Knights of The Old Republic

Episode 113

After losing Mercosa ships Kelborn, Horath, Tala and Knight Bys break off and lead away House Mecetti patrol ships allowing Kal and Leeloo to return to the surface and check on the Rogue Star. Inside they find Lakke Deming, Finn Iris and Pok Maten tied up. The latter having been beaten badly. Everyone returns to Procopia and filled in Senator Cana and Master Shi-Leer about their failure. Kel calls Kal out for focusing more on fooling around with Leeloo then focusing on the mission before storming out of the room. Everyone else ponders what to do next.

After the main meeting they learn a few things while in smaller groups. Knight Bys has returned to Coruscant. After talking with Master Shi-Leer she felt her encounter of and emotional manipulations by Saalo Morn have unbalanced her. Master Shi-Leer, Knight Horath, Padawan Tala and Kelborn are actively looking for any clues to Volkhv or the Mercosa Order’s location. What Volkhv may do with that helm and the influence of a Sith Lord is alarming.

Leeloo and Kal have speak in private mostly about Eva Cana. Leeloo laments on having lost her friend Eva when her memories weren’t repaired. Not long after Eva joins them. While they were going after Saalo Morn’s tomb Eva Cana had a meeting with new Arch-Advisor Martel. It’s obvious that the alliance treaty is in deep trouble. Eva seems pretty upset. Kal and some of the others noticed a change in her attitude since coming back to Tapani. She seems slightly less said and more confident. Tapani has been a reminder of some good she has done, and helped get her mind off of her, memory loss, suspension and the senate shooting which is so bizarre to her. The Tapani Alliance was the first real difference she has made, now this is following apart too. With Tapani government season over it will be very difficult to try and whip votes before the Ground Council meeting in 12 days. Leeloo and Kal vow to help in any way possible.

Sir Carver arrives and tells that the next major gathering of the houses will be for the annual Vor-Cal games. Once a year the houses go on a great Safari and the wining house gains prestige for the rest of the year. It almost a religious event to lords of Tapani. But three days prior to the Safari are held a host of games and parties. Cana would be able to much easier get face time with the great House members. It’s hosted by House Barnaba and is invitation only. But an outsider hasn’t been invited to attend even the pre-games in nearly 50 years. There best way to get an invite is from Lord Ian Alden, he is the master of games for the event. Sir Carver says he has set up a meeting between Alden and Cana. The official invite to dinner has been received and is for the day after tomorrow. Eva thanks him and asks to be briefed on Lord Alden’s political leanings and how best to impress him. Carver hesitates a bit…it won’t be a typical dinner, more like a small party. House Barnaba is the most hedonistic of the noble houses and focuses more on establishing fashion trends, discovering new vacation spots and starting fads, than caring about politics. Alden is very fond of surrounding himself with attractive women and can be distracted if not downright jealous when sharing a discussion with a woman when another man is around. If Eva truly wants to impress him and get his attention then when choosing her entourage for the dinner it should be heavy on the female side. Lakke demining is recruited to attend the “party” much to Finn’s dismay.

Lord Alden’s estate is on the planet Vycinyth which is a literal leisure world. It has one forest moon Vilhon. While on approach they pass multiple orbiting space casinos. The three ladies are all dressed to impress, Finn is slack-jawed. While walking through the Space port Leeloo is shocked to see Lady Asha Kawa just about to board a space yacht. She is accompanied by a Female Albino Wookie named Beloncaa wearing a golden arm band and a collapsible Bowcaster. Leeloo excuses herself for a moment and talks to Lady Claw. Asha was leaving from a meeting with Lord Alden as she supplied something very special for the annual Vor-Cal safari. Leeloo thanks Asha for all of her teachings in the past. Asha asks about Zanna. They part with reminder that Leeloo still owes her.

Meanwhile Lakke is off signally their lux-speeder giving Kal and Eva some time to talk. She brings up the comment Kelborn made regarding Kal and Leeloo. Eva asks if there are any feelings between the two of them. Kal says it was purely professional and his feelings towards Leeloo are from respect of her prowess in a vehicle. They spot Leeloo walking towards them, turning heads every step of the way. Eva while looking at Leeloo comments it’s hard to take your eyes off of something so flawless. Kal agrees, but while not taking his eyes off of Eva.

Outside of the starport are vast highways running between forests and then suddenly giant adult amusement parks, beckoning passerby promising much delights. Eventually the speeder takes them through the sec gates of an estate. It looks like it was once much smaller once and the center looks to be an old keep and newer, still hundreds of years ago, wings built on both sides. They are dropped off at the front door. As they walk up the door opens are they are greeted by manservant Tallman Stykes. He invites them in and that Lord Alden is most flattered at their acceptance of his invitation.
While walking down the halls there are lots of interesting paintings on the walls about naked man taking down some great beast, picnic scene and looks almost like an orgy.

They are walked to a interior security room with a box to place any belongs and/or weapons. Leeloo places her lightsaber with in, but immediately acts like an airhead county bumkin. Once deeper inside it’s confirmed by the architecture it’s a house of two different times and styles. They are escorted into the ballroom. The ballroom is of the old-style architecture by design was once cold and utilitarian. But efforts have been made to warm it up with lavish drapes and tapestries, colored lights shining up walls and pompous statues. There is a traditional long dining room table set with opulent gold plates under a nice spread of rich foods and refreshments. In the corner of the room is also a lounge area with satin floor pillows and covered with sheer chiffon. An abundance of servants await to pour wine. Two other guests are present and Tallman makes introductions; Sir Neville Harlan and Lady Delphine Grey. These two are very off putting. They float between conversations like butterflies, talking about what ever interests them in that moment, no matter how inappropriate and seem oblivious to personal space.

They are quickly joined by Lord Ian Alden and his sister Lilla Alden-Baxter. The lord’s age is difficult to tell under his white make up. Eva tries her best to speak about politics and current affairs, but Ian is quickly board, but is fascinated by Leeloo’s beauty. Lady Alden-Baxter seems perpetually board. While mid conversation a servant refills Ian cup and he takes a slip. He nearly spits it out and yells at the servant for pouring him red wine, he never drinks red wine, it stains the teeth.

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Two Twi’lek women are brought in, painted head-to-toe and wearing only loin clothes, their head tails covering on parts of their breasts. Immediately following two racks of melee weapons are brought in. Alden invites the guests to look over the two warriors and to then make a fun wager one which will win in a fight, but Eva and Leeloo are reassured it’s only to the first blood. Lord Alden invites everyone to examine them and place betters on a winner. Eva is disgusted by this, Leeloo plays along and gets Alden to agree that if her champion wins then she and Eva’s companions will be invited to the Vor-Cal games. If she loses then Alden will teach her intimate ways of House Barnaba.

During the match Alden signals Tallman to ensure his champion wins. He gives a subtle signal for the match to be thrown. Leeloo manages to use the force for her chosen to win. Alden is furious and has a private talk with Tallman Leeloo detects strong emotions of hate from before he leaves the room. With the invite to the Vor-Cal secured Eva decides its time to leave early. While saying her goodbyes Leeloo detects fear and frustration from three of the servants in the room. A moment later they draw vibro-knives and shout “For the Mecrosa Order!” while charging towards Cana. The two golden Twi-Lek’s also attack.

Kal, Leeloo and Lakke surround Eva. Lord Alden stands his ground demanding his servant to stop. He is knocked out quickly. The rest of the nobles cower. Leeloo not wanting to expose herself as a Jedi resists using TK, but instead uses Jedi Mind Trick to convince the golden warrior they much kill Kal before they can get to Eva.

Session continued on separate day

The golden gladiators prove to be formidable foes and cutting off Kal’s cyber-arm. Looking like they might lose the fight and Kal could die Eva blows Leeloo’s cover of being just a pretty face and yells for her to use her force powers. Now exposed Leeloo uses the force to throw some of the assassins around the room and buy them much needed time. Eventually Kal and Leeloo defeat all of the assassins and quickly head to the security room to retrieve her light saber.

Inside the security room is Tallman Stykes. They capture him and force him to reveal his involvement. He says the attackers are not really with the Mecrosa Order. He was hired by a man to change out service some staff, send out most of the normal security forces and place a device into the security controls so they can be viewed and controled remotely. He doesn’t know the man’s name only that spoke with the schooling of a Tapani noble. Lakke looks at the salve device and can reverse track it less than a mile away.

The heroes jump into a speeder and follow the signal to a textile facility. On the roof is a human male and two advance sec droids with light repeaters. They shot the speeder out of the sky, but Leeloo manages to crash land it onto the roof. It’s a tough fought fight, but they destroy the droids and mortally wound the true assassin.

They gather that he was a lower born son of a noble family, who often go out to the freeworlds to try and make a fortune they would never else wise inherit. The heroes ponder who would want Eva dead and piece it together that it must be a noble house or person that wants to stop her from ratifying the alliance between Tapani and the Republic.

Lord Alden is very apologetic that Eva was attacked while he guest. Eva requests an apology that she and her entourage be invited to the Vol-Cal games. Although highly irregular for an outsider to be invited Lord Alden says he will arrange it.

End of Session.

Important Introductions & Firsts

The planet Vycinyth, Beloncaa, Tallman Stykes, Neville Harlan, Delphine Grey, Lord Ian Alden & Lady Lilla Alden-Baxter

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Episode 112

The heroes catch their breath after escaping the spirt of Saalo Morn. It appears they had been in the crypt for much longer then it felt. They climb out of the pit to find the Mercosa Order waiting for them. A beaten and bruised Horath is held captive. Volkhv demands they hand over the helmet. Knight Bys defiantly says no, they’ll just kill us anyways. Tala takes the helm and with the force holds it over the pit and bluffs that it is bottomless and if they kill her the helm will be lost forever. Volkhv agrees to an exchange the helm for Horath. Mid way through the exchange Volkhv uses the force to pull the helm to him and to toss Horath into the pit. Kal and Leeloo save him. While doing so Volkhv pleased to have the helmet tells his men to kill the heroes and leaves with half his force on speeder bikes.

The heroes battle eleven foot soldiers and three darkside using assassins; Ethan, Abner and Rhett. Horath squares off using just his claws against Abner who beat him mercilessly while being a captive. Ethan tries to square off against Kelborn, who calls him a dumb kid and doesn’t take him seriously. Leeloo duels with Rhett armed with a poisoned tipped cortosis rapier. Knight Bys and Kal perform clean up on the foot soldiers. During the battle, they learn a little more about Volkhv. That name is actually an ancient Tapani word for Priest. He was trained by something called The Master and to prove himself dedicated he cut off the skin from his own face. Eventually the heroes defeat their opposition and Kelborn makes sure the Darksiders are dead before leaping onto the remaining Aratech 22E speeder bikes.

The heroes must driver faster than safe to have a chance to catch up to Volkhv and the helm. Leeloo and Tala take off quickly. Kal has some bad luck and crashes forcing Leeloo to go back to him. Knight Bys goes slow and steady. Kelborn makes good progress before a couple of sudden turns causes him to get lost. Tala is the first to catch up to Volkhv and eight soldiers fall back to slow the heroes down. Bys arrives soon after to see Tala fighting them and identifies her damaged speeder is going to blow soon. Unaware of this Tala decides to ride close to the foes. Eventually all heroes arrive and battle with the soldiers while dodging trees at speeds of 200 mph. Kal riding on the back of Leeloo’s bike places his S-comp into a port, which happens to be between her thighs to override the safety programs allowing her to push the bike beyond its limits. The speed, vibrations and intimate proximity to a man exhilarates Leeloo. Then out of nowhere Kelborn arrives barreling into the action and not liking what he sees between Leeloo and the Kal. He shoots a spy dart on to Leeloo just in case they get seperated. Tala waits till the last minute keeping her bike near the most number of soldiers before it blows. Good for Tala that Bys was cruising behind to give her a safe spot to leap to. Horath rides ahead and cuts down a tree causing the final rider to crash.

