Temnoz positioned himself in a stance that Taral recognized as being part of the lightsaber art of Soresu, meaning that Temnoz was prepared to counter any ranged attack made against him. Then the projection of Maccus claimed that the fight was too boring and activated a contraption that existed within the room that would target random party members. This mechanism encased them in a powerful shield and then amplified the gravity where they stood.
Maccus then told the party that to disrupt the mechanisms generating the gravity, that they only need to shoot the cone generating the field.
Temnoz used his force powers to teleport around the room and shoot Force Lightning at the party. The party who broke out of the gravity generators found that their muscles adjusted to make themselves feel even lighter, allowing them to move faster and hit harder. Still, Temnoz made it very difficult to be reached- much less struck.
Zendral thought to strike Temnoz with his volt cannon, only for Temnoz to reflect it back and shock Zendral. Visase, catching on to the fact that lightsabers have been unsuccessful at reflecting sonic attacks tried to shoot Temnoz with her sonic pistol. While Visase’s attack wasn’t reflected back, it did explode into a rather uncomfortable sounding shockwave.
Orwell and Polis both found chasing Temnoz around the room with his teleporting to be frustrating. Orwell even stopped chasing Temnoz to wait for him to appear near him.
During the battle, the Core in the room beyond the window suddenly levitated and flashed, and then tore the midichlorians out of the seas of force sensitives trapped in the room. Maccus announced the actions of the Core and the implications it has for the rest of the galaxy with childish glee. With that, the battle resumed with Visase biding her anger before being able to release it on Temnoz with a series of lightning fast and heavy strikes that bored several holes in Temnoz’s body.
With Temnoz barely able to stand after the continued assault by Visase and Taral, Orwell finished the fight by cleaving Temnoz’s arm off. Visase then pulled out her pistol, and angrily unloaded her rounds on Temnoz’s head until there were no rounds left.
Maccus gave the party a round of applause after he chugged the last of his wine down, after which point, Maccus gave away his reasons for telling the party so much. Orwell figured it was Maccus taunting them, but Maccus denied that, instead telling the party that they were the most fun and interesting thing to happen since Dalbar stepped up his game in resisting the Sith before being taken out of power of course. Maccus also explained that Sics’enuluo’hassiss came through with his plans and finally assaulted E5-Z18’s new headquarters with the help of a gang called the Faded Tapuul and apparently made off with Rea and Thirra Taro. Maccus then said that it would be best to go and see to them and maybe strike against Orm after that, since a good challenge would do Orm some good. The other choice was to go after Maccus, but with the army in the way and being a bit far away, Maccus cautioned against it.
Orwell tried to shout Maccus down, but Maccus called Orwell things like “predictable for someone so interesting”. Darth Maccus ended his chat with the party with a “may the force serve you well” and a “toodles”.
Orwell attacked the control console on the way back to the Nest. Back on the Nest, the party flew back to Coruscant, but on the way observed the space station orbiting Coruscant Prime. The space station now has a tendril of star plasma reaching up to it as the station itself lit up. Back at E5’s bombed out hideout which was littered with the bodies of the Faded Tapuul hidden beneath the rubble. The security droids are destroyed, as was Saiz who E5 managed to reprogram. Niuulaj and Captain Harok Previl are both lying dead near the doors to the bedroom, though Harok Previl looked to have been returning fire. E5-Z18’s processor was broken as well. Zendral feared that E5 cannot be fixed without an intact processor, but as it turns out after talking to Korot, that Henea was given a backup processor by E5.
Korot had captured Sics’enuluo’hassiss in the raid, and tied him up. Taral and Visase both had some fun interrogating the Chiss; using Temnoz’s lightsaber to keep Enul fearful. During which time, Zendral visited Verin and promised to Verin that he would do everything he could to save his family. In the meanwhile, Enul spilled the beans, telling him that it was his old secretary who was also a trained assassin named Vass’inum’niche that managed to capture both Rea and Thirra before taking them to the Galactic Senate.
Shortly after, E5 returned to the room with Henea, Zendral, Verin, and Korot in tow with E5 complaining angrily in Binary that they destroyed his vocabulator.
Arken Taro also called the party and, while trying to keep his cool, gave away what little he knew of the situation, and that the party had collected stellar footage of Darth Maccus himself giving himself away. Arken said that his broadcast is ready, but that it was time for the party to plan an assault on the Senate District in order to satisfy Arken’s last demands: To see to confirming the fate of his wife and daughter.