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  1. Geomancy Sith Geomancers are masters of the craft of remaking nature to suit their own terrible purposes. Similar to fulgurmancers in the use of tools to enhance their sorcerous powers, but instead of ruthless science, the geomancers believe that the emotional and moral alignment of tools are of vital importance. Geomancers call this alignment process the Actualization, and believe that if they can remake key points in the galaxy they can seize control of the natural order and rewrite it as they see fit, an agenda that they call the Great Work. Geomancers seek apotheosis, and are the epitome of better to rule in hell than serve in heaven. And if they have to make the entire galaxy hell to secure their rule, then so be it. Actualization isn’t just some esoteric ritual with occult symbols and forgotten languages, it’s the process of torturing people and then binding them to inanimate objects and places to imbue them with the awareness of pain and suffering. In the temples of the geomancers, the walls are truly screaming. Geomancers also possess a strange fascination with statuary and renditions of faces in various states of emotional expression such as suffering, regret, hatred, and terror. Many geomancers adorn their robes with amulets of these sculpted faces and use them in their rituals. Geomancers also have a tendency to use sculpted faces displaying extreme emotion as masks, as opposed to the faceless masks that Sith often employ. The bleeding of kyber crystals is believed by many to be the origin of this school of sorcery, or at least the seed that eventually inspired sorcerers to attempt the same process on a galactic scale. Crystals are another major aspect of geomantic sorcery, acting as lenses that distort the energies in ways that suit the needs of the sorcerer. Many geomancers are particularly interested in the crafting of holocrons, and the geomancers have a prophecy that when one of their number succeeds in the Great Work that they will use the holocrons of the greatest sorcerers to restore them to life eternal in the new galactic order. Alchemy is a favored pastime of geomancers, and considered a more small-scale expression of the Great Work. They will often offer consultation and tutoring to Sith warriors who seek better understanding of alchemy for the crafting of arms and armor. Geomancers often use rock hammers as ritual tools and symbols of office. Geomancy doesn’t have sects like most of the other sorcerous disparities, since everyone is united by a common goal. Instead, the geomancers tend towards gathering into cults of personality, exalting the most talented and powerful amongst their numbers in the hopes that their chosen horse will cross the finish line first and that they will ascend at their side. Geomancy Spells Crushing Glare: The geomancer presses upon an individual with all of their hate and will, attempting to pulverize the target with the Dark Side. Apprentices who use this spell require both considerable time and focus to make this spell reach its lethal conclusion, and have trouble overcoming the resistance of sturdy armor. Lords have greater fine control over the spell, allowing them to target specific limbs with increased pressure(The head has inherent greater resistance and most geomancers don’t even bother outside of the most simple and weakminded targets), and can compromise the structure of hard armor quicker. Masters can rend armor and incorporate it into the attack, and their victims feel heavily burdened by the power of the spell, leadening their limbs and slowing their movements. Distillation: The ritualistic act of reducing a victim to their base emotions, and then collecting the negative ones for use in the Great Work. There are two methods to achieve this, the collection of the victim in a Sith victory crystal, which preserves the identity of the victim to varying degrees and is such a destructive act that the body explodes with terrible kinetic force, and pulverization of the victim, where the body is ground down like herbs in a mortar and pestle. This latter method produces the more pure results, but in their own ways Sith are creatures of sentiment, so the choice between an everlasting trophy and a perfect reagent is rarely an easy one following a difficult and hard fought battle. This is a post duel victory power. Gaol of Aeons: Geomancers are not the most easy people to be around, and so sometimes they resort to their powers for companionship. Using a variation of the process used to create holocrons, the Sith captures a “snapshot” of a person, and creates a simulacrum that has a level of awareness and sapience that allows it to converse. Only people attuned to the stone or crystal that the simulacrum is trapped in can hear them, causing this to be one of many reasons that bystanders doubt the sanity of geomancers. The simulacrum is unable to be manipulated by the Force, and has no physical body to torture, so Sith who use this power to obtain information usually end up destroying the cage out of frustration rather quickly. Older and more experienced Sith use this power to discuss matters of philosophy and reason with a literally captive audience while they wait for their reagents to complete the Actualization process. The size and intricacy of these prisons determine how complex of a personality they can contain, with the greatest minds requiring structures worthy of being temples in their own right. Attempting to store a mind in a device of insufficient capacity results in the destruction of the prison. Gaols are like the slabs of marble that a sculptor will carve down into a statue, and are a stepping stone to creating golems. Screaming Maul: A two handed ritual hammer with an enraged expression crafted on the face. The geomancer uses the implement to channel concussive attacks ranging from rending terrible gouts into the earth to smashing great breaches into walls. Geomancers are terrible at close quarters fighting, but if they somehow manage to hit someone with this ridiculously large tool, that person is going to have a very bad time, regardless of armor. Pick of Suffering: Another ritual tool, this time in the shape of a small mining pick. This occult implement is used to conjure curses that warp and expand bone inside the bodies of enemies, causing extreme agony from within. Apprentice sorcerers can cause internal barbs of bone to sprout, lords can attempt to twist and malform a victim’s skeletal structure, and masters can try to skewer opponents with great spikes from within. These spells require a great deal of concentration, and interruptions force the sorcerer to start over from the beginning. Wounds inflicted with the pick can cause spontaneous uncontrolled bone growths. Juggernaut: Geomancers believe that they will craft the new galactic order, and so they practice for when the reins of creation will be in their hands. Juggernauts are animated constructs of actualized stone and crystal that are provided a simple level of sentience and the rage of thousands of lives distilled into pure hatred. While not particularly complex, juggernauts serve as a stepping stone towards crafting more intricate housings for minds. Most geomancers make juggernauts ranging from the size of a gorilla to an elephant, but in times of war geomancer cabals can construct massive assault golems with warshines inside of them that can trample cities. Juggernauts are too stupid to understand any kind of weapon outside of big and smashy, and generally discard bladed weapons given to them in favor of something that can be used as a club. Gargoyle: A more advanced form of golem that contains an animal’s mind, gargoyles are often used as animated sentries perched upon Sith temples. While gargoyles possess predatory cunning, like the juggernauts the use of weapons and tools eludes them. Geomancers will often use the minds of their favored pets to make gargoyles, and these constructs are often treated better than most of the slaves and servants. Clockwork Valet: A golem designed to function as a servant and assistant that over time becomes obsessively possessive and protective of their master, often going so far as to murder people that they perceive to be inconveniences or distractions to their makers. Valets are almost entirely sourced from the minds of loyal slaves. Many geomancers both abuse their valets and depend upon them to perform basic and vital tasks of upkeep and wellbeing. There is rumored to be at least one case of a valet putting their master into a coma to keep them safe while the golem sees to the master’s affairs. Marble Idyll: A carefully crafted golem that houses the mind imprint of someone that the geomancer values as an advisor, confidante, or conversationalist. Alternatively, a golem for someone that the geomancer is preserving to offer a place in the new galactic order. Idylls have elaborately decorated shells and meticulously crafted features of stone, and inevitably develop issues with vanity and self importance. If an idyll feels like their creator is in some way underwhelming or undeserving of their intellect, they will abandon them for a greater master. This behavior has led some Idylls to form cults seeking prophesied chosen ones that read like the protagonists of badly written fanfiction. Idylls have a propensity for bringing out the worst convictions in their masters, and enthusiastically push for anything that would bring about the Great Work. Despite their great intellects, the idylls are the truest and deepest believers in the philosophy of the Great Work, to the point of possessing carefully masked zealous radicalism. To these extremists, no price is too steep to pay for the creation of paradise. Amaranthine Heart: It was inevitable that geomancers would turn their attention to that most basic and binding of emotions, love. The Amaranthine Heart is a ritual that is meant to bring about the geomancers’ sick and twisted idea of love, and involves the replacement of a victim’s heart with a Sith amulet similar in nature to a holocron, encoded with the Sith’s insane beliefs of what the perfect lover would be like. Upon implantation, the victim has one of two nightmare scenarios to look forward to. If the host rejects the heart, then they slowly find themself transforming into a golemic being that has been twisted into someone that would accept the heart. This process hollows out the victim, turning them into little more than a subservient echo of who they once were, as their body transmutes into precious materials. Finding the end result lacking, geomancers will generally discard or sequester these golems, or use them as expendable shields in battle. If the host accepts the heart, they become attuned to the geomancer, acting as a battery and signal booster for the sorcerer’s power. Their eyes and bones begin to crystalize, and Dark Side mutations will begin rapidly manifesting. The victim will slowly develop an obsession with and dependency on the geomancer, eventually becoming utterly devoted to their new master or mistress. Rarely, a geomancer will perform the ritual on an apprentice, either out of genuine lustful desire or the intent to use the process as a means of control, or alternatively the sorcerer might implant a heart into someone whose connection to the Force was unknown to them. In these situations, a battle of will ensues for control of the talisman, with failure resulting in one of the two above results. If the would-be victim succeeds in mastering the heart, it alters them permanently, but not in a way that makes them subservient to the one that performed the ritual. Instead, the amulet becomes a reservoir for emotion, a wellspring that the person can draw upon or project onto others. The person can no longer feel of their own accord, but they can collect the emotional energy of those around them, or attempt to drain it like a psychic vampire, and consciously choose their emotions. While the Amaranthine Heart is created in darkness, it aligns itself to the morality of the one that controls it. Cases of non Force users conquering the heart are extremely rare, but not impossible. Cherubic Fetch: Not all golems that the geomancer creates are meant for companions. Geomancy is built on the idea that the natural order can be subverted and controlled, but some geomancers either instinctively are drawn to the concept of creating a legacy and a lineage, or believe that children are another part of the natural order that they will change. Cherubic fetches are child sized golems that often resemble oversized dolls. Many times geomancers obsessed with crafting the perfect legacy will kidnap children that meet whatever insane qualifiers are in their heads and put them into golems as a completely mad form of rebirth and adoption. Another common cause comes about when geomancers accidentally murder their actual children in a fit of rage, and then desperately shove the pieces of their shattered minds into a fetch to