Star Wars: Order 65

Senate Authorizes Action

  • 49:838:12/HNN/COR.5.SEN/BREAK

Chancellor’s words swing senate to declare war against rebellious Corellia

Senate District, CORUSCANT

After hours of deliberation, the Republic Senate announced that the Republic Military will be deployed in force to the Corellia system. Senators had been arguing the pros and cons of such an action for several days when word reached of the recent attack by the Corellian Fleet on Alderaan. With that action, Chancellor Mon Mothma spoke to the assembled Senators. She denounced Corellia’s actions, and requested the Senate to grant the Republic Military the authority to bring Corellia to justice. The senate deliberated for another two hours before the vote was called. The motion to authorize military action and formally declare war against Corellia passed by a narrow margin.

After the motion passed, Chancellor Mothma met witht he Security Council in a closed session. The only additional being admitted to the meeting was Grand Master Obi-Wan Kenobi of the Jedi Council. When he left, he appeared down-trodden. In a press conference afterward, he still advocated for a peaceful compromise. “I still believe there is a peaceful outcome for this crisis, and will continue to work for that solution.”

Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan did not speak before the Senate, and was not present for the vote. Organa has been a long-standing proponent of peaceful resolutions, and a close friend of former-senator Garm Bel Iblis of Corellia.

View
Corellian Fleet Attacks Alderaan

  • 87:30:1/HNN/ALD.1.ALD/BREAK

Thousands killed, billions in damages from vicious sneak attack


Corellian Warships passing Avirandel as they approach Alderaan

ALDERAAN, Alderaan System

The Corellian Fleet responsible for the massive death toll and destruction inflicted on the Bothan homeworld of Bothawui have attacked the jewel of the Repbulic, Alderaan. While the Republic Sentate argued in chambers about the Corellian Crisis, Corellian ships slipped into the outer edges of the Alderann system and used the planet Avirandel to obscure their approach. Once in range of Alderaan, the Corellian fleet proceeded to bombard the planet. Thankfully, the planetary shields withheld the assault and damage to the planet was light. The bombardment lasted for twenty six minutes until elements of the Core Worlds Defense Fleet arrived in system and chased the warships off. In all, three thousand beings were killed in the twenty minute attack, and four billion credits in damage was inflicted by the Corellian Fleet.

Soon after hearing the first reports of the attack, Chancellor Mon Mothma conveined an emergency session of the Republic Security Council to discuss “a proper course of action in response to the continued, heinous attacks by the rogue state of Corellia”. Chancellor Mothma is expected to ask the Senate to vote on a formal declaration of war against Corellia.

When word of this reached Senator Bail Organa, he was stunned by the attack. Senator Organa had been advocating a peaceful settlement with the Corellians. After hearing of their attack on his homeworld, the Alderaanian senator said “I’m not sure what to think now. There must be an explination for all this.” When asked how the Senator would vote on the topic of war with Corellia, Organa paused for several moments before declining to comment.

View
Taipani Noble Killed in Shuttle Explosion

62:99:3/HNN/TAI.1.FDR/OBIT

House Mercetti mourns the loss of a family lord.

Pella, Merceti Province, Taipani Sector

Lord Lucien Hejaran, patriarch of the Hejaran family of the Taipani Sector, was killed earlier today along with 5 fellow passengers and 3 crewmen. Lord Hejaran was returning to the Taipani Sector to continue recovery after an attack several weeks prior to this incident.

The Republic shuttle emerged from hyperspace in the Fondor system, where it was to re-calculate for the final jump to Lord Hejaran’s home in the Pella system. Just before the shuttle re-entered hyperspace, it exploded. No lifeboats were recovered from the remains of the shuttle’s detruction. Fondor System Security is investigating the cause of the explosion.

Lucien Hejaran is survived by his younger brother Themion and his cousin Brijta, the Taipani Senator to the Republic.

View
Corellia Blockaded!
Once proud founder of the Republic now a vile threat to galactic peace.

Approximately three days ago, warships from the 27th, 443rd, and 925th battle squadrons hyperspaced into the Corellia system and has set up a blockade of all traffic within the system. With the recent bombardment of the Bothan homeworld by ships bearing markings of the Corellian Defense Fleet, the Republic senate voted to blockade and detain the Corellian Defense Fleet while the matter is investigated.

