So I’ve been looking through my harddrive for that missing Word document I mentioned a couple of posts ago, and came across some stuff I completely forgot I’d written! Basically, I get a lot of people asking if I can explain Star Wars to them, mostly the prequels, because people know I’m a massive Star Wars fan, and I also kinda like the prequel films, but everybody is all confused or whatever. So I wrote a couple of things back in 2005 to explain just what the hell is going on throughout episodes one, two and three, in perhaps a more consistent manner, linking it to all the novels as well so that you get the full picture. While, of course, a lot of this stuff is now most likely going to be negated, I thought I’d share it anyway so that you can have a read, and see if it makes you change your mind about the prequels at all! Leave a comment, because I love comments!
“I will be Supreme Chancellor”
Palpatine is nothing but ambitious. The only man to dream of conquering the entire galaxy in modern times, Palpatine has brought down the destruction of much, not least of which being the planet Alderaan and the Jedi Order.
But how did he do it?
Having been nominated Senator for Naboo and 63 other worlds, Palpatine accrued many contacts in the Senate, and built for himself a reputation as impartial and good-natured. When Finis Valorum was elected Supreme Chancellor for a second term, Palpatine was regarded by him as a faithful adviser. As Darth Sidious, a master of the dark side of the Force, he trained the Iridonian Zabrak Darth Maul to be the instrument of his will. Maul became so consumed by his hatred of the Jedi that, at times, even Sidious thought he had overdone it a bit.
Labyrinth of Evil
Sidious set up a lair in the Works area of Coruscant, in the old LiMergePower building. LiMerge power was involved in the manufacture of illegal armaments that were finding their way to pirates on the Outer Rim – pirates who were attacking the Trade Federation. In response to this, the Senate agreed to allow the Federation to amass a modest droid army.
Cloak of Deception
The Trade Federation was growing greedy. As they took more and more from the Outlier Worlds for their services, more and more terrorist groups were formed against them. One such organisation struck at Dorvalla. The Nebula Front hired Mirilian mercenary Captain Cohl to infiltrate the Federation freighter Revenue and steal a cache of aurodium ingots. Cohl was successful, and delivered them to Havac, the leader of the militant faction of the Front. As a result of the attack, the Federation petitioned the Senate to increase their droid defenses.
Havac was being guided by Palpatine. He handed the senator the ingots to use as bribes in the senate to garner support for the Front. Palpatine set up a blind bank account, into which he deposited the ingots, then drew the bribes against the ingots.
Palpatine persuaded Supreme Chancellor Valorum to hold a trade summit on Eriadu to try and solve the issues surrounding the Federation’s request.
Darth Sidious contacted the Trade Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray and, using blackmail, forced the Neimoidians into an alliance with him. As his first act, Sidious gave the Federation a droid army and the weapons of war.
The Trade Federation wasn’t just Neimoidians, however – delegates from Sullust, Kuat and Balmorra, among other worlds, sat on the directorate. At the Eriadu summit, however, tha changed.
Palpatine had Havac deliver a modified battle droid to the Federation, which sat in the Federation’s shield-generator-protected box at the summit hall. When the shield was activated, and the droid started to fire, all the blast bolts ricoched around the enclosed box, killing all the non-Neimoidian members of the directorate.
The summit was a disaster, but the Senate still passed the bill in favour of taxing the Free Trade Routes. However, Palpatine’s use of the aurodium then came out. Valorum Shipping of Eriadu, run by cousins of the Supreme Chancellor, had received a large influx of capital following the first announcement of the taxation bill. All evidence pointed to the Supreme Chancellor having proposed the bill simply in order to profit. With Valorum thus weakened, a cabal of senators began to turn their thoughts to who could replace him, and Orn Free Taa proposed they back Palpatine.
Darth Sidious proposed to Nute Gunray that the Federation blockade Naboo, the homeworld of Senator Palpatine, who had whipped up so much support for the taxation bill.
Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter
Nute Gunray was de facto head of the Federation. However, his Deputy, Hath Monchar, thought he could make some fast credits by selling the information of the impending blockade and the re-emergence of the Sith. Sidious sent his apprentice Darth Maul to Coruscant to dispose of the traitorous Neimoidian.
The Phantom Menace
The blockade then went ahead, and the Supreme Chancellor dispatched Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi to mediate. This caused the need to accelerate Sidious’ plan, and the Federation, at his behest, invaded the planet with their droid armies. Queen Amidala of Naboo managed to escape to Coruscant, where she met with the Senate to try and force the Federation to end their occupation. When she saw how ineffectual the Senate had become, she called for a vote of no confidence in Chancellor Valorum. Palpatine, along with Ainlee Teem and Bail Antilles, was nominated to succeed Valorum.
The Queen and her Jedi guardians returned to Naboo to wrest control of the planet from the Federation, and Sidious sent Darth Maul to deal with the Jedi. Then the plan went awry – although Maul killed Qui-Gon, he was himself killed by Obi-Wan, and the Queen, with the help of the native Gungans, managed to overcome the droid armies and liberate the planet.
Palpatine was then elected Supreme Chancellor of the Republic.
With the loss of his apprentice, Sidious needed another to keep his plans in motion. Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos, investigating an illegal spice racket in the outer rim, proved to be a possiblity. Being overdosed with the synthesised glitteryll, Quinlan lost his memory and came extremely close to turning to the Dark Side.
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However, it was the aristocratic Count Dooku who became Sidious’ second apprentice. Dooku was Qui-Gon’s former Master and close friend, and had been steadily becoming disillusioned with the corrupt Republic. The loss of his former padawan was too much, and he left the Jedi Order. Almost immediately he was approached by Nute Gunray, who told him of the alliance he had entered into with Sidious. Dooku, intrigued, sought out the Sith Master and gave himself to the Dark Side. Sidious gave him the Sith name Darth Tyranus.
Jango Fett: Open Seasons
Darth Tyranus was given the task of assembling an army with which to challenge the Republic. Remembering a formidable enemy he had encountered years previously, Tyranus sought out the Mandalorian warrior Jango Fett and offered him a deal, in which Fett would become the template of a clone army. Fett, in exchange for an unaltered clone of his own, agreed.
The Approaching Storm
Dooku then began to court the commercial interests throughout the galaxy – the Commerce Guild and the Techno Union, among others. Dooku, with the support of these big businesses, implemented a most dangerous plan: secession from the Republic. The Confederacy of Independent Systems, as they became known, turned their attention to Ansion. This world seemed blissfully unimportant, but was at the heart of dozens of treaties with both neighbouring and far-flung worlds so that, if that planet were to leave the Republic, all the others would and, in the end, over half the planets of the Republic would be independent.
The Jedi were dispatched to keep Ansion from seceeding. Obi-Wan and his apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, along with Luminara Unduli and her padawan Barriss Offee, managed to keep the planet in the Rpublic, but other worlds were swayed by Dooku’s seductive promises of free trade and began to seceede. Soon, thousands and thousands of systems were part of the Confederacy.
Attack of the Clones
The Separatist crisis had now escalated so much so that the Senate was debating whether or not to form a Grand Army of the Republic. Padme Amidala, now Senator for Naboo, was the leader of the opposition to this Military Creation Act. However, an attempt on her life proved the danger of the crisis they were entering, and several senators were completely behind creating an army.
The Jedi were called in to investigate the attempts on Padme’s life, and on the suggestion of Palpatine, Obi-Wan and Anakin were given the assignment. Obi-Wan, following a lead to the water planet Kamino, left Anakin in charge of protecting Padme. Anakin had, however, an emotional attachment to Padme, and the two fell in love.
Obi-Wan discovered the Jango Fett-based clone army on Kamino, and was startled to learn that the Kaminoans believed they were working for the Republic. Obi-Wan tracked the bounty hunter Jango Fett to Geonosis, where he was imprisoned by Dooku. Anakin and Padme went to Obi-Wan’s aid, having first sent a message to the Jedi on Coruscant. Mace Windu led a 200-strong Jedi task force to Geonosis while Yoda went to Kamino to claim the clone army for the Republic.