try and preserve them until the completion of the Great Work where they might be resurrected by the Sith’s newfound powers. Some geomancers even intentionally murder their non Force sensitive children out of a twisted sense of love, believing that they will be able to remake them as Force users once the Great Work is achieved. Cherubic fetches are smaller than standard golems, move considerably faster, and oscillate between feral violence and the performance of childlike innocence concealing considerable malevolence. Occasionally fetches will have moments of genuine curiosity or glee, but they are the minds of children put in murder robots, so those moments are rare, or inspired by sadistic impulses. Cherubic fetches, if given the opportunity, will gather and form packs, socializing and hunting in tandem with other fetches. Older fetches, driven by desires for attention and companionship, will often try to create brothers and sisters, or if they feel like they’re being neglected, a parent figure. These attempts often produce mixed results, but are always gruesome affairs. Places with considerable geomancer presence often suffer infestations of roaming packs of cherubic fetches that have outlived their makers. Dark Spirits: Not actually ghosts, but rather the use of distilled emotions and sensations to create Dark Side infused liquors. Often colloquially referred to as Sith poison by uncultured ingrates and people that have only been exposed to moonshine equivalent of these beverages, the art of creating these occult libations is heavily valued amongst the geomancers, who see a great many parallels between their sorceries and the alcohol making process. While rage inducing concoctions are the most known form of this process, distillers can instill a multitude of emotions in their craftings, and batches meant for recreational use are generally more subtle affairs. Speaking of affairs, passionate and lurid affair is an actual flavor and emotional note that they can put in the bottle. Sommeliers and distillers can make considerable bank selling quality bottles and serving as drinking advisors to wealthy Sith and nobles with a taste for the forbidden. The most successful have labels that they favor in general but also offer their services in locating or crafting bottles to satisfy the specific needs of clients. Much of the Great Work is funded by these Sith, who share a friendly(ish) rivalry with the vitae vintners of the biomancy disparity. There are also Sith from all paths of darkness that make their livings hunting down rare and exotic ingredients, which are oftentimes specific people. Amulet of Dark Resonance: A crystalline Sith amulet that allows the Sith to take the form of a person that onlookers most associate with a specific negative emotion. The glamour has an ethereal quality that makes it a poor disguise, but its purpose is more along the lines of eliciting emotions from people. Amulet of Diffraction: A Sith amulet that is the Force equivalent to shooting rock salt out of a shotgun, but with greater spread. The beams range from painful to injurious, but are too diffused to be lethal. Amulet of Focus: An amulet that allows the sorcerer to project a concentrated blast of Dark Side energy into an enemy. Apprentices are limited largely to more concussive force than actual penetrating power, while lords can imbue the blasts with intrinsic destructive force, and masters can effectively use the amulet as a death ray, boring holes into armor. Amulets of Focus are not hair trigger weapons, and require a few seconds from activation to concentrate their energies. Amulet of Ceaseless Crawling Torments: This amulet, both valued and hated by geomancers, disperses Dark Side energy in pulsing fractals and spiraling impossibilities in every direction. To be caught in the pull of this maelstrom has been described as feeling like finger sized worms are burrowing their way through the victim’s flesh and organs. It is a fantastic means for disrupting concentration. There’s just one problem, it effects everyone caught in range, including the geomancer. Many attempts have been made to make the effect directional, but none have succeeded, to the continued lament of the sorcerers. Lantern of Sundered Realities: Emotions and sensations aren’t the only things that geomancers can distill out of people. By carefully picking what victims they render down into their base mental elements, and filtering that distillation, the geomancers can refine pure madness into liquid form. Sorcerers can then use this liquid to fuel lanterns that temporarily warp the minds of whoever the lantern’s light falls upon. Some geomancers carry these lanterns into battle hooded so that they may direct their baleful glow on enemies, others use them in holding areas for prisoners to prime them for processing, or to break people so that they might serve the whims of the sorcerer. These are blunt instruments, the realm of madness is more the bailiwick of auramancers, but they remain useful nonetheless. Lantern of Glorious Vision: Discovered through cordial collaboration with the biomancer vintners, this Sith artifact casts a light that shows anything that it touches in the context of the geomancer’s vision for paradise after the completion of the Great Work. If a person is fully in the light of the lantern, it shifts their perspective of everything around them, blanketed by the vision of the geomancer. For Dark Siders and people suffering temptation to the Dark, the lantern reveals an idyllic paradise of pleasure and beauty. For anyone who is neutral or standing with the Light, the lantern reveals a hellscape where the natural order has been destroyed and the power that usurped it has crumbled, unable to emulate the intricacies and balances of creation. These lanterns are made through repeated blood drawings from the sorcerer, which are then used to alchemically treat the lantern’s glass. Particularly devout geomancers will use blood treated glass in the creation of all lighting in their temples and inner sanctums, or in mirrors to test potential apprentices and servants. Talisman of Pulverizing Unmaking: In order to get the most out of their victims, the geomancers will resort to a number of tools and curses to tenderize the meat, so to speak. One of them is a crystal eyed talisman, sometimes crafted as a scepter or amulet, other times worked into the sorcerer’s mask, that inundates those caught in the sight of the “eye” or “eyes” with debilitating shame, regret, and guilt. At close range, a master can use such a talisman to inflict crippling panic attacks on the weak willed and the mentally unprepared. It’s not uncommon for geomancers to use the talismans on slaves, either as part of the initial breaking process, or as a form of discipline for improper attitudes or failings real or imagined. Even slaves of other Sith whisper fearfully of stories of masters calling in geomancers to “re-educate” undisciplined or rebellious slaves. It’s a reputation that the geomancers have leveraged into a seal of “quality” for slaves that have been processed by them, allowing them to ask for significantly higher prices. There was a geomancer that covered her robes with eyes, but it was only a handful of battles before her fellow Sith murdered her in her sleep, having been caught in the crossfire accidentally too many times. The robes were torn asunder and now serve as both historic pieces and reminders that the Great Work will take many hands to complete. Even aside from the cautionary tales of the past, these talismans are somewhat rare, as the crystals are actually formed from alchemically altered tears of the Sith that seeks to craft the talisman. Glove of Dissonance: A talismanic glove that is used for torture, or meditation by the masochistic. This terrible device uses trembling palpitations in the body to disrupt the functions of the organs, impair vital functions, and otherwise toy with a person right up to the cusp of being lethal. Not much else to say here, just straight up torture. The First Sin: One of the most unholy acts that geomancers can do is the one that started their entire disparity. Bleeding Kyber crystals and using alchemy to create unnatural lightsaber crystals are acts of profanity that are performed with the greatest of reverence. For each crystal bled or formulated, the sorcerer has brought their people one step closer to the completion of the Great Work. Geomancer robes are often adorned in some way as to denote the number of blasphemies that the wearer has brought upon the galaxy. Many Sith hold that geomancer bled or formulated crystals are the most powerful, trading gimmicks for sheer might and reliability. More so than other Dark Side crystals, these emit the smell of burnt ozone and possess a red color that makes no effort to hide its transgressive nature. While geomancers are just as hopeless with lightsabers as the next sorcerer, many of their rituals involve the use of lightsabers in ritual displays and katas. Errata and Esoterica Architects, no really, actually architects: It didn’t come up in the powers section, but for obvious reasons another vocational hobby common to geomancers is architecture. The design of temples, palaces, and mansions is considered a form of mental preparation for the completion of the Great Work, and conversing about architectural design is a common go to for geomancers. Civilian architects that show considerable talent are often consulted or abducted by geomancers, and in the latter case doomed to be imprisoned in crystal or transferred into a golem. Saved by Timmy the retail assistant: Geomancer apprentices have to start small with who they capture in crystal, not having the skill, funding, or backing to create a gaol that can hold a more complex mind. Depending on how much the geomancer interacts with these early phantoms of thought, they may question the choices that they are making, and the path that they are on. Coupled with the fact that geomancy demands inhumanity early and often from its students, blatantly evil acts that might cause guilt or regret that can’t be voiced to other Sith, geomancers have some of the highest desertion rates out of all of the disparities. Senior geomancers consider it a culling of the weak and convictionless, and don’t hold any specific hatreds towards these dropouts. Touching Grass: Sometimes however, a master geomancer will experience clarity and either realize the critical failings of the Great Work, or see the natural order as the nobler endeavor. This is considered a wholly different matter than an errant apprentice, and a transgression against the entire disparity to have understood so much about the Great Work and then abandoned it. Even worse, these wayward masters understand the strategies and rituals needed to bring about the Great Work, making them a considerably greater threat to its completion. Geomancers will organize grand hunts and offer obscene bounties for the capture or murder of master apostates from their ranks. Apostates tend to seek out Jedi training in naturalism, and fight to stop the great work before it destroys the galaxy. Nesters: A type of Sithspawn that occurs due to heavy exposure to geomantic energies, early symptoms manifest as anxiousness and hoarding of abandoned or broken pieces of Sith items and artifacts. The victim begins developing insistent intrusive thoughts that whisper that there is going to be a day of judgment, and that only by becoming worthy will they be allowed to enter heaven. As these thoughts intensify, victims begin to implant shards into their flesh, or cut off limbs and replace them with discarded golemic parts. They begin prowling at night, dragging lone strangers back to their home to be sacrificed as a show of devotion, desperately trying to convince their mysterious dark lord or lady that they are worthy. But no one is watching them, and the voices in their heads are nothing more than the ravings of a poisoned mind. Alchemical Refuse: When distilling people, there is always a pulp left behind. Sometimes it’s used to fortify rations, sometimes it’s burned, sometimes it’s shoved to the side to make room for more processing. When left to its own devices, this mass of blood, viscera, and bone shards can develop a level of sentience. Driven only by the desire to consume and expand, these Sithspawn mockingly reflect the true nature of the geomancers. Incredibly hard to kill, and stubbornly immune to any form of command, even of the mystical sort, the Sith are trying to implement better methods for dealing with alchemical waste, but it is the Sith that we are talking about, so there will always be people looking to cut corners. The largest documented case of this type of Sithspawn grew to the size of a city block, and had to be incinerated by sustained orbital bombardment.
  2. My major concern with tutaminis for our RP is that it gives Sith a lot of defensive capability that we generally discourage, just as we discourage Jedi getting attack powers.
