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Star Wars: The Old Republic Live-ish Blog. Chapter 16 of Jedi Consular “Knights of the Fallen Empire”

Spoiler Thoughts:
Chapter XVI: The Battle of Odessen
  • “Someone’s slicing our communications?”  “Who?”  Are you not even paying attention?!
  • Ha ha. It’s been so long, I don’t remember who all the later additions are.
  • Oh wow, the game suddenly remembered we were supposed to be romancing Theron.
  • Theron likes you, but not enough to want to go meet Arcann with you.
  • This seems like everyone is coming around to say bye. We must be nearing the end.
  • Great. I’ve been playing the Imperial Agent for the last month and barely remember how Consular fights anymore.
  • What…Koth has an anti-SCORPIO button?  Why have we not used that before?
  • Man, you really have to get a lot closer to fight as a Jedi than an agent.
  • Well that was a lot of dying, but the Harry Potter magical shield of need really came in handy.
  • I’m not so sure I’d count Arcann out until I saw a body.
  • Senya…
  • Vaylin never gets a break.
  • How did Senya take so long to get here, she missed the whole fight?
  • Koth better not be right about you, Senya. I’ve already had one betrayal this story.
  • Oh hi Valkorian. Did you not hear when Arcann was mopping up the floor with me to get your attention?
  • Nice of you to show up now.
  • Wow, I really don’t get SCORPIO’s deal. Why couldn’t she have accomplished this working with us?
  • Why would she give up all the power once she had it?  So confused.
  • This quest with the TC-93 droid is hilarious. “TC = remembers Carina // Carina = obsessive + lonely + creepy”
  • These poor lonely women and their even poorer droids.
  • So I guess that’s the end of the “Fallen Empire” storyline.
  • On the whole, it was pretty entertaining and doable as a solo, which was my main concern when I started this whole thing.
  • The first nine chapters I thought were really engrossing, but then it seems kind of evident that the subsequent chapters didn’t get the same amount of funding or time and were kind of shallow.
  • The other thing that you notice is how all the class storyline missions were fully voiced and the worlds fully rendered, while most of the expansions your character was silent and transportation was handled as a “fade to black” and then reappearance at your destination.
  • Once I caught up with the chapters however, the game really weakened for me, since all the interchapter grinding involved the heroic flashpoints which I proved totally incapable of finishing.
  • At that point, there wasn’t really anything interesting for the whole month until the new chapter came out.
  • Additionally, the early entry into the chapters for the subscribers wasn’t a huge advantage, because a) the chapters started out totally buggy and needed patching to be easily playable, and b) the areas were so crowded initially, you could hardly find non-timed out objectives.
  • Like sometimes you’d have to just stand around in some enemy compound waiting for a Big Bad to respawn and then try not to accidentally poach someone else’s turn who had been waiting for it earlier.
  • The next segment will evidently deal with Vaylin, who was probably a much more interesting character than Arcann, anyway.
  • Unfortunately it also deals with SCORPIO who I think was one of the weaker characters–pretty one-note, and one of those who makes your character look like kind of an idiot for constantly helping them even when they flat out say they’ll betray you at the first opportunity.
  • All the new characters were pretty interesting, but after the first nine chapters they were mostly done talking at length to you.
  • The chance to romance either Theron, Lana, or Koth was nice, but having to lock it in with one of them right in front of the other two was a little awkward.
  • Plus it wasn’t like the other person ever mentioned it again until the very end, so it made virtually no difference.  I liked how Dragon Age Origins made it so the characters at least changed how they routinely addressed you by how much they liked you.
  • Although it’s not very supportive of the game, if all you’re interested in is the new stuff, I’d probably hold off subscribing until all the chapters are out, because I found the time between them kind of tedious.
  • Part of it could also have been the Jedi Consular itself, because after starting an Imperial Agent character, I found that storyline to be much more interesting.
  • Even though the basic class stories are free, if you suck at combat as I do, it’s a huge advantage to subscribe and be able to have unlimited medical probes.  Otherwise, you wind up constantly having to march all the way through a level every time you die in a boss fight.
  • Alright.  On to Imperial Agent.

