Han Solo Expanded Movie Character

Han Solo started out as just a smuggler with a fast mouth and fast blaster. But he had something different from the start. He had the intense loyalty of the wookiee copilot and an incredible ship, the Millenium Falcon. Far from the piece of junk she appeared to be, the Falcon was in fact a smuggling vessel. That meant looking like junk was an advantage when nosey authorities were around. He had some heavy debts and was pretty desperate to pay. So desperate he’d take a job as long as it paid enough, even if he knew nothing of his passengers.

His mercenary nature hid the fact that people grew on him. He couldn’t just leave Luke and his naive idealism to get blown up. Nor could he leave him to freeze on Hoth. Han Solo was nothing if not courageous, he could easily have frozen to death too. It’s easily overlooked but his mercenary need for money was just a desire to pay back his debts. Maintaining his ship and his freedom did not come cheap.

The cost of refusing to abandon his friends while in danger came high. He was taken by Boba Fett simply as a means to get to Luke Skywalker.  Once rescued, he went on to lead the ground assault as an official General in the Alliance. Following orders was something he was not so good at. But leading others and giving them were something else again. It was his clever trick that enabled the rebels back into the shield generator station to destroy it.

Known Aliases:
Vykk Drago
Jenos Idanian

Family

Han Solo was an orphan. He grew up on the streets, taken in by Garris Shrike,  a criminal, with a bunch of other street kids. He learned pickpocketing, con artistry, stealing. But he couldn’t remember his family and he wanted to. This led him on a quest that revealed no parents names at the time, but did reveal cousin Thracken Sal-Solo. Unfortunately Thracken was an evil little bully. So his closest family at the time was the wookiee Dewlanna, who encouraged his dreams of one day being respectable.
His next family member – by wookiee life debt – was Chewbacca. Han sacrificed his post as an Imperial Officer to save him, fed up with the less than respectable behavior of the Imperial authority figures he’d fought so hard to join.

Han Solo Hutt gambit

Han’s smuggling years start here.

As he was becoming set in his smuggling career, Han more or less ‘adopted’ a young man named Jarik Solo. Han knew the boy lied about the name but figured he earned it by being loyal and helping out. Jarik died in a battle for Ylesia with a group of smugglers.

Han appears to have discovered his Mother’s name was Jaina, and named his daughter for her. It’s also hinted that New Republic Intelligence may have known more of his family history than he knew himself.

Then he met Luke and Leia and had a new family. Han married Leia after nearly losing her to a marriage for political convenience for the New Republic. A year later and he was the father of twins, Jacen and Jaina Solo. Only a year or so after that, Anakin Solo came along.  Han has to awaken to reality he’d long denied: the Force is real. When toys float off shelves by themselves, there aren’t too many ways to explain it!

Han was in an awkward position in this family by marriage, the lone non Force Sensitive. Since he and Leia were both influential heroes of the New Republic, he constantly faced the danger of kidnappings. Once the children were old enough to undergo Jedi training, new issues arose.

Now Han had to deal with his children going into danger as Jedi. Danger was in their blood, both sides of the family tended to attract it!

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Han Solo has one granddaughter we know of, during his lifetime. Her name is Allana Djo Solo, daughter of Tenel Kan, Queen of Hapes and Jacen. At one point he and Leia were raising her as an adopted child, to hide her lineage from those who wanted to claim the Hapan throne.

One of the last big events for Han with his family was to give away his daughter Jaina in marriage to Jagged Fel, of the Empire. Jag bore the interesting lineage of nephew of old friend Wedge Antillies, and son of rival Baron Soontir Fel.  It’s unknown when they had children. But generations later Force sensitive Fel descendents are Emperor’s of a new (non Sith) Empire that remained allied for generations with the Galactic Alliance. At this time it is known of Roan Fel, daughter Marasiah Fel, and a descendent of unknown lineage named Ania Solo.

