Title: "On the Creation of Monsters" Author(s): vader_incarnate Timeframe: Saga (generally) Characters: all of them, but especially anyone with Darth in their names Genre: Weird. Summary: Responses to Ultimate Drabble Challenge X. == INDEX: Week 1: Sidious ST (below) Week 2: Tyranus PT (link) Week 3: The Sun Lord AU (link) Week 4: Vader inter trilogy (link) Week 5: Vader OT (link) == 1. Prelude Spoiler: TW because Sidious is a creepy, if platonic, child groomer. Sidious has always loved children. Not in the saccharinely sweet way, nor in the carnally criminal way, though. No, Sidious loves … guiding them. Molding them. The young teenaged queen of Naboo had been too old for this, but young Anakin - so eager to please, so eager to love - had been ideal. And his Mara, his Hand, had been even younger, even better. So when he hears that one of his clones has a daughter, of all things, he shivers with anticipated pleasure at the prospect of shaping this prelude to his own immortality. Bring her to me, he commands. 2. Bygone The galaxy - the cursed Skywalkers most of all - has moved on and forgotten the Sith. Thinking of him as a historical footnote, a relic of a bygone age. But Sidious endures, and Sidious persists, and Sidious waits with unending patience and watches while it all falls apart around them. The core of democracy is rotten and putrid - he has always known this - and it brings him nearly as much satisfaction to witness the impending collapse of this New Republic as it had to engineer the collapse of the Old. Because this time they have no one to blame but themselves. 3. Impend The impending arrival of a blood relative brings with it an earnest regret that he hadn’t set up a breeding farm when he had the chance - before the genetic instability of the remaining clones made that pathway impossible. The primary ingredient in Sith alchemy is blood, and none could be more powerful than that of a direct relation. The ill-fated exsanguinated creatures from the Kaminoian and Spaarti cloning chambers had donated their blood and anguish to his research and power, but the brutes’ unnatural origins had been too different from their source, and the experiments had yielded no useful fruit. 4. Descend He doesn’t notice the descent into madness as such. But flesh was ever an imperfect vehicle for the chaotic energies of the Dark Side, and brains are but blood and flesh and electrical synapses - even his. So it should be no surprise that as his limbs and body rot and putrefy, his mind would do so in parallel. But Sidious feels reality slipping away from his grasp, inky blackness invading the periphery of his once formidable intellect, and feels terror; not the terror from others that feeds his power and Darkness, but from within his own soul. Find the girl. 5. Arise By the time the new Skywalker boy kneels before him, past and present and future have become so homogenized that it takes him several attempts to recognize what he sees in this newest black cloaked servant. He sees the grandfather kneeling on Mustafar, the treasonous uncle kneeling on Byss, before realizing that - no, this is the princess’ child, and by the will of the Force, he has found a servant whose obsession matches his own. The girl is the key, must be the key, that will allow him to see the ascent of his Final Order. “Arise, apprentice,” he purrs.