  3. Imperial Knights Falcons Nuance is a necessary aspect of rule, the flexibility of the blade is what prevents it from shattering upon impact. A falcon understands the need for give, that authority channeled, not controlled, can achieve results beyond expectation. In conversation, the subversion of authority and protocol garners respect from those that flaunt such things. In battle, the refusal to meet strength with strength allows the Falcon to flow around the defenses of their opponents. In matters of courtly decorum, the expectation of flaunting tradition allows for measured impropriety without consequence. Where the Paladin and Warden are loved for the offices that they are sworn to, the Falcon applies charisma on a personal level, cultivating an image of self akin to bravos and rogues. There remains a level of aloofness that distances the Falcon from attachment, but displays of humanity make them easier to approach and speak freely to in the minds of underlings and villeins. This casual demeanor allows them to better emulate the behaviors of their lessers and move undetected amongst the populace. Falcons are almost exclusively second born or further, with families heavily discouraging any first born heir from pursuing this path, as their duties and obligations demand the kinds of propriety and decorum that Falcons eschew. In some ways, the Falcon’s path is considered an outlet for the frustrations that manifest in scions that will not inherit crown or throne, consoling them with freedom in exchange for their acceptance that they will not inherit the height of the family’s power. Every Falcon must take a vow upon reaching the age of majority that will give at least some measure of focus and direction to their lives. Families often have preferred vows tied to the needs of their political and financial position, but rarely are such things absolutes. These are Falcons that we are talking about, after all. Falcons also must adhere to the Codes Gallant and the Articles of Nobility, as both combatants and members of the nobility. Vows Vow of Reclamation: The Falcon has been tasked with recovering heirlooms and objects of antiquity tied to their family’s history, or the acquisition of newly sought after pieces of art and prestige. While these Falcons are always encouraged to move through legal channels, in certain cases involving uncooperative collectors or the criminal elements, discreet action in the shadows does occur. Reclaimers can also be found working with archaeologists and treasure hunters to locate cultural relics. Vow of Obligation: When a noble family needs to represent itself on the battlefield, but the theater is deemed too risky or the more prominent members are needed elsewhere, Falcons under the Vow of Obligation are dispatched. These Imperial Knights undergo heavy martial training, and are expected to be current in their knowledge of battlefield tactics and technology, within reason. Functioning more as highly skilled and disciplined specialists than figureheads, many military commanders and units prefer an embedded Falcon over the trouble that comes with a major symbolic leader visiting. Vow of Binding: When a house or family wants to bring in members from outside of the aristocracy, they call upon Falcons who have undertaken this vow. These scions are trained to act as intermediaries between courtly life and how everyone else in the galaxy behaves, integrating outsiders and acting as an approachable guide to the sometimes incomprehensible expectations of aristocratic society. Most Falcons under this vow are dispatched to court individuals of particular interest, but they can also act in a supporting role if a proper heir has fallen for an outsider and cannot be swayed towards a more appropriate match. Vow of Consequence: When insults to the honor and nobility of the family are made, or challenges issued, it is the Falcons of the Vow of Consequence that respond with no quarter. Trained extensively in the use of fencing weapons so that they may duel aristocrats that lack the ability to use lightsabers, these Falcons are trained to be consummate duelists who bear the responsibility of defending the image of their families. These Imperial Knights have the least leeway in breaching etiquette, but are most likely to be considered as next in line should the original heir face an untimely demise. Furthermore, these dueling specialists are often tasked with hunting down and killing disgraced and villainous rogue Imperial Knights, given their specialization in facing elite opponents. Vow of Bravado: The concept of nobility is rooted in the belief that the most qualified and exceptional individuals who have received the best education and training that can be found. This notion must be reinforced from time to time with acts of daring and risk, and it is the thrill seeking Falcons of this vow that perform them. Big game hunting, high speed races, extreme competitive sports, and other dangerous pursuits are the meat and wine of these Imperial Knights, demonstrating the capability of their houses while not risking a chosen heir. Vow of Defiance: In times of uncertainty and potential revolt, a family may resort to the Vow of Defiance to assuage the fears and concerns of the populace. A Falcon who undertakes this vow acts as an advocate of the people as a means to co-opt insurrection rather than the nobility attempting to crush it with tyranny. Families are wary of Falcons who seek out this vow, instead preferring that scions who must be incentivized into taking it with promises of additional lands and titles at the close of the performance. Should order be restored, Falcons that took this vow are permitted to accept a declaration of duty fulfilled, and undertake a new vow. Vow of Vanquishment: The nobility is acutely aware of how important logistics and resources are to the pursuit of victory, and Falcons that undertake the Vow of Vanquishment are tasked with the recruiting and command of naval crews for the specific purpose of privateering actions against the enemy. These Imperial Knights carry letters of dispensation that allow them to conduct corsair operations against enemies of the state and any who would aid or harbor them. While considered indispensable assets, Vanquishers are the most likely vow to go rogue, and so houses go out of their way to ensure their loyalty as much as possible. Implements of Conflict Lightsaber: For many, the lightsaber is inseparable from the identity of Force users, and the Falcons are no exception. Notably, Falcons tend to employ crossguards, finger guard rings, extended emitters that serve as a ricasso, and ornamentation that befits their noble status. Families and houses often have blade colors associated with them on account of their crystals coming from specific mines on their lands. Using a lightsaber in an honor duel against an opponent with a blade that cannot withstand a lightsaber is considered disgraceful. Fencing blade: Forged to the highest standards by family artisans and often augmented through specialized alloys and augmentations like vibrating blades, fencing blades are the means by which Falcons are often called upon to defend the honor of their family or house. For the purpose of honor duels, Falcons train with these blades either alone or paired with a defensive implement such as a parrying blade or dueling glove. Parrying blade: A shorter blade meant to deflect melee attacks while leaving the main blade to attack independently. Generally made of lightsaber resistant material, but not particularly augmented to inflict damage on its own. Dueling glove: A glove or gauntlet made of lightsaber and cut resistant material used to bat away attacks while also allowing the hand to remain relatively free. Falcons are taught to not use a dueling glove to grab a blade for an extended period, as many opponents have a strength advantage over them, especially in regards to Sith Warriors, or sparring with Jedi Guardians. Dueling gloves work best against weightless blades like lightsabers or fencing blades, melee weapons that capitalize on mass are harder to redirect and more likely to smash through the glove’s protection. Quarterstaff/cane: Falcons often go to places where weapons are frowned upon or may escalate hostilities, and so they are often trained in the use of staves and canes. Many young falcons scoff at the use of a staff until their instructors put them in a medbay for a week with an elegantly savage beatdown. Unless a Falcon is going for low profile, staves and canes that they use are constructed with the same quality and artisanry as the rest of their gear. There are plenty of ways to enhance these weapons, but Falcons should be wary that with advanced weapon scanning this may defeat the purpose in some places. Falcons that favor masquerading as custodial staff are known for concealing staves as mop handles. Precision blaster: Falcons are under no limitations by ancient religious orders to not carry ranged weapons, and so they readily employ blasters, albeit in a limited and codified way. Falcons are expected to employ the same precision and control with a blaster as they do with a blade, and so their shots are always aimed and directed at a target. Using a blaster against a target without ranged ability is considered dishonorable. Slugthrowers are largely considered primitive and brutish, and disruptors are viewed as the tools of terrorists and sociopaths. Indiscriminate or wide dispersion weapons are equally frowned upon. Rifles and carbines are the means of line soldiers and not suitable for people of an Imperial Knight’s status. Heavy hunting blaster: Falcons of the Vow of Bravado often carry personalized blasters meant for taking down large game. These weapons are often wired into independent power units and pack a considerable amount of armor penetrating punch in exchange for a slower rate of fire. Otherwise, they are treated the same as precision blasters. Dueling armor: High quality armorweave with light plating on the chest and arms, along with a hardened helmet. Mobility is considered the first line of defense, but these suits make an adequate second line. Parrying shield: A smart energy shield that activates upon detecting imminent explosive or fragmentation impacts. The shield overloads quickly if kept on longer than a few seconds, and is meant to be deployed in short bursts against attacks that otherwise couldn’t be evaded or deflected, such as grenades or rockets. Anti-gravity rig/armor assisted movement system: Some Falcons integrate anti-gravity rigging into their armor to enhance their mobility and lend an air of etherealness to their movements. Or because anti-gravity is fun. Extremely experienced Falcons have the funds and capability to own and operate armor that uses microjets to take that mobility to the next level. Gambits, Obligations, and Principles Without the religious cult approach to Force powers, Falcons instead engage the Force with the philosophy of exceptionalism and noble obligation. They have these powers that elevate them above others, but they are obligated to use those powers to protect the people that they rule over. Falcons refer to instant and fleeting techniques as gambits, and passive applications of the Force as obligations, in reference to the constancy of their duty to the citizenry. Principles are powers that aren’t “always on”, but persist until the Imperial Knight ends them or use a different principle. Principles are too complex and draining to use more than one at a time. Principles of Grace: A suite of powers that focus on using telekinesis on the self to enhance advances, retreats, balance, and sidesteps. Falcons are taught to use these moves in short, controlled bursts, the purpose is to be unpredictable while also not overextending or exhausting oneself. Principles of Counteraction: A suite of powers that focus on using telekinesis on the self to empower defensive strikes meant to deflect attacks, guiding enemy strikes into thin air and pushing aside weapons to create openings. The powers do have their limits, especially against bulkier weapons being used by strength focused combatants. Principles of Precision: A suite of powers that focus on using telekinesis on the self to guide strikes towards joints and gaps in armor. Imperial Knights are honorbound to give opponents the chance to yield before delivering a killing blow, so this principle is always used to wound before being used to kill, and going straight for the kill is seen as a massive red flag for Dark Side corruption. Principles of Liberty: A suite of powers that focus on using telekinesis on the self in conjunction with Force Sense to read both body language and the flow of spiritual currents to dodge the sorcerous attacks of particularly mystical Sith. The Principles of Liberty are considerably more draining than the Principles of Grace, and practitioners must be careful to not exhaust themselves into a loss. Principles of Focus: The Falcon uses the Force to enhance their reflexes, reaction time, and combat awareness to a level that greatly increases their capabilities as a pilot or driver. Often used by Falcons under the vows of vanquishment or bravado. Cloak of Ignominy: Falcons often need to move unnoticed or into places where their kind are unwelcome. This obligation allows the Falcon to blend into crowds and appear like just another citizen. Adopting the guise of custodial staff or maintenance crews are common go tos. Crown of Virtue: The opposite use of Cloak of Ignominy, this obligation represents the Falcon broadcasting their majesty and sense of duty to both enhance their charisma and draw people to approach them about problems. This power is considered vital to fulfilling the noble obligation. Bravo’s Challenge: The Falcon ignites the Light around their form so that all eyes are drawn to them, drawing the focus of thugs and villains away from the defenseless and innocent. The Falcon needs to actually be in the area, no using this power through a video call, etc. Discernment: An obligation that Falcons use to enhance awareness, primarily in detecting threats, although Reclaimers and Binders use it to enhance their ability to appraise objects and read social cues, respectively. Falcons with this obligation have enhanced resistance to Sith illusionry. Authority: Essentially a Jedi mind trick, but more effective on people that are under the Falcon’s family’s rule, and less effective on those who are not. Outclassed: The Falcon attempts to flood the mind of their opponent with false tells and phantom movement in the periphery of their eyes. For Force users and opponents familiar with the speed and unpredictability of Falcons, the power inflames the imagination even deeper. Vigilance: The Falcon is considered to have 360 degree awareness within their immediate zone of control with the Force. Scrutinize: As long as the Falcon has line of sight, they can look at a location as if they have macrobinoculars. Deflecting Slash: A gambit that turns a slashing motion with blade or hand into a concussive wave meant to turn aside weapons and stagger opponents. Works more effectively on grunts than elite combatants. Chimeric Dance: The Falcon co-opts and channels push and pull attacks through the Force into their own momentum. Considered Response: The perception of time (but not time itself) is altered to give the Falcon more time to respond to sudden and unexpected