With the rear-guard distraction Volkhv and his men get to their parked transport, they called ahead to have it warmed up and ready for flight. The heroes arrive they see Volkhv’s ship The Night Raven The_Night_Raven.jpg hovering above just lifting off. Also just taking off and flying escort are eight star fighters as well.
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They see the Rogue Star, the gang plank down but know it would take several minutes to get it ready for takeoff. There are six Star Fighters that were waiting for more soldiers to take off in, all of whom are dead now. The starfighters are TEC-12S Spearhead models, which can seat a rear gunner. Kal insists on flying second seat in Leeloo’s ship, but he is talked into the logic of having more ships for the pursuit.

Seven of the enemy star fights engage with the heroes and a massive dog fight ensues. Leeloo is proving why she is called the best pilot in the galaxy until Kelborn who has been spying on private ship to ship coms between Leeloo and Kal makes her feel guilty and ashamed of her feelings why riding with Kal. Knight Bys takes some serious shield damage, but pulls off a risky move to blow up one of the ships head on. With only two enemy fighters left Leeloo goes full speed after the transport, but it’s too late Volkhv gets far enough away from the planet to make the jump to hyperspace.

As local House Mecetti star patrols nears the heroes they race back to the planet and check on their Republic companions in the Rogue Star.

Important Introductions & Firsts
Ethan, Abner and Rhett. Aratech 22E speeder bikes, The Night Raven & TEC-12S Spearhead star fighters.

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Episode 111

Once entering deeper into the tomb, the heroes begin acting unusual and emotional. Tala is dealing with extra anger, Leeloo becomes passionate and single minded about identifying what the Mecrosa order is after, Knight Bys is racked with emotional pain of the galactic war brewing. Kal becomes paranoid while Kelborn is afflicted with fear.

While moving through the long corridors of the tomb the are looking for traps, concerned a myriad of deadly traps lie ahead of them. Leeloo looking for holes in the walls eventually discovers a poisoned dart trap. After some arguing they find a safe path through. Kelborn feeling intense fears panics and triggers the trap. His armor protects him from all but one dart. Looking at the dart tip he is sure it’s poisoned upon closer examination he recognizes the poison is a strong paralytic he has used in the past that will eventually stop his heart and he doesn’t have the medicine to cure it.

Despite their constant fighting with one another their efforts to spot traps pays off as they narrowly escape a false floor acid pit trap. The long passage finally ends into a room. This chamber is shrouded in darkness, as though it clings to every surface. Filing the right-hand wall is a large, shadowy bas-relief of a robed man-the same one depicted at the entrance wearing a foreboding masked helmet. A quick search reveals no more doors, it’s a dead end. Leeloo steps forward and examines the bas-relief the helmeted figure suddenly moves-it is not a bas-relief at all, but some dark specter. “Welcome” it rasps, in a gravelly voice. “Welcome to the home of Saalo Morn. Leave this place while you still can.”

Oddly enough they do not detect the darkside from this force Spector. When asked he doesn’t know anything about the Mecrosa order or why they are searching for his tomb. He’ll claims his force spirit is a prisoner here, tormented by his mistakes in life.

Saalo Morn shares his story “I along with the other Sith Lords attacked the Republic and Jedi order for revenge of being exiled. I killed by the hundreds using terrible powers of the force. I believed I could not be stopped. I nearly had the Tapani Sector conquered when I learned how much I underestimated their resolve. Their rulers committed ruthless measure to entrap me. They allowed thousands of soldiers to die just to get me in position and as I was addressing the civilians as my new subjects they released a poisonous gas, killing everyone and weakening me.”

”Captured with the strange poison leaving me distant from the Bogan or the Jedi call it the dark side of the force. I was powerless and while being set to be quartered I could think of nothing else but how this could have happened. How far they went to stop me. It shocked me as I had battled them for some time and found their nobility and caring of each other to be an exploitable weakness. It shocked me to my core. Back on Korriban doing whatever it took to gain power or to keep it was normal. But with the reprieve from the pull of the Bogan I could see more clearly. And seeing how far these people fell left doubt on how I lived my life. I knew no begging would save my body as I could feel the hate in them as they began to tear me apart, but I hopped I could save my soul.”

_”Sometime later my spirit awoke in this tomb. I spent the first few centuries angry and lost. But then I began to find peace. Eventually through peace and calm I managed to separated my spirt from the Bogan. At least I would be free to return to the force, but something was holding me back. It was the Bogan part of my spirit that I shed. It is so strong and anchors me to this place by the bones of my body.

I have been trapped here for what has felt like an eternity and will be so for an eternity still. I am sorry that you are trapped as well. The Bogan takes pleasure in pain and corruption and will not let you leave.”_

“The Key to resetting the ancient traps-and thus, reopening the way out-lies interred with my bones deep beneath here. But the dark side is strong there-stronger than any of you. You would do far better to lie down here and die of starvation, then to face the horrors that await you below.”

The specter of Saalo Morn fades away, revealing a passage way descending down. Kelborn nearly bolted several times during his meeting with the former Sith Lord. It takes a lot of convincing to get him to proceed. Ahead they find a group of skeletal corpses dead for at least a 100 years. Only scraps of their Tapani style clothes remains. Each have weapons near them and are paired off like they killed one another. They appear to be tomb robbers that made it past the traps, but through greed turned on each other to the death. While walking past the darkside swells and bones snap back into place and glow faint purple. The skeletal forms arise like marionets and attack.

The purple glow protects these creatures from all forms of energy, but under the glow the bones are brittle. Kal and Kelborn smash the bones with their fists while the force users slam the skeletons into the walls using the force. Kelborn is nearly out of his mind while the other’s emotions sway. Tala becomes paranoid, Leeloo is plagued by the pain of loss, Bys gains a single-minded focus and Kal’s anger swells.

Looking at the ceiling they discover they are in a long corridor with giant stone blocks hanging about them. Kal triggers a pressure plate and triggers the blocks random release. He is pinned under a block as Leeloo runs across narrowly avoiding the crushing stones. Tala offers help to Kal, but in his anger his refuses and pulls a blaster on her. Tala and Bys travel by jumping onto already fallen blocks triggered by Leeloo’s brave run. Kal in an amazing feat of strength does move the block and makes it across.

Knight Bys sick of the bickering and slow progress takes the lead. She triggers a hallway of pendulum swinging blades. With amazing courage and skill, she stays in the middle of death cutting blades with her lightsaber making it easier for the others to move through.

They reach the final room. Inside this room the walls and ceiling are exposed rock, only the floor has been stone worked. The rock walls have carvings in them, but unlike the entrance, which was done with tools and artistry, these look to have been scratched into the walls by claws. They show the Sith Lord’s great and terrible accomplishments.

Towards the back of the room is a sarcophagus excessively chained up, crossed over and over again. No other doors or passages in this room. Morn tells them to hurry and open it before the Bogan part of him tries to stop them. His old helm will give them the power they need to escape.

The chains are thick and strong, but they get it open. Inside is a mutilated skeleton in tattered cloth robes wearing a metal helmet. SM_Helm.jpgrnished, but not weakened by time. Morn tells them to quickly don the helm. The Bogan is coming.

The force users debate if they should trust Saalo Morn and wear the helm. After a quick debate Leeloo dons the helm. She immediately feels more powerful and is just starting to understand how to use all of this power. While Leeloo is distracted the Spector of Saalo Morn laughs and reveals he was the dark presence all long. He had read their minds when they first entered the tomb and has been playing with their emotions to find a suitable apprentice and vessel. Leeloo drunk on power doesn’t believe her companions. She assures them she now has the power to move the beskar disc locking them in. Saalo Morn continues to whisper in her ear combatting the words her friends are saying. Leeloo says she needs the helm’s to power to kill Redora. Morn laughs and challenges her if killing Redora is really what she wants, he has seen her heart.

Leeloo convinces the others to follow her to the entrance and observe her power. Along the way the others are shocked to see the corridors leading back are only a tenth as long. The traps are fewer, different and rusted away centuries ago. Kelborn’s poison is gone and all the wounds they suffered while in the tomb vanish. It was all an illusion that Saalo Morn read from their minds to create strife and weaken them into wearing his helm. Kelborn no longer afraid supports Leeloo’s decision to use the helm. Kal, Bys and Tala try to convince him that Saalo Morn isn’t going to just let them go, he wants to rule again and will endanger the galaxy. They need to take the helm off her. Tala explains if they can’t break her free it would be better for Leeloo’s connect to the force and a mercy to kill her. He agrees to help stop her before she can leave the tomb, but he is sworn not to allow anyone to kill her.

They make their move, but she is too powerful and tosses them aside. Angered, but Leeloo manages to control herself despite the whispering in her ear. They try again and again to take the helm, but find it can’t be removed by them. Finally, Leeloo/Morn decides they are children and must be taught a lesson. If she kills Knight Bys then the others will fall in line. It’s for the greater good. Leeloo force pulls the Knight’s blue saber out of her hand and wields it along with her pink one after Knight Bys.

With Knight Bys dazed and on the floor Padawan Tala challenges Leeloo/Morn to a duel one on one. The two square off. It’s immediately apparent that the Padawan is out matched tenfold. Tala tries to convince her that she is being controlled by the darkside. Leeloo attempts to play on her fear, but is shocked to find Tala truly isn’t afraid. When asked why Tala whispers _”I’ve seen my own death and it’s not from a darksider.” Leeloo/Morn impressed by her believe raises Knight Bys’ light saber for a killing strike. The choice of the blade is a hidden part of Leeloo not wanting to use Kamlin’s blade to kill a Padawan. Leeloo/Morn says, ”It’ll take the force itself to stop me from killing you.” Just as she swings Knight Bys from the ground channels the force to disable her own lightsaber.

Leeloo/Morn is shocked by what appears to only be fate surrounding this child of the force. This distraction is enough for Leeloo to try and shake Saalo Morn out of her head. Kelborn calmly walks over and offers to help Leeloo remove the helm. Leeloo wins a contest of will vs the old Sith Lord and together they remove the helm. Saalo Morn is furious. He says he’ll kill them all and find a new vessel from the Mecrosa Order that they told him earlier where coming. Saalo Morn forces Knight Bys mind back to a bad memory in her past while using spectral tar attacks on Tala and Kelborn. Meanwhile Leeloo races to the Beskar disc blocking their exit she tries to cut into it with her saber. She finds it was never Beskar, but just an illusion Morn stole from her mind. The normal stone begins to melt under her light saber.

The others buy Leeloo enough time and with the path open they all manage to escape with the Helm. Saalo Morn can only move to the edge the tomb and shouts out he will one day find a way to break free and finish what he started a millennia ago.

End of session.

Important Introductions & Firsts

Saalo Morn.

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Zanna, Kelborn & Tala return to Procopia via a passenger shuttle, Kelborn is back into his Tapani native’s clothes. They took the shuttle after ditching the three stolen pirate star fighters. They meet with Lord Gregor Turnell to hand over the two books. The Secretum Secretorum from House Barong and House Melissus. Before payment he asks if any nobles were harmed. He seems pleased with Kelborn’s work and would consider hiring him again in the future. Kelborn puts down Knight Jax’s progress and notes he could do better.

