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Gungan to the left

A Name From the Past (G)

By : Sache8

Archived on: Monday, July 7, 2003

Darth Vader discovers the existence of Luke.

The bridge of the Executor was a place feared by many, and with good reason.

Because I have made it so.

Lord Vader tightly clenched his fist at his side with pleasure. Fear was like a drug to him. He fed off it. Used it to strengthen his power. To dominate the weak. The Executor's crew made for ample sustenance. Here, he was master. Here, he had built his legacy.

Yet, the Executor was not enough anymore.

Peering out from behind his tomb-like mask, he was thankful for the anonymity it afforded him. He did not want anyone to catch a glimpse of the thoughts running through his mind.

For over a thousand years the tradition of the Sith had been passed down. From master to apprentice. And it had always been to one apprentice, never more.

Now he understood why.

He had long lived under the shadow of his master, and had learned much about the Dark Side and the Sith. For many years he had reveled in the glory and power it brought him, but now the elation had faded, leaving him hungry for more. He had destroyed Tyranus to earn his place at his master's side, eager to learn how to harness new heights of power. He had learned what was necessary, and now...

Now it is my turn to be the master. And if I were the master, who would be my apprentice?

"Lord Vader," said a curt voice at his elbow.

Slowly, Vader turned to regard the young officer standing there. The man's face was a perfectly chiseled sculpture of military discipline - impassive, betraying nothing, yet beneath the man's calm exterior Vader could sense his fear.

"Yes, Lieutenant?"

"Milord," the young man began, straightening himself and lifting his chin, "I have assembled the reports you requested. I am sorry for the delay."

"I trust you have not returned empty handed."

"No, Milord." The Lieutenant extended his palm upward, displaying a small, discreet black datacard. "The details I was able to find," he continued, "are all contained on this disk. There is not much, but did not request much."

"Yes, Lieutenant."

He had wanted to learn the identity of the pilot who had destroyed the Death Star. The pilot had been strong in the Force-strong enough that he could present a danger to the Empire. Vader wanted to find him and destroy him. Quickly.

"What is his name?"

"Skywalker, Milord. Luke Skywalker."

"Skywalker?" Vader repeated the word. Spat it out. He knew his vocal modulator would make the word sound as ominous as everything else he said, but the word spilled from his lips like a curse from the past. It had been a long, long time since he had said that word. It felt strange to say it now.

"Yes, Milord," the oblivious young Lieutenant said again.

"Good work, Lieutenant," said Vader. "You may go."


Was it possible?

Of course it was. He knew it to be true. Somewhere in the deepest recesses of his mind, he had known the day would come when his past would caught up to him.

You knew. You always knew. She told you the day you left.

He always knew he had a child, somewhere. Or that he should have a child, anyway. He had made one feeble attempt to find the child, but Kenobi had slipped through his fingers.

His mind filled with fury as he suddenly realized.... Kenobi!

That is why Kenobi had allowed himself to be destroyed!

His hand clenched again, this time around the datacard and the revealing information it contained. He opened up to the Force and reached back to that moment, almost a year ago. Kenobi had been distracting him...from what?

Drawing on enhanced Force memories, he brought to his mind an image: Kenobi, smiling, giving in. Vader, full of anger at rage at his former master, and consumed by nothing else.

Vader closed his eyes, forcing himself to remember more clearly. At that moment, there had been a shout...a young man's shout...Kenobi had waited until that moment for his distraction. He had been toying with Vader, carefully guarding his true intentions. Vader recalled the look of triumph in his eyes.

I've won, the eyes seemed to say. As we both knew I would.

That had made Vader even angrier than before, infuriating him to the point of striking his master down. Thus Kenobi's distraction had succeeded, and, caught in his own emotions, Vader had completely ignored the young man and his futile screams.

What a fool he had been! He had always known Kenobi was one of the few who might successfully keep his child hidden from him.

I should have searched harder.

But it had not been possible then. The Empire had been very young, and undergoing many changes. All his time had been devoted to establishing control and eliminating the Jedi. Besides, Palpatine would never have let him out of sight without ample cause. Vader knew full well that the existence of his child would have been plenty enough cause for the Emperor. A priority, in fact. But he had never disclosed the information to Palpatine.


He shoved the thought aside. A small voice lingered in the back of his mind, that voice he had never quite been able to shake away, though it had been ignored for over nineteen years. Tonight it was more persistent than usual; stronger than it had been since...

