For today’s entry we’re going a bit back in time again, but the focus won’t change all that much. The storyline that saw its birth in the Earth Jedi Order’s Order 66 RPG spans quite some time, going on (or at least planned out) all the way until after the original trilogy. The earliest events written so far, though, are the ones I’ll look at today.
Focussing primarily on Vhiran, these two stories started as a means of working out the background for my role play character at the EJO, but it would eventually become part of something greater. Well, sort of… The first story is set during the early months of the Clone Wars. Vhiran, apprenticed to Jedi Master Plo Koon, joins his Master on a mission to the Twi’lek homeworld Ryloth to take out a Separatist factory there. However, the mission goes awry and following a devastating Separatist ambush the strike force is almost completely annihilated. Vhiran loses consciousness during the attack, but is one of the few to survive. Upon awakening he can hardly remember anything, not only about why he’s here, but about himself! With the help of the family that found him and took him in, as well as several strange dreams, he sets out to regain his memories. Unfortunately, it’s only up to this point that any actual writing has been done.
The plans for the story were already worked out in my head, though. The dreams were both a means to delve into Vhiran’s past as well as to introduce his powers of foresight, which all Bodisei possess. The family that took Vhiran in is actually the Welana family that was introduced in Frontline and the focus on them would be twofold: first there was the connection Vhiran would develop with the second daughter of the family, who found and rescued the unconscious Vhiran. Then there was the reveal that the Welanas headed the resistance group Crimson Thunder and they would eventually aid Vhiran finish the mission he had come to Ryloth for. Both were fairly essential in setting up and developing the bond between Vhiran and the Welanas and set the stage for character and event developments later down the line. For better and for worse. Finally there was the just mentioned finishing of the mission. This would culminate in a final assault on the Separatist factory, succesfully led by Vhiran himself. This is where Vhiran’s skills as a commander are first shown, making way for and justifying his eventually becoming a general in the Grand Army of the Republic and attaining command of a special clone trooper squad.
Now, I must note that the title may not be entirely correct. Ryloth is only the setting for the first of the two stories. But as the second is a direct sequel to the first, I think this’ll do for now. The second story, can’t really be called much of a story yet. Only the first, very short, scene has actually been written. It shows Vhiran’s return to Coruscant after his time on Ryloth and introduces another character: the Zabrak Jedi Master Loria, Vhiran’s (distant) cousin and Shamila’s Master. It was a story meant to explain what happened in-between the time Vhiran left Ryloth and his return to Coruscant and look at the aftermath of the mission to Ryloth. Also it was here that Vhiran’s relationship with those most important to him – particularly Bultar, Nillanthir, Loria and Vhiran’s Master, Plo Koon – would be more fleshed out. Both this story and its predecessor were no longer simply background stories by now and been fully implemented in the Ashukahwa Star Wars canon. But, as mentioned it has hardly even come off the ground… I’ve said it many times before about the other stories, but it really is a shame. I do think some sort of project is in order to get it going again… Hopefully it’ll go more consistently than Project Realm (which is not cancelled, by the way, but currently just on the backburner until my time allows for more dedication to it!). An A2Z Productions revival? I’m up for it! ^_^
Well, that’s almost the last of my tales from a galaxy far, far away. It’ll feel weird not to focus on my Star Wars stories after all this time. But, there’s just a little bit more to go, which will be the focus of next week! ‘Till then!