Knights Without Solace

The Story So Far Final Part
A recap of events in the campaign thus far

Episode 7 – Amongst the Wreckage

With the Shadows of the Jedi shattered above Ord Mantell, only two survivors remained amongst the wreckage of the Imperial Dreadnought: an unconscious Dathan Gavalon, kept alive by his environmentally-sealed armor and Benjen Codo, still alive within his damaged Y-Wing fighter.

Dathan came awake as Imperial Extra-Vehicular Operation Troopers attempted to collect him. Caught on the wrong side of their blasters, Dathan attempted to defend himself in zero-gravity, but was nearly outmatched.

Luckily, Benjen and R2-M4 were able to pick up the distinctive signal of the cybernetic comlink implanted in Dathan’s skull. Tracking him through the spinning wreckage, Benjen scoops Dathan out of the fracas, and the pair of them jump to the nearest safe place in the Cabur’s databanks: Dantooine.

Jumping to Dantooine, Benjen is forced to come in for a crash landing, as the Cabur suffers the ravages so recently visited upon the Mynock. Surviving the crash, Benjen, Dathan, and M4 travel to the restored Khoonda outpost, where they are welcomed by the droids which they so recently repaired.

Spending a few days at the revitalized outpost, Benjen and Dathan eventually manage to salvage the Cabur, and arrange off-planet transit with PHOENIX operatives. A freighter working for PHOENIX arrives, picks up the men, droid and salvage, and takes off for the secret Ghost Base in the Cron Drift.

Traveling at lightspeed, the heroes are waylaid by a mysterious bounty hunter, who tractored several planetoids along the route from Dantooine, apparently hunting for Benjen and Dathan. After a deadly chase, the heroes escape from the Mandalorian mercenary, and return to the Cron Drift.

There, they spend several months recovering from their ordeals. Psychological counseling is combined with training, as the SpecFor Program started by Admiral Bel Iblis utilizes Dathan’s Stormtrooper training and Benjen’s Clone Trooper experience to better fight the Empire.

Several months pass, amongst the secret PHOENIX fleet and at Ghost Base, before Benjen and Dathan are brought together again on an urgent mission for PHOENIX

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The Story So Far Part 4
A recap of events in the campaign thus far

Episode 6 – The Odds Against

After returning to the Ghost Base in the Cron Drift from the Dathomir system, the crew of the Verdant Mynock spent some time decompressing. Deciding to attempt to upgrade Dathan’s equipment, the Mynock charted a course for Ord Mantell, where a shadowport at the Bright Jewel System’s edge had previously offered rare components.

Unfortunately, the heroes underestimated the effect the “Shadows of the Jedi” had had on Ord Mantell. Only having been away for a few weeks, the heroes were shocked to discover the Emperor’s right hand, Darth Vader, still commanding an Imperial fleet of “peacekeepers” in the system.

Hailed by an Imperial Dreadnought, the Shadows of the Jedi decided to play their cards close to their chest and surrender, planning to pretend to be merchants traveling to the Ord Mantell junkyards to trade salvage. Unfortunately, the Mynock’s (and Cabur, Benjen’s Y-Wing) distinctive markings and the crew’s distinctive appearance and mannerisms were a dead giveaway, and a fierce combat broke out in the tractor bay between the heroes and the entire Stormtrooper compliment of the Dreadnought.

The toll was heavy, with heavy fire downing Bryn Renton and Kerik Novahr within the first few seconds of combat.* As Davad attempted to ward off the Stormtroopers, and Dathan attempted to lay down covering fire, Benjen desperately boarded his fighter and threatened to unleash his proton torpedoes in the unshielded interior. This gambit was answered by the Dreadnought leveling it’s boarding cannons on the ship, and the resulting exchange of fire destroyed the Verdant Mynock AND gutted the Dreadnought, causing an explosion which filled the skies above Ord Mantell with Dreadnought debris, taking a great toll on the life beneath.

