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January

December 30, 2013 (Week 1), 2014Invasion of Begeren and Massacre on Lenico IV

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The Invasion of Begeren was a major engagement between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire during the Great Galactic War. Begeren, a mineral-rich world in the Outer Rim Territories, had historically belonged to the ancient Sith Empire, but after the Great Hyperspace War of 5000 BBY, the Republic claimed the planet as their own and installed a governor to oversee mining operations. In 3681 BBY, the revitalized Sith Empire emerged from hiding and initiated the Great Galactic War to reclaim their lost lands and destroy the Republic. Although the war swiftly spread across the galaxy, the Sith's first targets lay in the Outer Rim, and in 3678 BBY the Empire launched its massive invasion of Begeren in the hopes of securing the planet and ousting the entrenched Republic regime.

The Imperial Army contingent that was landed on the world consisted of 10,000 Imperial soldiers under the command of a military officer and aided by the aspiring Sith assassin, Teneb Kel. The fiercest fighting occurred just outside the Republic Governor's palace in the planetary capital, and saw the Empire's Aurek Battalion engage Republic soldiers, towering war droids, and crippling laser turrets. The Imperial Army forces were waiting on word from Kel that he had successfully infiltrated the palace and assassinated the Governor, and although Aurek Battalion was devastated by bombing runs from Republic Liberator-class starfighters, Kel continued on with his mission and successfully killed the Advozse Governor of Begeren. The conflict was one of many Imperial successes early in the war, and helped to put Teneb Kel on the path to Lordship. Begeren remained in Imperial control for many decades following the conquest. (Read more…)

This week's other featured article: Massacre on Lenico IV

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During the Great Galactic War, the Sith apprentice Exal Kressh committed a massacre on the planet of Lenico IV. Kressh, in her role as the apprentice of the Sith Emperor, served her Master as a loyal servant for many years, but was largely unaware of the true purpose behind the missions the Emperor assigned to her. That changed early in the Great War, when around 3678 BBY her Master gave her orders to locate and investigate a mysterious tribe of shamanistic Ortolans on the nearly-lifeless Outer Rim Territories world of Lenico IV.

Upon finding the primitive tribe, Kressh learned of their history and the Force rituals which they practiced to preserve the lives of tribal patriarchs and shamans. Through their teachings, the young Sith realized that the Emperor planned to replicate their rituals to preserve his own life by transplanting his consciousness into multiple new bodies. Up until then, Kressh herself was unaware that she was already being partially controlled by the Emperor in such a manner, and when the Dark Lord learned all he needed from the Ortolans to complete his own plans, he guided his apprentice to massacre the tribe. Kressh complied with the Emperor's will, but after her time on Lenico IV, she decided to rebel against her Master to end his control over her and prevent him from creating a new batch of host bodies. (Read more…)

This week's other featured article: Invasion of Begeren


January 6 (Week 2), 2014Pembric II and Sebiris

Pembric II

Pembric II, also referred to as Pembric 2, was a planet in the Pembric system, located in the Kathol sector of the Outer Rim Territories. Although it was originally terraformed as an agricultural colony, careless actions during the process resulted in unsuitable conditions, creating boggy wetlands and a near-constant light rain to fall. Situated in a remote part of the galaxy, and partially isolated by the presence of a dense asteroid field and radiation fields, Pembric II was marketed by its residents as a resort for gangsters, which eventually evolved into a full-blown shadowport. Soon, a cultured criminal element based themselves off Pembric II, including the Corellian Crev Bombaasa, who controlled a large cartel. The government of Pembric II turned a blind eye to the organized crime due to the large influx of credits they contributed to the planetary economy.

During the Galactic Civil War, Pembric II came under the control of the Galactic Empire, and later Warlord Moff Kentor Sarne. Both parties utilized Pembric II as a source of raw materials, processing hfredium ore mined from the star system's asteroid field on the planet for shipment to Imperial-allied arms corporations. In 8 ABY, Moff Sarne's control of the sector was broken when New Republic forces evicted him from his capital on Kal'Shebbol. Bombaasa moved quickly, taking control of the planet by establishing a puppet government with pro-Imperial leanings in the hope of dissuading the New Republic from interfering in Pembric II's affairs. That year, the New Republic CR90 corvette FarStar arrived at Pembric II in search of technical experts to assist them in solving problems that they were experiencing with their ship. They ran afoul of Bombaasa and his new regime, but managed to rescue an imprisoned slicer named Gaelin to assist them. (Read more…)

This week's other featured article: Sebiris

Sebiris

Sebiris was a planet located in the Sebiris system of the Outer Rim Territories' Kathol sector. A hot jungle world, it was the homeworld of the Sebiri, a primitive species of scaly-hided humanoids. At some point, Sebiris had been visited by an advanced species that the Sebiri referred to as "those who came before," whom they believed created the jungle and performed miracles through the use of glowing charms. The only evidence of their passing was the ruins of a stone temple located within the planet's equatorial region.

During the early years of the New Republic, the Imperial saboteur and assassin known as the Wraith visited the planet on a number of occasions to acquire a virulent toxin that he used in the course of his assignments. In 8 ABY, the New Republic CR90 corvette FarStar traveled to Sebiris to obtain a cure to the toxin, after their commanding officer, Captain Kaiya Adrimetrum, had been afflicted with the poison. They were successful in their mission, although they were hampered by the presence of the Wraith and a confrontation with the native Sebiri. (Read more…)

This week's other featured article: Pembric II


January 13 (Week 3), 2014Battle of Tiems and Gallo

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The Battle of Tiems was an engagement fought between the Alliance to Restore the Republic and Galactic Empire sometime during the Galactic Civil War, in the area surrounding the city of Tiems on the planet of the same name in the Outer Rim Territories. General Carlist Rieekan led a detachment of three Alliance Army infantry regiments to liberate thousands of Alliance prisoners from Imperial facilities located in Tiems. After successfully completing the assignment, their extraction was delayed as the transports were held up by enemy starfighter forces.

Forced to defend a fixed position—the landing zone for their extraction—against a numerically superior enemy, Rieekan employed a mobile defense. By knowing that his Imperial counterpart would concentrate his full assault on the weakest part of the Alliance defensive line, Rieekan drew the Imperial forces into an effective trap, destroying half their number. The remaining Imperial soldiers withdrew to Tiems to regroup and reinforce, although by the time the Imperial commander mustered his forces, the Alliance soldiers had been extracted from the planet. Following the battle, the engagement was used by Alliance Special Forces General Crix Madine as the perfect example of the mobile defense tactic during orientation briefings to new Rebel ground forces commanders. (Read more…)

This week's other featured article: Gallo

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Gallo was a male Ankura Gungan from the planet Naboo who lived around 3000 BBY. Gallo was the Boss of the city of Otoh Sancture until it was destroyed in a war between the Gungan tribes while he was out hunting nerfs for the annual Sacred Feast. After meeting rogue Captain Marsune and trading his captured nerfs for glurrg workers, Gallo ran into a militiagung, or Gungan warrior, who informed him that Boss Rogoe, the Gungan warlord who had masterminded the war, was behind the destruction of Otoh Sancture.

