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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:29 am 
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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away…

STAR WARS
EPISODE VII
THE FORCE AWAKENS

It is a perilous time in the galaxy. The sinister FIRST ORDER has risen from the ashes of the Empire, and struck a blow against the NEW JEDI ORDER, leaving only a handful of the guardians of justice remaining.

With the support of the NEW REPUBLIC, Leia Organa Solo leads a brave RESISTANCE. She is desperate to buy Luke Skywalker time to locate a legendary Jedi who survived the rise of the Empire to help restore peace and justice to the galaxy, and to locate her missing son, Ben.

Leia has sent her most daring pilot on a secret mission to Jakku, where an old ally has discovered a clue to Luke's whereabouts....

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:11 am 
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A good start, but honestly I'm having a hard time caring enough about the franchise at this point to care.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:24 am 
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I pretty much bailed out of the franchise when I heard about the sale to Disney, expecting only the worst anti- escapist, neoPC, tiny- galaxy, planet of hats, message- charged, modernist minimalist toxic cutesy drivel- and by and large have been proven right so far.

But this is HPCA, and part of the point is that surely it has to be better than the official version.

For my money, the fun bit about the old EU was how often the writers picked up and ran with the Law of Unintended Consequences, and produced something that was more interesting and intelligent than Lucas' core vision.

A rewrite to this board's standards can only be an improvement. I want to see how this plays out.


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Can we not call it a RESISTANCE? Unless Leia has gone all vigilante, she's the legit military arm of a legit government, and thus acting accordingly.

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Johnnie Lyle wrote:
Can we not call it a RESISTANCE? Unless Leia has gone all vigilante, she's the legit military arm of a legit government, and thus acting accordingly.



Unless that Government wants plausable denyability ("Hostile acts, us? No it was those terrible Resistance people, shocking what they do, truly shocking")


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The Star Destroyer closed in on the planet Jakku, where three decades ago, a major battle had been fought between the Empire and the Rebel Alliance.

It had been a gambit by the Empire to recover after Endor, and it had gone badly for them. Endor had seen the Emperor die, the second Death Star destroyed, and six Star Destroyers, including the Executor, destroyed.

At Jakku, the forces of the New Republic had destroyed two dozen of those vessels. The planet had seen a number of ships – both Republic and Imperial – crash. The result had been to wreck the ecosystem – many toxic materials had seeped in, and while it wasn’t as bad as it had been in the immediate aftermath, thanks to the Republic trying to clean up a mess not entirely of its making, it was a hard life for those who were trying to eke out a living.

On the flag bridge of the vessel stood one figure, his head covered in a helmet representative of the krayt dragons seen on Tatooine. He paused, concentrating for a moment. He stopped and smiled.

They not only had a chance to get the map, they had the chance to eliminate a Jedi.

“General Hux, deploy four squads to the village the Republic fighter landed at, and send two squads to the following coordinates,” Krayt said, rattling off two sets of numbers.

“As you command, Lord Krayt,” a voice said over the intercom.

~

“This will begin to make things right. I've traveled too far, and seen too much, to ignore the despair in the galaxy. Without the Jedi Order, there can be no balance in the Force,” Lor San Tekka said.

“We have Jedi,” a younger man said.

“But so much knowledge has been lost, Captain Dameron,” Lor San Tekka explained.

“Well, because of you now we have a chance. The General's been after this for a long time,” Captain Poe Dameron of the Resistance said.

“The General. To me, she's royalty,” the old explorer said.

“Well, she certainly is that,” Poe said. “Any sign of…”

“No, I have not been able to find Ben,” Lor San Tekka said, sadness crossing his face. “But this…”

Poe Dameron shook his head.

“Old man, the galaxy could fall to the First Order and she would still think that it was more important to find Ben,” Poe said. “Hell, Han Solo had the Millennium Falcon stolen, and he’s instead trying to find that kid.”

Before Lor San Tekka could reply, an orange BB unit burst in, unleasing a flurry of beeps.

