Galaxy Awaits: Rise of an Empire takes place in the Star Wars canon universe five years before the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story and 5 years after Chancellor Palpatine and Darth Vader ended the Clone Wars and founded the Galactic Empire, as portrayed in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.
The end of the Clone Wars ushered in a new era for the galaxy. An era of oppression and strife under the hard rule of the Empire led by the Emperor and his apprentice, Darth Vader. Sweeping across the galaxy, Stormtrooper armies cinch control of system after system, forcing worlds to join the Empire or be enslaved by them. For many, it is one in the same.
The hardest hit was the Jedi Order that was dealt a fatal blow at the hands of Darth Vader when he destroyed their temple on Coruscant. The Emperor activated Order 66 and the once loyal Clonetroopers slaughtered many unsuspecting Jedi right there on the battlefield. The surviving Jedi fled into hiding and scattered to the wind.
Starting with our relaunch event in 2018, the in-character year will be 14 BBY and will decrease each year thereafter.
The game takes place on the forested planet Selvaris in a rustic town called Corox Station. Represented by the Millersylvania Retreat Center in Olympia, WA, Corox Station is a known for its rustic charm and is a popular waypoint off the beaten path where travelers can stop in for drink at the Zero Cantina, buy some supplies, or stay for a while. Your character's reason for visiting Corox Station is up to you.
The galaxy, as it pertains to the game, is divided into Factions. Factions are used by the Story Coordinators to convey plot information and activities to a large number players through a handful of NPCs called Faction Contacts. These Contacts offer Faction members Missions and other plots that players can choose to participate in. All characters in the game must belong to one of the following Factions:
A Job is a character's profession. Each Job offers certain perks that are somehow beneficial to your character, and the perks are detailed in the Rule Book. All characters in the game must have one of the following Jobs: