With Brakiss clearly intent on
creating a new group of Dark Jedi as well as a
"Second Imperium," Luke sees no other choice
but to accelerate the training of the current Jedi
students. For Jacen, Jaina, Tenel, and Lowie, he decides
the time is right for them to build lightsabers. Over
the following several days, they do just that.
Lightsaber training begins. Suddenly Tenel Ka's
lightsaber, built hastily and carelessly, shorts out.
And before he can stop himself, Jacen chops Tenel's left
Already leery of using a lightsaber, Jacen is
traumatised by the tragedy. And before he can get a
chance to apologise to her, her grandmother scoops her
up and takes her back to Hapes, certain that Tenel was
not meant to be a Jedi. Only then do the teenagers learn
of her royal heritage.
The students are unable to even look at a lightsaber
again, let alone use one. Tionne consoles them by
telling them the tale of Nomi
Sunrider, and how she took up the path of the Jedi.
Meanwhile, even as Ta'a Chume (Isolder and Teneniel are
on some diplomatic mission) tries to cruelly reconcile
Tenel to her royal future, the young girl refuses an
artificial arm. Luke decides it is time to tell the
children about Tenel's past, and to take them to Hapes
to see her.
Meanwhile, at the Shadow Academy, Zekk is falling more
and more into evil, as are the Lost Ones. Some of the
gang are being trained as stormtroopers, some as Dark
Jedi. Palpatine addresses them via hologram, and tells
them that they will be the creators of the Second
Imperium. Luke arrives at Hapes with the kids, who are
ecstatic to see Tenel again. He learns that Ta'a Chume
sent her parents away to evade an assassination attempt
shortly before she arrived. Jacen and Tenel begin to
heal each other's emotional wounds and then an attempt
is made on her life.
The group is rushed to Reef Fortress, where Tenel
decides that while she will learn more about diplomacy
and politics, she will not be what Ta'a Chume wants, she
will be a Jedi. The children set out on a waterspeeder,
only to run into some killer seaweed. They chop their
way out, and learn their speeder was programmed to go
there! There is only one possible suspect, Ambassador
Zekk is lightsaber training now as well, and he passes
his final test, by murdering a Dathomirian student.
Brakiss selects him as leader of the upcoming attack on
Yavin IV. At night, the Reef Fortress is set upon
by Bartokk assassins. The children and Ta'a Chume head
out in a waterspeeder and kill off the assassins, then
return to find Yfra prematurely announcing Chume's death
and martial law. Yfra is arrested, and Tenel's parents,
who survived their own attempted murder by Yfra, come to
see their daughter at last. She slowly, carefully
constructs a new lightsaber. The children, again
including Tenel, who will learn to live and fight with
only one arm, return to Yavin.