Title: The Blue Side of the Force: Book I- Complements Author: DWH Characters: The usual KOTOR crew, OCs Genre: A little bit of everything, I reckon. Timeframe: Knights of the Old Republic Summary: The story of Knights of the Old Republic, from the eyes of a barefoot, rather hippified Jedi. Notes: Rewrite of Complementary Colours, consoldiating the Taris experience into a prologue. The interesting part of the story doesn't start until after Taris, anyway. Awards: Best Action, Best Female OC (Leiraya Moran) - Winter 2006 Okay, a few of you might've noticed I stopped updating The Blue Side of the Force and Complementary Colours. This is because I've been restructuring, and this is the result. Well, some of it. The first Blue Side thread will just be edited slightly, unless I make bigger changes. But Complementary Colours required a complete scrapping of the beginning (it may end up being short story fodder later, but it's really not that important to the overall story). So, yeah... new beginning, and stuff. PMs are available upon request- just post saying you'd like to be added, and I'll happily keep you in the updating loop. Similarly, if at any time you wish to stop receiving PMs, just let me know and I'll remove you. PM list of d00m RK_Striker_JK_5 padawanlissa kotorchick obi_webb oqidaun JadeSolo princess_of_naboo Lovely-in-Orange jedi_of_ennth Handmaiden_Azul Rogue_Pilot_2347 emerald54 dark_jedi_lover Entropist Corellian_Ale SoA East_Coast_Ryder Dramatis Personae: The Good Guys: Aiden Star- Human male from Deralia, Republic soldier, Jedi Leiraya Moran- Human female from Corellia, Jedi Carth Onasi- Human male from Telos, Republic soldier Bastila Shan- Human female of Dantooine, Jedi Mission Vao- Twi'lek female of Taris Zaalbar- Wookiee male from Kashyyyk T3-M4- astromech 'droid Canderous Ordo- Mandalorian male Juhani- Cathar female of Taris, Jedi Jolee Bindo- Human male, Jedi HK-47- assassination 'droid The Bad Guys: Darth Malak- Human male, Sith Darth Bandon- Human male, Sith Apprentice Calo Nord- Human male, bounty hunter Saul Karath- Human male, Admiral of the Sith Fleet Dead Sith #3- Human male, favourite character of the BioWare KOTOR boards ----------------------------------------------------------------- Prologue Taris. It seemed like a somewhat odd place for anything extreme to happen. An immaculately kept city that stretched to the edges of vision, and spotless citizens walking the streets. On the surface, at least, it seemed like a rather innocuous place. Oh, some might tell of the swoop gang wars taking place in the lower city, or the Rakghoul infestation of the undercity, but no self-respecting person would tread below the surface anyway. Such problems were, quite literally, beneath them. The inhabitants of the world were content to ignore such problems, and ignore the rest of the galaxy. A shame, then, that the rest of the galaxy was not interested in ignoring them. It all started with the attack on the Endar Spire, a Republic ship carrying a party of Jedi. Most notable of these was the young Padawan Bastila Shan. Despite her young age and relative inexperience, she was considered to be the key to the Republic war effort. This largely had to do with her rare ability of Battle Meditation- the power to strengthen the wills of her allies, and sap the fighting spirit from her enemies. Quite often, that was all it took to turn the tide of the battle, and the Republic and the Republic used her wherever they could. The Sith, of course, were not about to let this pass unnoticed. Darth Malak, the leader of the Sith since his betrayal of his master Revan, had never been known for his subtlety. Even in the Mandalorian Wars, before he and Revan had turned to the dark side, his brute-force tactics had given many pause. Of course, Of course, as the galaxy was getting smashed flat by the Mandalorians, there were few objections. It was Revan, however, that really won the war for them. His tactical genius turned the tide of the war, ultimately forcing the Mandalorians to their defeat at Malachor V. Something happened, though. After the war, Revan and Malak went to search the Unknown Regions, with the apparent intent of tracking down the remaining Mandalorian clans. Out there, they found something. No one knows what. But when they came back, they were no longer Jedi. They had claimed the mantle of the Sith Lords, and taken half the Republic fleet with them. And so the Republic found itself once more at war, this time weakened and with half its forces gone. Even worse, the Sith seemed to have unlimited resources for the manufacturing of their ships. No shipyards were located; no explanation could be given. They were, however, impossible to ignore. Malak intended to keep it that way, and he would ruthlessly exterminate any opposition to his advance. Bastila was merely the newest challenge, and he intended to have her either captured to turn to the dark side of the Force, or killed. The attack on the Endar Spire could be seen as successful by some, given that the ship was destroyed with almost no survivors. However, the few survivors there were could reclassify the attack as an utter failure. First, there was Bastila herself. She managed to find her way to an escape pod before the ship was destroyed, crashing in the undercity. The situation only went downhill from there, for the Black Vulkars, a ruthless swoop gang, captured her. She was packed away to be put up as a prize in the next swoop