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Star Wars A Chance Encounter and a Different Fate (AU)

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I rather like how, during the areas where he's wavering between the Dark and Light side, you alternate calling him "Vader" or "Anakin" depending on which direction he's leaning.

Looks like this is coming to a climax soon.
Thanks.

However, this may be leading to the climax at Endor, but I plan for this story to go much, much farther than that.

Also, it appears I've been misspelling Ahsoka's name, and had to do some editing to fix that.
 

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For me it was the end there, the Skyguy and Snips comments, I've never seen either Clone Wars or Rebels but I know enough via fanfic, convos and of course The Mandolorian to understand what is being talked about. The thing is that a few minutes in a workshop could easily improve Vader's armour against electrical attacks, something to think about when they head in to see Palpy.
 

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Ummm....I think you're underestimating how much effort it would take to completely secure a system that was ENGINEERED from the start to be vulnerable to electrical surges of the sort Palps puts out.
 

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The other problem here is that I don't think the Emperor is expecting, nor was Vader planning, any delay between the Skywalkers' arrival on the Death Star and their meeting with Palpatine.
 

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Thats true enough, shame they didn't think of it during the travel up it would have worked better for him. Although He could just put some rubber on his shoes so it doesn't conduct as much? He does have a dead stormtrooper in there after all, plenty of plastic and rubber there.
 

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Somehow, I doubt the Emperor included anti-force-lightning counter-measures on Stormtrooper armor.

Also, they need the armor intact for Rex to wear.
 

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While thats true about the first part, force lightning is still more or less an electricity attack if the aftermath is any indication. It very much depends if Bacle uses The Truce at Bakura as canon, diverting just some of the attack would help although the simple other part is the ability to absorb the attack with a lightsaber which Anakin could do as a combination of his saber, his own force abilities and simply locking his servos in place. Luke and Ahsoka less so, Rex would have to use his mostly non conductive plasteel and rubber uniform to block a lot of the energy, I'm not saying all of it, but some would be blocked.

Good point about the uniform through, its possible there are some spares aboard as I'm guessing that a typical landing shuttle would have some spares for a stormie's armour, like radios, breathing sets, maybe just a replacement helmet or boots where they might be damaged or lost. It's just a theory mind you, not necessarily what is aboard this one.
 
Chapter 9

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Han Solo was feeling uneasy about the upcoming assault, even though the locals had led the team to a secondary bunker entrance. The fleet was due in soon, and Han wasn't sure how far it was to the generator's once he was inside.

He was about to signal where he wanted the team to position themselves when the command hypercomm on his hip buzzed.

"Shavit, has the fleet arrived early; we don't have the shield down." Han thought as he signaled everyone to drop and hold.

He blinked when he read the message, and frowned before waving Leia forward.

Leia came up beside him, and looked at the message text, her eyes widening.

"SHIELD GENERATOR COMPLEX HAS REINFORCED LEGION IN HIDDEN POSITIONS; THEY ARE AWARE AN ATTACK IS COMING. SECONDARY PLAN IN EFFECT FOR SHIELD NEUTRALIZATION. RECOMMEND GROUND TEAM REDEPLOY TO NEUTRALIZE SENSOR AND COMM RELAYS, THEN STAND BY TO PROVIDE TARGET POSITIONS TO ORBITAL ASSETS WHEN FLEET ARRIVES. ALERT FLEET THAT THE DEATH STAR MAY BE A TRAP AS WELL. -FULCRUM"

"Han if what she is saying is true, this whole thing is a trap. We need to get 3PO to ask the locals if they have any idea where the Imperials placed their sensors and relays." Leia said as she began moving back toward the droids.

"Well Chewie, guess having two Jedi around does can open up new options. Lets see what the little furballs have to say." The Coreillian said as he followed her.

He just hoped the Togruta was as good as Leia claimed she was.

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Ahsoka calmly examined the interior of the hanger that Anakin had commanded the shuttle to land at.

It did not appear to be at the equatorial trench, where the schematics for the second Death Star had placed most of the hangers on the station. Instead, it had seem the former Jedi had landed them in a small auxiliary docking bay near the station's 'pole'.

As they exited the shuttle via the ramp, Anakin turned slightly towards.

"Trooper, go to superlaser control and tell them Lord Vader wishes for the shift supervisor to conduct a snap inspection of the firing control system. It must be in perfect working order for our Emperor when the Rebel Fleet arrives. Bring the report directly to me when the inspection is completed, there is an authorization cylinder in the shuttle which will grant you the necessary access. I will take the prisoners to our Master myself." The black armored figure intoned, before beginning to march toward the door of the hanger.

Luke and Ahsoka were both visibly taken aback by what Anakin had just let slip, but barely lost a step in their stride behind him.

Rex nearly broke character and gasped, then he realized what his old General had just ordered him to do. Under the helmet, a smile spread across the old clone's face.

