Leia is shoved into a dark storeroom where she senses something else is there. It s Randa who tells her that he had tried to reach the mining laser to sacrifice himself and kill as many Vong as he could. She doesn’t quite believe him and asks where the Noghri she’d set to watch him is.
Randa tells him he was taken. She demands to know everything. He admits he had tried to bargain with them to give his people a safe world. He is sure she would have done the same if she could have. In exchange, he was going to give them a Jedi to study. Not her, but her son, Jacen.
She reaches out for her children and wonders where they are. A power conduit is in the storeroom from floor to ceiling. She remembers this one opens into her tunnel. She asks him for a pebble. Randa produces one and she taps out a distress signal in Mon Cal blink code. When it doesn’t work, she tries to push against the door.
Randa points out he already tried that. Finally, she reaches out to Luke with the Force.
Luke feels a tendril of energy and realizes Leia is in danger. He reaches out to her and is about to rush for his X-Wing when he stops to think what he’s doing. Does he save his sister or stay here and wait for Mara. The Force tells him that this isn’t Leia’s moment, but Jacen’s.
He can’t reach Jacen, but Jaina responds instantly and turns back to help her mother. He can see Leia tapping on a power conduit with a pebble and sends that image to Jaina. Kenth Hamner calls in and tells him that there are no reinforcements coming.
Jacen has crawled into a hole in the admin building as the Force tells him him to wait. He angrily wonders what he’s supposed to wait for.
Having found the hidden antenna in the crawler, Han tries to pick up Leia or Jaina with no answer. He finally gets Threepio who reports no more Yuuzhan Vong. Romany appears and tells him the last ones have gotten through the tunnel.
Droma tells him he will try to get to the Senex-Juvex system which might still be taking refugees. Han promises to put any stragglers on the Falcon. He hands Droma his comlink and heads to his ship.
A clawed hand quickly puts food and water in the storeroom. Leia drinks but refuses to eat what they’ve left and hands it over to Randa. Then she hears a faint pinging from the conduit and realizes it’s in blink code. It’s Jaina.
Leia warns her about the threat to the orbital cities, the enslavement of the refugees and the potential attack on the Core. Mara has to be warned first. Jaina can come back and with her father later.
In Wuht’s office, Mara is told that two humans have already warned him a Jedi would show up to try to force him to change his mind. She can tell these are Peace Brigaders. Mara warns him that a second Vong attack is imminent.
The Peace Brigaders assure her that the aliens only want the planet’s surface, not the cities in orbit. Mara knows Wuht is prioritizing his own people, but surely he can see with his own eyes how the Vong hate technology. It’s an offense against their gods. He can’t really believe they would leave the cities alone.
She gets a com from Jaina which she allows everyone to hear. Jaina tells them that her mother has been captured and was met by the warmaster who told her they are going to purify Duro of the machines in orbit and then take the Core. There is evidence that the Peace Brigade has been using Shipping to get one of the cities prepped to leave orbit. The admiral should his people to that area and get moving as fast as possible. In the meantime, someone needs to hit the Gateway dome and kill that warmaster while he’s still down there.
Mara takes down one of the Peace Brigaders while Wuht holds a blaster on one. There are three Jedi with ships in system and then there’s the Millennium Falcon. They can at least delay the Vong and get more people out.
Anakin patrols from space and uses the Force to determine where his family members are. He has his astromech, Fiver, scanning.
He decides to take down the creature that is already feeding on one orbital city. Using a downed freighter with a live reactor, he flies into the hull and steers the ship toward Orr-Om, decelerates, leaves the freighter and sends a torpedo into it. It hits the ship and he uses the remainder of his torpedoes to fight off coralskippers as he heads for Duro. The explosion kills the monster and it falls off of the city.