Star Wars: Rebirth

Exit Orm, Enter Unus

At the elevators on the 11th floor of the Jedi Temple, Jedi Master Evarr Dreskel told the party that the others have searched every hidden part of the Jedi Temple and found everybody they could, including several Jedi Youngbloods. Jedi Master Choon Zadooz had requested that he and Mevas depart with the Youngbloods, their caretakers, and several Yuuzhan Vong Guardians that he take care of them. The party agreed to do so. Yuuzhan Vong Guardian Captain Shu’val had volunteered to assist the party against Darth Orm however.

Harbu Nord received the orders to help Chas Plegu and his police squad in buying the party time and volunteered to carry them out. While the party was on the elevator itself however, Harbu messaged the party stating that he got a message from Chas Plegu, being of his final moments of agony; and that Harbu and his squad got caught in a large scrap with security forces in order to cover Jedi Grandmaster Dalbar’s, Korot’s, Verin’s, and Thirra’s escape. As far as Harbu knows, the four of them are safe in the Nest, and that Chas Plegu and his police are dead. Darth Unus, Supreme Commander Thaz Welk, and Emperor Sarvak Fel have made it inside of the Galactic Senate building itself.

The party made their way up the elevator with Evarr Dreskel and Reiss Vingen in tow with haste towards the highest level of the Jedi Temple. At the top, the party was greeted by the sight of the last of the Guards, Sith Apprentices, and Imperial Knights dead at the feet of the rest of the group. The only thing that remained between the party and Darth Orm, was the suspended hallway to the Triumvirate Tower.

Within the Tower itself, the party found Darth Orm (Jedi Master Keiran) standing by himself while looking out one of the tower’s large windows out at the burning cityscape against the backdrop of a dark pre-morning sky. Zendral immediately pointed both of his blaster pistols at Orm, but Orm made no such moves. Even when Visase spoke to Orm of the fact that it was Darth Maccus that put the party up to challenging Orm, as well as Vlodigurtal’s Cumquat’s contributions to their education of Orm’s charade, but Orm dismissed both of Visase’s taunts with the first being as something Maccus would do to keep him on his toes, and the last one as having made no difference in Orm’s workings within the Jedi Temple in the end.

When the party confronted Orm with the crimes he committed against the Federation, Orm responded calmly with the fact that the only reason the city fell to violence was due to the fact that Arken Taro and the party made it so, and that it otherwise would have been a peaceful and quiet take-over. Nonetheless, Orm asserted that he fulfilled his purpose successfully, and now it is merely a matter of waiting for his master Darth Unus to arrive. Each point brought up by the party to Orm against his actions and intent was twisted back at the party. When it was clear that the word exchange wasn’t making any waves; Zendral fired his blaster pistols at Orm, with the rest of the party following suit in quick succession. Where the blaster shots hit on Orm’s form however ended up causing his form to ripple like water on a pond.

As Orm’s illusionary form gave way, Orm struck at Zendral out from nowhere while chanting the Jedi Code. As the party intervened, Orm appeared to strike at the offending party members as suddenly as he did to Zendral. When Orm finished chanting the Jedi Code, illusionary copies of Orm were seen all over the Triumvirate Tower with their lightsabers drawn, and their arms cackling with force lightning.

The three Jedi Masters immediately entered meditation, empowering the party and their allies in the room to be able to sense the changes in the force for where the real Orm is, and also to always strike true at Orm.

By cutting down the illusions, the force reacted by flickering into existence anomalies in the room that reflected Darth Orm’s signatures. Visase shot the first such anomaly with her own pistol, and the shot ripped straight through Orm’s chest, causing all of the other existing illusions to take on the same wound.

The illusions got more and more overwhelming, until Orm began to quickly strike at the party and their allies in multiple goes. Then when the anomalies appeared after cutting down more of Orm’s illusions, they started appearing in multitudes. Visase found herself sensing the force for clarity before striking the correct anomaly with her lightsaber.

