ladyofleithian: (christmas)
In which a new life begins for Mara.

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Author's Notes: Merry Christmas, everyone!

"This is pretty much my first log." )
ladyofleithian: (rose tyler the stolen earth: happy)
In which Mara heads back to Yavin IV and the celebration begins.

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Author's Notes: First off, happy Christmas Eve to everyone! This was actually one of my favorite chapters to write, and while I say that about a lot of the chapters (I think in the end, all the chapters were my favorites. I don't think I could pick one. I definitely had my difficulties writing some of them, but in the end, I love them all), this especially is awesome, even though tying up the ending was a little bit tough (there's going to be an epilogue to come, BTW; it's not quite over yet). I think it was definitely the interactions between Mara and her friends, Threepio's words about Artoo (I definitely wanted to give that sort of Aw Look They Really Do Love Each Other sort of feeling to their relationship), and Padme's talk with Mara about killing (I thought I'd address the psychological effect of Mara doing something like that for the first time) that I really loved writing.

I definitely hope you enjoy!

"You don't get this far without somehow being tough." )
ladyofleithian: (rose tyler the stolen earth)
In which the Battle of Yavin ends.

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Author's Notes: Well, this is nearly the end. It's been a fun ride, really. I'm going to miss this. Also, really liked this chapter. I really think it wrapped up the Battle of Yavin nicely.

"I forgive you." )
ladyofleithian: (amy pond)
In which the battle of Yavin IV begins.

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Author's Notes: This isn't really one of my favorite chapters, to be honest. I admit there are instances where, well, Tarkin doesn't feel right, the battle's a little rushed, etc. On the other hand, I really think I nailed Terminus' internal monologue, as well as Mara's, and Ben's. And Ventress'. Also liked Mara and Terminus' interaction.

"The dejarik board was already set, so to speak." )
ladyofleithian: (ben kenobi)
In which the Company Of The Death Star Plans arrives at Yavin IV. (Yes, I had to make another Lord of the Rings joke. I couldn't resist. XD)

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Author's Notes: This was another chapter I really loved writing. Mostly the interactions between Mara and Terminus, Mara and Han, and Vader and Padme. I always like character interaction, really. Also, the twist regarding Terminus turning himself in. That was awesome.

"Then give them hell, Mara. Just for us." )
ladyofleithian: (vader/padme)
In which people's futures take another unexpected turn.

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Author's Notes: This was another favorite chapter of mine to write, especially the bit with Padme, Terminus and Vader in the Millennium Falcon. I just thought it was a lovely scene.

"Hope, Padme thought, kept you going when nothing else really could." )
ladyofleithian: (ben kenobi)
In which Padme and Terminus, after so many years, meet up again.

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Author's Notes: Really loved this chapter. Especially the dynamics between Padme and Terminus, as well as...well, other things. Also, yet another twist that set the story in a new direction.

"Obi-Wan, step away from her." )
ladyofleithian: (vader au)
In which the rescue attempt begins, and things don't go as expected.

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Author's Notes: This is another one of my favorite chapters, if only because of the Padme and Vader conversation, the interaction between Mara and the others, and the whole twist with Terminus pursuing them personally. Also, the garbage chute sequence and the chapter ending. I think this might be one of my best chapters, actually.

"The problem, Mara thought, with planning a successful escape was the matter of getting out." )
ladyofleithian: (luke-vader rr-verse)
In which Mara and co. find out about Alderaan's destruction, and later have to do some quick thinking when the Death Star captures them. Also, Terminus has a bit of a twisted sort of talk with one of the Tantive IV crew members.

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Author's Notes: First of all, I'm pleased to say that my French final is over. Let's say that I was stressing out about it for quite a while, so...well, let's say that this is like, "Thank God the evil is over!" (To quote the Nostalgia Critic. Granted, finals aren't necessarily evil, but still...) Second off, this was another one of my favorites to write, if only for Ben's reaction to Alderaan getting destroyed, as well as the matter of Terminus again. (I seem to have some sort of a pattern in terms of favorite scenes to write. I think I need help)

Also, got to sort of revise a bit in regards to one scene from "The Lawless" that's flashed back to in this chapter. Let's say I originally wrote "As the World Falls Down" long before that episode came out (obviously), and so incorporating all these new happenings was kind of difficult (let's say it seems to be a regular hazard, so to speak, with fanfic), but I think I managed to do it okay, and even work out one thing that was bugging me in particular. Honestly, that's one of many things I love about fanfic; it kind of allows you to deal with things in canon that are bugging you. (At least, that's definitely a perk for me)

Anyways, hope you enjoy.

