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Darth Vader, This Is Your Life...


The Power of Love
Kindly old Palpatine was the father Vader never had.
Kindly old Palpatine was the father Vader never had.
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Anakin grew to be a powerful Jedi under the tutelage of Obi Wan Kenobi. Ambitious and impetuous, the young Jedi had an innate understanding of the power of the Force. Held back by both his instructors and the council, Anakin didn't allow this to stop him from honing his true skills. Anakin eventually found both a friend and a mentor in kindly, old Chancellor Palpatine. Despite his busy schedule of manipulating the Senate, secretly running the separatist movement and playing both sides against one another as part of his master plan to destroy the Jedi and rule the galaxy, Palpatine always made time for his favorite young man, Anakin.

While Anakin found the father he always wanted in Palpatine, it was while on a routine escort mission that he found the thing that would ultimately shape his destiny: true love.

The young Jedi was sent to escort Senator Amidala to Naboo and protect her from Separatists assassins. The two, young and strong-willed, traveled in disguise using public transport.

Edwards: And now Lord Vader another guest from your past.

Guest: I was with you on the transport to Naboo. Nasty thing, that transport. Smelled like the backside of a Gundar... cold, too. But not where you and Senator Amidala were. You both emanated a warmth. I remember seeing you two standing in the meal line. You were lost in one another. It's really an amazing thing to be there right at the moment true loves sparks. I watched you two for hours that night. You stayed up talking about your past, your future, your dreams and aspirations. You two were beautiful -- a knight and a queen, so young and so in love. That love saved her life.

The happy couple.
The happy couple.
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I had her beautiful face right in the cross hairs of my Blas-tech rifle scope and my finger on the trigger. I was set to spray the contents of her pretty head all over you as she watched you sleep. But I was mezmorized by the tenderness of the moment. I couldn't see my mission, my bounty -- I couldn't pull the trigger. I also didn't see you get up. In that single moment of hesitation you blind-sided me and started choking the living sh...

Vader: I remember you! You are that cut-rate Rodian assassin that the separatists sent. I thought I killed you.

Assassin: Nope.

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"I thought I killed you."