"In writing fiction, the more fantastic the tale, the plainer the prose should be. Don't ask your readers to admire your words when you want them to believe your story." - Ben Bova [ more quotes ]

"THE STAR WARS"

by

George Lucas

Rough Draft

MAY, 1974



FADE IN:

SPACE

A sea of stars is broken by the vast blue surface of the
planet, Utapau. Five small moons slowly drift into view from
the far side of the planet. The main titles are followed by
a roll-up:

"Until the recent Great Rebellion, the Jedi Bendu were the
most feared warriors in the universe. For one hundred thousand
years, generations of Jedi perfected their art as the personal
bodyguards of the emperor. They were the chief architects of
the invincible Imperial Space Force which expanded the Empire
across the galaxy, from the celestial equator to the farthest
reaches of the Great Rift."

"Now these legendary warriors are all but extinct. One by
one they have been hunted down and destroyed as enemies of
the New Empire by a ferocious and sinister rival warrior
sect, the Knights of Sith."

A small silver spacecraft emerges from behind one of the
Utapau moons. The deadly little fightercraft speeds past
several of the moons, until it finally goes into orbit around
the fourth moon.

WASTELAND - FOURTH MOON - UTAPAU

A harsh gale blows across the bleak grey surface of the Fourth
Moon. The leaden sky presses down on a lone figure, Annikin
Starkiller, a tall, heavy-set boy of eighteen. He slowly
makes his way across the canyon floor. The heavy winds whip
at him and make the going extremely difficult. His face is
covered by a breath mask and goggles. He stops for a second
to adjust the shoulder strap on his chrome multiplelaser
rifle. Something in the sky catches his eye, and he
instinctively grabs a pair of electrobinoculars from his
belt. He stands transfixed for a few moments, studying the
heavens, then turns and rushes back in the direction from
which he came.

SUPPLY HUT - FOURTH MOON - UTAPAU

A spacecraft, half buried in the dust, rests next to the
remains of an abandoned supply shack. Annikin makes his way
across the colorless landscape and rushes into the crumbling
building. The interior of the hut is shabby, but manages to
abate the howling winds. Seated in front of a thermoheater
are Annikin's father, Kane, and his young brother, Deak.
Kane is a large, burly man, wearing the distinctive robes of
a Jedi. Deak is ten years old, with dusty blond hair and a
large scratch on his cheek. Annikin slams the door and removes
his gear. His ruggedly handsome face is caked with many layers
of dust.

ANNIKIN
Dad! Dad!... They've found us!

Deak looks up from a small cube he has been studying. His
father whacks him across the shoulder with a braided wire
connector.

KANE
Continue with the problem. Your
concentration is worse than your
brother's.
(to Annikin)
How many?

ANNIKIN
Only one this time. A Banta Four.

KANE
Good. We may not have to repair this
old bucket after all. Prepare
yourself.

DEAK
Me too!

KANE
Do you have the answer?

DEAK
I think it's the Corbet dictum: "What
is, is without."

Kane smiles. This is the correct answer. Annikin is strapping
on a utility belt with chrome laserpistols and lasersword.
Kane rises and starts for his equipment.

DEAK
Ahhh, Pop...

KANE
Deak, do you feel you're ready?

DEAK
Yes, sir. I've outmarked Annikin in
twelve disciplines. I'm as good...

KANE
All right, son, get your gear.

Deak jumps up with the enthusiasm available only to a ten-
year-old and grabs his gear. His father frowns and shakes
his head.

WASTELAND BLUFF - FOURTH MOON - UTAPAU

Kane Starkiller and his two sons carefully make their way up
a rock bluff overlooking the parked silver Sith spacecraft.
Kane inspects the craft with his electrobinoculars.

KANE
No tracks. Bi-lock hasn't been
opened... Interior systems are still
on...

ANNIKIN
Are we going to wait for him to come
out?

KANE
He's not in there... He's baiting
us. I'm surprised they only sent one
this time. We must be wearing them
down, or they must think this knight
is something special... Stay on guard,
and keep hidden. I'm going to work
my way across the ridge and call his
bluff. Better we meet in open combat
than wait for him to ambush us...
Keep your guard!

Kane leaves his two sons and moves off along the obscured
ridge. Annikin and Deak watch him intently. Annikin throws
down his multiplelaser rifle in disgust.

ANNIKIN
He should have let me go with him...
He's getting too old to make an open
challenge.

DEAK
He's not too old to realize you'd
just get in the way.

Annikin ignores his little brother's remark and sneaks a
look over the ridge at the Sith spacecraft. Kane moves out
of the rocks some distance away and starts toward the
starship. Deak moves to the ridge next to his brother, his
chrome laserrifle sparkling in the reflected light of Utapau.

DEAK
He's making his move...

ANNIKIN
Watch your guard... and cover that
weapon. It shines like a beacon.

Deak reluctantly move away and watches the other direction.
Kane has almost reached the Sith spacecraft and still there
is no sign of its occupant.

DEAK
What's happening?

ANNIKIN
Nothing. I don't like it.

Kane carefully moves to the main hatch of the starship. He
kicks a valve and the hatch drops open with a loud clank and
rushing gas. Annikin becomes more tense as his father
carefully moves inside the spacecraft. Everything is still.
Even the continual winds seem to have died down. Moments
pass with no sign of activity inside the enemy starship.
Annikin watches the craft with his electrobinoculars. The
waiting becomes unbearable.

ANNIKIN
Something's happened! He's been in
there too long.

DEAK
Let me look! Stand my guard.

Deak takes the electrobinoculars from his brother and studies
the silent spacecraft. Annikin impatiently scans the opposite
horizon.

DEAK
I think the power just went off.
We'd better wait here until someone
comes out.

ANNIKIN
What if he needs help?

DEAK
The power went back on again...

With the aid of the electrobinoculars, Deak watches the
running lights of the starship flash on and off. Suddenly,
something huge moves in front of his field of view. Before
either of the two young boys can react, a large, sinister
Sith warrior in black robes and a face mask looms over them.
He carries a long lasersword which cuts young Deak down before
he or his brother are able to raise their weapons. The
startled Annikin backs away in horror, then settles down and
ignites his lasersword, which creates an eerie red glow.

He stumbles over rocks as he attempts to avoid the charging
Sith knight. The evil warrior swings his mighty lasersword,
but Annikin manages to deflect the intended deathblow.

Finally, Annikin is able to assume a defensive stance, and
the two warriors stand, sizing up each other. The black knight
is at least seven feet tall, and dwarfs the young Jedi. They
stand for a few moments, almost frozen, then in a flurry of
blows, laserswords clash with the sound of electric snapping
and popping. Annikin is barely able to hold his own against
the experienced knight. Many blows are exchanged before the
Sith warrior is able to back Annikin up against a deep
crevasse. Annikin stumbles and almost falls over the cliff
to his death.

The black knight suddenly senses something behind him and
whirls around to face Annikin's father, Kane Starkiller, a
Jedi Bendu master. The Sith warrior raises his lasersword,
but is cut in two before he can bring it down again. Kane
moves to the fallen black knight, and studies him carefully.
Annikin, still a little wobbly from the whole experience,
attempts to stand. Kane sees his dead son Deak, and goes to
him. He lifts him into his arms and begins to weep. Annikin
stands bewildered, watching his father cradle his dead
brother.

INTERIOR SITH STARSHIP - WASTELAND CANYON - UTAPAU

Kane Starkiller slides into one of the four seats of the
small Sith starship. Through the front viewing canopy, he
watches Annikin drag his younger brother's body to a small
crevasse. Annikin places a small locket around his brother's
neck, makes a complicated sign with his hand, and dumps the
body into the shallow depression. The giant engines of the
spacecraft begin to whine, kicking up large clouds of dust.

Annikin climbs into the seat beside his father and removes
his breath mask and goggles. There are tears in his eyes.
Father and son look out across the wasteland towards Deak's
grave. The thunderous clap of an explosion is followed by a
small mushroom cloud rising out of the depression. Annikin
throws a container down in a fit of rage.

ANNIKIN
How many more of them are there? I
want to finish it, once and for all!
I'm sick of running... when will it
stop?

Annikin's father waits silently until his son's tirade is
finished. Annikin sits silently for a few moments.

ANNIKIN
I'm sorry.

KANE
Son, plot a course for Aquilae.

Annikin lights up like a Bantha at feeding time.

ANNIKIN
Aquilae!! You mean we're going home?

KANE
We both need a rest.

Kane pulls back on the throttle, and the powerful spaceship
lifts off the surface of the Fourth Moon of Utapau.

CLOUD SEA - ALDERAAN

A title card appears over a sea of billowing clouds on the
gaseous planet of Alderaan:

Alderaan: Capital of the New Galactic Empire.

The towering white oxide clouds pass, revealing the Imperial
city of Alderaan.

The magnificent domed and gleaming city is perched, mushroom-
like, on a tall spire, which disappears deep into the misty
surface of the planet. The peacefulness of this nebulous
idyll is broken by the increasing wail of ion engines. Four
sleek stardestroyers, from the Imperial Third Fleet, burst
from one of the huge cumulus range. The craft are flying in
a tight formation as they bank steeply, and head toward the
Imperial capital of the galaxy.

INTERIOR OF STARDESTROYER - ALDERAAN

Stardestroyers are two-man spacecraft crammed with
sophisticated electronic weaponry. The pilot and gunnery
officers sit side-by-side, surrounded by lighted readouts
and switches. They wear the gleaming black uniforms of the
Empire.

PILOT
Tok-One to chicks: Shape it up. Let's
make it good.

CHICK-ONE
Does that glare bother you?

PILOT
Use your face shield, Chick-One.

The pilot is cold and professional as he maneuvers his craft
closer to the others. The positions of the ships are displayed
on a readout, along with a graphic representation of the
city. The pilot gives the gunner a quick look before he flips
his sunshield over his eyes.

PILOT
Here we go. Count: three, two, one,
now!

REVIEW STAND - PLAZA OF THE DADERS - ALDERAAN

On a huge, austere platform stands the dark Cos Dashit, Lord
of Alderaan, Consul to the Supreme Tribunal, and ruler of
the Galactic Empire. He is a thin, grey-looking man, with an
evil mustache which hangs limply over his insipid lip.
Standing at rigid attention on his right are several generals,
dressed in the black and grey uniform of the realm. Five
members of the Supreme Tribunal sit off to the side. On the
emperor's left stands Crispin Hoedaack, newly appointed
Governor of the Aquilaean Systems, a young, treacherous man
with stone-cut, angular features and piercing grey eyes.

They all gaze skyward, as the four gleaming stardestroyers
scream low overhead in an impressive barrel-roll formation.
As the sound of the spacecraft resonates throughout the glass
canyon of the Plaza, the group of dignitaries return their
attention to the parade of Imperial shock troops, and giant
air tanks (which ride magically two to three feet above the
ground).

The Plaza of the Daders is filled with a hundred rows of
troops as the last brigade marches into position. The sound
of a thousand men snapping to attention is followed by a
strange silence. A light wind blows the great red banner of
the Empire, creating a subtle flapping sound. The emperor's
amplified voice startles many of the troops as it cuts through
the quiet.

EMPEROR
Upon this battle depends the survival
of the Galactic Empire. Upon this
battle depends the life and long
continuity of our civilization. Not
since the great Jedi Rebellion has
our destiny been placed in such a
balance. This is to be the most
magnificent campaign of all! You
have never been called without doing
something to be remembered, something
notable and striking. The conquering
of the Aquilaean System, the last of
the independent Systems, and the
last refuge of the outlawed, vile
sect of the Jedi, will have such
important and lasting consequences,
that I can't but consider it as an
epoch in history.

To the rear of the Plaza, watching the spectacle over the
shoulder of a curious bureaucrat, stands Clieg Whitsun, a
tall, blond young man about twenty years old. He seems
interested in what the emperor has to say, but keeps looking
around nervously as if someone were after him. His arm rests
across his head, as he carefully but coolly adjusts a glowing
blue ring on his index finger. The emperor nears the end of
his speech.

Crispin Hoedaack has moved up to stand next to the sinister
monarch. The troops shout an Imperial salute in response to
a particularly partisan statement.

EMPEROR
...I have personally asked the
Aquilaeans to accept this Treaty of
Alliance. During the long period of
negotiation, they have only decided
to be undecided. We will barter no
longer. Governor Hoedaack has been
appointed the First Lord of the
Aquilaean System and Surrounding
Territories. This is the last frontier
and the final stone in the great
wall of the Galactic Empire.

The troops cheer, and the emperor escorts Hoedaack inside.
Whitsun moves quickly away from the Plaza, passing through
several check stations, where he is forced to show his
identification.

NIGHT CLUB - ALDERAAN

Whitsun walks into the glass and chrome splendor of one of
the famous nightclubs of Alderaan. He moves to the long
mirrored bar, and sits next to a rough-looking man, Bail
Antilles, dressed in the distinctive gold and furs of the
Galactic traders.

WHITSUN
Your glass is empty.

Whitsun speaks into a small intercom on the bar front.

WHITSUN
A dantic and...

He looks in Antilles' glass.

ANTILLES
No thanks, Whitsun. I've had enough.

WHITSUN
Just a dantic then. Bail, it's not
like you to refuse a drink. You're
going to give Galactic traders a bad
name.

A drink appears magically from a small elevator in the bar.
Whitsun takes it, and then places a pen-like transmitter he
has taken from his pocket next to the intercom. It creates a
low electronic buzz.

BAR OBSERVATION CENTER - ALDERAAN

A controller sitting in front of a row of monitors taps his
headphones, then flips a switch back and forth a couple of
times. He is obviously annoyed.

CONTROLLER
Number eighteen is out again. Give
me a maintenance check.

The controller yawns and puts his feet up on the control
panel.

NIGHTCLUB - ALDERAAN

Whitsun leans in close to Antilles. He is suddenly very
serious.

ANTILLES
Whitsun, we've got problems. They've
just grounded all spacecraft,
including trade frigates. Even the
ships under Imperial registry can't
move. Something big is up.

WHITSUN
I'm afraid they're not waiting for
the Alliance Treaty. They're already
moving against the System. I've got
to get word back.

ANTILLES
The chrome companies are protesting
the embargo, but it's going to take
some time.

WHITSUN
Isn't anything moving?

ANTILLES
Military ships, but...

They are interrupted by an Imperial officer, and several
stormtroopers. The officer shouts over the P.A. system, as
the troops rush to block the exits. Whitsun and the Galactic
trader are tense, but remain cool.

OFFICER
Attention: all Captains and First
Officers of Guild Trade frigates
will accompany me to the Ministry of
Transport immediately.

Antilles gives Whitsun a hopeless look as the troops check
their papers, and then take Antilles away. A small fight
breaks out in the back of the nightclub as one of the trader
captains expresses his dislike of the Empire. Whitsun slams
his glass to the bar in a gesture of hate and frustration.

GOVERNOR HOEDAACK'S QUARTERS - ALDERAAN

The large, white-on-white executive quarters resound with
the high-pitched laugh of the evil Governor Hoedaack. He
slaps Darth Vader, a tall, grim-looking general, on the back,
and the general's mouth makes the slightest gesture at a
smile.

HOEDAACK
Success, I told you. We are no longer
under the control of the Great
Families... We've gained a true
advantage.

Vantos Coll, a member of the Supreme Tribunal, and a man of
the grossest dimensions, appears to be a little worried.

COLL
A rather dangerous advantage. You
still have a System to conquer.

HOEDAACK
But this System will bring us more
scientific wealth than that of any
other House in the Tribunal. We will
easily gain control of the
directorship.

COLL
Don't underestimate the armies of
Aquilae. They're lead by a Jedi.

HOEDAACK
I've told you about Commissioner
Lars, General. He worries a lot.

VADER
It's a myth that any Jedi still exist.

COLL
General Skywalker is no myth. When I
first arrived at court, he was the
First Bodyguard to the emperor... He
lead the Jedi Rebellion.

VADER
Seig Darklighter lead the Rebellion.

COLL
So the emperor would have you think,
but I was there.

VADER
Then why wasn't he hunted down like
the others?

COLL
Because he is too dangerous, too
clever. Besides, his presence on
Aquilae is still only a rumor.

HOEDAACK
Then why do you believe it?

COLL
Because I knew him. He's there,
alright. I can sense it. Mark my
words: Aquilae will not be easily
conquered.

COURTYARD - PALACE OF LITE - AQUILAE

A low, sleek "landspeeder," (an auto-like transport which
travels a few feet above the ground on a magnetic field),
glides into the courtyard of the palace of Aquilae. The planet
is desert wilderness, but the palace is a sparkling oasis,
with low concrete walls and great turrets spilling over with
foliage from rooftop gardens. The speeder stops before an
enormous shaded corridor. Fountains line the beautiful and
highly polished, tiled walkway. Two young boys, Biggs (7)
and Windom (5) are helped out of the speeder by Amber, a one-
armed bodyguard dressed in the flowing white robes of the
Aquilaean military. The two boys run through the long
corridors, yelling and screaming, their little footsteps
echoing throughout the palace.

The palace library is a dim, cool room projecting an aura of
time-worn comfort and security. In the distance, the children
can be heard screaming through the corridors. King Kayos,
silver-haired but amazingly youthful under a tanned and
leathery face, motions for one of his aides to shut the
partially closed door. He is in the middle of an emergency
meeting of the Aquilaean High Senate. The twelve men sit in
overstuffed chairs, placed in a large circle. A large, sallow-
eyed Galactic trader named Aay Zavos fiddles nervously with
a small scrap of leather as he speaks.

ZAVOS
My Lord, the chrome companies are
with you in spirit, but you must
understand, they can't openly support
you. Imperial trade restrictions are
very unfavorable, and we, of course,
favor your independence.

KAYOS
If there were to be war, would your
frigates still supply us?

ZAVOS
Your bluntness is to be commended.
It could be arranged.

Count Sandage, a corrupt noble of the Senate, jumps to his
feet in a rage.

SANDAGE
This is nonsense! We have no choice
but to approve the Treaty. If there
is war, the Empire will destroy our
entire System with a snap of the
finger. General Skywalker is a dreamer
if he thinks he can mount any
meaningful resistance... And you're
dreamers if you believe him. So much
trust in one aged man. You must see...

At that moment, all heads turn as someone enters the room.
It is General Luke Skywalker, Commander of the Aquilaean
Starforce. He is a large man, apparently in his early sixties,
but actually much older. Everyone senses the aura of power
that radiates from this great warrior. Here is a leader: a
Jedi general. He looks weary, but is still a magnificent-
looking warrior. His face, cracked and weathered by exotic
climates, is set off by a close silver beard, and dark,
penetrating eyes. Sandage is somewhat embarrassed and quietly
sits down.

GENERAL
Is there anyone here so naive he
believes the Empire would even bother
negotiating if they were contemplating
destruction of this System? Your
Excellencies, this is more than a
simple raid on your resources. You
must reach a decision.

Mir Nash, a thin, birdlike senator, turns to the general.

NASH
General Skywalker, war is a serious
business... a deadly business.

GENERAL
Procrastination is a deadly business,
Senator. War is my business. Have
you approved my defense measures?

The Grande Mouff Tarkin wears the long, black robes of the
Aquilaean religion.

He speaks with a high, cracking voice.

TARKIN
An actual war with the Empire is
still only a remote possibility. As
a military treatise, your proposal
has certain merits, but in the harsh
light of reality, an attack against
the Empire appears to be a somewhat
extreme defense.

NASH
You must understand, General, we are
interested in avoiding a war, not
starting one.

GENERAL
There are times when offense makes
the best defense. If that Alliance
Treaty isn't signed, we will need
all of the advantage we can get.

KAYOS
Count Sandage, I want you to head
the delegation to Alderaan. You will
leave tomorrow with our answer
regarding the Treaty. My decision
will be forthcoming.

The senators whisper among themselves.

KAYOS
All right, then. May the force of
others be with you all.

The senators leave in a flurry of hushed conversation. The
general is lost in thought, and remains in his chair. Biggs
and Windom (Windy), the king's two young sons, storm through
the existing senators and rush on to Kayos' lap. The king is
obviously very proud of the two young princes. He throws
Biggs into the air, and then catches him again.

WINDY
Me too! Me too!

BIGGS
Leia's leaving! Leia's leaving and
you gotta say good-bye.

The king picks up Windy and swings him around, then puts him
down.

KAYOS
Okay, whippersnapper, go tell your
mother and your sister that I'm on
my way.

The two boys run out of the room and are heard yelling and
screaming down the hallway. The king starts out, but stops
in front of the general.

KAYOS
Luke, my daughter is leaving for the
academy at Chathos. Won't you come
and wish her well? It would mean a
lot to her. She truly idolizes you,
you know. Come on, the war will wait.

GENERAL
Of course. I'm sorry, My Lord.
Politics always seem to distress me.

The general rises, and as they head for the door, Kayos pats
him on the back.

KAYOS
I know, Luke. I feel the Force also.

COURTYARD - PALACE OF LITE - AQUILAE

A large, four-seat speeder sits gleaming in the sun-soaked
courtyard. The Princess Leia, about fourteen years old,
possessing a soft beauty and iron will, is embracing her
mother, Queen Breha, a warm, silver-haired matron. There are
tears in the princess' blue eyes. Biggs and Windy jump around
inside the speeder, disrupting the efforts of the one-armed
Amber to pack several plaxiform cases.

Leia embraces the king as he approaches with the general.

LEIA
Oh, Daddy, I'll miss you so.

KAYOS
The semester will be over before you
know it. You'll have a grand time.
There are so many new things to learn.
I wish I were going.

He gives her a fatherly smile, and she hugs him again. The
general stands rather formally to one side. The princess,
her long auburn hair tied in braids, moves to the general
and he bows before her.

GENERAL
May your studies do you honor.

Leia is somewhat embarrassed by the general's formality and
can only manage an awkward smile before returning to her
parents at the speeder.

BREHA
Hurry Leia. You must make it to Yuell
before nightfall.

The princess' maids-in-waiting, Alana, a short, stocky girl,
and Mina, more comely (somewhat the same stature as Leia)
with long dark hair, giggle and straighten Leia's dress before
she enters the speeder. The princess and Mina hug Alana,
whose giggles have turned to tears. The two boys scramble
out of the speeder as Amber helps the princess and her maid
into the back seat. The speeder is piloted by a trooper of
the First Order. Amber jumps into the seat beside him, and
the speeder starts with a low buzzing sound. The princess
waves to her family, and Mina waves to Alana as the speeder
slowly glides out of the courtyard.

