“The New Order of peace has triumphed over the shadowy secrecy of shameful magicians. The direction of our course is clear. I will lead the Empire to glories beyond imagining.”
— Emperor Palpatine
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, before docking on the Sky Citadel orbital station. Leaving his Padawan behind, the Jedi Master boards the space station, proceeding without delay toward its command center—accompanied by MY-0K and a small contingent of clone troopers—in order to apprehend Leran Zarin.
Shortly after the Jedi Master’s departure, Vasha and Durja elect to explore the Sky Citadel. As they disembark The Defiant Star, they are unexpectedly attacked by clone troopers in charge of guarding the docking bay. Our heroes make a quick escape, losing their pursuers within the confines of the overpopulated space station.
Palpatine’s Declaration of a New Order resonates throughout the Sky Citadel.
Hunted and in desperate need of allies, Vasha and Durja proceed to locate the mysterious Soleil, one of Kieran Tasiri’s former associate.