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We are not only looking at planets in this digest, but we also want to cover other less widely known portions of the galaxy, so sit back, relax and read about the happenings. 



We want to be fair and try to cover more than just the core planets that you read about every day, so how about a look at the Outer Rim! And boy folks, it doesn't get more exciting than this! A colonial freighter spotted a space battle of epic proportions in the Arkanis sector! A spectacular sight just over the planet Geonosis, it seems to have been a scrap between Republic vessels and those of the Sith Empire

Several ships were reported to have been destroyed with many casualties, including the once Jedi Knight Toric Ishtar who was registered as deceased within the Galactic Republic archives only this morning, along with many other souls who seem to have lost their lives in this battle.
 
What is it that Jedi say? Force be with you? It must be a somber mood indeed for the Vodo Baas Academy who seem to have been hit hard in this recent conflict within the Arkanis sector. But one has to wonder, why are they there? What are the Sith up to? And are the Jedi going to counter whatever the Empire seems to be planning? We intend to send out our ground team to investigate and find out. Hopefully the Jedi will be more forthcoming than they usually are.

The next article will be covering: Tython

Nora Rift | Republic Digest
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I don't know if anyone is like me, but sometimes when I'm reading a book, my imagination gets away from me and I sometimes play in my head what will happen next, or my mind wanders around and starts creating different stories. 

That's one thing about roleplay that always attracted me: your ability to create something unique and new while playing off of other people's characters and stories. To go wild with things and think outside of a box, be it Star Wars, horror, fantasy, sci-fi... it's a world unlike our reality, outside of it, a place living, breathing, waiting for us to dive into.

To me that's my favorite part of roleplay. What's yours?

Ray/Davies/Tharin I love learning about other people's characters through RP. Getting to know the little bits about each one, the more tin ...
TheScythe Mystery, symbolism, and friendship.
D'Portgas Legacy Defeat of my character, when he fights his own demons inside of him. Or facing his weakness. Atm he is depressed his fac ...

Previously we took a look at Alderaan. The next planet in this focus will be looking at Nar Shaddaa, from the downright criminal and dastardly to the bright-lights and the glitzy women!


We have word that some heavy duty arms dealing has been occurring within the seedy underbelly of the Hutt moon. We can't confirm anything, but everything points to the Marlov Syndicate being the go-to guys for these sorts of things. Again, this is all just rumour, but with Nar Shaddaa, who knows? It's all drugs, girls and money in what some might call the public toilet of the galaxy!
 
And in other news, there has been a bombing in the Cartel Central Exchange Bank with five dead, including the Hutt Dukudda. There seem to be no suspects as of yet, but we wonder if those dastardly pirates from the Pirate Consortium might be behind it! I wouldn't put it past them. 
 
Has anyone seen our own personal caped crusader, Spectre of late? I don't know about you, but I'd love to get my hands on some juicy gossip about that one!
 
In lighter news, Terunda the Hutt of the Hutt Cartel is going to be judging this year's Mister and Miss Nar Shaddaa pageant, and alongside him in the voting will be last year's winner Neiju; a front woman for the aforementioned if infamous Hutt who runs the organisation known as Terunda Hutta. This beautiful Twi'lek is said to currently work as a Hostess in the Velvet Pearl; a high class gentlemen's club on the upper promenade, and she is also said to own her own dance studio! This Twi'lek has it all! No? But as you know boys and girls, we don't buy the sweet and innocent façade many like to employ. We will be watching this one and closely! Watch out Neiju, we have our eye on you.

Next up: The Outer Rim!

Nora Rift | Republic Digest
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TheScythe "The Underworld is rising"
D'Portgas Legacy Ahhh, mentioning the dastardly pirates put a wide grin on my face.
  
The galaxy around you will be taking a look at events throughout the known planets, from Alderaan to the Outer Rim. Starting with:

 
House Lessia has taken to space! We don't know where they are going or what they are up to, but we have our reporters hot on the trail. The question is, have they taken to the Tion Cluster in hopes of soothing relations between the Galactic Republic diplomats and those of the Sith Empire, or are they elsewhere? 
 
We hear that tensions are still high in the Lessia household. And we intend to report on that on a week by week basis!
 
And in Jedi news, Doctor Nariis and Master Devlo'nir Per were seen visiting Arda-3 a number of weeks ago. Following that the rest of the order of the Light of Alderaan soon redeployed to the same location. We don't have many details about what was going on, but we do know that the Light of Alderaan returned to their headquarters two weeks later looking pretty bruised and battered!
 
