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.

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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

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.

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

Qui-Gon Jinn and Tahl, Dark Horse's Dark Side Comic.

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

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Leia Organa Solo

Leia Organa Solo in Swarm Wars

Leia Organa Solo in Swarm Wars, as a Jedi Knight

After the heroism of the Rebellion, Leia found the talents in diplomacy inherited from her mother, Padme Amidala Skywalker and her adoptive father, Bail Organa, in high demand. It was Leia who brought the aid of the Hapans to the New Republic as well as helping free Dathomir from Nightsisters and Warlord Zsinj. She had 3 children and began Jedi training. Her life was complicated not only by threats on her life, but the threats to her children. She was often apart from them while in hiding. The demands of the New Republic provisional Council kept her from doing much training. She also was challenged dealing with her Jedi heritage, and the realization that her birth father was the man who became Darth Vader. But over the years she did indeed practice her skills in spite of no time for formal training. She was elected Chief of State of the New Republic after Mon Mothma stepped down and faced continuous challenges to people who wanted political power at the expense of others. When she retired from that job a new war loomed and she was forced to watch her children, now trained Jedi, go to war and face their own challenges of life, death and the Dark Side. Eventually Leia herself finally took the time and decided to bcome a full Jedi knight. Training under Master Saba was a humbling experience, but she succeeded in making it her second career.

Mara Jade

Shannon McRandle as Mara Jade

Shannon McRandle as Mara Jade

Starting as the Emperor’s Hand, Mara faced a tough battle to adapt to life after his death. Joining the smuggling crew of Talon Karrde she eventually discovered some hard truths about the man she once served, courtesy of Luke Skywalker. Her loyalty to those she considered allies was strong and she was a firm believer in keeping a promise. Over time she aided the New Republic time and again with trouble. She temporarily headed up the Smuggler’s Alliance with Karrde and even ran her own legit shipping company. That was right up until she married Luke Skywalker and truly chose to become a Jedi. She went on to become Jaina Solo’s Jedi Master and have a son, Ben Skywalker.
Recurring Character Introduced: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn
Timing: After Return of the Jedi

Mirax Terrik

Mirax TerrikDaughter of famous smuggler Booster Terrik, she smuggled and dealt in rare and exotic artworks. Already a close friend of the famous (or infamous) pilot Wedge Antillies who was now running Rogue Squadron. This led to her aiding the New Republic, especially the Rogues. It also led to meeting the future Jedi Corran Horn, whose father put hers in prison. They were married and she continued to aid the New Republic, including efforts to track Leonia Tavira, who was terrorizing the space lanes. Eventually she had 2 children, both of whom would become Jedi.
Recurring Character Introduced: I,Jedi by Michael Stackpole (novel) X-Wing Rogue Squadron the Phantom Affair (comics) by Michael Stackpole 
Timing: Post Return of the Jedi

Tionne

TionneA historian and musician, she was one of the first Jedi trained by Luke Skywalker. While not the strongest in the Force, her enthusiasm helped recover much of the lost Jedi history. She passed this on to the others and to the youngling potentials in the form of ballads.  She is credited with both training new Jedi as a Master as well as becoming one of the Master’s responsible for the Academy when Luke moved on to other things. She is a member of the first Jedi council Luke Skywalker formed.
Recurring Character Introduced: Jedi Academy Trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson
Timing: Post Return of the Jedi

Plourr Ilo

Plourr IloYet another princess, this one in exile and disguised. Plourr fled her homeworld as a child when her family was murdered by the Empire. She ends up joining Rogue Squadron, where her love of a good fight and her hatred of the Empire make her an invaluable ally. Eventually she has the opportunity to return and restore her place as leader of Eiattu, a challenge she rises too reluctantly as it means leaving the squadron. But with it, comes the opportunity to bring her people into the New Republic.
Recurring Character Introduced:
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Elscol

