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Star Wars Discussion / Character Study Blitzer Harrsk
« on: April 01, 2017, 11:15:59 PM »
They say that there is a fine line between genius and madness. Blitzer Harrsk proved it to be a very fine line and regularly danced on both sides of it in the years after a horrific injury shattered his mind.

Little is known of Harrsk's early life, save that he was a career naval officer. He rose quickly through the ranks and was considered by many a prodigy. He met and befriended a young cadet named Firmus Piett, the two would become lifelong friends. Shortly before the battle of Yavin Harrsk was put in charge of Arrowhead Command, a collection of fleet assets tasked with patrolling the Galactic Core Worlds and a portion of the Slice. It was a very prestigious command that allowed Harrsk to mingle with the Galaxy's wealthy Core citizens and more powerful political figures. Coupled with the Admiralty of his long time friend Firmus Piet to the equally prestigious command of Death Squadron under Darth Vader Harrsk became a household name for many of the Imperial elite. His tenure in the Core was marked by stability and efficiency as he developed and implemented tactics of his own to supplement Imperial textbooks on warfare. At the request of his friend Piett, Harrsk attached his personal Star Destroyer and a few escort forces to supplement Death Squadron for what was meant to be the final decisive victory of the Empire over the Rebellion at an obscure Moon in the Outer Rim known as Endor.

Instead of the climactic triumph cementing his reputation Harrsk experienced bitter defeat and watched his reality shattered both figuratively and literally as the Rebels decisively defeated the might of the Elite Imperial Fleet, destroyed the Death Star and killed the Emperor. In the chaos of the battle with the loss of the Emperor's battle meditation Harrsk's gunners failed to keep Alliance ships back when his ship's shields failed Harrsk was standing by his second in command above the crew pit when a direct hit to the bridge tower overloaded the terminals killing all nearby and burning half of Harrsk's head to a pulpy mess of shrapnel and melted flesh. One fragment actually imbedded itself in his brain. Seeing the battle was lost and senior leadership was all but gone the Chimaera under Gilad Pellaeon ordered the Imperial Fleet to retreat to Anaaj.

Harrsk's crew had saved the Admiral's life by getting him into a bacta tank...but the man who awoke in that tank was not the Blitzer Harrsk the galaxy had known. No one knows for sure what did it, the trauma to the brain, the destruction of everything he had known-watching the Executor plunge into the Death Star II-killing his lifelong friend Piett in the process, the shock of the Emperor's death or the pain-but Harrsk had developed a split personality of extremes and now had a very tenuous grip on reality. One personality was ruthless, egotistical and reckless in th extreme, the other was calculating and long suffering. It was as if to cope with the two realities he had been forced to experience his mind had divided itself to reflect the outside world. From his bacta tank Harrsk coldly informed Pellaeon that with the battle over Chimeara was no longer the command ship and therefore he would not follow orders of any subordinate. Declaring that without a clear chain of command no one had the authority to give him orders Harrsk took the forces he had left from Death Squadron and returned to his command briefly only to order all forces under him into the Deep Core. In the chaos of the post Endor collapse his entire command followed his orders. Harrsk dubbed his new protectorate Zero Command. Many wealthy patrons and nobles fled to his protectorate as the Empire dissolved into civil war. Harrsk was regarded as one of the best Admirals and held powerful forces so his protection was well sought. He also did not break with the mainstream Empire at first, merely exercising his 'initiative' he didn't fight with the other power hungry Imperials who went publically rogue and more or less kept to himself in the Deep Core. For the first two years after Endor, though he himself grew ever more unstable his second personality which he had began to create an identity for to personify it without accepting his madness-kept him from destroying himself, fixing errors, cancelling reckless orders, and holding meetings for him. Then when Isard lost Imperial Center Harrsk's cautious personality could no longer restrain him, he declared the Empire dead, and Zero Command it's successor state with himself as head of state under the title of Supreme Warlord and Lord High Admiral. He began attacking the smaller Warlords in the Deep Core and expanding slightly into the Core absorbing defecting Imperial Forces who either for lack of alternatives or because they believed Harrsk their best hope threw in their lot with him. Yet still his second persona kept him from ruin by stopping him from declaring war on the entire galaxy.

Harrsk doubled his territory in the year following Isard's defeat, taking advantage of the NRs focus on Zsinj and then Teradoc. However he still held relatively small amounts of territory and for the most part the NR and larger galaxy ignored him. He became more and more involved in internal warfare with other Imperials rather than the NR as fugitives like Delvardus, Teradoc and others began to carve up the Deep Core among themselves. Harrsk's megalomania would not allow anyone else to contest him, Harrsk attacked and allied with various warlords of the deep core bleeding his forces to galactic insignificance. The NR content with letting the Warlords kill each other ignored him mostly but kept intel tabs on him. Then Palpatine returned and Harrsk, possibly seeing a chance at reclaiming his past prestige joined him and threw all his forces into a reckless series of attacks on the NR. While successful the attacks were very costly and by the time Shadow Hand ended with Palpatines final death and Byss's destruction, Harrsk was left with lots of territory and few forces to hold it. The NR pushed back and Harrsk was forced back into the Deep Core completely losing all his Core holdings permanently. He was so short on men and material from his losses that he could not even crew two Star Dreadnaughts he had in his possession- Megador and Dominion, and so stored them at Deep Space Nine. Now blaming his failures on his fellow Warlords with the final death of his Emperor and Byss gone seeming like a repeat of the Endor trauma Harrsk became the dominant persona with his second reasonable one fading more and more each day, it's possible this was a subconscious attempt at passive suicide from his repressed consciousness. Harrsk might well have continued for decades of these little wars on his fellow Imperials had it not been for Nataasi Daala's peace talks. As she made her rounds Harrsk sought to convince her to join his cause, knowing her popularity with the rank and file he felt he could use her to tip the scales in his favor. When he was humiliated in an attack by his rival Teradoc, Harrsk viciously impressed Daala into service as a flunky, declaring any other action but obedience to be treason. He then refused to listen to Daala or his subconscious that tried to caution him and unleashed his last frontal assault losing 1/4 of his fleet and leading them into what surely would have been certain death had Daala not ended it early by incapacitating his destroyer and negotiating with Pellaeon. Faced with reason Harrsk displayed how very far he had sunk into insanity declaring Daala a traitor for wanting the Imperials to stop killing each other, and ordering his forces to kill her even though they were now hopelessly surrounded by Pellaeon's ships. Disgusted by Harrsk's increasing madness and trained to follow orders the Imperials under Harrsk followed Daala, and with Pellaeon they used all the influence to arrange a meeting on Tsoss between the Warlords. Harrsk attended mainly because at this stage his power of his own forces was largely with Daala and he hoped for an opportunity to either discredit or outright kill her. Things didn't go as planned however when sick of 3 hours of petty squabbling Daala nerve gassed them all. Harrsk blacke dout, but in a somewhat ironic twist his earlier brain injury had scrambled the part of the brain the gas should have affected and so he merely passed out from lack of oxygen. Awakening after the others had died and Daala and Pellaeon had left, Harrsk saw an opportunity. They thought him dead, he would take his private TIE shuttle and kill them as they headed to the rendezvous! They would not see him coming, and as he took off he came closer to his victims and his thumb was on the trigger, he would kill them and then he would conquer the other fleets with his in a headlong charge for their treason! His suppressed personality was horrified by this, as it would truly mean the end of the Empire, the ruin of all he believed in and inspired by Daala's bravery and insight in ending the ICW struggled for dominance with the Harrsk persona, wrestling his hand away from the trigger, the two fought desperately on the mental plane- the loyal yet reasonable subordinate personality against the dominant insane personality. It was as if the ICW had become internal inside Harrsk's own skull until as he wrestled and screamed his subordinates name in hate that personality played his trump card, he released a suppressed truth he had buried-a memory.

The subordinate had been dead for 7 years. He had died in the same explosion that had ripped Harrsk's mind and reality apart. Realizing what he had become, how far he had descended and what was true reality for the first time in years Blitzer Harrsk knew he couldn't live with it, he couldn't go back after all he had done, the millions he'd killed, the Empire he had betrayed, the Emperor, Empire he had served dead and gone and realizing he would slip back into insanity just so he could cope again the old Admiral Harrsk used his last seconds of control to turn away from Daala's ship and pilot the TIE Shuttle into Tsoss Beacon's surface killing himself and in so doing saving the Empire for someone else.

Blitzer Harrsk had once been one of the brightest minds in the Empire, he was devoted, reasonable and by all accounts not cruel, but caring to those under his command. However faced with pain, trauma and literally watching everything he loved and believed in die in front of him snapped him. He might well have blamed himself, believing only a monster could have let down the galaxy and so his mind created that personality to keep from facing reality in a twisted way of coping with what he couldn't accept. A part of him remained but only in the persona of his dead subordinate, partly to protect his fragile psyche from the added guilt of being responsible for this man's death too, and it is worth noting it was THIS persona, what he viewed as someone else that had his only redeeming qualities after Endor. He hated himself so much he created a separate personality that was all he hated, and his only check was from someone else. In the end he chose to kill himself rather than live with this reality. In th every end, he regained his perspective and sanity and in so doing redeemed himself somewhat.

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Star Wars Discussion / Personal Lightsaber style and preference
« on: March 15, 2017, 11:34:50 AM »
Which of the Seven Lightsaber forms and what style lightsaber hilt would you use? Include blade color.

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Star Wars Discussion / Character Study Sander Delvardus
« on: February 27, 2017, 09:31:52 PM »
Some Imperial characters are very one dimensional. Cardboard cutout villains with the most basic motivation- taking over the world(insert M. Bison Clip) others are delightfully complex motivated by hidden agendas, regret and obsession. Such is the character of Sander Delvardus.

Very little is known of Delvardus early life. Whether by design or coincidence no information exists about where or when he was born. What is known is that very early in life he managed to secure a marriage with a powerful Tarkin family heiress tying his fate to that of the high class of Eriadu. Since it is very unlikely a commoner would be able to achieve this we can assume Delvardus was from the upper class of Eriadu with the appropriate connections to arrange the marriage to further his career and the ambition to pursue these goals ruthlessly. From an early age Delvardus seems to have embraced the idea that to gain supremacy in life one needed overwhelming power that couldn't be countered. The strong ruled and the weak died, that was the way of the universe- he also never accepted surrender as an option in life. As such he sought to tie himself to the most powerful family in the Outer and Mid Rim no matter the cost- the Tarkins. To Delvardus however his wife was never more than a way to further bolster his position, he never held any love or affection for her and stayed away nearly the entirety of their marriage. Delvardus joined the Imperial Navy shortly after his marriage recognizing that the Imperial Navy was the fastest way to power after his marriage. A Star Destroyer posting was achieved in very short time and his captaincy confirmed, it should be noted however that not once during his official career was Delvardus noted as taking part in any major offensives against enemies of equal strength-he remained untested in battle. Delvardus was not satisfied with mere power without perks and quickly developed a reputation as a womanizer. He was rumored to have a woman in every port. Delvardus might well have remained as such for the rest of his life had he not met a refugee worker named Seledra Zin. In perhaps the most unlikely pairing in SW history a ruthless Imperial noble fell deeply in love with a refugee worker who specialized in Aliens and she with him. he even secured a posting for his ship just to be closer to her. He gave up womanizing for her and had he not already been married might well have settled with her. However likely due to their separate outlooks on life and politics as well as treatment of others Delvardus and Zin argued constantly and one fateful time it exploded into violence. In a blind fit of rage Delvardus struck Zin without thinking knocking her into a coma.

