The Star Wars
Rough Draft [First of four major screenplay
1. FADE IN:
A sea of stars is broken by the vast blue
surface of the planet, Utapau. Five
small moons slowly drift into view from
the far side of the planet. The main
titles are followed by a roll-up:
Until the recent Great Rebellion, the Jedi
Bendu were the most feared warriors
in the universe. For one hundred
thousand years, generations of Jedi
perfected their art as the personal bodyguards
of the emperor. They were the
chief architects of the invincible Imperial
Space Force which expanded the
Empire across the galaxy, from the celestial
equator to the farthest reaches
of the Great Rift.
Now these legendary warriors are all but
extinct. One by one they have been
hunted down and destroyed as enemies of
the New Empire by a ferocious and
sinister rival warrior sect, the Knights
A small silver spacecraft emerges from
behind one of the Utapau moons. The
deadly little fightercraft speeds past
several of the moons, until it finally
goes into orbit around the fourth moon.
2. WASTELAND - FOURTH MOON - UTAPAU
A harsh gale blows across the bleak grey
surface of the Fourth Moon. The
leaden sky presses down on a lone figure,
Annikin Starkiller, a tall, heavy-
set boy of eighteen. He slowly makes
his way across the canyon floor. The
heavy winds whip at him and make the going
extremely difficult. His face is
covered by a breath mask and goggles.
He stops for a second to adjust the
shoulder strap on his chrome multiplelaser
rifle. Something in the sky
catches his eye, and he instinctively
grabs a pair of electrobinoculars from
his belt. He stands transfixed for
a few moments, studying the heavens, then
turns and rushes back in the direction
from which he came.
3. SUPPLY HUT - FOURTH MOON - UTAPAU
A spacecraft, half buried in the dust,
rests next to the remains of an
abandoned supply shack. Annikin
makes his way across the colorless landscape
and rushes into the crumbling building.
The interior of the hut is shabby,
but manages to abate the howling winds.
Seated in front of a thermoheater are
Annikin's father, Kane, and his young
brother, Deak. Kane is a large, burly
man, wearing the distinctive robes of
a Jedi. Deak is ten years old, with
dusty blond hair and a large scratch on
his cheek. Annikin slams the door and
removes his gear. His ruggedly handsome
face is caked with many layers of
Dad! Dad!...They've found us!
Deak looks up from a small cube he has
been studying. His father whacks him
across the shoulder with a braided wire
Continue with the problem. Your
concentration is worse than your brother's.
(to Annikin) How many?
Only one this time. A Banta Four.
Good. We may not have to repair
this old bucket after all. Prepare yourself.
Do you have the answer?
I think it's the Corbet dictum:
"What is, is without."
Kane smiles. This is the correct
answer. Annikin is strapping on a utility
belt with chrome laserpistols and lasersword.
Kane rises and starts for his
Deak, do you feel you're ready?
Yes, sir. I've outmarked Annikin
in twelve disciplines. I'm as good...
All right, son, get your gear.
Deak jumps up with the enthusiasm available
only to a ten-year-old and grabs
his gear. His father frowns and
shakes his head.
4. WASTELAND BLUFF - FOURTH MOON
Kane Starkiller and his two sons carefully
make their way up a rock bluff
overlooking the parked silver Sith spacecraft.
Kane inspects the craft with
No tracks. Bi-lock hasn't been opened....Interior
systems are still on....
Are we going to wait for him to come out?
He's not in there....He's baiting us.
I'm surprised they only sent one this
time. We must be wearing them down,
or they must think this knight is
something special....Stay on guard, and
keep hidden. I'm going to work my way
across the ridge and call his bluff.
Better we meet in open combat than wait
for him to ambush us....Keep your guard!
Kane leaves his two sons and moves
off along the obscured ridge. Annikin and
Deak watch him intently. Annikin
throws down his multiplelaser rifle in
He should have let me go with him....He's
getting too old to make an open
He's not too old to realize you'd just
get in the way.
Annikin ignores his little brother's remark
and sneaks a look over the ridge
at the Sith spacecraft. Kane moves
out of the rocks some distance away and
starts toward the starship. Deak
moves to the ridge next to his brother, his
chrome laserrifle sparkling in the reflected
light of Utapau.
He's making his move....
Watch your guard...and cover that weapon.
It shines like a beacon.
Deak reluctantly move away and watches
the other direction. Kane has almost
reached the Sith spacecraft and still
there is no sign of its occupant.
Nothing. I don't like it.
Kane carefully moves to the main hatch
of the starship. He kicks a valve and
the hatch drops open with a loud clank
and rushing gas. Annikin becomes more
tense as his father carefully moves inside
the spacecraft. Everything is
still. Even the continual winds
seem to have died down. Moments pass with no
sign of activity inside the enemy starship.
Annikin watches the craft with
his electrobinoculars. The waiting
Something's happened! He's been
in there too long.
Let me look! Stand my guard.
Deak takes the electrobinoculars from his
brother and studies the silent
spacecraft. Annikin impatiently
scans the opposite horizon.
I think the power just went off.
We'd better wait here until someone comes
What if he needs help?
The power went back on again....
With the aid of the electrobinoculars,
Deak watches the running lights of the
starship flash on and off. Suddenly,
something huge moves in front of his
field of view. Before either of
the two young boys can react, a large,
sinister Sith warrior in black robes and
a face mask looms over them. He
carries a long lasersword which cuts young
Deak down before he or his brother
are able to raise their weapons.
The startled Annikin backs away in horror,
then settles down and ignites his lasersword,
which creates an eerie red glow.
He stumbles over rocks as he attempts to
avoid the charging Sith knight. The
evil warrior swings his mighty lasersword,
but Annikin manages to deflect the
Finally, Annikin is able to assume a defensive
stance, and the two warriors
stand, sizing up each other. The
black knight is at least seven feet tall,
and dwarfs the young Jedi. They
stand for a few moments, almost frozen, then
in a flurry of blows, laserswords clash
with the sound of electric snapping
and popping. Annikin is barely able
to hold his own against the experienced
knight. Many blows are exchanged
before the Sith warrior is able to back
Annikin up against a deep crevasse.
Annikin stumbles and almost falls over
the cliff to his death.
The black knight suddenly senses something
behind him and whirls around to
face Annikin's father, Kane Starkiller,
a Jedi Bendu master. The Sith warrior
raises his lasersword, but is cut in two
before he can bring it down again.
Kane moves to the fallen black knight,
and studies him carefully. Annikin,
still a little wobbly from the whole experience,
attempts to stand. Kane sees
his dead son Deak, and goes to him.
He lifts him into his arms and begins to
weep. Annikin stands bewildered,
watching his father cradle his dead brother.
5. INTERIOR SITH STARSHIP - WASTELAND
CANYON - UTAPAU
Kane Starkiller slides into one of the
four seats of the small Sith starship.
Through the front viewing canopy, he watches
Annikin drag his younger
brother's body to a small crevasse.
Annikin places a small locket around his
brother's neck, makes a complicated sign
with his hand, and dumps the body
into the shallow depression. The
giant engines of the spacecraft begin to
whine, kicking up large clouds of dust.
Annikin climbs into the seat beside his
father and removes his breath mask and
goggles. There are tears in his
eyes. Father and son look out across the
wasteland towards Deak's grave.
The thunderous clap of an explosion is
followed by a small mushroom cloud rising
out of the depression. Annikin
throws a container down in a fit of rage.
How many more of them are there?
I want to finish it, once and for all! I'm
sick of running...when will it stop?
Annikin's father waits silently until his
son's tirade is finished. Annikin
sits silently for a few moments.
Son, plot a course for Aquilae.
Annikin lights up like a Bantha at feeding
Aquilae!! You mean we're going home?
We both need a rest.
Kane pulls back on the throttle, and the
powerful spaceship lifts off the
surface of the Fourth Moon of Utapau.
6. CLOUD SEA - ALDERAAN
A title card appears over a sea of billowing
clouds on the gaseous planet of
Alderaan: Capital of the New Galactic
The towering white oxide clouds pass, revealing
the Imperial city of Alderaan.
The magnificent domed and gleaming city
is perched, mushroom-like, on a tall
spire, which disappears deep into the
misty surface of the planet. The
peacefulness of this nebulous idyll is
broken by the increasing wail of ion
engines. Four sleek stardestroyers,
from the Imperial Third Fleet, burst
from one of the huge cumulus range.
The craft are flying in a tight formation
as they bank steeply, and head toward
the Imperial capital of the galaxy.
7. INTERIOR OF STARDESTROYER - ALDERAAN
Stardestroyers are two-man spacecraft crammed
with sophisticated electronic
weaponry. The pilot and gunnery
officers sit side-by-side, surrounded by
lighted readouts and switches. They
wear the gleaming black uniforms of the
Tok-One to chicks: Shape it up.
Let's make it good.
Does that glare bother you?
Use your face shield, Chick-One.
The pilot is cold and professional as he
maneuvers his craft closer to the
others. The positions of the ships
are displayed on a readout, along with a
graphic representation of the city.
The pilot gives the gunner a quick look
before he flips his sunshield over his
Here we go. Count: three,
two, one, now!
8. REVIEW STAND - PLAZA OF THE DADERS
On a huge, austere platform stands the
dark Cos Dashit, Lord of Alderaan,
Consul to the Supreme Tribunal, and ruler
of the Galactic Empire. He is a
thin, grey-looking man, with an evil mustache
which hangs limply over his
insipid lip. Standing at rigid attention
on his right are several generals,
dressed in the black and grey uniform
of the realm. Five members of the
Supreme Tribunal sit off to the side.
On the emperor's left stands Crispin
Hoedaack, newly appointed Governor of
the Aquilaean Systems, a young,
treacherous man with stone-cut, angular
features and piercing grey eyes.
They all gaze skyward, as the four gleaming
stardestroyers scream low overhead
in an impressive barrel-roll formation.
As the sound of the spacecraft
resonates throughout the glass canyon
of the Plaza, the group of dignitaries
return their attention to the parade of
Imperial shock troops, and giant air
tanks (which ride magically two to three
feet above the ground).
The Plaza of the Daders is filled with
a hundred rows of troops as the last
brigade marches into position. The
sound of a thousand men snapping to
attention is followed by a strange silence.
A light wind blows the great red
banner of the Empire, creating a subtle
flapping sound. The emperor's
amplified voice startles many of the troops
as it cuts through the quiet.
Upon this battle depends the survival
of the Galactic Empire. Upon this
battle depends the life and long continuity
of our civilization. Not since
the great Jedi Rebellion has our destiny
been placed in such a balance. This
is to be the most magnificent campaign
of all! You have never been called
without doing something to be remembered,
something notable and striking. The
conquering of the Aquilaean System, the
last of the independent Systems, and
the last refuge of the outlawed, vile
sect of the Jedi, will have such
important and lasting consequences, that
I can't but consider it as an epoch
To the rear of the Plaza, watching the
spectacle over the shoulder of a
curious bureaucrat, stands Clieg Whitsun,
a tall, blond young man about twenty
years old. He seems interested in
what the emperor has to say, but keeps
looking around nervously as if someone
were after him. His arm rests across
his head, as he carefully but coolly adjusts
a glowing blue ring on his index
finger. The emperor nears the end
of his speech.
Crispin Hoedaack has moved up to stand next to the sinister monarch.
The troops shout an Imperial salute in
response to a particularly partisan
...I have personally asked the Aquilaeans
to accept this Treaty of Alliance.
During the long period of negotiation,
they have only decided to be undecided.
We will barter no longer. Governor
Hoedaack has been appointed the First Lord
of the Aquilaean System and Surrounding
Territories. This is the last
frontier and the final stone in the great
wall of the Galactic Empire.
The troops cheer, ad the emperor escorts
Hoedaack inside. Whitsun moves
quickly away from the Plaza, passing through
several check stations, where he
is forced to show his identification.
9. NIGHT CLUB - ALDERAAN
Whitsun walks into the glass and chrome
splendor of one of the famous
nightclubs of Alderaan. He moves
to the long mirrored bar, and sits next to a
rough-looking man, Bail Antilles, dressed
in the distinctive gold and furs of
the Galactic traders.
Your glass is empty.
Whitsun speaks into a small intercom on
the bar front.
A dantic and...
He looks in Antilles' glass.
No thanks, Whitsun. I've had enough.
Just a dantic then. Bail, it's not
like you to refuse a drink. You're going
to give Galactic traders a bad name.
A drink appears magically from a small
elevator in the bar. Whitsun takes it,
and then places a pen-like transmitter
he has taken from his pocket next to
the intercom. It creates a low electronic
10. BAR OBSERVATION CENTER - ALDERAAN
A controller sitting in front of a row
of monitors taps his headphones, then
flips a switch back and forth a couple
of times. He is obviously annoyed.
Number eighteen is out again. Give
me a maintenance check.
The controller yawns and puts his feet
up on the control panel.
11. NIGHTCLUB - ALDERAAN
Whitsun leans in close to Antilles.
He is suddenly very serious.
Whitsun, we've got problems. They've
just grounded all spacecraft, including
trade frigates. Even the ships under
Imperial registry can't move. Something
big is up.
I'm afraid they're not waiting for the
Alliance Treaty. They're already
moving against the System. I've
got to get word back.
The chrome companies are protesting the
embargo, but it's going to take some
Isn't anything moving?
Military ships, but...
They are interrupted by an Imperial officer,
and several stormtroopers. The
officer shouts over the P.A. system, as
the troops rush to block the exits.
Whitsun and the Galactic trader are tense,
but remain cool.
Attention: all Captains and First
Officers of Guild Trade frigates will
accompany me to the Ministry of Transport
Antilles gives Whitsun a hopeless look
as the troops check their papers, and
then take Antilles away. A
small fight breaks out in the back of the
nightclub as one of the trader captains
expresses his dislike of the Empire.
Whitsun slams his glass to the bar in
a gesture of hate and frustration.
12. GOVERNOR HOEDAACK'S QUARTERS
The large, white-on-white executive quarters
resound with the high-pitched
laugh of the evil Governor Hoedaack.
He slaps Darth Vader, a tall, grim-
looking general, on the back, and the
general's mouth makes the slightest
gesture at a smile.
Success, I told you. We are no longer
under the control of the Great
Families....We've gained a true advantage.
Vantos Coll, a member of the Supreme Tribunal,
and a man of the grossest
dimensions, appears to be a little worried.
A rather dangerous advantage. You
still have a System to conquer.
But this System will bring us more scientific
wealth than that of any other
House in the Tribunal. We will easily
gain control of the directorship.
Don't underestimate the armies of Aquilae.
They're lead by a Jedi.
I've told you about Commissioner Lars,
General. He worries a lot.
It's a myth that any Jedi still exist.
General Skywalker is no myth. When
I first arrived at court, he was the First
Bodyguard to the emperor...He lead the
Seig Darklighter lead the Rebellion.
So the emperor would have you think, but
I was there.
Then why wasn't he hunted down like the
Because he is too dangerous, too clever.
Besides, his presence on Aquilae is
still only a rumor.
Then why do you believe it?
Because I knew him. He's there,
alright. I can sense it. Mark my words:
Aquilae will not be easily conquered.
13. COURTYARD - PALACE OF LITE -
A low, sleek "landspeeder," (an auto-like
transport which travels a few feet
above the ground on a magnetic field),
glides into the courtyard of the palace
of Aquilae. The planet is desert
wilderness, but the palace is a sparkling
oasis, with low concrete walls and great
turrets spilling over with foliage
from rooftop gardens. The speeder
stops before an enormous shaded corridor.
Fountains line the beautiful and highly
polished, tiled walkway. Two young
boys, Biggs (7) and Windom (5) are helped
out of the speeder by Amber, a one-
armed bodyguard dressed in the flowing
white robes of the Aquilaean military.
The two boys run through the long corridors,
yelling and screaming, their
little footsteps echoing throughout the
14. The palace library is a dim,
cool room projecting an aura of time-worn
comfort and security. In the distance,
the children can be heard screaming
through the corridors. King Kayos,
silver-haired but amazingly youthful under
a tanned and leathery face, motions for
one of his aides to shut the partially
closed door. He is in the middle
of an emergency meeting of the Aquilaean
High Senate. The twelve men sit
in overstuffed chairs, placed in a large
circle. A large, sallow-eyed Galactic
trader named Aay Zavos fiddles
nervously with a small scrap of leather
as he speaks.
My Lord, the chrome companies are with
you in spirit, but you must understand,
they can't openly support you. Imperial
trade restrictions are very
unfavorable, and we, of course, favor
If there were to be war, would your frigates
still supply us?
Your bluntness is to be commended.
It could be arranged.
Count Sandage, a corrupt noble of the Senate,
jumps to his feet in a rage.
This is nonsense! We have no choice
but to approve the Treaty. If there is
war, the Empire will destroy our entire
System with a snap of the finger.
General Skywalker is a dreamer if he thinks
he can mount any meaningful
resistance....And you're dreamers if you
believe him. So much trust in one
aged man. You must see...
At that moment, all heads turn as someone
enters the room. It is General Luke
Skywalker, Commander of the Aquilaean
Starforce. He is a large man,
apparently in his early sixties, but actually
much older. Everyone senses the
aura of power that radiates from this
great warrior. Here is a leader: a
Jedi general. He looks weary, but
is still a magnificent-looking warrior.
His face, cracked and weathered by exotic
climates, is set off by a close
silver beard, and dark, penetrating eyes.
Sandage is somewhat embarrassed and
quietly sits down.
Is there anyone here so naive he believes
the Empire would even bother
negotiating if they were contemplating
destruction of this System? Your
Excellencies, this is more than a simple
raid on your resources. You must
reach a decision.
Mir Nash, a thin, birdlike senator, turns
to the general.
General Skywalker, war is a serious business...a
Procrastination is a deadly business,
Senator. War is my business. Have you
approved my defense measures?
The Grande Mouff Tarkin wears the long,
black robes of the Aquilaean religion.
He speaks with a high, cracking voice.
An actual war with the Empire is still
only a remote possibility. As a
military treatise, your proposal has certain
merits, but in the harsh light of
reality, an attack against the Empire
appears to be a somewhat extreme
You must understand, General, we are interested
in avoiding a war, not
There are times when offense makes the
best defense. If that Alliance Treaty
isn't signed, we will need all of the
advantage we can get.
Count Sandage, I want you to head the
delegation to Alderaan. You will leave
tomorrow with our answer regarding the
Treaty. My decision will be
The senators whisper among themselves.
All right, then. May the force of
others be with you all.
The senators leave in a flurry of hushed
conversation. The general is lost in
thought, and remains in his chair.
Biggs and Windom (Windy), the king's two
young sons, storm through the existing
senators and rush on to Kayos' lap.
The king is obviously very proud of the
two young princes. He throws Biggs
into the air, and then catches him again.
Me too! Me too!
Leia's leaving! Leia's leaving and
you gotta say good-bye.
The king picks up Windy and swings him
around, then puts him down.
Okay, whippersnapper, go tell your mother
and your sister that I'm on my way.
The two boys run out of the room and are
heard yelling and screaming down the
hallway. The king starts out, but
stops in front of the general.
Luke, my daughter is leaving for the academy
at Chathos. Won't you come and
wish her well? It would mean a lot
to her. She truly idolizes you, you know.
Come on, the war will wait.
Of course. I'm sorry, My Lord.
Politics always seem to distress me.
The general rises, and as they head for
the door, Kayos pats him on the back.
I know, Luke. I feel the Force also.
15. COURTYARD - PALACE OF LITE -
A large, four-seat speeder sits gleaming
in the sun-soaked courtyard. The
Princess Leia, about fourteen years old,
possessing a soft beauty and iron
will, is embracing her mother, Queen Breha,
a warm, silver-haired matron.
There are tears in the princess' blue
eyes. Biggs and Windy jump around
inside the speeder, disrupting the efforts
of the one-armed Amber to pack
several plaxiform cases.
Leia embraces the king as he approaches
with the general.
Oh, Daddy, I'll miss you so.
The semester will be over before you know
it. You'll have a grand time.
There are so many new things to learn.
I wish I were going.
He gives her a fatherly smile, and she
hugs him again. The general stands
rather formally to one side. The
princess, her long auburn hair tied in
braids, moves to the general and he bows
May your studies do you honor.
Leia is somewhat embarrassed by the general's
formality and can only manage an
awkward smile before returning to her
parents at the speeder.
Hurry Leia. You must make it to
Yuell before nightfall.
The princess' maids-in-waiting, Alana,
a short, stocky girl, and Mina, more
comely (somewhat the same stature as Leia)
with long dark hair, giggle and
straighten Leia's dress before she enters
the speeder. The princess and Mina
hug Alana, whose giggles have turned to
tears. The two boys scramble out of
the speeder as Amber helps the princess
and her maid into the back seat. The
speeder is piloted by a trooper of the
First Order. Amber jumps into the seat
beside him, and the speeder starts with
a low buzzing sound. The princess
waves to her family, and Mina waves to
Alana as the speeder slowly glides out
of the courtyard.
