Tales of the Jedi

Episode 21 - The Increasingly Sad Misadventures of Kith Kark
The Increasingly Sad Misadventures of Kith Kark

The new curator of the galactic museum, Nasra Shadowe, meets with Vox and says that her office is done dealing with criminals; she just wanted to get her take on events and asks about the copy of the Necronomicon Exmortis. Nasra states that the whole affair is rather embarrassing and the museum would like to set it behind them. She mentions an upcoming exhibit, “The Great Galactic Museum is a repository of precious objects from thousands of forgotten cultures – including those that worshipped the dark side.”
The Sunjammer returns from Shulimik. Rune picks up on the fact the Jedi Council very much thinks that Vaen should take Kerr as her padawan. Vandar makes it clear that Kerr will not be allowed to travel without Knight supervision. Vandar also reveals to Vaen that Rune’s grandfather had fallen and Knight Rune may also turn to the Darkside and she should be vigilant and ready for such an event should it happen. Meanwhile, Princess Zeeona feels uneasy and thinks someone is in her room; later she is tortured by bad dreams – tossing, turning, sweating, and moaning weakly in fear … then we see Aleema’s hand over Zeeona’s face, grinning wickedly as she torments her mind. Aleema then appears to Run in the Jedi Temple as a “real” illusion. She mourns the loss of her cousin and Knight Rune holds her to comfort her. She tells him that she has freed Ulic Qel-Droma but he seems changed; she is a strong woman but he makes her feel afraid. She begs Rune to recover the copy of the book quickly and return to her. They share a kiss as the illusion fades away …
Rune informs the Council that he is going after the Copy of the Necronomicon Exmortis. Permission is granted but since the plan is to go to Onderon, Vandar recommends that they take someone who has been there before – Kith Kark. The team heads to Ossus, a beautiful planet where the Force permeates everything. They meet various people including Nomi Sunrider’s 6 year old daughter Vima with Master Thon and Master Vodo-Siosk Baas, Exar Kun’s master. The group heads to Imhar Canyon where Kith Kark is watching a group test pilot a new set of Star Saber XC-01 starfighters through Imhar Canyon. The group participates in the testing as well and learns that the ships are designed for space travel and quickly build up stress when forced to navigate the tight turns and hazards of the canyon. With the Force everywhere, Vaen is able to keep her ships from shaking apart but loses control and ends up crashing in the water at the bottom of one portion of the canyon. Rune takes out many of the dragon-bird robot drones and manages to win the friendly race. They find Vaen’s ship under the lake and she has been taken to an underwater dome and is being cared for by Master Gar Anstak who informs Rune that he might be able to lift the curse with research and for them to return when they can.
Master Thon explains that they have been working on special arrangements in case Kith Kark needed to travel since his stripped-down ship crashed when he arrived on Ossus. Then it caught fire. Then sunk into a tar pit. Thon suggests that they line one of the rooms of the Sunjammer with Kathracite to make a “Zero Room” – cut off from the random electrical and radiological influences of the rest of the Universe. He knows of a cave where the crystals can be obtained.
The group takes a sky skiff most of the way then while walking they encounter the village of the Ysanna, a tribe who always wear masks from birth and refer to them as their “faces”. Kerr notes that the design is similar to pictures of Sith masks which he has seen during his research. The tribe seems mostly primitive but some out-of-place technology is also present. The Great Elder sends a boy (Feray) and a girl (Ruubi) to show them the way to the crystal cave. Both know the area very well and Feray always volunteers to help strangers. Ruubi takes a traditional spear but Feray uses a Concussion bow slug thrower. While they walk, Ruubi approaches Vox and asks why she hides her nature with a mask. Feray is nervous and tries taking the group in the wrong direction but Ruubi says he’s being silly and takes them the right way. Some distant explosions seem to have disturbed a group of horned clawed beasts. Normally peaceful, they are dangerous during a stampede. Ruubi uses a natural Force power and creates a barrier of static charge to defend herself against one of their rushes. Feray also uses the Force to bend the bolts his gun fires – to hit Ruubi! Discovered by the Jedi, he admits he was desperate and did not want to lead the Jedi to the cave since he had already taken some strangers there earlier and they had agreed to take him off world …

