Beyond The Last Stand (Pre HOTE, AU, Han/Leia) UPDATED 6/16 - COMPLETED

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  1. Sara_Kenobi Force Ghost

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    Title: The Last Stand
    Summary: It's three months before the events of Hote and continues
    from there. Luke goes on a quest to see Ben Kenobi, and learns
    something shocking that will change the life's of everyone forever.
    Category summary: This is an AU based on Timothy Zahn's amazing
    trilogy of Heir of the Empire, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command.
    Main Characters: Luke, Leia, Han, Vader, Obi-Wan, Yoda, Thrawn



    ~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Leia Organa Solo stood on the balcony of her suite inside the grand
    Imperial Palace over looking the ancient city. It was night and the
    skyline was lit up like huge stars in the sky. It was a stunning sight to
    see.

    Han Solo could be seen walking up to his wife from inside their
    apartment and carefully wrapped his arms around her before saying,
    "Sweetheart, you sure you should be out here?"

    "Han, I'm only four weeks pregnant," Leia chuckled, and leaned over to
    kiss his cheek. "I feel perfectly fine."

    "I read that it's not healthy for new mommies to be out in the cold night
    air," Han teased gentally. "Lets get back inside."

    "Solo, you're pushing it," Leia grinned. The Solo's kissed and held
    each other tightly.

    "all right, Mrs Solo, spill the Bantha milk," Han urged, seeing her face
    tense.

    "What?"

    "You're worried about something."

    "Luke left for Endor today."

    "Oh."

    "Oh, what?"

    "Look, Leia," Han began uneasily. "The kid's a big boy now. He's a Jedi
    Knight for pete sake. Trust that he can take care of himself."

    "It's just..." Leia trailed off. "I don't know. Nothing feels right about it."

    "Great," Han murmured darkly. "The kid has you doing that Jedi thing
    now too."

    "Our kids might be able to do that 'Jedi thing, Solo," Leia countered. "I'd
    watch what you say if I were you."

    "Perfect," Han muttered.

    "But you'll love them anyway." Leia said.

    "Always, sweetheart," Han vowed with a warm smile.

    They kissed once more before going back inside for the night.



    ~~~~~

    "Admiral, please come inside."

    The commander of the Executor 2 and the remaining Imperial fleet
    walked into the quarters of his new commander with his head held
    proudly high. It was the deepest honor in getting this assignment. After
    endless years of serving under Darth Vader he was finally getting the
    position he deserved. Second-in-command of the entire Imperial Empire.
    He was the one chosen to take Lord Vader's place. While that easily
    sent cold chill's up his back it was the one before him that made him
    feel that old fear.

    "Grand Admiral Thrawn, it's the greatest honor to see you again, Milord,"
    Piett beamed proudly.

    He bowed at once as Thrawn gestured him closer from his white colored
    comm
  2. Sara_Kenobi Force Ghost

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    Minister Organa Solo could be seen easily seated at her desk. The
    former Princess was working on a data pad. Her head was down cast,
    and she wasn't looking toward the door. Her lovely face was harden as
    she studied the pad in her grasp. Those dark and haunting eyes filled
    brightly as she read what it said.

    To Minister Organa Solo,

    The planet of Naboo has no records of the last treaty with the
    Republic, and will keep it's standing treaty with the Imperial Empire
    that went into effect under the rule of Queen Jamilla of Naboo, nearly
    thirty years ago.

    We deeply thank you however, for your request of membership into the
    New Republic, on our behalf.

    Sincerely,

    The Royal House of Naboo.


    Han Solo knocked softly on the hard wooden door, and his wife looked
    up from her reading. Her eyes showed her heart on her sleeve. Yet
    another world had refused to join the New Republic. Yet another world
    had refused to leave the boot of the Empire.

    Han asked softly, "They said no, huh?"

    "I can't believe they would do this, Han," Leia whispered. "Naboo had a
    peaceful friendship with Alderaan all of my life. They always hated the
    Empire as much as my father did. When they're finally given the chance
    to get out, they say no?"

    "You can't convince everybody sweetheart that this is the right thing,"
    Han argued softly. "We won't even know for sure until years from now."

    Leia sighed and tossed the pad on her desk, "I've had enough of this for
    six lifetimes. Why am I doing this again? Maybe I should have told Luke
    that I'd help him rebuild the Jedi Order. It seems so much more simple
    than this right now."

    "How about dinner tonight?" Han offered. "My treat." He sat on the desk
    infront of her, and brushed away the hair that was in her eyes. He
    smiled.

    "Sounds good, Captain." She teased. "Now, get out. I have to look at
    the rest of these before I leave today."

