SWTOR Jedi Under Siege: State of the Galaxy

Bioware has published a little story piece on the state of the galaxy to prep for Patch 5.10.

Jedi Under Siege: State of the Galaxy

Get up to speed on the state of the Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ galaxy in Sith Lord Lana Beniko’s latest intelligence report and find out more about the upcoming Game Update 5.10: Jedi Under Siege!

ALLIANCE INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY 495-22

SUBJECT: STATUS AND DISPOSITION OF GALACTIC POLITICAL FACTIONS

AUTHOR: BENIKO, LANA

SUMMARY: War between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire is inevitable. While the Alliance cannot stand alone, both factions are eager to secure our allegiance; given the tremendous skill of the individuals in our ranks, we are far more desirable as friends than enemies. This provides us with an opportunity for continued operations and influence over galactic affairs while retaining functional autonomy.

Sided with Jace Malcom and the Galactic Republic on Iokath

DATA INPUT: Sided with Jace Malcom and the Galactic Republic on Iokath

Galactic RepublicWar against the Eternal Empire of Zakuul took a heavy toll on the Republic, and infighting between hardline supporters of former Chancellor Saresh and more moderate voices held up recovery efforts significantly. With Saresh’s very public downfall, the moderates eventually gained control of the Senate, which is now led by Chancellor Galena Rans.

As a veteran and the spouse of a former Supreme Commander of the Republic military, Rans has deep ties with the military; with the ongoing support of the current Supreme Commander, Jace Malcom, Chancellor Rans has successfully strengthened the Republic’s strategic positions across the galaxy. Resource limitations continue to be an issue, however, so while the Republic is well-positioned to defend its territories, its ability to redeploy its forces for offensive campaigns is limited.

Jedi Order

Information on the status and whereabouts of the Jedi is still difficult to come by. A token presence remains on Tython; they claim to be the last of their order, but frequent encounters with other Jedi across the galaxy suggest that this is patently untrue, and perhaps part of a larger effort to obscure the order’s current numbers.

If there is a functioning Jedi Council, they are entirely hidden. The most likely individual to be involved in renewed Jedi leadership, Satele Shan, appears to no longer have any connection to the order’s operations. Rumors suggest that she has begun to train her own crop of students in a hidden academy on Coruscant, but our agents were unable to confirm or disprove these rumors.

Based on the intelligence we’ve gathered, I believe the Jedi recognized the possibility of their order being destroyed by the Eternal Empire and chose to de-centralize themselves to better their chances of

long-term survival. Elaborate conspiracies have never been a Jedi strong suit, so I suspect they are merely biding their time until circumstances call for them to unite once more.

Sith Empire

Although the Sith Empire also suffered heavy losses in the war against Zakuul, Darth Acina’s solitary rulership allowed her to direct her government’s resources more efficiently in the aftermath; as a result, the Imperial fleet is now numerically superior to the Republic’s, with superior troop numbers to match. Efforts to integrate non-humans into the military have been unexpectedly successful, further replenishing the Empire’s ranks.

The loss of Acina on Iokath has not reduced these impressive personnel and warship counts, but it has altered their deployment. Acina’s replacement, Emperor Vowrawn, is well-known as a cheerful and skilled participant in the schemes and treacheries common among high-level Sith. With him in charge, those in positions of power are watching their own backs more than they did under Acina’s rule; as a result, they are moving their forces more conservatively, afraid to overcommit and leave themselves vulnerable. This could provide opportunities to the Republic that might not have existed otherwise.

Before her death, Empress Acina consolidated the Dark Council to five seats, presumably to lessen infighting and streamline decision-making; Emperor Vowrawn has made no move to alter this change. The current seats, their occupants and spheres of responsibility are:

Sith Doctrine: Darth Anathel

  • Ancient Knowledge
  • Mysteries
  • Sith Philosophy

Military Command: Darth Krovos

  • Defense of the Empire
  • Military Offense
  • Military Strategy

Scientific Advancement: Darth Malora

  • Technology
  • Biotic Science

Civil Administration – Darth Shaar

  • Production and Logistics
  • Laws and Justice

Galactic Influence – Darth Xarion

  • Sith Intelligence
  • Expansion and Diplomacy

Hutt Cartel

The Hutts have steadily gained strength in recent years, culminating in negotiating an “amicable nullification” of the treaty the Republic imposed on them in the aftermath of the Makeb debacle. Recognizing the opportunity presented by recent food shortages, the Hutts offered a staggering donation of foodstuffs to the Republic in exchange for exiting the treaty on peaceful terms. The Hutt responsible for brokering the deal, Brogol, has risen to overall leadership of the Cartel; invoking an ancient tradition, he has selected his own title, and styles himself the “Sovereign Magnate”.

