Star Wars: Shards

Episode 2.07 - The Hunt For Silar Mins
One last, best hope ...

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Episode 2.07

The Hunt for Silar Mins

The Westlake was destroyed but its evil legacy lives on. Free from the derelict, the crew of the Banana Republic take the ARC TROOPERS in their cybernetic stasis chambers to the Jedi Temple on Allandor. There they ask for help from JEDI MASTER ANAKIN SKYWALKER.

After a week, the legendary Jedi Master is unable to free the troopers from their cybernetic prison. But all is not lost.

An outlaw tech, a squib named Silar Mins, may be their only hope. Last seen in Port Etmar on Chalcedon, the tech escaped before Droideka Mercenaries led a Reaver invasion of the town.

Master Anakin tells them to go to the world of KINYEN. There they should seek out a particular bounty hunter who can help. A hunter named JANGIR TOTH.

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Episode 3.04 - The Revolving Temple, part 7
Truth and Dinner Guests

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Episode 3.04

THE REVOLVING TEMPLE, part 7

When last we left …

Taking a bold gamble to stop the pit fighting and free the gladiators, the heroes stepped into the ring. Instead of countering the gladiatorial fights and freeing the fighters, they wind up in a pitched battle with Crimson Nova! The fighting exploded out of the arena and into the streets. Before it was done, the battle with Crimson Nova became a full-scale slave and droid revolt!

Using the revolt as cover, the heroes try to cripple Crimson Nova’s operations by stealing their resources and ships and turning this over to the freed droids and slaves.

Now, So’zen Al Saba has cornered Aurra Sing in the Crimson Nova guild house. Alone, with almost all of his senses dimmed, he and Aurra Sing begin their dance of death. Outside, So’zen’s companions race to the guild house to help the young Jedi before it’s too late!

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Episode 3.04 - The Revolving Temple, part 6
Between a grenade and a hard place!

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Episode 3.04

THE REVOLVING TEMPLE, part 6

When last we left …

After receiving a call from N8, the group raced back to Port Nevermore for their ships. Then, tearing through the sky, they arrived at Port Etmar.

The reception was lukewarm. All the locals were suspicious. Some whispered about a ‘Medusa plot’, while others put in a word to the local Crimson Nova guild house.

Undeterred, the group continued through Port Etmar, trusting the will of the Force, information from N8, and seasoned knowledge of how criminal minds worked. Using both, they head for the underground fighting pit beneath a dewback corral.

There they found both N8 and the slaves. In a desperate gamble, the group volunteers to fight in the arena for the lives of the slaves. An ‘exhibition match’. One that is interrupted by the unwelcome arrival of Aurra Sing and members of Crimson Nova.

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Episode 3.04 - The Revolving Temple, part 5
An ancient tale ...

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Episode 3.04

THE REVOLVING TEMPLE, part 5

When last we left …

Rescuing the Bendu temple and the Krayt Dragon proved to almost be the end of the heroes. On leaving, the attackers covered their escape with a strafing run. This destroyed several buildings outside the Bendu temple and was almost the death of Danar Vorpadaran and So’zen Al Saba! Meanwhile Vanya avoided the strafing run but was mauled by a Naboo saber cat!

But the Force was with them, as they survived and recovered. After a brief rest, they speak again with Belshanna, the Bendu mystic about the path taken by the Crimson Knights: to the ancient ruins deep in the Chalcedon wasteland.

They travel across the wasteland and arrive at the ruins on the edge of twilight. As the sun set, night rose, along with the Dark Side. And with it so did the temple at the heart of the ruin. Brick by brick, the temple altered its shape until a Jedi temple by day became a Sith temple at night. Even more unusual, the heroes find themselves surrounded by dozens of the mysterious tentacle creatures. Some dozens of meters wide and long!

Assuming they might be attacked, they bring the vehicles inside the ruin. Then turn to meet the only inhabitant: a reptilian creature dressed in traveler’s clothes and robes. A being who claims to be a guardian of a fantastic and ancient device called an ‘Infinity Gate’. Which seems to be the reason the Crimson Knights were here at all.

