|Visiting Kashyyyk wasn't a happy time for Zaalbar.|
When we landed our ship there we were immediately greeted by a representative of the Czerka Corporation. They're a large company with holdings on several worlds and they happened to run the space port here on Kashyyyk. This guy was part of the welcoming committee so to speak, which basically means he was there to collect the 100 credit docking charge.
We paid up quickly, and got a basic idea of the goings on of the planet. Already, the Czerka Corp was leaving a bad taste in my mouth. It was obvious that they were shady as hell. They were involved with the slave trade, capturing Wookies to sell off into hard labor. I was hoping we'd be able to do something about this at some point, because that just isn't cool.
There was also a merchant we met there that had a mechanic with him as an indentured servant. Apparently the rest of the mechanic's shipmates owed the guy money, but disappeared, so this poor fellow was stuck working for the sleazeball until the debt was repaid. Everything about the merchant reeked of him being a scammer and I had a feeling that this story about the shipmates running off wasn't completely true.
|A lot of the wildlife is dangerous on|
Nonetheless, we had a job to do and so pressed on into the forest, beyond the relative safety of the Czerka outpost. As we walked down the various raised paths high in the trees, we came upon a number of creatures native to the area, mostly giant insects and flying creatures that looked vaguely like pterodactyls. We also came across a Czerka patrol hovering over a dead Wookie, looking rather concerned about what they should do. The Wookie had gotten mad at them and attacked, so they killed it. However, they were much more worried what their superiors would say and what kind of costs the death would incur than anything else. Remorse over killing the Wookie was the last thing on their minds.
As we made our way deeper into the forest, we started to come across more Wookies. Most were far from receptive to outsiders being in their lands, and even more angry to see the outcast Zaalbar with them. Eventually we came to a Wookie village, Zaalbar's home. Here, the Wookies demanded to see us, and took Zaalbar into custody. Chuundar was now the chieftain, and wanted to talk with his brother. When we met him, it was obvious that Chuundar was as chummy as ever with the folks at Czerka Corporation. Zaalbar was not at all pleased about this, as his brother was still selling out the Wookies to these guys. Even worse, their dad, Freyyr, had gone missing, presumably having become a slave, so there was no one left that could possibly stop Chuundar. Things were looking grim.
|Meeting with Zaalbar's brother, Chuundar.|
When we took the lift down to the lowest depths of the forest, things got off to an unexpected start as we encountered Calo Nord. He'd survived our fight on Taris and was rather keen for revenge now that he had managed to track us down.
The fight that followed was the most intense I'd experienced so far in the game. Calo was difficult enough on his own, but he had two strong Wookies helping him out. Everyone hit like a truck, were surprisingly resistant to Force stuns, and had a lot of hit points. We had to heal constantly, make good use of our personal force fields, and we used up just about all of our grenades during the battle. Finally, Calo was defeated, which was a huge relief, and we were able to continue afterward.
There were a number of creatures here that we had to fight, and they were reasonably challenging. Thankfully, they were easy to stun, so we did that and then took advantage of our sneak attack abilities to really pour on the damage. A number of corpses littered the forest floor as well, often with useful items and weapons on them to be plundered. Danik was actually able to significantly improve on the blasters he had, and we were able to at least somewhat replenish our supply of grenades and med pacs as we wandered about.
|We faced off with Calo Nord again. This was not an easy|
fight to win.
As it turned out, he was quite knowledgeable in the area having lived there for so long, knowing both about the Wookie we were hunting, as well as having some ideas about where we might find the ancient star map that we were looking for. Jolee was willing to help with this, but first we'd need to do something for him.
A little ways further into the forest there was a Czerka camp where hunters were operating out of. These guys were going after a certain type of creature here to harvest their glands, which were used for some high priced products. Unfortunately the hunters were killing these animals to the point where they could well become extinct and Jolee didn't want that. Our task was to find a non-violent way of dealing with them. Jolee didn't want us to kill them. He could do that himself if he wanted, and taking such a course of action could result in them lashing out at the Wookies, which was also undesirable. He wanted us to find a peaceful solution.
Shooing us away to deal with the hunters, we wandered around a bit more. Some of the areas we came to were dead ends, though we did find some corpses and a damaged droid. The droid was actually kind of interesting, having some recorded data stuck in a loop. We played it back and it turned out this robot and the bodies here were the crew of that mechanic we'd met earlier, and they were actually murdered by the shady merchant that the mechanic was an indentured servant to. Intriguing. Hoping to be of help when we got back to the outpost, we removed the droid's head and packed it away to use as evidence later.
Returning to our search for the Czerka hunters, we finally came across their base camp. Talking with their commander, there was no way we were going to convince him to leave. The only option he was leaving open to us was to help them finish their hunt so they could get out of there. This didn't seem like a very good choice. We did learn that the camp was surrounded by devices that kept particularly dangerous predators away and if they broke down, everyone would have to leave.
|Jolee can suffer from Grumpy Old|
Guy Syndrome, but he's an
Mission accomplished, we returned to Jolee who thanked us and agreed to help us now. In fact, he joined our crew. Now I had a party of Jedi as it was Danik, Jolee, and Juhani in our group. Delving further into the forest, I couldn't help but feel that this setup was a bit overpowered. Juhani has a very defensive build with resists, force shields, good conditioning, and the like, so I use her as a tank to dive right into the action and keep everyone busy. Meanwhile, I've set Jolee's default behavior to "Jedi / Support" whereby he does a lot of buffing of the party through Valor, several types of crowd control (stun, fear, etc.), and casts the occasional heal when necessary. This feeds well into Danik's sneak attack ability, as he has plenty of opportunities to make use of it while enemies are taken out of the fight due to stuns and whatnot. Since going with this party make up, we've been demolishing everything in our path with a level of ease that just wasn't possible were Danik to be joined by Zaalbar and Mission like I'd been doing previously.