Friends
Han Solo in Scoundrels

Han, Chewie and Lando about to get up into trouble.

Han had a varied list of friends through his life. His mentor in the smuggling world was Roa, who lived to retire. He wasn’t fond of droids, but did have a few like Bollux and Blue Max grow on him. His friends knew he’d come through for him, even when they manipulated him into it. Badure convinced him to go treasure hunting. Friends like Salla Xend (who wanted to marry him),  Shug Ninx and Xaverrii came through for him even after he went ‘respectable’.

Some did turn on him, Mako Spince of his academy days turned ugly after being crippled in a battle. He sold him out to bounty hunters for the Hutt price on his head for helping kill Jabba. Bria (a girlfriend he wanted to marry) betrayed him for the Rebellion itself.

Lando Calrissian had an off on argument with him because of his taste in hiring out for jobs where the employer leaves them high and dry. However selling him out to Vader was merely a lack of choice: a whole city of people he was responsible for who could be killed if he refuses. As soon as he realized Vader would never hold to a bargain, he corrected this. Lando is still there helping years later even when it’s against his best interest.

Han also had a good friendship with Wedge Antillies of Rogue Squadron.

Aside from Luke he also remained friends with the Jedi Kyp Durron.

Accomplishments and Challenges – Character Growth

Han Solo’s biggest challenge is being a hero. He simply could not go back to being ‘just Han’ and doing what he wanted after this. His actions were no longer affecting himself and Chewie alone. They affected the entire New Republic and soon his family. Even during the Alliance days, the danger worked both ways: to get to Luke, go through Han. But to get to Han, go through Luke and Leia. They were threatened by bounty hunters seeking him.

He had the difficult challenge of wanting to help the Rebels, yet not wanting to give up his independence and a resentment of being taken for granted as being a member (which he’d not officially become, not as of Yavin.)

Han was responsible for the mission to take down Warlord Zsinj, an Imperial carving out territories for himself. He even dared an unofficial truce with an Imperial counterpart who was assigned to deal with the upstart as well. Returning from this he was so desperate to win back Leia he gambled everything, won a planet, but found it was still in Zsinj territory. He resigned his commission when politicians tried to reassign him to get him out of the way of a political marriage. He dealt with Leia planning to go off with the Hapan Prince by kidnapping her to Dathomir. Leia lectured him on his responsibilities but it didn’t hit home until Zsinj made a deal with the local nightsisters, an evil group of force users who threatened hostages to get him. His response to that was so self sacrificial it won Leia back.

While not commissioned, Han still was the go to guy for when they needed a mission pulled off without red tape and bureaucrats interfering. It was his idea to hire smugglers for honest work when the New Republic was short on legitimate shipping companies due to Imperial raids. It was his mission as ambassador to the prisoners of Kessel that went wrong which revealed the Maw and the Imperial threat inside. It was Han who dared go into the Imperial Remnant to seek out Intel.

During his painful years during the Yuuzhan Vong invasion, he still was charging into battle, leading and inspiring even when his heart felt ripped out.

Stories Starring Han Solo:

The Early Years:

Han Solo Adventures by Brian Daley:
Han Solo at Star’s End
Han Solo’s Revenge
Han Solo and the Lost Legacy
(note: these are among the earliest of the Expanded Universe, before it had a name. They were published in 1979 – even before The Empire Strikes Back!)

Han Solo Trilogy by Ann Crispin:
The Paradise Snare
The Hutt Gambit
Rebel Dream
(note: this does not contradict the Brian Daley trilogy. It incorporates it, as well as many other details of Han’s friendships and adventures from the Expanded Universe.)

Agent of the Empire: Iron Eclipse Dark Horse comics

Underworld: The Yavin Vassilika – Dark Horse comics

Movie Years:

Star Wars Radio Drama by Brian Daley
The Empire Strikes Back Radio Drama by Brian Daley
Return of the Jedi Radio Drama by Brian Daley
(Note these radio dramatization of the movies includes extra and extended scenes not available elsewhere.)

