The heroes move through the 4th floor of the temple awaiting any number of traps. They walk past several isolated rooms, best guess is that they were used as meditation rooms and small laboratories shut down long ago. In the center of the floor is a huge open spaced room with large 20-foot tall crystals in the center. The 5th floor is very similar, but they encounter a group of four roaming Temple Custodians. The heroes act quickly to destroy them before more can be summoned. The Custodians’ tactics improve after each encounter.
Shortly after exploring the 6th floor the heroes encounter five custodians tending to five recently awakened Zagrut beasts. The custodians’ prove more difficult each time and combined with the vicious beasts the heroes are nearly vanquished. Leeloo connects to one of the Zagrut beast’s mind and learns they are genetically programmed to kill intruders and it would be difficult to persuade them from violence. When only two custodians remain one scans a wall panel, opening two previously sealed doors and pivoting another wall 90 degrees revealing five more Zagrut stasis pods. Kelborn suffered a serious wound and is dragged back down to the fifth floor by Leeloo. The battle lasts long enough for Kelborn to come around and as he returns to the sounds of battle he arrives in time to see a beast send Leeloo flying into the wall. With all four reunited they slay the last few beasts. Having been a long day the heroes take refuge in a small crystal room to rest for the night.
With new doors and passages open they reach a curious room with a huge floating stone sphere in the center. It is covered with a field of water-like liquid coating. Above the sphere appears to be a same size cavity. On two adjacent walls from ankle to ceiling are small bronze discs about 4 feet apart horizontally and four feet vertically. Kelborn attempts to push the sphere, but the coating prevents any type of co-efficiency of friction causing the sphere to stay in place and lightly spin. This does activate a trap and they are sealed in the room. At the top of two adjacent walls the seams glow a dark amber color and spread horizontally across passing through the small bronze discs. When the entire length of the wall is aglow fixed points along the seams, but not from the discs, shot out beams of energy. As the energy beams from both walls crisscross this forms a deadly grid-like effect along the top of the room. The heroes then see the same process starting on the next level down and can quickly surmise if it reached the bottom rows of discs they’ll all be cut to ribbons!
Quickly they three men try to push the sphere upward all at once. The extreme slipperiness of the coating makes it impossible. Leeloo tries to move it with the force and it shakes a little, but she alone is not enough. A few seconds later both Corraun and Leeloo try to move it together using only the force and it moves up a few inches. Kal Vanhoven does lightning quick calculations and knows at this rate they grid will engulf the room long before the two force users can lift the sphere into place. Kal and Kelborn will have to buy some time. Kal recognizes the bronzes discs are similar to a previous trap that absorbed heat and caused a reaction. He theorizes that loading the discs that the seam of energy passes through, with two much energy, could short out the circuit and stop that row from forming a new grid. All four of them target the second row of discs. Out of sixteen discs they hit ten before the circuit completes and a new grid is released. This time and at this height the beams strike the sphere which reflects the grid even lower forcing the heroes to crouch.
With a plan in place Leeloo and Corraun use the force and slowly lifting the sphere while Kal and Kelborn target the discs, hoping they don’t run out of ammo before it’s too late. They succeed at striking all 16 discs before the 3rd row could activate, but a second later it begins to power up again forcing the heroes to repeat the process over and over again until either the sphere is lifted all the way or they run out of ammo. After 20 tenses seconds of this the force users place the sphere in its cavity and the power grids stop and the doors open.
After catching their breath the heroes proceed onward. They enter a long hallway towards an opening. Once in the hall the doors behind and ahead close shut. They can see a Temple lock at the far door, but then the floors shift and begin sliding into the walls leaving a good size drop down, but not lethal. Some calcium deposit pebbles drop and after falling 36 feet it hits an energy field that activates and incinerates the pebbles. Only two small pieces of the floor remain static, one at each end of the room. Left are three 20 foot sections of flooring rotating back into the walls and then reappearing ahead from the opposite side (from left to right). The heroes are forced to leap to new flooring before the stone they are on disappears into the wall all while trying to solve the temple lock. The pressure increases as each time the stone passes into the walls it comes out again its shorter than the last time leaving less and less spaces to jump to.
