Ever since the election of a corrupt queen on Alderaan, tensions have mounted between the Republic and the Hutt Cartel. Those tensions escalated during a series of Cartel-inspired events on Brentaal and the public revelation of the Hutt involvement on Alderaan. With the Senate having decided to invade Alderaan to end the Hutt occupation there, war has officially come to the galaxy once again. But this war will not be an easy one. The Hutt Cartel is not like any other traditional government—crime has no capital and can be anywhere. Still, corruption cannot be tolerated, so the Republic cannot waver. The war for its soul has begun.
In order to continue promoting meaningful storytelling experiences, the Hutt-Republic War is going to be fought differently than what has been done until now. Instead of strict skirmishes, dogfights and battles, the battle between the Republic and the Hutt Cartel will be fought as a game of influences, as the former struggle to maintain its position of power while the latter attempts to gain then necessary support to overthrow the Republic. If the Republic, for instance, was to gain more influence than the Hutt Cartel, then the Battle of Alderaan will occur to decide the fate of the factions and the conclusion of the war.
Secondly, the site has gained two new admins! @Nefieslab and @Dread. Both of them have worked very hard in their existing staff roles and we’ve all agreed that they are more than ready to take on greater responsibilities for the site.
Nefieslab will be serving as the Story Admin. In this role, he will be very much involved with plots and the overall story and direction of the timeline. This is a very key role that involves coordinating with several other roles and ensuring that everything is moving smoothly story-wise. His role will also be involved with setting the overall direction for where the timeline is going and he will be working with the admin team to help lead these efforts and changes.
Dread will be taking on the very important role of Community Admin. In her role, she will not only be helping with the newsletter, engaging with new members and helping with sub-accounts and code issues, but she will also be helping out Aberforth in his technical role whenever she can.
***We are introducing a new contest! Check out the Special News Report section at the bottom of the newsletter to learn about it.
After some resistance, Bruce and Wyck made it to the backup computers in the lower levels of the Jedha Temple and downloaded the information, uncovering that former Jedi Master Spencer Ward had launched the Skyward Sword. The Jedi High Council are now fully aware of the traitor.
A New Moff
Dwight becomes the Junior Moff of Lothal with Darth Evandrus' approval.
Eisa's Personal Development Plot
Eisa grew away from being a loose cannon by developing and learning to focus and harness her abilities and powers to give her the stepping stones to develop towards Sith Master.
Delving on Devaron
While warding off looters on Devaron, Vollen and co. discover a set off S5 Jedi Starfighters, which they recover from the clutches of the criminals.
Giant steps have been taken towards improving the Jedi's situation.
"First comes the day
Then comes the night.
After the darkness
Shines through the light.
The difference, they say,
Is only made right
By the resolving of gray Through refined Jedi sight."
― Journal of the Whills, 7:477
With the efforts of many Jedi, including the new Grand Master, Prakith was cleansed and brought into the fold. Not only was it cleansed, but Prakith's derelict shipyard was reactivated and the Jedi obtained three wings (36) of S5 "Lost Star" Starfighters.
Two more Jedi masters joined the High Council; Master Vollen Shai and Master Bruce Guleya. Slowly but steadily, Grand Master Wyck is filling the empty council seats, giving the Jedi Order more leadership to guide them.
Unfortunately, not all news is good. After a long investigation, the Jedi discovered that it was Spencer Ward, an ex-Jedi Master, who assassinated the former Grand Master. This information was brought to the High Councils attention. The Council decided to put a bounty on Spencer Ward; not to have him killed but to have him brought to justice for his crime. Soon after the discovery, even worse news reached the Order; they've been outlawed in Republic space. What will they do?
State of the Sith Empire
After the last Dark Council meeting, the Empire began to set plans to attack the Hutts into motion.
War Master Kalladrrl set out to capture a planet that would serve a two-fold purpose in operations against the Hutts: Kessel. With staging points on Kessel, Boonta and Saleucami, the Empire could encircle the planet as a first strike against the Cartel. Not only is the planet in a key location but it is a major source of fuel, a source that the Empire could deprive the Hutts.
Darth Evandrus put his efforts to conquer planets on overdrive, bringing in Abhean, Iego, Ossus and their resources for the upcoming war. Aiding greatly in the swift expansion of the Empire.
The Black Hand is not asleep in the midst of this preparation. It's assassins and agents have their hands full with many operations to stoke the fire of war.
The Empress is not asleep either. Her eyes are always watching. After receiving numerous reports of Jedi aiding the Republic, she confronted the Supreme Chancellor. Though the Supreme Chancellor told the Empress that the Jedi were aiding without the Republics permission, she was not impressed. She laid out two options; either the Republic outlaw all Jedi, or go to war with the Empire. To avoid war on two fronts, the Supreme Chancellor agreed to outlaw the Jedi.
However, the war still rages on and in the favor of the Hutt Cartel... for now. Three senators (Senator Kithar, Senator Antilles and Senator Valtome) found their ends by members of the Cartel. Though most have been replaced on the senate already, each death is a blow to the Republic's moral.
State of the Republic
While the Republic has continued to recruit men and build ships, the war so far has been grim for them. They've lost three senators, men and women who represent planets and uphold their morals. And with their deaths a drop in moral. The Republic needs to see some victories soon or continue to suffer a decline in the spirits of their men.
The Bargall Inquiry has finished, ending in the demotion of Bretharr Bargall—one of their lieutenants. A man who admitted to shooting a hostage and being responsible for the death of many innocents and soldiers.
We are starting a monthly contest for the newsletter! Every month, closer to the end, members may PM @Dread their own funny news report! It can be styled in anyway, it can even be drawn like a comic. The funniest story will be put HERE! And YES it can be about your characters or anyones characters!
Special News Report Contest Rules:
Stories must be humorous
Preferably a news report about something that happened during the month. Though random stories will still be considered.