Beyond Lest Ye Be Judged--Vader war crimes trial--Voted Best All-Around, thanks!

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  1. PHGS_Weyr Jedi Master

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    Great Job Ish!

    Hmm... finished story... dead Ish... hmmm.... I think you should take as long as you need so then you can start on something else grandly epic! :p


    Great Post!

    PHGS Weyr
  2. DarthIshtar Chosen One

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    Luke arrived before all of the others at the pretentiously named and designed Angel Room. Its founder, a man from Iego who believed in the old legends about the mythical creatures, had built the restaurant to look like something out of mythology. Everything was decorated in shades of pink, cream and gold with gauzy curtains hiding the diners from the outside world. At sunset, the dying light cast a golden light over the main dining room. On a level with the famous Senate Arboretum, it was as close to having a clear view of the horizon as you could get on Coruscant.

    In short, it was the sort of place that made a date feel like a goddess and suggested that whoever made the reservation was willing to hold back nothing, not even a couple hundred credits a head, to win her love. Luke wouldn't have ever thought to take Mara here?he'd only heard of it in passing and had never actually met anyone who had come here?but it was the sort of place that Leia would have suggested. In fact, she had been the one to pull enough strings to get the reservation on the condition that he make good use of it.

    She had obviously been surprised when he asked to invite the entire family. Like Han, Leia thought such things should happen in private moments. Luke completely agreed with her, but she didn't have to know that. Not yet, anyway.

    As usually happened wherever their family went these days, the restaurant had been swept for listening devices, bombs and intruders an hour before Luke arrived. The owners had agreed to let the Skywalker party in with the help of a bribe, since neither of them much liked the idea of letting Darth Vader, former or not, into their establishment.

    ?Everything ready?? he asked the maitre d', tugging at the lapels of his black jacket.

    ?We have made preparations according to your requests,? the man said stiffly. ?You will be well attended and uninterrupted.?

    ?Thank you,? he said with a formal sort of bow that belonged more in a royal court than a restaurant.

    The maitre d' sniffed pompously as he bowed back, but did not say anything in return. He was, instead, distracted by Leia's arrival with her usual complement of guards. She was dressed appropriately in a sleeveless, gold-threaded white dress that seemed to match the room and her hair hung loose.

    ?What do you think?? Luke asked nervously, gesturing to the room.

    ?It's perfect,? Leia breathed, wrapping one arm around his waist. ?Has she arrived yet??

    ?No,? he said. ?She commed me to say that she was going to get here in about three minutes.?

    ?Good,? Leia replied shortly.

    ?Do I look all right?? he inquired.

    Her mouth quirked and he could see a smile coming, but Leia wasn't one to give out compliments that easily and she would have raised her standards of 'all right' for this occasion. She stepped back and frowned instead as if studying him intensely.

    ?Let me see.?

    Luke revolved on the spot so she could see him from all angles. She reached out and turned him towards her, smoothing down the seams of his suit and straightening the lapels. It was more formal than he would have wanted, but this was something of a special night and he wasn't taking any chances.

    Her hand paused over the bulge in his jacket pocket and her fingers nearly reached in to retrieve the ring box that he had kept 'hidden' there. Instead, her eyes met his with a knowing expression and she reached up to smooth a lock of hair away from his face.

    ?Perfect,? she echoed quietly. ?You look exactly the way a gallant knight should for his fair maiden.?

    He bent down to kiss her cheek gratefully and got pulled into a tight hug. It reminded him of what Leia would do before sending him off on a dangerous run. Maybe she didn't have as much confidence in him as he thought.

    Whatever she meant by it, he never found out. The main door hissed open and Father's four guards escorted him in. He was dressed in something similar to Luke's clothes, but in shades of dark brown and with a cream undershirt. Beside him, Mother was wearing an elegant red wrap
  3. RebelMom Jedi Grand Master

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    I love Luke all dressed up. I hope we get to see the wedding before the end of the story. Should I be worried about this govenor? He's still got quite the Imperial attitude.
  4. RK_Striker_JK_5 Force Ghost

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    The family gathering was awesome as all get-out. :D The Angel Room, eh? Cool name there.

    *Smacks Bataar with a sledgehammer* Wht a scum...

    Loved Leia reading over the fleet assignments, there. A big step, but necessary.

    Awesome post, Ish!
  5. DarthIshtar Chosen One

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    The Angel Room is courtesy of Juliet316, who threw out ideas at me until I found one I liked. Thanks go to her!
  6. palpyisgod2 Force Ghost

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    Oh Ish, you are the best *worship worship worship* writer I have ever seen!
    Every post you put out is better than the last! you have achieved godhood in my eyes! or at least a sub-deity!
    This post was amazing...the Family mush...M and L getting engaged, and Leia using Govt. funds to track him...sigh! now all we need is more angst...
  7. SilSolo Jedi Grand Master

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    read the first few and the last few chapters and really like this. And sorta got ya another reader in teh form of my bf reading this whenever I'm on a comp anywhere near him.
  8. LLL Force Ghost

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    "The Emperor is not interested in a cautious approach," Vader insisted. "If she is not willing to cooperate, we may need more extreme measures. We are in possession of this station for a reason, after all."