    "Yes, You're Highnesses," Han teased back. "Your wish is my every
    command."

    ~*~*~

    Wedge Antillies, and Luke Skywalker, made it to the top level of the
    AT-AT Walker base. The lift had protested the whole way up to the
    level. The last five years hadn't been kind to this place. That was for
    certain.

    "The place looks clean for a base that has been empty for so long,"
    Wedge mummers. "Real clean."

    "The lift doors to the top are dead ahead," Luke said, ignoring him.

    They continued to move through the darkness innocently, having no
    idea as to what they would find next.




    ***




    ~*~*~

    The lift doors were in sight, as Luke lead Wedge through the darken
    corridor. Luke could hear the sound of his friend's nervous breathing in
    the darkness, and Luke desperately fought against the wave of
    haunting memories the sound brought bac
  3. Sara_Kenobi Force Ghost

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    ~*~*~

    Wedge grabbed at the material in Luke's hands, and studied it with
    frightful curiosity. The heavy black silk was battered and torn. It was
    obvious that it hadn't been worn by the owner for sometime. That was
    if what Luke said was true. Could this really be Vader's? Wedge thought
    it was possible. Also that Luke wouldn't ever say something like that if it
    wasn't true.

    "It's been five years Luke, why would this be here?" Wedge demanded.
    "I think we're going off track here by light years, and should get back to
    our mission. Mon Mothma thinks that the Emperor left some of his little
    toys buried around here in case that his troops had needed them to
    defend the shield generator in case of an attack. It's obvious that he
    never got the chance to say anything, if anything is still here. I still
    think we should have started somewhere else though. This place was
    just mostly a landing platform for incoming ships from the Death Star."

    "I was hoping to see something," Luke murmured softly. "This was the
    last place that I seen them. Yoda. Obi-Wan. My father. I thought
    maybe going back here would help me learn something."

    "Using NR assignments for personal matters Luke, isn't your style,"
    Wedge replied dryly.

    "You're right," Luke said, as if off someplace else. "I should have started
    somewhere else. Maybe Tatooine."

    "Luke."

    Luke stopped dead in his tracks and stepped into the lift where he
    found the robe on the floor.

    "Luke, hey, wait!"

    The lift then made it's decent upward, leaving Wedge Antillies below to
    wonder what just had gotten into the head of his usually level-headed
    friend.

    "There's nothing up there, Luke," Wedge called. Why do I have the
    feeling we're all going to be sorry?









    ***
    ~*~*~


    "Admiral Piett?"

    The Admiral looked up from his command chair on the bridge of the
    Executor 2, that had been hovering in Endor space for the last three
    hours. Many memories had washed over him. Most of all of how he had
    nearly died in the great space battle with the crew of the first
    Executor. It had been an amazing set of unexpected events that had
    brought him to this moment. Most of which would likely mean his
    command, if ever fully brought to the attention of a certain few.

    "Yes, commander Teves?"

    The young human woman stood at attention before speaking:
    "Admiral, Grand Admiral Thrawn wishes to see you about what was
    discovered.."

    "Commander!" Piett snapped harshly. "You should no better then anyone
    not to say important facts of any mission out in the open. You never
    know who could be listening in."

    Piett wasn't certain if that was the fear speaking from serving under
    Lord Vader for so long, or that it was actually a protocol one was
    expected to follow. Vader could hear anything, and everything. If he
  4. Sara_Kenobi Force Ghost

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    The lift came to a dead stop. It rattled as Luke opened the doors. The
    darkness of the forest moon surrounded everything at this level. It was
    where Luke could feel the most cold as well, through the entire
    structure.

    That is what the Dark Side felt like. One massive wave of cold air.

    Luke knew the feeling well. It had surrounded Anakin Skywalker before
    he had died on the second Death Star.

    The feeling had followed them all the way down to the planet, but Luke
    had ignored it.

    They had been watched the entire time.

    Someone had been waiting for Luke to leave his father's remains in the
    Endor forest, so that they could..

    Luke walked onto the landing platform where he had landed with the
    Imperial ship.

    The answer was there, but what was it?

    Luke reached into the Force, but was again pierced with the Dark Side's
    touch.

    The Dark Side ran all over this place, as it's most loyal student had
    once walked these lands, as he waited for his son.

    That was when the Dark Side had been most powerful inside of Darth
    Vader.

    When Vader had thought he was going to pass his Dark legacy onto his
    son.

    Luke could feel those old thoughts and feelings run over him, as he
    walked over the landing platform, where his father's ship had sat.

    It had consumed him.

    Leia had been right.

    Luke then could see what he had come to find here.

