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DARK ILLUSIONSChapter 46



During the Battle of Oner, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi sees Count Dooku fleeing the battlefield on a speeder bike. Hoping to end the war with the capture of Dooku, Obi-Wan pursues him to a remote part of Oner.


    



Obi-Wan Kenobi: (thinking) That’s Kyde’s speeder alright. I only need one guess to know how Dooku ended up with it…


    



Obi-Wan Kenobi: (thinking) The homing beacon should help Cody find this location.





Obi-Wan Kenobi: (thinking) Let’s hope he doesn’t take TOO long.





Obi-Wan Kenobi: (thinking) So……these are the Crystal Mines.





Obi-Wan Kenobi: (thinking) ……incredible……





Obi-Wan Kenobi: (thinking) It’s no wonder so many have died in attempts to control these mines…





Count Dooku: I would have to agree, Master Kenobi. These crystals are……exquisite.

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Count Dooku.






Obi-Wan Kenobi:(thinking) But where………

Count Dooku: May I be the first to welcome you to the Oner Caverns. Those less educated still call them the Crystal Mines.






Count Dooku: “The Crystal Mines” no longer exist due to smugglers and vandals. The people of Oner sculpted each crystal in this cavern in dedication to their homeland. What you see before you is the result of their labor, including the floor you stand on……100% Oneran Crystal. Not even the Force could move these masterpieces.





Obi-Wan Kenobi: So this is the reason you want control of Oner…to take possession of these mines for yourself, Dooku?

Count Dooku: On no, my friend. I value this shrine for what it still is: a place of peace and purity. One of the few things in this galaxy that the Republic has not yet corrupted.






Obi-Wan Kenobi: If you truly believe that, then why bring the War here?

Count Dooku: Mind you that I did not bring the War here……the Republic did. My interest was only to assure the preservation of this magnificent place.






Count Dooku: Nonetheless, please allow me to congratulate you on your recent appointment to the Jedi Council, Master Kenobi. You are one of the few shining lights left in the Order. Qui-Gon would be very proud of the Jedi you have become.





Obi-Wan Kenobi: Qui-Gon believed in the will of the Force…and in the Republic. He would never have turned his back on the Order.

Count Dooku: What about the Jedi Council? It was Qui-Gon that defied the Council by accepting your apprentice. If he hadn’t, the ’Great Hero’ of the Republic would not be a Jedi now. This War has only further clouded their vision, my friend.






Obi-Wan Kenobi: Perhaps, but the Council is fully aware of your defection to the Dark Side.





Count Dooku: The “dark side” is a point of view, Master Kenobi. Many of the truths we hold dear are based on a certain point of view. Surely Master Yoda has told you this by now.





Count Dooku: Take as an example how the Council approved the use of human clones. The manipulation of life is strictly forbidden in the Code. Yet, to wage an uncivilized War, the Council willfully leads these engineered humans into battle…sacrificing them as quickly as they can replace them. I ask you, is that the will of the Force?





Obi-Wan Kenobi: These are troubled times. All of it could come to an end……if you surrender, Dooku.





Count Dooku: Ah…ever the negotiator, Master Kenobi. I do not think I could willfully surrender to an Order that allows indiscreet, romantic relationships between Jedi and Senators. During my time, such a relationship would result in immediate expulsion from the Order.

Obi-Wan Kenobi: …………






Count Dooku: You know of whom I speak of……don’t you, Master Kenobi?





Obi-Wan Kenobi: Enough! Show yourself, Dooku!





Count Dooku: Seems that I touched a nerve…





Obi-Wan Kenobi: It ends now, Dooku.





Count Dooku: Master Kenobi, once again you disappoint me. I have been nothing but cordial, yet you raise your saber towards me? We are simply discussing our……differences.





Obi-Wan Kenobi: Your actions speak louder than any words, Dooku.





Count Dooku: Perhaps, but you would be wise to say the same about the Council. I cannot help but wonder if you were chosen for this assignment because you are the newest member of the Council.





Count Dooku: Why not send Master Windu or Master Yoda? Perhaps even Master Mundi? Surely my apprehension is more important than rescuing an old friend. The Council is fortunate to have your wisdom. Someone to show them the true power of the Force……the will of the Force.

Obi-Wan Kenobi: You won’t convert me to the Dark Side, Dooku.






Count Dooku: Oh no? Then perhaps your apprentice……Skywalker!





Obi-Wan Kenobi: NNNOOOO!!!





Obi-Wan strikes with his lightsaber…but Dooku blocks his attack.





Count Dooku: So be it…Jedi.



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