|Galactic Civil War—DarkStryder Campaign|
The Kathol sector was located in the Outer Rim Territories, on the edge of known space, next to the Minos Cluster. It was connected to the rest of the galaxy by the Trition Trade Route, a hyperlane that started at Karideph in the Minos Cluster, which was itself a continuation of the Rimma Trade Route. The Kathol sector was also located next to the sparsely populated Kathol Outback. Between the two was the Marcol Void, an area of space thirty light years across that was devoid of any planetary systems. The Kathol sector was connected to the Outback by means of two trade routes that cut through the Marcol Void; the Galtea Run and the Sebiris Run, which started at the planets Galtea and Sebiris, respectively.
The Kathol sector contained nearly thirty official colonies and independent planets, although most were marginally populated by galactic standards, often boasting less than ten million inhabitants. The Trition Trade Route connected the major planets in the sector, including the capital Kal'Shebbol, which was the closest world in the sector to the rest of the galaxy. Placement on the trade route helped a planet's economy and stability, allowing them to become the sector's most successful and influential worlds. Planets on the Trition including the manufacturing worlds of Torize, Kolatill, and Charis, and cosmopolitan Gandle Ott. The sector was also home to several sentient species; Aaris III, a jungle covered world, was the home of extensive ruins and the remnants of the Aaris; Oon Tien, a major industrial and agricultural planet, was the homeworld of the Jarell; and the remote planet Sebiris boasted the primitive Sebiri. Other worlds in the sector included industrial Brolsam, the mining planet Corjain, remote Galtea, wet and muddy Shintel, and the small colony worlds of Peirs, Mairne, and Ivatch. Pembric II, in the Pembric system, was a lawless world run by the crimelord Crev Bombaasa during the early years of the New Republic, while the Tanquilla Beach shadowport operated in the depths of the sector.
Thousands of years before the Galactic Civil War, the Aaris civilization rose to prominence on the jungle world of Aaris III. Establishing an industrial society that covered the planet, the Aaris eventually tore themselves apart in a civil war. The conflict was propagated by the Plaque of Victory, a sentient inanimate lifeform that fed on the life energy of organic beings. Its goal was to destroy any individuals it encountered by influencing their minds, causing them to act in suspicious and homicidal ways. The Plaque achieved its goal, destroying the Aaris civilization and leaving their primitive descendants to live in the ruins of their once-great cities. On Oon Tien and Sebiris respectively, the Jarell and Sebiri evolved and began colonizing their homeworlds.
Colonists from the Galactic Republic first settled the planet Gandle Ott in the Ott system, around 592 BBY. The planet was known as a "gasper", with near perfect conditions for Human life. It quickly grew into a major world on the fringes of known space, but the remoteness of the Kathol sector meant that the region was never extensively colonized, relegating it to a backwater in the Outer Rim Territories. Despite being settled by members of the Galactic Republic, the sector was not officially part of the Republic.
Around 392 BBY, escaped Twi'lek slaves from Ryloth settled on Kal'Shebbol, adapting to the wide open plains and domesticating herds of chollas. Eventually, other groups of colonists arrived at Kal'Shebbol, and each one had to be adopted by a Twi'lek clan before being allowed to stay on the planet. Fifty years after its original settling, the world had a population numbering in the millions, and was a major trading post.
At some point after the establishment of a society on Kal'Shebbol, the sector was formally inducted into Galactic Republic. Due to the fact that Kal'Shebbol was closer to Republic space than Gandle Ott, it was named as the sector capital. Several other worlds were settled throughout the sector, and the Trition Trade Route, which linked the sector to the nearby Minos Cluster, became the backbone of the sector's industry. Any world on the route enjoyed a boost to its economic infrastructure, and prospered as a result.