Under Brogol’s leadership, the Hutts have largely shifted their business interests to focus on gambling, spice, and related “entertainment” investments while reducing (though not eliminating) their interests in the slave trade and territorial holdings. Nar Shaddaa is once again a bustling neutral zone of galactic trade, and with the Republic and Empire locking down their supply chains and resources in preparation for war, the Hutts’ vast smuggling and trade networks may soon become the galaxy’s best and most reliable pipeline for commerce and logistics.

Zakuul

Independence from the fallen ruling family has done little to improve Zakuul’s prospects. The degree to which Zakuulan society relied on Valkorion and the Eternal Throne becomes more apparent day by day; the comforts and advancements of their daily lives were supported entirely by vast, automated systems–like the Eternal Fleet–plundering a constant wealth of resources from countless unheard-of worlds across Wild Space, with none of their people any the wiser. No one questioned the source of their Eternal Emperor’s bounty; they merely celebrated the apparent generosity with which he shared it.

Without their former support systems, Zakuul’s new government has attempted to establish diplomatic and economic ties with the Core Worlds; understandably, this has not been very successful. Few worlds have been eager to trade away more of their resources to the planet that demanded those same resources at the point of a knife so recently. As a result, the Zakuulans’ only support has ultimately come from a small consortium of corporate interests; it is my personal suspicion that many of these corporations are actually fronts for the Exchange criminal organization, though our agents’ investigations are still ongoing.

Sided with Empress Acina and the Sith Empire on Iokath

DATA INPUT: Sided with Empress Acina and the Sith Empire on Iokath

Galactic RepublicWar against the Eternal Empire of Zakuul took a heavy toll on the Republic, and infighting between hardline supporters of former Chancellor Saresh and more moderate voices held up recovery efforts significantly. With Saresh’s very public downfall, the moderates eventually gained control of the Senate, which is now led by Chancellor Galena Rans.

As a veteran and the spouse of a former Supreme Commander of the Republic military, Rans has deep ties with the military; however, the recent death of Jace Malcom and subsequent Republic loss on Iokath has limited her influence and given fuel to opposition voices. As Rans struggles to appoint a new Supreme Commander, her opponents have cited ongoing resource shortages in order to limit further military spending, weakening the Republic’s overall strategic positions across the galaxy; they will be ill-equipped to hold their territories against Sith invasion.

Jedi Order

Information on the status and whereabouts of the Jedi is still difficult to come by. A token presence remains on Tython; they claim to be the last of their order, but frequent encounters with other Jedi across the galaxy suggest that this is patently untrue, and perhaps part of a larger effort to obscure the order’s current numbers.

If there is a functioning Jedi Council, they are entirely hidden. The most likely individual to be involved in renewed Jedi leadership, Satele Shan, appears to no longer have any connection to the order’s operations. Rumors suggest that she has begun to train her own crop of students in a hidden academy on Coruscant, but our agents were unable to confirm or disprove these rumors.

Based on the intelligence we’ve gathered, I believe the Jedi recognized the possibility of their order being destroyed by the Eternal Empire and chose to de-centralize themselves to better their chances of long-term survival. Elaborate conspiracies have never been a Jedi strong suit, so I suspect they are merely biding their time until circumstances call for them to unite once more.

Sith Empire

Although the Sith Empire also suffered heavy losses in the war against Zakuul, Darth Acina’s solitary rulership allowed her to direct her government’s resources more efficiently in the aftermath; as a result, the Imperial fleet is now numerically superior to the Republic’s, with superior troop numbers to match. Efforts to integrate non-humans into the military have been unexpectedly successful, further replenishing the Empire’s ranks. Combined with her successful campaign on Iokath, Acina’s hold on the Imperial throne is absolute.

The coordination of the Empire’s forces is similarly impressive. Acina’s low tolerance for schemes and betrayal has created an atmosphere where Sith–no longer concerned they’ll be stabbed in the back by rivals–and their commanders are more willing to commit themselves fully to their deployments. If Acina is successful in maintaining this new status quo, her forces will be able to move very aggressively into Republic territories when war breaks out.

