- Jul 15, 2011
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The Star Wars RPIn the aftermath of the Second Imperial Civil War, a fragile cooperation between the Galactic Alliance Remnant, the New Jedi Order, and the Empire-in-exile proved to be the dominant galactic force after the fall of Darth Krayt’s Galactic Empire and the One Sith. Krayt’s Empire fractured and scattered, as the Empire-in-exile initially did not wish to affiliate with those they considered traitors. The Sith, shamed into defeat once again, went into hiding in the Unknown Regions, where they would plot an eventual rise in power once more.
THE STORY: Star Wars Legacies
End of the Second Imperial Civil War
THE STORY: Star Wars Legacies
End of the Second Imperial Civil War
An Era of PeaceWith Darth Krayt dead and his empire in ruins, the Galactic Alliance Remnant officially renamed itself the Galactic Alliance and reasserted its claims over a number of star systems it previously held. Those that had remained loyal to the Alliance after the One Sith sabotaged reconstruction efforts after the Yuuzhan Vong War returned to the Galactic Alliance immediately, and many of those that had seceded to join the Empire returned upon realizing that their secession helped bring Darth Krayt and his forces into galactic dominance.
A number of worlds that had belonged to Imperial forces prior to Darth Krayt chose to remain under the authority of the newly reorganized post-Krayt Empire, allowing the Empire to build up a sizable Imperial Space in comparison to the Alliance, which was still dwarfing the Empire in the systems it was collecting.
Meanwhile, the New Jedi Order also began to rebuild its numbers from the remnants that it had been dwindled down to, and many Jedi previously thought dead came out of hiding to help mend their broken order. In order to ensure the safety of their ranks, the Jedi mostly congregated in the Core Worlds near Coruscant, though they did plan to expand beyond the Core once their numbers were sufficient.
As the Alliance and the Empire brought worlds back into their domains, both governments recognized the urgent need to prevent another war between them. Neither side believed that they could withstand another galactic war for dominance, nor did they desire one. Although the Empire had always been an imperialistic, expansionist government, the Emperor decided that, at least for the time being, they would focus on rebuilding the territory within the systems that willingly joined them.
In order to help prevent future conflicts, the leaders of the Alliance, the Jedi, and the Empire came together and reaffirmed the Galactic Federation Triumvirate, a cooperative pact that would transfer some sovereign decision-making authority to the Triumvirate while allowing most decisions to be made autonomously by the governments. Given that they had previously joined the Galactic Alliance, the Chiss Ascendancy also had a measurable amount of influence within the affairs of the Triumvirate, though the Chiss government did not have a seat on the Triumvirate itself.
The Sith, however, did not go quietly into the night, hoping to use the influence they had gained by infiltrating different planetary governments to topple the Triumvirate and, in effect, its three individual member bodies. The galaxy had all but turned away from the Sith at that point, so the remnants of Krayt’s followers found that their influence was nearly non-existent.
After years of trying to infiltrate governments, the New Jedi Order learned of the Sith scheming and set out to defeat them once and for all. With a sizable group of Alliance, Imperial, and Chiss forces, the Jedi led a campaign into the Unknown Regions against the Sith, causing the Sith numbers to drop to near-extinction.
The Jedi, knowing that the Old Jedi Order had been fooled by Darth Bane’s Rule of Two, did not intend to simply believe that the Sith were destroyed. They spent years searching out Krayt’s followers until finally they could find no more. The Jedi did not believe that the Sith were extinct, and they continued to monitor the Unknown Regions and beyond for any sign of Sith activity, but none presented itself.
The Centuries Go ByAs the centuries went on, the Galactic Federation Triumvirate continued to prosper, even as governments such as the Chiss pulled out in order to focus on their own autonomous regions. Galactic wars had not broken out, nor had regional wars. The largest conflicts were generally planetary and, in some cases, system-wide, during which time the respective central governments that oversaw that territory would deal with the issue. The other two Triumvirate members would assist when requested.
By 538 ABY, however, all three Triumvirate members agreed that a lasting peace had been established, one that the governments at the time did not believe would devolve into war. Deciding to take a chance on full autonomy, they dissolved the Triumvirate and replaced it with the Treaty of Csilla—the Chiss, having become a neutral world, agreed to host the conference.
The treaty included a non-aggression pact and a non-expansion pact, the latter of which came with the caveat that if the Alliance or Empire wished to expand, or the Jedi wished to set up additional outposts, they would consult with the other factions prior to doing so in order to prevent hostilities and mistrust.
With time moving forward, the Alliance and the Empire both recognized that if they attempted to evolve militarily, it would create suspicion and mistrust on the part of the other government. The Second Treaty of Csilla, held in 551 ABY, created the promise on the part of the two governments that they would not significantly expand their military numbers. Technology could be improved, however, with inspection by the other government.
Maintaining large fleets became expensive for the Alliance and the Empire, both of whom chose that, due to the peace that had been maintained between them, they would reduce their number of forces. Fleets were mothballed and hidden in secret coordinates all across the galaxy in the event they were ever needed again....and some still remain hidden, lost and waiting to be found again.
During this time, the Mandalorian society also saw itself on the rebound from its previous shambles. Under Boba Fett years earlier, the Mandalorians became more of an army for hire made up of farmers on various Mandalorian wars. A strong leader rose to power in 573 ABY, however, and evoked the traditions, glory, and honor of the past to re-inspire cultural pride and remind his people that, under the former Mandalores, their culture was thriving. This leader was declared Mandalore the Resurrector, and he set out to rebuild the once-great society.
