Star Wars Women New Republic era & Beyond

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


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:


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
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
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, 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


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

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.



The Thrawn Trilogy Influence

The Thrawn trilogy was a big bang in the creation of the Expanded Universe. For years there had been no new Star Wars. Even the ewoks and droids cartoons had faded away.

Then came the Thrawn trilogy, set 5 years after Return of the Jedi. The Alliance to Restore the Republic has succeeded in creating a new one. But remnants of the old Empire still exist, and they seem to have a new leader, a tactical genius with mysterious gray assassins, and the aid of a crazed old Jedi Master.

The Thrawn trilogy kicks in after Han and Leia are married and Luke is seeking information on the old Order to restore it.

Introduced are new characters that will be in multiple story arcs for years to come, including Borsk Fey’lya, the bothan politician, Winter, an old friend of Leia’s, Thrawn, a rare alien risen to the rank of Imperial Grand Admiral and Pellaeon, an Imperial Officer, who started his rise in the Clone Wars.

More importantly the recurring characters Mara Jade, former Imperial known as the Emperor’s Hand, a secret Force sensitive operative would become very important in Luke Skywalkers life and Han and Leia have twins, Jacen and Jaina, bound to follow in the family tradition of always being in the center of things.

Influence on the Overall Story:
Outbound Flight, Thrawn, Art by Dave Seeley

Outbound Flight, Thrawn, Art by Dave Seeley

Thrawn’s influence affected the condition of the New Republic and how it responded to threats in future stories, due to the damage inflicted by his campaigns. His species, Chiss, was relatively unknown before hand.

He also left behind a reputation that others sought to exploit, including a con artist who was encouraged by an Imperial governor to impersonate him and a clone, who died still in the cloning facility.

In addition to the original trilogy, Thrawn’s backstory is told in ‘Outbound Flight’, another short story tells how he was found, a duology called the Hand of Thrawn reveals the clone and the secret Empire he left. Lastly, Survivor’s Quest tells of how the remnants of Outbound Flight are discovered by the Chiss and his people are finally formally introduced.

Mara Jade, comic version

Mara Jade, comic adaptation version

Mara Jade
The former secret agent and Force sensitive, Emperor’s Hand, goes on to be a reluctant, on again off again ally to the New Republic even as she remains a smuggler. Her backstory is told in Allegiance and Choices of One. The comic book story arc ‘By the Emperor’s Hand’ tells of what happened during and directly after Return of the Jedi and short stories explain how she met her smuggler chief, Talon Karrde.
Her future includes appearing in Jedi Academy and I, Jedi, with a bigger role in the Corellian Trilogy. By the Hand of Thrawn series, her last encounter with Luke has him asking her to marry him. The comic book story arc Union shows us this, with many a cameo of old friends. She is a full fledged Jedi Knight in the New Jedi Order series, acting as Jaina Solo’s Master. She fights alongside Luke in Swarm Wars and finally, in Legacy of the Force defends her teenage son, Ben, against the Sith.

Talon Karrde:
the smuggling chief Talon Karrde is one of the ‘go to’ smuggler’s who gets sucked into our heroes wake. Like Han Solo before him but with an organization, Karrde becomes a recurring information broker in later stories.

Borsk Fey’lya:
A bothan politician, this character is a thorn in the side of our heroes as he refuses to concede that not everyone has his type of determination to put his own advancement over the greater good. He continues in this role through many stories, causing much chaos through his political style in Black Fleet Crisis, disaster in New Jedi Order and others.

Garm Bel Iblis:
This cornelian politician is retroactive introduced as one of the founders of the Corellian treaty which initially created the Alliance. Due to differences in opinion on tactics, he’d left. He continues as an Alliance leader in future stories and has a short story that explains his involvement, though it does contradict the later ‘Force Unleashed’ story which also involves him.

An Imperial Officer who began in the Republic Judiciary Force, his backstory comes up in The Clone Wars: No Prisoners, and after the Thrawn trilogy he becomes increasingly influential, but still seeking a leader for the Empire to whom he can place his trust. It’s Pellaeon who is first broached by a third party about a peace treaty with the New Republic in Crimson Empire 3 story arc by Dark Horse comics, seeks to implement it in The Hand of Thrawn trilogy and who even steps up and aids the Republic during the New Jedi Order’s Yuuzhan Vong war.

Winter, from Star Wars X-Wing Dark Horse comics

Winter, from Star Wars X-Wing Dark Horse comics

This childhood friend of Leia’s from Alderaan turns up in Jedi Academy as the nanny of her children, but also sees action in the X-Wing comic book series as the Intelligence agent known as Targeter, later X-Wing books, and eventually marries Captain Celchu of Rogue Squadron.

