“Wisdom is born in fools as well as wise men.“
THE DISAPPEARED, PART II
Lost! Queen Julia of the planet Bardotta has been
abducted. If Representative Jar Jar Binks and Jedi
Master Mace Windu cannot find the missing queen in
three rotations, a sinister prophecy will be
fulfilled. The bloodthirsty Frangawl Cult will
take over the Bardottan government, and its
planetary system will be overwhelmed with chaos,
death and destruction….
As Mace Windu and Jar Jar Binks leave Bardotta in their T-6 shuttle, Windu asks Binks what he saw in the cult’s chamber, and the Gungan describes how the cultists sacrificed one of Dagoyan Masters, then extracted the Living Force from his body, which they stored in a glowing sphere. Windu deduces that the cult will extract the Force from Julia as well but ponders the purpose of the cult’s actions. Jar Jar is more concerned about Julia’s fate, and Windu assures him that he should be able to sense the location of the collected Force energy.
The cultists’ starship arrives on the moon Zardossa Stix, where it lands in a city and is greeted by cult members. Queen Julia regains consciousness and demands to know where she is. She begins calling for Jar Jar, but is subdued with a sleeping powder by the cult leader. The Zardossan cultist informs the new arrivals that the Great Mother has sensed that the Jedi and the Gungan have determined their location and will arrive shortly. The cult leader says they must hurry and sacrifice the queen—once her Living Force is transferred to the Great Mother, she can deal with the Jedi.
Windu and Binks arrive at the Zardossan city. Binks is eager to start searching immediately, but Windu says they must remain calm and focused while he tries to sense their targets with the Force. Windu meditates and describes what he sees as crowded city streets, a market square where the sphere and the queen are located.
As they arrive at the market square, Windu counsels Binks not to focus on his anxieties but to remain alert. As Windu leaps to a rooftop for a better view, Jar Jar hears Julia’s calls for help and sets off in pursuit. A Zygerrian cultist throws her tooka into a herd of eopie, triggering a minor stampede to slow the Jedi down. Jar Jar rounds a corner to find himself surrounded by cultists. As Windu gets clear of the eopie herd, Jar Jar runs screaming past him with the cultists in pursuit. Using his lightsaber and their weapons against them, Windu fights and defeats the cult members. Jar Jar hides in a cantina, then pursues the group carrying the queen. With Windu under attack from another group of cultists, he loses track of Jar Jar, who dives for cover as a cultist opens fire with a heavy repeating blaster. Hearing the blaster fire, Windu arrives just in time to save Jar Jar as he charges towards the blaster.
The cult leader orders a Ming Po animal trainer to stop their pursuers. The trainer summons two gundarks, then relieves Mace of his lightsaber using a whip. Windu manages to stun the gundarks, then uses the Force to pull the trainer towards him until the gundarks attack him again. Jar Jar punches the trainer, who drops the lightsaber, which Jar Jar grabs with his tongue and spits towards Windu. Armed once again, Windu kills one gundark, leaving the other to flee. As Jar Jar heads off in pursuit, Windu questions the trainer, who says the shadow will fall and the Great Mother will deal with the Jedi. With the cultists escaping in two speeders, Windu pays a local trader for an eopie and a dalgo to continue the pursuit.
The cultists arrive at the Temple of Malmourral and discuss that although the Jedi is unyielding in his pursuit, he will arrive too late to prevent the queen’s sacrifice during an upcoming planetary alignment. A shuttlecraft arrives at the temple, and the cult members bow down as its occupant disembarks: the Great Mother is Mother Talzin, the leader of the Dathomirian Nightsisters. They give her the Force sphere and state that the temple’s stone guardians will halt the Jedi’s advance during the ritual. Talzin explains that she intends to use the planetary alignment to combine the queen’s spirit with her dark magic and the collected Force energy to give her more power than any Jedi or Sith.
As he and Jar Jar approach the temple, Windu sees that the ritual has begun. Jar Jar clumsily activates the temple’s Stone guardians, but by throwing the Gungan around using the Force, Windu manages to get the guardians to destroy each other with their weapons.
Windu leaps onto the ritual platform to confront Mother Talzin, who summons a flaming sword using her magic. As the Jedi and the Nightsister duel, Jar Jar uses one of the stone guardians’ weapons to blast the cult members and free the queen from her bonds. As the cult leader attacks Jar Jar, the planets align, and a beam of energy blasts through a series of lenses. Julia pushes Jar Jar out of the way, and the cult leader’s spirit is torn out of him. The Force sphere falls from its pedestal, shatters, and releases the Force energy, unleashing its fury in a colossal explosion. Windu gets to his feet to see Talzin screaming as she disappears.
Queen Julia thanks Binks and Windu for rescuing her and suggests that these events could begin a new era of understanding between the Bardottans and the Jedi.