Star Wars: Order 65

Bringing down Order 65

We speak with Admiral Yolarin, Senator Organa, Capt. Rex, and others about where to go next.

We decide to go to Coruscant to call for a vote to enact Order 65. Organa tells us what will be needed for that. We will bring up Clone Rights, and interrupt with a call for Order 65. We will send some Clones to be outside the senate chamber and around town to help keep eyes out for Kenobi.

We travel to Coruscant on Solo’s Redemption (not reported AWOL). Organa is summoned directly to the Senate chamber. He makes the accusation, and the vote is called. The vote is close, but the Chancellor is taken into custody without incident. We scramble and split up. Tycho, Niceala, and Vandal get authorized to join the escort on Kenobi. Lucas, Barret, and Marin head to the Thranta and start organizing the clones. Organna stays behind to vote in the new acting Chancellor.

Mid-transit, a military transport arrives, and Asoka Tano and a figure in black help Kenobi escape. We pursue the transport to the Jedi Temple, where we know that it’s possible for them to take a ship off planet without clearance. Marin uses the Thranta to force the ship to land in the courtyard.

Kenobi wastes no time, and starts influencing the Jedi to his side. Lucas tries to talk them back to our side, and bides some time. Tycho instigates Kenobi, with all the accusations brought against him, Satine is enraged and charges Tycho. Asoka kills two of the Jedi in her way, and the battle begins in earnest. Kenobi forces the Thranta to land. Satine is so enraged that she rips off her helmet, and shows all the cybernetics she has because of the hard vacuum from our last encounter. Barret shoots her in the right place to shut down the cybernetics. Marin runs to the entrance, and tries to lock the door behind him. Kenobi turns and rips up the area, knocking down Nicela. Vandal snipes Asoka, knocking her out. Barret uses a stimpak on Nicela, who engages Kenobi. Vandal snipes Kenobi, and he falls just as more Jedi arrive from the temple.

The three are brought to force cages under the temple. Gates starts cracking into Kenobi’s files, and discovers lots of data pertaining to his influence in the Council and the Senate. More about Peacekeeper 2’s building funds, but not plans. The Jedi Council is arrested, or flees and are still at large. The Senate Security Council is forced to resign, in expectation of Kenobi’s influence.

Lucas and Tycho go to visit Kenobi in his cell. He is meditating, and they wait over 30 minutes before Lucas leaves and Tycho cracks, asking the first question. Kenobi explains that the assassin from Naboo, Darth Maul, had escaped, and found Kenobi on Thule. They fought for years, but eventually Maul convinced Kenobi of the weakness of the Jedi and the Rebublic. Maul explained how Kenobi could take apart Palpatines plans, and put himself into place to enact change. He learned to use the Force for everything, if anything got in his way, he’s simply use the Force, and it was removed. Amidala had to be killed because the Senate voted her in, instead of his puppet, Mon Mothma.

Kenobi admits that Peacekeeper 2 will be coming to destroy Coruscant. So he gives us access to his files that have the plans for the station. Perhaps a weakness can be found?

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Act 3, Chap 4

Barret scans around for ways to slice into the communications, and finds 2 options nearby.

Black ship has approximately 80,000 beings onboard. 17 kilometers long. Tycho senses several sith, and one in particular that is a torrent storm of Dark Force energy.

We cut into the bulkhead, and find ourselves in a supply closet. We hide as 2 officers enter to retrieve items from the closet. They are wearing the red insignia of the old Sith Empire.

Vandal and Lucas disguise themselves as officers, to plant the tracking device. They see a number of HK droids, and Vandal figures that the ship could have roughly a million on board.

Barret hooks into the network, but brings in a little too much data at once. Gaining access to the Bridge comms, “My Lord we have an incoming communication.”
“I’ll take it in my office.” We get a hologram of the communication, there is a large hulking figure kneeling before a cloaked tattooed chin showing.

Deathwatch fleet
Over 2 meters tall, tattooed Zabrak. 3 of 12 dreadnoughts are operational, 9 are completing shakedown crews.
Darkforce ships. Hoffner revealed…
Return to Mandalore, and complete Peacekeeper 2. Destroy Coruscant.
Kenobi is an expendable pawn.