    There was an almost collective intake of breath, as well as profanities in an admirable variety of languages. Perhaps they were thinking the same thing that she had when first reviewing this evidence:

    When were you planning on telling me that this was all your idea?


    Holy COW.

    Holy freakin' COW.

    =D= =D= =D=

    *keeps reading*
  9. ShrunkenJedi Jedi Grand Master

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    Hah, more Luke and Mara fluff. I love his speech revealing why he's brought them all there :p I'd love to see Leia, Anakin and Padme's faces when they hear he proposed six weeks ago :p

    And, yeah, that Toprawan leader is a slimy scum of an Imp if I ever saw one... almost makes me want to see him try something for the enjoyment of seeing him shut down.
  10. DarthIshtar Chosen One

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    Leia had promised all those who cared enough to protest that she would spend as little time as possible in the war room. There was no denying that she was too personally involved for it to be an ideal situation, but she had insisted on being the one to formally initiate what she hoped would be the final campaign against Zsinj.

    ?We will not be able to have immediate results, of course,? Ackbar reasoned. ?We will keep you apprised of the situation as needed, but in the same way that medics do not need a concerned parent present in the operating theater, we would like you to govern this situation more objectively than others normally might.?

    ?I understand,? Leia assured him. ?For my own mental health, I would prefer to do just as you have requested.?

    He was one of the few who knew how misleading that statement was. After all, she had stood vigil in the war room at the Battle of Yavin. She had stayed in the Hoth command center long after she should have, issuing orders to make sure that not only the troops but also Luke and his squadron had a fighting chance of getting off-world alive. She had, against the advice of most members of the Alliance High Command, followed the man she loved into battle at Endor.

    Where war was concerned, she was not the ideal Alderaanian pacifist. She put loyalty ahead of non-involvement in many situations and was more ready for a fight than Bail would have liked. Still, she couldn't help feel that he would have understood. He had allowed her to be trained in the ways of the war that she worked to prevent, not out of self-defense, but because he recognized that her ideals would someday compel her to take up arms.

    Still, she arrived at the war room exactly one minute before the appointed hour and allowed the others to make the preparations. Ackbar spared her a single glance when she arrived, but did not deviate from his current task.

    Finally, the minute was spent and she stepped forward. ?Admiral,? she said formally for the benefit of anyone listening in, ?do we have the fleet commanders online??

    ?We do,? Ackbar confirmed. ?Lieutenant??

    ?Opening comm channel now,? the comms lieutenant reported.

    After a long pause, he nodded to Leia and she took a deep breath. ?Are all ships present at their assigned rendezvous points??

    ?They are,? Han's voice confirmed. ?We are ready to move on your orders.?

    The orders would be short?they already knew their duties and certainly were prepared to go, whether she spoke the words or not. Tarrick had, however, been accurate in one thing: she was an Organa by upbringing and philosophy and speech-making was as natural to her as breathing.

    ?You are all aware of the danger we all face,? she said loudly. ?It is not unusual for a war to be fought on the basis of political needs, but it is rare that we ask you to consider such things as you risk your lives. Today, I will remind you of what is at stake here simply because if the Zsinj regime does not end with this campaign, I am not sure of when another chance will come.
    ?If the Zsinj regime does not end with this campaign,? she continued, ?there is a chance that we will lose our seat on Coruscant and that, worse, there will be no guarantee that we can protect the civilians in his path. If he allies himself with Isard, he will ally himself with her brutality. We cannot afford that under any circumstances.

    ?This is the largest fleet engagement since that day over Endor,? Leia concluded. ?I have more faith in a successful outcome than ever before. You are all excellent commanders of exceptional soldiers and despite my position, I know that I would not be able to do as well in your positions. For now, I will simply say this: Move out and may the Force be with you.?

    A cacophany of replies ensued, but Leia held the first, most fervent one in her mind long after she had left the war room.
    *****
    ?Where to?? Chearmi asked as they headed back through the Administration Building.

