|The main players in the Shadow of Revan Expansion: Satele Shan, Jakarro and C2-D4, Theron Shan, Lara Beniko, SHae Vizla and of coure Revan!|
(NEW EXPANSION SPOILERS AHEAD!)
I must make a brief recap of the events that started the Forged Alliances questline which basically led to the Shadow of Revan Expansion. Your character started off by talking to a droid on the fleet as per usually who sends you to a new mission floor of the fleet, there you find either Colonel Dark and Theron Shan or Darth Arkous and Lana Beniko (plus another random third person) who tell you that they are setting up an attack on the Jedi Temple/Sith Academy on Tython/Korriban. So you go to the enemies homeworld and attack and kill a few bosses, however after debriefing you then find out that your own planet is being attacked then race to defend that one however once you repel the invaders they mention something about a grand plan and that your efforts are in vain blah blah blah etc so there’s definitely something up. This part is represented by the Assault on Tython and Korriban Incursion flashpoints which is part 1 of the series whereTheron and Beniko (Now working together) have worked out that Dark and Arkous must be working together.
next part has you travelling to Manaan
which is quite a beautiful looking planet all covered with ocean, it’s here
that you undertake the Depths of Manaan flashpoint where you meet Jakarro and C2-D4, and raid the lab of a a Selkath geneticist
who was constructing cyborgs and shipping them to Darok and Arkous. It was at
this point that Shan and Beniko understood that the two were now part of the
Order of Revan, and the cyborgs were in creation to serve Revan himself, who
wanted to recreate the Infinite Empire in his image.
|Korriban Incursion, Empire Side - Save the Sith Temple!|
|Manaan - Quite a beautiful planet|
In the third and final part of the You then go to Rakata Prime which if you didn’t know is the home planet of the Rakata species and the central world of the Infinite Empire though they are now reduced to Tribal culture. You fight through them and the Revanites and eventually the initial soldiers of the new Infinite Empire and shut down the newly created Star Forge. You eventually confront and kill Arkous and Darok and then Revan and his fleet appear and he tries to bomb you to smithereens after a short speech about how he’s back in full force with the Revanites in tow. You manage to escape of course and Theran and Lana announce they have been accused of murder by their respective organisation and will go into hiding thus ending the Forged Alliances questline leadup to the new expansion.
(End of spoilers)
|Rakata Prime - Home Planet of the Rakata|
And that was that for the time being well now return to your regular programming of my new character! That’s right after getting my Assassin to 50 I decided it was time once again to create a new character. Now I was at a bit of an impasse with this one as ever since I created my Jedi Guardian I’ve wanted to create a Jedi Sage but told myself I already had a Jedi and Sith character so needed to create a non-force user to which I thought I should make another Empire character such as an Imperial Agent. But I eventually decided on a Trooper Vanguard which although it was a non-force user it was Republic again so I was forced to create an Imperial character for this time. The thing that was stopping me from creating an Imperial Agent (or a Smuggler for that matter) is that I wanted a character with healing abilities but the Operative and Scoundrel DPS trees were largely focused on stealth and close range attacks, something that was pretty much exactly what I did as a Sith Assassin so I wanted something different. The only other choice left was a Bounty Hunter really so I decided to go a Bounty Hunter Powertech as they have a healing specialisation and abilities and also a DPS specialisation (Arsenal) that focuses on long-range combat which was what I wanted to do.
I must take this point to mention that the new Discipline
system was not in effect then but is no so I will now refer to the talent
trees as disciplines er paths I think it is. There is an online discipline
calculator at Dulfy.net here,
Dulfy.net is a great resource for SWTOR news guides and info and is possibly
the ONLY place you can find certain things like the Discipline calculator but
|Heehee, look at me and my little pea shooter.|
The discipline system makes picking your talent points and skills ever so easy in fact it’s practically the same as WoW’s new simplified talent calculator which adopts a style akin to Diablo 3 where you choose one of three talents every 15 levels and also get rewarded one or two abilities every 15 or so levels. The SWTOR version works in relatively the same way, you follow a line of main abilities and talents as you level up, then you pick your “Utility Points” on the right which are sort of like extra talents which let you specialise your role. And that’s basically all you have to do, tbh I was glad SWTOR still had the old talent trees as I was kind of sorry to see them go, but then again I really wasn’t the type of person to chop and change around my talents so I guess this streamlined way is better for me I guess.
Video describing the new Discipline system
So anyway I created a bounty hunter named “Txan” and because I had unlocked the Miraluka race for all classes I decided to go with them. The blind Miraluka races special feature is the various eye-coverings and headdresses that they wear which look pretty cool though the majority of them are very big and outlandish with bright colours that obviously do not tie in with the unify colours option. I found that although they are initially only available to the Jedi Consular Class they still have a variety of technological eye coverings one of which was particularly subtle not like a damn sheet over your head
|It's Txan!, he has probably the smallest eye covering option the Miraluka had, goes well with the scar|
|Mako! with Customization 2|
|Not healing here but meh it's group work|
The Bounty hunter story is ok I guess, Mako is mostly Light-side orientated though there’s been at least one time where she’s preferred dark which kind of surprised me, but damn the amount of times I watched a dark side option with my finger on the escape key was a lot and damn you’re a badass, smacking women to the ground then shooting them, it was pretty damn graphic for Star Wars at least. The ship you get is kinda cool though it looks a bit too much like the Jedi one inside but ok I guess, space missions were fun. The starting world Hutta wasn’t exactly pretty, just a Toxic waste dump where your constantly working for Hutts of course (and some Evocii) Having finished Dromund Kass I have earned a pretty silly looking suit of armor (especially the helm, I’m now up to Balmorra getting used to the changes.
