Movie Character – Leia Organa – Expanded

Leia Organa Solo in Swarm Wars

Leia Organa Solo in Swarm Wars, as a Jedi Knight

Princess Leia Organa faces many trials not only during her time with the Rebellion, but also afterward. The first personal challenge is dealing with her discovery that Luke Skywalker is her brother and Darth Vader AKA Anakin Skywalker is her biological Father.

Adopted and raised by Bail Organa of Alderaan, her skills led to her being both a leader of the Rebel Alliance and a chief architect of the New Republic.  This led to unusual challenges, such as suitors wanting to marry her for political alliance, rather than love. Due to her duties to the Alliance, she seriously considered this but ultimately marries Han Solo.

Given the discovery of who her Father is, Leia is reluctant (if not outright afraid) to use her birthright of Force sensitivity and Jedi potential. She’s also afraid to have children.

This fear she eventually overcomes, and she has three, Jacen and Jaina (twins) and young Anakin, who she named, in part, to redeem her Father’s name and remind herself that great evil can be redeemed for good.

Leia Organa and her Career:

High points of Leia’s career include her becoming Chief of State of the New Republic for several decades, until right before a peace treaty is reached with the Empire. She also went on to become a full Jedi Knight.

The vast majority of stories after Return of the Jedi feature Leia, but here are some highlights:

Dealing with her relationship with Vader / Anakin as her biological father:

Truce at Bakura,
Tatooine Ghost
Planet of Twilight.

Birth of her children and it’s consequences:

Thrawn trilogy
Dark Empire
Jedi Academy trilogy

Her past as a Princess of Alderaan:

Children of the Jedi
Razor’s Edge (rebellion era)
Star Wars Rebel Girl

DH Empire 5 and 6 – Princess, Warrior
DH Empire 20 and 21 – A Little Piece of Home

 

Tenel Ka

Tenel Ka in Legacy of the Force, Tempest, by Troy Denning

Tenel Ka in Legacy of the Force, Tempest, by Troy Denning

Jedi, Princess and then Queen of Hapes. Her father is Prince Isolder of Hapes, her mother, Tenenial Djo of the Singing Mountain Clan on Dathomir.

Tenel Ka is strong, fiercely independent but also loyal and brave. Her closest friends were Jacen and Jaina Solo, and Lowbacca. She lost an arm in a training accident but resisted taking a prosthetic and instead was able to use her one arm to and creativity to perform tasks and maintain her skill at combat and athletics.

Tenel Ka prefers her Dathomiri heritage, as her Hapan heritage is full of back stabbing and assassination attempts. However, she does put the welfare of her people, both of her peoples, above her own.

Tenek Ka defended the New Republic against the Shadow Academy, Diversity Alliance and the last Black Sun plot. She also has had to prevent numerous assassination attempts against her own family: the royal family of Hapan. She  sacrificed much in the war against the Yuuzhan Vong as did her people. She has one daughter, Allana.

Spoiler for New Jedi Order
Spoiler for Legacy of the Force

 

Featured In

Young Jedi Knights (all)
New Jedi Order
especially: Star by Star, Dark Journey
Legacy of the Force
Fate of the Jedi

Movie Character – Chewbacca – Expanded

Chewbacca

Chewbacca, in his own tribute comic book by Dark Horse. This was a mini series of 4 issues.

Chewbacca the wookiee was of the village,  Rwookrrorro. His family included  his father, Attichicuk, a sister, Kallabow, nephew, Lowbacca, and eventually a wife named Mallatobuck and son named Lumpawarrump.

Chewbacca lived through the Clone Wars as well as the Rebellion. During his early years he was adventurous and brave, battling would be slavers on his home world. Eventually he left home and was captured by Trandoshan’s, and released for the Great Hunt. This was a mistake on the trandoshan’s part, as it led to meeting with Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker’s jedi apprentice who had also been captured. They, with the others taken for the Hunt, turned the tide and escaped.

By the end of the Clone Wars when his world was invaded, he returned to fight, but not, apparently to his home village, and fought alongside old friends like Tarfful. During this time the Clones turned on the Jedi and he helped Yoda escaped.

