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STAR WARS: RETROSPECTION- Trials

Stonia, Almania

The city is burning. But there is one rather large home that receives special attention in all this.

Boom.

The door blasts inward, filling the hallway with a brief flame. The polished white panels are immediately scuffed by debris and tarnished by smoke.

A stocky man steps into the room, drawing his ridiculously large pistol as a protocol droid comes to greet him. His face is menacing, thick black eyebrows over beady black eyes, a full beard braided with gold wire and beads.

“Greetings, I am T-3PO, human cyborg rela- oh, oh my!”

BLAM. The robot collapses into a melting heap as the gun blows him in two at the waist. A charge casing patters along the floor.

“Find the girl. If anyone tries to stop you, blast them.”

They pour past him, roughly a dozen assorted thugs. Scales, skin, fur, all with mini-repeaters or heavy stun clubs. Two Trandoshans stay by their leader as the rest move into the house. Furniture is overturned and windows smashed.

A gunshot roars through the first room and blows through a Rodian’s skull.

“Ah, there’s the bodyguard,” the leader says, feigning joy. He raises his large pistol again, towards a well-built and armor-vested man with a rifle. The single-shot rifle guts another of the thugs before the leader opens fire. The blast catches the man in the chest, sending him spinning to the ground.

A moment later, one of the thugs drags a young blonde girl into the main room.

“I found her, sir! Hiding in a cupboard.”

“My father WON’T stand for this!” the girl screeches.

“Shh,” the leader says, tapping his oversized pistol’s nozzle on her forehead. “You wouldn’t want to say anything to anger me, would you? I don’t like whiny little brats. I prefer them to take the Long Sleep, like your friend here.”

She bites back a scream as she notices her slain bodyguard.

The stocky leader grins, his teeth yellow and crooked, jutting from his massive beard.

“Take a nap, girlie,” he says, and with a sharp crack! he brings his pistol’s grip across her forehead. She collapses in her captor’s arms, out cold. “Take her to the shuttle and put her in chains.”

As the pirates move out the way they came in, the leader remains behind. One of his Trandoshan escorts hands him a battered metal ball that easily fits in his fist. He presses the trigger of the thermal detonator, holds it to set an appropriate time, then hurls it further into the house. Satisfied, the leader leaves, escorts in tow.

“The Senator is going to have a fit. I love my job.”

Boom.

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Welcome to “Trials,” an episode of the new Retrospection games! As an episode of this series, “Trials” will be a very personal plotline, exploring events involving the player’s character. Going off of Ushgarak’s ever-popular Star Wars role-playing game, these mini-episodes occur in game-play’s past. In this case, it will specifically explore an important moment in the life of Xavier Kolarn: his fall to the Dark Side.

Formerly a Jedi with a Master whom he loved as a father, Xavier took to the Dark Side at some point in his career and left the order a murderer. From there, he went to work as a mercenary in the Outer Rim, until he came into contact with a certain group of Dark Jedi, formerly led by Nume Rand. But he would have been sought out by this group had he not been a Dark Jedi of notable skill and power. He is also a member of the Psycho Brigade (an unofficial group of lightsaber-wielding maniacs within Rand’s group), notably the second one to have come from the Jedi Order.

The time period is set in 29 BBY- just three years after the Battle of Naboo and the events of The Phantom Menace. Xavier is a young Jedi Padawan on the path to Knighthood under Master Ko Cabas. Despite his prodigious skill with the lightsaber, Xavier’s path looks troubled to many. His pride in his abilities has turned to arrogance. When defeated in combat and thwarted on a mission, his temper is fierce. But the Council has one last test for him; if he comes away from the Dark Side’s temptation without falling, he will be a Jedi. But he has to survive the mission, first.

Remember, have fun!

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At this point, I will need to know which, if any, predictive power the players will be using before the game starts. Once the plotline is in motion, you can’t make use of these abilities. As a reminder, your available predictive powers that you may have taken are:

Dreams. Using this gives you a small chance that the Force will have given you insight into what is to come in the upcoming story, giving you a chance to better react and deal with these events.

Foresight. This is better than Dreams- it represents you actually spending time to navigate the future to deliberately try and get warning of upcoming events. It can give far more clear and comprehensive visions than Dreams.

Instincts. The power of the Living Force gives you no warning about the future at all, but makes you more likely to do things right once you get there. A successful use of Instincts will give you a certain amount of re-rolls to use during the story, which you can use whenever a die roll goes badly to get a better result.

If you have Foresight, forget using Dreams. Foresight is better. The real choice, though, is whether you’re taking the future-predicting abilities of the Cosmic Force or the here and now Living Force.

If you want to, you may reduce your Force rating by one for the story to get +1 on your prediction roll. The Force power Augury also gives a bonus to these rolls. If the upcoming storyline is dramatically relevant to you, you get +4 to that roll, but you will not be told in advance.

If you wish, you may reduce your force rating by one for the story to get +1 on your prediction roll. The Force power Augury also gives a bonus to these rolls. If the upcoming storyline is drastically relevant to you, you get +4 to the roll, but I will not tell you that in advance.