Poe Dameron looked at Lor San Tekka.

“We’ve got company.”

~

About 200 miles from Niima Outpost, a G-Type Nubian 139 known as the Good Word sat. The ship’s owner had just given up trying to fix his fried hyperdrive when he suddenly looked to the sky.

“Stang,” he muttered. He dropped the tools, and instead went to gather supplies. Time was going to be very, very short.

He grabbed a satchel – his “go bag” – and slung it over his shoulder. Next was a small rucksack. He made his way to a closet, and grabbed some additional power cells for his blaster, and some explosives.

He was down the ramp in three minutes. It took two more to open the outer compartment that carried a 614-AvA speeder bike. It took him one more minute to start the bike, and make his escape.

Ben Solo was on the run, he had no ship, and he was stuck on a planet that made Tatooine look civilized. Now, he had to make it 200 miles to Niima Outpost on foot - just to have a chance to get off this rock.

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I like it, particularly since you are using a POD earlier then TLJ.


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Am I correct in my belief that Ben Solo stole the Millenium Falcon?

Please, continue!

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Why split Ben Solo from Kylo Ren?

Han, Leia and Luke blissful delight up and it busting the family apart are the best parts of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

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I will admit that Kylo Ren is the one interesting character in the new movies. I actually kinda like him, once you get past the genocidal maniac and murdering his own Father issues...

But I'm still interested in seeing this take.


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Johnnie Lyle wrote:
Why split Ben Solo from Kylo Ren?

Han, Leia and Luke blissful delight up and it busting the family apart are the best parts of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.


Leia and Luke still pleasured to mindless excess up in this AU - you will note that Ben Solo is NOT a Jedi.

The big difference here is that what has asserted itself is NOT the "Vader in him" (which was a lazy move by JJ Abrams).

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clancyphile wrote:
Johnnie Lyle wrote:
Why split Ben Solo from Kylo Ren?

Han, Leia and Luke blissful delight up and it busting the family apart are the best parts of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.


Leia and Luke still pleasured to mindless excess up in this AU - you will note that Ben Solo is NOT a Jedi.

The big difference here is that what has asserted itself is NOT the "Vader in him" (which was a lazy move by JJ Abrams).

Why is that a lazy move?

It's eminently realistic, especially since it provides Han, Leia and especially Luke with a convenient way to ignore they screwed up or justify their actions.

It's also equally realistic that people put things on pedestals. Kylo Ren's Vader-worship is very human. Not psychologically healthy or good for him, but human. It's no different from a rebellious teen hanging with the girl (or boy) you disapprove of, drinking and smoking because it's bad and forbidden, or pursuing other bad influences.

"Hey, you're irredeemably evil, kid, so I'm gonna kill ya" from Uncle Luke is a pretty damn good indication to Lil Kylo, especially after Mommy and Daddy dearest shipped him off to boarding school, that Papa Vader (who conveniently is dead and so can't disappoint Lil Kylo by being human) might be on the right thing.

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The village militia was all of 22 beings with older or makeshift blasters. Against eighty stormtroopers, they really had no chance.

Still, they fought. The stormtroopers were out in the open, and a fierce, but brief firefight raged. Soon, most of the militia was dead or wounded. Poe Dameron and BB-8 made their way to his X-wing, and Poe began to try to cycle the engines, cursing that he’d not left it primed for an immediate launch.

You thought leaving some systems warm would be a beacon for the First Order, he told himself. Probably a mistake – BB-8 gave enough warning for a clean getaway if we’d been warm. If he got out of this, he’d pass that on for the various pilots that were sent on these missions in the future.

He then felt some hits on his fighter and saw the engines power down. Stang.

He got out of the fighter, now useless, as BB-8 made his way over.

“You take this. It's safer with you than it is with me. You get as far away from here as you can. Do you hear me?” he asked the droid as he passed over what Lor San Tekka had given him.

BB-8 beeped his hesitation.

“I’ll come back for you,” Poe said. “It’ll be all right.”

