Star Wars: Rebirth

Up NXT, The Coruscant Local Senate

When the party mobilized, the rest of the strike team moved into action, fortifying the Law Enforcement level with their soldiers; while Tress Wecen moved to establish the detonators on the Supreme Court elevators.

The party, as well as Eroll Skav and his gang, the Jedi except for Jedi Knight Hassan, Korot, Verin, Upik & Kipu, and Corporal Reiss’ squad except for Tress Wecen moved to the Coruscant Local Senate. As was expected, the opposition was waiting for the party’s arrival; while the voice of the Coruscant Local Senate’s arbiter/security computer was overheard throughout the facility.

The guards with their guns on autofire, and the Imperial Knights with their Force Slams made quick work of Eroll Skav’s gangsters, while NXT-1 sent his own security droids to try and overrun the party.

The Jedi Masters with the exception of Choon Zadooz and Yana Lish employed their Battle Meditations which gave the party a boost to their capabilities, while Dalbar shifted his meditation to adapt to the circumstances surrounding the party.

Within a heavy wave of fighting, the party fought their way to the doors into the Local Senate proper. Orwell cut through the locked door with his Arg’garok and beheld the NXT-1 droid computer now panicking and calling for the Imperial Knights to abandon their positions and intercept. The party held off the Knights well, even with Hartel being as reckless as he was; while Zendral, Upik, and Kipu managed to rewire NXT-1 to stop seeing them as intruders; but instead as senators. NXT-1 also now saw the Imperial Knights in the room as intruders. By the time NXT-1 was given the order to send the security droids up into the Galactic Senate itself, the surviving Imperial Knights had retreated.

From there, NXT-1 proved to be a wellspring of knowledge about the affairs of Coruscant, with Visase inquiring about Coruscant and the Senate of Coruscant in the past 3 days, and what little it knew about affairs outside of Coruscant.

Surprisingly, the Law Enforcement area is very quiet, and the Governor’s Office area has not retaliated. The party now, in between listening to NXT-1 and dealing with Eroll Skav walking over his fallen; is now considering their assault on the Galactic Senate…

The Twin Knights: Castor & Pollux

When Hartel, Issilum, Visase, Orwell, and Taral ascended to the Law Enforcement Headquarters level with the newly freed Jedi Masters including Grandmaster Dalbar, they beheld the fight that ensued. The assault team was now beset on all sides by amassed Imperial Knights who were now empowered by the Battle Meditations of Emperor Sarvak Fel’s personal bodyguards; Castor and Pollux.

The tide of the fight turned the moment Dalbar severed Castor’s ability to use the Force, even when Dalbar slipped into unconsciousness.

Thanks to Orwell’s and Hartel’s timely assistance, Dalbar was able to stand back up and sever Pollux’s connection to the force.

The rest of the fight that ensued against the significantly weakened Imperial Knights came to a clear victor, despite the death of the Deno Lane Boys forces and much of the Kryndr Gowakk forces.

Verin fired the final shot that killed Castor, leaving Verin in shock of what he had done, while the rest of the group worked together to defeat Pollux. Pollux’s last words to those on the upper levels was for them to hold their positions, and that the Law Enforcement level is lost.

Thanks to their lack of Force abilities, Castor and Pollux fell quickly to the might of the party and their force, and soon the rest of the reinforcements that were called.

The party, but notably Orwell and Visase came to Verin to check on him, while Dalbar looked from afar. With a reminder that Verin did what he had to, Verin got enough of a grip to keep going.

Then Harbu spoke up to the party, and inquired on their next plan of attack. Harbu volunteered him and his forces and Rixx to stay behind and keep the level secure, while the party figures out who will push forward…

The Return of the Jedi

The party continued to push their way through to the Prison Elevator and to give Kipu the room to escape towards Simon. Not seconds later, the Imperial Knights struck down the security droids Kipu tried to activate.

At the elevator, Tafin and Corporal Reiss Vingen both encouraged Visase, Taral, Issilum, Hartel, and Orwell to go and break the prisons open and that the remaining force can hold off the newly arrived Imperial Knights.

Down in the prisons, the five were immediately accosted by two Sith Apprentices wearing a blackened outfit and wielding Sith Swords who spoke out loud of a need to keep Hassan focused on his task. The Sith pushed forward while the few prison guards followed behind to open fire at the intruding party.

Visase and Taral both spoke of how disappointed they were with the Sith and their lack of ability to put up a fight, even after the Sith invoked the force to assist their attacks. In the end, both of the Sith and the guards were overwhelmed by the assault from the party.

Immediately, Issilum broke the lock to the prison door that the Sith apprentices were guarding and then opened the door to see Jedi Knight Hassan holding an ignited lightsaber over the vegetative Lanodar named Jedi Grandmaster Dalbar. When Hassan saw the party, he deactivated his lightsaber and stated that the party’s arrival had given him second thoughts.

Hassan told the story of how he was forced to witness the death and imprisonment of the rest of the Jedi by Sith in disguise. Darth Orm (Keiran) gave Hassan the chance to join with him instead. Hassan went with it half-heartedly, and found himself having to finish off Dalbar before the party could free him. Hassan warned of the power that Orm had with his words and not to underestimate him.