 

Star Wars: The Old Republic Live-ish Blog. Chapter 15 of Jedi Consular “Knights of the Fallen Empire”

Spoiler Thoughts:
Chapter XV: The Gemini Deception
  • Ok, here we go with the next chapter.
  • It feels like it’s been so long, I hope I remember what we were doing. Something about the Eternal Fleet.
  • Oh, ok. I guess a whole bunch of you are coming along on this one.
  • Whatever we were supposed to do to keep them from shooting us doesn’t seem to be working that great.
  • Lol. Lana actually said “let it go.”
  • It’s quiet. Too quiet.
  • I feel like maybe Scorpio and Gemini could have this chat without killing the rest of us.
  • Scorpio pretty unconcerned about Lana, Senya, and Theron all stuck behind that door.
  • Oh ambush.
  • Dead.
  • Dead again.
  • Ok, finally wore them down by attrition.
  • Hm. My pole saber or whatever is wearing out.
  • Oh I’m glad I went on this expedition with spare equipment that was worse than what I had on.
  • Alas for Scorpio.
  • Man, not even a body left. Cold.
  • Ha ha. I have no idea how to get out of the supply area.
  • This Skytroopers Constructor is pretty vicious.
  • He keeps activating a never-ending supply of droids to help him.
  • Oh look, dead again.
  • And again.
  • I might have to continue this fight tomorrow.
  • Dead.
  • Ha ha. I just changed these boots and now they’re almost toast.
  • I might have to go back to the ship for more clothes.
  • Dead.
  • Ok, at least if you leave to go get a change of clothes, you can come back to where you left off.
  • Dead again. This is becoming tedious.
  • Dead.
  • Dead.
  • Wait, maybe I can do something to the activating panels while he’s messing with them.
  • Well I can interrupt them, but he’s still killing me.
  • Dead.
  • Even if I get a medical probe, he regains all his health every time I die, so I can’t whittle him down that way.
  • Dead.
  • Well it seems like every panel I break stays broken even after I die, so that’s something, at least.
  • FINALLY killed him.
  • Ok, found Theron and Lana at last.
  • Oh, are you kidding me? Now we have to go all the way back in the opposite direction again?
  • You are worst mapped level.
  • That was weird. It said there was useful tech in that one room, but the door slammed shut as I got near.
  • Man that final fight was nowhere near as tough as the constructor one.
  • Oh dammit, Scorpio.


Star Wars: The Old Republic Live-ish Blog. Chapters 13-14 of Jedi Consular “Knights of the Fallen Empire”

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Spoiler Thoughts:
  • Chapter XIII: Profit and Plunder
  • Ok, back to the Spire mission. Kaliyo and Jorgan screwing up again.
  • I like the animation on Gault. Lana still looks like an action figure from the 70s.
  • This is apparently going to be Team-Who-Could-Benefit-From-Minor-Cosmetic-Surgery.
  • Isn’t it time we got some Cullen look-alikes on board here?
  • Oh please let our contact be Salacious Crumb.
  • “Ocean’s Jedi.”
  • How did Vaylin get here so fast?
  • Not sure Senya should expect too much for Mother’s Day.
  • Well that was a pretty happy ending.
  • Being BioWare however, that usually means your dog dies in the next scene.
  • That seemed short, but Gault was a more interesting character than most.
  • Everybody likes a good heist once in awhile.