Corraun with Eva and Kal present confronts Kelborn and Tala for having been gone for three days. Kelborn quickly defends Tala and makes up a story about site seeing. Any time it looks like Tala may come clean Kelborn deflects and starts an argument with Corraun. Corraun tells them that Tala and he have been called back to the Temple on Coruscant immediately, he has been stalling awaiting her return. He doesn’t know exactly why, but doesn’t sound good. Before leaving Tala hands Kelborn back his grenades and says she’ll be back for it. Kelborn gives her a small hug.

Back on Coruscant Tala is waiting outside of the high council chamber for Knight Jax. Inside Knight Jax is meeting with Master Aura Felsha & Master Doe-nar. The summary of the meeting is that the recent troubles and failures on Tapani have not gone unnoticed. Jax defends himself by saying they had destroyed a Mecorsa Order cell. She replies back that the boy-emperor was used as bait and was nearly killed. Not letting him defend she continues. Also used as bait was a rare text of the Pelagia House that was stolen and not recovered. Word has now gotten back to the Galactic Senate that the Tapani may be with drawling promised support for the Republic against Mandolare. Doe-nar says that Master Shi-Leer has taken responsibility for all the risks taken, but Felsha jumps in and says, they know Master Shi-Leer has always had a soft spot for Knight Jax and likely taking the blame for him.

It was a senate request from Senator Tyan Duna for Jax to be assigned to this task force and the request was honored as good will, but now with political strife on Tapani some of it traced back to Knight Jax, The High Council can no longer honor this request. Knight Jax will is assigned back to the temple as a teacher of military theory.

Post meeting Jax tells Tala all of this. She is pissed. And tells him he should ignore the order. These darksiders must be stopped. He tells her he can’t, he would be teaching her the wrong lesson. She says she’ll go back on her own. He tells her she can’t without a Knight and not to throw everything away on this. She is furious. He gives her time to cool down and says, but it may not be too late for you. You may not be assigned to this task force, but if you can find a Knight willing to volunteer. “I can’t reassign you, but I can give you a furlough of training with another Knight to learn new skills”. She thanks him, but still feels he is wrong not to ignore the council’s stupid command, he is a warrior and should be in the field.

Later on Coruscant upper most level. A grassy park with the Jedi Temple seen in the distance. Revan and Alex Squint are speaking before a small gathering of Jedi Knights. These Knights interest level vary as differently has their appearances do. Padawan Tala slips behind a tree catching only the tail end of this assembly.

Alex Squint says, “Do not heed the words of the Jedi Council. The Republic will fall if we do not act now. Already the Mandalorians have taken three systems along the Rim. They will only grow more powerful with time. Come stand with me. We will use our might to help the Republic in its time of need. Join Revan and I. Together, we will battle this menace.”

A Female Cerean Knight speaks, “But Alex the High Council has already weighed the pros and cons regarding this war and have found it to against the best interest of the Order.”

Revan speaks, “I would strongly debate that this course set forth by the High Council is best for the Jedi Order. But what cannot be debated is that decision is not best for the Galactic Republic. I have seen firsthand how dangerous and cunning the Mandolarians are. And how absolute they can be in their destruction and violence. They are a plague of aggression and hate that will wash over the galaxy if left unchecked. I for one do not want to awake one day safe in the Jedi Temple (points over his shoulder) and find only vistas of the ruins of a 25,000-year-old Republic. How could I live with myself knowing I could have done something, but didn’t…Do you?”

The majority of this intimate crowd calls back, “No” and “I’ll join”. Revan and Alex step forward and meet with the Knights forming several smaller groups. Some of the silent Knights leave. Tala is looking around, seems to spot what she is looking for and stands in front of a mature and battle scared male Cathar. She asks are you Jedi Knight Horath?

Tala attempts to recruit Horath. At first he tells her the only way he would is to ask permission of the High Council. She says never mind, but Horath was just testing her to see how committed she is to this cause. He asks her why she chose him. She knew he was on Cathar during the genocide and would likely want a chance to stop the Mandos and Night Sister. He agrees and after a brief conversation with Knight Jax they leave Coruscant.

Tala insists on piloting, telling Horath to take it easy, he has temporarily loan of the best Padawan and Pilot in the galaxy. After two days, their ship a Y4-G78B drops out of hyperspace. After a few minutes Horath enters the cockpit as Tala is in the process of landing. The view port reveals a dustbowl setting with high winds. As a dust cloud passes he sees they are landing in a dinky space port. Horath quickly notices this isn’t Tapani and learns it’s Kanter IV in the Mid Rim. He asks why are they here. Tala says, “oh didn’t I mention I needed to a make a short stop before Tapani. I need to pick up a {says something in a langue he doesn’t understand}”.

The star port seems empty of people. They see a half dozen or so ships of all makes. Once passed the gate they find themselves in a good size dust storm obstructing their view. Tala checks a little GPS device and marches on. The dust settles down and they see three structures ahead, parked in front of the nearest one is a Mando Shaadlar ship! Tala goes forward like nothing is wrong.

As they get to the door of the first building they see two Neo-Crusader Helms propped on poles flanking the entrance. Like some ceremony décor that Cathar warriors would have. Tala walks in. As soon as the door opens they’re ears are accosted by a loud ruckus. Shouting, a Blaster shot and music. This building looks to have until recently been a Surveyor’s Outpost, but has now been turned into a makeshift Cantina. Dozens of rough looking men are drinking their fill, including one man who appears to be drinking from a Mando Helmet. A Mando flag is hung on the wall, but is being used for knife throwing practice. In the middle is a man wearing a Neo-Crusader Mando helm and a chest armor piece over his dirty overalls. 5 paces away is a man wielding a Mando Blaster and shoots him in the chest. The man is knocked back against a table, but quickly gets up saying, “I didn’t feel a thing, now shoot me in the head.” While Horath is surprised and taking it all in Tala says, “make yourself comfy, I’ll be right back.” And she disappears into the crowd. He sees her talk to a few of the men and eventually get pointed into a back room. Tala enters and sees a Mando corpse leaning over a desk, his right hand severed. Sitting across and in front of a data terminal illuminating her face is Leeloo Stannis.

Horath speaks to the locals and learns this a small surveyor outpost and refuel station in the Mid Rim run by mostly ex-pirates and smugglers. It was captured by a squad of Mandos to gather intel about Mid Rim systems and Republic Military movements. They killed all but the essential workers and using the threat of killing the few families here to force them to go about gathering information. Then out of nowhere a small woman appeared and slaughtered the Mando freeing them. Horath believes this to be a exaggeration and looks for Tala.

In the back room Leeloo explains she was hoping that since this out post was for information gathering that it might go both ways. She questioned the Mando in charge, but got nothing useful. Tala tells Leeloo that Corraun was recalled back to the temple and won’t got against their orders. Although Corraun is a great warrior Leeloo was right that Corraun wouldn’t do whatever it takes to get Redora. The team needs Leeloo back. Rocky introductions are made between Leeloo and Horath and Leeloo agrees to return with them to Tapani.

Back on Coruscant a female Zeltron Jedi Knight Saida Bys is brought before the small Council of Masters Felsha & Doe-nar. She is assigned to the Redora task force. Her goal is to keep the Hyperion device safe, locate the lost Star Temple, learn it’s secrets and destroy the Night Sister leader. Knight Bys is told she is replacing another Knight and that this task force needs a diplomatic touch since the world scanning will require meeting with several non-republic sovereignties. It cannot look to the Senate that the Order is sabotaging potential allies to the war.

On Procopia Saida meets with Master Shi-Leer who questions her in his own unique way. She appears to do well, although perhaps she is a bit naïve. Shi-Leer warns her that Corraun’s absence will be felt and she’ll have to earn the respect of her new team. Shortly before that Tala presents her two new companions to the rest of the task force on Tapani. There are mixed reactions at the loss of Jax and the return of Leeloo. A fight is nearly broken out by the time Knight Saida is introduced by Master Shi-Leer. There are several scoffs when it’s announced the council has put her in charge. Once things calm down to a simmer Shi-Leer tells them they have a meeting with Lord Turnell soon with good news.

In private Kelborn and Tala talk. He wants to know what she was thinking bring a Cathar. She says he’s a Knight it’ll be fine he can control his emotions. But just encase she asks Kelborn not to kill him, she needs him to stay on the mission. She’ll owe Kelborn a favor.

At the meeting, they learn that a total of four Secretum Secretorum book are now in their possession. Tala and Kelborn share a knowing glance regarding two of them. Lord Afian Carrol using the four books has deciphered the location of the secret crypt of Saalo Morn. It is located in the Mecetti Province, specifically on their throne world Obulette. Lord Turnell says that Houses Melantha and Pelagia are not allowed on the throne world without special permission so Tapani house guards cannot go. The specific location was pieced together like puzzle pieces from millennia old books. The area of the crypt is described as in the mouth of the twin fangs. There is an ancient tale on Mecetti going back 5,000 years of two castles atop peaks separated by a canyon. The lords would war for the greater pieces of the valley between them. Even though the land was too rocky and uneven to be used as farming their descendants warred over it for hundreds of years. Eventually bringing both sides into a ruin. Supposedly the ruin remains of the castles are mostly gone now, and due to the rocky and uneven landscape it hasn’t been repopulated since before the great hyperspace war.

The heroes will have to go to the valley area and search around for the hidden crypt. It’s described as being inside “the wound of the mountain”. Jedi Padawan Ran Dayble also warns there is mention of traps, but we don’t have the books that mention specifics of the traps or how to disarm them. Kelborn brings up a good point that after 1,000 years it’s unlikely the traps would still be functioning. Eva and Nora must stay as she they have appointments with Tapani lords. Zanna offers offer to stay as bodyguard to Eva so that Kal can go.

After the meeting Zanna seeks Leeloo out to talk. Zanna explains how for a long time she wanted to kill her for destroying her life with Lady Asha Kawa. But eventually realized it was Lady Asha that abandoned her while being hunted by Savik’s creatures. Then when she went to find Leeloo for help that she felt was owed to her, she met Corraun, Kip and Eva. Zanna now thanks Leeloo for being able to spent time with her “family” and it’s changed her life. Leeloo is grateful for her forgiveness and asks what she’ll do next. Zanna says that she knows she isn’t a good person like Corraun or Eva and once Eva is safe she’ll have to go back to the new life she has started.

Eva talks to Knight Bys and apologizes to her for being rude as first. She explains that she was upset that Corraun got in trouble and doesn’t know how to help him. Bys uses her racial pheromones to easy Eva’s mind and start a friendship. Leeloo and Kelborn discuss how best to tell Knight Horath that he is a Mandolarian. They decide it’s best to wait till it’s absolutely necessary.

Saida Bys, Horath, Tala, Leeloo, Kal and Kelborn board the Rogue Star. Bys meets the rest of the Republic crew Fenn Iris and Lakke Deming and Security Pok Mayten. The trip only takes 10 hours. They doc at the orbital space station to take a shuttle to the planet. At customs Kelborn is pulled aside. Bys attempts to help with a mind trick, but it doesn’t work. Kelborn talks his way out and just before customs finds Knight Bys’ lightsaber Kelborn drops a grenade down a garbage shoot giving enough a distraction for her to walk away.

They rent a shuttle and head to the coordinates of Olinbar. Flying around Olinbar they do spot a deep canyon with peaks on both sides that possess the ancient ruins of a castle. The peaks are nearly perfectly level. You could imagine the lord’s windows facing each other separate by only a 1000 meters. The canyon walls and floor are mostly covered by trees and moss-covered rocks. There is a waterfall on the higher elevation of the canyon. They have to land a good distance away and walk into the mouth of the canyon’s two fangs.

