Star Wars: Order 65

Holonet News Update 2

Jedi Master Killed in Overton

Dateline: Overton, Coruscant

The Jedi Enclave observes a week of mourning today after the gruesome discovery on a skybridge in Overton early yesterday morning. The human Jedi Master, who has been identified as Jax Pavan, was found murdered on the skybridge between the 49th and 50th residential blocks. An area of Overton known for seedy dealings, the Jedi Enclave is not commenting why Master Pavan was in the Overton area or the circumstances surrounding his death.

An anonymous source within the Overton Security Precinct confirmed that Master Pavan was found with his head and right arm severed from the rest of his body, and that the wounds suffered were consistent with those inflicted by a lightsaber.

Residents in the area reported hearing sounds similar to lightning that night, and flashes of light. These reports coupled with the determination that Master Pavan’s wounds were from a lightsaber would appear to indicate that Master Pavan was engaged in a duel with another Jedi. The Jedi Enclave was unwilling to comment on these developments.

The Jedi Order stated that they are conducting their own investigation along side the Overton Security Precinct, and that the two groups will pool their resources to discover who is responsible for the Jedi Master’s death.

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Holonet News Update 1
Jedi Order sends trained Jedi to Service Corps

Date Line: Jedi Enclave, Coruscant

In a memo released by the Jedi Council, Grand Master Obi-Wan Kenobi announced that trained Jedi Students would be sent to utilize their talents in the various Jedi Service Corps throughout the Galaxy. The Service Corps have traditionally been the recipients of Jedi hopefuls that were unable to meet the rigorous training required, or lacked the mystical prowess to be taken on as a student of a Jedi Knight. In the Service Corps, these special individuals use their knowledge and limited training in the mystical Force to aid in agricultural dilemmas, medical relief, and exploration of the Unknown Regions.

Master Kenobi explained the change in tradition, “The Jedi Order has always mandated service to the Republic first. In the past, this tended towards fulfilling our roles as mediators and peacekeepers. It was decided by the High Council to give our students a broader view of the galaxy at an earlier stage in their training. These padawans [Jedi Students] will someday become Jedi Knights, and will be required to rely on their own knowledge and experiences on a nearly daily basis. If those students have a more varied background, they may consider alternative solutions to tense situations.”

Medical Frigates around the galaxy’s hot zones are already reporting the arrival of Jedi Padawans, and the blighted world of Honoghr has been visited by several Jedi Shuttles recently. The Explorer Corps are expected to start working with the Jedi Order for long range exploration missions later this month.

Many feel that the galaxy can only benefit from this increased work-force from the Jedi Order. Others fear this increased Jedi presence could hurt delicate diplomatic matters. One member of the Medical Corps community, who wished to remain anonymous, says “It’s one thing to have Jedi wash-outs serving with us. They’re well-trained and disciplined, and know how to do the job. But they don’t go relying on the Force to solve their problems. They lack the training in that area, and work on a more standard level with the rest of us. But these trained Jedi, not only are they going to rely on the Force, instead of tried-and-true medical practices, but they’re armed. They carry around those lightsabers of theirs everywhere they go, and are incredibly reluctant to set them aside for any reason. I refuse to let any armed personnel into my medical suite, no matter who they are. They’re also a reminder of the Clone Wars, where the Jedi served at the front lines as very visible leaders. Not everyone out there wants that reminder of the Jedi’s involvement in the war. It’s more trouble than it’s worth, I tell you.”

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Reconstruction

As the years pass, the Galaxy suffers. The Separatist movement falls apart, worlds leave the cause and return to the Republic in droves after the horrors the Separatist fleet inflicted on Coruscant, and with the death of Chancellor Amidala. General Grievous remains at large, with the remnants of his Separatist fleet. Eventually, the ships of the fleet are hunted down and destroyed, the last one destroyed nearly two years after the Battle of Coruscant.

With the end of the Separatist threat, Acting-Chancellor Kenobi steps down and holds elections for a new Chancellor of the Republic. He pledges his support and endorsement for Senator Mon Mothma of Chandrilla. Mon Mothma is elected by a landslide, and retains Grand Master Kenobi as an advisor.

The Jedi Order attempts to rebuild under the leadership of Grand Master Kenobi. To replenish their ranks, Kenobi allows for students of any age to be trained at the temple, citing the example set by Anakin Skywalker.

