RETURN OF THE MAKER
Peace did not follow the death of Emperor Palpatine. In the wake of the Empire's fall, chaos reigns as planetary warlords and star system syndicates battled the weakened Republic for absolute power.
Disheartened by the pain and disorder his victories have caused, Luke Skywalker, the last Jedi, has left his family, friends and students to find if there is an answer to the Galaxy's woes in the ancient teachings of Force mystics.
In his absence, a new threat has risen to impose its own solution. The Cult of the Maker follows a mysterious messiah who vows to bring peace, order and equality to all sentient beings, droid and living alike. The Maker's fanatic army of zealots have captured the former Empire's strongholds and overturned the power of the Galactic Senate.
Now, the Maker and his minions have declared the use of The Force to be a crime punishable by death.
EXT. DEEP SPACE – FOREVER NIGHT
Ships do battle against the serene backdrop of intergalactic space. Red and white Republic X-Wings and Y-wings are fighting and losing against squads of elegant silver Tie-fighters. A pair of Y-wings detach and drop away from the dogfight. One of them is hit and falls away from its partner, injured but not destroyed. The other manages to make it into hyperspace.
PULL BACK TO REVEAL:
EXT. MAKER BATTLE STATION
As you pull back from the scene, the edges of the star field curve as you realize this was all seen in reflection on the mirrored surface of a massive Star-Warship shaped like a pentagram. Each wing of the vessel is easily larger than a Star Destroyer.
WIPE SCREEN TO:
EXT. THE ORGANA SOLO ESTATE – DAY
Young REY ORGANA-SOLO, 15, sits in lotus position on the grass of her family's courtyard. Wearing tight fitting white linen, she resembles her uncle Luke Skywalker far more than either of her parents. With her eyes closed, she uses the Force to levitate ceramic polygons so they form different patterns based on her state of mind.
Her concentration shattered, Rey's tiles fall to the earth.
REY: Mother, please! This is hard enough without you shouting!
Leia Organa-Solo, former Princess, former Senator, former Rebel Alliance Spy and General, is now a full-time mother, and it is proving to be her most challenging role, yet.
LEIA: I've told you a thousand times, don't use the Force outside the house.
REY: Technically, the courtyard is inside the house.
She motions to the estate surrounding them.
REY: See? Four walls.
Leia points up.
LEIA: Ever hear of satellites, dear? No roof!
Leia holds out her hand. Rey reluctantly takes it, and her mother leads her back to the house.
REY: Fine! I'll never have time to get ready for the Jedi Academy.
LEIA: No one's ever ready for the Jedi Academy, Rey.
REY: How would you know?
LEIA: Ask your brother next time you see him.
INT. HOUSE – LIVING ROOM
Mother and daughter enter an open living room with few walls and decorated something like a ranch house in Earth terms. Leia's most trusted maid, VIRANNA, can be seen in the kitchen preparing odd looking vegetables for dinner.
VIRANNA: Leia, the market was able to find the hybrid kebroot you wanted.
LEIA: Best news I've heard all day, Viranna. Thank you!
VIRANNA: You're welcome, Princess. I'm finally going to be able to make something half decent for a change.
LEIA: Sorry, Viranna, but one's palate is the first thing to go when you marry a Corelian.
REY: Sometimes I think you don't want me to go.
LEIA: No mother ever wants to see her children leave. However, in your case, there may be an exception to that rule.
REY: I'm serious. Don't you want me to be a Jedi? Like Jacen? Like your brother? Like your father?
LEIA: Well, certainly not like Darth Vader.
REY: You know what I mean! Before that.
Leia relents and lets her anger fade.
LEIA: All these stories in your head, Rey. Real life wasn't like that. I just want you to be safe and happy.
REY: Mother, were you ever happy when you were just safe?
Leia puts her hands on her girl's shoulders.
LEIA: Rey, the way things are going, I don't even know if there will still be a Jedi order.
REY: What do you mean?
Leia tries to explain, but the words do not come. Fortunately, a familiar voice breaks the awkward silence.
C3P0 (off): Pardon me, your highness.
The old bronze protocol droid seems as good as new as he addresses the mistress he's served longer than any other.
LEIA: What is it, Threepio?
