- "Ah, the big city. Too bad there's not time to catch some night life. At least I'll blend in."
- ―Kyle Katarn
During the Galactic Civil War, the Alliance to Restore the Republic continued a crusade against the Galactic Empire's efforts in creating droid soldiers called Dark troopers. During the standard year 1 ABY, the Alliance's two head operatives for the crusade, Kyle Katarn and Jan Ors, embarked on a mission to the moon Nar Shaddaa to track a down a nava card that would hopefully reveal the location of the factory starship Arc Hammer, which was producing the Dark troopers. After Ors dropped Katarn off at a landing point, Katarn fought his way through Imperial troops and various bounty hunters who were out to kill him. Katarn eventually located the nava card and was retrieved by Ors in their ship, the Moldy Crow.
However, as they left Nar Shaddaa, they were captured by the Star Jewel, the personal yacht of the crime lord Jabba the Hutt. Ors was imprisoned, and Katarn was set to be executed, as his various missions against Empire had threatened Jabba's stake in the Imperial project. However, Katarn defeated Jabba's kell dragon with his bare hands, retrieved the nava card, rescued Ors, and escaped the Star Jewel with the Moldy Crow.
- "The smugglers must be getting their routes from the Empire somehow, and this is the hub for just that kind of activity."
- ―Jan Ors briefs Kyle Katarn on the mission
During the Galactic Civil War, the Galactic Empire devised a new weapon to combat their enemy, the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Referred to as Dark troopers, they were droid soldiers equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry. The brain child of General Rom Mohc, the Dark troopers were built on the factory starship Arc Hammer. To combat the Dark Trooper Project, the Alliance dispatched two agents, Kyle Katarn and Jan Ors, to disrupt and ultimately end the project once and for all.
After destroying a robotics facility on the planet Anteevy during the year 1 ABY, Ors learned, by tracking smuggler ships that had visited Anteevy to drop off supplies for the Empire, that all roads for the smuggler activity led to the moon Nar Shaddaa. With the ship Moldy Crow, Ors and Katarn embarked to what was often called the "Smuggler's Moon" to further disrupt the smugglers' efforts in aiding the Empire and steal a nava card that could potentially lead to the Arc Hammer's location. However, making matters worse, Mohc placed a bounty on Katarn's head, which would make a him a valuable target for Nar Shaddaa's resident bounty hunters.
The mission to Nar ShaddaaEdit
Shootouts in the Vertical CityEdit
- "Everyone's an alien in this place, and everyone's got something to hide. Me, I've got something to find."
- ―Kyle Katarn
Ors dropped Katarn off near a moving platform before flying off to wait for Katarn's completion of the main objective: stealing the nava card. Alongside a strong Imperial presence, the path to the Imperial facility was littered with various bounty hunters and mercenaries working for an as of yet unknown crime lord.
As Katarn began his trek through the city streets, he was quickly attacked by a lone remote droid, which Katarn dispatched. The attack was followed by an encounter with several Gamorreans with axes. Katarn fought his way through the aliens, killing those he encountered. Katarn also dueled thermal detonator throwing Gran and concussion rifle toting Trandoshans. Using a Jeron fusion cutter for most of the enemy encounters, Katarn eventually recovered a Stouker concussion rifle from a fallen Trandoshan and used in conjunction with the fusioncutter and an E-11 blaster rifle. The Rebel agent also used thermal detonators of his own to disable enemy-planted claymores.
After prolonged battling, Katarn eventually reached an Imperial facility protected by various Imperial stormtroopers, commandos, and officers. After blasting his way through the Imperials and further mercenaries, Katarn came across a blue-colored keycard. Katarn searched for the door that it corresponded too and opened it. Eventually, Katarn fought his way through a narrow catwalk guarded by detonator tossing Gran. Katarn survived their attacks, killed the Gran, and successfully made it across and found a small Imperial control room. The room contained the sought-after nava card, guarded by stormtroopers, and commandos. Katarn killed all three Imperials and snatched the card. With the nava card firmly in his possession, Katarn was picked up by Ors.
Captured by Jabba the HuttEdit
- "Jabba the Hutt, the Fat One, the Slimy One, returns. This is not good. He's taken my gear, all my weapons, the nava card—and Jan. I've got to find her after I battle some Kell dragons."
