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  1. xabiar

    xabiar Jedi Youngling

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    Jun 17, 2019
    Title: Shadow of the Phoenix - The Addenda Collection
    Series: “Shadow of the Phoenix” by SLotH4

    Primary Author: Xabiar
    Coauthor and Editor: SLotH4

    Timeframe: 457 ABY (Present); covers events during various points of galactic history

    Summary: The galaxy has evolved in the centuries since the Third Jedi Purge and the fall of Darth Krayt. It has faced wars which have brought the Alliance and Imperium to their knees; both who have eventually survived to become stronger than ever. But in this time, they have become hardened and cold; not content to simply endure any longer, but dominate in a harsh and pragmatic galaxy with a growing number of threats and rivals.

    To this end, they seek to acquire information of their allies, enemies, and the unknown. One must be aware of who they share the galaxy with if they plan to eventually control it. This collection will contain reports, histories, dossiers, and analysis concerning multiple organizations, factions, and individuals spanning the Galactic Alliance, Fellan Imperium, Mandalorian Union, Jedi Order, Sith Collective, and more; written from the perspectives of the Alliance Intelligence Service, Imperial Intelligence, and Mandalorian Intelligence.

    AUTHOR'S NOTE: Before I say anything more, I want to make a couple things clear. First, all of this is written as supplementary material to SLotH4's “Shadow of the Phoenix” story (which he will eventually post here), and most of the foundations were created by him, and I elected to expand on them significantly. I definitely recommend you read the main fic as this is all connected to it, and hopefully, this will serve to enhance the experience. Right now, a majority of this is posted on other sites (primarily FF.net) and I'm beginning the process of cross-posting elsewhere - like here. So, if you want to 'read ahead,' go ahead and please leave feedback if you're so inclined.

    This is going to probably be a bit different than the majority of what is posted here. It's going to be less story-based and more information-based. We've made a significant amount of changes to how the Star Wars universe functions, and it's nothing close to what it is in canon, or even Legends for that matter. Elements of both new canon and legends have been utilized here to form a more cohesive universe, with major events being altered or replaced outright, one of the most major examples being the prequel trilogy being replaced with BelatedMedia's version of the prequels (“What if Episode I/II/III was good?”; highly recommend watching these), and the Third Imperial Civil War which consisted of the conflict between the First Order and the Imperial Remnant.

    I suppose, in short, this is not the Star Wars galaxy you are used to, and some explanations are in order. This is an attempt to create a more grounded, cohesive, and darker universe where the good/evil morality, idealism, and sanitation of the Star Wars setting is stripped away and replaced with a more pragmatic and amoral mindset.

    The Galactic Alliance is a failing political body dominated by special interests, corporations, and manipulation by state and criminal parties alike, while their military plots to take down a woman who has risen against all odds to restore hope and integrity to a conglomerate which calls for war. The Fellan Imperium maintains a totalitarian grip over their worlds; controlled by the Sovereigns who together with their subordinates plot to undermine the Alliance, expand to the Outer Rim, and regain their rightful place in the galaxy. The Jedi are not simple peacekeepers, but a military and political force strong enough to change the face of galactic politics, though infighting has polarized their numbers to the point where it will only take a spark to ignite a civil war.

    These are only the largest of factions; behind there scenes and scattered throughout the galaxy are many more who have the potential to change the galaxy as we know it. There are secrets and hidden threats throughout, and in the end, the fate of the galaxy can be determined by the lucky, the determined, and the powerful.

    This will likely not appeal to everyone, but for those who read, I hope you enjoy this take on the Star Wars universe. The first posts will concern the Jedi Order.

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    INDEX
    The Jedi Order
    - Introduction and History I
    - History II
    - Skywalker Dynasty and Basic Ranks
    - Structure Overview and Spheres 12-9
    - Spheres 8-5
    - Spheres 4-1
    - Council Overview and Outer Sphere of the Jedi Council
    - Internal Sphere of the Jedi Council
    - Center Sphere of the Jedi Council
    - Fraternity Overview and Minor Fraternities
    - Major Fraternities
    - Fringe Fraternities
    - Fraternity Relations, Council Infighting, and Other Ramifications
    - Influence, Culture, Threat, and Conclusion
    - Dossier: Daniel Skywalker I - Introduction and History
    - Dossier: Daniel Skywalker II - Psychological Profile and Allies
    - Dossier: Daniel Skywalker III - Enemies, Combat Information, and Conclusion

    The Fellan Imperium
    - Imperial Knights I: Operation and History
    - Imperial Knights II: Mindset, Bases, Training, and the Imperial Mandate
    - Imperial Knights III: Divisions
    - Imperial Knights IV: Leadership, Political Information, and Conclusion
    - Historical Document: Imperial Installation 678-O5

    Mandalorian
    - Dossier: Tlon Fett I - Introduction, History, and Psychological Profile
    - Dossier: Tlon Fett II - Allies, Enemies, Equipment, and Resources
    - Dossier: Tlon Fett III - Tactics, Conclusion, and Glossary
    - Tlon's Military Forces I - Introduction, History, and Personnel Composition
    - Tlon's Military Forces II - Organization and Persons of Note
    - Tlon's Military Forces III - Allies, Enemies, Operations, Bases, Conclusion, and Glossary II

    Force Sects
    - Voss Mystics I - Introduction, History, and Races
    - Voss Mystics II - Aliens and Civilian Organizations
    - Voss Mystics III - Voss Military
    - Voss Mystics IV - Government and the Mystics
    - Voss Mystics V - The Three, Allies, Enemies, and Unknowns
    - Voss Mystics VI - Voss Culture
    - Voss Mystics VII - Locations, Visions, and Conclusion

    Underworld
    - Zann Consortium I: Introduction, History, Philosophy, and Bases
    - Zann Consortium II: Structure I
    - Zann Consortium III: Structure II
    - Zann Consortium IV: Persons of Note
    - Zann Consortium V: Political Notes, Allies, Enemies, and Conclusion
     
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  2. xabiar

    xabiar Jedi Youngling

    Registered:
    Jun 17, 2019
    THE FELLAN IMPERIUM

    IMPERIAL INTELLIGENCE | IMPERIAL KNIGHTS

    AUTHORIZED AND APPROVED BY SOVEREIGN PELLAEON

    AUTHORIZATION COLOR: RED-5

    ORGANIZATIONAL REPORT: F-O-JO-0023

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    THE JEDI ORDER

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    DOCUMENTATION INFORMATION

    REPORT ID: F-O-JO-0023

    REPORT AUTHOR(S):

    - Intelligence Compiler Maddox Quinn

    - Intelligence Compiler Jude Dorne

    - Technical Reviewer Elizer Corellis

    - Inquisitor Callum Gallaghar, Hand of the Empire

    DOCUMENT TYPE(S):

    - Historical

    - Organization Overview

    - Threat Analysis

    DOCUMENT SUBJECT: The Jedi Order

    DETAIL LEVEL: Comprehensive

    SUPPLEMENTARY ATTACHMENTS:

    - F-O-JO-0023M [Methodology Document]

    - F-D-JO-0033 [Undien Dossier]

    - F-D-JO-0045 [Saresh Palavola Dossier]

    - IR-GA-1547 [Saresh Palavola Incident Report]

    - H-O-JOR-0016 [Historical Overview – Jedi Order – Old Republic]

    - F-D-JO-0042 [Si-Wara-Yaden Dossier]

    - F-O-JO-0023S1 [Jedi Order Political Activism and Donations Report]

    - F-O-JO-0023S2 [Compiled List of Order Bases]

    - F-O-JO-0023S3 [Compiled Reports on the Jedi Council]

    - F-O-JO-0023S4 [Sphere of Conciliation and Reflection (Conciliators of Tython) Comprehensive Report]

    - F-O-JO-0023S5 [Sphere of the Militant Order Comprehensive Report]

    - F-O-JO-0023S6 [Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight Comprehensive Report]

    - Historical Document [The True Story of the Clone Wars]

    - Historical Document [Averted Catastrophe: The Kuat Secession]

    - Historical Document [The Kamino Uprising: An Autopsy of the Near-Collapse of the Alliance]

    - Compilation [The Skywalker Legacy]

    EXECUTED BY IMPERIAL INSTITUTIONS:

    - Imperial Intelligence

    - The Imperial Knights – Inquisitor Division

    ITERATION NUMBER: 45

    METHODOLOGY DOCUMENT ID: F-O-JO-0023M

    APPROVED FOR SUBMISSION:

    - Fabian Dromond, Director of Imperial Intelligence [APPROVED]

    - Losr’avaria’nathas. Grand Inquisitor of the Imperial Knights [APPROVED]

    RECEIVED BY SOVEREIGN PELLAEON: RECEIVED AND READ

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    THE JEDI ORDER : HISTORY I

    OVERVIEW: The Jedi Order is one of the oldest organizations in galactic history, managing to predate and outlast the Old Republic, Galactic Empire of Palpatine, and New Republic, not including the hundreds of other organizations and governments which have existed throughout history. They have participated in nearly all major galactic conflicts including the Mandalorian Wars, Jedi Civil War, the Clone Wars, and Vong War. Despite being nearly extinct, Jedi were also instrumental in the ultimate collapse of the Empire of Palpatine in the Galactic Civil War.

    Much like the Sith, the Jedi have nearly been wiped out several times throughout history, most notably during the First Jedi Purge during the Sith Civil War, the Battle of Mustafar at the end of the Clone Wars and the Second Jedi Purge following its conclusion, and to a lesser extent, the Massacre at Ossus which inaugurated the Third Jedi Purge – of the three, this was the least successful. In these cases, it didn’t prove to be the ultimate demise of the Order, it simply forced the majority of survivors into hiding.

    The Jedi Order that exists today is arguably its most powerful incarnation in terms of organization, military strength, and political influence. However, while united they achieve this, the structure by which they are organized shows a notable weakness – if the Order ever fractured or otherwise lost one or more of the Spheres, they would be instantly crippled. While the chances of this happening are unlikely at this point, it is something to keep in mind when considering the overall threat level the Order poses, which will be further detailed in a later section of this report.

    This section of the document will provide a brief overview of Jedi history. From the time of the Old Republic and their downfall in the aftermath of the Clone Wars, to their subsequent rise after Endor and beyond to the Second Imperial Civil War, where their continued influence led to the formation of the Galactic Federation Triumvirate.

    JEDI ORDER OF THE OLD REPUBLIC – PRE-RUUSAN REFORMATIONS

    Records on the first of the Jedi are, at this point, long forgotten, or possibly stored by the Sphere of History and Knowledge. What is known, is that the first Jedi emerged on Tython, and were followers of the light side of the Force, existing to resist and fight against the darker components of the Force and those who wielded it. Over time, this led to them expanding beyond Tython. Over a period of centuries, they established themselves throughout the galaxy, leading to a symbiotic relationship with the Old Republic.

    The Jedi Order during this time was, if one is generous, not especially well-structured. There were at least three different Jedi Councils on different planets whose complete authority over the Jedi was unclear. The Jedi Council of Coruscant was considered the ‘main’ council of the Jedi Order, but the Jedi Council of Dantooine was one of the most active in operating within the Republic. The vast majority of Jedi moved between them, and oversight over individual Knights was limited at best.

    The Jedi had very passive management, and this was acceptable until the Sith – descendants of the original Dark Jedi outcasts who first fled to Korriban – emerged and began attacking the Republic. The Jedi unified at that point completely, and assisted the Republic several times in pushing back the Sith and killing their leadership. However, it’s generally considered that the Mandalorian Wars showed the significant flaws within the Jedi Order when the Jedi Knight Revan – furious that the Jedi refused to officially sanction operations against the Mandalorians – led an exodus of Knights who assisted the Republic in pushing back the Mandalorians, resulting in their final defeat at Malachor V. Revan himself fought and killed Mandalore the Ultimate in single combat during that climactic battle.

    As history records, Revan disappeared and later returned as a Sith Lord who likely would have defeated the Republic and annihilated the Jedi had he not been kidnapped by a Jedi strike team – together with the timely betrayal of his apprentice, Darth Malak. Revan – whose memories and personality were significantly altered by the Jedi Council – was eventually redeemed and assisted the Republic in ending Malak’s Sith Empire. The Jedi Civil War came to an end, but at the cost of a significant portion of the Jedi Order.

    Scattered and weakened, the Jedi were unprepared for a resurgent Sith faction which emerged shortly after Malak’s defeat. This new sect began systematically assassinating the surviving Jedi in what is known as the First Jedi Purge. The most significant and devastating event of this time was the Katarr Purge. Seeking to learn more of this hidden enemy, the greatest Jedi Masters and Knights of the time gathered on Planet Katarr and sought help from the native miraluka to pierce the fog of dark shadows in the Force that blinded them to the threat. This gathering of Force-sensitives drew the attention of the Sith Lord Darth Nihilus, whose power was so great, he drained the planet of life – so completely even the bacteria perished, resulting in corpses lasting for decades without any sign of rot.

    As the Jedi neared extinction, the major Sith Lords began to squabble with each other. The Sith Civil War raged in the shadows until the Triumvirate that led this faction was cast down by the Jedi Exile, Dacen Vorsut. Following the end of the war, Vorsut fled known space in search of Revan. In their absence, the Jedi Order was resurrected by the few survivors such as Masters Tokare, Bindo, and Atris, as well as those Vorsut trained himself during the conflict.

    The Sith Empire eventually returned under the command of Emperor Vitiate, one of the most powerful Sith to ever exist, and wasted no time in waging war which was briefly halted by the Treaty of Coruscant, with both sides entering into a cold war until they reengaged on Corellia, though Vitiate vanished sometime during this period.

    The war persisted for several years, until the unexpected return of an individual who claimed to be Revan (we were unable to confirm the authenticity of this claim, though notably Revan’s descendants deny it was him) who initially focused on the Sith Empire currently led by Emperor Jadus, and soon turned against the Republic when his actions were disavowed.

    The resulting war significantly weakened both the Republic and the Sith Empire, and primed both factions for their eventual defeat by the hands of Valkorian and the Eternal Empire, a reclusive faction from deep within Wild Space and the Unknown Regions who soundly defeated them.

    Both Jedi and Sith were devastated and scattered, and, ironically, it was through the actions of Darth Nox, a former member of the Dark Council, that the Eternal Empire was defeated and the Sith Empire – as well as the Republic – was saved. This came at an extremely heavy price as the Eternal Fleet – after the Zakuul System was destroyed by Nox – activated an unknown contingency which caused the automated ships to rampage throughout the galaxy, devastating millions of planets in their wake. It took decades for the fleet to be beaten back by the combined efforts of the last remnant of the Republic and Empire.

    The galaxy entered a dark age at this point, but the Republic was eventually able to rebuild after nearly half a millennia. The Sith Empire was not so fortunate, and through a combination of infighting, starvation, technological limitations, and disease, were removed from the galaxy as a galactic power, with many believing that the Sith were now extinct – while this was true for the sith species, it later became apparent this was not the case for the Sith Order.

    The rebuilt Jedi Order by that point had established a more organized structure. No outside councils, only one dominant Council, which resided on Coruscant, was responsible for the entirety of the Jedi Order. Their relationship with the Republic itself fluctuated throughout the centuries, but the Jedi Order soon became extremely connected to the Republic up until the New Sith Wars.

    Their most significant contribution was how, at this point, they were fully integrated into the Republic military and regularly engaged in operations with Republic soldiers and many times held commanding positions. It is notable that prior to the Ruusan Reformations, many individuals considered the Jedi and Republic to be the same thing. Considering that every Chancellor between 1400 and 1000 BBY was a Jedi, there was concern over how much influence the Jedi held within the Republic itself.

    However, once the Sith were (presumably) defeated on Ruusan, Chancellor Valorum enacted the Ruusan Reformations which drastically changed the Jedi Order and more formally divested the two organizations. The Jedi Order demilitarized and divested itself from the Republic. All Knights and Masters resigned from any command positions they held and would no longer be eligible to run for any kind of public office. While the influence of the Jedi was certainly not gone, it was significantly reduced and allowed the Jedi to adjust themselves to a long period of peace.

    JEDI ORDER OF THE OLD REPUBLIC – POST-RUUSAN REFORMATIONS

    The Jedi Order that existed throughout the majority of the Old Republic after the Ruusan Reformations was likely a large part of why the institution lasted for nearly a thousand years after the formal defeat of the Brotherhood of Darkness. The Jedi Order at this time served the interests of the Republic in a much-reduced role, undertaking missions of diplomacy, aid, and law enforcement in service to the Republic.

    The Jedi were responsible for stopping countless petty crimes, civil wars, assassinations, and other events which would have been detrimental to the Republic as a whole. While also performing these tasks, they spent the rest of their time on internal matters ranging from training new Jedi, to hunting ancient Jedi (and Sith) artifacts and relics, and strengthening ties between the Order and the Republic.

    During this period the Jedi underwent some internal changes which resulted from the Reformations. The first of which was the exclusive training of children, believing that raising children from infancy would reduce their chances of falling to the dark side. They emphasized greater non-attachment and adopted a far more pacifistic mindset compared to previous incarnations.

    With the lens of history to look back on, it is not unreasonable to say that during this time, the Jedi Order became complacent and stagnant. With the Sith falsely believed dead, they let their guard down and were no longer vigilant for the dark side. They had few challenges and were a respected institution within the Republic with little need to reflect, learn, or grow.

    Of course, we now know the Sith were around during this time, and they took advantage of the complacency of the Jedi. After so long serving the Republic they had become confused as to what it meant to be Jedi. Desensitized to the corruption and infighting within the Senate. While not all Jedi succumbed to complacency, it ultimately led to their downfall, most notably towards the end with their unknowing support of Defense Secretary of the Republic – and later Supreme Chancellor – Palpatine, now known to be the Sith Lord Darth Sidious.

    THE CLONE WARS AND THE SIEGE OF MUSTAFAR

    Prior to the outbreak of the Clone Wars, the Jedi were heavily involved in negotiations between the Republic and the Separatists, led by Count Dooku, hoping to serve as a neutral party to ensure that war wouldn’t break out. The assault on Alderaan by the assumed-dead Darth Maul nearly succeeded in killing all of those involved, though the Jedi – in particular Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker – were instrumental in preventing a wholesale massacre in conjunction with Chancellor Palpatine arriving with the newly authorized clone army the Senate had commissioned from the kaminoans.

    While this is considered by some to be the true start of the Clone Wars, the catalyst for the galactic conflict was the Razing of Geonosis and the death of Count Dooku. With the death of their leader, the Separatists declared war on the Republic and the Jedi similarly prepared for the conflict with the knowledge that the Sith were back in their minds.

    Once the Clone Wars fully began, the Separatists themselves, after seeing the initial clone army developed by the kaminoans, reached out to the Spaarti Clone Masters and commissioned an army of their own. The Republic likewise came to arrangements with various tech unions and droid production organizations to supplement the clone soldiers with a droid army of their own – as the numbers of the clones were hampered by how long they took to produce.

    Towards the end of the war, both sides were reaching their limits. The Spaarti Clone Masters were destroyed by the Republic, forcing the Separatists to rely far more heavily on droids and, in a desperate attempt to supplement their own forces, they reached out and hired warlords and armies of mercenaries and bounty hunters.

    The Republic had also significantly reduced the role clones played, turning them from frontline soldiers into elite squads deployed only to critical battles. The rest of the army was made up of droids and steady streams of volunteers. The kaminoans had expanded their cloning operations beyond Kamino, but it was still taking too long to replace clones lost in battle.

    The Jedi involved themselves heavily in the conflict, with millions of Jedi fighting, supporting, and dying for the Republic. They sustained heavy losses throughout the conflict on hundreds of worlds – many losses were suffered at the hand of the cyborg military leader General Grievous. The final days of the Clone Wars were almost certain to result in a Republic victory, however, the Jedi underwent some internal infighting regarding Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker.

    What happened between the Jedi Council and Skywalker is unknown, but what followed was Skywalker unofficially leaving the Order and being immediately promoted to the rank of General within the Grand Army of the Republic – just in time to oversee the final assault on Mustafar, where the Jedi were ordered to lead the charge against the Separatist stronghold.

    This action, likely influence by Palpatine, resulted in the few remaining Jedi falling in battle. Jedi Master Mace Windu led the charge against the entrenched positions of the droid army and was killed, along with all of the Jedi who accompanied him, which allowed the clones to easily mop up behind them. This, combined with the disappearance of Grand Master Yoda and Master Obi-Wan, as well as the supposed battle death of Anakin Skywalker, fatally crippled the Jedi Order.

    Following the end of the war, Chancellor Palpatine (soon to be Emperor) instigated the Second Jedi Purge. Those Jedi who survived the war – numbering in the dozens by that point – were systematically hunted down by Imperial soldiers, bounty hunters, Inquisitors, and Darth Vader until the Jedi had become more legend than reality. Despite numbering in the tens of millions mere decades before, few had ever seen a Jedi in-person.
     
  3. xabiar

    xabiar Jedi Youngling

    Registered:
    Jun 17, 2019
    THE JEDI ORDER : HISTORY II

    JEDI ORDER OF THE NEW REPUBLIC

    In the years following the collapse of the Empire of Palpatine, Grand Master Luke Skywalker established the New Jedi Order with the express goal to emulate the Order of the Old Republic. In the early years, they were few in number and faced significant threats and challenges, but largely retained the same goals as the old Order – particularly those of supporting the New Republic and ‘Serving the Force.’

    Initially, it appeared that Skywalker was unsure if he would even create a new Jedi Order, but he eventually found individuals strong in the Force and felt an obligation to train them, if for no other reason than to prevent them from becoming corrupted. The first generation of Knights of the New Republic were a collection of rugged individuals from all walks of life who would then go on to train the following generations.

    However, his attempt to resurrect the Jedi did not come without issues of its own. Around 14 ABY, when the Order was just starting to exceed one hundred Jedi in total, there was a series of incidents involving a Sith cult known as the ‘Disciples of Ragnos.’ As the Order combatted the cultists, two students were corrupted and turned to the dark side, a human Padawan named Rosh Penin, and a kel dor Knight named Jaden Korr. Korr joined the Battle of Korriban as an independent actor, killing both Jedi and cultists in his quest to steal a Sith artifact known as the ‘Scepter of Ragnos.’ Korr was responsible for killing two dozen Jedi, including two trainers. Korr’s fall led to a restructuring of the Order, restrictions were placed on where inexperienced Padawans and Knights could travel, a restriction that is largely followed to this day. It also led to the self-imposed exile of Master Kyle Katarn, who blamed himself for Penin and Korr’s fall, as they were both his students.

    Skywalker’s Jedi Order did have some social and philosophical differences from the old Order, namely that romantic relationships and families were permitted, and that any Force-sensitive could be trained as a Jedi, regardless of age. This may have initially been done as a means to quickly increase the member count of his Order, but it is also possible it was a direct response by Skywalker to address a notable failing of the old Jedi Order.

    But in structure and function, the New Jedi Order was extremely similar to the Order of the Old Republic. They undertook missions on behalf of the New Republic, established working relationships with the Senate and military, and were managed by a Jedi Council.

    The Jedi, as usual, were involved in the major wars which took place during this period, particularly the Yuuzhan Vong War where they proved instrumental in the ultimate defeat of the vong. They continued to prove instrumental in various smaller conflicts following the war, until the fall of Jacen Solo and the Second Galactic Civil War.

    Having one of the most prominent Jedi Knights attempt such an action proved to be extremely damaging to their public image, despite their actions to also end his threat. What followed showcases a problem which particularly plagued the New Jedi Order – namely, that they were political novices at best, largely remaining independent and relying on history and goodwill to achieve their goals. How former Imperial Natasi Daala (who was inexplicably elected Chief of State) managed to convinced Luke Skywalker to go into exile is still unknown, as public opinion was nowhere near requiring such drastic action.

    However, it fortunately proved beneficial as it led to Skywalker learning of, and subsequently stopping, a resurgent Sith tribe as well as an anomalous Force entity which, although this is not confirmed, may have managed to escape from an old Palpatine-Era Imperial installation in the Maw (see archival records pertaining to Imperial Installation 678-O5). The aftermath of this event resulted in the Jedi working to reform the office of the Chief of State into a Triumvirate – an institution that would eventually one day also include the Fellan Imperium.

    MASSACRE AT OSSUS AND AFTERMATH

    The Jedi Order changed very little in the centuries that followed, seeming to mirror the complacency that ended up being the downfall of the Order of the Old Republic. This culminated in the surprise attack of Darth Krayt on Coruscant, with him conquering the planet and seizing the Jedi Temple, slaughtering those who did not escape. Two days later, Darth Krayt followed this attack with another on the prominent Jedi Praxeum of Ossus – striking another crippling blow to the Jedi Order.

    Fortunately for the Jedi, Krayt’s impatience proved to hinder him, as he only managed to kill about half of the Order, while the remainder still roamed the galaxy, going into hiding and eventually regrouping. The various Jedi would eventually make contact with the Imperial Knights of that time, with both sects proving instrumental in the eventual death of Krayt and the collapse of the One Sith.

    The Jedi were heavily involved in the reconstruction of the Galactic Alliance, as well as the formation of the Galactic Federation Triumvirate which included both Alliance and Imperial members – with the Jedi serving alongside in a more neutral role… in theory.

    RECONSTRUCTION OF THE JEDI ORDER

    The Second Imperial Civil War, despite the ultimate victory of the Alliance, Jedi, and Empire, cost the Jedi significantly. Thousands of the remaining Knights died to Sith forces across the galaxy, and the Order was a shell of its former self. As such, much of the initial effort to rebuild the Order by Jedi Master K’Kruhk consisted of restoring bastions of the Order on worlds such as Coruscant, Ossus, and Tython, as well as prioritizing recruitment of new Jedi. The Jedi under K’Kruhk were extremely vigilant for any Sith threats or infiltration, and were instrumental in stopping several rogue Sith plots from the survivors of the One Sith – such as Darth Wredd’s failed crusade in 139 ABY.

    THE KUAT SECESSION

    The first true test of the restored Jedi Order was the infamous Kuat Secession, which is one of the minor civil wars within the Alliance that the Jedi were personally involved in. For those unaware, around 167 ABY Kuat Drive Yards was in continuing disputes with the Galactic Alliance over contracts and profits – both of which were being restructured due to the Alliance wanting to look for alternative produces – which was caused in part by extensive lobbying by the mon calamari.

    In response to the Alliance considering an alternate source of shipyards and production, Kuat Drive Yards ceased all production for the Alliance, recalled their Senators, contacted all their suppliers warning them to not do business with the Alliance unless they wanted to be put out of business, hired three of the best private armies in the galaxy along with four of the most expensive bounty hunters on-call, and stated their intention to secede from the Alliance due to breach of contracts.

    They took over the neighboring star systems even as they made their initial declaration, well before the Alliance could fully mobilize a response – capturing or destroying several hundred Alliance spacecraft in the opening exchange. Executives at rival companies including Sorosuub and the Mon Calamari Shipyards were killed by bounty hunters and their shipyards and places of industry were sabotaged by the armies they’d hired. They followed up by threatening to publish classified schematics of experimental and public ships utilized by the Alliance – which could have been easily exploited by the Mandalorians, hutts, and the Empire, of course. Their parent company, the Techno Union, did nothing to rein in the Drive Yards or offer any support to the Alliance – indicating that this had proceeded with the full blessing of the Techno Union’s Board of Directors.

    At this point, the Jedi offered to serve as mediators while the Alliance prepared to smash this uprising. The Jedi – rightfully – suspected that even a minor conflict with Kuat would result in millions dead, especially if the Techno Union itself became formally involved, and wanted to avoid that outcome. They approached both sides, offering to help work out a new agreement to avoid war.

    No one knows how either side was convinced, but the Alliance withdrew their fleets, and Kuat Drive Yards pulled back their armies. The meeting took place at the Jedi Praxeum of Ossus, neutral ground, between a mixture of the Alliance officials – including the President, AIS Director, Supreme Commander, and several senators – and the Board of Directors for Kuat Drive Yards as well as several Techno Union representatives.

    The exact contents of the Kuat-Alliance Treaty are, to this day, kept secret, but Kuat agreed to return all territory to its previous owners, rejoined the Alliance, and paid reparations for the losses inflicted on the Alliance military and families who had lost loved ones in the short-lived conflict. In return, Kuat had at least one executive placed on all senatorial economic boards, developed a majority-development contract with the Alliance which would let them be primary developers for all contracted work, and Kuat was given permission to maintain an independent army and fleet – at its own expense.

    The Jedi Order was praised for their work averting a potentially disastrous conflict and this is considered one of the most notable achievements of the New Jedi Order.

    THE THIRD IMPERIAL CIVIL WAR

    Eventually, a new generation of Jedi took control of the Order – just in time to face the newly emergent First Order. While, as the name implies, the Third Imperial Civil War primarily took place between the Fellan Imperium and the First Order, the Galactic Alliance by no means emerged unscathed, although, were it not for the Jedi, they might not have engaged at all.

    While Supreme Leader Snoke was leading the assault on the Imperium, the Jedi Order was targeted by the ‘Knights of Ren,’ who managed to kill off the members of the Jedi Council (while suffering casualties of their own), with the exception of Alivia Skywalker and Javian Shartan.

    With the majority of the Council gone, and three of the seven Knights of Ren dead, both Jedi went before the Galactic Senate and insisted that the First Order was a threat that needed to be eradicated before it came for them.

    Prior to this, the Galactic Alliance and Jedi had, unsurprisingly, been dragging their heels in assisting us, despite supposedly being our allies. It is likely that the Alliance would have eventually assisted us, but the Jedi forced them to act before we were completely decimated.

    Both Jedi Masters rallied the remainder of the young and inexperienced members of the Order, and together with the much healthier Alliance military, led crippling counterstrikes on the First Order war machine, crippling their logistics and allowing the Empire to eventually gain the upper hand in the war. The Knights of Ren were targeted by Skywalker and Shartan, the latter personally striking down the Master of the Knights and taking his weapon, which he would then use when the Jedi assisted the final assault on Supreme Leader Snoke.

    Following the defeat of Snoke, both the Empire and Jedi Order were once more left weakened and crippled, with the Alliance emerging the healthiest of the conflict. But as the Imperial Knights used the lessons in the Third Imperial Civil War to reform and adapt, the Jedi performed their own internal autopsy and with their Order shattered, took steps to ensure that they would not fall to the same mistakes and oversights that had plagued their previous iterations.

    THE REFORMATION OF THE JEDI ORDER

    Significantly weakened and numbering only in the thousands, Alivia Skywalker and Javian Shartan – the last of the Jedi Masters – performed an extensive audit of the Jedi Order through the lens of their own experiences, its history, and comparisons to other organizations. Both Masters felt that very little had been learned from history, and they set out to reform the Order into one which would be prepared to face any threat, be it Sith, Dark Jedi, Alliance, or Empire.

    A Jedi Order worthy of holding a third of galactic power.

    With this in mind, over the course of several decades, they transformed the Jedi into an organization which dwarfed the Imperial Knights and other similar Force sects, and established them as legitimately having the authority to hold a third of the power in the Triumvirate. The reforms instituted by Alivia and Javian were primarily revolutionary on an organizational, political, and structural level, and not necessarily in regards to social policies the Order had accepted.

    This has resulted in the most powerful incarnation of the Jedi Order in galactic history, whose first true test didn’t come until nearly a century later.

    THE KAMINO UPRISING

    The most devastating civil war in Alliance history centered around the world of Kamino and the echoes of this conflict are felt to this day. It was also the conflict which cemented the Jedi Order as a legitimate galactic power. To provide a brief recap for those unaware, the kaminoans had currently been leading a movement in the Senate, particularly complaining that they did not receive Alliance military protection, and neither did many other bordering and Outer Rim worlds.

    The movement was especially popular among Outer Rim colonies who were at risk for pirates, and thousands of other smaller worlds which held very little actual political power. The kaminoans proposed legislation multiple times, requesting permission for the development of an Outer Rim clone army to supplement Alliance protection of outlying worlds.

    The measures were opposed by the military and AIS for obvious reasons, as an army could quite possibly pose a threat and the kaminoans were insistent that the clones would not go under hypnotic or genetic conditioning to make them loyal to the Alliance, which killed any chance of military support. It was also soundly defeated in the Senate, especially after being reminded of the machinations of the kaminoans during the Clone Wars and many seeing it as a power grab for Kamino to become more influential than it was – something the Core Worlds wished to prevent.

    The Jedi Order was actually consulted by the kaminoans several years before (specifically, contacting the Sphere of Science and Research) regarding cloning Force-sensitives. It was under the guise of possibly augmenting the Jedi Order with cloned soldiers – a measure that was swiftly refused – but the Order did reach an agreement with the kaminoans to assist in cloned body parts for Jedi and possible genetic modification to increase Force-sensitivity.

    After the political humiliation Kamino faced, they quite calmly went silent for several years and then suddenly emerged with an army of clones numbering in the tens of millions. The Kamino Ruling Council immediately recalled their Senators and seceded from the Galactic Alliance with the clones now guarding their world.

    There were significant differences between the kaminoan clone army soldiers and the clones that were part of the Grand Army of the Republic centuries earlier. The first was that it wasn’t exclusively human – the kaminoans had cloned iktotchi, falleen, humans, chiss, and cereans – and all of them were Force-sensitive. Not especially strong in the Force, but strong enough that they could utilize it to be far more dangerous and effective than regular soldiers.

    While the risks of cloning Force-sensitives are well-documented, the kaminoans had accounted for this, and found a way to subvert the issue. They knew the general time frame of mental deterioration of Force-sensitive clones, and simply planned it so that when a clone was reaching that threshold, they would be decommissioned and replaced. The clones were also fitted with strict mental conditioning and invasive neural implants, preventing early psychotic breakdowns from hampering the kaminoan war effort. The average shelf-life of one of these clones was between twelve and eighteen months – without the conditioning and implants, that time would be halved.

    Alarmed, the Galactic Alliance and Jedi moved to negotiate with the Kaminoan Union (as they now identified themselves), and the kaminoans – now with some leverage – agreed to meet on a place of neutral ground. High Mediator Rin’zallo and Grand Master Halie Skywalker accompanied the Galactic Alliance President and his military advisors.

    In a curiously brazen move, the kaminoan clone army struck without warning against Coruscant, Kuat, Dac, Fondor, and Ord Mantell in an attempt to hold those worlds hostage to achieve a better negotiating position. When this failed, they assaulted both the Alliance and Jedi who had been sent to negotiate, killing everyone involved.

    Why the kaminoans decided to antagonize the Jedi Order to this extent is extremely questionable. While they might not have been aware of the true capabilities of the Order, killing the Grand Master was a particularly egregious move that galvanized the entire Order to act. We can only presume that they believed their army of Force-sensitive clones would equal the Jedi, as they had rained significant devastation on Coruscant, Kuat, Fondor, and Dac.

    The attack on Ord Mantell was completely repelled, not only because it was one of the most fortified planets in the galaxy (thanks to a concerted effort by the Alliance to turn it into their primary military training grounds following the Third Imperial Civil War), but because it also held the Jedi High Command, headquarters of the Sphere of the Militant Order.

    Battlemaster Irfon Ghaull was elected Grand Master of the Jedi Order, and mobilized the Jedi to war as the Kaminoan Union began expanding inward as Coruscant lay in ruins and the major shipyards were heavily damaged. It soon became very apparent that however the kaminoans had trained their army to use the Force – likely relying on primitive users such as Nightsisters, or from other Jedi sects (the Kamino Uprising is the source of why many Jedi despise unaligned Force-user sects, who they believe are partially responsible for this) – they were no match for trained Jedi.

    The clone army couldn’t stand against the combined assaults of the Wardens and Sentinels, they fell into disorganized masses as the Sages cracked their minds and reduced their ships to crumpled wrecks. Kaminoans and prominent members of the Union disappeared or were found assassinated – whether this was the result of the Jedi Shadows or AIS is unknown, but the Jedi were at war, and the kaminoans had made the mistake of awakening them.

    As all of us are aware, it was during the latter end of the Uprising when the clone army, in a desperate move to acquire more territory, attempted to invade the Imperium, giving the Sovereigns no other choice but to engage in what had previously been deemed “An internal Alliance matter” – and, much like the Third Imperial Civil War, I suspect we would have acted had the Alliance come close to defeat. But the kaminoans forced our hand, and with the involvement of the Imperium, the war was brought to a swift end.

    The final battle of the Uprising – after the Alliance had moderately recovered and was pushing back the clone armies utilizing ysalamiri and vornskr units – was handled almost exclusively by the Jedi as they stormed Kamino itself. The best of the clones couldn’t protect against the million Jedi who descended upon the stormy world.

    While the Jedi took losses that day, the entire clone army was destroyed, the cloning facilities targeted and sunk into the oceans, ensuring that no kaminoans could rebuild on their planet, as the Jedi arrested the kaminoan leaders and brought them to the Chamber of the Arbiters for trial. The Order turned over several of the major leaders of the Union to stand trial before an Alliance tribunal, but the kaminoans who had orchestrated the entire event were put on trial by the Jedi. Considering the Jedi had saved the Alliance, this was permitted without complaint.

    The kaminoans were put before the High Tribunal. Six hundred and two were found guilty and turned over to the Alliance for punishment. Two hundred and thirty-seven were found guilty and executed. None who were put on trial were found innocent, and the Uprising has resulted in – partly due to the harshness of the Jedi – the kaminoans being scattered, unable to return to Kamino, and hunted down by vengeful planets who hired bounty hunters against the last remaining kaminoans.

    There may yet be another clone army in the future, but when it comes, the kaminoans will not be behind it.

    POST-UPRISING AND THE MODERN JEDI ORDER

    The Alliance was left devastated in the aftermath of the Kamino Uprising. Their fleets were almost completely decimated, barely five percent of their original strength, their armies unable to properly compete against the clones. Even with the Jedi supporting them, it still wasn’t enough to offset such devastating losses.

    The Jedi were considered heroes after the conflict, and were heavily involved in the restoration of the Galactic Alliance. There were some immediate changes in leadership, as Battlemaster Ghaull stepped down and the Order worked to recoup their own losses, but by far, the Jedi had emerged from the conflict in a far better position than the Alliance.

    The resulting decades have seen the Jedi become extremely intertwined with the Alliance on a political level, most of which is still the result of the goodwill earned from their role in the Uprising. As of the writing of this report, the Jedi have managed to completely restore their numbers and actually exceed them from before the Uprising, while the Alliance is still recovering and nowhere near its full strength.

    While the Order has always held influence within the Alliance, the Uprising in particular is the reason they are so deeply involved and this point has been taken advantage of by many in the Order. The Order’s participation and demonstration of their skill and power and resolve is also quite possibly why there have not been any major conflicts since then – and the reason why conflicts tend to suddenly resolve themselves when Jedi become involved.

    If the Jedi ever face internal strife, it will not come from an outside force. It will come from within.
     
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    xabiar Jedi Youngling

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    ADDITIONAL NOTE – THE SKYWALKER DYNASTY

    ‘Skywalker’ is a galactic household name at this point in history. While the first – Anakin Skywalker – joined the Order in the waning days of the Old Republic, not since the Shan Dynasty has there been a family more instrumental in the fate of the Jedi. Anakin Skywalker was a hero of the Clone Wars and one of the most powerful Jedi to exist, and despite his transformation into Darth Vader, was responsible for fathering two children – Luke and Leia – both of whom would prove instrumental in the fall of the Empire and death of Emperor Palpatine.

    Luke in particular is regarded as the most instrumental Jedi to exist in galactic history. No matter how the Order looks today, it exists because of him. Ever since Luke, a Skywalker has played an important role in the galaxy as a Jedi. Cade Skywalker helped rally the Jedi and kill Darth Krayt, Alivia Skywalker helped bring down Supreme Leader Snoke and reformed the Jedi into a galactic power. Even the other Skywalkers throughout the Order – who are not as well-known – are among the most powerful Force-users in the galaxy.

    The influence of the Skywalker line is felt even within the Imperium, as the Royal Family can be traced back to the first Empress, Jaina Solo-Fel, daughter of Leia Organa-Solo.

    It is notable that a Skywalker has always sat on the Jedi Council, and in many cases acted as the Grand Master. This is not, to our understanding, a hereditary position or one given because of their lineage. Each Skywalker earns their seat on the Council, and has an important part to play in shaping the Jedi Order.

    The reason I highlight this is because a Jedi Order without a Skywalker is an alien concept, and further serves to highlight just how jarring Daniel Skywalker’s resignation from the Council is in this context. A Skywalker has never willingly done such a thing, and that this is causing division in the Order at all means that things are changing significantly.

    Refer to the section on Jedi politics and infighting for more details. Daniel Skywalker’s situation is a symptom of bigger concerns within the Order.

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    THE JEDI ORDER : STRUCTURE – BASIC RANKS

    OVERVIEW: Throughout the Jedi Order, one constant is that no matter which Sphere the Jedi belong to, there are always the same basic ranks, which, in turn, affect seniority and options for advancement within the Order. It would be more accurate to say that these are universal ranks, even if they aren’t necessarily called the same within the different Spheres. It should be noted that it is possible for exceptionally skilled Jedi to skip ranks or be promoted multiple ranks at a time; it is rare, but it has happened.

    INITIATE: This is the entry level for all applicants to the Order, regardless of if they are an infant, child, or adult. The training regimes obviously differ in function, and are managed by the ‘Sphere of Recruitment and Training,’ but every single Jedi starts out as an ‘Initiate.’ Every single individual chosen as an Initiate will be involved with the Order in some capacity. The only hard requirement is that the individual must be a Tier 5 Force-sensitive on the Gndaa Scale. But unlike the Imperial Knights, the spectrum of Force-sensitivity ranges from extremely weak to exceptionally strong, leading to a strength which is difficult to fully determine in times of peace.

    This period of training – typically lasting eight to twelve years for infants, four to six years for children, and two to four years for adults – usually focuses on training to use and sense the Force, and preliminary lightsaber combat. The degree of traditional schooling received depends on the age of the Initiate in question. The Initiates will be occasionally observed by multiple Jedi Knights and Masters who will use their own observations, combined with data gathered on the students, to decide who they should choose as a Padawan.

    The modern Order also does not expel students after a certain amount of time. Initiates can hold this position indefinitely until they are chosen by a Knight or Master, or if they wish, they can exit the Order. Usually, after a period beyond the expected window of selection, the unchosen Initiates will be moved to work within the civilian arms of the Jedi Order. The Order is focused on ensuring that the individuals they have put years of effort into are retained and utilized for the good of the Order, even if it is not as full Jedi.

    But usually, most Initiates are chosen to be Padawans within the expected windows of selection. Initiates are allowed to express interest in specific Spheres when the time for recruitment begins, and this is passed along to respective Knights and Masters, even if their selection to their Sphere of choice is not always a guarantee.

    PADAWAN: When an Initiate is chosen by a Knight or Master, they are granted the rank of Padawan. Typically, as a Padawan, they are expected to follow in the footsteps of their Master and fulfill the same role he or she holds. It is usually expected, for example, that the Padawan of a Jedi Sentinel will also be a Sentinel, though this is not always what happens. The Jedi are careful with their selections, and such divergence is not common within the Order.

    Padawans, early in their role, construct their lightsaber(s), though the method they use to achieve this varies depending on the Master. Some are provided to Padawans, others are made to construct their own, still more have their Padawans undertake trials to construct their lightsabers, such as on Ilum, Dagobah, or, in rare cases, the Imperial world of Dathomir. The intensity and difficulty of constructing the lightsaber seems largely tied to how important it is to the Sphere the Padawan belongs to. The more often a lightsaber may be used, the more difficult its creation tends to become. While rare, there are cases of Padawans dying in pursuit of completing these trials.

    Once their lightsaber is constructed, their period of apprenticeship will more formally begin. Depending on the age of the Padawan, additional schooling will be a regular part of their studies, and they will receive direct training from their Master in skills relating to their Sphere. They will typically travel the galaxy and participate in various activities – some dangerous, some diplomatic, some peaceful. What they experience depends on the Sphere they operate within and the regime their Master sets.

    Occasionally, senior Padawans will be given solo assignments and more complex tasks to complete. The length a Padawan will remain such depends on the Master, but typically lasts no longer than eight years for children, and four to six for adults. When a Master believes that his Padawan is ready to be promoted to Knight, they submit a request to the Sphere Councilor recommending promotion, and, if it is granted, are allowed to Knight the Padawan as they choose.

    Some Masters and Spheres themselves have specific trials they have the Padawans undertake before being accepted as a Knight, but others don’t see the need and can promote them immediately (typically for non-combat Spheres). The complexity and creativity of any possible trial(s) is largely at the discretion of the Master themselves, so long as it is approved by the Sphere Councilor.

    Trials can consist of the Master giving an assignment (some of which are lethal) the Padawan must carry out. Others consist of being exposed to dark side artifacts or temptations to determine if the Padawan can resist. The Padawan may be told of the importance of the task, or they may not. In times of strife and war, trials of these types are foregone as the Padawans have likely been exposed to multiple life-or-death situations and further trials are redundant.

    Upon the promotion of Padawan to Knight, they are prepared to assume responsibilities as full members of the Jedi Order.

    KNIGHT: Knights make up the majority of Jedi ranks, and they are the standard ‘rank’ throughout the Order. Regardless of Sphere, most will acknowledge the title of ‘Knight of the Jedi Order’ even if they hold roles not typically assumed for Jedi, such as scientists or archeologists. Knights typically have years of experience as a result of their time as a Padawan, and go into their new roles with little trouble or transition.

    Knights take additional time to further refine their own skills and knowledge, usually when they are no longer performing their regular duties, be that in lightsaber combat, flight training, or academia. A Knight is expected to eventually master his role within the Order, and it is a necessity if they wish to be promoted again. Most members of the Order stay Knights, as it is a preferred middle ground for most, as the higher ranks involve far more administrative activity and internal politics. Knights have been known to turn down promotions because they feel it would be too restrictive, and, with that in mind, most offers are only given to those who are interested in them.

    Knights are allowed to take a Padawan one year after their promotion, when they have had time to become familiar with their new role. Depending on the Sphere, Knights may take more than one Padawan though this is typically discouraged and only common in the Sphere of the Militant Order, where military cohesion and squad-based combat/communication is essential. However, most Spheres and Knights take a single Padawan at a time, though taking multiple Padawans throughout their careers is common and encouraged.

    Should a Knight prove exceptionally talented and demonstrate a high success rate in their Sphere, they will be considered for promotion to the rank of Master.

    MASTER: The Masters of the Jedi Order are rare and limited, with less than five thousand existing in total throughout the entire galaxy. They are usually responsible for overseeing the most important locations, artifacts, and missions within the Jedi Order. All Masters in their fields of expertise, they are an invaluable resource to call upon, one which the Order uses frequently.

    Since their roles tend to become more administrative, few Masters travel extensively from their primary homes or headquarters, and instead, focus on their projects or – if they have reached a high rank within their Sphere – managing their own councils, Knights, and resources. This is also the rank where the politics of certain Spheres begin to become apparent, as some Masters exhibit a humorously un-Jedi-like competitive spirit to advance their own agendas and influence (most primarily in the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation, ironically enough).

    Like Knights, Masters are allowed to choose Padawans, which is considered one of the greatest honors one can achieve. However, it’s notable that outside a few exceptions, the majority of Padawans chosen are adults and not children. There are exceptions, of course, but this is a general rule that Masters follow. It is likely because their roles require more patience, maturity, and administrative skill than many younger Padawans may possess. But those who become Knights through these Masters have significant connections and influence should they wish to follow that path.

    The only rank higher is that of Councilor.

    COUNCILOR: A Councilor is the Jedi who represents a Sphere of the Order and sits on the Jedi High Council of Ossus – it should be noted that throughout the rest of this report, any mention of the ‘Jedi Council,’ unless explicitly stated otherwise, refers to the High Council of Ossus. There are only twelve which exist at a time, and they are the best the Jedi have, be it in terms of intellect, strategy, espionage, science, engineering, and Force usage. How each one is chosen largely depends on the Sphere in question, as well as approval by the current Jedi Council. However, the procedure is essentially as follows:

    The leading Council/administration of the Sphere will internally choose to nominate someone to the Jedi Council, who could theoretically be anyone within the Sphere, but almost always is a senior member of the Sphere and usually from the leadership itself. Once the nominee is chosen, the nomination will be presented to the Jedi Council who will deliberate amongst themselves and usually speak one-on-one to the nominee in question.

    This period can take anywhere from between two weeks to months. The latter is extremely rare, as the Council (and Spheres) keep a short list of possible candidates and thorough, up-to-date dossiers, reducing the possibility of nominating an unfit Master – this is further reduced by the fact that most Councilors will be at least familiar with the candidates in question. Candidates are usually not nominated unless it’s a near guarantee that the Council will approve them.

    It is also rare for the nomination to be anything other than unanimous. The Councilors talk to each other, and there are what could be considered ‘swing votes’ which influence which Councilor will vote which way. These tend to be those who hold the position of Grand Master, the Councilor of the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight, and the Councilor of the Sphere of Law and Justice, as these Councilors typically perform more thorough checks on those who are nominated. While not required, no one is interested in confirming someone who cannot get along with one or more members of the Council – unity of purpose is often the most prized quality in a nominee.

    A vote still takes place, and a supermajority (nine votes) must vote ‘yes’ for the nominee to be confirmed to the Jedi Council. Prior to this, the nominee or the Sphere itself can pull the nomination, though this has almost never happened to our knowledge.

    As with Masters and Knights, Councilors are allowed to choose Padawans. This is not typically common, even if it is technically allowed, which likely has to do with the fact that Councilors simply do not have time to train Padawans in a satisfactory manner. Exceptions exist, of course, such as the current Padawan (Swrialian Rexus) of Councilor Saresh Palavola and the Padawans of Councilor Zevro Shartan – see their respective entries for more details.

    GRAND MASTER: The highest rank and one of the most unique positions within the Jedi Order. Only one Jedi can hold this title at a time, and the Grand Master is appointed by and from the Jedi Council, and confirmed by the other members of the Jedi Council – only Councilors may stand for appointment.

    Their nominations come from one member of the Council, who will put forth their name as a candidate. This happens on a predetermined date, and Councilors will have a period of three to six weeks (depending on the number of names put forth) to deliberate and discuss with the various nominees and they will all agree on a final confirmation date.

    Unlike other confirmations, the candidate with the most votes is confirmed as the Grand Master of the Jedi Order. Nominees are forbidden to vote for themselves, and each Councilor has the opportunity to abstain (usually only done by nominees). Due to the odd number of Jedi at this time (11) it is unlikely to be a tie unless there are more than two nominees. In the event of a tie, the nominees who receive the least amount of votes will be removed and a second vote will take place. This will continue until there is an undisputed result.

    Once the Grand Master is chosen, they will assume control over the Sphere of the Jedi Order and act as chairman of the Jedi Council and are usually referred to as the ‘leader’ of the Jedi Order. While the power the Grand Master wields is not as extensive as some believe, they are, without a doubt, one of the most influential within the Order and always among the most respected.

    Historically, Grand Masters have usually been elected from the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation, Sphere of Outreach and Aid, and Sphere of History and Knowledge, all of whom require connections, communication, discussion, and cooperation. There are exceptions, especially following the Kamino Uprising when Councilor Irfon Ghaull was nominated from the Sphere of the Militant Order who mobilized the Jedi to end the kaminoian threat. Notably though, following the Uprising, he stepped down, stating that: “An Order no longer at war does not require a general to lead it.”

    As another point of trivia, there have been no members of the Sphere of Exploration and Discovery, or the Sphere of the Living Force who have ever held the title of Grand Master. Daniel Skywalker was also the first Grand Master who had come from the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight. It is also one of the five permanent seats on the Council not subject to term-limits, but Grand Masters rarely remain on the Council for longer than thirty or forty years.
     
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    xabiar Jedi Youngling

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    THE JEDI ORDER : STRUCTURE – OVERVIEW

    OVERVIEW: The largest reform of the modern Jedi Order was the codification of the Order’s fundamental structure itself. Previous incarnations had surprisingly little internal structure outside of a few bodies devoted to training, artifact collection and knowledge acquisition, and sub-orders or civilian branches of the Order (such as the Agricorps, Corellian Jedi (i.e., ‘Green Jedi’), and so on). The only central authority was the Jedi Council, while most Jedi were either allowed to pursue missions on their own, or received assignments from the Council itself.

    Alivia and Javian, realizing that this shallow and disjointed structure was ultimately a detriment to the Order as a whole, took inspiration from other organizations and Force sects when reorganizing the Order. Ultimately, the entire Order was separated into twelve Spheres, with each Sphere focusing on a specific aspect of the Order – be it science, training, or the Force itself.

    Each of these Spheres would be represented on the Jedi Council, and within them they would have autonomy on their structure and objectives, though each Sphere would of course be able to work together to help achieve various Order-wide objectives and goals. The Jedi Council primarily exists to ensure that the Spheres work in harmony with each other and don’t interfere with each other’s projects and missions, while also making decisions which affect the Order as a whole.

    The Twelve Spheres are broken down further into the Outer Sphere, the Internal Sphere, and the Center Sphere, in ascending order from the Twelfth Sphere to the First Sphere.

    HEADQUARTERS AND BASES OF OPERATION: While each Sphere has their own bases of operation, sometimes they share headquarters on various planets. The ‘capital’ of the Jedi Order itself is Ossus, where the High Council itself meets and deliberates.

    RULES AND REGULATIONS: The Spheres themselves are given extensive autonomy to operate, allowing the Masters of a Sphere to establish the structure, recruitment, and promotion without interference from other Spheres. This has led to some Spheres being naturally smaller than others due to design, not lack of interest or recruitment.

    While it is generally accepted that the Spheres should not keep large secrets from the Order as a whole, they are not necessarily forced to share updates and achievements with the rest of the Order. Keeping secrets is frowned upon, but it is technically permitted unless there is clear evidence of foul play involved or information which could damage galactic stability.

    Thus, there are ways for the Order to force Spheres to reveal otherwise classified or hidden information. A unanimous ‘request’ from the Jedi Council (excluding the Sphere Councilor in question) is one way, another is a joint request from the Sphere of Laws and Justice and the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight.

    Removing specific members from a Sphere is more complex, and requires several factors to be in place. Usually, the Spheres themselves will discipline or otherwise deal with individuals who they deem to be issues, typically involving the High Arbiter to ensure the procedure is done fairly. However, in cases where the Sphere refuses to remove or discipline an individual, a joint order from a majority of the Jedi Council, the Sphere of Laws and Justice, and the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight must be submitted to legally remove or prosecute an individual.

    Removing a member of the Jedi Council is yet another process, which will be detailed in a further section.

    A description of the Twelve Spheres of the Jedi Order is below.

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    THE JEDI ORDER : STRUCTURE – SPHERES TWELVE TO NINE

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    TWELFTH – THE SPHERE OF EXPLORATION AND DISCOVERY

    PRIMARY FUNCTION: Galactic Star Charting; Planet Surveillance; Archaeology and Excavation

    SPHERE COUNCILOR: Councilor Ut Sifiss

    MEMBERS: This Sphere boasts the eighth largest membership, as it is particularly attractive to Jedi drawn to adventure, discovery, travel, and archaeology. Estimated member count is between 1,000,000 and 1,500,000.

    HEADQUARTERS: Jedi Temple of the Twelfth Sphere (Ahch-To) – The Sphere of Exploration and Discovery is somewhat unique among other Spheres in that they do not tend to have a ‘permanent’ headquarters, and instead have their headquarters in areas of the galaxy which are not fully explored. The Jedi ruins of Ahch-To were discovered several decades ago and the Council of Establishment and Expansion universally decided that that once the Temple there was fully restored, it would serve as the primary base of operations for the Sphere of Exploration and Discovery.

    OVERVIEW AND METHODOLOGY: The Sphere of Exploration and Discovery serves several different functions within the Jedi Order, including the following:

    - Star Mapping: The Unknown Regions continue to be an untapped reservoir of planets, resources of people, and the Order is actively making efforts to penetrate these areas for possible colonization and business opportunities, primarily for the benefit of the Galactic Alliance. It also serves to investigate the anomalies and other strange characteristics of the dark half of the galaxy, which the Order is beginning to take a more direct interest in.

    - Order Expansion: The Order continues to look for new worlds to establish bases on for the various Spheres. They are not bound by established boundaries like the Alliance and Empire, and are willing to work with endemic civilizations for the ultimate benefit of increasing their soft power in the galaxy.

    - Artifact Recovery: The galaxy is littered with the remains of long-dead civilizations, relics, and thousands of years of Jedi and Sith history. Temples, holocrons, lightsabers, and more are still around and the Jedi have a keen interest in excavating and possibly restoring them for later examination or use. There is also a desire to prevent treasure hunters and collectors from gaining possession of potentially corruptive dark side artifacts, no matter how benign.

    Jedi within this Sphere usually operate alone or in extremely small groups. While they are trained to defend themselves, the Order Scouts and Survey Teams are instructed to avoid combat when possible and flee dangerous situations. As a side note, many Order Scouts are excellent pilots, which has saved more than one of the Sphere when they ran into pirates.

    As should be expected, this Sphere has extremely close ties with the Sphere of History and Knowledge, who often assist them with restoring old Temples and preserving artifacts and recovered documents. They will also occasionally request military escorts from the Sphere of the Militant Order in dangerous situations.

    They usually will not take decisive action until the star systems around a particular planet have been confirmed to be secured and safe, where they can work unmolested from any pirates or criminal activity. While this is not considered one of the more important Spheres, it is nonetheless one of the largest contributing factors to the spread of the Order across the galaxy.

    CURRENT SPHERE STRUCTURE:

    Scouting Coalition of the Order: This is largely considered the ‘first wave’ of the Sphere, where Jedi Scouts – usually holding the rank of Knight – are sent to uncharted systems or coordinates to gather initial data or explore certain planets. Scouts are also the primary Jedi who are sent into the navigable edges of the dark half of the galaxy – and usually only their most skilled are sent on those operations, as the risk in exploring that region of the galaxy is much higher than normal.

    They operate alone or in pairs (Master and Padawan) and tend to keep a low profile when exploring. All information gathered is forwarded to the nearest Order Scouting Station (movable space stations constructed and maintained by the Scouting Coalition) which then passes on data to the nearest Survey Crew and to the Temple of the Twelfth Sphere.

    They usually have very specific and limited instructions, and once those are carried out, they will return to the nearest Exploration and Discovery Outpost where they receive new assignments. The Scouting Coalition is managed by the Chief Scout, who holds the rank of Master.

    Jedi Order Survey Administration: Once the Scouts have sent the data, a Survey Team is deployed to the system in question, which gathers far more detailed information on the planets and environment. If planets are habitable, preliminary outposts are established and maintained. Depending on what the Jedi want to do with the planet, it will either be further utilized by the Order, or the information will be passed along to the Galactic Alliance for possible colonization or outreach if it is home to a sapient species.

    The Survey Teams are composed of technicians, biologists, geologists, and other experts specializing in planetary and celestial bodies. This is one of the few parts of the Jedi Order which employs non-Force-users in its ranks. Survey Teams are small, and always managed by a full Jedi, but they provide extremely valuable services to both the Order, and, by extension, the Galactic Alliance. The Survey Administration is managed by the Chief Surveyor who holds the rank of Master.

    Jedi Order Reclamation Service: If a planet has been cleared by the Survey Administration, and ruins or possible artifacts are on the planet, the Reclamation Service will be deployed to examine and recover the artifacts. Jedi Archeologists (of the rank of Knight) specialize in precursor, Sith, and Jedi artifacts, as well as other Force-related histories. They usually operate in teams of four to eight, depending on the size of the operation.

    The Reclamation Service is also on call for the Galactic Alliance, as they perform their own survey work, and the Reclamation Service has happily assisted the Alliance in excavating ancient ruins – in return for one or two artifacts to return to the Order, and the confiscation of any Sith or dark side artifacts. The Reclamation Service is managed by the Chief Archeologist, who holds the rank of Master.

    The Council of Establishment and Expansion: This is the highest body within the Twelfth Sphere, and is a small council consisting of the Chief Scout, Chief Surveyor, Chief Archeologist, and the Sphere Councilor. They are primarily responsible for deciding how best to proceed with planets and systems, if information should be passed along to the Alliance, and the recovery and transportation of artifacts. They are responsible for communication between other Spheres, and any decisions made with respect to the wider Order or the Galactic Alliance (such as sending colonization information) must be approved by a majority of the Jedi Council.

    RECOMMENDATION: The Sphere of Exploration and Discovery is unlikely to be a threat to the Empire. While they are certainly inquisitive and nosy, they respect the boundaries of the Empire and are at the moment focused on exploring the other side of the galaxy. As you likely know, we have standing and limited research agreements with the Reclamation Service, and to date, the Jedi have been respectful of the ruins and artifacts we have allowed to be examined. However, should the Order become more aggressive in exploring near Imperial Space, the Scouts and Survey Teams are not prepared for combat nor have significant defenses. Capturing and expelling Jedi would send a sufficient message (the Chiss Ascendancy did the same with a Scout who came too close to their borders). Killing them would only cause problems, unless you intend to start a war with the Order.

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    ELEVENTH – THE SPHERE OF HISTORY AND KNOWLEDGE

    PRIMARY FUNCTION: Historians; Record Keeping; Holocron Storage and Restoration; Artifact Preservation

    SPHERE COUNCILOR: Councilor Taitho Dal

    MEMBERS: While this is one of the smallest divisions, it is somewhat unique in that simply being associated with the Sphere is an honor itself, as this Sphere manages one of the most comprehensive information troves in the galaxy, and each of the members are all specialized in multiple subjects. Estimated member count is between 250,000 and 400,000.

    HEADQUARTERS: Great Library of the Jedi Order (Prakith) – The Sphere of History and Knowledge, despite the history of the world itself, decided to, with the assistance of other Spheres of the Order, work to cleanse the world of the dark side energy which permeated through the planet, and establish their headquarters on it. While it does not appear that the cleansing was fully successful, it is clear that the darkness is stifled and smothered by the presence of so many Jedi.

    The planet, due to its proximity to the galactic core, is more difficult to reach than most planets, which serves as a natural deterrent to any possible attacks. In addition to this, the Great Library also receives dedicated protection from the Militant Order and Galactic Alliance. A not-insignificant number of tourists and academic professionals travel to the Great Library, which is widely considered to be the largest collection of history, knowledge, and artifacts in the galaxy.

    OVERVIEW AND METHODOLOGY: The Sphere of History and Knowledge is the source of the Order’s knowledge on everything. Everything that the Jedi learn and discover eventually winds up in the hands of the Sphere, which they file away in their ever-expanding libraries. While many of them are indistinguishable from librarians – and, indeed, this is the function of many – most members of this Sphere are also experts in obscure and common historical topics and individuals in the galaxy. This Sphere often has knowledge that no one in the galaxy has, and as such, are commonly sought out by many individuals in academia, and also typically lend their expertise to those who ask for it.

    They also currently possess the largest collection of Jedi and Sith artifacts and relics, the latter of which are under some of the tightest security in the galaxy. Most records on the artifacts recovered with Jedi origins are freely shared throughout the Order. The opposite is true for Sith artifacts, and only Jedi Masters can request access to the various holocrons and texts of the Sith.

    However, this Sphere does not restrict itself to merely Jedi and Sith artifacts. They have the largest collections of artifacts and texts from the voss, the Force-Wielders, and Eternal Empire, as well as precursor races like the rakata, kwa, gree, and Celestials. These are usually not available to the public or even the greater Order, but they will permit Knights to access these records if there is a valid request.

    As is to be expected, they work extremely closely with the Sphere of Exploration and Discovery for artifact recovery, and every other Sphere draws upon their vast collection of knowledge for missions of their own – and, in turn, regularly update the Sphere of History and Knowledge with academic, scientific, or historical information of their own.

    CURRENT SPHERE STRUCTURE:

    Archivists of the Jedi Order: When one thinks of the Sphere of History and Knowledge, they picture robed Jedi in quiet towering libraries. These are the Archivists and they do far more than assist visitors in their own endeavors. In addition to updating, adding, editing, and removing information from the archives, the Archivists are active beyond the various Jedi Libraries. When ruins are discovered, or other caches of knowledge and history, Archivists are the ones who are sent to catalogue them. They usually travel alone or in small groups, but their missions are rarely dangerous, since they arrive when the danger is long past.

    They are trained to defend themselves, but do not pose a significant threat to those who are even moderately trained in combat. The Archivists involve themselves well beyond the Order, and have authorized detachments sent to various galactic institutions for recordkeeping purposes, in particular the Senate, Hapes Consortium, Onderon, and, as you are aware, limited movement in Imperial Space as well as the Chiss Ascendancy. They presumably attempted to offer the same to the Mandalorian Union, but were rebuffed. They could be considered a press arm of the Jedi, aside from the fact they simply observe and do not ask question – and the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation exists as the political arm of the Jedi.

    The Archivists are managed by the Loremaster of the Jedi Order, who has achieved the rank of Jedi Master.

    The Holocron Keepers: A small, but extremely important division of the Sphere. Holocron Keepers, as the name suggests, are responsible for the management of all non-Sith holocrons in the possession of – or found by – the Jedi Order. This also includes non-Jedi holocrons and similar data storage methods. In addition to storing holocrons, they are also trained to repair damaged ones and restore them as best as possible.

    As many Jedi seek out wisdom from holocrons, the Holocron Keepers work to ensure that each holocron is responsibly lent to Jedi and returned in a timely manner. They fit all holocrons with trackers to find later if necessary, and strictly control their flow from the Jedi Order. Under no circumstances do they allow non-Jedi to take holocrons – although they do allow them to speak to them in the libraries under supervision.

    While holocrons are present in all Jedi libraries across the galaxy, the Hall of Holocrons is where the most valuable and important ones are stored. The one who manages the Holocron Keepers is a Jedi Master with the title of Gatekeeper of the Holocrons.

    The Black Guard: The smallest division of the Sphere of History and Knowledge, the Black Guard deals exclusively with all Sith and dark side artifacts. They are the only ones within the Order to interact with these forbidden items – for the sole purpose of containment or destruction. Most texts of the Sith are copied to digital devices by hand, and the originals destroyed in case there is any residual taint. They normally make an effort to copy the matrix of Sith holocrons to other devices, but this has apparently had mixed results.

    There have been debates, especially on the Jedi Council, on if all holocrons should simply be destroyed, but as of this moment, the Sphere has decided that destroying this amount of history and knowledge is unacceptable, and have stood their ground on it. As all of the artifacts are safely locked away and cannot be accessed without approval, it seems to have been enough to prevent the wholesale destruction of Sith artifacts and holocrons – for now.

    All Sith artifacts are stored deep within the Great Library on Prakith, and the Black Guard is commanded by a Jedi Master with the title of Black Guardian.

    The Jedi Advisory Coalition: As mentioned above, there are many who wish the services of individuals well-versed in the history and culture of the galaxy. The Jedi Advisors serve this role, primarily within the Alliance, and offer their own opinions to a variety of parties and organizations. Many Senate committees and special interest groups have a Jedi Advisor on call. They also offer their services to corporations, historical/exploratory bodies, and business tycoons of the galaxy, all who wish to take advantage of Jedi foresight.

    If this sounds like a group which would fit better within the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation, you would be right, and it is also a recent creation under Councilor Dal, who I suspect was heavily influenced by Grand Master Undien. Everyone knows that the Sphere of Diplomacy is the political arm of the Jedi, but the Sphere of History and Knowledge? Apolitical – or so most of the galaxy believes. Indeed, much of the advice given is not related to politics, but opinions on possible decisions and ramifications based on historical context, or perhaps providing knowledge on an obscure species or planet.

    Benevolent and harmless information, but if one didn’t know better, it may seem like a subtle plot to make the powers of the galaxy more reliant on Jedi advice – something that it appears the AIS is not exactly fond of, at least according to intercepted reports and other comments. The Coalition is managed by the High Advisor, a Jedi Master.

    The Keepers of Knowledge: This is the primary administrative body of the Sphere of History and Knowledge, with its members consisting of the Loremaster, Gatekeeper, Black Guardian, High Advisor, and the Sphere Councilor. It is responsible for communication between Spheres, ensuring that all information is up-to-date and working, as well as granting authorization to individuals seeking to access restricted knowledge.

    RECOMMENDATION: The Sphere of History and Knowledge is a trove of information we should attempt to utilize and emulate at some point. They pose little threat to the Empire currently, and if possible, we should attempt to draw on their expertise in a controlled manner. With this said, we must also be extremely vigilant not to become reliant on them, and reject any Advisors they send to us. We suspect they are a trap, one which has already infected the Alliance. We also should not, under any circumstances, turn over any artifacts that we uncover, no matter how much they warn us that it is ‘dangerous.’

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    TENTH – THE SPHERE OF SCIENCE AND RESEARCH

    PRIMARY FUNCTION: Scientific Analysis and Experimentation; Research and Development (all categories); Engineering and Design; Computation and Programming; Precursor Technology Research and Restoration

    SPHERE COUNCILOR: Doctor Buchic

    MEMBERS: While originally one of the smaller Spheres of the Order, the numbers have grown significantly after a push to focus more on the sciences and a need for engineers to build Temples, weapons, and armors for the Order itself. Today, this Sphere boasts the sixth-largest member count, estimated to be between 2,000,000 and 2,500,000.

    HEADQUARTERS: Jedi Order Research and Development Command (Umbara) – The umbarans have long been an innovative and unique people, and have provided significant technical expertise to multiple factions throughout history, including the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars, intermittent support to the Galactic Empire, and since then, they have supported the New Republic and now Galactic Alliance.

    That the umbarans have become so connected to the Jedi is an extremely interesting development, considering that the umbarans worked with Emperor Palpatine in the early days of the Empire to help hunt down surviving Jedi. They, along with the givin, were one of the few species in the Empire which were not subjected to as much discrimination as other species because of their work – and because they were too valuable to make enemies of. That they have reached out to the Jedi indicates a desire to atone and build anew, which could be genuine regret for their actions, or because they see the Jedi as a powerful political entity and want to ingratiate themselves with the Order.

