Dawn of Defiance: Echoes of the Jedi|
Cast of Characters
- Praz Toth: Zabrak Scout
- Disco Daley: Human soldier
- Niik: Rodian Noble
- Wenton Kether: Human Jedi
- Kel: Duros scoundrel
- Hyrathan Orr: Human Techie
- Junas Melecopalena: Ithorian Noble
From the Journal of Junas
We stay on station for another day but
can find no trace of G6. We leave the station and return to the Resurgence.
Once there we are immediately summoned to the briefing room.
The Jedi master tells us of Holocrons - artifacts containing recorded
wisdom of past Jedi masters. One has been identified using the force on the
planet Almus in the Kalaran system. Our contact is Laneus Kelburtock. She
has also detected a link between the Sarlac project and Bespin.
Background: Planet Almus has tainted atmosphere and low light - mostly
from plants rather than the primary. There is the ruins of a Jedi academy
that was attacked by three imperial cruisers 2 years ago. Two of which were
brought down in the battle. There is a wasteland on the other side of the
planet containing the ruins of a Sith stronghold many centuries dead. The
wasteland around the old Sith academy is expanding ominously and is now
After preparation we depart for the Kalaran system. On exiting hyperspace
we find a red Consular class starship in orbit. The captain of the ship
appears on screen and declares us prisoners of the Red Brotherhood. "prepare
for the pleasure of being boarded". Action stations!
Kel goes on the comms "we would like to take you all prisoner but
unfortunately we don't have the facilities!". Disco and Kel launch in the
Z95s as we make a run for the planet. We figure the cruiser wont be able to
follow us into atmo, so we head for cover. The enemy ships moves to
intercept. Kel fires a long range concussion miles which goes wide. Disco
however does the same and hits the target.
The cruiser moves into range and fires a broadside damaging the ship and
the fighters engage our fighters. We continue to make for the planet as the
cruiser keeps on coming and holds us with a tractor beam.
Niik immediately breaks free and we head towards the planet as Disco
takes out a Z95. The Just Desert lands and our fighters break off and follow
us in. We land in deserted spaceport in the midst of a deserted city.
We take to the arrow landspeeder and head into the city. Hints of dark
shapes move at the edge of our vision. As we get close to the academy we
note that all the grass around it is dead. There are five small aliens and
three large aliens - small Squibs and large Ugors. They are arguing over and
pulling on a protocol droid 7A39. After some bargaining we agree to pay them
for the droid.
After that they start telling us about all this other stuff they have
including a Holocron that they are claiming is a holy artifact. We ask to
examine it and it is a fake, so we respectfully decline to part them from
their holy item. A few other minor items change hands for small change as we
gather round two competing stalls.
Dark lizard shapes emerge from the shadows and attack.
Later we enter the academy
From the Journal of Niiko
It is dark in the lift shaft. We climb
down on a rope. 7A tells us that there is a generator room on this
level. A lightsabre is used to cut through the door to the control room.
We plug 7A into a computer. We head into the generator room. We fix the
power and open the blast doors and search for secret doors. The library
has been trashed. We find one in the library. There is a blast door
behind it. There is a circular stairway leading down. Disco, Kel and the
Jedi head into the room. Some masonry falls on Junas and the blast doors
shut. Sith force reanimates the corpses.
The zombies attack. Kel
shoots first. The zombies shamble forward. Brains. The Jedi force slam
them into the ground. Kel blows one away and another rises to take its'
place. The zombies use dark force powers including force lightning
against the Jedi. One uses force grip on Wenton. Niik inspires the
troops and points out the weak spot of a zombie. Kal shoots it and it
keels over. Junas severs the force of one of the creatures. A force slam
hits Wenton and Disco. Disco kills another zombie. Kel moves over to the
stairs. Junas bellows. Niik targets a zombie and shoots it. Wenton
lobs him against a wall the body disintegrates and the dark force fails
to reach another body. We finally wear them down. Kel shouts that
he has found the switch to open the stairway.
Downstairs there is
a river and a pond. The dwarf finds the secret door. There is a weapons
room. We find a high quality rifle. Niik has a good feeling about this
place. Groundhog day ensues. We feel disorientated. A giant snake made
of dark smoke enters the room. Disco is raked by claws. Niik shouts out
to target its nostrils. Kel destroys two cloudy creatures. Niik gets out
of the room and the dark cloud isn't in this room. The others follow.
Niik decides not to trust his feelings in the future.