16. WAR ROOM - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS
The war room is a mass of glass enclosures,
electronic wall displays,
monitors, and computer stations.
General Skywalker enters a control station,
followed by a covey of military aides
of various ranks. As the group hurry
through the crowded room, men rise and
salute the new arrivals. The general
stops before a giant display of the galaxy.
Small symbols flash on and off
over various portions of the big board.
The general studies it intently.
Captain Montross, one of the general's
aides, snaps to attention.
What's the TQ on this?
The last frigate to leave the Imperial
capital was at twenty-three forty, Sir.
Have any ships at all left the planet?
(to another aide) Check with the
Guild on Horton three.
At twenty four hundred, a full battalion
of stardestroyers left for what is
projected to be Anchorhead, or a nearby
And no word from Whitsun. He should
have reported by now. Captain Prue!
An older, academic looking aide, steps
What do you make of this?
A battalion is invasion force...but the
Empire controls that entire part of
the galaxy....A revolution, maybe.
At any rate, they're going in the wrong
direction to be any trouble for us.
The general ponders this for a few moments,
then speaks almost to himself.
I don't know... It doesn't feel good.
Put 'em on alert.
A loud uproar is heard on the far side
of the war room. Everyone turns to see
a foreign dressed warrior pushing his
way past several guards and war-room
bureaucrats. The warrior, with his
long hair tied in an odd bun on the top of
his head, is Kane Starkiller. He
is followed by his son, Annikin, who rudely
pushes the pesky bureaucrats out of the
It's restricted. You'll have to
Get out of my way, boy, before I grind
you into the surface...(etc.)
As the dauntless Starkiller approaches
the general, the guards stop in
bewilderment as General Skywalker rushes
up to the warrior and embraces him.
The two Jedi warriors laugh jubilantly
and slap one another, as the aides and
bureaucrats look on in amazement.
Kane Starkiller - you old muscle-rat!
What a sight! We heard that you had
So the Empire would like to believe.
I've been in the Kessil System. You
remember little Annikin.
Kane puts his arms around his son, who
has been making eyes at one of the cute
young female aides. He bows before
He takes after his mother! (They
laugh) It's so good to see you.
It's wonderful to be with another Jedi
again. There are so few of us left.
The cute aide goes back to her duties,
flirting with Annikin as she passes.
The young warrior pinches her on the ass,
which startles her, but she goes on
like nothing happened.
What a sight!
The two Jedi stand looking at one another,
hardly believing the other is real.
Finally, the general realizes his aides
are standing around, gawking at the
GENERAL (to the aids)
Wake up, gentlemen. You're on alert.
Keep me posted on that battalion.
17. CONTROL STATION - UNDERGROUND
FORTRESS - AQUILAE
The general, Starkiller, and his son enter
a small glass enclosed control
office. They sit, and an awkward
silence passes as each man waits for the
other to speak.
I've come for your help.
Anything you ask. You're a Jedi
brother. We're one.
My friend, we've been through much together...I've
been through much since we
parted. I've lost much... The Empire
has chased us half way across the
galaxy... There is no refuge. One
day they will come here... Take my son as
your Padawan Learner. He would be
a Jedi. I've trained him from birth. He's
reached the fifth stage. He fought
in the Kessilian civil wars and commanded
a Hubble expedition to the Cone Systems.
He's a good boy, Luke, and one hell
of a fighter.
The general looks down, somewhat embarrassed.
He scratches his head, then
Old friend, you do me too much honor.
I was never a match for you. Why don't
you finish his training yourself?
I'm too old, Luke. I can't go on...
You must finish it.
What kind of talk is this? You're
not the old Starkiller I remember. Too
Starkiller suddenly ignites in a rage and
swings his left forearm down with a
mighty blow across the solid chrome desk
the general is sitting on. The old
Jedi warrior's forearm cracks in two,
spewing forth wires, and many fine
multicolored electronic components.
The artificial limb flops lifelessly to
Starkiller's side. The warrior rips
open his tunic, revealing a plastic chest
stuffed with flashing electric parts.
I'm not the same. There is nothing
left but my head and right arm... I've
lost too much, Luke...I'm dying.
The general bows his head in sorrow for
one of the greatest warriors in the
galaxy and a dear friend.
I'm sorry. I keep losing control.
I'm very tired...Take my son! The Jedi-
Bendu must survive. We must pass
it on. Only a Jedi can stop the Empire.
We're very old, Luke. A new generation
of Jedi must be started. Take him;
teach him the way of the Jedi-Bendu...
Captain Montross bursts into the office
and somewhat excitedly salutes the
Sir, we have picked up something!
An asteroid, or solid comet moving away
from the Anchorhead System.
18. WAR ROOM - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS
The general rushes out of the control station
and back to the giant Galactic
display. He is followed by Montross,
Starkiller and his son.
Are you sure it's not the battalion?
A solid object. It's as big as our
It's too large to be man-made, and it's
too slow to be a comet.
It's too far out.
I'll be with the king. Report as
soon as you can get a reading on it.
(turning to Kane's son) Captain
Starkiller, from now on you stick close to
The older Starkiller smiles, and puts his
good arm around his old friend.
19. DINING CHAMBER - PALACE OF LITE
King Kayos moves his arm around Breha's
waist as they stand on a balcony
watching the giant twin suns of Aquilae
disappear behind a distant dune range.
The general enters, rather in a rush, followed
by the young Starkiller, who is
now dressed in the white uniform of the
Aquilaean starforce. (He still wears
the distinctive Kessilian hair knot.)
They bow before the king.
KAYOS (pointing to the suns)
Aren't they beautiful, General?
"Always and never the same." You're just in
time for dinner.
I have come for other reasons. Could....
Relax, General. We will discuss
it, but over dinner. There are times, Luke,
when I find you a bit too rigid.
Is this your new disciple?
Starkiller is ill at ease and bows again.
Annikin Starkiller, Sir.
He left for the spaceport at Gordon to
visit an old friend, Han Solo, the
We are becoming quite a refuge.
The group sits at a large table, and food
is brought in by servants. They
eat. Starkiller is nervous and watches
the general, to make sure he is being
My Lord, several events have occurred
which lead me to believe we are in
imminent danger of attack. There
is no longer time for discussion and
Whitsun, our best agent, has disappeared
in the Imperial capital. There is
unusual military traffic in the S-4 sectors...
Unless you have direct, concrete proof
of a pending attack, there is nothing I
By the time we have proof, it may be too
Luke, I'm leaving tonight for Amsel.
I'm meeting with the full assembly first
thing in the morning. I am not going
to approve the Alliance Treaty, and I
will get your defense measure approved.
Just be patient. You will have the
Tomorrow may be too late. My Lord,
I need the war code now. We must get our
forces into space.
But it must be done legally, with everyone's
approval. Tomorrow you will have
that. I doubt the Empire would attack
before receiving our answer. The
separation of war powers is the one condition
upon which you assumed command
of our forces. You're a friend,
Luke, and I trust you. But you're also an
outlander who controls a great deal of
power. I can't forsake my oath any
more than you can. Just be patient.
You will have the code tomorrow.
Captain Montross enters the large chamber
and bows before the king.
I bring a report to General Skywalker,
You may deliver it.
Sir, the asteroid has disappeared from
our scopes. There is no trace of it.
Were they able to analyze it?
It never came within range, Sir.
The general rises, quickly followed by
Excuse us, My Lord. We'd better
get back. I will wait patiently for the
The general and Montross exit the chamber.
Starkiller takes one last bite of
his dinner, then dashes after his mentor.
20. WAR ROOM - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS
The general sits rigidly, facing the big
Galactic display board. Several
aides and bureaucrats rush to and fro,
ignoring the general. he is asleep.
Captain Prue approaches the general and
snaps to attention. The general's
What are the results?
Are you sure?
It's just not possible. Something
that size can't just disappear without a
trace...Check it again.
That's the tenth negative, Sir.
I said check it again.
Captain Prue retreats to a computer station.
The general looks around for
Everyone near the general turns, but Starkiller
Where is that boy? Montross!
Montross rushes to the general and snaps
Montross goes back to his station and a
few moments later, Starkiller is paged
over the P.A. system. The general
waits, watching the big board. Eventually,
Starkiller stumbles out of an enclosed
computer closet, fastening his pants
and tucking in his tunic. A moment
later, the cute female aide rather
sheepishly exits the computer closet.
She is also in the process of putting
her uniform back together. Starkiller
rushes up to the general and snaps to
The general lets him stand there for a
moment, not acknowledging his presence;
then, suddenly, without warning and in
one masterful flash motion, the general
stands, grabs a small baton attached to
his belt (which immediately ignites
into a four-foot glowing lasersword,)
and swings at the young warrior's head.
In an equally quick movement, Starkiller
ignites his lasersword and blocks the
general's blow. Everyone in the
war room is surprised and startled. After a
moment, they rush to the general.
Starkiller and the general stand motionless
for a few moments, with laserswords locked
in mid-air, creating a low buzzing
sound. Finally, the general grins,
and Starkiller hesitantly relaxes. They
lower their swords and turn them off.
You are trained well, but remember, a
Jedi must be single-minded, a discipline
your father obviously never learned, hence
your existence. Clean yourself up.
Discipline is essential. Your mind
must follow the way of the Bendu.
It won't happen again, Sir. There
are many new....
General Skywalker, white com.
The general moves to a control station
and picks up a phone.
Sir, Captain Whitsun has just been admitted
to Med Vac.
What's his condition?
No data, Sir.
I'm on my way.
21. MED VAC EMERGENCY ROOM - UNDERGROUND
Captain Starkiller waits in an outer chamber
as General Skywalker rushes into
the Med Vac emergency room where several
doctors are working on the prostrate
What's his condition? Is he conscious?
Partially. He's be all right - a
few bruises, primary exhaustion....
Whitsun thrashes around in a semi-conscious
state. He sees the general.
What happened, boy? What's going
WHITSUN (with difficulty)
The Imperial Starforce is already on its
way, not far behind me... They're
going to attack.
Are you sure?
I have tapes...A giant space fortress....
He struggles to give General Skywalker
As big as our Third Moon?
Bigger. It's unlike anything I've
ever seen. Sophisticated deflection
systems.... work in opposition to the
They will show up on our screens at sunrise.
They'll attack before that.
The general rushes into the outer chamber
where Captain Starkiller is waiting
Take the fastest landspeeder to Chathos.
Pick up Princess Leia... and only
Princess Leia. Return by way of
the Great Reef. Most speed.
Starkiller exits and the general goes to
an intercom and pushes several
Full alert....everything! Get the
Royal Family back here.
The princess is at Chathos. There
are no transports....
I've already sent Captain Starkiller for
her! Contact the king, first
priority. He's probably still en
route to Amsel. Use the scan com. I'm on
22. WAR ROOM - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS
The war room is on full alert. Everyone
is at attention, waiting for the
command that will put them into action.
The general enters a communication
center, followed by many aides.
Captain Montross and the com aide salute.
We're having a problem getting through,
Sir. There is a great deal of
It could be jamming.
Try a surface link through Amsel.
The aides go back to the com-link system
to try to get a line through to the
We should be able to spot them at sunrise....That's
not too far off.
They'll attack with sunrise. Until
the king gives us that code to start the
war computers, we'll just have to sit
All units are on alert, Sir.
GENERAL (to Montross)
Have you made contact yet? (to himself)
This is one hell of a way to run a
23. COURTYARD - ACADEMY OF CHATHOS
A landspeeder roars into a courtyard of
the Academy at Chathos. Starkiller
jumps out, and runs up to the large, heavy
doors of the academy. They are
locked. He bangs madly on the carved
metallic door, until finally an old
woman manages to swing it open.
Starkiller rushes past her into the main
courtyard where Princess Leia and her
hand-maiden, Mina, struggle with two
large cases. They are followed by
two very old matrons, dragging several more
Forget the cases - we've no time.
These are my things. They must...
I said forget them, and hurry...
Just who do you think you are?
Starkiller grabs the princess by the arm,
and hauls her to the speeder. Mina
and the old women run after them.
I will not be treated like this!
You bring my things.... My father will have
your head... (etc.)
Leia struggles to break away from the young
warrior's grasp as he opens the
door of the speeder.
When the door to the speeder is opened,
Mina starts in, and Starkiller stops
You must stay. Here, take the Crest.
Starkiller rips the royal crest from the
princess' neck, and hands it to the
startled handmaiden. The old women
gasp in horror. The princess starts
hitting Starkiller with little result.
Mina's not staying...I'm not leaving her.
Starkiller punches her square on the jaw
and knocks her cold. Mina is panic
stricken, one of the old women faints,
and another starts for Starkiller with
a large staff.
She'll be all right. I'm taking
her to safety...as ordered. You will wear
the crest and continue as before.
The authority of Starkiller's voice stops
the old lady. He places the
princess into the speeder, and maneuvers
it out of the courtyard. Mina puts
on the crest as the speeder races away
from the academy.
24. WAR ROOM - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS
Queen Breha, Biggs and Windy are escorted
into a rest area of the war room.
General Skywalker sits rigidly in a chair
in the communications area,
Sir, we've made contact!
The general opens his eyes and takes the
What is it, General?
The Empire will attack on the rising of
the sun. My agent made it back. I
now have proof. I need the war code...
I'll relay it directly to the computer.
The Royal Family is safe. Starkiller
has gone after Princess Leia...
I'm on my way back.
25. RED PLAINS - AQUILAE
The small caravan of four speeders sits
motionless on the vast red plains of
Aquilae. The king returns the intercom
to the pilot and takes a small
metallic card from around his neck and
gives it to the co-pilot.
Send this sub-land, priority one.
(to the pilot) Get us back to Calvas
The four speeders turn around and scream
away in the direction they had come.
They pass a huge ultrasleek powerplow,
planting green fungus in endless
furrows. Two clay-covered farmers,
riding atop the ponderous machine, watch
the speeders disappear over the horizon,
and into the rising twin suns. A
bright object, twinkling in early morning
heavens, catches the eye of the
older of the two farmers, and he brings
the machine to a lumbering halt. The
younger farmer also notices the object,
and stares skyward, shading his eyes
to get a better view.
Suddenly there is a huge, bright atomic
flash on the horizon. A few moments
later, a thunderous shaking, followed
by high winds, tumbles the older farmer
from his perch. A second flash on
the opposite horizon brings another jolting
earthquake, and the younger farmer collapses,
terror frozen on his face.
26. READYROOM - SPACEPORT OUTPOST
Chaos. Red scramble lights are flashing.
Alert horns and attack buzzers
create an unbelievable cacophony.
Air warriors, with the distinctive circle
and cross medallion on their white space
suits, scramble out of the low,
concrete readyroom, grabbing helmets and
spacepacks as they race out of the
27. ATTACK RUNWAY - SPACEPORT OUTPOST
Twelve pilots and navigators dash in unison
to a line of waiting two-man
starships of the destroyer class.
Ground crews scurry back and forth, loading
last-minute armament, and unlocking power
couplings. Pilot Leader, a rugged,
handsome boy of twenty, gives his ground
crew a signal that his is okay. He
has a winning smile and a distinctive
scar along the side of his face. His
crew chief pats him on the back.
Knock them all the way back to Alderaan.
The canopy is closed and the powerful starship
moves onto the runway. Other
crewmen say good-bye to their pilots,
some grin, some kidding - all with a
great deal of hidden emotion. The
din of two dozen retrorockets cuts through
the uproar, and six silver spacecraft
leave the runway, and disappear into the
morning cloud cover.
28. WAR ROOM - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS
The general stands before a giant display
of the Aquilaean solar system.
Montross signals the general.
They're away, Sir. Six from Gordon.
All other spaceports were hit. The king
hasn't arrived yet.
Keep checking. Put those fighters'
intercom over the P.A.
The general sits at one of the intercom
panels, and puts on a headphone. A
row of monitors is before him. He
turns to Montross.
Where are they?
29. SPACE - AQUILAE IN ECLIPSE
The eerie, reddish-yellow planet of Aquilae
slowly drifts into view from total
eclipse. A small, bright speck,
orbiting the planet, sparkles in the light of
the twin suns. The six deadly Aquilaean
starships settle ominously into the
foreground, moving swiftly toward the
orbiting speck. As the sleek starships
move closer, the orbiting speck is revealed
to be a gargantuan space fortress.
The moon-sized satellite fortress dwarfs
the approaching fighters. Every few
moments, explosions create blinding flash
on the planet's surface, as the
fortress bombards the planet with a fusillade
of laser bolts.
30. AQUILAEAN STARSHIP - INTERIOR
Pilot Leader, in the first ship, signals
to his navigator who sits in a small,
isolated glass bubble to the rear of the
craft. General Skywalker is seen on
one of many monitors. A view of
the space fortress is on another. The rest
are filled with various computer readouts
and displays. One of the other
starships reports to Pilot Leader.
DEVIL SIX (intercom)
Look at the size of that thing!
Hey, Bowman, I hope you remembered to bring
your pop gun, 'cause I think we caught
us a big one this time....
Cut off, Devil Six....Stand by.
It looks like they're still using the
basic quad-tristation configuration.
Use a "ranger defense." Concentrate
on breath ports and lock areas.
Affirmative base...Copy and transmit....Devil
Two, check your rotation plates.
Roger, Boss. We're getting a threshold
disturbance on gyro-three.
Switch over, Five, cover it! ...Devil
pack, generate a spread six
formation...May the force of others protect
Settle in...Devil pack, stand by.
Mark five...break off. Here we go. God
save us all.
31. SPACE - AQUILAEAN STARSHIP
Fuel pods are jettisoned. The half-dozen
fighters break off into a powerline
attack on the huge fortress. Multiple
laserbolts streak from the starships,
creating small explosions on the complex
surface of the fort.
32. INTERIOR MAIN CORRIDOR - IMPERIAL
The chaos of battle echoes through the
vast corridors of the fortress. Walls
buckle and cave in, sucking debris and
personnel into the vacuum of outer
space. Alarm sirens scream as soldiers
scramble to large turbo-powered laser
gun emplacements. Sergeants yell
orders through the smoke and confusion. Men
and robots of various shapes and sizes
run to their battle stations.
33. WAR ROOM - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS
The monitors with pictures from the starships
suddenly go blank. Technicians
check channels as others in the war room
silently listen to the action over
the intercom. The general remains
calm, but concerned.
PILOT LEADER (intercom)
Tighten it up... Devil Two, tighten it
up. Watch those towers....
DEVIL TWO (CHEWIE)
Heavy fire, Boss. Twenty-three degrees.
I see it. Pull in... we're picking
up some interference.
Wow, I've never seen such fire power.
Pull in, Devil Two...Pull in! Chewie???!!
DEVIL TWO (CHEWIE)
I'm all right, Boss. I've got a
There is too much action, Chewie.
Break off, Chewie....Acknowledge.
Devil Six, can you see Devil Two?
I've lost him. There's a very heavy
fire zone on this side. My radar's
He's gone....no, wait. There he
is...Fin damage, but he's all right.
A sigh of relief sweeps across the war
room. The monitors flash on, then off
DEVIL FOUR (intercom)
Watch your back, Boss! Watch your
34. AQUILAEAN STARSHIP
The speedy little fighters dart back and
forth across the soft underbelly of
the fortress, leaving a trail of destruction
Converge on south axis point, point three
nine four. It appears accessible.
I'm going to map the surface. Devil
Four, cover me!
Pilot Leader and Devil Four dive in unison
through a forest of radar domes,
antennae, and gun towers. Devil
Four fires into the protrusions as the two
starships criss-cross the surface of the
fortress. Suddenly, a dense barrage
of laserfire erupts from a tower, catching
Devil Four broadside. The
spacecraft bursts into a million flaming
pieces. Pilot Leader reacts to the
loss of his wing man, but continues on
35. SUB-HALLWAY - IMPERIAL SPACE
Constant explosions rock the interior of
the fortress. Civilians, including
women and children, scurry for safety
in the panic-ridden hallways. Two
construction robots, Artwo Detwo (R2D2)
and See Threepio (C3P0), are blown,
slipping and sliding across the hallway
floor into some freight canisters.
Both robots are rather old and battered.
Artwo is a short, (three feet) claw-
armed tri-pod. His face is a mass
of computer lights, surrounding a radar
eye. Threepio is a tall, gleaming
android of human proportions. He is thin,
with a totally metallic surface of an
Art Deco design. The robots attempt to
get out from under the canisters, but
rushing gas from a broken pipe keeps
knocking them over.
