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So, it was my understanding that within the Star Wars timeline, we're still many centuries away from this:

So then why, as I adventure around Alderaan, do I periodically hear loud rumbling noises, accompanied by my entire screen shaking.

Is there some kind of ongoing Seismic Event?

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(As a side note, the inclusion of the Destruction of Alderaan clip is to rule it out as a snarky comment-answer. It's already what I was told when I asked my guild this question.) – LessPop_MoreFizz Jan 2 '12 at 1:50
The Jedi Knight story line involves a doomsday weapon that attacks individual targets anywhere, anytime. Could it be due to that weapon firing? – Mufasa Jan 2 '12 at 1:59
This is a multiplayer game? I... but I thought... bioware and RPGs... O.o – Raven Dreamer Jan 2 '12 at 3:41
Maybe it's due to the civil war for the throne happening between House Organa and the House Thul exiles. Perhaps you got a bit close to the boom-booms? – Krazer Jan 2 '12 at 3:53
Does it happen in one specific are or anywhere you go? Does it happen in cities too? – svick Jan 2 '12 at 11:55
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It's war. More specifically, cannon fire.

From the codex entry on Alderaan:

Alderaan is a mountainous world of lush forests and grasslands, ruled by an assembly of noble houses and an enlightened and advanced citizenry. A founding member of the Republic, Alderaan has been traditionally admired for its wealth, its art and its thinkers, while the deadly intrigues and politics of the nobility have been downplayed.

Recently, those intrigues erupted into civil war, and Alderaan--now officially withdrawn from the Republic--sees conflict it hasn't known in ages. The Republic is backing House Organa's quest for the crown, whereas the Empire backs the former House Thul exiles. Palaces and fields have become pockmarked by cannon fire, and house armies clash on the battlefield.


Another likely candidate for planet-shaking is the planetary defense cannon fought over in the Alderaan Warzone (PvP).

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Cannons are capable of causing the entire planet to shake? Seems a bit much. – LessPop_MoreFizz Jan 3 '12 at 14:27
No, and I doubt they do. But large artillery can make it seem like the ground is shaking. And game developers love to exaggerate. – Ingmar Jan 3 '12 at 15:22
Hammer Station could definitely make a planet shake too (it shoots Asteroids accelerated to near lightspeed [astrophysics has no place in the Star Wars universe]), although it's not suggested in the story that Alderaan was one of it's targets. – Ingmar Jan 3 '12 at 18:18

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