For the very first- and perhaps only time- time in his life Delvardus was overcome by deep regret and grief at his actions. He had struck down the one person he cared about in the entire galaxy other than himself-with his own hand. Tormented by this and unable to accept she would never wake up again, Delvardus had her moved to his personal quarters on his ship in stasis. Believing that if he amassed enough power and rank he would have access to the very cutting edge of medical technology Delvardus threw himself into every possible advantage he could gain, tactically, strategically and politically he strove to be the best, he used his Tarkin connection and intense nature to climb to the rank of Admiral in a staggeringly short amount of time under Grand Moff Ardus Kaine. His every waking moment became devoted to the revival of his love. Her restoration became his one and only obsession. Yet no matter how he tried the cure eluded him. Frustrated at the seeming dead end to his rise and by extension his dead end pursuit of Zin's cure Delvardus was given what seemed to him a heaven sent opportunity-the Emperor died and the Empire shattered. Delvardus found himself in control of the fleets for Ardus Kaine in the Outer Rim and when Kaine abandoned the Rim for the New Territories Delvardus abandoned him. Seizing control of the abandoned territory with the forces unwilling to abandon their home sectors with kaine Delvardus promised to protect Eriadu in exchange for being the leader of the splinter faction. The Eriadu Ruling classes, wanting it's assets protected were all too happy to agree, thus Delvardus assumed rulership of the splinter faction he would deem the Eriadu Authority. As it's ruler he publicly took the stance of hard line Imperial out to secure his territory and protect Eriadu. Privately he used every campaign as an excuse to absorb, steal or conquer new Medical technologies from worlds near him. Now with no oversight he could pour as many millions into saving Zin as it took. During this time Delvardus captured hundreds of ATATs and seeking to legitimatize his new dictatorship and differentiate himself from his rivals like Moff  Utoxx Prentioch- who blocked some of his rimward expansions, Delvardus invented the title of 'Superior General" for himself. This alienated his army commanders and led to General Maximillion Veers leaving for the centralized Empire in the Core. Veers was just the first to jump ship...he wouldn't be the last.

When the worlds he held didn't yield the cure he sought Delvardus turned his eyes coreward. He planned a daring series of attacks to seize the Rimma trade route as a preliminary to attacking the Core- where Delvardus had become convinced a cure for Zin would be found. This notion horrified the Eriadu Ruling families who thought Delvardus was gambling their entire state in a potential war with both Coruscant and the Ruling Council withdrew all support to the Warlord. Shea Hublin the legendary ace TIE pilot, disgusted by what he saw as Delvardus abandoning Eriadu for the Core also left his service. Undaunted and confident in his own prowess he had begun secret construction of a supremacy weapon called the Night Hammer- an Executor class SSD unlike any other. It would have stealth armor over standard hull plating both giving it added protection and making it nearly invisible to sensors, he further had managed to through automation and efficiency reduce the need for crew from 250,000 to just 100,000. This ship would also house much larger hangars and capacity than it's standard sister ships who could carry 144 fighters and bombers the Night Hammer could carry over 1,000. Delvardus believed if he gained the resources of the Core he could finish this monster and use it as both deterrent and a weapon that could not be rivaled to quickly gain dominance as well as unable to accept he would have to remain in the Outer Rim as that would doom Zin to eternal rest, Delvardus attacked anyway pushing as far as Yag Dhul before running out of steam. Now stripped of his leading ground commander, starfighter pilot and financial backing events began to spiral rapidly. Delvardus had been marked as one of the first targets by the NR for destruction due to his antagonistic offensives all around him and his largely exposed territory. Veteran admiral Firmus Nantz led the NR into Delvardus territory and lured the Flagship - the Praetor II class Battlecruiser Thalassa of the Superior General into an ambush and destroyed it with coordinated Y wing swarms and B Wing Frigates. Nantz then hit Delvardus again and again besting the Warlord in each encounter through superior tactics and the dissension in Delvardus's ranks. Delvardus Eriadu Authority was poised on a knife's edge. The Ruling families had abandoned him, he had not won a single battle against Nantz making him appear vulnerable to the other Warlords around his border and he was unable to replace capital ship losses after Sluis Van was taken or finish the Night Hammer in his territory. Delvardus decided to double down and risk it all on attacking Sullust. He would seize the Rebel facilities there and press the Sullustians into slave labor to finish his new flagship, he even briefly regained Hublin's aid. Delvardus attacked in a reckless all or nothing way and was soundly defeated by a relative newcomer named Sien Sovv-who would one day become the NRs supreme commander-utterly shattered at Sullust Devardus was given no breathing room as the NR fleet led by Nantz and Calrissian pushed into his territory from both flanks, Eriadu backed the NR in exchange for amnesty and the Superior General's Eriadu Authority dissolved in the blink of an eye, even his own wife deserted him remaining on Eriadu.

This should have been the end for Delvardus, but amazingly it was not. He escaped taking Zin along with sufficient forces including the unfinished Night Hammer into the Deep Core where he established himself on Kampf dubbing his new Kingdom the Kampf Authority he warred with the likes of Harrsk, Kosh Teradoc, Pakith and others for dominance in the Deep Core in bitter internecine warfare that convinced him that the other Warlords were just obstacles to his glory, always in his way, he developed vendettas and deep hatred of each, gradually slipping into obscurity from the larger galaxy. Then one day he received a communication from Byss- the Emperor was reborn and made an offer sensing Delvardus heart of hearts that the Warlord could not refuse-if Delvardus would just swear fealty to him Palpatine would use the power of the Force to grant the Superior General's one desire when the NR was crushed-Seledra Zin would LIVE again! Delvardus eagerly accepted and turned his entire kingdom's forces over to Palpatine's cause. Along with the other Deep Core Warlords Delvardus joined the offensive to take back the Galaxy. The years of warfare had hardened Delvardus, no longer was he the inexperienced commander of the first year after Endor, he burst back onto the Galactic scene at Metellos where he swept the defending NR fleet from space and then orbitally bombarded the world until it surrendered-killing over 10 million in the process. He took part in the reconquest of Coruscant poised seemingly to stand victorious with the rest of the Imperials-then it happened- the Imperial mutiny, a senseless orgy of destruction and hate filled madness. Already bitter and hateful of his fellow Warlords from years of warfare with them Palpatine's dark side manipulations found easy purchase in Delvardus who joined in the destruction and faring better than many of his fellows. When it was over though Delvardus had lost much of his strength like the other Warlords-they now truly had no recourse but to serve the Reborn Emperor's massive shadow forces. Still Delvardus was hopeful-he was in the Core, the Emperor was back, the NR driven to the edges of the galaxy. Soon Palpatine would restore Zin to him! Then it all went straight to Hell. Palpatine was betrayed by Carnor Jax and slain by the NR, Byss, the Eclipse I and Ii and the Galaxy gun were destroyed along with the Shadow Hand Fleet. In the blink of an eye Zin had been snatched away from him again by the NR, who had also snatched his kingdom at eriadu  years earlier. He blamed this partly on them and partly on the other Warlords for failing to prevent it's occurrence. Delvardus pulled all support from the Empire, refused any offer of alliance or reconciliation and was determined to kill every other Warlord then with their united forces destroy the NR and save his love. He had by this time descended quite possibly into complete self delusion and all consuming hatred. He funneled every credit he had or could steal into the Night Hammer in absolute secrecy- convinced with this vessel he could achieve both complete surprise and complete annihilation of his two largest rivals in the Deep Core- Harrsk and Teradoc.
However as he finished the SSD he received a surprising invitation to unite with the Warlords from Vice Admiral Pellaeon at Admiral Daala's request. Scornful of the other Warlords and Daala, but unwilling to pass up a potential chance to get them all at once Delvardus agreed to go.

Delvardus arrived in his custom dress uniform with all his medals on. While the other Warlords wore equally pretentious vanity pieces Delvardus's were actually for another purpose entirely. Since his time in the Deep Core Delvardus had learned the value of secrecy, of duplicity better than any other Warlord. Alone among the Warlords Delvardus disguised his Stronghold as his center-while the Night Hammer actually was it's center, he had built a custom SSD in complete secrecy that could be dropped on these squabbling fools as soon as this meeting was over and they had NO idea it even existed. Finally, Delvardus alone among the Warlords had smuggled in a weapon. Disguised as medals it was actually an assembly knife that he was proficient in using. After hearing the opening to the meeting and likely predicting the useless nature of trying to negotiate with the other Warlords-all of whom he hated deeply Delvardus rose to leave only to be sealed in with his rivals. Over the next three hours Delvardus and the other Warlords argued, threatened and re declared vendettas. It is likely Delvardus planned to bring his trump card into play as soon as the meeting was over-which was why he had sought to leave early- he could bombard the station into atoms with Night Hammer before any of the enemy fleets could do anything, seizing power in one master stroke with a weapon that was supreme. It was in keeping with his nature. However it was not to be. Sickened by the display  Daala gassed the Warlords. Delvardus alone among the Warlords did not panic, instead realizing he was going to die he resolved to take his killer with him. Assembling his medals into their deadly dagger he advanced on Daala determined to take her with him for foiling his ambitions one last time.  However the nerve gas worked too quickly and Delvardus died a mere step from Daala.

His flagship the Night Hammer was taken by Daala-who never knew of the secret chamber that house the still comatose Seledra Zin in stasis and both were destroyed in the gas giant of Yavin. Delvardus had been obsessed with two things his entire life believing them intimately linked- Unrivaled Power and Unattainable Love. His pursuit of them had dictated every move he did after childhood and his all consuming obsession with them destroyed him. It's ironic in that had Delvardus been anyone but who he was he might well have lived a simple life with Zin, but his inability to let go of power cost him his love, then his pursuit of reclaiming that bit of himself that he killed with that hammer led him to an empty life of power without love or comfort. It could be said that Delvardus himself died with Zin all those years ago and what was left was a pale shadow eating itself every waking moment pushing the man to sacrifice everything to get back that one bit of himself he had lost. In some ways Delvardus is a deeply flawed and selfish man looking for salvation by trying to change the past but never realizing he was going about it the wrong way and it was pursuit of that way that had robbed him of his shred of humanity long ago. Such is the tragedy of Sander Delvardus, a man who made his own Hell and drove himself ever deeper into it in blind obsession.

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Star Wars Discussion / Character Study Nil Spaar
« on: February 20, 2017, 03:48:47 PM »
Every now and then you have a character that is oppressed and a product of that oppression. They either rise up and make themselves better beings...then there are beings like Nil Spaar.

