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One of the most vibrant and dangerous places in the galaxy, Nar Shaddaa is a sprawling cityscape where nothing comes without a price. Dominated by a black market that caters to every indulgence, the moon has become the ultimate symbol of corruption. The upper levels present an endless parade of glittering neon towers and floating pleasure palaces; no greater concentration of wealth exists across the galaxy. Behind these flashy facades, crime bosses and secret political emissaries make backroom deals that decide the fates of worlds, and as much as both the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire might like to change it, the Hutt Cartel calls the shots.
For all the opulence above, however, an equal level of brutality lies below. The bowels of Nar Shaddaa hide some of the galaxy’s darkest secrets. In the pursuit of advanced technologies, unscrupulous enterprises conduct hazardous experiments on unwilling test subjects and crime lords employ slaves as fodder on industrial assembly lines. Fugitives hide from the law after committing heinous crimes, and prisoners who’ve vanished from all over the galaxy are held in anonymous and inescapable private prisons. Criminal enterprises beyond Hutt control compete for power, as well – foremost among them the Exchange syndicate, the Hutt Cartel’s only genuine rival. While the upper levels of Nar Shaddaa may be one of the most desirable places to visit in the galaxy, the moon’s lower levels are a place which anyone in their right mind would avoid at all costs.
In the distant past, before becoming the Hutts’ showcase, Nar Shaddaa was used as a refugee camp for Evocii driven from Hutta itself. Then again, after the Jedi Civil War 300 years ago, Nar Shaddaa was swarmed with refugees who were used by the criminal Exchange to lure and capture any remaining Jedi. More recently, when the Great War began, it brought ruin to many star systems, but to Nar Shaddaa, it brought only more profit. While other systems were offering allegiance to the Empire or to the Republic, the Hutts controlling Nar Shaddaa realized they could keep their autonomy – and their increased profits – by dealing with both sides. This delicate balancing act has increased the risk of doing business, but it hasn’t deterred competition. The Exchange and the Hutt Cartel have engaged in a winner-takes-all crime war that spans the galaxy but centers on the tiny moon of Nar Shaddaa.
Darth Malgus was a male Sith Lord of the Sith Empire by 3,653 BBY, during the Great Galactic War. He had been born Veradun, on the Sith capital world of Dromund Kaas. Malgus was a fierce warrior on the battlefield, and frequently called for changes to the Sith Empire’s policies. He often utilized alien mercenaries from species widely believed to be deceitful, and eventually took an alien, the Twi’lek Eleena Daru, as his lover, treating her like a wife.
After being promoted to Darth, Malgus led a surprise assault on the Core World of Alderaan; though initially successful, Malgus and his forces were defeated in a Republic counterattack.Malgus led Sith forces in the Invasion of the Jedi Temple during the Sacking of Coruscant, a move by the Sith Empire to bring the Republic and their Jedi defenders to their knees and assert the dominance of the Sith in the galaxy. Malgus, accompanied by a strike force utilizing a captured Republic shuttle, succeeded in killing a substantial amount of Jedi defenders—including Ven Zallow, who became Malgus’s most notable kill—before the Sith fleet arrived. By the end of the engagement, the Sith had destroyed the Jedi Temple, killed half of the members of the Jedi High Council, and disgraced the Jedi Order in the eyes of the Republic. Following the battle, Malgus led Sith forces into the Unknown Regions, claiming previously-unknown territories for the Empire.
Malgus during the Battle of Alderaan
In 3,681 BBY, the Sith Empire, widely believed by the galaxy to have been destroyed over a thousand years earlier, emerged from hiding and launched a series of assaults against the Galactic Republic, the galactic government, in what would come to be known as the Great Galactic War. During the war, and after attaining the title of “Darth,” Malgus led Sith forces in a surprise attack on the Core World of Alderaan after the Republic Navy was drawn away in a successful feint. The planet easily fell to the Imperial forces, but a Republic guerrilla counterattack was launched as the Republic troopers of Havoc Squad emerged to engage the vastly superior numbers of the Sith. The invaders responded quickly to the threat; Malgus swatted away incoming fire with his lightsaber and killed some of the Republic Special Forces soldiers. A female Jedi then joined the fray, leading the remaining Republic troopers in beating back the Sith forces. She engaged Malgus in lightsaber combat, dueling him in the Alderaan forest and using her surroundings to her advantage.
When Malgus moved in for the kill, the Jedi used her hands to absorb the energy of his lightsaber, distracting him long enough for a Republic trooper to tackle him. The trooper detonated a grenade he held in his hand; the resulting explosion threw both combatants in opposite directions. The Jedi seized the moment to Force push Malgus into a stone wall, and followed by releasing a surge of energy that shattered the stone around Malgus. The remaining Republic forces prevailed, winning back Alderaan as the Republic fleet arrived in-system Malgus survived the encounter, but jaw wounds he received during the battle forced him to don a mask that covered his nose, mouth, and neck. The attack on Alderaan proved to be the first of many surprise attacks that Malgus led during the war.
