Again, another random journal, but at least this one has to do with my last journal. No list, just me giving what I really enjoy about this era, and it will start off with me talking about why I enjoy this era.
For one thing, there's the characters. Zayne Carrick is what I would most definitely be like if I was a Jedi, probably not that great but wanting to do the right thing. Not only that, but the story of him is really unique, and what happens AFTER that main story is something else I could also see me doing, so there is a personal level to this era for me. Then there's the history, despite there not being as much material in this era as there is in other era's, but there's still a lot of history behind it! The Mandalorian Wars, the fear the Jedi have since it's not been that long since Exar Kun fell to the Dark Side, so the Jedi are extremely scared of the Dark Side at this time. There is also the fact that the Mandalorian Wars was, indeed, was just a front for another Dark Side user... one that won't be brought to light until TOR, but it does show the Jedi were still able to detect the intentions of the Dark Side. However, not all of them did, like the Revanchist, or Revan, and Alak. Revan and Alak lead at the least a sizable number of Jedi to leave the Order, leaving a rather hard question to answer. Imagine you were a Jedi at the time, and you know the Mandalorian's are causing terror along the Outer Rim, however the Jedi are asking you to be cautious and patient as they decide on what to do... but it's taking years, and the Republic is unable to hold them off. You hear of two Jedi, both of whom are very respectable Jedi, start talking about how they will lead the Jedi and the Republic to victory against the Mandalorians, and how they will save people, something that Jedi should be doing. What would you do? Would you follow them to war? Or would you listen to the Jedi Council?
Well, for the Jedi that left, if what I have heard is correct, then there is only one that answered the Council's call for the Jedi to come back and face trial for disobeying the Jedi Order, Meetra Surik, also known as the Jedi Exile. The rest? Well, after the disastrous battle of Malachor V, the final battle of the Mandalorian War, Revan hears from Mandalore, whom Revan had bested in combat, he tells Revan of a Dark Empire out in unknown Space. Revan and Alak, as well as the rest of the Jedi, excluding Meetra Surik, and some of the Republic's forces went to the outer rim, where they meet a Sith Empire, led by Emperor Vitiate, whom is so powerful he managed to use the force to turn all of the Jedi and Republic Forces into Dark Jedi and a Dark Side army, and sent them back to fight the Republic.
So for those that want a specific timeline so far, The Mandalorian Wars began in the year 3976 BBY(Before Battle of Yavin), and then ends in 3960 BBY. In other words, this war lasted SIXTEEN years, which is a long time. The Clone Wars everyone knows about? That lasted about two-and-a-half to three years. Then what happens? Just a year later, Revan and Malak return after finding the Star Forge, and name themselves Darth Revan and Darth Malak. Two years later, Bastilla Shan leads a strike team of Jedi against Revan, but before they could capture him, Malak finds this as a good oppurtunity to take the reign of Sith Lord... probably also wants some revenge for Revan cutting his jaw off as some form of punishment, but also taking the title of Dark Lord, that's a big part too, certainly has nothing to do with his new metallic jaw... yeah...
I won't say too much of what happens as now we're getting into events of what happened during the game Knights of the Old Republic
, but I will give a quick synopsis of what canonically happens. The Player Character wakes up on the Republic Ship the Endar Spire
, where the player character as well as Republic Soldier Trask Ulgo run to the bridge in hopes of getting to Bastilla Shan, whose Battle Meditation has helped the Republic win many victories against the Sith. However, Bastilla has already left the bridge, and now the two make their way to the Escape Pods. Sadly, Trask stays behind to try to keep a Sith from killing you as well, but then you get to the Escape Pods where you meet up with Republic Pilot and War Hero, Carth Onasi. You two make it to the planet Taris down below as the Endar Spire is destroyed, and the planet is then out under planetary blockade. No one gets in or out until the Sith find Bastilla. You and Carth make some allies here, most importantly with the young Twi'lek girl Mission Vao and her Wookie friend Zaalbar, Jedi Knight Bastilla Shan, the Mandalorian Mercenary Canderous Ordo, and the Astromech Droid T3-M4. You manage to get on the ship the Ebon Hawk
, and then escape Taris to the Jedi Academy on Dantooine. There, you are discovered to be a Force Sensitive, and you are trained in becoming a Jedi. You then go to the nearby plains where the fallen Cathar Jedi Padawan, Juhani, and you can choose to redeem her, keep her alive, or just kill her, but canonically you redeem her. Then you go back to the Temple, and are sent to the Plains again to a location you and Bastilla shared in a vision that Revan and Malak had visited years ago, and you find one piece of the Star Map that leads to the Star Forge. You then are sent to go find the other planets, Juhani joining you as you then go to these four planets, to the best of my knowledge there being no real order of which planets are visited first, to find the other Star Maps.