After the death of her husband, she plunged into despair and became so reckless she was kicked out of Rogue Squadron due to disobeying orders. However she took this new freedom from the team to create her own squad of insurgents to infiltrate Imperial held worlds and throw off the shackles off tyranny. She aided in the liberation of Thyferra among others.
Recurring Character Introduced: X-Wing Rogue Squadron: The Phantom Affair by Michael Stackpole
Timing:
Post Return of the Jedi

Lara Notsil/Kirney Slayne

Starting as an Imperial agent and daughter of agents, she initially joined Wraith Squadron to make herself an appealing hire for the latest warlord. But during this time she increasingly grew fond of the Wraiths and more and more won over. She also came to realize the Empire had probably done something to her (mental manipulation) during her training. Unfortunately long after she had decided to stay on as a true Wraith, her past was revealed. Forced to run to avoid charges of treason, rather than turn against the Wraith’s she infiltrated the Warlord’s ship and sabotaged it. After her escape, she changed her name to Kirney Slayne. Eventually she indirectly made contact with the Wraith she was falling for and they continued their relationship. Eventually they would marry and have children.
Recurring Character Introduced: X-Wing Wraith Squadron by Aaron AllstonTiming: Post Return of the Jedi

Mirith Sinn

A leader of a New Republic base, Mirith Sinn found herself in an awkward position. Kir Kanos, former Imperial Royal guard, sometimes helped and sometimes hindered her mission. His mission to destroy those who aided the emperor’s death put them at odds, as that included Leia and Luke in that number. Unfortunately she was also in an awkward position with them. Knowing they were fathered by the man who became Darth Vader – who killed her husband.  Nonetheless, Mirith Sinn managed to help protect Leia and her children from assassins. She championed Kanos efforts to help against those leading the Empire (who he also blamed for the Emperor’s death.)
Recurring Character Introduced: Crimson Empire  by Mike Richardson and Randy Stradley
Timing: Post Return of the Jedi

Gaerial Captison

Faced with the challenge of being an Imperial trained senator on a world only recently joined the Empire was not easy. Especially with the unwanted advances of the governor. Then an alien invasion brings rebel aid to her doorstep. Now she was faced without the challenged to her religion that Luke Skywalker, Jedi presented, she found herself able to reconcile her various beliefs and joined the movement on Bakura to overthrow the Empire. While her people did not join the New Republic itself they remained allies.
Recurring Character Introduced: Truce at Bakura by Kathy Tyers
Timing:
Immediately after Return of the Jedi

Tenenial Djo

The Force strong woman from Dathomir lived alone in the wilderness for a long time. When Leia and her allies arrived with the Hapan Prince Isolder, she aided them in destroying the nightsisters. Unfortunately a near slip to the Dark Side led to her being exiled from her clan. But in the course of events she would fall in love (and make him fall in love with her) leading to a marriage to the powerful Hapan Prince in spite of the anger of his domineering Mother the Queen. She goes on to lead the Hapan as a capable leader and had a daughter,  Tenel Ka.
Recurring Character Introduced: Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton
TimingPost Return of the Jedi into New Jedi Order

Tendra Risant

Tendra is a woman of the Corellian system, heir to a decent fortune. She meets Lando Calrissian on his quest for a wife. When he’s kicked off planet she discovers an alarming military buildup and decides he needs to know about it no matter the risk. New to flying her own ship, she nonetheless takes off to follow him to Corellia just in time to run into an interdiction field. Nonetheless she soldiers on at sublight speeds until able to contact Lando with information that proves crucial. Ultimately they do marry and become a powerful team in business and continue to aid both the Jedi and the New Republic. She has one son, Lando Jr, aka Chance.
Recurring Character Introduced: The Corellian Trilogy: Ambush at Corellia by Roger  MacBride Allen
Timing: Between Return of the Jedi and New Jedi Order

Jaina Solo

Jaina, on the Japanese cover of Destiny's Way

Jaina, on the Japanese cover of Destiny’s Way

The daughter of Han and Leia Solo isn’t even  in her teens when she starts to cause the Imperials and terrorists trouble. She was already learning to take things apart and put them together. And in her desire to fly she took after both her father Han, and grandfather, Anakin. By her teens and her years training as a Jedi, the terrorists of the Shadow Academy, the trying to rise Black Sun syndicate and the Alien League all find her trouble. By adulthood she’ll be a full blown warrior taking on the Yuuzhan Vong and resurgent Sith. The greatest challenge though, is when one of her own family falls to the Dark Side.  Jaina is one of the newest members of the Jedi Councilor.
Recurring Character Introduced: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn (born)
Timing: Post Return of the Jedi