Star Wars Adventures: Han Solo and the Hollow Moon of Khorya – Dark Horse comics

Death Troopers by Joe Scheibert

Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn (Check out an Audio Excerpt!)

Allegiance by Timothy Zahn
Choices of One by Timothy Zahn
Rebellion Series – Dark Horse Comics
Galaxy of Fear Series – – by Whitman  – Cameos only
Rebel Force series – by John Wheeler

Honor among Thieves by James S.A. Corey

Rebel Mission to Ord Mantell  (Listen on Youtube!)

Star Wars Adventures: Princess Leia and the Royal Ransom – Dark Horse Comics

Post Movie Years

Truce at Bakura by Kathy Tyers
Shadows of Mindor by Matthew Stover
X-Wing: Wraith Squadron by Aaron Allston
X-Wing: Iron Fist by Aaron Allston
X-Wing: Solo Command by Aaron Allston
Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton
A Forest Apart (short story)
Tatooine Ghost – by Troy Denning

Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn
Heir to the Empire
Dark Force Rising
The Last Command

Dark Empire – Dark Horse Comics
Dark Empire2- Dark Horse Comics
Empire’s End – Dark Horse Comics

Jedi Academy Trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson
Jedi Search
Dark Apprentice
Champions of the Force

Children of the Jedi by Barbara Hambly
Darksaber by  Kevin J. Anderson
Planet of Twilight by Barbara Hambly
The Crystal Star by Vonda McIntyre

Black Fleet Crisis by McDowell

The New Rebellion by Kristin Kathryn Rusch

The Corellian Trilogy by Roger Allen McBride
Ambush at Corellia
Assault at Selonia
Showdown at Centerpoint

Thrawn Duology by Timothy Zahn
Specter of the Past
Vision of the Future

New Jedi Order Era by Multiple authors

Chewbacca (tribute) – Dark Horse Comics
Invasion – – Dark Horse Comics

Dark Nest trilogy by Troy Denning
Joiner King
The Unseen Queen
Swarm War

Legacy of the Force Series by multiple authors
Millenium Falcon by James Luceno
Fate of the Jedi series by multiple authors
Crucible by Troy Denning

Jedi Academy Trilogy Continuity

The Jedi Academy trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson is the new beginning of the Jedi Order. At the time of writing, the Jedi philosophy of the prequels the specifics of Jedi training were unknown, including the rules of no attachments (families), one master to one apprentice and that usually they began as infants.

Even if it had been known, sheer practicality suggested having only one Jedi left was a crisis waiting to happen. If anything happened to Luke Skywalker, there would be no one left to pass on the Jedi teachings. Therefore the rule of one master and one apprentice could not be kept. No attachments would rule out Luke himself, still very much in touch with his sister, Leia. And obviously he was in no position and had no time to wait for a child to reach knighthood. Leia’s children were obvious candidates, but no one could wait the decades it would take to train them for the Order to grow stronger.

People Introduced

The Jedi introduced:

  • Tionne
  • Kirana Ti
  • Streen
  • Dorsk 81
  • Gantoris
  • Kyp Durron
  • Cilghal

and others that (at the time) remained unnamed. Later, Corran Horn of the X-Wing Series was named and his story told from his own point of view in I, Jedi, by Michael Stackpole. Brakiss was named in The New Rebellion, and also mentioned again in I,Jedi.

Mentioned from other stories: Kam Solusar (Dark Empire 2) and Mara Jade (Thrawn trilogy) attend the academy.

TionneTionne goes on to be the historian and teacher, on in the Young Jedi Knight, Junior Jedi Knights, New Jedi Order and into Legacy of the Force years. She is mentioned but not seen in the game Jedi Academy.

Dorsk 81 was of a species that procreates only through cloning. His kin, Dorsk 82 would also come to the Academy in Jedi Academy: Leviathan.

