Knights of The Old Republic

Episode 93

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. ETemple.pit.jpg 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.
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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.

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Episode 92

The heroes stuck between a 162 foot drop off of a water fall and a furious horde of barbarians make their choice. Corraun hooks his grappling line to a nearby rock and tells Padawan Tala to do the same before he starts repelling down. Kal starts free-hand climbing down as Kelborn grabs hold of Mesta without warning and jumps off of edge. Leeloo takes a deep breath and dives head first. Alone with Servina, Tala gives her the grapple line saying the old women needs it more than she does and inspired by Leeloo she dives over the edge. With the barbarians nearly there Servina jumps as well.

Kelborn activates his jet pack just above the water’s surface and flying towards shore, but carrying the extra weight forces him to drop Mesta before hitting dry land. The waterfall proves too difficult for Kal to free-climb and he falls to the water and jagged rocks below, fortunately his cyber limbs take the brunt of the impact. Corraun gets almost half way down before a barbarian cuts his grappling causing him to fall the rest of the way. Leeloo dives into the water, but clips her shoulder on a rock below the surface and is stunned for a moment. Lavahn pierces the water expertly, but is still weak from a head blow in the camp and begins to sink unconscious.

Kelborn scans the surface of the water to identify if everyone made it and sees the fins of six Kamurith break the surface. He fires his wrist mounted grapple line around Mesta’s wrist and pulls her to the shore line narrowly escaping two gapping jawed beasts. Leeloo’s mind clears to see the Kamurith and using the force she touches their minds causing them to believe she is one of them. Corraun and Kal swim to the nearest shoreline. Corraun reaches it first and sees Kal being harried by two beasts. Using the force the Jedi Knight pulls Kal towards him and the shore. Servina breaks the water’s surface and manages to get Tala to safety. Leeloo makes it to Kelborn and Mesta’s side to help slay the two they are fighting. Corraun and Kal kill three more and Leeloo commands the last one to flee.

The party puts an hour of distance between them and the barbarians before stopping to rest and tend to their wounds. Servina continues her tale; after 30 years she gave up on the barbarians and lived alone in the wild and met the Kwi where to her surprise she learned more about the Star Temples from them then her 70 years living in one. After these eight peaceful years the inbreed barbarian tribe, now almost all descendants of hers had begun hunting the peaceful Kwi. She decided to return to them. It was not a warm reunion. She had allow them to keep her a captive so to subtlety influence them to stay away from the Kwi, but their new chief Ungt has a twisted mind and become difficult to influence. Fearing that he’d lose control of her he had eight Kwi captured and kept at camp for incentive.

Servina asks why they’re trying to enter the Eastern Temple. Leeloo tells her about the Night Sisters and how the temple’s power will not turn off. Once hearing the fate of the sister’s temple and of the schism she says she Kwi may be able to help and she’ll take the heroes to them.

While traveling Leeloo has a heart to heart talk with Mesta about their shared experience at nearly being savaged by the barbarians. They discuss the Path of Sacrifice a novice must take to become a sister of the force. Mesta prays to Mother Mira that when the time comes to walk that path, these events will not halt her resolve. In confidence Leeloo shares that she doesn’t believe she can go through with it after feeling all those hands on her and the feeling of being powerless to stop them.

After several hours of travel they reach a grassy plane where Servina makes a series of honking calls drawing 30 or so Kwi out of hiding. She explains that the Kwi can communicate great detail through these calls. Leeloo comments on how unique their minds where when she reached out to them before. Servina moves through the herd and brings forth a specific Kwi, although it looks no different. She explains that two of each herd are genetic carriers of their history. Leeloo touches minds with the creature and after a moment is shown images of their history. Servina tells the others the Kwi over 200,000 years ago were once a fully sentient humanoid race called the Kwa. Kwa1.jpg They explored the galaxy and settled on a few planets. They were great builders and peaceful to their adopted planet.

Leeloo sees images of them erecting star temples and even a flash of a star chamber with in. Then arrived dark times. Their great empire built something that attracted other ancient races.Outsiders.jpg Eventually the outsiders destroyed many of the peaceful Kwa and suddenly left. The Kwa people were deflated and stopped building. Over many millennia they never rebuilt their empire and devolved into the Kwi. Before completely surrendering they fortified their temples and altered Whuffa worms to serve as Guardians to the temples.

Servina believes there may be enough genetic similarities in the Kwi that with enough of them present it could fool the guardian in standing down, if the Kwi are willing. Just about then the previously freed Kwi arrive, which leads good will to the heroes’ cause. Leeloo spends time getting to know the Kwi while the others rest and prepare themselves. Servina present several Gamloss herbs that only bloom at the start and the end of the Long Nights. They are difficult to harvest, but have great healing properties. She shares all that she has. While eating them Servina asks about Kelborn and Kal’s motivations for taking this dangerous journey. She warns them that likely the dangers with in the temple will be much greater then they have faced getting this far and offers them a way out. Both decline and will see the mission through, for their own reasons.

Satisfied with their answers she offers to heal them through the force. Kelborn goes first and feels a terrible burning through his body. Kal is next and feels the same. Exhausted Servina welcomes Corraun to her side. Seeing that she is exhausted he tells her he’ll be fine, but she insists. All three of them feel completely healed of their wounds once she is done. Leeloo feeling a great deal of the force being used joins them and can see red blossoms of blood soaking through the ex-prelate’s tattered blue robes. A gasped they realize Servina had not simply healed them, but empathically transferred their wounds to her. Every bite and slash from their flesh to hers. Kal examines the wounds to try and help, but they are unusual and untreatable with normal medicine. All three are upset that she did not warn them of the cost. A exhausted and looking very old Servina replies that it was her price to pay and she was happy to do so they could help the Sisters that she failed so long ago.

18 Kwi are sent with the heroes leaving just enough behind that the herd could survive on incase they are all consumed by the Temple Guardian. Corraun speaks to Lavahn on the way about the Olex and how it is possible to connect with the force while wearing one, with focus and practice.

Just after night fall they enter the temple’s clearing. The temple is magnificent to behold. The heroes exit a heavy canopy forest into a clearing and can see the massive pyramid star temple, it has three more top levels then the Sister’s home and large steps rising to a double obsidian stone door.

As they near the temples the ground shakes…shakes more. From the south they see trees violently rattle, but instead of some Malkloc breaking through, they see the trees up root and a colossal mount of earth form and head towards them. Just when the shaking is at its pinnacle the mount stops short of the ring of Kwi surrounding the heroes. The force users can sense the presence of something immense just below the surface…Then shaking once more as it burrows down deep below.

The Kwi stay near the steps to prevent the Guardian from returning. Upon reaching the massive obsidian doors they discover no handles to grip and attempt to open the heavy doors. Corraun places his hands on the door and uses the strength of the force to pull the door open. Leeloo and Mesta join in pulling with the force. Tala tries too, but it’s unclear if she was of any help while wearing the Olex.

The inside of the temple looks very similar to the North temple, minus the tapestries and statues of Mother Mira. The walls appear to be free of the calcium deposits that the North Temple collected over time. An exhausted Servina despite wanting to see the whole temple right way declares she’ll rest here so not to slow the others down. Mesta offers to stay with her and Corraun orders Lavahn to guard them both. It takes some convincing that Corraun can only trust her with their safety before she concedes.

Moving about the place is eerie quiet. There are some signs of old damage to the temple, but other than that normal entropy doesn’t seem to have affected this place. This first floor appears to be mostly long corridors and open spaces that could accept a large gathering of people. Moving towards where the stairs would be if this was the northern temple, they find a hovering droid Temple_Guardian.bmpusing a mechanical tentacle with arching energy at the tip. It is performing some kind of cleaning to the wall. It turns to face them, a light blue beam scans. They hear an air-like hissing from throughout the temple. Then before any talking can occur it attacks. Kal tries to communicate with it in binary, but it gives no reply and is destroyed by Corraun and Kelborn.

Upon reaching the second floor they find themselves with nothing but closed walls. Leeloo investigates where a door would be if this was the north temple, while doing so she steps on a pressure plate, which opens a secret door to a large room. Upon entering the secret door closes and a door size section of the wall directly across turns transparent revealing a clockwork of moving stone geometric shapes moving in three dimensions.

Then just as suddenly the two side walls begin to close in on them. Kal quickly surmises the moving parts must be a tumbler system of a strange lock. Kelborn shoots the wall and tests that the stone covering the lock is still there, but merely transparent. Using his computer brain Kal begins to see how the pieces must fit together to unlock, but he can’t reach the pieces through the stone. He tells Corraun and Leeloo what needs to be moved where and using the force they can move the pieces. The walls continue to shrink the room, going from spacious to claustrophobic in seconds. Crushing_walls.jpg Just as the walls are pressing against them Kal tells Leeloo the last piece and she puts it into place, but as the door begins to unlock the wall continues, Corraun uses the force to halt the walls for a moment until the doors opens and the walls finally retract.

The door opens into a large room with strange devices. Unusual tech weaved together like a bird’s nest with milky silver pods atop them, well most of them. There are 13 bases in total, but seven do not have the milky silvery pods atop them. Instead the strange liquid is spilled about the floor and pooled next to the empty stands. The heroes hear a growl from close by. Coming from around the corner are blue scaled creatures with long malleable innocuous snouts. Their peaceful visage is shattered when the snout spits into three sections of a gruesome mouth revealing hundreds of razor sharp teeth and attack. Zagruts.jpg As the fight carries on more of the Zagrut begin to awaken from the pedestals. Working together they slay the last one without any serious injuries. Examining the nests Kal and Corraun suspect that the pods where some type of hyper-stasis chamber keeping them preserved and dormant until activated.

They continue on through a maze of corridors until stepping on a hidden pressure place revealing another transparent wall and temple lock. With Kal’s aide they unlock it after several minutes. They traverse through a few more rooms before reaching one that has a large crystal in the center and inert control consoles around it. Without any luck turning the systems on they move to investigate the last room on this path which is a room with a hundred small holes all over the walls. Also on the walls are small shelves just large enough for the small stone spheres resting on them.

Kelborn experiments by placing a few spheres into nearby holes they seem to fit. Corraun places a hand near a hole and can feel a small amount of air blowing out. Kal quickly counts 100 holes and 100 spheres. By now Kelborn is placing the 20th sphere into a hole. When doing so the blocked up air pressure builds enough force that it shoots all of the stone sphere’s out and scatter on the floor. The entry to the small room closes and seals shut locking Kal, Corraun and Kelborn inside. After a few moments they realize colorless, odorless gas is filling the room and begin holding their breath. They attempt to put everything back in place in hopes the door would open, but it does not.

Kal calculates that if all 100 spheres were to plug the holes it may turn off the trap, but it would take 50 people with perfect timing to do it all at once, any less and after 19 they would be shot back out. Having to breath in the poison gas to speak Kal quickly shares this with Corraun and Kelborn. Kelborn struggles to hold his breath without the benefit of Jedi training or cybernetic expanded lungs like Kal. Corraun sits down in the center of the room and gather’s the force around him. Going over and over again in his mind visualizing the small spheres going into the holes. Corraun is unmoving for several minutes, occasionally Kal and Kelborn see some of the spheres in the room move slightly. After five minutes of focus Corraun uses the force to lift all 100 spheres at once, then like a cube of spheres he shifts it up and to the left by 3 inches and then slams them perfect unison into the holes blocking all escaping air and shutting off the trap. Kal and Kelborn are very impressed and Corraun a little surprised at what he had done.

They explore the next section of the second floor and find no way up to the third floor. On two separate walls there are strange circular patterns with a shiny bronze like discs. One disc is completely smooth with thicker grooves around it’s edges and the other bronze disc has an outline of a Kwa face on it. Leeloo examines the wall where the stairs should be and steps on a pressure place. This releases the smooth disc so that it can be spun to the left or right coming out of the wall.

