Wednesday, 4 May 2016
The Mandalorian Seven-A Old Threat-Part 1
and the magic of Ralph I remember seeing his artwork on modeling kit boxes as a kid and been blown away -still am he'sthe mackdaddy Ralph's worldliveson forever-mind you I remember everytime a Stormtrooper finnished a sentence they'd have a little click -bought the dvd boxset lately andthat seems to have vannished -pity I' liked that made them more like automaton's -naturally been a Boba Fett fan he had to be driving force -I was thinking about The Good The Bad and The Ugly when I wrote this-Ben been the Good , Fett the bad and McGrrr the ugly (more about McGrrrr in a second..but yeah Fettybob had to be him because..
McGrrrr is of course the EU's inclussion of the original humanoid Jabba the Hutt -I remember seeing the actor in Private Shultz big Irish Guy Declan Mulholland so he had to be my Eli Wallach for this tale Ben Kenobi appears to in this story -an older Alec Guinness Kenobi rather than Ewan although I could hear both voices when I was writing this-I had to get him off world -when he was disguised as a Bounty Hunter in The Clone Wars series I thought that was a smart move so in this story he reprieves his deception in order to hook up with Fett without been noticed by Imperials and people hunting him Luke also appears he had to really but I didn't want a force ghost looking out for him (something that has been explored in novels)but rather find an excuse to get him offworld so Ben could keep an eye on him(although he may not turn out altogeher successful at this as story moves along) then it came to me -this particular story takes place two years before "A New Hope" Luke would of turned 18 -kinda of special hitting that age (well at least in Blighty ) so thought that a intergalactic jolly boys day out was in order-Luke been a huge fan of Max Rebo would be a good excuse-so as a treat Uncle Owen treats his Nephew (plus Biggs and Camie) to see Max on his homeworld tour (had to get that funky blue elephant into this story somehow lol)besides he only went to Jabba's Palace in original trilogy to check out Max's latest jams lotsof cameos in story won't go into big detail -hopefully they'll be surprises -some characters may need explaining as they have a rich history essentially this is a sequel to Bounty Hunter the Jango Fett game -forty or so years later
Also supporting cast come from theBlood Lines stories for Dark Horse-I liked the fact Boba had a private life a young Dad whose relationship soured gives him more dimenson -not keen so much on him having so much facetime in those comics although toned it down in the second seriesbut for the art alone these comics are worth reading
Warrant Officer Sheckil(must stop spelling name wrong lol) the other role that Jeremy portrays also plays an important role in this story (as well as his Bounty Hunter brother)
Starry back drop with the legendary lines..
Long Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away..
An Old Threat.
As completion of The Death Star draws to conclusion , more than ever does the shroud of darkness descend to extinguish any remnants of the Old Republic.Whilst the resistance to the evil Galactic Empire is small it is sparse and effective none more so than a band of guerrilla fighters. known as the Mandalorian Protectors.
The Emperor frustrated with the stalemate bought upon by the shock-troop tactics of Tobbi Dala and Fenn Shysa has employed the services of fellow Mandalorian mercenaries known as the Death Watch to aide in the capture of the outlaws.
In a desperate bid to escape the pursuit of nefarious bounty hunter Boba Fett -fugitive pirate Opun Mcgrrrr and his band have hijacked a freighter now en route to one of Mandalore's orbiting moons Corncordia .As the ship comes under heavy bombardment his crew face a grueling choice.
The cargo freighter noses down towards the green moon of Concordia -chased down by the smaller but deadlier Slave 1 - Fett's ship unleashes a number of laser bolts from it's tail guns at the burning cruiser .
Pirate:"We all know how relentless Fett is Skipper - least we might stand a chance if we let him board-he's only one man!"
The laser blasts rip through the corridors of the "Beleaguered Glory " causing explosions and mayhem for the passengers of the ship -the large and shaggy attired pirate turns to his shipmate shuddering as the sparks tear thorough the walls .
Opun Mcgrrrr:" Unthinkable - the Hutt want's me dead this time-you don't escape his clutches twice."
