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                          THE STAR WARS
                               BY
                          GEORGE  LUCAS

    ROUGH DRAFT                                        LUCASFILM LTD.
                                                             5/74

1.  FADE IN:
    SPACE
    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 rollup:
                 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 invin-
                 cible 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 OF SITH.
    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 instictively 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 dust.
                                ANNIKIN
                  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 connector.
                                KANE
                  Continue with the problem.  Your concentration 
                  is worse than your brother's.  (to Annikin) 
                  How many?
                                ANNIKIN
                  Only one this time.  A Banta Four.
                                KANE
                  Good.  We may not have to repair this old bucket 
                  after all.  Prepare yourself.
                                DEAK
                  Me too!
                                KANE
                  Do you have the answer?
                                DEAK
                  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 lazerpistols and lazersword.  Kane 
    rises and starts for his equipment.
                                DEAK (Con't)
                  Ahhh, Pop...
                                KANE
                  Deak, do you feel you're ready?
                                DEAK
                  Yes, sir.  I've outmarked Annikin in twelve disci-
                  plines.  I'm as good...
                                KANE
                  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 - UTAPAU
    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 his electrobinoculars.
                                KANE
                  No tracks.  Bi-lock hasn't been opened....Interior 
                  systems are still on....
                                ANNIKIN
                  Are we going to wait for him to come out?
                                KANE
                  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 multiplelazer rifle in disgust.
                                ANNIKIN
                  He should have let me go with him....  He's 
                  getting too old to make an open challenge.
                                DEAK
                  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 lazerrifle 
    sparkling in the reflected light of Utapau.
                                DEAK
                  He's making his move....
                                ANNIKIN
                  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.
                                DEAK
                  What's happening?
                                ANNIKIN
                  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 care-
    fully 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 becomes unbearable.
                                ANNIKIN
                  Something's happened!  He's been in there too 
                  long.
                                DEAK
                  Let me look!  Stand my guard.
    Deak takes the electrobinoculars from his brother and studies 
    the silent spacecraft.  Annikin impatiently scans the opposite 
    horizon.
                                DEAK
                  I think the power just went off.  We'd better 
                  wait here until someone comes out.
                                ANNIKIN
                  What if he needs help?
                                DEAK
                  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 lazer-
    sword 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 lazersword, 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 
    lazersword, but Annikin manages to deflect the intended death-
    blow.
    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, 
    lazerswords 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 lazersword, 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.
                                ANNIKIN
                  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.
                                ANNIKIN (Con't)
                  I'm sorry.
                                KANE
                  Son, plot a course for AQUILAE.
    Annikin lights up like a Bantha at feeding time.
                                ANNIKIN
                  Aquilae!!  You mean we're going home?
                                KANE
                  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:
                    Alderaan:  Capital of the New 
                    Galatic Empire.
    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 space craft crammed with sophis-
    ticated 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 Empire.
                                PILOT
                  Tok-One to chicks:  Shape it up.  Let's 
                  make it good.
                                CHICK-ONE
                  Does that glare bother you?
                                PILOT
                  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 sun-
    shield over his eyes.
                                PILOT
                  Here we go.  Count:  three, two, one, now!
8.  REVIEW STAND - PLAZA OF THE DADERS - ALDERAAN
    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 Dader 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.
                                EMPEROR
                  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 in history.
    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 ner-
    vously 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 statement.
                                EMPEROR (Con't)
                  ... 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 Sur-
                  rounding Territories.   This is the last frontier 
                  and the final stone in the great wall of the 
                  Galactic Empire.
    The troops cheer, and 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.
                                WHITSUN
                  Your glass is empty.
    Whitsun speaks into a small intercom on the bar front.
                                WHITSUN (Con't)
                  A dantic and...
    He looks in Antilles' glass.
                                ANTILLES
                  No thanks, Whitsun.  I've had enough.
                                WHITSUN
                  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 buzz.
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.
                                CONTROLLER
                  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.
                                ANTILLES
                  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.
                                WHITSUN
                  I'm afraid they're not waiting for the Allience 
                  Treaty.  They're already moving against the 
                  System.  I've got to get word back.
                                ANTILLES
                  The chrome companies are protesting the embargo, 
                  but it's going to take some time.
                                WHITSUN
                  Isn't anything moving?
                                ANTILLES
                  Military ships, but...
     They are interrupted by an Imperial officer, and several storm
     troopers.  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.
                                OFFICER
                  Attention:  all Captains and First Officers of 
                  Guild Trade frigates will accompany me to the 
                  Ministry of Transport immediately.
     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 - ALDERAAN
     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.
                                HOEDAACK
                  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.
                                COLL
                  A rather dangerous advantage.  You still have 
                  a System to conquer.
                                HOEDAACK
                  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.
                                COLL
                  Don't underestimate the armies of Aquilae.  They're 
                  lead by a JEDI.
                                HOEDAACK
                  I've told you about Commissioner Lars, General.  
                  He worries a lot.
                                VADER
                  It's a myth that any Jedi still exist.
                                COLL
                  General Skywalker is no myth.  When I first 
                  arrived at court, he was the First Bodyguard 
                  to the emperor... He lead the Jedi Rebellion.
                                VADER
                  SEIG DARKLIGHTER lead the Rebellion.
                                COLL
                  So the emperor would have you think, but I 
                  was there.
                                VADER
                  Then why wasn't he hunted down like the others?
                                COLL
                  Because he is too dangerous, too clever.  
                  Besides, his presence on Aquilae is still only
                  a rumor.
                                HOEDAACK
                  Then why do you believe it?
                                COLL
                  Because I knew him.  He's there all right.  I 
                  can sense it.  Mark my words... Aquilae will 
                  not be easily conquered.
13.  COURTYARD - PALACE OF LITE - AQUILAE
     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 wilder-
     ness, 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 palace.
14.  LIBRARY - PALACE OF LITE - AQUILAE
     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 aidesto 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 Galatic trader named AAY ZAVOS fiddles nervously 
     with a small scrap of leather as he speaks.
                                ZAVOS
                  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 your independence.
                                KAYOS
                  If there were to be war, would your frigates 
                  still supply us?
                                ZAVOS
                  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.
                                SANDAGE
                  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 Star-
     force.  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, pene-
     trating eyes.  Sandage is somewhat embarrassed and quietly sits 
     down.
                                GENERAL
                  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.
                                NASH
                  General Skywalker, war is a serious business...
                  a deadly business.
                                GENERAL
                  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.
                                TARKIN
                  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 defense.
                                NASH
                  You must understand, General, we are interested 
                  in avoiding a war, not starting one.
                                GENERAL
                  There are times when offense makes the best 
                  defense.  If that Allience Treaty isn't signed, 
                  we will need all of the advantage we can get.
                                KAYOS
                  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 forthcoming.
     The senators whisper among themselves.
                                KAYOS (Cont.)
                  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.
                                WINDY
                  Me too!  Me too!
                                BIGGS
                  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.
                                KAYOS
                  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.
                                KAYOS
                  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.
                                GENERAL
                  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.
                                KAYOS
                  I know, Luke.  I feel THE FORCE also.
15.  COURTYARD - PALACE OF LITE - AQUILAE
     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.
                                LEIA
                  Oh, Daddy, I'll miss you so.
                                KAYOS
                  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 before her.
                                GENERAL
                  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.
                                BREHA
                  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 - AQUILAE
     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.
                                GENERAL
                  Montross!
     CAPTAIN MONTROSS, one of the general's aides, snaps to attention.
                                MONTROSS
                  Sir!
                                GENERAL
                  What's the TQ on this?
                                MONTROSS
                  The last frigate to leave the Imperial capital 
                  was at twenty-three forty, Sir.
                                GENERAL
                  Have any ships at all left the planet?  (to another 
                  aide)  Check with the Guild on Norton three.
                                MONTROSS
                  At twenty-four hundred, a full battalion of 
                  stardestroyers left for what is projected to be 
                  ANCHORHEAD, or a nearby System.
                                GENERAL
                  And no word from Whitsun.  He should have reported 
                  by now.  Captain Prue!
     An older, academic looking aide, steps forward.
                                PRUE
                  Sir!
                                GENERAL
                  What do you make of this?
                                PRUE
                  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.
                                GENERAL
                  I don't know... It doesn't feel good.
                                MONTROSS
                  Sir?
                                GENERAL
                  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 way.
                                BUREAUCRATS
                  It's restricted.  You'll have to wait...(etc.)
                                KANE
                  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.
                                GENERAL
                  Kane Starkiller - you old muscle-rat!  
                  What a sight!  We heard that you had 
                  been executed.
                                KANE
                  So the Empire would like to believe.  
                  I've been in the KESSIL System.  You 
                  remember little Annikin.
     Kane puts his arm around his son, who has been making eyes 
     at one of the cute young female aides.  He bows before the 
     General.
                                GENERAL
                  He takes after his mother!  (They laugh)  
                  It's so good to see you.
                                KANE
                  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.
                                GENERAL
                  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 duo.
                                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.
                                KANE
                  I've come for your help.
                                GENERAL
                  Anything you ask.  You're a JEDI brother.  We're 
                  one.
                                KANE
                  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 smiles.
                                GENERAL
                             Old friend, you do me too much honor.  
                  I was never a match for you.  Why don't you finish 
                  his training yourself?
                                KANE
                  I'm too old, Luke.  I can't go on... You must 
                  finish it.
                                GENERAL
                  What kind of talk is this?  You're not the 
                  old Starkiller I remember.  Too old?!?
     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.
                                KANE (angrily)
                  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.
                                GENERAL
                  I'm sorry...
                                KANE
                  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 general.
                                MONTROSS
                  Sir, we have picked up something!  An asteroid, or 
                  solid comet moving away from the Anchorhead System.
18.  WAR ROOM - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS - AQUILAE
     The general rushes out of the control station and back to the 
     giant Galactic display.  He is followed by Montross, Starkiller 
     and his son.
                                GENERAL
                  Are you sure it's not the battalion?
                                MONTROSS
                  A solid object.  It's as big as our Third Moon.
                                PRUE
                  It's too large to be man-made, and it's too slow 
                  to be a comet.
                                GENERAL
                  Analysis?