Corraun touches the disc with a face and finds it sucks the warmth out of his fingertips. After some more investigating Kelborn wonders if giving it more heat will do something and shoots the disc with his blaster. Leeloo still on the pressure plate near the wall sees that wall opens for a moment and then shuts again. Its open just long enough for someone to jump through, but because of the angle of a small side wall there is no way for everyone to be close enough to the wall to shot the face disc and jump through.

Kal insist they try all variables and discovers that the pressure place only allows the smooth disc to be moved, but has no factor on the face disc opening the door. Kelborn still troubled of how to shot the face disc from around the corner as an epiphany. He has some one stay on the pressure plate so that he can move the angle of the smooth disc. He lines it up and goes back to the exit wall, he fires a shot at the smooth disc to ricochet the bolt to hit the face disc and leaps through with everyone else, but this time the door stays open. Apparently hitting both discs and moving from the pressure plate into the stairwell kept the door permanently open.

The third floor is mostly comprised of large dormitories, and the walls are more decretive. The heroes briefly examine some of the wall reliefs. Some are of the Kwa building star temples. Some are star clusters, which makes Kal homesick, while others show conflicts with other strange species. One that catches the eye is of two Kwa standing over a table with a creature on it and then a stylized progression of the creature evolving into what looks like a rancor.

The heroes encounter another temple custodian, which doesn’t attack immediately, but waits till eight more arrive before attacking. Temple_Custodians.jpg Kelborn tosses a frag grenade nearly destroying three at once. Kal is struck two vicious times bringing him to a knee. The custodians seem to have learned from the first one destroyed on the ground floor as they float out of reach of the lightsabers forcing Corraun and Leeloo to leap into the air to destroy them. Trusting in his beskar armor Kelborn leaves himself open waiting from the next tentacle lash, with great timing he grabs the tentacle and wraps it dangerously around his wrist and yanks the droid to the ground giving Leeloo and Corraun an easy target. It’s a brutal fight and Kal took the worst of it, but they destroy all the custodians on this floor and reach the stairs to the 4th floor, apprehensive of what awaits them next.

End of session.

Important Introductions & Firsts:
Knowledge of the Kwa, Gamloss bulbs, Force Empathic Healing, Eastern Star Temple, Temple Custodians, Zagruts.

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Episode 91

Corraun awakes on the morning of the sixth day and is upset that Leeloo did not wake him for his watch. She calls him out for snapping at her and Kelborn jumps in adding fuel to Corraun’s fire. Tala walks up amd her master can see the visible signs of the darksides’ pull taking its affects. Corraun calms down focused on his charges’ wellbeing and insists she wear an Olex. Tala states she is fine and can handle it. Leading by example Corraun asks Leeloo to place the Olex on him. Consigned to the order Tala places the Olex on herself and feels the immediate relief as the weight of the darkside is lifted, but it is also the first time she can remember feeling so far from the force.

Everyone is in sour moods as they set off for another day or hard traveling. A few hours later while walking along an old Rancor game trail the group takes a short break. Viewers see Mesta go off to the side to take care of nature and from the shadows behind her is a multi-colored aposematic sheath of viper hide, it becomes clearer that it is not a Kodashi Viper, but the skin of one covering an arm. The arm covers her mouth and the other arm whisks her quietly into the shadows.

A few minutes later a dozen barbarians wearing Kodashi viper skins ranging from a little to a lot, attempt to ambush the heroes. It quickly becomes obvious that the raiders are trying to kill the male party members and subdue the two females. Kelborn uses his wrist flame thrower to grab the attention of several and runs to Leeloo’s side. Tala is struck by a bone club and dazed, but before the filthy barbarian can grab her he is dispatched by Corraun’s lightsaber. Kal squares off with one the veteran warriors covered heavily in viper skins. Throwing off a still burning hide-skin cap a large half Zabrak reveals grossly misshaped crown of horns and grabs hold of Leeloo and drags her into the jungle, but they don’t get far before Kelborn’s blaster bolt evaporates most of his skull. Kal is trading blow for blow with his opponent. Corraun moves into the dense jungle to end a barbarian archer, but the size of his light staff works against him in these conditions leaving him open for counter attack. Before the archer can take advantage Tala leaps over and runs her saber through the man and notes this is the third time she has saved him. With Kal shooting dead the last one Leeloo finds tracks of where Mesta was dragged off.

Leeloo sets off immediately following the tracks, Kelborn goes with her. The others tend to their wounds and Corraun searches the dead for any signs of which tribe they belong to. He does identify a symbol on them, but does not recognize it. He also discovers several of them have birth deformities. The tracking is slow going and the others follow markings left by Kelborn and catch up to Leeloo as she finds the Barbarian’s village. The village is built on a plateau with a mix of soil, grass land and moss covered natural stone. A small river is running west to east. Thick trees surround the north, south and west. To the East they hear a waterfall. A very quick estimate places it at 40 or so warrior barbarians. The camp has several huts, but there is a massive, by comparison to the others, hide-skin tent in the center. This structure has a base of stone and the rest covered in hides. The barbarians appear to be going about daily business, there is even a paddock of strange two legged animals with blue hides and with black stripes. Then to both Leeloo and Corraun’s surprise they spot female barbarians and a few children. Leeloo for the first time sees the tribes crude symbols carved about and something about it rings familiar, but she just can’t place it.

Corraun even through the Olex is able to reach out with the force and sense Mesta with in the main tent. Tactically Kal and Corraun note they should observe the camp from multiple positions for the next several hours until night fall and then attempt a rescue mission. Leeloo refuses to wait anywhere near that time worried about Mesta’s condition and what they could be doing to her. A plan is formed for Leeloo to use her ability to manipulate animals to cause the unidentified creatures in the paddock to attempt to break free and use this as a distraction. Leeloo pushes the command into their heads, but finds their minds very unusual and their nature too docile for the violence needed for escape. Leeloo suggests a new plan for her to be captured and then taken to Mesta. Corraun and Kelborn agree for the first time that this is a bad idea. Leeloo asks for a better one, but none are to be had other than Tala’s who states they should just go straight in and fight them all. Ignoring Tala’s plan the party agrees with Leeloo. While preparing she pulls Kelborn aside.

Leeloo knowing she may die in the next few minutes reveals that she had seen Kelborn the previous night looking at his locket and she had seen his daughter Ina before during her brief time with Redora and the Mandolarians a few months back. Ina was one of many young women being trained by the Night sisters. These recruits where a mix of the stolen children from Tapani and force sensitives among the Mandolarians and their conquered worlds. Kelborn refuses to believe it at first. Leeloo says that there may still be time to save her before she becomes too corrupt and promises to help him find her. Kelborn promises not to try and kill Leeloo until his daughter is safe.

The two return and Leeloo hands her lightsaber over to Kelborn and they exchange and few knowing words, making both the Jedi uncomfortable. Leeloo enters the village acting like she is frightened and searching for Mesta. She is spotted almost immediately. A handful of barbarians grab her and begin to tear at her robes, equal parts examining and foundling her. She is without a doubt the most beautiful woman they have ever seen and a few can’t contain themselves and attempt to pin her down right then and there. A few others fight this decision and want to take her to the main tent. The heroes are trapped watching this and holding back the urge to help Leeloo. With a gutted barbarian on the ground the slightly more reasoned barbarians win out and they take her to the main tent. Leeloo is taken to the center and tied to a massive stake. Mesta and another figure that is tough to make out are also tied up. Mesta looks bruised and shaken, but otherwise unharmed.

Once they are left alone Leeloo asks who with other person tied up, the tattered robed figure moves so they can now see each other and introduces herself as Servina. Leeloo is shocked to find out that after 40 years she is still alive. Servina.jpg Seeing Servina does jog her memory of the symbol these barbarians wear, it’s a crude rendering of the Prelate’s signet. Servina explains that after renouncing her rank and leaving the Sisters 40 Years ago she continued her fascination with the Great Eastern Star Temple and its Guardian. She moved near the Eastern temple and tried to live in harmony with a dying out isolated tribe. Things began well and they respected her, but during the first long night their savagery took hold. She could have killed them, but instead allowed their brutality against her. She did not want to kill them, they needed to be taught and she partially gave in as punishment for leaving the sisters.

Hoping for more success with the next generation she birthed male and even some female babies for years while trying to teach them to resist the Long Night. She like Redora is a Dathomorian direct from Mother Mira’s line and has a 130 year life span. After 30 years of trying to teach them, but only to have each Long Night cycle erase all of her work she gave up on the barbarians and lived alone in the wild. It was during this time that she met the Kwi, the creatures Leeloo has seen in the paddock, and truly began to learn about the Star Temples.

Before Servina could continue two barbarians enter and argue at which one they take first to get ready for Uunt. They choose Mesta and Leeloo screams at the top of her lungs to signal the heroes to attack. They spring to action and move from the safety of the tree line towards the main tent. Corraun reaches it first and cuts an opening in the side. Kelborn and Kal rush in. Corraun shouts for Tala to stay next to him. Kelborn cuts lose Leeloo’s bonds while the guards attack him. The villagers begins arming themselves. Kelborn speaking to Mesta mistakenly calls her Ina and he promises to get her out safely. Leeloo tells her to go with him, but she insists they rescue Servina as well. Leeloo still disgusted by her heretical goals asks Servina if she wants to go with them. Servina thinks on it for a moment and then agrees, but only once the captive Kwi are freed. Kal is holding back barbarians in the tent while Corraun and Tala try and keep them out. Tala is clubbed and dazed, but before she can recover she is knocked unconscious by another brute. Corraun shouts for assistance.

Servina using the force lifts the tents’ center pole weighing over 1000 pounds and shots it to the paddock breaking the fences allowing the Kwi to flee. 250px-Kwi-SWREP24.jpg Kelborn grabs Mesta and jetpacks out of the tent. A few archers fire and a poison tipped arrow breaches his armor. Leeloo follows behind him and see an opening to get away, but thinking about Corraun’s call for aide she decides to go back. Kal using his powerful cyber legs leaps over the heads of several barbarians to get outside as well. Leeloo reaches a surrounded Corraun. Every time he cuts down a tribesmen to make room to flee, another just fills in. Leeloo becomes over whelmed and is grabbed by several men. She tries a mind trick to get free, but too many are holding on. Kelborn angered that Leeloo went back sets Mesta down next to Kal and heads for Leeloo. Servina uses the force to explode the stones of the main structure giving Corraun a chance to scoop up Tala and run, which he does. Kelborn lands and shots one of Leeloo’s captors, but is quickly mobbed by the warriors. Corraun saves Kelborn and gets him to the others, but now a large hunting party returns led by a powerful pale skinned barbarian.

Just when it’s looking its most dire Servina uses the force to create the sound of a very close Malkloc. This distracts and frightens’ the barbarians enough that all let get of Leeloo except one. Using seduction and Jedi Mindtrick she convinces her one captor to stop holding both her arms and caress her instead. As soon as one of her arms is free she uses the force to free her other arm. Angered he tries to club her, she ducks and uses the force to run far from him and to reach the others.

Kal is laying down covering fire while Corraun cuts down the few nearby barbarians. Mesta finds that Kelborn is bleeding to death and field dresses is wounds. Servina catches up as the Barbarians realize there is no Malkloc and it was some kind of trick. Finding themselves between a rock and a hard place the heroes have no choice but to follow the river to the sounds of the water fall to the east. Running over slippery moss covered rocks they dangerously halt at the edge of the waterfall as they look over and see a 160 foot plunge down, seconds thoughts are met by a horde of angry barbarians charging down upon them.

End of session.

Important Introductions & Firsts:
Lost Barbarian Tribe, Ex-Prelate Servina, Kwi.

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Episode 90

During the second day of travel the party enters a bog. Padawan Tala notices a nest of multi-colored Kodashi Vipers in the nearby trees while Kelborn spies the fin of a Kamurith just above the water. Attempting to scare any creatures off Kelborn shots a gout of flame at the Kamurith and log it was hiding behind. Before the others can react they see movement all of around them. Mesta shouts out that they must have stumbled upon a Kamurith nest. The heroes are attacked by a dozen vicious Kamurith defending their home. Corraun move up to hold a line with Kal and Tala. Leeloo is defending Mesta while Kelborn Jet packs onto a rock for the high ground. Kal punches one that gets too close while firing his blaster pistol at another. Tala is swarmed by three and knocked out of her wits by a whipping tale. Mesta goes and drags Tala to safety. Kelborn’s carbine makes quick work of the giant lizards and he doesn’t hesitate to gloat about how many more he killed then the force users.

After the battle Kelborn begrudging allows Kal to treat to a few minor cuts he sustained. They continue traveling throughout the day and make camp for the night. Corraun is concerned about Tala’s ability to withstand the pull of the darkside and accepts Leeloo’s help in talking to the young Padawan. Tala immediately lashes out at Leeloo’s presumptions to impart any wisdom on to her, since Leeloo is a quitter.

The next day of travel is grueling, but with some good decisions and perceptive eyes they avoid any creatures large enough to want to eat the party. That night the tension in the camp is the worst it has been during the trip, nearly everyone is finding and voicing fault with each other. The fourth day proves to be as successful as the last, but the weight of the darkside is beginning to get to Tala and Corraun to a lesser degree. Their luck runs out on the fifth day while in a small clearing they are ambushed by eight vine cats. vine-cat_3.jpg

Mesta is almost immediately knocked to the ground by one of the big cats. To the shock of the others Leeloo uses the force and then leaps atop of Mesta and pretends to paw and bite her. Kelborn is baffled and darts over to help her as she is a sitting duck. To Kelborn’s surprise the large cats ignore Leeloo and Mesta and swarm Kelborn. One claw tear underneath his chest plate and rips it lose as the other two land claw and tooth causing the Mando bounty hunter to lose consciousness. Kal using his blaster rifle with precision kill one of the vine cats atop Kal. Corraun and Tala shout to get the attention of the other six remaining Vine cats. One cat bites Corraun’s hand sending his light saber flying. Tala looking to outshine her new master jumps into the middle of the fray buying time for Corraun to force pull his saber back in hand. With a handful of fresh wounds the party slays the last of their would be predators.

Kal immediately checks on Kelborn and finds he is still alive, but will be out for a minute or so. Tala begins to inspect Kelborn’s armor and Corraun gives her a brief lesson on finding the gaps in the Beskar armor. Kelborn awakes to this and is rather upset. This carries over to his questioning of Leeloo and how she was ignored by the vine cats. She explains her gifts with touching animal’s minds. This gives Kelborn pause and rethinking of attempting to defeat her again on Dathomir.

Even with Kelborn’s armor damaged the group choses to press on. A few hours later while walking the barometric pressure rapidly changes allowing a rolling orange cloud of denser fog to cut its way through the jungle. Moving like tendrils of a spectral hand. Mesta explains this is a rolling poison fog that will burn upon contact to flesh. Just then a murder of Saurian Fliers swarm overhead.

The heroes take cover as they normally do, but this time they are spotted. The 13 Fliers circle in a downward spiral like a tornado of razor sharp teeth and talons. Surian.flier.jpgThe group puts their differences aside and form a circle around Mesta. One by one they swoop by slashing at the heroes and then are nearly 50-feet up in the sky before a light saber can swing at them. Kal and Kelborn work together teaming up to shoot them down one at a time. Leeloo touches the mind of a flier and summons one to land next to her so she may mount it.

A hungry flier grabs Tala by the shoulders and hoists her up into the air. She manages to kick it ineffectually, but Kal and Kelborn shoot it dead and Corraun uses the force to catch Tala before she can hit the ground. This annoys Tala has her master had another flier in range of his saber and should have killed it rather than worry about her, she had it right where she wanted it. Kal proves deadly accurate with his rifle and quickly makes himself a prime target. Corraun and Tala work together as fluidly as they did back on Helios dropping flier after flier. Meanwhile Leeloo is now mounted on a winged beast and begins cutting down Saurians while in the air.

Corraun reaches out in the force and hurls a flier into the ever nearing rolling poison fog. The creature screams out and the darkside attempts to grab root with in the Jedi Knight, but he resists it. The poison fog roll closer in random directions and Kal is caught in it. The remaining flesh on his body begins to burn with great searing pain. The last aggressive flier attempts to grab Mesta and fly off with some food, but she ducks in time and the winged beast leaves empty handed. The fog is getting closer and closer so the heroes run having to quickly turn and maneuver away from the fog. Leeloo is soaring above on her mount giving directions to avoid the fog ahead. Finally the pressure in the area changes and the rolling poison fog heads in another direction.

The party moves a bit further on and sets up camp for the night. The conversation shortly touches on why Kelborn was working for the Neo-Crusaders if he isn’t one of them. Kelborn explains that he is now a bounty hunter and takes all kinds of work. Tala jests that the republic just needs to pay the Mandos to go away then if there are all credit hungry like Kelborn. He remarks that his price for this mission can’t be measured in credits, but says no more.

Leeloo takes first watch while Kelborn works on repairing his armor. While walking around the camp Leeloo notices over Kelborn’s shoulder that he is looking at a holo-locket. It depicts a young girl nine or ten years old and to Leeloo’s surprise she recognizes the girls face. Kelborn senses someone near and quickly closes the holo-locket before turning around. Leeloo does not mention seeing the locket and they talk a bit more in private about what he had to give up to follow his beliefs and leave the neo-crusade after the events on Cathar. Through some prying on Leeloo’s behalf Kelborn mentions that his wife turned him in and he had to leave his daughter Ina behind. He took this mission so that words could be passed on to his daughter so he wouldn’t be branded a traitor in her eyes. [A careful viewer may notice that Tala’s has been slowly moving in her sleeping roll to be closer to their conversation].

Just before the last shift of watch Tala and Leeloo speak and Leeloo tries to make peace with her, While doing so she lets it slip that the Jedi Council almost sentenced Tala to Dathomir as a student, but she was saved by Corraun. Tala was shocked to hear this, she knew some of the knights where jealous of her ability, but never thought the masters saw anything but potential in her.

Just before dawn Tala and Kelborn bump into each other and nearly come to blows again. Kelborn toys with her notions of Mandolarians and feeds all the common republic fears of his people. Corraun unusually sleeps through their bickering, but Leeloo breaks up the potential fight. Tala walks away and into the sun’s morning rays revealing to the viewers she has blood shot eyes and very dark circles under them, all signs of the darkside’s pull on Dathomir.

End of session.

Important Introductions & Firsts:
Dathomir Rolling Poison Fog.

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Episode 89

At the Jedi temple on Coruscant Knight Jax is summoned to Master Felsha after filing his evaluation report on Padawan Tala. Jax reiterates is report that Tala is not a lost cause and has potential with the right motivation and discipline. This is contrary to Master Felsha’s previous thoughts and she assigns the troubled youth to Knight Jax. She also reminds Jax to not lose another padawan so soon.

Knight Jax finds Tala roughing up a group of apprentices and tells her the news. Tala is wonders how long this will last till Knight Jax gives up on her like all of the others. She is briefy concerned when learning their next trip is to Dathomir, the planet for dangerous ex-Jedi. Just before leaving Admiral Edmond Cana speaks with Knight Jax. Cana had just arrived to see his daughter and had learned this morning that Eva was taken to Dathomir. He is upset because she should be getting the best treatment possible on Coruscant. Jax explains that nothing more could be done for her Eva here on Coruscant and the Sisters are her lost hope. Edmond has been denied permission to go to Dathomir himself, by the Republic Military do to the blockade. He doesn’t want to be out of the loop again and to ensure her safety he insists Corraun take along an associate of his to ensure all the best is being done for her.

Kal_HS.jpg Jax and Tala meet a Cyborg named Kal Vanhoven at the Rogue Star. While Knight Jax is inspecting the recent repairs of the ship Padawan Tala wasting no time gives the “flesh droid” Kal orders to take off.

Scene change to Leeloo Stannis leading injured Novice Mesta and Kelborn to the Star Temple. Kelborn makes it to the steps before succumbing to his grievous injuries. Leeloo informs Sisters Lillyana and the Prelate of the Mandolarians presence on the Dathomir and how this one helped kill his partners. Not taking any chances they pull the villagers into the temple and post extra guards. Kelborn is healed enough to be questioned vigorously by Sister Lillyana. He is reluctant at first and overtly rude, severely testing Lillyana’s patience, but eventually is offered clemency for his trespass in exchange for his candor. Kelborn believes the first group was sent to assassinate someone at the Star Temple, he doesn’t know what the second group led by Medrit Spar are up to, only that they took a speeder and loaded two crates.

With the questioning complete Leeloo learns that Sister Shoba believes she can heal Eva Cana with the Star Temples light side amplification, but it would take 10-14 hours. Lillyana insists that Leeloo turn off the temple now, before it is too late. The Prelate does not order Leeloo to do so, but explains that the good of the many must out way the few. Leeloo agrees to immediately shut of the temple and likely removing any small hope for her friend. Leeloo and the Prelate enter the secret heart of the temple and face the strange alien device. The prelate instructs Leeloo that shutting it down will be easier then starting it, she must connect with the device and synergize with the flux of power and then to slowly bring its power down. With great focus Leeloo does this, but nearly immediately the power surges on its own. Leeloo tries again to the point of exhaustion, but the power continues to restart.

Leeloo is given time to rest while Prelate Goldana ponders their predicament. Leeloo wonders if her inability to disable the temple has to do with a small voice inside of her that doesn’t want to turn the temple off and dooming Eva Cana. The Prelate isn’t convinced this is the case, but asks Leeloo to try and eliminate that emotion and to try again. With difficulty Leeloo does try to quiet that last bit of hope for Eva and replace it completely with what is best for the Sisters of the Force. Despite Leeloo’s efforts this does not work and the Prelate seems worried. With nothing else to do at the moment Sister Shoba along with two other sisters begin the healing ritual on Eva Cana.

Meanwhile The Rogue Star is granted permission by the Republic Hammerhead class warship to land on Dathomir. Corraun is concerned to see the red moon Koratas so close to the planet and explains that this signifies the Long Night where the pull of the darkside on Dathomir is at its strongest. Kal roughly makes room amongst the smaller transports already parked in the Diagon Jungle. 830px-Dathomirtcw.jpg Tala feels the oppressive weight of the Dathomir for the first time. Without a proper speeder they take a mule-hauler on board the Rogue Star to the temple of the Sisters of the Force. Upon arriving they see the village empty until a wounded and frightened villager Tisha Browter breaks the tree line. On guard are Andromeda and Sister Varga. Kal moves quickly to check the woman’s wounds and discovers most of the blood is not hers. Tisha and two villagers were out collecting ganaughts from local Amuel trees and were attacked by Whuffa worms a meter in length, twice the normal size. The other two are dead.

Once in the infirmary the three new arrivals see Kelborn for the first time and learn about the Mandolarian presence on Dathomir. Tala pledges to kill seven Mandos herself. They also observe Eva being healed. Stepping out of the infirmary they met up with Leeloo, Lillyana and Prelate Goldana and exchange information. The Prelate is shocked to hear of such large Whuffa Worms so close to the surface and fear it would be related to the trouble with the temple.

Corraun and Leeloo attempt to have a private chat, but Kelborn doesn’t want Leeloo out of his sight and attempts to follow. Padawan Tala steps in his path light saber ignited. Kelborn uses his magnetic glove to draw the pistol at Kal’s side and point it at Tala. Before things can escalate Leeloo and Corraun break it up. Kal, Kelborn and Tala are shown to guest quarters by Novice Vella. Kelborn makes some piggish advances on the attractive and naïve Novice. Kal asks to assist in the kitchens where he meets a young Student Bren Yost and learns some alarming news about what has happened to the students in the past year. While exploring Tala meets Student Ozan who conversationally pumps each other for information. Tala promises to send a message for Ozan to Republic Senator Tyan Duna.

