almaran was the fourth planet of the Vagrel system. The Alliance had chosen the relatively small system, just outside galactic main cluster, as the new location for the New Republic's administration. The main trade routes and hyperspace lanes were running very close to the Vagrel system. The Intergalactic Trade Organization had asked the leaders of the Old Republic and later the Empire more than once to allow the Vagrel system to become a small hub in their trading organization. After the collapse of the Empire the leaders of the New Republic abandoned Coruscant, choosing the Vagrel System as the New Republic's new political center which would also increase Dalmaran's importance as a new center of galactic trading. Coruscant which had been the center for many consecutive governments, would remain the most important hub in the intergalactic trading, but her importance as the political galactic center was over. A new start should be made on a planet where - like on the planet Naboo - the relation with nature would play a more prominent role.
Already during the Civil War the Alliance's leaders had paid several secret visits to the leaders of Dalmaran. For many years, only a few members of the Dalmaranian higher echelons had been aware, that they financially supported the Alliance in their struggle against the empire.
Recon ships, disguised as trade freighters, had paid many visits to each of the other solid planets of the Vagrel system: Kendo, Visol, Denorm and Bortunam. Kendo and Visol were scorched by Vagrel, the yellow white star which had given the system its name. Their surface temperatures were extremely high during daytime and the planet's climates were described as very hot. The scouts had thoroughly investigated the possibility to colonize these planets, but their final reports hadn't been very promising, although some scientists had found large flows of underground rivers which could be exploited.
Denorm turned out be surrounded by a large asteroid field; the planet was a large rock, probably an asteroid itself, although its size was enormous. The planet was frequently bombarded with space debris which made it too uncertain to establish a secure living for millions of inhabitants of a new administration.
The fifth planet of the Vagrel system - Bortunam - was completely clouded. A constant acidic drizzle deprived the planet of any form of life.
Like Kendo and Denorm Dalmaran had an atmosphere with an oxygen level to support human life. There were four large oceans and seven land masses which differ in sizes and types of vegetation. Five landmasses were situated along the equatorial line, but the Dalmaranians had inhabited and cultivated only three of them - Mas'onom, Ther'clon and Vor'izon -; the other two, Na'ctaMagh'Ba and Pa'dtoMagh'Ba had been proclaimed as restricted areas for scientific research only.
The Dalmaranian government had given a small group of scientific farmers permission to live on Na'ctaMagh'Ba which was separated from Mas'onom through a wide sea strait. Those scientists were continually checking the impact of habituation on the natural environment of Dalmaran.
The largest continent, De'olon, covered three-quarters of the northern hemisphere. The northern part of the continent was a flat rocky highland. Closer to the equator large forests and grasslands covered De'olon between the foothills of the highlands and the ocean.
The southern continent, Ja'amen, was partially covered with a cap of ice for most of the seasons.
The Dalmaranians were a very slender human species with long limbs. They had developed an elegant way of movement. In their dealings and communication with other species they were tactful and diplomatic, but also very formal.
Their ancestors, a human civilization from the Kaarnag cluster, had colonized Dalmaran seventeen centuries ago. Their living standard had reached a very high level, but they took great care for the environment of the planet and its diversity of life forms. New technologies were developed to benefit their communities, but the Dalmaranians always kept in mind that they were the custodians of the planet. They saw themselves as a kind of visiting guests who were allowed to use their temporary accommodation according fair use. That was the main reason why they occupied only a small part of Dalmaran. They avoided any pollution of the natural habitat of the planet. All Dalmaranians got a tough education and were trained to use their high sophisticated technology in harmony with the planet's natural environment. Over the centuries Dalmaran had become a wealthy planet with beautiful forests and lakes, its soil was rich and carried several harvests a year. The space port of Mas'onom, situated on the most eastward of the inhabited land masses, had an economical space center. There the Dalmaranians traded their products and their technological inventions with traders from all over the galaxy. Ther'clon had many agricultural farms and industries and Vor'izon was the continent where the Dalmaranian had set up their administration.
Therefore the Dalmaranian government had felt greatly honored, when - after the Alliance's victory at the Battle of Endor - the Alliance's leaders requested them if they would help the New Republic to set up the new galactic government on De'olon.
