Darth Sidious has ripped open a doorway to a universe banished from the Force, The Marvel Universe.
Having killed Uatu the Watcher, Sidious stripped away his knowledge from his eyes and brain for himself.
Upgraded with untold knowledge, Sidious launched a surprise attack on Earth to build himself a new Sith Order.
Knowing he cannot sustain a long war on Earth, Sidious sought out an ancient Dark Side user trapped on Earth, The Void.
Now just over 8 minutes have passed as Sidious has ravaged a devastating attack on Earth, rendering everyone off-guard.
“Why’d I let you talk me into this?” Hera grumbles, hurtling through hyperdrive in her ship, The Ghost.
Tightening her grip around the ship's control wheel, Hera Syndulla’s palms grow moist. Her vibrant green eyes remain focused, alert to any danger lurking behind the stars that have blurred into white splotches amongst the blue canvas of space. The ship trembles in its turbulance, making Hera close her eyes as if to retreat into her mind, settling her emotions. It was so fast. All of it. One concern, then a half-baked plan. This wasn’t right, none of it was, but still, against every in the back of her mind - here she was, in the rebellion.
“We’re going to be fine Hera.”
Opening her green eyes at the statement, Hera looks to Sabine sitting beside her, decked in her retrofitted Mandalorian armor, “Sabine…” sighs Hera , “...you know how many times we’ve said that before an ambush?!” she states a matter of factly, knowing they both have the history levy their points.
Sabine’s thin purple eyebrows arch at the statement, “Look Hera, its surveillance, the Rebellion.” Sabine counters, “We’re the only ones that can do this, literally the only ones. You know this is important.”
Taking a nervous deep breath, Hera keeps her eyes focused ahead, “Important, yes.” Hera agrees, “But following an entire Fleet into a literal ‘rip’ in the fabric of space...” she sighs, “...is suicide!” she states, “You should’ve called that guy, that pilot I’ve been hearing about, Han is it? Because I can’t shake this, this…”
“Dense darkness?” interjects a voice
Looking over her shoulder, Hera eyes meet with Ahsoka Tano, standing in a long tan cloak behind her. Holding a metal staff to the floor, Ahsoka’s vibrant blue eyes focused to the distance as a concerned expression washes over her brown and white face.
“I know Hera…” she admits to Hera, “...I sense it too.” Ahsoka sighs, tightening her grip on the staff as she looks ahead into the distance with determination, “And that’s exactly why we have to go.” she says
STAR WARS: THE CAMPAIGN
CHAPTER III - THE TEN MINUTE WAR
PT V - EIGHT MINUTES TO DIE
Standing on the bridge, the son of legendary General Tarkin, Captain Tarkin or Tark as preferred, observes the glowing blue planet far below as multiple explosions streak across the sky. Glancing down at his watch, Captain Tark sees the time. Eight minutes. Eight minutes since the start of their surprise attack and already the planet’s heavy hitting forces were beginning to show their presence. His logistical worst nightmare was materializing before his eyes and the scowl of his perfectionist father lingered in his mind.
Captain Tark rubs the bridge of his nose, cursing himself for overlooking the Alpha Flight Low-Orbit Space Station having collected survivors from destroyed SWORD space satellite, now launching an attack. However the paralyzing fear of Emperor Palpatine’s reaction to his incompetence was momentarily paused as the sight of ‘powered people’ tore through their TIE fighters like paper. Twenty TIE fighters down and two Star Destroyers in flames, Tark found decisiveness through fear as plans came to mind.
Glancing at his timepiece again, Captain Tark eyes peer through the ray-shields, watching TIE fighters streak down to the orbiting space station at maddening speeds. “I want that space station reduced to RUBBLE!” he shouts before pointing ahead, “Call in Star Destroyers Renegade’ and Obliterator’ to our Port…” he orders. “...I want their collective shields at our protection so we don’t drain energy from our weapon.” he says, “AND SOMEONE GET A HOLD OF THE EMPEROR!”