This is madness; we're going to be destroyed.
I'm still not accustomed to
The external bombardment does appear to
be concentrated in this area. The
structure has exceeded the normal stress
quotient by point four, although
there appears to be no immediate danger.
No immediate danger! You're faulty.
This is madness!
Artwo gives Threepio a sheepish look and
clings to a siderail for dear life,
as debris flies through the hallway.
36. AQUILAEAN STARSHIP
Devil Two (Chewie), a young hotshot of
about sixteen years, miraculously dives
his ship through a virtual wall of laser
fire, and blasts a huge radar disc
into dust. Chewie signals his navigator,
who lets out a whooping cheer, as
the craft veers into a victory roll.
Great moves, Chewie. Regroup at
point two, zero one. Coincide, Devil Six.
Mace, your map projection shows a weak
point at south portal: niner point
six. Concentrate the attack on that
I see it... It looks good.
Devil Five and Devil Three bob and weave
in formation toward a giant
transformer jutting from the fort's surface.
I've got a... We're hit. We're hit.
Eject...Eject. Babs, Babs, do you
I'm okay. I can hold it. Clear
me a little, Devil Five... Watch it! Watch
Devil Three wobbles a little, then drops
away sharply, plowing into a lasergun
emplacement, causing a hideous series
of chain reaction explosions.
37. SUB-HALLWAY - IMPERIAL SPACE
A huge explosion rips a large hole in the
ceiling of a subhallway. Artwo and
Threepio are in a state of shock as they
scramble through the rubble. There
is a constant sound of creaking and snapping
as the sections of the hallway
resettle in the fortress superstructure.
You're a mindless, useless philosopher...
Come on! Let's go back to work; the
system is all right.
You overweight glob of grease. Quit
following me. Get away. Get away.
Suddenly, the hallway lurches, and a dead
trooper falls through a gaping hole
in the ceiling. The foot of the
carcass is caught in the rubble and it hangs
upside down, staring at the two robots.
Artwo grabs Threepio, and they cling
to each other in terror.
We're lost. We're destroyed.
Three sharp blasts from an airhorn send
the two androids running for cover in
a burned-out doorway. Five grim-faced
troopers riding small rocket platforms
pass the two mechanical men.
38. GOVERNOR'S QUARTERS - IMPERIAL
The five troopers race through several
hallways, and finally stop in front of
an important looking office complex.
Two officers dismount and enter the
complex. They pass through several
heavily guarded doorways until they reach
the main chamber. Seated behind
a large, cluttered desk surrounded by
generals and attaches is Governor Hoedaack.
General Vader paces in front of a
row of blank monitors. The two officers
salute General Vader.
All com-link power is out. Twenty-two
transformer sections have been
destroyed. The situation is grave
on all southern levels. Com-link
communication should be repaired shortly.
The officers salute, turn and leave the
chamber. The general turns to
Governor Hoedaack, who looks a little
Don't look so worried. Not even
a Jedi could penetrate this fortress...We've
already wiped out most of their forces.
If it goes on too long, we'll run over
budget. When do the landings begin?
As soon as the attack has been broken:
A short, stocky attache salutes the general.
Contamination has set in on quadrants
B-5 and R-4. All sections are sealed.
We've lost two major power stations in
the southern quadrants. That puts
section 5-1 in serious trouble.
The general turns away in controlled anger
39. WAR ROOM - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS
The general sits in a glass enclosed computer
station, watching the battle
progress on several monitors. An
officer enters and salutes the general.
Analysis reports those ZQ configurations
are definitely power
transformers...Everything in the southern
sectors of the fortress is out.
I'm surprised they are still using external
power units. It's a definite weak
point. Concentrate on searching
for the main crosslink transformer.
The officer exits as Montross rushes in.
The senate has voted to end the war.
They can't do anything without the king's
approval; which gives us a little
time...Have you been able to regain contact
with the king?
No, Sir. All ground communications
Send four men..from third squad, to meet
the king, and escort him back. Let
me know before he arrives. Is Starkiller
back with the princess?
No, Sir. They're long overdue.
Pilot Leader checks in over the intercom.
All right, base one, we're in position.
An officer with headphones looks to the
general. He signals to attack.
40. AQUILAEAN STARSHIPS
All four starships dive in formation toward
a main transformer area, flanked
by several solar towers.
Hold your fire until we're within point
zero five four... Make it count.
Several ack-ack lasers begin to open fire
on the approaching spacecraft. The
starships direct their fire at a large
black transformer, which when hit,
spurts bright blue and white electrical
arcs. One of the starships (Devil
Five) explodes and careens out of formation,
leaving an erratic trail of
smoke, before eventually crashing into
a solar panel.
41. SUB-HALLWAYS - IMPERIAL SPACE
The impact of the exploding starship can
be felt throughout the giant
fortress. The tall, gleaming Threepio
races through several corridors,
yelling at Artwo, who struggles vainly
to e keep pace with his stubby
....I don't care what you do, but I'm
getting out. All the power's out.
Those explosions are coming from the reactor
section. This is the end.
Our work - we can't leave! It's
desertion. It's not possible. It's not
Your programming is so limited.
My first order is preservation. You stay.
I'm going to eject before the whole thing
Threepio breaks open the seal on an emergency
lifepod. A red warning light
begins to flash, and a low hum is heard.
The lanky chrome android works his
way into the cramped four-man craft.
These lifepods aren't for us! It's
A new explosion, this time very close,
sends dust and debris through the
narrow passageway. Flames lick at
the two robots. The runt-sized Artwo jumps
into the lifepod.
It's the end. Eject. Eject.
The safety door snaps shut, and the pod
ejects from the fortress.
42. AQUILAEAN STARSHIPS
The terrified androids in the lifepod speed
away from the fortress, and pass
the attacking starships.
Object approaching. Attack bearing...
It's a lifepod. Forget it.
Devil Four is hit by laser fire, and disintegrates,
leaving a trail of flaming
particles. The two remaining craft
continue the assault. Chewie and Pilot
Leader watch the remains of Devil Four
disappear. The general appears over
one of the monitors.
Analysis indicates transformer code zero
three is the main relay. Hit it, and
the whole thing goes dead.
We're on our way.
43. GOVERNOR'S QUARTERS - IMPERIAL
A row of monitors and the main overhead
lights go on, and a trooper appears on
one of the screens.
Internal relays operative. All power
restored. All contaminated areas
An officer appears on another monitor.
Only two enemy craft remain operative.
We calculate victory by zero three
General Vader switches to another monitor.
Alert the invasion forces. (turning
to the governor). The planet is ours. A
three hour war. You expected longer.
Jedi or not, we've beaten him, and the
culture is intact.
A truly great prize for the Empire.
They have a treasure of biotic science.
Genetics, cloning - they've added two-hundred
years to a lifespan. Remember,
you must capture at least one member of
the Royal Family alive. The Aquilae
family has ruled this system for ten thousand
years. The people will follow
no other. If the royal line is broken,
there is a good chance the entire
population will destroy themselves and
their knowledge before submitting to
The general is interrupted by a call on
one of the monitors.
OFFICER (on monitor)
We've received a message from the planet....
44. WAR ROOM - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS
General Skywalker watches a giant computer
display of the space fortress
mapped by the starships. An aide
Sir! The king's convoy has destroyed
at Caldin. All the bodies were
I will audience with the queen.... Who
knows of this?
Many. It came through civilian sources.
Confine Senator Sandage to his quarters.
Use any pretext. Where is the
Sandage and several other senators enter
the computer station.
Right here, General...It's over.
We've already relayed peace terms to the
Empire, and they've been accepted.
Your war has ended.
The general is angry and stands pointing
at the senators. They jump back, as
if the general were pointing a gun at
Senator, this war isn't over. It's
just begun. I take my commands from the
The queen concurs. I have her written
decree. It is to be implemented
immediately..... I order you to cease
Treason? Revolution? The people
won't follow you, General...nor will your
troops. I suggest you follow your
General Skywalker stands angrily pondering
the situation. Sandage and the
other senators are tense, a little afraid
that he might cut them down on the
45. LIFEPOD - SKY OVER AQUILAE
The reddish-yellow mass of Aquilae seems
to engulf the tiny lifepod containing
the two fleeing androids.
It's desertion. They'll destroy
us. How could this happen?
That's funny. The damage doesn't
look as bad from out here.
46. AQUILAEAN STARSHIPS
Pilot Leader and Devil Two make a second
dive on the now smoldering
transformer area. All firing from
the fortress suddenly stops. Pilot Leader
looks back to his navigator, who is equally
puzzled. The two fighters
continue to attack the now silent fortress.
CHEWIE (DEVIL TWO)
I don't get it. What do you think,
General Skywalker appears on the monitors.
GENERAL (with difficulty)
Base one to Devil Leader...Scramble code
niner. Break your attack, and return
to base. Repeat, break your attack.
They're hurt, Sir, but they still have
power. We should finish....
Break off. The war is over.
Run on white lights. Get back here, Mace.
We're going to need you.
Confirmed, base one. We're on our
way. Did you copy, Chewie?
The two starfighters break off the attack
and start back toward the planet.
Without warning, the fort directs concentrated
fire at the two starfighters.
Devil Two instantly bursts into flames,
then disintegrates. Pilot Leader's
tail section is hit, and the ship pinwheels
toward the planet. Blood covers
Pilot Leader's immobile face.
PILOT LEADER'S NAVIGATOR
We're under fire...They're still shooting.
I thought it was over. We're hit!
We're hit! Pilot is dead....Ejecting.
The dead "Pilot Leader" is jettisoned free
of the craft, but the navigator's
eject panel is dead. He struggles
with it, then bangs on the canopy to no
avail. The navigator is still trapped
in the craft when it explodes, leaving
only a puff of pink smoke reflected in
the rim light of the planet.
47. DESERT NEAR OUTPOST - AQUILAE
Pilot Leader's dead body drifts toward
his arid mother-planet. Automatic
rockets kick-in occasionally, to direct
and soften the landing. Two grey-clad
troopers stand next to a military "landspeeder;"
watching the descending
airwarrior through electrobinoculars.
Mace's corpse hits the ground rather
hard, creating a whirlwind of dust, and
the two troopers rush over to the
pilot. The younger of the two troopers,
a young boy in his teens, cradles the
dead starpilot in his arms and begins
48. WAR ROOM - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS
General Skywalker sits alone, meditating
in the deserted war room. Montross
approaches the contemplative general.
No sign of Starkiller or the princess.
There was much damage in that
area...The queen will see you at ten hundred.
The general doesn't reply.
49. ASSEMBLY - DEPARTURE AREA - IMPERIAL
General Vader stands behind a row of men
at computer control panels. A
commander reports to the general.
All enemy craft destroyed. First
and fifth division, troops and equipment
The general gives a sly smile of approval
and takes a microphone from one of
the computer technicians. He speaks
to the troops and pilots waiting in their
huge war machines for the invasion order.
The war is won. With the conquering
of this System we have ushered in a new
millenium for the Empire; which will echo
throughout the universe. Our reward
is the knowledge this system possesses.
This planet must be controlled with a
minimum of force, but you must not think
lightly of this enemy. They have
exacted a heavy toll. Today you
will make the Empire complete. Do so with
pride and care.
Vader puts down the mike, and turns to
Let the invasion begin.
50. EDGE OF THE DUNE SEA - AQUILAE
Jundland, or "no man's land," where the
rugged desert mesas meet the
foreboding dune sea. The two helpless
astro robots kick up clouds of dust as
they clumsily work their way across the
desert coastline. The short Artwo
struggles desperately to keep up with
the long-legged Threepio.
It's not possible. We're not built
for this. You're nothing more than a dim-
witted, emotion-brained intellectual.
Why you were created is beyond my logic
systems. Thanks to you, we're deserters,
and will probably be destroyed on
sight. And on top of that, you're
going the wrong way! All this filth is
The towering Threepio stops short and turns
on the blabbering mechanical runt.
I've had enough of you, you pragmatic,
nearsighted scrap pile. You go your
He picks up the tiny robot and tosses him
several feet into a large sand dune.
Threepio starts off in the direction of
the dune sea. Artwo struggles to his
feet, and shakes a metallic claw arm at
his disappearing ex-partner.
You'll be malfunctioning within a day.
You're going the wrong way, but your
way is always the wrong way.
Threepio stops and yells to the smaller
And don't let me catch you following me,
begging for help, because you won't
get it from me.
Artwo's reply is a rather rude sound, which
only an electronic person could
make. He turns and trudges off in
the opposite direction into the rocky
51. DUNE SEA - AQUILAE
Threepio, hot and tired, struggles up over
the ridge of a dune, only to find
more dunes, which seem to go on for endless
miles. He looks back in the
direction he came.
You little malfunctioning twerp.
This is all your fault. You tricked me into
going this way, but you'll do no better!
He sits in a huff of anger and frustration,
knocking the sand from his joints.
52. DESERT MESA - AQUILAE
Artwo stumbles through a narrow canyon
until he climbs over a small boulder
and sees before him a sight he first thinks
is a mirage. Nestled in a rock
formation is a deserted landspeeder.
Once the little robot is convinced that
he is alone, he approaches the battered
speeder and begins to analyze it. He
climbs into the pilot's seat, and attempts
to start the unfamiliar transport.
He hears a sound, and stops for a moment.
He sees nothing, so he continues to
fiddle with the control panel until the
speeder lurches forward with a start,
banging into a large rock. The stubby
android is shaken, but neither he, nor
the speeder, seems to be damaged.
Shivers run down Artwo's metal spine, and
again he has an eerie feeling that
he is being watched. He slowly looks
around, and sees a large man, Captain
Starkiller, standing directly behind him.
He is startled, then terrified.
Where is your master?
The little robot clicks and rattles, but
Can't you speak? How do you relate
your data? You're of Karollian
manufacture...You should be able to talk.
Are you damaged?
Starkiller pokes at the machine, but doesn't
see any damage. Artwo eyes him
suspiciously. The robot turns with
a start and discovers a young girl,
Princess Leia, has been standing next
to him for some time.
Well, General, who's your friend?
I don't know. He doesn't seem to
be able to talk. Damaged,
probably....Jettisoned from a damaged
What do you intend to do with it?
We'll take it with us. Could be
a storehouse of valuable information.
Starkiller guides the android into the
small luggage area behind the front
seat, then hops into the driver's seat.
I don't want to ride with that hing.
I order you to destroy it immediately.
Get in! We've got to hurry if we're
going to get across the "dunehedge" by
nightfall...You're coming, one way or
the other. Will you join us peaceably?
The princess reluctantly gets into the
speeder, and it starts with a jolt.
53. LANDSPEEDER - DESERT MESAS -
The speeder flies along, a foot or so above
You are such a barbarian. I'll have
my father cut you into little pieces when
we get back...and I'll take pleasure in
feeding you to the Gonthas....a little
bit each day. I may save your eyes
though. I'll have them petrified and made
into a necklace.
Your sweetness is only surpassed by your
beauty. Just try to remember, I'm
only following orders.
... to beat me and abuse me?
I'm afraid I've only learned one way to
treat wild animals.
Artwo thrashes about, trying to relieve
the pressure on his crumped legs.
You stay out of this.
54. DUNE SEA
Threepio struggles to the top of a large
dune. He is dirty and hot. His
plight seems hopeless. He searches
the horizon for any sign of life. A glint
of reflected light in the distance reveals
an object speeding toward him. The
chrome android waves frantically, and
yells at the approaching speeder. The
sleek landspeeder races past him about
a hundred yards away. He runs after
it, screaming in desperation, until he
stumbles and falls head over heels down
an enormous sand dune. Silently,
the speeder sweeps around in a circle and
stops behind the immobile robot.
Starkiller jumps out of the landspeeder and
is quickly followed by Artwo.
We're in a hurry, remember! If you're
going to stop for everyone unfortunate
along the way, we'll never get back.
We're lucky you got the speeder running
as it is.
Artwo waddles up to his fallen partner
and starts pulling on his leg, then
runs up and starts pulling on his arm.
Function! Function! It's me.
Come on, function.
Well, my little friend, you've found your
We must help him... We've been lost.
Where did you come from?
The little robot runs around his fallen
partner giving him small electric
charges from his claw hand. Threepio
shudders from head to toe, then regains
Where did you come from?
We were jettisoned from six twenty-nine,
I'm unfamiliar with that ship. What
type is it?
It's a class M station, not a conventional
Threepio then stands and shakes the young
I'm Seethreepio, Human-Cyborg Relations.
Your kindness is greatly
Starkiller and the two robots walk back
to the speeder.
55. Both Artwo and Threepio are stuffed
into the tiny luggage compartment.
It is late in the day when the speeder
rumbles to a stop in a small desert
canyon surrounded by steep cliffs and
We'll rest here.
At last. The transport is welcome
but my joints are frozen.
Everyone climbs out of the low-slung speeder.
Starkiller watches the two
androids as they stretch their mechanical
I've got a bad case of dust contamination.
I can barely move.
What a foresaken place this is.
We seem to be made to suffer. It's our lot
in life. Sir, could you tell....
Threepio turns and notices that Starkiller
and the princess have disappeared.
He looks all around.
Where did they go? They've disappeared.
Maybe they were attacked! I sense
55. HIDDEN FORTRESS ENTRANCE - DESERT
CANYON - AQUILAE [scene number - sic]
Captain Starkiller and Princess Leia hurry
through a maze of large boulders,
until they reach a sheer rock face.
Starkiller looks around to see if they
were followed. Suddenly, a large
section of the rock slides away, revealing a
well-lit corridor carved out of the rock.
They enter, and are greeted by two
jubilant guards. Starkiller gives
them some orders and points in the
direction of the speeder. The secret
rock door silently slides closed.
57. MAIN HALLWAY - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS
Starkiller and the princess are greeted
by General Skywalker and Montross.
They bow before the princess.
PRINCESS (angrily pointing at Starkiller)
General, I want you to do something with
this..this barbarian. Where's my
The king is dead, Your Highness.
All anger suddenly drains from the princess.
She almost timidly asks the next
My mother?... and brothers?
She's here. She's safe...so are
your brothers. They're in the main chamber.
Leia, now looking more like a frightened
young girl than a vindictive
princess, runs down the hallway toward
the main chamber. She vainly attempts
to hold back the tears.
58. DESERT CANYON - AQUILAE
The two puzzled androids sit on the landspeeder,
pondering the disappearance
of their saviour.
Do you suppose we're in danger?
The logic of this environment escapes
As night begins to fall, and the shadows
begin to lengthen, the two robots
begin to get a little edgy. The
sound of approaching feet startles Artwo, and
he ducks behind his taller friend.
Two guards approach the robots.
You will remain calm, and you will remain
Certainly. I'm Seethreepio, Human-Cyborg
Relations. Your kindness is
Artwo sits rather suspiciously behind his
59. ROYAL CHAMBER - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS
General Skywalker bows low before Princess
Leia. She sits on a raised
platform, dressed in the royal robes of
a planetary ruler. The queen sits off
to one side on a smaller platform.
The princess waits for a few moments
before she allows the general to rise.
The senate has been corrupted.
They cannot rule without your wish...
I rule by marriage. With the king
dead, I am not strong enough to stop
them... Leia is now the true queen...
She must be protected. The line must be
preserved. I am placing the future
of our people in your hands. You must
deliver Leia and her brothers to the Ophuchi
System. They will be safe there.
General, you must understand, I had no
alternative but to condone an end to
the hostilities. I deeply believe
your campaign could have been successful,
but there are things that...
I understand, Your Highness...
The chrome companies on Ophuchi have offered
to supply you with the men and
ships necessary to return Leia to the
Can the chrome companies be trusted?
The price for their cooperation is high.
It is waiting for you in Med Center
blue. Guard it as you would the
princess herself. No-one must know of this
mission. There are those among the
trusted who would wish us ill. Take only
two of your best officers with you, the
most loyal. May the force of others
be with you.
Mother, you must not stay.
I am too old for such a journey.
The Empire already controls the spaceport
cities. You have a long way to travel.
It won't be easy.
We will have to travel in disguise.
I must have full command. No-one can
suspect wealth or royal training.
I fear the new queen will not stand for
Do not put words into my mouth.
I will stand for what is necessary.
The general simply smiles.
60. SUB-HALLWAY - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS
The general walks briskly through an isolated
hallway, closely followed by
How is Captain Whitsun's recovery?
Very good; he's up and around.
Fine! Have Whitsun and...ah, Starkiller
report at zero three hundred. I want
two converted transports: agricultural
type, two days' provisions, travel
papers, weapons. Contact Han Solo
at the Gordon spaceport...I'll talk to
him... with speed!
