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THE ADVENTURES

OF

THE STARKILLER

(episode one)

"The Star Wars"

by

George Lucas



SECOND DRAFT LUCASFILM LIMITED
January 28, 1975 52 Park Way
San Anselmo
California 94960

"...And in the time of greatest despair there shall come a
savior, and he shall be known as: THE SON OF THE SUNS."
JOURNAL OF THE WHILLS, 3:127



FADE IN:

SPACE

A vast sea of stars is broken as the warm, amber surface of
the planet, UTAPAU, emerges from a total eclipse. Five small
moons slowly drift into view from the far side of the planet.
The MAIN TITLE is followed by a ROLL-UP:

The REPUBLIC GALACTICA is dead. Ruthless trader
barons, driven by greed and the lust for power,
have replaced enlightenment with oppression, and
"rule by the people" with the FIRST GALACTIC EMPIRE.

Until the tragic Holy Rebellion of "06", the
respected JEDI BENDU OF ASHLA were the most powerful
warriors in the Universe. For a hundred thousand
years, generations of Jedi Bendu knights learned
the ways of the mysterious FORCE OF OTHERS, and
acted as the guardians of peace and justice in the
REPUBLIC. Now these legendary warriors are all but
extinct. One by one they have been hunted down and
destroyed by a ferocious rival sect of mercenary
warriors: THE BLACK KNIGHTS OF THE SITH.

It is a period of civil wars. The EMPIRE is
crumbling into lawless barbarism throughout the
million worlds of the galaxy. From the celestial
equator to the farthest reaches of the GREAT RIFT,
seventy small solar systems have united in a common
war against the tyranny of the Empire. Under the
command of a mighty Jedi warrior known as THE
STARKILLER, the REBEL ALLIANCE has won a crushing
victory over the deadly Imperial Star Fleet. The
Empire knows that one more such defeat will bring
a thousand more solar systems into the rebellion,
and Imperial control of the Outlands could be lost
forever...

A tiny silver space craft races from behind one of the
lifeless Utapau moons. The small rebel spacefighter is being
chased by four giant Imperial star destroyers. Hundreds of
deadly laser bolts streak from the Imperial warships as they
dive on the smaller craft.

Every few moments, the little rebel ship returns the fire,
until one of the Imperial battlewagons explodes, causing it
to fall out of formation. The three remaining stardestroyers
continue the pursuit.

INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - LASER GUN TURRET

The two elaborate laser gun turrets belch a smoky exhaust as
the gun crews, wearing heat-protective suits, goggles and
breath masks, cheer and congratulate each other on the direct
hit. The gunnery CHIEF finishes speaking into his helmet
"com-link", and yells to the crew.

CHIEF
I don't know what you boys are so
cheery about; there are still three
more out there.

The crews snap-to, and turn back to their giant guns. Several
stubby, three-legged ROBOTS scurry to and fro, bringing
equipment, and repairing damage to sections of the turrets.

INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - MAIN PASSAGEWAY

The chaos of battle echoes through the narrow, main passageway
of the starfighter. An explosion rocks the ship, and two
construction robots, ARTOO DETOO (R2-D2) and SEE THREEPIO (C-
3PO) struggle to make their way through the shaking, bouncing
passageway. Both robots are old and battered. Artoo is a
short (36 inches), claw-armed, tri-ped. His face is a mass
of computer lights, surrounding a radar eye. Threepio, on
the other hand, is a tall, slender robot of human proportions.
He has a gleaming bronze-like metallic surface of an "Art
Deco" design.

THREEPIO
Artoo, my friend, this is madness!
If this keeps up, we're going to be
destroyed. I'm afraid I'm still not
accustomed to space travel... What
are we to do?

The little dwarf robot makes a series of electronic sounds
that only a robot could understand.

THREEPIO
Relax?!?... What do you mean we're
in no immediate danger??! You're
faulty, this is madness!

Artoo gives his tall companion a sheepish computer blink and
starts off down the hallway...

THREEPIO
Artoo Detoo, wait! Wait a minute.

Threepio climbs through a hatch and starts after Artoo.

EXT. SPACE BATTLE

One of the giant Imperial Stardestroyers breaks formation
and surges ahead of the others, closing on the tiny rebel
space craft. The main battery of laser cannons on the huge
Imperial warship directs an overwhelming concentration or
laser fire at the main solar fin on the rebel ship. Finally
it disintegrates, creating a spectacular heavenly display.

INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - POWER SECTION

A sudden pressure change sucks equipment and debris through
the power section of the spacefighter. Alarms are sounding
everywhere. The spaceship shudders under the impact of the
Imperial barrage. Artoo and Threepio are blown, slipping and
sliding across the hallway floor into a stack of freight
canisters. The lanky Threepio becomes lodged under a computer
console.

THREEPIO
I'm dead!... I told you this would
happen. Artoo, I can't move.

Little Artoo waddles over to his trapped companion. He clears
away several mangled canisters and climbs under the sparking
and smoking computer. He is chattering away in an elaborate
combination of whistles, beeps and clicks.

THREEPIO
Oh my, I think something is melting.
Artoo Detoo, this is all your fault...
I should have known better than to
listen to a half-pint thermo-astronic
capulary dehousing-assister. You're
truly faulty.

Artoo counters with a rather angry rebuttal as he struggles
to pull the larger robot free from the small leg space under
the computer console. Two MEN hurriedly enter the power
station and begin checking the damage. The robots can only
see the humans' legs as they pass to and fro in front of the
desk-like console; but they recognize the voice of their
captain: DEAK STARKILLER.

THREEPIO
Shhh, it's the captain...

The captain's FIRST OFFICER pops his head under the console
and sees Artoo straining to free Threepio. The little robot
stops.

OFFICER
Well, Hello! Are you boys all right?

THREEPIO
Yes sir, I'll be out in a minute. No
damage that I can tell. Sorry to be
of trouble, sir...

OFFICER
As you were.

Artoo goes back to his pulling and pushing as the officer
again becomes a pair of legs, and is joined by the sturdier
legs of Captain Starkiller.

OFFICER
There's a C-3 unit jammed under the
console, but no damage, sir.

Artoo uses one of his claw arms to cut away a small metal
beam bent around Threepio's shoulder.

DEAK
The solar activators are burned out.
The shields are down. They'll be
boarding in no time. There is a Sith
knight among them. I can feel his
para-force. Hurry, secure your assault
positions. The BOGAN force is strong
with the enemy.

OFFICER
Yes sir, the men are ready.

The officer bows low and hurries out of the smoldering
chamber. Artoo stops his work, and the robots quietly watch
Deak's legs as he paces the room. He stands for a few moments
in meditation. The two mechanical men suddenly feel as if
they are intruding, and every little creak and noise becomes
an embarrassment. A VOICE from another part of the ship yells
out to the captain, and he rushes out of the room. Threepio
breathes a sigh of relief.

THREEPIO
I think there will be no escape for
the captain this time...

EXT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER

The smoldering silver rebel craft is quickly surrounded by
the three giant Imperial warships. One of the huge
stardestroyers moves into orbit just above the helpless rebel
spacefighter.

INT. IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER - COCKPIT

An awesome array of lighted panels and computer monitors are
reflected in the polished black helmets of six Imperial master-
pilots. A fifth-ranked General of the Fleet sits in a rotating
chair suspended from the cabin ceiling, watching the chief
pilot maneuver the huge warship above the tiny rebel
spacefighter.

CHIEF PILOT
That's as close as I dare take her.

CAPTAIN
(into intercom)
We are in position...stand by.
Remember, Lord Vader wants as many
of them taken alive as is possible.
There will be no slaughter.

EXT. IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER - UNDERBELLY

The huge gray underbelly of the Imperial warship hovers less
than twenty feet above the rebel spacefighter.

A small hatch near one of the complex antenna groupings
silently slides open. With fascist precision, ten
stormtroopers wearing ominous armored spacesuits drop onto
the top of the disabled rebel craft. A burly sergeant aims
his powerful laser pistol at the silver hull.

INT. REBEL STAR FIGHTER - HALLWAY

A tremendous blast opens up a hole six feet wide in the side
of the main passageway, sucking equipment and debris into
the vacuum of space. Three fearsome stormtroopers armed with
chrome multi-laser rifles make their way through the smoking
debris into the padded hallway. The SERGEANT and four more
armored troopers quickly follow.

SERGEANT
Use your blades! There's too much
risk of blaster ricochet in these
cramped quarters.

The troops sling the rifles over their shoulders and take a
small baton from their belts, which instantly ignites into a
long glowing laser sword.

At the far end of the passageway, a door swings wide revealing
a rebel warrior wearing a breath mask and dressed in the
distinctive uniform of an AQUILLIAN RANGER. A long, deadly
laser sword glows in his right hand, while several chrome
ping-pong sized balls magically appear in his left. Tiny
antenna project from the chrome balls, and before the
stormtroopers can raise their weapons, the balls fly out of
the ranger's hand. One of the balls stops in the middle of
the troops and explodes. Three other balls shoot through the
hole ripped in the side of the ship.

EXT. IMPERIAL STARDESTROYER - UNDERBELLY

Six armored stormtroopers are assembled on the sleek silver
hull of the rebel spacefighter. The three chrome balls fly
out of the rebel craft just as several more troops drop from
the hatch of the Imperial stardestroyer. One or the
seekerbombs explodes among the assembled troops, flinging
most of them into the vastness of space. The two remaining
bombs rocket toward the open hatch of the Imperial warship.
One of the surviving stormtroopers, clinging to the rebel
craft, yells into his helmet intercom as he aims a laser
pistol at the tiny chrome projectiles.

TROOPER
Seekers! Seekers! Close the hatches!!

A blast from the laser pistol hits one of the balls, and it
explodes harmlessly outside the stardestroyer. The second
seeker bomb races into the stardestroyer, just as the hatch
slides closed. A muffled explosion is heard inside the huge
spacecraft.

INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - HALLWAY

The Aquillian ranger charges what's left of the stormtroopers.
He swings his glowing laser sword high over his head; but
before he can bring the deadly blade down on a victim, four
more troops enter the ship and assail the ranger. He puts up
a good fight, but soon falls under the superior odds. A half
dozen more armored stormtroopers enter the damaged ship and
cautiously make their way down the narrow hallway.

INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - COCKPIT

Smoke fills the crowded cockpit of the rebel starship. The
pilot struggles to remove a wounded comrade as an exhausted
Aquillian RANGER enters and bows before Deak Starkiller. The
young captain's face is covered by a small, ornate face mask,
but he appears to be about twenty-five years old. He is
wearing the loose-fitting robes of a Jedi knight.

RANGER
The Bogan force is too strong upon
us. Our spirit is broken.

DEAK
You must rally the men, fight off
your despair. The force of others is
still with us...

RANGER
Clieg is dead. They're blasting the
lifepods before we can clear the
ship. We're trapped...

DEAK
Then we must make this treachery
costly for them. Return to your
station.

The ranger bows low before the Jedi starcaptain, and rushes
out of the cockpit. The pilot has returned to his seat in
front of the ship's main control board.

DEAK
What's the power now?

PILOT (TYREE)
It's up to five point nine; but we'll
need a lot more to ignite the
engines... There just isn't enough
time...

DEAK
Keep at it. I'm going aft.

PILOT
But what about your father. He must
have the KIBER Crystal if Ogana Major
is to survive. He won't be able to
hold out against the Imperial siege
much longer. The risk was too great.
We'll never be able to make contact
with Luke now. We've lost everything.
We should never...

DEAK
You're feeling the Bogan's despair.
Be strong, Tyree, drive it from your
thoughts. Luke is father's only
hope... maybe there is still a slim
chance we might salvage things.

He moves to the computer bank, and speaks into the intercom.

DEAK
All R-2 units stand by for new prime
directive programming...

He turns back to the pilot for a moment.

DEAK
What's the R-2 scramble code?

PILOT
"Tan-takk RS-411". Do you think one
of them might get through?

DEAK
I'm afraid the chances of an R-2
unit finding Luke down there are
much better than Luke's chances of
getting back to father... R-2 units
compute as follows: Scramble code,
tan-takk RS-411. Prime directive --
contact code "Angel blue". Seek OWEN
LARS at or near position: 321-DC-28.
Relay the following transcription:

INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - MAIN HALLWAY

Little Artoo stands ridged in the middle of the smoke-filled
passageway. Threepio runs awkwardly toward the tiny robot
from a large hatchway at one end of the corridor. Artoo's
computer face blinks wildly.

THREEPIO
We're cut off. They're coming from
that direction. I heard them. Come
on, we'll have to go back the way we
came.

Artoo lets out a long musical whistle, but doesn't move.

THREEPIO
Wait!?? They'll be here in moments!
I have no intention of getting sent
to the spice mines of KESSAL, or
smashed into... what?! A new prime
directive!??! Oh no! Not at a time
like this! How much longer?

The muted sounds of grinding and crushing get louder until a
dozen Imperial stormtroopers, wearing spooky-looking armor,
enter the passageway. They arrange themselves geometrically,
their movements synchronized, as they move stealthily through
the unusually wide corridor. Threepio grabs his little partner
and struggles to drag him into the shadows of an emergency
ventilator system. Hard and weary, the troops advance --
their glowing laser swords held at ready. Suddenly, directly
in back of the stormtroopers, about ten feet away, the
imposing young Jedi, Deak Starkiller, steps from behind the
open hatch.

His chrome laser pistol still rests in its holster; but his
laser sword sparks to life with a sharp hum. One of the
troopers senses his presence and turns freezing momentarily.
The rest of the troops turn a second later, almost as a reflex
action. A slow grim smile creeps across Deak's face, as the
troops realize they are outmatched.

TROOPER
He's a Jedi. Use your blasters!

Six troopers who are carrying their chrome laser rifles at
the ready start to step forward and raise their weapons.
Deak is quicker. In one amazing movement, he spins around,
replacing his laser sword to his belt, and draws his deadly
laser pistol, blasting out four shots that rip through the
soldiers. In a few moments, the entire passageway blazes
with laser fire. Laser bolts ricochet in wild random patterns,
creating small explosions and finally a small hole in the
wall, which sucks debris and stormtroopers into space, until
finally it is plugged by a large supply canister.

Artoo and Threepio are plummeted by loose equipment and
debris. Threepio attempts to cover his head. Artoo pulls a
grate off the vent system and starts to enter the dark shaft.
Threepio clings to a side rail for dear life as debris and
laser bolts fly past him. Artoo beeps to his terrified
companion.

THREEPIO
No more adventures! I'm not going in
there. No! Never!

Artoo disappears down the ominous shaft. He leaves his friend
with a few parting whistles.

THREEPIO
Don't call me a mindless philosopher,
you overweight glob of grease! I
simply think you are going the wrong
way.

Threepio peers into the gloom of the vent shaft.

THREEPIO
Hello?!? Artoo?...

INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - COCKPIT CORRIDOR

Stormtroopers scatter and run down an adjoining passageway;
others duck behind storage lockers.

Multiple laser fire rips through several stormtroopers who
scream and stagger from the smoke, holding shattered arms
and faces. Deak and two Aquillian rangers back into a sealed
corridor at the far end of the passageway. Deak's gun jams,
and the two rangers are cut down behind him. The young Jedi
ignites his glowing red laser sword and begins swinging.
Stormtroopers are cut down right and left, until they flee
the corridor in panic, firing wildly as they stumble over
canisters to escape.

Suddenly several of the panic-stricken troopers who had fled
down a sub-hallway are back into the cockpit area, more afraid
of what's down the sub-hallway than the deadly Jedi's blade.
Troopers still fleeing the area crash into those returning.

TROOPER
The Sith Knight... Lord Vader is
coming. Go back. Go back!

A new courage, or greater fear, seizes the troops and they
turn on Deak again and renew the attack. The troops scramble
away from the sub-hallway entrance, as something unspeakably
evil and terrifying approaches the cabin.

INT. REBEL STARFIGHTER - SUB-HALLWAY

The tall, gleaming Threepio rushes through several low, narrow
corridors, yelling at Artoo, who races along as fast as his
stubby mechanical feet will carry him.

THREEPIO
Wait! Wait a minute. I'm coming...
Would you mind telling me where you
are off to?

Artoo throws a short beep over his shoulder.

THREEPIO
Leaving?! Leaving where? Don't be
ridiculous, that's desertion! I order
you to stop. Did you hear me? Stop!

Artoo continues on, countering with a frenzy of electronic
whistles and twangs.

THREEPIO
What new prime directive? Why didn't
I receive it? What's so important
that I'm not to be trusted? I don't
believe you. I think you're rattled.

Artoo stops before the small hatch of an emergency lifepod.
He snaps the seal on the main latch and a red warning light
begins to flash. The stubby, dwarf-robot works his way into
the cramped four-man pod.

THREEPIO
Hey! What are you doing? You can't
use that!... It's restricted. You're
not permitted in there; you'll be de-
activated for sure. The situation is
not that desperate! Now come out of
there before someone sees you.

A new explosion, this time very close, sends dust and debris
through the narrow sub-hallway. Flames lick at the two robots.
After a flurry of electronic swearing from Artoo, the lanky
bronze Threepio jumps into the lifepod.

THREEPIO
I think I'm going to regret this;
but my prime directive IS
preservation.

The safety door snaps shut, and with the thunder of exploding
latches, the tiny lifepod ejects from the disabled
starfighter.

INT. IMPERIAL STARDESTROYER - COCKPIT

On the main viewscreen, the lifepod carrying the two terrified
robots speeds away from the stricken rebel spacecraft.

CHIEF PILOT
There goes another one. Look.

CAPTAIN
Hold your fire. No lifeforms. It
must have short-circuited.

The captain gets a message on his headset.

CAPTAIN
Yes... Yes... He's on his way down
now... No. Good, excellent. I'll
relay it.
(he turns to the pilots)
The ship is ours!

The pilots cheer and an excited murmur rushes throughout the
ship.

EXT. SKY OVER UTAPAU - LIFEPOD

The reddish-yellow mass of Utapau seems to engulf the tiny
lifepod containing the two robots. The grouping of
stardestroyers grows smaller as the pod descends toward the
planet.

THREEPIO
That's funny, the damage doesn't
look as bad from out here. Are you
sure this thing is safe?

INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - COCKPIT CORRIDOR

Deak Starkiller cuts down several troops who make a frenzied,
suicidal charge with laser swords.

TROOPS
The Bogan! The Bogan!