“SIR!” calls out an officer from the right data pit, “Our Ground Forces are reporting heavy casualties around the planet. We’re losing Star Destroyers sir.” he exclaims.
“Instruct all Star Destroyers to start pulling off the planet…” Tark replies, “..but I tell them to drop their thermo-bombs on the planet faultlines.” he orders, “Let’s see if these primitive people can launch an offensive on a crumbling planet.” he concludes.
Turning around, the Captain glares at an officer standing away from his station, but holds up a device counting down, “The Emperor started the countdown, for his coordinates.”
Captain Tark’s face goes white as he turns to the left side data pit, “MOVE US INTO POSITION NOW!”
~*~*~*New York...4 Minutes Ago~*~*~*
Her clothes covered in dirt, her hands numb from the cold, Nico Minoru stands on a unstable mountain of rubble from the collapsed building Molly had ran into. Sobbing, Nico sniffles while tossing aside warm brick after brick. Heat lifts up from between the debris as Nico desperate struggles to dig her way down, “MOLLAY!” she screams.
Distant ‘booming’ explosions tremble the street and the rubble. The battle of heroes a mere two blocks away, Nico ignores the scores of people fleeing for their life in a collective cry. Her body throbbing with exhaustion, Nico drops down on all fours, trying to catch her breath and listen for any signs of life that Molly is alive beneath the rubble.
However at that moment, a distant explosion quakes the street an the collect cry of a crowd. Looking to the street from her high vantage point, Nico sees spots scores of people stampeding down the avenue, fleeing for their lives.
Nico’s eyes dart down to a police officer bleeding from his temple and covered in dus, scrambling up the mound of rubble to her, “YOU GOTTA GET OUT’VE’RE!” he shouts, his voice full of panic, THOSE RED BLADES ARE COMIN’ DOWN DA STREET!” he warns grabbing her arm.
Angrily Nico pulls her elbow away and grabs brick, rearing it back to hit him as she stands up, “I’M NOT LEAVING HER!” Nico doggidly yells, threatening to throw it, “SHE’S BURIED AND I’M NOT LEAVING HER!” she shouts.
Holding up his hands in surrender, the Officer backs away as a crazed look settles in Nico’s eyes, “You're gonna here die lady!” he warns, pointing to the otherside rubble as another explosion erupts, “Half dem’ heroes are dead or worse and now more of those ‘red blades’ are coming! If you’re friend is under here, you’ll die here too!” he warns.
Nico firms her face, “Then my fate will be the same as hers!!!” she spits.
The Police Offer shakes his head, “Then screw…”
Suddenly before Nico’s eyes, the Police Officer uncontrollably yanked down the rubble and off his feet as he screams of his life!
“NO!!!!” Nico scream as the Officers sent careening towards a tall figure that ignites his red lightsaber and cuts the him half!!!”
Horrified, Nico stands on her feet, terrified as she looks at the easily seven foot tall hulking figure standing in the half destroyed street with burning car's and fiery rubble at his feet. Decked in a grey armored suit and sporting a wide metal hat almost like that of a pirate, the figure holds a circular device in hand with a bright red lightsaber coming out its center hilt. His face, smooth and pale grey remains resolute. His white eyes and pale gray irises, barely visible, settle on Nico, making her feel a cold shiver run down her spine.
“Fifth Brother, do you see this!”
Startled, Nico turns around like a petrified cat, spotting slender woman standing behind her ontop of the rubble as if she conquered it. Wearing a triangular armored hat that covers part of her smooth dark olive green face, the woman lifts up her head slightly, exposing her strikingly clear, yellow menacing eyes that glare at Nico.
A murderous smirk comes across her face, Swinging her slender arm out from her backside, revealing a ringed metal device in her grip with a hilt attached at its center, the woman remains still as three white stormtroopers race up to her from behind, aiming their blasters at Nico.
