Dark Corners of the Galaxy

The Horn of the First Rancor
Blood Sisters

Tryce trusting in his new holocron mentor allows the holocron to hook up to the ships com to send the coordinates of the pirate base to some…”friends”. The pirates claim not to know what happened to the Sullustan and the captured crew, so the gang looks elsewhere for clues. Most trails they follow seem to lead them to dead ends or fail to narrow their search by much. However, Freya goes aboard the Ambassadors ship and tries communicating with an old and sickly rancor there. Speaking with it, the Rancor claims it’s master, the matriarch is already dead. However the matriarch’s spirit is still fighting and the Rancor wishes to die so it’s spirit can fight alongside her as it is meant to do. Freya grants the Rancor it’s wish and follows the spirit, finding a labyrithine series of canyons and caves.

Going back to Dathomir the crew look for a good spot to enter the canyons as the ship is much too large to get through them. Along the way they find a Rancor trying to smash it’s way into the canyon for unknown reasons. Kerlos sedates the Rancor with some heavy stun blasts and they realize the Rancor’s child was stuck under a small rockslide in the canyon. They free the child and go on their way.

Arriving at a large cave chamber they find equipment which looks like it’s being used to try and knock down a door in the wall. Suddenly they’re ambushed by a large group of Sith. A frantic battle breaks out with the PCs suffering some heavy hits due to the Barabel’s Guard Break technique breaking through their defenses. Tryce almost dies in the attack but thankfully they manage to get the Life Web on him. He does suffer a permanant crippling injury. In the aftermath of the battle Freya tortures the Barabel for what he did to Tryce.

Party members without darkside points enter the chamber the Sith could not. Inside they find the spirit of the Matriarch who was keeping the Sith from entering. The chamber contains the Horn of the First Rancor. A bull Rancor who was bound to the first matriarch and from which all other Rancors are supposedly descended. It is a powerful force artifact that can call forth the ghosts of all the Rancors that have ever died to fight in battle.

The matriarch also tells them the story of how the Sullustan was actually her sister despite the matriarch being a Dathomiran Human. Their mother fell in love with an offworlder that came to Dathomir by mistake. She left the planet with him for a time during which the matriarch and her sister were born. The Anajl as opposed to her sister was trained to one day return to Dathomir and take her place as matriarch and was trusted with the location of the tribes sacred treasure, the horn. Her sister grew jealous and when they were older challenged her to a duel. Anajl defeated her sister, but unbeknownst to Anajl her sister managed to transfer her Force essence into an unborn child, a sullustan. Her sister then apparently spent a second lifetime plotting to take revenge on Anajl and take the horn for herself.

Anajl entrusts them with the horn as she goes on to become one with the Force. The group returns to the tribes to explain what happened, and are happy to learn that the tribes still wish to carry on Anajl’s dealings with the New Republic. As they are treated as honored guests commotion in the village draws everyone’s attention. A wild Rancor and her young have come into the village looking for a rider. Typically a rider will go out and find a Rancor and it is rare for a Rancor to enter a village and seek a rider instead. Everyone goes out into the village hoping to be chosen. As the Rancor gets closer the PCs recognize the mother and child they helped earlier. The mother points and roars at the PCs and the child approaches Kerlos, choosing him as it’s rider. The child will grow to be a might bull Rancor and the village cheers for Kerlos on this sacred occasion.

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The Midgard Serpant Awakes
The Witches of Dathomir

Before getting a chance to leave Vigirith STARS gets one more plea for help from the Republic. A village is claiming the Midgard Serpant has awoken and Ragnorok has come. Investigating the crew finds a centuries old Kadri Ra Jedi Master that was stranded on Vigirith after keep the sun from going supernova by absorbing energy off of it. This had the unfortunate side effect of cooling down Vigirith so much the Master Bahanas was forced into a hibernation due to his cold blooded nature. With the warmth now returned to the land he has been able to break his hibernation.

While he came to this planet originally to retire, the PCs convince him to come back into active service what with the end of the galaxy coming and all. He reluctantly agrees and with Mina’s help they fix his old ship back up and he makes his way to the Jedi Academy.

