Tales of the Jedi impact on Continuity

Tales of the Jedi is one of the biggest tie-ins to the Expanded Universe. The Dark Horse Comics story was later subtitled ‘Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic’ and was followed three sequels arcs: Dark Lords of the Sith,  The Sith War and Redemption. It also had a prequel, Golden Age of the Sith and the Fall of the Sith Empire.

The first Dark Horse comic released was Dark Empire, which mentions in the narrative the events that will be told in the Tales of the Jedi series.

But lets start in chronological (in universe) order: (warning: here there be spoilers!)

Star Wars Tales of the Jedi Golden Age of the Sith

Star Wars Tales of the Jedi Golden Age of the Sith

We have Golden Age of the Sith and Fall of the Sith Empire which tell how Naga Sadow attacks the Ancient Old Republic on when they are discovered by a pair of desperate Hyperspace Explorers, Gav and Jori Daragon. He is resisted by Empress Teta of the Koros system.

Tales of the Jedi Golden Age of the Sith and Fall of the Sith Empire Introduced:

  • Sith Lord Marka Ragnos
  • Sith Lord Naga Sadow
  • Sith Lord Ludo Kressh
  • Empress Teta and Koros system (which will become Empress Teta system)
  • Odan Urr, Jedi
  • Celegians (species)
  • Sith Species
  • Massassi as a sub species.
  • Korriban – planet (first in universe reference)
  • Ziost – planet
  • Solar Sailor starships
  • Crosscurrent by Paul Kemp begins during Naga Sadow’s attack.  The Sith ship called the Harbinger, due to Jedi sabotage, has a hyperspace mishap that lands them in the New Jedi Order era. The ship was to meet Naga Sadow’s forces.

    Lost Tribe of the Sith by John Jackson Miller is involved in the same events as Crosscurrent. The Sith ship Omen, collides with Harbinger as they are heading for Hyperspace and crash lands on Kesh. The descendents remain there until the New Jedi Order era. Ludo Kressh was one of the mentioned Sith Lords, the ship was to meet with Naga Sadow’s forces.

    Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic – Redemption eras Introduced:

    • Jedi Uliq Qel Droma
    • Jedi Cay Qel Droma
    • Jedi Tott Doneeta
    • Jedi Master Arca
    • Jedi Oss Willum
    • Jedi Nomi Sunrider
    • Jedi Vima Sunrider
    • Jedi Master Thon
    • Jedi Sylvar
    • Jedi Crado
    • Jedi Vodo Sioskk Bas
    • Jedi Ood Bnar
    • Jedi / Sith Exar Kun
    • Alema and Satal Keto, heirs to Teta and Sith followers
    • Freedon Nadd (Sith spirit)
    • Planet Onderon and moon Dxun, City of Iziz,
    • Ambria – dark side world
    • Ossus – Jedi library
    • beast riders
    • Mandalore culture
    • Rhen Var

     

    Tales of the Jedi had a huge impact on the Legends Expanded Universe

    Tales of the Jedi history and worlds will be referenced all the way up until the last stories of the timeline.

    Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic introduces Uliq Qel Droma, his brother Cay, Tott Doneeta, Arca, the planet of Onderon and it’s moon of Dxun, the city of Iziz, Freedon Nadd and their conflict. It’s other part entails Nomi Sunrider losing her husband and with her daughter Vima, traveling to be trained by Master Thon as a Jedi.

    Tales of the Jedi: Freedon Nadd Uprising.  In this the victory against Freedon Nadd supporters of Iziz gets set back by their retaliation. Ultimately though the remains are entombed on Dxun.

    Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith:  Heir to Empress Teta are now dabbling in the Dark Side and pay a visit to Iziz, gaining Sith knowledge just before its locked down. Meanwhile Exar Kun, is resisting his Jedi Master’s teachings and goes hunting knowledge there. The Tetan heirs wage war on the Republic, with Uliq receiving an unhealing Dark side infused wound and many Jedi falling in a sneak attack. Meanwhile Kun follows what he finds in Freedon Nadd’s tomb to Korriban (first mention of the Sith homeworld), then Yavin 4 and finally becomes a full Sith Lord. Uliq’s attempts to conquer the Dark Side from within by pretending to join Alema and Satal, the Tetan heirs, ends in his fall to the Dark side. Jedi Cathar Sylvar, Crado are introduced as well as Vodo Siosk Baas.

    Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War:  How Exar Kun led so many Jedi to the Dark Side is told here, the fall of the great Jedi world of Ossus,  Uliq’s conquering of the Mandalore and winning their allegiance and how he finally turned away from the Dark side and Exar Kun was stopped are here. Ood Bnar makes an appearance. Odan Urr dies.