                                MONTROSS
                  It's too far out.
                                GENERAL
                  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 me.
     The older Starkiller smiles, and puts his good arm around his 
     old friend.
19.  DINING CHAMBER - PALACE OF LITE - AQUILAE
     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.
                                GENERAL
                  I have come for other reasons.  Could....
                                KAYOS
                  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.
                                STARKILLER
                  Annikin Starkiller, Sir.
                                KAYOS
                  Where's Kane?
                                GENERAL
                  He left for the spaceport at GORDON to visit 
                  an old friend, Han Solo, the Ureallian.
                                KAYOS
                  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 proper.
                                GENERAL
                  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 debate...
                                KAYOS
                  What events?
                                GENERAL
                  Whitsun, our best agent, has disappeared in 
                  the Imperial capital.  There is unusual military 
                  traffic in the S-4 sectors...
                                KAYOS
                  Unless you have direct, concrete proof of a 
                  pending attack, there is nothing I can do.
                                GENERAL
                  By the time we have proof, it may be too late.
                                KAYOS
                  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 war code.
                                GENERAL
                  Tomorrow may be too late.  My Lord, I need 
                  the war code now.  We must get our forces 
                  into space.
                                KAYOS
                  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 for-
                  sake 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.
                                MONTROSS
                  I bring a report to General Skywalker, My Lord.
                                KAYOS
                  You may deliver it.
                                MONTROSS
                  Sir, the asteroid has disappeared from our scopes.  
                  There is no trace of it.
                                GENERAL
                  Were they able to analyze it?
                                MONTROSS
                  It never came within range, Sir.
     The general rises, quickly followed by Starkiller.
                                GENERAL
                  Excuse us, My Lord.  We'd better get back.  I 
                  will wait patiently for the approval.
     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 - AQUILAE
     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 eyes open.
                                GENERAL
                  What are the results?
                                PRUE
                  Negative, Sir.
                                GENERAL
                  Are you sure?
                                PRUE
                  Absolutely.
                                GENERAL
                  It's just not possible.  Something that size 
                  can't just disappear without a trace...Check 
                  it again.
                                PRUE
                  That's the tenth negative, Sir.
                                GENERAL
                  I said check it again.
     Captain Prue retreats to a computer station.  The general looks 
     around for Starkiller.
                                GENERAL
                  Starkiller!
     Everyone near the general turns, but Starkiller doesn't show.
                                GENERAL
                  Where is that boy?  Montross!
     Montross rushes to the general and snaps to attention.
                                GENERAL
                  Page Starkiller.
     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 attention.
     The general lets him stand there for a moment, not acknow-
     ledging 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 lazersword,) and swings at the young warrior's 
     head.  In an equally quick movement, Starkiller ignites his 
     lazersword 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 lazerswords 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.
                                GENERAL
                  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.
                                STARKILLER
                  It won't happen again, Sir.  There are many 
                  new....
                                P.A.
                  General Skywalker, white com.
     The general moves to a control station and picks up a phone.
                                PHONE VOICE
                  Sir, Captain Whitsun has just been admitted 
                  to Med Vac.
                                GENERAL
                  What's his condition?
                                PHONE VOICE
                  No data, Sir.
                                GENERAL
                  I'm on my way.
21.  MED VAC EMERGENCY ROOM - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS
     Captain Starkiller waits in an outer chamber as General Sky-
     walker rushes into the Med Vac emergency room where several 
     doctors are working on the prostrate Whitsun.
                                GENERAL
                  What's his condition?  Is he conscious?
                                DOCTOR
                  Partially.  He's be all right - a few 
                  bruises, primary exhaustion....
     Whitsun thrashes around in a semi-conscious state.  He sees 
     the general.
                                GENERAL
                  What happened, boy?  What's going on?
                                WHITSUN (with difficulty)
                  The Imperial Starforce is already on its 
                  way, not far behind me... They're going 
                  to attack.
                                GENERAL
                  Are you sure?
                                WHITSUN
                  I have tapes...A giant space fortress....
     He struggles to give General Skywalker his ring.
                                GENERAL
                  As big as our Third Moon?
                                WHITSUN
                  Bigger.  It's unlike anything I've ever seen.  
                  Sophisticated deflection systems.... work in 
                  opposition to the suns.
                                GENERAL
                  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 for him.
                                GENERAL
                  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 buttons.
                                GENERAL
                  Montross.
                                MONTROSS
                  Sir!
                                GENERAL
                  Full alert....everything!  Get the Royal 
                  Family back here.
                                MONTROSS
                  The princess is at CHATHOS.  There are no 
                  transports....
                                GENERAL
                  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 my way.
22.  WAR ROOM - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS - AQUILAE
     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.
                                MONTROSS
                  We're having a problem getting through, Sir.  
                  There is a great deal of interference.
                                PRUE
                  It could be jamming.
                                GENERAL
                  Try a surface link through AMSEL.
     The aides go back to the com-link system to try to get a line 
     through to the king.
                                PRUE
                  We should be able to spot them at sunrise....
                  That's not too far off.
                                GENERAL
                  They'll attack with sunrise.  Until the king 
                  gives us that code to start the war computers, 
                  we'll just have to sit tight.
                                PRUE
                  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 war.
                                PRUE
                  Sir?
23.  COURTYARD - ACADEMY OF CHATHOS - AQUILAE
     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 cases.
                                STARKILLER
                  Forget the cases - we've no time.
                                LEIA
                  These are my things.  They must...
                                STARKILLER
                  I said forget them, and hurry...
                                LEIA
                  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.
                                LEIA
                  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.
                                STARKILLER
                  Settle down!
     When the door to the speeder is opened, Mina starts in, and 
     Starkiller stops her.
                                STARKILLER
                  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.
                                PRINCESS
                  Mina's not staying...I'm not leaving her.  
                  You can't....
     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.
                                STARKILLER
                  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 - AQUILAE
     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, apparently asleep.
                                MONTROSS
                  Sir, we've made contact!
     The general opens his eyes and takes the intercom mike.
                                KAYOS
                  What is it, General?
                                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...
                                KAYOS
                  I'll relay it directly to the computer.  Is 
                  Breha...?
                                GENERAL
                  The Royal Family is safe.  Starkiller has 
                  gone after Princess Leia...
                                KAYOS
                  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.
                                KAYOS
                  Send this sub-land, priority one.  (to the pilot)  
                  Get us back to CALVAS immediately!
     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 - AQUILAE
     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 door.
27.  ATTACK RUNWAY - SPACEPORT OUTPOST - AQUILAE
     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.
                                CHIEF
                  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 - AQUILAE
     The general stands before a giant display of the Aquilaean solar 
     system.  Montross signals the general.
                                MONTROSS
                  They're away, Sir.  Six from Gordon.  All other space-
                  ports were hit.  The king hasn't arrived yet.
                                GENERAL
                  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.
                                GENERAL
                  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 fore-
     ground, 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 flashes on the planet's surface, 
     as the fortress bombards the planet with a fusillade of lazer 
     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....
                                PILOT LEADER
                  Cut off, Devil Six....Stand by.
                                GENERAL (monitor)
                  It looks like they're still using the basic 
                  quad-tristation configuration.  Use a "ranger 
                  defense."  Concentrate on breath ports and lock 
                  areas.
                                PILOT LEADER
                  Affirmative base...Copy and transmit....
                  Devil Two, check your rotation plates.
                                DEVIL TWO
                  Roger, Boss.  We're getting a threshold dis-
                  turbance on gyro-three.
                                GENERAL (monitor)
                  Switch over, Five, cover it! ...Devil pack, 
                  generate a spread six formation...May the 
                  force of others protect you.
                                PILOT
                  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 lazer-
     bolts streak from the starships, creating small explosions on 
     the complex surface of the fort.
32.  INTERIOR MAIN CORRIDOR - IMPERIAL SPACE FORTRESS
     The chaos of battle echoes through the vast corridors of the 
     fortress.  Walls buckle and cave in, sucking debris and per-
     sonnel into the vacuum of outer space.  Alarm sirens scream 
     as soldiers scramble to large turbo-powered laser gun emplace-
     ments.  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 - AQUILAE
     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.
                                PILOT LEADER
                  I see it.  Pull in... we're picking up some 
                  interference.
                                DEVIL SIX
                  Wow, I've never seen such fire power.
                                PILOT LEADER
                  Pull in, Devil Two...Pull in!  Chewie???!!
                                DEVIL TWO (CHEWIE)
                  I'm all right, Boss.  I've got a target.
                                DEVIL SIX
                  There is too much action, Chewie.  Get out!
                                PILOT LEADER
                  Break off, Chewie....Acknowledge.  Devil Six, 
                  can you see Devil Two?
                                DEVIL SIX
                  I've lost him.  There's a very heavy fire zone 
                  on this side.  My radar's jammed.
                                DEVIL FIVE
                  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 again.
                                DEVIL FOUR (intercom)
                  Watch your back, Boss!  Watch your back!!
34.  AQUILAEAN STARSHIP
     The speedy little fighters dart back and forth across the soft 
     underbelly of the fortress, leaving a trail of destruction 
     behind them.
                                PILOT LEADER
                  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 lazerfire 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 his mission.
35.  SUB-HALLWAY - IMPERIAL SPACE FORTRESS
     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 pro-
     portions.  He is thin, with a totally metallic surface of an Art 
     Deco design.  The robots attempt to get out from under the cani-
     sters, but rushing gas from a broken pipe keeps knocking them 
     over.
                                THREEPIO
                  This is madness; we're going to be destroyed.  
                  I'm still not accustomed to space travel.
                                ARTWO
                  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.
                                THREEPIO
                  No immediate danger!  You're faulty.  This 
                  is madness!
     Artwo gives Threepio a sheepish look and clings to a side-
     rail 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 lazer 
     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.
                                PILOT LEADER
                  Great moves, Chewie.  Regroup at point two, zero 
                  one.      Coincide, Devil Six.
                                GENERAL
                  Mace, your map projection shows a weak point 
                  at south portal:  niner point six.  Concentrate 
                  the attack on that point.  Coordinate.
                                PILOT LEADER
                  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.
                                DEVIL THREE
                  I've got a... We're hit.  We're hit.
