Beyond - Legends "Empress Jaina Fel", version 2 [post-LotF, UPDATED!! See inside, and read v.1]

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  1. Thrawn McEwok Co-Author: Essential Guide to Warfare

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    Disclaimer: Star Wars, the Galaxy in which it is set, and probably most of the intergalactic void all belong to George Lucas. This is just one fan's personal critical and artistic response, a not-for-profit exploration of the themes, continuity, charatcerization, and settings of the Star Wars saga and Expanded Universe. Please feel free to discuss it and respond!

    Author's Note: This story is a little bit experimental, as I'm posting two seperate drafts, set in different timeframes, with all that means for characters and continuity. This is version 2, which is set soon after 'Legacy of the Force', and technically compliant with canon as we have it. Over in this thread, you'll find the original version, an AU which diverges somewhere around the end of the NJO.

    It's been interesting adjusting the story like I did, and I hope you'll find the compariosn between the two versions interesting, as well!

    I do have plans to continue this further, but I expect they'll be defined somewhat by the reaction I get. I'm not sure if I want to put it to a straightforward 'vote' yet, but I am interested to hear what you have to say. Please PM me, if you want to comment, but you're nervous about doing so in public!

    Thanks for reading this through, and I hope that you enjoy the 'fic!!




    Empress Jaina Fel

    Prologue: 42 ABY


    "Empress Fel?"

    Jaina turned away from the viewports, and looked at the tall man silhouetted in the doorway of the throne room,

    From where he stood, a shaft of light led straight to the dais: a straight blade of brilliance, thrust through the starlight and shadows.

    She wanted to run down and meet him half-way.

    "Master Durron," she answered instead, in the Imperial accent that seemed to come too easily now. Then she grinned, and it was her father's Corellian smirk. "Kyp." She gestured at the red-garbed guards. "Leave us."

    They left without a word, and Kyp started across the floor towards her, his boot-heels clacking on the bare metal deck.

    "How are you, Goddess?" he asked, as they clasped tight in each other's arms.

    "I'm well, Kyp," she answered, brushing the hair out of his face, then hunting for his lips. "I've missed you. You need a haircut."

    "You look perfect too," he murmured.

    A thought passed between them, something about widowhood and loss, and how some people felt nothing at all.

    Eventually, they broke apart - cautiously, still tender. A third human presence had joined them in the room.

    Jaina gazed hard into the darkened corners of the throne room, hunting for a ripple of movement among the shadows and heavy drapes.

    "My son," she explained, to Kyp's questioning expression. The answer just provoked his eyebrows even higher. "Stepson. Hey. Come on out of there."

    The Prince Imperial appeared abruptly, strolling out into the light, and fixed the two of them with a stubborn, critical look. He looked like a scaled-down version of his father as he walked towards them - his real father.

    It broke her heart in pieces.

    "Ben?" Kyp asked.

    "I'll pretend I didn't just see you kiss my mother, Master Jedi," he accused, blue eyes glaring coldly at Kyp. His hand rested deliberately on his belt, close to the hip of his lightsaber.

    "Ben," she said, shaking her head. "Come on. Since when did you care what I did?"

    Her adopted son shrugged. "The stability of the Empire matters to me. Father's legacy matters to me. And I don't think our blood family would be too pleased, either."

    Jaina ignored the attempt at an insult. It was unbecoming for an Empress ? the Empress - to react to that.

    Beside her, Kyp just rolled his eyes.

    And, to her surprise, she couldn't resist a tiny smile.

    "It's good to have you back," she said.

    She turned towards him, and for the first time in far too long, the worries seemed to slip away into the shadows - to somewhere they didn't matter at all.
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  2. Lightsaber123 Jedi Knight

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    I'm thinking this version's Ben does not have all that great a relationship with Jaina.
    Apparently Jaina did Fel in in this version.
    Is it possible that Ben is Ben Skywalker's son? As in Ben Junior?
    So, first cousin marriages?
    I actually like DN3 version better, because it's DN3. ;)

  3. Spike2002 Former FF-UK RSA and Arena Manager

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    Ben is better in this one. Hostile teenagers have more depth to them than whiny brats.
  4. Flowerlady Force Ghost

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    As with version one, I have to see what happens.

