A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
Emperor Palpatine stood in a storage room in his Star Destroyer, a storage room where the wall paneling was ripped out, wires hung from the ceiling, the floor was torn up. Most of the room was taken up by a series of pads lain out in concentric circles. All around work crews were hurriedly fixing various electronic equipment while a few scientists over saw them.
The great and terrible Emperor walked up to one of several military personnel overseeing the entire operation. “Keller,” he said with a rasp and smiling cruelly, “how goes the testing?”
Nervously Keller shifted from foot to foot, “Sir, we’ve successfully completed the test series… but this technology…sir.”
The smile vanished from Palpatine’s lips, “Yes, Keller?”
“Sir, well… it’s—it’s so advanced, we’ve never seen anything like it. We don’t even really know how it works. There could be dangers we aren’t aware of sir.”
“It does not matter how this technology works, nor where it comes from. All that does matter is that it works. Have you input all the coordinates for our subjects?”
“Sir, yes, sir. But, sir, we haven’t tested the mass nor the distance that is required sir!”
“Keller,” ]Palpatine said sternly, “this technology is absolutely guaranteed to work, now bring my subjects to me.”
Nervously Keller walked to the nearest terminal, and with a few quick key strokes the sounds of heavy machinery filled the room. The pads on the floor began to emit bright white light.
Suddenly a klaxon sounded, Keller screamed at the Emperor, “There’s a power surge! A powersurge!”
His computer exploded, followed by several panels in the walls, showering sparks around the room. “Did no one install a circuit breaker?” Keller screamed. All around him scientists and work men ran trying to find cover.
Palpatine simply stood, rooted in his spot. He looked almost content.
Just as quickly as the light filled the room, it faded. And on each of those pads stood a person.
Palpatine addressed the assembled, “Hello, welcome to my spaceship.”