He fought the Empire in his own way for a time, freeing the young captive wookiees enslaved even if they were from rival tribes. When captured himself, he urged them to rise up together to fight. When the Empire arrived, all were gone. The soldier finding him refused to kill him on direct orders….more than once, even after he was put on a slave detail. That soldier was Han Solo, who lost his career over it. Chewbacca felt he owed him a life debt and over time the two became partners and confidants. Chewbacca was his co pilot even before he won the Millenium Falcon.

‘Chewie’ helped Han in his smuggling career, often acting as his conscience.  Eventually he made his way home of a visit and proposed marriage to his old flame, Mallatobuck, in traditional wookiee fashion. She accepted. Afterward he went back to adventuring with Han, but in the meantime he had a son, Lumpawarrump. His father, Attichicuk, looked after them.

Chewbacca went on to help the Rebellion with Han and after Han and Leia were married and had children, he was often time both body guard and baby sitter. For him, nothing was more important than family, both his and Han’s.  His own nephew was trained as a Jedi.

Spoiler

Featured in:

  • Chewbacca and the Slavers of the Shadowlands / Star Wars Adventures – Dark Horse
  • Han Solo trilogy – Brian Daley
  • Han Solo trilogy – Ann Crispin
  • Han Solo and the Hollow Moon of Khorya / Star Wars Adventures – Dark Horse
  • Scoundrels
  • Jedi Academy Trilogy
  • Chewbacca (tribute) mini series – Dark Horse comics
  • Corellian Trilogy
  • Black Fleet Crisis
  • New Jedi Order – Vector Prime
  • Chewbacca (tribute) mini series – Dark Horse comics

Appears in:

  • Jedi Academy (Video Game)
  • Young Jedi Knights
  • Allegiance
  • Choices of One

 

 

 

 

 

Thrawn

Grand Admiral Thrawn, from the Essential Atlas

Grand Admiral Thrawn, from the Essential Atlas

His chiss name is Mitth’raw’nuruodo but he uses the core name as few humans can pronounce it.

At different times to different people, Thrawn was both hero and villain. He was conqueror and savior.

Grand Admiral Thrawn premiers in ‘Heir to the Empire’ by Timothy Zahn and helped catapult the Star Wars Expanded Universe into high gear.

His species, the Chiss, live in what the Republic and Empire know as the ‘Unknown Regions’. First encountered by representatives of the Republic (including some working for Darth Sidious), he was a Captain of the Chiss Expansionary Defense Fleet. His attitude of planning ahead to deal with threats and willingness to create situations which would allow a preemptive strike to deal with threats is very much in disagreement with his government and culture’s philosophy.

The military tactical genius can often predict his enemies strategies by studying their artwork. His first encounters with the Republic included the Trade Federation, a representative of Sidious, and smugglers. The smugglers taught him their language in exchange for learning some of his. Thrawn is an excellent teacher as well as a leader who inspires great loyalty.

Outbound Flight, Thrawn, Art by Dave Seeley

Thrawn, as a Member of the Chiss Expansionary Defense Force, Outbound Flight, Thrawn, Art by Dave Seeley

Thrawn has been known to defend his turf from conquest and slavers. Two of his fiercest opponents were Master C’baoth (Jedi Master) and Nuso Esva (Warlord and Enslaver). He also was fiercely determined to stop the slaver species known as the Vaagari, which traveled as nomads near Chiss space. He’s one of the few Imperial Officers who has defeated the Jedi.

Outcast eventually over disagreements with his leaders, he joins the Empire and becomes one of very few humans to rise the ranks, and the only one to  make Grand Admiral.

Thrawn strongly believes one government, one authority, is needed over the masses, due to the threats he’s seen in the unknown regions.

Early in his career he was assigned to the Dark Jedi Jerec’s command. Surviving that, he was assigned to the Unknown Regions for much of his Imperial career in command of a fleet, he returned after the Emperor’s death (Return of the Jedi) to take the reins and restore the glory of the Empire. Thrawn chose the Chimera as his flagship with Pellaeon as it’s Captain.