At that point, the party laid their arms down while Orwell worked to check on Dalbar’s condition. Orwell found a neural dampener stuck into Dalbar’s green pointed ear, and then used his expertise to pull it out; waking Dalbar to the world. While Dalbar’s speech was fine, the rest of his body took its time waking up.

While Orwell checked for any long lasting damage on Dalbar, Dalbar spoke to Taral and Visase about the fate of the Jedi Order, and the desperate times that they are in. Dalbar apologized for keeping the matter of the Sith’s return a secret from the rest of the galaxy on the belief that Dalbar felt that the problem was his own to fix as a matter of pride. With Dalbar still in a daze, Orwell carried the Jedi Grandmaster to the armory to retrieve his lightsaber called Ekamu.

While Dalbar was sorting through the weapons, the rest of the party had managed to rescue the other three Jedi Masters from the prisons, who also happened to be the same three that oversaw Visase’s indoctrination into the Jedi Order. They were Jedi Master Yana Lish, Jedi Master Evarr Dreskel, and Jedi Master Rooth Ank.

One of the cells were empty, but was charged with a strong power from the force that Visase found to be easy to tap into and transmit to the minds of the others present. In the vision that ensued, the party saw that that cell contained Rea and Thirra Taro who had, after an episode, been sent to a Sith Lord named Darth B─âutor in the Jedi Temple; or rather the Sith Temple.

With the Jedi Masters back together, the party made their way back up to the Law Enforcement level who had since developed more problems when Emperor Sarvak Fel’s personal bodyguards Castor and Pollux showed up to take control of the situation by using their Battle Meditation.

Dalbar claimed to know how to use a force technique that can keep the target from using the force, but Dalbar knew that after he used it, he will need to recover his strength. Otherwise, it is up to everyone else to hold off the empowered Imperial Knights.

Against the Riot Police pt. 2

The battle outside ensued, while Issilum rushed to get to the bombing points. The battle grew silent however when Taral jumped atop a tank and called for the fighting to cease and instead to unite against the Sith who had taken control. The force was very much with Taral at that moment because even those in the heat of battle stopped to listen.

There was a lot of murmuring, but in the end, the Police stepped aside and sided with the party and rioters. Police Captain Chas Plegu volunteered to use his force to keep the outside clear of interference and perhaps get other police units to follow suit, while the rest of the party and the major players in the assisting forces charged inside to rendezvous with the stealth team. With the police keeping the other forces out, the stealth team’s bombing mission was cancelled.

Inside of the Law Enforcement Headquarters, the party viewed the wreckage caused by the stealth team’s exploding of the armory with only a few guards left to survey the wreckage.

Battle was joined quickly after to finish off the rest of the guards. Only Hartel got hit a few times but otherwise the damage was minimal… until Kipu the Ewok Mechanic began to throw a panic while reprogramming security droids when the doors to the droid room began to get sliced open by lightsabers.

The prison elevator was also discovered, while the other elevators were bringing in new guards. Now the party must figure out how to split the force for the prison, and for fighting off the coming assault.

Against the Riot Police pt. 1

After planning out the attack on the Senate District, the party set out to go into position. Yun Brodal and his droid left for the Nest along with the others not participating in the assault while taking Sics’enuluo’hassiss under watch. E5 joined as soon he was finished with his workshop.

Arken spoke to the party more of the plan and of his own fate as well. Zendral commented that Arken was getting too fatalistic, and claimed that Arken would realize what he really needed to do in the face of death. Arken seemed to acknowledge that, but didn’t seem to put much more thought into that as he released the broadcast.

The party and the crew that wished to join in the fight rushed to the Senate District to see the fighting underway, while Zendral rushed to get the Nsiss Clawcraft in flight. The messenger was getting continuous calls from the factions that have agreed to help the party pertaining to whether or not they are coming. Issilum and Senlet split from the party later, and snuck to meet the stealth crew.

Issilum and Senlet found themselves having to work with the twin Ewok technicians Upik & Kipu, the witch-looking Jensaarai who called herself “Warlock”, and a Miraluka explosives expert who is well acquainted with Visase named Tress Wecen.

Zendral was busy taking the clawcraft to the Senate District, but the rest of the party found the rest of the assault team well underway with the attack that had started a few minutes ago. The police had lined up their vehicles and units into formation to form a wall to keep the rioters from getting inside. The area between the rioter line and the police was covered in debris and flames.

Standing beside the party are many from different backgrounds and lifestyles who are now working together to topple the Sith rule of the Galactic Federation. Among those are as follows:

Wooshgruuw, who quietly drew his two Ryyk Blades and prepared to charge.
Korot, who commanded Verin stay behind Simon so that Verin won’t get killed by crossfire before Korot prepared to rush the police without his weapons drawn.
The Jensaraai who were Tafin Langgek, “Rancor”, and Krogguss. “Rancor” was raving with excitement while Krogguss and Tafin showed more refinement on the coming battle.
Visase’s old Police Team who were also present was Corporal Reiss Vingen, Jerec Hysen, and Feuthan Lireth. Reiss rushed in with a two-handed vibrosword, Jerec used a Blaster Rifle with a lot of sniper attachments to it, while Feuthan found himself trying to use his missile launcher to destroy more than Simon could.
Jedi Master Choon Zadooz and Padawan Mevas were the few Jedi who managed to flee the temple when the order began to turn on itself from within.
Harbu Nord and Rixx were also present along with some of his best Banished warriors.
The leaders of the Coruscant Street Tribe were present as well. The Deno Lane Boys leader “Nodaz” came in on a speeder bike along with some of the rest of his gang, while the rest went on foot holding very expensive looking weapons. Eroll Skav of the Undercity Crusaders came in decked out with the weapons and gear found from the Galactic Axis crates on Feibraxa, while Ketki of the Kryndr Gowakk came in with weapons representing Twi’lek heritage (Namely swords, maces, and energy balls).
The Disciples of Justice were first and interspersed within the rioters.