    The Jedi appear to be of the same mind, as the Sphere of Science and Research struck a deal with the umbarans a century ago to build their headquarters on Umbara, in return for allowing umbarans to observe some aspects of their research and provide their own experts to assist in umbaran projects. The Order, in return, receives extensive protection from the umbarans, and are allowed to conduct their experiments in near-total secrecy on the planet – a valuable arrangement for the Order, and it has similarly ensured that the umbarans are one of the most advanced species in the Alliance, and firm allies of the Jedi Order.

    OVERVIEW AND METHODOLOGY: The Sphere of Science and Research is, compared to other Spheres, extremely straightforward. This is the body which conducts the vast majority of scientific research, architectural design, engineering, weapons development, precursor technology restoration/research, and physical testing. While the name implies only scientific focus, this Sphere is extremely far-reaching and far larger than one would suspect.

    The Sphere has multiple research outposts throughout the galaxy, focusing on planets with unique biomes or characteristics, as well as celestial phenomenons such as black holes. However, they do not conduct research into the Force itself or its possible applications. This Sphere is strictly focused on science and research in the physical space. The Force likely provides assistance in some areas, but it is never the focus.

    The Sphere itself is responsible for the actual design and production of most of the vehicles, weapons, armor, and medicine of the Jedi Order as a whole. They maintain several production plants and shipyards on Kuat and Corellia, as well as smaller facilities on Umbara and various other research posts. What attracts the attention of many is that they hold the majority of experts on precursor technology – notably that of gree, kwa, rakatan, and Celestial origin. While to date they have had minimal success in fully reverse-engineering or repairing major pieces of technology (such as the gree hypergates), it is likely only a matter of time before they succeed – and their knowledge is always growing.

    Jedi who are part of this Sphere are usually scientists, engineers, architects, and physicists. Few are extremely powerful Jedi, and largely prefer to be addressed by their academic title, or other titles which reflect their area of knowledge. As such, may Jedi within this Sphere prefer to be addressed as ‘Doctor’ or ‘Professor.’

    CURRENT SPHERE STRUCTURE:

    The Body of Scientific Research: This is the division where the majority of purely scientific research is conducted. Jedi Scientists come from all fields of study – biology, physics, chemistry, zoology, geology, etc. They maintain the majority of Order Research Stations, and are otherwise the largest division within the Sphere. There is very little to distinguish them from non-Jedi researchers in similar fields. They are managed by the High Scientist, a Jedi Master.

    The Body of Engineering and Design: This division is responsible for the design and construction of all Jedi outposts and stations across the galaxy. They also construct, restore, and design the various Jedi Temples – they have become exceptionally good at restoration as the Order has grown over the centuries. Jedi Engineers are mechanical experts and architects, and maintain a well-paid and trained civilian and automated workforce for manual construction and production, all of whom are bound to secrecy by complex contracts and possibly other means to ensure silence.

    They also design the ships, vehicles, and equipment Jedi across the galaxy use. Most are surprised to learn the Jedi are interested in these things, but to be clear, the Jedi do not have a fleet or armored vehicle armada. This is largely restricted to starfighters and small crew ships – such as the ones used by Survey Teams. The Jedi do not have battleships or frigates, though if they wished, they could have that capability. Similarly, vehicles are usually speeders and personal vehicles. So far, the Jedi Order has not produced heavy combat vehicles or droid armies.

    Equipment produced is largely standard. Mechanical kits, tools, holotech, and other utilities. They are managed by the Overseer of Engineering, a Jedi Master.

    The Body of Precursor Technology: This is the smallest and most secretive division within the Sphere. The bulk of their research is conducted on Umbara, and any sites where precursor technology cannot be excavated and removed safely are locked down by this Body and cannot be accessed by any other Sphere or organization. It’s unknown what exactly is conducted at these sites, or what has been discovered, but this division is currently impossible to penetrate conventionally – ironically, certain umbarans probably have a better idea of what goes on in those labs than most Jedi. The most commonly known thing about the division is that it is managed by the Assimilation Master, an ominous title that doesn’t seem to fully fit the division.

    Unless you consider that the Jedi have succeeded in reverse-engineering these pieces of technology, and are at the point where they can use them effectively.

    The Body of Outside Assistance: At first glance it may appear to have a similar function to the Advisors of the Sphere of History and Knowledge, but this is fortunately not the case. Many individuals and scientific bodies have close connections with this division, and the Jedi sent provide assistance in purely scientific and engineering matters. While this can be considered another application of soft power by the Order, it’s likely this wasn’t the original intention, as the Jedi who’ve provided assistance have been instrumental in curing diseases, containing pandemics, and achieving major scientific breakthroughs, all of which fit within the core beliefs of the Jedi – namely the desire to help others. This division is also unique in that it draws from the rest of the Sphere to acquire the individuals sent to help, and only retains a small, permanent administrative group which manages the hundreds of requests and deployments across the galaxy. They are managed by the Chief Research Coordinator.

    The Body of Weapons Development and Testing: Another division which comes as a surprise to some people, as most are still under the belief that Jedi are inherently peaceful and pacifistic. This is untrue. Jedi usually do not seek out combat, but the lessons learned from history have made them wary and prepared in the event of another inevitable conflict. This particular division is not particularly large, but it conducts research not only into lightsaber and armor development and testing, but also blaster, explosive, and exotic weapons production for the Army of the Jedi Order (see section on the Militant Order for more information). The exact nature of the experiments is unknown, but based on reports and limited encounters, the quality of the weapons and armor is, at minimum, exceeds the Galactic Alliance, and is on a par with the Fellan Imperium. The smaller numbers mean they can invest more in each individual soldier and Jedi, and as such they have a smaller, but more dangerous force.

    This division should be observed carefully. It is managed by the Weapons Master of the Jedi Order.

    The Council of Academia: Composed of the High Scientist, Overseer of Engineering, Assimilation Master, Chief Research Coordinator, Weapons Master, and the Sphere Councilor, the Council of Academia determines overall research objectives, expansion plans, coordination between other Sphere, and handles direct diplomacy with the umbarans.

    RECOMMENDATION: It should be obvious, but the Bodies of Precursor Technology and Weapons Development are of interest due to the implications and threat to the Empire. The Sphere is most comparable to sections of the Maw, but far larger and more specialized into various teams. What is most concerning is that we have no easy way to know what research is being conducted, and as mentioned earlier, the umbarans make any penetration difficult, not to mention Research and Development Command is one of the most secure locations in the galaxy. The Jedi have assisted in turning the entire Umbara System into a fortress that will shred anything short of a battle group – which would suffer extensive losses.

    I do not know if they are deliberately hiding something or not, but whatever they are doing, they don’t want anyone else to know about it.

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    NINTH – THE SPHERE OF OUTREACH AND AID

    PRIMARY FUNCTION: Civilian Outreach; Warzone Aid and Services; Psychological Services; Medical Services

    SPHERE COUNCILOR: Councilor Lara’ritten

    MEMBERS: One of the central tenets of the Jedi is to provide help to all who need it, and it is no surprise that many Jedi are called to carry this out. As a result this Sphere has the third highest member count of the entire Order, ranging from 5,000,000 to 6,000,000 members.

    HEADQUARTERS: The Temple of Healing and Outreach (Manaan) – Considering that this Sphere uses copious amounts of medical substances, including bacta and kolto, it isn’t a surprise that a Sphere which is often involved in the aftermath of warzones, accidents, and natural disasters, requires these substances. Both the Sphere of Outreach and Aid and the selkath have very similar mindsets when it comes to aid, healing, and neutrality. Half a century ago, the selkath extended an offer to the Sphere to establish their headquarters on Manaan, they would provide the Sphere with the purest kolto and bacta possible (the selkath have invested heavily in bacta cultivation over the past two centuries) in return for protection and immediate access to the Jedi Order for military, diplomatic, and industrial needs, an agreement the Order has maintained to this day.

    OVERVIEW AND METHODOLOGY: The Sphere of Outreach and Aid is one of the best sources of positive coverage for the entire Order. Members of this Sphere are involved in nearly all disaster and wartime relief throughout the galaxy – well beyond the Galactic Alliance. The extent to which the Sphere has expanded will be elaborated on, suffice to say that they are the most respected Jedi in the galaxy by the general public.

    These are Jedi who are drawn to the tenets of the Order which emphasize serving others and healing the sick and broken. They are almost universally pacifistic – and idealistic – to the point where many don’t even carry lightsabers (though they do still build them). They are combination aid workers, doctors, psychiatrists, and mediators that help wherever they are sent.

    A point to emphasize is that the Sphere of Outreach and Aid is fiercely apolitical, and pays very little heed to political ramifications of their actions, regardless of if it would possibly be detrimental to the Alliance or Jedi Order. They do not consider themselves law enforcement and despise military action, likely from seeing the effects of warfare firsthand. Warfare is only one crisis they respond to; natural disasters, drug epidemics, or even colonization efforts are all projects they assist in.

    I suspect that this is a Sphere that most reading this are familiar with, as a limited number of Outreach Stations of this Sphere are allowed within our borders – largely because of their apolitical agenda. Jedi of this Sphere only care about providing aid to others, be they Alliance, Imperial, Hapan, or criminal. Indeed, they have multiple stations set up in Hutt Space, the Outer Rim, and Wild Space to provide help to those areas.

    They faced significant challenges at first, as everyone believed it was a precursor to a possible Jedi attack, but the Jedi from this Sphere simply began doing what they did elsewhere, and didn’t discriminate or judge the individuals who came to them for help and healing. The hutts tried assaulting several of the outposts, and did succeed in wiping out several Jedi, which inspired other smaller gangs and bounty hunters to begin giving the Outreach Centers protection. Once the hutts learned that the Jedi would provide healing and support to their own soldiers, they quickly turned to leverage that, even as the Jedi themselves keep trying to deescalate the violence, even as they keep the scum of the hutts alive.

    This has, unsurprisingly, made them extremely unpopular in certain sections of the Order and Alliance Military, particularly the Militant Order, who would be more than happy to purge the hutts from the Outer Rim, but instead, there are Jedi actively prolonging the problem, as they see it. There are large philosophical divides between the Sphere of Outreach and Aid, and many other Spheres of the Order. I suspect that the main reason they are not curtailed by the Jedi Council is because the Sphere itself is so popular it would be political suicide to restrict them – and possibly risk a massive exodus from the Order itself.

    CURRENT SPHERE STRUCTURE:

    Warzone Relief and Aid: The Jedi who work within this division work exclusively within areas which have been damaged or devastated by conflict, be it between armies or just gang and criminal violence. These Jedi are primarily medics, or have some kind of battlefield medicine training. Using the Force and medical substances, they attempt to keep alive whoever they can, no matter what side the wounded fall on.

    They are the most proactive of the divisions, and rarely establish bases of operation except in known violent areas where their services are continually needed. Otherwise they arrive via their designated ships to various hotspots throughout the galaxy. They are respected for their neutrality by most armies, aside from the hutts, and are typically left alone and not bothered on battlefields.

    The Jedi who oversees the division is the Warzone Relief Coordinator.

    Jedi Medical Services: The Jedi of this division perform a fairly self-explanatory purpose – healing, mental health, and medical services. They usually have one or more Medical Centers on most developed planets, staffed by their healers, psychiatrists, and surgeons. While they don’t turn anyone away, they primarily focus on poorer and lower-income individuals who they will treat free of charge, while wealthier individuals they will charge large sums of credits for.

    In the event of a viral outbreak, the Medical Services will be requested to help quarantine and treat the victims until the situation is contained. The Medical Services do not accept payment for these actions, and will usually remain behind for several months to ensure that there are no further issues. Medical Centers, like most divisions within the Sphere, exist beyond the Alliance. As we are all aware, there are several heavily observed Medical Centers on Bastion, Mygeeto, and Dantooine. There are also multiple centers in Hutt Space and the Outer Rim.

    The Jedi who oversees the division is the Medical Administrator of the Jedi Order.

    The Jedi Reconstruction and Settlement Service: This division is one which usually follows the Warzone Relief and Aid, as these Jedi assist in the reconstruction of homes and cities – civilian only – which were damaged or destroyed during the fighting. The Jedi will work with the local civilians and government to coordinate supplies and construction, and help to ensure stability for the future.

    The other arm of this branch involves assisting colonists settling on new planets, by helping to build housing, establish local governments and administration, provide utilities, and supply food sources. The Service charges money if requested by a galactic government, but they will often provide free assistance for non-affiliated groups who make strong cases for settlement somewhere else. These are common in Hutt Space.

    The Jedi who oversees the division is the Reconstruction and Settlement Administrator.

    The Council of Service: This council is composed of the Warzone Relief Coordinator, Medical Administrator, the Reconstruction and Settlement Administrator, and the Sphere Councilor. This council makes decisions on where to expand, respond to request from organizations, governments and individuals, and handle the business aspects of the Sphere.

    RECOMMENDATION: While the Sphere of Outreach and Aid has extensive reach across the galaxy, I would not classify them as a threat. They are one of the few who can be considered completely apolitical and will not act against us. By that same token, they will provide assistance and support to our enemies as well as us, so be certain to keep this in mind. Keep a close watch on those within our borders, and we will have little to fear from them.
     
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    xabiar Jedi Youngling

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    THE JEDI ORDER : STRUCTURE – SPHERES EIGHT TO FIVE

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    EIGHT – THE SPHERE OF RECRUITMENT AND TRAINING

    PRIMARY FUNCTION: Recruitment; Curriculum Development; Data Gathering; Training; Marketing and Advertising; Internal Doctrine Dissemination

    SPHERE COUNCILOR: Councilor Terena Odan

    MEMBERS: By virtue of the large number of staff needed to begin, continue, refine, and create the curriculum and training across multiple worlds, in multiple languages, with many unique students, this Sphere holds the second highest member count at 6,500,000 to 7,000,000

    HEADQUARTERS: The Jedi Academy Temple (Yavin IV) – The headquarters of the Sphere of Recruitment and Training are somewhat unique among the other Spheres in that they largely function in a processing and administrative role rather than actual teaching. The actual Academy of Yavin IV is a location where only select students are actually trained at, usually the extremely gifted and infants or young children. While there are classes and training, they are far smaller than other Jedi Academies in terms of student population.

    OVERVIEW AND METHODOLOGY: Jedi are not made overnight, they are the culmination of years of schooling, training, and indoctrination into the tenants, goals, and purpose of the Jedi Order. The Sphere of Recruitment and Training is responsible for preparing children and adult recruits for apprenticeship to a Jedi Knight or Master, recruiting from across the galaxy for the Order, and ensuring that educational activities are available for all individuals.

    Jedi Academies are strewn throughout the galaxy, usually located on or near populous worlds. Coruscant, Kuat, Endor, Ossus, Tython, Yavin IV, and Manaan all have Jedi Academies which train students of all ages and species in the ways of the Jedi. Some Academies are geared towards specific kinds of student, such as Coruscant and Kuat geared towards adult students, while Yavin IV is well-equipped for infants, and so on.

    When Initiates are chosen as Padawans, depending on their Sphere, they will travel to a Jedi Academy which is devoted exclusively to that Sphere and is usually located on the planet they are headquartered in. So those of the Sphere of Exploration and Discovery would travel to the Academy on Ahch-To, those of the Sphere of the Militant Order would travel to Ord Mantell, and so on. Those who manage these Academies are in a unique place in the Order, because while the Sphere Academies technically fall under the Sphere of Recruitment and Training, the Sphere Academies in question are entirely controlled by their own, with the Sphere of Recruitment and Training reviewing and approving curriculum submitted to them.

    This Sphere is also responsible for marketing the Jedi Order to the wider galaxy, by every media outlet and method possible. HoloNet advertisements, physical mail, billboards and sponsorships, the Sphere pulls out all stops to tap into the public fantasy of being a Jedi. They tout a very appealing lifestyle, one filled with adventure, excitement, comfort, power, and service. Their produced advertisements are extremely high-quality, on par with Galactic Alliance recruitment propaganda.

    Of course, not everyone can be a Jedi, but while some will leave disappointed after learning they aren’t Force-sensitive, there is enough interest in the various divisions in the Order which employ civilians, that the Order still comes out ahead – not including the Force-sensitives they actually recruit.

    It isn’t uncommon either for poor citizens or individuals to leave infants or young children in front of a Jedi Academy, as they know, regardless of the Force-sensitivity of the child, the Order will care for them until they grow up. We have also discovered that – much like the recent initiative by the Imperial Knights – the Order is also combing orphanages and backing legislation requiring all children to be tested for Force-sensitivity. A move which seems both intended to make their own job easier, and ensure that no one else can acquire these children.

    CURRENT SPHERE STRUCTURE:

    The Institution of Teaching and Instruction: Composed of teachers, these Jedi are responsible for all of the academic schooling of young Initiates, from as young as toddlers to adults. They are present in all Jedi Academies and are not dissimilar to teachers all across the galaxy in function, across a wide variety of education levels. They are managed by the High Professor, a Jedi Master.

    The Institution of Combat: Also present in all Jedi Academies, the Combat Instructors are responsible to teaching all Initiates the basics of lightsaber combat. Dueling, blaster deflection, and mobility are all taught, with the complexity depending on the age range of the group, of course. Training sabers and wooden blades are used during instruction, with mock duels against other students and instructors, with similar training for blaster deflection being performed by drones or other students. This Institution works extremely closely with the Militant Order to ensure that the forms are accurate and up-to-date. They are managed by the Instructor-Battlemaster.

    The Institution of Care and Nourishment: This institution is responsible for ensuring that all students at the Academies are comfortable and content. They provide food, clothing, housing, and medical services to students, as well as facilitating communication between the students and any family members. They are similarly present in all Academies, and act as technicians, medics, chefs, and psychologists. They are managed by the Senior Care Administrator.

    The Institution of Force Instruction: Serving a similar function to the Institution of Combat, this institution is responsible for training Initiates in the rudimentary uses of the Force and is present in all Jedi Academies. Minor telekinesis, meditation, and minor telepathy are all taught to students in increasing complexity depending on the age of the group or individual in question. They are managed by the High Instructor of the Living Force.

    The Institution of Marketing and Engagement: Without a doubt the most secretive of the Sphere, this small institute is responsible for all of marketing and advertising for the Jedi Order. They utilize data scientists, psychologists, and entire media teams to write, produce, and direct their various marketing objectives. We are also highly confident that this institution, much like the Galactic Alliance, utilizes multiple machine intelligences to comb the HoloNet to find interested individuals, and then forwards this data to the advertising bodies the Jedi work with to entice the individual to consider a long and prosperous career with the Jedi Order.

    Surprisingly savvy of the Jedi, and fairly dispassionate in its approach. Slightly dishonest and manipulative, but this is not the same passive Jedi Order of old. They are managed by the Engagement Director, a Jedi Master.

    The Institution of Recruitment and Processing: Another smaller institution, these Jedi are primarily responsible for processing all individuals coming into the Jedi Order and keeping track of their progress in the Academies. They are also the institute which manages direct recruitment events, Force-sensitivity tests, and conducts negotiations between orphanages and governments regarding recruitment. They maintain direct Recruiting Centers on a wide range of developed planets within the Alliance, and work very closely with the Institute of Marketing and Engagement on recruitment matters, as their events are largely driven by data. They are managed by the Chief of the Office of Recruitment.

    The Council of Generations: As with many similar bodies, this council is composed of the High Professor, Instructor-Battlemaster, Senior Care Administrator, Instructor of the Living Force, Engagement Director, Chief of Recruitment, and the Sphere Councilor. Together they decide long-term strategies for recruitment and training, and they approve curriculum submitted by the various Institutions and Spheres.

    RECOMMENDATION: Simple. We do not allow the Order to recruit within Imperial Space nor have access to our HoloNet. They are clearly better at network propaganda than originally assumed, and their manipulative influence here pales in comparison to the intricate work of the Sphere of Diplomacy and Manipulation. They are also going after orphanages for additional recruits, and our only suggestion is to become more aggressive in our own efforts and acquire the children before the Order does, or worse, the Alliances passes legislation mandating all Force-sensitive children are to be turned over to the Jedi.

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    SEVENTH – THE SPHERE OF CONCILIATION AND REFLECTION

    PRIMARY FUNCTION: Internal Affairs; Reeducation (speculative); Internal Mediation; Internal Psychological Assistance

    SPHERE COUNCILOR: Councilor Paala Tocrum

    MEMBERS: While small and focused, this Sphere has a goal that appeals to many Jedi and the members within are well-respected in the Order. Their member count is between 1,800,000 and 2,000,000 members.

    HEADQUARTERS: The Temple of Reflection (Tython) – The ancient ancestral home of the Jedi Order has been reclaimed and now holds one of the largest Jedi Temples in the entire galaxy – likely because this Sphere has very few actual outposts and bases and the organization is neatly contained on Tython. With the Temple being specifically designed to incorporate the environment – the waterfalls, rolling hills, forests, mountains – it is widely considered one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in the galaxy.

    OVERVIEW AND METHODOLOGY: Also known throughout the Order as the ‘Conciliators of Tython’ they – officially – exist to provide mediation and support to any disputes between members of the Jedi Order and assist those who are facing doubts or temptations within their position. Levelheaded, calm, and understanding, they are among the first to be sought out by disputing Jedi and have successfully defused more than one tense encounter or argument.

    Their role also officially falls under mental health, as many of the Conciliators speak on a personal basis with Jedi who are having difficulties in the Order or have questions about their place in it. Some are depressed, angry, or combative about various matters and situations. Separation from families is a recurring theme (despite open channels of communication), as well as frustration with various political matters. Occasionally, it will revolve around personal issues with friendships or romantic woes. The Conciliators take their jobs seriously and have helped many Jedi overcome their issues.

    You will have noticed that the word ‘officially’ has been used more than usual. This is not an accident, as from our own investigation (please see supplementary file F-O-JO-0023S4 after reading this, which has a more in-depth explanation and methodology report) indicates that the Sphere of Conciliation and Reflection has a series of secondary and disturbing objectives within the Jedi Order.

    The first of these is that there are individuals who are specifically trained to determine if an individual is susceptible to the dark side. Conciliators live throughout the Jedi Order in the various Temples, Academies, and Outposts, but those who are sent to Tython are not always randomly recommended there – they have been deemed a potential risk. Their time on Tython is observed by the Conciliators and depending on how the individual reacts, they may determine that the Jedi is once more on the right path and no action need be taken.

    Alternatively, there is extremely strong evidence to suggest that Jedi who fail their internal purity test are disposed of. This is not obvious of course, but Jedi may be sent on missions they are meant to fail, which will result in their death. Bounties may be placed unknowingly on their heads, and anonymous tips give bounty hunters an advantage against unsuspecting Jedi. Vehicles may suffer sudden failures and be besieged by pirates or blow up without warning.

    The Conciliators of Tython can very much also be considered reeducators, as those who openly express sentiments which are contrary to Jedi ideals and goals are usually sent to Tython to “discuss the issues” they have with the Order. As disturbing as it sounds, the Conciliators take advantage of the trust young Jedi have in them, and subtly work to indoctrinate them back into the correct line of thinking.

    To further complicate matters, the Conciliators appear to be severely politicized by the other Spheres, and given the current tensions on the Jedi Council, the Conciliators of Tython are being used to discredit, remove, or otherwise sabotage the Jedi of other Spheres. This shadow conflict in the Jedi Order is only known to perhaps the Sphere councils and the Jedi Council, but it is most clearly seen on Tython.

    There are Conciliators who are loyal to specific Jedi Council members, and so when said member recommends a young Jedi of another Sphere to see the Conciliators – it is not necessarily because they are acting against the Jedi Code or displaying troublesome behavior, but rather as an attempt to undermine the philosophies and values which are instilled by the Sphere they are within – and make them more agreeable to the viewpoint of the Council member in question.

    Now consider that this is currently being done by at least half of the Jedi Council, and is always kept under the radar because usually only young Padawans and Knights are targeted – usually below the notice of many Councilors, aside from those who know what to look for. Now, this is slightly hampered by the fact that the Jedi cannot be forced to go to Tython by someone who is a member of another Sphere (adding to this, only a majority of the Jedi Council can compel an individual to go to Tython, and those are usually legitimate cases and what the service is to be used for), but consider if you were visited by a Jedi Master who perhaps said that “Some of your actions are of concern to the Jedi Council, and we are worried for your mental well-being.” Followed by a recommendation that a visit to Tython would be warranted, all while assuring the young – and likely unsettled Jedi – that they are not in any trouble, and that “They only want to help you and work through any issues you have.”

    As you might expect, this has not gone over well with some of the Spheres. When Councilor Saresh Palavola learned that Taitho Dal had convinced several of her Knights to take extended visits to Tython, she paid a visit to the Conciliator and had him arrested by the Arbiters and expelled from the Jedi Order, and it was only through the persuasion of Grand Master Undien that she refrained from bringing forth a motion to expel Councilor Dal from the Jedi Council.

    Since then, there have been no machinations against the Sphere of the Living Force. The only other Spheres that have taken direct measures to combat this current shadow dispute within the Council are the Sphere of the Militant Order and the Sphere of Outreach and Aid. I should note that this is not done on a massive scale, and each Jedi targeted in this manner rarely knows they are being manipulated so easily – especially as the methods used have reportedly improved.

    Unfortunately, there is more.

    The Conciliators of Tython also appear to serve as the means by which the Jedi make some of their problems disappear. You may noticed that many stories in the media which are critical or hostile to Jedi very rarely have information which is leaked or revealed from an actual Jedi source. When it does happen, the Conciliators act quickly and decisively. As leaks and negative PR is a method that affects the Order as a whole, the involvement of the Spheres of Vigilance and Farsight, along with Laws and Justice, the culprits are quickly found, and sent to the Conciliators for “reflection on their actions.”

    Very rarely are they seen again.

    This, unfortunately, ties into another issue which has become apparent in our research for this report – the level of abuse (both physical and sexual) within the Jedi Order is inexplicably high. Extrapolating the data we managed to collect (from an admittedly questionable source – which will be elaborated on in a future section) it’s possible this accounts for up to two percent of the Jedi Order. When you consider how many Jedi that is, you rightfully wonder how that could possibly exist without someone knowing about it.

    The Conciliators are the answer.

    This appears to exist almost exclusively between Jedi Masters and Padawans, as the power dynamics alone are already heavily tilted in favor of the perpetrator, and the victim is easy enough to frighten into silence or otherwise groom at a young age. The few that do report this (primarily teenagers of both sexes – adult victims are rarer, we have found, and the few that exist are almost exclusively female) usually attempt to speak to someone they trust – which is usually a Jedi Master or a Conciliator – both of whom usually instead raise the issue up higher instead of informing the Sphere of Laws and Justice.

    Specific Conciliators who are loyal to the Jedi wishing to keep this under wraps will intervene and attempt to convince the young Jedi that nothing is wrong, they are imagining things, or otherwise discredit what happened, possibly with intensive Force persuasion. This will usually result in the Padawan being transferred to another Master or the Padawan otherwise keeps quiet. In cases where there is clearly nothing going to stop the Padawan from going public, action will be taken in the same way action is taken against Jedi who have been determined to pose a risk to the Order and may fall to the dark side.

    The actions taken here are purely political, meant to circumvent a public relations nightmare. I will stress that we do not know how many in the Order – or indeed within the Sphere of Conciliation and Reflection – are aware of these actions. A majority of Conciliators have no idea this is taking place and perform their duties well and with care. It would also not surprise me if this is only ever utilized by specific Jedi Councilors and Spheres – as this would be grounds for execution by the Arbiters if it ever came to light.

    This implies that those using it are either being very, very careful or the entire Jedi Council is aware of this and continues to pretend it doesn’t exist.

    With this said, we do not believe the latter is the case. Based on what we know of Councilors Ritten, Mateil, Shartan, and Palavola, they would never accept it and act accordingly. It is far more likely they suspect what may be going on, but do not have sufficient evidence to prove it yet. This is a situation we need to be aware of and watch very closely.

    CURRENT SPHERE STRUCTURE: The exact structure of the Sphere is largely shrouded in light of the secondary duties the Conciliators perform, and currently the only official divisions which exist, are the Conciliators themselves, who have had their jobs adequately described above. The only other official body is the Council of Conciliation, which is composed of the Sphere Councilor and six senior Conciliators. There are likely other groups which are specifically devoted to handling possible corrupted Jedi, handling abused Padawans, and making problems disappear.

    RECOMMENDATION: That we continue to investigate these issues within the Jedi Order and attempt to get harder proof than we have already. While it is extremely unlikely that Jedi Councilors and Masters are not involved, there is currently no proof of this aside from educated speculation. This would provide substantive blackmail against the Order and certain members which we could turn to our advantage. Until we have sufficient proof within our hands, I would recommend the Sphere of Conciliation and Reflection be labeled as a danger to the Empire until further notice, and their members barred from entering Imperial Space.

    Sending an anonymous tip to the Sphere of Law and Justice with the names stated in report F-O-JO-0023S4 is also recommended.

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    SIXTH – THE SPHERE OF LAW AND JUSTICE

    PRIMARY FUNCTION: Internal Affairs; Law Enforcement; Law Development; Court of Law; Military

    SPHERE COUNCILOR: Councilor Vol’mateil

    MEMBERS: While law enforcement, both internal and external is typical and expected of Jedi, the reality is that it requires a large amount of members to be feasible on a galactic-scale – and these Jedi are only called on the most dangerous or important of assignments. The estimated member count is 4,500,000 to 5,000,000

    HEADQUARTERS: The Chamber of the Arbiters (Taris) – While modest compared to most Sphere headquarters, the Chamber of the Arbiters is nonetheless one of the most important locations for the Jedi Order. This is the highest court a Jedi can be tried in, and only those who are facing exile, severance, or execution are tried here. The Sphere of Law and Justice rarely maintains bases, as most dedicated Temples and Academies have Arbiter Chambers where more local and lesser incidents can be handled without involving the Tribunal.

    OVERVIEW AND METHODOLOGY: Even within the Jedi Order there are laws and regulations to be followed. The body which establishes these laws – which are then ratified by a majority of the Jedi Council – is the Sphere of Law and Justice. They serve as the lawyers, investigators, prosecutors, police, judges, and juries of the Jedi Order. Their authority is extensive, and limited only by the laws they enforce.

    The Sphere of Law and Justice is the only Sphere which can propose new rules or the abolition of old ones to the Jedi Council, although they maintain representatives from other Spheres who submit their own suggestions. By rule, it is much more difficult to overturn a law that has been authorized by the Jedi Council, requiring a three-quarters majority instead of a pure majority needed to authorize laws.

    The most commonly seen Jedi who make up this Sphere – the Jedi Temple Guard – are present within every Temple and Academy of the Jedi Order, and the only locations where they are not deployed are Sphere headquarters which are managed internally. However, the Arbiters can acquire warrants to investigate or guard should they find compelling reasons to do so.

    These Jedi have the authority to arrest, try, and render verdicts against any Jedi, including Jedi Masters and Councilors, though they are limited in specific punishments, such as exile, severance, and execution which require a more involved process and thorough investigation before they can be carried out. However, the Sphere of Law and Justice has continued to maintain its strict apolitical stances, refusing to become involved with Order politics. Almost no members of the Sphere are involved politically or in the various Jedi fraternities and are careful to isolate themselves from political ramifications of cases they take, wanting to prioritize the delivery of justice above all else.

    With that said, the application of justice is very fluid depending on the situation, and not as straightforward as one might expect from Jedi. In addition to policing their own, the Jedi often work to combat local criminal elements on the various worlds within the Alliance. This is, surprisingly, not done in conjunction with the local law enforcement, as the Sphere currently considers the legalities and systems of the Alliance to be borderline-useless and politically driven.

    This has led to many local law enforcement organizations disliking the Jedi who flagrantly violate their procedures in favor of expedience. The Jedi who actively seek out criminal activity are more concerned with removing the source and leaving the government to sort out the aftermath, and this is extremely common and supported within the Sphere. Criminals are looked down upon and largely seen as a disease to be purged, with the phrase ‘innocent until proven guilty’ a laughably naïve suggestion at best.

    As a result, they are especially harsh towards Jedi who engage in criminal activity as there is an expectation that they should be ‘better’ than the criminals of the galaxy. However, when it comes to the issues that typically arise in the Order, the Sphere is far more restrained in what they can and cannot do. It is not surprising that they are especially closely allied with the Militant Order, and have severe disagreements with Sphere of Outreach and Aid regarding their views on criminals. They are also disposed to distrust the more overtly political of the Spheres, specifically the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation and the Sphere of Conciliation and Reflection, who even they dislike because there is a perception that they are trying to undermine their authority – not for the myriad other reasons one should distrust the Conciliators of Tython.

    CURRENT SPHERE STRUCTURE:

    The Jedi Temple Guard: Resurrected from one of the few actual organized bodies of the old Jedi Order, the Jedi Temple Guard are known for their distinctive white and gold robes, faceless helmets, and yellow double-bladed lightsabers. The words “Cease hostilities!” followed by the sound of lightsabers being ignited has dispelled many conflicts, stopped troublesome Jedi in the act, and prevented outside criminals from acting against the Order.

    The Temple Guard are trained to protect those within the Order, and intervene when there is imminent danger to themselves or others. They are expert duelists and Force-users, usually using telekinesis to freeze and trap criminals and lightsabers to disarm and cripple those who resist. The Temple Guard travel in teams of four, and teams of these guards are linked to other teams to quickly respond to high-profile incidents.

    The Temple Guard are the Jedi who perform arrests and maintain the holding cells within the Temples and Academies, or transport suspects off-world if such facilities are not present. They also serve as guards for suspects, as well as the buildings they protect. If needed, they are also permitted to serve as bodyguards and are automatically provided to guests who visit the Order.

    They are organized and commanded by the Temple Guard Captain.

    The Investigative Corps: Crimes require investigation, and the Investigative Corps serve this role within the Sphere of Law and Justice. They are notable for keeping low profiles and do not have any distinguishable markings or ranks, but do perform research, forensics, and interrogation. This will be compiled into a report which will be presented before the Arbiters as an independent party.

    Jedi Investigators are carefully chosen for each case, and they never have a connection to the assigned case to ensure no biases. They do not give any conclusions or recommendations, their only goal is to collect as much evidence as possible – physical, digital, witnesses, and circumstantial – and present it and allow the Arbiters to decide if it is sufficient.

    The Investigative Corps has earned a high enough reputation that they are now sought out by many government bodies to perform research for them. Due to the smaller size of this division, the Investigative Corps rarely takes on non-Jedi cases, but they do give extra consideration to large cases or ones requested through the Jedi Council.

    They are managed by the Chief Investigator.

    The Arbiters: Arbiters have two possible roles. The first is serving as something akin to a lawyer for the individual under suspicion. Their goal is not necessarily to assist the individual in question, but to provide them with options, possible outcomes, and suggestions for how to proceed. There does exist an attorney-client privilege where anything said to an Arbiter cannot be admitted as evidence, but admitting to a crime will typically result in the Arbiter suggesting that you plead guilty to the crime, regardless of context. If requested, the Arbiter assigned can speak for the individual, though this is not required.

    The other role Arbiters have is acting as judges for the accused. They compose judicial panels of five Arbiters, who hear cases one at a time, with the Arbiter and client presenting their plea and opening statements. The Jedi Investigator assigned to the case will then present the evidence or witnesses (cross-examination is allowed), and the Arbiter and client are given an opportunity to respond. All except the panel will be dismissed for a period of several hours while they render a final verdict. Cases are never brought before a panel until the Jedi Investigator has finished their investigation – the Arbiters do not waste time on drawn-out trials.

    In most cases, a summary judgement is rendered, but in rare cases, the panel may instead decide to deliberate for additional days, or transfer the case to the High Tribunal. The Arbiters who sit on a panel or represent the accused are randomly chosen and rotate every month. Every Arbiter will serve each role eventually, and the only individual who has something resembling a permanent role is the Arbiter Administrator, who manages recruitment and administrative duties, and far less actual law work.

    The Justicars of Order: ‘Justicar’ is either a curse or hope depending on your perspective. For many law enforcement groups in the galaxy, the word ‘Justicar’ is one of contempt and frustration. Justicars are the anti-criminal force of the Sphere of Law and Justice – though the law they are enforcing is usually not the one that exists within the planet they inhabit.

    Justicars are heavily militarized, armed, and armored. They bear distinctive gray armor with the Justicar logo emblazoned on the chest, and the more dramatic of them will usually wear capes and robes over the armor, mostly for aesthetic purposes as they don’t even attempt to disguise themselves. Helmets are optional, though most Justicars wear some kind of headgear even if it isn’t fully covering their head.

    Individual Justicars have set patrols they walk, where they, for lack of a better word, go ‘looking for trouble’ as many officers say bitterly – minor crimes such as muggings, petty theft, drunk brawls, and the occasional assault. If any are unfortunate enough to be caught by a Justicar, they will receive broken bones and severed limbs in most cases. This creates a major headache for local law enforcement, as the Justicars are technically not operating with actual authority and are – for lack of a better word – vigilantes.

    This is especially obvious when the Justicars go after organized crime. Gangs and drug cartels have learned that only the extremely prepared, or the truly foolish, set up operations where Justicars operate, as they will send in teams of twelve to smash all organized crime in the area. This is usually preceded by flat-out abductions of suspected criminals who are subjected to Jedi Force persuasion to find out locations and names. During these operations, Justicars consider taking prisoners optional and will only give consideration to those who immediately surrender. Usually, they’ll string up the survivors and drop them in front of the local police outpost for them to deal with.

    The Justicars are extremely effective and a true deterrent to any criminal activity in an area. If the Empire had a significant criminal problem, I would recommend that the Imperial Knights create a section which emulates the Justicar methods, as there is plenty to learn from them. They are managed by the Justicar Commander, who answers to the High Tribunal.

    The High Tribunal: Serving as an administrative body for the rest of the Sphere of Law and Justice and as the highest court in the Jedi Order, the High Tribunal is comprised of the Sphere Councilor and six of the most senior Arbiters who are appointed internally and approved by a supermajority of the Jedi Council for a period of ten years. They only take on the most serious of cases, where the possible punishments include the following:

    - Exile or Demotion: Exiles are expelled from the Jedi Order entirely and barred from ever receiving Order support or help again – where they are provided a small sum of credits (if monetarily broke) and a starship to leave. Depending on the reasons for exile, they may be required to surrender their lightsaber. Demotion is less severe, and usually involves an individual holding a position to surrender it and return to a lower position within the Order.

    - Severance: The second harshest penalty in the Jedi Order, severance is the stripping of the Force from a Jedi, performed by the Sages of the Sphere of the Living Force. This appears to be used when the crime is not worthy of execution, but the individual poses a possible risk of falling to the dark side or poses a threat to the citizens of the galaxy or other Jedi. It is notable that Jedi who are faced with this choice will usually choose death over severance.

    - Execution: Straightforward and only allowed for the worst of crimes. Normally, they have to be directly complicit in the murders of others or otherwise have caused severe harm to the Jedi Order and its members. While rare, it is known to happen and should any Sith be caught, this will be the default sentence the Jedi hand down.

    The Jedi Order is not as forgiving as it was in the past, at least not under this current Council.

    RECOMMENDATION: Aside from taking some advice from the Justicars, I would largely suggest that no one runs afoul of this Sphere, because if you break their rules on their ground, they will treat you under their laws, regardless of if you are in Alliance or Imperial Space. But since they keep to themselves, we should not have significant problems from them.

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    FIFTH – THE SPHERE OF VIGILANCE AND FARSIGHT

    PRIMARY FUNCTION: Internal Affairs; Internal and External Espionage; Counterintelligence; Law Enforcement; Black Operations

    SPHERE COUNCILOR: Councilor Si-Wara-Yaden

    MEMBERS: This Sphere intentionally restricts membership and is the smallest Sphere in the entire Order by far. Estimations are likely inaccurate, but based on data is would fall between 10,000 and 200,000 members. But again, we were not able to verify this.

    HEADQUARTERS: Valley of the Jedi (Ruusan) – Unlike the majority of other Spheres, the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight does not actually have a named base of operations, though it is known that they operate out of Ruusan, specifically within the restored Valley of the Jedi. As far as we are aware, there is little to no outside interaction, and the location itself is locked down and near-impossible to penetrate. What exactly takes place there is unknown, which is fitting of the Sphere.

    OVERVIEW AND METHODOLOGY: It should be stated immediately that all of what follows is possible disinformation. The reason for this will be provided shortly. Please refer to the methodology report for additional information.

    The Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight is the smallest and most obscure Sphere within the entire Jedi Order. This is by design, as this Sphere makes a point of having an extremely thorough and deliberate selection process through criteria that is currently unknown. Their internal decisions and objectives are not known to the rest of the Order, and the Jedi Council is quite possibly unaware of the majority of actions undertaken by this Sphere.

    The Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight does not involve itself in Order politics or power plays, they don’t have the numbers to significantly shape Jedi culture and rules, so they don’t bother at all. With this said, they almost certainly keep a very close eye on the Order and, from information gathered, possibly perform a function similar in objective to the Inquisitors – specifically, serving as a possible check on the Order itself.

    I will reiterate that this is speculation – the actual objectives of the Sphere are unknown, as are many of the members within it. The names of Jedi within this Sphere, or even how many, are not available to the rest of the Jedi Order.

    In addition to possible watchdog duties, they likely perform roles in intelligence work for the Order. It is unknown if this is specifically for handling intelligence threats to the Order, or to counter possible threats from Sith or other Force-using sects (such as the Jetiib’tsad (Mandalorian Jedi) or Quabular). Of course, if they were actively working in a counterintelligence capacity, then it stands to reason that our own agents would have possibly been discovered during our mission.

    [THE FOLLOWING SECTION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED BLUE-5 BY ORDER OF SOVEREIGN PELLAEON]

    As explained in the methodology report, we were.

    Given the large amount of assets we used to penetrate the Jedi Order at multiple levels over periods of years, it was perhaps inevitable that some suspicion would be raised if one or more of our assets were compromised. When we started directly investigating this Sphere, we suddenly began acquiring a surprising amount of information on them.

    The concerning implications are that – not only has the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight compromised the majority of the Empire’s Hands who are placed within the Jedi Order – they quite possibly have knowledge of the full extent to which the Order has been penetrated.

    I will repeat a summary of what Inquisitor Gallaghar reported – after spending two years within the Sphere of History and Knowledge as an Archivist, he thought it safe to begin looking into the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight – which should be noted is not atypical, this is a subject of discussion of many Jedi within the Order.

    He eventually found someone who had worked with members from the Sphere, the illusive Jedi Shadows, and was willing to talk. From that talk we acquired a comprehensive general overview of the Sphere, and subsequent discussions with other members to other assets provided us with basic structure and abilities of the Jedi within it.

    At the end of their first discussion, the Jedi Gallaghar talked to suddenly morphed into Councilor Si-Wara-Yaden and disappeared. As Inquisitor Gallaghar wrote, he firmly believes that he had been talking with a projection the entire time – specifically, one maintained by the Eternal Watcher himself without him noticing anything off.

    Considering that similar incidents have been reported from other assets within the Order, it is extremely likely – though not explicitly said – that the Sphere is making the point that they are aware we have penetrated the Order and yet, for some inexplicable reason, are allowing it. Furthermore, they appear to be actively assisting our operation in specific areas.

    In certain situations, our assets will suddenly receive help from Jedi who have the information we want, or accidentally stumble upon a lead or individual who can help, or inexplicably have certain ideas and possibilities appear in their minds which lead to completing their objective. We know better than to believe in continuous coincidences, so the harsh reality is that the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight is likely keeping minders on all our primary agents and influencing them secretly.

    What is inexplicable is that the data is good, even knowing the possible sources of it. It’s cross-checked with existing and discovered information, and appears completely genuine. Considering that any ‘help’ we’ve received from this Sphere has been focused on the darker and more unknown sections of the Jedi Order (specifically, the Conciliators of Tython, the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation, Grand Master Undien, and Councilor Palavola to name a few), the Sphere appears to want a third party to know about it. For what purpose I don’t know, but it’s quite possible that the Sphere is concerned with sections of the Jedi Order and wants the Empire as a possible check on their actions?

    Without knowing the explicit details as to why they are allowing and possibly assisting us, there can be no solid answer derived. Or perhaps it could be simpler than this – perhaps they have similar operations within the Empire and do not believe we pose a direct threat to the Order. Yet. So they allow our operation to continue for now.

    Until then, we should assume that they are a neutral third party and should treat all information acquired on, from, and by them as suspect unless verified with additional sources.

    [SECTION CLASSIFICATION ENDS HERE]

    CURRENT SPHERE STRUCTURE: To preface this section, we have a vague idea of the structure within this Sphere, and no hard specifics outside of speculation and a limited sample size. Please keep these qualifiers in mind.

    The Shadows: These appear to be the primary agents of the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight. Jedi Shadows are supposedly named such due to their ability to use the Force to render themselves invisible to others or otherwise make themselves difficult to find. The Inquisitors speculate that Shadows likely utilize some kind of technique to suppress their aura to hide themselves from other Force-users – which likely extends beyond the Shadows themselves. In short, this means that they could very easily hide in a crowd and not be able to be detected by their Force-sensitivity alone, allowing them to infiltrate nearly anywhere.

    There is no standard uniform or marking which identifies a Jedi as one of the Shadows, and it is quite possible they utilize disguises in their own missions – the types of which we don’t know.

    Given their presumed abilities, they are likely charged with infiltration, reconnaissance, and possibly assassination missions (after compiling this report, this would not be unexpected for certain parts of the Order). If they do these by the Jedi Council’s request or only from the purported Shadow Council is unknown, as is if the Order is fully aware of the operations of the Shadows to begin with.

    While there is almost certainly a leader of some kind for the Shadows, we were unable to identify who that might be.

    The Faceless Ones: There was some internal debate on if the purported ‘Faceless Ones’ are an actual division within the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight or represent a possible mission objective of the Shadows. Since their supposed capabilities and objectives are so radically different, we agreed that it should be described in a separate section.

    The Faceless Ones are never addressed as such directly. The only references are, ironically, from reports, memoirs, and documents originating from the Mandalorians, First Order, and Chiss Ascendancy which describe the complete dismantlement of certain cells, missions, or objectives – usually by a singular individual who is a known member within the group.

    The common theme throughout each of these is that the individual in question is one they have known for years if not longer, and one day, they remember they start changing. Subtle personality shifts and actions that indicate the person is not exactly the same. Then, one day, the individual disappears or turns on them, accompanied by the complete destruction and dismantlement of whatever organization or company they were involved in at the time.

    While these are clearly rare, and I will personally point out that there is no actual proof that the Jedi themselves were these individuals, considering how often we were referred to these documents while investigating the Sphere, it’s not unreasonable to wonder if the Jedi are engaging in this activity. Facial reconstruction is nothing new, nor is significant bodily modification. Finding and replacing individuals can be easily done with an excellent actor.

    However, if there is one piece of disinformation the Sphere may have sowed in this report, the purported Faceless Ones are likely it. It’s unsettling to consider, given the state of galactic technology and the capabilities of the Jedi, but at the same time, there is very little actual proof – only circumstantial leads which may have been left to give the impression that the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight is more expansive and powerful then they really are.

    The Minder Company: Jedi Minders are actually known of in the highest ranks of the various Spheres, because they perform very specific functions. Namely, the interrogation of captured suspects and criminals. They do not officially operate within the Jedi Order, and the name itself is actually registered to a business that specializes in ‘immediate and expansive investigation.’

    It appears to be a legitimate business, and preliminary investigation into it shows that it actually does maintain a small staff and performs investigations. Its income is also within expected parameters for the size of it. However, the actual individuals who run it are impossible to reach and there are a significant number of transactions where little to no payment was made.

    Considering the number of transactions and cases, the Minder Company should be making ten times as much as it lists. Especially since the clients making such good deals are usually connected to Alliance military representatives and AIS shell companies. The implications here seem especially clear – that the Minder Company receives requests from the AIS and occasionally the Alliance to extract information from captives and prisoners.

    The context by which the Minder Company accepts these requests is unknown, or if there are any internal standards at all. Short of directly penetrating the Minder Company – who may very well be staffed by Jedi – the trail here runs cold.

    The Shadow Council: The name itself gives the impression that this is a plotting group of Jedi who are working to subvert the Order from within. Considering how our operation has gone, I am no longer convinced this is entirely ridiculous. The Shadow Council maintains their chambers on Ruusan and allows no one to participate in meetings. The meeting minutes, the members involved, even how large it is – are unknown, and they deliberately obscure anything to do with the Council. The only hard information we have is that the Sphere Councilor holds a seat, but what they discuss, what they do, and most everything else, is a question mark.

    RECOMMENDATION:

    [THE FOLLOWING SECTION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED BLUE-5 BY ORDER OF SOVEREIGN PELLAEON]

    Considering how involved the Sphere of Vigilance has been throughout this section, and the operation within the Jedi Order, we strongly advise that the Imperial Council make contact with Councilor Si-Wara-Yaden and have a full discussion on the actions we have observed. A sweep of critical Imperial institutions by the Inquisitors is also recommended to ferret out possible AIS and Jedi spies.

    [SECTION CLASSIFICATION ENDS HERE]
     
  7. xabiar

    xabiar Jedi Youngling

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    THE JEDI ORDER : STRUCTURE – SPHERES FOUR TO ONE

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    FOURTH – THE SPHERE OF DIPLOMACY AND MEDIATION

    PRIMARY FUNCTION: Diplomatic Body; Mediation; Political Body; Influence Collection and Cultivation; Public Relations; Political Activism; Political Donor; Espionage; Intelligence; Counterintelligence; Military; Black Operations

    SPHERE COUNCILOR: Councilor Maratashi Vin

    MEMBERS: Diplomacy is a large, but specialized field. Formally one of the smaller Spheres, in recent decades, it has transformed to be one of the largest in the Order, boasting far more than diplomats and mediators, but also (alleged) intelligence arms, military forces, business operations, and an unknown number of civilian and Jedi political proxies. Member count is varied, but no hard records on the exact count can be found. Best estimates are between 4,000,000 and 6,000,000 Jedi members.

    HEADQUARTERS: The Temple of Coruscant (Coruscant) In what is likely the least surprising location for the headquarters of a Sphere, placing it in the (yet again) restored Jedi Temple of Coruscant, the heart of the Galactic Alliance and Senate, is both a wise and obvious decision for the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation. It would be more surprising if it was placed somewhere other than Coruscant.

    OVERVIEW AND METHODOLOGY: The Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation fulfills one of the roles the Jedi have always filled, which is that of peacemakers, diplomats, and ambassadors. Most common during the Old Republic, this role was somewhat reduced in the New Republic, and has largely floundered during the eras of the Galactic Federation Triumvirate. It has existed on-call for many senators and the occasional Alliance request, but for the most part, the Jedi seemed content to not become overly involved in politics and diplomacy on the highest levels.

    That is no longer the case. The current Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation is one of the most expansive, powerful, and influential bodies within the entirety of the Galactic Alliance. While the Sphere has always had an understanding within the Alliance, and no shortage of allies, very rarely was this ever used for political or personal gain. Originally this reasoning was likely to avoid the perception that the Jedi were meddling in politics, but at this point, it is abundantly clear that there are many, many people willing to have Jedi assistance to achieve their political ambitions.

    This change was brought about almost singlehandedly by former High Mediator Undien, who transformed the Sphere into a bastion of political power for the Jedi Order. Eschewing the traditional disdain for politics within the Order, Undien thrived in Coruscant’s political landscape and through the mentorship of several high-profile senators and even a former chancellor, has successfully ensured Jedi influence in the Senate for generations to come.

    Jedi within this Sphere are far beyond the mere Diplomatic Corps, and, managed by dedicated staffs of data scientists and droids, operate with miniature intelligence teams to gather information on politicians and political events throughout the galaxy on all levels. The high-born senators of Kuat and Coruscant may scoff at Jedi assistance, but the senators who are struggling to campaign against a better-funded opponent? Ones who are willing and open to new possibilities and ideas? Those are the ones the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation targets. The Jedi assure the candidate that they retain their complete support – with the understanding that they will remember their help when they reach the Senate.

    Undien realizes the importance of the big picture, and how power can come through the masses of the lesser. His people were not only involved on senatorial representation on planets no one from the Core has heard of, but similarly, local elections on a city and state basis. The result is a planet that has its leadership almost handpicked by the Jedi – sometimes quietly, sometimes publicly. There are thousands of systems who have been supported by the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation – enough that there is an entire shadow bloc in the Senate which is directly under Jedi influence.

    If you would believe that the Jedi accomplish this all honestly and fairly, please read the dossier on Grand Master Undien which is also attached to this report. The Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation is no cleaner than the major political parties of the Alliance. The Sphere has internal intelligence, black operation units, HoloNet bot armadas, writers, producers, and propagandists at their disposal – most of whom are not directly connected to the Jedi, but managed through an elaborate web of shell companies, political fronts, and hiring agencies.

    The depth to which the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation has gone to ensure plausible deniability is both impressive and indicative of the extremely corrupt nature of the Alliance that Undien was more than willing to jump into. If you think that he isn’t using iktotchi, falleen, and clawdites to influence candidates, or having Jedi use the Force to nudge individuals in a certain direction, or that opponents of Jedi-backed candidates don’t suffer constant troubles until they drop out or suffer mental breakdowns, then you underestimate the ruthless degree to which the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation operates.

    If you’ve ever wondered why anti-Jedi regulations and measures never advance further than committees, and the senators and representatives who bring them forth are suddenly challenged when reelection arrives, look no further than the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation. Thanks to the deep pockets of the Order and the deals they’ve struck with individuals and governments all across the galaxy, their operations only grow.

    They do not restrict themselves to government either. They proudly have vast and deep connections with the entirety of the Alliance – military, AIS, and navy. They happily assist the largest corporations in the galaxy with expertise or exotic materials in return for possible favors or donations in the future. The only groups that they appear to not align themselves with are criminals – and any rival to the Galactic Alliance.

    Now, this does not mean the traditional diplomatic and mediation missions are no longer done – those still very much exist. In fact, more Jedi are involved with these than ever and it’s not uncommon for Jedi to be called on for advice to settle legal disputes, participate in negotiations between various parties, or host impartial debates for lesser-known planet elections.

    Furthermore, the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation is perhaps the most well-connected within the entire Order, as they need to be whenever they need members from one Sphere or another when making arrangements. There are plenty of Sentinels happy enough to train with the Alliance military, and Archivists who would happily advise a senator on a certain artifact or course of action.

    This is an extremely manipulative and dangerous sect within the Order. With Undien now the Grand Master and choosing Jedi Diplomat Maratashi Vin of all people, expect the Jedi influence within the Alliance to only grow.

    CURRENT SPHERE STRUCTURE:

    The Diplomatic Corps: Jedi Diplomats are a common sight within the Alliance. No longer do they just represent Jedi or Alliance interests, they can represent and negotiate on behalf of private individuals, senators, megacorporations, commerce guilds, and literally anything that makes a request to the Order. Should the Council of the Alliance approve, a Jedi Diplomat will be sent to help.

    The range of authority the Diplomat has depends entirely on the client, and Diplomats are expected to do their best to ensure that the client is satisfied. These Diplomats also work on behalf of the Order or the Jedi Council when it is deemed important, and generally also are the connective links within the Jedi Order itself.

    This division is managed by the High Diplomat.

    The Mediation Corps: Much like the Diplomats, the Jedi Mediators are open to work with any possible client that requests their services (within the Alliance, that is). Their role, as the name suggests, is to resolve or prevent possible disputes between two or more parties. They are presumably a neutral party who works to provide a middle ground for any possible problem that all parties can accept.

    Considering what we know of this Sphere, the idea that the Mediators are neutral or impartial seems a ruse that the rest of the galaxy has bought into. The Order doesn’t send Mediators everywhere, only to specific clients and they absolutely have ulterior motives in doing this. This is not to detract from the accomplishments of the Mediation Corps, but do not presume that they are giving their services out of altruism. There is a goal and purpose they are fulfilling for the Jedi. They are managed by the Mediation Overseer.

    Citizens for a United Galaxy: This is, officially, not connected to the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation. There were a significant amount of resources and time that were spent on digging to the point where we could feasibly link the two, and to be honest, the connection is provably dubious at best. If you decide to pay attention during elections, you may notice that ‘Citizens for a United Galaxy’ is one of the GPABs (Galactic Political Advertisement Board) behind a lot of extremely well-produced and prominent political advertisements.

    Holoscreen media is not the only arm of CfUG, they also (proudly) boast to their many, many clients that they use extensive localized HoloNet advertising, physical advertising, and radio outreach. They make a point to pride themselves on adapting to “Any species, any candidate, anywhere.” They have an impressive track record and a seemingly endless source of income.

    The primary investors for CfUG are a mixture of trillionaires and businesses. There is nothing which connects them to the Jedi immediately. However, when you consider that half of the personal investors have contacts within the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation, suspicions should be raised. It’s also worth noting that half the businesses who invest in it – including the one which runs the entire GPAB – are fronts that are being managed by at least two separate companies or individuals each, the web here becomes extremely convoluted almost instantly. You have to go down several layers before you see it become connected to known AIS fronts and businesses run by known Jedi proxies.

    CfUG is almost certainly the funding machine of the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation, one which provides an extensive suite of services to prospective clients. The mixture of legitimate investors and AIS/Jedi connections means the Jedi have gone about this smartly. No one is going to risk investigating a GPAB this large – not unless they start engaging in outright illegal activity.

    Phoenix Contacts and Solutions: “You have goals, we have connections!” is the proud and eye roll-inducing slogan of Phoenix Contacts and Solutions – a company which officially helps up-and-coming diplomats and politicians form local and galactic connections with others for a modest fee. It also is extremely connected with technology-based organizations and companies across the galaxy, and helps new graduates find high-quality jobs.

    A noble goal, and the latter does genuine and excellent work. The former is an extremely predatory scheme which connects young diplomats and politicians – or struggling ones – with Jedi from the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation. Having a Jedi one can easily talk to is appealing for many, and when the Jedi Order expresses interest in your own humble self? Well, only a fool would not jump on the political opportunity of a lifetime.

    The Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation usually doesn’t target or back establishment candidates, but instead, fresh blood with little to no prior experience, as they see them ripe for manipulation. And it works extremely well. It isn’t uncommon for younger politicians these days to have a Jedi Diplomat on-call if they need help or to combat the latest scandal or development.

    It’s an open question on if PCS is actually run by the Sphere, or if it only has an extremely lucrative arrangement with them. Either one warrants mention within this report.

    ‘The Nudge Team’: A highly secretive and mysterious group, we were made aware of their existence by accidentally finding old reports that a member of this Sphere presumably misplaced. While there are few solid details, this ‘Nudge Team’ has the goal of directly impacting elections in major and minor situations, and “Ensuring that those who have been invested in reciprocate our arrangements.”

    This appears to be a black operations arm of the Sphere, which likely incorporates a mixture of Jedi and hired operatives for the purposes of ensuring their candidates act the way they want them to. Their operations, from what we were able to find, are small and subtle. Nudges, if you will. Minor scandals released or caused over designated periods of time. A possible minor telepathic or pheromonic influence here and there. A sudden injection of cash, or a withdrawn endorsement.

    Minor things. Things which would be overlooked in the grand scheme, and only noticeable when placed under the microscope. We don’t know how large the Nudge Team is, or who they answer to, but they are having a direct and ongoing effect on Alliance politics in ways that can be plainly described as illegal.

    The Representative Corps: One of the tamer divisions of the Sphere, the Representative Corps is the official representation of the Order to various civilian and military wings of the Galactic Alliance. This is how the Jedi Order builds and maintains their connections to the government and through them, they establish training exercises, meetings, suggestion forums, and speaking events. Their purpose is essentially ensuring that the Alliance stays on good terms with the Jedi Order. They are managed by the Chief Representative of the Order.

    The Council of the Alliance: This is one of the most unique Sphere management systems, because it is a rare one where civilians are allowed to be elected to it. In addition to the High Diplomat, Mediator Overseer, and Chief Representative, there are three additional spots which can have honorary members chosen by the Sphere Councilor. They can be businessmen, senators, or even civilians. Together, they work to manage the Sphere and make the major decisions within it. It is unknown how much the non-Jedi are allowed to know of the Sphere’s less savory operations – or how much even the Jedi are aware of it.

    Right now, we are working off the assumption that the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation is working with the blessing of the Jedi Council. Although, since Grand Master Undien is in charge, it will definitely be working with his full approval and support.

    RECOMMENDATION: Become extremely familiar with the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation and the figures (including Undien) which have led, comprised, and are connected to it. The web is intricate and complicated, and action should be taken so that not a single part of it touches and corrupts the Empire. This is one of the most dangerous Spheres to the Empire, and should be repulsed accordingly. Fortunately, based on Undien’s dossier, I feel he has very little interest in expanding to Imperial Space. The Alliance is his concern, but once that is achieved to his satisfaction… it is unknown what he would command next.

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    THIRD – THE SPHERE OF THE MILITANT ORDER

    PRIMARY FUNCTION: Military; Special Forces; Black Operations

    SPHERE COUNCILOR: Councilor Zevro Shartan

    MEMBERS: In a dangerous galaxy, the Jedi need an army, and indeed, they have built one up to be the largest in its history. The largest Sphere in the Order, its numbers range between 8,000,000 and 12,000,000 members, with more added every year.

    HEADQUARTERS: High Command of the Jedi Order (Ord Mantell) The Jedi understand their history, and their usage of one of the main military training grounds of the Old Republic is an interesting homage to this, and they have at least done well in establishing their military headquarters on the planet. Hangars, armories, drilling grounds, and dueling fields take up a significant portion of land with High Command itself being one of the most fortified locations on the planet. The proximity to the Alliance Military training grounds also makes joint exercises commonplace.

    OVERVIEW AND METHODOLOGY: The Jedi are commonly imagined as diplomats, peacekeepers, and friends of the people. They are a diverse cast of aliens of all sizes and body types, wearing their cumbersome, earth-toned robes with their unique lightsabers hanging from their belts. That is how the average galactic citizen sees the Jedi.

    Very rarely do they imagine soldiers.

    The Sphere of the Militant Order is the army of the Jedi. The power they keep hidden in plain sight. Most individuals who meet Jedi of this Sphere are either visitors to one of the Order Strongholds, or they will soon be dead. The Militant Order does not make its presence known to the galactic public, but they are by no means idle.

    The Jedi throughout their history have been pulled into wars and conflicts. But warfare has always been something they performed out of necessity or in conjunction with their other skills. There has never been a purely military arm of the Jedi Order before, but the Militant Order sought to correct that perceived weakness decisively.

    It was established to ensure that any external threat to the Jedi Order could be dealt with easily and decisively. Sith, Imperial, Mandalorian, or hutt, the enemies didn’t matter, only that the Militant Order would be there to meet them. If the sight of thousands of armored Jedi leaping down from their dropships and cutting through soldiers like butter doesn’t fill you with concern, then please remember that this is very much a reality.

    The phrase ‘Armies of Jedi’ is no longer something used to describe a few dozen at most. The Jedi Battalions are composed of thousands of their Order in gleaming white hardsuits while supplemented by the Army of the Jedi Order – civilian soldiers who fight directly for the Order itself. While the Militant Order has not been fully mobilized for conflict, they have been preparing for one since their inception.

    They train daily with the Alliance militaries, they hold weekly dueling tournaments, and war games with common regularity. They train as hard as any non-Jedi soldier and our own Imperial Knights. They’re trained in the Force to shield themselves from blaster bolts, telekinetically lift soldiers, and shout hypnotic mind tricks in battle. Each one is proficient in at least two forms of lightsaber combat, and can easily defeat Jedi from almost any other Sphere.

    The Militant Order is also unique in that Knights and Masters usually train up to four Padawans at a time. This is to train them in fighting as a cohesive squad with other Jedi and learn battlefield coordination and communication. The relationships between Masters and Padawans is much less personal than other Spheres, and resembles something closer to a direct superior or drill sergeant than a mentor.

    When they aren’t training, they’re being sent on secretive combat operations to Wild Space and hutt territory to smash criminal rings and organizations. The perception that the Jedi are ignoring the hutts and their crimes is incorrect, as many don’t even know that the Jedi have an army. They closely associate what the Alliance does with what the Jedi do despite them not even being close to the same entities.

    These Jedi sent against the crime gangs of the galaxy are notably ruthless and thorough in their operations, and I would imagine that this is the closest they can get to simulating actual combat – with the added bonus of dismantling a few criminal groups. They are intolerant of criminals and enemies to the Jedi Order – reinforced by the indoctrination they receive like most militaries.

    While they don’t have the sheer numbers of the actual Galactic Alliance military, they are numerous enough that any attempt to wipe them out would be long, bloody, and costly.

    CURRENT SPHERE STRUCTURE:

    The Sentinels of the Jedi Order: The primary soldiers of the Militant Order, the Sentinels are among the most dangerous Jedi one can have the misfortune of actually fighting. Drilled and trained for hours every day from the moment they become Padawans, they are fully trained and lethal Jedi by the time they are promoted to the rank of Knight.

    They wear shining white armor without any additional clothing or garments, in addition to full helmets. While the Militant Order does not have standardized lightsabers, it isn’t uncommon to see Sentinels wield two lightsabers or double-bladed lightsabers during combat, of which they have significant experience in by the point they are placed into any dangerous situations.

    Engaging them in combat is not recommended for non-Imperial Knights or those equipped to face Jedi. Furthermore, they are trained to fight in teams of eight, as well as in conjunction with other more traditional soldiers. They also primarily focus on melee combat and quickly close the distance between themselves and opponents, making them especially effective against ranged-heavy forces. The Sentinels are led by the Sentinel-Commander.

    The Battle-Sages of the Jedi Order: While the Sentinels primarily focus on melee combat, the Battle-Sages are the primarily support arm of the Militant Order. While far fewer in number, they are more powerful Force-users that can specialize in direct applications of telekinesis and mind-tricks and can singlehandedly take on standard groups of soldiers without significant difficulty. Moreover, Battle-Sages are always accompanied by two Wardens or Sentinels – in addition to the Army soldiers assigned as additional protection.

    While not as heavily armored as the Sentinels, the Battle-Sages do utilize far more protection than the average Jedi. Their uniforms incorporate easily discardable robes, while open-faced helmets are a popular choice. Though Battle-Sages utilize lightsabers like the rest of the Militant Order, they typically restrict themselves to one single-bladed saber and even then, rely on the Force during battle.

    Aside from the direct applications of the Force, Battle-Sages also are known to perform less-obvious powers such as Force healing and a local modification of battle meditation. While sometimes referred to as ‘knock-off Sages’ due to their less impressive usages of traditional Sage powers, they are nonetheless considered by the Militant Order to be some of their most powerful soldiers.

    They are led by the Sage-Commander.

    The Wardens of the Jedi Order: The Jedi Wardens are considered by many to be almost impossible to kill. Said to be able to move so fast their lightsabers are a blur, deflecting and reflecting a literal storm of blaster bolt crossfire – the Wardens have earned their reputation as masters of the defensive arts of combat.

    Their role as intended by the Militant Order is to hold the line no matter where they are placed, as they are only sent to places of critical importance. Boasting heavier armor than even the Sentinels, the Wardens are walking tanks in the shape of Jedi. What they lack in speed, they make up for in their ability to hold a position against superior odds.

    All Wardens are experienced users of Form III (Soresu) which is specifically designed to deflect/reflect blaster fire. Wardens have proven to be extremely effective at reflection, culling enemy numbers in the first few moments of combat. They are led by the Warden-Commander.

    The Fist of the Order: This is the closest thing the Jedi have to a special forces unit. Soldiers of the Fist of the Order are comprised of the best of the Sentinels, Battle-Sages, and Wardens. They are utilized primarily for sensitive military missions – both official and unofficial. While actual accounts of the Fist being used in combat are rare – usually due to the fact that there are rarely survivors – there are a few common threads.

    The Fist usually acts on the orders of Jedi High Command or the Jedi Council itself. They do not accept missions from anyone else. They are also not used on capture operations or ones which require a specific type of delicacy. They are used strictly for strike-and-eliminate operations with no priority given to survivors. Their targets have, to this date, been exclusively criminal or related to the Hutt Cartels. They appear to strike immediately and without any kind of warning. Since these are the elite of the Militant Order, they are generally assumed to be more powerful than their division counterparts. It is also unknown who the leader of the Fist is, or if they are managed directly by High Command itself.

    The Army of the Jedi Order: An especially unique division within the entirety of the Jedi Order, the Army of the Jedi Order is a division of soldiers who are enlisted civilians. While they are commanded by Jedi, they have their own division, tactics, and leaders, and are perfectly capable of acting without Jedi support.

    Why the Order has invested so heavily in this kind of unit is unknown, though it has significantly boosted their numbers. Soldiers of the Army are also treated extremely well and have access to the best technology and equipment available. While the Army is still small compared to the Stormtrooper Corps or the Alliance Military, it makes up for these deficiencies slightly by being much better equipped than their opposition.

    What is interesting is that these Army soldiers have chosen to join and fight for the Jedi Order, and not the Alliance. It implies a certain discontent among the population, that the Jedi are perceived as being more trustworthy than the Alliance. Of course, it could simply be that many civilians find the idea of fighting alongside the Jedi appealing, or simply want to take advantage of the benefits.

    Regardless, despite them not being Jedi, they should be considered capable soldiers in their own right. They are managed by the Army-Commander.

    Jedi High Command: Exactly as it sounds, Jedi High Command not only holds the Sentinel, Sage, Warden, and Army-Commanders, but also a half dozen of the most senior soldiers within the Militant Order, in addition to the Sphere Councilor, of course. They are responsible for deployments, strategy, and training development. They are likely privy to all of the missions undertaken by the Fist of the Order as well as command the authority to deploy them at will. They also maintain the connections between the other Spheres, and contacts within the Alliance military.

