Darth_Kripp: Thanks! I really want Sidious to seem Machiavellian in this story, so I'm glad that's coming across. And you're right--as always, Sidious's overconfidence is his weakness . Sure thing! BrightFeather: Poor Quin. But he does know all about lying Sith. ZebulaNebula: I really am going for the master manipulator with Sidious. Yeah, Ventress is back. Obi-Wan certainly has the motivation!