Boba Fett at his pilot seat - surveys the damage he's inflicted on the cargo ship - rather than his usual familiar green and red iron helmet he's wearing the blue and grey helmet seen in his cartoon debut and the Droids series.-
Boba Fett:"You're no use to me alive McGrrrr do the honorable thing and I will spare your crew"
Fetts' voice can be heard over the whole ships intercom where McGrrrr's hired mercenaries
suddenly halt in there tracks as they gather around their leader.
Boba Fett:"One more proton torpedo will settle it-unless you co-operate I will offer a quarter my fee to the pirate who slays McGrrrrr."
Pirate 1:" A quarter ? Fett's real stingy !
Pirate 2:"..But he ain't cheap!.. I'm in."
Pirate 3:"Jabba must want you real bad boss":
Boba Fett:"You have Five Seconds before I blow you out of the sky"
Close up of McGrrrrr as it seems his hired guns have now all turned on him .Blasters trained on him front and back .
Exterior of "The Beleaguered Glory" as Slave One circles the critically damaged craft .
Opun McGrrrrr:" Lets not be rash now fella's - think of the cargo on this ship ...it's priceless"
Close up of Opun -looking very sweaty as the blaster muzzles draw closer to his skull.
Pirate :"And you're not!"
View of Opun's boots and the pirates that have gathered around him. a flashing silvery ball bounces to the ground over their feet.
Boba Fett: "Three"
Opun McGrrrr:"You're throwing away a fortune-I'll pay you triple - quadru.."
Slave One motions in for the kill... We can make out the Bounty Hunter in the cockpit
Boba Fett: "Two".
Pirate:" ...A Thermal Detonator"
The blurred figure of Opun is sent flying by a familiar iron helmeted figure-the bounty hunter Rako Hardeen as the pirates open fire accidently blasting each other in all directions.
Close up of one of the pirates as he picks up the non activated grenade around him laser beams and fellow crewmen falling and dying amongst the chaos that Fett and the silver ball has created..
Pirate:"Hey it's a dud!"
Close up of Fett's helmet full frontal view.
Slave One sets off a volley of proton torpedoes .
Big Panel -as huge explosions erupt throughout the "Beleaguered Glory" Slave One has rendered the much larger bulk cruiser beyond repair but as all this destruction is at hand - an escape pod is jettisoned and begins it's trajectory to the moon's surface.
SFX : "WAAKKOOOOM!"
Side view of Fett as he realizes that the escape capsule is descending rapidly towards Concordia
Forward view of the escape capsule - in the background the burning cruiser and the elephantine silhouette of Slave One as it revs it's engines in pursuit of the pod.
Opun McGrrrr:"Once again I can't thank you enough.. first you break me out of Jabba's palace and now this..."
Opun McGrrrrr arms outstreached as he clutches to two handles on the wall but he is euphoric-once again he has cheated death thanks to the quick thinking of his guardian angel-Bounty Hunter Rako Hardeen - close up of Rako's mask.
Rako Hardeen:"You can pay me later-first off we have to deal with Fett"
The burning cruiser through the lenses of micro binoculars
Warrant Officer Sheckil:"You should take a look at this Dono "
The imperial officer lowers his binoculars he sits astride a giant dinosaur type lizard-much like the kind seen in The Search Begins-behind him also astride a giant lizard is his twin brother Dono Sheckil -although both are identical the two couldn't be more differently attired -Warrant Officer Boru Sheckil in his clean grey overalls and black cap - whilst Dono Sheckil in his blood red and green weapon covered armor the kind favored by the Death Watch .Whilst Boru is clean cut , prim and proper as you'd expect from a imperial naval officer -Dono is unkempt and scruffy looking and battle-scarred .
Dono Sheckil:"That's some fireworks- we should send a salvage team up there. "
Warrant Officer Sheckil:"We'll have to close the deal with General Bast before you can do anything on this rock "
The twins skirt the mountainous landscape of Concordia rear view of the big lizards and their riders against the backdrop of the night sky.
Dono Sheckil:" Well you're the middleman Boru -I just hope you skills in liason have improved since your spell in the academy- Toffax is less tolerant of whitehats than me"
Slave 1 flying downward through the Concordia clouds towards the moons surface.