Prior to the next meal period Leeloo and Corraun have a chance to talk about Eva and hopes of her recovery. Leeloo does not reveal her attempts to shut it down before Eva could be healed. Kelborn speaks with Novice Vella again and learns about the Olex and its ability to surprise force abilities. He begins persuading her to provide him with one so that he can save the Sisters against the monstrous Neo-crusaders.

At supper Tala invites Ozan to share a table with all of them; Kal, Kelborn, Leeloo and Corraun. Everyone speculates on what the Neo-crusaders are up to on Dathomir and why they arrived in such a covert manner. The conversation quickly devolves into religious and political debates leading several participants to lose their appetite including Corraun who nearly loses his temper. Tala follows after him seeing that he is upset.

Corraun and Kal return to the infirmary awaiting to hear if it is a success or not. Many hours later Shoba reports they are nearly finished and expect a 100% recovery, but offers to not heal her most recent memories. Corraun brings Leeloo to help decide. Leeloo doesn’t hesitate and says yes, leave those memories behind. Corraun trusts Leeloo’s opinion in this matter. Kal is not so sure. Sister Shoba says it’s not an exact science she’d have to go back to a fixed point like a beacon that Shoba could find. Dathomir leaves it mark on everyone even the non-force sensitive. Like a ring with in a tree, Shoba can find the point of when she was last here and not heal the memories beyond. Leeloo knowing that when Eva awakes she’ll go back to disliking her and in love of Tyan Duna, but none the less convinces Kal to agree. He does, but says he won’t lie to Eva. All in agreement Shoba goes back for the final moments of healing.

After trying to shut the temple off once again without success Leeloo is summoned to meet with the Prelate Goldana, Lillyana, & Helene, Corraun joins as well. After much thought and research Goldana believes the self-re-initializing of the amplification indicates some control from elsewhere. It’s not common knowledge, but this isn’t the only Star Temple on Dathomir. They know of three total, but a few partially translated wall reliefs indicate at least four. Goldana says, “When necessary we refer to ours as the North Star Temple. A sister long ago has placed eyes on to the South. The Eastern temple was found almost 50 years ago by one of our greatest Sisters Lillyana scoffs at this – Goldana gives her a stern look and continues who eventually became our previous Prelate. According to her the Eastern temple is nearly double in size.”
Over the years it was theorized that this great Eastern Temple was the first one built on Dathomir and may hold a connection or even dominion over the others. If true this could be the cause of why it can’t be deactivated here. It was left on too long and triggered some effect to one or more temples.
Prelate says, “We don’t know how much time we have before these tremors turn catastrophic. We need someone to go to the Eastern Temple and see if ours can be shut down from there.”

Lillyana volunteers, but the Prelate says no she must go after the Mandolarians and can’t be spared. Goldana must go herself. Lillyana objects pointing out that she is likely a target. Leeloo agrees and offers to go. Goldana warns this will be very dangerous. Besides the usual danger of traveling on Dathomir the “Long Night” is approaching and the creatures of Dathomir will be more aggressive than ever. Secondly, you’ll recall the teachings of the first days of Mother Mira. When she led them to the Star Temple old history says it wasn’t safe inside. Mira and her two sisters entered alone for 3 days before coming out and reporting it was now safe. What dangers lay inside is unknown. Former Prelate and then Sister Servina never made it inside the temple, she was warned off, by the temple’s guardian.
Historian, Sister Helene says that 50 years ago Servina reported that upon approaching the steps of the eastern temple the ground shook with tremendous force a Whuffa Worm the size of a Malkloc broke through the ground. Lillyana interrupts, “She was a coward and likely grossly exaggerated. Once a quitter, always” Goldana, upset interrupts and says that is enough and excuses Lillyana, who storms out.

Corraun offers to go with Leeloo. The Prelate thanks the Jedi and apologies to Leeloo for having to face such dangers and hold such responsibility. It is agreed they’ll leave at first light.

In the hall Leeloo and Corraun speak to Sister Lillyana and ask about the former Prelate Servina. Lillyana report that Servina left the Sisters of the Force for differences in ideology, specifically because of the separation of men & women. She felt they could use the Temple’s amplification to cure the men of their rage. When that was shot down she urged for a movement to just teach the young boys to control their anger. Finding no support in such a wild idea she shocked everyone by renouncing her position and left the temple. That was 40 years ago.

Eva is awake and Kal feeds her some soup. She is shocked by his appearance, but he insists for her to rest. She is confused as her last memory is getting ready to leave on a salvage vessel and saying good bye to Dathomir. Corraun speaks with her and assures her everything will be alright, but that he needs to leave for a little while. Leeloo is listening from the other room. Before falling back asleep Eva calls out for Tyan.

Novice Vella believing she is doing the best thing for her sisters gives an Olex to Kelborn so that he’ll be protected while hunting the Neo-Crusaders and wishes him a safe return. Shortly after that Leeloo collects Kelborn for the trip to the Eastern Star Temple. Kal feeling that Eva is in safe hands and unable to travel yet agrees to lend his rifle as well.

It is a six day walk to the Eastern Star temple and the heroes are provided a map. Sister Helene sees them off placing Olex on both Kal and Kelborn to protect them from the Long Night in seven days. She provides ones for Corraun and Tala to be used as needed.

A Saurian watches the party leave the temple and enter the Easter Jungle. It flies into the air; beaming scroll of vision back to Night Sister Sy’rie with a Mando setting up a long range holo transmitter from a crate. Redora.jpg Redora’s holo-image comes on and says, “I see the Mandolarians have reached you successfully.”

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Redora asks “How goes the progress on uniting the Barbarian tribes?”

Sy’rie Replies, “The large green Mandolarian has already been successful in killing one of the tribe chiefs.”

Redora says, “I’m not surprised between their training and their near-invincible armor the barbarians don’t have a chance. Now regarding the primary task are you ready?”

Sy’rie tells Redora about Jax and Leeloo’s presence. Redora thinks for a moment and says, “This doesn’t surprise me, it reasonable the Prelate would summon Leeloo to return and turn off the temple, if Goldana could have done it herself she would have by now.”

Sy’rie says, “Does this change our plans?”

Redora pauses in thought “Yes, but for the better. This is what I want you to do”

Scene ends

Towards the end of the first day of travel Kal and Kelborn spot Mesta following them. The entire party is upset at her appearance as they are too far to take her back and unarmed they can’t send her away. Mesta explains she just wants to help and promises not to slow them down.

While looking for suitable place to camp for the night they come across a pack of images0904E17I.jpg Kamurith feasting on a giant egg. While skirting around them they hear and feel the roar of a Malkloc. The Kamurith scatter as the legs of the seven story tall giant lizard crushes trees around them all. In frantic struggle to get out of the way the heroes scatter as the giant’s clawed talons crush everything beneath its steps. The Kamurith lash out with tooth and tail to all when they run past. Leeloo surmises that the Malkloc can smell the egg remains on the Kamurith and they are being targeted, but each step the massive lizard takes could kill any of them.

Tala begins taunting the colossus while narrowly rolling and darting out of its way. Leeloo helps Mesta to her feet and out of harm’s way. Kal is lightly nudged by a moving foot and send flying, fortunately his new augmentations make him harder than normal folk. Kelborn attempting to help Leeloo from charging Kamurith fires his blaster. Mesta warns against shooting, because the sound of the blaster fire is similar to the buzzing a Zugget, which is a man sized winged insect that in swarms harass the Mulklocs. Nearly out of the clearing Kal is trapped with a giant paw in his path. He controls his panic and stands still waiting for it to move and hoping when it does it wouldn’t be in his path. His patience pays off after several heart pounding moments the foot moves and as soon as it lifts Kal makes a run for it.

Kal joins the others and verbally tears into Padawan Tala for being so reckless in a battle. She shrugs it off stating now one was hurt. At camp later that night Corraun dressed down Tala in private about her taunting of the creature. Tala explains it was her plan to get the attention on her and away from the non-Jedi. Corraun tells her to inform him of her plans next time. Tala concedes to if she has time.

Mesta apologies to Leeloo again and thanks her for the help escaping the Mulkloc. Leeloo tells Mesta that being friends with her is dangerous and she should keep her distance. Mesta reminds Leeloo that she is part of a sisterhood and anyone of them would sacrifice themselves for the other. Their unity makes them stronger.

Jedi Jax and Tala must continue struggling against the intense pull of the darkside. The night is alive with distant and not so distant roars and buzzing of the thousands of lethal creatures of Dathomir making it difficult to truly rest for all those except for the two Novices.

End of session.

Important Introductions & Firsts:
Lavahn Tala is assigned to Knight Jax, Kal Vanhoven, Eva is healed but loses her memories back to E.58, see a Mulkloc (lower half) for the first time.

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Episode 88

Jax is called to a small council chamber and meets with masters Dulwen & Felsha. Andor congratulates Jax on putting an end to Savik, Felsha points out that he escaped. “Praise will lose all value and meaning if we give it out for failures.” she points out that Jax is a knight now and doesn’t need to be coddled like a Padawan. Andor gets back on track of the meeting; there is a troubled Padawan that needs evaluation. This Padawan had been deemed a discipline case and incompatible by her first knight Ros Moonwood. She was unassigned and sent back for more training. Recently she was assigned to two more knights, but after a very short time both Knights deemed her incompatible with their style of teaching and found her to be incorrigible.
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Master Felsha says, “It became obvious she would never make Knighthood so I was content to assign her to the archives…This has proven to be problematic as well. Master Andor Dulwen has a theory that her authority issues stem from a lot of respect from life & death situations.”

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Andor says “We want you to take her out on an assignment and evaluate her.” Felsha adds, “And if you find her unsatisfactory & incorrigible a final decision will be made on her status as a member of this order.”

The task was petitioned for republic assistance recently, but turned down as a local matter. It should serve as a perfect opportunity for evaluation. Andor says, “And equally good opportunity to help this small system.” Local pirates of the Palmita System (mid rim) have kidnapped a citizen of Helios, the capital city on Palmita. Apparently the pirate leader has a vast following and sees himself as some kind of warlord. Helios’ local defense force has been unable to retrieve the hostage. You are to assist in the return of the citizen to his rightful place by negotiation or force as necessary. You’ll find Padawan Lavhan Tala in the Library.

In the library Jax meets with Sage Master Ru Bailio.

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Ran_Dayble.jpg Master Bailio directs Jax to Padawan Ran Dayble. Dayble is a 30 year old human Padawan with insufficient force ability to ever achieve knighthood, but like most in the same predicament can serve the order in other ways. He seems relieved to have a break from Padawan Tala. Dayble knows Knight Jax by reputation having read all of his mission records and is a real fan.

Moving through the library they turn a corner of data-stacks and a young Padawan girl leaps down and ignites her light saber, nearly giving Dayble a heart attack, she force pushes him into a stumble and back into a stack just before a blaster Lavahn_Tala.HS.jpg bolt fires past missing him, but damaging a data bank. She begins missile deflecting a floating training pod set on a painfully high setting. Corraun using TK shuts the droid off.

Dayble is mortified at this and demands to know what she was thinking! She replies, “Gayble you told me my cataloging skills were atrocious and that I could conduct private study as long I don’t leave the library, so that’s exactly what I did. I wanted to study missile deflecting so I had a student bring me a training ball, what’s the big deal?” Dayble replies “What’s the big deal? You could have ruined precious pieces of history and knowledge? It’s madness enough to have a training droid in the great library, but why in the world would you have it set nearly on lethal?” She replies, “How else am I am going to learn? You can’t learn Checzon’s odyssey by merely learning the Ryll alphabet. Geesh.”

Corraun introduces himself and with irritation Padawan Tala immediately thinks she is being reassigned to another Jedi Knight who can’t keep up with her. Jax explains that she is tasked to join him for ONE assignment. Battling a battle a warlord pirate gains her attention.

With Eva’s condition on Jax’s mind he chooses to leave immediately and the fastest travel to Palmita would be in a pair of A-wings, a 17-hour trip. Corraun asks if Tala is qualified on starfigthers, which she reports having top scores in simulators and doubts there is a better pilot then her. Corraun asks if she has heard of Leeloo Stannis. Tala replies no, but she doesn’t bother with history of old Jedi from eons ago, but whoever she was the Stannis is just lucky Tala wasn’t around then or even data-worms like Jax won’t have heard about her either. Corraun lets it go and begins testing the young Padawan on all of her decisions including choosing of space craft.