 "You have never faced an adversary like us. Your wars are decided by the death of a tenth of a population, a third of an army. Then the defeated surrender their honor and the victors surrender their advantage. This is called being civilized. The Yevetha are not civilized, General. It would be a mistake to deal with us as though we were." ―Nil Spaar

Nil Spaar was born in 32 BBY in the Koornacht Cluster on N'zoth. Growing up in isolation from the rest of the galaxy due to the density and navigational hazards of Koornacht Cluster Spaar like the rest of the Yevetha believed they were the only intelligent life in the galaxy and came to revere the space immediately around N'zoth as sacred as the cradle of life, calling it the All- to symbolize how to their views it was all there was, this fed their xenophobia to almost supernatural levels. N'zoth was a harsh unforgiving world of desert, wind storms and baking heat. The Yevethan culture mirrored this and death was so common it came to be worshiped after a fashion, becoming a cornerstone of their culture. When coupled with the fact that Yevethan birth casks were nurtured in blood of a sacrificed Yevetha the species came to see Death as vital to life and blood took on a religious significance as well as cultural. Spaar might well have remained typical of his species and done nothing of note had it not been for the arrival of the Galactic Empire. With their superior numbers and technology the Empire quickly subjugated the Yevetha, though it was an excessively bloody conquest with the Yevetha only pretending to capitulate to await the perfect opportunity to wet their dew claws on their master's exposed necks - although they never felt at ease over them like they did with other slave species they enslaved the yevetha for their unrivaled technical abilities. Still as ruthless as the Empire was, their Imperial overlords saw the Yevetha as barbaric in the extreme, vicious and many of the garrisons members were disturbed by the Yevetha's infatuation with death and blood. Ritual and honor killings were so commonplace that imperials felt these creatures were more dangerous than any they had enslaved and kept the world under very heavy guard with three mobile shipyards and a standing fleet with full planetary garrison.

Nil Spaar suffered this in silence, helping organize resistance cells and mastering all Imperial tech they could get their claws on. Slowly they built in overrides to the Imperial Ships and doors of the shipyards. After Endor with the Empire disintegrating into civil war all but a minor skeleton crew of the garrison and ships were withdrawn to help with other trouble spots in the crumbling Empire. Receiving an order from Ysanne Isard herself the last of the garrison was to be evacuated and moved to the Core. N'zoth was to be abandoned, but the Imperial commander feared what might happen if the Yevetha discovered the pull out now that there were 3 Yevetha for every 1 Imperial at N'zoth. Spaar's cells discovered the truth and infiltrated the ships on cargo vessels. Using the Override codes and accompanying the commandos himself Spaar arrived on the Intimidator and in a lightning strike seized control of the bridge and gunnery stations on the sparsely crewed SSD. Spaar now introduced the Empire to the YEVETHAN way of making war. While the horrified crew watched Spaar had the Intimidators turbolasers annihilate the fleeing Imperial garrison- including ALL their families. When the commodore protested that they were unarmed Spaar hauled him to his feet declaring that the Imperial as well as ALL non Yevetha were vermin in his eyes and used his dew claws to open the commodore's throat. Spaar was not on a path of conquest, nothing so trivial. The Yevetha were now to begin the path of genocide to 'cleanse' the All of vermin.

Spaar was vital to the success of the revolt on N'zoth but he had not been it's architect, that had been another Yevetha named Kiv Truun. Unwilling to share the light and power, Spaar killed him with his own claws and seized the position of Viceroy of the newly founded Dushkan League. Now seen as the sole architect of the Yevetha's freedom and subsequent control of Koornacht Cluster Nil Spaar became known as the Darama- the chosen one. He used this to full effect expanding and tightening his control over N'zoth becoming it's unquestioned dictator and religious ruler. Knowing that one day he might be challenged by either the Empire or another faction Spaar threw his entire economy and people into a frenzied War production, assisted by the very few imperials left from the revolt as slave labor for the duration of their usefulness. In just over 12 years Spaar turned the Dushkan League from one planet with sparse population, no navy and an improvised army into a 12 world Empire with a fleet comprised of 60 Imperial designed vessels- of which 3 were SSDs and some hundreds of Aramadia class thrustships and a highly fanatical army. The rate and success of this military and economic buildup is actually unrivaled in galactic history in so short a time and with so few worlds. It's worth noting that Leia  Organa Solo commented that Nil Spaar represented more worlds, industrialized power and military power than ANY faction joining the NR- and this was before knowing it's full extent. Meaning the Yevethan's possessed greater industrial and military capacity than the Hapes Consortium or any of the Imperial Sectors that had sided with the NR in the last decade. Spaar was not there to join the NR though, he was there to sow chaos and ensure the NR did not interfere in his plans to 'cleanse' the rest of Koonacht. He just wanted the NR to stay OUT of the Cluster and not interact with them in any way. In turn he would not interact with them. His sincerity in this is highly in doubt as he saw vermin as not only inferior but NEEDING to be exterminated so eventually a Yevethan expansion and Purge outside the Cluster would have likely occurred. Spaar was an expert manipulator, playing on Leia's sympathy for the oppressed and her bitterness against the Empire he manipulated her and the Senate's fears of Leia's parentage into a quagmire to ensure the NR would be paralyzed from acting. He even turned a senator into a catspaw by playing the victim and using the senators distrust of Leia to is full advantage. Satisfied that Coruscant was now in chaos and with his forces fully ready and frothing to be unleashed Nil Spaar returned to his people a hero, taking new concubines for his harem and many young yevetha as blood sacrifices for his harem's birth casks. He also gave the go ahead. With a casual offhand Order Nil Spaar unleashed the Great Purge. Upon every populated world in Koornacht not already owned by the Yevetha the Black Fleet descended like angels of death. Without explanation or any mercy the Yevetha exterminated all life killing tens of millions. Sites were bombarded from orbit, younglings with mothers were thrown into incinerator pits or used for target practice, settlements were 'sterilized' all in complete silence. Cries for help, pleas of surrender and unarmed beings trying to flee were all slaughtered. Of all the millions only ONE survived. A lone Givin TIE Interceptor pilot who nearly perished in his escape before being picked up by NR scouts. Only one Yevetha had been killed in the entire Purge. The holo recordings and audio from the pilot inspired horror in the NR, but little action as the NR didn't want to get involved as it had not been directly attacked itself- something Spaar had counted on. The first battle between NR forces and the Yevetha also was planned by Spaar in a brilliant psychological warfare move who had recordings and a few actual hostages on Yevethan ships beg for their lives over open comms to make NR pilots not fire on the Thrustships. It worked perfectly, unwilling to kill innocents they NR held fire and suffered the Yevethan return fire as a result. With the chaos, only one witness not fromt he NR and a stinging defeat with civilian hostages, Spaar seemed to have ensured the NR's withdrawal. However thanks mostly to Leia's skills as a politician and orator forces were gradually sent to the Cluster- including a last minute assignment of Han Solo. Spaar saw all vermin as weak and bound by their compassion, so he captured Han as a hostage to force Leia to leave Koornacht, in addition at the advice of Dar Bille Spaar faked a recording of an alliance with the Imperial Remnants in the Deep Core. The plans badly backfired on both counts. When the NR did NOT withdraw but rather committed a follow up attack that destroyed one of the Yevethan shipyards Spaar lost his elegance in the blood driven rage of his people, he decapitated Bille- his leading expert on other cultures for his miscalculation and beat Han Solo nearly to death with his own hands after slicing open Solo's pilot in a gesture of contempt and open hatred while having it filmed. He did this in complete silence until the beating was over then said just three words.

"LEAVE KOORNACHT NOW."

Spaar had revealed himself for what he truly was, a bloodthirsty and vicious xenophobic tyrant for all to see. It was the worst thing he could have done. Not only did it stoke the fires of the NR's species who remembered this heavy handed rule of fear by the Empire, but it laid bare the truth of the Yevetha's nature and crimes beyond any doubt. Finally Han Solo was a beloved HERO of the NR, seeing him tortured to threaten Leia caused a 180 degree turn in the NR from non intervention to whole heartedly backing Spaar's utter destruction. The NR fifth fleet was given complete autonomy under Etahn A'bhett to lay waste to the Yevethan war machine until it was incapable of making war.
Nil Spaar now reverted from sneaky to full out psychotic. Ranting and raving about the filth that dared to invade his All he stoked his people to new levels of viciousness, but Spaar was slipping. His Imperial prisoners had over the last 13 years been slowly adding programs to the Imperial designed ships, slave circuits. The Yevetha who copied the designs of the first few imperial ships programs without fully understanding what they were- just that they were needed to work knew nothing of this. At the opportune moment the Imperials would seize every Imperial Designed vessel much as the Yevetha had before them, the NR had also decided the only way to achieve a full and decisive victory was to shatter the heart of Nil Spaar's power- N'zoth. Spaar had even lost his hostages to a combination of Chewbacca and Fallaniasi illusion. When Luke Skywalker convinced the Fallanasi Force users to assist the NR with illusions in battle the final cogs of the machine that would grind the Viceroy to dust were in place.

With the arrival of the entire Fifth Fleet Spaar's Black Fleet was outnumbered 3 to 1. However the viceroy did not know fear or retreat. They were alien to him as with all Yevetha. The Yevetha would LITERALLY fight to the very last whereas any other civilization would hit a breaking point and retreat, that was his logic, because to him that was WHAT being a Yevetha was. Death was part of life, vermin could not be superior EVER to a Yevetha, they existed only to be exterminated. When the Imperial's staged their mutiny seizing the backbone of his entire fleet-not just the ones at N'zoth and leaving only the Aramadia class thrustships the battle's outcome was never in doubt- though the Yevetha did not ever once try to surrender. Every single Yevethan ship down to the last fighter died in the battle of N'zoth and NR casualties were so severe that the Fallanasi could not keep up their Force illusion due to the sheer amount of death int he force.

Ironically Spaar fell from power much the same way as he gained it, by a mutiny on board the Intimidator SSD. Captured by his former slaves Spaar expressed nothing but absolute hatred and contempt for them, despising them utterly as one would roaches crawling over oneself. Even staring death in the face this was his only thought process. There was never any fear, just complete unrepentant hatred of the highest magnitude. Shoved into an escape pod tied hand and foot Spaar was ejected into the chaos of hyperspace to die in absolute isolation never to harm anyone else again.

Spaar was in many ways typical of his species. Xenophobic in the extreme, contemptuous of anything non Yevetha, ruthless and pitiless coupled with arrogance. however he differed in many ways too. He could disguise his xenophobia when it suited him, he was a master manipulator and extremely ambitious willing to commit murder of his superior(ironically the only definition of Murder in Yevethan culture) in order to seize complete control. He would listen to subordinates to an extent and learned what he could of his enemies- though only in regard to how to destroy them. He cared only for himself and the ascendance of N'zoth under his control. When his elaborate machinations failed Spaar much like Professor Moriarty revealed the depraved psychotic he usually kept hidden. He reverted to brutality, intimidation and outright terror- not comprehending that his actions would unite his enemies rather than cow them. With hsi back against the wall at N'zoth's battle and his subsequent capture Spaar displayed only rabid ferocity and hatred. Never once did he ask for mercy because in his mind such a thing was so alien as to not even be able to be comprehended subconsciously. He stands to this day as one of the most evil and cruel villains of the SW universe only falling below Ysanne Isard and Palpatine due to galactic impact, but on the whole is easily their match in intent and psychopathic tendency if not more so, because at least Palpatine and Isard ruled over diverse species that might have been sub human to them but Spaar's version of rule held ONLY Yevetha, every other species was to be EXTERMINATED. This is evil on a level not seen in any other species in SW, even the Vong and Ssi Ruuk ABSORB and turn cultures into theirs via modification or entechment, the Yevetha just kill them all and Spaar was the darkest of them all.

