Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Shrine of Kooroo

Following the end of the Clone Wars, Emperor Palpatine's New Order began a systematic purge not only of any remaining adherents to the Jedi Order, but also of other sects that studied the ways of the Force. Even so, beings throughout the galaxy struggled to prevent the eradication of all teachings, and even sought out like-minded individuals with whom to share their knowledge. In doing so, one of the groups they studied was the Followers of Kooroo. While some dismissed these mystics as dupes or frauds, others recognized the power contained in their mysterious shrines.

The Shrines of Kooroo are located throughout the galaxy's Outer Rim, usually found on worlds with little major development. Examples include those on Gelgelar and Vaynai, along with Hafrinn, Branteez, Suffez and Boztrok. Each shrine consists of three levels, with the first two enclosed and the top one open. Internal features vary, with some boasting inscriptions and artwork. Some also have obelisks or standing stones surrounding them. 

The shrine depicted here is built from neatly fitted stone blocks. It is accessible via broad wooden double doors on the ground floor. Eight columns support the upper levels, and stairs lead upward. When the doors are closed, this level is shrouded in darkness. The middle level features four large windows, with shutters that can be closed against inclement weather. The top level is surrounded by a railing and covered by a narrow roof, but otherwise open.

Using the Shrine of Kooroo in an Edge of the Empire Campaign
Detailed here are some of the ways in which this shrine and its secrets can be used in adventures on the galactic fringe.
  • Most notably, the shrine serves to amplify the effects of Force powers such as Foresee or Seek. Rather than defining this in terms of game mechanics, however, interpretation of what happens is left up to the GM. This might include magnitude, range, strength and duration upgrades.
  • A mystic who hopes to use the shrine to find like-minded individuals could hire the PCs to make the journey here.
  • The PCs could be led to this location as part of a treasure hunt, with a series of clues leading them to it.
  • In the event that they found a previously undiscovered shrine of Kooroo, the PCs could be in for some lucrative business—but they could also draw the unwanted attention from greedy beings such as the Hutts, or even the wrath of the Empire. 

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