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.

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

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

Jedi Academy Game Review & Continuity

The Jedi Academy Game is a tie in that goes in all directions. By this I mean previous games, comics and books, as well as those that come after. For that alone I would love it. I also find it most helpful in that I had previously been stuck on Jedi Outcast. After playing this I found it gave me skills I needed to succeed at the earlier game.

Released the year after Attack of the Clones, it is a follow up on the popular ‘Dark Forces’ series. In this game, instead of playing Kyle Katarn, you play his apprentice, Jaden Korr. As you work up through the levels, you start out choosing whether to play male or female from 4 species and what styles to wear. You also get to choose from different lightsaber hilts.

Jedi Academy Player Character Options

Jedi Academy Player Character Options

The opening encounter introduces Rosh Penin, a fellow student and involves a shuttle crash onto the Yavin moon. We quickly find trouble at work in the form of Imperial allies who have dark Jedi companions. This sets the story for the game.  We also learn Jaden does already have at least some skill in the Force: already has built a lightsaber with no training.

The very important detail to continuity comes in the form of Jedi Master Luke Skywalker assigning students to teachers. He explains that the ‘old’ Jedi Order kept it one on one, but they did not yet have enough Jedi for that. This explains that this is not a contradiction with the Phantom  Menace and Attack of the Clones, (Revenge of the Sith wasn’t out yet) but a natural result of a decimated order. As he assigns students to teachers, familiar names from the Jedi Academy books are among them.

Jedi Academy Temple Training Area

Jedi Academy Temple Training Area

The first level is an awesome tie in  level. Jaden gets to run through the Yavin Academy and solve puzzles as the player learn about using the Force and the lightsaber. We get the basics immediately: push, pull, speed, jump. Some of this scenery we experienced in Jedi Outcast. And previously we had to earn (or re-earn) those powers. But it also ties in to other stories. This is what Jaina, Jacen, Anakin Solo and their friends would’ve gone through between scenes of the Young Jedi Knights and Junior Jedi Knights books.

Having warmed up, we are now ready to take on missions. We get to choose our weapons and which Force powers to boost first. Here we get to choose which order they come in. On one, we get to team up with Chewbacca. Some of the missions are just good deeds, others are a quest to find out why the Empire was sneaking around Yavin 4. We meet sandpeople, jawas, pirates and (of course) imperials.

Tie ins in the first set of missions:  (Jedi Initate)

Emergency Assistance – Bakura: is set on the world introduced in the Truce of Bakura by Kathy Tyers, first novel after the Thrawn trilogy.

Cult Investigation – Corellia: We’ve long heard Han Solo was Corellian, but the movies never showed it. It has popped up in Rogue Leader & X-Wing Rogue Squadron comics, I,Jedi and the Corellian trilogy novels. It is a hotspot in the Legacy of the Force novel series. We admittedly don’t see much outside of the flying tram.

Nod to another franchise:
Merchant Rescue – Blanjeel was inspired apparently by the Dune series.

Tie ins in the second set of missions: (Jedi Apprentice)

Jedi Academy Video Game - Vader's Stature on Vjun

Jedi Academy Video Game – Vader’s Stature on Vjun

Vjun – Exterior / Vjun – Castle Basement / Vjun – Vader’s Castle : the planet Vjun was first revealed in Dark Empire 2 comics and visited by Anakin Solo in Junior Jedi Knights, Vader’s Fortress. The planet was also base to Dooku in Yoda: Dark Rendezvous.

Now we need to choose whether to add a new style of lightsaber combat. Or we can choose to stick with what we got but choose duel lightsabers (pick your hilts and colors) like Anakin used in Attack of the Clones, or a double bladed saber, such as introduced by Exar Kun and later used by Darth Maul as well as Bastila Shan.

Tie ins in the third set of missions: (Jedi Knight)

Dismantle Device – Yalara – This level features the Noghri, made famous in the Thrawn trilogy. These noghri have been out of touch for awhile. They are not allies, even though they are fighting Imperials and will attack with poison gas.

Force Theft Investigation – Byss :  The planet Byss was first revealed in Dark Empire comics. It was destroyed in Empire’s End comics. It is the destroyed system that is visited in the game.

Taspir (which is all new) is where you are faced with the test of rescuing Rosh Penin, fellow student who (apparently) was captured and turned. At this point you have to choose whether to forgive him (and stay in the light) or kill him (and go to the Dark side.)

