Saga Balance (TPM vignette, Yoda & Qui-Gon)

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  1. lazykbys Jedi Knight

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    Title: Balance
    Author: lazykbys
    Timeframe: TPM, shortly before Padmé leaves Coruscant
    Characters: Yoda, Qui-Gon
    Genre: speculative vignette
    Summary: Yoda explains why he is against training Anakin

    EDIT:
    . . . because I found out that "Nubian" means "from Nubus" and not Naboo. Sheesh.

    Balance


    Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan were on their way to the Nubian landing pad when they heard Yoda's voice from behind them.

    "Master Qui-Gon! A word with you, please."

    "Of course, Master Yoda," Qui-Gon replied. "Go on, Obi-Wan. I'll catch up with you shortly."

    Yoda waited until the padawan was out of sight before asking, "You are taking the boy with you?" It was more an accusation than a question.

    "Yes, I am," Qui-Gon said. "Since you will not train him, I see no reason for him to stay."

    "You wish to train him."

    "I do. But the Council has forbidden it, so I won't."

    Yoda's ears twitched with feigned amusement. "You will not, you say? Then why take him to Naboo?"

    "I promised his mother I would look after him."

    Yoda snorted. "Ha! Safer he will be here, on Coruscant. Your reasons are otherwise."

    Qui-Gon spread his hands in acquiescence. He should have known better than to try to fool Yoda.

    "Anakin is the chosen one," he said. "He must be taught the ways of the Jedi."

    "Must, you say?"

    "Yes, he must. He is too strong in the Force to be raised otherwise."

    "Trained many Jedi I have," Yoda said. "Many I have seen refused. The boy is no different from them. If untrained, fall to the dark side he will not."

    "But he is the one stated in the prophecy. The one who will bring balance to the Force!"

    "The one? Balance?" Yoda said. "Teach me the ways of the Force, will you?"

    "I mean no disrespect, Master Yoda. But he is the chosen one, no matter what the Council believes. I know it. I feel it."

    "And right you may be, Master Qui-Gon."

    For a moment he couldn't believe his ears. Was Yoda, the most vocal opposition to training Anakin, actually agreeing that the boy was the chosen one? "Excuse me?"

    "There is a vergence in the Force. Felt it, too, I have."

    Qui-Gon frowned, puzzled. "Then why won't you let me train him? No - why won't you train him?"

    "For eight hundred years have I trained Jedi," Yoda said. "Watched them grow. Watched them die. Grown used to change, I have. But the Force has never changed."

    Qui-Gon nodded patiently, wondering where this conversation was taking them. As far as he knew, both he and Yoda agreed that Anakin was the one who would bring balance to the Force. And unless Yoda was actually a Sith Lord in disguise, both of them wanted to prevent the dark side from prevailing.

    "Too old I am for changes," Yoda said softly. It seemed a complete contradiction of his previous statements until Qui-Gon had a flash of insight.

    "Are you afraid you will fail, Master Yoda? Is that it?"

    While it was true that Yoda had taught Jedi for a long time, the Jedi Order had been in existence for even longer. Only rarely had he had to deal with potential Jedi who were more than five years old when they began training. Anakin was nearly twice that age and hardened by a life of slavery. Were he not sure the boy was the chosen one, Qui-Gon himself would probably have had second thoughts about taking him as his padawan learner.

    Qui-Gon said, "I realize the consequences are great, but -"

    "No." Yoda said flatly. "Understand, you do not."

    "Master Yoda?"

    "Fear. Anger. Hate. These lead to the dark side. Yet they come naturally to us all. Even Jedi."

    "That's why we have the Jedi Code, Master Yoda. So that we aren't ruled by our emotions."

    "But why, Master Qui-Gon? Why should we not let our passions guide us?"

    Qui-Gon felt he was being quizzed. It was like being a padawan again. "Because those passions can lead to the dark side."

    "But at what cost? We know no family but the Order. We are forbidden to make strong attachments. This is not the way of other beings."

    "Ye/>
  2. son-of-kenobi Jedi Knight

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    great stuff? will there be a sequal? with obi-wan? assuming that u follow cannon, and qui dies?
  3. Healer_Leona Manager Emeritus

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    Fascinating conversation between Yoda and Qui-Gon. I had always wondered at Anakin going to Naboo with them... makes no sense whatsoever..lol.

    "Too old I am for changes," Yoda said softly. It seemed a complete contradiction of his previous statements until Qui-Gon had a flash of insight. And change is somwthing that would be needed for Anakin to be trained properly.

    This was a delightful viggie!

  4. lazykbys_left Jedi Master

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    son-of-kenobi:
    great stuff? will there be a sequal? with obi-wan? assuming that u follow cannon, and qui dies?
    />

    On the other hand, my willpower is so low it has a negative rating :D

    Thank you for reading!

    Healer_Leona:
    Fascinating conversation between Yoda and Qui-Gon. I had always wondered at Anakin going to Naboo with them... makes no sense whatsoever..lol.

    "Too old I am for changes," Yoda said softly. It seemed a complete contradiction of his previous statements until Qui-Gon had a flash of insight. And change is somwthing that would be needed for Anakin to be trained properly.
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    Thank you for reading!/>/>/>/>
  5. Gina Force Ghost

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    At first there would have only been a handful of Jedi who, to be precise, were not really Jedi but a group of scientists and scholars. Slowly, bit by bit, they had exerted their will on the vastness of the Force, patiently shaping it over the millennia to make it the guiding presence it was today. In doing so, they had disturbed the pre-existing balance to form a new one.

    Wow! Very fascinating conversation between Yoda and Qui-Gon in this vignette. Yoda seemed so tired, almost resigned, as if he knows a storm is coming, and he is powerless to stop it.

  6. agentj Force Ghost

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    lazykbys wrote:
    In doing so, they had disturbed the pre-existing balance to form a new one.

    I felt the same way about this "balance" situation. It just has to be the Jedi causing the imbalance in the first place, since they are fighting so hard to keep it in balance. Wonderful insight. There's always the novelisation if you get antsy about not being able to see the movie! [face_devil]
  7. ShrunkenJedi Jedi Grand Master

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    Apr 26, 2003
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    Great insight into the imbalance in the force, and fascinating conversation. Well written, too. :D
  8. lazykbys_left Jedi Master

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    Gina:
    Yoda seemed so tired, almost resigned, as if he knows a storm is coming, and he is powerless to stop it.
    />

    agentj:
    I felt the same way about this "balance" situation. It just has to be the Jedi causing the imbalance in the first place, since they are fighting so hard to keep it in balance. Wonderful insight. There's always the novelisation if you get antsy about not being able to see the movie! [face_devil]
    />

    As for the novelization . . . stop tempting me :D

    ShrunkenJedi:
    Great insight into the imbalance in the force, and fascinating conversation.
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