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Star Wars Discussion / Character Study Kosh Teradoc
« on: February 18, 2017, 02:28:39 AM »
Kosh was the younger brother of Treuten Teradoc. From an early age he shared a fierce and mutual rivalry with his brother. They chased the same goals of fame, wealth and power. inspired by holodramas and growing up under the Empire both enlisted in the imperial officer Academy for the Imperial Navy. kosh was not physically impressive, given to a paunch and relatively short stature he was however gifted in strategy. While not considered overly brilliant he was still sharp and adept. After a relatively uneventful career  yet moderately fast promotion to Commander he received command of an Imperial Star Destroyer- a vessel twice as large and prestigious as his brother's Victory class command. While he commanded a larger ship, his brother commanded far more vessels and rose higher in rank. It's not known if Kosh achieved the rank of Admiral before Endor, but what is known is that kosh chose to strike out on his own in the Deep Core rather than remain under his brother Treuten's command when he went Rogue. His rivalry with Treuten would not let him suffer to serve beneath his then more successful older brother. Arriving in the Deep Core with his ISD and a small fleet of support ships Kosh quickly discovered it was anything but a safe haven. In the Deep Core Warlords Harrsk, Delvardus, Prentioch and a dozen other smaller Warlords all fought and strove for dominance. However rather than die in this hostile free for all-Kosh FLOURISHED. He abstained from the overindulgence of his brother, developed new tactics, became flexible as a commander and opportunist. He won time after time against long odds becoming a master strategist through experience and commanding a loyal and elite force that grew with each passing year as he bested rivals, convinced forces to defect to him and absorbed Imperial remnants fleeing to the Deep Core from the rest of the Galaxy. By 4.5 years after Endor Kosh had established a tiny yet powerful mini Empire that could hold its own against much stronger opponents. This was when he received a startling message from Treuten-his brother needed help badly. Kosh might well have laughed and left Treuten to his fate but the idea of being his brother's savior, lording it over him and absorbing much of his brothers holdings to boot to bolster his own Deep Core holdings was too good to pass up. Kosh took command and in a series of brilliant rear guard actions stabilized the rapidly disintegrating Greater Maldrood. With the situation somewhat stable now Kosh and Treuten entered into a long term military and civil alliance joining their holdings together into the Federated Teradoc Union. While Treuten held more forces and territory, Kosh held more elites and experience. Together they prospered while the NR focused on Thrawn. Then Palpatine returned and called for the Teradoc's to join with him in an all out assault on the NR. Kosh was hesitant to commit their still recovering forces to a major campaign but Treuten threw his full support behind Palpatine to try and recover his lost territory and dominant position compared to Kosh. The results were disastrous. Treuten suffered appalling losses in the campaign and afterwards was driven to near ruin by NR forces. Kosh, disgusted with Treuten's pride filled failures he sacked his brother from command of the Mid Rim forces and sent him to the relatively secure Deep Core holdings with his forces while he tried to salvage what was left of the Mid Rim.
Treuten however descended to even further levels of gluttony and depression and started a war with Harrsk bleeding his forces yet further. Shortly after this Treuten was killed at Tsoss Beacon by Admiral Daala and his forces absorbed by her united empire.
Kosh when hearing this in the Mid Rim was struck-not by rage at Daala, not by anger at the loss of his Deep Core Holdings and forces...but by sadness and regret. He realized he and Treuten had wasted their lives fighting. Rather than enjoying the family they were they had competed in bitterness and anger their whole lives. Kosh likely blamed himself for his brother's death as Treuten's last major campaigns had been launched to try and impress kosh or show him up in their rivalry-and Kosh had not dissuaded it. With his vastly reduced forces, tiny holdings and surrounded by the NR, Kosh might well have realized he was doomed and lost a lot of the will to live. he waged no campaigns after Treuten died and barely defended his shrunken borders, he stayed away from the front now, remaining in his personal fortress alone and ever more isolated in the past. He was eventually assassinated by Wraith Squadron when they disguised a pressure bomb in a gem he had sought since childhood with Treuten. Kosh died clinging to the last memento of his childhood with his brother. He had lived and died from the rivalry and link to his brother.

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Star Wars Discussion / Character Study Treuten Teradoc
« on: February 06, 2017, 03:59:44 PM »
Sorry about the delays in getting this up, army annoyances and surgery were partially responsible, internet outages were another. This will also be divided into two separate character Studies-first for Treuten then another for Kosh tomorrow.


Treuten Teradoc was born into a lower middle class family on Er' Kit. From an early age he developed a rivalry with his brother Kosh. They competed in all things and always strove to outdo one another as many siblings often do, but with Treuten it became a lifelong obsession nearly. Both brothers grew up watching adventure holos of pirates and treasure, Treuten determined to gain the power and glory he saw in these early holos for himself and as a way of fully outdoing his brother by joining the Imperial Navy-however Kosh joined at roughly the same time. At the academy, Treuten was a poor physical specimen but his fierce need to outstrip Kosh drove him relentlessly forward in his studies and performance. He was judged competent enough and was assigned to the Crimson Command with the commission of Captain-the same as Kosh- who was given command of an ISD while Treten was given a smaller and older VSD, which infuriated him and drove him to push himself to new heights of strategy and tactics gaining enough notice from his commanders to rise rather quickly to the position of High Admiral over Kosh-a fact he never failed to lord over Kosh. Ironically however this promotion was when Treuten began to stagnate. His rivalry with Kosh was what drove him to excellence, now that he had apparently 'won' he no longer saw the need to further improve his skills.

Then came the death of Palpatine and Vader at Endor and the Empire was thrown into chaos. Seeing a chance to achieve all his childhood dreams for glory and wealth Treuten followed Harrsk's example of Warlordism and seized the Maldrood sector and several surrounding systems by imprisoning his superior Grand Moff Selit after he had declared for Warlord Zsinj-also seizing control of the Crimson Command in the process and earning the permanent enmity fo Zsinj. By promising protection to rich and industrial Imperial Worlds from Warlords, pirates and the New Republic in exchange for their financing his war Treuten gained a powerful military state with relative ease and speed. It was around this time his brother Kosh sought sanctuary in the Deep Core, much to Treuten's amusement, he now felt as ruler of his own nation state and Kosh only commanding a single ISD that he had without a doubt proven his superiority to his old rival sibling. He further stabilized his kingdom by seizing much of the Perlimean Trade Route and shipyards making his holdings relatively self sufficient. While clearly a rogue nation now Teradoc maintained nominal loyalty to the central Empire so as to avoid their attention. Secure in his power and arrogantly convinced of his own invincibility Treuten descended into gluttony and sloth. Becoming exceptionally fat and lazy he stayed away from the front lines, becoming detached and stagnant, his only concerns now living a life of luxury and comfort. He remained at his capital for the campaign which quickly bogged down and achieved nothing but a waste of resources at the expense of a new enemy. To his north the border skirmishes with Zsinj further drained resources with no results, Teradoc attempted to launch a campaign against the NR and launch campaigns against the Hutt's to his south, believing the gangsters to be weak and vulnerable to a human led faction. The NR, whom he detested as rebels and a nuisance to his ambitions turned out to be more dangerous than he realized. The campaign was an utter failure with his planned expansion to Kashyyk smashed and the loss of Togoria cutting him off from the mainstream Empire. While Teradoc was secure in his own borders he was incapable of leading successful offensives against his enemies which always ended in inconclusive stalemate or defeat. In spite of these setbacks, when Coruscant fell Treuten felt secure enough to declare himself fully independent titling his nation the 'Greater Maldrood', while he did loan some forces to Isard at Thyferra when that unit was damaged he withdrew it and cut ties with her mockingly and returned to a sedentary life style in his holdings.

Things remained fairly stable in the Greater Maldrood for the next year and a half with only border skirmishes and little attention from the NR due to their focus on Isard then on Zsinj. Treuten felt that when Zsinj earned the ire of the mainstream Empire and the NR that he had an opportunity to strike at his hated enemy and launched attacks along Zsinj's border with the Maldrood, again nearly all of these ended inconclusively- a testament to Teradoc's degradation of command ability and inventiveness due to his complacent lifestyle. Only when Zsinj was killed at Dathomir did Treuten begin enjoying success in his offensive operations. He expanded well into Zsinj's former holdings absorbing some forces that had no where else to turn to but him. He expande dhis title to High Admiral of the Mid Rim to match his new status, but got caught in a war with Rogriss and Ackbar. He defeated Teren Rogriss at Feriae Junction after a hard fought campaign ending Rogriss's participation and earning him much of Zsinj's former forces that rallied to him. Teradoc seemed poised to take Zsinj's place as the premier Warlord however he lacked Zsinj's tactical and strategic ability. He inherited a disorganized and largely demoralized force that only joined him for lack of any other options and was not used to coordinating with him-in fact most of these units had viciously fought AGAINST him for years. Teradoc then took this mass force and promptly attacked Ackbar and was badly beaten by the elite NR Admiral at key worlds deep in Maldrood territory- Maridun and Thanos. Reeling from the defeats and now the sole focus of attention from the, IR, hutts and NR's Forces that were caving in his borders at from every direction Teradoc realized he could not salvage the situation himself and desperately put out a call for help to his brother Kosh who far from dying alone in the Deep Core had FLOURISHED, developing new tactics, carving out a small but very powerful military state with battle hardened units reared on endless civil war while Teradoc's had grown sloppy and lethargic in their comfort. Realizing that Treuten's attempts to hold a massive frontier and expand had led to this state Kosh demanded operation control of the Mid Rim Forces while Treuten was to take the Crimson Command and hold the now relatively stable Deep Core Empire of Kosh. The two Kingdoms would be joined into the Federated Teradoc Union. Treuten at first refused but after Kosh fought his way to the Mid Rim with a relatively small force and stabilized the deteriorating Greater Maldrood Treuten bitterly agreed and fled to the Deep Core while Kosh performed a gradual fighting retreat in the shrinking Greater Maldrood.

