Okay, as promised, here's the first half of the synopsis of my KOTOR III fan story. It would have been nice to write it all in chapter form, but at least this way you get to find out what happens.
In the four written chapters I have so far finished, we have been introduced to the galaxy and the Republic as it exists 30 years after the defeat of the Sith Triumvirate and the Jedi Exile's disappearance from the galaxy. We met the Jedi Seeker, Naia Sunfell, and learned of her mission to investigate the Insurrection destroying the prosperous world of Ennth, as well as her partner for the assignment, a Republic Intelligence Operative named Garis Krieg who has his own agenda and reasons for investigating the war. Similar wars have been breaking out on other outer rim world's and are almost always followed by severe natural disasters. The Republic wants to know why.
With the assistance of Ennth military liaison Lt. Gariel Hearn, and the help of a swoop courier named Nick Vash, Naia and Krieg investigated the possibility of Dark Force users being behind the war. Strange accidents occurring at a military base overseen by an officer named Colonel Taelen seemed to confirm this, and Naia and Nick went searching the in the Insurrection Warzone for proof of a shop delivering unauthorized equipment to and from the base. Krieg meanwhile communicated with his superior officer, Commander Kass Vallie, and informed her that his search for the missing "artefacts" was proceeding. Krieg wanted to bring the Seeker into his search, but his superior ordered him not to for fear of the items in question corrupting her.
Naia and Nick managed to track down a hidden landing pad and slice it's computer systems to find the numbers of the ships that had been there, but an attack by sentry droids forced them to flee. Outnumbered and outgunned, the pair used as many tricks as they had to evade capture, but it took the timely arrival of Gariel and Krieg to rescue them from imminent death. Though Krieg was angered by Naia's failure to communicate her actions to him the intelligence she had secured lead them to a freelance pilot by the name of Honda the Hutt and his droid assistant DiDi, who reluctantly informed the group that they had been transporting experimental equipment for an anonymous customer.
But during this time the agents behind the conflict on Ennth had not been inactive. Two Sith Lords, Darth Sarrow and Darth Nemesis, had tracked the Seeker's Republic transport and destroyed it with a bomb taken from the Ennth munitions supply. A similar bomb was found dismantled on Honda's ship, and while Gariel and Naia went to investigate it's source, Krieg commandeered Nick Vash's swoop bike to go and survey the wreck of the ship, leaving the courier to look after the Hutt.
This is what is going to happen after that. Naia and Gariel, as well as the droid DiDi who had stowed away on their Ennth shuttle out of a desire to help them protect her master from repercussions, investigate Colonel Taelen's base and find the bombs came from his armoury. Furthermore Naia discovers through use of a Force technique that it was the Colonel himself who took them. Rushing to question the Ennth officer, Naia remembers to inform Krieg of her findings. Krieg advises her to wait for him to arrive, but Naia decides to go after the Colonel immediately. Cornering him in his office, the Seeker and Lt. Hearn demand to know the truth of his involvement with the bombings and the Insurrection.
Both are caught off guard when Taelen uses the Force to shove a desk at them (knocking out Gariel) and draws a red lightsaber. He and Naia duel through the base, but the Seeker proves herself more then a match and disarms him. Literally. When Krieg arrives, he tries to interrogate the Colonel, but the traitorous officer snaps his own neck with the Force. Then something even more unsettling occurs. The dead officer's body is possessed by an outside force, who, in a voice obviously no longer Taelen's, compliments Naia on her skill and beauty, and invites her to come to his lair alone if she wishes to learn the truth behind the war.
Krieg refuses to let her go to the coordinates given by herself, a power station deep behind the lines of the Warzone. The Ennth military cannot accompany them since anything more then a stealthy insertion would be met with heavy fire from the Insurrectionists. Naia decides to charter Honda's ship, the Golden Opportunity, to take her there and heads out with the rest of her allies on board. Landing outside the power station, Naia and Krieg leave the others behind and infiltrate the facility. Naia is forced to fight a pair of Sith Acolytes who inform her that their master wishes them to test her powers further. Naia fights them alone, while Krieg remains in the shadows. She wins, and is allowed to enter the facility. Krieg enters stealthily behind her and goes off to investigate the station, while Naia tries to find the meeting point. As she passes through a corridor, it darkens and the cold, clawing feel of the Dark Side nearly overpowers her. She begins to experience terrifying visions, and though she fights to master herself, she nearly loses all control when a cloaked, masked figure appears before her and calls her by her name. Unable to confront the sheer, overpowering evil of the apparition, Naia collapses. When she regains her focus, the figure is gone.