Finally, Visase jabbed Orm in the back, and then cut upwards to his chest; causing all of the other illusory copies of Orm to disappear. A mortally wounded Orm began to laugh, claiming that Darth Unus has already arrived, and will finish the party’s existence where he himself could not.

Out of the corner of the party’s eyes, they noticed what looked like Gunja’s bus speeding straight into the Triumvirate Tower towards the door Orm was pointing out that had Darth Unus behind it. The moment Unus opened the door was the moment Gunja’s bus broke through the Triumvirate Tower’s window, and then crashed into Unus, along with Unus’ escorts; Thaz Welk and Sarvak Fel. Unus, Thaz, and Sarvak were slammed into the far wall by the Galactic Senate Elevator in a debris-full and fiery entrance.

When the party’s hearing returned, they noticed Gunja himself swaying on a broken metal rafter by his parachute strings like a swing. Gunja told the party about how he was sidetracked on his way to help them, while exchanging pleasantries. The exchange between Gunja and the party was kept at a minimum; even when Zendral asked if this was the first time Gunja totalled his bus. Gunja, noticing the mortally wounded Orm crawl away asked if Keiran was the bad guy all along, and then asked if the party was going to kill him. Visase, annoyed that Orm survived her first attempt at executing him painfully decapitated him.

Orm’s body turned from flesh into a fine crystalline sand that Hartel mentioned looks almost identical to the sand used to make copies of the athletes in the Hoopin’ Slam game. Gunja, while ranting about how anti-climactic the Sith pass away was interrupted abruptly when he was suddenly slammed by his own totaled bus. All that remained of Gunja was a large bloodspray mark, and the sight of the bus careening into the depths of Coruscant.

Turned back to where the bus was, was the seething dark-cloaked Darth Unus; standing beside the mashed bodies of Supreme Commander Thaz Welk and Emperor Sarvak Fel. Darth Unus made steady strides over the burning debris towards the Triumvirate Tower. Jedi Masters Rooth Ank, Yana Lish, and Evarr Dreskel ignited their lightsabers and formed a line to block Unus’ path. The rest of the party and the group followed.

As Unus walked closer, his physical features became clearer from under the hood of his black cloak. He was of a reptilian appearance with an oval head with an eye stalk protruding out each side of the oval. His eyes at the end of their stalks glow with a violent crimson light through the shadows of his hood. His mouth is lined with rows of razor sharp teeth

When Unus entered the room, he looked upon the resistance force that had gathered, and merely told them to step aside, and that they don’t need to die here. Zendral made a snarky remark that he would rather have a different Sith Lord, but Unus made no sign of caring about that remark while he only stopped for a brief moment at Visase before continuing his inspections. Unus asked Visase about what she saw in her vision of him, while Taral made a comment to Unus about how he and Orm seem to have manners more akin to a Jedi.

Unus demanded that Taral not compare him to “That animal”. Unus spoke of the Sith like they are a bunch of hungry massiffs that crave power for its own sake. When asked about where Unus stood in that, Unus simply said that he was the houndmaster; and that unlike the Sith animals, Unus has a purpose and a reason for desiring the reins of the Galactic Federation.

Unus spoke of his own visions for the Galaxy. He spoke of how he saw a galaxy full of sentients that lacked what they needed to be at peace. That is, a purpose to strive for to not only complete themselves; but a large purpose for every other sentient as well to struggle through together. Unus briefly mentioned the lack of sentients who can feel the warmth of the force during his speech.

It was at that point that the Jensaraai “Rancor” ignored the desire of Tafin not wanting him to attack. “Rancor” ignited his lightsaber and flew into a ravenous frenzy and charged recklessly at Unus. Unus quickly pulled out his long-handled lightsaber, ignited the blade, and in a motion that nobody could catch; cut “Rancor” in half. Visase sensed the power within the lightsaber as being of a signature not unlike the core of the space factory flying over Coruscant, with the Force Sensitives it devoured to make it. Though, the power in the lightsaber is far more faint, and far more ancient.