Determined to seek justice for the act, Gallo set out to unite the surrounding Gungan tribes against Rogoe and his militia. After Gallo rebuilt the town of Otoh Sancture, he and Marsune, who had decided to join Gallo on his journey, traveled to the cities of Otoh Jahai, Otoh Langua, Otoh Urs, and Otoh Raban to speak with Bosses Tenko, Hantic, Copek, and Hoxie, respectively. After Gallo fulfilled tasks provided by each Boss, the four agreed to join Gallo's cause. Gallo took his forces and, along with bongo submarines acquired from the Gungan manufacturer Bongomeken Collective, attacked Rogoe's city of Spearhead. Once the city and Rogoe's keep were destroyed. Gallo founded a new city in its place called Otoh Gunga. He was a distant ancestor of Boss Rugor Nass, who lived during the later years of the Galactic Republic. (Read more…)

This week's other featured article: Battle of Tiems


January 20 (Week 4), 2014Emperor's skyhook and Darsin

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The Emperor's skyhook was the extravagant personal skyhook retreat of Emperor Palpatine during his reign as supreme ruler of the galaxy. The skyhook hung in low geosynchronous orbit above the Imperial throneworld of Coruscant and was tethered to the planet's surface in the Palace District of Imperial City via a long umbilical connection that provided turbolift access to the station. The Emperor's skyhook, grandiose in size and carefully protected, boasted a sprawling central park with a magnificently tailored garden of massive timbers and a climate-controlled jungle that was maintained by the Emperor's best horticulturist.

The Dark Lord Darth Vader and Dark Prince Xizor of the Black Sun crime syndicate met briefly on the Emperor's skyhook in 3.5 ABY, discussing the existence of a secret Rebel Alliance shipyard, intelligence of which Xizor offered to the Empire as a means of increasing his favor with the Emperor. In the meeting's aftermath, the Emperor arranged the death of his gardener after Xizor, greatly impressed with the man's botanical work, hired him away to work on the Dark Prince's own personal skyhook. The New Republic later gained control of the skyhook after seizing Coruscant from the Empire and used the installation to track enemy aerial traffic in Imperial City during a military operation in 7 ABY before grounding all of Coruscant's skyhooks for safety concerns. (Read more…)

This week's other featured article: Darsin

Darsin was a male Human who served as the apprentice of the Sith Lord Darth Rivan during the New Sith Wars. He resided in Rivan's Sith fortress on the planet Almas, where his master subjected him to experiments and dark side rituals. Darsin eventually came close to attaining the rank of Dark Lord of the Sith and planned to assume the name Darth Malus, but before he could become a Sith Lord, he died as a result of Rivan's alchemical manipulations. Darsin's consciousness survived as an incorporeal Sith spirit, and Rivan bound him to act as a guardian of the Sith fortress. Centuries later, in about 20 BBY, the Chevin slaver Phylus Mon, the Human Dark Jedi Karae Nalvas and several of their minions ventured into the Sith fortress in search of the secrets of the creation of Sith battlelords, a class of warrior developed by Rivan, and their incursion caused Darsin to re-awaken. The Sith spirit attacked the interlopers, but was warded off by the power of the Darkstaff, a Sith artifact that was carried by Mon. Shortly thereafter, Darsin ambushed a band of freelance agents who had ventured into the fortress in the wake of Phlyus Mon's intrusion, and he was defeated by them. (Read more…)

This week's other featured article: Emperor's skyhook


January 27 (Week 5), 2014Burr Nolyds and Sajar

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Burr Nolyds was a wealthy and arrogant Human male aristocrat who briefly ruled the Galactic Empire in 11 ABY as head of the Imperial Interim Ruling Council. He originally ascended the Empire's political ladder after supplying the organization with important resources, and his desire for power led him to support former Imperial Royal Guard Carnor Jax's plot to kill Galactic Emperor Palpatine and seize the Imperial throne. Following Palpatine's death, Nolyds sat on the Ruling Council of Jax's Crimson Empire, and when Jax was later killed by his fellow former Royal Guard Kir Kanos, Nolyds took over as acting head of the council and ruler of the Empire.

Ruling from a villa in the planet Ord Cantrell's city of De-Purteen, Nolyds held tightly to his power and opposed Councilor Feena D'Asta's suggestion that the crumbling Empire make peace with the New Republic, their opponents in the Galactic Civil War. His rule proved to be short-lived when he was assassinated by Nom Anor, an ally of the scheming Councilor Xandel Carivus; Nolyds's death came in the form of a self-destructing message disk that Anor had left in his chambers. The shaken council responded by electing the seemingly-incompetent Carivus to succeed him so they could pull Carivus's strings and investigate Nolyds's murder from behind the scenes. (Read more…)

This week's other featured article: Sajar

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Sajar was a Human male who was known as Darth Sajar during his time as a Dark Lord of the Sith and member of the ruling Dark Council of the resurgent Sith Empire during the Great Galactic War. He attempted to trap and kill the Jedi Master Tol Braga on the planet Dantooine, but Braga convinced Sajar to abandon the Sith and join the Jedi Order. Sajar renounced the Empire and his seat on the Council to become Braga's Padawan, and he studied the ways of the light side of the Force throughout the rest of the war and the subsequent Cold War.

However, while Sajar was stationed on Quesh in 3642 BBY to guard a military base, he was caught in an Imperial invasion. Slipping back into the grasp of the dark side after killing several prisoners and being recognized by Imperial forces, Sajar decided to die a servant of the light at the hands of the Emperor's Wrath, the Sith Emperor's personal executioner, rather than become a Sith once more. However, Sajar and the troopers of the Republic Military's 86th Infantry received reinforcements when Braga sent the Jedi Knight known as the Hero of Tython to rescue Sajar. The Knight's efforts in the battle to save the base ensured that Sajar could return to the Jedi and receive redemption. (Read more…)

This week's other featured article: Burr Nolyds


February

February 3 (Week 6), 2014Bail Antilles and Rogoe

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Bail Antilles, a Human male, was a politician who rose through the ranks of the Galactic Alliance bureaucracy and became one of the three members of the government's ruling Triumvirate at some point before 130 ABY. He was known to be a level-headed individual who carefully considered his options, and he often provided the swing vote between his fellow Triumvirs, Gial Gahan and Nu Toreena. Based on the Alliance capital world of Coruscant, Antilles had a daughter named Ona.

Antilles served in the Triumvirate during the Alliance's Sith–Imperial War with the Galactic Empire, which saw numerous Alliance member worlds defect to the enemy. When Rear Admiral Piers Petan proposed striking at a lightly-guarded Emperor Roan Fel at the planet Caamas, Antilles's vote was the deciding factor. Although Jedi Master Kol Skywalker and Admiral Gar Stazi both suspected a trap, Antilles felt that the dying Alliance needed to take the risk. The Empire sprang their trap at the Battle of Caamas, and the outmatched Alliance surrendered and conceded the war. The Triumvirs were replaced by loyal Imperial bureaucrats, and Antilles died at some point before 137 ABY. (Read more…)
This week's other featured article: Rogoe

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Rogoe was a male Ankura Gungan warlord who was the Boss of the city of Spearhead on the planet Naboo in 3000 BBY, during a period of constant war between the Gungan tribes. In that time, Rogoe became the manipulator of the hostilities; he used several methods to continue the conflict so he could oppress and enslave the smaller Gungan tribes while the larger ones were preoccupied with fighting one another. Eventually, he became concerned about Gallo, the Boss of the city of Otoh Sancture, who had refused to take part in any violence. Rogoe believed Gallo would be powerful enough to defeat Rogoe's forces were he to take a side, and so the warmonger ordered a tribe of carnivorous, half-wild bursas to destroy Gallo's Otoh Sancture. Gallo, however, was away from the city and survived to discover that Rogoe had massacred his people, causing Rogoe's rival to begin a campaign to unite the Gungan tribes against the warlord. After convincing the other cities to join him, Gallo led his Grand Army to Spearhead and fought Rogoe's minions. Rogoe remained in his fortress during the battle and was killed when Gallo's army destroyed it. (Read more…)

This week's other featured article: Bail Antilles (Galactic Alliance)


February 10 (Week 7), 2014Nink and Oasis mother

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Nink was a male member of the avian uvak species who lived on the planet Kesh in the years following the Great Hyperspace War. Hatched in 5015 BBY, Nink eventually became the personal steed of the Keshiri Zhari Vaal, a member of the world's Neshtovar ruling council. However, Vaal mistreated Nink; at some point, Nink decided enough was enough and, during a flight over the ocean, dropped his master to his death. Nink was passed on to Vaal's widow, Adari Vaal, a geologist who soon had to flee the Neshtovar on Nink's back after spreading teachings of Kesh's origin that the council considered heretical. Nink carried Vaal up to the remote Cetajan Mountains, where she happened upon an encampment of Sith who had recently crashed on the planet. With Vaal's help, the Sith were delivered from their predicament; they eventually posed as the Keshiri's Skyborn gods and took control of Kesh as the new Lost Tribe of Sith.