    Interesting...wherever you are taking this. o_O


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  5. star_writer24 Force Ghost

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    Okay...I am thinking that Ben in the first version is actually Kyp's son because she doesn't introduce him as her step-son, and that Ben in this version (version 2) is Luke and Mara's son. Maybe? Or am I even more confused then all of you?
  6. RebelGrrl Force Ghost

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    Erm, Ben Skywalker couldn't be Jaina's step-son unless she married her own Uncle. It could be a different Ben in both of these stories. Or perhaps 'foster-son' was the term meant to be used?
  7. star_writer24 Force Ghost

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    [face_thinking]...unless Luke died and Jag married Mara and became Ben's stepfather, then Mara dies, and Jag marries Jaina. Does that work? Oh dear, this is way to confusing and complicated...:oops:

    [Edit]...or Ben really is Jag and Mara's and Mara dies and then Jag marries Jaina...now that would be a crackship!
  8. Thrawn McEwok Co-Author: Essential Guide to Warfare

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    He's just a moody teenager?

    They were married in both!! [face_not_talking]

    Nope. He's sixteen. If you look at the year the story takes place in, you'll see that it fits with Ben Skywalker being sixteen.

    No, and... well, it's not THAT much like DN3. :p But I'll bear your POV in mind! [face_mischief]

    I'd have said Ben was more wary at five, more petulant at sixteen. :p But that's me. ;)

    Thanks. Updates will be simultaneous, I expect. ;)

    Actually, Jaina's POV (the non-dialogue bit) establishes Ben as her "five-year-old stepson" in the original version, too....

    Not the most precise word, I agree, but it's less clumsy than "adopted son"! [face_mischief]

    [face_talk_hand] DON'T GIVE ME THESE IDEAS!!! :_|

    ***

    So, does anyone want an explanation NOW, or ought I to explain it organically in the 'fic? [face_mischief]

    I think I should make it clear that Ben Skywalker is Jaina and Jag's adopted son here. But that's all I'm telling you for now!! :D

    - The Imperial Ewok
  9. raisedbywolves Jedi Knight

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    o_O

    I'm not entirely sure what you're up to here, McEwok. But I do like the younger Ben better, I think. In this version he seemed just a little... Hamletesque... what with his skulking around in the curtains and seeming preoccupied about who gets to kiss his mother. I can't quite put his behavior down to teenaged petulance.

    And I'm perfectly willing to sit back and wait to find out why Ben is Jaina's stepson. Till we get an explanation, I think I'll just assume Luke's dead and Jaina's married Mara out of political convenience. :p
  10. Lanta Jedi Grand Master

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    Interesting... I probably prefer the idea of the NJO one (because I haven't actually read the LOTF books)... but then, moody teenager Ben is quite nice.

    I'm looking forward to seeing where you go with these.
  11. Solo_and_Fel Force Ghost

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    [face_laugh] I can see that. Although I find this one intriguing too.
  12. Alkibiades Jedi Knight

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    It's been interesting adjusting the story like I did, and I hope you'll find the comparison between the two versions interesting, as well!

    I do!

    Thanks for reading this through, and I hope that you enjoy the 'fic!!

    I did!


    Empress Jaina Fel

    Even when reading it the second time. Ughh. That so must change. Although, maybe it was a marriage of consideration? Jaina marrying Fel to gain the Imperial throne, unify the galaxy, and then squash the cardboard under her iron boot?

    Prologue: 42 ABY

    Hmmm. Everyone is older, here. Let's see.

    Eventually, they broke apart - cautiously, still tender. A third human presence had joined them in the room.

    So, Jaina and Kyp are closer here? Better.

    "My son," she explained, to Kyp's questioning expression. The answer just provoked his eyebrows even higher. "Stepson. Hey. Come on out of there."

    And here, Kyp is the protective one. Also, he seems to have been out of touch for a long period of time, not to know Ben's position. Where has he been?