They are no match for the incredibly agile young Jedi. For
an eerie moment, all is deathly quiet as a huge darker figure
appears in the sub-hallway. The remaining stormtroopers bow
low toward the doorway. An awesome, seven-foot BLACK KNIGHT
OF THE SITH makes his way into the blinding light of the
cockpit area. This is LORD DARTH VADER, right hand to the
MASTER OF THE SITH. His sinister face is partially obscured
by his flowing black robes and grotesque breath mask, which
are in sharp contrast to the fascist white armored suits of
the Imperial stormtroopers. The troops instinctively back
away from the imposing warrior.

Deak Starkiller stands firm; a new look of resolve sweeps
across his tired face. The smoky room is deathly quiet, except
for the occasional snapping and popping of burning electrical
circuits in the cockpit's sophisticated control panel.

As the Black Knight enters the corridor, the few surviving
troopers scramble into the sub-hallway. Lord Vader speaks in
an oddly filtered voice through his complex breathing mask.

VADER
At last we meet!

DEAK
With so much commotion, I expected
your master, not merely a servant.

Vader is angered by this remark. Taking a deep breath, he
raises his arms and every object that isn't bolted down is
picked up by an invisible force and hurled at the young Jedi.
When the objects reach about two feet of Deak, they are
deflected by an invisible shield which surrounds him.

DEAK
The Bogan is strong with you; but
not nearly strong enough. I'm afraid
you'll have to use your weapon, if
you're able!

VADER
I am Lord Darth Vader, first Knight
of the Sith, and right hand to His
Eminence Prince Espaa Valorum, the
Master of the Bogan. You will not
mock me, or my Master; for the Ashla
is weak, and the FORCE OF OTHERS
cannot save you now...

The fearsome dark knight ignites his laser sword and takes a
defensive stance. The two galactic warriors stand perfectly
still for a few moments, sizing each other up and waiting
for the right moment. Deak seems to be under increasing
pressure and strain, as if an invisible weight were being
placed upon him. He shakes his head and blinking, tries to
clear his eyes.

VADER
Your powers are weak...

Deak makes a sudden lunge at the huge warrior but is checked
by a lightning movement of the SITH. A second masterful slash-
stroke by Deak is again blocked by his evil opponent.

They stand motionless for a few moments, with laser swords
locked in mid-air, creating a low buzzing sound. Another of
the Jedi's blows is blocked, then countered. Deak stumbles
back against a wall. Slowly Deak is forced to his knees as
all his energy is drained from his being. Finally, he
collapses in a heap. The sinister knight lets out a horrible,
shrieking laugh, as stormtroopers rush in with restraining
poles, followed by a braided and flashy Imperial commander.
Deak's arms and legs are pinned to the wall. He struggles
with his bonds.

COMMANDER
So, we got him. Your paraforce is
strong indeed. The Emperor will be
pleased. Why, he's just a boy!

An Imperial officer takes a gold medallion from around the
young Jedi's neck.

OFFICER
The Starkiller!

A murmur of astonishment races throughout the troops.

COMMANDER
Impossible! He would have to be
over three hundred years old. How
could this Jedi possibly be the
Starkiller?

The great Black Knight studies the golden crest, and then
stares into the eyes of the fuming Jedi. Vader has a visible
dislike of the commander.

VADER
This is another of his sons.

COMMANDER
Your master said he'd killed them
all... And why is he wearing his
father's crest?

VADER
His father must be dead. The
Starkiller would never give this up
if he were alive... It possesses
great power. THIS boy must be the
last...

COMMANDER
"The son of the suns!" The last of
the Starkiller line, whom the seer's
have said would bring down the Empire.

VADER
It appears we have altered destiny.

COMMANDER
(to an aid)
Send word to the Emperor. We've
captured their "Savior". The rebellion
is broken. The Starkiller is dead.
Let the attack of Ogana Major begin...

The Black Knight takes a restraining pole from one of the
guards and brutally jabs the young Jedi in the chest. Deak
squirms in pain but does not cry out. He is struck again. An
officer approaches the commander.

OFFICER
Why would he chance running the
blockade to come out here in the
middle of nowhere. There is little
on this planet...

COMMANDER
An interesting question. Send a
platoon of "Tuskens" to the planet
surface and have them report anything
unusual. Maybe he has friends we
should know about...
(turning pointedly to
Vader)
Or perhaps another brother...

Vader gives the commander an angry stare and suddenly it
appears as if the commander can't catch his breath. The
commander turns and rushes out of the cabin in great distress.
Vader punches Deak one last time.

VADER
You will come to know such suffering
as only the Master of the Bogan Force
can provide. From you he will learn
many secrets...

Vader throws Deak's head back painfully hard against the
wall.

VADER
Bind him, and take him to my ship.
(to Deak)
There is no one to save you now.

His frightening laugh rings throughout the starship.

EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - EDGE OF THE DUNE SEA

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 leave the lifepod, and clumsily
work their way across the desert coastline. The stubby Artoo
struggles desperately to keep up with the long-legged
Threepio. Suddenly, Artoo makes a sharp right turn, and starts
off in the direction of the rocky desert mesas. Threepio
stops and yells at him.

THREEPIO
Where do you think you're going?!?

A stream of electronic noises pour forth from the small robot.

THREEPIO
...to find Owen Lars?!? What's that?!?
Just because the boss was looking
for his brother doesn't mean WE have
to look for him! That WAS the prime
directive, but not anymore... Besides,
why go that way? It's so rocky. Why
not go this way? It would be much
easier. How do you KNOW Owen Lars is
that way?

Artoo continues his electronic babbling.

THREEPIO
Don't get technical with me. I think
you're going the wrong way. I've had
just about enough of you! You
pragmatic, nearsighted scrap pile. I
don't believe this "Angel Blue" even
exits, but you just go that way.
You'll be malfunctioning within a
day.

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. Artoo struggles to his three, stubby feet and
shakes a metallic claw arm at his disappearing ex-partner.

THREEPIO
(over his shoulder)
...And don't let me catch you
following me begging for help --
because you won t get it!

Artoo counters with a few short whistles.

THREEPIO
Don't call ME a traitor. My loyalty
is impeccable!... You emotion-brained
intellectual...

Artoo's reply is a rather rude sound. He turns and trudges
off in the opposite direction.

EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - DUNE SEA

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 of the now distant
rock mesas.

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. His plight seems hopeless, when a glint
of reflected light in the distance reveals an object speeding
toward him. The bronze android waves frantically and yells
at the approaching transport.

EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - ROCK MESA

The little Artoo stumbles over several boulders as he
struggles to reach the crest of a rocky mesa.

He reaches the top and scans the foreboding desert valley
below. Far in the distance, shining in the twin suns like an
inviting oasis, stands the settlement of ANCHORHEAD. The
mechanical runt carries on an electronic conversation with
himself as he searches the rugged ground for something. He
picks up a large stone in his powerful claw hand, then
discards it. He finds another stone that he is apparently
satisfied with, carries it to the edge of the butte, and
tosses it over. The stone slams down the steep side of the
mesa, kicking up dust and creating a small avalanche. He
makes some quick calculations, then starts off down the
treacherous slope.

EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - ROCK CANYON

The gargantuan rock formations are shrouded in a strange
mist, and the ominous sounds of unearthly creatures fill the
air. Artoo moves cautiously through the creepy rock canyon,
inadvertently making a loud clicking noise as he goes. He
hears a distant, hard metallic sound and stops for a moment.
He hears nothing. He sees nothing moving. Convinced he is
alone, he continues on his way.

In the distance, a pebble tumbles down the steep canyon wall
and a small dark figure darts into the shadows. A little
further up the canyon, a slight flicker of light reveals a
pair of eyes in the dark recesses, only a few feet from the
narrow path.

The unsuspecting robot waddles along the rugged trail until
suddenly, out of nowhere, a powerful magnetic ray shoots out
of the rocks and engulfs him in an eerie glow. He manages
one short electronic squeak before he topples over onto his
back. His bright computer lights flicker off, then on, then
off again. Out of the rocks scurry three MEN, no taller than
Artoo. They holster strange and complex weapons as they
cautiously approach the robot. They wear grubby cloaks, and
their faces are shrouded so that only their yellow eyes can
be seen. They hiss and make odd guttural sounds as they heave
the heavy robot to their shoulders, and carry him off down
the trail. The vile little creatures grunt and groan as they
struggle with their weighty prize. They smell horribly,
attracting small insects to the dark areas where their mouths
and nostrils should be.

EXT. ROCK CANYON - SANDCRAWLER

Eight dwarfs, or JAWAS, as they're sometimes called, carry
Artoo out of the canyon to a huge sandcrawler -- a tank-like
vehicle the size of a two-story house.

They place the robot in a small bin on one side of the
crawler, and a mechanical arm promptly lifts the bin, dumping
the unconscious Artoo into the back of the giant tractor.
The filthy little Jawas scurry like rats up small ladders
and enter the main cabin of the behemoth transport. Several
windows light up in the cockpit area toward the front of the
crawler followed by the loud scream of powerful engines.
The enormous sandcrawler turns and lumbers off toward the
magnificent twin suns, now slowly setting over a distant
mountain range.

INT. SANDCRAWLER - HOLD AREA

It is dim and dank inside the hold area of the sandcrawler.
Artoo lies on a pile of metal scrap, lifepods, rocket parts,
and the limbs and dismembered parts of robots. Artoo's
computer lights slowly begin to glow, then they blink on
full power. He makes a few electronic sounds to himself as
he tries to figure out what happened, and where he is. He
stumbles around on the scrap heap until he thinks to turn on
the small floodlight on his forehead.

The narrow beam swings across the rubble and stops on the
half-buried claw arm of another robot. Artoo moves over to
the buried robot and calls to it, but gets no response. He
pulls on the arm but it won't budge. Finally he gives it a
good tug and it breaks loose, sending him head over heels.
He sits dazed, holding the severed forearm of a power robot,
then lets out a terrifying electronic shriek. The little
robot scans the rest of the huge chamber with his headlights
and sees a series of grotesquely twisted and maimed astro
robots. The narrow beam comes to rest on a battered, but
otherwise whole "common-labor" robot. The "laborer" makes a
move to cover his giant electronic eye, which is extended on
a long tube from his box-like body. Little Artoo jumps back
in fright.

LABORER
Shut off that light!

Artoo is still shaken, but manages a short apology and then
shuts off his light. The laborer robot is barely visible.

LABORER
Is there no peace!? This is MY
chamber, go find yourself another.
Go on... go on! Get out!

Artoo stumbles off toward what appears to be a door at the
end of the chamber.

He enters a large room with a very low ceiling (about four
feet high). In the middle of the scrap heap sit a dozen or
so robots of various shapes and sizes. Some are engaged in
electronic conversation, while others simply mill about. In
the middle of the group sits a strange, little robot with a
large worklight for a head, which illuminates the odd
assemblage of mechanical slaves. A blue "astro construction"
robot -- somewhat similar to Artoo, only a bit fatter --
approaches the newcomer and beeps an electronic greeting.
The two stubby robots exchange electronic analysis of the
situation as they waddle toward the group. A voice of
recognition calls out from the gloom.

THREEPIO
Artoo! Artoo Detoo! It's you!

A battered and slightly worse-for-wear Threepio scrambles up
to Artoo on his hands and knees (remember the four foot
ceiling) and embraces him.

THREEPIO
...they've caught you, too. I'm afraid
we're doomed! We're doomed!

The blue robot continues on back to the group as the two old
companions huddle in a hollow of scrap metal.

THREEPIO
We've landed on one of the OUTLAND
DARK PLANETS! There is no hope for
us now. These Jawa's aren't traders,
they're metalmen. They'll melt us
down. I'm not useful like you, they'll
scrap me for sure.

Artoo makes a short electronic reply.

THREEPIO
You're right. I should not have
ignored your prime directive. But
it's a little late now... Wait, we're
stopping!

EXT. WASTELAND - NIGHT

The monstrous sandcrawler pulls up to a large outcropping of
rocks in the trail and grinds to a rumbling stop.

Several Jawa's scramble out of the huge vehicle to inspect
the boulders blocking the trail. An argument erupts between
one Jawa, in a red habit, and the other hooded dwarfs. He
yells something at the others, then walks off to the side of
the trail. The rest of the little creatures climb back into
the giant tank. The crawler starts with a low hum, slowly
moving forward until a loud scraping noise screams from
beneath the chassis. The red-cloaked dwarf climbs onto a
nearby rock and yells at the others to stop. They ignore
him.

INT. SANDCRAWLER - HOLD AREA

The scraping sound is haunting as well as deafening. The
entire chamber trembles, creating quite a commotion among
the mechanical men. At the far end of the long chamber, a
bright light suddenly appears, followed by a cacophony of
electronic shouts and yells. The "common labor" robot runs
past the confused Artoo and Threepio.

LABORER
We're free! We're free!

Amidst the confusion of the fleeing robots, Artoo and Threepio
carefully make their way toward a break in the side of the
crawler. Several Jawas appear at the opening with pistols,
but before they can fire, they are knocked over and trampled
by the fleeing mechanical men.

EXT. WASTELAND - NIGHT

The sound of yelling Jawas and screaming robots fades in the
distance as Artoo and Threepio scramble up a narrow ravine
away from the sandcrawler. They duck into a tiny crevice in
the rock to avoid several fleeing robots, followed by a dozen
armed Jawas. After a few moments they peer out, and seeing
that the way is clear, rush off down the winding path.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - ANCHORHEAD SETTLEMENT

A small settlement, consisting of a few run-down blockhouse-
type buildings, rests against one of the huge rock mesas.
The two robots study the sleepy little camp from a bluff
some distance away.

THREEPIO
I don't like it. What if there are
more Jawa scavengers down there?

The runt-like Artoo starts off down the side of the rocky
bluff.

THREEPIO
Wait a minute! It's too dangerous.
We need a plan...

Threepio chases his little partner down the slope.

EXT. ANCHORHEAD SETTLEMENT - MAIN STREET

The dozen or so buildings are bleached white by the two Utapau
suns. A harsh and dusty wind blows through the empty streets
of the tiny settlement. A rather frightened Threepio follows
his little companion down the foreboding street toward a low
concrete structure that is all but covered by the desert
sands. The rusted hulk of a powerful "landspeeder" (an auto-
like transport which travels a few feet above the ground on
a magnetic field) lies half-buried to one side of the
building. The two robots cautiously approach the dilapidated
power station.

THREEPIO
I don't like this...

It is quiet, but for the continual wind. A dismantled speeder
rests in the repair bay of the gas station-like building.
There is a sharp dripping sound coming from the speeder. It
appears that no one is around.

THREEPIO
Greetings!... Greetings. Is anyone
home?
(to Artoo)
I think you're overheated. There is
no one here...

Out of the gloom of the office behind them, a voice cuts
through the silence:

VOICE (MECHANIC)
What can I do you for?

The robots turn around with a start. A short, wizened old
MECHANIC of sixty or seventy stands before them.

MECHANIC
Who are you with?

THREEPIO
Greetings, sir. I'm See Threepio,
Human-Cyborg relations. This is my
counterpart, Artoo Detoo. Your
kindness would be greatly
appreciated...

The old mechanic is a bit suspicious. An evil look fills his
eye. He rubs his grimy, withered hand over Threepio's smooth
metal shoulder.

MECHANIC
You're in very good shape for these
parts... Where is your master? You
do have a master, don't you?

Artoo beeps a few signals to his bronze friend. The old
mechanic begins to fiddle with the wrench he is holding, in
the most unsettling way. Threepio becomes a bit nervous.

THREEPIO
I am looking for one Owen Lars. We
believe him to be of this settlement.
Do you know where we might find him?

The mechanic starts dragging a heavy power-pack toward the
station.

MECHANIC
Lars! I should have known... He should
know better than to let you travel
alone. He has a place about three
measures out of town. Due north, you
can't miss it. It's the only place
out there...

Artoo helps the old man with the heavy power pack.

THREEPIO
Your kindness is greatly appreciated.

MECHANIC
Any time I can help Lars, I am at
his service. You tell him that. Be
careful going out there, this ain't
good country for you two to be running
loose in.

THREEPIO
Yes sir, we appreciate your concern.

The two robots start down the empty street heading north,
leaving the old mechanic scratching his head. The old man
passes a sinister-looking, black Imperial speeder half hidden
behind a generator as he returns to his gloomy office.

INT. POWER STATION OFFICE - ANCHORHEAD SETTLEMENT

In the shadows of the dingy little office sits a large, burly
Imperial "Tusken". His reddish eyes are sunken in a larger
than normal, dust-covered face. He sits up in his chair.

MECHANIC
Now there's something "out of the
ordinary" for you. I wonder what
they want with Lars?

The gray Tusken thinks about this for a moment.

TUSKEN
I'd better make a report.

EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - WASTELAND - HOMESTEAD VALLEY

Several concrete buildings squat in the middle of a desolate
valley. Threepio hurries after his determined companion as
they near the low gray structures.

THREEPIO
...I don't care; he STILL could have
offered us transport. How much further
do you suppose. I've got to rest,
before I fall apart. My joints are
almost frozen. What a forsaken place
this is. We seem to be made to suffer,
it's our lot in life...

EXT. LARS HOMESTEAD - COURTYARD

Artoo and Threepio enter the main courtyard of the Lars
Homestead and find themselves standing in a sparse but
sparkling oasis, with low concrete walls and great turrets
spilling over with foliage from rooftop gardens. They stop
before an enormous shaded corridor. BIGGS AND WINDY
STARKILLER, twin boys a little over seven years old, run
through the long tile walkway to greet the robots. Yelling
and laughing, their tiny footsteps echo throughout the
building. They are quickly followed by OWEN LARS, a bearded,
sturdy-burly man in his early fifties and his plump-jolly
wife, BERU. Their beautiful sixteen-year-old daughter, LEIA,
stands shyly at the far end of the entry. The twins run around
the robots, jumping and screaming their excitement. The
mechanical men are somewhat befuddled by the dynamic duo,
and attempt to ignore them.

LARS
Welcome. May we offer you shelter?
Are you lost, or do you travel with
someone?

THREEPIO
Greetings. I am See Threepio, Human-
Cyborg relations. This is my
counterpart, Artoo Detoo. We seek
the dwelling of Owen Lars.

LARS
You have found it, my friends. I am
Owen Lars...
(to the riotous twins)
Boys, slow down a little and let
them speak...

THREEPIO
We have come for the one called "Angel
Blue".

Owen and Beru are startled at the mention of "Angel Blue".
Leia approaches the group, and eyes the robots suspiciously;
she turns to her father.

LEIA
Father, I think they're a trap, sent
by an evil Jawa trading lord, or the
dark master of the Bogan, or maybe
even the Emperor himself.

LARS
Leia.