The destruction of the Mynock spelled the end for Davad Khall, Bryn Renton, and Kerik Novahr, but the heavily armored Dathan Gavalon was blasted clear, left alive in the void due to the environmental sealing on his battle armor. Additionally, a last ditch effort by R2-M4 to raise the Cabur’s shields ensured the survival of the Y-Wing and it’s pilot, but much had been lost in the exchange…

*Kerik’s heroic rearming of Dathan using the Force was unfortunately not enough to save him as Davad, who had flushed his lightsaber down the refresher to attempt to hide his Jedi identity from the Empire, stole Kerik’s newly made lightsaber to save his own skin.

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The Story So Far Part 3
A recap of events in the campaign thus far

Episode 5 – Rebel Dawn, Part Two

As the doors to the Verdant Mynock’s dock opened, a mysterious white- clad Human woman appeared before the Shadows of the Jedi. Unleashing a furious assault that left Dathan, Bryn, and Benjen on their backs, only the sudden appearance of Davad Khaal and Kerik’s quick thinking saved the group from annihilation at the hands of the lightsaber- wielding warrior.

Escaping from StarForge Station, Davad informed the crew of the Mynock of his encounter with a Rebel group named PHOENIX, led by renegade Corellian senator Garm Bel Iblis, and their offer of protection. Jumping to the Xagobah system, the crew agreed to aid PHOENIX in it’s anti-Imperial activities on the Outer Rim. After spending a few weeks recovering, the crew decided to investigate the crashed Chuun’thor supposedly crashed on Dathomir during the Clone Wars.

Travelling through hyperspace to the system, the crew quickly found the downed Jedi city-ship…or, rather, the remainder of it, crashed into a tarpit. Beginning an expedition into the crashed ship, the group found the going dangerous, encountering hostile native creatures and a particularly cruel native humanoid that wielded the Dark Side of the Force.

After a day’s exploration, the crew returned to the Mynock for a rest (and some much needed anti-venom!) Upon returning to the Chuun’thor, the group was engaged by a large group of Human women on flying beast- back. Preparing for another battle, the group found that the women were, in fact, sent to stop the heroes entrance to the downed Jedi ship.

The leader of the group, called the “Bright Mountain Clan”, explained the situation on Dathomir: the matriarchal society was ruled by Force- using witches, who swore to use the light side of the Force for the good of all Dathomiri. Apparently, however, during the Clone Wars someone called “Darth Tyrannus” had reintroduced the dark side to the Dathomiri after centuries of suppression, which had led to a great war between light side and dark side witches, plus Republic and Separatist forces in orbit. This civil war ended in a truce with the defeat of the Nightsisters, who were banished to the Pit of the Harbinger to sequester their evil power from the rest of Dathomiri civilization.

Part of the agreement of truce, however, was that neither side attempt to plumb the deepest secrets of the fallen Jedi craft (which had already led to the introduction of firearms and other innovations), and neither side take on stellar patrons as happened after the Chuun’thor’s fall. Despite the Shadow of the Jedi’s tenuous claim to the downed ship, they were turned away, although the aged elder of the Bright Mountain Clan, Lagardix, promised to contact Davad and Benjen should the balance fall any further out of whack.

Departing Dathomir, the Verdant Mynock met up with PHOENIX forces in a secret base hidden in the burning vastness of the Cron Drift. There, Admiral bel Iblis tasked the crew with their first official task for the rebel group: recovering information on prisoner transports to the legendary Imperial prison at Stars’ End. Teaming up with another rebel group, the Justice Action Network of Alderaan, PHOENIX agents had managed to slice top-level Imperial datarchives and discover the flight plan, defenses and escort layout for one of the gulag’s transports, whose navicomputer would almost certainly have directions to the prison-fortress.

Unfortunately, agents of the Imperial Security Bureau caught up with the spies transporting the valuable datatapes and blasted the ship to bits near Sernpidal. Fortunately, the rebels were able to destroy the ISB ships before they abandoned their ship, and were able to bring the last known coordinates to PHOENIX.

