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Elpsis Kerrigan-Alcori

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#1980467 IG-GY

Posted by Elpsis Kerrigan-Alcori on 13 September 2019 - 11:28 AM

Kaine Australis

 

Approved.




#1980462 IG-GY

Posted by Elpsis Kerrigan-Alcori on 13 September 2019 - 11:09 AM

Model: IG-Series

 

Since there are several IG versions, could you please link the exact one this droid belongs to?

 

Loyalties: Adara Raxis

 

Hyperlink Adara Raxis.

 

Kaine Australis 




#1980044 [Unit] Antarian Rangers Pathfinder Force

Posted by Elpsis Kerrigan-Alcori on 11 September 2019 - 07:41 PM

Nesota Kynnovan

 

Ok, had a look at the armoury list and the company listing page in SJO forums and conferred with another member of Codex staff. The ship is listed in the inventory and the company page indicates that this means KSA is letting SJO use stuff that's mentioned there.

 

So I think the ship can stay. If the ship's submitter responds otherwise in the pm, it'll have to be removed. That said, this unit is approved.




#1979971 [Unit] Antarian Rangers Pathfinder Force

Posted by Elpsis Kerrigan-Alcori on 11 September 2019 - 03:24 PM

Nesota Kynnovan

 

Thank you for clarifying. Locke's confirmed this with a like, so that's all in order.

 

Having looked at the Panthera sub, I've seen it's manufactured by Kiribian Systems Armoury and has Private Market in its Affiliation, which I understand to be akin to Closed Market. I know that the submitter is a member of SJO, but have you/the faction received permission to use the ship?

 

Once that question has been settled, we can move ahead. Nice specops sub.




#1979959 [Unit] Antarian Rangers Pathfinder Force

Posted by Elpsis Kerrigan-Alcori on 11 September 2019 - 02:36 PM

Equipment:Type of Equipment Manufacturer Product Line Armor Locke and Key Mechanics Ghost Stealth Armor Armor Order of the Silver Jedi Battle Dress Uniform Droid Saotome Foundry Sentinel Archive Droid Assault Rifle Locke and Key Mechanics Variable Ammunition Assault Rifle System Sidearm Sasori Research SHG-001 Ranger Field Pistol Melee Locke and Key Mechanics Shiva Throwing Knife Melee Sasori Research SCK-007 Ranger Combat Knife Sniper Rifle Locke and Key Mechanics Jackal Sniper Rifle Explosive/Grenade Lucerne Personal Defense LPD-12 Hydra Electronet Grenade Miscellaneous Sasori Research Ranger Multi-Tool

 

 

The Ghost Stealth Armor, Variable Ammunition Assault Rifle System, Shiva Throwing Knife and Jackal Sniper Rifle all have Closed Market Affiliation. There are no purchase links in the unit sub.

 

Do you have permission from the submitter to use these items? The submitter giving your submission a 'like' would suffice.

 

 

Operating in small groups of five with handler support provided by their orbiting mothership, the Panthera-class Stealth Frigate,

 

The link to the Panthera does not work. It leads back to this unit submission. Please hyperlink the ship.

 

 

 

Affiliation: Order of the Silver Jedi

 

 

Please hyperlink Order of the Silver Jedi.

 

Nesota Kynnovan




#1979826 Darth Eisen

Posted by Elpsis Kerrigan-Alcori on 11 September 2019 - 06:10 AM

 

OUT OF CHARACTER INFORMATION

Intent: Expand on the Vaderites and Tephrike. Provide an antagonist for possible rp.

​Image CreditHere.

Role: Warlord. Dark Lord of the Disciples of the Vader. Antagonist.

LinksTephrikeInto DarknessCastle MaysafAfter Darkness, Adlerberg, Prosperity Quarter.

 

PHYSICAL INFORMATION

Age: Early Sixties.

Force SensitivityMaster

Species: Human.

Appearance: Once Darth Eisen was a dashing fighter pilot. Muscled and photogenic, he looked good on recruitment posters. However, he is no longer a young warrior. Eisen is a gluttonous man who is prone to excess. There is still some muscle behind the fat, but his age and life style have taken a significant toll on his physique. As a result, he is very obese. His weight is about 280lbs and he is 5'10 tall. He is balding and his red hair has started to grey. However, Eisen is vain, so he dyes it. He has broad lips, a fleshy face with puffy cheeks and crafty eyes. His weight means that his physicality is poor and he lacks mobility.

 

Eisen has an enduring love affair with extravagant outfits and flamboyant uniforms of his own design. His clothes are all made from the finest fabrics. His fingers are bedecked with large bejewelled rings and often nails coated in red varnish. Any uniform worn by him is bedecked with medals and decorations. Sometimes he wears a gold and white toga with a golden wreath on his head, but he has also been known to don a huntsman's costume.

 

SOCIAL INFORMATION

Name: Dart Eisen. His birth name is Alec Dragoumis.

Titles:

  • Dark Lord of the Disciples of the Vader.
  • Supreme Leader and Imperial Chancellor of the Greater Sith Imperium.
  • Vicar of Vader.
  • Grand Marshal.
  • Minister of War.
  • Grand Moff.
  • Supreme Commander of the Legions of Dusk (the Sith's melodramatically named air force).
  • Imperial Hunting Master.
  • Etc. He likes to collect.

Loyalties: Himself, Disciples of the Vader.

Wealth: Eisen is the corrupt dictator of a cleptocratic régime that allows its leaders to exploit the people and natural resources of their territory in order to enrich themselves. He has no qualms about embezzling funds at the expense of the general population, or exploiting his power to receive bribes and special favours. The same applies to seizing resources and valuable assets. As a result, he is quite wealthy due to his influence and resources. Tephrike is almost totally isolated from the interstellar economic system and what currency is used on the planet would be worthless outside of it. However, it has natural resources he has no qualms about exploiting for his personal gain.

 

Notable Possessions: Eisens possesses a crossguard lightsabre with a Qixoni crystal. He owns significant real estate. An example is a country residence called Sophiahall, named after his beloved first wife. It is built on an enormous hunting estate. The residence is filled with sculptures, paintings, furniture and has a model train. It is also the destination for most of his looted art treasures. There is also a mausoleum that contains the remains of his wife. Endangered species roam the grounds of his estate. Eisen keeps pet kath hounds and is quite affectionate to them. He also possesses a yacht called Sophia II. He uses it to traverse the seas of Tephrike in style, especially when he wants to impress members of high society. 

 

One of his most prized possessions is avast collection of stolen artworks. He has a a collection of uniforms, medals and valorous decorations. Some of them invented by himself just for him. On a more practical level, he has a Cloak of Hate and weararmor and tunic underneath it. As is common for masters of his order, he has a helmet that resembles a Vader mask.

 

He owns a large number of hunting rifles. Moreover, he owns a large number of slaves. Many of them toil in the fields, factories or mines, others are part of his personal household. Moreover, he owns various mansions, factories and mines. He is a cleptocratic dictator, so strictly speaking all the territory under his control constitutes his patrimony. Eisen does not distinguish between the private purse and the public one. To him, the treasury is a source of personal wealth.

 

Skills: Though his appearance is not that of a warrior, Eisen is a powerful Sith Sorcerer. He has a natural affinity for the more destructive and dark aspects of the Force. Moreover, he is a strong mentalist, able to awe, sway, terrify and mentally dominate others. His repertoire includes Sith Magic, Dominate Mind, Force Drain, Force Net, Force Stealth, Force Lightning, and Force Insanity. Eisen started his career as a pilot, and is still skilled at using the Force to augment his piloting abilities. In addition, he has a talent for Mechu-Deru. This first manifested when he tinkered with engines and fighter craft.

 

Eisen is good at cloaking himself with the Force. His rivals have marvelled at how such a large individual can remain hidden in plain sight. He has some understanding of the White Current, though it is not at the level of a Fallanassi elder. In other words, he cannot create illusory fleets, armies etc. or set up a long-term illusion over a location, like the Luke Skywalker's New Jedi Order did with the Jedi Praexum on Yavin IV. However, he can accomplish a full immersion to conceal himself and others, summon potent illusions and mentally manipulate his foes.

