Suicide by Star Wars Apocrypha: SWTOR Shorts

Remnants

Author: Charles Boyd

Medium: Short story

Publication Date: September 4, 2014 on SWTOR.com

Timeline Placement: c. 3,638 BBY

A human smuggler named Kaya is pursued through the jungles of Rakata Prime, the primeval homeworld of our old friends, the Rakata. Despite ruling the galaxy back when we started this venture with Dawn of the Jedi, the Rakata have since devolved into tribal primitives, making war on each other and anyone unfortunate enough to visit their planet. Known only as “the Unknown World” when it first appeared in 2003’s Knights of the Old Republic, that planet was given the name Rakata Prime in The New Essential Chronology, a Star Wars reference book published in 2005. A year later, however, Drew Karpyshyn featured the world in his novel Darth Bane: Path of Destruction, in which it was called Lehon. The following month, The New Essential Guide to Alien Species identified it simply as Rakata.

This vignette sticks with Rakata Prime, but YMMV.

Anyway, Kaya was hired by the Exchange, the major galactic crime syndicate of this era, as part of a crew sent to retrieve various artifacts and antiques from the planet’s ruins. The half-dozen other members of her team have all been killed by the natives, who are now chasing Kaya back toward her ship, throwing spears and indecipherable threats at her, while she yells into her comlink for her droid, Dominic, to fire up the engines.

She comes into the clearing where she’s parked and throws herself onto the ground as the droid turns the ship’s guns on the jungle and blasts away. “It felt like there wasn’t enough air on the entire planet for her to catch her breath.” That line is pretty banal but hey at least they put some kind of literary language into one of these things.

Kaya is safely aboard her ship but the action isn’t over yet! Once she and Dom (short for D0-M9) make orbit, they’re attacked by a Republic corvette and a Sith destroyer that strangely appear to be working together. The reason for this isn’t explained in the story, I guess you have to play the Shadow of Revan game expansion (available now for only $19.99 USD!) to find out. They get caught in a tractor beam but manage to break free when Kaya dumps the junk they stole from the Rakata into space.

Knowing that the Exchange will be pissed at them for losing their cargo, Kaya and Dominic Toretto decide to lie low for a while in Raider’s Cove, a trade port on the planet Rishi, where you, the player, can meet and interact with them in the Shadow of Revan game expansion (available now for only $19.99 USD!).

A little bit more substantial than most of these web vignettes have been, plus going back to the Unknown World and seeing the Rakata again warmed the cockles of my heart. 2/5 Death Stars.