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Episode 3.04 - The Revolving Temple, part 4
Battle at the Temple

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Episode 3.04

THE REVOLVING TEMPLE, part 4

When last we left …

After recovering from the fight in Port Nevermore, the heroes took a well earned rest then made their plans the next morning. Thanks to the Collector and his data, they had two locations on the trail of the Crimson Knights: the ancient ruins to the south, and the Bendu Temple in the canyon called the Needle Forest. They chose the Bendu Temple, thinking that they could ask the inhabitants what the Crimson Knights wanted to know.

They arrived at the temple and found it under attack! A mysterious alien craft, the size of a Corellian Cruiser, hovered low over the temple complex. Armored troops were attacking the temple guards, driving them back towards the main temple.

Wasting no time, the heroes joined the fight and made their way to the Bendu Temple itself. There, they met with Belshanna the Bendu priestess. From her, they learned the troops belonged to the same mysterious being called Sargon mentioned by the Collector. They also learned the Crimson Knights were asking about a map and the ruins to the south. Then, the heroes learned about the Kwi Map when the map permitted a copy to be given over to the heroes.

Outside, the battle grew intense as the cybernetic-enhanced Krayt Dragon – that had turned against Sargon’s troops – had attacked the woman in the black armor. Sargon’s forces renewed their assault, intent on taking the temple and what secrets it holds!

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Episode 3.04 - The Revolving Temple, part 3
The Secrets of the Bendu

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Episode 3.04

THE REVOLVING TEMPLE, part 3

When last we left …

The COLLECTOR explained about their common enemy. A being called SARGON. A self-proclaimed emperor in the Unknown Territories of the galaxy. But the truth was hard to take, given the number of bounty hunters that attacked our heroes. Some even sent by the Collector himself.

But before the Collector could explain more, sirens blared out as Port Nevermore was under attack! It was Reavers! The power to the port town died along with its automated defenses! While most of the group ran out to push back the Reavers, So’zen remained behind. Sensing something was wrong, he stayed in the Collector’s menagerie, anticipating a trap.

He was not wrong. Minutes after the assault on Port Nevermore began, Nogri Death Commandos stormed the Collector’s warehouse and began searching through the collection. Using the Force, So’zen determined the Nogri were after a certain set of data chips. He raced to the chip storage vault just in time to prevent a group of spider bots from destroying the data!

Outside the battle against the Reavers was dire. Outnumbered, the heroes bolstered the town’s defenses against an army of Reavers. Until the source of the Reavers was found. Outside the walls, a strange device was generating replicants of Reavers! The heroes moved to get at the device but that was when Nogri outside the warehouse launched their surprise attack. After a hard fight, the Nogri were defeated and the bizarre device that grew Reavers had been shut down.

As Port Nevermore settles back into a quiet night and repair crews work to restore power, defenses and the main gates, the heroes settle in for an evening rest in their ship …

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Episode 2.06 - Six Shot's the Charm, Part 6
The Secrets of the Westlake

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Episode 2.06

Six Shot’s the Charm

Part VI

After striking a shaky alliance with the pirates of the DIAMONDBACK, our heroes raced into action. One group, backed by Captain Ada Pinnock and the crew of the Diamondback, confronted the Spartan Imperium light cruiser, IMPERIOUS. Meanwhile a second shuttle headed for long sought wreck of the WESTLAKE.

Any attempts to bargain or distract the Spartans failed and the battle exploded to life. Meanwhile, Rushlight – using every trick the shuttle ‘Vader’ had – managed to tow the Westlake away from its entrapment in the gravity well of the ruined moon.

In the end, the heroes won the day with their pirate allies. Defeating the Spartan Imperium ships – and causing the implosion of a Spartan interdictor cruiser – they turned their attention to repairs and the goal of destroying the Westlake.

