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Gungan to the left

No One (G)

By : Darth Kylosss

Archived on: Monday, July 23, 2001

A short story chronicling the events following an alternate ending to Return of the Jedi.

Vader stood beside his master, and glared intently at the next generation Skywalker, writhing on the floor, as Palpatine's evil force lightning surged through his body. Thousands of thoughts were flying through his mind. Should he stop the Emperor, for his son? He wasn't sure... But suddenly, Luke stopped moving, and slumped down, still.

The Emperor smiled manically, and lowered his hands. "A pity, to be sure... He could have been a powerful ally. Well, we must move on. We must proceed with our evacuation."

Vader stood bemused, staring straight ahead.

"Vader, wake up! We must leave now."

Vader snapped into consciousness. "Yes... Come, I'll get you to your shuttle." Vader held the Emperor by the arm, and they walked quickly out of the massive Throne Room. They marched down the hallway, towards the elevator. They reached it, and Vader pressed a switch, and the door slid open with a hiss. Vader allowed the Emperor to enter, and then followed. "Primary Ship bay," announced Vader, and the pod-like device began to hum gently as it slid down through one of the shafts that travelled through the whole battlestation. They could vaguely hear the chaos in the battlestation around them, the shout of officers, the crashing of ships and machinery as explosions ruptured the massive vessel. The pod suddenly jarred to a halt, and the door slid open again. This time, it revealed a large bay, filled with numerous large ships. Hundreds of people were running to their ships, shouting, all trying to save themselves from their fate aboard the Second Death Star.

Vader helped the Emperor Palpatine to his shuttle, and entered the access code on a panel beside the door. A large ramp slid downwards, and Palpatine began to walk up the ramp, a grimace smeared on his face. All these people, loyal servants to the Empire, or so he had thought. None of them had put a single thought towards their Emperor's safety, all filled with their own worries. If he found these people, they would be punished. This was the way of the Empire, and it's Emperor.

Vader followed the Emperor up the ramp, and then past him, and slid into the pilot's seat, as he manned the controls of the shuttle. He pressed several switches.

Outside the shuttle, a few officers stopped and watched the massive craft hover, vibrating the air around it.

Vader pressed a few more switches, and then gripped the handle before him, in his one remaining hand. With that, he guided the ship out of the hangar. The ship lurched forward, out into space. This was far from the usual calm of space, devoid of life and chaos. This was a battlefield. Hundreds of ships, ranging from TIE Fighters of all kinds, military personnel carriers, and transports, streamed away from the doomed space station. Outside the cockpit, Vader watched the Mon Calimari Cruisers, and other rebel ships travelling away from the battle, ready for the huge eruption about to occur. The wings of the shuttle folded downwards into their regular triangular configuration, and Vader began marking in the co-ordinates for Imperial Center.

Suddenly, half way through his calculations, an incredible blast ripped through space, tearing apart the smaller ships, and jolting the larger ships. Even the Emperor's impressively large shuttle was not immune, and both Vader and the Emperor were nearly knocked from their seats. An incredible wave of destruction ripped through the ocean of starships in the area, knocking them asunder, as the Emperor's pride, the second Death Star, was blown to pieces. Vader pulled hard on the controls, maintaining control of the ship.

Then, out of the blue, a small Corellian Freighter, the one he had been tracking for so long, flew past the cockpit, leaving a neon trail behind it and followed by a small X-Wing fighter. Vader was shocked, but not as angry as he had imagined he would be. He felt nothing, and he looked to the Emperor, to see his reaction. The Emperor sneered, but, other than that, there was nothing.

Then, the ship hummed distinctively, and Vader watched the stars streak past him as the ship moved into hyperspace. It was then that the Emperor spoke.

"When will we be at Imperial Center, Vader?"

"In..." Vader checked the onboard computer. "Three standard hours."

"I sense anger in you, Lord Vader. Does the death of the boy anger you?"

Vader stared straight ahead, not speaking.

"He was a mere boy, he was weak and insignificant. You need not fret over his loss."

"The boy..." Vader muttered.


"The boy was MY SON!!!" Vader swung out of his seat and grabbed Palpatine by the throat. "He was my son." Vader lifted Palpatine high in the air, and pinned him against the wall of the cockpit. The Emperor sneered, but did not seem too worried at this particular dilemma.