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Episode 20 - Quarantine
Quarantine

Two suicide bombers detonate explosives at the Fitzhugh Starport, killing several and injuring many more. The starport is evacuated, including some the prisoners which Kerr allowed to escape. Corland Government Agent Nistal Vagan is in charge of the investigation and brings in the Jedi to help interrogate Karl Estovic, one of the prisoners from PD-468. He describes how the female prisoner, Tace Law kissed him but then ran off with Callum Baker. Karl is showing signs of early onset infection. Analysis of the bomb fragments leads to Akopyan Faust, a known terrorist and head of the Timarland Liberation Front. Faust is a criminal whose group will viciously attack Corland civilians to protest the defeat of Timarland by General Fitzhugh. The team decides to split up to deal with these separate threats: Rune & Kerr going to track down the escaped felons and Vaen & Myn going after the terrorists.
Vagan says Corland has been keeping an eye on the TLF and has aerial recon of their base. Vaen & Myn take a speeder to the dessert country of Timarland and are intercepted by soldiers who escort them to the cave. They meet with Akopyan who shows them the threat he is preparing: a room full of explosives and two small fighter craft with which to deliver them. Vaen has a vision of one of the fighters crashing into Stanyard.
Meanwhile, back in the capital, the two prisoners have gone to ground in Baker’s apartment complex. With overpopulation in low rent areas, many people share units and the tall building is packed. Later, we would learn that Tace had been scratched 3 days ago but didn’t tell anyone for fear of being ejected from the basement; she has natural immunity and is a carrier. When Callum had sex with her, he became infected, went crazy and broke out and began biting others on the 14th floor. The infection quickly spread throughout the building.
In Timarland, the negotiations fail. Vaen heroically has Myn escape in one of the fighters while Faust takes Vaen captive and plans on televising her execution. Myn makes it back to warn the others. After dealing with the quarantine situation, the team rushes back and manages to rescue Vaen just in time. Rather than dying for his cause, Faust surrenders and allows himself to be taken captive.

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Episode 19 - 15 Days Later
15 Days Later

Tarrant and Lissa are badly wounded and Locke suggests they move to a safehouse he keeps. He also calls in a favor with mercenary Risto Ramez to meet them there. Before they can depart, Arran Fylde calls saying that Warden Lewis was found stabbed and there was an attempt on his life. Fylde promises to tell Rune everything if he agrees to meet in the parking lot of the Stanyard Art Gallery.
Meanwhile, back on Coruscant at the Jedi Temple, padawan Chupa-Pau is talking to Myn Kovani about a variety of subjects including padawan Kerr with whom Odala has a crush. Myn, trying to play match-maker, takes Odala to talk to Kerr where she reveals that Rune and Vaen went off on this mission to help find a missing criminal on a non-Republic world.
Back on Shulimik, Rune meets Arran Fylde who tells him that he received credits from SAI out of which he would pay governor King to transfer certain criminals to the Begam moon of PD-468. SAI agents attack and Rune is unable to prevent the assassination of Fylde by a sniper.
Master Vandar tells Kerr that beginning tomorrow, the padawan will begin by re-learning his Youngling teachings. Instead, Kerr conspires to steal the Sunjammer and tricks Myn into coming with him.
The others meet Risto at the safehouse but it’s already been tossed; they relocate again and Risto goes to the spaceport to let Rune know. Rune steps onto The Crimson Hawk and finds Captain Wells being held at gunpoint by Special Agent Sone (no relation). He disavows the actions of Agent Sone, saying he was operating on his own and against company order. He then reveals that there has been no word from the The Siren, a SAI ship sent to PD-468. The Buccaneer takes off as The Sunjammer is landing. After several hours, Risto finds the padawans wandering the spaceport and confuses Kerr with Rune. The three head to the moon but The Crimson Hawk arrives first …
PD-468 is a barren frozen rock; a moon of the large gas giant Begam. The Crimson Hawk lands next to The Siren outside the research instillation. The SAI agents and Rune make their way to the door in the thin atmosphere and freezing cold. Once inside, it’s a real horror show with the power out, blood stained walls and dead bodies in the hallways. It’s at that time that Jennif calls Rune to inform them that another ship has arrived. Rune, Kerr, Myn, Risto plus S.A. Sone and the other two SAI agents make their way through the facility. Infected prisoners are drawn to the noise and act crazy and attack, one of them biting Risto’s arm, before the group is put down. While exploring the prison, they discover a group of prisoners barricaded in the basement, a catatonic girl in the main cell area and a weak convict locked in solitary who knew about Eckhardt. They also found what was left of the SAI personnel sealed off on the second floor. More is learned about the C-Virus Outbreak and a plan is formed to get everyone out. Certain the Jedis will fail, Commander Jos Wheeler stays behind. Using blasts of telekinetic force, Knight Rune is able to keep back the hordes of Crazies long enough for the large group to make it to the ships. Immediately upon landing at the Fitzhugh Starport, Kerr unilaterally releases the group of prisoners claiming they have suffered enough. Lissa, although recovering from her injuries, is happy to be reunited with her brother. The episode end with Wheeler hearing some noises beyond the door; thinking the group had returned, he opens the hatch and is overrun by Infected.

