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

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.

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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

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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.
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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

    ShadowsandLight

    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.

    Knights of the Old Republic

    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.

    Knights of the Old Republic 2

    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.

    Star Wars the Old Republic

    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.

    Star Wars Women of the Old Republic

    Just in Time for Woman’s History month, a celebration of some of the  strong women in Star Wars Old Republic era.

    From the most ancient of times before the Republic to its very end before it became the Galactic Empire, brave woman have stood up for their beliefs and supported others. These are some of them, heroes, villains and the fringe types that live in between.

    Lanoree Brock

    This Je’daii Ranger of the ancient era lived before the division before war with light and dark caused the order to remade as the Jedi. Her metal sword and ship were her closest friends. Fighting, negotiating and traveling the Tython system, nothing challenged her more than facing her own brother, who  was so determined to escape the Tython system their ancestors had been trapped in that he endangered the system.
    Introduced: Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void by
    Timing: ancient era, pre Republic

    Shae Koda

    Tython Je’daii journeyer she fought the Rakatan empire when it invaded Tython and dared fall for the Force Hound Xesh. She helped draw him back the the light when he despaired, remembering his enslavement.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Dawn of the Jedi
    Timing: ancient era, pre Republic

    Tasha Ryo

    Twilek Je’daii journeyer, her skill was in telekinesis and force seeing. She balanced duty the Order with dealing with a criminal father. Ultimately she will sacrifice herself to stop the Rakata.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Dawn of the Jedi
    Timing: ancient era, pre Republic

    Nomi Da Boda AKA Sunrider

    A simple wife of a Jedi with a daughter, until her husband was murdered. Hearing her husband’s spirit she picked up the lightsaber and slew his killers before they could harm her or their daughter. She then trained under the Jedi master she sought and became one of the most powerful Jedi and a leader of her age. She fought in the Great Sith War.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic

    Vima Sunrider

    The daughter of Andur and Nomi, this young Jedi would be the one who drew Uliq Qel Droma all the way back into the light.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic

    Sylvar

    The cathar Jedi was apprentice to Vodo Siosk Baas and fought against Exar Kun. She was suspicious of Exar Kun’s motives even when they trained together and very disturbed by his apparent bias against all non humans (odd, given his Master was not human). She stood up against her mate Crado when he chose to follow Kun. Her people were so proud of her they held parades and created monuments in her honor. She bore a grudge for many years against those involved with Crado’s fall to the Dark Side who were involved with Exar Kun, until she faced the redeemed Uliq Qel Droma.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic

    Jori Daragon

    This early hyperspace explorer lost both parents when they tried to delivers supplies to soldiers and were caught in a crossfire. Desperate to escape creditors and assassins, Jori with her brother accidentally discovered the Sith Empire. Forced to escape alone, Jori was locked up on returning for taking their ship without paying for repairs. She broke prison to warn Empress Teta and the Jedi about the Sith. Her horror at Gav helping the Sith convinced him he was wrong and led to his helping stop them at the cost of his own life.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Tales of the Jedi: Golden Age of the Sith
    Timing: ancient Old Republic

    Empress Teta

    She united the worlds of the Koros system in peace under the Republic. The system was renamed for her. When the Sith Empire attacked she was one of the only ones who heeded the Jedi premonitions of danger as well as the young escaped prisoner Jori. She prepared for war and helped stop the Sith.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Tales of the Jedi: Golden Age of the Sith
    Timing: ancient Old Republic

    Aleema Keto

    This seductress was a dark descendent of Empress Teta, who along with her cousin Satal overthrew the government of their home in a bloody coup using dark side powers. The minor powers they dabbled in were amplified when they went to Onderon while the battle against the Freedon Nadd cultists was going on. They came away with a deadly Sith book. Aleema’s powers leaned to illusion and sorcery. Her attack was partly foiled by Nomi, but succeeded in harming Uliq with Sith magic. It was she who helped seduce him when he landed and tried to infiltrate the Krath. Ultimately though he turned against her.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic

    Princess Galia

    Daughter of the King Ommin and Queen Amanoa, she broke the mold of the Dark Side royalty by falling in love with Orin Kira, leader of the beast riders and helping the Jedi overthrown the followers of Freedon Nadd.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic

    Jarael

    This arkanian had a rough life as a slave and broke free with the aid of a  half crazy genius inventor known as Camper. They were hiding in a ship in a junkyard when they were exposed accidentally by Zayne Carrik to their opponents.  Zayne helped her deal with her past and fell in love. She fought against Mandalorians and alongside Jedi.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Knights of the Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic

    Bastila Shan

    A promising young Jedi her mastery of battle meditation was instrumental in the war against Revan and Malek. She helped stop Revan and eventually, as he slowly regained memory and power, aided his quest to stop Malak. Malak captured her and for a brief time turned her. But Revan found her and his love drew her back, together they stopped the Star Forge and Malek. They married and had a son. When Revan vanished, she was left to raise their son alone.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Knights of the Old Republic – Lucasarts
    Timing: Old Republic

    Juhani

    The Cathar Jedi briefly fell to the dark side and turned on her Jedi Master. But Revan, still lacking his memory, found her and drew her back into the light. She aided him in his quest to destroy the Star Forge, overcoming her anger at the slavers and bigots who had destroyed her family.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Knights of the Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic

    Mission Vao

    Mission was just a teenager when left alone by her brother on Taris. She hooked up with Zaalbar (Big Z) a wookiee and they became a team, living by their wits. The young scoundrel hooks up with an amnesiac Revan when he’s searching for Bastila on Taris and Big Z has been taken prisoner. Her stealth skills prove invaluable in his quest to find and stop the Star Forge and Malak. She and Big Z went on to have a successful import/export business after the war.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Knights of the Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic

    Kreia / Darth Traya

    She abandoned the Jedi way after the Jedi chose to blame her for her most famous padawan, Revan’s actions in encouraging Jedi to rebel against the Council to fight in the Mandalorean war. Discovering Malachor V she fell to the Dark Side and formed a Sith triumvirate with Darth Sion and Darth Nihilus, but they too, cast her out. She developed a hatred for not only Jedi and Sith but for the Force and it’s ‘will’. She determined to use the Jedi Exile, Meetra Surik and her unique situation with the Force to destroy the Force itself.
    Character Introduced: Knights of the Old Republic 2
    Timing: Old Republic

    Meetra Surik AKA The Exile

    Meetra followed Revan and Malak into the Mandalorian War. It had a terrible effect on her, especially the catastrophic events on the world of Malachor V that would alter her very connection to the Force. Her strong ability to connect with people caused a ‘wound’ in the Force, the devastating pain of being in proximity and directly involved with the death and destruction of the world. On her return to Republic space she found the Jedi virtually wiped out in spite of Revan’s victory over Malak and saving of the Republic. The Sith who had escaped the destruction were hunting Jedi, and they still considered her one. This set her on course for the truth about what had happened to her, about Revan’s former Master, and Malachor V. Daring to remember her Jedi training, Meetra confronted Sion, a Sith who was so mortally injured he was held alive only by the Dark side and his own will, and Nihilus, whose hunger could wipe out whole worlds. Finally it would set her against the very one who had helped her remember her powers, Kreia.
    Character Introduced: Knights of the Old Republic 2
    Timing: Old Republic

    Satele Shan

    Descendent of Bastila and Revan, this Jedi went on to become a grand Master, surviving against the likes of Darth Malgus and the reborn Revan.
    It was Satele with Nichos Mar that warned the Rebublic of the return of the Sith – they had killed her Master and chased the Republic away from Korriban. She had a son, fathered by Jace Malcolm who she gave up to be raised by her Jedi Master. She realized with her powers the temptation to do literally anything to protect him would be too strong, and she feared Jace’s increased anger and darkness.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars: The Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic

    Leontyne Saresh

    This twilek from Taris was supreme chancellor when the Sith broke the truce. She had a hard line anti sith stance. She doesn’t like secrets kept from her, but her goal is protection of the Republic from those she considers enemies and every decision is based on this.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars: The Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic

    Teffith

    This rough tough street scoundrel twilek was into gangs when found by Theron Shan and the Jedi who raised him, Ngani Zo. While initially she was arrested, she did help Theron and Ngani escape the Sith and stop Darth Mekhis. She also sent stood up to her employers and warned Satele Shan that Theron Shan and Gnost Dural  were going to take on the Ascendent Spear to trick it to attack the fleet so they should destroy it.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars: The Old Republic: The Lost Suns
    Timing: Old Republic

    Nadia Grell

    This young Sarkhai became a Jedi padawan under the Barsen’thor of the Jedi after the Jedi Master helped secure the Rift Alliance with the Republic.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars: The Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic

    Risha

    rishaHeir to the throne of Dubrillion as well as daughter of a ruthless criminal kingpin, Risha enlists a smuggler to help find the a secret treasure. In spite of winning her prize she remains on her crew while she plans for a way to claim the throne.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars: The Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic

    Akaavi Spaar

    akaavi-spaarA red and black Zabrak Mandalorian with a grudge against a fellow Mando her destroyed her clan. Joining up with a smuggler she remains in transition but holds true to her mandalorian ideas.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars: The Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic

    Shae Viszla

    This impressive Mando leader also is known as flame, both having flame colored hair and using fire as a weapon. She aided the Sith in their attack on Coruscant and the Jedi Temple. Ultimately she aids in the battle against the reborn Revan as well, unwilling to miss out on a good fight.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars: The Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic

    Lana Benika

    This sith warrior has the courage to dare to ally with Republic SIS as well as the Jedi, at least long enough to deal with the Revanites. She respects her enemies and is respected in turn.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars: The Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic

    Kerra Holt

    Trapped alone behind Sith lines with no hope for the Jedi to come save her, she makes it her mission to save as many as she can. Her courage takes down several Sith Lords while saving and inspiring many, especially children.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Knight Errant
    Timing: Old Republic

    Arkadia

    Sith warrior, her icy realm was based on chaos: not overt threats but continually promoting or moving her people between jobs and keeping them unsettled. Her attempt to assassinate the dowager of the Sith as well as enlist Kerra will prove a near fatal failure.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Knight Errant
    Timing: Old Republic

    Vilia

    This wily dowager Sith juggled the power of her rule by doling out to her grandchildren rewards, depending on who conquered the most. She also set out to wipe out those not related utterly. She did however also protect the twin children that were unable to stand against the others.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Knight Errant
    Timing: Old Republic

    Rain /Zannah

    As a child Rain was taken with her cousins by the jedi for training during war. Separated in a disaster, she survived with the aid of the native bouncers of Ruusan. but when her rescuer was killed by a Jedi mistaking it for a threat, she turned on him and her fledgling powers killed the unprepared Jedi. She was discovered immediately by Darth Bane who had just plotted to destroy the weakened Sith and resurrect it with the rule of 2. She quickly gained a taste for power and went on to become his apprentice. Eventually, she would defeat him and in turn become the Master with an apprentice, continuing the rule of two that culminated with Palpatine.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars: Jedi VS Sith
    Timing: Old Republic

    Traa Saa

    This elegant long lived Jedi was at her peak in the Old Republic, surviving the Clone Wars, evading Order 66 with Tholme and reuniting with the New Jedi Order sometime before Krayt’s empire rose.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars: Republic series
    Timing: Old Republic / clone wars

    Tahl

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    Qui-Gon Jinn and Tahl, Dark Horse’s Dark Side Comic. Artist: Stéphane Roux

    Growing up in the Temple beside Qui-Gon Jinn, she was fiercely determined and independent. She and Qui-Gon were quietly in love though neither realized it for some time. She was blinded on a mission, making her reluctant to take on a padawan. Her blindness filled her with a need to prove herself and her mothering nature was reluctant to be the protected rather than protector. When Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon had a falling out, it was she who helped them resolve their differences. Her research skills proved invaluable to the 2 on many a mission. Eventually she did accept Padawan Bant. Tahl was murdered not long after she and Qui-Gon finally acknowledged their love for each other. She was greatly honored.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Jedi Apprentice series by Jude Watson
    Timing: Old Republic

    Soara Antana

    A lightsaber master, this jedi warrior had skill and courage. She trained Darra Thel Tanis as a Jedi and specially tutored Anakin Skywalker. She called off the tutoring when she realized that Anakin’s ability to see how his emotions were affecting his judgement in battle were a liability. This led to him being even more determined to prove himself.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Jedi Apprentice by Jude Watson
    Timing: Old Republic

    Siri Tachi

    Jedi Master Siri Tachi with her apprentice, Ferus Olin and Anakin SkywalkerTrained by Master Adi Gallia, she grew up with Obi-Wan Kenobi and even has a young girl was fiercely determined and one of the best fighters in her generation. Daring to take on challenges, she refused to back down when she knew she was right. Nonetheless she didn’t hesitate to admit she’d been wrong either. Siri bravely went undercover as an assistant slaver to bring down the entire slaver’s nest. She went on to train a padawan, Ferus Olin, who left the Order after a disaster he blamed himself for. She never took another. She sacrificed her life fighting Separatists in the clone wars.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Jedi Apprentice by Jude Watson
    Timing: Old Republic

