Knights of The Old Republic

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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Episode 110

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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Episode 103

On the trip back to Coruscant Leeloo and Corraun isolate themselves trying to decompress from the events of the last few days. Eva and Kal after some time to talk about having to leave the poor people of Taris and how they are in her prayers.

Eva helps bandage up Corraun’s many wounds. He asks Eva what would she do if she learned earth shattering news that would make her rethink all she believed in, but he doesn’t share any specific details. Eva empathizes with him and knows a little something about it as she had learned about her actions at the senate building, which doesn’t make any sense to her. Jax continues talking and opens up to Eva about how disappointed he is in Leeloo’s reckless actions at the star port and during the blockade. He doesn’t know who she is anymore and he is done making excuses for her. Eva states that she’s never gotten along with Leeloo and she doesn’t understand their friendship, but for Corraun sake if he doesn’t talk to Leeloo and give her another chance he’ll regret it. Corraun agrees.

Kelborn interrupts Leeloo’s isolation berates her on her actions at the star port leaving them behind to go after Zayne and then leaving their teammates behind in space. Leeloo asks if he cares about any of them and he answers he doesn’t, they are only weapons in his arsenal against Redora and he doesn’t want them destroyed needlessly. The conversation turns with Leeloo getting defensive and clarifying that Kelborn still wants to kill her once it’s all over which means they aren’t friends. She lashes back at his admonishments to her, by saying she is focused now and he needs to remember his place. He is following her and needs to stop questioning everything she does. If he is going to follow her after Redora then he needs to learn how to actually follow and not threaten to tranq dart her. Kelborn leaves to go vent his anger.

Corraun talk to Leeloo about two important topics. The first that he is worried she is dangerously skirting the darkside by trying to strike down Zayne in vengeance and with so many negative emotions. She tells Corraun she was in control and isn’t a Jedi she doesn’t have to be afraid to be close to the darkside as a sister of the Force she is hardened by it. The Sisters surround themselves by the dangers of the darkside to become more resistant to it, it’s their way. Corraun then brings up how her recklessness is endangering others, including himself. Leeloo states that taking down Redora is going to take everything and it worth the costs of their lives, for the greater good. Corraun says he doesn’t know if he can work with some with that outlook. She says that Corraun is changed now that he has a padawan to look after, but to succeed against Redora he needs to be all in and if not then maybe this task isn’t for him.

The rest of the journey back to Coruscant is made in silence more or less. Corraun and Leeloo go to the temple, Kal and Kelborn go to heal. Before Corraun can get in to the Kolto tank he is stopped by Tala who asks for an update on Zayne. Jax replies only that he got away.

The next day Tala reports to Haazan about a note she took from Corraun’s room, that may change everything. Haazan reads it and tells her to return and to watch the other one and to put the note back un-doctored, despite Tala’s recommendations. She also reports that Zayne escaped Taris.

Once out of Kolto he finds a note in his room from Leeloo. It states that Kelborn and Jax’s words did not go unheard. She is willing to pay the price to track down Redora, but she won’t ask the others to pay that price. She is going after Redora alone, but knows that she can’t defeat her alone, so when she finds her, she will contact Corraun and Kelborn if he is still around.

After reading the note for the fourth time Corraun receives a summons from Senator Tyan Duna. While waiting to enter the officer Tyan is told his Chronicler still hasn’t arrived. Tyan is frustrated noting he is an hour late, but moves on and invites Corraun in. Tyan has heard he recently got back from Taris and wants to hear firsthand. Corraun fills him in and ask what is the plan to retake Taris. Tyan says there is no plan, they must secure and defend against losing the rest of the Out Rim.

Tyan is upset that the Republic was blindsided by the number of the Mando forces and doesn’t want to be caught off guard again, which is the other reason he asked for Corraun and Leeloo to him today. Corraun explains that Leeloo has gone off on her own. During this meeting Tyan offers to help out the Redora task force as he doesn’t want the Mando to have any more of an edge. He’d speak to the High Council to have more Jedi assigned, but relations between the Order and Senate is strained at the moment. Tyan’s first thought was to assign a platoon to Corraun, but realized that Jedi move best in smaller numbers. [His Secretary chirps in saying his special guest has arrived. Tyan continues without responding.] He’ll have a dozen probe droids assigned to check the possible coordinates. And has gotten the Hyperion on permanent loan to the task force.

