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« Reply #135 on: 08/13/21, 11:06:57 PM »

27th Airborne Division

Order of Battle

The 27th Airborne Division is Darth Vaal's infamously zealous airborne assault unit, serving as her personal companions in battle and as honour guards otherwise. They're capable of deploying anywhere in the galaxy on a moment's notice, typically sent to aid Darth Vaal's allies if they're not needed in one of the Convor's own crusades against the Republic.

Thanks to Darth Vaal's wealth and some favours from the Ministry of War, the 27th is able to equip itself with a lot of bleeding edge equipment. Their jump troopers wear experimental Isotope-5-powered versions of the standard Imperial duraplast combat harness, incorporating lightweight electric reactive armour plating, stealth field generators, biometric bafflers, and power-assisted movement (though the armour is still not self-supporting like a full powersuit). These harnesses also incorporate large jetpacks, which use heat from the reactor to operate and can fly in-atmosphere for as long as the suit has power.

As an airborne unit, the 27th primarily consists of jump infantry, though they do have organic access to some logistically lightweight vehicles such as Devastator-class light tanks and Lance-class walkers. Larger equipment such as Mauler heavy tanks and Yozusk IFVs are not maintained for their use, as these would require much larger deployment shuttles and constant resupply through orbital drop pods. Even so, these heavier vehicles are occasionally deployed from external reserves to support the unit in certain scenarios.

Because of their extensive exposure to Darth Vaal's dark powers and battle meditation, veteran members of the 27th Airborne are effectively brainwashed. In addition, many of their officers and NCOs in recent years have been drawn from Project Nucleus, an Imperial Science Bureau eugenics program applying prenatal genetic engineering to combat and logistical officers.

The 27th is best known for deploying in the form of massed airdrops from low-flying shuttles or HOPE jumps from orbiting vessels, however most of the time they're used as conventional airmobile infantry. Their jetpacks give troops of the 27th great tactical mobility regardless of deployment method, though they can be quite cumbersome when fighting indoors or riding in vehicles.

Lord Zavy and General Kaya j'Haki
"Rage without focus is no weapon at all."

Lord Zavy is the favoured apprentice of Darth Vaal, a no-nonsense military leader who's practically worshipped by her troops. While she can be quite audacious and very unruly, Zavy is devoted to her master and will gladly follow any commands that bring her closer to the fight.

Somewhat unusually for a Sith, Zavy has never been one for vanity or politics, she lives only for the thrill of combat and the satisfaction of outsmarting her enemies in battle. In her eyes there is nothing more honourable than victory, whether it comes through brute force or cunning, and she has no problem showing respect to a fallen adversary if they proved worthy.

General Kaya j'Haki is the young commander of Army Group Scythe, known for her vicious sarcasm and aggressively mission-focused attitude. Were she force-sensitive, she would likely have become a Darth by the age of 25 simply from the sheer force of her anger. Her irreverent attitude is such that it passes well beyond the barrier of insubordination, to the point where most of the Sith around her can't help but respect it (or at least be too dumbstruck to do anything about it).

Kaya rose to prominence early in the North Rim Crusade, catching Darth Vaal's attention due to her disciplinarian bent and aggressive resistance to anything inefficient. She was promoted from Major-General of the 119th Armoured Infantry Division to commander of the 20th Legion during the Third Battle of Ord Radama, then took command of Army Group Scythe after her predecessor's death on Lianna. Kaya's appointment was likely chosen specifically to feed Lord Zavy's anger and temper her growing arrogance.

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Re: Squiggly's artsy things and worldbuilding
« Reply #136 on: 02/14/22, 09:02:15 PM »
Been designing lightsabers this week, some based loosely (or not so loosely) on in-game designs while others are totally unique.

Darth Vaal's lightsaber is a force-activated split staff design with distinctive sharpened blades around each emitter. The main body is constructed out of durasteel with neuranium reinforcements and blades to inhibit disarming attacks, giving the full saberstaff a hefty 7 kg mass. It's a full meter long including the blades, and still nearly 68 cm only counting from emitter to emitter.

