"Sacrifice" by John Ostrander
Plot Summary by Stephen R. Wilson
One month after the battle of Geonosis.
Khaleen is in the maintenance levels of the The Wheel space station. Grakko calls her a thief and tries to kill her as he has been hired to do. She kills him instead.
On Coruscant, Master Tholme reports to Yoda that he has lost contact with Quinlan Vos, who has been working undercover on the Wheel as a mercenary named Korto Vos. Tholme has sent Aayla Secura to find him, posing as a mechanic named Jaayza.
Aayla has to beat up some of Tookarti's thugs before he takes her to Vos. Aayla and Vos are talking when Tookarti reports that Khaleen is hiding in a trash pit and in danger from a resident dianoga. The two Jedi kill the dianoga and we find out that both Khaleen and Tookarti are working for Vos, whom they believe to be a criminal.
Vos sent Khaleen to steal a data disc from Zenex, a Separatist. Aayla decrypts the disc and sees that it outlines a Separatist plan to attack the Republic's cloning facility on Kamino. Vos says they have to let Zenex recover the disc so that the Separatists will believe they are safe to continue with their plan.
Khaleen, who is obviously in love with Vos, overhears them talking and volunteers to return the disc, despite the danger it will put herself in. Even though she is a criminal, she is willing to sacrifice her life for the good of the Republic.
At the meeting, Zenex does try to kill her, but Vos and Aayla intervene. Vos saves Khaleen while Aayla kills Zenex.
Vos takes the disc to Zenex's contact and uses Jedi mind suggestion to make him think that Zenex gave it to him.
We then see Tookarti telling Count Dooku that everything went according to plan.
"The Defense of Kamino" by John Ostrander, Haden Blackman, Scott Allie
On Kamino, Anakin Skywalker has a Force vision of Obi Wan crashing and dying in the coming battle.
When the attack begins, Master Kossex is shot sown and dies. Obi Wan also crashes as in Anakin's vision, but Anakin rescues him (losing his own ship in the process) and they battle the sea monsters of Kamino until they are picked up.
Meanwhile, Lama Su and Master Ti agree to release the ARC Troopers, cloned trained by Jango Fett himself. Together, they protect and evacuate the younger clones, eventually meeting up with Obi Wan and Anakin.
Master Shaak Ti
Count Dooku and the Emperor are then seen discussing Merai. They set him up because he would have been too difficult to actually turn him to their side.
"Schism" by John Ostrander
On the planet Lianna, Master Mace Windu speaks at the burning of Master Cei Vookto. Vookto's Padawan, Dama Montalvo, is given to Master Ki-Adi-Mundi for the time being.
Master Mace Windu
Master Cei Vookto
Quinlan Vos reports that four Jedi - Jeisel, K'kruhk, Rhad Tarn, and Mira - have joined Sora Bulq in a dissident movement. They have invited Master Windu to a meeting with them at Bulq's estate on Ruul. Bulq specializes in an aggressive fighting method called Vaapad that brings one very close to the Dark Side.
Meanwhile, Dooku sends Asajj Ventress to Ruul to interrupt the meeting.
The dissidents range from simply being disgusted with the war to wanting to fight against what they believe to be a corrupted Republic. That night, Ventress attacks Bulq. Mira comes to his aid and Ventress kills her. When they all demand to know who Ventress is, she says she is Windu's servant, and flees.
Windu chases her and the others follow. Rhad is the first to find her and she turns him to the Dark Side with his own anger.
Windu surmises returns to Bulq, surmising that he is in league with Ventress. Bulq admits that Dooku turned him to the Dark Side. Windu realizes that the others can't stand against Ventress, so he leaves Bulq and goes to help them. Jeisel kills Rhad. Ventress flees. Windu escapes the planet with K'kruhk and Jeisel.