Boba Fett:"Teychenne what is it?"
Boba glares down at monitor on dashboard of his ship-Teychenne Fetts Zeltron informer appears on screen.
Teychenne:"Conner and I have entered the grounds - no resistance.."
Boba Fett : "How's that?"
Medium shot of Teychenne and Connor in Imperial base long dead Clonetroopers and officers carpet the floor -you can tell it's been sometime as Stormtroopers wear markings that haven't been worn within 18 years ) Conner looks curious
Teychenne:" Seems like the local garrisson have been out of action for some time.."
Close up of fried Clonetrooper helmet off burnt skull amongst the clutter of imperial bodies
Teychenne:"Light Sabre marks lots of severed limbs "
Frame 25: Chin view portrait of Fett as he pilots ship.
Boba Fett:"Could be Jedi, could be Bando Gorra!"
Boba Fett:"At least this confirms my suspicions .."
Slave 1 rear view as it breaks through clouds and into the mountains as the pod meteors it's way downwards across the night sky.
Boba Fett" Listen-you must leave now-I want you alive - I will contact you once this job is done"
The inside of the inside of the escape pod as it crashes on the surface of Concordia -Opun and Rako are send flying downwards as the room tilts sideways.
The Pod settles Opun flat on his ass addresses the stunned Rako
Opun McGrrrr:" You ok boss?"
Rako Hardeen:" So much for happy landings .. "
Rako Scrambles to feet and grabs blaster heads towards escape pods exit-Opun stumbles to rise up.
Rako Hardeen"We've got move if I know Fett.."
Frame: 30 :
The pod door shunts open-revealing the Concordia landscape and in the not too far distance the sillohette of Slave 1 touching down
Rako Hardeen"He's already a step ahead of us"
Fett descends from steps of craft -blaster rifle cradled in arms
Rako Hardeen" time to shake a leg McGrrrr"
Back view of Fett as he casually strides towards the crashed escape pod in distance-
Rako pushes the mass that is Opun McGrrr away from the wreck.
Rako Hardeen:"It's down to me to slow him down.
Rako aims his laser rifle its long mussle penetrates the panel borders..
Rako Hardeen:" Just one more step..."
Fetts Feet come to halt on the Concordia sands..
Side view of Rako long rifle pointed towards Boba.
Rako"Wise move-now drop the blaster"
Extreme close up of Fetts T shaped visor
Boba Fett:"I know you..but you're dead?"
Fetts rifle falls nearby to his feet .
Rako :"very much alive-..now the rest.. remove your gauntlets"
Opun's mouth is ajar as his jog for freedom comes to abrupt halt as he catches sight at approching riders ! we see Rako and Boba's standoff further in the distance
Large Panel as Slavers on lizard-back charge , Opun stumbles in their wake -Slavers -in appearence much like how they appear in "The Search Begins" with a bit of Deathwatch /Maul influence here and there -big lizards they ride also look fierce , riders either brandish swords or staffs ofsome kind .
lettering:"Mandolorian for "Let's Hunt!"
Hardeen is distracted by the fat pirates yelps and breifly takes his eyes from his rifles sights..
Opun"They're gonna kill me..."
Fett unleashes a blast from his wrist rockets...
Frame 42: The missles impact sends the Hardeen flying his iron mask torn off by the explosion
Fett stands over the now unmasked Hardeen we see him from behind -but Fett gets a full glimpse of his bounty hunter rivals true identity now reunited with his trusty blaster he points it the stunned Hardeen...
Boba Fett:" You..? "
Close up of Obi Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness-as it's only two years before A New Hope) He tries to reason with the bounty hunter by using his particular brand of Jedi mind trickery.
Ben Kenobi:" We'll discuss this later -we've got to deal with those Slavers"
Boba helps Ben to his feet -they are heavilly outnumbered by the raiding party -but the odds are now stacked more in Fett's favour with a Jedi as an ally..for now at least..
Boba Fett:"right old man"
Kenobi now on his feet ignites his blue lightsabre Fett downs a lizard-rider.