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Korriban, Tomb of Marka Ragnos. He was first introduced in Golden Age of the Sith by Dark Horse Comics

Korriban – Catacombs / Korriban – Valley of the Dark Lords  : Korriban first appears in Tales of the Jedi,  comics. It reappears in Empire’s End (comics),  Knights of the Old Republic (game and comics), The Old Republic (game and comics), Legacy of the Force, Fate of the Jedi, Jedi Quest: The Final Showdown,Crosscurrent and Riptide (both of the latter starring Jaden Korr).

Somewhere in the third set of missions you have to choose to stay a Jedi of the Light or fall to the Dark Side.

For a real walkthrough, Check out this Gamespot article.

Jaden Korr - canon version

Jaden Korr – canon version as he is described in the books.

Each video game has one ending which is considered canon. In this case, it’s the light side ending. While Jaden Korr can be played with various options, the canon version is a white human male since that is ow he appears in the follow up books Riptide and Crosscurrent. (Which is a bit disappointing to me, given how many other options there were.)

Asajj Ventress

Asaaj Ventress origin story is first told in Dark Horse Comics republic series

Asaaj Ventress origin story is first told in Dark Horse Comics republic series

Asajj Ventress grew up on Rattataki. When the man who raised her was killed in war, a Jedi Master named Ky Narec found and began training her. The two went on to become heroes, fighting unknown to the Jedi Council for peace. They became heroes. But their enemies struck back, killing Narec and orphaning Ventress once again.

“On her own, Asajj would have died. Left to his own devices, the stranger would have undoubtedly been captured and killed. But together…they became something our world had never known…they became heroes.”
―Osika Kirske, one of those who fought against her and Narec.

Ventress wielded 2 lightsabers, hers and her former Master Narec’s, until Dooku gave her new ones, with curved hilts and red blades.

She blamed the Jedi for abandoning her Master on her world and never aiding him or their people. The Jedi, however, had presumed him dead.

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Ventress fights in the arena to win a place at Dooku’s side in Genndy Tartakovsky, Clone Wars Microseries

Filled with anger, she sought out Count Dooku to train her as a Sith. She won the right to serve him in a gladiator tournament. Her first assignment was to aid in a biologic weapon assignment on Oma Dun, moon of Naboo. Here she battled Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin at the same time and proved a formidable foe. She was ordered directly by both Dooku and Sidious to kill the padawan Anakin Skywalker. They clashed over Muun before leaping to He fought her in the sky and on planet before defeating her for that day on Yavin 4.

“Come, Padawan, your fall will be my ascension to the Sith!” ~ Ventress to Anakin

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Ventress vs Anakin in Clone Wars

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

Ventress eventually resurfaced, continually clashing with Obi-Wan in particular. After she captured him and he escaped, she bore a grudge. She was particularly upset he’d gotten away with her Jedi Master Narec’s lightsaber.
She also, critically, discovered Anakin’s relationship with Padme and threatened to kill her. Anakin again defeated her, apparently to death. But unconvinced Obi-Wan sought her out, again. And again, he found her.

At one point she attempted to assassinate Master Yoda, who was on a secret mission.

“Confusion to the Enemy” ~ Ventress, considering the confusion of the Republic forces on Yoda’s death….even though she knew that it was a Yoda impersonator she’d taken and they didn’t.
Ultimately Dooku would betray Ventress and she faked her death to escape.

The Clone Wars TV series throws in some additions:

It suggests she was taken to Rattak as a child by someone who took her from Dathomir, making her akin to the witches.

It also suggest that for a time at some point after breaking with Dooku, she worked as a bounty hunter and even at one point teamed up with Ahsoka Tano. However, due to the cancellation of The Clone Wars TV show and discontinuation of the Expaned Universe, this ends any contributions to her fate into the Expanded Universe Canon.

Appearances:

Dark Horse Comics:

Republic series.

Obsession (mini series)

TV

Star Wars Clone Wars by Genndy Tartakovsky, an animated microseries. There is also a flash game based on it, duel as Anakin against her here.

The Clone Wars

Novels

The Cestus Deception

Yoda: Dark Rendezvous

Jedi Trial (Briefly)

 

 

 

Millenium Falcon Review

Millenium Falcon
James Luceno
sci fi/fantasy
Del Rey

Allana introduces new adventure into her grandparents’ lives when she discovers a strange device hidden aboard the Millennium Falcon–a discovery that sparks a fact-finding expedition to retrace the people, places, and events in the checkered history of the famous spaceship. But the Solos are not alone in their quest: Crime lords, galactic pirates, rogue politicians, and fortune hunters alike will race to a final standoff for a prize some will risk everything to find–and pay any cost to possess.