In the Deep Core holdings of Kosh Treuten stewed, he had been forced to call his rival to save his life and Empire and now sat on rear guard while Kosh scored victories against opponents Treuten had been roundly bested by with far less forces than Treuten had at his disposal. For a time the situation stabilized and the brothers prospered, then Palpatine returned and demanded fealty from Teradoc. Determined to change his losing streak and prove to Kosh he was still viable as a commander Treuten accepted the call and-against Kosh's wishes- launched into a vicious series of attacks on the NR in the mid rim while his judgement was clouded by emotions and his desire for comfort. Treuten enjoyed almost no success in Shadow Hand and his forces suffered horrible casualty rates at both the NR and other Warlords. With Palpatine's death and the NR counter attack treuten was again and again handed a string of defeats to the point the Mid Rim holdings were almost non existent and Kosh in exasperation sent his brother back to their shrunken Deep Core Holdings. Humiliated and driven by blinding rage and pride at this point Treuten sought to prove to his brother that he was still the better commander and so launched a series of surprise hit and run attacks on Harrsk's holdings with the intention of absorbing the Warlord holdings. The campaign went poorly, while damage was inflicted on both sides Treuten could not deliver the knock out blow he sought because while he would commit waves of forces against Harrsk he would not commit fully to a decisive battle that might lead to his final ruin and as a result created a prolonged civil war that bled his brother's few holdings to near galactic insignificance while achieving nothing-exactly as he had done against Zsinj, the Hutts and NR in his early years. Despite having one of the greatest commander sin Imperial Service on retainer- Gilad Pellaeon, Teradoc would not allow Pellaeon to determine strategy, even though he promoted Pellaeon to Vice Admiral he micro managed him to the point Pellaeon essentially was still performing a captains role-further hindering the campaign's effectiveness as Teradoc commanded from far from the front lines, often not aware or able to adapt to a changing situation as it occurred- much to Pellaeon's frustration. Treuten also slipped fully into debauched gluttony tripling his weight in a single year alone, becoming so fat that he could barely stand and never venturing far from his command bunker-further detaching himself from reality. He had lost any and all care for his men, seeing them as disposable drones for his use and neglecting duties as a commander toward them in favor of his own comfort.


This might have continued on for years had Natassi Daala and Gilad Pellaeon not cooperated to end the futile bloodshed. Deciding to go to the meeting at Tsoss Beacon to see if an advantage might be gained that he could then lord over Kosh rather than any desire to actually unify-his belief in ANY Empire other than his own had died with Palpatine- Treuten went without Kosh's knowledge and in his belligerent arrogance and unrepentant animosity he first mocked the reunification bid by Daala and declared that no Empire existed save for the Warlord's individual ones- showing he had firmly left the path of the Imperial he once was. He provoked Harrsk to the point the little man choked Treuten. At this point Daala had enough, realizing that if left to their own devices the Warlords would just destroy themselves and the Empire with them in time. She gassed them all. Teradoc was the only one to remain at the conference table-not by choice, but because he had become so morbidly obese that he could not even stand up under his own weight, Instead he slapped the table frantically and choked ironically dying after all the other Warlords in the room, sagging into his chair a sorry mass of fat that had driven itself to it's end in a last attempt to outdo his Brother Kosh who ironically looked back on their rivalry with sorrow, missing his brother, even though Treuten never had anything but rivalry and hatred for Kosh.

In summation Treuten made himself who he was out of a desperate desire to be better than Kosh, in many ways he had an inferiority complex to kosh who he always saw as superior to him and drove himself to overcome that gap. When he had 'surpassed' Kosh he immediately fell into stagnation and over indulgence having lost his primary motivation in life. After his Empire caved in due to his indifference and indulgence he called Kosh for help in salvaging a situation HE couldn't with more forces suggesting that deep down he saw Kosh as his better-even if he hated him for it. When Kosh succeeded it was salt in the wound for Treuten, he descended into angry depression lasing out at subordinates, insisting he alone had authority to command and driving himself further and further down the path of self destruction that culminated in his pathetic death at Tsoss Beacon.

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Star Wars Discussion / Character Study Warlord Zsinj
« on: January 15, 2017, 03:37:24 AM »
Zsinj is possibly one of the richest backstories and personalities in the EU. Coming from a lower middle class fondor mechanic  and a rising commander from chandrilla, Zsinj rose to the position of Grand Moff, High Admiral and was given the ceremonial title of Warlord by Palpatine and after the Emperor's death he seized control over 1/3 of the entire galaxy. To some he was a coward, to others a psychopath, and to others he was an unbalanced genius. As with most cases the truth was more complicated. Zsinj was a genius of deception and he wore personalities and traits as masks to hide, confuse, and distort what everyone around him saw to his benefit.

Zsinj was a momma's boy from an early age, his mother was a rising star in the republic navy and was known as the Ace of the spacelanes. He looked up to her and in many ways sought to prove himself as her equal. he joined the Navy and displayed amazing aptitude in logistics and tech but turned down postings in them because he felt he was destined to gain glory as a great warrior instead. Fate soon gave him the chance.

Rising to command an old Victory class SD named Iron Fist Zsinj found he now faced his first challenge. His mother-pushed more and more to forced retirement and obscurity by the high huMAN culture of the Empire had instead gone rogue and was now a pirate that used her years of knowledge to evade capture and humiliate those that had rejected her.
Zsinj had to choose between his hero mother- and his dream of glory. He chose his ambition.
In an intense campaign Zsinj proved he was the better commander, hunting down and killing his mother. It's possible this incident psychologically and mentally affected him deeply. Zsinj had seen his mother declare her independence without any power base or chance of success in the open after she had taught him every secret she had and he had also seen that to gain power sacrificing morality was something that had to happen. He also became obsessed with not becoming like his mother at this point. From this point we begin to see Zsinj develop quirks, traits and mannerisms that are all directed at misdirecting enemies and allies alike. Zsinj would deceive crew members into believing he was drunk when he was actually sober and observing them, he would monitor stations from his quarters and then pretend to be ignorant of actions on the ship, he would switch personas to whatever he felt was needed to cause people to underestimate or overestimate him-all so no one knew the real Zsinj, because if you didn't know his true self you couldn't counter that self. His realization of the importance of discarding morals meant he would not hesitate to do the unthinkable to someone else if it would gain him the victory. Marrying these concepts to the extremely gifted tactical mind he possessed created a truly deadly commander. His belief in the unorthodox and deception showed in his tactics, hiding his victory in asteroid fields so that enemy fighters would use the larger asteroids for cover-so he could just blow up the asteroids making a giant flak gun essentially was just one example. With these tactics all through the outer rim Zsinj rose to the rank of Admiral and was assigned to conquer Drakmor Warlords based near Dathomir which was currently serving as an Imperial Prison planet. The inhabitants of the planet were a worry for Emperor Palpatine as the Nightsisters while a valuable source for Inquisitors, Dark Jedi acolytes and even possible replacements for Lord vader should something happen also had the potential to become a serious threat to the Emperor himself if they so chose. Palpatine didn't want them dead, but neither did he want them able to enter the larger galaxy and develop ambitions of their own. Zsinj realized this and acted with ruthless efficiency and speed. He orbitally bombarded the planet's only spaceport-stranding the Witches and the garrison then interdicted the planet itself. He felt no remorse for trapping the hundreds-if not thousands of troops there-it was justified in his mind by the results of the Witches being contained. Palpatine whole heartedly agreed and rewarded Zsinj with the Super Star Destroyer Iron Fist and a promotion to Grand Moff of the Quelli Oversector. with the added promotion to High Admiral of Crimson Command and the ceremonial title of Warlord of the Empire. Once again Zsinj had seen how unorthodox tactics and ruthless ambition had served him well. He now commanded the largest fleet in the Empire, to mark how far he had come he renamed his SSD into the Iron Fist after the old VSD that had started his rise to power-it was a name the entire galaxy would come to know well enough. It was at this time Zsinj met his future right hand man- Melvar. Zsinj saw a kindred spirit in Melvar, the man was someone who painted on the face of a sadist for the galaxy then slip into blandness in the background when it suited him. Zsinj personally cultivated Melvar's loyalty to him and groomed him as his right hand.

After Endor many Imperials went rogue right from the start declaring their new fiefdoms and declaring war on all their neighbors. Zsinj however had learned the lesson of his mother well. He declared loyalty to the Empire and ruthlessly locked down his sectors in the name of the Emperor-while actually securing it for himself, he quietly removed any commanders not personally loyal to him by framing them for rebel ties and executing them. While purging his ranks of some Zsinj took great pains to ensure others loyalty to him, Zsinj rewarded any efficiency or initiative in his forces and while firm on failures he did not waste personnel on whims of anger like the late Darth Vader. This showed Zsinj had a great understanding of the human mind, he rewarded success and punished failure encouraging the best in his soldiers. He also began replacing the stormtroopers in his territory with a new elite force of those loyal only to him and outfitting them with armor and weapons designed by himself. He called them Raptors and they were superior to the stormtrooper in training, equipment and ability. Zsinj also helped create a form of cloaking shield and a brand new TIE for his forces. Using his understanding of logistics he created a vast underworld of support networks and finance for his war machine under aliases on enemy controlled planets. In this way Zsinj would always have a second support network that was ironically protected by his enemies. With his support network set up, his elite troops and weapons created Zsinj just needed a show of force to start his rallying cry for his bid for power. The NR gave it to him. As the NR expanded they tried to push into his territory, Zsinj lured them in and then ambushed them with Iron Fist, personally crushing the invading force and sending it reeling back to NR space.
This was done at the same time the Ruling Council was failing on every front, Delvardus and Lankin were defeated and the NR seemed ascendant. Zsinj declared himself the savior of the Empire, donned the uniform of a Grand Admiral and began going by his title of Warlord to emphasize his qualifications to ignore the Ruling Council and fight the Rebels on his own terms. Not everything went as planned though, as Treuten Teradoc seized Zsinj's ally Grand Moff and with him the Crimson Command and Maldrood sector. In fury Zsinj went to full on war with Teradoc for the next four years though both sides avoided major losses.
Zsinj wanted his enemies to whittle themselves down before he struck, he felt that letting the central Empire bleed was good as he would absorb defectors and step in to save or conquer it soon. He let the IR and NR tear at each other until the NR took Coruscant and Thyferra apparently killing Isard. Zsinj now felt his time had come. He absorbed much of Isard's former network and allies and unleashed Iron Fist on the NR territories in high profile raids to appear as the Warrior of the Empire to attract support, it worked, Imperials flocked to his banner and his power swelled.

However as with his earlier actions, this was misdirection. Zsinj used the raids to distract from his true means of killing the NR- and preventing the IR from rallying WITHOUT him-civil war. and theft. Zsinj planned to use various alien species brainwashed as assassins against prominent NR members, though he didn't care if they succeeded in killing the individual targets. Their true aim was to create resentment, mistrust and rob the NR military of combat personnel and eventually trigger whole sections of the NR to abandon the faction or outright fall into civil war. While this was going on Zsinj would strike the IR at Kuat seizing the SSD Razor's Kiss while the Moffs still thought he was at least not attacking IR holdings. This would further weaken the Moffs and strengthen him while the NR was in chaos.

Zsinj also had a standard policy of only fighting where HE chose the battlefield, while some saw this as cowardice it actually ensured he always stacked the odds in his favor so that he appeared invincible. It also frustrated opponents as they never knew when or where Zsinj would attack and if they arrived Zsinj simply left and attacked somewhere else using the stateless strategy on his front. He was so effective Admiral Ackbar couldn't counter him or even LOCATE him. Zsinj was so far undefeated, his pride and sense of superiority over his opponents and so he drew himself into a three sided war.

Zsinj's plans began to unravel when Admiral Apwar Trigit fouled up the attack on Folor, it allowed the NR the gap they needed by capturing the Night Caller. The importance of this cannot be overstated, it revealed Zsinj's shadow empire of support networks, the Morrt project and worse eventually led to information about the upcoming raid on kuat through pirate recruitment.

After Trigit's death, the loss of Razor's Kiss and the resulting loss of face as well as the IR and NR both sending forces after Zsinj-in addition to the constant war with Teradoc, Zsinj had no choice but to try and regain the initiative, he sought to turn the tables on his hunters nearly succeeding at two battles, but however things began to come undone as the NR and IR tore apart his support network, his project Minefield was stopped dead by the NR and coordination between the IR and NR began pushing him back. Zsinj was despondent, he had always come out ahead as the maverick, the unorthodox, but now his tricks were being effectively countered and he couldn't reverse the situation. It seemed like he was doomed to an eventual defeat within five years. Seeing this Zsinj once again reverted to his chief characteristic- misdirection. He would prepare a ruse that he had lost Iron Fist-his main symbol his enemies chased-he would abandon much of his outer territory and consolidate at his Quelli holdings, expand his forces, let his enemies go back to fighting one another and develop new tactics and plans to rise again. First though he needed to kill the Solo Command to ensure he would be left alone. As it happened though Zsinj was badly defeated at Vahaba and Selagis thanks to Gara Petothal's treachery- his offensive fleet decisively crushed and Iron Fist itself badly damaged. Zsinj however managed to achieve his secondary goal though as he fooled Solo that he had lost Iron Fist by detonating Second Death, his use of misdirection with Tetran Cowell as Fel also paid off as it kept Antilles, the Wraiths and Rogues out of the critical arena around Iron Fist. Seeing Zsinj's threat as largely reduced the IR and NR ceased cooperation and went back to fighting each other. The manic genius had hoodwinked his enemies and gained his breathing space.

Zsinj returned to Dathomir where the Iron Fist was docked for repairs, Zsinj considered using the Nightsisters since the NR or IR didn't have any counters for them as a group at the time, but deemed it too risky to let them loose.
Then it all went to hell.

In a completely unexpected and impossible to anticipate action Solo came right to Dathomir after winning the planet from a Drakmor Warlord in a  sabacc game. This act set a chain of events in place wholly outside of Zsinj's control. Zsinj couldn't retreat anymore, Dathomir was his most vital shipyard-and the ONLY one that could repair Iron Fist-still largely ruined from Selagis- abandoning Dathomir would put the final nail in Zsinj's Empire's coffin, in addition the man Zsinj saw as the architect of all his misery was ON Dathomir and Zsinj would not pass up the chance to take Solo's head. Zsinj doubled down pulling in as many ships as he could and and digging in for a fight while trying to broker a deal with the witches for Solo-and when he felt he couldn't get solo he decided to just kill the entire planet-again displaying his ruthlessness to achieve his ends. When he heard that Solo had been captured Zsinj couldn't resist killing him personally, so he sent Melvar to retrieve his mortal enemy and planned a double cross to kill the Witches in typical deviousness, but instead lost Melvar to Gethzerion's betrayal.
It's hard to know exactly what was going through Zsinj's mind at this point, it's highly possible he finally snapped seeing no way out. His every scheme had come to naught, his SSD was a crippled wreck still in dock, his nemesis had escaped him yet again, his only confidante was dead and he was now trapped with his back against the wall by the Hapan navy's 70 ISDs and twice that of Battle Dragons and his only major shipyard was at stake.
The battle was never in doubt, the ruthless ambition, actions and scheming had all led to this point. Zsinj the master of the unorthodox and the study of contradiction had been undone by random chance and the worst luck of all time. In the end, Zsinj abandoned his own doctrine, he devoted TIEs to keeping the Nightcloak up to ensure Dathomir died rather than commit them to the battle and refused to flee himself, unable to abandon the ultimate symbol of power, his Iron Fist-his one true love. Zsinj was on the bridge red faced, sweating and enraged at how the entire universe had turned against him lashing out when he got that last call from Solo, gone was the manic genius, gone was the unorthodox, all that was left was a shattered man blinded by frustration and unable to accept it was over. Seeing the concussion missiles incoming Zsinj realized that for all his attempts to differ from his mother, to ensure her fate would not be his, his scheming, hidden personality and plans, his ruthlessness and deception in the end didn't matter...because he had ironically followed her path after all. Deeming his superiors to be beneath him, he had gone rogue, he had underestimated his opponents and now trapped at the end he was going to die because he wouldn't abandon his ship...exactly like his mother. His last word was defining in that it showed that he realized just how much this woman had influenced his life-and death.
"Mama..." Warlord Zsinj's last word.

In conclusion, Zsinj appeared contradictory most of his life due to an obsession he had in believing he had to do things differently than his mother to avoid her fate. Ironically in the end it didn't matter because at his core he stayed true to what she had espoused. Belief in oneself, fighting as a warrior and love of one's ship. Zsinj could have sent forces to Dathomir and left himself, but to do so would be to admit he didn't believe he could win , that he wasn't a warrior, to do so would be to abandon Iron Fist to her fate. Zsinj could not do these three things as they were the opposed to the very CORE of who he felt he was. These traits killed him as much as they did his mother.

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Star Wars Discussion / Character Study Ardus Kaine
« on: January 02, 2017, 04:55:19 PM »
Continuing the character study theme I plan to do on a roughly weekly basis, this week we have Ardus Kaine, the Grand Moff of Oversector Outer and the founder of the Pentastar Alignment of Powers.

Ardus Kaine was born the son of a humanocentric father who kept pressing Kaine to excel in life but also instilling in him a sense of inadequacy and fear of failure that would paralyze him with indecision throughout his life. Kaine was devoted to the New Order and became one of it's most ardent Moffs but not it's humanocentric policies at heart, rather because he felt his father would have wanted him to do so. While he bore no love for aliens he didn't despise them either. He was a confidant of Emperor Palpatine and in many ways Kaine came to see Palpatine as  a replacement father figure and hero. He also disdained many of the seedier variety of the Court, personally becoming a lifelong enemy of Ennix Devian, one of the Emperor's assassins. Kaine seemed destined to become a center of power on Coruscant. Then came the death of Tarkin and Kaine was given Tarkin's old position of Grand Moff of Oversector Outer. While this was a promotion and gave Kaine control of the largest territorial region in the Empire, he saw it as a punishment and rebuke. He saw it as exile from the true centers of power- Coruscant and the Emperor. Kaine stewed over this and ruthlessly put down rebellions in the Outer Rim with such cold efficiency that he soon became more feared in his locales than Vader and the Emperor. He also used his position to pull corporations to the New Territories and many business contracts by granting tax breaks to any that did. Kaine turned the New Territories from a backwater into an economic powerhouse in little more than four years. He was to lead the attack to blockade Mon Calamari after the Rebels were crushed at Endor in preparation for the DSII's annihilation of that world. However at the staging area for the assault Kaine received word that Palpatine and vader had been killed and the Empire was rudderless. He saw an opportunity here.

This was where Kaine made a fateful decision that was to have long ranging consequences beyond his imagination. He decided to abandon the attack on Mon Cal and to pull ALL his forces to Entralla and the New Territories under the pretense of awaiting a clear chain of command and pulling back from an 'indefensible' amount of territory due to size. This decision directly led to many worlds with Rebel leanings in the outer Rim to declare for the NR, it also opened Mon Cal to the NR lanes fully and gave a much needed respite to the badly mauled rebel forces after Endor. In short Kaine's decision to fall back likely saved the Rebellion when it was badly weakened and gave it strength to boot with new worlds. In addition his defiance of the Ruling Council showed that any commander with sufficient local strength could ignore commands from Imperial Center and get away with it, this example led to Delvardus going rogue  from kaine and a whole host of Imperial Commanders in the Outer Rim forming their own little Kingdoms after Kaine withdrew further weakening the central Empire.

Kaine however saw the Empire itself as doomed and planned to create an improved version in the New Territories that would be a condensed version of the Empire that would thrive on business while keeping a massive military as a deterrent to outside interference. he quickly gathered five of the most powerful corporations in the region and fourteen of the Moffs to sign the Pentastar Alignment into effect. This would insure they all kept their power and profits under Kaine's protection from outside influence while they would in turn support his military and economy in a new state. Since a majority of the forces from Oversector Outer had followed him to the New Territories Kaine held the largest personal fleet and force of all the Warlords in a condensed state of 14 sectors that all had strong Imperial leanings and populations. In short kaine had created the most stable and sustainable Kingdom of all the Warlords. Kaine also invited many prominent figures to his new Kingdom, Jerec and many of his Dark Jedi came as inquestors, Grand Admiral Grant joined the PA in an unofficial advisory role. Kaine also put in a policy of non intervention in the galaxy's affairs outside the Alignment's borders. In this way he felt the other Warlords would bleed themselves white fighting each other and the NR while his state would only grow stronger with time. It was in this that kaine really hit his stride, he was an administrator and improved on the old system. He created a streamlined governmental system divided into five parts. Politorate, insurrection, Judgement, Protectorate and the Pentastar Patrol all handling their own departments while answering to him.He allowed near humans and some non humans to serve in the PA Enforcers, bolstering his forces while also giving non humans a stake in the PA. He allowed corporations to runt heir own affairs and ethics so long as they were loyal which gave them incentive to keep his regime going and finally he ensured peace and stability in his regions instead of the endless war promised by the Warlords making his faction seem extremely appealing to imperial refugees.

This is however when kaine's indecision began to surface again and became his dominant policy, while he did fund Jerec's quest for the valley of the jedi likely as a deterrent against a revived Jedi Order, he stopped short of providing the Inquisitor any real forces to assist him overtly and when Jerec died he was simply replaced by a weaker Darksider and the policy of waiting continued. Delvardus was defeated and fled to the deep core, the NR closed on the Core and Imperial Center and still Kaine did nothing. Kaine was seen by many of his followers as the natural savior of the Empire and a possible next Emperor, but Kaine wasted this by declaring he would not ever be an Emperor and was content with his position currently as head of the Alignment. He refused to assist the imperial Forces outside his borders, he didn't come to Imperial Center's aid when it as under Rebel attack-when if he had he would have been given the mandate with Isard more or less deposed and he reaffirmed that his only policy was one of preparation rather than intervention citing the Empire as doomed. This was the final straw for Grand Admiral Grant who felt that Kaine would NEVER act and so defected to the now ascendant NR.  The Alignment slipped to second place among the Warlords when Warlord Zsinj absorbed much of the IR after Isard's loss of Coruscant and Thyferra. Then Zsinj died, his Empire dissolved, Teradoc lost most of his Empire and fled to the deep core, the IR lost more and more territory and the NR was practically on the Alignments doorstep, yet still Kaine refused to act. In truth Kaine was afraid, though he wouldn't admit it to anyone, even himself. He had created the PA and was it's Emperor in fact if not in name, yet he was deathly afraid of losing what he had built, within the Alignment he was absolute, even if he had to constantly guard against his corporate allies discontent with him. If he gambled that on the outside he could lose everything, and Kaine simply wasn't willing to risk that, claiming he was only a steward of the Imperial ideal and would not commit his forces to anyone unworthy- in short an excuse to bide time indefinitely. Kaine did allow non humans to serve in the PA Enforcers

