Here we go spacers, spicers, 'transportation specialists', and my darling riff raff. The powers that be at the Holonet News Network brought me back as soon as I stuck my 'lekks an inch out of the hole I was hiding in. Who'd have thought that someone in this galaxy of ours liked reading my little column? 
Funny that. 
A lot of things are funny after you've gone to ground. It's not a situation that any of us who make our lives in the black want to think about. Because, more often than not, going to ground means exactly that. We're having to plant our two feet on a planet, dig a hole, and learn to let go of whatever dreams of flying that still rattle about in our brains. The thought is so disdainful that the action going to ground is often a last ditch effort to save our physical well-being. 
In other words, we frotzed ourselves so royally that even the Alderaanian nobles are calling us by pompous titles. 
The trick in going to ground is knowing when it's safe to poke your head out of the sand and get a feel for the galaxy again. Sometimes it takes owning up to your bounties, your actions, and your past.  None of that is easy when it demands we throw down hard-earned credits. 
When it comes to living in the black as we do, credits are easy to come by and hard to part with. In my experience, going to ground is a bit like throwing a slave-collar around your neck and accepting what you're forced to do. And with that outlook, the credits are easy to part with. 
So, here we are, dancing with the stars, embracing nebulae, moving cargo and running headtails first into the black markets. 
Welcome back to the Quick Fix. 

“Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed, that is.” 
YodaStar Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Perma-death is nothing new to MMOs. Players of Star Wars Galaxies will remember the perma-death suffered by the Jedi profession during the game's early days. I'm sure that those who experienced it will not be reminiscing. All that hard work? *Poof!*

Currently, there is no perma-death present in The Old Republic. However, we're not bound to the rules implemented by BioWare. We're roleplayers, and what do we do best? Create our own characters and our own stories. Therefore, if we want perma-death, we will make it so!

For today's Friday Focus, we're interested to know if any of you have killed off any of your own characters, or if you've witnessed a character die permantly. Tell us the story of how it all came to be and the reasons why. Hit the comments section below!

PSDuckie Yes, I have perma-killed a few characters, though in WoW, not SWTOR. Two characters that I had a huge amount of fun pla...
void I prefer to have my characters retire, isolate themselves and/or just disappear (one of my characters in another setting...
Arvengis/Akanias Yep, one of my first characters on SWTOR and my long time main, the marauder and later juggernaut Darth Varaith, was sla...
"This is for all the people who like to spend their time partying or plotting their power plays in the underworld of Star Wars: The Old Republic, away from nagging Jedi and the demanding Sith. A place to plan small party events to major business moves within the underworld, where power is what you make of it and where you keep your enemies close."
Recently it was brought to our attention that a new force has taken up the mantle of the underworld in Nar Shaddaa. Something to rival the once powerfully nefarious shadow court; once holding the seat of power where roleplay in the depths of darkness and dubious roleplay on the Hutt moon was concerned. This band of not so merry roleplayers includes: 
"Street Gangs, Pirate Groups, Corporate Syndicates, Secret Cabals, Czerkathe Exchange and last but not least the Hutt Cartel. "
And what can you expect if you decide to partake in the fruit of the shady forests in which these criminals dwell?
"There are many of us who either compete against each other and others who work together. Most people in the underworld are not fond of change, are you enough to make a change, for better or worse? How many enemies will you make and what kinds of friends will you keep?"
It sounds like an interesting initiative; started by Kraven and spearheaded by one of our favourite Red Twi'leks Ezrab'teb and his pirate buddy Shanks. With a number of guilds already getting involved: from the Red Rose Synticate to the infamous Pirate Consortium  and the deliciously dubious Velvet pearl. We are sure that there's enough roleplay to go around... if you know where to find it! Visit the forums, have a read and see how you can get involved!
Witya There is something specific in the Underworld RP, as we discussed it today with people behind the initiative. It's ...

We have featured artists across the servers, from the Progenitor to Ebon Hawk. But we felt it was time to take a peek at artists, musicians and talented people on the Jung Ma server as well.

Say hello to an artist known in-game as Luniara. She had the following to say about her artwork: 

"I am 28 years old and have been drawing since I could manage to draw more than just a scribble on a piece of paper. Art has always been a part of my life. My Father, an artist as well, always strove to encourage my abilities and never told me that I couldn't amount to something with my talent."