"Yes sir." He said with a salute, before heading back into the shuttle to get what he would need for this mission.

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Sheev Palpatine had felt Darth Vader return to the Death Star, and felt the conflict within his servant, felt the light within the young Skywalker, and felt something...else, coming up the turbolift shaft to his private sanctum.

The third presence...Palpatine had felt it before, he was sure, but not for a long time, and...the Apprentice.

"What is SHE doing here? This...was unforeseen. If she has come with young Skywalker and given up the hunt for Bridger...perhaps she could be turned as well. Perhaps watching her Rebel Fleet be destroyed will be enough to break her. If I can replace Vader with Lady Tano and young Skywalker, I would gain two powerful apprentices for the price of a damaged and aged tool." A wicked smile broke out on Palpatine's face at that thought, just as he heard the turbolift doors open.

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AN: Sorry for the cliffhanger. Wanted to get something out for my readers to kind of bridge a gap/advance the plot a little. Still trying to figure out how to pull off what I want to do with the battle at Endor, and this gets me to a good starting point for it.
 

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"What is SHE doing here? This...was unforeseen. If she has come with young Skywalker and given up the hunt for Bridger...perhaps she could be turned as well. Perhaps watching her Rebel Fleet be destroyed will be enough to break her. If I can replace Vader with Lady Tano and young Skywalker, I would gain two powerful apprentices for the price of a damaged and aged tool." A wicked smile broke out on Palpatine's face at that thought, just as he heard the turbolift doors open.
Sheev, you moron. She went through the entire Clone Wars followed by General Order 66 and didn't turn from all of that. Seeing a couple of ships blow up won't phase her.
 

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Sheev, you moron. She went through the entire Clone Wars followed by General Order 66 and didn't turn from all of that. Seeing a couple of ships blow up won't phase her.
Palpatine always underestimated Ahsoka, despite Anakin's regard for her; he attributed her survival to luck, not skill or mental hardness.

There was a reason Maul and Obi-wan were laughing from beyond the grave.
 
Chapter 10

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Rex was amazed at how quickly the turbolift reached the main firing control complex, and did his best to think on his feet about what he could do to sabotage the superlaser.


The Fleet thought the super weapon was still in the process of being built, and not functional. They were wrong, and a lot more Rebels would die trying to take the station out than command anticipated, even with the shield down.


He knew he could not realistically take and hold the command complex on his own, so Rex planned to put the droid poppers he'd brought along to good use somewhere...delicate, deep in the bowels of the battlestation.


Now Rex just had to see if the command cylinder Anakin left him on the shuttle would convince the shift supervisor to halt everything to conduct a snap inspection of the whole superlaser system, with him in tow.


The old clone stepped out of the turbolift into what looked like a an industrial plant's control center, and proceeded to what was the obvious command station, staffed by a Chief Gunner. Rex snapped to a salute in front of him.


"Sir, Lord Vader requests a snap inspection of the superlaser system; the authorization codes are in here. I am to record the inspection for delivery to Lord Vader himself." Rex said as he presented the device to the Chief Gunner.


The black armored gunner took the cylinder, plugged it into his console, saw the confirmation and authentication was in order, then sighed.


"Alright; wait here for a moment trooper. Everyone, we are having another snap inspection; begin the temporary power down of energized sections, and everyone stand to your posts. As soon as this inspection is done, I want this gun back online immediately!" The chief gunner ordered into his comm unit.


Turning to Rex, the armored gunner motioned for the trooper to follow him, and record things for the report to Lord Vader. Now Rex just had to figure out what bit of the gun would be most damaged by his little surprises, and how to place them without the Chief Gunner noticing.


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Ashoka Tano could feel the black hole of the Dark Side that was Emperor, former Chancellor, Sheev Palpatine as she exited the turbolift.


This was the first time the Togruta had been back in his personal presence since she left the Jedi Order, excluding that brief moment of terror in the World Between Worlds with Erza. At that point she had felt his power, but not the full breadth and malevolence of it, as she was feeling now.


How the man had hid that power from the Jedi, including herself, and particularly Master Yoda, despite being in close proximity to Palpatine many times...that spoke of a level of mastery and control over the Dark Side that unsettled Ahsoka. No wonder Maul had been so keen to kill Anakin and rob Palpatine of the apprentice he desired and had groomed for years.


Palpatine was easily powerful enough to kill Anakin in his current state, and probably could have beat anyone but the most powerful of the old Jedi.


Ahsoka herself felt a deep, deep chill being around the man, and she knew she had never fought anyone nearly as powerful as the Emperor. Even her memories of Yoda's presence seemed...small, compared to the pull of the Dark Side eminating off the Sith in front of her.


Vader silently lead the group to the base of Palpatine's throne, before stopping. The old Sith in the chair turned to face them, a cruel smile on his face.