Wedge Antillies (Expanded): A mere background player in the movies, this trilogy moves him to a bigger role and he quickly becomes the action star of the X-Wing comic books and novels. He features prominently in any story told in this later era where military action by the Alliance is in play. Oddly, he was absent in the Corellian Trilogy, but reappeared in The Hand of Thrawn Duology, New Jedi Order, and Legacy of the Force when Corellia sought independence from the Republic.

Jacen and Jaina Solo
The twins are born in these stories and start life with an instant kidnapping attempt. They appear again in Dark Empire comics, Jedi Academy, Crystal Star, The Hand of Thrawn duology, Union, Young Jedi Knights series (all about their adventures) New Jedi Order sees them take on adult Jedi responsibilities during war, with appearances in the Invasion comic, Swarm Wars see them caught in a border war and Legacy of the Force has them at odds.

Vornskrs and Ysalimiri, native animals to Myrkr will come up again in new stories but their appearance will return with a vengeance in the New Jedi Order books.

Noghri from Star Wars: Republic, Dark Horse Comics

Noghri from Star Wars: Republic, Dark Horse Comics
Penciller :Jan Duursema
Inker: Dan Parsons

The gray assassins used by Thrawn worship Vader as a hero and only Leia, his daughter, can convince them they were deceived by a man who deceived Vader as well: the Emperor.  They are so grateful they reappear in future novels such as Planet of Twilight and The New Jedi Order as her body guards. The backstory of how their world was poisoned into needing the Empire’s aid is told in Republic, Clone Wars comic books. Noghri appeared in Dawn of the Jedi, Into the Void and indications from the comic books show they worshipped the Rakata, giving them KOTOR connections.

Outbound Flight:
This mission of Jedi to explore outside the Republic was led by the original C’baoth. It’s story was afterward told in full in ‘Outbound Flight’. It’s crashed remains were explored in Survivor’s Quest.

An Imperial Star Destroyer, this ship saw service at the Battle of Endor, became Thrawn’s flagship and was captained by Pellaeon. It continued to see use through numerous campaigns in the novels right up into the Swarm Wars.

Spaarti Cloning:
Set before the prequels, these explained how early clones when mad, to fast growth with too similar minds in proximity. This initially seems contradicted in Attack of the Clones, until Republic Commando series leads to the discovery that Palpatine secretly was using them to grow a secret army even the Jedi knew nothing about. It also explains the difference in quality and results.

The Katana Fleet:
This lost fleet of dreadnaughts will have mention in Dark Horse Comics, Clone Wars era comics.

The Chiss  home world isn’t actually encountered until Dark Nest Crisis, after the Yuuzhan Vong War but the people are seen in other stories.

Sluis Van shipyards appears again repeatedly as a point of contention in the various galactic conflicts, from Imperial to Yuuzhan Vong.

Praesitlyn Communications Center becomes the focus of a major battle starring Anakin Skywalker in Jedi Trial during the Clone Wars.

Coruscant: This center of galactic government continues to be so through all eras of books, comics and even movies that follow.

Rishi: The planet Rishi’s first appearance is in Dark Force Rising. The Essential Atlas confirms Rishi is the gateway world to the Rishi Maze, that Obi-Wan sought out in Attack of the Clones.

Wayland, the planet of the Emperor’s storehouse also appears in later stories, including Dark Horse comics ‘Legacy’.

Influence on other Media:

The Thrawn Trilogy was also adapted to comic book/graphic novel format.

Mara Jade and Thrawn both had action figures made of them and appeared in video games including Star Wars Galaxies and Dark Forces Mysteries of the Sith.

Jacen and Jaina Solo also get action figures, based on their New Jedi Order appearances.

Coruscant itself, made it into the prequel movies as the Capital of the Republic and then the Empire.

The Marg Sable Maneuver used by Thrawn appears in The Clone Wars episode ‘Storms Over Ryloth’.

The Chiss as a species have appeared in games including Jedi Knight 2, Jedi Outcast, Star Wars Galaxies, and The Old Republic. A boy of a lost group of Chiss is a Jedi padawan in the clone wars era in children’s books.

Coincidence or not:
Han & Leia’s quoted their own lines from The Empire Strikes Back as a shortcut to remind them of a past argument and acknowledge each other’s opinion. (Han: There wasn’t time to discuss it in commitee. Leia: I am NOT a commitee.) In Attack of the Clones Anakin and Padme do something similar, using the term ‘aggressive negotiations’ to bring back a pleasant reminder of their feelings for each other in the midst of the Geonosis arena.

