So far no Palpatine... although more about Plageuis' early life than I expected. His father was an IBC middle executive, force sensitive - Darth Tenebrous takes Hego's mother on as a disciple, and gets her to have a child with Hego's father, Caar - the resulting child Tenebrous had predicted (using math, etc.) would be strong in the force- when Hego is 5 his parents tell him the truth and turn him over to Darth Tenebrous for training. In return, Caar is given a big promotion in the IBC, to the head of a division or something- and Hego's mother disappears, never to be seen again. So far it looks like Plageuis had a big hand in supporting Gardulla the Hutt's move to Tatooine- funding the rebuilding of the Boonta Eve Podracing course, much to the chagrin of the senator from Malastare. Overall, I'm getting a very Godfather-esque, Don Corleone-y feeling from Plageuis. earlyreleasebarnesandnobleswag.