The crew takes a while to consider their next move and eventually agrees to look into the disappearance of a Dathomir ambassador. On Dathomir most of the crew goes on to talk with the tribes to find any info on possible enemies and leads leading to the missing matriarch while Tryce looks through the flight logs at the small New Republic outpost stationed in orbit.

On planet the PCs are given an amicable welcome by the Tribes as they let the girls do the talking and appear to be in charge. They are finding little evidence to suggest that anyone had any reason to want the matriarch dead or for the deal with the New Republic to go south. However, Tryce discovers that the astrogation info is considerably off for a ship that should have been jumping straight to Coruscant. Supposedly the info was feed into the matriarchs navcomp by her New Republic contact, a Sullustan diplomat.

Getting together the crew goes to investigate the bogus jump point only to have their trip cut short by an astroid field. They do find the matriarchs ship outside the field but badly battle damaged with the only life forms aboard appearing to be the Rancors. Before they can launch a full investigation into the ship the crew is ambushed by Pirates, likely the same ones that attacked the Matriarch’s ship.

Of course no one gets the better of Tryce Wash, ace pilot, and with some help from the rest of the group he makes short work of the uglies and their larger escort. The crew boards the larger transport wear Kerlos quashes their brief resistance with his deck sweeper and the crew learns that the pirates were asked to capture the matriarch for the Sullustan Diplomat.

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Homecoming
Darth Burny McStumpersen

Everyone regroups with Freya out on her homeplanet, Vigirith. Visiting the frozen wasteland everyone gets a little insight as to why Freya can be a bit of a bitch. Arriving at Vigirith they are surprised that the New Republic cruiser aiding Vigirith is already expecting them. Turns out someone on planet has been burning down villages using the Force and the New Republic were ill-equipped to deal with it.

Doing their usual hero bit the group goes planet side and determines that the person burning down villages is possessed by Sith Lord Growlithe who infused himself into an artifact before his death. They find an older starship crashed from long ago with a cargo of other sith artifacts that were on their way to be destroyed.

Working together the group breaks the artifact’s hold of the boy by chopping off the hand holding the artifact and shoving the artifact into their Mandalore box. However, the darkside energy from the artifact is so potent it has essentially marked the lands where ever it went leaving them unusually warm and tainted by the darkside. Combining their power and summoning Captain Planet they manage to purify the land of the darkside energy though it does seem to keep warm in those areas, a bonus for the people choosing to continue to live on Vigirith. STARS also request that Burny McStumpersen be transferred to the Jedi Academy as he is Force Sensitive and only did what he did because he was possessed.

STAR Bravo finally arrives after all the excitement as they are the STARS group originally called to deal with this problem, but Alpha Team still has a task to do. Freya is looking for some old ship logs from her former Master. Returning to a place she had hoped never to see again she finds what she is looking for in an old bootlegger’s cellar. She also runs into herself, or a parallel future self and has a long conversation most of the crew is polite enough to eavesdrop on. Of course they only hear Freyas current half as the Flow Walking Freya is only known to herself and Death Dayrius. Afterward the crew makes ready to figure out their next move.

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Carried Away by a Moonlight Shadow
Hijacking of the Exodus

The group splits up with Tryce and Kerlos have a mysterious adventure to reclaim The Unmentionable, Freya leaving the group so as not to have anyone an accessory to her plan, and the rest going off to Abregado-Rae to investigate some full moon kidnappings.

Nothing is ever said by Tryce or Kerlos of their adventures but it apparently involved a Princess, some ninjas, and maybe some forced sodomy…though no one knows for certain.

Freya meanwhile meets up with Tyr to hijack the New Republic Super Star Destroyer Exodus which they plan to use to flee the galaxy from Sith. Freya believing that like Cortez burning his ships upon arriving at the New World, that taking their escape plan would inspire the New Republic. She and Tyr worked out a near flawless plan to fake a reactor overload to get them as much distance from the shipyard and guard ships and then jump out with the ship. It all goes according to plan until Tyr tries to contact one of his own men aboard the ship and they realize they have a John McClane on board. A young Jedi Knight who sensed something was wrong and didn’t evacuate the ship like the rest of the crew is now crawling around in the ducts trying to sabotage their hijacking. The young Jedi puts up a good fight and keeps his honor in tact but in the end Freya was much more powerful than he was and they drop him off in a shuttle before heading out to Tyr’s shipyard with their new SSD.