The Republic continues rebuilding and restoring services to the Core Worlds. Worlds outside the Colonies Region, or those that were loyal to the Separatists, receive little if any relief from the Republic. The Senate is divided between the worlds that “have”, and the ones that “have not”. Nearly a decade passes before any assistance can be given to any world in the Outer Rim, although all reports from the Outer Rim indicate that those planets are able to handle the delay.

In an effort to rebuild it’s forces, and to maintain order in the galaxy, the Chancellor authorizes the creation of Republic forces composed of non-clones. Recruitment centers open up on every Republic world, and give citizens a chance to serve the Republic as the new Republic Guard.

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Revelations

In the aftermath of Order 65, evidence arises that the Clone Wars were orchestrated by Palpatine to take advantage of a corrupt senate. By granting him the powers they did, the Senate enabled Palpatine the power to prolong a war that kept him in office, enslave a race of sentients to fight it, and nearly stamp out the Jedi Order.

In accordance with Order 65, the Security Council appoints an acting Chancellor, [[:Padme- Amidala]] of Naboo. A shocked and surprised Amidala accepts the appointment and starts to make motions to bring the war to a peaceful conclusion. She extends an offer to the Separatists to met and negotiate a cease fire. After several days, she receives a reply from Count Dooku, he will agree to meet with her to discuss matters on Tattooine.

Traveling to Tattooine, Padme is accompanied by Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. They meet with Count Dooku and Qui-Gon Jinn in the city of Mos Espa, when tragedy strikes. Dooku and Qui-Gon Jinn attack the retinue with the intention of capturing the Chancellor and killing her Jedi guards. Kenobi had the foresight to bring several members of his 212th Attack Battalion with him, and they were able to secure a path of escape, but not before Padme was mortally wounded. During the battle, Separatist leader Count Dooku, Marshal Qui-Gon Jinn, and Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker are killed.

Concurrently to the attack on the Chancellor on Tattooine, the bulk of the Separatist’s assault fleet appears in orbit around Coruscant and begin to attack the world. Led by the believed-to-be-exiled General Grievous, they Separatists inflict massive damage to the Coruscant Defense Fleet and the world itself. One crippled Munificent-class cruiser makes a suicide run on the Jedi Temple, destroying it utterly upon impact. Many Jedi are able to escape, but many more are killed trying to prevent the Temple’s destruction, including the entire Jedi Council.

Eventually, the Separatist fleet is routed, but the death toll is catastrophic, over a billion beings lose their lives in the bombardment, and the amount of damage done numbers into the tens of trillions of credits.

In an effort to maintain stability, the Jedi Council assumes the role of Regent over the Republic. Leading from the Chancellor’s Hall of the Senate Chamber, they vow to have general elections for a new Chancellor as soon as the crisis of war is resolved. Obi-Wan Kenobi proclaims that the remaining Jedi Knights will report to him. Few politicians oppose the change in government. They believe the Jedi will be as subservient as before, and allow Kenobi to become the new Chancellor of the Republic.

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Final Days

The Clone Wars rage on for years. Thousands of planets are thrust into the conflict, and tens of millions are killed.

A break in the war occurs when General Obi-Wan Kenobi and his 212th Attack Battalion receive a report that the Separatist council are on the world of Utapau. Kenobi invades the planet in a lightning strike and seize the entire Council; among the captured are Wat Tambor, Nute Gunray, and San Hill. They are brought to Coruscant for trial as War Criminals for perpetuating the war.

In a surprise move, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine places a continuance on their trials, saying that a proper tribunal could not be conducted during a time of war. Kenobi and several senators argue that with the leaders of the Separatist movement placed on trial as War Criminals, and convicted, it would push much support for the Separatist Cause. They would lose allies as they come back to the Republic. Palpatine says his decision is final, that showing a kind, benevolent hand is the path here.

In an emergency session of the Senate Security Council, a unanimous vote is called. It is decided to Execute Order 65, the removal of the Supreme Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic because he is deemed unfit to command. A contingent of Clone Troopers led by Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, and several other Jedi Masters storm the Senate Chambers and arrest Palpatine. Details are vague and unconfirmed, but rumors are that several Jedi Masters and clone troopers were killed during the arrest, including Master Mace Windu. General Kenobi managed to arrest the Chancellor and have him imprisoned.

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The Clone Wars
A Republic in peril...

