(Coruscant Three years after the end of the Clone Wars and the Declaration of the New Order)
(An Imperial dropship dropped out of the busy skylanes of Coruscant hovering over the landing platform of Imperial Intelligence)
(Colonel, formally Major, Kalin looked apprehensively out at the platform as Imperial Stormtroopers filed out of the dropship)
Kalin- So it's finally happening.
Commander Rek- Move it troops! The Minister will be arriving any minute now!
(Kalin walked over to Agents Iso and Ben, the three being the only official survivors of the Battle of Hypori, who secretly helped Jedi Boris Yakerno, Alinta Knight, and Gulio Marcus escape Order 66)
Kalin- Iso, it's happening. I'm issuing Operation Blackout you two need to leave this place immediately.
(Iso nodded solemnly as the orders were given)
Iso- Yes sir.
Ben- Operation Blackout? What's that?
Kalin- All you need to know is that you need to get out of here and disappear, Iso can inform you when it is safe. Now go!
(Iso walked quickly away, Ben running to catch up to her)
Ben- Hey wait up! What's going on?
Iso- Hurry, I'll explain.
Iso- Operation Blackout is an emergency contingency operation to ensure the survival of as many Intelligence agents as possible.
Rek- Look alive troops, that's the Minister coming in now!
(A speeder flew toward the platform, a dark figure riding atop it)
Iso- It was created by Director Meredith after the former director, a man named Fitze betrayed the Republic.
(The cloaked man disembarked the speeder, finishing his cigar as he inspected the soldiers)
Rek- All is prepared for your arrival Sir!
Iso- It was later revealed Fitze had been working for Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine/Lord Sidious the entire time and he was made the Minister of Imperial Intelligence.
Iso- Operation Blackout means that Fitze has returned, and is about to purge Imperial Intelligence.
Fitze- Excellent Commander. Finally I will have my revenge!
(Fitze led the squad to the doors of Imperial Intelligence, two security guards moving to greet him)
Guard- Minister Fitze! We were not aware of your coming-
(Fitze produced a blaster and shot the first guard)
Guard- Minister what are you doing-
(Fitze quickly cur of the second guard, shooting him)
Fitze- I's time you learned that the wages of traitors is death!
(The Imperials continued their purge, storming the intelligence building)
(The stormtroopers burst into the Intelligence lobby taking the surprised agents completely off guard)
Fitze- Hello agents! I'm back! What aren't you glad to see your beloved Director return?
Agent- You're no director! You betrayed the Republic!
(Fitze smiled sinisterly at the agent)
Fitze- But did I ever betray our Emperor? In fact I am carrying out his orders this very minute- purging all traitors!
Fitze- Commander Rek! Deal with these traitors. I have an appointment with the Director.
Rek- Yes Minister.
(The room erupted in a flurry of blaster fire as Fitze marched away, the agents vainly fighting back against the stormtroopers)
(Fitze walked into the Director's office, Meredith calmly standing at her desk, the daily intelligence reports spread neatly across it)
Meredith- Greetings Minister Fitze, I would like to present my resignation to you.
(Fitze laughed as he walked to the desk, motioning with his blaster at the Director)
Fitze- Resignation? You wish to resign! Ha! And look you have arranged everything so neatly for me! Ha! Ha!
Meredith- I was under the impression the purpose of this meeting was to end my career, thus I have decided to resign for you.
Fitze- Oh really? You think that will save you? No, I will purge you traitors like all the rest! The Empire-
(Fitze stopped as the holocommunicator buzzed on the desk)
Meredith- For you sir?
(Fitze snatched the communicator, an image of Meredith flashing to life)
Meredith (recording)- This is Director Meredith to all Imperial Intelligence operatives. Operation Blackout is in effect. The Empire has betrayed us. That is all.
(Fitze hurled the communicator back onto the desk, a look of absolute rage in his face)
Fitze- You dirty double crosser! You...you have betrayed me again!
Meredith- Come now, you know double crossing is part of the business, and what did you expect? That I would just let my agents be killed.
Fitze- Grrr! No! You will be the one to be killed- both of you! You will reveal the names of every last Intelligence operative and then you will watch as I execute them!
(Fitze whirled around to Commander Rek as his troops marched into the office)
Fitze- Commander arrest these traitors! And take them to the Shadowland Prison.
Rek- At once sir!
Fitze- Then hunt down every last intelligence agent on Coruscant- no one leaves this planet! I will hold you personally responsible and failure will not be tolerated!
Rek- I...understand sir. I will see to it at immediatly!
(Fitze stopped Meredith as the stormtroopers escorted them out)
Fitze- You may have saved yourself for now, but you are doomed now Ysanne Isard will take your spot and due to your own secrecy, it will be as if you never existed. No one is coming to save you.
Meredith- Maybe so, but you cannot hope to cover up this "purge" forever, your own ambition will be your undoing. Already the seeds of rebellion have been planted, and not even you can destroy that hope for freedom Fitze.
I love how you kind of have to think more about the plot in your more recent comic like republic at war, and even this one. I had to read it about 3 times and do some thinking here and there. This is great. Will we see some of our old friends (Boris,Alinta,and the most classic of jedi: yoda).