We have about 10 hours before reaching Mandalore with it’s x1 hyperdrive. Marin figures Peacekeeper 2 will take about a month from Mandalore to Coruscant with a x4 hyperdrive. Barret starts downloading the schematics and other data, will take about an hour. We hide the cable, seal the hole, move some crates to conceal the hole, and return to the Thranta.

Several hours later, we arrive at a planet (Kilvalla mostly toxic deserts) with 2 moons… one of which is Peackeeper 2 under construction. This one has a hexagon for the main gun, and it’s painted with the Sith emblem. 2 other warships are near by, and 3 Deathwatch Dreadnoughts are in system.

Taking a scan of the situation, we detach from the Dreadnought and start piloting away. Marin sets the Astrogation computer for home, and we escape the system. 15 hours later we’re arriving at our destination… There’s no planet, or other ships, or beacon… We’re about 7 systems off course. We calibrate, and get to the Scorpico system 6 hours later. There is a lone Y-wing left behind to give us coordinates to the rendezvous point.

We land on the Star Destroyer Independent. We review the information.

Darkforce – in the Old Republic fleet of 200 upgraded warships.

Discussion of how to enact Order 65, or turning Kenobi to our side. We still need Capt. Rex for first hand proof. Lucas tells the Senator and Capt. Dodonna that he is the Stratt, and we plan how to hire Sefi Sevren to hunt the Stratt for us.

Days pass, we head to the Bethowi system, and Lucas carouses around a major city, making himself a good target.

We meet with Sefi Severn, who’s working with Lucian Hegaran, apparently still alive. We discuss getting them to work with us. Hegaran has the 188 Katana fleet, and 16 million Clone Troopers who were fired by Kenobi. Hegaran offers the fleet in return for a seat on the Security Senate. However, Sefi Severn says the clones will fight for a Skywalker despite Hegarans cost.

Organa agrees to Hegarans terms.

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Upgrade my Ride

We are attacked again by Mandalorians, the leader has red armor, with Zabrak style markings and horns on his helmet.

Escaping from the Wheel we talk with Gates about what information he’s gained.

  • Apparently Peacekeeper 2 is being built in orbit of Mandalore. He has a money trail through 6 shell accounts.
  • Captain Rex (7567 trooper code) is posing as Sephi Severn, Bounty Hunter.
  • No proof about Force body swapping.

Grand Marshall Codi has ordered the ships to meet with task force in Skorrupon system to stop the Black Fleet.

We return to the Redemption, and share information with Captain Solo, Symbos, and Dodonna. Master Jennir is still in Bacta.

Admiral Ozo of the Resolute, in charge of the Task force. Redemption is ordered to take place in the line.

One ship, the Binder, starts up it’s gravity well generator. We warn the Admiral that it’s a trap, but it’s too late. Warships appear from hyperdrive, coming to a stop in front of the fleet. We board the Thranta to lend assistance in the space battle. As soon as the Resolute engages, a gigantic ship appears behind it, and opens fire. The Resolute is quickly destroyed.

Captain Solo sends out a code-phrase, and several ships appear surrounding the black ship. Senator Organa comes on the comms, ordering the ship to stand down. The Thranta weaves through the chaos, and attaches itself to the black ship. The black ship opens fire on the Binder, destroying it, and the gravity well, and disappears into hyperspace… with the Thranta attached to it’s belly.

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Broken Star Destroyer Rescue

After dealing with one raiding party of HKs and Sith clones, we split the party. The main group (Barret, Lucas, Marin, Nickela, Tycho) heads to the bridge, currently under attack.

Barret repairs one of the turbolifts to get us close to the bridge, grinding all the way. Barret then uses a scanner to get a sense of the opposition we’re about to get into, Tycho uses Forsee to do the same.

We arrive on the bridge, finding the crew awaiting the next wave of attack. We inform them we’re from the Redemption, and are here to help. The doors open, and we see the enemy approach. Marin shoots a sith in the head right after the doors open. He notices some exposed conduits that could expose the enemy to bad things if they were ruptured. Nickela throws her saber and cuts the conduits, filling the area with noxious gas.

Lucas heads to the bridge and meets the command crew, finding the Jedi General with rebar through his chest.

We manage to kill all the opposition before they take down the force fields, and expose us to hard vacuum.

We meet Capt. Dodonna and General Das Jenir. Barret patches up the General, and then extracts some information from the computers so we have a copy of the attack. The data shows us a fleet of 4 black Mon Calamari warships with heavy shields and weapons, appearing out of hyperspace, destroying most of the fleet in seconds. They chased the Star Destroyer into the asteroid field.