As we marched through the forest, we needed to get past a force field blocking our way if we wanted to explore its darkest depths. Luckily, Jolee knew how to get past it, and we were able to get to the area of the forest where the star map was.
Walking through there, we came upon a Wookie being attacked by a group of Mandalorions. Springing into action, we quickly beat down the soldiers, and rescued the Wookie. He explained that these guys jumped him and his friends when they least expected it, and this was an ongoing occurrence in this part of the forest. The Wookie was too badly injured to do anything about it himself, but asked us to hunt these Mandalorians down and put a stop to their attacks. The key to drawing them out was that we'd need to be unarmed, as they waited until that moment to strike their prey.
It was pretty easy to do this, as we came across a few areas with dead Wookies, which meant that Mandalorians were near. Whenever we happened on these scenes, everyone just put away their weapons for a moment and all of a sudden, Mandalorians would sneak up on them. At this moment, everyone just re-equipped their gear and proceeded to beat the pulp out of the hunters. We repeated this several times, gathering items and datapads along the way until we came across some parked speeders. One of these was missing its pad, and attaching the one we found managed to attract the Mandalorian leader who was none too pleased with what we were doing. Of course, we had to kill him too.
Once him and his cronies were defeated, which was not easy as they were highly resistant to our use of the force, we returned to the injured Wookie and showed him the helmet of the Mandalorian leader as proof that we'd dealt with the threat. The Wookie was very happy about this, and thanked us, saying that it wasn't often that he was impressed by outsiders.
|This hologram insisted on quizzing us before giving Danik the star maps.|
We asked it about the Star Forge and whatnot, hoping to get the star maps that it stored. Before it would release the information, the hologram insisted on quizzing Danik to decide if he was worthy of the data. It wanted his genuine opinion on how to tackle certain problems, usually a mixture of tactics and ethics. The best course of action seemed to be just telling the hologram what it wanted to hear. It had some preconceived notions of how things should be, and being the nice guy may not have been the best answer. In fact, some of the answers we gave that it deemed correct were pretty cold hearted.
In the end, the hologram said that Danik had proven himself worthy of receiving the star maps, and released the information. However, it came at the cost of receiving some Dark Side points due to the answers he gave during the quiz.
So, the main reason we'd even come to Kashyyyk was taken care of. All that remained was to find this renegade Wookie that Chuundar had sent us to hunt. Eventually we did find him, and we wanted to talk to him first what with Danik being a Jedi Consular. Maybe there was a way to come to a peaceful solution? However, the Wookie wasn't much for chit chat and quickly attacked us. We smacked him around a bit and the battle ended. He demanded we finish him off, but Danik refused, instead trying to talk sense into the Wookie. Jolee piped in as well, having helped him in the past. Eventually the Wookie calmed down and we could have a proper conversation.
|Freyyr rescued, it was time to confront Chuundar about|
his involvement in the Czerka slave trade.
Freyyr believed that it was embedded in the hide of a great beast that some of the more powerful Wookies would occasionally try to fight as part of a ritual. It was a very strong creature, and not easy to beat. We'd need to lure it out with fresh meat, then fight it in a special section of the forest where the ritual was held. We already had the meat, having collected it off of some of the creatures we had fought, so all we had to do was begin the ritual, kill the beast, and gather the blade, which we did.
When we returned the blade to Freyyr, he set off for the Wookie village, talking to others along the way to gain their support. We agreed to meet him there and confront Chuundar.
The trip back was relatively uneventful. We had to fight one group of Wookies loyal to Chuundar, but they were pretty weak. After taking the lift back to the upper levels of the forest, we encountered another Wookie who'd talked with Freyyr and wanted to help us into the village. With that, we were back in the Wookie chieftain's hut and so were Zaalbar, Freyyr, and Chuundar along with Wookies and Czerka guards loyal to him.
For a time everyone was talking civilly, and it looked like we may have some hope of things not ending in bloodshed. However, in the end Chuundar didn't want to relinquish his power, and preferred to kill everyone to maintain the status quo. With that a huge battle broke out. Freyyr and Zaalbar quickly set themselves on Chuundar's guards while the Jedi focused on the chieftain, stunning him, then proceeding to beat him senseless.
|As we returned to the Ebon Hawk, Wookies were|
everywhere fighting Czerka forces.
Now that Freyyr was back in charge and we had our star map, it was time to get back to the Ebon Hawk and head to our next destination.
The walk back was pretty quiet but we did cross paths with a mysterious Twi'lek who insisted on giving us a datapad. Reading its content it seemed to be some sort of shady job offer should we ever visit Manaan. The whole thing stinks, so I'm not exactly keen on exploring it further.
As we neared the Czerka outpost, we could see that it was under attack. The Wookie uprising had already begun, and very few Czerka remained outside of a rear guard trying to repel the rebels. I was kind of hoping that the mechanic and the merchant were still around so that we could free the mechanic, having discovered what happened to his friends and having evidence of the whole thing stored on the droid head we were carrying. Sadly, they were nowhere to be seen, presumably having fled once the Wookie attack began.
The Wookies knew who we were, and had no problem with us. They said that the Ebon Hawk would be the only ship welcome on Kashyyyk for a very long time, and all other vessels would be fired upon.
With that we hopped on board our ship, and set off. One more piece of the star map under our belt, it was time to decide where to go next. I've opted for Tatooine. Jawas, Sand People, the planet where Luke Skywalker first met Obi-wan Kenobi, this seemed like a fun choice of planets to go with. So, next we meet it'll be time for some fun in the sun on Tatooine. See you then! =)