On Abregado-Rae 8, the Doc, Dannel, and Mina start looking into the kidnappings that only seem to be happening once a month on the full moon. With another full moon just days away they furiously investigate every lead they can find coming up with dead ends left and right. Finally, going to the home of the first victim they discover he was quite the art collector. In addition to acquiring a Hutt Pin Up to give to Kerlos, they find a curious piece of art. A prothium gas capture was partially melted away with a strange shadow looking very much like the descriptions they’ve gathered and seen first hand. Based on what they find as well as an ethereal dagger among the artworks they determine the Moonlight Shadow can only physically manifest in Moonlight and is teleporting people to it’s home dimension parallel to their own.

Renting some prothium gas “cameras” they plan to try and recapture the creature. Of course having been captured once before the creature recognizes the cameras and sets about trying to destroy them at once. It takes a bit of fancy Force work but the crew finally manages to capture it before it smashes the last camera. They then take the prothium gas and throw it into a black hole….cause they can.

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Death Stars and Droids
No you can't have a Death Star

The crew goes undercover to do some recon on the prison where the doctor is being held, with 8 covering the more overt side of things and making sure “STARS” is seen on another planet during their visit. The trial goes more or less as expected except the doctor is not given the worst possible death sentence, just an ordinary death by injection. The night before the execution the crew is waiting on some Defel extremists to try and break out the doctor to execute him themselves, but before the Defel can attack a building close by the prison erupts from a Death Star Laser blast.

A full planetary assault is launched by 13 in an effort to distract planetary security while they break the doctor out. As 10,11, and 13 assault the prison, Kerlos actually helps to keep the guards alive by enhancing their ability to run and dodge keeping most of them alive. Posing as 8 the three droids convince the doctor they’re there to rescue him and abscond with him to the Death Star. The crew decides to discreetly follow them with Mina’s “this is not the ship your looking for field” keeping them relatively undetected.

On the Death Star the doctor realizes who it that’s really captured him and is told that he will either make 13 a virus capable of wiping out 99% of the life in the galaxy or 13 will rip the knowledge from his mind. While the doc is set up in a lab surrounded by ysallimarri, the group docks in a different docking bay and begins scouting the Death Star with half the group going to get the doc and the other half going to shut down the hyperdrive and tractor beam. Of course everyone is walking around with about a dozen different powers active so 13 can easily feel 8’s presence in the Force.

Just outside the docotor’s lab 13 ambushes 8, Kerlos, and Tryce. 8 and 13 both drop Force points, 13 to try and end this quickly, 8 to try and stay alive. Unable to take down 8, 13 settles on almost killing Tryce. Thankfully Kerlos plays dead and is able to get the Life Web on Tryce and then they get the hell out. Having 13 chase them across the ship does allow Freya and Mina to Shadow Shift to the doc and they all regroup to face 13 together. However, as they’re about to face off 13 informs them that his MEGATROOPERS have their friends in the Turtle and will crush them if the doctor is not handed over to him. After a quick huddle the group shadow shifts away from 13 and frees the Captain and all aboard the Turtle telling him to get out until the fighting is over.

While 2 and 3 patch up Tryce on the Turtle, 13 has gotten 10 and 11 to fight alongside him. They do so in some of 5’s altered TIE fighter Mech Suits. During the fight Tryce shows up in his X-wing to take out 10 and 11 while the others concentrate on 13. Wearing him down bit by bit Freya and 8 chop off his legs and head respectively and 8 crushes his head underfoot as 13 laughs a predator laugh with the Death Star self destructing around them.

Mina unsuccessfully tries to convince the Death Star not to blow up, but thankfully rolls low because I don’t want to think of what they would do with their own Death Star.

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Justice at Last
Guest starring Samus the Arahn

Largely the session is taken up by discussions of, “what should we do next.” Finally it’s decided to help the Doc go into hiding with Caduceaus at Shadowstar Station on Xolu. On the station the group splits up and looks around for any suspicious individuals, wary of a trap. Kerlos narrowly avoids hitting on the Doc’s mother and spots a Ranat information broker looking for them. Bullying the little Ranat, Tryce almost kills the poor thing by shoving it with the Force. Taking it to the ship they find out it was hired by an Arahn woman to look for them and leave a datapad at the drop point the next day.