    RECOMMENDATION: Short of not provoking the Jedi to attack us, determining the full extent of their Outer Rim operations, gathering a more comprehensive overview of their soldiers and capabilities, and developing possible countermeasures to their tactics. The Imperial Knights specifically should be certain to devote time to studying the Militant Order.

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    SECOND – THE SPHERE OF THE LIVING FORCE

    PRIMARY FUNCTION: Force Research and Experimentation; Medical Services; Military; Diplomatic Body

    SPHERE COUNCILOR: Councilor Saresh Palavola

    MEMBERS: A modest-sized Sphere, that is also highly respected among the Order, it boasts a significant number of elite and powerful Jedi who also have the deepest understanding of the Force outside of the Maw. The member count is estimated to be between 1,500,000 and 2,000,000 members.

    HEADQUARTERS: The Temple of the Living Force (Belsavis) – Established by Councilor Palavola close to half a century ago, the Sphere of the Living Force established their headquarters on a remote planet that – until some extensive investigation – seemed abandoned and oddly remote.

    However, investigation into the planet itself has revealed a troubling history and raises major questions as to why the Jedi established a Temple on this planet at all. Belsavis was a prison world of the Rakatan Infinite Empire, and by all accounts, housed some of the most dangerous entities to ever stalk the galaxy. Considering the power and technology of the rakata, the fact that there were individuals and creatures that were considered dangerous enough to imprison is disturbing – even more so when you consider that the actual depths of the Belsavis prisons have never been breached, though the Republic and Sith Empire did make concerted efforts at one point before pulling out for unknown reasons.

    There are a myriad of mysteries and questions on Belsavis, ones which the Jedi appear keen on discovering and answering. The Temple, which is itself a modified prison, is modest and well-protected. But the Jedi do not allow visitors there, and considering Councilor Palavola’s situation and the history of the planet itself, the implications for this are concerning.

    OVERVIEW AND METHODOLOGY: Traditionally, Jedi serve the Force above all else. While that is less seen or as applicable in practice, the sentiment is still very much alive among sections of the Jedi Order, primarily comprised of those within the Sphere of the Living Force. There has been little discussion of the powerful Force-users within the Order up to this point, and this is because those who have the most raw power exist within this Sphere.

    The Jedi within this Sphere are experts in manipulating the Force – performing feats and abilities unique throughout the entire Jedi Order. There are divisions devoted to experimenting with the Force, masters of battle meditation and exotic or long-forgotten powers, and, supposedly, Jedi whose connection to the Force is so strong, they are capable of precognition.

    Reports on their actual combative capabilities are scattered and difficult to verify, but some of the descriptions from those who have attacked a Jedi of this Sphere (pirates and scavengers) have reported earthquakes, immediate demoralization, blindness, temporary insanity, the environment itself turning against them, and telekinetic attacks. These Jedi reflect the Maw in many respects, and it appears that allowing survivors solely depends on the Jedi in question. They clearly tend to allow some survivors, but it is worth wondering how many other encounters exist where they left no survivors.

    How accurate all of this is, is subject to some debate, as Jedi from the Sphere rarely leave their Temple or find themselves in situations where they are required to defend themselves. There is a lingering question as what the Sphere actually does beyond meditate and study. Each Sphere has a distinct goal and purpose, but the Sphere of the Living Force is… nebulous in its intentions.

    These Jedi travel alone or in groups of two. They are typically seen going on missions to remote worlds or unexplored regions. They will occasionally make trips to planets and locations which are steeped in Jedi and Sith lore and connected to the old and fallen empires. Knowledge acquisition does seem to be a stated goal, but not in the same way as the Sphere of History and Knowledge.

    They are Jedi of few words (they can hold and maintain conversations, but rarely start them), and generally do not interact with those outside their Sphere and the Order itself. But many individuals do report that there is something about these Jedi which makes their wishes and intentions clear. Healers don’t need to give instructions because the patients already know what to do, unnecessary questions aren’t asked to these Jedi because they instinctively know the answers.

    There is something profoundly off about this entire Sphere, centering around Councilor Palavola (continue to the section concerning the Jedi Council for examples of why). Initially, she was the focus, but it is very clear that she is not the only unusual one for this Sphere of the Order. There is evidence to suggest that the Sphere is working towards something, but what that could entail is not known. If the rest of the Order is aware of it or not is another question entirely.

    CURRENT SPHERE STRUCTURE:

    The Healers: The Jedi Healers are, without a doubt, the most effective healers in the galaxy. These are the Jedi within the Sphere of the Living Force who are most often seen, who normally appear when dire or traumatic situations occur without prior warning. They will sometimes arrive in hospitals and heal all those within and leave without ceremony. They are purported to be able to cure any illness and injury (short of regrowing limbs), though again, this is unlikely to be completely accurate.

    But what we do know is that the Healers are responsible for saving millions of lives with seemingly little effort. But unlike the Jedi from the Sphere of Outreach and Aid, I would hesitate to say that they are doing this for moral and altruistic reasons. There is a dispassion about the Healers, a mere concentration and determination. Little emotion is outwardly shown. Perhaps being so connected to the Force has this effect, but it does nothing to make the motivations behind these Jedi easier to decipher.

    Also, notably, the Healers, like the rest of this Sphere, have no actual oversight or structure. Each Healer appears to do as they wish or go where they please without needing permission or at the orders of someone else. They are likely subservient to the Council of the Eternal Force, but that is the only hard authority we can identify.

    The Sages: The ornately-robed and stoic Jedi are far less common in the galaxy at large. Jedi Sages are the expression of Jedi control over the Force. They are Jedi who likely act as the main force for the Sphere of the Living Force, as they are seen traveling to the above-mentioned places, and also possess the unconfirmed powers described above.

    Sages are unique among Jedi in that their training is far longer than most. Records recovered show that Sages don’t even leave their Temple of training until fifteen to twenty years later. The subject matter for this Sphere is notably more intricate and unique, but it seems an excessive amount of time. Considering that penetrating these Temples is close to impossible, we do not know if there is more to this than we see from the records.

    As mentioned above, Sages are purportedly capable of impressive feats through the Force. Battle meditation, earthquakes, precognition are all abilities ascribed to the Sages, even the ability to freeze blaster bolts in mid-air – though all from external sources. The Sages do not advertise what they are and are not capable of. There is an unshakable aura around each Sage, a calm confidence that they are in control ‘by the will of the Force.’

    Their reputation is enough that the mention of a Sage is enough to deter troublemakers, and the Alliance has actually used the mention of Sages in propaganda distributed to the colonies, particularly those at risk from pirates and criminal organizations. If the Sages or the Sphere of the Living Force is aware of it or not, they appear not to care, as no official complaints have been made. Like the Healers, the Sages have no direct leader or overseer.

    The Extensions of the Will: The nature of this division is obscure and largely unknown. From what we were able to learn, the Extensions of the Will are either the direct agents of the Council of the Eternal Force, or the direct agents of Councilor Palavola. The name could imply that they are extensions of the ‘will of the Force’ and thus subservient to the Sphere. But considering that Councilor Palavola’s title is “Will of the Living Force,” the explanation suddenly becomes more muddled.

    Based on what we know of Councilor Palavola, we are inclined to believe that these are direct agents of hers. What they are used for or their objectives are unknown, and there seems to be very little means of distinction between the Extensions and standard Healers and Sages. It is reasonable to assume they are more powerful than their counterparts, but this is unknown. The number of Extensions is also shrouded in mystery, though if they do answer to Councilor Palavola, then there are likely not many.

    However, if the Council of the Eternal Force is aware of the suspected situation of Councilor Palavola, then their numbers may be much, much larger. Again, confirmed data on this is difficult to come by.

    Council of the Eternal Force: The criteria for the selection of those who sit on the Council of the Eternal Force is, like most things in this Sphere, unknown. A Council of twenty-four Sages and Healers (and possibly Extensions) – including the Sphere Councilor, meet and presumably manage the administrative aspects of the Sphere.

    We say ‘presumably,’ because it is unknown what the Council actually deliberates here. This is a far larger ruling body than most other Spheres, which implies that the Sphere itself may be more intricately connected than others. The fact that those who sit on the Council rotate weekly supports this theory, and raises additional questions as to what the Council is for here.

    RECOMMENDATION: In addition to acquiring additional information on the capabilities and members of the Sphere of the Living Force, please refer to attachments F-D-JO-0045 and IR-GA-1547, both of which relate to Councilor Saresh Palavola, who is critical to learning the exact nature of the Sphere and their intentions. A comprehensive report on the Sphere of the Living Force is also highly recommended.

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    FIRST – THE SPHERE OF THE JEDI ORDER

    PRIMARY FUNCTION: Administrative; Command Body; Internal Affairs; Political Body

    SPHERE COUNCILOR: Councilor Undien

    MEMBERS: While perhaps the most important Sphere to the integrity of the Jedi Order, this Sphere primarily operates in an administrative and coordinative capacity, requiring fewer members to operate effectively. The member count is estimated to be between 500,000 and 800,000.

    HEADQUARTERS: The Jedi Praxeum of Ossus (Ossus) – The Jedi have reclaimed and restored their original headquarters. While visitors are not taken to its most sensitive locations, it is an open secret that the new Temple was designed to prevent a similar massacre to the one perpetrated by Darth Krayt. Bunkers, automated defenses, droid defenders laced with cortosis-weave, and there are even rumored to be ysalamiri cages below the Temple that will be used in the event of an attack. But walking through the Temple, most would never suspect these safeguards exist, as the High Temple is, without question, the grandest expression of Jedi power.

    OVERVIEW AND METHODOLOGY: This will, ironically, be one of the shorter sections, as the Sphere of the Jedi Order is primarily an administrative Sphere that exists to make sure that the Order functions smoothly and works together to achieve the stated objectives of the Jedi Order. They set communication and logistical standards for the rest of the Order, manage the majority of transportation and monetary aspects of the Order – essentially, a significant amount of the bureaucratic work that every organization requires.

    There are, of course, plenty of Jedi within it, they are usually not warriors or powerful Force-users, nor specialized archeologists or historians. Nonetheless, they are usually handpicked both while young and sometimes from other Spheres. It is one of the only Spheres a Jedi can transfer to, and as such, is populated primarily by older Jedi, with a minority of young Padawans and Knights.

    Despite not being as expansive or flashy as other Spheres, it is nonetheless integral to keep the Order functioning as a (presumably) single entity. The other reason for this is because it holds the Jedi High Council of Ossus, which is the final authority on the entirety of the Jedi Order.

    CURRENT SPHERE STRUCTURE: The Sphere of the Jedi Order does not have divisions which are worth discussing in detail, suffice to say they have logistical and production divisions which ensure efficiency and that all locations within the Order are adequately supplied. They also employ ‘representatives’ to the various Spheres who serve as a direct link between the High Council and Spheres – though the influence each representative has depends on the Sphere, but for the most part, they are kept in the loop on important business that happens within the Sphere.

    It is also, as mentioned, managed by the Jedi Council, which will be expanded upon in the next section.

    RECOMMENDATION: Not entirely an applicable section for this Sphere. This is essentially the management of the Jedi Order, and our answer to that will depend on how the Jedi Council should be handled.
     
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    xabiar Jedi Youngling

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    THE HIGH COUNCIL OF THE JEDI PRAXEUM OF OSSUS

    OVERVIEW: The Jedi High Council of Ossus is the single most powerful body within the Jedi Order, and the one which determines the direction the Jedi will take. Major decisions that affect the entire Order are decided by the Council, as well as multiple smaller ones which only affect parts of it.

    Each member of the Jedi Council is extremely connected throughout the Order, and familiar with all major issues, regardless of which Sphere they belong to. While the Spheres have the capability to retain some secrecy, this is usually not utilized within the Council itself, as withholding important information would be to the detriment of the Order as a whole (with the possible exception of the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight).

    The Jedi Council holds weekly meetings, with members appearing in-person or through hologram, with them holding other emergency meetings when appropriate. Outside of these planned meetings, many Councilors meet with each other or coordinate specific plans outside the official confines of the Council Chambers of Ossus.

    The Council usually votes on which course of action to take when making a decision. Most decisions simply require a majority vote, but others which will have a significant impact on the Jedi Order (such as declaring war, changing recruitment requirements, creating a new Sphere, etc.) require a supermajority to successfully pass. From what we have gathered, very rarely is there extreme dissent in the Council, and the vast majority of decisions made have been unanimous in approval or never went to a vote. Councilors have three ways to declare a vote – Yes | No | Abstain – abstentions are only utilized if Councilors have a significant stake in the outcome and it would compromise their vote unfairly. It is not used in any other context, and what is considered ‘compromised’ or ‘significant stake’ depends on the Councilor in question. No Councilor can be forced to abstain by the Council, although they can be encouraged to do so.

    The selection process for the Jedi Council has been described in an earlier section of this report; please refer to it for that specific information.

    TERM-LIMITS AND PERMANENT POSITIONS: There are five permanent positions on the Jedi Council – it should be immediately noted that ‘permanent’ in this case means that there are no term-limits. Councilors that hold permanent positions can – and do – usually step down from their position after a period of time to retire or because they feel someone else should take the position. This is done willingly, as the only alternative is to be removed from the Jedi Council itself.

    The other seats on the Council have term-limits which are proposed by the Sphere in question, and formally ratified by the Jedi Council requiring a simple majority. These usually do not fluctuate significantly, although there have been reviews of term-limits which are typically conducted every five to ten years.

    It should also be noted that term-limits in this case simply means the length of time a Councilor can hold their seat before a new candidate can be considered. There is no rule against Councilors being elected – even to permanent positions – in the future after another term has passed. Councilors can also step down from the Council before their term is up without penalty or judgement, though they will forfeit their eligibility for election until another term has passed.

    The term-limits and permanent seats on the Jedi Council are as follows:

    The Sphere of Exploration and Discovery: 10 Years

    The Sphere of History and Knowledge: Permanent

    The Sphere of Science and Research: 10 Years

    The Sphere of Outreach and Aid: 10 Years

    The Sphere of Recruitment and Training: 20 Years

    The Sphere of Conciliation and Reflection: 15 Years

    The Sphere of Law and Justice: 10 Years

    The Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight: Permanent

    The Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation: Permanent

    The Sphere of the Militant Order: 20 Years

    The Sphere of the Living Force: Permanent

    The Sphere of the Jedi Order: Permanent

    The reasons for why some seats on the Council are permanent and others aren’t is not available to the public from what we have found, and can only be speculated on based on what we know about the Order. The only major ‘requirement’ that can be observed is that the Outer, Internal, and Center Spheres have at least one permanent position with the Center Sphere holding two additional permanent positions in total.

    The seats for the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight, Diplomacy and Mediation, and Jedi Order being permanent can be easily justified. If the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight is, as we suspect, a possible watch on the Order, it would need consistent and internal stability which shouldn’t be threatened by arbitrary term-limits. Diplomacy and Mediation also makes sense in the context of forming connections which might be harder to assume control of by a different member, as the sheer amount of meetings, deals, and other diplomatic ventures undertaken by the Sphere is immense.

    Having the position of Grand Master be permanent also makes sense from a stability, leadership, and organizational standpoint.

    At this point we see no reasons for why the Sphere of History and Knowledge has a permanent seat other than to give one to the Outer Sphere, nor why the Sphere of the Living Force also has a permanent position.

    COUNCILOR REMOVAL: There are only two ways a Councilor can leave the High Council. The first is voluntary – which is when their term is up or they decide to step down or resign. This is normal within the Council and happens on a fairly regular basis, with the Councilor normally being replaced within one to two months.

    Involuntary removal is a more involved and complex process. It can only be instigated by the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight or the Sphere of Law and Justice. The respective Councilor for the Sphere will call an emergency session of the Council – where in-person appearance is mandatory – and put forward the allegations or reasons for why the individual should be removed.

    As you would expect, this is not something that is done lightly, if at all. Neither Sphere will move forward with any such allegation unless they are convinced that they are correct. Once an allegation is put forward, the Councilor who is being accused is temporarily suspended from their position until the case is resolved, and the Sphere they belong to will appoint an acting-Councilor to serve in their stead.

    Once the acting-Councilor is in place, the Sphere of Law and Justice will perform a complete investigation, as will the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight, regardless of which one put forward the allegations, as no official investigation would have been conducted up to that point. Other Spheres will also conduct their own investigations or acquire their own evidence should they wish to do so.

    After all parties have concluded their investigations, the accused will be taken before either the High Tribunal within the Chamber of the Arbiters, or to the Valley of the Jedi before the Shadow Council. The location will depend on which Sphere initially brought forward the allegations. If the High Arbiter brought them forward, the accused will be tried before the Shadow Council, and vice versa.

    During the trial, the main investigatory bodies (Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight | Law and Justice) will present their findings before the judging body in question, with all the Councilors in attendance. After that is concluded, each Sphere may present their own findings, evidence, or witnesses. The accused will also have multiple attempts to address evidence submitted to the trial body.

    A verdict will eventually be rendered. If they are found guilty, they will be stripped of their title and rank, and turned over to the Arbiters for punishment. The severity of the punishment will depend on what they are being accused of, but will usually involve the Sages severing their connection to the Force, at a minimum.

    However, should the accused be found innocent, the Councilor who initially brought forward the allegation will be removed from the Council, providing a significant incentive to not use this procedure for political gain or to remove specific individuals from the Council.

    To date, there have been no involuntary resignations that did not go to trial, which again demonstrates the irregularity of Grand Master Skywalker’s recent resignation, which was clearly not done because he wanted to. Why Skywalker resigned is still unknown, and likely political in nature, but it is unprecedented in the history of the modern Jedi Order.

    TITLES OF THE HIGH COUNCIL: The titles given to Councilors when they take a seat on the Jedi Council are a mix of fixed and earned, depending on the Sphere. Several Spheres have established titles while others allow the appointed to choose their own. The titles for Spheres are the following:

    The Sphere of Exploration and Discovery: No set title.

    The Sphere of History and Knowledge: Loremaster of the Order

    The Sphere of Science and Research: No set title. Many Councilors do often give themselves the title of ‘Doctor’ though.

    The Sphere of Outreach and Aid: No set title

    The Sphere of Recruitment and Training: No set title.

    The Sphere of Conciliation and Reflection: High Conciliator of Tython

    The Sphere of Law and Justice: High Arbiter of the Order

    The Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight: No set title.

    The Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation: High Mediator of the Jedi Order

    The Sphere of the Militant Order: Battlemaster of the Jedi Order

    The Sphere of the Living Force: No set title.

    The Sphere of the Jedi Order: Grand Master of the Jedi Order

    The current Councilors of the High Council will be listed immediately below along with a brief bio and description of their history, abilities, and role within the Order.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: It has previously been described that the Jedi Council is, for the most part, united in direction and focus for the Jedi Order. Most, if not all Councilors have good working relationships with each other and disagreements are purely academic and largely minor. While this will be discussed in more detail when the political section of the document is reached, keep in mind that this Council should not be considered fully united.

    The resignation of Daniel Skywalker was the consequence of a rapidly polarizing and disjointed Order, which, by all accounts, continues to degenerate – nothing illustrates this point more than the fact that Councilor Undien was elected to the position of Grand Master with four abstentions.

    This is not counting Undien’s own vote – or Skywalker’s.

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    THE OUTER SPHERE OF THE JEDI COUNCIL

    COUNCILOR UT SIFISS, KEEPER OF SECRETS: One of the newest Councilors, Ut Sifiss is the first falleen and, at the age of forty-eight, among the youngest members to be elected to the Jedi Council. Prior to her recruitment into the Jedi Order, she worked as a freelance pilot in the Outer Rim, and happened to end up saving the life of Jedi Master Denolis Allaon, who had encountered a rogue pirate band. Sifiss killed the pirates and rescued the Jedi. Sensing her potential, Master Allaon offered to bring her back to the Jedi Order. She accepted.

    Her background in the Outer Rim and piloting skills made her a natural fit for the Sphere of Exploration and Discovery, and she took an interest in finding old ruins of forgotten empires, particularly the Eternal Empire. She also pursued legends of the Force-Wielders. Upon her ascension to the rank of Knight, she joined the Scouting Coalition of the Order as one of the solo Scouts and was on the forefront of Jedi Order expansion for the last decade.

    It was during this period where she performed her most public feat. Upon reaching a system and beginning to chart it, ships affiliated with one of the major hutt clans also appeared and demanded she leave or be fired upon. Standard protocol, as discussed earlier, is to avoid conflict. Sifiss instead took the offensive and destroyed the fighter wings quickly before managing to board the main frigate and take the fight directly inside.

    The captured footage of her shooting a hole into the frigate, then ejecting from her starfighter and entering the hole with pinpoint precision are still circulated to this day, and she earned quite a few fans on the HoloNet from that stunt. She took over the ship easily enough with a combination of lightsaber work and utilization of falleen pheromones.

    That kind of stunt is something you would see from the Sphere of the Militant Order, not from a young Jedi Scout, but it nonetheless illustrates that Sifiss is more than capable of defending herself and is an extremely skilled pilot, something she retains to this day. She never reached the rank of Chief Scout, though this was due to her transfer to the Reclamation Service.

    Now, instead of scouting worlds, she was digging up their past and secrets. She proved to be exceptionally talented at the proper excavation of relics and artifacts – aided by her ability to understand long-dead languages which she used to track down other worlds and ruins. She advanced quickly until she reached the rank of Chief Archeologist, which she has continued to hold to this point.

    Ut Sifiss is best described as one of the most active of the Councilors, in that she doesn’t perform an extensive amount of administrative work and often is not even on Ahch-to regularly – instead, going on extended exploration sessions of her own or visiting the most recently discovered ruin to make notations of her own. She is well-regarded within the Sphere and while she is not especially well-known, those who interact with her only have good things to say.

    Her relationships with the other Councilors are largely ambivalent, and she does not have significant friction with any of them, nor does she participate in internal politics, as she is usually too busy. She is good friends with Councilor Taitho Dal, and often visits the Great Library to perform research or deliver artifacts. With that said, it is no secret that they heavily clash on the research and usage of Sith Artifacts, with Sifiss constantly frustrated at the hoops she has to jump through to access even the most basic of Sith lore. It’s been a source of contention for years, with neither relenting.

    Surprisingly, she is an ally of Battlemaster Shartan who duels with her on a monthly basis. Her stunt with the pirates impressed him enough to continually work to hone her skills, and, even if she loses each time, she has a better working relationship with him than many other Councilors – which she uses to acquire protection and assistance in the more dangerous parts of the Outer Rim.

    Despite her feats, she is not especially powerful in the Force for a Councilor, as her skills are limited to enhancing her own abilities and performing research and analysis. She does carry a green lightsaber, though rarely wears heavy armor. Her title was supposedly given to her by Councilor Dal, who commented that she knew more of the forbidden than most Councilors.

    Apparently, she liked it enough to keep it.

    Councilor Sifiss is a ‘doer’ of the Jedi Order, but not someone who is a major influencer of the Jedi Council. She votes, she’ll participate in meetings, but she’s more interested in expanding the Jedi Order and extracting relics than playing politics or cultivating internal influence. She is officially part of the Expansionist fraternity, though holds no leadership position. That is not to say she has no voice within it, as she has internally been said to have wanted to forge better relations with the Orthodox and United Alliance fraternities, both of which she believes are the direction the Order should pursue.

    This has apparently caused some friction within the small fraternity, and no official stance has been taken yet, and based on what we were able to learn of the current political situation of the Order, this is not a unique story.

    She should be watched, with appropriate precautions in place due to her species, but she isn’t worthy of special attention.

    COUNCILOR TAITHO DAL, LOREMASTER OF THE ORDER: Brought to the Order as a young mon calamari child by his single parent, Taitho Dal’s life has been unexpectedly tragic. The original reason he was brought was because his father – the sole parent – was insistent that they were being hunted, though when pressed he couldn’t explain why. It was eventually revealed that he had been suffering from a rare form of dementia, and while no phantom assassin ever came, he committed suicide several months later.

    Dal’s training initially went poorly, with him contracting some unknown skin diseases when he began training on Yavin IV, which the Jedi healers had difficulty treating. This ultimately proved to be the catalyst for Dal’s interest in Jedi and Sith lore and history, as while he was bedridden, he read and researched.

    Despite not being able to properly duel with a lightsaber, he amassed knowledge that even Jedi Masters had little idea of, and he was approached by a Jedi Archivist to be her apprentice, which he eagerly accepted. To say that the time after that was… unfortunate would be a significant understatement.

    His Master unexpectedly died in a freak shooting while visiting Ord Mantell. He was approached by another Master soon after, in a different division, who wanted to continue his training. He also died tragically after consuming food which was incompatible with his species. Despite his apparent bad luck, he was once more given to another Master who was able to finish his training, and at that point, I wonder if they were trying to just elevate him before some other tragedy struck again.

    A full Knight now, Dal, having conveniently been trained under Masters from three different divisions within the Sphere of History and Knowledge, had plenty of options as to which path he would take. He ultimately decided to become part of the Jedi Advisory Coalition, and since then, has leveraged his position to make an extensive amount of connections within the academic bodies of the galaxy as well as dozens of the elite scouting and artifact hunting guilds and businesses of the galaxy (please refer to his dossier for a more extensive review of his career as an Advisor).

    That said, one of the most relevant parts of this is that very early on be became very good friends with a young Jedi by the name of Undien. Both of them soon realized that they shared very similar mindsets and ideas about the direction to take the Jedi Order – one where they were a political entity without equal.

    There was certainly extensive coordination between the two Jedi as they subsequently advanced. Both passed along leads and contacts to each other, introduced mutual friends which spread to further connections and influence slowly working to the highest circles of society. Within fifteen years, Dal had ascended to the rank of High Advisor, and his efforts further expanded the role and power of the division.

    During this period, Dal also took on an apprentice, but the tragedy which had plagued him earlier in life struck once more as a few years into his training he suddenly disappeared on a routine trip along the Mid Rim. Those who carried out the attack were never found, nor was any wreckage. It remains an unsolved case in the Jedi Order, the loss enough for Dal to not take an apprentice since then.

    His ascension to the Jedi Council was ultimately inevitable, as he had significantly expanded the influence of the Order and was allied with Undien, with them supporting each other every step of the way. As Councilor, Dal has taken the opportunity to fully embrace his role as Loremaster, and has spent the better part of his time reviewing the entire collection of Jedi Holocrons and Sith artifacts, leaving his successor to manage the vast network of political connections.

    Like Undien, Dal is deeply against the extended handling and research of Sith artifacts, considering them extremely dangerous and tainted. The Black Guard has been restricted to only allowing who Dal approves, who are not in any danger of ‘falling.’ His paranoia against this is strong enough that he’s worked towards proposing an entirely separate location for storing dark side artifacts and holocrons – not wanting to ‘taint’ the Great Library with their presence. This proposal is still under review by the Keepers of Knowledge.

    Dal is, unsurprisingly, part of the Orthodox fraternity and one of its most prominent members – regularly participating in inter-fraternity meetings and holding a minor leadership position. He is definitely a reason for the rapid expansion of Orthodoxy within the Jedi Order, and has been instrumental in weakening Moderates and cementing the continued support of the Traditionalists. There is a good argument to be made that so many Orthodox Councilors are… polarizing… to the remainder of the Jedi Order, but the results cannot be argued with (please refer to the fraternities section of this report for additional information on this).

    Dal is physically not a threat, and his own Force capabilities are limited. His greatest asset is his mind and political connections, which notably makes him a larger concern than many others on the Council. That said, the nature of his connections is not a major threat to us, but I would recommend we be careful doing business with groups who work with the Jedi Advisors.

    He wears standard Jedi robes and carries a yellow lightsaber, though is rumored to be a poor enough duelist that a Sentinel apprentice could presumably defeat him easily.

    DOCTOR BUCHIC, OF THE SPHERE OF SCIENCE AND RESEARCH: Like many in the Sphere of Science and Research, Buchic prefers to be addressed by his academic title instead of his Jedi rank. A talz, he eschewed the typical route of many of his species – mercenaries, soldiers, scouts – and instead pursued an academic career.

    Becoming a Jedi for him was something he had not fully considered until his early twenties when he was still pursuing a degree in advanced technology, and out of curiosity, he went to get tested and discovered his Force-sensitivity. After speaking with some recruiters of the Jedi, he made the decision to join them and quickly established himself as one of the smartest individuals that the Order has ever produced.

    After completing his degree in advanced technology, Buchic pursued additional degrees that further specialized in precursor technology, particularly that of the gree and Eternal Empire. It shouldn’t be a surprise that he held the title of Assimilation Master for the past five years after serving in some capacity within the division for the past twenty.

    He’s been directly responsible for reverse-engineering some of the less-advanced technology of the Eternal Empire, and putting forward theories as to how most unsalvageable gree tech works, with these theories being accepted at large by the galactic scientific community. He’s spoken at dozens of the most prestigious schools in the galaxy and is part of the most elite of scientific bodies.

    He is a Councilor who has largely defined his career by his work beyond the Order. He still is heavily involved in the Sphere of Science and Research, and the Jedi Order itself, but he’s well-known enough now that he’s often called to be a consultant for various experiments and research on precursor technology – and, by extension, this means the Jedi are up-to-date on developments that are hidden to the galaxy at large.

    Doctor Buchic will also intermittently decide to teach a semester at a random university every few years, usually in Gree Studies or even general Precursor History. This is announced nearly a year in advance and competition to be selected to take his classes is extremely high. Imperial Intelligence continues to maintain that this is likely a recruiting strategy by the Jedi, with Buchic having access to some of the most intelligent students in the galaxy – and giving some of them an exclusive offer to join the Jedi Order.

    Doctor Buchic largely avoids internal Jedi politics, and is not officially part of a fraternity, instead preferring to focus on his own work and that which his Sphere conducts. He is, however, friends with Undien, who has been a staunch ally in his work to understand the most complex technology in the galaxy. His only other Councilor relationship of note is with Battlemaster Shartan who is also a staunch supporter, believing it will lead to advances in weapons technology which will ultimately enhance the combat capabilities of the Militant Order.

    Like many other Jedi of his Sphere, Buchic is by no means a dangerous Jedi in combat. He carries a blue-colored lightsaber, and his skill level is what has been described as ‘competent.’ His species’ strength and size should also be taken into account, but he isn’t trained in taking advantage of this fact. He should be investigated more due to his understanding of precursor – particularly gree – technology. There are rumors that the Jedi Order has recovered an intact gree hypergate – and this has been what Doctor Buchic has spent the past six months working on.

    I shouldn’t have to state the implications of the Jedi Order learning how to restore or recover hypergates – or worse, if they learn how to reverse-engineer them completely.

    COUNCILOR LARA’RITTEN, SHE WHO ACTS: I present the most popular Jedi in the entire Order. While she isn’t spoken of by the political elite or respected by the militaries of the galaxy, there is no Jedi more well-loved by the people than Lara’ritten. Her title, ‘She Who Acts,’ was given to her by a little-known HoloNet site which subsequently caught on to the point where she has adopted it herself, a rare acknowledgement of pride from a normally humble and reserved woman.

    Her own upbringing likely played a significant part in her development. She had no parents that could be found, and grew up in a small gang on Nar Shaddaa. When she was just eight years old, she and the ragtag group of orphans attempted to rob an umbaran man, who just so happened to be Warzone Relief Coordinator Eridaon Morrow.

    Sensing the Force within her, he calmly talked down the young band of thieves and offered to take the young Ritten to be tested to become a Jedi. Growing up on Nar Shaddaa as a young twi’lek female, she unfortunately knew the risks of listening to men making tempting offers to leave with them, and ‘forced’ him to go back with her to their hideout with a small blaster she carried.

    Master Morrow spoke with her benefactor – an old weequay and former hutt enforcer (who’d crossed a minor hutt and was in hiding) who gave the orphans food and shelter in return for their work – and provided proof that he was indeed a Jedi. Master Morrow gave each of the orphans enough credits to get to the Core Worlds and offered the weequay an opportunity to join the Army of the Jedi Order and do something beneficial for the galaxy. The weequay accepted the offer (and is very good friends with Councilor Ritten to this day), as did the children.

    He took Ritten as his Padawan soon after she joined, and had what could be considered one of the most diverse apprenticeships one can receive. She saw more of the galaxy before she turned sixteen than even most Jedi experience in their lives. She toured dozens of violent worlds in the Outer Rim and saved countless lives in the process.

    Her talent in healing manifested, and she augmented this with degrees in medicine and pathology, as well as cross-training with the Sages and, of course, the Jedi Medical Services. She rarely spent a significant amount of time in the Temple on Manaan, instead traveling the galaxy and helping the weak, poor, and sick of the galaxy.

    The Sphere of Outreach and Aid recognizes the individuals who do this, and she quickly rose through the ranks and developed a reputation in the Outer Rim and elsewhere. She quickly gained a following within the Galactic Alliance, and even the average Imperial citizen can at least admire the work she does.

    What is interesting is that the more she has risen within the ranks, the more disillusioned towards the Jedi Order she appears to be. She is an especially close follower of the teachings of Jedi Master Yoda, with her favorite quote being: “A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense – never for attack.” Which she has devoted her life to fulfilling, going so far as to not even create her own lightsaber.

    As you can imagine, this clashes with large portions of the Order. Ritten does not get along with Battlemaster Shartan and High Arbiter Vol’mateil whatsoever, getting into shouting matches with both of them over the continued militarization of the Jedi Order, and has more than once demanded that the Justicars be abolished – stances that have made a good portion of the Order believe that she is an overly naïve and idealistic woman.

    Her stanchly apolitical nature has earned her no allies on the Council either, as she viewed the increased political influence of the Jedi as contrary to what the Order should stand for. She, echoing some of the concerns of Daniel Skywalker, thinks that the Order has become too big and strayed far from the path of the Force in favor of military power and political influence – the exact opposite of what the Jedi should be in her eyes.

    The only Councilor left who she can claim to actually be a friend of is Councilor Palavola – who once made a comment to both Undien and Shartan that Ritten was a truer Jedi than they could ever hope to be. A rare statement from a Councilor of few words, and it has largely resulted in both Ritten and the rest of the Council (barring the occasional talk with Palavola) wanting to have as little to do with each other as possible, and the Sphere being mostly untouched – also due in part to the fact that Ritten is the source of a significant amount of positive PR for the Order – something they don’t want to lose.

    She was one of the four Jedi to abstain from voting Undien as Grand Master, and while we haven’t confirmed it, she was reportedly very close to resigning in protest with Skywalker and former Councilor Pon Tiian. We suspect that the only reason she didn’t is because she wouldn’t be able to perform her job as effectively otherwise. As far as we know, she is still in contact with Skywalker and speaks to him regularly; rumors have long persisted that the two of them have been together romantically (a particularly interesting development if true, as Skywalkers almost exclusively pursue relationships with other humans), but have not been confirmed one way or another.

    Ritten is completely removed from internal Order politics and fraternities, believing them a distraction from what the Jedi should actually be doing, and the rest of the Sphere has largely followed suit. She is notably strong in the Force, but has used her abilities strictly for healing and protecting herself and others. As stated earlier, she carries no lightsaber and currently has one apprentice, a male quarren orphan named Rolies Urush.
     
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    xabiar Jedi Youngling

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    THE INTERNAL SPHERE OF THE JEDI COUNCIL

    COUNCILOR TERENA ODAN, OVERSEER OF GENERATIONS: One of the more ‘normal’ (at least in her background) Jedi who have ascended to the Council, Terena Odan was brought to the Jedi as a teenage girl after being raised by her parents on Corellia. A social and talented child, she was selected to be trained as a Padawan soon after her arrival within the Sphere of Recruitment and Training. She, along with her Master, worked within the Institute of Marketing and Recruitment, leading to Odan developing an interest in marketing and psychology.

    Later, after becoming a Knight, she acquired doctorate-level degrees in xenopsychology, and returned to properly join the Institute of Marketing and Recruitment, with a goal in mind to significantly improve the program and increase recruitment. We’re not quite sure if this was an accident or engineered, but shortly after she began, she encountered High Diplomat Undien, and they immediately realized they shared some similar goals.

    Both were interested in strengthening and enhancing the Jedi Order, Undien through politics, and Odan through recruitment and training the future generations of the Order. She had, as Undien stated, “the Long View,” the capability to see beyond the short-term and what would happen far into the future when they had become one with the Force.

    Undien and Odan put together a team, incorporating several members of Marketing and Recruitment, along with some of his own Diplomats, and they worked out a strategy to overhaul and enhance the division. Through Undien’s connections in the entertainment sector, he was able to connect her to the marketing teams behind hit HoloNet entertainment and music, as well as political campaign organizers, where she learned how the best in the galaxy worked, and after spending several years with these entities – studying and learning – she finalized her strategy and took it to the current Engagement Director.

    To say he was impressed is an understatement, and he began implementing her suggestions immediately. Undien had already established connections and business fronts for the Sphere to utilize while they set up their own networks – and to use as plausible deniability should the need arise where they didn’t want individuals or clients to know who was actually behind these agreements, contracts, or deals. And over the next ten years, the Institute of Marketing and Engagement grew to become an essential arm of the Sphere of Recruitment and Training.

    Odan was personally involved in seeking out writers, psychologists, HoloNet stars, and many, many more media specialists to not only join the Jedi Order, but work directly for her. She was promoted to Engagement Director three years after this program had started, and, in conjunction with Undien, began a rather ruthless campaign within the Jedi Order that very few actually noticed.

    Odan is effective at what is known within the Order as ‘poaching’ – which is to say, stealing specific individuals who others are interested in recruiting for her own purposes. As part of the Council of Generations, she had access to the entirety of student lists and exploited this. If students showed promise and had skills she needed, they would be transferred to teachers that were allied to her and were quickly chosen as Padawans for the Jedi under her – all of whom shared her goals for the Jedi Order.

    More importantly, we’ve found enough evidence to suggest that she deliberately undermined and sabotaged the other leadership in her Sphere – specifically the other divisions who had what she observed as ‘problematic leadership.’ She engineered specific students to be paired with certain Jedi – ones trained by those who shared her own views and objectives, who would then be ‘randomly’ shown to other Masters looking for Padawans. Best-case scenario, these Padawans might soften their views to her own ideals – which some Masters had a problem with due to the aggressive and somewhat dishonest nature of her recruitment – and worst-case they would eventually replace them.

    If Jedi she considered problematic had apprentices, she had other means of removing them. Undien had imparted to her some of the darker aspects of the Sphere of Conciliation and Reflection, which she did not hesitate to utilize to her own ends, and using Undien’s own connections, removed the Padawans of Knights and Masters and directed them towards students who were more acceptable – the targeted Jedi never knew they were being played so deeply.

    Odan was actually on the shortlist for possible Councilorship long before she actually took the position, and the reason she took so long was because she wanted to spend enough time properly building a solid base within the Sphere who were of one mind and focus – she did not want to waste time when she was in power.

    When she was finally nominated and confirmed, she wasted no time in further enhancing the Sphere now that she was fully in command. In her first year, recruitment numbers were boosted by over a quarter from previous years, and the Institute of Marketing and Recruitment quickly tripled in size; several holdouts of the old Sphere administration either resigned or transferred.

    Since her ascension, she has fully become a part of internal Order politics. While we can’t confirm it, she likely has established a solid power base of Conciliators who answer to her and is without a doubt utilizing them. She has unrestricted access and transfer authority for the hundreds of thousands of Jedi candidates, and we know for a fact that she uses this in subtle ways to enhance her own Sphere – and she will occasionally pass along bits of information to Councilors who are squarely allied with her, such as Undien, Dal, and now Maratashi Vin.

    If it isn’t apparent, she is a strong supporter of Undien and while she has defined herself as a ‘Moderate,’ she supports quite a few policies of the Orthodox fraternity. Comparisons between modern Jedi curricula and those of twenty years ago have a lot more Orthodox philosophy behind them – not enough to make a lot of people notice, but it can’t be denied that the social engineering taking place here is definitely the result – or possible conspiracy – of the shared ideology between Odan and Undien.

    However, Odan is extremely careful about outright sabotaging those who aren’t completely allied with her. She doesn’t touch anything to do with the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight, or the Sphere of Law and Justice because she’s not an idiot. She considers Councilor Ritten the golden PR girl of the Order – much to the latter’s disgust – and as such, doesn’t tamper with her Sphere and, in fact, works to subtly enhance it.

    She is curiously wary of Councilor Dal, probably because he’s also engaged in the same shadow conflict of influence within the Order, and she doesn’t trust him as much as Undien. Sifiss and Buchic she likely tampers with slightly, but there isn’t substantial overlap between the Spheres, nor does she have any vendetta against them.

    Odan did, quite curiously, make the mistake of assuming that Battlemaster Shartan was actually able to be manipulated with minimal effort, and that was swiftly stopped when Shartan invited her to a private training duel. No witnesses saw what happened, but Odan needed actual medical attention afterwards and we suspect that Odan had either been caught manipulating the student records to infiltrate his Sphere – possibly a trap set by Shartan – or utilizing the Conciliators in a similar manner.

    No one ever acknowledged what happened publicly, but Odan has gone out of her way to avoid Shartan and the Militant Order completely and treat them the same as she would the other Spheres which are off-limits. Her opinion on Councilor Palavola is minimal, both women get along, but they don’t usually interact beyond necessity.

    Regardless, Terena Odan is someone we should keep a close eye on. She’s intelligent, ruthless, and manipulative. She’s one of the largest reasons the Order is smashing their recruitment numbers every year, and it’s only a matter of time before she tries to bring her special brand of recruitment to the Empire. She should be considered firmly in the supporter camp of Grand Master Undien, and one of his most powerful allies.

    Despite being only moderately powerful in the Force, and carrying a single blue-colored lightsaber – which she clearly can’t utilize well – her strength is not in the physical realm. Do not underestimate this woman whatsoever.

    COUNCILOR PAALA TOCRUM, HIGH CONCILIATOR OF TYTHON: To say that Paala Tocrum is a troublesome individual would be an understatement. Best described as an opportunist, Tocrum has held very secretive and unknown roles throughout the Sphere of Conciliation and Reflection since he was initially brought to the Order.

    We were even unable to find out who his Master was, but shortly after being selected by an unknown Master, Tocrum was sent to Tython and was not heard from again for many years. Checking records during that period, there was no record of his arrival, or even that he was a student. There is a four-year gap where Paala Tocrum simply did not exist.

    He later emerged in a strange role that no one really knew how to describe. While he was officially called a ‘Conciliator,’ he did no actual conciliation or interaction with the Jedi that came to Tython. Nonetheless, he answered to the Council of Conciliation and fulfilled a very specialized role for them, based on information recovered and revealed to us through discussions with other Jedi and other parties, specifically:

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    the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight.

    Consider a significant portion of what is revealed here with caution as we still don’t know the full reasons for their assistance or how they are attempting to utilize us. However, considering the actions uncovered by this Sphere, I think we can assume that in this instance, at least, they are on our side.

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    We believe – based on this – that Tocrum operated as something of a ‘contact’ for various Jedi who utilized the more restricted services of the Conciliators. He met with Jedi Councilors, Masters, Knights, and heard what they had to say – or delivered messages of his own – and then returned to the Council of Conciliation to make his reports.

    On paper, Tocrum existed merely as another Conciliator, and the records clearly lie and state that he spent ten years on Tython when even the barest amount of research shows that this isn’t true whatsoever. He was moving throughout Alliance Space and the Jedi Order. He wasn’t just responsible for acting as a messenger, but he also directly involved himself as a sort of field operative for targeting other Padawans and Knights.

    There is little hard evidence, but we’ve found enough to suggest that Tocrum often underwent extensive physical changes for these operations which typically lasted three to five months, generally they seemed to involve befriending a Padawan and getting to know them – sometimes intimately – and making frequent reports to the Conciliators.

    What he would do depended on what he reported – and what his objective was. Sometimes it was observation, others it might be convincing them to speak to the Conciliators, or in cases as an assassin or saboteur where he and the Padawan would go on a mission and there would be tragic death. The character Tocrum played would cease to exist and he would return to Tython for his next assignment.

    At some point, he met High Diplomat Undien and likely served as a contact or fulfilled a request given to the Council of Conciliation. Either way, Undien took a direct interest in him and they began to talk more frequently. We have yet to determine what sort of agreement they reached, or if one was discussed at all, or even what the topic of discussion was, but several years later Tocrum was on the Council of Conciliation, and within another five he was the High Conciliator of Tython.

    We do not know what his actions were during this time, as he now had full control over Conciliator records and was not only managing these operations, but continuing to participate in them himself. This is speculation, but there is actually very little to suggest that Tocrum is no longer operating in the field.

    One reason for this speculation is his personal appearance – which actually changes regularly. He’s considered very vain for a Jedi, and most chalk it up to an un-Jedi-like sense of ego and superiority, but no one usually cares beyond it. Despite being well in his mid-sixties, he has the appearance of someone in his late twenties.

    A combination of the finest medical services in the galaxy, Force healing, genetic modification, gene therapy, plastic surgery, and cybernetics make it possible for Councilor Tocrum to look however he wants. He could very easily be mistaken for a HoloNet star currently, as his fair and unblemished skin, sparkling blue eyes, slicked-back black hair, and neatly trimmed beard showcase the epitome of class and refinement. He is known to irregularly attend high-society events with Undien and, by all accounts, is, and I quote: “a delight to speak to.”

    I imagine that when you read the description of what the Sphere does, it’s easy to stereotype and assume they are run by older gaunt and soulless humans, perhaps the dead-eyed umbarans or fearsome zabrak come to mind as well. It must be made clear that Tocrum is not the exception here. The face that the Sphere of Conciliation and Reflection gives to the galaxy is beautiful, distracting, and manipulative. It is made up of men and women of all ages, species, and appearances.

    Tocrum does not fit the profile of a politician or assassin, he’s sociable, easy to talk to, and conventionally attractive. To further drive home this point he is, by all accounts, happily married to Iilda Di’allis, a fellow Conciliator who similarly looks like a supermodel (and accompanies him whenever he goes on his trips with Undien). They have two children, one of which was adopted with the news shared to an adoring media crowd.

    All of this planned, and all to make you doubt that this man could ever be responsible for the disappearances of thousands of children or be behind the coverup of the sexual violence which is spreading through the Order.

    He is dangerous enough for this reason alone. By additional accounts, Tocrum quite enjoyed the work he did, and continues to engage in ‘hands-on’ activities within his Sphere. I would caution believing that he’s even fully on Undien’s side. The services the Conciliators perform for those who know about them are open to all, regardless of allegiance.

    But knowing Undien… Tocrum has no reason to turn on him, and they are notable allies on the Council. We don’t know fully what Tocrum has done as High Conciliator, but it is not out of the question to suggest that he’s expanded the black operations he was a part of, and possibly planted agents throughout the Order for his own purposes – more easily in some Spheres than others.

    We should also not ignore that Tocrum is savvy enough to be gathering every killing, every conversation, and every action as possible blackmail – he cannot be above using it, and if he’s taken the policy of selling it to other clients in the Order in exchange for favors… it could lead to things getting really bad, really quickly if the Order suddenly faces massive upheaval.

    His combat capabilities and Force abilities should be considered strong and active. We don’t know exactly what they would entail, but this man is likely dangerous beyond just his words. The only weapon he’s known to use is a single purple-bladed curved lightsaber, although he may utilize more conventional weapons and methods. In short, Paala Tocrum should be considered a significant threat to the Empire.

    This man is not a Jedi by any conventional or unconventional standard. If someone is comparable in their actions to a Sith and somehow worse, it is time to consider direct action.

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    That being said, considering the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight was responsible for a significant portion of the information we acquired, this problem may be solved sooner than later.

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    COUNCILOR VOL’MATEIL, HIGH ARBITER OF THE ORDER: It is said among the detractors of the Council of Law and Justice that the Jedi who inhabit the Sphere do not care about true justice, but the establishment of the Jedi as the sole legal authority of the galaxy. Councilor Vol’mateil is perhaps the reason – and manifestation – of this fear.

    A former slave taken from Ryloth, he was freed when a detachment of the Fist of the Jedi Order struck the slave compound, killed all the slavers, and freed those captured. Having been separated from his parents when captured, the young Mateil had nowhere to go, and one of the Jedi sensed that he had potential and brought him back for testing.

    Having been found to be strong in the Force, Mateil began training and distinguished himself as a gifted duelist, with most people expecting him to join the Militant Order. However, before any of that Sphere approached him, he was instead asked to be the apprentice of Cult’rasi’kilaon (Trasik), a chiss Justicar who talked with Mateil and convinced him that he would be able to do more good punishing criminals than being just another soldier in the Militant Order.

    Mateil spent at least three or four years being directly trained by Trasik in dueling and small-squad tactics. He participated in a significant amount of cross-training with the Militant Order – during one of these exercises he met a young Zevro Shartan as well, and the two of them became friends, which continues to last to this day.

    Once Trasik was satisfied, the two of them traveled to what was considered to be the most dangerous part of Coruscant at the time – Level 1313 – where street gangs and organized crime had taken over and were currently engaged in a ground war with each other. Coruscant security was outmatched and the Senate didn’t want to authorize direct military intervention since the violence was being contained to that single underground level.

    Trasik and Mateil went down alone with the sole intention of restoring order to that level. It did not take them long to find trouble, and the two Justicars carved through the petty criminals and minor ringleaders early on, sending the more valuable ones up to Coruscant Security for prosecution.

    A year passed and progress was being made, enough to where Coruscant Security felt like they could establish a needed presence in the level, something Mateil welcomed at first, and it appeared like significant progress was being made, as the citizens of the level were able to live and reopen their businesses without fear of shakedowns or threats.

    Unfortunately, Coruscant Security also demanded that the two Justicars adhere to the established rules and protocols for handling criminals and suspects. While they appreciated the help, “We don’t need vigilantes anymore, if you want to help, do it by the book.” I should additionally point out that until the last thirty years, standard Justicar policy was not to overstep the authority of law enforcement, but rather to only operate if there was no law whatsoever.

    Vol’mateil changed this policy. Trasik was going to follow protocol and leave, but Mateil was not going to allow their work to go to waste. He reportedly left quietly, and went to the stronghold of one of the three hutt-backed gangs that was quickly losing ground, found the second-in-command, and, after killing the hutt in charge, severed all of the limbs of the surviving leader and brought the screaming body back to the stunned Coruscant Security.

    The entire attack had claimed his left eye (which has since been replaced with a mechanical equivalent) and part of his right lekku, and his armor covered in blood and gore from the attack, he made what is described as a frightening sight. When they demanded to know what he’d done, he had responded roughly along the lines of ‘Your job.’ He then declared that he didn’t answer to them, and left, claiming he was going to finish the job.

    Trasik was apparently impressed enough by that action that he promoted Mateil to the rank of Knight on the spot. Both Knight and Master spent the remainder of the year, not moving on as originally planned, but finishing the job they had started, and, much to the annoyance of Coruscant Security, completely restored order to the level. By the end of it, neither of them bothered trying to keep survivors, knowing it would just lead to getting yelled at by security for ‘excessive damage.’

    Both Trasik and Mateil took some time off after their successful operation, which was commended personally by the Justicar Commander, and they both decided that the only way they would be able to put a complete stop to crime was to kill it at the source – or make everyone else terrified of trying to emulate them.

    Trasik would spend the next three years working from within the Justicars to use his influence to spread Mateil’s proposed policies – which the Justicar Commander approved trial implementations of, and the Justicars grew and began developing reputations on planets which had previously been crime-ridden.

    Mateil, at the same time, acquired degrees in criminology and psychology, and when he considered his education sufficient, he returned to the Justicars and chose an apprentice, Saudiel Cha-rasa, who he took with him on his future operations while drilling her constantly. The Justicars grew in reputation and skill, and Mateil made a point to get to know the leadership of the Militant Order – including Zevro Shartan who had similarly advanced through the ranks.

    When Mateil became Justicar Commander, he familiarized himself extensively with the workings of the remainder of the Sphere of Law and Justice, as he fully intended to reach the rank of Councilor one day, and had plans to further use the Sphere to terrorize and smash criminals within the Alliance and beyond it.

    Under his command, the Justicars grew extensively and the harsh and uncompromising measures of the Justicars ultimately resulted in a reduction in crime to nearly zero where Justicars operated – at the cost of the assistance and help of local law enforcement, which Mateil did not consider to be a significant loss.

    At some point as Justicar Commander, he was approached by Si-Wara-Yaden. What they discussed is unknown, but the two of them have been allied ever since that first meeting, and soon after, he was nominated to become High Arbiter. The result of his leadership has been a tightening of laws and regulations concerning the Jedi, a zero-compromise policy towards criminals and lawbreakers, a rejection of official Alliance rule and law, the further expansion of the Justicar division and the Sphere at large, and a deepening of connections between the Sphere of Law and Justice, and the Militant Order.

    Mateil has a notably low opinion of the Alliance, and believes it ineffective in solving and preventing actual crime. He considers the judicial system established by the Alliance to be a corrupt waste of time, and will order major criminals killed if they are wealthy, convinced that they will simply buy their way out of jail.

    He despises the Senate and politics in general, and has more than likely considered possible action against the more corrupt elements of government – which would backfire significantly, something Undien more than likely argued with him about. I suspect that in the unlikely event that Mateil runs out of criminals in the Outer Rim, the Senate will be his next target.

    He is, among certain sections of the HoloNet, one of the most criticized individuals within the Jedi Order for his actions and what have been called ‘sanctioned vigilante kill squads’ – a name that several Justicars have found amusing and sometimes leave notes on captured criminals before dropping them off to the effect of ‘courtesy of your local vigilante kill squad,’ which makes law enforcement sigh in exasperation.

    More than once, threats have been made to Justicars such as having them arrested for openly breaking the law, but as of now, these have never manifested into anything tangible. The civilian approval of Justicars is extremely high and no politician wants to back the arrest of someone who beats up criminals for free, regardless of if they follow the established law or not and turns entire parts of cities into full-blown warzones.

    It didn’t help these proposed cases when High Arbiter Mateil has publicly stated that he would stand with a Justicar that was arrested over political reasons – and for these individuals to remember what it was like before the Justicars began operating. Thus, no one has been brave enough to follow through in arresting a Justicar, and likely no one will unless they want to not only suffer execution in the court of public opinion, but likely be humiliated by the extensive resources of the Sphere of Law and Justice.

    Mateil is not politically active within the Order and ignores all internal politics, fraternities, and spats unless it directly relates to his job. His intense focus on the criminal element beyond the Order is likely why he hasn’t been working to handle situations like the Sphere of Conciliation and Reflection – although, since he remains a friend of Si-Wara-Yaden, this may be by design.

    He is also a good friend of Battlemaster Shartan, and they practice dueling against each other regularly. Aside from that, his relationships with other Councilors range from amicable – such as in the case of Councilor Palavola – to tense. He and Undien rarely agree on anything and Mateil distrusts him on account of being more of a politician than a Jedi, although, ironically, Mateil agrees with some of the tenets of Orthodoxy.

    Where the tenseness reaches a head is with Councilor Ritten. She and Mateil have had shouting matches that are said to have lasted hours, and both of them, if not outright hating each other, are so different in opinion that they rarely agree on anything. She considers him to be a lawless thug drunk on power and terror, and he considers her a naïve idiot who perpetuates the cycle of crime. Right now Mateil has not established any Justicar squads on planets where Ritten maintains relief clinics, but when it happens, I genuinely don’t know how long it will take before a Jedi is killed by another.

    However, it is likely the Council itself would step in before that is allowed to happen.

    Beyond the Council, he – along with a good percentage of others in the Sphere – is not tied to a fraternity. But examining his own psychological profile, history, and statements made, he would most likely affiliate with certain sections of Orthodoxy and Militant Order, although, if we are being completely honest, he would likely fit best in Force Ascendant – which is… concerning, even if it fits with what we know of him.

    The last thing I think the Alliance wants is the Jedi controlling everything.

    Outside of his work, Mateil is married to Sil’nulistin – a Jedi Conciliator of all things – but one of the genuine ones from what we were able to find. They are reportedly trying to have children, but have none so far.

    As far as capabilities, Mateil is a skilled duelist, wielding a single blue lightsaber, and has proficiency in small-scale usages of the Force, having since cross-trained extensively with the Militant Order and even the Sages. He will still occasionally go on a Justicar patrol – usually after a particularly long Council meeting or a prolonged argument with Councilor Ritten.

    But all things considered, this is one of the most effective and friendly Jedi in the Order – from an Imperial perspective. If more took the initiative and interest in stamping out the criminal filth, the galaxy would be a better place. If given the opportunity to support the work of the Justicars, we should take it, as well as perhaps working to adopt their methods. The Imperial Knights could perhaps use some expansion in the future, and I’m certain that Mateil would be happy to assist in its development.

    He does not pose a threat to the Empire, on that we are certain.

    COUNCILOR SI-WARA-YADEN, THE ETERNAL WATCHER: I’ll save everyone some time:

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    To be completely clear from the start, we know very little about the origin and training of Si-Wara-Yaden. We know that he’s a cerean with fair skin, no hair of any kind (facial or otherwise), and that he’s exceptionally tall, even for one of his species (estimated to be well over two meters). As far as we know, he has no family or wives, though he could very easily hide that from us.

    What we do know is that he has been aware of our operation – if not from the beginning, then pretty soon after. As discussed in the section on the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight, we believe that the Councilor himself spoke to an Inquisitor without being detected, and it’s not out of the question that he did the same to others.

    Some of that information he gave us, and what we were led to, was on himself.

    We suspect that he was originally a Jedi Shadow, or, considering his clear telepathic abilities, one of the Minder Company. Possibly both depending on his age. At some point, he likely held a seat on the Shadow Council before being promoted to Councilor. Whatever the case, one of the clearest ways we can build a profile on him is to look at his actions on the Council.

    Si-Wara-Yaden is one of the most enigmatic figures on the Jedi Council, and aligned with no particular side, individual, or fraternity. He rarely participates in internal Council debate, nor gives reasons for his decisions. None of the Council truly know him well outside of Councilor Mateil – whose Sphere works closely with his own – and oddly enough, Councilor Palavola.

    With that said, he is one of the most influential votes on the Council because it’s very well-known that the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight definitely watches the Order as well as beyond it, and they have the legal authority to begin the removal of Councilors. There is a reason the Councilors for the Sphere of Law and Justice, and the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight vote almost in unison.

    One notable break in this tradition is that Si-Wara-Yaden abstained from confirming Undien as Grand Master while Councilor Mateil voted to confirm. As usual, he didn’t give a reason, but anyone even remotely reading into it sees that as a sign that the Eternal Watcher does not support the current direction the Order is going.

    Undien was reportedly very concerned he was unable to secure Councilor Yaden’s vote – and having one of the most uncontrollable Spheres even ambivalent to you is a really bad sign. Considering it appears Si-Wara-Yaden has been conducting a long and thorough investigation of the Jedi Order itself – this fear is justified.

    To what end he is acting towards is unknown. We have no stance on his political or personal beliefs, but it’s likely that he is aiming towards a systemic purge of the Jedi Order, which centers around Undien, Dal, Odan, and, of course, the entirety of the Sphere of Conciliation and Reflection. If he has brought the Sphere of Law and Justice into this possible operation is unknown.

    There is also evidence to suggest that Si-Wara-Yaden is conducting additional – and possibly unsanctioned (for whatever that matters to these Jedi) – investigations into other Councilors and their power bases. Councilors Sifiss and Buchic in particular seem to have been targeted by the Sphere for unknown reasons, although their recent promotions to the Council and their tentative connections to Undien may be enough.

    It is possible – but unlikely – that this is leading to a purge based not on removing the corrupt elements of the Order, but as a way for the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight – or possibly the Shadow Council – to take control of the Jedi Order fully and utilize it for their own goals. We simply do not know enough about the Jedi involved to say what they want to achieve.

    Si-Wara-Yaden is very likely one of the most powerful Jedi in the entire Order. Based on observations, he is likely a master telepath and user of the infamous Mind Trick, as well as illusion. He can suppress his own aura, and probably has extensive intelligence experience that we’ll likely not be able to confirm. He does carry a double-bladed lightsaber of an unknown color, and it should be assumed that he knows how to use it.

    Nonetheless, the fact remains that he was aware of our operation – and decided to let it continue. We have to assume it was because it was more useful to him if we were allowed to operate freely than the alternative. We’re benefiting him in some way, and we see no way to reestablish an operation that will not be eventually detected by the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight.

    It also tells us that Si-Wara-Yaden does not consider us – or by extension, the Empire – to be something to be concerned about. Otherwise, he would have dealt with us in a more permanent way.

    We should treat him – and the entire Sphere – with great caution.

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    xabiar Jedi Youngling

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    Jun 17, 2019
    THE CENTER SPHERE OF THE JEDI COUNCIL

    COUNCILOR MARATASHI VIN, HIGH MEDIATOR OF THE JEDI ORDER: It speaks to the sheer gall that Undien has that he nominated an iktotchi to serve as the Councilor of the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation. Let us ignore for the moment that she comes from a race of telepaths that are supposedly precognitive on their homeworld – an extensive look into her past shows that Undien and Vin have very clear plans for the future of the Order – and let us say that the implications are disturbing for those wary of the growing Jedi influence within the Alliance.

    Maratashi Vin was part of a program or arrangement – likely through the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation – which managed and sold off iktotchi children to political and criminal organizations. Their telepathic capabilities make them highly desirable for obvious reasons, and the Jedi are no exception. She had no parents she knew of, and as an infant, she was sold to a company which turned out to be an AIS front who, in turn, sent her to a contact within the Jedi Order.

    However, Maratashi Vin did not receive the same training and instruction most Jedi received. She was raised on Coruscant – along with six other iktotchi and falleen Force-sensitive children – directly by High Mediator Undien and several other unidentified members of the Sphere. Their training consisted of utilizing their telepathic and pheromone capabilities respectively, developing their social skills at extremely young ages and utilizing the Force to fog the minds of others, confuse them, or protect them when in danger.

    Records on what happened to them during their teenage years become difficult to find, but we suspect that they were moved to the Nudge Team and spent no less than five years working to fulfill whatever objectives they had been given. It shouldn’t come as a massive surprise, but when they reached adulthood, the AIS became actively involved in their development, and Maratashi Vin spent another four years directly training with AIS agents under the name ‘Alysia Zor.’ If we assume she took what is known about AIS training, we should assume she was taught infiltration, assassination, seduction, and, as the AIS has a dedicated iktotchi field agent program, whatever is involved in that.

    When that was completed, she returned to Coruscant and Undien took her as his Padawan and began ‘formal’ training within the Diplomatic Corps. They had most likely been speaking to each other for years prior, or, at minimum, she reported to him, so this was less of a surprise development and more a culmination of years of investment.

    Given Undien had become at that point one of the most powerful political figures in the Alliance, perhaps he thought that he could begin bringing along iktotchi and making them acceptable in the political circles he frequented. Vin proved to be every bit as charming and agreeable as her Master, while retaining the shrewd and manipulative skills she had been trained in her whole life.

    She didn’t start out big, but spent time working with minor senators and local government officials to improve their careers. Over several decades, she worked her way out of Undien’s shadow – much to his delight – and became a political powerhouse in her own right. She had an uncanny talent to resolve any dispute, and, quite curiously, no one found her telepathic abilities that problematic since she, of course, would never be so brazen as to use them openly.

    People usually become relieved when they learn that iktotchi can’t actually control minds, as that is an old urban legend. It was usually one of the first fears Vin confronted and erased, since that was always a stickling point between those hesitant to meet her. Everyone seems to forget that iktotchi can read minds though, and only Force-users can tell if they are being passively read by them, and only those resistant to mind tricks can scramble the telepathic connection.

    Normally, iktotchi telepathy is only actually useful if there are one to two people around. Any more than that and it becomes overwhelming to the iktotchi and they automatically begin filtering it out. But also consider that Vin had been raised from birth to utilize her ability, and likely has the capability to read multiple minds at once while filtering everything else out.

    She’s amassed thousands of detailed documents and dossiers on many officials and senators in the Alliance – although, notably, many of the more powerful senators know better than to meet with her without taking precautions, but most people are fooled by her charming personality, reassurances, and deep connections. She’ll get to know new and old politicians and the politically ambitious, as well as their rivals or opponents, and spend several hours maintaining conversation while telepathically learning their secrets. Secrets she then passes on to the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation for them to distribute to the Diplomatic Corps, PCS, and the Nudge Team to utilize as they see fit.

    The political elite still don’t like her, but have begun to see that she’s gained far too much influence to simply dismiss or ignore. Having been elevated to the position of Councilor now forces them to deal with her, and in response, some have begun making demands of their meetings, ironically involving Force-suppression technology which they appear to have forgotten is not the source of iktotchi telepathy. Some of the more intelligent have hired iktotchi of their own or taken mental defense classes.

    Yet most notably, after speaking with her, many who were skeptical have begun to warm to the High Mediator, which I’m sure is a not concerning at all and a natural result of them sharing so many common interests. Undien knew exactly what he was doing, and now that she has access to all of his connections, she is likely the most well-connected Jedi within the entire Order besides the Grand Master himself.

    Furthermore, it is an extremely devious political move of obscuring and deflection on Undien’s part. Now that Vin is the established face of the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation, everyone is focused on her and the impact an iktotchi will have on politics. There is less attention paid to the hundreds of other operations the Sphere is conducting, and this also fails to take into account that Undien is still very much active in politics – and those who are hesitant to deal with an iktotchi will be more than happy to speak to one of the most respected Jedi Diplomats in history. And since he cannot read minds, he is obviously nowhere near as dangerous.

    Idiots. Everyone Vin does not sway to her side will be picked up gratefully by Undien and the fools will believe that they are still in control. If this staggeringly shortsighted incompetence within the Senate doesn’t change, it will be half a century at most before the Senate is directed by the Jedi and AIS – the result of a competence and efficiency that cannot help but be admired. The Jedi are playing their hand well, but it remains to be seen if allowing it to continue is within Imperial interests.

    Returning to Vin, she is, unsurprisingly, loyal to Undien and shares his vision for the Jedi and Alliance. Notably, their only difference is in their own philosophies, Councilor Vin is a staunch Moderate as opposed to Undien’s Orthodoxy, probably revolving around the fact that her own political style is centered around compromise and centrism.

    She maintains good working relationships with every member of the Council, one of the few who can claim such, and works to assist their Spheres when applicable – making her a familiar and welcome face within the Order. That she’s maintained a neutral stance within internal Order politics for the most part has turned out in her favor, even if she is very obviously a supporter of Undien, though she was reportedly concerned by the resignation of Daniel Skywalker, and has spoken to him several times since his resignation, the context of which we are ignorant of.

    This brings up a notably interesting point. Everything points to Councilor Vin being an installed and groomed puppet of Undien, but regardless of if that was intended or not, we are not fully confident that is the case. That she supports Undien is notable, but not unique. In fact, she diverges from him in his political stances quite significantly compared to some of his other supporters, and seems genuinely staunch in them. This could very well be a front, and given her background, it would be possible – but it’s equally possible that Vin does not want to be Undien and intentionally separates herself from him. She may share his ultimate goals, but she doesn’t want to remain in his shadow.

    Something to observe, and it is for this reason that she shouldn’t be marked as a direct threat – yet. Much like Undien, she is focused on significant Alliance reformation and influence cultivation. She doesn’t have significant feelings towards the Empire, and it’s unlikely she would sanction action against us if we maintain the status quo.

    She should be ranked as more dangerous than Undien due to her AIS training and work within the Nudge Team. She reportedly carries two lightsabers, one yellow-bladed one she displays publicly, and another hidden within her robes as a backup which is also presumably yellow, as these supposedly can be joined to form a double-bladed saber. This would imply that she is trained in single, dual-wielding, and double-bladed saber combat (again, assuming the lightsabers she carries can be connected) – a lethal combination if true.

    But ultimately, Vin is ironically more of a danger to the Senate and status quo of the Alliance than us. Be careful when dealing with her, and ensure she is monitored – and remind agents that iktotchi telepathy is separate from the Force. We’re not going to make the same mistakes these idiot senators are committing right now.

    COUNCILOR ZEVRO SHARTAN, BATTLEMASTER OF THE JEDI ORDER: Zevro Shartan is a warrior, coming from a family of warriors. A direct descendant of Javian Shartan, one of the architects of the modern Jedi Order, all of his descendants since then have worked to build upon and improve his legacy, which has forged the Shartan Dynasty into one of renown and respect, especially within the Sphere of the Militant Order.

    Shartan was handling live sabers before he officially became a Padawan, and being drilled and trained in strategy and tactics while most other initiates were working through basic school. Shartan had a goal from the beginning to become the Battlemaster of the Order, and pushed himself hard to acquire it.

    Unsurprisingly, he was selected to be a Padawan from an extremely young age to train under the Sentinel-Commander along with three other extensively talented apprentices. Little of extreme note took place during his training, but Shartan distinguished himself by being an exceptionally skilled duelist and quickly adapting Djem So (Form V) as his preferred lightsaber form during training, allowing him to easily defeat many of his peers and even give the dueling instructors trouble. He eventually mastered all of the standard lightsaber forms to eventually learn Vaapad (Form VII), which has given him a major advantage in combat – specifically against melee opponents.

    Upon his ascension to the rank of a full Sentinel, he specifically requested to be transferred to the edges of Alliance Space, where there was frequent criminal and pirate activity. After successfully dismantling three pirate cells and smashing the power base of one of the minor warlords of the Outer Rim together with his Sentinel subordinates, he eventually returned to the Core where he was offered the opportunity to be put into cross-training programs with other Divisions within the Sphere.

    The following decade saw Shartan perform a mixture of training and operation participation with the Battle-Sages and Jedi Wardens, and he has become one of the few Jedi to master each discipline of combat – while also taking a far more direct interest in investing in the Army of the Jedi and greatly increasing the amount of cooperation between the Militant Order and Alliance military.

    His friendship with Vol’mateil also helped inspire the direction he wanted to take with the Order, and having come from a family that historically had connections to the Alliance, he was especially invested in their mutual success, believing that the success of the Alliance furthered the success of the Jedi – and vice versa.

