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Welcome back to the second article in this series looking at the Voss Accord!

Yesterday we covered the first two days of the debate. Seeing the loss of one planet to the Sith Empire and another hanging in the balance. The discussions were tense with some level of animosity naturally coming from the Imperial delegates, but you can trust boys and girls that our Jedi held their ground in the face of a growingly heated situation.

Continuing from the the previous article, on the third and final day of the discussions, we were all surprised to see the once Darth Mistra in attendance. We must say that she does indeed seem greatly improved since having defected to the fair and just rule of the Galactic Republic. Perhaps justice and democracy does well for the complexion.

Also in attendance, Darth Tekthon of the Sphere of ‘diplomacy’. And we use the word diplomacy lightly when we are talking about the Sith Empire.

The third day also saw Jedi Master Tiriak replaced with Grand Master Alen Stanic, a beacon of hope for any whom might look upon him. We consider that these two Jedi Masters had indeed been large players throughout the course of the debates; fair, just and unwavering in the face of their fervently obtuse Sith counterparts.
Marcus Khaar Unless facts have been purposely been altered, I believe there is big mistake at the end of the article. "Three pla ...

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Hello girls and boys of the Galactic Republic!

The meetings on Voss, held from Wednesday to Friday, saw the Jedi of The Lost Praxeum in attendance, with members of the Sith Empire of The Singularity also seeking to add to the course of the debates. Others with more neutral interests also stood in attendance.

"For the Galactic Republic, Master Tiriak of the Lost Praxeum, for the Sith Empire, Lord Esabe of Singularity, from the Hydian Conjunction of traders, Marcus Khaar, representing the free traders of the outer rim Mr. Zeeda (we assume that he was hired to maintain the task rather than being a part of the group), and finally representing the Hutt Cartel the former miss Nar Shaddaa and wearing a splendid yellow outfit, miss Neiju. In addition to this, the Voss also sent their own neutral observer to learn more of the customs of both the Empire and the Republic.”

The debate had been tense, yet with a good many hours of discussion, an agreement had been met with regards to the planet Goriav V. Unfortunately for the inhabitants of this neutral world, they must now serve under the banner of Imperial rule. As a digest writer and as a Republic citizen I would like to extend my condolences. But you can be certain, the Republic never gives up on those in need of democracy and justice. You will not be forgotten friends.


For those that have finished the Forged Alliances Flashpoint series, you probably felt as I felt at the end of Rakata Prime: like I'd just seen a Force ghost! BioWare's plans for the development of The Old Republic's story has come to fruition, and it all started with the original release of the game with Maelstrom Prison and the Foundry

I'm not sure about everyone else, but until I played through the Maelstrom Prison Flashpoint on my Jedi Knight character, I had absolutely no idea that Revan would exist in the game's story. With the game set about three hundred years after the events that took place in the Knights of the Old Republic series, I thought him dead. But it seems BioWare wanted to Force-smack us in the face. And it worked. 

After releasing Revan from his prison in Maelstrom Prison and Foundry, he disappeared. We were all left wondering when he would return. But when he did, it was epic. Perhaps disappointing, but still epic. At the finale to the Forged Alliances Flashpoint series, Revan jumped out of hyperspace above Rakata Prime's atmosphere, and Revan's holo-image appeared. He affirmed his intention for something big (in a weird voice too. Did he have a cold?), and he made it clear that he was with neither the Republic or the Empire. Naughty Revan. You've lost the plot again. 

In today's Friday Focus, we'd like to know what you think of the Revan's return. Is it really him? Could it possibly be an imposter, with the real Revan later sweeping in to save the day? Or have BioWare taken Revan back to his bad-boy days? Let us know in the comments below!
Kahlaan Well, you defeat reven, but you never killed him, he vanished at the end of the fight. Basically bioware made the origin ...
Dennis Well. We only see the holo of his mask, and the blonde Lana Benniko admits she feels an overwhelming force-presence appr ...
Iradox/Tyûk Hmm. Well I am kind of split. On the one hand I'm thrilled that you're giving some more spotlight to Revan. On the other ...