    A Jedi Master had been here in this place. He had watched Luke say
    good-bye to his father, and took what he thought he could salvage of
    Darth Vader. He took what he thought would only save the Empire from
    the Rebellion's final victory.

    And he had brought what he could here.

    Had the Jedi Master been successful in his quest to return Darth Vader to
    life?

    Yes.

    That was what had drawn Luke here.

    He could feel the presence of Darth Vader.

    That presence had lived here. It had breathed life from run down
    medical life support equipment, that had barely succeeded in keeping him
    alive, until...

    Until what...

    Someone had been here recently, and had taken Vader away to finish
    what he had started.

    No. Luke's mind screamed.

    "Luke, you all right?"

    Luke Skywalker blinked, and found himself looking into the concerned
    face of Wedge Antillies. Luke was laying on the deck on his back. He
    had fallen.

    Luke allowed Wedge to help him to his feet.

    "No," Luke answered. "I'm not all right. We have to get home. I have to
    warn them."

    "Warn who?" Wedge asked, confused. "Are you sure you're all right,
    Luke?"

    Luke swallowed hard. He couldn't tell Wedge what he knew. His friend
    would think he was going crazy.

    Luke blinke
  5. Sara_Kenobi Force Ghost

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    ~~

    The woman was tossed hard into a larger room, and the cruel guards
    left her behind, as the hard steal doors were slammed tightly closed
    behind them.

    She quickly forced herself to her feet, and pushed the thick red hair
    back from her face, as she took in her new surroundings.

    She was on a Ship. After all this time, they finally allowed her to see
    where she was being held. But why?

    "I bet you have many questions, Hand," a voice echoed in the darkness
    of the room. "I hope to answer as many as I can for you."

    "How do you know me?" the woman demanded. "No one calls me that
    except for-"

    "Oh, I'm not our dear Emperor," Thrawn smiled thinly, enjoying the fear
    he could hear in her voice. "You see, in case you didn't know, he's
    dead. You failed in your duty Hand. Luke Skywalker killed our great
    master at Endor. You failed to protect the one that cared about you
    most in this galaxy. The one that took a nothing child and guided her
    into his greatness. You betrayed him for everything he stood for. I
    should have you killed for such a betrayl against us. We've been paying
    for the last five years for your one mistake."

    "It's been that long?" the woman said softly. Waves of anger and shame
    filled her heart.

    "Yes." Thrawn moved into a shadow of light and could finally be seen by
    the Emperor's Hand.

    Enraged green eyes watched him carefully now.

    "Grand Admiral Thrawn," the name carried distastefully from her lips.

    "Ah, you do know who I am," Thrawn beamed. "I'm deeply honered that
    the great Emperor's Hand knows who I am. You were very young the
    last time that we met."

    "You were the one that brought me to the Emperor," the woman hissed.
    "How could I forget that?"

    "That is the past, Jade," Thrawn reminded her. His thin red eyes then
    moved to something else that was in the room with them. "This-is our
    future."

    Mara Jade's eyes moved wide in horror, as she took in the presence
    that had went undetected by her before.

    "Darth Vader." She whispered in fear.

    Vader stepped out of his place in the shadows and revealed his full
    menacing size.

    It even made Thrawn briefly wonder if he had been right in trusting this
    monster with what he had planned.

    Thrawn however did not consider what plans that still burned inside of
    the black heart that was the Dark Lord of the Sith.

    But Mara Jade knew.

    And she would now be apart of them more then ever.








    ~~

    Han Solo knew this was coming.

    It was late when Leia managed to make her way home, so she didn't
    bother to say anything about Luke's visit. She just quietly kissed him
    goodnight, before going to sleep for the night.

    Across from the breakfast table, he could feel those dark eyes following
    his every gesture. Judging and waiting f
  6. Sara_Kenobi Force Ghost

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    ~~
    It would be shortly after noon, as Joop Darr made her way into the
    Imperial Palace on Coruscant. It was a
    stunning structure. Tall glass walls, fixed with artwork from all over the
    galaxy. The sunlight beamed through
    beautifully, highlighting the skyline, that buzzed with air traffic this time
    of day.

    Joop let loose her red hair from her flight coat, as she turned down the
    main corridor that housed the Senate
    Offices. She was looking for Luke Skywalker, or anything that lay in
    strong connection of him. What would have
    a stronger connection with Skywalker, than his own twin sister who was
    Minister-of-State of the New Republic.

    She spotted a woman leaving the main Senate Office at the end of the
    corridor. She fitted the description that
    Karrde had given her for Organa Solo. A small framed woman, short, and
    often dressed only in Alderaanian
    clothes. The woman also was wearing the Alderaanian crest on her
    shoulder. Only what a Alderaanian diplomat,
    or High born of the Royal House of Alderaan would wear.