Return of the SithThroughout the centuries, dark cults and mystic tribes practiced the dark ways of the Force in secret, quietly carrying on the legacy of the Sith throughout the ages. Explorers in the Unknown Regions, where these cults and tribes lived in solitude, uncovered countless holocrons throughout the region. These contained the teachings of the old Sith ways, documented long before Darth Krayt, Palpatine, and even Darth Bane. These were the Sith of the Old Republic, spanning from the empire of Naga Sadow to the empire of Revan and beyond.
Years went by and the memories of the old Sith quietly circulated throughout the shadowy corners of the galaxy until one dark warrior, emboldened by the confidence instilled by the Sith teachings, chose to act upon the ways of the old Sith and form a new order of Sith Lords that would rival even the likes of the greatest Sith emperors in history.
This warrior was a woman named Layda Aren. She was a fanatic from a cult that worshiped the dark arts who chose to stop worshiping and instead revive the Sith. Aren journeyed to countless worlds that were seeped with the dark side of the Force, from Lehon to Thule, from Conscio to Korriban, gaining strength and followers.
Once on Korriban, Aren, accompanied by a small band of her followers, went scavenging through the tombs of the ancient Dark Lords of the Sith. In the tomb of Darth Invidius, Aren was anointed Dark Lady of the Sith by the spirit of the Dark Lord Individus himself, carrying on the legacy of the great Sith empires of old. She took upon herself the name of Darth Aevum and set about to forge an empire the likes of which the galaxy had not seen in centuries. Aevum swore that the Jedi would fall, the Sith would have their revenge, and Sith rule would be restored to the galaxy.
In the years that followed, Aevum and her followers, the first of the new Sith Lords, trained a host of new Sith warriors, ones with a talent for infiltration in order to secure the power the Sith would need to rise again. In 972 ABY, when they were fully prepared, the Sith began infiltrating both the Empire and Chiss society.
Within the Chiss Ascendancy, the Sith secretly crafted for themselves an aggressive enemy, one willing to break a millennia-old non-aggression stance. The Chiss became more aggressive and expansionist, creating a thirst for conquest not seen since the likes of Grand Admiral Thrawn. When the Sith revealed themselves to the Chiss, the Sith proved their power in the Force and, thus, proved themselves to be a worthy ally for the cunning and resourceful Ascendancy—which had plans of its own, knowing that by aiding the Sith they would strengthen and expand Chiss rule over the Unknown Regions.
With the Chiss secured as an ally, the Sith moved on to infiltrate the Empire. They worked in secret to ensure the teachings of the Sith and the promise of new galactic domination were disseminated amongst the ranks, and they created for themselves a god-like stature for the Sith. All of their manipulation within the Empire was to ensure that, upon revealing themselves, they would be welcomed with thunderous applause and unquestioned loyalty.
On the Brink of WarThe Sith finally revealed themselves to the Empire in 1,002 ABY. Most of the Imperial forces swore loyalty to Darth Aevum immediately, but some, including the Emperor, resisted. As a show of strength and domination, Aevum used the Force to crush the neck of the Emperor in front of his forces. Rather than suffer the same fate at the hands of the thousands of Sith who followed her, the Imperial forces swore their loyalty to Empress Aevum, who secured her hold over Imperial territory.
Not all elements of the Empire swore loyalty, however. The Imperial Knights, sworn to protect the Emperor ever since the days of the long-since-dead Fel dynasty, defected from the Empire immediately upon the death of the Emperor. They chose to remain independent, not allying with any other government, where they would use their powers to attack the Sith-ruled Empire from afar in an effort to topple the Sith dominion.
The Alliance and the Jedi watched in horror as their ancient enemies returned and once again took control of the Empire, something they did not anticipate. Unlike the wars of old, however, they did not cast blame upon one another, and the Alliance knew that there was nothing the Jedi could have done to prevent the Sith takeover. The Alliance knew all too well that the mistake of turning on the Jedi resulted in the Great Jedi Purge and the rise of the First Galactic Empire, so they were not about to turn on their long-time Jedi friends. Instead, they integrated their forces together, as only their combined might could defeat the new Sith empire.
The Mandalorians also watched from afar as the Sith declared themselves to the galaxy. They had been enemies of the Sith for thousands of years, and they blamed Alliance inaction for allowing the Sith to return. The Imperial Knights, which had a dialogue with the Mandalorians after their defection, felt the same way. The Mandalorian war machine geared up for a new conflict, and they were ready to face the new threat, particularly the Chiss Ascendancy.
In 1,010 ABY, as the Empire was preparing to launch its war against the Alliance, Aevum was killed in lightsaber combat by her apprentice, Darth Judicar, who anointed himself Dark Lord of the Sith and the one who would fulfill the charge of Darth Invidius and lead the Empire into victory over the Alliance and the Jedi. The Sith ranks, impatient after a nearly a decade and yearning for a leader who would take decisive action, pledged their allegiance to Judicar. The few who opposed him were swiftly destroyed.
Within the next year, as the forces of Judicar grew stronger, a small band of Imperial forces, secretly opposed to the Sith rule, began a dialogue with the Alliance, hoping to defect and bring with them secrets from the Empire that could help the Alliance defeat the Sith once and for all. The Sith, suspicious of the activities of this Imperial group, tasked their Chiss allies with determining exactly what was taking place.
No government spoke the words, but, as of 1,011 ABY, war was all but inevitable...
The Saga Continues
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