Jedi Knight Anakin
Skywalker and his Padawan Ahsoka Tano have been sent to
Hakara, a swamp-filled planet, after the Jedi Council
receives a garbled distress call from the believed-to-be
uninhabited planet. More intriguing for the Council is
that the distress call utilised unknown technology and
language which the Council are still trying to decipher.
After traipsing through miles of swamp and pestered
constantly by clouds of flying insects, the two Jedi
discover a Separatists base operated by battle droids
but are perturbed to witness the droids focused on their
individual tasks rather than preparing for company
prompting Ahsoka to ask the obvious question: if the
droids didn't send the distress call, then who did?
However as the Jedi ponder an answer to this question,
Ahsoka notices that the cloud of insects flying around
her has suddenly started to behave erratic. Just then
Anakin spots a droid air-patrol and both Jedi dive under
the water as the droid buzzes overhead. Sensing that the
droid has moved on, the Jedi resurface only to discover
the insects behaviour around them is even more erratic -
they're diving into the water. As Ahsoka begins to think
that the insects are trying to warn the two Jedi,
another air-patrol buzzes over the Jedi's position. As
the Jedi ignite their lightsabers to defend themselves,
the insects swarm the droid and attack its neural
processors causing it to crash into the swamp waters.
Ahsoka argues that the insects did it on purpose, but
Anakin claims that they don't have time to discuss her
theory as the droid may have called for back-up and so
they head deeper into the swamp. After travelling for
sometime Ahsoka notices that the insects are leading the
Jedi towards a hollowed out tree, but Anakin is
reluctant to climb into the hollow. However Ahsoka has
no reservations and leads the pair into the hollow.
Before long the two Jedi arrive in an underground cavern
filled with swarms of insects where the Jedi discover
Hakara's native population: a hive of insects!
Reaching into the Force, Anakin shows the insects how to
defeat the droid invaders by attacking the droid's
neural processors and swarms of insects fly off to
destroy the Separatist droid base. Ahsoka comments that
the insects' hive explains why the Jedi Council had
difficulties in translating the original message from
Hakara and wonders how they can prevent the Separatists
from returning. Anakin suggests that the Council place
Hakara under its protection and that the Republic
assigns an ambassador to the planet.