By 4975 BBY, Nink, at forty, was the oldest uvak in Keshiri memory. By then, his master had reached the head of a secret Keshiri resistance group dedicated to overthrowing the Lost Tribe. As part of their plot, that year Vaal flew Nink at the head of a large group of stolen uvak mounted by resistance members, hoping to sacrifice themselves as a way to cripple the Lost Tribe's ability to move across Kesh. However, after Vaal guided Nink into the chaotic air currents above the Sessal Spire volcano, Nink did not plunge into the water as planned; instead, he reached an isolated island somewhere in the ocean. (Read more…)
This week's other featured article: Oasis mother

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The oasis mother was a species of sentient, predatory plant that was native to the desert-covered world of Endregaad. Oasis mothers lived atop small pools of water. Their bodies consisted of a series of intertwined vines that formed a trunk with over-hanging branches. From the limbs hung sacks that contained immature oasis children, juvenile forms of the plant. Oasis children were mobile and bipedal in form, and their main role was to hunt living animals to feed to their mother. Though sentient, oasis mothers had very different thought patterns from other intelligent species and were completely amoral, caring only about their own well-being. During the time of the New Republic, a band of oasis children attacked a caravan of travelers that that was passing through the wildernesses of Endregaad en route to the planet's Temple Valley region. (Read more…)

This week's other featured article: Nink


February 17 (Week 8), 2014Coh Veshiv and Lux Bonteri

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Coh Veshiv was a Human male Imperial Advisor who oversaw the Bormea and Darpa sectors, as well as the Ringali Shell, by 0 BBY. A former senator, Veshiv was a master at discovering hidden secrets and blackmailing people, and used his talent to rise through the ranks of the Galactic Empire until he was part of Emperor Palpatine's Inner Circle. In 0 BBY, Veshiv was sent from the planet Coruscant on a tour of the sectors he oversaw on the CR90 corvette Empire Forever after he irritated Palpatine. In 0 ABY, around three months after the start of his tour, Veshiv was kidnapped by the Alliance to Restore the Republic–allied privateering crew of the former Imperial EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate Far Orbit. Prior to Veshiv's departure from the planet Esseles, the crew of the Far Orbit convinced him to board the frigate under the false pretense of being an Imperial vessel. Veshiv was then handed over the Alliance. (Read more…)
This week's other featured article: Lux Bonteri

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Lux Bonteri was a Human male politician and rebel fighter from Onderon during the Clone Wars. Originally loyal to the Galactic Republic, Bonteri's family sided with the Confederacy of Independent Systems when Onderon seceded at the war's outset. They moved to the Separatist capital of Raxus after Bonteri's mother, Mina Bonteri, became the senator of Onderon in the Separatist Parliament. Reaching adolescence in a time of war, the idealistic Bonteri hoped, like his mother, for a peaceful resolution to the conflict, though he came to hate the Republic after the death of his father, an officer in the Confederate military, at the hands of clone troopers from the Grand Army of the Republic. Over a year into the war, Bonteri was forced to rethink his views on the Republic and the Jedi Order after meeting a Jedi, Padawan Ahsoka Tano, for the first time. Yet he thereafter lost his mother due to the machinations of Count Dooku, who ordered her death to terminate a peace proposal that she had introduced. Bonteri briefly represented Onderon in the Parliament in his mother's place, but he soon withdrew to seek justice for her assassination.

Renouncing his Confederate ties, the orphaned Bonteri fell in with the Death Watch, a Mandalorian splinter group that shared his desire to kill Dooku. While working to determine Dooku's location for the Death Watch, Bonteri inadvertently involved Tano in his search for justice, which took them from a peace conference on Mandalore to the Death Watch's camp on Carlac. Despite Tano's allegations about the dishonorable conduct of the Death Watch, Bonteri refused to believe her claims until the group's leader, Pre Vizsla, had his charges raze an entire township of Ming Po before his very eyes. Bonteri ceased his involvement with the Death Watch and escaped from Carlac with Tano; though they parted ways, he promised they would meet again soon. Such was the case around 20 BBY, when Tano came to serve as an advisor for the group of rebels that Bonteri had joined to liberate Onderon from King Sanjay Rash's Separatist-backed regime. Coordinating their grass-roots insurgency with rebel leaders Saw and Steela Gerrera, Bonteri worked to free his homeworld by restoring the deposed King Ramsis Dendup to the throne.

After Bonteri and Saw petitioned the Jedi High Council for help, the Republic armed them against King Rash, and Tano was sent—alongside Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi and Clone Captain Rex—to train the rebel soldiers. After her comrades departed, Tano stayed to aid the rebels, working with Bonteri and his associates to retake the capital city Iziz. On Bonteri's suggestion to win them the support of the civilian populace, the rebels targeted Iziz's main power generator, striking a critical blow to Rash's forces while further becoming public symbols for freedom. Once they rescued Ramsis Dendup from being executed by Rash, Bonteri and his colleagues withdrew from Iziz, making a stand against the Separatist Droid Army in the eastern highlands. Bonteri grew close to Steela and nursed a brief romance with her, but though they won out over Rash's battle droid army, Steela was killed in the fighting. With Onderon's independence restored, Bonteri, having been re-appointed by the reinstated King Dendup as the senator of Onderon, decided to join the Galactic Senate and bring Onderon back into the Republic. (Read more…)
This week's other featured article: Coh Veshiv


February 24 (Week 9), 2014Neshtovar and Moorint

The Neshtovar were, in the years before the Great Hyperspace War, the ruling council of the isolated planet Kesh. Renowned as riders of the native avian uvak beast, the Neshtovar held a position of aristocracy on Kesh's continent Keshtah Minor. Along with being the region's political leaders, police force, and foremost religious authority, the Neshtovar also served as a communication system for the region, utilizing their uvak to surmount natural obstacles so that they could bring news to the furthest corners of Keshtah's far-flung landscape. In 5000 BBY, the Neshtovari High Councilor was the venerable Izri Dazh. That year, he led a public inquest into geologist Adari Vaal's teachings on Kesh's formation, which he considered heretical. After Vaal's home was besieged by angry mobs, she fled into the mountains, where she stumbled across a group of crash-landed Sith. The newcomers posed as the Skyborn gods, and Dazh and the Neshtovar fell for their charade, ceding control of their society to them. Unfortunately for the Neshtovar, in 4985 BBY their uvak were taken away by the new Lost Tribe of Sith, leading many Neshtovar to join a Keshiri resistance, led by Vaal, dedicated to overthrowing Sith rule. However, their plans were unsuccessful, and the Sith regime continued on. (Read more…)
This week's other featured article: Moorint