"You are weak, Vader. You are weak. The boy was right."

"You will pay for what you did, Palpatine."

"Will I?"

"You delusional old fool, you dream of order in a chaotic galaxy. There is no order, you drained the order from it." This last point struck Palpatine where it mattered most. His ego. The Emperor looked at Vader with scorn, and Vader noticed the lightning crackling between his fingertips. Vader squeezed his throat tighter, and the Emperor began to gasp wildly.

"Vader, release me now, and I will let you live. No one challenges the Emperor. NO ONE!" Vader merely intensified his grasp, but was blown back suddenly with a blast of dark side lightning. He hit the ground on the opposite side of the cockpit, and the Emperor dropped to his knees, sucking in air. "You have made your last ever mistake, Vader. Now get up and fight me."

Vader got up to his knee, and then stood. "I am tired of your orders, Palpatine, and I will pay no more attention to them. Do to me what you will."

"You are weak, Vader. Just like your son, that pitiful little boy."

Vader knew what the Emperor was doing.

Anger is the path to the dark side.

"You, old man, cannot control me any more." Vader was defiant, and determined to refuse the Emperor. He realised now what the Dark Side did to people. What it had done to the Emperor's flesh, it was doing to his soul.

The Emperor smiled sickly. "Well, then, you... shall... die." Palpatine lifted his hands, and the electricity fizzled between his fingers, but he was stopped short.

"There is one thing you have forgotten, Emperor."

"And what is that?"

"I am stronger than you."

"Heh. Who is the delusional fool now?"

Suddenly, Vader became a blur, and streaked towards the Emperor, striking him down.


"Now, you will pay." Vader reached for the Force. He felt it, for the first time in ages, warm. It was so different to the dark side. Vader grabbed Palpatine, but not with his remaining hand. He felt the Force, flow through his body, channel through him, grab Palpatine's heart, squeeze.

Palpatine had a look of terror on his face. He released his force lightning again. Vader stood his ground, constricting the old man's heart, absorbing the electricity. Palpatine fell to the ground, curling into a ball, clutching at his heart.

"Vader..." he croaked.

"My name is Anakin Skywalker, and I am... a Jedi." With that, Palpatine slumped to the ground, unmoving.

Vader let out a gasp, and opened his fist. Was he a Jedi? He did not have time to think, and he dropped to the floor, his respirator system hissing wildly. Vader lay still, as the preservation systems in his suit shut down. The hissing breathes stopped.

Two days later, after the chaos settled on Coruscant, a reconnaissance ship was sent to the shuttle. When the team came aboard, they found the Emperor's body, decayed slightly, and the remains of Darth Vader's armour, empty.

Original cover design by Darth Kylosss. HTML formatting copyright 2001 TheForce.Net LLC.

Fan Fiction Rating

Current Rating is 7.67 in 189 total ratings.

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Author: Emily
Date posted: 7/23/2001 4:36:05 PM
Emily's Comments:

I'm not sure about the body of the piece, but the end was great. I loved the touch about Vader's armor being empty.

Author: DowagerKing
Date posted: 7/23/2001 4:40:36 PM
DowagerKing's Comments:

An interesting take on the end of Jedi. I thought it was a good idea, but both men seemed out of character. Neither sounded 100% like themselves. A good effort though. I give it a 7. I'd also encourage that... person that gave you a five to stand up and give his/her reasoning.

Author: Inari_Icewalker
Date posted: 7/24/2001 12:25:54 PM
Inari_Icewalker's Comments:

Like the reader before me, I'd also like to know why this story received a rating of only 5 by someone. Then again, I've seen other stories about the Sith and Imperials get undeservedly low ratings here, so I am not surprised by it whatsoever, just disappointed.

Your exploration of an alternate battle between Palpatine and Vader was most creative and insightful. The question you address is a good one: despite the outcome of life or death for Luke Skywalker, would Vader have rebelled against the Emperor had his son not become involved with their own destiny?

Author: Princess_LaLa
Date posted: 7/24/2001 2:02:51 PM
Princess_LaLa's Comments:

That was a well written fanfic, and i liked it, but like the person said before me,
It probably wouldn't have ended up that way, ahd Luke died before Vader was changed.