Mon Mothma, who had been elected as the first New Supreme Chancellor, personally visited the Dalmaranian leaders and they signed an agreement on the founding of a new city: Irithim. The new administration center of the New Republic would be built on the wide grasslands of De'olon, just opposite Mas'onom and Ther'clon. A part of the flat highlands would be transformed into a modern space port. The Dalmaranians would profit from their new neighbors, for they were granted free access to the port for interstellar space travels and trading business.
After several standard months the new city of Irithim began to take shape. Gigantic, but elegant, buildings rose from De'olon's surface to create offices for the new administration. Broad boulevards and avenues with water flows, green lawns and colorful flower beds made the new city a lovely part of the surrounding nature. The city center was dominated by the Senate building where delegates from old and new star systems would again decide to shape the future of the New Republic under Mon Mothma's leadership.
In an unanimous vote Mon Mothma's special team of advisors, the High Council, offered the heroes of Endor - Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Lando Calrissian - a seat in their midst. All three refused, arguing that they'd be more useful to the New Republic if they stayed in active service. Although a great number of systems had welcomed and celebrated the fall of the Empire and had joined the New Republic; many of the old Core systems were still opposing what they saw as the enemies of the Empire: the Rebel Alliance. Those pockets of resistance were the main reason for Han, Lando and Chewbacca to support the mission of the New Republic's space fleet in the smaller battles against the remnants of the empire. They loved the excitement those missions brought. Leia, nominated as a senator of honor as the representative of the former Royal House of Alderaan, realized that those dangerous missions also gave Han the opportunity to postpone the decision about their future. Every time when Han returned at Irithim Leia hoped that he would propose to her, but Han avoided the subject meticulously. Leia, in turn, refused to bring up the issue herself, silently hoping that one day her wish would be fulfilled.
To Leia's brother, Luke Skywalker, the Alliance's victory brought a lot of other challenges. As the last remaining Jedi in the galaxy he was determined to rebuild the Jedi Order, as he had promised his old master Yoda.
Together with Leia he started a secret mission on Coruscant to find the entrance to the former Jedi Archive. The center of all the Jedi knowledge had been buried deep under the rubble and ruins of the once so beautiful Jedi Temple. It took several months before the twins were successful. Finally they were able to bring several hundred boxes with datacrons from a hidden vault and some seventy Jedi holocrons, to a safe location on Dalmaran. The datacron boxes turned out to contain a digital holographic backup copy of all the volumes which once had filled the shelves of the Jedi Library, but the Jedi holocrons were their most important find: ancient devices that held thousands of old stories of the Jedi history and teachings about the Jedi lore, preserved by the great Jedi masters of old. The holocrons also held the connection with the old masters who had been united with the Force.
The next months, after they had brought the treasures to Dalmaran, Luke spend a significant portion of his time to learn as much about the Jedi Order as possible and to master many old Jedi skillls. His intentions were to build a new Jedi temple in the future, but this plan had to wait until he could have passed on the knowledge that his Jedi Masters Ben Kenobi and Yoda had taught him, to his first padawans.
Lady Mon Mothma's advisors, the generals Reeikan and Madine granted Luke an extraordinary favor. In addition to his rank as a commodore in the Alliance's space fleet and a commander of the elite Gold Squad, they gave him the honorary rank of Jedi Commander, allowing him to expand his Jedi knowledge and to go and seek for future Jedi Knight all over the galaxy.
During his first years as a Jedi Knight Luke learned to use his extraordinary skills to choose the right candidates wisely. Several young men and women of different species requested him if they could become his padawan.
It was far from easy to convince those overconfident young candidates that a Jedi must have an absolute commitment to serve; that he must never use his Force-sensivity to attack or to dominate, but to use the Force as a power to protect all lifeforms in the galaxy from injustice or suppression.
To train a future padawan Luke decided that he would use the same way Ben Kenobi and Yoda had trained him.
First of all it was important that the padawan-to-be learned to sense the Force's influence within himself, to feel the Force flowing through himself, to become aware of the Force's control on his daily life and actions, and to surrender to his union with the Force and to rely on the insight and knowledge the Force was showing him. Together with the special Jedi meditation training to feel the Force in everything that surrounded him, this was the most important period in the life of the future padawan learner. During his apprenticeship under a Jedi Master the padawan learned to use the Force as a power that also obeys a Jedi's commands.
