Luke Skywalker Expanded

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A New Hope: The Life of Luke Skywalker by Ryder Windham

Luke Skywalker was just a farm boy with big dreams. It looked like would never act on them. But he had a past even he knew nothing about. And a destiny that was greater than he could imagine.

Due to his Uncle’s interference, he kept procrastinating at going away to the Imperial Academy. Falling for his Uncles manipulative (if well meaning, for he knew what Luke didn’t) line that his family needed him.

His naive dream of just becoming a heroic star pilot takes a dark turn when his Aunt and Uncle are killed by stormtroopers. The mere presence of a droid carrying rebel plans they were ignorant of leads Luke on a quest to join with Obi-Wan Kenobi to deliver them and become a Jedi like his Father.

What he didn’t know was that he was destined to not only destroy the Empire’s greatest weapon, but to resurrect the Jedi within Darth Vader, that had once been Anakin Skywalker.

Along the way he discovers the Princess, whose holo message R2 once carried is his sister, gained a best friend in a smuggler, wookiee and a con artist, and sets out to rebuild all his Father once destroyed.

Family

Luke knew nothing of his sister as a child. His Uncle was step son to his grandmother. His mother a Queen of Naboo and Senator who died tragically when her husband fell from being heroic Jedi to a dark lord of the Sith.

Once Luke brought Anakin back from the darkness, he spent some time learning about him in old records.

Luke’s sister Leia had 3 children, Jacen, Jaina and Anakin. Luke went on to train all 3 as Jedi knights.

Eventually, he married Mara Jade, the former Emperor’s Hand, turned smuggler, then Jedi. They had one son, Ben. It is known that he had direct descendants in Kol Skywalker, his brother Bantha, and Kol’s son Cade.

Friends

Luke made a great many friends in his journeys. His closest childhood friend, Biggs Darklighter, joined the Rebel Alliance before him and was killed in the battle over the first Death Star.

Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Lando became friends who stuck with him through everything for a lifetime, even if they didn’t understand the Force guiding him or how it worked.

In the more ‘normal’ career department, as a pilot Luke made lifelong friends in Rogue Squadron as well including Wedge Antillies, Wes Janson and Hobbie, all of whom survived multiple wars with him.

Accomplishes and Challenges – Character Growth

Luke’s initial dream was to go to the imperial academy to become a star pilot. The imperial academy was the only real shot at higher education. When he bypassed that he jumped straight into a Rebel X-Wing. This test of character growth involved dealing with the loss first of his Aunt and Uncle, then his best friend Biggs Darklighter. He realized his dream of being a hero, but those he loved did not survive to see it.

Military Command

On joining the Rebellion, Luke successfully destroyed the Death Star and went on many missions to scout for new bases, protected (or at least escorted) Leia as she gained new allies, and formed Rogue Squadron, starting it out as Rogue Flight under Commander Narra’s reformed Red Squadron. When Narra and his Renegade Flight was destroyed Luke was promoted to Commander.  Rogue became the squadron name.  As an independent flight group, it was loosely tied to headquarters but available to back up other Rebel groups at need. Rogue Squadron became infamous for any time of mission but the attrition rate was high. When Luke, as Rogue Leader, was unavailable he left Wedge Antillies to run it. After the Battle of Endor Luke knew he would be too busy to handle the squadron and officially turned it over. Rogue Squadron remained loyal friends and allies to both him and the Jedi.

Luke’s first command of a battle group was at Bakura, where he found he far preferred his X-Wing to the command chair. Nonetheless Luke himself was eventually promoted to General.  This felt wrong to him, in spite of Jedi of the past having been General’s. He didn’t feel ready for the responsibility. Orders had him fly a battle group into what he sensed through the Force might be a trap. Doubting his own senses and unsure how to justify or avoid the confrontation he went ahead. The resulting massacre shook his confidence badly. He resigned his commission. While some after his leaving the military still referred to him as Commander, he preferred not to be referred to as General.

Dealing with his fury over the loss of his family to the Empire.

(including, he thought initially, his father.) He was tempted to get revenge over their continued torment of those he cared about. Forgiving his father, once he accepted who he was, was a feat beyond many people. But saving Anakin and inspiring him to kill the Emperor didn’t stop Luke’s destiny.

Restoring the Jedi Order

It was a new beginning. Luke now had an entire Jedi Order to recreate. His crash course was far shorter than Jedi of old who had studied a lifetime, and he could hardly start at one child at a time or there would be a bottleneck. After all, if anything happened to him and that student, there would be no one left! The Empire had done a thorough job destroying old records of the Jedi. But he had the Force to guide him. In the process he learned much of their strategies on how to run, to hide, a lesson he would put to good use later on.

At one point, confronted with a clone of the Emperor, Luke pretended to go over to the Dark Side in order to ferret out the secret of how to find out how this cloned emperor, or transferred essence was possible and prevent it. This did him harm, though there is no evidence he actually killed an innocent, the true initiation to the dark side. Leia helped him break free, as he had once helped Anakin.

Luke’s erratic instruction showed as he tried to train a generation of Jedi. He was torn between the need to protect them from the Dark Side and the mistakes that could destroy them, and the need to allow them to face it in order to grow. He was unprepared in finding himself confronted with the sith spirit Exar Kun that he wasn’t ready for, and students with weaknesses he didn’t know how to help them with. Nonetheless he persevered and overcame, as did they. In overcoming Exar Kun’s spirit, the first crop of Jedi essentially passed their true trial. They overcame the initial setbacks and soon the Jedi were flourishing. As the older students came into their full experience and powers and were able to help instruct, Luke converted the academy gradually for younger students, including his niece and nephews.

While his students became self sustaining at helping each other learn, when one would fall and wreak havoc he would be on the move to help stop them. This included the likes of Kueller, Brakiss and Desann.

A New Enemy

When the Yuuzhan Vong invaders attacked, Luke was confronted with a Republic that he had helped found turning on the Jedi out of fear. He also was forced to let his niece, nephews and the younger Jedi step into war. This led to some painful losses. In counterbalance to this, his son Ben was born.

SPOILERS.

Not long after his greatest pain hit: the return of the Sith, in the form of Lumiya, an old enemy, who would be out to destroy his own family by turning someone close to him to the Dark Side and killing another.

SPOILERS.

Luke fought to find the right balance between serving the Republic/now Galactic Alliance and the Force. After their betrayal by the government, and seeing the corruption it overlooked (because politicians had vested interest in keeping it that way) he withdrew it from their oversight. The battle of the politicians led by Daala to force them to become an official branch of the government forced the issue. The Jedi sought to preserve and protect all, and they couldn’t remain neutral if controlled by people that wanted them used only as warriors or diplomats while ignoring the many who needed them that the government ignored. In addition, the Jedi discovered a Lost Tribe of the Sith and a dangerous threat called Abeloth that only they could defeat. Therefore they had to hold themselves at readiness for enemies the Galactic Alliance and politicians wanted to ignore because it was inconvenient to have such enemies appear.

Yet through it all, Luke never gave up. He focused on finding the positive in everyone and every situation, always there for his friends and family. He remained the determined but still compassionate man that Mara affectionately called ‘Farm Boy’.

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Luke, with Han and Leia in Crucible by Troy Denning, 45 ABY and there last story. He was about 64 at the time.

