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It is a galaxy teetering on the brink of civil war, twenty years after the violent close of the last. The Clone Wars, as the series of conflicts were called, was supposed to have only lasted a couple years, planned out in detail by the Dark Lord of the Sith. Yet the most minute of changes, deviations or miscalculations slowly resulted in an event that was beyond even the man who was purported to have been the most powerful of his kind in millennia. A man who lived when he was supposed to have died, an apprentice with doubts that led him to question his own motives, another who would not be swayed and instead stay true to the order that raised him. One after another these small changes that would have otherwise just be footnotes in history would drastically change the outcome of a war that was supposed to have been decided.

Where it truly came undone was with the First Battle of Geonosis. Hundreds of Jedi and entire battalions of clone troopers descended upon the planet to liberate not three hostages set to die at the hands of the Trade Federation, but to rendezvous with Obi-Wan Kenobi and the recently turned Count Dooku. It set the stage of the entire war, as without a clear leader another took control of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. One who did not have the same ideals as its founder, or the desire for true reform in the galaxy. The one who inherited the revolution was one who despised the Republic for everything it stood for. One who had lost everything in a war that, without knowing the truth of the conflict, the Republic interfered with and punished his people dearly. General Grievous, more machine than Kaleesh at this point for the wounds he suffered during the Kalee-Huk war. With his leadership the conflict became far more than what his 'master' intended.

He played his part though, at least initially. Battles were fought in those beginning stages where Sidious planned them, including the First Battle of Coruscant. There Grievous began to understand the Sith lord's intentions and made his own plan. It was one that as the months turned to years, made Palpatine realize that he could no longer crush the 'rebellion' and simply seize control over the Republic to create his empire. More than that, Dooku had turned back to the Jedi and more suspicion than ever was upon him. He had been backed into a corner, a wolf no longer among sheep, but among the hunters. The Republic and CIS bled each other for every system, the Clone Wars ramping up with every passing year and invalidating his plan with each battle. Palpatine had shifted from planning to destroy the Jedi in one fell swoop, to being forced to rely on them until the very end.

Five years into the Clone Wars the plan Grievous had set into motion was finally coming into play. Since realizing Sidious' plan, his true identity and what that meant for the CIS, he had steadily ensured that certain assets remained out of reach from both the Republic and even his own allies. More and more the CIS drew upon the finances of the Banking Clan, the resources of the Trade Federation and Bactoid, as well as every planet under their sway. As the Separatist leaders bickered among themselves as to who was stealing what, Grievous assembled a fleet that would be unrivaled. Thousands of warships sequestered away in old Sith Space and preparing for one final assault. When it finally came, he hit the Republic without mercy. Kuat, Kamino, Balmorra, Ord Mantell and even Corellia came under siege from what they believed to be the entirety of the CIS fleet. Without question the Open Circle Fleet rallied to defend these key worlds, pulling assets away from the defenses of others. And that was when Grievous struck the true blow. In a single night the CIS shattered the defensive fleet of Coruscant, the planetary shield that protected it, and tore the heart of the Republic from its chest.

It became known as "Knightfall" to those who survived, partially for the last stand of the Jedi Knights who held the line against overwhelming odds, only to fail. Under the rain of turbolaser fire from orbit, Cortosis Battle Droids ransacked the capital, relentlessly hunting any who did not perish with the bombings of the Jedi Temple and the Senate Building. It was there that Palpatine himself met his end, an irony of sorts for the Sith Lord who planned out the Clone Wars so carefully, only to fall victim to another's and be buried beneath the glassed ruins of the Republic he tried to control. If things had gone another way, it would have been there that the Republic died to thunderous applause, instead it shattered into a dozen regional governments without the jewel of Coruscant to hold them. Without the clone armies to defend them though, many would fall to Grievous and his new Confederacy. Some would question where the Jedi and their army went, only ever hearing the desperate calls for retreat.

In the aftermath of such a traumatic event though, others did stand tall among the wreckage. After a valiant stand against the odds, those remnants who were unable to rejoin the main fleets settled where they had fought so hard to keep free. Corellia became a new beacon of hope in the galaxy, declaring itself the true inheritor of the Republic and standing firm against the Confederacy. With the Green Jedi lords to govern them, they would secure much of the galaxy south of the core, claiming the ruins of Kuat and working to rebuild the rings after the traitorous attack that destroyed them. Yet many hold doubts towards the Corellians, noting how they denied the Republic in Exile when they were still on the run from the Confederacy, and worse yet how many of the worlds that have joined with them, did so without a choice. Regardless of how noble their intentions, the severity of their crimes or the accusations against them though, much of the southern galaxy flourishes under their control.

