A More Civilized Age
Preview Blue Heroes and Villains in Covert Missions
“Next time, try not to lose it. This weapon is your life.”
–Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars™: Attack of the Clones
Serving as a shield against the darkness in the hands of the Jedi or as a display of power for a Sith, lightsabers identify many Force users throughout the galaxy. These lightsabers don’t define their user, but they are an essential tool in both the pursuit of power and the defense of justice.
Covert Missions introduces 160 new cards to Star Wars: Destiny that place an emphasis on alternate win conditions, pirates, pilots, and powerful Force users who can alter the destiny of the galaxy!
Weapons of War
The Clone Wars took a heavy toll on every Jedi leading their troops into battle. The most valiant of heroes can falter under the weight of war, even a Jedi. Pong Krell (Covert Missions, 3), a legend on the battlefield, eventually crumbled under this weight, secretly swearing allegiance to Count Dooku while leading his clones into battle. Because of his dual allegiance, Pong Krell can include up to four different Blue hero cards in his deck. This gives him an edge up on other villains, and he can even cycle these cards back into his deck while dealing damage whenever you activate him!
A proficient warrior on the battlefield, Pong Krell can wield multiple double-bladed lightsabers with his four arms. Upgrading Pong Krell with his Lightsabers (Covert Missions, 17) makes Krell a huge threat to any who would stand against him. Adding an additional die to your roll makes the lightsaber twice as effective, and with multiple damage-dealing sides, your opponent will have their hands full with this deadly imposter. Krell doesn’t even need his lightsabers to disrupt his enemies—a massive Quad Slam (Covert Missions, 9) can put four characters temporarily out of commission, giving Krell the opportunity to go on the offensive.
Pong Krell isn’t the only Jedi the Clone Wars took a toll on. One of the most powerful Jedi ever, Anakin Skywalker (Covert Missions, 53) is a dedicated mentor and a true friend. By moving shields to apprentices, Anakin can refill your hand and give you the tools you need to win any battle.
Of course, Anakin would never go anywhere without his iconic Lightsaber (Covert Missions, 53). This blade would one day find its way to the capable hands of Rey, but it has its own history in the Clone Wars. While playing the Lightsaber gives an opponent’s character a shield, it’s sure to melt away quickly with the lightsaber’s three damage sides, and Anakin himself can move the shield with his own ability!
While the Clone Wars led to the destruction of many Jedi, a small group did survive, wandering the galaxy looking for a new purpose. Kanan Jarrus (Covert Missions, 55) was one of these Jedi, eventually finding a new family in his fellow Spectres. Kanan naturally synergizes well with his friends, who lower his point cost when placed on a team together. Kanan can also tap into the power of the Force to manipulate die sides and put his team in a favorable position.
Even Kanan’s Lightsaber (Covert Missions, 68) delves into the space of die manipulation, both its own dice and Kanan’s. Of course, the Lightsaber also has three damage sides, making it a damage-dealing machine even without changing its sides.
A Shadow War
The Clone Wars are ultimately only the surface level of a conflict that has been raging for centuries, between the Jedi and the Sith. The Jedi are guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy, who found themselves on the frontlines of battle during the Clone Wars. Because of this danger and their duty, every apprentice must undergo the Jedi Trials (Covert Missions, 65) before becoming a guardian. If your apprentice character can grow and learn from their masters, they can gain the Jedi trait, heal damage, and find themselves ready for another fight. The Jedi Trials are a difficult task for any apprentice to take on, but the Clone Wars calls for great sacrifices to be made.
The Sith, on the other hand, operate with smaller numbers. The Rule of Two (Covert Missions, 12) is vital to their very survival. Working from the shadows, the Sith must maintain this rule to avoid attention and grow their power. While this plot can turn against you should one of your members fall, it can also give rise to great power—power enough to slay Jedi and take back the galaxy.
Apprentices on both sides of the conflict must learn from those who came before them. Bestow Wisdom (Covert Missions, 107) can allow apprentices to gain an influx of power from their masters, and properly utilizing Infuse the Force (Covert Missions, 110) provides different advantages for Jedi, Sith, and their apprentices.
The Pull of Power
Lightsabers are the iconic tools of a trained Force user, but they are only one part of a bigger whole. Those with the knowledge of the Force pass on what they have learned to their apprentices, so a new generation can fight against the darkness, or embrace that darkness to gain further power. What side will you pick when Covert Missions launches in the first quarter of 2020?
Discover the power of the Force with Covert Missions (SWD19a), available now for pre-order from your local retailer or our website!