridge, Captain Antilles - a rugged,
    mustached thirty-year old - makes final calculations for his
    approach to Jhantor when two tractor beams lock-on and bring his
    vessel to a halt. His short-range scanners reveal two sentry
    fighters, swooping into a holding pattern on his port and
    starboard sides. The sentry pilots order him to heave-to and
    prepare to be boarded.



    "No," he snarls in reply - but quickly reconsiders, when
    his protocol droid (C3PO) and his ten-year-old, Correllian cabin
    boy remind him that he is out-gunned. Antilles brings his ship
    about, and, in moments, despite his objections, a handful of
    Palpatine's troops board the freighter and confiscate his cargo.



    Captain Antilles curses the officer in charge, and
    explains the incident is far from over, as we

    DISSOLVE TO:

    SCENE 6: Jhantor

    When the tragic news of Tara Courtney's assassination
    reaches her embassy chambers, Lady Arcadia Skywalker is shocked
    and hastily gathers her servants and droids to leave for her
    homeworld. She is a beautiful matron, who is in the last stages
    of pregnancy, and she is fearful for her unborn child (or
    children).
     
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    For the past several weeks, she has watched the order of
    Jhantor deteriorate into anarchy under the rule of Palpatine, and
    she has made plans to escape, by smuggling her household aboard a
    spice freighter.



    But, in the docking bay, Lady Arcadia and her party are
    suddenly surrounded by a heavily-armed detachment of troops,
    activating their weapons and raising them to firing position.
    She turns to the officer in charge and demands to know what's
    going on; but he doesn't know - he is simply following orders.
    She resists his authority, claiming diplomatic immunity, but
    quickly reconsiders when the voice of evil echoes through the
    bay:



    "You mustn't be so hasty, Lady Skywalker!" PRESIDENT
    Palpatine emerges from the shadows, accompanied by Prince
    Valarium, and explains that Arcadia, her servants, her droids,
    and her pilot are being placed under his protective custody.

    CUT TO:

    SCENE 7: Sigma Vulcanus -- The Monastic Order of the Sith -- a
    spartan-like retreat, high atop a mountain ridge
    Through a montage of scenes, wherein Anakin Skywalker
    remains in a coma, the silent, robed figures minister to his in-
    juries. Their task is an awesome one: First, in a most sophis-
    ticated furnace, they forge battle armour and a metal
    breath-screen (skull-like in appearance) that will cover his
    demolished visage. Next, they amputate his arms and limbs that
    no longer function, repair vital organs, and encase the torso -


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    forever - in the dreaded armour and artificial respirator.
    Finally, they restore the severed limbs with intricate computer
    circuitry and revive him from his comatose state. Anakin
    Skywalker becomes Darth Vader, more machine than man!



    Following his repairs, the monk-like figures (still
    hidden under their hooded robes) begin to instruct Vader in a
    dark, evil parody of Luke's apprenticeship under Yoda. Darth
    Vader is taught many sorceror's skills; he is lectured on the
    sinister machinations of the Force and is shown how to construct
    an even more lethal sabre using fragments of the shattered
    Kaiburr Crystal. But with each new challenge, and skill
    accomplished, Vader is doubtful of purpose. He knows he is being
    trained as a power weapon - and yet, he cannot conceive why.



    Angered by this confusion, and the fear that his humanity
    (and manhood) has been stripped away, Darth Vader strikes out in
    rage at one of his hooded teachers only to discover an empty
    robe. He is momentarily terror-stricken and then mystified as,
    one by one, the hooded figures vanish - in a strangely,
    compelling way - to reveal a 3-D holographic image of Palpatine.



    "Yes, yes," Palpatine taunts him, "Only now do you
    conceive that is was my force of will that saved you - that kept
    you alive - and that gave you life again!"



