Ternion War Arc

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—TERNION WAR—



MATUKAI STORY ARC




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WHAT IS THE "TERNION WAR"?
THE TERNION WAR IS A (AS FAR AS MOST OF THE GALAXY WAS CONCERNED) THREE-WAY SHADOW WAR WAGED BETWEEN THE ORDER OF THE MATUKAI, THE WITCHMEN OF VANQOR AND THE SHAPERS OF KRO VAR. FROM AN IC-PERSPECTIVE, THE TERNION WAR WILL OCCASIONALLY ALSO BE REFERRED TO AS THE "WAR OF THE SANCTUARY WORLDS".

WHEN DOES THE TERNION WAR TAKE PLACE?
THE TERNION WAR CHRONOLOGICALLY OCCURS ROUGHLY ONE YEAR PRIOR TO THE MATUKAI'S INCLUSION IN THE COALITION OF LIGHT. THIS WAS MANEUVERED AS SUCH IN ORDER TO KEEP THE CONFLICT FROM INCLUDING "OUTSIDERS". AFTER ALL, IF THE WARRING BEGAN AFTERWARD, IT'D BE HARD TO IMAGINE THE JEDI IGNORING ONE OF THEIR ALLIES COMING UNDER ATTACK.

WHY IS THE TERNION WAR HAPPENING?
THIS CAN BE ANSWERED FOR IN-CONTEXT AND OUT-OF-CONTEXT PURPOSES.

OOC-WISE, THE TERNION WAR IS A CHANCE FOR SOME TO ACQUIRE BATTLE EXPERIENCE BEFORE WE START FACING THE SITH LORDS OF THE IMPERIUM. ONCE THE REBELLION STARTS REALLY TAKING OFF (OF WHICH THE MATUKAI ARE A PART OF), THEN THEY'RE LIKELY TO BE SOME OF OUR MOST FREQUENT ADVERSARIES. AS A WHOLE, THE MATUKAI HAVE VERY LIMITED EXPERIENCING FIGHTING THE SITH, SO THE TERNION WAR IS A WAY FOR MANY TO NOT ONLY GET A "FEEL" FOR FIGHTING DARKSIDERS, BUT ALSO TO HAVE A TON OF FUN DOING IT.

IC-WISE, THE TERNION WAR HAS BEEN BUILDING UP FOR ALMOST THIRTY YEARS. IN SOME WAYS, THE TERNION WAR IS AN EXTENSION AND EVOLUTION OF THE HUNDRED-DAY WAR (CAN BE READ IN THE "MATUKAI CHRONICLES" SECTION OF THE "HALL OF ELDERS"). LONG STORY SHORT, THE WITCHMEN TRICKED BOTH THE SHAPERS AND THE MATUKAI INTO WARRING AGAINST EACH OTHER. NOW, LONG STORY TOLD:

THIRTY YEARS BEFORE THE TERNION WAR, THE WITCHMEN OF VANQOR FINALLY MADE THEIR MOVE ON THE MATUKAI BY FORCING THEM INTO A COLD WAR; FRAMING THE MATUKAI FOR AN UNPROVOKED ATTACK AND MANIPULATING THE SHAPERS OF KRO-VAR INTO BEING THEIR PROXIES. THE PURPOSE BEHIND THIS WAS TO WEAKEN THE MATUKAI SO THAT THE WITCHMEN COULD MUCH MORE EASILY WIPE THE MATUKAI OUT AFTER THE FIGHTING WAS OVER, ASSUMING THE SHAPERS WOULD NOT BE SUCCESSFUL IN DEFEATING THEM OUTRIGHT.

ONE HUNDRED DAYS INTO THE WAR, HOWEVER, THE MACHINATIONS OF THE WITCHMEN WAS DISCOVERED, WHICH CAUSED THE FIGHTING BETWEEN THE MATUKAI AND SHAPERS TO GRIND TO A HALT (HENCE, THE WAR'S NAMESAKE). HOWEVER, THE SHAPERS WERE STARTING TO STRATEGICALLY LOSE THE WAR AND TOOK HEAVY LOSSES, WITH MANY BECOMING INDIGNANT OF THE MATUKAI. JUYA KAELEN, ONE OF THE MATUKAI ELDERS, WAS ORIGINALLY A MOLE MEANT TO ACCUMULATE AS MUCH INFORMATION ON THE MATUKAI AS SHE COULD, ALTHOUGH SHE ENDED UP ACTUALLY CONVERTING TO THE MATUKAI.