Capt Dodonna states that we need to take this information back to Coruscant immediately.

Tycho receives a call from the Slicer on the Wheel. He’s gotten into trouble, and needs us to get him off the Wheel ASAP. In return, he’ll give us what he’s found out. Marin Astrogates us back in half the time.

No sooner have we met with the slicer, the station shakes from turbolaser fire. A small fleet of warships have come in and started attacking the wheel. Barret recognizes them as Mandalorians. He then quickly hotwires the train to get us back to the Thranta.

“The clone you wanted me to look for? CT-7567, but some of his records say he was known as “Rex” informally. He was reported KIA on the same date as Chancellor Amidala’s assassination, along with three other clones of his company. After some extensive and monumental deductive reasoning, I found a series of reports linking a clone deserter leaving Tatooine a few days after the assassination. All clones still reported as being alive and well were in the system, so it had to be a clone that was reported dead. Rex seemed to like Jet Packs, so he likely rocketed away before the transport crashed into the desert.”

Slicer report #1
“He left Tatooine and headed for Plutonia, a cold world that Rex saw action on early in the war. He must have made friends with the aristocracy, because soon after he had a transport of his own and headed out into the galaxy. I lost track for a while, but then located a fairly successful bounty hunter that’s big on capturing escaped criminals and wanted offenders; no Hutt bounties or assassination missions for him. This hunter is big on the ‘bring em to justice’ theme. Not that he won’t kill them if they resist, just that he’s got a good track record of bringing in some very nasty people.”

“This hunter’s name is Sefi Siven. Seven-Five-Six-Seven; Sefi Siven. Siven is Rex, and he’s still alive and kicking out here in the Rim.”

“As for what else I found? I ain’t saying anything until we’re aboard your ship…”

While en route, the train is hit by a missile, and we’re under attack by a squad of Mandolorians on turbosleds.

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On the Trail

(First session with EotE system)

We awake inside the Thranta, our memories fuzzy concerning the past few weeks or months. 19.6 days of memory missing from Vandal’s memory, locked in his personal storage. Last thing is boarding Thranta with Quigon and Palpatine. Some have vague memories, or voices with messages.

  • Marin – Find your path
  • Tycho – Find your sister
  • Lucas – Find yourself
  • Glendora – Stop the Darkness

The Thranta is without power, and adrift in deep space. Barrett repairs the system, and begins working the Navigation system. We find Derra IV, and resync our chronometers.

All supplies used is consistent of 19 days of use. Oddness lies in the medical supplies. There is evidence of trauma medical supplies. No evidence of long term care supplies used. This is consistent with the injuries sustained by Barrett.

Barrett and Tycho search the Holonet for details as to what has happened in the world the last 19 days. Supreme chancellor Kenobie, decentralized the Jedi order to extend its protective duties across the universe. Kenobie has taken the Navy fleet and blanketed the galaxy with it, ineffectively. His justification is to discourage pirates in outer rims.

We land on Derra IV. The Jedi are received like celebrities. Then asked where our ships are. Dole Dennar II, Governor of Derra IV, places the resources of his office at our disposal. Tycho senses that Governor Dennar is trying to impress us because we were a jedi. He ignores all but the jedi.

We receive a call while debriefing each other from Marek. We set up a meeting with him on his ship. Tycho reveals our belief that Kenobi is related to the temple on Thule and that he has kept trophies of Jedi Masters. Lucas suggests investigating the period between the death of Darth Maul and when he returned from the dead. Marek suggests a slicer to hack the Jedi Archives to find this information.

Tycho suggests we investigate Ventress.
Marek asks what happened on Tatooine. Tycho gives him the download. Marek suggests we go to Tattooine to investigate.

Once we get to Tattooine, folks start to investigate. Lucas enters town and starts getting people pliable and responsive to helping. Vandal notices that words is spreading throughout town that the team is looking for information about the assassination. however its also come to the attention of the police force, and they are keeping an eye on us. His counter intelligence actions hides our identities.

Barrett asks the right questions to the right people, who take it the wrong way. Marrin hears the name Turoval Polque, shares it with the team through a communicator when two police officers arrest him. The rest of the team over hear the arrest. He gets put in jail.