    Tales of the Jedi: Redemption: How Vima Sunrider seeks out Uliq to train her, as he is hiding on Rhen Var trying to forget his past and be forgotten. Sylvar also is at a crossroads, filled with rage over

    ShadowsandLight

    Shadows and Light starred Duron Qel-Droma

    Shadows and Light: Dark Horse Comics Tales. This is one of the few stories in Tales that fits with EU canon. Duron Qel Droma is related to Uliq and Cay. His quest for the left over monsters of the Sith War and his love for a fellow Jedi are the basis of the story.

    Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic reveals Exar Kun's lightsaber

    Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic reveals Exar Kun’s lightsaber and other Tales of the Jedi trivia

    Knights of the Old Republic by John Jackson Miller, the Dark Horse comic book series inspired by the games, follows the adventures of Jedi Padawan from Taris, Zayne Carrik. He is framed for murder. Among these adventures he encounters weapons and items left over from the great Sith War, such as Exar Kun’s lightsaber. Part of his troubles arise from a Jedi Covenant which arose specifically to prevent the return of the Sith, by those traumatized by Exar Kun and his followers.

    Knights of the Old Republic

    Knights of the Old Republic: Jolee Bindo remembers the Sith War and Nomi Sunrider

    Knights of the Old Republic Lucasarts game
    The Mandalorean war with the Republic was ended by Jedi heroes Revan and Malek. But they went against the Jedi Council to do it and have now returned as Dark Lords of the Sith. As the player pieces together the secrets of his lost past, the mission to find Malek includes meeting Jolee Bindo who talks about the Great Sith War. Initially Vima Sunrider was to be a part of this, but was changed to Bastila Shan due to trademark issues with the name Sunrider. In game discoveries include gear that belonged to the heroes. Worlds visited include Taris (first intro) and Korriban where you explore the Tales of the Jedi Sith Lor’ds tombs.

    Knights of the Old Republic 2

    KOTOR 2 visits the world of Onderon, moon of Dxun and Telos.

    Knights of the Old Republic 2 the game
    The Exile was a Jedi who served as general alongside Revan and Malek. She returned to face the Council judgement and did not join the Sith. However she loses her powers and in her quest to regain them finds someone has been stalking and killing the Jedi. The fallout of what became known as the Jedi Civil War (Malek and Revan vs the Jedi) has left the galaxy untrusting of the Jedi. Among the missions here one visits Dxun and Onderon, where the Great City of Iziz still thrives with comparative peace between beast riders and the city inhabitants. The Queen is Talia, descendent of Galia who helped the Jedi overthrow her parents, who worshipped Freedon Nadd. Telos, a world badly damaged in the war, and even Korriban itself are other locations.

    Star Wars the Old Republic

    Star Wars the Old Republic had many nods to the Legendary Expanded Universe, especially Tales of the Jedi

    Star Wars The Old Republic the game

    Places like Carrick Station and fleet ships names tend to be nods to other eras. Korriban and Ziost is a playable world on the visit list. Nomi and Arca of Tales of the Jedi are among the Noetikon Masters.You visit the tombs of Naga Sadow. Many datacrons are full of info straight out of the Tales of the Jedi comics and the server names too, refer to other stories. .

    Star Wars The Old Republic: Annihilation by Drew Karpyshyn has SIS agent Theron Shan (who also appears in game) visit Ziost to steal a black cipher.

    Darth Bane: Path of Destruction, Rule of Two, and Dynasty of Evil all have visits to Ambria, home base of Jedi Master Thon in Tales of the Jedi.

    Attack of the Clones: Dooku’s solar sailer is similar to the ones in Tales of the Jedi: Golden Age of the Sith.

    Clone Wars 2002 references Tales of the Jedi

    Clone Wars 2002 game has Tales of the Jedi’s Uliq Qel Droma’s spirit guide Anakin Skywalker to fight an ancient Sith weapon

    Clone Wars (2002 game) Among the missions to stop the Separatists and Dooku, one finds he is on Raxus Prime looking for components of the Dark Reaper and Force Harvester, a weapon that harvests the Force. The trail leads to Rhen Var and the spirit of Uliq Qel Droma, who instructs Anakin in how to defeat the machine without being consumed by it.

    Dark Empire has Leia discover the story of Uliq's fall in Tales of the Jedi

    Dark Empire has Leia discover the story of Uliq’s fall in Tales of the Jedi

    Dark Empire, Dark Empire 2, Empire’s End: When Leia Organa Solo steals a holocron from the clone emperor, it warns her that those who try and defeat the Dark side from within ways fall. It tells the tale of Uliq. Also Vima Da Boda is said to be descendant of Vima Sunrider. They also end up visiting Iziz.

    Jedi Academy by Kevin J. Anderson Luke Skywalker's first students have a run in with the spirit of Tales of the Jedi's Sith Exar Kun.