This was when Thrawn returned and with only a few ISDs began to play havoc on the NR forces for a year with hit and runs, rebuilding morale and showing that the NR could be bested in battle. Thrawn became massively popular in the rank and file of the military. Kaine began to fear a coup  so to head that off he joined his cause to Thrawn's claiming to fully support him in his supply needs under the name of a temporary confederacy. Thrawn's campaign was a wildly successful event in Imperial history with very few casualties for much gain, Kaine was even preparing to bring in the Reaper to assist at Bilbringi and no doubt reclaim his mantle as Thrawn's and the Empire's savior with a crushing victory there when news came of Thrawn's death and Kaine again wasted an invaluable opportunity to seize a victory. Rather than attacking bilbringi and defeating the wounded NR fleet there and saving the valuable Imperial Shipyard, Kaine instead saw Thrawn's death and defeat as vindication that he should not sally forth. If even Thrawn with his advantage had failed and died at the height of his power, Kaine could also die and lose everything and so the Grand Moff waited again. However a mysterious commander appeared to summon all the Warlords together into a coalition to retake Coruscant. With the Deep Core forces mobilizing to their fullest Kaine stayed locked in his Alignment as the Imperial Forces dove into full scale civil war, this was when Palpatine revealed he had returned and demanded Kaine pledge fealty to him. Kaine who had pledged his whole term as PA head of state to be Palpatine's steward was now forced to prove it and launched a campaign from the Outer Rim in a drive to the core. In a dozen victories Kaine steamrolled over the NR opposition all the way to the core in a startlingly effortless series of successes. For all intents and purposes the NR had ceased to exist, driven from control and massively reduced with the Imperial coalition recovering vast swaths of territory they now sought out the various pockets of resistance that had been left isolated in their lightning advance. It was in this moment of seeming triumph that Kaine was at his most vulnerable, he was outside his alignment and surrounded by fellow Imperials that hated him as much as any rebel did. One of these helped a NR deception to kill the Grand Moff, after learning that the NR had persuaded Grand Admiral Grant to feign wanting to return and assist Kaine by meeting him over Palahni without forces as Grant wanted to be sure he wouldn't be killed by Imperials for his past defection, Ennix Devian leaked information about Kaine's exact itinerary and shuttle to the NR so they could tailor their attack to succeed without issue. Ironically, in the end Grand Moff Ardus Kaine, the eternally cautious and meticulously untouchable leader of the largest Imperial faction left standing at this point was killed alone in a lambda shuttle by NR E Wings of Apha Blue because for the first time in his life he acted instead of waiting.

Kaine was a brilliant statesman, a calculating tactician and strategist who ironically saved the Empire he abandoned with his legacy in the end but he was a woefully indecisive man and his early actions did lasting damage to the Empire as a whole.

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Star Wars Discussion / Character Study Jerec
« on: December 19, 2016, 03:01:26 AM »
Gonna start trying to do at least a weekly character analysis and study of various EU heroes and villains. This week's one is my first EU character that left an impression on me two decades ago. JEREC

Where to start? The first impression I had of seeing Jerec with all his different Darksiders, his personal SSD and how he starts out ripping information from a JEDI MASTER against his will, then effortlessly kills that Jedi after said Jedi wrecked six Darksiders at once was very impressive and left a lasting mark. His mannerisms and actions also left a mark, the actor really played him over the top and I loved it. The idea of a blind Darksider who saw via the Force had never been done before and I felt it added to it(this was before retconning as a miraluka) Jerec  also had the unique plan in all the EU to use the Valley of the jedi to give HIMSELF godlike powers, something not seen before or since. Jerec would have been able to use the combined powers of 100 Jedi and 24 Sith Lords combined with his OWN power in one body. Think about that for a second. A dozen barely trained jedi initiates of Luke's academy were able to hurl 17 ISDs out of a system. Jerec would have had the power of 124 FULLY TRAINED Jedi and Sith to use with his knowledge of the Force as well as all the residual Force energy from the THOUSANDS of Force users who died on Ruusan. Qu Rahn states "Jerec, the man who murdered your father, is a great evil. He searches for the location of a sacred place, the Valley of the Jedi. The Force of thousands of Jedi is trapped here. If Jerec captures this power, he will be a creature such as the universe has never seen. A supernova of stars in a fleeting thought—the eradication of life from a star system in a whisper—will be within his power." That is far and away a greater threat to the Galaxy than Palpatine at the HEIGHT of his power. He'd basically be God at that point.

Then you get to this guy's abilities, he's beaten and converted a Jedi Shadow, he's bested and turned a Prophetess to his side, he's manipulated Cronus to get two Sith Spawn, he played three sides against the middle betraying each one and got away with it. He invented Force Destruction, can use force lightning and can actually overshadow and smother someone elses connection to the Force. He was only weaker than Darth Vader and the Emperor in the Darksiders of his time.

What really got my respect though is how Jerec acts when he's been cut off from the Force and is at Katarn's mercy. he doesn't cower or beg. He GLOATS, he has absolutely NO regrets except that he couldn't see the blood of his victims. He's PROUD of it all. He tries to turn Katarn, not to save himself, but as a last hate filled way to insure the Galaxy burns if he has to go down. When Katarn refuses and tosses Jerec back his weapon, he could have fled, but instead Jerec attacks Katarn, spurning his mercy in a final act of pride, hate and defiance. He dies an unrepentant villain.

In many ways Jerec is a mirror version of Saruman the White after he fell. Both were obsessed with Knowledge and order that only THEY could bring, both betrayed their former order for what they felt to be a greater power, both betrayed that power for their own ends, both sought to posses an ancient well of power(or ring) to boost their own power grab, both spurned mercy in defeat and both cursed and gloated to their enemies trying to get them to kill them in anger mocking how they had ruined the heroes life and home, both were consumed by Pride and Hate that directly led to their death, both died powerless, both died unrepentant.

What are your thoughts and who would you like me to do next?

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The Lounge / AMVs and Star Wars
« on: November 11, 2016, 08:18:56 PM »
Some good music videos in the spirit





If you have any neat ones share them. i'm always interested in good music vids

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Imperial Civil War Community Mods / Jerec's Seven Dark Jedi for ICW
« on: April 27, 2016, 10:05:36 AM »
As some of you who have known me on the forums for the past eight years might be aware of, I found this mod while looking for a mod that had Jerec in it(and also voice him ingame)
Seeing Sariss in the last preview really reignited an old idea I had. I want to include Jerec's Dark Jedi from Dark Forces II-Boc, Maw, Gorc, Pic and Yun added to the PA hero roster in place of the generic Dark Jedi the PA have now. I would have the generic DJ moved to Brakiss in IR in era 5. Currently working with Delta, Kucsidave and Vulcanus on this.
My idea is for each of the Dark Jedi in Jerec's band to have specific strengths and weaknesses as well as being hero units so that they still have to be used strategically instead of being able to be replaced en masse with generic darksiders.
For instance Sariss, fitting with her role as the Prophetess gives a sight bonus to the worlds connected to the one she is above and has force sight on land as well as speed.
Boc is a combo of Gorc and Pic medium anti vic but with speed and stealth to deal with Inf too. Perhaps give him a bonus that boosts infantry effectiveness since he often worked with commandos.
Maw has Force sight and allows hero units to be seen on nearby worlds to show his Jedi Shadow past. Also is anti infantry but has higher movement speed for his hovering.
Gorc I want to be anti vehicle, slower, but very powerful and with Force crush, big health but slow.
Pic, I want to make similar to Yoda in the base game, small and fast but with low health, and Yoda's berserk slashing ability
Yun I want to be basic, just speed and a slight boost to troop skill as Jerec's soldiers worked better under him on Ruusan.

In this way each Dark Jedi brings a specific skill set to the table, but also specific weaknesses another player can exploit plus if they die you can't replace them so they are balanced out.
What do you all think?

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It is New Years Fete in the Galactic Empire. You are Emperor Palpatine. Which 12 Imperial Officers do you promote to be your Grand Admirals and Why?

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Okay, lotta people look at the Thrawn Campaign and say, "Where was Palps? Why didn't he help? Why did he even help the campaign fail according to some? Why did he allow the Imperial Mutiny?"
Many chalk these things up to Craziness, megalomania, Social Darwinism etc(And to a degree they are.) However there are some very logical(Though in hindsight self destructivly fatal) reasons Palpatine did what he did during both.
First off with Thrawn. Thrawn returned and reunited the rim factions into a confederation with himself at the head to save the Empire. During this time let us look at Thrawn's actions and how Palps would have interpereted them.
Thrawn returns, reunites the factions but makes no contact with Byss(Possible he didn't know palps was alive, but suspicious to Palps point of view). He immediately begins rallying and personally becoming an icon of the Empire(Which Palps had been very careful to avoid Thrawn doing until now) He procures HUGE amounts of Ysalamiri gains cloaking tech and clone facility to build and army loyal to HIM. Thrawn tells many that HE is the ruler of the Empire now, not some long dead Emperor(Thus stating his independance publicaly) Finally he gets a mad VERY powerful Dark Jedi and plans to clone him as a future Emperor(Now we have moved into what looks VERY much like Thrawn countering every advantage the Emperor would have had, thus making him VERY dangerous to the Emperor)
Thrawn was loyal to the ideal of the Empire, and his OWN version of that ideal differed from Palps vision, so why would he submit when he now held the power?
So of course Palps would not want Thrawn to succeed if it meant he would be supplanted by him.

Now for the Imperial mutiny. Why didn't Palps just come out and say, "Here I am! I am the Emperor, listen to me again!"? Simple. Each Warlord was independant, yes they were VERY loosely allied to take Coruscant(Most likely because each thought that they could benefit from it and then take power) During the Emperor's reign he always had a leash on these Admirals, Moffs and Generals via the Stormtrooper Corps, the ISB and the Inquisitorious. Now, that leash no longer existed. Most Stormtroopers were recruits or Army troopers loyal to their Warlord or sector. The Inquisitorous was largely destroyed and the ISB was a pale shadow of it's former self.
As a result all these commanders now held vast amounts of Military power in their hands, not Palpatine's. What was to stop them from refusing his orders? Or outright trying to kill him? Nothing but Palps own forces, which while powerful were not equal to the Entirety of the combined Warlord Fleets. Also while they were called the IMPERIAL Warlords they were each seperate nation states that were exceptionally hostile to any outside control. These were not Allies, they were ALL enemies as much as the NR to any power other than their own. His solution? Have them destroy one another and then step in as the dominant power when they are weakened. It's easier to fight one enemy than dozens. So he funnelled their hatred of each other so they would fall into internecine conflict. The result, they were devastated, badly mauled and weakened and to boot they had chased the NR away from the Core. Then Palps made his appearance in full force. With his superweapons, centralized stability and the rewards he gave the survivors of the Mutiny they submitted to him. His plan worked very well. He was back in charge, his enemies had torn themselves apart and with his clones, essence transfer, and the superweapons Palps had no doubt he could destroy the rebels who had been pushed to the corners of the galaxy anyway. This can be largely attributed to his ego, having cheated death and his enemies being so scattered and weak in comparison to him now. All things considered Palps plan was very efficient and well conceved for destroying Rival Factions....the problem was that everything hinged on HIM surviving as the center of the Dark Empire...without him it went back to factions...factions that were badly weakened and badly bitter toward one another for what each saw as the others fault for their own weakened state. With this divided and badly weakened Empire spread out over virtually the entire Galaxy it was relatively easy to reconquer especially as fed up as most of the Galaxy was with the madness that passed for Imperial Warlords and what insanity had been the Dark Empire. Add to this no legitamate Heir to the Throne, internecine thoughts and dwindling resource pools the Empire was dealt a death blow as a direct result of Palpatine's schemes.