Tatooine(Where you can get the Assassin/Protocol Droid HK-47)
Kashyyyk(Where you can get the Jedi Hermit Jolee Bindo, my favorite character in the game)
Malak captures Bastilla after the third planet and you discover that Malak has sent his Sith Fleet to Dantooine to bomb it, and when you and your crew goes to Rakata Prime to find the Star Forge, the Ebon Hawk
crash lands on the surface where there is a Rakatan temple, and very few of the Rakatan people left. You and the crew go into the Temple to deactivate the machine that caused the Ebon Hawk
to crashland, and on the rooftop you find Bastilla, having turned to the Dark Side after a week of constant torture from Darth Malak. She fights you, but then retreats. You go back up to the Star Forge now, with the Republic Fleet coming in now to attack the Star Forge. You and your crew gets into the Star Forge, where after some time you go and meet Bastilla one-on-one, and she is convinced to join the Light Side once again, confessing her love for you and the start of a beautiful relationship. You then go and face Malak alone on the bridge of the Star Forge, whom has captured Jedi in Bacta Tanks around so that, when you start winning, he uses Force Drain to absorb their life energy into his own. You eventually defeat Malak, and then escape the Star Forge with Bastilla and the crew, and you and your crew are awarded Republic Medals of honor, and declared as Republic Heroes. We then find out the remaining Sith that were serving under Malak became Sith Warlords, the Republic attacking them and slowly getting rid of them, unaware of the real threat hiding in the shadows, the Sith triumvirate.
First off, events from the novel "TOR: Revan" take place here, which I would love to talk about what happens exactly, but due to spoilers for the first game, I will stay quiet to most. Just know Canderous and the Ordo clan found Mandalore's helmet, Bastilla and your character have a child, and your character goes missing when he goes to find out what happened to Revan and Malak in Unknown Space.
Oooh, this is where it gets good! The Sith Triumvirate are led by three Lords. Lord Nihilus, the Lord of Hunger, who was so powerful that when a group of Jedi gathered on the planet of Katarr, he used such a powerful version of Force Drain that he killed all organic life on the planet... except for one, Visas Marr, whom will soon become his apprentice. He is just a suit of armor that is kept alive with his will. Then there's Lord Sion, whom is just a walking corpse whose body is constantly breaking apart and stitching itself back together constantly through sheer force of will. He was the one that started the first Jedi Purge by sending his assassin's out against the Jedi Order, all but wiping them out. Then there's their teacher, the one who brought them together and all Sith Warlords under one rule: Darth Traya, lord of Betrayal. She was once a Jedi, then became a Sith. However, as stated by Kreia, "To be united by hatred is a fragile alliance at best." So guess what happened to the Lord of Betrayal when surrounded by Sith? She got betrayed.
... Maybe that wasn't the wisest of names to take when you are surrounded by Sith. Just saying.
