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Postby Dapper Dog » Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:17 am

Night of Terrors

In the fifth month of 3654 BBY, a dark side tremor rippled through the entire galaxy, anyone with Force Sensitivity was suddenly enveloped in dark side energy for mere moments but it was a terrifying and traumatic experience as they were exposed to their darkest fears, impulses, and inclinations for an eternity of seconds.

On Ziost it was early in the evening when it struck, on Coruscant it was the dea of night, while on Bankor it was mid afternoon, but all felt a cold wave of dread and power ripping through their bodies. The Jedi called it the Incident, while the more dramatic called it the Night of Dark Nightmares as their dreams were troubled by imagery of worlds turned to gray ashen wastes and all life eradicated. The Sith called it the Night of Terrors and although more accustomed to the Dark Side were still confronted by horrific images of their failings, their weaknesses, and their enemies all rising against them.

The physical effects were minimal though the young and the frail found blood seeping from their eyes and mouth from the pain or were even driven to catatonic states unable to deal with the influx of dark side energy. For weeks afterwards Force Users were troubled by nightmares and paranoia, it subsided but all force Users remember where they were when the Night of Terrors struck, it was a profound and traumatic experience that exposed how small and powerless they truly were.

The source of this tremor is believed to have emanated from Sith space, but even that is just best Jedi conjecture as scientific study into such Force effects is minimal at best. Those that have felt the presence of the Sith Emperor even claim that it was the dark Lord rising from his deep slumber that caused the ripple. Many Sith scoff at such superstition and believe the source was a more natural but powerful occurrence, perhaps a cosmic event that destroyed billions of lives on some uncharted world.

Game Mechanics: Every Force die roll generates an extra dark pip that can be used as normal but costs 1 strain on top of any other normal strain for using Dark Side pips if a light side user as well.

There may be other unknown effects of utilizing this background dark side energy.
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Re: Ziost Preview Thread

Postby Dapper Dog » Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:43 pm

XP and Character Sheet Changes: For the upcoming game players will be able to manage their own sheets once they are posted and will be able to update them with their XP and such. This will cut down a great deal of paperwork and time for the GM and if a player decides they want to be dishonest well congrats you win at pretend space monks and laser blasters. As usual XP will be available the next game day for my sanity.

All I ask is that once you have finalized the changes make a note in your private folder so we can review, please note the changes.
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Postby Dapper Dog » Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:29 am

Character Profile: Master Yuon Par
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The Jedi were reluctant to send a delegate to Ziost but eventually the Council decided it as best they send someone to assist and protect the delegation from the corruption of the Sith. The search was long but eventually they settled on Master Yuon Par, a rather talented scholar who spent most of her time in the field chasing down relics. She was set to head for Tython when she was redirected to Ziost.

This is not the assignment she wanted but she is intrigued to see if she can explore some of the historic locations on the planet but she is focused on the task and has a great understanding of the Sith and the dark side, well academically at least. Despite that she is dedicated to the Light and good natured and is at ease with all kinds of people, in fact one of her closest friends and allies is a trandoshan hunter and mercenary who has accompanied her to Ziost.

She only arrived recently so she is still getting acquainted with the assignment, but she tends to clash often with Prince Gaul Panteer, head of the Rpeublic delegation. They are not on the best terms, she feels he should take the matter more seriously and he feels she is just here to keep an eye on him.

As a Jedi she is strong in the Force and trained to fight with the lightsaber though she is slow to draw it and likes to rely on diplomacy and knowledge before violence. She believes in peaceful resolution and is loathe to take a life.
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Postby Dapper Dog » Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:07 pm

Imperial Military

The Imperial military is the professional fighting force of the Empire. Service in the Imperial Forces is largely compulsory and discipline is high. Loyalties to the Empire is paramount and sacrifice for the greater cause is a high ideal.

There are primarily Naval Space forces and Ground Military units similar to the Republic and an enlisted force along with an Officer corps composed of primarily upper-class citizens and nobility. Nepotism in the higher ranks is rampant and loyalty to those above you is prized. The Doctrine of the Empire is overwhelming force, destruction of the enemy and completion of the enemy takes priority over any consideration of collateral damage or loss of life.

The Imperial Military unlike the Republic Armed Forces was a planned endeavor that dates back to the formation of the Sith Empire in exile. It was created with the express goal of conquering the core worlds of the Republic in a long-standing plan that if it had been executed as planned would have brought the Republic to its knees.

As noted before a certain percentage of Imperial citizens are groomed for military service from a young age and usually stay enlisted for a considerable time of their adult years, between six to ten years on average. Military personnel and veterans have a more privileged place in society and benefit from improved access to better housing, government positions, and some upward mobility. The core regions tend to provide the bulk of military personnel while those in the fringes tend to have to apply and vie for lottery slots, mostly in due part to feeling some fringe worlds are not truly Imperial holdings or home to nonhuman species seen as less desirable.

The Empire does not utilize slaves for combat purposes or allow criminals, the military as seen as a premier role in society and the society is very Nationalist and pro-military, wit state sponsored media portraying them as heroes of the state.

Sith and the Military

Sith are a privileged class in the Empire and they are the greatest weapons of the military. They add flexibility and power to the Imperial forces, greatly amplifying the destructive capabilities of the Empire. Despite these strengths the Sith do add some serious complications to the Imperial military doctrine.

Despite their strength and power Sith can be just as deadly to their own forces as the enemy often more so. A Sith can usually kill a citizen with little impunity if they have enough power and influence. This extends to members of the military who often suffer when a Sith is displeased. A battle does not go as expected and a twenty year veteran is executed to sate the Sith’s anger. Sith play games of politics with the military and often turning their forces against each other and often countermanding orders with little thought of the military objective.

Sith technically outrank all military but in practice this tends to only work with low ranking soldiers and officers. Higher ranking officers have Sith allies and masters who do not like their assets toyed with. Coupled with the demand for loyalty and obedience and it means that Imperial forces are often subject to the whims of the Sith.

Within the military the Sith play a vital role of field commander, they rarely interface with enlisted soldiers and almost exclusively work with the officers. Most military personnel see the Sith as powerful warriors and weapons to counter the corruption of the Jedi, but they also fear Sith as they stand apart and above them. Military officers in the Sith Empire learn quickly that they need to find powerful Sith patrons if they wish to rise high in the hierarchy, mostly as a shield to protect them from other Sith.

At the same time this reliance on patrons leads to a great deal of factions within the ranks. In recent years the Imperial military has become a sword for varying Sith factions forcing Imperial soldier to kill fellow Imperial soldier. This infighting has weakened the military war machine and made many within the ranks resent Sith interference as it diminishes mission readiness in many cases.
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