Imperial Problem Child
just a few silly ideas to throw around, make of them what you will
•Mon Mothma knew Luke was Vader’s kid from the get go but didn’t want to say anything (idea inspired by @kaelinaloveslomaris and her fic Allegiance)
•for a while, the Rogue Squadron and some select members of the Alliance knew, but very few Imperials did as Vader doesn’t trust many people
•in the scenario imagined by @shimmer712 , Luke and Friends try to reason with the mob led by Imperial Dad. Jedi reflexes let him dodge a blaster bolt, but his jacket is singed.
•Vader showed up because someone called in the Rebel activity and as soon as he sensed Luke and heard the mob he was like “Oh for crying out loud” and marched in to the rescue.
•the 501st has rescued Rogue Squadron at least twice and repeatedly rubs it in their faces
•Wedge Antilles and Firmus Piett are on a first name basis with each other after only three weeks of Skywalker Nonsense
•Space Paparazzi. Space Paparazzi everywhere
•only the people on the Executor know about Vader’s less than antagonistic relationship with the Rogue Squadron. They don’t breathe a word of it outside the ship. Vader is secretly building up a power base again, but this time the likelihood of catching Palpatine by surprise is higher.
•Luke once showed up at an Imperial event on a Hutt held world (spoilers: the Hutts didn’t hold that world for long) and attended a ceremony with Vader, completely straight-faced, and no one questioned it until the explosions started.
•someone got the courage to ask Vader about it later. As he was in a good mood, he said something along the lines of “the prince is often quite busy, ambassador. You should be honored that he attended at all.”
“At the end of my speech his men started a riot downtown that’s still going!” the Hutt complains, “At this rate we’ll lose all control of the city!”
“Yes,” Vader muses, “I was rather surprised he managed to wait that long.”
There’s a new puppet governor in place by the end of the day. She might have Rebel sympathies. Nobody bothered to check.