STAR WARS: Tales of the Solay Express
CAMPAIGN - Tri-Alliance Collapse
The New Sith War
The Clone Wars
Fall of the Republic
Current State of Affairs
TIME PERIOD: 1000 – 220 BBY
With the destruction of the Sith at the cost of countless Jedi at the Battle of Ruusan came a period of galaxy wide peace. Although power struggles between political powers was commonplace since then, in the background were the Jedi who acted as advisors, diplomats and peacekeepers in galactic affairs, all with a keen focus to maintain balance. The Jedi rarely acted openly, instead utilising their abilities to affect positive change where required. Little did the Jedi know that during this time, the Sith waited, watching and manipulating things from the shadows like a serpent waiting for the precise moment to strike.
Meanwhile, in the Dornean Sector, with the threat of imminent war eliminated, the three races of the Dorneans, the Mon Cal and the Quarren were free to continue their alliance of exploration within the Mon Cal, Dornean Sectors, and beyond. The alliance, which became known at the Tri-Alliance, was a model of peace to the rest of the galaxy. Members of the Jedi Council, including the Jedi Master Bo-Lar, a female Ilthorian, would often visit the sector and bring with them politicians of other sectors in order for them to see first hand the peace that could be had anywhere in the galaxy. Trade between the systems within the sectors was bountiful, however due to the sector’s remoteness, it was still deemed to too remote to reap the riches so prevalent in the Core Worlds. The sector though, was flourishing.
TIME PERIOD: 220 – 25 BBY
Unfortunately, approximately 200 years ago, the Tri-Alliance discovered the world of Targonn on the edge of the Dornean Sector and Wild Space. There, representatives of the Alliance were introduced to the Targonnians, the world’s native population. During negotiations, a military style guerrilla attack caused a political incident between the members of the Tri-Alliance, and the Targonnians which subsequently sparked several military retaliations. The attack was established many years later as being coordinated by Quarren dissidents who had become disgruntled with the treatment of their species by the Mon Cal. The Dorneans were pulled into the conflict, as were the Targonnians, and for 50 years the one peaceful sector was tainted by war. The Dornean people later referred to this time, as The War of Darkness, whilst the Mon Cal soon learned it to be the start of the Quarren Civil War, a conflict which would later spill over into the Clone Wars.
The Dorneans called the conflict the War of Darkness not because of some reference to the destruction of the Tri-Alliance, but because it was also around this time, that ships started disappearing within the area of space known as The Dark Nebula. Since the start of the conflicts, ships from the colonies of Leinin and Isleis would disappear, only to be found later, adrift in space with no crew, and nothing but a noxious gas left aboard, or with the ship’s crew and its compliment of passengers dismembered and signs of some type of blaster battle throughout. Many blamed attacks from the hostile forces on the Targonnians, or the Quarren, while others suggested something more sinister.
Investigators were baffled with what they found, with some suggesting an alien race living within the nebula, and others theorising the existence of some type of dark side energy being. This last thought generated interest with the Jedi Council, but all investigations uncovered no such evidence.
Eventually, some explanation presented itself. Towards the end of the conflict, an incident occurred where an unidentified ship entered orbit above the planet of Isleis. The ship, later known to be one of the first ships to disappear without a trace – called the Palatinate, thrust itself into the planet’s atmosphere and soon after crashed onto the surface. Sifting through the wreckage, the onsite investigators found no survivors, but were able to recover partial footage from a data-package of the captain’s personal holo-vid.
The footage showed the Captain, a Twi-lek named Kes Vilon, appeared deranged, and exhibited signs of self-mutilation and psychosis. In one of the last segments of footage, a shadowy form appears behind the captain, followed by a scream and then static. The footage was unclear, and conspiracy theorists to this day make outlandish suggestions. Many claim the footage to be a hoax, however no government representative has ever come forward confirming or denying further knowledge of those events. Conspiracy buffs have affectionately claimed the shadow was that of an alien species, and have given the supposed aliens the name “Species Xesh-1121”.
Many individuals and corporations have since attempted to learn more, with countless exploratory vessels entering the nebula over the years, in the hope of returning with some shred of evidence. Most expeditions returned with nothing but the gas produced within the nebula, whilst many others continued to disappear. At one point, the Dorneas called for the assistance of the Republic, and in response, several experimental Dreadnaught-class heavy cruisers (prototypes for a new fleet of ships the Republic were developing) were sent. All of the Dreadnaughts entered the nebula, but none returned with all 7,000 naval personal lost. A delegation from the Republic were sent to investigate, but each came to the conclusion that the disappearance was nothing more than a malfunction of the experimental slave rigged systems failing, and the ship lost to the depths of a hyperspace accident or anomaly. The Republic further claimed that with the increase in hostility in the region, they could ill-afford to send further vessels to assist. The Dorneas were at a loss themselves, and instead, thousands of navigational warning buoys were deployed along the boundary of the nebula. Pirates, Slavers, and Smugglers soon learned that the region was mostly free of military patrols, and the Sector Rangers also gave the anomaly a wide birth. The region became a shortcut and hideout for wanted criminals; however the use of the nebula was not without risk. Even to this day, ships that attempt to navigate the nebula disappear, never to be seen again whilst others return as ghost ships.
Meanwhile, as scientists and theorists pondered these events, the now battle hardened Dorneans, established further military outposts throughout the sector to maintain what peace they had left, and to monitor the situation in the Dark Nebula. The Dorneans closed their borders, applied trade restrictions, and made an attempt to isolate the sector from the rest of the galaxy. However, the Dorneans soon learned the cost of fighting a protracted war including the fact that closing down the sector was not only logistically taxing, but something that the Dorneans could no longer afford. The native Dorneans had suffered heavy losses during the conflict, and the Dornean Military Regime knew their position of power in the sector had wavered. With cap in hand, the Dorneans were forced to form an alliance with the now primarily human colony of Dominus. This gave rise to the sector changing its name to the Dominus-Dornean Sector, so named after its now joint twin-system capitals.