LEIA
Yes, that's it. They've intercepted
transmission fragments and are now
searching the galaxy for the source.
They don't know the origin, so they
have sent these...

BERU
Leia, please! Let your father handle
this.

LARS
Who speaks for you? From what system
do you hail?

THREEPIO
Deak 331-27-27 of Ogana Major...

Beru's concern at the mention of Deak cannot be contained.

BERU
What has happened? Where is Deak?

THREEPIO
Our master has been attacked. My
counterpart brings his message for
the one called "Angel Blue".

LARS
Luke is in the southern ravine. The
boys will take you to him.

The two boys let out a cheer and run off toward the distant
horizon.

THREEPIO
Your kindness is greatly appreciated.
We thank you...
(turning to the boys)
Wait! Slow down a bit.

The mechanical duo lumber off after the disappearing twins.

EXT. DESERT RAVINE

Alone in a wind-swept canyon stands LUKE STARKILLER, a short,
chubby boy about eighteen years old. He seems frozen in place,
a humming laser sword held high over his head. The twins
stop on the ridge overlooking their brother and fall silent.
The robots soon take up position behind them.

THREEPIO
Is that "Angel Blue"?

Biggs turns and gestures to the tall bronze man to be quiet.
Suspended at eye level -- about ten feet in front of Luke --
a chrome baseball covered with antenna hovers slowly in a
wide arc. The ball floats to one side of the youth, then to
the other. Suddenly it makes a lightning swift lunge and
stops within a few feet of Luke's face. Luke doesn't move,
and the ball backs off. It slowly moves behind the boy, then
makes another quick lunge, this time emitting a blood red
laser beam as it attacks.

Luke sparks to life. With one amazingly swift move, he turns
and swings his laser sword, deflecting the beam, and losing
his balance, tumbles to the desert floor. The ball shoots
straight up in the air about twenty feet, then drops like a
rock firing a second laser bolt, which hits the youth square
on the seat of his pants. Luke lets out a painful yell and
attempts to scramble to his feet, but is hit several more
times before he manages to regain his balance and deflect
the bolts.

The ball ceases firing, and moves back to its original
position. Luke raises his hand signaling "enough for one
day". He wearily picks up his things, including the chrome
ball, then turns and waves to the small group on the ridge.
The twins run down to greet him. By the time the cumbersome
Artoo and Threepio make it down the slope, Biggs and Windy
are climbing all over their big brother.

THREEPIO
"Angel Blue"?...

LUKE
"...the skywalker"...

The two robots make a short bow before the youth.

THREEPIO
See Threepio, and my counterpart
Artoo Detoo. At your service, sir.

LUKE
You have word of my brother. What
has happened to him?

THREEPIO
I'm sorry, sir; but I am unable to
explain the absence of our master.
We only bring his message...

Artoo makes a few electronic beeps and whistles; then after
a little static, a small (two foot) 3-D hologram of Deak is
projected from the face of the robot. The image is a rainbow
of color as it flickers and jiggles in the desert wasteland.

DEAK'S IMAGE
Whippersnapper, I didn't make it...
I'm sorry. The forces of the Bogan
have become strong and deadly... I
am lost. Father is in grave danger.
He needs you and he needs the KIBER
CRYSTAL. You must find a way to get
to Ogana Major on your own. He is
waiting for you there. Be careful,
though. Ogana Major is under siege
by the Imperial Legions of Alderaan.
You must hurry for the force of the
Ashla grows weak, and I don't know
how much longer father can hold out.
The enemy has constructed a powerful
weapon to use against him. Warn
Uncle...

An Aquillian officer enters the hologram and interrupts Deak.
There is a little static, then the transmission is cut short.
A grave concern sweeps over Luke as he contemplates the fate
of his brother. Biggs and Windy are puzzled.

BIGGS
Who was that?

LUKE
That was your brother Deak. I wish
you could see him in person, he is
so terrific... I'm afraid you may
never see him now. Run to the house.
Tell Aunt Beru or Uncle Owen I'm
going to be awhile. Go on now...
Take them with you.

The boys rush off with the robots in tow, leaving Luke sitting
silently alone. He picks up some small stones and begins to
toss them at a large boulder. A chip in the boulder reveals
a small shiny fossil. Luke spots it and goes over to study
it. He takes a small camera out of his bag and photographs
it, making some accompanying notations in a small book.

INT. LARS HOMESTEAD - DINING AREA

Owen Lars and the three boys sit before a table covered with
steaming bowls of food. Biggs and Windy are eating between
giggles and horseplay. Luke has barely touched his dinner.
Leia enters from the kitchen with a flask filled with blue
milk. She sits near Luke.

OWEN
Where's the thanta sauce?
(yelling into the
other room)
Honey, where's the thanta sauce?

Beru enters carrying a small pitcher. She gives Owen a knowing
smile as she slides into her place at the table.

BERU
I never! I put it right here in front
so you'd see it.

She hands him a dish, and he grunts an embarrassed reply.

BERU
Luke, you've hardly touched your
dinner. Have some bum-bum extract.
It's very mild.

OWEN
(to Luke)
The force of the Bogan is strong,
and if you don't feel you can make
it, you probably won't.

LUKE
I've never even been past this
planet... and I never thought I'd be
going alone. Suddenly I feel very
small -- and well... desperate.

OWEN
How I wish I had the counsel of your
father. Ever since your mother died,
we have fallen on doubtful times...

LUKE
Deak is in trouble. I should be
helping him...

OWEN
If your brother is still alive, they
will have taken him to the dungeons
of ALDERAAN, at the very heart of
the Empire. No one, not even your
father in his prime, could help him
there.

Biggs and Windy have finished eating and are getting restless.

BIGGS
May we play with the "droids"?

BERU
Take your plates out first.

The twins scamper into the kitchen with their dirty dishes.

OWEN
Your father is getting very old. I
fear he needs your help more than
your brother does, and much more
depends on him succeeding. If he at
last has asked for the Kiber Crystal,
his powers must be very weak. It is
a dangerous thing to have loose in
the galaxy... and you need him, for
you are not _yet_ with the FORCE OF
OTHERS. I have taught you the ways
of a skilled warrior, but I am not a
Jedi Bendu. The ways of the spirit
you must learn from your father.

LUKE
But my catalog on the ancients. I
haven't nearly completed it...

OWEN
Luke, you're not a researcher, or a
philosopher. You're the son of a
Jedi. Your brothers accepted their
destiny with joy and pride. Anyone
would. Why can't you?

LUKE
I may be a good pilot, but I'm not a
warrior. No matter how hard I try.
It's just not in me.

OWEN
I know, you'd rather carve a jud
stone, or work on your catalog of
the ancients... I've trained seven
of your father's sons and it's clear
that you are not the most gifted in
the disciplines -- not in power or
speed, at any rate...

LUKE
Deak was the best; but that didn't
seem to be good enough...

BERU
But you have the way about you...
and wisdom far beyond your years...

OWEN
You must learn to use such strength
and wits as you have. Your father
has need of the Kiber Crystal. The
decision is yours. I cannot bear
this burden for you, my duty is to
the twins. But we must do something
soon. The enemy is moving, and we
are no longer safe here.

Leia listens to the discussion with much interest. She watches
Luke with un-concealed admiration.

BERU
Luke, if you do decide to go, remember
Ogana Major is far across the galaxy.
Without Deak to help you, the way
will be difficult, and chances of
your reaching your father are slim.
Don't try it if you think you are
going to fail. The power of the Bogan
force has grown strong; but if the
Kiber Crystal were to fall into the
hands of the enemy, all hope would
be lost...

OWEN
Somehow, you will have to manage to
find transport in MOS EISLEY, and
once you do, the way through the
Outland Systems will be dark and
dangerous. The wild things there are
queer and savage, unlike anything
you've experienced here.

Leia is unable to control her concern.

LEIA
Luke, you don't even know the "grip
of tython" or "the seven moves".
You can't...

OWEN
Leia...

Leia settles down, but she is clearly worried. There is a
long silence. Owen sits back in his chair, and lights up his
pipe. The twins can be heard playing with Artoo and Threepio
in the other room. The silence becomes uncomfortable.

LUKE
I suppose I must go...

Tears begin to roll down Leia's cheeks, and she rushes from
the room. Beru looks to Owen, who looks to Luke, who looks
embarrassed.

BERU
The prayers of all of us go with
you.

LUKE
The Empire's vast size and power is
its greatest weakness. I think I can
make it... But I would rather help
Deak trapped in the heart of the
Empire than face this father I don't
remember.

Owen gets up from the table and gently pats Luke on the
shoulder.

EXT. LARS HOMESTEAD - GRAVE SITE - DUSK

Luke sits before a tall smooth stone planted on a burial
mound. He sits with his head bowed to his knees. Finally he
stands up and speaks to the stone.

LUKE
Well, Mom. I guess this is my last
visit... I'm going to finally get to
meet him... I fear many Jedi have
fallen since your death, for the
Bogan force is now heavy among us.
Father asks for the Kiber Crystal so
there is little hope. I'm sure the
boys will stay safe with Uncle Owen...
I sure miss you...

The twin suns of Utapau rest red on the horizon as Luke leaves
the grave site and walks the short distance to the main house.

INT. LARS HOMESTEAD - MAIN LIVING AREA - DUSK

The main living area is a dim, cool room projecting a feeling
of time-worn comfort and security. Owen lovingly moves his
arm around Beru as they stand before a large window watching
the giant twin suns of Utapau slowly disappear behind a
distant dune range.

BERU
Aren't they beautiful?

OWEN
"Always and never the same."

BERU
Must we leave?

OWEN
I think with Luke going, we'll be
safe here for awhile. We've been the
happiest here, haven't we...

BERU
Owen, he's not ready, is he?... Why
don't you stop him? What was Deak
thinking of to place such an
impossible task before his brother...

The door opens and Luke enters, collapsing in a large, over-
stuffed chair near a pot-belly thermal-heater which dominates
the room. A warm friendly glow radiates from a tiny portal
in front of the heater. Luke's gaze is fixed on the red
embers, but his eyes are lit as if by a greater fire from
within.

Owen and Beru talk quietly in the background. She rests her
head on his shoulder as the last rays of sunlight stream
across the floor of the room. A playful Biggs and Windy enter
with Leia and stand in the doorway. The twins are dressed in
their night clothes.

BIGGS
What's going on in here?

Luke returns from his world of dark thoughts and smiles at
them. The twins rush up to Owen and Beru, give them a kiss,
then bounce over to Luke, and jump into his lap.

BERU
Don't be too late now.

Owen and Beru take Leia into the other room.

WINDY
Why are you going away?

LUKE
Because our father needs me, as he
will need you someday.

BIGGS
I thought our father was killed?

LUKE
The time has come for me to tell you
of your heritage, as Deak told it to
me and as his older brother Cliegg
told it to him.

The boys settle down and listen attentively.

LUKE
In another time, long before the
Empire, and before the Republic had
been formed, a holy man called the
Skywalker became aware of a powerful
energy field which he believed
influenced the destiny of all living
creatures...

BIGGS
The "FORCE OF OTHERS"!

LUKE
Yes, and after much study, he was
able to know the force, and it
communicated with him. He came to
see things in a new way. His "aura"
and powers grew very strong. The
Skywalker brought a new life to the
people of his system, and became one
of the founders of the Republic
Galactica.

WINDY
The "FORCE OF OTHERS" talked to him!?!

LUKE
In a manner different from the way
we talk. As you know, the "FORCE OF
OTHERS" has two halves: Ashla, the
good, and Bogan, the paraforce or
evil part. Fortunately, Skywalker
came to know the good half and was
able to resist the paraforce; but he
realized that if he taught others
the way of the Ashla, some, with
less strength, might come to know
Bogan, the dark side, and bring
unthinkable suffering to the Universe.
For this reason, the Skywalker
entrusted the secret of THE FORCE
only to his twelve children, and
they in turn passed on the knowledge
only to their children, who became
known as the Jedi Bendu of the Ashla:
"the servants of the force". For
thousands of years, they brought
peace and justice to the galaxy. At
one time there were several hundred
Jedi families, but now there are
only two or three.

WINDY
What happened to them?

LUKE
As the Republic spread throughout
the galaxy, encompassing over a
million worlds, the GREAT SENATE
grew to such overwhelming proportions
that it no longer responded to the
needs of its citizens. After a series
of assassinations and elaborately
rigged elections, the Great Senate
became secretly controlled by the
Power and Transport guilds. When the
Jedi discovered the conspiracy and
attempted to purge the Senate, they
were denounced as traitors. Several
Jedi allowed themselves to be tried
and executed, but most of them fled
into the Outland systems and tried
to tell people of the conspiracy.
But the elders chose to remain behind,
and the Great Senate diverted them
by creating civil disorder. The Senate
secretly instigated race wars, and
aided anti-government terrorists.
They slowed down the system of
justice, which caused the crime rate
to rise to the point where a totally
controlled and oppressive police
state was welcomed by the systems.
The Empire was born. The systems
were exploited by a new economic
policy which raised the cost of power
and transport to unbelievable heights.
Many worlds were destroyed this way.
Many people starved...

BIGGS
Why didn't the "FORCE OF OTHERS"
help the Jedi to put things right?

LUKE
Because a terrible thing happened.
During one of his lessons a young
PADAWAN-JEDI, a boy named Darklighter,
came to know the evil half of the
force, and fell victim to the spell
of the dreaded Bogan. He ran away
from his instructor and taught the
evil ways of the Bogan Force to a
clan of Sith pirates, who then spread
untold misery throughout the systems.
They became the personal bodyguards
of the Emperor. The Jedi were hunted
down by these deadly Sith knights.
With every Jedi death, contact with
the Ashla grows weaker, and the force
of the Bogan grows more powerful.

WINDY
Where are the Jedi now?

LUKE
They're hidden; but many are still
fighting to free the systems from
the grip of the Empire. Our father
is a Jedi. He is called "The
Starkiller" and is said to be a great
and wise man, and tomorrow I am on
my way to join him and learn the
ways of the "FORCE OF OTHERS".

BIGGS
Can we go, too?

LUKE
Not yet, Biggs my boy. There is much
you must learn from Uncle Owen --
where it is safe. And when you are
ready, I will come back for you... I
promise.

EXT. LARS HOMESTEAD - COURTYARD - DAWN

Early morning breaks across the quiet little courtyard as
Owen and Luke lift supplies into the back of a low, battered,
two-man landspeeder. Threepio lifts Artoo into a tiny jump-
seat, then climbs into the passenger compartment. Beru, Leia,
and the twins stand in the entryway, silently watching. The
storage hatch is slammed shut with a bang. Owen unfastens
his gun-belt and hands it to Luke. He slides back a small
latch on the belt buckle revealing a small diamond-like
crystal. Luke carefully examines it.

LUKE
The Kiber Crystal!

OWEN
The only one. A Jedi can use it to
intensify the Ashla force a hundred
fold; but, remember it can also be
used to intensify the power of the
Bogan... It must not fall into the
hands of the Sith... They would do
anything to have it.

Luke stands looking at the Crystal for a few moments, then
snaps the buckle closed and puts on the belt.

OWEN
The enemy is everywhere, so stay
alert. If you keep due south, you
should make it in two days at the
most. I just hope you can sell this
bucket for enough to get you to the
Ogana System...

For a few awkward moments, Luke stands looking at everyone
not really wanting to say goodbye.

OWEN
It's a good day to travel. The FORCE
OF OTHERS is surely with you. We'll
be moving on soon. I will send word
once we're settled...

Luke shakes his hand, and Owen gives him a big hug. The young
adventurer then goes to his Aunt Beru and gives her a kiss
and a hug.

BERU
The spaceport at Mos Eisley is not a
decent place. Be careful there.

LUKE
I'll watch out, Aunt Beru. Don't
worry.

He lovingly roughs up the twins, and starts to give Leia a
kiss, but thinks better of it and gives her a short polite
hug before retreating to the speeder. Leia is greatly
disappointed.

OWEN
Wish your father well.

BERU
May the FORCE OF OTHERS be with you.

Luke pops open the door of the speeder; but before he can
get in, Leia runs up and gives him a big kiss. Luke is
surprised and embarrassed. Beru and Owen smile, as Leia rushes
back into the house. Luke settles into the speeder and it
starts with a crack and loud whine. Everyone waves as the
speeder roars out of the courtyard, and into the desolate
Utapau wilderness.

EXT. LANDSPEEDER - TRAVELING

The sleek landspeeder glides effortlessly through the
treacherous rock canyons and out onto the awesome dune sea.
The vibrations of the speeder causes Artoo's outer shell to
rattle a rhythmic little tune.

LUKE
How long were you with my brother?

THREEPIO
I had the pleasure of serving Master
Deak for over three years... my
counterpart was with him a bit longer.

Artoo chatters to his bronze interpreter.

THREEPIO
...Three years eight months. Master
Deak is a man above men. You should
be proud of him. Indeed you should,
sir. I'm only a "droid", and not
much more than an interpreter, and
not very good at poetry, if you take
my meaning -- not at making it up
anyway. So I can't tell you what
he's really like. But a great man he
is! Strong... with great skill... I
hope he's not in peril... what a
dilemma! Sometimes the logic of human
relations escapes me...

Luke thinks about this for a few moments; then rather
reluctantly, almost afraid, he asks a second question.

LUKE
Have you ever met my father?

THREEPIO
No, I'm afraid not, sir. I couldn't
even tell you what he looks like.
He's an elusive one. More of a myth
than a man, if I may say so, sir...
But Master Deak always spoke of him
with great respect...

Luke seems a little disappointed with Threepio's answer.

EXT. DUNE SEA

The small speeder sits at the bottom of a huge sand dune.
Luke, with his extremely long-barreled laser rifle slung
over his shoulder, makes his way to the top of the ridge. He
studies the landscape with his electro-binoculars, until he
spots a small dust twister speeding toward them. He quickly
slides back down the dune to where Threepio is lifting Artoo
out of the speeder. The stubby little robot struts around
stretching his joints between irritated whistles.

LUKE
You were right, there is something
following us. We'd better move on.

THREEPIO
Who do you suppose it is? Do you
think they're looking for us?

LUKE
It's probably nothing. A "jomtrader"
most likely; but I have a strange
feeling about it.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. PLANET UTAPAU - MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT

The speeder stops on a bluff overlooking the spaceport at
MOS EISLEY. It is a haphazard array of low gray concrete
structures and semi-domes. A harsh gale blows across the
bleak canyon floor and batters Luke as he lowers his sand
goggles and walks to the edge of the craggy bluff. A leaden
sky presses down on the large settlement, which seems to be
losing a never-ending battle against the shifting sands.
Something in the distance catches his eye, and he
instinctively grabs his electrobinoculars. He follows a
sinister-black "tusken" landspeeder as it enters the
spaceport. Luke returns to his speeder, and his two mechanical
companions.

