Thursday, July 25, 2024

Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

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Story

It is a perilous time for the
galaxy. A brutal civil war has
all but destroyed the Jedi
Order, leaving the ailing
Republic on the verge of
collapse.

Amid the turmoil, the evil
Sith have spread across the
galaxy, hunting down and
destroying the remaining
Jedi Knights.

Narrowly escaping a deadly
Sith ambush, the last known
Jedi clings to life aboard a
battered freighter near the
ravaged world of Peragus….

Escape from Peragus

In 3951 BBY, four years after the end of the Jedi Civil War, Revan’s ship, the Ebon Hawk, emerges badly damaged in the Peragus system, with six passengers on board: two droids that belonged to Revan (T3-M4 and a disassembled HK-47), two other droids (3C-FD and a HK-50 assassin droid), and two unconscious Humans (Meetra Surik and Kreia). With 3C-FD’s help, T3-M4 manages to dock the ship into the Peragus Mining Facility, where Surik is put into a kolto tank in the medical bay, while Kreia, assumed to be dead, is placed in the morgue.

After regaining consciousness, Surik finds Kreia, who wakes up from her trance. She explores her surroundings and finds a smuggler, Atton Rand, whom she frees from a force cage. The three of them seem to be the only persons alive in the entire facility, which is covered with dead miners and crawling with assault-programmed mining droids that are “mining” organics. Surik eventually learns that the HK-50 assassin droid is after her because of a bounty placed by the Exchange on living Jedi since the collapse of the Jedi Order. The HK-50 assassin droid, which claims responsibility for all the deaths and damage at the facility, tries to stop Surik from leaving but she destroys it.

In the meantime, another ship arrives at Peragus: the Harbinger, the Republic capital ship transporting Surik to Telos IV before they ended up at Peragus. When Surik, Kreia, and Rand—in an attempt to escape from Peragus—board the Harbinger, they discover that the ship has been overrun by the Sith under Darth Sion. As Kreia approaches the Sith Lord in an attempt to distract him, Surik and Rand escape through one of the ship’s fuel lines.

Meanwhile, when Sion cuts off Kreia’s hand with his lightsaber, Surik discovers her newly formed Force bond with Kreia when she unexpectedly feels Kreia’s pain through the Force. Surik and Rand continue moving and meet up with T3-M4, which has been disabled earlier by the HK-50 assassin droid. Upon reaching the hangar bay, they board the Ebon Hawk and fend off attacks from Sith troopers. Kreia, who has managed to escape from Sion, catches up with them and gets on board too. As they fly into an asteroid field surrounding Peragus II, the Harbinger fires at the Ebon Hawk but misses and hits one of the asteroids, triggering a series of explosions which completely destroy the mining facility, asteroid field, and the Peragus system itself.

Refuge on Telos

Using the astrogation charts recovered from the Harbinger, Surik and her companions make their way to Citadel Station, the space station orbiting the war-ravaged Telos system. Upon their arrival, they are immediately disarmed and detained by the Telos Security Force under Lieutenant Dol Grenn for their apparent involvement in the destruction of Peragus—not coincidentally, the main fuel supplier for Citadel Station, without which the station cannot maintain its orbit around Telos. During the investigation, a mysterious woman steals the Ebon Hawk with T3-M4 on board.

Chodo Habat, the leader of the Ithorian herd responsible for the Republic restoration efforts on Telos, offers to help Surik restore her lost connection to the Force in exchange for dealing with their rival, Czerka Corporation. Despite Kreia’s disapproval, Surik accepts Habat’s offer and protects the Ithorians’ interests from Czerka and the Exchange. In return, the Ithorians also provide her a shuttle to fly to the surface of Telos IV.

En route to the restoration zone on the surface, their shuttle is shot down by a Czerka air defense turret. Surik and her companions manage to crash-land near the Zabrak mechanic Bao-Dur, who served under Surik during the Mandalorian Wars. He has been working with the Ithorians to restore Telos IV after the wars.

Bao-Dur joins Surik and her companions and leads them to an abandoned Republic military base. Along the way, they fight some Czerka mercenaries and cannoks. Once they are at the base, Bao-Dur points out a breach in the planetary defense system in the polar regions as the most likely location of the Ebon Hawk. Surik and her companions then board another shuttle from the base to the polar regions.

Hidden Academy

The shuttle crash-lands on a polar plateau after being shot down by three HK-50 assassin droids. After destroying the droids, Surik discovers a Jedi academy hidden beneath the plateau.

Upon entering, they are surrounded by the Handmaiden Sisters, who disarm and arrest them. Surik is brought before Atris, one of the Jedi Masters who previously exiled her from the Jedi Order for defying the Jedi Council’s order to stay out of the Mandalorian Wars. Surik offers to help Atris deal with the new Sith threat and find any surviving Jedi. Impressed that Surik holds no grudge against her, Atris allows Surik to take back the Ebon Hawk and leave with her companions.