WAR ROOM - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS - AQUILAE

The war room is a mass of glass enclosures, electronic wall
displays, monitors, and computer stations. General Skywalker
enters a control station, followed by a covey of military
aides of various ranks. As the group hurry through the crowded
room, men rise and salute the new arrivals. The general stops
before a giant display of the galaxy. Small symbols flash on
and off over various portions of the big board. The general
studies it intently.

GENERAL
Montross!

Captain Montross, one of the general's aides, snaps to
attention.

MONTROSS
Sir!

GENERAL
What's the TQ on this?

MONTROSS
The last frigate to leave the Imperial
capital was at twenty-three forty,
Sir.

GENERAL
Have any ships at all left the planet?
(to another aide)
Check with the Guild on Horton three.

MONTROSS
At twenty four hundred, a full
battalion of stardestroyers left for
what is projected to be Anchorhead,
or a nearby System.

GENERAL
And no word from Whitsun. He should
have reported by now. Captain Prue!

An older, academic looking aide, steps forward.

PRUE
Sir!

GENERAL
What do you make of this?

PRUE
A battalion is invasion force... but
the Empire controls that entire part
of the galaxy... A revolution, maybe.
At any rate, they're going in the
wrong direction to be any trouble
for us.

The general ponders this for a few moments, then speaks almost
to himself.

GENERAL
I don't know... It doesn't feel good.

MONTROSS
Sir?

GENERAL
Put 'em on alert.

A loud uproar is heard on the far side of the war room.
Everyone turns to see a foreign dressed warrior pushing his
way past several guards and war-room bureaucrats. The warrior,
with his long hair tied in an odd bun on the top of his head,
is Kane Starkiller. He is followed by his son, Annikin, who
rudely pushes the pesky bureaucrats out of the way.

BUREAUCRATS
It's restricted. You'll have to
wait... (etc.)

KANE
Get out of my way, boy, before I
grind you into the surface... (etc.)

As the dauntless Starkiller approaches the general, the guards
stop in bewilderment as General Skywalker rushes up to the
warrior and embraces him. The two Jedi warriors laugh
jubilantly and slap one another, as the aides and bureaucrats
look on in amazement.

GENERAL
Kane Starkiller -- you old muscle-
rat! What a sight! We heard that you
had been executed.

KANE
So the Empire would like to believe.
I've been in the Kessil System. You
remember little Annikin.

Kane puts his arms around his son, who has been making eyes
at one of the cute young female aides. He bows before the
General.

GENERAL
He takes after his mother!
(They laugh)
It's so good to see you.

KANE
It's wonderful to be with another
Jedi again. There are so few of us
left.

The cute aide goes back to her duties, flirting with Annikin
as she passes. The young warrior pinches her on the ass,
which startles her, but she goes on like nothing happened.

GENERAL
What a sight!

The two Jedi stand looking at one another, hardly believing
the other is real.

Finally, the general realizes his aides are standing around,
gawking at the duo.

GENERAL
(to the aids)
Wake up, gentlemen. You're on alert.
Keep me posted on that battalion.

CONTROL STATION - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS - AQUILAE

The general, Starkiller, and his son enter a small glass
enclosed control office. They sit, and an awkward silence
passes as each man waits for the other to speak.

KANE
I've come for your help.

GENERAL
Anything you ask. You're a Jedi
brother. We're one.

KANE
My friend, we've been through much
together... I've been through much
since we parted. I've lost much...
The Empire has chased us half way
across the galaxy... There is no
refuge. One day they will come here...
Take my son as your Padawan Learner.
He would be a Jedi. I've trained him
from birth. He's reached the fifth
stage. He fought in the Kessilian
civil wars and commanded a Hubble
expedition to the Cone Systems. He's
a good boy, Luke, and one hell of a
fighter.

The general looks down, somewhat embarrassed. He scratches
his head, then smiles.

GENERAL
Old friend, you do me too much honor.
I was never a match for you. Why
don't you finish his training
yourself?

KANE
I'm too old, Luke. I can't go on...
You must finish it.

GENERAL
What kind of talk is this? You're
not the old Starkiller I remember.
Too old?!?

Starkiller suddenly ignites in a rage and swings his left
forearm down with a mighty blow across the solid chrome desk
the general is sitting on. The old Jedi warrior's forearm
cracks in two, spewing forth wires, and many fine multicolored
electronic components. The artificial limb flops lifelessly
to Starkiller's side. The warrior rips open his tunic,
revealing a plastic chest stuffed with flashing electric
parts.

KANE
(angrily)
I'm not the same. There is nothing
left but my head and right arm...
I've lost too much, Luke... I'm dying.

The general bows his head in sorrow for one of the greatest
warriors in the galaxy and a dear friend.

GENERAL
I'm sorry...

KANE
I'm sorry. I keep losing control.
I'm very tired... Take my son! The
Jedi-Bendu must survive. We must
pass it on. Only a Jedi can stop the
Empire. We're very old, Luke. A new
generation of Jedi must be started.
Take him; teach him the way of the
Jedi-Bendu...

Captain Montross bursts into the office and somewhat excitedly
salutes the general.

MONTROSS
Sir, we have picked up something! An
asteroid, or solid comet moving away
from the Anchorhead System.

WAR ROOM - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS - AQUILAE

The general rushes out of the control station and back to
the giant Galactic display. He is followed by Montross,
Starkiller and his son.

GENERAL
Are you sure it's not the battalion?

MONTROSS
A solid object. It's as big as our
Third Moon.

PRUE
It's too large to be man-made, and
it's too slow to be a comet.

GENERAL
Analysis?

MONTROSS
It's too far out.

GENERAL
I'll be with the king. Report as
soon as you can get a reading on it.
(turning to Kane's
son)
Captain Starkiller, from now on you
stick close to me.

The older Starkiller smiles, and puts his good arm around
his old friend.

DINING CHAMBER - PALACE OF LITE - AQUILAE

King Kayos moves his arm around Breha's waist as they stand
on a balcony watching the giant twin suns of Aquilae disappear
behind a distant dune range.

The general enters, rather in a rush, followed by the young
Starkiller, who is now dressed in the white uniform of the
Aquilaean starforce. (He still wears the distinctive Kessilian
hair knot.) They bow before the king.

KAYOS
(pointing to the suns)
Aren't they beautiful, General?
"Always and never the same." You're
just in time for dinner.

GENERAL
I have come for other reasons.
Could...

KAYOS
Relax, General. We will discuss it,
but over dinner. There are times,
Luke, when I find you a bit too rigid.
Is this your new disciple?

Starkiller is ill at ease and bows again.

STARKILLER
Annikin Starkiller, Sir.

KAYOS
Where's Kane?

GENERAL
He left for the spaceport at Gordon
to visit an old friend, Han Solo,
the Ureallian.

KAYOS
We are becoming quite a refuge.

The group sits at a large table, and food is brought in by
servants. They eat. Starkiller is nervous and watches the
general, to make sure he is being proper.

GENERAL
My Lord, several events have occurred
which lead me to believe we are in
imminent danger of attack. There is
no longer time for discussion and
debate...

KAYOS
What events?

GENERAL
Whitsun, our best agent, has
disappeared in the Imperial capital.
There is unusual military traffic in
the S-4 sectors...

KAYOS
Unless you have direct, concrete
proof of a pending attack, there is
nothing I can do.

GENERAL
By the time we have proof, it may be
too late.

KAYOS
Luke, I'm leaving tonight for Amsel.
I'm meeting with the full assembly
first thing in the morning. I am not
going to approve the Alliance Treaty,
and I will get your defense measure
approved. Just be patient. You will
have the war code.

GENERAL
Tomorrow may be too late. My Lord, I
need the war code now. We must get
our forces into space.

KAYOS
But it must be done legally, with
everyone's approval. Tomorrow you
will have that. I doubt the Empire
would attack before receiving our
answer. The separation of war powers
is the one condition upon which you
assumed command of our forces. You're
a friend, Luke, and I trust you.
But you're also an outlander who
controls a great deal of power. I
can't forsake my oath any more than
you can. Just be patient. You will
have the code tomorrow.

Captain Montross enters the large chamber and bows before
the king.

MONTROSS
I bring a report to General Skywalker,
My Lord.

KAYOS
You may deliver it.

MONTROSS
Sir, the asteroid has disappeared
from our scopes. There is no trace
of it.

GENERAL
Were they able to analyze it?

MONTROSS
It never came within range, Sir.

The general rises, quickly followed by Starkiller.

GENERAL
Excuse us, My Lord. We'd better get
back. I will wait patiently for the
approval.

The general and Montross exit the chamber. Starkiller takes
one last bite of his dinner, then dashes after his mentor.

WAR ROOM - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS - AQUILAE

The general sits rigidly, facing the big Galactic display
board. Several aides and bureaucrats rush to and fro, ignoring
the general. He is asleep. Captain Prue approaches the general
and snaps to attention. The general's eyes open.

GENERAL
What are the results?

PRUE
Negative, Sir.

GENERAL
Are you sure?

PRUE
Absolutely.

GENERAL
It's just not possible. Something
that size can't just disappear without
a trace... Check it again.

PRUE
That's the tenth negative, Sir.

GENERAL
I said check it again.

Captain Prue retreats to a computer station. The general
looks around for Starkiller.

GENERAL
Starkiller!

Everyone near the general turns, but Starkiller doesn't show.

GENERAL
Where is that boy? Montross!

Montross rushes to the general and snaps to attention.

GENERAL
Page Starkiller.

Montross goes back to his station and a few moments later,
Starkiller is paged over the P.A. system. The general waits,
watching the big board. Eventually, Starkiller stumbles out
of an enclosed computer closet, fastening his pants and
tucking in his tunic. A moment later, the cute female aide
rather sheepishly exits the computer closet. She is also in
the process of putting her uniform back together. Starkiller
rushes up to the general and snaps to attention.

The general lets him stand there for a moment, not
acknowledging his presence; then, suddenly, without warning
and in one masterful flash motion, the general stands, grabs
a small baton attached to his belt (which immediately ignites
into a four-foot glowing lasersword,) and swings at the young
warrior's head. In an equally quick movement, Starkiller
ignites his lasersword and blocks the general's blow. Everyone
in the war room is surprised and startled. After a moment,
they rush to the general. Starkiller and the general stand
motionless for a few moments, with laserswords locked in mid-
air, creating a low buzzing sound. Finally, the general grins,
and Starkiller hesitantly relaxes. They lower their swords
and turn them off.

GENERAL
You are trained well, but remember,
a Jedi must be single-minded, a
discipline your father obviously
never learned, hence your existence.
Clean yourself up. Discipline is
essential. Your mind must follow the
way of the Bendu.

STARKILLER
It won't happen again, Sir. There
are many new...

P.A.
General Skywalker, white com.

The general moves to a control station and picks up a phone.

PHONE VOICE
Sir, Captain Whitsun has just been
admitted to Med Vac.

GENERAL
What's his condition?

PHONE VOICE
No data, Sir.

GENERAL
I'm on my way.

MED VAC EMERGENCY ROOM - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS

Captain Starkiller waits in an outer chamber as General
Skywalker rushes into the Med Vac emergency room where several
doctors are working on the prostrate Whitsun.

GENERAL
What's his condition? Is he conscious?

DOCTOR
Partially. He'll be all right -- a
few bruises, primary exhaustion...

Whitsun thrashes around in a semi-conscious state. He sees
the general.

GENERAL
What happened, boy? What's going on?

WHITSUN
(with difficulty)
The Imperial Starforce is already on
its way, not far behind me... They're
going to attack.

GENERAL
Are you sure?

WHITSUN
I have tapes... A giant space
fortress...

He struggles to give General Skywalker his ring.

GENERAL
As big as our Third Moon?

WHITSUN
Bigger. It's unlike anything I've
ever seen. Sophisticated deflection
systems... work in opposition to the
suns.

GENERAL
They will show up on our screens at
sunrise. They'll attack before that.

The general rushes into the outer chamber where Captain
Starkiller is waiting for him.

GENERAL
Take the fastest landspeeder to
Chathos. Pick up Princess Leia...
and only Princess Leia. Return by
way of the Great Reef. Most speed.

Starkiller exits and the general goes to an intercom and
pushes several buttons.

GENERAL
Montross.

MONTROSS
Sir!

GENERAL
Full alert... everything! Get the
Royal Family back here.

MONTROSS
The princess is at Chathos. There
are no transports...

GENERAL
I've already sent Captain Starkiller
for her! Contact the king, first
priority. He's probably still en
route to Amsel. Use the scan com.
I'm on my way.

WAR ROOM - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS - AQUILAE

The war room is on full alert. Everyone is at attention,
waiting for the command that will put them into action. The
general enters a communication center, followed by many aides.
Captain Montross and the com aide salute.

MONTROSS
We're having a problem getting
through, Sir. There is a great deal
of interference.

PRUE
It could be jamming.

GENERAL
Try a surface link through Amsel.

The aides go back to the com-link system to try to get a
line through to the king.

PRUE
We should be able to spot them at
sunrise... That's not too far off.

GENERAL
They'll attack with sunrise. Until
the king gives us that code to start
the war computers, we'll just have
to sit tight.

PRUE
All units are on alert, Sir.

GENERAL
(to Montross)
Have you made contact yet?
(to himself)
This is one hell of a way to run a
war.

PRUE
Sir?

COURTYARD - ACADEMY OF CHATHOS - AQUILAE

A landspeeder roars into a courtyard of the Academy at
Chathos. Starkiller jumps out, and runs up to the large,
heavy doors of the academy. They are locked. He bangs madly
on the carved metallic door, until finally an old woman
manages to swing it open. Starkiller rushes past her into
the main courtyard where Princess Leia and her hand-maiden,
Mina, struggle with two large cases. They are followed by
two very old matrons, dragging several more cases.

STARKILLER
Forget the cases -- we've no time.

LEIA
These are my things. They must...

STARKILLER
I said forget them, and hurry...

LEIA
Just who do you think you are?

Starkiller grabs the princess by the arm, and hauls her to
the speeder. Mina and the old women run after them.

LEIA
I will not be treated like this!
You bring my things... My father
will have your head... (etc.)

Leia struggles to break away from the young warrior's grasp
as he opens the door of the speeder.

STARKILLER
Settle down!

When the door to the speeder is opened, Mina starts in, and
Starkiller stops her.

STARKILLER
You must stay. Here, take the Crest.

Starkiller rips the royal crest from the princess' neck, and
hands it to the startled handmaiden. The old women gasp in
horror. The princess starts hitting Starkiller with little
result.

PRINCESS
Mina's not staying... I'm not leaving
her. You can't...

Starkiller punches her square on the jaw and knocks her cold.
Mina is panic stricken, one of the old women faints, and
another starts for Starkiller with a large staff.

STARKILLER
She'll be all right. I'm taking her
to safety... as ordered. You will
wear the crest and continue as before.

The authority of Starkiller's voice stops the old lady. He
places the princess into the speeder, and maneuvers it out
of the courtyard. Mina puts on the crest as the speeder races
away from the academy.

WAR ROOM - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS - AQUILAE

Queen Breha, Biggs and Windy are escorted into a rest area
of the war room. General Skywalker sits rigidly in a chair
in the communications area, apparently asleep.

MONTROSS
Sir, we've made contact!

The general opens his eyes and takes the intercom mike.

KAYOS
What is it, General?

GENERAL
The Empire will attack on the rising
of the sun. My agent made it back. I
now have proof. I need the war code...

KAYOS
I'll relay it directly to the
computer. Is Breha...?

GENERAL
The Royal Family is safe. Starkiller
has gone after Princess Leia...

KAYOS
I'm on my way back.

RED PLAINS - AQUILAE

The small caravan of four speeders sits motionless on the
vast red plains of Aquilae. The king returns the intercom to
the pilot and takes a small metallic card from around his
neck and gives it to the co-pilot.

KAYOS
Send this sub-land, priority one.
(to the pilot)
Get us back to Calvas immediately!

The four speeders turn around and scream away in the direction
they had come. They pass a huge ultrasleek powerplow, planting
green fungus in endless furrows. Two clay-covered farmers,
riding atop the ponderous machine, watch the speeders
disappear over the horizon, and into the rising twin suns. A
bright object, twinkling in early morning heavens, catches
the eye of the older of the two farmers, and he brings the
machine to a lumbering halt. The younger farmer also notices
the object, and stares skyward, shading his eyes to get a
better view.

Suddenly there is a huge, bright atomic flash on the horizon.
A few moments later, a thunderous shaking, followed by high
winds, tumbles the older farmer from his perch. A second
flash on the opposite horizon brings another jolting
earthquake, and the younger farmer collapses, terror frozen
on his face.

READYROOM - SPACEPORT OUTPOST - AQUILAE

Chaos. Red scramble lights are flashing. Alert horns and
attack buzzers create an unbelievable cacophony. Air warriors,
with the distinctive circle and cross medallion on their
white space suits, scramble out of the low, concrete
readyroom, grabbing helmets and spacepacks as they race out
of the door.

ATTACK RUNWAY - SPACEPORT OUTPOST - AQUILAE

Twelve pilots and navigators dash in unison to a line of
waiting two-man starships of the destroyer class. Ground
crews scurry back and forth, loading last-minute armament,
and unlocking power couplings. Pilot Leader, a rugged,
handsome boy of twenty, gives his ground crew a signal that
his is okay. He has a winning smile and a distinctive scar
along the side of his face. His crew chief pats him on the
back.

CHIEF
Knock them all the way back to
Alderaan.

The canopy is closed and the powerful starship moves onto
the runway. Other crewmen say good-bye to their pilots, some
grin, some kidding -- all with a great deal of hidden emotion.
The din of two dozen retrorockets cuts through the uproar,
and six silver spacecraft leave the runway, and disappear
into the morning cloud cover.

WAR ROOM - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS - AQUILAE

The general stands before a giant display of the Aquilaean
solar system. Montross signals the general.

MONTROSS
They're away, Sir. Six from Gordon.
All other spaceports were hit. The
king hasn't arrived yet.

GENERAL
Keep checking. Put those fighters'
intercom over the P.A.

The general sits at one of the intercom panels, and puts on
a headphone. A row of monitors is before him. He turns to
Montross.

GENERAL
Where are they?

SPACE - AQUILAE IN ECLIPSE

The eerie, reddish-yellow planet of Aquilae slowly drifts
into view from total eclipse. A small, bright speck, orbiting
the planet, sparkles in the light of the twin suns. The six
deadly Aquilaean starships settle ominously into the
foreground, moving swiftly toward the orbiting speck. As the
sleek starships move closer, the orbiting speck is revealed
to be a gargantuan space fortress.

The moon-sized satellite fortress dwarfs the approaching
fighters. Every few moments, explosions create blinding flash
on the planet's surface, as the fortress bombards the planet
with a fusillade of laser bolts.

AQUILAEAN STARSHIP - INTERIOR

Pilot Leader, in the first ship, signals to his navigator
who sits in a small, isolated glass bubble to the rear of
the craft. General Skywalker is seen on one of many monitors.
A view of the space fortress is on another. The rest are
filled with various computer readouts and displays. One of
the other starships reports to Pilot Leader.

DEVIL SIX
(intercom)
Look at the size of that thing! Hey,
Bowman, I hope you remembered to
bring your pop gun, 'cause I think
we caught us a big one this time...

PILOT LEADER
Cut off, Devil Six... Stand by.

GENERAL
(monitor)
It looks like they're still using
the basic quad-tristation
configuration. Use a "ranger defense."
Concentrate on breath ports and lock
areas.

PILOT LEADER
Affirmative base... Copy and
transmit... Devil Two, check your
rotation plates.

DEVIL TWO
Roger, Boss. We're getting a threshold
disturbance on gyro-three.

GENERAL
(monitor)
Switch over, Five, cover it!... Devil
pack, generate a spread six
formation... May the force of others
protect you.

PILOT
Settle in... Devil pack, stand by.
Mark five... break off. Here we go.
God save us all.

SPACE - AQUILAEAN STARSHIP

Fuel pods are jettisoned. The half-dozen fighters break off
into a powerline attack on the huge fortress. Multiple
laserbolts streak from the starships, creating small
explosions on the complex surface of the fort.

INTERIOR MAIN CORRIDOR - IMPERIAL SPACE FORTRESS

The chaos of battle echoes through the vast corridors of the
fortress. Walls buckle and cave in, sucking debris and
personnel into the vacuum of outer space. Alarm sirens scream
as soldiers scramble to large turbo-powered laser gun
emplacements. Sergeants yell orders through the smoke and
confusion. Men and robots of various shapes and sizes run to
their battle stations.

WAR ROOM - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS - AQUILAE

The monitors with pictures from the starships suddenly go
blank. Technicians check channels as others in the war room
silently listen to the action over the intercom. The general
remains calm, but concerned.

PILOT LEADER
(intercom)
Tighten it up... Devil Two, tighten
it up. Watch those towers...

DEVIL TWO (CHEWIE)
Heavy fire, Boss. Twenty-three
degrees.

PILOT LEADER
I see it. Pull in... we're picking
up some interference.

DEVIL SIX
Wow, I've never seen such fire power.

PILOT LEADER
Pull in, Devil Two... Pull in!
Chewie???!!

DEVIL TWO
I'm all right, Boss. I've got a
target.

DEVIL SIX
There is too much action, Chewie.
Get out!

PILOT LEADER
Break off, Chewie... Acknowledge.
Devil Six, can you see Devil Two?

DEVIL SIX
I've lost him. There's a very heavy
fire zone on this side. My radar's
jammed.

DEVIL FIVE
He's gone... no, wait. There he is...
Fin damage, but he's all right.

A sigh of relief sweeps across the war room. The monitors
flash on, then off again.

DEVIL FOUR
(intercom)
Watch your back, Boss! Watch your
back!!

AQUILAEAN STARSHIP

The speedy little fighters dart back and forth across the
soft underbelly of the fortress, leaving a trail of
destruction behind them.

PILOT LEADER
Converge on south axis point, point
three nine four. It appears
accessible. I'm going to map the
surface. Devil Four, cover me!

Pilot Leader and Devil Four dive in unison through a forest
of radar domes, antennae, and gun towers. Devil Four fires
into the protrusions as the two starships criss-cross the
surface of the fortress. Suddenly, a dense barrage of
laserfire erupts from a tower, catching Devil Four broadside.
The spacecraft bursts into a million flaming pieces. Pilot
Leader reacts to the loss of his wing man, but continues on
his mission.

SUB-HALLWAY - IMPERIAL SPACE FORTRESS

Constant explosions rock the interior of the fortress.
Civilians, including women and children, scurry for safety
in the panic-ridden hallways. Two construction robots, Artwo
Detwo (R2D2) and See Threepio (C3P0), are blown, slipping
and sliding across the hallway floor into some freight
canisters. Both robots are rather old and battered. Artwo is
a short, (three feet) claw-armed tri-pod. His face is a mass
of computer lights, surrounding a radar eye. Threepio is a
tall, gleaming android of human proportions. He is thin,
with a totally metallic surface of an Art Deco design. The
robots attempt to get out from under the canisters, but
rushing gas from a broken pipe keeps knocking them over.

THREEPIO
This is madness; we're going to be
destroyed. I'm still not accustomed
to space travel.

ARTWO
The external bombardment does appear
to be concentrated in this area. The
structure has exceeded the normal
stress quotient by point four,
although there appears to be no
immediate danger.

THREEPIO
No immediate danger! You're faulty.
This is madness!

Artwo gives Threepio a sheepish look and clings to a siderail
for dear life, as debris flies through the hallway.

AQUILAEAN STARSHIP

Devil Two (Chewie), a young hotshot of about sixteen years,
miraculously dives his ship through a virtual wall of laser
fire, and blasts a huge radar disc into dust. Chewie signals
his navigator, who lets out a whooping cheer, as the craft
veers into a victory roll.

PILOT LEADER
Great moves, Chewie. Regroup at point
two, zero one. Coincide, Devil Six.

GENERAL
Mace, your map projection shows a
weak point at south portal: niner
point six. Concentrate the attack on
that point. Coordinate.

PILOT LEADER
I see it... It looks good.

Devil Five and Devil Three bob and weave in formation toward
a giant transformer jutting from the fort's surface.

DEVIL THREE
I've got a... We're hit. We're hit.

PILOT LEADER
Eject... Eject. Babs, Babs, do you
read?

DEVIL THREE
I'm okay. I can hold it. Clear me a
little, Devil Five... Watch it! Watch
it!

Devil Three wobbles a little, then drops away sharply, plowing
into a lasergun emplacement, causing a hideous series of
chain reaction explosions.

SUB-HALLWAY - IMPERIAL SPACE FORTRESS

A huge explosion rips a large hole in the ceiling of a
subhallway. Artwo and Threepio are in a state of shock as
they scramble through the rubble. There is a constant sound
of creaking and snapping as the sections of the hallway
resettle in the fortress superstructure.

ARTWO
You're a mindless, useless
philosopher... Come on! Let's go
back to work; the system is all right.

THREEPIO
You overweight glob of grease. Quit
following me. Get away. Get away.

Suddenly, the hallway lurches, and a dead trooper falls
through a gaping hole in the ceiling. The foot of the carcass
is caught in the rubble and it hangs upside down, staring at
the two robots. Artwo grabs Threepio, and they cling to each
other in terror.

ARTWO
We're lost. We're destroyed.

Three sharp blasts from an airhorn send the two androids
running for cover in a burned-out doorway. Five grim-faced
troopers riding small rocket platforms pass the two mechanical
men.

GOVERNOR'S QUARTERS - IMPERIAL SPACE FORTRESS

The five troopers race through several hallways, and finally
stop in front of an important looking office complex. Two
officers dismount and enter the complex. They pass through
several heavily guarded doorways until they reach the main
chamber. Seated behind a large, cluttered desk surrounded by
generals and attaches is Governor Hoedaack. General Vader
paces in front of a row of blank monitors. The two officers
salute General Vader.

FIRST OFFICER
All com-link power is out. Twenty-
two transformer sections have been
destroyed. The situation is grave on
all southern levels. Com-link
communication should be repaired
shortly.

The officers salute, turn and leave the chamber. The general
turns to Governor Hoedaack, who looks a little worried.

VADER
Don't look so worried. Not even a
Jedi could penetrate this fortress...
We've already wiped out most of their
forces.

HOEDAACK
If it goes on too long, we'll run
over budget. When do the landings
begin?

VADER
As soon as the attack has been broken:
not long.

A short, stocky attache salutes the general.

ATTACHE
Contamination has set in on quadrants
B-5 and R-4. All sections are sealed.
We've lost two major power stations
in the southern quadrants. That puts
section 5-1 in serious trouble.

The general turns away in controlled anger and embarrassment.

WAR ROOM - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS - AQUILAE

The general sits in a glass enclosed computer station,
watching the battle progress on several monitors. An officer
enters and salutes the general.

OFFICER
Analysis reports those ZQ
configurations are definitely power
transformers... Everything in the
southern sectors of the fortress is
out.

GENERAL SKYWALKER
I'm surprised they are still using
external power units. It's a definite
weak point. Concentrate on searching
for the main crosslink transformer.

The officer exits as Montross rushes in.

MONTROSS
The senate has voted to end the war.

GENERAL
They can't do anything without the
king's approval; which gives us a
little time... Have you been able to
regain contact with the king?

MONTROSS
No, Sir. All ground communications
are jammed.

GENERAL
Send four men... from third squad,
to meet the king, and escort him
back. Let me know before he arrives.
Is Starkiller back with the princess?

MONTROSS
No, Sir. They're long overdue.

Pilot Leader checks in over the intercom.

PILOT LEADER
All right, base one, we're in
position.

An officer with headphones looks to the general. He signals
to attack.

AQUILAEAN STARSHIPS

All four starships dive in formation toward a main transformer
area, flanked by several solar towers.

PILOT LEADER
Hold your fire until we're within
point zero five four... Make it count.

Several ack-ack lasers begin to open fire on the approaching
spacecraft. The starships direct their fire at a large black
transformer, which when hit, spurts bright blue and white
electrical arcs. One of the starships (Devil Five) explodes
and careens out of formation, leaving an erratic trail of
smoke, before eventually crashing into a solar panel.

SUB-HALLWAYS - IMPERIAL SPACE FORTRESS

The impact of the exploding starship can be felt throughout
the giant fortress. The tall, gleaming Threepio races through
several corridors, yelling at Artwo, who struggles vainly to
keep pace with his stubby mechanical feet.

THREEPIO
...I don't care what you do, but I'm
getting out. All the power's out.
Those explosions are coming from the
reactor section. This is the end.
Abandon ship.

ARTWO
Our work -- we can't leave! It's
desertion. It's not possible. It's
not possible.

THREEPIO
Your programming is so limited. My
first order is preservation. You
stay. I'm going to eject before the
whole thing goes up.

Threepio breaks open the seal on an emergency lifepod. A red
warning light begins to flash, and a low hum is heard. The
lanky chrome android works his way into the cramped four-man
craft.

ARTWO
These lifepods aren't for us! It's
not right!

A new explosion, this time very close, sends dust and debris
through the narrow passageway. Flames lick at the two robots.
The runt-sized Artwo jumps into the lifepod.

ARTWO
It's the end. Eject. Eject.

The safety door snaps shut, and the pod ejects from the
fortress.

AQUILAEAN STARSHIPS

The terrified androids in the lifepod speed away from the
fortress, and pass the attacking starships.

DEVIL TWO
Object approaching. Attack bearing...

DEVIL FOUR
It's a lifepod. Forget it. We've
got...

Devil Four is hit by laser fire, and disintegrates, leaving
a trail of flaming particles. The two remaining craft continue
the assault. Chewie and Pilot Leader watch the remains of
Devil Four disappear. The general appears over one of the
monitors.

GENERAL
Analysis indicates transformer code
zero three is the main relay. Hit
it, and the whole thing goes dead.

PILOT LEADER
We're on our way.

GOVERNOR'S QUARTERS - IMPERIAL SPACE FORTRESS

A row of monitors and the main overhead lights go on, and a
trooper appears on one of the screens.

TROOPER
Internal relays operative. All power
restored. All contaminated areas
sealed.

An officer appears on another monitor.

OFFICER
Only two enemy craft remain operative.
We calculate victory by zero three
hundred.

General Vader switches to another monitor.

VADER
Alert the invasion forces.
(turning to the
governor)
The planet is ours. A three hour
war. You expected longer. Jedi or
not, we've beaten him, and the culture
is intact.

HOEDAACK
A truly great prize for the Empire.
They have a treasure of biotic
science. Genetics, cloning -- they've
added two-hundred years to a lifespan.
Remember, you must capture at least
one member of the Royal Family alive.
The Aquilae family has ruled this
system for ten thousand years. The
people will follow no other. If the
royal line is broken, there is a
good chance the entire population
will destroy themselves and their
knowledge before submitting to our
rule.

The general is interrupted by a call on one of the monitors.

OFFICER
(on monitor)
We've received a message from the
planet...

WAR ROOM - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS - AQUILAE

General Skywalker watches a giant computer display of the
space fortress mapped by the starships. An aide approaches.

AIDE
Sir! The king's convoy has destroyed
at Caldin. All the bodies were
contaminated.

GENERAL
I will audience with the queen...
Who knows of this?

AIDE
Many. It came through civilian
sources.

GENERAL
Confine Senator Sandage to his
quarters. Use any pretext. Where is
the senator now?

Sandage and several other senators enter the computer station.

SANDAGE
Right here, General... It's over.
We've already relayed peace terms to
the Empire, and they've been accepted.
Your war has ended.

The general is angry and stands pointing at the senators.
They jump back, as if the general were pointing a gun at
them.

GENERAL
Senator, this war isn't over. It's
just begun. I take my commands from
the Royal Family.

SANDAGE
The queen concurs. I have her written
decree. It is to be implemented
immediately... I order you to cease
the attack.

GENERAL
Not likely...

SANDAGE
Treason? Revolution? The people won't
follow you, General... nor will your
troops. I suggest you follow your
orders.

General Skywalker stands angrily pondering the situation.
Sandage and the other senators are tense, a little afraid
that he might cut them down on the spot.

SANDAGE
Well, General?

LIFEPOD - SKY OVER AQUILAE

The reddish-yellow mass of Aquilae seems to engulf the tiny
lifepod containing the two fleeing androids.

ARTWO
It's desertion. They'll destroy us.
How could this happen?

THREEPIO
That's funny. The damage doesn't
look as bad from out here.

AQUILAEAN STARSHIPS

Pilot Leader and Devil Two make a second dive on the now
smoldering transformer area. All firing from the fortress
suddenly stops. Pilot Leader looks back to his navigator,
who is equally puzzled. The two fighters continue to attack
the now silent fortress.

CHEWIE (DEVIL TWO)
I don't get it. What do you think,
Boss?

General Skywalker appears on the monitors.

GENERAL
(with difficulty)
Base one to Devil Leader... Scramble
code niner. Break your attack, and
return to base. Repeat, break your
attack. Confirm.

PILOT LEADER
They're hurt, Sir, but they still
have power. We should finish...

GENERAL
Break off. The war is over. Run on
white lights. Get back here, Mace.
We're going to need you.

PILOT LEADER
Confirmed, base one. We're on our
way. Did you copy, Chewie?

DEVIL TWO
Roger, Boss.

The two starfighters break off the attack and start back
toward the planet. Without warning, the fort directs
concentrated fire at the two starfighters. Devil Two instantly
bursts into flames, then disintegrates. Pilot Leader's tail
section is hit, and the ship pinwheels toward the planet.
Blood covers Pilot Leader's immobile face.

PILOT LEADER'S NAVIGATOR
We're under fire... They're still
shooting. I thought it was over.
We're hit! We're hit! Pilot is dead...
Ejecting.

The dead "Pilot Leader" is jettisoned free of the craft, but
the navigator's eject panel is dead. He struggles with it,
then bangs on the canopy to no avail. The navigator is still
trapped in the craft when it explodes, leaving only a puff
of pink smoke reflected in the rim light of the planet.

DESERT NEAR OUTPOST - AQUILAE

Pilot Leader's dead body drifts toward his arid mother-planet.
Automatic rockets kick-in occasionally, to direct and soften
the landing. Two grey-clad troopers stand next to a military
"landspeeder;" watching the descending airwarrior through
electrobinoculars. Mace's corpse hits the ground rather hard,
creating a whirlwind of dust, and the two troopers rush over
to the pilot. The younger of the two troopers, a young boy
in his teens, cradles the dead starpilot in his arms and
begins to cry.

WAR ROOM - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS - AQUILAE

General Skywalker sits alone, meditating in the deserted war
room. Montross approaches the contemplative general.

MONTROSS
No sign of Starkiller or the princess.
There was much damage in that area...
The queen will see you at ten hundred.

The general doesn't reply.

ASSEMBLY - DEPARTURE AREA - IMPERIAL SPACE FORTRESS

General Vader stands behind a row of men at computer control
panels. A commander reports to the general.

COMMANDER
All enemy craft destroyed. First and
fifth division, troops and equipment
standing by.

The general gives a sly smile of approval and takes a
microphone from one of the computer technicians. He speaks
to the troops and pilots waiting in their huge war machines
for the invasion order.

VADER
The war is won. With the conquering
of this System we have ushered in a
new millennium for the Empire; which
will echo throughout the universe.
Our reward is the knowledge this
system possesses. This planet must
be controlled with a minimum of force,
but you must not think lightly of
this enemy. They have exacted a heavy
toll. Today you will make the Empire
complete. Do so with pride and care.

Vader puts down the mike, and turns to his commander.

GENERAL
Let the invasion begin.

EDGE OF THE DUNE SEA - AQUILAE

Jundland, or "no man's land," where the rugged desert mesas
meet the foreboding dune sea. The two helpless astro robots
kick up clouds of dust as they clumsily work their way across
the desert coastline. The short Artwo struggles desperately
to keep up with the long-legged Threepio.

ARTWO
It's not possible. We're not built
for this. You're nothing more than a
dim-witted, emotion-brained
intellectual. Why you were created
is beyond my logic systems. Thanks
to you, we're deserters, and will
probably be destroyed on sight. And
on top of that, you're going the
wrong way! All this filth is
getting...

The towering Threepio stops short and turns on the blabbering
mechanical runt.

THREEPIO
I've had enough of you, you pragmatic,
nearsighted scrap pile. You go your
own way.

He picks up the tiny robot and tosses him several feet into
a large sand dune.

Threepio starts off in the direction of the dune sea. Artwo
struggles to his feet, and shakes a metallic claw arm at his
disappearing ex-partner.

ARTWO
You'll be malfunctioning within a
day. You're going the wrong way, but
your way is always the wrong way.

Threepio stops and yells to the smaller android.

THREEPIO
And don't let me catch you following
me, begging for help, because you
won't get it from me.

Artwo's reply is a rather rude sound, which only an electronic
person could make. He turns and trudges off in the opposite
direction into the rocky desert mesas.

DUNE SEA - AQUILAE

Threepio, hot and tired, struggles up over the ridge of a
dune, only to find more dunes, which seem to go on for endless
miles. He looks back in the direction he came.

THREEPIO
You little malfunctioning twerp.
This is all your fault. You tricked
me into going this way, but you'll
do no better!

He sits in a huff of anger and frustration, knocking the
sand from his joints.

DESERT MESA - AQUILAE

Artwo stumbles through a narrow canyon until he climbs over
a small boulder and sees before him a sight he first thinks
is a mirage. Nestled in a rock formation is a deserted
landspeeder. Once the little robot is convinced that he is
alone, he approaches the battered speeder and begins to
analyze it. He climbs into the pilot's seat, and attempts to
start the unfamiliar transport. He hears a sound, and stops
for a moment. He sees nothing, so he continues to fiddle
with the control panel until the speeder lurches forward
with a start, banging into a large rock. The stubby android
is shaken, but neither he, nor the speeder, seems to be
damaged.

Shivers run down Artwo's metal spine, and again he has an
eerie feeling that he is being watched. He slowly looks
around, and sees a large man, Captain Starkiller, standing
directly behind him. He is startled, then terrified.

STARKILLER
Where is your master?

The little robot clicks and rattles, but doesn't speak.

STARKILLER
Can't you speak? How do you relate
your data? You're of Karollian
manufacture... You should be able to
talk. Are you damaged?

Starkiller pokes at the machine, but doesn't see any damage.
Artwo eyes him suspiciously. The robot turns with a start
and discovers a young girl, Princess Leia, has been standing
next to him for some time.

PRINCESS
(sarcastic)
Well, General, who's your friend?

STARKILLER
I don't know. He doesn't seem to be
able to talk. Damaged, probably...
Jettisoned from a damaged ship...

PRINCESS
What do you intend to do with it?

STARKILLER
We'll take it with us. Could be a
storehouse of valuable information.

Starkiller guides the android into the small luggage area
behind the front seat, then hops into the driver's seat.

PRINCESS
I don't want to ride with that thing.
I order you to destroy it immediately.

STARKILLER
Get in! We've got to hurry if we're
going to get across the "dunehedge"
by nightfall... You're coming, one
way or the other. Will you join us
peaceably?

The princess reluctantly gets into the speeder, and it starts
with a jolt.

LANDSPEEDER - DESERT MESAS - AQUILAE

The speeder flies along, a foot or so above the landscape.

PRINCESS
You are such a barbarian. I'll have
my father cut you into little pieces
when we get back... and I'll take
pleasure in feeding you to the
Gonthas... a little bit each day. I
may save your eyes though. I'll have
them petrified and made into a
necklace.

STARKILLER
Your sweetness is only surpassed by
your beauty. Just try to remember,
I'm only following orders.

PRINCESS
...to beat me and abuse me?

STARKILLER
I'm afraid I've only learned one way
to treat wild animals.

Artwo thrashes about, trying to relieve the pressure on his
crumped legs.

PRINCESS
You stay out of this.

DUNE SEA

Threepio struggles to the top of a large dune. He is dirty
and hot. His plight seems hopeless. He searches the horizon
for any sign of life. A glint of reflected light in the
distance reveals an object speeding toward him. The chrome
android waves frantically, and yells at the approaching
speeder. The sleek landspeeder races past him about a hundred
yards away. He runs after it, screaming in desperation, until
he stumbles and falls head over heels down an enormous sand
dune. Silently, the speeder sweeps around in a circle and
stops behind the immobile robot. Starkiller jumps out of the
landspeeder and is quickly followed by Artwo.

PRINCESS
We're in a hurry, remember! If you're
going to stop for everyone unfortunate
along the way, we'll never get back.
We're lucky you got the speeder
running as it is.

Artwo waddles up to his fallen partner and starts pulling on
his leg, then runs up and starts pulling on his arm.

ARTWO
Function! Function! It's me. Come
on, function.

STARKILLER
Well, my little friend, you've found
your tongue.

ARTWO
We must help him... We've been lost.

STARKILLER
Where did you come from?

The little robot runs around his fallen partner giving him
small electric charges from his claw hand. Threepio shudders
from head to toe, then regains consciousness.

THREEPIO
What happened?

ARTWO
You're overheated.

STARKILLER
Where did you come from?

ARTWO
We were jettisoned from six twenty-
nine, P.R. one.

STARKILLER
I'm unfamiliar with that ship. What
type is it?

THREEPIO
It's a class M station, not a
conventional craft.

Threepio then stands and shakes the young Jedi's hand.

THREEPIO
I'm Seethreepio, Human-Cyborg
Relations. Your kindness is greatly
appreciated.

Starkiller and the two robots walk back to the speeder.

Both Artwo and Threepio are stuffed into the tiny luggage
compartment. It is late in the day when the speeder rumbles
to a stop in a small desert canyon surrounded by steep cliffs
and broken boulders.

STARKILLER
We'll rest here.

THREEPIO
At last. The transport is welcome
but my joints are frozen.

Everyone climbs out of the low-slung speeder. Starkiller
watches the two androids as they stretch their mechanical
limbs.

ARTWO
I've got a bad case of dust
contamination. I can barely move.

THREEPIO
What a foresaken place this is. We
seem to be made to suffer. It's our
lot in life. Sir, could you tell...

Threepio turns and notices that Starkiller and the princess
have disappeared. He looks all around.

THREEPIO
Where did they go? They've
disappeared.

ARTWO
Maybe they were attacked! I sense
danger!

HIDDEN FORTRESS ENTRANCE - DESERT CANYON - AQUILAE

Captain Starkiller and Princess Leia hurry through a maze of
large boulders, until they reach a sheer rock face. Starkiller
looks around to see if they were followed. Suddenly, a large
section of the rock slides away, revealing a well-lit corridor
carved out of the rock. They enter, and are greeted by two
jubilant guards. Starkiller gives them some orders and points
in the direction of the speeder. The secret rock door silently
slides closed.

MAIN HALLWAY - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS - AQUILAE

Starkiller and the princess are greeted by General Skywalker
and Montross. They bow before the princess.

PRINCESS
(angrily pointing at
Starkiller)
General, I want you to do something
with this... this barbarian. Where's
my father?

GENERAL
The king is dead, Your Highness.

All anger suddenly drains from the princess. She almost
timidly asks the next question.

PRINCESS
My mother?... and brothers?

GENERAL
She's here. She's safe... so are
your brothers. They're in the main
chamber.

Leia, now looking more like a frightened young girl than a
vindictive princess, runs down the hallway toward the main
chamber. She vainly attempts to hold back the tears.

DESERT CANYON - AQUILAE

The two puzzled androids sit on the landspeeder, pondering
the disappearance of their saviour.

THREEPIO
Do you suppose we're in danger?

ARTWO
The logic of this environment escapes
me.

As night begins to fall, and the shadows begin to lengthen,
the two robots begin to get a little edgy. The sound of
approaching feet startles Artwo, and he ducks behind his
taller friend. Two guards approach the robots.

GUARD
You will remain calm, and you will
remain here.

THREEPIO
Certainly. I'm Seethreepio, Human-
Cyborg Relations. Your kindness is
gratefully appreciated.

Artwo sits rather suspiciously behind his extroverted friend.

ROYAL CHAMBER - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS - AQUILAE

General Skywalker bows low before Princess Leia. She sits on
a raised platform, dressed in the royal robes of a planetary
ruler. The queen sits off to one side on a smaller platform.
The princess waits for a few moments before she allows the
general to rise.

QUEEN
The senate has been corrupted.

GENERAL
They cannot rule without your wish...

QUEEN
I rule by marriage. With the king
dead, I am not strong enough to stop
them... Leia is now the true queen...
She must be protected. The line must
be preserved. I am placing the future
of our people in your hands. You
must deliver Leia and her brothers
to the Ophuchi System. They will be
safe there.

General, you must understand, I had no alternative but to
condone an end to the hostilities. I deeply believe your
campaign could have been successful, but there are things
that...

GENERAL
I understand, Your Highness...