Also now that the republic is officially at war with Mandolare and Redora is aligned with them, it’s important to have an appropriate ranked Republic officer on the task force as well. Tyan says to send the Captain in. Nora_Altair_HS.jpg A sturdy and handsome woman in dress uniform enter, Captain Nora Altair. Corraun recognizes the name or as she is better known, The Angel of Vetal.

Tyan drops hints of wanting to be kept in the loop as a priority over the Military and Jedi Order, so he can be the most help.

Corraun had already set up a meeting with the others to tell them about Leeloo, so he fills the Captain in on the way to Eva’s apartment. Kelborn arrives first and is alone with Eva. They verbally spare a little before Kal arrives shortly followed by Jax and Nora. He breaks the bad news about Leeloo and good news about Tyan Duna’s assigned resources. The next step is to choose where to send the droids and where to start searching with the Hyperion. Kelborn’s position on the team is questioned and everyone is surprised to learn that he has his own personal motivations for wanting Redora killed. He wouldn’t say why, but it is good enough for now.

Eva an Kal have some more time to talk. She informs he that he’s received a rank promotion to Chief Warrant Officer and she gives him another honorable out of having babysitting duty. He declines the exit stating this is important.

At the Jedi Temple Corraun goes to see Padawan Ran Dayble in the Great Jedi Library to check on his progress of referencing the possible coordinates with Knight reports. It’s slow working considering the Star temple is ancient which means going through 30,000 years of Jedi records. He has also been reaching out to governments of local systems to these coordinates for information.

Between the two avenues he has changed the priority of possible locations based on found info, raising some and lowering others. But he has hit a road block. Two of the possible coordinates is in a system outside of the republic (that’s not too unusual), but this system is very resistant to share information and even being a Jedi he can’t get anyone to take his holos. Which is unfortunately because it’s an ancient system with library’s that nearly equal the Orders, relative to their space.

As soon as Jax asks where and hears the location he knows that’s where they need to go. Ran offers to go, to help with searching their Libraries.

The Rogue Star has been repaired. It’s only a day’s journey to the Tapani Sector of The Colonies which is between the Core and Mid Rim. Tala wastes no time giving the 30-year-old Dayble a hard time. Captain Altair meet the Hyperion crew. Pok nearly falls over himself when he finds out The Angel of Vetal will be on the mission.

Late that evening Kelborn is surprised when Tala joins him in the galley over a late night snack. She asks how he feels about being abandoned by Leeloo. Kelborn rolls his eyes and gets defensive, but oddly enough she apologizes and didn’t mean it as an insult. She knows the feeling she was had three masters before Corraun. This opens up a dialog between the two for the first time that is not just an exchange of insults.

Tala continues to give Ran Dayable a hard time telling him things like a beating pool on how he is going to die. Kelborn joins in scaring the learned and shy Padawan.

Once out of hyperspace the team assembles to talk strategy, Eva and Ran gives a debriefing on Tapani. Both possible coordinates are in the Toorja System, but the Tapani Great Council is very independent and territorial of their space, permission will need to be granted to even conduct scans.

Also Kelborn will need to keep his Mando status a secret. Which may include: being out of armor some of the time, and wearing robes other time. Eva notes that the Tapani government have the authority to do whatever they want with him.

Ran shares some information about Tapani to whomever will listen. The Tapani sector was a sector located in the Colonies. It was named after Shey Tapani, who united the sector in 7,348 BBY though the sector itself had been colonized in 12,720 BBY. Seven provinces currently made up the Expanse: Barnaba Province, Cadriaan Province, Calipsa Province, Mecetti Province, Melantha Province, Pelagia Province, and Reena Province. Each province is ruled by a noble house. This sector also includes the Freeworlds Territory region which is not ruled by nobility.

Shey Tapani was a noble and the man who united the Expanse. In a twenty year civil war, Tapani, the lord of House Melantha, waged a war against the other Noble Houses, which were then independent kingdoms. He finally triumphed over the Rogue Houses at the Battle of Shindra’s Veil, where he completely eliminated two rival houses and caused another to collapse on itself. No longer opposed, Tapani crowned himself Emperor of the Tapani sector.