The bombing of Bothawui occurred mere hours after Garm Bel Iblis’s impassioned speech to the senate, announcing Corellia’s withdrawal from the Republic. Senator Bel Iblis claims to have seen atrocities committed by Republic troops while touring the Outer Rim. Much of the proof the Senator presented could not be confirmed by independent sources, but when the creation of a senate sub-committee was put forth, Bel Iblis accused the Chancellor of “sweeping this foul plot under the carpet of bureaucracy”.

Many believe that the bombing of Bothawui was done to cripple the legendary Bothan Spy Net, and prevent them from uncovering evidence of Corellia’s involvement in a number of suspicious activities that have recently been uncovered. There are confirmed reports of a pirate band operating in the Outer Rim that had acquired a old Separatist Destroyer, and had been planning to use it to create a new pirate kingdom when the ship was destroyed by an elite team of Jedi under orders from the Jedi Counicl. The ship was traced back to a Republic shipyard, where dockworkers with ties to Corellia were involved in the theft for several decommissioned Separatist warships, allegedly by Corellian Forces.

The warships stolen from the shipyard were reportedly the same make and composition as the fleet that bombed Bothawui. Now both sides accuse the other of deception and treachery. The Corellians say the Republic is to blame, and that they refurbished the ships and framed Corellia as a planned response to Corellia’s secession from the Republic. The Chancellor’s office accuses the Corellians of stealing the ships to cripple the Republic’s intelligence resources, to better hide Corellia’s behind-the-scenes arms build up.

In order to prevent all out war between the Republic and one of the worlds that helped form the Republic over 25 millennia ago, the Sentate voted to approve a plan set forth by Jedi Grand Master and Clone Wars Hero, Obi-Wan Kenobi. At the request and advice of Grand Master, a blockade has been established around each of the 5 life-bearing worlds in the Corellia system, as well as an armed occupying force aboard the galactic wonder, Centerpoint Station. Meanwhile, members of the Jedi Council have been dispatched to investigate the attack on Bothawui and other related matters to better address the crisis. Master Kenobi himself has been seen regularly in the Republic Senate building, meeting frequently with Chancellor Mothma with every new development in the blockade.

The Corellian Diktat and former-senator Bel Iblis have demanded the Republic Fleet leave the Corellia system, and already hostilities have occurred between the two fleets involving several snubfighter engagements. It remains to be seen if the commanders of the Republic and Corellian Fleets will be able to let cooler heads prevail, and allow Master Kenobi and his Jedi a chance to preserve the peace between these two powers.

View
New XP total

15,738 XP

View
Sea Base Computer Files

After digging through the base computers, the heroes come across a series of interesting communications between “Shadowplay” and “Ventress”.

Seabase file 1

Seabase file access 2

View
Cascade Bay

(new XP total: 11938)

View
Chapter Three

The heroes meet at the Jedi Temple to share the information they’ve learned on their individual adventures. They exchange the information they’ve uncovered, and make some interesting connections concerning the Hejaran family of the Taipani Sector.

The party enters the Jedi Council Chambers and report to Valin Draco, the only Jedi Council-member available at the moment. With him is Master Tecco Moomo, padawan Veneema Symbos and Kenobi’s padawan Satine Naberrie. They listen to the exchange of information. Valin scowls at Marin, but listens to the plan Marek formulated, cursing Marek for being so reckless.

Eventually, Valin Draco comes up with a plan of his own; he will mobilize the 616th Legion and their accompanying ships in the 14th Fleet and head to the Mecetti Province. Meanwhile, the heroes will head out to the Taipani Sector ahead of the fleet and see if they can locate Marek. Masters Moomo want to accompany them, but there are reports of hostility in the Mid-Rim, and Jedi assistance is being requested by Supreme Chancellor Mon Mothma. There’s a disturbance in the Force, and something is moving in the shadows, causing unrest.

The heroes return to the Thranta and depart for the Mecetti Province. The Mecetti province is a stronghold for House Mecetti, one of the more powerful and sinister of the Taipani Noble Houses. Upon arrival they have few choices. The Pella system is accessible, and home to one of the more powerful families in Mecetti, the Hejarans. It’s also where the Smuggler bought the Goodship Bountiful several months ago.

Jedi Galen Marek’s tracking beacon was last detected somewhere in the Mecetti Province of the Taipani Sector. As they arrive in the area, the signal stops. It could just be interference, or it could be that his tracker was discovered and destroyed. Either way, the Taipani Sector is a large amount of territory to lose a ship in. Their only lead is the Pella system, where House Hejaran rules and where Malae’s ship was sold to Shodain.