Stories starring Luke Skywalker

Early years

  • A New Hope the Life of Luke Skywalker (all eras)

Movie Years:

  • Star Wars Radio Drama by Brian Daley
  • The Empire Strikes Back Radio Drama by Brian Daley
  • Return of the Jedi Radio Drama by Brian Daley
    (Note these radio dramatization of the movies includes extra and extended scenes not available elsewhere.)
  • Shadows of the Empire
  • Luke Skywalker and the Treasure of the Dragonsnakes
  • Rebellion years
  • Galaxy of Fear Series – – by Whitman – Cameos only
  • Splinter of the Minds Eye ( written pre TESB and considered as a possible low budget script. the comic adaptation came out much later and was adapted to fit better into continuity.)
    Rebellion
  • Rebel Forces
  • Allegiance
  • Choices of One

New Republic

  • Heart of the Jedi
  • Truce at Bakura
  • Shadows of Mindor
  • Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton
  • Thrawn trilogy by Timothy Zahn
    • Heir to the Empire
    • Dark Force Rising
    • The Last Command
  • Dark Empire
    • Dark Empire – Dark Horse Comics (full cast audio also available)
    • Dark Empire2- Dark Horse Comics (full cast audio also available)
    • Empire’s End – Dark Horse Comics (full cast audio also available, but only in the collector’s CD edition)
  • Jedi Academy Trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson
    • Jedi Search
    • Dark Apprentice
    • Champions of the Force
  • I, Jedi by Michael Stackpole
  • Children of the Jedi by Barbara Hambly
  • Darksaber by Kevin J. Anderson
  • Planet of Twilight by Barbara Hambly
  • The Crystal Star by Vonda McIntyre
  • Black Fleet Crisis by McDowell
  • The New Rebellion by Kristin Kathryn Rusch
  • The Corellian Trilogy by Roger Allen McBride
    • Ambush at Corellia
    • Assault at Selonia
    • Showdown at Centerpoint
  • Thrawn Duology by Timothy Zahn
  • Specter of the Past
  • Vision of the Future
  • New Jedi Order Era by Multiple authors
  • Dark Nest trilogy by Troy Denning
    • Joiner King
    • The Unseen Queen
    • Swarm War
  • Legacy of the Force Series by multiple authors
  • Fate of the Jedi series by multiple authors
  • Crucible by Troy Denning

Cameos:

  • Dark Forces: Jedi Knight 2
  • X-Wing, Rogue Squadron, Wedge’s Gamble by Michael Stackpole
  • Galaxy of Fear by John Witman:
  • Eaten Alive
  • Army of Terror
  • Chewbacca Tribute
  • Invasion – – Dark Horse Comics
  • Legacy

 

A New View of Star Wars A New Hope

Star Wars A New Hope PosterWatching the original movie back in the day we had no clue there would be more. An unexpected hero had big dreams but was afraid to leave the familiar old responsibilities for new ones. Then he was forced too. The hero had a chance to save the beautiful Princess and save a Rebellion fighting a powerful evil empire.

We knew the Empire was evil for 2 reasons: we instinctively associated choking a man to death, an intimidating ball droid with needle as a torture device and blowing up entire planets with evil. The fact that the bad guy was clad in black and the heroes in white no doubt had something to do with it too – a color scheme left over from the white knight vs the black knight and the cowboy with white had vs the evil doer in the black hat.

It cost Luke dearly to follow his dreams. He hadn’t even committed when his Aunt and Uncle were killed. Obi-Wan was killed protecting him for reasons we didn’t entirely understand at the time. Leia lost her entire home world trying to help stand up to evil.

Han? Han started on his first steps to being a hero by doing something that wasn’t likely to give him a reward – saving Luke.

Years later we now have the complete story.

That moment we see Vader on screen is leavened with sadness: this is Luke’s FATHER. Once he was a hero, not the stuff of nightmares. He has power, but he isn’t truly free. He and Obi-Wan finally meet again. Perhaps killing Obi-Wan is his act of revenge for being trapped in the horror suit, but Obi-Wan’s vanishing denies him this victory.

We now know that Han’s quest to pay off Jabba the Hutt and those bounty hunters doesn’t end well. Ultimately his friends have to save him. Staying with the Rebels cost him: it cost him time to pay off the debt (though we know he had the reward, he apparently kept losing it before he could pay off Jabba!) As for Chewie: its no wonder he’s become jaded toward Jedi and heroics. He watched the Republic fall and the Jedi along with it. Still, he’s Han’s conscience.

We know Leia is Luke’s sister. This is a reunion long in the making. Luke’s instinctive attraction to her apparently isn’t the crush everyone (including him) thinks. And the scene where Leia is tortured by Vader is suddenly more horrible. In spite of just the intimidating presence and implied injection, we now know the man facing her is her biological Father. And he not only tortures her and tries to break her, he also makes her stand and watch Tarkin blow up her adoptive world and family. Given her similarity in appearance to Padme (and similar role as Senator Diplomat) it’s all the more tragic.

Extras courtesy of the Expanded Universe:

Expanded Universe fans were thrilled to see Dash Rendar’s Outrider from Shadows of the Empire added in to the Mos Eisley scenes.

The destruction of Alderaan is even more painful. While we glimpsed it in Revenge of the Sith and met Bail Organa, many of us have now had the opportunity to experience it in Star Wars: The Old Republic. We’ve explored Organa Castle, wandered and met the noble houses, helped fight to save them for Republic or lead them into the Empire.

For an extra shock, if you play the Imperial side Planetary Story arc, you encounter a rebel faction trying to stop the Thul House and their Imperial Allies. During the Conversation, the leader makes the rather prophetic statement that he’d rather see Alderaan destroyed than part of the Empire.

In the radio drama as well as the comics, we get to know Biggs Darklighter. Even in the special edition, all we got was a bit of Biggs added back into the Yavin hanger scene. The radio drama and novelization give us Bigg’s earlier meeting with Luke, when he was going to join the Rebellion and why. Dark Horse comics gave us a view of how those events played out. Suddenly that sudden death over the First Death Star hurts a great deal more because we’ve gotten to know and like him.

In Tales of the Mos Eisley Cantina we get up close and personal with denizens of the Cantina, each with their own name, species and interesting story. This one is exiled because he was forced to collaborate with the Empire. That one has rebel ties.

The destruction of the Death Star is now a lot more complicated, if one read the novel ‘Death Star’. The space station didn’t just contain Imperial soldiers. It contained all the personnel needed to maintain them, including cooks, librarians, cantina and bar personnel and conscripted Doctors. Even the soldiers didn’t necessarily believe the Death Star would be used for anything but intimidation. The destruction of the Death Star was absolutely necessary: not everyone on Alderaan was a rebel! But it sadly came at a cost that at least some of the people on board were innocent, or at the very least, capable of wanting out.

Yavin 4. This is another one that has had enormous history. You run around this world in Star Wars the Old Republic, taking on the Shadow of Revan. It has a history thousands of years before in Tales of the Jedi, a history of Sith Temples, battles with Jedi and will one day be hope to the home to the new Jedi Academy. We only glimpse it in the movie, but now we’ve had a chance to peek around the corners that we can only imagine.

It’s been a long time since the first movie, a long time since the additional title ‘A New Hope’ was added. The more one knows about the story before and after the more one sees it differently. But it adds a glorious richness. In 40 years, there have been many discoveries. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Woman Behind the Scenes of the Expanded Universe

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Sue Rostoni

Sue Rostoni

She maintained the Expanded Universe in print and helped plan the New Jedi Order series, as Executive Editor and fiction and comic editor at Lucas Licensing. She held that job for 20 some years, retiring in 2011.

Lucy Audrey Wilson

Director of Publishing the President of Lucas Licencing. She came up with the idea of the holocron, an internal database to keep track of the rapidly expanding universe, before it was all in large binders.

Honorable Mention:

Marcia Lucas

It’s not surprising that after a painful divorce, George Lucas doesn’t talk about his first wife. But as the editor, she did have a great deal to do with the original trilogy of movies. She was the one who suggested the idea to add more impact to the first movie, at the time just called Star Wars, by having Obi-Wan die, which Lucas had apparently only toyed with. Given that he obviously still needed to be around in some form or another, George Lucas had to find a way to kill him yet have him around. Enter, the Force Spirits, that have since been a regular occurrence in the Expanded Universe, from Anakin Skywalker trying to make peace with Leia in Truce of Bakura, to the Jedi Exile appearing in SWTOR as well as Sith Force Ghosts like Naga Sadow, Freedon Nadd & Exar Kun.

Woman Models & Actors of the Expanded Universe

This is a salute to the female models, actors and voice actors that made the Expanded Universe an audio and visual adventure. This is not a complete list, but some of those who had either the most roles in the Expanded Universe or the most influential characters. Everyone probably knows about the movie actors, but did you know about these? Do you know anymore?