Kal is telling Leeloo how to manipulate the lock, but the ground he is one disappears into the wall, but just before he can fall Corraun uses the force to hold him in place, while he distractedly continues to tell Leeloo the next step in the lock. Unfortunately for Corraun the last piece of non-occupied stone disappears causing him to fall. Kelborn from the sliver of fix ledge he is one uses his wrist grapple line to catch Corraun before he is incinerated. To Knight Jax’s credit he does not lose focus on holding Kal in place, even when falling to his own death, which gives enough time for Kal and Leeloo to solve the last tumbler and open the lock. The floor begins to slide out for the wall again and the heroes quickly exit the hallway. Corraun gives his thanks to Kelborn for catching him. Trusting his life to a Mandolarian is no small feat to Corraun Jax.
They move deeper into the 6th floor and find themselves in a large open room, but while walking through it a pressure plate is stepped on and the doors seal and yellow gas begins to fill the floor of the room. The exit wall turns transparent revealing another temple lock. Its puzzle is more simplistic, but it has many more tumblers to solve. The heroes get to work on trying to get out. The gas now covers the entire floor, but doesn’t appear to be harmful. After a short while Kelborn begins to lose his grip on reality. Instead of seeing Leeloo he sees a pale faced tall women in blood red robes who he knows is Redora, the woman who has his daughter and is trainer her in the ways of the darkside. In mando Kelborn calls out a battle a cry of his daughter’s name Ina and swings his Beskar sword at the red witch. Leeloo manages to duct in time to avoid the deadly blow. Not knowing his mind is affected she is deeply disappointed that Kelborn has chosen this time to try and kill her.
Corraun tells Kelborn to stop and readies his light saber. Kal still needing someone with telekinesis to manipulate the lock tells Corraun to let Leeloo and Kelborn settle whatever they are fighting about and Corraun to help him with the lock. Kelborn tries again to cleave Leeloo in two and Jax attacks Kelborn. As more time passes in this room with the yellow gas Kal begins to see things. He looks after at where Leeloo and Kelborn were fighting and now sees a menacing Neo-Crusader where Leeloo was, he still sees Jax and Kelborn, but no Leeloo. The rationale part of his brain is trying to compute this change, but he eyes clearly reveal that a filthy Neo-Crusader is in here with them and needs to be destroyed.
Kal fights against the illogical nature of this neo-crusader just appearing, but more yellow gas swirls about him and eventually nothing else matters, the lock can wait this black armored neo-crusader must be stopped. Leeloo locked in melee sees Kal raise his rifle at Kelborn, but to her shock Kal adjusts the barrel and fires his rifle at Leeloo, who deflects it just in the nick of time. Corraun and Leeloo are very confused as they try and stop Kelborn’s aggressions. Eventually Corraun’s mind becomes infected. He realizes this long enough to shout out to Leeloo that it’s the gas in the room, but finally succumbs to it and sees his hated nemesis Savik Falo in place of Kal. Corraun attacks Savik/Kal leaving him open for attack by Kelborn who knows it is Jax and lands a serious slash to Corraun sending him flying into the wall unconscious.
Leeloo now without an ally is facing both a crazed Kal and Kelborn when she starts to feel the effects of the room herself. For a split second he sees Kal as Redora before shaking it off. Knowing she needs more time to formulate a plan she must resist the gas in the room and holding her breath doesn’t help. As it begins to take hold of her she sees Redora, the mother figure who tried to kill her is now standing there. Her anger builds. Leeloo focuses with the force and cleanses her mind. With a deep breath she breathes in the yellow gas, but only icy blue breath is exhaled. This breath cuts across the swirling yellow mist along the ground to visage of Redora and shatters it revealing Kal once more.
Leeloo acting as the Neo-Crusader Kal believes her to be proposes a truce pointing out that with Corraun down he’ll need his/her help and they can resume the fight once out of this room. He ponders it and finally agrees. Kelborn still comes after her. In between parries Leeloo listens to Kal and follows the sequence to unlock the final tumblers. Once the door is open the yellow mist is rapidly sucked back into the floor, including it pouring out of the heroes’ mouths and eyes.
Leeloo checks on Corraun while Kal does the same to Kelborn. They fully recall everything that occurred while out of their normal minds. Separately the groups talks about what the yellow mist made them see and why they each saw the person they hated the most. Kal reveals that his hate of the Mandos comes from the near fatal injuries he sustained at the hands of the Mandos during the space battles above the Moon of Arbra. Corraun recalls that Senator Cana and the United Spacefarer’s fleet came to their aid on that Moon. Corraun gives his thanks to Kal for his sacrifice. Kelborn ponders how Corraun will react to him after nearly killing him.