And to contrast all of the bad news, the Praetorians, a trooper division within the Light of Alderaan, welcomed the birth of Samuel Vulpes to a Captain Kal-dur Vulpes last week! Well done. It is good to be able to report on something pleasant for a change. 

Next up in this series: Nar Shaddaa!

Nora Rift | Republic Digest
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It's official: Manaan is coming to The Old Republic in the not too distant future. Earlier in the week, we were privy to an in-character story written about Manaan in a Developer Blog. Today, however, we got eyes on Manaan's first official teaser. In the image above, look at the top left corner. It reads: "Manaan Research Facility."

All speculation points to Manaan being a new Flashpoint, possibly following on but separate from the Forged Alliances series. It is also speculated that there may be a daily area, much like the CZ-198 Flashpoint and dailies. Charles Boyd, Lead Writer at BioWare, states: 

"Forged Alliances is a three-part story. But that doesn’t mean that Part III will be the end – these flashpoints lead directly into our next major story expansion, our largest since Rise of the Hutt Cartel. While we don’t plan to require that you play the flashpoints before jumping into that expansion, it’s by far the best way to experience the storyline, so don’t miss out!

We’ll be releasing a lot more info soon, but for now, here’s a teaser to tide you over…"

In other news, Charles Boyd reveals that Game Update 2.9 will bring forth the next chapter of Forged Alliances which follows on from Assault on Tython and Korriban Incursion. 
aVoid FP. What I had heard was right. Oh well, here's hoping that "these flashpoints lead directly into our next major st ...


Lights, places, and action. Those are the three words that an actress is more than likely to hear when she signs up for the role of a life time.  However, I did not quite get the role that my agent put me up for, but still, my heart fluttered in the moments of playing a slave girl destined to be sacrificed in some secret Sith Ritual. The crackling of the flames, the voices of the Sith...  all this and more were just one part of the experience of the play that was the centerpiece of entertainment at the recent Imperial Summer Gala held in Kaas City. As part of my latest assignments for the Galactic News Press, I managed to both secure and pass an introduction with Darth Silental and those working for her in the production of this historical piece.

On Saturday, June 21,  the Nexus Room, a social hot spot known in Kaas City among Sith and others as a place to grab a good drink and possibly a game of chance, was the location of quite a different occasion as Sith of all ranks, Imperials, and any others that empathize with the Empire gathered for the Imperial Summer Gala. The event was hosted by Darth Covenant of House Aridian, and her organization, known as Singularity, with an open invitation offered to anyone that supports the Empire.  The evening included a full bar, food catered by the local fine restaurant as the Emperor’s Divine Dish, and included special entertainment written and approved by the Imperial Propaganda Bureau and directed by Darth Silental, known as the head of Talcorp among her many endeavors.

The play is an historical piece based on a scene from the life and times of Darth Naga Sadow and Marka Ragnos, both well known figures. Hours of rehearsals as well as top notch costuming paid off for what was clearly the highlight of the evening. The audience appeared rather entranced with the play as the scene unfolded.  A local filmmaker managed to catch the production on holofilm as well.



(Video provided courtesy of Marcus Khaar)

I have to say that being a part of this was well worth the reaction of the crowd as the applause filled our ears as the curtain went ‘down’ after the play concluded. It is already rumored that the play has been considered for syndication among a well-known theater in Kaas City as well as others wanting to try and do something similar to Darth Silental’s efforts. They do say that imitation is the best form of flattery and praise.

Simulation | GNN reporter
Vaanthe a One of the main reasons I did this as well to mark that this was the first instance of this play being done and arranged ...
Marcus Khaar Once again, awesome play and amazing job of all those involved in it! Also, I never expected that my video would make i ...


This week, we are looking toward the Ebon Hawk server and the talented pool of artists, writers and musicians who make their home there. I have not had the chance to roleplay on that server as much I might like to, so I have not met Sriin in-game, but Sriin is an excellent and well regarded artist.

When speaking with the artist, she had the following to say about herself: 

"I have a BFA in illustration the School of Visual Arts and additional training from Gnomon School of Visual Effects."

And when speaking about the game and the community in which she roleplays, she commended the community as a whole, the people who have helped to shape her character, and her experiences and those who contributed toward her inspiration: 

"What inspired me about SWTOR is the people I've met within the RP community, and what they inspired in me. In a way, I suppose it's been a pretty kick-ass feedback loop. Some of my favorite RP moments have happened in the TOR game space. Out of all the communities I've been a part in over the years, the Ebon Hawk community has helped me to create and shape my favorite RP character--Sriin Knorei. No character exists in a vacuum, and they are all products of the RP experiences in these games. I owe much of my success, RP and art-wise, to others."