Thrawn has a unique talent to understand cultures by studying the art and using the cultural weaknesses against them in battle.

Featured In:

  • Outbound Flight – by Timothy Zahn (prequel era)
  • Choices of One – by Timothy Zahn  (rebellion era)

Thrawn Trilogy (first appearance)

  • Heir to the Empire
  • Dark Force Rising
  • The Last Command

Mentioned In:

  • Specter of the Past
  • Vision of the Future
  • Survivor’s Quest

His legacy would influence the Empire and the Chiss for long after he was gone.

 

 

“Learn about art, Captain,” Thrawn said, his voice almost dreamy. “When you understand a species’ art, you understand that species.” Timothy Zahn, Star Wars: Heir to the Empire, Bantam

 

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Mara Jade

Mara Jade, Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice by Karen Traviss

Mara Jade, Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice by Karen Traviss

Mara Jade’s earliest history is unknown. What is known is that she was taken as a child by the Emperor and trained to be ‘The Emperor’s Hand’. She could hear his voice from across the galaxy. Her training in using the Force allowed her to fight for Imperial justice and take down criminals as well as corrupt Imperial officials. Mara truly believed in the Empire and it’s Justice.

As the Emperor died, he reached out one last time and gave her a false message of both Luke and Vader turning on him and killing him.

After his death she fell in with Talon Karrde, a smuggler chief who began grooming her as his right hand. It was working for him that led her to a meeting with Luke Skywalker which would affect the rest of her life.

“Victims run off and hide. Prey runs off and hides. But I’m not a victim. And I’m not prey. I’m the Emperor’s Hand. I am the ultimate predator. And it’s time for Dequc and Black Nebula to die.” ―Mara during her hunt for Dequc Mara Jade, By the Emperor's Hand, Dark Horse Comics

Mara was introduced in the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn.

Featured in:

Allegiance
Choices of One
Mara Jade, a Night on the Town (Star Wars Tales (DH))
Sleight of Hand: The Tale of Mara Jade – from Tales of Jabba’s Palace
Mara Jade, by the Emperor’s Hand
First Contact – from Tales of the Empire
Thrawn Trilogy
-Heir to the Empire
-Dark Force Rising
-The Last Command
I, Jedi
Mysteries of the Sith (Dark Forces Jedi Knight video game expansion)
The Corellian Trilogy
Spectre of the Past/Vision of the Future Duology
Survivor’s Quest
New Jedi Order
Swarm War

Legacy of the Force, Sacrifice

Spoiler title

 

Star Wars Heir to the Empire Review

Star Wars Heir to the Empire
Star Wars
Timothy Zahn
sci fi/fantasy
Bantam

It is a time of renewal, five years after the destruction of the Death Star and the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire.

But with the war seemingly won, strains are beginning to show in the Rebel Alliance. New challenges to galactic peace have arisen. And Luke Skywalker hears a voice from his past. A voice with a warning.

Beware the dark side….

First in a 3 book trilogy that fired up the Star Wars franchise novels.
This first book introduces thrilling new characters and challenges. The New Republic leadership is ripe with political backbiting. A new Imperial Warlord is uniting the remnants of the fleet and striking back successfully. And he has secrets of the Emperor and a dangerous new threat that could threaten Luke Skywalker, his friends and all they stand for.

The characters in these books are some of the most enduring of the Expanded Universe. It’s a can’t put down read that came out after a long hiatus and naturally it’s well loved. Mysterious species and unknown enemies this is a heart pounding adventure.

But the best thing is, that now if you get hooked you no longer need to wait a whole year until the next installment.

