Doctor Aphra 2 is the second issue of the canon comic book series Star Wars: Doctor Aphra. It was written by Alyssa Wong, illustrated by Marika Cresta, and published by Marvel Comics on July 22, 2020. The issue features the story "Fortune and Fate Part 2: Haunted," in which Doctor Aphra and her new crew travel to the planet Dianth in search of the Rings of Vaale.
BEWARE THE MAD CITY! DOCTOR APHRA and her new team have tracked the RINGS OF VAALE to a mysterious planet filled with primordial horror. What's worse, the rings may be cursed…a malediction that could already be tearing Aphra's crew apart. Will they escape the terror of the cursed planet with the precious rings or succumb to the creeping madness pervading the ancient world?
University of Bar’leth
Years ago, Chelli Aphra and Eustcia Okka we’re students at the University of Bar'leth on the planet Bar'leth. Okka told Aphra that she must stop falling asleep during the lectures, to which she replied that she knew the material front to back. Aphra teased Okka for reading off of her datapad during the lecture, an article titled “The Lost Legends of the High Republic”. Aphra told Okka she worried too much about what others thought, and the two share a kiss.
The Search Continues
Aboard the Ark Angel III, the group discussed the fastest way to Dianth. While on the ship, received a holo from Ronen Tagge, who gave her a choice — Join him in finding the Rings of Vaale, or be destroyed with her current group for standing in his way. He asked Okka to give his regards to Aphra, which raised some questions from the group. Aphra informed the group that, while working a job for Tagge, instead of letting him destroy the artifacts, she made the delivery, accepted her payment, and stole the artifacts back. The Ark Angel III landed on Dianth, and Okka and Yao spot the Lost City of Vaale. While exploring the city, Yao thought she saw a face on the wall move, and Lucky heard a high pitched sound that no one else does. The group noticed that Okka has been separated from the them. They stumbled upon the fabled Workshop of the Architects of Vaale, which also displayed a map on the ground. Okka mentioned that the workshop is underneath them and they enter through a trapdoor, where she explained the rings to them. The ring with the sapphire gem will grant the wearer eternal life but will also drive them to madness. The ring with the crimson gem grants the wearer immense fortune, but also quickens their eventual demise. They find the true workshop, which lay behind a locked door. While trying to figure out how to open the gate, a Zombie approached them, telling them to leave “this cursed place”. Yao saw the faces on the wall again, and wondered if the zombie and the faces are past architects that tried to find the rings. Aphra shot the zombie and tried to find away to open the gate. Yao locates a device hidden in a wall that she thought might be a key of sorts. The device began a loud ringing noise, causing Lucky and Krrsantan to shoot it. As they do, the floor began to crack, creating a large hole which Lucky, Krrsantan, and Okka fell through. Aphra reached out for Okka but Yao held her back. Agora and Yao are apprehended by Tagge's mercenaries, who tell her to lead them to the Rings.
- UPC 759606097241; July 22, 2020; Marvel Comics; First printing
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