Ben Kenobi:"You want Opun and the Bando Gora we'll have to cooperate!"
A Slaver rides away from the battle with Opun strapped down to his saddle rear view of lizard galloping away a look of horror from the space pirate ...
Obi Wan force pushes away a number of slavers whilst wielding lighsabre in his sword hand , Fett is midair flame projector raining fire on another group of slavers.
Boba Fett:"McGrrrrr''s getting away..."
Ben Kenobi: "I've placed a tracking device on his person -best we deal with the matter at hand"
The Beleagured Glory crippled by Slave 1's assualt hangs inanimate in space-An Imperial Shuttle
with Tie Fighter escort approaches the stricken cargo ship- rear view of the Imperial craft.
a speechbubble appears from Imperial Shuttle
Dono Sheckill:" Attenttion all hands of The Beleaurred Glory-we have come to assist you -please remain calm , as a boarding party will soon be despatched.
a speech bubble appears from The Glory..
Owen Lars"Blast it Luke it's looks like we'll never reach Orto "
Owen Lars -Luke Skywalker, Biggs Darklighter , Camie and Fixer congregate around the ships lounge area .Amongst other passengers
Owen Lars :" They'll strip this ship of all contreband before thinking about repairing anything-don't look like we'll be seeing the Rebo band this or any other season son"
Luke Skywalker" Just to get off world is more than enough Uncle Owen -any idea what happened earlier on?"
Owen Lars:" Must of had something to do with that Pirate business earlier on -at least we're in safe hands what with the Imperials now involved"
Sheckill ,his brother Dono now masked and a Strormtrooper squad enter the freighter cruiser as the boarding party gains permission to board.
Captain Drebb:" Welcome aboard Warrant Officer -as you can see we've had quite a journey"
Drebb approachs the Imperial Officer - he looks geniunely pleased to see Sheckill -side view of Imperials and Drebb
Boru Sheckill:"I take it your craft was under attack -We'll see if we can get you spaceworthy again Cap'n "
Same view only Drebb is blown away by a laserblast coming from the right side of the panel -
As this happens Dono and some of the better trained Stormtroopers swing into action- his brother though is caught by the suddeness of ths event having no combat experience it is the first time he has seen anyone gunned down let alone so cold bloodliedly in the back.
Stormtroopers Dono and Warrant Officer Buro Sheckill front view of them opening fire laser bolts screech through the ships corridors..
Buro Sheckill: "Blast Them!"
A Nikto and two other pirates react with there blasters as one of there motley crew is also sent reeling from a well placed laser bolt
Nikto:" This Ships ours Whitehats!"
Toffax's fortress against the Concordian landscape - a heavilly defended fortification at that-
General Bast:" You're chucking in this fatman into the bargain Toffax?"
Toffax in full Death Watch slaver armour(see McQuarries original Fett designs mix it up with Death Watch motif's) has McGrrrr by the scruff of the neck (his furry vest now gone) Toffax is a big guy ,somewhere between Vader and Chewies height - General Bast is much like how he appears in a New Hope - whilst standing next to him in a orange flight-suit .
General Bast:"Well we do need someone on Trash Compactor duties -with a bit of discipline I'm sure he'd fit the bill"
Toffax turns his attention to the blonde guy in the flight suit -Fenn Shysha.- behind his visor he glares at his fellow Mandalorian.
Toffax:"And what of our genuine Mandalorian Protector here..."
General Bast:" Lord Vader especially wants custody of this traitor -I think we've had a good day's business eh?"
Stormtroopers frog march the two prisoners up a Imperial shuttles ramp .As Bast bids the giant Slaver farewell:
Toffax :" Where are you taking these scum anyhow?"
General Bast:"I'm afraid that's classified information - but in due time you'll know.It's been a pleasure doing business again"
Silhouette of Basts Imperial Shuttle lifting off against the Concordia sky Toffax walks away head down cast.
Back on Kohlma .. the dead moon where Teychenne and Conner are investegating in the background we can make out Sintas Vel and her daughter Ailyn walking among a platform to the front of the panel we can make out the familiar shape of a Mandalorian helmet -this one having to once belong to Montross Jango Fett's rival and former comrade.