Setting out for Sernpidal, the crew of the Mynock were able to use the advanced sensors on board Benjen’s ship, the Cabur, to locate the null- box containing the stolen datatapes. Unfortunately, they also encountered an ISB battlegroup. After a vicious dogfight, the Mynock’s new turbolasers proved to be more than a match for the Imperials, and only a handful of them were able to escape. Gathering the datatapes, the group set course for the Imperial slaveworld of Dosuun.

Arriving there, the heroes snuck in, and sought out their contact for the tradeoff. Unfortunately, the paranoid Imperials proved to be somewhat more than a match for the Mynock’s espionage talents, and a fierce battle ensued with vicious Imperial Stormtroopers attempting to reclaim the datatapes. After a fierce running battle, the heroes were able to hand off the information, return to their ships, and escape to the Dathomir system, slightly the worse for wear…

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The Story So Far Part 2
A recap of events in the campaign thus far

Episode 3 – Shadows of the Jedi

Utilizing R2-M4’s survival skills and directions from the local Savrips, the crew of the Verdant Mynock finds themselves just a bit too late to a cache of Old Republic weaponry from the Clone Wars. A plan is hatched to distract the legion of Stormtroopers and engineers: while Benjen and Davad distract the Imperials, Kerik and Bryn would sneak around to a pair of deactivated blaster turrets and pour fire down upon the Imperials. Unfortunately, the Stormtroopers turn out to be far more observant than the privateers hoped for, and a vicious firefight ensued. As Kerik and Bryn rushed from hiding spot to hiding spot, the two Jedi leaped out and engaged the Stormtroopers at point- blank range, while Dathan poured fire down upon them from a concealed ridge. Benjen, meanwhile, was able to convince one of his clone brethren to, at the very least, hear him out as, incredibly, the ragtag group of heroes routed the Imperials.

Laying claim to the huge cache of weaponry and armor, Kerik suddenly discovered that, in fact, most of the Imperial presence on the planet had just fallen to their ambush. Sending the word out far and wide under the handle “Shadows of the Jedi”, spacers and people from all around the Bright Jewel System arrived to (for a very slight surcharge) take as many blasters as they could carry.

Celebrating their victory over the Empire’s tyranny, the crew bet heavily upon Bryn Renton in a dangerous podrace, the Mantellian Ship Graveyard Run. Renton, pushed to the limits of his not inconsiderable skill, won the deadly race by a hair, and the crew took their winnings to a local shadowport, Darkveil Eclipse, to spend it on much wanted upgrades and equipment.

While Dathan and Bryn subjected themselves to cybernetic implants (Bryn at a high cost thanks to a loan from a Bothan called the “Gray Vigo”), Benjen (also with the Vigo’s help) purchased a Koensayr Y-Wing and upgraded it to the rare “Longprobe” variant.

A few days later, however, the two Jedi were struck by a sudden feeling of impending doom. An Imperial Star Destroyer had jumped into the Bright Jewel System, Lord Darth Vader at it’s helm, for the purposes to crushing any rebellion against the Empire. Leaping into the Verdant Mynock and Benjen’s Y-wing, Cabur, a fierce chase ensued as the Empire attempted to capture the rebellious Jedi.

Just barely escaping destruction at the Empire’s hands (Davad literally at the mercy of Vader’s dark power), the heroes left Vader with one last gibe before jumping to the Dantooine system, a challenge to the Dark Lord of the Sith and his malevolent patron…

Episode 4 – Rebel Dawn, Part One

Arriving in the obscure Dantooine system, our heroes, crew of the Verdant Mynock and primary shareholders of “Sotj Inc” escaped the evil Galactic Empire and decided to hide on the farm planet for awhile. Remembering Pre’durf the Bothan’s mention of a “Dashade female” on Dantooine ordering the groups death, the crew decides to relax until the bi-monthly Dantooine market, when the ranchers and farmers of the planet meet with merchants and convoys to trade for much needed offworld supplies.

Davad, however, leaves on his own quest, lead astray by a random encounter.

Spending some time fixing up the former planetary capital of Khoonda, the crew made new friends in the droid keepers of the outpost. XT0-2, an aged protocol droid, and a gang of four K9L hovering maintenance droids, abandoned since the Clone Wars, had continued their duties to the Khoonda outpost even as the Republic and, eventually, even the Empire left the planet be. Upgraded and repaired, the droids served as assistants and aides-de-camp while the crew stayed at Khoonda for two standard weeks.

