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Bestill My Bleeding Heart

Peter Heinz
I’ve got a good feeling about this Vader guy

I’ve got a good feeling about this Vader guy

I was negative 4 in 1977. I didn’t come to know of Star Wars until I was the ripe old age of 6, when I had no real conception of what it was other than some video tapes by the TV. My dad taped The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi from Showtime, and at some point I had started watching them. I didn’t know there was another movie until I was in third grade and met a friend who had older sisters with all of the original toys. Discovering those toys, an entirely different movie where Ben wasn’t even a dang ghost, blew my tiny little mind. From there, I started to explore the limited secondary material that was available, namely the novelizations and various movie adaptations. There was no real good way to get my mitts on the Marvel comics, so Splinter of the Mind’s Eye was the closest I could get to new content. I still tried, though. Man, did I try. At the age of 9, I had figured out how to get around the restriction to only search kids books on the library terminals I had available to me. I had to explain to the librarian that I understood that the book I was checking out probably wasn’t about the Star Wars I wanted, but I wanted to find out for myself. Turns out, I had checked out a scholarly history of Ronald Reagan’s Star Wars missile defense program, which was a little dense for my tastes. In the next few years, both the Thrawn trilogy and the Dark Empire comics were released, triggering the explosion of new Star Wars content that we’ve been riding for almost 30 years.

All this hand needs is a burrito

All this hand needs is a burrito

If I had been told when I was 8 that not only would I have access to more Star Wars content than I could ever imagine, but also have the ability to interact with that content in real life, I wouldn’t have believed it. I couldn’t fathom something like Galaxy’s Edge when I was 8. It is the closest I will likely ever get to stepping foot on another planet, and all I had to do was travel to the mystical land of Anaheim to do it.

Being that I was born after the hype of the first two movies, I never had a chance to experience the first wave of Star Wars fandom, and I came to be a fan during the time when Star Wars had to be sought out rather than passively consumed. The one thing that I think most of us share is that we came to Star Wars at a young age, and that it had a positive impact on our lives in one way or another. Whether it gave us heroes to emulate, villains to love to hate, or a visual spectacle to marvel at, Star Wars has been with us for most of our lives.

Get off his lawn

Get off his lawn

There is a long tradition of being unhappy with new Star Wars that goes all the way back to 1980, when Empire Strikes Back was released. It seems like the only thing that has lasted as long as the original movies are fans complaining about the newest installment. This isn’t my way of saying that everything is great, or that everyone should love everything. There are flaws to all of the movies, that time has a way of smoothing out. The over the top slapstick of Episode I somehow doesn’t seem as egregious now. Part of that is that I’ve gotten older, part of that is that I recognize that the movies that have come out haven’t been for me specifically in a long time. I firmly believe that people imprint on the Star Wars they see before puberty, and that remains what they think of when they hear the fanfare, or the names of the characters. For me, I will always think of Luke on Cloud City, or Darth Vader arriving on the second Death Star. For others, they may think of Ahsoka or a particular clone trooper. Others still may picture Kylo Ren, or Grand Admiral Thrawn, or any of of hundreds of other characters. The thing that brings us all together is that we all immediately think of SOMETHING that means Star Wars to us. There is no Platonic ideal of Star Wars. To me, that’s what makes it great.

Disney/Lucasfilm....What If?

Pete Bendu

A long time a galaxy far far away.

Fade in.....

A rumor has reached the newest base of operations for the new government in the galaxy.

Our Hero, Luke Skywalker along with C-3PO and R2-D2 have left the comfort of the New Republic. They are searching for an ancient and powerful Jedi, who has been in hiding for decades. This Jedi Master has managed to slip between dimensions and avoid Palpatine & Vader's onslaught.

As Luke attempts to use the force with Ben and Yoda's ghostly guidance to reach this new “between space” dimension, his small craft slides slightly off course due to 3PO's bumbling misstep at the nav computer.
The darkness of the void begins to ripple.

A wormhole (blackhole) appears and the ship is pulled in. The ship, at full power along with Luke's force abilities, are no match for the gravity well….and they find themselves in a completely uncharted solar system.

The wormhole has collapsed.

The moment the ship rights itself Luke knows something is terribly wrong. He feels his connection to the force slipping away. Once he could feel most every living thing, but the connections to his world are weakening. Even as he tries to use the force to flip a switch on his console, no use. Emptiness, frustration and pain surround him.

Every attempt he makes with his Jedi keen senses as well as his ship's computer, show no sign of where he came from, and no sign of the break in space, that he just fell through.

Using nearly every bit of fuel, and taxing his ships life support, he spends days, then weeks searching for a way home.

Only a single planet in this system is capable of supporting human life, and he accepts the fact that he must make it there, if he hopes to survive.
The ride is far more serious than he could have imagined.

3PO's systems are fried and so is Luke's ship, R2 plugging in and helping the ship angle itself so that it doesn't burn up entering the atmosphere destroys the little trashcan.

Crash landing into a moss like bog the majority of the ship sinks into the ground, but the sound has brought visitors

Luke is alone… on a planet he doesn't know, while the beings on this planet appear to be just like him, they seem to be at a far earlier stage in their development as a species. They are warlike, and technology is unknown to them, likely centuries away, they attack and do battle with edged weapons and blunt objects.

As Luke attempts to drag 3PO from the sinking ship, the small crowd of onlookers carrying farming tools does not know what they are seeing...... but a solid Gold man would alter their destiny forever and they attack.

Only Luke's reflexes save him from being cut in two, his limited ability with the force is troublesome, but his training allows him the seconds he needs, pushing the crowd back, he reaches for his light saber and flicks the switch. A dull hum is all he hears and the saber refuses to ignite.

A battle ensues until Luke is taxed beyond his limit, thankfully the crowd has run off, after witnessing the abilities of this stranger, dropping trees and moving the earth with his mind. The ease at which he tosses one large stone, toppling the most aggressive attackers, sets the remaining crowd fleeing.

Rumors of the Gold Man and his spell casting protector, flood the hills and the surrounding villages. The people of the nearby towns wander past to get a glimpse at the site of the crash, always staying at a safe distance.

As the stories of this hermit wizard spread, town folk slowly come to him for aid and and bring him their produce, food and wares as payment. He slowly over the course of years, becomes one of them.

Random adventures .....blah blah blah.

Luke removes 3PO’s outer shell, he shows the local blacksmiths, and it is used as a basis to copy. Armor is introduced for protection of the village's warriors......

One of these blacksmith's sons, had been injured and dying of infection, but he was saved by a small amount of bacta Luke used on the wound. As a thank you, the smith offers to forge the greatest sword known to man for his son's savior.

Luke gives the man his light saber hilt to forge a blade around.

Great deeds and more adventure.

And years pass.

Luke is now in his 60's and he can only feel the force at random intervals, for fleeting moments, knows what he must do.

Then the moment comes… Luke makes contact with the force (for what he believes will be the last time,) he draws his magnificent sword...... focuses all his will into powering the crystal within the handle .....and the blade shimmers for just one second as he slams it straight down into the stone

The same stone he had used to stop the attack years before.

Armor, a great Wizard, and a sword in a stone…….

What became of Luke Skywalker?

Fade to black.

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