LUKE
Well, whoever was following us has
gone into Mos Eisley... they weren't
"jom traders", that's for sure... It
was a speeder of the Imperial
starforce...

EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - SLUM DWELLINGS

Luke stops the speeder before the remains of a burnt-out
spaceship the size of a large jet fighter. Two scruffy figures
huddle around a small thermal-heater, attempting to use the
spacecraft as shelter against the howling winds. One of the
rag-tag figures gets up and ventures over to Luke in the
speeder. When the shabby beggar stands up, it is obvious
from his pint size that he is a Jawa. Artoo lets out a string
of electronic beeps and whistles.

THREEPIO
I begging your pardon, sir, but watch
out for this guy.

The wretched little creature moves close to the speeder and
begins to run his gnarled little hand across it.

LUKE
Where might I find passage on a
starship?

JAWA
Nice zoom zoom.

LUKE
Where are the men who fly in the
ships?

Saliva dribbles from the dark hole where the Jawa's face
should be and drops, splat, on the hood of the speeder.

JAWA
Drink place. Drink place down the
street. Nice zoom zoom.

The Jawa continues to fondle the speeder as Luke starts the
magno-system. The filthy little creature reluctantly jumps
away as the speeder takes off and glides down the dismal
spaceport street.

EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - CANTINA

The speeder pulls up in front of a run-down, blockhouse
cantina on the outskirts of the spaceport. Various strange
forms of transport, including several unusual beasts of
burden, are parked outside the bar.

THREEPIO
I can't abide those Jawas. Disgusting
creatures.

LUKE
Take care in here. I don't like the
looks of this place.

As the trio exit the speeder, an ancient human shrouded in
gray robes, sitting near the entrance to the cantina calls
out to them. The man appears to be a blind beggar.

SEER
Come to me and the truth shall be
known.

Luke reluctantly approaches the old man.

SEER
I've seen what is to be. I can tell
you what you need to know...

Luke drops several coins in the man's open palm.

LUKE
Can you tell me where I might find
transport to Ogana Major?

SEER
Your fate is clouded... but the will
of the force has set your path. The
man you seek you'll find inside; the
one who needs you, you'll find in
time. Fear not, for the "son of the
suns" will free us all. Take care
for the Bogan is heavy upon this
system. May the FORCE OF OTHERS be
with you.

Luke is somewhat puzzled by the old man's dialogue.

THREEPIO
A profoundly illogical answer. He's
not completely with us, if you take
my meaning.

INT. SPACEPORT CANTINA

The young adventurer and his two mechanical servants enter
the smoke-filled cantina. The murky, moldy den is filled
with a startling array of weird and exotic alien creatures
and monsters, laughing at the long metallic bar. At first,
the sight is horrifying. One-eyed, thousand-eyed, slimy,
furry, scaly tentacles and claws huddle over drinks. Luke
moves to an empty spot at the bar near a group of repulsive
but human Corellian pirates. A huge, rough-looking BARTENDER
comes over to Luke and the robots.

BARTENDER
We don't serve "their kind" in here.

Luke, still recovering from the shock of seeing so many
outlandish creatures in one room, doesn't quite catch the
bartender's drift.

LUKE
What?

BARTENDER
Your "Droids" will have to wait
outside. We don't serve 'em here.

Luke notices that several of the creatures along the bar are
giving them a very unfriendly glare.

LUKE
Yes, of course, I'm so sorry.
(he turns to Threepio)
You'd better stay with the speeder.
We don't want any trouble... I'll
bring you something...

THREEPIO
I must say, I agree, sir.

Threepio and his stubby partner go outside, and most of the
creatures at the bar go back to their drinks. Luke is standing
next to HAN SOLO, a young Corellian pirate only a few years
older than himself. He is a burly-bearded but ruggedly
handsome boy dressed in a gaudy array of flamboyant apparel.

LUKE
Do you know of any ship heading toward
the Ogana Systems?

Han Solo eyes him suspiciously.

HAN
What's your business, little one?

Han turns to his companion, CHEWBACCA, an eight foot tall,
savage-looking creature resembling a huge gray bush-baby
monkey with fierce "baboon"-like fangs. His large yellow
eyes dominate a fur-covered face and soften his otherwise
awesome appearance. Over his matted, furry body, he wears
two chrome bandoliers, a flak jacket painted in a bizarre
camouflage pattern, brown cloth shorts, and little else. He
is a two-hundred-year-old "WOOKIEE", and a sight to behold.
Han speaks to the Wookiee in his own language, which is little
more than a series of grunts. The young pirate points to
Luke several times during his conversation and the creature
suddenly lets out a horrifying laugh. Han chuckles to himself
and turns back to Luke.

HAN
What would you be doing going on
such a trip? Ogana Major is part of
the Alliance... You wouldn't be one
of those rebels, would yuh, little
one?

He can't control his laughter, and Chewbacca starts in again,
also. Luke is getting a little worried.

LUKE
I just want passage.

Han puts his arm around Luke's shoulder and draws him near.

HAN
Listen, little one, why don't you go
on back to the farm or wherever you
come from. Then maybe in a few years
you'll grow up to become an important
starpilot, like me.

He lets out a hearty laugh and turns back to the giant
Wookiee. Luke is afraid, but tries not to show it. He quietly
sips his drink, looking over the crowd for a more sympathetic
ear, or whatever. A large multiple-eyed creature on the other
side of Luke gives him a rather rough shove.

CREATURE
Negola dughi wooldugger?!?

The hideous freak is obviously drunk. Luke tries to ignore
the creatures and turns back to his drink. A short grubby
HUMAN and an even smaller rodent-like beast join the
belligerent monstrosity.

HUMAN
He doesn't like you.

LUKE
I'm sorry.

HUMAN
I don't like you either.

The big creature is getting agitated, and yells some
unintelligible gibberish at the now rather nervous young
Jedi.

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

LUKE
I'11 be careful then.

HUMAN
You'll be dead.

The rodent lets out a loud grunt and everything at the bar
moves away. Luke tries to remain cool, but it isn't easy.

His three adversaries ready their weapons. Han Solo, who has
been watching the chain of events, begins to feel sorry for
the young tenderfoot and intervenes.

HAN
This little one isn't worth the
effort. Besides, he's leaving. Come,
let me buy you something.

A powerful blow from the unpleasant creature sends the young
Corellian pirate sailing across the room, crashing through
tables and breaking a large jug filled with a foul-looking
liquid. With a blood-curdling shriek, the monster draws a
wicked chrome laser pistol from his belt. The bartender
panics!

BARTENDER
No blasters!! No blaster! Please!

Little Luke's laser sword sparks to life, and in a flash, an
arm lies on the floor. The rodent is cut in two, and the
giant, multiple-eyed creature lies doubled, cut from chin to
groin. Luke shaking, and somewhat amazed at his reflex powers,
replaces his sword in its sheath. The entire fight has lasted
only a matter of seconds. The cantina goes back to normal,
although Luke is now given a respectable amount of room at
the bar. Han, rubbing his bruised head, approaches the "little
one" with new awe. The bartender drags the bodies out.

HAN
I could have saved myself a good
bump if I had known your skill...

LUKE
I thank you for trying to help.

HAN
They're lucky they caught me off
guard. I would have taken more time
with them. It's the Bogan force.
We've been feeling it for several
days. It drives those MONDUTHS wild...
I'm Han Solo. This is my first-mate
Chewbacca.

Luke is still giddy, and downs a fresh drink.

HAN
So you're looking for transport to
Ogana... I might be able to help,
but it's very far -- the cost would
be great.

LUKE
I can pay. You know of a ship going
in that direction?

HAN
In these times, one cannot be too
careful, you understand -- going
into a rebel zone and all -- but
come to my place. We'll have some
food and talk this over.

Luke is filled with grateful enthusiasm at his new-found
"friends" and ignores their sinister grins.

EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - ALLEYWAY

Han, Chewbacca, Luke and the robots walk along a narrow slum
alleyway crowded with darkly-clad creatures hawking exotic
goods in dingy little stalls. Men and monsters crouch in
waste-filled doorways whispering and hiding from the chilling
winds. They enter a small doorway in a decaying stone building
at the far end of the alley.

INT. SLUM DWELLING - LIVING AREA

The seedy slum dwelling is dark and dingy. Han is greeted by
a female "Boma" named OEETA. The Boma is a fur-covered
creature about five feet high and looks like a cross between
a brown bear and a guinea pig. It is obvious from her figure
that she is a female. Han embraces Oeeta and gives her a big
kiss, then checks out the stew-like mess boiling away on a
dilapidated fusion-burner in the kitchen area.

HAN
Good, good... We're hungry. Bring my
friends some of this.

She answers in a strange baboon-like call and starts dishing
up the slop. Threepio and Artoo cautiously dust off a bench
in the kitchen and sit down. Luke and Chewbacca join Han at
a large table in the center of the main room.

HAN
Now tell me of your adventures.
What is on Ogana Major that draws
you there?

LUKE
I am looking to join my father. I
have been living with my uncle, beyond
the Great Dune sea. He has a small
moisture ranch -- not much of an
adventure, I'm afraid.

HAN
Ahh, no farmer could cut down three
brigands as you did. But, as you
wish. In time you will grow to trust
me...

Oeeta brings them each a steaming bowl of "Boma-mush", and a
large mug of some heavy brew. Chewbacca and Han dig in with
great vigor, but Luke is a little hesitant.

HAN
Eat up, don't let its smell bother
you... Now, for the right sum, I
could take you to Ogana Major myself.
But it would be a special charter. I
have no other business in that area,
and the way is a little dangerous.

LUKE
How much?

HAN
An even million, I think. We will
have to somehow sneak past the
Imperial blockade. It won't be easy.

LUKE
A million! I haven't that much. I
hope to get one fifty for my
speeder... but that's all I have.

HAN
Well, I doubt you'll find another
ship to take you. Most captains rarely
venture there. The civil war makes
it far too dangerous... I was sure a
man of your abilities would be worth
more. What of your two "droids" --
you could get at least four or five
for them... even if you sold them as
scrap.

Artoo and Threepio become suddenly attentive and listen
closely to the conversation in the next room. Artoo begins
to beep, but Threepio puts his bronze hand over his little
companion's mouth. Luke thinks about this for a moment.

LUKE
No... I need them. What if I were to
pay you one fifty now, and my father
gave you the rest on our arrival? He
is an honorable man of great
influence. I'm sure he would make it
worth your while.

The two robots breathe a sigh of relief. Han's waning interest
is renewed by the mention of "great influence".

HAN
You mean a bonus maybe. Your father
must be a man of great wealth?

LUKE
I'm sure he would reward you.

Han thinks about this for a few moments, then turns to
Chewbacca and seemingly explains the situation to him. The
Wookiee shrugs his shoulders as if to say "Why not?"

HAN
We've got a deal then. Sell your
speeder and I'll meet you at docking
port twenty-three. My ship will be
ready and waiting for you. We should
go right away, I think.

EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - DOCKING PORT

Han and his lumbering first-mate Chewbacca hurry along behind
MONTROSS HOLDAACK, a large, portly man who walks with a stiff,
awkward gait. They move along a tall gantry overlooking a
long, complex spacecraft.

HAN
But you're my friend, my best and
closest partner. Oxus will still
listen to you! He will, I tell you,
I know he will. I really have a live
one this time. I asked for a million,
and he didn't even flinch, and the
way he fights -- he must belong to
one of the royal families, I'm just
sure of it. This may be worth two
million, maybe three. You've got to
talk to Oxus... You've just got to...

MONTROSS
Like your information on the AKURIAN
spice shipment... After that botch,
if I WERE crazy enough to suggest
another one of your plots to him,
he'd have us both diced...

HAN
But this is different. This is our
chance. Are we partners or not? Are
you going to dream away the rest or
your life, or are we going to try
for the big one?

MONTROSS
The only way Oxus would go along is
if you killed him... I'm too old,
Han. I can't do it, you'll have to
find someone else.

HAN
There's no time. What kind of talk
is this? Where's the old Montross
that single-handedly destroyed a
colony of Banthas and rescued me
from the very jaws of death??
Montross, the greatest science officer
in the galaxy, too old?!

MONTROSS
You young fool!

Montross suddenly ignites in a rage and swings his left
forearm down with a mighty blow across the metal rail of the
gantry. The old science officer's forearm cracks in two,
spewing forth wires, and many fine multi-colored electronic
components.

The artificial limb flops lifelessly to Montross Holdaack's
side.

MONTROSS
You know, there is nothing left but
my head and right arm... I've lost
too much, Han... I'm dying... I'm
dying this time... I'm losing control.

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

HAN
Take it easy... I'm sorry. Don't be
upset. What am I going to do? He's
going to be here shortly wanting to
go to Ogana! I'll just have to talk
to Oxus myself. I'll take care of
everything. We'll get you fixed up,
once and for all.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - ENTRY BAY

The entry bay of the large starship is also the main lounge
area of the ship. Two gruff and grisly pirates are playing a
kind of dice game with thin little sticks. The larger and
mangiest of the two slavering hulks, JABBA THE HUTT by name,
throws his dice at Chewbacca.

JABBA
I told you not to bring that thing
on board again... Where have you
been anyway... Captain wants the
conveyor system extended... and I
notice you haven't turned around
those punch chips yet. What are we
keeping you on board for anyway?

Chewbacca slinks back outside the starship as Han helps the
still slightly crazed Montross aboard the craft. Han generally
ignores Jabba's tirade.

HAN
Where is everybody, anyway?

JABBA
They took the shipment of "Covina"
to Gordon. But the captain is still
here, so get to work or I'll snap
you myself.

HAN
Where is he?

JABBA
On the bridge, I think. I wouldn't
go looking for trouble, though...
He'll sting you good if you bother
him.

The second pirate notices Montross's arm, as Han sets him on
a bench near the door.

PIRATE
Montross fall apart again?

JABBA
What's this ship coming to? We've
got a good-for-nothing "cabin boy"
and a disintegrating science officer.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT

The cockpit of the starship is crowded with a haphazard array
of computer switches and monitors. Dozing in one of the two
pilot chairs is CAPTAIN OXUS, a man of the grossest
dimensions. His scarred face is a grim testimonial to his
prowess as a pirate and a killer. The young Han Solo enters
the cabin and stands staring at the evil galactic buccaneer --
the terror of the Outland territories -- so peaceful, such
an easy prey. Han doesn't know quite what to do, so he starts
to leave. Oxus opens one eye. He is in a drunken stupor.

OXUS
What have you been up to, boy?? You
finished with the conveyor system?
Bring me some more "Auraspice"!

Han bows low before his master, then moves down the narrow
passageway to a small closet, where he takes out a cup of
silver powder and returns to Oxus.

HAN
Your spice; sir... Ah, sir, may I...

OXUS
You blasted, good-for-nothing. Go
fetch my tallock! And be quick. Now
get out of here!

He takes a mighty swing at the boy, but his inebriated
condition causes the blow to ricochet off, and slam against
a locker panel. Han rushes out of the room.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - HALLWAY

Han is angry with himself for not being able to tell the
captain about Luke. He kicks the door to a locker in disgust.
Suddenly an idea comes to him and he rushes back down the
hallway.

EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - DOCKING PORT

Luke and the two robots approach the entry bay of the giant
starship, and are intercepted by the giant Wookiee, Chewbacca.

LUKE
Greetings! For such a young captain,
your master has a mighty ship. Will
you store our bags?

Luke hands the huge funny creature his back-pack, but the
Wookiee doesn't take it. Instead, Chewbacca refuses to let
them pass and carries on about something in his harsh native
tongue. Luke doesn't understand.

LUKE
I don't get it?? Are we to wait here,
or what? Threepio, what's he talking
about?

The gleaming bronze robot jabbers away in strange animal
sounds to the towering monster. They carry on an animated
argument, until it appears Threepio gets in the last word.

THREEPIO
Well, master Luke, sir. It appears
we must wait out here for the captain
to ready the ship. I told him we
weren't accustomed to waiting around
on gantries; and if you beg my pardon,
sir, for the price of this trip they
should have picked you up in an
environment capsule, complete with
dancing "Yonnas".

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - HALLWAY

Han and Montross are busy prying loose a control panel in a
forward corridor of the ship. The cover falls to the floor
with a loud clang, and the young cabin boy looks around to
see if anyone heard. Montross takes a small metal bar and
jams it between two circuits. Sparks,fly and a small puff of
smoke issues from the panel. He quickly replaces the cover
and Han heads back toward the captain's bridge.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT

The cockpit area of the starship is a cacophony of warning
alarms and flashing lights. The captain clumsily works at
the control console in a vain attempt to figure out what is
going on. Han enters carrying a long gray cloak.

HAN
Your tallock, sir. What's wrong??

Oxus stumbles around in a drunken stupor.

OXUS
Something's fouled up on this blasted
board...

HAN
The reactor's wild! It's way over a
thousand. We'd better get out.

OXUS
That's impossible! I may be under
the influence, but the reactor
couldn't have gotten loose... Wait a
minute.

A new shrill alarm begins to sound, as Han grabs the groggy
old pirate and drags him out of the cabin.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - ENTRY BAY

Han and the lumbering pirate captain charge into the entry
bay, almost knocking down Jabba the Hutt.

JABBA
What's going on?

HAN
Sabotage! The reactor's have gone
wild. Get out. Get out... Wait, I
forgot about Montross...

Jabba the Hutt and the other pirate stumble over each other,
racing for the exit. Little Artoo scoots out of the way just
as the two pirates rush past the group and into the space
station main building. They are quickly followed by the wobbly
captain. Luke watches the trio with puzzled amazement as the
blast door slides closed behind them. Chewbacca gets a message
on his belt com-link, and gestures to Luke that they should
enter the deserted starship. Luke and the two robots
reluctantly follow the giant Wookiee into the entry bay.
Chewbacca pushes a button, and the main hatch slams shut.
The alarms continue to ring.

LUKE
Where's the captain?

Threepio repeats the question in Wookieese and gets a short,
rather menacing answer from the creature, who points to the
high-backed seat of the lounge area.

THREEPIO
He wants us to sit down, sir... If
we don't mind. The captain will be
with us shortly.

The alarm signal is suddenly cut short.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT

The one armed Montross sits in the pilot seat pushing buttons
and switches. Han rushes in and sits in the co-pilot seat.
He is laughing.