When the group assembles again on the Ebon Hawk, T3-M4 informs Surik that it has secretly downloaded a holorecord of her trial from Atris’ archives. It turns out that there are four Jedi Masters in hiding—Zez-Kai Ell, Kavar, Vrook Lamar, and Lonna Vash. She decides to find them to discuss a plan of action against the Sith and figure out why she has lost her connection to the Force.

Nar Shaddaa

Their first stop is Nar Shaddaa, a moon of Nal Hutta. The massive population and large cityscape of the moon makes it easy for anyone to hide and lay low for a while. In her attempt to find Jedi Master Zez-Kai Ell, Surik actively provokes the Exchange by helping the refugees in the Refugee Sector who are being exploited by the Exchange. She and her companions also fend off some Jedi-hunting bounty hunters and Red Eclipse slavers. At one point, Surik is ambushed by Visas Marr, a Miraluka assassin working for the Sith Lord Darth Nihilus. After defeating Marr, she shows kindness toward Marr, who, in return, pledges allegiance to Surik.

After Surik is lured into a trap in the Jekk’Jekk Tarr and captured by the Exchange boss Goto, the bounty hunter Mira teams up with Surik’s companions to infiltrate Goto’s yacht and rescue her. During their escape, Surik and her companions sabotage the yacht’s cloaking device and expose its position. Goto’s rivals and Republic forces seize the opportunity to attack and destroy the yacht, while Surik and her companions escape on the Ebon Hawk. Goto apparently survives and orders his droid, G0-T0, to join Surik’s team. Surik later deduces that “Goto” is actually a hologram constructed by G0-T0 to mask its true identity as a Republic planning droid which has gone rogue.

After returning to Nar Shaddaa, Surik meets Zez-Kai Ell, who answers her questions and teaches her a new lightsaber form or new Force power. He also agrees to go to the former Jedi Enclave on Dantooine and wait there while Surik continues searching for the other Jedi Masters.

Dxun

After leaving Nar Shaddaa, Surik seeks Jedi Master Kavar on Onderon. As the Ebon Hawk enters the Onderon system and joins the long queue into the starport on Onderon’s capital Iziz, Onderon starfighters under Colonel Tobin open fire at the Ebon Hawk and start a space battle above Iziz. The Ebon Hawk suffers heavy damage during the battle and is forced to land on Dxun, one of Onderon’s moons.

While exploring Dxun in search of a way out, Surik discovers a covert Mandalorian camp deep in the jungle and encounters Canderous Ordo, who has claimed the title of Mandalore and currently seeks to unite the scattered Mandalorian clans under his leadership. Ordo promises to provide Surik passage to Iziz if she impresses him and his Mandalorian followers. After performing a number of feats, Surik gains the Mandalorians’ trust and respect. Just as Surik is about to leave for Iziz with Ordo on his personal shuttle, the camp comes under attack by Sith assassins, who are swiftly dealt with by Surik and the Mandalorians.

Iziz

Once Surik arrives in Iziz, she becomes aware of an ongoing political crisis in the capital. General Vaklu has declared martial law and has been rallying support for a coup against his cousin, Queen Talia. There are also many people demanding that Onderon secedes from the Republic. The Onderon armed forces have also split into two factions, with one side championing Vaklu and the other side remaining loyal to the Queen. Although Ordo wants Surik to support Vaklu in the power struggle, Surik is more inclined to side with Queen Talia. In the midst of all the political unrest, Surik tracks down Ordo’s contact in Iziz, Dhagon Ghent, and learns that he has been arrested as a suspect for the murder of Captain Sullio. After Surik helps Ghent clear his name, he arranges for her to meet Jedi Master Kavar, who has been secretly serving as an adviser to the Queen.

Surik and Kavar’s meeting at the cantina is cut short when Colonel Tobin and his soldiers show up to capture Kavar. Before fleeing the cantina, Kavar uses Force Stasis to stun Tobin’s soldiers and tells Surik that he will contact her later. While Tobin goes off in pursuit of the Jedi Master, Surik and her companions make their way out of Iziz and fight Vaklu’s men who try to kill them.

Dantooine

Surik leaves Dxun on the repaired Ebon Hawk and travels to the grassland planet of Dantooine, which is still recovering from the Sith attack during the Jedi Civil War. The surviving populace have established Khoonda, a makeshift government based in the former Matale residence, under the leadership of their Administrator, Terena Adare. Due to the damage caused by the Jedi Civil War, many people on Dantooine are suspicious and distrustful of the Jedi, or simply any lightsaber-wielding person.