events. Principles of Discipline: The Falcon uses the Force to act unfettered by fear or pain, relying on their years of training and muscle memory. This power does not remove fear or pain, it just allows the Falcon to act in spite of these things. Adaptive Momentum: The Falcon can use the Force to navigate treacherous paths and crowded streets with ease, getting to people in need or away from people that are trying to kill them. In layman's terms this power functions like Force assisted parkour. Principles of Daring: The Falcon uses the Force to overtly and powerfully enhance their movement, whether that’s expressed in Force Speed, Force Jump, or other expressions of Force enhanced movement. Often one of the first sets of principles that Falcons in training learn, it is an early go to for avoiding responsibilities and escaping courtly affairs. Principles of Mischief: The Falcon uses the Force to conceal their presence, commit acts of legerdemain, and open locked doors. These Principles are not taught by any court approved instructor, instead being passed on from Falcon to Falcon, often during family gatherings. Principles of Charm: The Falcon uses the Force to navigate even the most treacherous political waters. Embodying charisma, perfectly recalling names and details of acquaintances and associates, and moving with dreamlike poise, the Falcon excels at putting on a winning public face to balance any prior chaos that they may have caused. Rulers of a Thousand Tongues: This obligation allows the Imperial Knight to communicate with people using unknown languages using the Force, and Falcons often teach this power to Paladins and Wardens, but they pick it up far quicker. Disengaging Strike: The Falcon uses the Force in conjunction with a weapon attack or unarmed strike to fling themself back with great speed and momentum. Humble: When a situation calls for a loud and clear statement, the Falcon can quickly make an example that can’t be missed. The Falcon makes a definitive action, often a violent one, that everyone in the area is forced to notice and subconsciously reflect on. Falcons often use this power to make it clear to violent criminals and malcontents that their behavior will not be tolerated. Different: The Force allows the Falcon to plant the idea that despite being nobility, they are different from the arrogant and rules obsessed aristocracy. How true that is may vary, but this power will open doors with people that have a general distaste for hierarchies. Triumph of Virtue: The Falcon can imbue a weapon or object with the benevolence of the Force, allowing it to withstand attacks and strain that would otherwise destroy it. This can be done ritually for long term protection, or impromptu to create an improvised weapon, although the latter is more draining. Blossom of Aargau: Used most prominently by the more rakish or vampish of Falcons, this gambit was supposedly invented by a Falcon that fell in with a group of Falleen con artists who used their species’ pheromones to defraud the financially rich but morally bankrupt, the nouveau riche in particular. It’s as close to a Force powered “Come hither” as one can get without crossing moral lines, but some Falcons use it mid duel to cloud the minds of their opponents. Ghost Stories: A form of childhood mischief turned useful tool, Falcons often learn or are taught this gambit at a young age, after having it inflicted upon them by older siblings or cousins. This gambit manipulates EMF and infrasound to trick the mind into the sensation of being haunted, and combined with simple stimuli like a sudden loud noise or object moving through telekinesis, it can spook and distract an unwitting target. Sometimes the power is used to haze family members or to test the mettle of a young Falcon, but generally speaking extended use of the power outside of nights around the campfire telling stories is considered a traversal into the Dark Side. Avert Your Eyes: The Falcon conjures a burst of blinding light to daze, overwhelm, and divert the attacks of enemies. Style and Grace The following are sample dueling and combat styles, but should not be taken as the only forms of combat style that Falcons use, nor should their traits be taken as givens in a duel, players are still expected to validate outcomes with solid writing, and opponents still have final say on outcomes of attacks. Furthermore, this is not a best of list, and some of these options are included more for worldbuilding and character development rather than any kind of god tier dueling tactics. Core Regulations Competitive Fencing: The standard competitive sports version of fencing that nobles learn to compete in galactic tournaments. An approximation of a martial art, but it introduces solid fundamentals, is excellent for friendly sparring matches, and knowing its movements is key to predicting the patterns of most courtly opponents that don’t use traditional house styles. The style focuses on footwork, ripostes, and presenting as small of a target as possible to your opponent. Competitive fencing is performed in lanes, so practitioners of this style are less likely to think of strafing movements, but have exceptional close in skills against other fencers. This is a starting point for nearly all young Falcons, but one that they generally quickly move past. Mischief Unto Misfortune: A philosophy of combat shared amongst Falcons, this style, more casually referred to as simply “Mischief”, has the duelist using the environment to leverage mistakes out of opponents for them to capitalize on. The Falcon repeatedly draws their opponent into situations where excellent footwork and coordination are required, or where they must re-engage in less than favorable circumstances. This style is often also used to mitigate the advantages of a group of attackers by disrupting their ability to attack cohesively and allowing the Falcon to isolate individuals and pick them off. It is often referred to as holovid style for its flashy theatrics and similarities to stunt work. Clever Falcons will use this style to equalize duels against opponents with superior mastery of the blade. The Bastillietra Manual: A fencing manual that teaches a martial art focused on quickly and efficiently killing opponents while minimizing risk to the self. The style is observed to have an ebb and flow of momentum, combining measured retreats and lethal presses. It is not a style for use against a single skilled opponent, rather being a guide on how to self defense a large group of attackers unskilled in melee fighting to death. Carefully controlled thrusts are key to this style, and great importance is given to not getting your blade stuck in an opponent while other threats remain on the field. The Cor’Phalos Manual: Not only was the Marquis Cor’Phalos an exceptional fencer who took great pains to transcribe and codify his style, he was also a remorseless troll who took impish glee in the murder and shaming of rivals. Practitioners of this form of combat aren’t just fighting to secure martial victory, they are weaving in psychological attacks and social barbs to embarrass and emotionally ruin their opponents. They are, in short, styling on their opponents. Duels pursued in this manner are as much theatrical displays as they are measures of martial skill, and often involve non lethal attacks meant to taunt opponents into making mistakes and biting commentary meant to goad and rile up the opponent, preferably in front of an audience. These duels do not always end in death, and Cor’Phalos was known to intentionally leave opponents alive to force them to live with their shame. In one particularly well documented incident, the Marquis used a dinner fork to feed a particularly rotund noble who had commented on the figure of the Marquis’s companion his own eyes. The Marquis garnered a reputation as an oddly moralistic sociopath who readily visited violence on anyone who insulted his companions, his sensibilities, or his taste in theater. It was mostly other nobles who suffered the brunt of his wrath, as he dismissed most missteps of the lower classes as a symptom of not knowing better, and only drew his blade for the most egregious behavior on their behalf. Despite making hundreds of powerful enemies, the Marquis died of old age surrounded by the people he had so fiercely protected, despite many, many attempts to prematurely end his life. Falcons of the vows of consequence and defiance regularly make use of this style to make examples of their opponents. Jedi who observe the style have voiced concerns that it very closely resembles the use of Dun Möch, but never within earshot of its practitioners. Even so, Falcons who become too enamored with the style are watched carefully for corruption. The Vastira Manual: Written by one of the most esteemed and sought after fencing instructors to have ever lived, the Vastira manual is not as much focused on the pursuit of victory as it is in training other duelists through nuanced observation and probing strikes. While many Falcons that do study the manual use it for its intended purpose, there has been a growing number of them that have started using the teachings to instead push a dialogue with fallen nobles and Sith with the aim of redemption. When used in this manner the duelist focuses on defensive movements meant to frame aggression as ineffective, while attempting to reach whatever humanity remains in the opponent. If the opponent reveals themself as truly damned, the Falcon generally has at that point gained enough insight into their style to deliver a quick mercy kill. The Ghendrivhar Treatise: An extensive look at the application of fencing principles to lightsaber combat. Given that its intended audience has access to less lethal means to settle disputes and matters of honor, the text is concerned solely with pursuit of lethal triumph over threats. It also heavily interweaves the use of Force powers to achieve its techniques, based off of the assumption that anyone using a lightsaber based style has access to the Force. The primary points of leverage that the treatise focuses on are the weightlessness of the lightsaber blade, the independence of its cutting power from strength or momentum, and the divorce of its ability to cut from the physics of a physical blade’s edge. The treatise focuses on efficient movements and drawing out overcompensated strikes from opponents to create openings that the duelist can exploit. There are no sweeping blows or grand overhead slashes in this martial art, only refined pointwork and calculated strikes. The economy of movement means that practitioners of the style will often outlast their opponents, both in individual duels and in terms of extended battlefield engagements. In fact, exhausting the opponent is a heavily encouraged tactic for responding to highly aggressive strength based fighters. The Nixtalla Codices: A collection of martial arts manuals that were falsely claimed to be ancient texts of a long lost warrior order, however in spite of the attempted con, the books are popular among Falcons who enjoy indulging in theatricality but lack the sadism needed to follow in the footsteps of the Marquis. There are multiple theories of who the true author of the books is, and each theory carries with it a variation of the style. At this point, making cases for who wrote the texts is a common pastime for historians, university students, fencing enthusiasts, and holonet programs alike. The first theory is that the codices are the work of the court jester Vellinia Forkes, in what was meant to be an elaborate but good natured joke on her Duke who was rather fond of collecting various works on fencing without necessarily scrutinizing their provenance. Proponents claim that knowledge of the text spread farther than intended, and the realization that several prominent families had been misled and would likely be out for blood convinced Forkes that denying any connection to the scheme might be her only chance for survival. Forkesian interpretations of the texts focus on the use of the style as a de-escalating tactic, as the style is notably playful and bombastic in a way that might be considered critical of the practice of lethal duels in general. In application, the Forkesian method is used by Falcons in challenges that have arisen out of fleeting passion or the necessities of politics that Falcon is disinclined to resolve with murder. Forkes was known for her ability to talk her way out of situations, and this style can very easily be interpreted as the fencing equivalent of “Bro, chill!”. The second theory is that the codices were actually secret love letters between two master fencers of rival families, who hid their flirtations in the elegance and grace of a dance of blades. The circumstantial evidence for this comes from the reading of the texts as being penned by multiple authors, and the sometimes rather sensually charged phrasing of the text. A holovid based on this theory was released to great critical acclaim, but its distribution is currently in legal limbo on account of both of the families named in the script suing for slander and defamation. The “Lovers theory” reads the text as a sensualist take on fencing, celebrating the joy and artistry of it all and channeling passion into an artform often associated with discipline and control. The perceived “sloppiness” of this variation makes it harder for practiced opponents to read, and the joyful expression is claimed to offer a measure of protection against negative mental attacks. If this theory is true, then the identity of who distributed the texts remains unknown. The third theory ties the books to a notorious ring of falleen rakes and coquettes who were infamous for their scamming of the ultra rich, particularly people of wealth who came from outside of the circles of nobility and refused to conform to those cultural expectations. They were already known for their scandalous endeavors when the codices were “found”, they had a history of using sex as a weapon and means of subversion, and there are accounts of various members of the group claiming authorship. Libertine theory interpretations focus on the use of passion as a tool to undermine an opponent, and to dissuade attacks through seduction. The fourth theory is that the codices are in actuality guides for theatrical stage fighting, written in the form of actual fencing manuals as a lark. The practically winking at the audience approach to killing blows would be detrimental to a degree that contradicts the understanding displayed by the rest of the text, and makes more sense for death scenes than actual duels. This theory doesn’t particularly have a useful application for the read, Falcons think that Mischief does it better, and if someone wants to flip around all over the place then they can do Ataru like a Jedi. The fifth theory is a more sinister twist on the Forkesian theory, suggesting that the Duke had a rival that was both a competing collector and sleeping with the Duchess, and that the codices were bait for an assassination attempt. In this version, the Duke’s copy of the codices is stolen, only for his rival to die of mysterious causes, and gossip of the codices being the work of Forkes conveniently precedes an attempted assassination on the jester that instead claims the life of the Duchess. It’s indisputable that the Duke and Forkes became romantically involved after the death of the