Nicaela finds out that Polque is the deputy supervisor for the night shift of the police department.

6 hours after the arrest, Polque visits Marrin. They butt heads with no real progress either way. Until there is a disturbance at the entrance to the police station. When Vandal goes through, he has so many guns that the detector malfunctions, and they try to run him through again. Tycho convinces them that they do not need to using Jedi powers.

Barret and Lucas talk their way through the desk saregant. Lucas suggests they bring Glendora as a representation. The seargent goes to get Polque. Polque invites us back to observe the questioning.

Polque asks us what we are doing. Tycho explains we are investigating the assassination. Polque then starts typing into his datapad. Nicaela senses his surface thoughts are cool, but his anxiety has spiked. She also notices that he is typing nonsense into his datapad. she calls him on it and he starts to excuse himself fro the room. Using the force, she destroys the controls keeping hi inside the conference room.

Tycho puts Polque at ease by talking him down and convincing him to communicate. Polque convinces his people he is ok and that there was a malfunction. He has Marrin brought to the conference room.

Polque then starts to explain that he has been terrified for his family and himself ever since the event 20 years ago. Tycho explains that we are not part of the shadow that has slipped into the republic.

He was a rookie patrolman, there were reports of fighting in the district. They were unaware of a Jedi summit. There was some sort of duel, Jedi with light sabres fighting on the rooftops. Height of the clone wars, sieges had been going on for a year. They thought it was a prelude to an invasion, or secret deal gone wrong. Things appeared to quiet down after reports of a VIP fatally wounded and dead. Kenobi said that Gin and Dukkoo arrived under mission of peace,but betrayed that and killed the Chancellor. He heard two people talking thinking they were looters and snuck up on them. He pulls out a memory crystal and plays it.

There are two clone officers talking. Captain Rex in blue trim with a mashed trim. Commander Cody is the other. The Captain believes that he needs to report the truth, that Kenobi murdered Chancellor Amadala. Commander orders the Captain to stick to the General’s report then dismisses the captain. Then the commander calls in an air strike on the transport of 4 clones. A jet pack was seen escaping the crash.

After the incident Polque mentions that witnesses started going missing. He then changed his time sheet so he was sick that night so that no one would take him. He continued to take steps to remove his presence from the situation to avoid being another missing person.

He gives us his crystal. Tycho and Lucas offer to move them into witness protection program. Nicaela and Tycho stash the family on the Thranta and Polque finishes his shift. Tycho sets up Polque with a new life in the Typani sector.

Now there’s a trail that we can trace to Captain Rex.

There is a distinctive evil voice in Nicaela’s head Claim your place

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Thule

The Thranta leaves hyperspace arriving at Thule. There are 2 large warships near the planet. They send out 2 tie fighters of a strange configuration. The ties start an attack run. Marin guns the engines to make the planet before we’re shot out of the sky. The Thranta takes a good amount of damage, but the gunners make one withdraw and the other explodes.

Entering the atmosphere, there is an endless ionic storm. The Thranta takes a direct lightning strike, and all the droids (and Barret) are knocked out. We eventually land, and everyone is brought back to consciousness.

Heading outside to survey the damage, we hear a couple of cries call and respond. Above the trees are a number of double headed flying lizards (battle hydras) appear and attack. They descend upon the Thranta, but we kill them all before we take much harm.

An old man rides a lizard into the clearing. Tycho senses that he’s a Force Active Dark Side user. He introduces himself as Kitster Benai. Is actually Anakin Skywalker.

Met with Dooku and Quigon on Tattoine, with Padme, Kenobi, and 212 Battalion. Kenobi attacked Quigon, severed his arm, then moved to Dooku. Knocked Skywalker back through 2 walls, and unconscious. When awoke, Skywalker saw Kenobi over Padme, with table fragments through her. Dooku retreated with Kenobi chasing. QuiGon supported marriage of Skywalker. Quigon implored Skywalker to deliver children. Quigon sensed Kenobi returning, and told Skywalker to run with Tycho, before sister was born.

There is a place that is a convergence of the Force, called Mortis. A Caretaker there told Anakin that he was the chosen one to maintain balance in the Force. Anakin drawn back to Mortis, and spoke to caretaker. The rolls of the son and daughter (light and dark) need to be restored, with father to maintain balance. Taking up the roll would take you out of the universe, so Anakin can take surrogate. There are 2 captives in Kenobi’s citadel on Thule, they could be convinced to take up the rolls for a time.

