For nearly a century, the galaxy has been cast into turmoil. Fighting began as the last remnants of the old Empire died away, one hundred and fifty years after the historic Battle of Yavin. War after war, whether galactic disputes or internal ones, claimed the galaxy. Faction after faction claimed dominance and fell just as quickly as those before. Planetary alignments shifted constantly as treaties were signed and broken, their citizens caught in the middle of the conflict as leaders betrayed their loyal subjects. By the end of it all, few knew how the wars had started in the first place, but a mutual hatred between states had brewed past the boiling point.
Amidst the chaos, the fight was ever-present between the forces of light and dark. Jedi and Sith battled to their destinies, although it was never truly clear if their conflict mirrored the galactic wars. The Jedi were betrayed time and again by those with whom they aligned, and the Sith played their allies like game pieces, requiring no lasting treaties as long as their needs were met. As the death toll rose into the trillions, it wasn't long before the galaxy could no longer sustain their respective war machines. The fight had become a war of attrition, something neither order could win outright, nor force the other to lose. A stalemate.
Meanwhile, as the galactic powers tore themselves to pieces, one splinter group began to search for salvation. A small band of nine Jedi left their order, no longer willing to fight for a cause they did not believe in. Soon they were joined by others, two followers of the Sith, and a follower of none. Instead, through their combined wisdom, they made a revelation. They were already followers of the Force, which not only created life, but it could just as easily take it away. The Force deserved worship from afar, its power was real. This message became their doctrine, a mantra that they began to teach to any who would listen, spreading knowledge of it to the galaxy. Among their students were those who could touch the Force, and those who could not.
These “disciples” then roamed the galaxy, preaching the salvation anyone could receive by giving your mind, body and soul to the Force. At first, they were met with criticism, as any new thinking would be. However, when they demonstrated how real the Force was, many people began to listen. Their numbers grew, slowly at first, but in greater and greater numbers. Word seemed to spread faster than light itself. Many joined for repentance of the actions they had committed during the war, others out of a need to help those who could not help themselves. Many more still denied the tenants of this religion, and these were mercilessly shown the errors of their ways. Still more became followers out of fear: fear of the Force, fear of the afterlife, and fear of the will of the Disciples, whose power they could not match.
Decades passed, and the galactic conflict began to wane. The followers of the Disciples, though now massive in number and highly influential amongst the galactic community, were faced with a pressing concern. The Jedi and Sith Orders both still held a significant sway with certain factions and societies. The Disciples of the One Force, as they were now styled, believed themselves to be above the battle for good and evil, and considered other Force-orders to be blasphemous to their cause. However, the Disciples were willing to be generous and allow either side to become followers rather than enemies, thus forgiving the Jedi and Sith of their misguided philosophies.
While the Jedi passively dismissed the religion’s request, seeing them as nothing more than zealots, the Sith saw an opportunity. Making a deal with the new religion, the Sith agreed to join the Disciples if their mortal enemies, the Jedi, were wiped out. It wasn’t long before the Jedi were sent sprawling from their home on Tython, few surviving the combined onslaught of the Church and Sith forces working to purge them. A few managed to save their order by banding together in exile. They built a new home among the stars, living together aboard a single capital ship, the Haven, and traveling system to system, simply following the path the Force plotted for them. Others remain on Ossus, serving as hosts of an ancient mansion, though still providing advice and training to those who need them. The Sith, now rid of the Jedi as a formidable enemy, found themselves facing a dilemma. Refusing to become mere followers, they were soon scattered as well, nearly wiped out because of their pride. Only a handful of Sith Lords who made it out alive.
Now, the galaxy lies in darkness. The ongoing wars have destroyed most alliances between planets. The only interplanetary governments that exist are due to a stronger planet conquering a weaker one. Several larger “families” have risen to power in such a manner, able to overwhelm many systems with little force. These miniature empires persist only for their own self-preservation, treaties and cooperation are seldom entertained. Instead, only border disputes and stratagems on the next coup persist. Yet contact thrives between planets through mercenaries, smugglers and criminals alike, hired to gain a comparative advantage over a territory's neighbors. Some surviving Jedi have gone rogue and sell their services as extremely lethal warriors. The holonet lives on, too, though most planet-dwellers no longer concern themselves with the affairs of the greater galaxy.
Emerging as the saviors, the Disciples brokered a peace that has lasted for ten years. Their Church of the One Force has become the dominant force in the galaxy, touching the lives of followers on nearly every world. With their success comes mistrust and doubt; a few see the Church as nothing more than a plague consuming the galaxy, willing to let nothing stand in the way of their unknown goals. And although many of the warlords ruling planets and sectors do not see eye to eye with the Church, they pledge their faith to the religion, knowing full well the consequences of going against them. A few pockets remain largely unaffected, such as the Chiss Ascendancy, the Hutts and even the Corporate Sector Authority all remain neutral in the affairs of the religion.
The galaxy has arrived at a crossroads. Many desire to put away the conflicts of the past to focus on rebuilding. Others see the chance to carve their own empire out of the galaxy. Some want to profit, some want to preach, and some want to pray. The story of these forces is yet to be told in...THREADS OF THE FORCE!