Duchess, but whether their relationship was born from a double homicide remains unknown. This interpretation, commonly referred to as the murder theory, is treated more as a reminder of the darker underside of court life, and the power of misdirection. A student of this lesson most likely poisoned their opponent before the duel even began, or ensured their deployment to a distant and ruthless battlefield. Observations of Warfare in the Ysarvian Reach: Dame Ursinia Cawell was never a particularly charismatic or roguish Falcon, but she was born behind several older siblings, and the likelihood of inheritance was miniscule for her, so instead she was “encouraged” to become a Falcon and undertake the Vow of Obligation. Shortly thereafter she was shipped off to a distant battlefield to either find her fortunes in glory or to fill an unmarked grave. Cawell kept a journal during her time at war, and while it is by all accounts a dry and at times overly meticulous account of warfare, it is also a frank and unfiltered look at warfare and how to survive it as a noble. It emphasizes the need to discard courtly expectations and to routinely drill with the implements of total war, such as the blaster, rather than expecting the enemy to conform to your expectations. Observations is considered required reading for any Falcon undertaking the Vow of Obligation, and at this point is the Cawell family’s greatest claim to fame, a fact that irks them to no end. Followers of the book’s accounts put considerable work into pistol marksmanship, tone down the flamboyance of their outfits to avoid the notice of snipers, and develop something resembling a passable rapport with the line officers and soldiers. The finer points of socializing eluded Cawell, but her trial and error attempts at fitting in and obsessive focus on detail in regards to her tasks makes the knowledge in Observations comprehensible for anyone, even if they want to bang their head against a wall while reading it. The Nature of Predators, Memoirs of Master Hunter Castra Sinchler: Despite the accusations of heavy embellishment of Sinchler’s exploits outside of the hunt, The Nature of Predators presents a detailed look at big game hunting, emphasizing the importance of understanding all aspects of what you are hunting, knowledge of the terrain, the importance of staying calm and collected while in mortal danger, and how to beat a hangover while tracking a Kiltik beetle to the nest while also explaining to your Cathar guide that there’s no way that you could be the father. While Sinchler’s fieldcraft is exceptional, and his hunting exploits are both impressive and thrillingly told, the most popular part of the book is a confrontation between the hunter and a near feral Sith Lord driven to madness in the outer rim. Sinchler strongly believed in looking a beast in the eyes before killing it, and like most Falcons eschewed the use of a hunting rifle for a heavy blaster pistol. Charitable Stranger: A style of stave fighting discreetly passed between Falcons, who publicly present themselves above staff weapons, but often make use of them when acting covertly or slumming it with the lower class. Despite the simplicity of staves, Falcons imbue the use of such weapons with a stunning grace and flow that allows them to truly elevate the weapons through the artistry with which they use them. Charitable Stranger foregoes courtly restraint in exchange for extensive flourishes and broad, twirling swings, and is excellent at “dissuading” large groups of ruffians. Privileges and Accouterments Despite the distance that many families hold Falcons at, they are still in the end, nobility. As such they still have access to the trappings of wealth and status, and perhaps can indulge in them more freely due to the roguish personas that they cultivate. Palaces, Mansions, and Penthouses: While the Paladins and Wardens may emphasize leading more austere lives, Falcons are in many ways encouraged to live loudly. And they certainly stand out in stark contrast to the Jedi, who often forego material trappings. While the truly massive residences are often shared amongst the family, Falcons often own private mansions, space yachts, penthouses, and other estates secreted away from the public eye. Valets, Staff, and Courtiers: Falcons, like most nobles, tend to have assistants and servants on hand to handle mundane details, and to insulate them from people. Even Falcons have their exposure to people outside of the nobility carefully limited and manipulated, to prevent dilution of aristocratic culture and the fomentation of the philosophies of the masses. Falcons tend to be… particular about handpicking their staff, their ability to read people allowing them to see virtues and failings that others can’t. As such, those that pass muster are generally treated well and trusted as confidantes. Fame: Falcons carry with them an aura of celebrity that opens doors that are closed tightly with others. People go out of their way to please them, any place that has a VIP list either has their name on it or will in short order, and dinner with A-list celebrities are just a comm call away. Connections: On the other hand, Falcons also maintain black books of courtesans, high stake gamblers, errant socialites, black market dealers, and disgraced nobles that serve as sources of information, power brokers, and the providers of introductions. Or sometimes just as fun diversions. Top of the Line: Whether it’s weapons, armor, or conveyances, Falcons have the credits to obtain the very best on, or oftentimes even off, the market. Generally Falcons focus primarily on the implements associated with their interests and vow, but even tertiary gear is of above average quality. Diplomatic Immunity: Obviously Falcons can’t commit crime without restraint, and they certainly don’t want to draw the attention of the Paladins, but their status does buy them a degree of protection from the law. Errata and Esoterica Harlequins: Sometimes Falcons will find Force sensitives in their travels that possess exceptional character in spite of their ignoble origins, and will offer to train them. Referred to as Harlequins, they occupy an even more grey area than the Falcons in regards to noble propriety, but they come by their place honestly, and smaller noble houses will often seek them out to try and secure future Force sensitive heirs. Purifiers: It’s no secret that many human noble families and houses ascended into prominence thanks to the crusades of the Pius Dea, and some of them continue to secretly follow the cult’s teachings to this day. Purifiers are sanctified zealots that are tasked with culling and opposing the presence of alien influences, particularly in regards to species considered to be immoral like the Hutts. Purifiers claim that their duty exposes them to the taint of unclean creatures that causes them to eventually be overwhelmed and fall, but to any outsider it’s clear that their dogma is an express lane to the Dark Side. Purifiers pursue their genocidal and xenophobic agendas in secret, not wanting to draw the ire of the more liberal elements of the Remnant or Alliance. Provost Tutors: Falcons that tire of the political games of their position or develop an overwhelming passion for the art of fencing can renounce their noble claims and become a Provost Tutor, an instructor dedicated to passing along their knowledge of fencing to the next generation. Provost Tutors are held in high regard despite their reduced status, and are some of the only house staff that can discipline tantruming heirs without fear of consequence. Provost Tutors don’t seek out conflict, that’s not their path in life anymore, but should a threat come to them or their charges, death will follow shortly after. Eyes of Judgment: A secret society that acts as an unofficial inquisition within the Imperial Remnant, tirelessly hunting down both Dark Side apostates and nobles with sympathies for the Sith. They prefer to carry out their assassinations under the guise of accidents or consequences of the lethal churn of court politics, and a great deal of thought is given to spacing out attacks so that their secrecy is maintained. First and foremost though, the Eyes are an intelligence gathering operation, as great care is taken to ascertain the loyalties and innocence of potential targets before action is taken. Mist Sirens: In the Hapes cluster, a number of women introduced to the teachings and philosophies of the Falcons banded together to form a privateering fleet to escape the ruthless politics of their people. Mist Sirens value personal freedom above all else, and tend to raid oppressive governments to fund their operations. Tyrants of Korgotu: A conspiracy of nobles that have embraced the Dark Side but reject the teachings of the Sith, instead focusing on material power and wealth. Their practitioners maintain many of the trappings of court life, making them in many ways a dark reflection of the Falcons, although the Tyrants have a deep love for illusionry and mind control. The relationship between the nobles of the Imperial Remnant and the Tyrants of Korgotu is complicated, and not necessarily a kill on sight affair. Many nobles see the Tyrants as just another collection of noble houses, or argue that their bloodlines can be redeemed with proper guidance. Others consider them a trashy hot mess, but in the fun kind of way. And no noble can say that in their heart of hearts they haven’t wondered what it would be like to rule with absolute power. The Tyrants often swoop in to recruit fallen Imperial Knights, and many times the response is a shrug and something about “Better than them becoming a Sith”. It’s an uncomfortably toxic relationship that often leads Imperial Knights astray, but also occasionally pulls someone back into the light.
  4. “And here I thought that we were having a meaningful conversation. That lasted all of… what, three minutes?” The Dark Lady shrugged, her expression hidden by her helmet, but her tone one of energetic sarcasm that seemed at odds with the situation. “And after all of the work that I went through to give you your gift. You seem remarkably ungrateful.” “Go. Build your better galaxy, the weeds have been plucked from the garden and this time if anything goes wrong you won’t have us to blame. My people already have orders to withdraw beyond the boundaries of the known regions, we just needed to make sure that the ones most likely to pursue us were declawed.” “Or you can stay here and kill me, if that will make you feel better. There’s something festering out there in the void, an absence that is crawling out of the pit of ash and jagged bone that birthed it, and it terrifies me far more than any Jedi or mortal warrior. A lightsaber blade to the heart seems like an easy out, all things considered. Then again, death has never really affected me with the same finality as most others. Maybe I’m just pfasked no matter what. The galaxy won’t be though. You’re welcome.” The scales were being tipped the way that they needed to be. The Empire, decapitated. The Sith fleet thoroughly depleted by a battle where they focused on victims rather than victory. The Sith army left by the wayside in exchange for the Mandalorians, a people notoriously suspicious of the Force and all forms of sorcery. They would never know, never understand, and the legacy of Darth Nyrys would most likely be reviled as failure by the Sith, but masks could be removed just as much as they could be put on. “So what’s it going to be?”
  5. "What can I say, a killer recognizes a killer.” Darth Nyrys said after taking an introspective breath. “I thought that if the head of the serpent was sundered that… something would change. But I just feel empty and numb. You kill us, we kill you, the cycle continues. There are no Sith or Jedi anymore, there is only the war, and every day we cut away pieces of ourselves to feed it, and then we teach our future generations to do the same. There’s another galactic shakeup coming, I can feel it in the Force, but even as you stand on the threshold of victory do you find yourself any closer to a galaxy that stands on a sturdy foundation of liberty, or will you be sleeping with a blaster under your pillow and haunted by the specters of potential threats? We are all of us consumed.” Her stolen power perched uneasily in her breast, like a feast of delights too rich for the senses to handle. Regardless of outcome, this was the end of her tenure as Dark Lady, for the throne was just another chain, perhaps the tightest chain there was. She would break its stranglehold and find freedom in walking away. It would be a setback for the Sith, but they always rose from the ashes of adversity all the stronger for it.
  6. The chaos of battle was in full swing, with the Dark Side pulsing in otherworldly colors and incomprehensible sounds, sometimes a trickle, other times in great torrents of energy. The presence of a Jedi had revealed itself in the hangar of her ship, drawn by the need for conflict to resolve such dire disparities in reckless proximity to each other. Someone could comment on the clash of good and evil, but both sides had been drenched in blood for centuries. This wasn’t a moral conflict, it was people at war, indistinguishable from one another save by uniforms and flags. There was an element of absurdity at play, in that the bigger the forces assembled were, the less it mattered. The war itself had become a self sustaining cycle of atrocity and revenge. Any measure of justice that might have been found in the destruction of the false empire’s populace eluded her. Nor would this prevent further slaughter of her people, in fact, it may even result in retaliatory strikes of its own. There was no agency to be found here, only people stuck in their roles, playing the parts that the galaxy expected of them. So many chains that she never saw the one around her neck. Her ascent to Dark Lord had come too soon, there was still too much of her inside to just blindly accept the hollow mantle that came with the title. An absence of self was required to be a sharp enough razor to take the throne by force, but the line of succession had been broken when Exodus had left her the throne, and none among the Sith possessed both the ambition and the skill to make her defend her claim. In success, the Sith had lost their edge. The forces opposed to them were equally defunct, having traded morality for the surety of fascist rule. The galaxy could not survive two empires, having already faced terrible destruction at the hands of one. If the end sum of this fight would contain any measure of righteousness, it would be the assassination of Empress Raven. The decapitation of the imperial command structure would most likely result in what had come to pass in history time and time again, the ambitious underlings cannibalizing each other for their spot at the throne. Problematic successors could be managed as needed. The greatest driving political force in her life had always been the preservation of her people and her culture, but the role of Dark Lord was a position of faith that needed to be able to sacrifice all things. The Jedi was here to try and kill Darth Nyrys. So be it. Her soldiers were well trained, but they would be little more than momentary obstacles to a Jedi of the strength of spirit that she felt. “Bring the Jedi to me, I will not idly spend your lives against a foe such as this.”