Montross turns and rushes down another
61. MEDICAL CENTER BLUE - UNDERGROUND
FORTRESS - AQUILAE
The general enters a stark white waiting
area filled with scholarly looking
gentlemen. An attendant greets General
Skywalker and takes him into a small
observation chamber overlooking a large
operating theatre. An elderly doctor
Good to see you, General. I'm afraid
we're not quite ready yet. Thank God
you'll be the one taking them, though.
An attendant brings in one of the scholars
from the waiting area and places
him on a large operating table surrounded
by strange looking equipment. An
ominous looking clamp is placed on the
How many are going?
Thirty-three of the greatest scientific
minds in our System...A high price for
Thirty-three scientists! Transporting
a group that size, undetected... I
Don't worry, General. All you'll
be taking are their minds.
The doctor moves over to a safe-like cabinet
guarded by two attendants. The
doctor gingerly picks up a small clear
vial filled with grey fluid. It has a
label which reads: Faubun, Astro-dynamics...In
the background the scholar on
the operating table is undergoing a form
of mechanized brain surgery.
Yes. It has been greatly perfected.
The brain is condensed into five ounces
of fluid. Cloning cell samples are
included so that a structural duplicate of
the scientist can be reproduced.
When the duplicate child reaches the age of
six, he or she begins a series of injections
of the brain fluid. By the age
of ten years, they have received all the
knowledge and memory of an
experienced scientist: an old mind
in a young body. We have prepared a
special shock-belt to carry the vials.
In the background, the limp body of the
scholar on the operating table is
removed and another scientist is escorted
into the operating threatre. Dr.
Bloodory, a portly doctor in his forties,
enters the room and shakes hands
with the general.
General, this is Doctor Bloodory.
He'll be making the trip with you.
It's an honor to meet you, General.
I'm sure I couldn't be in safer hands.
The chrome companies are exacting a high
prince indeed. Politics will be the
ruin of us all.
Careful. If we could rid ourselves
of the politicians, generals would no
longer be necessary.
We should be ready by zero three hundred.
The doctors exit, leaving the general alone
to watch the huge machine extract
62. SPACEPORT - OBSERVATION DECK
Governor Hoedaack, General Vader walk down
a boarding ramp to an observation
deck overlooking the conquered city of
Gordon. They are followed by a number
of aides and officers from the Imperial
fleet. Below them air tanks and other
military equipment and supplies are being
Not much of a planet.
Darth, you've done well. Do you
think you will have the Royal Family by
An advance expedition is already on its
way to their underground hideaway.
They should reach it by nightfall... but
only if this Count Sandage can be
A man hungry for power can always be trusted...
to betray those in power. I'm
sure his information is correct.
63. HIDDEN FORTRESS CANYON
The huge rock face of the canyon opens,
and two shabby agricultural
landspeeders are pushed into the late
afternoon sun. Artwo and Threepio stand
on the far side of the canyon with their
guards, watching in amazement. The
general and Captain Starkiller walk behind
the men pushing the landspeeders.
We'll take them with us. They know
more about that fortress than any ten men.
They will be very useful.
Can they be trusted?
Loyalty can't be programmed. They
can be trusted never to harm a living
creature, and to always give accurate
information...as they know it, to anyone
who asks. You just have to remember
not to tell them anything that you don't
want to fall into the wrong hands.
The general approaches the two robots.
Artwo shyly moves around his taller
Greetings. I'm Luke: Agricultural
Engineering. We're going to be travelling
together. You're going with us to
help set up a hortastation on Banth.
Threepio shakes hands with the general.
I'm Seethreepio: Human Cyborg relations.
Your kindness is greatly
Threepio and the general both look down
at Artwo. Threepio gives the smaller
android a little kick.
Artwo Detwo: Fusion Repair.
GENERAL (to Starkiller)
Load them into one of the speeders.
Captain Whitsun, walking with a slight
limp, emerges from the underground
fortress with the Royal Family.
A small group of guards and aides are lined
up, standing at attention. The two
young princes, Biggs and Windy, hug and
kiss their mother good-bye, then jump
into the back of the larger four-man
speeder. The princess bows before
her mother, then embraces her. Tears roll
down her cheeks. Her mother wipes
You must learn strength.
The princess turns and moves to the larger
speeder where she is helped aboard
by Captain Starkiller.
I don't need your help, thank you.
She gives the general an angry look.
I'm afraid he's necessary.
A commotion erupts at the mouth of the
underground fortress. Count Sandage,
several senators and ten to twelve troopers
rush into the canyon and block the
Where are you going? What is this?
In one quick movement the general moves
between Sandage and the queen.
Whitsun and Starkiller assume defensive
positions in front of the princess and
Leia and the boys are being taken to safety.
It is my wish.
The Empire has assured their safety.
They must stay.
It is not my wish....
General, you've gone too far this time.
(to the troops) Arrest him.
Five troops start to move on the general,
as Sandage draws his laserpistol.
Before anyone can complete his action,
the general ignites his lasersword and
cuts the senator in two. He drops
to the ground in a heap, and the
approaching troops stop in their tracks.
The general, Starkiller, and Whitsun replace
their swords, and bow low to the
queen. All of the troops, senators,
and aides do the same. The formalness of
the occasion is broken when the queen
embraces the general. She then turns
and embraces each of the captains.
They are both flustered, and somewhat
May the force of others be with you.
The general and his captains head for the
speeders, while the queen and all
the others return to the underground fortress.
64. DESERT BLUFF - AQUILAE
The two speeders edge their way onto a
bluff overlooking the hidden fortress
canyon. They stop for one last reflective
moment. Forced to leave their
closest friends and relatives, the group
is deeply moved. The two robots, for
the most part, are puzzled. Suddenly,
there is a huge atomic flash, followed
by a loud rumble, and the entire canyon
collapses into a large crater. The
group quietly watches the dust settle.
The hidden fortress and all its
inhabitants have been destroyed.
The general watches the princess, who
appears to take it well.
It was the only way we could be safe from
65. DUNE SEA - AQUILAE
The two sleek landspeeders glide effortlessly
through the vast hills and
valleys of the dune sea. At the
base of the towering dune ridge, the four-man
speeder stops. The smaller speeder,
with Starkiller and the two robots, makes
its way to the top of the ridge.
Captain Starkiller stops the speeder just
short of the top of the ridge. He
gets out and continues the rest of the way
on foot. The young captain peeks
over the dune ridge into the canyon below.
Muted sounds and large dust clouds rise
from the canyon floor. Starkiller
immediately ducks back behind the ridge
with an amazed look on his face. He
quickly returns to the speeder, and picks
up the intercom.
Sir, you'd better take a look at this.
But come easy.
The four-man speeder starts with a crack,
and slowly moves up the side of the
imposing dune. It stops next to
the smaller speeder. The general and Whitsun
get out and make their way to the top
of the ridge, where they join
Starkiller. Far in the distance,
crossing the endless dune sea, is the
Imperial invasion army. It is immense.
A convoy of giant tanks, troop
carriers, and supply ships stretch from
horizon to horizon. Cavalry, mounted
on giant dune birds, ride the line from
one end of the convoy to the other.
Hundreds of troops ride one-man jet-sticks
in precision formation. Their
lances form a giant pin-cushion.
It is an awesome sight.
They're heading toward the fortress.
What will they do when they find it destroyed?
They won't stop looking for us...They're
coming from the spaceport at
Anchorhead, which means they control everything
between here and the spaceport
Can we go around them?
No. We'll have to wait for them
to pass. Starkiller, see if you can monitor
any of their communications on the com-link
in the big speeder.
Starkiller returns to the speeder.
He collapses in the large speeder next to
the princess, and flips on the com-link
radio, moving back and forth across
Must you do that?
Starkiller smiles rather sarcastically.
Orders...The invasion force has cut us
off. We'll probably be here for some
time. You ought to stretch a bit.
Is that a command, General? Maybe
I feel like watching after my brothers.
Starkiller looks back at the two sleeping
They're not going anywhere. They're
I want to stay with them.
What's the matter? You afraid I
might eat them?
66. LIBRARY - PALACE OF LITE - AQUILAE
The king's old library has been converted
into an office for General Vader.
He is sitting behind his desk as Prince
Valorum, the black knight of Sith,
enters and salutes. The black knight
is dressed in the fascist black and
chrome uniform of the legendary Sith One
Hundred. The general returns his
Welcome, Prince Valorum. Your exploits
are legendary. I have long waited to
meet a Knight of the Sith. If there
is any way I can assist you, my entire
command is at your bidding.
I want a tie-in to your computer network,
a control center, and communication
Right away! I'll also transfer all
information we have on the general. His
command post was self-destroyed, but we
believe he is still alive.... Do you
really believe he's a Jedi?
If he was not a Jedi, I wouldn't be here.
67. WASTELAND - AQUILAE
The speeders make their way across the
grey desert. It is dawn. The twin
suns have yet to rise over the distant
hills. The speeders are coated with
dust and grime, indicating that they have
travelled far. The two captains
drive through the night as everyone else
sleeps. Starkiller calls Whitsun on
How are your fuel packs? I'm reading
I'm too low to transfer any.
The general, who appeared to be asleep,
opens his eyes, and takes the
microphone from Whitsun.
There is a fuel station fourteen degrees
by two meters. The occupation force
should have control of it by now, so hide
your weapons...but keep them within
68. FUEL STATION - AQUILAE
A series of low concrete structures rise
out of the desert. The speeders stop
in front of an old weather-beaten block
house. The rusted hulk of a
landspeeder lies half-buried to one side
of the building. Starkiller and
Whitsun jump out of the speeder and go
into the block house.
69. INTERIOR - FUEL STATION - AQUILAE
The two young captains, dressed as farmers,
enter the dingy little fuel
station. It is quiet. A few
power packs line the walls and a dismantled
speeder rests in the repair bay.
There is a sharp dripping sound coming from
the speeder. It appears that no-one
Greetings! ... Who's in charge here?
They look around the deserted station,
but find no attendant. An eerie quiet
pervades the building.
I don't get it...
You don't have to. It's abandoned.
Whitsun opens a door leading to a storage
area, and stops short.
Not quite abandoned...
Starkiller moves to the doorway and sees
the attendant, his wife, and small
daughter hanging upside down, tortured
to death. Whitsun cuts them down.
They shouldn't have resisted.
Starkiller grabs two power packs from the
Help me with these power packs.
We'd better move out of here.
Whitsun covers the family with an old work
tarp. He bows to the dead, then
reluctantly grabs a couple of power packs
and they start for the door.
Whitsun stops for a moment.
Hear that? Someone's here.
(yelling) We're friends. Show yourself.
Silence. Whitsun shrugs his shoulders
and they start out the door, only to
run straight into a burly stormtrooper.
Get out of here!
70. FUEL STATION - AQUILAE
Whitsun and Starkiller are pulled out of
the doorway and shoved into the
center of a group of fifteen or twenty
Imperial stormtroopers who have
surrounded the two speeders. Several
troops have pulled General Skywalker out
of the speeder. He acts senile,
like a man twice his age.
I'm all right. I can still move
about by myself.
A rough looking sergeant grabs Whitsun.
What are you doing here?
We're out of power, sir.
Let me see your travel passes!
I have it here, somewhere. We've
been relocated...to a Bantha hortastation,
by Imperial order...
Whitsun fumbles to retrieve something from
his pocket, and eventually pulls
out a small, round disc. The sergeant
puts the disc in a small portable
reader. Various computer readouts
are displayed on the monitor. Starkiller
starts to put a power pack into one of
What are you doing there? All power
has been restricted.
We've run out. We must have power,
or be forced to stay here....and become
The sergeant thinks about this for a moment,
as the old, wise general watches
him. Tension fills the air.
Starkiller shuffles around to a position where
he can reach his weapon. A trooper
hands the sergeant a message.
SERGEANT (to Whitsun)
Take only two of those power packs, and
then move out quickly.
The sergeant hurries to a military craft,
where he takes a call on an
intercom. General Skywalker and
his two young captains load the remaining
power packs into the speeder, and roar
away from the station.
71. WASTELAND - AQUILAE
The speeders race along through the rocky
desert wasteland. The general
speaks into the intercom to Starkiller.
Keep a close watch. If that sergeant
runs an analysis on those passes, we
might be seeing him again...We should
be safely inside Gordon within the day.
Everyone is in good spirits. The
princess and her young brothers sing an
Aquilaean melody, which is transmitted
to Starkiller in the smaller speeder.
The general takes little Windy, and lets
him sit on his lap in the forward
compartment of the speeder. Artwo
flexes Threepio's arm back and forth,
attempting to discover the cause of a
Z-2 doesn't seem to help at all.
It's all this filth and dust. This
environment is murderous.
Starkiller notices a small speck on the
STARKILLER (into intercom)
Object approaching, bearing three point
The general looks through an electrotelescope
mounted in the speeder. He
spots a distant row of troopers riding
strange dune birds.
GENERAL (to Starkiller)
It's a patrol. It could mean trouble.
We'd better split up. You stay on a
direct course. We'll meet you at
the western edge of ravine 23-64. Stay in
The larger speeder makes a sharp left turn,
speeding off across a deep ravine.
Starkiller can begin to distinguish the
It looks like there's ten of them.
They're heading right for me.... Wait a
second. They've disappeared!
I've lost them.
73. WASTELAND LAKEBED - AQUILAE
Whitsun deftly maneuvers the bulky speeder
through a narrow, boulder strewn
ravine. They eventually come out
on a dry lake bed, where they stop.
Standing not more than a hundred feet
away, apparantly waiting for the
speeder, are five Imperial troops on their
We've found them, five of them, anyway...Watch
The troops slowly ride their huge birds
over to the speeder, and dismount.
The officer in charge is a vicious looking
warrior, with a large scar across
Let me see your passes.
Whitsun hands him the small pass disc,
and he places it in his reader. He
studies the computer readout for a few
moments, and then returns the disc to
Have you seen any other transports in
We saw two heading south. Goin'
toward Ansel, look like to me.
All right. Be on your way.
The officer mounts his dune bird, and the
patrol moves away. Whitsun winks at
the princess, and smiles at the general,
as the speeder starts off across the
dry lake. The general fiddles with
S-2, are you clear?
I have five troopers approaching.
Any problems on your end?
We came through all right. You shouldn't
have any trouble, but stay alert.
Best wishes....Here they come.
Everyone rides along in silence, a little
worried about Starkiller, especially
..Do you think he'll be all right?
He can take care of himself.
Biggs is looking out the back window of
Hey look! They're coming back.
Everyone looks to see the patrol quickly
gaining on them.
Stop! They're faster. Get
The speeder screeches to a halt in a cloud
of dust. The general and his
captain jump from the transport with laserpistols
drawn. The patrol bears
down on them, swords drawn, at full charge.
Both the general and Whitsun
fire. Two of the troopers and their
Dune birds explode in a cloud of smoke.
The remaining three troopers are upon
the duo in a matter of seconds. The
general ignites his lasersword and cuts
down two of the troops as they pass.
The last turns his bird around before
reaching the speeder, and hightails it
back toward the ravine. The general
jumps onto one of the riderless dune
birds and takes off in pursuit.
Whitsun checks the dead troopers.
73. WASTELAND RAVINE - AQUILAE
The general rides at breakneck speed after
the fleeing trooper. His
lasersword is raised high over his head,
ready to deal a death blow. The
lumbering birds race through the winding
74. WASTELAND RAVINE - AQUILAE
The intercom warning buzzer begins to scream.
Whitsun rushes for it, but the
princess gets there first.
Are you all right?
Two riders heading your way. I got
three, but two got away. Watch
75. WASTELAND RAVINE - AQUILAE
The general is riding neck and neck with
the trooper. He swiftly brings his
sword down and the trooper drops from
his saddle. The momentum of his charge
carries the general around a bend in the
ravine, and right in the path of two
more troops charging down on him.
The two troopers are taken by surprise.
They stop their birds, and so does the
general. They stand there, about fifty
yards apart, sizing up each other.
Suddenly, the two troopers start for the
Jedi at full speed. The general
raises his sword, and starts for them. The
troopers are no match for the general,
who kills them both before they are
even able to swing their swords.
76. WASTELAND LAKEBED - AQUILAE
Starkiller stops near the larger landspeeder
and gets out. He is wounded.
Blood streams from his left arm.
Whitsun rushes to help him. The princess
shows a great deal of concern.
It looks worse than it is. You'll
be all right.
Whitsun motions to the princess, who looks
a little relieved.
Bring me the med aid pack.
It he was clumsy enough to get hurt, maybe
we ought to let him bleed to death.
She hands Whitsun the kit, as the general
rides up and dismounts. He moves to
You missed two.
I know, I couldn't...
Don't let it happen again. We'd
better move out. They might have reported
77. CONTROL ROOM - PALACE OF LITE
The dark and sinister Valorum moves several
markers on a large map readout to
form a line from the destroyed underground
fortress to the spaceport at
Gordon. An aide enters with General
The patrol was lost, Sir. All ten
It's to be expected.
Have you found them?
They're heading for the spaceport at Gordon.
I'm going there. Have all
security doubled. Make it an alert.
78. THE OUTSKIRTS OF GORDON - AQUILAE
The speeders stop on a bluff overlooking
a small cantina on the outskirts of
Gordon. The spaceport can be seen
in the distance. The general and Captain
Whitsun walk over to the smaller speeder.
Starkiller helps the two androids
out of their cramped quarters.
Your kindness is greatly appreciated.
STARKILLER (to general)
I'm fit enough to...
The general gives him a hard look and he
shuts up. Whitsun and the general
climb into the speeder.
We'll make contact at zero four hundred.
If we're not back by fifty-five
forty, get worried.
The speeder starts off toward the cantina.
79. SPACEPORT CANTINA - AQUILAE
The speeder pulls up in front of the low,
blockhouse style cantina. Various
strange forms of transport are parked
outside the bar.
Take care here. If there is any
trouble, get back to the others.
The general and Whitsun enter the shabby
cantina. The murky little den is
filled with a startling array of weird
and exotic alien creatures, laughing at
the bar. At first, the sight is
horrifying. One-eyed, thousand-eyed, slimy,
furry, scaling arms, tentacles, and claws
huddle over drinks. The general
looks over the patrons, but does not see
the contact, Han Solo. A large
multiple eyed creature shoves the general.
Assha dughi wouldugga?
The general tries to ignore the creature,
and turns back to his drink. A
short, grubby looking human, and an even
smaller rodent-like creature join the
He doesn't like you.
I understood him.
I don't like you either.
The big creature is getting agitated, and
yells at the general.
Don't insult us. You just watch
yourself. We're wanted men. I have the
death sentence on twelve Systems.
I'll be careful then.
You'll be dead.
The short rodent yells something, and everything
at the bar moves away. The
general assumes a defensive position.
His three adversaries ready their
You insist on a fight then.
Just try and kill us.
It will hurt a little.
We aren't cowards.
Then it can't be helped.
The general's lasersword sparks to life.
An arm lies on the floor. The
rodent is cut in two, and the large, multiple-eyed
creature lies doubled, cut
from chin to groin. The general,
with quiet dignity, replaces his sword in
its sheath. The entire fight has
lasted only a matter of seconds. A figure
stands in the doorway watching the general.
As soon as the general notices
him, he leaves. The cantina goes
back to normal, as if nothing had happened,
although the general is given a respectable
amount of room at the bar. The
Jedi finishes his drink, and then leaves.
Captain Whitsun follows.
80. SPACEPORT ALLEYWAY - GORDON -
General Skywalker embraces Han Solo, the
underground contact. Han is a huge,
green skinned monster with no nose and
You old stardog. Took a war to get
you out here...
Whitsun arrives with Starkiller, the princess
and her brothers, and the two
It's been too long. We've been through
much together. It will be good to
have you out of retirement and back at
my side. How is Starkiller? (putting
his arm around the young Captain Starkiller)
This is his son.
You're all the old boy will talk about.
He's still holding up. Come, let's
get off the street.
The group enters a small doorway at the
far end of the alleyway. On the main
street, within view of the doorway, giant
Imperial air tanks and other
military hardware rumble through the city.
Starving refugees sit in the
gutters watching the immense display of
force with a mixture of awe and
terror. The princess stops for a
moment, and stares at her people, watching
the might of the Empire. The general
escorts her through the doorway with the
81. SLUM DWELLING - LIVING AREA -
The seedy dwelling is dark and dingy.
The group is greeted by three
underground leaders, and the old Jedi,
Kane Starkiller. Captain Starkiller
embraces his father as the underground
leaders bow before the princess.
82. SLUM DWELLING - DINING AREA -
The princess walks through the dining area
followed by Whitsun and Starkiller,
who carry the two sleeping princes.
The general sits at a large table
finishing dinner with Han, Kane and the
three underground leaders. Whitsun
returns from the bedroom.