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Jedi Temple, Coruscant

You suddenly jolt awake, Xavier. You feel very warm, and your ears are still ringing from the explosion. And...wait, huh?

The quarters you have been assigned are absolutely silent; the only noise comes from your ruffling of the bedsheets and your heavy breathing. Other than that...no explosions here.

It must have been a dream. A very vivid...hang on, you had a dream! A prophetic dream! How...bizarre!

Master Cabas has always told you how the Force will speak to those who will listen, or it will force them (no pun intended) to listen by yelling at them. You never really saw the importance in that- something even Master Yoda chastised you for- but it seems that the Force felt you needed to know something.

However, the dream has faded from you. All you can remember is a very hot explosion and...a girl? Hmph.

In any case, it's the middle of the night.


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(Rex I assume that was my use of the Dreams Force Power right?)


Xavier sits up in his bed. He goes over the dream he just had about the hot explosion and a girl. He calms his breathing returning to a normal usable manner. He lessens the result of an unwanted reaction from undesirable stimuli.


This is no ordinary dream Xavier thinks to himself. Thinking it best he gets out of bed to go looking for counsel on the matter.


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Nope! You may elect to use it again.

Well, who is it you're seeking?


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(Then I'll use it again)

Xavier will try and find Master Cabas.


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Master Cabas is in his quarters. You have to knock a few times, but he eventually answers the door.

Ko Cabas is still wearing his Jedi robes. You know by now that he always sleeps in them, prepared for anything. He's a little paranoid that way. His face is heavily tanned and his hair is pure white, his chin made pointed by a fine white goatee. He looks like Oliver Reed.

"Xavier? What is it?"


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"Master I have had a dream that caused me stress, " Xavier speaks in a monotone voice. "Although I feel this isn't a dream but a revelation of something that is or will be happening."


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Ko looks at you curiously.

"You had a vision?" Cabas says. "What of?"


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Xavier reflects on the dream. "It was about a large explosion and some girl. I am unsure of its meaning."


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"I see. Perhaps this dream will return to you and you will be able to tell me more?" Cabas suggests. "The Force can be persistent if it does not make it's message clear."


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"What should I do in the mean time Master?" Xavier asks the Cabas.


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"Meditate," Cabas says. "And prepare yourself for your Trials. You must be fully ready for your passage to Knighthood."


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"Yes Master, " Xavier slightly bowing his head. He began to walk and prepare to meditate on what the Force had shown him. Along with his his Trials around the corner. This was it he would finally be a Jedi Knight.

He may have already been has it not been for the problem on Xavier's previous mission. He still was confused on what had happen. Logically speaking he had no reason to do what he did, and logic governed his life. He was free from emotion as a living being could be. Yet he did remember the shaking of his. Involuntary of his mind almost like an outside force had taken control of him.

He has made it back to his room. There he sat down and began to ponder events trying to take him from the here and now. Xavier was never comfortable doing this. He felt logically that this put him at a disadvantage because his strength was in his strong arm and skill with a sabre. Now with his eyes shut though he was helpless to the mind.


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You never were one for meditation, Xavier. A lightsaber's hum is more soothing to you than emptying your mind of thoughts and all that nonsense. Still, Master Cabas is a magnificent swordsman and always claims meditation as the source of his prowess.

Still, you meditate...and you might be glad to hear that you rolled well on your Premonitions.

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Xavier, old friend.

A dull pain echoes throughout your body. You hate them.

How bold this one is! He will learn...

How are they tolerated?

Xavier!

You don't tolerate them. You WON'T tolerate them.

Aren't you a little...?

They think they have nothing to fear from you.

...humility...

They will fear you. You will teach them thusly.

Think! Focus!

Even if it means the worst.

FOCUS!

You will fail! Hahaha...

The laughter seems familiar, but twisted, warped...

Everything goes black.

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You awake in the morning, sprawled out on the floor of your room.

There is a knock on your door.


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Xavier's eyes snap open as morning and a knocking at the door awake him. His mind seems distant and his body feels close. That is odd for a person who sees the world in logic and reason, not in that muddled water others refer to as emotions.

Still as things begin to even out and Xavier's mind seems to creep back into the forefront the sweat dripping from his pores seems a lingering reminder.

The knocking continues from outside. Xavier puts on His Robes quickly and answers the door.


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It is Master Cabas. His white hair is pulled tightly into a knock and he is wearing his usual rustic orange-brown robes.

"Good morning, Xavier," he greets, with a warm smile.

He's got that odd twinkle in his eye which means he's excited about something. You've memorized that look by now.


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Xavier recognizing that look in Master Cabas' eyes can tell something is happening.

"Good Morning Master Cabas, " Xavier again nods his head in a sign of respect, " How can I help you this morning?"


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"We've been summoned by the Council!" he says, rather proudly. "They have an assignment for us."

Xavier, you were positive that you would be going on no more assignments before your Trials...


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Xavier hears the pride in his Master's voice and showcases a smile for his master even if it is a forced one.

"Master I thought I would not be allowed to go one anymore assignments until the Trials were complete?"


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"The Council has decided to grant us one more mission together as Master and Apprentice. I am rather pleased with that, aren't you? My last chance to impart my wisdom to you before your Trials."


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