 

In his younger days, Eisen was a daring pilot and capable squadron commander. However, he has moved up in the world since then. He has risen to the position of Grand Marshal due to his political connections, skill at intrigue and the fact that he is a Sith Lord, as the Vaderites believe that Force-Users are inherently superior to Non-Force-Users. As a result, he is a poor general, especially on a grand scale, such as theatre level. He is a good shot with a rifle and a pistol though. Lightsabres are extremely rare on Tephrike, and Eisen is one of the few Sith who owns one. He sees it as a mark of his exalted status, but prefers to use the Force. Makashi is his preferred form when he has to cross blades.

 

Personality: One day Darre, the minister of agriculture of the Vaderite regime, visited Darth Eisen while the Sith Lord's valet was dressing him. A second servant presented a cushion. Twelve rings lay on it - four of each were red, blue or green. "Today, I am displeased," Eisen told the minister with the utmost seriousness and no small amount of campiness. "So we shall wear a deeper hue. But we also desire to show that were are not beyond hope. So we shall wear green." On another occasion, a woman invited to tea found the Grand Marshal wearing a toga, jewel-encrusted sandals and rouged lips.

 

He wears flamboyant uniforms of his design that are bedecked with medals. The lurid picture of his person clad in fine togas and jewel-encrusted sandals with pet kath hounds by his side, owning a castle filled with stolen art works, is completely accurate. Sometimes he greets diplomats and dignitaries holding a spear and dressed in a medieval hunter's costume, or wearing a red toga. 

 

He is the most self-indulgent and corrupt of all the senior Vaderite leaders. The Sith Master has a strong craving for sugar and fine dishes. These increase his size, and the discomfort he feels. He diets and exercises in spurts, but always gains back any weight he loses. It is a constant struggle for him and he has never been able to really achieve a lasting victory in it. 

 

Eisen is a Sith, a humanist and a reflexive speciesist. But he is no zealot. Zealotry requires too much work that could be best spent elsewhere. Like going on hunting trips, procurring precious art works, planning extravagant construction projects or accumulating a ridiculous number of titles. He is power-hungry, but a good deal less fanatical than several of his peers. This makes him more flexible on certain policy issues, as he approaches them more from the standpoint of personal gain than ideological imperatives. His flamboyant attitude, gluttony and obvious decadence had deceived many into thinking that he is a mere buffoonish fop. 

 

This is true, but Darth Eisen is an extremely ruthless political operator. A swaggering, flamboyant individual who relishes luxury and excess, Eisen is also an ambitious schemer. In contrast to many gloomy, preachey or openly sadistic Sith leaders, he is wreathed in smiles and decorations and receives visitors gaily. At times his sybaritic excesses and jovial attitude have given rise to a misleading picture of him being an amicable 'moderate'. Although obese and morbidly unhealthy in terms of appetites, he is cunning and will stop at nothing to attain power. He has an immense drive for self-gratification. This is paired with a high amount of cynicism.

 

"Why, of course, the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob in a village risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his village in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Nexus City nor in Red Coral City nor for that matter in Adlerberg. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, no matter the system of government.

 

Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

 

Eisen pays lip service to Vaderites' ideology, but cares little for it when it gets in his way. When it was brought to his attention that one of his top minions might have some alien blood in him, he is said to have declared: "I decide who is an alien." He treats his personal slaves better than the typical Sith Lord. This has not stopped him from authorising atrocities. He is bombastic, corrupt, a good public speaker, and prone to bluster. The Sith Master is a charming sociopath with a distaste for heavy lifting. He has a primitive mentality, but is quite intelligent.

 

His actions are governed by an innate belief in his own uniqueness and that it is his destiny to rule. Eisen profoundly believes that Tephrike has waited for him for hundreds of years to lead it to glory. In his view, he had to spend many years taking orders from lesser men. His immediate predecessor, Darth Furcht, repulsed and frightened him in equal parts. This has fuelled his determination to inscribe his name in Tephrike's history books.

 

He possesses one of the key characteristics of a manipulative charmer, namely the ability to be all things to all men. He can hold up a mirror to his interlocutor that reflects back their wishes, convincing each that he perfectly understands and supports them. He can treat people with kid's gloves or with an iron fist. He is very clever at tailoring his response to the individual. Rigid stances are not for him. He is very good at putting on a show.

 

Eisen enjoys reading, especially detective stories and tales of ancient conquerors. He has an appreciation for fine art and is a major collector. He uses every opportunity to stalk his private woods with a gun and shoot animals, but he has ironically done a great deal for Tephriki wild life. In the light of the war crimes committed by the Sith, he may have more concern for wildlife than sentient beings.

 

One of his weaknesses is sloth. He has powerful bursts of energy when he assumes a new office, plots against someone or works on a project he considers interesting. However, this dissipates soon and he often overloads himself. Eisen is paranoid about being usurped, which is understandable since the Sith preach rule of the strong. So he has consistently refused to appoint a deputy for his many offices and when one of his subordinates becomes too powerful, he plots to undermine them, often by promoting rivalries between his minions.

 

This allows him to stay in power, but creates a poisonous, toxic atmosphere characterised by administrative inertia and sycophancy. He is also an unrepentant nepotist and surrounds himself with a court of sycophants. These are the usual tricks of someone whose power rests on a shaky foundation. In short, he is a good schemer, but a poor administrator.

 

Despite - or perhaps because of - his eccentricities, he is quite popular among many of the human subjects of the Vaderites. Perhaps his quirks make him seem more 'human' and easier to relate to. He is a gregarious and optimistic contrast to dour and openly cruel Sith. His weight and penchant for medals and titles have made him the butt of jokes, but he takes them in stride. When he learned that a popular soubrette was being held by the secret police because she had made fun of his silver epaulettes and medals, he ordered her immediate release. "Idiots!" he thundered. "If they make jokes about me, it only proves how popular I am!"

 

One day another comedian had made a reputation for himself with a witty and biting Eisen parody. "Let's go and hear him," Eisen told one of his generals, "but make sure he does his act even though I am there." The comedian trembled with fear as the Sith Lord, who held power over life and death, listened to his song. He was not at his best that night. "I bet he suffered more than if I had locked it up," an amused Eisen commented. Sadly, the comedian took things too far after that and made jokes about Darth Furcht. It ended poorly for him.

 

Eisen is not without some positive traits. He is genuinely affectionate to his wife, daughter and grandchildren. Moreover, he is very generous with gifts and fond of animals. He has invested a lot in wild life and nature conservation and considers vivisection of animals to be barbaric. He has also had a hand in setting up concentration camps, ordered carpet bombings of population centres, the disappearance and murder of political enemies, ethnic cleansing, enslavement and murder of civilians as well as the torture and ill-treatment of prisoners of war. Eisen has never set foot in a concentration camp himself or even personally tortured someone. He is fond of saying, "I've never been cruel, I've been hard." But he presides over a comprehensive system of terror and exploitation.

 

He understands the importance of information and maintains a private signal intelligence and cryptanalytic spy agency to keep tabs on his foes. Eisen considers himself the rightful leader of the Sith, but has a poor work ethic. Despite his vanity, he has the support of certain sections of the military and the Sith, who were frightened by Furcht's extremism or resent the way he favoured the members of his power base.

 

COMBAT INFORMATION

Weapon of ChoiceLightsaber | The Force Minions. He is the supreme leader of the Disciples of the Vader, so their armies are at his disposal. Eisen is a Master of the Force, but prefers to leave the bloodletting to minions.

Combat Function: Eisen is the supreme leader of the Tephriki Sith, so combat is not his primary role. He has a realm to govern, after all. However, he still a Sith Master. Moreover, he lives in a society where upward mobility can be achieved by defeating one's superior in a duel to the death.

 

He is a good shot with rifle and a pistol. Eisen has some stout strength, but is not fast and lacks physical endurance, requiring the Force to boost it. As a result, he is better off ending the fight quickly when he is forced into melee instead of drawing it out. He is not a master swordsman and relies more on the Force to prevail in combat. For this reason he prefers to engage opponents from a distance. When he does fight with a lightsabre, he gravitates towards Form II as he considers himself a man of distinction and class. His physique is ill-suited for Ataru.

