Tales of the Jedi

Episode 27 – Arms Race
Arms Race

At the edge of a Coruscant park, play time turns deadly when a boy brings a real gun and it explodes in his friend’s hand. Meanwhile, on Onderon, Master Jaca-Ther Sirta stays to assist Queen Galia with the transition to peace; she asks for Rune to watch after Myn until Knight Vara Nreem returns. Back on Coruscant, Rune is debriefed by The Jedi Council. It is revealed that The Black Corsair never arrived and the whereabouts of Vaen, Horath & Kerr (and the bodies of Kark & Renek) are unknown. But with no Vaen to rat out Rune, he makes no mention of having retrieved the copy of the Book. The police have asked for the assistance of the Jedi to help with the sudden influx of illegal guns on the streets. Rune and Myn are asked to work with two detectives: Inspector Juzo Megure and Detective Ridan Shey. They explain that the weapons are known as Retaliators and are very deadly due to their high rate of fire but do not fully discharge the energy of each shot so tend to overheat quickly. The Jedi assist the police with a school shooting followed by a bank robbery. Ridan is blinded when a fleeing robber’s Retaliator explodes. The criminals purchased the guns from “Craxy” Detdy and Megure takes them to his legitimate “front” business, a pawn shop at the center of all the reported incidents. After the Jedi force their way through the metal door lowered by Detdy, the pair are confronted by his three bodyguards: Leom, Moslof Eoj and Ramcy the Skag. Leom is killed but the other two surrender. The trail leads to The Troida Military Workshop on Balmorra where the Jedi are attack by stick droids and an experimental Walker called XACV-GS72, piloted by Dr. Dorlec – the man in charge of Workshop A6 and the one who told arms dealer Ryu Orlov to unload what he calls the “Zip-Zap Guns” for cheap. Rune & Myn catch up with Orlov on Alzoc III where he is in the middle of trading Retaliators to the native Talz in exchange for Durasteel ore. Rune encourages the Talz to demand a demonstration and the deal goes south when the gun explodes in Ryu’s hand. During a holo call to Coruscant, Rune updates Inspector Megure and the doctors inform the Jedi that they expect Detective Shey’s eyesight to return. The episode ends with an attractive secretary providing a report on the defective weapons to Burke Terrac, a Czerka Corporation on Humbarine.

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Episode 26 – Something Blue
Something Blue

On Coruscant, Myn Kovani dreams of her past adventures and then meets up with her friend Odala Chupa-Pau who gives her a warm soft cake for breakfast. Channa Quo comes up right behind the Ortolan as she is complaining that her Knight makes her do flips. Left alone, Myn overhears Vandar speaking with Master Jaca-Ther Sirta who suggests that she take My with her to Onderon. Agreeing, Vandar sneaks Myn’s abandoned snack cake for himself and adds it to his tray full of candy bars.
Back on Iziz, the feeling of the Dark Side is all around. En route to the Royal Palace, the team sees a street protest by a group known as “The Naddists” led by a preacher named Rask and his son Nebo. The sermon denounces the Jed and tries to turn the people against them while espousing the virtues of a pro-Naddist monarchy. In the distance are signs of of smoke and other civil unrest. Back in the palace, Kerr is taken away for medical aid while Queen Galia explains the latest trouble. She has contacted the Republic for aid. [Meanwhile, Senator Dorean Shae is saying that the Jedi are too busy recovering from Deneba and that the Republic might rely upon the Jedi Order too much.] That night, an illusion of Aleema visits Rune and he tells her that her that he has the Copy; she says things are peaceful while looking out the window at marching Krath troops and droid factories working round-the-clock. Zeeona confesses to Vox that she’s not sure if she can go on and Vox recommends she learn how to use a blaster to take care of herself. The next morning, Myn and Sirta arrive (getting an odd glance from Atok Kira). While Master Sirta meets with Queen Galia, Rune, Vox and Myn track down the next Naddist rally in an basement off of the street. Although keeping their hoods up, Rask stops at one point during the sermon and incredibly points right at the three! Able to duck the throw bottles and rocks, they know they need to get out of there. Clearly Rask is getting some form of aid. Back at the Palace, Sirta believes that the stone sarcophagi may be poisoning the atmosphere. She orders that the remains of Freedon Nadd and Queen Amanoa be removed from the planet and placed in a tomb on Dxun, one of the four moons. The funeral procession to the spaceport is disrupted by two Akin-Dower Groundborers bursting through the surface. Master Sirta handles one on her own while the rest of the team deals with the other. The colossal excavation machines have been fitted with external turrets which fire into the crowd. Large doors open and dissident members of the Royal Armed Forces rush out. Then, as part of a second wave, Warb Null strides down the ramp and engages with Run while Sirta is attacked by some unseen force. Although Rune, Vox and Myn fight well, the Naddist Revolutionaries manage to capture both of the sarcophagi as well as the unconscious body of Master Sirta. In the coming days, there is other fighting to try and quell the riots. During one of these battles, both Kith Kark and Jad Renek are killed. Horath is severly wounded and Vaen insists on taking him and Kerr (plus the bodies of the slain Jedi) off the planet in The Black Corsair. Using the Amanoa’s notes and The Great Library, the Jedi research Warb Null and learn that he was a metallurgist named Shas Dovos. Queen Galia, feeling bad over the deaths of two Jedi, reveals that her father – King Ommin – is not really dead. After his defeat at the hands of Arca Jeth, Ommin has remained in hiding in a Life Support Facility deep below the Royal Palace. Galia thinks that he can help since he understands the Dark Side. After revealing Warb Null and the captive Master Sirta behind a curtain, an epic fight ensues in which the Healing Adepts casts mystic bolts and the Palace Guards at the door fire with blaster rifles. With his perfectly crafted armor, Warb Null is difficult to defeat but Rune manages to damage the plating around his neck and both he and Vox are able to take advantage of this new vulnerability. After his defeat, King Ommin himself begins to move about the room on his mechanical armature, casting deadly spells. Run attacks the armature itself and Ommin collapses into a boneless heap, screaming for “Nadd!” as he is dispatched. The air sizzles with blue fire as the spirit form of Freedon Nadd takes shape behind the dying King. He vows that the Jedi have made a new enemy this day. The episode ends with the remains of Freedon Nadd, King Ommin and Queen Amanoa being put to rest on Dxun.

