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Republic Reconaissance. Anakin Skywalker and clonetroopers Risk and Switch are deployed to the planet Frontera to scout and gather strategic information. But Frontera is an uncivilised world, full of deadly surprises...
Anakin: Look sharp troopers.
Risk: Sir, I'm getting unusual readings in the adjacent sector.
Anakin: Confirmed, let's check it out.
Brown Hatted Bandit: Hehe, we done got ye cornered now!
Brown Hatted Bandit: Yer number is up!
Girl: Please... NO!
Anakin: Now this hardly fair! Risk, Switch - dismount and engage!
Risk & Switch: Yessir!
Brown Hatted Bandit: This ani't nuthin to do with y'all. You don't know what yer messin' with!
Anakin: Attacking children is the lowest of the low. Scram! Before you live to regret it!
Child: Oh my! A Jedi! Thank you so much!
Anakin: Our pleasure. You're lucky we were nearby.
Child: My name is Anka. You must come to my home, my parents will surely want to thank you.
Anakin: We're on an important mission, but... a brief visit won't hurt.
At the farm...
Anka's Mum: Anka! Thank goodness!
Anka's Dad: How can I ever thank you?! The names Loid. I must insist you stay for supper - it's the least we can do!
Anakin: Er... sure, we'll stay a while.
Loid: ...and so we fled persecution there and came here to start a new life. Now it seems to be starting again with these bandits continually at our throats.
Anakin: Glad we've been able to help, Loid.
Loid: It sure is great having you folks around.
Risk: Sir, a strange creature by the BARCs!
Anakin: Whatever it is it's gone now.
Loid: Don't worry, we get all sorts of pests out here. They're mostly harmless.
Loid: Anyways, I'm goin' to turn in for the night. See y'all tomorrow.
Anakin, Risk & Switch: Night!
Loid: Thanks much for helping out around the farm. mighty fine of y'all.
Anakin: Our pleasure Loid! This is such a great place, we really love it here.
Loid: Good, good...
Risk: Didn't we have something important to do Anakin?
Anakin: What could be better than this, Risk?!
Risk: True, I don't know what I was thinking about!
Some time later, high in the skies of Frontera, a DC0052 descends...
Obi-Wan: Anakin, Risk, Switch! Come in! Blast! It's been days...
Obi-Wan: Hmmm, there's a settlement over there. I'll set down and hopefully find some clues.
The town of Leone...
Loid: Thanks for escorting me into town Anakin, it's good to have an extra pair of hands.
Anakin: My pleasure Loid.
Brown Hatted Bandit: Well looky here! Looks like someone done got themselves a bodyguard.
Twi-lek Bandit: Well, Gadzooks!
Brown Hatted Bandit: That noise... clankers! SCRAM!
Droid Commander: A Jedi! Blast him!
Droids: Roger, roger!
Loid: WAIT! Kill him, but let me go!
Anakin: Loid? What the...?!
Droid Commander: Blast them both!
Droid Commander: Oh no! Now there's two of them!
Obi-Wan: Anakin! Pull yourself together!
Anakin: What... I? Who are...? Obi-Wan?
Obi-Wan: You've been enthralled Anakin.
Anakin: My friend...
Obi-Wan: This is no friend Anakin. It's a shapeshifter, a life-leech. It enthralls the victim and feeds off their life-force!
Anakin: Oh no, the clones!
Back at the farm...
Shapeshifters: No! Loid is dead. Kill everyone who's seen us!
Shapeshifter: Now for Risk...
Obi-Wan: This evil ends now!
Anka: Die, Jedi scum!
Anakin: Not so fast!
Obi-Wan: Too late to save Switch. He'll be sorely missed. A gunship is en-route.
Obi-Wan: We've learned a harsh lesson today and must be ever vigilant - the Separatists aren't the only evil we must oppose.
I hope you enjoyed this wee tale! I created it for the MOCathlon Clone Wars Episode category. I was inspired by a story by writer Simon Furman and the idea of doing a Star Wars Western - a genre which served as inspiration on the original Star Wars - really appealed to me as a great juxtaposition for our heroes. I built a modular set so I could vary the scenery dramatically while still using the same baseplate.
The saloon building is doublesided, having the shapeshifters' home on the other side. I created plates with desert and greenery too with slots in the base so all the modules can be swapped around to make desert, farm or Leone.
Amongst other things I really like the DC0052 Speeder and have been toying with creating it for ages - now seemed like a good time.
Thanks for the kind remarks and feedback so far, all much appreciated!
Edited by pedro, 19 March 2010 - 10:24 AM.