They go to the drop point and the Doc gets in touch with the woman, discovering it is in fact his mother. Going back to her suite to talk, the Doc is captured when her dual personality of Samus the bounty hunter takes over. The others try to stop her but the stun trapped door takes out most of the group as they smash through. The others actually listen to her plan before anyone gets hurt…further and agree that perhaps it’s best to let her take the Doc in hopes of making peace between the Arahn and Defel.

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Leaving the Galaxy
Death of the Anzat

On the way to stop Ember from leaving the galaxy with a ship full of Jedi children, Mina and Artemis finally put the Captain back together. He’s actually really not happy to be back, having lost most everyone dear to him on Socorro and now learning his nephew may be leaving the galaxy with his former best friend. Getting there they discover that only about 10 teenagers are going with Ember and that he has a sensible plan that of turning back depending on how things go. The Captain is still pissed at Ember for being a coward, but being that his nephew and the others are looking at as more of a once in a life time chance for exploration, he’s willing to let them go without a fight. No one else seems to have a good argument against this either.

They also learn that Chron supposedly took the ship back to Yavin with the rest of the children. A little investigating reveals that he instead took a detour back to his home planet to face the Anzat himself. Getting there as fast as they can still isn’t quite fast enough. The Anzat has beaten them there and has bombarded large parts of the village already. They find him in the town square with Chron impaled and pinned down by four swords, doing his best to still rage against the Anzat, with the Anzat feeding off the resultant darkside energy.

The battle is fierce with the Anzat’s mastery of telekinesis having grown stronger since their last fight. Kerlos has to stun Chron in the face to stop the Anzat from feeding off of him. The Anzat finally makes a fatal mistake when he tries to feed off of Mina much like the Butcher. Mina taps into her own darkside, grabs and severs his proboscis, and shoves her lightsaber up his nose instead.

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Challenging Nature and Reason
STTAAAARRRSSSSSSS!!!!

On Socorro 8 finally has his climactic meeting with 13. However, what should have been a 10 second battle ending in the death of 8 instead becomes a meeting in which 8 convinces 13 to hold off on his plans for galactic domination. 13 decides to see how the apocalypse goes and plans on taking over in the ensuing chaos. Not entirely trusting his own brothers when 8 asks for them to chose sides he allows 2,3, and 5 to stay with STARS keeping his more loyal brothers 10,11, and 12.

Moments after 13 leaves, 12’s pet project Nemesis, shows up on the hunt for STARS. Almost killing Mina in a surprise rocket launcher strike a battle ensues between him and STARS. Each time a limb is removed it seems to be replaced by a larger and nastier one making Nemesis stronger with each hit. After an impressive cleave by 8 Nemesis becomes a large biomass lump still intent on their deaths. Finally realizing it’s not going to be that easy the crew collapses the colliseum on Nemesis and makes a break for the spaceport with Nemesis on their tail become larger as he absorbs dead bodies he rolls over on the streets of Socorro. At the spaceport the crew grabs a tow ship, tractor beams Nemesis, and sets it on auto pilot for the sun, at last ridding themselves of one of my favorite Resident Evil inventions.

The day before this bizarre encounter they received word that Dannel Jackonos died on the Chiss homeworld looking into an artifact called the thousand year puzzle. Going there to pick up his body they believe he is actually in some sort of hibernation trance mimicking death. As it turns out Dannel is trapped by the puzzle which was used by some ancient alien culture as a prison of sorts, in fact the actual translation Dannel finds out too late for the artifact is the thousand year prison. Freya manages to trap her own conciousness in with him by mistake and the two of them discover that Dannel’s parents are also trapped in there as well, Dannel having believed them dead years before.

Meanwhile, at the Museum the others are looking at the exhibits and studying the Shard of Sith. During their visit they run into an older couple that bear a striking resemblance to Dannel. Though talking with them they seem to not recognize his name. Kerlos, being the scoundrel he is, notices they aren’t actually there looking at the exhibits but are casing the joint…much like he probably was as well. He and Tryce make a plan to wait for them to show up looking for the thousand year puzzle in the room Dannel was inspecting it.

