Star Wars – Shards of Honor
Shadows Of An Empire, Act 6 : Checkmate!
“In chess, opportunity strikes but once, Admiral D’Arcy. As in life, Simon, that is why the future belongs to he who has the bishops … and his own brand of luck.”
On approach to Procopia, the capital world of the Tapani Imperium …
After the discovery of the mysterious virus hidden in the administration systems of the Galactic Empire, and the increasingly erratic actions of Empress Katianna, our heroes decide to take the initiative. Arriving at Procopia, they resolve to speak with Katianna while also recovering Doctor Simon Tam and what few of the Beskar Aran that remain in the palace. To follow through with this plan, it would take a dual approach. One group to meet with Katianna, another to meet with Jenna Vormecetti, Dr. Tam and the Beskar Aran. However, a dark plan long in the making comes to fruition. One that could unravel the heroes’ plans, and bring about their ultimate end.
This is Hamilton Carter of Holonet News reporting … bringing you the REAL and accurate news of the galaxy …
Holonet Breaking News! Sources reveal that Empress Merglyn has been assassinated in her own throne room! While the identity of the assassin has not been discovered, some eye witnesses describe what may have been a star freighter pilot visiting the Empress shortly before the body was found. Needless to say, the Confederacy is in disarray. Without the direct control of Empress Merglyn, Confederacy forces are surrendering across the sector!
However, the lone pilot remains a mystery that has yet to be solved. If it can be solved.
In other news, in the wake of the confession of guilt by the head of House Vorpadaran, new holo-vids have surfaced of High Lord Vormecetti. In those videos, he is seen to plot with conspirators over ‘preparations concerning the throne’. While its unclear specifically what he meant, it is enough that he – and his conspirators in House Vorbarnabas, House Vorcalipsa, and House Vorkalloner will be charged with treason. Following this, word has come out of the palace suspending the activities of the Council of Counts … more on this in a moment.