  7. Vorin vs Charlemagne Vorin, you did an excellent job balancing the distance and the manic intimacy of Cold Mind, with my one criticism being that you ought to put Cold Mind on your sheet as a courtesy to opponents and mods. Charlemagne, there are a couple of issues that I saw on your side of the duel. First off, in your second post you pretty clearly show Charlemagne tapping into the Dark Side, despite being an Imperial Knight. The post makes reference to her having done this in the past, and somehow having found a way to do it without having any consequences. First of all, no. Second, these are the kinds of important events that absolutely should not be done in backstory that isn’t even mentioned until the duel. The story that staff will use to validate your characters’ actions is the story that is told on the site, not any headcanon that only you have access to. The other thing that I want to address is the choice to go unconscious at the end of your last post. That alone in many cases is enough to lose a duel, and I am hard pressed to think of when it would be a good move. At the end of the day, duel posts need to make a convincing argument for a character’s victory, and this choice did more for Vorin’s case than Charlemagne’s. Duel Outcome: Vorin wins
  8. Mavanger vs Cassandra Absolutely wonderful offerings from both sides are on display here. Both Nok and I felt that each player brought their A game. However, we both agreed that Mavanger’s use of emotion as a weapon gave enough extra punch that it carried him into the lead. One final gift from his lost love to his lord. Result: Mavanger ties… I mean wins, sorry, old habits.
  9. Nyrys’s personal battlefleet entered Nar Shaddaa’s orbit and quickly set up combat air patrols as they formed up for the assault. The intel had been correct, and the enemy was relying heavily on mines to fortify their hold on the world. Wasteful and outdated strategies for a people stuck in the past. “It’s like they’re doing our job for us. Signal the Bewitching Lover and the other interdictors to use gravity wells to disperse the fields and rain down upon Nar Shaddaa with the terrorists’ own weapons.” It was unfortunate that the rebels always chose to nest amidst extremely concentrated population centers, but holding back would only let them know that their human shield tactics worked. The best path was to end the war quickly and decisively, so that this behavior would not be repeated on world after world. “Once the mines are dispersed begin the assault, let the galaxy see that the rebellion cannot protect its own.” The interdiction fields of the Sith ships began the task of clearing mines with their fields, dumping hundreds of kilometers worth of mines on the planet at a time. The fascists of the Empire and hypocritical Jedi would have their backs broken here, the levy for the sins of Kamino, Kuat, and Dark Sun Station.
  10. The loyalty of the warriors at Lehon had been secured, and the vanishing of Qaela confirmed. It was time to move forward with her plans, and launch an attack that was long overdue. She would destroy the Sith, and from the ashes the Sith would rise anew, stronger, sharper, and purified of the bloat and corruption of the last empire. One day her own empire would suffer a similar fate, but that was the necessary path of the Sith, to find one’s measure so that the next generation could surpass it. There were Sith that thought themselves above this cycle, that wanted to rule eternal, but such individuals were doomed to fail, and weaken the Sith in the process. “War calls to us again, assemble your forces over the planet of Naboo in preparation of our next strike.” ------------------------- Darth Nyrys had never properly forged a Force bond with Ca’aran, she had always had a creeping fear that her own darkness would pick away at him from the inside, but nevertheless there were still gossamer tendrils of connection between the two. Even through those barest strands she could sense pain, anguish, and loss within his heart. She would not let him suffer those things alone. Leaving the command room she bid a shuttle to take her to her beloved, so that she might be a comfort to him as he had been to her. Ca’aran was perhaps the only anchor remaining for her own sense of decency, an angel with a broken halo who could understand her darkness but also take her hand and guide her to a better path. The shuttle ride was brief, and ended at a Sith excavation site. She disembarked rapidly and without the ceremony, moving with determination into the literal and metaphorical darkness. The excavation whispered to her in alien tongues from a time before the Sith. In different circumstances she would have been overjoyed to study the location, but she was singularly focused on reaching Ca’aran. She found him with his unit, encircling a slight figure, seemingly way too small to be a soldier, yet bedecked in the regalia of a recruit, such as it were. Even through the pain and the stillness she recognized the face of the girl. She had been wrong before in saying that Ca’aran was her only anchor, but in a way it was true after all. The girl had helped bring her back from an eclipse of the soul that threatened to unmake everything that she was and replace it with an unspeakable void. For the briefest moment she frantically considered bringing her back, but it was followed by a spell of clarity in which she realized that what was brought back would not be the brave but gentle girl that she met in the ruins of her ego and failure. Instead, she gingerly took the girl’s pale hand and cradled her. Knowing that it would mean nothing but still compelled to express this feeling of tenderness even if it was too late. It was a cruel realization that she knew hundreds of prayers from her anthropological studies, but none to any powers that she believed in. She looked to Ca’aran, who surely was wounded by this even more than her. “I mourn with you, Major.” relying on proper speech to give some distance to the pain in her heart. “What happened?”
  11. The Abandoned Over a decade ago, on a world of too little consequence for its name to be remembered, necromancers were dispatched by the Sith Empire to assist in the conducting of trench warfare. The campaign had been a bloodbath, and the use of Sith that could raise the dead seemed to be an obvious choice. However, nothing had prepared the Sith for the nightmare that they would be entering. The fighting was so brutal and indifferent towards the Sith belief of triumph through superiority that the sorcerers had to strip away many facets of their beliefs that catered to ego and ritualism, instead relying on blending in and the soldiers around them to survive, rather than their own exceptionalism. The meatgrinder would continue to churn for years, breaking down anyone that survived it into the same rust red coated shell of a person. When the Galactic Alliance was formed and the Empire was largely disbanded, this particular hellhole was simply forgotten. There was no extraction, no orders to stand down, only silence followed by a sudden stop in resupplies. There’s no telling how many soldiers and Sith eventually made it off world on their own, but none of them survived the experience intact. Driven by a hatred for the government that they believe abandoned them, and unable to escape the battlefield that so ruthlessly molded them into something so incredibly broken, these necromancers have returned to the Sith Empire expressly to get vengeance on the people that they believe have failed them. Abandoned Spells and Abilities Razorwire Labyrinth: A maddening sprawl of creeping razorwire infests the battlefield, snaking around terrain objects and choking once open fields. Something about the sprawl of metal feels… hungry, and anyone that has the misfortune to fall into it will suddenly find it quite able to coil and thrash like a serpent. The more the wire claims, the more it expands across the battlefield, like hellish creeper vines. Storm of War: Extensive use of chemical weapons turned the rain into a vicious acid that scourged the vegetation and scoured and pitted metal. While the rain is by no means deadly to larger creatures, it has a catastrophic effect on the environment and can quickly convert a beautiful landscape into the rust red slurry of mud that haunts their dreams. Echoes of Destruction: Resonating throughout eternity, the eardrum shattering force of massive cannons has burrowed deep into the minds of these necromancers, and they are able to call upon it with eruptive force as a concussive sonic blast. No Respite: The necromancer calls forth the vermin and pestilent beasts of the world to feed on the wounded and dying. The fauna summoned are by no means imposing combatants, but they can overwhelm soldiers on the verge of death, and exacerbate wounds by crawling through torn or sundered armor. Poison Mists: Both sides used poison gas in the trenches so often that not wearing a mask was an almost certain death sentence. Every soldier that served remembers the eerie uncertainty of ambiguously human shapes in the murderous fog as allies and enemies intermixed in close quarters. The necromancers can conjure memories of that wretched obscurity onto the battlefield. While not a perfect approximation of poison gas, the clouds that the spell conjures do carry a chemical burning sensation when inhaled, and can cause minor muscle tremors. Nobody Ever Leaves: The necromancers watched friends and allies cut down in numbers beyond counting, seeding the soil with blood and hate. No matter what planet the Abandoned are on, no matter who they are fighting, it is always the same battlefield, the same war. Amidst the churning mud and blood lie the broken bodies of their fallen comrades, bursting out of shallow graves and corpse piles to fight alongside their own even beyond death. These revenants are men who have fought beyond the measure of human endowment that grace had given them and are naught but vessels of fury and desperation, abandoning any semblance of tactics or restraint for brutal melee. Their rifles, having long ago expended their last charge or broken under the conditions, are little more than bludgeons or hafts for bayonet blades. Some, having lost their rifles in the chaos or abandoned them for more suitable tools of trench warfare, and instead bring cudgels, entrenching tools, and combat knives to the slaughter. An Abandoned necromancer can call upon the aid of one revenant soldier per rank of Sith that they possess. By the conclusion of the duel, each revenant will die again, with the necromancer being unable to stop it. While everyone else sees the revenants as the rotted, shattered corpses that they are, the necromancer sees them as the men and women they once were. Revenants only carry melee weapons, and due to the spontaneous nature of their eruptive entrances they cannot be kitted out with special weapons or armor prior to combat. While not possessing any form of superhuman strength, they are the zombified manifestations of soldiers in full adrenaline mode, and trained close combat fighters. Something Like Standard Issue: While serving with their allies in the trenches, the sorcerers modified their robes to be more like the armor of the soldiers, modified to sport gas masks and bolster against fragmentation and concussive force. Black ritual robes were often traded for thick layers and trench coats to keep the biting cold of night at bay. Everything developed a rust red or grey patina of mud that inexorably soiled every piece of kit. The Abandoned wear medium midgrade trench armor designed to protect against indirect weapons fire and grenades, that also conceals their rank and importance as Sith sorcerers, provided they aren’t openly displaying their Force powers. Don’t Be Special: The Abandoned learned early on that brandishing a lightsaber was a surefire way to get singled out by snipers, or bring down artillery or an airstrike on their position. While the motivations of the Sith may have been a mixture of self interest and a desire to protect their fellow soldiers, ultimately many of the Abandoned traded in their lightsabers for trench shields and scatterguns. Both are standard issue but sturdily constructed, the shield being a durasteel engineered plate with a bracing hook on the rim for the scattergun. Forward Patrol: Revenants with distorted features prowl and advance along the periphery of the necromancer, looking for threats. Should they find the enemy, they issue a cry that is equal parts tormented wail and trench siren. Rage Unending: The necromancer’s mental instability results in every enemy they face appearing as the enemy that they fought so long ago in the trenches. As long as their PTSD remains untreated, they will resist empathy and compassion from enemies(or people that they believe to be enemies) with paranoia, fear, vengeful disgust, and extreme distrust. Malignant Gravemaker: An ensorceled entrenching tool carried by these necromancers as a focus in lieu of their lightsabers. It is with this tool that they buried their closest comrades and fought tooth and nail in the most desperate encounters. By calling upon the Dark Side and plunging the shovel into the ground, the necromancer can rend a terrible furrow into the ground, seemingly uncovering a mass grave that erupts with bloated corpses gnawing and biting at anything living within reach. Their mouths and fingers carry the rot and plague of the trenches, and will give rise to rapid infections and disease if not treated quickly. To anyone else that examines the bodies, they will be revealed to be eyeless and noseless facsimiles of people conjured by the spell, but to the necromancer they will always appear as people they buried. The entrenching tool is a serviceable weapon of last resort with sharpened edges that allow it to function as a hand axe of sorts. It does carry within it potent necromantic energies that can be incredibly toxic if the head bites into flesh. That being said, no form of “shovel-fu” ever emerged, and it should never be seen as a primary fighting weapon, only an act of desperation. A sorcerer is still a sorcerer, even if you give him or her a blunt object to swing with. Transitive Suffering: The necromancers of this war were so afflicted that their condition became like a contagion, seeding itself in the minds of others that were suffering from untreated PTSD. Even Dark Side relics created by the Abandoned can have this corrupting effect, allowing this strange tradition of sorcery to spread beyond those who were there. The infected suffer months of severe, hyper realistic nightmares that shatters their ability to tell the difference between truth and seeded trauma. Over time the process mentally hollows them and replaces their original sense of self with this new assumed identity of a wartorn Sith sorcerer.