His face darkened. He whirled around, the black cape whirling with him. He strode down the walkway of the Executor's bridge.

As he progressed, Vader pondered again the possibility of seeking out an apprentice of his own. The answer had literally come right into his grasp. The night's events seemed to be the will of the Force. He would have an apprentice, just as the Sith had originally decreed. There would be two of them - two to finally bring order to the galaxy.

He wanted Luke Skywalker. He wanted his son. With another of Skywalker blood at his side, he would become far more powerful than he had ever dreamed. Certainly powerful enough to defeat Palpatine.

With a final swirl of ebony black, he exited the bridge, purpose in his step. He had work to do.

Original cover by Handmaiden_Yane. HTML formatting copyright 2003 TheForce.Net LLC.

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Author: rangerkom
Date posted: 7/8/2003 12:20:25 AM
rangerkom's Comments:

really great story. references to ep. V are good, and i never thought of how Ben was distracting him.

Author: Jedi Anakin Solo  (signed)
Date posted: 7/8/2003 10:55:30 AM
Jedi Anakin Solo's Comments:

It got in!!!!!!!! I knew you could do it, Sach :). I love how we finally find out some of Vader's thoughts on finding out about Luke. Well done :).

Author: Mcily Nochi  (signed)
Date posted: 7/8/2003 11:20:16 AM
Mcily Nochi's Comments:

Oy . . . I realized I hadn't read anything here for about half a year and came to see if there was anything that looked interesting. Wow, Sache! That's . . . it's . . . really, really good. Excellent.

Oooof. Very freaky. Sorry about my incoherence. Morning. You understand.

Author: Bobill
Date posted: 7/8/2003 11:23:48 AM
Bobill's Comments:

Wow nice missing scene! It almost makes you feel sorry for Vader, he always loses out when it comes to Kenobi. Very onimous, makes you just want to find out what happens next (even if you already know!)

Author: Kyp Karrde
Date posted: 7/8/2003 12:21:43 PM
Kyp Karrde's Comments:

Two thumbs up (or whatever you use for digits in this galaxy, be it Verpine legs, Wookiee climbing claws, or other assorted extremities.)
Nicely done.

Author: Handmaiden_Yane  (signed)
Date posted: 7/8/2003 12:29:13 PM
Handmaiden_Yane's Comments:

Yay, Saché! Mesa soo proud of you!

This is a wonderful story! You portray Darth Vader so well!

::light bulb::

Hey! What if you ARE Darth Vader? ;) :p J/k.

Author: Gabri_Jade  (signed)
Date posted: 7/9/2003 5:33:48 PM
Gabri_Jade's Comments:

I'm so glad to see this here, Sache! Still one of my favorites, definitely. This is a wonderful interpretation of Vader's discovery, and very eloquently written. I love getting into Vader's head like this. Beautifully done.

Author: X-Wing Pilot 5
Date posted: 7/10/2003 11:04:30 AM
X-Wing Pilot 5's Comments:

Excellent fic. I've always wanted to see that scene where Vader discovered it was Luke who destroyed the Death Star... and ironically, how I imagined it was very similar to how you portrayed it - though one detial (how Vader finds out) is better in yours than in mine.

God bless,

X-Wing Pilot 5

Author: darth carious
Date posted: 7/10/2003 7:10:10 PM
darth carious's Comments:

impressive, most impressive....... the force is with you young sache.....

Date posted: 7/11/2003 3:37:52 AM
AUNTIE_JEDI's Comments:

Just excellent story. It really could have gone this way.

Author: Jedi-2B  (signed)
Date posted: 7/11/2003 7:09:18 AM
Jedi-2B's Comments:

Excellent account of how Vader may have found out about Luke. Vader's thoughts about Obi-Wan and his determination to make his son into his own Sith apprentice are very believable. Well done.

Author: Red43j
Date posted: 7/11/2003 8:11:54 AM
Red43j's Comments:

The feel was great-
Only one thing I really have a complaint about-Vader using the force to remember something? Take it out and its fine-Red43j

Author: Suineme
Date posted: 7/11/2003 10:36:42 AM
Suineme's Comments:

It's pretty good, but I thought that the fact that Vader was pondering who his apprentice was going to be at the exact moment the lieutenant came up to him to tell him Skywalker destroyed the death star was a stretch. I know that the author would argue that it's the will of the force but I think he could have constructed that part of the story better.