GENERAL (to Whitsun)
Captain, why don't you take the androids
into the other room for a game of
chess? ... I'm sure they'd enjoy it.
A wonderful idea. Your kindness
is greatly appreciated.
Whitsun escorts the two robots into the
next room. Datos, a thin, wizened old
man, seems greatly relieved.
You're taking a great risk travelling
with them. This whole operation sounds
bad to me. I don't trust the chrome
companies. Time is growing short. The
Empire's attempts at control have already
caused a great deal of suffering to
Occo, a brash young rebel, about the same
age as Captain Starkiller, slams his
fist on the table.
It must happen now! We are ready!
Each day the Imperial S.B.T. finds and
destroys a few more in the organization.
We cannot wait any longer.
Any uprising without a coordinated attack
on the death star is out of the
He's right. As long as it's operational,
any action down here would be
meaningless. We must proceed as
planned. Are the arrangements secure?
Quist, the third member of the underground,
sparks to life, and places several
discs and badges on the table.
All passenger transport has been suspended,
so we've arranged for you to
travel as the crew of a Baltarian freighter.
The boys will have to be placed
in suspended animation and hidden in shielded
micro-packs. It's the only way
we will be able to get them past the scanners.
Were you able to acquire the necessary
It's become a serious problem. All
power supplies have been restricted. S-4
units are impossible to come by.
I know an agent who might be able to acquire
them for us. I'll check with
him. It will be risky, but we've
no other choice.
83. SPACEPORT OBSERVATION DECK -
The dark figure of Valorum stands overlooking
a group of Aquilaean partisans
who are being tortured in the plaza below.
Two Imperial officers are
finishing a report to the black knight.
They salute smartly, then leave the
observation balcony, passing Kuro, one
of General Vader's aides, who
approaches Valorum, and bows low before
him. Kuro and the black knight carry
on an animated conversation; it is inaudible
over the screams of the tortured
84. SLUM DWELLING - ALLEYWAY - AQUILAE
Residents glance fearfully from their windows
as six Imperial stormtroopers
make their way through the crowded slum
alleyway. Han Solo and Captain
Starkiller move cautiously past the Imperial
patrol, and disappear into the
shabby hideout of the partisan underground.
85. SLUM DWELLING - MAIN AREA - AQUILAE
The two men enter the dingy main room of
the slum dwelling, and are
immediately attacked by Biggs, wielding
a toy sword. Starkiller good-
naturedly fends off the young prince,
as Han in a more serious mood, goes into
the other room. Artwo and Threepio
are helping Windy put together a block-
like puzzle. Princess Leia comes
in to see what all the commotion is about,
just as the young captain grabs Biggs
by the foot and holds him upside-down.
Starkiller and Biggs are laughing uproariously.
Leia gives the captain a
stern, disapproving look, then returns
to the other room.
86. SLUM DWELLING - DINING AREA -
General Skywalker, Captain Whitsun, and
Datos are in the process of assembling
two micro-packs on the kitchen table.
Han pulls a small silver powerpack from
his pocket, and places it on the table.
The old Jedi, Kane Starkiller,
reaches over with his one good arm and
takes it. He inspects it carefully.
Princess Leia sits quietly behind the
We could only get one unit. The
Empire's methods are proving to be very
Kane places the power-pack back on the
table. The pain from those simple
movements shows on his face.
This will work fine.
One of the boys will have to stay.
We can't hide him for very long....The
risk is too great! Whichever boy
doesn't go must be destroyed.
The princess is alarmed, and looks to the
general for support. He gives her
an understanding look.
Not while they're in my charge.
Find another way to get him through.
There's no other way. We've analyzed
every possible alternative. You can't
jeopardize the enitre...
Captain Starkiller enters the room.
We have no time for discussion.
The freighters leave at zero three hundred.
We must get started.
Through a break in the door, Whitsun watches
Artwo and Threepio play with the
two young princes.
What about Artwo? Could we lobotomize
him, and use his energy pack?
They're not compatible. We'd have
to completely change the system...
It could work.
There isn't enough time. You can't
You won't have to. My power unit
has more than half life.... Use it.
The withered Jedi opens his tunic revealing
a metallic chest covered with
electrodes. With his one good arm,
he grabs his chest and rips loose and
miniature power unit similar to the one
on the table. Everyone is taken by
surprise. The general and the young
Starkiller both rush to the side of the
dying Jedi. The old man turns to
Trust my judgment, Son. Serve your
new teacher well.
The Jedi's breathing becomes more difficult
as he turns to the general.
An honorable death, my friend. May
the force of others be with you....
Kane Starkiller passes on to the other
world. Everyone is stunned. The
general breaks the moment of silence.
May he be welcomed as a man above men.
Take him downstairs.
Starkiller takes his father in his arms
and is followed out of the room by Han
Prepare the boys! We have little
Princess Leia and Captain Whitsun rush
out of the room, as the general places
the power units in the micro-packs.
87. SLUM DWELLING - MAIN AREA - AQUILAE
Biggs and Windy are not happy about being
dragged away from their puzzle.
Whitsun takes the robots into the sleep
Now straighten up, Biggs. Remember,
father expects you to follow his ways.
We are going on a trip. There will
be great danger. You must go to sleep.
When you wake, you will be in a strange
land, so don't be alarmed.
Are you going to sleep too?
I will be looking after you. Now
be good boys and stand still. Lift your
Windy lifts his sleeze and Leia injects
him with a sleep serum. Whitsun
enters just as the little prince collapses
into a deep sleep. Quick as
lightning, he catches the boy before he
can hit the floor. The princess
injects her other brother, and he collapses
into her arms.
88. SLUM DWELLING - DINING AREA -
The limp bodies of the two young princes
are carried in by Leia and Captain
Whitsun. They are carefully squeezed
into the hollowed out micro-cases. Leia
pensively watches as the general expertly
attaches electrodes to her brother's
skull. Han and Datos return from
the burial of Kane. The general looks up
from his operation.
He is at rest. The Empire will never
find him. Are the systems working all
Full power...Is everything ready?
Datos nods yes, as the general closes the
case holding Biggs. The strain of
watching her brothers placed in suspended
animation is too great for Leia, and
she retreats into the main room.
89. SLUM DWELLING - MAIN ROOM - AQUILAE
Captain Starkiller stands brooding near
a window overlooking the crowded
alleyway. He does not acknowledge
Leia's entrance. She walks over to the
window, and stands next to the young captain.
They are very close, but do not
He does not respond. She is moved
by his sorrow, and starts to touch the side
of his face, but can't bring herself to
do it. Her royal training is too
strong to let her show her true affection
for Starkiller. She breaks down and
runs from the room. The young Jedi
continues his meditation.
90. SPACEPORT AT GORDON - SECURITY
RAMP - AQUILAE
The spaceport is very crowded. People
rush about in a panicked rush as
loudspeakers blurt out indiscernible announcements.
The Empire is in the
process of changing the boarding procedures
and the result is chaos. Many
flights are delayed, and people are running
to and fro, switching boarding
ramps. Han guides the rebel group,
dressed as a Baltarian crew, through the
crowded terminal. Whitsun and Starkiller
carry the large micro-packs strapped
to their backs. The robots follow
a few paces behind.
They're changing the boarding procedures.
I don't like it.
They are swept into a boarding gate and
finally reach a security ramp scan
station. There are a great number
of troops and guards standing around the
security area. An officer demands
to see their passes and orders. The
tension builds as the officer confers
with an aide about the passes. The aide
speaks quietly into a phone.
Where are your component receipts?
Starkiller and Whitsun hand the officer
two additional discs which are placed
in the computer. A few moments later,
the readout appears, and the group is
motioned through the electron scanners.
On the other side of the scanner, new
computer discs are issued to the group.
Everyone seems slightly relieved as
they walk through several hallways leading
to where the freighter is docked.
Starkiller moves next to the general.
I don't like the feel of this.
Your senses are strong. It's a very
It's a Knight of the Sith.
Possibly. Stay alert...Warn the
The group walks through the docking links
and into the Baltarian spacecraft.
Several Imperial guards pass them, and
everyone is ready for the suspected
trap, but nothing happens..
91. INTERIOR - BALTARIAN FREIGHTER
The group stops in a narrow electronics
passageway near the bridge of the
ship. Starkiller and Whitsun unstrap
the micro-packs containing the two young
princes, and check the voltage packs.
Little Biggs is losing power faster than
normal. I'd better check it out.
Wait until the situation is secure.
Stay here, and keep on your guard....Han!
The two young captains grow suspicious
of several workmen gathering around the
main exit hatch. Han and the general
enter the bridge area. Several crewmen
sit at elaborate controls and computer
Where is your captain?
One of the crewmen directs him to a small
chamber above the bridge.
Starkiller and Whitsun strap on their
micropacks as more workmen converge at
the main hatch and begin to close it.
The two robots, Artwo and Threepio are
confused about what is going on, and wear
their gear in anticipation of
92. PILOT CHAMBER - BALTARIAN FREIGHTER
Han and the general enter the small pilot's
chamber and greet the captain,
whose face is hidden in the shadows of
a computer bank.
Welcome, gentlemen. You must have
had a difficult journey. We'll be
[p. 77 is all screwed up. I attempt
to interpret here:]
[Four Imperial tr]oopers silently enter
the room behind the two [??] Their
laserswords are drawn.
[?] I have been authorized to accept payment
[?] the chrome company
cooperation. I [?] you've brought
it with you.
[?] moves out of the shadows, and is revealed
to [be Valorum, F]irst Knight of
the Sith. Instantly, both Han and
[the general] understand the situation.
They turn, drawing their [laserswords?
?] the move, and cut down the four
Imperial troopers. [?] chamber instantly
seals shut. Valorum hasn't [?] and
remains unusually calm. The two
Jedi turn [?]
[?] over, gentlemen. The chamber
is sealed. [?] force me to release the Jai
[?] and the black knight turns to an intercom.
[?]ion secure. Prisoners taken to
hold "B,"... [?] casualties.... gas was
[?]eral relax and drop their weapons.
The door [?] behind them and six guards
enter wearing face-[?]nd the two Jedi
with chrome microcuffs. A [?] creeps
across Valorum's face. General [?]
unimpressed with the knightly trap.
[?] it's ended. (to guard)
Take them [?] "G." I don't want them with the
others. [?] for departure.
[?esc]ort Han and the general out of the
chamber [?] hallways.
[?93. INTERIOR - BALTA]RIAN FREIGHTERS
[?]ch Han and the general into the hold
of the [?] near the main exit where
Artwo and Threepio [?] looking lost.
Threepio sees the general pass [?]ay.
[?]ere he is. Come on.
[end of p. 77]
The robots waddle off after the Jedi prisoners.
As the small procession
passes detention cell B where the princess
and the others are being held, Han
and the general let out a horrifying Jedi
scream, and leap to the corridor
ceiling, thrusting their bound wrists
into the lighting fixtures. They land
on top of the troops, instantly breaking
the necks of four guards, with
expertly placed Jedi blows. The
eight surviving guards are momentarily
dumbfounded. Han and the general
grab laserswords from their victims, and
swiftly cut down the remaining troops.
Han grabs a small card from one of the
dead guards, and starts for detention
Watch it! Those are cutters.
The general grabs one of the dead troopers
and tosses him against the cell
door. Red rays engulf the body,
and holds it there. Han then places the card
in a slot, and the door silently slides
open. Starkiller and Whitsun leap for
the dead guard, then notice the death
ray surrounding him. General Skywalker
grabs another body and throws it into
Pass between them!
Starkiller squeezes between the slain guards,
and is untouched by the rays.
Whitsun and the princess quickly follow,
picking up weapons as they leave.
They've taken the cases.
Are they aware of the boys?
I don't think so.
Find them! Use your seeker.
We'll meet you at the main hatch. Watch
yourselves. If an alarm is given,
they'll gas the entire ship.
Whitsun and Starkiller each take a small
humming device from their utility
belts and head down a narrow hallway.
The general, Han and the princess
continue toward the main hatch.
Artwo and Threepio have been completely
confused by the turn of events.
They eventually follow the general toward the
94. ELECTROCLOSET HALLWAY - BALTARIAN
FREIGHTER - AQUILAE
The two young captains reach a storage
area of the huge spacecraft. They
watch their seekers as they move along
a row of electroclosets. They quietly
sneak past a group of workmen assembling
a large gyro-housing. A second row
of micro-packs is searched to no avail.
If they were discovered, they would have
been sent to a medical station.
There are more storage areas on the far
95. MAIN HATCH AREA - BALTARIAN FREIGHTER
Han and the general reach the main hatch,
closely followed by Leia and the two
robots. Several lights over the
hatch flash on and off. The general cuts a
camera off the wall with his lasersword.
They're going to take off....It's too
Threepio! Come over here.
The lanky chrome man approaches the general,
who is studying a complex
computer control panel next to the hatch.
Yes Sir. May I be of service?
Get this hatch open. Counterlock
the departure pattern.
The robot immediately starts pushing buttons
on the panel.
96. ELECTROCLOSET HALLWAY - BALTARIAN
FREIGHTER - AQUILAE
Starkiller and Whitsun reach a second series
of electroclosets. A signal
appears on the seekers, and Starkiller
cuts down the door of one of the small
cabinets. Whitsun stands guard.
Approaching troops are heard in the
distance. Starkiller quickly rummages
through the electropacks until he spots
the familiar cases containing the two
Starkiller straps on one of the back packs,
and hands the other to Whitsun, as
they duck into a narrow passageway.
Four troops march through a nearby
hallway. After they have passed,
the young captain checks to make sure the
way is clear, then runs down a hallway
toward the main hatch.
97. BRIDGE - BALTARIAN FREIGHTER
As the crew makes the final preparations
for the blast off, the main hatch
light blinks on. One of the pilots
notices the light and begins to check it
PILOT (into intercom)
Is the main hatch secure?
98. MAIN HATCH - BALTARIAN FREIGHTER
The intercom sparks to life, and the general
Everything looks secure, but give me a
minute to check it out.
All right... Stand by.
The general gives a wink to Han, as Threepio
continues his attempt to override
the hatch computer.
99. HALLWAYS - BALTARIAN FREIGHTER
Starkiller and Whitsun cautiously move
down a long hallway, ever watchful of
Imperial troops. They reach an intersection,
carefully check in all
directions, then rush down a main hallway.
They are about half way down the
hallway, when a squad of Imperial guards
appears at the end of the hallway,
facing them. The troops start toward
the two captains with lowered
Here's where it gets tricky.
Starkiller, then Whitsun, quickly and smoothly
draw their laserpistols and
fire at the troops. A giant explosion
destroys the far end of the hallway. A
few laserbolts are returned, but streak
harmlessly overhead, and explode out
of range. The exchange of gunfire
lasts only a few moments. When the smoke
clears, the troops have been destroyed.
100. MAIN HATCH - BALTARIAN FREIGHTER
The main hatch slowly begins to slide open,
when the rumbling explosion of
laserfire echoes through the hallways.
Han looks to the general, and they
both instantly realize what has happened.
Han draws his weapons. The hatch
is now fully open. Everyone stands
silently, watching for the two captains.
Alarms start screaming throughout the
ship, and the giant hatch slowly begins
Come on. We can't wait.
The group reluctantly exits the spacecraft,
giving one last look back to their
lost friends. The hatch continues
to close slowly as the alarm sirens wail.
Suddenly, Starkiller and Whitsun round
a corner and head for the ever-closing
hatch; battling several Imperial stormtroopers
as they go. Han and the
general move up to the hatch and give
cover fire. Whitsun slips through the
shrinking opening, and yells to Starkiller
to hurry. Many more troops bear
down on the young Jedi as he squeezes
through the very slim opening. One of
the troops dives after him, but is caught,
and crushed by the emergency hatch.
101. BOARDING RAMPS - GORDON SPACEPORT
The general leads the group through various
Once the alarm sounds, the entire spaceport
will shut down.
They stop at a junction. At the far
end of one hallway, several troops guard
a restricted passageway.
That's the military section.
But it's very heavily guarded. We
can't take it with subtlety.
Before the general can answer, the acute
scream of the spaceport alarm
reverberates through the corridors.
The general, followed by his two young
captains, charge toward the heavily guarded
military passageway. Han, with
the princess and two robots, follow a
safe distance behind. A guard sees them
coming, and orders them to stop.
Starkiller and the general fire their
laserpistols at the passageway entrance
and the troops disappear in a huge
The group jumps over the dead guards and
smoking rubble, then runs through a
series of hallways leading to a starship.
They stop just short of an
intersection leading to a boarding ramp.
Starkiller peeks around a corner at
two guards standing in front of the boarding
Cutters! We'll have to draw them
out...A blast might alert the crew.
Artwo! Come here.
The little robot waddles over to the old
Move to that intersection and sound the
The mechanical dwarf dutifully marches
into the intersection and lets out a
high, electronic scream. The guards
shut off the deadly laser "cutters," and
cautiously approach the wailing robot.
What is it? What's wrong?
With incredible speed, both guards are
dropped by a few precision blows from
the two young captains. They immediately
drag the unconscious guards into the
Starkiller! Whitsun! Stand
guard. I'll signal at take-off minus
thirty...And reverse that cutter!
102. INTERIOR - IMPERIAL STARSHIP
Han and the general, followed by Leia and
the robots, enter the Imperial
starship. They rush through several
narrow hallways leading to the bridge.
Two crew members leaving a control station,
stumble into the group and are
quickly dispatched by Han. The princess
waits with the robots, as the general
and Han enter the bridge. The two
pilots and navigator are taken by surprise
and promptly are subdued. Han switches
on the intercom and listens.
How are we going to get them to open the
Send Threepio in here. Dispose of
any crewmen left on board.
103. BOARDING RAMP - SPACEPORT -
Starkiller and Whitsun now wear the uniform
of the Imperial guard. Whitsun
has removed a plate from the "cutter"
machinism and is crossing a few wires.
He replaces the "cutter" plate just as
a squad of stormtroopers rushes toward
the door. An officer salutes them.
Have you seen them?
They're in this section somewhere.
I'm doubling all the guards. Stay alert.
Two guards take up positions just outside
the "cutter" areas, and the squad
moves on to another starship. Starkiller
gives his partner a philosophical
104. INTERIOR - IMPERIAL STARSHIP
The gleaming chrome Threepio sits in the
pilot's seat, talking on the intercom
to a controller. He breaks off his
continual drone of take-off instructions
to the controller and turns to the general,
shaking his head.
They won't buy it. I think they're
The crew is taken care of.
Well, they're not going to open the silo
cover, so I'm afraid we'll have to
take it with us.
We're going to sustain considerable damage
if we blast off through that cover.
It's a thin shell. There is no choice.
(to Threepio) Signal the boys.
105. BOARDING RAMPS - SPACEPORT -
Warning lights flash and the main hatch
to the starfighter slowly begins to
close. The two Imperial stormtroopers
yell at Starkiller and Whitsun.
Watch it! Don't fire into those
cutters! (to Starkiller) Shut down the
The two captains pretend to be confused,
and not understand. At the last
minute, they leap aboard the starship.
The hatch slides closed, and the
boarding ramp drops away. Several
more guards arrive, and give the troopers a
special card, which turns the small cutter
warning lights from red to green.
The guards rush onto the boarding ramp
and are wiped out by the reversed
106. INTERIOR - STARSHIPS - AQUILAE
Everyone straps himself into the lifepods.
Threepio and the general troddle
forward, and the giant ship shudders as
it starts to lift off the launch pad.
With tense expressions, everyone braces
for the impact of the silo cover.
107. STARSHIP - SPACEPORT SILO -
The mighty starship thunders out
of the silo, crashing through the cover
plate, sending shrapnel in all directions.
The ship leaps toward the heavens.
108. BOARDING CAMPS - SPACEPORT -
Imperial flight crews rush to their starships.
Pilots receive their
clearances, and several giant silo covers
swing away, revealing deadly hunter-
109. INTERIOR - BRIDGE - STARSHIP
Han and the general watch as five hunter-destroyers
leave the spaceport at
We suffered light damage to a deflector
fin. It will take them quite a while
to catch up with us now. Tell the
boys to get some rest.
110. AFT SECTION - STARSHIP - SPACE
Han retreats to the aft section of the
ship, where the two captains are
checking out the two main lasercannons
mounted in large rotating bubble
The old boy says you two should get some
rest... You've got some time before
they catch up to us.
Han notices the packs containing the young
Better store the boys in a lifepod.
Secure them well.
He heads back toward the bridge, followed
by Whitsun. Starkiller carries the
two micro-packs to a lifepod, and straps
them in. He checks Biggs' energy
supply. It is low. Leia approaches
Couldn't we let them out now?
It's better this way. Things are
going to get rough...
Will we make it? Is there any hope?
