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As a repercussionistic sidenote to this Trade Summit account, Palpatine&mdash;who made a brief Naboo stopover visit at the request of [[King/Legends|King]] [[Ars Veruna]] on his way to the Eriadu summit from Coruscant&mdash;had, by the time he reached Eriadu, already been apprised of the imminent [[Bando Gora/Legends|Bando Gora]]-[[Gardulla Besadii the Elder/Legends#Gardulla's revenge|Gardulla]]-[[Black Sun/Legends|Black Sun]]-Veruna plot to kill [[Hego Damask]] (Palpatine's master, [[Darth Plagueis/Legends|Darth Plagueis]]): the self-same nuclear [[Bombing of Sojourn|bombardment]] of the [[Sojourn|Sojourn-moon]] that Palpatine himself had orchestrated, unbeknownst to his unwitting pawns (and clearly also to his own dark 'master'). A drunken Veruna gloated amidst a banquet thrown for his dark accomplices (all of whom, it appeared to Palpatine, were in attendance<ref>Veruna's banquet, it seems, was organized really for himself: to drown out (perhaps with the little extra help of flowing '[[blossom wine]]' and other inebriants) the raucous clamor of celebration happening just outside in the [[Theed/Legends|Theed]] [[Palace Plaza/Legends|Palace Plaza]], where hordes of enthusiastic [[Naboo (people)/Legends|Nabooian citizens]] had gathered to hear young [[Padmé Amidala/Legends|Padmé Naberrie]] speak (soon to be Amidala). Attending the King's extravagant 'counterevent' in the [[Theed Royal Palace/Legends|palace]] [[Throne room (Theed Royal Palace)/Legends|throne room]] were Veruna's most corrupt supporters and highly dubious offworlders, including [[Alexi Garyn]], head of the [[Black Sun/Legends|Black Sun]] crime syndicate, and crimelord [[Gardulla Besadii the Elder/Legends|Gardulla the Hutt]] with her retinue of [[Bando Gora/Legends|Bando Gora]] [[Terrorist/Legends|terrorist]] leaders. Palpatine could easily sense that the drunk and agitated King of Naboo—faced with allegations of corruption in an ongoing [[Foreign Affairs scandal|foreign affairs scandal]], the threatening outcome of the Eriadu Trade Summit just getting underway, and, of course, a most formidable rising opponent to his retention of the throne—was about to buckle and break under the sheer weight of it all. The [[Senator/Legends|senator]] was fully confident that Veruna would collapse at the foot of his gaudy throne, in a pathetic heap of [[Politics/Legends|political]] self-destruction, very soon. —''Darth Plagueis'', chapter 26: ''Their Baser Nature''</ref>) that the King was now, even as he spoke and the Trade Summit events unfurled, 'ending' his partnership with both Damask and the Trade Federation&mdash;bragging that the senator need not bother about giving any sort of warning to his [[InterGalactic Banking Clan/Legends|IBC]] associate, for ''Palpatine would not be seeing him again''. Which is to say, that the nuclear run on Sojourn was being carried out at that very moment. But despite what were meant to be vitriolic, hurtful words at the senator's expense, Palpatine/Darth Sidious silently gloried in the sublime ignorance of everyone about him, quietly amused himself with the wholly painless jabs of his would-be injurers: the Naboo senator couldn't have been more delighted that a nuclear bomb was on its way to Sojourn, where his unsuspecting 'master' was surely laboring diligently in his life-extension labs, busy in his quest for everlasting life through [[midi-chlorian manipulation]]. After all, it was Palpatine who, some time earlier, had ingeniously planted the seeds for such an attack in Veruna's mind, had quietly manipulated the King's thinking, to cause him to believe that he had engendered the idea himself.<ref name=":0">[[Darth Plagueis (novel)|''Darth Plagueis'']]</ref>
 