    In Jedi Academy, Luke Skywalker’s first students have a run in with the spirit of Tales of the Jedi’s Sith Exar Kun.

    Jedi Academy trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson: Luke Skywalker opens a Jedi training academy on Yavin 4, awakening the trapped spirit of the Sith Exar Kun. The students unite to defeat him.

    In Jedi Academy we find that millenia later, Sith Lord Marka Ragnos of the Golden Age still has followers.

    In Jedi Academy we find that millenia later, Sith Lord Marka Ragnos of the Golden Age still has followers.

    Jedi Academy the game: Jaden Korr, apprentice to Kyle Katarn, helps track down the disciples of ancient Sith Marka Ragnos from Golden Age of the Sith. They are using similar technology to the Force Harvester but on a much smaller scale.

    Junior Jedi Knights the Golden Globe we seen a device left by Exar Kun during Tales of the Jedi

    Junior Jedi Knights the Golden Globe we seen a device left by Exar Kun during Tales of the Jedi

    Junior Jedi Knights: The Golden Globe: by Nancy Richardson Young Anakin Solo and his friend Tahiri find a powerful Sith artifact containing the spirits of Massassi children, held prisoner since the time of Exar Kun.

    Young Jedi Knights Lightsabers the Solo kids are told the story of Nomi from Tales of the Jedi

    Young Jedi Knights Lightsabers the Solo kids are told the story of Nomi from Tales of the Jedi

    Young Jedi Knights: Lightsabers by Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta, A traumatic lightsaber accident causes Jaina and Jacen Solo with their friends to doubt their abilities. Jedi historian Tionne gives them a lesson of Nomi Sunrider’s struggles with the same issue.

    Legacy of the Force: Exile by Aaron Allston and Sacrifice by Karen Traviss has Ben Skywalker visit Ziost on a mission.

    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.

     

     

    Tales of the Jedi and it’s Continuity Influence

    The Tales of the Jedi had a ripple affect on the Star Wars galaxy, particularly after the Return of the Jedi era.

    Tales of the Jedi was a comic book series featuring the adventures of Jedi living 4000 years before the time of Luke Skywalker.

    The series included :

    • Golden Age of the Sith –
    • Fall of the Sith Empire –
    • Knights of the Republic (first version and first of the series released, originally only as Tales of the Jedi)
    • Dark Lords of the Sith
    • The Sith War
    • Redempion

    It was far enough in the past that any differences between the Jedi of that era and the Jedi of the not yet written Prequels would be easily explained.

    The chief characters often featured frequently:

    Naga Sadow
    Empress Teta
    Nomi Sunrider,
    Uliq Qel Droma,
    Exar Kun.
    Satal Keto
    Aleema Keto
    Vima Sunrider

    Synopsis:

    Naga Sadow’s era of the Sith Empire saw Republic explorers blunder into Sith space, unwittingly revealing the Republic’s whereabouts. Ultimately, Empress Teta, with the aid of the regretful explorers, and the Jedi, defeats them. Sadow retreats only to find other Sith have turned against him and force him to flee to the Yavin 4 moon.  AKA in movie terms: the Rebel Base from A New Hope.

    A few human generations later, Empress Teta’s descendents, Satal and Aleema Keto dabble in Sith magic, which leads them to Onderon. There, the Jedi are fighting to end the rule of Freedon Nadd, long dead Sith, whose descendents still battle those who want peace. Escaping with a Sith Amulet, their actions eventually lead to the deaths of some of those Jedi. Feeling it’s his duty as the apprentice to a fallen Master and watchman of the Onderon system, Uliq Qel Droma, goes undercover to defeat them. Uliq’s anger and Sith poison soon lead him into the Sith as well.

    Meanwhile elsewhere another Jedi has gone through Onderon, seeking forbidden knowledge and found it on Korriban, home of the Sith and Yavin 4.

    Joining forces the too lead a war on the Republic. Ulic brings the Mandalorians he bested and we see an ancient view of the warring culture and their mighty war droid ships. These later are mentioned in Knights of the Old Republic era video games and stories. Tricking his fellow Jedi, Exar Kun seduces fellow apprentices into the dark side.

    The Jedi lose many masters, and their great library of Ossus. Nomi Sunrider reveals the power she was taught to strip a dark side user of the Force, something she unleashes on Uliq. And Exar Kun is cornered on Yavin 4.

    Ultimately Uliq, regretful and powerless, is alone on Rhen Var when Vima Sunrider, daughter of Nomi, comes to  him wanting him to train her. Through her, he finds redemption.

    The After Effects:

    The planet Korriban is used in Jedi Quest, and some of the Sith traps are shown.