“I think this poor creature is trying to save someone.’” she smirks, “She didn’t run like the others. You believe worth the effort, Fifth Brother?” she asks.
Glancing over her shoulder, Nico trembles in fear as the hulking Seventh Brother stalks towards the bottom of the rubble like a lion stalking a zebra, “The others are searching for ‘worthies’, we should not come back empty handed.” he says.
Nico eyes dart back at Seventh Sister igniting her bright red lightsaber at his reply, “Well then…” she grins, “...CATCH” she says thrusting out her open palm at Nico!
Suddenly Nico’s shot off her feet! Screaming, Nico’s sent uncontrollably down the mound of rubble like a meteor. Hitting the pavement hard, she’s sent rolling towards Fifth Brother. Brutally Fifth Brother winds his foot back and kicks Nico in the stomach to stop! Hearing her wail in pain as Nico slumps over his foot, Fifth Brother grabs Nico by the neck, effortlessly lifts off the ground and chokes with her his brawny hand. Seeing Seventh Sister skid down the rubble with the three storm-troopers in tow, Fifth Brother returns his attention to Nico gagging and kicking her legs as her face turns purple.
“This one...” growls Fifth Brother, igniting his red lightsaber, “...is too weak.”
At that moment, Nico sees a Japanese woman standing far behind Fifth Brother in an alleyway. Wearing a glittery form-fitted red dress, Nico can’t believe her eyes as her mother, narrows her eyes at her, “Worthless, stupid girl.” she spits, “You killed me to save Molly, but this, this is how you die?” she huffs, disappearing into black smoke.
Immediately Nico’s brown eyes well with tears as she looks at Fifth Brother’s face colored by the red light of his saber, “LET ME GOOO!!!” she shrieks as a bright light bursts from Nico’s chest. Instantly Fifth Brother’s hand is forced open and pushed back from Nico who drops onto her knees and hands, gasping for air. Holding her redden throat, Nico’s stunned as a rod composed of white light falls on the ground in front of her, however, Fifth Brother lunges at her with his lightsaber pulled back to behead her. Suddenly the rod lifts up and shoots a white energy blast that explodes off Fifth Brother, sending him flying into a burning truck!
Stunned, Nico slowly stands up, cautiously observing the long gold rod that phased out her chest. Rubbing her throat, Nico looks over gold staff decorated in ancient carvings on its exterior. Her eyes lift to the round circle at the top, examining the etched words on its circular rim, ‘Staff of One’, as a gold light throbs at its empty center.
“I guess there’s no getting rid of you after all.” Nico huffs.
“SHE’S A JEDI!”
Immediately Nico’s looks over her shoulder to Seventh Sister pointing at her as three Storm troopers run in front of her, “KILL’ER!” she commands the troopers. Seeing them all of them positioned in front of the mound of rubble Molly is buried beneath, Nico opens her palm. Instantly Staff zips into her grip as Nico charges at them, “Get…” she snarls, as her irises turn gold, “...OUT’VE MY WAAAY!” she screams, hurling her Staff like a spear.
To Seventh Sister’s surprise, the staff vanishes out of thin air before reappearing sunk halfway through the lead Storm troopers chestplate! Stunned, as the trooper falls back, the two troopers look to Nico holding up her open palm that she balls into fist, “DETONATE!” she shouts.
Seventh Sister swiftly ‘force jumps’ in the air as the staff explodes, incinerating the Storm-troopers in intense green flames. Holding up her lightsaber over her head, Seventh Sister ignites dual red blades in her circular hilt that spins like helicopter propellers. Hovering over the street, Seventh Sister eyes open wide in shock at Nico holding out her hand to the flames to call staff but is suddenly pulled off her feet!
Hurtling backwards over the ground, Nico spots Fifth Brother over her shoulder, ‘force pulling’ her to him as he ignites his red lightsaber that spins like a high speed fan, ready to cut her down as he did the cop.
