Paizo Publishing 2003.07 Star Wars Clone Wars Short Story Collection

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  • CREDITSEditorialDavid Levithan (Scholastic)Shelly Shapiro (Del Rey)Dave Gross (Star Wars Insider)

    DesignSean Glenn (Paizo)

    Project CoordinationDDeell RReeyy Betsy Mitchell

    Anthony ZiccardiPPaaiizzoo Mary Franklin

    Vic WertzSScchhoollaassttiicc Erin Soderberg

    Special ThanksLucy Autrey Wilson, Sue Rostoni, andMichelle Vuckovich of Lucas Licensing

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    CONTENTS

    Clone Wars Timeline 4The battle between Republic and Separatist armies unfolds in comics, novels, games,and the official Fan Club magazine.

    Scholastic Presents: Storm Fleet Warnings 6BByy JJuuddee WWaattssoonnWhen Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi detect a suspicious convoy, their ownclash of personalities could prove more dangerous than their foesfrom the authorof Legacy of the Jedi.

    Del Rey Presents: Equipment 13BByy MMaatttthheeww SSttoovveerrA Republic clone trooper regiment faces impossible odds at the battle at HalruunKalfrom the author of Shatterpoint.

    Star Wars Insider Presents: Duel 20BByy TTiimmootthhyy ZZaahhnnBefore Yoda can rescue a lone survivor from the droid army, he must outsmart a cunninghailfire droidfrom the author of the Hero of Cartao stories in Star Wars Insider.

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    S The Battle of GeonosisStar Wars: Episode II Attack of the ClonesMay 2002

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    The Search for Count DookuBoba Fett #1: The Fight to Survive by Terry BissonApril 2002

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    Assignment: CorelliaElusion Illusion by Mike StackpoleMarch 2003

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    The Dark Reaper ProjectThe Clone WarsOctober 2002

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    The Battle of Raxus PrimeBoba Fett #2: Crossfire by Terry BissonNovember 2002

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    Conspiracy on AargauBoba Fett #3: Maze of Deception by Elizabeth HandApril 2003

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    The Battle of KaminoClone Wars I: The Defense of KaminoJune 2003

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    Durge vs. Boba FettBoba Fett #4: HuntedOctober 2003

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    The Defense of NabooClone Wars II: Victories and SacrificesSeptember 2003

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    The Storm Fleet DestroyersStar Wars Short Story Collection: Storm Fleet Warnings by Jude WatsonAugust 2003

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    The Battle of MuunilinstClone Wars Animated Shorts on Cartoon NetworkSeason 1 November 7, 2003; Season 2 March 2004

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    The Fortress of AxionStar Wars Short Story Collection: Duel by Timothy ZahnAugust 2003

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    The Haruun Kal CrisisStar Wars Short Story Collection: Equipment by Matthew StoverAugust 2003

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    The Haruun Kal CrisisShatterpoint by Matthew StoverJune 2003

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    Assassination on BucharaLegacy of the Jedi #1 by Jude WatsonAugust 2003

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    Raid on Pengalan IVThe Pengalan Tradeoff by Aaron AllstonFebruary 2003

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    The Dagu RevoltEscape from Dagu by William DietzMarch 2004

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    Rise of the Cortosis Battle DroidsThe New Droid ArmyNovember 2002

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    The Bio-Droid ThreatThe Cestus Deception by Steve BarnesJune 2004

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    The Spaarti IncidentThe Hero of Cartao by Timothy ZahnSeptember 2003

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    The Battle of JabiimClone Wars III: Last Stand on JabiimFebruary 2004

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    The Casualties of DrongarMedstar I: Battle Surgeons by Steve Perry and Michael ReavesJuly 2004

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    The Casualties of DrongarMedstar II: Healer by Steve Perry and Michael ReavesOctober 2004

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    The Praesitlyn ConquestJedi Trial by David Sherman and Dan CraggNovember 2004

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  • And yet you decided to play chase the asteroid, Obi-Wan said sternly. Youretoo old for these childish games.

    Anakin pressed his lips together. He couldnt explain to his Master that for him,testing his skills wasnt a childish game. It was a necessary release.

    There was a wall between them now. He had done things he could not tellObi-Wan. He knew things he could not say. The Clone Wars had ripped the galaxyapart. Times were difcult for all the Jedi, but Anakin knew he felt the darknessmore than most. It was like a physical presence. It was as though he carried theweight of it in his body.

    And so he pushed the darkness away with what had always helped him forgetin the past. Speed. Physical training. His Jedi path.

    Anakin glanced at his instruments and was suddenly alert. Ships wereapproaching from the rear. The skirmishes of the Clone Wars had reached everycorner of the galaxy. It was always wise to check out your neighbors.

    Looks like large transports behind us, Anakin said.Unusual for such a large eet to be traveling in such close formation,

    Obi-Wan observed.Anakin ipped over in a fast roll, and Obi-Wan followed. They split up and

    paced the three asteroids, keeping them between their starships and the eet. Anakin watched the rst line of ships approach. They were huge, sheathed in

    dull black durasteel and advanced weaponry. That wasnt unusual these days.Even bulk freighters had to arm themselves now.

    But these transports were too well designed to be bulk freighters, Anakin real-ized. It wasnt obvious unless you studied the lines of the ship and the quality ofthe ttings.

    They look like they could be from the Kuat Drive Yards, Anakin said. Theproportions and the lines of the design . . .

    Look at the plating on the underside, Obi-Wan said. Something is odd about it.Anakin followed the lines of the plating. His Master was right. Something was

    off. It took him several seconds to gure it out. The Kuat Drive Yards . . .It must be the Storm Fleet, Anakin said.The Jedi had recently learned that the Separatists had secretly put in an order

    for a heavily armored eet of attack ships. Disguised as freighters so that theycould travel secretly through the galaxy, they were actually outtted with so muchrepower that smaller planets were completely defenseless against them.

    The Jedi hung back while the transports landed at the spaceport. Then theycommed for clearance and docked at a landing bay close by.

    Well never get in to investigate without a battle, Obi-Wan said, surveying thearea quickly. Ive been to this spaceport with Qui-Gon, long ago. He has a friendwho works here. A mechanic. He ended up here after a brilliant career on theSenate elite security team. Hell be able to help us.

    Should we head to the mechanic shop, then? Anakin asked.A small smile ickered on Obi-Wans face as he shook his head. The cantina. Kronex was so large that it had a variety of cantinas. Obi-Wan chose the darkest

    and noisiest. A large holosign outside with missing letters proclaimed: CHEC

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    By Jude Watson

    O bi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker were returning from a mis-sion, heading back to the Temple by way of the Llon Nebulae. Asthey approached the Kronex spaceport, they had to reduce speed to minimumlevels. Anakin drummed his ngers on the pilot seat. There was nothing worsethan piloting an ultra-tweaked starghter and having to go slow.

    Ahead, three stray asteroids bounced on a wave of atmospheric disturbance.Anakin pushed the throttle. He had only seconds before the asteroids were suddenlyin front of him, careening crazily. He cut to the left, avoiding the rst one, thenzoomed right, just missing the second. Then he ipped over for a screaming diveand made a hard right for open space, missing the last asteroid by a comfortabletwenty meters.

    Within seconds his Master had drawn his own starghter le