Republic and Separatist forces clash across a thousand worlds. After their initial losses, the Republic forces regroup and achieve success on several fronts. It appears the Republic has the upper hand, even though their Clone Troopers are outnumbered by the Separatist’s droid forces. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine is deeply concerned, fearful that the war will rip the Republic apart unless the Separatists are stopped.

Word spreads through the Republic of the devastation wrought by the Separatist forces when they attack Republic worlds. Cities are laid to ruin, and lives are destroyed. Count Dooku is portrayed as a mad despot, one that will slaughter all who oppose his vision of the galaxy.

In an effort to match the numbers of the droid armies of the Separatists, the Republic commissions additional armies to be created on Kamino. This draws sharp criticism from the Anti-War Movement, led by Senators Organa of Alderaan and Amidala of Naboo. Support for the war is in the majority in the Senate, but the peace movement is gaining considerable ground.

One year into the conflict, the Republic and the Jedi Order are shocked when Qui-Gon Jinn announces that he is supporting the Separatist Cause, and that Dooku has been poorly portrayed. Qui-Gon explains that Dooku’s supporters acted on their own initiatives when it came to pacifying hostile worlds, and that those actions would not be tolerated any longer. Several Separatist leaders are removed from their positions, including the Separatist Droid General, Grievous. Qui-Gon also states that there is corruption within the Republic Leadership, extending to the Senate and even the Chancellor’s office. He says that if Jedi Generals will lead troops of indentured slaves against the droids, then an Exiled Jedi shall lead the forces against them.

The Republic Holonews reports that this betrayal by the former Jedi Master is just another tactic of deception by the vicious Dooku, and that the removal of the Separatist Commanders are nothing but a feint. Several Jedi question the war more openly now, and rumors are scores of Jedi leave the order to join Qui-Gon with the Separatists.

Due to the number of losses the Jedi Order has suffered, from deaths in the field to the exodus of Jedi to the Separatist cause, Anakin Skywalker is made a Jedi Knight.

A Cloning Facility on Kamino are destroyed, causing great catastrophe for the growing Republic Army. An estimated three hundred thousand clone troopers and hundreds of their Kaminoan caretakers are killed when the city slips into the vast Kamino ocean. The Separatists are blamed for this horrific act.

In retaliation, Republic Forces led by Obi-Wan Kenobi are able to destroy the Separatist’s newest and largest battlecruiser, the Malevolence. The titanic ship had been a grave threat to the Republic space forces with it’s ability to disable entire fleets with a massive Ion cannon, and then systematically destroy them with it’s bristling array of turbo-lasers. Reports are Kenobi and Skywalker boarded to Malevolence and locked it’s navigational controls on a nearby star.

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Breakpoint
The flames of war spread across the galaxy...

In a surprise move, Count Dooku announces that The Confederacy of Independent Systems have declared war against the Republic. He proclaims that the corrupt Republic no longer serves the will of the people, but the pocket-books of their leaders. The Confederacy will deploy troops to protect and liberate those worlds oppressed by the corrupt Senate. Armed troops land on several worlds, while hundreds more rally to the Separatist cause.

Word comes from the Chancellor’s office that the distant world of Kamino has an army of clone, commissioned over a decade ago to serve the Republic in a time of need. Naboo’s Junior Senator, Jar-Jar Binks, calls a vote for the Military Creation Act. The vote passes, and Chancellor Palpatine is awarded special powers, including the authorization to raise an Army. Palpatine sends representatives to Kamino to utilize the Clone Army.

At the request of the Chancellor, the Jedi Council agrees to have the Jedi Knights lead the Clone Army. Some Jedi voice opposition to being used as leaders in an army that was conveniently available for a war no one expected.

The Jedi Knights and the First Army of the Republic assault Geonosis to attack the Separatist Command. The battle ends in a slaughter. Tens of Thousands of clone troopers and scores of Jedi Knights are killed in the battle, and the Republic Forces are routed. This major blow emboldens the Separatist cause, and more worlds mass under Dooku’s banner. Among the wounded is Anakin Skywalker, who lost most of his right arm in a duel with Separatist leader Count Dooku.

Charges are brought against Qui-Gon Jinn by his padawan, Anakin Skywalker. According to Anakin, not only was Qui-Gon aware of the threat of the Separatist attack and declaration of war, but he allowed Dooku to escape capture. Qui-Gon admitted to the allegations that he knew about the Separatists, and about letting Dooku go. Charges of treason are dropped, but Qui-Gon Jinn is cast out of the Jedi Order and hands over his lightsaber. After a brief meeting with Anakin, Qui-Gon leaves Coruscant.