Once they land, they are approached by a droid that looks remarkably like Vandal, except its silver with green House Mecetti livery adorning it. It introduces itself as HK-400-D16, and wishes to extend an invitation from Lucien Hejaran to visit Hejaran Castle for dinner tomorrow night. The local Mecetti Lord will not hear of the son of a Patriatch eating with the common folk on Pellagia. A transport will be sent to retrieve the guests at 1500 hours tomorrow at hanger 1194-W.

Over the course of several hours, the heroes were able to uncover several key bits of information.

The Pella system was having a horrible round of luck this past year with a series of attacks by the legendary “Stratt”, with several prison break-ins and fugitive escapes. These attacks ended four months ago with the last spotting of the Stratt on Nightsinger’s Orb.

House Hejaran is moving funds around at a staggering rate. It’s hard to find, but there does seem to be a pattern. The papertrail indicates that there is a large construction project happening on Nightsinger’s Orb, the exact details are not known.

Legal transfer of ship titles is a tricky thing to fake, but it can be done. Checking with the Bureau of Ships and Services, they see that the Goodship Bountiful’s title was transferred to Shodain 3 months ago. The seller is listed as Gorus Fent, lawyer. Also included in the file is a Writ of Authority, supposedly signed by Malae, to authorize Gorus Fent to sell the Goodship Bountiful.

As they investigate and search around Pella for clues, the group is attacked by a quartet of saber-rakes and two gunmen as they leave the local Beureau of Ships and Services. These thugs fight hard and fight well, two of the swordsmen attakc Barrett, nearly killing him right off the bat. The jedi engage the attackers, trying to keep their fellow partymembers safe. After several moments of tense fighting, the tide finally turns in the favor of the heroes. One by one, the saber-rakes fall. One of the Gunmen retreats to her speeder bike after a vicious wound from Marin’s blaster. Not one to let a foe get away, Sir Lucas leaps on a nearby speeder bike and chases after her. Shot by the fleeing assassin, Lucas guns the throttle and drops his Light-foil blade into a parallel level with the ground and speeds by the gunman. The light-foil slices through the gunman’s head, separating it from his body. The speeder bike flys out of control and crashes as Sir Lucas turns his own speeder back to the others.

In the mean-time, Tycho has disabled the remaining gunman by catching her in a Force Whirlwind. She surrenders, and the party flees with their captive ahead of the local constibulry. She reveals that she and her companions are enforcers and hit-men, hired by an intermediary because the heroes were asking too many questions.

More to come…

View
Chapter Two; Part Two

Details Forthcoming…

View
Chapter Two, Part One
An investigation uncovers more questions than answers...

After reporting back to the Jedi Council on the matter of the Germalaine system, the heroes are ordered to return to Coruscant. Arriving several days later, some members enter the Jedi Temple immediately upon arriving. Barrett, Marin, and Vandal head off to check in with the Republic Explorer Corps, while Tycho, Nicaela, Glendora, and Lucas are called to meet with the Jedi Council.

Heading to the Jedi High Council tower, they are met by one of their masters, Jedi Knight Galen Marek. He is looking over the report Tycho sent to the Jedi Council. Reading it, he says there are several details that seem to be missing, but he was never one for reports anyway and would prefer to hear it from his Padawan specifically what happened.

After a few minutes of discussion, J-3PO opens the doors to the High Council chamber and states the Council will hear them now. Heading in, most of the chairs are filled, but some of them are empty.

Master Kenobi listens to the Padawans describe their encounter on Ger’malaine with the Blazing Chain Pirates. When completed, various masters have follow up questions or comments.

Ahsoka Tano “Do you feel this is an isolated incident, or part of a larger conspiracy?”
Darrus Jeht “Were you able to track down the origination of this ship? Where was it taken from?”
Valin Draco “Thank you for this report, padawans. Do not concern yourself with this matter any further. We will deliberate and determine the proper course of action to resolve this matter. You are dismissed.”

Serra Keto “Master Draco, this is a matter for us to deliberate, but these padawans have uncovered quite an alarming piece of news here. I think they’ve earned the right to listen in on our discussions.”

She’shel Ve “If the ship was taken from a shipyard in Ord Zeoul, then someone should be sent to investigate it’s theft.”

Echuu Shen-Jon (hologram) “It is quite alarming that this is the first we’ve heard about this. One would think the Republic would want us to help in the investigations, or at least alert us that pirates had stolen an armed Separatist Warship.”