Once out of hyperspace and approaching Procopia they are hailed for landing clearance. Eva Cana is identified and the coms tower seems unimpressed. They are given permission to land at a major commercial spaceport on Desato Island. Last time she Eva was an invited guest by Hi-Lord Ordo Praxum house Pelagia they were able to land in the Tapani Royal Spaceport on Estalle Island.

Destato island is only 400 Kilometers away from Estalle Island and is best known for a major commercial starport and Shey Tapani University. An institute named after Emperor Shey Tapani. Originally located on Estalle Island, but over time grew and with real estate so costly on Estalle Island it was moved to Destato.

The heroes take a hydro-foil ferry to Estalle Island. Ran continues talking. Estalle Island is one of the larger islands in the southern hemisphere. Nearly the entire island is dedicated to the Council, the Senate, and various committees. The island is networked with canals, which serve as an inefficient but elegant method of getting around. During the Imperial Era it was entirely covered by the Urban sprawl of Estalle city. The city was the ancient seat of Shey Tapani’s Empire and continued to be the sector capital. The island is the social, political and economic center Tapani.

The real estate on Estalle is extremely exclusive and within the reach of only the most powerful people in the sector. To obtain an apartment or villa in the city individuals had to have political patronage as well as millions of credits. The architecture of the historical part of Estalle Island was in the ancient Tapani style with domed towers and temples. Many of buildings are thousands of years old and are almost exclusively built of finely carved stone blocks. Despite their age the vast majority of the buildings are structurally sound and well cared for. Many of the buildings had a continual construction history where layers had been successively added to the original structure. It is common for these buildings to have several sub-buildings, extensions and tiers with rooks. A prominent feature of the Tapani style of architecture is the use of domed structures and indeed it was not uncommon to see several domes of differing sizes on a single building. Newer building, such as those in the Commercial district, reflected the trends of Republic architectural style.

Estalle Island is intersected with canals which were originally constructed to drain the swamps in the islands interior. As the city grew they evolved into an elegant transportation method and when the traffic on the streets of the city was bad provided a faster method of transport for commuters. The commercial traffic allowed to use the canals was restricted to public transportation craft such as water taxis, tour boats and ship launches from the harbor. There were also a few floating restaurants.

Other craft that use the canal are the city police or maintenance craft, or privately owned vessels. The canal system is open to the sea and consequently it is possible to sail small water craft from the ocean into the heart of the city. Although the canals were relatively wide they were quite shallow and therefore prevented larger vessels from entering the city in this way and they would consequently have to dock at the harbor. Throughout most of the island the edges of the canals were made of ferroconcrete and are covered by a layer of moss. In the historical district, however, the edges of the canals were decorated with ornate frescos that were washed and maintained nightly by the city workers. Many of the rich and influential residents of Estalle Island considered it a mark of their status to fly an aircar or repulsorlift vehicle into the city to travel around, but most with two-legged horse drawn carriages or by Monorail.

The heroes note the people are dressed in renaissance era dress and most noble men and boys are armed with a sword. And when Corraun warns him that it’s a dueling society Kelborn takes an instant likely to the place. They see many statues of historic nobles, lots of cathedrals and museums, monuments to serve as reminders of Tapani’s great glories.

During the journey they over hear people talk about how tomorrow is the last day of the month Kelona and talking about plans of how to spend Tapani Day, which is coming up. The over hear several people on the streets gossiping.

  • Lawrence Hall presented Hilda Adair a Ulikuo gemstone nearly the size of a thumb when he proposed.
  • Galaxtic Republic is predicting a quick defeat of Mandolare.
  • Fredrick Flose is debuting his new fashion collection next week.
  • House Melantha still reeling from the assassination of Lord Giles Kellogg is calling for blood against House Mecetti. Rumor its retaliation by Hi-Lady Helene Bastra for the death of Lord Hugh Easton.

They reach the Pelagia Palace, which is very impressive, massive gardens separating the gate and the Palace proper. After some time, they are escorted into the palace and met by Lady Lenora Forta a noble woman in her fifties, who Eva and Jax had met before. They are taken to Master Shi-Leer’s room, and nearby rooms have been made available.