Tenel Ka

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

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

Daughter of Isolder and Tenenial Djo, this Hapan Princess is challenged to overcome her own pride at the Jedi Academy and suffers a terrible loss. She rises above it to continue to be a formidable warrior. In time, against her preferences but for the welfare of her people, she will become Queen. When her daughters life is threatened she is strong enough to let her go into hiding and let everyone believe she is dead.
Recurring Character Introduced: Young Jedi Knights: Heirs to the Force by Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta
Timing: Between Return of the Jedi and New Jedi Order

Ysanne Isard

A cold blooded Intelligence agent who made it to the top under Palpatine, she’s know for turning her own father, former leader of Intelligence in and claiming he was a traitor. After the Emperor died she realized she probably couldn’t prevent the Rebels from taking Coruscant and decided to sell it as dearly as possible. She created a deadly virus to be unleashed specifically on the alien population that could only be cured with massive doses of batch in an effort to turn them against the humans in the New Republic. Then she retreats to take control of Thyferra, thereby controlling the bacta supply.
Recurring Character Introduced: X-Wing Rogue Squadron by Michael Stackpole.
Timing: Post Return of the Jedi, minor appearances Rebellion era

Natasi Daala

Admiral Daala was a protege of Moff Tarkin. Isolated in a secret base that helped develop Death Star technology in the Maw, she and her fleet had no connection to the outside. When discovered, it was to revealed that not only was Tarkin dead but the Emperor as well. Daala started with launching strikes against the New Republic and then turned to the Empire, trying to force the squabbling moffs and warlords to ally against the New Republic. When her plans fall through she retreats for years, finding peace with a long lost love, Ligeus Vorn. Enemies however would not leave her in peace and she returned with a vengeance to help stop Darth Caedus. Elected leader of the Galactic Alliance, her military style approach failed to endear her to the Jedi order that she sought to control.
Recurring Character Introduced: Jedi Academy: Jedi Search by Kevin J. Anderson
Timing: Post Return of the Jedi onward. Brief appearance in Death Star by Michael Reaves & Steve Perry

Winter

Winter, from Star Wars X-Wing Dark Horse comics

Winter, from Star Wars X-Wing Dark Horse comics

AKA Targeter, the Alderaan native grew up with Princess Leia and has a photographic memory. Even as a teenager she assisted the Organa’s in important meetings. She went on to become a Rebel Agent. Most of her Rebellion years were classified top secret. But after the fact she remained with them, helping dismantle Empire with the help of Rogue Squadron. She was directly involved with retaking Coruscant as well as the liberation of Thyferra. In addition to helping New Republic Intelligence, Winter took on the challenge of helping raise Leia’s 3 children. She even remained isolated with them on Anoth to protect them and was a nanny and babysitter. Perhaps one of her greatest challenges was falling in love with the hotshot Rogue Pilot, Tycho Celchu, who was accused of treason after being captured and then returned. She aided in his defense. Eventually he was cleared and they were married.
Recurring Character Introduced: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn
Timing: Post Return of the Jedi

Tahiri Veila

Tahiri Veila

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

The young Jedi was raised by a tusken raider named Sliven, chief of the very tribe that killed her parents in a misunderstanding. Going to the Jedi Academy she became best friends with young Anakin Solo. Tahiri was still a teen when captured by the Yuuzhan Vong and had to overcome brainwashing and go to war. The terrible losses during the war tempted her to the Dark Side but her dearest friends would not let her stay in the dark without a fight.
Recurring Character Introduced: Junior Jedi Knights: The Golden Globe by Nancy Richardson
Timing: Post Return of the Jedi onward right before New Jedi Order and onward.