After two peaceful (aside from an encounter with a Mynock spawn- sphere) weeks of training and puttering, Dantooine’s sky filled with intragalactic travelers and the ground around Khoonda sprouted tents and plasteel QuikHuts for a bazaar. Keeping track of the Corulagi yacht Scalpel and it’s escort, the crew was able to find the source of the assassination attempt on them back on the Wheel: three human rakes and their Dashade bodyguard in the employ of a mysterious Hutt of Nar Shaddaa. Slicing into their HoloTrans message capsule, the Shadows of the Jedi discovered that they had been deemed too dangerous to pursue by the Hutt, apparent patron of the “Roulette Group”, and were ordered to avoid conflict. This order was put to the test as our heroes initiated a showdown with the Core World dandies, ending in an uncomfortable admission of stalemate on the organ pirates’ part.

Meanwhile, interesting trades were made with the Dantooinians: Kerik, awakening to his nascent Force-sensitivity, purchased an old, broken “glow-rod” from a native, while Benjen acquired an old intelligence report from Jedi Master Quinlan Vos detailing the fall of the Jedi city-ship Chuun’thor at the height of the Clone Wars over the mysterious planet Dathomir.

The Chuun’thor, which trained many Jedi over it’s long history, had once toured the Unknown Regions on a hundred standard year mission of peace on the behalf of the Old Republic. Indeed, Benjen and Davad’s Jedi master, the late Merrikana, was found on this trip and began her Jedi training thereon.

Loading up on Dantooine vegetation, food-stock, and farduukan adaptation tablets for easy consumption, the Mynock followed a hot tip to the planet Clak’dor VII, homeworld of the round-headed Bith. The tip proved accurate as the crew discovered (after an encounter with a group of space pirates) that the Bith were desperate for food after an Imperial fleet destroyed both it’s military forces and enforced a blockade over the planet. Managing to make a hefty profit and spread some goodwill, the heroes took a short interest in bounty hunting before deciding that, for the moment, such a trade was not for them.

Searching for information on the mysterious planet Dathomir, the crew decided to head for the shadowport in the StarForge Nebula which Bryn and Kerik once frequented. A short trip later, the crew found themselves chased by an Imperial Dreadnought, dispatched to the area to find the shadowport and shut it down…violently. One tense, cat- and-mouse chase later, and the Verdant Mynock made it’s way to the hidden StarForge Station.

There, the crew questioned a famous Wookiee explorer as to the location of Dathomir (greased by the excellent contribution of a fried side of nerf by Kerik) and upgraded the Mynock, fielding a double turbolaser in place of it’s more conservative laser cannons. After some misadventures on the station (including the acquisition of some prize gear for Dathan and Benjen), Dathomir was located, the ships rearmament completed, and the crew set out for the dock…

Only to find a group of Imperial Inquisitors waiting for them. Armed with lightsabers and trained in the dark side of the Force, these human thugs’ knowledge of the crews’ identities and threats on behalf of a mysterious “Inquistor Freyd” lead to a bloody confrontation. Only the Shadows of the Jedi were left standing after the battle, but a dark pall fell over the valiant heroes as the last Imperial fell…

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The Story So Far Part 1
A recap of events in the campaign thus far

Prelude One – The Omen

DAVAD KHAAL, a renegade Jedi apprentice, and BENJEN CODO, an experimental clone trooper trained in the arts of the Jedi, hide on the lost planet of Wayland. Housed in an ancient Republic hospital, the two apprentices and their master, the Nagai MERRIKANA, assist the local crystalline Myneshri primitives against their rocklike Psadan aggressors, practicing their Jedi Bendu far from the eyes of the evil GALACTIC EMPIRE.