And she had this to say about how SWTOR has inspired her artwork in recent years, from before the game had been released all the way up until now:

"What inspired me so much about SWTOR to begin to focus on it enough to illustrate various pieces was the early fan art community on the forums and my friends. The lore of this universe is so open and so easily adapted so that you can really put yourself into the story and get a feel for character creation. Prior to launch, many in the FanArt community worked together to create character stories and a lot of us ended up connecting our characters together."

I think a piece that really stands out for me is the one below. A picture of Luniara's Sith character, on the Jung Ma
Vaanthe a Very lovely work, and nice article!
Wraloa I met Luniara shortly after signing up for the pre-beta official forums. After putzing around for a few weeks after col...
Dr. Stafford Outstanding work!

Today we will be looking at various happenings not only on one singular planet but also on the HoloNet.

Darth Tekthon has been seen with his power-base (though we heard through the rumour mill his power-base was dismantled so maybe they were just hired thugs). The diplomatic Darth works heavily within outreach programs, and we think he is likely there to try to smooth relations with the Republic Diplomats and Sith officials. 

Something has been setting the Holonet on fire recently; news of a secret organisation called The Labyrinth!

We spoke to a HoloNet specialist, Doctor Kara Sillen, who basically just watches the data-streams and analyses HoloNet trends and she had this to say: "It is like any rumour: they come and they go and very few are true. I highly doubt that this one holds any truth."

But an anonymous Holo-message sent to us only yesterday seems to suggest otherwise. 

"They are a threat to the Republic. If the authorities won't listen to me, the media must!" 

You have been heard my friend. Thanks for the tip!

We can't quite get anything solid, but people are whispering, tongues are wagging, and this reporter smells something interesting coming up! But hey, if it really is all just the ramblings of a madman, at least we had fun covering it all.

That is enough for now folks! Look out for the next digest. I am sure it will be interesting!

Nora Rift | Republic Digest
[Progenitor Server]

In this article, we want to go for the gem of the Republic, the shining jewel in our crown, the home of everything we hold dear.

The Jedi Order known as the Republic Conservancy held an event last week, focusing on the commemoration of those lost in the great battle long ago known to many as the Sacking of Coruscant. Many Jedi and Republic troops alike died in that battle; it still causes a great deal of pain and mourning throughout the galaxy.

The rather large gathering was held in the Senate Gardens and included a fair number of Jedi and non-Jedi. Attending also were diplomatic representatives from varying factions. Itt heartens the reporters of this news feed to know that even now, there is still time to spare for the fallen. War has touched all of us from corner to corner of this galaxy and it is important to remember those that have lost their lives.
Lord Mtidja Esabe has been spotted out and about again (though obviously not on Coruscant. That would be a scandal). Originally of Coruscant, the failed Jedi Initiate is rumoured to have been banished from the Jedi Order for a love affair with a fellow initiate. Isn't that scandalous? We cannot help but to wonder just who this Jedi might be.
The aforementioned Lord's previous Apprentice is said to be up for execution for treason if she is caught, along with pretty much everyone in House Lessia, the house of defectors, not forgetting the once Darth, Sidre Lessia herself. The Empire doesn't play nice, does it? Tut tut boys and girls of the Empire. Take a chill pill and stop taking yourselves so seriously.
Don't worry Sidre, the Republic has you safe and sound.

The next edition of The Galaxy Around You will feature Voss and other news around the galaxy

Nora Rift | Republic Digest
[Progenitor Server]

I want to cover a subject that I think has touched us all, whether it be in-character or out-of-character. It is a subject that has defined our characters as they progress through the role-play that we undertake with them.

This really makes me think of Nomi Sunrider. She is one of my favorite characters, I must admit. Though there are plenty of defining moments in the lore (not forgetting one of the most famous; Queen Padmé Amidala of course), they have very likely all touched our hearts. 

I know that when Nomi’s husband was killed at the hands of villainous gangsters, I felt my heart jump at her plight and indeed I have put my own characters through similar experiences. 