Level to 10

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Prison Break

Deciding the best course of action is to drive up the intact Walker, the team sets themselves to various tasks to prepare.

Montage!

  • Tycho talks over the location with some Rebels. Determines the best time would be dawn, approaching from the East, sun at our back.
  • Nikela watches the prison for a day, learning the exterior defenses and manpower.
  • Barret prepares the Walker, and obtains some explosives.
  • Glendora questions prison guards in the nearby cantina. She discovers that there are air speeders and Republic walkers that are on rapid deployment to defend the prison.
  • Vandal, Marrin, and the Stratt sneak into the prison. Walkers and Air Speeders are sabotaged. Interior layout is learned.
  • Tycho meditates on the future of the battleground. He receives a vision of many potential futures, and warns the group of it’s portents.

Dawn

Barret starts the Walker’s long walk. Glendora and Tycho man the secondary weapons. Nikela rides on top. The alarm sounds, and pilots get to their speeders. Just as they’re about to exit the hanger, the door smashes down on the first one, closing down half of their forces. Marrin borrows an air speeder and lifts off with the second squad. Vandal surprises one of the gun platform, and after taking out the officer, talks the soldiers into retreating. The droid then sets the gun emplacement against the prison defenses. The Walker starts taking fire from the Speeders, and returns in kind. Nikela deflects some shots, defending the Walker. Marrin makes his presence known, and the speeders are taken out in short order. The Stratt avoids the alerted guards, finds the controls to the automated wall guns, and disables them. Discovered, he disappears into the prison levels and eludes capture. Barret fires the main weapon, scoring the prison wall on the first attempt, and going clear through on the second. The prison AT-ST’s have finally made out of the yard, slowed by the sabotage, and begin firing. One takes Marin’s speeder down, but he is blown clear at the last moment. The jedi rush to his side through the blaster fire. And the AT-ST’s are brought down.

Inside

Barret slices the computer system and locates cameras showing Votarri being removed from his cell by 3 Nexu and a Noble (Lord Andmark). They’re several stories up, and are heading for the roof to get onto a ship. The Stratt hits the release on the cells for the current floor. He makes an announcement over the PA system, declaring them all free, and to return home. A moment later, the turbolift opens, and guards pour out. The party wastes no time, keeping one group of guards busy at range, while Nikela cuts a swath, eliminating the group in the lift they need to reach the roof.

Showdown

Lord Andmark, with Votarri held at gun point, tells his Nexu guard to keep us busy. A YT ship is approaching the platform. Glendora and Nikela thwart the Sage. Tycho sends the duelist flying into the turbolift, and then to the level with the prison riot. The Stratt leaps after Lord Andmark, and orders his surrender. When the Lord Surrenders, the Stratt puts himself in harms way, taking the shot for Votarri. His light foil cuts off Andmarks hand, and the Lord falls from the platform to his death.

Escape and Discussion

The padawans are called to bring in the Thranta to evacuate us. Marin takes over and breaks orbit in no time. Once Votarri has recovered, he asks why we saved him. We tell him of the death of Quinlan Vos. He tells us of how he met Vos, and his “old friend” Anakin Skywalker on the planet Thule. Surprised that Skywalker is not dead, as reported, Vos and Votarri leave the planet, but not to report to the Jedi Council. We set co-ordinates for Thule.
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Feb 12 Session

After talking with Vos Ghost and Senator Organa.

Ship originated from Capsilla provence. Capsilla have political relationship with Mercetti. Vos said there was someone who helped free him to flee to Riassa, Votarri. He’ll know where Vos escaped from, NVG-1933 station, major Sith clone producer mentioned by Ventress001.

Tycho tries to contact Corran Horn, getting no response.

We head to Riessa in the Tipani sector. Cosa City has an artificial mountain of buildings, gradually tapering off from the center. Lots of air traffic.

Asking around after Votarri, we hear about a lot of unrest in Gonnahan Commonwealth, Lord Edmarks holdings. Bandit activity. Many have been held in Stonehall. Activity escalates. Tycho is approached by a finely dressed nobleman, meet at Lasha Skybridge in an hour.