Shannon McRandle as Mara JadeShannon McRandle (Actor)

The real life Mara Jade. Mara Jade was such a popular character that even before she was officially married to Luke Skywalker, a model was chosen to immortalize her in the trading card game. Her likeness has also been used in art and action figures. She also happens to be supportive of the Expanded Universe, even since the reboot. You can check out her Facebook page ShannonMcrandleisMaraJade

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Charal-Star Wars: The Ewok AdventureSiân Phillips and Marianne Horine (Actor)

played the true first female villain onscreen, the dathomire night sister ‘Charal’ in Ewoks the Battle for Endor. Her powers are mentioned in Book of the Sith and Ewoks: Shadows of Endor. Marianne Horine played the younger version. Siân Phillips the darker older version.

Zam-BountyHunterLeeanna Walsman (Actor & Voice Actor)

Zam Wessell, who goes on to be a neutral ( sometimes villain, sometimes not) character in the Dark Horse comics. But she IS an assassin and bounty hunter and introduced in Attack of the clones as a villain. The same as in the movie also did her voice work in ’Bounty Hunter’ the video game.

Cindel-EwokAdventureAubree Miller (Actor)

Cindel Towani of the Caravan of Courage AKA the Ewok Adventure and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor. This child actor had a starring role in both. Her character, Cindel, was later mentioned in the Expanded Universe as growing up to become a journalist.

mission vao in Knights of the Old RepublicCatherine “Cat” Taber (Voice Actor)

Most know her as the voice Padme of Filoni’s The Clone Wars in 2008. But EU fans may know her better as the snarky Mission Vao of Knights of the Old Republic who helped Revan save the galaxy. She also stars as the smuggler Vette, companion to the Sith Warrior in SWTOR. She also played Leia Organa in both The Force Unleashed games.

Serra Keto in Revenge of the Sith gameKari Wahlgren (Voice Actor)

Her character Serra Keto in Revenge of the Sith video game goes on to comic books in the Clone Wars era of the Expanded Universe.
Wehlgren’s voice is yours if you play a female Knight in SWTOR known as The Hero of Tython, a character who dares challenge the Sith Emperor himself.
Other roles include: Aayla & Darth Phobos in The Force Unleashed,  Empire at War: Forces of Corruption as Silri.
She was also in Kinect Star Wars (Video Game):  Gold 4 / Intercom / PC Female Pilot /.

Alora vs Rosh in Jedi Academy Game

Alora vs Rosh in Jedi Academy Game

Grey DeLisle AKA Grey Griffin (Voice Actor)

Some voice actor really make quite a dent, crossing from many, many video games and on into the animated Clone Wars Micro Series. Here they are in no particular order.

2002 Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Video Game): Padmé Amidala / Bera Khazan
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Video Game): Sarna / Lena / Cassandra Mateil
Star Wars: Jedi Knight – Jedi Academy (Video Game): Alora / Jedi Female (voice)
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords (Video Game): Handmaiden / Brianna (voice)
Star Wars: Clone Wars (TV Series): Padmé Amidala / Asajj Ventress / Shaak-Ti /
TFU (Ventress) – she is listed as a playable character when dueling. SWTOR (female bounty hunter)
TPM video game (Padme/gungan child)
E1 power battles
early learning activity center (game)
Star Wars: Demolition
Star Wars: Force Commander (Video Game): Hover Transport Driver / Leia Organa / Ruulian/ Terrorist (voice)
Star Wars: Starfighter (Video Game): Bravo 8 / Rescue 2 (voice)
Star Wars: Super Bombad Racing (Video Game): Queen Amidala
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds (Video Game): Gungan Villager #2 / Queen Amidala / Rebel Scout Captain /
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II – Rogue Leader (Video Game): Karie Neth (voice)
Star Wars: Obi-Wan (Video Game): Asha and more.
Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter (Video Game)
Loreli Ro / Nym Pilot 2 / Wingmate 2
Star Wars: Bounty Hunter (Video Game): Female Civilian #2 / Montross’ compute

satele-shanJennifer Hale (Voice Actor)

Hard to underestimate a role of galactic importance, she plays Bastila Shan in both Knights of the Old Republic games.  Bastila is the love interest of the Expanded Universe canon version of Revan. Hale also plays her descendent  Satele Shan in Star Wars: The Old Republic, Jedi Grand Master as well as mother of Theron Shan. The non canon version of Jaden Korr in Jedi Academy (last of the Dark Forces series) is her voice.  She had minor roles in X-Wing VS Tie Fighter and Star Wars: Force Commander. She also plays various characters in Filoni’s Clone Wars series.

Kreia-KOTOR2Sara Kestelman (Voice Actor)

Kreia /Darth Traya, Knights of the Old Republic 2. This mysterious character is a thought provoking mentor to the Jedi Exile.

Jessica Meade, Droids AdventuresTaborah Johnson (Voice Actor)

She does the voices in the Ewok and Droids cartoons of Latara (the ewok), a main character, and Jessica Meade, a tramp freighter captain.

Kneesaa, Animated Ewok CartoonCree Summer (Voice Actor)

Princess Kneesa, ewok, one of main character’s of the Ewok cartoon.

Ann Sachs (Voice Actor)

Most people know Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. But when the popular NPR Radio Adaptations appeared, it was Ann Sachs who took the role of voice acting Leia. The radio drama added scenes not in the movie, including 3 important ones involving Leia.

Woman Models & Actors of the Expanded Universe

Juno EclipseNathalie Cox (Model, Actor, Voice Actor)

The star behind Juno Eclipse of The Force Unleashed may have had a supporting role, but it was an important one. Her character stood up to Darth Vader and was more than just the simple love interest of Starkiller, Vader’s Secret Apprentice. She became a Rebel leader in her own right. But perhaps her support of Starkiller is even more important: it was her inspiration that drove him to seek the light.  While some might play a Dark Side ending, according to the Expanded Universe (AKA Legends) canon, he turned to the light, and books and graphic novel tie ins confirm the importance of her role in this.

Jan Ors - Dark Forces 2Angela Harry (Model, Actor, Voice Actor)

Jan Ors may not have been a star or playable character, but Kyle Katarn wouldn’t have survived to get his bad ass reputation without her skill at rescuing him. No matter how often he left her without any idea what he was up to, she still came to his rescue. While the earliest Dark Forces game just gave Jan a drawing and some text of her lines,  Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight introduced Angela Harry as the true look of Jan Ors. This game featured live action cut scenes with early CGI.  While Angela Harry only voiced and acted Jan Ors for this game, her likeness continued to be used for future CGI modeling, giving the character a distinctly Asian look.

 

HONORABLE MENTION:

jaci-twiss-as-jaina-soloJaci Twiss

Jaci Twiss has not performed in any official Star Wars productions.  The actress has only appeared in the Fan Film: Legacy of the Force, adapted from the part of the novel Invincible by Troy Denning. But her role gave a physical onscreen presence to the popular Jaina Solo that was denied the character by the reboot. Jaci Twiss also encouraged her fans to vote for Jaina Solo in the 2016 Hasbro Fan’s Choice poll for a 6″ action figure.  The figure won the poll.

Woman Models & Actors of the Expanded Universe

Sources: IMBD and the Wookieepedia and the respective game, movie, and TV show credits.

Women Artists of the Expanded Universe

Jan Duursema

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Artwork from Dark Horse Comics, Legacy -a young Cade and Kol Skywalker

Her artwork gives character to such memorable faces as Republics: Quinlan Vos, Aayla Secura (her artwork created the character that Lucas liked enough to put in Attack of the Clones), Legacies: Cade Skywalker, Darth Talon, Dawn of the Jedi: Xesh, and even some classic marvel star wars characters.

You can see more of her art with links to buy it on her website, janduursema.com

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Amy Beth Christenson concept art as shown in The Art & Making of The Force Unleashed by Hayden Blackman

Amy Beth Christenson

Video Game Concept artist for The Force Unleashed,  Starfighter, Jedi Starfighter, Bounty Hunter, and ROTS.

You can check out the designs on artbyabc.com

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Cover art by Terese Nielsen

Terese Nielsen

She did cover art for Star Wars Expanded Universe books and comics
This includes several X-Wing: Rogue Squadron comics, Union Graphic Novel, New Jedi Order novels Edge of Victory 1 and 2 and the Final Prophecy. She also did packaging at for Star Wars Miniatures: Legacy of the Force and Star Wars Miniatures: Knights of the Old Republic.