QUEEN
The chrome companies on Ophuchi have
offered to supply you with the men
and ships necessary to return Leia
to the throne.

GENERAL
Can the chrome companies be trusted?

QUEEN
The price for their cooperation is
high. It is waiting for you in Med
Center blue. Guard it as you would
the princess herself. No-one must
know of this mission. There are those
among the trusted who would wish us
ill. Take only two of your best
officers with you, the most loyal.
May the force of others be with you.

LEIA
Mother, you must not stay.

QUEEN
I am too old for such a journey. The
Empire already controls the spaceport
cities. You have a long way to travel.
It won't be easy.

GENERAL
We will have to travel in disguise.
I must have full command. No-one can
suspect wealth or royal training. I
fear the new queen will not stand
for this.

LEIA
(angry)
Do not put words into my mouth. I
will stand for what is necessary.

The general simply smiles.

SUB-HALLWAY - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS - AQUILAE

The general walks briskly through an isolated hallway, closely
followed by Montross.

GENERAL
How is Captain Whitsun's recovery?

MONTROSS
Very good; he's up and around.

GENERAL
Fine! Have Whitsun and... ah,
Starkiller report at zero three
hundred. I want two converted
transports: agricultural type, two
days' provisions, travel papers,
weapons. Contact Han Solo at the
Gordon spaceport... I'll talk to
him... with speed!

Montross turns and rushes down another hallway.

MEDICAL CENTER BLUE - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS - AQUILAE

The general enters a stark white waiting area filled with
scholarly looking gentlemen. An attendant greets General
Skywalker and takes him into a small observation chamber
overlooking a large operating theatre. An elderly doctor
greets him.

DOCTOR
Good to see you, General. I'm afraid
we're not quite ready yet. Thank God
you'll be the one taking them, though.

An attendant brings in one of the scholars from the waiting
area and places him on a large operating table surrounded by
strange looking equipment. An ominous looking clamp is placed
on the man's head.

GENERAL
How many are going?

DOCTOR
Thirty-three of the greatest
scientific minds in our System... A
high price for freedom.

GENERAL
Thirty-three scientists! Transporting
a group that size, undetected... I
don't...

DOCTOR
Don't worry, General. All you'll be
taking are their minds.

The doctor moves over to a safe-like cabinet guarded by two
attendants. The doctor gingerly picks up a small clear vial
filled with grey fluid. It has a label which reads: Faubun,
Astro-dynamics... In the background the scholar on the
operating table is undergoing a form of mechanized brain
surgery.

GENERAL
"Bloodory's distillation?"

DOCTOR
Yes. It has been greatly perfected.
The brain is condensed into five
ounces of fluid. Cloning cell samples
are included so that a structural
duplicate of the scientist can be
reproduced. When the duplicate child
reaches the age of six, he or she
begins a series of injections of the
brain fluid. By the age of ten years,
they have received all the knowledge
and memory of an experienced
scientist: an old mind in a young
body. We have prepared a special
shock-belt to carry the vials.

In the background, the limp body of the scholar on the
operating table is removed and another scientist is escorted
into the operating threatre. Dr. Bloodory, a portly doctor
in his forties, enters the room and shakes hands with the
general.

DOCTOR
General, this is Doctor Bloodory.
He'll be making the trip with you.

BLOODORY
It's an honor to meet you, General.
I'm sure I couldn't be in safer hands.

GENERAL
The chrome companies are exacting a
high prince indeed. Politics will be
the ruin of us all.

BLOODORY
Careful. If we could rid ourselves
of the politicians, generals would
no longer be necessary.

DOCTOR
We should be ready by zero three
hundred.

The doctors exit, leaving the general alone to watch the
huge machine extract another brain.

SPACEPORT - OBSERVATION DECK - AQUILAE

Governor Hoedaack, General Vader walk down a boarding ramp
to an observation deck overlooking the conquered city of
Gordon. They are followed by a number of aides and officers
from the Imperial fleet. Below them air tanks and other
military equipment and supplies are being unloaded.

VADER
Not much of a planet.

HOEDAACK
Darth, you've done well. Do you think
you will have the Royal Family by
nightfall?

VADER
An advance expedition is already on
its way to their underground hideaway.
They should reach it by nightfall...
but only if this Count Sandage can
be trusted.

HOEDAACK
A man hungry for power can always be
trusted... to betray those in power.
I'm sure his information is correct.

HIDDEN FORTRESS CANYON

The huge rock face of the canyon opens, and two shabby
agricultural landspeeders are pushed into the late afternoon
sun. Artwo and Threepio stand on the far side of the canyon
with their guards, watching in amazement. The general and
Captain Starkiller walk behind the men pushing the
landspeeders.

GENERAL
We'll take them with us. They know
more about that fortress than any
ten men. They will be very useful.

STARKILLER
Can they be trusted?

GENERAL
Loyalty can't be programmed. They
can be trusted never to harm a living
creature, and to always give accurate
information... as they know it, to
anyone who asks. You just have to
remember not to tell them anything
that you don't want to fall into the
wrong hands.

The general approaches the two robots. Artwo shyly moves
around his taller companion.

GENERAL
Greetings. I'm Luke: Agricultural
Engineering. We're going to be
travelling together. You're going
with us to help set up a hortastation
on Banth.

Threepio shakes hands with the general.

THREEPIO
I'm Seethreepio: Human Cyborg
relations. Your kindness is greatly
appreciated.

Threepio and the general both look down at Artwo. Threepio
gives the smaller android a little kick.

ARTWO
Artwo Detwo: Fusion Repair.

GENERAL
(to Starkiller)
Load them into one of the speeders.

Captain Whitsun, walking with a slight limp, emerges from
the underground fortress with the Royal Family. A small group
of guards and aides are lined up, standing at attention. The
two young princes, Biggs and Windy, hug and kiss their mother
good-bye, then jump into the back of the larger four-man
speeder. The princess bows before her mother, then embraces
her. Tears roll down her cheeks. Her mother wipes them away.

QUEEN
You must learn strength.

The princess turns and moves to the larger speeder where she
is helped aboard by Captain Starkiller.

PRINCESS
(fuming)
I don't need your help, thank you.

She gives the general an angry look.

GENERAL
I'm afraid he's necessary.

A commotion erupts at the mouth of the underground fortress.
Count Sandage, several senators and ten to twelve troopers
rush into the canyon and block the speeders.

SANDAGE
Where are you going? What is this?

In one quick movement the general moves between Sandage and
the queen. Whitsun and Starkiller assume defensive positions
in front of the princess and her brothers.

QUEEN
Leia and the boys are being taken to
safety. It is my wish.

SANDAGE
The Empire has assured their safety.
They must stay.

QUEEN
It is not my wish...

SANDAGE
General, you've gone too far this
time.
(to the troops)
Arrest him.

Five troops start to move on the general, as Sandage draws
his laserpistol. Before anyone can complete his action, the
general ignites his lasersword and cuts the senator in two.
He drops to the ground in a heap, and the approaching troops
stop in their tracks.

QUEEN
Stop this!

The general, Starkiller, and Whitsun replace their swords,
and bow low to the queen. All of the troops, senators, and
aides do the same. The formalness of the occasion is broken
when the queen embraces the general. She then turns and
embraces each of the captains. They are both flustered, and
somewhat embarrassed.

QUEEN
May the force of others be with you.

The general and his captains head for the speeders, while
the queen and all the others return to the underground
fortress.

DESERT BLUFF - AQUILAE

The two speeders edge their way onto a bluff overlooking the
hidden fortress canyon. They stop for one last reflective
moment. Forced to leave their closest friends and relatives,
the group is deeply moved. The two robots, for the most part,
are puzzled. Suddenly, there is a huge atomic flash, followed
by a loud rumble, and the entire canyon collapses into a
large crater. The group quietly watches the dust settle. The
hidden fortress and all its inhabitants have been destroyed.
The general watches the princess, who appears to take it
well.

GENERAL
It was the only way we could be safe
from treachery.

DUNE SEA - AQUILAE

The two sleek landspeeders glide effortlessly through the
vast hills and valleys of the dune sea. At the base of the
towering dune ridge, the four-man speeder stops. The smaller
speeder, with Starkiller and the two robots, makes its way
to the top of the ridge. Captain Starkiller stops the speeder
just short of the top of the ridge. He gets out and continues
the rest of the way on foot. The young captain peeks over
the dune ridge into the canyon below. Muted sounds and large
dust clouds rise from the canyon floor. Starkiller immediately
ducks back behind the ridge with an amazed look on his face.
He quickly returns to the speeder, and picks up the intercom.

STARKILLER
Sir, you'd better take a look at
this. But come easy.

The four-man speeder starts with a crack, and slowly moves
up the side of the imposing dune. It stops next to the smaller
speeder. The general and Whitsun get out and make their way
to the top of the ridge, where they join Starkiller. Far in
the distance, crossing the endless dune sea, is the Imperial
invasion army. It is immense. A convoy of giant tanks, troop
carriers, and supply ships stretch from horizon to horizon.
Cavalry, mounted on giant dune birds, ride the line from one
end of the convoy to the other. Hundreds of troops ride one-
man jet-sticks in precision formation. Their lances form a
giant pin-cushion. It is an awesome sight.

GENERAL SKYWALKER
They're heading toward the fortress.

WHITSUN
What will they do when they find it
destroyed?

GENERAL
They won't stop looking for us...
They're coming from the spaceport at
Anchorhead, which means they control
everything between here and the
spaceport at Gordon.

STARKILLER
Can we go around them?

GENERAL
No. We'll have to wait for them to
pass. Starkiller, see if you can
monitor any of their communications
on the com-link in the big speeder.

Starkiller returns to the speeder. He collapses in the large
speeder next to the princess, and flips on the com-link radio,
moving back and forth across the dial.

PRINCESS
Must you do that?

Starkiller smiles rather sarcastically.

STARKILLER
Orders... The invasion force has cut
us off. We'll probably be here for
some time. You ought to stretch a
bit.

PRINCESS
Is that a command, General? Maybe I
feel like watching after my brothers.

Starkiller looks back at the two sleeping boys.

STARKILLER
They're not going anywhere. They're
asleep.

PRINCESS
I want to stay with them.

STARKILLER
What's the matter? You afraid I might
eat them?

LIBRARY - PALACE OF LITE - AQUILAE

The king's old library has been converted into an office for
General Vader. He is sitting behind his desk as Prince
Valorum, the black knight of Sith, enters and salutes. The
black knight is dressed in the fascist black and chrome
uniform of the legendary Sith One Hundred. The general returns
his salute.

VADER
Welcome, Prince Valorum. Your exploits
are legendary. I have long waited to
meet a Knight of the Sith. If there
is any way I can assist you, my entire
command is at your bidding.

VALORUM
I want a tie-in to your computer
network, a control center, and
communication access.

VADER
Right away! I'll also transfer all
information we have on the general.
His command post was self-destroyed,
but we believe he is still alive...
Do you really believe he's a Jedi?

VALORUM
If he was not a Jedi, I wouldn't be
here.

WASTELAND - AQUILAE

The speeders make their way across the grey desert. It is
dawn. The twin suns have yet to rise over the distant hills.
The speeders are coated with dust and grime, indicating that
they have travelled far. The two captains drive through the
night as everyone else sleeps. Starkiller calls Whitsun on
the intercom.

STARKILLER
How are your fuel packs? I'm reading
minus four.

WHITSUN
I'm too low to transfer any.

The general, who appeared to be asleep, opens his eyes, and
takes the microphone from Whitsun.

GENERAL
There is a fuel station fourteen
degrees by two meters. The occupation
force should have control of it by
now, so hide your weapons... but
keep them within reach.

FUEL STATION - AQUILAE

A series of low concrete structures rise out of the desert.
The speeders stop in front of an old weather-beaten block
house. The rusted hulk of a landspeeder lies half-buried to
one side of the building. Starkiller and Whitsun jump out of
the speeder and go into the block house.

INTERIOR - FUEL STATION - AQUILAE

The two young captains, dressed as farmers, enter the dingy
little fuel station. It is quiet. A few power packs line the
walls and a dismantled speeder rests in the repair bay. There
is a sharp dripping sound coming from the speeder. It appears
that no-one is there.

STARKILLER
Greetings!... Who's in charge here?

They look around the deserted station, but find no attendant.
An eerie quiet pervades the building.

WHITSUN
I don't get it...

STARKILLER
You don't have to. It's abandoned.

Whitsun opens a door leading to a storage area, and stops
short.

WHITSUN
Not quite abandoned...

Starkiller moves to the doorway and sees the attendant, his
wife, and small daughter hanging upside down, tortured to
death. Whitsun cuts them down.

WHITSUN
They shouldn't have resisted.

Starkiller grabs two power packs from the shelf.

STARKILLER
Help me with these power packs. We'd
better move out of here.

Whitsun covers the family with an old work tarp. He bows to
the dead, then reluctantly grabs a couple of power packs and
they start for the door. Whitsun stops for a moment.

WHITSUN
Hear that? Someone's here.
(yelling)
We're friends. Show yourself.

Silence. Whitsun shrugs his shoulders and they start out the
door, only to run straight into a burly stormtrooper.

STORMTROOPER
Get out of here!

FUEL STATION - AQUILAE

Whitsun and Starkiller are pulled out of the doorway and
shoved into the center of a group of fifteen or twenty
Imperial stormtroopers who have surrounded the two speeders.
Several troops have pulled General Skywalker out of the
speeder. He acts senile, like a man twice his age.

GENERAL SKYWALKER
I'm all right. I can still move about
by myself.

A rough looking sergeant grabs Whitsun.

SERGEANT
What are you doing here?

WHITSUN
We're out of power, sir.

SERGEANT
Let me see your travel passes!

WHITSUN
I have it here, somewhere. We've
been relocated... to a Bantha
hortastation, by Imperial order...

Whitsun fumbles to retrieve something from his pocket, and
eventually pulls out a small, round disc. The sergeant puts
the disc in a small portable reader. Various computer readouts
are displayed on the monitor. Starkiller starts to put a
power pack into one of the speeders.

SERGEANT
What are you doing there? All power
has been restricted.

GENERAL SKYWALKER
We've run out. We must have power,
or be forced to stay here... and
become your responsibilities.

The sergeant thinks about this for a moment, as the old,
wise general watches him. Tension fills the air. Starkiller
shuffles around to a position where he can reach his weapon.
A trooper hands the sergeant a message.

SERGEANT
(to Whitsun)
Take only two of those power packs,
and then move out quickly.

The sergeant hurries to a military craft, where he takes a
call on an intercom. General Skywalker and his two young
captains load the remaining power packs into the speeder,
and roar away from the station.

WASTELAND - AQUILAE

The speeders race along through the rocky desert wasteland.
The general speaks into the intercom to Starkiller.

GENERAL
Keep a close watch. If that sergeant
runs an analysis on those passes, we
might be seeing him again... We should
be safely inside Gordon within the
day.

Everyone is in good spirits. The princess and her young
brothers sing an Aquilaean melody, which is transmitted to
Starkiller in the smaller speeder. The general takes little
Windy, and lets him sit on his lap in the forward compartment
of the speeder. Artwo flexes Threepio's arm back and forth,
attempting to discover the cause of a loud squeak.

ARTWO
Z-2 doesn't seem to help at all.

THREEPIO
It's all this filth and dust. This
environment is murderous.

Starkiller notices a small speck on the horizon.

STARKILLER
(into intercom)
Object approaching, bearing three
point two.

The general looks through an electrotelescope mounted in the
speeder. He spots a distant row of troopers riding strange
dune birds.

GENERAL
(to Starkiller)
It's a patrol. It could mean trouble.
We'd better split up. You stay on a
direct course. We'll meet you at the
western edge of ravine 23-64. Stay
in contact.

The larger speeder makes a sharp left turn, speeding off
across a deep ravine.

Starkiller can begin to distinguish the approaching troopers.

STARKILLER
It looks like there's ten of them.
They're heading right for me... Wait
a second. They've disappeared! I've
lost them.

GENERAL
Continue on.

WASTELAND LAKEBED - AQUILAE

Whitsun deftly maneuvers the bulky speeder through a narrow,
boulder strewn ravine. They eventually come out on a dry
lake bed, where they stop. Standing not more than a hundred
feet away, apparently waiting for the speeder, are five
Imperial troops on their dune birds.

GENERAL
We've found them, five of them,
anyway... Watch yourself.

The troops slowly ride their huge birds over to the speeder,
and dismount. The officer in charge is a vicious looking
warrior, with a large scar across his face.

OFFICER
Let me see your passes.

Whitsun hands him the small pass disc, and he places it in
his reader. He studies the computer readout for a few moments,
and then returns the disc to Whitsun.

OFFICER
Have you seen any other transports
in this area?

GENERAL SKYWALKER
We saw two heading south. Goin' toward
Ansel, look like to me.

OFFICER
All right. Be on your way.

The officer mounts his dune bird, and the patrol moves away.
Whitsun winks at the princess, and smiles at the general, as
the speeder starts off across the dry lake. The general
fiddles with the intercom.

GENERAL
S-2, are you clear?

STARKILLER
I have five troopers approaching.
Any problems on your end?

GENERAL
We came through all right. You
shouldn't have any trouble, but stay
alert.

STARKILLER
Best wishes... Here they come.

Everyone rides along in silence, a little worried about
Starkiller, especially the princess.

PRINCESS
...Do you think he'll be all right?

GENERAL
He can take care of himself.

Biggs is looking out the back window of the speeder.

BIGGS
Hey look! They're coming back.

Everyone looks to see the patrol quickly gaining on them.

GENERAL
Stop! They're faster. Get your weapon.

The speeder screeches to a halt in a cloud of dust. The
general and his captain jump from the transport with
laserpistols drawn. The patrol bears down on them, swords
drawn, at full charge. Both the general and Whitsun fire.
Two of the troopers and their Dune birds explode in a cloud
of smoke. The remaining three troopers are upon the duo in a
matter of seconds. The general ignites his lasersword and
cuts down two of the troops as they pass. The last turns his
bird around before reaching the speeder, and hightails it
back toward the ravine. The general jumps onto one of the
riderless dune birds and takes off in pursuit. Whitsun checks
the dead troopers.

WASTELAND RAVINE - AQUILAE

The general rides at breakneck speed after the fleeing
trooper. His lasersword is raised high over his head, ready
to deal a death blow. The lumbering birds race through the
winding ravine.

WASTELAND RAVINE - AQUILAE

The intercom warning buzzer begins to scream. Whitsun rushes
for it, but the princess gets there first.

PRINCESS
Are you all right?

STARKILLER
Two riders heading your way. I got
three, but two got away. Watch
yourselves!

WASTELAND RAVINE - AQUILAE

The general is riding neck and neck with the trooper. He
swiftly brings his sword down and the trooper drops from his
saddle. The momentum of his charge carries the general around
a bend in the ravine, and right in the path of two more troops
charging down on him. The two troopers are taken by surprise.
They stop their birds, and so does the general. They stand
there, about fifty yards apart, sizing up each other.
Suddenly, the two troopers start for the Jedi at full speed.
The general raises his sword, and starts for them. The
troopers are no match for the general, who kills them both
before they are even able to swing their swords.

WASTELAND LAKEBED - AQUILAE

Starkiller stops near the larger landspeeder and gets out.
He is wounded. Blood streams from his left arm. Whitsun rushes
to help him. The princess shows a great deal of concern.

WHITSUN
It looks worse than it is. You'll be
all right.

Whitsun motions to the princess, who looks a little relieved.

WHITSUN
Bring me the med aid pack.

PRINCESS
If he was clumsy enough to get hurt,
maybe we ought to let him bleed to
death.

She hands Whitsun the kit, as the general rides up and
dismounts. He moves to Starkiller.

GENERAL
You missed two.

STARKILLER
I know, I couldn't...

GENERAL
Don't let it happen again. We'd better
move out. They might have reported
in.

CONTROL ROOM - PALACE OF LITE - AQUILAE

The dark and sinister Valorum moves several markers on a
large map readout to form a line from the destroyed
underground fortress to the spaceport at Gordon. An aide
enters with General Vader.

AIDE
The patrol was lost, Sir. All ten of
them.

VALORUM
It's to be expected.

VADER
Have you found them?

VALORUM
They're heading for the spaceport at
Gordon. I'm going there. Have all
security doubled. Make it an alert.

THE OUTSKIRTS OF GORDON - AQUILAE

The speeders stop on a bluff overlooking a small cantina on
the outskirts of Gordon. The spaceport can be seen in the
distance. The general and Captain Whitsun walk over to the
smaller speeder. Starkiller helps the two androids out of
their cramped quarters.

THREEPIO
Your kindness is greatly appreciated.

STARKILLER
(to general)
I'm fit enough to...

The general gives him a hard look and he shuts up. Whitsun
and the general climb into the speeder.

GENERAL
We'll make contact at zero four
hundred. If we're not back by fifty-
five forty, get worried.

The speeder starts off toward the cantina.

SPACEPORT CANTINA - AQUILAE

The speeder pulls up in front of the low, blockhouse style
cantina. Various strange forms of transport are parked outside
the bar.

GENERAL
Take care here. If there is any
trouble, get back to the others.

The general and Whitsun enter the shabby cantina. The murky
little den is filled with a startling array of weird and
exotic alien creatures, laughing at the bar. At first, the
sight is horrifying. One-eyed, thousand-eyed, slimy, furry,
scaling arms, tentacles, and claws huddle over drinks. The
general looks over the patrons, but does not see the contact,
Han Solo. A large multiple eyed creature shoves the general.

CREATURE
Assha dughi wouldugga?

The general tries to ignore the creature, and turns back to
his drink. A short, grubby looking human, and an even smaller
rodent-like creature join the first creature.

HUMAN
He doesn't like you.

GENERAL
I understood him.

HUMAN
I don't like you either.

GENERAL
I'm sorry.

The big creature is getting agitated, and yells at the
general.

HUMAN
Don't insult us. You just watch
yourself. We're wanted men. I have
the death sentence on twelve Systems.

GENERAL
I'll be careful then.

HUMAN
You'll be dead.

The short rodent yells something, and everything at the bar
moves away. The general assumes a defensive position. His
three adversaries ready their weapons.

GENERAL
You insist on a fight then.

HUMAN
Just try and kill us.

GENERAL
It will hurt a little.

HUMAN
We aren't cowards.

GENERAL
Then it can't be helped.

