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Cantina / Re: Valkorian's True Identity?
« on: 12/12/17, 04:35:52 AM »
From the original KotFE cinematic, I always thought Valkorion looked a lot like Aidan Quinn:


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Cantina / Re: What to Do With Schrodinger's Galaxy...
« on: 12/01/17, 05:59:02 PM »
New Emperor huh...

How does Emperor Haar sounds?  :evil:

Emperor Malagant sounds better. *sage nod*

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Cantina / Re: What to Do With Schrodinger's Galaxy...
« on: 12/01/17, 09:23:07 AM »
Isn't there a period of Jedi Warlords anyway?

The Jedi Lords were around at about the time of the "New Sith Wars", which ended around 1000 BBY. There had been four hundred years or so of Jedi Chancellors prior to this period too - that's right, the Jedi DID rule the Republic at one point!

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Cantina / Re: What to Do With Schrodinger's Galaxy...
« on: 11/30/17, 03:35:43 PM »
In the long term, yes. In the short term....2,500 years of stagnation and getting shafted by "circumstances"? That's just cold, that is.

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Cantina / Re: 5.X Patchnotes, Updates, Guides, etc...
« on: 11/30/17, 08:19:40 AM »
Sith Purebloods are the embodiment of the dark side. They don't need "corruption" effects. *sage nod*

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Holocrons and Info Nodes / Sons of the Empire
« on: 10/25/17, 03:06:29 PM »
With all the ongoing conflict on Iokath and Umbara, Darth Malagant was glad to have this place to call home. Well-protected, comfortable, and entirely his. It had been one of the military surveyors who had called this place "the Palace of the Eternal Ocean", and it had stuck with him, too. Now if only someone could come up with a better name than "IC-711"...

Malagant sat in the gardens outside of his private archives, on the upper level of the main residence. He had just concluded his meeting with his chosen agent in order to find out what was going on with the Shadren usurpers, and she had gone to conduct it in her own way - likely with help from her colleagues in Sith Intelligence. While Malagant would have loved nothing more than to get into the fray himself, he had learned from bitter experience that sometimes the obvious solution was not the best solution. So he had told her to act as she saw fit, and to report to him as well as to her superiors. The Sith took their greater authority over Intelligence seriously.

The doors from the archive opened, revealing the commander of the palace's guard force, Colonel Menrim Tekan. "Lord Malagant, a communication from the dreadnought Sanguinar in orbit," the Cathar officer said. "Moff Caudell and the general in command of his support troops have requested a meeting."

Malagant's eyebrow rose. He recognized the Moff's name; he had been an admiral in the Imperial Navy before being named governor of the Nikaean sector, which had rebuilt its economy in the mining industry. It was somewhat ironic that it was another man who commanded one of Malagant's conquests, for he had taken the sector during the Cold War and then burned the inhabited planets of that sector nearly a decade ago when they sided with the Revanites. Odd that the governor of the sector would call on him now... "How about this general? Who is it?"

"He didn't say, my lord. In fact...it seemed to me that he went out of his way to be evasive."

Typically not a good sign, he thought. "Well, we'll soon find out why. Tell him he may come down, but not to waste my time."

"Yes, my lord." Tekan bowed and made his way back inside. The shuttle deposited the visitors, and within moments, they were escorted into the garden. Matthias Caudell was an average-sized figure with a neatly-trimmed mustache, with brown hair going gray at the temples, and deeply set dark eyes. He wore an Imperial uniform in black with gray trim, his task force patch on his right sleeve. The other man, who Malagant pegged as the general, was also of relatively average build, and wore a well-worn suit of what looked to be Deathshadow armor, crafted by the Caymarnian Weapons and Armor Manufactory on Reydovan Prime. He also wore the helmet, obscuring his features.

"Thank you for seeing us, Darth Malagant," Caudell said as he and the general bowed. "I understand that this is rather...unorthodox."

"The fact that you made a point of obscuring the identity of your associate even as you stand in front of me, Moff Caudell, makes that something of an understatement."

"A personal decision on his part, my lord. You had other things on your mind, and to a degree, still do. But with a new conflict in the offing, I thought it best that we know who our friends are...and if indeed, they are something more."

That comment piqued Malagant's curiosity, as he looked to the armored man, and then back at Caudell. "Explain."

Caudell looked to his companion. "I think it's time to let our secrets go, General." The armored man nodded once, and then reached up and removed his helmet, showing his battle-scarred face and the cybernetic set into his right eye.

Malagant recoiled, his expression one of utter shock. His eyes were wider than laigrek's eggs as he stared at the other man. Scars and cybernetics aside, he recognized him instantly. His mouth was open for a moment, but unable to say a word. When he could find his tongue, he finally said, "Impossible!"