    Darth Vader extends a courtly bow to Palpatine and thanks


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    him for his life. But Palpatine is not interested in gratitude.
    He is in need of a powerful weapon and an obedient servant, and
    he reminds the former Jedi that he has the power to crush him
    should he desire. He then forces Vader to his knees and
    commands: "Now come to me, my servant. I have an important task
    that will complete your training!"



    CUT TO:

    SCENE 8: Jhantor -- Docking-bay and City Exteriors
    Obi-Wan Kenobi's approach and arrival on Jhantor is
    undetected by the planetary defenses. Marshalling his Jedi
    strength and cunning, he is able to slip past the sentries in the
    docking bay, edge by the troops patrolling the perimeter and
    reach the home of Lady Skywalker. But when he reaches the
    embassy, the huge chambers are silent and empty - and there are
    no apparent clues as to the Lady's whereabouts.



    Then, out of the darkness, Captain Antilles appears and
    confirms what Kenobi already suspects: The Lady and her party
    have been detained as "guests" of Palpatine in the prison cell
    block. After introducing himself (as Captain of a Correllian
    freighter), Antilles explains that he came to her embassy,
    seeking the help of the Merchanter's Guild (because of the piracy
    of his goods), and discovered an R2 unit (Artoo Detoo), that had
    slipped away during her capture, cowering in the shadows. He
    further reveals that the R2 unit has monitored her termination
    notice!


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    Realizing that he has little time, Obi-Wan enlists the
    pilot's aid; and the two men, accompanied by the stubby,
    mechanical droid, hurry toward the cell-block.

    CUT TO:

    SCENE 9: Jhantor -- Palpatine's Senate Chambers
    Palpatine orders his guards to bring the captured slaver
    to his senate chambers. While pacing back and forth, he examines
    the individual who stands before him in chains and shrewdly
    considers his fate: Boba Fett, the lone survivor of a group of
    commandos the Jedi defeated on Mandalore during the Clone Wars,
    is charged with interstellar slavery and the cold-blooded murder
    of the Jedi Kane Starkiller (Refer to Star Wars: Episode II).
    Fett's battle-scarred face sneers at the charges, defending his
    actions as "righteous vengeance."



    The evil President stares malevolently at Boba Fett for
    several moments, then offers him his freedom (and his confiscated
    slavership) in exchange for the extermination of the Jedi
    Knights. He also promises him a rich bounty for each Jedi scalp
    that he brings back; he wants proof of their deaths - and no
    disintegrations. Fett grins and replies that he may have
    difficulty in locating them since they are scattered throughout
    the galaxy. But Palpatine reassures him that the task should be
    an easy one with the President's secret weapon.



    Boba Fett dubiously agrees, as his chains are unlocked


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    and he is escorted from the chambers.



    As the slaver exits, Prince Valarium - accompanied by a
    few personal guards - announces the arrival of Darth Vader.
    Palpatine, in a quiet whisper, advises Valarium to - personally -
    supervise Lady Arcadia's execution, then requests that Vader be
    shown in.



    As the guards stand aside, Darth Vader, tall and
    threatening in flowing black robes and armour, enters the chamber
    and kneels before his master. Palpatine smiles, looking at his
    nightmare creation in black, and commands him to hunt down and
    destroy the Jedi Knights. Vader is hesitant and requests
    permission to visit his wife. But Palpatine refuses, telling his
    servant a vicious lie that she has been murdered by his comrades,
    and produces his crystal globe as evidence.



    Seemingly unmoved, Vader turns to look at a series of
    images Palpatine conjures (from the globe). The images re-create
    - in holographic form - the treacherous betrayal and murder of
    Lady Arcadia by two of Vader's fellow knights. (Note: since the
    images are too brutal for our saga, tight point-of-view camera
    angles should convey the details.) When the last image vanishes,
    the Dark Lord, fooled by the false images, stands, ignite his
    lightsabre and strikes the crystal globe with monumental anger.
    And this rage completes Vader's journey to the dark side.