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The Lines Are Drawn
With the announcement of separation, the cause is commited

Word is received by the Jedi that Obi-Wan Kenobi has been found alive. He spent three years marooned on a desolate world on the Outer Rim, unable to communicate with the rest of the Galaxy. He reports that during his investigation with the pirates, his ship was destroyed so he borrowed one of the pirates’ craft. He pursued them and managed to destroy the leader’s ship, but not before his own craft was crippled. He crashed on an uninhabited planet and waited for a chance to be rescued. After a period of rest and recovery, Kenobi returns to active duty in the Jedi Order.

Count Dooku calls a press conference on Raxus Prime and announces the formation of the Confederacy of Independent Systems (CIS). The CIS will no longer honor the Chancellor as their sovereign rulers, and will no longer pay Republic taxes. They threaten the Republic with lethal force should they try and enforce their unjust practices. Count Dooku also invites other worlds to join their cause, and stand against the ineffective Republic.

As support grows for the Confederacy, more trouble strikes Coruscant. High-ranked government officials are turning up dead, many of these deaths are caused by a lightsaber. The Jedi, led by skilled investigator Obi-Wan Kenobi, investigate the matter but turn up few leads. Among the dead is Palpatine’s aide Sly Moore, advisor Kinman Dorinia, and Jainie Ha’Nook.

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Political Maneuvers
Words can be effective as weapons when changing policies

Political intrigue runs rampant in the Republic Senate. As more and more worlds grow disgruntled at the taxation levied against them by the Republic, whisperings around the capitol speak of possible turmoil.

Former Queen Amidala is named the senior Senator of Naboo to the Republic Senate. Her appointment brings renewed passion to the peace movement in the Senate. Senator Amidala is assigned to several subcommittees that investigate allegations of corruption in several corporations, including the Trade Federation and the Commerce Guild.

A series of high-profile assassinations of senators troubles the Republic. The Senate votes for increased security measures to prevent the spread of terrorism. These increased security measures start to erode the edges of freedom for the Republic citizens, slowing commerce and costing the Republic billions every day. The senators appointed to replace the slain statesmen are very vocal about these delays, and the cost. Chancellor Palpatine is granted several emergency powers, but not as many as were proposed by those dignitaries who wish Republic protection.

The Jedi Order is being stretched to it’s limits as Jedi mediators are called to every corner of the Galaxy to settle disputes. Rumors from the high Council say that if the Republic stays on it’s course, the Republic may shatter in a series of civil wars.

Qui-Gon Jinn meets with the Jedi Council to discuss the growing threat to peace and security, claiming that the Sith are the cause of the upheaval in the Republic. The Council asks for proof, saying that they do not sense Sith involvement, merely simple corruption and greed from powerful parties in the Republic. Qui-Gon says he has no evidence that he can share, but requests a squad of Jedi Knights be allowed to assist him on uncovering the potential Sith threat. The Council says they cannot spare any Jedi on missions to find mysterious threats or phantom menaces when actual problems exist within the Republic requiring Jedi mediation and intervention. Qui-Gon says he’ll meditate in the Force to try and learn more about the coming darkness.

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Preparations for War
Dark clouds are forming on the horizon for the Republic...

Several years have passed since the Battle of Naboo. Qui-Gon Jinn has taught his padawan Anakin Skywalker the basics and fundamentals of the Jedi Arts. An impatient student but a quick learner, Anakin shows great promise as the “Chosen One”. Qui-Gon’s patience and stoic demeanor serve as a needed brake for Anakin’s youthful impulsiveness.

Tragedy befalls the Jedi Order when Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi’s starfighter is found destroyed in the Outer Rim. Kenobi was dispatched by the Jedi Order to investigate reports of a skilled pirate band operating in the Outer Rim, preying on ships traversing the Pelleman Trade Route. After receiving no communications from Kenobi for two weeks, the Jedi Council ordered a search. They found his ship’s remains drifting away from an asteroid base used by the pirates, including several destroyed pirate craft. The ship’s droid was recovered, but it’s data recorder corrupted. After searching for Kenobi in the Force, Jedi Master Yoda mournfully reports that he cannot find Kenobi in the Force, and fears he has died.

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