The first time Artoo Detoo is mentioned as piloting a ship by himself is in these stories. In The Clone Wars TV Show episode: “Artoo Come Home” Artoo goes for help in Anakin Skywalker’s fighter when Anakin is trapped.


Allegiance Review

Star Wars Allegiance Book Cover Star Wars Allegiance
Timothy Zahn
sci fi/fantasy
Del Rey

Never before has the incendiary mix of action, politics, and intrigue that has become Timothy Zahn’s trademark, been more evident that in this new Star Wars epic. On the heels of the stunning events chronicled in Star Wars: A New Hope, the newly minted heroes of the Rebellion–fledgling Jedi Luke Skywalker, smuggler turned reluctant freedom-fighter Han Solo, and Princess Leia Organa, a bold leader with a world to avenge–must face the harsh realities of the cataclysmic conflict into which they have so bravely plunged. From this point forward, legends will grow, treachery will abound, and lives will be irrevocably altered, in the long, hard fight to counter the fist of tyranny and restore hope to a galaxy too long in darkness.

The destruction of the Death Star by the Rebel Alliance was a decisive blow against the Empire, but Palpatine and his monstrous enforcer, Darth Vader, are no less of a threat. The brutal extermination of Alderaan not only demonstrated the magnitude of their murderous power, but served as a chilling testament to their resolve to crush the Rebel uprising. Standing against them, Skywalker, Solo, and the Princess remain uncertain opponents. Luke is gifted and brave, but unschooled in the power he possesses. Han has doubts about waging someone else’s war–and his contentiousness is one more burden for Leia to bear as she struggles to help keep the Rebellion alive. The three have been sent to mediate a dispute between Rebel Alliance factions in Shelsha Sector–agitating matters by forcing Han to deal not only with pirates, but with his more dreaded enemy, politics. At the same time, Mara Jade–all of eighteen and years away from her fateful meeting with Luke–is serving her evil master, Palpatine, well in her role as the Emperor’s Hand: tracking suspected treachery in the Empire to what may be high places–while trying to stay out of Darth Vader’s way.

But the Rebels will prove to be only one of the Empire’s concerns. For Imperial Stormtrooper Daric LaRone, his faith in the Empire shaken by the wanton destruction of Alderaan, will commit a sudden and violent act of defiance, and take four other enforcers with him, in a desperate bid to elude their masters’ wrath.

Each of these fateful actions, whether sanctioned, secret, or scandalous, will expose brutality and corruption, spur upheavals destined to shake the Empire to its core, and shape momentous events yet to come.

Shannon McRandle as Mara Jade

Shannon McRandle as Mara Jade

My View:

The story jumps between the main trilogy heroes, Luke, Leia and Han,  Mara Jade (AKA The Emperor’s Hand), and the Imperial Stormtrooper group who find themselves on the wrong end of the Imperial Security Bureau. Forced to go rogue, the Stormtroopers name themselves the Hand of Judgement and set out to right the wrongs of corruption.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this is that its a story about trying to do the right thing for the little person, no matter how hard it is. In this respect, while Mara Jade and the rogue Stormtroopers all believe in the Empire and Emperor, they also recognize their are times corruption has set in. So in their own way, while still not turning into Rebels, they seek to help the little guy. This sets them on a collision course with each other as well as the Rebels. As it turns out…they all have the same enemy this time around.

I really enjoyed how Luke and Leia, both trying to keep a low profile, can’t resist someone in need and take action. It showed that on some level, they think alike. It’s very appropriate for twins. And how Leia is expected to keep a low profile shows a whole new side to her. Luke meanwhile has to deal with the spirit of Kenobi whispering in his ear and guiding him…which also doesn’t help with the low profile business. Their allegiance to doing the right thing by the little guy is the core of being a Jedi, whether they know it (and whether the Jedi always remembered it) or not. Han’s attitude was very much of a guy who doesn’t yet want to admit that he’s really in this, because he believes in it, as opposed to just out of friendship.

The stormtroopers were a nice change, giving face to the faceless and revealing how people honestly believed in the Empire and yet could still end up in trouble with them. And their determination to keep helping the innocent while wearing the armor is heroic. They know, eventually, what may happen when the ISB catches up. Yet they don’t blame the entire Empire for the ISB’s corruption.  They were individuals, definitely not clones, with their own preferences and quirks. Each one had to face the question of what to do when you are given orders you know are criminally wrong. Each one had to decide between loyalty to one friend who was in trouble (and in the right) and whether going along with him was worth their careers and lives. Truly, where does their Allegiance lie? With the government and citizens they are sworn to serve or with it’s corrupt leaders?

