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Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith
Publication information
Developer(s)

LucasArts

Publisher(s)

LucasArts

Game engine

Sith Engine

Release date

January 31, 1998

Genre

First-person shooter

Modes

Single player, Multiplayer

Rating(s)

ESRB: Teen (T)

Platform(s)

PC

Chronological information
Timeline

10 ABY

Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith is the expansion pack for the first-person shooter Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II. It was released on January 31, 1998. One of the most attractive attributes of the game for fans was the opportunity to play as Mara Jade, one of the most popular Star Wars Expanded Universe characters. The game contains fourteen levels spanning a story set in 10 ABY, five years after the events of the original Jedi Knight game.

Many under-the-hood changes were made for this expansion; for example, colored lighting support was added to the rendering engine, and the COG scripting language that was also used in Jedi Knight was enhanced with new programming capabilities. These upgrades to the game engine were well received by editing communities who made proprietary add-ons for the game.

Opening crawlEdit

Jedi Knight
Mysteries of the Sith
It has been over five 
years since Jerec was 
defeated at the Valley of 
the Jedi. Kyle Katarn, 
continuing his pursuit of 
the light side of the 
Force, has joined the 
fragile New Republic 
in the struggle against 
the Empire.

To aid in their cause 
Kyle has traveled to 
a remote base in the 
Altyr System, accompanied 
by Mara Jade, a young 
smuggler who sought 
out Kyle in the hope 
that he might further 
her Jedi Training.

Mara, once a powerful agent 
of the Emperor, was swayed 
from the Dark Path by Luke 
Skywalker. She now seeks 
knowledge of the role 
she will play in the 
continuing struggle for 
the galaxy...

Plot summaryEdit

The New Republic base on Altyr V is under attack from two artificial asteroids controlled by the Imperial Remnant. Kyle Katarn steals a Lambda-class Shuttle from the Imperial attackers and flies to one of the asteroids. There, he breaks into the control room and redirects the asteroid's fire to the other. With the other asteroid destroyed, he circumvents the weapon's cooling system, self-destroying the asteroid base, escaping just before the asteroid explodes. While on the artificial asteroid, he finds information on the planet Dromund Kaas, which has some importance to the Empire. He travels to the planet to investigate, leaving Mara Jade to carry out several missions for the New Republic.

Mara's first mission is to negotiate with Ka'Pa the Hutt concerning the New Republic's supplies. In order for Ka'Pa to comply, Mara is forced to steal Takara's GCT device. While looking for one of Takara's lieutenants, Abron Mar, on the Katraasii Spaceport, Mara is trapped by Takara. She is thrown into a prison but manages to break out of her cell and retreat into a series of pipes. The pipes lead to the lair of a rancor kept by the pirate group. Retrieving her lightsaber from behind the cage door, she slays the rancor and escapes with the device.

Afterwards, Mara is assigned to a New Republic Corvette guarding a Jedi Holocron. The ship is attacked by Kaerobani's pirates. Mara repels the attackers but the Holocron is stolen. Mara stowes away in a cargo container and infiltrates the pirates' ship. The ship carries her to Rathalay, where she reclaims the Holocron and escapes.

With Kyle having been absent for quite some time, Mara travels to Dromund Kaas to find him. The planet's dark side aura leaves Mara's weapons useless, except for her lightsaber. Fighting her way through a large swamp, she reaches the Dark Force Temple. There, she encounters Kyle, totally maddened by the dark side. Mara and Kyle duel several times, Mara as the victor. Kyle retreats deeper into the catacombs, finally reaching the temple's throne room. Mara pursues Kyle, finally confronting him inside the throne room. Mara then voluntarily turns off her lightsaber and leaves herself open to Kyle's attack. Kyle is unable to kill Mara and rejects the dark side.

Realizing his mistakes, Kyle let his Force powers atrophy, and then he returned to his mercenary life on behalf of the New Republic with his long time partner, Jan Ors.

Voice creditsEdit

AppearancesEdit

By type 
Characters Creatures Droid models Events Locations
Organizations and titles Sentient species Vehicles and vessels Weapons and technology Miscellanea

Characters

Creatures

Droid models

Locations

Organizations and titles

Sentient species

Vehicles and vessels

Weapons and technology

Miscellanea

Chainlightning

Mara Jade uses "chain lightning," a power unique to MotS


Behind the scenesEdit

Hidden Bespin levelEdit

The game has a hidden level which allows the player to take the role of Luke Skywalker during his visit to Bespin in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. The website that LucasArts released this information on was well and truly hidden with no pages linking to the required files. Discovery of this page spread by word of mouth.

Instructions on how to play it can be found here. To add to the problem, the downloaded 'episode.jk' file occasionally downloaded as 'episode.txt' depending on the users PC and browser configuration. Simply renaming 'episode.txt' to 'episode.jk' solved the problem.

Aurebesh inscriptionsEdit

In two instances, Aurebesh inscriptions can be seen. They are mirror-inverted, denoting all capital letters.

  • A camera screen on Katraasii reads 'DISABLED'
  • The New Republic Corvette schematics is seen on a screen of the bridge, which reads 'WARNING'

SourcesEdit

External linksEdit


Dark Forces saga
Video games
Dark Forces · Jedi Knight · Mysteries of the Sith · Jedi Outcast demo · Jedi Outcast · Jedi Academy
Strategy guides
Dark Forces Manual: Coded Transmissions · Dark Forces: Official Player's Guide · Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II: The Official Strategy Guide
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast: Official Perfect Guide · Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
Novellas
Soldier for the Empire · Rebel Agent · Jedi Knight
Audio dramas
Soldier for the Empire · Rebel Agent · Jedi Knight · The Collector's Trilogy
Comics
Sand Blasted · Equals & Opposites · Jedi vs. Sith
Websites
N.R.I. Reports · The Dark Forces Saga · Kyle Katarn's Tale
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