The general's lasersword sparks to life. An arm lies on the
floor. The rodent is cut in two, and the large, multiple-
eyed creature lies doubled, cut from chin to groin. The
general, with quiet dignity, replaces his sword in its sheath.
The entire fight has lasted only a matter of seconds. A figure
stands in the doorway watching the general. As soon as the
general notices him, he leaves. The cantina goes back to
normal, as if nothing had happened, although the general is
given a respectable amount of room at the bar. The Jedi
finishes his drink, and then leaves. Captain Whitsun follows.

SPACEPORT ALLEYWAY - GORDON - AQUILAE

General Skywalker embraces Han Solo, the underground contact.
Han is a huge, green skinned monster with no nose and large
gills.

HAN
You old stardog. Took a war to get
you out here...

Whitsun arrives with Starkiller, the princess and her
brothers, and the two puzzled androids.

GENERAL
It's been too long. We've been through
much together. It will be good to
have you out of retirement and back
at my side. How is Starkiller?
(putting his arm around
the young Captain
Starkiller)
This is his son.

HAN
You're all the old boy will talk
about. He's still holding up. Come,
let's get off the street.

The group enters a small doorway at the far end of the
alleyway. On the main street, within view of the doorway,
giant Imperial air tanks and other military hardware rumble
through the city. Starving refugees sit in the gutters
watching the immense display of force with a mixture of awe
and terror. The princess stops for a moment, and stares at
her people, watching the might of the Empire. The general
escorts her through the doorway with the others.

SLUM DWELLING - LIVING AREA - AQUILAE

The seedy dwelling is dark and dingy. The group is greeted
by three underground leaders, and the old Jedi, Kane
Starkiller. Captain Starkiller embraces his father as the
underground leaders bow before the princess.

SLUM DWELLING - DINING AREA - AQUILAE

The princess walks through the dining area followed by Whitsun
and Starkiller, who carry the two sleeping princes. The
general sits at a large table finishing dinner with Han,
Kane and the three underground leaders. Whitsun returns from
the bedroom.

GENERAL
(to Whitsun)
Captain, why don't you take the
androids into the other room for a
game of chess?... I'm sure they'd
enjoy it.

THREEPIO
A wonderful idea. Your kindness is
greatly appreciated.

Whitsun escorts the two robots into the next room. Datos, a
thin, wizened old man, seems greatly relieved.

DATOS
You're taking a great risk travelling
with them. This whole operation sounds
bad to me. I don't trust the chrome
companies. Time is growing short.
The Empire's attempts at control
have already caused a great deal of
suffering to our people.

Occo, a brash young rebel, about the same age as Captain
Starkiller, slams his fist on the table.

OCCO
It must happen now! We are ready!
Each day the Imperial S.B.T. finds
and destroys a few more in the
organization. We cannot wait any
longer.

GENERAL
Any uprising without a coordinated
attack on the death star is out of
the question.

HAN
He's right. As long as it's
operational, any action down here
would be meaningless. We must proceed
as planned. Are the arrangements
secure?

Quist, the third member of the underground, sparks to life,
and places several discs and badges on the table.

QUIST
All passenger transport has been
suspended, so we've arranged for you
to travel as the crew of a Baltarian
freighter. The boys will have to be
placed in suspended animation and
hidden in shielded micro-packs. It's
the only way we will be able to get
them past the scanners.

DATOS
Were you able to acquire the necessary
power packs?

QUIST
It's become a serious problem. All
power supplies have been restricted.
S-4 units are impossible to come by.

HAN
I know an agent who might be able to
acquire them for us. I'll check with
him. It will be risky, but we've no
other choice.

SPACEPORT OBSERVATION DECK - AQUILAE

The dark figure of Valorum stands overlooking a group of
Aquilaean partisans who are being tortured in the plaza below.
Two Imperial officers are finishing a report to the black
knight. They salute smartly, then leave the observation
balcony, passing Kuro, one of General Vader's aides, who
approaches Valorum, and bows low before him. Kuro and the
black knight carry on an animated conversation; it is
inaudible over the screams of the tortured partisans.

SLUM DWELLING - ALLEYWAY - AQUILAE

Residents glance fearfully from their windows as six Imperial
stormtroopers make their way through the crowded slum
alleyway. Han Solo and Captain Starkiller move cautiously
past the Imperial patrol, and disappear into the shabby
hideout of the partisan underground.

SLUM DWELLING - MAIN AREA - AQUILAE

The two men enter the dingy main room of the slum dwelling,
and are immediately attacked by Biggs, wielding a toy sword.
Starkiller good-naturedly fends off the young prince, as Han
in a more serious mood, goes into the other room. Artwo and
Threepio are helping Windy put together a block-like puzzle.
Princess Leia comes in to see what all the commotion is about,
just as the young captain grabs Biggs by the foot and holds
him upside-down. Starkiller and Biggs are laughing
uproariously. Leia gives the captain a stern, disapproving
look, then returns to the other room.

SLUM DWELLING - DINING AREA - AQUILAE

General Skywalker, Captain Whitsun, and Datos are in the
process of assembling two micro-packs on the kitchen table.
Han pulls a small silver powerpack from his pocket, and places
it on the table. The old Jedi, Kane Starkiller, reaches over
with his one good arm and takes it. He inspects it carefully.
Princess Leia sits quietly behind the general.

HAN
We could only get one unit. The
Empire's methods are proving to be
very effective.

Kane places the power-pack back on the table. The pain from
those simple movements shows on his face.

KANE
This will work fine.

HAN
One of the boys will have to stay.

DATOS
We can't hide him for very long...
The risk is too great! Whichever boy
doesn't go must be destroyed.

The princess is alarmed, and looks to the general for support.
He gives her an understanding look.

GENERAL
Not while they're in my charge. Find
another way to get him through.

DATOS
There's no other way. We've analyzed
every possible alternative. You can't
jeopardize the entire...

Captain Starkiller enters the room.

HAN
We have no time for discussion. The
freighters leave at zero three
hundred. We must get started.

Through a break in the door, Whitsun watches Artwo and
Threepio play with the two young princes.

WHITSUN
What about Artwo? Could we lobotomize
him, and use his energy pack?

GENERAL
They're not compatible. We'd have to
completely change the system...

HAN
It could work.

DATOS
There isn't enough time. You can't
do it...

KANE
You won't have to. My power unit has
more than half life... Use it.

The withered Jedi opens his tunic revealing a metallic chest
covered with electrodes. With his one good arm, he grabs his
chest and rips loose and miniature power unit similar to the
one on the table. Everyone is taken by surprise. The general
and the young Starkiller both rush to the side of the dying
Jedi. The old man turns to his son.

KANE
Trust my judgment, Son. Serve your
new teacher well.

The Jedi's breathing becomes more difficult as he turns to
the general.

KANE
An honorable death, my friend. May
the force of others be with you...

Kane Starkiller passes on to the other world. Everyone is
stunned. The general breaks the moment of silence.

GENERAL
May he be welcomed as a man above
men. Take him downstairs.

Starkiller takes his father in his arms and is followed out
of the room by Han and Datos.

GENERAL
Prepare the boys! We have little
time.

Princess Leia and Captain Whitsun rush out of the room, as
the general places the power units in the micro-packs.

SLUM DWELLING - MAIN AREA - AQUILAE

Biggs and Windy are not happy about being dragged away from
their puzzle. Whitsun takes the robots into the sleep area.

LEIA
Now straighten up, Biggs. Remember,
father expects you to follow his
ways. We are going on a trip. There
will be great danger. You must go to
sleep. When you wake, you will be in
a strange land, so don't be alarmed.

BIGGS
Are you going to sleep too?

LEIA
I will be looking after you. Now be
good boys and stand still. Lift your
sleeve.

Windy lifts his sleeve and Leia injects him with a sleep
serum. Whitsun enters just as the little prince collapses
into a deep sleep. Quick as lightning, he catches the boy
before he can hit the floor. The princess injects her other
brother, and he collapses into her arms.

SLUM DWELLING - DINING AREA - AQUILAE

The limp bodies of the two young princes are carried in by
Leia and Captain Whitsun. They are carefully squeezed into
the hollowed out micro-cases. Leia pensively watches as the
general expertly attaches electrodes to her brother's skull.
Han and Datos return from the burial of Kane. The general
looks up from his operation.

HAN
He is at rest. The Empire will never
find him. Are the systems working
all right?

GENERAL
Full power... Is everything ready?

Datos nods yes, as the general closes the case holding Biggs.
The strain of watching her brothers placed in suspended
animation is too great for Leia, and she retreats into the
main room.

SLUM DWELLING - MAIN ROOM - AQUILAE

Captain Starkiller stands brooding near a window overlooking
the crowded alleyway. He does not acknowledge Leia's entrance.
She walks over to the window, and stands next to the young
captain. They are very close, but do not touch.

LEIA
I'm sorry.

He does not respond. She is moved by his sorrow, and starts
to touch the side of his face, but can't bring herself to do
it. Her royal training is too strong to let her show her
true affection for Starkiller. She breaks down and runs from
the room. The young Jedi continues his meditation.

SPACEPORT AT GORDON - SECURITY RAMP - AQUILAE

The spaceport is very crowded. People rush about in a panicked
rush as loudspeakers blurt out indiscernible announcements.
The Empire is in the process of changing the boarding
procedures and the result is chaos. Many flights are delayed,
and people are running to and fro, switching boarding ramps.
Han guides the rebel group, dressed as a Baltarian crew,
through the crowded terminal. Whitsun and Starkiller carry
the large micro-packs strapped to their backs. The robots
follow a few paces behind.

HAN
They're changing the boarding
procedures. I don't like it.

They are swept into a boarding gate and finally reach a
security ramp scan station. There are a great number of troops
and guards standing around the security area. An officer
demands to see their passes and orders. The tension builds
as the officer confers with an aide about the passes. The
aide speaks quietly into a phone.

OFFICER
Where are your component receipts?

Starkiller and Whitsun hand the officer two additional discs
which are placed in the computer. A few moments later, the
readout appears, and the group is motioned through the
electron scanners. On the other side of the scanner, new
computer discs are issued to the group. Everyone seems
slightly relieved as they walk through several hallways
leading to where the freighter is docked. Starkiller moves
next to the general.

STARKILLER
I don't like the feel of this.

GENERAL
Your senses are strong. It's a very
small disruption.

STARKILLER
It's a Knight of the Sith.

GENERAL
Possibly. Stay alert... Warn the
others.

The group walks through the docking links and into the
Baltarian spacecraft. Several Imperial guards pass them, and
everyone is ready for the suspected trap, but nothing
happens...

INTERIOR - BALTARIAN FREIGHTER - AQUILAE

The group stops in a narrow electronics passageway near the
bridge of the ship. Starkiller and Whitsun unstrap the micro-
packs containing the two young princes, and check the voltage
packs.

WHITSUN
Little Biggs is losing power faster
than normal. I'd better check it
out.

GENERAL
Wait until the situation is secure.
Stay here, and keep on your guard...
Han!

The two young captains grow suspicious of several workmen
gathering around the main exit hatch. Han and the general
enter the bridge area. Several crewmen sit at elaborate
controls and computer stations.

GENERAL
Where is your captain?

One of the crewmen directs him to a small chamber above the
bridge. Starkiller and Whitsun strap on their micropacks as
more workmen converge at the main hatch and begin to close
it. The two robots, Artwo and Threepio are confused about
what is going on, and wear their gear in anticipation of
moving.

PILOT CHAMBER - BALTARIAN FREIGHTER - AQUILAE

Han and the general enter the small pilot's chamber and greet
the captain, whose face is hidden in the shadows of a computer
bank.

CAPTAIN
Welcome, gentlemen. You must have
had a difficult journey. We'll be
departing shortly...

[The following page was badly photocopied -- illegible
sections are marked with [...]]

Four Imperial troopers silently enter the room behind the
two [...] Their laserswords are drawn.

CAPTAIN
I have been authorized to accept
payment [...] the chrome company
cooperation. I [...] you've brought
it with you.

A figure moves out of the shadows, and is revealed to be
Valorum, First Knight of the Sith. Instantly, both Han and
the general understand the situation. They turn, drawing
their laserswords on the move, and cut down the four Imperial
troopers. The chamber instantly seals shut. Valorum hasn't
moved and remains unusually calm. The two Jedi turn [...]

VALORUM
It is over, gentlemen. The chamber
is sealed. You force me to release
the Jai gas...

[...] and the black knight turns to an intercom.

INTERCOM
[...]ion secure. Prisoners taken to
hold "B,"... [...] casualties....
gas was necessary.

Han and the general relax and drop their weapons. The door
opens behind them and six guards enter wearing face-[...]nd
the two Jedi with chrome microcuffs. A smile creeps across
Valorum's face. General is unimpressed with the knightly
trap.

VALORUM
[...] it's ended.
(to guard)
Take them [...] "G." I don't want
them with the others. Ready for
departure.

The guards escort Han and the general out of the chamber
[...] hallways.

INTERIOR - BALTARIAN FREIGHTERS - AQUILAE

The guards march Han and the general into the hold of the
[...] near the main exit where Artwo and Threepio stand
looking lost. Threepio sees the general pass [...]ay.

THREEPIO
There he is. Come on.

[End of damaged page]

The robots waddle off after the Jedi prisoners. As the small
procession passes detention cell B where the princess and
the others are being held, Han and the general let out a
horrifying Jedi scream, and leap to the corridor ceiling,
thrusting their bound wrists into the lighting fixtures.
They land on top of the troops, instantly breaking the necks
of four guards, with expertly placed Jedi blows. The eight
surviving guards are momentarily dumbfounded. Han and the
general grab laserswords from their victims, and swiftly cut
down the remaining troops. Han grabs a small card from one
of the dead guards, and starts for detention cell B.

GENERAL
Watch it! Those are cutters.

The general grabs one of the dead troopers and tosses him
against the cell door. Red rays engulf the body, and holds
it there. Han then places the card in a slot, and the door
silently slides open. Starkiller and Whitsun leap for the
dead guard, then notice the death ray surrounding him. General
Skywalker grabs another body and throws it into the doorway.

GENERAL
Pass between them!

Starkiller squeezes between the slain guards, and is untouched
by the rays. Whitsun and the princess quickly follow, picking
up weapons as they leave.

STARKILLER
They've taken the cases.

GENERAL
Are they aware of the boys?

WHITSUN
I don't think so.

GENERAL
Find them! Use your seeker. We'll
meet you at the main hatch. Watch
yourselves. If an alarm is given,
they'll gas the entire ship.

WHITSUN
Yes, Sir.

Whitsun and Starkiller each take a small humming device from
their utility belts and head down a narrow hallway. The
general, Han and the princess continue toward the main hatch.
Artwo and Threepio have been completely confused by the turn
of events. They eventually follow the general toward the
exit hatch.

ELECTROCLOSET HALLWAY - BALTARIAN FREIGHTER - AQUILAE

The two young captains reach a storage area of the huge
spacecraft. They watch their seekers as they move along a
row of electroclosets. They quietly sneak past a group of
workmen assembling a large gyro-housing. A second row of
micro-packs is searched to no avail.

WHITSUN
If they were discovered, they would
have been sent to a medical station.

STARKILLER
There are more storage areas on the
far side.

MAIN HATCH AREA - BALTARIAN FREIGHTER - AQUILAE

Han and the general reach the main hatch, closely followed
by Leia and the two robots. Several lights over the hatch
flash on and off. The general cuts a camera off the wall
with his lasersword.

HAN
They're going to take off... It's
too late.

GENERAL
Threepio! Come over here.

The lanky chrome man approaches the general, who is studying
a complex computer control panel next to the hatch.

THREEPIO
Yes Sir. May I be of service?

GENERAL
Get this hatch open. Counterlock the
departure pattern.

The robot immediately starts pushing buttons on the panel.

ELECTROCLOSET HALLWAY - BALTARIAN FREIGHTER - AQUILAE

Starkiller and Whitsun reach a second series of
electroclosets. A signal appears on the seekers, and
Starkiller cuts down the door of one of the small cabinets.
Whitsun stands guard. Approaching troops are heard in the
distance. Starkiller quickly rummages through the electropacks
until he spots the familiar cases containing the two boys.

WHITSUN
Troops!

Starkiller straps on one of the back packs, and hands the
other to Whitsun, as they duck into a narrow passageway.
Four troops march through a nearby hallway. After they have
passed, the young captain checks to make sure the way is
clear, then runs down a hallway toward the main hatch.

BRIDGE - BALTARIAN FREIGHTER - AQUILAE

As the crew makes the final preparations for the blast off,
the main hatch light blinks on. One of the pilots notices
the light and begins to check it out.

PILOT
(into intercom)
Is the main hatch secure?

MAIN HATCH - BALTARIAN FREIGHTER - AQUILAE

The intercom sparks to life, and the general answers it.

GENERAL
Everything looks secure, but give me
a minute to check it out.

PILOT
All right... Stand by.

The general gives a wink to Han, as Threepio continues his
attempt to override the hatch computer.

HALLWAYS - BALTARIAN FREIGHTER - AQUILAE

Starkiller and Whitsun cautiously move down a long hallway,
ever watchful of Imperial troops. They reach an intersection,
carefully check in all directions, then rush down a main
hallway. They are about half way down the hallway, when a
squad of Imperial guards appears at the end of the hallway,
facing them. The troops start toward the two captains with
lowered laserrifles.

STARKILLER
Here's where it gets tricky.

Starkiller, then Whitsun, quickly and smoothly draw their
laserpistols and fire at the troops. A giant explosion
destroys the far end of the hallway. A few laserbolts are
returned, but streak harmlessly overhead, and explode out of
range. The exchange of gunfire lasts only a few moments.
When the smoke clears, the troops have been destroyed.

MAIN HATCH - BALTARIAN FREIGHTER - AQUILAE

The main hatch slowly begins to slide open, when the rumbling
explosion of laserfire echoes through the hallways. Han looks
to the general, and they both instantly realize what has
happened. Han draws his weapons. The hatch is now fully open.
Everyone stands silently, watching for the two captains.
Alarms start screaming throughout the ship, and the giant
hatch slowly begins to close.

GENERAL
Come on. We can't wait.

The group reluctantly exits the spacecraft, giving one last
look back to their lost friends. The hatch continues to close
slowly as the alarm sirens wail. Suddenly, Starkiller and
Whitsun round a corner and head for the ever-closing hatch;
battling several Imperial stormtroopers as they go. Han and
the general move up to the hatch and give cover fire. Whitsun
slips through the shrinking opening, and yells to Starkiller
to hurry. Many more troops bear down on the young Jedi as he
squeezes through the very slim opening. One of the troops
dives after him, but is caught, and crushed by the emergency
hatch.

BOARDING RAMPS - GORDON SPACEPORT - AQUILAE

The general leads the group through various corridors.

HAN
Once the alarm sounds, the entire
spaceport will shut down.

They stop at a junction. At the far end of one hallway,
several troops guard a restricted passageway.

GENERAL
That's the military section.

STARKILLER
Fighter craft!

HAN
But it's very heavily guarded. We
can't take it with subtlety.

Before the general can answer, the acute scream of the
spaceport alarm reverberates through the corridors. The
general, followed by his two young captains, charge toward
the heavily guarded military passageway. Han, with the
princess and two robots, follow a safe distance behind. A
guard sees them coming, and orders them to stop. Starkiller
and the general fire their laserpistols at the passageway
entrance and the troops disappear in a huge explosion.

The group jumps over the dead guards and smoking rubble,
then runs through a series of hallways leading to a starship.
They stop just short of an intersection leading to a boarding
ramp. Starkiller peeks around a corner at two guards standing
in front of the boarding ramp.

STARKILLER
Cutters! We'll have to draw them
out... A blast might alert the crew.

GENERAL
Artwo! Come here.

The little robot waddles over to the old Jedi.

GENERAL
Move to that intersection and sound
the alarm.

The mechanical dwarf dutifully marches into the intersection
and lets out a high, electronic scream. The guards shut off
the deadly laser "cutters," and cautiously approach the
wailing robot.

GUARD
What is it? What's wrong?

With incredible speed, both guards are dropped by a few
precision blows from the two young captains. They immediately
drag the unconscious guards into the starship.

GENERAL
Starkiller! Whitsun! Stand guard.
I'll signal at take-off minus
thirty... And reverse that cutter!

INTERIOR - IMPERIAL STARSHIP - AQUILAE

Han and the general, followed by Leia and the robots, enter
the Imperial starship. They rush through several narrow
hallways leading to the bridge. Two crew members leaving a
control station, stumble into the group and are quickly
dispatched by Han. The princess waits with the robots, as
the general and Han enter the bridge. The two pilots and
navigator are taken by surprise and promptly are subdued.
Han switches on the intercom and listens.

HAN
How are we going to get them to open
the silo cover?

GENERAL
Send Threepio in here. Dispose of
any crewmen left on board.

BOARDING RAMP - SPACEPORT - AQUILAE

Starkiller and Whitsun now wear the uniform of the Imperial
guard. Whitsun has removed a plate from the "cutter" mechanism
and is crossing a few wires. He replaces the "cutter" plate
just as a squad of stormtroopers rushes toward the door. An
officer salutes them.

OFFICER
Have you seen them?

STARKILLER
No, Sir.

OFFICER
They're in this section somewhere.
I'm doubling all the guards. Stay
alert.

Two guards take up positions just outside the "cutter" areas,
and the squad moves on to another starship. Starkiller gives
his partner a philosophical look.

INTERIOR - IMPERIAL STARSHIP - AQUILAE

The gleaming chrome Threepio sits in the pilot's seat, talking
on the intercom to a controller. He breaks off his continual
drone of take-off instructions to the controller and turns
to the general, shaking his head.

THREEPIO
They won't buy it. I think they're
getting suspicious.

Han enters.

HAN
The crew is taken care of.

GENERAL
Well, they're not going to open the
silo cover, so I'm afraid we'll have
to take it with us.

HAN
We're going to sustain considerable
damage if we blast off through that
cover.

GENERAL
It's a thin shell. There is no choice.
(to Threepio)
Signal the boys.

BOARDING RAMPS - SPACEPORT - AQUILAE

Warning lights flash and the main hatch to the starfighter
slowly begins to close. The two Imperial stormtroopers yell
at Starkiller and Whitsun.

STORMTROOPER
Watch it! Don't fire into those
cutters!
(to Starkiller)
Shut down the cutters!

The two captains pretend to be confused, and not understand.
At the last minute, they leap aboard the starship. The hatch
slides closed, and the boarding ramp drops away. Several
more guards arrive, and give the troopers a special card,
which turns the small cutter warning lights from red to green.
The guards rush onto the boarding ramp and are wiped out by
the reversed "cutters."