Kyp Durron would go on to fame (and infamy), starring in Darksaber, in short stories in the Anthologies as well as action in the Jedi Academy mini series by Dark Horse comics and to fight the Yuuzhan Vong in the New Jedi Order.

Cilghal goes on to be an ambassador in Young Jedi Knights as well as becoming one of the rare Jedi Healers. She is mentioned as well in New Jedi Order, Legacy of the Force, Fate of the Jedi and is seen in the Union comic story arc.

Kirana Ti and Streen shows up again in Dark Saber and Jedi Academy: Leviathan in Dark Horse Comics

All off them also appear in I,Jedi, since it interweaves its storyline.

Cilghal, Dark Horse Comics UnionOnce begun the Academy of Yavin 4 continues rolling out graduates until the Yuuzhan Vong invasion.

Other Introductions:

Admiral Natasi Daala was in charge of several Star Destroyers and the Maw installation think tank. Left in charge by Moff Tarkin, she had been out of touch since before his death. Daala is mentioned in ‘Death Star’ as well as playing a role in Darksaber, Planet of Twilight, Legacy of the Force and Fate of the Jedi.

Qwi Xux was a scientist who brings in the Omwati culture and people. She reappears in Darksaber and Starfighters of Adumar and is mentioned again in the New Jedi Order.

Moruth Doole and Skynxnex are both criminals who appear in the later published but earlier chronologically ‘X-Wing’ novels.

Exar Kun from Tales of the Jedi appears as a Force Spirit as does Jedi Odan Urr.

Places Introduced.

The planet and naval academy at Carida are first mentioned here. Carida would go on to be mentioned as the place both Han Solo (Ann Crispin’s Han Solo trilogy among others) and Kyle Katarn (Dark Forces novellas) attended the Imperial Academy.

The Maw Installation would go on to hide the Jedi Academy during the Yuuzhan Vong invasion.

Kessel, while mentioned in other stories, is visited for the first time seriously here. A follow up visit occurs in the X-Wing series (later published but earlier in the timeline).  It will go on to play a role in Young Jedi Knights and Fate of the Jedi.

Yavin 4 Jedi Academy, while the moon & base itself were visited in A New Hope, it will now play a major role as the academy, including being attacked (Dark Saber by Kevin J. Anderson, Young Jedi Knights by Anderson and Moesta, and Jedi Outcast video game) as well as being the place where training begins for Jaden Korr (Jedi Academy video game.)

Dantooine, again had been mentioned in A New Hope, but this was our first serious visit. Dantooine would eventually be revealed as a place that once housed a Jedi Enclave (Knights of the Old Republic game and comic), a rebel base, and years later would be a temporary hideout from the Yuuzhan Vong. It also appears in the Star Wars Galaxies video game.

Major Events:

Leia Organa Solo becomes full time ‘Mom’ when her children leave hiding, on top of becoming full time Chief of State, a title she will hold right up until a Leave of Absence as of the Thrawn Duology. She is still Chief of State while her children attend the Academy.

Lando comes into possession of Kessel. This will be fortuitous in the future.

A new Jedi Academy is formed, and it’s new Jedi are immediately put to the test.

 

 

Qui-Gon Jinn Extended

Qui-Gon prepares for battle.

Qui-Gon prepares for battle.

Qui-Gon Jinn is a Jedi considered a bit of a maverick by the Jedi council because he doesn’t always follow the Code. He focused more on the Living Force than on the Unifying Force. He was secretly learning how to be able to allow himself in the living Force after death.
Qui Gon Jinn was trained by Dooku, who later left the Order and fell to the Dark Side. Qui-Gon had at least 2 padawans. His first, Xanatos, left him and the Order. This is detailed in a Dark Horse Graphic novel called Dark Side and several of the Jedi Apprentice books.