But there is more to the Westlake than a dead ship with mysterious secrets. Speaking with the Wind, Rushlight determined there was life aboard. Five ARC troopers, considered lost since the fall of Kamino, lay in stasis deep inside the Westlake. But so does a gigantic swarm of hyper-intelligent mynocks. A swarm larger than has ever been recorded before.

Now, our heroes are set on rescuing the lost troopers before they destroy the Westlake and its treasure trove of mysterious secrets. Once they determine a way aboard and then past the mynock swarm!

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Episode 3.04 - The Revolving Temple, part 2
A Common Enemy

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Episode 3.04

THE REVOLVING TEMPLE

Part II

When last we left …

Our heroes arrived in the CHALCEDON SYSTEM right in the face of a REAVER assault. Fighting them off, the Kilo’s Star and the Razorback make their way to PORT NEVERMORE on the outlaw world of CHALCEDON itself.

Planetside, they separate, looking to learn more about the Port and its inhabitants. In particular about the Bounty Hunter clan that brought them there, information on the outlaw tech Silar Mins, the Collector, and the strange rumors about missing people in the desert. People that are found later with no memory of what happened.

With more pieces than puzzle in front of them, they accept the invitation to meet at last with the mysterious COLLECTOR. Tucked away in a corner of Port Nevermore, the heroes pass through some of the Collector’s items. Then, at last they meet the being himself. Who suggests they have much to discuss.

Now, in a simple sitting room, the Collector begins his explanation by telling them they have a common enemy, one who is in the Unexplored Territories and goes by the name Emperor Sargon …

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Episode 2.06 - Six Shot's the Charm, Part 5
Nothing a little upgrade won't fix!

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Episode 2.06

Six Shot’s the Charm

Part V

When last we left, our heroes had found what they were looking for and bonus trouble to spare!

After giving the Spartan Imperium the slip and Rushlight slipping the alien parasite from his spine, they set to work disinfecting the survivors of the Malamadre.

The survivors lived but their parasites didn’t. Except for the one recovered from Rushlight. To their surprise – and Rushlight’s irritation – the parasites turned out to be sentient. The ones aboard the Malamadre were in fact part of a group that were on the run from the Spartan Imperium. It names a hidden lab on a Tombworld in the Estaph system as home.

Meanwhile, Rushlight finds a hidden capsule embedded in the Malamadre captain’s skin. The capsule contained a data chip filled with an unusual set of numbers. These turned out to be sensor frequencies allowing the crew to locate a set of empty cryo pods. Pods that were from the Westlake.

Putting those together, the crew discovers a set of coordinates deep within the asteroid remains of a shattered moon called the “Sithhound Trail”. A favorite of death-defying asteroid prospectors everywhere. At least, for those that live to tell the tale.

Using shuttles, the crew scans the zone from both sides until they track down the signal of a derelict ship. They try a few signals and get a response. The Westlake is in there! Dodging asteroids, they head in, only to find another derelict waiting for them.

Moving close, they dock with the derelict only to discover they aren’t alone. There are pirates aboard and they aren’t looking to have company! A brief fight in the hangar puts an end to the pirates … until a comms message asks the crew to wait while the pirate captain – Ada Pinnock – ‘printed’ herself a new body!

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Episode 3.04 - The Revolving Temple
Arrival at Chalcedon!

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Episode 3.04

THE REVOLVING TEMPLE

Returning to their ships and droids, the group meets one last time with the Vratix. There is more work left before all species are free and equal on Thyferra. But, the heroes efforts helped that effort take a step forward.

Jedi Master Windu also leaves Thyferra, bidding the heroes good journey. He makes his way to the JEDI TEMPLE on ALLANDOR to meet with the Council. Master Windu has felt a disturbance in the Force. An ancient, long hidden power is about to re-awaken in the FREEWORLDS LEAGUE. It is aboard a derelict ship named the WESTLAKE.

Meanwhile, the heroes travel to CHALCEDON to meet THE COLLECTOR. They arrive out of hyperspace and arrive near the ringed gas giant, Ondor. From the instant they arrive, an uncomfortable and cold feeling passes over them. A sense that something has become twisted in the CHALCEDON SYSTEM

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