|Skirmish in Theed|
Phindian criminal Moralo Eval hatched up a plot to kidnap the Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic Palpatine. Therefore, with Sith Lord Count Dooku's help, he recruited some of the deadliest bounty hunters in the galaxy including Cad Bane and Rako Hardeen who was actually Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in disguise attempting to stop the plot. The bounty hunters were tested in a machine known as the Box. Five bounty hunters survived the box: Cad Bane, "Rako Hardeen", Embo, Twazzi and Derrown. However, despite promising Eval the lead role, Dooku assigned Bane to be the leader of the team much to Eval's dismay.
The team discreetly transferred to Naboo where they took control of a mechanics shop after eliminating all the personnel there. Over there, Bane briefed the team on their duties: Twazzi and Embo were to act as Senate Commandos for the chancellor as he will be attending the ceremony at a festival called the Festival of Light, Eval was the getaway driver, "Hardeen" would be the sniper that would be loaded with stun blasts to immobilize the chancellor, Derrown would pass through the ray shields due to his Parwan anatomy and Bane would be one of the spectators in the audience. He then brought out a holographic disguise matrix, disguising the rest of the four hunters (excluding Eval) as Senate Commandos. As the team departed, Dooku alerted Bane to "Hardeen", tasking him to keep a close on "Hardeen" as he suspected something wrong about him.
Bane's plan in actionEdit
Unknown to Kenobi, Dooku had bugged his briefcase that contained his sniper rifle. When Kenobi got to his position, a tower overlooking the plaza where Palpatine would give his speech, he contacted Jedi Master Mace Windu and alerted him to Bane's plan. As night fell and the festival started, Bane's plan was set in motion.
Bane himself had disguised himself as a Neimoidian spectator and was seated in the platform where the chancellor gave his speech, the platform that was enveloped in a ray shield. While Palpatine gave his speech, Derrown, disguised as a Senate Commando secretly approached one of the speech generators. Kenobi spotted him and alerted Mace but it was too late. Before Skywalker could stop him, Derrown overloaded the generator and caused it to explode, dissipating the shield in the process. While Ahsoka led the audience to safety, Anakin engaged Derrown but was quickly knocked unconscious by the Parwan. However, Kenobi shot Derrown's jetpacks causing it to malfunction and sending Derrown spiraling towards the floor.
Meanwhile, Twazzi used the disguise matrix and switched bodies with the chancellor whom Bane later grabbed. Anakin quickly regained consciousness and ran over to the speeder towards Embo and Twazzi, whom Skywalker believed was Palpatine. While Embo was arrested, Twazzi tried fighting her way out but Skywalker sliced her right arm off and demanded to know where the real Palpatine was. But by the time he found out, Cad Bane and Eval had already driven off with the chancellor.
Kenobi spotted the hunters and chased them to a refinery, sending Mace and Skywalker the coordinates. However, Dooku didn't show up as planned so Bane decided to ransom Palpatine off themselves. Kenobi, however aimed a blaster at Bane, demanding he release the chancellor. Realizing "Hardeen's" betrayal, Bane attacked him but after a short struggle, Kenobi overpowered Bane and Republic forces, led by Windu and Skywalker arrived. Windu revealed "Hardeen" to be Kenobi, angering Bane. As the fugitives were led away, Windu congratulated Kenobi, believing it to be all over.
Dooku's plan in motionEdit
- "You should have quit while you were still alive, Dooku!"
"Fighting off the entire Jedi security force would have been difficult. But now that they are gone, defeating you will be an easy task."
- ―Anakin Skywalker and Count Dooku
Anakin, however was furious that the Jedi Council kept everything a secret from him and became outraged when Kenobi revealed it was his idea to keep the secret from Anakin. Anakin retorted if they knew the whole truth before storming away. This thought troubled Kenobi and the fact that Dooku didn't show up at the rendezvous point was evidence enough that something still wasn't right. He went back to the tower where he had shot Derrown and inspected his briefcase. After thorough searching, he found an activated com link and instantly realized that Dooku had been listening to his conversation all along and knew Hardeen was Kenobi all along.
That night, with all the Republic security sent back to Coruscant, Palpatine and Anakin were walking through the halls of the Theed palace. However, Palpatine (secretly Darth Sidious, Dark Lord of the Sith) was leading Anakin to a trap in order to pull him closer to the dark side of the Force. As they entered the banquet hall where a banquet was supposedly taking place, they instead came face to face with Dooku himself, flanked by two MagnaGuards. Dooku revealed that he never intended for the other bounty hunters to kidnap Palpatine. He was just using them as a diversion so he could launch his own kidnapping plot. But now since only Anakin was left to protect Palpatine, Dooku's plan was made much easier. Anakin then quickly dispatched the two MagnaGuards and immediately went straight for Dooku while Palpatine fled. However, the latter was intercepted by a third MagnaGuard who held him in place. Anakin and Dooku violently battled it out near the dining hall with Dooku using the Force to fling cutlery items such as spoons and forks and a chair at an infuriated Anakin, earning a secret smile from Palpatine, before both duelists moved onto the halls towards the landing pad with the MagnaGuard dragging Palpatine along. Anakin managed to use a Force Choke on Dooku but Dooku retaliated by using Force lightning on Anakin and throwing him back. Kenobi, who had meanwhile caught wind of Dooku's plan came running towards the scene. Anakin recovered and fought Dooku again until he was flung off the ship by Dooku's lightsaber while Kenobi destroyed the lone MagnaGuard and recovered Palpatine. Defeated, Dooku fled but not before remarking that Kenobi had proven himself a 'worthy adversary'. Later, Palpatine commented on how the Jedi saved him twice and what the galaxy would be like without the Jedi.