After that display of power, another question was posed to Unus about how sure he was about not repeating the past. Unus declared that he was determined not to repeat the past, and that he even carries the past with him to remind himself, and that the only way he can try is if he has control of the Galactic Federation. Unus stated that to get better at ruling, he must rule. Unus gave one more warning to the resistance to step aside and fight another day, or else Unus will have to kill them.

Zendral told Visase that he has her back. Visase called for the Nest to come and pick her and the party up.

The resistance had decided to fight another day. Yana Lish almost threw herself at Unus, but some urging from Rooth Ank got her to break away out of the wisdom of the action. Evarr Dreskel, Rooth Ank, Yana Lish, and Hassan decided they were going to accompany Dalbar into exile; because it is only a matter of time before the Jedi are to be hunted down like massiffs like in times past. Evarr Dreskel encouraged Taral and Visase to continue with the rest of the party and to fight the war their own way; and spearhead the resistance on their front.

Tafin and the remaining Jensaarai declared that when they strike at Unus to invite them in order to avenge her “Rancor”.

Corporal Reiss Vingen and his squad had to attend other mercenary work on their end, but stated that he hopes to see the party again.

The Droideka accompanied the party, as well as the last remaining member of the Coruscant Street Tribe; Eroll Skav. As the party moved to the Nest that had positioned itself into hovering over the hole that Gunja’s Bus made into the Tower, Darth Unus stood over the Triumvirate’s Meeting Table, and declared his last warning to not meddle in his affairs again. The next time the party does, Unus will not let them go.

Back in the Nest, the party viewed an injured Korot and Vass’inum’niche in the process of recovery, while Verin is seen holding his sobbing sister. Yun Brodal asked many questions about the affair, and of Eroll Skav’s place on the ship, but his questions were put aside in favor of getting Issilum flying the Nest off of Coruscant.

The sky turned to dawn as Issilum flew the ship up into space. This dawn however yielded a view of Coruscant’s sun with the space factory twisting tendrils of star plasma while surrounded in a nebulous halo of Calamari Cruiser wreckage from the fight that Shendi Yosk tried to win against the unstoppable factory.

Yun Brodal spoke of how Shendi Yosk desired to meet the party in an empty section near Mon Calamari space in order to continue fighting. The resistance that came with the broadcast is bending the Federation Worlds to their knee, but this new change of leadership might compromise that.

Visase voiced that she desired to also see the Luka Sene; the legendary order of Miraluka Seers in order to learn how to bypass Unus’ strength in resisting force sight.

Verin put Thirra to bed and walked out to voice his regrets about what he wished he could have told his dad, and between that and the party’s own assurances, Verin said that he is committed to the cause, and desires to better himself towards it.

Then Issilum activated the hyperdrive engines, and launched himself towards Shendi Yosk’s location.

END OF EPISODE I

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Final Moments

With a brief rest period, what remains of the group recovered enough to keep pushing their way towards the Jedi Temple.

Inside the Jedi Temple’s vast halls, the group was confronted by a large number of Sith Apprentices with Sith Swords being led by a Sith with a bright red lightsaber named Darth Udar who introduced himself to the party, while insisting on not needing to know the names of the group due to his not needing to be acquainted with the dead. Dalbar promptly dispatched Udar in a matter of seconds while the rest of the Sith Apprentices scrambled to intercept the group. Dalbar, the party, Korot, and Verin all managed to wriggle free from the Sith attack while Dalbar used the force to speed those running with him to the elevators.

The elevator was brought up to the 11th floor of the Jedi Temple, where much of the Jedi train and hone their abilities with the force. Verin ran ahead after swearing that he heard a faint cry, with Korot running closely after him.

While the party ran, Dalbar linked the minds of the party with a vision of what is happening within Rea and Thirra’s location. Rea, and the bodies of four other Jedi Knights are seen with their blood drained out. Thirra Taro is screaming and crying behind a force shield while a Sith Lord is draining the shield. The Sith Lord is heard trying to entice Thirra Taro to invoking the Dark Side to strike back at him for all that he did.