As part of her efforts to lessen infighting and streamline decision-making, Empress Acina has consolidated the Dark Council down from twelve seats to five. These seats, their occupants and spheres of responsibility are:

Sith Doctrine: Darth Anathel

  • Ancient Knowledge
  • Mysteries
  • Sith Philosophy

Military Command: Darth Krovos

  • Defense of the Empire
  • Military Offense
  • Military Strategy

Scientific Advancement: Darth Malora

  • Technology
  • Biotic Science

Civil Administration – Darth Vowrawn

  • Production and Logistics
  • Laws and Justice

Galactic Influence – Darth Xarion

  • Sith Intelligence
  • Expansion and Diplomacy

Hutt Cartel

The Hutts have steadily gained strength in recent years, culminating in negotiating an “amicable nullification” of the treaty the Republic imposed on them in the aftermath of the Makeb debacle. Recognizing the opportunity presented by recent food shortages, the Hutts offered a staggering donation of foodstuffs to the Republic in exchange for exiting the treaty on peaceful terms. The Hutt responsible for brokering the deal, Brogol, has risen to overall leadership of the Cartel; invoking an ancient tradition, he has selected his own title, and styles himself the “Sovereign Magnate”.

Under Brogol’s leadership, the Hutts have largely shifted their business interests to focus on gambling, spice, and related “entertainment” investments while reducing (though not eliminating) their interests in the slave trade and territorial holdings. Nar Shaddaa is once again a bustling neutral zone of galactic trade, and with the Republic and Empire locking down their supply chains and resources in preparation for war, the Hutts’ vast smuggling and trade networks may soon become the galaxy’s best and most reliable pipeline for commerce and logistics.

Zakuul

Independence from the fallen ruling family has done little to improve Zakuul’s prospects. The degree to which Zakuulan society relied on Valkorion and the Eternal Throne becomes more apparent day by day;

the comforts and advancements of their daily lives were supported entirely by vast, automated systems–like the Eternal Fleet–plundering a constant wealth of resources from countless unheard-of worlds across Wild Space, with none of their people any the wiser. No one questioned the source of their Eternal Emperor’s bounty; they merely celebrated the apparent generosity with which he shared it.

Without their former support systems, Zakuul’s new government has attempted to establish diplomatic and economic ties with the Core Worlds; understandably, this has not been very successful. Few worlds have been eager to trade away more of their resources to the planet that demanded those same resources at the point of a knife so recently. As a result, the Zakuulans’ only support has ultimately come from a small consortium of corporate interests; it is my personal suspicion that many of these corporations are actually fronts for the Exchange criminal organization, though our agents’ investigations are still ongoing.

  • Shota King

    hype levels rising….

  • Ericmucuso

    This looks….decent, I’m actually surprised.

    • Ericmucuso

      Ignore upper post, did not mean to double post.

  • Ericmucuso

    This actually looks decent, I’m surprised.

  • Kostya Benson

    Why fuck up the Dark Council like that? I mean still looks decent so far

    • jaydog

      I think its because the Dark Council got fucked up lol. I think Vowrawn is now the only member of the Council that no matter your choices has survived

  • Chase

    Dang… I was looking forward to a little Jedi reunion. Well.. Guess this is what we’ve got to work with. A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one.

  • Oldnewbie

    I guess I’m screwed. I had an alliance with the Sith but on Iokath i went with the Jedi. I only remember because Malcolm is dead. So where does that put me.

    • Fubarz

      If Malcolm is dead you get to hang out in the Empire and drink beers with Acina. Tell everyone your a Fallen Jedi

  • Ben Gimson

    This screws with the RP community so badly :’)

    • Barloc

      Luckily, some of the newer ones have been doing their research and planned for this.

      • Ben Gimson

        There’s not really any way to plan for this. They’ve created two separate states for the galaxy, particularly for the Empire, that can’t be reconciled, and now it goes beyond the Emperor or Empress debate, since whoever is in charge determines the entire tone within the Empire.

        Just hope they level things out sooner rather than later so folks know what’s what.

        • Barloc

          Just makes me that on Malgus we have a server wide Enjin to discuss this stuff, lol.

          • Ben Gimson

            Mm, but following last nights lengthy debate there, nobody will agree on which world state to adhere to. It’s going to be fun seeing people try to force their preference on people in the OW :’)

            • Barloc

              I think the best way to proceed is either A) to refer to the emperor/empress as an impartial term (e.g. the crown) for now or B) treat the Outlander as having sided with the Republic as they’re often depicted as a light side male Jedi knight.

              • Ben Gimson

                For A, agreed. Better to keep things vague. For B, though, I disagree, since siding with the Republic/Empire isn’t a LS/DS choice. Given that the Knight appears to be the unofficial ‘canon’ Outlander- and Wookieepedia goes on the full LS for Pub characters- I’d say the Empire is a far more plausible choice.

                The Empress saves both the Alliance and the people of Voss, putting herself and her own people at risk from the Eternal Empire. She also stresses that the backstabbing and infighting is the old Empire, not the Empire she’s cultivating (which, we now know from an OOC perspective, isn’t BS and is actually the truth).

