On to Onderon!
The Eagle's bastion takes flight from Nar Shaddaa, leaving Hutt space.
They travel through hyperspace taking a few stops to calculate jumps through different hyperlanes to arrive on Nar Shaddaa, stopping briefly at a Republic refueling station orbiting the Wookie home-world of Kashyyk. There, Breden Thek and Tomi Farstar purchase a new shield array to increase their ship's defensive capabilities.
Finally arriving in the Onderon system, Ota Coss informs the crew that they are first stopping on Dxun to offload passengers and cargo. 4 of the passangers are now revealed to be Mandalorian warriors who are bringing crates of supplies back to Mandalore's military compound. Jynx Starkiller heads to the compound as well, although her dealings are private.
Breden Thek's uncle Dyson Thek challenges him to a duel to decide who will lead their clan, and after his victory is recognized once more as the rightful leader of the Thek clan. Breden informs him that he now follows a different path, and is allied with the Jedi.
Ota Coss meets with Mandalore, and finds some Mandalorians who wish to come to Onderon to watch the Swoop Tournament that will be held in a few days time. Dyson Thek makes a deal with Breden to send him updates on his adventures through the stars and declares that his father's blade and a relic of the Thek clan should stay with Breden as his father would have wanted. he also mentions the ruins of a temple that were recently discovered deep within the jungle, and sends Breden's second cousin Olen Thek with them as a guide. Tomi and Breden nickname him Lando the Mando, and he accepts the nickname.
Farstar manages to lead them around a nest of vicious beasts as they approach the ruins. The climb up the cliff wall proves treacherous, and Farstar almost falls to his death, but Olen caught him utilizing his jetpack. Farstar suffered a bad head wound and blacked out for some time, although he continued to move forward as they entered the temple. Breden decided to take video images of the carvings found on the walls as they descended into the temple.
As they approached what seemed to be a dead end, a trap door opened revealing a spiked pit trap with several skeletal remains at the bottom. Using the force to pull items out of the pit, Breden and Tomi each acquired some loot.
As the trap closed and the way forward opened, they found what seemed to be a sort of dining hall. The skeletal remains of dozens of people lined the walls. Thek found an ornate box being cradled by one skeleton, so he destroyed the remains to claim it. Meanwhile Farstar searched the throne-like seat at the table's head and retrieved a sack of crystals which emanate with the energies of the Force. At this point, poisonous spider-like creatures poured into the room. Olen used his flamethrower to slay many of them and cut off their entry points while Breden finished off the rest.
They decided to explore the depths of the ruins. After descending the long staircase for almost an hour, they found themselves in what seemed to be a sacrificial chamber. the walls were lined with stone statues bearing hideous visages on their faces and wielding giant stone swords. Farstar noticed a glowing red pyramid shaped object on an alter and decided to claim it as his own. As soon as he removed it from the pedestal, the statues began to move! They came alive and began to attack Tomi Farstar, wounding him greatly before he could escape. Breden cut through a support column with a lightsaber he had found and Olen detonated a Thermal Detonator as they rushed up the stairs with the path collapsing behind them.
At this point, the Theks continued searching another chamber while Farstar exited the temple. Breden acquired a few more relics while Tomi began to focus on his holocron.
The ancient Dark Lord Kaysar appeared before Tomi, warning him of other forces which wished to use him for their own ends and accepting him as a disciple. The holocron closed back up before the Theks exited the ruins. With only 6 chambers explored, there are sure to be more mysteries trapped in the rubble of this temple.
After climbing down the cliff, it took our weary adventurers some time and effort to regain their bearings and find the path back to the Mandalorian compound. Once there, Ota agreed to head back to the ship.
Tomi needed to spend the night in Medbay with Draken Krog overseeing his recovery, while Breden Thek explained to his master Naati how they had explored an ancient temple, desecrated the remains of the dead, and barely omitted the fact that a holocron was taken by Farstar.
The following day, the Eagle's Bastion took flight and landed in Iziz on Onderon. Thek and Farstar decided to begin crafting lightsaber using the parts and cryustals now in their possession.
The next race in the Swoop Championship series will take place in 4 more days, and is sure to bring excitement to countless people across the galaxy!