    Eventually, he took an unknown leadership role within the Fist of the Order and began greatly expanding the unit. Everyone he considered a valuable asset he pulled into the Fist and began his minor war against the criminal syndicates and the lawless frontier of the Outer Rim. Attacks from the Fist became more common, destructive, and brutal. Shartan is responsible for no fewer than fifty high-profile criminal kills, which include the hutts, Black Sun, bounty hunters, and outcast Mandalorians.

    He targeted slaving and drug operations in particular, and developed something of a flair for the dramatic as he operated. He was very much in favor of letting everyone know the Jedi were behind these attacks, and had a habit of leaving fatally crippled thugs alive to send a message to their superiors – or sometimes posting bootlegged video of the attacks on the HoloNet, which he knew the Cartels in particular watched.

    There was open concern that Shartan was at risk for falling to the dark side with how aggressive he acted towards the criminals in the Outer Rim, which Shartan largely ignored and dismissed as a political attack. The Jedi within the Militant Order have long been sent whispers of distrust from others in the Order, and are used to the barrage, knowing that they are ultimately who the others will hide behind should war come.

    Shartan in particular fought back against this accusation by sending his detractors long and detailed reports on the drug plants, child slaving and sex rings, and torturers of the criminal syndicates and daring anyone to actually defend the rights of those monsters. This was enough to quiet his critics, although there is concern for the distinct lack of empathy he displays to his opponents.

    He is best classified as, ironically, an imperialist. Ever since ascending to the rank of Battlemaster he has been working towards the ultimate conquest of the galaxy for the Galactic Alliance. More and more squads of the Militant Order are being deployed – not enough to force the syndicates to ally, but to weaken their operations and soften them for the ultimate invasion.

    Make no mistake, Shartan is planning this in conjunction with the highest levels of the Alliance military. War games with the Militant Order and Alliance Military are conducted on a weekly basis, and joint Fist-Alliance Special Forces operations have become a regular occurance. The Army of the Jedi has quadrupled in size, given extensive support by Odan and Undien whose ultimate goals of Alliance expansion line up with Shartan’s.

    While he has largely been focused on the criminal element of the Outer Rim, he is also turning more of his attention to the Mandalorians, who he views as a growing and uncontrolled threat. Despite the Mandalorian Union reaching out in a rare move of diplomacy and informing the Galactic Alliance that Tlon Fett was behind the growing number of raids in Alliance Space, that they still continue has drawn his ire and he is becoming more and more frustrated with the Mandalorian Union’s refusal to assist the Alliance and Jedi.

    At this point, where Fett has gone unchallenged for years and established a lethal power base, Shartan is reportedly wondering just how committed the Union is to actually hunting the Warlord down. It may be only a matter of time before the Militant Order turns their power towards the Mandalorians as Shartan has begun conducting extensive research on the Union – and, in particular, Mandalore Javen’Panlie.

    The reported plan is to soon issue an ultimatum to the Union regarding Fett, and if they refuse to participate, the subjugation of the Union will begin after Fett is dealt with. While the Mandalorians are extremely dangerous – more than they should be for their size – their chances of surviving against only the Militant Order are… low. If it is done in conjunction with the rest of the Jedi Order and Galactic Alliance, it will be a massacre – to say nothing of the Imperium joining the fight as a member of the Triumvirate.

    A discussion for another section. But Shartan is not planning to ignore the Mandalorians in his quest to bring the untamed galaxy under the control of the Alliance. Make no mistake – this is either the second or third most powerful and dangerous Jedi in the entire Order. This man has survived one hundred and thirty-six assassination attempts. The outstanding bounty on his head is over one billion credits. His body count is in the tens of thousands, and the monetary damage he has inflicted on the cartels and syndicates is estimated to be in the tens of billions.

    He has been described in combat as being impossible to kill. In addition to Vaapad, he’s also a master of Soresu (Form III) and has faced entire trained and untrained armies at once. One of his most famous encounters was when he singlehandedly invaded the stronghold of a Black Sun Vigo.

    The Vigos have the best security money can buy. It doesn’t matter against the Battlemaster of the Jedi Order. The automated security was crumpled into wrecks of bent durasteel and fried circuits; blaster bolts were deflected with mere gestures or sent back to their source by the swing of a lightsaber. The four echani bodyguards succumbed to Shartan’s blood-red blade as he cut them down one by one, using telekinesis in conjunction with his lightsaber as he crushed skulls and bones, while dissecting some of the most dangerous martial artists in the galaxy with seemingly no effort.

    Shartan wields the same blade that Javian Shartan took from the Master of the Knights of Ren, a family heirloom that has been passed down. A crossguard lightsaber, the red crystal remains unchanged, despite the Order’s injunction against red lightsabers. He has crafted his own weapon, a single-bladed saber with a green crystal. In fact, he has crafted multiple different sabers of all types to train with, and is familiar with a large assortment of ranged weapons as well.

    In combat, he wears matte-black body armor which we suspect is based off elements of Mandalorian and Alliance Special Forces design. It is strong enough to survive a blast from a starfighter, is likely made from Mandalorian iron and reinforced with a cortosis-weave. An eyeless helmet covers his face, colored the same black as the rest of his suit, and a billowing black cape falls from his shoulders bearing the symbol of the Militant Order, which is similarly emblazoned on his shoulder pauldrons.

    Combined with his unique red lightsaber and two-meter height, Shartan cuts an imposing visage. One would be forgiven for wondering if he was a Sith at first glance – a comparison he finds amusing.

    In short, every soldier in the Alliance looks upon him like some kind of deity, the criminal syndicates and hutts are terrified of him, and I suspect even the Mandalorians are wary of making him their enemy. Our own analysis indicates that he could likely fight anyone within the Imperial Knights – including the Emperor’s Wrath – and win. His greatest weaknesses are utilization of more large-scale Force abilities – the Maw is best equipped to handle someone like Shartan, but to assume that he wouldn’t prepare for that is laughable.

    Fortunately, he is a notable ally of the Imperial Knights and in recent months has made contact with the Knight-Commander to establish a more permanent and open relationship – much to the protest of many of the Jedi Council. Based on what has been revealed to us, Shartan wants to increase cross-training and war games between the Knights and the Militant Order – and be involved in more operations in the Outer Rim.

    On this note, we should move on to his own reputation within the Jedi Order which is decidedly more complicated.

    Zevro Shartan hates politics and all forms of backroom talk – that does not mean he is ignorant of how they work or take place, something many in the Order have found out the hard way. Shartan knows full well how the political games are played – he just refuses to take part whatsoever and will decisively act against anyone idiotic enough to try and entangle him in a political trap.

    He finds Undien, Dal, Odan, and Vin to be politicians more interested in advancing their own agendas and influence within the Order than actually working to improve it (most effectively demonstrated when he abstained from approving Undien’s ascension to Grand Master), although he has begrudgingly admitted that Undien at least has a similar ultimate goal for the Order.

    Unfortunately, his relationships to all of those names above soured further when Terena Odan made the mistake of trying to subvert his Sphere through the Conciliators, prompting Shartan to cause serious injury to her, and resulted in weeding out each Conciliator which performed work for her and having Mateil try them before the High Tribunal, and the resulting scandal was enough for them to be executed – since Shartan never ordered further investigations, there was likely some panic as all of the Councilors tied up in the Sphere tried to cover their tracks.

    He has gone on record to High Conciliator Tocrum that if he ever learned that one of the Conciliators was talking to any of his soldiers without his express permission, he would have him arrested and taken before the High Tribunal. Suffice to say, no one has dared tamper with the Militant Order as long as Shartan has been Battlemaster.

    His relationships with the rest of the Council are more typical. He and Ritten have never gotten along and they agreed early on that debating was a pointless waste of time and have actually come to some agreements, and he provides her with protection in some of the more dangerous regions – while pointing out the absurdity of her Sphere refusing to defend themselves. He also does not provide any sort of protection to clinics that service criminals.

    He’s good friends with Councilor Mateil and Si-Wara-Yaden, the former having met many years ago when they were still training. They see eye to eye on many subjects and as a result, their Spheres are extremely interconnected. He also respects Councilor Palavola, although he doesn’t go out of his way to be friendly to her.

    Despite his aversion to politics, Shartan is the appointed leader of the United Alliance fraternity and is responsible for forming a power bloc with both the Separatists and (unsurprisingly) Militant Order fraternities – though how he managed to do that is still unknown and we can add ‘diplomacy’ to his résumé of talents. It’s likely his laser-focused vision and charisma is what is keeping this bloc together, although he has openly stated that he does not consider the fraternities important other than for like-minded individuals to debate and discuss their worldview together.

    Shartan is mostly dismissive to ambivalent towards the other fraternities. Traditionalists and Isolationists he has openly mocked for their ‘regressive views,’ and Orthodoxy he finds amusing to see the spread of, and has made several comments about how the Orthodox way of thinking certainly worked out for the Jedi of the Old Republic.

    Add ‘sarcasm’ to his list of talents.

    He is married to a man named Quialis Kal – a dathomirian of all things – and they have three adopted children – two boys and one girl, all of whom are already being trained. Quialis is a Battle-Sage who later joined the Fist of the Order, and both of them have participated on combat operations together – their time spent together in the Fist what originally started their relationship.

    In short, Zevro Shartan is an extremely dangerous Jedi and we’d do best to keep him as in ally. Pity those who earn his ire, because he certainly will have none for them.

    COUNCILOR SARESH PALAVOLA, WILL OF THE LIVING FORCE: Please refer to document F-D-JO-0045 for the full and compiled dossier on Councilor Saresh Palavola. This will cover the major aspects, and to save our Emperor some time:

    [THE FOLLOWING SECTION HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED BLUE-5 BY ORDER OF SOVEREIGN PELLAEON]​

    [Eyes only: Compiler Quinn: Refrain from assuming what I will and will not classify. I can decide that perfectly fine for myself. The fact that you’re correct in this instance does not change it. Do not do so again. -His Imperial Majesty]

    Councilor Saresh Palavola is often considered the most powerful Jedi to exist within the modern Order. A red-skinned zabrak, she was raised as an infant within the Order. Extremely gifted with the Force, she was destined to join the Sphere of the Living Force. In truth, Palavola’s background and training is not really relevant, suffice to say that she mastered both Force healing and the full powers of the Sages.

    Despite her power, she has rarely ventured out publicly into the galaxy and spends the majority of her days on Belsavis in meditation and communion with the supposed ‘Living Force.’ Or so everyone believes, and what we’ve found is enough to state that this is a laughable concept and nowhere near reflecting reality. But first, we should address the times she has ventured from the Temple of the Living Force.

    She’s made multiple trips into Wild Space, the Outer Rim, and even the terminus separating us from the dark side of the galaxy. Most of the planets she’s visited are unnamed, abandoned, or otherwise have little to no presence from anyone else. The one exception to this was Rakata Prime (formerly Lehon), which she explored before the Mandalorians recently acquired it from the Alliance.

    She stayed on Rakata Prime for a solid week and finally returned to her ship with an… extensive collection of odd artifacts and relics that the Maw has confirmed are definitely relics of the Infinite Empire. If you’re familiar at all with Rakata Prime, this should raise significant alarm bells as the planet was supposedly stripped of usable rakatan tech thousands of years ago.

    They clearly didn’t find everything. It also begs the question of how she was able to find it at all.

    It wasn’t the first time she’s returned with artifacts, she usually finds at least one or two, all of which are from precursor civilizations. Sometimes rakatan, sometimes gree, sometimes from the Eternal Empire, others have no comparable or identifiable characteristic.

    In rare cases, she’s encountered pirate gangs and our agents have witnessed her stand without moving a muscle as the pirates turn on each other, suffer intense bouts of insanity and in some cases, it seems as though she takes control of them like puppets. She has an unsettling smile on her face whenever she is in combat; it’s been described as ‘chilling’ and ‘unnatural’ like it doesn’t quite fit her face.

    One of her more impressive feats involved turning an entire gamorrean mercenary clan into smears of flesh and viscera with a clenched hand, and she seems to like to utilize telekinesis against those who attack her. Armor doesn’t do you much good when it can be bypassed – or worse, turned into a prison.

    Despite carrying a lightsaber, she has never once activated it in combat that we have seen. One of her more infamous… incidents, if we want to use that term, was when someone had hired a hit squad against her. We’re not sure why, and no one was actually around to witness the actual attack. But the aftermath was notably unsettling (see the Palavola incident report for more details).

    Every single one of the sixteen attackers were found dead, with no obvious cause, and an expression of sheer terror on their faces. The coroners were baffled, and when pressed for an explanation, Councilor Palavola had simply responded with: “They became one with the Force.”

    The Maw is unable to find any kind of Force ability that could reproduce this. Their closest guess was a mass telepathic attack that killed them through fear. Sith Sorcery was also considered, but examples of that often involve self-harm of victims (gouging out of eyes, self-mutilation, cutting, suicide, etc.) and don’t cause instant death like this.

    A notably non-Jedi ability. I can’t imagine many would approve.

    There is an accepted reason for why Councilor Palavola rarely ventures out in public. She’s powerful enough in the Force to where she has an ‘aura,’ for lack of a better word, around her. This essentially fogs the minds of non-Jedi and makes them extremely susceptible to suggestions from anyone not under her spell. It is powerful enough that it’s unwise for Initiates, Padawans, and even some Knights to be around her if they can’t protect their minds.

    This is obviously something she wishes to avoid, and thus, stays out of the public. As far as the Jedi Council goes, she has largely ambivalent relationships with everyone on it, and rarely speaks or involves herself in debate, spending the majority of her time in her chambers, Belsavis, or on her unexplained trips through the galaxy.

    However, the times when she does directly intervene or make her stance known, everyone takes notice. She’s viewed with no small part of trepidation by some members of the Council, particularly Undien, Vin, and Odan, largely because she is unpredictable and her motives and agenda are not publicly known, nor does she bother playing the political games within the Order. So when Palavola was the fourth abstention when electing Undien to Grand Master, and that it was in conjunction with Si-Wara-Yaden, I suspect that the new Grand Master is uneasy at how little support he has within some of the most crucial Spheres in the Jedi Order.

    This covers most things that are more or less public knowledge, and not too surprising.

    Let us get into the more obscure and troubling parts of the mystery surrounding Councilor Palavola.

    First and foremost, she has held the position of Councilor for over one hundred years. She is responsible for all aspects of its modern incarnation and her physical appearance in no way actually reflects her true age, which we have no actual figure on. We suspect she’s at least two hundred years old (which would make her one of the oldest zabrak’s on record), but have no actual proof for this.

    There is also an extremely odd relationship between Councilor Palavola and the Extensions of the Will. As noted earlier, they report to the Council of the Eternal Force or Councilor Palavola, and based on what we have seen, they primarily report to the latter. Each one has always spoken to her in private, but we were able to hear a conversation one time.

    It was not in Basic. Nor was it in any other commonly spoken galactic language. Imperial Intelligence has suspected it was some kind of old dead language not recorded, or even possibly one Palavola had created herself. We actually did learn the language, though only after an incident which could very well have compromised our entire operation here again.

    We had attempted to penetrate the Temple of the Living Force on Belsavis, and one of the Empire’s Hands did manage to access the lower levels, and what she saw made a significant amount of pieces fall into place – and raised significantly more questions than answers. All of the artifacts Palavola (and possibly others of her Sphere) had collected were stored in the old prisons and vaults of Belsavis, which the Sphere of the Living Force has mapped out a surprising amount of.

    In retrospect, I am positive the only reason we were actually able to penetrate that far inside was because they wanted us to penetrate. Inquisitor Christiaens eventually made her way into a large stone chamber which Councilor Palavola was currently standing in and having a conversation with a holographic figure.

    Who just so happened to be the Madman himself – Xabiar.

    What Councilor Saresh Palavola is doing with that terrorist we still don’t know, nor do I think we will actually ever find out. We did multiple checks, and it’s not like he keeps his face hidden for his stunts. It was him, and he was conversing with Palavola in that same language.

    Naturally, Christiaens had the sensible urge to get out of there as quickly as possible, but lost her way in the prisons for a short while. Likely intentionally, and by the time she reached the ‘exit’ she was frozen in stasis by the Councilor herself. Christiaens described the effect of Palavola as overwhelming and powerful enough to shatter her own mental defenses.

    Palavola then spoke to her, in the same mysterious language as had been heard before, but the words were, as Christiaens described it, seared into her mind making it impossible to forget. The Maw finally got their hands on her to try and extract what the message was, and Palavola inexplicably let her go without retribution.

    The language that Palavola and her agents had been speaking was Rakatan.

    The message is as follows, translated by the Maw:

    “You stumble blindly, followers of the fallen Emperor. Through deception, disguise, and guile. Conventional methods by conventional mortals; such means are predictable; foolish against us. We know all your kind are doing; you infiltrate and watch. In service to a people you wish to keep safe and protected. But you are driven by fear; the unknown. You look to find reassurance and clarity among those who have brought order to the galaxy, and forged themselves anew through blood and fire.

    “Look upon them well, for their time is coming to a close. The galaxy fractures and darkens; chaos and war will rise as what has been built will collapse once more and the shadows will come to consume as they have before and will again. Your Empire, so strong and united, is beset by single shatterpoints. Everything built; everything you hope to achieve and control; it falls apart by the hand of a mortal; it collapses as easily as a human life; the mortal minds are weak, dominated by curiosity and primeval desire. Your kind will succumb to the hunger of the Black Heart; a consequence having tampered with things best left unknown.

    “This galaxy has stirred in unrest and boiled tension; ruled by the rioting slaves for tens of thousands of years. Building. Growing. Collapsing. Warring. Endless cycles. Endless war. The Dark rises, and the Light meets it. Cycles of Light and Dark; reigns of Sith and Jedi; unending conquests of Republics and Empires. War and peace. Over and over.

    “You have learned nothing. You have failed.

    “A chance to ascend has been spat upon, and will soon be lost forever. The reign of pitiful slaves is ending, for the Awakening begins anew. The Formless rise, and they shall once more face the might of the Infinite. The Elder shall come to assimilate and prune the rot which has set in the galaxy.

    “The galaxy you have believed to be yours will return to the true masters; for the mortal has failed once more to comprehend the Infinite. Return to your Emperor. Return to your seat of power, and assume control of fate, for the chance of ascension has grown slim. Carry on with your mission; for it is meaningless to us when you walk among the living dead.”

    We can only speculate as to what Palavola – or whatever was possessing her – meant by all of this. That is for the Sovereigns and Imperial Knights to decide, and with that stated, there is one plausible theory that we have come to, regarding the situation Palavola is in.

    We understand how rakatan mind prisons work, it’s extremely likely that Palavola opened one and there is a rakatan inside her head now. It would explain how she is able to recover artifacts and know worlds which everyone else has overlooked and forgotten, use strange and unknown Force powers, and how she can fluently speak the language of a dead species.

    Clearly, she – or the thing inside her – is expecting extreme galactic upheaval. The references to the Infinite almost certainly refer to the Rakatan Infinite Empire, though I find an actual resurgence unlikely. However, considering that Palavola has been going around and collecting hundreds of mind prisons, the rakatans could feasibly return to the galaxy from a certain point of view.

    It is apparent that – if true – the Extensions of the Will are also under the control of freed rakatans.

    If Palavola was being literal, and if she, by some miracle, found an intact rakatan genome or an actual clone, we could be looking at some kind of galactic catastrophe here. And the fact that they are spending a significant amount of time on Belsavis – which I will remind you was a rakatan prison world which has never been fully explored – this is uncomfortably more likely than we would like to believe.

    Remember Rakata Prime? Palavola hasn’t actually stopped going there. The Mandalorians control the planet, but we have observed her make no fewer than three visits and each time she converses with the Mandalorians there – in Rakatan. She somehow has managed to compromise the Mandalorians on Rakata Prime – who are apparently still making reports back to Mandalore and sound completely normal – we’ve spent enough time observing to know that the rakatans in their heads (again, assuming this is true) are good a mimicking them.

    What Palavola is doing on Rakata Prime is unknown, but it can’t be good.

    No idea on what the ‘Formless’ or ‘Elder’ could be. The Maw is actively collecting more intel on the Infinite Empire to try and learn more about them, but we’re not sure it will actually provide answers. Palavola has not made any additional attempts to stop or speak to us again, but it’s clear that she knows we are watching and doesn’t care.

    We were tempted to just forward all of this to someone on the Council, or Republic, or someone. But all of us are concerned that this could very well start the upheaval Palavola spoke about. The revelation that hundreds of Jedi may have had their minds replaced by precursor aliens who once ruled the galaxy would not go over well in any situation.

    Such a decision, if any should be made, will rest with the Sovereigns.

    We might simply be better off following the words of the Councilor. While she could very well have been lying, there is too much we’ve seen to believe that everything that was said isn’t true. Perhaps we should focus on who is connected to her. Xabiar is somehow tied up in all of this too, and that is a fact that should make all of us worried.

    Maybe there is a legitimate reason for why the chiss have refused to extradite him. Perhaps they know something we don’t.

    The question then becomes, why they don’t tell us?

    Considering what we know now, we have collectively made the tentative recommendation that the Imperial Knights reach out directly to Palavola and perhaps make an effort to directly learn what is actually going on. She knows that we know now, and it doesn’t hurt us to try and learn about a possible galactic cataclysm.

    In all other areas, give anyone related to the Sphere of the Living Force a wide, wide berth.

    And not that it really matters now, but Councilor Palavola is also the founder and leader of the Force Ascendant fraternity. Why the most powerful Jedi in the Order is leading a fraternity that wants to have Jedi control the Alliance, is a question that no one has yet been brave enough to ask.

    Palavola’s title is ‘Will of the Living Force.’ All I can say to that is if she is the will of the Force, then the Force is a lot more malevolent than most people think.

    [SECTION CLASSIFICATION ENDS HERE]​

    COUNCILOR UNDIEN, GRAND MASTER OF THE JEDI ORDER: Considering the previous Councilor, Undien is almost refreshingly normal. Or perhaps a better descriptor would be more mundane. He is, without question, one of the most influential Jedi to exist within the modern Jedi Order, and arguably has been the largest reason for the current influence the Jedi enjoy.

    Like Councilor Palavola, please refer to document F-D-JO-0033 for a comprehensive dossier on Undien, as this report will only cover the highlights.

    As a young Jedi, Undien was a very sociable and intelligent child who was taken to be the apprentice of a Jedi Diplomat. While he was learning the inner workings of the Galactic Senate, he befriended the son of the current President at the time during a tour. They became good friends and eventually the President took notice of the young Jedi with a budding interest in politics.

    Undien ultimately pursued something no Jedi had thought to before – following the path of a legitimate politician. At the blessing of the Order, Undien spent four years working at the highest levels of the Senate, learning the intricate game of politics, influence, and government as a protégé of the President.

    Undien caught on quickly, and he easily forged connections with some of the most powerful and influential senators in office, and couldn’t fathom why the Jedi hadn’t thought to invest themselves in this area of the Alliance. Where Jedi were typically turned off by politics, meetings, and procedures, Undien thrived in the environment of discussion, influence, and verbal sparring.

    Upon his ascension to Knighthood, Undien joined the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation with one singular goal in mind – to turn the Jedi Order into a major political power. But to do that, he needed to plan and strategize. He knew better than to expect to leverage his connections too soon, and exhaust all the political capital he had acquired in a few years.

    No, he needed to think in the long-term, and so he put forward a proposal to the small Sphere at the time. A proposal which would reorganize the Sphere into distinct theaters and specializations; leverage the political advantages Jedi possessed, and begin to grow their own influence into something real. While some of the older Masters were hesitant, Undien successfully convinced them to help support the plan.

    It started off very small, minor elections and representatives on backwater worlds the Jedi propelled to victory. Undien carefully leveraged his resources to bring in limited outside help to begin establishing political agencies, data mining teams, and fundraising organizers. Internally, the Sphere began recruiting and training, with Undien working tirelessly to establish strong ties to the AIS and dozens of universities across the galaxy.

    At the same time, he was still one of the most visible Jedi in the Senate, and still worked to maintain the relationships he had developed early in his career, maintaining them for the time he would need them one day while the political power base of the Jedi grew with no one else noticing.

    And over time, the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation grew to be one of the most important within the entire Jedi Order. Undien found allies and like-minded individuals throughout the Jedi Order, and leveraged his own political talents to shape the Order itself in ways that it couldn’t defend itself against – few originally cared to notice.

    The Jedi quietly became a powerful political entity over the slow and steady period of twenty years – all of which would not have been possible without Undien guiding it each step of the way. As described earlier, the Sphere of Diplomacy and mediation is a complicated political entity hidden and obfuscated behind dozens of donors, shell companies, business fronts, and mercenaries.

    Undien is pragmatic and unforgiving when he needs to be; he’s not a ‘good’ Jedi in the traditional sense. He considers his actions, no matter what they are, as necessary for the growth of the Order and the Alliance. He interestingly has a strong loyalty to both the Order for having raised and trained him, and the Alliance for giving him so many opportunities and as the source of many of his friendships and allies. He is convinced that for the good of the galaxy, the Alliance must continue to expand and the Jedi must work to help them achieve this.

    Undien himself could easily be considered one of the most powerful men in the Alliance right now simply due to the amount of people he knows and entities he’s involved in. He’s an advisor to half of the Core World senators, on the speed holocall lists of the AIS and every major megacorp within the Alliance, and has enough pull with half the voting blocs in the entire Senate that if he wanted to, he could kill any bill that reaches the floor – at least once, anyway.

    He’s estimated to be worth over one hundred million credits, though this is estimated as the low end, since his personal wealth is hard to track, considering he almost always invests it back into a Jedi-controlled business or front, and considering CfUG is funded by several of the wealthiest people in the galaxy, it’s unlikely he’ll ever be short on money.

    Undien, however, rarely uses his influence directly. Just having it is what’s important, and he considers asking for favors as how to slowly destroy a mutual agreement. But there are cases where he’s pulled strings to get what he wanted – and, of course, he never frames it as directly asking. He’ll bring up the issue in conversation, and usually, the senator will pick up on it quickly – and spread it to those they know, preserving his political capital for others.

    It isn’t just anti-Jedi bills he works to amend or kill, he’s supported bills that extend the powers of the AIS and authorize the buildup of military forces for the Alliance. He is just as committed to the expansion of the Alliance as the Jedi Order – and, of course, believes that the Order should have a guiding hand in the future.

    As should become apparent by now, Undien has worked on befriending and building a loyal base of allies within the Order, many of which now sit upon the Jedi Council. He is firmly convinced that his vision for the Jedi Order is the correct one, and those who do not agree should either be convinced otherwise, or simply be forced to endure the change.

    He has planned well, had he any less support it is unlikely he could have forced the resignation of Skywalker, and while his position of Grand Master is nowhere near as stable as his predecessor’s, he now has it. A Grand Master guides the Order into their vision of the future. It may take years, but Undien will change the Order forever.

    A new era of the Jedi Order is coming, and if Undien has anything to say about it, it will be a rising Galactic Alliance supplemented by a powerful Jedi Order which will bring the Mandalorians under control, smash the syndicates and cartels in the Outer Rim, and assimilate or destroy any threat to the Order or Alliance.

    I suspect that Undien is merely tolerant of the Empire – presuming we don’t get in his way. He doesn’t seek our destruction, unless we work to stop him. It’s mildly amusing that the new President has thrown such a wrench in his plans, but I suspect that it will only be a matter of time before she is removed.

    Like other political Jedi, Undien is not a Jedi we would normally consider dangerous. He carries a single blue-bladed lightsaber, but his strength is in his connections, political power, and his shrewd mind. Very few know politics as well as Undien, or the secrets of the Alliance for that matter.

    We must be sure to treat Undien carefully. No one reached that level of politics without becoming a little paranoid. Let him continue working within the Alliance and Order, because that means he isn’t looking towards us.

    But one thing is clear. The Jedi Order under Grand Master Undien will certainly be among the more interesting incarnations. Let us hope it does not end up leading us to war.
     
  11. xabiar

    xabiar Jedi Youngling

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    THE JEDI ORDER : FRATERNITIES

    OVERVIEW: When the average citizen thinks of the Jedi, surprisingly, one of the words that is almost never assigned to them is ‘political.’ Given how much the political aspects of the Jedi have been discussed in this report, this may come as a surprise. But to the average galactic citizen? They don’t know even the basic structure of the Jedi Order or their internal management and organization, partially because the Order doesn’t make itself open to deep public analysis.

    There is a perception that the Jedi Order is monolithic, with Jedi more or less having the same goals and outlook.

    This is laughably inaccurate.

    With that said, it’s not necessarily surprising that the people – even within the Empire – maintain this belief, partially because the Jedi Order (and Galactic Alliance) don’t do anything to dissuade them, partially because the internal workings of the Order are not made public, and partially because this is the first time that the Jedi Order has been in this particular situation.

    The idea that the Jedi are largely a monolith originates with the fact that in essentially every previous incarnation of the Order – they were. Granted, previously they were smaller, and far less structured, and not involved in galactic politics to the same degree as they are now. Jedi typically kept to themselves and focused on training, meditation, and other passive exercises. They largely kept their interaction with the rest of the galaxy at the higher levels (such as the Jedi Council and Masters). Ironically, the Imperial Knights more closely resemble the previous incarnations of the Jedi Order than the current Order does today.

    The Jedi Order’s internal politics of the past is irrelevant. What matters is how it is managed now.

    The first thing to understand when considering Jedi politics is the concept of a ‘Fraternity.’ In short, these are the Jedi version of political parties. Each Fraternity usually revolves around some concept or ideology that its members espouse and follow, while trying to convince others to follow suit. Their complexity ranges from an open forum to entire hierarchies and can resemble actual Spheres in cases. Some Fraternities have only a few thousand members, while others reach close to a million and sometimes beyond.

    And like all political entities, there are various types of extremists and radicals which are allowed to operate within the Order. The only hard regulation that we’ve found in regards to Fraternity establishment is that it cannot be explicitly based in the dark side or have any affiliation with the Sith or other related groups. Not surprising, but you will likely be surprised at what is allowed which technically bypasses this rule.

    Fraternities are unique in several ways, most notably that they are inclusive of all Spheres, which sometimes allows an extremely diverse group of Jedi to inhabit it. Naturally, this does sometimes lead to problems internally, and this is partially sorted out by the fact that some Spheres are drawn more to certain Fraternities than others. While in theory a Fraternity could only accept members from certain Spheres, it would be heavily frowned upon, and would essentially result in the collapse of the Fraternity.

    As no Fraternity deliberately neuters itself, all notable Fraternities are completely inter-spherical (inclusive of Jedi from all Spheres).

    It should be noted that technically the Fraternities do not have any actual power within the Jedi Order. All decisions are still made internally by the Sphere Councilors or the Jedi Council. No Fraternity has the authority to assign missions where individuals officially act on behalf of the Jedi Order or a specific Sphere.

    With this said, the Fraternities absolutely have an effect on the balance of power within the Order. It’s not uncommon for Sphere leadership and even the Jedi Council to consult with Fraternity leadership to determine what the reaction may be to new policies or changes, especially if many members of a Sphere inhabit that particular Fraternity.

    During this time, the Fraternity leadership can make recommendations or endorsements for the policy or plan, which will largely be accepted by the Fraternity membership. Conversely, they can oppose it and publicly work to reverse or change it by trying to lobby and persuade those who are making the decision to alter, change, or abandon the effort.

    It is, as one might imagine, a delicate balancing act. There are twelve Fraternities of note, and while there is some overlap, each has a very distinct vision for the Jedi Order. In theory, this means that all decisions made will eventually be restructured to be the most representative of the majority of the Jedi Order.

    In practice, this has led to growing polarization within the Jedi Order and turned the Fraternities themselves into a power struggle to determine the soul of the Jedi Order. This relies heavily on the idea of good faith negotiation and compromise, and more and more members and Fraternities are refusing to budge in the slightest and as a result, there are clear fractures in the opinion of the Order – to the point where Jedi are outright hostile to each other if they hold differing political views.

    This will be discussed in more detail further in. The following are the twelve Fraternities of the Jedi Order, with descriptions on their purpose, members, and leadership. They are separated into minor, major, and fringe categories.

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    MINOR FRATERNITIES

    EXPANSIONISTS

    Leadership: They are managed by a triumvirate of three Jedi:

    - Erillon Wi, a male devaronian and Chief Scout of the Sphere of Exploration and Discovery

    - Uma’illistan, a male twi’lek Jedi Surveyor of the Sphere of Exploration and Discovery

    - Thrac’orya’noir (Coryan), a female chiss Jedi Mediator from the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation – she notably maintains good relations with the Chiss Ascendancy

    All leadership positions in this triumvirate are permanent and decided internally (each manages certain parts of the Fraternity – all of which seem to frequently change). That being said, most don’t stay in their position forever, and they tend to reorganize to optimize their goals, as most notably when they (likely) nominated Coryan to a leadership role due to her connection to the Ascendancy.

    Each triumvirate member usually has a team they work with, and, of course, they solicit and receive advice from various Jedi throughout the Order, most notably in this case, Councilor Sifiss.

    Member Composition: The Expansionists are primarily comprised of the Jedi from (unsurprisingly) the Sphere of Exploration and Discovery. Their numbers also include a decent number of Jedi from the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation, Science and Research, and Recruitment and Training. Their numbers are officially just over 50,000 – assuming they actually keep accurate updates. The real numbers could be a little higher or lower, but this is a generally accurate estimate.

    Overview: While not a surprising group to develop within the Jedi Order, it is one that is largely laser-focused on one specific concept that fails to take into account the realities of galactic politics and development. Expansionists, as the name implies, are proponents of the vast expansion of the Jedi Order throughout the galaxy – and beyond it.

    Aside from the latter point, you may wonder what the point of all this is, because the Sphere of Exploration and Discovery seems tailor-made for this task and the Jedi are working to expand through their own recruitment efforts, as shown by the Sphere of Recruitment and Training. So, what sets the Expansionists apart from what is officially sanctioned in the Order?

    First, Expansionists are notably apolitical – in the sense that they have no major desire to remain solely with the Galactic Alliance. They would prefer that – as the Jedi Order is a full member of the Galactic Federation Triumvirate – they should be separate from the major institutions of galactic power, else it would introduce bias. A surprisingly reasonable outlook, as historically, the Jedi and Alliance have almost always sided together.

    It’s undecided if the Expansionists want the Order itself to create their own society (somewhere in the Outer Rim most likely), or to generally continue as they are, only out of the influence of the Alliance. This is a contentious topic of debate within the Fraternity, though most have agreed that it’s not relevant until they become more influential.

    Their recruitment efforts have been stunted because their politics are not especially popular, nor are they particularly relevant to the current galactic situation. Those that do join, however, are dedicated to the goals of the Fraternity, and, ironically, their more abstract plans make defending their intentions easier than some others.

    Right now, they are focused more specifically on three things:

    - The gradual separation of the Galactic Alliance and Jedi Order and reforming to have a more balanced relationship between the Galactic Alliance, and Fellan Imperium.

    - Expanding the Order to specifically establish Temples and outposts in territories beyond the Alliance. Most directly: Fellan Imperium, Chiss Ascendancy, Hapes Consortium, and Mandalorian Union.

    - Preparing and carrying out extragalactic missions to other galaxies.

    This does come with plenty of challenges as you would imagine. In regards to the Expansionists wanting to expand the Order directly to other galactic entities, that could have very mixed results. It is possible that the Ascendancy and Consortium could come to some agreement regarding the expansion of the Order in their territory, but it’s extremely unlikely the Mandalorians will tolerate it (especially as they have their own Force-users).

    In the context of the Empire, I doubt we want to allow further penetration of Jedi than is necessary. The Imperial Knights serve the role any Jedi would perform, and their loyalty is unquestioned. With this said, the Expansionists very clearly are more open to Imperial cooperation and establishing firmer bonds – something that is clearly useful to us.

    Even if we don’t want the Jedi maintaining a significant number of bases within the Empire, we can all agree that having the Jedi at least partially sympathetic to us is advantage. I would recommend that as we now know this group exists, we reach out and initiate contact with their leadership. Should the Empire perhaps combine some of their intentions of extragalactic exploration with our own, we could gain some firm allies within the Jedi Order. Consider this an official recommendation.

    EVOLVING ORDER

    Leadership: The ‘structure’ of this Fraternity can be generously summed up as ‘Whoever feels like doing it.’ Which has led to ‘Councils’ (as they are called) ranging from three to twelve members. Right now, there are five. The only requirement to join seems to be a recommendation and being involved with the Fraternity for a significant amount of time.

    They are the following:

    - Valia Fedois, human female Jedi Scientist specializing in human/near-human xenogenetics and biology. Currently married to a female mirialan who is also a Jedi Scientist. They have adopted a male human child.

    - Reuel Knepp, zabrak male who works in Warzone Relief and Aid, primarily specializing in triage and battlefield medicine. Married to a zabrak woman who in notably not a Jedi. They currently have three children – two male and one female.

    - Yada, givin female Jedi Scientist specializing in mathematics and quantum mechanics (unsurprising for a givin). Her mate perished several years ago, but she is still raising their single child, another male givin.

    - Rayyan’quarie, twi’lek male Jedi Mediator – we would not be surprised if he was a plant by Undien to keep close tabs on the Fraternity, given he’s among the more ‘normal’ Jedi within the Fraternity. He is engaged to Ryloth representative Enes’tanoli (note that this is a relatively low-level position, as it only relates to Ryloth policy and nothing beyond it).

    - Keneder Corrin, a clawdite Jedi of all things, and, more concerningly, an Extension of the Will from the Sphere of the Living Force. Considering Palavola’s situation, this should be concerning, and it can be reasonably assumed that Corrin is reporting back to her and, quite curiously, no one seems interested in why this individual has a seat within the leadership of this Fraternity. He (Corrin most usually resembles a male humanoid, switching between species), is, if you can believe it, married to a female wookiee, who is also a Jedi Sage. Observe with caution.

    Member Composition: Rapidly fluctuating numbers make this hard to explicitly nail down, especially since Evolving Order doesn’t usually keep hard numbers (estimated numbers are between 20,000 to 40,000 currently, and these do fluctuate regularly). Jedi from all Spheres are involved, and it’s not especially attractive to a specific one. Though there does seem to be slightly more members from the Sphere of Science and Research than others, but not a significant number.

    Overview: This is what could be generously described as a confusing Fraternity because it is a melting pot of severely conflicted ideals, goals, and objectives. Its members are very friendly and likeable, and initially, their Fraternity looks very inviting at first glance, as it claims to espouse cooperation, diplomacy, and peace.

    In addition, they make a point of embracing emotions more than most other Jedi would say is safe. Evolving Order is very much a popular initial Fraternity for young Jedi – especially those who have – or plan to start – families, as the Fraternity has dedicated resources to helping families get started or adopt if that isn’t biologically possible.

    There would be very little to write about beyond that if Evolving Order didn’t have some more curious priorities. The only reason that they aren’t listed in the ‘Fringe’ category is because some of these objectives are not stances taken by the entire Fraternity, and their leadership has quite a bit of infighting, at least compared to other Fraternities.

    First, the emphasis Evolving Order places on families is not accidental. They are, in fact, of the opinion that the Order should do more to encourage and support families compared to what they do now. Where things begin to split is how radical the Order becomes in pursuit of this. Genetic editing of children to enhance Force-sensitivity, cloning, or even mandatory surrogation for females to produce children have all been suggested by members of the Order for a variety of reasons ranging from practical to bizarre.

    There is definitely a sect of Evolving Order which has an interest in eugenics and applying them to the Jedi – something which is notably… odd for them. To be fair, it is largely centered on enhancing natural characteristics and Force-sensitivity, all in the interest of making stronger Jedi for the future. What’s more interesting is that they have been connected to funding fringe scientists who have a specialization in interspecies breeding (specifically human/near-human pairings).

    Of course, you have to take into account that there is another section of Evolving Order which absolutely abhors the idea of genetic editing and tampering on that level. Enough to where they will actively sabotage their own Fraternity to stop them. It’s bizarre to see this play out, and everyone seems to just… stay in the same place.

    It’s also a haven for hardline pacifists who loathe the Jedi within the Militant Order and the Justicars. Or any Jedi who’s ever fought in a battle before. Of course, they clash with every other Jedi which actually has a functioning brain and can comprehend context. There have been many a shouting match over these topics and this is just within the Fraternity.

    Outside of it, it’s something of an enigma, as the cognitive dissonance the Fraternity exhibits leads sometimes to forming alliances or agreements to radically opposed Fraternities, and this is possible because those extremes coexist in Evolving Order. We are of the opinion that there is something more going on with this Fraternity – possibly as a clique to send Jedi that don’t fit anywhere else.

    Or it’s a massive psychological experiment.

    In all seriousness, Evolving Order has everything and nothing; it’s filled with extremists and moderates; it’s functioning and fractured. It’s a contradiction that only seems held together by a few shared goals and the fact that most members are largely friendly to newcomers. There is a reason most Jedi leave after spending time in it.

    And the only ones that are left are so used to each other that they wouldn’t really fit anywhere else. But in short, they hold no political power at all within the Order and could not actually be classified as a serious threat.

    NEUTRAL PARTY

    Leadership: The only individual of note is the founder of the Neutral Party – Takis Vasiliou – a male human Jedi Diplomat of all things (which might have played into his decision to start the Fraternity). It’s unknown what actually prompted this staunch hatred of politics, but it supposedly has to do with disagreements with Undien. Fairly old for a human Jedi (108), he’s still involved in performing all paperwork aspects of the Fraternity, he asks for no help, has established no structure, but is actually fairly well-respected within the Fraternity and beyond it.

    He’s made no secret of the reasons for creating the Fraternity, and has no ambitions beyond it. Anything else established within it he allows so long as it remains apolitical, and is very hands-off – unless requested otherwise, of course. It’s unknown who will take over the ‘management’ when he retires (or dies), but we’re positive that he has thought of that contingency long ago.

    Member Composition: Mostly Jedi who undergo solo or exploratory missions, or whose work is explicitly non-political. While there are Jedi from all Spheres who are members, the majority come from the Sphere of Outreach and Aid, followed up to a degree with those from the Spheres of History and Knowledge, and Science and Research respectively. The recent surprise resignation of Daniel Skywalker has prompted a surge in numbers for the Neutral Party, which comes out to 74,509 (up from 40,122) – the extremely exact member count provided by this Fraternity is admittedly a surprise from such an unstructured entity, but a welcome one.

    Overview: This is more accurately described as the ‘anti-Fraternity,’ as it was established for the sole purpose of, and I quote: “So everyone will stop soliciting me for politics and leave me alone.” Of course, this isn’t how soliciting works and it doesn’t quite stop other Fraternities from trying to recruit people from the so-called Neutral Party, but it is a significant deterrent since its members really, really don’t like being involved in any kind of Order politics.

    It’s debatable if this can actually be called a Fraternity because they have no goals, little to no structure, and don’t really do anything within the Order aside from their usual jobs. The only thing that really connects them is that they consider this as making a firm stance against what they see as a growing polarization within the Jedi Order – which is not necessarily incorrect.

    This is not to say they don’t hold opinions of their own – political or otherwise – they do, but they either don’t care enough about them, or they believe such opinions should just be kept to themselves. The Neutral Party tends to be comprised of either Jedi whose jobs don’t involve anything to do with politics (such as scientists, scouts, engineers, and so on) or those who are tired of politics and want absolutely nothing to do with them.

    As a consequence of this, the Neutral Party is sometimes used as a something akin to a transitionary period for Jedi who have had less than ideal dealings with other political entities or Fraternities. They spend some time in the Neutral Party to reevaluate their beliefs before eventually leaving it. Which is perfectly acceptable to the members who remain, as the Fraternity was solely formed to provide a place for Jedi to escape the politics – if a Jedi wants to return to that, they are more than welcome to do so.

    This obviously leads to fluctuations in numbers (which are actually well-maintained), and you can generally tell when there have been events or decisions which have further polarized the Jedi Order, because the Neutral Party suddenly gets an inexplicable boost in membership. This usually tapers off after several months when things have calmed down.

    You may ask just what the purpose of the Neutral Party is if they don’t actually do anything within the Order and could just as easily not be affiliated with any Fraternity. That isn’t entirely the case because while the Neutral Party is never consulted – nor does it participate – in the many debates and power plays within the Order, they do serve as something of a network for like-minded Jedi.

    The Neutral Party only uses this to pair up Knights and Masters (or larger groups) for intra, inter, and extra-Sphere assignments, particularly those which have the potential to turn political or be affected by an agenda. This is performed by request and conducted by a small group within the Neutral Party (which isn’t actually tied to the singular leadership). Typically, there are few to no issues with this, unless the task is particularly sensitive or dangerous.

    Overall though, the Neutral Party is not really even a political entity within the Order, and we gain little to nothing trying to subvert or utilize it. If they insist on shunning galactic affairs, we should let them be.

    REFORMATIONISTS

    Leadership: The Reformationists are one of the more organized Fraternities, and have groups which perform specific tasks or operate within operational parameters. There are four areas: Research, which finds candidates and determines if they are suitable for endorsement. Marketing, which deals with campaigning and getting the word out about candidates. Administrative, which handles internal Fraternity matters and organization. And Coordination, which makes sure all entities (candidate, government, Fraternity) are working together and communicating properly.

    The Jedi who hold the positions are the following:

    - Research: Alvar’gerald, a male twi’lek from the Institute of Marketing and Engagement. One of the few Jedi from that Sphere, and an experienced data scientist. He’s supposedly one of the most knowledgeable on outer-Alliance political candidates. While he may be a plant from Councilor Odan, there is little evidence behind this aside from the fact they share the same Sphere, and Odan is manipulative enough to do something like that.

    - Marketing: Lovisa Sigurl, a female human born on Corellia, she is a Jedi Mediator and a veteran in politics, having spent over thirty years working directly on Coruscant until she had some kind of falling out with Undien, and promptly joined the Reformationists, using her experience to boost their own media presence and influence. She was the one who was able to leverage her own connections to meet with (then-candidate) Penaria Oslam. She’s good at her job, and likely grooming her own Padawan (third in her career) to eventually take over.

    - Administrative: Horst Ubal, a male human Jedi Diplomat who has negative views on Undien and the leadership of the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation, to put it lightly. While he’s likely killed his opportunity for advancement within the Sphere, he’s made up for it in a way here. He has a small amount of connections, but admittedly nothing compared to political veterans.

    - Coordination: Ludwina, a female givin Jedi Sage who should be viewed very carefully, as anyone from the Sphere of the Living Force should be. She’s remarkably efficient – as her species tends to be – and the Reformationists would not be nearly as effective without her.

    Member Composition: This is an interesting group of Jedi, as only a specific criterion will be met for an individual to be even remotely interested in this Fraternity. They have to have a significant interest in politics, have to have support for the principles and ideals of the Galactic Alliance, and be ethical. This combination is more elusive than it might appear within the Jedi, but it does exist. They primarily come from rebel Jedi within the Spheres of Diplomacy and Mediation, History and Knowledge, and Outreach and Aid. Their numbers are between 30,000 and 40,000, at least what has been released publicly. They keep organized records, but keep the actual data secret.

    Overview: The Reformationists are, as said behind their backs by other Fraternities and Spheres, where idealists go to die. When considering their purpose, this isn’t too inaccurate, though if nothing else, this Fraternity is persistent in at least trying to be relevant. They are what is best described as the 'ethical' political arm of the Jedi Order, if you want to actually use that term. ‘Ethical’ means following the laws, not using corrupt or illegal methods, and largely playing the system.

    Ironically, many Reformationists are usually disillusioned in the Alliance, but instead of completely giving up on it or withdrawing from politics altogether, they instead try and change it from within. This is as momentous and difficult as you would expect, and to their credit, they seem to realize this.

    If you would ask why they aren’t combining forces with the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation, that would be because they’ve come to similar conclusions about what Undien’s transformed the Sphere into, and they want nothing to do with it. So, they are essentially on their own, without the resources or budget of the Jedi, in a cutthroat political arena, and trying to remain untainted.

    It likely doesn’t help that there have been accusations of sabotage from within the Jedi (specifically from the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation) which only dissipated as though magic after threats to get the Arbiters involved. It would be extremely unsurprising if the Reformationists have multiple Spheres watching them – not necessarily to protect them, but to watch others who might try and interfere with them.

    When left alone, the Reformationists operate on a very local level. They work well beyond Coruscant, and mostly on planets on the edge of Alliance Space which have limited representation. Interestingly, if they run into competition, it’s from Order-backed candidates which sometimes leads to conflicting messages being sent on who the Jedi actually endorse.

    In most cases, the Reformationist candidate loses simply due to the significant resources the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation throws at them. While they aren’t large enough to view as rivals – they likely take some pleasure in putting the Reformationists in their place, so to speak.

    Regardless, the Reformationists still keep persisting and to their credit, have made a small impact on planetary politics, though it’s a far cry from making any significant waves in galactic politics and it will remain that way until they break the rules that unfortunately hold them back. Their idealism is blinding them to an extent, or at least that is how it appears.

    Their highest profile endorsement was, unsurprisingly, President Oslam, who actually met with several members of the Fraternity and gave them a significant publicity boost which has helped them out over the past couple of years (though only in certain contexts). She has not met with them since, though reportedly has her agents keep in contact.

    The Reformationists don’t really have significant sway in the Order, and whose operations are confined exclusively to the Alliance. As long as there are idealists in the Jedi Order with an interest in politics, they will still endure. They are best left alone before they lose all hope completely.

    UNITED ALLIANCE

    Leadership: As the United Alliance is one of the most organized and comprehensive Fraternities (especially for a minor one), they have a hierarchy and divisions which operate independently but ultimately answer and coordinate with a central leadership council, and it is also one of the few to incorporate non-Jedi into ambassadorial and leadership roles. The divisions are the following:

    - Military Coordination and Support: Sture Ekbergish, a male human Sentinel who has developed an affinity for politics and forging usable connections for the Order. One of the few of the Militant Order to be a part of the Fraternity, he works with a significant portion of the leadership within the Alliance Military and also fills the role of an unofficial ambassador between Battlemaster Shartan and certain members of the military.

    - Alliance Intelligence Service Coordination and Support: Tahlia Tanniar, a female umbaran who, coincidentally, was a former AIS agent who transitioned to the Jedi when she was found to be Force-sensitive. There is a notable chance that she’s actually an undercover AIS agent within the Jedi, as it wouldn’t be unheard of for the AIS to do that, but this is only speculation until a more in-depth review is performed.

    She has a position within the Sphere of Diplomacy and Outreach, but seeing as it’s not publicly available, it’s entirely possible she was part of the Nudge Team or PCAS. She is very much a supporter of Undien, and through her, United Alliance somehow has access to the highest levels of the AIS. Take care with this woman, and what she represents.

    - Senatorial Connections and Review: Loke Westmasto, a male dathomirian of all things, whose role appears to largely consist of determining which candidates to reach out to and support. He manages the internal review process, and then presumably passes the results to Candidate Outreach. He is a member of the Institute of Marketing and Engagement – which translates to a ‘data scientist.’ Given what his role is, this isn’t surprising, although it indicates that Councilor Odan has a possible contact within the Fraternity.

    - Candidate Outreach: Sorme, female zeltron from the Sphere of Conciliation and Reflection, and this appears to be just as suspicious as it sounds. While she does appear to have a background as a legitimate Conciliator, we performed some additional research into her and discovered some notable gaps where she didn’t appear to do anything, and, more importantly, spent three years in an AIS training program.

    Rumors link her romantically to nearly a dozen low-profile Senators (male and female, multiple species), though this wasn’t confirmed. She’s extremely good at her job and should be appraised carefully. It isn’t clear if she’s loyal to Undien or Tocrum, although, given her Sphere, it’s likely she’s reporting at least something to Tocrum or one of his operatives.

    - Senatorial Ambassador to the United Alliance: Tron Persoon, the Senator of Naboo, Persoon has been involved with the United Alliance for some time, especially as they helped ensure his election at a critical time. A staunch supporter of the Jedi Order and upholding Alliance supremacy in the galaxy, it was only a matter of time until he was elected to this position.

    Also a supporter of Undien, he provides extensive insight into the public and private aspects of the Senate, and leveraging the many connections he has. Further deepening his connections to the Jedi is the fact that he is married to Nana Lassen – the Jedi Diplomat who initially assisted in his election. He should be considered little more than a Jedi puppet – or a spy.

    - Military Ambassador to the United Alliance: Lwita Ramisina, a curious character, she is a female weequay who’s had a distinguished military career, and is extremely old for a still-serving soldier. This woman served in the Kamino Uprising, and holds the rank of Commander – one of the highest ranks one can achieve for the unaware. The fact that she’s sitting in this position gives United Alliance a significant amount of legitimacy.

    What’s curious is that she aligns with United Alliance, and not Militant Order. Possibly due to the fact that she would prefer the Alliance grow stronger and completely recover, and not storm the Outer Rim and smash the lawless frontier. The Empire, Mandalorians, and chiss are considered larger threats in her eyes, and she has subsequently taken a side which most closely aligns with her. While her combat abilities aren’t what they used to be, she didn’t achieve the rank of Commander for nothing.

    - Administration and Order Coordination: Wrish’eimd’asari (Heimdas), this individual is… very disturbing when you consider the implications. The first thing is that he is an exile of the Chiss Ascendancy. What he was exiled for is something we haven’t been able to find and the chiss refuse to provide an answer. He subsequently joined the Jedi Order, was immediately recruited into the Sphere of the Living Force, and has spent the past three decades as a Sage.

    A very smart Sage at that, enough to the point where he ultimately is now running United Alliance internal affairs and management – as well as working directly under Shartan. He has access to a significant amount of information, and is actually on good terms with Undien – and could be considered one of the reasons United Alliance is influential, despite its minority status.

    He has notably little contact with Palavola – publicly anyway, and considering what Sphere he belongs to, it’s rather unreasonable to assume that Heimdas is exactly what he says he is. But his effectiveness and intelligence have ensured that he won’t be replaced anytime soon. While it isn’t confirmed, we would be fools to assume that Palavola wouldn’t use this position to her advantage should the opportunity arise – and this is in the generous assumption that Heimdas isn’t already a spy for her.

    - United Alliance Director: Battlemaster Zevro Shartan, as mentioned earlier, he is, for all intents and purposes, the leader of United Alliance and a reason why there have been more Jedi from the Militant Order joining the ranks. That Shartan joined United Alliance instead of Militant Order is likely due to his personal views – and a possible conflict of interest leading a Fraternity which is built around his Sphere.

    His laser focus and natural charisma have allowed him to leverage United Alliance to be far more influential than it would be otherwise, and he is directly responsible for deepening the military bonds between United Alliance and the Alliance military, although some wonder if he’s turning the Fraternity too closely towards a military focus. Though this honestly should be expected if you put the Battlemaster of the Militant Order in command.

    Member Composition: The only hard requirement to join United Alliance is to be a citizen of the Galactic Alliance and generally be supportive of deepening ties between the two entities. Jedi of all Spheres join, with a surprising minority coming from the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation – though perhaps this isn’t a surprise since United Alliance is made more to spread their mission to other Spheres, not make it yet another political arm of the Sphere. More to the point, one of the most attractive attributes of it is that it’s, somehow, viewed as one of the more neutral Fraternities. Alliance-Jedi goals are almost universally accepted, and for the Jedi this is fairly close to being neutral. Their released numbers put them over 100,000 members – the exact count they keep to themselves, though it’s almost a guarantee that their records are thorough and exact.

    Overview: This is another Fraternity which is political in nature, although in contrast to the Reformationists, United Alliance is focused on the deepening of ties between the Jedi and the Galactic Alliance – which includes the Senate, military, and AIS. United Alliance has an internal mandate to ensure Alliance supremacy through the entire galaxy by any means necessary.

    Their draw is stability and what should be a very easily justifiable message. The relationship between the Alliance (and previous incarnations such as the Old and New Republics) and Jedi has continued to endure in some form for thousands of years, and it makes sense that there would be those who want to specifically focus on that aspect.

    But while the Reformationists are focused on changing the Alliance for (in their view) the better, United Alliance is more concerned with ensuring that the Alliance stays in power. As expected, they work closely with the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation and have extensive support from Undien – and function as a way for other Spheres that don’t focus on political or Alliance matters to support their efforts in maintaining these ties.

    Most Jedi who join are Alliance loyalists or extremely supportive of their actions. While the leadership of United Alliance is likely more than aware of the corruption that takes place within the Alliance, the worst of it they keep from the majority of their members. United Alliance is only involved in a major capacity if the project they are involved in will look good for all parties.

    Undien likely wants to keep this political entity of the Jedi clean – the more distasteful work is likely handled by the Sphere of Diplomacy and Outreach – a Fraternity like this shouldn’t be allowed to accidentally be involved in – or expose – deficiencies within the Alliance or Jedi.

    United Alliance is one of the more organized Fraternities, having hierarchical divisions and specialties. Something which is more necessary than most due to the fact that it’s the largest minor Fraternity that exists, and good record keeping is essential for ensuring any semblance of usefulness whatsoever. It also maintains Alliance positions, usually two at a time, which rotate between senatorial, military, or intelligence, which serve to help foster more interconnected relations.

    They are also involved with campaigning and fundraising (legally) for certain candidates, although unlike the Reformationists, the candidates United Alliance backs are more mainstream and accepted by both the average Alliance citizen (and government) and Jedi leadership (particularly the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation). They notably did not support President Oslam during her candidacy – something that no one in the Fraternity likes acknowledging since it’s by far their most high-profile embarrassment.

    The good news for them is that they definitely weren’t the only ones.
     
  12. xabiar

    xabiar Jedi Youngling

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    MAJOR FRATERNITIES

    MODERATES

    Leadership: The Moderates are led by a Council comprised of four Jedi, all democratically elected (with candidates put up for internal Fraternity vote every five years, and screened by the current Council to ensure qualifications are met). While the current Council is established, and won’t elect for another two years, there are rumors swirling that former-Grand Master Skywalker is planning to rejoin the Fraternity and take an important role. If that happens, it’s likely he’ll be given an ‘honorary’ position where he’d effectively have control over the Fraternity. Please keep in mind that this is not confirmed, but it would not be surprising if this was a possible response of Skywalker.

    The current Council is as follows:

    - Sal Piet, a very interesting individual in that he is a muun, with a former history with the Banking Clan. There was apparently some disagreement he had with the organization, and after the falling out, he departed and tested himself for Force-sensitivity on a whim and was found to be fairly strong in the Force.

    Having significant experience with negotiation and deal-making, he’s a surprisingly approachable figure and one of the most levelheaded Jedi in the Order, as well as good friends with Skywalker. While certainly not a fighter, indeed he walks with a cane, even those who despise the Moderates agree that he is an individual worth listening to.

    - Clara Krogh, a veteran Jedi Mediator and one of the most experienced from the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation, she has been an outspoken Moderate for the past few years, publicly challenging the growing Orthodox movement which she views as populist and regressive. Very confrontational for a Moderate, it is quite possible that she’s old enough where she really doesn’t care any longer. Yet it is certainly amusing to see an elderly human woman hold a heated conversation with a wookiee three times her size over the failings of the Old Jedi Order.

    - Silas, while none would suspect him, this is among the most powerful Jedi Healers in the entire Order. A miraluka, he already had a deeper connection to the Force than most, and throughout his life within the Order, he has primarily worked as a peacekeeper and healer. Another friend of Skywalker, he’d reportedly confessed to being concerned at the growing polarization and anger within so many Jedi, and that many are at risk of falling to the dark side.

    It’s also notable that after the resignation of Skywalker, Silas made a rare rebuke of Undien and the situation which led to triggering his resignation. Considering he is also from the Sphere of the Living Force, it’s not out of the question that he and Palavola talk, and this may be more evidence that Palavola is not entirely supportive of the new Grand Master, if her abstention during his confirmation wasn’t evidence enough.

    - Ikotla, an elderly utai female, Ikotla is one of the oldest and experienced Jedi Diplomats within the Sphere of Diplomacy and Outreach. Outspoken for emphasizing dialogue and peace, she is a Jedi of near-endless patience and some muted disdain for the more modern Jedi who call for conflict and war.

    Yet despite her personal views she is also an approachable Jedi who has connections with diplomats all across the galaxy, including the chiss, Hapes Consortium, Techno Union, and even interacted with the Imperial Diplomatic Corps at several points. A pacifist at heart, she has reportedly echoed the concerns of Silas and is concerned at the direction the Order is taking – and that this time talking won’t be enough to prevent catastrophe.

    Member Composition: Moderates comprise all Spheres, and include a multitude of different Jedi and backgrounds. If a majority Sphere had to be chosen, it would likely be the Sphere of Science and Research, and, interestingly, the Sphere of the Living Force. Ideologically, it’s likely that they follow similar tenants of the Sphere of Outreach and Aid, if their members weren’t so opposed to taking political stances. Despite bleeding off members in recent months, the numbers of the Moderate Fraternity stand at just over four million.

    Overview: One of the first and oldest Fraternities in the Jedi Order, Moderates are often described as the mediators and general attitude of the Jedi Order. Those who don’t fall on extreme positions or immediately take sides; who would prefer to debate and learn a different perspective and who are respectful of alternate viewpoints.

    It is also declining in membership.

    Historically, Moderates had been the largest Fraternity and their philosophy was largely accepted throughout the Order. Jedi, by their nature, were historically nowhere as involved politically as they are today, nor were they as polarized as they are now. Previously, Jedi were more open to alternative ideas, policies, and viewpoints and were more willing to change their minds based on arguments and debate.

    Moderates are, for all intents and purposes, the centrists of the Jedi Order. They don’t like taking sides, preferring to instead consider the topic in question and hear opposing viewpoints before making a decision or statement on what they personally think. It’s considered an evidence-based and fair approach, but one which has attracted derision by others within the Order.

    The current state of polarization within the Jedi Order is such that members of political and Fraternity affiliations can legitimately not understand or tolerate those who don’t have the same beliefs and mindsets that they do. They are accused from all sides as being cowards who refuse to condemn the heresy of the Gray Line, the traitors of the Separatists, supporting the regression of the Orthodox, and refusing to call out the bloodlust of the Militant Order.

    The automatic assumption by the rivals of these groups is that by simply considering what the opposition has to say, they are supporting those who are considered their ideological enemy. Moderates are stuck in the unfortunate and unenviable position of not necessarily fitting neatly into one mindset or another, and quite often have a collection of personal opinions and beliefs that don’t neatly fit with everyone else.

    Diversity of thought and opinion characterizes the Moderates, and they simply do not get breaks in an Order which is demanding that all take firm and clear stances, which most Moderates simply cannot do. It would not be unfair to say that they are a significant reason that the Order has not fully collapsed into infighting, as they are largely the ones responsible for ensuring that rival Fraternities talk to each other and maintain some form of dialogue, as well as being able to defuse tense situations between Fraternity members.

    The Moderates are headed by a veteran council of Jedi from multiple Spheres. They aren’t necessarily organized as they keep their affairs within the Order, and each member of the Council is mostly responsible for filling the role they best fit. For some, it’s moderation and peacemaking. Others, it’s debate and organization. Others, are simply natural leaders who are willing to listen to other Jedi express their concerns with the Order.

    The Moderates are, unfortunately, being worn down after constant pressure from all sides to, for lack of a better word, do something. They still remain the largest Fraternity, but only barely, as the Orthodox and Militant Order are fast catching up. It’s to the point where even Moderates are frustrated at the Order, since it’s impossible to change the mind of someone who has already decided they are right.

    This is one of the most reasonable Fraternities in the Order, and the fact that it is falling apart at the seams is concerning because if they become the minority, the Jedi Order will almost certainly fall apart.

    MILITANT ORDER

    Leadership: Much like the Sphere of the Militant Order, its accompanying Fraternity is also a meritocracy when it comes to leadership. There is one administrative (and command) position, one ambassadorial position, and two combat positions. All are currently filled with members of the Militant Order itself, though technically those from other Spheres could also reach this rank, though since they are going up against Jedi who train for war – this is easier said than done. It should be noted that Battlemaster Shartan is consulted by the Fraternity leadership on military matters, and it is also helpful that in many cases the Sphere itself is involved.

    The members are as follows:

    - Ambassador of the Militant Order, Cyril Koleno, a male zabrak and Jedi Sentinel, he is responsible for most of the coordination between the Militant Order Fraternity, the Alliance Military, other militaries, other Spheres, and overall communication between the Fraternity and others. While an accomplished speaker, Koleno is only really courteous to other military personnel, and holds those who are not in a mild sort of disdain. If nothing else, he is one of the most dangerous individuals who also labels himself an ‘ambassador.’

    - Battle-Commander Yaroslava Blahova, a female echani who is part of the Fist of the Jedi Order (trained as a Sentinel) and in some circles is referred to as ‘Vengeance in the Flesh.’ Blahova has suffered extensively through her time as a Jedi, with losing not one, but two Padawans during what were supposed to be routine training missions, her family being targeted by bounty hunters and eliminated, and her (non-Jedi) husband and child dying in a suicide bombing.

    In short, she is in the running for the unluckiest woman in the galaxy, and it has turned her into a very vengeful woman and not even Undien is brave enough to tell her an empty platitude such as ‘Vengeance is the path to the dark side.’ After her husband and child were killed, she has largely closed herself off and thrown herself into dismantling the Bounty Hunters’ Guild, as well as those who sponsor bounties and put up target lists. She’s gone to the trouble of posting fake bounties on herself, then killing the hunters sent to kill her, and then killing the one who sponsored her fake bounty.

    This is a Jedi teetering on the edge of madness, and one best avoided. As for the source of her troubles, it could be bad luck, but considering what we have learned, her distaste for Councilors Tocrum and Undien – and quite a few of their associates – might have something to do with the accidents.

    - Battle-Commander Vanda Urbanova, a female bith and another Fist of the Order (trained as a Warden), she is considered one of the best tacticians in the Militant Order, having orchestrated dozens of successful raids against hutt and Black Sun targets, as well as racking up a respectable body count. Somewhat distant and mechanical compared to modern Jedi, she nonetheless is highly respected within the Fraternity and Order at large, and in her spare time she works exclusively in training non-Militant Order Jedi who have joined the Fraternity in more effective means of warfare, and as a result, is ironically the most approachable member of the Fraternity leadership.

    - Commander Orodas, the Invincible. The gen’dai are rarely seen in the galaxy, but when they are, they are remembered. To our knowledge, Orodas is one of the few, if only gen’dai who has displayed Force-sensitivity and the second (or third) of the species to be known on the galactic stage (the previous being the bounty hunter Durge). While the title of 'Invincible' is rather dramatic for a Jedi, in this case, it’s disturbingly accurate, as gen’dai are said as being nearly impossible to kill.

    He is Warden-Commander of the Militant Order, and also oversees the Fraternity itself. He’s large enough that he towers over literally everyone except wookiees, he’s established himself as a tactical genius and more importantly, is rumored to be over two thousand years old (which is young, as gen’dai lifespans are said to be up to eight thousand years), which means he’s lived through multiple galactic wars, significant upheaval… and only now has emerged to join the Jedi. I recommend that a direct file be commissioned on this individual, because this alien could be somehow more dangerous than Shartan – or at least more difficult to kill.

    Member Composition: Unsurprisingly, the Militant Order Fraternity is comprised of Jedi… from the Sphere of the Militant Order. They make up just over eighty percent of the Fraternity and are generally considered the most ‘serious’ of the Sphere and as such, most ranking members of the Militant Order are subsequently part of the Fraternity itself. That is not to say that other Spheres don’t have a presence. There is a solid core of Justicars who have joined, as well as those from the Sphere of Exploration and Discovery, and the Sphere of the Living Force. There are also a few Jedi from the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation who have become members, though these are rather few and far between. In total, there are just over three and a half million members, and their numbers continue to grow.

    Overview: Considering that the Sphere of the Militant Order is the largest within the Jedi, it shouldn’t be a surprise that a Fraternity arose to embody the collective will of a Jedi who are predisposed to solving the perceived injustices of the galaxy through force. While they have not experienced the explosive growth of the Orthodox Fraternity, as the galaxy has once more become polarized towards war, more and more young Jedi are feeling strong enough about military intervention to join.

    The Militant Order Fraternity is one that is actually less political than it seems on the surface, as their current goals are simple, straightforward, and echo the leadership of the Militant Order and Battlemaster Shartan. Namely, the pacification and conquest of the Outer Rim, and ultimate dissolution and annihilation of the criminal syndicates, organizations, and entities, which include, but are not limited to: the Hutt Cartels, the Black Sun, and the Zann Consortium.

    While it’s primarily geared towards being something of a political arm of the Sphere of the Militant Order itself, it’s been adapted to serve as something of a means of military cross-training with other Spheres – most notably, Jedi from the Sphere of Exploration and Discovery have become members to get some more specialized training to better protect themselves.

    Members of the Militant Order Fraternity get a fair amount of benefits, especially for non-Sphere members. They get access to Militant Order training facilities, classes, and instructors. Military-grade equipment and armor. Direct lines to request military support for missions which are far faster than requesting it through Sphere channels or other means.

    With that said, in return, Militant Order has expectations for its members, especially those from other Spheres. They don’t just accept anyone, given the perks that come with the Fraternity – which is admittedly another attractive quality of it, as most Fraternities don’t get you access to this many resources.

    While it’s not expected that these members become full soldiers, there is a certain competency that is expected of members of Militant Order. Until this is reached, you will not be able to join. They also are unlikely to accept individuals who clash with them politically and ideologically, and who are only interested in gaining access to the perks of the Fraternity. There is a certain pride the Militant Order has in itself, and they will rabidly prevent it from being sullied.

    As you would expect, Militant Order has extensive and ongoing relationships with the major militaries of the galaxy. Primarily the Galactic Alliance, mostly due to proximity and history, but as you are aware, the Militant Order has recently reached out to the Council of Moffs about furthering connections between the Order and the Imperial Military.

    A surprise to be sure, but a mostly welcome one.