    The Prince Imperial appeared abruptly, strolling out into the light, and fixed the two of them with a stubborn, critical look. He looked like a scaled-down version of his father as he walked towards them - his real father.

    It broke her heart in pieces.


    And Jaina still has a heart! Not Sith here either? You know, a Sith household... The idea. They lived evilly ever after. :D But no, they are still Jedi. Sigh.

    "I'll pretend I didn't just see you kiss my mother, Master Jedi," he accused, blue eyes glaring coldly at Kyp. His hand rested deliberately on his belt, close to the hip of his lightsaber.

    "Ben," she said, shaking her head. "Come on. Since when did you care what I did?"


    And Ben hates her. So, we have the makings of a Sith in young Skywalker?

    Her adopted son shrugged. "The stability of the Empire matters to me. Father's legacy matters to me. And I don't think our blood family would be too pleased, either."

    So, Ben's father was the Emperor before. You really sure you didn't mean Master Sith? Sounds like it. And Jaina did not marry Fel for political reasons, it seems. With Anakin and Jacen dead, and Allana and Ben too young, she would have been the only candidate? Has she adopted Allana too?

    Jaina ignored the attempt at an insult. It was unbecoming for an Empress ? the Empress - to react to that.

    Beside her, Kyp just rolled his eyes.

    And, to her surprise, she couldn't resist a tiny smile.

    "It's good to have you back," she said.

    She turned towards him, and for the first time in far too long, the worries seemed to slip away into the shadows - to somewhere they didn't matter at all.


    Jaina likes Kyp's return very, very much. Do I hear wedding bells ringing? My imagination again, I think.

    I am still unsure. Both stories hold such a lot of promises, although I am now somewhat leaning into this direction. Oh, please only answer the questions in the story. No spoilers if you continue this, please.

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  13. Thrawn McEwok Co-Author: Essential Guide to Warfare

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    [face_laugh] Is that... legal?! :eek:

    [face_mischief]

    It's not really Hamletesque, though. I see what you mean about petulance, but Uncle Kypdius didn't kill Old Benlet. This Ben is just old enough to understand the politics. Maybe he's even playing a part himself? [face_mischief]

    Thank you! :D

    You like your brooding young Hamlets? [face_mischief]

    [face_dancing]

    [face_dancing]

    Jag Fel is not made of cardboard. We'll have none of that silly bias here, please! :p

    Good observation. :p

    o_O That line was exactly the same in both versions. The only difference up to that point was the change in the description of Kyp's arrival, and that was purely technical: in v.2, I needed to set up a description of the throne room, because Jaina had to do more to find Ben in the second half of the scene...

    Or maybe Jaina's just adopted Ben quite recently? [face_mischief]

    Jedi? What's a Jedi? Did you notice those guards on the door? [face_whistling]

    But no, not Sith. :p

    Don't get your hopes up!!!

    Are Sith allowed optimism?

    Nope. Who said Jacen was dead? And why would she adopt Allana? I don't think the Hapans would like that.... :p

    I doubt the Empire would stand for it so soon... :D

    You've obviously never heard of my penchant for using 'fic replies to misdirect my readers? [face_mischief] [face_whistling]

    - The Imperial Ewok
  14. Thrawn McEwok Co-Author: Essential Guide to Warfare

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    [This scene is the same in both versions!]

    Chapter One: Six Weeks Earlier

    The Star Destroyer Reconqueror advanced into orbit around Dantooine, her TIE squadrons and frigate escorts hunting ahead to chase a handful of lingering enemy gunships and snubfighters from the edge of the planet's atmosphere.

    As the Imperial flagship reached geostationary altitude, her flank turbolasers launched a handful of long-range energy lances towards the planet - a brief, one-sided exchange of fire with the anti-orbit artillery positions on the surface.

    There wasn't really much left to shoot at. Storm Commando teams had already taken out the heavy guns on the ground, along with the shield generators.

    But the Reconqueror's gunners were thorough, laying down a tight pattern of fire where their maps told them that the enemy emplacements were.

