Following their successful heist, Keees Preku introduces Eshu Tahal to Ludra Tryles. The former mercenary commander is impressed by the young soldier. After taking possession of KZ3R, she invites Eshu to the Sky Palace Casino, where he is to meet with her notorious leader Soleil.
Meanwhile, The Defiant Star arrives in the Aeten system after rendezvousing with a Victory I Star Destroyer. Kieran Tasiri reveals the nature of his mission to Vasha Stormtamer and Zuur Durjja. Leaving temporarily his Padawan and the Zabrak scout behind, Kieran boards The Sky Citadel space station. The Jedi Master immediately proceeds toward the space station’s command center—along a small contingent of clone troopers—in order to apprehend Leran Zarin.
Vasha and Durja elect to explore the space station on their own. After debarking The Defiant Star, they are suddenly attacked by the clone troopers in charge of guarding the docking bay. Our heroes barely escape the ambush with their lives, fleeing within the confines of The Sky Citadel. Palpatine’s Declaration of a New Order resonates throughout overpopulated space station.
Hunted and in desperate need of allies, Vasha and Durja proceed to locate the mysterious Soleil, one of Kieran Tasiri’s former associate and ally.