HAN
Alarms secure... ready for takeoff...
let's get out of here before they
figure out what happened.

MONTROSS
Yes sir, captain.

Montross laughs heartily as he pulls back on the throttle.
The ship shudders as it lifts off.

INT. DOCKING PORT 23 - MAIN BUILDING

Captain Oxus and Jabba the Hutt stand before a large window
overlooking the docking port. Oxus is furious, ranting and
raving. Jabba stands dumbfoundedly, with his mouth hanging
open. The ship quickly disappears into the vastness of the
night sky.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING

Han sits back in the huge co-pilot's chair and puts his feet
up on the control console.

HAN
Sometimes I amaze myself...

He chuckles. The surface of Utapau slowly drifts out of view
of the cockpit windows and is replaced by a sparkling carpet
of stars.

MONTROSS
Are you even a little worried he
might hunt you down?

HAN
Well, Montross my friend, it's a big
universe. And after we cash in on
this young noble, we'll head for
Ophichi or one of the other southern
systems. He'll be a long time coming
there!

MONTROSS
Sometimes you amaze me, also.

They both laugh. Little Artoo appears momentarily in the
doorway, makes a few beeping remarks, then scurries away. In
a few moments, Luke appears at the doorway.

LUKE
This is a terrific ship! How did you
ever come by it?

Montross gives Han a sly smile, as Artoo appears timidly
behind his master.

HAN
It's a long story... I suggest you
relax. We'll be going into a Hyper-
skip soon, and should reach Ogana
Major by 0300, two para-marks from
now.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - SLEEP AREA

Han stands nervously waiting for Chewbacca, who is looking
through Luke's things as the young adventurer sleeps. The
huge furry creature is very quiet as he moves about the cabin.
He picks up Luke's gun belt containing the hidden Kiber
Crystal. He takes the belt and a pouch to his waiting master,
and quietly whispers to him. Han begins to search the belt.

HAN
He must have SOMETHING of value. Are
you sure you looked through
everything? His father had better be
loaded.

He drops the belt and pouch in disgust.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING IN SPACE

Han enters and flops down in the co-pilot's seat. Montross
is busy studying the solar system with the ship's scanner.

HAN
We've been through everything twice.
He has nothing with him. I guess
we'll just have to wait until we get
to his father.

Montross looks up from the scanner with a worried look.

MONTROSS
I've scanned almost all the way to
Ogana Major, and there is no blockade!
I don't get it. Do you think we should
continue?

HAN
Sure, why not?... but carefully.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA

Luke, Chewbacca and the two robots sit around a lighted table
covered with many small metal figures. Each side of the table
has a small computer monitor embedded in it. Chewbacca seems
very pleased with himself as he rests his lanky fur-covered
arms over his head. Luke rests his chin in his hands as he
ponders a weighty problem on the board. Finally the stubby
Artoo reaches up and moves one of the figures on the board.
A sudden frown crosses Chewbacca's face and he begins yelling
some gibberish at Artoo. Threepio intercedes on behalf of
his small companion and begins to argue with the huge Wookiee.

LUKE
Let him have it... You're winning
anyway... It doesn't make any
difference.

THREEPIO
Yes sir, but it's the principle of
the thing.

A small tone sounds and the com-link crackles to life.

HAN'S VOICE
Luke, could you come up here!

LUKE
I'm on my way.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING IN SPACE

The cockpit is alive with humming meters and softly buzzing
read-outs. Montross and Han are busy at the controls.

MONTROSS
It checks out again. There is no
mistake about it.

Luke enters; his boyish enthusiasm is working overtime.

LUKE
We must be just about there!

Both Han and Montross are rather grim-faced.

HAN
We ARE there... Ogana Major has been
destroyed...

LUKE
What! What are you saying?

Luke moves close and begins to search the viewing monitors.

HAN
What's left of it is contaminated.
That's it there... look at those
radiation read-outs!... and the
blockade is gone. Now what's going
on?

Luke sits down in a state of shock. He stares blankly at the
monitor read-outs. Han is very angry at this turn of events.

MONTROSS
I don't care how large the Imperial
fleet has become, it couldn't have
done this. Half the planet is torn
away. It would have taken a thousand
ships with a lot more fire power
than I've ever seen... very
fascinating.

HAN
Well, I don't like it. Where is your
father?

LUKE
He must be dead... All this way and
he's probably dead...

HAN
Who's going to pay us??

The young pirate captain grabs Luke and holds him high against
the cockpit wall.

HAN
I'm beginning not to like you!

Luke clears his throat and snaps out of his depression.

LUKE
Deak! Deak would know... my brother.

HAN
What?

LUKE
My brother could help us. He would
know what to do.

HAN
Could he pay us?

LUKE
He might know what happened. He's...
ah... in a bit of a fix. I'm sure he
would be most grateful if we helped
him.

Han puts the boy down and a scheme formulates in Luke's mind.

LUKE
If my father is dead, then everything
is his... but it's no use. We could
never get to him... it's impossible.

HAN
Nothing's impossible. Not for me
anyway. Tell me where he is and we'll
go there.

LUKE
He's being held prisoner... You
couldn't help him... No one could,
not even a Jedi Bendu knight could...

HAN
I could. Where is he?

LUKE
Alderaan.

The word hits Han and Montross like a mad bantha; but Han
recovers nicely, and thinks about it for a moment.

MONTROSS
Well, he's right, you can't go there.

HAN
Why not? The fact that no one in
their right mind would ever try might
make it easy... You're sure your
brother would make it worth our while?

LUKE
Beyond your wildest dreams...

HAN
You have no fear of Alderaan?

LUKE
As you said, the fact that no one
would venture there voluntarily makes
it easy.

MONTROSS
You boys have the space giddies...
but calculating the probabilities,
you may have something...

HAN
Chart a new course...

LUKE
Boy, will Deak be surprised to see
us.

Montross gives the two boys a doubtful glance.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA

Han, Chewbacca, Luke, and the robots sit around a large table
in the lounge area of the starship. Han and Luke are deep in
thought. Luke sits up.

LUKE
I thought starcaptains were supposed
to be clever. I thought you did this
kind of thing all the time...

HAN
Well, I do, of course. But Alderaan...
even I've never been there. When I
said I'd take you... I thought you
already had a plan...

Montross enters the lounge area and sits down. He flexes his
new left arm which was just replaced.

MONTROSS
This new arm is a lot stiffer than
the last one. They just don't make
these things the way they used to...
We've reached the first perimeter of
Alderaan. What's the next move?

Everyone is lost in deep and perplexing thoughts. He is
slightly amused at the young adventurer's dilemma.

HAN
I guess there is only one thing to
do, and that is to fly right in there
and take over... we can do it.

MONTROSS
Whoa there... May I make a suggestion
to the captain? There is only one
way into Alderaan, and NO way out.
It's an island city suspended in a
sea of cirrus methane. The dungeons
have triple guards, scramble scanners,
gas locks, and every sector is
isolated... and most important, it's
the dwelling place of the Bogan
Master: Prince Valorum. This venture
of yours is sheer madness; but I
have calculated the probabilities,
and there might be a way.

HAN
How??

MONTROSS
It is a rather complex plan; but it
has the greatest probability of
working... Go to the library, get
all the tapes on Imperial procedure...
You will have to learn the...

HAN
We're going to get in by studying
procedures?? I don't like it.

MONTROSS
All right then, we'll use your plan.

Han slumps in his seat with a dejected look.

HAN
All right, get the tapes.

MONTROSS
...and we're going to need the space
on all of our scan-shielded
compartments and lockers.

HAN
What do you want with our scanproof
lockers?

EXT. SPACE AROUND PLANET ALDERAAN

The long ornate pirate starship approaches the gray gaseous
planet of Alderaan. The ship is not propelled, but simply
drifts crab-like toward the planet. As it approaches the
surface, huge billowing clouds extend out like menacing
tentacles. The peacefulness of this nebulous idyll is broken
by the increasing wail of ion engines. Suddenly, four sleek
space fighters from the Imperial third fleet burst from the
huge cumulus range. The craft are small cylindrical power
shells dominated by two huge solar fins. They are flying in
a tight formation; then two bank steeply and head toward the
drifting starship.

INT. IMPERIAL FIGHTER - TRAVELING

The Imperial fighters are four-man craft crammed with
sophisticated electronic weaponry.

The PILOT and GUNNERY OFFICER sit side by side, surrounded
by lighted read-outs. They wear the gleaming black uniforms
of the dungeon guards.

PILOT
No reply on any circuits... She
appears to be drifting; but you'd
better give her a blast anyway.

Two laser bolts scream past the cockpit and explode in front
of the drifting pirate ship.

PILOT
Kuro one to AD four. We have what
appears to be a drifting TDFI04 which
does not respond to warnings. No
life forms appear on the scanner...
Escape pods four, seven, and Oh three
have been jettisoned... Should we
destroy her or attempt salvage? She
looks in good shape. ...Right...
Will do.

EXT. SPACE AROUND PLANET ALDERAAN

The two tiny fighter craft orbit in front of the pirate
starship as small plates shoot from their fins and attach
themselves to the larger craft. Lines pull taut and the pirate
starship is towed among the towering gray clouds by the two
little Imperial space fighters. The second two space fighters
take up position behind the starship and follow it in.

INT. IMPERIAL FIGHTER - TRAVELING

The pilot is cold and professional as his craft closes in on
the starship. The positions of the ships are displayed on a
read-out. The pilot gives the gunner a quick look before he
flips his sun shield over his eyes.

PILOT
It appears to be a Corellian Gypsy
vessel, as close as I can make out...
Still no life forms, no contamination.
Life systems still functioning...
they simply abandoned her for some
reason. We'll bring her in through
the main forward bay. Is that
satisfactory?

COM-LINK
Security is standing by. Kuro one,
you have clearance.

EXT. PLANET ALDERAAN - CLOUD SEA

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 little
procession of spaceships speeds toward the city.

INT. MAIN FORWARD BAY - SPACEPORT - IMPERIAL CITY OF
ALDERAAN

The pirate starship rests in a huge hangar bay which dwarfs
the Corellian craft! Hundreds of troops work their way toward
the craft under the cover of reflective shields. A battalion
commander and two guards edge their way toward the main hatch.
One of the guards aims a long laser rifle at the hatch. A
commotion erupts behind the troops, and they turn to see two
SITH KNIGHTS striding into the huge spaceport hangar. The
two Sith knights appear slightly amused at the cautious
stormtroopers. The battalion commander bows before the dark
and fearsome Sith knights.

FIRST KNIGHT
Chief, get your men back. Let us
check this out.
(to the other Sith)
These MANTHAS troops are getting far
too timid.

The Sith knights boldly approach the ship and swing open the
hatch. They start to enter the ship when a loud clanking
sound, somewhat like a wrench being dropped down an air shaft,
startles them and they jump back. The Sith warriors ignite
their laser swords simultaneously, and take a defensive
stance. The hundred or so troopers duck behind their chrome
shields and direct their laser weapons at the open hatch. A
few more sounds are heard from within the giant starship.
The tension becomes almost palpable. The gangling, bronze
Threepio pops his "Art Deco" head out of the hatchway.

THREEPIO
Hello!

The two Sith knights give each other rather puzzled looks.

THREEPIO
I'm See Threepio, Human Cyborg
relations. It appears my masters
have departed, leaving me with their
abandoned starship. My only problem
is that the operation of Astro-
vehicles is not within my capacity...

The first Sith knight turns back to the battalion commander.

FIRST KNIGHT
Chief, hold this thing for inspection,
and check out the rest of the ship.
I think you have picked up a piece
of drift junk. Salvage what you can,
and atomize the rest. Next time a
little more bravery, commander. WAIT
before you call us.

The Sith knights leave the hangar as the troops shuffle on
board the deserted vessel. Threepio seems confused as troops
rush around, completely ignoring him.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA

The troops search the ship with small hand scanners. The
commander and his aid enter the lounge. They are approached
by a slender, weasel-like OFFICER.

OFFICER
There are no other "droids", sir.
The ship isn't much -- a rag-tag,
custom-built job... might be worth
some study...

A TROOPER approaches the group.

TROOPER
All clear, sir. There is a row of
supply lockers we couldn't get into.

COMMANDER
Let the scavenger crews take care of
that. Post a guard, and send the men
back. Keep the "droid" here with the
ship; we'll let the scavenger crew
take care of him, too.

The troops begin to file out of the ship.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - HALLWAY

A lone trooper runs through the hallway heading for the exit.
In a few moments, all is quiet. The muffled sounds of a
distant officer giving orders finally fade. A sharp tapping
can be heard very near, and a panel on a row of low cabinets
crashes to the floor. Han Solo's head pokes out of the hole
and looks around the hallway. He then pulls himself out of
his cramped quarters and struts around, stretching his legs.
A second locker breaks open and Luke emerges. Chewbacca pokes
his furry head out of the first locker and Han tells him the
way is clear.

HAN
This is ridiculous. I tell you it's
not going to work. Montross is crazed
half the time...

Luke straightens himself out as Montross appears in his
locker.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA

Luke, Han, Montross, Chewbacca, and little Artoo quietly
make their way down a hallway to the lounge area, where four
Imperial troopers stand guard. Luke peeks around the doorway,
then whispers to Han.

LUKE
There are only four. Remember:
Quietly, and don't mess up the
uniforms...

Han repeats this to Chewbacca and they both grin with excited,
determined looks on their faces. Luke gives the signal as
the Wookiee and the young Corellian pirate charge past him
with their laser swords held high, screaming like wild
banshees. Luke is somewhat confused by the attack. The yelling
and the clash of swords echo throughout the ship. Montross
holds his ears. Artoo runs and joins up with the shackled
Threepio.

INT. MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL TOWER

In the main control tower, next to the starship, a gantry
officer looks up from his desk, as if he hears something. He
turns to an aide who is busy readjusting a monitor.

GANTRY OFFICER
Did you hear that?

The aide shakes his head; but the officer, convinced that he
heard something, leaves the control tower and heads for the
pirate ship.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA

The gantry officer cautiously enters the pirate starship
with his laser pistol drawn. Everything is quiet in the lounge
area. Two guards sit at a table with a third standing over
them. The fourth guard approaches the gantry officer.

GUARD
You have business here?

The guard is Han Solo. He struggles to hide a large blood
stain under his right arm.

OFFICER
I thought I heard something down
here.

HAN
Are you sure it was from down here?
We didn't hear anything...

The gantry officer shakes his head at the puzzlement.

OFFICER
Well, I guess not... but keep your
eyes open...

The guard standing at the table is Luke; and as he turns to
glance at the gantry officer, one of the guards sitting at
the table topples over and lands with his face on the floor.
The gantry officer raises his pistol and immediately becomes
suspicious. An embarrassed grin breaks out on Luke and Han's
faces. With a swiftness rivaling a Jedi prince, Han knocks
the gun from the gantry officer's hand and decks him. Luke
runs over to help Han, and Montross, Chewbacca and the robots
rush in.

LUKE
Don't mess him up!

Han starts to change jackets with the gantry officer.

HAN
I've just been promoted.

MONTROSS
All right now, you don't have much
time. I hope you can remember
everything.

LUKE
We'll be back before you know it.

HAN
Just have the ship ready.

Luke binds the huge Chewbacca with electronic cuffs. The
Wookiee has a worried and slightly frightened look on his
face. Han reassures him, straightens his jacket and they
start off into the giant Imperial city of Alderaan. Han and
Luke walk on either side of the giant Chewbacca and Artoo
and Threepio reluctantly follow along behind. Montross stays
aboard the starship and carefully and quietly closes the
hatch.

INT. MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL TOWER

A lone aide is quietly working on a monitor when Chewbacca,
the huge Wookiee, appears in the doorway with a bone-chilling
howl. A look of surprise, awe, and sheer dread crosses the
aide's face as he stumbles over his tools. The Wookiee
flattens him with one blow. Threepio and Artoo waddle into
the room, followed by Han and Luke guarding the rear.

LUKE
Must he howl so? Every Sith in the
city will know we're here.

HAN
Good! I prefer a straight fight to
all this sneaking around.

Threepio and Artoo look over the control panel, until Artoo
finds something which gets him excited.

THREEPIO
We've found it, sir. Bless the maker,
this control board has one.

Han and Luke rush over to the robots. Chewbacca busies himself
with hanging the control aide by his toes.

LUKE
Plug him in. Let's see what we get.

Artoo punches his claw arm into a computer socket, and the
vast Imperial brain network comes to life, feeding information
to the little robot. After a few moments, he beeps something
to Threepio.

THREEPIO
Level five, Detention block A-23,
cell 2187... He's still alive...
but his condition is reported as
critical.

LUKE
All right, wait for us here... Send
feed-back into the control sensors
in that Detention block only.

Han puts the electronic bonds back on Chewbacca and the trio
starts out the door.

THREEPIO
Pardon me for asking, sir... but,
ah... what are we to do if someone
should discover us here?

HAN
Hope they don't have blasters.

THREEPIO
That isn't very reassuring.

INT. DETENTION AREA - ELEVATOR TUBE - IMPERIAL CITY OF
ALDERAAN

Han and Luke try to look inconspicuous, as they wait for a
vacuum elevator to arrive. Troops and bureaucrats bustle
about ignoring the trio completely; only a few give the giant
Wookiee a curious glance. Finally, a small elevator arrives,
and the trio enter. A bureaucrat races to get aboard also,
but is signaled away by Han. The door to the pod-like vehicle
slides closed, and it takes off through a vacuum tube.

LUKE
This is the PT-27 unit that ceases
operation if there is any kind of
alarm.

He rubs his hand across a series of small holes.

LUKE
Gas... Montross was definitely right.
If they discover us, we'll never get
out.

Han gives him a skeptical look.

INT. DETENTION AREA - DUNGEON

The giant Wookiee and his two guards enter the old, gray
security station. Guards and laser gates are everywhere. Han
whispers to Luke under his breath.

HAN
This isn't going to work.

LUKE
Why didn't you say so before.

HAN
I think I did.

A tall, grim-looking officer approaches the trio.

OFFICER
What code is this?

LUKE
I've got it here somewhere... It's
SPT 188544. You can check it through
the...ahh, oh yes, lex-321.

OFFICER
It will take a while -- the big mode
is acting up... getting feedback
from somewhere.

The officer goes back to his console and begins to punch in
the information. There are only three other troopers in the
area. Luke and Han survey the situation, checking all of the
alarms, laser gates and camera eyes. Han unfastens one of
Chewbacca's electronic cuffs and shrugs to Luke.

LUKE
May THE FORCE OF OTHERS be with us.

