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Storyboards / Re: Shadow of Shadren - Summary Thread
« on: Today at 02:17:11 AM »
@Karmic - Dass is working on a post summarizing what is and is not known about Shadren's history. Stay tuned!

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@Mourne - This should be a great plot to get your feet wet again, then! Don't worry about limiting your character choices to just political or entourage types. If the Sith want to try to storm the castle... well, we will do a plot about storming the castle. If they want to be subtle, we'll run a subtlety-oriented plot. As we said before, it's very player-driven!

But it is looking like an Impside version of the call for aid is in order. Me and Dass will brainstorm!

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Yep, Dass is correct! This is a multi-thread arc within which lots of small events and spontaneous RP can happen. It's definitely shaped by player involvement, so don't be afraid to jump in.

I've posted the IC summary thread now. This thread will summarize all the known information and update to summarize each new important plot point. It'll be separated like it is on the first post, there, with titles to show off what information is accessible to which groups of people, to be used at your IC leisure. (Think the boxes on the holo-database wikia we have that provide IC information known to limited factions, that anyone in that faction might know.)

So for example, I know @Karmic @Erednash and @Mourne you all are either primarily Impside players or volunteering your Sith/Imps, so it might behoove us now to do some stuff Impside for the plot!

Also @Ryshias and @Ela you both were interested in that news thread... this is the plot following up on that! If you are both still interested, here is where you can get involved.

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Yep, Dass is correct! This is a multi-thread arc within which lots of small events and spontaneous RP can happen. It's definitely shaped by player involvement, so don't be afraid to jump in.

I've posted the IC summary thread now. This thread will summarize all the known information and update to summarize each new important plot point. It'll be separated like it is on the first post, there, with titles to show off what information is accessible to which groups of people, to be used at your IC leisure. (Think the boxes on the holo-database wikia we have that provide IC information known to limited factions, that anyone in that faction might know.)

So for example, I know @Karmic @Erednash and @Mourne you all are either primarily Impside players or volunteering your Sith/Imps, so it might behoove us now to do some stuff Impside for the plot!

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Storyboards / Shadow of Shadren - Summary Thread
« on: 10/19/17, 03:19:57 PM »
On Iridonia, a king dreams of darkness...
On Shadren, a people search for their queen...
Two planets - two factions - rest poised at the edge of conflict.

Can you avert it? Would you begin it? Will you join it?





Known to those with their ears to the ground:

Some time ago, a local news channel on Iridonia aired the following broadcast. The broadcast was quickly pulled from all channels, but enterprising slicers and the savvy local viewer will remember this feed:

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AJMAGNI KEYVA NATEL JATHEN KOSTA EL'TIRA I'JHERE! <<SITH DUELS FORCE-USERS IN LOCAL TOWN!>>      JHEREN VYSHTALEN BE'NARIT RES'AJMAGNI! <<ZABRAK ARMY CAPTURES THE SITH!>>

"Shoppers in the sleepy town of Tira'Osh found themselves in the middle of a conflict between three Force users during a duel in front of the local cantina. According to witnesses, a Human woman—identified only as a Sith—spent some time drifting through the town's market square before being confronted. The two others, a local Sang and an unidentified Zabrak, confronted the woman, leading to sabres drawn. We bring you footage of that moment now."

Blurry footage, from an unhelpful angle, just barely shows three figures: an imposing Zabrak man in brown leathers holding a metal zhaboka and his back to the camera, a slim, hooded, Human female with a red-black lightsaber, and a ruddy-skinned Zabrak with a white sabre whose jato are obscured. They appear to be in standoff. When they do start moving, the jostling camera and the blur of the lightsabers makes it difficult to discern the action.

"Townspeople gathered in the local hall while the fight occurred. The conflict ended when a ship carrying members of the Zabrak Army landed in the market square, surrounded the combatants, and arrested the Sith. Neither the Sang nor the remaining Force user could be located afterwards for questioning. The Sith is still believed to be in custody."

Since that short-lived broadcast, neither hair nor sabertrail has been seen of this mysterious Sith, nor the people she dueled. Rumor persists, however, and those seeking answers may find ones if they go looking...



