From Ruin

Trust in the Force
Prologue

Opening Scroll

It has been 19 years since Order 66 doomed the Jedi Order and Palapatine declared himself Emperor.

The seeds of rebellion have been spreading and Jedi Master Akabe Noor has decided it is almost time for him to bring his students out of hiding.

Master Noor has discovered the location of a Holocron with vast potential. Located on the planet Dantooine amongst an ancient ruin…

Prologue and Adventure

It has been 19 years since the fateful day that Order 66 destroyed the Jedi Order. Jedi Master Akabe Noor managed to escape the purge and in turn saved his apprentice’s life. Together they found and saved his friend and fellow apprentice Baer Ardyn, but they were too late to save his master.

Together they have been laying low for twenty long years. Gathering a small group of force sensitives, slowly building a foundation with which to build a new Jedi Order.

Hearing hints of a Holocron, called Desminia’s Font, that would provide his fledgling team with a solid foundation and a safe haven, he began searching for this holocron while his jedi trained.

Finally Master Noor discovered the last known location of the Holocron, located in an ancient city on the planet Dantooine. He informed his team of the potential of this Holocron, how urgent it was for them to obtain it quickly.

He gave no hints as to what caused the urgency, while they travelled to Dantooine he spent much of his time meditating alone, clearly worried but quiet about what lay ahead.

Arriving on the outskirts of the ancient city, Master Noor tasked Jace with leading Atome, Ciiirbacca, and Kev to find the front entrance to the ancient jedi temple. Baer Ardyn went with Master Noor to attempt to find a rear entrance to the temple and scout the city.

Jace and his team were quickly able to gain entry. The temple was entirely underground, they travelled down a large stair well to find a room with several ancient droid guards. Several exit hallways led from this room, but most had collapsed and were inaccessible. While attempting to enter the door on the far end of the room, the droids activated and began to attack. The Jedi quickly dispatched these ancient foes, gaining entry into the next chamber.

The players entered a large circular room with a small computer terminal near the entrance. The ceiling and floor had strange circular lines, appearing mechanical in nature. The players use the computer terminal to activate the room, causing the circular shapes on the floor and ceiling to begin to move.

The floor in the center began to rise, and the ceiling lowered to match, creating a strange pyramid and an inverted pyramid that met in the center of the room. There a small beam of blue light held the Holocron they were searching for.

Every attempt to touch the Holocron is repelled by the blue beam holding it. They discover a small terminal at the base of the device, after studying it for some time it became clear that to unlock the Holocron they would need to insert a lightsaber crystal.

Jace, the only one of them with a true lightsaber, removed his crystal and inserted it into the terminal. The beam of light vanished, allowing them to collect the holocron. After much difficulty they are able to retrieve Jace’s lightsaber crystal.

At this moment they sense a disturbance in the force, Master Noor is under attack. The players hear and feel an explosion nearby, several more tunnels have collapsed, including their exit. They begin to quickly traverse the only remaining tunnel, hoping to find an alternate exit.

The tunnels begin to destabilize, fortunately the halls are sloping up and they sense they are getting closer to the surface. Eventually they find a spot where the ceiling has collapsed, giving them access to the city above.

They begin heading in the direction of the disturbance, combating several small squads of stormtroopers along the way. They arrive just in time to see their master, unconscious, being loaded onto an imperial shuttle. A dark robed figure leading the storm troopers commands a squad to stay behind and deal with the players. The players deal with them quickly and make a daring attempt to gain access to the shuttle, but it manages to take off, leaving them on the planet below.

The players find their way back to their ship only to find a squad of stormtroopers waiting for them. A hard fought battle ensues, but the players are victorious.

They enter the ship to find a holo recording waiting for them from Master Noor.