Suddenly, Chewbacca throws up his hands and lets out with
one of his ear-piercing howls. He grabs Han's laser sword
and ignites it, pushing Han against the wall.

HAN
Look out! He's loose!

The startled guards are momentarily dumbfounded. Luke and
Han have already pulled out their laser pistols and are
blasting away at the terrifying Wookiee. Their barrage of
laser fire misses Chewbacca, but hits the camera eyes, laser
gate controls, and the Imperial guards. The officer is the
last to fall under the laser fire just as he starts to push
the alarm system. Luke rushes over to the com-link system,
which is screeching questions about what is going on. Han
and Chewbacca disappear down one of the sub-hallways.

LUKE
A Wookiee broke loose up here, but
we've got him under control. There
is a lot of damage, four casualties.
The main door jammed. Better keep
the rescue squad away from here,
we've got some fires...

He blasts some of the furniture with his laser pistol and it
bursts into flames, creating a lot of smoke.

INT. DUNGEON - CELL ROW

Han and Chewbacca race down the rows of low, stone-cell doors.
Han stops before cell 2187 and yells something to Chewbacca,
who covers his face as the young pirate blasts the door away
with his laser pistol. When the smoke clears, Han looks in
the cell and an expression of horror crosses his face.

HAN
"Holy Maker" No!

Suspended inside the cell by invisible rays, a bloody and
mutilated Deak Starkiller hangs upside down. A strange yellow
glow radiates from his eyes. Chewbacca rushes into the cell
past the dazed Han. The Wookiee yells something and Han comes
to, firing his pistol at a small control box in the wall.
The unconscious Deak drops like a rock into the giant
Wookiee's arms. Chewbacca slings him over his shoulders, and
joins Han in the hallway.

INT. DETENTION AREA - DUNGEON

Smoke fills the small control center as Luke fiddles with
the wires on the control board.

A series of explosions at the main doorway knock a hole in
the wall through which several Imperial troops begin to
emerge. Luke fires his laser pistol at them through the smoke
and flames. He turns and runs down a sub-hallway, stopping
only for a moment on the far side of the passageway to lock
on the laser gate "cutters". He takes a small com-link
transmitter from his belt and speaks into it.

LUKE
C3PO -- C3PO -- switch off emergency
communications network. We're on our
way. Monitor what you can... What
was that, I didn't copy...

INT. MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL T0WER

Threepio paces the control center as little Artoo beeps and
whistles a blue streak. Threepio yells into the small comlink
transmitter.

THREEPIO
I said, all systems have been alerted
to your presence, sir. I respectfully
suggest you return at once...

The transmitter squawks a short reply, and Threepio peeks
out the tower window at the starship. All is quiet. He then
moves to the door and it slides open a crack. Several troops
rush past, yelling and shouting orders. Threepio slams the
door shut, and pushes the lock lever.

THREEPIO
Oh no!

INT. DUNGEON - CELL ROW

Han and Chewbacca rush toward the detention control complex,
but are met by Luke running toward them.

LUKE
There's no going back that way.

Luke notices his mutilated brother draped over Chewbacca's
shoulders. His mouth drops open in stunned shock.

HAN
He's still with us, but there ain't
much left of him. Your family must
have something the Empire wants
awfully bad.

The trio turns and runs down the cell block passageway.
They reach a small grate in the wall, covering a passage
that leads down into a deep darkness.

LUKE
This way. It might lead out of the
cell block.

Luke and Han pull up the rusty grate, and they disappear
into the black passageway.

INT. DUNGEON - PASSAGEWAY

Han leads the group down the ever-darkening, narrow
passageway. Their footsteps echo on the cold stone steps of
the winding, descending stairway. Han and Luke switch on
small lights in their gunbelts. The rhythmic marching of
stormtroops is heard behind them. Han stops the group before
an intersecting hallway. The marching troops seem to be
getting louder; muffled voices can be heard.

LUKE
They're right behind us. Which way?

HAN
Your guess is as good as mine. Maybe
we'd better keep going down until we
reach the docking level...

They continue down the eerie, slimy corridor that gets
narrower and narrower as they descend into the bowels of the
city.

INT. MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL TOWER

A loud buzzer sounds throughout the control tower. Threepio
rushes to the computer console.

THREEPIO
All right, all right, I'm going to
answer it... just don't blame me if
we get caught.

He switches on the control com-link.

COM-LINK
There is a problem on the level five
detention area. Double alert.

THREEPIO
Confirmed, and out.
(to Artoo)
Do you think they'll believe that?

INT. DUNGEON - PASSAGEWAY

The passageway has gotten so small that Han, Luke and
Chewbacca must walk sideways. Suddenly the way opens up to a
wide, low ceiling corridor that is very dark and dank.

HAN
We made it... Hurry!

The group runs along the foul-smelling passageway.

LUKE
I think they've stopped following
us.

HAN
I wonder why?... It's sure getting
hot down here. Where do you think
this leads?

LUKE
It's some kind of vent system.

A loud, horrible, inhuman moan works its way up from the far
end of the passageway and stops the group dead in its tracks.
They exchange rather worried looks.

HAN
I think I know why they stopped
following us...

LUKE
Which direction is it?

Chewbacca jabbers something to Han.

HAN
Chewbacca says there are legends of
the Sith keeping DAI NOGAS in the
belly of the city... Dai Nogas are
not to be trifled with.

LUKE
Which way should we go?

HAN
They are not natural creatures.
They are very large; but it could be
anywhere. There is no hope for us
back there, so I guess we should
push ahead.

They start forward; but the giant Wookiee stops and howls
something at Han. The young captain talks to the frightened
creature and eventually calms him down, and they slowly
continue forward. Barely perceivable, a dim light glimmers
at the far end of the hallway.

LUKE
Look, a light, head for it!

The group picks up speed as it nears the light. Suddenly, a
huge form blocks out the light, and Chewbacca lets out a
terrified howl and begins to back away. Han and Luke stand
fast with their laser pistols drawn. Han calls back to the
Wookiee, who begins to cower near one of the damp walls.

HAN
Guns are no good. Only a Jedi, strong
with the FORCE, can stop it.

The huge shape, breathing loud and deep, sloshes forward.

LUKE
Maybe we could out-flank it?

HAN
The passageway is too small... We
would have to distract it with
something.

The two boys begin to slowly walk backwards as the horrible
DAI NOGA begins its cumbersome advance.

LUKE
Get Chewbacca, try to get around it.
I'll draw it away.

HAN
Are you sure?? These things aren't
natural.

LUKE
I'll listen to your plan...

Han turns and rushes back to Chewbacca, who is huddled against
the wall, with the unconscious Deak lying by his side. The
Wookiee is shaking and wailing like a small child. In the
thin light provided by the small door at the end of the
passageway, the faint outline of the gruesome Dai Noga can
be perceived. Luke, with shaking hands, fires directly at
the center of the beast. His laser bolt passes through the
huge creature and explodes against a far wall. The light
from the blast reveals a little more of the thing, which is
something like a cross between a huge spider and a giant
squid.

Han has blindfolded Chewbacca, and attempts to lead the
Wookiee carrying Deak around the terrifying Dai Noga. They
edge their way along the corridor wall as Luke fires a second
blast at the slime. The Dai Noga lets out with a horrible
moan and lumbers towards Luke with a new vigor. Luke backs
away firing as he goes. Han and Chewbacca make it to the
door and watch the Dai Noga move after Luke.

HAN
We're clear! I'll distract him.

He fires a shot at the monster, but it continues after Luke.

LUKE
Shoot above him!

Han fires again, this time above the creature, knocking rocks
and debris on top of him. He turns to face his new enemy,
enabling Luke to creep around the Dai Noga and join Han and
Chewbacca. The spider-like monster lets out a moan and leaps
at the two youths. Chewbacca has worked loose the iron grate
covering the doorway, and the group tumbles into a dusty,
unused hallway.

INT. DUNGEON - HALLWAY

The Dai Noga bangs against the opening and a long slimy
tentacle works its way out of the doorway searching for a
victim. Han aims his pistol.

LUKE
No, wait!! They'll hear...

Han fires at the doorway, creating an avalanche of rubble
which buries the monster.

The noise of the blast echoes relentlessly throughout the
passageway. Luke simply shakes his head at the young captain.
They get up and start down the passageway. Han is clearly
bothered by Luke's low opinion of his actions.

HAN
I don't care, I want them to find
us... I need a good fight... I could
polish off a whole squad, like that!

He snaps his fingers as Luke gives him a skeptical look.

INT. MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL TOWER

Threepio nervously paces the control room.

THREEPIO
You mean they've calculated that the
escape has something to do with the
ship! Then they'll come up here,
too... Oh me! We'll all be atomized.
Where could they have disappeared
to?

INT. SPACEPORT - PASSAGEWAY

Luke and Han stand before a bay window overlooking the pirate
starship. They watch as a platoon of Imperial stormtroopers
take up guard positions outside the craft. An officer attempts
to open the hatch and enter the ship, but is unsuccessful.
He exits the docking bay in a hurry.

LUKE
He'll be heading for the control
tower. Come on...

The two boys rush down the hallway, followed by the lumbering
Chewbacca carrying Deak. They round a corner and run smack
dab into twelve Imperial stormtroopers heading toward them.
Both groups are taken by surprise, and stop in their tracks.
Before even thinking, Han draws his laser sword and charges
the troops, yelling at the top of his lungs. The troops are
startled by this assault and start to back off. Han manages
to cut several down before the rest flee in panic. Pleased
with his prowess, Han starts after them, yelling back to
Luke as he goes.

HAN
Get Chewbacca to the ship!

LUKE
Wait, where are you going? Come back
here!

Han has already rounded a corner and does not hear. Luke
rushes Chewbacca to the doorway at the end of the hallway.
He motions the Wookiee to go on.

INT. SPACEPORT - SUB-HALLWAY

Han chases the ten stormtroopers down a long sub-hallway. He
is yelling and brandishing his laser sword. The troops reach
a dead end and are forced to turn and fight. Han stops a few
feet from them and assumes a defensive position. He is ready
to cut them down. The troops begin to ignite their laser
swords; soon all ten troopers are moving into an attack
position in front of the lone star pirate. Han's determined
look begins to fade as the troops begin to advance.

Luke runs down the sub-hallway in a last-ditch attempt to
save his bold friend. Suddenly he hears the clamor of laser
swords and yelling. Around the corner shoots Han Solo, pirate
extraordinaire, running for his life, followed by a host of
furious stormtroopers. Luke turns and starts running the
other way, also. They run around several corners, and the
troops drop a ways behind. Luke squeezes down a side passage
and signals for Han to follow.

INT. SPACEPORT - NARROW PASSAGE

Luke and Han run down the narrow passageway looking for an
exit. The stormtroopers can be heard barking orders as they
follow the duo. An officer at the far end of the hallway
spots them and fires a laser blast at them, but misses. They
reach a complex blast-shield door which they attempt to open
by pushing a series of buttons on a lock switch. The several
layers of hatches and locks slowly peel away. Han returns
the laser fire of the gathered stormtroopers at the end of
the hallway. The signal on their belt comlinks begins to
buzz. Luke takes one in hand and gets a jumble of excited
Wookiee gibberish. He hands the small com-link receiver to
Han, who continues his barrage of the troopers.

LUKE
It's for you.

Han talks to the Wookiee and seems to be in some kind of an
argument.

INT. SPACEPORT - MAIN FORWARD BAY

Chewbacca is crouched behind some supply cannisters near the
main entrance to the spaceport bay. Stormtroopers march to
and fro in front of the pirate starship. The giant Wookiee
whispers into the com-link. Deak lies in a heap at his feet.
Chewbacca ducks lower as several troops stop almost on top
of him. He puts the com-link back on his belt and draws Deak
close to him.

INT. SPACEPORT - NARROW PASSAGE

Han gives the com-link back to Luke.

HAN
Chewbacca can't make it to the ship
without help.

The final hatch starts to swing open behind them.

LUKE
Then let's go!

They turn and start into the main spaceport causeway. A few
feet into the hallway and the boys stop short. Two evil,
BLACK KNIGHTS OF THE SITH stride toward them. Luke turns and
runs back into the narrow passageway.

LUKE
Come on back. We'll not be stopping
them...

Han jumps back into the narrow passageway and Luke pulls the
main blast-shield lock switch. The five layers of door
instantly slam shut.

HAN
Now what??

Luke shrugs his shoulders. The stormtroopers renew their
assault.

INT. SPACEPORT - MAIN CAUSEWAY

The two Sith knights stop before the huge blast-shield door.
Stormtroopers take up position behind them. One of the knights
turns to the first officer of the guard.

SITH KNIGHT
Move your man back.

The troops scurry out of the way, as the Sith knights raise
their arms over their heads, creating a powerful force field.

INT. SPACEPORT - NARROW PASSAGE

The mighty blast-shield door bulges under the pressure of
the Sith para-force. Luke spots a small waste receptacle on
the wall. He fires a few shots at the assembled stormtroopers
at the far end of the corridor, and moves to the garbage
chute. He motions for Han to follow, but the young starcaptain
is sitting in a corner staring blankly at the bulging door.
Luke runs back to him.

LUKE
What is it?

HAN
It's no use... we're lost.

LUKE
No, no, there's a debris chute. It's
the Bogan force making you feel that
way. Don't give up hope... fight it!

HAN
It's no use, it's no use.

The giant hinge bolts on the blast-shield door begin to pop
as the force of the Sith knights grows stronger. Luke fires
off a rapid series of shots and half-drags Han to the small
grate in the wall.

LUKE
Well, we're going anyway. Think of
good things. Drive the Bogan from
your mind.

Luke blasts the cover off the debris receptacle and shoves
Han into the small opening. The giant blast door begins to
smolder, creating a smoky cover for the boys to hide in.
Luke frantically blasts away at the advancing stormtroopers,
then climbs into the garbage chute and disappears.

INT. SPACEPORT - GARBAGE ROOM

Luke slides through a series of chutes until he winds up in
a large room full of muck. Han is already stumbling around
looking for an exit. He finds a small hatchway and struggles
to get it open.

HAN
The blasted thing is vacuum-sealed.

He draws his laser pistol and fires at the hatch. The laser
bolt ricochets wildly around the small metal room. Both Luke
and Han dive for cover in the garbage as the bolt explodes
almost on top of them. Luke climbs out of the garbage with a
rather grim look on his face.

LUKE
I'm glad to see the Bogan is no longer
with you, but would you put that
thing away or you're going to get us
both killed.

HAN
(sarcastic)
I'll leave it for you to open then.
I'm just afraid we're going to have
company soon... This is a brilliant
escape.

LUKE
Well, it could be worse...

Before Han can reply, the walls of the garbage receptacle
begin to rumble and edge toward the adventurers.

HAN
Now what?!?

LUKE
Try to jam it with something.

They place poles and long metal beams between the closing
walls; but they are simply snapped and bent and the giant
trash masher rumbles on. The situation doesn't look good.

HAN
This isn't working!

LUKE
Well then, think of something else!

The room gets smaller and smaller, until it is only three
feet wide. Garbage is snapping and popping as it is crushed
by the relentless walls. Luke's com-link begins to buzz, and
he pulls it off his belt.

THREEPIO
I begging your pardon, sir, but we
are going to be unable to stay here
much longer. Could you give us...

LUKE
(to Han)
Threepio! That's it. The R-2 unit is
still plugged into the control
systems...
(into the com-link)
Threepio, listen to me. Have Artoo
shut down all garbage chutes in the
immediate connecting bays. I think
we're on your level, but shut them
off on the level above you, also...
Quickly, shut them off!

The rumbling walls begin to shake the room, and then they
halt. Han breathes a sigh of relief. Luke goes over to the
pressure hatch and scrapes some muck off a number.

LUKE
Open the pressure maintenance hatch
on unit 366117891...

In a moment, the door pops open.

LUKE
We're out. Disconnect Artoo and go
back to the ship... Avoid the troops,
if possible...

THREEPIO
I wish you were here, sir.

LUKE
We'll be with you shortly. Instruct
Montross to get the ship started.

INT. SPACEPORT - GANTRY HALLWAY

Two Imperial officers stand in the hallway leading to the
spaceport. One of the officers is a fleet admiral. They spot
Artoo and Threepio waddling towards them and can hardly
believe their eyes.

OFFICER
That's them!

Before they can do anything about it, Han and Luke jump the
officers from behind, and put laser swords to their necks.
The robots trundle up to them.

THREEPIO
Thank goodness you're safe, sir. Did
you find Master Deak?

LUKE
Chewbacca's got him. Now if we can
just get by those guards before the
Sith arrive...

THREEPIO
They won't be here too quickly, I
don't think; we shut and sealed all
alarm doors in the gantry.

HAN
(to the officer)
Come on, boys!

INT. SPACEPORT - MAIN FORWARD BAY

Han and Luke, dragging their hostages in front of them, enter
the starship bay. Artoo and Threepio hurry in behind them.
The twenty or so troops guarding the starship train their
weapons on the group, but seeing an admiral held as hostage,
hesitate. Chewbacca jumps out from behind the supply
cannisters, carrying Deak over his shoulder, and joins the
group. They slowly make their way toward the starship, which
is a medley of noises, as it prepares for take-off. The main
hatch slides open.

OFFICER
Forget about us -- fire on them.

The troops aim their laser rifles. The admiral panics.

ADMIRAL
No, wait! Don't shoot! They'll not
get away. They'll not get away. Don't
shoot!

The group enters the starship and the hatch slams shut.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT

Han slides into the co-pilot seat. Montross gives him a big
smile.

HAN
Get us out of here!

Montross pulls back on the controls and the ship begins to
move. The dull thud of laser bolts can be heard bouncing off
the outside of the ship.

MONTROSS
They aren't going to hurt us with
those pea-shooters...

HAN
There are Sith out there.

EXT. IMPERIAL CITY OF ALDERAAN - MAIN STARSHIP BAY

The starship lifts away from the starship bay and moves into
the cloud sea of Alderaan. Troops continue to fire at the
ship as it leaves. Too late, four Sith knights arrive.

SITH KNIGHT
They'll not get far.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING

Han picks up the com-link.

HAN
Luke, jettison the hostages and get
to one of the gun ports.

MONTROSS
You'd better get back there, too.
Four TIE ships coming in at six
o'clock.

He points out the cockpit window to four small Imperial
fighters banking in on their right side.

HAN
Was this trip really necessary?

MONTROSS
There's another bunch at two o'clock.
We're into our power reserves, so
take your time. Sing out if they get
below us and I'll kick her around...
Now get going!