Kelborn is the last to exit the air-speeder and his wearing his full Mando armor. Horath nearly attacks him on sight. Kal and Leeloo try to explain he isn’t an active Mando in the war, he doesn’t agree with the Neo-crusaders. But any progress is lost when it’s revealed Kelborn was on Cathar during the genocide. Horath agrees to not kill Kelborn until her enters Republic space. One on one Tala talks to Horath and tells him that seeing the actions on Cathar is what made Kelborn leave and become a bounty hunter.

As they enter into the canyon the Force Sensitive heroes can detect the presence of the darkside permeating over the land. The terrain is difficult with the moss covered uneven ground proving to be a hindrance. Walking into the canyon there is also a slight graded slope up. Which makes it a little bit a surprise there isn’t a river at this end from the water fall run off.

Deeper in the old grey trees cast ominous shadows. In the corner of the heroes eyes at times they could’ve sworn that they saw the shadow of the leaves look like demons devouring prey. When they turn to look the wind blows and the rustling of the leaves erase the imagery from the ground, but not their minds.

About 45 minutes in Leeloo who is in the lead stops. She says they’ve been followed for some time by creatures, but now they have surrounded them and likely ready to attack. She reaches out with the force to touch their minds, but only finds twisted rage and hate. The heroes form a circle of defense as they only see glimpses of milky white eyes and movement. Then in unison seven grotesque creatures spring from the bushes. They look like bears with narrow hindquarters, patchy fur and green open sores. Their eyes are a dead milky-white.
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The terrain is slippery which makes battling these foes more difficult. Kal is swarmed and pinned. He manages to throw the heavy beast off, but more just pounce on him. Knight Saida is knocked down and Leeloo goes to her aid. Kelborn is pounced upon and pinned, but uses his jet pack to get lose. These beasts are fearless and ferocious. When it looks like all will be lost Horath drops his light saber and leaps into the middle of the tainted creatures and roars like an apex predator challenging them. They circle around him ready to pounce and tear him apart. The other’s take this distraction as a chance to regroup and move on the offensive. The gamble pays off and the terrible creatures are all destroyed.

Leeloo examines the corpses and believes they were once peaceful Yaols, but have been tainted and changed by the darkside. Knight Saida is shaken after the battle and seems to lose control of her pheromones causing nearly everyone to become attracted to her, or even more attracted to her.

After patching up their wounds they move forward. They hear rushing water ahead and reach a bit of a clearing and see the river from the water fall running into a natural hole in the valley. The total depth is nearly impossible to tell, but very deep. 20 meters down they spot a natural cave opening that could be described as a gaping wound in the mountain. With ropes, they decent down.

Inside they see worked stone walls and a dark opening beckons. Inside, the ground slopes sharply downward into blackness. They see a rectangle shaped room ahead. [The force Sensitives feel the following:] “This close to the entrance you can feel a sort of chill in the air, as though a cold breath were passing over your skin. It is definitely coming from deeper into the mountain, but further down the passage you also get a sense of strength, a power neither light nor dark, waiting patiently to return to active use”.

This 8×12 meter room is covered with carvings into the stone walls of a impressive humanoid figure wearing robes and a horned helm pulling starships down from the sky. The walls continue with the presumed Sith Lord committing many different atrocities. It seems obvious this was carved as a warning. Otherwise the room is empty and without another doors. Kelborn undistributed by the craving finds a hidden button and presses it.

A hidden door slides open as they hear the sounds of metal chains moving from above, then a section of flag stones breaks away from the ceiling and a giant disc at the tunnel entrance falls with a metallic and finite thud. Horath nearly crushed by the falling disc was forced to leap aside back into the tunnel. This dust covered disc shaped object is blocking the exit and perfectly flush to the walls. Tala slashes at the disc with her light saber, but with no effect, not even a scratch. Leeloo guess aloud it’s made of Beskar. Kelborn inspects it and confirms it. It’s flawlessly made and in an impressive amount.

With no way cut through it so they are forced to continue in deeper to find another way out. Just then _“The darkness grows thicker around you, and a noise like cracking bones rises out of the open doorway. There is a brief sensation of someone staring at you intently”. The Force Sensitives feel something additional. “The feeling of being scrutinized is particularly intense for you. There is a kind of pressure on your mind for a moment…then an impression of dark satisfaction, as though someone horrible has been waiting here for you for a very long time”.

Knight Bys catches a glimpse of light from a glow rod from the other room, but it vanishes quickly. The heroes steel themselves and enter. The viewer can see as they cross the threshold even their glow rods are absorbed totally by total darkness.

End of session.

Important Introductions & Firsts

Knight Horath, Knight Saida Bys, Kanter IV & Tainted Yaols.

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Episode 109

With the help of Kelborn’s grapple line the team makes it to the top of the sea tower. Kelborn gets a measure of revenge by kicking the droid who shot him off of the tower and his destroyed falling on the rocks below. AR6-48 throws the last Adv Sec Droid off the tower as well splashing into the sea along with its security key card. They slice into the rear guard house and battle another pair of sec droids and gain entry into the mansion.

They quickly split into two teams. Zana and Tala searching the second floor while Kelborn, Cyla and AR6 search the ground floor. Both teams encounter security droids and hidden turrets. As time is ticking neither team is having luck finding Lord Hutson. Eventually Zana finds the house Stewart Guston Marell and convinces him to talk. He reveals there is a hidden panic room in the lord’s bedroom. Dash uses her light saber to cut access to sec wiring and Zana slices open the near impossible lock.

Gresham_Hutson.jpgInside Lord Huston refuses to even acknowledge the existence of the Secretum Secretorum let alone its location. Lady Helda who is half mad tells yells at her husband that if he protected their son half has much as the book he’d still be alive. Kelborn offers to kill her husband for her if she tells him where the books are. Kelborn tranq dart Lord Hutson. She modifies the deal by asking to be killed herself instead. She is always being watched and doesn’t want to live without her son. Kelborn accepts and learns the location of a secret basement. Instead of killing her himself since he’d lose credits he instead leaves a blaster for her to do it. Outside of the panic room Dash objects to this. Zanna and Kelborn say they won’t stop her. Dash enters the panic room and by lying and using the force tricks Helda that her son’s spirit is there and doesn’t want her to kill herself. He is in peace and is always watching her. Held cries in relief.

By the time they find the secret basement the house police have arrive. AR6 is posted at the entrance to slow them down. In the basement, they find Secretum Secretorum’s belonging to houses, House Barong, Melissus and Mecetti. Kelborn is tempted to take all three, but with some advice leaves the Mecetti book. AR6 hold the police off long enough the heroes to make it to the sea tower. In a rush Dash dives the 80 meters into the water while the other three repel down. Once in the boat Kelborn becomes worried that Dash hasn’t surfaced yet. Searching he someone struggling in the water. He reaches in to help, but his throat is grabbed by a metallic hand trying to pull him under. It’s the second security droid. The other get him free and they drive away. Dash is found struggling against the current a little distance away. They get out of sight just before the police enter the sea tower. AR6 was destroyed by the police much it Cyla’s disappointment.

Cyla is paid and parts ways with the team. Zanna, Kelborn and Tala head back to Procopia with the two books and look forward to their payment.

Important Introductions & Firsts

Lord Hutson & Lady Huston, Stewart Guston Marell.

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Episode 108

The wounded heroes chase after Padawan Lavhan Tala, who has had at least a minute head start. The blast doors are slightly ajar. Inside they find two dead Soldiers and hear blaster fire down a L-shaped corridor. Around the corner, they see Tala standing over one dead soldier and just slaying another one.

At the end of the corridor is a heavy duty and locked door. As Kal gets to work on getting it open, blast shielding window ports on the right side of the corridor lowers from the inside. Without obstructions, the heroes can now see what’s inside. It’s a large thermal chamber 140m by 160m. Across is a lava-fall pouring down. A transport is in the room and Mecrosa foot soldiers are loading crates on board. But the most eye-catching thing in the figure approaching the glass.
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Seeing Volkhv behind the plas-glass, his icy blue eyes stare unblinking and as if into your soul. After an absurd amount of time without blinking, a fine puff of mist sprays from the eye corners of his mask directly into his eyes. Tala tells Kelborn to shoot him, but Kelborn knows a shot won’t penetrate the pas-glass. Tala uses the force and attempts to TK hold the Darksider, but he counters with his own power breaking her hold and slamming her against the wall. This is the first time they have seen a member of the Mecrosa Order us TK. With the transport, fully loaded Volkhv boards the vessel. Kal gets the doors open, but it’s too late and the ship takes off. The heroes search the place, but only find some empty data chip cases commonly used for map chips. They don’t find another ship, but some smashed coms equipment is repaired enough to tall Capt. Rohig to pick them up. His first question is if they retrieved the stolen Secretum Secretorum. Jax is embarrassed to report it’s gone.

The heroes join Hi-Lord Praxum, Master Shi-Leer and Pelagia historian Lord Afian Carrol. It’s discussed that the Mecrosa’s quest to find the Sith Lords tomb may not be over. Lord Carrol has a mostly complete copy of House Pelagia’s Secretum Secretorum. He reveals the name of the dead Sith Lord is Saalo Morn. It is also revealed that Shi-Leer has only heard about one true physical resurrection in the last 1,000 years and it was only performed by the most powerful of cadre of Sith users and a tremendous amount of ritual and sacrifice. This would be beyond the MO’s abilities. It’s more likely they seek some form of knowledge from his tomb. It’s agreed they need to find the tomb before the Mecrosa Order does. To know this, they’ll need access to more books as previously mentioned, each holds clues to the tomb’s location. Three books could point someone in the right direction and find it with trial and error, but four books would likely do it. Hi-Lord Praxum and Jedi Master Shi-Leer will start contacting the other six houses and try to get access to these books, but it is incredibly delicate, even the mention of it will stir up bad blood and old wounds. The severely injured Jax and Capt. Nora go to the Kolto Baths.

While Shi-Leer and Praxum work on politics for the other houses to do the right thing Lord Gregor Turnell hires Kelborn and Zanna to steal two Secretum Secretorum books from House Mecetti. This house actually has three books. During the cleansing of the nine houses Mecetti took House Barong and House Melissus’s books when they destroyed and absorbed those two houses. Lord Turnell feels they should never have been allowed to keep them. He offers the two mercs 15,000 credits for the job, and another 15,000 for their silence. This job can’t be traced back to House Pelagia and if it doesn’t then the blame will be transferred to Senator Cana. Also, high Nobles, especially lords should not be killed. It’s a matter of honor and retaliation. How to find the books Lord Turnell believes they’ll be on the Mecetti Thrown world Obulette and an old Privy Council Member Lord Samuel Drake will likely know where the books are kept. They accept. After the meeting, Tala is found having been listening to the whole offer. Kelborn and Zanna offer her to come along so she doesn’t tell anyone. With the restrictions on killing Kelborn decided that they may need some extra muscle to over whelm with force. They need someone that is close by and available so they can complete the mission before Corraun is up on his feet again.

They find a merc for hire in the area on planet Aleron which is in the Freeworld sector of Tapani. She is just finishing up a job there and will meet tonight in the Drill Bits Cantina to discuss the details. They take Zanna’s “borrowed” transport originally called the “Ore Pile III”. Zanna has switched records on it with a ship not reported stolen called the “Parcel Spice”.

Aleron is a smog-covered planet in Tapani sector’s Freeworld Territory. It has domed canyon cities and underground cities. It’s crust and mantle are rich in valuable minerals and ores. Tala leaves her jedi robes behind and dresses like a Tapanian. There is a discussion about a code name for her and negotiated down to “Dash”. The Drill Bits Cantina is a large bar that has stages for dancing girls at night. The current clientele is a good mix of unsavory transport jockeys and roughneck miners. In a corner booth is the Ubese.jpgUbese merc Cyla Zout sitting with an old AR6-48 Security Droid. The heroes quickly discover the droid translates for her. Cyla and 48 had just completed a job to blow up speeders belonging to the Blaster-Face gang. This gang targets Radian ore shipments during transport. A local security firm called Alter-Sec hired Cyla to take out their speeders so Alter-Sec can hold onto the contract while they staff up after a recent bloody attack.