The Millenium Falcon is a treasure hunt. Frequent mentions are made of stories told elsewhere: how Han acquired her from Lando (Han Solo trilogy by A.C. Crispin) and how Lando acquired her (Lando Calrissian trilogy), as well as frequent mentions referring to the Brian Daley stories.

The story alternates between present day (for the Solo’s) when Allana, their granddaughter, finds a strange object on the Falcon that even Han knows nothing about. Backtracking the history of the ship is their role and they find themselves colliding with some strange people en route.

Meanwhile Jadak is tracking the Falcon’s history from the other end. Known to him as ‘Stellar Envoy’ he last saw the ship right after the Battle of Coruscant, during the Clone Wars. His last mission for the secret Republic Group was derailed, leading to a catastrophic collision and him in a coma for decades.

In this case, the journey is more important than the ending. I found the end rather disappointing. After much fighting which involves even young Allana, and hints to upcoming stories, one expects there to be something at the end. The short in between tales of finding former owners of the Millenium Falcon and how those owners acquired and lost the ship are good. The ships quirkiness shines through each one.  The realization that these foes are going to have to try and steal the Falcon is amusing (one can see how that will turn out) But one is suggested a treasure of some sort, a secret, at the end.

While any reader of the Han Solo and the Lost Treasure knows that a previous generations treasure may be today’s junk may see it coming, one does expect a twist right up until the book ends. It left me feeling wanting, as if there should have been more.

Who was the Republic Group really? What was the point of this mission? Was it really just this object that the Millenium Falcon was meant to find?

The book started well, and continued nicely. To me, though, something feels missing. It left me wanting more answers with no means to get them.

Thrawn

Grand Admiral Thrawn, from the Essential Atlas

Grand Admiral Thrawn, from the Essential Atlas

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

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

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

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

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

Outbound Flight, Thrawn, Art by Dave Seeley

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

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

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

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

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

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

Featured In:

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

Thrawn Trilogy (first appearance)

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

Mentioned In:

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

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

 

 

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

 

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Star Wars Heir to the Empire Review

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

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

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

Beware the dark side….

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

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

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

The Rest of the Trilogy:

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

Characters Introduced:

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

Other books / series / comics with these characters:

Books

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

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

 

Other Star Wars Books by Zahn:

Outbound Flight (prequel era)

Scoundrels

Allegiance

Choices of One
Spectre of the Past

Vision of the Future

Survivor’s Quest

Other books / series with the characters created in these:

I, Jedi

New Rebellion

The Corellian Trilogy

New Jedi Order

Legacy of the Force

Comic / Graphic Novels with these Characters:

Thrawn trilogy adaption

Mara Jade, by the Emperor’s Hand

Union

 

 

 

 

Anakin Solo

Anakin Solo, from NJO Balance Point by Kathy Tyers. Japanese Cover.

Anakin Solo, from NJO Balance Point by Kathy Tyers. Japanese Cover.

A young Jedi, youngest son of Han Solo and Leia, grandson of Anakin Skywalker. He had ice blue eyes and dark hair. Anakin Solo had a unique talent for fixing machines and solving puzzles. He started at the Jedi Academy when he was 11 and went on numerous adventures with his best friend, Tahiri Veila. He fought in the Yuuzhan Vong war.

Featured In:

Dark Empire (baby)
Jedi Academy Trilogy (baby)
Corellian Trilogy
Crystal Star
Junior Jedi Knights
Young Jedi Knights (secondary character) The Lost Ones and Crisis on Crystal Reef
New Jedi Order

He stretched out farther into the Force, touching Tahiri again. She was in a dark place and he felt pain, or the fading of pain. He couldn’t tell where.
“Anakin”
That startled him. His name rang like a H’kig chime, nothing fuzzy about it.
“I’m coming Tahiri,” He whispered.
“Anakin”…but the sense of the words dissolved into emotion. Fear, grief, hope. Wordlessly he reached for her, to give her the equivalent of the squeeze on the hand, and found himself instead in a tight, desperate embrace.
“I’ll find you,” he projected to her. “Just hang on.”NJO-Edge of Victory I by Greg Keyes
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Trivia
Anakin Solo was one of the first Jedi characters revealed to be able to use the Force to see inside things like computers and technology, knowing if it was damaged even if he didn’t know what the device did and sometimes even able to use the Force to fix it.