By Scuba Wang
We are slowly unraveling what will be the best idea Star Wars will never use. If you are still reading these, thank you. I’m sure a lot of people quit because they like easy story lines that have a quick payoff, but you are here because you want something deep that leaves you saying “hey that’s not too bad. Poor guy must hate his life because he’s reduced himself to writing ‘What If’ Star Wars stories.” Yep! At this point, even Mrs. Wang is hard on me for taking so much time to write these. Jokes on her! I quit my job months ago and have just been parking my car at the neighbors house before she gets up and walking back home after she leaves. I even took out a loan to replicate my usual paycheck. Hopefully it will all be worth it. If not, the worst that can happen is I lose my wife. Literally that is the worst case, so it’s nice to just say that possible reality out loud.
Let’s get to it. Finn stands with his fellow Jedi trying to negotiate with Rey’s faction on how to deal with the present situation. Both groups agree there doesn’t need to be conflict, but they can’t agree on how to keep it from happening and find even ground for the two groups who are about to fight. Finn is the most trained of any of the Jedi from both factions there. Ben sent him on this mission because he is one of the wiser Jedi around, second to Rey and himself. Finn was also very close to Rey before the split, so Rey’s group has a higher respect for him. He was the perfect choice to go on this mission. As Finn leads the negotiations, a red blaster bolt wizzes by him and connects with one of Rey’s jedi who falls to the ground immediately lifeless. With that one shot all hell breaks loose.
The two groups on the verge of conflict, now in full force, fire on the other. Both Jedi factions are stuck in the middle defending themselves. After the death of a fellow Jedi, members from Rey’s group decide to fight against the group they believe the blaster came from. To Rey’s group, they are the greater threat because they showed hostility first. Finn takes his group and tries to stop Rey’s group (Rey isn’t there. I am just referring to her jedi as Rey’s group). Finn explains they don’t know all the answers so they shouldn’t pick any sides. Rey’s group will not listen and forms an alliance. Finn, seeing this as the wrong call and not wanting to abandon a possibly innocent group, decides to take his fellow Jedi and defend the other group. The next part of the story will show us this specific conflict where the two jedi factions will come to blows for the first time. Neither group really wants to fight but are forced to because of the sides they chose.
At one point Finn tries to get between everyone fighting trying to stop the conflict and is killed. Off in the distance, Rey falls to ground in pain and so does Ben. Both of them use their connection to the force and Rey has tears and anger. Both Jedi groups stop and leave the planet to have their own conflict. Neither group wants to get involved, and after the death of Finn, each jedi group blames the other. Rey, while talking to Ben, blames him for Finn’s death. She believes that if Ben's group hadn’t been so passive, Finn would be alive. If they had adopted Rey’s point of view then they would have had the power to stop the conflict before it even began. Since they were divided, it was able to happen, thus resulting in Finn’s death. Rey accuses Ben of choosing a random group of people over his own fellow Jedi. Rey leaves the force meeting and Ben doesn’t know what to say, leaving him broken.
Rey is now fueled by Finn’s death and decides that two Jedi groups is more of a problem then she had thought before. She gets in her own head and starts to believe Ben’s group truly aren’t Jedi and that their ways border the darkside because they would allow potential chaos by being passive. After meeting with her order, they decide that they will need to take action.
Ben, sensing the conflict, feels that Rey could potentially be leaning too much into power. He starts to see her as a future threat because she starts to embody all of his fears that he had before. If Rey were to defeat them or make their order stand down, then she could be no different than the Empire or First Order (ruling with power). On the other hand, Rey doesn’t truly have this motive as much as Ben thinks she does, but Ben is clouded of that by his fear. In reality, Rey does think that a house divided will not stand and that two factions could not get accomplished what one strong one could. She feels that if people in the galaxy see two jedi orders, they will seem weak and chaos could ensue.
The next segment of the trilogy will show the conflict that will erupt between the factions in a Jedi Civil War. Both factions have a larger amount of Jedi by this time and are in an all out war. During this war, the Jedi are focused only on their conflict, seeing it as the only priority while the galaxy is in chaos because the main peacekeepers and most powerful warriors are too busy in their own conflict to help anyone else. Many Jedi will die in this war as both sides will not back down. The opposite faction will only cause unbalance while the other one will keep it. The finale will show a fight between Ben and Rey as, up until now, they have only been communicating through the force, not physically seeing each other. Through all of this, they would still say they cared about each other as friends, but during this one on one, their own personal feelings fall to the wayside, concerned instead about the greater good of the galaxy. At the climax of this massive battle, Rey and Ben are both beaten and exhausted, being evenly matched in the force. At this point, there is a large disturbance in the force as both sides stop fighting. At that moment, a large ship appears above them in the sky, and a barrage of blasts fire on all the Jedi.
To be continued...
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