Episode 3.08: Kanter's War, Chapter 22
Episode 3.08: Kanter’s War, Chapter 22
The fate of the Freedworlds Republic hangs in the balance. Their forces launch a stunning move to strike at key bases while the pirate alliance is at its weakest. If successful, it could break the pirates and end the war. But if they fail, the Republic would crumble under the might of the Dread League.
Elsewhere, on a tiny island in the Honloo Dust Ocean, the heroes are trapped. A level below them in the ruins is the vile Almon D’Joy, the shadowy architect of the Republic’s war. But his mysterious master, SARGON THE MERCILESS, has just arrived. Sargon senses the legendary Vance Kerplokin. Obsessed with the Republic General, Sargon demands Kerplokin’s capture.
Little do the heroes know that Almon D’Joy has nearly unlocked the Choni Techauger vault. Once opened, the Twisted Mentat will initiate the last phase of his plans to merge the knowledge of the Tenocron Codex with his own. When the process is complete, he will have the last key he needs to unlock the ancient Choni terraforming engine and use it against the planet Chalcedon itself…
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 just returned from a mission to raid a pirate outpost in the Hardridge Bulwark ruins. There, they sabotaged the pirates and their plans to combine Dark Trooper attack droids with Imperial AT-ST assault vehicles, called Death Troopers. In addition, they rescued the missing Captain Ivan Vorpatril, secret paramor of the crown princess of the Tapani Sector, and negotiated peace with the Death Troopers. Part of that peace was to introduce the assault droids to Sabine Tri'elle, queen in exile of the Shalent Aw'akeen, a silcon/synthetic species.
After that? They were able to relax and recover. As much as possible since they are on a planet in the middle of a war for independence.
But ten days later…
Distress calls and alarms sounded. Port Nevermore was attacked in an early morning assault and destroyed. Survivors were driven north into the desert, running from the Dread League's latest nightmare, cybernetic insectoid shock troops called the Zorphax. Blurry holovid from the assault showed images of blue scaled creatures that looked to be an unearthly combination of Cathar-sized blue-scaled stick bugs and Geonotian assault droids.
Freedworlds forces are on high alert. Plans are put into motion to counter this new menace, even to the point of an orbital assault on one of the main Dread League bases on Chalcedon.
The Freedworlds Republic launched its assault…
Striking from orbital outposts, the Freedworld Republic launched a multi-stage assault from near orbit and planetside. As the assault began, the planetary holonet collapsed under a barrage of data!
Meanwhile, in the deep desert, the heroes of Chalcedon decoded a mysterious image from the Palatreum… ancient ruins on an island in the Honloo Dust Ocean. Ruins that turned out to be one of the lost ruins of the mysterious Choni Techaugers!
In no time, they discovered Almon D’Joy was inside but he wasn’t alone. With him was at least a squad of red armored soldiers helping him search the ruin. As for the twisted Mentat? He was deep inside, trying to unlock the keycode lock on an ancient vault using the entire computing power of the Chalcedon holonet.
With a combination of skill and luck, the heroes evade the red armored troopers using devices left behind from the long-lost Choni Techaugers. In the process, they miraculously find a *second* Palatreum! The one that the first connected to!
The heroes headed for the exit, eager to get the relic away from Almon D’Joy. But Fate wasn’t so kind.
As they reached a door for the roof of the ruin, the ancient turbolift opened. A figure in black almost Sith-like armor walked into the ruin flanked by four ominous figures wearing Saber Carapace armor.
It was Sargon the Merciless. The mysterious figure that lurked behind Almon D’joys plans. No sooner had Sargon walked off the turbolift, he stopped and ordered his troopers to fan out.
“Vance Kerplokin is here, I can sense him. Find him! Bring me Vance Kerplokin!
But there are questions that still remain…
Protagonists of Kanter's War
Protagonist's Allies in Kanter's War
Neutral Characters in Kanter's War
Protagonist's Competitors in Kanter's War
Antagonists in Kanter's War