Delving into the history of the people, places, and things in Star Wars: The Old Republic is our favorite hobby here at Darth Hater. While dissecting and discussing, we realized a very important aspect of Star Wars was missing on our site: factions. We wanted to take a closer look at the groups that may play a key role in the adventures we will experience in game, and our premiere entry for this series was an obvious choice. Here is our in-depth look at the Mandalorians.
While not officially announced as a playable planet in Star Wars: The Old Republic, Geonosis sits with Dantooine and Yavin IV on the list of possible additions. A promising candidate, Geonosis is mentioned in multiple forms of marketing: including the Timeline, Biography section, and even the Threat of Peace. Geonosis is an iconic location with an important role in the films and continued development in books. A closer look at Geonosis reveals some interesting possibilities.
Sean Dahlberg alerted us to a new tab on the HoloNet: Inhabitants.
If you've been waiting for information about the colorful creatures, species, and droids that populate the galaxy, make sure to check out our new HoloNet expansion - Inhabitants! In this section you can find new information and media about the galactic inhabitants that will entertain and challenge you in Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Inhabitants will be updated regularly, so be sure to check back often to get the latest updates and information!
Darth Hater consensus speculation is none of the described Inhabitants are playable so far, including both Humanoids.
Plus, we were informed about three more characters we may see in game:
We've expanded the Biographies section of the HoloNet to include more of the exciting figures you will meet in Star Wars: The Old Republic!
This update includes profiles of three of the most influential people in The Old Republic era: Galactic Republic Special Forces commander, General Garza; the fierce warrior and sole ruler of the Mandalorians, Mandalore; and the star of the Deceived cinematic trailer, the ruthless Darth Malgus!
This is just the second in a series of regular updates to the Biographies section so be sure to check back regularly!
Aurebesh translations and dissections after the jump (keep checking back; we're updating this on the fly).
Making an MMO is tough work but Bioware may be in for a bigger challenge trying to convince Star Wars fans that the Jedi and Sith classes should take a back seat to Smugglers, Bounty Hunters, and Troopers in some aspects of the game.
Amy has alerted us that the Coruscant holonet update is now online:
Coruscant. A symbol of power, prosperity, and innovation for civilization. The capital of the Republic serves as a hub of cultural influence and home to hundreds of alien species and from across the galaxy. Still recovering from the Sith attack during the Sacking of Coruscant, the planet has set out to rebuild what they have lost. Though the pristine skyline continues to grow, the lower level districts of Coruscant have developed troubles of their own.
Access the HoloNet to learn more about the history of Coruscant and the struggles facing the citizens as they rebuild the planet after the attack.
This year at the Penny Arcade Expo, attendees were treated to a special sneak-peek of the Republic capital world of Coruscant For anyone who was unable to attend, or anyone who would like to relive the video in higher quality, we invite you to check it out
This week we have been graced with the appearance of Coruscant on the holonet. It also looks like Coruscant will be the major planet for the Republic.
Since the Treaty of Coruscant, the Senate has been forced to make difficult decisions on prioritizing the Republics resources. Focus has been put on shoring up defenses in the border worlds and rebuilding only the parts of Coruscant critical to governance and trade. Large parts of the city-world still remain in ruins, and many sectors have fallen under gang control.
Just because it is Republic owned does not necessarily mean that the sith wont be able to go there. Remember how Dooku was able to go there with ease right after the battle of Geonosis.
Update: Sean has given us an update on when the Threat of Peace webcomic issue will be out:
Yes, we have two different options: (a) release it on Monday if all goes well or (b) release it next Friday with the other update. Either way, we will be releasing Threat of Peace #16 on Sep 25th and getting back to the regular schedule for it.
Today's update is a new timeline video: Jedi Master Gnost-Dural has entered a new holorecord in the Jedi Archive. After a thorough analysis of the evidence, Master Gnost-Dural has discovered that the Mandalorians return to the galaxy and alliance with the Sith was no coincidence it was the result of years of shadowy machinations by the sinister agents of Imperial Intelligence.
BTC 14 Frustrated by a series of Republic military victories, the Empire began exploring alternative strategies in its drive to conquer the galaxy. Despite the tantalizing offers of Imperial Diplomats, members of the galaxys notorious underworld refused to swear allegiance to the Sith Empire. Thus, Imperial Intelligence began laying the groundwork to win the underworlds loyalty through other means. Infiltrating the gladiatorial arenas of Geonosis, Imperial agents fixed the fights to cultivate the rise of a new Mandalorian Imperial puppet who would call forth some of the galaxys most proud and independent warriors to unknowingly aid in the Empires dark designs.
Watch the fourth Timeline holorecord, The Empire Changes Strategy, narrated by actor Lance Henriksen.
You can also download a high resolution version of this video.
For those of you that dont know what a Nexu is, it is the cat thing from the Geonosis Arena in Episode II. The Nexu is a predator from the planet Cholganna that would hunt all sorts of arboreal critters. This creature is a very fierce predator and is a popular target for big game hunters. There is also a large bounty on live captures as they are popular for gladiatorial combat. One danger of these creatures is they would be released into the wild by collectors that could not care for them, and they would breed to provide a danger for all people on a planet. There were even packs of these creatures on Coruscant by 130 ABY.
As you can see in some of the gameplay videos, these creatures seem to be your run of the mill wild animals that need to die. How much of a challenge they will be has yet to be seen, but if they live up to their reputation they should be well above average, even for the heroes we are made out to be. How widespread these creatures are is still yet to be determined for Star Wars: The Old Republic. For now it looks like Tython has an infestation and Jedi trainees are left to clean up the mess.
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