AR-34 enforcer droids, also known as “backbreakers,” were commissioned by the Hutt crime cartel. They were originally designed as security droids, but were frequently employed as debt-collectors by Hutt-affiliated gangsters. They were based on similar mechanical designs as military droids, but were equipped with smaller armaments and were designed for speed, mobility, and pursuit. They were equipped with high-speed, short-range blasters and cortosis-grip gauntlets. A backbreaker droid was capable of breaking down a reinforced barrier and clearing a room with blaster-fire in seconds.
Bioware just announced the advanced classes for the Jedi Knight class. The guardian and the sentinel. You can read all about them in the holonet or you can read what I think about them.
The guardian uses a single light saber and is equipped with heavy armor. It sounds like it will go the route of a tank class. Until now, none of the other classes held much interest for me outside of the bounty hunter. With the gaurdian though, I think I’ll have to give it a try. A heavily armored Jedi Knight is just what the doctor ordered.
The sentinel uses dual light sabers and attacks through holes in their opponents defense. You’re typical DPS class. I don’t get excited about them. They still feel like little scrawny, wimpy Jedi to me. I’m going to wait a while before I try this class.
I do think that it’s cool that Bioware is giving you the opportunity to try out so many different classes that have such dramatic differences in the story of the game. There hasn’t been any other MMO out there (except for EVE Online) that has ever inspired me to start over the game as a different race. Good on ya, Bioware.
The Gormak were sentient humanoids native to the planet Voss, a world in the Voss system of the Allied Tion sector in the Outer Rim Territories. They were the more populous of their homeworld’s two native sentient species—and they were extremely hostile toward the other, a species known as the Voss. The Gormak were equally hostile toward off-worlders, whom they viewed as allies of the Voss.
The Gormak possessed an innate comprehension of technology, although they did not develop flight capability prior to contact with off-worlders. When the planet Voss was discovered by non-natives shortly after the end of the Great Galactic War in 3,653 BBY, the Sith Empire attempted to conquer the world, which the Sith thought was only populated by the Gormak. The attempt failed due to the intervention of the Voss species, and the planet remained independent. Embassies were established by the Empire and the Galactic Republic to curry favor with the Voss alone, an oversight that angered the Gormak. The Gormak built mines, settled in camps, and scavenged stolen technology for their weapons and spacecraft.
There is a new holonet entry for the Mandalorian wars that is worth a glance. I enjoyed watching this one a lot more than the last (Jedi civil war). It tells the story about how Revan and Malak began their path to the dark side.
The Mandalorian Wars included some of the bloodiest battles in the Republic’s history. Mandalore the Ultimate’s relentless campaign to goad the Jedi into open conflict cost the lives of millions. Though the entrance of a Jedi splinter faction into the war is perceived as the factor that turned the tide against the Mandalorians, the perseverance of Republic soldiers and pilots like Carth Onasi cannot be underestimated. Jedi Master Gnost-Dural’s historical investigation analyzes the conflict with the perspective of modern events, highlighting the implications for the war against the Sith Empire.
BTC 311 – Too often, the Mandalorian Wars are characterized solely as a prelude to the Jedi Civil War, but the events surrounding the conflict itself bear close examination. When Mandalore the Ultimate called together the clans and began augmenting his armies further with Neo-Crusaders, his intention was to pull the Jedi Order into open conflict. As is the tradition in their culture, the Mandalorians sought to establish themselves as the most powerful faction in the galaxy by defeating the faction they considered to be their greatest rivals. Though the Jedi Council resisted the Mandalorian challenge, the splinter group led by Revan and Malak eventually joined the fray and won the war. Though there has never been a hint that the Sith were involved in the Mandalorian Wars, new analysis from Jedi Master Gnost-Dural suggests that the influence of the dark side was involved. The bittersweet victory in the Mandalorian Wars took a toll on the Republic for which the price is still being paid to this day…
Bioware has released a video that gives us a little bit of insight into what space combat is going to be like. Check it out below.
I am torn. On one hand, you have amazing graphics and action. On the other hand you have combat like you saw in the game Rebel Assault. You can also refer to it as ‘combat on rails’. This type of combat is where you’re not really in control of your ship. It’s going to follow a very specific path and you’re along for the ride. Basically you just have to maneuver around obstacles and press the fire button.
That’s a bit disappointing for me. Especially growing up with the X-Wing and TIE Fighter simulators. It really makes space combat a mini-game.
I still need to check out the Gamer PC that came out this week. I want to see if they have any better insight into what space combat is going to entail.