“NOO!!” screams out Nico as the staff zips burst out the smoke of the explosion, skims over the ground, into her grip and stabs itself into the pavement, negating Fifth Brother’s ‘force pull’!
“Impossible!!” snarls Seventh Sister, disengaging her lightsaber and dropping down towards Nico with her lightsaber poised over her head! Focused on Fifth Brother, Nico pulls the Staff out the ground and whips it, causing the long end to throw out long glowing golden rope around Fifth Brother’s waist before pulling him off his feet, over her head and throwing him down into the pavement.
“DIE JEDI!” shouts Seventh Sister. Caught off guard Nico eyes open wide at Seventh Sister, moments away from delivering her a deathblow to her head. Suddenly Seventh Sister yanked back through the air and sent crashing into the pavement beside Fifth Brother. Shocked, Nico immediately spots a figure somersault over them through the air and nimbly land on her feet in a squat in a before her.
Decked in a fitted black bodysuit with a white spider-emblem stretched across her chest, and her blond hair in a ponytail, Spider-Girl looks up at her, “You’re welcome!”
“Julia?! Julia Carpenter?!” Nico exclaims in disbelief as she stands up, “H-how did, how’d you know I was here?!” she exclaimed, thoroughly confused as she was supposed to be in California. Keeping her eye on both Fifth Brother and Seventh groaning in pain behind her, Julia immediately stands up.
“SERIOUSLY!” Julia exclaims, “We just spewing out secret identities to the bad guys now!” she shouts.
Nico goes to speak but Julia holds up gloved hand to her face, “Forget it I don’t wanna hear it.” she says before pointing back and forth at each other, “You and me, not speaking., I’m here for Molly, who ‘is’ actually my friend and doesn’t only hit me up for cash like i’m an A.T. freakin em for their freakin BAIL!!”
Nico rubs the bridge of her nose in frustration, “Jules we dont’ have time for our petty…”
“YOU cut’en run Nico!” Julia shouts, pointing at her, “YOU STRANDED US ALL so don’t you DARE pull this higher road crap on me!!” she snaps, “I’m here, because as Molly’s friend I actually look out for her, and she texted me and thank goodness I was in Jersey. So do me a favor, tell me where Molly is!”
Suddenly a dense shadow weakens the sunlight over Manhattan. Raising their eyes skyward, Nico, Julia and the Inquisitors watch as hundreds of TIE fighters zipping across the burning sky as arrowhead shaped Star Destroyers rise into the darkening sky while a small moon, slowly eclipsing the sun!
Squinting her eyes, Julia holds up her hand to the bright light of the sun, “But..its...is that the moon?”
Nico takes a step back, her face riddled with fear, “That’s no moon Jules.” she gasps.
Suddenly the sound of lightsabers ignite. Julia and Nico eyes snap back to the Inquisitors marching at them. Grabbing Nico’s arms, Julia looks at her, Grab Molly and let’s go!!”
“Not yet …” Nico says, bolting away from Julia, “...HOLD THEM OFF FIRST!” she says.
Stunned, Julia watches Nico sprint for the rubble behind them, “HOLD THEM....” Julia bites her tongue, returning her attention back to the approaching Inquisitors, “...NICO...” Julia calls out , watching Fifth Brother crack his neck as Seventh Sister flexes her arms, “...WHERE IS MOLLY.!”
“UNDER HERE!” shouts back Nico, skidding to a stop in front of the rubble while holding out the circular head of the Staff to the debris, “C’mon c’mon lift lift lift lift!” she anxiously mumbles.
At that moment, Nico’s Staff of One hums with power. Instantly before her eyes all the rubble trembles and rattles. Shuttering together, Nico watches all her rubble slowly lift off the ground and separate. Peering between the gaps of the separating rubble, Nico eyes light up at seeing Molly’s body sprawled out on the ground, “I SEE HER!”
