I've begun to rewrite my own fanfic series that will take place of NJO AU. I'm not entirely sure where it will take me but I'm certain that it will be much less depressing (and not as well written) as the NJO Series and the books that have spawned from it. This story will hopefully have everyone's favorite characters so I hope you enjoy! The first chapter is more of a prologue and one-shot of certain characters who will be featured in my first story. Hopefully it will bring everyone up to speed on what's happening. Some aspects of this are clearly AU (IE Ben and Jysella existing right now) Anyway here we go! Prologue 22 ABY Yavin IV Jedi Praxuem BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! The constant beating of drums announced the beginning of the ceremony. A single man marched down the narrow walkway of the massive chamber. His stride was arrogant and each step of his steel toed boot seemed to boom with force energy. He was a man who grew stronger in The Force every day and he was proud of it. He was someone who would soon become a force to be reckoned with for the likes of Luke Skywalker. He continued to march down the aisle and as he did dark hooded figures surrounding him ignited their lightsabers as if they were acknowledging his presence. The continuous snap hiss of the blades eerily complimented the steady beating of the drums. The hooded figure soon completed his march across the walkway and then ascended the stairs until he found himself standing opposite two people. One was a female creature with purple skin covered in blue feathers. Her knees were bent inwards and she was several feet shorter than the man standing next to her. Her appearance seemed far more beastly than human. Yet her eyes betrayed her intelligence and her presence was strong in The Force. She was dressed in neural gray robes. The man that stood next to her was hooded like many of his companions. A yellow tattoo streaked across his nose and his eyes matched the color of the marking on his face. An unkept mass of dreadlocks spilled out of his hood and even with his robes it was easy to tell that he was a muscular and powerful man. Like his Fosh companion he was also strong in The Force yet his aura was far more sinister. The hooded man smiled coldly as he stepped forward. He took a deep breath and began to speak. “Peace is a lie, there is only passion.” The dark-robed figures standing in the walkway below repeated the sentence. “Through passion, I gain strength.” The chorus repeated. The drums began to beat even harder. “Through strength, I gain power.” The drums began to accelerate in cadence. “Through power, I gain victory.” Faster and louder. “Through victory, my chains are broken.” The drums were now beating so quickly that it would take a humanoid with four arms to maintain such a pace. “The force shall free me!” The Fosh glided towards the man who had walked down the aisle. The man kneeled. The Fosh would have smiled if she could. “Welcome to our Order, brother.” ---- Luke Skywalker’s eyes flashed open. His sudden alarm was quiet and subtle. Yet in the Force it may as well have been a scream. He closed his eyes yet again and forced his breathing to get under control. He brought his emotions under control. A Jedi should not allow themselves to live in fear. Even from a nightmare. Yet was it really a nightmare? Was it a vision of things to come? A warning of some kind? Was it an event happening now or something that had happened in the past? These questions were not new to Luke Skywalker and at this point he was sick of the doubt plaguing his mind. Right now there was nothing he wanted to do more than stand up and climb into his X-Wing and investigate what he currently perceived as a threat. Instead the man shook his head and glanced at his sleeping wife. He had slipped out of her grasp when he had awoken but she was still asleep. Luke smiled in relief. Mara’s danger sense was much stronger than his and if she could sleep tonight than he could too. Yoda had always told him that his mind needed to stay in the present. There here and the now was what mattered. His father had come undone from prophetic dreams. Luke would not allow that to happen to him. He would revisit this recurring dream in the morning when he had more clarity. Not when the images were so vivid in his mind that he would allow his anxiety and emotions to alter his judgment. Luke closed his eyes again and soon his breathing slowed and again sleep claimed him. --- “No. This one goes there and that gone goes there.” Jaina pointed at the power couplings on the side of the T-47 Air-Speeder. One could say her tone was demanding, even harsh. To the Solo Children it was just routine. Jaina Solo always seemed to casually slip into the leadership position when no one was looking. No one had challenged her. Especially when they were working on her specialty. That being anything with an engine. Jacen meekly obeyed his sister as he switched the canisters to their proper positions. Anakin grinned cheekily. His twins were able to work in tandem without speaking almost always. Yet when it came to ships Jaine had to vocalize her requests. Jacen had many talents but flying wasn’t one of them. In a few years time he’d be a skilled enough pilot but Jaina was a prodigy here. “Y’know Jaina, as confident as I am in your flying abilities I’d prefer that Lowbacca was here. He’s always had that eye for engineering that you lack.” Jaina was currently sitting in the cockpit of the T-47 refiguring the controls. Once she heard Anakin’s jest she stood up and shot him a playful glare. “Toss me the hydrospanner.” Anakin gestured at the toolbox and then pointed at Jaina. The tool shot from the ground to Jaina’s hand. Jaina gave him a nod of thanks before she disappeared back into the cockpit. Jacen glanced at the toolbox and then at the cockpit and gave a sigh that showed his disapproval. Anakin prepared himself for an argument. Ever since