    Leia Organa Solo was both of those things.

    Joop reached into the small sack on her shoulder, and pulled out a small
    metal handle.

    Joop followed behind the woman until she was directly behind her in the
    crowded corridor.

    It was then that a wave of a purple lightsaber blade flashed before her
    green eyes, and easily knocked the metal
    handle from her grasp, as it sliced into the skin of her small right wrist,
    cutting it clear away from the rest of her
    body.

    Joop then staggered as she fought for her footing. Unconsciousness
    threatened her, as she had trouble seeing
    her attackers face. Joop allowed her body to fall to the floor. It would
    feel nice to rest. She thought.

    Some people in the corridor screamed.

    Others ignored them.

    "By the Force, you're only a child," a concerned voice whispered. "Why
    did you do this?"

    "I only wanted too talk with you," Joop choked. "About your brother."

    "Luke." Leia whispered.

    "Why did you have a stun weapon, if you only wanted to speak with
    me?" Leia demanded, after seeing what the
    girl had been holding, as it laid now beside her.

    "I'm sorry," was the only thing that the sixteen year old could manage
    to get out, before she finally lapsed into
    unconsciousness.






    ~~




  7. Sara_Kenobi Force Ghost

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    I wasn't going to continue with this story. I wasn't going to continue with any of them for that matter. But I decided before I pass judgement on these new forums I should give them a chance first. So this story and my others will resume. :)
  8. maramijade Jedi Master

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    Yes please continue it Sara!!!


    The begining is soo interesting. Its hard to imaginge Leia and Han being so opposed to a warning that Luke would bring them.

    I hope my poor lukie is alright. . .


    But Vader came back to the light?? I guess he fell again. . . .

    Mara's Back. . .

    As is Karrde. . . I wonder what Leia will do about the girl . . .


    :D
  9. Falcon Chosen One

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    Actually this whole board split up is a great idea, mainly due to so many stories getting lost and you can read what holds your interest knowing with out a doubt which story belongs to which series it's a part of.

    I'm glad you have decided to continue the story Sara, I look forward to the next chapter.
  10. Spike2002 Former FF-UK RSA and Arena Manager

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    I read this story when you first posted it. I'm glad you've chosen to continue with it.
  11. Sara_Kenobi Force Ghost

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    Thank you so much everyone. :)


    Look for the new post by Wednesday. :)
  12. Daughter_of_Yubyub Force Ghost

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    Ooh, I apparently missed about four good posts! Maybe the split is a good thing. No more digging through JA fics. :p
  13. Sara_Kenobi Force Ghost

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    Thank you, Yubyub. And I know what you mean. I've found like six great stories since the boards split that I missed before. Plus alot of good reposts that were these massive fics before on the other board. I wasnt liking the split at all, but now I'm really pleased with how it's turning out so far. It's been great for alot of people. :)
  14. Sara_Kenobi Force Ghost

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    "I can't believe this kid tried to kill you," Han Solo grumbled, eyeing up the teenager on the medical bed in
    the hospital unit that was located in the Imperial Palace on the tenth level up from the Senate wing. "And I
    can't for the life of me understand why you wanted to help her here. You should send her off to the Brig. I
    could convince Wedge you know. He owes me one."

    "You say that about everyone, hotshot," Leia quipped dryly. "And I'm all right. So there's no reason to send
    her anywhere. At least until I know what she wants with me."

    "Maybe the Empire sent her." He regretted the words instantly.

    Leia choose to ignore him and bent down to the side of the bed.

    "Can you hear us?"

    Joop's eyes fluttered. Leia couldn't help but look to the severed limb that lay on the girl's right side. What
    was left of the arm was saved and reattached. The hand was however lost forever.

    Leia had seen this kind of injury twice before. She had grown up in the Old Republic, with an ever watchful
    eye on Darth Vader. Luke had lost a hand while trying to save her and Han on Cloud City. She knew she
    shouldn't let it bother her.

    But this was the first time being in the position of being the one who gave the injury. A permanent injury at
    that. That was something that Leia wasn't used too, and it bothered her much more then she would have
    liked it too.

    That was why she was standing over a girl that could have killed her easily if she had wanted too. Taking
    out not only one life, but three life's.

    That was another reason why Leia stood here now. If there was something out there watching them like
    Luke said, Leia suspected that this girl could help them find out what it was.

    The Empire or not. Vader or not.

    Leia could sense that she had to be ready when it came.

    "Princess Leia?"