Corraun’s first impression of Tala runs parallel with Master Felsha. Tala is a brash smart-mouthed youth who lacks respect of her betters and is incredibly confident of her abilities and feels she doesn’t have much to learn and certainly not from Knight Jax.

17-hours later they arrive to Palmita and see the lush planet screened by a sparse asteroid field, with very dense pockets. Along with the red-brown moon of Hazempoor, which appears to be colonized. While seeking landing coordinates from Helios to land with the city shield up, they are waved off by the defense force due to a current pirate attack. Right then the two Jedi are fired up by six first generation Star Darts. Piloting Aurek A-Wing fighters in atmosphere proves less than ideal, Corraun tells Padawan Tala to stay on his wing and to fight together. She immediately sets out on her own and nearly one-shots the first Pirate StarDart leaving Jax to pick up he spare and riding her wing.

Lavahn’s overconfidence gets her in trouble as her shields fail early in the fight and she loses her forward guns, which she blames on the techie back on Coruscant. Corraun tells her to stay defensive until her astromech can repair the damage. Instead Lavhan switches to the highly inaccurate proton torpedoes and manages to take out another pirate with a direct hit. Corraun is forced to spend the rest battle blasting StarDart’s off of Padawan Tala’s tail. With the last one destroyed Jax reports back to the Helios tower and speaks with Defense General Saxon who reports that a ground force is attempt to take out the north city shields.

The two Jedi land in time to engage a small army of pirates armed with a few swoops and three low tech land speeders mounted with turrets attacking a shield generator. Corraun quickly takes out the nearest gunner and turns the turret against a second speeder. This causes a small portion of the pirates to turn their attention away from the remaining defense force defending the generator. Jax and Tala fall into an easy banter as they go after the next speeder. Tala now using a turret without any training finishes off a speeder that Corraun started one, but is shot in return.

Corraun disables the last speeder turret, but small arms fire of the pirates are about to destroy the generator. A cheer from the few defenders can be heard when a PT-AT walker arrives piloted by Helios Defense Captain Noel Dulgar. Between Corraun and the walker the pirates flee to their ships, but never make it off planet. After the battle Corraun asks Padawan Tala to identify one thing she did right in that battle and two things she should have done better. Tala states everything she did was right and nothing wrong. Corraun points out her being shot, but she makes a cause that she had to risk herself to save the generator.

The two are given a ride to the Capital and the Ministry building specifically. The city is beautiful, crisp, and clean white buildings with well-dressed citizens about. The Jedi are surprised to learn that the grandest building isn’t the Ministry building, but is actually Dr. Helio’s Science Librium & academy.

They first meet city secretary Edos Omayos, Edos_Omayos.jpg who offends Padawan Tala for being ignored.

They are then introduced to Prime-Minster Linth Polaras & General Saxon and thanked for their aid today.

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They mention the pirates have never been so bold to attack the city, only grain & supply shipments until five days ago when Helios’s most gifted mechanical engineer was kidnapped; Hersh Fivven, a young man age 17, a true savant with machines & parts. Hersh was out in the field with a repair team working on an upgrade to the city’s shields when the Madoon pirates attacked killing the team and taking Fivven. No word of ransom yet. Helios Defense General Nei Saxon speculates a few theories for the abduction: 1) Ransom, 2) Using his skills to improve their star ships and vehicles, or 2) He believes they may be forcing Fivven to tell them a weakness in the system, the general doesn’t know of one, but if anyone could find one it would be Hersh. Corraun asks more about these Madoon pirates. Omayos explains their planet’s history:

Palmita started as a small human colony 420 years ago. Perhaps 2,000 years ago a massive asteroid collided with Palmita’s only moon Hazempoor leaving an asteroid field causing regular meteoroid showers and thus the need for city-shields. Hazempoor was found to be rich with Flamidium and was their only export. This income allowed the planet to flourish. A penal colony was established on the moon and the prisoners offered shorten sentences in exchange for mining. The released prisoners were not welcomed back to the planet proper and many started new lives on Hazempoor as miners. Over the next few hundred years two separate societies formed; the Palmites and Hazempoorans. On Palmita the Helios family laid the ground work for alternative resources other than Flamidium.

Using their family funds bought terra-formers to transform the formerly arid planet into a highly profitable agricultural world. They eventually named the capital city after the family. This spawned a self-reliance and cultural and scientific boom. The Helios line continues today with Victros Helios a premier scientist. This also ended all claims to the Flamidium mines on Hazempoor. All was well for a long while with the societies separate, but eventually with the galactic need for Flamidium declining so did life on Hazempoor while cities like Helios continued to thrive. Starting ten years ago Helios started charitable aide to Hazempoor, food, education and medical clinics.

According to prime-minister Linth Polaras these charitable acts caused the Hazempoorians to resent the people of Helios, which has grown over the last few years. This opened the door for a Pirate called Jom Madoon to raid them and seek shelter on Hazempoor for likely some percentage going to the Hazempoor elders.

The meeting is interrupted by the appearance of Dr. Victros Helios who walks in like he owns the place and instantly puts the Prime-Minister and General on edge. V.Helios.jpg He asks what the commotion was about this morning. They are surprised that he doesn’t know the city was attacked. Learning this Dr. Helios hardly responds to the news. Upon meeting the Jedi and learning they are here to retrieve Fivven he wishes them success as Fivven is a triumph of his. Lavahn tells them not to worry this is any easy task. They learn that the pirate attacks today came from a dense asteroid cluster that they commonly use to hide in. The Jedi head to the military building to get a loaner star fighter as Tala’s is still damaged.

They meet Capt. Dulgar in the flesh who lends Corraun his personal craft.

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They reach the asteroid cluster and find a large modified freighter guarded by well hidden StarDarts attached to floating asteroids. They are quickly surrounded, but Corraun forces Lavahn to stay her hand and not attack while he radios their identity and wish to negotiate. To the Padawan’s surprise the ships are called off at the last moment and they’re allowed to board the Crescent Moon. Upon landing they are surrounded by agitated and nervous pirates. Lavahn nearly gets them both killed when she makes a nervous pirate jump just to put fear in him. They are met by the pirate first mate Bloc and he demands them to turn over their lightsabers. Lavhan is unwilling to part with hers, but finds a way to negotiate keeping it. Corraun notes that Tala is cool under pressure, but to a degree of being reckless. They are taken to the bridge and meet Pirate Captain Jom Madoon. Jom_Madoon.bmp

Tensions build on the bridge when they see Hersh Fivven as prove of life, he appears terrified. Madoon loses his temper when Lavhan admonishes them as kidnapping pirates. Jom tells them his side of the story. Madoon is a native Hazempoorian and over a year ago got suspicious that his people started going missing and the only common factor was during the time of Helio’s charitable services. Madoon believes they are exploiting his people and taking the fringe members of society that won’t be missed. With no proof the small collection of elders of Hazempoor did not believe him and did not want to risk the coveted aide of Palmita. Madoon lost a child 10 years ago and this hit a personal cord with him so he found likeminded brothers and started pirating Palmita in hopes of stealing enough for his people that they won’t need to accept the “aid” any longer.

A week ago Madoon’s men were spying on the shield generator upgrades planning a daring night raid of the city, a quick grab and go. Madoon reviewed the reports and spotted Hersh, his son who went missing 10 years ago and was presumed dead. The next time Hersh left the city he was rescued. They killed his guards; there wasn’t any innocent repair workers. Hersh is also not just gifted by skill with machines, but his eyes and portion of his brain were modified to allow him to see in the electrical magnetic spectrum, metal machine parts practically sing to him and he can build almost anything in his mind first or find a single part with in a pile of thousands. Jax and Tala witness his eyes change under stimulation, like nothing Jax had seen before.

His birth name is actually Atticus Madoon not Hersh Fivven Hersh.jpg and he was one of the first batches of subjects stolen from the moon Hazempoor for Victor Helios’ secret experiments. This has led him to be very shy, reserved and socially awkward. Hersh’s mind was doctored to believe he was in an accident as a child and saved by Dr. Helios.

Corraun speaks to Hersh/Atticus in private who doesn’t remember anything before ten years ago, but only wants to serve the greater good. Repeating that Doctor Helios says all must serve the greater good and that Dr. Helios is a great man designing the future. Through questioning Corraun and Lavahn read between the lines and hear enough to believe this young man was experimented on and an innocently believes what he was told. This situation of being kidnapped and then told he has another name and a father has made his slight mental disorder even more distinct. Madoon says he will make Dr. Helios and the Prime-minister pay for their horrible crimes. The two Jedi vow to handle this matter, Jom says if they don’t then he will.

Back on Helios they sneak into the Science Librium and Corraun is nearly given a heart attack by some of Lavahn’s actions, but finds them although unorthodox and infuriating they are helpful. They eventual set off alarms and using non-lethal means disable the guards. Eventually they reach a secret office of Dr. Helios and find his hand-written journal with over 190 years of entries and the most recent entry about a new dawn of evolution nearly at hand.

The lights in the room go out and a door opens to a laboratory. They enter to find a mad-scientist’s lab with a dozen blue-green fluid tanks with floating nude bodies with in.

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The room is occupied with four private guards and Dr. Helios. After some brief banter back and forth Helios admits he did kidnap and experiment on Atticus Madoon and that he was one of his first true successes. Many of his early works could not hold the cellular changes and they would break down into a pools of goo. He explains that as a young man he did not believe in a god or single creator, he knew of the force, but understood it’s nothing more than an element of the galaxy and he was never in awe of it. Like radiation from a star.

But through science he found what he calls a god-gene with in humans that allows for unlimited genetic change and potential. When he first tried to reveal this terra-shattering discovery he was thought to be mad and forced to hide his discovery. After finding ways to prolong his own life he sought to unlock this potential in humanity to become gods and to do so before the other seemingly physically superior races of the galaxy turn on humans. He notes that experimenting on species is over, he has unlocked the perfect genetic code and design the next wave of evolution motioning to the tubes, and he has become a creator of life. He has created the dominate species in the galaxy. Soon he will be ready to unleash his perfect Nu-men and secure the galaxy under one pure scientific mind. The two Jedi having heard enough offer the doctor to surrender. He tells his guards to decontaminate the room.

The guards although not members of the Nu-race are enhanced and deadly accurate with their blasters. Padawan Tala eager to prove herself chose to fight alone and pays the price. Corraun carries the majority of the battle until Helios begins to unleash a Nu-man from one of the tubes. He/it is confused when stepping out of the tank until called by Victros to make eye contact with its master and hearing the words _”I am Victros Helios the first, I am your creator obey me!”. It eyes’ focus and Helios tells it to kill Corraun.

Corraun delivers what should be a mortal wound to the Nu-man, but his organs have been moved around and modified, he also quickly regenerates damage. The only saving grace is that it appears to have not been given combat training yet. As another vat is about to open Tala leaps to cut down Victros while his back is turned, but moving with lightning speed he turns around and catches her by the throat and tosses her across the room.

Fighting alone Corraun sees that their limbs don’t regenerate at least not quickly and decapitates the first few released Nu-men. Having enough Dr. Helios cycles through the wall tubes, revealing many more than just the dozen seen upon first entering, until he finds a specific one. He tells Corraun he planned from resistance and made a warrior caste. This Nu-man is massively muscled and grabs Corraun with inhuman strength and begins tear Corraun apart with brute strength that would put a Wookie to shame. Lavahn gets back on her feet and makes Corraun ask for help, but after doing so delivers a devastating blow (Critical hit) taking the monsters’ head off at the shoulders.