    Supposedly, back when the Militant Order was first being established, they also attempted to reach out to the Mandalorians and establish some kind of relationship, but were rebuffed. This has been one reason that the attitude towards the Mandalorians has soured within Militant Order, along with Tlon Fett, of course. Despite the Union making indications that it will be more open than previous years, no efforts to establish firmer military ties have been established, and such would likely be allowed only at the express orders of Battlemaster Shartan, who still retains a large degree of influence despite not formally being affiliated with the Militant Order Fraternity.

    It should become clear that the Militant Order Fraternity doesn’t necessarily care about the origin and organization in question, only their willingness to contribute to their goal. If the Hapes Consortium, Mandalorians, and Chiss Ascendancy all wanted to work with them to pacify the Outer Rim, they would see absolutely no issue with that, just as they see no issue working directly with both the Alliance and Empire.

    They are hard-set in their beliefs, and if you want to try convincing them that there are larger issues than the Outer Rim or that purging vast portions of the region is unfeasible or ethically questionable, you’ve not going to be in for a fun time.

    Personal recommendation, we should consider working with them more closely. If they want to fight criminals, the more which are removed from our borders, the better.

    ORTHODOX

    Leadership: As Orthodoxy more closely resembles an ideology than a true Fraternity (though it is officially classified as one), it’s not exactly simple to state who ‘leads’ it, because that isn’t entirely accurate. The best way to address this is to focus on the individuals who originally wrote and established the tenets of Orthodoxy, and for all intents and purposes, are the face of it.

    - Grand Master Undien, the Jedi who originally conceived the idea of Orthodoxy, and has been the one largely responsible for its extensive spread. Throughout the ideology you can see that he accurately and correctly predicted the possible responses to something like this, and capitalized on them. His decision to establish it as something closer to an ideology than an organization has paid off, as it has spread far more easily to other Jedi – Knights and Masters – who in turn pass it down to their Padawans or students.

    It was especially clever to avoid any extremely controversial stances (with one possible exception), is it has made it far easier to counter the outlandish propaganda which has been spread against Orthodoxy, which has only entrenched the followers of Orthodoxy deeper. He is the public face of the Fraternity and ideology, and we believe that, for better or worse, he actually believes at least most of what he’s written.

    - Councilor Taitho Dal, a good friend of Undien’s and one who also helped establish Orthodoxy in the general population of the Jedi. However, unlike Undien, it appears more likely that Dal is using Orthodoxy to further his power base and influence, rather than actually following it completely. It’s entirely possible that he, like most Jedi, doesn’t completely agree with everything stated in Orthodoxy, but supports it more than the alternatives.

    - Jedi Diplomat Isaura Raya, the Master of the young Undien, she has been cited by him as a major influence on his development and formulation of his beliefs. A human female who was old even when she took Undien as an apprentice, she was the one who reviewed one of the first iterations of Orthodoxy, and helped him refine it further. While she was an accomplished diplomat on her own, she will likely be remembered for her contribution to the tenets Undien formally championed. She passed away roughly five years ago, and it would certainly be interesting to know what she would think of what has happened to the Order in the meantime. I suspect she would either be proud that so many were embracing what she believed, or disturbed at how it was splitting the Jedi Order.

    Member Composition: The Orthodox Fraternity, if one is to define it as such, is comprised of Jedi from all Spheres of fairly universal distribution. A small majority exists from Jedi within the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation, but aside from the Sphere of the Living Force and Militant Order (as well as Spheres which tend not to have Fraternal affiliations), it’s more even. There is also a notable amount of younger Jedi who comprise the base of Orthodoxy, likely due to the decentralized spread of the tenets of Orthodoxy and induction to it during apprenticeship or schooling. There are estimated to be over two million Jedi who identify as Orthodox, and this number is continuing to grow.

    Overview: The brainchild of Undien and a few other like-minded Jedi, the development of the tenets of Orthodoxy was intended to instigate a far grander movement within the Jedi Order than simply acting as a political vessel. It was to change the nature and attitude of the Jedi Order itself over a significant period of time. This is notably, something that other Fraternities have not sought, which might explain the explosive growth of the Fraternity in recent years.

    Undien himself has expressed his admiration for certain aspects of the Old Jedi Order, as well as his belief that the Jedi have, for lack of a better word, ‘lost their way.’ Orthodoxy is sometimes described as ‘principled centrist’ by the Orthodox, or ‘regressive’ by their detractors. Both are debatable, and in many respects, the Orthodox bear far more resemblance to the Moderates than the actually regressive Traditionalists.

    Undien knew better than to want to completely return to the principles and rules of the Old Jedi Order, as there were certain things which would never have a hope of being accepted in the modern age. Instead, Orthodoxy, in his words, ‘refines’ the principles of the old Order into something usable. A fixing of the doctrine and removal of the flaws.

    There is a significant amount of anti-Orthodox propaganda which has been distributed by other Fraternities and through rumors, so it is important to clarify what is exactly meant when one identifies as Orthodox, since that word alone at this point already brings with it preconceptions thanks to the polarization within the Order.

    Please note that not all propaganda distributed is completely inaccurate, but a lot of it is, admittedly, misleading.

    The first topic is on that of emotion and attachment. Orthodoxy does not, contrary to rumor, demand complete non-attachment and the severing of relationships. This is infeasible, and if it were true, would never have gained a following (or ended up like the Traditionalists). Orthodoxy instead encourages a lessening of emotion in favor of logical and pragmatic decisions, not ones based on emotions.

    Jedi who follow Orthodoxy are expected to put the good of the mission, Order, or Alliance before their own lives and that of ones they care about. While this is technically expected of all Jedi, we all know that’s far easier said than done, and few Jedi actually follow through on it – which occasionally leads to problems and lapses in judgment. To that end, Jedi who follow Orthodoxy do make legitimate efforts to lessen the possibility of emotional compromise, be that through limiting their friendships, not working with their partners on dangerous missions, or willingly keeping others at a distance. While this can be argued as detrimental to the Jedi in question, the fact remains that this is done willingly – though there is certainly outside pressure from other Masters and teachers who do follow it.

    To this end, romantic relationships are handled a bit differently. While not expressly forbidden, it’s not exactly encouraged, and Orthodoxy makes a point of showcasing the dangers (such as falling to the dark side) of an attachment on that level. But it does admittedly acknowledge that there are also cases where there have been relationships between Jedi that have been beneficial for the pair. The compromise that seems to be suggested is that Jedi consider very carefully before choosing a romantic partner – and sticking with them to the end. Orthodoxy is notably anti-infidelity and against having multiple romantic partners, and while that isn’t especially common in the Order to begin with, it isn’t an official stance of the Order. For now, anyway.

    Now, these two positions already pose some challenges for incoming older recruits, and as a result, Orthodoxy suggests a return to the infant-only policy of the Old Jedi Order, which would ensure that children could be raised without the previous attachments and better be able to follow the tenets of Orthodoxy. It would not completely eliminate accepting older recruits, but they would undergo far heavier screening to be accepted.

    Moving from the topics of attachment, the other major tenet of Orthodoxy is the ‘principled stand’ of the movement. Which is essentially the rejection that all views and beliefs are equally valid. Which is much less moderate than it sounds. It means that the Jedi have a duty to stand up to those opposed to the greater good of the galactic people – of which they mean anyone who opposes the Galactic Alliance, and by extension, the Jedi Order itself.

    Orthodoxy recognizes a clear divide in the Force – the light and the dark – and practices the firm belief that one cannot utilize any aspect of the dark side without becoming tainted or corrupted, which can never be removed even if one could come back from falling. By extension, those who maintain more open-minded approaches or ever utilize an ability which would be considered of the dark side, they are regarded as, for lack of a better word, ‘heretics’ and ‘tainted individuals.’

    This immediately puts them at odds with the Imperial Knights, Mandalorian Jedi, and likely a few of the other Force-user sects. As expected, the Sith are also recognized as the true enemies of the Jedi, and all are warned to be forever vigilant of the threat they pose to galactic society. The issues of Orthodoxy come from the fact that it already is extremely polarizing in nature by immediately labeling those who don’t completely agree as heretics, and can be very easily twisted by the leadership to suit whatever views they actually believe.

    On paper, Orthodoxy is not the worst belief system for a Jedi to practice. If it were a standard Fraternity, this likely wouldn’t have caused as much backlash. But if you’ve noticed, Orthodoxy has barely been referenced to as a Fraternity, and instead closer to an ideology or religion. This is because that is how it is. Orthodoxy has the clear goal to change the principles and nature of the Jedi Order itself, and has now ingrained itself so strongly that Jedi will actually identify themselves as Orthodox Jedi in some circumstances, instead of just 'Jedi.'

    This is something akin to a new sect of the Jedi Order, not a Fraternity divide. And since this is an ideology that conflicts with many others in the Order, and the Orthodox Jedi want to make it more established in the Order as a whole, they are being attacked for it. Unfortunately, Orthodoxy is also written and established in a way as to make it seem as though those who follow it are unquestionably right and correct, and it doesn’t help that other Fraternities and Jedi have taken the bait and made frankly ludicrous statements like saying the Orthodox plan to remove all emotions, or forbid relationships, which just makes the Orthodox Jedi more entrenched in their beliefs and continually frustrated in the opposition – which they will take as more evidence that change needs to come to the Order.

    There is much fueling this ideological divide, and regardless of if Undien and other Orthodox-leaning Councilors are behind the worst of it, they have certainly prepared for it and the reactions. They have fully taken advantage of the opening presented to shift the nature of the Order completely, but I suspect it is too late to be doing this now.

    At best, this will lead to a splitting of the Jedi if reconciliation fails. At worst, it will lead to a Jedi civil war.
     
  13. xabiar

    xabiar Jedi Youngling

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    FRINGE FRATERNITIES

    ISOLATIONISTS

    Leadership: The very concept of ‘leadership’ and ‘organization’ isn’t really encouraged by the Isolationists due to their own beliefs of each Jedi following the will of the Force, but if there is a singular ‘leader’ of the Isolationists, it would be their founder, Byf. A male ithorian and member of the Jedi Reclamation Service, he has been a staunch advocate of the reduction of the involvement of Jedi in galactic affairs.

    He has had quite a significant amount of traveling experience across the galaxy, which has apparently given to him the epiphany that Jedi should be less focused on power and influence, and instead return their focus to the Force itself. Byf abhors violence and conflict, which has put him in opposition to, at minimum, the Militant Order and most other Jedi.

    Curiously, the only friend of note he has is Councilor Lara’ritten, who shares a fair bit of his beliefs, but they drastically differ on the role the Order should play in the galaxy. Despite this, there is a mutual respect between them, and Ritten has more than once defended some of what he’s said, especially in regards to the continued militarization of the Jedi Order.

    Member Composition: Very few, and largely from the Sphere of History and Knowledge, Exploration and Discovery, and Science and Research. There is a smattering of others from other Spheres (exactly zero from the Militant Order, however), but they number only in the triple digits at best. There is a surprisingly wide age disparity, with a healthy mixture of younger and older Jedi. This could be chalked up to Master-Padawan influence, but more research would need to be conducted to confirm. Their members are estimated to be around 20,000.

    Overview: There are Jedi who don’t like politics, and there are Jedi who don’t like the Alliance, if you put them together you will probably get the Isolationist Fraternity, one of the smallest in the Order, and for generally good reason, as there are some rather unrealistic and ludicrous stances they take.

    The most unsurprising and ‘uncontroversial’ is their desire to remove the Jedi from all galactic and political affairs. They are concerned that the Jedi have become too focused and corrupted by influence and power, and they are no longer following the will of the Force, and are obsessed with themselves and what they have built.

    To address this, they would take the Jedi to some planet in the Outer Rim and completely change the focus of the Order to revolve around following the will of the Force, which would mean no more major intervention from the Jedi, and the Order as a whole would become more decentralized, with each Jedi following their own path. The 'Jedi' as an entity would appear to cease, as most Jedi would be free to do whatever they wanted.

    It is everything short of dissolving the Order, which they fail to realize wouldn’t work anyway since the Jedi who consider their idea ludicrous would reform the Jedi Order and return things to the way they are. It’s remarkably shortsighted and inefficient, and it mostly appears that Isolationists just want to leave the Order itself, but aren’t brave enough to do it on their own, so they remain to leverage what little influence they have.

    They tend to be largely pacifistic and diplomatic, most of them historians, explorers, and individuals of that nature. At the same time, they have suggested the dissolution of the Sphere of the Militant Order and reformation of the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation – which they believe the majority of issues in the Jedi Order stem from, a suggestion which has… not gone over well with the vast majority of the Jedi.

    Isolationists completely fit the definition of ‘fringe’ in sheer shortsightedness, but in all honesty, they are relatively harmless. If we wish to utilize them, it would be best if they could be encouraged to split from the Order itself and establish somewhere else. They just need a little incentive, and that section of the Jedi would be gone.

    TRADITIONALISTS

    Leadership: Such a small Fraternity which is already fairly exclusive doesn’t require significant organization, but if there was a ‘leader’ to be found over the Traditionalist, it would be Pio Rodas, an elderly Conciliator and male human who is approaching his eighties. Old enough to have seen the Order undergo significant changes in principles and culture, he has become increasingly disillusioned with the Jedi Order and there are rumors that his last act before he dies – or just before then – he will leave the Jedi Order and take many of the Traditionalists with him in a final defiance of a Jedi Council he sees as weak and corrupt.

    I suspect the Jedi will do absolutely nothing to stop him.

    Member Composition: Very small and limited, as this Fraternity only appeals to a very specific (and likely bitter) kind of Jedi. Members tend to only come from the Sphere of History and Knowledge, Science and Research, Conciliation and Reflection, and rarely, Diplomacy and Mediation. Unsurprisingly, almost all of them are elderly Jedi and each seem to have some resentment over the fact that they’re constantly ignored by other Jedi for their extremely questionable beliefs. The smallest Fraternity, their numbers just barely surpass 7,000.

    Overview: If one was to combine all of the extreme positions the uninformed attribute to Orthodoxy, they would be somewhat surprised to find that they were actually describing the Traditionalists. In what is widely considered to be one of the most regressive Fraternities in the Order, Traditionalists are Jedi who think that the Old Jedi Order didn’t go far enough in their rules.

    They believe in complete non-attachment in any capacity. No romantic relationships, no friendships, only completely impartial associations with others, as they think that is the only means by which the Jedi will be able to protect themselves from the corruption of the dark side.

    This has resulted, as you would expect, in it not being that popular.

    In addition to that, Traditionalists tend to hold almost all other Jedi in a kind of contempt, believing them to be compromised and too weak to resist the dark side. They are advocates of stripping Jedi who don’t or won’t follow their rules and significantly reducing the numbers of the Jedi Order. They despise the fact that there are non-Jedi within the Order, and overall, dislike how deeply politics have been entrenched in the Jedi.

    The interesting thing is that the few Traditionalists that exist are not exactly bad at their jobs. They carry out their assignments with professionalism and competence, but if you try to debate their philosophical and ideological beliefs, you have better luck arguing with a stone based on how adamant they are that they are correct.

    They were encouraged with the rise of Orthodoxy, but quickly backed off when they realized that it didn’t take it to ridiculous extremes, and have repeatedly accused Undien of watering down what’s necessary to put the Jedi back on the ‘correct path.’ Like the Isolationists, the Traditionalists appear to not understand how flawed their ideas are or the consequences of what would happen should the impossible happen and they gained power.

    The concept of this Fraternity alone is unbelievable enough that there has been some internal discussion amongst ourselves if the Traditionalists were established to be a scapegoat or distraction for the rise of Orthodoxy, as much of Traditionalist doctrine is similar to Orthodox doctrine – just far more extreme. Detractors would use Traditionalist doctrine to attack Orthodoxy, which is inaccurate and gives Orthodoxy more legitimacy when this is pointed out.

    However, this is unfounded speculation and even for Undien this is stretching it. It’s just more likely that Undien, like he does with everything, saw what the Traditionalists represented, and utilized them to his advantage. Ironically, the Traditionalists have unwittingly played a part in the spread and legitimization of Orthodoxy, something they would no doubt be fuming over.

    It would not be surprising if in the near future, they split off from the Jedi and established their own sect. Unlike the Isolationists, the Traditionalists are more experienced and have the stronger will to go through with something like that, especially as they are being shunned more and more by other Jedi.

    SEPARATISTS

    Leadership: Organized in a hierarchical format, they have clearly taken inspiration from the Militant Order and Imperial Knights, as the Separatists are organized into Divisions, and the leaders of the Divisions form a Council which they use to make all the major decisions. Each leader is internally elected and approved by the rest of the Council. Unlike most Fraternities, the Separatists have nearly all their members involved in some actual capacity, allowing them to spread their influence far more than other Fraternities with more members.

    - The Division of Internal Management: Bau Riven, a skakoan male and Jedi Scientist – one of the few Separatists of that Sphere. One of the most interesting Jedi, as he is one of the few skakoan Force-users to ever exist, and when he joined the Jedi, he brought with him his vast technical and management experience from the Techno Union and now applies it to managing the Separatist Fraternity.

    It’s unclear what convinced him to join the Separatists almost immediately, but we suspect it’s due to the fact that due to his position within the Techno Union, he understands the extent of Alliance corruption and is working to correct it. His actual management methods are unknown, but it’s suspected that he is utilizing AIs, other former Techno Union individuals, and drawing on other outside individuals. There is not much else that can explain how his engineering of the Fraternity’s sheer effectiveness and reach is done, because he’s definitely not doing it on his own.

    For what it’s worth, Riven is a noted friend of Shartan, despite some ideological differences. Something to keep in mind.

    - The Division of Order Influence: Lewoli, a female quarren Jedi Mediator responsible for recruitment and for all intents and purposes, one of the most public faces of the Separatists. A master debater and a cunning linguist, she is approachable, reasonable, and knows how to appeal to whoever she is speaking to.

    Like others, her allegiance to the Separatists is the result of what she views as the symbiotically corruptive relationship between the Jedi and Galactic Alliance. An advocate for removing the Jedi from Coruscant entirely, she is not necessarily in favor of complete alignment with the Empire, but for the Jedi to at least attempt to remain as a neutral party in the galaxy and not be so unquestionably biased toward the Alliance.

    She absolutely despises Undien and many of the Jedi within the Sphere of Diplomacy and Outreach, and was at least acquainted with former Grand Master Skywalker, even if they didn’t see eye to eye on everything. One thing to keep in mind is that she’s friends with Txon Oro, one of Palavola’s Extensions of the Will. It’s entirely possible Palavola has some stake in the Fraternity, and as such, Lewoli should be observed moving forward.

    - The Division of Imperial Outreach: Iolanda Sunrider, a female human member of the Jedi Reclamation Service, she’s an interesting, but unsurprising choice for this position. She’s had quite a bit of contact with the Empire to research the ruins which reside in our territory, and has made an effort to remain on good relations with the Diplomatic Corps.

    Due to this, she has a more lenient view of the Empire than most Jedi, and she regularly keeps in contact with some of the friends she made there – including one of the members of the Maw. She’s actually visited Bastion multiple times and has an acceptable understanding of how the Empire works for an outsider, and notably not a negative one.

    While not the most experienced or qualified for the position itself – she isn’t technically a diplomat – she makes up for it by being enthusiastic and genuine. She is by far the youngest Jedi on this Council, only thirty-two, and naïve on certain subjects. She has worked to compensate her weaknesses by forming a small experienced team of some Separatists who are Mediators or Diplomats. It may be beneficial to reach out to her before she does so to us. Showing that we are willing to listen and are aware of them will likely catch their attention.

    - The Division of Anticorruption: Vor Meir, one of the oddest individuals within the Jedi Order, he is a male muun Justicar who takes a severely different approach to crime than most of his brethren. Instead of relying on his lightsaber for most of his issues, he instead utilizes his vast knowledge of financial and white-collar crime to exact justice.

    His areas of operation are primarily on developed worlds such as Coruscant, Corellia, Muunilinst, Naboo, and other areas ripe with corruption. He has acquired degrees in business management, finance law, and spent several years working within the Banking Clan and the Alliance Fraud Department to acquire hands-on experience before returning to the Jedi and becoming a Justicar.

    He worked as a Justicar for ten years before officially joining the Separatists, after becoming disillusioned with how easily prominent individuals were able to sidestep the white-collar crime common on developed worlds, and simply killing them would be ultimately a detriment to the Order. While not flagrantly pro-Empire, he sees us as better than the alternative.

    He’s worked within the Separatists in a fairly limited capacity, but ultimately to disentangle the web of influence Undien has created. While he must move extremely carefully to avoid Undien turning his wrath on him, Meir has been responsible for the arrest of several Jedi participating in illegal election operations (who were likely part of the Nudge Team) – all disavowed by Undien, of course. We suspect that once the methodical collection of evidence and records has been collected, he sends it either to the Sphere of Laws and Justice, or Vigilance and Farsight. Probably both.

    He might not be able to fully remove corruption from the Alliance, but the Jedi take that seriously and for now that is where he is working. He could be a useful asset.

    - Director of the Separatist Fraternity: Melechor Noia, a male mirialan and Fist of the Militant Order (trained as a Sentinel), he is an accomplished warrior and has spent several tours along the Outer Rim before returning to the Order to assist in gathering support for continued operations.

    This has achieved minimal success, and Noia became very frustrated with the political processes of the Alliance and ultimately switched his Fraternity from Militant Order to Separatists. It should be noted that he was approached about joining Force Ascendant (which has never ever been brought up by anyone), but ultimately turned them down.

    It’s thanks to Noia that the Separatists have been recently achieving success. He is responsible for the overhauling of the Fraternity into what it was today, and bringing Jedi such as Riven on board. He has actually had some significant contact with the Empire, first during some of his operations in the Outer Rim when a few joint Jedi-Imperial Knight Ops were conducted, and also during the annual tournament between the Knights and the Jedi. Still, he is oddly sympathetic to the Empire to a very curious degree, despite his admittedly limited interactions.

    And we found out the reason why. Noia is currently engaged in a secretive romantic relationship with Valx’el’alila (Xela), a chiss Imperial Knight, and both of them have continued it for the past three years. As we discovered, the Inquisitors have been aware of her relationship with Noia for some time, as she covertly reported it. The Inquisitors have apparently deemed it appropriate to continue so long as she reports any significant developments, and it’s possible that they want to leverage that to encourage him to outright defect to the Empire.

    However, Noia has never indicated such, and it’s unknown how much Knight Xela is interested in carrying out their agenda, as she is a Knight, not an Inquisitor. As far as we are aware, Noia has not informed any individual within the Jedi of his ongoing romance, which isn’t surprising due to his own position in the Separatists, and the fact that it is with an Imperial Knight.

    Regardless of if the relationship is pragmatic or genuine, it nonetheless is beneficial for the Empire as it ensures that for the time being, the Separatists are extremely open to us and Noia in particular has a very personal reason for wanting closer Jedi-Imperial relations.

    Member Composition: The Separatists are primarily made up of Jedi from the Militant Order, Justicars, Spheres of Diplomacy and Mediation, Living Force, and curiously, some from Vigilance and Farsight. There are Jedi from the other Spheres as well, but those are a clear minority. Unofficially, they have some public support from Jedi who don’t affiliate with Fraternities which the Separatists leverage whenever they can. They are a growing Fraternity, and have amassed over 50,000 members – their classification of ‘fringe’ in this document refers to their decidedly non-Jedi attitudes towards the Empire and principles associated with it.

    Overview: While Imperial Intelligence and the Inquisitors are well aware of this particular Fraternity, it is worth going over in some detail, as it represents an exceptional opportunity for the Empire as well as a means to possible leverage our own influence within the Jedi Order in a more legitimate capacity.

    The Separatists are Jedi who have grown disillusioned with the constant problems, ineffectiveness, and corruption of the Galactic Alliance, and want to instead align the Jedi Order closer to the Fellan Imperium instead. At minimum, they want the Jedi to stop being so intertwined with the Alliance to such a significant degree and divest themselves from significant Alliance planets over the possibility of being preemptively biased for the Alliance.

    It would be misleading to say that the Separatists want to join the Empire itself, but at minimum, they see more they want to emulate from the Empire than the Alliance, and admittedly, if the political corruption is something seen on a daily basis and it seems near-impossible to stop – or worse, continually perpetuated by the Jedi – then the Empire seems to be a better alternative.

    They are highly organized for a ‘fringe’ Fraternity and if one didn’t know better, they would say that the Separatists were planning to break from the Jedi Order. However, this has been addressed by Master Melechor Noia, who has stated that the Separatists will continue to work within the Jedi Order until they are either expelled or succeed.

    The organization itself bears some similarities to what is publicly available on the Imperial Knights, and while they haven’t officially begun reaching out to the Empire – instead focusing on gathering support in the Order – they are making moves to do so in the near future. Our operations in the Outer Rim against the hutts have been useful in providing them material to show the effectiveness of Imperial soldiers, power, and decisiveness.

    Now, one would ask just how much influence a literal Imperialist Fraternity in the Jedi Order would do. The answer is well enough to where there are reportedly Masters concerned with how well the Separatists are doing. They are no Orthodox in recruitment, but they are gaining a steady number of Jedi who are growing tired of the Jedi being tied to the Alliance. We are not the Empire of Palpatine, and it appears the Jedi have finally come around to not seeing the word 'Empire' and equating it with 'evil' or 'Sith.'

    It is an encouraging development, and if there are no operations taking place to contact the Separatists, these should be done. Provided with enough resources and information, we could see some significant shifts in the Jedi Order in regards to the Empire, and worst-case scenario, there are a significant amount of Jedi who could be recruited into the Imperial Knights.

    This is too enticing an opportunity to ignore. We have a clear ‘in’ to the Jedi Order here. I suggest we use it.

    GRAY LINE

    Leadership: The Gray Line are fairly organized and managed by a small council that is carefully curated internally to ensure that no one too aggressive, confrontational, or ambitious gains authority. What each individual member does usually corresponds to their skill set, and as such, the objectives of Gray Line shift slightly whenever new members join.

    The current members of the Gray Line Council are the following:

    - Li Kreeta, a female falleen Jedi Archivist who is an expert on Sith and Imperial history, and has a fascination with various major figures with the respective histories, including Palpatine, Vader, Bane, and Vitiate.

    It’s unknown why she failed to advance in the Black Guard, and it appears more than likely that it was a quiet blacklisting by another Master which deemed further exposure to dark side knowledge and artifacts too risky. This appears to have backfired since she’s now joined Gray Line, and is working to perform archaeological expeditions and financial trades for information on the Sith and knowledge that the Jedi are keeping hidden. She would likely be receptive to knowledge we could provide; something to keep in mind.

    - Vamaro, a female neimoidian who was abandoned in front of one of the Jedi Temples as an infant, she has since grown to become a member of the Reclamation Service, which is where her interest towards the more arcane aspects of the Force manifested. She is not interested in the 'dark side' per se, but in other aspects of the Force which aren’t as well-documented.

    This exploration has run into unexpected roadblocks, as many of the rituals and ambivalent uses of the Force are only available for Jedi Masters, and even then, sometimes only to the Black Guard. This includes information on the ‘magic’ performed by the Witches of Dathomir, and the legends of the reality-altering powers of the Force-wielders, and even research into ancient gree abilities, as the species was once said to be able to harness the Force to perform amazing feats.

    She sees the Gray Line as her only alternative for this kind of research, and appears to not want to wait until she is inevitably promoted to get answers for herself. She is a good speaker and has become skilled at dispelling some of the fearmongering which surrounds the Fraternity, something which is becoming more necessary as of late.

    - Arsi Rekola, a male human Jedi Warden, and the founder of Gray Line. He is a Jedi with one of the more unique histories in the Jedi. Namely, that he was originally of the Quabular and left after he passed their initiation ritual. For those unaware, this initiation ritual involves the student deliberately falling to the dark side (with help from their superiors) followed by their subsequent redemption.

    It’s unclear what exactly happened to Rekola specifically, but it ended with his Master dead and his abandonment of the Quabular. Considering his past, he was initially rejected by the High Council itself due to what happened to him, and it was only through the words of Grand Master Skywalker that he was allowed to join, as it was clear the dark side no longer touched him.

    Rekola became a part of the Militant Order, and after many years of service he had reflected over the outcome of his trial and the nature of the Force itself. He spent several years going throughout the Spheres, in particular, the Sphere of the Living Force, to answer his questions. It was after he met with Palavola himself that he established Gray Line without any ceremony.

    This was apparently done with the permission of Skywalker, who he consulted beforehand, so long as it was done in a safe and responsible manner. The lesson that he appears to have taken from his Quabular trial is that while he had utilized the dark side, it had ultimately been him who had been corrupted, not the Force itself. Part of which could have been due to the stigma surrounding the dark side, which in itself is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    To this end, he doesn’t necessarily seem to want Jedi shooting lightning everywhere, but to reduce the stigma around the forbidden, because, as he has experienced, if one believes that the power they use is corruptive, they will fall – it isn’t unreasonable to assume they will, if only because that is what is expected.

    He’s much older now, but still keeps in contact with Skywalker and is good friends with Battlemaster Shartan.

    Member Composition: While not a massive Fraternity, there are more members than one might expect for such a controversial group. Members usually come from the Sphere of History and Knowledge, as well as the Militant Order. Like other Fraternities, the remainder of the membership is made up of small groups from the other Spheres. The members of Gray Line are also those who would be considered ‘rebels’ and figures who have issues with authority. This is not to say that these Jedi aren’t intelligent or mature – if that were the case, they would have done something rash and forced the Fraternity to shut down – but it does mean that these Jedi don’t really fit in with the others. There are estimated to be around 35,000 members, and it is still growing very slowly.

    Overview: While the Traditionalists are regressive, they are dismissed due to their small size and relative harmlessness. The true controversial Fraternity is the Gray Line, who are Jedi who reject the traditional, binary understanding of the Force – light and dark. Instead, they recognize the Force as something which exists along a spectrum, and that it is the individual who determines intent, not the power they utilize.

    In short, they are Jedi who advocate for the utilization of abilities which are associated with the dark side and the continued research into the previously restricted and forbidden aspects of the Force.

    While they don’t openly utilize the dark side, as doing such could very well ensure they are expelled from the Order, they are not silent in their beliefs. They argue that the Force simply is, and utilizing all aspects of it is not only better for the Jedi, but the galaxy as well. To not use the full extent of the Force, to them, is limiting its potential.

    The name itself refers to the blurring of stark lines of light and dark. They state that it is entirely possible for a Jedi to use the darker aspects of the Force in service of the ideals of the light and it is not a mutually exclusive relationship. They don’t downplay the risks of such research and utilization, but they, ironically, point to the Imperial Knights and Quabular as examples of Force-users who have used the dark side and retained themselves in the end.

    This has not gone over well with Undien and many Orthodox Jedi who view them as unfathomably foolish and heretical.

    It is not a popular Fraternity to be associated with, and even those who view them with tolerance are wary that at any moment the whole concept could collapse, and the Council isn’t willing to even allow supervised experimentation into utilizing dark side abilities, and there are rumors that every member of Gray Line is blacklisted from ever handling texts and artifacts which have been associated with the Sith.

    The Jedi seem intent on holding this Fraternity back. This presents an opportunity for the Empire to provide what the Jedi will not. If we were able to establish a working relationship between Gray Line and the Maw (possibly organized through the Separatists), we would gain more influence within the Order itself, or, worst-case scenario, we could acquire a few additional Imperial Knights.

    This is another opportunity which should not go to waste. The Order has become fractured enough to the point where we have multiple points of penetration. With that said, we should be careful, as this Fraternity is one which is doubtless monitored by the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight.

    FORCE ASCENDANT

    Leadership: For some reason, this particular Fraternity is run by none other than Councilor Saresh Palavola, the Will of the Living Force, herself. Every single aspect of its management is secretive and we were unable to learn the inner workings. It’s likely heavily managed by the Extensions of the Will, and maybe a few others who she trusts enough.

    As far as we can tell, Force Ascendant has been in existence since the moment she assumed her position on the Jedi Council. Apparently, no one really paid attention to the fact that she’d done it until literal months later, and it was never brought up again. She’s presumably worked to enhance, expand, and recruit for the Fraternity, but what that entails we don’t know, and are unlikely to know.

    Considering what we know of her, this should understandably be a concerning development.

    As well as the fact that absolutely no one in the Jedi Order seems to want to acknowledge this.

    Member Composition: Force Ascendant is comprised of nearly thirty percent of the Sphere of the Living Force, and the occasional individual from other Spheres. Comparing it to the Militant Order Fraternity is actually fairly accurate, with the caveat that entry into Force Ascendant is far more restrictive and the Fraternity itself is nowhere near as involved as other groups on this scale. The numbers for Force Ascendant are a staggering 600,000, dwarfing nearly all other minority and fringe Fraternities.

    This is not normal.

    Overview: To close out this section of the report, this is among the most unsettling of the Fraternities – unsurprising given the involvement of Councilor Palavola and a significant amount of the Sphere of the Living Force. You would think that a Fraternity which quite freely states that the Alliance would be better if it was controlled directly by the Jedi would be the subject of some controversy, no?

    Well, that does not appear to be the case.

    There could be a host of reasons for why Force Ascendant flies under the collective consciousness of the Jedi. It could be because the members don’t really integrate themselves significantly into Order politics. It could be because only the curious find them in the first place. It could be because the fact that Palavola is running the Fraternity is enough to scare people off from even asking why a Councilor of the Jedi Order is running a Jedi supremacist Fraternity.

    Regardless of the true reason, the fact remains that Force Ascendant is somehow invisible within the Jedi Order and beyond. No one in the Alliance seems to know who they are, or even that it’s one of the Jedi Fraternities. Even Jedi aren’t always sure what Force Ascendant even stands for since the Fraternity is not involved with Order politics.

    I will remind you that this is a Fraternity with over six hundred thousand members. I genuinely have no idea how this kind of ignorance can exist, aside from the members taking a vow of silence or using the Force to conduct an impossibly effective mind-wipe of the Jedi around them. Yes, it is ludicrous, but this should be a political powerhouse in the Jedi and… it really isn’t. Force Ascendant is not involved publicly in either internal or external politics. We’ve conducted enough interviews and research to confirm this.

    So the question stands – what does Force Ascendant do?

    The answer isn’t straightforward. It essentially is a cross between the decentralization of Orthodoxy and intelligence operations. It appears primarily concerned that the Jedi always operate from a position of power, be it over the Alliance, Empire, or anyone the Jedi is dealing with at the time. It emphasizes Jedi leadership and control over many and all aspects they are involved in.

    Members of Force Ascendant usually don’t say they are members of Force Ascendant, and, in fact, there is suspicion that members of other Fraternities are also members of this one and are using their positions to create and propagate Jedi dominance. As far as we have learned, entry into this Fraternity is invitation-only. The criterion for selection is unknown, but candidates are likely covertly surveyed or radicalized before actually being invited to join.

    The disturbing implication of Force Ascendant is that while assuming control over the Alliance is the ultimate goal, the subtext that ‘Jedi are superior leaders and rulers’ indicates that the Force Ascendant Jedi would extend this mandate to the rest of the galaxy, which would mean the removal of the Empire, Mandalorians, and the conquest of the lawless Outer Rim.

    Which is rather insane, until you remember that Saresh Palavola is running it.

    If that isn’t a cause for concern, then I encourage you to read what we have gathered about her again and ask yourself if that woman would tie herself to a movement she didn’t believe would succeed. She has some plan for Force Ascendant, and the fact that a worrying percentage of Jedi from the Sphere of the Living Force – as well as a few select members from the Sphere of the Militant Order, Vigilance and Farsight, and Law and Justice – are also members is not a red flag, but a ringing alarm bell.

    Knowing what we do about Palavola, she is patient enough to wait years before doing something. Which means before that happens, we need to know who and what she is, what her plans are, and how it will affect the Empire. This is not something we can afford to take a chance on.
     
  14. xabiar

    xabiar Jedi Youngling

    Registered:
    Jun 17, 2019
    FRATERNITY RELATIONSHIPS

    OVERVIEW: There has been a significant amount of time spent on the various Fraternities themselves, and from the descriptions, one will likely be able to already determine some natural alliances and rivalries that exist between the various Fraternities (including some explicit mentions).

    This adds another layer of complexity to the already interwoven relationships between the Spheres themselves, as the Fraternities are composed of members from all Spheres, which has at times led to some internal conflict, although as noted in the section on the Fraternities, members from certain Spheres are drawn to certain Fraternities with some degree of predictability.

    To begin this section, we will cover the alliances between the various Fraternities.

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    FRATERNITY ALLIANCES: Alliances are not necessarily formed because the Fraternities agree on everything. In many cases, it is a completely temporary arrangement to instigate some change within the Order or as a show of support. This will cover all alliances of note within the timeframe this report was written and should not be assumed to be permanent or applicable in the future.

    The Minority Bloc: This is, as one would assume, an alliance between several minority Fraternities which currently includes Evolving Order, the Reformationists, and Gray Line. In the past, it has also included the Separatists and even Force Ascendant at one point. However, more recently, it has coalesced around these three Fraternities due to Force Ascendant recently breaking off into its own bloc, and the Separatists reaching an agreement with the Militant Bloc.

    The focus of the Minority Bloc is to initiate radical change within the Jedi Order and the severe break from the status quo as it relates to the interpersonal relationships within the Jedi Order, the accepted beliefs about the Force, and the political actions the Jedi have taken. The Minority Bloc works as a mostly united front to act as the face of the more conscientious and moralistic Jedi and to undermine the work conducted by the majority of Jedi officials – or at least blunt what are perceived to be their worst offenses.

    There is talk about the possibility of adding the Isolationists to this Bloc, but there are major disagreements about the role the Jedi should play in the galaxy. While the Isolationists, as noted earlier, want little to do with the galaxy, the Minority Bloc fully intends to maintain a presence in the galaxy. So, for the moment, talks have completely stalled.

    The Militant Bloc: A long-standing political bloc between the Militant Order Fraternity and United Alliance. Given the military focus and general pro-Alliance attitudes of both Fraternities, joining to form an official bloc was an easy decision.

    The focus of the Militant Bloc has always revolved around the deepening of Order ties to the Alliance, as well as expanding the militant aspects of the Jedi Order. Supporting pro-Jedi senators and individuals was also a secondary objective, which has been carried out to significant success when the Orthodox Fraternity was previously part of this bloc.

    However, eventually the Orthodox split into their own bloc and the Militant Bloc has restructured its objectives somewhat in response. Their focus appears to no longer be necessarily strengthening Alliance ties, and instead supporting Jedi intervention in the Outer Rim and creating more solid relationships with the Empire.

    In short, it appears to be an attempt to make the entire bloc less openly biased. The reason for these changes comes as the result of Battlemaster Shartan managing to reach an agreement with the Separatists to join their bloc. We are still not aware as to the details of how Shartan managed to convince the others in the Militant Order, much less United Alliance, to agree as well, but it speaks as a testament to his negotiating skills.

    Considering the tense relationship between the Separatists and United Alliance, we are unsure just how long such an alliance will last, and if it persists it will likely be attributed to the iron will of Shartan.

    The Orthodox Bloc: The largest ‘recognized’ political bloc of the Jedi, the Orthodox have recently become large enough to maintain their own bloc which they lead. This includes the Expansionists, as well as the Traditionalists, ironically enough. Though it should be noted that the Traditionalists only seem to be involved because they don’t see any alternative and are merely tolerated by the rest of the bloc.

    Unsurprisingly, they are focused on the emphasis of Orthodox concepts and beliefs throughout the Jedi Order, as well as working to ensure that the Jedi are prepared to face any threat the galaxy could throw at them. They are heavily opposed to research on dark side artifacts or powers, as well as taking a hard stance against those who blur the lines on what is and is not acceptable.

    Politically, they are heavily in favor of the Galactic Alliance, and are consequently wary of the Empire due to their beliefs on the Force. They have a tentative understanding with the Militant Bloc on most issues, though recently have been having problems due to the concessions made to bring the Separatists into their fold.

    The Moderate Bloc: Consisting of the Moderate and Neutral Party Fraternities, the Moderate Bloc is the third of the big three political blocs of the Jedi Order, and much like the leading Fraternity in question, is largely concerned with maintaining stability and discourse within the Jedi Order.

    They tend to advocate against rash decisions and immediate intervention in favor of diplomacy and waiting for situations to develop. While they generally fall in favor of the Alliance, there is a recent interest in developing more extensive ties with the Empire, and until recently, they included the Separatists in their bloc. The reason for the split appears to come from a disagreement regarding the Outer Rim, and with the Militant Bloc now open to Imperial alliances and military intervention in the Outer Rim, the Separatists departing the Moderate Bloc makes sense.

    Nonetheless, the Moderate Bloc is fairly open when they recognize that they don’t necessarily have completely firm stances and are more interested in serving as a platform for others to be able to express their opinions and beliefs about the direction the Jedi should go on the political stage. This has, at times, made the Moderate Bloc unpredictable in what it promotes, as it mostly depends on the opinions of the leadership at the time.

    If Skywalker returns to the Moderates, it is possible that they could become an extremely influential bloc in the near-future and revitalize the Fraternity itself.

    The Ascendant Bloc: Much like the political actions of the Fraternity itself, the Ascendant Bloc does not contribute significantly to the political discourse of the Jedi Order. This will may possibly change, as they have recently brought the Gray Line into the bloc. While it isn’t illegal or unheard of from a Fraternity to belong to more than one bloc, it is irregular due to the possible conflicts of interest.

    It is possible that if there is too much conflict between the Minority and Ascendant Blocs, the Gray Line will be forced to pick one – and if that is the case, they will likely stay with the Ascendant Bloc, as they are slowing becoming more involved. Not in strictly political matters, but they have recently emerged as staunchly against the Orthodox suggestions which limit research on the Force.

    If this is the first step in the Ascendant Bloc becoming more active within the Order is an open question – and if they start to do so, we should pay close attention, because that means that Palavola may be preparing to make significant moves within the Jedi Order. The significance of this you surely understand at this point.

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    FRATERNITY RIVALRIES: As there are Fraternities which naturally get along with each other, the opposite is true where there are those who can generously be called ‘rivals.’ In truth, rival Fraternities hold very low opinions of the other and have significant disagreements and in some cases, outright anger towards the other. As a result, the members tend to avoid each other, and interactions can quickly become heated. While some members of rival Fraternities can get along, this is more the exception than the rule.

    While other Fraternities have various disagreements with each other, the majority are never to the extent of a rivalry. The three major Fraternities for example, have decent working relationships and don’t really dislike their opponents at the expense of all else.

    Traditionalists | Evolving Order: While it isn’t a secret that Traditionalists are far from the most popular Jedi within the Order, few have as many differences between them as the members of Evolving Order have. The Fraternities themselves are so diametrically opposed that it would be more surprising if they got along more often than they did not.

    The Traditionalists consider the members of Evolving Order to be the worst examples of the modern Jedi Order in their embracing of emotion, excess, and the more extreme opinions some members have on growing the Jedi Order. They appear to largely dislike the Fraternity because they see a future where there are no more limits on what is permissible in the Order, and a near-complete abandonment of the old and ‘proper’ ways of the Order.

    In contrast, Evolving Order sees the Traditionalists as actively standing in the way of Jedi development and being in favor of not only remaining regressive, but attempting to sabotage any attempt to move past the outdated traditions of the old Order. The stark contrast in age demographics between the two Fraternities is also a point of contention, with many in Evolving Order retaining some smugness in the fact that they will most likely outlive the Traditionalists because all of them will eventually die off.

    Needless to say, neither Fraternity has high opinions of the other, and letting two members get into a debate without some kind of moderator is simply asking for trouble.

    Orthodox | Gray Line: While it was mentioned that the major Fraternities tend to treat each other and the minor ones with some degree of understanding and respect, the Orthodox take extreme issue with the members of the Gray Line Fraternity. Considering the descriptions provided in the previous sections – specifically on the views the Gray Line has towards the Force – this should not come as a surprise.

    At best, Orthodox Jedi tend to believe that those who are with the Gray Line are always teetering on the edge of falling to the dark side. The more well-intentioned ones will often try and sway the Jedi away from such dangerous ideas as considering the Force not exclusively in terms of light and dark, but in nearly all cases this doesn’t work.

    For the most part, the rivalry between the two Fraternities is one-sided, at least it started out that way. However, many Gray Line Jedi have grown annoyed and frustrated at the constant badgering and preachy harassment of the Orthodox Jedi, who, in turn, are concerned that the Gray Line are close to falling, and more dangerously, spreading their ideas to other developing Jedi.

    More than once, the Orthodox has attempted to get the entire Fraternity disbanded or barred from entering discussions – or more covertly, blacklisting Jedi of the Gray Line. Each time it fails, largely due to pushback from the Moderate Bloc, and more recently Force Ascendant, and since their creation of the Ascendant Bloc, political action against the Gray Line directly has stopped.

    But the animosity between the two Fraternities remains, and reconciliation is unlikely to happen anytime soon.

    United Alliance | Separatists: If the previous two rivalries revolved around ideological and philosophical differences, the disagreements between United Alliance and the Separatists are completely political. While in theory there should be little conflict between the two, as the Empire and Alliance are part of the Triumvirate – in practice, we all know how that actually goes.

    In the end, the Alliance and Empire are two very different governments with very different values and goals. An alliance does not mean history is forgotten or each side no longer sees the disagreements they have with the other. But both the Alliance and Empire can at least see the benefits of such an agreement and look past their differences.

    For these two Fraternities, it is more difficult. United Alliance considers the Separatists borderline traitors for wanted to break with the Alliance, which has historically been an ally of the Jedi, going back multiple incarnations. They see our undemocratic and militaristic nature as dangerous and the Imperial Knights as flirting with the dark side and enforcing the will of the Sovereigns upon the people (to put it bluntly, they do not like how an empire actually functions).

    And then you have the Separatists who see United Alliance as propping up and supporting a corrupt and ineffective government for little more than power and influence. Who are more than willing to overlook the blatant crimes and worst aspects of the Alliance in favor of entrenching the Jedi deeper within them regardless of the cost of such actions to the integrity of the Order.

    In short, both sides think the other is wrong and there is almost no chance they can be convinced otherwise. Which makes the Separatists joining the Militant Bloc very interesting indeed, and I have my doubts that even Shartan will be able to hold both Fraternities together. They are too radically opposed, even with the shared goal of purging the Outer Rim. There will be another split, and it will be quite interesting to observe the aftermath.

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    NON-AFFILIATED JEDI AND UNDOCUMENTED FRATERNITIES: There has been significant discussion on the political aspects of the Order within this report, so I will take this time to state that not all Jedi, or even most Jedi are involved in the political issues of the Order. While it is true that more and more are beginning to take notice, if you look at the number of Jedi who are actually in a Fraternity, you will see that it is only a fraction of total Jedi.

    The Jedi who join Fraternities are ones who have a personal interest in these matters, but it would be a mistake to assume that the rest of the Jedi are not a factor. Indeed, there is not an insignificant possibility that quite a few non-affiliated Jedi are followers of Orthodoxy, are Moderates, or hold beliefs and opinions that match other Fraternities – but simply don’t act on them.

    There are also the Jedi who are staunchly apolitical to make a point as to their impartiality. Arbiters, many within the Spheres of Outreach and Aid as well as Vigilance and Farsight also tend to hold this view of politics. This does not, of course, mean that these Jedi don’t have personal opinions, but that they view the impartiality of their job as more important.

    It is also worth noting that there is a smattering of lesser Fraternities which have not been mentioned here as they are simply too niche to be relevant, the largest of which maybe holds a thousand members. Most are more equivalent to small clubs or groups, some of which are not even political in nature. These are not usually documented by the Order and exist informally with people learning about them through word-of-mouth.

    With the continued polarization of the Jedi, it is possible that the numbers of the Fraternities will continue to grow if the political situation becomes more tense, and the coming actions of what Undien, Skywalker, and Palavola will do might determine which direction the Order goes. Given the number of unaffiliated Jedi, it may ultimately come down solely to who is the most convincing.

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    THE JEDI ORDER : ADDITIONAL POLITICAL NOTES

    JEDI COUNCIL INFIGHTING: If there is a clear example of the tensions within the Jedi, it comes from the highest levels, which in this case, is the High Council. While it can’t be said that relations were perfect when Skywalker held the role of ‘Grand Master,’ the Councilors did at least appear to tolerate each other and work to a common goal – or didn’t actively work against each other.

    This was our original assertion.

    Thanks to the scope of this report, we’re now very aware that there has existed a political shadow conflict going on between certain Councilors (often for the betterment of their Spheres), primarily through ideological subversion and propaganda, indoctrination, manipulation, and selective targeting of Padawans and apprentices of other Spheres – often employing the services of the Sphere of Conciliation and Reflection.

    This has achieved two different responses, the first of which is to simply accept this as how the game is played and continue to hurt the other party covertly. Councilors Odan, Dal, Tocrum, and Undien are, of course, engaged in this and may be working in concert with each other to subvert the other Spheres. A good portion of the Council identifies as, or are moderate supporters of, Orthodoxy, which further causes an ideological split between members of the Council.

    There are some Spheres which at least try to exist outside the political spectrum – either because attempting to subvert them is dangerous, as both Palavola and Shartan have demonstrated, or because there is not much leverage or use in doing so, as in the case of the Sphere of Outreach and Aid.

    Adding another layer to this situation is Palavola, who most consider at least mostly apolitical. Considering her situation, and the distinct possibility that she is working with the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight and quite possibly Laws and Justice, it is possible that Undien and his Orthodox allies will be blindsided by any moves she makes.

    Undien taking advantage of Skywalker’s resignation to nominate Buchic and Sifiss has not made him any more friends, because regardless of how exemplary they might be as Jedi, they are known friends and allies of his. Unfair to the candidates as it might be, they are tainted and it has turned a previously non-partisan entity into one with more than one side.

    And a polarized Jedi Council bodes ill for the future of the Order itself. Undien may think he is in control, but right now he is facing declared opposition in the forms of Councilors Palavola, Shartan, Ritten, and Yaden. It is still too soon to determine what the future effects will be, but it’s quite possible that Skywalker’s resignation will be a catalyst for the immediate future of the Jedi Order.

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    AFTERMATH OF THE RESIGNATION OF DANIEL SKYWALKER: The exact details of the situation which led to Grand Master Daniel Skywalker and Councilor Pon Tiian resigning are unfortunately still unknown, and we have been unable to uncover them. This implies to us that Skywalker was not forced out due to a scandal or blackmail, but rather willingly resigned over differences that were likely political or ideological in nature.

    Which implies that Skywalker’s resignation was either a plan or contingency of his, and that Skywalker is not planning to sit idly by. Somehow, he apparently feels like he can be more effective as a regular Jedi as opposed to the Grand Master of the Jedi Order. There are only a few situations where that would be true, and none of them are necessarily good for galactic stability.

    The first scenario involves Skywalker working with Palavola and Yaden, where this is an elaborate political trap which could quite possibly involve implicating Undien in something illegal, leading to his resignation or arrest, which could allow Palavola or another Councilor to take his place (or possibly Skywalker himself) and Skywalker’s resignation would grant legitimacy to whatever would come out on Undien (or his allies) – and would gain the moral high ground within the Order.

    The second scenario involves Skywalker resigning purely on ideological stances. I should note that this would not necessarily be out of character for Skywalker, as his dossier indicates that he feels that the Jedi have become too large, militaristic, and political. If that is the case, then it is likely that he has far fewer allies than we assumed, as even the Jedi opposed to Undien are quite satisfied with the state of the Jedi as it relates to galactic politics and military matters.

    Skywalker resigning simply due to not seeing himself as being able to alter the trajectory of the Jedi in such a situation may make sense, as he would be hindered from the position of Grand Master. However, if this scenario is correct, I am unsure what course of action Skywalker would take. If the Order does not reflect his own beliefs to such an extent, it wouldn’t be a stretch to consider the possibility that he would abandon the Order completely. Which ties into the third and by far the most destructive scenario.

    Scenario three is that Skywalker is anticipating a schism – violent or otherwise – within the Jedi Order and instead of being constrained with his every move watched on the Council, he has decided to be proactive and begin preparing for it on the ground-level. Considering the polarization within the Order, we have reached the unfortunate conclusion that there are several scenarios which could set off a schism within the Order.

    It could be completely peaceful, with Skywalker leading a portion of the Order away to set up somewhere else, or it could quickly turn violent. While we consider a violent civil war the least likely scenario, those who read this should be aware that a civil war within the Jedi Order would be one of the most violent and messy conflicts that can be imagined. It could very well lead to a breakdown of the Triumvirate depending on how many additional allies are swept up in the conflict.

    I cannot see Skywalker leading a violent schism though, but the possibility that he sees something on the horizon is disconcerting.

    Moving from hypotheticals, the resignation has sent ripples of shock throughout the Order. Rumors abound from Skywalker being forced out, backstabbed, or otherwise betrayed, to him dabbling in the dark side or making backroom deals with the Empire (curiously far-fetched, even for a rumor). Since then, speculation has not died down, and Skywalker is currently being quiet about the exact details.

    However, it has had the effect of direct sides being decided in the Jedi Order. The four Councilors who abstained from confirming Undien as Grand Master essentially declared their opposition that day, and that news was extremely intriguing to a great many people, leading to open discussion on if Undien should have been confirmed or not.

    This has never happened in the history of the Jedi Order.

    The Council has not commented on any rumors, nor have any major Jedi Knights or Masters, which has done little to lower the tension within the Order. Many Jedi know that something is probably going to happen, but are unsure what and as a result, it is only heightening tensions and emotions.

    What Skywalker does next is being heavily scrutinized (he was seen in the company of Mandalore Javen’Panlie prior to his resignation). If he takes a position within the Moderates – or any Fraternity for that matter – expect that to be a similar declaration of resistance. However, Skywalker recently left at the time of the writing of this report, and it is unknown where he was going. We considered following, but it is likely that Skywalker is on his guard, and we don’t want more Jedi learning about our operations here.

    The current state of the Order can be compared to a thermal detonator set to a dead man’s switch. The pressure is going to keep building and building until something happens, either to take the finger off the trigger, or to keep the thumb on the switch to maintain control of the situation a while longer. It could be a whole host of factors, or even just one. The problem now is that because of this operation, we have identified so many possible situations, moving parts, and individuals that if even one of them decides to act it could set everything off.

    We need to keep a close and careful eye on what happens next. It is likely that it will affect the Triumvirate – and the Empire itself.
     
  15. xabiar

    xabiar Jedi Youngling

    Registered:
    Jun 17, 2019
    THE JEDI ORDER : EXTERNAL INFLUENCE ON THE GALACTIC ALLIANCE, FELLAN IMPERIUM, GALACTIC FEDERATION TRIUMVIRATE, AND OTHERS

    OVERVIEW: We will move from the current situation within the Order to a more general view on the influence they have exerted upon the galaxy in recent history. While it is entirely possible that many portions of this could become outdated in the event of extreme upheaval within the Order, it is, as stated earlier, unlikely. Internally, the Order may change significantly, but their influence on the galaxy will likely not be diminished overmuch, barring radical leadership or a collapse.

    THE GALACTIC FEDERATION TRIUMVIRATE: The Jedi hold a seat on the Triumvirate and it is usually occupied by the Grand Master of the Jedi Order. Most recently it was Skywalker, and now it is Undien. While the Jedi can technically appoint anyone, in most cases it is the Grand Master, although there is precedent for the High Mediator to also hold this position.

    As they hold a seat, they have direct control over a third of the most powerful political entity in the galaxy and through it, can influence both the Alliance and Empire equally. They are aware of, and participate in, all issues and discussion which directly relate to the Triumvirate. There is little more to say here, aside from the fact that they reliably tend to side with the Alliance in votes over the Empire.

    THE GALACTIC ALLIANCE: The relationship between the Jedi and the Alliance has already been covered extensively in this report, but the short version is that the majority of the Jedi are supporters of the Alliance and politically the Jedi have made intensive efforts to integrate themselves on a social, military, and political level by whatever means are necessary.

    This symbiotic relationship has, in turn, cast a favorable light on the Jedi from the average Alliance citizen, and the work done by the Justicars and Sphere of Outreach and Aid has only boosted their popularity. The military itself is extremely favorable to the Jedi thanks to the Militant Order and Fraternities like United Alliance.

    Thanks to Undien and other Jedi, even entities like the AIS have excellent working relationships with the Jedi Order, and it appears that the Jedi under Undien are only looking to be more and more involved. Should things calm down within the Order, it is only a matter of time until there is a Jedi elected Alliance President.

    That bridge will be crossed when we get to it.

    THE FELLAN IMPERIUM: Aside from their influence in the Triumvirate, the Empire maintains a respectable distance between the Order and our own operations, as they should. The only cooperation between the two entities is operations in the Outer Rim, primarily military in nature, and against criminal targets. The shared enmity between the Empire and Jedi regarding the Sith is another point of unity, but one of the few.

    The Empire maintains complete independence from the Jedi and will continue to keep it that way. This does not mean cutting ties completely, but all agreements will be done with the understanding that the Empire will never answer to the Jedi, and vice versa. The Empire does allow Jedi to operate within Imperial Space, especially relating to artifact research and archaeology, so long as they are observed.

    The Jedi are entitled to respect within the Empire, but they have no authority within our borders.

    THE MIGRANT FLEET OF DAC: The relationship between the Order and the Migrant Fleet is, as you could probably guess, fraught with menace. There are no formal relations with the Fleet and the Jedi, not after the Order attempted to establish diplomatic relations and it nearly resulted in the deaths of the diplomats. After that, the Council almost universally agreed to let the Fleet stay in their own territory unmolested, as they did not encroach on Alliance or Imperial Space.

    The fanatical hatred the Migrant Fleet holds towards Jedi (and Force-users as a whole) is one which many Jedi find unfortunate at best, insulting as the most common, and dangerous at worst. Shartan in particular has spoken of the danger of letting the Migrant Fleet continue to operate with impunity, as they are on the leading edge of anti-Force technology which Shartan insists will eventually fall into the wrong hands.

    I suppose he hasn’t bothered to consider the reasons for why they would be allowed such freedom of operation by the Triumvirate. He nonetheless has made it clear to the Migrant Fleet that he will hold them accountable for any Jedi who are lost to them. With that said, the Jedi give the Fleet a wide berth and no one really wants to tempt fate with the Migrant Fleet right now – especially considering how valuable their research is to many parties.

    Some of which are in the Order itself.

    MINOR GALACTIC POWERS: Outside the Triumvirate, the influence the Jedi have is not quite as extensive. Their history with the Hapes Consortium does allow them a significant amount of respect and authority, but in most places the opinion is decidedly mixed. The Outer Rim in particular both depends on and is terrified of the Jedi.

    When there are members of the Militant Order, the Justicars, and Sphere of Outreach and Aid operating around the same area, people will become somewhat confused as to if they should seek the Jedi for protection – or run away as fast as possible. This obviously refers to the average Outer Rim citizen, as the Jedi are universally despised by the criminal elements, though there is a satisfactory sense of fear when they are discussed now. The Jedi are treated as a threat, something the Militant Order will likely be quite proud of.

    The Mandalorians have a complicated relationship with the Jedi, and one can be forgiven for wondering if they are friendly with the Jedi or not. They allow no Jedi to enter their territory, and historically, it appears they still bear a grudge against the Order for the treatment of some of the older Mandalorian clans and families (Clan Ordo specifically, with the Panlie family traditionally tracing their lineage back to Darth Revan himself).

    But the Mandalorians seem mostly concerned with making sure the Jedi just don’t enter their territory. In short, the Jedi have no influence on the Mandalorians whatsoever and they are more than likely willing to fight if the Jedi really want to test them.

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    THE JEDI ORDER : CULTURE – PERSONAL ATTACHMENTS

    OVERVIEW: The final major section of this report will close with a review of the culture within the Jedi Order. While much of the discussion has revolved around the internal politics of the Order, it is important to remember that the majority of Jedi are not political, and of the ones who are, most hold largely similar views. To hold views atypical of the following is the exception, rather than the rule.

    ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS: In one of the largest contrasts to the Old Jedi Order, romantic relationships and marriage between Jedi and others are permitted. There are some expectations for these Jedi, however, mostly that they won’t prioritize the well-being of their spouse over the good of the Jedi or Alliance. While easier said than done, Jedi do take this seriously.

    Romantic relationships between Jedi are usually between two individuals. While polyamory is technically allowed, it is uncommon unless there is a cultural component to the species in question (such as the cereans). The majority of relationships are, unsurprisingly, between males and females, and those of their own species or close to it (near-humans and humans), though the Order permits interspecies and same-sex relationships – no observable stigma is associated with either.

    The spread of Orthodoxy has had something of an effect on how Jedi are viewing romantic relationships, however. While it can’t really be said that Jedi are particularly sexually active, Orthodox Jedi are noticeably hesitant to begin romantic relationships unless they connect with the potential partner on a very intimate level. More casual sex-based relationships are declining in the Order, and it will be interesting to see if this trend continues and how much it correlates to the growing acceptance of Orthodoxy.

    FAMILIES: As Jedi allow romantic relationships, they consequently allow families and provide Jedi partners with support and resources needed for raising healthy and educated children. The typical Jedi family has no more than two children on average, not due to any policy imposed by the Order, but because the work Jedi do makes raising more than two children (even at various ages) difficult.

    The Order encourages the parents to be equally involved in the lives of their children, and work with their Jedi partners to split the parenting duties so there is always one parent with the children while the other is working. When possible, they will have the parents teach their children in subjects they are skilled in or familiar with, in particular, academic subjects and early lightsaber combat.

    In general, the children of Jedi are Force-sensitive and immediately entered into the Jedi registry where they will be trained when they are old enough. Children who are not Force-sensitive will still benefit from the schooling the Order provides, although they will obviously not be allowed to participate in classes regarding lightsaber combat and Force usage.

    Regarding Jedi who marry non-Jedi or start families with them, one of two situations will happen. The first is that the non-Jedi partner will move to where the Jedi is operating, and they will raise their children in a similar manner to solely Jedi partners, but the alternative is that the Jedi moves to where the non-Jedi partner lives or is deployed. In that case, the Order provides a stipend to pay for any educational and housing needs the family needs, although Force-sensitive children are expected to eventually be sent back to the Order itself.

    ADOPTION: The Jedi are supporters of adoption, and for married Jedi who are physically incapable of having children, it is usually the only way by which they can raise their own, and many take this option. Even Jedi who can have biological children are encouraged to adopt. As a result, there is a robust system in place for adoption and fostering within the Jedi Order, though considering what we know about entities such as the Sphere of Conciliation and Reflection, there may have been ulterior motives to setting up such a thorough and documented system in the first place.

    FRIENDSHIPS: Unsurprisingly, friendships are allowed and encouraged within the Jedi Order. This point is more for posterity than it being an actual surprise, as even the Old Jedi Order allowed friendships between Jedi, the brotherly bond between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker one of the most prominent examples.

    The only relevant point is that there is a similar expectation which exists for romantically involved Jedi – if placed into a situation where one must decide between their friend or the Jedi Order/Alliance, they are expected to choose the greater good over their friend.

    FRATERNIZATION AND RELATIONSHIP POWER IMBALANCES: Briefly returning to the topic of romantic relationships, one point which is worth discussing in some detail is the more controversial elements in some kinds of relationships. While there is many a holobook on the supposed forbidden love between a Knight and their Padawan, the truth itself is both boring and at the same time concerning.

    For the most part, such a relationship between any student and teacher is heavily frowned upon and never develops at all. The stigma is less around Knights and Padawans who are both adults, and it isn’t unheard of for both to become involved when the latter becomes a Knight, but there is definitely concern that the Padawan was groomed into the relationship – especially if there is a noticeable age difference between the two.

    Revelations on the Sphere of Conciliation and Reflection have brought additional scrutiny to light, albeit it appears more to do with covering up outright rape instead slow and careful grooming, which is far more difficult to detect and prevent.

    What is known is that within those relationships there is a distinct power imbalance, where the subordinate party may be coerced or feel pressure to become involved with the teacher or master even if they do not necessarily want to. The Order officially keeps watch on suspicious relationships between master and apprentice, but again, it appears that those who have connections to the Conciliators never seem to run into this issue.

    Outside the Master-Padawan relationship, other more traditional relationships between Knights and Masters (or Councilors) are more straightforward and almost never have these undertones. While there is still a power imbalance, when one reaches the rank of Knight, proceeding further in the Order isn’t as important and there is less pressure to be coerced into performing actions or enter relationships which the individual is not interested in. The subordinate party is often aware of this, and are more open to exercising their own rights or getting the Temple Guard or the Arbiters involved.

    I will reiterate that while this is not applicable to the clear majority of Jedi, be aware that it does happen, and will continue to happen and spread so long as the Sphere of Conciliation and Reflection is allowed to flourish.

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    THE JEDI ORDER : CULTURE – VIEWS ON POLITICAL SUBJECTS AND ALIENS

    ALIENS: The Jedi Order is extremely inclusive towards aliens, and humans as a species are a minority when compared strictly against aliens as a whole (current demographics put the overall population of the Order at 37% human and 63% alien. This includes all members associated with the Order). Humans still are the most common species when compared directly to other alien species, but they do not dominate all aspects of the Order, and statistically you are more likely to interact with an alien if one visits the Jedi Order.

    The Jedi also try to recruit species which are historically strong Force-users, such as dathomirians, togruta, and miraluka. But there are no species that are excluded from consideration. If one is rejected from the Jedi Order, it will be for something other than one’s species.

    FELLAN IMPERIUM: The Jedi have what can be best described as a wary opinion on the Empire. They tend to recognize that we are not the Empire of Palpatine and have wielded our power with responsibility. There is, at minimum, a certain level of respect for us, and many Jedi view the Imperial Knights in particular, as allies (with some exceptions within the Fraternities).

    Their discomfort comes from the way the Empire is structured – which is, imperialistically. Ruled by the Sovereigns who have absolute authority over their subjects, who are additionally protected by our military and intelligence apparatuses. There is a perceived lack of ‘freedom’ within the Empire which instantly makes Jedi wary. I would not say that they consider us ‘friends,’ but for the most part, we are allies to them.

    MANDALORIANS: This is a subject which will evoke a different reaction depending on who you talk to. For the most part, the Jedi regard the Mandalorians with suspicion at best. Their isolation until recently, as well as the attacks by Tlon Fett and his raiders have lowered the opinion of Mandalorians in the eyes of many Jedi – not necessarily because they think that Fett is representative of all Mandalorians, but because of a perceived cowardice or inability of the Mandalorians to stop him.

    On the flip side, many Jedi who are versed in military matters and combat maintain a healthy respect for the Mandalorians, and the Mandalorian Jedi in particular. While they don’t necessarily like the Mandalorians, they know better than to consider them mercenaries or cowards. But again, the inability for the Mandalorian Union to address Tlon Fett is lowering the reputation of the Mandalorians even among the Jedi who should respect them the most.

    Further complicating matters is the fact that recently there has been a shift in anti-Mandalorian sentiment which appears to be the joint result of Shartan and Undien coming to a rare agreement, after it was revealed that the Mandalorians apparently are in possession of Jedi relics and artifacts. While Undien clearly has a personal vendetta against Mandalore Javen’Panlie and views him as dangerous, he has wisely decided to merely point out that the Mandalorians are stealing Jedi property and is expected to, in the near future, make an official demand to surrender all Jedi artifacts – something which has been received positively by a large portion of the Jedi Order.

    This official demand is expected to be signed by Councilors Undien, Sifiss, Dal, Buchic, Shartan, Odan, and Tocrum along with their respective Spheres. The Sphere of Laws and Justice has also stated that they would be willing to assist in the transfer of all artifacts together with the Sphere of History and Knowledge.

    There are no Councilors who have spoken out against this plan, and it will be interesting to see how it is handled by Javen’Panlie.

    OUTER RIM AND CRIMINAL NETWORKS: They don’t like criminals, but the people are fine.

    I have been informed that some expansion to this section is needed even though anyone paying even a miniscule amount of attention could fill in this section on their own. Here it is:

    The attitude the Jedi have towards the Outer Rim heavily depends on the Sphere they belong to. On average, a Jedi Knight is going to be in favor of direct military intervention to eliminate the hutts, Black Sun, Zann Consortium, and any of the other dozens of criminal syndicates and cartels. This sentiment is growing more and more popular, especially as reports come in of Imperial and Jedi operations to smash the criminal elements.

    On the flip side, you have Jedi who don’t think that is their place, and that such an attack would disproportionately affect the regular citizens of the Outer Rim and make their lives worse. Throw in the Jedi who are against the increased militarization of the Jedi, and the whole Outer Rim situation becomes more complicated. Of course, these individuals tend to be quiet when even a fraction of the crimes which take place in the Outer Rim are read to them.

    In general, the Order takes a very hardline view of criminal activity. They are surprisingly merciless against criminals, and it is more likely to end in the criminal dead if they engage with a Jedi. They rightfully feel little remorse about this, and I believe that this report should have made the Justicar stance on criminals very clear.

    If you are a criminal and you meet a Jedi, your best course of action is to surrender and plead guilty. You will lose a limb or your life if you do not.

    GALACTIC ALLIANCE: The majority of Jedi, as mentioned multiple times earlier, are very supportive of the Galactic Alliance and are allied with them in many respects. They maintain their bases almost exclusively in Alliance Space, perform military exercises with the Alliance military, and are becoming more and more intertwined with the Alliance on a political level.

    There is, admittedly, growing frustration with the Alliance – regarding inefficiency and corruption – but it has not reached a point where it is actively damaging the overall relationship. Unless something catastrophic happens, the Alliance will remain the strongest ally of the Jedi Order.

    POLITICAL INTERVENTION: Thanks to the efforts of Undien and the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation, the attitude of Jedi towards political matters has shifted significantly. This is perhaps the first iteration of the Jedi Order which not only supports fully utilizing the political leverage of the Jedi Order, but actively works to increase it.

    The more the Jedi are involved with elements such as the Senate, AIS, and military, the better it is perceived by the average Jedi. Political intervention is no longer something which is ‘left to the proper authorities,’ Jedi now take the initiative when possible and it is more unusual if the Jedi has an opportunity to participate in a political matter and they instead turn it over to a government official or representative. If anything, the significant expansion of the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation should speak to the increased willingness of Jedi to become involved in politics.