Author: Mcily Nochi
Date posted: 7/25/2001 8:17:48 PM
Mcily Nochi's Comments:

A disappointing end to Jedi. Even though the Emperor and Vader get what they deserve, it could have been more real.

Author: Darth Randall
Date posted: 7/26/2001 1:19:21 PM
Darth Randall's Comments:

Excellent concept... My only gripe was the speech patterns of Vader and Palpy. They were very ouc of character. Aside from that, veru well done, and highly creative.

Author: FernWithy  (signed)
Date posted: 7/26/2001 9:23:55 PM
FernWithy's Comments:

I liked the concept of this, and I found the action plausible -- what if Vader *had* "woken up" too late to save Luke? The kind of numbing shock you portray (with its reversion to the behavior of a slave) seems very much in character given the what-if of the scenario. I'd love to see this expanded a bit.

Author: Dex1138
Date posted: 7/27/2001 5:22:52 AM
Dex1138's Comments:

An interesting "What If?". My only problem with it is I don't think Vader would get the warm fuzzy from the Force when he was using to kill anyone. Even if it is the incarnation of Evil.

Author: Bloodshedder
Date posted: 7/30/2001 5:26:57 PM
Bloodshedder's Comments:

I thought it was a great idea but like the previous coment. Evan if Vader returned to the light, would he realy crush the emperors heart, luke chose not to fight after all.

Author: max
Date posted: 7/31/2001 1:01:56 PM
max's Comments:

i liked it. it was a new take, you did a nice job. was that luke straeking behind the falcon away from the destruction?

Author: DarthOpus
Date posted: 8/1/2001 11:15:20 AM
DarthOpus's Comments:

Not a bad tale. Needs some reworking of the characters personalities. I still enjoyed it. I give it between a 6 and a 7.

Author: Virago
Date posted: 9/17/2001 2:17:04 PM
Virago's Comments:

great story.i really liked it, the only problem is that i dont think vader would really react like that in the shuttle.but it is really great. and no, max unfortunatly it was wedge flyin` behind falcon

Author: Virago
Date posted: 9/18/2001 1:37:02 PM
Virago's Comments:

the first story i ever red, but still great.only problem is that vader and palpatine don`t look like guys we all know, but everything else is perfect.
i give it a 7.

Author: Kenya Starflight  (signed)
Date posted: 11/4/2001 8:21:13 AM
Kenya Starflight's Comments:

I found this one a bit strange, actually. Great overall, but not my taste, unfortunatley. But just because it's not my type of story doesn't mean it's not good. I do disagree with Darth Vader actually feeling peace when killing his master. I give it an 8 out of 10.

Author: JediBaca
Date posted: 12/12/2001 7:50:00 PM
JediBaca's Comments:

I am surprised no one has stated the obvious here. If the Emperor were still alive during the entire battle of Endor, the second Death Star would have more than likely never been destroyed. Palpy was coordinating the battle with the darkside and all hell broke lose when he died, which is why the Alliance won.

Author: DarExc
Date posted: 6/4/2002 9:11:21 PM
DarExc's Comments:

Vader would never be able to kill Palpatine, he's just too powerful. Good Story though I liked it.

Author: Mark Jade  (signed)
Date posted: 6/22/2002 4:09:35 PM
Mark Jade's Comments:

The dialogue between them was definately out of character. but YOu had the right idea,,,, if said in character then it would have been better.
Yes Anakin Skywalker is stronger then the Emperor.. it comes to the same conclusion as ROTJ that palpatine would die at Skywalker's hand whether on the death star or in the shuttle.
good work

Author: Reihla
Date posted: 7/5/2002 6:30:20 AM
Reihla's Comments:

Good story. While I liked the original RotJ ending, I do think events could have easily taken this turn. Though I wouldn't have had Luke die, I think in a real world (as opposed to what has to happen to give movie-goers a bright happy ending) your kind of ending might have been far more likely. It seems to happen far more often that people wait to repent until after they've lost what should have mattered most to them all along.

