Fresh off the shootout in Adalrac ke Venn's secret hangar, the heroes scrambled aboard their new ship and prepared to flee Adumar. They were immediately set upon by two fighters from the Honorable Blood Talon squadron who chased them out of the atmosphere.
Nordaak took the flight controls while Xebo and Marlow jumped into gunnery turrets. Aro and Jacen took over the sensors and co-piloting duties. While the team's relative inexperience with spacecraft hampered their ability to dissuade their pursuers, a quick jump into hyperspace let them escape mostly unscathed.
Alone, off Adumar for the first time ever, in a deserted star system somewhere in the depths of space, the heroes had to regroup and assess. They discovered the ship is a long range scout ship, intended to travel the galaxy, complete with the supplies and equipment for long term survival and study. The crew names the ship The Proving to honor their Adumari heritage.
They had the means to travel, but no heading. Recalling their lessons with Parrel Sabota, the crew convened in the cockpit to meditate. His teachings weren't the only thing Sabota gave them. With his dying breaths, Sabota gave them his lightsaber and a strange ornate cube.
His final words echoing in their heads—"Join them. The knowledge is more valuable than any weapon. Join them…."—the heroes joined together, letting the Force guide their thoughts and actions. The two objects levitated in front of them, giving off an eerie glow in the darkened bridge. Soon, the lightsaber fell to pieces, revealing a stone much like those the heroes had collected in the caverns of Adumar.
The cube acted as well, pieces turning and pulling away, revealing empty chambers inside. The crystal inserted into one such slot before the cube reassembled itself. Their meditation over, the crew looked on as the cube hummed and glowed. An image like thick, cloudy liquid pouring out of a spout rose from the cube, coalescing into the likeness of Parrel Sabota himself.
"Hello my friends. I fear that if you are seeing this image, it means I am dead."
The hologram explained: The cube is a Holocron, an ancient device used by Jedi to store memories. The holographic image is a Gatekeeper, created in the likeness of a Jedi, possessing their personality, but only what knowledge was specifically recorded to the crystal within. So, while the hologram can act like Sabota, it only knows a portion of his memories. Sabota spent years forging his knowledge onto the crystal, knowing his disease would claim his life before he could pass on all he knew.
The gem is a Kyber crystal. They fuel a Jedi's lightsaber and using ancient, and very difficult, techniques can record information to be accessed by holocrons.
While the holocron isn't a complete record of Sabota's knowledge, it did know enough to show the fledgling Jedi how to build their own lightsabers. Now armed with these all-important aspects of Jedi livlihood, the heroes can step into the vast galaxy, knowing the Force is with them.
Sabota's hologram offered one more piece of advice: to seek out an old friend, Vaun Madurrin. The last Sabota knew, Madurrin, an accomplished professor of history and Jedi lore, was tenured at the main university campus on the planet Aldraan, in the capital city of Aldera.
The holocron provides hyperspace coordinates and the crew sets off on the first of many adventures….