Manaan a Ocean Planet that has always found itself acting as a peacekeeper between two opposing sides, The Sith and the Jedi. The Jedi of the Republic would first hear of an ancient temple being discovered under the deep blue sapphire oceans of the water based world and would send a taskforce to go and investigate the claims. When the artifact was discovered, the local authorities would seize control of it and would then make claim it belonged to their own people. Another group of Republic Citizens would be sent to convince the Ahto City Council that it is
the Republic who should hold onto it, while the sith would send an agent of their own to deter the Republics attempts while keeping the real reason hidden. Certainly the Sith had their own agenda and for once it did not involve obtaining a rare artifact, in which a separate team was sent to expose the sith of their real intentions. While this occurred in the ocean, a massive sea battle had started and as a opportunity to seize control had emerged for the Sith. Of course the Sith would blame the Republic for starting the conflict first. Below are the summaries from each encounter, and below will help paint the overall picture of this Chapter Mission that spans the depths of Manaan's dangerous oceans.
The Republic Order has arrived at a concealed temple in the depths of Manaan. Recent seismic activity has revealed the mysterious place which is incredibly rich in the Force. A team has been sent not only to preserve the site, make initial records, and learn what they can of the temples creators, but also to recover a relic which is reportedly inside.
Though lost, old writings suggest that the temple holds a secret that could revolutionise the galaxy, a method of blending the Force and technology seamlessly. The possibilities of such advancement are literally limitless. However, the item will not be easy to recovery, the temple was not only a place of worship, and reverence; it was also designed to prevent looters from taking its treasure, regardless of their intentions. One wrong move and you may find yourself a watery grave!
Spenta's bravery paid off. Pulling the Relic away had no adverse reaction on himself. However, as soon as the powerful artefact was removed from the pedestal the two lines of energy that had flowed out from it, shimmered slightly before disappearing. Suddenly, and with a metallic clang, the door to the chamber sealed shut tighly which was followed quickly by a hiss that sounded very much like an air-lock pressurising. From no where, the same voice that the Guardian had spoken with called out to the group once more, and again, it spoken in each of their native tongues.
"Emergency protocols activated. Chamber jettison activated."
The room began to vibrate violently, and the Professor would groan in pain and the reverberations travelled down his broken spine. Without warning, an extremely loud crack sounded and the chamber, it felt, was moving upward at an incredible speed. The g-force of the movement would push everyone down to their knees when they would struggled to grasp onto anything to steady themselves. Up, and up, and up. It seemed never ending.After a few moments, the downward pressure ceased, and was instead replaced by a gentle rocking of the chamber, to and fro. As if it were bobbing somehow. As the members of the Republic Order would struggle to regain their bearings, the door to the chamber would slide open again. As it did, water would begin to lap in as the base of the door rocked into the water and back out again. Natural sunlight flooded the small room, and as the group would look out, the would see the peaks of Ahto city rising upwards, no more than a few miles away. It seemed that the removal of the Relic had initiated some sort of emergency protocol whereby the the chamber was quickly sent to the surface so as to make a quick escape should it be necessary - a mechanism the Jedi, and smugglers should have been glad to now benefit from.Their mission had been successful. The Professor had been saved despite the unlikelihood of it, and the Relic had been recoved. Now, it would be down to the government of Manaan to decide what was to be done with it.
Based after the events of ‘The Temple of Manaan’. The relic has successfully been retrieved and handed over to another contingent of the Republic Order based in Ahto city, but word of its existence has begun to spread through the galaxy. The Selkath authorities have insisted on seeing the relic before it is taken off world, believing they have a claim to the ancient technology. Whilst the RO present to the Selkath government, the Sith arrive, intent on claiming the artefact for themselves. As a neutral planet, the Selkath government insist that peace must be kept and that neither the RO nor the representatives from the Empire should engage one another. The Sith however, have other ideas. They intend to steal the relic without spilling a drop of blood (unusually).
The members of the republic taskforce that infiltrated the Sith Compound had been successful in obtaining new information regarding the Sith’s real purpose for being on the planet. After a rocky start, they had been able to get back on track with the assistance of Akina Tanna. Minato and Jubaliah upon gaining the valuable data tried desperately to communicate it to Kael’s datapad but some outside influence prevented the data from being transmitted and was lost in the air it traveled. Still not taking any chances the duo would download the information locally and working with Akina to get out of there safely they would manage to get back to the timespinner.
Meanwhile, Master Jedi Kael Myec and Private Rann would have great difficulties convincing the Ahto City Council of the atrocities of the sith. Rather they already knew of the past but had no real need to believe them, the republic. On the flip side there was not enough information either for them to follow the Sith’s words either and so the decision to leave the relic in there hands had been made. During the discussions a infiltrator had made his/her way into the compound and used the distraction of the debate to steal the artifact. This would only be found out later when the Ahto Council went to check on the relic. There are no clues as to who may have stolen it, nor were there clues of where it went. For now the relic of Manaan was gone. With this the Republic and Sith would return to their stations, Kael and Rann would board the Timespinner for a long trip home.
The Empire has sent some sort of naval Force to Manaan. Their mission is twofold, investigate the temple and take whatever items necessary to recreate the Force-tech that it held for centuries, and assist their fellows in Ahto city to recover the relic if need be. A small contingent of Republic Forces has been left to guard the temple site, several leagues away from Ahto city, and far from the eye of the authorities who may enforce peace between the opposing factions. Inevitably, the two fleets will clash, providing the Orders first (I think) sea based encounter.
Darth Thane chuckled the sound rolling from his barrel chest like an avalanche. Very well Jedi, come to me then! he boomed out with a mocking laugh twirling the massive axe like it was a mere hatchet. Suddenly the deck of both ships listed sharply, throwing all aboard off their feet. It was apparent they were taking on water, their water tight doors having failed. Looking out It was clear that the Republic had kept the sith at bay, numerous hulks of stricken vessels littered the surrounding sea, many of them on fire or in the process of sinking, one of the smaller destroyers emiting its finaly death rattle as it sunk beneith the waves. Another smaller Sith cutter pulled alongside and Sith Soldiers began to fall back to it.
Seeing his support waiver Darth Thane waivered as well, Perhaps next time Jedi! He bellowed and fled towards the Cutter, as soon as he was aboard the turned tail and fled speeding away from the remains of the battle at top speed. The Dak and the troops of the Republic Order had served their purpose and defeated the Sith battle fleet.