Author: UrbanJedi  (signed)
Date posted: 7/13/2002 5:24:00 AM
UrbanJedi's Comments:

First I must say to DarEx, uhhh, duh, Vader did kill Palpy in the movie. Anyways...I thought this was pretty well written. It leaves alot to be wondered about what will happen with the Jedi now. Not bad.

Author: Smokem_Alien
Date posted: 7/24/2002 1:24:15 PM
Smokem_Alien's Comments:

The only thing I want to know is what killed Vader? I mean I saw no reason for the systems in his suit to shut down.

Author: Darth Kylosss  (signed)
Date posted: 8/8/2002 4:37:04 AM
Darth Kylosss's Comments:

Well, Palaptine was frying him the whole time during theie duel....

Author: Darth Toad
Date posted: 8/19/2002 9:06:02 PM
Darth Toad's Comments:

Good story, as said b4, dialouge needs tweaking, but a good possible Infinies ending. If anyone really cares, the wedge following the falcon was probably Wedge Antilies in his X-wing. And the My thought of what happened to vader, being a cyborg and needing his respirator to live, He did become a jedi and did a vanishing death. thats my thought 9 for the redeeming ending

Author: JediMaster41589
Date posted: 8/19/2002 9:49:23 PM
JediMaster41589's Comments:

creative ending to the original trilogy. I'd give it an 8. However, like some others i thought that darth Vader and the emperor acted a little out of character. Still a good read.

Author: EPIC
Date posted: 10/19/2002 8:49:41 PM
EPIC's Comments:

As was said by another, they were both out of character and didn't react how I would have imagined, still a good effort and a good job!

Author: CHRIS
Date posted: 1/9/2003 6:15:36 PM
CHRIS's Comments:

I can't believe Luke was killed by the Emperor! Vader did not save Luke! It was so sad! It didn't happen in the movie though!

Author: Jedi Dax Jentor
Date posted: 1/24/2003 1:27:19 PM
Jedi Dax Jentor's Comments:

Oh I like itůvery different, but interesting to look at what would have happened. I would love to see a sequel that shows how the galaxy went on. Leia a Jedi? Obi Wan talking to her?

Author: yoda man
Date posted: 2/18/2003 8:45:33 PM
yoda man's Comments:

Cool story but luke dies!

Author: Darth_Wylie  (signed)
Date posted: 5/13/2003 6:00:56 PM
Darth_Wylie's Comments:

It wasn't a bad story but it wasn't remarkable. The idea was decent and the part at the end with Vader's armor being empty was the part that made me like it better.

Author: JediMasterKate
Date posted: 11/15/2003 9:21:52 PM
JediMasterKate's Comments:

Wow! What a really great fanfic. Not too sure about the end.

Author: Greg Burns
Date posted: 5/26/2005 5:20:12 PM
Greg Burns's Comments:

The Emperer and Vader semed a bit out of caricter and the ending should of kept going. Make a secuale.

Author: Kennedy
Date posted: 7/31/2005 10:43:19 PM
Kennedy's Comments:

That was really good! I thought the characterizations were alright, you oughta do a sequel and goof around with some of the info ep iii gave us.

Author: obi-wan359
Date posted: 1/16/2006 2:23:42 AM
obi-wan359's Comments:

I enjoyed this a lot. I liked the twist you gave it and answered the "what if..." idea. And here i thought I was the only onbe who thought Vader would be forgiven by the force and all, for i know many people who disagree. Anyway, keep up the awesome writing!

Author: Padme Skywalker
Date posted: 12/27/2006 5:32:33 PM
Padme Skywalker's Comments:

that was awsome i wonder if you should make a sequal to it and maybe let peaple know another way they could have used the body like maybe make him live on i think that would be awsome i would sure read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Author: jedigirl
Date posted: 11/4/2007 1:17:15 AM
jedigirl's Comments:

wow. poor Luke. wow.

Author: Julie
Date posted: 12/1/2015 9:18:58 PM
Julie's Comments:

I knew this but was being encouraged by nrmueous calls to upgrade so I just wanted to see what was available. He would not show me any new phones as it was too early and the phones I could see now might not be available in 3 months'. So I walked out, went to an Orange shop and bought a pay as you go. I will never go back to Vodafone.Posted 27/04/2013 at

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