    Jenna Zan Arbor

    This immoral scientist was not satisfied with a life of fighting for funding for noble causes. Deciding to make sure she was well funded, she took to introducing illness just so she could cure it and make a fortune. She also came off looking like a hero. Her secret ambition was to scientifically study the Force and this is where she made a mistake: she committed murder and this led to Qui-Gon Jinn’s capture. Obi-Wan, Siri and Adi Gallia would go on to rescue him and eventually expose her. But she wasn’t done yet. Years later she worked for the Empire. Vader himself employed her seeking a way to block memories in a Force user. Ultimately her successful drug was used on her by Ferus Olin and crew, thereby deleting her memory and the threat she posed.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Jedi Apprentice by Jude Watson
    Timing: Old Republic

    An’ya Kura AKA Dark woman

    This Jedi was so determined to be unattached she even gave up her name. It was she who discovered future Jedi Council Master Ki-Adi-Mundi as a child and brought him to the Temple. When her difficult padawan Aurra Sing was lost to pirates she felt it the will of the Force and did not pursue. She regretted this years later when the girl became a Jedi Killer and bounty hunter. Surviving Order 66 she went on to face Vader – and realize that he still had the potential to be Anakin Skywalker.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars/ Star Wars Republic series
    Timing: Old Republic

    Ona Nobis

    This unscrupulous Sorrusian bounty hunter took on any challenge, legal or not. Her skill was with a whip that had both laser and wire modes. She was not above poisoning or assassination. She worked fairly often for Jenna Zan Arbor. She also took pride in her work and held a grudge: Obi-Wan Kenobi bested her by escaping as a mere boy. She was stopped at last by Adi Gallia
    Recurring Character Introduced: Jedi Apprentice by Jude Watson
    Timing: Old Republic

    Etain Tur-Murkan

    A mere padawan and not the most skilled when she met Darman, the clone trooper. She had been cut off when the war started, her less than disciplined Master killed in a fight leaving her trapped on planet and out of touch. She went on to appreciate the clones and become very concerned about how they were treated as canon fodder, basically grown to fight. She was also concerned for how the Jedi handled it. She in turn earned the troops respect for relating to them on their terms. Coming to respect the Mandalorean Kal Skirata in spite of his rocky relationship with Jedi, she and Darman secretly married and she had a child. She waited until the last moment to resign her commission and was caught on Coruscant when Order 66 hit.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Republic Commando: Hard Contact by Karen Traviss
    Timing: Old Republic – Clone Wars

    Scout Tallisibeth Endwandung-Esterhazy

    The padawan only had marginal Force skill and many thought she’d be sent to the agricorp. The one Master who accepted her as padawan died before she could go with her for a single mission: at Geonosis. But Scout made up for lack of Force with sheer determination and focused research in combat and other skills. Winning what may have been the final padawan tournament ever, she won herself a new Master Jai Maruk, courtesy of a bet he lost with Master Yoda. Ultimately he learned more from her, than she from him. She survived an attack by Ventress early on and managed to escape Order 66. She was last seen on Ord Mantell hiding with Skirata’s family.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Yoda: Dark Rendezvous by Sean Stewart
    Timing: Old Republic – Clone Wars

    Tolk

    This determined nurse survived a clone wars war zone and pursued the man she loved in spite of his world’s antiquated ideas on marrying an offworlder. Nonetheless when she realized how badly he’d be ostracized, she backed off. He in turn refused to allow others to tell them how to live and they went on together.
    Recurring Character Introduced:  Medstar I: Battle Surgeons by Michael Reaves
    Timing: Old Republic – Clone Wars

    Darsha Assant

    This Jedi padawan seemed to fail her Jedi trials. But when her Master returned with her to the scene of the failure she found her trial had just begun. They were among the first Jedi to spot the Sith Darth Maul. Her master killed she went on the run with Jax Pavan and I5, trying to get word to the Temple about the threat. It wasn’t helped that she had lost all her gear but her lightsaber and was traveling the underworld of Coruscant gang territory with a man who had reason to  hate Jedi. She faced the challenge with courage that made a lasting impression on Pavan and I5.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter by Michael Reaves
    Timing: Old Republic