    LAP DISSOLVE TO:


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    SCENE 10: Jhantor -- Cell-block

    Meanwhile, deep in the cell-block dungeons, Obi-Wan
    Kenobi and Captain Antilles overpower a pair of detention guards
    and open Lady Arcadia's cell. Overjoyed to find her still alive,
    Obi-Wan embraces Arcadia warmly, then senses the pains of her
    motherly contractions. Antilles interrupts their embrace and
    reminds them to save their hellos until they're safely out of the
    cell-block. But, as they leave the cell, Prince Valarium and his
    personal guards appear and draw their weapons. Antilles
    exchanges fire with the guards, and Obi-Wan and Arcadia hurry off
    into the dungeon maze, followed closely by the Correllian pilot.



    Retreating down a linking corridor, past the cell-block
    armory, the two heroes - with their pregnant fugitive - decide to
    stand firm and fight. Captain Antilles charges his weapon and
    blasts away at the detention guards, while the Jedi Knight
    concentrates all his thoughts and feeling on detonating the
    arsenal and sealing the dungeon exit. But, in the midst of his
    efforts, Kenobi's heightened senses feel his former friend's
    RAGE. The rage, in turn, betrays Vader's thoughts and President
    Palpatine's sinister mission (to Obi-Wan).



    "Whatever you're doing - do it faster!" Antilles shouts,
    snapping the Jedi out of his daze. Kenobi immediately refocuses
    his energy and, in a matter of moments, the armory explodes, iso-
    lating the guards from them. However, the noise and excitement
    are too much for the Lady Skywalker as she doubles over in pain.


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    The Correllian pilot fears she's been hit by flying shrapnel -
    but Kenobi says she's having a baby and advises Antilles take her
    to the safety of his freighter. He further explains that he must
    leave - in spite of his desire to help Arcadia - to warn his
    fellow knights of Vader's treachery.

    CUT TO:

    SCENE 11: Jhantor -- Palpatine's Chambers

    Reporting to the President's chambers, Valarium reluc-
    tantly tells of Lady Skywalker's escape. Palpatine is angered
    and quickly orders - over his private comlink - a division of
    troops to search the city. He then orders the arrest of Mon
    Mothma and Bail Organa to prevent any further interferences in
    his plans.



    Turning to Valarium, Palpatine's face darkens to an
    insane fury. Blinding energy bolts shoot from his finger tips,
    and the young Prince is struck down. "Don't fail me again!"
    Palpatine warns, as Prince Valarium crawls, like a wounded
    animal, to his side and gasps, "Never . . ."

    CUT TO:

    SCENE 12: Jhantor -- Docking bay, interior of saucer-shaped
    Correlian freighter

    In the dank, dark hangar-bay, Obi-Wan Kenobi departs in
    his starship, and Captain Antilles turns his attention to one of
    his most difficult tasks. With the nervous assistance of C3PO,
    he first comforts Lady Skywalker, then helps deliver her
    children. The moment is a joyous, mystic one as Luke and Leia
    take their 1st breath and begin crying. But that special sound


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    of babies crying brings a detachment of troops down upon them! *

    * Special Note: The troops should be costumed dif-
    ferently from the stormtroopers because they are part of
    Bail Organa's personal guard, - but the scene should cause
    a false moment of suspense for Antilles, and the audience.

    LAP DISSOLVE TO:
     
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    SCENE 13: Jhantor -- Palpatine's Chambers

    Still enraged from Valarium's carelessness, Palpatine
    plots a unique political move that will destroy Lady Arcadia's
    influence with the Merchanter's Guild AND further cement his
    power with commerce and industry. He first frees a handful of
    pirates and bribes them to raid the Spice Mines and Mineral
    Springs; he then orders his personal troops to eliminate the
    pirates and guard - as well as regulate - the shipping lanes.