In a hurry to leave with work, Cyla takes the job for 5,000 credits even without hearing what the assignment is. The trio step away to the bar to discuss how much info to share with the mercs. Suddenly the blaster-face gang enters the cantina. The leader and name sake of the gang approaches Cyla’s booth. He is accompanied by his human women Bella. The two make an interesting pair. Blaster-face is a tall and powerful Weequay with the entire right side of his face melted like candle wax. Where Bella is a gorgeous and wild female wearing a bra made from a suit of heavy armor. It’s not a long talk before Cyla shots first and battle breaks out. Outnumbered 12 to 2 Zanna offers for her team to join in, but at a cost of 2,000 credits. Cyla and 48 agree.

Dash not wanting to reveal she is a Jedi picks up a blaster pistol and blasts away trying to keep up with as many downed gangers has Kelborn is dropping. AR6-48 proves to be very capable with his carbine. After the last ganger falls they decide to get out of there. The view sees sec forces arrive and find that blaster-Face and Bella have survived.

The new Mercs decide to take their own Star Ship “The Ricochet” and meet their clients on the Mecetti throne world Obulette. On the way there while switching hyperspace vectors at a crossroads of the Leozi Route (close to a giant planetoid with too much gravity, they have to sub-light speed around it). Coming around the planetoid are Pirates who scanned the ship’s fake records and finds it to be a valuable spice hauler. The Pirate Gibis tells them to surrender and follow their directions down to the planet. Kelborn tries to explain they don’t have an Spice, but Gibis doesn’t believe them. With a total of 12 starfighters they decide to surrender and show them there really isn’t any spices to take. Cyla over coms asks if they want help it’ll cost 5,000 credits. Kelborn and Zanna tell them no and they head to the planet’s surface. Despite this Cyla shadows them to the planet and over coms offers to help one more time. The price and answer is the same.

Gibis surrounds the transport with 24 pirates and has the heroes drop their weapons while sending in his men to search. All the while Dash, Zanna and Kelborn are openly talking in front of their Klantoonie guard about how it would be faster to just kill all of the pirates. The search results in no spice, but they decide to still take the transport. Dash ignites her light saber shocking the lowly pirates and a fight breaks out. Meanwhile over head The Ricochet is spotted and taken for a security detail and attacked. They do well until their only turret is disabled. Cyla races towards the planets canyons to lose their pursuers. AR6 scans ahead for difficult paths that Cyla can pilot it through, but the lessor skilled can’t. By the time they exit the canyon all pirate fighters are either destroyed against the canyon walls or damaged enough to pull out and lose pursuit.

Dash, Zanna and Kelborn make short work of the 24 pirates. The last one remaining is their original Klantoonie guard who surrenders. The heroes decide to leave the stolen transport and to steal their star fighters. Kelborn uses some reverse psychology on “Dash” to pass up the Z-10 for a non-shielded Star Dart.

Both teams reach Obulette. It was in perpetual twilight due to its dim red star and 10 moons. Its orbital shipyards are smaller than those of other sectors like Tallaan, but nonetheless successful. Most of the planet is covered in cities, ash-colored rock, and shallow seas. Asking around they learn Lord Samuel Drake is an old man who lives in a nice mansion in the City Faulktac. His only heirs are his two grandchildren Wulfgred and Tannis. It’s also learned he is a patron of the arts especially the opera. The team quickly gets to work on a plan to kidnap him after he attends tomorrow night’s opera premier of The Soaring Mecetti. Zanna is working on getting tickets while Kelborn searches for a place to take Lord Drake once captured for interrogation. Dash is task with staking out Drake’s manor house.

Just as Zanna, Kelborn, Cyla and AR6 are meeting to present their results of their research they receive a call from Dash who says she has Lord Drake captured and tied up in his basement and to come over immediately. With a shake of their heads they toss away all of their plans and go to the manor house. Sure enough Dash was impatient and took an available opportunity to capture the old man on her own. Lord Drake proves to be a tough character under threats, but when Kelborn threatens to kill both of his grandsons and end his line the old Lord gives in. He doesn’t have the House Barong and House Melissus Secretum Secretorum, but he knows who does. They are being held at the cliff side estate of House Lord Gresham Hutson. He is a long-standing member of the Privy council and is known to be paranoid. His only living male heir while still a toddler was kidnapped 17 years ago to be held for ransom, but died accidently. His servants were bribed. This turned him cruel and mistrusting of his staff, which is rotated out and screened often. His wife Helda went mad after losing so many still born children trying to provide an heir. His estate on Obulette is known for its quality security systems.

The heroes keep Lord Drake and his house staff tied up long enough to break into Lord Hutson and retrieve the books, hopefully. The cliff side estate of Lord Hutson is formidable Hutson_Estate_Player_hand_out.jpg. After some surveillance, its decided that Kelborn will swim to and then climb up the Sea Tower behind the estate where a AA turret is set up. Once cleared of guards the others will drive up in a stolen boat and then as a group sneak into the estate proper. Once reaching the top of the sea tower Kelborn activates his short-range coms jammer, but finds two advance security droids. He attempts to take them out quickly, but his knocked off the tower and falls 80-feet to the water, which ends the jamming. Dash pilots the boat on a course to pick up Kelborn. From a control center inside a silhouetted droid activates the houses’ security systems and call for House Mecetti Security Force, but due to its remote location it’ll take 2 minutes for them to arrive.

Important Introductions & Firsts

Vulkhv, Saalo Morn, Planet Aleron, Cyla Xout, AR6-48, Blaster-Face, Bella, Corbin (deceased), The Pile Ore III, The Ricochet, Gibis (deceased), Planet Obulette, & Lord Samuel Drake.

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Episode 107

As soon as the library main room doors seal Knight Jax and Tala leap down and head towards the dark user assassins. Kelborn also rushes for the Mecrosa leader while Zanna, Kal and Nora return fire to the foot soldiers spread out on the upper floors of the library. Each missed shot destroy priceless articles of history and knowledge.

[Flash back 1] Earlier in the day Eva looking for Kal finds Kelborn looking at a holo locket of a young girl. Eva asks if that is a bounty of his. Kelborn is unusually emotional and in between jabs at each other reveals that his daughter was selected by Redora to become a night sister. Eva feels bad about assuming the worst of him. Kelborn wrestles with finding a defense for the actions of the Mandolarians on Cather, but more for his own sake then for Eva. He admits he left Mandolore after the events of Cathar and in doing so he lost his wife and daughter. Kelborn gets angered to one of her remarks and grabs her by the throat. Since she is a noncombatant he immediately feels guilty about the lash out and promises he’d never harm her. He asks Eva not to share the information about his daughter to Corraun. She recommends he tell Knight Jax so he can help, Kelborn laughs at the idea of a Jedi helping him. She agrees to not say anything unless it endangers the mission.

Back in the Tapeno Library Tala squares off against the Mecrosa acolyte while Kelborn and Corraun team up on the leader who tries to put down Kelborn quickly. Nora takes heavy fire and has to fall back to cover.

[Flash back 2] Knight Jax and Kelborn speak prior to leaving the Pelagian Palace. Kelborn shares his distasteful feelings about Jedi, with the exception of Tala. Corraun has little patience for the Mando who has vowed to kill Leeloo. Just before it seems they are about to come to blows, they reach a temporary truce while tracking Redora and will settle their differences after.

Zanna gets the attention of half the shooters and dives from cover to cover returning shots when she can.

[Flash back 3] The night before, but after the Heroes Banquet Captain Nora and Sir Leofric Carver take a walk along the palace grounds. He asks what she’ll do once out of the military and he is shocked to learn she plans to serve for life. She has no desire to settle down and have a family, serving the Republic is all she sees of her future.

Kelborn and Nora engage the darkside leader in melee freeing up Corraun to leap up into the higher levels and slay the foot soldiers on the west side of the library hall while Kal and Zanna deal with the east side.

[Flash back 4] Earlier that morning Zanna speaks to Kelborn. He is very cold to her about her not wearing the dress he bought for her to the banquet. Kelborn quickly becomes cold to her and states he should never have bought her the dress. Zanna tries to smooth things over and promises to wear the dress soon, but Kel would prefer to use it as blaster rags then have her wear it. It was a lapse in judgment.

Back in the Tapeno Library even two on one Kelborn and Capt Altair are out matched by the Mecrosa leader. In between fending off their attacks he slices his light foil at the plas-steel case and finally gets ahold of the book. But with the doors sealed, he has nowhere to run. Kal continues connectivity to the security system to override any attempts at hacking. The leader activates something on his gauntlet.

[Flash back 5] Earlier that morning Corraun speaks with Eva warning her that he may have unintentionally made her a target by the Mecrosa leader. He explains that the darksider read his emotions during the parade and Jax felt Eva was in danger and was willing to risk life and mission to save her. Eva is a little confused since all Jedi value life. Corraun points out that his feelings for her, he hesitates and selects his next words carefully staring for “friends” is stronger than just anyone. Eva agrees to tray with in the Pelagian Palace walls until they capture their target. Before parting she suggests he should talk to Kelborn about what is true goals are.

Back in present time the skylight shatters with a heavy duty air speeder hovering above. This crash triggers the fire system and halon dry chemical fire suppressant system. Lines are machine lowered to the two darksiders, who grab on and are whirled up into the cloud of halon making ranged shots miss human sized targets. Kal radios for Kelborn to shot a tracer dart at the vehicle. At the same time Tala begins to count 1…2…3 and throws her grenade. Kelborn without time to explain shots the grenade out of the sky before it’s explosion would destroy his tracer dart. She is furious.

They hear over the comms that police are in pursuit of the getaway vehicle. Kal shuts off the halon system so that Captain Rohrig can fly in and pick the heroes up to join the chase. Zanna takes control of the speeder. Kal traps the remaining foot soldiers in the library for the police.

The Mecrosa fly their air speeder low and among the buildings till they can lose Police pursuit and not be tracked. This is dangerous flying at these speeds. By the time the heroes get in sight of the getaway speeder all but two police cruisers have crashed. While Zanna displaying skilled piloting grans on them another police speeder crashes. The last police speeder closes the gap, when one of the red cloaked darksiders leaps onto the squad speeder pierces its right engine with his light-foil and leap back to the armored speeder just before the uneven thrust cases the police speeder to crash into a cathedral in a fiery explosion.

With the heroes close on their tail the Mecrosa take extreme risks of speeds and turns to try to lose them, resulting in clipping the sides of buildings and structures. The armored speeder can afford these scrapes, but the heroes speeder can’t hold together much longer. Tala tells Zanna to keep going and tries to reach for the controls when Zanna begins to slow, Kal and Kelborn know about the tracer and grab the padawan as Zanna breaks to stop. Tala’s anger is lashed out at Kelborn for shooting her grenade and now letting the villains get away. This is short lived when Kelborn explains he planted a tracer on their vehicle and as long as they are within 10 blips of the darksiders they can safely follow them. Tala unceremoniously tells Captain Rohrig to take a hike as his weighing the speeder, his own speeder down. With a look to Knight Jax the Captain exits the speeder trusting Jax to retrieve the book.