    Then, the guns fell silent.

    For a moment, nothing happened.

    Stormtrooper transports began to drop from the destroyer's launch bays, graceful white wings unfolding with elegant precision as they began their descent towards the surface.

    At least, Jaina supposed, that's what the landing would probably look like from the cockpit of a fighter.

    Here, in the cramped cargo bay of an armoured landing barge, it was rather different, with the spaceframe shaking as if it wanted to tear apart: first, the rapid rhythm of the engines, then the steady bass of high-powered repulsors, and finally, the juddering, bone-jarring chaos of the plunge from space into the planet's skies.

    And the absurd expectations of Imperial protocol meant that she was making the entire journey standing up.

    Grim-faced, she kept her footing on the deck, and gripped her hand tighter round the stanchion she was holding onto. The stormtroopers in the seats nearby seemed to be watching her.

    Who knew what they were thinking, behind those masks. Over the years, the stormtrooper helmet had been defined with so many competing symbolisms that it had become completely unreadable.

    And the people behind the masks? She wasn't sure if these ones were clones, or even any sort of human. The Force might have told her once, when she'd cared to use it for a casual game like that.

    Instead, she glanced at Jag for reassurance, and he looked back, meeting her eyes for a moment. She smiled, and nodded, and he turned away, resuming his contemplation of the scuffed plating of the bulkhead - and beyond, perhaps, a horizon that only he could see.

    Jaina frowned. To anyone else, that exchange would look like a silent, intimate dialogue between lovers. They couldn't see the way her Force-presence beckoned Jag, and the way that Jag responded, without even realising he was being led.

    She was grateful when the shuttle stopped: a final three-dimensional jerk, and then the slow, settling feeling as the landing-gear sank into mud.

    The hatch popped open, admitting light, and air that smelled of crushed grass and laser-bolts. With minimal fuss, they moved down the ramp: Emperor and Empress, surrounded by stormtrooper bodyguards.

    Around them, parked shuttles, troop transports with fresh mud spattering their sides, and squads of well-armed stormtroopers, packs and bandoliers of ammo and equipment slung over their white armour.

    She watched the AT-STs prowling the perimeter, their chin guns and commanders' macrobinocs sweeping the surrounding landscape.

    The planet had already been conquered, overrun by three battalions of the 501st before the Imperial barge even reached the surface.

    "That was quick," she said, with a grin to Jag.

    In his white Grand Admiral's uniform, with his green eyes glinting dangerously, he looked the very part of the Imperial conqueror.

    She half-smiled.

    Then something flashed, in the corner of her eye.

    "SNIPER!" someone yelled.

    There was a gasp of air, like a hammerpunch going home.

    Jag jerked back, and landed on the boarding ramp. He tried to speak, his words spilling out as blood instead.

    The too-bright stain from the entry wound already covered most o
  15. Alkibiades Jedi Knight

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    Thrawn McEwok

    Jag Fel is not made of cardboard. We'll have none of that silly bias here, please! :p

    Yeah, it would probably be called duracard in the GFFA. ;)

    Good observation. :p

    Hey, don't mock me! On my plane of existence, that is a major observation.

    Or maybe Jaina's just adopted Ben quite recently? [face_mischief]

    And he calls her mother? Not by a long shot. If he had just lost Mara, he wouldn't let Jaina replace her in a heartbeat. She must have had him for a year at least.

    Jedi? What's a Jedi? Did you notice those guards on the door? [face_whistling]

    Umm, Durron? The Skywalker whelp calls him that.

    Are Sith allowed optimism?

    I think they are. Palpatine certainly was an optimist. I mean, he took the galaxy on singlehandedly; he had not a single ally, only servants.

    Nope. Who said Jacen was dead? And why would she adopt Allana? I don't think the Hapans would like that.... :p

    If Jaina would want Allana, she would get to her. And it is not as if the Hapans can defeat the Empire and get her back. Or that they would. The new Queen Mother would undoubtedly think good riddance.

    I doubt the Empire would stand for it so soon... :D

    Yes, I understand what you mean now, with the new post and all.