    So the girl did know who she was.

    "How do you know me and my family?" Leia demanded right away.

    "I wasn't going to hurt you." Joop Darr choked. "I need information."

    "Why?" Han demanded, butting in. "Information for who?"

    Leia shot him a look to back off, but at this point Han didn't care. He wasn't going to stand aside, and allow
    people to threaten the only family he had ever had. Leia and these unborn children were that family.

    Han Solo would not allow anyone to take that away.

    "Talon Karrde," Joop said, desperate for Han to leave her alone. "His name is Talon Karrde."








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  15. Falcon Chosen One

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    wow great post and what a cliffie.

    more please

    and yeah I was all for the board split from the beginning cause I thougt it was a great idea, and it is.
  16. Daughter_of_Yubyub Force Ghost

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    Ooh, great post. Poor Han and Leia and Joop.
  17. Sara_Kenobi Force Ghost

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    Mara Jade couldn't get used to her new surroundings. No longer was she in the cell that had made her wonder if she would ever get out of with the Emperor dead and gone.

    Thrawn had her placed into one of the most rich looking rooms that Mara had ever seen in all her years with the Empire. Thrawn had told her that this was her life now. She only had to do one thing to keep it that way.

    Steal Leia Organa Solo's children when they were born, and deliver them to their new master.

    Darth Vader.

    Mara was curious as to why Vader would be interested in the children of a Politician.

    Leia Organa had been the daughter of Bail Organa, a rich and powerful Prince from Alderaan, that had a strong foot in Old Republic politics. It had not proved strong enough however when Organa had tried to take Palpatine from power at the head of the Clone Wars. It had only made the new Empire more powerful if anything.

    Organa was long dead, and so was any riches that Leia would have inherited from him.

    It would give Vader nothing to have those children. Only perhaps enrage a certain Jedi Knight that was a close friend of the Princess' and Han Solo.

    Of course.

    That was why Vader wanted the unborn twins of Leia Organa Solo.

    To draw Skywalker out.

    The good Knight would come, and try to save the little Solo children, and Vader would have what he had wanted all along.

    The complete seduction of Luke Skywalker.

    Now all that was left to do was wait.
    ----------------------------

    Darth Vader had been waiting.

    Waiting for the Emperor to fall.

    Waiting for his son to realize the power of the Dark Side, and finally cross over to the true power of the Force.

    Which was the Dark Side.

    Every Knight learned that one way or another by the end.

    First had been, Qui-Gon Jinn.

    A Dark Lord of Sith had cut him down, and showed him the error of his ways. That the Light Side was indeed the more weak. It could not reach out and save you in the end.

    Obi-Wan had been the next to fall.

    Then even the great and powerful Master Yoda.

    Vader had felt his death as his Star Destroyer had first entered Endor space.

    But Darth Vader had been saved.

    His new and great Dark Master had pulled Darth Vader from Anakin Skywalker, and breathed the Dark Light into him again.

    It made him feel more stronger than ever before.

    And the first he would bless with that strength was two new life Forces that would soon make their way into the Galaxy.

    The time was soon.

    All that there was left to do was wait.
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  18. Daughter_of_Yubyub Force Ghost

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    Great post! Interesting villain perspectives.
  19. Sara_Kenobi Force Ghost

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  20. Falcon Chosen One

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    interesting post



    more!
  21. Aimeer9 Jedi Knight

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    ooohh I like this story. It is very interesting so far.
  22. Sara_Kenobi Force Ghost

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    Thanks again everyone. The next update should be by Tuesday. We'll meet Vader's new boss. :D
  23. Tessine-Sabe Jedi Knight

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    Sara this is great!! I've never read any of the EU stories... I don't know anything about Thrawn and very little about Mara Jade, but you're writing is perfectly understandable. Vader come back to life...*shudders* Sooo creepy. I'm not sure I want all of the details of that. :p Please post soon! I'm really enjoying it. :)

    Tess
  24. lordmaul13 Jedi Master

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    Sorry I took so long to get over here.

    Wow great posts!

    I can't wait to meet Vader's boss. Is it tuesday yet? Blast! Only thursday...

    lordmaul13
  25. Sara_Kenobi Force Ghost

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    Tess: Great to see you here. I'm glad it's coming across good. That's one of the big things I try to do when I'm writing a fic that's a spin on a much larger story in the EU. I never try to write a direct fic off of another story either because I don't trust myself with other people's work so deeply. If you ever read an EU book read Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn. I think that has the best take off from the films and you don't have to know the rest of the EU books to understand it. 8-}

    lordmaul: I knew you'd get here eventually. Don't worry about it. ;)



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