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[The Rebellion]
Events that occur from 2 years before to 5 years after the Battle of Yavin.

[Vector - Chapter Three]

This story is collected in:

[ Vector - Volume 2 ]

Vector - Volume 2

and

[Omnibus - At War with the Empire - Vol.2]

Omnibus: At War with the Empire - Vol.2


Comic Book series
Published July & August 2008 as Rebellion #15 & 16 by Dark Horse Comics:

[issue 15][issue 16]

Issue #15Issue #16


e-Comic Book Series
Issues #15 & #16 published
by Dark Horse Digital.

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Vector - Chapter Three
COMIC STORY
Rob Williams et al.
Dark Horse Comics [US]; Titan Books [UK]
Story published as:
Comic Book series (2008)
Graphic Novel (2009)
Omnibus Graphic Novel (2011)
e-Comic Book Series (2012)

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Synopsis:
Attempting to strike back for the loss of the Death Star, the Empire continually seeks new means to undermine the Rebel Alliance. Their latest success is the turning of Rebel spy Wyl Tarson into a double agent. However the Empire seeks a weapon with which to crush the rebels and Darth Vader, ever aware of his failings at Yavin, recalls his encounter with Celeste Morne some twenty years previous. On Coruscant he monitors the landing of a taskforce sent to ascertain the likelihood of Celeste Morne and the Muur Talisman's continued survival. As they approach the moon for landing, the taskforce's shuttle commander notices the figure of a solitary female on the moon's surface. But before they can land, the effects of the Talisman change every member of the taskforce into Rakghouls. Vader is convinced that if the Rebel Alliance obtain the Talisman and its power, it will destroy them and so instructs double-agent Wyl Tarson to communicate the Talisman's whereabouts to the Rebels.
The Rebel Alliance forms its own taskforce, commanded by Luke Skywalker and including Deena, Basso and Able, and dispatches it to discover the truth of the "secret Imperial weapon abandoned on a moon". Accompanying Luke and his taskforce is Leia, with Han and Chewie flying shotgun in the Millennium Falcon. Unlike the Imperial taskforce, the Rebel's landing is unopposed but no sooner have they discovered the crashed shuttles of the failed Imperial taskforce, when Able finds the Rakghoul army. Very quickly the Rebels witness the effects of the Rakghoul plague when several of their comrades are bitten and are transformed into Rakghouls. In the midst of the ensuing fighting, Luke hears a voice in the Force, but it is not that of Obi-Wan. It is a voice that senses Luke's Jedi abilities and reaches out for him to follow it.
Meanwhile Han, Leia, Chewie, Deena and Basso are desperately fighting a retreating action back towards to the safety of the Falcon. But just as the Falcon's loading ramp is closing to seal the Rakghouls outside, Leia is suddenly captured by the Rakghoul army.
Four thousand years ago, Jedi Padawan Zayne Carrick promised Celeste Morne that he would take her to the Sanctum of the Exalted on Odryn, the place Celeste was instructed to take the Muur Talisman. Zayne failed to keep that promise. For four thousand years Celeste lay trapped in Lord Dreypa's Oubliette along with the Force ghost of the ancient Sith Lord, Karness Muur, mentally torturing her with visions of power and greatness - only Celeste's Jedi training has kept her emotions in control. But now, twenty years after confronting and resisting the power of the Sith and Darth Vader, Celeste has at last met a Jedi. It was the Jedi who betrayed her four thousand years ago - Celeste releases all of her anger against the untrained Luke Skywalker.
Meanwhile Leia survives the Rakghoul battle and somehow sensing that Luke is in mortal danger heads towards the cave where Celeste and Luke are fighting. Able has also survived the battle and although alone, his clone training kicks in and he is searching for the whereabouts of Leia.
Luke is no match for a real Jedi Knight like Celeste, especially one now consumed by hate, and although he gallantly defends himself, it isn't long before Celeste has bettered him. Leia attempts to kill Celeste just as she is about to kill Luke, but Celeste detects Leia's presence and believes that both Luke and Leia are assassins sent to kill her. Her anger and hate explode when she turns Able, who rushes into the fray to protect Leia, into a Rakghoul. Karness Muur notices that Luke and Leia are unaffected by the transformation, and wonders why. Through Celeste, he senses a destiny in Luke that is more powerful than Celeste's and the Talisman releases itself from around her neck and tries to attach itself to Luke. But it attaches itself to Leia as she tries to defend Luke from the Talisman.
After four thousand years Celeste is finally free and utterly alone in the galaxy. Muur's constant whispers are now a deathly silence that threaten to crush her. For four thousand years she has been a victim but now, free of the Talisman, Celeste knows for certain where her destiny lies. With a sweeping arc of her lightsaber she cuts the Talisman free of Leia's neck and places it around her own, proclaiming that she will now imprison Muur and he will have to listen to her.
As Celeste makes to leave the cave with her gathering Rakghoul army, Luke asks her to train him but Celeste walks away saying that there is darkness in Luke - it's in his blood, his past and his future. Celeste leads her Rakghoul army to the abandoned Rebel shuttle and leaves the planet that has been her prison for twenty years.
Back on Coruscant, Vader is displeased to learn that his plan to infect the Rebels with the Rakghoul plague has failed and orders the Star Destroyer orbiting the planet to destroy Celeste's shuttle. However, through his comlink with the Star Destroyer, Vader witnesses its crew transform into Rakghouls and its eventual self-destruction into the planet.


Chronology:
This story occurs approximately nine months after the Battle of Yavin.

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