Their refuge is shattered by an Imperial probe droid, scouting Wayland for unknown purposes. Spurred by Davad’s powerful precognitive ability, the three flee Wayland before the arrival of a powerful dark force. Deciding the jump for the nearby Besh Gorgon system and take advantage of a pirate port Merrikana is familiar with, the three find themselves in deep trouble when their transports hyperdrive scrams out just as they jump to lightspeed…

Prelude Two – The Life-Takers

Spinning through hyperspace, Davad and Benjen struggled to keep their antique HAAT/h transport in working condition while Master Merrikana, powerfully allergic tot he Cronau radiation released by hyperjumps, falls ill.

Managing to keep the transport together, the two Jedi are forced to bid farewell to their erstwhile Jedi Master, fatally injured by exposure to the poorly-shielded hyperdrive. Granting them her lightsaber, the Acolyte, and a wish that they return it to her homeworld in the Unknown Regions, Merrkana becomes one with the Force.

The transport emerges some three parsecs off from it’s mark, and drifts dangerously through space. In a stroke of seeming luck, the ship is found by a light freighter, which offers assistance. The price for this aid, however, turns out to be higher than either of the Jedi are willing to pay, however, when the spacers turn out to be Ubese organ pirates. Fighting their way onto the pirate’s ship, the two Jedi are disabled and placed in ancient kolto tanks. There, they use their Jedi skills to escape, and are united with another captive, DATHAN GAVALON, a mercenary soldier with a grim past and cybernetic enhancements. Together, the three are able to defeat the Ubese in a bloody skirmish, and turn the freighter towards The Wheel…

Episode One – Turns of the Wheel

Two new players are introduced as BRYN RENTON, a Duros smuggler, and KERIK NOVAHR, a Zabrak slicer, are freed from Imperial prison by Praay Secrund, servant of the mysterious crime-lord known only as “The Senator”. The pair, who had recently botched a smuggling job for the Senator, are given a second chance…gather a team of mercenaries to undertake a mission of deepest secrecy, and all would be forgiven. Keeping Novahr as collateral, Renton is sent forth onto the axial section of the famous resort-port “The Wheel” to gather the group and save his friend. Renton takes the obvious first step of getting completely poo-doo-faced at a local watering hole.

Meanwhile, the pirate-ship “Heart-Shaped Box” arrives at the Wheel, crewed by a pair of renegade Jedi and a cyborg with revenge on his mind. Making themselves at home on the Wheel, the group sells of the captured property of the Ubese organ-pirates, while Dathan attempts to piece together his scattershot memories of the cyber-doc who sold him to the Ubese. Heading to a local bar, the Blind Nexu, the group encounters a soused Bryn Renton, and witnesses a Draethos doctor, Oyga, talking with a mysterious cloaked figure. Recognizing the Doctor as his betrayer, Dathan pursues the Draethos outside…right into an armed group of thugs. A firefight breaks out, involving Dathan, Davad, Benjen and the inebriated Renton. Our heroes make short work of the Draethos and his thugs, claiming from them an encrypted datapad, and leaving sign that the group that battled the thugs was, in fact, the Ubese slain just one standard day before.

Only Benjen notices a scantily-clad but hooded woman watching the conflict and slipping away.

Davad, Dathan and Benjen, seeking to ditch the “Heart-Shaped Box” for a more seemly conveyance, join Bryn for a meeting with Praay Secrund’s second and third in command, the Wookiee Gerrsharkal and the Human Cres Linshuld at the Flaming Ronto (though not before stopping for some tasty Bothan noodles and yet more thugs, seemingly from the same source as the ones outside the Blind Nexu). There, they are hired to exterminate a biological hazard that has inhabited Section Z-33 of the Wheel’s axial section. With Novahr’s life at stake, and a brand-new YT-2000 in lockup, the group agrees.

Slicing as best they could into Doctor Oyga’s datapad, the group finds out that his contact for “special deals” like Dathan on the Wheel is a madame named Yod Malkade at the Tickle-Star Salon. That evening, the group is attacked by a pair of assassins and their killer droids. After an intense battle which claimed all the aggressors save one, the group question the remaining killer, a Human male named Frad Teksar who, oddly, only spoke Huttese. When pressed, he offered 10,000 credits and the name of his agent for his life: the local Bothan noodle-cook. True to their word (or, at least, Dathan’s word), the group accepted the blood-money and, with reservations, watched as the hired killer escaped the Wheel, and justice, to kill again.