    But. in the midst of his political maneuvering, Palpatine
    is struck down - paralyzed - for a few, fleeting moments. When
    he regains his composure, he is deeply disturbed by a nightmare
    premonitions, a tremor in the Force which threatens his well
    being. He senses Lady Arcadia's true strength - the birth of a
    son that would one day challenge his power. (But he fails - in
    his twisted wickedness - to sense the second child!)



    Sending his special group of assassins into Jhantor,
    Palpatine orders them to kill every new-born son - both in the
    capital city and the nearby outlands - because, for the first
    time in his life, he is afraid. (The character should be played
    much like Herod's in the New Testament.)


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    This brutal action (of Palpatine's) spawns screams of
    anguish and unrestricted weeping as the soldiers - unquestion-
    ingly - carry out their violent task. (Note: The horror of the
    events will be merely suggested - and not shown - to our
    cameras.)

    IMMEDIATE CUT TO:

    SCENES 14 TO 18: Numerous Worlds -- Each distinct in its own way

    Across the galaxy, in a terror-filled montage of scenes,
    wherein we glimpse numerous worlds and races, the betrayal and
    execution of the Jedi Knights is perpetrated. Darth Vader and a
    handful of Palpatine's assassins barge into an exotic saloon and
    eliminate an alien-looking Jedi amidst screams and mass hysteria
    from the patrons.



    While this is happening, Boba Fett leads a group of
    stormtroopers into a docking bay and disintegrates the Knight
    mending repairs in his starship.



    And by the time Vader and his cohorts have slipped into
    the quarters and strangled a sleeping Jedi, Boba Fett, accom-
    panied by several trained assassins, chases down and executes a
    fleeing Jedi and his family. However, the abomination of Vader
    (as well as Palpatine's sinister plan) is not complete until he
    destroys the remaining Jedi Knights as they make a final stand.
    The battle is fearsome, and the Jedi force manages to kill a
    large number of troops; but they are vastly outnumbered, and
    soon, they are massacred - to the last man - by Vader's troops.


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    After dismissing Boba Fett and his troops, Darth Vader
    looks over the battlefield, at the dead bodies, then takes a deep
    breath and says, "Kenobi, I will deal with you myself..."

    * * *

    Obi-Wan Kenobi hears Vader's words - but he is too far in
    space to offer him a challenge. He accelerates his starship,
    thinking of his compatriots, and hurries to the planet. However,
    arriving several hours too late, Kenobi is disheartened to find
    the dead bodies of his fellow Jedi Knights. He unhappily builds
    a funeral pyre and burns their bodies (in a ceremony befitting a
    viking hero).



    He then examines the broad, huge footprints in the sand,
    and whispers Darth Vader's name.

    CUT TO:

    SCENE 19 : Jhantor -- The Alderaan Embassy -- Well-guarded, the
    building is deceptive in its heavy fortification.

    With very little military effort, a special detachment of
    troops take Captain Antilles, Lady Skywalker and party through
    the defenses of the Alderaan Embassy and deliver them to a
    darkened conference room.



    Bail Organa, Viceroy and 1st Chairman of the Alderaan
    System, enters the room and apologizes to his guests for
    frightening then with his personal guard, but he confesses that
    his caution is not without warrant: Jhantor was full of spies
    and assassins and the R2 unit (in her embassy) could have been a


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    clever trap. He further explains that his colleagues had put too
    much trust in the stability of the Republic, failing to realize
    that while the body might be sound, the head was growing diseased
    and feeble, and THEY WERE ALL DEAD! There is deep bitterness in
    his voice, and genuine concern for Lady Arcadia.



    Antilles and Arcadia accept his apology and anxiously
    insist upon diplomatic sanctuary. But, as news of Palpatine's
    takeover of the Merchanter's Guild and the galactic shipping
    lanes reaches the Embassy, the outlook is grim! Organa curses
    loudly, suddenly realizing that there was nothing he could do to
    prevent the fall of the Republic and guarantee their safety.