Setting up on the bridge, we have Marrin, Barret, and Vandal on overwatch. The jedi and Lucas on the bridge to meet the lord. Meet Lord Parsanth Lur, he’s a rival of Lord Endmark, would like to see him brought down several pegs. Bandits are actually Revolutionary force, Hand of Right. Votarri is uncle of their leader (female).

Meanwhile, Marin notices a hover truck with several men crouched on top. They leap up impossibly high, and land on the bridge. They draw lightsabers of various types, and are wearing black and red versions of the Stratt mask. “You will be silenced Lur.” Many of the party is not surprised and attacks as they land. Many are wounded, none are killed.

A violent combat later, Lord Lur is still alive. Take a few blood samples to compare to our clone notes. Most humans (2 look alike), 1 zabrak. Lord Lur is surprised by the direct action, but the assasins are strange. Put in contact with Assani Gilten, in the Hand of Right. Allies through mutual Enemies. Try to deny Edmarks access to Votarri.

Messages back and forth with Assani for a time. Get a set of coordinates in Gonahan Commonwealth, in a small village way out of the city. Farmhouse? Rent a speeder to ride past border patrol, hired mercs, lots of military grade. At the meeting palce, we find 2 men who look us over, taking note of the non-humans (dismissing the droid). Nickela and Lucas smuggle their weapons in. When Tycho and Glendora hand over their lightsabers, they show surpise and reverence. Once inside the speeder, the windows darken. They call the Stratt clones “Nexu” they seem to have a lot of them.

Arrive at a school with perimeter razor wire fence. Gym has been opened into a open hangar. Teenage girl walks up flanked by 2 guards, introducing as Assani. Speak briefly, then lead inside. There’s a hologram of a “castle” notations say this is Stone Hall. 5-6 weeks ago Jaxing Votarri came back from a prospecting run in asteroids for ore. Was gone 2 weeks instead of a month. Nexu came to attack Vos and Votarri. Vos escaped. Votarri went into hiding. Captured Votarri about 2 weeks ago. Knew where he was going, possible mole in Hand of Right? 1 or 2 days from raiding Stone Hall. Dates back to Noble wars. 30 stories, landing pads, 5 meters of duracreet, 3 meters of ferrosteel. Leads us to gymnasium where she shows us is a SPHA vehicle.

Blood sample results match Rufus Paddox and jedi from 20 years ago. Means 10 year window of active clones. Probably looking at 400 milion clones of this type. Talk a bit about options. Lucas introduces himself to Assani as Scion of House Pallagia, and offers to bring tension onto Capsilla. He calls his father. Effectively admits that he became the Stratt. Learn what Lord Pellagia needs to enact military action against the attrocities. Suggests that some anarchist could send a signal in 2 days to have military response in moments.

Tycho feels a force power used on him. Backs out of the room, and it goes away. Telling people to split up, he feels that Asani is being scryed upon. Nicela feels that Asani is Force Sensitive.

6 days ago, when walker arrived, a Nexu arrives and climbs into the reactor area and plants a shielded device inside a manifold. Barret and Marin find the device is a shielded device. When they fire, the shield will turn off and the reactor will blow up, taking everything within 30 meters or so. They handily disarm the device.

XP Total 36,010. Gain Level 9

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GAR No More!

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Kenobi Announces Military Disarmament Plan

In a startling move, Supreme Chancellor Obi-Wan Kenobi announced a massive demilitarization and decommissioning program for the Grand Army of the Republic. The former Clone Wars general laid out a plan to scale down the armaments on the Republic’s strongest warships, sent trillions of credits in war materiel to scrapyards, and muster out millions of clone soldiers. This action goes against all media expectations, who were anticipating Kenobi to announce an increase in ship production and clone training.

I stand before you today as your Chancellor, but in the past I have been a student, a Jedi, a Grand Master, an investigator, and a General. But for all those titles I’ve carried, I have always considered myself a peacekeeper, one who would do what it takes to maintain peace for the betterment of the Republic.

For thousands of years, the Jedi Order served as peacekeepers for the Republic. In that time, they have amassed a large amount of historical data. My cabinet and I have been researching that data and we have discovered that the darkest times for the Republic marked a time when the Republic’s Army and Navy were at their height. Thousands of warships, and millions of soldiers. These forces were raised by those loyal Republic worlds to fight a great menace, but when that menace ended the Armed Forces were not dismissed. They remained, and even grew in size. Eventually that military found themselves embroiled in conflict after conflict, and even Civil War.