Malaji's current saber is based on her previous Jedi lightsaber, reusing most of the core components and retaining a similar style. The original used conventional controls and had a less austere appearance, with leather grip wraps and an Osmiridium-plated casing. This weapon was cut in half early in her Sith career, being rebuilt as a split saber and modified with lightsaber-resistant materials to resist future damage. The axe heads were added after the war ended, supposedly as a means of bloodletting defeated opponents to satiate Malaji's newfound thirst.

Lord Zavy wields a long lightsaber pike with a dual-phase system to change its blade length on the fly. This pike is built mainly out of phrik coated in corrosion-resistant manganese brass, plus shiny arcetron decorative accents, Sullust leather grip wrappings, and a mullinine lattice inside the shaft to maximize strength without too much weight. Overall it weighs a hair over 7 kg and is balanced perfectly around the center of the shaft, most of its mass coming from the reinforced phrik body and the heavy duty power cell inside.

As a backup, Zavy also carries her original lightsaber, a fairly typical design made of standard saber alloy coated in manganese brass plus arcetron decorations.

Lord Arytis's lightsaber is fitted with large weights around the emitter to drive its center of mass further forwards, making heavy sweeping strikes slightly easier. It's constructed of standard saber alloy with a rubber grip.

In addition to her saber, Lord Arytis often carries an electrowhip with razor sharp crackers, useful as both a mobility-restricting weapon and a mobility-enhancing tool. This whip was gifted to her by Queen Scajia of Zygerria for her aid in resolving a succession crisis, with aurodium plating and a wroshyr heartwood grip to give it a distinguished royal flair.

Lord Kyras wields a weapon rebuilt from her original Jedi lightsaber. Rather than simply replacing her focusing crystal with a synthetic substitute, Kyras chose to turn the original purple Adegan crystal red through a traditional sorceress's rite known as bleeding, where the crystal is essentially tortured into submission. The ritual helps bond the user to their lightsaber and serves as a test of strength, as the crystal itself will actively resist conversion, however it does produce a weaker and inferior blade compared to plain synth crystals.

This bleeding had the unwanted side effect of fracturing Kyras's crystal, which contributes to the blade's unstable appearance and excessive power draw. Most of its modifications exist to help contain all the leaking energy from her cracked crystal, which would otherwise cause the saber to overheat or simply short out in combat. Most notable among these countermeasures is a blade overcharge feature which can (somewhat inconsistently) short out other lightsaber blades and melt through denser materials much faster than usual.

Phayri Vaal's lightsaber has a curved hilt which helps extend her reach during leaps and dodges, with a gilded ultrachrome and durasteel housing giving it a visually striking appearance.

Alonni Lumiere wields a lightsaber with a distinctive hemispherical phrik guard and neuranium crossguards, providing extra protection for her aggressive thrust-focused dueling style. She sometimes pairs this with a similarly designed shoto for parrying.

Kadha Jatar utilizes a blue-bladed dual phase lightsaber with an ornate gilded exterior. Its blade can be switched from that of a standard lightsaber to a long lightwhip by unlocking and rotating its crystal housing, with telekinetic controls to make it difficult for opponents to utilize this feature.

Master Ansara wields an ornately decorated saberstaff plated in Haysian gold. Its odd profile is a result of several decades of tinkering, upgrades, and field repairs.

Master Saida uses a telescoping lightsaber pike clad in starkly contrasting bronzium and durite. Its collapsing handle is essentially a long volute spring made of a thin metal sheet, with structure and lightsaber resistance provided by an electroactive mesh liner on the inner walls which becomes rigid when powered. This shaft can withstand sharp blows like any solid pike while staying thin enough to collapse into the saber's hilt.

Asli Eliyara fights with a standard lightsaber and a shoto, both sharing an easily concealable streamlined design and a polished alloy exterior. They're often hidden within her scannerweave scarf or elsewhere in her clothes, allowing her to maintain the appearance of a plain old civilian.