After thorough forethought Luke had made up his mind that he, the padawan and in the future the padawan's master would go to Tatooine and Dagobah for the final trials and the initiation to Jedi Knight.
Dagobah became Luke's second home planet. The more he learned about the Force, the more he loved the planet's tremendous influence through the Force.
On this remote location in the galaxy Luke often met his former Jedi Masters Obi-Wan 'Ben' Kenobi and Master Yoda, who both loved their talented former padawan. Although they had left the galaxy physically, they lived on in the Force and were still willing to advise and support the young Jedi Knight in his struggle to rebuild the Jedi Order. To Luke's astonishment Anakin Skywalker often accompanied his old friend Obi-Wan. In the beginning the man who had been his real father, was very reluctant to participate in Luke's conversations with his former Jedi masters, but after several visits Anakin Skywalker became a good friend and an important advisor for his son too.
Luke's first padawan was his sister Leia. Immediately after the Battle of Endor Luke began to teach her the basic knowledge of the Jedi Path, but it took two years before they found a good opportunity to go to Tatooine and Dagobah for Leia's intitiation rites and final trials.
On Dagobah Leia learned to feel and use of the full power of the Force. Just like her brother she was very Force sensitive and soon she could use and control the Force as a trained Jedi. She learned to feel the Force between all living things and all that surrounded her. Easily she could surrender herself to her new ally and rely on the its tremendous power.
The twins had a joyous time on the swamp planet of Dagobah, for Leia's training followed a very well-balanced development. She showed an absolute understanding for and a full commitment to her new task as a Jedi Knight. She often suprised her brother and Luke told her about the tension and frustration he had felt during his own training. How Obi-Wan Kenobi had been defending him and finally had convinced Yoda, that he wasn't too old to begin the training. How he had begged Yoda to trust him and take him as his padawan learner.
Three months after their arrival Luke completed his sister's initiation training as Jedi Knight. With the Force as her ally Leia could develop her Force abilities, for a Jedi Knight only learns to comprehend the full power of the Force during his life as her servant.
The evening before their return to Dalmaran the twins were busy in front of Master Yoda's former home. Leia was sitting on a stone, packing their few personal belongings in some small bags. Every now and then she looked up, staring with a starry-eyed gaze to the jungle trees around her. Luke was carrying out some small repairs on the outside of his space shuttle Astræga. Tomorrow morning he wanted to leave early.
"Luke, isn't it strange that Han hasn't tried to contact one of us, yet?" Leia suddenly asked, "Before we left Irithim I left word for him that I was going to Dagobah with you."
Luke looked up.
"Maybe he hasn't returned yet from that mission to Leathan. I heard rumors that the imperial resistance in that system was enormous. Palpatine must have had a lot of supporters there. Don't worry, my dear sister, Han won't take any unnecessary risks."
Leia smiled and sent tender thoughts of love to her far away friend. She hoped that after her return Han and she would set a date to get married. She looked up as she felt her brother's influence through the Force. He smiled.
"Still thinking of Han, Leia?" he asked.
"I miss him, Luke. I'll be very happy if he has returned to Dalmaran if we'll arrive tomorrow."
Luke sat down and laid his arm around her shoulders. Leia felt his warm caring love and their close relationship now that they were both Jedi Knights.
"Was it such a difficult time here with me?" Luke asked teasingly.
Leia shook her head.
"Of course not. I've enjoyed every minute here and what you've taught me is invaluable. Really, Luke, I had a very good time here."
"Tomorrow we're back home, my Jedi sister," Luke said with a smile.
For a moment Leia looked at her brother with a warm smile on her face.
"It's really unbelievable, that at last I really know how to use my Force skills as a Jedi, Luke. I've always thought we would never find the time to go to Tatooine and Dagobah for my initiation training. There was so much to do after the collapse of the empire and the final battle against the imperial fleet. But I think, we've done well to find time and come to Dagobah together."
'Right it was, of course,' a chuckling voice sounded behind Leia, 'Completing your training like brother, you had to, Skywalker daughter.'
Luke jumped to his feet and whirled around.
