Title: Like Vader Before Me (previously titled: Your Skills Are Complete) Author: epithree Genre: Alternate Universe Characters: Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, The Emperor Timeline: RoJ Summary: What if Luke didn't know the 'big' secret? This story explores the outcome of RoJ's epic duel with a twist. Luke has no knowledge that he is related to Darth Vader and Leia. Author's Notes: This is an extreme AU and here is a brief mention of important details- ANH~ Ben Kenobi stuck with Owen's story when telling Luke about his past. He also told Luke that Darth Vader was once his apprentice and a Jedi Knight. However, Ben did not reveal the true name of his apprentice, so Luke has no knowledge of the name Anakin Skywalker. ESB~ Darth Vader did not reveal the big secret to Luke at Bespin. RoJ~ Yoda and Obi-Wan did not tell Luke about his relationship with Leia. Disclaimer: Star Wars is not mine. Just playing with the sand. -o-o-o-o-o- A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...-Preface- Lone Jedi The Endor System Luke Skywalker, the newest and lone Jedi Knight, sat quietly upon the hard durasteel surface of his holding cell. He was aboard Darth Vader's personal shuttle en route to the Emperor's ultimate weapon. With his legs crossed, Luke had entered into a meditative state. The calming technique had been one of Master Yoda's teachings. A pair of stormtroopers stood outside the tiny prison, guarding the door as Darth Vader had commanded. Luke had recently found comfort in meditating. The young Jedi hadn't opened his eyes since the imperial shuttle had launched from the sanctuary moon. His thoughts still dwelled on his experiences upon Endor. Specifically, he focused on his conversation with Darth Vader. The intense talk had taken place within the attached bunker of an Endor landing pad. Luke had been taken there by the group of imperials who he had surrendered to. And it was there that Luke had boarded Darth Vader's shuttle for his trip to the Emperor. During the exchange, Luke attempted to lure Vader away from the hold of the dark side, but the dark lord would not be swayed. He explained that he must obey his master, and that Luke was unaware of the dark side's true power. Why Luke felt empathy for the dark lord was a bit of a mystery to the boy. Though he was aware of the many atrocities committed by the Sith, he still felt a strange connection to Darth Vader. Perhaps the stories that Obi-Wan Kenobi had told the boy triggered Luke's ability to detect good in the dark lord. Ben had shared much about Darth Vader's past with Luke, and the fact that the dark lord was once a revered Jedi Knight fascinated the boy. How could a Jedi abandon the light? Luke still felt good in his masked rival, and believed that the Emperor hadn't driven it from him fully. Was it possible that Darth Vader could be redeemed? Luke was hoping for that to be the case, and triumph over the Emperor would depend on it. The force was telling young Luke that his strategy would have to be bold. He decided that an appeal to the good left in Darth Vader would be his best tactic. And so it would be. Luke would endeavor to turn the dark lord back to the light. Once again, Master Yoda came to Luke's mind. The boy would either succeed or not, for trying was never an option.