(Raxus Prime, the Rebel Base, 12 hours after the assassination of Commodore Revees)
(Burg's face hardened into a deep grimace as the holoprojector flared to life, the image of Jedi Gulio Marcus playing)
Gulio- Friends of the Alliance, this is Jedi Master Gulio Marcus. Approximately twelve hours ago Commodore Revees, the champion of the Republic and leader of our Alliance was killed on Balmorra by an Imperial Purge Sniper sent to kill myself and Alinta. I know this must come as a shock for many of you, but our mission must go on. I am assuming temporary control of the Alliance until further notice and putting a moratorium on any further missions. Operations Code Tython-Zero-Twelve. May the Force be with us.
(Burg growled to himself)
Burg- Ensign leave us.
(Burg glared as the Rebel soldier saluted and quickly left the brig. Moff Kane smiled and made his way over to the cell door)
Kane- And so history repeats itself yet again. Jedi taking power for themselves- just like they attempted to do at the end of the Clone Wars.
Burg- That power should be mine! I am the second in command, not those Jedi!
Kane- Indeed, and to think they caused his death. The Commodore never would have been shot if he had not gone off to warn them.
(Kane paused, and grinned as he saw Burg listening to him)
Kane- Now if only there were a way to get rid of those Jedi, a less reckless leader could take control, perhaps even...you.
(Kane gasped as Burg spun around, aiming a rifle at his chest)
Burg- Now listen here Imperial and listen good. You've just about overstayed your welcome and outlived your usefulness. You're going to do something for me. Give me your emergency override code to the Imperial Holonet or I will shoot you dead where you now stand.
Kane- Now of course...certainly my benevolent captor! But may I ask what for?
(Burg grinned sinisterly through the bars)
Burg- It's time for a changing of the guard, for a more competent, less reckless ruler to take control of this Alliance.
(Balmorra, 14 hours after the assassination of Commodore Revees)
(Gulio put his hand on Bill's shoulder. It had been a long night and the former Republic Agent's eyes showed his weariness)
Gulio- You've done a good job Agent. There was nothing more you or anyone could have done.
Bill- But still, I feel maybe somehow I'm partly responsible for...what happened. I shouldn't have let him come.
Gulio- Maybe we're all responsible for what happened, but Revees always said he wanted to die for the Republic. I'm putting you in charge of attending to him, and get some rest too Bill.
(Bill sighed, nodded, and walked off as Ben and Iso walked to Gulio)
Ben- So what happens now? You know with Revees...dead and all.
Gulio- Well that's the question isn't it. Technically I'm the temporary commander but I'm sure others disagree on that point.
Iso- By that you mean General Burg, right?
Gulio- I didn't want to say any names, but yes. There's also the matter of warning the surviving Jedi about the impending Imperial Purge to deal with. As for you two, I'd like you to go along with Bill, this kind of thing requires an agent's...unique skill set.
Iso- I think I understand. See you around sir.
(As the Agents left, Maxwell and Alinta rushed out of the Balmorran Rebel Base)
Alinta- Gulio! Gulio, come quick!
(Gulio turned around. He could tell from the desperate look in Alinta's eyes that someting was wrong)
Gulio- Alinta, what's happened?
Alinta- There's no time to explain now, but I think we need to go back to Raxus Prime. We may have the answer to our succession problem.
(Coruscant, the Sanctum of the Prophets of the Dark Side, 15 hours after the assassination of Commodore Revees)
(Former Minister of Intelligence Fitze walked nervously into the office of his new superior. Though his life had been spared from the Emperor's wrath by a Prophet of the Dark Side, his tenure as Minister was over)
Fitze- You summoned me, my lord?
(The man remained facing the window, gazing out at the darkened skylanes of Coruscant. He motioned to the holoprojector)
(The projector flared to life, the image of General Burg appearing)
Burg- Citizens of the Empire I am General Burg. Approximately fourteen hours ago agents of your Empire assassinated Commodore Revees, the man who barely a day ago proclaimed our Alliance to Restore the Republic. It is clear that you people are spineless cowards! Striking from the dark and killing men in the shadows.
(Burg paused as he glared out)
Burg- So I offer a challenge, come out of the shadows fight in the open and know that you cannot possible defeat us! You will all fall to us, and then you will wish that the Empire still reigned. Come fight us on Raxus Prime, send Lord Vader and all the legions of Stormtroopers you wish, you cannot defeat us. Come and try if you dare!
Fitze- Yes, the rebel's recording, I have seen this. It was transmitted using Moff Kane's secret emergency override codes, but that is no longer a responsibility of mine.
(The man whirled around, it was the same Prophet that had spared Fitze's life. Fitze grasped his head in pain and fell to the floor before him)
Fitze- It is you! You were the one who spared me. I-
Prophet Uzov- Indeed! Behold, I am Lord Uzov, Prophet of the Dark Side, and you Fitze, are my servant. Rise.
(Fitze pushed himself to his feet, his head still pulsating)
Fitze- But why save me? Why not just let me die?
Uzov- Because you are still useful. The Prophets have a vision, a vision of you destroying our enemies, this Rebel Alliance. The visions of the prophets are never wrong, and it is my mission to see to it that they are not. Now it is your duty as well.
Fitze- I'm not sure I understand.
Uzov- All in good time Mr. Fitze. Now watch.
