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Tales from the Old Republic - Backstabber Edition

Features, PCAllen
Tales from the Old Republic - Backstabber Edition

After answering the call to help save some planet in another star system, TFOR is back! This week’s installment is exciting because I’ve finally reached the game’s third chapter and with only ten levels to go, Reija’s class story is nearly at an end. After travelling to Hoth in order to track down Jedi Master Xerender and Darth Baras’ former foe, Plan Zero was a complete success. With the Republic military leaders and strategists removed, the Sith Empire’s plans for war can proceed. But first, a little Sith-style house cleaning is in order.

Standing in Darth Baras’ path to glory and a spot on the Dark Council is his master, Darth Vengean. In order to secure his new place, he tasked me with breaking into Vengean’s compound and take out the Sith once and for all. Aiding me in this assault is Baras’ spy, Lord Draahg who was captured after his secret was revealed. I battled my way through Vengean’s small army composed of Imperial soldiers and a number of apprentices. Reaching Vengean wasn’t easy, as the Sith Master was located deep within the compound, locked behind three layers of security. Naturally, each access code was held by three strong Sith Lords, but with Malavi Quinn’s healing abilities backing me up, taking these warlords down was an easy task.

With all opposition out of the way, Draahg and I had an open path to Darth Vengean. Confronting the Sith Lord was met with the usual banter and boasting as Vengean was pleased with my strength and mocked Baras for not coming to fight him face to face. I hinted that I was willing to leave Baras and train under Vengean, but he simply laughed at the suggestion. It was to be a battle to the death, nothing more. While Draahg proved to be motivated, he was quickly disabled for the majority of the fight, leaving me to fight Vengean alone. The Sith Lord was a powerful fighter, but I eventually won the day.

Baras was beside himself with excitement. With his master out of the picture, his path to the Dark Council was assured. My master rewarded me with some down time, but since I was eager to secure my place at Baras’ side and reap the rewards of his success, I reported in for duty.  Since Plan Zero was a success, Baras was primed to begin the Sith’s war on the Republic once again. The task he set to me was to revisit the planet Quesh and help the Imperial Forward Command with an imperative mission.

The toxic planet was just as unstable as a remember it, but the renewed open conflict between Imperial and Republic troops had made things worse. I reported in with my contact, who frantically relayed the news that Republic soldiers have used a local mining operation to dig a tunnel directly underneath the Imperial base and are primed to detonate a bomb that will destroy the encampment and threaten the Imperial foothold. I ventured deep into the tunnel, fighting my way through an advance wave of commandos, demolitionists and strategists before reaching a small group of soldiers priming the bomb’s detonator. Boasting of their success, the Republic Lieutenant tried to set off the explosive, but to no avail. Attacking quickly and mercilessly, the final Republic forces were cleared out of the mines. Basking in my victory, I was contacted by Draahg who mockingly praised my success. The camaraderie was short lived, as the Sith Lord revealed that the bomb wasn’t connected to the Republic’s detonator...but his. Now that Darth Baras had ascended to the Dark Council, he saw me as a threat to his power - as he should - and ordered my death. Proving that he was always the coward I suspected him to be, Baras had his lackey destroy me instead. The bomb exploded, sending Malavi and myself crashing to the ground under a pile of rubble.

After some time, I came to and stared into the eyes of two Sith Purebloods who asked me to meet them at the Imperial headquarters. Brushing myself off, I confronted the two Sith who introduced themselves as Servants One and Two and their roles as the Emperor’s Hand. The Hand represents the closest servants of Darth Malgus and I was curious as to why they took an interest in me. They voiced concern over the ascension of Darth Baras and his attempts to act as the Voice of the Emperor. Servant Two disclosed to me that Emperor Darth Malgus has ventured outside of the galaxy in order to prepare for an “incoming threat,” a secret that Baras has discovered and wants to exploit. As the Voice, Baras could command the forces of the Empire, unopposed, in Malgus’ stead.

Referring to me as the Emperor’s Wrath, Servants One and Two pointed me towards the planet Belsavis, a barren prison planet that has escaped Imperial Intelligence for years because of Baras’ meddling. As it turns out, Darth Baras has a sister held captive here and intends to free her and put her on the Dark Council in order to boost his presence and power. The task set before me was simple: Kill her.

To be continued!

Teen Services Librarian by day, Darkstation review editor by night. I've been playing video games since the days of the Commodore 64 and I have no interest in stopping now that I've made it this far.