Jesmin Ackbar

Jesmin the niece of Admiral Ackbar and faced the challenge of having to live in his shadow. She passed her tests easily – too easily, for she knew she was given an easy pass due to her family. Deciding she needed a true challenge, she applied for and was accepted in the infamous Wraith Squadron and went after Warlord Zsinj.
Recurring Character Introduced: X-Wing Wraith Squadron by Aaron Allston
Timing: Post Return of the Jedi

Tyria Sarkin

A Force sensitive Antarean Ranger, she was disappointed when Luke Skywalker didn’t believe she was strong enough to be a Jedi. When in flight training, she faced the challenge of nearly failing grades and a flight instructor who wanted her to participate in thefts in exchange for a passing grade. She turned him down but didn’t (at the time) report him. Joining Wraith Squadron, she had a chance fly and fight to take down Warlord Zsinj. Eventually she and another member, Kell Tainer fell in love and had children. Her greatest victory may have been successfully and determinedly training herself to be a Jedi, to the point where Luke Skywalker knighted her.
Recurring Character Introduced: X-Wing Wraith Squadron by Aaron Allston
Timing: Post Return of the Jedi

Belindi Kalenda

A member of New Republic Intelligence, her concerns that enemies had a mole inside the division were confirmed when she was shot down infiltrating Corellia, which was in turmoil. But her initial concern had led her to warn Han Solo that the trip he, Leia, Chewie and the 3 Solo kids were taking could be dangerous. Belindi’s warning proved a life saver. Having survived her crash landing, she kept watch alone for days until they arrived. She helped assist the New Republic and the Solo’s in bringing down the blockade and stopping the coup.
Recurring Character Introduced: The Corellian Trilogy : Ambush at Corellia by Roger Macbride Allen
Timing: Post Return of the Jedi onward.

Mirta Gev

Mandalorean and granddaughter of the infamous Boba Fett, she is a warrior all the way. Her greatest grudge is against Fett himself. She leads the Mandos and survives torture at the hands of a Sith lord.
Recurring Character Introduced: Legacy of the Force: Bloodlines by Karen Traviss
Timing: Post New Jedi Order

Marcha

A drall who found herself temporary guardian with her nephew Ebrihim of the Solo kids. In addition to the challenge of 3 Force sensitive children whose parents were in danger, she also realized there was some sort of government takeover and secret right there on Drall. Helping track down the trouble while wrangling the kids wasn’t easy, but her success led her to become the new Governor General of Corellia.
Recurring Character Introduced:  The Corellian Trilogy : Ambush at Corellia by Roger Macbride Allen
Timing: Post Return of the Jedi onward.

Ania Solo

Legacy 2 Ania SoloAlone in the civil war between Sith Empire, Galactic Alliance and the Fel Empire, Ania was making a living as a junk trader when she found a lightsaber. This led her on a wild adventure revealing a Jedi captured and impersonated by Sith. Her heroics led to her helping stoop the Sith Darth Wredd and helped enslaved people on Mon Calamari, all the while dealing with an impersonator of her own who framed her for murder. She gathered her own gang of impressive allies in the process.
Recurring Character Introduced: Legacy 2 Prisoner of the Floating World by Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman
Timing: Post New Jedi Order

Marasiah Fel

This descendent of the infamous Solo’s was an Imperial Knight, serving the Fel Empire under her father. As a knight she was the heir to the throne and sworn to serve the light side of the Force along with the Empire. She didn’t hold back from joining battle with the Sith herself and when she took the throne she did her best to heal the damage to the galaxy, caused by the recent war.
Recurring Character Introduced: Legacy 2 Broken by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema
Timing: Post New Jedi Order

Droo Rawk

This kiffar had the challenge of being a healer and a Kiffu guardian in war time. She was married to Nat Skywalker who went by the alias Bantha Rawk. She also had 3 adopted kids with him, one of whom was disabled and none of whom knew their Dad was a Skywalker and a former Jedi. Her life was challenged by Cade Skywalker appearing on scene, and she and her family were drawn into battle with both Pirates and indirectly with Sith.
Recurring Character Introduced: Legacy: Loyalties by John Ostrander
Timing: Post New Jedi Order

