“Balmorra is a pacified world. That’s the fiction that the Empire tells its citizens. The truth is that it’s a world that builds weapons for war, and is suffering the price for it.
A resistance effort kept the Empire from finally solidifying its hold on this world, and that proved to be a problem for me. The only reason I was interested in Balmorra in the first place was because Darth Zash asked that I recover an artifact of Tulak Hord from its resting place-and that location was in one of the most toxic regions on the planet. I’d been to some disgusting places in my life, but this would have to be at the top of the list. Add to that the misguided love that Major Bessiker had toward a son-who was Sith, although how that happened I cannot fathom-and his willingness to blackmail me into rescuing the self-same son…well, I began to see why so many Sith capitalized on following their anger to committing atrocities. I was sorely tempted to decapitate the Sith and present it to Bessiker. But I imagined that might hinder me in gaining Bessiker’s cooperation, and I’d probably have to kill him, too. I’m not interested in killing our own people.
I wish the other Sith thought the same. But Darth Lachris had no compunction about killing the governor of Balmorra, who lives only because of my intercession. I had thought this sort of thing was behind me when I left Korriban, but that’s clearly not the case. Does my path have to be this way to become stronger? Do I have to be a sadist like them?
At least I captured the Republic soldier leading the strongest of the resistance movement, and he’s singing like a bird, admitting publicly that the Republic was-if not downright breaking the Treaty of Coruscant-at least bending it like a twisty pastry. And I have the artifact, one of four that I must collect for Darth Zash’s ritual, one which will grant both of us a great deal of additional power. I have no doubt that Darth Zash has an eye for a seat on the Dark Council. The idea that I could be in the service of one of the Empire’s rulers is an intoxicating one. But that’s too far ahead. For now, I must continue to Nar Shadda and acquire the next artifact from another Sith who is loath to simply give it away….”
-from Sorshan’s Story
Wrapped up Balmorra this weekend in Star Wars: The Old Republic, and again, I’ll admit I love the world’s music. Just wanted to say it again.
I’ve cleared level 30, so I’m obviously on-track for getting to 65 before the end of the Light vs. Dark event. Plus, I’ve hit what was once the minimum-ish level for doing the Boarding Party Flashpoint, so I’m sitting pretty as far as timing goes. Still likely to hold off until the end of Chapter One, though, just to keep things consistent in my own mind.
I’ve started to get serious feedback as far as those Light/Dark Side choices, now. The expressions of disbelief from folks who expect to be slaughtered has been hilarious in its own way. A scientist wouldn’t even believe I was letting him go until I actually communicated to the starport that yes, I wanted a shuttle for him and he was to be unmolested. On the other hand, the Sith mentioned in the fluff above was more or less dismissive of such a “weak” Sith; the temptation that Sorshan refers to was my temptation-I really wanted to go Dark Side on him and on Bessiker. But that would kind of defeat the point of doing all this. So I figured my Sith didn’t care what other Sith thought, and figured it would cause more problems than it would solve if she simply indulged in a homicidal impulse.
I skipped the bonus missions-someday I should really see what triggers the bonus missions, nowadays, because they don’t seem consistent-as I don’t love Balmorra’s music so much that I want to extend my stay into Bugtown. That bonus series is a seriously long one-or at least it was back in the day. I’d rather not go through it again, instead choosing to continue on my merry way through Chapter One. On to the next world!