You can check out her art and buy prints at tnielsen.com.

 wildlife-of-star warsTerryl Whitlatch

Worked in the redesign of some creatures in the Star Wars Special Editions (1997 version),  creature design in The Phantom Menace. She also illustrated The Wildlife of Star Wars (a field guide), The Jedi Path and Book of the Sith.
You can check out her portfolio on ArtStation.

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Artwork from Empire #30

Adriana Melo

Comic book artist for several of the Dark Horse comics, including the first issues of Empire follow up Shadows of their Fathers, that were a follow up to the Republic Last Stand on Jabiim story arc. Luke finds out that not everyone thinks his Father was a hero of the Clone Wars in these.

You can check out more of her art on her DeviantArt page.

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Her illustrations are inside these 2 books, among others, by West End Games.

Christina Wald

Did illustrations for West End Games Star Wars RPGs including The Truce at Bakura Sourcebook and Tales of the Jedi Sourcebook.

You can find more of her current art on her website christinawald.com

Shea Standefer

A Topps trading card artist, she worked on Star Wars Galaxy Series including Rise of the Bounty Hunters. But her most unusual contribution is by lending her appearance for Scarlet Hark (Honor Among Thieves by James Corey) and Shaylai Veila from Dark Times: A Spark Remains (Dark Horse Comics).

Check out more of her art on Deviantart, including some cool familiar Expanded Universe favorites!

StarWars-Craft-BookBonnie Burton

While not directly related to the Expanded Universe, her work does have implications for the fans. For years she ran a blog on the StarWars.com site giving crafting tips for kids and adults interested in doing fun things with their favorite characters. She also did You Can Draw: Star Wars Characters for DK books. Perhaps the most fun is the Star Wars Craft Book.  It tells you how to create a Momaw Nadon sock doll, Chewie hand puppet and action figure wreath.  Obviously if you want to turn that hand puppet into Lowbacca the Jedi instead, you can!  Nothing is stopping us from using Expanded Universe figures on the wreath either. While Momaw Nadon’s name and background come from the EU, its also no big jump to turning his sock puppet pattern into, say, Rorron Cobb, Ithorian Jedi hero of the Genndy Tartrosky Clone Wars, or one of the Moomow brothers of the Knights of the Old Republic comics too.

Women Authors of the Expanded Universe

Most of us know the characters already. But what about the female writers who invented them? Without them, these heroes we know and love would not exist. This is not a comprehensive list.

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Ann Crispin

Han Solo Trilogy:

  • Paradise Snare
  • The Hutt Gambit
  • Rebel Dawn

With a rare brilliance, she not only wrote the Han Solo trilogy and introduced us to his earliest influences, but managed to masterfully weave the rest of his Expanded Universe life into it. She interwove rather than overwrote,  Brian Daley’s Han Solo adventures,  Xaverri of the Crystal Star and Thrakin Sal-Solo of the Corellian Trilogy, she mapped out the incredible beginnings of the most famous (or infamous) smuggler in universe. His first meeting with Lando Calrissian is here, interweaving with the Lando Calrissian Adventures by L. Neil Smith, his introduction to smuggling, first clashes with Boba Fett and dealings with Hutts.

TruceatBakuraKathy Tyers

  • Truce at Bakura
  • New Jedi Order: Balance Point

The true aftermath of Return of the Jedi for our heroes started only hours after the second Death Star exploded. Her tale weaves the beginning of them dealing with their feelings on this, on Leia and Han and her feelings about Darth Vader being her biological father.  Luke struggles with the loneliness of being a Jedi. The first truce with the Empire is here, on Bakura. The character of Gareil Captison will be one of Luke’s first loves after becoming a Jedi.

Crystal-StarVonda N. McIntyre

  • Crystal Star

Her Original Trilogy character knowledge may not have been shining in The Crystal Star, but the personalities for Jacen and Jaina Solo began right here, in her one novel for the expanded universe. The Jaina who would be the pilot, the sword of the Jedi and a tinkerer starts now. The Jacen in love with animals is born here too. This book may not be the best or anywhere close to it in the Expanded Universe, but it was the foundation for great things.

Legacy of the Jedi, from Dooku to Anakin

Jude Watson AKA Judy Blundell

  • Jedi Apprentice
  • Jedi Quest
  • Last of the Jedi

She tells the tale of a young Obi-Wan Kenobi in Jedi Apprentice, as he first teams up as Qui-Gon’s apprentice. Based on Obi-Wan of the Phantom Menace and a mere few words in The Empire Strikes Back to Luke, Obi-Wan has to overcome his own impatience and anger to become the padawan able to defeat Darth Maul.

She follows up with Anakin under Obi-Wans tutelage, taking him from the confident slave boy to the lonely, eager to please but growing in power (and ego) young man in Attack of the Clones. His struggles are made real and easy to relate too in a way the movies simply had no time for.

In Last of the Jedi she follows up on Anakin’s rival, former padawan Ferus Olin, after Order 66. As a matter of fact, hints that Ferus Olin might be gay were confirmed by the author on Twitter. So she earns the fame (or infamy, depending on your point of view) of being the first author to even hint at that in one of the kids series.

Young Jedi Knights Lightsabers the Solo kids are told the story of Nomi from Tales of the Jedi

Rebecca Moesta

  • Junior Jedi Knights Series
  • Young Jedi Knights Series

She wrote the last 3 Junior Jedi Knights books and cowrote the second, expanding further on Anakin Solo, Tahiri Veila, the Jedi Tionne.

She also co wrote Young Jedi Knights where Jacen and Jaina Solo, Tenel Ka, Lowbacca, Raynar Thul would train as the future generation of Jedi Knights. Continuing on from McIntyre’s characterization, the Solo twins are growing toward their destinies.

These stories reference things from The Illustrated Star Wars Galaxy, a book author Kevin J. Anderson was also involved in.

Junior Jedi Knights the Golden Globe we seen a device left by Exar Kun during Tales of the Jedi

Nancy Ann Richardson

  • Junior Jedi Knights

She wrote the first two Junior Jedi Knights books and cowrote the third, introducing Young Anakin Solo as he begins training and his good friend, Tahiri Veila, who was raised among the sand people,

Children-Of-The-JediBarbara Hambly

  • Children of the Jedi
  • Planet of Twilight

Love her works or hate them, she started to bridge a connection between the as yet unwritten old Republic / clone wars era and the  new, via a battleship and a trapped Force Spirit. Her most notable invention however, is Belsavis. Her descriptions of an icy world with volcanic rifts led to its creation as a playable world in Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Republic Commando - Triple Zero Clones

Republic Commando – Triple Zero Clones

Karen Traviss

  • Republic Commando Series
  • Legacy of the Force:  Bloodlines, Sacrifice, Revelation

Some love her. Some hate her (for murdering Mara Jade). But she delved deeper into the ethical issues of a clone army and the Jedi’s lack of questioning than anyone. She also seriously boosted Mandalorean culture by filling out a language and culture that had only seen snippets in old comic books, even interweaving pieces out of old Classic Marvel comic books into a rich full warrior culture with its own customs and honor.

Dark JourneyElaine Cunningham

  • New Jedi Order: Dark Journey

Short Stories:

  • The Crystal
  • The Apprentice
  • Red Sky, Blue Frame

Jaina Solo suffers in the New Jedi Order when tragedy strikes her family. Delving into Jaina’s temptation with the Dark Side, the aftermath of this story will be felt in the future stories, post New Jedi Order.

classic-marvel-comics-graphicnovel-7Mary Jo Duffy

Classic Marvel comics Star Wars issue 24 (a ‘remembered’ Obi-Wan Clone Wars story)  issues 70 -170 (the end)

This classic marvel comics writer who wrote the first story with Zeltrons and brought back Shira Brie as Lumiya, Dark Lady of the Sith.

TCW-No-PrisonersKaren Miller

Most of her work was involving TCW but she also did the short story Roll of the Dice for the Star Wars Insider, based on Aaron Allson’s Mercy Kill. Not yet aware of how TCW would confuse things in the Expanded Universe, her few stories of TCW  actually were based on it, including such characters as future Admiral Pellaeon. She also brought in Callista from Children of the Jedi, introducing her unique Force talent with machines, and Djinn Altis sect of Jedi who believed in marriage, introducing them to Anakin Skywalker. This explained the reason the post Return of the Jedi era Jedi introduced shows no mention of the ‘marriage ban’ of the Old Jedi, given that most of the survivors and heirs found were more likely to be non Coruscant based splinter groups. It was a valiant attempt at bridging the post Return of the Jedi era with the prequel one, taking advantage of, rather than ignoring, established continuity.