C3P0: Master Jacen has returned.
LEIA: What? Why?
REY: He's not supposed to be back for another half-cycle.
C3P0: It's bad news, I'm afraid.
Off Leia's and Rey's reactions-
EXT. ESTATE LANDING ZONE – MINUTES LATER
Leia, Rey and C3P0 approach the landing pad as the Y-Wing from the first scene lands. The shuttle's hatchway opens and JACEN SOLO rushes down the ramp. Tall and handsome, Jacen is an attractive combination of Han Solo's swagger and Princess Leia's dignity - unlike his younger sister who seems to have gotten a double dose of impetuousness from both of them.
The young man's face is a mask of tension as his Jedi training attempts to tone down his anxiety and anger.
She runs to her son and they embrace.
JACEN: We have to get you out of here! Off world. The Maker's forces are already in the system!
LEIA: Where's your father?
JACEN: I – I don't know. His ship was hit in the attack. We lost contact.
JACEN: Mother, if he were dead, I would know it. I will find him. Right now, we have to get you and Rey to a safe location.
C3P0: Might I come along, sir?
LEIA: I'm not leaving. Take Rey.
REY: No! I'm staying, too!
REY: I want to fight.
LEIA: There is no fighting this, Rey!
JACEN: She's right. There are too many of them and they have too much firepower. They've occupied the Senate. The Jedi order is going into hiding. We need time to put together a counter-attack.
REY: Then why are you staying?
LEIA: To make them come to me. It will give you both time to get away.
Rey's anger is replaced by fear for her mother.
REY: But – what will they do to you?
Leia pulls her daughter to her, tightly but briefly. Then she pushes her into her son's arms.
JACEN: Mother, are you sure?
She doesn't turn around. Instead, she straightens up and starts walking back to her home.
Jacen pulls Rey with him back to the shuttle.
She struggles but has no chance against a fully trained Jedi.
REY: Mother! No! Let me go! No!
C3P0 watches Jacen drag his sister into the ship. He turns and watches Leia walk away. He turn back to the ship, pauses.
Then he emits an electronic sigh and shuffles toward the house and his mistress.
Behind him, the ship rises from the landing pad.
Rey pounds on the portal as she looks down on her home. She has no idea if she will ever see it or her mother again.
REY: How could you?! Jacen! Look at me! You know what's coming for her! How could you leave our mother back there?!
Rey collapses into her seat and sobs.
JACEN: Because she was right.
His face is impassive except for the muscles of his jaw pulsing as he grits his teeth.
WIPE SCREEN TO:
EXT. SKY – LATER
The Sun above the Organa-Solo estate is eclipsed by the Maker's Star-shaped Warship.
EXT. ORGANA-SOLO ESTATE
A squad of Maker troopers cross the landing pad and head in formation toward Leia's home. They look like stormtroopers, but their armor is mirrored chrome like their Warship.
Blaster rifles raised, two troopers flank the door to the home as the others cover them. One trooper approaches with a power-assisted battering ram. Before he can knock the door down, they here motion on the other side.
The door opens, and C3P0 greets them.
C3P0: Please come in, gentlemen, we've been expecting you.
The troopers grab the droid and pull him outside.
C3P0: Really! This is quite unnecessary!
Leaving C3P0 with a pair of troopers, the others file into the house ready to fire.
Princess Leia and Viranna sit at the dining table filled with dishes for a proper Alderaanian meal. They don't seem at all surprised by the armed men invading their home.
Finally, Leia looks up from her plate.
LEIA: Any of you hungry? There's plenty left.
The troopers look at each other unsure how to respond. Their leader speaks into a communicator on his wrist.
TROOP LEADER: Sir, Princess Organa is secured.
LEIA: Organa-Solo, if you don't mind.
A moment later, her expression changes as she hears heavy footfalls approach across her wooden floor. She looks up at the massive figure of the trooper's commander.
LEIA: Now that's just in poor taste.
A figure wearing the armor and cloak of Darth Vader stands across the table from Leia. However, his armor appears to be made from polished gold.
VADER 2.0: Take them to my ship.
The armor may have changed, but the voice is exactly the same.
Leia keeps her eyes fearlessly on the commander as his men come around the table for her.