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Moorint was a male Twi'lek who served as the Scout Chief for the Pilgrims of Kalikori village on the planet Tython, during the Cold War between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire. A skilled tracker, Moorint served as the lieutenant of Matriarch Sumari during the conflict with the native Flesh Raiders of Tython. When Sumari died from illness, he served Sumari's daughter, Ranna Tao'Ven, faithfully until approached by the Dark Jedi Bengel Morr, who was controlling the Flesh Raiders, with an offer of peace. After capturing the Jedi Master Orgus Din and delivering the Human to Morr's clutches as part of their agreement, Moorint and the villagers failed in their attempt to capture Din's apprentice but were forgiven by the Jedi. Moorint and his people continued to live on Tython alongside the Jedi Order as the galaxy erupted into renewed war. (Read more…)
This week's other featured article: Neshtovar


March

March 3 (Week 10), 2014Skirmish on The Wheel and Battle of Hoth (Great Galactic War)

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A skirmish took place both aboard and in the space outside of The Wheel space station in 137 ABY. Although fought between members of the Empire-in-exile and Galactic Alliance Remnant, it was engineered by agents of the One Sith and Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire, whose machinations served to disrupt a potential alliance between Empire-in-exile and Remnant forces. The skirmish came about due to a meeting aboard the station between Remnant Admiral Gar Stazi and Empire-in-exile Captain Mingo Bovark, who were discussing the idea of combining their organizations' strength against Darth Krayt's forces in the ongoing Second Imperial Civil War. Sith–Imperial agents Jor Torlin and Morrigan Corde were concurrently on the station, hunting for the former Jedi Cade Skywalker, whom Krayt sought.

After determining that Skywalker was no longer aboard, Torlin and Corde decided to disrupt the negotiations through sabotage. Using Command Override Limpet Droids, Torlin remotely took control of a turbolaser aboard Bovark's shuttle and fired at the nearby Remnant shuttle. When news reached Stazi, he attacked Bovark with a vibro-shiv, while a lightfight erupted outside of their conference room between Stazi's bodyguards and Bovark's Imperial Knight protectors, Antares Draco and Ganner Krieg. Draco was able to rescue Bovark, but the Imperials' escape was blocked by Wheel Administrator Pol Temm and the Wheel Security Force. Temm barred all of Fel's forces from the station, and the Empire-in-exile remained devoid of allies. (Read more…)

This week's other featured article: Battle of Hoth (Great Galactic War)

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The Battle of Hoth was a major naval battle that occurred in 3665 BBY, during the second decade of the Great Galactic War between the Galactic Republic and the resurgent Sith Empire. A fleet of highly advanced prototype warships, including the Republic superdreadnaught Star of Coruscant, was ambushed by the Imperial Navy after Chiss agents alerted Imperial Intelligence to the fleet's existence, and the Hoth system became the site of a massive space battle that lasted for days. While the battle began along the supposedly secret route that the Republic fleet was traveling, the conflict passed through several star systems before reaching its peak above the planet Hoth. The final stages of the battle in the Hoth system destroyed over seventy-five vessels, inflicting heavy damage on both the Imperial and Republic Navies and sending ships such as the Star of Coruscant, the Conraddas Vindicator, the Vehement Sword, and the Ambria's Fury crashing to the icy surface of Hoth.

The Battle of Hoth severely demoralized the Republic Military, breaking the momentum generated by the recent victory at Alderaan and leading to the Republic's eventual acceptance of the Treaty of Coruscant, which ended the war in 3653 BBY. Over fifteen years after the battle, the wreckage of the destroyed ships turned the planet's icy surface into a hotly contested battleground. Both the Empire and the Republic battled each other and the White Maw pirate organization in an effort to salvage what they could of the prototype technology lost in the last war. (Read more…)
This week's other featured article: Skirmish on The Wheel


March 10 (Week 11), 2014Unidentified retired Galactic Republic pilot and Stennes Shifter

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A male Human pilot served in the Republic Starfighter Corps in the years prior to the conflict known as the Invasion of Naboo, flying to many planets of the galaxy before retiring in 38 BBY due to old age and eventually settling on the planet Tatooine. In 32 BBY, the pilot saw the young slave boy Anakin Skywalker participate in a podrace. After the race, the pilot met Skywalker and his friends at Mos Espa's marketplace, where he shared with them stories of his past exploits and encouraged Skywalker to pursue his dream of becoming a space pilot. The pilot would continue to spend time with Skywalker on occasion and entertain him with more stories. Among many things, the pilot told Skywalker about the mysterious Angels of the planet Iego and the creation of the Sith Order. (Read more…)

This week's other featured article: Stennes Shifter

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The Stennes Shifters were a sentient, Near-Human species native to the planet of Stennaros. They were biological offshoots of the Stennes and resembled their kin in appearance, with ashen-gray skin riddled with dark veins and small knobs, a slight body, heavy-lidded eyes, and gaunt cheeks that gave them a skull-like visage. Yet the Shifters had several unique abilities that set them apart from their mainline cousins, all of which were rooted in an innate sensitivity to the Force. Foremost was their ability to pass unseen using a form of telepathy. A Stennes Shifter could use this talent to disappear into a crowd. Shifters also were able to feed on the Force expended by beings around them. Such abilities earned the Stennes Shifters the alternate name of Force-eaters.

Environmental pressures shunted the Stennes Shifters along a different developmental path from their baseline cousins; their extra capacities to hide and sap Force energy helped the Shifters as both hunters and prey in their homeworld's ecosystem. However, such abilities also made the Shifters seem frightening and suspicious to both the mainline Stennes and to outsiders. Thus, the Shifters constantly found themselves persecuted, hunted, and—when discovered—killed. As offworlders took to eradicating the Shifters—including the Jedi Order in one particularly bloody conflict circa 5000 BBY—the planet became pocked with artillery craters in attacks that killed Stennes Shifters and standard Stennes alike. The Stennes turned on their Shifter kin, forcing them to flee their own homeworld or to use their natural powers to escape detection and assimilate into society. Over time, the Shifter population fell; by the days of the Galactic Empire, they were numbered at no more than several million, and the Shifters were regarded as little more than legend by many in the galaxy. Coupled with their indistinguishable appearance from mainline Stennes, such anonymity allowed some Shifters to blend into galactic society. Those who capitalized on their powers of misperception found work in fringe occupations, such as thieves, spies, or informants. (Read more…)
This week's other featured article: Unidentified retired Galactic Republic pilot


March 17 (Week 12), 2014Hurst Romodi and Ket Maliss

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Hurst Romodi was a male Human who served as a colonel in the Grand Army of the Galactic Republic and later a general in the Galactic Empire's Imperial Army. Born on the planet Matacorn, Romodi served with distinction in Lambda sector's Planetary Security Forces before becoming one of the Galactic Republic's first non-clone commanders during the Clone Wars. After the defeat of the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the rise of the Galactic Empire, Romodi was appointed a general in the Imperial Army. Romodi led Imperial ground forces against Separatist holdouts in the Ciutric Offensive of 19 BBY and the Western Reaches Operation of 17 BBY, winning several major victories and becoming a celebrated figure in the Core Worlds. During the latter campaign, Romodi's forces were ambushed by Iska pirates at Bryndar; Romodi won the day, but was left blind and deeply scarred. Romodi left military service to become the senator of the Lambda sector. However, he suffered recurring nightmares and an inability to concentrate as a result of his injuries, and retired after a single term in office. Romodi was offered the opportunity to continue working as adjutant to Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin and served under Tarkin as Battle Station Operations chief aboard the Death Star battlestation at the time of its destruction by the Rebel Alliance in 0 BBY. (Read more…)
This week's other featured article: Ket Maliss

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Ket Maliss was a Dashade male assassin from the time of the Great Sith War who was cryogenically frozen for nearly 4,000 years following the near-extinction of his species. As a Shadow Killer, Maliss was one of the most accomplished Dashade assassins; having originally worked as an enforcer for members of the Falleen House Sizhran, he was awoken several decades before 3 ABY to serve their descendant, Prince Xizor. Under the Prince's employ, Maliss visited Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina in Tatooine's city of Mos Eisley on at least two occasions. During the latter visit in 1 ABY, an Imperial curfew was imposed on the entire Tatoo system. A reluctant Maliss only left the establishment after Ackmena, the bartender, prompted the cantina's patrons to waltz out the door to her rendition of the song "Goodnight, But Not Goodbye."

