The Tales of the Jedi had a ripple affect on the Star Wars galaxy, particularly after the Return of the Jedi era.
Tales of the Jedi was a comic book series featuring the adventures of Jedi living 4000 years before the time of Luke Skywalker.
The series included :
- Golden Age of the Sith –
- Fall of the Sith Empire –
- Knights of the Republic (first version and first of the series released, originally only as Tales of the Jedi)
- Dark Lords of the Sith
- The Sith War
It was far enough in the past that any differences between the Jedi of that era and the Jedi of the not yet written Prequels would be easily explained.
The chief characters often featured frequently:
Uliq Qel Droma,
Naga Sadow’s era of the Sith Empire saw Republic explorers blunder into Sith space, unwittingly revealing the Republic’s whereabouts. Ultimately, Empress Teta, with the aid of the regretful explorers, and the Jedi, defeats them. Sadow retreats only to find other Sith have turned against him and force him to flee to the Yavin 4 moon. AKA in movie terms: the Rebel Base from A New Hope.
A few human generations later, Empress Teta’s descendents, Satal and Aleema Keto dabble in Sith magic, which leads them to Onderon. There, the Jedi are fighting to end the rule of Freedon Nadd, long dead Sith, whose descendents still battle those who want peace. Escaping with a Sith Amulet, their actions eventually lead to the deaths of some of those Jedi. Feeling it’s his duty as the apprentice to a fallen Master and watchman of the Onderon system, Uliq Qel Droma, goes undercover to defeat them. Uliq’s anger and Sith poison soon lead him into the Sith as well.
Meanwhile elsewhere another Jedi has gone through Onderon, seeking forbidden knowledge and found it on Korriban, home of the Sith and Yavin 4.
Joining forces the too lead a war on the Republic. Ulic brings the Mandalorians he bested and we see an ancient view of the warring culture and their mighty war droid ships. These later are mentioned in Knights of the Old Republic era video games and stories. Tricking his fellow Jedi, Exar Kun seduces fellow apprentices into the dark side.
The Jedi lose many masters, and their great library of Ossus. Nomi Sunrider reveals the power she was taught to strip a dark side user of the Force, something she unleashes on Uliq. And Exar Kun is cornered on Yavin 4.
Ultimately Uliq, regretful and powerless, is alone on Rhen Var when Vima Sunrider, daughter of Nomi, comes to him wanting him to train her. Through her, he finds redemption.
The After Effects:
The planet Korriban is used in Jedi Quest, and some of the Sith traps are shown.
The next mention of these characters is in Dark Empire set 6 years after ROTJ, when Leia Organa Solo encounters Vima Da Boda, descendent of Vima Sunrider. This same character was mentioned but not named in Han Solo and the Hutt Gambit. Leia also got a hold of a Jedi holocron, which revealed the stories from Tales of the Jedi and the lessons they learned. Also the planet Onderon makes an appearance.
Then came the Jedi Academy trilogy and I, Jedi. Exar Kun’s original defeat at Yavin 4 had left his body dead but his spirit alive and trapped, to awaken when Luke began training a new order of Jedi. The Jedi also learned more of his history from then holocron.
In addition, Exar Kun’s connection tied in to ‘Classic Star Wars’ written long before, suggesting that the mutated creature that attacked the Rebels during their stay, was left in hibernation during that time.
Exar Kun’s influence would be in affect for years to come, due to how he twisted Kyp Durron to do his will, leading to the massive destruction and there after affecting the views by the people and government of the dangers involved with the Jedi’s return.
The Tales of the Jedi characters and what they learned would again be mentioned in Young Jedi Order, specifically in ‘Lightsabers’ when Tionne, the historian, used the lessons to instruct the students.
Junior Jedi Knights continued this by opening with an adventure involving a left over trap Exar Kun left that held the spirits of the Massassi natives children.
In ‘Crimson Empire 3’ Vima Da Boda appears to have finally joined up with Luke’s Order as she shows up on Yavin 4.
After the New Jedi Order and the war with the Yuuzhan Vong, the Jedi once more moved their training facilities to Ossus. This is first mentioned in Swarm Wars, the Dark Nest Trilogy.
The Tales of the Jedi helped form the very basis of the Jedi Order that Luke created, in addition to his own training under Yoda and Obi-Wan.
The Lost Tribes of the Sith, which shows up in ‘Crosscurrent’ as well as in the series of short stories and in Fate of the Jedi are from the Great Hyperspace War in Tales of the Jedi. One group has crashed on a primitive world, another was caught in an damaged hyperspace bubble, just barely at light speed and dropped out in the era of the Luke Skywalker’s New Jedi.
Affects on Non Print Media:
The double bladed lightsaber Darth Maul possessed in The Phantom Menace was inspired by Exar Kun, the first Jedi / Sith character shown to use the double blade.
In Attack of the Clones, the Solar Sailor ship that Count Dooku uses strongly resembles the designs of ships from the Tales of the Jedi Comics.
The Clone Wars TV show used the planet Onderon as a site with a puppet government in charge, leader imprisoned, and the Jedi knights including Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano, training a core group of rebels to take back their planet from the Separatists.
It has also affected the games, as Uliq Qel Droma appears to Anakin in one variation of Star Wars the Clone Wars video game and shows him how to defeat the Force harvester weapon left over from his era, and which Dooku has found and is unleashing.
In Knights of the Old Republic video games, the double bladed lightsaber Exar Kun used has one of the main characters, Bastila Shan using it. The Characters also visit Korriban, home of the Sith, and some of the same Sith are mentioned as being in the tombs, for instance, the death of Marka Ragnos starts the Golden Age of the Sith and the tomb is one that needs to be entered.