                                PILOT LEADER
                  Eject...Eject.  Babs, Babs, do you read?
                                DEVIL THREE
                  I'm okay.  I can hold it.  Clear me a little, 
                  Devil Five... Watch it!  Watch it!
     Devil Three wobbles a little, then drops away sharply, plowing 
     into a lazergun emplacement, causing a hideous series of chain 
     reaction explosions.
37.  SUB-HALLWAY - IMPERIAL SPACE FORTRESS
     A huge explosion rips a large hole in the ceiling of a sub-
     hallway.  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.
                                ARTWO
                  You're a mindless, useless philosopher... Come on!  
                  Let's go back to work; the system is all right.
                                THREEPIO
                  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.
                                ARTWO
                  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 SPACE FORTRESS
     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 be-
     hind 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.
                                FIRST OFFICER
                  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 worried.
                                VADER
                  Don't look so worried.  Not even a JEDI 
                  could penetrate this fortress...We've 
                  already wiped out most of their forces.
                                HOEDAACK
                  If it goes on too long, we'll run over 
                  budget.  When do the landings begin?
                                VADER
                  As soon as the attack has been broken:  
                  not long.
     A short, stocky attache salutes the general.
                                ATTACHE
                  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 and embarrassment.
39.  WAR ROOM - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS - AQUILAE
     The general sits in a glass enclosed computer station, watching 
     the battle progress on several monitors.  An officer enters and 
     salutes the general.
                                OFFICER
                  Analysis reports those ZQ configurations are 
                  definitely power transformers...Everything in 
                  the southern sectors of the fortress is out.
                                GENERAL SKYWALKER
                  I'm surprised they are still using external 
                  power units.  It's a definite weak point.  
                  Concentrate on searching for the main cross-
                  link transformer.
     The officer exits as Montross rushes in.
                                MONTROSS
                  The senate has voted to end the war.
                                GENERAL
                  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?
                                MONTROSS
                  No, Sir.  All ground communications are 
                  jammed.
                                GENERAL
                  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?
                                MONTROSS
                  No, Sir.  They're long overdue.
     Pilot Leader checks in over the intercom.
                                PILOT LEADER
                  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.
                                PILOT LEADER
                  Hold your fire until we're within point zero 
                  five four... Make it count.
     Several ack-ack lazers 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 elec-
     trical 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 FORTRESS
     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 
     keep pace with his stubby mechanical feet.
                                THREEPIO
                  ....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.  Abandon ship.
                                ARTWO
                  Our work - we can't leave!  It's desertion.  
                  It's not possible.  It's not possible.
                                THREEPIO
                  Your programming is so limited.  My first 
                  order is preservation.  You stay.  I'm 
                  going to eject before the whole thing goes 
                  up.
     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.
                                ARTWO
                  These lifepods aren't for us!  It's not right!
     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.
                                ARTWO
                  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.
                                DEVIL TWO
                  Object approaching.  Attack bearing...
                                DEVIL FOUR
                  It's a lifepod.  Forget it.  We've got...
     Devil Four is hit by lazer 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.
                                GENERAL
                  Analysis indicates transformer code zero three 
                  is the main relay.  Hit it, and the whole thing 
                  goes dead.
                                PILOT LEADER
                  We're on our way.
43.  GOVERNOR'S QUARTERS - IMPERIAL SPACE FORTRESS
     A row of monitors and the main overhead lights go on, and a 
     trooper appears on one of the screens.
                                TROOPER
                  Internal relays operative.  All power 
                  restored.  All contaminated areas sealed.
     An officer appears on another monitor.
                                OFFICER
                  Only two enemy craft remain operative.  
                  We calculate victory by zero three hundred.
     General Vader switches to another monitor.
                                VADER
                  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.
                                HOEDAACK
                  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 know-
                  ledge before submitting to our rule.
     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 - AQUILAE
     General Skywalker watches a giant computer display of the space 
     fortress mapped by the starships.  An aide approaches.
                                AIDE
                  Sir!  The king's convoy has destroyed at 
                  CALDIN.  All the bodies were contaminated.
                                GENERAL
                  I will audience with the queen.... Who knows 
                  of this?
                                AIDE
                  Many.  It came through civilian sources.
                                GENERAL
                  Confine Senator Sandage to his quarters.  
                  Use any pretext.  Where is the senator now?
     Sandage and several other senators enter the computer station.
                                SANDAGE
                  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 them.
                                GENERAL
                  Senator, this war isn't over.  It's just begun.  
                  I take my commands from the Royal Family.
                                SANDAGE
                  The queen concurs.  I have her written decree.  
                  It is to be implemented immediately..... I order 
                  you to cease the attack.
                                GENERAL
                  Not likely...
                                SANDAGE
                  Treason?  Revolution?  The people won't follow 
                  you, General...nor will your troops.  I suggest 
                  you follow your orders.
     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 spot.
                                SANDAGE
                  Well, General?
45.  LIFEPOD - SKY OVER AQUILAE
     The reddish-yellow mass of Aquilae seems to engulf the tiny 
     lifepod containing the two fleeing androids.
                                ARTWO
                  It's desertion.  They'll destroy us.  How 
                  could this happen?
                                THREEPIO
                  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, Boss?
     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.  Confirm.
                                PILOT LEADER
                  They're hurt, Sir, but they still have power.  
                  We should finish....
                                GENERAL
                  Break off.  The war is over.  Run on white lights.  
                  Get back here, Mace.  We're going to need you.
                                PILOT LEADER
                  Confirmed, base one.  We're on our way.  Did 
                  you copy, Chewie?
                                DEVIL TWO
                  Roger, Boss.
     The two starfighters break off the attack and start back 
     toward the planet.  Without warning, the fort directs con-
     centrated 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 to 
     cry.
48.  WAR ROOM - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS - AQUILAE
     General Skywalker sits alone, meditating in the deserted war 
     room.  Montross approaches the contemplative general.
                                MONTROSS
                  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 SPACE FORTRESS
     General Vader stands behind a row of men at computer control 
     panels.  A commander reports to the general.
                                COMMANDER
                  All enemy craft destroyed.  First and fifth 
                  division, troops and equipment standing by.
     The general gives a sly smile of approval and takes a micro-
     phone from one of the computer technicians.  He speaks to the 
     troops and pilots waiting in their huge war machines for the 
     invasion order.
                                VADER
                  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 con-
                  trolled 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 his commander.
                                GENERAL
                  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.
                                ARTWO
                  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 getting....
     The towering Threepio stops short and turns on the blabbering 
     mechanical runt.
                                THREEPIO
                  I've had enough of you, you pragmatic, near-
                  sighted scrap pile.  You go your own way.
     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.
                                ARTWO
                  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 android.
                                THREEPIO
                  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 desert mesas.
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.
                                THREEPIO
                  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 land-
     speeder.  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.
                                STARKILLER
                  Where is your master?
     The little robot clicks and rattles, but doesn't speak.
                                STARKILLER (Con't)
                  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.
                                PRINCESS (sarcastic)
                  Well, General, who's your friend?
                                STARKILLER
                  I don't know.  He doesn't seem to be able to 
                  talk.  Damaged, probably....Jettisoned from a 
                  damaged ship...
                                PRINCESS
                  What do you intend to do with it?
                                STARKILLER
                  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.
                                PRINCESS
                  I don't want to ride with that hing.  I 
                  order you to destroy it immediately.
                                STARKILLER
                  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 - AQUILAE
     The speeder flies along, a foot or so above the landscape.
                                PRINCESS
                  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.
                                STARKILLER
                  Your sweetness is only surpassed by your 
                  beauty.  Just try to remember, I'm only 
                  following orders.
                                PRINCESS
                  ... to beat me and abuse me?
                                STARKILLER
                  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.
                                PRINCESS
                  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.
                                PRINCESS
                  We're in a hurry, remember!  If you're going 
                  to stop for every 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.
                                ARTWO
                  Function!  Function!  It's me.  Come on, 
                  function.
                                STARKILLER
                  Well, my little friend, you've found your 
                  tongue.
                                ARTWO
                  We must help him... We've been lost.
                                STARKILLER
                  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 consciousness.
                                THREEPIO
                  What happened?
                                ARTWO
                  You're overheated.
                                STARKILLER
                  Where did you come from?
                                ARTWO
                  We were jettisoned from six twenty-nine, P.R. one.
                                STARKILLER
                  I'm unfamiliar with that ship.  What type is it?
                                THREEPIO
                  It's a class M station, not a conventional craft.
     Threepio then stands and shakes the young JEDI's hand.
                                THREEPIO (Con't)
                  I'm Seethreepio, Human-Cyborg Relations.  
                  Your kindness is greatly appreciated.
     Starkiller and the two robots walk back to the speeder.
55.  LANDSPEEDER - DESERT CANYON - AQUILAE  
     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 broken boulders.
                                STARKILLER
                  We'll rest here.
                                THREEPIO
                  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 limbs.
                                ARTWO
                  I've got a bad case of dust contamination.  I 
                  can barely move.
                                THREEPIO
                  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.
                                THREEPIO
                  Where did they go?  They've disappeared.
                                ARTWO
                  Maybe they were attacked!  I sense danger!
55.  HIDDEN FORTRESS ENTRANCE - DESERT CANYON - AQUILAE
     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 - AQUILAE
     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 father?
                                GENERAL
                  The king is dead, Your Highness.
     All anger suddenly drains from the princess.  She almost timidly 
     asks the next question.
                                PRINCESS
                  My mother?... and brothers?
                                GENERAL
                  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.
                                THREEPIO
                  Do you suppose we're in danger?
                                ARTWO
                  The logic of this environment escapes me.
     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.
                                GUARD
                  You will remain calm, and you will remain here.
                                THREEPIO
                  Certainly.  I'm Seethreepio, Human Cyborg 
                  Relations.  Your kindness is gratefully 
                  appreciated.
     Artwo sits rather suspiciously behind his extroverted friend.
59.  ROYAL CHAMBER - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS - AQUILAE
     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.
                                QUEEN
                  The senate has been corrupted.
                                GENERAL
                  They cannot rule without your wish...
                                QUEEN
                  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 suc-
                  cessful, but there are things that...