My students, the force has shown me a difficult path ahead for all of us. We have been betrayed by Baer, he has been secretly working with a Dark Force User of unknown origin. I have meditated on the best course of action and seen many possible futures. Obtaining Master Foon’s Holocron was a vital step towards the restoration of the Jedi Order. In order to secure this important artifact I had to give myself over to the Baer and his Dark accomplice. Do not attempt to rescue me, my visions have shown that any attempt made to rescue me before you have found Sunrider’s Palace will result in darkness.

Desminia’s font contains the location of an ancient Jedi retreat created by Jedi Grand Master Nomi Sunrider. Master Sunrider rebuilt the Jedi Order after the devastation caused during the Great Sith War, 4000 years ago. Legend tells us that this retreat created by Nomi Sunrider holds many Jedi Artifacts and extensive knowledge of the ways of the force.

You must discover the location of this retreat and secure these artifacts if you are to defeat this dangerous opponent. To unlock the mysteries of Desminia’s Font you must find a trio of Holocrons named Qel-Droma’s Trinity. I have located a clue to the first on the planet Eriadu, get in touch with my contact Ashur Sungazer at Phelar University.

You are Jedi, May the Force Be With You.”

The gatekeeper to the Holocron indicates no further information, she refuses to answer any questions. The players begin their preparation to search for the next Holocron.

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A Long Road Ahead
Episode I Part I

Reeling from the loss of their master, his students venture forth following his last intructions to them.

They first stop in Hutt space on Nal Hutta, meeting up with Atome’s black market contact Jiram. They identify some suspicious activity, but after selling some of their illicit goods they get off planet without incident.

From here they follow their master’s last instructions, they travel to Eraidu to meet up with his contact Ashur.

Ashur informs the students of a strange Talisman he is sure is related to the Jedi, he urges them to somehow secure entrance to the Campus Archive.

Atome creates some fake identichips and three of them are able to gain access to the university, Ciiirbacca has to remain outside due to the heavy weaponry he is carrying.

Due to suspicious answers and behavior the proctor of the university, Eren Garai, flags the characters as potential threats. They meet up with Ashur and he takes them to a research room where they investigate 5 artifacts.

  • An ancient Mandalorian helmet
  • A ship transponder
  • A storm trooper officer’s recorded report regarding the artifacts
  • An ancient droid component
  • The Ilum Talisman

They investigate each item and research using the university’s computer system and come upon a system that each artifact has in common, the Koler system. They identify an ancient ship from thousands of years ago called the Sanctuary where Jedi Master Val Isa made her last stand.

While investigating the Ilum Talisman Jace is struck with a vision:

You find yourself on a stone dais, staring at a hidden safe embedded in the floor. A holocron sits nestled in the safe’s center. The safe’s lid, a stone block the size of an astromech droid, lies off to one side.

The dais stands in the middle of a large chamber made of dark stone, perhaps thirty meters wide and just as tall. Stone walkways arc in circular patterns arround the chamber.

Even as you lift the stone block into place over the hidden safe, the chamber shudders and you hear distant explosions rumble. You turn to your students and the crew of your starship. One, wearing an officer’s uniform, looks up from his comlink. “Master Isa. The Mandalorians have breached the hull!”

You nod firmly. “Go, I will hold them here. You can still escapein the Santuary’s shuttle”

Your students protest, but you accept no argument. In a moment they’ve fled, leaving you alone. You kneel down on the dais, your lightsaber sitting on the stone before you. Soon, the sounds of combat fill the halls, and a pack of armored warriors bursts into the chamber. You look at them calmly, “I do not seek a fight.”

The warriors howl and leap at you, weapons drawn. You wait calmly, until they are moments away. Then your lightsaber flies into your hand, and you spring forward to fight your last battle.

As the vision fades, Val’s parting words can be heard:

“Do not follow my example. Jedi cannot retreat from the world. They must struggle, succeed, and fail with the rest of the galaxy.”

Using the information at hand, the student’s head towards the Koler system hoping to find the Holocron from the vision. Arriving there, they find a huge asteroid field mixed with ancient wreckage. They quickly discover the wreck of the sanctuary and dock with the ship.