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Episode 18 - Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

After a debriefing with the Jedi Council, Rune and Vaen encounter Channa Quo and her padawan Chupa-Pau speaking with Lissa Eckhardt and Endon Locke in the halls of the Jedi Temple. Locke is a private detective and explains that Lissa hired him to find her brother, Thoma, who went missing after being released from prison. The group flies back on the ship which Locke had booked to get to Coruscant – The Crimson Hawk, whose crew consists of the long red haired pilot Captain Jennif Wells, Navigator Ruce Steiner, engineer Nold “Nolie” Laine, and gunner/medic Che-Li Win. Arriving on the non-Republic world of Shulimik, the ship sets down in the Fitzhugh Starport in Stanyard, the capital city of the nation of Corland. The city is situated atop a plateau surrounded by dense orange clouds that fill the lowlands. The pollution is so bad here that many wear face masks.
Rune flirts with a clerk at the Office of the Department of Correctional Facilities (DoCF) and learns that Thoma Eckhardt’s records are restricted, prompting an after-hours break in where it is learned that Arran Fylde, the Director of the DoCF worked with prison governor Hendrik King and warden Owain Lewis to illegally supply inmates to the SAI Stellar Corporation for biogenetic experiments in return for generous payments. Normally only targeting prisoners without a next of kin, due to a clerical error Thoma’s sister Lissa was not listed on his file. Meanwhile, SAI begins getting nervous regarding all the questions being asked about Thoma and begins the cover-up. Lissa is nearly killed when she is run down by a mysterious black speeder and a squad of SAI agents led by Elite Agent Sone show up to silence the group. Tarrant is badly injured by a sniper and Vaen is gassed but many of the agents are killed, including Sone, and the rest driven off.

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Episode 17 - Ghost of the Past
Ghost of the Past

Preparations are being made for the Funeral Procession of Jedi Master/ Supreme Chancellor of the Republic Sidrona Diath. Taking part is a male Trandoshan Knight Druss Shol with a Kushiban (0.5 meter rabbit-like alien) Padawan Jospi Shysa and a female Togruta Knight Channa Quo with female Ortolan (fat blue long snout) Padawan Odala Chupa-Pau. Channa and Rune notice Knight Shol using The Force on the Elite Coruscant Police in the lead car — a disgusting abuse of the Living Force — perhaps too many Knights doing the same has angered The Force? Tarrant is upset that the Princess choose another guardian to sit beside her on the flotilla. As one of the police officers boards the float, he points at Vox and makes a mock “pistol” with his fingers. During the procession, the Jedi sense a disturbance in the Force as Shol kills the Lippe Orreto, Mayor of District B13. This is the hardest battle yet, against elite mind-controlled opponents (both police and Jedi) who the team does not want to hurt, firing at range across on floating platforms. As the fight goes badly, nearby Masters arrive to deal with the situation before more tragedy strikes. Investigating Shol’s quarters, they find multiple charcoal sketches on the walls of the same location. Vox recognizes a landmark in Undercity — The Outlander Club. Based on the angle, Kerr is able to calculate based on the angle that the club could only be seen from a certain place. Rune instructs the Jedi to leave their lightsabers behind in case one of them is controlled. Once there, a Force Ghost appears before them — Lord Satal Keto! Revealing that he is the force behind the killings and that Aleema had used Sith magic to raise him only to be killed again by Qel-Droma. He grants them a vision of the Princess — dying; he’s doing nothing to her — merely simulating a great distance and letting Duke Threnhold’s curse run its course. The three Jedi engage in a difficult battle of wills to try and banish the ghost. During the fight, Horath almost sacrifices too much of his Lifeforce to try and protect Rune and Kerr unbelievably tries to tap into the power of the Dark Side, which only fuels the Dark Ghost. But in the end, Satal Keto — crying out to Freedon Nadd for help — is defeated by the Jedi and experiences The True Death.