                                GENERAL
                  I understand, Your Highness...
                                QUEEN
                  The chrome companies on Ophuchi have offered to 
                  supply you with the men and ships necessary to 
                  return Leia to the throne.
                                GENERAL
                  Can the chrome companies be trusted?
                                QUEEN
                  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 
                                QUEEN
                  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.
                                LEIA
                  Mother, you must not stay.
                                QUEEN
                  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.
                                GENERAL
                  We will have to travel in disguise.  I 
                  must have full command.  No-one can sus-
                  pect wealth or royal training.  I fear 
                  the new queen will not stand for this.
                                LEIA (angry)
                  Do not put words into my mouth.  I will 
                  stand for what is necessary.
     The general simply smiles.
60.  SUB-HALLWAY - UNDERGROUND FORTRESS - AQUILAE
     The general walks briskly through an isolated hallway, closely 
     followed by Montross.
                                GENERAL
                  How is Captain Whitsun's recovery?
                                MONTROSS
                  Very good; he's up and around.
                                GENERAL
                  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 hallway.
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 
     greets him.
                                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 man's head.
                                GENERAL
                  How many are going?
                                DOCTOR
                  Thirty-three of the greatest scientific minds 
                  in our System...A high price for freedom.
                                GENERAL
                  Thirty-three scientists!  Transporting a 
                  group that size, undetected... I don't...
                                DOCTOR
                  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.
                                GENERAL
                  "Bloodory's distillation?"
                                DOCTOR
                  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.
                                DOCTOR
                  General, this is Doctor Bloodory.  He'll be 
                  making the trip with you.
                                BLOODORY
                  It's an honor to meet you, General.  I'm 
                  sure I couldn't be in safer hands.
                                GENERAL
                  The chrome companies are exacting a high 
                  price indeed.  Politics will be the ruin 
                  of us all.
                                BLOODORY
                  Careful.  If we could rid ourselves of the 
                  politicians, generals would no longer be 
                  necessary.
                                DOCTOR
                  We should be ready by zero three hundred.
     The doctors exit, leaving the general alone to watch the
     huge machine extract another brain.
62.  SPACEPORT - OBSERVATION DECK - AQUILAE
     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 equip-
     ment and supplies are being unloaded.
                                VADER
                  Not much of a planet.
                                HOEDAACK
                  Darth, you've done well.  Do you think you 
                  will have the Royal Family by nightfall?
                                VADER
                  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 trusted.
                                HOEDAACK
                  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 agricul-
     tural 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.
                                GENERAL
                  We'll take them with us.  They know more about 
                  that fortress than any ten men.  They will be 
                  very useful.
                                STARKILLER
                  Can they be trusted?
                                GENERAL
                  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 companion.
                                GENERAL
                  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.
                                THREEPIO
                  I'm Seethreepio:  Human Cyborg relations.  
                  Your kindness is greatly appreciated.
     Threepio and the general both look down at Artwo.  Threepio 
     gives the smaller android a little kick.
                                ARTWO
                  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 them away.
                                QUEEN
                  You must learn strength.
     The princess turns and moves to the larger speeder where she 
     is helped aboard by Captain Starkiller.
                                PRINCESS (fuming)
                  I don't need your help, thank you.
     She gives the general an angry look.
                                GENERAL
                  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 speeders.
                                SANDAGE
                  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 her brothers.
                                QUEEN
                  Leia and the boys are being taken to safety.  
                  It is my wish.
                                SANDAGE
                  The Empire has assured their safety.  They must 
                  stay.
                                QUEEN
                  It is not my wish....
                                SANDAGE
                  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 lazerpistol.  Before anyone can complete his action, 
     the general ignites his lazersword and cuts the senator in 
     two.  He drops to the ground in a heap, and the approaching 
     troops stop in their tracks.
                                QUEEN
                  Stop this!
     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 embarrassed.
                                QUEEN
                  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.
                                GENERAL
                  It was the only way we could be safe from treachery.
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.
                                STARKILLER
                  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.
                                GENERAL SKYWALKER
                  They're heading toward the fortress.
                                WHITSUN
                  What will they do when they find it destroyed?
                                GENERAL
                  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 at Gordon.
                                STARKILLER
                  Can we go around them?
                                GENERAL
                  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 the dial.
                                PRINCESS
                  Must you do that?
     Starkiller smiles rather sarcastically.
                                STARKILLER
                  Orders...The invasion force has cut us off.  
                  We'll probably be here for some time.  You 
                  ought to stretch a bit.
                                PRINCESS
                  Is that a command, General?  Maybe I feel 
                  like watching after my brothers.
     Starkiller looks back at the two sleeping boys.
                                STARKILLER
                  They're not going anywhere.  They're asleep.
                                PRINCESS
                  I want to stay with them.
                                STARKILLER
                  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 salute.
                                VADER
                  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.
                                VALORUM
                  I want a tie-in to your computer network, a 
                  control center, and communication access.
                                VADER
                  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?
                                VALORUM
                  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 
     the intercom.
                                STARKILLER
                  How are your fuel packs?  I'm reading minus 
                  four.
                                WHITSUN
                  I'm too low to transfer any.
     The general, who appeared to be asleep, opens his eyes, and 
     takes the microphone from Whitsun.
                                GENERAL
                  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 reach.
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 is there.
                                STARKILLER
                  Greetings! ... Who's in charge here?
     They look around the deserted station, but find no attendant.  
     An eerie quiet pervades the building.
                                WHITSUN
                  I don't get it...
                                STARKILLER
                  You don't have to.  It's abandoned.
     Whitsun opens a door leading to a storage area, and stops short.
                                WHITSUN
                  Not quite abandoned...
     Starkiller moves to the doorway and sees the attendant, his wife, 
     and small daughter hanging upside down, tortured to death.  Whit-
     sun cuts them down.
                                WHITSUN
                  They shouldn't have resisted.
     Starkiller grabs two power packs from the shelf.
                                STARKILLER
                  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.
                                WHITSUN
                  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.
                                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.
                                GENERAL SKYWALKER
                  I'm all right.  I can still move about by 
                  myself.
     A rough looking sergeant grabs Whitsun.
                                SERGEANT
                  What are you doing here?
                                WHITSUN
                  We're out of power, sir.
                                SERGEANT
                  Let me see  your travel passes!
                                WHITSUN
                  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 read-
     outs are displayed on the monitor.  Starkiller starts to put 
     a power pack into one of the speeders.
                                SERGEANT
                  What are you doing there?  All power has 
                  been restricted.
                                GENERAL SKYWALKER
                  We've run out.  We must have power, or be 
                  forced to stay here....and become your 
                  responsibilities.
     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.
                                GENERAL
                  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 loud squeak.
                                ARTWO
                  Z-2 doesn't seem to help at all.
                                THREEPIO
                  It's all this filth and dust.  This environment 
                  is murderous.
     Starkiller notices a small speck on the horizon.
                                STARKILLER (into intercom)
                  Object approaching, bearing three point two.
     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 contact.
     The larger speeder makes a sharp left turn, speeding off across 
     a deep ravine.  Starkiller can begin to distinguish the approaching 
     troopers.
                                STARKILLER
                  It looks like there's ten of them.  They're 
                  heading right for me.... Wait a second.  
                  They've disappeared!  I've lost them.
                                GENERAL
                  Continue on.
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 dune birds.
                                GENERAL
                  We've found them, five of them, anyway...
                  Watch yourself.
     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 his face.
                                OFFICER
                  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 Whitsun.
                                OFFICER
                  Have you seen any other transports in this area?
                                GENERAL SKYWALKER
                  We saw two heading south.  Goin' toward ANSEL, look 
                  like to me.
                                OFFICER
                  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 the intercom.
                                GENERAL
                  S-2, are you clear?
                                STARKILLER
                  I have five troopers approaching.  Any problems 
                  on your end?
                                GENERAL
                  We came through all right.  You shouldn't have 
                  any trouble, but stay alert.
                                STARKILLER
                  Best wishes....Here they come.
     Everyone rides along in silence, a little worried about Starkiller, 
     especially the princess.
                                PRINCESS
                  ..Do you think he'll be all right?
                                GENERAL
                  He can take care of himself.
     Biggs is looking out the back window of the speeder.
                                BIGGS
                  Hey look!  They're coming back.
     Everyone looks to see the patrol quickly gaining on them.
                                GENERAL
                  Stop!  They're faster.  Get your weapon.
     The speeder screeches to a halt in a cloud of dust.  The general 
     and his captain jump from the transport with lazerpistols 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 
     lazersword 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 lazersword is raised high over his head, ready to deal a 
     death blow.  The lumbering birds race through the winding ravine.
74.  WASTELAND RAVINE - AQUILAE
     The intercom warning buzzer begins to scream.  Whitsun rushes 
     for it, but the princess gets there first.
                                PRINCESS
                  Are you all right?
                                STARKILLER
                  Two riders heading your way.  I got three, but 
                  two got away.  Watch yourselves!
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 into 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.
                                WHITSUN
                  It looks worse than it is.  You'll be all 
                  right.
     Whitsun motions to the princess, who looks a little relieved.
                                WHITSUN
                  Bring me the med aid pack.
                                PRINCESS
                  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 Starkiller.
                                GENERAL
                  You missed two.
                                STARKILLER
                  I know, I couldn't...
                                GENERAL
                  Don't let it happen again.  We'd better move 
                  out.  They might have reported in.
77.  CONTROL ROOM - PALACE OF LITE - AQUILAE
     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 Vader.
                                AIDE
                  The patrol was lost, Sir.  All ten of them.
                                VALORUM
                  It's to be expected.
                                VADER
                  Have you found them?
                                VALORUM
                  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.
                                THREEPIO
                  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.
                                GENERAL
                  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 out-
     side the bar.
                                GENERAL
                  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.
                                CREATURE
                  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 first creature.
                                HUMAN
                  He doesn't like you.
                                GENERAL
                  I understood him.
                                HUMAN
                  I don't like you either.
                                GENERAL
                  I'm sorry.
     The big creature is getting agitated, and yells at the general.
                                HUMAN
                  Don't insult us.  You just watch yourself.  
                  We're wanted men.  I have the death sentence 
                  on twelve Systems.