    ?You have a meeting in an hour with the DRI,? Alole interjected quietly from her left. ?Dr. Mea
  11. RK_Striker_JK_5 Force Ghost

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    Dang, the tension just ratcheted up several notches!
    You got Leia spot-on perfect. She doesn't like waiting at the sidelines. She's a doer, not a... non-doer. And Anakin! Oh, wow. *Smacks Bataar for the heck of it*

    And Aikia at Dex with Leia and Alole, great.:)
  12. RebelMom Jedi Grand Master

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    Things had been going so well, so of course something bad had to happen.
  13. ShrunkenJedi Jedi Grand Master

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    Every time I check back recently, another chapter is up! And what a one this was... Leia's so on edge you can cut the tension with a knife. I do hope Anakin gets better but I'm not optimistic :( And it just had to happen in the middle of a battle...
  14. PHGS_Weyr Jedi Master

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    Really great post Ish!

  15. DarthIshtar Chosen One

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    It was not customary to hold Security Council meetings at night, much less on short notice. Leia had, however, decided to keep it relatively 'under wraps.' As a result, she summoned the Tribunal and Security Council to her own house and set Threepio to the dubious task of finding refreshments. By the time they arrived ten minutes after Luke's comm, there were drinks set out and one of the guards had helpfully gone to the market for pastries.

    ?Thank you for coming,? Leia addressed them all from her place in the lone armchair. ?We'll try to keep this short, since a decision must be reached fairly quickly and because I'm sure you would all like to be able to stay awake in the morning.?

    They were arrayed on various pieces of furniture, having claimed everything from a footstool to an overturned canister of phraigmeal. The guards lined the walls as usual, but were grudgingly taking cups of caf or julaberry tortes. Every single one of them looked as if they expected someone to attack an informal conference at 0400.

    ?Have you all received the message from Commander Skywalker?? she asked.

    ?I made sure of it,? Cracken assured her. ?Do we have any update on the prisoner's condition??

    It was good that they were setting a tone of emotional separation. Cracken seemed to indicate that they would not be making decisions based on who 'the prisoner' was.

    ?Luke put him into a healing trance,? she stated. ?He will need some kind of medical treatment at the very least, but he is in no immediate danger for the time being.?

    ?It may be a blessing, then,? Winter said quietly, glancing solicitously at Leia. ?We could have faced this situation when he was in critical condition.?

    ?Indeed,? Leia responded. ?The primary concern of this meeting is determining exactly what precedent we should set.?

    ?What are the attitudes of those he is working with?? Khatarn asked from his position on the couch.

    Leia glanced at Rieekan, inviitng him to take charge of the conversation. He was the one member of the Tribunal who had been monitoring things with more enthusiasm than necessary. At the time of the appeal, he would doubtless be the one most conscious of the effectiveness of the work that Father had done.

    ?The Imperial Governor is an antagonist,? Rieekan said, nodding slightly to Leia. ?Commander Skywalker expressed concern over his attitude at the time of their arrival. As for the Toprawans themselves, they have been more cooperative than anticipated.?

    ?That may be changed if we show favoritism,? Ackbar argued. ?Khatarn, are you familiar with the reasoning behind the Empire's treatment of the Toprawans??

    It was the first time that Leia could recall seeing Khatarn looking abashed. He pulled a straight face a moment later, his shoulder squared to the front and his posture erect.

    ?They were punished as traitors, as was appropriate,? he said firmly. ?It was a more humane option than what happened to Alderaan, but a garrison was necessary for protection.?

    ?Protection,? Fey'lya snorted, fur rippling. ?I'm sure a population incapable of wielding advanced weaponry posed a serious threat to an entire Imperial garrison.?

    Khatarn fixed him with a withering look. ?If you would like to dispute it, I would refer you to the survivors of Endor,? he said flatly.

    ?We are not here to argue the point,? Leia interjected before things could escalate any further. ?I wanted to know who made the decision to withhold medical technology from the people of Toprawa.?

    ?The Imperial Governor was immediately responsible for that decision,? Khatarn informed them.

    ?Well,? Winter said dryly, ?that's reassuring.?

    ?The command did not come from Imperial Center, then?? Leia prompted.

    ?No,? Khatarn confirmed. ?The regional governors were put in place so that matters of sector government did not have to come to His Majesty's attention.?

    ?What are you thinking?? Cracken asked.

    ?The Imperials have their own interest in the Skywalker project,? Leia stated. ?We cannot afford to show favoritism, but it may be possi
  16. RK_Striker_JK_5 Force Ghost

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    Loved this post. Hmm, imperial TOS violations. :mad::mad: What they did to Toprawa during the GCW... grr. Good to see the people getting some help, finally!

