Dark Side Sites

Some areas, like some beings, are strong in the dark side. They resonate with corrupt energy. These places emanate evil and darkness, creating cold spots in the Force that disturb those who are sensitive to the energy that binds the galaxy together. For those who draw upon the dark side, these spots serve as wells of power that can sometimes be tapped for greater effect.

Dark side sites can be created in a number of ways. When acts of great evil or violence take place at a location and are accompanied by the manipulation of the Force, a dark side site can come into being. If a powerful darksider operates in a specific place for a long period of time, or if that darksider meets a violent end at a specific location, that place can also become imbued with the dark side.

Such a site feels cold and dark even on the brightest, warmest days. It radiates evil, casting shadows the way a glowrod casts light. While these lark side sites are few and far between, when one comes into existence it lingers, haunting the galaxy or many years. While the dark side sometimes permeates extremely large areas, in general a dark side site will be relatively small. A tiny cave, a ruined temple, an ancient battlefield, a crypt of some long dead Sith Lord these are the typical dark side sites that might )e encountered. Sometimes an entire moon or planet might radiate with the dark side, as in Dxun and Korriban, but such sites are rare. In a few cases, a dark side spirit might also haunt a dark side site.

Dark Side Sites and Non-Force Sensitives

Those without a strong connection to the Force find dark side sites to be creepy. As long as they remain in the area, non-Force-sensitive beings feel uneasy, nervous. They can't identify the source of their discomfort, but they probably won't want to remain in such an area any longer than necessary.

If a non-Force-sensitive character tries to use a Force Point within the bounds of a dark side site, nothing happens. The Force Point doesn't get used up, and no bonus gets applied to the character's D20 rolls for the round. The character is, in effect, cut off from utilizing the Force due to the constant but barely perceptible uneasiness that hangs like a cloud over him or her.

Once the character leaves the influence of the dark side site, he or she can once again utilize Force Points as normal.

Dark Side Sites and Force-Sensitives

Characters with a connection to the Force (those who have selected the Force-Sensitive feat) can feel the ever-present evil that permeates a dark side site. Characters who have levels in a Force user class might experience challenges, tests, temptation, or even visions while within the influence of a dark side site. Staying focused, calling on the light side of the Force, even keeping one's own fear in check proves difficult inside the dark emanations of such a location. For this reason, characters sometimes have a harder time concentrating, using skills, defending themselves, or making attacks while bathed in the aura of a dark side site.

When a Force-sensitive character enters a dark side site, that character must make a Will saving throw. The DC for the save depends on whether the character has any Force user classes and on the power of the dark side site. Dark side sites are rated as minor sites, major sites, and extreme sites.

A minor site could be the crypt of a Sith Lord or a hidden vault of Sith artifacts. A major site might take the form of a cave where a powerful darksider died in combat, the tomb of a Sith Master, or ancient ruins that once housed Sith alchemy machines. An extreme site could include a well of power on the Demon Moon of Dxun, the private sanctuary of a powerful Sith Lord, or the killing fields of Ruusan where great numbers of both Sith and Jedi fell in apocalyptic conflict.

If the Force-sensitive character fails the save, the following penalties are applied to the character for the next hour:

  • Force Points can't be used to call upon the light side of the Force (a character can use a Force Point to call upon the dark side, however)
  • -4, -6, or -8 penalty on skill checks and attacks (depending on the rating of the site)
  • -2, -4, or -6 penalty to Defense (depending on the rating of the site)

Every hour that the character remains within the influence of the dark side site, he or she must make another saving throw

Table 7-1: Dark Side Site Saying Throws
Site Power Force-Sensitive Force-User
Minor 15 10
Major 25 20
Extreme 35 30

A tainted or dark character isn't affected by the aura of a dark side site; no saving throw is required for characters with these templates. In addition, a dark character can draw upon the energy of a dark side site for an additional boost of power. The dark character receives a +2, +4, or +6 dark side bonus, depending on the rating of the site, to all Force-based skill checks while inside the aura of the dark side site and for 24 hours after leaving the site. Drawing on the site for this kind of power gains the dark character a Dark Side Point.

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