"Master Yoda, what a surprise. I didn't.... we really didn't expect to meet you."
'Here I was all the time. Watch you, I did. Good, twin sister Leia now a Jedi Knight she is. Stronger together you'll be. But always beware of the Dark Side. Always remember what happened to father. A good man, Anakin was. Strong too, he was, yes, and very powerful, but no inner peace, no patience, not in full control of the Force, too much relying on his feelings and emotions .... '
Yoda's face got a very sad expression, before he continued with a thoughtful smile.
'Rebuilding the Jedi Order Skywalkers must do. Strong with the Force, they are, brother and sister, like father.'
Luke and Leia had listened to the glowing appearance of Yoda in silence. The small creature looked up.
'Go back now, I must. May the Force be with you two.'
Yoda's Force ghost apparition became translucent and finally resolved among the trees. Leia took Luke's arm.
"Did you feel his presence. Was he really with us all the time?"
"I sensed his influence through the Force many times during our training sessions. Especially if I wasn't sure if what I taught you was the same knowledge he had taught me."
"You've done well, Luke, I felt Yoda's pride for the task you've fulfilled."
Luke put his hand over his sister's.
"I'm glad we have been here together, Leia, for I'm not quite sure, yet, if I really can fulfill the task that Yoda has asked me to take on. That our father choose the wrong path and became a servant of evil so easily, is a scaring thought. Could that happen to me, or to any of my future padawans, too?"
"Don't let those thoughts frighten you, Luke. You won't make the same mistakes. You're not Anakin; you're much stronger than he was. You resisted the emperor's Dark Side temptation, something he never could."
"Leia, we're his offspring; we're Darth Vader's children. People will find out who we are, and they might wonder, if we are as evil as he was. There are so many communities in the galaxy who hate the name of Vader. It's not impossible that we'll be held accountable for what our father has done."
"Stop worrying, Luke. Together we can face all those difficulties, like we've always done. We're siblings, we're twins, we're the offspring of Anakin Skywalker, a great Jedi Knight."
Before she rose, she tenderly kissed his cheek.
"Forget your worries, Jedi Master Skywalker," she teased, "We'd better get some sleep. Tomorrow we've to rise early."
Luke pushed his disturbing concerns from his thoughts and nodded.
"I want to lift off just after dawn."
Later that evening Luke recalled all the moments of Leia's initiation training. Once again he experienced the enormous tension he had felt during the first days after their arrival.
Hesitantly he had begun to teach her what master Yoda once had taught him. He recalled their first physical training sessions through Dagobah's jungle.
He also had felt Leia's fear for her own dark feelings, when he had told her to enter the dark cave under the Tree of Evil. She had to face her old emotions of grief, anger and hatred caused by the obliteration of her home planet of Alderaan, and the death of her foster-father Bail Organa. In that dark cave she had fought that darkness within herself. Like him she had blamed the one who she saw as the cause of her grieve and hatred emotions. With his Jedi knowledge he had been able to comfort her after that dreadful experience, so she could understand the deeper meaning of her encounter with the dark side in herself.
He had taught her the Jedi ways to meditate and to become one with the deeper core of her emotions. Those meditation sessions had taught her to feel the Force in all living things, in everything that surrounded her, in herself, in the trees, the unseen creatures and animals of Dagobah, the more friendly ones, but also the more vicious. She had learned to move objects using the Force, a skill that had a wide variety of applications and could be used for defence, but also for practical purposes. An important lesson had been the careful use of the many Jedi abilities, like Affect Mind; a skill to read and influence non-Force user's mind, which had to be used with great caution, for its use could have a devastating impact on weak-minded creatures.
His own perception of the Force and the importance of the knowledge a Jedi could gain from listening to the Force, had grown. The ways of the Jedi had become an living part of him. He had learned to accept, the will, the guidance and power of the Force as a way of life, to be fully aware of the past, the presence and the future, and be a part of the Unifying Force, but that deeper insight had also made him aware of the difficulties that lay ahead.
Many problems would rise around their birth. Those problems would have a great impact on his life and the lives of his closest friends: the lives of Leia and his friend Han.
