Star Wars: At Legends End: Dark Beginnings It started on Tatooine, about three months ago, we suspect, if our extrapolations are correct. For some reason, most of these stories do. Why Tatooine, you ask? We don’t know. Possibly something to do with Anakin Skywalker being born there, as either in response to Darth Plagueis’ manipulations of the Force, or at his behest. That’s the only theory we have. It started as a orb of white energy, apparently growing, in fits and starts, in the Jundland Wastes. Anyone absorbed by it did not re-emerge, as if consumed. Anyone who brushed it became instantly an amnesia case, if they were not taken into the void, and, more strangely, their records vanished from everything bar memory – no database would remember them, no séance could detect them, no method of recording could recall them. From there, it expanded, until it encompassed the entire solar system, and it continued on, absorbing the entire sector, and then moving on. We tried to launch probes into it to no avail. We tried to use Force users to hold it at bay... with no success. The Imperials even turned over the specs for a quantum torpedo, and we used it on a star near Christophsis at the point it met the Void, and the supernova vanished with little impact. We literally have no idea how to stop it. A report filed by the Voren Science Institute, or a variation thereof, at various points after 4 ABY--- Welcome to Legends End. A cosmic event is consuming the Star Wars Galaxy throughout time and space. At any point after 4 ABY, at the turn of the new calendar year, a void of white nothingness has opened in the Outer Rim, and is expanding. It is anticipated that it will consume the galaxy in a year. There are nine months left before the galaxy is gone. Or... some argue, it begins anew... restarted, perhaps, the religions are arguing, the philosophers brooding, the scientists fearing. How? We do not know how. Why? We know even less of that. But welcome to the End. --- When the End doth come, the Celestials will arise, Time will be surpassed, and Everything shall Die. A lost verse of the Killik ‘Song of the Universe’--- Bothawui, Bothan Space, 50 ABY Luke Skywalker grimaced slightly as the anomaly appeared in the street. Not just in the street, but at waist height. He momentarily reached out and felt his sister yank at him with the Force, pulling him back from the white ball of energy which opened in the stomach of Derek ‘Hobbie’ Klivian. “No!” Those utterances came not from his mouth, but over the headset he wore, the voice of Wedge Antilles as he flew his fighter overhead, shredding another piece of falling masonry with his weapons even though he was in grief. From the landing team they had lost Wes and Hobbie now, and Tycho had crashed into the larger anomaly when a piece of flying debris had damaged his fighter; flying into what was effectively a hurricane was beyond even the best pilots. Bothawui was being torn apart by a plague of anomalies, which were appearing throughout the system. A larger one had shorn off a chunk of the upper atmosphere, and that, coupled with the loss of another planet closer to the systems primary had caused the delicate balance of the planet to be thrown asunder. Han’s jaw was set, hard, as he used a blaster to pick off a Rodian looter beating down a defenceless Bothan; a problem throughout the galaxy as social order collapsed in the face of this unimaginable disaster. “We need to get off here before a void rips open the Falcon.” “No,” said Luke, shaking his head. “We need to figure out a way to defeat the void, here, and now.” Leia scooped up, gingerly, the artefact that Luke had recently dropped in the masonry. In breach of the request of the Aing-Tii monks, they had broken into and stolen the Codex, the only item that still existed which could amplify a Force users power. They had brought it here, to Bothawui, the most populated of the planets threatened by the rift in space – the most impossible to evacuate. It was as bad as the Yuuzhan Vong War – sectors were sealing their borders, old rivals were settling old scores, entire systems were committing suicide, fratricide, and so many other kinds of self-destruction. Chief of State Dorvan had been unable to stifle the panic, and several Moffs were in open rebellion against the Emperor. And so Luke had gathered what allies he could and sought to confront the problem head-on, without informing his son nor the Jedi Council. “It reminds me of Sernpidal,” said Han, grimly. “I’d rather not be here.” Another gust of wind blew them back, and Lando scowled. “Fine!” he shouted, as if to the elements. “The cape was impractical!” He detached it, let it vanish into the maelstrom. “Luke,” said Wedge, his voice harder than Luke had ever heard it. “If you are going to do this, you need to do it now. Bothawui is starting to go – it’ll fall apart before the rift gets it.” As Luke looked up, a rift emerged just in front of his fighter, and Wedge vanished into it, or, the fuselage did – the X-wings s-foils carried on, flapping in the wind, and grief