As a repercussionistic sidenote to this Trade Summit account, Palpatine&mdash;who made a brief Naboo stopover visit at the request of [[King/Legends|King]] [[Ars Veruna]] on his way to the Eriadu summit from Coruscant&mdash;had, by the time he reached Eriadu, already been apprised of the imminent [[Bando Gora/Legends|Bando Gora]]-[[Gardulla Besadii the Elder/Legends#Gardulla's revenge|Gardulla]]-[[Black Sun/Legends|Black Sun]]-Veruna plot to kill [[Hego Damask]] (Palpatine's master, [[Darth Plagueis/Legends|Darth Plagueis]]): the self-same nuclear [[Bombing of Sojourn|bombardment]] of the [[Sojourn|Sojourn-moon]] that Palpatine himself had orchestrated, unbeknownst to his unwitting pawns (and clearly also to his own dark 'master'). A drunken Veruna gloated amidst a banquet thrown for his dark accomplices (all of whom, it appeared to Palpatine, were in attendance<ref>Veruna's banquet, it seems, was organized really for himself: to drown out (perhaps with the little extra help of flowing '[[blossom wine]]' and other inebriants) the raucous clamor of celebration happening just outside in the [[Theed/Legends|Theed]] [[Palace Plaza/Legends|Palace Plaza]], where hordes of enthusiastic [[Naboo (people)/Legends|Nabooian citizens]] had gathered to hear young [[Padmé Amidala/Legends|Padmé Naberrie]] speak (soon to be Amidala). Attending the King's extravagant 'counterevent' in the [[Theed Royal Palace/Legends|palace]] [[Throne room (Theed Royal Palace)/Legends|throne room]] were Veruna's most corrupt supporters and highly dubious offworlders, including [[Alexi Garyn]], head of the [[Black Sun/Legends|Black Sun]] crime syndicate, and crimelord [[Gardulla Besadii the Elder/Legends|Gardulla the Hutt]] with her retinue of [[Bando Gora/Legends|Bando Gora]] [[Terrorist/Legends|terrorist]] leaders. Palpatine could easily sense that the drunk and agitated King of Naboo—faced with allegations of corruption in an ongoing [[Foreign Affairs scandal|foreign affairs scandal]], the threatening outcome of the Eriadu Trade Summit just getting underway, and, of course, a most formidable rising opponent to his retention of the throne—was about to buckle and break under the sheer weight of it all. The [[Senator/Legends|senator]] was fully confident that Veruna would collapse at the foot of his gaudy throne, in a pathetic heap of [[Politics/Legends|political]] self-destruction, very soon. —''Darth Plagueis'', chapter 26: ''Their Baser Nature''</ref>) that the King was now, even as he spoke and the Trade Summit events unfurled, 'ending' his partnership with both Damask and the Trade Federation&mdash;bragging that the senator need not bother about giving any sort of warning to his [[InterGalactic Banking Clan/Legends|IBC]] associate, for ''Palpatine would not be seeing him again''. Which is to say, that the nuclear run on Sojourn was being carried out at that very moment. But despite what were meant to be vitriolic, hurtful words at the senator's expense, Palpatine/Darth Sidious silently gloried in the sublime ignorance of everyone about him, quietly amused himself with the wholly painless jabs of his would-be injurers: the Naboo senator couldn't have been more delighted that a nuclear bomb was on its way to Sojourn, where his unsuspecting 'master' was surely laboring diligently in his life-extension labs, busy in his quest for everlasting life through [[midi-chlorian manipulation]]. After all, it was Palpatine who, some time earlier, had ingeniously planted the seeds for such an attack in Veruna's mind, had quietly manipulated the King's thinking, to cause him to believe that he had engendered the idea himself.<ref name=":0">[[Darth Plagueis (novel)|''Darth Plagueis'']]</ref>
   
It was only a short time later, amidst the rousing orchestral music that preceded the commencement of the Trade Summit event in Eriadu City's [[Seswenna Hall]], that Naboo's senatorial delegate to the Galactic Republic mentioned to a small group of fellow senators also in attendance ([[Orn Free Taa/Legends|one of whom]] had noticed Palpatine's rather pensive demeanor, a seeming preoccupation) that he'd just learned of ''King Veruna's sudden abdication of the throne''. This gossip-inducing news&mdash;communicated to Palpatine by Damask himself, and which had occurred, the Muun said, immediately after [[Jabba Desilijic Tiure/Legends|Jabba the Hutt]] had delivered to the Naboo monarch the startling revelation of his bitter enemy's almost-miraculous survival of Sojourn's nuclear blast&mdash;defined a watershed event for the future of the galaxy (for it marked Amidala's rise to the throne and all that would flow from that seminal event). In the sequence of Eriadu events dealing with the Trade Federation controversy, Veruna's abdication was thus shown to follow on the heels of (for it was directly brought on by) [[Sojourn#Nuclear target|the failed nuclear attempt on Damask's life]]. That the nuclear mission had been a failure accounts, perhaps, for Palpatine's pensive aspect, but otherwise things were developing precisely according to the senator's own interpretation&mdash;his [[Rule of One (Palpatine's Doctrine)|personal]] galactic view&mdash;of the [[Grand Plan]], and he was pleased.<ref name="cod" /><ref name=":0" />
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It was only a short time later, amidst the rousing orchestral music that preceded the commencement of the Trade Summit event in Eriadu City's [[Seswenna Hall]], that Naboo's senatorial delegate to the Galactic Republic mentioned to a small group of fellow senators also in attendance ([[Orn Free Taa/Legends|one of whom]] had noticed Palpatine's rather pensive demeanor, a seeming preoccupation) that he'd just learned of ''King Veruna's sudden abdication of the throne''. This gossip-inducing news&mdash;communicated to Palpatine by Damask himself, and which had occurred, the Muun said, immediately after [[Jabba Desilijic Tiure/Legends|Jabba the Hutt]] had delivered to the Naboo monarch the startling revelation of his bitter enemy's almost-miraculous survival of Sojourn's nuclear blast&mdash;defined a watershed event for the future of the galaxy (for it marked Amidala's rise to the throne and all that would flow from that seminal event). In the sequence of Eriadu events dealing with the Trade Federation controversy, Veruna's abdication was thus shown to follow on the heels of (for it was directly brought on by) [[Sojourn#Nuclear target|the failed nuclear attempt on Damask's life]]. That the nuclear mission had been a failure accounts, perhaps, for Palpatine's pensive aspect, but otherwise things were developing precisely according to the senator's own interpretation&mdash;his personal galactic view&mdash;of the [[Grand Plan]], and he was pleased.<ref name="cod" /><ref name=":0" />
   
 
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