    MILITARY INTERVENTION: In a reflection of the changing values of the Order, the historical neutrality of the Jedi Order (so much as it applied to instigating operations) has been replaced with a far more militaristic mindset. While this can be attributed to the founding and continued expansion of the Sphere of the Militant Order and the creation of the Justicars, you are not going to find many Jedi who are opposed to immediate military action – within certain parameters.

    Jedi usually do not seek conflict, but if they hear how one of their own was attacked, they will usually be more than supportive of ending the threat (some exceptions exist – mostly within the Sphere of Outreach and Aid). Interestingly, the question of context rarely comes up. The accepted truth is that if a Jedi was attacked, the perpetrator was in the wrong and should be punished accordingly.

    The increased militarism in the Jedi Order has only increased this effect, to the point where discussions are openly taking place on the feasibility of purging the Outer Rim of major criminal elements. There is no iteration of the Jedi Order previous who would have even considered such a thing, not because it couldn’t be done – but that it simply was not what Jedi did.

    Times change, and the Jedi evolve.

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    JEDI ORDER : CULTURE – VIGILANTISM AND RELATIONSHIP WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT

    While one may think that this section could merely be relegated to the Justicars, and thus has already been covered, it is important to remember that the Justicars are only a section of the Order and that many other Jedi often have run-ins with the law and these should be covered in some detail – as well as the relationship between law enforcement and Jedi.

    As the Justicars and law enforcement has been discussed extensively in previous sections of this report, it will not be repeated here. Please refer to those sections for more information.

    In short, the relationship the Jedi have with law enforcement is mixed. Jedi, knowingly or not, tend to view themselves as above or outside the law. An independent element which can act as they see fit. They don’t care about procedures and protocols, if they see a crime happening, they intervene. Sometimes the criminal is killed, sometimes they lose a limb, and the Jedi moves along with their day.

    This is frustrating to law enforcement, as the Jedi in question is usually dismissive of post-criminal protocols such as debriefings or interrogations on the nature and context of the crime. They merely say that ‘it was their pleasure to help’ and are on their way before the officer can ask them for an interview.

    In general, the Jedi play fast and loose with the law, and tend to get rather annoyed at additional questioning regardless of if it’s protocol or not. There in an innate presumption of righteousness around Jedi where it doesn’t matter what happens, the Jedi is never at fault. Normally, witnesses do back up the Jedi in the situation (especially victims), but Jedi themselves are curiously close to untouchable when it comes to actual law enforcement.

    The fact does remain that Jedi do ultimately help and stop crimes, and many law enforcement officers believe their hearts are in the right place and they simply act to do what they feel is right, but most will agree that the Jedi should be more helpful and cooperate with law enforcement more than they do.

    In most cases, it wouldn’t necessarily be fair to say that Jedi actively seek out crimes and danger (apart from the Justicars), so to call them ‘vigilantes’ is not exactly accurate. However, law enforcement officers have said that the Jedi may ironically be leading to more unreported crime, as in some areas it has had the effect of citizens relying on Jedi to save them instead of law enforcement, and unlike the law, Jedi don’t necessarily have a means of easy contact.

    In the end, very little is likely to change until the Jedi themselves decide they need to work more with law enforcement in a cooperative way. There are Jedi who do this for sure, but for the majority, it is not something they really consider. The aftermath isn’t important to them and is best left to others.

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    THE JEDI ORDER : GOALS AND FUTURE PLANS

    NOTE: Considering the internal political intrigue in recent weeks, much or all of this could change. These general outlines are extrapolated from our collected data on the operations of the Order over the past few years. They may not be applicable if the Order undergoes unanticipated or unexpected upheaval.

    This also does not take into account unexpected actions taken by Councilors Palavola, Undien, or Yaden – nor those of Daniel Skywalker.

    SHORT-TERM PLANS: With Undien leading the Jedi, we should expect an expansion of the political influence of the Jedi, and a further deepening of ties between the Order and Alliance on a military and intelligence level. It is also likely that the Jedi will begin seriously coordinating with the Alliance and possibly the Empire on operations within the Outer Rim. As Fett continues to operate unmolested, the Order may begin to consider military or political action against the Mandalorians.

    INTERMEDIATE PLANS: There was some debate on if the Outer Rim purge is a long-term or intermediate goal of the Jedi. However, as the Order is working to deepen ties with the Alliance, and currently the population of the Alliance is somewhat restless, a war and an enemy is advisable and would do much to demonstrate the supremacy of the Alliance and Jedi Order.

    There are political and practical reasons for a push towards a purge of the Outer Rim, and the Jedi will likely begin conducting increased amounts of operations in the region (possibly in conjunction with Imperial or Alliance personnel), while the Alliance begins their political posturing. We are not expecting a significant amount of resistance in the Senate to, first, sanctions on the Outer Rim, and then outright military action.

    What will be interesting is the fact that there are most certainly senators and government officials who are on the payroll of the hutts, Black Sun, and Zann Consortium (especially them, it is their specialty). It will certainly demonstrate the commitment of all sides if these individuals are arrested or eliminated by the AIS or Jedi. Something to appraise.

    We both know that the Jedi and Alliance (with possible Imperial assistance) will win this conflict – or will succeed in their main goal, which is the removal of major criminal elements. The end goal, of course, is an expansion of their territory which they will claim as soon as possible. This could very well end up as a political move to shut us out of additional territory in the Outer Rim.

    For this reason, when we get wind of serious plans for an invasion, we should become involved – assuming we are not asked to be included from the start.

    LONG-TERM PLANS: This is something of an open question, as once the criminal elements of the Outer Rim are removed, the Jedi will likely be exalted in the realm of public opinion even higher than they were before. Knowing Undien, I would not be surprised if after this he pushed for the Jedi to be ‘rewarded’ for their work with positions within the Alliance itself, such as Senate seats or military ranks.

    Essentially a way for Jedi to retain their influence, but also now have direct power within the Alliance itself instead of just influence. This could possibly be followed by President Undien, Grand Master of the Jedi Order and President of the Galactic Alliance. I would not be surprised if this was his ultimate goal.

    The Jedi would become so ingrained in the Alliance that they would control the majority of the Triumvirate by proxy and have the influence to ensure that the Alliance can never work against the Jedi. An elegant plan, assuming it is what he intends at all, and that there are no complications. But Undien has the ambition for such a plan. That much is clear.

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    THE JEDI ORDER : THREAT ANALYSIS

    THREAT TO THE FELLAN IMPERIUM: Based on the collected intelligence within this report, we can confidently state that the threat the Jedi Order poses to the Fellan Imperium is minimal, at worst. Despite the anti-imperial sentiments displayed by some Jedi and Fraternities, the fact remains that the Empire is part of the Triumvirate and the prevailing opinion of the Empire is, at worst, wariness.

    While Undien may attempt to weaken relationships due to his distrust of us and his support for an Alliance-led galaxy, there are too many barriers in his way to fully break all ties with us, and there are enough Jedi who want us as an ally and not as an enemy. To continue to ensure that the threat they pose remains minimal, I advise that we work to explore avenues further within the Jedi Order based on suggestions throughout this report. We have little to lose, and if anything should be apparent, it is that the Order as an ally is quite useful indeed.

    VULNERABILITY ANALYSIS: The Jedi Order is exceptionally vulnerable, and at the same time, immune to penetration. There are dozens of possible short-term and long-term vectors of infiltrating the Jedi Order, including companies linked to them, entering one of the civilian branches of the Order, or joining the Order itself.

    The Jedi do not subject their candidates to interrogation and at most, appear to do a background check on applicants. Furthermore, there is no equivalent to the Imperial Mandate that we were able to learn of, so assets within the Jedi Order do not need to worry about being able to carry out their assignments. There are multiple opportunities for assets to submit reports regardless of their position within the Order.

    Yet at the same time, it appears this may be allowed at the whims of the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight. This report should have made it clear that this Sphere closely watches their own, and it is not unreasonable to assume that Jedi are spied upon unknowingly and who is permitted to continue operating or not depends on a variety of unknown factors.

    We were allowed to continue operations. If this was because we did not intend anything more than information gathering, or the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight has an unknown agenda of their own they believe they can use us to carry out, is unknown. Suffice to say, at multiple points they could have ended our operation, but they did not.

    Politically, the Jedi are vulnerable to increased polarization and propaganda, especially if it conforms to their own worldviews. Their Fraternities are quite open to direct manipulation, so long as it is done carefully. As mentioned plenty of times before, the political situation is volatile enough that any sort of meddling could set it off.

    Intervention is not advised at this point, though continued exploitation of known and documented vulnerabilities in this report is advised.

    LEADERSHIP INTENTIONS: The Council is unlikely to change the prevailing opinion of the Jedi’s stance on the Empire, but in all honesty, we will not know for quite some time with this Council. We are still waiting to see who makes the first move, because while Undien does not hold a high opinion of the Empire, he is offset by Shartan, Palavola, and Yaden, which is more than enough to temper the worst he could do to us.

    As of right now, the Council is a non-issue. This may change if the Council returns to something resembling a non-partisan body or Undien removes his opposition.

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    CONCLUSION

    If there is one thing to take away from this report, it is that the Jedi are far more organized, powerful, and competent than we originally believed. Some question their worthiness to hold a third of galactic power, but it is quite clear that they are more than worthy of handling it and in contrast to previous iterations, it is deserved.

    The Jedi Order is an ally we should continue to cultivate, so long as it does not conflict overmuch with Imperial interests. There are multiple vectors this can be done, as pointed out throughout this report, and should the worst come to pass, we do not want the Jedi as an enemy. They may not have the numbers of the Empire, but they have armies of Jedi, the support of the people, and a political reach that rivals the most powerful senators.

    These are Jedi who have no qualms about eradicating their enemies with extreme prejudice. In their pursuit of ensuring the Sith could not ever threaten them again so easily, they have insulated themselves from nearly all other threats as well, and they know this.

    However, they are not perfect and at this moment, they are divided. Their internal politics are threatening to weaken and tear them down; the machinations of Undien, Palavola, Tocrum, and more resemble what someone would expect from the Sith and not the supposed guardians of peace and justice. The Sphere of Conciliation and Reflection and the manipulations of the Sphere of Diplomacy and Mediation reveal the extent to which the Jedi will protect their own and hold on to their power.

    The revelations of Palavola and the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight, in combination with the resignation of Skywalker, as well as the facts mentioned above, indicate that great change will be coming to the Jedi Order. What happens will determine the future of the Order, and while I do not believe they will fall apart, it will determine the future of the Order.

    Perhaps that of the Triumvirate as well. We can hope that the situation will stabilize, but we should prepare for the worst. Change is coming to the Jedi, and we must be ready for what happens next.
     
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    xabiar Jedi Youngling

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    And that wraps up the entirety of the Jedi Order. The vast majority are not going to be this long (when put all together), the only ones I believe will be of an equivalent or greater length will be the Galactic Senate, the Imperial Military, the Sith Collective, and [Redacted]. The Imperial Knights will begin to be posted next.
     
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    xabiar Jedi Youngling

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    Jun 17, 2019
    Operation: FALLEN SULLUST – The Imperial Knights

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    ALLIANCE INTELLIGENCE SERVICE

    REQUIRED PERSONNEL AUTHORIZATION: TOP SECRET-GALACTIC

    OPERATION ID: IS61520093 – FINAL REPORT

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    WARNING: DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AUTHORIZATION TO VIEW THIS DOCUMENT. UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT AND PROSECUTION BY INTERNAL OVERSIGHT

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    DOCUMENTATION INFORMATION
    Operation ID: IS61520093

    Operation Name: FALLEN SULLUST

    Operational Division: Imperial Observation and Counter-Intelligence

    Operation Type(s): Information Acquisition; Threat Assessment; Penetration

    Document Author: Operation Director Jirss Tlek

    Document Type: Post-Operation Compilation

    Document Iteration: 184

    Document Status: Complete

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    PERSONNEL INFORMATION

    Operation Overseer: Jirss Tlek, Operation Director

    Operation Field Agents/Assets:

    - Jordaw Calrick | Imperial Citizen Cover (Bastion)

    - Nashmil Leaccal | Imperial Administration Position (Dantooine)

    - Allval Blival | Imperial Citizen Cover (Bastion)

    - Branden Glover | Artifact Merchant Cover

    - Rodry Glenwood | Imperial Knight Infiltrator

    - Irocnuci | Imperial Knight Infiltrator

    - Nikki Sayreid | Imperial Media Cover (Bastion)

    - Trejam Salis | Asset Management

    Operation Handlers:

    - Disa Ufana | Field Agents Jordaw Calrick & Allval Bilval

    - Casesul Monenosw | Field Agents Trejam Salis, & Assets Rodry Glenwood & Irocnuci

    - Jonoma Pulbur | Field Agent Branden Glover

    - Jekabras | Field Agents Nashmil Leaccal & Nikki Sayreid

    AIS Assets Used:

    Note: All assets are unidentified per AIS guidelines for operational reports. For explicit details of specific assets, please request access from AIS Asset Oversight. Please see attached log of each instance of assets used in the course of this operation.

    - [7] Imperial Civilian Assets

    - [4] Imperial Administration Assets

    - [5] Imperial Military Assets

    - [2] Force-sensitive Assets

    AIS Assets Acquired:

    - [2] Imperial Military Assets

    - [1] Imperial Knight Asset

    AIS Assets Lost:

    - [3] Imperial Civilian Assets

    - [2] Imperial Administrative Assets

    - [1] Imperial Military Asset

    - [2] Force-Sensitive Assets

    Operation Field Agent Status:

    - Jordaw Clarick [ACTIVE – RECALLED]

    - Nashmil Leaccal [ACTIVE – MAINTAINING COVER]

    - Allval Bival [DECEASED – PROTOCOL 4]

    - Branden Glover [DECEASED – ENGAGED IMPERIAL FORCES]

    - Rodry Glenwood [DECEASED – PROTOCOL 4]

    - Irocnuci [ACTIVE – DEEP COVER]

    - Nikki Sayreid [ACTIVE – MAINTAINING COVER]

    - Trejam Salis [ACTIVE – RECALLED]

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    OPERATION INFORMATION

    Organization of Focus: The Imperial Knights | Fellan Imperium

    Objective: To gather a sufficient amount of information to achieve a complete and thorough understanding of the structure, politics, abilities, equipment, training, tactics, competence, motivations, and goals of the Imperial Knights and to determine their overall potential threat to the Galactic Alliance and galactic stability as a whole.

    Secondary objectives include: acquiring a more complete understanding of Imperial institutions, operations, and reach, as well as the insertion of additional AIS assets within the Empire, and the Imperial Knights specifically.

    Operation Procedure: Upon the commencement of Operation FALLEN SULLUST, Jirss Tlek assumed command as Operational Director, assigned together with AIS Handlers Casesul Monenosw and Jekabras. Over a period of six months, considerable research into the penetration of the Imperial Knights, and a thorough review of all relevant assets within Imperial Space was conducted, as well as the recruitment of eight additional field agents, and two additional AIS handlers.

    The operation was carried out in several specific phases. The first was establishing agents within Imperial Space. The decision to not directly activate additional assets was due to the possible danger posed by the Imperial Knights and Imperial Intelligence. Agents trained in combat and subterfuge in addition to infiltration were deemed a necessity.

    Phase 1A consisted of inserting field agents Jordaw Calrick and Allval Blival within Imperial Space as immigrants from the Outer Rim. Identities and backgrounds were provided by the AIS. Both agents applied for citizenship on Bastion and were cleared after a period of two months. Both assumed entry-level jobs in sanitation and Imperial manufacturing plants – both of which were located near Imperial Knight Command.

    Phase 1B began shortly after, with field agent Nashmil Leaccal emigrating from the Galactic Alliance under the cover of a disillusioned senatorial aide. In exchange for providing compromising information on the Senator in question, he was granted citizenship and a position within the Dantooine Administration, near the Imperial Knight training grounds. Field agent Nikki Sayreid was similarly driven to the Empire under the cover of a HoloNet personality who uncovered information on a senatorial asset, and had a bounty placed on her head established through AIS proxies.

    The bounty hunters in question were easily dispatched by Imperial forces, but granted her story the necessary legitimacy. There was a brief complication when she was interviewed with Imperial Intelligence, but they were only interested in her previous work and what she knew about the bounty hunters. There were no further inquiries from Imperial Intelligence, and Nikki assumed a low-level position within Imperial State Media.

    During this period, field agent Trejam Salis was activated and placed in Imperial Space to await further orders. This marked the completion of Phase 1.

    Phase 2A involved the penetration of the Imperial Knights themselves. During the period of Phase 1, assets Rodry Glenwood and Irocnuci were being prepared for their own missions. Both Force-sensitive assets (ages eighteen and sixteen, respectively), they were crucial to the infiltration of the Imperial Knights proper. Assets Glenwood and Irocnuci had false memories inserted, relating to their history with the Jedi Order, and history as a colonist near Hutt Space, respectively. Both also underwent Dimalium Conditioning with programming set to two code phrases:

    DZWOL GROTTHU restored previous memories and knowledge of the individual as an AIS asset. Using this code phrase in conjunction with commands was used to establish specific orders. This persists beyond restoration of cover (and memories, if applicable).

    NU KINTIK MIDWAN forces false memories and personality to take priority, and suppresses recent memories and individual knowledge of their own employment within the AIS. Note that this will not cancel orders implemented by using the previous code phrase. Assets will carry out instructions unknowingly.

    Dimalium Conditioning was authorized due to the possible risk of infiltrators undergoing interrogation by the Imperial Knights or Imperial Intelligence and becoming compromised if subjected to mind-affecting Force abilities or drugs. This suspicion proved to be well-founded.

    Phase 2B consisted of Asset Glenwood presumably leaving the Jedi Order due to serious disagreements with the Masters. Assets within the Jedi Order assisted in solidifying his story, and he was soon approached by the Imperial Knights for possible recruitment.

    Asset Irocnuci had her false memories activated and placed in a location regularly attacked by slavers near the Imperial border. Upon lures placed by AIS assets, slavers attacked and captured her. After being held for a period of three months, Imperial Intelligence was tipped off to the possibility of Hutts kidnapping Force-sensitive children/teens, which led them to the location of Asset Irocnuci. Upon liberating the slaves and testing them for Force-sensitivity, they offered her a potential life within the Imperial Knights, which she accepted (prior conditioning ensured she would not refuse an inevitable offer). With all relevant agents within place, Phase 2 was concluded.

    Phase 3 began approximately three years after the initial commencement of Operation FALLEN SULLUST, with all assets and field agents being in position for one full year or more. During this period, information was acquired and from there further action and use of the agents was plotted. After the information of Xilas-III was acquired, field agent Branden Glover was activated with a cover of a seller of Jedi and Sith artifacts.

    Penetration of Xilas-III was deemed a necessity, and agent Glover was supplied with Artifact 45 to sell to the Empire. As expected, the Imperial Knights took a direct interest in the artifact and entered negotiations. After agreeing to a price, but also demanding to see Xilas-III, he was permitted to bring the artifact to the planet. This was the one and only successful penetration of Xilas-III, and shortly after making contact with his handler, the message was intercepted by Imperial scanners and he perished in a firefight with Imperial naval forces.

    This phase was considered indefinite until we had acquired enough information to end the operation or a significant portion of assets and agents were terminated or compromised.

    Operation Outcome: Enough information was acquired on the Imperial Knights to unquestionably state that the operation was a SUCCESS. Findings will be detailed below. Secondary objectives were also a SUCCESS, as we have a more complete understanding of modern Imperial institutions and have a singular asset within the Imperial Knights themselves.

    This came at the cost of several field agents being forced to enact Protocol 4, including Asset Glenwood, removing an additional source within the Knights, but sudden interest by Imperial Intelligence necessitated this protocol. Asset Allval was also forced to enact Protocol 4 after Imperial Law Enforcement was tipped off about a possible spy (it is unknown how this happened). Agent Calrick has been successfully extracted, and agents Leaccal and Sayreid have maintained their cover and will serve as assets for further AIS operations.

    Operation Status: COMPLETE

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    FOUNDATION AND HISTORY

    Pre-Operation Information: The Imperial Knights were known as an organization of Force-users who directly served within the Empire. Established by the first Emperor of the Fel Dynasty, Jagged Fel, their directive was the protection of the Imperial Sovereigns (the Emperor and Empress have equal authority within the Empire and the position will be referred to as such through the remainder of this document) and enforcement of Imperial laws and principles.

    While the establishment of the Imperial Knights was initiated by Emperor Jagged Fel, despite not being Force-sensitive himself, the organization itself was refined and structured primarily by Empress Jaina Solo-Fel (formerly Jedi Knight Jaina Solo), together with an unidentified number of Imperial Intelligence and military officers who shared the Emperor’s vision for the Order. Empress Jaina notably did not continue to be heavily involved in the Imperial Knights after its establishment, though her influence is definitely seen in early Imperial Knight philosophy.

    Unlike Force-users within similar previous incarnations, the Imperial Knights did not control the Empire, nor did they utilize the dark side of the Force as the Sith had done, and, in fact, had standing orders to remove or kill the Sovereign(s) should they ‘fall to the dark side’.

    Despite these differences and influence of Empress Jaina, they were rightfully viewed with a healthy degree of suspicion, even among the Jedi. The general consensus was that the Imperial Knights were, at best, an unaffiliated faction that did not follow the light or dark, and were bound to the directives of sovereigns who, historically, were rarely healthy for galactic stability or health.

    However, the Imperial Knights and the Empire did not trouble the Galactic Alliance, and continued to grow slowly and eventually became a small, but respected organization within the galaxy, often being compared to Jedi. Little of consequence happened within their history until the war against the Galactic Alliance in 127 ABY, where Emperor Roan Fel forbade his Knights from taking part in the conflict.

    Following the defeat of the Galactic Alliance, and the subsequent arrival of Darth Krayt, Emperor Roan was displaced by Krayt and the One Sith. A significant portion of the Imperial Knights were slain during the escape, and the remaining Knights assisted in Roan Fel’s escape and the establishment of the ‘Empire-in-Exile.’

    During the Second Imperial Civil War, the Imperial Knights played in instrumental role in the defeat of Darth Krayt, often facing the Sith agents sent against them and helping retake worlds by order of Emperor Roan. They bolstered their numbers during the period of the war with former Jedi, and established strong bonds with what remained of the Jedi Order and Galactic Alliance, relationships that are still maintained to this day.

    With the restoration of the Empire, and the subsequent founding of the Galactic Federation Triumvirate, the Imperial Knights have maintained their position as the bodyguards and protectors of the Sovereigns, and through him, the Empire itself.

    [Eyes only: Operation Handlers: Due to several agents wondering why we don’t have up-to-date intel on the Imperial Knights of all things, when everything with the Triumvirate was being established, the Galactic Alliance was focused on actual rebuilding and barely had enough resources for that, let alone investigating the people who had helped us reclaim our territory. Shortsighted? Yes. Were there more important things the Alliance wanted to focus on? Also yes.

    There are a lot of people who believe the Empire will never ever be a problem in the future, and think investigations like these are a waste of time. Blame them for us not knowing this before now. -Operational Director Tlek]

    Post-Operation Information: Records during the period of Empress Marasiah Fel shortly after the defeat of the One Sith are, unsurprisingly, not available on the Galactic HoloNet or Alliance records. The Empire has kept a large number of records over the past three hundred years secret and there has been endless speculation as to why that was the case. How they managed to prevent a majority of these from being leaked or otherwise shared is a topic for a different report, but I bring it up here because I am reasonably confident based upon what we have learned, that the Imperial Knights are a reason for this.

    The period of Empress Marasiah is shrouded in some mystery, and we know that while the Empire as a whole did not especially change during this period (as it was still recovering as well), there was a distinct push by the Empress for the Empire to adopt less harsh measures and project a more benevolent image. Amusingly, there was a significant amount of internal backlash to her reforms, though her popularity as Empress and the loyalty of the Knights and military ensured that the grumbling would not amount to anything substantial.

    The Imperial Knights are also noted as shifting their philosophy beyond loyalty to the Empress, to the Force itself. From reading several papers by the esteemed Empress herself, it appears that she did not actually believe that the Alliance would ever truly recover, and would eventually be supplemented by the Empire, and the Imperial Knights would take on a role closer to the Jedi than the arm of the Empire they had previously been.

    Arrogant, but as she was the most powerful individual in the galaxy at the time, this arrogance was justified.

    Empress Marasiah Fel-Draco (surname changed following her marriage to Antares Draco) was eventually succeeded by her son, Servius Draco, who assumed the title of Emperor at the age of forty-one. For the next fifteen years, Emperor Servius continued the reforms begun by his mother without incident, although I will briefly note that the Empire was beginning to exhibit certain internal issues, with the similarities to the Galactic Alliance becoming more pronounced. The Imperial Knights were also quietly established as a separate entity, like the Jedi Order before them – they even constructed their own Temple on Bastion.

    [Eyes only: Operational Director: Not surprising the Empire wanted this kept secret, and more importantly why literally no one outside the Empire knew about it. Suppose Draco would have revealed it eventually had the galaxy not decided to kick him in the teeth. GA should really press the Empire on their past sometime. If this is just the basic history we don’t know about, just what else did they keep from us during that time? -Handler Ufana]

    What followed was, as we are all aware, the sudden arrival of the ‘First Order’ under the command of his so-called majesty Supreme Leader Snoke, with remnants of the One Sith organized by the self-declared ‘Voice of Darth Krayt,’ Darth Wyyrlok IV, in conjunction with one of the surviving Hands of the One Sith, as well as a few members of Sith Intelligence and Assassination.

    Information on that entire event is one we know a decent amount of, so please refer to the attached document if you want to relive the madness that was the Third Imperial Civil War. I’ll shorten it since the only part that is relevant to this report is that the First Order was completely shattered and Snoke was killed, but not before Bastion was essentially destroyed and the majority of Imperial Knights dead, along with Emperor Servius.

    The war had taken place over six years, and the son of the late Emperor, Vinraf Draco, assumed the title of Emperor over a weakened Empire at the fairly young age of twenty-four. We can definitively point to this as the turning point for the Empire, as the new Emperor had decidedly different ideas for the Empire going forward, which notably included none of the reforms his parents and grandparents had worked towards.

    Reforms did take place in the Empire, but they were much subtler and designed to tighten power and strengthen the throne itself. One piece of information I would like to point out is that Emperor Vinraf’s advisors were almost exclusively Imperial Intelligence officials. While that is not the subject of this report, I bring this up because it would explain some of the significant changes to the Imperial Knights.

    On the topic at hand, the first thing the Emperor did was reestablish the Imperial Knights under the direct control of the Empire – note the Empire, not the Sovereigns or Royal Family themselves. The philosophy of the Imperial Knights underwent a very gradual, but distinct shift that was obvious to any watching, but oblivious to the wider galaxy due to how secretive the Knights were.

    Their priorities shifted from serving the Force itself, to serving the principles of the Empire. The Force itself was begun to be viewed less of an alive energy field, but a tool to be used in service to the Empire. Loyalty to the Empire was emphasized, and dissent was simply not tolerated within the Knights. During this period, Draco also greatly revamped and expanded the goals and responsibilities of the Imperial Knights – covertly of course. As far as the rest of the galaxy was concerned, the Imperial Knights were exactly the same as they had ever been.

    Draco was clever in how he implemented this. The changes would not be immediately noticeable unless one was either part of the Empire or within the Knights themselves.

    This evolution from the Knights of Empress Jaina Fel to the Knights of Emperor Vorn Pellaeon was one that very few will particularly notice unless they are aware of the history of the past three hundred years. If there is one thing to be made clear, it is that despite certain perceptions of the Senate and the Jedi, this is not the same Empire that retook Coruscant from Darth Krayt, and these are not the same Imperial Knights.

    This is the Empire of Vinraf Draco now, not Jagged Fel.
     
  18. xabiar

    xabiar Jedi Youngling

    Registered:
    Jun 17, 2019
    IMPERIAL SOVEREIGNS AND THE KNIGHTS

    As the Imperial Sovereigns have extensive control and authority within and over the Empire, it is worth examining the amount of influence the Sovereigns have within the Imperial Knights, as well as that of the Royal Family.

    The Imperial Knights and the Royal Family is, unknown to most, extremely intertwined throughout their entire history. Following the establishment of the Knights by Empress Jaina, it became expected of Force-sensitive children of the Royal Family to join the Imperial Knights and serve the Empire for a period. The tradition continues to this day.

    Members of the Royal Family who join the Knights, generally do not spend more than twenty years within the Order before retiring within the Imperial Palace to join the Royal Court of Advisors. Some spend their lives within the Knights, but this is the exception rather than the rule. This is partially due to the restriction imposed by Emperor Vinraf that stated that a member of the Royal Family cannot hold a position on the Imperial Council.

    When a new Emperor or Empress takes the throne, one of them will choose to act as the Sovereign authority over the Imperial Knights, and the Imperial Council will report to them. This Sovereign is responsible for choosing and approving members of the Imperial Council, overseeing Imperial Knight affairs and missions, and allocating resources and funding.

    While technically both Sovereigns have equal authority, very rarely does the one not usually overseeing the Knights interfere or issue commands. The Sovereigns are also the only ones who can issue commands directly to the Imperial Council. They also have the authority to send Knights on missions, and have access to all Imperial Knight planets, facilities, artifacts, and intelligence collected which they can use, disseminate, or purge as they command.

    xxx

    PHILOSOPHY AND MINDSET

    The Imperial Knights serve the Empire first and foremost. Everything else is built around this unchanging truth.

    The philosophy of the Imperial Knights is simply to use the Force to protect the Empire, the Imperial Sovereigns, their citizens, and their interests (in that order) through whatever means are deemed necessary and appropriate. This is drilled into recruits from the moment they are brought into the Knights. Discipline, loyalty, respect, and confidence are repeatedly emphasized in training and lessons, and the Imperial culture around them.

    The result is a soldier selfless enough to lay down their own life for their comrade or just an ordinary Imperial citizen. The result is a soldier who is incorruptible in every sense of the word, who would murder you should you attempt to bribe or influence him against the Empire. The result is a soldier ruthless enough to go to any lengths to ensure that the Empire they have been conditioned to love and protect is safe.

    The individual wants of the Imperial Knights themselves are unimportant. Their lives are built around the principles, values, and goals of the Empire itself. To go against those is impossible for a Knight who has been raised in this kind of environment (one, I will note, countless other children are raised in – a topic for another time).

    While the Imperial Knights of even Empress Jaina Fel strictly utilized the ‘light side of the Force,’ and completely rejected the ‘dark,’ the Knights of the Empire today have no such qualms, because their approach to the Force itself has changed. The Force is not viewed as an entity which should be served, worshipped, or understood in an individual sense, but is instead a tool to be used, and it is up to the individual Knight to decide how best to use this tool in service of the Empire.

    To call the Knights of Fel ‘Gray,’ as the Jedi do when any rival Force order pops up, is ignorance at best. To call the Knights of Pellaeon ‘Gray’ is being generous. The Imperial Knights use both the light and dark sides of the Force as they see fit, with individuals tending to gravitate towards one or another. However, they are disciplined enough to avoid reaching either extreme. Balance is stressed for the Knights, which they drill into recruits before even teaching them the basics of Force manipulation.

    However, the Imperial Knights do still have a stigma attached to the dark side. There are special teams of Inquisitors whose sole job it is to ensure the Knights do not fall fully to the dark or the light (see appropriate section). A Knight who strays too close to the light is reprimanded and brought back to a more neutral balance. A Knight who falls to the dark is executed.

    Again, the Force is merely a tool to be used by the Imperial Knights. It cannot become anything more, and if it does, then the Knight is swiftly corrected. I will also note here that this also means that Imperial Knights will employ blasters, grenades, and heavy weaponry in their own arsenals. While lightsabers remain their signature weapon, they do not necessarily rely on them or use them exclusively.

    xxx

    LOCATIONS AND BASES OF NOTE

    Overview: The Imperial Knights maintain a number of bases across multiple systems and worlds. Typically, they are usually restricted to an additional section of already-existing Imperial bases, but occasionally they will have their own moon or separate planetary base. Please note that not every base or satellite of note will be covered here, as the focus will be on major bases of the Imperial Knights, which are on Bastion, Dantooine, and Xilas-III.

    Bastion: Fully restored to beyond its former glory, the headquarters of the Imperial Knights have also been similarly reestablished, and, in fact, the grounds of Imperial Knight Command are directly opposite the Imperial Palace. Imperial Knight Command (IKC) is the central hub for all major operations conducted by the Imperial Knights.

    The building itself is the tallest on the planet, even higher than the Imperial palace, and more resembles a towering administrative building than the pyramid temple of Fel-era Knights. The floors are divided into academic rooms, training arenas, barracks, and anything else required to keep a building and organization of this scale running.

    At the highest floor is the chambers of the Imperial Council, and just below it are honorary wings of the Intelligence Directorate, the Council of Moffs, and the Grand Admiralty; a notable showing of authority from the normally apolitical order.

    In addition to the IKC tower, the immediate area surrounding it is also under the jurisdiction of the Knights. Several administrative, analytical, and manufacturing buildings are under direct Imperial Knight control and fulfill specific orders for them. Additional training grounds and barracks were also established. The area itself contains a very robust automated transportation system.

    Security Level: High. There are few places that this rating can be assigned, but the IKC tower is one of them. You either must be an Imperial Knight, or an extremely high-ranking member of Imperial Intelligence or a direct aide to a moff. The areas around the tower itself are more vulnerable, but the constant patrols of Knights make lingering a questionable idea. Penetration of Bastion itself is not a difficult hurdle; penetration of Imperial Knight Command is another story.

    Dantooine: In a curious twist of fate, the once-empty plains that held a rebel base and was once home to an ancient Jedi Enclave, Dantooine is now home to the largest base of the Imperial Knights in the galaxy. Every single Imperial Knight is sent to Dantooine for training once they pass the standard academic and physical tests. Imperial Knight Training Command (IKTC) is notably a long distance away from the cities and even other training grounds, presumably due to the Knights wishing to preserve their secrecy.

    Thanks to our own efforts, we know that the isolation does serve a purpose. The Knights indeed do the training one would expect, especially physical exertion and lightsaber duels. Where it becomes more interesting is where the more advanced apprentices are trained to use their Force powers during a lightsaber duel. (The training itself will be elaborated on below.)

    What Dantooine hides is that there are large sections of devastated plains, resulting from Imperial Knights of the Maw Division practicing large-scale Force abilities, which are described as lightning storms, earthquakes, and stasis fields. How the Knights learned these abilities or how they are possible is unknown at this stage, but Dantooine is useful for hiding their true power.

    Security Level: High. Much like the IKC tower, you will not be allowed near IKTC unless you are authorized, and the Inquisitors which roam the base make infiltration a risky proposition at best. Dantooine itself is not extremely difficult to penetrate.

    Xilas-III: The vast majority of Imperial and Alliance Space is unaware that this moon even exists, and that is because it is only known officially to the Imperial Knights and Imperial Intelligence. The entire Xilas System is not on any Imperial star charts, and only when becoming a Knight do you learn about Xilas-III itself. While this information was challenging to acquire, there is a reason for the secrecy.

    On Xilas-III is one of the most fortified and secured bases within the entirety of Imperial Space, as it is also a vault that extends deep into the moon itself. This vault holds every single Jedi and Sith artifact the Empire has, which includes holocrons of both Jedi and Sith, texts, scrolls, tablets, as well as dozens of other artifacts in various states of quality. Agent Glover described what sounds exactly like a Rakatan Mind Prison, so their artifact collection likely extends to other ancient Force orders including the rakata, the Eternal Empire, and additional unidentified groups.

    For the few who don’t see the significance of the Empire actively hunting and acquiring artifacts from these long dead civilizations, please refer to the attached documents, in particular those on the rakatan Infinite Empire and the Mortis Encounter.

    It is extremely apparent that the Empire is not keeping this collection of artifacts for show; it is logical to conclude that they are seeking to increase their own understanding and manipulation of the Force, or take the knowledge learned and apply it to the Empire as a whole. We do not know the extent of what they have learned from these artifacts, but having them at all means that eventually, they will learn all they can.

    Security Level: Near-Impenetrable: Agent Glover did not manage to fully escape before the base intercepted suspicious transmissions. He reported that he did not see a single living individual on the moon. There were heavily armored combat droids, automated turrets hanging from the roof and on ground-level, but there were no living individuals. There is suspicion that there is an artificial intelligence managing security, or at least a machine intelligence as Agent Glover did report being greeted by, and instructed by, a disembodied mechanical voice.

    Reasons for why security is only automated is a mystery to investigate further.

    xxx

    STRUCTURE : INITIATION AND TRAINING

    Recruitment: There are two types of recruitment into the Imperial Knights. The first is very obvious – citizens. All children are tested for Force-sensitivity at a very young age, and should they be found strong enough (minimum Tier 7 on the Gndaa Scale; notable for being two tiers higher than the Jedi Order’s minimum), they will eventually be approached by a representative about initiation into the Knights (the parents would have already been informed of this possibility). Assuming that four to five years of educational brainwashing have been successful, the kid will find the offer an honor beyond compare (there is also significant pressure from the child’s family due to honor by proxy). Upon the successful completion of Imperial schooling, the citizen will then formally join the Imperial Knights as a recruit.

    Then there is everyone else who is Force-sensitive, but not necessarily an Imperial citizen or a child. Immigrants are also routinely tested for Force-sensitivity, though this is only shared if the Knights are interested in recruitment. Usually after a period of a few years, where they have been monitored by Imperial Intelligence, a representative of the Knights will approach – once their assimilation is cemented and their loyalty at an acceptable standard.

    The Knights will seemingly only accept children/teens immediately into the organization itself, as established by the treatment of our own assets. If a Force-user is already proficient, the chances of being accepted go up tremendously, and orphans especially will be targeted directly by the Knights to be raised within IKC itself.

    Initially, there was the question of why the Imperial Knights would risk accepting certain individuals immediately into their Order, especially since it is possible to infiltrate through this method given a reasonable amount of time, as this operation demonstrates. There is an explanation behind this, beyond the indoctrination every Knight goes through, which, admittedly, throws the feasibility of any assets into question when performing certain operations. This will be elaborated on shortly.

    [Eyes only: Director Calsyne: I can confirm that there is a concerted Imperial effort to comb the galaxy’s orphanages and adoption centers, as well as their recent interest in outlying slave rings in the past decade. They are looking for Force-sensitive children. This should immediately be investigated further. -Operational Director Tlek]

    Acceptance Testing: This only really applies to the orphans and younger immigrants, which essentially is a combination of a standardized test and personality quiz. The test itself has questions on basic mathematics, sciences, writing and reading comprehension, as well as a pool of history questions on the Empire itself, and even several questions on the modern administration of the Sovereigns, though usually these just ask if the user is aware of the names of the Sovereigns and other high-ranking officials within the Empire.

    The personality quiz part of the test largely focuses on scenarios of varying intensity, from observing a crime and choosing what to do, to asking if you would be willing to turn in a friend or kill them if necessary for the good of the Empire. Questions also focus on loyalty, views on the Imperial Throne, aliens, and a series of pseudo-political questions on the modern galaxy. The test is also randomly generated for each participant, and there are always two officers observing the testing rooms, as well as one Imperial Inquisitor.

    This test is waived for Imperial citizens who have graduated from Imperial Educational Academies, assuming their grades are at a sufficient standard.

    Physical Training: Upon the passing of a basic physical and the Acceptance Tests (if applicable), all recruits of the Imperial Knights are sent to Dantooine for their actual training. This training is divided into two distinct sections. The first is physical training to turn all recruits into soldiers. It is essentially a boot camp, but slightly shorter than the standard for Imperial Stormtroopers.

    Physical training after this initial boot camp will vary depending on how quickly the recruit passes the requirements set forward by the instructors. Once all recruits are at a certain physical standard, weapons training begins. The Imperial Knights are known for their lightsabers, but they are proficient in a variety of weapons, and some actually prefer to use them as their primary weapon over a lightsaber.

    That understood, lightsaber training does make up the majority of weapons training. Recruits are given a green-bladed lightsaber which is only given to recruits, and never seen outside Dantooine. This is not a training lightsaber, but a real one, and recruits are expected to handle the weapon with care. Medics are constantly standing by in case of actual amputations, so they can quickly reattach the limb.

    This danger also extends to duels between recruits and instructors. While instructors are skilled enough to avoid deliberately mutilating recruits, except to make a point, recruits are not so lucky. After a certain point, all combat training becomes real, and it is extremely rare for limbs not to be lost in these duels. As always, there are medics on standby.

    As the recruit progresses in lightsaber proficiency, they will be allowed to experiment with different styles of combat (such as double-bladed lightsabers or dual-wielded lightsabers). Alien recruits will also utilize their unique anatomy if applicable. After a certain proficiency is reached, they will move to the next stage of training, and, arguably, the most important.

    Force Training: Throughout training, the recruits draw on the Force to a certain degree, however, they are not explicitly trained to use it until they are judged to be disciplined and skilled enough to control it properly. Each of them is taught basic Force abilities at first, and, based on their particular proficiency, the trainers determine which discipline the recruit is most suited towards.

    Once the recruit has reached a proficiency with their abilities, they will begin to be trained in how to apply it to their own combat style. This is more applicable to some abilities than others, but near the end of training, most recruits will be incorporating Force abilities near-seamlessly with their martial prowess.

    It is during this period where recruits will be approached by the various divisions of Imperial Knights, and their proficiency in certain Force abilities will heavily influence which division they will join. This usually only happens near the end of training, and an offer by a division is considered a graduation from recruit to recognized Imperial Knight.

    Before formally being sent to their division of choice, graduated recruits will first be given the Imperial Mandate.

    xxx

    THE IMPERIAL MANDATE

    We have heard of the so-called ‘Imperial Mandate’ through previous operations and research on the Empire, but there was always an extensive amount of disinformation regarding what that phrase actually meant. Until this operation, the most accepted conclusion was that it was an internal Imperial memo detailing the objectives and goals of the Sovereigns, and, by extension, the Empire.

    We had previously believed that it was only given to high-level Imperial officials, specifically the Council of Moffs, the Grand Admirals, and an unknown number of Imperial Intelligence Officers together with the Intelligence Directorate. The Imperial Council was also on this list, though there was previous speculation that this was shared with all members of the Imperial Knights, as assets noted that discussion of the Imperial Mandate was common among recruits and mentioned vaguely by instructors.

    Now we have confirmation as to what the Imperial Mandate is, and we now also know why the Knights are so incorruptible and dedicated to the Empire. While I do not want to dismiss the psychological conditioning up to the point a recruit becomes a Knight, what ensures that the Knights remain loyal is through being subjected to the Imperial Mandate – a phrase referring to the mental conditioning recruits undergo before they are fully accepted into the Imperial Knights.

    The conditioning itself differs from AIS Dimalium Conditioning in several ways. The first is that there are no code words used. The programming is implemented by an Imperial AI (which has not been identified) and then locked into memory, preventing anyone from modifying or removing the conditioning. While it appears that the Mandate has its origin in the Castellan Restraints (similarly to Dimalium Conditioning), the Empire has streamlined and focused it significantly, while Dimalium Conditioning retains the original flexibility.

    The exact instructions programmed into the Knight appear to differ depending on the division they join, and are rarely more than four or five explicit instructions. They appear to revolve around several key points:

    - Loyalty to the Empire

    - Prevention of betrayal or internal sabotage

    - Prevention of sharing secrets of the Imperial Knights and Empire

    It is currently UNKNOWN if the Knights have the capability to add additional instructions or even reverse the process. It is entirely possible that each new rank within the Imperial Knights includes additional subjection to the Mandate. It is extremely possible that higher ranks involve more complex instructions to allow for additional flexibility, but this is speculation.

    While not completely relevant to this document, the existence of the Imperial Mandate implies that the Empire utilizes this beyond the Imperial Knights. It is extremely likely that a certain number of Imperial Intelligence personnel have similar conditioning, and it is possible all of the Imperial leadership has this to a certain degree.

    What is also of interest is that Emperor Vorn Pellaeon was previously an Imperial Knight. The Imperial Mandate appears to have been established during the reign of Emperor Vinraf. This raises the obvious question: Are the Sovereigns themselves still subjected to the Imperial Mandate, and if so, was it intentional?

    It was mentioned earlier that this makes infiltration of the Imperial Knights almost impossible. However, our asset placed within the Knights allows us to experiment with the limits of the Mandate. It appears to be able to exist in conjunction with the Dimalium Conditioning, but will take precedence if orders conflict. As such, assets which are under the Imperial Mandate must undergo Dimalium Conditioning, and instructions given must be explicitly worded in such a way as to bypass the Mandate logic. They can no longer betray the Empire, but they can still gather information unknowingly and relay that to handlers.

    [Eyes only: Director Calsyne: The capture of one or more individuals who have received the Imperial Mandate should be an immediate priority. We require a thorough understanding of just how many in the Empire are affected, as well as how to neutralize or bypass it. -Operational Director Tlek]
     
  19. xabiar

    xabiar Jedi Youngling

    Registered:
    Jun 17, 2019
    STRUCTURE : DIVISIONS

    Overview: During the reorganization of the Imperial Knights by Emperor Vinraf, one of the major and understated changes was the vast expansion of the Imperial Knights as a whole into less of a monolithic order, and something resembling a more segmented and militaristic organizational structure. Four divisions of the Imperial Knights were established, each focusing on a specific skillset and purpose.

    The divisions are as follows:

    The Imperial Knights: The most public and well-known division of the Imperial Knights, and what originally composed the entirety of the organization. The Imperial Knights themselves are the front-line soldiers of the order, and are by far the largest division, containing over sixty-five percent of all members. If one encounters a member of the Imperial Knights, they will usually encounter a member of this division.

    There are three ranks within the Division of Imperial Knights:

    Apprentice: The initial rank within the Division of Imperial Knights is given to graduated recruits. These individuals are apprenticed to a fully-fledged Knight, and assigned based on background, experience, temperament, and cohesiveness. Knights can request that certain recruits be apprenticed to them, but this is not a guarantee.

    The Apprentice will spend an indeterminate period under their Knight, accompany them on missions, train with them, and further hone their skills in combat and the Force. Apprentices have two ways of being promoted to the rank of Knight – they can be promoted by their Knight if they believe they have learned all they can from them, or the Apprentice can request to take a series of trials given by the Imperial Council. The trials are often dangerous, and are rarely invoked unless there are serious disagreements between Knight and Apprentice or the Apprentice wishes to prove themselves beyond simple promotion.

    Apprentices do not have any additional military authority, and must follow orders issued by Knights or field officers, regardless of if they are part of the Imperial Knights or not. However, it is rare that officers risk ordering an Apprentice in any combat situation, and will more likely attempt to return them to their Knight.

    Knight: The most common rank within the Division of Imperial Knights, these individuals perform a variety of duties from academic instruction, training, guard duty, military operations, and maintenance. Knights continually work to continue honing their own skills and powers, in addition to the duties assigned to them by the Knight-Captains.

    Knights will usually be required to take an Apprentice at least once through their career, although they can indicate they do not wish the responsibility at this time, and Knights who have less than five years of experience are ineligible for taking on an Apprentice. The missions undertaken by Knights vary from criminal raids, joint military operations, and solo investigations.

    Knights have military authority equivalent to a field officer, and receive training on managing units of Stormtroopers and other ground forces. If their authority is weighed against a field officer, the Knight has priority and can override decisions made by field officers. Knights will usually only take command of military forces during large-scale operations or during war games.

    Knight-Captain: These members of the Division of Imperial Knights have achieved what is for most the highest rank within the division. Veterans of the Imperial Knights, each Knight-Captain has an extensive amount of experience, skill, and knowledge which they use to further enhance the Order. As such, most Knight-Captains take positions as instructors or advisors instead of combat operations, although they still keep themselves in combat-ready condition as they have direct authority over Knights in the event of operations involving multiple Knights.

    To face a Knight-Captain is to face one of the most dangerous individuals within the Imperial Knights. There are few who match their discipline, power, and radiating authority. Within the military they have immediate authority over everyone with the exception of a moff or grand admiral, though, to date, this has never been tested.

    Knight-Captains are chosen exclusively by the Knight-Commander, from recommendations of other Knight-Captains who keep a watch for those worthy of being elevated. A small number of Knight-Captains make up the Consul to the Knight-Commander, who work directly with the Knight-Commander on matters of organization, policy, and decisions which affect the division as a whole.

    Appearance: Imperial Knight armor is based on the original armor worn by the first Knights, though with the colors changed to white and black instead of red. The insignia of the Empire is printed on the left shoulder pad, while the insignia of the Imperial Knights is printed on the right. Each Knight also wears a helmet which is a modified Stormtrooper model, though streamlined and not as bulky, also in black. The only individuals of the Imperial Knights who wear the traditional capes are Knight-Captains (who wear black) and the Knight-Commander (who wears white).

    Gear: The armor of the Imperial Knights is a mixture of materials used to make standard light armor, interlaced with a cortosis-weave to provide resistance to lightsabers. Knight-Captains and the Knight-Commander also wear pure cortosis gauntlets, making them especially effective against lightsaber-wielding enemies (cortosis of at least 999.8 fineness causes the lightsaber blade containment field to instantly fail and dissipate, requiring reactivation of the blade). It should be noted that while the armor of the Knight-Commander is visually similar, the material itself is a stronger mix of materials.

    Imperial Knights also usually have a variety of small arms weapons and short-range melee weapons (knives, stun batons, etc.) on-hand, though usually only one or two. Knights have been known to utilize heavier ranged weaponry such as blasters and cannon, and explosives are also not an uncommon sight.

    The signature weapon of the Imperial Knights is the lightsaber. Each hilt is standardized, but comes in multiple sizes to fit various hands and alien types. Each blade emits a silver beam which is consistent through the entire division, from Apprentices to the Knight-Commander.

    Abilities: Most Imperial Knights are extremely skilled duelists, and are capable of facing any melee-wielding opponent and fighting to a standstill or killing them outright. They are usually at least moderately trained in small-scale Force usage, utilizing such abilities such as telekinesis (which is used to crush, lift, pull, or throw objects) and blasts of kinetic energy (identified primarily as 'Push' and 'Repulse' – the latter of which is most effective as a form of enemy management and crowd control when surrounded).

    Where the Imperial Knights excel is not in raw power, but in blending their martial prowess with their Force abilities. Lightsaber strikes are sometimes followed up with a Force push, or a repulse against multiple enemies. A slow-witted opponent will find their bodies crushed under a telekinetic grip if they are not careful, and the directed lightsaber throw is an especially dangerous skill many Knights possess.

    Physically, most Knights have significant strength and endurance, though their fighting styles typically discourage nimbleness and speed in favor of direct strength. While there are exceptions, very few Knights tend to engage in misdirection or prolonging fights for the sake of it. While extremely acrobatic and athletic, this is one area their Jedi counterparts have a noticeable advantage.

    Division Leader: The leader of the Division of Imperial Knights is the Knight-Commander. Nominated by the Consul of the Knight-Commander, they are the most accomplished and skilled member of the Imperial Knights. A Knight-Commander is formally chosen by the Imperial Council, and from their appointment, holds a seat on the Council and is regularly involved in matters and decisions that affect the Imperial Knights as a whole beyond the division itself.

    Knight-Commanders serve a term of ten years, but are allowed to be nominated an indefinite amount of times, and are similarly allowed to refuse any further nominations. The Knight-Commander can only be removed from their position by a joint unanimous vote of the Imperial Council and the Consul of the Knight-Commander.

    The current Knight-Commander is Iyamad Flovan. She has served as Knight-Commander for five years. Please see attached file for further information.

    The Royal Guard: Where the Sovereigns and their family go, they are consistently accompanied by the familiar armored men and women who make up the Royal Guard. Their directive and mission is simple – protect the Royal Family with their lives and be constantly vigilant to threats to their safety. No member of the Royal Family travels without at least two Guardsmen, and the Sovereigns themselves have no fewer than six Guards at all times.

    The Royal Guard draw their members exclusively from the other divisions of the Imperial Knights, choosing only the best to make up their numbers. This is only a division one can be invited to join; one cannot volunteer on their own. It is only fit for the most loyal and trusted of the Imperial Knights, and even then, the Royal Guard is possessed of an atypical protectiveness of the Royal Family, and will tolerate absolutely no threats to their safety.

    Every attempt on the life of the Royal Family has so far been prevented because of the Royal Guard, and these are only the publicized attempts. We already know that there is a section of Imperial Intelligence devoted to handling the dozens of threats to the Royal Family daily, and it is not a stretch to assume that the Royal Guard works very, very closely with them.

    There are no ranks within the Imperial Guard as it is traditionally understood, though there are two sections which handle radically different tasks and assignments:

    Guardsmen: The Royal Guard is largely comprised of the Guardsmen themselves, the men and women who constantly stand watch over the Royal Family and Imperial Palace. They are the exclusive protectors of the inner chambers of the Palace, and the word of an Imperial Guardsman is one of the few where it might as well have been spoken by the Sovereigns themselves. Guards rarely invoke demands from the Empire, as it is understood that they would only take direct control if it is as a matter of Imperial security.

    These Guards are primarily drawn from the Imperial Knight and Maw Divisions, and as each member of the Guard wears identical uniforms, one would only be able to identify the type of training and combat style each Guard has if they were ever to engage in combat. They cannot be easily predicted, and if one’s focus is squarely on the Guards then any attempt on the life of the Royal Family is doomed to fail and fall to the other hand of the Royal Guard.

    Watchers: The Watchers of the Royal Guard are the invisible and unseen threat to the enemies of the Sovereigns. Whenever the Sovereigns or members of their family travel to a public area, the attention is squarely on the member of royalty or the Guardsmen protecting them. What most people do not know is that there is an entire network of Watchers keeping an eye on the crowd from within it.

    Disguised as civilians or the working population, Watchers are the eyes and ears of the Guardsmen and communicate threats. Drawn primarily from the Inquisitors, we suspect that most, if not all Watchers, are masters of Force persuasion and possibly telepathy. Unless there is a way to detect a Force-user in a crowd, you will not find these Watchers. Great care must be taken should any member of the Alliance or the Senate travel to meet the Sovereigns. There is a very good chance that they will be watched, and perhaps compromised, by a small army from the shadows.

    Appearance: Guardsmen wear the red and black armor of the classic Fel-era Imperial Knights, which is identical to the modern armor of the Division of Imperial Knights, at least in structure. The differences come from the red helmets, which are modeled after the Palpatine-era Royal Guard. All Guardsmen also wear a red cape, though this can be easily retracted into their armor in combat. The armor lacks any insignia or identification whatsoever, and the only mark of individuality are the weapons each Guardsman possesses.

    Watchers do not possess a standard uniform, as they change their appearance depending on the situation and surroundings. They could be masquerading as anything from a civilian in the crowd to a technician. I must stress that we do not know the full capabilities of the Watchers, and, by extension, the Inquisitors. This will be addressed further below.

    Gear: The armor of the Guardsmen, while physically identical to that of the Knights, is very likely composed of a harder mix of materials and almost certainly interlaced with an even thicker cortosis-weave; perhaps interlaced with filaments of phrik as well. The capes are flame-retardant, and tear-resistant. Specs are unknown, so consider this unconfirmed, but given the state of the Imperial Knights as a whole, expect top-of-the-line for everything.

    Watchers do not have consistent uniforms, but they do likely carry small-scale weapons and traps – unconfirmed, but highly likely to include various poisons. Guardsmen, similarly to their Knight counterparts, do equip secondary melee weapons and explosives to use, though they tend to not fully gear up unless traveling away from Bastion.

    The lightsabers of Guardsmen are the same standardized hilt, in multiple sizes for varying hand types and alien anatomy. Their lightsabers emit a scarlet-red without exception across the entirety of the division. Regardless of origin, all members of the Royal Guard who use a lightsaber have the same red crystal. We do not believe Watchers use lightsabers.

    Abilities: Take the standard abilities of any of the divisions, and increase them to their maximum potential. These are the elite of the Imperial Knights, and each one has years of experience and skill. Expect anything from the melee brutality of the Knights, to the lightning storms conjured by the Maw. And the mind-breaking capabilities the Inquisitors for good measure.

    Prepare to fight the Royal Guard as if you were planning to fight the Sovereigns themselves. If you consider that unreasonable, then it is a better idea to reconsider whatever idiot plan you had.

    Division Leader: The Royal Guard is commanded by the Emperor’s Wrath, a title which originates from the ancient Sith Empire under Emperor Vitiate. The original Emperor’s Wrath was a speaker, enforcer, and weapon of the Sith Emperor, bringing extensive devastation to his Sovereign’s enemies.

    What is unique about this particular title, even within the Imperial Knights, is that it can change depending on the current organization of the Royal Family. Usually, one of the Imperial Sovereigns takes direct command over the Imperial Knights, and the title of the Wrath will vary depending on which one holds this authority (as Emperor Pellaeon has assumed this role, the position will be referred to as the Emperor’s Wrath for the entirety of this document).

    The Emperor’s Wrath of the Imperial Knights is also capable of acting as the voice and sword of the Sovereigns, but primarily serves as an advisor to the Sovereigns and directly manages the Royal Guard. This is quite possibly the most well-informed individual in the Empire, as the Emperor’s Wrath has access to the plans, itinerary, resources, and ears of both Sovereigns, not merely the one overseeing the Knights.

    The Wrath is selected by the Sovereign overseeing the Knights, and upon the recommendation of the Imperial Council. This position is for life, although the Wrath has the option of retirement after a period of seven years. The Wrath can only be removed from their position by one of the Sovereigns – or by a unanimous vote from the Imperial Council, the Council of Moffs, Intelligence Directorate, and the Grand Admiralty.

    The Emperor’s Wrath is also prevented from being chosen for the position of High Lord of the Imperial Council (which I suspect is due to how close the Wrath is to the Sovereigns, and done out of concern for the possibility of the respective Sovereign placing a puppet on the Council). The Emperor’s Wrath is also present for all meetings of the Court of the Sovereigns, although they do not participate or vote.

    The current Emperor’s Wrath is Viola Lorentzen. She has served as the Wrath for fifteen years. Please see attached file for more information.

    The Maw: When we received intel about this division, the name itself stood out as decisively odd for the Imperial Knights; something more reminiscent of grandiose legends of old. However, this is indeed the name of the division in question, but before I explain what the Maw is, I would like you to consider what comes to mind when you read this word. Does it remind you of the void? The old research station of the Galactic Empire? Of knowledge best left untouched?

    From my understanding, the Maw handles and uses power that the other divisions of the Imperial Knights do not touch for one reason or another.

    The Maw is a collection of scholars, researchers, archeologists, and Force-users. I should clarify that all of them are Force-sensitive, but only a select number focus on that. The rest are devoted to the acquisition and collection of artifacts, the study of the Force, and decrypting the secrets of the old orders of the Force.

    The Maw is not divided into ranks, but instead, smaller sections within the division itself. These are the following:

    Artifact Collection and Management: This is a very proper and straightforward label for a division with such an enigmatic name. Just as it sounds, ACM is responsible for the acquisition, maintenance, and research of all artifacts. They have extensive archeological experience, and almost all of them can understand multiple dialects spoken by ancient Sith and Jedi. Their procedure for artifacts appears to be verification for authenticity, research, and finally, restoration to as close to the original state as possible, before artifacts are shipped to Xilas-III. These are not warriors, however, and while they can theoretically defend themselves, their focus is not on preparing or training for combat.

    Gatekeepers: These are a small collection of the Maw who appear to learn and research the Force itself. From what we were able to gather, they are the ones who learn the abilities from Jedi and Sith holocrons or ancient texts, train to master the skills themselves, and then share them with the rest of the Imperial Knights.

    This makes the Gatekeepers extremely dangerous and unpredictable, as almost no one in the Empire knows as much about the Force as they do. Despite their strict focus on research, unlike the Maw ACM, this collection of scholars should not be underestimated. Assume that anything the Maelstrom can do, the Gatekeepers can do it better.

    The Maelstrom: The most recognizable members of the Maw, those of the Maelstrom are sometimes viewed as the manifestation of power itself. While few in number, the Maelstrom are masters of the Force, and capable of creating lightning storms or blasting it from their hands; shaking the ground through earthquakes, lifting AT-ATs (verified by Asset Irocnuci) into the air and crushing them; and other feats of the Force on a scale that most would dismiss as impossible.

    The Maelstrom does not just use destructive abilities, they are also accomplished healers, defenders, and telepaths; willing to use the Force in whatever way is necessary to achieve their objective. It is suspected that the Maelstrom is perhaps a rank before the Gatekeepers, and not an independent one, but this is not confirmed. What is confirmed is that the Maelstrom are trained directly by the Gatekeepers.

    Appearance: Upon hearing a name such as the Maw, you might expect this division to emulate the Sith or Jedi robes, but this is not the case. Members of the ACM wear standard lab equipment or officer uniforms when conducting travel or research. Gatekeepers dress similarly, while adapting their clothing to their environment appropriately. The Maelstrom are perhaps the only ones who have any sort of cohesive uniform – thin breastplate armor and leggings, which leaves the arms bare. They wear no helmet or cape. What materials comprise their limited armor is unknown, but it is devoid of insignia or markings, and is colored a steel-gray.

    Gear: Lab equipment and datapads, the majority of the Maw do not use tools of combat and are more prepared for scanning an old stone tablet than fighting off an enemy. Many members of the ACM do not even carry lightsabers, although they are not forbidden from doing so.

    Lightsabers are worn by the Gatekeepers and Maelstrom, though they appear to view them as more a matter of ceremony, as they have not ever been publicly observed drawing them. It is quite possible they view something like dueling as unnecessary due to their command of the Force. When drawn though, the blades of the Maw are a sky-blue or cyan (as the Jedi call it), and they have only ever been observed possessing single-bladed hilts.

    Abilities: Largely unknown. We know that the Maelstrom are capable of the large-scale displays of power as stated above, but I have an uncomfortable feeling that this is just the surface of their ability to manipulate the Force. It would be easy to categorize them as powerful Force-wielders, but the Gatekeepers especially concern me with that they could have learned.

    We have not seen the Maelstrom or Gatekeepers in direct combat before. If they have participated in such, we have not heard it. Until we know more about either their artifact collection, or see one of the Gatekeepers in combat, I am afraid the Maw will remain a question mark for a very long time.

    Division Leader: The leader of the division is the Keeper of the Maw, or, more simply, the ‘Keeper.’ We can only speculate to the abilities of this individual, as they are picked exclusively from the Gatekeepers and are presumably their most powerful or their most skilled. The process by which they are chosen within the Gatekeepers is unknown, but like others, they must be approved by the Imperial Council.

    The Keeper does not appear to interact within the Imperial Knights to the degree some other Division leaders do, but their role is expanded beyond just the Maw, and they appear to have direct access to Imperial Artifact Excavation and Reclamation, and quite possibly manage it. The full responsibilities of the Keeper are unknown, aside from managing the Maw and holding a seat on the Imperial Council.

    The Keeper is appointed for life, and must serve a period of fifteen years before being allowed to step down. This position is unique in that it appears that the Keeper can be removed solely on the orders of the Grand Inquisitor.

    The current Keeper of the Maw is Aegoth Osoad. He has held the position of Keeper for twenty years. I will make a note that he is a miraluka, a species typically powerful in the Force. Please refer to the attached file for more information.

    The Inquisitors: This is easily the most secretive and clandestine division within the Imperial Knights, and for good reason. The Inquisitors are not known to the majority of even the Imperial forces, and we believe that only Imperial Intelligence, the Council of Moffs, and the Grand Admiralty know anything extensive about them. The Imperial Knights as an organization know only the basics, which is what will be relayed here.

    The Inquisitors act as a hybrid of intelligence organization, internal security, and secret police. They work extensively with Imperial Intelligence, appear to be able to access any piece of data they need, and their goals depend on the department they belong to within the division itself. To elaborate on this, the Inquisitors are broken into two departments, and one field unit, each with differing objectives and missions:

    The Department of Internal Security: I can compare the members of Internal Security closest with the Watchers of the Royal Guard. From what I can understand, these Inquisitors are constantly monitoring not just the Imperial Knights, but the Empire as a whole for any signs of disloyalty or treason. A noted objective of theirs is ensuring that the Imperial Knights themselves do not fall to either extreme of the spectrum.

    Internal Security appears to have been originally established to serve as a check on the Imperial Knights and prevent a potential disaster from occurring, and this focus would almost certainly be on the Maw, but it’s clearly been expanded beyond that point. It is unknown how Internal Security conducts their operations.

    The Department of Acquisition: An extremely misleading name. Acquisition Inquisitors are few, and they have only one objective – interrogation. Every single terrorist, criminal, and suspected mole is brought before this department and subjected to a brutal interrogation. These Inquisitors are whispered of throughout Imperial Intelligence as the most effective and dangerous of the Inquisitors.

    They appear to be used strictly within the Empire, but they have no qualms about using the Force to break into someone’s mind, or if that is not possible, wear them down slowly and surely. We need to consider this department in future operations, as the possibility of a Force-enhanced interrogation is now an extremely real possibility.

    The Empire’s Hands: We have heard of the Hands before now, primarily operating in Hutt Space. We assumed that, like their previous incarnations, they answered to Emperor Vorn as his own special task force. We now know that they are under the Division of Inquisitors, and ultimately answer to the Imperial Knights themselves.

    These do not appear to just be assassins or a special tasks group, but spies and agents trained in the Force. It would not be out of the question to determine that the Hands are just as committed and loyal to the Empire as the rest of the Imperial Knights, and with the Force at their disposal, there is very little they could not eventually do.

    The Hands are potentially a direct threat to Alliance security. This matter must be addressed at once.

    Appearance: As far as we are aware, the Empire’s Hands do not have an established uniform, and wear whatever they feel is necessary for their mission. We suspect that certain agents of the Department of Internal Security have similar attire due to their mission. However, the remainder of the Inquisitors, specifically the Department of Acquisition and others in Internal Security have very plain officer uniforms. The only differences are that Inquisitors lack any sort of badge or identification, and their uniforms are black instead of gray. The lightsabers on their hip are their identification, although one they rarely need to use.

    Gear: We should expect the Empire’s Hands to be trained in a variety of weapons, including lightsabers. They should also be expected to be wearing the best of Imperial armor and protection. Never assume a suspected Hand is unarmed, as they have been noted to use poisons and traps. For the remainder of Inquisitors, we should only expect sidearms at most aside from lightsabers.

    The blades of the Inquisitors are a deep and striking violet, though they are rarely used by the departments.

    Abilities: At a baseline we must assume that all Inquisitors have extensive training in mind-based Force abilities, specifically lie detection, mind-breaking, and Force persuasion. The extent of this is unknown, but assume that it is enough to overpower anyone who is not expecting it. I will note again that this is a baseline. Inquisitors are quite possibly capable of more than this.

    The Hands in particular are a wild card, and it is quite possible that in addition to being trained duelists, they also are capable of Force abilities performed by other divisions. Training from the Gatekeepers is also a possibility. Prepare for a possible confrontation with a Hand as you would for a Guardsman of the Royal Guard.

    Division Leader: The leader of the Inquisitors is the Grand Inquisitor, a straightforward title that tells us very little. It is unknown how the Grand Inquisitor is chosen, nor does it appear to be restricted to a department or necessarily need to be a Hand. At a minimum, we should expect the Grand Inquisitor to have the capabilities of a Hand, as well as vast experience with intelligence work.

    It should be noted that the Grand Inquisitor has an extensive amount of authority over the Imperial Knights, and appears to possess the capability to remove, or suspend, almost all individuals from the Imperial Council (with the exception of the Emperor’s Wrath), as well as the only noted member of the Imperial Knights who can put forth a motion to arrest the Sovereign(s). I imagine there is a certain amount of procedure we are missing, but even taking that into account, it is clear that the Inquisitors are quite possibly the most influential division within the Imperial Knights.

    The Grand Inquisitor serves a term of five years, and cannot be nominated more than two times in a row. However, there is nothing preventing further nominations following a one term absence. The Grand Inquisitor also cannot be removed solely by the Imperial Council. It must be a unanimous vote of the Imperial Council, the Imperial Intelligence Directorate, and by command of one of the Sovereigns.

    A piece of information that is useful is that the Grand Inquisitor cannot be chosen to become the High Lord of the Imperial Council.

    The current Grand Inquisitor is Losr’avaria’nathas (Core name ‘Ravarian’). He is currently one year into his second term. Please see attached file for more details.
     
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    xabiar Jedi Youngling

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    STRUCTURE : LEADERSHIP

    The Imperial Council: At the highest level of Imperial Knight Command sits the Imperial Council, populated by the leaders of the Imperial Knight divisions and led by an internally chosen High Lord who is also approved by the Sovereigns directly. The Imperial Council manages decisions which affect the entirety of the Imperial Knights, from internal policy, intergalactic operations, and Imperial security.

    The Imperial Council works extremely closely with the highest levels of every major Imperial institution, as well as several minor institutions and organizations, particularly Imperial Law Enforcement. However, it appears they primarily interact with the following:

    - The Intelligence Directorate

    - The Council of Moffs

    - The Grand Admiralty

    - Imperial High Command

    The exact subjects discussed with these groups is largely unknown, aside from knowing they have an important role in choosing division leaders, and we can only speculate as to how the Imperial Council operates internally, as much of this is based on common knowledge from within the Imperial Knights, and is largely unavailable to the general public altogether. At best, they know that an ‘Imperial Council’ exists, not necessarily who is on it or what it does.

    The members of the Imperial Council are, without exception, the following:

    - The Knight-Commander of the Imperial Knights

    - The Emperor’s Wrath

    - The Keeper of the Maw

    - The Grand Inquisitor

    - High Lord of the Imperial Council

    The High Lord is suspected to be chosen from within the Council itself, presumably one of its members. Election processes are unknown, aside from that they need to be approved by at least one Sovereign. What is known is that the High Lord is the most important figure within the entirety of Imperial Knights, and represents them within the Court of the Sovereigns.

