Location - Athar City, CIS held Manufacturing DistrictFinally, an envoy from his outside allies had arrived. It had been three (3) weeks since the CIS command had made contact and had delivered their promised vast army to help the Unionists defeat their rivals and re-gain control of JanFathal for the CIS. "Everything had moved like clockwork in the beginning", the Unionist Colonel thought to himself. Their combined forces had gradually secured the mines, the factories, and methodically pushed back the Traditionalist traitors until they were on the brink of collapse. Victory was within their grasp.......until the sudden arrival of the Republic's accursed Airborne battalions. He cursed his officers lack of training and inadept ability of the tactical droids to adjust strategies to properly counter this new threat. What had once been a near one-sided slaughter against the Traditionalists, had turned into barbaric onslaught. The Republic troops' ferocity had robbed them of all advantage and fought the CIS forces to a stalemate. Where once the Unionists had a 5-to-1 advantage, the number scale was near even..........and defeat loomed like an imminent storm gathering above them. Hence, the Unionist command had been over-joyed when the CIS leadership had made contact again, as they hoped it had meant bulk reinforcements to turn the tide once and for all. Everyone knew the Republic was spent on troops and ships, otherwise they would have sent full legions to JanFathal, instead of mere divisions. But the instructions from the CIS command were.........strange.........to say the least.
Time - Day 5
Time - Day 5
Prepare for a one ship envoy?
The shuttle had arrived. Escorted by advanced starfighters and enhanced with jamming sensors to bypass the Republic fleet and asteroid defenses, yet only disembarked a single being. Still, the memory of their first encounter filled the Colonel with wonder, confusion, and......fear......
This envoy was to be treated with upmost respect, that was made clear in his orders. Yet, the man did not seem like an officer of the CIS military. Nor even of the late Count's strange Acolytes (though rumor was they were 'fallen Jedi'), though this envoy did carry a similar air of mystery about him. He had ordered the Colonel to recall the Acolytes from their deployments in the city: Sebastian Kade, Azael Leandre, and Dalak Krayt. He had performed his orders and reported back to High Command's envoy.......and then he had been dismissed.
"That man gives me the chills", he thought to himself. "Something is off here......", but with the military Acolytes returning headquarters, he was not daring enough to question them on this summons.
The envoy awaited them, casually pacing in what had been a luxurious business suite. Extravagant tapestries hung on the walls with burgundy curtains draping the full ceiling height windows of this meeting room decorated from an era long past. The furniture was exquisite with in-laid gold, the grand fireplace white-smoke marble.......it would have all been so elegant.......if it was not covered by inches of concrete dust and wall debris from all the bombings in the city. The envoy continued to pace, quietly humming an ancient tune to himself, "And who are you, the proud Lord said, that I must bow so low......." He had come to this world under the flag of the CIS to treat with those whom the late Darth Tyrannous had trusted.......or at least shown interest in. The wind was alive on this world........the Force was in motion. The Unionist Colonel and his little war mattered not. This struggle mattered not. "What mattered was that the master was calling in earnest again, and the master must be served. The Darkside must always be served." He only hoped these Acolytes proved up to his challenge.
He prayed they did not force him to wait long................
(OOC Note - This first kick off is for the CIS Players, with a future post to gather the Jedi/Republic aligned players also on this mission. This will be heavily DM'd by the Site Community Team, so a separate thread will be started where participants can ask questions and list out player requests to help guide this mission)