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 Post Posted: Mon, September 18th 2006 03:12pm    Post subject: The Onderon System
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Onderon:
Onderon has four moons. Dxun, the primary moon, orbits very close to the planet, allowing some animals to fly between the planet and the moon. The other three moons were Dagri, Evas and Suthre.

The native humans of Onderon struggled against the beasts, eventually gathering new technologies and building a huge walled city, Iziz, to protect themselves. Like the people of many other fringe worlds, the Onderonians had a distrust of non-humans.

The Beast Wars and the Naddist Uprising
In 4,400 BBY, Freedon Nadd conquered the planet and established a Dark Side theocracy. These cultists were known as Naddists. Naddist tyrants included Warb Null and King Ommin. The Naddists sent Iziz's criminal element (opponents of the Naddists) out into the wilderness without any protection from the animals. These outcasts soon learned to defend themselves, and eventually formed a second civilization, the Beast Riders. Relations between the two groups were hostile, and they remained at war with each other for many years. The Beast Wars lasted from 4,350 BBY to 4,000 BBY, with the final battles serving as the opening salvos of the Great Sith War.

Ommin was coronated King in the year 4,018 BBY, taking Amanoa as Queen. Novar was appointed Minister of State in 4,013 BBY. In 4,002 BBY, Onderon joined the Galactic Republic. The Republic asked the Jedi to watch over the world. Jedi Master Arca Jeth was selected as Watchman, and assigned his Padawans Ulic Qel-Droma, Cay Qel-Droma, and Tott Doneeta to the planet in a test-capacity. The Beast Wars finally ended with the death of Naddist Queen Amanoa. Amanoa's daughter Galia married Oron Kira, the leader of the outcasts, known as the "Beastprince."

In 3,998 BBY, two years after the First Battle of Onderon, the Naddist Uprising occurred. The Naddists tried to overthrow Galia, but were foiled by the Jedi and the Republic. Ommin and Sith disciple Warb Null were slain, but so was Jedi Kith Kark.

In more ancient times, the sociopolitical situation between the Onderonian beast-riders and the people of Iziz was far different from the present day. Formerly untamed and coarse, many of the wilderness Beast Lords prospered during the several decades since the end of the Great Sith War, thanks to off-world trade going back two generations (marked in the game by Oron Kira's marriage to the Iziz royal house, thus uniting the bloodlines).

The Mandalorian Wars and the Jedi Civil War
The Mandalorians attempted to invade Onderon during the Krath Holy Crusade in 3,996 BBY, but they failed, and settled on the planet's moon, Dxun. During the Great Hunt, the Jedi cleansed the world of terentateks.

Onderon was the site of two battles during the Mandalorian Wars. Onderon, very interestingly, went almost entirely unaffected by the Jedi Civil War. It was almost as if Revan did not want to attack it. Further, it long remained the only world in the Republic still capable of seeding ecosystems into other dead worlds -- Onderon's wildlife being some of the most aggressive in the known galaxy, particularly its winged drexl creatures flown by the Beast Lords there. Merely placing such creatures on target worlds guaranteed their habitation for years to come.

The Onderon Civil War

"We fought many soldiers during the Mandalorian Wars. The Onderonians were certainly brave - but they were disorganized and stupid."
-Mandalore Canderous Ordo-

During the years following the Great Sith War and the Jedi Civil War, a good number of the beast-riders became "socialized," influenced by the ways of the city...yet others simply fell to common thuggery, living within the walls, yet unwilling to abide by the laws of civilization. This state of affairs caused many arguments between Queen Talia and General Vaklu during open councils. Talia believed in equality, and a peaceful resolution to the problem. Whereas, her cousin in using the military to resolve matters.

Eventually Vaklu's Dark Side ally gave the order for him to seize power from Queen Talia, and thus began the Onderon Civil War. Eventually the war drew to an close, and it looked like Vaklu might overthrow the Queen. The Jedi Exile arrived ,and the tide began to turn back in favor of Queen Talia and her supporters. The Exile commanded royalist supporters and overran the many Sith and Vaklu-loyal units holding Iziz and the palace. The Exile, showing great command of the Force, broke through the rear of the sith ranks by defeating Sith forces on the Sky Ramp to the palace. Upon reaching the palace, the royalist supporters and Vaklu-loyal forces engaged each other within the throne room.