By 3 ABY, Xizor had become the head of the criminal syndicate Black Sun, and that year saw Maliss wipe out the leadership of the Disac pirates on behalf of the Black Sun Vigo Sprax. He later joined a team of mercenaries and bounty hunters assembled by Xizor to track down the mercenary Limna Yith, who had stolen a datacard that contained a list of every Black Sun operative in the Verde system. The team pursued her to the planet Sedri, where they learned that she was on her way to an underwater village. Maliss and the others arrived first and massacred the village's residents, but they were soon joined by Yith, held captive by a team of smugglers who were working in opposition to them. A lightfight broke out that saw many of Maliss's allies killed, and the Dashade attempted to escape and fight another day. (Read more…)
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March 24 (Week 13), 2014Serp and Duron Qel-Droma

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The Serps were sentient, humanoid reptiles indigenous to the planet Serphidi in the Belial system. They were a sexually dimorphic species, with red-scaled and flat-faced males, and orange-scaled and long-snouted females. The Serps once had superior technology, but they used it for devastatingly destructive acts. Eventually, they chose to sign a pact that banned advanced technology and united the planet under a single King. Their remaining technology was simple, and they sublimated their destructive urges with jousting competitions. Each year, they held a tournament to remember the day of peace.

Shortly before the eruption of the Galactic Civil War, King S'Shah came to power. He allied with the Galactic Empire, revived some of the Serps' ancient technology, and turned the previously nonlethal jousts into deadly affairs. Most Serps disliked S'Shah's reforms and showed sympathy to the Rebel Alliance; thus, the Human Rebel agent Luke Skywalker came to Serphidi to work with the Rebel-friendly natives in deposing S'Shah. With the help of an older Serp named Elglih, Skywalker entered the yearly tournament and defeated the King. Elglih became the new monarch, and the Serps officially allied with the Rebel Alliance. (Read more…)

This week's other featured article: Duron Qel-Droma

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Duron Qel-Droma was a Human male Jedi Knight from Alderaan, most well-known for his exploits during the Great Hunt in 3993 BBY. A member of the Qel-Droma family of Jedi, Qel-Droma was the cousin of Jedi Knight Ulic Qel-Droma, who famously fell to the dark side and became a Sith Lord, battling the Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic in the Great Sith War. In the years immediately after the conflict, it fell to Duron to restore his family name. In the aftermath of the war, Sith-created monstrosities were spread out throughout the galaxy and still posed a threat. In response, the Jedi Order initiated the Great Hunt, intending to wipe out the beasts for good. Qel-Droma took up arms with a group of fellow Jedi, including fellow Human Shaela Nuur and the Twi'lek Guun Han Saresh. Qel-Droma and his compatriots battled creatures such as Sith wyrms and silan, but their greatest enemy would be the terentatek—a massive, vicious reptilian beast that fed on Force-sensitive blood. Qel-Droma and company trekked the galaxy in search of these monsters, clearing them off of worlds such as Tatooine and earning a reputation as the Jedi Order's greatest hunters.

During the Great Hunt, Qel-Droma and Nuur developed romantic feelings for each other that stretched the limits of the Jedi Code. Although this threatened to cause a rift in the group, as Saresh deeply disapproved, by 3993 BBY the Hunt was called to an end. However, Qel-Droma, Nuur and Saresh were sent on a secret mission to clear the Sith homeworld of Korriban, a planet deeply steeped in the dark side. As they were the Order's best hunters, the Jedi High Council believed that the three could be successful, and would be able to rely on each other to resist the dark side's lure. However, once on Korriban, Qel-Droma and the others ran into severe difficulties. In order to obtain necessary information, Qel-Droma and Nuur were forced to perform illegal actions that went against Qel-Droma's moral code, and Qel-Droma began to be afflicted with a series of debilitating, prophetic visions. On Korriban, Qel-Droma and Nuur gave into their passion, leading to a disgusted Saresh leaving the group. Without Saresh, Qel-Droma and Nuur set off together to the Valley of the Dark Lords, eventually coming across a terentatek in a remote cave. However, the beast proved too much—Qel-Droma was mortally wounded while desperately trying to defend Nuur. Before he died, Qel-Droma foresaw that sometime in the future a great Jedi named Revan would find his body, and use Qel-Droma's robe in a battle with the dark side. Nearly forty years later, this would come to pass, as Revan found Qel-Droma's remains before defeating Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Malak. (Read more…)
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March 31 (Week 14), 2014Saun Dann and Tarc

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Saun Dann, also known as Sohn Dann, was a jovial Human male who worked as a trader on the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk. He was also secretly a member of the Rebel Alliance who maintained his own network of connections. During the Life Day holiday of 1 ABY, when the Galactic Empire blockaded Kashyyyk and declared martial law on the world, an Imperial guard wandered into Dann's shop and took a groomer without paying, much to the trader's chagrin. Dann then made his way to the home of his Wookiee friend Chewbacca, who had not yet arrived home for the holiday, and whose family was worried about his absence.

After Dann assuaged the Wookiees' fears and gave them all Life Day gifts, he reassured the Alliance's Princess Leia Organa—speaking to them via wallscreen—that the family would be safe. However, an Imperial search party entered the home on a hunt for ties to the Rebels. Dann nervously attempted to prevent the Imperials from discovering that Chewbacca, a well-known Alliance hero, was one of the home's residents, but the search party's Commander ordered him to leave. Dann later returned and found that a recently-arrived Chewbacca had eliminated a stormtrooper who had been left to guard the home, and the trader used the family's wallscreen to convince a suspicious Imperial officer that the trooper had fled his post.

During another Life Day, which came at some point between 0 BBY and 3 ABY, Dann celebrated the occasion by ordering two cases of candy for children in need. When the shipment was late, he recruited a spacer to track it down, and the spacer discovered that the candy had been stolen and eaten by the stormtrooper TK-555. Dann resolved to find a replacement gift for the children. He again ordered candy for needy children the following Life Day, but the same fate befell it, and the spacer again brought the trader bad news. (Read more…)
This week's other featured article: Tarc

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The Tarc were a sentient crustacean species, indigenous to the planet Hjaff. Standing at around two meters tall with four arms and a chitinous exoskeleton, they appeared intimidating to most humanoids, a reputation furthered by their ruthless and emotionless behavior. The Tarc, in fact, did not lack emotions, but believed them to be private and not to be shared with others. Fiercely protective of their culture and sovereignty, the Tarc saw other species as a threat to both of these and, as a result, were extremely isolationist as a society. The Tarc colonized the star systems around their homeworld, making the area a buffer between them and the rest of the galaxy and using their navy, the Ivlacav Gourn, to destroy any intruders. That practice led the species into conflict with the Galactic Empire during the Galactic Civil War. (Read more…)
This week's other featured article: Saun Dann


April

April 7 (Week 15), 2014Boo Rawl and Elscol Loro

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Boo Rawl was a Human male independent freight-hauler from the planet Hazzard. A staunch believer in the proposition that individuals were free to run their lives as they chose without governmental interference, Rawl possessed one of the largest private music collections by artists blacklisted by the Commission for the Preservation of the New Order. After plying his trade throughout the galaxy for fifteen years, he joined the Alliance to Restore the Republic in 2 BBY in protest of the Imperial presence on his homeworld. Using his own, personally modified BD-27 transport, the Long Run, Captain Rawl delivered heavy equipment and supplies to Alliance installations across the galaxy.