By now six Nu-men are released at a time, but just before Helios can take control of them which would spell the end to Jax and Tala, Corraun uses the force to hold Victros’s head upward. The doctor fails to break free or be able to make eye contact, but manages to use a free arm to hit a control panel, which swivels a wall panel console he was at carrying him out of the room and breaking Corraun’s line of sight. Corraun realizes a self-destruct has been set and they run into the first room, but the lift is locked in place. Corraun shuts the lab doors hoping it will be enough when Lavahn left alone at the lift shouts that it’s now unlocked, a lucky break and only a master slicing could override it so quickly. They jump in and escape the worst of the blast.

Epilogue

Although Victros Helios is presumed to have escaped he no longer has his unlimited wealth and cart blanch support of the government after Knight Jax exposes Dr. Helios nefarious plot to a shocked Prime-Minister and Defense General. They both are reluctant to believe, but the evidence will be found in the rubble of Helios’s secret labs. Jom Madoon is satisfied with Jax’s report of the government not being involved. Corraun says good bye to Atticus and offers him aid through Jedi counseling to try and overcome some of his mental trauma. Corraun instructs Lavhan to uses the 17-hour flight home to write a report of their mission. She scafs and points out that she’s kind of had a busy day and earned some rest time. Corraun insists and she tells him to dream on.

17-hours later they arrive on Coruscant and during the speeder ride back to the temple from the star port she doesn’t mention anything about a report only that she is well rested. Just as they are parting she stops and mentions that the seat was uncomfortable so she couldn’t sleep the whole trip and got bored. She tosses him a data disc and walks off. Corraun goes to his room and reads her report before writing her evaluation to Masters Dulwen and Felsha.

Padawan Lavahn’s report is short, but not so sweet, (with a breakfast club-feel). It’s only a few passages with verses like “I proton torpedoed a pirate star ship. I destroyed a land speeder before it could destroy a shield generator.” Corraun is unsurprised reading this. Even though he had only spent a day with her he felt like he understood her, but is disappointed as it appears she did not learn anything from the trip. The short report concludes with a small conceit mentioning how “We saved the day”.

Corraun turns off her report and stares at a blank screen to write her evaluation…and perhaps decide her fate.

End of session.

Important Introductions & Firsts:
Jedi Sage Master Ru Bailio, Padawan Ran Dayble, Padawan Lavahn Tala officially introduced, Hersh Fivven/Atticus Madoon, Helios Defense General Nei Saxon, Victros Helios and premier scientist, Prime-Minister Linth Polaras, Secretary Edos Omayos, Jom Madoon, PDF captain Noel Dulgar, Pirate Ger Bloc, & Nu-Men.

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Episode 87

Opens with Leeloo alone in the cockpit of small transport. The view port shows Dathomir and the red moon Kractas very close to the planet. To the left of the screen is a Republic warship. Leeloo is awaiting authorization to land. The com crackles back with permission granted. Next scene Leeloo lands at the small star port in the Diagon Jungle. The weight of the darkside is felt and heavier than last time, looking up at the moon Leeloo can see the Long Night will be starting soon, maybe a week or two. She carefully loads a medical status tube with Eva onto one of the two parked speeders. Arriving at the Star Temple of the Sisters of the Force she drives through the village around it which smaller as the population took a drive, but it has been repaired. Parking at the steps Leeloo spots a dozen or so village women in a formation practicing thrusts with spears instructed by Andromeda the statuesque woman with fiery red hair.

At the temple steps Leeloo is greeted by Lillyana and Sister Varga. Lillyana is surprised by Leeloo’s special cargo. Novice Mesta assists taking Eva to the infirmary, but Leeloo will need to explain herself to the Prelate. Walking down the halls Leeloo is getting a lot of interest and whispers from Novices and Students. While walking up steps to the next level Leeloo feels a slight quaking under her feet.

Meeting w/ Prelate Goldana, Leeloo explains why Eva is here. There is some resistance from Lillyana blaming Republic Senators for posting a warship pointing at their planet. Prelate explains why Leeloo has been called home. The Star Temple has been active for all these months since the schism, it has given the sisters the defense they needed after all the casualties, but a week ago a faint humming in the walls turned into occasional tremors. Having the temple active for so long had never been done before so the Prelate decided to turn it off till needed again. She tired the way it was passed down, but it would not turn off. The tremors have grown as the Long Night approaches. Only Prelates are supposed to turn it on/off, perhaps the problem is that Leeloo turned it on and she needs to turn it off. They want Leeloo to do it right now, but if she does before Eva is healed then perhaps they can’t help her. The Prelate compromises and allows Sister Shoba to examine Senator Cana first. Leeloo explains to Sister Shoba about her Eva’s injuries. This will take some time. Due to Leeloo’s emotional state she is asked to leave the infirmary.

Leeloo walks about the temple and speaks with Toma who says her test is schedule after the Long Night passes and if Leeloo is around long enough asks if she would help her practice. Leeloo confides her disappointment in not being able to save her friends and is torn on what she’ll do should the prelate demand she turn off the Star Temple before Eva is healed.

Leeloo parts and has a quiet moment in the honor hall where she first pledged to become a student and where Redora revealed what was done to Neiri Laa. The quiet is broken as a handful of novices ages 8 to 15 including Mesta Mesta.HS.jpg gather and start asking her questions about what the galaxy is like out there and if it is true that she can speak with animals and even Rancor just like Mother Mira. Leeloo attempts to deter their imagination of what else is out there and that they should be pleased to never leave Dathomir.

By then Lillyana who has been observing steps in and to remind Leeloo that she is still just a Novice gives her a boring assignment. The supply ship has arrived, she is to take the speeder, get the supplies and to take Novice Mesta with her. Mesta is excited about it. They hop into the speeder with a list of goods to receive. When racing along the road, Leeloo detects danger a split second before a blaster bolt disables their speeder. Leeloo is able to fully grip the yoke of the speeder, but it is still sends them off the path into the dense jungle, with great skill she avoids being wrapped around the first few trees, but the speeder is getting torn up and hits the smaller trees into a crash.

As the dust settles and the speeder is toast, Leeloo spots two blue Neo-Crusaders advancing on their position. Mesta’s leg is broken and the bone is sticking out, no way can she flee. Leeloo sneaks into the jungle and ambushes the two mandos. In a few seconds she decapitates the first one and finishes off the last one. Before she can catch her breath more mandos step into the jungle from the road. Two Blue Neo-Crusaders, one with a long rifle slung over his shoulder, a silver armored mando later referred to as Alveric Cob and 3.Kelborn1.jpg a another metallic mando with many modifications to his armor including a jet pack. One of the blue crusaders recognizes Leeloo as Little Wind of Death. Cob gives the order to work together to slay her quickly.

The tricked out mando with the jet pack commands them to halt, angering Cob. In basic he challenges Leeloo to a battle and if she wins then both her and the injured girl my go free. The battle is fast and intense. Leeloo’s light saber and skill against the mando’s beskar and armor gadgets. Having trouble bypassing his armor Leeloo uses the force to hold him in place, but using raw strength he breaks out and nearly cleaves her in half with his beskar sword. Eventually Leeloo lands a devastating blow between his armor plates. Leeloo sets up a finishing strike as Cob gives the order to kill her. The downed mando tells Cob to stop she has defeated him and to let him die and for Leeloo to go free. Cob switching to basic calls the defeated mando a boarhound who is a traitor to his people, they have a mission and Leeloo is in the way. Leeloo prepares herself for battle against the three standing mando’s and possible the fourth on the ground, but is surprised with the mando on the ground uses a swing line on his gauntlet to get to his feet and line up a gout of flame from his other gauntlet. This strange mando asks Leeloo if he may use his former beskar sword lying at her feet. Although a bit confused she agrees. He reaches out an empty hand, the glove activates and magnetically pulls the sword to him. Cob and the strange Mando square off while Leeloo battles the two crusaders.

Leeloo dispatches her two while the honorable Mando slays Alveric Cob, but not without suffering severe wounds himself. The last standing mando holds out his beskar sword to Leeloo hilt first and acknowledges her right to kill him as he lost the combat. Leeloo takes the sword and thinks about killing him. She is confused by his offer to die and his actions turning on his brothers. The mando makes it clear that they did not honor is duel and were no brothers of his. Leeloo refuses to kill him in this manner, but she can’t just have him killing her when she turns her back. He introduces himself as Atin Kelborn and that should the day come when he can kill her, he’ll be facing her, she’ll be armed and know it’s coming. He declares that he wishes to learn how to defeat her and until he does and is a better warrior he will not allow anyone else to kill her and take that from him.

The scene changes to a flashback. Kelborn is on a bounty hunter assignment working with a colleague Davon Ort. Davon_Ort.jpg They are both overlooking a fortified walled structure with a bounty inside. The bounty is Ivan Larm a former account for the Osaji syndicate until he stole a fortune from them. He has been on the run since and used some of his fortune to hire Nova mercs. Ort discovered his hide out, but needed Kelborn as the muscle.

Kelborn uses Ort’s swoop as a distraction causing it to remotely collide with the fortress from one side as they sneak up on the wall of the opposite side. They meet medium resistance on the walls, Ort is nearly killed, but Kelborn pushes him out of the way of a blaster bolt and takse the shot himself knocking him off of the four-story wall. Ort holds his ground till Kelborn rockets back onto the wall shooting down the rest of the mercs. Kelborn slices open the interior sec door and manages to reverse the camera feed to see the tunnel is clear. Inside the fortress they are met with overwhelming odds and even though they kill over a dozen guards and droids they are both captured and knocked unconscious.

Kelborn awakes to find the Nova mercs have stripped off of most of his gear except one gauntlet and his helmet. While the guards are fighting over his gear a short distance away Ivan_Larm.jpg Ivan and the Nova captain are standing over the unarmed and assumed unconscious Bounty Hunter Kelborn. Just then he uses his magnetic glove to rip the carbine out of the captain’s hands and fires at his jet pack in the mist of the arguing guards. This explosion kills the guards while Kelborn shoots the captain with his own carbine. Shocked Ivan surrenders to Kelborn. Ort awakes in time to see Kelborn overcome the impossible and offers to lower his cut of the bounty.

In a later flashback following the Larm bounty Kelborn is sitting alone in a cantina. A pretty green twi’lek dancer saunters over to him and offers a private dancer, he is annoyed because he paid the bartender a little extra to not be disturbed, but apparently the extra cred only fueled his greed. Next a patron walks out of sight into the hall and a moment later stumbles backward onto the ground and rolls off to the side as a group of Mando Neo-crusaders walk in. Six blues and one red armor. The normally harden crowd becomes fearful. The new comers scan the room and one of the blues look at Kelborn’s table and says “Hu’tuun” before approaching. The red armored one steps up and after a moment of silence takes his helm off and sits down. Kolba_Leos.jpg He greets Kelborn. His name is Kolba Leos and is a former friend of Kelborn before going all in with the neo-crusaders. He asks how life has been out of service to a greater purpose? A blue one chimes in spitting the word ”Aruetyc” at Kelborn, but Leos quiets him down. Leos tells Kelborn he has a chance to serve his people once again. They have need of a covert task and Kelborn’s operational knowledge of Republic barricades would be useful.

Kelborn refuses to work for the Neo-Crusade movement. Leos says, “Many back on Mandolare believe you a coward or a traitor. This could be a chance to earn your place back.” Kelborn still refuses stating that he is a true mando and the crusade is an abomination. Leos retorts ”Maybe you don’t care about what some of the clans think of you, but what about your daughter? How long has it been since you left her? All she has to hear about you is from these other clans and no one to speak up for you. Take this small assignment and I can honestly tell her that you have not forsaken your people and Mandalore.” He pulls out a small pocket holo device and says, ”This was taken only a month ago.”

Kelborn reluctantly takes the job. The mission is to get a team of mandos onto a planet in the outer rim that is guarded by a Republic Navy warship. For reason that aren’t told to Kelborn this must be done covertly. He is to get them passed discreetly and off again once they mission is complete.

