Star Wars: Wild Space

Episode 21

The Stuff of Legends

The Arrival of Karnor the Bloody

Karnor’s battle meditation swept the field, causing Nova Prime’s defenders to break. Akselon’s fleet was thrown into disarray and Karnor’s berserkers began picking them apart with ease. Zosh, the ace pilot, was struck with the full force of Karnor’s psychic attack and fled the field.

The agents of Nova Prime on the surface of the planet braced themselves against the psychic attack, only to see it blunted by an unknown force. Something on the planet was barely protecting them against its effects. Chuuba and Yuri set off to discover what it was.

Jedi Knights, Lem, Ciello and Orin arrived to join Gray to combine their power to ward against Karnor the Bloody’s battle meditation by calming the fear that plagued their allies.

While the battle raged on the surface, Chuuba and Yuri delved deep into the heart of Arcology IV to discover a lost archive. The Sethrak, the lizard-like aliens who had once ruled supreme on this planet, had all been wiped out. The only remaining legacy of these lost masters was the xenosaurs, the ruins, and a broken-down AI caretaker. The Caretaker was content to leave the surface alone, but Chuuba argued with the AI, forcing it to see that it and the treasures it guarded were not safe so long as Karnor was alive. Reluctantly, the Caretaker tasked them to help reconstruct the beacons the Sethrak had used against its xenosaur servitors. The power of the beacons could be used to disrupt the mind-control aspects of Karnor’s battle meditation.

Meanwhile, the Jedi relinquished themselves to the force and the fear that swept the battlefield was halted. The defenders of Wild Space once again were in control of themselves and they began to fight back.

Zosh pulled himself together and jumped back into the fray, for Karnor did not only have his battle meditation, but the remaining Iridium Torpedoes, locked onto Nova Prime. Zosh, joined by a group of rebel pilots, in a dazzling display of starpiloting managed to blast apart the bombers, crippling his own ship as the last bomber made a suicide run on the station.

Karnor sensed the Jedi and brought the full force of his rage against them. His elite soldiers landed on Arc IV, he himself kitted out in his enormous powered armor. He cut his way through the meagre defenses. Gray left Ciello and Lem to continue the ritual and confronted Karnor alone. The warlord’s power and fury nearly broke the Jedi but Gray had the force on her side. Three sweeps of her saber sliced into the delicate machinery of Karnor’s suit, destroying the suit’s life support system. Not only was the suit his greatest weapon, its life support system was the only thing keeping his broken body alive. He toppled from his power armor, consumed by his impotent rage in the last minutes of his horrible life.

It was then that the beacons were restored. Karnor’s Berserkers, their minds restored, surrendered. A few others, pushed well beyond the bounds of sanity, fled into the night. What became of them would become a story for another time.

And so ended the Battle for Nova Prime. Prince Volkair was captured in his escape pod fleeing the burning hulk of his capital ship and made to sign an armistice which formally ended the civil war on Akselon. And for once, a peace came to this sector of Wild Space. At least for a time.


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