The Force had shown him the consequences of their father's life and his sister's Jedi training. He was almost sure that their descent from Darth Vader's bloodline would have a terrible impact on his sister lif; although he knew that even for a Jedi the future was uncertain. There wasn't a way he could prevent it, although he had promised Obi-Wan to be Leia's protector after the Force had shown him that the beautiful princess of Alderaan was his twin sister.
Luke's thoughts trailed off to that magnificent moment here on Dagobah. Once again he heard himself denying that he had a sister and Obi-Wan's soothing explanation about their separation after their birth. That same moment he had realized that his deep felt love for Leia had natural cause. No longer had there be the need to compete with Han, who always had been his rival in winning Leia's affection. Luke smiled and closed his eyes. He reached out through the Force to his sister and she answered his telepathic thoughts, like she had done on Bespin. They were inseparable, they were twins and since Leia's initiation as a Jedi Knight: a pair of Jedi twins.
After a sober but nutritious breakfast Luke thoroughly checked the space shuttle before their departure. It was the Darth Vader's private shuttle that he had used on his flight from the second Death Star, carrying with him his father's dead body. After the war had ended Mon Mothma had given him the shuttle as a reward for his part in the downfall of the Empire. Luke felt a certain pride when he flew the ship, which for many years had been his father's.
After he had finished the final checkup Luke looked for Leia in her private quarter. She met him in the passageway, walking up the ramp. Luke took her hands and asked: "Glad to see Han back very soon?"
Leia nodded, but she had a pensive look on her face.
"I've locked up Yoda's home," she said.
"Fine. Then we can leave. Let's look around for a last time before we leave."
They both walked down the ramp to Yoda's house between the roots of an enormous tree. Luke looked around and used the Force to take in every little detail of the swamps and the vegetation around Yoda's home, but everything looked peaceful and serene. A short moment he sat down on one of the stones in front of the small house and whispered:
"Mezorahim dejan Forca tusale, Yoda-lemsa."
"What did you say, Luke?" Leia asked.
"I said good-bye to Yoda in the old Jedi language. I've found a couple of words which seems to mean the same as our "May the Force be with you".
"Where did you find those words."
"Yoda has left me his writings. He ends every scroll with the same phrase. That's why I think it's the official Jedi greeting."
"Was Yoda really the last Jedi Master? What was Ben in Yoda's eyes?"
"Yoda was the last member of the old Jedi Council. He was a Grand Jedi Master. Ben was a Jedi Master and member of the Jedi Council. The title of Grand Jedi Master is a title of honor. In the past the Jedi Council granted this title to only a few Jedi Masters. Ben hadn't yet mastered all the skills Yoda possessed. Maybe if he hadn't been killed on the first Death Star master Yoda would have helped him to become a Grand Master too. Come on, Leia, let's leave this place. "
Leia watched the tiny house between the roots and with unspoken words she thanked the great little Jedi Master for the dedication and the knowledge he had given to her brother. Slowly she followed Luke up the ramp, but suddenly she froze. Among the trees she saw Han's face. He looked at her with an angry face. Angry! Disappointed! Jealous! Furious! Leia thought she heard him say: "Is Luke really your brother, your Highness? Is what you've told me on Endor the truth? Is there any proof of your family relationship. Do you know who is Luke's father? Has he told you about his ancestry? If you are really twins, than Darth Vader is also your father; do you realize that, your Highness"
She shivered. It was as if she had heard Han's voice, but his words didn't make sense to her. She looked up the ramp of the shuttle and shouted: "LUKE!!!!!"
Her own loud voice frightened her. Luke turned to her at the top of the ramp and he knew what had happened: "She has seen what's laying ahead."
Her face was pale. Luke tried to comfort her through the Force and stretched out his hand, but she pushed him aside and rushed up the ramp to the cockpit. He followed her and took his seat in the pilot's chair. He looked aside, but Leia avoided his gaze.
"Are you ready?" He asked.
Leia nodded. With a frozen stare she saw Dagobah disappear among the stars.
"Ready for light speed?"
"Yes, everything is ready."
"Ok, let's go!"
Luke pulled the hyper drive handle and Leia saw how the stars became bright streaks.
"Is this really the end of my old life?" she thought, "I hope I have been imagining things. May the Force be with me."