Mara Jade’s relationship with Vader gets introduced. They aren’t together much but for those who know how Palpatine groomed Anakin Skywalker, one can see how Vader might react to this girl being treated the way he once was. Of course, she doesn’t know that.  And its also clear when it comes to his passions (Luke), Vader is, to use 3PO’s term ‘not entirely stable’ emotionally. Anyone who gets in between Luke and his father, even the Emperor’s Hand, is in serious danger.

The ending was a nice twist. Just when you think you figure out the stormtroopers, one surprises you. There is also a nice tie in to The Empire Strikes Back, as we see how ‘Ozzel’ ends up under Vader and hints that he’d been given just enough noose to…well, choke himself.

Other Stories about these Characters and Places

This book ties into the sequel ‘Choices of One’.

Mara Jade was introduced in the post ROTJ book Heir to the Empire as the Emperor’s Hand. This story is set before that. She is young in this, no older than Luke, but better trained.

Other stories with Mara:

  • Choices of One
  • Sleight of Hand: The Tale of Mara Jade
  • By the Emperor’s Hand
  • First Contact (Adventure Journal/Anthology)
  • Jade Solitaire (Adventure Journal/Anthology)
  • Heir to the Empire
  • Dark Force Rising
  • The Last Command
  • Jedi Academy Trilogy
  • I, Jedi
  • Mysteries of the Sith (Video Game)
  • Ambush at Corellia
  • Assault on Selonia
  • Showdown at Centerpoint
  • Specter of the Past
  • Vision of the Future
  • Union (Dark Horse Comics)
  • Judge’s Call
  • Survivor’s Quest
  • New Jedi Order Series
  • Dark Nest Crisis Trilogy
  • Legacy of the Force Series

The character Disra, appears in:

  • Specter of the Past
  • Vision of the Future.

The way Mara is treated by the Emperor reminded me of how he treated Anakin Skywalker, in:

  • Jedi Quest, the False Peace
  • Labyrinth of Evil
  • Secrets of the Jedi
  • Attack of the Clones
  • Revenge of the Sith

In these, he acted the part of benevolent adviser to Anakin.

Luke, Leia and Han:

Dark Horse Comics

  • Empire Series
  • Rebellion Series
  • Shadows of the Empire (comic adaptation)
  • Evolution


  • Shadows of the Empire

Del Rey

  • Han Solo Trilogy (Ann Crispin)
  • Han Solo Trilogy (Brian Daley)
  • Razor’s Edge (Leia)
  • Honor Among Thieves (Han)
  • Scoundrels (Han)
  • Rebel Forces (YA)


The appear in nearly anything post Return of the Jedi









Mara Jade

Mara Jade, Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice by Karen Traviss

Mara Jade, Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice by Karen Traviss

Mara Jade’s earliest history is unknown. What is known is that she was taken as a child by the Emperor and trained to be ‘The Emperor’s Hand’. She could hear his voice from across the galaxy. Her training in using the Force allowed her to fight for Imperial justice and take down criminals as well as corrupt Imperial officials. Mara truly believed in the Empire and it’s Justice.

As the Emperor died, he reached out one last time and gave her a false message of both Luke and Vader turning on him and killing him.

After his death she fell in with Talon Karrde, a smuggler chief who began grooming her as his right hand. It was working for him that led her to a meeting with Luke Skywalker which would affect the rest of her life.

“Victims run off and hide. Prey runs off and hides. But I’m not a victim. And I’m not prey. I’m the Emperor’s Hand. I am the ultimate predator. And it’s time for Dequc and Black Nebula to die.” ―Mara during her hunt for Dequc Mara Jade, By the Emperor's Hand, Dark Horse Comics

Mara was introduced in the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn.

Featured in:

Choices of One
Mara Jade, a Night on the Town (Star Wars Tales (DH))
Sleight of Hand: The Tale of Mara Jade – from Tales of Jabba’s Palace
Mara Jade, by the Emperor’s Hand
First Contact – from Tales of the Empire
Thrawn Trilogy
-Heir to the Empire
-Dark Force Rising
-The Last Command
I, Jedi
Mysteries of the Sith (Dark Forces Jedi Knight video game expansion)
The Corellian Trilogy
Spectre of the Past/Vision of the Future Duology
Survivor’s Quest
New Jedi Order
Swarm War

Legacy of the Force, Sacrifice

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