Shi.Leer.jpg Meeting Master Shi-Leer, proves to be a poor picture of what some would have imagined for a Jedi Master famous for his prowess in battle. Padawan Tala is instantly rude to the aged master which nearly gives Corraun a heart attack. Corraun and Eva explain why they have come; access to the Tapeno Library and permission to scan two systems. Shi-Leer says the Library should not be a problem, but the scanning may prove more difficult. Hi-Lord Ordo Praxum is not immediately available and currently held up in meetings with the Grand Council, but Lord Gregor Turnell will speak to the new comers. And can be asked for permission.

Master Shi-Leer also shares news about his extended mission here on Tapani, putting a end to the Mecrosa order. His investigation over the last 10 months has revealed a much larger presence of them in Tapani then suspected, and hints that they had been operating in the shadows for at least a decade. They are well organized and funded, even after the stolen children.

Every time Shi-Leer has gotten close, they have slipped away. A few were faced, but fought to the death. One soldier of their ranks, which didn’t have force sensitivity was captured, but was afflicted with dark side alchemy and died horrible when he tried to talk. There ranks are bolstered beyond the girls and boys stolen. For months this hunt has slowed their activity to a standstill, but the last couple weeks there has been six expert assassinations. These high noble deaths have caused bickering between houses about resources to devote to the Mando war effort. With so much tension between Houses, the Great Council isn’t getting anything accomplished. Jax and company offer to help while they are here, since it may take Ran some time to perform his research.

Before meeting with Lord Turnell, Corraun asks Tala to be nice to Master Shi-Leer she agrees on the condition that she is not sidelined when they go after the Mecrosa Order. He agrees, but it nearly back fires as her overly nice demeanor is way over the top.

Shi-Leer calls Corraun to speak to him in private. He senses a great turmoil in his former Padawan. Corraun finally releases his emotions and concerns, already feeling better to have someone to confide in. Corraun freely admits that has caused him to doubt the Jedi Order. Shi-Leer is listens carefully and comforts Corraun. Shi-Leer believes Corraun would never lie about something like this, but finds it hard to believe. Even if its true and the masters killed their padawans due to a vision there is no reason they would lie about Zayne. Corraun asks if he has ever heard of a Covenant with in the order or if maybe that was a another word they would use for the council. Shi-Leer assures Corraun it is not and he has never heard of such a thing in the order. Jax asks if he should tell the High Council. Shi-Leer advises against it, with out proof and more questions answered it too impossible to believe. The talk ends with wise words from the old Master. The Order is an ideal and not just the summon of it’s followers. If these masters did actually kill their padawans in cold bloods and lied about it, then by the very fact that are keeping it shrouded in lies its not the order that has changed, just troubled individuals. This seem to help Corraun with his crisis of faith.

The meeting with Lord Turnell of House Pelagia doesn’t go well. Kal being a cyborg and Kelborn out of armor is introduced as Atin a bounty hunter with expertise on Mandalore are not received well. Turnell and some of the other houses are not pleased that the Senate declared war on Mandolre without consulting Tapani and its Emperor. greg.JPG Regarding permission to scan systems it’ll take three houses to agree, but he’ll recommend to Hi-Lord Praxum that House Pelagia not be one of them, but the Hi-Lord will have the final say. In the meanwhile, since a member of the Senate and Republic Military is here he’ll have Sir Leofric Carver show them the brave Tapani soldiers being gathered to die on the behalf of the Republic.

The team splits; Nora and Eva go to meet with Sir Carver while the others go to speak with Master Shi-Leer about the assassinations. The assassinations only have a few elements in common. Each have been a prominent lord of different houses, no witnesses or any evidence left behind. Methods of death have been poison, light foil and blades. Leofric_Carver.jpg The most recent death was two days ago. It has taken two days to get permission from the Hi-Lord of House Cadriaan to look into the murder. Shi-Leer was going to go in the morning, but will send Jax and company in his place, as the Cadriaan palace has too many stairs for his taste.