The Rest of the Trilogy:

Book 2: Dark Force Rising
Book 3: The Last Command

Characters Introduced:

  • Mara Jade,
  • Grand Admiral Thrawn,
  • Admiral Pellaon,
  • Talon Kardde,
  • Borsk Fey’lya

Other books / series / comics with these characters:

Books

  • I, Jedi
  • New Rebellion
  • The Corellian Trilogy
  • New Jedi Order
  • Legacy of the Force
Comics

  • Thrawn trilogy adaption
  • Mara Jade, by the Emperor’s Hand
  • Union

 

Other Star Wars Books by Zahn:

Outbound Flight (prequel era)

Scoundrels

Allegiance

Choices of One
Spectre of the Past

Vision of the Future

Survivor’s Quest

Other books / series with the characters created in these:

I, Jedi

New Rebellion

The Corellian Trilogy

New Jedi Order

Legacy of the Force

Comic / Graphic Novels with these Characters:

Thrawn trilogy adaption

Mara Jade, by the Emperor’s Hand

Union

 

 

 

 

Talon Karrde

A smuggler chief with a vast business. While being very pragmatic, he did not deal with slavers and kidnapping and was extremely loyal to his associates. He once had a base on Mrkyr during the Thrawn era and had the misfortune of being caught in the crossfire between Luke Skywalker and the Empire.  He was considered an information broker, willing to trade intel for credits or favors. After the Imperial Remnant and New Republic signed a peace treaty, he became a neutral third party supplying intel to both sides.

Featured in:

Thrawn Trilogy
X Wing Rogue Squadron, The Bacta War
Spectre of the Past/Vision of the Future

The New Jedi Order

Movie Creatures Expanded – The Cantina

Figrin-Da'an, a Bith Musician

Figrin-Da’an, a Bith Musician

Bith –

Hail from Clakdor IIV, a world where most of the populations live in dome cities due to the harsh environment and radioactive swamps left over from a war. They have very dexterous hands and many are excellent musicians. – Figrin Da’an and the Modal Nodes (cantina band) . Herian Ingrel (Rogue Squadron Pilot) Rugess Nome (Sith)

Read More about these characters and see more of their worlds:

Figrin Da’an:
Tales of the Mos Eisley Cantina (Play it Again, Figrin Da’an)
Young Jedi Knights: Crisis on Cloud City
Herian:
X Wing Rogue Squadron (Comics/Graphic Novels by Dark Horse)
Rugess Nome:
Darth Plaguies.

Ithorian

– from Ithor and often called Hammerheads due to the shape of their heads (a term they dislike) the creatures have 2 mouths, leathery skin, and a (usually) peaceful nature. They worship the mother jungle and are known for horticulture and healing, though they have diverse careers from healer, to Jedi and even to bounty hunter. They travel on ‘herdships’ which are mini spaceship copies of the Mother Jungle. While setting foot on Ithor’s jungle is forbidden, there are some among them who feel called to tend it and risk censure to go down and do so. Notable members: Tomla El (healer) Rorron Cobb (Jedi – Clone Wars era). Momaw Nadon (priest, cantina)

Read More about these characters and see more of their worlds:

Momaw Nadon:
Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina
Children of the Jedi

Tomla El:
Children of the Jedi
NJO:

Rorron Cobb:
The Clone Wars animated short

Rodian

– Many of there kind are bounty hunters and are let offworld for this reason. The world of rodian is hot and humid and they live in bubble cities.  They were members of the Republic, then enslaved by the Empire and ended up refugees and warring against the Yuuzhan Vong. – Greedo (bounty hunter) Grudo (mercenary) Wald (junk dealer, swoop racer)

Read More about these characters and see more of their worlds:

Greedo:
Tales of Mos Eisley Cantina

Grudo:
Jedi Trial

Wald:
The Phantom Menace
Tatooine Ghost

Anzati

– Anzati feed on what they call ‘soup’ or ‘luck’. They were Force Sensitive. probosci come from there cheeks and penetrate their target through the  nostrils and up into the brain to drain this ‘soup’ which is comprised of potential, of future and potential: basically their ‘Force’. This would kill the victim. They are telepathic and live long, and look nearly human. Famous members include: Dannik Jeriko (assassin), Volfe Karkko (fallen jedi), Nikkos Tyris (fallen jedi), Nakia Yoru (assassin)

Read More about these characters and see more of their worlds:

Dannik Jeriko:
Tales of Mos Eisley Cantina
Tales of Jabba’s Palace
Volfe Karkko
Star Wars Republic: Darkness story arc. (Dark Horse comics)
Nikkos Tyris:
I Jedi (flashback)
Nakia Yoru
Legacy: Tatooine story arc

Shistavenan Wolfman –

Isolationists from Uvana Prime. Lupine predators, apparently a result of unknown genetic manipulation as well as nature.  However this was not a hard rule and some were explorers. Members: Lak Sivrak (rebel scout), Riv Shiel (rogue squadron pilot), Caet Shrovi (pirate),  Hovrik (adjutant)

Lak Sivrak:
Tales of the Mos Eisley Cantina

Riv Sheil:
X Wing Rogue Squadron

Caet Shrovi:
I Jedi

Hovrik:

Young Jedi Knights, Diversity Alliance story arc.

Talz –

from Alzoc III, colony on Orto Plutionia. They had no concept of ownership. There world is rich in minerals and they were used as a slave labor force by the Empire. Known Talz: Muftak (thief, pickpocket,)  Foul Moudama (Jedi)

Read More about these characters and see more of their worlds:

Muftak:
Tales of the Mos Eisley Cantina

Foul Moudama:
Clone Wars shorts

Chadra Fan

– from the watery world of Chad. They are short, covered in fur and use scent and sound to communicate. They have a clan culture and all share in raising the children. A lone Chadra Fan will die eventually of depression. Famous members: Kabe (thief and pickpocket), Tekli (jedi healer), Yarbolk Yemm (journalist)

Read More about these characters and see more of their worlds:

Kabe:
Tales of the Mos Eisley Cantina

Tekli:

New Jedi Order
Dark Nest
Legacy of the Force
Fate of the Jedi

Yarbolk Yemm:

Planet of Twilight

Nomi Sunrider

Era: Pre Ruusan Old Republic

Nomi Sunrider - Tales of the Jedi - The Saga of Nomi Sunrider

Nomi Sunrider – Tales of the Jedi – The Saga of Nomi Sunrider – Dark Horse Comics

Nomi Sunrider was a Jedi who trained under Master Thon on Ambria, in ancient days. She was the widow of Andur Sunrider, also a Jedi, and mother of Vima Sunrider. Her most famous skill was in battle meditation.

Featured in:

Tales of the Jedi : Knights of the Old Republic
Tales of the Jedi : Freedom Nadd Uprising
Tales of the Jedi : Dark Lords of the Sith
Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War
Tales of the Jedi: Redemption

Mentioned in:

Jedi Academy
Junior Jedi Knights
Young Jedi Knights

“Like a great calm sea, Master Odan-Urr—a sea with light coming from its depths. I feel so peaceful when I meditate on the Force.”

Trivia
Nomi Sunrider was the first character to reveal the use of Jedi Battle Meditation. She was also one of the few Jedi mentioned as having a family.

Tahiri Veila

Era: After the Battle of Endor.

Tahiri Veila

Tahiri – The New Jedi Order – The Final Prophecy by Gregory Keyes
Japanese cover art: Tsuyoshi Nagano

Tahiri hails from Tatooine, where she was raised by the tusken raider tribe led by Sliven after her parents death. At age nine she was discovered by Luke Skywalker and Tionne and brought to the Jedi Academy.

Her best friend is Anakin Solo. Tahiri prefers to go barefoot and her talkative nature hides a tough, stubborn girl who survived the wilds of Tatooine and more to become a Jedi Knight.

Her worst trials include events in the New Jedi Order and the death of friends and Legacy of the Force when she came briefly under the influence of Darth Caedus.

 

 

Featured In:

Junior Jedi Knights Series
New Jedi Order Series
Swarm Wars
Legacy of the Force Series
Fate of the Jedi Series

 

“Shoes were invented by the Sith to keep our delicate toes in anguish and misery, I’m sure of it.” ―Tahiri Veila, when Anakin commented that she’s still barefoot[src]
“I know something about pain you don’t. Pain drowns other people. I just swim in it.” -Tahiri Veila