"No, Masac," the general said, using Malagant's birth name. Only one man living had ever dared, and so far as Malagant had known, that man was dead. "It has pained me to keep you in the dark like this, but Thias was right in the end, as Bassel was before the end. I would have to tell you eventually. And with a new war seemingly imminent, now is the best time."

The look on Malagant's turned from shock to rage as he looked at the Moff. "Is this some kind of a joke? Explain this, Caudell!"

"I would not seek to deceive you, my lord," Caudell replied calmly. "I counseled him against maintaining his silence, but it was his decision to make. The Jedi Katran's lightsaber strike required extensive reconstruction of his cardiovascular and respiratory systems, but Moff Krysiak - General Krysiak, as he was then - arranged it all, and saw to his every need before he left with you for Nikaea. He was brought in a life support chamber from Tatooine to Dromund Kaas for his recovery."

Malagant reeled, unable to believe it. Bassel Krysiak, the brother of the IWSC's fleet commander, had commanded army forces at Malagant's behest during the taking of the Nikaean sector, and had been the first military governor. He had been killed by the Jedi-backed uprising on Nikaea, not long after the incident on Tatooine. An incident that had made Malagant particularly vengeful towards Saxtus Fayhan and the Miraluka orphans he had rescued during the war, including Caradell - the future Darth Insomnius - and Katran, who had struck the killing blow...or at least, what he and the Mos Anek garrison had believed was the killing blow.

He looked back to the general, eyes searching. "If you are who you say...do you remember what happened that night?" His words implied a hidden meaning, one that Caudell did not pick up on.

The general, however, did. His single eye met Malagant's without hesitation. "We were stuck in that rat-trap apartment in Kaas City with the nanny. How she treated us while Father was away for the war...then I remember her screams of abuse turning into screams of agony. The smell of her flesh as you fried her from the inside out with Force lightning. That look in your eye....I still see it now. I remember Father came home, and told the Sith. I remember that old Pureblood who came to investigate, and took you away to the Academy. What Father said when you were being taken away....'Look upon our future, Andav. For a soldier to father an officer, that is a badge of pride...'"

"'But to father a Sith is the highest honor'," Malagant finished. His eyes widened further, wondering if this was some kind of illusion. But then he put a hand on the man's shoulder, and realized... "It is you."

Andav Undjo smiled grimly, crinkling the scars on his face. "It has been a long time...brother."

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Cantina / Re: 5.X Patchnotes, Updates, Guides, etc...
« on: 10/24/17, 07:05:33 PM »
This game isn't bouncing and bounding but its five..six.. what? years old now so one wouldn't expect that.  I expect it to con't to plod on at current pace, with very small "new content" patches and maybe another expansion or two before it pants its last.

Which is what people have been saying about World of Warcraft pretty much since the very first expansion - "this game is old, it's dying". It's turning 13 next month, it's likely we're getting a new expansion announcement at BlizzCon, and I feel that - for all the assholes I deal with on a regular basis with cross-server activity, heh heh - it's on strong footing. People are paranoid because Blizzard hasn't been announcing active subscription numbers in their quarterly reports, but there's no sign that it's on the outs. SWTOR, on the other hand...

I admit I'm paranoid because the exact same thing happening here, happened with the last MMO I can remember with a well-known brand name, the developer of which was owned by EA - Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. It lasted for about five years. They started with a shitload of servers, the list of which got smaller and smaller until finally the game was shut down with only three servers - one for the US, one for Germany, and one for the rest of Europe. They say it's because the license from Games Workshop expired. Gee, I wonder why.

While I hope that - being a Star Wars game, with Star Wars in the news a lot lately - this game is on more solid footing that WAR had been pretty much from the get-go (mainly because WAR was a predominantly PvP game, I think, but that's besides the point), I will not be entirely surprised if SWTOR eventually dies, because while BioWare (mostly) has a good track record, EA does not. All I can hope is, if and when SWTOR collapses, that we all don't vanish into the Internet mists.

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Cantina / Re: Theme songs for your toons
« on: 10/24/17, 03:44:15 AM »
It's been almost a year, not really too much change here, but...