INTERIOR - STARSHIPS - AQUILAE

Everyone straps himself into the lifepods. Threepio and the
general troddle forward, and the giant ship shudders as it
starts to lift off the launch pad. With tense expressions,
everyone braces for the impact of the silo cover.

STARSHIP - SPACEPORT SILO - AQUILAE

The mighty starship thunders out of the silo, crashing through
the cover plate, sending shrapnel in all directions. The
ship leaps toward the heavens.

BOARDING RAMPS - SPACEPORT - AQUILAE

Imperial flight crews rush to their starships. Pilots receive
their clearances, and several giant silo covers swing away,
revealing deadly hunter-destroyer spaceships.

INTERIOR - BRIDGE - STARSHIP - SPACE

Han and the general watch as five hunter-destroyers leave
the spaceport at Gordon.

GENERAL
We suffered light damage to a
deflector fin. It will take them
quite a while to catch up with us
now. Tell the boys to get some rest.

AFT SECTION - STARSHIP - SPACE

Han retreats to the aft section of the ship, where the two
captains are checking out the two main lasercannons mounted
in large rotating bubble turrets.

HAN
The old boy says you two should get
some rest... You've got some time
before they catch up to us.

Han notices the packs containing the young princes.

HAN
Better store the boys in a lifepod.
Secure them well.

He heads back toward the bridge, followed by Whitsun.
Starkiller carries the two micro-packs to a lifepod, and
straps them in. He checks Biggs' energy supply. It is low.
Leia approaches him.

LEIA
Couldn't we let them out now?

STARKILLER
It's better this way. Things are
going to get rough...

LEIA
Will we make it? Is there any hope?
Stay with me... I love you.

Starkiller is slightly shocked at this outburst. The princess
starts to cry and clings to him for support.

STARKILLER
No-one is going to die... so stop
acting like a child, and start
behaving like a queen. What is this
silly talk of love? You belong to
the people of Aquilae, and my job is
to return you to them, nothing more.
Now straighten up and get into a
lifepod.

She's deeply hurt by his callousness. She breaks away from
him and runs down a hallway into a lifepod. He is tired, and
angry at the whole incident.

BRIDGE - STARSHIP - SPACE

Threepio guides the starship toward the Ophuchi system. The
general watches the computer readout estimate the position
of the Imperial hunter destroyers.

THREEPIO
Hostile craft will intercept at thirty
plus.

GENERAL
What's the nearest star System?

THREEPIO
Yavin.

GENERAL
Set a course... Maybe we can lose
them among the Systems.

AFT SECTION - STARSHIP - SPACE

Starkiller rests in one of the lasercannon pod bays. He is
thinking about Leia. Slowly a smile creeps across his face.
He makes a decision, jumps up, and hurries down a hallway.
He taps on the lifepod bulkhead, and Whitsun opens the door.
Starkiller is surprised.

WHITSUN
What is it?

STARKILLER
Where is Leia?

WHITSUN
She went forward... What's going on
with you two?

STARKILLER
We're in love. She loves me, and I
just realized,... I love her.

WHITSUN
You're asking for trouble... She's a
queen... You're a warrior... Do you
know what you're saying?

STARKILLER
I don't care... I've got to talk...

Whitsun just shakes his head, but before Starkiller can finish
his sentence, the ship is rocked by a bombardment of proton
torpedoes. The intercom squawks to life.

GENERAL
(over intercom)
Get to those guns!

Starkiller and Whitsun rush to the lasercannons, and jump
into the protective suits and helmets.

BRIDGE - STARSHIP - SPACE

Han enters the bridge and sits before a fire control center.
The general sits in a chair, slightly behind and above
Threepio, directing the robot pilot.

GENERAL
Turn around! Let's face them.

Artwo, sitting quietly in a corner, watches as Threepio
punches new information into the computer and the giant
starship swings around in a sharp circle. Several torpedoes
explode near the ship. The general switches on the intercom.

GENERAL
Your boys ready?

AFT SECTION - STARSHIP - SPACE

The captains adjust the lasercannon controls in front of
them and check in with the general.

GENERAL
They should be within range in twelve
seconds...

Starkiller adjusts his giant laser ack-ack cannon, searching
his electronic tracking screen for the hunter destroyer.
Whitsun is having a problem with one of the rotating
mechanisms on the huge gun. He curses, climbs out of the
chair, and attempts to fix it.

WHITSUN
My vertical rotating circuits are
out...

The princess straps herself into a small lifepod. Only the
slightest hint of concern or worry shows in her face. She
listens to her protectors relay instructions as the enemy
approaches.

BRIDGE - STARSHIP - SPACE

The starship shudders as the hunter-destroyers open fire.
Han relays the ship's status to the general, as Threepio
struggles to keep up with the barrage of orders.

HAN
We're losing deflectors three thirty
one and ten forty two...

GENERAL
(to Threepio)
Cut hard to maridian nine zero six.
Level to three degrees...
(into the intercom)
We're coming under one. Wait for my
signal!

AFT SECTION - STARSHIP - SPACE

The constant flashing of deflected laser bolts reflect in
the interior of the lasercannon bubble. Starkiller rechecks
his firing switches... Whitsun adjusts his headphones, and
lowers a glare reflector. He raps on the power rotation
circuits, and gives them a little test burst. The pod
instantly rotates a few degrees. The large starship heads
directly toward the three enemy ships and at the last moment
dives under the attacking craft. Starkiller watches the
smaller crafts pass overhead, aching to open fire. He calls
Whitsun on the intercom.

STARKILLER
I've got no signal. I'm on target.
What's wrong? What are they waiting
for? I've got an open shield!

The three Imperial craft are firing incessantly at point
blank range.

WHITSUN
Wait for the signal.

But Starkiller has a perfect shot, and he can't wait. He
squeezes the trigger and the giant lasercannon, with a burst
of smoke and electrical charge, opens up on the enemy craft.
Moments later, the signal lights flash on and Whitsun
commences firing on the receeding hunter-destroyers. Two of
the Imperial craft break off, and prepare for another attack
run. The third is hit by a concentrated barrage from the two
captains, and begins spinning out of control, until it finally
explodes. Whitsun gives Starkiller a victory wave, which
Starkiller gleefully returns. These moments of triumph are
broken by the intercom.

GENERAL
Annikin, next run you wait for my
signal. We haven't much power to
spare on your inaccurate
grandstanding!

Starkiller's pride is wounded. He resets his accelerators,
as the two remaining hunter-destroyers begin a second run.

BRIDGE - STARSHIP - SPACE

Han turns to the general.

HAN
We have a weakened shield on the
port turret...

GENERAL
Warn Starkiller. Get him out of there.
(to Threepio)
Change your heading by point five.

AFT SECTION - STARSHIP - SPACE

Princess Leia listens to Han warn Starkiller.

HAN
Your shield power is down. Abandon
that positions, and seal that section.
Report! Captain, do you hear me?
Captain?!!!

Leia becomes worried that something has happened to Annikin.
The young captain switches off the intercom system and signals
to Whitsun that the system has gone dead. Before Whitsun can
answer, the two hunter-destroyer spacecraft are upon them
once again. Laser bolts flash all around them. The general's
signal flashes on, and the captain starts to return the fire.
One of the Imperial fighters concentrates its fire on
Starkiller's weakened gunport. A direct hit blows open a
hole in the turret, and everything that isn't bolted down is
sucked into outer space, including Starkiller. He bangs
against the side of the starship, held only by a weakened
lifeline.

The princess hears Whitsun explain Starkiller's predicament,
and rushes back to help him. She is stopped by a pressure
locked door leading to the gun emplacement.

BRIDGE - STARSHIP - SPACE

The general orders Threepio to swing the spacecraft around
and start a new attack. He turns to Artwo.

GENERAL
Use the aft port... See what you can
do for Starkiller.

Artwo hurriedly waddles out of the bridge. Threepio and Han
simultaneously turn to the general.

THREEPIO
More craft approaching!

HAN
It looks like at least six or seven.

The general studies the radar scopes and then checks a
Galactic map displayed on one of the monitors.

GENERAL
Change course to three point one.

THREEPIO
That will head us directly into the
path of the Norton Asteroid Belt.

HAN
That Asteroid Belt is too dense to
pass through... The ship won't make
it!

GENERAL
We'll never defeat them in combat.
It's our only chance to lose them.

Threepio punches in new coordinates, and the starship veers
away toward the treacherous asteroid belt.

AFT SECTION - STARSHIP - SPACE

Whitsun fires on one of the two hunter-destroyers which is
pacing the rebel starship. Starkiller unsuccessfully tries
to pull himself back inside the spacecraft. The enemy craft
maneuvers wildly in an attempt to get into a better position,
to fire on Starkiller. Whitsun blasts away, until the Imperial
spacecraft spews forth equipment and personnel, careens off,
and eventually explodes.

Artwo wobbles along the exterior of the ship, until he reaches
the stranded captain. He attaches a new lifeline to the young
Jedi's spacesuit, and makes his way back inside the wounded
craft. Starkiller is pulled to safety just as the starship
enters the asteroid belt. A barrage of small and large
asteroids begins to pelt the ship, causing a great deal of
damage.

GENERAL
(over intercom)
Secure yourselves. We may have to
eject. Abandon the turrets.

The princess rushes back to her lifepod and straps herself
in. Whitsun and Artwo help Starkiller make his way out of
the lasercannon turrets and through a series of locks, to
the lifepod area.

BRIDGE - STARSHIP - SPACE

The asteroids hit hard. The ship is buffeted to and fro as
the general, Han, and Threepio struggle into their spacesuit-
like lifepods. The Imperial hunter-destroyer closest to the
rebel ship explodes in the onrush of deadly asteroids. The
new reinforcement hunter-destroyers turn back and give up
the pursuit. They disappear from the tracking monitors. The
asteroid bombardment becomes almost unbearable. Warning lights
begin to flash. Extending foils, antennae, and armament pods
are scraped away from the starship hull. A baseball-sized
hole is punched through the midsection, and hundreds of
objects are sucked into space. A large locker eventually
plugs the opening. The starship and her passengers shudder
and sway under the punishment of the asteroid storm.

THREEPIO
The ship is breaking up.

HAN
We're almost clear of the storm.

THREEPIO
We'll never make it. Eject, we must
eject.

The general watches the computer monitor as the starship
emerges from the far side of the Asteroid Belt.

HAN
We're approaching one of the Forbidden
Systems...

GENERAL
We've got to achieve orbit.

THREEPIO
We'll never make it.

The starship heads for a small blue-green planet in the
distance.

AFT SECTION - STARSHIP - SPACE

Starkiller was considerably shaken in the destruction of his
laserturret. He is slightly dazed as Whitsun straps him into
a lifepod with Artwo.

WHITSUN
(to Artwo)
You watch him. Make sure this pod
gets off all right.

Artwo nods, and Whitsun moves to the second lifepod and straps
himself in next to the princess.

LEIA
Will he be all right?

WHITSUN
I think so... His feelings for you
are dangerous. You should discourage
him.

She is surprised that Starkiller has any feeling for her,
but keeps her emotions to herself.

BRIDGE - STARSHIP - YAVIN ORBIT

The general is strapped into the lifepod with the two micro-
packs containing the young princes. Han and Threepio are in
the second lifepod.

HAN
We're in orbit.

THREEPIO
We've got to eject now! Those reactors
won't hold much longer. This ship's
going to end up in a million little
pieces,... and I don't want to be
one of them.

HAN
All lifepod systems are operative.

GENERAL
(into intercom)
If you boys are ready back there,
we'll get off this bucket.

WHITSUN
All systems operative... I have the
signal.

ARTWO
All systems operative... We have the
signal.

Han salutes the general, and his lifepod jettisons away from
the crippled starship. He is quickly followed by the general.

AFT SECTION - STARSHIP - YAVIN ORBIT

Artwo pushes the jettison switch, but nothing happens.
Starkiller slowly and with some difficulty, pushes the switch
two or three times. Nothing happens. He begins to look a
little worried.

STARKILLER
(into intercom)
We've got a problem... Wait a
second...

Artwo pushes the switch again, and the lifepod blasts off in
a cloud of smoke and debris. Whitsun also seems to be having
a problem. Half the lights on his control panel have gone
dead. He struggles to reactivate them.

WHITSUN
My power's out!

GENERAL
(over intercom)
Is it a faulty switch?

WHITSUN
No. The whole bank is out.

Whitsun gives the princess a reassuring look, then punches
some information into the computer. The monitor flashes:
"Income line main power." He looks outside the lifepod and
sees a damaged cable.

WHITSUN
I've found it...

GENERAL
You haven't much time... The auxiliary
units have already blown...

Whitsun scrambles out of the lifepod and rushes over to the
severed connector.

He works on it for a few moments, then stops with a rather
defeated look. The princess watches him as he tries to think
of a solution. A great explosion is heard in the forward
part of the ship.

LIFEPODS - SPACE - YAVIN ORBIT

The two lifepods containing the general, and Han and Threepio
drift away from the disabled starship.

GENERAL
Where's Starkiller?

HAN
I can't see him either.

Starkiller uses the small rockets on his lifepod to maneuver
back toward the burning starship. He can hear the general
over the intercom.

GENERAL
Starkiller, where are you? Report
in.

Starkiller reaches down and switches off the intercom.

AFT SECTION - STARSHIP - YAVIN ORBIT

Whitsun appears to have found a solution to his situation
and rushes back to the princess. He reaches in and locks on
the power switch.

WHITSUN
There is only one possible solution,
and we must use it. Lock the hitch
and make sure it is sealed.

PRINCESS
But what of...

Another explosion creates a large bulge in the wall of the
aft section.

WHITSUN
We've no time!

He slams the hatch shut and runs to the power connector.
Smoke begins to fill the chamber, as Whitsun slams a large
metallic dampening tool across the damaged connector
terminals, and the lifepod jettisons away.

LIFEPODS - SPACE - YAVIN ORBIT

The princess jettisons free, as Starkiller moves toward the
crippled ship. Leia calls the general on the intercom.

LEIA
I'm all right, but Clieg is still on
board.

GENERAL
Starkiller, stay out of there.

With a rumble, the starship disappears in a spectacular
explosion, sending debris in all directions. Starkiller stops
his lifepod and it starts to drift. He is weeping. Han and
the general helplessly watch the remains of the explosion
drift away.

GENERAL
Starkiller, stay near Leia. Use your
beacon. Coordinate with us.

Starkiller's intercom is weak, and there is a great deal of
static. The lifepods drift toward the awesome blue-green
Yavin surface. The general loses sight of the other lifepods
as the descend through the cloud cover.

GENERAL
Captain, I'm losing your beacon.
Send me a new signal.

All he gets is static. The planet surface rushes toward the
falling lifepods.

Retrorockets automatically kick in and slow the pods. Two of
the small craft break through the clouds and land in the
dense, steaming jungles.

VINE JUNGLE - YAVIN

The general's lifepod crashes through the foliage until it
comes to rest in the middle of a large vine-covered tree. He
grabs the two micro-packs and climbs out of the lifepod, and
onto a large moss-covered limb. Han and Threepio run to the
base of the huge tree.

HAN
Are you all right?

GENERAL
Fine... Any signal from Annikin?

HAN
Nothing yet. I think they landed
further south.

The general attaches a thin cable from his utility belt to
the tree trunk, and slides to the ground. Han takes the micro-
packs from him. The general looks around at the jungle.

GENERAL
This is dangerous country... We'd
better stay together.

THREEPIO
The wildlife in the forbidden system
is extremely hostile... Perhaps we
should seek shelter?

Han inspects the power units of the micro packs.

HAN
Windy's unit is very low. I can't
tell if the unit is still functioning.

GENERAL
We have to find a place to revive
them. We'll start moving south. We
should find protection along that
ridge.

The general grabs one of the micro-packs and starts off into
the murky jungle.

Han and Threepio quickly follow. The jungle is a strange and
eerie, fog-laden purgatory. Gruesome and unnatural sounds
permeate this ghostly wasteland. Everyone is cautious, and
on the alert for an unseen danger.

FOREST OF THE GARGANTUANS - YAVIN

Starkiller's lifepod is also caught in the limbs of a
gargantuan tree. The lifepod has been ripped in half by the
crash landing. The unconscious Jedi hangs half out of the
damaged craft. A two foot high insect-like creature scoots
down a branch and onto the back of the dormant warrior. The
insect lets out a chilling hissing sound, and a slimy tube
emerges from its hairy mouth, waking Starkiller. He is
immediately aware of the insect. His eyes are open, but he
doesn't move. Suddenly, with one quick blow, he knocks the
creature against the side of the spacecraft, and it is
squashed lifeless.

Starkiller is a little groggy, but he manages to climb out
of the wreckage. He looks around for Artwo.

STARKILLER
Artwo! Artwo Detwo!

ARTWO
Help!

Starkiller turns and sees the little robot hanging upside
down, one of his three feet caught in a vine. He lifts Artwo
out of his predicament and places him securely on a wide
limb.

STARKILLER
Did you see Leia?

ARTWO
She landed on the other side of those
trees, approximately eight hundred
meters.

STARKILLER
Well, come on, old buddy. Let's get
ourselves out of this tree.

VINE JUNGLE RIDGE - YAVIN

The general, Han and Threepio reach a shallow cave near the
top of a steep ridge. They quickly pull off the micro-packs
and place them on a clear piece of ground at the mouth of
the cave.

GENERAL
(to Han)
Check out the inside. Threepio, stand
guard. Keep your eyes on the
countryside.

He looks at the power units on the micro-packs and shakes
his head with a worried look. Han returns from a survey of
the inside of the cave.

HAN
It doesn't go very far. There's
nothing back there.

GENERAL
Help me with this.

Han helps the general lift the top from the case containing
Windy, the younger of the two princes. The small boy appears
lifeless as the general pulls him from his encasement, and
rests him on the cave floor. Han pulls a small respiration
out of the micro-packs and places it over the boy's nose.
The general attaches two electrodes over his heart.

HAN
He doesn't look good.

The little prince begins to turn blue. The general grows
tense. Windy starts to regain consciousness, but begins
coughing and choking, then goes limp again. The general
quickly props Windy's mouth open with a small plastic rod
and checks the reading on his power pack.

GENERAL
We need more power... tap off Biggs'
unit... Quickly!

He then places Windy's arms behind his back and starts
pressing on his chest with sharp, rhythmic movements. Han
attaches new electrodes to the boy's heart. Windy again comes
to, choking and coughing. Finally, he begins to cry. The
general takes the plastic tube from his mouth and tenderly
pats him on the back.

GENERAL
Let's get Biggs out of there. He
shouldn't be a problem.

FOREST OF THE GARGANTUANS - YAVIN

Starkiller slams closed the hatch of Princess Leia's lifepod.
In the distance, the subhuman cries of lonesome tree beasts
cut through the forest murmur.

ARTWO
Perhaps she went in search of us.

Starkiller studies the ground around the capsule. There are
a great many footprints, and much broken foliage.

STARKILLER
Someone's got her. She put up quite
a fight... It's an easy trail to
follow.

VINE JUNGLE RIDGE - YAVIN

Both Biggs and Windy are sleeping restlessly on the floor of
the cave. Han watches over them as the general scans the
valley below with a pair of electrobinoculars.

THREEPIO
It's about fourteen degrees below
the horizon... a little to the left.

The electrobinoculars sweep the rich green landscape until
the come to rest on a bright reflection, revealing some type
of structure.

GENERAL
It's too small to be a military
base... Could belong to a trapper.

THREEPIO
Highly unusual...

GENERAL
It's on the way. Perhaps we should
investigate.

Little Biggs wakes up with a giant yawn.

BIGGS
Hey! Where are we?

FOREST OF THE GARGANTUANS - YAVIN

The gargantuan trees are shrouded in mist, and the ominous
sounds of unearthly creatures fill the air. Starkiller moves
quietly and cautiously, followed by Artwo, who inadvertently
makes a loud clicking sound. The young warrior stops, and
motions to the stubby little robot.

STARKILLER
Wait here. If I don't return by zero
two hundred, come looking for me.

The mechanical dwarf acknowledges with his computer light.
Starkiller moves swiftly and silently forward, until he hears
laughing and voices. He climbs up the bankside of a huge
tree, and inches his way out onto one of the huge overhanging
branches. Below him, he can see a group of scruffy, alien
trappers sitting around a nutron stove joking and telling
stories. Parked on either side of the group are two large,
tank-like "jungle crawlers." Behind the crawlers, five
Wookees, (huge grey and furry beasts) hang upside down in a
tree. Occasionally, they thrash about in great anger and
frustration.

The trappers speak in a strange language, and although they
appear slightly human, they are slimy, deformed, hideous
looking creatures. Two of the trappers yell at one another
in a friendly argument. One shirtless creature goes into a
"crawler," and the remaining eight laugh hysterically.
Starkiller moves further out on the limb to get a better
view. A couple of pieces of bark break loose, and float a
hundred feet to the ground. The trappers fail to notice.
Moments later, the shirtless trapper emerges from the crawler
with Princess Leia held unconscious and half naked over his
head. Starkiller's rage knows no bounds. With a terrifying
Jedi war cry, the young captain jumps from the tree, sails
over a hundred feet, and with great agility, lands in the
middle of the startled trappers. In one continuous rapid
motion, he ignites his lasersword and cuts down three of the
vile creatures. The shirtless trapper swings the princess
over his shoulder, and runs back into the huge "jungle
crawler." Two other trappers reach for their pistols, but
the Jedi has killed them before their weapons can clear
leather. The three remaining creatures have their pistols
out and start firing. Explosions erupt all around Starkiller.
One blast hits the branch holding the Wookees, and they
collapse with a loud screech in a heap. One of the trappers
is caught in the crossfire and is blown apart.

When the smoke clears, Starkiller lies unconscious amid the
burning rubble. The jungle crawler begins to move out of the
camp. The last two trappers run after it. One is able to
jump on board, but the second trapper runs too close to the
now freed Wookees. Chewbacca, one of the furry giants, grabs
him and snaps him in two, like a stick of wood. The jungle
crawler disappears in the forest mist. The eight foot
Chewbacca, who resembles a huge, grey bushbaby with fierce
baboon-like fangs, struggles to free his companions.

Starkiller regains semiconsciousness, and attempts to get
up, only to groan and collapse back into unconsciousness.
The Wookees gather around him and poke him a couple times to
see if he is still alive. They squawk and jabber, apparently
in some kind of argument. Finally, Dewanna, the largest of
the Wookees, picks up Starkiller and puts him over his
shoulder. The group disappears into the jungle foliage.