"Welcome, young Skywalker." Palpatine said, before turning his eyes to Ahsoka and narrowing his eyes and scanning her face for a moment.

"And it is so good to see you again, Lady Tano. I must say I did not expect you here; but I see you finally realized your hunt for Bridger is futile, and decided to join your former master at my side." Palpatine said, judging her reaction in the Force.

The old Sith knew that her presense meant that he could not count on young Skywalker's ignorance of the past to aid Sidious's mystique and feeling of power. The former Padawan had caught Maul before disappearing in that Venator crash, and Palpatine knew she was skilled enough to have survived the Clone Wars and the Rebellion to this point. He had to...unbalance her, if he was to have any chance of turning her, or keeping the conflict in Vader from completely resurfacing. He only needed a bit of the truth to see how the Togruta would react to a bit of Vader's secret history, and a reminder of her other failures, and as ways to sow discord between the three of them.

Ahsoka tried to keep her feelings neutral, but felt that the darkness radiating off of Palpatine was more like black hole than she initially realized, and that just being in proximity to him was causing Anakin to have to nearly turn back to the dark, just to not give away what had happened in the shuttle. But it also was causing Anakin to slip further toward the dark because of how overwhelming it was. Luke...he could feel the energy, but his ignorance of what Palpatine truly was meant he felt the power, but didn't truly understand it's magnitude. Even being close to Palpatine's malevolence was causing the dark thoughts that had haunted her dreams during the lonely searchs for Ezra, and she could feel a smug satisfaction when Palpatine mentioned the boy's name; he knew something.

Outwardly, Ahsoka just looked at Palpatine silently for a moment, before shrugging and casually saying. "Try again, Chancellor."


That caused Palpatine to frown, before replying.

"Have you told young Skywalker what happened to your last apprentice, Lady Tano? And did you know it was your master, young Skywalker's father, who stopped Master Windu from killing me? Oh, I suppose he hadn't told you that yet, had you, Lord Vader. Oh yes, my dear, he was the one who allowed the Empire to be born, and for me to send out Order 66. But enough of ancient history, I would have thought that you would still be following Purgil sightings, trying to trace your old apprentice down; yes, I know of your efforts; but you kept away from the Rebellion proper, and your methodolgy...amused me. If Grand Admiral Thrawn knew of what you were doing in an effort to locate him and Bridger...well, he might use it as a lesson in imaginative thinking for his newest recruits."

That cause Ashoka's eyebrows to raise a bit, but also caused her to frown, as it confirmed what she one of her biggest fears; the Empire and Thrawn already regained contact with each other, and Ezra was likely their prisoner.

"Ah yes, you know the true breadth of your failure now, Lady Tano. Like Bridger, like your master, you will fail those you try to teach or those who depend on you. Shortly, yours and young Skywalker's precious Rebel fleet will be destroyed, and you will see the futility in resisting my power." The aging Sith said, as he took Luke's and Ahsoka's lightsaber from Anakin's hand.

"It seems young Skywalker's Jedi training is complete. And you still favor the your old style, Lady Tano; a dependable relic of a bygone age. Once your friends are dealt with, Lord Vader will continue training both of you in the ways to the Dark Side, and true power, in earnest." Palpatine continued, examine the sabers.

"You are wrong your Highness, your overconfidnece in your power will be your undoing." Luke said, looking the Sith in the eye.

"And your faith in your friend will be yours. Guards, leave us!" Palpatine said as he used the Force to cause the binders on Luke and Ahsoka to come off, before he returned to his throne with the three lightsabers in hand.

****

Han watched one of his men, a old scout named Nic Scant, move along just beneath the crest of the ridge near the outer perimeter of the Imperial base.

On the top about a hundred meters distant, was a small cluster of metal boxes and a sensor dome, hidden in a clump of short trees othe the other side of a small meadow. He, Leia, Scant, R2, 3PO, and a handful of other Rebels we attempting to covertly plant explosives on it, to be triggered when the Fleet arrived.

Several other teams of Rebels had gone to disable other comms or sensor equipment, with the aid of their Ewok friends. The Imperials had not seemed to have acted on their presence yet, though Han now guessed they were at least aware Rebels may be in the area.

Scant reached the base of the boxes and placed the detonators without being detected. As he moved to return to the Rebels, there was movement besides the dome. Everyone hugged the ground, while Scant froze against the ground just beyond the the sensor's base.

A probe droid had exited a small hatch on the far side of the dome, and was scanning the immdeiate area around the sensor emplacement.

Chewie slowly raised his bowcaster while rolling over slowly onto his back, and was going to take the probe down when the comm on Han's hip gently hummed again.

"The Fleet's here." Han whispered to Leia.

At that same moment, the probe droid's head spun around to look directly in the team's direction.
 
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