"The Emperor sat, regarding this view, as Vader approached from behind. The Lord of the Sith kneeled and waited. The Emperor let him wait. He perused the vista before him with a sense of glory beyond all reckoning: this was all his. And more glorious still, all his by his own hand. "For it wasn't always so. Back in the days when he was merely Senator Palpatine, the galaxy had been a Republic of stars, cared for and protected by the Jedi KNighthood that had watched over it for centuries. But inevitably it had grown too large--too massive a bureaucracy had been required, over too many years, in order to maintain the Republic. Corruption had set in. "A few greedy senators had started the chain reaction of malaise, some said; but who could know? A few perverted bureaucrats, arrogant, self-serving--and suddenly a fever was in the stars. Governor turned on governor, values eroded, trusts were broken--fear had spread like an epidemic in those early years, rapidly and wihtout visible cause, and no one knew what was happening, or why. "And so Senator Palpatine had seized the moment. Through fraud, clever promises, and astute political maneuvering, he'd managed to get himself elected head of the Council. And then through subterfuge, bribery and terror, he'd named himself Emperor." ~James Kahn, "Return of the Jedi" novelization Hello and welcome to the new Palpatine characterization thread. Run by DarthIshtar and Hyperspace_Police for now, this is the haven for all of us who love to hate and hate to love the Emperor, aka Darth Sidious, aka Chancellor Palpatine. We will be doing a lot of characterization talk, as is expected. We will have prompts and challenges and we will enjoy the greatest con known to the history of the Star Wars canon. Please PM us either under the sock or individually if you have a story to be indexed. We will be looking for stories on our own, of course, but help us out if you will. Also, if you have ideas for discussion topics or challenges, please don't hesitate to come forward. After all, the Emperor is not as forgiving as we are. So, let it begin! Discussion Topic #1: What do you consider to be the central point of your characterization of Palpatine?