(Coruscant, Imperial Intelligence, Director's Office, two days after the failed insurgent attempt to capture Moff Kane on Nal Hutta)
(Imperial Minister of Intelligence Fitze puffed slowly on his cigar as he read the intelligence report on the attempted capture of Moff Kane. Rebel elements in the galaxy were becoming more numerous even as Intelligence cracked down on dissent. Most disturbing of all were still several uncounted agents who survived the purge of Intelligence. If word of that got out...it could lead to armed rebellion and severe...repercussions for those responsible.)
Fitze- Major, how accurate are these reports?
Major Vugal- Eye witness sir. Moff Kane provided them himself.
Fitze- Tell me, what do we know about these...rebels. Are they organized? Do they have a leader?
Vugal- We don't know much about them, other than a blanket motive of resistance to the so called tyranny of the Empire. They seem to-
(Vugal is cut off as two agents burst into the office forcing the informant Slick through into the office)
Slick- Hey watch the coat! I just got it cleaned!
Agent Rhenn- Shut up! Minister we intercepted our informant attempting to board a ship off the planet.
Agent Dackr- Commander Rek's body and security detail was also discovered in the subject's bar. Security logs show the Commander was apprehending two agents when he was terminated.
Fitze- Two agents?! You let two agents escape Coruscant?!
Slick- Hey, settle down. There was nothin I could do, they knocked me out and killed your boys-
Fitze- And then you tried to escape the planet! I should have expected this sort of treachery from someone willing to sell out his friends!
Slick- Hey I sold them to you remember-
Fitze- Silence! For this treachery I charge you with treason against the Empire! Punishment is death!
(Before Slick could respond in protest, Fitze produced a blaster killing the informant)
Dackr- Analysis of action: unnecessary. Subject could have provided information on missing agents.
Rhenn- However the manner of death would have been unchanged.
Fitze- Silence! You two are to find those agents and bring them to me- dead or alive! Now get out, and take that body with you!
Fitze- This threatens to destroy everything we’ve accomplished here, if word of the purge gets out it will embolden dissidents across the galaxy and rally more planets to their cause. They already grow bolder by day, it’s time we stopped this before we lose complete control of the situation.
Vugal- What do you suggest sir?
Fitze- There is only one person who knows the entire list of Republic Agents. Prepare my shuttle Vugal, it's time I paid a visit to my predecessor.
(Shadowland Prison, location unknown)
(Former Director of Republic Intelligence Meredith and Major Kalin, stood in the cold cell, searing energy bars humming ominously in the background. Shadowland Prison was meant to house the most important and notorious of Republic prisoners and essentially have them fall of the face of the galaxy until it was safe to put them on trial, and now the very place I authorized to build is my prison, Meredith thought to herself.)
(Meredith sighed as Kalin paced restlessly across the cell doorway)
Meredith- Major Kalin, a question if I may.
(Kalin stopped pacing and faced her)
Meredith- Do you ever wish you had sided against me, joined Fitze and saved yourself from this terrible place?
Kalin- My loyalty has never been for sale director. Looking back I only wish I had know about what would have happened. I prefer to concentrate on the now- stopping that slimy double crosser Fitze.
(Meredith smiled, and suddenly gripped her head as her vision blurred)
Kalin- Strange...I suddenly feel like-
Meredith- I…feel...too... guards-
(Before she could complete her sentence, her vision went dark and the two fell to the floor)
(Shadowland Prison, One hour later)
Warden- Minister, your visit is most unexpected, but I assure you will find everything according to your exact orders. The prisoners are strong, but simply push them and they will break like all the rest.
Fitze- I hope so, for your own sake Warden. I do not tolerate failure. Open the cell.
Warden- Yes sir.
Warden- I...um...They were here...just a moment ago...Sir, I swear-
Fitze- You bumbling fool! Where is the Director!
Warden- I don't know sir! No one has entered this cell, they couldn't have escaped!
Fitze- Look around you! They did escape!
Warden- Minister I-
(Before he could speak, Fitze produced a blaster and shot the warden)
(Still fuming Fitze noticed the sound of the guards armor clattering to the floor and turned to see a hooded figure clapping softly in the doorway, the bodies of the guards motionless surrounding him)
Figure- Good! Good! Ha! Ha! Ha!
Fitze- Hands up! Identify yourself!
Figure- Oh minister must we go through this formality?
(Fitze gasped in fear as his blaster hurtled out of his hand and was crushed midair as the figure tuned to him)
Fitze- Who are you?
Inquisitor Ljhou- I’ll admit you are a fun one Minister, your anger is simply intoxicating to watch. I am Inquisitor Ljhou, servant of the Emperor, and of the Dark Side.
Fitze- Impossible, Darth Vader and the Emperor are the only Jedi left-
Ljhou- Jedi! Ha! There are only two Sith, that is true, but there are many force wielders who have sworn their allegiance to the Emperor and carry out his will.
Fitze- What is the Emperor’s will then? Where are my prisoners? What have you done to them?
Ljhou- The Emperor is most displeased with your apparent inability to control Imperial Intelligence, in particular the incomplete purge of traitors. I have been sent to rectify the situation.
(Ljhou began walking off Fitze yelling after him)
Fitze- I assure you the situation is under my control-
Ljhou- If it were a Jedi would not have snatched the former Director of Intelligence from your prison that does not exist, walking right past the guards as if he was not even there.