Last time we looked at 3D artist Tharynien of The Progenitor server, but in this article we will be shifting the focus back to another awesomely talented role-player and 2D artist, Lasatho of The Ebon Hawk server: the player behind the Rhomel legacy. 

Let us get straight into things and start off with looking at the artist's motivation, the raw meat and bones of why she gets up in the morning and puts pen to uh… computerised drawing pad, just to give us a glimpse of her view on the world of SWTOR: her characters, her role-play and that of her in-character and out-of-character comrades. 

"Star Wars is always going to have a special place in my heart, as cliched as that sounds. Always more of a fantasy genre fan, sci-fi and space took backseat when I was growing up and I always found myself more engaged by games like Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale. So when I picked up Knights of the Old Republic back in the day and had this amazing story grow around me, I was hooked. An Old Republic era MMO seemed like a no-brainer but it took the pushing of a few gamer friends in order for me to give it a chance.”

And we are glad you did! Writers, musicians, painters, video bloggers and others all contributing to the world of art open up the story of this rich universe for people like us; the readers (and writers) of SWTOR-RP and beyond, bringing a whole new dimension to our role-play. 

Rendered holo-image of Revan

Whispers and rumours of a once Jedi-and-Galactic-Republic hero have echoed throughout the known galaxy. The Central Broadcasting News Service has caught wind of stories detailing the return Revan: a Jedi who saved the Jedi Order and Galactic Republic from destruction at the hands of the Sith Empire hundreds of years ago.

Numerous channels for information, including street level, intelligence level, and our not-to-be-named reliable sources all indicate that Revan may have returned from the dead and is seeking to reinstate his role in the galactic conflict.

It is believed that a large number of loyal followers dedicated to Revan's unknown cause have surfaced and taken to battle against heroes from both the Republic and the Empire.

Stay tuned to the Central Broadcasting News Service for more details as the story unfolds.

Keyt Saren | CBNS Reporter
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-Memo to Republic High Command, Carrick Station, from Jedi Master Chi'vas Ji'haldri-

-Data entry beginning playback-

It has recently come to my attention that Republic behavior to its allies when they are not fighting the Empire leaves something to be desired. So far, put bluntly, any ally who is in battle against any enemy gets the question, "Is it the Empire?" And if the answer is no, they are left to fend for themselves with only economic and supply-based aid, rather then putting a battalion on the planet and smashing the resistance, that the planet's military strength might be put to the better use we need.

Take Alderaan for example. The planet is embroiled in civil war, the noble houses are trying their best to kill each other, and neither the Republic nor the Empire make any secret of their support. Yet we see neither of our soldiers on those battlefields; only a few Jedi or Sith and commanders to aid the forces of our chosen sides. 

If the Republic put a single cruiser and its associated compliments over Alderaan, and its attached ground troops on the ground, we could take down House Thul within a week, assuming no major deviations from the current tactical situation. At that point, Alderaanian forces could be equipped with better weapons and armor, and put on Corellia or Balmorra, and the process could be repeated. As of the present, we are merely trying to stop the Empire where we can, and push forward when we can. But if we ended the minor wars where we can with minimal expenditure of troops, that will free more soldiers for the major theatres of war.

You can be sure the Empire's patience with many of these minor conflicts will wear thin. My contacts have observed an increased Imperial presence on Alderaan already. Although, whether it is to stay or not is unknown. However, it is certain that when it becomes as clear to them as it has to me, Alderaan will not remain a bastion of the Republic for long. We must provide the support we can to our allies, otherwise the standard of the Republic is merely the flag of a faction, and not a banner of freedom as it is meant to be.