Meanwhile Eva and Nora met the young and handsome Sir Leofric Carver who takes an immediate interest in Captain Nora Altair. She is a puzzle to him as females on Tapani are not allowed to serve let alone battle on the front lines. Although intrigued of her cyber arm he is unbashful of it. Nora politely questions Leofric about the assassinations and politics on Estalle Island. At the battle grounds he is proud to show the forces being assembled. Nora is relieved to see they are armed in modern armor and blasters. She questions the use of archaic swords. Leofric passionate defends Tapani craftsmanship and prefers the skill one must use with a rapier opposed to modern vibro-blades. Nora suggests a friendly sparing match in the future.

Back at the Pelagia Palace the heroes met for a late supper and share information. Eva and Corraun speak about the last time the they were here and the Mecrosa Order’s resurgences and kidnapping of force-sensitive children. Corraun tells of what Leeloo saw when she was with Redora. Female children of Tapani mixed with Mando children being trained as Night Sisters. Eva laments how they failed to save those children before they were taken off of Tapani and the loss haunts her. Kelborn gets unusually passionate that it’s not too late for those children, they can still be saved. Corraun points out that the Tapani children were taken before Redora left Dathomir, but there must be some connection between her and Mecrosa if she came into possession of the stolen children, at least the female once.
The group pass around theories of what the Mecrosa Order is trying to gain with these assassinations, but call it a night.

At the Cadriaan place, they are met by Palace Captain Gabriel Prescott, Gabriel_Prescott.jpgwho will escort them. He is not happy about having to work with outsiders. They learn the victim was Lord William Kemp, a man in his early 60’s and a Lord of House Cadriaan. He was a very well respected Lord of the House and served with distinction on the Trade Council. Method of death was a light foil to the heart while he slept. His wife lady Wenifer woke up and found his body cold, his death never woke her up.

Corraun spots a smudge on the seal of his bedroom window nearly 40-feet up. Kelborn recognizes it as boot tread. Prescott says it’s impossible for anyone to have gotten up that high without a grapple line which would have left marks. Tala demonstrates who it possible by leaping out of the window herself, nearly giving Prescott a heart attack. Down below they search below the window and Kal spots a small piece of gravel out of place under a third story window of the Lord’s bedroom. It was missed not only because it was small, but no one thought the killed could have used such a high window.

Back at the Pelagia Palace they have Captain Tabias Rohrig tests the substance revealing this gravel is by product residue found in parts of the Forge district (22.2% sulfate, 13.6% acidine, 41.7% phosphate & 23.5% Hydrocarbons). Captain Rohrig works with the Estalle Island Police and learns that compassion of by-product would be from piston power pumps which can spread out hundreds of meters and there are dozens of such piston farms in the Forge district. It’ll better then searching all of Forge city, but it’s a start. The police will provide some officers to help with the search and give the authority to open doors as the Republic and Jedi have no authority on Tapani.

End of session.

Important Introductions & Firsts:
Captain Nora Altair, Kal is promoted to Chief Warrant Officer, Lavahn and Kelborn find common ground. Sir Leofric Carver, Palace Captain Gabriel Prescott.

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Episode 102

Leeloo is piloting the Rogue Star hot on the trail of Zayne’s transport. Kal who has been tracking the Mando ship positions plots an optimal course through the enemy ships, but Zayne’s ship heads on another course. Against Kelborn, Kal and Corraun’s protests Leeloo ignores the course and maintains pursuit of Zayne.

A single Jehavey’ir Warship and a dozen Daavab star fighters peels away from the fleet to intercept the two fleeing transports. Corraun and Lahvan piloting star sabers provide cover for the Rogue Star grabbing the attention of 8 mando star fighters. The Warship launch ship seeking heavy concussion missiles at the heroes and Zayne’s ship.

Against the advisement of the people on board the Rogue Star Leeloo doesn’t engage the star fighters can stay hot on Zayne’s tail, occasionally firing her forward guns at the transport. Faces with overwhelming numbers Corraun’s ship suffers heavy damage, but it doesn’t deter him from keeping his ship in between the Mandos and the Rogue Star.