They reach the landing of the 7th floor and are faced with a most complex temple lock, requiring such a long time to unlock that they must work in shifts so not to be fatigued. During a short break a few hours in Corraun offers Jedi ration pellets to his companions. The small meal turns to some conversations about family and the smallest hint of bonding between the four. After more than six hours the lock is bested and the doors open.
Over all it’s a relatively small floor mostly will individual rooms. They come across two rooms with large crystal chambers. Leeloo recalls from her shared visions with the Kwi that these are healing chambers, but like the rest of the temple is offline. Eventually Leeloo finds the same secret entrance to the Star Chamber. She asks everyone to promise to never share what they see here. Kal and Kelborn agree. Corraun says he must excuse himself then, for what he doesn’t know he can’t be forced to relay to the Jedi Masters and interred into the Jedi Library archives.
Leeloo, Kal and Kelborn climb the now revealed spiral stairs into a room very similar, but larger than the one in the North temple. Also instead of one simple panel there are six sets of controls and the panels are circling an empty pedestal in the center. The consoles themselves look more substantial and complicated, but only one panel is radiating the force.
When Leeloo touches the correct console it lights up in a way the other panel at the North temple never did. Though only visible through detect the force the small grooves of the console described previously glow faintly. The center pedestal comes alive with hundreds of 32-sided polygon stones. They quickly move to form a replica of the Northern star temple. Once formed it shakes violently and parts of it crumbles off.
It takes time for Leeloo to find the little pieces that she knows from the other temple, but eventually she can try to turn it off. Leeloo places her hand in the Kwa hand print and can feel the light side amplification in the Northern temple, in fact through the walls she can feel the fear and sadness of the inhabitants within. She reenacts the same process of matching and then connecting to the flow of the force and then riding that wave down until it is gone. Corraun is mediating below feeling the movement of the force and Leeloo’s emotions to know if it is going well or otherwise. Exhausting, but Leeloo does it and this this time it stays off…But the savage shaking doesn’t stop. Leeloo connects again with the panel and feels danger still to the North Star temple. With great focusing on the visions from the Kwi and the Star Chamber, she understands what is really going on.
The temple isn’t tearing itself apart from too much amplification, but because the Kwa protocols would never allow it to be on for so long and now the Eastern temple has assumed the North temple has fallen to enemy hands and has placed the North Temple in a self-destruct mode.
With an amount of the force amplification still lingering, Leeloo connects with the panel and focuses her will to a point she hasn’t done before and doesn’t know if she can again. She wills to the temple that it is safe and they are not the enemy. Leeloo collapses just as the temple activates. Downstairs Corraun can see the previous dormant wall panels and consoles radiate and light up with the force. Kelborn tells Leeloo when she comes around that she did it, the North temple is safe. Furthermore Leeloo learns that this temples’ traps have all deactivated and it is no longer in defense mode.
The foursome head to the crystal healing chambers. Corraun and Kal enters them and are placed in a stasis like rest. Kelborn speaks to Leeloo about going after Redora now that she has saved the North Temple, he suggests she leaves behind Corraun since her emotions for him make her tactically weak referencing how she went back for him at the lost tribe village and she nearly died because of it. Leeloo tells Kelborn the two of them wouldn’t be strong enough to kill Redora alone, they’d be better off trying to rescue Ina and the other girls.
With the conversation ended Leeloo still very exhausted nods off. She awakes to a startling sense of danger to Corraun and Kal almost eight hours later. They rush to get them out of the healing chambers. Leeloo believes that there may be a radiation factor to the healing that doesn’t affect the Kwa, but too much could kill humans. Once out both men seem to be alright, in fact they are nearly fully healed, but they should not risk anymore exposure, again.
They travel back through the floors, which is easy now the traps are off. Most of the temple appears to be active including the smaller crystals, but not the giant crystals on floors four and five. The doors are all opened up, traps turned off and custodians destroyed. On the 3rd floor they find Servina, Mesta and Lavahn unconscious and tied up. Near them stands four blue armored Neo-Crusaders and one in red armor who Kelborn recognizes as Medrit Spar. With them is Night Sister Sy’re. Attached to the wall is a holo projector device scanning the wall relieves.
Sy’rie thanks Leeloo for making it so easy to enter the temple once she deactivated its defenses. Medrit Spar clearly displeased to see Kelborn with the enemy calls him a crowd who has turned traitor. Spar never wanted Kelborn on this mission, but Kolba Leos insisted and it has cost Alvric Cob’s life. Spar will let Leos know how severe of a mistake he made once back on Mandalore. Kelborn threatens that Spar won’t be saying anymore then Cob can when he is done with him.
Leeloo concerned about the number of foes they face and bluffs that she can turn the temple’s defenses back on and that Sy’re and the Mandos should flee. Looking first at the wall of reliefs Sy’re says she has just completed her last task, now all that is left is to kill what should have already been dead. Sy’re ignites her lightsaber and Leeloo does the same.
The two force user women charge each other and bind sabers. Spar engages Kelborn while Corraun squares off against two neo-crusaders leaving the last two for Kal. The battle carries on as a stale mate for a while, a few small wounds being exchanged, but eventually Kelborn realizes Spar is a better warrior then he. Although this is not the first time Kelborn has fought and defeated a more skilled combatant, but low on ammo, wounded and with his gadgets depleted over the last week he is truly out matched. Spar lands a devastating blow bringing Kelborn to his knees. Corraun risks some passing attacks has he rushes to Kelborn’s aid and placing himself before Spar and stopping a fatal blow to Kelborn. Kal is chipping away at the Mandos getting frustrated that their armor absorbs so much of his blasts.
Leeloo leaping out of the way again and again from Force Lighting she is hurled across the room and into a wall by the powerful NightSister. Kal places his barrel point blank on a crusader and get enough of a blast through to kill him. Corraun still left with three mandos including Spar is struck to the ground and pinned there parrying their blows, without a free moment to get to his feet. Kal knocks one of them off of him, but Spar is just too good and delivers a mighty slash to Corraun from his Beskar sword. Kelborn gets to his feet in time to parry Spar’s killing blow to Corraun.
Desperate Leeloo leaps next to the scanner on the wall and threatens to destroy it. Sy’re laughs and unleashes force lighting at it obliterating the machine and damaging the wall. Back the plan A Leeloo trying to find a way through the Nightsister’s defenses spins and slays two Mando Neo-Crusaders while occupying Sy’re in banter. Kelborn hangs on as long as he can before losing so much blood that the room goes black leaving Leeloo and Kal alone with Sy’re, Spar and a Neo-Crusader. Kal takes out the last blue armored crusader, but is struck down by Spar. Leeloo manages to buy enough time, by showing fear, to stop Corraun’s bleeding. Spar delivers a killing blow to Kal, but he manages to block it with his cyber arm, severing the limb and very temporarily saving his life, but still knocking him unconscious. With Corraun safe for the moment she bounds over to Medrit Spar and introduced herself in Mando as “The Little Wind of Death” before severing his head from his shoulders.
Leeloo and Sy’re square off once more. Leeloo asks if she too realizes in her attempts to save the Sisters of the Force that she has damned herself from every being one again, just like Redora. Sy’re knowing no one else is around answers truthfully that unlike Redora she feels strong enough to return to the light. Knowing this goes against all the Sister’s teachings Leeloo presses the attack. The sounds of their saber clashing rings throughout the halls. Sy’re pivots her left foot back and pulling the darkside of the force into a swell preparing for something devastating. Leeloo using her martial training from Jedi Master Andor Dulwen poses a feint on the distracted Night Sister, quickly pulls back and follows with a fast thrust through the center of Sy’re’s chest. The fallen Sister of the Force dies before hitting the obsidian floor.
The wounded are tended to. Corraun and Kelborn share an awkward exchanges of thanks for saving each other and agree they are even. Mesta and Lavhan suffered some decent injuries, but nothing life threatening. After a short time they start to come around.
Lavahn reports that the Mandos took them by surprise and she could have defeated them if she wasn’t handicapped by having to protect the unarmed novice and old lady. All parties are concerned of what Redora wanted in this temple. They examine the wall that was scanned. After some study Servina believes it is Kwa star coordinates, but is useless in 2-dimensional form. It would need another set of coordinates to make any sense. Furthermore it’s obvious that Redora and Sy’rie knew where to look in this temple and what for, although they had never been inside prior. Mesta points out that Sy’rie was in charge of the North temple excavations armed with this Servina believes Redora and Sy’re must have found the other dimension of the map at the North temple, likely in a similar spot.
Of the eastern temple relief a good size section was destroyed in the battle, but Kal’s cyber-brain was able to record it minus the small sections that were obstructed by the device itself. He will need to plug into a data slate or similar device to display it for others to see.
