Republic Reconaissance. Anakin Skywalker and clonetroopers Risk and Switch are deployed to the planet Frontera to scout and gather strategic information. But Frontera is an uncivilised world, full of surprises...
Anakin: Look sharp troopers.
Risk: Sir, I'm getting unusual readings in the adjacent sector.
Anakin: Confirmed, let's check it out.
Brown Hatted Bandit: Hehe, we done got ye cornered now!
Brown Hatted Bandit: Yer number is up!
Girl: Please... NO!
Anakin: Now this hardly fair! Risk, Switch - dismount and engage!
Risk & Switch: Yessir!
Brown Hatted Bandit: This ani't nuthin to do with y'all. You don't know what yer messin' with!
Anakin: Attacking children is the lowest of the low. Scram! Before you live to regret it!
Child: Oh my! A Jedi! Thank you so much!
Anakin: Our pleasure. You're lucky we were nearby.
Child: My name is Anka. You must come to my home, my parents will surely want to thank you.
Anakin: We're on an important mission, but... a brief visit won't hurt.
At the farm...
Anka's Mum: Anka! Thank goodness!
Anka's Dad: How can I ever thank you?! The names Loid. I must insist you stay for supper - it's the least we can do!
Anakin: Er... sure, we'll stay a while.
Loid: ...and so we fled persecution there and came here to start a new life. Now it seems to be starting again with these bandits continually at our throats.
Anakin: Glad we've been able to help, Loid.
Loid: It sure is great having you folks around.
Risk: Sir, a strange creature by the BARCs!
Anakin: Whatever it is it's gone now.
Loid: Don't worry, we get all sorts of pests out here. They're mostly harmless.
Loid: Anyways, I'm goin' to turn in for the night. See y'all tomorrow.
Anakin, Risk & Switch: Night!
Loid: Thanks s much for helping out around the farm.
Anakin: Our pleasure! We really love it here.
Loid: Good, good...
Risk: Didn't we have something important to do Anakin?
Anakin: What could be better than this, Risk?!
Risk: True, I don't know what I was thinking about!
Some time later, high in the skies of Frontera, a DC0052 descends...
Obi-Wan: Anakin, Risk, Switch! Come in! Blast! It's been days...
Obi-Wan: There's a sttlement over there. I'll set down and hopefully find some clues.
The town of Leone...
Loid: Thanks for escorting me into town Anakin.
Anakin: My pleasure Loid.
Brown Hatted Bandit: Well looky here! Looks like someone done got themselves a bodyguard.
Twi-lek Bandit: Well, Gadzooks!
Brown Hatted Bandit: That noise... clankers! SCRAM!
Droid Commander: A Jedi! Blast him!
Droids: Roger, roger!
Loid: Wait! Kill him, but let me go!
Anakin: Loid? What the...?!
Droid Commander: Blast them both!
Droid Commander: Oh no! Now there's two of them!
Obi-Wan: Anakin! Pull yourself together!
Anakin: What... I? Who are...? Obi-Wan?
Obi-Wan: You've been enthralled Anakin.
Anakin: My friend...
Obi-Wan: This is no friend Anakin. It's a shapeshifter, a life-leech. It enthralls the victim and feeds off their life-force!
Anakin: Oh no, the clones!
Shapeshifters: No! Loid is dead! Kill everyone who's seen us!
Shapeshifter: Now for Risk...
Obi-Wan: This evil ends now!
Anka: Die, Jedi scum!
Anakin: Not so fast!
Obi-Wan: Too late to save Switch. He'll be sorely missed. A gunship is en-route.
Obi-Wan: We've learned a harsh lesson today and must be ever vigilant - the Separatists aren't the only evil we must oppose.
~ The End ~
Hope you enjoyed my wee tale! I was inspired by a story by writer Simon Furman and the idea of doing a Star Wars Western - a genre which served as inspiration on the original Star Wars - really appealed to me as a great juxtaposition for our heroes. I built a modular set so I could vary the scenery dramatically while still using the same baseplate.
The saloon building is doublesided, having the shapeshifters' home on the other side. I created plates with desert and greenery too with slots in the base so all the modules can be swapped around to make desert, farm or Leone.
Great story!! Love the twist at the end!! I agree that you can't rush through a story, it takes time to end a story right! Excellent work on combining two themes!!! 5/5 PS: If you get a chance, you should check my Star Wars MOCs. :)
Quoting Yuri Fassio
It's... long. and the small pictures make it difficult to follow the story WHILE enjoying the builds. 3 points.
The pictures get scaled down by MOCpages for display! I'd rather have them displayed at a decent size without the need to click on them for full-size, but I'm not sure how to go about that and didn't have time to experiment either. I think if story-length is an issue with CW entries, in future maybe there should be a stipulation in the rules limiting length?
Thanks for your comments and points though. I think I may got back and alter the picture sizes so they display nicely without the need to click on them. EDIT: Just figured out I can upload them as 'Large'...
Quoting Keith Goldman
...but I checked out of the story about half way through...
Ah, that's a shame - you'll have missed the twist!
To be honest, any shorter and I feel this just wouldn't have been the same. It's important to take time to spin out a story, make it exciting and have a satisfying finish - at least that's what I hoped to achieve! Creating a 'Western' style set to juxtaposition the characters was great fun and I also had the chance to make a couple of new Star Wars MOCs too. Thanks for the feedback and the points though, much appreciated!