Vestara Khai

Fate of the Jedi Ben & VestaraThis Lost Tribe of the Sith teen was honored to be the first chosen by ‘Ship’ the ancient Sith training vessel when it first came to their lost world. She was at the forefront of change, an isolated world brought to the wider galaxy with plans of conquest. One of her first missions brought her into contact with Abeloth and she was the only one of the tribe to recognize the threat. Her next mission brought her into conflict with Luke and Ben Skywalker. She was the only survivor of the team that assaulted him, not even her Master escaped. She infiltrated and tricked the Dathomiri tribes including the Nightsisters and gave them to a Sith team. She also helped secure the temporary alliance between the Skywalkers and the Sith against Abeloth. When things took a turn for the worse and the Sith tried to claim instead of destroy her, she turned on the leader as he was infected and changed by the alien. Ultimately this forced her to flee with the Skywalkers and conflict with her own Sith father. For a time she considered becoming a Jedi but ultimately decided it was not going to work, she simply did not share their beliefs. While she stood with them against Abeloth her selling out Allana Solo as the heir to the Hapan throne set her against Ben who had championed her. She ended up freelancing, seeking a way to gain enough power to return to the Lost Tribe.
Recurring Character Introduced: Fate of the Jedi: Backlash by Aaron Allston
Timing: Post New Jedi Order

Deliah Blue

This Zeltron was all or nothing for Cade Skywalker, and a part of his team. She stuck with him through everything. Piracy, smuggling and even his time pretending to be Sith didn’t keep her away. She stuck with him through it all as his mechanic and lover, even if it required rescuing him from himself.
Recurring Character Introduced: Legacy: Broken by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema
Timing: Post New Jedi Order

Azlyn Rae

A Jedi padawan she was once in love with Cade Skywalker. She was once a joker that dared prank Jedi Masters. This was destroyed with the Sith attack on Ossus. But Azlyn survived, did some time as a bounty hunter before joining the Imperial Knights, becoming a loyal Knight, then a Master to Emperor Fel. She went as a Scout and undercover agent, at one point reuniting with the Jedi at the hidden temple. At various times she faced infection by the rhakghoul plague and was nearly killed by the Sith. Against her wishes, Cade convinced Droo she desired to live at any cost and she ended up in a life support suit similar to Vader’s. Nonetheless she continued to serve Emperor and then Empress Fel.
Recurring Character Introduced: Legacy: Loyalties by John Ostrander
Timing:  Post New Jedi Order

Morrigan Corde/Nyna Calixta

This mysterious double agent was the lover of Kol Skywalker and Mother of Cade. In spite of this her ambitions led to her return to her life with Imperial intelligence, leaving them behind when Cade was an infant. She also bore a daughter whose father was an Imperial Moff. She had the dubious distinction of being the Imperial agent who brought the Sith’s offer of an Alliance to the Fel Empire and manipulated the Moffs to siding with her. Nonetheless she came to regret this decision and set about to undermine the Sith and indirectly, to protect Cade. She both tormented his friends his friends for information on him but also led them to his rescue.
Recurring Character Introduced: Legacy: Broken by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema
Timing: Post New Jedi Order

Star Wars Women – Rebellion Era

Princess Leia and Mon Mothma were not the only women to lead the charge for freedom and democracy. There were others that made a huge impact, overcoming long odds and adversity to become strong leaders in their chosen causes in the years the Galactic Empire was in control.  These blurbs may include minor spoilers, and more on the characters may be under different eras. I shall avoid spoiling their fate, however. If you want to know more you’ll find the starting points listed.

Mon Mothma

This senator had long been quietly against Palpatine’s changes to the Senate, even before he declared himself Emperor. She was openly involved in Rebellion before the Alliance was formed, and forced to go on the run. Eventurally she and allies quietly formed the Rebellion. Things took a turn for the worse on destruction of Alderaan, as without Bail Organa there was no tie breaker between her and Garm Bel Iblis on how to lead the Rebellion. He left with his people quietly, leaving her in charge.

