To our dear Readers, Watchers, Viewers, and myriad other forms of Observers:We apologize sincerely for our long hiatus here at Live from the Holonet.Due to recent pressure brought to bear on our network by one unnamed faction in the current galactic conflict as a result of our tendency to approach what was considered “sensitive information,” as well as our ability to maintain a complete lack of bias and refusal to broadcast propaganda, we were forced to relocate our headquarters to Hutt Space and reconfigure our broadcasting methods accordingly.Rest assured, viewers and etc., that we will be resuming our regular broadcasting soon, and our dedication to unbiased, journalistic integrity, and our efforts to reveal the truth of all matters to the public eye will continue unabated.Thank you for your patience, and we hope to have new reports for you very soon.

To our dear Readers, Watchers, Viewers, and myriad other forms of Observers:

We apologize sincerely for our long hiatus here at Live from the Holonet.

Due to recent pressure brought to bear on our network by one unnamed faction in the current galactic conflict as a result of our tendency to approach what was considered “sensitive information,” as well as our ability to maintain a complete lack of bias and refusal to broadcast propaganda, we were forced to relocate our headquarters to Hutt Space and reconfigure our broadcasting methods accordingly.

Rest assured, viewers and etc., that we will be resuming our regular broadcasting soon, and our dedication to unbiased, journalistic integrity, and our efforts to reveal the truth of all matters to the public eye will continue unabated.

Thank you for your patience, and we hope to have new reports for you very soon.

*****We interrupt this broadcast for a special news bulletin!*****

 Skirmishes have erupted on the planet Denova in the Ojoster sector today as Imperial troops have landed on the Novare Coast, attempting to break the hold the Republic has on the Denovian baradium mines.

We regret that we currently have no newscasters who have survived landing on the coast. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have fallen in the efforts to bring you this news story. However, here are a collection of the images that have so far been retrieved.

We will further update the viewers as the situation progresses.

A reminder that all non-essential civilians are encouraged to steer clear of the whole of the Ojoster sector to avoid being caught in the skirmish.

We will now return you to your regularly scheduled broadcast. 

Nar Shaddaa is an incredibly vibrant, lively place, full of color and entertainment for every set of sensory organs to enjoy. However, its beautiful coating can be misleading. Scratch the surface and you can see Nar Shaddaa for what it really is - a megalopolic slum full of profiteers, ganglords, and pirates. Without any formal governmental system, Nar Shaddaa is overseen by the Hutt Cartel and is driven only by the flow of credits.

We regret to inform the audience that the live audio feed continues but voices are unintelligible. The audio feed descends into chaos as shouts, blaster-fire, alarm horns, and a general uproar from a lawless populace can be heard. We will keep the viewers apprised of the situation as it unfolds. 

We interrupt this broadcast to bring you a special news bulletin.


Open war rages on the surface of Alderaan! Both Imperial and Republic forces have learned of the presence of a weapon in the mountains of Alderaan called a planetary defense cannon - a weapon powerful enough to devastate an enemy fleet. 

While Alderaan is well-known as a tourist spot and a beautiful destination for travelers around the galaxy, viewers are advised for their own safety to stay away from the military hotspot. The coordinate range to avoid is displayed on the screen below.

The planet does, however, remain open to visitation and trade. However, the Alderaanian government has asked us to entreat all of our viewers who might be visiting the planet soon to make sure that their transponders are broadcasting early to prevent any civilian incidents.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming, with promises to bring you more information as the situation unfolds.

The War Ending Soon: A Wishful Possibility, or a Fiscal Inevitability?

Our own intrepid reporters, Calishor Arvoisa and Elfang Ventoren, take a look into the dark realm of underworld arenas, where violent games are run by the Hutts and winning or losing could mean the difference between payoff - or a permanent cash-out.

It’s a dark day in the galaxy when neither the Republic nor the Empire live up to their promises toward their own people - and yet that’s what’s happening across the armed forces of both sides of the galaxy-wide conflict.  Faced with harsh budget cuts and duty-dependent pay, of which there can’t ever be enough, the forces of the military and even iconic groups such as Jedi and Sith, are turning elsewhere to support themselves. From the odd assassination or bounty, to the more altruistic pursuits of cleaning up street gangs for local authorities, even highly-decorated veterans of the war are learning to find new and creative ways of acquiring credits.

As is to be expected, the Hutts have, as a whole, been willing to exploit this financial hole in both the Sith Empire and the Republic, creating illegal arena games of skill and chance in hidden places around the galaxy. These games are often lethal, with hazards such as treacherous beasts, flaming pits, or vats of acid strewn around the arenas to provide extra risk for the titillation and excitement of the bloodthirsty crowds.