Sintas: Vel:"Hey Conner looks like we've found Montross well his bones at least"
Conner:" Macabre Vacation huh?"
Sintas picks up the helmet and glances into the black visor .
Sintas:"Why Bo can't let the past be the past.."
Conner:"Well officially you and Ailyn are on Concord Dawn awaiting my safe return ..if he even suspects you're here I'm dead."
Sintas bends over to inspect Montrosses Rocket pack while Ailyn looks over ..
Sintas"Don't tempt fate -gahh this place is so dead"
Conner :" We're leaving soon .. take what you can and meet us back at the ship.."
Aerial view we can make out the long shape of a electrostaff protruding from some rocks pointing diagnolly towards Sinta's who now standing strapson the bounty hunters jet pack to her back
Sintas:"Be with you in half a parsec.. just found a way off this rock.
Circular inset panel-a ringed beam (much like the one thatgot Leia in a New Hope )rings out of the end of the long staff-
The ringed beam hits it's target catching Sinta's totally unaware in the background we can make out Aiylen as she screams...
From the rocks leap two figures firstly the familiar form of Boushh the original Boushh rather than Leia in disguise so he's very much alive here the other figure is a young man in smuggler,garb with light brown hair
Jodo Kast: "Good shooting Boushh .. we bagged one- better deal with the little one..."
Sinta' unconscious body sprawled out on the platform.. Boussh checks to see if she's out cold- Jodo on the other hand runs to a small hole in the wall-which Ailylen would have no trouble squeezing thorough but a dead end to a full grown adult
Jodo Kast:"Hey that womp rats ran out on us..."
Boushh- produces a silver globe-excatly like the one Leia produced years later in front of Jabba
-a thermal detonator
Boushh :*Here ..pest control!"
The grenade bounces against the hard stone ground...
The ball vanishes into the hole.
Jodo is livid at his partner he pulls his blaster towards the Ubese Bounty Hunter ..
Jodo Kast:"Now that's just harsh .. that was a youngling I should..."
Boushh:" You can try..."
Boushh swings his electo-staff/sniper rifle disarming Jodo at lightning speed -Jodo's blaster flies out of his has hand as electric sparks race around his arm .
Jodo on his knees -the slight figure of Boussh stares down at him - in front of the crouching Kast is Montross mandalorion helmet ..Boussh points towards it.
Boussh:"But you will fail - don't let emotion get in the way of a good haul"
Jodo picks up the antique helmet
Jodo :" We'll talk about this later.. should fetch a hefty price this armour"
Boushh fireman lifts Sintas over his shoulder whilst the now armoured and Jet Packed Jodo fastens his new acquirred chest plate .
Boussh:" We'll take the girl back to Lemo and Sanda -they'll have questions to ask...
Jodo Kast:" Hey what do you know.. a perfect fit!"
The two Bounty Hunters and their captive venture further down cave -rear view
Boussh:" You're "all helmet no head" Jodo an old Mando saying -we'll sell it to someone worthy of that armor"
Jodo Kast:" I do feel more like a Bounty Hunter in this get up - I must try it out"
As the pair of mercenaries dissapear further down the catacoombs-Ailyn head pops out of the crack that Boussh hurled the themal detonator - having avoided the explosion although her face is sooted with the blast of the explosion something catches her eye which avoided Jodo's glance.
Boussh:" Be it at your peril, after this salvage I'm doing a job for Black Sun - not for the soft hearted"
Ailyn examines Montrosse's duel heavy blaster pistols among the long dead bounty hunters bones.that Jodo had missed .
The battle onboard "The Beleagured Glory" rages on in the ships corridors Stormtroopers are either struck down by laser fire or dishing it out - Dono and Buro fight their corner -Dono has wrist arm streached out much like Boba would .
Buro Sheckill :" It's no use we'll have to retreat and send re-inforcements"
Dono Sheckill:" Never say die brother -I have something up my sleeve"
View from Dono's wrist rocket as he shoots green toxins towards the wildly firing pirates - the wrist rockets have a sickly green smoke emanating from them.