                Logically speaking, the Knight wouldn’t turn down the alliance she offers, if only because Jedi don’t hold grudges/act out of spite.If you accept the alliance, you get intel reports via mail revealing that the Republic isn’t helping because they want the Eternal Empire to wipe out the Alliance and the Sith Empire (or at least weaken them).

                Given that the Jedi Knight is supposed to be the ideal, model Jedi, judging the Empire on past actions and not giving them a chance would contradict those ideals. Carrying that through to Iokath, to side with the Republic would be actively betraying the alliance with the Sith Empire, which again goes against Jedi ideals.

                The Republic have been pretty shitty in the Zakuul era, while the Empire have shown a willingness to both change and put themselves at risk to help out. Personally the Outlander siding with the Republic would be incredibly jarring for me.

                But, nobody is going to agree. Better just to avoid the topic entirely, when possible, and be vague when it’s not possible. Hopefully in time BW will kill off Jace and Acina properly and level things out.

              • Zachary Williams

                I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they kill of Acina and Malcom in the coming story regardless of your allegiance, just to reset the status quo going forward.

              • Ben Gimson

                Aye that’s what I’m hoping for/expecting. The choice has no actual bearing on the story for regular players (regardless of who is in charge, Pubs will be defending Ossus from Imps soon) and it makes like difficult for RPers, so the sooner they restore a single timeline the better for all.

  • Darth Darthius Darthilicus

    This looks like a good set up.

    Now if only we could retcon and forget everything about -Knights of the Swollen Member- and pick up right after Ziost…

  • Unoshi

    The story actually sounds pretty good.

  • aPinkMando

    Sounds decent enough, I hope the new story in december will bring the vanilla story feeling back a bit.

  • Nyh

    I hope they will mention Zakuul as little as it is possible or not at all. I want to forget KOTFE and KOTET ever happened.

  • aspen

    I would’ve thought Darth Mortis and Ravage would still be on the dark council though in some playthroughs, seeing as they could still be alive.

    • Unoshi

      would be great to get an indepth story of what happened to well known characters that just up and went. also the fact that all the old dark council members arent even on the council anymore says a lot. but still surprising that if Acina dies, Vowran who isnt on the council gets voted for emperor.

      would love to know how that hierarchy works

      • Dresmiel

        Darth Vowrawn is in fact on the council since the start of the game.

        • jaydog

          Yup…..arguably now the longest serving member because thr rest are dead.

          i kinda wwant to have a warrior go against acina now.

        • Unoshi

          i know about that, but im talking about current council members since eternal empire launched. there are only 5 council members since Acina rise to empress, thats what i meant. like why wasnt he one of the five and how come he was able to be emperor and not one of the current five if Acina died in that story if sided with Republic.

  • pig benis

    waifu Jaesa returning.. i should get rid of Lana and the twi’lek strippers

  • Oldnewbie

    What’s with this “Class Specific” followers returning, but the followers no one wants they flood you with. All the Companions should have been free to get if you were willing to do the mission. The damage my Sorc and Jaesa could do….but only Warriors can get her. Damn

  • Meh

    I just don’t understand why they changed up the Council without giving us info on what happened to them.

    To be fair though I just want to know that Ravage died a miserable death. Hate that guy.

    • Darth Noòx

      He is insufferable! ugh, why can’t more Sith be like Marr

      • MKDAWUSS

        Darth Marr and Darth Imperius were quite the tandem, underdeveloped as it was. Too bad that went under due to a crappy storyline.

  • Cloudz

    I’m only interested in SWTOR for the story so this seems like pretty decent world building coming from what was basically a 2 year content drought. Still not happy about Khem Val only appearing if you didn’t trap Zash inside his body. Slightly hyped.

  • Nice clean-up to the story. I still login from time to time to pvp and run some flashpoints but this doesn’t move to subscribe. Nice storyboard though.

  • Ratinira

    And that is the moment I found that Acina is dead… Oo
    Was it mentioned before and I missed it somewhere?

    • Terry G Roberts

      Have you not been playing this game or keeping up with it? The entire Iokath storyline had you side with either the Empire or Republic. If you sided with Republic you, then Acina dies at the end, whereas Jace Malcolm dies if sided with Empire.

      • Switish

        Hey now. I myself only just found out after siding with the Republic for the first time on an alt a couple of months ago – as someone who usually plays dark side and supports the Empire, I would dare say those of similar alignment would not have the inkling or idea that she had died. To me at least it seems absurd to kill off the new head of the Empire after the whole debacle with the most recent storyline. I haven’t heard any talk about it at all from players and I was surprised as the OP at the time when I found out in game. I have no idea how they are going to reconcile the two choices at a later date, either way it would seem Acina is going to die at some point to rectify that supposed “choice”.

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