                                GENERAL
                  I'll be careful then.
                                HUMAN
                  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 weapons.
                                GENERAL
                  You insist on a fight then.
                                HUMAN
                  Just try and kill us.
                                GENERAL
                  It will hurt a little.
                                HUMAN
                  We aren't cowards.
                                GENERAL
                  Then it can't be helped.
     The general's lazersword 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 - AQUILAE
     General Skywalker embraces Han Solo, the underground contact.  
     Han is a huge, green skinned monster with no nose and large gills.
                                HAN
                  You old stardog.  Took a war to get you 
                  out here...
     Whitsun arrives with Starkiller, the princess and her brothers, 
     and the two puzzled androids.
                                GENERAL
                  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.
                                HAN
                  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 dis-
     play 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 door-
     way with the others.
81.  SLUM DWELLING - LIVING AREA - AQUILAE
     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 - AQUILAE
     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.
                                THREEPIO
                  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.
                                DATOS
                  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 our people.
     OCCO, a brash young rebel, about the same age as Captain 
     Starkiller, slams his fist on the table.
                                OCCO
                  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.
                                GENERAL
                  Any uprising without a coordinated attack on 
                  the death star is out of the question.
                                HAN
                  He's right.  As long as it's operational, 
                  any action down here would be meaningless.  
                  We must proceed as planned.  Are the arrange-
                  ments secure?
     QUIST, the third member of the underground, sparks to life, 
     and places several discs and badges on the table.
                                QUIST
                  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.
                                DATOS
                  Were you able to acquire the necessary power 
                  packs?
                                QUIST
                  It's become a serious problem.  All power 
                  supplies have been restricted.  S-4 units 
                  are impossible to come by.
                                HAN
                  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 - AQUILAE
     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 partisans.
84.  SLUM DWELLING - ALLEYWAY - AQUILAE
     Residents glance fearfully from their windows as six Imperial 
     stormtroopers make their way through the crowded slum alley-
     way.  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 - AQUILAE
     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 care-
     fully.  Princess Leia sits quietly behind the general.
                                HAN
                  We could only get one unit.  The Empire's 
                  methods are proving to be very effective.
     Kane places the power-pack back on the table.  The pain from 
     those simple movements shows on his face.
                                KANE
                  This will work fine.
                                HAN
                  One of the boys will have to stay.
                                DATOS
                  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.
                                GENERAL
                  Not while they're in my charge.  
                  Find another way to get him through.
                                DATOS
                  There's no other way.  We've analyzed 
                  every possible alternative.  You can't 
                  jeopardize the enitre...
     Captain Starkiller enters the room.
                                HAN
                  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.
                                WHITSUN
                  What about Artwo?  Could we lobotomize him, 
                  and use his energy pack?
                                GENERAL
                  They're not compatible.  We'd have to com-
                  pletely change the system...
                                HAN
                  It could work.
                                DATOS
                  There isn't enough time.  You can't do it...
                                KANE
                  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 his son.
                                KANE
                  Trust my judgment, Son.  Serve your new 
                  teacher well.
     The Jedi's breathing becomes more difficult as he turns to 
     the general.
                                KANE (cont.)
                  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.
                                GENERAL
                  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 and Datos.
                                GENERAL
                  Prepare the boys!  We have little time.
     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 area.
                                LEIA
                  Now straighten up, Biggs.  Remember, father 
                                LEIA (Cont.)
                  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.
                                BIGGS
                  Are you going to sleep too?
                                LEIA
                  I will be looking after you.  Now be 
                  good boys and stand still.  Lift your 
                  sleeve.
     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 - AQUILAE
     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.
                                HAN
                  He is at rest.  The Empire will never 
                  find him.  Are the systems working all 
                  right?
                                GENERAL
                  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 anima-
     tion 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 touch.
                                LEIA
                  I'm sorry.
     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.
                                HAN
                  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.
                                OFFICER
                  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.
                                STARKILLER
                  I don't like the feel of this.
                                GENERAL
                  Your senses are strong.  It's a very small 
                  disruption.
                                STARKILLER
                  It's a Knight of the Sith.
                                GENERAL
                  Possibly.  Stay alert...Warn the others.
     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 - AQUILAE
     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.
                                WHITSUN
                  Little Biggs is losing power faster than 
                  normal.  I'd better check it out.
                                GENERAL
                  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 stations.
                                GENERAL
                  Where is your captain?
     One of the crewmen directs him to a small chamber above 
     the bridge.  Starkiller and Whitsun strap on their micro-
     packs 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 moving.
92.  PILOT CHAMBER - BALTARIAN FREIGHTER - AQUILAE
     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.
                                CAPTAIN
                  Welcome, gentlemen.  You must have had 
                  a difficult journey.  We'll be departing 
                  shortly....
     Four armed troopers silently enter the room behind the two 
     old Jedi; their lazerswords are drawn.
                                CAPTAIN (cont.)
                  I have been authorized to accept payment 
                  for the chrome company cooperation.  I 
                  assume you've brought it with you.
     The captain moves out of the shadows, and is revealed to 
     be Valorum, First Knight of the Sith.  Instantly, both Han and 
     the general understand the situation.  They turn, drawing their 
     lazerswords in the move, and cut down the four Imperial troopers.  
     The door to the chamber instantly seals shut.  Valorum hasn't 
     made any moves, and remains unusually calm.  The two Jedi turn 
     to face him.
                                VALORUM
                  It's over, gentlemen.  The chamber is sealed.  
                  Don't force me to release the Jai gas...
     A tone sounds, and the black knight turns to an intercom.
                                INTERCOM
                  Situation secure.  Prisoners taken to hold "B,"... 
                  Twelve casualties.... gas was necessary.
     Han and the general relax and drop their weapons.  The door 
     silently opens behind them and six guards enter wearing face-
     masks.  They bind the two Jedi with chrome microcuffs.  A 
     satisfied smile creeps across Valorum's face.  General 
     Skywalker seems unimpressed with the knightly trap.
                                VALORUM
                  At last, it's ended.  (to guard)  Take them 
                  to hold "G."  I don't want them with the others.  
                  Prepare for departure.
     The troopers escort Han and the general out of the chamber 
     and down several hallways.
93.  INTERIOR - BALTA]RIAN FREIGHTERS - AQUILAE
     Eight troops march Han and the general into the hold of the 
     ship.  They pass near the main exit where Artwo and Threepio 
     stand deserted, looking lost.  Threepio sees the general pass 
     in a nearby hallway.
                                THREEPIO
                  Well, there he is.  Come on.
     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 lazerswords 
     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 cell B.
                                GENERAL
                  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 the doorway.
                                GENERAL
                  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.
                                STARKILLER
                  They've taken the cases.
                                GENERAL
                  Are they aware of the boys?
                                WHITSUN
                  I don't think so.
                                GENERAL
                  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
                  Yes, Sir.
     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 exit 
     hatch.
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.
                                WHITSUN
                  If they were discovered, they would have 
                  been sent to a medical station.
                                STARKILLER
                  There are more storage areas on the far 
                  side.
95.  MAIN HATCH AREA - BALTARIAN FREIGHTER - AQUILAE
     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 
     lazersword.
                                HAN
                  They're going to take off....It's too late.
                                GENERAL
                  Threepio!  Come over here.
     The lanky chrome man approaches the general, who is studying a 
     complex computer control panel next to the hatch.
                                THREEPIO
                  Yes Sir.  May I be of service?
                                GENERAL
                  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 boys.
                                WHITSUN
                  Troops!
     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 - AQUILAE
     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 out.
                                PILOT (into intercom)
                  Is the main hatch secure?
98.  MAIN HATCH - BALTARIAN FREIGHTER - AQUILAE
     The intercom sparks to life, and the general answers it.
                                GENERAL
                  Everything looks secure, but give me a 
                  minute to check it out.
                                PILOT
                  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 - AQUILAE
     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 hall-
     way.  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 
     lazerrifles.
                                STARKILLER
                  Here's where it gets tricky.
     Starkiller, then Whitsun, quickly and smoothly draw their 
     lazerpistols and fire at the troops.  A giant explosion 
     destroys the far end of the hallway.  A few lazerbolts 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 - AQUILAE
      The main hatch slowly begins to slide open, when the rumbling 
      explosion of lazerfire 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 to close.
                                GENERAL
                  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 - AQUILAE
      The general leads the group through various corridors.
                                HAN
                  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.
                                GENERAL
                  That's the military section.
                                STARKILLER
                  Fighter craft!
                                HAN
                  But it's very heavily guarded.  We can't 
                  take it with subtlety.
      Before the general can answer, the acute scream of the space-
      port 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 andthe general 
      fire their lazerpistols at the passageway entrance and the 
      troops disappear in a huge explosion.
      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 ramp.
                                STARKILLER
                  Cutters!  We'll have to draw them out...
                  A blast might alert the crew.
                                GENERAL
                  Artwo!  Come here.
      The little robot waddles over to the old Jedi.
                                GENERAL (Cont.)
                  Move to that intersection and sound the 
                  alarm.
      The mechanical dwarf dutifully marches into the intersection 
      and lets out a high, electronic scream.  The guards shut off 
      the deadly lazer "cutters," and cautiously approach the wailing 
      robot.
                                GUARD
                  What is it?  What's wrong?
      With incredible speed, both guards are dropped by a few pre-
      cision blows from the two young captains.  They immediately 
      drag the unconscious guards into the starship.
                                GENERAL
                  Starkiller!  Whitsun!  Stand guard.  
                  I'll signal at take-off minus thirty...
                  And reverse that cutter!
102.  INTERIOR - IMPERIAL STARSHIP - AQUILAE
      Han and the general, followed by Leia and the robots, enter 
      the Imperial starship.  They rush through several narrow hall-
      ways 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 inter-
      com and listens.
                                HAN
                  How are we going to get them to open the 
                  silo cover?
                                GENERAL
                  Send Threepio in here.  Dispose of any crew-
                  men left on board.
103.  BOARDING RAMP - SPACEPORT - AQUILAE
      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.
                                OFFICER
                  Have you seen them?
                                STARKILLER
                  No, Sir.
                                OFFICER
                  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 look.