FOR THE NEXT THREE DECADES, RELATIONS HAVE RANGED FROM COOL TO BORDERLINE-HOSTILE, BUT NOTHING SERIOUSLY DEVELOPED UNTIL A MATUKAI MONASTERY ON BAKURA WAS ATTACKED (MATUKAI HAD RECENTLY BEGUN CONSTRUCTING OTHER MONASTERIES ON MORE BACKWATER WORLDS). NORMALLY THE WHEREABOUTS OF THE ELDERS ARE UNKNOWN TO EVEN THE MAJORITY OF THE MATUKAI, BUT A BROKEN TRANSMISSION MADE IT APPEAR THAT VYDELLE NUR WAS OVERSEEING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BAKURAN MONASTERY. TURNS OUT, THOUGH, IT WAS TESSIA NUR, HER DAUGHTER. ROUGHLY ONE WEEK LATER, BOTH THE SHAPERS AND THE WITCHMEN ATTACKED, BEGINNING THE BATTLE OF THE ASH MOUNTAINS AND THE START OF THE TERNION WAR.

AND AS ONE COULD EXPECT, ALL THREE SIDES ENRAGED EACH OTHER IN A MASSIVE MELEE THAT ENDED IN A DRAW; SHAPERS AND WITCHMEN FELL BACK, THE MATUKAI ENTRENCHED THEMSELVES, AND ALL THE NEW MONASTERIES GETTING BUILT WENT ON HIGH ALERT AS THEY ALL PERIODICALLY BEGAN COMING UNDER ATTACK, WITH TESSIA NUR LEADING THE OFFENSIVE ACROSS THE UNKNOWN REGIONS, AND ORGANIZING THE INEVITABLE INCURSION TO VANQOR, WHICH IS DEEP WITHIN IMPERIUM-CONTROLLED SPACE.


SO WE'RE JUMPING RIGHT INTO THE WAR??
NOT QUITE. FIRST IS THE BUILD-UP OF SORTS. THIS SEGMENT WILL SIMPLY BE CALLED "PRECURSOR", AND WILL CENTER ON THE INVESTIGATION OF OTHELLO THE MAD (THE PICTURED MAN; AND YES, DUDE SERIOUSLY IS CRAZY). THIS WILL HELP TO LAY BOTH THE FOUNDATION AND ANTICIPATION FOR THE WAR.

WHO'S OTHELLO THE MAD?
OTHELLO CER'RAJ (OTHERWISE KNOWN AS "THE MAD") IS A MATUKAI-TURNED-VOREVAK THAT IS ALLIED WITH THE WITCHMEN OF VANQOR, AND IS BELIEVED TO HAVE ORCHESTRATED THE HUNDRED-DAY WAR. HE'S LIKE LEDGER'S JOKER MEETS EXAR KUN. IT WAS OTHELLO THAT STALEMATED ELI OSIRIS IN COMBAT AND EVEN BLINDED HIM BY SLASHING THROUGH HIS EYES WITH A WAN-SHEN. HE IS BY FAR THE HIGHEST-PRIORITY TARGET FOR THE MATUKAI, AS FAR AS VOREVAK ARE CONCERNED.

SO WHEN IS THE TERNION WAR ARC BEGINNING?
IF ALL GOES WELL, THE PRECURSOR SEGMENT SHOULD BE UNDERWAY THIS WEEK! AS FOR THE MAIN WAR ARC, THAT WILL HOPEFULLY BE UP AND READY SOMETIME IN AUGUST.

DO I HAVE TO HAVE A SPECIFIC RANK TO PARTICIPATE?
NOT AT ALL! BECAUSE THIS WAR WAS REALLY THRUST UPON THE MATUKAI, MANY OF THEM WERE CAUGHT UNAWARE ACROSS THE "SANCTUARY WORLDS". SO OUT OF CIRCUMSTANCE ALONE, PROSELYTES AND SAVANTS ALIKE WOULD BE ON THE BATTLEFRONT.

WHAT ARE THE SANCTUARY WORLDS?
THE SANCTUARY WORLDS ARE THE SERIES OF PLANETS EXTENDING INTO THE UNKNOWN REGIONS WHERE THE MATUKAI HAVE BEGUN BUILDING THEIR MONASTERIES. SINCE THE CORE WORLDS AND GALACTIC NORTH IS DOMINATED BY THE NEW SITH IMPERIUM, THE GALACTIC EAST IS LAWLESS AND HUTT-CONTROLLED, AND THE GALACTIC SOUTH IS TOO DISTANT, THE GALACTIC WEST WAS THE ONLY REGION CLOSE AND PRACTICAL ENOUGH FOR THE MATUKAI TO START SETTING UP SMALL TEMPLES TO MAKE THEMSELVES MORE ACCESSIBLE. THESE WORLDS WERE CONSIDERED SAFE, STABLE AND RELATIVELY WELCOMING, AND WITH THEIR MONASTERIES NOW ON THEM, WERE CONSIDERED "SANCTUARIES".