Stay with me. [something deleted?]... I
Starkiller is slightly shocked at this
outburst. The princess starts to cry
and clings to him for support.
No-one is going to die...so stop acting
like a child, and start behaving like
a queen. What is this silly talk
of love? You belong to the people of
Aquilae, and my job is to return you to
them, nothing more. Now straighten up
and get into a lifepod.
She's deeply hurt by his callousness.
She breaks away from him and runs down
a hallway into a lifepod. He is
tired, and angry at the whole incident.
111. BRIDGE - STARSHIP - SPACE
Threepio guides the starship toward the
Ophuchi system. The general watches
the computer readout estimate the position
of the Imperial hunter destroyers.
Hostile craft will intercept at thirty
What's the nearest star System?
Set a course... Maybe we can lose them
among the Systems.
112. AFT SECTION - STARSHIP - SPACE
Starkiller rests in one of the lasercannon
pod bays. He is thinking about
Leia. Slowly a smile creeps across
his face. He makes a decision, jumps up,
and hurries down a hallway. He taps
on the lifepod bulkhead, and Whitsun
opens the door. Starkiller is surprised.
What is it?
Where is Leia?
She went forward.... What's going on with
We're in love. She loves me, and
I just realized,... I love her.
[something whited out] You're asking for
trouble... She's a queen... You're a
warrior....Do you know what you're saying?
I don't care... I've got to talk...
Whitsun just shakes his head, but before
Starkiller can finish his sentence,
the ship is rocked by a bombardment of
proton torpedoes. The intercom squawks
GENERAL (over intercom)
Get to those guns!
Starkiller and Whitsun rush to the lasercannons,
and jump into the protective
suits and helmets.
113. BRIDGE - STARSHIP - SPACE
Han enters the bridge and sits before a
fire control center. The general sits
in a chair, slightly behind and above
Threepio, directing the robot pilot.
Turn around! Let's face them.
Artwo, sitting quietly in a corner, watches
as Threepio punches new
information into the computer and the
giant starship swings around in a sharp
circle. Several torpedoes explode
near the ship. The general switches on the
Your boys ready?
114. AFT SECTION - STARSHIP - SPACE
The captains adjust the lasercannon controls
in front of them and check in
with the general.
They should be within range in twelve
Starkiller adjusts his giant laser ack-ack
cannon, searching his electronic
tracking screen for the hunter destroyer.
Whitsun is having a problem with
one of the rotating mechanisms on the
huge gun. He curses, climbs out of the
chair, and attempts to fix it.
My vertical rotating circuits are out...
The princess straps herself into a small
lifepod. [something whited out]
Only the slightest hint of concern or
worry shows in her face. She listens to
her protectors relay instructions as the
115. BRIDGE - STARSHIP - SPACE
The starship shudders as the hunter-destroyers
open fire. Han relays the
ship's status to the general, as Threepio
struggles to keep up with the
barrage of orders.
We're losing deflectors three thirty one
and ten forty two...
GENERAL (to Threepio)
Cut hard to maridian nine zero six.
Level to three degrees...(into the
intercom) We're coming under one.
Wait for my signal!
116. AFT SECTION - STARSHIP - SPACE
The constant flashing of deflected laser
bolts reflect in the interior of the
lasercannon bubble. Starkiller rechecks
his firing swithces..Whitsun adjusts
his headphones, and lowers a glare reflector.
He raps on the power rotation
circuits, and gives them a little test
burst. The pod instantly rotates a few
degrees. The large starship heads
directly toward the three enemy ships and
at the last moment dives under the attacking
craft. Starkiller watches the
smaller crafts pass overhead, aching to
open fire. He calls Whitsun on the
I've got no signal. I'm on target.
What's wrong? What are they waiting for?
I've got an open shield!
The three Imperial craft are firing incessantly
at point blank range.
Wait for the signal.
But Starkiller has a perfect shot, and
he can't wait. He squeezes the trigger
and the giant lasercannon, with a burst
of smoke and electrical charge, opens
up on the enemy craft. Moments later,
the signal lights flash on and Whitsun
commences firing on the receeding hunter-destroyers.
Two of the Imperial
craft break off, and prepare for another
attack run. The third is hit by a
concentrated barrage from the two captains,
and begins spinning out of
control, until it finally explodes.
Whitsun gives Starkiller a victory wave,
which Starkiller gleefully returns.
These moments of triumph are broken by
Annikin, next run you wait for my signal.
We haven't much power to spare on
your inaccurate grandstanding!
Starkiller's pride is wounded. He
resets his accelerators, as the two
remaining hunter-destroyers begin a second
117. BRIDGE - STARSHIP - SPACE
Han turns to the general.
We have a weakened shield on the port
Warn Starkiller. Get him out of
there. (to Threepio) Change your heading by
118. AFT SECTION - STARSHIP - SPACE
Princess Leia listens to Han warn Starkiller.
Your shield power is down. Abandon
that positions, and seal that section.
Report! Captain, do you hear me?
Leia becomes worried that something has
happened to Annikin. The young
captain switches off the intercom system
and signals to Whitsun that the
system has gone dead. Before Whitsun
can answer, the two hunter-destroyer
spacecraft are upon them once again.
Laser bolts flash all around them. The
general's signal flashes on, and the captain
starts to return the fire. One
of the Imperial fighters concentrates
its fire on Starkiller's weakened
gunport. A direct hit blows open
a hole in the turret, and everything that
isn't bolted down is sucked into outer
space, including Starkiller. He bangs
against the side of the starship, held
only by a weakened lifeline.
The princess hears Whitsun explain Starkiller's
predicament, and rushes back
to help him. She is stopped by a
pressure locked door leading to the gun
119. BRIDGE - STARSHIP - SPACE
The general orders Threepio to swing the
spacecraft around and start a new
attack. He turns to Artwo.
Use the aft port...See what you can do
Artwo hurriedly waddles out of the bridge.
Threepio and Han simultaneously
turn to the general.
More craft approaching!
It looks like at least six or seven.
The general studies the radar scopes and
then checks a Galactic map displayed
on one of the monitors.
Change course to three point one.
That will head us directly into the path
of the Norton Asteroid Belt.
That Asteroid Belt is too dense to pass
through...The ship won't make it!
We'll never defeat them in combat.
It's our only chance to lose them.
Threepio punches in new coordinates, and
the starship veers away toward the
treacherous asteroid belt.
120. AFT SECTION - STARSHIP - SPACE
Whitsun fires on one ofthe two hunter-destroyers
which is pacing the rebel
starship. Starkiller unsuccessfully
tries to pull himself back inside the
spacecraft. The enemy craft maneuvers
wildly in an attempt to get into a
better position, to fire on Starkiller.
Whitsun blasts away, until the
Imperial spacecraft spews forth equipment
and personnel, careens off, and
Artwo wobbles along the exterior of the
ship, until he reaches the stranded
captain. He attaches a new lifeline
to the young Jedi's spacesuit, and makes
his way back inside the wounded craft.
Starkiller is pulled to safety just as
the starship enters the asteroid belt.
A barrage of small and large asteroids
begins to pelt the ship, causing a great
deal of damage.
GENERAL (over intercom)
Secure yourselves. We may have to
eject. Abandon the turrets.
The princess rushes back to her lifepod
and straps herself in. Whitsun and
Artwo help Starkiller make his way out
of the lasercannon turrets and through
a series of locks, to the lifepod area.
121. BRIDGE - STARSHIP - SPACE
The asteroids hit hard. The ship
is buffeted to and fro as the general, Han,
and Threepio struggle into their spacesuit-like
lifepods. The Imperial
hunter-destroyer closest to the rebel
ship explodes in the onrush of deadly
asteroids. The new reinforcement
hunter-destroyers turn back and give up the
pursuit. They disappear from the
tracking monitors. The asteroid bombardment
becomes almost unbearable. Warning
lights begin to flash. Extending foils,
antennae, and armament pods are scraped
away from the starship hull. A
baseball-sized hole is punched through
the midsection, and hundreds of objects
are sucked into space. A large locker
eventually plugs the opening. The
starship and her passengers shudder and
sway under the punishment of the
The ship is breaking up.
We're almost clear of the storm.
We'll never make it. Eject, we must
The general watches the computer monitor
as the starship emerges from the far
side of the Asteroid Belt.
We're approaching one of the Forbidden
We've got to achieve orbit.
We'll never make it.
The starship heads for a small blue-green
planet in the distance.
122. AFT SECTION - STARSHIP - SPACE
Starkiller was considerably shaken in the
destruction of his laserturret. He
is slightly dazed as Whitsun straps him
into a lifepod with Artwo.
WHITSUN (to Artwo)
You watch him. Make sure this pod
gets off all right.
Artwo nods, and Whitsun moves to the second
lifepod and straps himself in next
to the princess.
Will he be all right?
I think so.. His feelings for you are
dangerous. You should discourage him.
She is surprised that Starkiller has any
feeling for her, but keeps her
emotions to herself.
123. BRIDGE - STARSHIP - YAVIN ORBIT
The general is strapped into the lifepod
with the two micro-packs containing
the young princes. Han and Threepio
are in the second lifepod.
We're in orbit.
We've got to eject now! Those reactors
won't hold much longer. This ship's
going to end up in a million little pieces,...
and I don't want to be one of
All lifepod systems are operative.
GENERAL (into intercom)
If you boys are ready back there, we'll
get off this bucket.
All systems operative...I have the signal.
All systems operative...We have the signal.
Han salutes the general, and his lifepod
jettisons away from the crippled
starship. He is quickly followed
by the general.
124. AFT SECTION - STARSHIP - YAVIN
Artwo pushes the jettison switch, but nothing
happens. Starkiller slowly and
with some difficulty, pushes the switch
two or three times. Nothing happens.
He begins to look a little worried.
STARKILLER (into intercom)
We've got a problem...Wait a second...
Artwo pushes the switch again, and the
lifepod blasts off in a cloud of smoke
and debris. Whitsun also seems to
be having a problem. Half the lights on
his control panel have gone dead.
He struggles to reactivate them.
My power's out!
GENERAL (over intercom)
Is it a faulty switch?
No. The whole bank is out.
Whitsun gives the princess a reassuring
look, then punches some information
into the computer. The monitor flashes:
"Income line main power." He looks
outside the lifepod and sees a damaged
I've found it...
You haven't much time...The auxiliary
units have already blown....
Whitsun scrambles out of the lifepod and
rushes over to the severed connector.
He works on it for a few moments, then
stops with a rather defeated look. The
princess watches him as he tries to think
of a solution. A great explosion is
heard in the forward part of the ship.
125. LIFEPODS - SPACE - YAVIN ORBIT
The two lifepods containing the general,
and Han and Threepio drift away from
the disabled starship.
I can't see him either.
Starkiller uses the small rockets on his
lifepod to maneuver back toward the
burning starship. He can hear the
general over the intercom.
Starkiller, where are you? Report
Starkiller reaches down and switches off
126. AFT SECTION - STARSHIP - YAVIN
Whitsun appears to have found a solution
to his situation and rushes back to
the princess. He reaches in and
locks on the power switch.
There is only one possible solution, and
we must use it. Lock the hitch and
make sure it is sealed.
But what of...
Another explosion creates a large bulge
in the wall of the aft section.
We've no time!
He slams the hatch shut and runs to the
power connector. Smoke begins to fill
the chamber, as Whitsun slams a large
metallic dampening tool across the
damaged connector terminals, and the lifepod
127. LIFEPODS - SPACE - YAVIN ORBIT
The princess jettisons free, as Starkiller
moves toward the crippled ship.
Leia calls the general on the intercom.
I'm all right, but Clieg is still on board.
Starkiller, stay out of there.
With a rumble, the starship disappears
in a spectacular explosion, sending
debris in all directions. Starkiller
stops his lifepod and it starts to
drift. He is weeping. Han
and the general helplessly watch the remains of
the explosion drift away.
Starkiller, stay near Leia. Use
your beacon. Coordinate with us.
Starkiller's intercom is weak, and there
is a great deal of static. The
lifepods drift toward the awesome blue-green
Yavin surface. The general loses
sight of the other lifepods as the descend
through the cloud cover.
Captain, I'm losing your beacon.
Send me a new signal.
All he gets is static. The planet
surface rushes toward the falling lifepods.
Retrorockets automatically kick in and
slow the pods. Two of the small craft
break through the clouds and land in the
dense, steaming jungles.
128. VINE JUNGLE - YAVIN
The general's lifepod crashes through the
foliage until it comes to rest in
the middle of a large vine-covered tree.
He grabs the two micro-packs and
climbs out of the lifepod, and onto a
large moss-covered limb. Han and
Threepio run to the base of the huge tree.
Are you all right?
Fine...Any signal from Annikin?
Nothing yet. I think they landed
The general attaches a thin cable from
his utility belt to the tree trunk, and
slides to the ground. Han takes
the micro-packs from him. The general looks
around at the jungle.
This is dangerous country...We'd better
The wildlife in the forbidden system is
extremely hostile...Perhaps we should
Han inspects the power units of the micro
Windy's unit is very low. I can't
tell if the unit is still functioning.
We have to find a place to revive them.
We'll start moving south. We should
find protection along that ridge.
The general grabs one of the micro-packs
and starts off into the murky jungle.
Han and Threepio quickly follow.
The jungle is a strange and eerie, fog-laden
purgatory. Gruesome and unnatural
sounds permeate this ghostly wasteland.
Everyone is cautious, and on the alert
for an unseen danger.
129. FOREST OF THE GARGANTUANS -
Starkiller's lifepod is also caught in
the limbs of a gargantuan tree. The
lifepod has been ripped in half by the
crash landing. The unconscious Jedi
hangs half out of the damaged craft.
A two foot high insect-like creature
scoots down a branch and onto the back
of the dormant warrior. The insect
lets out a chilling hissing sound, and
a slimy tube emerges from its hairy
mouth, waking Starkiller. He is
immediately aware of the insect. His eyes
are open, but he doesn't move. Suddenly,
with one quick blow, he knocks the
creature against the side of the spacecraft,
and it is squashed lifeless.
Starkiller is a little groggy, but he manages
to climb out of the wreckage.
He looks around for Artwo.
Artwo! Artwo Detwo!
Starkiller turns and sees the little robot
hanging upside down, one of his
three feet caught in a vine. He
lifts Artwo out of his predicament and places
him securely on a wide limb.
Did you see Leia?
She landed on the other side of those
trees, approximately eight hundred
Well, come on, old buddy. Let's
get ourselves out of this tree.
130. VINE JUNGLE RIDGE - YAVIN
The general, Han and Threepio reach a shallow
cave near the top of a steep
ridge. They quickly pull off the
micro-packs and place them on a clear piece
of ground at the mouth of the cave.
GENERAL (to Han)
Check out the inside. Threepio,
stand guard. Keep your eyes on the
He looks at the power units on the micro-packs
and shakes his head with a
worried look. Han returns from a
survey of the inside of the cave.
It doesn't go very far. There's
nothing back there.
Help me with this.
Han helps the general lift the top from
the case containing Windy, the younger
of the two princes. The small boy
appears lifeless as the general pulls him
from his encasement, and rests him on
the cave floor. Han pulls a small
respiration out of the micro-packs and
places it over the boy's nose. The
general attaches two electrodes over his
He doesn't look good.
The little prince begins to turn blue.
The general grows tense. Windy starts
to regain consciousness, but begins coughing
and choking, then goes limp
again. The general quickly props
Windy's mouth open with a small plastic rod
and checks the reading on his power pack.
We need more power...tap off Biggs' unit...Quickly!
He then places Windy's arms behind his
back and starts pressing on his chest
with sharp, rhythmic movements.
Han attaches new electrodes to the boy's
heart. Windy again comes to, choking
and coughing. Finally, he begins to
cry. The general takes the plastic
tube from his mouth and tenderly pats him
on the back.
Let's get Biggs out of there. He
shouldn't be a problem.
131. FOREST OF THE GARGANTUANS -
Starkiller slams closed the hatch of Princess
Leia's lifepod. In the
distance, the subhuman cries of lonesome
tree beasts cut through the forest
Perhaps she went in search of us.
Starkiller studies the ground around the
capsule. There are a great many
footprints, and much broken foliage.
Someone's got her. She put up quite
a fight...It's an easy trail to follow.
132. VINE JUNGLE RIDGE - YAVIN
Both Biggs and Windy are sleeping restlessly
on the floor of the cave. Han
watches over them as the general scans
the valley below with a pair of
It's about fourteen degrees below the
horizon... a little to the left.
The electrobinoculars sweep the rich green
landscape until the come to rest on
a bright reflection, revealing some type
It's too small to be a military base...Could
belong to a trapper.
It's on the way. Perhaps we should
Little Biggs wakes up with a giant yawn.
Hey! Where are we?
133. FOREST OF THE GARGANTUANS -
The gargantuan trees are shrouded in mist,
and the ominous sounds of unearthly
creatures fill the air. Starkiller
moves quietly and cautiously, followed by
Artwo, who inadvertently makes a loud
clicking sound. The young warrior
stops, and motions to the stubby little
Wait here. If I don't return by
zero two hundred, come looking for me.
The mechanical dwarf acknowledges with
his computer light. Starkiller moves
swiftly and silently forward, until he
hears laughing and voices. He climbs
up the bankside of a huge tree, and inches
his way out onto one of the huge
overhanging branches. Below him,
he can see a group of scruffy, alien
trappers sitting around a nutron stove
joking and telling stories. Parked on
either side of the group are two large,
tank-like "jungle crawlers." Behind
the crawlers, five Wookees, (huge grey
and furry beasts) hang upside down in a
tree. Occasionally, they thrash
about in great anger and frustration.
The trappers speak in a strange language,
and although they appear slightly
human, they are slimy, deformed, hideous
looking creatures. Two of the
trappers yell at one another in a friendly
argument. One shirtless creature
goes into a "crawler," and the remaining
eight laugh hysterically. Starkiller
moves further out on the limb to get a
better view. A couple of pieces of
bark break loose, and float a hundred
feet to the ground. The trappers fail
to notice. Moments later, the shirtless
trapper emerges from the crawler with
Princess Leia held unconscious and half
naked over his head. Starkiller's
rage knows no bounds. With a terrifying
Jedi war cry, the young captain jumps
from the tree, sails over a hundred feet,
and with great agility, lands in the
middle of the startled trappers.
In one continuous rapid motion, he ignites
his lasersword and cuts down three of
the vile creatures. The shirtless
trapper swings the princess over his shoulder,
and runs back into the huge
"jungle crawler." Two other trappers
reach for their pistols, but the Jedi
has killed them before their weapons can
clear leather. The three remaining
creatures have their pistols out and start
firing. Explosions erupt all
around Starkiller. One blast hits
the branch holding the Wookees, and they
collapse with a loud screech in a heap.
One of the trappers is caught in the
crossfire and is blown apart.
When the smoke clears, Starkiller lies
unconscious amid the burning rubble.
The jungle crawler begins to move out
of the camp. The last two trappers run
after it. One is able to jump on
board, but the second trapper runs too close
to the now freed Wookees. Chewbacca,
one of the furry giants, grabs him and
snaps him in two, like a stick of wood.
The jungle crawler disappears in the
forest mist. The eight foot Chewbacca,
who resembles a huge, grey bushbaby
with fierce baboon-like fangs, struggles
to free his companions.
Starkiller regains semiconsciousness, and
attempts to get up, only to groan
and collapse back into unconsciousness.
The Wookees gather around him and
poke him a couple times to see if he is
still alive. They squawk and jabber,
apparently in some kind of argument.
Finally, Dewanna, the largest of the
Wookees, picks up Starkiller and puts
him over his shoulder. The group
disappears into the jungle foliage.
134. TREE HOUSE - FOREST OF THE GARGANTUANS
Han and Threepio carry the two little boys
on their shoulders. The general
stops on the edge of a clearing, and motions
for the others to be still.
Biggs turns around, and signals his little
brother to be quiet. On the
opposite side of the clearing, a small
metal structure is attached to one of
the huge trees. It is a small, weatherbeaten
hut of futuristic design. It
appears deserted. The general cautiously
approaches the structure.
Howdy stranger...What can I offer you?
The general spins around and sees Owen
Lars, an aged and scruffy looking
I'm Owen Lars of Bastine.
The general takes the old man's extended
I'm Luke Skywalker of Aquilae.
He signals for the others to join him in
135. WOOKEE CAMP - YAVIN
The small caravan of Wookees, led by Chewbacca,
enters a small clearing
surrounded by many bark and mud hovels.
Young Wookees race ahead of the group
yelling, and running in and out of the
grubby little dwellings. Giant,
bushbaby-like Wookees of all ages and
sizes, make their way into the clearing.