  12. Tales of madness told by Chosen Myyrdokk (Submitted by Solus) Apart from their exotic teachings of the Force and trainings of Sith Assassins, the Temple of the Spider have gathered a vast collection of data, including stories, myths, and tall tales. Despite most (if not all) of these being works of pure fiction and entertainment, the Temple of the Sith has used many of these to help their own teachings and to enhance their abilities with the Madness. Below are some of the works that Chosen Myyrdokk is especially fond of using in his teachings. More so, these stories seem to hold an ounce of truth to them, indicating that they may be more than just the fictitious works that most force users tend to dismiss them as. Betelgeuse of the Ebon Star Attached image “Before there was life, there was the Force. And before there was the Force, there was the Ebon Star” is how all stories about the great dragon Betelgeuse starts. The stories usually take veering plots, but typically feature two planets orbiting the Ebon star, both with primordial life, and one creating the dragon Betelgeuse to destroy the other one. However, the dragon ignores this and proceeds to consume the matter of several nearby stars, dooming their orbiting planets to eternal darkness. Some of the stories end with the life forms on both planets then revere the dragon as a god, who only then consumes them as well. Other stories end with the Dragon returning to the Ebon star and subjugate the life on both worlds to lives of slavery to build a mate. And finally, some stories remark that the dragon returned to the Ebon star and drove both species to madness so they would destroy themselves. Ideas of what Betelgeuse is and what the Ebon star is are as varied as the stories themselves. The most popular image of Betelgeuse is a draconic being of some kind, big enough to swallow entire star ships, but some place him like a sentient black hole, a living embodiment of a Force Wound, or a star weird with no limitations of power. The Ebon star has been painted as either a brown dot in a sea of black, or something like a black hole, with its accretion disk providing a tiny amount of light around it. Madmen and small cults have tried to map the galaxy to find the Ebon star over the years, but to no avail, usually disappearing outside of the known galaxy. While most scholars consider stories of Betelgeuse to be works of fiction, recent discoveries have left many unnerved. Old stories from Devaronians tell of a great dragon swallowing entire stars. Several stories from different cultures across the galaxy evolving nearly identical stories of Betelgeuse separately. A treasure seeker on Roon discovered pictures of what looked like Betelguese fighting the image of a Starbird. Historians are unclear if this was a historical recording or a prediction. A recent incident launched stories of Betelgeuse into popular culture: The Star Seeker is a ship that crashed into Coruscant a few years ago. While there were no survivors, the corpses were identified as members of a cult seeking the Ebon Star, but on a different ship as far back as 456 BBY. All over the walls as well as the corpses bodies were wildly inaccurate star charts painted in blue ink, as well as the words “Leave it be” tattooed on their arms in the same ink. Chosen Myyrdokk of the Temple of the Spider often uses these stories as inspirations for the Disciples to use in giving into their madness. To summon the image of Betelguese into one's head and calling it forth, giving it a semblance of life, is terrifying to behold, and believing to hear the dragon’s voice can be enough to push one down the path of Madness. Other assassins call up the image of the aliens that helped create the dragon, who are monstrous to behold as well. That Between the Force These lengthy data reports from a disgraced Kaminoan Scientist talks about how in the process of trying to clone Force Sensitives, or by implementing Midichlorians into subjects, small, almost unnoticeable microbaterial life forms seem to surface. They only existed for a short period of time within dying subjects, and vanish after the subject is deceased. There seems to be no evidence they even existed after the subject has died, making it more difficult for the Kaminoan Scientist to prove their existence. However, these ‘life leeches’ as the scientist describes them, seem to be alive, albeit dening most conventional forms of life. They move of their own accord, seeking dying tissue to consume. While they do not procreate, the scientist notes that the ‘leeches’ do gather together briefly as if to converse with each other. The scientist even notes that while she has no proof, she thinks that these things could be sentient, if such a thing was possible. Eventually, the data reports turn into mad ramblings, becoming more like personal journal entries then official reports. The scientist seemed to have made illegal data requisitions into the ‘Whills of the Force’, believing these ‘life leeches’ had some sort of connection to them. “I do not know if these things are the Whills…” The final report states. “...or if these ‘leeches’ are adversaries to them, like some kind of predatory creature. Or perhaps these things are what feeds on Midichlorians? I know, according to religious texts, the Force feeds on life, but i don’t think its meant to be like this. If my research is to continue, I will need more test subjects. Many more subjects. To kill slowly seems to be the only sure way of attracting the ‘leeches’, and I must study them. Who knows what discovery I’m on the brink of?” The final report has some extra information added by an unknown author, stating that the Scientist was restrained and executed for committing crimes against all life. All information from the reports was to be classified and not opened again. Chosen Myyrdokk likes ‘That Between the Force’ because it seems to be proof that the madness has a legitimacy to it, and had the scientist come to the Temple of the Spider, or a Force Wound, she would have been able to understand exactly what these ‘leeches’ are and why they exist. While he refuses to explain what these things are, he points out that ‘some things we should never know, even the Chosen and Disciples’. Sometimes knowing that there is always something incomprehensible out there is more unnerving than any conjured monster. Children of Aboleth Attached image This lengthy novel was found by a Pyke archeologist on Zerm in 5 ABY amongst the ruins of a destroyed village. According to official reports, the village died of a plague virtually overnight, but the lack of bodies and evidence of bodies being disposed of, as well as the lack of reports of the plague numbers, made the entire scene a mystery. The only clue the Archeologist could find was a data novel entitled “The Children of Aboleth” The story detailed a group of people who, through the Force, was able to visit worlds beyond the material realm of this galaxy, where the Force was not only connected to everything, it was everything. However, this small group of people went mad over the following year as they felt touchings of something within this place had touched them and granted powers in the material world. The story then switched to a point of view of an observer who had to kill apparently monsters roaming the streets at night. Descriptions between each monster vary, but the only consistency is they are vaguely insectoid. It was then revealed that at the story's halfway point that the monsters were warped by whatever that existed in that ‘world beyond worlds’. After killing the monsters, the character then killed the rest of the villagers, then himself. The story then went into a full detailed history of several events in the galaxy, and ended with an unknown “knowledge seeker” finding the tomb of ‘The Last Child’, doomed to rise again. While unnerved, the archeologist dismissed the story and dug deeper into the village's destruction. Still lacking bodies, the only further clue about why the village died out was a massive coffin. Inside the coffin was only one body, but it was not a Pyke. Instead, it was something more monstrous, without any signs of decay. The Pyke government quickly covered up the archeology site when this was reported, and the Archeologist was never seen or heard from again. What happened to the coffin and the corpse inside is a mystery. Jedi Scholars are quick to point out the similarities between this story and the Mindwalkers of Sinkhole Station. A world where the Force was everything and not just connected to everything sounded very much like the realm of Beyond Shadows, and the very name of the novel is the same name as Aboleth in Beyond Shadows. The fact that the story was found on a planet in the same sector as the Maw, where Sinkhole station rests, was unsurprising. However, no one can explain the few reports about the archeologist that were leaked, and the Pykes deny the existence of such a village. When Chosen Myyrdokk uses these stories teaching Disciples and Initiates, he seems to focus on the idea that something greater and more powerful than anyone out there exists. The idea of Aboleth, while confirmed, is not widely known to the galaxy, and the fact that the Pyke government and their crime syndicates do not share this information freely indicates that they are afraid. If such a tiny event can unnerve so many, how much more can the Madness outside the Temple do? These lessons also tend to include making images of ‘Aboleth’s Children’ to frighten those who may be especially susceptible to superstitions about what exists in the darkness between the stars, and to cause distractions in battles. The Dathomirian Doll Attached image This collection of ship manifests, government reports, journal and diary entries, as well as several pieces of music literature, works like a found footage story, allowing the viewer to come to their own conclusions. Taking place across an entire century, it tells how a raid during the time of the Empire brought home a supply of prisoners and confiscated goods. Among the goods was a simple doll made of black straw, dried tar, and string. Over the course of the documents, it becomes apparent that the doll has some connection to the dark side, as all the male owners of the doll, or antagonists of the owner of the doll, have gruesome fates befall them. Such fates include spontaneous gunshots, landslides, house fires, animal attacks, and unfortunate mechanical failures with ships. Each time, the doll somehow survives and gets passed on to someone else. The last entry in the collection indicates the doll was being taken to Coruscant to the Emperor’s Office, just before the destruction of Death Star II. Despite the fairly easily traceable evidence, most people wave off the collection as nonsense. Plenty of evidence outside of the collection directly contradicts what the collection states, and no doll has ever been retrieved. That said, people who read the collection can’t help but wonder how much of this story could be true, and how many ‘accidents’ are really works of the dark side. Chosen Myyrdokk seems to especially focus on how stories like this make people lose their nerve over a long period of time, and given enough time, this will spread to other people. By focusing on a person over a long period of time, an assassin can bring even the greatest of foes to their knees, and with the Madness, they can affect entire groups of people. Myyrdokk also seems to enjoy how this story implies that sometimes the force isn’t necessary to drive a being mad. Sometimes, only well placed rumors and killings are more than enough. The Ghosts of Spira This long story novel talks about how on the vacation planet of Spira, with its golden beaches and temperate climate, received a visitor in the form of a large cruiser falling from the sky into the ocean. In the many weeks before the ship completely submerged into the water, villagers and tourists reported their children being stolen in the night, with video feeds showing them being snatched out of their beds by invisible hands. The story only got more bloody from there as guards and investigations turned up slashed to death as if by wild creatures. Then, bodies of children were found in the waters near the sinking ship. The ship itself was impenetrable for the longest time, until a nameless Jedi joined the fight. Together, the author, the jedi, and a small group of men attack the ship in hopes of finding the children who still lived. During this, each member of the team gets picked off one by one until only the author and the jedi are alive. During their exploration, the two discovered that the 'ghosts' were actually Defel wolfmen, genetically altered to be permanently blinded but could sense via echolocation. These near invisible defel were kidnapping children in service to their master, an ancient and near rabid Anzac, who demanded the 'soup of the young', and was a powerful force user in his own right. The story ends with the nameless Jedi fighting the Anzat as the entire ship sinks to the bottom of Spira's ocean, with the author barely escaping with a small group of surviving children. The entire work is obviously fictional, as the work was written at a time when tourism across the galaxy was at a low point, and the novel seems to be a large, albeit creative, advertisement to come to the world. However, the remains of a large unknown ship do exist on the ocean floor of the Shinkaii Abyss, and the local government has outlawed all efforts to see the ship in person. There are rumors that some of the 'ghosts' still haunt the planet. Myyrdokk seems to like this novel just for the fact that it entertains him. He points out that those with an obsession with death are more vulnerable to ghost illusions, and encourages potential assassins to learn how to make ghosts seem all the more real to their targets. The Droid who Wanted Skin Attached image These lengthy bounty reports from a famed hunter talks about a journey to capture the elusive E-110, a droid of unknown make and design. However, the droid avoided capture and destruction multiple times by hollowing humanoid victims out and wearing their skin until the body rotted away. According to the hunter, E-110 even mimicked their targets lives for several days before disappearing. The hunter gives his own theories on where the droid came from, and the psychology behind whoever programmed such a droid. The report ends with the droid supposedly getting destroyed in a fuel explosion, though no body was found. It is noted that at the end of the report, the hunter speaks very differently and it has been theorized that the droid escaped with the hunter as his latest victim. In many social circles, it is debated on the authenticity of these bounty reports. The hunter in question was a real individual, and had a tendency to record his hunts, and the fact that the story appeared shortly after his disappearance makes many think there is an element of truth. However, no other reports about the droid have ever come to light, and the bounty hunter was known to dramatize some of his more mundane hunts. Still, when the reports came out, there was a brief spike in demand for technology to test whether people were actually people or droids in disguise. Chosen Myyrdokk uses these reports as an example on how assassins can use other people to their advantage. Whether it's copying their image or voice through sorcery or surgery, or simply their printed names, chosen Myyrdokk encourages his disciples to never discount the idea of becoming a copycat. And if an assassins identity gets discovered, the paranoia the people will experience afterwards will bring them a step closer to the Madness. Tales Beyond the Tomb A collection of holorecordings featuring an eccentric and decrepit droid, Tales Beyond the Tomb tell numerous self-contained short stories that tend to feature horrific imagery and some supernatural effects that may or may not be connected to the Force. Some of the stories included things such as a rich business man feeding the homeless to his eel farm, a cheating wife behing chased by her dead and murdered spouse, the smoke man of Mustafar continually exhaling smoke after betraying the native insectoids, and a beauty queen staying young forever by slowly freezing in carbonite despite being nowhere near carbonite freezing chambers. While each story was clearly a work of fiction, the imaginative imagery, the grotesque content, and the lively narrator all made Tales Beyond the Tomb a favorite entertainment piece in the galaxy. It is for these same reasons that Chosen Myyrdokk enjoys this collection, and encourages his Disciples to pull the imagery from these stories to frighten their targets. Whether its by making the image of the eel farm filling the landscape, or making a target believe they are being frozen in carbonite, Chosen Myyrdokk says the imagery of horror is an effective weapon.
