In a Galaxy far far away,
there came to be...
WAYS OF THE FORCE
The date is 3,960 years before the Battle of Yavin, and for the third time in
a millennium, the Republic is once again at war. The Jedi Order has dwindled,
but even as they lose Jedi to the war, more candidates flock to Ossus and
Coruscant for the chance to be trained in the ways of the Force.
It is a time of rugged frontiers: pioneers establish homes on harsh new
colony worlds; alien races encounter humans for the first time. Convoluted
paths through the incomprehensible wilderness of hyperspace were still being
mapped, which made long-distance travel often treacherous and uncertain.
Small-scale battles are fought and won as the galactic government continues
to unify scattered systems. Along with the struggle and hope, comes chaos
and strife with the re-emergence of the Sith from the far reaches of space.
The silence has passed and the storm is upon the galaxy once again.
It all began more than a thousand years ago, as a pair of daring explorers
set about mapping the uncharted unknown regions and suddenly find themselves
emerging into the treacherous space of the Sith. Through this unfortunate
turn of fate, the Sith now had the knowledge of how to travel back into
Republic space after many long centuries. The worst fear of the Jedi Order
occurs ... the Sith were invading. The Great Hyperspace War had begun.
After a long and bloody conflict with the Republic, the Sith forces led by
Naga Sadow were repelled, sending Sadow and his fleet back into Sith space -
and right into an ambush by Ludo Kressh, the leader of a rival clan. Both
sides were devastated in a vicious, no-quarter-given battle. But the miseries
visited upon the Sith Empire were not complete. After following Sadow and his
fleets back into Sith space, the Republic fleets arrived and destroyed the
remnants of both sides. Naga Sadow escaped destruction, however, and fled
Sith space while his rivals were decimated.
Six hundred years later, an ambitious Jedi Knight named Freedon Nadd
journeyed to Yavin 4 to investigate rumors of a dark power within the
jungles. After forcibly passing the Massassi guarding the area, he came upon
the temple of Naga Sadow, resonating with the dark side of the Force. The
spirit of Naga Sadow trained the willing Freedon Nadd in the ways of the
Dark Side, teaching him skills the other Jedi had not seen in centuries.
Freedon Nadd traveled to Onderon where he attempted to build his own empire,
but he was a tyrannical ruler and his subjects rebelled. Even with the
knowledge provided by Naga Sadow, neither Freedon Nadd nor his descendents
could quell the uprising and, centuries later, his last descendant perished.
Four centuries after the time of Freedon Nadd, the heirs to the Empress Teta
system, Satal and Aleema Keto, dabbled in Sith magic and stole an ancient
book of Sith secrets from a museum on Coruscant. Unable to translate the
tome, the pair made their way to Onderon where the spirit of Freedon Nadd
arose to guide them. With Nadd's training and a wealth of Sith artifacts,
the pair returned to the Empress Teta system and exerted their power,
claiming the system for the Sith Empire.
Republic forces and a team of Jedi were dispatched to the Empress Teta
system, only to be repelled by a new force - a Sith armada from the unknown
regions. The true Sith had returned and had accepted the gift of Satal and
Aleema Keto - the new base of operations for the Sith Empire in this section
of the galaxy. Unlike the fallen Jedi that had claimed title to the Sith
Empire, these The'thu warriors were descendants of Naga Sadow himself.
Bearing alchemy-treated swords and cortosis-weave armor, they established
a fortified position in the Empress Teta system and began planning their
destruction of the Republic.
Meanwhile, a young Jedi named Exar Kun went in search of the tomb of Freedon
Nadd, sealed nearly a year before by order of the Jedi Council. He finds the
tomb and enters it, discovering ancient artifacts and the spirit of Naga
Sadow. He's instructed to travel to Korriban, where the tombs and crypts of
Sith Lords from far before the Hyperspace Wars. He nearly dies in a cave-in,
and is then met again by the spirit of Freedom Nadd, who offers to save him
if the Jedi would surrender willingly to the dark side. Exar Kun agrees. He
would later destroy the spirit of Freedon Nadd, before beginning his travels
of the galaxy as a prophet and teacher of the dark side. He converted many
weak-willed Jedi to his cause and, along with Ulic Qel-Droma, began amassing
a great following.
Though short-lived, the war with Exar Kun was costly. Only when Ulic
Qel-Droma turned from the dark side and aided the Republic did the tide of
the battle turn. After crushing Exar Kun's forces, the Republic solidified
its borders and began the process of rebuilding. The Sith Wars had finally
ended, although the The'thu clans were further weakening the Order as they
sent their spies and assassins into Republic space to hunt the Jedi.