They follow the armored speeder at a safe distance across the vast ocean of Procopia. Reaching the Dalva volcano continent in an hour. The land is cracked and divided by active volcanos and rivers of lava. Unsure of where to land they proceed at a much slower pace. A head they see a large rust colored structure built into a volcano. It has a large blast door. It appears to be a abandoned thermal power station. They are suddenly shot down by hidden anti-aircraft cannons. Zanna minimizes the crash as much as possible, but the air speeder will never fly again.

The heroes on the move spot seven MO Foot soldiers taken cover on the opposite side of a lava river. A natural stone bridge crosses the river, but standing atop of it are the Leader and his acolyte.

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Knight Jax speeds toward the leader who with a series of backwards leaps lures Jax to a lava lake to settle their duel once and for all. Meanwhile Tala engages the acolyte on the bridge while Zanna, Kal, Kelborn and Capt Altair exchange fire with the dug in foot soldiers. Kelborn risks the random gouts of spraying lave from the river and swing lines across to flank the soldiers. This works, but he quickly becomes a target and with their powerful blaster rifles his mandolorian armor is not impregnatable against their blasts. After hail of fire, Zanna leaps over the dueling force users on the bridge to draw fire giving Kelborn a chance to regain his footing.

Jax and the Leader duel their way onto a small section of stone not yet engulfed by the lava lake. Growing more and more angry by the minute the leader tells Jax his efforts are useless, he did not fail to kill the boy emperor, although that will happen in time. Daddy’s favored son shall learn the true cost of their bloodline. Knight Jax coaxes him into revealing his name, Edric Blackbourne. He is the bastard child of The last emperor Dietrich Kappela-Shey and if he was legitimized he would be emperor now, but instead he was shunned by The Emperor’s wife and sent away never to be seen again by his father.

His caretakers were given lots of credits to take care of him, but treated him at arm’s length. Then he met “the Master” and was told of his potential and started training. His first kill was the emperor’s wife and made it look like she choked on her dinner. He did not kill his father, but he would have liked to one day.

To Zanna’s surprise she is recognized by one of the foot soldiers, Tulfin Ecker who work together before. They admit it’s a pity they are on opposite sides of this, but promise to kill each other last. Zanna keeps her part of the bargain and even debates letting him live, but he is shot dead by Captain Nora. Just as Kelborn weighs the pros and cons of risking flight over the lake to take Edric alive to question him about Redora, four more Foot Soldiers arrive and open fire.

dv1.jpg Jax and Blackbourne appear evenly matched. Blackbourne is quicker, but Corraun’s swings are with much greater force. Several times throughout the battle they each nearly strike the killing blow, but with aid of the force narrowly escape death and regain the upper hand. Finally, Blackbourne deals a devastating blow to Corraun and the Jedi Knight falls to his knees. Blackbourne promises Jax that he’ll not be alone long, as his next stop will be Senator Eva Cana. Just has he readies for the killing blow Tala shouts out and Kal takes aim and fires at the Mecrosa leader. The shot doesn’t land, but puts him on the defense. Tala asks Kelborn to fly her there. Kal distracts Blackbourne long enough for Corraun to get to his feet and raise his saber once more. Kelborn and Tala land joining the fray. Blackbourne hold his own against the three, but eventually Tala lands a mortal strike with her saber bringing him to his knees. Kelborn demands to know where Redora is, but Edric doesn’t know who Redora is.

Blackbourne with a smile to Corraun says, ”You think you’ve won? You think you’ve stopped anything? We are just a single cell, there are more Mecrosa cells throughout the Tapani sector. Now with me defeated Volkhv will take over. Then you’ll wish you were facing me.” Knight Jax asks where can he find this Volkhv? Edric ponders the question and then decides to answer as it’ll only ensure the heroes’ doom. He motions to the large blast doors. Edric pools together enough strength to raise his light-foil, but he is cut down by Corraun. Tala searches him and finds a security key assumable to the old thermos station.

The three reunite with Kal, Nora and Zanna and spend time patching up their wounds before noticing that Tala is gone and the blast doors are partially ajar.

End of session.

Important Introductions & Firsts:
Dalva continent of Procopia, Tulfin Ecker (deceased) & reveal of the Mecrosa Cell Leader to be Edric Blackbourne (deceased).

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Episode 106

The episode opens to a scene of dusty flat plains with a large town planted in the middle. Text for the viewer reads Tallaan. Tallaan is in the Tapani Sector. Tallaan is a Freeworld system. It’s considered backwater by Tapani proper. It’s not governed by any of the Tapani Houses. Its main riches are like most Freeworld Territories planets, Ore. Tallaan is also the best place in the Freeworld to buy star ships. Some say it’s because of the high piracy in the area.

We see a dust covered female Twi Lek wearing a poncho and with individually wrapped head tails walk into a large Cantina called “The Poddering Hole”. The clientele leaves a lot to be desired. Most look to be out of work roughnecks from the many local Ore mines. The new comer gets a glance from a quarter of the patrons, the rest are focused on their ales or the corner holos of the live Tapani Day Parade.

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Once inside the female removes her helmet and goggles revealing an 18-year-old green Twi’lek. She places her things on the bar and orders a Cadriaan Blaster. A pudgy light skinned bartender places a shot glass on the bar and pours a cyan-blue liquid into the glass and says, “Zanna I’m surprised to see you again. That collapsed Magnetite mine is a death trap.” Zanna has just come back from a dangerous delve into a collapsed mine to retrieve a very expensive Terrain driller controller chip.

A Tapani lower noble Dhar Cunningham along with a Herglic named Alucard and a dirt covered human male named Neg attempts to try to take the chip. Zanna refuses and starts a cantina shoot out. Zanna’s twin pistols prove to me more than a match for the trio. After killing Neg, Dhar offers a noble’s wages to the man who takes her down. Seven down on their luck miners step up with wrenches and old blasters. During the battle Zanna gets glimpses of some type of attack at the Tapani parade. This level of opposition is still no match for the young gunslinger some of the wounded miners make a run for the door, but Zanna shoots them in the back. Dhar calls a truce which is a relief to the large Herglic. The two leave the dropped credits behind and exit the bar. Dhar states this isn’t over. With the shooting stopped everyone’s eyes are on the holo of the parade, Zanna see her old friend Senator Eva Cana stabbed by boarders of a parade skiff. Zanna tells the bartender to get the chip to her client and have her credits wired to her account.

It takes two days for Zanna to secure a transport and get through the heightened security of Procopia, but she arrives at the Pelagia Palace and is greeted by Shi-Leer. Zanna and Shi-Leer meet the heroes shortly after their discovery of the Mecrosa Orders’ true target of Lord Royce during the parade and the geopolitical ramifications of the new arch-advisor Toka Martell’s anti alliance views with the republic. Eva is pleased to see Zanna again. That night they do some catching up and Eva reveals her memory loss. Eva confides to Zanna that she feels awkward at times being around friends that have memories of her that she does not.

Corraun to is pleased with Zanna’s appearance and vouches for her to Kal. Zanna quickly identifies Atin’s blaster as Mandalorian. Later that night Corraun confronts Tala about her recklessness and attitude. She takes from the conversation that he’ll be like her previous knights and will return her to the temple the next chance he gets.

The next day Atin convinces Zanna to go shopping with him for grenades and fine party attire. Zanna lets slip that Corraun has a bounty on his head. Back at the palace just before the Heroes Banquet Eva sees Zanna in a stunning dress, when she reveals that Atin bought it for her, Eva warns her that Atin can’t be trusted. Zanna changes into a dress provided by Eva. Atin is upset when he learns of this.

The Heroes Banquet which is held at the Pelagian Palace on Estalle Island. It’s not as grand of an affair one might think, as its not being mentioned to the commoners. They’re not too proud of being saved by off-worlders. Godric_Eccelston.jpg At the banquet Atin is seated next to fellow hero from the Emperor’s skiff Sir Godric Eccelston, who Atin nearly threw overboard after being insulted by the pompous man. Sir Eccelston is in no better form tonight and Atin must white knuckle and bare his insults less make a scene before Hi-Lord Praxum.

Kal meets a friendly House Pelagia Lord by the name of Nigel Terrell. Nigel_Terrell.jpg Lord Terrell is a member of the Falley Club and Kal should speak at their next gathering. The Falley Club is an exclusive club with no house affiliation. It’s known for intellectuals, academics and military careerists.

Zanna sits with Master Shi-Leer and Padawan Ran Dayable who talks her ear off. Between courses Zanna has her first chance to meet Corraun’s padawan Tala. Lavahn flippantly comments on how Zanna is far from force sensitive. Zanna takes a swing at Tala and Corraun is forced to break up a fight in front of three Hi-Lords. After the last course Zanna plants herself at the punch bowl and attempts to get drunk. Capt Nora talks to her about the skirmish with Tala. Zanna asks if she is getting serious with Sir Carver who visibly adores her. Nora says she is a career soldier and would never be tied down.

Hi-Lady_Helene_Bastra.jpgHi-Lady Helene Bastra of House Mecetti, accompanied by Count Bulgulf Bonte of Mecetti provides their gratitude to the heroes for saving the Emperor. Corraun and Eva exchange some vailed niceties with the two regarding politics and now uncertain alliance with the Republic. Shi-Leer excuses himself to speak with Hi-Lord Praxum regarding the true goal of the recent attempt on the Emperor and the assassinations.

Zanna now thoroughly drunk is convinced by Eva to escort her back to her room before another scene occurs. Nora stays behind to speak with Tala alone. Nora tells the young girl that she should apologize to Zanna. Tala explains she has no hard feelings to the Twi’lek, but did nothing wrong to apologize for.

Next morning the heroes learn that last night there was another assassination. This time it’s a house Pelagia Lord, Lord Nigel Terrell. The heroes along with Master Shi-Leer and Padawan Dayable join the investigation. Terrell was found dead in his study killed by a light foil through the heart. A close examine reveals he was killed from the front, but not from the back. With no damage to the chair he was found in it’s obvious his body was moved. Corraun senses out with the force and discovers a secret passage in his study. Stairs lead to a small secret room. Capt. Rohrig says these rooms aren’t entirely uncommon among the old families, only a few know they exist though.

Down there is a tiny desk built into a wall, with a locked glass case of very old journals, hand written books and scrolls. The case would protect it from the passage of time. On the desk is a writing tool set that Dayable recognizes as what would be used to copy a book, librarians use these tools especially when a book of importance is old and a copy is made to preserve the knowledge with in. Kal finds some scraps of copied sections that had an error or ink smudge. There were set aside to burn. With only scraps Dayable can’t make out much more than a single part of a word here or there, but finds a binding set aside for the book. It’s titled Secretum Secretorum. As soon as Captain Rohrig hears that. He demands everyone leave until the Hi-Lord or Lord Turnell is told.

The Lords are very hesitant to talk about it any further. Turnell refuses to. It takes a plea from Shi-Leer to get Hi-Lord Praxum to reveal the truth. The Secretum Secretorum, which in old basic translation means The Secret of Secrets. Praxum says, ”During the hyperspace war 1,000 years ago Tapani was drawn into the conflict and worked with Jedi to battle Sith in the Tapani Sector. A darklord of the Sith plagued our systems for nearly a year. Death and Terror became our people’s daily faire. The Jedi provided assistance where they could, but the Hyperspace War was vast and what I was told we were mostly on our own, awaiting more Jedi help. The Sith Lord was elusive and manipulative. The Lords of nine houses banded together to stop this threat. [He hesitates….] I will not speak specifics, but the Lords took terrible and shameful measures to stop the Sith Lord. Each house recorded elements of their sacrifices and wicked acts they had made to stop this evil Sith Lord. Not wanting to have made public the houses agreed to keep these accounts secret. All houses would suffer shame and thus was mutually assured destruction.”