Luke turned the pilot's seat and left the cockpit. Slowly Leia unbuckled her safety web and followed him. In the passageway she turned and looked through the transparisteel window. One flashing moment she thought she still could see Dagobah. Impossible, they were already light-years away from the jungle planet. She turned and went to the control room. She entered and saw Luke standing in the middle of the room in his ceremonial Jedi Knight's outfit. She smiled.
"Why this formal welcome, my dear brother?" She asked, trying to smile.
With a warm smile around his lips Luke took a brooch from the sleeve of his cassock while he walked over to her. With a proud gesture he fastened the brooch over the clasp of her Jedi cloak.
"May the Force be with you, my dear Leia, always and wherever you'll go. You are now entitled to wear this insignia of the Jedi, one of the distinctions of a Jedi Knight. You're officially a Jedi Knight."
Leia felt a shiver along her spine and looked at her brother. Tenderly he touched her face with his gloved hand.
"Remember you're part of a very large world. You're one of the luminous beings of the Force, just like me. Thank you, my dear sister, for trusting me. I feel less lonely, now that I know there's some one like me."
Leia put her hand on Luke's gloved hand and held it to her cheek for a moment.
"You're so dear to me, Luke. I've never had someone I could trust. From now on we'll do everything together."
She released his hand and walked over to the opposite side of the control room. Her Jedi coat whirled round her and fully protected her. She felt the great influence of the Force and felt one with every living being in the galaxy. Nothing could harm her now. She was a fully trained Jedi Knight and her ally was the Force. Probably the Force had shown her a flash of an uncertain future. She might have to face a lonely time without the one she cared for, without the one she loved.
"What time we'll arrive on Dalmaran, Luke?"
She asked, turning around.
Luke watched the synchrocom.
"Eight hours from now," he said.
"I want to use that time to do some Jedi meditation. Warn me when we're going in orbit around Dalmaran."
She left the flight room. Luke took off his Jedi coat and spent the rest of the journey in a peaceful relaxation. He rose by the sound of the synchrocom. Quietly he walked to Leia's quarter.
"We're nearing Dalmaran, Leia. We're leaving hyperspace in fifty parsecs."
"I'm coming," she answered from behind the closed door.
Luke watched her with a smile when she opened the door in her ceremonial Jedi outfit.
"It suits you even better than those senatorial dresses you used to wear." he smiled.
"I feel great in it," she answered.
Together they walked to the cockpit of the Astræga. Through the windscreen Dalmaran drifted in the dark void of the galaxy. Luke asked clearence to land and ten minutes later the former Imperial shuttle landed on one of the platforms of De'olon Space Port.
"Come on, Leia. Let's get to our apartment."
The ramp went down and with Leia's hand in his Luke walked to the platform, where Threepio and Artoo were waiting, seemingly impatient.
"Master Luke, princess Leia, thank the maker you're back. There's an awful lot of people waiting for you outside, master..."
"Threepio, what happened to hello?" Luke asked, while he released Leia's hand.
"Hello master Luke."
"Thanks Threepio, hello Artoo. Have you seen Han?"
"No, master Luke. General Solo isn't at the spaceport. He didn't get permission to welcome you back."
"That's odd. Let's find a transport home, Threepio, then we'll find out what's going on."
Luke walked over to Leia, who was already in conversation with a commander of Mon Mothma special guards. Luke heard her say: "This must be a mistake, commander."
"What's going on, Leia?"
"You're commodore Skywalker and you are accompanying her royal Highness the Princess of Alderaan?" the commander addressed them very formally.
"Yes? But why so formal, commander. You know our names. Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa."
"There were no other passengers on board your ship, commodore?" the commander continued neglecting Luke's remarks.
"No, why you're asking?"
Luke put his arm around Leia. He felt her tension.
"Commodore Skywalker, Your Royal Highness, you both have to follow me immediately. You are to be questioned by our Supreme Chancellor of the High Council, Lady Mon Mothma."
"Commander, we've been away for three months. We would like to prefer to go to our apartment first and say hello to general Solo. " Luke said with a slight shudder of uneasiness, "What's so urgent?"
Was anything wrong with Han? Was he in trouble at Leathan? No, Threepio just told him that Han didn't get permission to enter the spaceport. What had he done?
"I hope you will join me and my men without causing problems, commander?"