A heavy concussion missile is shot by Zayne’s vessel before impact and the Rogue Star is caught in the missile’s destructive radius. A lesser armored transport would have been destroyed. Kal is quick at work repairing critical system failures and keeping his shields up. Leeloo expertly pilots the Rogue Star at breakneck speeds to get a far away from the Warship as possible, but leaving the majority of the Daavab fighters on the two Jedi. Corraun order Tala to follow him and try to catch up with the Rogue Star. Calculating the poor odds of success Corraun radios for Leeloo to slow and provide some assistance as his ship can’t take another hit. Leeloo hesitates before slowing the transport down for Jax to catch up. Tala disobeying her Knights order draws six of the nine fighters away from her master and tells him she’ll draw them off until she can make the jump to hyperspace and see him again on Coruscant.

Both transports and Jax get far enough away from the warship, but have three fighters still on their tale. Everyone is shock when they escape the gravity well of Taris, but Zayne’s ship instead of jumping to hyperspace heads into the gravity well of an asteroid belted moon. Leeloo sets course to the moon. Corraun, Kal and Kelborn tell her to let him go, too many lives are jeopardy. Leeloo says she can take the last three fighters. Jax says he’d have to stay out of the fight. Kelborn who has left the top turret threatens to tranq dart Leeloo if she doesn’t jump to hyperspace. She calls his bluff and lures the three fighters into the asteroid field. Kelborn frustrate gets back into the turrets and will Leeloo’s skill they make short work of the mandos.

Zayne’s ship lands on the moon any a few minutes ahead of The Rogue Star and Jax’s star saber. Scanners say, the oxygen is breathable, but at only 30% they will need a breather every few minutes and temp is 20-degrees; the gravity is 0.38% of standard. Leeloo wastes no time exiting the ship and running into a waiting Jax, who is radiating strong emotions of angers and disappointment at Leeloo. He starts in on her at how reckless she was and how she left him out there in trouble. Leeloo says Zayne is right there, the priority is to end this. Corraun says they need to use words first and not sabers. Leeloo says she’ll give Corraun a few seconds to talk to Zayne before she cuts him down.

One the short jaunt to Zayne’s ship they both notice the flow of the force is “smooth” here.

Zayne is out of the ship with his companions all wearing environmental suits, minus helmets. They confront Zayne who tells them he didn’t kill his friends, but the truth is almost impossible to believe. The day they returned from the trials the masters entered the mediation tower to contemplate who passed the trails. It’s a full day cycle of mediation and the masters would meet the Padawans for judgement in the ceremony room at a set time.

Zayne survived the trial, but was the last to finish and didn’t think he passed, so he set out one last time to capture Marn and prove to Master Draay, he isn’t a failure. And he did it, he finally captured him, all by himself. To prove to Draay Zayne took Marn straight to the temple, but was a few minutes late to the ceremony. choking Up, then Zayne saw it

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Frozen, Zayne stared in horror until Master Draay spotted him. He had a murderous look in his eyes. Zayne and Marn ran. Draay gave chase, but they leaped into a trash shoot and escaped in a speeder. Zayne and Marn have been on the run avoiding TCA for days. They were nearly captured in a Lower City Junk Junction, but met Jarael and Camper, who have a soft spot for those looking to hide.

Corraun and Leeloo find this tales is almost impossible to believe, but Zaynes words and his emotions ring true. Leeloo is devastated at almost killing Zayne and that she can’t get justice for her friends. Zayne givers her some comforting words and they hold each other morning their collective loss.

Zayne has been retracing the steps of the last few days leading up to the massacre to try and discover why? He has searched the places on Taris, and the only place left is the site of their Trials, The Rogue Moon. The Masters did seem odd after the trials, no real pleasure that their Padawans completed the trials, pass or fail till, they were…distant.

Everything was going well only a several days ago. All five of the Padawan’s were to take the trials. The location of the trial was the “Rogue moon” which was the nickname of an anomalous unnamed planetoid in the Taris system. The moon sat in the middle of an asteroid field, but had a retrograde orbit, traveling in the opposite direction of the asteroids around it. As a result, it was bombarded heavily by these asteroids. The gravity on the moon was so low that one could drop from space onto its surface without needing rockets to slow velocity [Show Art of red suits in space].

The five Padawans were dropped onto the moon from a Rogue_moon_trial.jpg high orbit in red environmental suits and, with their blast shields covering their visors, had to make it through a huge valley back to their Masters traveling across the moon, over chasms, avoiding raining meteors.