Known to members of the Jedi Order, the Office of the Chancellor, and upper echelons of the Zabrak Army:

Kal'Edar Ayrak Malid, current king of Iridonia and arbiter of the Iridonian High Council, approached Jedi and their allies gathered at the Jedi Custodum on Coruscant in search of aid. While there, he revealed that he has been holding none other than Queen Vedriat Azeara, sovereign of the Shadren Hegemony, as his prisoner for a little under two weeks.

The Kal'Edar is holding Queen Azeara under the charge of inciting violence and unlawful ingress as a Sith Lord on a Republic world. He further suspects her of spying or scouting for an attack on Iridonia, although she claims to have been hunting a traitor to the Sith Empire. The Kal'Edar himself claims to have followed a Force Vision speaking of a shadow threatening Iridonia. When pressed, he revealed that he has not yet informed the Iridonian High Council nor the Republic Senate--aside from, after Jedi prompting, the Office of the Chancellor--for fear of warmongering.

In response, a Jedi delegation has set out for Iridonia to interview Vedriat, discern the truth of the situation, and discuss how to proceed. King Ayrak has expressed a willingness to cooperate with whatever decision the Jedi come to regarding his prisoner, and will seek Republic military aid should a conflict arise, but is focused on finding a solution which does not end in war.

When last we met them, the Jedi delegation left, in the escort of Ayrak and his clan, to Iridonian space...



Known to the Empire and the Shadren Hegemony:

Known to the Empire and the Shadren Hegemony:

Queen Vedriat Azeara has been working very hard to restore the tarnished reputation of her people. Since her ascension as the sole ruler of the Shadren Hegemony, Vedriat has sent ships to serve in the engagement on Iokath, denounced the traitorous "Darth" Taelios and raided his megafactory on Shadren IV, provided the documentation of the Valefor's legal secession of the Sith Empire, and called forward her allies within the Sith to speak on her behalf.

Now, however, trouble sparks from the already inflamatory existence that is the Hegemony. A pulled, Iridonian news broadcast suggests the capture of an unknown Sith, and queries and statements from the recently vocal Shadren fall suddenly silent. There are rumours that Lady Tymeis, Vedriat's most trusted servant, reaches out surreptitiously to her believed allies...

Do you take this opportunity to end the threat of the Shadren Hegemony once and for all? Do you use it to bring the headstrong nation under your heel? Or do you seek to aid the Empire's ally, regardless of any claims against it? Act now, for the window ever closes...

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Events and Occasions / Shadow of Shadren - Planning Thread
« on: 10/19/17, 01:14:35 AM »
On Iridonia, a king dreams of darkness...
On Shadren, a people search for their queen...
Two planets - two factions - rest poised at the edge of conflict.

Can you avert it? Would you begin it? Will you join it?


(( IC SUMMARY THREAD ))



This is the OOC thread for the plot me and @Dassalya are running concerning the Shadren Hegemony and political stirrings on Iridonia begun way back during the great plot @Kremon ran for the server. This plot is not a sequel, but continues off of some independent threads started during that time period and since. We saw an opportunity to do a cool plot involving politics and intrigue for both factions that might pull in characters from Jedi to Sith to troopers to spies to politicians and everything in between.

The story so far...

King Ayrak of Iridonia--the head of Iridonia's High Council--approached the Jedi Order recently in search of aid, revealing that he was holding as his prisoner none other than Queen Vedriat Azeara of the Shadren Hegemony, a member of the Sith Empire. While held under accusation of entering the planet under a false identity and joining violence as a Sith combatant on a Republic world, the Queen of Shadren claims to have been hunting down a traitor, and Ayrak himself believes her to have been spying for a Sith offensive. To ascertain the truth of the matter and find a way out of the sticky political situation, a Jedi delegation was formed and sent to Iridonia to interview the captive queen. At the moment, these events are known only to the Office of the Chancellor, the Jedi Order, and certain members of the Zabrak Army. However, Vedriat is not without her allies, nor Shadren without resources of its own... Vedriat's handmaiden, Tymeis, has begun to make inquiries of her own, and reach out to her allies within Shadren and the Sith Empire.