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - GUN PORTS - AFT SECTION - TRAVELING

Luke is busy checking out one of the two main laser cannons
mounted in large rotating bubble turrets. He adjusts his
head-phones, and searches his electronic tracking screen for
the Imperial fighters.

MONTROSS
(over head-phones)
Here they come.

Han jumps into the turret opposite Luke, and begins to strap
himself in. The pirate starship shudders as the Imperial
fighters open fire. Luke's turret swings around and he begins
to return the fire. Moments later, Han lowers his glare
reflector and with a burst of smoke and electrical charge
also opens up on the enemy craft. One of the Imperial fighters
is hit by a concentrated barrage and begins spinning out of
control, until it finally explodes. Han gives Luke a victory
wave, which Luke gleefully returns.

Imperial fighters buzz about everywhere. The constant flashing
of deflected laser bolts reflect in the interior of the turret
bubble. Chewbacca sits in an aft turret, blazing away at the
enemy craft. A huge explosion rocks the pirate ship and throws
Artoo and Threepio crashing against a passageway wall.

THREEPIO
Here we go again. How did we get
ourselves into this? We never seem
to be in the right place.

Over the com-link, Montross gives instructions as to the
enemy formations. Several more Imperial ships explode and
disappear from view. The pirate starship undergoes a great
deal of punishment as the battle rages.

HAN
(into the com-link)
We're beginning to come apart back
here... the ship will not take much
more of this...

Several of the Imperial fighters concentrate their fire on a
weakened port antenna and finally it explodes, opening a
hole in one of the compartments and everything that isn't
bolted down is sucked into outer space. Threepio and Artoo
struggle to push a large cabinet in front of the hole.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING

The cockpit is alive with warning lights and buzzers, but
Montross manages to keep things under control. He speaks
into the com-link.

MONTROSS
You're doing great, boys. There are
only three or four of them left; but
maybe it's time we showed them this
isn't your regulation type F-888
cargo-trawler. Stand by for hyper-
skip... and hope she holds together.

Montross pulls back on several of the levers before him, and
the ship surges away from the tiny fighters. The pirate
starship races through the galaxy at an incredible speed;
but it isn't long before the Imperial fighters catch up.

MONTROSS
Take them now, boys. They shouldn't
be maneuverable at this speed.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - GUN PORTS - AFT SECTION - TRAVELING

Luke, Han and Chewbacca fire away at the now stationary
Imperial craft. One explodes, then another, and before long,
they are all congratulating each other on their victory.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - SLEEP AREA

Luke kneels over what's left of his brother. Han stands in
the doorway watching as Threepio applies some medication to
the Jedi's gaping wounds.

THREEPIO
I don't know much more we can do for
him, sir. These are spiritual wounds.
The Bogan arts often run contrary to
the ways of science... and logic. I
can't help him. Only a Jedi can save
him.

LUKE
He's been trying to talk... He knows
I'm here. He knows it's me.

Han simply shakes his head at the situation.

HAN
He must have something of great value
for them to do that to him. A lost
spice mine, maybe? Well, whatever it
is, he'd better regain consciousness
'cause I'm due my share... and I'm
going to be very unhappy if he joins
THE FORCE OF OTHERS before I get
it...

Han turns and leaves Luke and Threepio alone with Deak.

LUKE
You've done well, Threepio... you
have served both of us well beyond
your programming. Leave me with him
for awhile, would you?

THREEPIO
Thank you, sir. Your kindness is
greatly appreciated. That is, the
compliment of compliments... But
sir, you too ought to be getting
some rest... What with that tempest
we stirred up back there, I'm sure
we aren't through this yet.

LUKE
I'll be along shortly.

Threepio turns and leaves, locking the cabin door behind
him.

LUKE
I guess you couldn't have known, but
Ogana Major is gone, destroyed by
something -- I can't imagine what...
I don t know about father -- whether
he's dead or alive -- or where to
find him if he is alive. I didn't
know what to do, so I came for you...
You can't die, you just can't...
What am I going to do? Just tell me
what to do... Oh, Deak!

Luke slumps over his brother and begins to weep quietly.
Suddenly he remembers the Kiber Crystal hidden in his belt.

He takes off his belt and fumbles to open the secret
compartment. The buckle snaps open and a powerful clear light
fills the darkened room. The Kiber Crystal's glow is almost
blinding. Luke takes the supernatural gem and places it in
his injured brother's hand. Luke suddenly sits bolt upright.
A thought seems to come to him and he dashes out of the cabin.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA

Luke bursts into the lounge area where Chewbacca and Han are
sprawled across the chairs, sound asleep. They wake with a
start. Chewbacca draws his laser sword.

LUKE
Yavin's fourth moon.

HAN
What's wrong?

LUKE
My father's on the fourth moon of
Yavin. We must go there immediately.

HAN
Wait a minute. Is your brother
conscious?

LUKE
No...

HAN
Then how do you know your father is
on Yavin? I've had it with your
adventures...

Chewbacca blurts out a long line of gibberish to Han.

HAN
Yeah, you're going to get us all
killed!

LUKE
My father is on the fourth moon of
Yavin. Your only reward is there,
also.

Han thinks about this for a few moments, then throws up his
hands.

HAN
Well, we're already headed that way
anyway.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT

Montross is upset and starts yelling at Han and Luke.

MONTROSS
...It's a wasteland. That system is
way beyond the rim of the galaxy.

LUKE
But we HAVE enough power to get there.

Luke slams a connector panel on the computer console.

HAN
Just relax for a second!

MONTROSS
(getting more excited)
We have MORE than enough power to
get there... But we don't have enough
to get back, and there is no place
to GET power out there... We'd never
get back. It's madness...

Montross starts to bring his arm down across the computer
console to make his point, but Han grabs it in time to keep
it from being dashed to bits.

LUKE
It's not a wasteland. There is an
outpost, I tell you...

A sing-song alarm goes off on the scanner console. Threepio,
who has been quietly sitting in the co-pilot's seat all
through the argument, interrupts his master.

THREEPIO
Excuse me, sir -- but we seem to be
approaching another ship of some
king.

Montross looks into the scanner display.

MONTROSS
I don't think that's a ship, although
it moves like one... it's much too
large. It's as big as a small moon.

HAN
A station of some kind?

MONTROSS
I don't know. It's moving, but not
very fast, and it's traveling in the
same direction we are.

HAN
Move off, let's go around it. We
don't need any more trouble.

MONTROSS
I'd sure like to see what it is...

HAN
Well, whatever it is, it means there
must be some kind of a power depot
out here, so we'll continue...

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN

The sleek pirate starship drifts into orbit around the emerald
green, fourth moon of YAVIN.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING

Montross and Han are at the controls, as Luke rushes into
the cockpit.

MONTROSS
We pick up no significant life form
concentrations down there. Certainly
there's no outpost...

LUKE
It could be shielded, could be
anything.

HAN
Could be nothing.

LUKE
Move into latitude sixty-one...

A light begins to flash on the computer board.

HAN
What's that?

MONTROSS
A signal beacon. Something is sending
us coordinates...

LUKE
That's it! Lock onto it! We made
it... We made it!

MONTROSS
There'll be no landing a ship this
size on that terrain. We'll have to
use the auxiliary units.

LUKE
Good. I'll help Chewbacca with Deak.

Luke rushes out of the cockpit.

MONTROSS
That moon or station -- or whatever
it is -- is back on the scope. It's
either following us here or was
already coming here on its own. I'd
better stay with the ship.

HAN
Yeah, I think you'd better. I don't
like this. Track us if you can...

EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN

Two small lifepods jettison away from the starship, and slowly
drift toward the awesome, deep green surface of the moon.
Retro-rockets automatically kick in and slow the pods. The
two tiny craft break through some light cloud cover and land
in the dense, steaming jungles of Yavin's fourth moon.

EXT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - VINE JUNGLE

One of the lifepods has come to rest in the middle of a bog.

Han, Chewbacca, and Threepio emerge from the battered capsule
as it slowly sinks into the murky swamp.

HAN
Montross was sure right about this
not being a fit place to land. We
could have gotten KILLED coming
through those trees... Well, let's
find Luke...

THREEPIO
They landed further south, I think.
This is dangerous country. If you
don't mind my saying so, I think we
had better stay together.

Chewbacca inspects a huge laser weapon and straps several
power packs to his bandoliers. The group ventures into a
forest of gargantuan trees shrouded in an eerie mist. The
air is heavy with the fantastic cries of unimaginable
creatures.

EXT. VINE JUNGLE

Luke's lifepod is caught in the limbs of a huge tree. The
fragile craft has been ripped in half by the crash landing.
A glass-enclosed mummy case containing the wounded Deak
Starkiller is securely strapped in what remains of the tiny
lifepod. But his unconscious brother, Luke, 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 Luke. He opens his
eyes, but doesn't move. He is immediately aware of the insect.
Suddenly, with one quick blow, he knocks the creature against
the side of the lifepod, and it is squashed lifeless.

Luke is a little groggy, but he manages to climb out of the
wreckage. He hears a frantic whistle, pathetic in its
desperation. Luke looks around and spots Artoo hanging upside
down, one of his three feet caught in a vine. Luke lifts the
stubby robot out of his predicament and places him securely
on a wide limb. Luke then attaches a thin cable from his
utility belt to the tree trunk, and slides to the ground.
Han and Threepio are waiting for him at the base of the huge
tree.

HAN
Are you all right?

LUKE
Yeah, I think so. I'm going to need
some help getting Deak down from
there.

Chewbacca emerges from the dense foliage and tells Han
something. He tells Chewbacca to climb the tree and get Deak.

HAN
He says we're about a league off the
coordinates. The going will be slow
in this mess...

LUKE
Then we best get on with it.

EXT. VINE JUNGLE RIDGE

Gruesome and unnatural sounds permeate this ghostly wasteland.
The jungle is a strange and eerie, fog-laden purgatory. The
group stops on a ridge overlooking the rebel outpost of
MASASSI. All that can be seen of the fortress is a lone guard
standing on a small pedestal jutting out above the dense
jungle. Suddenly, three Aquillian rangers break out of the
dark foliage and approach the group. Han and Chewbacca raise
their weapons.

HAN
Hold! Who are you? Whom do you serve?

One of the rangers strides forward, ignoring Han's laser
pistol. He is a tall man; on his helmet is the crest of
AQUILLAE. He advances until he is standing a few feet from
Luke's weapon.

ANTILLES
I am Bail Antilles... I serve THE
FORCE OF OTHERS... We are agents of
the Starkiller... He has been
expecting you...

Han looks a little puzzled, but lowers his weapon and tells
Chewbacca to do likewise. About two dozen rangers emerge
from the brush and take up positions around the group. One
of them speaks to Chewbacca in his own tongue, and the giant
Wookiee lowers Deak onto a stretcher they have placed before
him.

ANTILLES
Which of you is young Luke?

LUKE
I am. This is my friend and a great
starcaptain, Han Solo... His first
mate is called Chewbacca.

Antilles bows low before Luke. The young adventurer is
embarrassed and doesn't know how to respond. Finally the
ranger rises.

ANTILLES
We must move swiftly, my lord. For
you have arrived with all of the
force of the Bogan at your heels.
The Death Star has found us once
again, and a deadly battle lies before
us. There is little time. Hurry!

EXT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - MASASSI OUTPOST

Luke, Han, Chewbacca, the robots and Aquillian rangers ride
on top of a low, gray armored transport speeder. They swing
past a long line of gleaming spacefighters sitting along the
edge or the vast jungle runway. The several different types
of two-man fighter craft have a wide variety of markings.
Several of the ships have bizarre and colorful designs painted
across their large deflector fins, which transforms the crafts
into huge and grotesque creatures, while others create
beautiful and unique mosaic patterns. Ground crews rush about
servicing the craft. Activity is at a fever pitch as Luke,
Han and Antilles disembark the speeder and enter a low metal
building to one side of the runway.

INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

The war room is a mass of glass enclosures, electronic wall
displays, monitors and computer stations. Officers and aides
rush to and fro, ignoring Luke and Han as they follow Major
Antilles to a large, dimly lit conference room dominated by
a huge galactic display board. A briefing is in progress.
Several dozen officers sit around a long table as a young
astro-general named DODANA is describing an attack plan to
the others. Antilles stops Han just outside the door as two
braided guards approach them.

ANTILLES
You'll have to wait here.

Han gives Luke a look of betrayal and anger.

LUKE
I'll be back, and you'll be paid.

Luke follows Antilles into the conference room and a glass
door slides silently closed behind them.

INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - CONFERENCE ROOM

Antilles and Luke sit in chairs at the back of the room.
Several officers at the table glance at Luke, but for the
most part their attention remains riveted on General Dodana.

DODANA
...and although the digital analysis
doesn't confirm it, he feels there
is a weak point...

Several large projections of a huge, armored space station
appear behind Dodana. One angle shows the north pole of the
complex globe. Six black towers dominate the detailed portion
of the sphere. Antilles whispers something to Luke who answers
with a question. Antilles points to a dark corner of the
room near Dodana. Luke strains to see something in the corner.
His hand fingers his belt buckle and he turns to Antilles
and nods yes.

DODANA
...Here, near the north pole
someplace. In an area somewhere below
their generating towers, he predicts
you'll find a small thermal exhaust
port. It is an unshielded shaft that
runs directly into the reactor system.
A direct hit straight into the shaft
would set up a chain reaction that
would destroy the Death Star.

A large, sallow-eyed General named AAY ZAVOR fiddles nervously
with a small hand computer.

ZAVOR
The greatest concentration of fire
power is at the poles. I doubt a
ship could get in there to find the
exhaust port, let alone fire a direct
hit down the shaft...

A flight officer with a patch over one eye rises.

FLIGHT OFFICER
There is an impossible magnetic field
around those towers. Maneuverability
in that sector is less than point
three...

The GRANDE MOUFF TARKIN, a thin, bird-like commander of the
outland Kesselian Dragoons, stands, and Dodana sits down,
revealing behind and to one side of him a wizened old man
with long silver hair -- THE STARKILLER. He is apparently
asleep; but as the Grande Mouff rises, the Starkiller's
crystal-clear eyes open knowingly. An aura of power radiates
from the ancient Jedi that almost knocks Tarkin over. The
Starkiller is a large man, but shriveled and bent by an
incalculable number of years. His face, cracked and weathered
by exotic climates, is set off by a long silver beard and
penetrating gray-blue eyes. Luke stares at him in awe. He's
at once proud, moved and slightly frightened.

TARKIN
With all due respect, sir, the time
has come for it to be said...

There is a long pause, as most of the officers on the Grande
Mouff's side of the table look down at their fidgeting hands
or nervously look away.

TARKIN
After our crushing defeat, and the
destruction of Ogana Major by this
Death Star... the Council has voted
to trust the cybormitic analysis for
future attack and planning procedures.
Your contact with THE FORCE OF OTHERS
is weak to the point where it can no
longer be trusted. This new attack
formula is contrary to the cyborg
plan and depends too much on faith...
a faith that deserted us at Ogana
Major. Our blind, unwavering faith
in you and the Ashla has led to our
doom...

The Starkiller sits unmoved, unresponding. Zavor jumps to
his feet in great anger and despair.

ZAVOR
Your strategy destroyed us on Ogana
Major! THE FORCE OF OTHERS is no
longer with us. The Bogan is too
strong. This Death Star is too strong!

Finally Antilles can stand it no longer.

ANTILLES
The Bogan is already beginning to
work on you... Will you flee like
frightened children again, only to
be hunted down again, until there is
no place to hide.

ZAVOR
We were overwhelmed; his plan was
hopeless as this new plan of his is
hopeless...

ANTILLES
You would trust a machine's logic
over THE FORCE OF OTHERS? His son
brings us new faith...

TARKIN
His son brought us the Death Star...
He has betrayed us!

ANTILLES
He's brought us the Kiber Crystal!

The room falls silent. The bent and broken Starkiller rises
and Tarkin and Zavor immediately sit down. He motions for
Luke to join him at the head of the table. Luke hurries to
his father's side and hands him the Kiber Crystal. The
Starkiller holds up the powerful stone and it radiates a
brilliant light throughout the room. Years seem to drop from
the old man as the Kiber's force moves into his body.

THE STARKILLER
With the Crystal, I can hold off the
force of the Bogan... but when its
presence is revealed, the enemy will
stop at nothing to acquire it... You
will have to win the battle or lose
everything... there will be no
retreat, no place to hide if the
Sith gain possession of the Crystal...
finding the exhaust port is your
only chance. You must have faith...THE
FORCE OF OTHERS is with you.

One of the younger officers stands up.

OFFICER
We'll find the port.

Several other officers stand, also.

SECOND OFFICER
I think my boys could get in there --
they can hit it.

More officers and Generals join in until even Zavor and Tarkin
are standing.

TARKIN
It will be to the finish, then. This
time, victory!

INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - LIBRARY

Luke is embraced by his father in the cool, dim quiet of the
outpost electronic library.

THE STARKILLER
You've done well, my son -- but I'm
afraid your trial has just begun. I
had hoped we would have more time,
time enough for you to learn the
ways of the Force. But you'll have
to face the enemy as a warrior rather
than a Jedi. When the Death Star is
destroyed, there will be time enough
for training.

Artoo and Threepio enter the room and bow low before their
master and his father.

THE STARKILLER
I trust your replacement parts are
satisfactory?

THREEPIO
Most certainly, and your kindness is
greatly appreciated. I feel my
capacities have doubled, and if I do
say so, Artoo is a new unit. I'd
hardly know him.

THE STARKILLER
You have served us well, and I am
releasing you from further service.
You may rest and enjoy your remaining
years in tranquillity...

THREEPIO
If it's at all possible, sir, and if
it's all the same to you... no
disrespect intended... we'd rather
continue to serve Master Luke.

THE STARKILLER
The choice is yours. Luke is truly
fortunate. Now go and have them bring
us this starcaptain who was so helpful
to you.

THREEPIO
I begging your pardon, sir, but might
I inquire after Master Deak?

THE STARKILLER
Deak is doing fine, but the Bogan is
still heavy with him and it will be
some time before he is himself again.
Now be off with you.

They bow low and leave the room. Antilles ushers Han into
the office. Antilles bows low before the Starkiller and his
son. Han feels quite awkward standing before the legendary
galactic hero. He gives the old man a short bow, then gives
Luke a slight nod.

THE STARKLLLER
You have been of great service to
us. We offer you this in gratitude.
Luke tells me you have a great desire
for such things.

He hands the young starcaptain a small box containing many
neatly minted chrome bars. Han's mouth drops open in
amazement.

HAN
This must be at least seven or eight
million!

