Those who have been paying attention know that Update 5.9.3 launches for Star Wars: The Old Republic on Wednesday, September 26th. And if you’re a huttball fan, then you’re probably looking forward to this addition to the game because it features a brand-new map for the SWTOR-specific game set on the planet Vandin. Many players even took to the PTS to give direct feedback to the developers so that the map works really well. Based on what the developers have stated in their livestreams and on the official forums, this is probably the one PvP map that contains the most adjustments based directly on player feedback. Even though I’m not a PvPer, I will likely jump into that arena more than a few times.the Fall roadmap. Producer Keith Kanneg wrote about Update 5.10, saying, “[T]he next phase of the SWTOR storyline will kick off with a bang on the ancient Jedi world.” Let’s look at the clues that tell us exactly which Jedi world that is, why I am excited to see that world, and what we will likely see on that planet. I don’t think I have to mention it at this point, but I will: Possible spoilers ahead, but only if I am right.
Naming and shaming
If you’re still reading, then I assume that you don’t care about the possible spoilers. Or possibly curiosity has overwhelmed you to the point that you’d rather be spoiled than remain in the dark! Kanneg gave us two paragraphs’ worth of clues that point us toward the correct planet in the roadmap:
“With Game Update 5.10 – Jedi under Siege, the next phase of the SWTOR storyline will kick off with a bang on the ancient Jedi world. Ravaged by a cataclysm centuries in the past, this beloved planet has been part of Old Republic stories since the original Tales of the Jedi comics, and we’re really excited to bring it to life for our players as a new Daily Area with separate Republic and Imperial storylines.
“With this ancient world, we will see the return of several fan-favorite characters as well as the introduction of some exciting new characters including a powerful Jedi veteran (not Revan) who will join Republic players on their mission to protect a hidden Jedi base and a deadly commando who will aid Imperial players in their mission to destroy it. Over the coming months, we’ll bring you more details about the planet and offer more insight about the conflict.”
And if you look at the roadmap thread on the official forum, you’ll notice that the second post down reveals that my guess is that the unnamed planet is actually Ossus.
The actual first clue is Kanneg’s use of the word “bang.” I don’t think that was just a buzzword. I think was intended to tell us what happened to the world we are about to visit. Then, as if to hit that clue once again, Kanneg say it was “ravaged by a cataclysm.”
During the time of Exar Kun, the Krath illusionist Aleema Keto used Naga Sadow’s Corsair to rip the core from one of the stars in the Cron Cluster, hoping to eliminate the entirety of the Republic fleet. Well, it worked, sort of. The Republic fleet was eliminated, but so was the Corsair, Keto’s partner-in-crime Crado, and Keto herself. The inciting wave of destruction called the Cron Drift spread to all the surrounding planetary systems, including Adega system and the planet Ossus. I think that counts as a cataclysm.
The second clue is a simple one, but it also fits Ossus: “ancient Jedi world.” After Tython, many Jedi settled on the planet Ossus. They established an academy there, and many Jedi including Nomi Sunrider and Ulic Qel-droma would train there. At the time of Sunrider and Qel-droma, Ossus housed the largest Jedi library ever assembled. It was supposedly even larger than the libraries on Tython. I think that counts as an “ancient Jedi world.”
If you didn’t guess by the names I’ve used (Exar Kun, Krath, Aleema Keto, Crado, Nomi Sunrider, and Ulic Qel-droma), Ossus was primarily mentioned in the ’90s comicbook series called the Tales of the Jedi. This actually one of my favorites Star Wars comics of all time, and Kanneg included it as a clue to the name of the planet.
What might we find on Ossus
Clearly, we are going to find remanents of the Jedi Library there. I think that goes without saying, but what will be there that’s maybe not quite so obvious? The first one is a tree.
Urr was replaced by his long-time protege Ood Bnar. Those who once played Star Wars Galaxies might recognize that name because Bnar’s [B’nar’s] Sacrifice was the name of one the highly coveted lightsaber crystals in SWG. The crystal was so named because Bnar, who was a member of the plant-like species called Neti, rooted himself into the surface of Ossus to protect a cache of Jedi knowledge.
I suspect we will find what’s left of Bnar on Ossus as well as other protectors of the Jedi archives who are now the feral Ysanna. Of course, I believe we will find much of the Jedi Library in different states of destruction. I’m unsure who the two people are that Kanneg mentioned – the “powerful Jedi veteran” and the “deadly commando.” The fact that he said “not Revan” makes me think that we know these characters, but it could literally be anyone whom we’ve met before.
Clearly, I’m excited about revisiting Ossus in Update 5.10, and I’m excited about returning to the Republic-vs.-Imperial roots of the game. Are you? Do you think I’m right about what we will see in this update? If you think I’m wrong, what am I wrong about? Let me know in the comments below!