The masters were on the Moon at the extraction location. They were waiting for them under a particle shield generator’s canopy. Zayne points just over yonder, near the edge of a cliff. They walk over there. In fact the large shield generator is still there.

The Masters would have been here waiting for several hours. We left the generator because Elbee the droid lifter fell off the cliff sometime during the trial…it only seemed slightly odd at the time.

They go over and looking down over the cliff, they see the droid still there. Elbee.jpg Corraun finds this old. The gravity of this moon is too low for the droid to fall hard enough to suffer so much damage. He must have been pushed, and with great force. They retrieve the large droid and take it Camper’s transport The Last Resort. Camper plugs it in and add a rusty old vocabulator to the unit so it can communicate.

It’s a pleasant droid that recognizes Zayne and greets him hello. He next looks around for Draay and says, “I am sorry Master Draay that I did not walk fast enough off of the cliff as you ordered me to, thank you for your assistance.” Before realizing that Draay is not there.

Elbee doesn’t know why Draay ordered him to walk off the cliff. The masters are never to be questioned. Elbee is asked what happened once they landed on the moon. Camper has it hold up a moment as he hooks up a junky old holo-projector to Elbee’s brain circuits.

Elbee projectors the landing, setting up of the particle shield and the masters entering the shielded area. There is some hopeful dialog about their students passing, except for Draay. After some time, Q’Anilla says the force flows freely here, we should conduct a “Seeing Ritual”. Draay agrees that their true duties should not be neglected, even today. All except Draay sit to mediate in a circle, as he remains standing.

2.3 hours goes by when the four masters all startle “awake” and look at each other. They share a look at each other. Draay asks “You each had a vision, what did you see?”

They each announce they envisioned the destruction of the Taris Academy and the occupation of Taris by Mandalorians and Sith.

Feln envisioned himself on Odryn and saw the holocaust of his people.

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Xamar envisioned himself in the Republic Navy at the final victory against the Mandalorians, only to see the Republic fleet turn on itself.

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Q’Anilia saw the Coruscant Jedi Temple in ruins, with dead Jedi everywhere, including a woman in white ornate robes, that she only refers as their associate. Draay’s posture changes.

All four of the Masters saw a Sith Lord encased in red armor and armed with a red lightsaber responsible for their own deaths.

Feln was the first to make the assumption that the red figure symbolized one of their Padawans, each of whom was wearing a red environmental suit on the moon at that moment.

Raana-Tey (Kamlin’s Master) suggested that they had to kill off the Padawans to stave off the events of the vision. Feln and Draay readily agreed, and Xamar passively gave his consent. Only Q’Anilia opposed the plan, wishing to contact their Covenant associate on Coruscant.

Draay begrudging agrees to Q’Anilia’s request. He then notices the lifter droid, and says they can’t have any witnesses to this conversation. He orders the droid to walk off the cliff. The video shows this and then while floating down, he quickly accelerates and the image stops.

Elbee’s motivator sparks and begins to smoke, Camper still shocked takes a vital second to react and unplug the projector. Some diagnostics later reveals that the memory cortex chip had melted from the power drawn from the projector and its already damaged power regulator. The memory is gone.
Camper is a genius, and isn’t sure it can ever be recovered, but he feels horrible and promises to try, no matter how long it takes.

Zayne knows the council will never take his word over five Jedi Masters. Everyone is still realling from this knowledge and can’t understand why the masters would to this. Even if they felt killing their padawan’s was justified, why would they not tell the High Council and lie about Zayne doing it.

Leeloo and Corraun offer to help Zayne, but he knows that they have their own labour to deal with and Kamlin would have wanted Leeloo to stop Redora because she knew how important it was to her. Zayne showing a new side of himself heroically say he needs to go back to Taris and find evidence to clear his name and get justice for his friends. After goodbyes Leeloo and Corraun return quiet and somber to the Rogue Star and set coordinates to Coruscant.

The ships go in two directions and jump into hyperspace.

End of session.

Important Introductions & Firsts:
Camper, T1-LB “Elbee”, truth behind the Padawan Massacre.

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