Jacen had become his Uncle’s apprentice he had decided that he’d become a philosopher. Even when they engaged in adventures as mundane as fixing up an Air Speeder Jacen had decided to think about things that Anakin didn’t find even remotely interesting. Still he relished the debates even if Jaina didn’t. “It saves time.” Anakin said. The best offense was a defense and he was going to try and nip his excuse in the bud before Jacen said anything judgemental. Instead his brown-haired brother grinned and held his hands up in mild surrender. “I said nothing.” Jaina popped up from the cockpit again. “You better keep saying nothing. If you two keep on arguing than I’ll split this spanner in two and put in places where you wouldn’t be able to dig it out with all the force potential in the galaxy.” Jacen winced as if he were imagining such a savage attack and Anakin let out a low whistle. “Geez sis.” --- The thick vegetation that decorated the forest floor threatened to consume Ben Skywalker as he continued to run through the foliage. He wasn’t entirely sure how he had managed to get into the forest. All he knew was that he had been chasing Jysella Horn across the Praxeum. She had soon vanished into the forest and he had followed. Ben had lost track of times when he had gotten lost. As a child he had often been under the supervision of a nanny droid but those days seemed long gone. Ever since the Skywalkers had erected the Jedi Temple on Yavin IV Ben had found himself with them instead of hidden on a planet that he couldn’t remember the name of. At the age of 8 Ben was more than a little curious than he needed to be. He knew he wasn’t supposed to eavesdrop on his parents but the last time had gotten lost it had been attributed to “Skywalker blood”. He wasn’t entirely sure what that meant but it could only be a good thing. Yet this time he wasn’t going exploring. This time he was trying to track down a dark-haired girl with green eyes who had turned the tables on him. Ben continued to dart through the forest and continued to duck and twist his body to avoid branches. Eventually he slowed down, simply unable to breathe. Ben leaned against a tree trunk and pushed his unruly reddish-blond hair out of his eyes. This search was far from over but his body was telling him to stop. Instead of continuing to run through the forest until he was really tired he squeezed his eyes shut and tried to remember everything he could about Jysella. In the past few weeks he had come to realize that the more he thought about something the easier it was to find. It had allowed him to recover toys, holodiscs and all manners of things he tended to lose. The longer Ben thought the more difficulty he had finding Jysella. And then a leaf floated down from the tree above him and touched his neck. Ben thought it was an insect and slapped at it before glancing up at Jysella. The ten year old girl was perched just a few yards above him. “Catch me if you can!” She yelled and then she vanished. Ben frowned deeply as he turned to his right and to his left. His thoughts drifted to the girl again and a small voice in his head whispered right. Ben turned and suddenly found himself possessing the energy that he needed to again continue his sprint through the forest. He continued to run and soon burst through a massive bush. The branches scratched at his skin but in his eagerness to find Jysella he ignored them. He saw her standing completely still in the distance. “Found you!” He yelled elatedly as he ran towards her. He stopped right behind her and tapped her on the shoulder. “I said I found you!” He frowned. “Whatsamatter?” Then he noticed it. A creature stood before them. It was taller than Ben and Jysella. Its sleek fur covered body rippled with muscles but that wasn’t the most intimidating part of it. The feline creature had fangs nearly as long as his father’s lightsaber. Ben gulped. “Um.” “Don’t move…he won’t attack if we don’t…move.” They stood there in silence for several seconds and Ben felt an itch at the back of his throat. He had to sneeze. If he were just a couple of years older he might have repressed the urge but Ben couldn’t help it. He inhaled sharply and let out a high-pitched “Atchoo!” The tiger’s eyes shifted from Jysella to Ben and it crouched. Right before it attacked Ben heard the distinct sound of a lightsaber igniting. He had heard it happen with his father enough to recognize the sound without even seeing it. A bearded man in green robes suddenly appeared out of the brush yet he wasn’t wielding his lightsaber. The look on his face was fairly impassive as he stepped between the tiger and his daughter. The next person to emerge made Ben gulp. Mara Jade-Skywalker emerged from the brush gripping her lightsaber in her hand and her appearance screamed trouble. For some reason Ben was more scared of his mother than the tiger. Still the idea of a lightsaber battle between a dangerous predator intrigued him more than frightened him. Unfortunately Ben was disappointed when Jedi Master Corran Horn merely raised his hand and gestured at the tiger. The creature’s eyes snapped towards Corran before it turned and bounded deep into the forest. “They’re getting closer to the grounds.” Corran said as he pulled his hood down from his face. “I’ll talk to Luke about installing a stronger security perimeter. They won’t wander near the temple but they’re definitely leaving the deeper parts of the forest.” Mara turned slowly and redirected her glare to Ben. “Of course we wouldn’t have to do that if you stayed put on the temple grounds.” Corran sighed heavily as he turned to Jysella. “You take your child and I’ll take mine.” “Deal.” As Mara marched Ben back towards the temple and undoubtedly to quiet place near the fountains he idly wondered if he’d be better off being punished by Corran Horn. OOC: Bit of a short start but that's what I have so far. Hope everyone enjoyed! Feel free to leave reviews/critiques for me.