To the north others contest the Corellians, foremost among them the nascent Galactic Empire. Much like their rivals, they too arose from the remnants of defenders who had nowhere else to go. With the CIS swallowing up former Republic territory across the entire Outer Rim, the Eighth Fleet under the authority of admiral Jira Renkar quickly moved to secure as much space as they could around Ord Mantell. Unlike the other successor states though, they did not have the luxury of a strong industrial base, a dedicated people, or even a cause they could believe in. For the remaining military of the Republic in that sector, cut off from any hope of reinforcements and with the CIS surrounding and assaulting them at every opportunity, their only choice was to abandon their ideals. An empire was founded in the smoldering embers of the Clone Wars, admiral turned Emperor clenching a fist of iron around those few systems he could keep from the separatists. Violence and tyranny is their language, for while all others have come to accept the new status of the galaxy in their own way… For the Empire the Clone Wars never ended.

And then there is Mandalore. It was there that the Republic in Exile found themselves unlikely allies in the form of Duchess Satine and the new Mand'alor. Already the two had been working on securing the future of their people, of both the more pacifist Mandalorians and those who wished to carry on their warrior culture, and so when the Jedi and the Republic came seeking their aid, they gave it freely. That moment joined ancient enemies together, two sides who had fought each other almost since the founding of the Republic, having nearly ruined the other many times over the millennia. Jedi and Mandalorians united, all past grievances set aside in order to secure the future of both of their peoples. It was on that foundation that the legitimate Republic government "officially" relocated to Keldabe City, "elected" Satine as chancellor and ceded military powers to the Mand'alor. Since that moment their standing in the galaxy depends greatly upon from whose lips it is said, with the Corellians decrying them as little more than a band of looters and mercenaries with stolen Republic hardware. Certainly their assault on Kuat that left it little more than ruins lends credence to such, and with the Jedi assisting freely through the new Jedi Enclaves, it's harder than ever for the GRM to play public relations.

Yet, while the Corellians sabotage their image at every turn, historians call their rise the "Third Great Crusade" and warn of the impending invasion… Many look to them as the true inheritors of the Republic. Under the mythosaur skull banner, all are equal and all have the same chance to earn their place. To be Mandalorian is a choice, one that every world in their republic has made, and all have so far benefitted from their protection and lended their arms towards securing their space. No matter whether they be Miraluka, Twi'lek, Kaminoan, Devaronian or just a regular human, all are considered to be Mandalorian under their Mand'alor and afforded the same rights whether they fight for their republic or work for it.

But while the Republics fight and vie for supremacy against each other, they ignore the threat surrounding them. The Confederacy still lives, though it is has bled key worlds and founders over the last twenty years. Muunilist broke free in order to join into the Corporate Sector Authority. Dozens of sectors have been lost to the steady advance of the Empire. Most of their core world sectors were found to be too rebellious to keep direct control, instead handed over to the puppet-Republic under Alsakan. More and more the Confederacy burns under the rule of Grievous, who still sees it as his duty to dismantle the Republic completely, but struggles to maintain control over his own systems, much less those under occupation. Even Kalee is no longer his to command, as the Empire seized it years ago. It is a rebellion that has stagnated long past achieving their goal, without the sense to lay down their arms. More than that though, with the general meeting any resistance with force, crushing any who dare to rise up against him, it is inspiring more and more to treat with their republic kin. And they can taste the blood in the water.

So it is that after twenty years, though the galaxy has changed much since the close of the Clone Wars, it is once again teetering on the brink of civil war...


tl;dr - The CIS won the Clone Wars, everything's a bit fucked.

So, if you haven't read the block of text above and are wondering just what this is, or if you did and would prefer a more succint description of the RP, here it is. "After Knightfall" is a Star Wars RP, but not like most others for the key principle of the setting. While most RPs that take place in a fandom setting like SW are quite open about the canonicity of the RP itself, and how once the RP begins it is effectively in an alternate universe, this RP starts out as such before characters are even created. It began initially as just a joke of a question a while back, a "what if" of sorts, and over the years the RP setting grew into more than just a concept and into a story of its own waiting to be told. What if the CIS won the Clone Wars?

With the baseline of what sets up the RP established, I'll try to pre-emptively answer as many setting questions as possible, though understand that with a setting as broad as SW there will be so many more. First things first, the Republic as it was is gone. The Galactic Empire that arose after the fall carries many of the traits of the one we know, but is quite different, and controls far from the entire galaxy. In fact, after the dissolution of the Republic the galaxy is completely void of any kind of central government, only agreeing to the use of the "galactic credit" for the sake of a universal standard and to satisfy the IGBC. The Jedi Order has similarly fragmented into a dozen splinter orders, all with their own idea of what it is to be "Jedi" in this new era, and few of them getting along with each other. Most remain with those who were active with the Open Circle Fleet, reforming into The Jedi Enclaves and allying with the most unlikely of powers, the rising Grand Republic of Mandalore. Of course the "winners" of the Clone Wars still linger on, though with no unifying force beyond the iron grip of Grievous, a severe lack of allies in a galaxy full of enemies, and more and more systems ironically agitating for seccession from the CIS, their days are thought to be numbered.