On Geonosis, the Clone Wars erupted. Dooku succeeded in escaping from Yoda, and rejoined Darth Sidious on Coruscant with the plans for a huge armoured battle station that the Geonosians had been working on.
Anakin and Padme then married.
Jedi: Mace Windu
Several illustrious Jedi died at Geonosis, but far worse, many left the Jedi Order. Sora Bulq was one such Jedi, who abandoned himself to the Dark Side, and Count Dooku. Dooku, however, had taken the acolyte Asajj Ventress and trained her in the use of paired lightsabers as he had his apprentice Komari Vosa. Ventress became a nemesis of many of the Jedi, least of all Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Clone Wars: Light and Dark
In a desperate bid to stop the Clone Wars, Jedi Master Tholme brought a potentially disastrous plan before the Jedi Council. His former padawan, Quinlan Vos, had already skirted the Dark Side. Tholme proposed that Quinlan “defect” to Dooku and bring about the destruction of the Confederacy from the inside. Masters Windu and Yoda approved the plan, and Quinlan surrendered himself to Dooku. However, he was soon in way over his head, and the Jedi weren’t sure whether or not Quinlan was just acting when he was carrying out Dooku’s directives.
The Dreadnaughts of Rendili
The Jedi managed to capture Quinlan and learn of a terrible new threat in the Outer Rim. Dooku was having vampiric Anzati train Nikto Morgukai warriors to fight on the side of the Confederacy.
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The Clone Wars brought about a terrible destruction across the galaxy. The Jedi Order slowly dwindled as their numbers were thinned, not least by the inexorable General Grievous. Trained in lightsaber combat by Dooku himself, the half droid, half unknown General became the most prolific Jedi killer the galaxy had seen.
Revenge of the Sith
The Clone Wars, however, were engineered by Palpatine in order for him to be given emergency powers. With the authority to act independent of the Senate, Palpatine slowly became a dictator and, despite promises to lay aside these powers when the war was over, after the death of Dooku by Anakin’s hand, Palpatine retained his authority. A small group of senators, including Padme, Bail Organa and Mon Mothma, began to form a rebellion when it became apparent that Palpatine wasn’t going to lay them down at all, even when Obi-Wan had eliminated the threat of General Grievous.
Palpatine declared the Jedi traitors to the Republic and they should be hunted down. Taking overall control of the clone army, he had them turn on their Jedi generals.
Anakin Skywalker was the Chosen One, who had such potential in the Force it was unbelievable. Palpatine, determined to have him as his apprentice (more so when Dooku was killed), had become more of a mentor-figure to the young Jedi than Obi-Wan was. Palpatine was always ready to listen to him, and, when the Jedi Council refused to acknowledge his part in the demise of Dooku, Palpatine had him made his personal bodyguard.
When the Jedi finally realised Palpatine was Darth Sidious, Mace Windu went to confront the Supreme Chancellor. However, Palpatine used the confrontation to turn Anakin to the Dark Side. Anakin killed Mace and was given the Sith name Darth Vader. Palpatine sent him to Mustafar to eliminate the remaining Separatist leaders, where he was followed by his old master Obi-Wan. Obi-Wan had learnt of Padme’s marriage and pregnancy, and was determined to bring Anakin back. However, Anakin and Obi-Wan did battle, with the Jedi overcoming the Sith. Anakin was, to all intents and purposes, dead.
Palpatine had his own troubles with Yoda, the most revered and experienced Jedi Master. Yoda, although he gave Palpatine a hard time, was forced to flee the Sith Master. He set up on Dagobah to await the day when Anakin’s child could redeem his father.
Palpatine recovered Anakin’s body and encased him in a cybernetic suit. Anakin Skywalker ceased to exist. The Jedi Order was eliminated, Palpatine had the most powerful Jedi now as his apprentice, and a galaxy in his thrall.