In 3 ABY, shortly after the Battle of Hoth, Rawl was partnered with technician Deen Voorson to steal a Colony Class 23669 power generator from the Kuat Freight Port. Voorson hoped to use family contacts at the freight port to allow them to take the generator before the scheduled Imperial transport arrived. Voorson's nine year old cousin, Shannon, arranged for the Alliance to steal the generator, and Rawl collected the barge containing the generator as planned. Leaving the freight port, the Alliance plan was discovered by the Empire when the real pickup barge arrived. Rawl piloted the Long Run while under fire, jumping to hyperspace and safety. (Read more…)
This week's other featured article: Elscol Loro

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Elscol Loro was a Human female resistance leader and New Republic starfighter pilot during the Galactic Civil War. A native of the Colonies planet Cilpar, Loro joined the Cilpari Resistance to oppose Imperial rule on her homeworld. Following the death of her husband, Throm Loro, at the hands of Imperial forces, Loro became leader of the Resistance and gained a constant companion and protector in the Wookiee Groznik, who transferred his life debt to Loro when Throm died. Despite her strong hatred of the Empire, Loro also distrusted the New Republic, believing them to be collaborating with Cilpar's Imperial government due to the actions of a traitor within the Resistance. Shortly after the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY, the New Republic starfighter unit Rogue Squadron arrived on Cilpar. Loro initially took the Rebels captive, but came to trust them when they helped her to overthrow Moff Boren Tascl and expose the traitor.

After the planet's liberation, Wedge Antilles invited Loro to join Rogue Squadron. She accepted, but her membership in the squadron proved to be brief. Following the death of Groznik during Rogue Squadron's mission to Mrlsst, Loro became increasingly insubordinate, disobeying Antilles's orders and taking unnecessary risks that placed herself and her wingmates in danger. After the squadron's mission to Tatooine, Antilles and Loro agreed that Rogue Squadron was not where she belonged. Loro left the New Republic to start her own resistance group, joining forces with former Special Intelligence operative Sixtus Quin and his squad, along with a handful of others who hated the Empire but were unwilling to join the Republic.

Over the next few years Loro's group targeted Imperial worlds and worked to overthrow their planetary governments by training the local citizens to stage successful uprisings. In 7 ABY, Rogue Squadron resigned from the New Republic Defense Force to carry out an unsanctioned operation to free Thyferra from the rule of Director of Imperial Intelligence Ysanne Isard. As Loro and her team specialized in such missions, Antilles contacted her and she agreed to assist him in overthrowing Isard. During the Battle of Thyferra at the end of the campaign, Loro led a team that stormed Xucphra Corporate Headquarters and captured Minister of Trade Fliry Vorru. Isard, however, escaped capture by faking her own death. (Read more…)
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April 14 (Week 16), 2014Spilferithimus-narlamos and Stevan Makintay

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Spilferithimus-narlamos, often called Spilfer for short, was a blue-furred Squib male diplomat—a status that allowed him to sign agreements on behalf of his entire species. Sometime between 0 and 2 ABY, the Squib King, Ebareebaveebeedee, charged the diplomat with leading a group of Rebel Alliance operatives through the Paradise system to obtain a "quest object" for the Squibs. In exchange, the King agreed to provide the coordinates of the Imperial armored transport Elusive, which had information that could compromise Rebel operations in several sectors. Spilferithimus-narlamos and the Squibs neglected to mention key facts: the system consisted mostly of garbage—including pieces of the Galactic Empire's destroyed Death Star battlestation—the "quest object" was a gravity well projector that kept the system from complete collapse, and the Squibs' hereditary rivals, the Ugors, controlled Paradise and considered the quest-object to be part of their holiest shrine.

Spilferithimus-narlamos disguised himself to sneak past the Ugor officials who greeted the Rebel starship. However, he was discovered by the Ugor Tax Chaplain GrrKack, and the Rebels were forced to pay an exorbitant sum for bringing a "demon of a Squib" into the holy system. Nevertheless, Spilferithimus-narlamos led his charges into a large piece of Death Star wreckage, where he filled his many pouches with refuse amassed with a large garbage grabber until the group reached the "quest object." The Rebels extricated the gravity well projector, slipped it past a band of crime lord Jabba the Hutt's pirates who sought the projector for their employer, and brought the loot back to their shuttle. However, the removal of the projector threw the delicate gravitational balance of the system off kilter, turning it into chaotic field of debris. Spilferithimus-narlamos manned the shuttle's tractor beams to deflect dangerous pieces of garbage from striking the vessel as it fought off the miffed Ugors in their battle-wagons and escaped into hyperspace. Back on the Squib Momship, Spilferithimus-narlamos and the Squibs exchanged the coordinates of the Elusive for the gravity well projector—an item for which they had no other use than to bother their rivals, the Ugors. After more spirited haggling, Ebareebaveebeedee handed over the projector for the Rebels to use in their continued hunt for the Elusive, and he declared a pact of mutual support between the Squibs and the Rebel Alliance, Spilferithimus-narlamos attesting. (Read more…)
This week's other featured article: Stevan Makintay

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Stevan Makintay, also known as "Mak," was a Human male born on the planet of Hargeeva. The son of the world's High King, Makintay was raised in wealth and privilege. Despite his heritage, Lord Makintay, as he was known, held the view that all beings were equal. When the Galactic Empire annexed Hargeeva in 7 BBY, Makintay used the opportunity to attend the Imperial Academy and learn how to pilot starfighters. Upon his return, he fell in love with a lowborn commoner, Ketrian Altronel, and announced his intention to marry her. This action, along with his critical opposition of his father's oppression of the lower classes of Hargeevan society, led his father to disinherit Makintay. He also arranged for his son's kidnapping and incarceration at the Imperial penal colony on Garen IV. Makintay escaped with the aid of his friend, the Sullustan Merinda Niemeh, and the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Returning to Hargeeva, Makintay established a small Rebel cell on the planet. The movement snowballed, erupting into an uprising that was violently subjugated by Imperial forces under the command of Major Nial Pedrin. Makintay escaped Hargeeva, eventually joining the Alliance proper.

Makintay flew T-65 X-wing starfighters for the Alliance, and was stationed at Echo Base on the planet of Hoth as part of the fighter complement. During the evacuation of the base necessitated by its discovery by Imperial forces, Makintay was a member of Rogue Squadron, flying snowspeeders. Flying as Rogue Nine with his gunner, Barlon Hightower, the pair survived the battle and escaped Hoth. Makintay was transferred to Eyrie Base on the planet of Karatha, where he commanded Green Squadron. A shortage of supplies and critical parts for the Alliance forced Makintay to undergo a risky mission to Hargeeva to contact his former fiancée, Ketrian Altronel, and convince her to join the Alliance. Altronel, however, believed that Makintay had abandoned her for a life in space, unaware of his father's machinations. During their meeting, Imperial forces captured them, bounding them over for transport to the Imperial capital of Coruscant. During the transfer, the pair were rescued by friends of Makintay's from Eyrie Base. Altronel agreed to join the Alliance after discovering the truth about Makintay's disappearance and discovering that the Empire had killed her friend, Alikka Nolan.

