Welcome to the Legends of the Jedi (LotJ) Storyline Guide!

This guide was written with the purpose of granting a new player some insight into LotJ’s unique storyline/timeline system.

As Legends of the Jedi is a RP-enforced MUD, it contains a cyclical storyline for us to enjoy. A storyline (commonly known as a TIMELINE) is comprised of three parts, each known as an ERA. Each era contains a separate and significant part of the timeline and typically revolve around a major governmental shift and/or conflict between two factions. If we were looking at the official Star Wars story as a timeline, the following comparison could be made of our eras:

 

Era 1:  Old Republic versus rise of the Empire

Era 2:  Galactic Empire versus a scrappy Rebel Alliance

Era 3:  New Republic/Resistance versus a reformed Empire-type/Other outsider antagonist

 

Are all timelines like this? Canon?

No. Many of our timelines follow this example, but no two have ever been the same. In the past, we have had Mandalorians, Argazdans, Hapans, Chiss, Hutt Cartels, outsider threats, insider threats, criminal clans, and many more opponents that have risen to defeat the predominant clan of each era. We strive to create new stories each timeline that are different, interesting, malleable, and enjoyable. The above screenshot depicts a spin on the canon First Order that did not go according to plan due to player involvement!

 

So… Who decides what happens throughout a timeline?

The short answer is that a combination of Immortal planning and player interaction determines what happens. LotJ is unique in the sense that although the Immortals may plan for how a timeline begins, or how each era should progress, the players are ultimately the ones that are “living” the story out. Timeline stories and era events shift due to the decisions that influential characters and organizations make. Even the least-known character can change the galaxy, if they plan or handle it correctly.

 

How long is a timeline? Are there player wipes between each one?

There are no set time constraints on timelines or eras, but an era is generally between 6-9 months, making timelines somewhere in the ballpark of two years. You will have a good amount of time to either enjoy or to affect change within a storyline! Characters are not deleted or wiped until a timeline change occurs. However, sometimes the Immortals will wipe player shops, message boards, and player homes between eras to assist the galaxy from becoming cluttered by the remnants of inactive or bugged characters.

 

How do I know what era we’re in?

The login Message of the Day will tell you what era we are currently in, as well as a summary of events that got us there. If you are having trouble finding it, you can enter HELP MOTD. Most players on the OOC channel can also answer this question for you – they just cannot go in-depth!

 

Where can I find information on the history of current storyline?

By reading the news, of course! Entering the command ‘NEWS ALL’ will show you all of the news articles of the major events that have occurred during this timeline – Beware, it is long! You can read each article with ‘NEWS #’. This is the best method to quickly catch up on the events that have occurred thus far. For more in-depth information, you can always use IC communications (covered in another guide) for current information.

 

When will this era/timeline end?

We hold End of Era (EoE) and End of Timeline (EoT) events to mark the significant changes within the mud. These can be major battles or large RP events that your character can take place in. EoE and EoT events are typically known via a ‘CHANGES’ announcement, in which the staff will also ask the playerbase to submit applications for new characters, positions, or clans for the next era or timeline. This allows the entire playerbase an opportunity to take place as influential change agents as the story progresses into its next phase.

 

Now that you know how our unique storyline works and progresses, put that knowledge to use and enjoy the current story that Legends of the Jedi is offering! Please visit the other guides on LotJ’s website for more assistance in getting started.