Issilum and his crew snuck inside of the Law Enforcement Headquarters and scouted out the ventilation grates. Issilum them came up with the plan for one of the Ewoks to go and blow up the armory with whatever explosives were inside as a distraction while Senlet intimidated the dispatchers to alert the facility of a chemical leak and a need to evacuate.

The initial explosion took out that dispatch office along with a good portion of that hallway. With Senlet and “Warlock” working on keeping the other dispatchers in line and keeping the guards from patrolling; Issilum, Tress, and Upik worked to plant the other explosives in the walls while Kipu worked on rewiring each security droid to rush out and attack the guards.

The battle outside was chaos. The rioters pushed forward but most were mowed down before they even made it to the police lines. Orwell, Visase, Hartel, and Taral led the charge with the other melee following close behind. The ranged support from Kader and the others using ranged and heavy weapon support have helped in softening the lines. Later, Zendral arrived and started to harass the armored vehicles with starfighter lasercannon-fire.

The police’s skills were inadequate to damage any of the others who weren’t rioters, and their concerns became reality when the likes or Orwell and “Rancor” began to cleave through the lot of them. Visase rushed to kill a laser gunner within an armored vehicle with the intent to commandeer the vehicle.

The rioters began to stop trinkling in as soon as police forces arrived down the road to quell the violence.

Arken Taro mentioned that some of his proxy stations have been shut down already and that he has many more left. Only the sounds of Arken talking on the big screens on Coruscant and the commentary of Darth Maccus were heard blaring over the sounds of the heated battle below that is still going strong.

The Emeriss Strikes Back!

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.

Temnoz: The Dawning of the Sith's Rebirth

Issilum sped past the police blockade set up on Corellia, and with the help of Zendral’s and Simon’s work with the Nest’s systems, managed to fly the Nest out of range of the police’s tractor beams and into hyperspace towards Coruscant.

Along the way to Coruscant, Kader brought up that the party should have killed Dijiec while they had the chance; but there was nothing they could do about it now. While listening to the news, the party saw footage of themselves from the view of the police cruisers jumping on cars; and looking to be defending the escaping Dijiec the Hutt. The reporters at the time were giving limited commentary based on what little information that they had. Nonetheless, this sight prompted Visase to contact Arken Taro and inquire at whether or not he has his broadcast ready.

Arken’s weary projection answered that while he has enough dirt and evidence to reveal the Sith’s place in the galactic government, it lacks the sensation that would spark enough intergalactic outrage to inspire civil disobedience to the new powers in the government. Then Arken asked if the party had managed to learn anything from Dijiec. With the location of the factory that Dijiec was sending force sensitives to revealed, Arken asked that the party go and investigate with his camera droids to film anything that could be seen about the factory. The droids will in turn emit the recordings to Arken via an encrypted connection which will be used for Arken’s broadcast.

Kader voiced that he didn’t care for those “mites” crawling on him, but Arken assured him that the mites were practically invisible to the naked eye, and won’t crawl on the skin. With that, Kader calmed down a little.

Arken told the party that his droid Arbet is waiting for them to arrive at E5’s new hideout, and that he will be giving the party the briefing and the necessary equipment for the task with the factory. Arken stated that he wanted to talk to his family once the party had arrived at E5’s hideout.

Once at E5’s hideout, the party took a look at the security measures that E5 had erected. Mostly, everything in the hideout was rigged to either shoot blaster bolts or explode or both. Most of the crew volunteered to look after Arken’s family within the facility, while Yun Brodal requested to stay on board the Nest. Visase requested that E5 start looking for contacts that can supply starship parts; the less questions asked the better. E5 agreed and even volunteered to do that for free.

Arbet was also there, and gave each of the party a tiny box containing the camera mite. Arbet also requested for Korech and Voroth to come with him to where Arken was hiding. After making sure that the party was up to par with the plan for Emeriss’ secret factory, and after reprogramming Simon’s camera mite to remain on him; Arbet took his leave with Korech and Voroth in tow.

The family was seen in the corner of the hideout surrounding a holoprojector with Arken’s image on it who were all talking quietly and with a highly concerning air about it. Once that projector went off, the party answered their own to find Arken back on it. Arken relayed gratitude that his family has for the party, and then checked if they had any more questions before they set off to investigate. Without too many, Arken said a heavy farewell; and the party set off on the overly quiet trip on the Nest, with only the sound of the Newsprojector on board breaking the silence.