However, Altronel had been intentionally poisoned with Xebonica during the intended trip to Coruscant, and was regularly being dosed with the antidote, Trypanid. Standard Imperial procedure for Class A Security Risks such as Altronel—whose metallurgical work had created a new alloy with impressive heat-absorption capabilities—was to poison them during transport from secure areas and keep the effects at bay to prevent them from defecting or becoming a liability as prisoners. Although the Alliance was aware of the treatment for such poisonings, the standard treatment was not working. Makintay and Merinda Niemeh traveled back to Hargeeva to capture Major Pedrin, who had infected Altronel in the first place, as they believed that she had been poisoned with a new compound only he could cure. While their mission was successful, upon their return to Eyrie Base Makintay discovered that Altronel's condition was not caused by Pedrin, but by a fellow Hargeevan, Assistant Medic Astina Griek, who blamed Altronel's work for the deaths of her husband and son at the hands of the Empire. Makintay confronted Griek, who was also in possession of an antidote to cure Altronel. Subsequently, a struggle with Pedrin ensued as he sought to escape Alliance custody. Makintay was stabbed in the back, and Griek was killed by a blaster fired by Pedrin. The Major was then stunned and captured by Alliance forces, Altronel was cured with Griek's antidote, and Makintay recovered from his injuries. (Read more…)
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April 21 (Week 17), 2014Nax Cirvan and Bail Antilles

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Baron Nax Cirvan was a humanoid male Dark Jedi, formerly of the Jedi Order, who was recruited as an assassin by Count Dooku during the Clone Wars. After rampaging through the Outer Rim Territories, Cirvan was finally apprehended by Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker after trying to kidnap Force-sensitive children for Dooku. Incarcerated inside the secret prison called the Prism for his crimes, Cirvan spent the remainder of the war there. He was released in 19 BBY along with the rest of the prisoners by a trio of high-ranking members of the newborn Galactic EmpireDark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader, Moff Trachta, and Lieutenant Laurita Tohm. The three had escaped from the galactic capital of Coruscant along with a wounded Emperor Palpatine, seeking refuge on the Prism from a coup orchestrated by Gentis, the Headmaster of the Imperial Academy. Vader—who used to be Cirvan's captor, Anakin Skywalker—pitted the prisoners against each other in a free-for-all battle to recruit the best fighters to his cause. Cirvan survived the brawl and pledged his allegiance to the Empire after being promised amnesty for his crimes. The Dark Jedi helped Vader retake Coruscant, but was betrayed by the Sith Lord when the transport he and the other prisoners were given to leave Coruscant exploded. (Read more…)

This week's other featured article: Bail Antilles

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Bail Antilles was a Human male from the planet Alderaan. Born a prince in the influential House of Antilles, Organa served as the senator of the Alderaan sector during the years leading up to the Invasion of Naboo. Campaigning to combat corruption in the Senate, the highest legislative body of the Galactic Republic, Antilles ascended to the position of chairman of the Internal Activities Committee. He was also leader of one of the two main factions of the Senate, the Core faction, which was mostly opposed by the Rim faction led by his colleague Ainlee Teem of the planet Malastare.

In 33 BBY, during the debates on the taxation of trade routes, Antilles argued the Senate should not allow the Trade Federation to increase the number of its battle droid defenses. One year later, Queen Amidala of the planet Naboo moved for a Vote of No Confidence in the leadership of Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum. Along with his colleagues Palpatine of Naboo and Ainlee Teem, Antilles was nominated to succeed the Chancellor. Despite—or partly because of—his crusade against corruption, Antilles was not chosen, and Palpatine received the anointing of the Senate. Following Palpatine's election at the helm of the state, Antilles retired from office, making way for his compatriot and partial namesake Bail Organa, to whom he was related through marriage. Once he was retired, Antilles still made a few public appearances, notably attending Senator Horox Ryyder's farewell party shortly before the outbreak of the Clone Wars in 22 BBY. (Read more…)

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April 28 (Week 18), 2014Sith Emperor and Viidaav (species)

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The Sith Emperor was a Dark Lord of the Sith who reconstituted the Sith Empire after its destruction in the Great Hyperspace War and went on to rule it for over 1300 years. Born in 5113 BBY as Tenebrae, the illegitimate Sith son of Lord Dramath of Medriaas and a poor farm woman, the child who eventually became the Emperor killed his own father at the age of ten and was granted the title of Lord Vitiate by the then–Dark Lord Marka Ragnos three years later. Vitiate renamed his world Nathema and ruled it for the next century, content to exclude himself from Sith power struggles and even the Great Hyperspace War when the Galactic Republic destroyed the Empire in 5000 BBY. Summoning the remaining Sith Lords to Nathema with the promise of salvation from the Jedi, Vitiate turned on his fellows and used their strength to perform a ritual that made him immortal, at the expense of every living thing on Nathema.

Shedding his identity as Lord Vitiate, the self-proclaimed Sith Emperor led the scattered survivors of the Empire on a twenty-year odyssey into the Unknown Regions, where he established a new Sith Empire on the lost colony world of Dromund Kaas. He delved deep into the mysteries of the dark side of the Force as his people built a new civilization and expanded the Empire's domain over the next thousand years. His life prolonged through the power of the ritual, the Emperor sought a way to repeat the same feat of Sith magic on a galactic scale. However, doing so required a war—war that would destroy civilizations and fuel his power so that he could consume everything in the galaxy and become like a god. To that end, the Emperor arranged for the Mandalorian warrior culture to attack the Republic, and he turned the powerful Jedi Knights Revan and Malak to the dark side and set them upon the Republic after the Mandalorians were defeated. Yet a redeemed Revan returned to challenge the Emperor once more, and Revan's near-success and subsequent capture led the Emperor to pursue further safeguards against his death. Protecting his true body through the transference of his consciousness between host bodies known as Emperor's Voices, the Emperor launched his own war on the Republic almost three centuries later.

During the course of the war, the Emperor's efforts to create the extensions of his will known as the Children of the Emperor were nearly derailed by his traitorous apprentice Exal Kressh, but Kressh was eliminated before she could do lasting harm to her Sith Master's plans. As the war neared the end of its third decade, the captive Revan was able to mentally influence the Emperor to sue for peace with the Republic, and the resultant Treaty of Coruscant saw the Sith leader return control of the Empire to the ruling Dark Council and retreat into seclusion in order to prepare his ritual. A powerful young Jedi who would become known as the Hero of Tython drew the Emperor's attention during the subsequent Cold War, on account of the visions that centered around the Jedi Knight, but the Emperor easily crushed the Jedi's will and turned the Knight to the dark side along with the rest of a strike team sent to capture the Sith ruler. The Knight broke free of the Emperor's control months later with the help of the immortal Lord Scourge, the Emperor's personal executioner or Wrath, but the Emperor had already set his plans in motion as the galaxy spiraled into renewed war.