To further investigate this disturbing trend, Calishor Arvoisa and I entered in one such game, referred to as Huttball. A variation on the more common Smashball or Roughball games, Huttball involves the simplistic goal of carrying a heavy ball, with the help of your team, from one side of the arena to the other, crossing the goal lines guarded by the opposing team, with the variation that kicks are not allowed, as “Hutts don’t have feet.” The objectives are given the lie by the arena itself, however, which is composed of four tiers of platforms, with firepits and acid moats placed in dangerous locations throughout. The firepits are known to erupt without warning, while the acid moats provide no more protection than a single slightly-raised step between oneself and certain chemical burns, even leading to death.

The Huttball league is overseen and sponsored, along with his many other pursuits, by Giradda the Hutt. Refereed, such as it is, by the infamous Baron Deathmark, the games are ruthless and full of bloodshed, and indeed, according to the scripted announcement before the games commence, “weapons, namecalling, and cheating are all encouraged.”

The monetary payoff, however, cannot be denied, as pay ranges (which are performance based) number in the thousands of credits per match. With a cash flow of that nature, it comes as no surprise that many of the combatants in the civil war that rages across the galaxy are choosing to take this dangerous and illegal path to meeting their expenses.

However, this points to the much larger and more widespread problem - both the Sith Empire and the Galactic Republic are spending more money than they can afford on a war that they can’t afford to maintain, much less to win. And when they eventually both go bankrupt (which is, at this time, economically certain), where will that leave the galaxy?

This is a question we should all ponder for the future citizenry of the galaxy as a whole, despite political leanings or on which side of the conflict one’s loyalties may fall.

- Elfang Ventoren

We interrupt this broadcast to bring you a special news bulletin.

Civilian traffic is advised to steer clear of the Imperial-Republic border at this time, due to the recent emergency military action being taken on both sides. It has recently come to our attention that this military action – a rapid response strike force mobilization from both the Sith Empire and the Republic Military – is in regards to a most surprising recent discovery.

The Voidstar, a prototype Harrower-class Dreadnaught, formerly part of the Imperial Armada, has been found. The Voidstar previously was thought lost, as it disappeared prior to the Sacking of Coruscant in an unknown sector.

We here at Holonet News 4 obtained permission for two of our field reporters to move in with the strike team, and the images you see here were brought back out of the military hotspot at great personal risk to our intrepid reporters.

Again, please keep all non-vital or civilian traffic away from the Voidstar, as both military forces have released statements declaring their intent to treat unmarked ships as if they are from the opposing force. The exact coordinates have not been released, but it is said to be somewhere along the Republic-Imperial battle line.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming, with promises to bring you more information as the situation unfolds.

Hello viewers!

Welcome to Holonet News Channel 4’s daily broadcast show, Live from the Holonet: The SWTOR Life!

We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to some of our senior field correspondents:

Calishor Arvoisa - Sometime Bounty Hunter and Demolitions Expert, War Correspondent

Elfang Ventoren -  Former Imperial Agent, Investigative Reporter

Meeke Arvoisa - Smuggler Shipper of Fine Goods and Most Excellent Sabacc Player, Photojournalist

Min Ventoren - Jedi Knight and Field Security Supervisor, Jedi Liason

Also known as the Queen of the Core, Coruscant is aptly named after the glittering jewels that form in the atmosphere in Yavin Prime. The current seat of the Galactic Republic government, Coruscant is divided into sectors, city blocks, and megablocks. The planet itself is covered in the ecumenopolis known as Galactic City. Until the Sacking, Coruscant was also known as the home of the Jedi Temple. Notable locations include the Senate Tower, the Jedi Temple Ruin, and the Old Market Sector, famous for its local goods and bazaar. Visitors to Coruscant are encouraged to visit the many parks, as well as touring the Great Hall of the Senate Tower. Visitors are warned, however, to avoid the Justicar sector, as CSF officials have warned us that this area is under the control of vigilantes with a self-proclaimed martial law in rebellion against the legal government.

A wet jungle planet, Dromund Kaas is well known to be the capital of the Sith Empire. The heart of political power in Imperial space, the planet hosts a large Sith complex, Imperial Intelligence Headquarters, and a Mandalorian Enclave which represents a large portion of the Imperial-Mandalorian Alliance.  Outside of Kaas City, the planet is full of swamps, bogs, and numerous sites strong with Dark Side Force power. The local fauna, reflecting a trend among Sith historical locations, is largely hostile, including the vinecats, gundarks, and sleen that roam the surface of the planet. Visitors to Dromund Kaas should be aware of the presence of numerous Force-based cults in the deeper parts of the planet’s jungles, as well as the Dark Temple, which while beautiful, is such a strong Dark Side Force Nexus that it has been known to cause visitors to become insane. It is worth noting that Dromund Kaas is currently experiencing numerous slave revolts, proving that the unrest present throughout the galaxy has found a place even at the heart of the Empire.