We head to
the surgery. There is nothing worth taking. In the corner room is a
Twilec. He came to investigate the destruction of the academy. He was
attacked by a Sith Lord Inquisitor Draco. The Sith forced his follower
to attack him so he had to slay him. Wenton cuts through the cage. An
electric spark shoots out at the Twilec. Kel works out the repulsor
mechanism. Wenton uses the force to lift. Wenton persuades him to leave.
He tells us that a Tsalec is here. Its black and slimey. There are two
Mandalorian boxes that are rumoured to nullify the force.
From the Journal of Junas
The large room has four ten foot tall
pillars near the centre. In the far corner of the room a pit descends
into darkness apparently a victim of the orbital bombardment. In the
room there is a Night hunter - bane of the Jedi - aren't they supposed
to be extinct? - and three Nogrhris.
Wenton lays into the Nighthunter with his
lightsaber though it doesn’t look as damaged as it should. Disco moves
up to the pillar for cover as a Noghri drops off the top of the pillar
from cover and attacks – and another appears atop another pillar. A hail
of fire targets Orr from several of them to no major effect. Junas
flings the night-hunter into the one atop the pillar. The night-hunter
falls down dead – its back broken. The Noghri also falls off the pillar
taking more damage.
A couple of shots target Jun, ouch. So Jun recalls
the Move power and throws another Noghri into the one who has moved atop
another pillar. One falls dead and the other falls off the pillar taking
more damage. All the others except the leader are quickly despatched.
The leader runs forwards and pulls the pin on a thermal detonator! We
all take energy damage.
We stand stunned for a moment and then proceed to
heal the wounded and search the room and the bodies. A couple of vibro
daggers and several blaster pistols are recovered. The walls of the room
are lined with Jedi items in cases. We spend some time cataloguing them
and then the Jedi trance to recover wounds.
After recovery we investigate the pit and dangle a
glow stick on a rope. Paz descends and find that it opens up into a
large dark cavern. An indistinct figure is seen in the distance. We all
A red robed figure “Inquisitor Valen Draco”
approaches with a red-lightsaber wielded woman companion by his side,
his padawan perhaps – an indistinct mass is somewhere behind him
apparently connected to a cube on his wrist. He delivers a monologue
about how he understands us as he was once like us and we should join
him, blah, blah, blah. The room has two very large bottomless pits and
four large rocks.
The team let fly with a hail of energy bolts. Some
sort of energy bolts are felt whizzing past – where did they come from
and what sort of weapon was that? A couple of clone troopers are spotted
carrying odd looking blaster rifles. Wenton surges in and Jun attempts
to sever Draco’s access to the force – which he makes an heroic effort
to cancel. Orr head shots the padawan who falls dead into the pit,
lightsaber spinning into the darkness.
Wenton makes a huge attack against Draco – but
somehow the blow does not land home. Disco targets the wrist strap, but
this is absorbed by the incorporeal blob. Junas tries to throw him into
the pit only to be rebuked. Wenton throws a clone trooper into him
successfully and Disco follows up killing the clone trooper and wounding
Draco runs away down the far corridor. Wenton hears
a voice in his head “you must sever the link to the holocron”.
Junas slams one clone trooper into another and Orr autofires to
finish them off. Shortly thereafter the final clone trooper falls dead.
Wenton runs after Draco and finds himself on a
stone bridge with the dream beast at the side. The beast is firing force
lightning and Draco is absorbing it. He redirects one towards Wenton
before Wenton closes with him. Several others rush to engage. Wenton
channels the Jedi master’s life-force to sever force on the cube. He
utters the fateful words “Fools, you do not know what you have done!”
After taking many attacks he tumbles past us all
hitting out as he goes. Wenton closes again and hits him with a good
blow. Disco closes and lets blast and falls down dead. The dream beast
lunges towards the platform as we all run. We grab the holocron and
weapons as we go. Disco grabs a clone trooper body.
The dream beast bursts through the wall and oozes
towards us. Junas move objects the body up the pit. Several people
struggle to climb the pit and we pull them up frantically. We continue
to run as the academy collapses around us. The dream beast pursues but
as we pass the fountain an oily blob rears up and engages the dream
beast. We run to the Arrow
and get the hell out of there as the academy collapses into a pit.
As we leave orbit we spot star destroyer Sidus and
a dungeon ship in the comet belt. There is no sign of the cruiser. We
make the jump to the Resurgence without event. Our mission a great
success. Time to go shopping. Medpacs,
Jet packs and ascension guns are popular plus a few heavy weapons for