THE STARKILLER
I would that I could give you more.
We sorely need a man of your ability.

HAN
I'm afraid my calling is elsewhere.
Sorry, Luke, but I'm not a part of
this.

Luke bows his head and is clearly disappointed. He steps
forward and gives Han a gray gunbelt with a chrome laser
sword attached.

LUKE
Han, I want you to take this. It was
fashioned by the _Bomerwrights of
Sullest. It is a special blade with
great power that will never fail
you. Take care, my friend.

He gives Han a hug, and the young starcaptain leaves.

THE STARKILLER
Now, my son, tell me of Owen, Beru,
and the twins, and of course, little
Leia.

EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN

A small silver rebel ship edges close to the pirate starship,
until the two craft link up.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - LOUNGE AREA

Han and Chewbacca enter the starship and are greeted by
Montross. Han gives him the box of chrome bars.

HAN
Eight million! Eight million and we
got it legal. Can you beat that? If
only Captain Oxus could see us now.
He never had a haul this big!

MONTROSS
You didn't stay long. Could you have
tried for more?

HAN
That station we spotted is what
destroyed Ogana Major. They're going
to try to stop it.

MONTROSS
Then I'd better get us going.

HAN
Yeah, do that.

Han has a wistful look in his eyes as Montross heads back to
the cockpit.

INT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - MASASSI OUTPOST - READY ROOM

Chaos. Red scramble lights are flashing. Alert horns and
attack buzzers create an unbelievable cacophony. Starpilots
in a variety of different style spacesuits scramble out of
the low concrete ready room, grabbing helmets and space packs
as they race out the doors.

EXT. MASASSI OUTPOST - ATTACK RUNWAY

Pilots and navigators dash in unison to a long line of waiting
two-man starship fighters. Around it, crews scurry here and
there loading last minute armament and unlocking power
couplings. Luke, closely followed by Artoo and Threepio,
meet Antilles in front of one of the sleek starships.

ANTILLES
This one's ours. May THE FORCE OF
OTHERS be with us.

On a balcony overlooking the runway appears the dazzling
figure of the Starkiller. His long silver hair and beard
cascade over his flowing white robes. The Kiber Crystal
glitters in his right hand. The pilots and crews stop what
they are doing and bow low toward the honored Jedi. Luke and
the robots join the others in the tribute. The air warriors
are a wide mix of humans and other creatures from the many
systems in the Alliance.

THE STARKILLER
Your next journey is marked by your
given word.

Do not falter, for there is no retreat from this battle. The
power of the Bogan is strong on the Death Star. The Sith are
many, but we hold the one power mightier than they: the Kiber
Crystal. It is your captain and your banner. Do not fear to
go where it leads. THE FORCE IS WITH YOU.

The pilots and crews bow and hurry to their starships. Luke
helps Threepio lift Artoo into the ship. PILOT LEADER, a
rugged, handsome man in his forties, gives his ground crew
the signal that he is starting his ion engine. 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. Luke and Antilles settle into their craft as
their crew looks down the armament housing.

CREWMAN
I've got you about a thousand pounds
lighter. It should help.

He hangs a small good-luck charm inside the cockpit as the
main canopy starts to slide closed. Luke and Antilles wave
back to him. Other crewmen say goodbye to their pilots, some
grinning, some kidding -- all with a great deal of hidden
emotion. The din of retro-rockets cuts through the uproar,
and six silver starships leave the runway and disappear into
the morning cloud cover.

INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

The Starkiller sits quietly before a giant computer display
of the Yavin system. It shows the planet, moons and
approaching Death Star. The Grande Mouff Tarkin stands behind
the Jedi with several other Generals.

TARKIN
They're all away, sir. For the first
time since the take-over, I feel
real hope.

THE STARKILLER
Put their com-links through the main
system. Let everyone hear it.

General Dodana approaches the group and leans over to the
Starkiller.

DODANA
They've made contact, sir.

EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN

A small bright speck orbiting the huge green moon of Yavin
sparkles in the light of the distant sun. Six rebel star
ships settle ominously into the foreground, moving swiftly
toward the orbiting speck. As the starships move closer, the
awesome size of the gargantuan Imperial space fortress is
revealed. Explosions create blinding flashes on the planet's
surface as the Imperial fortress bombards the moon with a
fusillade of laser bolts.

INT. LEAD STARSHIP - TRAVELING

Pilot Leader, in the first ship, signals to his navigator
who sits in a small isolated glass bubble to the rear of the
craft. The many monitors are filled with various computer
read-outs and displays. Over the com-link one of the other
starpilots reports to Pilot Leader.

BOMA SIX (INTERCOM)
Look at the size of that thing!

PILOT LEADER
Cut off, Boma Six. Stand by. Bantha
pack cover to the south. We'll try
for the exhaust port. Settle in.
Here we go.

INT. LUKE'S STARSHIP - TRAVELING

Luke adjusts the controls of the tiny starfighter and lowers
the sunshade on his goggles. Antilles and Threepio rotate
around in the gun-pod.

LUKE
Does that glare bother you?

ANTILLES
I've got it blocked. I'm all right.
I wish they'd let us try for that
exhaust port.

EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - BATTLE

Fuel pods are jettisoned. The starship fighters break off
into a power-dive attack on the space fortress. A barrage of
laser fire from the huge fortress creates a wall of death,
through which most of the rebel craft miraculously emerge,
undamaged. Multiple laser bolts streak from the starship
fighters, creating small explosions on the complex surface
of the fort. Antilles directs his fire at one of the prime
power terminals. It explodes, generating weird electronic
arcs that leap off the station's surface.

INT. IMPERIAL SPACE FORTRESS - MAIN STATION

Walls buckle and cave in, sucking debris and personnel into
the vacuum of space. Alarm sirens scream as soldiers scramble
to large turbo-powered laser gun emplacements. Officers yell
orders through the smoke and confusion. Men and robots of
various shapes and sizes run to their battle stations.
Standing in the middle of the chaos, a vision of calm and
foreboding, is the evil Sith knight: Darth Vader. Several
astro-officers run up to him, still putting on the helmets
and equipment.

VADER
Get to your ships. I'll take the
lead myself.

INT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - MASASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

Generals and troops listen silently to the action of the
starships over the com-link. The Starkiller seems to be
asleep, but no one attempts to waken him.

PILOT LEADER (V.O.)
Boma One to Massoni Base, we're
nearing the north pole transmitter
area. The magnetic concussion is
getting very rough. We're starting
our run. Tighten it up. Boma Two,
tighten it up. Watch those towers.

BOMA TWO (CHEWIE)(V.O.)
Heavy fire, Boss. Twenty-three
degrees.

PILOT LEADER (V.O.)
I see it. Pull in. Pull in. We're
picking up some interference.

BOMA SIX (V.O.)
Wow, I've never seen such fire power.

PILOT LEADER (V.O.)
Pull in, Boma Two. Pull in. Chewie,
do you read me? Chewie?

BOMA TWO (V.O.)
I'm all right, Boss. I've got a
target. I'm going in to check it
out.

BOMA SIX (V.O.)
There is too much action, Chewie.
Get out!

PILOT LEADER (V.O.)
Break off, Chewie. Acknowledge. We've
hit too much interference. Boma Six,
can you see Boma Two?

The Starkiller's eyes open as the tension mounts. He has not
been asleep.

BOMA SIX (V.O.)
I've lost him. There's a heavy fire
zone on this side. My scanner's
jammed.

BOMA FIVE (V.O.)
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 computers
flash off and then on again as the whole room shakes under
the Death Star's bombardment of a nearby ridge.

DEVIL FOUR (V.O.)
Watch your back, Boss. Watch your
back! A TIE squad above you, coming
in -- about six ships.

EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - BATTLE - REBEL
FIGHTERS (BOMA GROUP)

Six fin winged Imperial fighters dive on Pilot Leader, but
he does a quick spiral turn and eludes them.

BOMA TWO
I found the exhaust port, Boss.
Relay target six degrees south by
three mark two. It's not very big --
a direct hit is going to be tough.

PILOT LEADER
I copy, Boma Two, but we have other
problems right now.

Pilot Leader and Boma Four dive in unison through a forest
of radar domes, antennae and gun towers. They are followed
by four Imperial TIE fighters. The two rebel ships make a
sharp turn and come around behind the Imperial ships. Boma
Four and Pilot Leader fire into the TIE fighters as the six
ships criss-cross the surface of the fortress.

Suddenly, a dense barrage of laser fire erupts from a
protruding tower, catching Boma Four broadside. The rebel
spacecraft bursts into a million flaming pieces. Pilot Leader
reacts to the loss of his wing man with a renewed attack on
the Imperial ships -- one of which falls away and hits a
prime power terminal, creating an arching spectacle. A chain
reaction is set off, creating a series of explosions leaping
across the surface of the fortress from terminal to terminal.

INT. LUKE'S STARSHIP - TRAVELING

Luke and three other speedy little fighters dart back and
forth across the soft underbelly of the fortress, leaving a
trail of destruction behind them. Artoo is sitting on the
seat-back above Threepio's shoulders. He is beeping and
whistling frantically. Threepio swings his gun pod around
and begins firing at an approaching Imperial TIE ship.

THREEPIO
I see it. I see it. Don't confuse
me, or we'll be killed. See those?
They break up in little pieces, just
like a GS unit under pressure.

ANTILLES
Luke, TIE fighters below us.

LUKE
I see them. Hang on!

The rebel craft dives on the Imperial ships, all guns blasting
away. Two of the TIE craft go down in flames.

INT. IMPERIAL SPACE FORTRESS - MAIN CONTROL CENTER

Constant explosions rock the interior of the fortress. Troops
scurry for safety in the panic-ridden control center. A Sith
knight speaks to Lord Vader on the com-link.

SITH KNIGHT
Yes, my Lord, the Ashla Force is
strong upon us. I can't hold the
panic. How could it be?

VADER
I feel the influence of the Kiber
Crystal. Perhaps the Starkiller is
still alive. They must have brought
it out of hiding at last. We must
strain -- counter the force. Their
attack is organized; they're going
for the poles. Concentrate there.

EXT. REBEL STARSHIPS - BATTLE

Boma Two (Chewie), a young hot-shot of about sixteen years,
miraculously dives his ship through a virtual sea of laser
fire and blasts the Imperial fighters into dust. Chewie
signals to 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-four. Let's go in for that exhaust
port. Coincide, Boma Six.

Boma Five and Boma Three bob and weave in formation toward a
group of giant towers at the north pole.

PILOT LEADER
I see it. It looks good.

BOMA THREE
I've got it. We're hit! We're hit!

PILOT LEADER
Eject... Eject. Boma Three, do you
read?

BOMA THREE
I'm all right. I can hold it. Give
me a little room, Boma Five. Watch
it! Watch it!

Boma Three wobbles a little, then drops away sharply, plowing
into a huge laser gun emplacement, causing a hideous series
of chain reaction explosions. The four remaining starships
of the Boma group fly in a tight formation and dive between
the tall towers near the exhaust port.

PILOT LEADER
Masassi Base, we're in position and
starting for the target. Chewie,
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 rebel ships direct their fire at a small,
glowing blue hole at the base of one of the towers. Boma
Five explodes, quickly followed by Boma Four.

BOMA TWO (CHEWIE)
I'm on it.

Boma Two dives directly at the small target, is unable to
pull out and crashes into the base of one of the towers.
Pilot Leader dives between the towers, firing away, but is
unable to hit the small hole.

PILOT LEADER
It's too small. It's impossible. All
ships hit. Send in Bantha group.
I'll try to make it.

One of the two large engines on Pilot Leader's fighter
explodes. He careens wildly, leaving an erratic trail of
smoke before eventually crashing into a solar panel.

INT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - MASSONI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM

On the large computer display board, several of the markers
indicating rebel fighters go dark. General Dodana approaches
the Starkiller in a hurry.

DODONA
Eighty-five percent of our craft
have been destroyed. The probability
projection shows little hope. Retreat
is possible at this time, but not
for long.

Zavos steps forward in a panic.

ZAVOS
It's just like Ogana Major. Twice we
have listened to this old man, and
twice it has led to our ruin. We
must surrender before we're all
destroyed, while there is still time.

The Starkiller gives Zavos a hard look and the cowardly
General shakes as if a cold wind had chilled him to his heart.

THE STARKILLER
There will be no surrender. There
will be no retreat. This was settled.
The force is still with us.

The General's eyes turn back to the big board as two more
symbols disappear. The four that are left are flying in
formation toward the north pole exhaust port.

DODONA
There are only four left.

EXT. LUKE'S STARSHIP - BATTLE

Luke swings the small craft around the many outcroppings of
laser towers and transmitters.

LUKE
We'll follow you in Banta One.

BANTA ONE
Ship response through here is gone.
Don't try anything fancy.

LUKE
Antilles, Threepio, as soon as you've
got the target, open up.

The fortress gun emplacements fire away, hitting Banta Three.
It disintegrates, leaving a trail of flaming particles. The
three remaining craft continue the assault. Luke and Antilles
watch the remains of Banta Three disappear.

BANTA ONE
This is it. Make it count.

The rebel craft blast away at the exhaust port, but all miss.

THREEPIO
Sir, I think if you pitched the ship
about twelve degrees on the final
approach, we could clear the port
rim. It seems to be diagonal, which
is why we're off target.

ANTILLES
I think you're right. Luke, tell
Banta One when we make our next pass.

LUKE
Banta One, this is Banta Two...

EXT. IMPERIAL SPACE FORTRESS

Lord Vader and two other Imperial ships wait for the rebel
craft to emerge from the smoke and confusion of the exhaust
port area.

VADER
We'll take what's left when they
start their second run. Prepare the
scan ships for low altitude survey.
The Kiber Crystal will be ours if
it's still down there. Stand by...
Here they come.

EXT. BATTLE

The three rebel starships bank and prepare for a second attack
on the exhaust port. Suddenly, streaking down from above
them, the Imperial TIE craft blaze away with all their laser
cannons.

Banta Four instantly bursts into flames, then disintegrates.
Banta One's tail section is hit, and the ship pinwheels toward
the planet. Blood covers Antilles' face. Luke struggles to
keep control of the ship. Artoo is whistling wildly as
Threepio swings the gun turret around to fire at the enemy
craft.

LUKE
Antilles!

ANTILLES
The turret's shattered. But both
hatches are sealed. I can hold out.
Just get us back down there.

LUKE
Well, it looks like we're it.

The tiny rebel fighter dives toward the exhaust port, but is
cut off and forced to turn away from Vader's ship.

VADER
This is the last one. Here's where
the rebellion ends.

The three Imperial craft dive on the lone rebel starfighter.
Laser bolts streak past the small craft on all sides. Vader
moves close in behind Luke's ship.

THREEPIO
Where did he go? I can't see him.

ANTILLES
He's back there somewhere. Luke,
bank a little... See him now?

Vader signals his wing men to back off.

VADER
I've got him. Return to base.

Suddenly, Vader's wing man explodes into a shower of burning
fragments. Vader is surprised and looks around for the cause
of his wing man's misfortune.

VADER
SR-2, do you see anything? What did
he hit?

Before SR-2 can answer, he too is blasted out of orbit. Vader
quickly veers off and takes defensive maneuvers. Above and
behind the Imperial fighters the old familiar pirate starship
descends into view.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING

Han grins at Montross and speaks into the com-link.

HAN
I heard you were having some problems,
Banta Two.

LUKE (V.O.)
I don't know what brought you back,
but I'm sure glad you're here.

HAN
I'll cover you. If you're going in
there after something, you'd better
get going.

EXT. BATTLE

Luke dives the tiny ship once again into the wall of laser
fire around the exhaust port. The pirate ship follows a short
distance behind, but begins to bounce about as it nears the
generating tower.

MONTROSS
There is a terrible magnetic
crossfield down here. This thing's
too big. We'll never make it.

LUKE
Hold tight. We're almost there.

Vader's starship swoops down on the battered pirate ship,
unleashing a heavy barrage of laser bolts. Chewbacca in the
rear gun turret blazes away at the Sith starship. One of
Vader's huge solar fins breaks up, but the Black Knight
manages to keep the disabled craft on course and crash dives
into the pirate craft, exploding on impact.

HAN
We're hit. You're on your own, Luke.

INT. PIRATE STARSHIP

Han and Montross work their way through the damaged ship,
looking for a usable life pod. Chewbacca appears at the end
of a hallway and yells at Han to follow him.

INT. LUKE'S STARSHIP

Luke dives past the towers and approaches the exhaust port.

LUKE
I'm starting the bank. Let her have
it.

The ship skims the surface of the Death Star, blasting a
thin path across its surface. As they pass the exhaust port,
both Threepio and Antilles get several shots directly down
the exhaust shaft.

THREEPIO
We hit it. We hit it; perfect, if I
do say so myself.

ANTILLES
Pull out of here, Luke.

EXT. BATTLE

The small craft veers sharply away from the Death Star as
ominous rumbles and explosions can be heard coming from within
the huge super fortress. The rebel ship speeds past the small
lifepod from the pirate ship as it slowly drifts toward the
green calm of Yavin's Fourth Moon. Han, Montross and the
furry Chewbacca watch the ominous fortress grow smaller as
they drift further and further away. Suddenly, a great flash
replaces the fortress and rubble streaks past the lifepod
and lone rebel starship. Several giant explosions follow,
until there is only a smoke cloud where the mighty fortress
once orbited Yavin's Fourth Moon.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - MASASSI OUTPOST

Luke climbs out of the starship as a ground crew help the
wounded Antilles from the shattered gun turret. Artoo is
helped down by Threepio. Antilles gives Luke a big grin.
Luke slaps Threepio on the back. He then spots Han, Montross
and Chewbacca riding up in a transport speeder. Luke runs up
and hugs the Corellian pirates. They all laugh and cheer.

The white-robed Starkiller approaches the group, followed by
a hundred aides, troops, ground crews, and Generals.

Antilles and the robots join Han, Luke and the others. As
the Starkiller approaches, they all bow low, including
Chewbacca and the robots.

THE STARKILLER
Your achievement will be sung through
the ages. The Kiber Crystal has
stopped the onslaught of the Bogan
forces so that brave warriors can
once again show their merit... The
revolution has begun.

ROLL-UP TITLE APPEARS:

...And a thousand new systems joined the rebellion,
causing a significant crack in the great wall of
the powerful Galactic Empire. The Starkiller would
once again spark fear in the hearts of the Sith
knights, but not before his sons were put to many
tests... the most daring of which was the kidnapping
of the Lars family, and the perilous search for:
"The Princess of Ondos."

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