Back at the prison/puzzle Vox finds he is able to manipulate the trapped Force spirits back to their bodies using similar techniques he used to “cure” his madness. Dannel contacts his parents within the prison and lets them know he’ll be back for them soon. Back in their own bodies, and unfortunately not switched around they begin to talk about what they’ll do about Dannel’s parents.

That night at the museum Kerlos and Tryce spring their trap on the thieves, who while generally competent thieves, don’t usually deal with Jedi Mall Cops. They are knocked unconcious in seconds and surprisingly on stunned in the face. Taking the crooks to the others to discuss what’s to be done with them Dannel identifies them as his missing/dead parents. As it turns out the two spirits inhabiting his parents were the last two prisoners of the box and when his parents “solved” the puzzle they were released into those bodies though still for a few days in state of hibernation and had to dig their way out of their own graves later. Since then they’ve be living it up across the galaxy and amassing a small fortune which they try to bribe Dannel with. That was a mistake. Dannel, in his rush to get his parents back in their rightful bodies and angered by the attempted bribe, dissipates the thieves Force essences essentially killing them and joining the Dark Side point club.

After a reserved but tender reunion with his parents the crew now getting quite substantial with the additions of Death Dayrious, 2,3,5, and the Doctors Jackonos, heads of to pick up some holocrons on Yavin and see about Ember leaving with a ship full of young Jedi.

Director’s Commentary

While it doesn’t often come up I do name most villains in the campaign and the fake Doctors Jakonos were Jesse and James named after the Team Rocket villains from Pokemon, who themselves are of course named after the famed outlaw. Also the thousand year puzzle is actually an artifact from the Yugioh series actually known as the Millenium Puzzle. Within the puzzle box even on the show is an MC escher like labyrinth which is actually a portrayal of the users soul, though people can become trapped and lost in there for centuries much like the Pharoah on the show. The reason it doesn’t seem to correspond to any known culture in the Star Wars universe is because of it’s egyptian origins and it is in fact from our own universe and somehow made it into theirs. Dun dun duuuuuun!

Oh and the guy that stole the puzzle box from Dannel’s father Eon Jolt, Jolteon, another Pokemon! Bwahahahahaha!

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The Battle for Yavin
Dark Days are Here

The Jedi’s first priority is to get the children and new recruits untrained for combat through the blockade and off planet. Three Embers, one each in the Turtle, the Precipice, and the Black Sand will pilot them out of there with Tryce and Shadow Squadron punching them a hole in the blockade. However, as Jedi everywhere prepare for the battle by trying to get up certain powers like Battle Meditation they can feel the presence of Chattur’gha blocking them from doing so.

Astaroth, the leader of the Silver Mandalores, calls out Master Otis for a one on one “honorable” duel claiming the will leave the Academy if he will face him. Of course his real motivation for doing so is to destroy the one person he believes is capable of shattering their armor, not realizing Otis lost this ability in his last encounter with them. While Astaroth could not have killed Master Otis in a duel, neither could Otis bring down someone in full Madalore platemail, and finally allowed Astaroth to kill him. Becoming one with The Force Otis negated Chattur’ghas’ presence and used his Battle Meditation to strengthen the Jedi.

Rushing into battle Kerlos and Mina point out the Kamikaze stun grenade Mandolores and Jedi begin pulling pins and TKing them around before they can detonate. Some do get through but the amount is severely minimalized by their actions. Bakuras and Eight rush straight for Astaroth taking out Mandalores along the way. However, in a two on one fight with Astaroth they seem to have much the same trouble as Otis did getting through his armor.

Kerlos, going against his usual nature, mans an E-Web with deadly profeciency puncturing through their armor. The Doctor doing and impression of The Flash manages to get many unconcious Jedi out of harms way. Mina grabs a thermal detonator, and doesn’t really know where to go from there. Freya joins the battle after ensuring the children are safely aboard the ships and grabbing their artifact from the Turtle. Otis’ voice tells Freya to put their staff into the ground and his Force ghost grabs hold of it and sends the plant life around the battlefield surging and growing to entangle the Mandalores.