Few would argue that the Republic’s time since the Clone Wars were anything but easy, or peaceful. It’s been difficult for many, impossible for some. These times have occurred before, and the outcome each time was another war more devastating than the first. I looked at what was happening to the Republic and knew I could not sit idly by while we spiraled into another conflict with our Galactic neighbors.

Many within the Grand Army of the Republic advocated that the only way to preserve the Republic was to arm her better. To give the Republic the military power to crush any opposition totally and absolutely. That kind of thinking led to the creation of the wrongfully named “Peacebringer Station” during the last administration. That will not be the direction of this office any longer.

Effective immediately, and in compliance with Executive Order 38, the Grand Army of the Republic will be disbanded. I am ordering the decommissioning of seventeen battle squadrons and fourteen brigades. The remaining forces will be divided among the Sectors of the Republic as deterrents for pirate and criminal activities, and for defense during local disputes.

All clone troopers in the affected brigades will be given honorable discharges and protected from exploitation of their abilities. Local sector governors will be allowed to supplement their sector forces by hiring clones, but they are to be given the same rights and privileges as all other galactic beings. There will be minimum earnings that clone troopers must receive for their time and service. Any sector, system, or planet that violates this mandate and dishonors those clone troopers who served the Republic so admirably will face severe felony charges including fines and prison sentences.

The Impervious-class Star Destroyers attached to the decommissioned squadrons can still serve the Republic in a more peaceful manner. They will be disarmed and re-commissioned as science and exploration vessels, and their crews will be allowed to explore the Unknown Regions for new systems to colonize and new civilizations to open diplomatic relations with. I have asked the Jedi Council to prepare several teams of Jedi to aid and accompany the first of these exploration missions, which they have graciously accepted.

Finally, to make sure that the tools of the last war are not used in any future wars, all starfighters, walkers, and repulsorcraft that cannot be converted to civilian use will be destroyed. Their metals will be recycled and used for the creation of housing for the billions still homeless from the wars of the past.

This action is meant as a message. The Golden Ages of the Republic happened in times where there was no Army of the Republic. Many are calling for the renewal of hostilities with the Corellian Confederacy. This body will not allow that to happen. We hope this action acts as an example to our comrades from the Corellia System, and hope that we can return to the negotiation table without such a looming threat of conflict.

Thank you, and Long Live the Republic

Chancellor Kenobi’s Military Reduction Plan (MRP) has already gone into effect. HNN attempted to contact the base commander at the Anarg Military Command Center near the Senatorial District but only received a message saying they are unable to respond to inquiries while they initiate the MRP. Reports are coming in from Fondor and Kuat that Star Destroyers undergoing maintenance are already having many of their formidable weapons removed in preparation for their newly-stated exploration missions.

Many are wondering what will become of the millions of Clone Troopers that are now effectively jobless due to the MRP. These beings were raised for war and the military life. Some will be taken on by Sector Governors to supplement their local defenses, but it’s naieve to think that all the clones in the military now would be able to be hired in such a manner. Only time will tell if these brave heroes will be able to cope with the sudden transition into civilian life.

By decimating the Republic’s Armed Forces, Kenobi’s bold move could invite opportunistic individuals to attack where we are weakest. It could also herald in a new age where talking and negotiations are the weapons of war, and peace is the outcome of a bloodless victory.

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Episode Five: Shadows of the Force

Episode Five: Shadows of the Force

Peace refuses to take hold in the galaxy. The negotiations between the GALACTIC REPUBLIC and the CORELLIAN COUNCIL have come to a stalemate. SUPREME CHANCELLOR OBI-WAN KENOBI has vowed that war between the two states would not return, but many cannot see how it can be avoided.

On the world of BOTHAWUI, a relief effort led by the JEDI KNIGHTS bring much needed aid to the devastated regions still recovering from the vicious bombardment from a year ago. The relief forces are joined by Alderaanian Senator BAIL ORGANA, who mediates any disputes between the Republic and the Bothan people.

Meanwhile in the OUTER RIM TERRITORIES, dark forces are on the move. No longer content to hide in the shadows, they are active and gathering allies. Soon they will reveal themselves to the Galaxy, and only time will tell if the Republic will survive…

OPENING CRAWL

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