Darth Malagant - The Destroyer of Worlds
Instrumental (Calm): "Gehn Speaks" by Robyn Miller (Soundtrack to Riven: The Sequel to Myst) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcEbUiJh2wI
Instrumental (Battle - "Malagant's Fury"): Excerpt from "Druids of the Flame" by Blizzard Entertainment (Soundtrack to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOrTpdpDewQ
Instrumental (Battle - "All Out War"): "Destroyer" by Geoff Knorr (Soundtrack to Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXgyqtED_50

General Andav Undjo - The Butcher Returned
Instrumental (Calm): "Beginnings: Esher" by Tim Larkin (Soundtrack to Myst V: End of Ages) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgUu8cEr_OY
Instrumental ("Parade Ground", you might say): "Imperial Guard Theme" by Inon Zur (Soundtracks to Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Winter Assault, Dark Crusade, and Soulstorm) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhqWHIq-aZw

Captain Eidan Zherron - The Chief of the Watch
Instrumental (Personal): "Harrogath" by Matt Uelmen (Soundtrack to Diablo II: Lord of Destruction) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=layjWs2IpS4
Instrumental (Custodian's Watch): "Helicarrier" by Alan Silvestri (Soundtrack to The Avengers) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXr9oSqhbuI
Instrumental (Battle): "Pursuit of Truth"/"Charity's Irony" Remix by Rtas (Combined from Soundtracks to Halo 2 and Halo 2 Anniversary) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ1ykdne5mY

Galen Tavener - The Wandering Knight
Instrumental (Personal): "Tau Theme" by Inon Zur (Soundtracks to Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Dark Crusade and Soulstorm) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhXCQFxGqMM
Instrumental ("Thoughtful"; I'd imagine this as he left Zakuul): "The Seeding" by Geoff Knorr (Soundtrack to Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86t6SoZmXIg

Master Tergahn Dai'lo - The Guardian in the Dark
Instrumental: "Zeratul's Warning" by Blizzard Entertainment (Soundtrack to StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kfW8BvY6XU
Instrumental (Alternate): "Protoss Theme 01" by Blizzard Entertainment (Soundtrack to StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60PVsEjmbMU

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Storyboards / Re: The Rumor Mill
« on: 10/21/17, 12:35:29 PM »
Heard in the Slippery Slopes Cantina, Nar Shaddaa...

"You're not gonna believe this."

"What?"

"Saw a man in a fancy-pants Imperial uniform and a jacked-up face head up to the Dancer's Palace on a speeder from the Imp spaceport...it was him, man. The Butcher of the Sobrikarill Valley."

"You're right. I don't believe you."

"What? I'm serious!"

"Oh, come off it, bud. The Butcher is dead. Everyone knows that Jedi killed him on Tatooine. They made a big whoop about it on the HoloNet, for kriff's sake."

"It was him, I tell you! The smug look in his remaining eye, that face...so much like that psycho Sith brother of his."

"And you could see him while he was flying in a speeder. Right. I know you're still hurtin' from those days - hell, which one of us isn't? - but you're not gonna do yourself any favors by chasin' ghosts."

"But --"

"But nothing. He's dead. You're flashing back again - hush up now and have a drink. Put those nightmares to bed."

"...okay."

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Storyboards / Re: The Rumor Mill
« on: 10/20/17, 02:30:09 PM »
Within his sanctum in the Palace of the Eternal Ocean on IC-711, Darth Malagant watched the news report from Shadren with a hint of curiosity. Metheius had given up his little pretense of fighting on the front line and gone back to play governor again, which gave him one less thing to worry about. At least now he could reside in a house worthy of a Sith without being judged...not in public, anyway.

Now Shadren was back in the news. Rumors had begun to circulate...this back-and-forthing of Dorian and Vedriat as the "lord of the dead", and Dorian huddling his fleet around his capital, made Malagant think that perhaps the so-called kingdom was not the powerhouse it made itself out to be. Like Insomnius, the Shadren usurpers thought their bravado could hide their true weakness. It made him wonder if there could be a weakness he could exploit...

He tapped his commlink. "Commander."

"Yes, my lord."

"Get me Cipher Five-Seven. I have a job for her."

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I'm curious, how are we doing this? Chat room, play-by-post...?

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Storyboards / Re: Shadow of Shadren - Summary Thread
« on: 10/20/17, 01:12:25 AM »
Shadren has a public HoloNet channel, and I believe Dorian has, on a number of occasions, mentioned "skeleton care" in some of the things he's posted in the News Channel Feed thread (though typically as a "next on the news, how to care for your skeletons" sort of thing). So I think the fact that the Hegemony reanimates the dead is known, though to what degree is unclear.

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The only way Malagant would want to shape Shadren's relationship with the Empire is to bring it back into the Empire and have Vedriat's head on a spike. And he's really the only guy invested in the mess, so...eh, maybe I'd not be a good fit here.

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Introductions / Re: ((OOC)) Hello from the Harbinger!
« on: 10/12/17, 12:05:49 PM »
The Dancer's Palace is a stronghold on Nar Shaddaa. Someone in the OOC channels (Imperial or Republic) would have the ability to invite.

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Introductions / Re: ((OOC)) Hello from the Harbinger!
« on: 10/10/17, 02:48:06 PM »
Another WoW veteran altoholic, eh? Good to know I'm not alone.

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