Next scene is a transport outside of Dathomir waiting for permission to land. A fat human male is in the pilot’s seat, sweating nervously. He looks over his shoulder and there is Kelborn standing in the shadow pistol drawn. With relief the pilot is waved through. As the ship is moving forward the camera pans over to the back of the ship and down into a smugglers hold revealing glimpses of several Mandolarian helmets. Once landed the viewer sees the smuggler hold open and few mandos reading weapons and moving about the ship. Kelborn has the pilot unconscious and in restraints. Alvric Cob asks why he didn’t kill the pilot and blue neo-crusader calls him ”Hu’tuun”. Kelborn explains he didn’t kill the pilot because he’ll be needed for clearance off this planet. Kelborn gets settled in to stay onboard the ship, but Alveric Cob insists that he comes along as he isn’t trusted to stay behind on his own.

The scene changes again and we see Cob, Kelborn & four blues armored Neo-Crusaders walking down the jungle trail. They hear a speeder in the distance and take cover. Not wanting to risk anyone finding the tied up pilot the mando with the long rifle fires at the speeder, which manages to skillfully recover a bit and not crash in a fiery explosion. Cob sends two Neo-Crusaders to see if there are any survivors, while the rest wait to see if anymore speeders are coming.

Ending the flashback we return to Leeloo and Bounty Hunter Atin Kelborn. Novice Mesta is healed enough for slow travel. Leeloo questions Kelborn on why the Mandolarians are here on her precious Dathomir. Kelborn is reluctant to answer at first, but acknowledges that slaying these Mandolarians has already ruined his job and since he has no love for whatever despicable trouble the honorless Neo-Crusaders are up to he decides to share what little he knows to the Little Wind of Death Leeloo.

There is another group of mandos on the planet. A group led by Medrit Spar who took his team in a speeder in a different direction. Kelborn explains he was only tasked with getting them on the planet unnoticed by the Republic Military. He did over hear that Cob was supposed to find something called the Star Temple. Kelborn believes Cob’s mission could have been one of assassination hence the long rifle.

Leeloo still struggles with letting Kelborn live, but she had met one other Mando Jorbe Barlor that she could trust and decides to let him live for now and leads the three of them on foot through the dangerous Diagon Jungle to the Star Temple.

End of session.

Important Introductions & Firsts:

Novice Mesta, Alvric Cob (Deceased), Atin Kelborn, Davon Ort, mention of the Osaji syndicate Nova Mercs, Ivan Larm, & Kolba Leos.

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Episode 86

Corraun collects the Night Wasp Gunship previously confiscated from the attack on Senator Eva Cana while Leeloo enlists Boyd’s help for a more direct assault on Roost. Following logic they assume Roost Canden is located in the penthouse of the Lorell Tower. Boyd pilots the gunship up to the mirrored window and opens fire weakening the plas-steel window enough that Leeloo piloting a speeder can crash through. The speeder crashes into an opulent bedroom suite and right over a pajama robed Roost Canden in a giant sunken bed. Leeloo displaying an amazing feat of piloting stops the speeder in time to block the door from Roosts’ many guards. Both Corraun and Leeloo leap forth covering the blackmailer with their light sabers. The guards in the main room try desperately to get in. Roost calls out announcing that its Jedi attempting to capture him unknowingly causing Guard Captain Wen Santilli to execute special instructions from Savik to have Roost killed instead of captured. Wen activates three DM-400 LT droids placed in a small side rooms to fire upon Roost. Leeloo and Corraun deflect these shots while moving Roost to the gunship. Once all three are aboard Boyd takes off avoiding a few devastating parting shots. Safely away Roost promises to exchange information for a ride off planet.

According to Roost Savik has lots of beautiful homes and strongholds on Coruscant that he could be hiding in and he is always telling his men different locations, like a shell game. But Roost found out that a week ago a large chunk of his physical wealth was moved to a relatively small operation post in the Undercity. Small not in size, but from a financial perceptive. It’s a gang tertiary ruled by the Swoop gang called The Menagerie. The gang was assembled from the most vicious members of the swoop gangs Savik conquered during the Disruptor War. Members include: Mynocks, Razor Boars, Swipers, Grimloks, Blastards and more. They run drugs, gambling, extortion and protection rackets. Roost believes Savik is fortified deep in Coruscant’s depths because he’d want to be close to his liquid funds incase his enemies smell blood in the water and come after him. It’s also a huge place to hide and where authorities couldn’t get to without him knowing first. Sector Sub HG-M866. The sector is ripe with the criminal dregs of Coruscant. He has the entire sector filled with criminals and scum, all martialed by the swoop gang called The Menagerie. CSF wouldn’t go down there without an army. There is said to be anti-vehicle turrets littered about the sector to shoot down speeders.

Roost doesn’t know specifically what building Savik is hiding in that sector, but no one has laid eyes on him in over a week, so he is likely held up somewhere there, till the dust settles.

Roost also reveals that he doesn’t believe Savik gave the order to kill Eva Cana, although he did order for the Rear Admiral Alstin’s attack. The heroes find it doubtful and sent Roost off world. Wasting no time Corraun and Leeloo head down to Undercity to find the hole that Savik is hiding in.

Corraun asks around or a few hours in this dangerous hive of villainy and learns of a specific location of a large storehouse that has had a lot of extra muscle around and late night shipments. Unknown to the three heroes they have been watched while asking around. Once insight of the address all of the holo-grams previously advertising your choice of vices switch to images of Corraun, Leeloo and Reegan and announcing that Jedi are currently here in Undercity and offers a bounty of 100,000 creds for each of them. All the dregs of society step out for a chance at being rich.

With the jig up Leeloo and Corraun make themselves targets to allow Boyd to get to the door and slice the security lock. Dozens and dozens of scum open fire. Leeloo makes it across the block first to kill the door guards. After the first one falls the second shoots the door lock fusing it. Boyd unmolested makes it to the door, but warns he’ll need a full minute to repair the lock and then open it. With half the city after them Leeloo and Corraun make a stand. Every several seconds more foes show up including; Savik’s personal guards, mobile turret teams, Menagerie Swoop gangers and a few Advance Security droids. Leeloo is overwhelmed and shot in the shoulder sending her sailing off of a building. Corraun manages to use the force to move her to a small ledge to recover while all attacks redirect to him. He stands his ground for as long as possible, but it’s too much, eventually a shot lands stunning him. Fortunately Leeloo gets back in time for Boyd to open the door and Corraun recovers. The three enter a small vestibule and reach a private turbo-lift. They take it down 16 stories and dispatch a small group of muscle guarding a second lift.

That lift opens to a large store room containing Savik’s custom Verpine space ship The Terric and the bulk of his physical wealth. Cado Reave and Savik are present along with his two hunch-backed bodyguards. Savik and Corraun exchange a few words and mutually agree to end this feud once and for all. Boyd gets an opening shot off on one of the Kerestian turned Borg body guards before being occupied exchanging fire with Cado Reave. Leeloo and Corraun square off with the creepy silent bodyguards. Teaming up they manage to slay one of the Borgs, which causes Savik change his strategy and board his ship and flee.

Boyd is winged by Cado and then shot up by Borg 1. Leeloo leaps over to Cado Reave and promises he’ll suffer for what he did to Eva. Corraun holds the last Borg off to a standstill, but just as The Terric is about to leave, it leaps onto the vessel. Corraun gives one last ditch effort to stop the strange thing, but only manages to tear off its baggy robes. Its body is revealed as a thin bone like limbs and narrow waste leading up into an oversized torso. Meanwhile Cado is a wounded a few times by Leeloo before being bested and surrendering. Leeloo makes it clear that she’ll not accept his surrender and he must pay with his life. Corraun objects and Leeloo tells him that Cado violated Eva and she nearly took her own life because of the fear and shame. Corraun nearly loses control of his emotions at learning this, but collects himself and talks Leeloo down from her rage. She decides to maim him in such a way he could never violate another woman, but Corraun blocks her strike causing Leeloo to walk away and check on Boyd who she finds dead of his wounds. Corraun knocks Cado unconscious.

Episode Epilogue:

The heroes capture two swoop bikes and take Cado and Boyd’s corpse to the safety of the upper levels. Cado is turned over to the CSF. Leeloo returns to Eva’s side to contemplate Cado Reave’s capture and her decision to let him live. Meanwhile the frenzied Undercity gangers learn Savik fled from Coruscant decide to scavenge his left behind fortune. Word on the street spreads quickly about two Jedi taking on everything Undercity could throw and them and killing one of Savik’s frightening guards. Without Savik’s iron will holding all the pieces of his empire together it quickly breaks apart into many small fragments. Even a day later word is that this defeat of Savik has emboldened the Hutts to seek recompense again Savik which should keep Savik in hiding for the near future.

Back at the temple Corraun and Leeloo are standing in silence before the comatose Eva Cana, modern medicine and the Jedi have done all they can for her. She will either awake or not. Tension has been thick between the two old friends since Corraun stopped Leeloo’s blade. The silence is broken as priority a holo call message is received by the Jedi temple and replayed for Leeloo. It’s Prelate Goldana calling for Leeloo to return home immediately. Leeloo is surprised by the call to return home, but it gives her inspiration. There may be only one place in the galaxy that can promise better healing then from a Master at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. The Sisters of the Force on Dathomir while the Star Temple is alive with the amplifying power of the light side of the force.

Leeloo announces her plan to Corraun who agrees its Eva’s best, last chance. Corraun not waiting for an invitation says that he’ll join them on Dathomir as soon he can, but has one thing be must do first.

Important Introductions & Firsts:
Roost Canden, Roost Guard Captain Wen Santilli, The Menagerie, the death of Boyd Dorne, the death of Savik’s Kerestian Borg #2, Cado Reave is arrested and Savik retreats from Coruscant.

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Episode 85

The episode opens with Corraun, Alliya & Muller combating Rear Admiral Alstin’s Spector Squad. Corporal Muller receives a mortal wound while Corraun is slashed by the Spector Captain’s sword and stunned. Alliya manages to pull Corraun to cover giving him a chance to regain his feet. Back to back Corraun and Alliya cut down the Spector Squad leaving Alstin alone with a pistol to Commander Corcer’s head. Alstin demands Corcer to give him the encryption code. Corcer begins to whisper something when Alstin leans in close to hear Corcer bites off a chunk of his ear, about to pull the trigger Alliya shoots at Alstin, but Corraun deflects both Alliya and Alstin’s shots and captures the Rear Admiral alive.

Grin Alstin is furious and declares he was doing what is in the best interest of the republic. Savik’s credits has funded several necessary off the book ops that keeps the Republic safe. His Specters are needed now more than ever with the Mandolarian threat. And all he had to do in exchange was pull strings to keep Savik’s activities off the military’s radar. While being turned over to military police Alstin shouts “Who cares if he is killing other criminals, we have a galaxy to protect!”

Emlik Corcer and Alliya thank Corraun for his help and they owe him one.

Later that day Corraun is summoned, while still battle worn, to meet with the High council. All members of the High council are present, Vandar is in person. Master Felsha leads the topic of discussion.

[Felsha] “Knight Jax has taken it upon himself to pursue a criminal named Savik Falo here on Coruscant and in doing so has been causing much havoc in the process.”

[Vandar] “Savik Falo, heard this name before I have.”

[Felsha] “Yes this council was forced to concede to a promise of non-interference per an arrangement made by young Jax here.”

[Vandar] “Forgotten I have not, but learned your feelings of the matter I have.”

[Andor] “It’s rumored that since Knight Jax’s last encounter with Savik a year ago Falo has grown vastly in power and rules all of crime on Coruscant.”

[Doe-nar] “What is the purpose of this discussion? Apprehending one criminal should not be so difficult.”

[Felsha] “Apparently it is, Knights Jax and Centari along with Leeloo Stannis has been attempting for a few weeks now. Showing little more from the endeavor than property destruction and putting Master Oadi’s healing arts to the test, repeatedly. I believe Knight Jax nearly lost his connection to the force from a Ixetal Cilona incident.”

[Master Kodo-Toa] “I’ve read the same reports as Master Felsha. With some success there has been more failures risking not only the lives of two young Knights, but embarrassment to the order. The republic is on the precipice war and perhaps an even greater threat then the Mandolarians, we do not need to stir an open war with hutts and the criminal underworld.”