wrapped around Luke, choking him slightly, and at the next reverberation of the planet he dropped to one knee. Leia held the Codex out, and Luke went to place his hands on it with her. She pulled it slightly from him, as he hesitated. “You can’t beat yourself up about this. We don’t know if this is what the Dark Man intended. We don’t know if it is connected.” Lamenting, Luke shook his head. “No, we don’t. But it feels like it.” “And then what?” said Han, crotchety, firing a few bursts into the nearest anomaly for the sake of it. “Hand the galaxy over to him and accept it? We didn’t do that with Yammka, Abeloth, Daala, Caedus, Shimmra or Sidious, so why should we with him?” Luke smiled, softly, closing his eyes and releasing his breath as the elements battered him, reaching with the Force to upright Artoo with a soft smile, Threepio still fussing and declaring lamentations, unwilling to leave his counterparts side and insisting he translate his readings. “Fine. Together then.” Threepio threw his arms into the air. “Us, too?” “We were in this together at the start, after all, Goldenrod,” said Han, wistful. Artoo whistled encouragement, and reached a claw out to grab Luke’s clothes, as if forming his own connection. Han stabilised Threepio at the shoulder, Lando bracing the other side of him, while Han used his free hand to squeeze Leia’s. “The old gang, back together for one last threat.” Luke thought of his friends, of his family, of his losses and his victories, of Mara, of Ben, of Anakin, Jacen and Jaina, of so many people, all who had filled his life, and reached out one hand to the Codex, felt the ancient artefact cause his awareness to expand exponentially, felt Leia, Han, Lando, Threepio and Artoo, all together, all joined by the strength of their bonds, and he turned, reaching his hand out to the void as it expanded towards them. He channelled the very Force itself through him, an exertion of balance, of hope, of life itself. For a brief, terrible, moment, his palm met the growing rift, and the clouds parted, the wind stopped, the shaking of the very ground itself ceased, a moment of pure clarity and peace emerging around them. And then the void swelled, as if burping, as if it was merely dining on their final efforts, and consumed them. They were gone. It was over. But what they did do is signpost the way for hope. For us to find a way forward. Or, perhaps more accurately... Backwards. --- So, we all know what happened, a few months ago. Disney purchased Star Wars, and, with it, declared the current Expanded Universe to be Legends. On that basis, it has been rebooted. How far, we do not know. What we do know is that the films, the Clone Wars TV series, and the novelisations of the films themselves, are canon. Of uncertain canonicity are the Clone Wars books, and the Old Republic MMORPG. If so, with the latter, it will bring with it almost everything from 45,000 BBY to 3960 BBY anyway by reference. So in that respect how hard a reboot this really is, we couldn’t say. The premise of this game is simple. It has happened. It is happening right now. But what of characters we have loved, or made, or forged from events within the Legends arc? Will they make it across? Can they be salvaged? Should they be? Every person who plays this game will have the same opportunity as every other. They may reach into any point in time from 4 ABY to 600 ABY and use a character from the Expanded Universe or from their own fanon. Each player may have up to two characters, one EU and one fanon. So if you wanted to grab a character from a game set in 100 ABY, go for it, or one in 128 ABY you may, and so forth. You may even make use of characters who have died in ended games, or died in the EU, as long as you pick them out at a year where they were still alive. So if you miss a character, grab them too! If you want to simply create a new character, go for it, they need not be existing, but they will be considered a fanon creation. The only limit will be that you cannot pick film or Clone Wars related characters. Any character who is now canon is off limits. If you need a hand, PM me with any questions. --- Character Sheet - send to me for approval please. Name (and/or title): Picture: (Optional) Age: Species: Homeworld: Year of Choice: Force Sensitivity – Yes or No. Alignment: Alliance, Imperial, Jedi, Sith, Underworld Personal Effects, including weapons: Bio: --- Rules: 1. No God-modding. 2. The Force does not have levels. It does, however, have limitations depending on who you are, and where you are. I do not expect moons to be thrown. 3. GM’s word is law. If he veto’s your sheet, please don’t ask why, just assume it’s plot-related (there are precisely three characters who cannot be used for plot reasons and I would be pleasantly impressed if anyone chose them) 4. Have fun! Or else. 5. No, seriously, just have fun. 6. If you are unable to post, please tell me. If I do not hear from you within a fortnight I shall assume you are not playing any longer. I appreciate people are busy and I will make allowances for that.