104.  INTERIOR - IMPERIAL STARSHIP - AQUILAE
      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.
                                THREEPIO
                  They won't buy it.  I think they're getting 
                  suspicious.
      Han enters.
                                HAN
                  The crew is taken care of.
                                GENERAL
                  Well, they're not going to open the silo cover, 
                  so I'm afraid we'll have to take it with us.
                                HAN
                  We're going to sustain considerable 
                  damage if we blast off through that cover.
                                GENERAL
                  It's a thin shell.  There is no choice.  
                  (to Threepio)  Signal the boys.
105.  BOARDING RAMPS - SPACEPORT - AQUILAE
      Warning lights flash and the main hatch to the starfighter 
      slowly begins to close.  The two Imperial stormtroopers 
      yell at Starkiller and Whitsun.
                                STORMTROOPER
                  Watch it!  Don't fire into those cutters! 
                  (to Starkiller)  Shut down the cutters!
      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 "cutters."
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 - AQUILAE
      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 - AQUILAE
      Imperial flight crews rush to their starships.   Pilots receive 
      their clearances, and several giant silo covers swing away, 
      revealing deadly hunter-destroyer spaceships.
109.  INTERIOR - BRIDGE - STARSHIP - SPACE
      Han and the general watch as five hunter-destroyers leave the 
      spaceport at Gordon.
                                GENERAL
                  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 lazercannons mounted 
      in large rotating bubble turrets.
                                HAN
                  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 princes.
                                HAN (cont.)
                  Better store the boys in a lifepod.  Secure 
                  them well.
      He heads back toward the bridge, followed by Whitsun.  Star-
      killer carries the two micro-packs to a lifepod, and straps 
      them in.  He checks Biggs' energy supply.  It is low.  Leia 
      approaches him.
                                LEIA
                  Couldn't we let them out now?
                                STARKILLER
                  It's better this way.  Things are going to 
                  get rough...
                                LEIA
                  Will we make it?  Is there any hope?  Stay 
                  with me.                         ...  I love 
                  you.
      Starkiller is slightly shocked at this outburst.  The princess 
      starts to cry and clings to him for support.
                                STARKILLER
                  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.
                                THREEPIO
                  Hostile craft will intercept at thirty plus.
                                GENERAL
                  What's the nearest star System?
                                THREEPIO
                  YAVIN.
                                GENERAL
                  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.
                                WHITSUN
                  What is it?
                                STARKILLER
                  Where is Leia?
                                WHITSUN
                  She went forward.... What's going on with 
                  you two?
                                STARKILLER
                  We're in love.  She loves me, and I just 
                  realized,... I love her.
                                WHITSUN
                                        You're asking for 
                  trouble... She's a queen... 
                  You're a warrior....Do you know what you're 
                  saying?
                                STARKILLER
                  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 to life.
                                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 Three-
      pio  , directing the robot pilot.
                                GENERAL
                  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 intercom.
                                GENERAL
                  Your boys ready?
114.  AFT SECTION - STARSHIP - SPACE
      The captains adjust the lazercannon controls in front of them 
      and check in with the general.
                                GENERAL
                  They should be within range in twelve seconds...
      Starkiller adjusts his giant lazer 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.
                                WHITSUN
                  My vertical rotating circuits are out...
      The princess straps herself into a small lifepod.    
                            Only the slightest hint of concern or 
      worry shows in her face.  She listens to her protectors relay 
      instructions as the enemy approaches.
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.
                                HAN
                  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 lazercannon bubble.  Starkiller re-
      checks his firing switches..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 intercom.
                                STARKILLER
                  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.
                                WHITSUN
                  Wait for the signal.
      But Starkiller has a perfect shot, and he can't wait.  He 
      squeezes the trigger and the giant lazercannon, 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 be-
      gins spinning out of control, until it finally explodes.  
      Whitsun gives Starkiller a victory wave, which Starkiller glee-
      fully returns.  These moments of triumph are broken by the 
      intercom.
                                GENERAL
                  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 run.
117.  BRIDGE - STARSHIP - SPACE
      Han turns to the general.
                                HAN
                  We have a weakened shield on the port turret...
                                GENERAL
                  Warn Starkiller.  Get him out of there.
                  (to Threepio)  Change your heading by 
                  point five.
118.  AFT SECTION - STARSHIP - SPACE
      Princess Leia listens to Han warn Starkiller.
                                HAN
                  Your shield power is down.  Abandon that 
                  position, and seal that section.  Report!  
                  Captain, do you hear me?  Captain?!!!
      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.  Lazer 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 Star-
      killer'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 emplacement.
119.  BRIDGE - STARSHIP - SPACE
      The general orders Threepio to swing the spacecraft around 
      and start a new attack.  He turns to Artwo.
                                GENERAL
                  Use the aft port...See what you can do 
                  for Starkiller.
      Artwo hurriedly waddles out of the bridge.  Threepio and Han 
      simultaneously turn to the general.
                                THREEPIO
                  More craft approaching!
                                HAN
                  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.
                                GENERAL
                  Change course to three point one.
                                THREEPIO
                  That will head us directly into the path 
                  of the Norton Asteroid Belt.
                                HAN
                  That Asteroid Belt is too dense to pass 
                  through...The ship won't make it!
                                GENERAL
                  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 eventually explodes.
      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 lazercannon 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 space-
      suit-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 asteroid storm.
                                THREEPIO
                  The ship is breaking up.
                                HAN
                  We're almost clear of the storm.
                                THREEPIO
                  We'll never make it.  Eject, we must eject.
      The general watches the computer monitor as the starship emerges 
      from the far side of the Asteroid Belt.
                                HAN
                  We're approaching one of the Forbidden Systems....
                                GENERAL
                  We've got to achieve orbit.
                                THREEPIO
                  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 
      lazerturret.  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.
                                LEIA
                  Will he be all right?
                                WHITSUN
                  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.
                                HAN
                  We're in orbit.
                                THREEPIO
                  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 them.
                                HAN
                  All lifepod systems are operative.
                                GENERAL (into intercom)
                  If you boys are ready back there, we'll get 
                  off this bucket.
                                WHITSUN
                  All systems operative...I have the signal.
                                ARTWO
                  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 ORBIT
      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.
                                WHITSUN
                  My power's out!
                                GENERAL (over intercom)
                  Is it a faulty switch?
                                WHITSUN
                  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 cable.
                                WHITSUN
                  I've found it...
                                GENERAL
                  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.
                                GENERAL
                  Where's Starkiller?
                                HAN
                  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.
                                GENERAL
                  Starkiller, where are you?  Report in.
      Starkiller reaches down and switches off the intercom.
126.  AFT SECTION - STARSHIP - YAVIN ORBIT
      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.
                                WHITSUN
                  There is only one possible solution, and 
                  we must use it.  Lock the hitch and make 
                  sure it is sealed.
                                PRINCESS
                  But what of...
      Another explosion creates a large bulge in the wall of the 
      aft section.
                                WHITSUN
                  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 jettisons away.
127.  LIFEPODS - SPACE - YAVIN ORBIT
      The princess jettisons free, as Starkiller moves toward the 
      crippled ship.  Leia calls the general on the intercom.
                                LEIA
                  I'm all right, but Clieg is still on board.
                                GENERAL
                  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.
                                GENERAL
                  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 they 
      descend through the cloud cover.
                                GENERAL
                  Captain, I'm losing your beacon.  Send me a 
                  new signal.
      All he gets is static.  The planet surface rushes toward the fall-
      ing 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.
                                HAN
                  Are you all right?
                                GENERAL
                  Fine...Any signal from Annikin?
                                HAN
                  Nothing yet.  I think they landed further south.
      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.
                                GENERAL
                  This is dangerous country...We'd better stay 
                  together.
                                THREEPIO
                  The wildlife in the forbidden system is 
                  extremely hostile...Perhaps we should seek 
                  shelter?
      Han inspects the power units of the micro packs.
                                HAN
                  Windy's unit is very low.  I can't tell if 
                  the unit is still functioning.
                                GENERAL
                  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 - YAVIN
      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.
                                STARKILLER
                  Artwo!  Artwo Detwo!
                                ARTWO
                  Help!
      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.
                                STARKILLER
                  Did you see Leia?
                                ARTWO
                  She landed on the other side of those trees, 
                  approximately eight hundred meters.
                                STARKILLER
                  Well, come on, old buddy.  Let's get our-
                  selves 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 countryside.
      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.
                                HAN
                  It doesn't go very far.  There's nothing back 
                  there.
                                GENERAL
                  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 resperation 
      out of the micro-packs and places it over the boy's nose.  The 
      general attaches two electrodes over his heart.
                                HAN
                  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.
                                GENERAL
                  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, rhythemic 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.
                                GENERAL
                  Let's get Biggs out of there.  He 
                  shouldn't be a problem.
131.  FOREST OF THE GARGANTUANS - YAVIN
      Starkiller slams closed the hatch of Princess Leia's 
      lifepod.  In the distance, the subhuman cries of lone-
      some tree beasts cut through the forest murmur.
                                ARTWO
                  Perhaps she went in search of us.
      Starkiller studies the ground around the capsule.  There are 
      a great many footprints, and much broken foliage.
                                STARKILLER
                  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 electrobinoculars.
                                THREEPIO
                  It's about fourteen degrees below the 
                  horizon... a little to the left.
      The electrobinoculars sweep the rich green landscape until 
      they come to rest on a bright reflection, revealing some 
      type of structure.
                                GENERAL
                  It's too small to be a military base...
                  Could belong to a trapper.
                                THREEPIO
                  Highly unusual...
                                GENERAL
                      ..It's on the way.  Perhaps we should 
                  investigate.
      Little Biggs wakes up with a giant yawn.
                                BIGGS
                  Hey!  Where are we?
133.  FOREST OF THE GARGANTUANS - YAVIN
      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 inad-
      vertently makes a loud clicking sound.  The young warrior 
      stops, and motions to the stubby little robot.
                                STARKILLER
                  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 lazersword 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 of 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 - YAVIN
      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 clear-
      ing, 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.
                                VOICE
                  Howdy stranger...What can I offer you?
      The general spins around and sees OWEN LARS, an aged and 
      scruffy looking anthropologist.