-End playback-
"Jetiise killed my aliit, Torn'ika. They have always been the greatest challenge for Mando'ade; that alone is enough reason for us to fight against them, but never forget what they took away from our people. Neither forget that darjetiise are the same sort of animal; they're just a different breed. They pay well, and we'll fight for them, but we will never trust them, and we will never be truly free as a people until all jetiise, Sith or Republic, are dead."
~ Bralen Jate'kara

Born Killian Antilles to a poor family on the mining world of Artus Prime, he lost his birth family at the age of four to a raider attack upon his father's company town. Surviving due to a fluke of construction in his family's hovel, he subsisted for several weeks by scavenging and by hunting small beasts. After two months had past, a relief force of Mandalorian mercenaries landed, hired by the mining corporation to ensure the settlement was clear of raiders and booby traps. A handful of Mandalorian warriors found Killian hiding in the ruins, carefully defending a small fort he had built. As is often traditional with Mandalorians, these warriors took the boy in, the eldest of them taking on the responsibility of training the boy to become a warrior.

Finding himself under the guidance of the clan chief Maran Jate'kara, Killian was introduced to a very hard life. Mandalorian boys were expected to train as soldiers, and Killian underwent the most difficult trials of his life. Eventually, he would prove himself to Maran, who adopted him as his own son and gave him his new name: Bralen Jate'kara.

We've all seen the trends. A new flavor of the month game, MMO, sandbox, whatever you want to call it, is released and it's the next best thing. Kind of like when a new car makes its way onto a dealer lot and everyone has to have them. But the problem is, within a year, two years, you can't hardly find those cars any more, or many, like the infamous PT Cruiser, become relics before their time.

MMOs are often just like that. Promising new adventures, new genres, new focuses, raids, crafts, houses, species, specialties. But for roleplayers, sometimes that focus is dropped a little. Games take priority with things like raiding and PvE, and it can sometimes leave your most die-hard roleplayer feeling a little lackluster with all the new and shiny things. But sometimes, roleplayers are like me: they enjoy the story almost as much as the game itself, and the two come together to enhance the experience.

For whatever reason, we're all drawn to different games and different genres, and a lot of us are willing to try new things, see if they're worth playing, but a lot of us keeping coming back to one thing we've found, loved, and hang onto for when that 'new' and shiny thing isn't all we thought it was.

So what is it that keeps you here with TOR? What is it that still makes it better and more entertaining to you than the others? Or are you a multi-game playing fanatic?
Interstellar Flyboy TOR is actually becoming more and more sandbox every few months or so. So I'd say it caters more and more to RPers. Wh ...
Sphinx I would say that the Community here is a big reason why I am apart of TOR. Even though most of the community I keep in t ...
Windwalker4u Community is most important part for me. What SWG had in early day was amazing. I really like TOR but so far I did not ...

Aéla, AKA the Snowmaiden, will be returning to perform her annual charity opera at the end of this year to mark the christmas festivities on The Progenitor server.

Last year saw a grand turn out on Voss, with two hundred british pounds raised out-of-character for Child's play: a charity that seeks to improve the lives of hospitalised children the world over.

This year, the event will be cross faction; one being held for Imperial players and one held for the Republic. And while the dates are yet to be announced, we would like to bring your attention to the over arching theme of the event: the raising of funds for charity, and well, just having fun and getting to know the community as a whole!

Presently, the organiser is looking for suggestions as to which charity will be the organisation of choice for receiving any money raised, so if you have any ideas, feel free to contact the player of Aela and make your suggestions via the event thread here or by PM!
Aéla Dasvarat Thank you Keraal <3 I will update you all with the dates for the events once they are settled!

The Rakata are an ancient species whose ancient technological marvels still stun archaeologists today and have the potential to cause untold destruction to the known galaxy. 

Many years ago during the Jedi Civil War, the Star Forge was discovered, and it was found to be capable of manufacturing an endless supply of starships. It allowed the Sith Empire to construct an unstoppable armada. Ironically, however, the Star Forge was destroyed by an attacking Republic fleet and a band of Republic heroes.

To this today, Rakatan relics are highly sought after, and without a doubt, the Strategic Information Service and Imperial Intelligence monitor all rumours surrounding Rakatan tech. It is said that one stray Rakata artifact can change the course of history. 

Keyt Saren | CBNS Reporter
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