Quinlan Vos (Hologram) “I am engaged in my investigation here on Thule, and Ord Zeuol is on the other side of the Galaxy. I advise we sent Jedi Marek to investigate the boneyard.”

Nevas Seng “I agree, Marek is the best choice available, unless you wish to handle this matter personally, Master Kenobi?”

Sian Jeisel (hologram) “It’s settled then; Jedi Marek and the padawans will leave for Ord Zeoul immediately.

After exiting the Council Chambers, Marek instructs his padawan to assemble his gear and meet in the main hanger. The group has only two hours before they have to leave.

Once down in the main hold, the group is greeted by an incredible sight. A long, sleek transport awaits them. It appears to be made by Sienar Republic Systems, and shares many design similarities with their TIE series of fighters. Marek descends the ramp in the back of the craft. “You like it? It’s called the Scimitar. It’s been in storage by the Jedi Order since before the Clone Wars. Who knows why is beyond anyone’s guess, this ship should be out doing Recon for the Republic Navy. It comes equipped with a Stygium-cloaking device, which makes the ship invisible to sensors and even visual inspection. It’s almost unheard of in a ship this size. The accommodations aren’t the best, but it’ll get us to Ord Zeoul quick enough, and allow us to conduct our investigation quietly if need be.”

The ship feels cold, perpetually, even with the heating on full. Everyone who slept on board had the strange sensation of voices whispering to them from across the stars.

Nine days later, the Scimitar emerged from hyperspace near the Ord Zeuol shipyard. The space near Ord Zeuol’s oblong moon is filled with junked hulks and intact spacecraft. Remnants of over two centuries of space-faring is packed in an area thousands of kilometers in size. One of the largest objects is an old VenteX Cargo Facility.

With the cloaking field active, the group went to investigate the area where the Destroyer was berthed, based on the data from it’s navigational computer. They found a completely different ship in it’s place. Looking around the area, they find a half destroyed pirate freighter hidden in the middle of a debris lot. The vessel appears to have been hit by a turbo-laser, and was destroyed with all hands on board. Unable to access the ship’s computer, the Jedi decided to cut it out of the hull and take it with them aboard the Scimitar.

The ship flew out of the field, de-cloaked, and approached the station. After a brief exchange with a gruff Givin station commander, the ship was allowed to land in one of the processing chambers. They are escorted to the Commander’s office by a pair of burly humans (Cando and Jorn). The Givin’s office was sparse, utilitarian, and clean to perfection. Everything in it is set down at mathematically perfect angles, and the air scrubbers work extra hard to keep the room free of dust. Metal cabinets, desks, and chairs predominately the gun-metal grey room.

“My name is Station Commander Yixxil, welcome to Republic Decommissioning Depot Enth-Shen 555. Now, I’m behind schedule and don’t have time for further pleasantries. Why are you on my station?”

“Commander, we’re investigating the theft and destruction of an old Recusant-class Destroyer in the Ger’malaine system.”

“Then why are you here?”

“Because the destroyer was stolen from your facility.”

“…it seems you have your information incorrect, Jedi Marek. We are not missing a destroyer.”

“CCD-624? A Recusant-Class Commerce Guild Destroyer?”

“Yes, that is the registry of one of our Destroyers. It’s located in lot 36-990-400.”

“…no, it’s currently burning up in Ger’malaine’s atmosphere.”

The Givin commander then activated a holoprojector. “Here, let me show you. We’re in the middle of salvaging one of the other destroyers from the cache her right now, but I can spare a fly-over of the location of the warship. We use droids for all the salvage operations. They work hard, don’t complain, and don’t ask for raises.” Various views of the shipyard start to cycle through the viewer. Eventually, the camera shifts to the hulk of a Commerce Guild Destroyer. “See? There you are, Jedi. CCD-624; one of seven Commerce Guild Destroyers in my shipyard.”

When asked where it came from: “Three years ago a republic survey team was working in an asteroid cluster near the Naboo system. When they approached one of the larger asteroids, they discovered it was hollowed out and turned into a storage berth for a flotilla of Separatist warships. Seven Destroyers, Four Munificent Frigates, a Lucrehulk Battleship, a Providence-Class Destroyer; enough warships to invade a system. Because we are the closest decommissioning yard, they were sent to us. But due to budget cuts we haven’t been able to start the actual refining of their hulls until earlier this year.”