Dono Sheckill:" Observe.."
The projectiles hit the ground -creating a green fog that surrounds the pirates..
... who all of sudden crash to the ships deck-a powerful knockout gas...
Dono lowers wrist Buro is impressed
Buro Sheckill:" Riot Gas ?"
Dono Sheckill:" Yep-very handy when it comes to capturing slaves un-harmed-works on any species"
Back in the ships bar a pirate has blaster to Lukes head guns are trailed on the other passengers too"
One of the bandits yells into a inter-com
Pirate:" Listen up Imperial scum - we've got hostages in here - so I suggest some good old fashioned diplomacy or you'll have a massacre on your hands"
Buro and Dono discuss the situation as they listen to the pirates demands
Pirate:"And you don't want that-may generate sympathy for your Rebel friends"
Buro:" I'll do the sweet talking here-how much of that stuff have you got"
Dono draws back his cloak to reveal a whole bandola of green tubes -
Buro Sheckill:"Excellent -I have a idea .."
The moon of Concordia Toffax speaks to one lieutenants who is looking though some microbinoculars.
Toffax:" What is it?"
The view through the micro-binoculars reveals a man riding one the giant lizards we saw earlier carrying a long rifle heading directly towards Toffaxes fortress..
The slaver lowers the binoculars and asks the warlord..
Slaver:"Rider approaching -not one of ours shall I notify the cannon crew "
Toffaxes visor extreme close up
Toffax:"No not yet -lets see what he has to say -then blast him sky high"
The Imperial Shuttle that is carrying Fenn and McGrrrr is coming out of hyperspace
Pilot:"Grand Moff Tarkin would like a word when we board General"
General Bast:"Very Good Captain -inform the guards to deliver the prisoners to detention block AA-45 -"
Inside the cell compartment of the shuttle Fenn and Mcgrrr under heavy guard
McGrrrr:" Any idea where they're taking us Fenn?"
Fenn Shysha:" Your guess is as good as mine -least you don't have Vader to contend with"
The Shuttle comes out of hypherspace front view-
Imperial Officer:"Stop yakking you two-believe you me fatman..."
Big picture of shuttle approaching The Death Star in all it's glory
Imperial Officer:"..You've got your work cut for you -an awful amount of sanitation ha ha"
Pilot:" This is Shuttle ST107 code clearence amber permission to..."
All of a sudden the shuttles interior is shook up by a tremendous thud the prison guards and prisoners alike are thrown left and right
Pilot : "Alert! Alert! we are under attack !"
Large image of Mandalorian Cruiser unleashing a squadron of fighters -(a mixture of craft seen in Rebels & the Clone Wars )some of which are concerntating there fire upon the fleeing shuttle
Pilots:"Sheilds won't hold we'll have depend of The Death Stars defenses"
General Bast:" Whoevers attacking is either insane or suicidal "
The shuttle now heavilly crippled and lopsided enters the Death Stars massive hangers as two fighters pursue others aren't so successful as they are blasted into scrap by imperial gunners
Pilots :"Hold onto your seat General ...."
The Shuttle crashlands sideways into the hanger causing much damage along the way
Frame 101 :
Kohlma view of the dead moon .
Lemo:"We're moving as fast as we can your highness just loading the final artifacts onboard"
The flight hanger of the Bando Gora a large Correlian freighter is been loaded with various crates and items scavanged from the surface of the moon
Princess Leia:" I'm on the clock here Lemo - I have to leave Dantooine by sunrise "
Lemo and Sanda talking to big computer screen on the monitor a Princess Leia complete with double bun hairstyle lots of activity in background as Lemo and Sanda's gang members move gear up ships gangway.Whilst what appears to be imperial pilots walking around the hanger-these are defectors who are heading to Dantoine to join up with the rebel alliance
Sanda:" My brother is a man of his word your highness we'll see you at the compound in a few hours
two of Lemo and Sanda's gang march alongside a block of carbonite which a young woman is encased - this catches Leia's eye on themonitor screen...
Princess Leia :"Who is she? she's beautiful..."