Inside the find the chamber from Val Isa’s vision, using Force Move they are able to open the safe to find a strange holocron. Upon further investigation on their ship they believe it is one of Qel-Droma’s trinity, one of the three Holocron’s their master wishes them to find as it reacts when it is close to Desminia’s Font. Though they are unable to conjure the gatekeeper.

Seeking to offload the rest of their contraband, Atome guides the group to another of her contacts, Korlish, on Tatooine. As they are beginning to enter the atmosphere an Interdictor Star Destroyer enters the system and begins to take up orbit. They land in Bestine and quickly notice an unexpected amount of stormtroopers patrolling the street, and the presence of an Imperial Governor, which is unusual on a Hutt controlled planet.

They meet up with Korlish, selling him several blaster rifles and asking him about pod races around town. The characters also mention an ancient droid and Korlish asks them to bring it to him around dusk so that he may review the components.

The players wonder off to watch and gamble on a pod race. both Jace and Ciiirbacca lose credits but Atome bets 50 credits on a 20:1 longshot named Kellog, he manages to win the race at the last minute and Atome makes 1000 credits!

After the pod race, dusk is near. They take the ancient droid to Korlish who slowly goes over the components. He begins acting suspicious, sweating alot, speaking in half truths. After Atome calms him with the force he reveals an imperial holo device and explains that the imperials have his wife and want to speak with the group.

A call comes in and it is none other than Baer Ardyn, their treacherous former comrade. They have a heated discussion with him where he invites them to join him and when the refuse he commands them to find him the four holocrons that Master Noor was searching for, and if they fails to do so, he will die.

The team hears a voice in the background saying “Enough of this”, they hear a lightsaber ignite and feel a slight disturbance in their force as their master suffers a grievous wound. Baer becomes enraged at Jace’s cool demeanor and claims that Master Noor is responsible for the death of his own Master. That he is following a new path now.

After the holo communication ends, the group begins to determine their next course of action when they hear a terrible popping sound, Korlish is dead, an implant in his brain exploded.

The players go on a daring rescue mission to rescue Korlish’s wife from the imperial governor. They are nearly overwhelmed by the number of Stormtroopers but manage to get her to safety.

The jedi confiscate korlish’s entire stock and begin to plan their next move….