    Pragmatically, he prays for their salvation by the Jedi Knights
    (unaware of their extinction), then orders the immediate
    evacuation of the Embassy.

    CUT TO:

    SCENE 20: Jhantor -- Palpatine's Chambers

    With grim anticipation, Darth Vader, the Dark Lord of the
    Sith, kneels at his ruler's feet and reports his success.
    Palpatine is pleased that his servant has eliminated all but one
    of the Jedi Knights and smiles - with evil delight - at Valerium
    and the other members of his cabinet. He then asks the fate of
    Obi-Wan Kenobi. Vader is hesitant and replies that he and Kenobi
    have a private matter to settle! But that answer is not
    satisfactory enough.



    Palpatine pauses in his interrogation and boasts of his


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    ambitious plans (of galactic conquest) to Vader and the others
    that are assembled: his few traitorous lieutenants have betrayed
    their superiors and taken control of the Starfleet; his troops
    have successfully routed marauding pirates and have begun to
    regulate commerce and industry along the shipping lanes; and his
    political arrangements with greedy landlords, sadistic gangsters,
    and power-hungry governors have made his power absolute. He
    explains (that he has told them this to illustrate) that his
    control is predicated on his personnel following orders, even at
    the cost of their own lives!



    Pausing a second time, Palpatine dismisses Valarium, and
    orders him to report to the control center. The young prince
    agrees and bows slightly, a gesture Palpatine acknowledges with a
    perfunctory salute. Then he spins and strides from the room,
    leaving the Dark Lord looking from man to man in confused
    silence. As Valarium steps into the corridor, he is grabbed and
    assassinated by Palpatine's guards.



    Darth Vader then nods his understanding as the evil
    President reminds: "The fate of those who fail me is DEATH!"

    IMMEDIATE CUT TO:

    SCENE 21: Jhantor -- Docking-bay

    In the docking-bay, the massive evacuation of the
    Alderaan Embassy is taking place under tight security. The
    humming of elevators and the moving of heavy equipment echo
    through the large chamber as the bustling flight crews make ready
     
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    their freighters and the pilots perform final checkouts. Bail
    Organa, with the "help" of See Threepio, supervises his men
    loading supplies and ammunition, while Artoo Detoo aids the Lady
    Arcadia with her two infants. Captain Antilles is suspiciously
    nowhere to be found.



    Momentarily, the defensive sensors sound alarm - but they
    are quickly silenced when the unknown danger is identified as
    Obi-Wan Kenobi's approaching starship. Once in the docking-bay,
    Kenobi emerges from the craft and informs Bail Organa and his
    anxious troops that the Jedi Knights have all been destroyed by
    the treachery of President Palpatine and the hand of Darth Vader.
    A heart-felt murmur sweeps over the docking-bay, like a swell in
    a heavy sea. The last Jedi Knight's second piece of news is even
    more grim: the Starfleet, under the command of Palpatine's
    forces, have formed a perimeter blockade, and their purpose is to
    prevent Organa from leaving and force him to surrender his ground
    troops.



    Bail Organa curses quietly to himself, recognizing the
    futility of further conflict. The great leader - Viceroy and
    Senator of the Alderaan system - has fought many battles: he has
    fought along side Kenobi and the other Jedi Knights during the
    Clone Wars, and has helped to eliminate piracy and slavery - with
    the crusading Lady Arcadia - in the formation of the Merchanter's
    Guild. But this time, he realizes that he is outmatched! Organa
    acquires a comlink from one of his men and begins to broadcast


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    surrender orders to his troops.



    When, suddenly, dozens of Merchanter's Guild members, of
    all species and life-forms, follow Captain Antilles into the
    Docking-bay and assemble around Bail Organa. The group of
    freighter pilots and navigators is an impressive one: There are
    representatives from Mon Calamari, Bespin, Sullest, Correllia,
    Mandalore, Kessel, and Alderaan. Some are wearing fatigues,
    loaded with weapons and tools, while others are adorned in their
    native wear.