These books had been passed down for over a hundred generations along with other items to Privy Councilors for safe keeping. This leads the heroes to deduce half of the previous assassinations had been senior Privy Council members that would’ve had access to their houses Secretum Secretorum. Shi-Leer now better understands the blood symbol and alter Knight Jax found. There was an old type of blood magic in the ancient times of Tapani, more than 10,000 years ago. Where priests would use blood and sacrifice to tap into the darkside of the force. Shi-Leer explains that there is no connection to the force from blood, but Sith Alchemy could use it, but most likely in Ancient Tapani, it was the act of pain and fear and violence that allowed force sensitives to tap into visions using the darkside. They must have been using old Sith alchemy to receive visions of where these books are located.

The motive of the Mecrosa Order seeking these books is curious. If it was just one or two houses used to release ancient Tapani dirty laundry it could be used as blackmail, but not one house over another less all houses suffer same shame. Shi-Leer thinks it’s the final resting place of the Sith Lord they are seeking. Hi-Lord Praxum says each of these books hold clues of where the Sith Lord was entombed, but a not single book has all the information. The good news is that Lord Nigel was working on a copy of Pelagia’s Secretum Secretorum but last night he was only copying a few pages. The original is currently in a vault of the Tapeno Library.
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The heroes decide to set a trap at the Tapeno Library assuming they forced Lord Niguel to talk or their next ritual visions will lead them there. Egbert_Dane.jpg Library Curator Lord Egbert Dane is told a trap is being set for a dangerous criminal. He objects, but is forced to compile by House Pelagia. The heroes have the Secretum Secretorum encased in a plas-steel case and situated in the main library and lay in wait.

As hours go by Tala breaks away from her position to speak with Zanna. The argue briefly about who can do their job better and which is more difficult to master light sabers or blasters. Tala picks Zanna’s brain about Corraun and grenades.
Just after 3 am Kal who is plugged into the library security detects a minor glitch and suspects they’re in the building. Sure enough the heroes from cover spot the two red cloaked Mecrosa assassins stepping out of shadows and taking the bait. Kal notices some climate control temperature changed in sections of this large hall he adjusts his thermo optics and spots eight hidden Mecrosa Order foot soldiers and initiates security lock down trapping everyone in the room.

The lead Mecrosa assassin does not act surprised. He shouts out ”Did you really think I couldn’t sense you?” Corraun stands up and replies, ”It doesn’t matter, you’re trapped now.”

End of session.

Important Introductions & Firsts:
Planet Tallaan, Alucard, Dhar Cunningham, Neg (deceased), Hi-Lady Helene Bastra of House Mecetti, Lord Nigel Terrell of House Pelagia, name drop The Falley Club, Godric Eccelston of House Calipsa, Secretum Secretorum, Lord Afian Carrol of House Pelagia, Tapeno & Library Curator Lord Egbert Dane.

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Episode 105

Back at the Pelagia Palace on Estalle Island the heroes discuss how to best proceed. Captain Nora Altair proposes they don’t try to stop the Boy-Emperor from participation in the Tapani Day parade and use him as bait to give them another shot at stopping the Mercosa Assassins. Eva objects to the morality of using the boy as bait and notes the political pitfalls of not warning him. The group continues to discuss the pros and cons of this idea. Master Shi-Leer joins the discussion, but instead of giving his opinion he simple asks Corraun if he thinks he can truly protect the boy if used as bait. Corraun thinks long on the question and answers no, which surprises everyone. He can defeat the darkside assassins, but cannot guarantee the boys safety to a certainty that he is comfortable with. To the disappointment of Atin and Nora the final plan is to talk the boy-Emperor’s advisors into canceling his participation in the Tapani Day parade.

This only further infuriates Tala about her Knight-Master. Atin and Tala finds a place in the dungeons to spare and she takes her frustrations at Corraun out on Atin. The injured heroes are given use of the Kolto baths to heal up. The baths are different from the typical vertical Kolto tanks. They are carved out 7×3 foot rectangles in the stone floors and when activated and interact with air create a waxing film on the surface of the liquid. The baths are just as effective as tanks for less serve injures where the patient is conscious.

The next day Shi-Leer gets the heroes an audience with Lord Turnell and Sir Carver regarding the threat to the emperor. Initially Turnell was going to warn the emperor without the heroes, but Shi-Leer convinces him to take those present to the event to answer any questions. A few hours later they arrive at the Shey Palace on Estalle Island.
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As impressive as they outside of the palace is it pales in comparison to the spectacular cathedral frescos and statues of past emperor’s and their champions.

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Once invited into the audience chamber they catch a glimpse of the 9 y/o emperor. A lithe boy with fair hair and skin and pretty green eyes. He is excused by Arch-Advisor Maurice Royce. Corraun shares the events of the assault on the Mercosa Order’s hide out and stresses the darkside users are just a powerful as Jedi. Royce respects the Jedi as powerful warriors, but uses an analogy of Paytar beasts and how with enough blasters even they can be taken down. Captain Nora also urges Lord Royce to keep the emperor out of the parade. Royace explains it’s his honor and duty to protect the Emperor’s life he is also responsible for protecting his seat of power. He respects the Jedi’s recommendation and that too of the Republic officer. Unlike many of his contemporaries he is an advocate of the alliance between Tapani and the Republic. He was impressed by Senator Cana’s speech and voted for the alliance. But with that said, he cannot cancel the Emperor’s participation in the parade. It would be a sign of weakness and now more than ever with the great houses divided the Shey house must convey strength.

Lord Turnell’s advise also fails to sway the Arch-Advisor. Seeing that he can’t be convinced Corraun and company ask to help protect the Emperor. Royce says that is impossible the Emperor of Tapani cannot be seen on Tapani’s independence day protected by outsiders. Sir Leofric Carver offers up the idea that if Senator Cana was invited to ride on the Emperor’s skiff during the parade as an honored guest then her private security could also be present without losing any face. Royce agrees to this and quickly ends the meeting due to the arrival of Hi-Lady Helene Bastra.

Corraun and Kal are not pleased with this plan since it requires Eva to be put in harm’s way, but know she will not be talked out of it.

Leofric continues to flirt with Nora and she shows him respect and kindness. Shi-Leer in private tells Corraun although he could not persuade Royce to take the emperor out of the parade he is proud of him for admitting he could not protect the boy. It showed maturity and would not have been said by Corraun a year ago.

The final day of the parades and celebrations arrives. All security measures have been taken and triple checked. Several hours into the parade a multi-tiered assault is executed against the boy-emperor. First snipers picking off Skiff guards, followed by rockets launchers battering the Skiff’s particle shields and Mecrosa boarding party including the two darkside assassins from the other day. Nora and Leofric leap off the skiff and go after the rocket launcher foe. The snipers have the Emperor and Royce pinned down, the skiff cover is preventing any direct shots at them unless they move to the lower deck, but as the Skiff advances closer to the next intersection a kill shot will be possible. Until then the snipers focus on pinning down responding Estalle Island Police.

Kal and Kelborn attempt to hold off the Mercosa foot soldiers as Tala squares off against the same darkside assassin from the warehouse and Corraun blocks the path of the other masked assassin he had nearly slain two days ago. Although half masked Corraun recognizes he is the same foe as before, but notices his green left eye has a half circle of red around the iris. While fencing Corraun asks for the assassin’s name. He replies his name doesn’t matter anymore, and hasn’t for a long while. Corraun also asks who is his master. The darksider doesn’t provide a name, only that Corraun is fortunate he is not facing his master, for Corraun’s death would not be as quick or painless.

Eva attempts to fend off boarders and is stabbed in the process. Corraun leaves his back exposed to the assassin to defend Eva long enough for Kelborn to help her. The assassin leader observes this and with a narrowing of his eyes tells Corraun he now knows his weakness. Kal has to make a difficult decision, help Eva or stop the skiff from auto piloting forward and allowing the emperor to get into the cross hairs of the snipers. He makes the call trusting in Kelborn to have Eva’s back and he stops the skiff, but loses his left arm in the process.

With Eva back on her feet Kelborn moves to a position to defend the boy-emperor. Meanwhile a rocket rocks the skiff and the shields drop. Nora and Leofric take out the assassin with the rocket before his next shot goes off. With Corraun focusing on felling the foot soldiers near Eva, the green eyed assassin leader attacks the emperor, but Kelborn steps in front of the light foil and his hidden Beskar armor stops the attack. Corraun leaps to engage the leader, but a burly foot soldier manages to grab Corraun. With no hero left to defend the boy Arch-Advisor Royce places his body before the emperor and pays the ultimate price. At least his death is mercifully quick with the light foil piercing his heart. For the first time in all of the commotion the young emperor cries out in horror at the loss of his advisor and father figure.

Kal one armed picks up his rifle and shoots the soldier pining Corraun, but it’s only a graze. Corraun quickly calculates their poor odds. The assassin leader has his choice of targets, a defenseless Corraun, Eva and the boy, the only question his who does he kill first. From the roof top Nora opens fire on the Snipers and the Estalle Island police speeders in great numbers arrive and open fire. Nora is hit hard by sniper return fire. Leofric shields her body with his giving her the time she needed to the recover, but he suffers greatly for his heroics.

The darkside assassin leader tells Corraun this is not over and leaps off the Skiff and runs underneath it moving out of sight. The other darksider dueling with Tala does the same. Corraun gets out of the soldier’s arms a moment later and tells Lavhan to go after them and keep eyes on them, she gladly gives pursuit. The heroes with the bulk of the islands police forces mop up the remaining Mecrosa foot soldiers. Once the boy-emperor is safe Corraun leaps under the skiff concerned that Tala was not answering his shouts. Under the skiff he finds an open manhole and drops in. Kelborn shoots a tracer dart at Corraun to follow as soon as he can.

The sewers prove quickly to be a maze, Corraun worried about Tala reaches out with the force to locate his Padawan. He finds her giving off strong emotions of frustration. The assassins got away, they were just too fast and knew how to lose some one down there. Corraun says next time they’ve have to trap them. Tala still frustrated says or use a grenade to slow them done. Corraun puts his foot down against Tala having a grenade. As soon as Corraun isn’t looking Kelborn gives Tala a grenade and a tracer to use on her quarry.

Back at the Pelagia Palace Corraun and Kal return to the Kolto baths, they are joined by Nora who is not shy to completely disrobe in front of them. The next morning Kal and Nora are well enough to leave the baths, but Corraun needs more time. Leofric enters a Kolto bath having wanted to wait till Nora was finished as the proper gentleman thing to do. Leofric asks Corraun if Nora has a suitor back on Coruscant and for some advice on how to capture her heart. Jax gives his best advice, but admits he is no expert.

On the second day after the assassination attempt of the boy-emperor Corraun, Nora, Kal and Atin are seated around a table cleaning their weapons in silence. The emperor is held up in his fortified palace and safe for now. Master Shi-Leer continues to watch footage of the Parade attack, specifically the last few moments before the assassin leader fled. Jax asks what he is looking for, but Shi-Leer isn’t sure only that something about it feels wrong, but perhaps he is just tired and the old master excuses himself.

Looking at the footage again, they brain storm. Kal suggests that the Assassin perhaps would’ve had a little more time before fleeing even with the arrival of reinforcements to kill the boy and that perhaps the Arch-Advisor was the target. Atin objects at first, but then recalls how accurate the previous assassinations had been done and that Royce suffered a precise blow through the heart. Upon further reflection he recreates the scene in his mind and realizes for Royce to get stabbed in the heart when placing himself before the boy, then the assassin would have had to be aiming for the boy’s leg. Kal, Atin and Nora all agree this could be true, but why target the advisor? Corraun’s face goes several shades paler and says that Arch-Advisor Royce was a major supporter of the alliance between Tapani and the Republic, which they learned is now on shaky ground at the moment. Loss of the Tapani alliance would cost the republic nearly one million troops, it would be a huge blow to their war with the mandolarians.