    Khaleen Hentz

    Quinlan and Khaleen in Dark Horse comics Republic Series

    Quinlan and Khaleen in Dark Horse comics Republic Series

    Her past largely a mystery, Khaleen was a woman of street smarts who falls in love with the man they called Korto Vos: an undercover Jedi better known as Quinlan who was acting as a spy. Starting with the underworld, he went on to infiltrate Dooku’s group as a fallen Jedi. Khaleen risked prison and death to be with him and loyally helped keep communication open between Jedi Master Tholme and Quinlan. She and Quinlan married and had a child, escaping Order 66 together.
    Recurring Character Introduced:  Star Wars Republic series
    Timing: Old Republic – Clone Wars

    Aayla Secura

    Aayla and Quinlan VosTrained by Quinlan Vos and then Tholme, she was a child destined for slavery when the boy Quinlan discovered her Force sensitivity. Brought into the Order, he would become her master. They were a formidable team until the trail of criminals led them to Ryloth where they were dosed with spice that caused amnesia. Aayla freed the dark Jedi Anzati, lured by the dark side of the Force and lack of memory. But Quinlan had been found and was relearning what he’d lost and deep need to find her led him to her rescue. Aayla went on to train under Tholme, since both she and Vos needed to recover. They helped Quinlan stay balanced in the light, just barely, when he was undercover flirting with darkness. Aayla refused to give up on him. She fought alongside Anakin Skywalker and others in the Clone Wars and died in Order 66.
    Recurring Character Introduced:  Star Wars Republic series
    Timing: Old Republic – Clone Wars

    Aurra Sing

    Aurra-assassin-sm This former Jedi padawan of unknown ancestry was kidnapped by Anzati pirates and given an implant which helped her ‘taste’ fear. She went on to become not only a bounty hunter but a known Jedi killer, passionate with revenge for their abandoning her. She was active during the Clone Wars but captured and imprisoned. Many years after the Vong war she was on the loose again.
    Recurring Character Introduced:  The Phantom Menace / Star Wars / Republic series
    Timing: Old Republic

    Lorana Jinzler

    Lorana jinzler & Anakin Skywalker in Outbound Flight, art by Tsuyoshi Nagano.Padawan of Jorus C’baoth, she suffered an inferiority complex due to his apparent lack of confidence in her. Nonetheless he promoted her to Jedi Knight to go on Outbound Flight with him. Unexpectedly meeting her brother and finding him hostile, she agreed to go. She found herself caught between his increasingly tyrannical behavior and the other Jedi who were growing concerned about him breaking code and imposing his will on people. She was one of the only survivors when C’baoth escalated his disagreement with the Chiss Thrawn and it was she who helped the people escape and crash land on a remote world. Decades later few knew of her sacrifice, or that they owed their lives to her.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn
    Timing: Old Republic

    Barriss Offee

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    Barriss Offee faces a trial: find corruption while dealing with the ethical issues of the Clone Wars.

    Trained as a Jedi healer, Barriss once showed her commitment by healing the mentally addled ansionians who kidnapped her. This gained her their loyalty. Nonetheless she was capable of anger – particularly when she met the Hutt that ordered it. It was Barriss who befriended the little Tooqui who proved an invaluable ally. She stood alongside Masters Luminara and Obi-Wan and fellow Padawan Anakin in a fight where they could not kill, to bring a peace treaty to keep Ansion in the Republic. During the Clone Wars her skills as healer led her to Rimsoos on Drongar where both her medical and investigative skills were tested. She sought both to heal the wounded soldiers and find a spy. She was also faced with the temptation of a new discovery: a form of the miracle drug Bota that enhanced Force powers. On Ilum she and her Master were nearly buried alive in the crystal caves when Luminara declared her training complete, moments before Separatist chameleon droids attached.
    Recurring Character Introduced: The Approaching Storm by Alan Dean Foster
    Timing: Old Republic – Clone Wars

    Asaaj Ventress

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    Ventress has her first appearance in Dark Horse Comics, alongside Durge

    When the man who raised her was killed, Ventress was discovered by a lost Jedi. The Jedi trained her and helped stand up to the warlords of her homeworld, Rattattaki. When he was murdered she sought revenge on those that harmed him. Blaming the Jedi for abandoning  him, she made her way offworld to Dooku’s gladiator arena. Convincing him of her skills and desire to be a Sith, she served with him. She consistently challenged both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, threatening all they held dear. She successfully killed many Jedi.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Jedi: Mace Windu
    Timing: Old Republic – Clone Wars