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Episode 16 - The Force Told Me To
The Force Told Me To

Curator Dinhint is at home with the scribbled notes he had made of the Necronomicon Exmortis but a broken Sith amulet from the ancient history section. Having called for help, Vox, Horath and Kerr arrive — not knowing at the time, an Evil version of Dinhint wearing a long coat pushes past them on the way out. Inside his apartment, they help him fight off multiple homunculus — including small versions of Horath which formed when a mirror with his reflection is smashed by Dinhint. Unable to refuse a challenge to a ‘roar’ contest, the homunculi sling shot one of their own into Horath’s mouth, forcing him to swallow it. An “Evil” Horath then splits himself off from the original. Meanwhile, Rune, Zeeona and Tarrant are dining on a balcony at a restaurant called Clarendox. Suddenly, their waiter is shot by a sniper who is high up and firing upon the crowd. When stopped by Rune he is calm and content and simply says, “The Force Told Me To”. Detective Ian Yash is investigating one of Zeeona’s old professors, Gentill Albrem who calmly killed his whole family and tells the story without any remorse. He also mentions a glowing figure and that The Force had told him to do it.

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Episode 15 - Scorch the Sky
Scorch the Sky

Senator Dorean Shae meets with Vox in secret. After reading a list of her crimes on various worlds he explains that Basilisk is one of the planets he represents. There is a Doctor Sruvara there and she intended to supply the Republic with her plans for a new advanced type of war droid. However their planet was invaded and she was not able to get this information to the Senator she he wants Vox to obtain the plans. She arrives as the Republic forces are retreating. Inside the bunker, two Basiliskans attack! Doctor Sruvara and General Zahhak have become beastial do to Professor Abraxas having to vent some gas in the levels below. K8 is unable to translate the growls. Outside, poison gas destroyes all plant life, evaporates all water and scorches the sky / blots out the sun. The black sky in the daytime signifying a terrible mistake — planet-wide, the minds of Basiliskans devolve! The Mandalorians do not seem to be effected but the planet is now barren. The Mandos do indeed abandon the planet but can be seen loading they ships with the some of the ‘dragons’ — roped and bound. The Professor is devastated over what he’s done; he slowly walks out of the bunker, dropping pieces of his protective suit as he goes then willingly flies out into the black mist. Vox fails to get the Basilisk War Droid plans — the Mandalorians have already copied the plans at another location and wiped out all information across the network. Back on Coruscant, the group is debriefed. They request permission to go after the Copy of the Necronomicon Exmortis on Onderon. Rune negotiates with the Council to have Vox’s criminal record wiped clean if she can help them retrieve the copy of this dangerous book. Meanwhile, the original Necronomicon Exmortis has apparently been stolen from the museum seemingly by a “ghost”; Curator Dinhint hires Ru Baruba Kaal and his large gang to get back the credits from Vox and they suspect she is the one who stole the Book and fenced it again. But the thugs are no match for Vox and the Jedi.