    The current High Lord of the Imperial Council, and Representative of the Imperial Knights to the Sovereigns is Raimunt Calliot. He has held the position for ten years and is formerly a Knight-Commander. Please see attached file for more details.

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    THE IMPERIAL COUNCIL

    Iyamad Flovan, Knight-Commander of the Imperial Knights: One of the most famous of the Imperial Knights, Iyamad Flovan is something of an Imperial celebrity due to her participation in the annual tournaments between the Jedi and Knights, leaving her well-known in Alliance Space as well.

    A human female and veteran of the Imperial Knights, she had a traditional Imperial upbringing and was identified as Force-sensitive at a young age – subsequently recruited for the Imperial Knights. Within it she developed a reputation as a decisive and talented leader, leading her small team to multiple victories and was eyed for potential leadership role at a young age.

    As an apprentice, she spent a significant amount of time with the Stormtroopers and Imperial High Command due to her Master working closely those institutions. Through this time she developed a lasting rapport with the 302nd Imperial Legion, both soldiers and officers. To this day, they are unofficially considered her own personal military, and Imperial High Command has them stationed in a fairly secure location where they are in no danger – and can be quickly mobilized if the Knight-Commander has need of them.

    Her promotion to a full Knight was actually slightly later than expected, but it was in large part due to her work with the Stormtroopers, and in that time, she had forged numerous connections and relationships throughout Imperial High Command, and was in a position to begin making an impact well beyond her tenure there.

    Most Imperial Knights – upon promotion – begin to join military operations conducted by special forces, particularly in the Outer Rim against criminal and dissident elements. Flovan instead took a different path, one focused more on leadership than direct combat. She began taking part in operational planning and advisement, and through several of her connections, was working directly with the Grand Admiralty within two years, and Imperial High Command in three.

    Her promotion to Knight-Captain was virtually assured at this point, and her defining moment was when she, with the help of every single institution of the Imperium, first lured a minor Hutt Cartel into invading a system close to Imperial borders, and they did nothing until the Cartel expanded themselves just thin enough – and accidentally imposed on Imperial territory.

    With this justification, Flovan led the 302nd on a conquest which expanded the borders of the Imperium by thirty systems, and resulted in the Imperium’s actions being praised for their restraint and decisive actions – while failing to note that Imperial territory had expanded significantly.

    This organization, planning, and cunning was likely what led to her being nominated for the position of Knight-Commander. She has not stopped conducting these wide-ranging operations – they’ve simply not been followed as closely, and she has refined them to the point where it has become almost routine.

    The conquests are not as large as her first one, but the gradual assimilation of thirty planets every standard galactic year, in chunks of five and seven, is something that guarantees the Imperium will continue to grow. While technically legal, and none of the Triumvirate have commented on this, it is skirting the line, even as they court closer ties with the Jedi to help clean up the Outer Rim.

    None of the Jedi appear interested in just who is benefitting the most from these joint operations.

    Viola Lorentzen, the Emperor’s Wrath: Many of the Royal Guard are enigmatic in their capabilities, and one typically does not know what to expect until the fighting becomes lethal. Viola Lorentzen does not necessarily stand out from the rest of the Royal Guard from a purely physical standpoint. A lithe human female, she is not the tallest or strongest of the women who are part of the Royal Guard, nor we believe she is even necessarily the best in terms of raw skill and power.

    She is, however, one of the smartest.

    Lorentzen is not originally an Imperial citizen, though for all intents and purposes, she might as well be. Her parents emigrated to the Empire when she was still an infant, and she was raised as any other Imperial child, and while she was already set apart by her unusually high intellect, her Force-sensitivity led to her recruitment into the Imperial Knights – specifically, the Inquisitors.

    There is some internal debate over what the role of Lorentzen was during her time in the Inquisitors. We know she was assigned to assist the division of Imperial Intelligence which handles threats to the Royal Family, but it is unconfirmed if she had an analytical or passive role – or if she was an active agent that dealt with threats. If the latter, she was almost certainly a Hand of the Empire.

    Regardless of her role, her close proximity to the Royal Family no doubt led to her being recruited into the Royal Guard. She became part of the personal guard of then-Prince Vorn Pellaeon, and accompanied him for five years as he prepared for his eventual ascension to Emperor. While rumors had the two of them involved romantically to some capacity, there is no actual evidence and Lorentzen’s asexuality also makes this particular development unlikely.

    She was very briefly assigned to another member of the Royal Family for a time shortly after Vorn’s coronation, which everyone assumed was temporary, as shifts such as this require a complete restructuring of staff. However, the Emperor immediately named Viola Lorentzen as the Emperor’s Wrath mere days after coronation, and she was heavily involved in the selection of the staff, personal guard, and a number of other details, as well as assuming control over the Royal Guard itself.

    Emperor Pellaeon appears to rely heavily on her consul, or at least gives it a very high priority. Lorentzen has immense influence over nearly every facet of the Emperor’s life, and, more than previous Wraths, is a clear insight into the interests and priorities of the current Emperor. Wherever she goes, and whatever she does, it means the Emperor himself is interested to some extent.

    Considering her visits to Voss and sightings throughout the Outer Rim, this is something we should investigate more closely.

    A final note about her is her past as an Inquisitor is very likely relevant. Traditionally, Wraths have come with a background in the Imperial Knights or Maelstrom, and never the Inquisitors until now. This is not to say that Inquisitors are not recruited into the Royal Guard, but never reach a rank such as this.

    Most assume the Wrath to have a largely administrative role, or that as an obvious bodyguard. Lorentzen throws this assumption into question, as it is not unlikely that she is not just a bodyguard to the Emperor, but his own personal assassin. There have been stretches where the Emperor’s Wrath has seemingly vanished for one reason or another, and unlike other Wraths, she is not constantly at his side.

    She should be treated with extreme caution. This woman is not merely a passive bodyguard.

    Aegoth Osoad, Keeper of the Maw: Interestingly enough, the one member of the Imperial Council we know the least about is the current Keeper of the Maw, Aegoth Osoad. As one of the few miraluka who live within the Imperium, he is already an anomaly to his peers, and it is not surprising in the least that he gravitated towards the Maw.

    Records related to him were impossible to access without unreasonable risk, but we suspect that he is an immigrant to the Imperium, and unlikely to be originally a Jedi or citizen of the Alliance. It follows that he could very well be an orphan or refugee found by the Empire and later placed into the Knights.

    Aegoth is a seemingly frail and wiry man, and while we are sure that he is capable of expressing significant power (estimates place him at an 8 on the Gndda Scale), he has never been seen in combat. He first served in Artifact Collection and Management, before transitioning to the Gatekeepers for nearly a decade.

    It is safe to say that none within the Imperium know quite as much about the Force as he does. He is noted as the most passive of the Imperial Council, both in personality and opinions on the Force – something which has reportedly caused some tension between him and the Grand Inquisitor in the past.

    He has been responsible for several unnamed breakthroughs in Maw research, as well as hunting down a number of other unidentified artifacts. These actions, we suspect, were what led to him being nominated and then confirmed as Keeper of the Maw. Since that point, he has made a number of interesting and slightly baffling decisions in terms of the direction of the Maw.

    Specifically, there has been a decreased focus on collection and research on the Jedi and Sith, and more devoted towards obscure or extinct Force sects such as the Quabular, the Voss Mystics, the Witches of Dathomir, and even supposedly attempts into the enigmatic Mandalorian Jedi. The purpose of this is unknown, but there is something Osoad is trying to uncover.

    It hasn’t stopped there, there has been a concerted focus to recovering, purchasing, and otherwise acquiring information and artifacts on long-destroyed civilizations such as the Gree Enclave, Rakatan Infinite Empire, and the dubious ‘Eternal Empire.’ Given that intact artifacts are so rare as to be nearly impossible to find, and very likely picked out at this point, the transition to focus on this is questionable at best.

    Regardless, this is the path the Maw is going at this current stage, and the fact that Osoad continues to maintain his position shows that the Imperial Council is fully on board with whatever his intentions are. It should be noted that despite a number of questionable decisions, both Osoad and the Emperor’s Wrath have been seen together on Voss.

    Two of the Imperial Council focusing on this planet probably means there is something there. It is advised that it be investigated.

    Losr’avaria’nathas (Ravarian), Grand Inquisitor of the Imperial Knights: One would imagine that the leader of the Inquisitors would be among the most enigmatic and unknown. However, this isn’t the case, as Ravarian is not originally an Imperial or Ascendency citizen, but a Shadow of the Jedi Order, specifically the Sphere of Vigilance and Farsight.

    Very, very few have even made the connection, as chiss are fairly common within the Imperial Knights, and he speaks with no noticeable accent, raising even less suspicion. Jedi from that particular Sphere are largely anonymous, and his departure was neither publicized nor attracted much scrutiny.

    One day he left the Order, and within a year he was an Inquisitor of the Imperial Knights. What prompted this radical change was something highly elusive, but we were able to put together a probable chain of events that led him to the Imperium based on past and current views and decisions.

    Many chiss Force-users are not sent to either the Knights or Jedi until they have spent a period of their adolescence within the Ascendency. The same was true with Ravarian, who was not inducted into the Order until he was twelve years old. Those early years in the Ascendency shaped his initial worldview, and the transition from the stoic and regimental Ascendency to the chaotic diplomacy and corruption of the Alliance was doubtless a shock to him.

    Eventually, Ravarian had a falling out with certain members of the Order, though notably none of them were within the Sphere itself. They appeared to center around the Jedi’s apathy towards corruption in the Senate and increased political profile. Ravarian wanted more Jedi intervention, and Grand Master Skywalker wasn’t going to allow that for one reason or another.

    This culminated in Ravarian leaving the Jedi in disgust, and going directly to the Imperial Knights. We should note he was not connected to any Jedi Fraternity that we are aware of, which made his subsequent defection to the Imperium surprising for us.

    Ravarian came to the Imperium with a clear mission – one which the Imperium seemed all too happy to accommodate. He seems determined to ensure that the corruption he saw in the Alliance does not come to the Imperium. He is suspected to have gone through every division of the Inquisitors, all focused on internal security.

    As Grand Inquisitor, he has shifted the focus less towards foreign affairs and to ensuring the integrity of the Imperium remains intact. This has resulted in heavy crackdowns of anyone suspected of criminal and foreign activity – though interestingly, the Inquisitors rarely decide to intervene against Jedi assets, or our own.

    Everyone else is purged without warning. One reason the Zann Consortium has failed to make significant inroads has been due to the direction of the Grand Inquisitor. Anti-Imperial terrorist organizations have also been dismantled and scattered, and are registered at their lowest threat in years.

    We know Ravarian has made personal trips to the Outer Rim, and we suspect he has personally delivered ultimatums or warning to the prominent criminal organizations inhabiting them not to interfere with or infect Imperial interests. The second half of this little tour involved traveling to Alliance Space and speaking to a number of special interests and megacorporations.

    Again, he didn’t speak with the AIS or Jedi Order to our knowledge. He either doesn’t consider us a threat, or has specific plans for handling us. It is unlikely that sentimentality is guiding his actions, but his actions are ultimately beneficial. The more resources the Grand Inquisitor devotes towards internal security, the fewer are being used against us.

    Raimunt Calliot, High Lord of the Imperial Council: This man is an anomaly by a series of standards. On the surface he appears fairly mundane, as he is an older human male with graying hair and is of medium build. Appearances are deceiving, as this man has a very storied history and the circumstances of why he was elevated to the High Lord is questionable at best.

    Calliot was born within the Imperium and was identified as an extremely powerful Force-sensitive boy, and was soon recruited into the Division of Imperial Knights, where he later rose to the position of Knight-Captain and by all accounts was a highly respected and valued member. Then, unexpectedly, after a run-in with something in the Outer Rim, he returned and resigned his position and effectively fled the Imperium.

    To the Quabular.

    There is absolutely nothing which explains this sudden decision, and the Imperial Knights felt the same way, but they did not have sufficient cause to investigate deeper. What we do know is that Calliot became a full member of the Quabular, completing their enigmatic trials, and operated for an indeterminate period in the Unknown Regions.

    Later, he went to Voss, and after spending exactly two weeks there, he went before the Quabular Kaarnan (their version of a Jedi High Council), and departed their Order in a similar manner – and went directly back to the Imperial Knights where he was welcomed back. Though the Inquisitors were understandably suspicious, the Imperial Mandate was still intact – so they deemed him acceptable.

    What happened next raises so many red flags that we’re shocked that the Imperial Knights either didn’t notice or didn’t care. Calliot had returned to the Imperial Knights, and while before he had been skilled with a blade, the mastery he now displayed was inhuman. There were literally none within the Imperial Knights who could match him in a duel, and that was far from the only difference.

    He had not been a powerhouse with raw Force abilities, but he had somehow not only learned how to perform every single feat the Maelstrom were capable of, but was actively teaching the Gatekeepers obscure Force abilities or better ways of performing them. Inquisitors were coming to him with questions, as he was now somehow capable of making connections that the Inquisitors were struggling with.

    Within one year he had regained his position as Knight-Captain.

    Within two years he was a regular consultant of both Imperial High Command and the Grand Admiralty.

    Within three years he was elevated to Knight-Commander of the Division of Imperial Knights.

    In the fifth year after he returned to the Imperium, he was elevated to High Lord of the Imperial Council.

    This does not just happen.

    There is one final significant factor that has not been mentioned until this point, and could potentially – and this point should be stressed – shed some light on this extremely odd suspicious and inexplicable string of instances and his life itself. It should be noted that another reason his sudden departure from the Quabular was odd was because that wasn’t the first time he’d traveled to Voss. In fact, it was a regular destination of his.

    When he returned to the Imperium, he didn’t come alone. Along came a gormak female he introduced as his wife. While alien-human pairings are not unheard of in the Imperium, they are rare, and none of them are gormak. What makes this all the stranger is that the voss never leave their homeworld – and to mate with aliens appears to be even rarer.

    His wife’s name is Pala-Kal, and we know effectively nothing about her (which applies to the voss in general, something we should make an effort to address). She is no ordinary civilian, we know that much, and given the unusual amount of coincidences following his return, there is suspicion that she is one of the Mystics, though she wasn’t introduced as such, and if the Imperial Knights are aware of it – or the Sovereigns – they haven’t bothered her.

    But since his elevation to High Lord, the Empire has become closer with the Quabular and begun taking more of an interest in Voss. There is far too much secrecy, coincidence, and mystery surrounding this man, and whatever he is doing, it goes beyond just protecting the Empire. We cannot determine what his goals are, or if anyone else is aware of them, but this demands further investigation.

    Also as the High Lord, he has adopted the Quabular robes as his official attire (though the colors and design are distinctly Imperial). It may not mean anything, but any abnormalities should continue to be pointed out.

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    POLITICAL AND SOCIAL STANCES

    Politically, the Imperial Knights largely restrict themselves to the prioritization of Imperial interests and maintaining internal security. For an Imperial organization, they are remarkably restrained and usually only use their influence for more apolitical decisions, mostly involving field operations. They have no ulterior motives other than the completion of the objectives established by the Sovereigns and expansion of Imperial influence.

    There is definitely a sense of competition and ambition amongst the Imperial Knights individually, but there is remarkably little internal strife or conflict that we have observed. Disagreements that exist are likely restricted to the Imperial Council and unknown by the wider organization. The lack of infighting can perhaps be attributed to the merit-focused promotion of the Knights, and it is not out of the question that certain actions are prevented by the Imperial Mandate, though this is not confirmed.

    In comparison to the Council of Moffs, and even the Grand Admirals, the Imperial Knights are near-perfect. I cannot help but think this is by design.

    The Imperial Knights do not officially comment on intergalactic affairs, leaving that responsibility to the Sovereigns or State Media. They do hold opinions internally, however, although are told that they should not be propagated outside the Order. Fortunately, it appears that the Imperial Knights largely view the Galactic Alliance as an ally, even if they view the Senate and government as horribly corrupt and inefficient. There are jokes that the Inquisitors would likely execute the entire Senate for criminal activity if they had the chance.

    They view most galactic factions with a reserved neutrality at best, largely reflecting the views of the Sovereigns themselves; as an example, they respect the Mandalorians, although also view them with some degree of suspicion as to their own goals and capabilities, which mirrors the internal Imperial stance on the Mandalorian Union.

    More information will be in the ‘Allies and Enemies’ section of this document.

    The Imperial Knights are also notably more relaxed in their view in comparison to other institutions of the Empire. While the anti-alien sentiment has become less and less relevant over the past centuries, the shift from ‘aliens are inferior and must be purged’ to ‘aliens have a place, but humans are still preferred’ still does not reflect a fully welcoming society, even if aliens can reliably rise in the Empire if they prove themselves.

    The Imperial Knights do not view aliens as inferior or even place a large emphasis on species at all. This is, we suspect, partially due to the internal focus of merit, as well as the fact that a decent percentage of Imperial Knights were not raised within the Empire, and thus bring with them biases that do not reflect Imperial norms. At least twenty percent of the Imperial Knights are aliens, and a miraluka and chiss sit on the Imperial Council.

    It would also be prudent to draw some comparisons to their Jedi counterparts in the context of emotional attachment and love. Imperial Knights are not only permitted to have romantic relationships, but are encouraged to do so. This is not out of pure altruism or understanding; it is a clear means of producing more Force-sensitive offspring that are likely stronger than their parents.

    As such, Knights are permitted to be parents and raise children, and if couples are incapable of producing children (either due to species incompatibility or same-sex couples) then they are encouraged to adopt Force-sensitive children acquired by the Knights, rather than having them be raised in the communal levels of the IKC tower.

    The Knights do have policies about married or involved couples in regards to mission deployments. They are not permitted to participate together in any operations or deployments, and, if in a command position, must recuse themselves from any decisions affecting their spouse. Fraternization between high-ranking and low-ranking Knights is not completely forbidden, but extremely discouraged, and likely would attract the attention of the Inquisitors, though this is not confirmed.

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    ALLIES OF NOTE

    The Jedi Order: The relationship between the Imperial Knights and the Jedi Order remains one of the strongest even to this day. The Imperial Knights still consider themselves to owe at least some gratitude for the Jedi in their help to kill Darth Krayt and restore the rightful Empire. They view the Order as a whole in a largely positive light, even if now they have grown to have vastly different interpretations of the Force.

    This has not stopped the Imperial Knights from holding joint duels and contests to learn from and test themselves against each other. There are a few Knights who hold friendships with Jedi, and who will occasionally work together on operations in the Outer Rim, and Hutt Space in particular.

    The relationship between the Imperial Council and the Jedi Council is perhaps the one place which hits rough patches, and largely depends on the members in question. There have been instances where the Imperial Council and Jedi Council got along well, and even considered a few members friends, but other times one Council or the other has cut off contact altogether for a variety of reasons from drastic disagreements over the Force, political strife, or simply because they don’t like each other.

    The Galactic Alliance: As the Empire is part of the Galactic Federation Triumvirate, the Imperial Knights are also allied with the Galactic Alliance, in name if nothing else. The Imperial Knights do not hold significantly strong opinions on the Alliance as a whole, though view the Senate and government institutions as unfathomably corrupt and inefficient.

    But while some Knights find the Alliance distasteful, as long as they are allies with the Empire, they will still work with the Alliance should the need arise.

    The Chiss Ascendancy: One of the older allies of the Empire, there is a solid and mutual respect between the Imperial Knights and the chiss. Knights are permitted to operate freely in Ascendancy Space, and in return, certain chiss individuals are allowed to know more about the internal workings of the Knights than most individuals in the Empire itself. Why the Knights allow this is unknown, and begs the question of what the chiss are offering in return.

    It should also be noted that all operations which take place in or near Chiss Space also receive support from the Ascendancy, and the Knights have worked with chiss agents multiple times on anti-slaving operations. I will also add that the chiss are the most common alien species within the Imperial Knights, with no obvious reason why this is the case.

    The chiss and Imperial Knight relationship is something which should be investigated further at some point.

    The Quabular Jedi: A decidedly odd pairing, the alliance between the Knights and Quabular Jedi has always existed to some degree, but now is one which has grown stronger since Calliot was appointed as High Lord of the Imperial Council, which coincided with the Knights conducting more and more operations in the Outer Rim, particularly Hutt Space. What exactly the Quabular are providing is unknown beyond assistance on operations, but it isn’t uncommon for teams of Imperial Knights to visit Quabular temples or bases and use them as staging points for various operations.

    It’s already been mentioned earlier that Calliot was inducted into the Quabular ranks at one point, and now, as High Lord, regularly (every two to three months) meets with the Quabular Kaarnan and speaks with the Jur’bwar (an enigmatic figure of the Quabular) in particular. It also occurs to me that we know extremely little on this Jedi sect other than that a good portion of the Order view them as heretics, but they are clearly more important and influential than we assumed if the Imperial Council is taking such a direct interest in them.

    Learning more about them could provide insight as to why the Knights are so interested in them, and what the actual relationship between the High Lord and Quabular really is.

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    ENEMIES OF NOTE

    The One Sith Remnant: Ever since the death of Darth Krayt, his loyalists have continued to survive in the Outer Rim and the Unknown Regions. These terrorists, however, continue to be small and easily crushed by the Knights, but can never seem to be completely eliminated by them. Despite retaining the One Sith name, there are very rarely any actual Force-users who are part of the group, and the ones who are foolish enough to show themselves, often find themselves facing one of the Imperial Council, who make a special point to kill any One Sith pretenders, personally.

    The Knights have a standing policy to purge any kind of support for the One Sith, and have a continual hatred of these terrorists. However, more recently, it appears that this group is shifting from trying to restore the One Sith, to bringing back the remains of the First Order. While this will not change how the Knights view this organization, it is something we should attempt to monitor.

    Sith: While the Sith themselves are virtually extinct or so far out of touch with the rest of the galaxy they might as well not exist, the Imperial Knights consider them their greatest threat. The Sith usurped the Empire in the Second Imperial Civil War under Darth Krayt, and there was yet another attack against the Empire from Snoke in the Third Civil War.

    As a result, the Imperial Knights hate the Sith. It doesn’t matter what brand of Sith philosophy they follow, all Sith are marked for immediate execution and are hunted mercilessly across the galaxy if they are unfortunate enough to be detected by the Empire. The Sith are so hated by the Knights that Palpatine is viewed and taught as a traitor to the original Galactic Empire who deliberately undermined it at every opportunity and used it to serve his own power.

    I will note that while official Imperial schooling does not portray Palpatine in this way, the Knights go out of their way to ensure that Palpatine is not emulated in any way.

    The Migrant Fleet of Dac: This is more of a one-sided enemy, as the Imperial Knights do not especially care about the Migrant Fleet, if they know of it at all. The Migrant Fleet, on the other hand, still loathes the Empire and the Imperial Knights in particular, believing that all Force-users affiliated with the Empire are Sith, or pretending to be something else. While not especially prevalent, Imperial Knights are instructed to avoid making contact with the Migrant Fleet or exercise extreme caution if they travel near them.

    The Hutt Cartels: The hutts are despised by the Empire universally; they stand for the exact opposite of everything the Empire is supposed to stand for, and the Imperial Knights share this opinion – and act on it. While the Empire, and the Imperial Knights, have not declared a war on the Hutt Cartels, they have done so in every way that is important.

    The vast majority of documented Imperial operations have taken place in, or around, Hutt Space, and the Cartels have suffered loss after loss to their slaving, smuggling, and narcotic operations. While relatively small-scale – the hutts have not suffered what we could call substantial losses yet – the documented strikes are clearly meant to send a message.

    We suspect that the Imperial Knights are participating in these operations in conjunction with Imperial Intelligence and Imperial Special Forces. What the goals of the Empire are at this point are unknown. Unless they fully mobilize against the hutts, they will not make any substantial progress against the criminal conglomerate. So, it begs the question of why they are bothering at all.

    No one has seemed to investigate this deeply because no one is going to cry over the hutts losing a few credits, and indeed, the suspected operations – which have not been confirmed by Emperor Vorn (although he snidely remarked something to the effect of ‘nothing of value was lost’) – have been praised by civilians, HoloNet personalities, and media, along with calls for the GA to make similar efforts.

    The Empire, and the Imperial Knights, are setting the stage for something in Hutt Space, and if I were to place bets on any kind of conflict, I would give it to the Empire. I firmly believe that this activity needs to be investigated more thoroughly.

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    CONCLUSION

    I have come to the sobering realization that we know far less about the Empire as a whole than we should. The Imperial Knights are the exemplification of this fact, as I can definitively state and prove that we knew almost none of what I have described in this report. We dismissed them as the Imperial counterpart of Jedi when in reality they are their own, distinct entity far more developed and expanded than originally assumed.

    The Imperial Knights are dangerous and powerful. The Inquisitors pose a direct threat to any operations conducted in Imperial Space, and the Empire’s Hands could very well be embedded in organizations within the Galactic Alliance.

    But in the interest of objective facts, I will state the following: at this point, the Imperial Knights are not an immediate threat to the Galactic Alliance and galactic stability. They are more focused on internal management and Hutt Space than us. I would even say that should a new threat arise, the Imperial Knights would be an essential and powerful ally.

    The point one should take away from this is the following:

    We cannot treat the modern Empire in the same way as the old Fel Empire. This is not the same organization that fought the One Sith by the side of Jedi and Alliance. This is an entirely different beast. They bear the same name, wear the same uniforms, and control the same planets, but structurally, politically, and militarily they are different. Emperor Vinraf changed the Empire into something more refined, prepared, and dangerous. They are our ally now, but we must stop assuming this will remain forever.

    Moderate observation and half-baked reports on the Empire cannot cut it any longer. Just from this one operation we’ve found leads of more critical and unknown Imperial operations and objectives which, I would say, are important. The Chiss-IK relationship, Quabular, Hutt Space, the Imperial Mandate, Xilas-III, and the true extent of the reforms during Emperor Vinraf’s reign. Ignoring these is not only questionable from an intelligence standpoint, but also an informed one. Even if we will not take action against our allies, knowing at least part of what they are up to can ensure we are not caught off-guard in the event of something major.

    We ignore the Empire at our own risk.

    [Eyes only: Director Calsyne: As much as certain parties of the AIS like focusing on the Senate, Jedi, and engaging in the same power plays for control, I’m sure you can understand that organizations like the Empire don’t have this problem anymore – at least nowhere to the extent of the GA. I don’t care how many senators you screw over, that is your business if you think that’s appropriate, but I do care about prioritizing it over matters of Alliance security – like the Empire.

    Both of us know better than to treat the Empire as a benevolent entity. Ally or not, they are the only other organization in the galaxy which has an even moderately comparable amount of influence, and us not being informed of how they operate hinders anything we do concerning them. I know you begrudgingly approved this operation, but you can see what we learned through it. I hope this has convinced you of the necessity of keeping watch on the Empire, because they are doubtless doing the same to us. -Operational Director Tlek]
     
  21. xabiar

    xabiar Jedi Youngling

    Registered:
    Jun 17, 2019
    A/N - Xabiar: This was not written by me (I think the only part of the entire published Addenda thus far), but something that Sloth wrote a while back. It's an interesting little piece.

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    Imperial Installation 678-O5 – Maw Cluster

    Personal Datapad of Doctor Bosha Crowkin, Site Director

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    15:02:22

    The Maw… it is a strange place; I could feel it even from the transport shuttle. Now that I’m here and looking at the actual readings from our equipment, I’m even more ill-at-ease. The numbers make no sense, we were all convinced the sensor suites were malfunctioning, but every time they were recalibrated or replaced outright, the results remained incomprehensible.

    A dozen black holes orbit a central point in mathematically perfect circles with zero eccentricity – didn’t look that way at first, but it does once you correct for the gravitational lensing from remote observations. The gravity of each singularity plays off the others, correcting their trajectory and maintaining a perfect balance. Of the singularities of the Maw, four orbit the barycenter with semimajor axes of 1.618 parsecs, while the other eight are a further 2.618 parsecs. This same ratio is seen between the orbital elements of each of the black holes as well – each black hole’s inclination and longitude of the ascending node is offset from the previous by exactly 1.618. The uniformity is eerie.

    Each of these factors alone could be explained with exotic physics or a cataclysmic event. But each occurring so precisely as to not disturb the other? The likelihood that this is a natural phenomenon is, quite literally, astronomical. At the same time, the idea that it is artificial is… well, how else would you describe such technology, other than ‘divine’?

    I see now why the Emperor is so interested in this place.



    15:03:02

    The dimensional constraints of this place are strained to near breaking, reality becomes fatigued. To learn the secrets of the Maw and those who created it is… a daunting prospect, one that I suspect will take decades to even scratch the surface of.

    I doubt any of us will be alive to see this through to the end.



    15:07:15

    The anomaly appears to be a mathematically perfect pentagonal dodecahedron with a theoretical surface area of 4,046.5628 meters squared – based on a theoretical circumsphere radius of 19.6176 meters.

    A Viper-class probe droid was launched into the anomaly and appeared to slow down to near-stillness as it entered the area of anomalous effect. The light from the probe shifted to red after several minutes, before reverting to its original color (over the equivalent timespan) as it passed through the center and continued on until it exited the area of effect – at which point the probe began to move again at its original speed (total time elapsed: 3 hours 8 minutes 24 seconds).

    We suspect that the anomaly contains a far greater space than it appears to occupy. Calculations suggest the space within the anomaly is approximately 16 kilometers along the 39.2352-meter anomalous depth.

    Further experiments using different speeds and angles of flight are pending.

    ADDENDUM: Regardless of the angle or the speed, it takes the exact same amount of time to pass through the anomaly. There is nothing to account for this uniformity, and no way of knowing the dimensions within the area of anomalous effect.



    15:07:18

    Audio/visual scans (only a third of the information was recoverable; this ratio of overall data integrity was uniform amongst each of the probes) from within the area of effect show no anomalous locations, instead it shows everything that is expected: stars, stellar gases, the research installation, etc. However, the light produced/reflected from these objects shift from red to blue and back to red, suggesting some kind of gravitational lensing that affects the speed of light within the anomaly.

    Based on the shifting patterns, it was suggested that the space within the anomaly may be a dodecaplex (a fourth-dimensional dodecahedron). The center of the anomaly is surrounded by shifting walls of space-time that appear like a layered labyrinth.

    Research into its purpose is ongoing.



    15:12:30

    The purpose of the anomaly continues to elude us. One of the guards suggested it might be a prison, even though it seems to be empty. Nonsense, plain and simple. I really need to stop interacting with those people; they’re nothing but a distraction from my work.



    16:03:28

    The composition of the probes sent through the anomaly have shifted on the molecular-level. It was subtle, we only just discovered the changes during a routine maintenance cycle (one that was more than 6 months overdue, the incompetence of these people is staggering sometimes).

    Further testing has been approved as well as the construction of a testing facility to contain the anomaly.



    16:05:02

    A chamber has been constructed around the anomaly and is currently being pressurized and oxygenated for the purpose of live-subject testing. The amount of oxygen required to make the facility breathable appears to be far in excess of expected calculations. It seems the space within the anomaly must be oxygenated as well. We’ve sent a request to Imperial Requisitions for another shipment of oxygen.



    16:05:05

    The anomaly appears to have weakened the quantum bonds of the air particles inside the chamber, reducing the molecules into charged particles. The results are promising, and a series of experiments have been approved.

    Danger from the charged particles should be minimal, new safety guidelines have been implemented amongst the staff, with much of the activity within the chamber relegated to droids.

    Samples are to be launched through the anomaly (by way of a pneumatic springboard) and into a padded landing area on the opposite side. The testing chamber is without any active artificial gravity during testing – gravity is reengaged for retrieval of the subject by a pair of KX-series security droids.

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    Test Log [16:05:09-16:05:23]:

    Test-023: mineral

    Sample – 0.5kg granite slab

    Result – Sample appears unchanged, however, weight and density have fallen by 10%; analysis showed the presence of nanoscale pores containing a colony of previously undiscovered lithotrophic microbes; theories as to their presence range from being native to the anomaly itself, to being bacteria on the surface of the sample that underwent accelerated evolution within the area of effect; further research is pending.





    Test-027: metal

    Sample – 0.5kg durasteel ingot

    Result – Sample rendered extremely brittle; analysis shows microscopic crystal formation around carbon deposits, precipitating microfractures in the metal.



    Test-028: metal

    Sample – 0.5kg Mandalorian iron (beskar) ingot

    Result – Sample density increased by 40%; low-level radiation detected; analysis suggests carbon atoms have phase-shifted into a higher dimension, with the resulting quantum bonds strengthening the metal.





    Test-041: plant material

    Sample – glass container; Murakami orchid (flower petals)

    Result – Sample degenerated into a black powder within the glass container; testing revealed the sample to be exceedingly toxic (designated I71); potential use as an industrial poison.



    Test-042: plant material

    Sample – glass container; Murakami orchid (sapling)

    Result – Accelerated growth (which shattered the glass container) followed by cell mutation; sample undulated as if alive, before plant-based cancers overwhelmed the trunk and caused the sample to die; sample degenerated into a black powder; testing revealed it to be identical to I71.

    ADDENDUM: Assistant Researcher Ifuga was accidentally exposed to a sample from Test-42 (her cleanroom suit had an undiscovered breach near the left wrist; breach was 50 nanometers in length); Ifuga expired and her body was taken for autopsy; Ifuga reanimated in-transit and attacked Doctor Ero, biting him in the shoulder; Ifuga was then killed by the KX-series security droids that were transporting her body; Doctor Ero expired and reanimated as well, prompting his liquidation by the droids; suspicion of unknown viral agent; bodies and samples re-designated I71A and sent to the Imperial Biological Weapons Division for further analysis.





    Test-067: organic tissue (animal – reptile)

    Sample – gizka (dead)

    Result – Chemical bonds degenerated until the subject was reduced to a pile of component elements (carbon, calcium, phosphorus, etc.); remains were weighed and roughly correspond to the weight of the subject prior to experimentation (gaseous elements such as oxygen and hydrogen were lost during the process).



    Test-068: organic tissue (animal – reptile)

    Sample – gizka (live)

    Result – Subject began to seizure until it split in two, longitudinally, with each half ‘healing’ into a separate subject; the division continued to manifest amongst the subjects with each ‘generation’ showing progressively greater deviation from the original (genetic degradation and mutation is suspected); after ten ‘generations,’ subjects’ bodies were little more than animate collections of tumors and quickly expired during the next duplication attempt; the bodies underwent rapid dissociation into a black slurry; analysis shows only rudimentary similarities to baseline gizka DNA in subjects’ remains; the ‘slurry’ appears to be inert.





    Test-140: organic tissue (animal – mammal)

    Sample – twi’lek (slave; dead)

    Result – Tissue has carbonized into a single, solid mass stretched taut against the subject’s skeletal structure; request by staff to put the ‘fossil’ on display in the station’s common area was denied.



    Test-141: organic tissue (animal – mammal)

    Sample – twi’lek (slave; live)

    Result – [REDACTED]

    ADDENDUM: Request for theta-level amnestics submitted.





    Test-165: organic tissue (animal – mammal)

    Sample – twi’lek (slave; live; Tier 6 Force-sensitive)

    Result – Containment breach; subject phased through facility walls and attempted to escape; Security Captain Osera attempted to suppress the subject, but failed and was subsequently crushed until all that remained was a sphere with a diameter of 2.54 centimeters; subject began to phase-shift into a parallel reality or a higher dimension (physicists have yet to come to an agreement on this, the sensor readings can support either hypothesis) before expiring and returning to solidity; autopsy revealed the cause of death to be dimensional oscillations that caused the heart to phase out of the body and remain ‘elsewhere’ (it is unknown at this time whether the organ was teleported to another region of our reality, or if it remained behind in a different reality/higher dimension); remaining organs showed proto-cancer cells of varying stages; additionally, the subject’s Force-sensitive nerve bundles were found to have quintupled in size and density.

    ADDENDUM: Further testing of Force-sensitive subjects has been authorized by Emperor Palpatine.





    Test-173: crystal

    Sample – kaiburr

    Result – [DATA EXPUNGED PER IMPERIAL MANDATE]

    ADDENDUM: Sample-173BW has been relocated to [REDACTED] by the order of Emperor Palpatine. No further study is authorized. No access is authorized. No attempts to destroy Sample-173BW will be authorized – non-zero probability that destruction will lead to [REDACTED].

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    ALERT: Imperial Installation 678-O5 has been decommissioned and all personnel liquidated. All records and information regarding the experiments performed aboard 678-O5 have been classified as TOP SECRET on the orders of Lord Darth Vader. Any attempt to publish or share classified information is considered a capital offense pursuant to Imperial Criminal Code 75684-D.
     
  22. xabiar

    xabiar Jedi Youngling

    Registered:
    Jun 17, 2019
    MANDO’TSAD

    INTELLIGENCE REPORT 00316-ALPHA

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    COMMISSIONED AND AUTHORIZED BY MAND’ALOR JAVEN’PANLIE ORDO

    EXECUTED BY DALLONX’LARIN FETT

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    TLON FETT

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    PHYSICAL APPEARANCE AND BASIC INFORMATION

    Name: Tlon Fett

    Nickname(s): the Warlord; haar Vemann’mand’alor (by his followers); haar Jahaat’mand’alor (used as a direct insult by true Mando’ade)

    Birth Clan: Fett

    Current Clan: None (banished); Vemann’fett (self-proclaimed)

    Previous Occupation(s): Akaan’ade Kando’aliit’alor of Clan Fett

    Current Occupation(s): Slaver; terrorist; demagolka

    Languages Spoken: Mando’a; Galactic Basic; Huttese

    Birth Parents:

    - Father: Toland Fett (deceased)

    - Mother: Tirsae’Tupo Fett (deceased)

    Adoptive Parents: N/A

    Siblings:

    - Elder Brother: Gustav Fett (alive)

    Spouse:

    - Lifemate: Suni’Andu Fett (alive)

    Children – Fathered:

    - First Son: Dirn Fett (alive)

    - Second Son: Vegao Fett (alive)

    - Third Son: Tao Fett (alive)

    - Fourth Son: Vriol Fett (deceased)

    - Fifth Son: Drulais Fett (alive)

    - Sixth Son: Qalo Fett (alive)

    - First Daughter: Arri’caidan Fett (alive)

    Children – Adopted:

    - Adopted Son: Vray’Kidoth Fett (alive)

    - Adopted Daughter: Thisma Fett (alive)

    Age: 57

    Species: Human

    Force-Sensitivity (Gndaa Scale): Tier 1 (non-Force-sensitive)

    Height: 1.9 Meters

    Weight: 121 Kilograms

    Physique: Extraordinary

    Dominant Hand: Ambidextrous, but favors right hand

    Pain Tolerance: High

    Skin Color: Tan; weathered

    Hairstyle: Buzz

    Hair Color: Gray

    Eye Color: Gray

    Scarring or Disfigurements: Loss of right eye; facial scar over the wound; indentation scar on left side throat

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    HISTORY

    Tlon Fett is unquestionably the largest threat to the Mando’Tsad that currently exists. This is not necessarily because of his skills, resources, or tactics, but by the damage he causes to our reputation and the civilian understanding of what it means to be Mando. Left unchecked, he could very well lead to our destruction – not from the Warlord himself, but outside forces that are larger and more powerful than us.

    With that said, it does not mean that Tlon Fett is any less dangerous. The limited few who will read this report already know the danger he poses, through personal experience or Tlon’s own reputation. But with some confidence I can state that none of us knew just how deep Tlon’s own hatred and depravity ran.

    I want to make something very clear: It is a common belief to dismiss Tlon Fett’s horrific actions as those of a madman or just insanity. As I will explain later, I do not believe this to be the case in any capacity. Tlon is not suffering from some kind of mental illness; that I can say with certainty. He is fully in control of his actions and mind, but his actual intentions and motivations are no less horrifying and ambitious.

    I have acquired the information used to fill this document from several different sources:

    - Individuals who have met with, or interacted with, Tlon, including Clan Fett, Mand’alor, survivors or captives of his attacks and raids (the few who exist), and my own personal experience.

    - Documents (digital and physical) and audio/visual photographs/videos/audio logs which include, were shot/captured by, or written by Tlon Fett. Much of these were sourced from Clan Fett, while others were combat footage from the Mando’Tsad and recovered digital storage from engagement with Tlon’s men.

    - Travel and investigation of areas Tlon has visited, raided, or resided in (pertinent to the tactics and weaponry section of this report), reviewing and researching the areas and circumstances of the conflicts as well as outcomes, gains, and losses from all sides.

    I will begin with his history. Some of this you may be familiar with, other parts were more shrouded.

    Childhood: Tlon Fett was born to Toland and Tirsae Fett on Mandalore, and was a normal healthy baby boy. Toland Fett at the time was an Akaan’alor of Clan Fett, and Tirsae Fett was a Child Arms Instructor. His parentage gave Tlon an early start on weapons training, leadership, military strategy, and tactics. However, his situation was not completely unique, and there was very little in his early years which indicated anything atypical of a young Mando boy. His interest in weapons and strategy was normal, and the only thing which stood out was a fascination – or obsession – with history and the wider galaxy.

    This will become relevant soon.

    Ascension to Akaan’ade Kando’aliit’alor of Clan Fett: As a child, Tlon was marked very early as a man with an extraordinary amount of potential. No one his age could match him in the dueling ring, in weapons knowledge, or in leadership. He made friends easily enough, although from speaking with several individuals who knew him back then and his current psychological framework, he treated them closer to subordinates than comrades. They noted that even back then he was an exceptionally gifted leader and speaker nonetheless.

    Tlon was prime officer material and everyone knew it. Tlon took part in war games, tournaments, hunting expeditions, and duels whenever he could, and by the time he was eighteen, he had the attention of Clan Fett’s leadership, as well as Aliit’alors from other clans. It was also during this time that he met his future lifemate, Suni’Andu. It was no surprise that he achieved the position of Ver’alor in Clan Fett’s militia – one of the youngest to ever be promoted to that position.

    Upon commissioning, Tlon accepted his role and began working and drilling the soldiers in his platoon. He pushed his men hard, but saw to it that they were rewarded for their work, and began cultivating loyalty from the men and women under his command. This is where the more… troublesome aspects of Tlon began to surface.

    Promotion came fairly quickly to Tlon, and with that, came more soldiers under his command, and more responsibility. With his influence, Tlon began pushing within Clan Fett to be more proactive outside Mando’Tra. He and his soldiers were not satisfied with endless drills and wanted real combat experience.

    After some time, he was permitted to take a platoon and attack a nearby pirate outpost just outside Mando’Tra. Unsurprisingly, the ge’hutuune stood no chance against Tlon and his soldiers, as they were butchered beyond recognition with the leaders interrogated by Tlon himself for more information. I was unable to learn the full details, but Tlon was able to learn where another base was, and took himself and a small number of his men to pursue while the rest returned with the acquired spoils.

    The leadership of Clan Fett was understandably concerned by how Tlon had dealt with the pirates, and even less pleased when they learned he’d gone off in pursuit of more.

    When Tlon returned later with even more credits, ships, and resources, it was difficult to deny that his venture had been a successful one. Mand’alor Kal’Panlie, however, forbade further action outside the Union, and this was likely more out of how Tlon had dealt with the pirates than the actual worth of the mission. Tlon was not reprimanded, but he knew Mand’alor disapproved of what he’d done. I believe this was what planted the idea in his mind that Mand’alor needed to be replaced.

    Within his clan, Tlon continued to ascend, until he achieved one of the highest ranks short of Aliit’alor – that of Akaan’ade Kando’aliit’alor of Clan Fett. A short time prior to this, Gustav Fett was chosen to become the Aliit’alor of Clan Fett, and personally approved Tlon’s own promotion. A decision that would haunt him, as upon reaching this rank, Tlon began slowly subverting traditional Mando customs and beliefs into his own twisted interpretations.

    The Murder of Mand’alor Kal’Panlie Ordo: There was, and continues to be, talk over how the Warlord managed to successfully kill Mand’alor in the first place, as such an act seems unthinkable, especially with only one clan. But what they keep forgetting is that Tlon was in charge of most of the Fett Clan soldiers for seven years, and he had not been idle.

    The Fett Clan, aside from some of the elders and older advisors, were slowly indoctrinated into what Tlon believed. There were efforts to curtail him, of course, but even Kal’Panlie severely underestimated how loyal the majority of the Fett Clan were to Tlon. For years he’d drilled, trained, and motivated them personally; taking part in invasion simulations on moons and planets within Mando’Tra; teaching and emphasizing doctrines of terror and ultimate victory; over and over again. Whenever they flagged in exhaustion or loyalty, he personally made sure to inspire them; continuously reminding them that one day the galaxy and the Union would recognize and respect their might.

    As the Akaan’ade Kando’aliit’alor, he was far less picky about who he allowed to be a soldier of Clan Fett. Men and women with previously problematic behavior were welcomed by Tlon. Conduct was never great within the Fett Clan, but Tlon made it worse by lowering the standards so drastically, and he arranged his promotions to surround himself with those who had similar mindsets as he did. Nearly everything was permissible, so long as they kept it to themselves and knew who was ultimately in command.

    Tlon had quietly been stoking them into a war frenzy for years, and it finally came to a head when Tlon – years after his previous raid – announced he was planning an attack on a planet controlled by the Hutt Cartels. Perhaps if he had consulted Mand’alor beforehand, it might have been allowed, but Kal’Panlie outright refused to allow it and threatened exile if it was followed through. It was clear he didn’t trust Tlon or want to encourage his behavior, but in retrospect, this played into exactly what Tlon wanted.

    That was all the justification Tlon needed and he gathered up the most loyal and brutal of his soldiers and planned the capture and death of Mand’alor Kal’Panlie and his entire family. One day, when Kal’Panlie had left Ordo to bring the young Javen to Mandalore with them, Tlon attacked and took Mand’alor and his family captive after killing off the Ge’tal’aran, Mand’alor’s honor guard – a worrying display of the skills and planning of Tlon’s soldiers.

    What followed is, perhaps, the first documented instance of the true depravity of Tlon Fett. While specific details remain opaque, it is unlikely that the context would make the Warlord’s actions any more understandable or acceptable. The visible aftermath of Kal’Panlie and his lifemate’s treatment left little to the imagination as to what they had been subjected to, and his attempt to murder their children is arguably more reprehensible.

    By some miracle, Master Tokare managed to locate them, and when Tlon heard this, he immediately killed Kal’Panlie and prepared to leave. During the process, he lost several of his soldiers, but escaped intact, even if he ultimately failed to kill Mand’alor’s entire family. To this day, I am unsure why the Warlord was uncharacteristically unprepared for possibly being tracked and attacked. Perhaps back then he was too overconfident, or maybe he simply miscalculated. He had recorded the entirety of the torture, and likely had plans for it, but to this day, it hasn’t emerged.

    Regardless, the deed was done and Mand’alor was dead, just as Tlon had wanted.

    Exile from Clan Fett: When what happened eventually came to light, Clan Fett proved it hadn’t completely fallen under Tlon’s sway, and there was a unanimous vote that banished Tlon Fett and all who followed him and enforced by the Dar’mand’alor Jagi’Panlie. Tlon Fett was reportedly shocked at this decision, and is suspected to have come very close to revolting against all of Clan Fett and taken control.

    In retrospect, it was a very risky thing the leadership of Clan Fett did. Tlon had the respect and loyalty of much of Clan Fett’s soldiers. If Tlon had refused to comply with the directive… he likely could have won. But he must have also considered that Clan Ordo would have waged a Blood Hunt against Clan Fett, which would weaken anything he could do.

    Tlon Fett accepted exile not because he had to, but because he was considering a future where he rebelled, won, and then faced a furious Ordo Clan not including any others who would have taken part. It also allowed him what he had likely wanted from the beginning – unrestricted freedom. He departed Clan Fett, but not before a final speech and warning to the leaders of Clan Fett – and taking nearly three quarters of Clan Fett’s fighting force with him.

    Everyone knew he would return to challenge for the title of Mand’alor, but until that day came, the Warlord never stepped foot into Mando’tra.

    This does not mean he was idle.

    The Warlord, contrary to popular belief, was not simply doing nothing in the years prior to his duel against Javen’Panlie. He had some of the most dangerous Mando-trained soldiers, a fair number of ships and resources, and no outlet for his simmering anger. Tlon began his raiding that year, and establishing his power base in the Outer Rim and hutt territory soon after.

    His numbers grew then, and during this period he likely grew arrogant; not believing the young son of Kal’Panlie would be able to challenge him, and prepared more for his planned war in the Outer Rim than the actual duel for the title of Mand’alor.

    This is the only explanation I can give for how Tlon Fett lost that day.

    Duel against Javen’Panlie: The duel for Mand’alor was the second largest mistake Tlon Fett made in his life. Everyone who will read this remembers the duel between the man and boy, the beatings each of them received and how the future of our people hinged on the outcome. There would be a new Mand’alor that day, and we would follow regardless of who it was.

    Tlon Fett underestimated Javen’Panlie as a credible threat, and this meant that when the young boy hit with the strength and skill of a veteran, Tlon was unprepared for what happened, which is… uncharacteristic of him. For such an important part of his plan, Tlon did not truly plan for Javen. Even a Force-user should have difficulty against Tlon, but with no means of protecting, negating, or accounting for the blows Javen rained upon him, he had no choice but to take it.

    In desperation, Tlon broke custom and accepted a weapon from the crowd and nearly killed Javen with it, and once again grew arrogant, either in relief or delirium I am unsure, but he wanted to watch Javen die slowly like his family. A mistake, as Javen pulled the blade out of his chest and leapt at Tlon when his back was turned, delivering a mortal blow to the neck that left him pinned to the dirt.

    But as we all know, before he delivered the final blow, Javen’Panlie instead declared himself Mand’alor, healed Tlon Fett, and banished him forever from the Mando’ade – which technically didn’t change anything, as Tlon had already been banished before the duel even began. But the point was made, and Tlon Fett left – in disgrace and defeat.

    Recovery and Resurgence: With respect to Mand’alor, letting Tlon Fett live was a mistake we continue to regret to this day. With that stated, I will now explain why.

    Tlon Fett was not defeated that day. He was given a wake-up call. A second chance to achieve his plans and goals. He was not stopped that day, and because he was spared, he’s grown far more dangerous than he ever had because now he no longer underestimates anyone.

    Losing didn’t hurt the power base he had been building either, and now it was personal. His loyalty from his forces was absolute, and even such an embarrassing defeat didn’t shake their resolve. He returned, gave an oddly humble speech which actually acknowledged that he’d badly screwed up, and proceeded to reestablish his dominance by raiding the stronghold of a minor hutt while sanctioning the murdering, raping, and stealing that took place on that planet.

    He also turned his sights far closer to the Mando’Tsad itself, and began attacking and raiding along the outlying territories and against the unaffiliated clans, and specifically targeted allies of the new Mand’alor.

    Clan Tacynar Massacre: This specific atrocity by the Warlord is worth some additional detail. To provide some context as to why Tlon targeted this clan specifically – and not another one allied with the Mando’Tsad or living independently. Aside from Clan Tacynar being a direct offshoot of Clan Fett, with whom they had been allied with closely, Varek Tacynar – Aliit’alor of Clan Tacynar at the time – was actually an ally of Tlon’s.

    It would be a stretch to say they were friends, but there was a mutual respect between the two, and Tlon supported and encouraged Varek’s dissatisfaction with the current Mand’alor – at the time, Kal’Panlie. It is not out of the question to say that when Tlon was planning his assassination of Mand’alor, he was expecting to be supported by Varek, and by extension, Clan Tacynar.

    To his likely surprise, Varek and Clan Tacynar turned on Tlon just as the leadership of Clan Fett had, condemning his actions and going so far as to state that their god would punish him for what he’d done. Tlon never directly addressed Clan Tacynar when he departed Mando’Tra, but he clearly never forgot.

    The Warlord struck the clan without any kind of warning; one of his most elaborate operations, as he left no chance for the outlying clan to escape or call for help. Crippled communications, sabotage, scouts and agents, it showcased the danger Tlon posed to anyone caught unprepared, and Tlon was merciless in taking his revenge.

    The reports on the massacre are unsettling for a number of reasons. The first is that no one was spared, and the attacks were done in such a way as to be as violent and painful as possible. Vibroswords, fragmentation grenades, and slugthrowers were all used in the massacre, and the only assurance the Warlord’s soldiers made was that they were injured enough to die.

    The reports also showcase something else. Of the bodies that were recovered, very few of them were women or children. Some fell in combat, others in crossfire, but the vast majority that died were male. The only children that died were male as well, all above the age of twelve. The implications are clear and sickening to consider, but it would be fully expected of the Warlord to take captive the women and children of the clan.

    Where they are now, we can only speculate. But it’s likely that they have been killed or worse. That there are sightings of children being used in low-risk operations by the Warlord’s forces paints a grim enough picture of what could have become of some of the victims of the massacre.

    Closing Notes: Since the attack on Clan Tacynar, Tlon has continued to wage a limited war on the outskirts of the Mando’Tsad though has not targeted any other clan with the same violence or sophistication. If he plans to do this in the future is unknown, and likely contingent on how the independent clans treat him and his soldiers.

    Historically, he has also avoided direct conflict with the Fellan Imperium and the Galactic Alliance, though he has began testing the limits of the latter. But even true conflict with us is limited. His true focus is on the Outer Rim, and his territory is growing larger as are his numbers. We have a tendency to think of the Warlord as a dishonored Mando pirate. That is a dangerous assumption, as it ignores how ambitious Tlon really is, and what his plans actually are.

    The most direct attempt against Mand’alor failed and resulted in the death of Vriol Fett, and there have been no further attempts since then. I am personally unsure of if Tlon actually intended to kill Mand’alor that day – or was testing him to see how he would react if threatened.

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    PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILE

    The largest question that any report on Tlon Fett needs to answer is the why, what, and how. Why is Tlon Fett the way he is today, despite growing up as a normal child in our society? What are his underlying motivations, beliefs, and values which have shaped him into the demagolka he is today? How did a purported madman and dishonorable hut’uun manage to convince the majority of Clan Fett to follow him and rose so high in the ranks long before murdering the Mand’alor, despite Clan Fett knowing that he held problematic views?

    No one would be surprised to learn that Tlon Fett is an amoral bastard and dishonorable chakaaryc. What I’ve learned – that most would not suspect – is that Tlon does have a coherent psychological framework he works within, and a coherent lens that he views the world through. It is perhaps completely unique, as not even the Empire has gone as far as the Warlord has in their own wars, even going back to the ancient Galactic Empire of Palpatine.

    Learning how Tlon Fett became the man he is required a lot of investigation and making justifiable conclusions based on the pieces I had before me. His own psychological framework is different from most in that it will only make complete sense if one understands that it is the combination and adaption of major influences and inspirations from history – both relatively recent and ancient.

    I’ve mentioned earlier that Tlon Fett had developed a fascination with the wider galaxy and its storied history, both events and figures. That fascination ultimately helped shape him into the man he is today, and as he became older, he never really dropped this fascination. No one really noticed or commented on it, but Tlon continued to take inspiration and ideas from historical figures of old – and in his own view, refine them further.

    There are several in particular I will focus on to help build a solid case for how Tlon views the galaxy, and, working from that framework, extrapolate to other subjects and his own personal views. These major influences are listed in order of importance to Tlon and how greatly they’ve shaped his own actions and philosophy.

    Darth Jadus: I will admit that I originally had no idea who this particular Sith was, and was confused why Tlon would have drawn so much inspiration from him. The short version is that Darth Jadus lived during the period of the old Sith Empire of Lord Vitiate, was a member of the Dark Council overseeing the Sphere of Intelligence, and was reportedly only second in power to the Emperor himself. What happened to him is unclear, and is largely unimportant.

    Darth Jadus was a Sith Lord who created, manipulated, and used terror and fear; then studied and observed the role they played in society. His own memoirs and teachings emphasized the controlled spread, distribution, and propagation of terror. Both were best used in highly specific ways and situations, to be manipulated at the discretion of the one who pulled the strings. Jadus himself was reportedly a highly emotionless individual; executing schemes and plans with a cold efficiency while the body counts piled up in the millions.

    It should be extremely obvious that, when viewed through the lens of Jadus, some of Tlon’s more horrendous actions may have a purpose beyond sheer terror and sadism. Jadus viewed these actions as tools used for a greater purpose, and it appears that Tlon has similarly adopted this belief. A final note regarding Jadus is that there are rumors – none that I can confirm – that Tlon Fett has the holocron of Darth Jadus.

    Before you dismiss this as impossible since no Sith would ever deal with a non-Force-user – another note of Jadus that I learned is that all of his close followers were non-Sith. This scenario is not as outlandish as you might expect, and if this is true – it is very, very worrying. Until then, understand that the motivations and intentions behind some of Tlon’s operations stem from his study of Darth Jadus.

    Armitage Hux, Voice of the Supreme Leader: The official propagandist of the First Order is also an odd inclusion, but if you think about it, it should begin to make sense. Armitage Hux on his own managed to convince entire planets and systems to join the First Order and abandon the Empire. The rank-and-file of the First Order were fanatical and unbreakable thanks to his fiery speeches and calls to action – as well as the unceasing broadcasted messages from the Voice himself conveying the will of the Supreme Leader.

    Hux is rightfully recognized as one of the greatest speakers in galactic history, and he did nothing except talk. His power with words was one Tlon was fascinated by, and wanted to emulate. He kept several books of Hux’s speeches, and they were always on hand when he wrote what he would say to his men. Nothing was ever spur-of-the-moment to him. Those speeches he gave to motivate his soldiers in training and battle? All prewritten and memorized for the right occasion.

    The rule he learned from Hux was that a good writer knows his audience, and writes in a way which leads them along a certain path unconsciously. Tlon became the leader he is today because he exploited this rule. To this day, he still retains this lesson, and his incredible execution of this rule has been a contributing factor to the continued loyalty of his soldiers.

    Charisma is just as important for cultivating loyalty as competence and strength. Tlon Fett learned this early on, and the spirit of what Hux achieved is carried on through him.

    Grand Admiral Mitth’raw’nuruodo (Thrawn): Everyone knows of the last Grand Admiral who almost brought the fledgling New Republic to defeat, and it should be no surprise that Tlon is an admirer of his work. What Thrawn did is still discussed and debated to this day. The question that should be asked is not why Tlon considers him such a major influence, but what about Thrawn he has learned from.

    From my own investigation, it was how Thrawn waged a war against the established power with a weaker and mobile force, and still almost won. Perhaps he sees some parallels with the current state of the galaxy today. Galactic strategy is a notable weakness of his, and that was an area Thrawn excelled at. How better to counter this weakness than by studying one of the best in the galaxy?

    This is not to say he solely focuses on the grand strategy of Thrawn. He has holorecordings of all the battles Thrawn participated in and refers to them often. He also reportedly attempted to emulate Thrawn’s understanding of art… but seeing as how Tlon doesn’t know the first thing about it, he spent a respectable amount on what amounts to fancy decorations.

    Decorations which were also reportedly destroyed when he became frustrated at his own inability to get anything useful from them. He’s far from Thrawn, even if he’s trying to learn.

    Te Ani’la Mand’alor (Mand’alor the Ultimate): This is the core influence of Tlon, and if there is one being he wishes to emulate, it is the man who nearly conquered the Republic during the Mando’Akaane. Mand’alor the Ultimate is, in Tlon’s mind, the ultimate example of what it means to be Mando. He raised an army under one banner, and led them on a brutal conquest across the galaxy, and had it not been for the intervention of Revan, he would have succeeded and we might be living in a very different galaxy now.

    When he was a child, the stories of Mand’alor the Ultimate were the ones he gravitated to. Not Canderous Ordo, Boba Fett, or any of the better-known Mando’ade of legend, but the one that today would be considered an insult to our honor. Mand’alor the Ultimate is Mando in nothing but name, from a time when our kind were more barbaric and violent.

    But that brutality, ambition, and vision appealed to Tlon. That combination led to him almost conquering the galaxy. Tlon Fett has thousands of documents on the Mando’Akaane, ranging from the planetary invasions commenced from the Basilisk War Droids, to the exploits of Revan and Malak, to the political instability and infighting between the Jetiise and Republic. Tlon could almost be considered a scholar of the Mando’Akaane in his own right.

    Now, why would he take such an interest in that conflict?

    Now we reach the conclusion of all of these conflicting and unique influences.

    Tlon’s ultimate goal is another Mando War, and he will perform whatever means are necessary to achieve this dream. Insane, outlandish, or straight di’kutla, I firmly believe this to be the endgame to Tlon Fett. A new Mand’alor the Ultimate for a new era. This is what motivates him the most. Deep down, he still considers himself Mando, even if he was rightfully banished.

    Based on these influences and his actions, we can build a framework to extrapolate his views on other subjects. Viewed in this context, his actions begin to fall more into a pattern. He is an extremely calculating individual, he likes to make plans and then execute them. He isn’t good at adapting, but he rarely moves unless he expects a plan to go near-perfectly.

    To Tlon, knowing what you want out of a conflict is the key to designing it. He knows ideologies, and how those who follow them think and will likely react. Terror and fear are tools for him to use and withhold depending on the context. No tactic is too vile, no line is too red to be crossed if it achieves his goal. But his operations are not universally vile or bloody.

    But from our perspective, this is not the case. Why is it this way?

    Because Tlon knows how we will react. He knows the best way to get into our heads and under our skin. Butchering and raping innocent colonists? He is daring us to come after him. He wants the Union to act against him, and is perfectly content to murder as many as possible until we are goaded into making a mistake or hastily walk into a trap.

    He likely enjoys the mind games that go into each operation. Determining who he is facing, envisioning their mindset, and working to exploit and break it. A raid against a Hutt-controlled planet would just result in a relatively clean and effective operation if he just wanted resources, credits, or slaves; if he wanted to send a message, he would burn a village or city under the protection of the Cartels and send the hutt in question body parts for several months as a constant reminder. A raid against an Alliance outpost is trivialized by strapping kids with explosives and sending them to the defenders.

    Would the soldiers shoot these kids? Unlikely, and if they did, they would likely become traumatized – which could very well be what Tlon wants. An engineered battle which is a win-win.

    When viewed in the context of his ultimate plan, the lives of a few slaves are nothing to him.

    Tlon Fett is firm in his beliefs, and that combined with his natural charisma, attracts others. He prefers to talk simply and directly to us; no mincing words, but it’s a mistake to believe he’s poorly spoken or not diplomatic when he wants to be. It will largely depend on who he speaks to. The Warlord attracts a certain crowd with his actions, but he holds a personal disdain for the pure murderers and rapists of the galaxy. They are tools he will accept, but only use sparingly, and may hopefully be forged into a better weapon later. He is careful with how he manages his forces. He keeps the troublesome men and women away from the ones he actually values.

    Instead he prefers a more… refined and intelligent crowd and surrounds himself with such. Outcasts and misfits are especially attractive to him and he will directly contact and attempt to radicalize to his cause. Drifters, smugglers, Cartel assassins, outcast Jetiise and young Imperial Knights, those are prime targets for Tlon, and he is often more successful than he is not.

    You might of course wonder how anyone could subscribe to, or justify the actions Tlon takes. It’s deceptively simple for the Warlord– simply convince an individual that the galaxy needs a new change of leadership, provide himself as the alternative who would do what it took, and the necessity of a new galactic conflict. The rest of the pieces will fall into place. The individuals Tlon recruits are not stable, good, or otherwise extremely powerful on their own.

    I stress this because the more people like this Tlon recruits, the more dangerous he becomes.

    This is a good place to discuss several of his own views, particularly on aliens. His sons have loudly and proudly espoused the ‘purity’ of the Fett line which is only composed of humans (incorrect by our own records), but Tlon, curiously enough, does not seem to especially care too much one way or another. I don’t know if he truly does not care, or if he holds his own personal biases but has decided to temper them until he no longer needs his alien allies.

    I suspect he has an interest in preserving the line, and has said as much to his sons, but that has never stopped Clan Fett – and Tlon’s heretics – from having aliens in their ranks. That Tlon personally adopted a miraluka into his clan, and that his soldiers are composed of multiple species (weequay, gamorreans, nikto, the usual species you would expect from the Outer Rim and Hutt Space), I can say with some certainty that the Warlord does not care about aliens, only what they can offer to him.

    The same can be said for his view on women. The majority of his forces are male, but to say there are few to no women in his entourage is simply false. But make no mistake, they are every bit as vile and twisted as he is. Remember that his treatment of women during his raids is largely due to calculation. He knows how we, and others, react to it. It’s an emotionless data point to him – it isn’t anything more.

    He has an equally pragmatic view of the Force. Although his own experiences have certainly left him with a distaste for the act. He is extremely suspicious of Force-users, and personally enjoys killing them, but considering that there are a very few in his entourage – and if the rumors of a holocron are true – he understands that it can be something to be used to his advantage.

    But I want to finish up this section by posing another question: Does Tlon consider himself a true Mando? Could he rationally consider himself one while still performing the acts he does?

    Yes, he does, and yes, he can. I will refer back to Mand’alor the Ultimate for this. Mando’ijaat is more fluid than we want to admit. The Mando’ade under the Ultimate were, in complete truth, not all that different than Tlon Fett and his warriors. But they still espoused their own ‘honor’ even if it would be worthless by our own standards. Tlon is no different. Mando’ijaat to him is achieved through conquest by any means necessary.

    Tlon still trains our techniques, maintains our ways and traditions, and speaks our language. But he doesn’t follow our understanding of Mando’ijaat. Instead he follows the understanding of Mand’alor the Ultimate, and believes that archaic interpretation to be the correct one. Could he be considered Mando in this context still?

    You can answer that. I personally won’t dignify that question with a response, but I believe it is an important question to pose nonetheless.
     
  23. xabiar

    xabiar Jedi Youngling

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    Jun 17, 2019
    KNOWN ASSOCIATES AND ALLIES

    Tlon Fett does not have personal ‘allies’ in the traditional sense. There is no organization or group which has allied themselves with him and the banished clans. He likely considers such alliances unneeded and trivial, and no one in their right mind wants to be associated with this man. So the few that I would list here are people that Tlon is either closely connected to, interacts with the most, or a combination of the two. This is not a comprehensive list, but it does include the most important. It is also not a breakdown of his own military structure and chain of command. Refer to Intelligence Report 00317-Alpha for more information on the Warlord’s own forces.

    Dirn Fett: All of Tlon’s surviving sons (and single daughter) could rank on this list, but none are as important or as dangerous as Dirn, his eldest. While not the warrior or strategist his father is, Dirn is nonetheless an extremely dangerous opponent and skilled enough that Tlon has preferred to use him as a sole operative or in command of a small team on surgical missions, typically involving sabotage and assassination.

    Dirn communicates with his father regularly, and personally leads Tlon’s own Supercommandos in the rare event they are deployed. There is little difference between his own views and his father’s; Tlon made sure of that, although Dirn has supposedly acquired a taste for interrogation, and practices on survivors after battles. Tlon appears to tolerate this, though not necessarily approve of it. But until some unknown point is reached, it hasn’t been broached.

    Dirn’s lifemate is Valin’Laris Fett, and he has two sons and one daughter.

    Lara Senar’tal: It’s unsurprising that the slavers would ally with the Warlord so quickly, and Lara is perhaps the worst of them. She was one of the first to join Tlon and has been a steadfast ally to him ever since his initial exile. She has been instrumental in slowly bringing over all of Clan Senar’tal into the Warlord’s army, although there are still holdouts.

    Until that point, she assists him in being the primary manager of the slaves and captives they acquire in their raids. She is also the primary advisor for how they should be used, and keeps a frequently updated index on biological and psychological information on them. She is highly organized and cold towards management, and also assists Tlon whenever he plans raids on civilian colonies.

    She has no lifemate, but her two most favored slaves (a male human and female twi’lek) are purported to be her lovers. Or more accurately, victims.

    Adomick Vizsla: Another of the banished clans, Adomick was also one who quickly joined Tlon when he was exiled, and has since risen to something resembling a second-in-command. He is heavily involved in any strategies and plans Tlon devises, although unlike Tlon, doesn’t personally involve himself in the operations themselves, preferring to largely be just a strategist and commander. This is not to say he isn’t skilled on his own, but fighting is not his strength, and he is normally left in command when the Warlord takes the field himself.

    He has no lifemate at this point in time, but is involved with Sabrina Taltora.

    Thisma Fett: This is the result of Tlon’s radicalization efforts in the Outer Rim. Thisma was not a Mando when the Warlord learned of her, but part of an interrogation crew for one of the hutts. How Tlon learned of her I don’t know, but through multiple conversations and meetings, he gradually convinced her of his own plan and she agreed to help him. A miraluka with some Force training, she presumably assists in regularly testing and training the Force-resistance of his soldiers, but primarily serves as an interrogator who assists in extracting information from captives or brainwashing them for whatever roles Tlon envisions.

    Thisma is also reportedly capable of defending herself, either through her martial skills or Force capabilities. However she earned her position, it was enough for Tlon to personally adopt her, which is an extremely unique situation.

    Kensin Ullo: One would expect that Tlon Fett wouldn’t want anything to do with a science experiment like Kensin Ullo, but as it turns out, Tlon is full of surprises. Kensin Ullo of the now-declared Ullo Clan is one of the most brutal, intelligent, and dangerous warriors which roams the galaxy.

    A twi’lek produced through a failed science experiment, he – along with his declared clan – was grown with the supposed purpose of spreading an enhanced breed of twi’leks designed to be better in every way to their natural brethren. We will never know for sure, as Kensin and his clan killed their creators and have since spent their time terrorizing the galaxy.

    Both men are naturally difficult to impress. Tlon already likely has a mild disposition against aliens, and Kensin despises anyone he believes has a lower intellect to himself and his clan. Thus for both men to not only work together, but become exceptionally close allies is both fascinating and disturbing.

    Tlon appears to respect Kensin primarily for his own martial prowess and willingness to directly involve himself in combat, as well as possessing a highly tactical mind. This combination is almost always going to improve one’s opinion before Tlon Fett, and he earned Kensin’s own respect through his own strength, leadership, and vision for the galaxy.