 

His strength lies in his formidable command of the Dark Side of the Force, especially Sith sorcery. He is a very powerful Master of the Force, and particularly fond of draining opponents of their life force. He is capable of performing area of effect Force Drain. He also likes making use of mental abilities and Force Net. In addition, His ego gives him dominance over others and he can use his talent for sorcery to create illusions, mentally torment others or summon powerful blasts of dark side energy.

 

Eisen is remarkably good at using the Force to cloak himself or mask his presence, even from other powerful Force-users. As a general, Eisen is not inept, but unimaginative. His tactics are simplistic in nature, relying on brute force and stalwart soldiers. Thus he is better off delegating to his generals and setting broad objectives for them to accomplish. 

 

Strengths:

  • Powerful Master of the Dark Side of the Force. Eisen is a powerful Sith Sorcerer. His true strength lies in his mind and his ability to harness the destructive aspects of the Force. He is also extremely skilled in concealment powers.
  • Eisen is arrogant and pompous, but he knows when to fold 'em. He sees no honour in dying pointlessly and will retreat when he is outmatched. He is also absolutely ruthless and has no qualms about sacrificing pawns to get what he wants.

Weaknesses:

  • Eisen is very overweight. This impairs his mobility, endurance and speed. He is not someone to run a marathon. A layer of cushioning fat can be an advantage since it might help absorb a punch or two, but he is also more quickly out of breath when he has to physically exert himself a lot. In addition, he has also started to suffer from arthritis.
  • Weak telekinetic powers. Perhaps it is some form of mental block or simply genetic. Either way, his telekinetic powers are rather unimpressive. He is limited to very basic uses, and even then only small objects with significant effort and concentration. 
  • Limited skill as a general. He is not inept, but unimaginative and relies more on brute force than tactical finesse.

HISTORICAL INFORMATION

 

Tephrike has been isolated from the rest of the Galaxy since the outbreak of the Gulag Virus. Originally colonised during the twilight years of the Old Republic, it was subjugated by the Galactic Empire. The human supremacist regime established by the Empire was overthrown with the aid of the Rebel Alliance and the planet emerged as an unstable, multi-species federation.

 

Then the Gulag Virus sent the Galaxy spiralling into chaos. Warlords, Jedi, Sith and rebels vied for power. Prolonged warfare and the use of primitive weapons of mass destruction brought great devastation to the planet. Benign intentions turned to evil over time. Jedi who sought to restore order and reunite the planet fell to the darkness they claimed to oppose, while still believing that their intentions and actions were good. In so doing, they followed in the footsteps of Atris and Joruus C'boath. Believing that they alone could lead Tephrike out of the darkness, they created a theocratic dictatorship.

 

Renegade Jedi established a Sith cult called the Disciples of the Vader, for they idolised the long-dead Vader as a god and believed it was his will to enslave all those who could not wield the Force and were not human. The Republican Guard, a faction that glorified the Old Republic and staunchly opposed Force-users, was founded by disgruntled clone slave-soldiers and racial minorities that declared war on both Force cults. In between these three extremes, several smaller factions tried to carve out a niche for themselves. The planet was locked in stasis, divided by riven groups trying to recall a past they did not remember. Here, the dark age never ended.

 

The Disciples of the Vader were rounded by a fallen Jedi Knight called Cade Seward. Thrust into command at a young age, he fell to the dark side. A vision convinced him that Darth Vader had chosen him as his champion to eclipse the light. For Vader had experienced apotheois and was now a Dark God. Indeed, the Gulag Virus had been a machination of the dark side to cleanse the Galaxy of weakness. Cade chose the name Darth Menace and was able to assemble an army that became a serious threat to the Dominion. His dark crusade was halted at Palmyra, Tephrike's old capital. But victory came at a staggering cost for the Dominion, for the city was turned into a cursed, dark side nexus.

 

But the Vaderite threat did not vanish. The Sith managed to carve out their own state. It was built upon a foundation of slavery, human supremacism, and tyranny. Humans who professed faith into the Vaderite religion were coopeted as a new middle class and given preferential treatment. They became the soldiers, officers, administrators and technicians of the new regime and were organised in the Humanist Party, a political machine responsible for the promotion of Vaderite ideology. Meanwhile, aliens were enslaved, confined to ghettos or exterminated. Rule of the strong was enshrined in the Vaderite's Sith ideology, for there could be no place in the New Order for those deemed weak, mentally or physically defective.

 

Taking the Sith's obsession with rule by the strong to its logical extreme, the Disciples dispensed with more rational means of promotion by allowing a Sith to challenge his direct superior to combat to the death. The rationale behind this was that any man who could not physically defend his position did not deserve to hold it. The Sith remained at war with the Dominion and the Republican Guard, seeking to bring all of Tephrike under their jackboot.

 

This was the world Eisen grew up in. He was born as Alec Dragoumis. His father was a civil servant who had served the Sith régime as a local governor. As a result, the family was affluent and Alec grew up in privileged circumstances. Like all citizens of the régime, he was educated in the belief that the Sith had an inherent right to rule. Power belonged to those who could command the Force, instead of letting it command them.

 

Of all the myriad species in the Galaxy, only humans were capable of creating civilisation. Every manifestion of human culture, every product of art, science and technical skill, was almost exclusively the product of human creative power. The divine spark of genius was only found in humans. They were the ones who kindled the fire that illuminated the dark night and allowed humans to attain mastery. By contrast, aliens were parasites. The Dark God Vader and his loyal servants had recognised that there was a natural order.

 

Some people were natural slaves, and it was the duty of their masters to assume the burden of responsibility. But democracy, racial mixing and the Jedi faith had undermined the heroism and camaraderie of the human master race, corrupting it from within. The Gulag Virus had been a cleansing storm that allowed humankind to rise again. Now the heirs of Vader were engaged in a life or death struggle against the forces of anarchy. Should they lose, a profound darkness would descend upon the world; all human culture would vanish and the world would become a desert.

 

Alec absorbed these teachings.One day, his school class visited the ironically named Prosperity Quarter, a ghetto. Here, aliens and 'impure' humans lived an impoverished existence defined by oppression, fear and deprivation. The propaganda tour was designed to confirm all the stereotypes his teachers had fed him. Using alien forced labourers to do menial chores was par for the course for the circles he walked in. One of his exams was about a propaganda movie called The Eternal Neimodian. A maths assignment was about calculating how much money the government could save and spend on 'deserving citizens' if the mentally or physically disabled were 'euthanised'. A doctor who worked at a psychiatric clinic gave a lecture on this topic, describing his work as a necessary sacrifice for the people's community. He also attended a stoning of a mixed species couple. This was one of the events of a carnival.

 

Throughout his life, Alec remained a committed humanist. However, he was not extremely zealous about it. Indeed, he was a rather spoilt youth, who was used to getting his way and having his desires catered to. He attended an elite boarding school, but showed little interest in his studies. He found the food poor and the discipline too harsh. Some of his teachers complained about his wilfulness. After growing frustrated, Alec simply went back home and feigned illness. Someone of less exalted status would have been punished, but his family was part of the elite. It helped that his grandfather had been a Sith Knight. Having a Sith in the family was a mark of prestige, though his grandfather considered it a disappointment that his son was a squib.

 

To teach him some discipline, his father sent him to a military academy. This tallied with Alec's own desires as he had been interested in a career as a soldier from an early age. Having been raised on stories about Sith Knights and Stormtroopers fighting the enemies of order, he was eager to attain fame and glory. The discipline was quite harsh and more than a little on the sadistic side. But Alec turned out to be a good student at the academy. He enjoyed playing war games and was commended by his instructors. He became an avid mountain climber and enjoyed studying Sith legends and sagas. After graduating with distinction, he joined the army.

 

At first he was assigned to an infantry regiment, fighting the Dominion and the Republican Guard. It turned out to be a lot less glamorous than he had expected. There was little glory to be gained in trench warfare. Using his connections, Alec was able to arrange a transfer to the Legions of Dusk, the air force. Strictly speaking, he informally transferred himself and was sentenced to punishment when he was discovered. However, the sentence was never carried out. His wilfulness frustrated and concerned his family, but he displayed genuine skill as a pilot, flying one of the aging TIEs that were used by the Sith aerial forces.

