Order of Shasa

A Group of Force Sensitive Selkath

Description:

Order of Shasa Member CL 10
Medium Selkath scout 7/Force adept 3
Force 5; Dark Side 0
Init + 7; Senses low-light vision, Perception + 6
Languages Basic, Selkath
Defenses Ref 24 (flat-footed 22), Fort 24, Will 25; Dodge, Evasion
hp 78; Threshold 24; Second Wind 39
Speed 8 squares
Melee Fira^ + 11 (1d8 + 7)
Ranged blaster pistol + 9 (3d6 + 5)
Base Atk + 7; Grp + 9
Special Actions
Force Powers Known (Use the Force + 16): Battle strike, Force slam, Force stun, mind trick, move object, Resist Force, Vital Transfer [Light Side]
Force Techniques Force Power Mastery (move object)
Abilities Str 14, Dex 14, Con 15, Int 10, Wis 12, Cha 12
Talents Deception Awareness, Evasion, Greater Weapon Focus (Fira), Long Stride, Progenitor’s Call, Waveform
Feats Dodge, Force Sensitivity^, Force Training (3), Weapon Focus (Fira), Weapon Proficiency (lightsabers, pistols, simple weapons)
Skills Climb + 12, Jump + 12, Knowledge (life sciences) + 10, Ride + 12, Survival + 11, Use the Force + 16
Possessions blaster pistol, clothing, fira

^If attack roll exceeds the target’s Reflex and Fortitude Defenses, the target takes half damage again on the following round from the grievous wound.

-Selkath Species Traits: Breath Underwater: Cannot drown in water.
Expert Swimmer: Reroll swim check but must accept the reroll even if it is worse. Can take 10 on swim checks even when distracted or threatened.
Able Healer: Target regains additional 5 hit points when healed by a Selkath. Once per encounter as a swift action, the Selkath can grant any adjacent ally bonus hit points equal to 10 + the Selkath’s level, which lasts until the end of the encounter.

Bio:

The Order of Shasa was a Force-sensitive cult of Selkath natives of Manaan. The Order took its name from a Force-sensitive Selkath named Shasa that the Sith had lured, along with her friends, to the Sith Embassy on Manaan. The Sith planned to use the impressionable Selkath to overthrow the Manaan government, and replace it with the easily-manipulated young Force trainees. However, the plot was uncovered by Revan, and he successfully convinced the Selkath of the Sith’s evil nature. The Sith’s actions, threatening Manaan’s neutrality, were punished by restrictions on their kolto shipping.

After the end of the Jedi Civil War Shasa quickly realized that if Manaan was to remain truly neutral in the coming years, the Selkath must not rely on the Jedi anymore than they rely on the Sith. Because Force-sensitive Selkath still needed training and guidance to develop their powers and avoid the dark side, Shasa and the other Sith-trained Selkath developed a doctrine of peace and defense, creating an organization initially known only as the Order. The Order was secretly based in an abandoned mining station in the Hrakert Rift. But with its few members formally trained in the ways of the Force by the Sith, the Order immediately discovered that dark side temptations were a constant threat. Those with Sith training had difficulty disregarding their early lessons, and the Order of Shasa struggled to resolve the conflicts by seeking a path of moderation between the light and dark. With the Sith deception fresh in her mind, Shasa initially avoided contacting the Jedi or any other Force-using tradition for aid. However, when dark side proponents made significant advances or began to influence new members of the Order, she did not hesitate to seek advice from a Jedi she trusted, or from another Force tradition with a good reputation, such as the Jal Shey.

The Order continued to exist even after Manaan fell from the galactic stage. By the time of the Galactic Empire, the Order held over two hundred adepts, remarked upon as being disproportionately high considering the size of the population. Despite this, they were little defense against the Empire as they subjugated the world.

Oddly enough, many of them managed to elude the Empire for years, until a mysterious stranger contacted them sometime before the Battle of Endor. This heavily cloaked Human with a rebreather (Darth Vader) gave them detailed information on the guards and encouragement (possibly through the Force), and instructed them to strike back against the resort that had been built on Manaan during the Imperial Rule. Two hundred of the Order’s finest managed to swim through Ahto’s waste disposal system without effort (a feat that would normally have been quite distressing for a Selkath), and took out the guards with incredible speed, driving them into a retreat. But a strange bloodlust overcame the members of the Order, and they tore into the resort guests, slaughtering them all in a shark-like killing frenzy. When the rage wore off, the Order members were shocked, but the strange Jedi with the dark helmet and deep voice told them that their revenge would make them strong, and now they all served The Emperor.

After Manaan was liberated from the Empire and joined the New Republic, the Order has since went back into hiding returning to the abandoned mining station in the Hrakert Rift where they continue honing their skills in the Force. However, the Order began to fragment as many members of the Order turned away from the Darkside and began following the old ways of when it was established while others continued to embrace the Darkside and heavily dark cloaked human’s methods of aggression and hatred. Those who continued to embrace the Darkside called themselves the Dark One’s Disciples (in honor of Vader). Few in numbers (but steadily growing) and fearing that members of the Order would turn on them, the Disciples fled to nearby facilities or to the surface to hide in secluded areas of Ahto City.

The Order and Disciples are at odds with each other and a few skirmishes have occurred but neither side has been successful in making a fatal blow to the others’ organization. Each side eagerly waits for an advantage to come their way to tip the scale in their favor…

Practices and Abilities

The Order held the safety of the Selkath as its foremost priority. Storytellers of the Order passed down knowledge of the planet’s history to younger generations, strengthening the dedication of the Selkath to Manaan. Each adept would be assigned to a master, with the training period being anywhere from months to years.

A sword known as the fira was to the Order as the lightsaber was to the Jedi; each was unique, constructed by the trainee of rare materials as part of their training. The materials used in the fira were taken from the old Hrakert Rift station, destroyed by Revan in times past. The raw elements were shaped and tempered using volcanic ocean floor vents, making the experience dangerous as well as challenging. To construct a fira was to be truly inducted into the Order. This ritual was known as the Rite of Fira.

The Order of Shasa, motivated by Sith duplicity during the Jedi Civil War, acquired a powerful Force-based ability to perceive deception. They developed the mind-affecting power known as the Progenitor’s Call, which could disrupt their enemies’ actions. The Order was also known for a telekinetic manifestation they called a waveform, which manipulated the particles of the environment to enhance the impact of telekinetic assaults.

Order of Shasa

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