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  • Chapter XIV: Mandalore’s Revenge
  • Androids get so testy when they find copies of themselves.
  • Scorpio should talk to HK-47 about the droid planet he found in KotOR 2. OH WAIT THEY CUT THAT PART.
  • The secrecy of who our allies will be would be more effective if this chapter wasn’t essentially called FIGHT WITH THE MANDALORIANS.
  • Oh man, these emails from Avus Dayne are hilarious. He needs to take poetry lessons from the Blue Rose of Illium Krogan.
  • OH WAIT, BIOWARE KILLED HIM. Sob.
  • Ok, rearranged our inventory, like we’ve been forgetting to do for the last few chapters.
  • Great. This new chapter is so busy, I can’t find a non-destroyed walker to destroy.
  • Ok, reprogramming the guns.
  • Man, am I glad for Quick Travel.
  • Arcann suddenly lost interest in defeating everyone?
  • He went from “I’ll kill you and everyone remotely associated to you” to “eh.  I’ll just watch it all on TV.”
  • We’re…going to a Mandalorian party?
  • Oh, pretty much like New Year’s in LA.
  • Man, there are a lot of droids in this armory.
  • Lana wants us to sterilize the Krogans, I see.
  • Every time they stick us with a non-optional new companion, I feel like they couldn’t get the usual voice actors back for another chapter.
  • Oh ugh. The Mandalorian dude left us. I get into a fight, I’m gonna die.
  • Thank goodness we didn’t have to drag that thing all the way back to camp.
  • Khomo is kind of an ass.
  • Welcome aboard, Torian.
  • Scorpio is a bit of a creeper.
  • Well, hard not to think that we’ve been kind of treading water for the last couple of chapters.  I don’t feel like we’ve found out anything new or made huge progress–mostly just continuing to try to get a handle on the Eternal Fleet problem.
  • Hopefully this Genesis droid will actually let us do something, like all the other things we’ve found so far haven’t.

 

Star Wars: The Old Republic Live-ish Blog. Chapters 11-12 of Jedi Consular “Knights of the Fallen Empire”

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Spoiler Thoughts:
  • Chapter XI:  Disavowed
  • Oh, I guess we don’t have an option of starting it or not. Just straight on into the breach.
  • Havok Squad sounds familiar.
  • Major Jorgan apparently likes to gang out in the swamp in his tighty whities.
  • Oh, and shooting with an imaginary gun. I think there might be a glitch here.
  • Ok, should that Jorgan guy be with me? Because he is nowhere around while these swamp things are beating on me.
  • Well I feel like he is supposed to be here, because now it says to talk to him.
  • Ok, resetting.
  • Oh look, he has clothes now.
  • Back through the swamp. At least I get to watch everyone else go through the same thing in the chat window.
  • They are really not investing too much in the mission descriptions anymore.
  • The worst part of any game is trying to fiddle with the graphics setting so the resolution is high enough to distinguish something, but low enough so I can walk around without jerking in different directions.
  • Man, Jorgan is gone again.
  • You know, I think he fell through the floor, because I can still hear him, and everybody keeps shooting at the ground instead of me.
  • This chapter maybe needed some more debugging.
  • Damn it, this battle droid Atherna is kicking my ass.
  • Part of it seems to be that for all his talk, Jorgan has pretty poor survival instincts.
  • You would think, if a huge machine is going to plop down in one spot and keep firing at you, you would…I don’t know…MOVE?!
  • Argh. Still dying.
  • Took a break for a day. Still dying.
  • FINALLY killed it. I have no idea what made the difference, besides killing the turrets and knights faster.
  • Glad these citizens had better firepower than all these military guys.
  • Again, I don’t know why everyone looks pretty good except Lana who always looks under-rendered.
  • Oh man, Koth just administered a sick burn to Senya.
  • Nobody likes Scorpio.
  • That was kind of weird. We just went to sit in the cantina and watch people get beat up.
  • Well I guess that was the end? These end kind of abruptly.
  • This was the first one I did as an early access subscriber, and I’d have to say that it was a little buggy.