By using Battle Meditation, the Jedi Exile swayed the battle in favor of Talia's forces, and all that was left was Vaklu, surrounded by many of Talia's own followers. Talia ordered an immediate execution for Vaklu, but the Exile said that would only make Vaklu a martyr, and that the Queen should use this time to rebuild her planet, and win back the affections of her people. Talia allowed her cousin to stand trial fairly, and thus began the rebuilding Onderon.

More recent history
In 1,000 BBY, Darth Bane rode to Onderon from Dxun upon a skreev to rendezvous with Darth Zannah after the Seventh Battle of Ruusan.
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Dxun:
Despite being temperate and habitable, the jungles of Dxun posed major challenge for everyone struggling to survive there. Due to its constant rains and wet climate, mechanical devices did not last long and required continuous maintenance. Moreover, the jungles were inhabited by many dangerous predators, such as cannoks, bomas, maalraas, and zakkegs, forcing the moon's inhabitants to be armed at all times.

Though considered a moon of Onderon, Dxun and Onderon were almost sister planets. They were so close to one another that it was only a short shuttle ride between them, and they even shared a bit of the same atmosphere. Every year, during Dxun's summer season, the atmospheres of Onderon and Dxun would connect, allowing the vicious Dxun beasts to set foot on Onderon and settle there, thus laying the foundations for the Beast Wars.

Early history
Dxun may have been a world of the Infinite Empire, as banners bearing the insignia of the empire could be observed on the moon's surface.

At the end of the Beast Wars, Jedi Master Arca Jeth decided to relocate the sarchophagus of Freedon Nadd, the former Dark Lord of the Sith and king of Onderon, from Onderon to Dxun, in an attempt to prevent future Sith from drawing on its power. The plan worked for the most part, though two of history's most pivotal Sith Lords, Exar Kun and Darth Bane, would later manage to enter the tomb of Freedon Nadd on Dxun.

At the end of the Great Sith War in 3,996 BBY, Mandalore the Indomitable, leader of the Mandalorians, was eaten alive by the vicious beasts of Dxun.

Mandalorian Wars
After assuming the leadership of the Mandalorians, Mandalore the Ultimate made Dxun his stronghold, from which he planned his attack on the Republic.

In 3,963 BBY, the Mandalorian Wars began as the Republic attempted to capture the Mandalorian base on Dxun. The Republic managed to defeat the Mandalorians, but the victory came at a heavy cost. The Mandalorian outposts were well-fortified with mines, traps, and the wild jungle itself. During the strike that allowed the Republic to finally take over the moon, the Jedi Exile had to sacrifice dozens of her soldiers, sending them on a suicidal charge to disable the minefield that was the last obstacle keeping them away from the Mandalorian fortress.

Moreover, the Republic taking control of Dxun did not change anything. The Republic military did not bother to demolish structures that remained from the Mandalorians; neither did they uncover hidden weapons caches, providently left in case the Mandalorians were someday to return.
A second battle was fought on Dxun near the end of the war, but the Republic triumphed once again.

Onderon Civil War
In 3,956 BBY, Canderous Ordo took the title of Mandalore and gathered a handful of Mandalorians, most of whom were mercenaries at the time, on the Dxun moon, in the rebuilt headquarters of the old Mandalore. There they regrouped, concealing their presence from both the Republic and the native Onderonians, silencing all scouts who came anywhere near their encampment. Canderous hoped that one day, the Mandalorians of Dxun would regain their former glory.

During the Onderon Civil War, the Mandalorians fought with the Jedi Exile, despite—or perhaps because of—the fact that the General had been in no small part responsible for their prior defeat in the Battle of Malachor V. Canderous provided the Exile with a shuttle to make trips to the city of Iziz on Onderon and, during the Second Battle of Onderon, helped the Exile's companions reach the Tomb of Freedon Nadd and eliminate General Vaklu's Sith allies, who, inside the tomb, were conducting a ritual to keep Onderon beasts storming the royal palace in control of their Sith beastmasters.

More recent history
Millennia later, in 1,000 BBY, the Sith Lord Darth Bane, fleeing the Seventh Battle of Ruusan, crash-landed on Dxun. It was here, in Freedon Nadd's tomb, that Bane acquired orbalisk armor and formally decided to begin building a new Sith Order.
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