TREE HOUSE - FOREST OF THE GARGANTUANS - YAVIN

Han and Threepio carry the two little boys on their shoulders.
The general stops on the edge of a clearing, and motions for
the others to be still. Biggs turns around, and signals his
little brother to be quiet. On the opposite side of the
clearing, a small metal structure is attached to one of the
huge trees. It is a small, weatherbeaten hut of futuristic
design. It appears deserted. The general cautiously approaches
the structure.

VOICE
Howdy stranger... What can I offer
you?

The general spins around and sees Owen Lars, an aged and
scruffy looking anthropologist.

LARS
I'm Owen Lars of Bastine.

The general takes the old man's extended hand.

GENERAL
I'm Luke Skywalker of Aquilae.

He signals for the others to join him in the clearing.

WOOKEE CAMP - YAVIN

The small caravan of Wookees, led by Chewbacca, enters a
small clearing surrounded by many bark and mud hovels. Young
Wookees race ahead of the group yelling, and running in and
out of the grubby little dwellings. Giant, bushbaby-like
Wookees of all ages and sizes, make their way into the
clearing.

Many stand dumbfounded, but others let out a joyful scream
and rush up to members of the group, hugging and kissing
them.

Dewanna dumps the unconscious Starkiller on a raised area in
the middle of the clearing. Armed Wookees immediately surround
the helpless human. Chewbacca enters the largest of the
lodges. He is greeted by his father, Auzituck, Chief of the
Kaapauku tribe; an old and feeble Wookee dressed in royal
skins and headdress.

INTERIOR - ANTHROPOLOGIST HUT - YAVIN

Anthropologist Lars, the general, Han and the children sit
around a large table eating. Lars yells into the kitchen.

LARS
Beru! Where's the thanta sauce?

Beru Lars, Owen's warm, plump wife, enters, carrying a small
pitcher. She smiles at Owen.

BERU
I swan! I put it right here in front,
so you'd see it...
(to Han)
Here's some Bum Bum extract. It's
very mild...

LARS
(to general)
There are no settlers to the south
since the Dau family was wiped out...
I'm afraid I couldn't even get in
there to bury them... Those Wookees
are the fiercest critters I've ever
run across. A new tribe moved in
down there about a year ago...and
it's been hell ever since. Only
Yourellian trappers venture in there
now, and many of them don't even
come back.

GENERAL
Where's the nearest city?

LARS
No cities at all... only a few
scattered settlers and -- one Imperial
outpost... But the troops are of no
help. They kill and plunder rather
than protect... Enough... If your
friends landed father south, I'd
fear for them.

HAN
How far is the outpost from here?

LARS
Five leagues... an oppressive blight.

GENERAL
What class is it? How many support
craft?

LARS
It's very small, a class two... Only
ten or twelve starraiders, I think.

Beru fusses over the boys, who refuse to eat their vegetables.
She makes up a game, which tricks them into eating. The
general ponders the situation. Han eats, like he hasn't eaten
in years.

WOOKEE CAMP - YAVIN

Starkiller is surrounded by Wookees. Young ones push through
to get a better look, as the adults jabber and argue about
the human. Starkiller regains consciousness with a groan,
and a sudden hush sweeps over the gathering. Starkiller
staggers to his feet, and the group of Wookees back away in
mass. The young Jedi surveys the situation for a few moments.
The Wookees appear to be frightened of this brave warrior.
He reaches for his weapons, but they are gone. Three guards
with long spears attempt to contain Starkiller. With a loud
shout, he lunges at them, and they give him a little room.

Jommillia, a large, ferocious Wookee, steps forward. He says
something to the guards, and they quickly move away. He struts
before Starkiller, boasting and taunting him with his spear
and battle ax. The captain studies the Wookee warrior as he
paces back and forth, his helmet plumes dancing and chest
armor jangling. Without warning, Starkiller lets out another
loud yell, startling Jommillia into backing off. Starkiller
continues his verbal assault, calling the uncomprehending
Wookee all manner of vile and degrading things. Jommillia
continues to back into the surrounding crowd, momentarily
confused by this odd behaviour. Slowly, Jommillia begins to
grin. He takes a defensive stance, then begins to laugh
hysterically. This stops Starkiller. The giant Wookee swings
his deadly, double-bladed battle ax over his head and expertly
throws it directly at the young captain's head. To the
amazement of Jommillia and the other Wookees, Starkiller,
with Jedi skill and concentration, catches the ax in mid-
air, then charges his furry opponent.

Jommillia is caught off-guard, but manages to block
Starkiller's attack with his spear. The two warriors engage
in a savage and fantastic duel. Starkiller cuts the Wookee's
spear in half, but is hit along the side of the head by the
shaft and is momentarily dazed. The battle ax is knocked
from his hands. He grabs the spear shaft and rams the giant
creature in the belly. A loud command from outside the crowd
stops the fight. The Wookees part, revealing Chewbacca and
his father, who approach the two warriors. Jommillia bows
before his chief, and is commanded to move away. Chewbacca
speaks to Starkiller. He doesn't understand, but welcomes
the chance to catch his breath. Chewbacca then presents his
father, who steps forward and bows before the mighty Jedi.
Chewbacca bows also, as the crowd of Wookees chatter in
disbelief. When the chief and his son rise, Starkiller bows
down before them.

This pleases the Wookees, and they screech and cheer.

TREE HOUSE - FOREST OF THE GARGANTUANS - YAVIN

Mr. and Mrs. Lars stand on the balcony of their tree house
with Threepio and the two little princes, Biggs, and Windy.
Han and the general emerge with large survival backpacks and
multiplelaser weapons.

GENERAL
(to Threepio)
We'll call for you when we've found
them.

THREEPIO
Your orders are quite clear. The
boys will be quite safe.

LARS
Don't worry. The patrols never come
out this far. We'll take good care
of the boys.

GENERAL
Lars, your kindness will surely be
rewarded.

LARS
Just be careful out there...

He pats Skywalker on the back as the old Jedi and the ever
faithful Han descend from the tree house. At the base of the
huge tree, the warriors climb aboard two small rocket powered
platforms.

LARS
(yelling down to them)
They're pretty old. I hope they'll
be all right!

GENERAL
Out here, they're a wonderment.

Threepio and the kids wave as the jelsticks start with a
whine. They idle about five feet above the ground.

LARS
Good hunting. May the force of others
be with you.

Han and the general wave as they ride off into the foreboding
Yavin sunset.

WOOKEE CAMP - YAVIN - NIGHT

A beautiful, but frenzied fire festival is underway. Wookees
perform the Waita Tar dance, and yodel in a barking fashion
around a large fire. The female Wookees arrive, carrying
torches, and move in a circle around the males. The giant
creatures are too involved to notice that little Artwo makes
his way around the dancers. The stubby robot stops near one
of the mud huts, and looks around. He then wobbles off toward
the large chief's quarters, and enters.

WOOKEE CAMP - YAVIN - MORNING

Artwo exits the chief's hut and looks around. It is a quiet,
grey morning. A low mist hangs over the now deserted clearing.
He turns and signals back into the hut. Starkiller cautiously
emerges from the mud house. He wears a crude backpack, and
carries a large battle ax. They start across the clearing.
Suddenly, out of nowhere, Chewbacca is standing before them.
He says nothing, but scratches his head and then circles
around Starkiller.

STARKILLER
We are leaving... We must go. Stand
away!

The huge Wookee kneels and bows down in front of the young
Jedi. Starkiller looks down and smiles.

STARKILLER
Rise my friend. We will meet again.

Starkiller walks toward the jungle and Chewbacca scurries
ahead of him and bows down once more.

ARTWO
What does he want?

Starkiller shakes his head, and rubs his several days growth
of beard. He leans down toward Chewbacca.

STARKILLER
Stand up so we can talk properly.

Chewbacca jabbers in a questioning fashion.

STARKILLER
I am grateful to you and your people,
but I must go. I wish you understood
me. It would make things so much
easier. Go! Go!

Starkiller turns away, and begins to walk toward the jungle
again. Chewbacca gets to his feet, and runs after the Jedi,
following a few paces behind. Starkiller notices the Wookee
following them, and shakes his head.

FOREST OF THE GARGANTUANS - TRAPPER SIGHT [SIC] - YAVIN

The bodies of the killed trappers are covered with rat-sized
insects. A laser explosion erupts in the middle of the slimy
creatures and they scatter into the underbrush. Han and the
general turn over one of the dead trappers.

HAN
They ran into something.

GENERAL
It's strange they left their dead.
Something...

The constant cacophony of jungle creatures suddenly stops.
The two warriors scan the jungle for possible danger. Han
draws his laserpistol. The cacophony starts again, as the
general ignites his lasersword.

HAN
Two or three moving this way, from
the east.

He listens more closely for a few moments.

HAN
It's Artwo!

Starkiller and Artwo break out of the dark foliage into the
clearing. He waves to Han and the general. Artwo waddles a
few paces behind. Chewbacca sees the humans and stops at the
edge of the jungle. He watches as Starkiller and the general
carry on an animated conversation. Han sees the Wookee lurking
in the shadows.

HAN
You were followed.

STARKILLER
He wouldn't stay. He's one of the
ones I saved...

Han calls out to Chewbacca in the Wookee's own language, and
the huge, lumbering creature approaches the group. Han and
the Wookee talk for a few moments, then embrace as if they
were old friends. Starkiller is surprised.

HAN
(to Starkiller)
This is Chewbacca, son of Auzituck,
Prince of the Sawas, a very powerful
tribe. It seems they've made you a
god.

The general smiles. Starkiller is embarrassed.

VINE JUNGLE RIDGE - YAVIN

Starkiller joins the general on a ridge overlooking the
Imperial outpost of Mavassi. All that can be seen of the
fortress is a lone guard standing on a small pedestal, jutting
out above the dense jungle.

GENERAL
Their trail leads directly to the
outpost. Patrols are probably out
looking for us by now.

STARKILLER
Finding her in there isn't going to
be easy.

GENERAL
Getting in there is going to be
impossible. We could sure use one of
those starships.

Starkiller spots something moving in the jungle. He scans
the area with his electrobinoculars.

STARKILLER
Something's going on down there...
Han!

Han moves up next to Starkiller, followed closely by
Chewbacca.

STARKILLER
Your eyes are better than mine...
What do you make of that?

HAN
They look like Wookees... hundreds
of them.

Han turns and speaks to Chewbacca, gesturing toward the
movement far below in the jungle.

HAN
Apparently, it's a siege. They've
been harassing the outpost for almost
two years.

GENERAL
Have they ever tried to take the
fortress?

Han relays this to Chewbacca.

HAN
He says they've made several assaults,
but they are no match for the weapons.

GENERAL
It's only a class three fortress.
Maybe they just need a little help.

Starkiller grins, and Han says something to Chewbacca, who
becomes excited and screeches loudly.

INTERIOR - TREEHOUSE - YAVIN

The incoming signal alarm on the anthropologist's radio system
wails through the calm of the tree house. Biggs, dragging an
eight-legged, furry rodent, rushes up to the old radio and
flips the receiver.

BIGGS
I'm reading yah. Go ahead.

GENERAL
Biggs, how are you getting along?

BIGGS
Great! I caught a thumper... a really
big one. Its name is "Amber."

He yanks on the leash, and the furry beast lets out a strained
yelp.

GENERAL
Good, Biggs. How's your brother? Are
you taking good care of him?

BIGGS
Oh, sure. He's out collecting "Abas"
with Owen and Beru. I'm in charge
here. Did you find Leia?

GENERAL
Not yet. We'll be away for a while.
You mind Lars until we return. May
the force of others be with you.

BIGGS
All right. Take care.

Threepio enters the room, carrying a plate of steaming food.
Biggs turns the radio off, and puts the receiver away. A
crashing sound and voices are heard in the clearing below.

THREEPIO
Come and eat your dinner.

BIGGS
They're back! They're back! Come
Amber!

The furry rodent jumps up onto its eight stubby legs and
rushes over to the door, but stops short, and begins to growl.
Biggs stops behind the creature.

BIGGS
What is it, Amber?

Biggs peeks out the window, and sees a patrol of six Imperial
stormtroopers climbing out of an airtank. He ducks back, and
tugs Amber away from the door.

BIGGS
Quiet, Amber. Come here. Come on.

THREEPIO
What's wrong?

BIGGS
Troopers. We must hide! Stay quiet.

Biggs and the robot scramble for a trap door near a large
shelf. The troops begin to climb the ladder to the tree house.
The trap door is heavy, and the robot and the little boy
struggle to get it open. The troops break in the door, just
as Threepio closes the trap door. The stormtroopers are led
by a rough looking sergeant. They poke around, tearing
everything apart. Biggs struggles to keep Amber quiet.
Suddenly he realizes something.

BIGGS
The food!

The sergeant takes the bowl of food from the table and studies
it. He then takes a small chrome ball from his pocket, and
tosses it into the air. Antennae shoot from its surface as
it floats around the room. Eventually, it hovers over the
trap door. A sinister grin sweeps across the sergeant's face
as he moves over to the trap door and puts the chrome ball
back into his pocket.

Threepio puts his arm around Biggs who is desperately
clutching the struggling thumper. All the movement above
them stops, and Biggs looks to the robot.

THREEPIO
(quietly)
They're still up there. Stay still.

The silence continues, then suddenly the trap door swings
open with a loud bang. Amber breaks away from Biggs, and
attacks the sergeant. One of the other troopers cuts the
thumper in half with his lasersword. The sergeant pulls Biggs
out of his hiding place. Biggs stares at the dead thumper.

SERGEANT
Well, well, here's one of them,
anyway. Send seekers in all
directions. Find the others!

VINE JUNGLE RIDGE - YAVIN

The general sits at the head of the large stone table, pushing
small markers around. Han explains what the general is doing,
to ten or fifteen Wookee chiefs gathered around the table.
Occasionally, Chewbacca puts in a word of further explanation
or answers a question. Starkiller sits back silently watching
the Wookee warriors and listens to the general's plan.

GENERAL
...then they pull back to here. That's
where the trap will be set. No-one
must advance. An assault on the
perimeter is useless. Our only hope
is to use their weapons against them.

The general pauses, while Han and Chewbacca translate.

GENERAL
(to Starkiller)
Once we acquire those tanks, our
prime object must be to secure the
starship. No-one must escape.

IMPERIAL OUTPOST - VINE JUNGLE - YAVIN

Three officers run along a row of giant air tanks to a
perimeter bunker. There, two stormtroopers are watching the
jungle. When the officers arrive, the troopers let them look
through the powerful, mounted electrobinoculars. One of the
troopers points out several areas in the dense jungle.

INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM - IMPERIAL OUTPOST - YAVIN

A trooper sitting at an elaborate control panel, turns to an
officer watching a monitor system.

TROOPER
A large concentration of terrestrials
at point E-2.

OFFICER
Alert squads one through six!

VINE JUNGLES - OUTPOST PERIMETER - YAVIN

The general stands in a small clearing surrounded, by many
armed Wookees carrying large shiny shields. Han moves back
and forth, barking orders to the assembled creatures.

GENERAL
(to Han)
We're ready. Give them the signal.

Han motions to a young Wookee, who takes off, running through
the jungle.

IMPERIAL OUTPOST - VINE JUNGLE - YAVIN

Three large air tanks slowly move toward the outpost
perimeter. The tank pilots sit on the hatch rims of the
ponderous weapons, studying the movements of the Wookees.
The tank personnel talk to one another on an intercom system.

TANK PILOT
There is a large concentration...
red two by C-3. Let's break them up.

The pilots slip into the tanks and close the hatches. The
tanks open up with a barrage of laser bolts which create a
wall of explosions. The Wookies retreat, and the tanks follow.
The tank crews track the feeling creatures with various
electronic scopes, and laugh at the fleeing creatures.

VINE JUNGLE - OUTPOST PERIMETER - YAVIN

The general stands on a limb of a jungle tree, watching the
advancing tanks. Starkiller is on another branch a few feet
away.

GENERAL
They've grown sloppy fighting Wookees.
The intra-fazer systems aren't on.
They're in for a little surprise.

Starkiller flashes a signal mirror, which is received by a
Wookee near the tanks. The Wookees are in pairs, and they
hold heavy stone wedges attached to woven vines; which in
turn, are fastened high in the trees. When the tanks pass
directly under the Wookees, they let loose with the heavy
stone pendulums. The wedges fly through the air, neatly
clipping off the antenna groupings protruding from the tops
of the air tanks.

INTERIOR - AIR TANK - VINE JUNGLE - YAVIN

Several of the lights and monitors go dark on the main control
panel. The pilot flips several switches in a panic.

PILOT
All high phasing units are out. We've
lost all contact...

SERGEANT
Send out a ground signal!

Suddenly, all of the monitors go white, and static fills the
crowded tank interior. An alarm signal sounds.

SERGEANT
What is it?!!!

PILOT
All signals... sensors... everything
is coming right back to us. Some
kind of deflection screen. It's a
total blackout.

SERGEANT
Get out there and see if you can see
anything.

The pilot pushes a button and the main hatch slowly slides
away.

VINE JUNGLE - OUTPOST PERIMETER - YAVIN

The pilot pops out of the hatch and sees two rows of Wookee
warriors holding reflective shields. They form a circle that
totally encompasses the massive air tank. Han shouts a signal
to a group of Wookees in another tree, and they cut loose a
bent limb which is attached to a noose around the tank's
hatch. The noose instantly tightens around the pilot, and he
is plucked from the tank and suspended fifty feet in the
air. In an equally swift move, Starkiller drops a small gas
grenade into the open hatch. It explodes and engulfs the
tank in a grey mist.

The Wookees let out a joyful yell, and charge the tank. Han
yells at them to stop, but several make it to the conquered
craft before the gas cloud dissipates and they are felled by
the fumes. Starkiller shakes his head, then after the smoke
clears, jumps on the back of the immobile tank.

Several signal mirrors flash their messages to Han and the
general.

HAN
That makes four captured.

GENERAL
Have them camouflaged. I'm going
with Starkiller.

INTERIOR - AIR-TANK - VINE JUNGLE - YAVIN

Wookees are removing the tank crew as Starkiller checks out
the power controls. The general slides through the main hatch.

GENERAL
Any damage?

STARKILLER
She's fine... We're ready to move.

GENERAL
Then let's go...

The general yells for the Wookees to clear the tanks, and
they scramble out of the hatch.

VINE JUNGLE - OUTPOST PERIMETER - YAVIN

The tank starts up with a loud roar, startling the many
Wookees resting on the mighty vehicle. Chewbacca yells at
the warriors and they fall a few feet behind the tank, their
shields forming a shiny protective wall.

IMPERIAL OUTPOST - VINE JUNGLE - YAVIN

Several officers stand on a parked air-tank trying to get a
better view of the operation. A light landspeeder pulls up
next to the group, and a general gets out. The officers snap
to attention.

GENERAL
Can you see anything?

OFFICER
No Sir, but they've stopped firing.

AIDE
Communications still can't reach
them, Sir.

GENERAL
Nobody seems to know what's going
on.

OFFICER
I'm sure they've got them on the
run, Sir.

A laserbolt flashes out of the jungle and knocks out a guard
tower about a quarter of a mile from where the men are
standing. Seconds later, the air-tank on which they are
standing explodes into a million pieces. Out of the jungle,
rumbles the captured air-tank, driven by Starkiller and
followed by a column of Wookee warriors.

Alarms sound, troops rush from the low block houses, and a
battle rages inside the outpost. Wookees with spears, axes,
and arrows, manage to hold their own against the laser weapons
of the stormtroopers. Explosions erupt everywhere, as the
Wookees begin to use captured laserrifles. They are much
fiercer fighters than the soft Imperial troops.

INTERIOR - AIR-TANK - OUTPOST - YAVIN

Starkiller works the controls of the air-tank as the general
watches the monitors, and works the laserguns.

GENERAL
Swing left. They're trying to cut us
off.

STARSHIP RUNWAY - IMPERIAL OUTPOST - YAVIN

Starkiller maneuvers the air-tank in front of a line of ten
starships, cutting off a platoon of stormtroopers. The troops
open fire on the tank, but are cut down by a group of Wookees
who have moved in behind them. Han and Artwo run up to the
tank as Starkiller and the general climb out of the hatch.

HAN
We've taken the main control center.
All power units have been shut down.
They're helpless.

STARKILLER
Have they found Leia?

HAN
They've taken her back to Aquilae.
The ship left not more than ten hours
ago.

GENERAL
(to Han)
Set up a perimeter around these
starships... Use as many men as you
need.

STAFF OFFICE - IMPERIAL OUTPOST - YAVIN

Starkiller and the general sit at a large table in the
deserted office of the Imperial Chief of Staff. The room is
in a state of disarray; papers are scattered everywhere.
Artwo stands on a chair, projecting an image of the "death
star" fortress orbiting Aquilae, on the table top.

ARTWO
...And are connected to the central
system by a series of crossing
networks similar to section TB4 or
F687.

The projection switches to a close-up view of the transformer.
The general studies it carefully, then leans back in his
chair. Artwo turns off the projector.

GENERAL
I'm not going to stop you, but I
think it's a reckless move. Even if
you could get in, you'd never be
able to get out... Just be patient.
We now have enough ships to attack
in force.

STARKILLER
But no pilots...

Han and Chewbacca enter the office.

HAN
Still no contact with Owen Lars or
the kids... I'm afraid something's
happened.

GENERAL
Have Chewbacca send two of his best
warriors out there to get them.

Han relates this to Chewbacca. The general turns back to
Starkiller, who watches Chewbacca leave the room.

STARKILLER
(mocking)
They're fierce warriors, but you'll
never teach them to fly.

The general gives him a stern look.

GENERAL
They'll fly, and Aquilae will be
free.

STARKILLER
May the force of others be with you.

The general embraces the young Jedi.

GENERAL
Bring her back safely.

OUTPOST RUNWAY - STARSHIP - YAVIN

Starkiller, dressed as an Imperial skyraider, and Artwo climb
aboard one of the giant four-man starships. A crowd of
Wookees, lead by Chewbacca, give a rousing cheer for the
departing Jedi. Starkiller breaks into a smile and waves to
the joyous warriors. The general watches the proceedings
from a bunker turret. He is lost in thought.

SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE

Three Imperial space transports dock inside the huge
artificial moon. Two smaller convoy starships circle the
larger craft until the three ships are safely inside the
vast fortress.