  13. The Light Within the Heart(Consular) The lightsaber is the iconic weapon of the Jedi, a symbol of the order’s role as protectors and vanquishers of darkness. Most people focus on the weapon as solely that, a tool used for the purpose of leveraging its physical qualities in the deadly dance of combat, but the lightsaber is so much more. It is a limnal gateway between the physical and spiritual planes, a convergence of faith and intent that has defined the order. Any true practitioner of the martial arts begot by lightsabers understands that the weapon is far more than a crude tool of matter and energy, yet the applications for which the lightsaber is used are largely confined to this idea. The stranglehold of glory and the guardian’s legacy is nearly absolute on the perception of the lightsaber, and yet there are other paths. There is a minor sect of Jedi consulars who study the motions of the lightsaber, the traditions of respect, focus, and discipline that cling to it, and turn a weapon into a focus of spiritual resolve. These scholars imbue the movements and etiquette of lightsaber traditions with the weight of understanding and reverence that empowers these actions on a philosophical and spiritual level, even with the blade extinguished. For the enlightened, the blade is only a fraction of the truth of the lightsaber. These Jedi strip away the mundane aspects of the lightsaber to reveal the light that the blade in many ways conceals. To the uninitiated, the lightsaber is little more than a laser sword, the power of which is in its nearly unparalleled offensive and defensive capabilities of its scientific qualities. To the Jedi, it is perhaps the closest that they can come to touching some small measure of the Force, or at least a lens that clarifies, reveals, and focuses its light. The training of the Inner Lantern sect focuses on the resonance of the Force with the movements and katas of lightsaber use, weaving each movement and shift of weight with inner light, without ever igniting the blade. It is by this combination of devotion and restraint that the light is truly revealed. Jedi of the Inner Lantern are not soldiers, nor would they use their lightsabers as implements of murder, however they will not hesitate to banish darkness or serve as a bulwark to the meek. Defeated enemies of these Jedi have described entering a confused state of overwhelming empathy or an abyssal state of philosophical and sensory tumult where their otherness has confined them to a void of ungraspable dimensions and elusive context with no illumination to guide them. Former Sith who repented during the experience claimed that the Jedi was able to place within them a fragile yet vital kernel of light that with nurturing and patience could lead them out of the dark woods. Inner Lantern Force Powers and Techniques Path of Intimate Distance: Jedi of the Inner Lantern intensively study the movements and footwork of lightsaber duelists, but weave their application with the intent of not seeking to physically harm their opponents. The result is a collection of technical movements that confusingly exist in the threshold between engaging the enemy and maintaining distance, making any opponent who dissects martial interaction by the binary of in range and out confused by the ambiguity of their positioning. A skilled Inner Lantern Jedi adopts a state of detached focus, orbiting their opposite without closing in or breaking away, present yet ephemeral. To the onlooker, their movements seem almost casual, yet undeniably graceful and with understated purpose. Etiquette of Introductions: The Consular practices the proper rituals and ceremonial aspects of introduction as both diplomatic and martial tool. Whoever they meet they acknowledge with respect and humility. All have a place in the light of the Force, all have value, none are to be dismissed as nothing. This reserved and humble approach can quite literally be disarming to practitioners of the Dark Side, who rely so heavily on antagonistic relationships to fuel their fury. Even those who are barely touched by the Force often feel a reluctance or hesitation to destroy such a modest and considerate person. Internal Peace Reflected Outwardly: With carefully considered words and thoughtful insight, the Consular interacts with their opponent in an effort to douse their rage and quiet their fears. This is not a Force power, but like the lightsaber can be a conduit for the Force, where the humanity and decency of the Jedi is used as both a mirror and lens to shine light upon forgotten aspects of their own goodness, revealing them like lost and forgotten treasures. This practice undermines the controlling grasp that the darkness has on the heart of a person, and in turn can disrupt the constancy of the rage and other dark emotions that they use to fuel their powers. Lightness of Being: Through self reflection and acceptance, the Jedi enters into conflict blessed with an unburdened spirit. This metaphysical freedom can allow them to ride the momentum of both physical and spiritual attacks, reducing the weight of their impacts and making it incredibly hard for them to find biting purchase. This is a transitive defensive power that mitigates damage but does not entirely nullify it. Experienced practitioners can use this redirection of momentum to to attempt to unbalance or even disrupt the footing of an opponent. Unshutter the Lantern: In a moment of boundless compassion, faith, and service, the Jedi acts as a mirror to the light of the Force, and manifests it like a starlit blade from the hilt of their unignited saber. This is not an implement of physical destruction, but rather a beacon of goodness that sends shadows into flight and diminishes their dominion over the battlefield. Furthermore, the manifestation is intolerably bright and blinding to users of the dark side, while being a source of emotionally healing calm for servants of the light. True Nature: The Jedi’s disciplined training has turned their advanced katas into their internalized nature, an inner truth that remains constant in the face of doubt and oppression. Their trained movements are resistant to interference by mental attacks. Show the Cost: As a mirror of the Force, the Jedi can not only reflect the light, but also reveal the truth of the dark. When an opponent is fighting an Inner Lantern Jedi, whenever they tap into negative emotions, they are reminded of a time when those negative emotions betrayed them and destroyed something that they cared about. Gentle Tree Stance: The looseness of the Jedi’s stance allows them to often adapt with careful redistribution of weight and balance whenever a physical or metaphysical blow would otherwise unbalance them. Moment of Blindness: Whenever an opponent attempts to align their sights on the Jedi, physically or through technology, they inadvertently perceive the Jedi’s inner light in a flash of blinding brilliance that heavily dissuades accurate fire. Unyielding Virtue: An instinctive telekinetic technique developed as part of Inner Lantern training, the Jedi reflexively blocks an attack as if their lightsaber was ignited. This power is never used aggressively, only to defend against strikes, control the opponent’s weapon, or disarm an opponent. Tranquil Heart Bridge: An extrapolation of Unyielding Virtue, the Tranquil Heart Bridge style is a set of techniques that use short range telekinesis to guide and redirect an enemy’s weapon into a calmer rhythm, a metaphorical act that metaphysically echoes within the wielder, sapping their volatile energies. Thought Alone: Experienced practitioners of this style of training are capable of using any reasonable substitute for a lightsaber to use these arts. The true masters can achieve the techniques of this path through thought and gesture alone. Winning a duel as an Inner Lantern Consular: While the Inner Lantern path is a pacifist way of life, there are clear and reasonable victory states in their methods. A total disarm of the enemy, knocking an opponent prostrate while denying them a quick recovery, or the absolute disruption of an opponent’s access to the Dark Side (Not to be confused with severing their Force connection) are suggested win conditions by the author.
  14. “There is no need to atone for an honorable kill, besides the Jedi have always been skittish prey, likely to pick up everything and scatter to the wind whenever they get the slightest sense that someone might have found one of their secret clubhouses. We are participants in a war eternal, and in such matters one can only find victory and purpose within, for no matter how many victories we achieve, there will always be more battles to come. That being said, I am not the Spider, and the fruits of the labor of our intelligence operatives will be clutched to my breast less jealously as we move forward. Speaking of which, I do not know who knows what about that situation, but the Spider has vanished completely. I do not know whether or not he meant to disappear or if he ran afoul of the abyss that he had begun experimenting with, but before he ghosted us he gave me his lightsaber in a way that I assumed was a passing of the torch. It is not our way to transfer power in such a manner, so I have been traveling to each gathering of Sith and offering the opportunity to challenge me, so that we may continue our path under the rule of the strongest. If any here wish to challenge my claim to the title of Dark Lord, now is the time to do so.” On the one hand, warriors of this sort would be the most likely to bristle at the idea of someone ascending the throne without trial by combat, but on the other hand the least likely to be driven by petty politics and ambition. Krath Umbra gave the impression of a Sith that had adapted to a very specific niche within the Empire, more interested in moving chess pieces on a specific board than running the entire show. She hated that she had to do this to begin with, and maybe that is why the Spider did it in the first place, sadistically gifting the title to the warrior who believed in earning everything. The former Dark Lord hadn’t seemed the type for pettiness when she had met him in the past, but here they were. Or perhaps in his own alien way of thinking he thought that he was honoring her devotion to the cause. So many questions left unanswered.
  15. As the shuttle transitioned back into realspace, Darth Nyrys was immediately struck by a very different aura emanating from the world below. Sure there were ancient echoes of a nearly forgotten empire, but from the ashes was erupting a new and visceral sensation. Despite the presence of so many warships, the planet seemed fully intact, and not another victim of boundless destruction. The music in the darkness here was alien, not the familiar songs of the Sith, but the melodies could be changed to serve their purpose. Upon landing, she could feel the wondrous glory of honorable martial battle in resonant tones that made her heart soar. There was both fire and ice in the ether, casting the world in beautiful dissonance through their disparity. Balance was the pursuit of stoned philosophers, those who walked in the world knew that greatness was born of conflict and the clashing of opposites. She approached the Sith command center feeling revitalized, the turgid waters of depression evaporating away as her warrior’s heart sang. Perhaps among these Sith she would find truer kin than the scheming courtiers on Naboo. Stillness gave way to a torrent of emotions, and the weight left the heft of her blade as she entered the current both as the warrior and the river. A Sith warrior with a skillfully crafted greatsword was finishing his report to another Sith as she entered. “As long as the honorable combatants were found and overcome, that is what matters. They are the stone upon which we sharpen our blades. Refugees sap the resources and energy of our enemies, and provided that our soldiers fight with vigor and resolve, spread stories of our glory and might.” “So tell me, who amongst our number fought well here so that there deeds might be commended?”
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