 

Brash, arrogant and daring, he was personally fearless in combat, but backed it up with cunning. At first he flew reconnaissance and bombing missions, targeting Republican Guard rebel camps. He flew escort when Sith bombers carpet bombed a town that had rebelled against the Sith government and joined the Guard. Soon he was engaged in dogfights with Dominion fighters and targeting their tanks. His fearlessness in battle earned him the nickname 'Iron Alec', and he scored several air victories. The fact that he was unconsciously using the Force to enhance his aim, senses and piloting skills helped him. Dissatisfied with the primitive tech, he tinkered with his fighter craft and its engines in his free time, after an injury to the hip resulted in him being grounded for almost a year. He ended up with a working prototype for a more modern TIE fighter with a more powerful engine and better speed.

 

He rose to the position of squadron commander after his commanding officer perished in battle. However, while skilled, his arrogance made him unpopular and he was later accused of having inflated his score. Still, he was able to build lasting connections with some of the members of his squadron, who would go on to be his henchmen when he rose to power. Alec caught the eye of the Sith when he distinguished himself in a fight with Dominion pilots.

 

The Sith forces had been fed false intel and lured into a trap, for they were ambushed by Jedi ace pilots when they tried to attack a base. Alec ended up facing one of the aces. The Force was strong in this foe. No matter what Alec did, his opponent seemed to have already foreseen it and devised a counter. His fighter was damaged during the dogfight. Fighting for his life, Alec claims to have heard an inner voice. The realisation that he might perish triggered a rage inside him. Unconsciously, he managed to touch the mind of his enemy, feeding on his fear and rage. The enemy pilot was momentarily distracted by what was an instinctual manifestation of Alec's latent talent as a mentalist.

 

Relying on what he later learned was Force-based targeting, Alec fired a missile and managed to destroy the enemy craft. The operation had been a failure, but the fight had not gone unnoticed. When the squadron managed to return to base. His commander, afraid that he might be accused himself, tried to pass the buck to his subordinate. This put Alec in difficulties, as he found himself accused of poor leadership. However, then the charges were dropped.

 

One of the Disciples had taken an interest in the affair and discovered Alec's strength in the Force. He was a human and the Force was strong in him, so he would be trained as a Sith. If he had been an alien, he would have been killed, for xenos who possessed such powers were deemed an aberration. The revelation that Alec was strong in the Force boosted the prestige of his family. However, when he was reunited with his father after their long separation, the latter had mixed feelings. Perhaps because his own lack of Force-Sensitivity had made him a disappointment to his own father.

 

Regardless, Alec was sent to Castle Maysaf for training. There his instruction in the ways of the Force began. It was a brutal and often sadistic process. One of the trials a young acolyte had to undergo was bayonet a criminal or fugitive slave. This was supposed to pour steel into his veins. Alec learned from earlyon that only the most cunning and ruthless would survive. Around this time Alec grew close to a Sith from a good humanist family called Sophia Anastas. She was a dedicated humanist. Indeed, she was a lot more of a zealot than her husband and heavily into mysticisim. She got him interested in the arcane aspects of the force.

 

Thirsting for glory, he resolved to be at the top of the pack. At first, Alec wanted to continue flying, but it was soon discovered that he possessed significant mental talents and was quite good at concealment. These skills recommended him for the spy service, the Protection Squadron. He came to the attention of a Sith Master called Lord Acholus, a Sith sorcerer.

 

Alec disliked being under someone else's thumb and wanted to keep flying, but the Sith Master showed him who was boss, putting him in his place. This created a feeling of resentment inside Alec, but also fed his hunger for power. Over the next few years, he bathed in the knowledge of the Sith and the arcane aspects of the dark side. However, while his teacher gave him some access to his library, Alec always had the feeling that he was holding back. Wetting his appetite, but not really sating it.

 

These suspicions were correct. Thus Alec started to try and acquire ancient tomes and devices in secret. As part of his training, he was dispatched to the ruins of the Golden Future Binary Fusion Plant. It had been the site of a terrible disaster shortly before the outbreak of the Gulag Virus, which turned the area into an irradiated wasteland. The Sith used the area to conduct experiments, feeding on all the deaths that had taken place here. Alec contracted radiation sickness during his time in the exclusion zone, but learned how to devour ghosts.

 

He made himself a name in hatchet work and espionage. His growing talent in using the Force for cloaking and concealment allowed him to infiltrate a Dominion temple and bug a conversation between generals. This allowed the Vaderites to smash a Dominion offensive and score a notable victory over the Jedi. It put Alec on the radar. His master commended him, but also warned him against getting ideas about his station.

 

Later Alec organised the assassination of a dissident Sith scientist who had fled with compromising information. Both the Republican Guard and the Dominion unsuccessfully tried to retrieve the scientist. Around this time Alec and Sophia got married. The marriage made political sense, but Alec seems to have felt genuine affection for her.

 

When Lord Acholus was appointed governor of a province, he took Alec with him. He was just supposed to be his troubleshooter, but Alec muscled his way into the position of security chief. There he made a genuine impact, purging the local security forces and filling them with his cronies. He also initiated a programme of forcibly relocating the alien population to make room for loyal human citizens. Many of the deportees ended up as forced labourers. Alec also managed to win over 'respectable society' by putting the Party militias on a short leash and closing many of the 'wild' concentration camps. The camps set up by Alec's minions were no less brutal, but better organised. It also gave him plenty of opportunity for graft and embezzlement. Alec himself never visited the detention centres, but was fully aware of what happened there.

 

He also initiated an operation to round up thousands of so-called 'asocials'. Under the Disciples' laws, 'asocials' were persons whose behaviour was defined by 'habitual' misconduct or repeated violations of the law or who did not fit into society and violated the 'natural order'. Those most affected were vagrants, beggars, prostitutes, alcoholics, thieves, humans who had engaged in sexual relations with aliens and aliens who had been caught outside of their reservation zones without official permit.

 

Outwardly he was nothing but loyal to his master, flattering him and feeding his vanity at every turn. However, Acholus started to grow suspicious of him, having noticed that Alec was trying to bypass him and build connections with the Vaderite government. His master continued to deny him access to the holocrons he so craved. When a Jedi Shadow who had led a raid against a Sith research facility was being apprehended, Alec sabotaged the investigation so that he could claim the agent for himself.

 

Officially the Shadow was killed during the pursuit. Alec went so far as to arrange for a body double. In truth, had the Jedi captured and interrogated to learn some of his master's secrets. Once the Jedi had suffered sufficiently, Eisen appeared and turned on the charm. However, Acholus was not idle and sought to curtail his power over the secret police and had some of his associates arrested. He also accused his apprentice of corruption and heresy, having built up a file that showed Alec's devotion to the Dark God was less than pure. Behind the scenes, the power struggle grew violent. Indeed, Sophia once saved Alec from a Republican Guard attempt on his life. Alec later claimed it had been orchestrated by Acholus, though this cannot be verified.

 

Despite being under surveillance, Alec managed to sneak out of the provincial capital and reach Castle Maysaf. Acholus had removed him from office, but Alec managed to present his case to the Dark Council. His wife's connections helped, for Impaler was fond of her. This allowed Alec to present doctored evidence of Acholus being involved in treasonous activities, including aiding and abetting rebels and enemy agents. Furthermore, he alleged that Acholus might have alien blood. The incident managed to make Acholus look bad and gave Alec an opening to challenge him. He managed to gather a coterie of allies through bribery and trickery. Invoking his rights as a Sith, Alec challenged him to a Kaggath. It was a hard-fought battle.

 

Alec was badly burnt when Acholus assaulted him with shadowy tendrils of dark side energy. He managed to momentarily disorientate his master, but Acholus blocked his lightning with contemptuous ease and proceeded to smash him with telekinesis. This was a power Alec was very weak in. However, then Acholus was suddenly struck from behind. Alec had used his master's momentary disorientation to cloak himself and summon a doppelganger in his place. Acholus tried to defend himself by summoning a Force Demon, a construct he had used to show his apprentice who was boss in the past. But Alec managed to overcome it and drain him.

