Hi, everyone! I tried posting this in the general fan fic sub-forum but got locked out because actual fan fics are supposed to be posted here. Oops. In any case, here's a brief introduction to my alternate Episode I. It's the start of a prequel trilogy AU fic. Star Wars Episode I: A New Knight In 30 BBY, the Clone War rages across the galaxy. Facing the possibility of defeat against the Clone armies of Greater Mandalore, the Galactic Republic calls upon the secretive clan of Force-users known as the Jedi Knights for wartime aid. On the bustling metropolitan planet of Taris, a gray-haired old spice freighter captain named Ben Cortel picks up a mysterious cloaked passenger calling herself Nellith. She offers a substantial sum of credits to transport a clandestine shipment of cargo to an uncharted star system in the Outer Rim. During their transit to the Outer Rim, Nellith starts to suspect that Ben is a Force-sensitive. She tries to induct him into her order, the Jedi Sentinels, a group that compiles information into sacred Jedi Holocrons. Ben denies this and dismisses her "ramblings" as hokey nonsense. The ship is attacked by a boarding party of deadly Mandalorian Clone warriors demanding Nellith's secret cargo. Ben and Nellith valiantly fight against the Clones, saved in the nick of time by the intervention of a stowaway passenger...a scruffy-looking, disheveled teenager named Anakin Skywalker. It was his Force signature that Nellith was detecting the whole time, not Ben. The boy seems more predisposed to being a Knight than a Sentinel, so Nellith decides to get Anakin in touch with an experienced Knight, her dear old friend Obi-Wan Kenobi of the planet Ossus. Along their journey, they set in motion the events that lead to a new age for the galaxy. But is this coming age one of light or one of darkness? If there is interest, I can post the opening crawl and the rest of the treatment as I write it.