Everyone knows what Star Wars is - the galaxy far, far away has done more for the genres of the space opera, science-fantasy, and science-fiction than any other single body of work in literature. Without Star Wars, Star Trek would still be lingering in obscurity, Mobile Suit Gundam wouldn't have beam sabers, the X-Men might never have left Earth, and Harrison Ford would still be a carpenter fed up with trying to get a role in Hollywood. The question for a newbie is less likely to be, "What is Star Wars?" and more likely to be, "Why should I roleplay in the Star Wars Expanded Universe?"
Here's a few answers:
Additionally, you can get a glimpse of many of the long-running plots which we run below - take a look. And if you're still not convinced, we welcome you to sit in on the room and watch us. As a forewarning, we will not be percolating with activity every hour of every day - that's just not practical. But we've got at least some activity every day, and the best way to get to know us is to get to know us. What're you waiting for?
Current Standing Storylines By Era:
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Rise of the Empire:
Renegade: The young Sith in Training Darien, on orders from his masters is set out on a mission to assassinate a powerful member of the Jedi Council in the Temple itself, a feat the likes of which no trainee could hope to succeeed. Upon infiltration, however he was stopped and forced into combat by Emiliana, a Force Healer and an Empath. In a flurry of battle, betrayal and terror, the two have come to form a strange bond and are now lost on Coruscant trying to escape the hands of both the Jedi and The Sith that are bound to be chasing them. Running renegade, they have no way to escape and nowhere to run, they need someone to turn to and quickly or their freedom or even their lives will be taken...
Desolation: There is a man who walks the galaxy, a man with seemingly no name and a face unrecognized. He has taken it upon himself to be a bane to the smugglers and illegal weapons dealers that run rampant on the outer rim. None see him coming or going, giving no clue as to a ship he might hold loyalty to, a planet to call home, or even a direction he arrived from. He will come without warning, the standard of a lightsaber missing the center of its blade boldly embroidered on the back of his heavy cloak by what must have been a loving hand in some age long since passed. He leaves the symbol behind him when he leaves a place he has does his work, vanishing into the stars without a trace. Always alone, and seemingly always without compromise or even a word of comfort to those he passes, he is known as a vigilante. He is known as The Desolate One.
New Jedi Order:
The Traveler: The Yuuzahn Vong run their ruthless path through the galaxy, a relentless tidal wave of destruction. Running ahead of them however are rumors of a strange ship like none have ever seen. They say that the ship is alive, gleaming in the light of the stars it hovers far too close to, it's hull pulsing like organic skin. Transmissions can be sent to the strange ship and a few have even been answered by a female voice as cold and hollow as space itself. The ship calls itself Hel'ra and the voice refers to itself only as The Pilot. But the further it runs ahead of the Vong, the more often it is seen. The cold voice now offers aid to those in need and the ship opens its doors to reveal wonders that only Jedi Master Luke Skywalker claimed to have seen once almost an age ago. Every ship needs a crew, however, and as the Vong come closer, this one might be getting ready to stop running and turn to fight instead...