So I do have a few more bits of insanity….
As I mentioned previously, Sanzo sucks at Force Suggestion and Hakkai is frighteningly good at it. Hakkai also, as we know in canon, can be polite, efficient, and sadistic all at the same time.
Which means when Hakkai gets that little smirk, Sanzo knows he has to step in before Hakkai Suggests an Imperial agent walk right behind that spaceship engine about to blast off….
Bunnies appear to be placing this in the Clone Wars timeframe, but I also had the thought that if the Ikkou ever did meet the Ghost crew…. Well, first off, Sanzo would sit Ezra down and tell him not to try and meditate with, approach, or otherwise “help” Hakkai. “We’re broken people. You’re not old enough or trained enough to deal with that.”
Kanan (Jarrus, not Cho, and there’s another good reason to steer clear of Hakkai) would probably spend the entire time the ikkou’s anywhere near him with the little hairs on the back of his neck going straight up. Not to mention fighting the urge to snatch his padawan away from anywhere near the smiling brunet with the subtle cyber-eye. Because who knows how many details on what Cho Gonou did got mentioned to the younglings, but Caleb Dume was bright, inquisitive, and nosy as a ferret on sugar; he had to have heard something about that mess.
(Kanan Jarrus is not dumb. Wanting to get a padawan who’s got problems with dark emotions the hell away from Hakkai is an entirely sane reaction, and Sanzo and Gojyo would both probably applaud his good sense. Though Goku would pout. He wants to see Sanzo cut loose with a lightsaber again and when’s Sanzo ever going to do that except sparring when he’s absolutely sure no one’s going to catch him at it?)
I haven’t got a lot of details on Gojyo yet, not even planetary origin, but I know he’s very good at sabacc. And other gambling games. While he knows something about piloting, he was primarily a gambler and sometimes-muscle before running into Sanzo’s brand of trouble, and he’s more likely to take the guns than the pilot’s seat. That’s Hakkai’s spot.
(And Gojyo tries not to think about the times Hakkai’s played chicken with ships the size of Star Destroyers. Jedi precog or not, that’s not sane.)
Goku… he was either a Sith Creation or some rogue Jedi creation that Kanzeon scooped up and rescued; if only by putting him into stasis until someone showed up with enough strength of will to handle him. Nyoi-boi has a tech basis in this setting, though I suspect the collapsed state of the staff is small enough to hide in Goku’s bracers.
One thing the plotbunnies aren’t currently sure of is if Sanzo changed his name post-Order 66, or not. As in, was he Kouryuu or Konzen before the order went out? Because the image of prim and proper Konzen cutting his hair and ditching the more noble-style dress for a priest’s robes would be an interesting identity hiding bit.
As for events post-66, given an entire Empire, why hasn’t the Sanzo-ikkou been caught? So far, the bunnies have a few tentative suggestions. First off… well. As per Saiyuki canon, the ikkou tends to sneak by whenever possible, fight only when cornered – and then use massive amounts of violence. It’s like getting into a fight with a rattlesnake in a phone booth.
Second, Palpatine tends to want Fallen Jedi, so they can be turned to work for him. Sanzo’s proved over and over again that you can’t get him to Fall; you might as well ask a mountain to go take a walk. But Hakkai… is tempting. Very tempting.
(This may be Mace Windu’s revenge from beyond the grave. I’d bet anything he’s watching that in the Force and smirking. You think you can turn Hakkai? Good luck.)
Third… it’s possible that Sanzo’s group is still exploring the kind of temples they found Goku and/or the Sutras in. And Palpatine may not yet have all the information he needs to use/revive the Sith Lord Gyumaoh. Not yet.
Which may imply that Vader wants them dead anyway, he just can’t quite catch them….