In short time, the projector began to embellish more details. On the projector, Camth Drucas (Darth Maccus) announced the defeat of Mand’alore the Reborn and his becoming of the new Mand’alore. In an interview with Camth Drucas, Camth revealed that he had been attacked by 5 Jedi who were aligned with the traitorous Dalbar; and then promised to clean up the Jedi Order. Camth Drucas spoke that he had to maintain order on Mand’alore before he could send the soldiers home, as well as some of the titles he might be getting along with Mand’alore; such as Mand’alore the Usurper, the Foreign, or the Insane.

The next news report went back to the party’s antics on Corellia, but this time, Jedi Master Keiran called the agency with information on the party, who was behind it, and the fate of the bounty hunter (Toba Gra) that Keiran sent after Dijiec. Each member of the party’s names and a brief history of them are now known to the galaxy at large, along with a 2,000,000 Credit bounty on each of their heads. The head of Arken Taro however is 50,000,000 Credits for being the mastermind in Dijiec’s salvation, and keeping justice from happening. Toba Gra had sustained serious head injuries from the battle but will pull through. Orwell reacted by denting the table he was sitting at with the pound of his fist, which prompted Yun Brodal’s droid to go and repair the table’s shape.

The last report was on Coruscant’s abnormally busy traffic, with civilians being given travel vouchers by social activists that paid for a trip to a planet along the well traveled hyperspace lanes of their choice, and then a return trip back to Coruscant. The reasons being for public safety so that the Jedi Order can do their cleaning operations with reduced collateral.

That was when the party realized that they were now truly alone, especially when the Nest exited hyperspace within Chiss space. The location might have been one of great beauty- with a clear view of a blue and pink nebula nearby had it not been for the large imposing space station a distance away.

The party was then contacted by Emeriss, only the one who answered it wasn’t specifically from Emeriss Arms. The man, who had his lower face tattooed in the archaic symbol of a sun, and his upper face tattooed with four moons each in a different phase who wore a long dark robe and cloak, introduced himself as Darth Temnoz. Temnoz spoke to the party about how they were expected to arrive, and how excited his master Darth Maccus was excited about the party’s activity in fighting against him. Temnoz said simply that he wished to show the party around the facility on Maccus’ wishes. With a last, “Watch for the debris”, Issilum swore and told the party to look ahead at the countless freefloating bodies of Plathuui and Feibrax ejected from the space station and into space. Visase turned off the messenger, and the party looked ahead with the mites doing their work.

Landing within the facility, Temnoz appeared out of thin air; and beckoned the party to follow him. Temnoz said that he was open to questions while the tour happened, and then Temnoz explained the lack of security in the facility was due to their lack of need for security.

Then Temnoz brought the party to a spacious room with a window on the side that overlooked a room about the size of the space station itself. In that room beyond the window was a sea of Plathuui, Feibrax, other species, including quite a few wearing the robes of the Jedi Order. This sea of sentients are encircled around a large round construct that looks like a power core to a very large spacecraft. It flashed once, and the sea of sentients rippled in panic.

Temnoz spoke of the construct as the final ingredient to the completion of the space platform orbiting Coruscant Prime. The construct only needs to develop a hunger for the force, and to whet its appetite, the construct must consume an astronomical amount of midichlorians- midichlorians that only force sensitives could provide. The party was holding themselves back, even when the holoprojector on the control console activated to reveal a projection of Camth Drucas (Darth Maccus) sitting at a table with a plate of food in front of him, and the mask of Mand’alore on the top of the table as well. Maccus greeted the party with a “hi” before he started complaining about the taste of Mandalorian food tasting like poison, before realizing that poison probably made the food more edible.

Maccus asked Visase excitedly about how she felt about being the first Jedi in the Jedi Order to be indoctrinated into the order by a Sith Lord. Visase said that she was the second while pointing to Taral. Maccus insisted that Visase was first due to Dalbar being a Jedi.

Temnoz continued to talk about the core destined to consume the force sensitives brought into the room, and the destiny of the space platform over Coruscant Prime being that of a factory to provide the new Sith Order with the best army to begin their conquest of the galaxy at the cost of using the ambient force around the platform to make it possible.

At that moment, Hartel snapped an ionized the holoprojector Maccus was using- frying it. Orwell swung his Arg’garok at Temnoz who narrowly dodged the attack before disappearing and then reappearing at the other side of the room with an ignited lightsaber out in a highly specialized stance.

In short order, the control panel opened up another slot for a spare holoprojector with Maccus back online. Maccus, between hideous cackling, claimed that he almost missed out at the start of his entertainment, and then reassured the party that Maccus wanted the party to win this fight; but that Maccus was going to help.

A Hutt; A Galaxy

Atop the train, the rain and wind pelted the party as they looked forward at what was ahead. Toba Gra stood atop the train up ahead, putting an oddly shaped round of ammunition into his gun. Zendral and Kader both recognized it as a homing beacon. Just before the party could react, Toba Gra fired it into Dijiec’s speeder- bypassing his shields and hooking on to his speeder.

Accompanying Toba Gra were 4 police cruisers who were firing their pistols at Dijiec’s bike, but his shield deflected all of the strikes.