Twenty years later, another clan emerged from Sith space. The warriors of the
Krath clan were descendants of Ludo Kressh, and had their own agenda for
crushing the Republic. Their leader approached the leader of the Mandalorians
- Mandalore himself - with an offer: to fight a worthy enemy in battle that
would be remembered forever. Win or lose, the Dark Lord of the Krath knew the
Mandalorians would soften the galaxy for the planned invasion by the Sith
The Mandalorians were aware that the Republic was in a weakened state and
began conquering small, Outer Rim worlds, They carefully chose targets
outside of the Republic's jurisdiction. With the memory of the war with Exar
Kun still fresh in the minds of the Republic, the Senate chose not to
intervene and the Jedi Council agreed. No Jedi were dispatched to deal with
what was still an unknown Force. As long as the Mandalorians did not attack
planets that were member worlds, the Republic military would not retaliate.
After thirteen years of conquering worlds and stockpiling the resources from
those worlds, the Mandalorians prepared for a massive assault. When they
struck, they launched simultaneous attacks in three separate sectors of
Republic space. Thee Republic had no choice but to send their entire fleet
to defend against the invasion. The Mandalorian Wars had begun.
The Republic petitioned the Jedi Council for aid, but there were many factors
to consider before the Order allowed themselves to be drawn into another
conflict. The Jedi Council preached patience for over two years. Some Jedi
Knights and Masters chose to join the Republic fleet battling the
Mandalorians, but others stayed true to their duties, training the next
generation of Jedi students as they always had.
During those two years, the Mandalorians won several key victories, capturing
many worlds among the Colonies and Inner Rim. Mandalore prepared for the stab
into the heart of the Republic - the assault of the Core worlds. By now,
however, the Jedi Council had finally agreed to the request of the Republic
and committed the Order to the war. Jedi Masters, accompanied by their
students and other Jedi Knights, followed Jedi Masters Katrick and Hamilton
to the front lines - and the battle turned. The two Battlemasters led the
Republic forces in stopping, and then reversing the Mandalorians' progress.
Five months ago, the Mandalorians surrendered unconditionally. The
Mandalorian clans scattered across the Outer Rim, many returning to their
homeworlds, while many others sought work as mercenaries. The galaxy still
fears these fierce warriors and many crimelords gain near-instant infamy by
having one or more Mandalorian mercenaries enforcing for them.
Darth Cabal, dark lord of the Sith Thethu clan remained firmly in control of
the Empress Teta system for forty years, fortifying the system and preparing
for war. His brother, Darth Bane, orchestrated Thethu attacks on the Jedi
Order, eliminating what Jedi they could find on in the Outer Rim. Likewise,
the Krath clan maintained their control of the Sith home world, Ziost, using
a mobile fleet as a command center along the edge of Republic space.
Shortly after the Mandalorian wars, a long-absent Sith named Darth Malice
returned from a self-imposed exile, re-asserting his power within the Sith
Empire to reclaim the title of Dark Lord of the Sith. Under his rule, the
military forces of each clan were combined into one mighty Sith fleet.
Putting his brother, Darth Wyld, in charge of the forces preparing for war,
he returned to the Sith homeworld of Ziost. Darth Wyld is rumored to be a
strategic genius, who inspires loyalty and respect with a minimum of
brutality. Rumors spread that another of the clans has also established a
base on Korriban and it was from here that the first strike of the war came
Telos, a long-standing Republic world along the Hydian Way, was invaded and
pacified within forty-eight hours. The Republic was quick to respond despite
its weakened state. A task force of over twenty capital class warships and
supporting vessels engaged the Sith fleet in Telos orbit. The attack was
swift and deadly, but the Sith had anticipated the Republic's response. More
ships arrived in the system, but these were not Sith warships. A handful of
unknown ships, mercenaries under contract by the Krath, joined the Sith
forces and destroyed every vessel in the Republic fleet.
The safest place to be seemed to be within the protection, or rule, of the
Hutts. But even in this supposedly safe sector, there were wars going on.
Younger Hutts were vying for position among their elders. New crimelords look
to take a piece of the action controlled by the Hutts, and there are even
stories of Sith agents on the Taboon Moon, attempting to win the loyalty of
some of the more hardened mercenaries in the sector.
The galaxy is at war, from within and without. Whose side will you be on? The
Sith? The Republic? Or your own?