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Star Wars Discussion / The Warlord Zsinj
« on: December 24, 2014, 06:28:31 PM »
Okay as many of you who have been around for a bit may know I love the Warlords. They each have their own personalities and quirks as well as posing interesting foils to the EU heroes in their own ways. That being said I think I will start a Warlord of the Week post.

I'll start off with a personal favorite, Warlord Zsinj.

I love this guy, he's one of the best EU characters on the antagonist side of things in my opinion for a lot of reasons. He was a masterful tactician and politician able to simultaneously fight the New Republic, Central Empire and the Greater Maldrood with a great track record of success. He is also unique in that unlike other prominent EU baddies he isn't a Force user, he's not tall, good looking or Muscular like Kaine, Isard or Krennal. He's a short, pudgy mustachioed fellow with a face suited to a comedian. Yet he builds this Empire on charisma, ingenuity and tactics in spite of the obvious disadvantages to him personally. He rose up completely from the bottom to prominence, slaying his own talented mother as his first assignment. His tactics were innovative and extremely useful. His doctrine of never fighting on an enemies chosen ground while limiting his tactical success opportunities made certain he would never be decisively crushed either. Where other Warlords in their pride would have stayed and sent futile attacks to prove their superiority(Grunger,Drysso and Drommel come to mind) Zsinj never put himself in that position which also kept his forces alive and maintained experienced crewmen without wasting them. He hired pirates and smugglers for disposable troops and intel networks freeing up his own forces and again avoiding losing his own men as well.
He held off two attempts to take him out early after Endor from the NR with ease and tactical brilliance. He used the Iron Fist as such a ship should be used, as both a deadly weapon and a visible symbol of his might. Ackbar couldn't even FIND Zsinj, if the Wraiths and a combo of IR and NR team up hadn't been added to Petothal backstabbing him Zsinj never would have eve been cornered by Solo's Fleet-and even with all this stacked against him he still managed to pull an ace out of his sleeve and escape to heal.
He rewarded merit and punished incompetence. He was very generous with his crews and soldiers, many of them seemed genuinely loyal to him, not out of fear but admiration and duty, which says a lot for his style of leadership. He was also always with his fleet, when there was a battle he was either there or close by coordinating it, he was a warrior. He rightly figured that he needed Elite and loyal troops and being robbed of Stormies didn't do like the other factions and just slap the armor on newbies he MADE a whole new section of his forces that were MORE elite than the very forces they had replaced.(Cooler armor too) Zsinj was also an avid inventer, developing the Nightcloak, TIE Raptor, many of their transports and other bits and pieces of tech for his faction.
All of this aside I love this guy's personality. Whereas Harrsk comes across as a Psychopath, Teradoc a screaming coward, and Delvardus an overly arrogant elitist, Zsinj honestly seemed ironically the most grounded, He wore the white uniform of a Grand Admiral sure, but he never used a title he didn't earn, he had been AWARDED the title of Warlord, he was the FIRST Warlord and to be fair he was also the Grand Moff of Quelli Oversector and a Legitimate High Admiral to boot. I also think in terms of tactics, tech and inventiveness he was a better candidate for Grand Admiral than Declann, Pitta, Syn or Il'Raz certainly. So I can't even really fault him the Grand Admiral uniform. Zsinj could be charming, funny and even likeable from a reader's perspective. I loved the dialogue between him and Melvar.
He's just an all around treat to read and enjoy. Unlike Isard who never had a single moment you could relate to her, Zsinj did and scenes like the dinner with the Wraiths where he pretends to be pirate like add to that. He's threatening when he has to be, funny when he can be and likeable when he chooses to be(Something that a majority of the other Warlords lacked)
I enjoyed voicing him and one of the main draws to this mod s getting to live those What If scenarios of Zsinj I entertained since reading the X Wing Novels and Courtship of Princess Leia, I even got to be him(Voice over anyway)

I'd like to hear your thoughts on Warlord Zsinj and next week I'll pick a different Warlord to discuss. Cheers and if you're not fond of the Warlord well I don't have much of  way to compensate you...I suppose I could let you kiss my Wookie.

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Star Wars Discussion / Post Shadow Hand Imperial Warlords
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:32:04 AM »
Operation Shadow Hand has failed. Palpatine is dead. Byss is destroyed. The Warlords have fragmented again and the New Republic is ascendant. Carnor Jax declares himself Emperor and tries to rally a council of Moffs and regional governors around him but his power is tenuous at best. The Pentastar is floundering but reasonably stable in it's isolationist stance, Teradoc commands the largest fleet but is involved in a massive multifront war with Delvardus, Harrsk and the other 10 deep core Warlords, Brill is a madman on Fortress Prakith. In the shadow Devian plots to drive out any sense of compromise and restore the Empire to Palpatine's vision-with himself as head of course.
You are an Imperial Officer,Governr/Moff with your ships and crew, or your army and planet or system who do you choose to join?

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Star Wars Discussion / Greatest SW Pilot(0BBY-25BBY)
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:15:26 AM »
Who is the best? On this poll are some of the best pilots in the Galaxy. Who do you think takes the cake as the number 1?

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Delvardus, Harrsk and Teradoc. Okay they get killed off rather early in Darksaber, they have all displayed ridiculous Megalomania in their actions and titles. Each had been defeated by the New republic and forced to flee much of their holdings but I wonder about each of these three Men. Each of them were admirals BEFORE Endor, each had their own unique approach to their ambitions.

What interests me about them is their approaches to tactical build up was so drastically different.
Delvardus went with pure quality, maximizing his killpower into one overwhelming vessel and a few other heavy capital ships. He invested in new tech, inovation and crushing centralized power in the Night Hammer.
Teradoc believed in mass production of small cheap units, a cuiser and frigate philosphy.
Harrsk went with a balanced medium approach. Battleships but standard ones that could be built in decent numbers and speed with interworkable parts and existing tech to simplify construction.

My question is which of these policies would you follow?
I personally would probably have favored Delvardus's doctrine. I believe that a vessel of Night Hammer's calibur is essential to a fleet. Technologically it is unique among SSDs. It had Stealth armor over the standard hull armor, making it more heavily armored, it required less than HALF the crew of a standard SSD, yet it's capacity for fighters and bombers was SIGNIFICANTLY higher than other SSDs(Over one Thousand Fighters acording to it's specs) It's safety systems were such that even when destroyed by the plot device, nearly ALL her crew escaped(Something other SSDs seem bad at, Executor, Iron Fist, Terror both Eclipse's and Aggressor are prime examples) yet dispite the massively reduced crew needed, it lacked none of the firepower of the other SSDs and still had enough ground forces for planetary assault or occupation. This vessel was superior to anything else fielded in it's day. It was equivalent to 20 ISDs in power, or 40 VSDs making it more than capable of crushing Harrsk by itself and holding it's own against easily half of Teradoc's main battle fleet-by ITSELF, coupled with Delvardus's other Forces he was a match for Harsk or Teradoc with this vessel. Maybe it's my German blood but I always go for quality over quantity.

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Star Wars Discussion / What New Republic Commander would you serve under?
« on: October 19, 2013, 11:49:57 PM »
Though I am a Loyal Son of the Empire I have some great admiration for a few New Republic Commanders even if I deplore their rebel affiliation.
So who would you serve with, who of these rebels earned your respect?

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Okay, as a SW fan I have odd ideas from time to time, such as what if certain songs were done in the SW universe?  So I wrote em and put em here. Enjoy. The songs converted are Attero Dominatus and The Angry American(Not a fan of the second one) if you want to know how they sound musically to the lyrics I wrote. Anyway I call them Attero Dominatus(Vong Version) and The Angry Imperial.

Here's the first one.

Attero Dominatus
Yuzzhantar is burning!
Denique Interimo!
the Vong have fallen!
We're in orbit of Yuuzahn'tar!
With two and a half thousand ships!
with millions of fighters in our fleet!
Use them as Rancor rams!
Shadow bombs leading our way
Millions of proton torps have been launched!
The Vong must pay for their crimes!
The faces of the Gods have been broken!
Admiral Pellaeon's orders:
Serve Yuuzhantar on a plate!
Disregard the losses,
The planet's our's to take!

Attero Dominatus
Yuuzhantar is burning
Denique Interimo
The Vong Have fallen!

The price of a war must be paid,
trillions of lives have been lost!
The price must be paid by the Vong that started a war in the outer rim!
The spring of the year of revenge
The year when the Yuuzhan Vong will fall!
We're inside Shimrra's Fortress
The Wings of the Gods have been broken!
Cal Omas orders!
Serve me Yuuzhantar on a plate!
Disregard the losses,
 The Galaxy is ours to retake!

Attero Dominatus!
Yuuzhantar is burning!
Denique Interimo!
The Vong have fallen!
March! Fly! Die on Yuuzhantar!
March! Fly! Conquer CORUSCANT!!!
Attero Dominatus!
Yuuzhantar is burning
Denique Iterimo
The Vong have fallen!
Attero Dominatus!
Yuuzhantar is burning
Denique Iterimo
THE VONG HAVE FALLEN!
ATTERO!!!

And now to parody a country song.

My template served in the grand army until a droid shot out his right eye, but he flew the Imperial flag til the day that he died he wanted my brothers and me to grow up and serve loyally in the Empire of Tyranny
Now this Empire I was grown to serve has fallen under attack, a sneaky rebel flew right out of the black and as soon as we could see clearly from Emperor Palpatine's eye, we lit up your sectors like a feefeday surprise!
And Emperor Palpatine put's your name at the top of his list
And Lord Darth Vader starts clenching his fist
And a TIE will fly
And it's gonna be the seventh Corellian Hell
It will feel like the Galaxy is raining down on you!
All brought to you curtesy of my Black white and Grey!

Oh Justice will be served and space battles will rage
this krayt dragon will roar when you rattle his cave
You'll be sorry you messed with the Galactic Empire....
Cause we'll blast your rebel hide!
It's the Imperial Way!

When Emperor Palpatine put's your name at the top of his list
And Lord Darth Vader starts clenching his fist
And a TIE Fighter will fly
And it's gonna be the seventh Corellian Hell
It will feel like the Galaxy is raining down on you!
All brought to you curtesy of my Black white and Grey!


Let me know how you like(Or hate them) phew glad I got those outta my head.

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Star Wars Discussion / What would you do in Post Endor EU (Imperial Version)
« on: September 24, 2013, 12:22:16 AM »
What would you do as an Imperial Fleet commander(or Moff) of a Sector or Fleet after hearing the Emperor has died and seeing all the various factions arise? Who do you serve if anyone?

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