(Inquisitor Ljhou entered the Sanctum, making a mock bow before Uzov)
Ljhou- You called me your prophetness? Do you have more visions in need of being carried out?
(Uzov simply raised his hand, sending a bolt of lighting into the Inquisitor's chest. Fitze gasped and grabbed the holoprojector for support, the scars of the Emperor's attack searing with pain suddenly)
Uzov- You forget your place Inquisitor. You will not disrespect the will of the Prophets.
(The Inquisitor slowly brought himself up on one knee)
Ljhou- What is thy bidding Prophet?
Uzov- Better. The Prophets have a vision. The scum of the galaxy are rising up from their filth, threatening corrupt the hegemony of the Empire. You will travel to Raxus Prime and assist Lord Vader with destroying these Rebels, the filth from the vision. Now do the will of the Prophets!
Ljhou- Yes Prophet!
(Raxus Prime, the Rebel Base, 18 hours after the assassination of Commodore Revees)
Rebel Captain- But sir, this is madness! Transmitting the location of our base to the Empire! We don't have the manpower to fight them head on!
Burg- You will do as I order captain! I am in charge and you will fight!
Rebel Captain- Fighting yes, but this...this is suicide!
(Burg and the Rebels turn, Gulio marches toward them)
Gulio- I've seen the recoding General. How dare you put our men, our entire movement in danger for a personal vendetta. You have risked everything we have built and for what?
Burg- How dare you! Barging in here and proclaiming yourself the leader of this rebellion! You caused the death of Revees! I am his second in command and with his death I am the commander!
Gulio- Don't test me Burg. You've lost the support of even your men and put us all in jeopardy, It's over.
(Before he could speak the door to the Rebel Base imploded in, the form of Darth Vader filling the doorway)
Vader- Greetings General, I have come to take your challenge. Kill them all.
(Gulio's lightsaber flard to life as the stormtroopers began firing into the compound)
Gulio- General we don't have time for this now! Get your men to safety! We'll buy you some time! Go, now!
(Gulio turned to Alinta and Maxwell as the Rebels began to evacuate the base)
Gulio- Maxwell, you go with them, if anything happens to us you have to keep a leash on Burg.
Maxwell- I- Understood sir!
Gulio- Alinta, cover me! I'm going to bring down the doorway!
(Burg rushed down into the brig, blasting open the cell door to the surprise of Moff Kane)
Kane- What is the meaning of this? What is going on up there?
Burg- Come on Imperial! You're either my hostage of human shield, whichever is more useful! Move!
(Gulio strained as he pulled at the durasteel doorway, Alinta frantically holding off the stormtrooper hordes)
(The doorway gave out, crashing down in front of the stormtroopers)
Gulio- That won't hold them for long, come on!
(Maxwell rushed to catch up with the Rebel troops, cornered in a back generator room)
Maxwell- What's going on here? Why have we stopped?
Burg- Stormtroopers are all over the entrances to the base. We barely managed to seal the back entrance and now they've set up E-web turrets outside.
Maxwell- Then we'll make our own exit! Pile all the explosives we've got against that wall! We're going to make it out of here yet!
(The Rebels quickly followed Maxwell's orders and blasted a hole in the base wall)
Maxwell- Come on! Everyone run!
(Alinta and Gulio sprinted through the base as the last of the Rebels exited through the hole)
Gulio- We might actually make it out of this alive.
(Suddenly, Inquisitor Ljhou leaped out of nowhere in front of the Jedi, his crimson blade flashing to life as the sound of stromtrooper boots grows ever closer)
Ljhou- Did you really think it was going to be so easy Jedi?
Alinta- Wait! I recognize you! You're the Dark Jedi who destroyed my ship!
Ljhou- Indeed. Inquisitor Ljhou at your service Jedi. It seems though, that you two survived that lovely massacre. All the more fun for me!
(As the Jedi engaged Ljhou, the remaining rebels regrouped at the rendezvous point)
Rebel Captain- Sir I've already called in a shuttle to evacuate us, but it will take some time to escape past the Imperial fleet.
Maxwell- Blast it! We don't have that time!
Burg- Then we have no choice.
Maxwell- What do you mean?
Burg- Before the Imperial attack I had the base rigged with explosives, my intent was to draw Lord Vader and as many Imperials into it as possible and bring it down around them. We have to use it now if we want to escape.
Maxwell- But Alinta an Gulio are still inside! They'll be killed too!
Burg- There is no better alternative! Either they die or we all do!
(Before Maxwell could react, Burg pushed the button, activating the remote explosives automated countdown)
(Maxwell simply ran, pushing past the Rebel soldiers and dodging Imperial blaster shots)
Maxwell- Everyone move! Get away from the base!
(He arrived at the base as Gulio and Alinta still battled Ljhou. He motioned for them)
Maxwell- Run! Burg's about to blow the base!
(Alinta and Gulio's eyes grew wide at the revelation while, the Inquisitor simply turned and grinned at Maxwell)
Ljhou- Too late.
(Maxwell was thrown back by the force of the explosion as the base imploded and everything turned black)
(Maxwell slowly sat up, rubbing his head from the force deal by the explosion)
Maxwell- Ugh, what happened?
Burg- You were a fool! That's what happened!
(Burg smacked his rifle against Maxwell's chest, forcing him back onto the ground)
Burg- And if you ever disobey or even question my orders again your head will be the lest of your problems. Revees and the Jedi are dead. This is my rebellion now.