In 292 BBY, Human colonists from the Republic settled on Oon Tien, the homeworld of the Jarell. They lived side by side with the native species, trading weapons and technology for precious gems and periods of indentured servitude of young Jarells. This trading fuelled several revolutions that ultimately changed Jarell society. In the decades proceeding the Galactic Civil War, Oon Tien began to be integrated into the Kathol sector economy more, as several large manufacturing and agricultural complexes were established on the planet.
In 22 BBY, just prior to the outbreak of the Clone Wars, the Kathol sector was slated to receive a primary HoloNet conduit, to allow for access to the HoloNet. Up until this point, the sector had relied on a network of subspace relays for intersector communications, but news from the Core Worlds took days or even weeks to reach the distant sector. However, the General Ministry Communications Agency delayed the project for at least a year, citing budgetary restructuring as the cause. The Kathol sector was not the only region to be affected—over 250,000 planets in the Portmoak, Arkanis, Parmic and Quence sectors also had to wait.
With the dissolution of the Galactic Republic, and its subsequent reformation into the Galactic Empire, the Kathol sector fell under Imperial rule. The Kathol Sector Imperial Fleet was deployed to the area to maintain security and enforce Imperial edicts. In 2 BBY, Kentor Sarne was appointed as Moff of the region. He quickly enforced his will over the sector, placing Governor Tetrum in charge of Kolatill in 0 ABY. Tetrum placed the planet under martial law, and ordered all repulsorlift manufacturers—apart from those operated by Ikas-Adno—to produce combat speeders for Sarne's military forces.
In 4 ABY, Galactic Emperor Palpatine was killed during the Battle of Endor. As Imperial authority started to fragment across the galaxy, Moff Sarne quietly withdrew the Kathol sector from the Empire, and established himself as a warlord. With the state the Imperial command structure was in, they could not afford to send forces to bring Sarne back into line. Around the same time, the planet Charis attempted to overthrow Sarne's Imperial rule. Sarne retaliated, assaulting the world and reducing its population by 150 million inhabitants.
The planet Torize—a volcanic world with a violent, toxic atmosphere that required individuals to wear a breath mask while outside—suffered an industrial accident in 5 ABY. The resulting spread of pollutants worsened the atmosphere.
In 8 ABY, the New Republic began a campaign to liberate the sector from Sarne's rule. Having heard troubling reports that Sarne had some new type of technology under his control, a New Republic task force was dispatched to Kal'Shebbol to free the planet. The New Republic successfully liberated the world, although Moff Sarne managed to escape into the Kathol sector with the majority of his forces. With the collapse of Imperial rule on the sector capital, several other worlds made efforts to remove themselves from Imperial authority. Brolsam and Torize were on the brink of open warfare as New Republic supporters and sympathizers plotted to overthrow their Imperial governors, while Kolatill successfully ousted their governor, only to be attacked in retaliation by the Kathol Protector, an escort carrier under Sarne's command. Oon Tien's Imperial governor, Manon Flint, was ordered to hold the planet at all costs by Sarne, since the Moff had deployed extensive shipyard facilities in the system. He was also ordered to destroy the docks rather than let them fall into New Republic hands.
Despite removing Sarne from power, elements of the New Republic—notably Lieutenant Judder Page of Page's Commandos—realized the need to track him down and neutralize any threat he still posed. Sarne still had a large amount of military assets at his disposal, as well as the effective DarkStryder technology.
Sometime during the New Republic's reign as the dominant galactic government, the smuggler known as Prishella to the customers of Gundark's Gear Datalog claimed to have sliced into some New Republic Intelligence data files and downloaded information about the Kathol sector. One of the most interesting pieces of data Prishella recovered was the fact that a low-tech culture in the region was still manufacturing Core World Arms BR1-Z blast rifles. Since still functioning blast rifles—the forerunner of of modern blaster weapons—sold for a large amount of credits on the open market, Prishella thought it may be worth the effort to travel to the sector to acquire some and make some money.