Author: Dath Deciduous
Date posted: 7/11/2003 12:18:05 PM
Dath Deciduous's Comments:

This is the best Fan Fic short story I have read yet. Good job.

Author: Fox7
Date posted: 7/11/2003 1:32:51 PM
Fox7's Comments:

Very nice story, I enjoyed the 'bridge' between two movies. The only thing wrong I find is that you suggest Vader knew that he had a son. That still may be a slight possibility, but most evidence claims Vader never knew. Good though

Author: Quovadis
Date posted: 7/11/2003 1:49:13 PM
Quovadis's Comments:

Very well written shortie.... excellent pace and atmosphere. Excepcionally executed and interesting. I wish it could be a bit longer due to its superb quality, but it does deliver anyways!!!

Author: Zane Marit
Date posted: 7/11/2003 2:34:06 PM
Zane Marit's Comments:

Great read...I actually can see that happening.

Author: BooZ
Date posted: 7/11/2003 8:31:36 PM
BooZ's Comments:

totally crazy.. this makes that whole scene with ben and vader fight more understandable.. i was always like.. why did he let himself die like that man?! but now i sorda think there's a better reason.. to let luke slip away.. and that he WASNT the last jedi hope.
very cool

Author: Moyima
Date posted: 7/11/2003 9:55:11 PM
Moyima's Comments:

Very Nice! Very well put together- A nice little portrait of what's ticking in Vader's lil' head.

Well done!

Author: Flyingmonkey35
Date posted: 7/12/2003 8:03:25 AM
Flyingmonkey35's Comments:

Nicley done. Well thought out. Jar Jar would be proud of you:-)

Flyingmonkey #35
3rd wing 2nd bttln
Wicked Witches

Author: Jedi Phist
Date posted: 7/12/2003 1:16:47 PM
Jedi Phist's Comments:

Strong witht he force this story is, very strong. Keep it coming!


Author: JediPug1  (signed)
Date posted: 7/15/2003 7:27:26 PM
JediPug1's Comments:

Nice job! It fits in so well with Vader's obsession with finding Luke in the next films. I like how you also put in how Obi-Wan really did beat Vader in the end. Evil never wins!

Author: Qwi_Xux  (signed)
Date posted: 7/19/2003 5:57:00 PM
Qwi_Xux's Comments:

*bounces* I'm so glad this got in. Your writing is amazing, Sach. This piece gave me chills. I imagine Vader finding out Luke would have been a very powerful thing, and you wrote it as such. I also liked the explanation for why Ben sacrificed himself, and how he did it in such a way that Vader was distracted from Luke. It made a lot of sense.

Author: amydala
Date posted: 8/23/2003 2:46:09 PM
amydala's Comments:

that was great! i think you have vader's frame of mind nailed.

Author: Mark Jade
Date posted: 1/13/2004 10:06:30 PM
Mark Jade's Comments:

Great story...

loved this line

You knew. You always knew. She told you the day you left.

It goes well with Leia's line in ROTJ.. I know.. somehow I have always known.... the skywalker clan is definately intuative.

great Job


Author: Lord_Malice  (signed)
Date posted: 3/2/2004 3:39:15 PM
Lord_Malice's Comments:

Good story. You kept Vader in character better than anyone else I have seen, yet we did find out how Vader discovered the truth. Although it never happened like this, it is certainly plausible. The way you wrote it was excellent. Nicely done.

Author: Darth Haem
Date posted: 8/22/2004 4:33:33 PM
Darth Haem's Comments:

Nicely done. Obi wan really got last laugh on many levels that day, he distracted vader allowing Luke not to be sensed by him, he became a spirit of the force that couls guide Luke anywhere, and he also made sure it was set firmly in Lukes mind the image of Vader killing him. Vader was left with a hollow victory and no body to gloat over, dissapearing with a wry grin

Great story 9/10

Author: Ani-maniac
Date posted: 11/12/2004 11:40:48 AM
Ani-maniac's Comments:

That was very good! I have wanted to read about that moment in time for a while. Thank you for writing it!

Author: Dark Empress
Date posted: 5/22/2005 6:07:27 PM
Dark Empress's Comments:

A simple write. Good way to present it... you have the characters images down. You give the readers what they want. Very good.

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