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Co Jo-Da
02-12-2002, 08:10 PM
As the Jedi are ambushed in the arena, several Jedi display extraordinary Jedi fighting abilities. Luminari Unduli and Barris Offee can wield their lightsabers at uncalculated angles that confuses the Geonosians and Battle Droids due to their special double-jointed bodies. Dead Jedi fall down stairs while other Jedi twirl two lightsabers against the deadly Super Battle Droids. Shaak Ti is powerful in large group situations and is able to destroy vast amounts of Battle Droids in a small amount of time while Bultar Swan uses telepathy to synchronise her moves with other Jedi in perfect mirroring ability.
As the arena falls silent and the last of the Jedi lay dying, Mace Windu, skilled user of the lightsaber Form 7, speaks to Dooku, telling them he will not be a hostage that he can barter with. Count Dooku, who comes from a wealthy family and was once the Jedi Master of Qui-Gon Jinn, replies, ďthen I'm sorry, old friend. You will have to be destroyed.Ē This could have been the end of it all, particularly with the small band of Jedi surrounded by a legion of Battledroids, Droidekas, and Superbattledroids.

Suddenly, Padme yells out, ďLook!Ē Above the arena, LAAT/iís fast descend and begin to disgorge clonetroopers who return fire. Before long there is a hell-storm of laser fire as Clones fire upon the droids and blaster shots bounce off the shields. Yoda appears in the doorway of one of the ships and urges the surviving band of Jedi onboard. The Gunships take off and unleash more firepower on the droids before flying over the rim of the arena.

Outside on the flat terrain below, a line of parked Trade Federation and Commerce Guild Battle Ships and legions of Battle Droids begin to appear. However, thousands of Military Republic Cruisers begin to land on the surrounding countryside spewing out thousands of LAAT/iís, LAAT/Cís, and AT-TEís as well as hundreds of thousands of clonetroopers.

The Clonetroopers open fire with artillary. Explosions caused by the LAAT/is wreck the parked Battleships. The LAAT/iís open the rear of their ships and release hundreds of Military Swoops and the AT-TE carries LAAT/cís laden with troopers into the midst of the battle grounds. The Clone Trooperís armor is heat resistance and allows troopers to stride through the searing interfaces of shields as well as deflecting glancing blaster shots and damping direct hits enough to improve survival. Troops also share tactical video from their helmet visors, with multispectral imaging that penetrates smoke, fog and the airborne soil of the most explosive battlezones.

Clonetroopers advance, firing at the massed droids. The clones are expensive items and there are IM-6 battle droids ready to rescue any clone that is damaged. Each of the LAATís carry a medical station in the front part of the ship to repair and battle damaged clones. Repulsor lift stretchers and decontamination tents are vital to the IM-6.

From the sky suddenly comes Trade Federation Starfighters! They fly overhead, exchanging fire with the LAATís. However, due to the low altitude of the LAAT, they Droid Starfighterís can not take them on. Instead a legion of Jedi Starfighters emerge and open fire on the Droid Starfighters.

Very cool spoiler from the folks over at Episode X, just passing it allong...

Lord Tenebrous
02-13-2002, 10:51 AM
I'll bet R.A. Salvatore took a look at the part and said, "Yeah, you can so not expect me to try and write that into the book". So we can probably expect a sequel to SW: Battlegrounds.


I really hope it feels like a full-scale war, and not a bunch of digital models running across matte paintings.


And I really, really really really hope that they don't cut between the Hangar duel and this. It would be like cutting between the Bespin Duel and the Battle of Hoth, if both of those were on massive amounts of steroids and testosterone.

Co Jo-Da
02-13-2002, 03:17 PM
Originally posted by Lord Tenebrous
So we can probably expect a sequel to SW: Battlegrounds.

And I really, really really really hope that they don't cut between the Hangar duel and this. It would be like cutting between the Bespin Duel and the Battle of Hoth, if both of those were on massive amounts of steroids and testosterone.

I hope they make a sequel to Battleground along the same lines as Arena Battle...

As for the cutting between the Arena Battle and Hanger Duel but don't forget the Jedi Raid on the Droid Control Ship and the Air Battle above the Arena as well. In The Phantom Menace GL cut back and forth between Padme's charge to the Thorne Room, the Space Battle around the Droid Control Ship, the Gungan/Battle Droid fight and of course Theed Hanger Duel Between Obi-Wan,Qui-Gon and Darth Maul...

chewie
02-13-2002, 10:41 PM
I bet when the animators heard Lucas describe this scene, they messed their pants thinking of the work involved. Heck, they're probably still messing their pants as they're doing it hoping to have it done in time. :)