Galaxy In Flames

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As the curtain falls, and the symphonic John Williams score swells to a crescendo, we find our heroes in quite the predicament, each with their own challenges and concerns…

Pand, with Poncho at her side, finally has her prey in her grasp. He is wounded, perhaps mortally so, and he had just endured those wounds in order to save Pand, his life-mate. Was it an act of altruism? Has he a glimmer of goodness left within? Perhaps he has seen the error of his ways – or discovered some dark secret that his ‘master’ had kept from him, and upon learning it his Togorian honor – what he has left of it – compelled him to act in some way against the dark plans set in motion? Or… perhaps it really is something as simple as ‘love’, a feeling eschewed by some, feared by others… but a feeling that Pand knows for certain he holds for her – or at least did so at one time? Sadly, she doesn’t have much time to ponder it as her giganto-gun is leveled at her mate’s head, even though he’s urged her to escape while she could before more guards arrive, believing that he is going to bleed out anyway…

Winter and M0-F0 have found Winter’s wayward brother once again, locked in a cell, bolted to some sort of table that keeps him from moving. Mako is in the cell next to him in the same state – conscious, apparently unharmed, but unable to move. Unknown to Winter and her companions, Asher and Mako have grown quite close to one another – their capture putting on hold any possible blossoming of a relationship. In an effort to rescue the two captives while time was running out as the forces battled outside the massive Interdictor that they had snuck onto, Winter and M0-F0 rush forward to free Asher and Mako only to hear the bulkhead slam shut behind them. The floor shifts beneath their feet, and they know that the room is MOVING… A familiar, cock-sure voice comes over speakers in the room, and Winter realizes that the bounty-hunter Dolan had finally captured her. Having come close before – and even becoming a momentary ally at one point – obviously now he intends to take both daughter AND son back to Winter’s family for what he assumes will be a ‘special’ reunion – and one that will net him a substantial reward…

L’req found himself in what might be the worst position of all – facing the dark master who has been working behind the shadows for quite some time, and facing him alone. The villain is none other than a reborn General Grievous, though which ‘incarnation’ of him this is remains a mystery to everyone except the General himself. With the Emperor gone, and Vader vanquished, the bloodied and bruised Empire is ripe for new leadership, and the General fancies himself the leading candidate for that position. But first, he has the padawan of an old rival to deal with – the Cerean who stands before him now, being forced to recall the absolute fear he felt during his youth when he witnessed Anakin Skywalker slaughter the children at the Jedi Academy on Coruscant – an outcome that L’req, himself, escaped only through his own desperate use of the Force. But now, it will take far more than that to survive what is to happen next…

The battle swirls outside, two forces similarly matched facing one another, neither side willing to retreat. Our heroes know some of their allies – Waroon Dak, the Corellian Admiral who was banished from the Corellian Navy for some mysterious reason, but whom obviously still has SOME resources at his beck and call. Remo Dantillak, the Twilek businessman who seems to have taken quite the liking to his ‘investments’, at least enough to put himself in danger to aid them. Brak Lasku – the Gotal who spent so much time with the heroes as one of their own, only to follow a higher calling as part of the still-breathing Rebellion. Emperor Empatojayos Brand, the scarred Jedi warrior who serves as an icon of leadership to a reclusive planet. And the hundreds of unnamed lives scattered amongst the ships that have come to their aid, who are fighting – and dying – in the dark silence of space around them with every minute that passes.

Where will this tale go next – if anywhere? The future is shrouded in the mists of time, of course, but like any series with sequels, a next installment is always possible, even if yet completely written. But the seeds have been planted, thanks to the time and effort expended by our Heroes who sought to forge their own destinies in Episode 6.1 : A Galaxy in Flames. To find out what happens next – as a certain Jedi master once said – “Patience you must have. Difficult to see – always in motion is the future…”

Episode 6.2 : Darkness Reborn

Thank you all for being such awesome players. :)

-Tim

Comments

Bravo, Game Master, it was a fantastic ride and I look forward to playing in this universe again one day!

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Awesome writeup, and awesome campaign Tim!

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TimS

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