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  • Chapter XII: Visions in the Dark
  • Oh already with the tough decisions. Use the fleet? Or destroy it?
  • Frankly, I’m not sure either Kaliyo or Jorgan is my top pick.
  • There must be people who make these decisions on a snap. I usually have to think so long, the game has to check if I’m still alive.
  • Ok Jorgan. You’re up.
  • Why is it every time Valkorion wants to talk to me, he can barge in while people are throwing napalm at me, but when I want to talk to him, I have to go camping under a waterfall?
  • Well that wasn’t that helpful.
  • Hey, we checked all the exits and they were all no good.
  • I feel like we didn’t come off too well in that fight.
  • Oh look, our maybe-future-MIL.
  • “Don’t take this personally, but you’ve gotten…strange.”
  • Theron’s Mom has maybe been alone too long.
  • Oh, I guess she wasn’t alone after all.
  • Seems disturbing.
  • Wow, talk about strange bedfellows.
  • Oh dudes. You can’t just tell me the secrets? There’s a war going on, if you weren’t aware.
  • Morality is a weakness?
  • Accumulating all these secrets and I have no idea what they are.
  • I’m not so sure you guys are helping.
  • I made a thing! That will probably last about five fights before I have to throw it in the garbage.
  • …What.
  • They just…left?
  • GDI
  • Wow, I can’t climb this climbing wall for anything.
  • There is no way I can make any of these jumps and none of the ledges connect.
  • Ok, taking a leap and just yelling for help.
  • OMG. All you had to do was click a rock. Hate you BioWare.
  • Glad in all the time I was hunting weird crap in the jungle, everyone continued with the same argument as when I left.

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  • Oh, got another mission from the Hutt guy.  Reclaimed Treasure.
  • Sith artifacts are never good news for anyone.
  • Ok, unlocked the artifact, fixed the amulet, found the Hidden Hallow and…nothing.
  • Absolutely nothing. This may be a bug.
  • Yep, a bug. Had to restart the mission. Ugh.
  • Hm. If we recruit this guy, it will be the first dark side move we’ve made
  • Well, we all have to sacrifice for the Alliance.

 

Star Wars: The Old Republic Live-ish Blog. Chapters 8-10 of “Knights of the Fallen Empire”

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Spoiler Thoughts:
  • Chapter IIX: Taking Flight
  • Scorpio and HK-55 might not be BFFs.
  • Hm. Is this a bad time, Heskal?
  • Oh, I guess it was.
  • Heskal, useless to the last.
  • Well I guess it’s Mother-Daughter dance night.
  • I think Senya still wants to think Vaylin isn’t batcrap crazy.
  • Ok, I thought we left Koth behind, but now he’s here?
  • Not sure what to do, at this point. Maybe a bug.
  • Ok, restarted, and had a fight they skipped last time.
  • Always a bad sign when you walk into an area and there happen to be a bunch of kolto stations just hanging about.
  • Wow, Arcann is rag dolling us pretty good here.
  • Oh and now he’s all “NO TOUCHEE!” You have some complexes Arcann.
  • Noooo! HK-55!
  • Oh that looked like it smarted.
  • Like worse than a bee sting.
  • I’m glad we can just walk off an impalement.
  • Arishok all over again.
  • That hole in my back doesn’t look so good.
  • It’s really stealthy with me screaming and groaning every few seconds.
  • Boy, it’s a good thing these guys are terrible shots, because it looks like the Gravestone has no shields.
  • Chapter IX: The Alliance
  • The music for this game is really good.
  • Montage! Montage!
  • Theron’s back! At least it’s going better than Horizon with Kaiden.
  • Our shiiiiip!
  • Even dead, Heskal is sending crazy messages from beyond the grave.
  • I feel like we just reached Skyhold.
  • Oh, romance lock-in time. Who shall it be? Lana, Theron, or Koth?
  • Well we made C2-N2 happy but we may have also just killed him.
  • That was a pretty sedate romance scene.
  • This is apparently a family show.
  • Senya is just a barrel of laughs.
  • Arcann, you dupe.
  • Satele, what if you stopped just hanging out with dead guys, and came and helped?
  • Well the ship seems same as always, although a lot emptier.
  • Qyzen! He doesn’t seem that surprised to see me, after I’ve been frozen for five years.
  • Well at least these alliance-building missions don’t make us waste a lot of time in travel.
  • M1-4x is basically the Tom Cruise character in the film where he dies a lot.
  • Ok, you need to do PvP to get him, so forget it.
  • Lokin needs…a bunch of stuff you have to pay for? Or wait for an event?
  • Pass.
  • This is turning out to be kind of a weak alliance.
  • So now it kind of feels like we’re back to the class storyline-ish missions. Understandable, but kind of a let down from how good the last 8 chapters were.
  • Also, I guess they couldn’t keep up with all the voice work, because some of the time we’re back to the silent protagonist.
  • Uggh. The Star Fortress is a Flashpoint.
  • Oh and we’re not going to get any help at all. Fantastic.
  • Died immediately. So that’s good.
  • In jail with a prison collar on.
  • Ok, after dying half a dozen times, it turns out that you can call a companion.
  • Oh uggh. Every time you die, you go back to start.
  • Man, I do not know how this seeker droid works, for nothing.
  • Ok, apparently we can’t progress in the Star Killer quest without doing Heroic missions.
  • That seems hard.
  • UGH. Back to flashpoint.
  • Oh great. It says the heroic missions are only for two or more players, or for solos who have strengthened their alliance.
  • I guess we’ll find out if we strengthened it enough.
  • It won’t let me in the Flashpoint, because it says I already have an open one on solo difficulty.
  • Oh well, I guess we’ll just have to live with the star fortresses.
  • Ok, came back to it and now it’s letting me in.
  • Fun fact: if you submit a ticket about a flashpoint not working, you get an email stating that they only give support for class missions.
  • So I guess this bit is just doing these heroic missions until you maximize your alliance strength with each advisor, and your friendships with your companions.
  • Kinda grindy.
  • HK-55! He fixed HK-55!
  • HK is so fun.
  • Ok, raised all the associates over 10, and have Lana to 11. Now let’s try the Star Fortress again.
  • Died at Praetorian.
  • Died at Praetorian.
  • The guards respawn.
  • Ok, I think we may officially bag the Star Fortress quests.
  • So long whoever I was supposed to recruit from them. We never knew ye.