CONFERENCE ROOM - INTERIOR SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE

General Vader of the Imperial Space Fleet, hurries down a
hallway, followed by a group of officers. They enter the
large conference room where Leia is held under heavy squad.
She appears well, but saddened. Vader approaches her and
bows before her.

VADER
I pray you have been treated
honorably? I am your servant, Darth
Vader. It won't be long before we
will be able to return you to your
people.
(to an aide)
Are the chambers ready?

AIDE
They are working on it, Sir.

Leia stares defiantly at him. She starts to speak, but a
powerful electric shock engulfs her body, and she whines in
extreme pain.

VADER
Just relax, and everything will be
fine.
(to guards)
Take her to section twenty-five.

Leia is forcibly taken from the room.

VADER
(to officer)
What time do the doctors from Alderaan
arrive?

OFFICER
Sixty-five hours, Sir.

VADER
Put all security stations on alert
until they arrive.

The officer salutes smartly, and exits.

IMPERIAL OUTPOST - VINE JUNGLE - YAVIN

A huge air tank rumbles along the approach to the Imperial
outpost. The pilot sits on the main hatch of the tank, talking
to his crew, by headphones.

PILOT
Any contact yet?... It appears
deserted... I don't like it.

The tank enters the outpost perimeter and smoking rubble
from the recent battle comes into view. The pilot becomes
alarmed.

PILOT
There has been an attack! Reverse
direction.

The tank comes to a grinding halt, but before it can start
up again, it is surrounded by the Wookee army. From out of
nowhere, a Wookee is on the back of the air-tank and has the
pilot in a powerful armlock.

A Wookee chieftain rushes from a bunker, followed by an
excited, jabbering warrior. They reach the captured air-tank
just as the last crewman is hauled out, and little Biggs
pokes his head out of the hatch. He is frightened. His younger
brother, Windy, follows him out of the tank. Below them, the
Wookees bully the captured crewmen.

WINDY
What will they do to us?

BIGGS
I don't know, but it don't look good.

Threepio pulls himself out of the air-tank, followed by Owen
Lars and his wife. The Wookee chieftain climbs on board, and
starts to jabber at the group. The Wookee carries on for
some time, gesturing wildly, and continually pointing at the
sky. The two boys are too scared to say anything. Finally,
the Wookee kneels before them. Threepio politely returns a
short bow.

BIGGS
I don't get it.

The Wookee rises and again gestures skyward, just then a
starship wildly buzzes the field, upsidedown. All the Wookees
run for cover. The chief Wookee points to the crafts, and
jabbers incessantly.

INTERIOR - IMPERIAL STARSHIP - SKY OVER YAVIN

Chewbacca sits at the controls of a four-man starship. His
face is a twisted combination of complete panic and an awesome
religious experience. The general, sitting next to him, calmly
switches a few buttons on the control panel, as Han watches
from the seat directly behind the Wookee.

GENERAL
You'll get the hang of it.

Han also gives the Wookee a few words of encouragement.

GENERAL
Now, let's see if we can get into
orbit... Push this, then ease her
up.

Chewbacca follows the instructions, but pulls back on the
lever too fast and the ships begins to vibrate and bounce
violently. Chewbacca thinks it's funny, and begins to laugh
hysterically. Han becomes nervous and quiet.

GENERAL
Not so fast -- Back off! Back off!

Han yells at the Wookee, who can't respond because he is
laughing so hard. The general pulls back on the lever. Han
shakes his head, and gives the general a worried look.

GENERAL
Don't worry. Ignorance is on their
side.

Han is beginning to look a little sick. He gets up and rushes
to the back of the ship.

IMPERIAL SPACE FORTRESS - DOCKING AREA - AQUILAE

The canopy on the starship pops open, and Artwo and the young
Jedi, disguised as a starraider, climb out onto the docking
platform. An officer and two groundcrew approach him and
salute. Starkiller hands him his papers.

STARKILLER
I'm here to check the vent ports in
the rim tracks.

OFFICER
Your ship is from Yavin... We've
lost all contact with them. What's
going on out there?

STARKILLER
There is a fierce inversion just
east of Bull Pup station... It's
really a mess out there.

The officer smiles and the ground crew starts to check out
the starship. Starkiller heads for the main docking exit,
followed by Artwo. He remembers something as he passes the
control station, and calls out to the officer.

STARKILLER
Do you mind if I use your com-link?

OFFICER
No. Go ahead.

Starkiller walks into the small control area and pretends to
talk on an intercom system.

STARKILLER
(to Artwo)
Find the highest security area.

Artwo punches his claw arm into a computer socket, and the
brain comes to life, feeding information to the little robot.

Starkiller watches the officer as he directs the crewmen in
the securing of the starship. Artwo removes his arm from the
computer, and the duo leave the control station.

ARTWO
Station 325 is the highest security
area on board. It's a detention area.

They disappear into a chamber lock hallway.

ELEVATOR TUBE - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE

Starkiller, trying to look inconspicuous, waits for a
horizontal elevator. Troops and fortress personnel come and
go, but no-one seems to pay any attention to the pair. Finally
a small car arrives, and Starkiller follows Artwo into the
podlike vehicle, and it takes off through a vacuum tunnel.

DETENTION AREA - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE

Starkiller and Artwo enter a security station. Guards and
electronic cutters are everywhere. An officer approaches
Starkiller, and checks his papers.

OFFICER
The B-23 can't enter this station.

STARKILLER
But I need him.

OFFICER
Sorry. No mechanical personnel. It's
restricted.

Starkiller watches helplessly, as Artwo is led into a waiting
area.

OFFICER
You may proceed, but you'll have to
be escorted.

A trooper joins Starkiller and leads him through a series of
hallways. Starkiller carefully surveys the area as he follows
the guard.

TROOPER
Mathusians just beat the PDR's again.
They should be in another league. Do
you follow the ecometrics?

The guard turns to discover that Starkiller has disappeared.
He is stunned, then manages to pull out a small ring radio.

TROOPER
Code six -- Alert.

STARSHIP RUNWAY - IMPERIAL OUTPOST - YAVIN

Six Wookees sit before Han and the general, listening to Han
explain something about space fighting. Owen Lars approaches
the general.

LARS
We've made contact with the
underground on Aquilae. Things are
tighter. They can only get one man
out. Datos is on his way.

GENERAL
We should be ready by the time he
arrives.

Han turns to the general.

HAN
They're ready to go up.

The general makes a short statement to the Wookes in their
own language. They let out a loud cheer, and run for the row
of starships.

STARSHIP - SPACE - YAVIN

The general sits next to Chewbacca, as he leads two other
Wookee piloted starships in a tight formation. They head for
a small cluster of asteroids orbiting near the planet's
surface. The general quietly gives Chewbacca some reassuring
instructions. Han leads a second formation of three ships,
following Chewbacca's group. The two formations of starships
make an attack run on the asteroids. The general watches as
Chewbacca lines up and fires at an asteroid blowing it into
a million pieces. The general smiles, and slaps Chewbacca on
the back. The Wookees excitedly chatter among themselves
over the intercom system.

DETENTION AREA HALLWAY - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE

A patrol of ten men marches through one of the long hallways
in the detention area. They stop at an intersection. The
officer in charge reports on the intercom.

OFFICER
Ben Five to Moma. All clear.

The troops relax, some stand in groups, others wander a
distance away, poking into the various small alleyways running
off the main hallway. One trooper notices a small reflected
light in one of the narrow corridors, and carefully moves
down the dark passageway to check it out. Out of no-where, a
fist knocks the trooper unconscious and drags him into a
small alcove.

The officer finishes his report on the intercom and yells
for the troops to fall-in. Men scurry in all directions and
out of a narrow corridor emerges Starkiller, dressed in the
uniform of an Imperial startrooper. He joins the platoon,
and they march away.

GENERAL'S QUARTERS - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE

General Vader and several officers watch the progress of the
search on TV monitors. The general speaks into an intercom.

VADER
Have them clear the area. Bring in
the seekers.

On the monitors, the troops are assembled in the main entry-
way and several small chrome balls are thrown into the
hallway. Small antennae pop from the chrome surface, and the
small balls float down the hallways. Valorum, once a proud
Knight of the Sith, enters wearing the uniform of a
stormtrooper. He snaps to attention before the general, and
hands him a report. Vader gives Valorum a sly grin.

VALORUM
Contact has been lost with the ship
carrying the doctors from Alderaan.
The princess' treatment will have to
be delayed.

VADER
We've just trapped your own friend
Starkiller. Watch us accomplish what
you found to be impossible.

Valorum is humiliated, but stays at attention. Vader gets an
emergency call on the intercom.

VADER
Yes... Yes... Put it on the view
screen.

One of the TV monitors switches to an image of the unconscious
trooper Starkiller stripped.

VADER
Get me the Captain of the Guard.

DETENTION AREA - MAIN ENTRY - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE

Three squads of troops including Starkiller, stand at
attention in the main entrance to the detention center, while
the Captain of the Guard gets new orders over his headphones.
Starkiller studies the situation carefully, looking for a
way out of his predicament. The Captain of the Guard calls
up the platoon sergeants and gives them a series of orders.
They return to their squads and begin to inspect the troops.
Starkiller begins to get worried.

The sergeant works his way down the line until he gets to
the trooper next to Starkiller. He sees no chance of escape,
but surprise. Suddenly, he bolts from the ranks and races
down the hallway.

CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD
Squad leaders!

Ten troopers break out of the ranks and take up the chase.
Starkiller runs down a corridor and rounds a corner, reaching
a dead end. The troops round the corner and confront the
trapped Jedi. The sound of igniting laserswords fills the
hallway. Starkiller takes a defensive stance, his huge
lasersword buzzing loudly. The troops attack. They fight
with skill and bravery, but are eventually all cut down by
the invincible Jedi warrior.

Starkiller breaks away from the troops and runs down a long
hallway. A safety door slides shut, closing off his escape.
He turns around in time to see another door seal off the
opposite end of the hallway. Before he can make any attempt
to pry open the door, gas fills the sealed corridor.
Starkiller collapses in a heap on the floor.

GENERAL'S QUARTERS - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE

Vader laughs as he watches the unconscious Starkiller on the
TV monitors. All of the other officers in the room are
laughing and joking, except Valorum, who remains grimly at
attention.

GENERAL
(to Valorum)
Take him to the special section.

Valorum salutes, and exits the offices. Vader laughs again.

STARSHIP RUNWAY - IMPERIAL OUTPOST - YAVIN

Nine gleaming starships sit in a row along the edge of the
vast jungle runway.

Bizarre and colorful Wookee designs have been painted across
the large deflector fins of the spacecraft. Some designs
transform the ships into huge and grotesque animals, while
others create unique mosaic patterns. The four-man Wookee
crews stand proudly at attention in front of their ships.
The general, along with Han and the underground leader, Datos,
review the assembled Wookees.

In one of the Wookee crews, a pilot is picking fleas off the
back of his tail gunner. When the general passes, he snaps
to attention. There is a gleam in the general's eye as he
shows off his strike force to the crusty old underground
leader. When they've inspected the last starship, Datos turns
to the general.

DATOS
I'm speechless. It's amazing. A most
impressive display. For the first
time since the take-over, I feel
real hope.

GENERAL
Will your people be ready?

DATOS
Our forces have already started
sabotaging their com-link set ups. A
refugee camp on Mananyo has been
conducting raids on shipping from
Alderaan. That's how we intercepted
those doctors...

GENERAL
(to Han)
Get them in the ships... We're on
our way.
(to Datos)
Send the code signal.

DETENTION CELL - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE

General Vader and Valorum watch as a medic revives Starkiller,
who has been strapped to an upright slab, protected by cutter-
rays.

MEDIC
He's coming round.

The medic backs away, and throws the switch which activates
the cutters. A blue glow surrounds Starkiller as he wakes up
and sees Vader and Valorum.

VADER
For all the myths and the trouble,
you don't seem like much...

He laughs and leaves Valorum alone in the room with the young
Jedi. Valorum appears sad and frustrated at the capture of
the noble warrior. They stare at one another for a few
moments.

VALORUM
You were insane to come here. The
security on this... this thing is
impossible. Why?... For her? I can't
believe your loyalty is that strong.
You're a great warrior... but you're
a greater fool. This is a place for
androids, no codes, no honor. Our
ways are useless here. Why couldn't
you have stayed away?

He storms out of the cell. Starkiller struggles to free
himself.

SLUM DWELLING - GORDON SPACEPORT - AQUILAE

The young partisan, Occo, listens to a small transmitter in
a secret closet behind the main room in a slum dwelling. He
jumps up and runs into the main room, where Quist and several
other men are sitting around a table covered with maps and
plans.

OCCO
It's Datos. We've got the go ahead.

Everyone cheers and starts hugging and slapping each other
on the back. Finally, they settle down.

QUIST
Go to your organizations.
(to Occo)
What's the code time?

OCCO
Zero three thirty...

QUIST
May the force of others be with you.

The men solemnly shake hands and leave the room.

GOVERNOR'S OFFICE - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE

Starkiller stands on a small platform before Governor Hoedaack
and the High Consul. His hands are held behind his back by
electric bonds.

GOVERNOR
...And I'm sure the emperor will
enjoy your execution. I only regret
I won't be there myself. This should
end the Jedi myth once and for all.
Take him to Alderaan.

Valorum steps forward with a squad of stormtroopers and
escorts the prisoner away. Vader and the governor seem very
pleased with themselves. Valorum looks back in disgust.

CONTROL CENTER - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE

In the large central control room, two officers sit above a
row of monitors and giant read-outs.

FIRST OFFICER
Look! That whole sector just went
dead. We're losing contact with the
surface. Use the IF link and find
out what's going on.

DOCKING AREA - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE

Valorum halts the squad guarding Starkiller on an observation
deck overlooking a starship docking port. Valorum reports to
the officer in charge.

VALORUM
Where is the ship?

OFFICER
It's on its way in. It will just be
a few minutes.

Valorum returns to his squad and watches the large starship
slowly move into the docking area. He glances at Starkiller,
who stands defiant, ready to meet his fate.

Valorum continues to study Starkiller. The young Jedi returns
his gaze. Slowly, the spacecraft locks onto the docking port
with a loud jolt. The troops snap to attention, but Valorum
grabs two laserswords and in one swift move, switches off
Starkiller's bonds and tosses him one of the laserswords.
Starkiller assumes a defensive stance, as the troops realize
what has happened and draw their swords.

VALORUM
This way!

The two warriors fight their way through a side exit. The
door slides closed behind them, and Valorum throws the lock,
trapping the troops on the observation platform. They race
down the hallway and stop at an intersection.

VALORUM
This way! We can get a starship and
be out of here before they've
discovered...

STARKILLER
I'm not leaving without the princess.

VALORUM
It's impossible; there are traps
everywhere... You're mad!

Starkiller just grins and runs down the passageway leading
to the detention area. Valorum rushes and catches up. An
alarm signal wails through the hallways.

WOOKEE STARSHIPS - SPACE

The general leads three squads, of three starships each toward
the glowing planet of Aquilae.

GENERAL
There she is. Activate your deflection
shields.

DETENTION AREA - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE

Valorum talks with the Captain of the Guard. He gestures
wildly, like something important had happened. Four troops
run into the central detention area leading the bound Princess
Leia. The Captain of the Guard salutes Valorum, and the Sith
knight, followed by the four troops and Leia, leave the main
area.

DETENTION HALLWAY - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE

Starkiller appears boldly at the end of the hallway, facing
Valorum and the troops.

VALORUM
Get him!

The troops rush for Starkiller, swords drawn. They are no
match for the skilled Jedi. He makes short work of them, as
Valorum frees the princess. The trio then run into another
hallway. The princess embraces Starkiller.

VALORUM
We only have a few seconds before
they find us. All of these hallways
are sealable...

Starkiller spots a small garbage chute on the corridor wall.
He goes and looks into it.

STARKILLER
Is this pressurized?

Valorum nods yes, and they lift the princess into the chute
and quickly follow.

GARBAGE CHUTE - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE

The trio slides through a series of chutes, until they end
up in a large room full of garbage. Starkiller spots a doorway
and struggles to get it open.

VALORUM
They're power sealed... We'll have
to find another way, or some way to
shut the power off...

They search the smooth-walled room for another exit.

GOVERNOR'S QUARTERS - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE

Governor Hoedaack watches General Vader as he supervises the
hunt for Starkiller and Valorum. They watch troops move
through the detention area via TV monitors. Seekers buzz
through the hallways. The general gets a report from an
officer on another monitor.

OFFICER
We've lost contact with the surface.
There is a good probability of an
uprising. Even the IF links are out.

GENERAL
Use a substandard relay and put all
units on alert.

The officer disappears from the monitor and is replaced with
the Captain of the Guard.

CAPTAIN
All sections D through P-12 are clear.
We have reason to suspect they escaped
through the disposal system. We are
checking...
(he is interrupted by
an excited trooper
who tells him
something)
...We've found them in Receptacle B-
29. You should...

A red light flashes on one of the other monitors.

GENERAL
Hold on...

A controller appears on the second monitor.

CONTROLLER
Starships approaching, three squads.
Imperial design, but no clearance...

GENERAL
Full alert. Battle stations...

The general turns back to the Captain of the Guards.

CAPTAIN
You should have them on your screen.

Alarms sound throughout the fortress. Lights flash a warning.

GARBAGE RECEPTACLE - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE

A floodlight switches on, revealing Valorum and Starkiller
attempting to cut open the door. The princess stands up and
stares into the floodlight. Vader's voice comes over an
intercom.

VADER
I'm afraid I have no more time to
deal with you. A senseless and futile
attack by your friends has forced me
to take a rather unpleasant course
of action. Your execution will have
to be expedited.

The intercom clicks off, and a loud rumbling begins to shake
the room. With a loud shriek, the princess points to the far
wall; which starts to move toward the trio. The situation
looks desperate.

SPACE - WOOKEE STARSHIPS - AQUILAE

Laserfire from the space fortress creates a wall of death,
which the three squadrons of Wookee starships miraculously
emerge through undamaged. The general barks orders to the
Wookee craft, and Chewbacca and his squadron break off and
start an attack dive. Laser fire from Chewbacca's brightly
colored ship hits one of the prime power terminals on the
fortress surface. It explodes, creating weird electric arcs,
as it goes.

Han and the general also concentrate fire on the distinctive
black power terminals. Two more are destroyed in an arcing
spectacle. A chain reaction is set off, creating a series of
explosions leaping across the surface of the fortress from
power terminal to power terminal.

GARBAGE RECEPTACLE - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE

The shock of the explosion can be felt over the rumbling of
the trash masher. The wall has moved within a few yards of
squashing Valorum, Starkiller and the princess. They are
still frantically trying to somehow stop the relentless wall,
to no avail. The lights blink off, then on again, and the
moving wall rumbles to a halt. Leia breathes a sigh of relief.

STARKILLER
They must have knocked the power
out.

Valorum runs over to the door, and kicks it open. They rush
out of the would-be death trap.

SPACE - WOOKEE STARSHIPS - AQUILAE

One of the Wookee starships is caught in a crossfire and
disappears in a cloud of smoke. Another ship for some unknown
reason dives headlong into the surface of the fortress,
creating a huge explosion.

MAIN HALLWAY - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE

Starkiller, Valorum, and the princess are thrown to a hallway
floor by the explosion. They get up and start down the hallway
again. A voice calls out from a connecting corridor.

ARTWO
Hey! Over here.

The trio turns and see little Artwo standing at the other
end of the corridor.

He waves his claw arm at them, and wobbles toward them.

ARTWO
The power core has exceeded the normal
stress quotient by point eight. The
magnetic fusion pods have evaporated.
There appears to be an immediate
danger.

VALORUM
There is a lifepod station at the
other end of this sector... Hurry.

The group, followed by Artwo, make a dash for the lifepod,
but are knocked to the ground by another explosion, which
rocks the hallway. A hole is ripped in one wall, sucking
debris into space. Everyone holds on to wall fixtures for
dear life.

GOVERNOR'S QUARTERS - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE

Aides and officers rush through the office, as Vader tries
to keep things under control. Governor Hoedaack remains calm,
watching the progress of the battle. Vader turns to the
governor.

VADER
They've pinpointed every terminal.
It's impossible. What are they? Where
did they come from? An electromagnetic
transfer has started... There's no
stopping it...

GOVERNOR
Continue the fight...

VADER
We've already lost control of the
planet. We must abandon ship while
there is still time... Conditions
are much worse than...

GOVERNOR
Continue the fight... This fortress
is invincible. I will not give up.

A giant explosion sweeps through the office.

SPACE - WOOKEE STARSHIPS

The tiny starships race the chain reaction explosions across
the surface of the fortress. Laserfire is everywhere. One of
the starships skimming across the surface, lags behind and
is caught in an explosion and disappears.

GENERAL
Han! Get everyone out of there. The
whole thing's going to go... Return
to Gordon... Get them out.

Han relays the order to the Wookees, and then starships pull
away from the crippled fortress.

MAIN HALLWAY - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE

The group has made its way past the hole in the wall and is
climbing into the lifepods. Starkiller helps the princess
into one, while Valorum and Artwo get into the other. Warning
sirens scream throughout the hallways. Three troops run toward
the lifepods, firing laserpistols. Valorum returns the fire,
stopping the oncoming troops. Hatches are closed, and the
lifepods eject into space.

LIFEPODS - SPACE - YAVIN ORBIT

The two lifepods drift toward the calm of the planet's
surface. Starkiller and the princess embrace, and he kisses
her tenderly. They watch the ominous fortress grow smaller
and smaller as they drift away. Suddenly, a great flash
replaces the fortress and rubble streaks past the lifepods.
Several giant explosions follow, then there is only a smoke
cloud where the mighty fortress once orbited Aquilae.

THRONE ROOM - PALACE OF LITE - AQUILAE

Queen Leia, in all her grandeur, sits on the magnificent
throne of Aquilae. Starkiller and the general stand to her
right. Several old advisors stand to her left. Han presents
Chewbacca and a delegation of Wookees with a treaty, gifts,
and a medal of honor. They bow and exit. Han moves to one
side of the crowded court. Valorum stands next to him. They
watch as the two robots, Artwo and Threepio, approach the
queen, and bow.

QUEEN
Your service to Aquilae is greatly
appreciated. You are designated class
A-4, and will serve Annikin
Starkiller, the new Lord Protector
of Aquilae. Rise!

The robots rise and exit through the long entrance hall to
the throne. The queen turns and smiles at Starkiller and the
general. The general and Starkiller salute their new queen.

FADE OUT:

END CREDITS

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