The party rushed to spread out to protect Dijiec before Toba Gra killed him. Polis started by shooting a police cruiser, with Visase finishing the cruiser off by striking it down with her lightsaber pike before bounding back up to the top of the train. Zendral and Kader both took pot shots, while Orwell jumped down onto a car and started to pry the roof off of it with his bare hands. Taral rushed over to catch up to Toba Gra, while Hartel surged ahead, jumped onto a car, and ionized Toba Gra’s rifle- causing it to become useless.

The police cruisers then proceeded to try to run into the party, notably Hartel and Orwell. Orwell got knocked down, while Hartel managed to jump on top of the cruiser that tried to ram him. The other cruiser tried to deploy their police officers to slow the Jedi down; but Taral force pushed them aside and down into the depths of Corellia. Visase then tried to slash at Toba Gra with her lightsaber pike, but Toba Gra threw his cloak at her which proved to be a weighted cloak too- disrupting her movements. Then Toba Gra brandished his gauntlets, which once they touched Visase’s lightsaber caused the lightsaber to deactivate. Zendral decided to go inside the train to figure out another course of action, breaking into one of the passenger’s windows and causing a panic amongst the passengers and the conductor. Kader reprogrammed and modified a flying droid to crash and explode into a police car, while Polis tried to keep the other police cars distracted by forcing the far that he is riding on to crash into the others. Hartel tried breaking into his police car’s windshield; which didn’t work, but it did cause the driver to his the breaks as hard as he could, causing the officer in the front seat to bash his head through the windshield and knocking himself unconscious.

Toba Gra had also been firing at Dijiec from a modified crossbow that fires explosive crossbow bolts; weakening Dijiec’s systems and otherwise showing impressive wrist-work when it came to drawing and sheathing his weapons in a flash. Toba Gra then introduced other tricks on his person, such as the fact that the bottoms of his armor come with a propulsion system that can make him fly a far distance quickly. Toba tried to incinerate Visase’s face with it first, but she erected a force shield to block the impact.

Meanwhile, Orwell got into his vehicle and tried to figure out how to steer the vehicle while the rain pelted him. Zendral had to talk the passengers in the train down from making assumptions about his rather suspicious behavior. Polis made sure to keep the newly arrived police cruisers from getting close to the party. Kader and Simon stood back to take shots at Toba Gra. in particular, Simon blew up two cars with one missile, and left a nasty scorch mark on Toba’s armor while nearly getting Toba to drop down into Corellia below. Taral showed that with the force, he could be quite and acrobat, and managed to catch up to Toba Gra. Visase did a little bit of acrobatics in between firing her blaster pistol at Toba Gra. Zendral, finding out that Toba Gra is now away from the train has taken the liberty of pushing himself back onto the roof.

Toba Gra continued to take shots at Dijiec even as Taral drew closer. Once Toba Gra drew out his Mandalorian Iron Vibroblade, Taral hammered Toba Gra with Force Lightning- even has the dark side flooded back to Taral.

Hartel had managed to break into the police cruiser, and dropped a grenade behind him to finish off the last of the police within. With a violent explosion, the cruiser was ripped in half, and Hartel found himself flying the half of the ship towards Toba’s location before Hartel had to jump out to confront him. Zendral tried to talk to Dijiec who simply remarked that they fought a common enemy today. Dijiec ultimately took down the last police cruiser remaining- the one that Polis was lying on after Polis had decimated the others with a combination of leverage, strength, and poor driving on the police’s end.

It was when the party surrounded Toba Gra that Orwell accelerated his vehicle towards the one Toba Gra was standing on. Then Orwell leaped out of his vehicle; the force itself feeding into Orwell’s actions in a way that got Taral, Visase, and Hartel to sense it. Toba Gra muttered about waiting for Orwell to show up, when Orwell immediately grabbed him; hoisted him over his head, and then slamming him down on the car such that his head was in range of getting smashed by the speeding car that Orwell was driving.

When the car smashed into Toba Gra’s head- the head of Toba Gra was surprisingly intact, but Toba’s body was limp. Toba’s was then dropped down into the depths of Corellia; and before the party could see the body fall much further, they entered a tunnel; and turned towards Dijiec.

Dijiec made the party a deal. He would tell them all he knew of Orm and Orm’s plans in return for his safe escape from Corellia. Visase frustratingly agreed. Dijiec gave what little he knew of Orm, but what he did know was where to hit Orm. Dijiec mentioned in his talk that he knew of Zendral’s sister Ari’mavve’dreuoll, and Dijiec assured Zendral that it was unlikely that Orm or Emeriss would have her dead; due to the rarity of force sensitive Chiss. Dijiec continued his talk to Zendral by giving Zendral the coordinates to the secret Emeriss factory that he had been taking the force sensitives and the non-force sensitives too; and that if Zendral wanted to hurt Orm, he should start there. When asked why he took the non-force sensitives, Dijiec responded that it was to ensure cooperation with the population at large for longer. Dijiec only knows about Emeriss from his conversations with Emeriss’ old CEO Valen’resh’inrokini who is faring far worse than Dijiec he is sure.

Dijiec asked if that was everything the party wanted to ask him. Visase told him to get out of here. The party then hijacked the cars they were standing on top of when speaking to Dijiec, and drove back to the Nest who was having their own shootout with law enforcement. With the party and the crew back together, Issilum shot the party back off into the stars.