                                LARS (Cont.)
                  I'm Owen Lars of Bastine.
      The general takes the old man's extended hand.
                                GENERAL
                  I'm Luke Skywalker of Aquilae.
      He signals for the others to join him in the clearing.
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 them.
      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 
      and headdress.
136.  INTERIOR - ANTHROPOLOGIST HUT - YAVIN
      Anthropologist Lars, the general, Han and the children sit 
      around a large table eating.  Lars yells into the kitchen.
                                LARS
                  Beru!  Where's the thanta sauce?
      BERU LARS, Owen's warm, plump wife, enters, carrying a small 
      pitcher.  She smiles at Owen.
                                BERU
                  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 come back.
                                GENERAL
                  Where's the nearest city?
                                LARS
                  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.
                                HAN
                  How far is the outpost from here?
                                LARS
                  Five leagues...an oppressive blight.
                                GENERAL
                  What class is it?  How many support craft?
                                LARS
                  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, Star-
      killer 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 be-
      haviour.  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 opponent.
      Jommillia is caught off-guard, but manages to block Star-
      killer'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 Chew-
      bacca and his father, who approach the two warriors.  Jom-
      millia 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 and cheer.
138.  TREE HOUSE - FOREST OF THE GARGANTUANS - YAVIN
      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 multiplelaZer weapons.
                                GENERAL (to Threepio)
                  We'll call for you when we've found them.
                                THREEPIO
                  Your orders are quite clear.  The boys will 
                  be quite safe.
                                LARS
                  Don't worry.  The patrols never come out this far.  
                  We'll take good care of the boys.
                                GENERAL
                  Lars, your kindness will surely be rewarded.
                                LARS
                  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.          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!
                                GENERAL
                  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.
                                LARS
                  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 enters.
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 
      around Starkiller.
                                STARKILLER
                  We are leaving...We must go.  Stand away!
      The huge Wookee kneels and bows down in front of the young 
      Jedi.  Starkiller looks down and smiles.
                                STARKILLER
                  Rise my friend.  We will meet again.
      Starkiller walks toward the jungle and Chewbacca scurries 
      ahead of him and bows down once more.
                                ARTWO
                  What does he want?
      Starkiller shakes his head, and rubs his several days growth 
      of beard.  He leans down toward Chewbacca.
                                STARKILLER
                  Stand up so we can talk properly.
      Chewbacca jabbers in a        questioning fashion.
                                STARKILLER
                  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 - YAVIN
      The bodies of the killed trappers are covered with rat-sized 
      insects.  A lazer 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.
                                HAN
                  They ran into something.
                                GENERAL
                  It's strange they left their dead.  Something...
      The constant cacophony of jungle creatures suddenly stops.  
      The two warriors scan the jungle for possible danger.  Han 
      draws his lazerpistol.  The cacophony starts again, as the 
      general ignites his lazersword.
                                HAN
                  Two or three moving this way, from the east.
      He listens more closely for a few moments.
                                HAN (Cont.)
                  It's Artwo!
      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.
                                HAN
                  You were followed.
                                STARKILLER
                  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 a god.
      The general smiles.  Starkiller is embarrassed.
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 dense jungle.
                                GENERAL
                  Their trail leads directly to the outpost.  
                  Patrols are probably out looking for us by now.
                                STARKILLER
                  Finding her in there isn't going to be easy.
                                GENERAL
                  Getting in there is going to be impossible.  
                  We could sure use one of those starships.
      Starkiller spots something moving in the jungle.  He scans 
      the area with his electrobinoculars.
                                STARKILLER
                  Something's going on down there...Han!
      Han moves up next to Starkiller, followed closely by Chew-
      bacca.
                                STARKILLER
                  Your eyes are better than mine....
                  What do you make of that?
                                HAN
                  They look like Wookees...hundreds of them.
      Han turns and speaks to Chewbacca, gesturing toward the 
      movement far below in the jungle.
                                HAN
                  Apparently, it's a siege.  They've been 
                  harassing the outpost for almost two years.
                                GENERAL
                  Have they ever tried to take the fortress?
      Han relays this to Chewbacca.
                                HAN
                  He says they've made several assaults, but 
                  they are no match for the weapons.
                                GENERAL
                  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 screeches loudly.
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 receiver.
                                BIGGS
                  I'm reading yah.  Go ahead.
                                GENERAL
                  Biggs, how are you getting along?
                                BIGGS
                  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.
                                GENERAL
                  Good, Biggs.  How's your brother?  Are 
                  you taking good care of him?
                                BIGGS
                  Oh, sure.  He's out collecting "Abas" with 
                  Owen and Beru.  I'm in charge here.  Did 
                  you find Leia?
                                GENERAL
                  Not yet.  We'll be away for a while.  You 
                  mind Lars until we return.  May the force 
                  of others be with you.
                                BIGGS
                  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.
                                THREEPIO
                  Come and eat your dinner.
                                BIGGS
                  They're back!  They're back!  Come Amber!
      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.
                                BIGGS
                  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.
                                BIGGS
                  Quiet, Amber.  Come here.  Come on.
                                THREEPIO
                  What's wrong?
                                BIGGS
                  Troopers.  We must hide!  Stay quiet.
      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.
                                BIGGS
                  The food!
      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.        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.
                                THREEPIO (quietly)
                  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 lazersword.  The sergeant pulls Biggs 
      out of his hiding place.  Biggs stares at the dead thumper.
                                SERGEANT
                  Well, well, here's one of them, anyway.  
                  Send seekers in all directions.  Find 
                  the others!
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.
                                GENERAL
                  .... 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 translate.
                                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 - YAVIN
      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.
                                TROOPER
                  A large concentration of trestuals at 
                  point E-2.
                                OFFICER
                  Alert squads one through six!
147.  VINE JUNGLES - OUTPOST PERIMETER - YAVIN
      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 assembled creatures.
                                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 - YAVIN
      Three large air tanks slowly move toward the outpost peri-
      meter.  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.
                                TANK PILOT
                  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 lazer bolts which create a 
      wall of explosions.  The Wookies retreat, and the tanks follow.  
      The tank crews track the feeling creatures with various elec-
      tronic scopes, and laugh at the fleeing creatures.
149.  VINE JUNGLE - OUTPOST PERIMETER - YAVIN
      The general stands on a limb of a jungle tree, watching the 
      advancing tanks.  Starkiller is on another branch a few feet 
      away.
                                GENERAL
                  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 - YAVIN
      Several of the lights and monitors go dark on the main control 
      panel.  The pilot flips several switches in a panic.
                                PILOT
                  All high phasing units are out.  We've 
                  lost all contact....
                                SERGEANT
                  Send out a ground signal!
      Suddenly, all of the monitors go white, and static fills the 
      crowded tank interior.  An alarm signal sounds.
                                SERGEANT
                  What is it?!!!
                                PILOT
                  All signals...sensers....everything is coming 
                  right back to us.  Some kind of deflection 
                  screen.  It's a total blackout.
                                SERGEANT
                  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 - YAVIN
      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 con-
      quered 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.
                                HAN
                  That makes four captured.
                                GENERAL
                  Have them camouflaged.  I'm going with 
                  Starkiller.
152.  INTERIOR - AIR-TANK - VINE JUNGLE - YAVIN
      Wookees are removing the tank crew as Starkiller checks out 
      the power controls.  The general slides through the main hatch.
                                GENERAL
                  Any damage?
                                STARKILLER
                  She's fine...We're ready to move.
                                GENERAL
                  Then let's go...
      The general yells for the Wookees to clear the tanks, and 
      they scramble out of the hatch.
153.  VINE JUNGLE - OUTPOST PERIMETER - YAVIN
      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 - YAVIN
      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.
                                GENERAL
                  Can you see anything?
                                OFFICER
                  No Sir, but they've stopped firing.
                                AID
                  Communications still can't reach them, Sir.
                                GENERAL
                  Nobody seems to know what's going on.
                                OFFICER
                  I'm sure they've got them on the run, Sir.
      A lazerbolt 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 lazer weapons 
      of the stormtroopers.  Explosions erupt everywhere, as the 
      Wookees begin to use captured lazerrifles.  They are much 
      fiercer fighters than the soft Imperial troops.
155.  INTERIOR - AIR-TANK - OUTPOST - YAVIN
      Starkiller works the controls of the air-tank as the general 
      watches the monitors, and works the lazerguns.
                                GENERAL
                  Swing left.  They're trying to cut us off.
156.  STARSHIP RUNWAY - IMPERIAL OUTPOST - YAVIN
      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.
                                HAN
                  We've taken the main control center.  All 
                  power units have been shut down.  They're 
                  helpless.
                                STARKILLER
                  Have they found Leia?
                                HAN
                  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 - YAVIN
      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.
                                ARTWO
                  ....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 projector.
                                GENERAL
                  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.
                                STARKILLER
                  But no pilots...
      Han and Chewbacca enter the office.
                                HAN
                  Still no contact with Owen Lars or the kids...
                  I'm afraid something's happened.
                                GENERAL
                  Have Chewbacca send two of his best warriors 
                  out there to get them.
      Han relates this to Chewbacca.  The general turns back to Star-
      killer, who watches Chewbacca leave the room.
                                STARKILLER (mocking)
                  They're fierce warriors, but you'll never 
                  teach them to fly.
      The general gives him a stern look.
                                GENERAL
                  They'll fly, and Aquilae will be free.
                                STARKILLER
                  May the force of others be with you.
      The general embraces the young Jedi.
                                GENERAL
                  Bring her back safely.
158.  OUTPOST RUNWAY - STARSHIP - YAVIN
      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 hall-
      way, 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.
                                VADER
                  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?
                                AIDE
                  They are working on it, Sir.
      Leia stares defiantly at him.  She starts to speak, but a power-
      ful electric shock engulfs her body, and she whines in extreme 
      pain.
                                VADER
                  Just relax, and everything will be fine.  
                  (to guards)  Take her to section twenty-
                  five.
      Leia is forcibly taken from the room.
                                VADER (to officer)
                  What time do the doctors from Alderaan 
                  arrive?
                                OFFICER
                  Sixty-five hours, Sir.
                                VADER
                  Put all security stations on alert until 
                  they arrive.
