Four thousand years before the rise of the Galactic Empire, the Republic verges on collapse. DARTH MALAK, last surviving apprentice of the Dark Lord Revan, has unleashed an invincible Sith armada upon an unsuspecting galaxy.
Crushing all resistance, Malak’s war of conquest has left the Jedi Order scattered and vulnerable as countless Knights fall in battle, and many more swear allegiance to the new Sith Master.
In the skies above the Outer Rim world of Taris, a Jedi battle fleet engages the forces of Darth Malak in a desperate effort to halt the Sith’s galactic domination….
Cutscene: The black starscape pans to a city-covered planet orbited by a Repulic battle fleet. Suddenly, a massive Sith armada exits hyperspace nearby and deploys countless star fighters. The screen pans to a knife-like Republic cruiser, Endar Spire, and into a port window, showing five sleeping forms.
Within the room, alarms sounded and the ship shuddered from blaster fire. The bunkmates awakened, including Horace, a bald human mechanic and slicer, Kamp’pibi (AKA Kampi), a lavender-skinned female twi’lek smuggler and smooth-talker. The next bunk included Beryl, a trandoshan bodyguard, and Ark Malor, a robed human padawan. The third bed belonged to Yar Sneb, an enthusiastic sullistan smuggler.
While they jumped to their feet, the cabin door slid open. A uniformed Republic soldier entered and said, “We’ve been ambushed by a Sith battle fleet! The Endar Spire is under attack! I’m Trask Ulgo, ensign with the Republic Fleet. Now hurry up, we have to find Bastila! We have to make sure she makes it off the ship alive!”
The squad quickly geared up and as they moved toward the door, their commlinks chirped. The screen showed a dark-haired human pilot. “This is Carth Onasi – the Sith are threatening to overrun our position! We can’t hold out long against their firepower! All hands to the bridge!”
Trask said to the team, “That was Carth. He’s one of the Republic’s best pilots! He’s seen more combat than the rest of the Endar Spire’s crew put together. If he says things are bad, you better believe it. We have to get to the bridge to help defend Bastila!”
The door led to an empty corridor ending in a closed hatch. The adjacent vidscreen showed 2 Republic soldiers crouching and taking blaster fire.
Horace quickly spliced the access panel and the door slid open. Trask and Yar led with blaster fire and dropped 2 bronze-armored Sith soldiers. A third Sith fell to the combined fire of the others.
One of wounded Republic soldiers said, “I’m Ensign Danik and this is Tem. Thanks for your help. I thought we were dead. We’ll tag along with you until we can get to the escape pods.”
Yar rushed ahead during the introductions and opened the next hatch. Inside were 2 Sith soldiers standing over the corpse of a Republic soldier. Yar hurled a frag grenade into the room and closed the hatch. The blast shook the walls as the squad moved up. They re-opened the hatch and found both enemy soldiers messily dispatched and the room in disarray. Yar managed to find a functional emergency medpac in the destruction.
Once the team was ready, Yar, slightly more cautious then, opened the next hatch. Around a corner, another explosion shook the hall. The squad heard advancing footfalls moments later. They crept forward and found 3 Sith soldiers standing over the bodies of 2 Republic soldiers, clearly dead from a grenade blast. The squad opened fire and Beryl charged into melee with her Gaffi stick. She suffered a grazing blaster wound. The Sith suffered life-ending bludgeoning wounds.
At the last intersection before the bridge, another vidscreen showed a female Jedi dueling a black-robed Sith apprentice. Trask shouted, “It’s a dark Jedi! This fight is too much for us – we better stay back. All we’ll do is get in the way.” During their indecision, the Jedi defeated her dark foe only to be the center of an explosion that also destroyed the vidscreen’s camera.
Trask growled. “That was one of the Jedi accompanying Bastila. Damn, we could have used her help!” Then he called Carth on his commlink and explained what happened. Carth replied, “You’ve got to get to the bridge. Bastila might still be there. And if not, you know what you need to do."
The team opened the hatch and entered a smoke cloud. Blaster fire revealed 2 Sith soldiers taking cover behind the next intersection. Beryl and Kampi closed and gunned them down.
Ark Malor was able to recover half of the Jedi’s lightsaber housing, which included a balanced hilt modification. Unfortunately, the crystal within was shattered.
Danik chimed in. “We don’t have any more fight in us.” Both wounded soldiers ran toward the remaining port-side escape pod. The squad bravely pressed on despite the easy out.
The team finally stood at the hatch for the bridge. Trask entered some codes and the door slid open. Three Sith soldiers and a lieutenant stood in front of the windshield. There was no sign of Bastila or any living Republic soldiers. With carefully aimed blaster shots, the soldiers were defeated easily.
Both Trask and Kampi sat at active consoles. Kampi overrode the ship’s autopilot and locked a course on the nearest Sith capital ship, while Trask set the Endar Spire to self-destruct.
Then, Trask encouraged everyone to move to the remaining starboard escape pod, since Bastila was obviously gone. Then, behind the squad the bridge hatch opened and another dark Jedi stepped in with several Sith soldiers. Trask yelled, “I’ll try to hold him off. You get to the escape pod! Go!” Then he slammed the hatch leaving the stunned team alone in the corridor.
Carth, via the commlinks, advised the team to keep moving. Once at the next hatch, he said, “Be careful! There’s a whole squad of Sith Troopers on the other side of that door! You need to find some way to thin their numbers.”
Horace was able to repair a damaged combat droid and prepare it to attack. He also sliced into a security panel and rigged the transport module room next door to overload the power conduit. This caused a deadly shock to several nearby Sith. Then, the droid entered and blasted several stunned soldiers. When Ark Malor peaked inside, only a red-armored Sith heavy trooper was standing. Heavy blaster fire lanced down the hall but the trooper fell to the combined fire of the team.
The next door led to the escape pod chamber. Carth was also there. He said, “You made it just in time! There’s only one active escape pod left. Come on, we can hide out on the planet below! Maybe we’ll find Bastila there.”
The squad plus Carth jettisoned from the Spire and watched as she closed with the Sith armada. Just as the windows turned red from entering the planet’s atmosphere, a huge explosion filled the escape pod’s rear windows.
Experience Points: 20 (15 for getting to the bridge, 5 for getting to the starboard escape pod)
Note: In the future, playing to you character’s Emotional Strength/Weakness in a dramatically obvious way will likely grant additional XP. For example, Yar’s brash advancement on the next room while the party was chatting with Republic soldiers would actually be rewarded. (Hard to believe, I know.)