Concealing her Jedi identity, Surik interacts with the local settlers and hears rumors that Adare had met a Jedi. Adare later reveals to Surik that she is in contact with Jedi Master Vrook Lamar because she needs his help to protect the settlers; the Khoonda Militia is too small and weak to resist aggression from a group of mercenaries. Adare also grants Surik permission to search the ruins of the Jedi Enclave.

After fighting several laigreks in the Enclave sublevel, Surik encounters Mical, a former Jedi Initiate whose training had been disrupted by the Mandalorian Wars. Now a historian and soldier in the service of the Republic, Mical has been sent by Admiral Carth Onasi to protect any Jedi artifacts he can find in the ruins. Mical becomes one of Surik’s companions. Surik discovers a datapad in the library which shows that Lamar has been captured by the mercenaries and is being held captive in the crystal cave.

Surik goes to the cave and tries to save Lamar by fighting the mercenaries, but the Jedi Master reprimands her for acting on impulse. It turns out that he had deliberately allowed himself to be captured so that he can find out how the mercenaries are planning to attack Khoonda; Surik’s “rescue” had complicated matters. Just as Surik exits the cave, she meets Azkul, the mercenary leader, who asks her to help them in conquering Khoonda. Surik refuses and fights her way back to Khoonda.

At Khoonda, Surik strengthens the stronghold’s defenses by activating droids and security systems, as well as recruiting more people to join the Khoonda Militia, in preparation for an impending attack by the mercenaries. The Battle of Khoonda ultimately ends with the settlers’ victory. After the battle, Lamar answers Surik’s questions and teaches her a new lightsaber form or new Force power. Through her courageous deeds, Surik not only gains the gratitude of the people of Dantooine, but also restores their faith in the Jedi.

Return to Dxun

After Surik leaves Dantooine, she receives word from the Mandalorians on Dxun that Jedi Master Kavar has made contact and wants her to meet him in Iziz. On the same day, General Vaklu denounces Queen Talia as a traitor and declares war against her. Thus begins the Onderon Civil War.

The Sith, who have joined the civil war on Vaklu’s side, are using the tomb of Freedon Nadd on Dxun as their base of operations. Surik’s companions join forces with the Mandalorians to launch an attack on the Sith at the tomb and manage to defeat them.

Return to Iziz

In the meantime, Surik flies on a salvaged Basilisk war droid into Iziz and participates in the civil war. With support from forces loyal to Queen Talia, she fights her way up the Sky Ramp and into the Royal Palace. In the palace, she teams up with Kavar and the loyalists to defeat Vaklu’s forces and their Sith allies. In the throne room, Surik assists Queen Talia in a duel against Vaklu and defeats him; Vaklu is captured and his fate will be decided by the Queen. This marks the end of the civil war.

After the battle, Kavar answers Surik’s questions and teaches her a new lightsaber form or new Force power. Then, he leaves for the former Jedi Enclave on Dantooine, where all the missing Jedi Masters are to be reunited. In the meantime, Kreia secretly revives Colonel Tobin, who has been knocked unconscious during the battle, and orders him to deliver a message to Darth Nihilus to go to Telos IV.

Korriban

Surik’s final stop during her search for the missing Jedi Masters is the Sith homeworld of Korriban. While exploring the ruins of the Sith Academy at the Valley of the Dark Lords, Surik finds the dead body of the last missing Jedi Master, Lonna Vash. She also encounters Darth Sion, and briefly duels him until Kreia telepathically advises her to escape. Surik then explores the shyrack cave and enters the tomb of Ludo Kressh. In the tomb, she experiences visions of her past, her companions and Revan, and gains a deeper understanding of the Force.

Eyes of the Exile

Throughout her journey across the galaxy, Surik regains her connection to the Force and, under Kreia’s guidance, starts her journey toward becoming a Jedi Master. She also learns much about her companions’ backstories. After discovering that Rand, Bao-Dur, Mira, and Mical are Force-sensitive, she trains them to eventually form a new generation of Jedi, whom Kreia refers to as the Lost Jedi—the true Jedi—disciples of Surik who will later form the basis of a new Jedi Order. Surik also learns from Kreia that Revan was Kreia’s Padawan at one point in time, and that he has gone to the Unknown Regions to counter an unseen threat from beyond the Outer Rim.

When the three surviving Jedi Masters—Zez-Kai Ell, Kavar, and Vrook—finally gather at the rebuilt Jedi Enclave on Dantooine, Surik learns from them that the Jedi Council did not cut off her connection to the Force. In fact, she did so herself when she created a wound in the Force by activating the Mass Shadow Generator during the Battle of Malachor V; the trauma of sensing so many deaths through the Force caused her to instinctively sever her connection to the Force.