A detachment of armed troopers now enclosed Luke and Leia and guarded them to a waiting transport speeder. Luke saw that windows of the speeder were barred and blinded. He shrugged his shoulders and helped Leia to get in. At high speed it went to the government building. Heavily armed guards accompanied the two Jedi Knights to Mon Mothma's room. A couple of minutes later they stood in front of the leader of the New Republic. Her eyes watched them both, calm but cautiously and aloof.
"Commodore Skywalker, your Royal Highness," Mon Mothma said in a soft voice, "Since a month several severe charges which require thorough investigation by the High Council, have been brought in against both of you. You're suspected of high treason and collaboration with our former enemies, Darth Vader and emperor Palpatine. Before I confirm these charges and arrest you, I want a truthful answer to some questions."
"We've nothing to hide, madam," Luke responded.
"Commodore Skywalker, is Darth Vader, our former enemy, your father?"
Luke felt Mon Mothma's abhorrence for this truth.
"He is, Madam," he answered calmly.
Mon Mothma turned to Leia.
"Your Royal Highness, I have been told that commodore Skywalker is your twin brother. If that's true then I have to conclude that Darth Vader is your father too?"
"It's true, Madam. Luke and I are twins, but we were separ..."
"That'll do. Guard!!"
The door opened and the commander of the special guards entered.
"Commander, take these two prisoners to our detention building."
Astonished and speechless Luke and Leia heard Mon Mothma's decision. It was obvious, that during their their stay on Dagobah Mon Mothma had been informed about their descent and their relationship with Anakin Skywalker, the former enemy of the Alliance: Darth Vader. Silently the Skywalkers followed the commander to their prison cells.
Meanwhile on Coruscant the three high-ranking officers who had presented themselves as the leaders of the Provisionary Coruscant Council after the Battle of Jakku, held a secret meeting in a secret briefing room in the Council's building.
"Our intelligence force might have found some small leads about one of those missing star destroyer and their crew, Jerno," Kalip Ru'ndo said, looking at the others.
"Are they reliable enough to make serious conclusions? Has their commander finally contacted Coruscant and has he given an explanation for their unexpected jump into hyperspace before the final defeat of our fleet near Jakku, now almost two standard years ago?" Valann, the third officer asked.
"We will never know why they made that unexpected jump into hyperspace before the Battle of Jakku had ended in favor of the Alliance's space fleet. A standard month ago the star destroyer has exploded in the Urervik cluster, a group of insignificant planets and systems near the border of the Unknown Territories. The Basilisaea recieved a last distress call and that has been the last sign of life of the crew. The commander of the star destroyer called for emergency assistance as their hyperdrive suddenly had reached an extreme critical level of overheating. The commander of the Basilisaea, admiral Vestor, has informed our intelligence force that after arrival at the star destroyer's last known location, a huge amount of space debris was floating at a large area, has been found," Kalip said, looking at the datapad in his hand, "The Basilisaea has collected as much of the scattered remnants of the star destroyer as possible. Among those remnants is a heavily damaged holo recorder with distorted fragments of the distress call."
"So after almost two years of absence one of our missing star destroyers suddenly turn up, at a position light years away from the battlefield near Jakku. So why the star destroyer set course for an unknown cluster near the Unknown Territories and what the crew has done in the meantime will remain a mystery forever?" Valann commented, and in his voice Jerno and Kalip heard his serious concern.
"After we were informed about the possible betrayals and desertions of some imperial commanders our intelligence force have scanned large areas of the galaxy, looking for the traces of exhaust gasses which could identify the location of those missing destroyers. The cooperation with the Basilisaea and her reconnaissance and surveillance mission has been invaluable. I never expected those defected commanders and their crew to return to Coruscant voluntarily, for they would certainly be brought before our court martial. Where this ship has been all that time will indeed remain a mystery."
"Ask admiral Vestor of the Basilisaea to have the debris he has collected, including the holo recorder, transported back to Coruscant . The technicians of our intelligence force need to investigate the debris to find possible clues about all the ship's former locations or positions in the past two years. We also need to know more details about the exact location from where the commander has sent his last message," Jerno said, frowning, "How many casualties were there?"
"About two hundred men, four platoons," Kalip answered with a sigh, shaking his head.