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  • Chapter X: Anarchy in Paradise
  • Oh good. A potential ally no one likes, who’s a terrorist.
  • So the Alliance is going well.
  • She keeps saying I stole her thunder. I’m not sure it means what she thinks it means.
  • Oh you’ll leave me to it, Theron? With this deranged terrorist and skytroopers on the way?
  • Kaliyo isn’t exactly a people person.
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Firebrand has a pretty plush pad for a terrorist.
  • These mission descriptions are getting kind of terse.
  • Valkorion sounds like he has a thing for Kaliyo, which would be none of my business if it wasn’t going on inside my head.
  • At least Vaylin seems like she’s having fun.
  • Well, chapter X was probably the least impressive of the ones so far.
  • The missions were pretty repetitive, stealth was useless, and Kaliyo as a character seemed pretty familiar.
  • Like if Jack was slightly less insane.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Live-ish Blog. Chapters 4-7 of “Knights of the Fallen Empire”

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Spoiler Thoughts:
  • Chapter 4: The Gravestone
  • Lana’s going to try burying a whole spaceship with a shovel?
  • HK-55 is the best.
  • “Target has achieved deadness.”
  • There’s banter?  We’ve achieved banter status?
  • Oh, my subscription just ran out. Well, I guess we’ll see how that effects gameplay.
  • Found the Gravestone which appears to be a bit of a fixer-upper.
  • So I guess, unlike the other non-class quests, Fallen Empire is really just solo, because I can’t imagine how it’d work if you had another player with you.
  • It looks like it was just was well we slept through the last five years, because they sound like kind of a bummer.
  • It’s kind of lame that it keeps making me fight these rancor saying they’re blocking my way when I’ve already totally stealthed by them.
  • Glad Lana is so understanding that I might have the Emperor of Evil living in my noggin.
  • I like these poor lost droids, just hanging out in the swamp, available for trade or medical assistance.
  • Man, HK-55 did a lousy patrol job.
  • OMG, a musical repair montage.
  • I’m surprised they aren’t playing Eye of the Tiger.
  • Who makes a ship with a floor called “Dark Sanctuary?”
  • How long have we been on this thing, and no one noticed a huge monolith in the basement?
  • Chapter Five: From the Grave
  • Oh man, are they actually going to let Lana die if I don’t go dark?
  • I would have rather worked the shields with Lana instead of the gun, but ok.
  • How did all these guys get on the ship? We’re in space now!
  • Wow, that was some Tholian Web level destruction.
  • Well this crew certainly is a little more vocal than the last one.
  • Satele made it!
  • Marr, not so much.
  • Chapter 6: Asylum
  • Koth is doing kind of a suboptimal parking job.
  • Four companions, and only HK-55 is dealing straight with me.
  • Oggo didn’t even drop any loot. Some crime boss.
  • It’s interesting that in general, you don’t get a choice of companions. I guess so your relationship can be deeper rather than broader?
  • Senya set us up for hazing?
  • I feel like eventually, someone’s going to notice we talk to dead people.
  • The Emperor keeps threatening us with dire consequences if we don’t let him use our body, but so far we seem to be doing ok on our own.
  • Trial’s up man. You guys in or out?
  • OH. SNAP.
  • Senya, burying the lede.
  • Chapter 7: The Lady of Sorrows

