The Sith Rise - Prologue Naboo Deep in the Royal Palace at Theed, the young lady in handmaid's clothes activated a holocomm. A dark, ominous figure appeared. “Report, my apprentice,” he commanded. “The Trade Federation fleet is in orbit, Master,” the apprentice stated submissively. “The blockade has started just as you said.” “Excellent. It is exactly as I have planned.” “Yes, Master.” “You know what to do,” the Master said. The apprentice nodded as the holocomm deactivated. Another hand-maid entered the room. “They're ready, Padme,” she said. The apprentice, Padme, stood up. “Then let's deal with this blockade.” - - - A while later, the Trade Federation had dispatched the Jedi that the Republic had sent (or so they thought.) “Sir, a transmission from the planet,” one of the crew said. “It's Queen Amidala herself,” the Viceroy, Nute Gunray said. “At last we shall get results. Again you come before me, your highness. The Federation is pleased. “You will not be pleased when you hear what I have to say, Viceroy, your trade boycott of our planet has ended.” The Viceroy smirked. “I was not aware of such a failure.” “I have word that the Senate is finally voting on this blockade of yours.” “I take it you know the outcome. I wonder why they bother to vote.” “Enough of this pretense, Viceroy!” the Queen said. Gunray thought he could see some kind of flash in her eyes as she spoke the first word. “I'm aware that the Chancellor's Ambassador's are with you now, and that you have been commanded to reach a settlement.” “I know nothing about any ambassadors... you must be mistaken.” The Queen was silent, carefully considering her next words. “Beware Viceroy. The Federation is going too far this time.” “Your highness, we would never do anything without the approval of the Senate. You assume too much.” “We will see.” The Queen cut the transmission.