In the sublevel, Krieg discovers the experimental equipment that Honda had transported. An Arkanian made sensory amplification chamber, with a young Echani woman trapped inside. Though his first instinct is to detonate the lab, Krieg changes his mind and turns the equipment off, rescuing the unconscious woman and taking her with him.
At the same time Naia reaches the center of the station where she discovers a hologram left behind of Darth Nemesis. The pre-recorded message tells her he is a member of a new Sith Order and that he is no longer on the planet. He mockingly invites her to try and catch him if she can, but warns her that "The Harbinger has arrived, and the reaping will soon begin"
Tremors begin to rock the planet and riots break out in highly populated areas. Naia and Krieg return to the ship, and learn from Honda and Gariel that a huge, ancient warship has arrived in the Ennth system. Naia's visions from the station return to her, and she sends a message to the Ennth ruling council to evacuate as quickly as possible. The Seeker and her crew take off to escape the increasingly unstable ground, but Insurrection fighter craft attack them, trying to prevent them from escaping the planet. The surprisingly expert flying of Honda keeps the ship in one piece, but the communications array and hyperdrive are both damaged as the Golden Opportunity flees.
The massive ship charges a weapon and fires it directly at Ennth's moon. It shoves the giant orbiting body so close to the planet that Ennth's surface is completely ravaged by tidal waves, earthquakes and volcanic activity. Despite Naia's warning, millions perish. The Seeker feels it all and is crushed by her failure. She can hear the same voice of the figure that appeared to her, whispering her name, again and again. In order to escape the debris breaking away from the moon, Honda plots a hyper-drive jump, and the Golden Opportunity escapes, leaving the devastated planet behind.
Lt. Hearn is stricken with grief over the damage done to her homeworld. Nick Vash tries to comfort Naia, but the Seeker is struggling with her own guilt and needs to be alone. Krieg inspects the damaged communications gear and realizes that there is no way they can get a message back to the Republic that they are still alive. He decides to question the woman he rescued from the facility. She is awake, and now in a state of slight shock, but she speaks to him and asks him questions. The first of which is why can she not hear him.
Taken aback at first, Krieg learns that the woman's name is Sudema, that she is an Echani and a powerful empath, able to experience and influence others feelings. She was taken from her homeworld by Darth Nemesis and her powers were used to amplify aggression among political factions on Ennth, leading to the Insurrection and the chaos and fear reigning there. She also knows why the Sith have done what they did to Ennth and the other outer rim worlds.
Kreig gives the woman some clothes and asks her to rest, while he meets the Seeker, Gariel, Nick, Honda and DiDi in the ship's main cabin. They discuss what steps to take. Gariel wants to stay with them in order to bring justice to those that have ravaged her homeworld. Naia tells her that Justice and Vengeance are two different things, and though she agrees to let the Ennth lieutenant stay, she warns her that she will intervene if her anger begins to influence her actions. DiDi reports that the hyperdrive is leaking and that they will have to land at the nearest planet to make repairs. Honda clarifies that the only planet within reach is Taris, another world once devastated by the Sith. The Republic has an outpost there which is beginning to help rebuild and resettle the ruined urban world, and the group hope that they will be able to send a message out once they get there. Nick also requests to stay on the mission, and to both Nick and Naia's surprise Krieg agrees. They can't understand why, until Krieg states that releasing Nick would be a security risk. Naia wryly comments to the Operative that for a moment she was afraid that someone had replaced him.
After the meeting, Krieg and Naia continue to question Sudema. She admits that she was an acolyte at a secret Sith Academy hidden on a planet called Azulon, until Nemesis selected her to be his instrument of chaos. She tells them that her experiences have turned her from the Dark Side but Naia is unconvinced, though Krieg seems uncharacteristically ready to believe her. As they leave her quarters, Krieg decides that it's time to reveal to the Seeker the true nature of his own mission and explains that the weapon the Sith used against Ennth is actually built from the Rakata artefacts known as the Star maps, that lead Revan and Malak to the Starforge over forty years ago. The maps themselves are powerful dark side objects and have a debilitating effect on any planet they are set on. The Republic Office of Intelligence had them removed and placed in an asteroid field, but they were stolen several months ago by unknown forces, which the Intelligence directors have been keeping secret from the Jedi. Naia is not happy to hear this, but thanks Krieg for deciding to trust her.