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Episode 25 – Something Borrowed
Something Borrowed

On Ossus, at the Knossa spaceport, Vox show Kerr a datapad with information that a Professor D’nomray Knobi may have borrowed the copy of the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis from Onderon. They borrow The Black Corsair and head to the Simaril, which is mostly uninhabited. After landing, Kerr senses there is something wrong and tells Vox to wait for him in orbit. She does but with no word from him, she heads to Onderon to meet up with the others.
On Onderon, Princess Galia undergoes her Coronation and is crowned Queen. A few days later, her wedding ceremony begins but the Jedi are pulled away by the sudden arrival of Vox saying Kerr could be in trouble. They arrive on Simaril at night along with another ship with the professor’s daughter, Einna Nobi, and her co-worker Det Do-med on board. She came because her father had told her that he made a great discovery but then had not responded to any of her holo calls. Arriving at a cabin in the woods, they are attacked by a crazed Kerr, who is missing one of his hands. They find the dismembered body of Professor Nobi in a back room. Searching more, possessed trees attack Vox out in the woods and Rune himself is possessed and attacks the other before dawn comes up and temporarily drives the evil presence away. Unable to escape in the Sunjammer with roots clogging the engines, the day cycle is revealed to be very short here and darkness comes again too soon. Det becomes possessed and is killed and Horath battles more possessed trees. They find the pages of the book in the fruit cellar along with the professor’s wife, Rietta, who has become host to come kind of dark spirit. Armed with the pages, Kerr is able to complete the ritual to dispel the evil and the team heads back to Onderon.

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Episode 24 – Something New
Something New

In pursuit of Galia, their speeder is shot down by a rocket. Atok guides them through The Wildlands where they are attacked by large Boma Beasts. Entering the jungle stronghold, they discover a pre-wedding feast honoring the upcoming union between Galia and Beast-Lord Modon Kira’s other son, Oron. Galia reveals that she doesn’t want to be rescued! They arranged her ‘abduction’ so she could live in the wild lands with Oron. Modon explains that he has united the disparate tribes against the cursed city of Iziz. Drokko the Elder, who had not spoken in years, asks the Jedi to help against the Dark Side. Then, soldiers from the city appear and there are some tense moments (including Renek pretending to threaten Drokko). Galia is convinced to return to Iziz. The Queen is enraged and says she will never allow her daughter to marry the Beast Lord’s son. She calls upon the spirit of Freedon Nadd and creates an infernal darkness in the room which makes the battle with the Palace Guard more difficult. Meanwhile, war is raging outside. All the Beast Lords have pooled their resources for a single great attack. For the first time in Onderon’s history, the sides seem evenly matched. However, Queen Amanoa retreats to the mausoleum to commune with the power that is concentrated there and begin to turn the tide of battle against the swarming barbarians. The Jedi corner Queen Amanoa in Freedon Nadd’s tomb and kill her in a battle in which she wields Sith magic through her body (more like a priestess than a sorceress). Galia is distraught – even though Amanoa was evil, she was still her mother.