"It was in the midst of Mara's lessons that she felt it." )
ladyofleithian: (anakin nightmares)
In which Mara's Jedi training begins, and Alderaan is destroyed.

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Author's Notes: So, yesterday was definitely a good day. Went to the local Christmas party, which was definitely a lot of fun, really -- I think it was just getting to chat with people again and stuff like that, plus watch some of the old Rankin-Bass Christmas specials (which are awesome) when I got home that was definitely two of the highlights to an awesome day. Only bad thing is that I'm rather tired.

As for this chapter...well, the Tarkin bit isn't exactly my favorite; I kind of worry that I got him wrong. I think it was with the Mara bit and the Bail Organa bit where I went right. And this was honestly kind of unsettling to write in general. It's definitely one thing to see the destruction of a planet onscreen (which is already horrible), but getting inside the heads of the one who did it as well as two of the people who died...yeah.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy.

Warning for some possibly upsetting content later. )
ladyofleithian: (han shoots first)
In which things go wrong for Han, and it really sucks to be Terminus.

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Author's Notes: Writing Han, I admit, was kind of difficult. At least in the shooting Greedo scene. I decided to go for "Han shot first" (because Lucas' reasons for Han not shooting first kind of don't make sense to me, to be perfectly honest, and also, it's a good Establishing Character Moment for Han), and it was kind of hard to get into the mindset of someone who's just...sort of casual and pragmatic about it like Han is, if that makes any sense. On the other hand, I think I wrote Terminus pretty well, even if...well, it was kind of hard to write, admittedly. But it definitely also shows how ruthless Palpatine really is, and...well, evil.

"Going somewhere, Solo?" the Rodian said. )
ladyofleithian: (han shoots first)
In which Mara and Vader head to the spaceport and have a strange variation on bonding time. Plus, Han makes his first appearance, and the Fellowship of the Death Star plans is formed.

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Author's Notes: This was one of my favorite bits to write. Just because of the character interactions between Mara and Vader (the others too, but Mara and Vader especially). I found that really intriguing. Also, yes, Vader's alias -- the first name of it, at least -- is taken from his childhood friend, Kitster Banai. I thought it would be a nice touch.

"You didn't have to step in and save our lives." )
ladyofleithian: (rose tyler the stolen earth)
In which Mara heads back to the homestead to save Owen and Beru, and a series of unexpected events happens.

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Author's Notes: First off, I'd like to apologize for the lateness of the update; let's say I had Internet troubles. Second off, this was a pretty interesting chapter to write, what with the plot developments that just unexpectedly happened. I know it was a pretty memorable moment of NaNo. Also, went to Wookieepedia for some background information on the troopers that invaded the homestead, just for reference -- also because it's really interesting. I think that's one of many reasons I like the EU; they come up with backstories and character development that even the movies wouldn't have thought of.

"It was heading back to the homestead that Mara saw the bodies of the Jawas." )
ladyofleithian: (darth vader is not amused)
In which the meeting between Terminus, Ventress, Vader and the Moffs goes wrong, and Vader and Terminus have a little talk.

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Author's Notes: So, this was another chapter that I sort of wrote when I was feeling more than a bit angry/sad. I think this NaNo in general was sort of good for venting my feelings of anger and sadness -- didn't help that this year was just rough, really. Some bright points in it, but was more of a rollercoaster ride than I really wanted it to be.

Also, sort of drew on Terminus' dislike of politics for this here -- I think even when Obi-Wan's the servant of the Emperor, he would still absolutely loathe politics. At least, he wouldn't be terribly fond of them. And Vader -- I think here, Vader's definitely more of his Morality Pet than anything else; the one thing keeping him sane. Which isn't exactly something that a Sith should have, but Vader, Terminus and Ventress...well, they're not typical Sith, really.

And I admit there were actually some parts of the chapter that really did hurt to write -- outlining the full extent of Terminus' injuries, for example. I don't know; I guess there's something about that that's just pure Nightmare Fuel. And it's one of many reasons I wasn't comfortable with the Mustafar scene in canon when I first read it; the very idea of what happens to Vader is just pure Nightmare Fuel. Yes, Vader definitely committed horrible crimes, but he didn't deserve that. So yeah, recreating that for Terminus was enough to scare the living shit out of me in some parts. But I really liked fleshing out the matter of the Empire and how it worked, including Motti and Tagge sort of distrusting Terminus to say the least -- sort of based off a scene in the radio drama where Motti tries to get Tagge to overthrow the Emperor, but only sort of.

