Hello, thanks for dropping by! I hope you decide to stick around. Timeframe: Begins during the Tusken slaughter scene in AOTC, concludes roughly 35 years later. Characters: Tusken Raider OCs, Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker. Summary: Forced to flee by an intruder in the camp, a lone Tusken Raider on the brink of adulthood must survive alone in the desert--but this is only the beginning. His journey will test his strength, his faith, and his view of the universe. Notes: Ignores any and all EU. This story is not quite novel-length, but is the longest one I've written thus far. It's also the first OC piece I've done, and perhaps owing partly to that is also the strangest thing I've written for SW (so far). Disclaimer: Star Wars is not mine. It was created by and belongs to George Lucas. Thank you, George. Feedback: Much appreciated. The prologue, while important to the story, is vastly different in style from the rest--so if the beginning throws you off, don't worry, it isn't permanent. ~*~ Prologue In the beginning the land was given over to the Giants. They trod on the hills and ground them to dust with feet of stone, and they tasted the trees with rough tongues and gnashed them to pieces with sharp teeth, and chased them down with the rivers and the lakes until all their rushing waters swished in cavernous bellies. And Hajii and Nejii, the Guardians, turned their faces on the land and were displeased. ?Why have you done this, O Giants?? asked Hajii, his red war-face ablaze. Beside him, Nejii his wife blazed white but was silent. ?It is ours!? cried the Giants. ?We care nothing for hills so we crush them. The trees and the waters we have found pleasant and so we have consumed them. It is ours, and we will do with it what we desire!? ?You have laid waste what was given you,? rumbled Hajii. ?The hills and the trees and the waters will be no more. Because you have treated abominably what was given you, I will make you an abomination.? And Hajii lifted up the Giants and brought them to a flat place. There he drove them deep into the earth, one by one, until all that saw the sky were the heads of the Giants. ?Abominable I name you,? said Hajii, ?and I take from you the land that was entrusted to you. Instead I will fill it with the little ones, and the land will be theirs, and they will be my children.? The Giants were enraged and shook the earth, but could not break free. ?Our own curse we cast,? said the Giants, who could see the future. ?This ground, in which we are imprisoned, will bear our curse. There will come a people who pass this ground whose feet walk in the air. These people will not be your people. Rather they will attack your children and cause them grievous pain.? And Hajii roared, because he knew the Giants? curse would come to bear. But Nejii his wife, who could see farther into the future than the Giants, rose from her place and spoke. ?The people you speak of will cause Hajii?s children pain,? she said, ?but from among these walkers-of-sky will rise some who are greater by far. They will rise from the earth and journey to the stars, and they will bring glory to Hajii?s land. They will not be the children of your curse, but the children of my blessing. ?And I will shut your mouths, that you may utter no more curses against this land. You will no longer be Giants, but Watchers.? So Nejii closed the mouths of the Giants and they became the Watchers. They watch to this day the ground they have cursed, and beneath the earth they tremble with rage. ~*~ And Hajii?s children came, and prospered, and filled the land; but all too soon the Invaders came in their sky-walkers, flying under the very noses of the Watchers, and with them they brought sorrows. ~*~ *nibbles fingernails* Comments? Questions? Rotten vegetables? More will be up soon!