* I credit her with trying to keep in continuity, which had to be a growing challenge as Dave Filoni apparently kept throwing a monkey wrench in. Not only was he altering established events as he saw fit, he also wasn’t even filming the show in ‘in universe’ chronological order, which also threw off even the books based on the show’s place in the timeline.

Carrie Fisher Memorial Tribute

Leia Jedi Knight

art by Terese Nielsen for Star Wars Miniatures, Jedi Academy

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia has inspired my imagination. It set fire to possibilities both on the movie screen and in games, books and comics. It was her acting and likeness that set fire to our hearts to imagine all the possibilities.

When I first ‘met’ the character of Leia, she wasn’t my favorite. She was always so angry and I was too young to really get WHY. But by Return of the Jedi I began to appreciate her. Now she was Luke’s sister, the Princess who could take time out from the big picture (the Rebellion) and rescue Han, admit she had feelings for him. She could be chained and turn her imprisonment on her captor and stop him from hurting anyone else ever again. She had Force potential the same as her brother. Suddenly Leia was awesome! And now I can see that the world needed Leia. She was a rare kind of hero for her time, something now everyone is pushing saying they need. I don’t quite get why, not that I don’t see why we need cool female heroes. What I don’t get is why they act like we didn’t have any. We had Leia. We also had Uhura and Wonder Woman but Leia was the one I knew best. We needed more Leia merchandise perhaps: the male characters always seemed to get the best stuff. But female heroes? I had Leia. Then she was joined by daughter Jaina and finally her movie mother Padme. And I could always see the connections.

With the prequels she developed a new kind of resonance. Now I see Leia and I see the parts of her that came from Padme, and the parts that came from Anakin. The same determination that drove her Mother, the anger (not unjustified) that she got from her father. And in the Expanded Universe Jaina inherited her Force sensitivity, courage and sheer determination.

In the Expanded Universe stories I watched her struggle with the identity of her biological father. Mother of three, President of the New Republic, and finally, Jedi knight. And always it was Carrie Fisher’s face I saw as this Leia, just as with the movie Leia. It was her acting that gave my vivid imagination the framework to work with to see her as the Chief of State, the warrior and the Jedi Knight. A real do it all female hero, who struggled with family vs career in a very real way. After all, when if you don’t save the galaxy where will your family live? And she was doing this female hero thing when it wasn’t yet popular or cool. She was the damsel who may be distressed but wasn’t going to take it without a fight.

She’ll always be Jedi Leia in my mind. And now she is one with the Force in this world. As Cliegg said of Shmi Skywalker (Leia’s grandmother) in Attack of the Clones:

“I know wherever you are, it’s become a better place.”

I hope so. Because I think this world is poorer without her.

But then you get that final blow: her mother Debbie Reynolds dying within days. I feel so much for their family.

When pondering this sadness, the most common thing I hear is, Debby Reynolds died of a broken heart. I can’t help note a certain … well, resonance. In the movies Carrie Fisher’s Leia’s ‘fictional’ mom Padme did too. One reason I get so upset over people dismissing Padme as a strong female is that they give call her weak for having ‘died of a broken heart’. In real life, people do, in fact, die of broken hearts. Even healthy people, though frail ones obviously have it worse. To downplay this is a terrible thing. Whether the fictional Padme died ‘merely’ of a broken heart or some evil plot of Palpatine’s, downplaying that trauma can destroy people is much easier for people who have not lived through one, and it does not only claim the weak, the old, or the infirm.

Here is scientific evidence: http://www.sciencealert.com/can-you-really-die-from-a-broken-heart

Another thing I’ve heard, albeit rarely, is that Carrie Fisher didn’t exactly live the life of a saint. I thought this rather sad thing to say. After all, the fact that she survived challenges, overcame them and advocated for things she believed made her a brave person in real life. Saint? Who is? She is a real life example of an imperfect person doing her best to hang on in this crazy world.

I can’t help but note too that she is an example of something we are losing: the ability to argue like civilized beings and still call the people we argue with ‘friends’. Imagine that. You can argue without unfriending! That appears to be a in danger of becoming a lost art!

Here’s an example:
“He asked me to do an episode and that was really, really annoying, but it was very, very funny. Screaming at each other. Arguing big time about love scenes. We couldn’t disagree more, in any world, about love scenes. I mean hours of it, hours of ‘Why wouldn’t you say that? I talk like that.’, he said to me. I don’t believe it! And if he does [talk like that], they let him get away with it because he’s Lucas.” … “He won. He let me win in the draft, then he went off and shot it and he changed it. I went crazy! I didn’t want the shimmering arm, hair in the moonlight stuff. ‘You look so lovely. You are the magical rose of my…’ It’s in!” ~ 1994 Star Wars Insider interview regarding writing an episode of the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.

Yet clearly, she still thought of him as a friend with her good natured joking about the merchandising of her likeness. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/2016/12/28/watch-carrie-fisher-roast-george-lucas-2005-award-ceremony/

I’ve seen terrible and wonderful things come of her death. The wonderful was the tribute paid by so many on the Old Republic: impromptu, unexpected. More or less polite, with even the Imperials coming in to the Organa Castle on Alderaan, albeit thousands of years before Leia’s time. So many people, on so many servers, so many ‘instances’ so they didn’t pile on top of each other (what’s the occupancy limit on the hall of Organa Castle anyway?!) starting early the day she died, to the massive packed memorial service and today people still filtering into the hall just to be there. It struck me that many were saying in the memorial (in the chat) that we wouldn’t be playing this game without Carrie Fisher. I’m not sure how many realize how true this is, not only for her screen acting but because her Jedi Training in the comics led to her discovering the holocron, which led to opening the entire era of Tales of the Jedi upon which Star Wars The Old Republic was founded rests upon.

It was written up in many articles like this one on PC Gamer. The guild I am part of was at the Ebon Hawk event. This playlist shows just a few of the many already posted on Youtube.

Star Wars Galaxies fans also had a memorial tribute, even though the ‘official’ game servers are offline. Fans have set up their own servers to keep the game alive. See their tribute pictures on their Facebook page.

Terrible is those who take advantage: copyright hounds who issue take down notices of the memorial videos! How low is that? Why do these apparently heartless creatures get to stay among us when our heroes are gone? Probably they are ‘bots’ set to automatically detect and challenge stuff that have no clue its in game. But then, that system has already been hit with lawsuits and they lost so you’d think they’d fix it. And then there are the scalpers suddenly buying up all things Leia and demanding ridiculous prices of grieving fans, as I found out when I went back looking to buy the Leia 6″ figure I was had been waiting on Christmas money to get.

As usual with tragedy, terrible and wonderful mix. But its just so much, so horrible much for the fans and if its like that for us, how much worse for those who knew and loved her personally? My heart goes out to them, and so do my prayers. One thing is for sure, for all the difference is in the Star Wars community between who prefers which storyline, it was wonderful to see everyone, EU and Disney canon, Sith and Jedi come together to grieve her death and celebrate her life.

Kyle Katarn

Kyle Katarn’s Claim to Fame as the man who stole the First Death Star Plans.

Kyle Katarn with Bryar Pistol

Katarn in Dark Forces 2, Jedi Knight

The beginnings of Kyle Katarn.

Kyle Katarn is a farmer’s son who only went to the Carida imperial Academy for the educational opportunities. He had no idea his father was head of a local Alliance Resistance cell. His life turned upside down when he was told the Alliance murdered his Father. It turned upside down again when he ran into Jan Ors for the second time after his Cadet leader graduation mission, where he went against a Rebel communication center. She proved that his beloved father was murdered by the Empire. And so a Rebel was born.

His first missions include stealing the first Death Star plans from Danuta. He then investigated a secret Imperial project, Dark Troopers, that started out wiping out a Rebel Base. He broke Crix Madine out of an Imperial Prison and even fought Boba Fett on Nar Shaddaa. He also met up with Rianna Saren, who stole an updated set of the Death Star plans.