When the ship lands on Taris, they discover that the Republic outpost has been raided by the tribal-like swoop gangs that still lay claim to the broken cityscapes of the planet. Most of their spare equipment was stolen, and their own communications gear is inoperable. Krieg and Hearn decide to try to recover the equipment from one of the gangs, a group known as the Rhakghouls, while Naia feels the Force directing her elsewhere. She and Nick investigate another section of the planet and discover a settlement called the Promised Land, populated by former Undercity dwellers. Naia learns that the defence of the settlement is overseen by a former Sith Trooper named Raife Shrade, and realizes that she must have been meant to meet with him. Shrade is at first unwilling to speak to a Jedi, but when Naia tells him the Sith have arisen to threaten the galaxy again, he practically demands to come with her. Deciding that an expert on the Sith will be an asset, Naia agrees.
In the meantime Krieg and Gariel locate the hideout of the Rahkghouls and are able to discover the missing pieces they need to repair the hyperdrive. Before they can retrieve any comm gear, though, they are discovered and attacked. Kreig and Lt. Hearn fight their attackers to a stand-off, until the gang-lord himself, a giant Ortolon calling himself Lord Ripper challenges Krieg to single combat. If Krieg beats him, they can leave, if not, Gariel will become his slave. Krieg accepts without giving Hearn any say in the matter. Forced to fight without his armor or weapons against the humongous alien, the Operative's chances look slim. He wins anyway, through a combination of hitting strength, agility and some good old-fashioned dirty tricks. (If any of you have ever read the Dark Knight Returns, picture the fight between Batman and the Mutant leader. There you go.) The Rahkghouls are less then thrilled to see their leader defeated and try to kill the two anyway, but Nick, Naia and Raife arrive in time to rescue them and recover the gear.
As Honda and DiDi repair the hyperdrive, Naia makes plans. She and Krieg each leave a message with the Republic outpost to pass on to the Jedi Council and Office of Intelligence, informing both of their discoveries and progress. Since Sudema's claims of a Sith Academy need to be investigated without delay, the Golden Opportunity will travel to Anxalon. Nick and Naia walk among the ruins of the planet together, and share a conversation about their homes, and the nature of war. The Seeker is becoming more and more attracted to the enigmatic Swoop Courier, who is beginning to show signs that he may be much more. When the repairs are completed, the ship takes off and heads for Azulon. But the Sith are no longer in hiding.
On the massive and ancient warship, known as the Harbinger, the Nine Sith gather before their master; Darth Thrall, the Lord of Power. A massive, towering Kel-Dor of unknown age, cloaked in regal robes, Thrall is a menacing presence and emanates the power his title suggests. Some in person, others by hologram, his servants each communicate their accomplishments to him. Along with the human Darth Sarrow and Anzati Darth Nemesis, the Lords of Loss and Obsession respectively, the other Sith are:
Darth Vael, Lady of Deception. A Twi'lek who creates illusions and nightmares to confound and panic her enemies. She was recently responsible for the devastation of a Mandalorian world called Sarssa.
Darth Sylen, Lord of Mastery. A Miralukan who oversees the training of the Nine Sith's initiates. He presides over the hidden academy on Anxalon.
Darth Vhanis, Lady of Pride. A young Alderaanian noblewoman who loves to possess and control the minds of others.
Darth Revage, Lord of Destruction. A ferocious Devaronian warrior who hates to work in secrecy. He is devoted to Darth Thrall
Darth Traya, Lady of Betrayal. A mysterious human woman whose face is always shrouded by a hood. She claims to be working in the steps of the original Darth Traya, and is Thrall's trusted lieutenant.
Darth Layn, Lady of Seduction. A beautiful Mirialan who seeks to convert others to the Sith cause with her seductive charms.
Darth Inarchus, Lord of Chaos. The most powerful and frightening of all those who serve Lord Thrall. The mad Inarchus is an uncontrollable force of chaos who exists only to spread madness and fear throughout the galaxy. He is believed to be an Arkanian, but his face is forever concealed behind a leering mask. It is Inarchus who appeared in Naia's visions.
Though he commends his other servants, Thrall is displeased with the actions taken by Nemesis and Sarrrow on Ennth. The harvest of Dark Side energy created by the catastrophe and war was barely enough to restore power to the ancient warship and its weapon, due in part to the Jedi Seeker's actions and the removal of Sudema before the planet was destroyed. The two are reprimanded, and Sarrow especially, due to a prior failure to keep their order's existence secret. Thrall warns them to not underestimate the Jedi, as his own master did many years ago. He then retreats to his sanctum within the ship, and his servants leave to prepare for the harvest of more worlds.