Were the ships stripped of weapons and equipment when they arrived? “No, because removing over two-thousand gun emplacements, nevermind shield emitters, sensor arrays, and reactor cores would have taken a year, a year of work that would have taken this facility further off schedule and over budget. This facility has no extra funds for that kind of work or that kind of overtime. So I authorized the droids to take a month removing all the fire control systems and navigational arrays from the ships. The ships would have been rendered effectively inoperative until we had time to begin the salvage operations.”

Where are the other ships? “They’re around the shipyard. We have so much craft in this yard, and re-stock it so often that we can’t actually see them from here. But I know they’re still there because our patrol droids sweep the shipyard every few days.”

Where is the salvage being brought to? “We have loaders arriving every hour as containers are filled. They’re being processed in Chamber 5.”

Marek instructed the padawans and tells them to go check the containers and review their contents. He stayed behind to discuss matters with the Station Commander.

As the heroes arrive in Chamber 5, they see one large shipping container being offloaded and a new container arriving. There are a few organic beings in the area, but the predominant workforce is labor droids. As they investigate the loading bay, details are uncovered; the salvage being off-loaded from the incoming containers are very generic, and not matching what should be coming in from a warship. Checking computer records provided few other clues, but someone noticed the heroes snooping around, because all the droids suddenly stopped working and began to attack the party.

Binary Load Lifters and the PK Worker Droids moved in to engage the characters in melee. “Gonk” Power Droids waddled up to the group and self destructed, sending shrapnel across the chamber. After some deft maneuvering and fighting, the group managed to put down the droids. They discovered that the two likely candidates for the sabotage and the cover-up were Jorn and Cando, the two workers who met the Jedi at their ship. Checking the internal sensors, Jorn and Cando just left the station on a starship.

When Marek is told about the altercation in Chamber 5, the heroes hear a lightsaber ignite over the comm and a startled yelp from the station commander. “Padawan, take the Scimitar and capture them. I’m going to stay here and continue my ‘discussion’ with the Station Commander.”

The heroes run the Scimitar and embark on a chase to try and catch the fleeing culprits before they can reach the edge of the asteroid field. After some tricky maneuvers from Tycho, some revealing sensor scans by Lucas, and some demoralizing convincing from Glendora, Cando and Jorn are caught and brought back to the station.

Cando and Jorn have been working at the decommissioning depot for over a decade. Earlier this year, they were contacted by a mysterious figure named “Hejaran” offing to supplement their income if they would help maintain the ruse of the salvage operation. With no increase in pay from the Republic or Commander Yirril, they took the credits. Their instructions were to make the records show that the Separatist warships had been decommissioned and salvaged. Meanwhile Hejaran’s people would steal the ships, one at a time. Cando and Jorn were able to face records, recycle materials, and fake holo-logs to make it look like the ships were processed as normal.

When a ship was to be taken, a freighter would jump into the system while the stations sensors were being secretly jammed. The thieves would install the missing key components swiftly, swap the ship with several nearby derelict hulks to mask the obvious void in the shipyard, and jump out with their new warship. It was all perfect until a month before when a band of pirates attacked during the restoration of a Recusant-Class Destroyer. The pirates took a beating, but they got away with the Destroyer. Cando and Jorn tried to cover up the attack, but they knew their secret would come to light soon. Appeasing their partner Hejaran, they made arrangements for the theft of the last warship, then planned to flee the station soon after.

The last ship, a Lucrehulk-class Battleship, is to be retrieved sometime in the next couple of days. With no time to get a fleet out here to capture the thieves, Marek orders his padawan to take the Scimitar and report back to the Council. Meanwhile, he will sneak aboard the battleship and hide from the thieves. He’ll bring along a hyperspace homing beacon so the Order and the Republic can dispatch a rescue team to retrieve him, and hopefully reveal where all the warships had gone. The belief being if all the ships are taken by the same party, they all may be in the same place for “safekeeping”.

Marek sneaks aboard the battleship, and the Scimitar engages the cloaking field. Less than a day later, a well-armed Action VI bulk freighter jumps into the system with an escort of Y-Wing fighters. The freighter docks with the warship, and an hour later the Lucrehulk begins to move out of the shipyard. With the departure of the warship and his mentor, Tycho turns the cloaked ship towards Coruscant to report on the recent events to the Council

View

I'm sorry, but we no longer support this web browser. Please upgrade your browser or install Chrome or Firefox to enjoy the full functionality of this site.