WHO ARE SOME OF THE LEADERS OF THE TERNION WAR?
EACH OF THE SIDES HAS SOMEONE TAKING THE LEAD, ALTHOUGH THE SHAPERS HAVE AN ADVANTAGE IN THIS REGARD. THE WITCHMEN OF VANQOR ARE LED BY THEIR HARBINGER (BASICALLY THEIR VERSION OF A "DARK LORD" OR "GRANDMASTER"), SHADO CRAWE, ALTHOUGH THEY ARE ALSO SUPPORTED BY OTHELLO THE MAD. THE MATUKAI ARE BEING LED BY TESSIA NUR, SINCE THE MATUKAI HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO GET WORD BACK TO KARVOSS. THE SHAPERS HAVE SEVERAL LEADERS, BUT THE MOST PROMINENT IS EINTA VETHOK, WHO WAS A WAR HERO AND VETERAN OF THE HUNDRED-DAY WAR, AS A CHILD-SOLDIER.


WHAT IS THE NUMERICAL MAGNITUDE OF THE TERNION WAR?
THE MATUKAI ARE DRASTICALLY OUTNUMBERED IN THIS WAR. THERE ARE THREE HUNDRED OR SO MATUKAI, SINCE THEIR MEMBERS PARTICIPATED EN MASS FOR THE MONASTERY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS. BOTH THE WITCHMEN AND THE SHAPERS EXCEED THEM IN NUMBERS, AND THE ODDS ARE BALANCED DUE TO THEIR SIDES FIGHTING EACH OTHER AS MUCH AS THEY DO THE MATUKAI.

WHAT IS "RADIANCE" OR "R" OBJECTIVES IN THE QUESTS?
RADIANCE, WHICH ARE MARKED WITH "R", USUALLY BENEATH THE MAIN OBJECTIVES OF A MISSION, MEANS THAT ADDITIONAL OBJECTIVES MAY BE UNLOCKED, DEPENDING ON HOW YOUR CHARACTER ACTS WITHIN THE COURSE OF THE ROLEPLAY.

DECISIONS MADE BY YOUR CHARACTER MAY CREATE NEW OBJECTIVES IN AN OTHERWISE STRAIGHT-FORWARD RP, MAY ALTER CURRENT ONES, OR YOUR DECISIONS MAY CAUSE YOUR CHARACTER TO MISS THOSE OPPORTUNITIES ALTOGETHER.

FOR THE MOST PART, RADIANT PARTS OF MISSIONS ARE WAYS TO (1) UNLOCK MATUKAI LORE AND (2) INCREASE YOUR OWN MATUKAI'S RENOWN. THE MOST FAMOUS YOUR MATUKAI BECOMES, THE MUCH GREATER CHANCE THEY WILL HAVE THEIR OWN ENTRY, MEMORIALIZING THEM IN THE MATUKAI'S HISTORY.




ARE YOU...



READY FOR...




WAR?




PRECURSOR


PART I
FROM THE DUST

"When the Hundred-Day War began, most of the Matukai have never even heard of the Shapers of Kro Var. Of those that did, the Shapers were known only by name—one of the many Force orders. But they knew of us, and when the sleeping giant of Kro Var awoke, we were all that was in their sights. Now, the beast sleeps again, but the question of how our people were so convincingly branded as being the aggressors to them still remains. Today, a clue may have been revealed that may shed light on this matter.

On Aridus, a desert world of the Expanse, we have discovered a Matukai signal—faded, but there—weakened either by time or intent. The curiosity, however, is that the nature of this signal is ancient, many thousands of years old. In fact, it possibly even dates to the era of Vashti Matukai herself. The strangeness of this, however, is that the Matukai have never had a presence on Aridus, least of all during the early eras, before our order had become nomadic. The Light guides all things and reveals all things, and I believe this may be its luminosity at work.

Travel to Aridus, discover the source of the signal and investigate. Find answers, Matukai, and we may yet discover the truth behind what is hunting us."

—Eli Osiris, Elder of the Matukai​

OBJECTIVES
Radiance enabled

(1) Travel to Aridus and follow the signal to its source
(2) Investigate its source for what information you can (R)

PART II
STORM OF STARS

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PART III
ETHERLIGHT

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Hopeless Wanderer

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Korvo, my man you never cease to amaze me with the things that you come up with.

I can't wait to get the ball rolling on this. Fun times are ahead of us.
 

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Just out of curiosity, how would the newer Disciples/proselytes who've joined the order interact with this?
 

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Your use of MTG is pleasing, but I have no clue what's going on. 10/10
 

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Korvo, my man you never cease to amaze me with the things that you come up with.

I can't wait to get the ball rolling on this. Fun times are ahead of us.
Here's hoping! Thanks man!
Just out of curiosity, how would the newer Disciples/proselytes who've joined the order interact with this?
That depends on when its happened. If your character was in the Order a year a go, then you're good. Disciples and Proselytes both would have been helping with the construction of the monasteries, so any Matukai of any rank can be involved.
Your use of MTG is pleasing, but I have no clue what's going on. 10/10
Word got out that a Matukai leader was suppose to be somewhere, and two bad guy forces (who were each independently preparing attacks anyways) took the opportunity to try and kill her. Turns out it wasn't who they thought they were, and all sides ended up duking it out
 
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