Catching Up to Toba Gra

With the Figo’s Wind in its final explosive throes, Issilum initiated for the Nest to go into hyperspace towards Corellia. With the voyage taking 2 hours, Visase wasn’t too pleased with that speed and asked if Issilum could make the ship go faster. Issilum said that he would need someone to override the hyperspace engine, to which Visase requested Zendral to do.

Zendral saw to the hyperspace engine, removed the inhibitors on the engine; and managed to boost the output of the engine such that the voyage will take 45 minutes instead of 2 hours at the price of jolting the ship about, and disturbing Visase’s meditations. Zendral then had to keep the engine cool during that time, but Visase sent Simon to assist Zendral in his endeavors.

Meanwhile, Verin sat down with Kader with some sparkling water and asked him about what he had done and what kind of past he and Toba Gra had together. Kader kept his commentary short, but he and Toba Gra just knew of each other since they both worked in the same profession. Also, Kader explained to Verin that the “Rok’Ulor” was a mythical beast in Durese folklore that was elusive and deadly to the pre-spaceflight Duros.

As the conversation with Kader went on, Verin segued the conversation to being about his concerns for his family as well as the purpose and motivations of the Sith Order, and how with his force sensitive mother and sister on board and with the party hot on the trail of Dijiec and Orm, he expressed his fears that the party would just be delivering his family right into their hands and inquired about a safe place to keep them for when the party finds out about the place Dijiec was taking the force sensitives. The consensus was to stop by E5’s new hideout on Coruscant as a side trip before flying into Chiss space should everything on Corellia go over well enough.

Once at Corellia, the party declared themselves when a police officer stopped them. In particular, the officer mentioned that help had already arrived when it came to their investigations to find Dijiec the Hutt who the police were ordered to “Kill on sight”. The party convinced the officer that they were there to see to Dijiec as well, and the officer then let the party through saying that he’ll have someone to meet up with them below to take them to Toba Gra’s location.

Corellia’s megacity was going through a violent storm when the party landed in their selected hangar. The police officer waiting to meet the party took them into a van and flew them to Zif’s Casino where the police have tracked Dijiec’s location from arresting Dijiec’s informants. The police have Zif’s under lockdown, and Toba Gra is likely going to be there to bypass Dijiec’s formidable defenses.

Arriving at the casino, the police officer pointed the party inside where Dijiec was help up. Running through the heavy rain, the party stormed inside the casino, where they heard Toba Gra in the middle of breaking down the doors at the end of the casino. Rushing towards Toba Gra, they heard the commotion- a loud explosion followed by a lot of shouting; especially by the engry aqualish bounty hunter. By the time the party turned a corner they heard copious amounts of blasterfire coming from Toba Gra’s direction, and slowly, the police moblized behind the party to check on what had happened.

When the party looked into the bombed out room, they saw a few dead police officers with numerous stab wounds from spears. Lying dead nearby are the heaped bodies of dead and armed Amani. At the end of the room is a broken window with a hole the size of a very large Hutt. Standing over that hole is the cloaked and armored Toba Gra, shouting about how Dijiec is getting away. When Toba Gra turned around to see the party, he shouted to the police that the party was in league with Dijiec and mean to make sure Dijiec survives. The police, following orders pulls out their pistols and points them at the party.

Off in the distance, a Hutt sized and heavily modified speeder bike is seen weaving in and out of the traffic lanes beside a train track where a train is now thundering on- emerging from a tunnel beneath Zif’s Casino. Quickly, Toba Gra jumped onto the roof of that train and sped in hot pursuit of the fleeing Dijiec. Visase jumped after Toba Gra along with the rest of the party, the police firing their pistols while the party landed on the wet and windswept top of the train.

Quickly, the police patrols are seen converging on Toba Gra’s location atop the train. Toba is seen pulling out a heavily modified rifle, and pointing it at the fleeing Hutt.

The Last Stand of Tavish Brix

Master Archivist Ruda got Hartel to sign the last document that needed to be signed to ensure the return of ownership of the Hoopin’ Slam game to Hartel Stellartrotter. Ruda also said that if Hartel isn’t back by the time Hoopin’ Slam season continues, the game will be run by the monarchy of Onek’weg until Hartel returns.

On the way back to the ship, Zendral asked Hartel why Hartel left a life of fame and fortune to go out traveling. Hartel’s response was “I don’t know”. Issilum prepared the ship for launch at Visase’s command while telling Issilum that she had horrible news. Issilum asked Visase what good news was, and got no answer from her.

On the way back to the Figo’s Wind, Taral was conflicted between contacting Jedi Master Evarr Dreskel, given the revelations of infiltrations within the Jedi Order. Meanwhile, the rest of the party gave the news of Keiran’s status as Orm. Verin Taro brought up the fact that it was Keiran who had saved him and Henea from gangsters when he snuck out of the watch of the party before bringing him and Henea back to E5’s workshop. Verin asked why Keiran wouldn’t have just taken him away if he wanted to control Arken. The thought that Keiran didn’t want to get children involved was one idea proposed by Zendral, but all in all, that action’s motivations were still uncertain.