Laranth Tarak

Laranth Tarak Streets_of_ShadowsBefore there was even a formal Rebel Alliance, there were Resistance cells. Laranth Tarak, a twilek, was a Gray Paladin, an offshoot branch of the Jedi looked on less than favorably with the Jedi Council. Surviving Order 66, Laranth helps the Whiplash resistance cell on Coruscant, aiding refugees flee the new regime. In addition she teams up with Jax Pavan, a fellow Jedi and survivor to investigate murder and mayhem while staying ahead of Darth Vader and the Empire’s Inquisitors. Laranth’s preferred weapon is a blaster rather than a lightsaber, which is just as well since in this day and age, a lightsaber would make her more of a target.
Recurring Character Introduced: Coruscant Nights 1 : Jedi Twilight
Timing: Set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

Fy Tor Ana AKA Solace

Fy Tor Ana - Solace - Tangled WebThis Jedi was another who escaped Order 66 to the deepest darkest depths of Coruscant. Building a settlement there she took control, and led refugees to shelter there. When her hideout was discovered, she fled, aiding the Bellassan Resistance by rescuing there members and followed up by rescuing Astri Oddo and her son.
Recurring Character Introduced: The Last of the Jedi: Underworld by Jude Watson. Mentioned also in Jedi Quest, the Dangerous Games
Timing: Set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

Astri Oddo Divinian

Astri’s tale begins in the prequel era. A friend of Jedi, she is raising her son, Lune and hiding from his Imperial sympathizer father when the Empire is declared. Lune is Force sensitive, and this means he is in danger of being picked up by Imperial agents as well. Juggling protecting her son with aiding resistance, she meets up with the former Jedi Ferus Olin and helps him try and protect Jedi. Astri soon is befriended by another resistance member. Together they continue the battle while raising Lune and the orphan they adopted, Trever Flume.
Recurring Character Introduced: Jedi Apprentice: The Deadly Hunter by Jude Watson: first Rebellion era: The Last of the Jedi: A Tangled Web by Jude Watson
Timing: Set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

Jessica Meade

This freelance trader and pilot jumps into action to fight a crime lord to help Jann Tosh, a young miner looking to travel. She stays on to help defend the true king of Tammuz-an , Mon Julpa and help him claim the throne. She sticks around to help deliver his cargo through an attack by Kybo Ren’s pirate gang.
Recurring Character Introduced: Droids (animated) The Lost Prince
Timing: Before A New Hope

Leia Organa

In her early years Leia was already learning about the darkness in the government. The first time she met Palpatine as Alderaan’s junior representative she could feel the evil surrounding him, even before she knew she was Force sensitive. The anti alien bias of the government horrified her. It was Leia who encouraged Starkiller, still ostensibly working from Vader, to destroy the Imperials ability to ship wookiee slaves off Kashyyyk before she fled the base she was held hostage there.  It was Leia, after this was smoothed out, that found the Rebel trooper who had information about the Death Star to deliver to Bail Organa. She also helped lure more info out of Lord Tion on the subject. Surviving the destruction of Alderaan and the torture of Darth Vader, she had to mourn her loss largely in private. Officially Leia was a general in the Aliance, though the title was rarely used. Leia also had to deal with her own people at times blaming her for the destruction of Alderaan, believing if the Organa family hadn’t been courting the Rebellion they’d not have been targeted. She also had to juggle her duties with the growing feeling for Han Solo, and the need to take time from her Alliance duties to rescue him.

Bria TharenBria Tharen

The Corellian woman was initially a dupe of the Ylesian colony but was freed and rescued by a young Han Solo. While she loved Han, Bria found she was continuously fighting the addiction she was introduced to at Ylesia and simultaneously outraged that slavery was allowed in the Empire. She joins the Rebellion and is involved in Operation Skyhook, which sends the captured Death Star plans to Princess Leia on the Tantive.
Recurring Character Introduced: Han Solo and the Paradise Snare by Ann Crispin
Timing: Set before A New Hope.