    The next mention of these characters is in Dark Empire set 6 years after ROTJ, when Leia Organa Solo encounters Vima Da Boda, descendent of Vima Sunrider. This same character was mentioned but not named in Han Solo and the Hutt Gambit.  Leia also got a hold of a Jedi holocron, which revealed the stories from Tales of the Jedi and the lessons they learned. Also the planet Onderon makes an appearance.

    I Jedi

    I, Jedi, ties into Jedi Academy, telling of the battle with Exar Kun from one Jedi’s point of view.

    Then came the Jedi Academy trilogy and I, Jedi. Exar Kun’s original defeat at Yavin 4 had left his body dead but his spirit alive and trapped, to awaken when Luke began training a new order of Jedi. The Jedi also learned more of his history from then holocron.

    In addition, Exar Kun’s connection tied in to ‘Classic Star Wars’ written long before, suggesting that the mutated creature that attacked the Rebels during their stay, was left in hibernation during that time.

    Exar Kun’s influence would be in affect for years to come, due to how he twisted Kyp Durron to do his will, leading to the massive destruction and there after affecting the views by the people and government of the dangers involved with the Jedi’s return.

    The Tales of the Jedi characters and what they learned would again be mentioned in Young Jedi Order, specifically in ‘Lightsabers’ when Tionne, the historian, used the lessons to instruct the students.

    Junior Jedi Knights continued this by opening with an adventure involving a left over trap Exar Kun left that held the spirits of the Massassi natives children.

    In ‘Crimson Empire 3’  Vima Da Boda appears to have finally joined up with Luke’s Order as she shows up on Yavin 4.

    After the New Jedi Order and the war with the Yuuzhan Vong, the Jedi once more moved their training facilities to Ossus. This is first mentioned in Swarm Wars, the Dark Nest Trilogy.
    The Tales of the Jedi helped form the very basis of the Jedi Order that Luke created, in addition to his own training under Yoda and Obi-Wan.

    The Lost Tribes of the Sith, which shows up in ‘Crosscurrent’ as well as in the series of short stories and in Fate of the Jedi are from the Great Hyperspace War in Tales of the Jedi.  One group has crashed on a primitive world, another was caught in an damaged hyperspace bubble, just barely at light speed and dropped out in the era of the Luke Skywalker’s New Jedi.

    Affects on Non Print Media:

    The double bladed lightsaber Darth Maul possessed in The Phantom Menace was inspired by Exar Kun, the first Jedi / Sith character shown to use the double blade.

    In Attack of the Clones, the Solar Sailor ship that Count Dooku uses strongly resembles the designs of ships from the Tales of the Jedi Comics.

    In Revenge of the Sith, a bas relief of the ancient battle between Jedi and Sith was used in Palpatine’s office.
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    Onderon and Dxun

    Tales of the Jedi introduces the planet Onderon and it’s moon.

     

    The Clone Wars TV show used the planet Onderon  as a site with a puppet government in charge, leader imprisoned, and the Jedi knights including Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano, training a core group of rebels to take back their planet from the Separatists.

    Ahsoka helps Lux train rebels on his home world of Onderon

    Ahsoka helps Lux train rebels on his home world of Onderon

    It has also affected the games, as Uliq Qel Droma appears to Anakin in one variation of Star Wars the Clone Wars video game and shows him how to defeat the Force harvester weapon left over from his era, and which Dooku has found and is unleashing.

    In Knights of the Old Republic video games, the double bladed lightsaber Exar Kun used has one of the main characters, Bastila Shan using it. The Characters also visit Korriban, home of the Sith, and some of the same Sith are mentioned as being in the tombs, for instance, the death of Marka Ragnos starts the Golden Age of the Sith and the tomb is one that needs to be entered.

    Tenel Ka

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

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

    Jedi, Princess and then Queen of Hapes. Her father is Prince Isolder of Hapes, her mother, Tenenial Djo of the Singing Mountain Clan on Dathomir.

    Tenel Ka is strong, fiercely independent but also loyal and brave. Her closest friends were Jacen and Jaina Solo, and Lowbacca. She lost an arm in a training accident but resisted taking a prosthetic and instead was able to use her one arm to and creativity to perform tasks and maintain her skill at combat and athletics.

    Tenel Ka prefers her Dathomiri heritage, as her Hapan heritage is full of back stabbing and assassination attempts. However, she does put the welfare of her people, both of her peoples, above her own.

    Tenek Ka defended the New Republic against the Shadow Academy, Diversity Alliance and the last Black Sun plot. She also has had to prevent numerous assassination attempts against her own family: the royal family of Hapan. She  sacrificed much in the war against the Yuuzhan Vong as did her people. She has one daughter, Allana.

    Spoiler for New Jedi Order
    Spoiler for Legacy of the Force

     

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