      The officer salutes smartly, and exits.
161.  IMPERIAL OUTPOST - VINE JUNGLE - YAVIN
      A huge air tank rumbles along the approach to the Imperial out-
      post.  The pilot sits on the main hatch of the tank, talking to 
      his crew, by headphones.
                                PILOT
                  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 becomes alarmed.
                                PILOT
                  There has been an attack!  Reverse direction.
      The tank comes to a grinding halt, but before it can start up 
      again, it is surrounded by the Wookee army.  From out of no-where 
      a Wookee is on the back of the air-tank and has the pilot in a 
      powerful armlock.
      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.
                                WINDY
                  What will they do to us?
                                BIGGS
                  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 chieftan 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.
                                BIGGS
                  I don't get it.
      The Wookee rises and again gestures skyward, just then a star-
      ship wildly buzzes the field, upsidedown.  All the Wookees run 
      for cover.  The chief Wookee points to the crafts, and jabbers 
      incessantly.
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.
                                GENERAL
                  You'll get the hang of it.
      Han also gives the Wookee a few words of encouragement.
                                GENERAL
                  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.
                                GENERAL
                  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.
                                GENERAL
                  Don't worry.  Ignorance is on their side.
      Han is beginning to look a little sick.  He gets up and rushes to 
      the back of the ship.
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.
                                STARKILLER
                  I'm here to check the vent ports in the rim 
                  tracks.
                                OFFICER
                  Your ship is from Yavin... We've lost all 
                  contact with them.  What's going on out 
                  there?
                                STARKILLER
                  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.
                                STARKILLER
                  Do you mind if I use your com-link?
                                OFFICER
                  No.  Go ahead.
      Starkiller walks into the small control area and pretends to talk 
      on an intercom system.
                                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 robot.
      Starkiller watches the officer as he directs the crewmen in the 
      securing of the starship.  Artwo removes his arm from the com-
      puter, and the duo leave the control station.
                                ARTWO
                  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 - AQUILAE
      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 - AQUILAE
      Starkiller and Artwo enter a security station.  Guards and elec-
      tronic cutters are everywhere.  An officer approaches Starkiller, 
      and checks his papers.
                                OFFICER
                  The B-23 can't enter this station.
                                STARKILLER
                  But I need him.
                                OFFICER
                  Sorry.  No mechanical personnel.  It's res-
                  tricted.
      Starkiller watches helplessly, as Artwo is led into a waiting 
      area.
                                OFFICER
                  You may proceed, but you'll have to be 
                  escorted.
      A trooper joins Starkiller and leads him through a series of 
      hallways.  Starkiller carefully surveys the area as he follows 
      the guard.
                                TROOPER
                  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 radio.
                                TROOPER
                  Code six - Alert.
166.  STARSHIP RUNWAY - IMPERIAL OUTPOST - YAVIN
      Six Wookees sit before Han and the general, listening to Han explain 
      something about space fighting.  Owen Lars approaches the general.
                                LARS
                  We've made contact with the underground on 
                  Aquilae.  Things are tighter.  They can only 
                  get one man out.  Datos is on his way.
                                GENERAL
                  We should be ready by the time he arrives.
      Han turns to the general.
                                HAN
                  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 intercom.
                                OFFICER
                  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 passage-
      way 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 - AQUILAE
      General Vader and several officers watch the progress of the search 
      on TV monitors.  The general speaks into an intercom.
                                VADER
                  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 atten-
      tion before the general, and hands him a report.  Vader gives 
      Valorum a sly grin.
                                VALORUM
                  Contact has been lost with the ship carrying 
                  the doctors from Alderaan.  The princess' 
                  treatment will have to be delayed.
                                VADER
                  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 gets an 
      emergency call on the intercom.
                                VADER
                  Yes...Yes... Put it on the view screen.
      One of the TV monitors switches to an image of the unconscious 
      trooper Starkiller stripped.
                                VADER
                  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
                  Squad leaders!
      Ten troopers break out of the ranks and take up the chase.  Star-
      killer 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 lazerswords fills the hallway.  Starkiller 
      takes a defensive stance, his huge lazersword buzzing loudly.  
      The troops attack.  They fight with skill and bravery, but are 
      eventually all cut down by the invincible Jedi warrior.
      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 - AQUILAE
      Vader laughs as he watches the unconscious Starkiller on the TV 
      monitors.  All of the other officers in the room are      laughing 
      and joking, except Valorum, who remains grimly at attention.
                                GENERAL (to Valorum)
                  Take him to the special section.
      Valorum salutes, and exits the offices.  Vader laughs again.
172.  STARSHIP RUNWAY - IMPERIAL OUTPOST - YAVIN
      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 assembled Wookees.
      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 atten-
      tion.  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 the general.
                                DATOS
                  I'm speechless.  It's amazing.  A most 
                  impressive display.  For the first time 
                  since the take-over, I feel real hope.
                                GENERAL
                  Will your people be ready?
                                DATOS
                  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 - AQUILAE
      General Vader and Valorum watch as a medic revives Starkiller, 
      who has been strapped to an upright slab, protected by cutter-
      rays.
                                MEDIC
                  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.
                                VADER
                  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.
                                VALORUM
                  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 - AQUILAE
      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.
                                OCCO
                  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.
                                QUIST
                  Go to your organizations.  (to Occo)  
                  What's the code time?
                                OCCO
                  Zero three thirty...
                                QUIST
                  May the force of others be with you.
      The men solemnly shake hands and leave the room.
175.  GOVERNOR'S OFFICE - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE
      Starkiller stands on a small platform before Governor Hoedaack 
      and the High Consul.  His hands are held behind his back by 
      electric bonds.
                                GOVERNOR
                  .... 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 - AQUILAE
      In the large central control room, two officers sit above a row 
      of monitors and giant read-outs.
                                FIRST OFFICER
                  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 - AQUILAE
      Valorum halts the squad guarding Starkiller on an observation 
      deck overlooking a starship docking port.  Valorum reports to the 
      officer in charge.
                                VALORUM
                  Where is the ship?
                                OFFICER
                  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 his fate.
      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 lazerswords and in one swift move, switches off 
      Starkiller's bonds and tosses him one of the lazerswords.  
      Starkiller assumes a defensive stance, as the troops realize 
      what has happened and draw their swords.
                                VALORUM
                  This way!
      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 hall-
      way and stop at an intersection.
                                VALORUM
                  This way!  We can get a starship and be out of 
                  here before they've discovered...
                                STARKILLER
                  I'm not leaving without the princess.
                                VALORUM
                  It's impossible; there are traps every-
                  where... You're mad!
      Starkiller just grins and runs down the passageway leading to 
      the detention area.  Valorum rushes and catches up.  An alarm 
      signal wails through the hallways.
178.  WOOKEE STARSHIPS - SPACE
      The general leads three squads, of three starships each toward 
      the glowing planet of Aquilae.
                                GENERAL
                  There she is.  Activate your deflection shields.
179.  DETENTION AREA - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE
      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, fol-
      lowed by the four troops and Leia, leave the main area.
180.  DETENTION HALLWAY - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE
      Starkiller appears boldly at the end of the hallway, facing 
      Valorum and the troops.
                                VALORUM
                  Get him!
      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.
                                VALORUM
                  We only have a few seconds before they find us.  
                  All of these hallways are sealable...
      Starkiller spots a small garbage chute on the corridor wall.  He 
      goes and looks into it.
                                STARKILLER
                  Is this pressurized?
      Valorum nods yes, and they lift the princess into the chute and 
      quickly follow.
181.  GARBAGE CHUTE - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE
      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.
                                VALORUM
                  They're power sealed...We'll have to find 
                  another way, or some way to shut the power 
                  off...
      They search the smooth-walled room for another exit.
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 hall-
      ways.  The general gets a report from an officer on another 
      monitor.
                                OFFICER
                  We've lost contact with the surface.  There 
                  is a good probability of an uprising.  Even 
                  the IF links are out.
                                GENERAL
                  Use a substandard relay and put all units on 
                  alert.
      The officer disappears from the monitor and is replaced with the 
      Captain of the Guard.
                                CAPTAIN
                  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 monitors.
                                GENERAL
                  Hold on...
      A controller appears on the second monitor.
                                CONTROLLER
                  Starships approaching, three squads.  
                  Imperial design, but no clearance...
                                GENERAL
                  Full alert.  Battle stations....
      The general turns back to the Captain of the Guards.
                                CAPTAIN
                  You should have them on your screen.
      Alarms sound throughout the fortress.  Lights flash a warning.
182.  GARBAGE RECEPTACLE - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE
      A floodlight switches on, revealing Valorum and Starkiller attempt-
      ing to cut open the door.  The princess stands up and stares into 
      the floodlight.  Vader's voice comes over an intercom.
                                VADER
                  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 des-
      perate.
183.  SPACE - WOOKEE STARSHIPS - AQUILAE
      Lazerfire 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.  
      Lazer 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 terminal.
184.  GARBAGE RECEPTACLE - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE
      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.
                                STARKILLER
                  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 dis-
      appears in a cloud of smoke.  Another ship for some unknown 
      reason dives headlong into the surface of the fortress, creating 
      a huge explosion.
186.  MAIN HALLWAY - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE
      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.
                                ARTWO
                  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 toward 
      them.
                                ARTWO
                  The power core has exceeded the normal 
                  stress quotient by point eight.  The 
                  magnetic fusion pods have evaporated.  
                  There appears to be an immediate danger.
                                VALORUM
                  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.  Every-
      one holds on to wall fixtures for dear life.
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 gover-
      nor.
                                VADER
                  They've pinpointed every terminal.  It's 
                  impossible.  What are they?  Where did they 
                  come from?  An electromagnetic transfer 
                  has started....There's no stopping it...
                                GOVERNOR
                  Continue the fight...
                                VADER
                  We've already lost control of the planet.  
                  We must abandon ship while there is still 
                  time...Conditions are much worse than...
                                GOVERNOR
                  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.
                                GENERAL
                  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 crippled fortress.
189.  MAIN HALLWAY - SPACE FORTRESS - AQUILAE
      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 space.
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 - AQUILAE
      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, and bow.
                                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.
                                                       FADE OUT
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