[Vandar] “Hear from Knight Jax we should, elsewise why here is he.”

Knight Jax pleads his case mentioning how much of a danger Savik is to the republic and that he is very close to capturing him, he just needs more time. The masters deliberate for a few minutes and give Knight Jax 48 standard hours to capture Savik.

Late that night The Rogue Star returns to Coruscant. A medical team is waiting at the star port. Eva is taken to the premiere hospital on Coruscant while Reegan also unconscious is taken to the temple by Boyd. Corraun recovering from his wounds sees Reegan come in and speaks with Boyd. As soon as Corraun learns of Eva’s critical condition he rushes to the hospital. The doctors confirm Eva is stable, but will continue with the chemical coma of the Kolto tank hoping for her to awake on her own in a few days. Boyd has already called her Father and he’ll be coming to Coruscant. Boyd still injured is placed in an adjacent room.

Back at the Jedi Temple Master Odai do all they can for Knight Centari, but her wounds are too severe and does not survive surgery.

Leeloo checks her messages left by Lady Klaw and sets up a meeting for the next day. Corraun and Leeloo meet Lady Klaw in a closed down Cantina. Lady Klaw is uncharacteristically late. She briefly apologies, but it couldn’t be helped. Leeloo serves Lady her favorite cocktail a Comet’s Tail. Corraun shares his concern over the deal and Lady Klaw nearly walks, but reassures Corraun that she would not ally with the Mandolarians and just wants to go back to her old ways. Corraun agrees for the Jedi to leave her be in exchange for information leading to Savik’s location. She gives them a data file on Roost Canden and says he’ll know how to find Savik, if giving the right incentive.

Lady Klaw also provides another bit of info, something she just learned, which was the cause of her being late. Apparently Savik is tying up loose ends, a kill order has just been given on Eva Cana and Rear Admiral Alstin. Leeloo and Corraun race towards the hospital. Corraun calls the Military Police captain he turned Alstin over to yesterday and learns that strings were pulled to have him tried under civilian law and he is being transferred to CSF custody right now. Corraun wrestles with splitting up to stop both attacks, but instead goes with Leeloo to help defend Eva.

Just moments after arriving to Eva’s room a Night Wasp Gunship pulls up outside of her window containing seven AR-9 assault droids who open fire into the room. Leeloo deflects as many shots as possible, but Eva’s Kolto tank is destroyed. Corraun and Leeloo move Eva out of the room, but the gunship tracks them using infrared and nearly destroys the building around them. They are forced to leave Eva with a Sec guard and take out the droids. After using the force to knock several off of the gunship they leap aboard and cut down the rest. The droid pilot goes into evasive maneuvers and manages to throw Leeloo off, but she manages to control fall-glide to safety.

Senate guards arrive to help escort Eva to the Jedi temple for healing and her protection. Leeloo and Corraun set out to scope out Roost Canden’s location at the Lorell Tower on Coruscant. Learning that Roost has a hunger for courtesans they attempt to gain access under that guise, but learn that his guards are too professional and they have to retreat and form a new plan.

Important Introductions & Firsts:
Rear Admiral Grin Alstin is captured and then kidnapped, Corporal Muller is killed. The death of Reegan Centari. Night Wasp Gunship, AR-9 assault droids, Corraun makes a deal with Lady Klaw.

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Episode 84

With a plan in place to put an end to KR-1’s reign of terror Reegan, Leeloo and Eva leave the safety of the personnel quarters and decent to Sub Level 3. When reaching Sub Level 2 they decide to stop to scout out the Battle Testing room. They find it locked without power, but at least know where to go now. Cautiously moving about Sub Level 3 they stop at a security room door and Reegan starts to slice the lock. Unseen by our heroes above lying in wait on the ceiling is KR-1 camouflaged with excess conduit and piping materials. It narrowly misses grabbing Leeloo before leaping down. They make a split second decision to split up and run. Eva and Leeloo down one hall and Reegan another. Enjoying the chase KR-1 follows Eva and Leeloo. Moving and fighting Leeloo keeps the killer droid busy while Reegan locates the components to get full power back to the station. Leeloo dodges the razor sharp Cortosis buzz saw and deflects its sustained vehicle grade beam weapon just long enough for Reegan to restore power and buy time for Eva to get to the stairs. Once the power returns the automated turrets activate attacking everyone. This buys are heroes enough time to escape Sub level 3.

A day earlier back on Coruscant Corraun has been attempting to get ahold of Commander Corcer for two days covertly with no response. Corraun in hooded robe is standing outside of the military HQ on Coruscant debating with himself if he should go in and speak with Corcer under a false pretense when he feels his pocket being picket. He catches the slender wrist of a shrouded woman. He recognizes the woman Alliya Varen, Alliya.JPG she is holding a small data-note, but now caught she says we need to talk. At the end of the street is a speeder waiting, get in it.

At the end of the street is a speeder with a young clean-shaven man, once in the speeder jets off. Using anti-shadowing techniques eventually stops outside of a diner where Alliya gets in and the speeder takes off once more.

Corp.Muller.jpg She introduces Corporal Noel Muller, a soldier that Corcer had plucked right out of the academy. She explains that Corcer hasn’t shown up to work in three days. The top brass that he has ticked off are considering him AWOL. The last she heard from Corcer he was working on a promising lead of who in the military may be working for Savik. She got worried when Corraun was attempting to reach him with no response. Their speeder stops in a mid-zone apartment building. Alliya continues stating she started checking his safe houses, specifically this one today. She leads Corraun to a low level door. Alliya explains there was no answer earlier so she sliced the lock and when doing so discovered it had been expertly sliced previously.

Inside is a retractable wall bed, a table, chairs, dresser by the door, refresher & closet. Looking closely reveals some signs of a struggle: the dresser has been moved. A coffee stain on the floor near the table, a docking station on the table, but no terminal. And lastly a small smear of a blood on the floor like someone struck in the face and then thrown to the ground for handcuffing. Corraun pieces together what Alliya learned earlier…someone with great skill captured Corcer and took his data terminal.

Inside of Corcer’s closet they find a pair of boots covered in a rust-brown powder. It must have been recent as a career officer wouldn’t leave his boots un-cleaned for long. Corraun recognizes the dust which it is a waste product of refined Flamidium. Flamidium is an element used in ignition systems of older star ships and hi-heat industrial incinerators. Properly processed Flamidium releases a gas that while under pressure can slow burn at temperatures exceeding 10 mil degrees. Fusion engines of today have made this element almost obsolete. It’s only used by antiquated ships. In another 20 years it’ll be completely useless. Some research reveals there are only three Flamidium plants on Coruscant.

Checking ownership records they discover one belongs to Rear Admiral Grin Alstin. This alarms a normally calm Alliya she explains that RA Alstin is responsible for inter-agency relations. It’s a very innocuous title for the man who oversees the training and operational command of contracted operatives who are given the dirty tasks that the republic military would never want traced back to them. It’s real shady stuff. They pick the recruits, arm and train them in hunter/killer, infiltration, exfiltration and interrogation ops. All without any ties to the military. His personal team is called Specters. They set out to the Flamidium plant.

Jumping scenes back to the Rogue Planetoid the Heroes are moving slower deflecting the auto-turrets, but not destroying them so they can harry KR-1. They make it to the Central Control Room, but are welcomed by two Havoc Cycling Turrets. These turrets prove to be much more of a challenge as their cycling barrels allow for a longer firing and are nearly impossible to destroy as the barrels are only exposed while firing requiring perfect timing to strike. Taking up precious time they finally destroy both turrets. Reegan goes to work on slicing the lock. They hear the sounds of auto-turrets one this floor heralding the coming of KR-1. Reegan gets them into the control just in time.

Reegan removes the safety protocols off of the battle testing room and while turning the security camera’s back one finds a directory of the base’s logs, but doesn’t have the time to read them. With no eyes on KR-1 the three exchange ideas of how to lure it into the battle testing room. Leeloo reluctantly agrees to Eva’s volunteer of being bait. Reegan and Leeloo inter the battle room while Eva paces outside. Sure enough KR-1 leaves a hiding place and stalks Eva, she sprints to the room, but is grabbed just outside of the door. Reegan uses the forces to pull the both of them into the room and hurries to the control panel to activate the battle testing room without any safety protocols, which seals them all in.

Back on Coruscant Corraun, Alliya & Muller reach the Flamidium plant. Exploring the perimeter they find evidence from markings in a Flamidium dust mound where Corcer must have been conducting surveillance and seen something that made him leave in a hurry. Further exploring they spot a Specter soldier atop a building. Corporal Muller with a blaster rifle in hand claims he can make the shot. Alliya tells Corraun that Muller is trained as a sniper, but never field tested. Muller takes the shot and gets his first kill. They stealth to the door and Corraun using tactile telekinesis begins to rip the door of its hinges. It takes a few moments, but finally breaks away.

Grin_Alstin.jpg Inside they see Rear Admiral Alstin holding a blaster to a badly beaten Emlik Corcer. Alstin says he still needs Corcer to tell him the encryption code to his data-slate and then gives his Specter Squad the command to kill the intruders. Corraun bounds into the room to draw fire. Alliya moves into cover while Muller fires from the door. It’s a brutal battle with Alliya exchanging carbine fire with a Spector heavy weapons specialist atop an elevated platform. Corraun lends a hand by using the force to throw the big armored man off of the platform allowing Alliya and Muller to finish him off. The Specter captain engages Corraun with a vibro blade and manages to sweep Corraun onto his back allowing a few grazing carbine shots to land. Back on his feet Muller takes out another soldier, but is winged.

Back in the battle testing room KR-1 throws Eva at Leeloo who decides to stand still absorbing the blow rather than letting Eva slam into the wall. The battle test room set at maximum does not disappoint. Auto-turrets, spinning clawed armatures and battle droids descend on the heroes and KR-1 alike. Reegan is stunned by a glancing blow Leeloo defends her long enough to get back on her feet, but an auto-turret seriously wounds Eva. As the melee continues in a fevered pace Eva is shot once more while unconscious, neither Reegan nor Leeloo can find a pulse on the young Senator. Fed up Reegan and Leeloo take the fight to KR-1 who has his deflector shield down from the peppering of fire. KR-1 is knocked to the ground by a spinning armature and severely weakened by their light saber strikes an auto-turret disables the crazed droid. Not taking any chances Reegan performs and cupe de grace with her light saber. Both Leeloo and Reegan feel a strange ripple of force expel the now lifeless metal shell.

While trying to get to the panel to turn off the Battle Testing room Reegan is struck by an armature and knocked unconscious. Moments later an auto-turret targets her landing bolts across her thigh, shoulder and left head tail [Reegan loses a Force Point]. Leeloo also struggles to survive and is thrown across the room, but recovers in time to reach the panel and using the sequence taught to her by Reegan, shuts down the room. The turrets’ barrels glow orange from heat and the droids shut down where they stand.

Leeloo manages to stabilize Reegan, but is still unable to find a pulse on Eva. She removes the auto-surgeon unit Eva found earlier and sets it to work. It tries multiple times to get her heart going again without success. The auto-doc asks if it should continue as brain tissue damage may already be irreversible. Leeloo tells it to continue. The small machine jabs electrodes into her chest strait to Eva’s heart and gives one last jolt. Her heart jump starts and remains stable.

Leeloo goes to the garage floor and finds a pile of hyperdrive motivators. As she is preparing to suit up and walk back to the Rogue Star for help Boyd arrives. He got concerned after the trio were gone for so long and came looking, the repaired Rogue Star is parked outside.

They get Reegan and Eva into the small med bay on board and Leeloo gives orders to return to Coruscant.

End of session.

Important Introductions & Firsts:

Corporal Noel Muller, Rear Admiral Grin Alstin, Havoc Cycling Turrets, Specter Squad, Destruction of KR-1, Lost Force Point from Reegan Centari, Eva Cana enters a medically induced coma.

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