Either way, she gets betrayed, with the Jedi almost extinct and the Sith fighting from the Shadows, but then comes a very important character into play. Meetra Surik. Remember her? The Jedi Exile? Well, she's returned now as the Sith now believe her to be the last Jedi, and she picks up some allies. The Force Sensitive Kreia, whom I will say is obviously Traya as it was never any big surprise that's who she was. Then the Scoundrel Atton Rand, whom seems very secretive when it comes to his past. The Astromech Droid, T3-M4, again. The Zabrak engineer Bao-Dur and his small floating droid Remote, whom worked with Meetra Surik at the battle of Malachor V, and was the one who designed the Mass Shadow Generator. In canon, you get the Disciple/Mical, but non-canon you get Handmaiden if you choose a male character to play as, but back to canonocity. Then you get the new Mandalore, whom we also know as Canderous Ordo from the last game. HK-47 again, and a new droid ally, GO-TO, whom was in charge of the Exchange, a large crime syndicate. Visas Marr, the lone survivor of her planet and redeemed servant of Nihilus. And finally, Mira the Bounty Hunter.
After Meetra, Kreia, Atton, and T3 escape the Peragus Mining Field, they go to Telos where they pick up Bao-Dur (And possibly the Handmaiden), and then discover from the surviving Jedi Historian, Atris's, archive that the Jedi Council has survived the Jedi Purge, and have all gone into hiding on these planets. Master Vrook on Dantooine, Zez-Kai Ell on Nar Shaddaa, Lonna Vosh on Korriban, and Kavar on Onderon. Meetra wants to find these Jedi as the Sith have finally revealed themselves, and she believes that getting the Jedi Master's together she and her allies can work with them, alongside the Republic, to fight and kill the Sith. Vrook, Zez-Kai Ell, and Kavar are recruited, sadly Lonna Vosh is killed by Darth Sion on Korriban, and Atris does not get the invitation because she is rather... bitchy. And Sithy. Yeah, during her time hiding from the Sith, she thought that learning from Sith Holocrons could help her learn how to fight these Sith, but instead she just fell to the Dark Side, but didn't want to admit it. This is probably a good thing, though, as Meetra learns that the Jedi Masters will just go back into hiding, and have gathered here to cut Meetra off from the force. For good, this time. However Kreia, angered by the Jedi Master's, stopped them and then killed the three Masters using Force Drain, cutting them off from the Force. Kreia then goes to Telos, and then lures Darth Nihilus to the planet to end him. Meetra meets Atris first in her secret Jedi Academy, and manages to redeem the Jedi Historian whom tells her that Kreia has gone back to Malachor V where she plans on actually KILLING the force. Meetra, with the help of the Mandalorians, boards Nihilus's ship and Meetra, along with the aid of Visas Marr, defeat Darth Nihilus.
They then go to Malachor, where the Ebon Hawk crash lands on the planet due to the storm constantly surrounding the planet, and we see Bao-Dur has died, but given the Remote the codes to activate the Mass Shadow Generator again to fully kill the planet this time. Remote manages to do so as Mira fights a demon from her past, and the Force Sensitive crew members of your party try to stop Kreia... but fail in doing so. Meetra, right before facing Kreia, finds Sion waiting right outside. Meetra then manages to convince Sion that, while death is a frightening thing, it is far better than a life full of pain and misery. Sion, convinced by Meetra of this, dies the only way he could die: By letting himself die. Meetra then meets with Kreia, whom after a lightsaber duel, at a certain point where Kreia calls upon three lightsabers to float around her and fight for her, Kreia tells Meetra that there is a greater threat, and just how much she hated how the force controlled Kreia, Meetra, and everyone, how no one had free will. Meetra is then told about how your character left known space, and has been missing since then. She leaves Malachor V with at least T3-M4, the other companion's fates confirmed for surviving this. Meetra is then met by Bastilla, whom tells her more about what happened with your character, and then Meetra also leaves for unknown space... where she won't be seen by anyone again. Until TOR, that is.
I didn't go into too much detail, but you all can hopefully see why this era is not only so interesting, but also my favorite. So much potential for stories and already so many interesting characters, I can't get enough of this era! I wish there was a KOTOR novel, not just a TOR novel, and explore more of this era. Sadly, I highly doubt that will ever happen now... so yeah, there's my random journal of the day. I hope it was somewhat interesting, and you all enjoyed it. vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/st…encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/ima…scontent-sea1-1.cdninstagram.c…scontent-sea1-1.cdninstagram.c…