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Authors: Ian Doescher

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Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Number: 2014953128

eBook ISBN: 978-1-59474-821-9
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-59474-808-0

Text by Ian Doescher
Illustrations by Nicolas Delort
Production management by John J. McGurk

Quirk Books
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Contents

Cover

Title Page

Copyright

Dedication

Dramatis Personae

Prologue

Act I

Scene 1
Scene 2
Scene 3

Act II

Scene 1
Scene 2
Scene 3
Scene 4
Scene 5
Scene 6

Act III

Scene 1
Scene 2
Scene 3
Scene 4

Act VI

Scene 1
Scene 2
Scene 3
Scene 4
Scene 5
Scene 6
Scene 7

Act V

Scene 1
Scene 2
Scene 3

Afterword

Acknowledgments

About the Authors

DRAMATIS PERSONAE

CHORUS

RUMOR

YODA,
a Jedi Master

OBI-WAN KENOBI,
a Jedi Knight

ANAKIN SKYWALKER/DARTH VADER,
his Jedi apprentice and later a Sith Lord

MACE WINDU
and
KI-ADI-MUNDI,
Jedi Masters

PADMÉ AMIDALA,
senator of Naboo

CAPTAIN TYPHO,
of Amidala’s guard

BAIL ORGANA,
senator of the Republic

R2-D2, C-3PO, R4-P17,
and
R4-G9,
droids

COMMANDER CODY,
of the Clone Troopers

TARFFUL
and
CHEWBACCA,
Wookiees of Kashyyyk

TION MEDON,
an administrator of Utapau

BOGA,
a varactyl lizard of Utapau

CHANCELLOR PALPATINE/DARTH SIDIOUS,
a Sith Lord

COUNT DOOKU/DARTH TYRANUS,
a Sith

GENERAL GRIEVOUS,
droid leader of the Separatist army

MAS AMEDDA,
vice chancellor of the Galactic Republic

NUTE GUNRAY,
viceroy of the Trade Federation

WAT TAMBOR, SHU MAI, SAN HILL,
and
POGGLE THE LESSER,
members of the Separatist Alliance

SENATORS, PILOTS, GUARDS, DROIDS, MEMBERS OF THE JEDI ORDER, JEDI YOUNGLINGS, CLONE TROOPERS, PLAYERS,
and
WOOKIEES

PROLOGUE.

Outer space.

Enter
C
HORUS
.

CHORUS

“War!” is the cry that doth through space resound:
The good Republic faces bold attack
From Dooku, he whose evil doth abound.
Yet heroes rise as each side fighteth back.
Droid leader Gen’ral Grievous, he most vile,
Hath enter’d—a new player on the scene.
With movement swift and unexpected guile
He hath made bold to kidnap Palpatine.
Whilst o’er the capital, e’en Coruscant,
The Sep’ratist droid army tries to flee,
Two Jedi are dispatch’d upon a jaunt
To set the hostage Palpatine full free.
In time so long ago begins our play,
In vengeful galaxy far, far away.

[Exit.

SCENE 1.

On the Separatist ship.

Enter
C
HANCELLOR
P
ALPATINE
on balcony, in chains.

PALPATINE

Hung be the heav’ns with black, yield day to night!
The dark shall rise an ’twere a second sun.
The course that I pursue doth run direct
Betwixt these rival factions, which make war
Upon the intrigues I myself have spread.
The game is mine to win when I see fit,
The deck is stack’d to mine advantage strong,
For I have dealt the pack with cunning shrewd.
I have, with care, a house of cards set up,
That may, by merest exhale of my breath
Be toppl’d—each card falling o’er its neighbor.
The king, e’en Yoda, rallies all his troops,
Whilst Anakin doth make off with the queen.
Count Dooku, that black-suited knave, doth serve,
Yet these most regal cards shall soon collapse
Upon the very whim of my firm will.
Yea, Palpatine still holds the ace, and waits
His turn to play the trump and take the trick.
Let these poor Jedi come to render aid;
They shall within my shuffle soon be swept.
[Exit Palpatine.

Enter
O
BI
-W
AN
K
ENOBI
with
R4-P17
and
A
NAKIN
S
KYWALKER
with
R2-D2
in fighters, approaching the Separatist vessel
.

OBI-WAN

A mighty battle over Coruscant!
So many ships as though a million here
Did fight above the planet’s atmosphere.
Beset on ev’ry side by combat harsh,
’Tis difficult to tell who wins or loses.
Yet how the skirmish ends is no concern
Of ours, for we a nobler course pursue:
The chancellor to rescue from the grasp
Of Gen’ral Grievous, he of fitting name.

ANAKIN

Good Master Obi-Wan, I see the ship—
The vessel wherein Grievous lays his claim—
It lies directly forward in our path.
Lock on, R2, we shall make our pursuit!
Yet with some caution we must here proceed,
For, lo, the ship is rife with vulture droids.

OBI-WAN

Forsooth, it is a simple-minded man
Who says this mission shall be simple. Fie!

Enter
VULTURE DROIDS
,
attacking the Jedi’s fighters. Enter
CLONE TROOPER PILOTS
severally.

VULTURES

We swoop, we fly,
Our foes shall die!
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