Taral recognized the Sith Lord as an Anzati, a species that is known for their ability to track down and become empowered by the blood of force sensitives, which the Anzat call Blood Soup. The Anzat do their drinking through two proboscis mouths; one on each cheek. The Anzat also have a means to mesmerize their quarry.

Verin was first to break into the room and start firing only for him to be mesmerized. Korot pushed him out of the way, and soon, the party entered to confront the Sith Lord behind all of this; Darth Băutor. Dalbar tried to delete Băutor’s ability to use the Force, but that power got drained into his proboscis mouths.

Băutor proved to be a tricky foe to the party, in particular, Băutor continuously drained Thirra Taro’s shield at an alarming rate; the same shield Rea erected around her daughter before she died, and then used that shield to protect himself. It also became apparent that Băutor is continuously draining the force into his proboscis mouths and the only one with a connection to him was Thirra who is not in control of herself.

Much of the party and Korot moved in to keep Băutor distracted while Dalbar and Verin moved in to try and calm Thirra down. Băutor took Korot down by sticking his proboscis mouths into Korot’s facial openings and then drinking his blood. Băutor did the same thing with Visase, only also nullifying her ability to use the force until she caught her breath.

With some encouragement and assurances from the party and Verin, Thirra calmed down enough to listen to Verin on what to do. Dalbar situated Hartel, Visase, and Taral with the use of clearing Thirra’s mind and readying a Feibraxian Exorcism on Băutor while the rest of the party kept Băutor busy. In particular, Simon managed to grab Băutor and keep him held down, even after Băutor used the Sith arts to drain Korot from afar for his strength.

Thirra used the force to retake her mother’s shield, leaving Băutor wide open for the exorcism to start following Dalbar’s lead. The exorcism was quick acting, with four gouts of white fire erupting from Băutor while the last one lingered to finish Băutor off by melting his bones and boiling the blood he drained from the others.

The victory was short lived, for outside of the Temple’s window a shuttle landed that matched the description of the earlier reports from the Disciples of Justice. Emperor Sarvak Fel, Supreme Commander Thaz Welk, and Darth Unus had arrived.

Before the party could discuss this, Arken Taro requested a conversation on the communicator. With the conversation answered to, one can hear the ambient sounds of blasterfire and explosions on Arken’s side. Arken requested to know of what became of his wife and daughter for he doesn’t have much time. Arken didn’t dwell on Rea’s death as long, but instead focused on Verin and Thirra. With Verin’s urging, Thirra was able to talk to Arken for a small time. Arken voiced that Arbet is dead, and Korech and Voroth are buying him time. Arken repeated continuously that he loved Verin and Thirra and was proud of them while telling the both of them to look after each other, and that the party will take care of them. After Arken coaxed a smile out of Thirra, Arken flew out of his seat after one more explosion. After getting up, Arken spoke his last sentences before a blaster shot struck him in the head; killing him.

A few seconds later, Toba Gra walked in range of the communicator. Toba Gra’s head and part of his shoulder have been replaced with cybernetic parts, and Toba Gra’s voice is now a mix between his gruff voice and the voice of a vocabulator; and with it he stared at the party and told them that the broadcast was over. Then Toba Gra turned off the communicator.

Dalbar shook his head, but then volunteered to take the children and Korot back to the Nest, and Dalbar knew of some secret passageways out that he was sure would not be discovered.

Leading Korot, Thirra, and Verin out, Dalbar said that the time to strike at Orm is now; and that he would join the fight as soon as he was able.

With that, the party rushed back to the elevators where they got a status report from Master Evarr Dreskel and Reiss Vingen.