Deciding to stick with his trust he had in Dreskel before, Taral contacted him and gave him the news of the strong evidence that was found pertaining to Jedi Master Keiran being Orm. Evarr Dreskel wasn’t happy with the news, but claimed that it could make sense given what he and Hassan have learned from their meditations in the now deserted Jedi Temples.

Evarr Dreskel talked of Dalbar’s marks in the force being one of urgency and a need to preserve the Jedi Order in a way that is subtle and out of view from his enemies. With how Dalbar was using the Force, it was as if his enemies were in very close proximity, and Dalbar wanted to remain undetected while he resisted them.

Evarr Dreskel spoke of his knowledge of the Jedi Knight Lire Nok who went missing upon investigating evidence pertaining to Jedi Master Keiran’s corruption, mainly in that “she was a good friend of his”. Evarr Dreskel then said that he and Hassan will return to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant and see if he can find Jedi that aren’t following Keiran’s footsteps. With a hefty farewell, Keiran and Taral signed off.

Arriving back onto the Figo’s Wind, the party was greeted by an excited and bandaged Tavish Brix surrounded by his two body guards who happily announced that his Mon Calamari contact got through to him and deciphered the encryption on Azed Ther’s messages. By the looks of the messages, Dijiec the Hutt was hiding in a derelict Red Dwarf star system known as RD-2380XMAL in a fortress on one of the asteroids, and that the Figo’s Wind will be there by the following morning.

With that, Tavish left the hangar with Korech and Voroth in tow. The party then went to the messenger and relayed Arken Taro the news of what they had found on Ryloth.

Arken nodded his head as if to confirm his own suspicions, and then he stated what he himself has found out. Arken had purchased services from the Bothan Spynet who managed to gain access to Supreme Commander Thaz Welk’s battle plans, and the information that Arken’s spies found was damning. Listed in the plans for the battle of Thorov, there were to be 2 waves of soldiers. The 1st wave was the recruits and the army of the Triumvirate equipped with the starships and weapons that were up to the grade that the military of the Triumvirate had before hiring Emeriss Arms. The 2nd wave on the other hand was equipped with highly advanced weaponry of Emeriss make and consisted of soldiers with designation codes that consisted of numerical and alphabetical combinations that are eerily reminesent of the designation codes for the Gen’Dai clones found in Zon Fus’ laboratory; though more specifically, they are Polis’ clones. This 2nd wave was to destroy the 1st wave of recruits and soldiers.

Another thing that Arken spoke of was of what Yun Brodal spoke to him about the 2nd Battle of Thorov. Apparently, the Mandalorian starships had downgraded a lot since last the Federation fought them twenty years ago. They downgraded to the point that even the non-Emeriss grade ships of the Federation can easily go toe to toe with them. According to information found by the Bothan Spynet however, there was strong evidence that those old Mandalorian ships were transferred into Federation hands to be used against Mandalore.

And now, those ships were to also be used against the Federation’s public standing army.

Taral voiced his concern about the clones, especially with earlier evidence of Zon Fus’ newfound ability to infuse force sensitivity genetically into beings that weren’t originally force sensitive. Mainly, Taral was concerned that the entire army of clones was force sensitive. Arken explained that it was unlikely, due in part to other findings by the Spynet. The Spynet reported that the Gen’Dai clone army was heavily employing other outside instruments to power their starships. They are cylindrical objects that Arken says can comfortably fit into the hole-slot in the stolen prototype Nsiss Clawcraft. These objects contain synthetic midichlorians that infuses its force sensitivity with the ship to make the ship force sensitive for a short time before the cylinder is expended and needs replacing. Arken believed that the process of infusing force sensitivity is still very expensive to do, such that infusing an entire army would be too costly.

Arken then pushed that he wanted the people to know of Orm’s existence and what he has done to the Federation’s people. Arken wanted every mother of every dead soldier in the Federation to know who killed their children, to know who started these wars, and to know their selfish reasons for why. Arken stated that he is working to put together a broadcast to override the regular broadcasts detailing all of that information for when he gathers the necessary evidence. For now, Arken has declared himself sick and unable to meet up with the senate, and plans to keep himself sick until the broadcast.

The response from the party has been very against this course of action, mainly due to the fact that the people were already faced with the realization of Dalbar falling to corruption; and another shocking revelation like that will destroy any trust that the people had with the Jedi or their superiors for that matter for years to come. Zendral in particular had a major concern about the people who want no involvement with the chaos that will no doubt ensue once the word came out. Arken’s move in broadcasting the message without abandon would harm the innocent as much as the guilty. Arken paused, but then he asked if Zendral, or anyone else had a better idea than broadcasting the truth of what was going on. The party agreed that the people deserve to know, but that Arken should take more precautions before carrying out his plans.

Arken then decided to go and talk to the fringe and underground political groups on Coruscant to see if he can bring the message out to them that he seeks to reveal the sins of the Galactic Federation, and hope that they can take action and hide the people who want no involvement in the ensuing chaos. The party by and large was still skeptical, but without another idea; they’ve kept their lips shut.

Arken then explained that he can call in his last favors and the last of his money to get the broadcast out. Arken will be bringing the broadcast out from many sources behind many proxy emitters from secure locations, at least until those in league with Orm find him. From there, Arken doesn’t know what will come next.