    "Some of them still have their ships - and the others
    will fly anything we can put into the air," Antilles reports, and
    the morale of Organa's men is revived again. "And if this action
    makes us pirates and outlaws - in the eyes of Palpatine's new
    empire - then we're with you one hundred percent!"



    As the two groups of men (and aliens) hurry off, cheering
    the success of their united departure, Obi-Wan Kenobi approaches
    the Lady Arcadia with his painful secret. He reluctantly admits
    that his pride (in the Force) may have betrayed Anakin to
    Palpatine, and that the man she once loved was now a hideous
    monster, more machine than man. She is, at first, taken aback,
    chilled by his statement; then, with tears in her eyes, she
    confesses that she, too, felt him slipping away - many months
    before - and was unable to reach him either.


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    Obi-Wan Kenobi and Lady Skywalker exchange a tender
    embrace, and recognizing the potential danger they they both
    faced, they arrange to separate the children with the hope that
    they would be united one day as brother and sister. Kenobi will
    take Luke to live with his brother Owen on Tatooine, while
    Arcadia will arrange for Leia to live as daughter of Senator
    Organa, on Alderaan. This way the children would have a better
    chance of survival should one (or the other) be discovered by
    Vader!

    CUT TO:

    SCENE 22: Bridge interior -- Flagship of the Starfleet* in the
    Jhantor Star System

    Darth Vader emerges from his private shuttle and strides
    past a handful of troops in formation. His presence is awesome
    and threatening as he approaches the starship captain. Commander
    Tarkin bows from the neck down and advises his superior that they
    were ready to annihilate anyone who attempts to run the blockade.
    Tarkin is over confident in his appraisal of the situation, and
    that reflects in his conversation with the Dark Lord.


    * Special Note: The Starfleet - at this moment in
    galactic history - is composed largely of heavy cruisers,
    destroyers, and spacecraft carriers, with a full complement of
    fighters. There are no Star Destroyers, Death Stars, or TIE
    fighters because the Republic's Starfleet was used primarily for
    exploration and occasional law enforcement. However, under the
    ruthless command of Darth Vader, it is a formidable opponent.


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    Organa and his diplomatic party captured alive (if possible) so
    that they would face the embarrassment of a public tribunal. And
    the Dark Lord adds that he wants Kenobi (!), his voice conveying
    the image of a dreadful fate (that would be inflicted) if his
    commands were not executed.



    Tarkin reluctantly salutes and backs away from him,
    angered that their positions were not reversed. He barks several
    commands, and his troops spring to battle stations.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    SCENES 23 TO 27: Jhantor Star System -- Various types of
    spacecraft against a backdrop of stars and a
    brightly coloured nebulae

    Alarms sound full alert as the handful of freighters,
    transport ships, blockade runners, luxury cruisers and one-man
    fighters approach the armada of the Starfleet. The ships attempt
    - first - to cross the blockade with the diplomatic colors and
    symbols of Alderaan; but, when that fails, they energize their
    main deflector shields and prepare to fight their way through.
    (Captain Antilles and Obi-Wan Kenobi hold their groups up as the
    first wave attacks.)



    Keeping a tight formation, dozens of transport ships and
    luxury cruisers move in close to the Starfleet armada - and begin
    blasting away, while fifty-or-so small freighters and one-man
    fighters race across their surfaces, zipping between laser bolts
    as they engage the small pursuit fighters. Their plan is one of
    strategic genius: by flying in close, the rebel group emascu-


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    lates the fire-power, which is ineffective at close-range, of the
    larger ships. Additionally, the erratic and hot-dog flying of
    the Merchanter's Guild members confuse and place the military
    pilots at a momentary disadvantage! And that disadvantage is
    exploited: Antilles and Kenobi launch the second wave of ships
    and wait tensely to join the conflict, or make their escape.