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Retaking the Galactic Senate

The plan to overtake the Galactic Senate was to bring everybody but Harbu and his team up to the senate proper in order to overwhelm the defenses of the security teams. With most of the rest of the attack force gathered, Dalbar led the way down the Galactic Senate’s halls; rushing past the security droids brought up by NXT-1 against security forces. NXT-0; the security chief and arbiter of the Galactic Senate found its processors were too full to handle the party tearing down the halls, but NXT-0 still sounded the alarms to get the guards to handle the intrusion.

By the time the party made it to the Senate chambers themselves, the security forces of the Galactic Senate arrived as well while being led by both Imperial Knights and Sith Apprentices. Much of the group mobilized to defend, while giving the party and a few others within the group to go inside of the Senate chambers to go and deal with NXT-0. Inside, the party found the Emeriss assassin Vass’inum’niche (Numni) lying in wait on a senator’s platform while surrounded by several other Emeriss Guardians who had accompanied her in the kidnapping of Rea and Thirra Taro.

In particular, Numni and Zendral exchanged words about Emeriss’ business practices, but, perhaps predictably, ended with Numni claiming that what she did and what she will do next is all part of business. Just as the first moves were being made, Numni mentioned that she was still impressed with how quickly Taral moved to catch up with her down by the Greater Haluon hideout.

During the fight, Numni had her platform shot out from under her, but she kept a wide variety of grappling chains in order to keep herself from succumbing to the pull of gravity by grabbing onto the ceiling. Also, NXT-0 assisted by erecting deflector shield columns in between Numni and the party.

Simon bypassed those defenses with specially made Sidewinder missiles. Polis found himself the main target of Numni’s attacks, and Polis even managed to catch up with her on her own platform, only for Polis to find that Numni was a skilled wrestler. It took Dalbar’s intervention to keep Polis from getting beaten unconscious.

Much of the rest of the Jedi who followed the party inside found themselves having to hold off against Sith and Imperial Knight incursions at the flanks, while Dalbar made sure that he could catch any of the party that might fall off of their platforms over the Senate Chamber area.

As NXT-0 erected another column, the power went out for a brief moment, shutting down the shields, and leaving the platforms to go into emergency mode before the power went back online again.

But merely 10 seconds later, the power inside the chambers went out for good, letting the other Emeriss guardians to fall to their deaths, while the others finished off the remaining Imperial Knights and Sith inside. To save the party, Dalbar brought both the party and the wounded Vass’inum’niche to the senate floor by telekinesis. Numni exclaimed that the party finish her as she would have done the same to the party. Much to her surprise, and the curiosity of the Jedi; Zendral, Visase, and Taral both vouched to not kill her as doing so was not the Jedi way.

Instead, they convinced her to see Emeriss for what it is that they do. With Numni being thrown off about her predicament decided to listen to Visase and Zendral’s arguments, and even agreed with the fact that it was likely that Orm brought her in the Galactic Senate to slow the party down and likely die in the attempt at stopping the party. When the party invited her to go to the ship, Verin Taro raised a stink about letting the kidnapper of his family onto the Nest.

It took some convincing, but Verin finally decided to quiet down; still unsure of the party’s decision to let her get patched up and healed by Chuni and Henea.

It was soon apparent of the cause of the power outage that took NXT-0 offline for good; Upik & Kipu tried to manipulate the energy flow into NXT-0’s systems with their devices, but something went wrong; and the power shorted while Upik & Kipu both got struck by the flow of energy; charring the both of them to a crisp and fusing them to the floor they were standing on.

Others that suffered was “Nodaz” and Ketki and the rest of his Kryndr Gowakk, where “Nodaz” was put out of his legless misery by Eroll Skav, while Ketki took himself out by smashing all of the energy balls strapped to his body all at once on an Imperial Knight. The rest of the team suffered significant wounds, but nothing that killed them.

The Jedi Temple is next, and the party must figure out how to get there next. By estimations, the Jedi Temple shouldn’t be nearly as secure as it ought to, but will still hide dangers as the party pushes within to not only rescue Rea and Thirra, but also to confront Darth Orm.

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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…

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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…

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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 Băutor 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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