Essentially, the galaxy is as fragmented as the days of the Republic's founding, multiple powers agitate against each other in a cold war that is every day threatening to go hot at a moment's notice. It has been twenty years since Knightfall, and a new generation has risen to decide the galaxy's fate. But that is just the first chapter of a story I'm looking to guide my players through, one that will see both old threats and new rise to challenge what remains.

All the story aside, my rules are fair and simple, the same that can be expected from any other GM on the forum, and I do my best to work with everyone to ensure that the story they want to tell of their own character, is given the same chance as everyone else. To that end, I will be giving everyone with a serious interest until December 2nd to ask their questions of which I expect to be many, to make their character and prepare.



Oh yeah, these two @Jasonhero@Apollosarcher are Co-GMs, so they've also got answers for the most part regarding the setting.
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Obviously I'm in for this, Best Girl Twi'lek is ready to roll!
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Mandoson is in.

Brace for shenanigans.
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Definitely interested.
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@Foundry What kind of character were you thinking of?
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@Foundry What kind of character were you thinking of?


Honestly whatever fits in to the setting. A pilot, or a grey jedi are both tempting to me.
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Honestly whatever fits in to the setting. A pilot, or a grey jedi are both tempting to me.


Seems like Alf here already said hi, but let me start with saying thanks for the interest! The good thing about this setting is that there is a pretty wide margin of characters that would really fit in.

A pilot or a grey jedi (Maybe even both? Can have more than one skillset) would fit in pretty well honestly. If you want have any questions that might help you figure out what kind of character you want to play, feel free to message me! I can either chat on RPG or on Discord, whichever works for you.
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Seems like Alf here already said hi, but let me start with saying thanks for the interest! The good thing about this setting is that there is a pretty wide margin of characters that would really fit in.

A pilot or a grey jedi (Maybe even both? Can have more than one skillset) would fit in pretty well honestly. If you want have any questions that might help you figure out what kind of character you want to play, feel free to message me! I can either chat on RPG or on Discord, whichever works for you.


Thank you! I'll have a think and get back to you.
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Hiya, I'm role model. It's a pleasure.

I have been interested in Mandos before. I have a WIP transcript in the Persistent World, it's been there a while. I've done a lot of research on top of the little I did know, and I would like to transfer my Mandalorian information to here. I will have to know more stuff for the era, but it won't be a problem.

I think this looks good.
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@role model By all means, ask what you need and I'll see about clearing up anything I can.
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I'll stake my interest. I'm considering a force wielder but am hesitant to call them a Grey Jedi. They would definitely fall into that broader category, using both light side and dark side force powers and philosophies. I'll just start work on it. I read that the Jedi Order splintered, so I was hoping I could create my own sort of force tradition. Built on the remnants of the old ones.
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Interested! This looks really awesome!
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I'll stake my interest. I'm considering a force wielder but am hesitant to call them a Grey Jedi. They would definitely fall into that broader category, using both light side and dark side force powers and philosophies. I'll just start work on it. I read that the Jedi Order splintered, so I was hoping I could create my own sort of force tradition. Built on the remnants of the old ones.


If you're looking for force orders to work with, there's a few already there in the setting as is. The Jedi Enclaves for one being the largest since they are affiliated with the Mandalorian Republic. The Green Jedi are less gray, more light, but that can be argued pretty heavily against by pretty much every other force order. Then there's the Shadow Council, who are just Dark Jedi but don't call them that. Bendu Monks are actually around too, keeping mostly to themselves, but it's an option. So yeah, a good few options, but if you're bent on establishing another splinter order, just understand that I'll be looking it over with a fair bit more discretion than normal. That applies to anyone looking to pitch their own ideas for organizations within the setting, as I want to be sure that they mesh well with what is established.
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@LadyRunic Good, more suffering >.[
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@Jasonhero Hey! You enjoy it!
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I will note for those who have shown interest, or have yet to do so, that the main focus will be on the Mandalorian Republic and the Jedi Enclaves. Not to say that people will be barred from making characters outside of those two organizations, but that most of the party will be at least affiliated with the two.
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Checking in.
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Very interested
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@Chev Good to hear, got anything in mind as of yet?
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Not quite sure yet. Got a few ideas though.
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