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Episode 23 – Something Old
Something Old

Rune & Kerr hand over Jerec Bolter and Rak Fangg, who recommends that someone take the holo communicator off his belt and leave it on. Now with Kathracite, construction begins on the Sunjammer’s Zero Room. A young male padawan, Kol Larkin, takes the Jedi to see Master Thon who was spending time with 6-year-old Vima Sunrider. Padawans Horath and Jad Renek are assigned to Rune & Vaen. The next morning, Fangg’s holo receives a message from pirates wanting to obtain his release. One ship is allowed to leave Ossus for the moon of Nerit where a race of tree people called the Neti live. A female Zeltron named Sera Rhane leads the negotiations and has Frond Dra-loor explain that the pirates have placed firebombs where their saplings are buried. Sera will trade Rak for the remote detonator. The group is taken to the location and a fight breaks out between them and the pirates & stick-droids. At the end of the fight, Sera reveals that the detonator wasn’t even hooked up. She was a smuggler when Rak raided her ship and killed her crew and has been going along with him as best she could in order to survive but trying to do some good from the inside. She is still taken into custody but the Jedi will testify on her behalf.
Before leaving Ossus, Master Vodo-Siosk Baas warns that Ulic Qel-Droma will fall to the Dark Side and we also see Kerr talking to Vox. En route, Kith Kark provide some background on Onderon. Upon entering the atmosphere, they see a massive walled city and are attacked by Beast Riders mounted on Drexls with teeth that can puncture the ship’s hull! Disembarking after landing in the spaceport, Minister of State Novar welcomes the Jedi. He states that there is a ban on alien races entering Royal Citadel but is convinced to take everyone to the throne room where they meet Queen Amanoa and Princess Galia. Amanoa plans to install new missile batteries so she can attack the Beast Lords at greater range. The captured Atok Kira is presented. Suddenly, there is an attack and Beast Riders fly in through the windows! Galia is taken deeper into the palace but is kidnapped by Beast Warrior Commandos. A furious Queen Amanoa demands that the Jedi bring her daughter back.

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Episode 22 - Short Sale
Short Sale

Vaen and Vox return to the village of the Ysanna with the critically wounded Ruubi while Rune, Kerr, Kark and Feray continue towards the crystal caves. Arriving, they find a ship, The Defiance, and criminals: Jerec Bolter & Turnaka accompanied by a large group of stick Droids. Jerec initially tries to fast talk that he has mining rights from the natives. When that doesn’t work, he comes clean and admits that the plan was to sell the white crystals to the Jedi but, “Now that you’ve seen our faces, I’m afraid we’re going to have to ask you to stay here until we can sell them at the Knossa spaceport.” Jerec argues with Turnaka that they don’t have to kill them so Turnaka starts the fight! Dealing with the threat outside, the Jedi move inside the cave where the Droids are slicing through the rock with laser cutters and planting additional blast charges. The two Droid team supervisors get confused and set too many charges, informing each other that the other team should evacuate. As the Jedi rush to defeat the stick Droids and defuse the charges, the Living Force – which permeates all things – causes the crystals to manifest themselves as a humanoid Elemental, the mountain trying to defend itself. With the bombs and Droids dispatched, the Elemental turns on Rune who trusts in The Force and lowers all his defenses. Sensing the peaceful nature of the Jedi Knight, connected to The Force – the Elemental no longer needed, the crystals separate and return to the cave walls.
Thinking the situation resolved, as the Jedi exit the cave they are fired upon! Another ship has landed, The Black Corsair – and the group of smugglers who Turnaka was really working for: Rak Fangg, Odatta, Guwarm & Uggo. His men defeated, Rak Fangg agrees to be taken in rather than killed. The Jedi regroup and head back to Knossa where construction begins on the Zero Room on board the Sunjammer.

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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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