Vader: [text message] omfg tarkin is so boring this meeting sucks it’s sooo tempting to just fall asleep
😴 Vader: they’d never know lol Obi-Wan: I’ve been very clear that I don’t think we should still be texting each other, Anakin. Vader: well……..if you’d prefer you could come here and we could chat in person 😘 Vader: Oops that was supposed to be 😈 Obi-Wan:
Sure it was. Vader: lol u love it 💕 Obi-Wan: I am going to meditate. And block your number. Vader: yeah yeah u said that 5 years ago old man Vader: who drunk-dialed me from a cantina last week??? hmmm??? Vader: i know youre making that face right now lol Obi-Wan: I am not making any sort of face, thank you. Obi-Wan: I have to go now. Vader: talk to you soon 😚
HA HA OMG BAIL HAS KNOWN OBI-WAN FOR ABOUT TEN HOURS AT THIS POINT AND WITNESSED ONE CONVERSATION BETWEEN HIM AND ANAKIN AND HE ALREADY HAS THEIR NUMBER FUCKIN’ DOWN, THAT OBI-WAN WILL ALWAYS BE THERE TO FIX ANAKIN SKYWALKER’S SHIT
How Obi-Wan inadvertently ‘helped’ Anakin build his first lightsaber.(Like I know in the EU it happened in a badass kind of way where Anakin had to battle a specter Maul and all that…I’m headcanoning he just sat in his room, came up with 100 lightsaber designs and didn’t know which one to pick so he just asked Obi-Wan to pick a number at random pfff..).
Indulge my ramblings about Anakin and Darth Vader, for a moment:
When I first watched Revenge of the Sith when it came out in theatres (I was about eight) I wondered how Anakin managed to kill so many Jedi during Order 66. Like, sure, he’s arguably the most Force-sensitive of Force-sensitives in existence, and when he immersed himself completely in the Dark side that gave him a power hard to match - but he was up against thousands of Knights and Masters in the Temple, even with half (and it was only half, we now know, since the rest were given to Ahsoka) of the 501st at his back.
So, how did it happen?
The name Darth Vader immediatelyconjures up the silhouette of the cloak and helmet, the sound of mechanised breathing, slow, deliberate words. It’s easy to forget Darth Vader wore Anakin’s Skywalker’s flesh and bones for something like two days before he was put in the suit.
The Darth Vader of respirator, vocoder and helmet, as strong as he was in the darkness, was always impeded by his injuries and his mechanised limbs. As Matthew Stover puts it, he can only ever be a shadow of what he was before - because he was barely alive enough to tune himself to the Force.
The Vader that slaughtered hundreds of Rebels in Vader Down and in Rogue one is a shadow of what Darth Vader, newly named, was. A Vader that had three flesh limbs and one metal, who could probably have killed all ten thousand Jedi by himself if they were all there.
Anakin/Vader wasn’t lying or really even overstating things when he told Padme on Mustafar that he could overthrow Palpatine and rule the galaxy. At that point in time, he very possibly could.
This brings up two very important things.
1. At that point in time, Anakin was possibly the most powerful individual sentient in the galaxy. It was only after he became Vader proper that he descended to number 2.
2. And yet, despite all this, Obi-Wan defeated him on Mustafar.
(This is the part where you sit back and go,Stars. Obi-Wan Kenobi.)
And lastly, 3. If Anakin hadn’t turned because he wanted to keep his family (the same trait, though flawed in execution, that allowed him to bring back balance in ROTJ) he would have been the Sith to end all Sith; an Emperor so terrifying that Palpatine would have seemed a faint, almost-desirable memory.
So technically I’m behind but I said in my opening Fictober post that it was okay to post late so I figure that applies to myself too.
There were masks
dancing all around him in the darkness.
“He is not
worthy.” That was the angry mask.
The serene mask.
“He is still
too angry.” This was the sad mask.
“No, can you
not feel it? He has done it. He has finally achieved balance.” The
joyful mask had a voice to match.
“Why, have you
brought him before us? Why?” Confusion peered down at him.
has brought balance to the Force at last.” That voice. That voice
was familiar. He could not remember his own name, but he knew that
“He has faced
his great trials,” said the serene mask. “He has defeated the
evil, both within and around him. He died knowing who he truly was.”
“This is his
destiny!” exclaimed the joyful one.
“He does not
deserve this,” said anger.
the serene one, “is why it is called the Great Gift.”
Anakin awoke into
darkness with someone calling his name.
His real name,
not the Sith name he had used for over twenty years. And this voice
was not speaking his name with malice, or fear, or anger, or any of
the emotions he was used to hearing directed towards himself, but
with the air of… an old friend.
The voice was
familiar. Lilting, rough with age like he’d never heard outside
his helmet, but light all the same.
His helmet. He
wasn’t wearing his helmet. There were no mechanical body parts
weighing him down, no life support forcing air into his lungs, no
There was no pain.
his next thought, and then Anakin remembered.
had killed Palpatine. His son was safe. He was free.