Many stand dumbfounded, but others let
out a joyful scream and rush up to
members of the group, hugging and kissing
Dewanna dumps the unconscious Starkiller
on a raised area in the middle of the
clearing. Armed Wookees immediately
surround the helpless human. Chewbacca
enters the largest of the lodges.
He is greeted by his father, Auzituck,
Chief of the Kaapauku tribe; an old and
feeble Wookee dressed in royal skins
136. INTERIOR - ANTHROPOLOGIST HUT
Anthropologist Lars, the general, Han and
the children sit around a large
table eating. Lars yells into the
Beru! Where's the thanta sauce?
Beru Lars, Owen's warm, plump wife, enters,
carrying a small pitcher. She
smiles at Owen.
I swan! I put it right here in front,
so you'd see it...(to Han) Here's some
Bum Bum extract. It's very mild...
LARS (to general)
There are no settlers to the south since
the Dau family was wiped out... I'm
afraid I couldn't even get in there to
bury them... Those Wookees are the
fiercest critters I've ever run across.
A new tribe moved in down there about
a year ago...and it's been hell ever since.
Only Yourellian trappers venture
in there now, and many of them don't even
Where's the nearest city?
No cities at all...only a few scattered
settlers and -- one Imperial
outpost... But the troops are of no help.
They kill and plunder rather than
protect...Enough...If your friends landed
father south, I'd fear for them.
How far is the outpost from here?
Five leagues...an oppressive blight.
What class is it? How many support
It's very small, a class two....Only ten
or twelve starraiders, I think.
Beru fusses over the boys, who refuse to
eat their vegetables. She makes up a
game, which tricks them into eating.
The general ponders the situation. Han
eats, like he hasn't eaten in years.
137. WOOKEE CAMP - AQUILAE [??
Starkiller is surrounded by Wookees.
Young ones push through to get a better
look, as the adults jabber and argue about
the human. Starkiller regains
consciousness with a groan, and a sudden
hush sweeps over the gathering.
Starkiller staggers to his feet, and the
group of Wookees back away in mass.
The young Jedi surveys the situation for
a few moments. The Wookees appear to
be frightened of this brave warrior.
He reaches for his weapons, but they are
gone. Three guards with long spears
attempt to contain Starkiller. With a
loud shout, he lunges at them, and they
give him a little room.
Jommillia, a large, ferocious Wookee, steps
forward. He says something to the
guards, and they quickly move away.
He struts before Starkiller, boasting and
taunting him with his spear and battle
ax. The captain studies the Wookee
warrior as he paces back and forth, his
helmet plumes dancing and chest armor
jangling. Without warning, Starkiller
lets out another loud yell, startling
Jommillia into backing off. Starkiller
continues his verbal assault, calling
the uncomprehending Wookee all manner
of vile and degrading things. Jommillia
continues to back into the surrounding
crowd, momentarily confused by this odd
behaviour. Slowly, Jommillia begins
to grin. He takes a defensive stance,
then begins to laugh hysterically.
This stops Starkiller. The giant Wookee
swings his deadly, double-bladed battle
ax over his head and expertly throws
it directly at the young captain's head.
To the amazement of Jommillia and
the other Wookees, Starkiller, with Jedi
skill and concentration, catches the
ax in mid-air, then charges his furry
Jommillia is caught off-guard, but manages
to block Starkiller's attack with
his spear. The two warriors engage
in a savage and fantastic duel.
Starkiller cuts the Wookee's spear in
half, but is hit along the side of the
head by the shaft and is momentarily dazed.
The battle ax is knocked from his
hands. He grabs the spear shaft
and rams the giant creature in the belly. A
loud command from outside the crowd stops
the fight. The Wookees part,
revealing Chewbacca and his father, who
approach the two warriors. Jommillia
bows before his chief, and is commanded
to move away. Chewbacca speaks to
Starkiller. He doesn't understand,
but welcomes the chance to catch his
breath. Chewbacca then presents
his father, who steps forward and bows before
the mighty Jedi. Chewbacca bows
also, as the crowd of Wookees chatter in
disbelief. When the chief and his
son rise, Starkiller bows down before them.
This pleases the Wookees, and they screech
138. TREE HOUSE - FOREST OF THE GARGANTUANS
Mr. and Mrs. Lars stand on the balcony
of their tree house with Threepio and
the two little princes, Biggs, and Windy.
Han and the general emerge with
large survival backpacks and multiplelaser
GENERAL (to Threepio)
We'll call for you when we've found them.
Your orders are quite clear. The
boys will be quite safe.
Don't worry. The patrols never come
out this far. We'll take good care of
Lars, your kindness will surely be rewarded.
Just be careful out there...
He pats Skywalker on the back as the old
Jedi and the ever faithful Han
descend from the tree house. [something
whited out?] At the base of the huge
tree, the warriors climb aboard two small
rocket powered platforms.
LARS (yelling down to them)
They're pretty old. I hope they'll
be all right!
Out here, they're a wonderment.
Threepio and the kids wave as the jelsticks
start with a whine. They idle
about five feet above the ground.
Good hunting. May the force of others
be with you.
Han and the general wave as they ride off
into the foreboding Yavin sunset.
139. WOOKEE CAMP - YAVIN - NIGHT
A beautiful, but frenzied fire festival
is underway. Wookees perform the
Waita Tar dance, and yodel in a barking
fashion around a large fire. The
female Wookees arrive, carrying torches,
and move in a circle around the
males. The giant creatures are too
involved to notice that little Artwo makes
his way around the dancers. The
stubby robot stops near one of the mud huts,
and looks around. He then wobbles
off toward the large chief's quarters, and
140. WOOKEE CAMP - YAVIN - MORNING
Artwo exits the chief's hut and looks around.
It is a quiet, grey morning. A
low mist hangs over the now deserted clearing.
He turns and signals back into
the hut. Starkiller cautiously emerges
from the mud house. he wears a crude
backpack, and carries a large battle ax.
They start across the clearing.
Suddenly, out of nowhere, Chewbacca is
standing before them. He says nothing,
but scratches his head and then circles
We are leaving...We must go. Stand
The huge Wookee kneels and bows down in
front of the young Jedi. Starkiller
looks down and smiles.
Rise my friend. We will meet again.
Starkiller walks toward the jungle and
Chewbacca scurries ahead of him and
bows down once more.
What does he want?
Starkiller shakes his head, and rubs his
several days growth of beard. He
leans down toward Chewbacca.
Stand up so we can talk properly.
Chewbacca jabbers in a [something whited
out] questioning fashion.
I am grateful to you and your people,
but I must go. I wish you understood
me. It would make things so much
easier. Go! Go!
Starkiller turns away, and begins to walk
toward the jungle again. Chewbacca
gets to his feet, and runs after the Jedi,
following a few paces behind.
Starkiller notices the Wookee following
them, and shakes his head.
141. FOREST OF THE GARGANTUANS -
TRAPPER SIGHT [sic] - YAVIN
The bodies of the killed trappers are covered
with rat-sized insects. A laser
explosion erupts in the middle of the
slimy creatures and they scatter into
the underbrush. Han and the general
turn over one of the dead trappers.
They ran into something.
It's strange they left their dead.
The constant cacophony of jungle creatures
suddenly stops. The two warriors
scan the jungle for possible danger.
Han draws his laserpistol. The
cacophony starts again, as the general
ignites his lasersword.
Two or three moving this way, from the
He listens more closely for a few moments.
Starkiller and Artwo break out of the dark
foliage into the clearing. He
waves to Han and the general. Artwo
waddles a few paces behind. Chewbacca
sees the humans and stops at the edge
of the jungle. He watches as Starkiller
and the general carry on an animated conversation.
Han sees the Wookee
lurking in the shadows.
You were followed.
He wouldn't stay. He's one of the
ones I saved...
Han calls out to Chewbacca in the Wookee's
own language, and the huge,
lumbering creature approaches the group.
Han and the Wookee talk for a few
moments, then embrace as if they were
old friends. Starkiller is surprised.
HAN (to Starkiller)
This is Chewbacca, son of Auzituck, Prince
of the Sawas, a very powerful
tribe. It seems they've made you
The general smiles. Starkiller is
142. VINE JUNGLE RIDGE - YAVIN
Starkiller joins the general on a ridge
overlooking the Imperial outpost of
Mavassi. All that can be seen of
the fortress is a lone guard standing on a
small pedastal, jutting out above the
Their trail leads directly to the outpost.
Patrols are probably out looking
for us by now.
Finding her in there isn't going to be
Getting in there is going to be impossible.
We could sure use one of those
Starkiller spots something moving in the
jungle. He scans the area with his
Something's going on down there...Han!
Han moves up next to Starkiller, followed
closely by Chewbacca.
Your eyes are better than mine....What
do you make of that?
They look like Wookees...hundreds of them.
Han turns and speaks to Chewbacca, gesturing
toward the movement far below in
Apparently, it's a siege. They've
been harassing the outpost for almost two
Have they ever tried to take the fortress?
Han relays this to Chewbacca.
He says they've made several assaults,
but they are no match for the weapons.
It's only a class three fortress.
Maybe they just need a little help.
Starkiller grins, and Han says something
to Chewbacca, who becomes excited and
143. INTERIOR - TREEHOUSE - YAVIN
The incoming signal alarm on the anthropologist's
radio system wails through
the calm of the tree house. Biggs,
dragging an eight-legged, furry rodent,
rushes up to the old radio and flips the
I'm reading yah. Go ahead.
Biggs, how are you getting along?
Great! I caught a thumper...a really
big one. Its name is "Amber."
He yanks on the leash, and the furry beast
lets out a strained yelp.
Good, Biggs. How's your brother?
Are you taking good care of him?
Oh, sure. He's out collecting "Abas"
with Owen and Beru. I'm in charge here.
Did you find Leia?
Not yet. We'll be away for a while.
You mind Lars until we return. May the
force of others be with you.
All right. Take care.
Threepio enters the room, carrying a plate
of steaming food. Biggs turns the
radio off, and puts the receiver away.
A crashing sound and voices are heard
in the clearing below.
Come and eat your dinner.
They're back! They're back!
The furry rodent jumps up onto its eight
stubby legs and rushes over to the
door, but stops short, and begins to growl.
Biggs stops behind the creature.
What is it, Amber?
Biggs peeks out the window, and sees a
patrol of six Imperial stormtroopers
climbing out of an airtank. He ducks
back, and tugs Amber away from the door.
Quiet, Amber. Come here. Come
Troopers. We must hide! Stay
Biggs and the robot scramble for a trap
door near a large shelf. The troops
begin to climb the ladder to the tree
house. The trap door is heavy, and the
robot and the little boy struggle to get
it open. The troops break in the
door, just as Threepio closes the trap
door. The stormtroopers are led by a
rough looking sergeant. They poke
around, tearing everything apart. Biggs
struggles to keep Amber quiet. Suddenly
he realizes something.
The sergeant takes the bowl of food from
the table and studies it. He then
takes a small chrome ball from his pocket,
and tosses it into the air.
[something whited out?] Antennae
shoot from its surface as it floats around
the room. Eventually, it hovers
over the trap door. A sinister grin sweeps
across the sergeant's face as he moves
over to the trap door and puts the
chrome ball back into his pocket.
Threepio puts his arm around Biggs who
is desperately clutching the struggling
thumper. All the movement above
them stops, and Biggs looks to the robot.
They're still up there. Stay still.
The silence continues, then suddenly the
trap door swings open with a loud
bang. Amber breaks away from Biggs,
and attacks the sergeant. One of the
other troopers cuts the thumper in half
with his lasersword. The sergeant
pulls Biggs out of his hiding place.
Biggs stares at the dead thumper.
Well, well, here's one of them, anyway.
Send seekers in all directions. Find
144. VINE JUNGLE RIDGE - YAVIN
The general sits at the head of the large
stone table, pushing small markers
around. Han explains what the general
is doing, to ten or fifteen Wookee
chiefs gathered around the table.
Occasionally, Chewbacca puts in a word of
further explanation or answers a question.
Starkiller sits back silently
watching the Wookee warriors and listens
to the general's plan.
.... then they pull back to here.
That's where the trap will be set. No-one
must advance. An assault on the
perimeter is useless. Our only hope is to
use their weapons against them.
The general pauses, while Han and Chewbacca
GENERAL (to Starkiller)
Once we acquire those tanks, our prime
object must be to secure the starship.
No-one must escape.
145. IMPERIAL OUTPOST - VINE JUNGLE
Three officers run along a row of giant
air tnaks to a perimeter bunker.
There, two stormtroopers are watching
the jungle. When the officers arrive,
the troopers let them look through the
powerful, mounted electrobinoculars.
One of the troopers points out several
areas in the dense jungle.
146. INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM - IMPERIAL
OUTPOST - YAVIN
A trooper sitting at an elaborate control
panel, turns to an officer watching
a monitor system.
A large concentration of trestuals at
Alert squads one through six!
147. VINE JUNGLES - OUTPOST PERIMETER
The general stands in a small clearing
surrounded, by many armed Wookees
carrying large shiny shields. Han
moves back and forth, barking orders to the
GENERAL (to Han)
We're ready. Give them the signal.
Han motions to a young Wookee, who takes
off, running through the jungle.
148. IMPERIAL OUTPOST - VINE JUNGLE
Three large air tanks slowly move toward
the outpost perimeter. The tank
pilots sit on the hatch rims of the ponderous
weapons, studying the movements
of the Wookees. The tank personnel
talk to one another on an intercom system.
There is a large concentration....red
two by C-3. Let's break them up.
The pilots slip into the tanks and close
the hatches. The tanks open up with
a barrage of laser bolts which create
a wall of explosions. The Wookies
retreat, and the tanks follow. The
tank crews track the feeling creatures
with various electronic scopes, and laugh
at the fleeing creatures.
149. VINE JUNGLE - OUTPOST PERIMETER
The general stands on a limb of a jungle
tree, watching the advancing tanks.
Starkiller is on another branch a few
They've grown sloppy fighting Wookees.
The intra-fazer systems aren't on.
They're in for a little surprise.
Starkiller flashes a signal mirror, which
is received by a Wookee near the
tanks. The Wookees are in pairs,
and they hold heavy stone wedges attached to
woven vines; which in turn, are fastened
high in the trees. When the tanks
pass directly under the Wookees, they
let loose with the heavy stone
pendulums. The wedges fly through
the air, neatly clipping off the antenna
groupings protruding from the tops of
the air tanks.
150. INTERIOR - AIR TANK - VINE JUNGLE
Several of the lights and monitors go dark
on the main control panel. The
pilot flips several switches in a panic.
All high phasing units are out.
We've lost all contact....
Send out a ground signal!
Suddenly, all of the monitors go white,
and static fills the crowded tank
interior. An alarm signal sounds.
What is it?!!!
All signals...sensers....everything is
coming right back to us. Some kind of
deflection screen. It's a total
Get out there and see if you can see anything.
The pilot pushes a button and the main
hatch slowly slides away.
151. VINE JUNGLE - OUTPOST PERIMETER
The pilot pops out of the hatch and sses
two rows of Wookee warriors holding
reflective shields. They form a
circle that totally encompasses the massive
air tank. Han shouts a signal to
a group of Wookees in another tree, and they
cut loose a bent limb which is attached
to a noose around the tank's hatch.
The noose instantly tightens around the
pilot, and he is plucked from the tank
and suspended fifty feet in the air.
In an equally swift move, Starkiller
drops a small gas grenade into the open
hatch. It explodes and engulfs the
tank in a grey mist.
The Wookees let out a joyful yell, and
charge the tank. Han yells at them to
stop, but several make it to the conquered
craft before the gas cloud
dissipates and they are felled by the
fumes. Starkiller shakes his head, then
after the smoke clears, jumps on the back
of the immobile tank.
Several signal mirrors flash their messages
to Han and the general.
That makes four captured.
Have them camouflaged. I'm going
152. INTERIOR - AIR-TANK - VINE JUNGLE
Wookees are removing the tank crew as Starkiller
checks out the power
controls. The general slides through
the main hatch.
She's fine...We're ready to move.
Then let's go...
The general yells for the Wookees to clear
the tanks, and they scramble out of
153. VINE JUNGLE - OUTPOST PERIMETER
The tank starts up with a loud roar, startling
the many Wookees resting on the
mighty vehicle. Chewbacca yells
at the warriors and they fall a few feet
behind the tank, their shields forming
a shiny protective wall.
154. IMPERIAL OUTPOST - VINE JUNGLE
Several officers stand on a parked air-tank
trying to get a better view of the
operation. A light landspeeder pulls
up next to the group, and a general gets
out. The officers snap to attention.
Can you see anything?
No Sir, but they've stopped firing.
Communications still can't reach them,
Nobody seems to know what's going on.
I'm sure they've got them on the run,
A laserbolt flashes out of the jungle and
knocks out a guard tower about a
quarter of a mile from where the men are
standing. Seconds later, the air-
tank on which they are standing explodes
into a million pieces. Out of the
jungle, rumbles the captured air-tank,
driven by Starkiller and followed by a
column of Wookee warriors.
Alarms sound, troops rush from the low
block houses, and a battle rages inside
the outpost. Wookees with spears,
axes, and arrows, manage to hold their own
against the laser weapons of the stormtroopers.
Explosions erupt everywhere,
as the Wookees begin to use captured laserrifles.
They are much fiercer
fighters than the soft Imperial troops.
155. INTERIOR - AIR-TANK - OUTPOST
Starkiller works the controls of the air-tank
as the general watches the
monitors, and works the laserguns.
Swing left. They're trying to cut
156. STARSHIP RUNWAY - IMPERIAL OUTPOST
Starkiller maneuvers the air-tank in front
of a line of ten starships, cutting
off a platoon of stormtroopers.
The troops open fire on the tank, but are cut
down by a group of Wookees who have moved
in behind them. Han and Artwo run
up to the tank as Starkiller and the general
climb out of the hatch.
We've taken the main control center.
All power units have been shut down.
Have they found Leia?
They've taken her back to Aquilae.
The ship left not more than ten hours ago.
GENERAL (to Han)
Set up a perimeter around these starships...Use
as many men as you need.
157. STAFF OFFICE - IMPERIAL OUTPOST
Starkiller and the general sit at a large
table in the deserted office of the
Imperial Chief of Staff. The room
is in a state of disarray; papers are
scattered everywhere. Artwo stands
on a chair, projecting an image of the
"death star" fortress orbiting Aquilae,
on the table top.
....And are connected to the central system
by a series of crossing networks
similar to section TB4 or F687.
The projection switches to a close-up view
of the transformer. The general
studies it carefully, then leans back
in his chair. Artwo turns off the
I'm not going to stop you, but I think
it's a reckless move. Even if you
could get in, you'd never be able to get
out... Just be patient. We now have
enough ships to attack in force.
But no pilots...
Han and Chewbacca enter the office.
Still no contact with Owen Lars or the
kids...I'm afraid something's happened.
Have Chewbacca send two of his best warriors
out there to get them.
Han relates this to Chewbacca. The
general turns back to Starkiller, who
watches Chewbacca leave the room.
They're fierce warriors, but you'll never
teach them to fly.
The general gives him a stern look.
They'll fly, and Aquilae will be free.
May the force of others be with you.
The general embraces the young Jedi.
Bring her back safely.
158. OUTPOST RUNWAY - STARSHIP -
Starkiller, dressed as an Imperial skyraider,
and Artwo climb aboard one of
the giant four-man starships. A
crowd of Wookees, lead by Chewbacca, give a
rousing cheer for the departing Jedi.
Starkiller breaks into a smile and
waves to the joyous warriors. The
general watches the proceedings from a
bunker turret. He is lost in thought.
159. SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE
Three Imperial space transports dock inside
the huge artificial moon. Two
smaller convoy starships circle the larger
craft until the three ships are
safely inside the vast fortress.
160. CONFERENCE ROOM - INTERIOR SPACE
FORTRESS - AQUILAE
General Vader of the Imperial Space Fleet,
hurries down a hallway, followed by
a group of officers. They enter
the large conference room where Leia is held
under heavy squad. She appears well,
but saddened. Vader approaches her and
bows before her.
I pray you have been treated honorably?
I am your servant, Darth Vader. It
won't be long before we will be able to
return you to your people. (to an
aide) Are the chambers ready?
They are working on it, Sir.
Leia stares defiantly at him. She
starts to speak, but a powerful electric
shock engulfs her body, and she whines
in extreme pain.
Just relax, and everything will be fine.
(to guards) Take her to section
Leia is forcibly taken from the room.
VADER (to officer)
What time do the doctors from Alderaan
Sixty-five hours, Sir.
Put all security stations on alert until
The officer salutes smartly, and exits.
161. IMPERIAL OUTPOST - VINE JUNGLE
A huge air tank rumbles along the approach
to the Imperial outpost. The pilot
sits on the main hatch of the tank, talking
to his crew, by headphones.