 

Juno Eclipse

Juno EclipseA top Imperial pilot in one of Vader’s squadrons, she finds herself reluctant to bomb an already conquered population. Then she finds herself charged with ferrying his Secret Apprentice all over the galaxy on missions – a job that has provenly a high turnover of pilots. When Vader apparently turns to murder the apprentice only to have him reawaken in a medley, she herself is locked up and scheduled for execution since he wants no witnesses. The fleeing apprentice ignores orders to leave no witnesses (destroying the whole base) and rescues her. Now thoroughly turned against an Empire that cast her off, Juno is all for joining a Rebellion that doesn’t exist yet. Ultimately her influence is what inspires Starkiller to go from his assigned mission to reveal traitors and leads to him sacrificing himself to save them at the critical moment to form the Alliance. By the time his apparent clone returns, she is already a Captain in the Alliance.
Recurring Character Introduced: The Force Unleashed by Lucasarts (game) Dark Horse Comics: W. Haden Blackman, Brian Ching, Bong Dazo and Book: Sean Williams .
Timing: Set before A New Hope.

Jan Ors

Jan Ors - Dark Forces 2An alliance agent from Alderaan, she finds herself on a communication station under attack by the Empire at a critical moment. That moment is when Kyle Katarn was the cadet leader of the Imperial troops. She met him once again during a trip on a starliner and reveals the truth of how his father died at the hands of the Empire, bringing him into the Rebellion. From then on he and Jan are often paired on missions. Often she rescues him in the nick of time. Jan tends to carry everything from garrotes to explosives: that’s not makeup in her carry bag!
Recurring Character Introduced: Dark Forces by Lucasarts, Dark Forces Soldier for the Empire Novella: William C. Dietz, Dean Williams
Timing: Set before A New Hope – to the New Republic era.

Deena Shan

Deena ShanJust an average Alliance recruit that found it overwhelming working with heroes like Luke, Han and Leia, she rose to the challenge to become a hero herself when faced with the daunting challenge of destroying a star destroyer single handed. Set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back
Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars Empire 21: Alone Together, Dark Horse Comics
Timing: Set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back

Shira Brie

This imperial agent infiltrated the Alliance as an X-Wing Pilot in Rogue Squadron. Her mission: discredit Luke Skywalker and drive a wedge between him and the Rebel alliance. Raised on Coruscant she was trained by COMPNOR and recommended for Imperial Intelligence by Vader. He trained her as a shadow hand. She came close to succeeding in her mission with Luke Skywalker but was nearly killed by him. Vader put her back together as a cyborg and presented her to the Emperor who accepted her as an Emperor’s Hand.
Recurring Character Introduced: Classic Marvel Star Wars 56
Timing: After The Empire Strikes Back

Fiolla of Lorrd

A corporate Sector employee hot the the trail of corrupt higher ups, this Lorrdian woman had a reason to hate slavery. Her people’s were once subjugated by slavers. Tracking down a slavery ring in the Corporate Sector Authority, she found herself unable to rely on the official authorities when she found they were involved. She went on to become a top player in the corporate sector after she and Han Solo uncovered the CSA officers involved in the ring. Knowing the Corporate Sector was highly corrupt, she chose to work her way to the top and do her fighting from the inside.
Character Introduced: Han Solo Adventures: Han Solo ‘s Revenge by Brian Daley
Timing: Set before A New Hope.

Jessa

Jessa the Outlaw TechThe daughter of a the leader of the Outlaw Techs in the Corporate Sector, she became leader when her father ‘Doc’ vanished. Leading the Outlaw techs into hiding from the Corporate Sector Authority, she also struck a bargain with Han Solo that gave him a upgrades to his ship in exchange for helping a band of infiltrators looking for lost ones like Doc.
Character Introduced: Han Solo Adventures: Han Solo at Star’s End by Brian Daley
Timing: Set before A New Hope.

Attuare

This female Trianni Ranger had lost a husband to the Corporate Sector and had already dealt with recovering a child who had been tortured until he went mute. She bravely sought out the deepest secret prison to free her mate and challenge the CSA security police.
Character Introduced: Han Solo Adventures: Han Solo at Star’s End by Brian Daley
Timing: Set before A New Hope.