|You lookin at me?|
|Ilum, some very nice sky|
Oricon Empire side wasn’t too much different, just dealing with different people. The Pristine Seeker’s armor is pretty damn cool, very demonic looking, it was pretty funny as you do the quests you get a different piece of armor and mashing it up[ with the Eradicator armor looked kind of weird, there was one point where I wasn’t even wearing a robe lol. I was experimenting with more dyes and tried the primary purple dye which looked ok.
|Oricon, not a very nice place|
|You dig my horns baby?|
After that I decided to finally claim my Dromund Kass stronghold (or apartment), yes as part of the Galactic Strongholds expansion each subscriber gets to purchase the Coruscant or Dromund Kass apartment for 3 credits! Yes 3 credits. I wasn’t really too enthusiastic about the player housing as you had your own ship that was enough in my view and was scared to try it out as you know what I’m like with interior decorating especially in Minecraft, though it wasn’t too bad as when you purchased a stronghold you automatically got a set of basic additions such as chairs, tables, couches, beds, banners and carpets. Your mesley 3 credits only give you access to three rooms, one being the entry foyer, so I said to myself that’s fine with me! As you can to spend quite a lot of credits and/or cartel coins for the full thing, so I just decided I’d make these three rooms look as good as possible. So I began decorating which was pretty easy, you just have squares to put things in and you can move them around a small area once placed, in addition to the decorations you can buy from vendors, the GTN and the Cartel market you can also gets decorations as loot from questing and doing flashpoints which was nice.
|Your Dromund Kass Stronghold/Apartment tower|
|Look it's me! though you actually have to pay to get the balcony.|
|Some shots of the different rooms, really do need to give it a bit of work.|
So that was that for Uxan, next up was Makeb and the Hutt Cartel Expansion (finally!, I feel like i’m way behind with him). It was then on to my Trooper Gxan who was just starting Tatooine, nothing really groundbreaking just got through the story missions, with one particular interaction being interesting as a girl asked what she could do to show her gratitude and you could “insinuate” that she could have sex with you but boy Elara didn’t take that well when I tried it out at first. The other funny thing was that there was an option to tell Elara that “I won’t let her get between us” I also got those damn datacrons on the Sandcrawler by riding the incredibly slow balloon again , this time with no trouble though. I finished the story mission on Tatooine meeting Fuse who been imprisoned after he refused to harm innocent civilians and I chose to stop the self-destruct of the bomb but let the Imperial Commander escape,
I also let Fuse live cause of his
change of heart. I then went on to Alderaan where I got all political again
though I did like the story where you have a prisoner from house Ulgo and
rescue their wife and daughter, I had a lot of fun choosing dark side options
just to see what happened (basically smack the crap out of him) then going back
especially where right at the end you could betray them and leave them to be
executed. Nothing much else happened apart from a Empire guild raiding house Organa’s
cantina, so I confronted and killed Gearbox in his battle mech,
wasn’t fond of that guy anyway. Always loved going back to Alderaan though,
really is (or was) a beautiful planet.
The last part I had to do was confront the final two members
of the original havoc squad, Wraith and Harron Tavus aboard their ship The Justice (hah ironic
name right?) So you sneak aboard pretending to be a fellow Republic deserter
and then kill Wraith then confront Tavis and choose to either kill or capture
him. I chose capture as he was an ok guy. So that was that for the time being,
we destroyed (almost) the entire traitorous Havoc Squad and now we’re the new
Havoc Squad, not fully manned yet of course. So then that our Commanding
officer orders us to get some R&R and report back to my ship’s holo when
I’m ready for duty. This was quite a departure from the other two Jedi and Sith
story missions where they didn’t seem to stop just kept going with the next
thing that had happened. Maybe the life of a humble Trooper is less glamorous
and more orderly lol.
So that was that for that month or two months maybe, I’ve
actually started another session since then, dang it has been awhile since the
last post. Well hopefully I’ll be able to do more in the near future now that
things have slowed down, can confirm in my last session I bought and pimped out my Stronghold on Coruscant, got my Guardian to 60
and finished off the Shadow of Revan expansion, and also did Balmorra on my Bounty
Hunter before stopping to play GTA5 yes GTA5 I’m finally gonna do it wooo
anyway cya for now.
|Ah the beauty of Tatooine.|
|Alderaan Politics, even worse then ours, and that's saying a lot|
|Sadly though it was very beautiful, much more so then Tatooine|
|Oh c'mon guys this is just silly|
|"So, we meet again Lieutenant"|
|We shooty-shoot-shoot it up in the Taral V flashpoint|
A Jedi's house is neither a Castle nor a Fortress