Episode 3.08 Kanter's War, Chapter 11
Shards of Exploration
Episode 3.08: Kanter’s War, Chapter 11
The heroes headed north on Chalcedon at the request of Erenn Baize to inspect a remarkable find: a hidden cache of Jedi artifacts. Those artifacts are the long-lost relics stolen from the Jedi Temple ruins on Coruscant. They were brought to Chalcedon for the dreaded schemes of the twisted Mentat, Almon D’Joy.
A long-lost journal of JEDI MASTER SHAL ARTAK and mysterious numbers scrawled on the inside of a monocular lens lead the heroes to explore the catacombs. They’re greeted by impossibly ancient ruins and deranged B’omarr monk security droids.
Little do they know, while they explore the lost ruins populated with enraged B’omarr monks, they were noticed. Enraged by their meddling, Almon D’Joy has reactivated the ruin’s defenses! Now archaic constructs — not seen since an Age long before the rise of the first Republic — stalk the heroes through the dusty old catacombs…
The attacks against the Freedworlds have subsided into a full system war. Black Sun and their allies launch surgical strikes against the rag-tag forces of the Freedworlds Republic. In return, the ingenuity of the Republic has kept the conflict at a dangerous stalemate.
On Chalcedon, the heroes regroup to get their bearing. Looming over them are the ghosts of problem’s past:
They have recently returned from a successful mission to broker an alliance between the Vorbaize Pirate clan and the Freedworlds Republic. A mission that sent them hurtling head-first against the secret operations of the Tilles pirate clan to sabotage the Republic’s weapons donated by the Freedworlds’ ally, the Bareesh Kajidic from Hutt Space.
Once derailing Clan Tilles operation to sabotage weapons using enslaved moisture farmers, the heroes returned to Port Etmar wher they hoped to get some rest. Meanwhile, Sir Davish Tam and one of former member so Clan Tilles fly the freed moisture farmers back home.
But another problem surfaced…
Information reached Port Etmar that the far flung settlement of Chausid Station on the coast of the Piterra Wastes dust ocean has been overrun. The Killian Pirate Clan, long time allies to Clan Tilles, captured the town and the Freedworlds forces there. All due to the defender’s weapons having been sabotaged by Clan Tilles.
To prevent the Freedworlds from having to stretch their thin resources to the breaking point, the heroes join forces with their long time allies, Razak’s Roughnecks, to free Chausid Station. Together, they flew to Chausid Station to sneak into the town and capture the pirate raid leader.
Things weren’t as described once they arrived…
The Killian pirate clan had not overrun Chausid Station but only part of it. An armed force of locals, with an allied pirate gang, held the other half of town. It was a deadly stalemate with the heroes in the middle.
With some work, and quick alliances, the heroes smoked out the Killian Pirate Clan from the Station’s Council Chamber and the primary maintenance shop. In the process, they uncovered that the Killian Pirate Clan possibly had dealings with a mysterious person who gave them plans to altered Sith battle armor and Sith war machines.
Despite that and more, the heroes managed to subdue the pirate raid leaders and free Chausid Station. They returned to Port Etmar for two weeks of rest and recuperation.
But now, something unusual has happened…
The pirate turned commander of the Freedworlds, Erenn Baize, contacts the heroes about an unusual find: previously lost and damaged Jedi holocrons in a hidden room under the estate. This happened as part of clearing out the warren of tunnels beneath the Estate with help from the Sisters of the Steel Rose.
Inspecting the holocrons revealed they had been damaged by being struck repeatedly with an energy weapon. Vanya, after she used her skills in the Force, looked back into the past and saw that Almon D’Joy was the one responsible!
But, along with that, D’Joy executed the couriers; anyone who knew D’Joy was connected with the theft. The bodies, and a page from the Tenocron Codex, were left with the B’omarr monks who assisted D’Joy.
Meanwhile, So’zen, Reese, Vance, and Arena made their own discoveries about the ruin. First, the B’omarr may not have carved the tunnels but taken over even older ruins! Next was the statue in the middle of the room of Jedi Master Shal Artak. Inside was half a data chip of the legendary Jedi general’s journals from the Jedi-Sith War and his duel against Darth Tenock.
The other half, and the reason why his journals were hidden, is still missing. Though they found two clues: a kyber crystal that can read the Jedi Master’s journal and a series of mysterious numbers etched inside the lens for a pair of monoculars.
From there, the heroes pressed on, deeper into the catacombs after the answers.
This brings more questions than answers…