After Surik fails to persuade the Jedi Masters to unite against the Sith, they explain that the new Sith threat, in the form of Darth Nihilus, had caught them off guard. As Nihilus feeds on the Force, he causes widespread death and destruction to worlds which have a strong connection to the Force. That was what happened during the Jedi conclave at Katarr when Nihilus showed up and destroyed all the the Jedi who were present, along with the Force-sensitive Miraluka species by draining the Force from the planet, although the Miraluka Visas Marr survived.

The Jedi Masters conclude that Surik has regained her connection to the Force by feeding on the life energy of her companions through her ability to form Force bonds with them. As they are worried that the Exile will, through the Force, lead the Sith to them and eventually cause the death of the Force, they want to strip her of her connection to the Force against her will.

At that moment, Kreia appears, berates the Jedi Masters for their arrogance and ignorance, and uses an extreme form of Force drain to make them undergo the same loss Surik felt at Malachor V. Unable to live without the Force, the three Jedi Masters die almost immediately. Although Surik retains her connection to the Force, she becomes unconscious. In the meantime, the Handmaiden Sisters dash into the Enclave and take Kreia prisoner before delivering her to their mistress, Atris.

Admission of Atris

When Surik regains consciousness, she finds out from her companions about what had happened, and returns to the Jedi academy on Telos IV to find Kreia. She figures out that the Force bond between her and Kreia is lethal; this meant that if Kreia dies, Surik will die as well.

In the meantime, Kreia reveals to Atris that she has fallen to the dark side and become Darth Traya. The irony is that Atris, in her attempt to rebuild the Jedi Order and prevent any future Jedi from falling to the ways of the Sith, has been corrupted by her studies of the ways of the Sith. After Kreia exposes her, Atris fully embraces her persona of Darth Traya and admits her fall to darkness. Kreia then leaves.

Shortly after, Surik shows up to confront the fallen Jedi Master and defeats her. However, against Atris’s expectations, Surik does not kill her and spares her life instead. Realizing that perhaps she can find her true self if she will simply let go of her flawed ideas about the Jedi, Atris awaits judgement at her sanctum of Sith holocrons within the Telos academy. She also tells Surik that the Sith are about to attack Telos, and that Kreia has left for Malachor V, where she will wait for the Exile to finish what she has begun there.

The Battle of Telos

When Surik arrives at Citadel Station, she sees that the Sith attack has already begun. Along with the Telos Security Force and reinforcements from the Republic, Dantooine and Onderon, Surik and her companions fight the Sith and clear the station of enemy forces.

Surik then teams up with Marr, Ordo and the Mandalorians to board an orbital shuttle and infiltrate Darth Nihilus’s ship, the Ravager. Once on board, they plant proton charges on the ship and head to the bridge to confront the Sith Lord.

During their duel, Nihilus attempts to drain the Force from Surik in the same way he did to other Jedi, but it proves to be his undoing—instead of feeding on Surik’s connection to the Force, he is weakened by the echoes of the wound in the Force that she carries with her. With Marr helping to distract the Sith Lord, Surik ultimately defeats Nihilus and claims his mask. Surik and her companions then escape from the Ravager just before it blows up. The remaining Sith forces either flee or are destroyed, thus bringing an end to the battle.

Upon Surik’s return to Citadel Station, Admiral Carth Onasi has a private meeting with her, during which he relates to her the story of how he met Revan, and enlists her help in finding Revan in the Unknown Regions. After Surik leaves, Onasi meets Bastila Shan and talks to her about Revan.

Exile of the echoes

Surik and her companions travel to Malachor V, where the war-torn planet’s unstable environment causes the Ebon Hawk to crash. Surik navigates her way on foot across the planet’s inhospitable landscape and reaches the Trayus Academy.

In the Trayus Academy, Surik defeats the Sith forces and duels Darth Sion. Despite the Sith Lord’s regenerative abilities, Surik convinces him to let go of his pain and willingly accept death, thus ending his immortality.

Surik then confronts Kreia in the Trayus Core. Kreia refuses redemption and forces Surik to either kill her, to let go of the echoes of Malachor V, or be killed and allow death to consume the galaxy. Kreia is ultimately defeated by the Exile.

Upon her defeat, Kreia gazes into the future, revealing the future of Surik’s companions, of the planets they had visited, of the Mandalorians, and of the Republic. She also says that Revan came to Malachor V after the Mandalorian Wars and again after the Jedi Civil War, and that he has discovered evidence of the “True Sith,” whom he has gone to fight “in his own way.”

Meanwhile, on Malachor V’s surface, Bao-Dur’s remote powers up and reactivates the Mass Shadow Generator despite G0-T0’s attempt to stop it. As Malachor V collapses upon itself once again, the Ebon Hawk arrives in time to save Surik while Kreia plunges to her death in the Trayus Core. Surik then heads off to the Unknown Regions in search of Revan.

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