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Jace Braddock
Journal #1

Our master is gone. Our friend betrayed us. The young ones are not ready for this kind of test. I have been in this life longer than the others. I was under the tutelage of Grand Master Yoda as a youngling. Obi-Wan, where he is, gave me words to live by. Master Noor is a great mentor, and I learned a lot from him. These young padawans, especially Kev, are wild and unpredictable. If only Master Noor had more time with us.
I have no time to take in all the events that happened. We now have to run from the Empire and our old friend
Baer, who knows so much about how we have operated. I know we have to go farther off any radar. Master Noor had warned me about ever going to Nar Shadaa but I don’t see we have a choice. It is completely controlled by the hutts and the empire has always steered clear. I bring this to the others, as expected Atome is ready for action and fearless. The Kev and Cirbacca are as flighty as ever. I feel they are in denial of the events that happened.
In my meditation I see a vivid image of an undercover Imperial agent, working for the hutts. With such
knowledge I warn my companions to be alert. Nar Shadaa is a cesspool of the worst kind of sentients in the galaxy. Mercifully Atome is able to locate her black market contact without any trouble from the locals. In the middle of her negotiations I see the subject of my vision just a day earlier. He is standing back from the table opposite me in the room eying all of us closely. The deal is almost done and I am worried this man will bring us misfortune. But I cant think of any action that will keep our cover intact and disable the mans ability to warn the empire of our presence. The others are now leaving the room and I find myself rooted to the spot contemplating what to do.
I can do nothing but wait outside the room to see if he attempts to follow us and tag our ship. I don’t see him
follow and we make our way from Nar Shadaa. Off to meet the contact that Master Noor’s message informed us of I am gonna be cautious of what the force is trying to tell me. I have been granted glimpses into the future at times. Opening myself up more to the flow of the force will be even more crucial now that the others are looking up to me for leadership. Am I ready for this?
As we landed on planet we are contacted by the very person we are here to see. He calls with such familiarity
that I really wonder how much Master Noor has worked with this scholar. Per his instructions we have to obtain credentials to enter the archives of the academy where the clue to the holocron puzzle it supposed to be. On our way we see two men acting as thugs to an elderly scholar pulling him into an alley, most likely to dish out a beating. The Imperial mentality sickens me, just wearing that badge seems to entitle the bearers to be crude imbeciles. A Jedi is meant to protect the innocent and fight injustice across the galaxy. The imperial grunts were cowards. One look at me and my compatriots and they ran.
The scholar is a planetary historian. And his name can open a few doors in this academy if we need it. Time is
short and we need to be off this empire controlled world as soon as we have the information we came to collect. A guide intercepts us and through discussion, telling him we studied mythos and lore on Jedi apparently red flagged our group. Security personnel followed us from then on. However once in the research room they stayed outside and provided us with plenty of privacy. We collected the crate and unloaded all the things inside. Each of us were drawn to a different piece. What really caught my eye was a necklace.
The force radiated off it, I prodded the artifact through the force and suddenly I was hurled back into
the past. I was a Jedi master preparing for a battle. A holocron was at the center of the room and I was placing a stone cover on it. Soon mandalorians came crashing in and started to attack, I was flung to the present. The others were looking into the other items. A mandalorian helmet, a droid part, and a computer component. All the evidence pulled from the items points to the mandalorian wars. I had studied about the mandalorian wars and the involvement of the Jedi Order.
This gives us a solid lead for another holocron. Who knows if this is one of the artifacts that we need to unlock
our first holocron. But regardless it is something we must find if it is still there. Through all the other evidence colleting we know we are looking for a ship called Sanctuary. It was last reported to be in the Cholar system. To the Cholar system we travel. The instant we drop from hyperspace our ship is bombarded with small asteroids and debris from wrecked space craft. We find what’s left of the Sanctuary and with luck its hull is intact at the stern. No life signs on bored but the scanners indicate movement inside.
With little to no risk of revealing ourselves to the empire I bring my lightsaber as well as my ancient sword. We
Enter into the chamber that held my vision. I can see the old robes of Master Val Eesa and I also see the stone tablet that Master Eesa placed on top of the holocron. I failed to lift the stone with the force. I have not developed that skill enough but I know my wookie friend has exclusively trained to lift small star ships. He lifted the stone revealing a strange holocron underneath. With almost no time to investigate further a lumber beast of a droid comes forward from the hall on the opposite side. It looks like its been trying to piece itself together for centuries with ship parts.
The monstrous droid attacks with the usual programmed analysis. It’s clawed arms come down with crushing