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  • TMI Senya.
  • Kinda weird that all these people are so attached to the Emperor of Eeeevil.
  • Senya likes job/personal life separation.
  • I’m glad Valkorian is using my skull to go sight-seeing.
  • Ok, I totally don’t understand Arcann’s deal. He was so anxious to get us, but then lost interest?
  • Nice.  Zakuul is kind of a crap place.
  • Well given that Koth wants to negotiate with the Heralds, and Senya just wants to bust heads, I think we’ll go with Koth.
  • If the Lady of sorrows ends up being the Shadow Broker, I’m going to laugh.
  • I like how he blames me, because his boss killed his partner.
  • Scorpio isn’t much of a conversationalist.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Live-ish Blog. “Knights of the Fallen Empire” Chapters 1-3

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Spoiler Thoughts:
  • A Presence on Ziost
  • This place seems troubled.
  • Well we never found our contact before skipping to search the bunker, so…oops?
  • Lana’s animation is so hinky. Why does she look so much more crudely drawn than everyone else? It’s like she’s not even from the same game.
  • This possessed commander who walked in and passed out writhing on the floor didn’t have much of a part.
  • Supreme Chancellor Saresh is kind of a jerk.
  • I like how the game at one point says “there is no way up. Go get the speeder.”
  • Because after all these hundreds of hours, it knows I will just sit here all day trying to walk up a 90 degree hill.
  • Ha ha. I jumped off a statue onto this hanging thing in the middle of the room, and now I can’t figure out how to get down without dying.
  • Always a bad sign when your followers don’t jump with you.
  • OMG, I just spent like half an hour trying to jump to this grating, when that wasn’t even how you were supposed to get over there.

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  • Wow. Ziost isn’t looking that good.
  • Ok, I think we may be finally ready to start Knights of the Fallen Empire… The whole original point to this project….
  • Knights of the Fallen Empire: Prelude.
  • It’s pretty adamant that starting this is the point of no return. Your companions, etc. will change and their missions will be unavailable.
  • Fortunately, I think I maxed those dudes all out already.
  • Chapter 1: The Hunt
  • Watching the trailer, I could never figure out what side these guys were supposed to be.
  • Wait…I think I just lost like most of my abilities.
  • Ok, not totally sure what just happened, but the Empire makes lousy defense systems.
  • All our friends just ditched us!
  • Darth Marr is our follower now?!
  • Well that could have gone better.
  • It’s like ME 2 all over again.
  • Oh Darth Marr. This might not go well for you.
  • Prince Arcann is kind of a screw-up.
  • Chapter 2: A Dream of Empire
  • Hey our buddies!  They didn’t get too far.
  • Wow, the Emperor is making my character have the most unattractive expressions.
  • Like a cross between disgust and duck face.
  • So this is the Fade, Sith style.
  • Chapter 3: Outlander
  • Hi Lana.
  • You would think the droid factory would be programmed not to try to kill the person trying to save it.
  • T7 and HK-55! Together again!
  • Koth gets a little panicky.