The Aaris were one-meter-tall reptilian sentients native to Aaris III. Thousands of years prior to the Galactic Civil War, the Aaris built an industrial society across their homeworld, raising large cities. Although a peaceful race, the Aaris tore their society apart in a civil war, a conflict perpetrated by the arrival of the Plaque of Victory on their planet. The Plaque was a sentient lifeform—although it was inanimate and held within a metal ingot—that sought to influence the minds of other beings into doing its bidding. The Plaque caused the Aaris people to become violent and homicidal, turning factions against one another as they all sought to gain possession of the artifact. Eventually, the Aaris fell into decline, and their cities became ruins reclaimed by the jungle. By 8 ABY, the primitive descendants of the Aaris lived in warrens tunneled through the ruins of their former cities.
Jarells were a humanoid species native to Oon Tien. They developed a primitive society on their homeworld, organized into matriarchal city-states, before contact with the Galactic Republic approximately three centuries prior to the Galactic Civil War. Jarells were a historically violent species; the various monarchies that ruled Jarell society forced their own young into periods of indentured servitude in exchange for weapons and technology. Since their discovery by the Republic, Jarells migrated to several other planets in the Kathol sector, and were often found employed as hired muscle.
The Sebiri were a race of reptilian humanoids native to the planet Sebiris. Covered in a thick, scaly hide that was generally greenish-brown in color, they had a ridge of bony horns that started on the bridge of their noses and stretched to their foreheads in a cone shape. They were a primitive species, using hand carved weapons and basic slugthrower weapons. Sebiri settlements were organized into villages, with at least two or three dozen extended families being housed in one location. Each village was led by an elder Sebiri known as a headman. Sebiri were expert hunters, with enhanced night vision and olfactory senses.
Humans were the most prominent immigrated species in the Kathol sector, residing on all settled worlds throughout the region. Brolsam contained large communities of Fefze and Rodians, while Twi'lek's made up a large percentage of the population of Kal'Shebbol. The mining world of Corjain was home to a mixture of Bothans and Svivreni, in addition to Humans and Jarells.
Behind the scenesEdit
- HoloNet News Vol. 531 48 (content now unavailable; backup links 1 2 on Archive.org) (Mentioned only) —
- "The Saga Begins"—The DarkStryder Campaign
- "Omens"—The DarkStryder Campaign
- "Artifact of Aaris"—The DarkStryder Campaign
- "Death is Remotely Possible"—The DarkStryder Campaign
- "Shintel Downtime"—The DarkStryder Campaign
- "Crisis"—The DarkStryder Campaign
- "Traitor in Our Midst"—The DarkStryder Campaign
- Specter of the Past
- Vision of the Future
- Edge of Victory II: Rebirth (Mentioned only)
- Galaxy Guide 2: Yavin and Bespin (First mentioned)
- The DarkStryder Campaign
- The Kathol Outback
- The Kathol Rift
- Gundark's Fantastic Technology: Personal Gear (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game, Second Edition, Revised and Expanded (Mentioned only)
- canonical appearance) (Non-
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Hoth Limited (Card: Cal Alder)
- Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook
- Secrets of Tatooine (Mentioned only)
- The Essential Atlas
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 The DarkStryder Campaign
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Page 5 of The DarkStryder Campaign' Adventure Book states that star systems and primary worlds in the Kathol sector share the same name unless otherwise noted.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 The Kathol Outback
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Artifact of Aaris"—The DarkStryder Campaign
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Traitor in Our Midst"—The DarkStryder Campaign
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 HoloNet News Vol. 531 48 (content now unavailable; backup links 1 2 on Archive.org) —
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 "The Saga Begins"—The DarkStryder Campaign
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 "Omens"—The DarkStryder Campaign
- ↑ "Shintel Downtime"—The DarkStryder Campaign
- ↑ Lords of the Expanse
- ↑ "Death is Remotely Possible"—The DarkStryder Campaign
- ↑ Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ Gundark's Fantastic Technology: Personal Gear