    And you managed to inject some awesome characterization in, as always. Cool, Ish.
  17. RebelMom Jedi Grand Master

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    At least there are Imperials who can be guilt tripped. Not all of them are heartless.
  18. DarthIshtar Chosen One

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    Oh, good grief. I swore to myself I was going to update very soon and now we're 9 days later. I have a post on the cusp of being ready to post...which means it'll be here tomorrow.
  19. DarthIshtar Chosen One

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    At 5576, this post has been a long time in coming, even if it hasn't been as long as some of my other posts. Still, it was very difficult to write for certain political and personal elements, because it all had to make sense to me and still move the story along towards the end. As it is, we now stand at 300,576 words. Come slap me if you will.
    *****

    Late in the next morning, Leia arrived at the Imperial Palace with a full guard complement rather than her usual contingent of four. It was customary to do so whenever she entered the building as Chief of State rather than the counsel for the defense, but she did not feel particularly insulated even with no fewer than ten guards surrounding her.

    On a practical level, her instincts indicated that she had little to fear here. Isard was more concerned with keeping up appearances than directly eliminating rivals. Until the trial concluded, Leia felt fairly certain that the worst that Isard would personally do to her was succeed in shaming her.

    Nevertheless, she had requested this audience in less-than-diplomatic tones and was determined to maintain some control over the situation. Insofar as it was possible with the Director of Imperial Intelligence, that was.

    They stopped short at the entrance to the administrative wing while Chearmi, always on point guard during such meetings announced that the New Republic Chief of State had arrived for their conference.

    In formal terms, they should have referred to it as 'begging an audience,' but Leia had adamantly stated that they would not be begging anything here. They were here on her terms, whether Isard liked it or not and Leia was not about to let that change.

    Finally, the obsidian doors separating the former Emperor's suite from the Palace common hissed apart and Leia followed the guards into the antechamber of Isard's office. The woman had, of course, eschewed the idea of moving into His Majesty's personal quarters out of some kind of loyalty or the realization that she might need to fight her way into them. Still, she had unabashedly taken over the Chief of Staff's office as if she were just waiting there until her competition had cleared out the state residence for her.

    Isard did not rise as Leia entered, a diplomatic slap in the face that she was, by now, past feeling. Leia tilted her chin in a greeting rather than attempting any kind of false obeisance.

    ?Director Isard,? she addressed her.

    ?Princess Leia,? Isard replied.

    Neither were acknowledging the titles that others had bestowed upon them, but Leia did not want honor shown her by any Imperial. She wanted acquiescence.

    ?Have a seat,? Isard said brusquely as if addressing a misbehaving junior officer.

    Leia approached the one directly across from the woman more commonly known as Iceheart and sat as gracefully as her expanding waistline would permit. The guards took up formation opposite Isard's own Imperial guard.

    It was good manners to wait for the host to introduce the topic of conversation, but for the first time in a long while, Leia had thoroughly abandoned her desire to have good manners.

    ?You have a very limited window of time,? she said bluntly.

    ?Really,? Isard responded. ?How much time do you calculate remains before your...? Her lip curled in plain disgust. ?Before your noble forces put an end to this conflict??

    Leia's hands rested in her lap, folded primly in an attempt to remind Isard of who was the more civilized here. ?That depends on two things,? Leia asserted. ?It depends first on how great a fool you are.?

    The sneer turned into something of a smirk. ?Likewise,? Isard drawled quietly.

    ?You are outnumbered even with the bolstering of your home fleet,? she said, mentally recalling the estimates should Isard demand them. ?Your alliance with Zsinj only confirmed our suspicions that your real power had little or nothing to do with military strength. I do not know what you intended to gain from that, but frankly I care little about that.?

    It was the first subtle li
  20. Fortherea Force Ghost

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    Awesome :cool:
    I should have been preparing a presentation but I read this instead and it was absolutely worth it!
    Loved the icy 'conversation' with Isard. Makes it so much more exciting to read, with all the details about strategic tricks and nastiness.
    And no slapping for you as long as you add posts with a quality such as this :)
  21. RK_Striker_JK_5 Force Ghost

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    Congrats on 300,000.

    I could feel Leia and Isaard's ire to each other there, ouch! ;) I was expecting the claws to come out, there.

    Loved that Anakin was winning the workers over. And ding-dong, he's dead and Iron Fist is kaput! Come on home, Han. :D

    Awesome post, Ish. Up!
  22. Darth_Marrs Force Ghost

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    300,000 + words ? [face_hypnotized] And to think I've enjoyed just about all of them. Another great post!
  23. RebelMom Jedi Grand Master

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    That's a lot of words. I enjoyed the Luke/Leia bonding moment. Glad that Han's coming home.
  24. ShrunkenJedi Jedi Grand Master

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    Great chapter! It definitely does show how far Leia's come that she didn't flinch when Anakin touched her... and at last Han can be home again, hopefully in time for the birth of his kid, who seems ready to pop at any moment (lol @ Leia saying she needs him there before she gives birth so she can punish him with it... :p )
  25. cibbler Jedi Knight

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    No idea how you can keep a story going this strongly for over 300.000 words (I had about the same reaction around 2k.words) but here it is.

    Excellent and thx for the good reading experience;)
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