- ―Katarn muses the turn of events
As the Rebel pair lifted from Nar Shaddaa, the Moldy Crow was near-immediately snared in the tractor beams of the luxury yacht Star Jewel, the personal craft of the crime lord Jabba the Hutt. As it turned out, it was Jabba's smugglers that had been helping the Empire make the necessary trips to deliver the materials that the Dark Trooper Project needed across the galaxy. Ors was imprisoned in the ship's brig, and Katarn was stripped of his gear and brought to the lair of Jabba's favorite kell dragon, to which Katarn was to be fed too. After being escorted to the pit by two Gamorrean guards, Jabba contacted his prisoner via a hologram, as Jabba was not actually present on his ship. The Hutt taunted Katarn, noting that his only regret was that he would be unable to personally see Katarn die. Katarn tried to threaten Jabba under the impression that Ors had been hurt, but was subsequently thrown into the Kell dragon pit by the guards.
Despite having no weapons, Katarn killed Jabba's Kell dragon with his bare hands, along with several other Kell dragons. In response to this, a large door in the pit opened, revealing more Kell dragons and another door that led deeper into the ship. Katarn bested the kell dragons and two Gran, liberated the area of personal energy shields and the Grans' dropped detonators, and then moved further into the ship. Katarn's first order of business was to retrieve his confiscated gear, which consisted of his personal Bryar pistol and all of the other weapons he had collected in missions past. Katarn found his gear and recovered it after killing the Gamorreans guarding it. Now fully equipped, Katarn blasted his way through the remainder of Jabba's troops and Kell dragons using the weapons he had prioritized on Nar Shaddaa. After abducting a yellow keycard from a dianoga-inhabited waste pit, Katarn was able to locate the confiscated nava card.
Finally, Katarn set out to rescue his partner. After battling through more guards and kell dragons, Katarn finally located the brig and killed the Trandoshan, Gran, and Gamorrean defenders. Katarn found Ors' cell and freed her, and together they escaped the Star Jewel aboard the Moldy Crow, depriving Jabba of his revenge against Katarn.
- "That's another one I owe you, Kyle."
- ―Ors after her rescue
With the nava card in hand, Ors and Katarn traveled to the Imperial capital planet Coruscant so that they could infiltrate the Imperial Security Operations building and decode the nava card. After decoding the card, the Rebel duo were one step closer to defeating Mohc and the Dark Trooper Project for good. Eventually, Ors and Katarn effectively ended the Imperial endeavor with the destruction of the Arc Hammer.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "What's the proper way to punch a Kell dragon or two? First, punch them head on, right in the nose."
- ―Jeff Hoff gives players advice on how to deal with Kell dragons
Kyle Katarn's mission to Nar Shaddaa first appeared in the 1994 video game Star Wars: Dark Forces, where it comprised of the ninth and tenth levels of the game. More information regarding the mission as well as a suggested path of completion were provided in the Dark Forces: Official Player's Guide, which was written by Jeff Hoff. This article is written under the assumption that 100% game completion involves following the guide's instructions and suggestions, such as what weapons to use in what situations, while playing on the game's "Hard" difficulty setting.
The game's briefing screens referred to the level on Nar Shaddaa as "Nar Shaddaa, the Vertical City: The Death Mark," and named the escape from Jabba's ship "Jabba the Hutt's ship: Jabba's Revenge."
- Star Wars: Dark Forces (First appearance)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29 1.30 1.31 1.32 Star Wars: Dark Forces
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "Galaxywide NewsNets"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 6 places the outbreak of the Candorian plague on Dentaal on 36:2:12, which falls in 0 ABY. The Official Star Wars Fact File 130 (MAD2-3, General Crix Madine) tie together the events of Star Wars: Dark Forces and Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, and Madine's own recollections in Darksaber as follows: upon learning of the Dark Trooper Project, Madine alerts the Rebel Alliance to the project's existence, thus starting the events of Dark Forces. Shortly afterwards, Madine is ordered to release the Candorian plague on Dentaal, an event which is dated to 36:2:12 per the Adventure Journal. Madine vanishes into the wilderness shortly afterwards, spending a week in the jungles of Dentaal before escaping and fleeing the planet—only to be captured almost immediately by General Rom Mohc and imprisoned on Orinackra. Kyle Katarn then frees Madine from Orinackra, and Madine is then involved in the battle at Corellia. The New Essential Chronology states that only a short amount of time passed between Madine telling the Alliance about the Dark Troopers and his defection. The length of time Madine spends on the run places his capture and imprisonment on Orinackra firmly in the month 36:3, or the first month of 1 ABY. Therefore, the events of Dark Forces prior to the mission to Orinackra fall in 0 ABY, and the remainder of the game, including the mission to Nar Shaddaa, occur in 1 ABY.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Dark Forces: Official Player's Guide