En route to Azulon, the Golden Opportunity is pulled out of Hyperspace by a gravity well. The crew are surprised to discover pirates lying in wait, who prepare to capture the smaller vessel. Krieg, thinking quickly, seals his armour and exit's the ship through an airlock before it is pulled into the belly of the pirate vessel. He proceeds to cut his way into the pirate ship, search out the gravity inhibitor that caught the Golden Opportunity, and disengages it.
Naia and the others are taken before the captain, a scar-faced Niemoidian known as Mad-Nasty Jak, who orders the Golden Opportunity searched and it's cargo taken. Meanwhile the prisoners are sent to the brig. They meet another captive inside, a young human woman named Ino Bunigus. She claims she was a student working for the Chandrillan university that was captured by the pirates while studying space-phenomenon, but Naia senses she is not telling the truth. Ino reveals that she has been working on an escape plan, and that she has her own ship to get away on. Naia agrees to help her escape. Ino displays the skills of a talented slicer, taking out the locks on their cells, and overriding the cheap security droids that attack them. Krieg arrives by exploding through a wall, and guides the crew to the ships while engaging in a running blaster fight with the pirates. They manage to escape, but Ino's ship is not hyperspace worthy and the Seeker offers to let her dock in the Golden Opportunity's hold until they reach Azulon. When Krieg meets her he is suspicious about her story and begins searching through his database until he finds a match for her face and name. She is really Ino Mediya, the runaway heir to a Kuati merchant dynasty. Ino admits that she ran away with a troupe of Zeltrons to rebel against her over restrictive family. She seems to have picked up a lot of Zeltron habits from the experience, as she begins to hit on Nick and Krieg at every given opportunity.
When the ship finally reaches Azulon, a world in the recently formed Corporate Sector, they are shocked to learn on landing that the planet maintains a Zero-Tolerance policy against all Force users. Naia and Sudema are captured by planetary security officers, who also take Honda in for questioning. Krieg manages to help the others escape, and they hide out in a cheap apartment while trying to find a way to rescue Naia. They don't need to wait long before someone comes after them, but it isn't planetary security. It's a Mandalorian warrior named Brevin Jorda. He informs them that he too is searching for the Sith, and that he knows where the Seeker is being kept. Krieg refuses to trust the newcomer, but Gariel parlays with him. Jorda tells her that he is a member of the newly formed Journeymen Protectors, and that he has been on Anxalon for months now, trying to find the location of the Sith academy after Darth Vael destroyed a Mandalorian colony. He doesn't know where the Sith academy is located, but he is aware of a top-secret prison facility on one of Azulon's moons. Krieg checks his information and decides that it is legitimate, and grudgingly accepts the Mandalorian's help. They decide to kidnap the prison warden and use his security clearance to get Naia back.
In the facility, Naia and Sudema are imprisoned in a cell with another pair of Force-users. To Naia's shock, they claim to be Jedi. They seem equally surprised when Naia explains that she is a Jedi Knight of the Republic and that she has never heard of them or seen their design of robes before. The female of the pair, a Sephi who gives her name as Nelani Loth, excitedly asks if there really are Jedi in the Republic. The other, a male Zabrak named Thannon Kast, advises his partner to say no more. Naia continues to press them with questions, and at last the pair explain that they are Jedi Students from a planet called Tython. A secret temple was founded there before the disaster at Katarr by foresighted Consulars and Seers who wanted to train and study in secret, without the threat of the Sith or the constant pressure to protect the Republic. They renamed themselves the Jedi Bendu and since then have never left their world for any reason. When Naia asks how they came to be imprisoned on Azulon, the pair grow silent again.
Jorda, Krieg, Raife, Nick, Gariel, DiDi and Ino have located the Warden at an exclusive casino in the planet's entertainment district. DiDi and Kreig forge passes for them and Ino and Gariel ensure that the group have disguises that are up to sight for a high-class nightclub. Though narrowly avoiding a few close calls with the club security, the group are able to find the Warden. Ino and Gariel flirt with him and the Warden invites them to his private room. Jorda and Krieg drug him and prepare to steal him out of the club, but a final distraction is required in order to mislead security. Ironically it involves Ino dragging Nick onstage to help her perfom a Zeltron dance. Much clothing is shredded.
With the Warden in their custody, Krieg and Jorda interrogate him until he reveals that he has been taking bribes to create security for a secret training facility. He also gives up the location of the prison where Naia is being kept. Krieg decidse to take the Warden with them and use his personal shuttle to reach the prison. After using the Warden's clearence codes to enter the facility, they manage to nuetralize most of the gaurds non-lethally and eventually find the Seeker's cell.