    You've obviously never heard of my penchant for using 'fic replies to misdirect my readers? [face_mischief] [face_whistling]

    And you don't know that 'truth begins in lies'? Seriously, whatever you say, the truth can be construed from it.

    Alkibiades
  16. Tahi Jedi Grand Master

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    Okay so this is canon, in which case it's possible old Jace is still around; Mara isn't though, and it sounds as if Luke isn't from what Ben says. Hmmm. I like the potential here for having a teenage Ben as opposed to a younger version. And I like the idea of picking up from where the LotF might be after Invincible. :) So I guess my preference is this one. :)
  17. DARTH_MU Force Ghost

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    This reply works the same for both versions ;)

    So.

    I wonder who they were attacking. If it were rebels, I support the rebels.

    I also noticed that Fel was not yet Emperor, but a mere Grand Admiral 6 weeks earlier, that means Jaina will usurp the rightful Emperor's throne.

    Who is the Emperor? Could it possibly be...

    Luke?
  18. Lanta Jedi Grand Master

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    I'm not sure that logic holds. An Emperor could easily wear a Grand Admiral's uniform. I think Tenel Ka (a Queen) did that in Destiny's Way.
  19. Alkibiades Jedi Knight

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    DARTH_MU, Lanta, 'cause McEwok seems otherwise engaged, I'll answer the question. It's all in the text:

    And that are Jag and Jaina; who else?

    Alkibiades
  20. Thrawn McEwok Co-Author: Essential Guide to Warfare

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    Me, mock? :p

    You're underestimating the sarcasm in his tone.

    Same reply as above.

    Isn't that utter cynicism? ;)

    I disagree, on all three points: Jaina has some patience, and may not want Allana anyway; the Empire may already be over-extended and not wish to rile the Hapans; and who said Tenel Ka had ceased to be Queen Mother?

    Sure? ;)

    So sure, are you?

    [face_laugh] Well, that's one for this one... I think I'm inclining towards the other one, though. Maybe I'll try to keep both up, though? [face_mischief]

    Nope. Jag was Emperor. He was just wearing a Grand Admiral's uniform.

    Yes, she did. Good catch. :D

    Thanks. :p

    - The Imperial Ewok
  21. Alkibiades Jedi Knight

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    Thrawn:

    You're underestimating the sarcasm in his tone.

    And he is sarcastic when he calls his father Emperor too? His father obviously is Jag there. (If he meant Luke, Ben would be the Emperor and Jaina simply the temporary ruler. As Jaina is Empress, his father, the Emperor, has to be Jag. And why would he be sarcastic about someone who is dead? So, yes, they must have had Ben for quite some time now.)

    Same as above.

    Ah... So, Ben sarcastically calls a non-Jedi Force user a Jedi. Let's see. Non-Jedi Force User. Sith? No, not Sith; he would probably have given Ben a thorough sampling of Force Lightning. Potentium? I don't know, but did they ever strike you as very good-humoured? No, no, no. [face_shame_on_you] Durron is a Jedi Master.

    I disagree, on all three points: Jaina has some patience, and may not want Allana anyway; the Empire may already be over-extended and not wish to rile the Hapans; and who said Tenel Ka had ceased to be Queen Mother?

    Jaina may have patience, but she's not going to let anyone stand in her way, if she wants Allana - and she well might, for some Darth Anonymous reason we don't know about yet. If, and only if she went Sith, she would want to exterminate her own family because they simply pose the biggest threat to her. Secondly, are you hinting of the possibility of taking TK's kid from her without killing her? She would probably go one-armed rancor, or berserk, or even Sith. I think TK with maternal protection instincts awoken is waaaaaaaay scarier than Darth Vader ever was. So, as TK almost certainly needs to be killed for Allana to be taken, and as it is sure that, in case of a new Queen Mum, she would want her own brood on the throne, I don't think there would be much of an incident. Politically, of course, yes, to keep up appearances, but not wholeheartedly. QM: "Hey, Darth ... . Thanks for cleaning up here." Darth ...: "Glad to have been of service." QM: "Send my love to the former Chume'da, and tell her that, if she ever leaves your protection, she's dead." Darth ...: "Sure, my thoughts precisely. See you!" With of course, the one sending assassins and the other protecting and mothering Allana to be able to influence her when she's old enough to reclaim her throne. Something like that? [face_devil]

    So sure, are you?