How to get involved:

Check out our summary thread summarizing all of the IC hooks and the plot entries so far! Then come back here to join in the planning, volunteering, and otherwise keeping track of the plot. If this interests you -- Republic or Imperial -- comment in this OOC thread to voice your interest and get involved in the planning and RP events of this series.

There are several plot cruxes where players can decide what happens in this plot. That means the people who get involved will be able to have an impact in where the story goes, if conflicts break out, what the conflicts are over, etc. There are hooks in place for many different kinds of characters, so if it interests you let us know and post with what characters might get involved!

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Cantina / Re: The Absent Thread
« on: 10/18/17, 04:16:39 PM »
Reminded that from the 20th to the 23rd I will be gone! People can grab me on the site or Discord or the chatroom, but I won't be able to be in the game that whole time. Wish me good luck!

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Events and Occasions / Re: Jedi Night Weekly Event Thread
« on: 10/16/17, 03:07:35 PM »
I was a dumb and forgot that this upcoming Jedi Night is the night before I move. Since it's bound to be pure chaos, I am postponing the next installment of Map to the Past, and this week will be another chill week at the Custodum SH! Stay tuned for any special happenings that might be occurring this Thursday.

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Introductions / Re: ((OOC)) Overdue Intro
« on: 10/13/17, 06:28:36 PM »
Yeah, echoing Seraphie here, playing a canon character (such as the Outlander) is considered bad form in wider RP communities. It can work if it's just you and your friends, because you get to decide your personal canon, but when dealing with a larger group of people you will find that it gets much more complicated. If your character claims to be the Outlander chances are they wil be ignored... It just creates a lot of conflicts that are impossible to reconcile.

What might be good, if you plan to head to events and RP with more people, would be to look at your characters' stories and pick out the generic parts of them, or find alternatives to the story that accomplish similar things in terms of character development but that do not place your characters as the star of the show. (i.e. maybe they were Alliance fighters, or they participated in major battles, but were not the commanders or Outlander, etc.)

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Media Gallery / Re: Squiggly's non-insignia artsy things
« on: 10/12/17, 08:07:44 PM »
Heh, another reason I'm not so interested in GW2... If the content shows up for two weeks and never returns, it's not fun to play. It's just stressful. Unless they've changed that in the past few years and it does, in fact, rotate back in regularly.

More would be neat! I love seeing what people create on their own.

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Media Gallery / Re: Squiggly's non-insignia artsy things
« on: 10/12/17, 05:55:33 PM »
Aww, too bad we can't go further south. :( I loved Kourna and Istan. Nightfall was my favorite of all the games. Maybe if those come out, though, I will check it out again! Especially if SWTOR dies, but hopefully that won't be for a while.

Do you have any more stuff from the original universe you were designing? Maybe some details about it to go along with the sketches?

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Media Gallery / Re: Squiggly's non-insignia artsy things
« on: 10/12/17, 05:06:15 PM »
I love your Margonite. Have to say that knowing a return to Elona is imminent is making me slightly interested in GW2 when I wasn't before, but... I still prefer the old buildcrafting RPG to the newer action RPG. :sigh:

Love all your characters and armor designs here! You have a great sense for costume.

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Events and Occasions / Re: Jedi Night Weekly Event Thread
« on: 10/12/17, 03:47:29 PM »
Jedi Night tonight! We will be hanging out at the Custodum Enclave for our 'off-week', but this does not mean the night will be boring...

Those who wish to examine the artifact recovered last week will have ample time to do so should they wish. Discoveries so far include:

- The object was first recovered on an otherwise insignificant planet in the Outer Rim.
- The object has a strong Force presence, but seems 'inactive' somehow.
- The object persistently feels as if it awaiting being awoken by something specific. This 'something' has not been found yet.
- Etchings on the object are in the shape of a stylized sun and two overlapping trees which appear to be one tree at a cursory glance.
- The object is a composite made with a kind of Force Alchemy, but is not of Sith origin.
- The composite stone includes crystal matter not unlike that of a lightsaber crystal.
- Previous teams who examined the artifact hypothesized it may have some use as a healing artifact.

In addition to the usual philosophizing, debriefing, and experimentation, there will be a surprise guest! Characters of a Jedi bent may find what they have to say of interest, but there are also hooks of a political nature. This isn't part of the treasure-hunting storyline, but a separate matter being brought to the Jedi this week. Stay tuned!