Opinions:

While some on Wookieepedia see the physical difference between Kyle having a beard in the Soldier for the Empire book and the video game Dark Forces to be a conflict, I don’t. His escape from the Empire alongside Jan Ors had the side effect of a dead Imperial Governor, and even in Soldier for the Empire it’s revealed that news of his defection has spread among his graduating class. It makes sense that he would grow or even wear a fake beard when going straight into an Imperial base when news of his defection is on the holonet and so recent.

Source:

  • Soldier for the Empire (Novella and audiodrama)
  • Dark Forces (Lucasarts)
  • Lethal Alliance (Lucasarts)

Continuity:

  • Nar Shaddaa, where he fights Boba Fett, again appears in Jedi Knight, Jedi Academy, Han Solo Trilogy by Ann Crispin, Star Wars The Old Republic, and various prequel era Dark Horse Comics.
  • Carida is the place Han Solo went to the Academy and was destroyed in Jedi Academy Trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson, and mentioned in detail in Han Solo Trilogy by Ann Crispin.
Rebel Agent Novella

Dark Forces, Rebel Agent cover art.

Kyle Katarn’s Destiny is the Force

After the death of the Empire, its revealed that while working for the Alliance he still considered himself an independent agent. He was trying to track down who, exactly was responsible for his Father’s death. This led to the revelation of the Spirit of the Jedi, Rahn. The Dark Jedi who killed Morgan Katarn is now seeking the location of the Valley of the Jedi, a place of great power. Morgan took the knowledge of its location to his death and now, a race is on to find the message he left for Kyle to find it. Kyle finds himself learning to be a Jedi on the fly as he pursues the map and finds the lightsaber his Father ’s friend Rahn left him. One at a time, or occasionally two at a time he took on Jerec’s dark Jedi crew and his Imperial troops, until it was Kyle against Jerec to save the Valley of Jedi and free the Jedi spirits trapped there.

Source:

  • Rebel Agent (Novella and audiodrama)
  • Jedi Knight (Novella and audiodrama)
  • Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight (Lucasarts)

Continuity:

  • Jerec also makes an appearance in the Galaxy of Fears YA series : Spore.
  • Ruusan and the Valley of the Jedi, as well as how the Valley gained its power, are shown in the Darth Bane series novels and Jedi VS Sith story arc by Dark Horse comics.

 

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Mara Jade in Mysteries of the Sith, seeks to save Kyle Katarn

Kyle Katarn Discovers Dromund Kaas!

Katarn joined forces with Mara Jade for a time. During this he was led to Dromund Kaas where the intense Dark Side presence drew him to the Dark Side. Mara however, successfully found and drew him back to the light. This rattled his confidence though and led him to turn in his lightsaber over to Luke Skywalker.

Source:

  • Jedi Knight 2 Mysteries of the Sith (Lucasarts Expansion)

Continuity:

  • Dromund Kaas also appears in Legacy of the Force, Fate of the Jedi series and is a playable planet in Star Wars the Old Republic.
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Kyle Katarn and Jan Ors begin their mission in Jedi Outcast

 The Force Reclaims Kyle Katarn

The Force wasn’t through with Katarn. He and Jan Ors discovered the Empire using crystals and experimenting on creating Force sensitivity in their droids and people. Driven to pick up his lightaber again, Kyle would end up in  showdown with a fallen Jedi, Dasaan, who had attended Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Academy.

  • Source:
    Jedi Knight: Jedi Outcast (Lucasarts)

Continuity:

  • Luke’s Jedi Academy on Yavin 4 was established in the Jedi Academy Trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson. It also is the location of much of the Young Jedi Knight and Junior Jedi Knight series.
  • Katarn went on to train Jedi apprentices, including Jaden Korr and Rosh Penin.

Source:

  • Jedi Academy (Lucasarts)
  • Crosscurrent by Paul S. Kemp
  • Riptide by Paul S. Kemp

Kyle Katarn in the New Jedi Order era.

Kyle went on to become the Jedi Battlemaster, fighting and surviving the Yuuzhan Vong war along with Jan Ors. He was on the Jedi Council during the crisis with Darth Caedus and fought him personally. He also was involved with the conflict with Daala during the Fate of the Jedi era.

  • Star Wars Tales 21: Equals & Opposites
  • Dark Nest Series
  • Legacy of the Force Series
  • Fate of the Jedi Series

Character Growth:

Over the course of his stories, Kyle starts out as angry and cynical. The murder of his Father left a mark and his life as an agent of Rebellion pretty much is about revenge. He isn’t entirely trusted, partly as a former Imperial and partly because he’s so much a free agent they don’t trust him to put the rebellion’s needs before his own.

As he learns about being a Jedi he is still keeping much to himself, in spite of his close working relationship with Jan Ors, who continuously saves him from trouble by backing him up even without knowing what his is doing or where he is doing it. In spite of some mistakes, he finally succeeds in defeating Jerec in a way that doesn’t send him spiraling into the Dark Side.

Kyle is still a lone wolf though at this point. A Jedi Academy exists but he is apart from it, teaming up at most with Mara Jade. Overconfident and going alone against the likes of the Sith world Dromund Kaas, his fall causes him to doubt himself, even though he is redeemed.

At last though a mission comes up, once more with Jan Ors, that brings him full circle. Once more the Empire is in pursuit of a way to use the Force against the New Republic. Only this time Jan is the one who gets hurt. Kyle is furious at her loss and desperate to track down who his responsible, someone who clearly can use the Force. Once more he returns to the Valley of the Jedi, using a shortcut to regain the power he is out of practice using. Kyle’s fury now is bypassed on finding Jan might be alive. But in the end there still is a showdown. Confidence regained, Katarn now shows himself a Jedi.

Now Katarn is ready to move on and become a full member of the Jedi, helping train others in hope (not always successful) that they will not make his mistakes. He doesn’t much go for the formal approach but cares about his students. Eventually he is on the Jedi Council and a full Master of the Order.

It’s an impressive character arc given that the vast majority of it is in video games. His wit in them stands out an anyone playing his character can appreciate those moments he wise cracks. “Not another thing to fall from!”  comes after many missions where sure enough, one may steer him over a cliff in spite of best efforts.  “Your joking right?” is another of his signature lines.

One of the great virtues of Kyle Katarn as that as a game character he has so much personality and character growth, yet the player is invested in him and in his mission. We get the opportunity to steal the Death Star Plans, and the missions only gets more amazing from there, taking on the Empire, Boba Fett, becoming a Jedi Knight, fighting the Dark Side and on into becoming one of his students.

Star Wars Sourcebook Review

star-wars-sourcebookThe Star Wars Sourcebook by West End Games even predates Heir to the Empire. merchandise, the first new companies to put out new products. It came out in 1987. Coming out even before Heir to the Empire, let alone the prequels, there were a lot of unknowns.

Some might assume the later works are contradictory. But that’s not really true. In fact, most of the later works are built on the inventions created by these West End Games Role Playing Games sources. One of the biggest advantages to countering contradictions is that they are written from an in universe perspective. That means one can expect limitations based on what the character writing knew.

Characters.

Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda all have a brief biography. According to the book, they are excerpt from the Official History of the Rebellion, Volume One by Arhul Hextrophon. The author served as secretary to Mon Mothma.  According to the excerpts the information comes from interviews with Obi-Wan, Yoda, Bail Organa and Luke Skywalker.  Boba Fett’s information is based on whatever vague sources they can find and they admit being unsure about some of it.  Here’s an obvious loophole: if you see a contradiction, the information is clearly presented as coming from people who had a vested interest in keeping the whole thing quiet. None of them are going to come out and admit Darth Vader was Anakin Skywalker.  None are going to blare out to the galaxy anything that could reveal a truth that might endanger Luke or Leia.

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Mon Mothma and friends discuss what to do about Palpatine’s refusal to call for peace and taking more power.

Mon Mothma, is an example of the prequels drawing from the Expanded Universe. The character who first appears in Return of the Jedi, also has scenes in the novelization of Revenge of the Sith based on scenes cut from the movie. In these scenes the sourcebook revelations are confirmed, that she distrusted Palpatine and was debating with other Senators – including not only Bail Organa, but Padme – what to do about it. Various books and comics reveal that the events involving the changes Palpatine made to the Republic preparatory of making a new Empire and include her in them.