The day after, the group made their move on Section Z-33, encountering a mysterious breed of “Energy Spider” within, which spun webs of pure glitterstim spice. After a fierce and chaotic battle, the group just barely managed to defeat the blaster-resistant Spice-Spiders and their Queen, escaping Section Z-33 with their lives, their ship, and Kerik Novahr.

However, a mysterious Imperal vessel jumps into the Besh Gorgon system from the direction of Wayland…

Episode Two – Escape to Ord Mantell

The five adventurers, now the crew of the newly christened “Verdant Mynock”, relax after the harrowing battle in Section Z-33. Enjoying the favor of the Senator’s “Rounders Cartel”, the delights of the local “gentlething’s club” the Flaming Ronto, and the sale of much of their hard-earned loot (along with the purchase of an astromech droid, R2-M4), the only question was that of what to do next. Questioning the Bothan noodle-maker Pre’durf, they discover that he arranges muscle for off-station interests, and receives his orders from a Dashade female on Dantooine. Offering aid to the Bothan should the Dashade’s threats towards the Bothan’s family ever become pressing, the group continued on their business.

That evening, as Kerik and Bryn made their way home from some “entertainment” at the Flaming Ronto, they discovered they were being followed by a mysterious newcomer. Despite attempts to evade him, the two found themselves held up at gunpoint in the Docking Bay for the Mynock by…Imperial agents!

Communicating with those within, a tense standoff followed, in which the Imperials, led by an oddly pale Imperial Navy officer and his black-garbed enforces, demanded the surrender of Davad Khaal for “treason against the Empire and membership in the illegal Jedi Order”. A fight broke out, wherein the Imperials revealed that they, much like Benjen and Davad, wielded Force powers! The fierce battle ended in the death of all of the mysterious officers blaster and lightsaber wielding thugs while he, when faced by the Mynock crew’s ferocity, retreated.

Now, however, the Mynock found itself in lockdown, while an Imperial shuttle filled with soldiers docked at the other side of the Wheel. Utilizing Kerik’s elite slicing skills, the group was able to lock down the shuttle and escape the Wheel, but were faced by a wing of Imperial TIE fighters before escaping to hyperspace.

Coordinates set for the Bright Jewel system, where the Mynock crew had learned a friend of Cres Linshuld, the engineer Thredd, would customize their ships on Ord Mantell, Davad, Benjen, Kerik, Dathan and Bryn relaxed before arriving back in realspace.

Drydocking for customization, the group spent some leisure time at Great Rock, a city on the southern part of Ord Mantell’s mountainous eastern Pralscus continent. As Thredd and his crew of modified B1 Battle-Engineer Droids worked on the Mynock, the group searched for work on Mantell, and decided to intervene in the mysterious disappearances of homesteaders in the northern mountain ranges of Pralscus. On the way, they encountered a group of Imperial stormtroopers stationed on the planet. After an intense conversation about the many unlicensed items they were carrying, the Stormtroopers suddenly attacked, leading a brief, vicious battle with only one survivor on the Imperial side, a seeming doppleganger of Benjen. Rushing from that scene, the group made their way into the mountains where, after some investigation, they were attacked by a group of huge, vicious humanoids. Barely managing to survive the vicious beasts, the group followed their sign to a local cavern system, where they discovered a shocking fact: the creatures, called Mantellian Savrips, were actually sentient! Though late bloomers, the Savrips were, in fact, possessed of reason, and had been capturing local sentients to attempt to convince them to stop hunting and eating the Savrips. Brokering a peace between the sentients, the Mynock’s crew was able to free all of the imprisoned ranchers, who thanked them and promised to leave the Savrips be.

In gratitude, the rough leader of the Savrips told our heroes of a local “fortress” where “White-Skulls” (Stormtroopers) were digging up old “lightsticks”...possibly a hidden weapons cache from the Clone Wars…

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