I think even the death of Gav Daragon sends little chills through my spine when I think about that moment when massive solar flares triggered by the dastardly Naga Sadow consumed the meditation sphere in which Gav had been trapped. Jori’s reaction (Jori Daragon is Gav's sister) had been to lead the Republic fleet to the Sith home world and see her vengeance made real upon the damaged Sith Armada. 

Perhaps heart breakingly, Jori’s only wish for having helped to save the Republic had been to realise the dreams she had shared with her brother; buying a Hutt repair dock located in Cinnagar.

So it ended well, right? But what about your characters? How do they deal with loss? Do they just get on with things? Or do they break down and refuse to recognise the death of a loved one? Do they eat a tub of icecream and generally veg out when a loved one leaves them for greener pastures?
Thomas Ramsey / HotshotSARGE Tholks way was pretty easy. He donned his helmet, giving himself nothing to lose ever again. It's hard to care abou...
Dec Dec would feel quite angry and cause events that include violence.. but later as time passes, he would drop into solitud...
Nebu'la Nebs (smuggler) - She is easy, this involves violence and alcohol, probably in a self destructive way Naria'ko (J...

This planet is not a part of the Galactic Republic, as any citizen would know. However, our insiders like to tell us a little bit about what the Sith Empire gets up to from time to time. 

Unusual happenings on Dromund kaas, from massive solar flares to an widespread insect infestation of which was ultimately overthrown by the now disassembled Qorit Network.  But let us not forget rumours of a Sith Lord getting up to no good!
Some say that Lord Cerrabus' experiments are linked to the spree of disappearances on the planet Kromus, but nothing can as yet be confirmed. We know that this specific Lord is said to be associated with the order known as The Keepers of the Vaults, and we have to wonder, are they up to something, or is he just a rogue Lord performing dastardly experiments? Or... maybe this is all just a wild rumour that has gotten out of hand!

We are told by valuable sources that Darth Covenant Aridian took a little time out from attempting to dominate the wider known galaxy. The Darth is said to have been chilling out with her powerbase the Singularity at the highlighted event of the decade, the Imperial Gala, which was held right slap bang in the centre of all that is entirely wrong with the EmpireKaas City! We have not been able to follow up on what else they have been up to, but we will be sure to report when we find them. They cannot be up to any good, surely.

The next article will be covering: Coruscant.

Nora Rift | Republic Digest
[Progenitor Server]

Naturally, the Jedi are a large part of what makes the Galactic Republic so successful.


The relief efforts are over, and with most of the Jedi attempts to rebuild having succeeded, things are getting better for the Jedi Order. Morale has been down after the Sith invasion of the Jedi home world, but things seem to be on the up and everything is back on track!
The Lost Praxeum are recovering after the loss of Master Eluon Voska during the attack, and his Padawan is said to have been doing well in the wake of the Jedi Master's demise. We intend to seek permission to head planet-side in the near future and see if we can't get the low-down on how people are faring in the wake of the invasion.

The next article will be covering: Dromund Kaas.

Nora Rift | Republic Digest
[Progenitor Server]

This week we will be covering a rather well known character on the Progenitor server. Her name is Neiju: a Twi'lek girl more accustomed to the manners of a Hutt than the intricacies of diplomacy or the harsh realities of battle.

While interviewing the glamorous Twi woman, she had this to say about the people she spends her time with, whether it be working for Terunda the Hutt or while working as a hostess in the Velvet Pearl

"I enjoy most all the lovely people I work with daily. It's the highlight of my day to chat with them and to meet new people! I love the people I'm working with! I'm a people person!"

Perhaps expectedly she declared her own greatest enemy to be boredom! She does not seem to be the kind of girl who likes to sit still. It is all go go go for this fast paced and rather glamorous woman.

"It's a good thing we live in a really colourful galaxy, with lots of entertainment available. I drive boredom away by hanging out with friends, playing hologames and chatting with people. Quite often I hang around in the galaxy-famous Velvet Pearl club on the Promenade!" 

And interestingly, even though Neiju seems to have a taste for the fast, the furious, and the glamorously obtuse, she seeks to someday settle down, have a few children. Perhaps find a little cottage on a dusky hill somewhere, huh? 
Vaanthe a Nice job, Neiju, and a lovely character too.
Neiju Astral!
Ezrab'teb Nicely done, guuuuuuuurl! *Cheers for you!*
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