    They first met soon after Tlon left the Union, and Kensin along with his clan are among his oldest allies, and both men have become friends, Kensin is one of the few individuals Tlon appears to legitimately trust to share his most secretive plans and share his true intentions for the galaxy. For his part, Kensin is extremely loyal to Tlon, and appears to be fully committed to him as he prepares for his future plans.

    He presents something of a weakness for Tlon, as eliminating him would not only deal a practical blow to Tlon’s operation, as he currently holds the position as his Executive Officer, but it would deal an emotional blow to Tlon as well. The Warlord may not feel grief as we do, but losing a man he considers a friend will affect him – on that, we are certain.

    Suni’Andu Fett: Suni’Andu is not a typical Mando woman, even when she was younger and before meeting Tlon. She wasn’t the strongest, smartest, or fastest child, and was instead more submissive than her peers. I’m unsure what about her caught Tlon’s eye, but it is entirely possible that her submission was an attractive quality to him, and even if it wasn’t the original intention, it is largely how their relationship has progressed.

    Tlon is the dominant partner is all aspects of their relationship, and to my knowledge, Suni has never once gone against him publicly or privately. I suspect their relationship is strained, as Suni does not appear in public very often and seems disconnected from Tlon and his actions. However, it could be because she doesn’t want to interfere and their relationship could still be proceeding as normal.

    But every time she has appeared, she looks drained and haunted. She is not happy, and she can’t do anything to hide it from anyone observant. Exactly as to what makes her unhappy is unknown, but I would not be surprised if her love for Tlon has faded. Unlike him, she had a completely normal and typical childhood, and it would not be out of the question to speculate that she hates what he does as much as we do, but sees herself as trapped.

    Make no mistake – if Tlon ever found out she was going to leave or betray him, he would kill her.

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    KNOWN OPPONENTS AND ENEMIES

    Tlon Fett has no shortage of enemies which would happily see him dead or destroyed. At the same time it should be noted that these groups are ‘enemies’ of the Warlord in the same way that they are ‘enemies’ of organizations like the Hutt Cartels and other criminal and pirate bands. They will fight them whenever they show up, but they don’t consider it worth it to expend effort removing him for good.

    The Jedi Order: The Jetiise have seen the consequences of the Warlord’s attacks and know more about the threat he can pose than most other groups in the galaxy. Some of their own have been involved in engaging with his soldiers and know that something must be done about him. But to the Jetiise Council, Tlon is another dangerous warlord and as long as he stays in the Outer Rim, the will always have more important matters to handle.

    An unfortunate consequence of the Warlord’s actions – and one that Tlon has no doubt been pleased by – is that opinion of the Mando’ade in the Order has become increasingly more hostile. While it can be blamed on Jetii ignorance and lack of any desire to do actual research, we are partially at fault for not countering the damage Tlon is doing to our reputation. Jetiise do not know, or care, that the Warlord is no true Mando; they just see the armor and the atrocities he commits.

    Because of that, they associate his actions with other Mando’ade, which in turn makes the Jetiise an unreliable ally at best. They may be against the Warlord, but unless steps are taken, they will transfer that animosity to us.

    The Galactic Alliance: It would be more accurate to say that the Warlord is now on their radar, rather than a legitimate ‘enemy.’ Since he’s begun attacking Alliance-affiliated planets and companies, the Galactic Alliance has become aware that he poses a threat to aligned colonies and companies in that region, although their response beyond this has largely amounted to advisories and a few more token defenses that pose almost no challenge to Tlon. They don’t really know who Tlon is other than a Mando warlord, and if they have made inquiries to the Union, I am not aware of them. But if we provided them anything, it isn’t reflected in how they are addressing his threat.

    The Mando’Tsad (Mandalorian Union): Tlon Fett is everything a Mando is not. He is an enemy of the Union and will be until the end of his days. His status as our enemy is not in question, but if we want to make this more pronounced we need to take more direct action against him. This may be what the Warlord wants, but the alternative is allowing him to continue growing in numbers and strength. A war with Tlon is inevitable, but it would be better if Tlon, not the Union, was on the defensive when it happens.

    On a more personal note, Clan Fett itself looks forward to cleansing the galaxy of this aruetii and cleansing our tarnished name. Tlon is unworthy of his birthright, and the only way it will be taken back is through blood. Until that day comes, his very name is an insult to what it means to be Mando and a proud part of Clan Fett.

    The Hutt Cartels: This is perhaps, at the moment, the ‘main’ enemy of Tlon Fett. It is almost brazen how much Tlon is antagonizing the Cartels, and with every minor hutt relative that is killed and every slaving or narcotics operation smashed, the more they are aware that there is a new threat to their territory. What I think is concerning to the hutts is that Tlon is not an enemy they are used to facing. He doesn’t care about innocents or civilians, he doesn’t necessarily care about the drugs or slaves, he is just interested in causing chaos and terror – while stealing anything of value to supplement his forces.

    The hutts he manages to capture he kills slowly and painfully while broadcasting them to the HoloNet, where he knows the Cartels watch. The executions range from feeding them to their own pit monsters, lowering them into vats of acid or molten steel, or just simple dismemberment and vivisection. Tlon can and will get creative.

    The bounty on his head continues to grow, and has recently passed twenty million credits. The Warlord has so far either killed the ones who’ve taken the contract and sent their bodies back to the Cartels, or the ones unfortunate enough to be captured alive are subjected to the same treatment as the hutts. Regardless, after each failure, the price on his head is raised.

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    CURRENT AND ANTICIPATED FUTURE OPERATIONS

    I would refer you to Intelligence Report 00317-Alpha for a more complete picture as to the current operations the Warlord’s forces have been conducting and their likely plans for actions, but what Tlon Fett is likely to do in the future is worth covering in some detail. Right now he is not focused on the Mando’Tsad, but securing additional territory in the Outer Rim and making inroads on Cartel territory.

    This is not to say that he has forgotten about the Union, and it’s a near guarantee that he intends to return and kill Mand’alor Javen’Panlie. How he will execute this is not known. He will not wage a conflict in any honorable or straightforward way. He could attempt to assassinate Mand’alor in the dead of night, or he could launch a full invasion on the Union.

    But Tlon has learned from his mistakes and the mercy granted to him. He will take his time in plotting his revenge on us. But in our interest to remain out of galactic society, it has also hindered our own potential growth. Tlon is not as organized, powerful, or influential as the entire Union, but he is attempting to reach it. He’s proactive in securing territory and resources; he’s actively recruiting new soldiers and bartering with the underworld for exotic weapons and materials.

    His plan is beyond the Union, and we are likely considered a stepping stone to his attempt to completely conquer the Outer Rim before moving coreward. How he would fare against the armies of the Galactic Alliance is unknown, as his tactics are particularly effective against their citizens and soldiers, and Tlon prefers to wage asymmetrical warfare which the Alliance might have trouble adapting to. Which is to say nothing of the politics that cripple the institution, and where the Jetiise fall could be anyone’s guess. A repeat of the Mando’Akaane is not completely out of the question.

    The Empire I do not think would be as easy for the Warlord to break. He has avoided antagonizing them so far, and that is likely deliberate. Unlike the Jetiise, the Imperial Knights would not refrain from fighting, and that would be a significant force-multiplier in favor of the Empire.

    Is it likely that Tlon could potentially start a new Mando conquest of the galaxy? No, in my professional opinion. It would take too long, there are too many opponents, and the Warlord’s forces and strategy are not conducive to long-term sustainability in a war. But does Tlon think he could pull this off? Yes, and he is going to try whether we like it or not.

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    EQUIPMENT

    Tlon was trained as a Mando, so it should not be surprising that he maintains similar equipment and weapons to our own soldiers. A difference, but an unsurprising one, is that Tlon is familiar with far more weapons than the average soldier – melee, ranged, and other exotic weapons. He also specifically kits himself out depending on the mission he is participating and who he will likely fight. All of this should be considered as a possible loadout for Tlon, and if he is likely to fight, consider what is the most effective weapons to use against you, and those will likely be what Tlon brings.

    Armor: Mando beskar armor; the same he had when he was part of the Union. It is still his original armor and helmet, although upgraded and repaired over the years. Since his exile, he’s colored his armor black and silver, with the Fett Clan emblem on his chest. He almost always wears the accompanying jetpack as well, though will forgo this in close quarters (such as space stations and ship-to-ship boarding) in favor of other attachments. The suit is pressurized, EMP-resistant, and has an oxygen supply of at least thirty minutes. Air pumps can be attached to increase this limit.

    Weapons: Nearly anything and everything is a possibility. Pistols, rifles, vibroswords, sniper rifles, Tlon has experience with each and every one of these, and what he uses is tailored to what he suspects will be most effective on his mission. Normally, he will carry two to three primary weapons at a time if they are rifles or smaller, or one to two more powerful weapons such as sniper rifles or autocannons.

    Explosives: Primarily thermal detonators of all classes (it is rumored he carries a class-A detonator as a suicide weapon in case he is defeated), but will switch those out for gas and sonic grenades if fighting in close quarters. AP and acid grenades are common if participating in terror operations or armored opponents. EMP grenades are also a favorite against heavily teched out enemies, which has caused certain hutt mercenaries no end of problems.

    Disposable Weapons and Equipment: The Warlord seems to have a tendency to be drawn to unstable or dangerous technology, as there seems to be nothing he won’t use, despite the risk to himself. Monomolecular blades are a favorite of his since they cause massive internal damage when snapped off inside the victim, and he often employs them when fighting larger opponents or Force-users. Self-destructive nanoweaponry is also a favorite, and only saved for special occasions (such as the time he had one bounty hunter eaten alive by one nanite at a time). Less dangerous pieces of tech like burnout shield generators, disposable flamethrowers, stimpacks, and medkits are all part of his arsenal.

    Gadgets: Just as varied as the above. Clingwire, integrated flamethrowers, wrist rockets, and chemical dispensers are all valid options to him, and which he uses to great effect. He is familiar with multiple infowar gadgets, but typically does not use them himself, instead relying on his own specialists to handle that aspect of warfare. In addition to that, he also wears a device over his missing eye which allows him to perceive objects and individuals in, and slightly beyond, his field of vision. The full capabilities of this augmentation aren’t known, but we should assume that it is just as capable as an organic eye – and most likely better.

    Traps: Tlon normally does not use traps, as his tendency is offensive and proactive, not defensive. With that said, he knows how to set mines of various types, as well as more traditional tripwire and laser traps. However, this is a pool of resources that he rarely draws from.

    Exotics: At every chance he gets, Tlon attempts to acquire irreplaceable or exotic weaponry. He has supposedly experimented with yuuzhan vong biotech, and he has attempted to create his own lightsaber, but he has never actually used one in combat. He’s acquired several unstable gamma and microwave weapons which have had messy results when used on hutts. He also deliberately seeks out anti-Force technology, and – after his raid on Myrkr in 454 ABY – is reportedly breeding ysalamiri for operations against potential Force-users. Vornskr are also a concern, but we all know that the ysalamiri are the more alarming prospect.

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    WEALTH AND RESOURCES

    I will preface this section by saying that much of this is estimation and there are no hard numbers on how much Tlon actually has or what he is worth. Keep this in mind while reading.

    Credit Worth: Considering the amount he has taken from the Hutts, and regular sales of arms, slaves, and narcotics, it would not be out of the question for his worth to be between two to four million credits. The hutts value him at twenty million as mentioned earlier, and while that’s probably pocket change to them, it’s not an insignificant amount by any means.

    Liquid Assets: Based on the weapons, ships, tech, and resources that he acquires in his raids, this number is impossible to fully calculate at any given time as Tlon has a fluid system of sale to various buyers every day. However, his personal liquid assets, which include his own armory and starfighter, likely amount to between five and ten million, which is an extraordinarily high number if you don’t take into account that the Warlord has a significant amount of unique and valuable items at his disposal.

    Non-Liquid Assets: Tlon has amassed a respectable collection of artifacts, art pieces, and historical documents almost by accident. The possible Sith holocron in his possession alone is something the right people would pay millions for, and his literature collection on the Mando’Akaane is equally valuable to the right people. However, this could range from one to twenty million simply because there is no solid record on what Tlon does, and does not, have. Any holocrons might also be more or less valuable depending on the objects creator.

    Property: The Warlord has a base of operations, but this world I was unable to locate, and it’s unlikely he owns it himself and is managed primarily by his own soldiers.

    Vehicles, Equipment, and Weapons: Taking into account his armory and his flagship; which has reportedly been extensively modified, it is likely close to five to ten million credits altogether.

    Estimated Tax Bracket: Why do we still have this on the template? We never use it.
     
  24. xabiar

    xabiar Jedi Youngling

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    TACTICS : STRATEGIC COMBAT

    As Tlon is the leader of his band of bastards, he is in charge of all facets of combat, both on the strategic and tactical levels. His attempts to do both are a possible weakness which will be addressed once these sections have been finished. We have enough information on his previous attacks, and from his own psychological framework, to put together a largely accurate model of what to expect from an attack.

    Fleet: The main advantage of the Warlord’s army is his soldiers in direct combat, and he knows this. He doesn’t have a large fleet, both because he lacks production capabilities (that we know of) and because normally he doesn’t need one. His fleet is a mishmash of various kinds of ships, and this is because his main plan of attack is using starfighters to engage enemy fighters and bombers, while ships carrying boarding parties invade the larger spacecraft and/or space stations, and take them over from the inside, which will then be added to his armada.

    His primary plan for encountering an enemy fleet is to distract and subvert them. Once his soldiers breach the interior of ships, it’s usually over soon after that. However, it should be noted that Tlon has never faced anything more dangerous than mercenary fleets on the payroll of the Cartels – and our own fleets, which have beaten him decisively before.

    It is likely that if he attempts a naval attack against a trained crew, he would have more difficulty. This is the weakest theater of Tlon’s strategy, at least from what I can determine.

    Planetary Invasion: The kind of attack largely depends on the mission in question and the opponents being faced. If Tlon determines that they can outright win the fight, he will order an attack directly at the main heart of the defenses and pick off the remainder whenever that is finished. If it is a more entrenched enemy, he will attack vulnerable outposts and locations before moving onwards to the now-weakened stronghold.

    For particularly difficult targets, he will utilize orbital bombardment and bombing runs liberally, especially against military targets. Attacks will also take place simultaneously, and ships attempting to enter and leave the planet will be shot down or captured. Once the stronghold is captured, whatever resources or weapons it holds will be confiscated and the defenses of the planet commandeered.

    Since this is a planet intended to be captured, Tlon will try to deliberately avoid damaging the infrastructure of factories or production plants, though he won’t let that stop him if they hinder a decisive victory.

    Planetary Raid: Raids are defined as the Warlord intending to either steal or capture resources, or to just cause terror. The strikes are fast and bloody, often completed in a matter of hours before the Warlord’s soldiers are gone, while leaving a ruined planet in their wake and countless victims. Terror raids target civilian populations and are broadcasted to the rest of the planet to cause further chaos. There is no objective other than pure terror, often accompanied by looting whatever they can get their hands on. Slaves are sometimes taken, but they are not a priority and only allowed if there is time or room. This is usually accomplished by liberal deployments of chemical weapons and firebombs dropped by aerial soldiers. Close combat is usually only after the majority of civilians are dead and stragglers remain, or if Tlon determines that a more powerful message needs to be sent.

    Resource raids often revolve around asset acquisition and denial. These are the attacks where weapons, drugs, materials, and slaves are taken, and the means of holding or producing those resources are destroyed. Entire cities and towns are destroyed after these operations to prevent anyone else from using them. Tlon acquiring these resources is only one half of what he wants with these attacks, if they fail to destroy what is left behind, he considers it a failure.

    Star System Attack: To date, the Warlord has never attacked what could be considered a ‘fortified’ star system with multiple defended planets, moons, and orbital stations, and I cannot accurately predict what his tactic would be in this case, but based on his history, he would likely disable any kind of sensors and surveillance to blind the entrenched enemy, and then begin campaigns on outer planetary outposts and moon bases. While the lesser hutts do have small fleets and some measure of protection in their systems, it is nothing like the Imperial or coreward Alliance planets.

    Prioritized Targets and Personnel: In combat, there is a clear prioritized targeting list that Tlon utilizes when leading his invasions. Generally, it follows that whoever – or whatever – is the largest threat to his force is the immediate target. Jetiise, Imperial Knights, military officers and commanders are all near the top and prioritized in combat. Artillery, armored vehicles, and special forces are a close second, and the remainder of enemy combatants follow. I will emphasize the word ‘prioritized.’ The Warlord won’t permit a blind charge at a specific enemy at the expense of all else.

    As far as infrastructure targets go, communications equipment is the highest priority, followed by production plants, civilian housing (which forces additional panic and chaos), and farms or livestock production. Essentially, any target is valid, but the priority depends on the mission in question. This doesn’t apply as much during planetary invasions where Tlon wants control of the planet itself.

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    TACTICS : DIRECT COMBAT

    I will preface this section by saying that only a few individuals can actually fight Tlon Fett and live. If you are unfortunate enough to be in the same place as him, your best chance for survival is to retreat and look for someone better than you are.

    Starfighter: Tlon has a starfighter. He has never once used it in combat. It’s unknown how skilled he is in ship-to-ship combat, but given his other skills, some degree of competence can be assumed.

    Ground – Long-range: Tlon rarely engages at long-range, and if he is at this distance from actual combat, it is far more likely that he is coordinating multiple attacks and issuing orders. When he does participate, he uses sniper rifle to target high-profile targets. At long enough distances, he will use his jetpack to gain an aerial advantage, but will only take this risk if there are no enemy marksmen. The other tactic he uses at this range is calling down airstrikes and bombardments.

    Ground – Medium-range: Tlon becomes far more dangerous at this range, as the majority of his weaponry is effective, and where he also becomes a much more mobile force. Explosives, gadgets, and rifles are used in quick succession, and he uses his jetpack to quickly navigate, unbalance, and flank enemies. He takes the environment into account here, and will perform actions such as attacking an entrenched enemy from the top story and fighting down, or would just collapse the building itself regardless of collateral damage. Rockets and explosives are most used at this range.

    Ground – Short-range: Fighting the Warlord up close is near-suicidal. He doesn’t just have access to flamethrowers and chemical dispensers, but is also one of the most dangerous unarmed combatants that are alive, again discounting his proficiency with melee weapons. At close-range, Tlon will attempt to close the gap rapidly and kill as soon as possible. Confined spaces are prime conditions for flamethrowers and gas grenades. Avoid close-range combat if at all possible.

    Ranged Proficiency: Tlon is an excellent shot, and is most effective at longer distances. Medium-ranged shooting is dangerous, but his focus on mobility over stationary attacks lowers his overall shot effectiveness, and is more accurately classified as harassment or suppressive fire. That isn’t to say Tlon can’t shot someone lethally at this range, but he is not the most effective with ranged weapons. He makes up for it with his myriad of explosives and gadgets.

    Melee Proficiency: Tlon is extremely skilled with vibroblades of all kinds, knives (throwing and non-throwing), and monomolecular blades. He can duel a Jetii to a standstill at worst, and can easily match any non-Force-user who he engages with. He’s studied all the lightsaber combat styles of the Jetiise, and has some skill with each of them (Form II in particular he’s trained in). The only melee weapon that he has likely not mastered is the lightsaber, or if he has, he has never used one.

    Unarmed Proficiency: See the following section. Do not engage Tlon Fett in a fistfight if you want to live.

    Darasuum Kar’ta (The Eternal Heart): We’re trained in martial close quarters combat, and Tlon was no exception, and, in fact, excelled in it like most training he did. He normally wouldn’t be more dangerous in this category than most Mando’ade other than for the fact that he has, somehow, managed to learn the ancient echani combat style known as the ‘Eternal Heart.’

    Based on what has been relayed to me… it combines speed, power, balance, and was designed for three people to use in harmony. The style itself focused on balance, with the heart and the Force as the center of the universe. Poetic, but it doesn’t fully explain how it works, but there are two conclusions that can be drawn from this: it needs three people to be used correctly, and it implies that some degree of Force-sensitivity is needed.

    A modified version of the Eternal Heart for one person does exist, but previously, only one has mastered it to its full potential. Which raises the question of how Tlon Fett managed to learn this on his own, and beyond simply learning, actually mastering the style. Consulting with one of the three actual practitioners of the Eternal Heart confirmed that Tlon is following the form, but it is noticeably altered for only one person, without taking Force-sensitivity into account.

    Tlon has almost certainly been aware of the existence of the Eternal Heart, as his brother Gustav was one of the only users for years, but it was only after his defeat at the hands of Mand’alor Javen’Panlie that Tlon appeared to make a deliberate effort to completely master it.

    Force-users: Tlon takes no chances when fighting Force-users. He doesn’t care about fighting fair or honorably so long as he wins. If Jettise ever engage him in a lightsaber duel, he will oblige and use every trick possible to win – sonic grenades, flamethrowers, nanoweaponry, etc. It also doesn’t help the Jetiise that Tlon may have brought in a ysalamiri cage to effectively negate their greatest advantage. The good news is that Tlon has notably never used ysalamiri offensively, although note that this can change. Tlon also has been known to use a very rare and exotic anti-Force grenade that originated from the yuuzhan vong, that when used, disperse spores which retard the Force in a certain radius, giving him a brief opening – and that is usually all he needs.

    Improvised Tactics: Tlon is excellent at improvised tactics – from noticing weak points on buildings, to using pipes and throw stones on the ground. He sees opportunities and takes advantage of them as soon as possible. If he runs out of energy for his blasters, he’ll use them as projectiles or clubs in close combat. Losing weapons or gadgets doesn’t faze him, as he’ll just move on to the three backups he brought along while throwing a thermal detonator towards the offending party.

    It’s difficult to stump or surprise him. Don’t try tricking the Warlord. Just kill him.

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    COUNTERMEASURES

    Be aware that the following is a general outline of possible measures to consider against the Warlord based on the information that’s been provided. It is not comprehensive, and is theoretically based on records of Tlon Fett’s own combat composition, tactics, strategies, and resources.

    Space – Strategic: Short of having a fleet over all of our colonies and bases, the establishment of outer-system sensors to detect incoming fleets and provide an early warning to the planet coming under attack. We should have a large fleet of fighters as well, enough to overwhelm the Warlord’s own fleets. If possible, his flagship and larger craft should be considered priority targets.

    Space – Direct: Immediate targeting of all boarding craft through fighter swarms or corvette targeting. It is vital that boarding parties be stopped at all cost, as onboard crews will likely not be able to stop a fully trained and armed raiding party, or suffer extremely heavy casualties in doing so. At minimum, it will briefly take a friendly ship out of the fight.

    Again, the targeting of larger ships should be a priority, as those will likely have at least one member of the Warlord’s command staff involved – or possibly Tlon himself.

    Planetary – Invasion/Raid: Ground-to-space and ground-to-air defenses are essential, as it would negate any aerial support Tlon can call in, and could also assist in nearby space battles. Food and weapon stockpiles in the event of a raid are essential. In truth, the Union is largely capable of combating the Warlord’s soldiers well enough, but we should not take unnecessary chances.

    Direct Combat – Long-range: If possible, an orbital strike or counter sniper fire. Fire should be held until Tlon attempts aerial sniping for maximum effectiveness. Otherwise, counter-sniping is the most realistic option available.

    Direct Combat – Medium-range: Disabling his jetpack would cripple his mobility, and following up with healthy amounts of explosives is recommended. His armor can take multiple shots, and you’re unlikely to kill him that way. Anti-armor weapons are preferred, acidic and incendiary grenades are also recommended. If on hand, nanoweaponry and gamma weapons would bypass or subvert his own armor, although the risk for friendly fire is high. This is the best range to effectively kill him.

    Direct Combat – Short-range: Retreat. If you cannot retreat, the only option with the best chance of killing Tlon is self-sacrifice with nearby grenades or explosives, or holding him in place while others throw the explosives. If a friendly Force-user is cut off from the Force when engaging the Warlord, and no anti-Force tech was used, it is due to a nearby ysalamiri – find it and kill it if you can. No one should ever attempt engaging Tlon at close-range, Force-user or not, because in nearly all circumstances you will lose. And if the rumor about his carrying a class-A thermal detonator is also true, even if you win you may still die.

    Exploitable Weaknesses: If there is anything solid that we can exploit against Tlon, it is that for all his grand plans, he prioritizes the message over the long-term. He doesn’t care about allies, gathering them or otherwise. He wouldn’t stop a terror attack even if it was an objectively bad idea because he’s more interested in sending the message of what will happen to his enemies than considering that these tactics could be used as rallying points against him.

    He is also going to face a problem in the future when he expands too far and realizes he doesn’t have the production capability to meet the demands of his army. He’s so concerned with destroying production plants and farms of other planets, but he is going to need those in the future if he wants to achieve anything close to his goals. His strategy at times can largely be boiled down to a zero-sum game – either he gets everything, or no one gets anything. This works fine for a pirate, but Tlon has higher ambitions.

    His priorities right now are skewed towards asset denial and mobility. This isn’t sustainable in a larger war, and Tlon has already hindered himself here. He will likely realize this soon, but because of it, his own forces are more vulnerable to being overwhelmed and outmatched by a more advanced force. But this won’t last forever, and this is a long-term problem, not one that affects him at this very moment.

    Keep it in mind though; we need to consider every advantage we can.

    Tlon is the ultimate focal point of his entire army. If he dies, it will likely completely fall into chaos. His is too important to them, but despite this, he knowingly puts himself in danger and at the same time deprives them of one of their better strategists. This is something to also keep in mind – Tlon being on the battlefield means he isn’t somewhere else – which means his other forces wouldn’t be able to respond as well to sudden attacks or surprises.

    Contingency Planning: Our own contingency plans must be updated to take into account the Warlord’s tactics and the effect they have on us. He has very specific goals, and we need to have equally specific responses to any attacks against the Union. If we suspect that Tlon is going to attack somewhere – within the Union or not – we need to have a plan. If we wake up to the news that Mand’alor has been assassinated or one of our planets comes under attack by the Warlord, we don’t need to have just a plan or a contingency – we need to have a response.

    I understand that the Union wishes to avoid spreading ourselves too thin, and this may be exactly what Tlon wants, but continuing to ignore the Warlord is not going to do anything but make him feel more emboldened and grow stronger.

    Bolstered Counterintelligence: I recommend, based upon the findings of this report as well as Intelligence Report 00317-Alpha, that several long-term operatives be commissioned to scout and infiltrate the Warlord’s territory and make intermittent reports on the state of his operations and forces. Even if we ultimately take no action against Tlon, it is essential that we know what he is doing. As established, his plans are larger than the Mando’Tsad, and knowing the composition of his army is useful for ourselves – and other possible enemies of Tlon.

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    CONCLUSION

    Tlon Fett poses a threat to us beyond his soldiers and personal skill. He is, at this point, the most public Mando in the galaxy and has done nothing to hide it, nor have we gone to efforts to disavow him. Eventually, Tlon is going to stir a fire wasp nest and the galactic population doesn’t particularly know or care about the differences between us. Mando’ade are all the same to them, and there is very little stopping the Alliance or the Empire from using Tlon as a reason to attack the Union, or otherwise justify certain actions.

    Stopping Tlon Fett is essential not just because it would put down one the worst demagolka to ever stalk this galaxy; not just because it would stamp out this perversion of our beliefs; not just because it would save countless innocents from being murdered, enslaved, raped, and drugged; and not because it’s the right thing to do.

    It is essential because it is directly tied to our own survival and independence. We may be dragged into a war not of our own volition because of Tlon; perhaps that is what he’s actually counting on. We can fight against the Warlord, the Cartels, and any other minor power stupid enough to attack us, but against the superpowers of the galaxy we would be defeated and scattered, no matter how skilled and trained we are. We’re too few in number, control too little territory, to hold out for long.

    And when it’s over, Tlon Fett will swoop in and rally the survivors who have nowhere else to go, and the only Mando’ade in this galaxy will be those who follow the Warlord. That is the risk we run by allowing this man who is dar’manda to continue acting unmolested. It is a worst-case scenario that may not come to pass, but considering the unstable nature of the galaxy, it is not impossible.

    It needs consideration, even if it is an inconvenient truth.

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    SLotH4’s Note: This piece had a lot of Mandalorian words interspersed. For those of you without a Mando’a-to-Galactic Basic dictionary, I offer a word key:

    Akaan’ade Kando’aliit’alor – Major General of ground forces – commands divisions (10,000 to 15,000 soldiers)

    Akaan’alor – Colonel – prominent field commander who controls units up to regiment size, anywhere from 1,500 to 3,000 Mandalorians and assorted war machinery

    Aliit’alor – title for both high-ranking generals/admirals and the chieftains of their respective clans – depending on clan size, an Aliit’alor can expect to command anywhere from brigade-size units (3,000 to 5,000 soldiers), to whole divisions (10,000 to 15,000 soldiers), to full corps (20,000 to 40,000 soldiers) and even whole armies (80,000 to 200,000 soldiers)

    Chakaaryc – rotten, low-life – generic adjective to describe an undesirable person of dubious ethics

    Dar’mand’alor – acting-Mandalore

    Demagolka – someone who commits atrocities, a real-life monster, a war criminal – from the notorious Mandalorian scientist of the Old Republic, Demagol, known for his experiments on children, and a figure of hate and dread in the Mandalorian psyche

    Ge’hutuune – bandits, villains, petty thieves – can also mean serious criminals you have no respect for

    Ge’tal’aran – Crimson Guard – personal honor guard to Mandalore and his/her immediate family

    haar Jahaat’mand’alor – the False Mandalore

    haar Vemann’mand’alor – the True Mandalore

    Hut’uun – coward (worst possible insult to a Mandalorian)

    Jetii/Jetiise – Jedi (singular/plural)

    Mand’alor – Mandalore

    Mando’a – Mandalorian language

    Mando/Mando’ade – Mandalorian/Mandalorians

    Mando’Akaane – Mandalorian Wars – intragalactic war between the Mandalorian Clans and the Old Republic, circa 3960s BBY

    Mando’ijaat – Mandalorian honor

    Mando’Tra – Mandalorian Space

    Mando’Tsad – Mandalorian Union

    Vemann’fett – Tlon Fett’s faction; roughly translates to the ‘true Clan Fett’

    Ver’alor – Lieutenant – commissioned officer and commander of a platoon; unit usually has anywhere from 25 to 50 Mandalorians in it, plus any vehicles assigned to the platoon
     
  25. xabiar

    xabiar Jedi Youngling

    Registered:
    Jun 17, 2019
    Operation: Corroded Credit – The Zann Consortium

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    ALLIANCE INTELLIGENCE SERVICE

    REQUIRED PERSONNEL AUTHORIZATION: TOP SECRET-GALACTIC

    OPERATION ID: ZC04500301 – FINAL REPORT

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    WARNING: DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AUTHORIZATION TO VIEW THIS DOCUMENT. UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT AND PROSECUTION BY INTERNAL OVERSIGHT

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    DOCUMENTATION INFORMATION

    Operation ID: ZC04500301

    Operation Name: Corroded Credit

    Operational Division: Organized Crime Observation and Counter-Intelligence

    Operation Type(s): Information Acquisition; Penetration; Infiltration; Asset Placement

    Document Author: Operation Director Aleena’wari

    Document Type: Post-Operation Compilation

    Document Iteration: 348

    Document Status: Complete

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    PERSONNEL INFORMATION

    Operation Overseer: Aleena’wari, Operation Director

    Operation Field Agents/Assets:

    - Kimo Perrenoud | Criminal Client Cover

    - Qi Qala | Consortium Mercenary Corps Infiltrator

    - Zarimirra | Slaver Cover

    - Polli’endea | Slave Infiltrator

    - Ulina Aalani | Slave Infiltrator

    - Allison Monder | Field Interrogator

    - Tarsis Windsor | Defiler Infiltrator

    - Trejam Salis | Asset Management

    - Lional Aeppli | GenoHaradan Asset

    Operation Handlers:

    - Asia Jaggi | Field Agents Allison Monder & Trejam Salis

    - Elan Pox | Field Agents Kimo Perrenoud & Zarimirra

    - Mox’eseral | Field Agents Polli’endea & Ulina Aalani

    - Rollinar | Field Agent Tarsis Windsor

    - Olivia Lars | Field Asset Lional Aeppli

    AIS Assets Used:

    Note: All assets are unidentified per AIS guidelines for operational reports. For explicit details of specific assets, please request access from AIS Asset Oversight. Please see attached log of each instance of assets used in the course of this operation.

    - [23] Unaffiliated Civilian Assets

    - [4] Imperial Civilian Assets

    - [4] Imperial Military Assets

    - [53] Alliance Civilian Assets

    - [14] Alliance Administrative Assets

    - [23] Criminal Assets

    - [18] Hutt Cartel Assets

    - [4] Black Sun Assets

    - [3] Zann Consortium Assets

    - [1] GenoHaradan Asset

    - [9] Bounty Hunter Assets

    AIS Assets Acquired:

    - [4] Alliance Administrative Assets

    - [37] Zann Consortium Assets

    - [16] Criminal Assets

    AIS Assets Lost:

    - [17] Alliance Civilian Assets

    - [6] Alliance Administrative Assets

    - [10] Hutt Cartel Assets

    - [4] Bounty Hunter Assets

    Operation Field Agent Status:

    - Kimo Perrenoud [ACTIVE – RECALLED]

    - Qi Qala [ACTIVE – MAINTAINING COVER]

    - Zarimirra [ACTIVE – RECALLED]

    - Polli’endea [DECEASED – PROTOCOL 4]

    - Ulina Aalani [ACTIVE – RECOVERED]

    - Allison Monder [ACTIVE – RECALLED]

    - Tarsis Windsor [DECEASED – PROTOCOL 4]

    - Trejam Salis [ACTIVE – RECALLED]

    - Lional Aeppli [ACTIVE – DEEP COVER]

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    OPERATION INFORMATION

    Organization of Focus: The Zann Consortium | Independent

    Objective: To gather a sufficient amount of information to achieve a complete and thorough understanding of the structure, capabilities, training, competence, motivations, goals, leadership, and intelligence capabilities of the Zann Consortium, as well as determine the extent of possible corruption of Alliance military, civilian, and administrative institutions and worlds.

    Secondary objectives include the insertion of additional assets into the criminal underworld of the Hutt Cartels, Black Sun, and Zann Consortium, as well as a more thorough understanding of the relationship between these criminal organizations. Information on the extent of Zann Consortium corruption on other institutions such as the Fellan Imperium is also desired.

    Operation Procedure: Upon commencement of this operation, Operational Director Allena’wari assumed command with the express directive to uncover the extent of Zann Consortium influence and corruption within the Galactic Alliance. The scope of operation CORRODED CREDIT was further expanded as more information about the Consortium came to light, specifically their connections to other criminal syndicates.

    Please note that ‘Consortium’ will be used as shorthand for the Zann Consortium. It is not affiliated in any way with the Hapes Consortium.

    This operation was carried out through a series of phases over a six-year period, with a primary focus in the Outer Rim and Alliance territory. Investigations within other groups were also conducted during this timespan, but were not the focus of the operation. Time was needed to establish criminal covers and background, as there are very few high-level criminal assets within the Outer Rim, and the Consortium in particular.

    Phase 1A consisted of the initial gathering of information on the Consortium as it related solely to Alliance interests. Utilizing a significant amount of Alliance assets, we were able to determine that the Consortium had a far more extensive stranglehold on certain senators – as well as administrative and business individuals – than we had anticipated.

    It became extremely apparent that we were highly ignorant as to the inner workings of the Consortium, and as such, expanded the operational objectives to prioritize the penetration of the organization itself. Focus on Alliance penetration shifted from expose and arrest to evidence gathering and monitoring and penetrating known Consortium rackets and marking compromised individuals for future.

    Phase 1B focused on the infiltration of the criminal elements of the Outer Rim. Field Agents Qala, Perrenoud, and Zarimirra were deployed with the express purpose of exploiting the most likely vectors of entry to the Consortium and were supported covertly in sanctioned criminal operations.

    This end of initial penetration marked the formal end of Phase 1.

    Phase 2A Covert gathering of information on the Consortium and its relationship with other criminal organizations. These field agents proved instrumental to gathering our first solid information on the inner workings of the Consortium. We first found success when Agent Qala was recruited into the Mercenary Corps as a temporary contractor which nonetheless provided us with sufficient insight into the military capabilities and operations of the Consortium.

    Agent Zarimirra was achieving similar success and finally began a formal slaving business relationship with Consortium representatives. Agent Perrenoud was also soon approached by Consortium representatives for potential offers. Through all of these infiltrators, we learned a significant amount about the inner workings of Consortium slaving and business operations.

    Phase 2B began when this this level of penetration was reached, and to further exploit this opportunity Assets Polli’endea and Aalani were shipped into the Consortium slave operations undercover. While a significant amount of information was able to be acquired from their infiltration, the extent of the methods utilized led to the unfortunate termination of Asset Polli’endea, and Asset Aalani was only able to be recovered after suffering extensive mental and physical trauma.

    Throughout this time, we were additionally and covertly locating compromised and affiliated individuals with the Consortium and extracting as much information as possible before subjecting them to mind wipes and in some cases Dimalium Conditioning. Through this, further information about the Consortium naval and military forces was acquired, as well as details on their black market and racket operations.

    Intending to observe the Consortium operate in a natural environment, we selected a lesser-known senator to act as bait for the Consortium unknowingly. He was subjected to Dimalium Conditioning and underwent limited memory wipes, and was directed to make subtle criminal actions to attract attention of Consortium observers. This eventually achieved success and over the course of the operation we were able to find out an extensive amount on the clientele and services the Consortium provides.

    This marked the end of Phase 2.

    Phase 3 consisted of several unforeseen developments and attempts of further penetration. The first attempt was a penetration of the Defiler Program, which at the time was still a large unknown in terms of recruitment and operations. The reasons for this soon became known, but ultimately resulted in the unfortunate loss of Agent Windsor.

    With a significant amount of information on Consortium assets and operations catalogued, if not completely penetrated, we shifted focus of examining their relationships to other criminal organizations in the Outer Rim in more significant detail. Their feuds with the Cartels and Black Sun, as well as their bizarre partnership with Tlon Fett’s Gra’tua was well-documented.

    However, we made the controversial decision to activate agent Aeppli within the GenoHaradan to see if they had any substantial information on the Consortium. This paid off significantly as not only did the GenoHaradan have additional information on the Consortium, they have been actively engaged in a shadow conflict with them for years. Our asset covertly made the GenoHaradan aware of our efforts, and we were able to establish a limited contact without further risk to our asset.

    In return for some information and physical assets, they were willing to provide us with enough to complete our understanding of the Consortium and with all operational objectives completed this marked the final end of the operation; the results of which have been compiled in this report.

    Operation Outcome: The operation was an unquestionable SUCCESS as all our primary and secondary objectives were achieved, in addition to having a better picture of the current state of the Outer Rim as well as GenoHaradan objectives. Despite the loss of several agents and assets, we gained a significant amount of assets within the Consortium and other criminal organizations, with our other field agents recovered or maintaining their cover should we begin additional operations in the Outer Rim.

    Operation Status: COMPLETE

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    OVERVIEW

    I suspect that the average galactic citizen has either never heard of the Zann Consortium, or only knows the barest of details about it. It is remarkably low-key, even the people who should know about it think it’s a smaller criminal organization primarily operating in the Outer Rim. They aren’t included in the same breath as the Cartels, Black Sun, the Exchange, or even Tlon Fett’s Gra’tua.

    Yet we all know here that just because an organization is under the radar, it doesn’t mean that they don’t exert their influence on galactic affairs. Digging into their rivals will find that every major Outer Rim criminal organization is at best concerned about the Consortium, and everyone else is terrified of them. You don’t hear about them because the Consortium doesn’t operate that way. They work on a much higher level than you might suspect.

    Before continuing further, it is important to understand how demented and amoral the Consortium is. I hesitate to ascribe a word such as ‘evil’ to them, but to consider their operations ‘amoral’ simply does not go far enough to describe what the Consortium does on a daily basis. They make the hutts look merciful by comparison, which is to say nothing of the more moderate Black Sun.

    Their only ‘ally’ is Tlon Fett, which is more of a reflection on Fett rather than the Consortium, as the Consortium has absolutely no allies, and this goes beyond mere business conflict. The Zann Consortium has no lines they will not cross, absolutely no moral code, and no ultimate loyalty to anyone but themselves. If you can think of the worst crime one can possibly commit, the Zann Consortium has carried it out – and have likely committed far worse than that.

    Prior to the commissioning of this investigation, we were largely under the impression that all parties in the Outer Rim were similar, if not the same. We know now that this is not the case. Should the Outer Rim one day need to be dealt with, the Zann Consortium should be the first eliminated.

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    FOUNDATION AND HISTORY

    Pre-Operation Information: Prior to extensive in-depth investigations, we knew that the Zann Consortium was a criminal syndicate founded by Tyber Zann that primarily operated in the Outer Rim. They had a notable amount of high-end military assets, though these were often utilized for protection instead of attack.

    Their primary operations focused on slaving and drug distribution, and there was a suspicion that they were attempting to influence lower-level senators and government representatives on a planetary level. There is a known feud with the Hutt Cartels and the Consortium maintains a standing bounty for any dathomirian and rancor corpses, with bonuses paid if they are brought alive or they are of the Nightsisters due to a standing order from Tyber Zann which has been continued by his descendants.

    The organization rose around four hundred years ago during the Galactic Civil War when it was founded by Tyber Zann with his business partner and friend Urai Fen – who notably is still alive today. They played a small role in the latter days of the conflict, and are most infamously known for their temporary hijacking of the unfinished Eclipse-class dreadnought and causing a rout of both Rebel Alliance and Imperial forces.

    To date, a military operation of this scale and audacity by the Consortium has not been replicated.

    Post-Operation Information: There has been a significant amount of information on the history of the Consortium that has been uncovered. This will be broken into sections to better organize the information recovered.

    Formation of the Zann Consortium: It appears that Tyber Zann had always been a criminal at heart. In his early years as a teenager, he held a position within the family business which refurbished older Republic and Separatist spacecraft, but grew bored with it, and began running gambling rings on the side. He was eventually discovered, and his father sent him to the Imperial Academy as punishment.

    This had the opposite intended effect, as Zann simply began taking advantage of the lax security around the station and unofficially established the Zann Consortium. Some time prior to this, he met Urai Fen and both agreed to work together. Zann managed as much of the business as he could from the Academy, while Urai worked on reinvesting the funds gathered into purchasing mercenaries, equipment, spacecraft, and other goods.

    His operation grew large enough that it began attracting the attention of other crime lords and organizations in the galaxy. In particular, Jabba the Hutt, who saw the expanding Consortium as a threat to his own operations, and attempted to sabotage Zann by revealing his operations to the Empire. This was thwarted by Urai, but enough evidence remained that Zann was expelled from Imperial service – which hindered him in the short-term.

    Free of the Empire, Zann continued to build the Consortium and ironically entered into a tenuous partnership with Jabba, with neither trusting the other. For close to a year, Zann worked with Jabba while receiving equipment and spacecraft in return for running smaller jobs. Zann supposedly intended to break off the relationship fairly quickly, and had been quietly developing an experimental intelligence arm of agents which we now know were the first-generation ‘Defilers.’

    These spies informed Zann about an artifact Jabba had purchased – which we know now was a Sith holocron, though Zann and Urai didn’t learn this until much later – and intended to take it for himself. Zann and his forces impersonated the Hutt Cartels and took the artifact for themselves, though Zann was captured by Imperials who Jabba had tipped off when he realized he had been betrayed.

    Zann spent a short amount of time in the Kessel Mines, though successfully predicted that Jabba would send a bounty hunter to eliminate him – an opening they had anticipated and Urai took advantage of. Together, they broke out of prison while starting a small riot that was eventually put down, though not before both were able to escape.

    Free again, though with the Consortium in less than ideal shape, they established two goals – to build the Consortium into a criminal empire to eclipse the Black Sun, and to determine the use of the artifact they now had in their possession.

    Hunt for the Emperor’s Vaults: It should be made clear that Tyber Zann found the Sith artifact more of a curiosity than something extremely valuable. He knew it had the potential to radically change the fortune of the Consortium, but he nonetheless was not staking everything on it. Instead, he was setting his sights for a much more practical if ambitious target – the personal vaults of the Emperor himself. At the time, he was unaware that the Emperor was a Sith – though it is unlikely it would have dissuaded him.

    Using the few resources at his disposal, Zann slowly built up his criminal empire in the Outer Rim. He personally conquered a dozen Cartel planets and was able to extract a truce between the Consortium and Jabba, stating that they wouldn’t interfere in the other’s operations in return for the same courtesy – as well as the removal of the bounty on Zann’s head.

    As they continued expanding their operations, they soon found that industrial espionage was the best means of acquiring the most cutting-edge technology and proceeded to use the Defilers to infiltrate, bribe, and intimidate business and government officials within the Rebel Alliance and Empire, while using his military to retain order on his production worlds. Through this, the Consortium was able to develop a small, yet notably advanced fleet that was capable of holding their own against similarly sized Rebel and Imperial fleets.

    The notable breakthrough was the absolute corruption of Mandal Hypernautics which, while it had roots in Mandalorian culture, had long since broken away from the isolated Mandalorian Union. Yet they did continue to be on the cutting-edge of spacecraft design, and soon they became the primary shipbuilders of the Consortium, and were the ones who created the infamous Keldabe-class and Aggressor-class battleships.

    There was also a breakthrough in the mystery of the artifact, namely that it was based in the Force and only a Force-sensitive could likely unlock it. With few options, Urai suggested seeking out the Nightsisters and the duo planned an infiltration of Dathomir where the Empire had established a presence. They freed a significant portion of the Nightsisters, led a rebellion against the Empire, and ultimately enlisted Silri, the most powerful of the clan, into the Consortium to unlock the artifact.

    The alliance between Zann, Urai, and Silri could be best described as strained. Both Urai and Silri were at odds, with the former making multiple threats should she pose a threat to the Consortium and Zann, though Zann himself was notably unconcerned with the possibility of betrayal.

    The Consortium continued to develop and expand their operations, now even within the Inner Rim, and there were multiple encounters with Imperial forces in the meantime, with Zann engaging with – and surviving – a trap by Grand Admiral Thrawn, though in the process, he lost the artifact – something that he had anticipated.

    Having acquired the location of the Emperor’s Archives, where they knew they could find a way to access the Vaults themselves, they were unconcerned with the artifact as Silri had said it was merely a star map of some kind. Her reaction to the loss raised the suspicions of both men, and Zann merely commented that if she ever lied or disobeyed him again, he would work to ensure the ultimate genocide of the Nightsisters and rancors.

    With that presumably settled, the trio went on a small undercover mission to Coruscant where they successfully managed to penetrate the Archives, with Silri going off on her own mission to recover the artifact despite express orders to stay put. It is unknown exactly how all of them managed to penetrate so deeply into the Archives, but the absence of the Emperor and capabilities of Urai and Silri likely account for this.

    Despite running into Silri in the Archives, they first escaped together with Urai stating she would be dealt with later. However, Zann put that aside temporarily as they now knew where they could access the Vaults – which was unfortunately through the Eclipse. It was a ‘Super Star Destroyer’ the Empire was in the process of building, so they were forced to wait a short time until the second Death Star was destroyed.

    Seizing the chance, Zann led the Consortium in one of the largest battles of the post-Civil War era where he arrived, briefly assisted the Rebels in fighting the Empire, then had teams of engineers and soldiers storm the vital systems of the Eclipse and after some time spent bringing the superlaser it held online, turned it against the Rebels and Empire alike, including destroying the SSD Annihilator, an Executor-class star dreadnought.

    When the battle was over, Zann used the Eclipse to access the Vaults of the Emperor and siphoned close to fourteen trillion credits – as well as marking down locations where priceless artifacts and objects were stashed – before Imperial authorities cut his access, but by then, it was far too late. Tyber Zann was now among the wealthiest individuals in the galaxy, and he had no plans of stopping.

    The Betrayal of Silri: While Zann and Urai were busy with making major decisions about the future of the Consortium, Silri was planning to capitalize on the knowledge she had gained from the holocron which she had neglected to tell Zann, and made a covert mission to a remote world which housed a vault with soldiers from the Sith Empire of Revan and Malak frozen in carbonite.

    As we know now, the only reason that Urai didn’t execute her immediately after she defied Zann’s orders, or after the Vaults had been accessed, was because Zann wanted to see where she would lead them, since he knew she would not tell him what she had actually learned. He quietly placed trackers on the artifact, her ship, and Silri herself.

    So, when Silri found an army of Sith soldiers that she inevitably planned to use against Zann, her revelry was cut short by the sound of Zann clapping as he was flanked by Urai and an army of Defilers. Zann had also placed everyone well within the radius of ysalamiri cages he brought along – a tool he had invested in quite heavily, especially after the death of the Emperor.

    In a rage, Silri attacked and was defeated by Urai after a prolonged battle – with Zann watching with amusement. However, Zann forbade Urai from killing her quite yet and simply moved her close to an ysalamiri to ensure she wouldn’t be able to use the Force. Zann at first didn’t know what to do with the frozen Sith army, as he certainly didn’t trust the Sith, nor did he think any soldiers extracted would be reliable.

    It is ultimately unknown what Zann did with the frozen Sith army. To date, they have not been spotted in the galaxy at large, and we suspect that they are within the Consortium Vaults today, they were disposed of, or they were sold to other parties. Most evidence suggests they are still in storage, as Zann would likely consider them too risky to sell, and also not want to get rid of a potential resource. This remains a mystery.

    However, the punishment for Silri was long and painful, as Zann lived up to his word and returned to Dathomir with his army and murdered her entire clan in front of her, as well as several other nearby ones before feeding her to a starving rancor. Ever since her betrayal, while the Consortium has never invaded Dathomir again, they have standing bounties for the corpses of dathomirians, and pay extra for those alive or Nightsisters – either dead or alive. Bounties are also payed to rancor hunters as well, and the Consortium is responsible for the extinction of Dathomirian and Felucian Rancors which have happened in the past half century.

    The Yuuzhan Vong War: In the aftermath that followed, the Consortium was content to sit and observe the fall of the Imperial Remnant and rise of the New Republic, with a significant amount of effort being focused on the corruption of the Senate to serve Zann’s interests. The operation itself was more of Zann experimenting with how easily this could be done and what benefits it would give him.

    Ironically, the criminal aspects of the Consortium were lessened as Zann – not wanting to squander his fortune – became a heavy investor of dozens of companies, started his own, and transitioned the Consortium into a technically ‘cleaner’ model where there were barriers of plausible deniability between the Consortium and the less savory elements.

    During this period, he also married – ironically – a former Vigo of the Black Sun who had defected to the Consortium several years back. She took a greater role in the Consortium after that point, and gave birth to two sons. While his children were still growing up, the yuuzhan vong invaded and this event proved to be among the most destructive to the Consortium.

    The transition to integrating the Consortium so heavily with major businesses across the galaxy meant that as they were hurt, so was the Consortium. The lessened criminal elements made additional streams of revenue tighter, and while it didn’t irreversibly cripple the Consortium, it heavily hurt them financially to the point where nearly four trillion credits were irreversibly lost.

    It should be noted that the Consortium did participate against the vong, though this was certainly done out of a purely pragmatic need, as the vong weren’t exactly as vulnerable to crime and corruption as the New Republic or Empire. A few decades after the vong, Tyber Zann died peacefully and comfortably – quite pleased with all he had accomplished.

    And while Urai Fen was still alive, the question of if the Zann Consortium could survive without Tyber Zann was about to be answered.

    Decline of the Consortium: Unfortunately, very few of Zann’s descendants have been as shrewd, ruthless, or intelligent as he was, and despite guidance from Urai and several of the older Consortium members, had a tendency to do their own thing. The Consortium was in a good place at the time of his death, and this gave many of his children a sense of entitlement and insulation from mistakes.

    The Consortium found itself outmaneuvered, exploited, defeated, and on the decline within a century, and the quality of those who were part of the Consortium was rapidly diminishing as it transitioned to something no better organized than a hutt racket, and their reputation was slowly forgotten and they began to be treated as something of a joke by the other criminal syndicates, though if you had asked, Tyber Zann was still considered one of the greatest crime lords in the galaxy.

    Urai Fen during this time was torn between respecting that a Zann should always lead the Consortium, and being furious that Tyber’s legacy was being destroyed by his ignorant, greedy, and foolish children. When they had originally stolen the money from the vaults, they had split it with Tyber taking half, and Urai taking the other. Unbeknownst to the vast majority – including Urai himself – this appeared to be Zann’s contingency in the event of this situation, as Urai still retained his own wealth and could rebuild the Consortium if he so chose.

    We don’t know if Urai reached this conclusion himself or acted regardless of how Zann would have wanted it, but nearly two hundred years after the death of Tyber Zann, Urai dispatched Torian Zann, his wife, and the entire leadership of the Consortium and took direct command, while sparing Torian’s single daughter, and raising her as his own.

    Urai Fen Assumes Command: Prior to assuming control of the Consortium, Urai had been planning a means by which the Consortium could be revived. Using parts of his wealth, he prepared to act more openly when he assumed command. Most of the Consortium who were in officer or administrative positions welcomed the change in leadership, and found themselves promoted by Urai as they began the process of rebuilding – again.

    Under Urai, the Consortium was less focused on the manipulative aspects of crime that Tyber had been exceptional at, but more on the physical strength of the Consortium and carving out territory in the Outer Rim. While they were often thought of as little better than thugs during this time, under Urai, they had stopped their downward spiral and were beginning to be noticed again – at least in the criminal world.

    Urai himself had admitted that he is ultimately a poor manager, one reason he was hesitant to assume command of the Consortium – and only has a mind for more straightforward and linear operations. He is not an economist, motivating speaker, nor had a mind for manipulation. He understands the concepts, but not necessarily the best implementation.

    It is perhaps in an attempt to mitigate this that he began investing in a high number of specialized and experimental projects across the galaxy, even as the Consortium began to stabilize. Not all of these investments were wise or beneficial, but a few – such as the investment in kaminoan cloning technology and hiring several dozen of the best geneticists and AI engineers proved to be vital for the Consortium to be turned into what it was today.

    Urai was in command of the Consortium for just over a full century, not willing to relinquish the organization to a Zann until it was stable and he had enough personal credits to act as a contingency should this situation happen again. And he instituted a new requirement should he relinquish command – if they did not have his approval, they would not take command of the Consortium.

    The first one who Urai willingly stepped aside for was Talia Zann, who is the one largely responsible for the Consortium as it exists today.

    Reconfiguration of the Consortium: One might wonder what it is like to grow up in a criminal organization. One thing which appears to be a theme is that there was little connection between the parents and children, as Urai tended to take a heavy role in the development of Zann children after he took command. While he appears to have become more lenient due to Talia, the woman in question was involved in the inner workings of the Consortium from a very young age.

    With the blessing and encouragement of Urai, when she reached her late teens, she assumed an undercover identity and acquired academic degrees in political science, criminology, and economics while spending a decade with Coruscant law enforcement. This up-close exposure to the most powerful planet in the galaxy presumably shaped how she planned to utilize the stable, if stagnant, Consortium.

    She eventually returned to Urai with a plan. She had been rather fascinated with Tyber and what he had been able to accomplish, and wanted to both return the Consortium to their criminal roots and ensure that they offered something that no one else could provide. Her one criticism of Tyber Zann was that he never distinguished himself from any other crime lord except in size.

    The Consortium, in her opinion, had been settling for ‘efficiency’ and ‘stability’ over exceptionalism. At their height, they had been competent, but what they did could be interchanged with the Black Sun, Hutt Cartels, or Exchange. They were not special in what they did, and Talia meant to change this.

    She and Urai spent five years developing a century-long plan for the Zann Consortium that intended to revolutionize the criminal underworld and firmly establish the Consortium at the absolute top of the pack. It required time, patience, and investments that would not pay off until entire decades later. It was embracing the philosophy of quality over quantity, and the pursuit of each opportunity by any means necessary.

    In short, either find something no one has and provide it, or find something already provided and do it better. Simple supply and demand, although you would be surprised just how lazy criminal organizations are. At a certain point, they become a business all to themselves, and part of that business is trying to save as much money for themselves.

    The first years into this plan were extremely quiet, as the Consortium was primarily acquiring infrastructure, personnel, and connections before making major moves. The investments into cloning saved significant time, as that was to be a cornerstone of the new Consortium, and due to this, the Consortium was able to begin the design and production of Generation-III Defilers and begin using them in operations two decades later.

    Part of the plan involved the creation of an entirely new criminal class, with Talia and Urai carrying this out from the ground up by forming partnerships with minor senators, their associates, business partners, up-and-coming bounty hunters, slavers, and more. The independents who had yet to choose a side. The Consortium carefully invested in making these individuals wealthy and renowned in their particular circles, which, in turn, opened doors the Consortium could now reach into for a degree.

    Soon there was talk of the Zann Consortium in very few, but very highly-placed social and criminal circles. There were questions about what they did or could provide. After letting the talk develop for some time, the Consortium formally sent invitations to certain individuals, inviting them to a highly exclusive event, which anyone who received it knew was a high-end black market that the Consortium had established.

    Held in one of the suites of the 500 Republica, it was a resounding success for the Zann Consortium as it served as a hub for the wealthy of the galaxy to purchase cutting-edge experimental and illegal equipment, designs, weapons, and schematics. Talia and Urai were in attendance, making sure to socialize with the crowd, and making themselves known to some of the criminal elite of the galaxy for the first time.

    This was one of many such events the Consortium managed, and this practice still continues today. Exclusivity and quality became associated with the Consortium, no matter the content itself. A black market may be relatively tame. Much less so when the events revolve around slaves, gladiator matches, and biotech.

    The Consortium was not quite known on the streets of the underworlds as it had once been, but that was intended. It was known by those that mattered.

    The Kamino Uprising and Beyond: Both Talia and Urai knew that a kaminoan rebellion was coming, and curiously invested very heavily in pre-Uprising kaminoan technology for reasons that will become very apparent later, as well as luring several kaminoan cloning experts to the Consortium. To this day, the Consortium serves as a haven for any kaminoan still alive.

    They did not expect the kaminoans to win, yet did expect the galaxy to become a warzone during that period and prepared accordingly. They made sure that their wealthy clients were taken care of and provided whatever they paid for while also taking advantage of the war to hook entire planets on their drugs, funded slavers exorbitant amounts to operate near warzones, and even provided entertainment such as pitting captured Jedi and kaminoan clone soldiers against each other – all of this during the Uprising.

    Shortly after the conflict Talia – now fairly old for a human – contracted a rare type of brain cancer which currently has no cure, though how it was actually developed is unknown. Given that there is no previous familial history of it, it’s possible it was contracted through dangerous materials she might have handled.

    Regardless of the circumstances, she made the voluntary decision to freeze herself in carbonite as a cure is attempted to be developed. Her children, Tyrell and Tora Zann have assumed joint command of the Consortium in the meantime with Urai’s approval, and they have thus far continued to follow the plan their mother developed.

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    PHILOSOPHY AND MINDSET

    Customer service.

    I suspect that is not the first thing that comes to your mind when you picture a criminal organization, but the Consortium is no ordinary criminal organization. They are in the business of what can best be described as ‘luxury’ crime, where their primary clientele are not the poor, desperate, addicted, or stupid, but the elite and well-connected.

    This is not to say that the Consortium does not exploit the non-wealthy – as their drug and slaving operations prove without a doubt – but that their operations as it relates to the less fortunate are more of a side business – and even then, they are exceptional at keeping a client base, as well as sabotaging their competition.

    There is a certain niche that each criminal organization provides the galaxy. The hutts are your cheap and dirty option. Crime is just something that clings to them, and expecting high-quality outside of a few exceptions is more trouble than it is worth, but if you want cheap work or labor, the hutts are who you go to first.

    If you want to be a criminal – but don’t exactly want to be a criminal – and make some money on the side, the Black Sun is your best choice as they have divested to the point that they are a legitimate security firm in the Outer Rim and their crimes have moved from drug and weapon smuggling to white-collar financial crime and fraud. Not much better, but they are as moderate as you can be for a criminal organization, and appeal to opportunists with money and a twisted moral code, especially since they have all but stopped their slave trade a few decades back.

    The Exchange is your typical mixture of hired muscle and slavers. Brutish and destructive, but effective if you know what you’re getting into. Cheap and easy to be hired by, if for very dangerous work. There is a reason they are often used as security in the Outer Rim, and your hint is not because of their manners or good looks, but because they’re cheap and easy.

    Now what kind of criminal is missing here?

    The one with standards. The one who isn’t going to be satisfied with glitterstim of seventy percent purity, who won’t tolerate simple and stupid thugs to hire, who will turn down buying slaves because none of them appeal to their particular tastes. The ones who don’t want to carry out deals in back alleyways and shadowy cantinas. The ones who have wealth and are willing to spend it if their desires are catered to.

    The high society criminal is who the Consortium caters to. The especially depraved individual who has high standards, is classy and cultured, and who sees absolutely nothing wrong with their criminal actions, yet will shun the lesser criminals for their brutish, unsubtle, and emotional efforts and crimes.

    These types of people are above such concerns, anyway. Crime is not just an experience for them, but a lifestyle choice they can afford. Now, these kinds of criminals number only in the thousands, but in the scope of the galaxy, that is more than enough for the Consortium to run a ludicrously wealthy business.

    I will give a couple examples to illustrate this, and there will be more throughout the document.

    Let us consider for a moment the thousands of illegal gladiator matches that take place across the galaxy, but particularly in the Outer Rim. The blood sport is of interest for many, but it is to this kind of criminal – boring. Half-dead slaves fighting each other or whatever pitiful wildlife is brought in. Amusing to the petty criminals, perhaps, but it is of no interest to those of means.

    But then this person hears of an event. One-time only, a recreation of the Battle of Felucia, such an obscure event they may need to look it up to see that it was one of the major battles of the Clone Wars four centuries ago, a slaughter on both sides as they had to contend with wildlife. This is intriguing enough for this person to inquire further, and they learn that not only will a recreation take place, but it will be authentic. With clones and battle droids from that era, untouched, as well as wildlife.

    This criminal knows instinctively that this is an unmissable event, and while the buy-in is expensive, consider that the benefits include lodging, exquisite food and drink compatible for all species, even an escort you can specify ahead of time should they so desire. Is the location too far away? No problem! As transportation is provided free of charge, should it be requested.

    And do not forget that the event itself will be filled with colleagues and peers, and there would be plenty of time to conduct private business and forge connections should one so desire. What can be done is completely up to the individual, but there should be no mistake that this promises to be an experience unlike any other.

    As ironic as it sounds, with the Consortium, you really do get what you pay for. They’ve developed a clientele that no other criminal organization has or can acquire now, because at this point, no one wants to put up the money to peel away their clients. Especially since these types of criminals are notoriously picky. The Consortium is the only organization that actively caters to these preferences, while everyone else just finds it easier to appeal to the masses.

    And even then, the Consortium is encroaching on that as well, particularly in the drug trade. Hutt drugs in particular are highly impure and toxic, but are also widespread and addictive. The solution the Consortium has is to pour money into producing near-pure equivalents of the same drug, specially engineered to ensure that only that drug will satisfy their addiction.

    So regular spice won’t cut it anymore. They will need to find the Consortium-backed dealer who will be more than happy to sell as much as he wants – for the appropriate price, of course. It is interesting to note that the Consortium actively loses money with the drug trade, but the tradeoff is that they are simultaneously hurting their competition, and they additionally make money through selling in bulk to sanctioned dealers.

    I believe this should be a sufficient overview of what the Consortium approach to crime is. We will continue down this hole in more detail in a short while.

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    LOCATIONS AND BASES OF NOTE

    Overview: There are a few bases of operation which are worth pointing out, although the Consortium largely prefers to maintain space stations and uninhabited moons as their primary production points, and also operate in a decentralized environment with safe houses, event locations, and more on a significant number of planets in the Alliance. It is very difficult to pin down ‘Consortium Space’ since they don’t operate on a per-planet scale of influence. Nonetheless, there are some locations of note.

    Saleucami: If there is a ‘primary’ base of operations for the Zann Consortium, it would be on Saleucami, and it is, in fact, one of the planets the Consortium has been able to control since the early days of the organization. It is an extremely arid planet, with the few spots of vegetation long since gone due to the heavy industrialization the Consortium has put the planet through.

    It houses the primary shipyards of Mandal Hypernautics who produce the fleet for the Consortium, and on the ground, it is home to kilometers worth of droid factories and production plants. It is quite possibly the most valuable world the Consortium controls, and the Consortium is well aware of this fact.

    Security Level: Extremely high, and this is putting it very mildly. The entire War Fleet is here when not on operations, as well as standard Protection Fleet deployments. There are ion and hypervelocity cannons scattered throughout the planet, and the shipyards are similarly protected with a Class-V defense station. Nothing short of a dedicated war fleet will be able to get past it, and on the ground, you will be facing armies of droidekas, Canderous-class assault tanks, as well as constant Defiler sabotage and harassment.

    Spaarti: As far as we are aware, this is not the original name of the moon, although it is what the Consortium refers to it as. It also does not have any relation to the Spaarti cloners, although considering what the planet is used for, it’s extremely likely that the Consortium uses Spaarti equipment in some of their cloning operations.

    If it isn’t apparent, Spaarti is primary location of all cloning, genetic editing, and other biometric procedures and experiments. Clones for all purposes are grown here, and there are hundreds of thousands of clones grown at a time. When you understand how the Consortium operates, this is not as extreme as it sounds, but is still a significant amount.

    This is also where the Defiler Program is managed, and all Defiler research, training, and engineering is conducted on this moon. Unfortunately, we don’t know where Spaarti is located, although there is absolutely zero question that it actually exists.

    Security Level: Almost certainly extensive. If nothing else, the headquarters for the Defilers will ensure that whoever attempts to attack it will pay dearly for the privilege. It is also likely that the Consortium has a clone army of some kind hidden within, or additional unknown defenses. However, the greatest defense is the fact that only a few seem to actually know where it is.

    Hypori: Another desert planet the Consortium has maintained control over, Hypori is where the majority of drug production and research takes place. The planet is also responsible for producing the many weapons, armor, and equipment utilized by Consortium forces, and is a similarly critical world for anyone wanting to cripple the organization. There is little worth noting about it outside of this.

    Security Level: While not as well-protected as Saleucami, Hypori is nonetheless going to be costly to any enemy fleet that attempts to assault it, as it maintains a Protection Fleet and several dozen garrisons on the ground, in addition to a Class-V Consortium station and a strong Defiler presence.

    ‘Slavery Station’: While this is unlikely to be the actual designation of the station, it has nonetheless had the moniker attributed to it by Consortium personnel as well as clientele. At the moment, we are unsure if Slavery Station is just a marketplace, or a location where slaves are grown and groomed as well. The only evidence we have suggests that it is a marketplace.

    It’s been mentioned that the Consortium goes to considerable measures to treat their clients well and in the slave trade it is no exception. It disgusts me to have to use words such as this, but the closest comparison is a zoo with a guided tour. From what we know, the inhabitants of the station can be changed and configured depending on who is arriving and what they are interested in.

    Clients coming to buy slaves for labor will be led through a tour that is divided by species, showing wookiees, trandoshans, gamorreans, weequay, humans, and other species that are preferred for manual labor. As they are led through, the slaves will be doing some kind of example illustrating their strength, durability, and so on. Clients are fully allowed to interact with the slaves or put them through tests to ensure that they could perform satisfactorily.

    Change the focus from ‘labor’ to ‘sex,’ ‘combat,’ ‘engineering,’ ‘cooking,’ and any other subcategory you can think of and this will still apply. More details should be saved for the section discussing Consortium slaving operations, but when people buy slaves from the Consortium, this is the place they come to.

    Security Level: No one knows where this station is, as all clients are taken to the station on a Consortium-controlled spacecraft, as well as scanned and searched before boarding. Weapons are allowed, but obviously can’t be used against other clients or Consortium soldiers, as the Defilers and Yellow Jackets have no issue executing anyone even thinking of trying to pull something. It is also possible this station moves as well, but we have no way of confirming that for certain, and it is also likely that each route is randomized, as the number of hyperspace jumps vary for each trip.

    The Defiler: The Gen-IV Keldabe-class battleship and flagship of Tyrell Zann himself is one of the most dangerous ships of the Consortium fleet. Outfitted with mass drivers, turbolasers, and cutting-edge shield-leeching technology that has continued to be refined, it is more than a match for even a Star Destroyer. It also seems to serve as a mobile base of operations, and travels with a personal fleet to address the shortcomings of the ship itself, even if it does hold a fighter complement.

    An interesting thing to note is that it is unknown what the origin of the name for the battleship is. While the obvious answer is that the Defiler is one of the most well-known units in the Consortium, it is not out of the question he named it to recognize his own personal Defiler, Samantha.

    Security Level: As mentioned, it has a small escort fleet that travels wherever the Defiler goes, and most of the time, it stays with the War Fleet anyway, so it is unlikely you would be able to surprise him. In the event it was boarded, I suspect that the ship would be crawling with droidekas, Defilers, Yellow Jackets, and possibly seeded with ysalamiri. We don’t know, and didn’t get a chance to find out.

    The Merciless: Adopting the name of the original capital ship of Tyber Zann, the modern incarnation of the Merciless is a Gen-IV Aggressor-class warship, and one of the few models which still exists in the galaxy. It was dubbed a capital ship killer back when it was developed, and the designation still stands today, offset by the extraordinary cost of actually producing one of these things.

    The Merciless is commanded by Tora Zann, and she’s fairly conservative with it, not daring to leave the War Fleet due to the inherent weaknesses of the Aggressor-class, which is really only good for one thing – destroying capital ships. It is nonetheless a symbol of power, and one Tora seems to enjoy referencing,

    Security Level: Since it has so far never left the War Fleet, infiltration is extremely unlikely and has about as good a chance of success as trying to take out the Defiler. And unlike Tyrell, Tora has yet to take the Merciless anywhere else without the War Fleet at her back. The good news is that in the event of a boarding situation, there are likely to be few defenses since so much space is taken up by the two main weapons.