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Episode 14 - The Battle of Basilisk
The Battle of Basilisk

At the Coruscant Spaceport, Bi-Dar’s Padawan — female 14 year old Twi’lek: Myn Kovani runs up, out-of-breath as is scolded by her new master that she did not use the Force. [Meanwhile, we see Mandalorians conquering Nevoota Falls] Basilisk is a beautiful lush green planet with clear running rivers and majestic dragons flying. But as they drop down from orbit, blaster fire and fighting can see seen in the trees. They return Professor Abraxas to his underground bunker/lab. There they also meet Doctor Sruvara and General Zahhak. Given a tour, the bunker is shown to be self-sufficient, able to grown its own food with a worldwide communications array. One lower level is off limits. Although the bunker needs to be protected at all costs, they intentionally station a small contingent there so as to not draw attention. In the larger battle outside, the Republic forces initially help hold the line and even begin to gain ground. During this time, Dr. Sruvara tests two of her Basilisk War Droids but they confuse the humanoid Jedi for Mandos! Eventually Mandalorian re-enforcements arrive and the combined Republic/Basilisk forces start losing. There are just too many Mandalorians and Sidrona Diath is slain. When the Republic orders a retreat, General Zahhak decides to use Abraxas’ Doomsday weapon, giving the Republic a chance to get away first. However, the Mandos discover the base and start cutting through the outer doors. The last Jedi on the planet engage the group of Mandalorians and buy the Professor the time he needs …

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Episode 13 - Of Droids And Dragons
Of Droids And Dragons

On the way back to Coruscant, Kerr flies Hurlee’s ship back and listens to her holos on the Necronomicaon Ex Mortis. Trouble at the spaceport where they initially see a Toydarian getting hassled by police over a shipment of droid parts when a dragon emerges from a transport ship! Bi-Dar makes the mistake of leaping on it and trying to ride it in order to control it. Senator Dorean Shae, along with K8-GE3 and T1-M5, arrives and reveals that the “dragon” is really Professor Abraxas from the planet Basilisk. He has come to plead for the Republic’s help. The Jedi Knights are debriefed by the Masters at the Temple. The Padawans wait outside where Sigma Zen say her friend Vara Nreem is about to take her Trials. Vox returns the Book to Curator Lilas Dinhint. That night, a Rave is taking place at The Spider Club where wanna-be’s wearing jackets with the Krath demon on the back do death sticks and dance to loud music. Borfo, the Toydarian from the spaceport, is here selling his new “Droid-Guns” so Sel Nosnam, the gang leader of “The Kraths” who wants the guns so they can kill enough people to bring back The Great Old Ones. The next day, the Senate hears from Abraxas that Mandalorians have invaded his world. It is the first time that the Senate has heard of this new aggressor. Even after their recent losses on Deneba, Jedi Master and Supreme Chancellor Sidrona Diath promises Republic military re-enforcements as well as the full aid of the Jedi Order.

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Episode 12 - The Most Important Day of Your Life
The Most Important Day of Your Life

Horath has memories of being captured and frozen in Carbonite; shivering cold and unable to see he is chained and hanging in the political re-education cavern along with Vaen. The torture is affecting her visions — she sees Kerr forcing Hurlee to stay in his room where she is raped by palace guards then later Kerr feeding off her entrails like some feral creature. The Krath doctor poisons Kerr with Mortosis; Satal offers him a vial containing a Sith alchemy cure — but at the cost of begin drawn closer to the Dark Side. Aleema requests Rune to come to her room where she draws a protective circle where they can speak freely. She confesses to doing bad things under the influence of the Book. She also reveals that a copy was made and it’s on Onderon. Meanwhile, Satal reveals his true intentions for Zeeona with his Twi’lek sex slave. The Wedding begins and everyone is dressed in white. Satal gives the first planet-wide holonet broadcast in which he promises to lead the planet into a glorious new age. As the vows are about to be exchanged, the Carbonite Miners attack and new Carbonite Krath War Droids rise up on a platform. In the chaos, Cerean Jedi Knight Bi-Dar (Shun-Di’s brother) appears to assist. During the fight, Vean appears to kill Space Commander Travis. By the end, Satal himself is killed and it is revealed that the Necronomicon Exmortus was been stolen! Epilogues include Vox waiting for the others on the Sunjammer — with the Book — and Travis tearing the bandages off his face, now missing an eye, and swearing that, “If it takes all my life, I will find you and I will kill you Mortalyn …”

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