Holding out her left that forms a long blade out of her webbing, Julia braces herself, ready for the Inquisitors to attack, “AN I SEE TWO DEATH MACHINES! JUST GET HER NICO!” she shouts.
Suddenly a deafening boom fills Julia's ears and crashes down between her and the Inquisitors! On her back as dust blows past her, Spider-girls eyes as wide as quarters at seeing a bloodied Sentry on his back, struggling to hold off Blue Marvel and Carol Danvers. Dropping onto the ground behind them, Julia spots Thor holding out his hammer skyward. Thunder booms as blinding white clusters of lightning strikes the ground around Thor as a massive lightning bolt strikes Mjolnir, sizzling with intense power!
“I SHALL HAVE THEEE!” Thor shouts, hurling his crackling Hammer at Sentry. However, within an instant Thor is enveloped in a bright rainbow beam from the sky and disappears with his hammer crashing down into the pavement at Carol’s feet.
In a dizzying array of rainbow light, Thor crashes down onto a cold marble floor with a thud. Hearing thunder rumble over him, Thor’s raises his eyes from the cool marble floor under his bloodied hand, Odin, decked in gold battle armor, lounging on his throne. “NOOOOOOO!!!” Thor hollars,
The aged Asgardian rises onto his feet, “Calm yourself, my son.” he says to Thor as smoke rises off his back, “Welcome home.” he greets.
“Welcome home?!” Thor repeats, getting onto feet while pointing at the view, “I WAS IN BATTLE FOR THE REALM. I WAS POISED FOR VICTORY, AND YOU SUMMON ME! EXPLAIN THIS!”
Odin’s eye narrows, “Do I, Odin, have to explain my ‘right’ to ‘summon’ anyone, least of all to you, boy?” he growls “Especially from a meaningless battle?” He reasons.
“MEANINGLESS!” exclaims Thor angrily, motioning to Odin but then hears a collective ‘stomp’ behind him. Glancing over his shoulder, Thor sees dozens of Thunderguard filling the Throne room behind him, all bearing burnished shields and crackling tipped spears. However, to Thor’s leveling surprise, there he sees the Olympians as Hercules drops on to the floor in equal surprise.
“What is this?” Hercules gasps, thoroughly confused as he’s now in Asgard.
“A new chapter.” Odin sterilely replies to Thor’s perplexed look, “One that the Olympians and I have agreed upon.” he states while looking to Thor and Hercules, “A new chapter is closing on Midgard, and it does not require our presence...” he says, “...especially yours.” he states in a tone of finality.
“You must be joking.” Thor scoffs, “People are DYING from a rising foreign power we do not recognize!
“Tell me Odinson, how did Midgards modern governance come to be?”
Thor turns around to see Athena, decked in her gold greek armor standing behind him but glaring at Hercules as well, “It was not NOT by my Father Zeus’s hand Hercules.” She asks him before looking to Thor, “Or your Father's power at that.” she reasons, “Rather like Rome or Constantinople before it...” she states, “...all kingdoms on Midgard have risen and fallen on their own accord from foreign power, it is a ‘type of nature’ we accept, the only difference here is...” she says to Thor’s angered face, “...you have yet to accept it.” she concludes.
Thor adamantly points to her, “That is wrong!” he spits before turning to Odin, “Father please!”
“Alas Odinson is right.” Hercules declares, “This is wrong Odin, we we are more honorable than this!”
“Wrong? Right?” Ordin scoffs, “Terms for the mortal…” he says, looking to Thor, “...not for gods.” Odin firmly states, “What shall occur shall be no different than the rising and setting of the sun.” he states, “And its time for the sun, to set on the inhabitants of Midgard.” he says.
“And if we stand against thee!” Hercules declares, garnering a narrowed one eyed look from the aged Odin.
“Then…” says a baritone voice that makes everyone grow silent.
Struck with shock, Hercules eyes open wide in shock as he turns around and sees Zeus standing at the doorway, “...thou is against, me, son.”
To be continued….