    Yep. I always believe I'm right unless otherwise proven; I find it hard to operate on the opposite assumption. ;) :p

    [face_laugh] Well, that's one for this one... I think I'm

    Was that an accident, or just low? Did you mean to finish the sentence saying you think you are going to do this one? Or did you mean to confuse us? :confused:

    Thanks. :p

    You're welcome! :p

    Alkibiades
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    Interesting addition here, Ewok. But where is Ben and his surliness??? :p
  23. Thrawn McEwok Co-Author: Essential Guide to Warfare

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    He's being sarcastic to Jaina there, still, yes. :p

    Why can't all his sarcasm be addressed at Jaina?

    I'm not explaining this here. You'll have to wait for the update. [face_mischief]

    :p Technically, inasmuch as I don't think anyone's thrown him out. :p

    But Ben's formal use of the deference appropriate to a high-ranking Jedi is pure sarcasm. Well-behaved Jedi Masters don't go around making out with the Empress...

    [face_mischief]

    Are you sure? In case you missed it, the Empire's only at Dantooine yet. And Jaina now has other things to bother her, as well.... ;)

    Really? :p Just like Palpatine and Vader (a.) knew about Luke and Leia, and (b.) made efforts to kill them? [face_mischief]

    Perfect. What better way to get TK to forget her responsibilities to Hapes and rush into a confrontation she's not prepared for? [face_mischief]

    All of which is based on your series of flawed assumptions. And assumes that the Empress would deign to talk to the Hapans, and also that Allana wouldn't be best left in place to become a figurehead for either loyalists or opportunists?

    After all, her father is the Sith Lord in this version. [face_whistling]

    How very dualist. [face_mischief]

    Just text missing. It's back now. Well-spotted! :D

    Yeah? :p
    Probably on Bastion? Or maybe on the Star Destroyer? Some Chiss Military Academy?

    - The Imperial Ewok
  24. RebelGrrl Force Ghost

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    I love Kyp Durron but when has he ever been the perfectly well-behaved Jedi Master? [face_laugh] His function in the NJO (order, not book series) is more akin to Qui-Gon Jinn's maverick streak than he'll ever know.
  25. Alkibiades Jedi Knight

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    I could live with that. Both. Would be interesting. Would slow down your posting speed, though. I remain indecisive. The one thing I don't want, is neither.

    Wait a moment - he sarcastically tells his mother, the Empress, that his adopted father was the Emperor, while he wasn't. Is this just me, or doesn't that make sense? :confused: Please explain, oh Blue One.

    :( Oh well. Then, get on with it! Sorry, just impatient.


    Well-behaved Jedi Masters don't know Empresses. And they certainly don't meet them without lit lightsabers.

    And if you mention that Yoda nor Windu ever embraced the Emperor, I'll answer that Darth Vader didn't do that either. And we seriously can't check what Yaddle would have done. Ack!

    I missed that... But still, what better way to take Hapes out of the picture than by taking the Chume'da and killing the QM? Everyone would start killing everyone until someone won, and that someone would be way to busy stabilizing her reign to deal with the Empire.

    Yes, seriously. They are way too dangerous. If the Skywalker/Solo clan is defeated or turned Sith, she reigns supreme; no one will be able to counter her. Not even the Horns.

    The talking thing was not meant seriously; the rest is. Really, the best way to control a kid is to raise it. You can make it dependent on you, brainwash it, convert it into your puppet. Such a puppet, such a powerful one, would be very useful to Jaina. Plus, the internal strife in Hapes would take them out of the Galactic calculation. If you consider they made up 20% of the GA fleet, that is a considerable advantage.

    Aha! You revealed something! I told you you would... :)

    :confused: I don't get that. Care to elaborate?

    Sure!

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