Opens with Aiden on the planet Rodia, in the capital of Equator City
Aiden, Militiaman from Tatooine, finds himself at a checkpoint on the hastily constructed defensive line around Equator City. Around him are the crew of the freighter he arrived on and groups of the native Rodians. As the sun rises, so does the humidity. The surrounding jungle is silent. Smoke can be seen on the horizon from distant areas of the jungle set ablaze by droid landing forces.
Many of the defenders are muttering about the Republic not sending aid after the first CIS attack, even though Rodia is a staunch loyalist.
Kam, the captain of the frieghter, turns to Aiden and asks, “How you holding up, farmboy?” After Aiden gives him a thumbs-up, Kam reminds him to “Keep [his] eyes open and shoot anything that isn’t fleshy & [he’ll] be fine.”
The defenders are sitting around talking and munching on bits of rations until loud, mechanical noises can be heard growing louder, accompanied by the crash of falling trees. Vibrations shake the ground and fill the air.
Shouts of “Man the line!” and “Here they come!” sound all along the defenses in basic, rodian, & huttese.
The vibration builds, shifting the dirt at the defenders’ feet & leaving their ears ringing. It stops abruptly. Silence falls…
A wall of blaster fire erupts from the tree line, some bolts find marks & bring down defenders, but most go wild. B1 Battle Droids march from the jungle all along the perimeter, ceaselessly firing. The defenders are vastly outnumbered.
Aiden falls to the ground, prone. He begins to methodically pick off advancing B1’s. Standing above him, Kam yells to his crew to stand fast while firing a heavy blaster pistol with each hand into the ranks of droids.
Coruscant : Jedi Temple
Jedi Padawans Tykano Ranthor and Kelzorn wake (in their repective dorms), each from an extremely vivid dream (the campaign “Brink of Darkness”). In the dormitory halls, the noise of a lot of movement can be heard.
Exiting their rooms, they emerge into a flood of Jedi each moving with purpose. They search for their masters in the crowd and eventually spot them. Jedi Knights Drex Onasi, Fon Kluu, and Rinn Tarpil make their way through the crowd to the Padawans.
Ty inquires what the commotion is about and Onasi, his master, informs the Padawans that Master Windu is mustering Jedi to go to Geonosis to the rescue of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and the Naboo senator Padme Amidala, who are being held hostage by Separatist dignitaries and scheduled to be executed.
Ranthor mutters something about it being a bad idea and the loss of many Jedi lives, but refuses to elaborate when questioned about his statement.
Kluu informs the two Padawans that the group of them have been ordered to assist the defenders of Equator City on Rodia, through negotiations with the CIS commander present. As open war has not been declared by either side.
Space, above the planet Rodia
The Jedi take a Republic Cruiser to Rodia, Tarpil elects to accompany them in a Delta-7 starfighter. Once they revert from hyperspace, Tarpil immediately heads planet-side. The Cruiser turns toward the Control Ship & is granted clearance to dock.
The Jedi are greeted by a silver protocol droid & lead through the ship. Onasi whispers to his apprentice, “Stay attentive, I have a bad feeling about this… The Separatists hide violence behind words of peace…” as he takes the lead of the group. The droid leads them down a long, straight hallway dead-ended at an open blast door. Beyond the door is an opulent conference room. Standing at the opposite end of the room is a large, cloaked figure staring out of the viewport. The being seems to cringe when emitting a loud series of metallic sounding coughs.
As Onasi enters the conference room, the blast doors slam shut between him and the others. “Oh my!”, yells the protocol droid. Kluu’s hand strays towards her lightsaber hilt, hanging on her belt.
As the trio hears the metal-on-metal screech of droids running through the hall followed by the rumble of something rolling, Ty is flooded with the emotions of shock, betrayal, & panic. His master’s voice fills his head. “Run!”
Before any of them move, a squad of B1’s round into the hallway and open fire. The protocol droid flys back into the bulkhead in a shower of sparks, as a stray bolt hits it in the chest. As Ty and Kelzorn deal with the droids, Kluu turns towards the blast door, studying it. After some deliberation, she ignited her lightsaber & plunges it into the door’s locking mechanism, fusing it shut.
The Padawans easily dispatched the droids. The group then determines that their primary objective is still achievable, Halt the attack on Equator City, and set off into the ship to find and destroy the long-range droid controllers.