BB-8 began to make his way over as Poe grabbed his blaster rifle. Jakku had always been a backwater, and the Empire had long restricted blasters. They’d said it was for public safety, but it Poe knew that the effective disarmament of the civilian population had made it far easier for the Empire to build a dictatorship.

Certainly, if these villagers had better weapons, maybe the First Order would have left them alone, he thought as he went to fight the stormtroopers. Maybe he’d buy it, but he’d take a few of those bastards down.

~

Night was cold in the desert, Ben realized. Well, he’d not had as much time as he wanted. But he’d always packed a “go bag” with rations. Using a heat source might not be a good idea, but he did have a trio of compact thermal blankets – New Republic surplus – designed for snow, desert, or woodland.

The First Order had wanted him – ever since he’d walked away from the Jedi Order. The dreams had been the worst. This Snoke – whoever he was – was trying to get him to turn to the Dark Side.

Ben Solo may not have felt the Jedi hadn’t lived up to their ideals, but the First Order made the Jedi seem reasonable. At least Uncle Luke and Aunt Leia had rational reasons for what they had done. He could see the logic behind it to an extent. He just had a profound disagreement with it.

He quickly set up his small shelter, and then used the desert thermal blanket to blend it in most of the way. With the way the wind was blowing, he should be out of the way until the First Order quit looking. In any case, he had ten days’ worth of food, and Nimma Outpost would be two and a half days away, counting the time he planned to hole up.

So, now, all he had to do was wait. That would be the second hardest part.

~

The battle was over.

A shuttle came down, and the commander made his way down. He marched to where the surviving villagers and went right to Lor San Tekka.

“Look how old you’ve become,” he said.

“Something worse has happened to you,” the old explorer said.

“You know what I have come for,” the figure in the krayt dragon-inspired helmet said.

“I know where you come from. Before you called yourself Krayt Ren,” Lor San Tekka said.

“The map to Skywalker. We know you've found it, and now you're going to give it to the First Order.”

“The First Order arose from the Sith. You did not.”

“I’ll show you the dark side,” Krayt Ren said.

“You may try, but you cannot deny the truth about –”

Krayt Ren ignited his lightsaber and slashed, killing the old explorer.

Poe Dameron, enraged at the murder, yelled, and began firing…

Krayt Ren stopped the bolt by holding up his hand.

“We will discuss about what the old man gave you on my ship. Captain Phasma, make an example of these villagers,” Krayt Ren ordered.

Two stormtroopers hauled Poe Dameron onto the shuttles as most of the stormtroopers began to open fire. One, FN-2187, didn’t fire, though. An act only one being noticed.

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Johnnie Lyle wrote:
clancyphile wrote:
Johnnie Lyle wrote:
Why split Ben Solo from Kylo Ren?

Han, Leia and Luke blissful delight up and it busting the family apart are the best parts of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.


Leia and Luke still pleasured to mindless excess up in this AU - you will note that Ben Solo is NOT a Jedi.

The big difference here is that what has asserted itself is NOT the "Vader in him" (which was a lazy move by JJ Abrams).

Why is that a lazy move?

It's eminently realistic, especially since it provides Han, Leia and especially Luke with a convenient way to ignore they screwed up or justify their actions.

It's also equally realistic that people put things on pedestals. Kylo Ren's Vader-worship is very human. Not psychologically healthy or good for him, but human. It's no different from a rebellious teen hanging with the girl (or boy) you disapprove of, drinking and smoking because it's bad and forbidden, or pursuing other bad influences.

"Hey, you're irredeemably evil, kid, so I'm gonna kill ya" from Uncle Luke is a pretty damn good indication to Lil Kylo, especially after Mommy and Daddy dearest shipped him off to boarding school, that Papa Vader (who conveniently is dead and so can't disappoint Lil Kylo by being human) might be on the right thing.


Luke and Leia's fuck-up is going to be revealed in due time. When I say they sensually caress up, it's one that makes young Ben really think that they are full of ****.

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