After rescuing Naia and Sudema, as well as the two Bendu, the crew prepares to escape but the warden becomes a problem. Naia considers letting him go, but Raife takes the problem out of their hands by executing him. The Seeker is angered by his cold-bloodedness, but Raife ignores her indignation by reminding her that he plays by his own rules, and that the Warden would remain a threat to them as long as they were still on the planet. Naia doesn't like what's happened but knows that the middle of a prison is no place to discuss it. With the Bendu in tow, the crew find Honda and return as quickly as they can to the Golden Opportunity.
Honda had been rather enjoying his stay in prison, as the inmates assumed that as a Hutt he was a powerful underworld figure and treated him with a lot of respect. Nonetheless he is happy to be back on his ship and pilots the vessel to the other side of the planet, where they can lay low.
After being questioned, Nelani and Thannon admit that they are searching for their master, Gil Kasica, a Natolaun who broke ranks with the other Bendu Masters and left Tython in search of the newly arisen Sith, who he had foreseen in a vision. They also add that they believe that he was captured by the Sith shortly after, and hope to rescue him. The Seeker feels that they are telling the truth, and that she would not have crossed paths with them if the Force had not meant for it to happen. She agrees to add them to the crew on the condition they assist her in finding and defeating the Sith. Krieg is not happy with the new additions to the group, and is troubled to discover that their presence seems to bother Sudema, who insists that they know something they are not telling the others. After Krieg confronts them, two Bendu finally admit that they know the location of the Sith training facility, which is hidden in the dense volcanic mountains near the equator of the planet. They explain they were afraid that any rash action on the Seeker's part might go badly for the whole of the crew. The Seeker decides to head for the facility anyway.
When they arrive the Operative and the Seeker discover that the academy has been empited. All of the Sith initiates and warriors have been sent elsewhere, and only the training master Darth Sylen and his elite bodyguard remain. A furious battle ensues, but with the aide of their allies Naia and Krieg are able to win the fight and defeat Sylen. The Mirulukan takes his own life rather then be captured, falling on his own vibroblade.
Ino and Nick investigate the academy's files and discover coded messages to the planet Alderaan. Naia and Krieg use the communications gear to finally contact their superiors. While the Jedi council are pleased to hear that the Seeker is alive and that her investiagiont has uncovered the forces behind the outer-rim world disasters, they are worried that the Twilight Sith have evaded notice for so long. Naia is given permission to continue her investigations, but the council also inform her that a full Jedi Knight will take over the leadership of the mission. Naia is bitterly disappointed that the council do not trust her to continue heading the investigation, but accedes to their orders. The new Knight will meet her on Alderaan, she is told. Kireg's contact with the Republic Intelligence office is similar. Commander Vallie is glad that he is alive, but also angry that he has been out of contact for so long, and explains that in the absence of any message from him after the Ennth disaster he was presumed Killed in Action and his file and ranking within the agency terminated. He is now a dead asset to the Republic. Uncertain of what else to do, Kreig insists that he will continue to aide the Seeker.
As they leave Azulon, relations between the varying crew members are becoming strained and agitated, and more complicated then Naia would like. The mysterious Sudema seems drawn ever closer to the Operative due to his unbreachable presence and the Operative finds himself torn between desiring to protect Sudema and to follow Naia's command. Nick Vash's playful flirtation with the Jedi Seeker as well seems to be getting less playful and more serious, something that both alarms and incites un-Jedi-like thoughts within Naia's mind. Gariel Hearn finds herself drawn to Brevin Jorda as the Mandalorian warrior tells her to use her helpless anger at the rape of her homeworld to drive herself to become a focused avenger. Thannon Kast is dismayed to see his friend Nalani draw closer to the Republic Knights and their teachings and Raife argues constantly with everyone while Ino tries seducing the others in turn. Honda and DiDi stick to the cockpit cabin and try to ignore the rest of the goings on, wagering it to be the safest course of action.
Onboard the Harbinger, the mysterious Darth Traya contacts Darth Thrall to alert him of the death of Sylen. She warns the other Sith that their presence has been uncovered, and that their mission on Alderaan must be completed soon, or else their plans might be damaged severely. But Darth Thrall assures her that he has foreseen a betrayal within the Seeker's ranks that will end her mission completely.
And it will come soon
Mood: Big Grin
Listening to: The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
Reading: The Fellowship of the Ring
Watching: Nero Wolfe - The complete series
Playing: Deus Ex