 

Darth Impaler, Dark Lord and Supreme Leader, acknowledged him as a Sith Lord and conferred the name Darth Eisen upon him. He had now joined the circle of power. Power, wealth and influence allowed him to amass a large collection of expensive artworks, speeders, and mansions. He ruled like a feudal lord from his palatial residence. It also allowed him to bestow favours on his cronies and his family. His dandy image made him a source of mockery behind his back, but he was also a figure of ebullient entertainment. This made him popular with many human citizens of the realm. While not a great orator, he had a gift for managing and exciting a crowd.

 

The conflict with his master had taught that power flowed from the Supreme Leader. So he did his best to cultivate a close relationship with Darth Impaler. The dark lord was an imperious, intimidating figure who was quick to suspect betrayal and had a habit of pitting his minions against one another. It kept them dependent on his favour. To flatter his master, he personally oversaw the creation of a mountain retreat for him. The construction was carried out by forced labourers, who had to labour under appalling conditions. Their suffering did not faze Eisen, as long as the deadline was met. Impaler was pleased with his work, but ironically only spent little time in his new mountain villa.

 

He recognised the Leader's almost pathological need for self-aggrandisement. Taking advantage of this, he took the dark lord's glorification to a new level by producing a hagiographic biography. Doubtless Eisen did not personally write it, but he oversaw the process. Impaler had risen from relative obscurity, but his self-proclaimed 'first paladin' fabricated an illustrious lineage for him.

 

Finally, Impaler promoted him to general and made him supreme commander of the Legion of Dusk. Eager to make his mark, he brought in his old cronies from his days as a pilot. Not all of these choices turned out to be apt. Nepotism was a pervasive issue. But Eisen set his sight upon expanding his force. To provide it with more resources and expand his patronage network, he seized control over several businesses, using a mixture of charm, bribery and intimidation.

 

However, Eisen's ascent was marred by the death of his wife, for Sophia had died in childbirth. He tried to save her by Force draining slaves and feeding her with their life force, but it was not enough. Unlike Anakin Skywalker, Eisen had good grounds to be afraid about his wife dying while giving birth. Sadly, Tephrike does not have the sophisticated medical technology of a First World planet like Coruscant. He also did not choke his wife. Eisen was deeply shaken by her death and mourned her. He named his country residence Sophiahall to honour her. Fortunately, his daughter had survived. He eventually remarried.

 

He soon learned that being so close to the sun could be perilous. Months after placing a general's epaulettes on his shoulders, Impaler forced Eisen to relinquish control over his spy agency. It came under the control of Darth Furcht, a rising leader in the Knights of the Ebon Claw. Eisen was annoyed about having his wings clipped, but had to comply. Because he wanted some insurance, he set up his own signals intelligence and cryptanalytic agency in the Legion, the so-called Research Office. 

 

Eisen believed he could control Furcht, especially since many of the officers of the Protection Squadron were still his cronies. This turned out to be an error in judgement. His relations with Impaler deteriorated. As the Sith embarked on a campaign of subjugation, Eisen found his chief's ideas for pacification disagreeable. He had no objections to using death squads, enslaving people and the like, but he considered impaling and salting the earth of potentially valuable slave labour to be unwise. Eisen also unsuccessfully argued in favour of ignoring the Republican Guard, and just focusing on the Dominion.

 

Moreover, the Legions of Dusk suffered setbacks. At the start it achieved notable successes in the field against the Dominion by delivering close air support against its troops in the field. However, when it attacked a major Dominion stronghold, the Jedi activated a weather control machine. The Sith bombers got taken down by Jedi aces who had Force melded to move through the storm. Eisen ordered the bombers to continue their attack despite the weather and the fighters were unable to keep formation, so the bombers suffered disastrous losses.

 

It was a major humiliation. The situation was exacerbated by the Dominion dropping some bombs on the Sith capital. Eisen had wanted to focus bombing raids on military targets, especially Dominion air bases, but Impaler ordered him to 'grind the Dominion into dust' by carpet bombing cities. Bomber losses were high. Resources were wasted on the construction of a huge strategic bomber because the Dark Master commanded it and Eisen did not dare contradict him.

 

There was now a rift between them, and others in the inner circle took note. Eisen bore witness when Impaler made an example of a marshal who had failed him, which increased his fear of him. It was paired with resentment. His loss of influence drove him to hedony. Furcht, meanwhile, rose in influence and directed his agents to spy on Eisen, whose flaws as an administrator left him vulnerable.

 

Ironically, around this time Eisen's Research Office received intelligence on a sect of 'Light Sith', who preached a heretical doctrine. These heretics claimed that Vader had turned away from the Dark Side and sacrificed himself to save his son and kill the evil Emperor. It was their duty to follow in his footsteps by atoning for their sins and restoring balance to the Force. Somehow, Eisen neglected to pass any of this on to Impaler or Furcht.

 

Instead he directed his agents to keep the group under surveillance and try to subvert it. But the Light Sith slipped from his grasp during the Netherworld Event. Like virtually every world, Tephrike was affected by the mass raptures. The result was chaos. It triggered a serious crisis. Impaler reacted with purges, believing it was the end of days. Eisen wanted to make his move, but his forces were weakened by the mass disappearances and the casualties they had sustained on the front. 

 

The Light Sith had outgrown his ability to manipulate them and now instigated a mass uprising of slaves and members of the under classes. Eisen had hoped to be able to rally the loyalist forces after Impaler's defeat, but he underestimated what had been unleashed. Darth Krieg, the leader of the Light Sith, assumed control and adopted the name Salus. Defeated, Eisen went into exile. Ostensibly he continued to fight the 'heretics', but in reality he was focused on protecting himself and preparing for an eventual return.

 

The Light Sith proceeded to invade the Dominion, becoming co-belligerents of the Republican Guard. The Dominion was pushed to the brink. But the de facto alliance was an uneasy one as both sides despised the other. Moreover, a number of Vaderites who had bent the knee to the new régime had not really changed their ways. This soured the accord even more, as did the Guard's policy of rounding up Force-users in communities it managed to liberate. Soon sporadic fighting had broken out. The chancellor who had supported the deal was toppled by the Guard after their failed attack on Fortress Purity, a major Dominion citadel.

 

This left Salus vulnerable and he was murdered. Eisen had used the chance to return from exile, but events overtook him. Radical Light Sith and freed aliens took over Prosperity Quarter and much of Adlerberg. But Furcht crushed the ghetto uprising with extreme brutality. Eisen's troops had helped defeat the Light Sith. Indeed, he had arranged for Salus' death. But his success was overshadowed by Furcht, who proceeded to blackmail him with information about his contacts to the heretics. Eisen ground his teeth and bent the knee to him. The new Dark Master unleashed a wave of purges against so-called deviants and unbelievers.

 

The bloodletting did not stop at Eisen's doorstep. The Sith Lord was forced to sacrifice trusted minions to the meat grinder. Eisen scapegoated his chief of staff for failings in his force. This caused the general to commit suicide. As a 'reward for for unflinching, loyal service', Furcht promoted Eisen to the rank of Grand Marshal. Eisen considered this to be a personal slight, since it was a hollow title that gave him no additional authority and his actual power base had been seriously weakened. Then the star people arrived. The Sith saw the starships appear in orbit, but were unsure what to make of them. When they learned that the outsiders were bombing the Dominion's capital and that the Jedi Temple had been destroyed, they were jubilant. Furcht declared it a sign of the Dark God.

 

Eisen was publicly exultant, but sceptical in private. It seemed too good to be true to be a blessing. While he believed in his sect's ideology, he did not put much stock in omens and prophecies. The outsiders and the Republican Guard proceeded to take Fortress Purity. Word spread that the Dominion's Grandmaster was dead and that part of the army was in open revolt. The Sith leaders were in the midst of planning a great offensive to take advantage of the turmoil, when suddenly the outsiders bombarded Castle Maysaf.

 

Furcht ordered the Council members and sorcerers present to conduct a ritual with him. They struck back by summoning demons aboard the Firemane flagship. Eisen was not among the Sith who joined the ritual. Instead he had used the chance to sneak away. This turned out to be a wise choice, for while the Sith's ritual was successful and Firemane had to fight to take its warship back from the eldritch entities, Castle Maysaf was levelled. Furcht died in the bombardment.