Force but my lightsaber as expected cut through its chassis easily. The monstrosity fell quickly. Me and the padawans might not have the best chemistry when it comes other things, but with combat we do quite well together. We search the rest of the ship and find an ancient mechanic droid. Its nearly useless but I think it might be good if we can either sell it to some collector or even repair it and keep on our ship.
We head to Tatooine , where Atome has another black market dealer, Korlish, who we can try to sell of the rest
of the gear we have remaining. Some dealing aside and some podrace betting, to which Atome comes out ahead by a thousand credits. We had set a another meeting with the dealer to examine the ancient droid I figured might be worth something. But once we got there I had a bad feeling..
The man’s agitated and worried state radiated through the force. I noticed he was taking extra time to examine
a droid that was more or less obvious with its worth. After some prodding he simply explains, “its almost time.” then we nods when Atome asks if his wife is in trouble. This is because of us and it makes my skin crawl. The Empire is closing in on us. Korlish then moves a junked part aside to reveal a holo-communicator. It flickers on and I see Baer, the last person I would have guessed.
I have to keep myself in check. Just seeing him almost brings me to the boiling point. The man responsible for
the loss of our mentor. The man who lied to all of us and betrayed the trust we had as a team, as a family. Anger and hate well up, above all else I know that I cant give Baer the satisfaction or knowledge of how affected I am. I steel my emotions, reciting the Jedi code in my head. “There is no emotion, there is peace” I calm down and listen intently to his words.
He knows of the mission to find the holocrons, he claims he even has one of them. I can see the anger flush his
face as he looks at me explaining his hate for Master Noor, “the man responsible for Baer’s old masters death”. I cant help but find myself hating his words. Baer has learned nothing since we found him so many years ago. There is a cry of pain in the background of the transmission and even through the force. I can feel Master Noor’s pain. I want to scream and cut down Baer, but I do not relent my strong calm exterior. It enrages Baer further.
Baer tries to explain that any further deaths or pain are on our hands until we recover and bring the holocrons to
Baer. I step forward to correct his speech. Everything from just a few days ago the chaos that has swept our lives can be blamed on his single act of betrayal, what ever comes to the galaxy from here on can all be laid at Baer’s feet. He will face his fate someday. I will make sure he meets that fate. The galaxy has been plunged into darkness by the emperor and we have stayed in the light all this time, it seems Baer was merely playing the part. I shut the holo-messenger off before he can say anything else.
Korlish looks as panic stricken as ever and he tells us that the imperial lieutenant is holding his wife in a manor
back in Mos Espa. Before we have any chance to react Korlish’s head explodes. A charge seeming to be in his head goes off. No doubt a response to my forceful comment to Baer. I steel against such barbarism and make sure to remember to add this to the list of things that Baer must answer for. Darkness falls quickly. The twin suns draw longer shadows as we break down Korlish’s operation then head back to the town to save the wife if at all possible.
There was no point in hiding who or what we are from the troopers that patrolled the manor so I took my
Lightsaber and immersed myself in the force as much as possible. Knowing I was going to need its aid to accomplish this new mission.
We come across the patrol and I dive in lightsaber flaring, the green blade illuminating me and casting sinister
shadows from the storm troopers. I pull blasters from the hands of two of the troopers and call upon my Seresu teachings to guard myself from the barrage of blaster bolts heading my way. My friends rush in behind me laying cover fire and drawing attention to themselves alleviating the pressure. As I spun and twisted through the ranks, my mind was filled with flashbacks. Fighting alongside Bear, the competition we always pitted against each other. Our talents were a compliment to one another. We were brothers in arms and now I cant see him as anything but an enemy.
I cut through trooper after trooper. And my defense is great but I cant keep up the velocities and a couple bolts
get through I am engulfed in pain and I nearly faint from pain. I hold off unconsciousness for a last attack and I quickly realize that the battle is over.
I quickly pumped stimpacks into my leg and prepare for the stormtroopers that we can here charging from the
other side of the building. Our resident explosive enthusiast wookie toss me a grenade and tells me his plan to drop it out the door the moment the troopers arrive. Not wanting to have another grueling battle I can’t help but to smile at the simplicity of his plan. And the simple plan worked perfectly. It took out the storm troopers and the corner of the building, it was made of sandstone after all. The lieutenant seemed to be confident that no intruder would get passed the squadron of storm troopers, he may have been right if the intruders weren’t Jedi initiates.
The lieutenant gave her up with out a fight. He knew he had no chance. I am sure he is counting himself lucky
that we left him alive, but that is just not the Jedi way. He believes the propaganda that we are radicals and criminals. One day I will be able to view the galaxy as it was supposed to be, in balance with the force and no Sith threat looming over like a guillotine. After this day I cannot wait to fly into the vastness of space. For me there has always been a great calming effect that space travel has brought to me. There I am free to explore the force and perform my saber training till I am exhausted. And now I cant get to my training room soon enough.

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