Hasti

This down and out young woman had nothing. Then she joined forces with a team including Badure, Skynx the ruurian professor, Bollux, Blue Max and of course, Han Solo and Chewie. The set out on a quest to find a treasure and along the way deal out some revenge to the people who killed her sister. After the fact she joined up with a university.
Character Introduced: Han Solo Adventures: Han Solo and the Lost Legacy by Brian Daley
Timing: Set before A New Hope.

Tash Arranda

Tash Arranda in Planet PlagueYes she’s young, but this orphan of Alderaan is already making inroads and dealing havoc to the Empire.  Barely in her teens she keeps wrecking Imperial Secret weapons projects, alongside her Uncle Hoole (in spite of his efforts to keep her out of it) and her brother, Zak. Her greatest gaol is to become a Jedi and she already has what it takes.
Recurring Character Introduced: Galaxy of Fear series 1, Eaten Alive by John Whitman
Timing: Set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back to after Return of the Jedi.

Iella Stark

Apparent daughter of the outlaw Iaco Stark that caused the Great Hyperspace War, she is desperate to get out of her brother’s repeated attempts to get her married off to some rich boor for financial gain.  She gets her chance when Jahan Cross, Imperial Agent comes along. Helping him uncover Iaco’s secret threat, she discovers Stark isn’t really her father and escapes to a new life on Coruscant.
Character Introduced: Dark Horse Comics Agent of the Empire 1 Iron Eclipse by  John Ostrander, Stephane Roux
Timing: Set before A New Hope.

Candra Tymon

Candra Tymon, security cheif - Agent of Empire, Hard TargetsHead of House Dooku security. She was given the job in spite of the fact that few on Serenno believed a woman could handle it. But Adan Dooku (nephew of the former Jedi Dooku) believed in her. She was his protector as well as that of his son, Bron. When Adan was assassinated the battle to protect Bron from being used as a pawn by a regent led to her to risk it all to save him.
Character Introduced: Dark Horse Comics Agent of the Empire 2 Hard Targets by John Ostrander
Timing: Set before A New Hope.

Aveca Dunn AKA Vex

This freelance spy once worked for the bothan spy net as well as Imperial Intelligence. One of her last known missions was to kidnap young Bron Dooku for the man who wanted to be regent. His goal: to rescue Bron and silence the opposition who didn’t believe him suitable. Stopped by Jahan Cross he helped her break prison in exchange for info on the buyer. She then hired Boba Fett to go after Bron and hasn’t been seen since. Character Introduced: Dark Horse Comics Agent of the Empire 2 Hard Targets by John Ostrander
Timing: Set before A New Hope.

Mara Jade

MaraJade-EmperorsHandMara Jade was the Emperor’s Hand, one of his personal agents. She exposed corruption in the Empire and traitors, she also performed assassinations. A bit naive but firmly believing in the Emperor, she nonetheless was known to use unorthodox means and stand up for the individual who aided her, requesting (and often getting) protection for the individual. Her 2  missions were to kill Luke Skywalker, which was her only failure. Her last mission before the Emperor’s death was to take out the leader Black Nebula gang.
Recurring Character Introduced: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn, first Rebellion era: Mara Jade by the Emperor’s Hand by Timothy Zahn and Michael Stackpole, Dark Horse Comics
Timing: Set before The Empire Strikes Back to after Return of the Jedi – stay tuned for more on her in the women of the New Republic era.

Dusque Mistflier

Dusque was a xenobiologist reluctantly working for the Empire. While she loved her job and the science, she was held back from advancement because she was a woman. When Finn Darktrin approached her, he convinced her to aid him in seeking a holocron of rebel sympathizers for the Rebellion. Dusque’s skills proved invaluable in the mission. Her choices were tested when someone she was close too turned on her. Dusque chose to continue on as a member of the Rebel Alliance after the mission.
Character Introduced: Star Wars Galaxies: The Ruins of Dantooine by Voronica Whitney-Robinson and Haden Blackman
Timing: Between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back