 

Eisen witnessed Maysaf's destruction from afar. He was both awed and intimidated by the 'magnificient desolation'. His musing about what the Sith could accomplish with such power was cut short by the realisation that the Council had been decimated. He sent his minions to the castle to verify that Furcht was dead. After reaching Adlerberg, he addressed the people of the realm and declared himself leader of the Sith. Now was his chance to take the reins of power. However, he faced opposition from other claimants. Moreover, the destruction of Castle Maysaf has sparked uprisings among the slave population. Now his first order of business is disposing of any potential rivals and consolidating the Sith under his rule. Then get the campaign to bring the planet under Sith control back on track.




#1979576 INCA - The Intel and Control Agency

Posted by Elpsis Kerrigan-Alcori on 10 September 2019 - 04:27 PM

Orex Mauda

 

Approved. 




#1979530 INCA - The Intel and Control Agency

Posted by Elpsis Kerrigan-Alcori on 10 September 2019 - 02:11 PM

MEMBERS

 

This area has not been filled out. Are there any PCs or subbed NPCs?

 

If not, you can just name NPC placeholders (e.g. the Prime Director, Vice Director etc.). Otherwise just put N/A.

 

Orex Mauda 




#1979372 How can we better adapt the Marketplace forum to the Roleplay forum?

Posted by Elpsis Kerrigan-Alcori on 10 September 2019 - 12:41 AM

How someone runs their marketplace storefront should be up to the person running it. It's not up to staff to micromanage it...and frankly staff has better things to do.

 

If they want to do IC responses, cool. If they wanna deny the sale of tech doodad X to potential purchaser Y, cool. If players wanna barter tech because that's a better way to get something out of a transaction, cool. There's nothing stopping anyone from doing that.

 

If you wanna try to rp a mini-economy for yourself...there's nothing stopping you. I rp Firemane as being very rich, with a lot of new and shiny tech, and I regularly make purchases from other companies and Firemane subs new things at a quite regular basis. 

 

Conversely, Kaida's Shadow Knight elf rebel group is poor since they're a bunch of space nomads, so their toys are almost totally limited to canon stuff and often somewhat old Firemane weapons. Their priorities go into keeping their nomad fleet working, not having status symbols like Sio'd be inclined to, so they barely ever buy anything on the market. But this all my choice.

 

Archangel's in the middle. Less wealthy than Firemane, but still quite rich. However, Enyo has a Spartan life style by choice...so she's not as extravagant as Sio.




#1979168 How can we better adapt the Marketplace forum to the Roleplay forum?

Posted by Elpsis Kerrigan-Alcori on 09 September 2019 - 11:35 AM

I think it's fine as it is.




#1979125 Narma - Tuk'ata Nobilis Good Girl

Posted by Elpsis Kerrigan-Alcori on 09 September 2019 - 08:32 AM

Kale Seleare

 

No problem. Approved. May Kale and Narma have many adventures together. :)




#1979122 Narma - Tuk'ata Nobilis Good Girl

Posted by Elpsis Kerrigan-Alcori on 09 September 2019 - 08:25 AM

Kale Seleare

 

Elpsis would like Narma. :)

 

This is a nice submission. Also nice pics.

 

 

 

Force Sensitivity: Force Sensitive - Limited

 

I need you to pic one of the categories in the template.

 

Force Sensitivity: [ Choose from: Force DeadNon-Force UserUntrained Force Sensitive, Force User. ]

 

Since she does have some powers available (e.g. psychometry, Force Bellow etc.), I'd recommend Force-User. You can add in as a caveat that her command of the Force is still limited, if you like, though this is already well-conveyed in the Strength/Weakness section.




#1978804 Bounty Hunting

Posted by Elpsis Kerrigan-Alcori on 08 September 2019 - 10:53 AM

Ryan, Tefka

 

Per the discussion here, faction threads in the open roleplaying forum were redefined as being open to anyone, while faction threads in private rping would be limited to whoever belongs to the faction/is allowed by it to join. That's when the faction thread prefix became available for the private roleplaying forum.

 

So strictly speaking, bounty-hunters can already show up in faction threads in public rp.




#1978580 Earthen Rampart

Posted by Elpsis Kerrigan-Alcori on 07 September 2019 - 05:12 PM

 

OUT OF CHARACTER INFORMATION

Intent: Expand on Tephrike and flesh out a location established in rp and other submissions.

Image CreditHereHereHere.

Canon: N/A.

LinksInto DarknessArchangel Research and DesignJedi TempleAfter Darkness.

 

SETTING INFORMATION

Military Base Name: Earthen Rampart.

Classification: Temple, Fortress.

LocationNexus CityTephrike.

Affiliation Dominion of LightMahtaraCassius.

PopulationHeavy.

DemographicsMix of Temple Guards, Jedi, droids and misc. support personnel. The Dominion is a multi-species society, so one can find members of a variety of species here. Humans, Twi'leks and Duros are the most common and there are also a few Mon Calamari and Gungans. The Temple Guard is composed solely of clones. Many, though not all, Jedi are clones, too. 

Accessibility: The Earthen Rampart is very difficult to access. The general population of Nexus City knows it exists, as it is important for them to know that the Dominion is still watching over them. But it is heavily fortified, located underground and not accessible for unauthorised individuals. The Jedi in command run it as a military base, and the Dominion is a nation at war. As a result, security is very tight. The Dominion is an isolationist, totalitarian theocracy that believes itself to be the last bastion of order and civilisation on Tephrike, so it will respond aggressively to any intrusion attempt. The government has declared a state of emergency, so martial law is in force and the base cannot be accessed by members of the public without authorisation.

 

Description: The Earthen Rampart lies beneath the Grand Jedi Temple of Nexus City. Located in Skywalker Square, until recently the Temple was the seat of the Windian Jedi Order and centre of power of the Dominion of Light. The visitor was greeted by huge statues of legendary Jedi Masters such as Lord Hoth, Grandmaster Yoda, Master Mace Windu, as well as of the Jedi Lords who ruled over Tephrike. Holographic projections of old Jedi recited lines of the Jedi Code, more or less inaccurate quotes of Jedi sages and general words of wisdom from Tephrike's rulers. Jedi Temple Guards and Inquisitors watched over all, always on the lookout for signs of heresy within and without.

 

However, the Jedi Temple was levelled by Firemane during its brief, but intense campaign against the Dominion. Many Jedi perished in the bombardment. While parts of the Temple have been rebuilt, many are in a state of disrepair. The Earthen Rampart serves as its de facto replacement. It represents an expansion of the already formidable subterranean facilities of the old Temple. It is a cavernous network of catacombs, tunnels and underground facilities. The subterranean headquarters is equipped to withstand orbital bombardment.

 

The style of the building is utilitarian rather than elegant. Ares such as the Room of a Thousand Fountains harken back to a 'more civilised age', but on the whole the facility is not designed for comfort. The elegance of the Old Jedi Temple has largely been abandoned in favour of practicality. Propaganda is found throughout the Earthen Rampart, extolling the virtues of the Dominion and exhorting its warriors to be ever-vigilant in the face of the threat posed by the servants of the dark side, wherever they may lurk. Likewise, surveillance droids monitor the various halls and corridors.

 

It has dormitories, training rooms, meditation chambers, medical facilities, forgery, armoury, prison cells, offices, a war room as as well as a concealed hangar. Furthermore, a cloning facility has been set up and the Temple Guard is based here. Security is extremely tight. Security cameras and checkpoints have been set up throughout the base. The Windian Jedi Order is very militant and this is a time of total war, where they find themselves engaged in a war to the knife against the Dominion's enemies. As a result, the base is far more militarised than what is typically expected of facilities associated with Jedi. A significant contingent of Temple Guards and Jedi is stationed in the Earthen Rampart at all times. They also patrol the old Temple above. This structure has been partially rebuilt, but is not in use. Instead it has been fortified.

 

In contrast to a typical Jedi temple, only a small number of Padawans and Younglings are actually stationed here. The bombardment caused heavy casualties among the Jedi, so the Dominion's junta does not want to put all its eggs in one basket. Firemane may have withdrawn from Tephrike, but its warships and bombers could easily return. Moreover, the Dominion is engaged in all-out war with its native enemies. Thus training has been distributed across several facilities outside of the capital. This means that most of the Jedi present in the base will be trained soldiers instead of neophytes.