Anyway, hope you enjoy. (Also, I'm sorry if I got Tarkin, Motti and Tagge wrong)

"If there was something that didn't seem to change in the slightest, Darth Terminus thought if only darkly, it was the politics." )
ladyofleithian: (amy pond)
In which Padme and Sabe tell Mara about her father. Well, half the truth, at the very least.

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Author's Notes: This was actually a chapter that I kind of sort of struggled with, mostly in regards to if Padme should tell Mara everything, or do what Obi-Wan did in canon and tell...half the truth, shall we say. (And even that's a goddamn understatement. I'm sort of adjusting a bit more to Ben lying to Luke, but I'm not entirely happy with it. I mean, maybe it was kind of him trying to sort of cope with Vader's fall in his own way -- such as his comment about the good man that Anakin was being destroyed when he became Vader, and like a lot of good lies, there's a grain of truth in it; Anakin really did metaphorically die when he pledged himself to Sidious -- but still... Then again, I doubt Lucas really intended us to really agree with Ben. After all, it was really Luke showing compassion to Vader that saved the day in the end, not just killing Vader and the Emperor. A pretty damn good lesson, I think, and pretty damn awesome for the time)

I figured here that Padme would tell half the truth, really. Just to not break Mara's heart, even though it would no doubt break Mara's heart in the long run.

Also, yes, Sabe's alias is partially an Actor Allusion -- "Elizabeth" is the name of the character that Keira Knightley played in Pirates of the Carribbean. I haven't seen all the Pirates movies (I think I saw the first one at a friends' house), but they definitely sound fantastic. And Nerus...yeah, I took the name "Nerys" (think Kira Nerys in Deep Space Nine) and changed a vowel. Yeah, I know. 

Anyway, hope you enjoy this chapter. :)

"Please, explain it to me. Because I'm really confused." )
ladyofleithian: (vader/padme)
In which Mara and co. finally meet Padme/Lady Nemo.

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Author's Notes: First off, we're finally getting the plot into gear! I loved the character moments, but it's nice to sort of get things moving too, really. Second, I really liked writing this chapter, if only because of the character moments (of course. Character moments are awesome. :) and the bit near the end when Padme/Lady Nemo reflects on fate and how they don't need to accept their fate. Sort of a call back in a way to Traya's speech in KOTOR II about one of many reasons she wants to destroy the Force (also known as one of the best parts in the game. And dear God, I just realized that I miss playing the KOTOR games a hell of a lot...) which, really, considering certain events in the EU and the original Star Wars films, I can't really disagree with. So I decided to add in that bit with Padme as a bit of catharsis.

Also, in case you're wondering why her name's Lady Nemo -- well, Nemo is Latin for "no one". Considering that Padme's sort of the last of the Jedi and trying to hide from the Empire...well, I thought that name seemed appropriate.

"Sand People?" )
ladyofleithian: (amy pond)
In which Owen and Beru meet Ben, Leia, Artoo and Threepio.

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Author's Notes: This was another great chapter for me to write, if only because of fleshing out Owen and Beru, and some of the interactions between them, Ben, Leia, Artoo and Threepio. Also, the matter of sort of fleshing out the effects of the Empire -- shops closing, etc. And some of Owen's worries. Honestly, fleshing out Tatooine some more was one of the many reasons I enjoyed writing this.

To say that trying to break the news to both Owen and Beru was going to be difficult was no doubt an understatement, Mara thought if only wryly. )
ladyofleithian: (clone wars)
In which Ben and Leia recover, and a beautiful friendship is born.

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Author's Notes: This is another favorite of mine. Ben and Leia interacting with Luke and Mara was definitely fun to write. :)

"You were in pretty bad shape back there -- I don't want to think of what would have happened if we lost you." )
ladyofleithian: (amy pond)
In which Luke and Mara meet Ben, Leia and company. The start of a beautiful fellowship is formed.

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Author's Notes: This was one of my favorite chapters to write. I just love the character dynamics here.

But out on the moisture farm, this was not one of those days. )
ladyofleithian: (don't let go)
In which Terminus and co. infiltrate the ruins of the Tantive IV.

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Author's Notes: This was another favorite of mine to write, especially the Terminus and Vader conversation. I guess it helps that I was in a rather downer mood when I was writing the story so maybe I was projecting a little bit, but it's a pretty good character moment, I think. Character moments are always good, really. Plot's all well and good, as is setting and theme and such, but character, emotion and dialogue -- they're definitely some of my favorites to write.

Anyway, hope you enjoy!

The Tantive IV was almost completely ruined. )

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