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Outside Realm / Re: the last jedi [grumpy warning]
« on: 10/11/17, 07:50:29 PM »
@Niarra your response here is a perfect breakdown of the meta and the Force, and everyone should go read it. I'd also like to add some stuff from new canon that further confirms it. In the new canon, everything is supposed to be main canon--from comics to movies to tv shows, etc.--rather than the old tiered EU. I want to point out some stuff from the comics Kanan: The Last Padawan, which according to the new approach to canon, is as canon as they come as regards the old Jedi Order.

In the comics, Depa Billaba has just returned to the Jedi after an extremely traumatizing battle that caused her serious injury and caused her to lose all the troopers under her command. The Jedi Council decides she needs to be tested, after her recovery, to assure her physical, mental, and spiritual wellness in the field. This check-up is paralleled in the comic with a very tiny Kanan (then Caleb) taking his Initiate Trials.





Depa Billaba is a Jedi Master, not confused in her understanding of Jedi orthodoxy, and the Council accepts this Code as a sign of her spiritual wellness. It is taught to Younglings as foundation. It isn't opposed to Jedi teachings!! What does this tell us? This tells us that the old "Emotion, yet peace" Code is not Grey, but current orthodoxy in the Lightside, mainstream Jedi Order. Even in the old EU, where there was the old Code and the revised Odan-Urr Code, the previous "Emotion, yet peace" Code was still created by the Jedi for the Jedi after they left the Je'daii behind them to become an explicitly Lightside Order. The actually "Grey" Je'daii Code was completely different. So no matter how you slice it, this is the Code which represents what the Light is about.



In Depa's explanation to Caleb, we see the interpretation of the Code. Jedi philosophy is built on foundations of moderation and impermanence, much like the religions it is based on. It is not about denial of emotions, attachments, or love. It is about being able to temper emotion with reason, ignorance with a willingness to learn and education, passion with selflessness and experience, chaos and pain with faith in the Force, and acknowledge that death is not the end. It's a religious order with religious teachings pulled from very real sources. See, the Three Poisons and their opposites.

The idea that the Jedi do not encourage this belief is blatantly false. It is the foundation of it.

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Outside Realm / Re: the last jedi [grumpy warning]
« on: 10/11/17, 02:09:24 PM »
@Noth, I think folks are interpreting the trailers too literally. The visual clues I've seen seem to suggest that Luke (and others) are coming to a Revanite realization in that neither the Dark side nor the Light side are the correct paths of the Force. Both are equally flawed, and both perpetuate the struggle that has consumed the galaxy for millennia.
This is, unfortunately, exactly the take on Star Wars lore that I disagree with and can't stand, and the same thing... as... the Jedi vanishing. If the Light Side is not the goal, then it erases everything the characters have striven for over the previous movies, it invalidates the death and pain and struggles of the prequels, etc. Luke wasn't this strident figure in the old EU, but his attitude towards the Force was still "We follow the Light, and we understand that techniques themselves do not have alignments, we cultivate that alignment in ourselves instead."

Again, if the message this new material wants to push is "You must commit evil to be good" then I don't want to be involved in it.

I am with Squiggly on this. The Dark Side is not something that, in this setting, you can or should cultivate, and it isn't something that belongs in Jedi philosophy. It just... isn't. The last time anyone tried that (ex. the Je'daii, the Bendu, etc.) it ended in a lot of bad and the realization that neutrality isn't the way to go. It ends in Falls. It ends in suffering. It ends in Order 66's (even though the Jedi were not all aware they were being led into this "necessary evil" mentality via Sith manipulation despite some very prominent Falls). That's always been the in-universe result of that sort of thing.

If you look at the prequel stories and don't realize that the plot is "The Jedi are turned away from their principles through manipulation by the Dark Side" and instead take away "The Jedi need to embrace the Dark Side" then you've pretty fundamentally misread the plot and setting. I'm just worried that the Story Group made the same misreading.

Luke's realization about the Force is not that the Dark Side involves love and attachment and delight in life and should be followed. It is that these things are of the Light and always have been.

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