 

To reduce the risk of the Order being decimated by renewed Firemane bombardment, the Dominion has set up a Hidden Temple outside of the capital. Its existence is a well-kept secret. The more sensitive tomes and holocrons have been evacuated from the Jedi Archives and brought to this safe place. However, the Earthen Rampart is still a key military base and allows the Dominion to keep order in the capital and direct the war effort against its adversaries.

 

POINTS OF INTEREST

 

 

Old Temple: Strictly speaking this is not a part of the Earthen Rampart, but it is located directly above it and its lower level facilities have been incorporated into the base. Built in the style of the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Once it was the seat of power of the Dominion as well as the main training centre of the Windian Jedi Order. Then it was levelled by Firemane bombardment. Parts of the structure have been rebuilt and a lot of rubble has been cleared away, but on the whole it is still in a poor state. For the time being, it stands as a reminder of the 'Rain of Fire'. However, the premise is still heavily guarded, as it is an access point for the base. Checkpoints and defences have been set up.

 

Room of a Thousand Fountains: Resembles the famous chamber in the old Jedi Temple on Coruscant by the same name. Located in the lower levels of the original Temple, it survived Firemane's bombardment. As with the historical room it tries to emulate, there is an artificial waterfall. The water streams out into various pools and streams. There are small arching stone bridges, and the room is filled with meditation pads and benches along the flagstone walkways. Moreover, there are planting beds with all manners of greenery.

 

Corridor of Heroes: Another leftover from the old Temple. The name is unintentionally ironic. One one stretch the heroes of the Old Republic such as Mace Windu, Yoda, Lord Hoth, Obi-Wan Kennobi and the Barsen'thor. On the other side are the matching heroes of the Dominion, such as Zaras Dant, Mahtara, Tyian Kree, General Kennobi and Grandmaster Aegus. Here the Grandmaster was ambushed and murdered by Jedi Councillors Cassius, Varus and Karana. His last words were 'You too, Cassius?', while he lay dying against the statue of Mace Windu, for his attacker was his own clone. Regretfully, Cassius struck off his Master's head. Officially the Grandmaster was killed in a Firemane bombing run while he was heroically touring the ruins to help trapped survivors escape the rubble and provide medical assistance. To claim otherwise is most unwise.

 

Great Hall: Located in a vast tunnel, this chamber serves as a meeting place for the Order in those situations when its members have to gather. Propaganda movies are sometimes shown here. Turbolifts lead to other areas of the Earthen Rampart. Depending on their sensitivity, these may require special clearance to access. The hall is monitored by security cameras and surveillance droids. Several divisions and departments of the Windian Jedi Order have offices for their members near the Great Hall. The same applies to liaison officers from government ministries and the Grand Army of Light.

 

Chamber of Healing: The medical facilities of the base. It is a place for medical studies and treatment for all kinds of diseases and injuries. These facilities is run by the Healers of the Windian Jedi Order. In addition to providing care to the wounded, the healers also study various diseases, especially those created via preternatural means such as Sith alchemy. 

 

The Akk's Lair: Nickname for a highly secured compound in the lowest levels. Here the command and control apparatus is housed. Security is the tightest here, as the leaders can find refuge here and direct the war effort against the enemies of the Light. It also connects to secret passages that allow the Jedi to move in times of crisis, presenting possible escape routes, and an underground train. In addition, the Hall of Ritual can be found here. While smaller meditation chambers are scattered throughout the base, this is a place for the Masters of the Order to come together and hone their power. Located deep inside the lowest levels, it is quite safe from bombardment. Focus crystals are spread throughout the room, helping the Masters harness the energies of the Force.

 

Chamber of Life: A special wing of the medical facilities. This area contains the cloning facilities of the base. The Dominion believes that certain skilled individuals are too valuable to lose...so it clones them. This is called the Blessed Lineage Project. The fact that clones may not necessarily want to be obedient drones and follow in the footsteps of their template is dismissed. In addition, cloning is also a way to restore lost body parts. This wing is largely self-sufficient, with its own facilities to accommodate any newly grown clones before they are exposed to the rest of the Order. Access to this area is restricted and it is under heavy guard.

 

Jedi Archives: Self-explanatory really. Study and self-improvement is a vital part of the life of any Jedi. Thus they are well-advised to learn from the wisdom of their forebears. However, many sensitive tomes have been relocated elsewhere to reduce the risk of thefts and break-ins. Lecture halls and study areas have been included. Obelisk-shaped mounts project inspirational lines from holy Jedi texts and holographic projections of past Jedi masters are there to offer their wisdom to Jedi and guide their studies. The Dominion is a conformist society and discourages its citizens from questioning orthodoxy. For there is only the shining light and the darkest abyss. The Head Archivist has their quarters here, and some rooms have been set aside to house the offices of the Jedi Inquisition. An open mind is like a freshly tuned sod. Unless it is sown with the generous message of the Light, the insidious weed of heresy will take root. Thus any information visitors can get on the 'net is censored. It helps that Tephrike is too isolated to be connected to the HoloNet.

 

Detention Centre: Sadly, there are always individuals who refuse to recognise the wisdom and benevolence of the Dominion. These malcontents, traitors and heretics need to be isolated from society before their corruption spreads. Some can be redeemed after being shown the error of their ways. Others are beyond redemption. In that case, it is best to eliminate them before they can commit further sins and stain their soul. Ray shields and heavy turadium doors protect the cells. Several Force Cages have been set up here. In case of rescue or escape attempts, gas can be released. Propaganda blares out of loudspeakers. Prisoners are seldom held here for long, as the Jedi Inquisition has special prisons to contain, question and re-educate enemies of the Light. Common criminals are handled by the Arbiters, heretics and enemy agents by the Inquisition.

 

Forge: The Windian Jedi Order is not composed of pacifists or flower children. Nor do they subscribe to the idea that the Jedi should use the Force only for defence, never for attack. The Light requires fervent warriors. Here they have the resources needed to construct Force Imbued weapons and armour.

 

Training Facilities: Here the occupants can hone their skills as warriors of the Light. In addition to the typical training rooms, it also has a rifle range. The Windian Jedi are not averse to using a blaster or slugthrower to cleanse enemies of the Light. This section can also accommodate sparring arenas, obstacle courses and so on. Moreover, meditation rooms, the armoury and the quartermaster are located here.

 

Temple Guard Barracks: Here the brave, stalwart Guardians of the Sacred Temple and the Holy Person of the Wise Council are based. The Temple Guard is a special corps of clone troopers who are fanatically loyal to the Dominion. They protect important installations such as the Temple and serve as a means of coup-proofing. They are recognised as a component of the Dominion's armed forces, but separate from the Grand Army of Light.

 

Dormitories: Self-explanatory really. These are the living quarters of the Jedi who reside here. The Jedi are sorted into different quarters by rank. Masters have greater privacy and more spacious quarters, but they are still very utilitarian, even Spartan. The Dominion expects its Jedi to adhere to a vow of poverty. Of course, this does not prevent corruption, but those who are smart about it do not flaunt their illicit wealth. An office or workshop space is attached to the private accommodations of the Masters, who also have remote access to the archives. 

 

SECURITY
Maximum.