In no condition to leave the temple Kelborn insists on using the Kwa healing crystal chamber regardless of the radiation exposure. The group rests up for a few days, while Servina continues to study the temple. After two days Servina deciphers more of the walls reliefs and discovers it’s a map to another Star Temple not on Dathomir. Furthermore she has discovered something else. She leads the heroes to other wall reliefs that shows hieroglyphs of two Kwa facing each other. Between them is a crystal with beams of radiance shinning from it. Servina points out that two lines are different. A heavier line form one Kwa to the crystal and then followed through on the other side to the second Kaw. Servina believes this along with other symbols talks about teleporting form one temple to another. The idea of instantaneous line travel captures Corraun’s curiosity.
See takes them to a crystal on 2nd floor and points out symbols on the floor that are glowing through the force now, but were dormant before. The crystal can be turned with the force to point at a specific symbol. Corraun assists. The group discusses the many dangers of attempting this travel, but eventually agree its better waiting here for four weeks riding out the Long Night.
Servina activates the crystal and they feel static electricity run over their skin and then nothing. After a brief moment of disorientation they find themselves next to a similar sized crystal in a calcium deposit covered room, but with a great deal of cracks. Enough cracks are there to make out a door way. They break more calcium and exit the room into a previously non-cleared section of the North Temple. It worked.
Leeloo, Kelborn and Servina go immediately to talk to the Prelate while Corraun and Kal to check on Senator Cana. On the way they see a good amount of damage to the temple, about half of what the sister’s build of the hundreds of years has been destroyed. The temple itself has cracks in the formerly almost seamless walls.
The prelate is shocked to see Servina again, but grateful that Leeloo was successful. The jubilee is cut short by learning of Sy’re appearance and Redora’s interest in the Eastern Temple. Elsewhere Kal and Corraun join up with Eva and hear about the near destruction of the Star Temple and how with the Long Night happening it was not a simple option to just evacuate. As for Eva she is physically fine now, but she is still trying to come to grip that she has lost so many memories. Corraun briefly explains some big changes in the Senate and that she was injured while on a mission with Leeloo and a Jedi Knight named Reegan Centari who didn’t survive.
The heroes go to a similar section of the north temple as where the wall relief in the Eastern temple was found. Here they find a similar wall of what Servina reads as the other piece of the star coordinates. Using the only holo transmitter Kal modifies it to project his perfect recall on the wall and bends the projection to achieve a three dimensional display. The missing section accounts for about 5% of the map. The prelate is concerned that if Redora can find a Star Temple on another world not guarded by the republic that she could use the line travel to get scores of Mandolarians onto Dathomir and wipe out the Sisters of the Force.
Two days later Servina finishes deciphering the map and narrows it down to five possible systems. Out of an entire galaxy five systems isn’t too bad, but that means potentially hundreds of world to have to search for one temple.. They’ll need to go back to Coruscant and the Jedi Temple to find out more about those systems and if the archives has any other useful info. The good news is that even with the full map and exact coordinates that Redora has access to she’ll still have to decipher it and Redora doesn’t have the experience and Kwi genetic histories to help her as Servina does
Corraun meets privately with Prelate Goldana explaining that he’ll have to report what he has seen to the Jedi Masters. She expected no less, but points out that the increased threat is only to the sisters since it’s been established that the stones to create Amlex can be found on other worlds. Should the Sisters of the Force perish the Republic will feel no impact. Corraun explains that the fate of the sisters is more important to him then Amlex stones. The Prelate takes this as an invitation to ask for Corraun to help Leeloo defeat Redora, as she is too powerful for Leeloo alone. Corraun gives his word.
With the damaged speeder repaired the heroes say their good byes. Lillyana vows to find the last Mandolarian left on Dathomir once the Long Night ends. Kal gives his thanks to the Sisters for healing Eva Cana.
Even during the short 20 minute speeder ride to the small star port the effects of the Long Night are felt. They quickly board the Rogue Star and fly off and way from Dathomir to everyone’s pleasure except Leeloo. Corraun with some advice from Kelborn alert the Republic warship about the breach and recommend boarding protocols.
Once out of the gravity shadow of Dathomir and its moons Corraun gives Lavhan the honors of making the jumping to hyperspace.
Important Introductions & Firsts
Stop the self-destruction of the North Star Temple, activation of the Great Eastern Star Temple, Use of Kwa Crystal Healing chambers, death of Night Sister Sy’re & Neo-Crusader Medrit Spar.