Arken turned to his wife and children and promised that he will call back before the broadcast comes out. After some more emotional exchanges with his family, Orwell interjected and said that he knows of some people who will guard Arken’s life with their own. Arken was shocked by the offer, but accepted it with grace.

Orwell then called Tavish Brix, and made a deal with him. After Orwell was done with his business with Arken, Orwell will be his loyal bodyguard in exchange for Tavish giving up one of his. Tavish’s answer surprised Orwell when he said that Arken can have both Korech and Voroth and then accepted the deal.

When Korech and Voroth made it on the ship, they accepted Orwell’s proposition for a job and a chance to die for a man with honor.

Arken thanked Orwell profusely for the bodyguards, and then after saying a long drawn out farewell, signed off.

With little else to do for the night, the party decided to retire early amidst the concern that they had for the future.

Visase in particular had a very rough night, and woke up out of her meditation pained and irritated. The rest of the party woke up to the sound of the alarms blaring on the Figo’s Wind. Demanding Tavish for answers, Tavish stated that he found Dijiec’s hideout and has taken to bombarding his makeshift fortress before Dijiec had a chance to escape. Tavish asked if the party was ready to swoop into the base and retrieve Dijiec right now. The party said that they were ready. Then Tavish asked if his family was on board the ship. With a simple yes, Tavish gave the go for the party to fly towards the base.

On the way, the Figo’s Wind made quick work of the makeshift gun turrets such that by the time the Nest made it to the fortress on the asteroid, the defenses were down. Zendral noticed the hasty construction of the fortress as they blasted their way into the hangar door. The inside of the fortress was dark, but when the Nest made it inside; the lights flickered on to reveal the poor workmanship of the fortress. Tavish asked if the party was inside. When they said they were, a shield enveloped the room that the Nest was in, and Tavish then said that he had no choice but to do this.

Visase shouted that they’ve been set up. Rea looked on at and spoke to Tavish with disbelief and anger. Verin and Henea embraced each other when they realized what Tavish meant by his words. Most of the rest of the crew waited for what came next, while Thirra remained oblivious to the gravity of the situation. Korech and Voroth were both angry, but only Orwell blasted out at Tavish swearing that he will kill him when they get out of this situation.

Behind the peaceful looking Tavish walked a hulking aqualish decked out in an assortment of armor and modifications and wore a large cloak draped down to his knees over that armor. The aqualish greeted Orwell like the two were acquainted. Orwell lost it even further, calling that aqualish “soulless” amongst other names. The aqualish introduced himself as Toba Gra to the party, and then explained that he is a bounty hunter by trade. With that in mind, Orm put out a big bounty on the party since they’re coming to learn too much; and Toba Gra could not let it slip past.

After that, Toba Gra ignored much of the party while searching the holoprojector for his quarry. When Toba Gra saw Rea, Thirra, and Verin however; he turned around and punched Tavish hard in the face while calling him incompetent for putting the family where he can’t retrieve them alive to collect a nice bonus from Orm. Tavish Brix got back up with the right side of his face covered in blood and a black eye. Toba then gloated a little about how he can finally kill Orwell as “the one that got away”, and then Toba said a few choice words to Kader while addressing him as “Rok’Ulor” on the grounds of differences in fulfilling their jobs. Kader squinted at Toba and then puffed out more smoke from his cigarillo.

Toba Gra pulled out a detonator and told the party to say their last words. Orwell goaded Toba to do it, while Tavish remained peaceful. When Toba pushed the button, a loud explosion was heard, but the party found themselves and the facility that they were in were both intact. When they looked back at the holo-projector however, the Figo’s Wind was aflame and the power was flickering out. Toba roared in anger at Tavish and demanded an explanation. Tavish said that he should have invested in a more expensive self destruct mechanism. With that, Toba Gra hammered Tavish’s face into the broken and jagged console in front of him, pulled out his blaster pistol; and shot Tavish in the back of the head. The last flicker of the holoprojection was of Toba Gra rushing for the hangar.

Shortly after, the party realized that the shields in the fortress shut off, and that they had gotten one new message from Tavish Brix. It was in the message that Tavish revealed what he was keeping from the party, mainly in that the party had to go to Corellia where Dijiec was hiding amidst the crowd as well as the reason for his chest wound being his implanting of the kill-switch that delivered this message to the party, and then Tavish explained more about Toba Gra and how he came to be under his thumb. The message went on with gratitude for Arken Taro for giving Tavish another way out of his life of piracy, and also a personal thanks to Orwell for inspiring Tavish to oppose Toba in ways that Orwell wouldn’t understand until it was all over. Tavish asked that Verin and Thirra not follow his footsteps, and then Tavish apologized to his sister Rea for everything that had happened. In short, Tavish died with many regrets on his mind and heart but wished that the party catch Dijiec before Toba did, provided Tavish didn’t kill Toba beforehand.

With that, Visase ordered for the ship to make leeway for Corellia. Departing the fortress, the party saw the fire in the sky coming from Tavish’s ship being ripped open, followed by a smaller ship shooting out of the hangar shooting off towards Corellia as well.

The party, knowing that they have little time, follow in hot pursuit of Toba Gra in hopes that they can get information from Dijiec before Toba has a chance to quell the exchange.


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