  • For starters, the Earthen Rampart is located underground. Its most important facilities have been set up far beneath the earth. A full suite of electronic countermeasures means that even dedicated sensor ships will have trouble detecting it. A shield generator protects the base from bombardment.
  • Two HVs-2 hypervelocity guns have been set up to fire on hostile capital ships in orbit. The cannons are concealed when not in use. Due to the Dominion's tech level, these weapons are easier to maintain than turbolasers would be.
  • Ventilation shafts are filled with locked grates, motion sensors and extremely narrow, with a lattice of crosshatched, intersecting planes made of turadium, There are also traps for the intrepid adventurer, such as enclision grids. Moreover, nets ensnare explosives, objects and animals. In short, this is not the place to sneak in through ventilation shafts or use them to make a daring escape. 
  • Anti-personnel turrets, mass driver cannons and heavy machine guns can be found above ground. There are also flak cannons and quad lasers. Due to a secret deal with Archangel, the Dominion has been able to set up Preserver Defence Turrets to impede access to the base. The sole entrance is heavily fortified and the door is made of Turadium. Inside the base, intruders would have to deal with security cameras, an auto-turret network, motion sensors, sonic projectors and ray shields. The most critical blast doors are made of turadium. This material is very difficult to cut through, even for lightsabres. Ferrocrete has been used to reinforce the walls and floors.
  • Security checkpoints have been set up at major junctures. These include powerful scanners and enclision grids. Sensitive areas require keycards and retinal scans. Retinal scanners are able to determine whether or not the retina they are scanning belongs to a living person. When the turrets are active, they will fire on individuals who do not possess a clearance keycard and are not logged into their facial recognition system. Wasp droids monitor the base itself as well as access areas, including the old Temple.
  • There is a large Temple Guard garrison. There are also battle droids and a small group of HRDs. In addition, the base is the seat of the Windian Jedi Order. Thus intruders will have to contend with a force of Jedi warriors, including members of the Vanguard. While the skill level, number and abilities of the Jedi varies, there will definitely be a force of Knights with some Masters to provide leadership. Lightsabres are extremely rare on Tephrike, so most Jedi will use basic Force Imbued melee weapons, such as swords and halberds. They are not averse to using guns and lightbows either. Many Younglings and Padawans have been relocated to facilities outside of Nexus City, so most Jedi present here will be experienced combatants. The Temple Guard is fervently loyal to the point of fanaticism, but their weapons tend to be older than the galactic standard and their zealotry can work against them. Some of the Jedi are Consulars trained in mental and empathic abilities, which is helpful for spotting infiltrators or assaulting enemies through use of illusions.
  • A hangar that can accommodate small starships and four squadrons of starfighters is situated inside the base. Its underground location gives it good cover from enemy attacks. The pilots are Jedi aces or clone pilots. However, the starfighters tend to be older than contemporary galactic standard.

HISTORICAL INFORMATION

 

 

Tephrike has been isolated from the rest of the Galaxy since the outbreak of the Gulag Virus. Originally colonised during the twilight years of the Old Republic, it was subjugated by the Galactic Empire. The human supremacist regime established by the Empire was overthrown with the aid of the Rebel Alliance and the planet emerged as an unstable, multi-species federation.

 

Then the Gulag Virus sent the Galaxy spiralling into chaos. Warlords, Jedi, Sith and rebels vied for power. Prolonged warfare and the use of primitive weapons of mass destruction brought great devastation to the planet. Benign intentions turned to evil over time. Jedi who sought to restore order and reunite the planet fell to the darkness they claimed to oppose, while still believing that their intentions and actions were good. In so doing, they followed in the footsteps of Atris and Joruus C'boath. Believing that they alone could lead Tephrike out of the darkness, they created a theocratic dictatorship.

 

Renegade Jedi established a Sith cult called the Disciples of the Vader, for they idolised the long-dead Vader as a god and believed it was his will to enslave all those who could not wield the Force and were not human. The Republican Guard, a faction that glorified the Old Republic and staunchly opposed Force-users, was founded by disgruntled clone slave-soldiers and racial minorities that declared war on both Force cults. In between these three extremes, several smaller factions tried to carve out a niche for themselves. The planet was locked in stasis, divided by riven groups trying to recall a past they did not remember. Here, the dark age never ended.

 

The Dominion built Nexus City as its capital. Far away from the ruins of Palmyra, the old capital that had been destroyed during a brutal battle between Jedi and Sith, they could create their perfect society. Every citizen would have a place - and stay in it. The Dominion did its best to emulate Coruscant, seeking to transplant its lost grandeur into a wholly unsuitable environment. Naturally the Jedi Temple constructed by them resembled the famous landmark on the galactic capital.

 

From here the Windian Jedi Order ruled its provinces and prosecuted its war on darkness. Until Tephrike's centuries of isolation were brought to an end by Firemane. The Dominion was divided on how to respond to the arrival of the outsiders. A pragmatic faction led by Battlemaster Mahtara advocated accommodation, believing that contact with the off-worlders could help the Dominion advance and defeat its foes for good. However, Grandmaster Aegus disagreed, believing the 'star people' to be demons and manifestations of the dark side. Having been an isolated puppet ruler for so long, he sought to gain true power and fight what he believed to be the final battle between good and evil. He was supported by Grand Inquisitor Antonius, who saw a chance to become the true power in the land.

 

When Firemane sent a delegation to negotiate with the Firemane, they were ambushed by extremists, who had been acting on the orders of the Grand Inquisitor. A Firemane operative was captured. In response to this betrayal, Firemane declared war. Mahtara was declared a traitor, but managed to go underground and rally her allies. What followed was a short, but intense campaign. After taking down Nexus City's shield generator, Firemane levelled the Jedi Temple. The Dominion retaliated with surface to air missiles, but Firemane troops landed on the planet. They were able to defeat a Dominion army and take a vital fortress with the aid of the Republican Guard.

 

Grandmaster Aegus was murdered in a secure facility beneath the Temple by his own clone, Cassius, and two other disgruntled Councillors. His death was blamed on a Firemane bombing. Shortly thereafter, Mahtara entered the city at the head of an army. When the Council refused to acknowledge her as leader, she declared it dissolved, replacing it with a smaller junta that included Cassius and his allies. The new regime found itself in dire circumstances, for the Dominion had been gravely weakened. But it was committed to fighting a war to the knife to ensure the survival of the Dominion, even if this required pragmatic compromises.

 

One of its first orders of business was to get a replacement for its lost headquarters. The old Temple lay in ruins, as did many other military and government buildings in Nexus City. The Dominion's new government decided to set up a national redoubt in a safe area away from the front lines. However, Nexus City was still the capital and the Windian Jedi Order needed a visible presence in it to maintain order and shore up morale. Otherwise faith in the nation might collapse. Both the faithful and the infidels needed the certainty that the Jedi were watching them.

 

Completely rebuilding the Temple was deemed impractical, as it would be a waste of resources and paint a clear target on the Order's back. But wholly abandoning it was unthinkable. Thus it was decided to set up a secure facility beneath the old Temple, expanding underground facilities that had already existed. Tunnels were expanded and extensive command, control and communications capabilities were installed. A large number of labourers was mobilised to build the base. To protect itself against attacks from within and without, the facility was heavily fortified. The religious police established an office and a substantial contingent of Temple Guards was stationed in the underground base. The Guards were charged with defending the facility as well as patrolling what was left of the old Jedi Temple.

 

This base soon acquired the name Earthen Rampart. From here the Windian Jedi would maintain control. It would be a bastion of the Light and designed to be more secure against aerial and orbital bombardment. While Firemane soon started to withdraw its forces from Tephrike after entering trade deals with the Republican Guard, the work on the Earthen Rampart continued. It soon turned out that another group of outsiders had stumbled upon Tephrike.

 

This time, the Dominion chose diplomacy. The off-worlders called themselves Archangel and seemed to be a group of independent droids. Archangel's leader, Enyo Typhos, did not take part in the talks or set foot on Tephrike, but made use of HRD servitors. Mahtara, being pragmatic to the bone, chose to make a secret deal with them. This gave the Dominion access to more advanced weapons, machines and defence systems. In return the HRDs wanted raw materials and prisoners.

 

The latter was suspicious, but the regime chose to see it as a way to remove figures who had become inconvenient, such as followers of the Grandmaster and Inquisitors who refused to accept the truth that was being propagated by the Ministry of Enlightenment. Tephrike had valuable ores in abundance. Indeed, they had been a major reason for the colonisation of the planet before the twilight of the Old Republic. Two hypervelocity guns were set up to augment the defences of the base. These would be a nasty surprise for Firemane if its warships ever appeared in orbit and menaced Nexus City again.

 

The surveillance droids and battle droids provided by Archangel turned out to be quite useful flushing out Republican Guard agents, as the rebel group conducted a string of terrorist bombings and tried to stir up revolt in the city. Even though its nation was hit by Republican Guard attacks and had to deal with revolts, the Dominion's Labour Corps was able to complete construction of the Earthen Rampart within an acceptable time frame.




#1978535 The Aerie

Posted by Elpsis Kerrigan-Alcori on 07 September 2019 - 01:43 PM

Scherezade deWinter

 

Approved. Enjoy the spy games and the night life.