As the Hero raced to stop the Emperor's agents from starting the ritual, the Emperor was trapped briefly by the traitorous Sith Lord Darth Baras on the planet Voss. Nevertheless, he escaped with the help of his newest Emperor's Wrath and returned to Dromund Kaas, to activate his Children across the galaxy and prepare for a final confrontation with the Knight. While a Republic fleet invaded Dromund Kaas, the Emperor fought the Hero and the astromech droid T7-O1 in a climactic battle that ended with the Emperor's defeat. The loss of his Voice drove the Emperor into a deep slumber while the galaxy escalated further into war, prompting the Sith Lord Darth Malgus to try to seize the throne of the Empire. The Emperor eventually died a final death, though his powers and accomplishments were still remembered millennia later. (Read more…)
This week's other featured article: Viidaav (species)

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The Viidaav, or Viidaavs, were a species of sentient humanoids with green or orange skin and angular projections growing from their heads. They were thin beings with large, expressive eyes and three-fingered hands. The Viidaavs hailed from the eponymous planet Viidaav, where many of them worked as miners, shipbuilders, and soldiers.

During the Clone Wars, the Viidaavs allied with the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Clone troopers from the Galactic Republic attacked their homeworld, sparking a battle on the planet. The natives resisted the Republic troops, but were eventually driven back to defending a small mining array. The Viidaavs were preparing to retreat when Separatist leader Count Dooku ordered his battle droids to detonate mining charges set within the planet's crust. A lone Viidaav commander managed to defuse the explosives seconds before they exploded. (Read more…)
This week's other featured article: Sith Emperor


May

May 5 (Week 19), 2014Jaska (Mandalorian Knight) and Silver Speeder

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Jaska was a female Falleen Jedi Knight who eschewed Jedi teachings for Mandalorian culture during the Mandalorian Wars. Believing that the Galactic Republic was corrupt, she became a member of Jedi Master Dorjander Kace's Mandalorian Knights, a rogue faction of the Jedi Order that sought to help the Mandalorians win the war and become better rulers of the galaxy with the guidance of the Jedi. Joining the Revanchist movement, an organization of Jedi who aided the Republic war effort, Jaska and the Mandalorian Knights participated in a battle on the planet Essien in 3962 BBY. During the engagement, she and her fellow Knights were able to use deception to lead the Phaeda militia, the unit under their command, into Mandalorian captivity and seize the Republic command ship, the Axehead frigate Reciprocity.

After successful attacks on the planet Halthor and the space station Phaedacomm, Jaska followed Kace in the final step of his campaign—the capture of Jedi trainees on the planet Dantooine, with the purpose of converting them into future Mandalorian Knights. Jaska and the Mandalorian soldiers attacked the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine. However, Kace's plans were foiled by the Phaeda militia, and particularly by former Jedi Padawan Zayne Carrick. Jaska and the Mandalorian Knights were captured and faced public trial for their treason against the Republic. (Read more…)
This week's other featured article: Silver Speeder

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The Silver Speeder was a modified zZip Product Concepts Limited X-X landspeeder owned by the bounty hunter Boba Fett in the early years of the Galactic Empire. Fett acquired the speeder after chasing down a mark on the planet Rivvidu and equipped it well to enable him to attack his targets with an armament that included laser cannons, magnetic harpoons and vibrosaws. In 15 BBY, Fett, acting on a contract from the Annoo-dat crime lord Sise Fromm to capture the young speeder racers Thall Joben and Jord Dusat, and their friend Kea Moll, followed Joben's speeder, the White Witch, into the Boonta Speeder Race. Fett attacked Joben throughout the competition, unaware that Fromm's son, Tig Fromm, had planted a thermal detonator on the White Witch. An attack involving his magnetic beams accidentally loosened the detonator, which attached itself to the Silver Speeder. Although Fett ejected in time, the Silver Speeder was destroyed. (Read more…)
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May 12 (Week 20), 2014Adnerem and Emperor's Voice (Sith Empire)

Adnerem

The Adnerem were a tall, thin, humanoid species of mammal native to the pleasure planet of Adner in the Yataga sector of the Expansion Region. Descended from scavenger-hunters, they had large triangular heads with wide eyes and a large lump in the center of the forehead called an echo chamber. Their thin arms each ended in four talons with no opposable thumb. Adnerem society was based on small, non-genetic social units known as steri, the singular of which was steris, who dwelt together in steri-houses. The members of a steris were known as sterisi, and individual couples who formed a close friendship within a steris were known as a sterika. An Adnerem's status was judged entirely by the status of his or her steris, and different steri sometimes battled for balance of power in a conflict known as a raid-war.

As a species, Adnerem were generally antisocial and remained independent from the rest of the galaxy's economy, although their homeworld was a tourist trap with many theme parks and casinos. During the Galactic Civil War, the largest of these casinos, the Red Lisken, was run by an Adnerem named Etsero, who had ties to the gangster Jabba the Hutt and to various Imperial sympathizers. Those Adnerem who left Adner often remained together in their steris and found group occupations. Steri away from their homeworld usually worked as management in large corporations, criminal organizations, or mercenary agencies, such as the Interstellar Strike Force. (Read more…)
This week's other featured article: Emperor's Voice (Sith Empire)

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The Emperor's Voice, formally addressed as the Voice of the Emperor by other Sith, was a position within the reconstituted Sith Empire that was held by the Sith Emperor's current host body. First created after a failed assassination attempt in 3950 BBY, the Voice allowed the Emperor to protect his true body while still delivering commands to his servants and carrying out his will. The Emperor utilized many Voices of different species, genders, and ages throughout his lifetime, transferring his consciousness and powers from body to body as his hosts succumbed to the ravaging effects of the dark side.

As the Galactic War ignited between the Empire and the Galactic Republic in 3642 BBY, the Dark Councilor Darth Baras began a coup years in the making as he attempted to take the place of the Voice and thereby become the supreme authority within the Empire. Trapping the true Voice on the planet of Voss with the aid of the dark entity Sel-Makor, Baras secured his power base and proclaimed himself to be the Voice of the Emperor before the Dark Council. However, Baras' former apprentice and the newly-appointed Emperor's Wrath killed the true Voice in order to free the Emperor's essence and struck down Baras for his transgression. The Emperor's next Voice would fall in battle with the prodigal Jedi Knight known as the Hero of Tython, forcing the Emperor's essence back into his true body and abolishing the post of Emperor's Voice while his essence healed. (Read more…)
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May 19 (Week 21), 2014Mission to Brentaal IV and Emperor's Will (Star Galleon)

Mission to brentaal IV

In 0 ABY, the crew of the Alliance to Restore the Republic affiliated privateering EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate Far Orbit sent a landing party on a mission to obtain a datadisc from an Alliance contact on the planet Brentaal IV. The datadisc, containing fresh and sensitive information regarding the route of the Imperial Star Galleon-class frigate Emperor's Will, was handed off to the privateer party, but the group ended up being pursued by Imperial Security Bureau agents. Eventually, the group managed to escape the planet, after the Far Orbit helped create a diversion. (Read more…)

This week's other featured article: Emperor's Will (Star Galleon)

Emperor's Will close up

The Emperor's Will was a Star Galleon-class frigate operated by the Imperial Taxation Bureau in 0 ABY, at the time of the Galactic Civil War between the Galactic Empire and the Alliance to Restore the Republic. That year, the ship set out on a journey to the planet Esseles with a cargo amounting to 400 million credits and accompanied by the Imperial Navy's EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate Zaff Jendinpurg. However, its cargo was captured by the Far Orbit, a Nebulon-B frigate that was acting as a privateer vessel for the Alliance, on the way to Esseles after the privateers destroyed the Zaff Jendinpurg. The Emperor's Will was forced to release its ejectable cargo bay pod in an attempt to get it and the treasure it contained away from the privateers, though the Far Orbit was still able to capture the pod. (Read more…)

This week's other featured article: Mission to Brentaal IV


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