Any contact yet?... It appears deserted...I
don't like it.
The tank enters the outpost perimeter and
smoking rubble from the recent
battle comes into view. The pilot
There has been an attack! Reverse
The tank comes to a grinding halt, but
before it can start up again, it is
surrounded by the Wookee army. From
out of nowhere, a Wookee is on the back
of the air-tank and has the pilot in a
A Wookee chieftain rushes from a bunker,
followed by an excited, jabbering
warrior. They reach the captured
air-tank just as the last crewman is hauled
out, and little Biggs pokes his head out
of the hatch. He is frightened. His
younger brother, Windy, follows him out
of the tank. Below them, the Wookees
bully the captured crewmen.
What will they do to us?
I don't know, but it don't look good.
Threepio pulls himself out of the air-tank,
followed by Owen Lars and his
wife. The Wookee chieftain climbs
on board, and starts to jabber at the
group. The Wookee carries on for
some time, gesturing wildly, and continually
pointing at the sky. The two boys
are too scared to say anything. Finally,
the Wookee kneels before them. Threepio
politely returns a short bow.
I don't get it.
The Wookee rises and again gestures skyward,
just then a starship wildly
buzzes the field, upsidedown. All
the Wookees run for cover. The chief
Wookee points to the crafts, and jabbers
162. INTERIOR - IMPERIAL STARSHIP
- SKY OVER YAVIN
Chewbacca sits at the controls of a four-man
starship. His face is a twisted
combination of complete panic and an awesome
religious experience. The
general, sitting next to him, calmly switches
a few buttons on the control
panel, as Han watches from the seat directly
behind the Wookee.
You'll get the hang of it.
Han also gives the Wookee a few words of
Now, let's see if we can get into orbit...Push
this, then ease her up.
Chewbacca follows the instructions, but
pulls back on the lever too fast and
the ships begins to vibrate and bounce
violently. Chewbacca thinks it's
funny, and begins to laugh hysterically.
Han becomes nervous and quiet.
Not so fast - Back off! Back off!
Han yells at the Wookee, who can't respond
because he is laughing so hard.
The general pulls back on the lever.
Han shakes his head, and gives the
general a worried look.
Don't worry. Ignorance is on their
Han is beginning to look a little sick.
He gets up and rushes to the back of
163. IMPERIAL SPACE FORTRESS - DOCKING
AREA - AQUILAE
The canopy on the starship pops open, and
Artwo and the young Jedi, disguised
as a starraider, climb out onto the docking
platform. An officer and two
groundcrew approach him and salute.
Starkiller hands him his papers.
I'm here to check the vent ports in the
Your ship is from Yavin... We've lost
all contact with them. What's going on
There is a fierce inversion just east
of Bull Pup station... It's really a
mess out there.
The officer smiles and the ground crew
starts to check out the starship.
Starkiller heads for the main docking
exit, followed by Artwo. He remembers
something as he passes the control station,
and calls out to the officer.
Do you mind if I use your com-link?
No. Go ahead.
Starkiller walks into the small control
area and pretends to talk on an
STARKILLER (to Artwo)
Find the highest security area.
Artwo punches his claw arm into a computer
socket, and the brain comes to
life, feeding information to the little
Starkiller watches the officer as he directs
the crewmen in the securing of
the starship. Artwo removes his
arm from the computer, and the duo leave the
Station 325 is the highest security area
on board. It's a detention area.
They disappear into a chamber lock hallway.
164. ELEVATOR TUBE - SPACE FORTRESS
Starkiller, trying to look inconspicuous,
waits for a horizontal elevator.
Troops and fortress personnel come and
go, but no-one seems to pay any
attention to the pair. Finally a
small car arrives, and Starkiller follows
Artwo into the podlike vehicle, and it
takes off through a vacuum tunnel.
165. DETENTION AREA - SPACE FORTRESS
Starkiller and Artwo enter a security station.
Guards and electronic cutters
are everywhere. An officer approaches
Starkiller, and checks his papers.
The B-23 can't enter this station.
But I need him.
Sorry. No mechanical personnel.
Starkiller watches helplessly, as Artwo
is led into a waiting area.
You may proceed, but you'll have to be
A trooper joins Starkiller and leads him
through a series of hallways.
Starkiller carefully surveys the area
as he follows the guard.
Mathusians just beat the PDR's again.
They should be in another league. Do
you follow the ecometrics?
The guard turns to discover that Starkiller
has disappeared. He is stunned,
then manages to pull out a small ring
Code six - Alert.
166. STARSHIP RUNWAY - IMPERIAL OUTPOST
Six Wookees sit before Han and the general,
listening to Han explain something
about space fighting. Owen Lars
approaches the general.
We've made contact with the underground
on Aquilae. Things are tighter. They
can only get one man out. Datos
is on his way.
We should be ready by the time he arrives.
Han turns to the general.
They're ready to go up.
The general makes a short statement to
the Wookes in their own language. They
let out a loud cheer, and run for the
row of starships.
167. STARSHIP - SPACE - YAVIN
The general sits next to Chewbacca, as
he leads two other Wookee piloted
starships in a tight formation.
They head for a small cluster of asteroids
orbiting near the planet's surface.
The general quietly gives Chewbacca some
reassuring instructions. Han leads
a second formation of three ships,
following Chewbacca's group. The
two formations of starships make an attack
run on the asteroids. The general
watches as Chewbacca lines up and fires at
an asteroid blowing it into a million
pieces. The general smiles, and slaps
Chewbacca on the back. The Wookees
excitedly chatter among themselves over
the intercom system.
168. DETENTION AREA HALLWAY - SPACE
FORTRESS - AQUILAE
A patrol of ten men marches through one
of the long hallways in the detention
area. They stop at an intersection.
The officer in charge reports on the
Ben Five to Moma. All clear.
The troops relax, some stand in groups,
others wander a distance away, poking
into the various small alleyways running
off the main hallway. One trooper
notices a small reflected light in one
of the narrow corridors, and carefully
moves down the dark passageway to check
it out. Out of no-where, a fist
knocks the trooper unconscious and drags
him into a small alcove.
The officer finishes his report on the
intercom and yells for the troops to
fall-in. Men scurry in all directions
and out of a narrow corridor emerges
Starkiller, dressed in the uniform of
an Imperial startrooper. He joins the
platoon, and they march away.
169. GENERAL'S QUARTERS - SPACE FORTRESS
General Vader and several officers watch
the progress of the search on TV
monitors. The general speaks into
Have them clear the area. Bring
in the seekers.
On the monitors, the troops are assembled
in the main entry-way and several
small chrome balls are thrown into the
hallway. Small antennae pop from the
chrome surface, and the small balls float
down the hallways. Valorum, once a
proud Knight of the Sith, enters wearing
the uniform of a stormtrooper. He
snaps to attention before the general,
and hands him a report. Vader gives
Valorum a sly grin.
Contact has been lost with the ship carrying
the doctors from Alderaan. The
princess' treatment will have to be delayed.
We've just trapped your own friend Starkiller.
Watch us accomplish what you
found to be impossible.
Valorum is humiliated, but stays at attention.
Valorum [Vader?] gets an
emergency call on the intercom.
Yes...Yes... Put it on the view screen.
One of the TV monitors switches to an image
of the unconscious trooper
Get me the Captain of the Guard.
170. DETENTION AREA - MAIN ENTRY
- SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE
Three squads of troops including Starkiller,
stand at attention in the main
entrance to the detention center, while
the Captain of the Guard gets new
orders over his headphones. Starkiller
studies the situation carefully,
looking for a way out of his predicament.
The Captain of the Guard calls up
the platoon sergeants and gives them a
series of orders. They return to their
squads and begin to inspect the troops.
Starkiller begins to get worried.
The sergeant works his way down the line
until he gets to the trooper next to
Starkiller. He sees no chance of
escape, but surprise. Suddenly, he bolts
from the ranks and races down the hallway.
CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD
Ten troopers break out of the ranks and
take up the chase. Starkiller runs
down a corridor and rounds a corner, reaching
a dead end. The troops round
the corner and confront the trapped Jedi.
The sound of igniting laserswords
fills the hallway. Starkiller takes
a defensive stance, his huge lasersword
buzzing loudly. The troops attack.
They fight with skill and bravery, but
are eventually all cut down by the invincible
Starkiller breaks away from the troops
and runs down a long hallway. A safety
door slides shut, closing off his escape.
He turns around in time to see
another door seal off the opposite end
of the hallway. Before he can make any
attempt to pry open the door, gas fills
the sealed corridor. Starkiller
collapses in a heap on the floor.
171. GENERAL'S QUARTERS - SPACE FORTRESS
Vader laughs as he watches the unconscious
Starkiller on the TV monitors. All
of the other officers in the room are
[something whited out] laughing and
joking, except Valorum, who remains grimly
GENERAL (to Valorum)
Take him to the special section.
Valorum salutes, and exits the offices.
Vader laughs again.
172. STARSHIP RUNWAY - IMPERIAL OUTPOST
Nine gleaming starships sit in a row along
the edge of the vast jungle runway.
Bizarre and colorful Wookee designs have
been painted across the large
deflector fins of the spacecraft.
Some designs transform the ships into huge
and grotesque animals, while others create
unique mosaic patterns. The four-
man Wookee crews stand proudly at attention
in front of their ships. The
general, along with Han and the underground
leader, Datos, review the
In one of the Wookee crews, a pilot is
picking fleas off the back of his tail
gunner. When the general passes,
he snaps to attention. There is a gleam in
the general's eye as he shows off his
strike force to the crusty old
underground leader. When they've
inspected the last starship, Datos turns to
I'm speechless. It's amazing.
A most impressive display. For the first time
since the take-over, I feel real hope.
Will your people be ready?
Our forces have already started sabotaging
their com-link set ups. A refugee
camp on Mananyo has been conducting raids
on shipping from Alderaan. That's
how we intercepted those doctors...
GENERAL (to Han)
Get them in the ships... We're on our
way. (to Datos) Send the code signal.
173. DETENTION CELL - SPACE FORTRESS
General Vader and Valorum watch as a medic
revives Starkiller, who has been
strapped to an upright slab, protected
He's coming round.
The medic backs away, and throws the switch
which activates the cutters. A
blue glow surrounds Starkiller as he wakes
up and sees Vader and Valorum.
For all the myths and the trouble, you
don't seem like much...
He laughs and leaves Valorum alone in the
room with the young Jedi. Valorum
appears sad and frustrated at the capture
of the noble warrior. They stare at
one another for a few moments.
You were insane to come here. The
security on this... this thing is
impossible. Why?....For her?
I can't believe your loyalty is that strong.
You're a great warrior... but you're a
greater fool. This is a place for
androids, no codes, no honor. Our
ways are useless here. Why couldn't you
have stayed away?
He storms out of the cell. Starkiller
struggles to free himself.
174. SLUM DWELLING - GORDON SPACEPORT
The young partisan, Occo, listens to a
small transmitter in a secret closet
behind the main room in a slum dwelling.
He jumps up and runs into the main
room, where Quist and several other men
are sitting around a table covered
with maps and plans.
It's Datos. We've got the go ahead.
Everyone cheers and starts hugging and
slapping each other on the back.
Finally, they settle down.
Go to your organizations. (to Occo)
What's the code time?
Zero three thirty...
May the force of others be with you.
The men solemnly shake hands and leave
175. GOVERNOR'S OFFICE - SPACE FORTRESS
Starkiller stands on a small platform before
Governor Hoedaack and the High
Consul. His hands are held behind
his back by electric bonds.
.... And I'm sure the emperor will enjoy
your execution. I only regret I
won't be there myself. This should
end the Jedi myth once and for all. Take
him to Alderaan.
Valorum steps forward with a squad of stormtroopers
and escorts the prisoner
away. Vader and the governor seem
very pleased with themselves. Valorum
looks back in disgust.
176. CONTROL CENTER - SPACE FORTRESS
In the large central control room, two
officers sit above a row of monitors
and giant read-outs.
Look! That whole sector just went
dead. We're losing contact with the
surface. Use the IF link and find
out what's going on.
177. DOCKING AREA - SPACE FORTRESS
Valorum halts the squad guarding Starkiller
on an observation deck overlooking
a starship docking port. Valorum
reports to the officer in charge.
Where is the ship?
It's on its way in. It will just
be a few minutes.
Valorum returns to his squad and watches
the large starship slowly move into
the docking area. He glances at
Starkiller, who stands defiant, ready to meet
Valorum continues to study Starkiller.
The young Jedi returns his gaze.
Slowly, the spacecraft locks onto the
docking port with a loud jolt. The
troops snap to attention, but Valorum
grabs two laserswords and in one swift
move, switches off Starkiller's bonds
and tosses him one of the laserswords.
Starkiller assumes a defensive stance,
as the troops realize what has happened
and draw their swords.
The two warriors fight their way through
a side exit. The door slides closed
behind them, and Valorum throws the lock,
trapping the troops on the
observation platform. They race
down the hallway and stop at an intersection.
This way! We can get a starship
and be out of here before they've
I'm not leaving without the princess.
It's impossible; there are traps everywhere...
Starkiller just grins and runs down the
passageway leading to the detention
area. Valorum rushes and catches
up. An alarm signal wails through the
178. WOOKEE STARSHIPS - SPACE
The general leads three squads, of three
starships each toward the glowing
planet of Aquilae.
There she is. Activate your deflection
179. DETENTION AREA - SPACE FORTRESS
Valorum talks with the Captain of the Guard.
He gestures wildly, like
something important had happened.
Four troops run into the central detention
area leading the bound Princess Leia.
The Captain of the Guard salutes
Valorum, and the Sith knight, followed
by the four troops and Leia, leave the
180. DETENTION HALLWAY - SPACE FORTRESS
Starkiller appears boldly at the end of
the hallway, facing Valorum and the
The troops rush for Starkiller, swords
drawn. They are no match for the
skilled Jedi. He makes short work
of them, as Valorum frees the princess.
The trio then run into another hallway.
The princess embraces Starkiller.
We only have a few seconds before they
find us. All of these hallways are
Starkiller spots a small garbage chute
on the corridor wall. He goes and
looks into it.
Is this pressurized?
Valorum nods yes, and they lift the princess
into the chute and quickly
181. GARBAGE CHUTE - SPACE FORTRESS
The trio slides through a series of chutes,
until they end up in a large room
full of garbage. Starkiller spots
a doorway and struggles to get it open.
They're power sealed...We'll have to find
another way, or some way to shut the
They search the smooth-walled room for
182. GOVERNOR'S QUARTERS - SPACE
FORTRESS - AQUILAE
Governor Hoedaack watches General Vader
as he supervises the hunt for
Starkiller and Valorum. They watch
troops move through the detention area via
TV monitors. Seekers buzz through
the hallways. The general gets a report
from an officer on another monitor.
We've lost contact with the surface.
There is a good probability of an
uprising. Even the IF links are
Use a substandard relay and put all units
The officer disappears from the monitor
and is replaced with the Captain of
All sections D through P-12 are clear.
We have reason to suspect they escaped
through the disposal system. We
are checking....(he is interrupted by an
excited trooper who tells him something)....We've
found them in Receptacle B-
29. You should....
A red light flashes on one of the other
A controller appears on the second monitor.
Starships approaching, three squads.
Imperial design, but no clearance...
Full alert. Battle stations....
The general turns back to the Captain of
You should have them on your screen.
Alarms sound throughout the fortress.
Lights flash a warning.
182. [obviously an oversight - second
182] GARBAGE RECEPTACLE - SPACE
FORTRESS - AQUILAE
A floodlight switches on, revealing Valorum
and Starkiller attempting to cut
open the door. The princess stands
up and stares into the floodlight.
Vader's voice comes over an intercom.
I'm afraid I have no more time to deal
with you. A senseless and futile
attack by your friends has forced me to
take a rather unpleasant course of
action. Your execution will have
to be expedited.
The intercom clicks off, and a loud rumbling
begins to shake the room. With a
loud shriek, the princess points to the
far wall; which starts to move toward
the trio. The situation looks desperate.
183. SPACE - WOOKEE STARSHIPS - AQUILAE
Laserfire from the space fortress creates
a wall of death, which the three
squadrons of Wookee starships miraculously
emerge through undamaged. The
general barks orders to the Wookee craft,
and Chewbacca and his squadron break
off and start an attack dive. Laser
fire from Chewbacca's brightly colored
ship hits one of the prime power terminals
on the fortress surface. It
explodes, creating weird electric arcs,
as it goes.
Han and the general also concentrate fire
on the distinctive black power
terminals. Two more are destroyed
in an arcing spectacle. A chain reaction
is set off, creating a series of explosions
leaping across the surface of the
fortress from power terminal to power
184. GARBAGE RECEPTACLE - SPACE FORTRESS
The shock of the explosion can be felt
over the rumbling of the trash masher.
The wall has moved within a few yards
of squashing Valorum, Starkiller and the
princess. They are still frantically
trying to somehow stop the relentless
wall, to no avail. The lights blink
off, then on again, and the moving wall
rumbles to a halt. Leia breathes
a sigh of relief.
They must have knocked the power out.
Valorum runs over to the door, and kicks
it open. They rush out of the would-
be death trap.
185. SPACE - WOOKEE STARSHIPS - AQUILAE
One of the Wookee starships is caught in
a crossfire and disappears in a cloud
of smoke. Another ship for some
unknown reason dives headlong into the
surface of the fortress, creating a huge
186. MAIN HALLWAY - SPACE FORTRESS
Starkiller, Valorum, and the princess are
thrown to a hallway floor by the
explosion. They get up and start
down the hallway again. A voice calls out
from a connecting corridor.
Hey! Over here.
The trio turns and see little Artwo standing
at the other end of the corridor.
He waves his claw arm at them, and wobbles
The power core has exceeded the normal
stress quotient by point eight. The
magnetic fusion pods have evaporated.
There appears to be an immediate
There is a lifepod station at the other
end of this sector... Hurry.
The group, followed by Artwo, make a dash
for the lifepod, but are knocked to
the ground by another explosion, which
rocks the hallway. A hole is ripped in
one wall, sucking debris into space.
Everyone holds on to wall fixtures for
187. GOVERNOR'S QUARTERS - SPACE
FORTRESS - AQUILAE
Aides and officers rush through the office,
as Vader tries to keep things
under control. Governor Hoedaack
remains calm, watching the progress of the
battle. Vader turns to the governor.
They've pinpointed every terminal.
It's impossible. What are they? Where
did they come from? An electromagnetic
transfer has started....There's no
Continue the fight...
We've already lost control of the planet.
We must abandon ship while there is
still time...Conditions are much worse
Continue the fight...This fortress is
invincible. I will not give up.
A giant explosion sweeps through the office.
188. SPACE - WOOKEE STARSHIPS
The tiny starships race the chain reaction
explosions across the surface of
the fortress. Laserfire is everywhere.
one of the starships skimming across
the surface, lags behind and is caught
in an explosion and disappears.
Han! Get everyone out of there.
The whole thing's going to go....Return to
Gordon... Get them out.
Han relays the order to the Wookees, and
then starships pull away from the
189. MAIN HALLWAY - SPACE FORTRESS
The group has made its way past the hole
in the wall and is climbing into the
lifepods. Starkiller helps the princess
into one, while Valorum and Artwo get
into the other. Warning sirens scream
throughout the hallways. Three troops
run toward the lifepods, firing laserpistols.
Valorum returns the fire,
stopping the oncoming troops. Hatches
are closed, and the lifepods eject into
190. LIFEPODS - SPACE - YAVIN ORBIT
The two lifepods drift toward the calm
of the planet's surface. Starkiller
and the princess embrace, and he kisses
her tenderly. They watch the ominous
fortress grow smaller and smaller as they
drift away. Suddenly, a great flash
replaces the fortress and rubble streaks
past the lifepods. Several giant
explosions follow, then there is only
a smoke cloud where the mighty fortress
once orbited Aquilae.
191. THRONE ROOM - PALACE OF LITE
Queen Leia, in all her grandeur, sits on
the magnificent throne of Aquilae.
Starkiller and the general stand to her
right. Several old advisors stand to
her left. Han presents Chewbacca
and a delegation of Wookees with a treaty,
gifts, and a medal of honor. They
bow and exit. Han moves to one side of the
crowded court. Valorum stands next
to him. They watch as the two robots,
Artwo and Threepio, approach the queen,
Your service to Aquilae is greatly appreciated.
You are designated class A-4,
and will serve Annikin Starkiller, the
new Lord Protector of Aquilae. Rise!
The robots rise and exit through the long
entrance hall to the throne. The
queen turns and smiles at Starkiller and
the general. The general and
Starkiller salute their new queen.