His second was Obi-Wan Kenobi. The two balanced each other.  They shared many missions, including missions to restore peace, expose corruption, and taking on pirate gangs. They shared battles during the Stark Hyperspace Conflict, the attack by the Yinchorri against the Jedi, a plot against Valorum on Ord Mantell and activities involving the Trade Federation and the piracy of Nebula Front.

Spoiler for Jedi Apprentice: The Ties that Bind
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

Legacy of the Jedi, from Dooku to Anakin

Legacy of the Jedi a story spanning from Dooku & Qui-Gon to Obi-Wan & Anakin, by Jude Watson

On his last mission, it was Obi-Wan who sensed distant danger on going in to negotiate with the Trade Federation to end the blockade of Naboo.  But it was Qui Gon who immediately realized there was no logic to their actions, no apparent gain, when they invaded, given that gain is their usual motive.
Qui Gon Jinn was also the one who discovered young Anakin Skywalker on Tatooine, and urged the Jedi Council to train him.
On Qui-Gon’s death, his last act was to ask Obi-Wan to train him.

Afterward Qui-Gon tried to call out to Anakin when his mother died, alerting Yoda that he was somehow able to connect from the beyond. He appeared in a vision to Yoda, leading young Anakin (though he was grown at this time) into a tree on a mysterious planet to face his fears. He also appeared on Mortis to Obi-Wan and finally Yoda was able to hear his voice in deep meditation. Qui-Gon led him to those who were training him in how to manifest his spirit after death to guide the next generation.

Featured In:

Jedi Council (DH)
Last Stand on Ord Mantell (DH)
Murder on the Aurorient Express (DH)
Dark Side (DH) based on mentioned events in Jedi Apprentice
Stark Hyperspace wars

Jedi Apprentice Series
Cloak of Deception

Appeared Briefly in:
Clone Wars microseries
The Clone Wars Mortis story arc
Darth Maul Shadow Hunter

Nomi Sunrider

Era: Pre Ruusan Old Republic

Nomi Sunrider - Tales of the Jedi - The Saga of Nomi Sunrider

Nomi Sunrider – Tales of the Jedi – The Saga of Nomi Sunrider – Dark Horse Comics

Nomi Sunrider was a Jedi who trained under Master Thon on Ambria, in ancient days. She was the widow of Andur Sunrider, also a Jedi, and mother of Vima Sunrider. Her most famous skill was in battle meditation.

Featured in:

Tales of the Jedi : Knights of the Old Republic
Tales of the Jedi : Freedom Nadd Uprising
Tales of the Jedi : Dark Lords of the Sith
Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War
Tales of the Jedi: Redemption

Mentioned in:

Jedi Academy
Junior Jedi Knights
Young Jedi Knights

“Like a great calm sea, Master Odan-Urr—a sea with light coming from its depths. I feel so peaceful when I meditate on the Force.”

Trivia
Nomi Sunrider was the first character to reveal the use of Jedi Battle Meditation. She was also one of the few Jedi mentioned as having a family.

Tahiri Veila

Era: After the Battle of Endor.

Tahiri Veila

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

Tahiri hails from Tatooine, where she was raised by the tusken raider tribe led by Sliven after her parents death. At age nine she was discovered by Luke Skywalker and Tionne and brought to the Jedi Academy.

Her best friend is Anakin Solo. Tahiri prefers to go barefoot and her talkative nature hides a tough, stubborn girl who survived the wilds of Tatooine and more to become a Jedi Knight.

Her worst trials include events in the New Jedi Order and the death of friends and Legacy of the Force when she came briefly under the influence of Darth Caedus.

 

 

Featured In:

Junior Jedi Knights Series
New Jedi Order Series
Swarm Wars
Legacy of the Force Series
Fate of the Jedi Series

 

“Shoes were invented by the Sith to keep our delicate toes in anguish and misery, I’m sure of it.” ―Tahiri Veila, when Anakin commented that she’s still barefoot[src]
“I know something about pain you don’t. Pain drowns other people. I just swim in it.” -Tahiri Veila

 

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.