CAPE OF DECEIT #3: Passing to Darkness

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WHILE THE ISSUE ENDLESSLY DEBATES WITHIN THE SENATE CONFINES, VICEROY NUTE GUNRAY ARRIVES ON CORUSCANT FOR A TWO DAY VISIT IN ORDER TO TRY TO MUSTER SUPPORT FOR THE ARMED CORPORATIONS DEGREE.

DEEP WITHIN THE DARK LORD'S LAIR



DARTH SIDIOUS: It would appear that Chancellor Valorum wishes to arm the federation.
RODIAN TERRORIST: That is out of damn order-the federation already holds a stranglehold over the outer rim, what more does it want?
DARTH SIDIOUS: Which is precisely why I think I may have a job for you-your fellow members, the rest of the MEDDON GANG were murdered by the Federation-and now Valorum wishes to arm them further-I think that we ought to show our disapproval with the good Chancellor.




DARTH SIDIOUS: I have a job that may be worthwhile to your existance-to avenge your fallen comrades
TERRORIST: We shall do anything to avenge our fellow comrades





LATER THAT DAY-CHANCELLOR VALORUM PREPARES TO MAKE HIS PUBLIC APPEARANCE


VALORUM: Amedda, the public are screaming for blood-I can offer them no answers. We must let democracy take it's course, but deep down, I will not back this decree at all.



OUTSIDE THE SENATE CHAMBERS-LATE AFTERNOON



JEDI MASTERS, ADI GALLIA AND QUI GON JINN WATCH THE PROCEDINGS-MANY OF THE SENATORS ARE PRESENT, AS ARE THE TRADE FEDERATION DIRECTORATE-BUT THE POPULAR SENATOR PALPATINE IS IN ABSENT



DANGER LURKS NEARBY



SUDDENLY, THE TERRORISTS STRIKE!

EXPLOSIONS RIPPED THROUGH THE EXCITED CROWD!


SENATE GUARD: Chancellor, get your head down sir!
VALORUM: What the hell is going on?!


NUTE GUNRAY: The terrorists!
RUNE HAAKO: We will not survive this outing!





AS ONE OF THE TERRORISTS MADE THE MOVE TOWARDS THE CHANCELLOR, ADI GALLIA MOVED IN






THE REMAINING TERRORISTS MADE OFF IN THEIR SPEEDER...


...BUT CRASHED BEFORE THEY COULD ESCAPE!



SOON AFTER THE ATTACK-SEVERAL SENATORS EAGERLY WAITED TO SPEAK TO THE CHANCELLOR



ORN FEE TAA: Valorum is weak-this attack might oust him.
MOTHMA: Oh, I'm sure no one wants that!
ANTILLES: This does however prove that the Republic isn't safe-attacks right under our noses-right under the Jedi's noses.
PALPATINE: I think we may be surprized sometimes to learn of what goes on right under the Jedi's noses.


LOTT DOD: Either way-now the Chancellor knows what the Federation has had to know for a while-no one is safe-and that is why we need this army!


ADI GALLIA: The Chancellor thanks you all for coming to wish him well-however, he wishes to speak to Senator Palpatine first if you don't mind.
PALPATINE: No, no of course, I shall do as the Chancellor asks.



IN THE CHANCELLOR'S OFFICE



CHANCELLOR VALORUM: Thank you Palpatine, if there is one person I can trust-it is you-today was a disaster-over twenty dead.
PALPATINE: You must not blame yourself Chancellor-I'm sure it was some evil organisation behind this terrible act of violence.


PALPATINE: Master Jedi, do we yet know who was behind these attacks?
ADI GALLIA: No, unfortuanately, two of the terrorists perished, and the last committed suicide in his cell.
PALPATINE: Pity...


CHANCELLOR VALORUM: Palpatine-I know now what the Federation fears. I intend to fully back this proposal-and further more, give my endorsement to their droid army.
PALPATINE: But Chancellor-
CHANCELLOR VALORUM: However, I do intend to take your advice and place taxation of trade routes to reign them in, make them still answerable to the Senate.
PALPATINE: Glad my advice was of help Chancellor.




A WEEK LATER-THE SENATE HAS APPROVED THE FEDERATION DEFENCE FORCE BEING COMMISSIONED.

CHANCELLOR VALORUM: Viceroy, your defence force has my endorsement-however-however-we shall be placing a strict taxation on the outer rim trade routes.
NUTE GUNRAY: What? Why?
CHANCELLOR VALORUM: Corporations need regulating in order to make sure they are not exploiting the Senate's blind eye. It was Senator Palpatine's idea.

LOTT DOD: Palpatine! That meddling idiot!
NUTE GUNRAY: Chancellor, profits are down anyway-we can't possibly-
CHANCELLOR VALORUM: Viceroy-you must understand the seriousness of this move-an army-so we need to regulate-make you accountable!


LOTT DOD: I cannot believe this is happening! This is incredible!
CHANCELLOR VALORUM: It is the will of the Senate. Senator Palpatine put forward the petition to place taxation on the trade routes, the Senate voted for it, and now you must obey it Viceroy.




A WEEK LATER-BAKTOID STORES HAVE COMPLETED THEIR FIRST SHIPMENT OF BATTLE DROIDS TO THE TRADE FEDERATION




DARTH SIDIOUS: Despite the fact that we have got you a defence force against these terrorists-it appears that the Senate itself wishes to threaten you now.
NUTE GUNRAY: This taxation is a joke-our Federation has not been taxed at all in it's lifetime-we supply the republic, and now they steal from us
DARTH SIDIOUS: I suggest a new tactic.


NUTE GUNRAY: My Lord? What do you mean?
DARTH SIDIOUS: It is time we demonstrated the power of your army. A blockade-in protest of this taxation!
RUNE HAAKO: The Senate would never-
DARTH SIDIOUS: The planet of Naboo would make a perfect setting. Senator Palpatine's homeworld. The man who has caused us much pain-well lets make sure Palpatine knows what it feels like!
NUTE GUNRAY: But-
DARTH SIDIOUS: It will be beneficial for all of us.
NUTE GUNRAY: But-
DARTH SIDIOUS: I have told you before Viceroy-you serve yourselves better when you serve me!

WITH THAT THE HOLOIMAGE FADED


RUNE HAAKO: We can't go along with this!
NUTE GUNRAY: Lord Sidious has a point-Palpatine has caused us much grief-and I support a mere blockade might be acceptable.



NUTE GUNRAY: Captain, organise a rendevous of the fleet-take us to the outer rim-towards the planet of Naboo-we have a General Meeting to arange.


CAPTAIN DOFINE: Yes Viceroy-to the outer rim it is.



AS THE TRADE FEDERATION SHIPS MOVED INTO HYPERSPACE-NUTE GUNRAY COULDN'T HELP FEELING THAT HE WAS DOING THE WRONG THING...
 
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Another good chapter, bridging the events before TPM. Good to see and I'm glad to see some non-Clone stories... these stories have so much more substance I think than just seeing things through a Clone's eyes. I think Nemoidians are a very interesting species in Star Wars, and like you, I love them!

 
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great but as chewies said in other photonovels customs, the crowd photos would look so much better with customs ova thn really reconsiable charactors, and your interia of your ships look amazing
but really good again, nice 2 see a story thats different
 
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