racing championship. Second, there was Carth Onasi. One of the Republic’s best pilots, and with a keen sense for finding the appropriate things to get the job done. Some might describe him as distant, distrustful, or standoffish, and they would probably be right. On the surface, anyway. But just as the immaculate surface of Taris concealed a much more unsavory world, the rough exterior of Carth concealed a kindhearted person long forgotten. He was, however, loyal to a fault, and could be entrusted to finish any mission given to him, no matter what the cost. Third, and perhaps most importantly, there was Aiden Star. A rising star in the Republic military, he was quick-witted and good with his vibroblades. An experienced oceanic safety officer with the Deralian Watchmen, he was certainly most comfortable around the water, but he had learned to deal with many different environments. Focused and dedicated, he tackled problems presented to him with great enthusiasm. He was, however, more softhearted than the average soldier. He was never too busy to stop and help someone else in need, but he never let it distract him from what he was doing. It was the task of Carth and Aiden to find and rescue Bastila, something they were less than sure they could do. However, they were likely the two most dedicated soldiers in the Republic military, so perhaps their chances were greater than the average, even though the planet was under quarantine, enforced by the ruthless Sith. In any case, they set themselves to their investigations, bargaining and wheedling information from the natives and Sith alike. Their search led them through all the levels of Taris, allying themselves with the Hidden Beks. The Beks were a swoop gang, but with considerably more honour than the Vulkars. They were also the only way either Aiden or Carth could enter the swoop championship in an effort to “win” Bastila. Of course, they had to steal back a prototype engine from the Vulkars to be able to do it, but traipsing through the sewers did not seem so onerous, if it were for the greater good. Leading them on the search for the prototype engine was Mission Vao, a young, blue-skinned Twi’lek street urchin. Her help was given in exchange for helping find her best friend, a Wookiee named Zaalbar. He was held in the same sewers that led to the Vulkar base, and it was a fairly simple matter to fight through the Gammoreans and Rakghouls that they would have had to fight through anyway to rescue Zaalbar before they headed in. The accelerator was retrieved, with no small amount of effort, and returned to the Beks promptly. And none too soon, either, as the swoop racing championships were the following day. It was decided that Aiden would ride the bike with the prototype accelerator, under the flag of the Beks. It was not, perhaps, the safest modification ever made to a swoop bike, but as his usual sense of duty dictated, he would do whatever it took to ensure Bastila’s return. Sure enough, Aiden won the day at the swoop race. The prototype engine accelerator did not explode, and Aiden was brought to the winner’s circle. Even though Brejik, the leader of the Black Vulkars, accused him of cheating (a ludicrous claim, given that had Aiden not retrieved the stolen upgrade, the Vulkars would have used it themselves), he still managed to win the day. Well, with Bastila’s help, anyway. She was able to break out of her cage in time to help him defeat the Vulkar opposition, and though she was initially disinclined to follow him, she eventually realised he was a Republic soldier, a crewman from the Spire, trying to rescue her. She was far from gracious, but was willing to go back to the hideout where Carth was waiting for them. It was then they discovered that Aiden had some sort of strange bond with Bastila, and had the potential to be Force sensitive. After conferring together, they decided to head out and try to find a ship to escape the planet. As usual, they did not know exactly what they were looking for, but lack of knowledge is such a small impediment for a determined individual. Canderous Ordo, a Mandalorian mercenary in the employ of Davik Kang, local Exchange crime lord, tracked them down and recruited their services. He needed help in order to steal Davik’s ship, the Ebon Hawk, and he figured anyone crazy enough to win the swoop race in the lower city was good enough to help him. This sent them on an adventure into the Sith Military base, with the help of a T3 astromech ‘droid. T3-M4 had been built for Davik, but Canderous had the authority to pick him up, and thus he sent the little ‘droid along with Aiden and Bastila into the base. After fighting their way through the many defenses, they finally found themselves facing off against a Sith Governor who nearly took them all down. It was only the resourcefulness of T3 that finally neutralized the Governor so that they could retrieve the launch codes to get past the blockade. Satisfied with their results, Canderous took them into Davik’s estate, under the false premise that they were mercenaries looking for work with the Exchange. It was there that they needed to find the codes to deactivate the shields to the Ebon Hawk. In the meantime, one barefooted Jedi from Corellia had been thrown into a force cage elsewhere in the estate for hacking the databases that held those very codes. It was now up to Aiden, Bastila, and Canderous to find her. From that point forth, nothing would be the same.