Sanda bends down to inspect the form emerging from the carbonite -the grey form just motionless like a statue -devoid of life
Sanda :"A relic , guess it belonged to previous tenant here-before he ran off in a hurry-"
Princess Leia:" You don't realise that's a living being in there.?"
Boushh carrying Sintas over his shoulder and Jodo arrive as Leia is talking to the twins.
Princess Leia:" I'll have my people thaw her out -inhumane keeping her as a ornament"
Lemo:"Guess that puts the price up heh"
Leia is furious she scoulds the pirates
Princess Leia:"We'll agree a price for the defectors and scrap but she's not up for negotiation -we are not slavers"
Sanda spots the stunned body of Sinta's laying down at Boushh feet and points down to her
Sanda's :"And just who is she?"
Boushh:"No idea...she was nosing around so I set for stun she should be awake soon-I notified Fegz squad they'll deal with any others"
Boba Fett in cockpit of Slave One as he recieves a message from Kohlma-we can make out landscape of Concordia speeding by in the distance .
Boba Fett:" What is it Teychenne -didn't I tell you to get off that rock?"
Teychenne:" We've uncovered some important data -we're sending it to you now..."
Teychene and Connor in a com link room Teychenne hunched over desk
Teychene:" It concerns a Count Dooku -your father worked for him -seems like this would where he'd come to unwind"
All of a sudden the desk explodes as a laserblast strikes Teychenne is sent flying from the impact - Connor is suddenly jolted into action going for his blaster
Fegz and two more of his compadres enter the com link room smoke from recent blast escapes from the muzzle of Fegz blaster .
Fegz:"Intruders !Set for Kill"
Fegz and his fellow pirates recieve three ruthless laser bolts in the back although we don't see yet who issued them
Aiyleen stands over the three dead pirates wielding Montroses duel blasters -she is no stranger to dealing with lowlifes
Connor:"Aiyleen?.. but where's Mummy?"
Aiyleen drags Connor by her little hand owards the catacoombs -Teychenne gazes back in a state of ponderance-the Zeltron looks worried
Aiyleen:" In the big hanger-with more of these sleemo's we must hurry -through here"
Teychenne"I just hope Fett got that Intel .."
Concordia- Toffaxes fortess The slaver stands beetween two big gun turrets dead centre in fact and holds aloft McGrrrr's vest to the forefont is Ben Kenobi astride lizard steed -back view . Rako's helmet again fixed to his head as he continues his ruse his rifle on his back
Teychenne:" I fear we may have more than just pirates and slavers to contend with"
Toffax:"You're looking for this Bounty Hunter or rather the man that dared to wear this flea ridden rag "
Close up side view of Rako'mask as Ben tries to use a old Jedi mind trick to obtain information
Toffax:"I'm no stranger to homing devices -I have my handmaidens sew them into my slaves fatigues in case any go astray"
Ben Kenobi" You will tell me where he went"
Toffax stares down towards the disguised Jedi big guns still pointed at him .
Toffax:"Half way across the galaxy by now under imperial employment-sold him off to General Bast - I'm afraid you're too late "
View from gun turrets red with sights homed in on Ben and the Lizard he is astride.
Toffax:" Y'know I haven't heard from my dawn patrol lately - you didn't run into them perchance?"
The twin gun boxes are blown into smithereens as Slave One roars over the fort heavy cannons making mincemeat out of Toffaxes fortification-the slaver warlord also collapases as the bricks powder away beneath him give way from the impact of the attack
Toffax hits the rocky Concordia surface- the blow of such a fall is cushioned by his heavy armour ...we an make out a blurry silohuette of Ben and his dragon.
Ben Kenobi:"As a matter of fact we did as it happens"
Toffax halfway on his feet grabs a nasty looking device in his mits similar to a lightsabre with a red button just asking to be pressed
Toffax:" The Laser Lasher for you upstart !"
The tubular device -physically removes itself from Toffaxes hand his fingers can't keep hold of the weapon.
Ben Kenobi:"uh uh"
Kenobi snatches the Lase Whip midair with ease.