    However, the heroic efforts (of the rebel flight crews)
    are brought to an abrupt halt by the armada as the heavy cruisers
    fire broadsides at point-blank range, disregarding their own
    safety. The Starfleet's audacious and dangerous move seems to
    turn the tide of battle: small one-man fighters scatter, luxury
    cruisers reverse their engines, and freighters drop their
    additional weapons and accelerate away. But, as the proton beams
    take their toll, last-ditch, suicide runs are made by the damaged
    rebel craft: a cargo freighter - loaded with weapons and cargo -
    heads on a collision course for one of the Destroyers and
    explodes, while a transport ship - mortally wounded in combat -
    limps at a heavy cruiser and detonates its nuclear engines,
    destroying his opponent with him. The balance of the small craft
    punch through holes and race for open space!



    Captain Antilles, piloting the saucer-shaped freighter
    (with Bail Organa, Lady Arcadia, and party aboard), dives into
    the chaos, then steers through the battle. Once clear, he
    engages his ship's hyperdrive and soars away at light speed.
    Several pursuit craft follow - but their weapons are ineffectual


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    against his ship's deflector shields and their ion-propelled
    engines are no match for his.



    In another sector of the battle, Obi-Wan Kenobi's
    starship swoops past an engagement and accelerates into space,
    pursued by Darth Vader's flagship. Kenobi executes a series of
    stunning maneuvers in an effort to lose the Heavy Cruiser, but he
    quickly realizes that it will not be easy to shake. Marshalling
    the Force around him, the last Jedi prepares for a death-defying
    stunt. He then guides his starship into the nebulae; and with
    his deflector shields (and the Force) at full intensity, Kenobi
    flies through the core of the exploding star.



    Darth Vader stands silently on the Bridge of his
    starship, gazing in disbelief at the brightly-colored nebulae.
    He demands the scanning sensors probe the area for any sign of
    the Jedi Knight - but the results are negative! Gravely
    disappointed, the Dark Lord orders the Flagship returned to the
    fleet and walks away, sensing that they would meet again.



    The victory is an incomplete one for Palpatine's forces.
    His starfleet has destroyed or captured nearly three dozen
    vehicles - but scattered throughout the galaxy were rebelous
    pirates and outlaws that he would one day have to deal with!

    LAP DISSOLVE TO:

    SCENES 28 TO 30: EPILOGUE --

    Jhantor -- EMPEROR Palpatine, with Darth Vader, the Dark


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    Lord of the Sith, at his side, smiles malevolently and plots his
    next move as his assembled troops chant: "Long Live Palpatine!
    Long Live the Empire!!"
    Alderaan -- Lady Arcadia Skywalker - now a common servant
    in the Organa household - sings her daughter to sleep under the
    watchful sensors of Artoo Detoo and See Threepio, while Bail
    Organa awards Captain Antilles with a commission in his service.
    Tatooine -- Obi-Wan Kenobi, the last Jedi Knight,
    delivers the infant boy to his brother, Owen Lars, then
    disappears into the desert wasteland, awaiting the day when Luke
    would claim the light sabre of his father (from him) and become a
    man.



    FADE OUT.
     
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    Hab gerade was im internet gefunden, wollte mal wissen was ihr so davon haltet!
    Ich hatte leider ncoh keine zeit es durchzuarbeiten, aber vielleicht kennt einer von euch es ja schon und kann mal dazu stellung nehmen!

    Gruß
    King
     
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    Master Kenobi Bring you Wisdom, I will. Mitarbeiter

    Ich sag's ja immer wieder gerne: Uralte und bekannteste Drehbuchfälschung, Autor John L. Flynn. Hat mit GL oder Lucasfilm nichts zu tun. Mittlerweile fallen manche Fans schon seit gut 20 Jahren darauf herein. Ziemlich gute Story, aber 100% gefälscht. Zum Teil findet man auch umgeschriebene Versionen.
     
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