Looking at her artwork (and there is just too much amazing stuff to choose from but we will stick to the SWTOR based stuff), I think my favourite has to be this piece:
SvenPek My partner in crime and mischief on the swtor-rp site! Or well former. Did a picture for me too and I love it! Still use ...
Vaanthe a I love her art! She did a great picture for me of my BH Vaanthe. She is creative, easy to work with, and went well beyo ...
Mai Cash Sriin also did the piece that's the artwork for not only my Avatar, but the article about my work below (is that vain of ...



As Keyt Saren's previous report states, Manaan is now opening its world back to the Republic and Sith under new terms and arrangements. Do you think this will cause problems on-world? Was it a wise decision for Manaan to open once again? Would your character ever go there?

On another note, the Developer Blog speaks of the past history of Manaan and how it has affected the universe of Star Wars. Do you believe Manaan will come to Star Wars: The Old Republic? As it is not official yet, there is only hints at it. How do you think it would fit in with the SWTOR storyline? Would you roleplay there?
aVoid People of dulfy seem to think that this is going to be an FP. Someone in the comments' section said that it's already co ...
Rél Qu-Soraj If only the Selkath species would be playable..... I'd be so happy.
Cruallassar It was unwise. A better idea would have been to sell their Kolto without the galaxy knowing it was coming from them. Buy ...


Manaan's historic dealings with the Galactic Republic and Sith Empire resulted in the planet being left in ruins. Ahto City—the planet's city above the seas—was destroyed by Sith forces when their dealings with the Selkath—the natural inhabitants of Manaan—resulted in the Sith's dismissal from the planet and Manaan favouring a union with the Republic. 

Hundreds of years ago, during the days of Revan's triumphant battles against the Empire, Manaan allowed the Republic and the Sith to establish themselves on the planet in a neutral agreement to trade Manaan's most valuable resource: kolto. The Selkath banished the Sith after discovering that they were training young Selkath in the ways of the dark side of the Force. Consequently, an uprising occurred, and after the Selkath refused to give in to the Sith's demand for their allegiance, the Sith bombarded the planet. The Republic did not rise to aid their trade partners during their time of need. The Selkath shut themselves off from the rest of the galaxy for a long time, returning to the depths of their seas. 

Reports from the Pyrshak system and Republic officials have revealed that Manaan has reestablished contact with the Sith and the Republic with new arrangements for on-world visits. The planet's new surface structure, Mercantile Plaza, has implemented strict rules for landing privileges for the two super-factions. Trade agreements for kolto have been made, and the Selkath have reinserted themselves into the galactic economy. 

Stay tuned for further information as it is revealed. 

Kep Saren | CBNS Reporter
aVoid ((For the first time during my time in SWTOR, I am honestly excited! A FP or a planet?!))


Volunteer work can sometimes seem to be a thankless job. Here at SWTOR-RP, we thank our staff often. But there is one member of our writing team that we owe the biggest thanks to: Mai Cash

Players from the roleplaying circles on The Ebon Hawk should know her. Mai has jetted around the galaxy in The Old Republic, collected information from players and non-player characters, then transcribed that information into in-character reports for the front page of SWTOR-RP. Her HoloGossip and Over Exposure columns have been amongst the most popular, providing its readers with quality work from a quality writer. 

For those that don't know Mai, she is loyal, dedicated, and has grown to be one of SWTOR-RP's best gaming journalists that I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Behind the scenes, Mai is kind, generous, and above all else, devoted to her work. 

In total, Mai has published almost two hundred articles here at SWTOR-RP since her first joining our team over two years ago. She's our longest lasting staff member to date. But like all good things, they must eventually become one with the Force.

Mai Cash, thank you for your efforts, your kindness, and the quality of work and your persona that you've offered me, SWTOR-RP, and the roleplayers of The Old Republic for the past few years. May the Force always be with you, friend. 
Rolan Storm Thanks for all your work here, Mai. I really appreciate your articles, they were an inspiration. And keep in touch. ;) ...
User Ode to Mai Cash (Ode maybe the wrong word but it sounds good) A Gold watch to Mai Cash for service! Or just Gold will ...
Decalvatus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWaLxFIVX1s - Darth Vader. ...
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