"Fear leads to Anger... Anger leads
to Hate... Hate leads to Suffering..." -- Jedi Master Yoda
"Fear is my ally." -- Darth Maul, Dark Lord of the Sith
"Your Hate has made you powerful." -- Darth Sidious, Dark Lord of the Sith
"If you only knew the Power of the Dark Side!" -- Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith
"At last, we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last, we shall have Revenge." -- Darth Maul, Dark Lord of the Sith
"Once you start down the dark path... forever will it dominate your destiny. Consume you it will." -- Jedi Master Yoda
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"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." and even thousands of years before that...
There were times when the Sith gathered in great numbers and ruled the galaxy with an iron fist.
The galaxy extends in every direction for unimaginable distances, comprised of millions of celestial formations including stars, planets and the billions of cultures that call these places home. Within these cultures exists a plethera of beings each with tales of courage, hope, and wonder to be told -- each story showing in its own way the forces that drive the unverse onward.
As the years progress and turn into history there have been many lives which have shown more brilliantly than the brightest stars, whose words and deeds have led to major impacts on the future. During one of the most troubled eras in the galaxy, Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan, and smuggler Han Solo played that very role. What many do not know are the tales of countless other such heroes who came before, during times just as horrific and even more filled with the powers of the Dark Side of the Force -- those heroes too had to struggle against the forces of evil.
Four thousand years before the rise of the Empire led by Darth Sidious (also known as Palpatine of Naboo), the Jedi Knights served as protectors of the Galactic Republic, a federation of worlds bound together by a belief in represenative democracy. Though legend speaks of the Jedi's defense of the Republic, the means of that protection took many forms. The Jedi assumed the roles of diplomat, scholar, teacher, and -- when the need was most dire -- warrior.
Much of the history of the Jedi Knights has been lost through the arduous years, and valid information about the era of the Great Sith War comes only from a single known source: The Jedi Holocron.
At present there is a new threat hovering on the horizen, gathering power as it readies a death strike into the heart of the Galactic Republic. Only a thin layer of protection, the Jedi Knights, can dismay the coming darkness and force it back. The Jedi's faith in the Force is the last remaining hope for the Republic's survival.
A thousand years ago (5,000 years before "Star Wars Eposide IV: A New Hope"), powerful Jedi Knights who had fallen to the Dark Side overran the Sith people and forced from them secrets of dark side "magic." From then on, the Lords of the Sith delved ever further into the Dark Side of the Force, creating vast storeholds of knowledge in Sith Holocrons, research facilities, and great palaces for themselves. Evil had come into the galaxy and saturated throughout, casting the worlds it ensnared into darkness.
The Jedi Knights, beacons of light in a galaxy of growing shadow, united into a single, powerful force and drove the Sith to near extinction. The great libraries and palaces of the Dark Lords fell, their talismans destroyed, the very memory of them toppled. Only a select few were left intact, and the Jedi planned to study them in an effort to learn how to defeat the Sith should the Dark Lords ever return.
And now the galaxy's worst fear and the very fears of those Jedi of old have come to pass. The Sith teachings have returned, slowly spreading their seeds of destruction and power across the galaxy, calling the wicked and evil, the weak-willed and power-hungry. It is a troubling time for all, a time when the Jedi Order must once again gather together to thwart the coming darkness.
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NOTE1: As many of the diehard Star Wars gamers know, Star Wars RPG started out as a production of West End Games, which produced more than 100 books on the subject matter, was then picked up by Wizards of the Coast around the time of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, since then they've released maybe 30 books on the subject matter. Wizards of the Coast is no longer producing Star Wars RPG materials (this went official late 2005) -- they are only holding onto the licensing for the Star Wars Miniatures game. So, where does that leave us Star Wars RPGers -- playing the same things over and over? Even RPGA Living Force is being dropped at the end of 2005. So, where does that leave us Star Wars RPGers -- playing d20 Future? It's not the same thing. So, as a gift to the fans of Star Wars RPG -- I'm producing a free online supplement to the d20 version of The Star Wars Roleplaying Game by Wizards of the Coast. This supplement will include an entire era of Star Wars Expanded Universe that has yet to be included in the d20 system. Hopefully this is done in accordance with the d20 license but I'm no legal expert so it's hard to tell. To use this resource material, you are expected to purchase (if you can even still buy it) the Revised Star Wars Core Rulebook for the d20 system by Wizards of the Coast -- I will not be repeating any copyrighted information from the printed book, you WILL have to buy it to use this website. Page numbers will be provided to let you know where to find what you're looking for.
Brief History Report: West End Games produces Star Wars first edition in d6 format, WEG continues with second edition d6, then finishes with second edition revised (2.5, if you will), Wizards releases the d20 version which was sort of third edition, then Wizards releases the revised version (3.5, if you will), and now the Saga Edition is out and might be considered either fourth edition or 3.75 -- they revised a lot but not enough in my personal opinion to warrant referring to it as an all-new version.
UPDATE 2007: Though Wizards of the Coast had previously claimed they weren't going to produce anymore Star Wars Role-playing Game books, they did announce at Gen Con Indy 2006 they will be producing a new Star Wars Roleplaying Game Saga Edition to be released in April 2007. This is the only Star Wars RPG book they have slated for 2007, at least at this time. They are still producing the miniatures game and their Star Wars Miniatures: Starships set came out in early 2007. This may not be the ideal situation... but hooray for our side!
UPDATE JUNE 2007: Star Wars Roleplaying Game Saga Edition is late but finally on store shelves! ...and there was much rejoicing! This is an interesting-looking book. First off, the gold and black cover featuring Darth Vader is expertly done and "most impressive." Not that there was anything wrong with the montage featured on the past two covers, but I much prefer this simple cover that's not so "busy." Secondly, the odd shape of the book is a bit disappointing but not really a problem -- it's a square format book. Upon seeing the miniatures map included with it, I can understand one of the motivations to make the new release square. Perhaps they have some intent to include it in an upcoming box set starter or player's kit (as they have done for Dungeons & Dragons) -- this size would fit quite well in the more square box sets.
NOTE2: This website has no affiliation with Lucasfilm, Ltd., owner of Star Wars. This is purely a fan site in support of the great cultural icon known as Star Wars. Everything on this website is free for your perusal. I hope you enjoy it. Some material is based off the work of the many talented people at West End Games, Wizards of the Coast, Dark Horse Comics, and of course, Lucasfilm, Ltd. -- I do not take credit for their work, only for the updates and expansions to that work I have added. This website is the accumulation of many sources of knowledge about the Star Wars Universe created by George Lucas.