Just then Leofric and Eva enter to share the news that a feast will be held in their honor tomorrow. The heroes quickly ask Leofric what will be done now that the arch-advisor is dead. He tells them that the Grand Council has selected a new one today, Lord Toka Martell of House Mecetti. Nora says that was fast and Leofric explains normally it would take a week or two of debating and voting, but it was quick this time since the only other proper candidates for the job were Lord Giles Kellogg, Lord William Kemp and Lord Thurston Ellis, if they were still alive. The heroes immediately suggest that the previous noble lord assassinations were to get a specific new Arch-Advisor and how that could be more damming then the death of a boy-emperor. Leofric is shocked at this, hoping they are wrong saying, but not all six of the assassinated lords were likely candidates. Eva and Kal suggest the others may have been a smoke screen to avoid any obvious parallels.

Nora asks Leofric about the new Arch-Advisor’s political views. He is very outspoken against the alliance with the republic.

End of session.

Important Introductions & Firsts:
Kolto Baths, Arch-Advisor Maurice Royce (deceased), Emperor Lucian Kappela-Shey.

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Episode 104

Well before dawn the heroes awake to meet their police escorts on a search of the Forge District. Everyone is surprised to see Atin embracing the Tapani style or at least a close proximity, wearing only his beskar chest plate. They are met by Estalle Island Police officers; Tobin, Vann, Sgt. Paddon, and Parks, who are anything be excited to be tasked with finding a needle in a haystack.

The forge district and is loud, hot, humid and soot covered, filled with vendors and species of every kind. Tala enthusiastically questions the first dozen people she meets. Officer Tobin makes it clear that he doesn’t believe in the children stories about magical Jedi Knights and not to bother with that nonsense on his account. They are simple men just making a living and don’t get mixed up in Noble politics.

Atin performs some questioning on his own, but finds it difficult having already been seen in the company of the Police. He does meet a shady human chrono vendor named Gullbrum who promises he has a cousin who sells 100% pure cortosis swords and they set a time to meet later in the day. It’s obvious to most of the heroes that they have more than one set of eyes on them. Corraun believes some are normal criminal lookouts paying attention to the police while others may be looking to see if they are worth robbing. Padawan Tala has a confrontation with a tight lipped male Aguish treating her like a child, she ignites her light saber and Corraun has to intervene. She is appalled that this place including the police have no respect for Jedi. Knight Jax sets a clear order to not brandish her lightsaber unless it’s in defense of her live or another’s. Capt. Nora asks Kal if this is her normal behavior and he replies she’s usually worse.

There is a total of six possible Piston Farms to check and when they see the first one the heroes understand the pessimism of their police escorts. Powerful gusts of wind are blown or drawn in from these farms allowing the byproduct and residue of the farms to spread out far, putting hundreds of shacks and buildings with in range and requiring to be checked. The floor to ceiling giant pistons cause a considerable amount of noise. They spend nearly six hours using the police to kick down doors in this section alone, but with no success. They break for a meal and search the next piston farm. This too bares no fruit and they decide to call it a day. Sgt. Paddon sends his men home and stays as an escort to the group who wants to stop by the great market place. Although it’s winding down Atin finds Gullbrum with three white bladed swords. Atin hoping to have the purity of the cortosis checked by a light saber invites Jax and Tala with him for the met. Gullbrum swears to the purity of the blades and uses his own test strips to prove it’s 100% pure. Atin is unable to convince Corraun to use his lightsaber to test it, after he told Tala not to draw her blade unless it’s life or death. Annoyed Atin threatens Gullbrum with the permits and cops, Gullbrum takes he merchandise and scrams.

Corraun later reveals to Tala that he is not keen on helping Kelborn get a cortosis blade since he’d likely use it against Leeloo one day. They all return tired to the Pelagia Palace and call it a night. The next day the police officers are perturbed to continue with this waste of time assignment, especially with the first day of the Tapani Day festivities starting. Two the officers would have been off today while the other two would have had nice crowd control duties at the parades.

Tala casually saddles up next to Atin and says she figures he wants a Cortosis blade to kill Redora, and she’ll help him get one and test it out. Kelborn accepts the aide. After five hours of searching another Piston Farm with no leads they break for lunch. Tala disappears for a bit and then returns with a whispers to Atin that she has a guy waiting nearby. Atin leaves first and Tala convinces the officers to make it a working lunch and talk to Corraun about the areas of the three remaining farms, maybe find ones better suited to be checked first. This distracts everyone enough for Tala to slip away.

In a nearby alley Atin meets a much less shady snivvian merchant named Chester Tinovosh selling Cortosis blades, one of which is 75.2% pure. When Atin asks for a 100% pure, Chester snickers saying no one sales 100% pure blades, they’re too brittle to be effective. Tala arrives and uses her light saber on the streaked white blade and to her surprise it temporary interrupts her lightsaber. Atin haggles the price down to 13,000 creds and makes the purchase including a non-descript case to carry it in.

Corraun, Nora and Kal all decided to skip the next closest Piston Farm for one with less population and with closer proximity to more district exits. Tala and Kelborn’s absence went unnoticed. While searching the next piston farm area Corraun and Tala sense the Darkside of the force and track it to a small factory with blacked out windows. Kal slices the security lock on one of the two doors and finds it’s wired to send an alert when being sliced, he can’t circumvent it from this side of the door and will give anyone inside a 15 second warning. Jax gives Kal a nod to go forward. Once open Corraun sets into total darkness, using the force he can sense six figures in hiding. He ignites his light saber and tells them to reveal themselves, Tala and Kal enter just before the hidden figures open fire with blaster pistols. Captain Altair enters using her headgear to see infra-red. Atin without his helmet and optics enters and turns on the lights. They see six men behind cover are wearing hoods over red helmets and protected by chest and shoulder plates.

Entering the room from a large side room are two force-sensitives in red hoods and capes. The one in the lead is wearing a half mask over his mouth and nose, black paint around his green eyes. In a rage filled voice he tells the Jedi that they should not have interfered. Jax calls the Mecrosa Order a disease and the Jedi will cure Tapani of it. The green eyed leader says the Mecrosa Order is a virus that can’t be killed, merely spread. They each draw a red light-foil.

Jax squares off against the Leader while Tala engages the other darksider. Kal, Kelborn and Nora engage the six Mecrosa foot soldiers who prove to be highly trained and armed with pistols and fencing blades. Atin duels with one of them and tricks him into revealing he is from the Freeworlds. Nora learns quickly how deadly these opponents are and receives a powerful shot to the chest and is thrown into a wall knocked unconscious.

Jax and the Leader are battling across the factory floor to a standstill, when the Leader leaps up onto a machine giving him the higher ground. Corraun thinks about engaging, but seeing Nora down instead uses the force to throw one of the foot-soldiers across the room rendering him unconscious. The four police officers guarding the exit rushes in, Parks and Tobin are badly wounded almost immediately.

Corraun detects bouts of the darkside used by the leader to grant him a swiftness of movement that he has never faced before. This gets the better of Jax and he is knocked to the ground. Tala tries to help, but her loss of focus gets her knocked to the ground as well. Atin comes to Corraun’s aide distracting the leader just enough to allow Jax to get back to his feet, followed shortly by Tala. Kal continues to slowly reduce their numbers, but Paddon and Vann suffer mortal wounds. Both Jax and Atin land solid blows to the darkside user, but he almost unnaturally presses on using pain and hate as fuel to keep fighting. Both sides suffer grievous wounds causing the leader calls for a retreat. He leaps several stories up in a single bound and through a window. The other darksider follows, although not a quick. A heavily wounded Corraun takes a moment to catch his breath, but Atin gives Tala hand to leap out the same window. Corraun vexed has to now go after his Padawan. They see the leader running into the highly dangerous Piston Fields, the other makes a run for it as well. Corraun tells Tala to stand down, the Mecrosa know the lay of the land and it could be trap, they must let them go. Tala seeing her master injured and fatigued from his long battle says she’ll go after them, but as she tries to run past her master Jax grabs her arm and tells her no. Frustrated that the precious few moments they had left to catch them was now gone. They walk back to the factory in silence.

Kal gives the last standing foot solider a chance to surrender, but he refuses. They both fire at the same time, both shots are a hit, but Kal survived and the assassin did not. Once back inside Jax still senses the darkside of the force and follows it into a room with more secure windows. He finds a carved stone alter and tells Tala to stand back as it could be dangerous. She does not. Jax turns on the lights and see a symbol drawn atop the alter in blood. SM_Painted.jpg

It is of an image he has never seen before. Jax notices Tala in the room and reminds her he said to stay back. She retorts that she’ll not let anymore darkside get away today. Jax breaks eye contact with her, but does not speak. Kal and Atin search the room. They find evidence of maps and data slates hastily destroyed. One map of the island with different colored routes is found. Kal also finds a luxury skiff brochure fallen between boxes. A model noted as being the same as the emperors’ is circled.

Atin knowing the Police will arrive in only a few minutes doesn’t have the time for a more formal interrogation so he begins to torture the solo living foot-solider. The man has a high pain tolerance, but after two fingers smashed to bits Kelborn is just getting started. Jax pulls Atin aside and tells him no more, only the threat of it. Atin nods and they return to the mangled prisoner. Atin threatens to break his knee next, the man refuses to speak. Atin smashes his pistol hilt down shattering the man’s knee. Jax uses the force to slam Atin against the wall. The prisoner is yelping in pain nearly pasted out. Even with Jax baring down on him, Atin still questions the prisoner. He finally breaks and says they are planning an assassination at a Tapani Day Parade. The foot-soldier begins to convulse. Black webs radiate around his eyes and mouth under the skin. His eyes begin to bleed and he dies horrible in seconds. It was like Master Shi-Leer described.

Police reinforcements arrive in great numbers and with Master Shi-Leer. Jax updates the master and asks if he knows anything about the strange symbol. The darkside from the alter is all but gone, it faded like heat from a coal, slowly, but completely. Shi-Leer says he has never seen that symbol before, and the blood element is perplexing. Police Captain Hardwick asks about the maps and skiff brochure and notes that one of the routes on the map is for the final parade of Tapani day which includes the Boy-Emperor Lucius Kappela-Shey in the parade. Jax and Kal insist that the emperor be warned and the parade canceled. Nora suggests an alternative, that it could be just the right bait. Neither Capt. Hardwick or Master Shi-Leer likes the idea. But even Master Shi-Leer can’t just demand an audience with the emperor, they have to return to the Pelagia Palace and get Hi-Lord Praxum’s help if he is back from the summit, or that of Lord Turnell’s help.

On the air-car ride back Tala refuses to sit anywhere near Corraun. Atin speaks to Tala and asks why she is upset, it’s not Jax’s fault the assassins got away. Without specifically saying it, Atin reads from her body language that may not have been the whole story. Atin asks if she’ll help him spar with is new blade and she knowing Jax would not approve, she quickly agrees.

Kal speaks to Nora and warns her that this group encounters strange and deadly forces often and he is concerned about her. She assures him that although she has been sidelined for some time she’ll brush off the rust and be fine.

End of session.

Important Introductions & Firsts:
Estalle Island Police officers; Tobin, Vann (deceased), Sgt. Paddon(deceased), Parks & Captain Lewin Hardwick. Gullbrum, Chester Tinovosh, Mecrosa Order Foot soldiers, Two unidentified Mecrosa Force-sensitive Assassins. Cinematic Melee Combat rules v1 are introduced.

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