The Lost Padawan
- Real World Date: 11/27/2015
- In-Game Date: TBD
Episode 12, Prologue
The Lost Padawan
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.
The galaxy is at war. The Mandalorians have shattered the Republic's Outer Rim defenses. The worlds of Taris, Serroco, Eres, Dennogra, and many more have fallen. The armored warriors' three pronged invasion now threatens the inner core of the Republic.
Meanwhile, on the planet Thurn II, a small group of padawans waits for rescue. A backwater planet off the main hyperspace routes, Thurn II was best known as a wilderness retreat with extreme weather where people went to test themselves against the elements. The Mandalorians, always eager to try their mettle against new challenges, attacked.
After conquering the planet's sole notable settlement of Jensons Lee, they hunted down the Jedi Grepka Boslin at her secluded temple out on the broken plains of the planet's super contintent. While their Jedi Master bought them time with her life, the padawans escaped. Somehow they broadcasted a distress call and then went to ground.
The heavy freighter *Balanced Recursion* heard the call. Part of Binary Transports' "mercy fleet", the ship has been seeking out Jedi survivors of the Mandalorian invasion, going where the Republic and Jedi ships can't (or won't) go.
The *Recursion* is now approaching Thurn II, hoping to find the padawans before the Mandalorians do...
The planet Thurn II is known for its high plateaus that cover much of its surface, and the massive storms that carved them. Its sprawling continents are broken up by towering snow-capped mountains that channel the storms in their race around the planet.
It was home to several small survivalist colonies, mostly made up of fringer races like Tradoshans, Rodians, and the hardier sort of Human who prized themselves on being able to not only confront nature ... but to defeat it. The planet's main settlement was Jensons Lee. Carved into the side of its protective mountain, the settlement served as a launching off point for survivalist and thrill-seeker expeditions into the planet's tumultuous wilderness. It was also home to the Temple of Relentless Song. A Jedi monastery, the Temple consisted of natural tunnels that honeycombed one of the windward plateaus. The Temple "sang" as wind flowed through it -- a riotous chorus during storms, a pleasant humming during calmer times.
The Mandalorians, tempted by the promise of physical and mental challenge, took the planet during their coreward march. Most of the inhabitants, well-versed in surviving on the planet, fled into the countryside and left Jensons Lee to the invaders. Only a few stayed behind, figuring that the Mandalorians would need supplies just as much as anyone else ... those fools were pressed into service as unwilling recruits to the Mandalorian cause.
The Temple did not escape the invaders' notice. Always interested in testing themselves against Jedi combatants -- and still seeing some way of drawing the Jedi into the war -- the Mandalorians sacked the temple but not before its inhabitants activated the temple's emergency alert beacon that summoned the Balanced Recursion to the planet.
Seeking the Beacon
The Balanced Recursion's shuttle and its scout team landed at Jensons Lee and quickly confirmed the settlement remained under the control of the Mandalorians. They spoke with the air traffic controller, offering him a bribe of fresh pies in exchange for information about the current state of the Mandalorian occupation. Declining to tell them much about himself, the controller suggested the crew speak with a man named Sergzac, formerly owner of Sergzac Supplies, now the Mandalorians' newest quartermaster.
They did so. Sergzac turned out to be a grizzled human who was none-to-impressed with the neocrusader occupying force. He told them that the Mandalorians' field supplies were running low thanks to heavy patrols in the area of the old Jedi temple ... and the fact that some of those patrols went missing. They then went to The Junction, a ramshackle cantina that became the Mandalorians' mess hall after the invasion. They struck up a conversation with some neocrusaders who bragged that their boss, Commander Abelos Drusk, had killed the planet's Jedi Master, Grepka Boslin. They also learned that a few of the Jedi learners had fled into the canyons, but the Mandalorians were hunting them down. It was only a matter of time until the Jedi presence on the planet was wiped out.
Disturbed by what they had learned, the scouts left the mess hall. One of the scouts, the Jedi student Moss, used his mind powers to seek out other Force users on the planet. He found only one, and telepathically told the mind that help was coming. The response was short and belligerent: "Go away". As the connection broke, Moss caught the echo of another mind, a peaceful presence centered on the Jedi Temple that was slowly fading.
Scouts decided to retreat back to the shuttle, returned to orbit, then dropped down on the planet's dark side to enter the canyon system near the Temple of Relentless Song. After Ozinqas deftly flew through the canyons (with little help from Rev Selrok, who consistently offered the wrong advice), the scouts landed. As they exited, Moss had a vision of the Temple in which he saw the robes of the fallen Jedi Master nailed to its stone walls with pitons. He also caught glimpses of Mandalorians on patrol in the area. Concentrating even harder, Moss caught a glimpse of the hidden Force presence -- the mind that had rejected him before. He saw its hideout: a cave in a canyon wall about 30 feet above the group. He saw Mandalorian helmets lined up on a crude stone shelf and knew that things had gone very, very baldy for the Jedi who remained here.
The Power of the Dark Side
Guided by Moss' vision, they found the padawan's cave lair. The four-armed alien Ozinqas quickly climbed the canyon wall and entered the cave. He found a chamber filled discarded field rations and a sleeping bag. As he examined the cave, he heard the distinctive sound of a lightsaber igniting outside.
Ozinqas ran to the cave mouth in time to see a ragged-looking Bothan emerge from a side canyon passage and attack the wolfman scout Rev Selrok and the Jedi Moss, still on the canyon floor below. Ozinqas tried shooting the rogue Jedi padawan, but he was able to deflect the shot easily. The Bothan padawan then advanced on Moss, lashing out against his fellow Bothan with the Force to hurl him and Rev against the canyon wall.
Stumbling to his feet, Moss tried to explain that he's and his fellow scouts where here to save the padawan, but the enraged young man refused to listen. Instead he shouted that he wasn't worthy of being saved. His Master had died while staying true to his vision of non-violence, saving the padawans in the process. Meanwhile the fallen padawan had stayed alive by forsaking his master's vision and killing his attackers.
Mossed tried again to convince him there was a way back to the light, but his words only enraged the padawan. At first the scouts tried to use stun weapons to drop the Bothan teenager, but when the padawan struck down their Jedi ally with his lightsaber, they knew there was no hope. Switching their weapons to regular blaster fire they were able to quickly overwhelm the teenager. The Jedi padawan died, guilt and rage filling his heart. The padawan defeated, the scouts recovered the unconscious Moss, returned to the shuttle, and flew back to the Balanced Recursion. Once aboard, they left the system, all to happy to leave the bad memories on Thurn II.
Experience & Rewards
- XP: 400 each