Ben Kenobi:"Magnetic gloves-a must have for any aspiring Bounty Hunter"
Toffax flat on his ass, can only watch as the stranger on the lizard ignites the "laser lasher" in one had whilst pointing a blaster pistol in the other-in the distance we can make out Slave One making procedures to land .
Ben Kenobi:" hmm these seem to come along since my day - nice modifications! .- perhaps you need to talk my associate-and come to some kind of arrangement"
Concordia space -The Beleagured Glory inactive smoke and sparks emanate around the damaged ship... within the ship two Stormtroopers have come across illegal substances within the cargo bay
Stormtrooper 1:" Death Sticks I thought those things were made extinct decades ago"
The Two Stormtroopers are wearing special breathing apparatus as standard helmets would still knock out a normal trooper - there's still a faint green mist all around the ship -various Imperials inspect the merchandise that was to be smuggled -until now in the cargo hold
Stormtrooper 2:"Me too -that's a big haul too -could be promotions all round for this one"
A Stormtrooper with a shoulder pad signifying rank over the two in previous panel addresses his two squad mates
Stormtrooper Seargent:" You two Warrent Officer Sheckill requires your assistance in the lounge "
The two Troopers walk from the cargo hold into the ships corridors
Stormtrooper 1:"Got to hand it to Shecky -smart move filling the air supply with that riot gas"
Stormtrooper 2:"That was his slaver scum of a brother, mind you minimal casualties is always a good thing -TK 7904 wasn't so lucky though"
Rear view of Troopers as they stroll down corridor
Stormtrooper:1 "Yeah I heard droid got him-not that theres any clankers left onboard now"
Stormtrooper 2 "We sure did see to that"
Sheckill in Oxygen mask meets the two Stormtroopers at the entrance to the lounge the haze of green is strongest in this area
Sheckill:"Glad you could make it over need as many men to carry the unconcious back too the shuttle "
Stormtrooper 2:"Very good sir"
Stormtrooper 1 looks down at Owen Lars snoring away -very much out for the count .
Stormtrooper 1:"Begging your pardon sir but not everyones a Pirate here-this guy looks like a farmer"
Warrent Officer Sheckill sneers through oxygen mask(much likethe one Leia and Han wore inside the asteroid when dealing with mynocks so we can see his eyes and expression
Warrent Officer Sheckill:" Doesn't matter we can't go by looks here -everyone could be guilty here"
Stormtrooper One carrying Lukes limp body through the lounge door Trooper 2 tries to get Biggs Darklighter to his feet whilst Buro and Sheckil pick up Owen amongst all the zonked out passengers and pirates"
Warrent Officer Sheckill:" Toffax and General Bast will have a field day when they see how many slaves we've apprehended today"
End of Part 1 .
"The Big Thaw".
Updated-I'd better mention the other members of supporting cast are where they fit it in - first up Lemo and Sanda -the two pirates ramshacking the dead moon -who first appeared in Star Wars #79 "The Big Con" from 1983-read this originally when I was 11-thought they were cool vllians (Lemo is that a nod to Lemmy?)excellent landspeeder chase towards the climax not much about them on the web but did find review of issue 79 -Nathan makes a mistake here that's not Sanda the green skinned chick but a gang member who goes mad with the blaster -but anyway thought they'd make interesting adversaries-I do love the 80's stories (well when they're weLl written and drawn- I'll have to complete colouring the first few pages of Death in the City of Bone in the next few days) Lando in his disguise reminded me of this Billly Ocean video and a bit of Prince too- very Jabba's Palace influenced. When I was writing this it hit me rather than having generic pirate henchmen why not set up other known characters- Jodo been one of them who I first saw in a PS1 game, then read about in Tales of the Bounty Hunters and Twins Engines of Destruction - lovethe Clint noises lol - I felt Boushh would make a appearence here too -I imagine the original Boushh would of known his martial arts going by his slight build -not sure he'd look like how he's depicted in these paintings under the mask though -I'd rather that stayed a mystery Had to feature General Bast - General here rather than Chief Bast (as story is set b4 his promotion) -Johnny Briggs Dad I think he was in Eastenders for a while too -Leslie Schofield