Boba Fett.

Boba Fett’s account is based on research and in itself admits a lot of emotions. The most out of step element might be the description that his armor is from the Mandaloreans defeated by the Jedi in the Clone wars.  This is one of those things Filoni, more than anyone blew up by altering it in the cartoon (for no reason). However the Expanded universe is consistent: the Mandaloreans hired out as mercenaries and cared little about sides at the time. Some were hired by Jango Fett to help train the clones (and being a Mando he is one defeated at the opening of the clone wars.) All the way from Tales of the Jedi to The Old Republic the Mandaloreans have gone to war with the Republic, leading to the Knights of the Old Republic 1 & 2 backstory that Revan was the leader of the Jedi against the Mandaloreans and that it was when he returned from that war he turned to the Dark Side.

Seggor Tels

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Quarren Isolationist join the Separatists against the Republic & Mon Cals in Clone Wars by
Genndy Tartakovsky

The Quarren Seggor Tels apparently brought the shields down on Dac/Mon Calamari to allow the invasion of the Empire. He also talks about how Ackbar and his Council welcomed the visitors from the stars and his regrets. He indicates the Mon Calamari wanted to share things out in the galaxy but his people, the Quarren, did not want that.

Given that all the way back in the Old Republic game, people might assume its a contradiction.  But  by the era of Knight Errant by John Jackson Miller and the Darth Bane era vast stretches of the galaxy had been cut off from the Republic by war. Dac/Mon Calamari is far enough from the core that it likely would be among those cut off.

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The Mon Calamari fought back. Here 2 use their eel-like steeds to smash a Separatist droid.

What about the fact that they are already in the Republic by the Empire’s arrival if Ackbar was involved in getting them back to the stars? Well given that they never gave a first name that leaves plenty of room. Ackbar is a family name. Admiral Ackbar is Gial Ackbar, his niece was Jesmin Ackbar, who later joined Wedge Antillies Wraith Squadron. Those who welcomed the Republic back to their world might well have been related to him. But it isn’t specified. And even the future Admiral Ackbar, being on a world far from the Core, may well not have known that the new Empire which claimed to stand for security meant to subjugate non human species.

Kit Fisto and the Grand Army of the Republic

Jedi Kit Fisto and the Grand Army of the Republic come to the aid of the Mon Calamari. Remember, this is the same Republic that became an Empire RESCUING the Mon Calamari.

Seggor Tel’s account is a memory. A journal entry, and it’s a single person account. Given that the Republic did come become the Empire that isn’t really much of a leap.

Details such as starships often may seem contradicted. What appears to be an A Wing is in the Droids cartoon, set long before its said to be invented. This was later explained to be the A Wings predecessor, which makes sense in the same way Z-95 and Arc 170s are also predecessors to X-Wings and look similar in design.

Customs and details about species are so common place in the Expanded Universe  now we often forget this is where they began: that twilek  use their lekku (head tails) for communication, or the wookiee’s honor code.

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Jedi Tott Doneeta leads twileks thru a heatstorm on Ryloth. The culture came from the Star Wars Sourcebook.

Twileks:

The Bright Lands and the environment, the cunning of the twileks, the head clans with 5 members are confirmed in:
 X-Wing: Rogue Squadron books & comics, 
Tales of the Jedi: Redemption and more.

Wookiees:

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Knights of the Old Republic takes you into the dangers of wookiee homeworld Kashyyyk’s depths.

The wookiee ecology of the tall trees with the it growing more dangerous as you go down.
This is used and confirmed in:
 KOTOR (game), 
Young Jedi Knights,
 Heir to the Empire,
 the Chewbacca tribute,
Legacy of the Force,  
the Han Solo trilogy by Ann Crispin and 
Chewbacca and the Slavers of the Shadowlands and more. The wookiee honor code is mentioned in many places regarding Chewbacca especially. It has a lot of fleshing out in the Han Solo trilogy by Ann Crispin.

Ithorians:

The Ithorian people and their reverence for mother jungle, their herdships, their devotion to plant life and harmony of the ecology, all appears in later stories.:
Tales of Mos Eisley names Momaw Nadon as a priest that was forced into exile, forced to choose between the destruction of the Ithorian jungle and giving up secrets of their genetic manipulation he was sworn to protect.
In Galaxy of Fear: Spore, we meet his mate and visit Ithor, where it is confirmed that the Ithorians  do not visit or allow anyone to visit the surface of the planet.
In Children of the Jedi Leia and Han visit the herdships with their 3 children.
In the New Jedi Order:Dark Tide II  Ithor is an important player and has a major role.

The Jawas and their natures:

Jawas and the fact that trading and scavenging is basically their whole culture:
Tales of Mos Eisley
Jedi Academy (game)
The Old Republic (game)

Quarren and Mon Calamari:

The quarren and their disagreement of and with the mon cal also appears in:
Clone Wars (Microseries)

Ewoks:
their worship of the trees and other details appear in:

Ewok cartoons
Ewok Adventures AKA Caravan of Courage
Ewoks: the Battle for Endor
Shadows of Endor
Illustrated Star Wars Universe

Gamorrean Culture of males and females:

Murder in Slushtime
Children of the Jedi

Sullustans and their living in caves:


Medstar 1 and 2 (Den Dhur)

Young Jedi Knights

Tales of the Jedi impact on Continuity

Tales of the Jedi is one of the biggest tie-ins to the Expanded Universe. The Dark Horse Comics story was later subtitled ‘Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic’ and was followed three sequels arcs: Dark Lords of the Sith,  The Sith War and Redemption. It also had a prequel, Golden Age of the Sith and the Fall of the Sith Empire.

The first Dark Horse comic released was Dark Empire, which mentions in the narrative the events that will be told in the Tales of the Jedi series.

But lets start in chronological (in universe) order: (warning: here there be spoilers!)

Star Wars Tales of the Jedi Golden Age of the Sith

Star Wars Tales of the Jedi Golden Age of the Sith

We have Golden Age of the Sith and Fall of the Sith Empire which tell how Naga Sadow attacks the Ancient Old Republic on when they are discovered by a pair of desperate Hyperspace Explorers, Gav and Jori Daragon. He is resisted by Empress Teta of the Koros system.

Tales of the Jedi Golden Age of the Sith and Fall of the Sith Empire Introduced:

  • Sith Lord Marka Ragnos
  • Sith Lord Naga Sadow
  • Sith Lord Ludo Kressh
  • Empress Teta and Koros system (which will become Empress Teta system)
  • Odan Urr, Jedi
  • Celegians (species)
  • Sith Species
  • Massassi as a sub species.
  • Korriban – planet (first in universe reference)
  • Ziost – planet
  • Solar Sailor starships
  • Crosscurrent by Paul Kemp begins during Naga Sadow’s attack.  The Sith ship called the Harbinger, due to Jedi sabotage, has a hyperspace mishap that lands them in the New Jedi Order era. The ship was to meet Naga Sadow’s forces.

    Lost Tribe of the Sith by John Jackson Miller is involved in the same events as Crosscurrent. The Sith ship Omen, collides with Harbinger as they are heading for Hyperspace and crash lands on Kesh. The descendents remain there until the New Jedi Order era. Ludo Kressh was one of the mentioned Sith Lords, the ship was to meet with Naga Sadow’s forces.

    Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic – Redemption eras Introduced:

    • Jedi Uliq Qel Droma
    • Jedi Cay Qel Droma
    • Jedi Tott Doneeta
    • Jedi Master Arca
    • Jedi Oss Willum
    • Jedi Nomi Sunrider
    • Jedi Vima Sunrider
    • Jedi Master Thon
    • Jedi Sylvar
    • Jedi Crado
    • Jedi Vodo Sioskk Bas
    • Jedi Ood Bnar
    • Jedi / Sith Exar Kun
    • Alema and Satal Keto, heirs to Teta and Sith followers
    • Freedon Nadd (Sith spirit)
    • Planet Onderon and moon Dxun, City of Iziz,
    • Ambria – dark side world
    • Ossus – Jedi library
    • beast riders
    • Mandalore culture
    • Rhen Var

     

    Tales of the Jedi had a huge impact on the Legends Expanded Universe

    Tales of the Jedi history and worlds will be referenced all the way up until the last stories of the timeline.

    Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic introduces Uliq Qel Droma, his brother Cay, Tott Doneeta, Arca, the planet of Onderon and it’s moon of Dxun, the city of Iziz, Freedon Nadd and their conflict. It’s other part entails Nomi Sunrider losing her husband and with her daughter Vima, traveling to be trained by Master Thon as a Jedi.

    Tales of the Jedi: Freedon Nadd Uprising.  In this the victory against Freedon Nadd supporters of Iziz gets set back by their retaliation. Ultimately though the remains are entombed on Dxun.

    Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith:  Heir to Empress Teta are now dabbling in the Dark Side and pay a visit to Iziz, gaining Sith knowledge just before its locked down. Meanwhile Exar Kun, is resisting his Jedi Master’s teachings and goes hunting knowledge there. The Tetan heirs wage war on the Republic, with Uliq receiving an unhealing Dark side infused wound and many Jedi falling in a sneak attack. Meanwhile Kun follows what he finds in Freedon Nadd’s tomb to Korriban (first mention of the Sith homeworld), then Yavin 4 and finally becomes a full Sith Lord. Uliq’s attempts to conquer the Dark Side from within by pretending to join Alema and Satal, the Tetan heirs, ends in his fall to the Dark side. Jedi Cathar Sylvar, Crado are introduced as well as Vodo Siosk Baas.

    Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War:  How Exar Kun led so many Jedi to the Dark Side is told here, the fall of the great Jedi world of Ossus,  Uliq’s conquering of the Mandalore and winning their allegiance and how he finally turned away from the Dark side and Exar Kun was stopped are here. Ood Bnar makes an appearance. Odan Urr dies.

    Tales of the Jedi: Redemption: How Vima Sunrider seeks out Uliq to train her, as he is hiding on Rhen Var trying to forget his past and be forgotten. Sylvar also is at a crossroads, filled with rage over

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    Shadows and Light starred Duron Qel-Droma

    Shadows and Light: Dark Horse Comics Tales. This is one of the few stories in Tales that fits with EU canon. Duron Qel Droma is related to Uliq and Cay. His quest for the left over monsters of the Sith War and his love for a fellow Jedi are the basis of the story.

    Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic reveals Exar Kun's lightsaber

    Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic reveals Exar Kun’s lightsaber and other Tales of the Jedi trivia

    Knights of the Old Republic by John Jackson Miller, the Dark Horse comic book series inspired by the games, follows the adventures of Jedi Padawan from Taris, Zayne Carrik. He is framed for murder. Among these adventures he encounters weapons and items left over from the great Sith War, such as Exar Kun’s lightsaber. Part of his troubles arise from a Jedi Covenant which arose specifically to prevent the return of the Sith, by those traumatized by Exar Kun and his followers.

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    Knights of the Old Republic: Jolee Bindo remembers the Sith War and Nomi Sunrider

    Knights of the Old Republic Lucasarts game
    The Mandalorean war with the Republic was ended by Jedi heroes Revan and Malek. But they went against the Jedi Council to do it and have now returned as Dark Lords of the Sith. As the player pieces together the secrets of his lost past, the mission to find Malek includes meeting Jolee Bindo who talks about the Great Sith War. Initially Vima Sunrider was to be a part of this, but was changed to Bastila Shan due to trademark issues with the name Sunrider. In game discoveries include gear that belonged to the heroes. Worlds visited include Taris (first intro) and Korriban where you explore the Tales of the Jedi Sith Lor’ds tombs.

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    KOTOR 2 visits the world of Onderon, moon of Dxun and Telos.

    Knights of the Old Republic 2 the game
    The Exile was a Jedi who served as general alongside Revan and Malek. She returned to face the Council judgement and did not join the Sith. However she loses her powers and in her quest to regain them finds someone has been stalking and killing the Jedi. The fallout of what became known as the Jedi Civil War (Malek and Revan vs the Jedi) has left the galaxy untrusting of the Jedi. Among the missions here one visits Dxun and Onderon, where the Great City of Iziz still thrives with comparative peace between beast riders and the city inhabitants. The Queen is Talia, descendent of Galia who helped the Jedi overthrow her parents, who worshipped Freedon Nadd. Telos, a world badly damaged in the war, and even Korriban itself are other locations.

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    Star Wars the Old Republic had many nods to the Legendary Expanded Universe, especially Tales of the Jedi

    Star Wars The Old Republic the game

    Places like Carrick Station and fleet ships names tend to be nods to other eras. Korriban and Ziost is a playable world on the visit list. Nomi and Arca of Tales of the Jedi are among the Noetikon Masters.You visit the tombs of Naga Sadow. Many datacrons are full of info straight out of the Tales of the Jedi comics and the server names too, refer to other stories. .

    Star Wars The Old Republic: Annihilation by Drew Karpyshyn has SIS agent Theron Shan (who also appears in game) visit Ziost to steal a black cipher.

    Darth Bane: Path of Destruction, Rule of Two, and Dynasty of Evil all have visits to Ambria, home base of Jedi Master Thon in Tales of the Jedi.

    Attack of the Clones: Dooku’s solar sailer is similar to the ones in Tales of the Jedi: Golden Age of the Sith.

    Clone Wars 2002 references Tales of the Jedi

    Clone Wars 2002 game has Tales of the Jedi’s Uliq Qel Droma’s spirit guide Anakin Skywalker to fight an ancient Sith weapon

    Clone Wars (2002 game) Among the missions to stop the Separatists and Dooku, one finds he is on Raxus Prime looking for components of the Dark Reaper and Force Harvester, a weapon that harvests the Force. The trail leads to Rhen Var and the spirit of Uliq Qel Droma, who instructs Anakin in how to defeat the machine without being consumed by it.

    Dark Empire has Leia discover the story of Uliq's fall in Tales of the Jedi

    Dark Empire has Leia discover the story of Uliq’s fall in Tales of the Jedi

    Dark Empire, Dark Empire 2, Empire’s End: When Leia Organa Solo steals a holocron from the clone emperor, it warns her that those who try and defeat the Dark side from within ways fall. It tells the tale of Uliq. Also Vima Da Boda is said to be descendant of Vima Sunrider. They also end up visiting Iziz.

    Jedi Academy by Kevin J. Anderson Luke Skywalker's first students have a run in with the spirit of Tales of the Jedi's Sith Exar Kun.

    In Jedi Academy, Luke Skywalker’s first students have a run in with the spirit of Tales of the Jedi’s Sith Exar Kun.

    Jedi Academy trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson: Luke Skywalker opens a Jedi training academy on Yavin 4, awakening the trapped spirit of the Sith Exar Kun. The students unite to defeat him.

    In Jedi Academy we find that millenia later, Sith Lord Marka Ragnos of the Golden Age still has followers.

    In Jedi Academy we find that millenia later, Sith Lord Marka Ragnos of the Golden Age still has followers.

    Jedi Academy the game: Jaden Korr, apprentice to Kyle Katarn, helps track down the disciples of ancient Sith Marka Ragnos from Golden Age of the Sith. They are using similar technology to the Force Harvester but on a much smaller scale.

    Junior Jedi Knights the Golden Globe we seen a device left by Exar Kun during Tales of the Jedi

    Junior Jedi Knights the Golden Globe we seen a device left by Exar Kun during Tales of the Jedi

    Junior Jedi Knights: The Golden Globe: by Nancy Richardson Young Anakin Solo and his friend Tahiri find a powerful Sith artifact containing the spirits of Massassi children, held prisoner since the time of Exar Kun.

    Young Jedi Knights Lightsabers the Solo kids are told the story of Nomi from Tales of the Jedi

    Young Jedi Knights Lightsabers the Solo kids are told the story of Nomi from Tales of the Jedi

    Young Jedi Knights: Lightsabers by Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta, A traumatic lightsaber accident causes Jaina and Jacen Solo with their friends to doubt their abilities. Jedi historian Tionne gives them a lesson of Nomi Sunrider’s struggles with the same issue.

    Legacy of the Force: Exile by Aaron Allston and Sacrifice by Karen Traviss has Ben Skywalker visit Ziost on a mission.