Tryce and the Shadow Squadron get the drop on the Mandalore ships surprising them with his X’wing launching from the Turtle and the Shadow Squad coming from behind and not appearing on radar. A few salvos of Proton torpedoes and they’ve managed to punch through the blockade. With a couple of the Mandalore ships crashing down around them Bakuras and Freya managed to take one of the massive assault ships and bring it crashing down on Astaroth.

In the aftermath of the battle with the last remaining Mandalores surrendering, Astaroth bursts out of the rubble at last. He manages to stand up and spit up some blood before finally collapsing dead.

At this point Chattur’gha bursts out of the ground through a lava flow, with Xel’lothath showing up from a geyser as well. They have come to find the one that woke Sith early and at last bring about the end of the Jedi. Freya steps forth boldly proclaiming credit for waking Sith and then proceeds to unleash a verbal assault on the two ancient Sith Lords that could crush her with a thought. BALLS!!!

This does cause them to question their own motivations and as they contemplate betraying Sith, Mantorok shadow shifts onto Yavin wielding a dozen black lightsabers in his hands. Corkscrewing at Chattur’gha through the air he takes off as Xel’lotath chases after the two of them. The clash between the three is the stuff of legends with Chattur’gha running along the length of Mantorok’s body trying to dodge sabers and fight while Mantorok snaps his jaws at Xel’lotath’s tentacles whipping about him. At last Mantorok defeats the two elder gods and he rests a moment speaking with Death Dayrius before they prepare to face Sith himself. Freya has words with Mantorok trying to convince him that the price for his help is too high. However, before they’re finished talking Sith kills Mantorok from halfway across the galaxy, Mantorok still unknowingly bearing a mark of Sith.

Some of the the crew shadow shifts to Socorro with Dayrius to inspect the aftermath of Mantorok’s rampage there while others take the Turtle. On Socorro, they find the remains of the Captain and Mina believes she can rebuild him. They also find Seven, Eight’s brother, who shut himself down and locked himself in a closet to survive the zombies of Socorro. Before leaving Socorro Tryce and Kerlos learn that the Black Sand never did return with the children to the Academy.

Director’s Commentary “Now that they’re dead…”

Mantorok, Chattur’gha, Xel’lotath, and Ulyoath were all names taken from the video game Eternal Darkness. They are the names of the four lovecraftian Elder Gods of that game. C,X, and U each had a separate domain the Chattur’gha being raw physical strength. Xel’lotath was Sanity, and Ulyoath was Mystic. Mantorok was an undead god who influenced your characters across alternate dimensions to ensure that the other three obliterated each other.

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Sith Stirs
Into the Mouth of Madness

Eight has a brilliant idea of getting some Ysalimarri to help with his confrontation against Thirteen. After flashing their credentials and sweet talking the New Republic they manage to get on planet so they can smuggle a few off.

While on planet Freya follows up on a hunch and asks the science station to do some scans below the surface of the planet. They find that there is a strange pocket of air beneath the surface, but other than a volcano there is no connection to whatever may be down there. The crew instead decide find a cave that will at least take them below the surface of the world and past the Force negating influence of the Ysalamari. Tryce manages to waken a den of Vonskr’s but otherwise the hike into the cave system is without incident until they get past the influence of the native creatures of Myrkr.

The Darkside presence is so strong and pervasive, Tryce and Vox have no choice but to stay behind. As they go deeper Mina finds she cannot continue to face it as well. Kerlos, Eight, and Freya make it as far as they feel they can go without actually reaching the end and Freya decides to use Farseeing to see the end of the cave. As she does this the presence reaches out to their minds and takes over their bodies, or at least partially. Forcing them to put blasters and sabers trained on one another to kill each other. Eight and Kerlos retreat finally leaving Freya to put her lightsaber to her own head. However, she sees the end of the cave and see’s it as a dead end. Turning off Farseeing the presence at last relinquishes control of her and they get the hell out of Dodge.

After smuggling their illegal cargo past the New Republic, they head off back to Yavin to immediately report in on what they’ve learned. In the middle of their meeting with the Jedi Council alarms begin to go off. The Silver Mandalores have brought an invasion force to Yavin.

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