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Apped Roles for New Timeline
The Galactic Republic: The Republic is at the tail end of a devastating war with the Mandalorians. Only after barely achieving a pyrrhic victory in a reckless ground assault on Mandalore itself was a peace accord reached. The Jedi and Military are all but depleted, and the Republic systems are rocked by the toll of a decade spent at war. The citizens of the Republic now optimistically look forward to an age of peace and rebuilding. Apps required: The Chancellor and two Senators See HELP SENATORAPPS The Sith Empire Marching out from Korriban, the Sith have slowly draw the outer rim to their banner through promises of power, and when diplomacy wasn't enough, a show of strength. Little is known about the Empire in the mid-rim and core, much less its intentions beyond its established boundaries. All that is truly known is that an Emperor leads them, with the red-skinned Sith of Korriban as their heralds. Apps required: A Sith(Forcer) Emperor, a few racial Sith(Non-forcer) loyal to the throne. Engineering Clan Leaders Engineering clans will be, once again, found in neutral territory. We have no predefined names or situations, and look forward to hearing your ideas. Force Users: We are now accepting apps for both traditional Jedi and Sith of all ranks. Jedi will be required to be in the Republic clan. Sith are expected to be in the Sith Empire, with the master being expected to lead the Sith Empire. You have one guideline here: No Gray Jedi or unclanned forcers. Mercenary Clan Specifically, we are looking for a mercenary clan to rule a planet in a warlord style of rule, and not a government. We do not have any more guidelines other than that and are more than willing to work with players in coming to mutual agreement for the clan's place in the setting. Unique Characters Have an interesting concept for a race that you can't afford? Or maybe a race that is yet unseen on the race list? Send it in. We'd love to see what interesting concepts are dreamed up of.

New Timeline Announcement
We are now in the opening stages of requesting apps for the next timeline, scheduled to begin around the end of May/beginning of June. End of Timeline events are scheduled to start the first week of May, and it is our personal hope that all the events will be able to entertain everyone for a few weeks. Refer to Changes 1431 for more information on the roles being sought out. specifically. FAQ Q: What do you look for in an app? We look for goals, both what you have to achieve with the character and the character's IC goals. How will you contribute to the timeline with your app'd character? We are not nearly so focused on Description/History/Race/Class so much as the storyline you see the character creating or contributing to the mud. Q: Are we doing a player wipe? Yes! Q: Will all my characters receive points at pwipe? Unfortunately, no. However, there will plenty of opportunities in the EoT events for you to charge in to your death to gain your hard-earned character points. I encourage everyone to get involved in the events, take risks, and not suicide en mass meaninglessly lest you deprive the events of able participants! Q: What happens if you don't get the apps for specific roles? In these cases, the staff may approach players and suggest specific roles to them that we'd like them to take on. More information will be revealed as we get closer to the start date.

Recent In-Game News

Coruscant Defenses Collapse
Despite General Gareth's attempts to rally the Republic Union after the grueling Kanz System battle that saw the Republic lose much of its command echelon. Many of the common soldiers and staff of the Republic have simply fled their posts, fearful for their lives and lack of hope. This state of affairs has left many of Coruscant's defenses severely weakened and undermanned. Gangs have started to become emboldened at this drop in manpower, and have begun terrorizing the underworld with more vigor. With the First Order eyeing what has been the seat of galactic power for centuries, it will surely not be long before they are able to make their move and claim the planet.

First Order Announces Renewed Hostilities, Heavy Union Losses
An older-looking human man with a graying red beard stands before the Alderaanian Royal Palace, flanked by the crimson banners of the First Order. He addresses the cameras and watching crowd in a familiar placid tone, Yesterday evening, a non-combatant employed by the First Order was lured into a trap and kidnapped by a Bounty Hunter in the employ of the Republic Union. First Order forces responded quickly to the scene and were able to track the Bounty Hunter's vessel to Coruscant. The man exhales heavily before resuming, The First Order's efforts to engage in negotiations with the Republic Union were rebuffed, the Union unwilling to discuss the return of the kidnapped individual, and further claiming that they felt no further need to abide by the peace agreement between our two governments because, in their view, they felt the First Order 'were going to break it anyway'. It being thoroughly demonstrated there would be no further purpose to continued negotiations, the First Order issued a declaration of war against the Republic Union at 23:41 Eastport time. The bearded man continues his address, the banners fluttering in the dawn breeze, Ships of the First Order Navy moved swiftly to attack Dac, while a ground team was inserted to the surface of Coruscant. The Union Fleet engaged in battle against the forces of the First Order over Dac and were defeated, with all hands lost, and no First Order casualties received. The strike team on the surface of Coruscant gained entry to the Republic Citadel, moving swiftly to rescue the captive, and engaging in battle against Union Forces while attempting to exfiltrate. Five Union personnel were slain in the fighting, including an individual confirmed to be Iroh Despir, with no First Order losses. Another pause. Negotiations regarding the future of the Republic Union are pending, and more information will be made public as the situation permits. The broadcast ends.

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