The Crystal is the Heart of the Blade.
The Heart is the Crystal of the Jedi.
The Jedi is the Crystal of the Force.
The Force is the Blade of the Heart.
All are intertwined.
The Crystal, the Blade, the Jedi, you are one.— Luminara Unduli
Featuring the Solo Kids
The Solo twins Jacen and Jaina are born in the Thrawn trilogy. Anakin (Solo) is born in Dark Empire.
Jacen and Jaina first join the adventures as mere 2 year olds in the Jedi Academy trilogy.
Both they and Anakin take on much larger roles, while still younglings under the age of 10, in the Crystal Star and then the Corellian Trilogy.
Being the grandchildren of Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker, niece and nephews of Luke Skywalker and children of heroes, they are constantly in danger of kidnapping. Just as Anakin Skywalker, all three children have a tendency to find themselves in positions to influence Galactic events, often without realizing they are doing so.
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Long before Ann Crispin fleshed out Han Solo’s life, someone else had already explored some of his adventures.
The trilogy of books about Han Solo was by Brian Daley, who also scripted the radio drama versions of the Original Trilogy.
Han’s adventures are in the Corporate Sector, which is semi independent from the Empire. He has both Chewbacca with him and his beloved Millenium Falcon. He is free to fly, but cash poor. He is on the run from the Corporate Sector authorities who take a dim view of smugglers as well as from loan sharks.
Introduced and reappearing years later:
The Corporate Sector itself is mentioned repeatedly over the years, even in the prequel stories where they are clashing with Naboo artisans and Padme has to negotiate with them.
Badure, an instructor from the Imperial Academy Han once attended. He reappears in New Jedi Order. We also hear hints of how Han was court-martialed from the Imperial Navy over a certain wookiee. The story of Han and the Imperial Academy is expanded on by Ann Crispin’s Han Solo trilogy.
Also expanded on is why he fled to the Corporate Sector in the first place. One of his missions was to look up Doc and his Outlaw Techs, who would be mentioned in Dark Empire as being the best in the business for hot starships with owners who don’t want any questions asked.
Roa and his wife Lwyll also are expanded on as Han’s former smuggling mentor in the Ann Crispin books. Roa makes another appearance in the New Jedi Order.
The Freedom’s Sons is a throw away line in the books about a heroic group, but is used in West End Games for an organization of vigilante sorts who supported the Republic in the Clone Wars. We meet them and their leader at last in Jedi Trial fighting alongside Anakin Skywalker and Nejaa Halcyon.
Ruria, homeworld of Skynx, a fellow adventurer on one of the Falcon’s quests, is mentioned in later stories.
Bollux, the labor droid, is mentioned again when Han meets a similar droid again in New Jedi Order.
Z-95 Headhunter, this ship began here but continued to be a workhorse of a fighter, being used by the rebellion and on into the New Republic. Mara Jade has one in Jedi Academy by Kevin Anderson, Luke flies one undercover in Allegiance by Timothy Zahn. Wedge Antillies flew one in Dark Horse Comics (though the name was Z-95 it was mistakenly illustrated as an X-Wing.) According to the episode guide, it also appears in The Clone Wars TV series. It is used or mentioned in stories from the Bantam era as well as the Del Rey era, and was expanded on by West End Games
Spray / Odumin, a Corporate Sector leader, introduces his homeworld of Tynna, which comes under attack in the New Jedi Order.
Han’s encounter with Kamar insects leaves him with issues years later, when his daughter becomes involved with the killik species of insects in the Dark Nest Crisis.
Gladiator Droids as Bollux the Labor Droid was forced to face and the concept of Droid fighting reappears in Dark Horse Comics Droids Graphic Novels.
Han and Chewbacca’s issue with slavers is first revealed here, with them going head to head with slavers who try and force them to move their ‘wares’. It’s later brought up that Chewbacca was a slave, and their opinion of slavers is reinforced in both Ann Crispin’s trilogy and mentioned in the Thrawn trilogy.
The Corporate Sector’s Star’s End prison used stasis fields to keep prisoners suspended in time, long before The Empire Strikes Back used carbon freeze to do the same to Han.
Lift Tubes, elevators that use forced air instead of a moving platform to shift between floors are used Jedi Outcast, Jedi Academy
Nashtahs, hunting beasts, are mentioned in other stories. Aurra Sing, the bounty hunter in the Dark Horse Comic books was nicknamed Nashtah.
The Corporate Sector would be visited again in Agent of the Empire: Iron Eclipse (Dark Horse Comics) starring Imperial agent Jahan Cross. Han Solo and Chewie also make an appearance. This story is set during the same time period as the Han Solo Adventures.
The Truce at Bakura is the literal aftermath of the Battle of Endor and deals with the emotional and very real strategic fall outs of it. As such, its a great place to dive into the Expanded Universe.
The Truce at Bakura starts immediately after Return of the Jedi. It is literally the day after the Death Star’s destruction and our heroes are still nursing wounds. Luke is feeling the effects of the Emperor’s Force Lightning and the pain at losing his Father. Leia still has an arm injury as well as the new realization that Darth Vader was her biological father.
The Imperial’s Primary Fleet is shattered, with the best of the ships and crews (since Vader only took the best.) The Emperor and Darth Vader being dead, leaves the Empire leaderless, but not yet surrendered. In the aftermath of a hard won victory, even though word is getting out about the battle, many worlds are still under Imperial control.
When the world of Bakura sends a message for help to the now scattered Imperial fleet, the message is intercepted and self destruct averted by Wedge Antillies. Aliens are invading and the Imperial held world is desperate. So desperate that offering them aid might just win them over to the Alliance..
The Aftermath of Endor for the Heroes
In the aftermath of Emperor’s Force lightning, Luke is still in the medical ward for treatement. Then Obi-Wan’s spirit appears, warning him of terrible danger if he does not go to Bakura and deal with matters there personally. This is one of very few appearances of the Force Spirit’s in the books.
Luke is given command of a battlegroup and once more is left unable to fly with Rogue Squadron. This is a step toward passing command to Wedge in the comic immediately following: Rogue Leader. His next step up will be to General in Shadows of Mindor.
His first after the movie era female attraction is here, Gaeriel Captison. She will not be the last, but their friendship will eventually come into play in the Corellian trilogy. His questions about his family are still troubling him here.
He meets his first potential apprentice: a boy enslaved by the alien Ssi’ruuk.
Leia is still nursing a blaster wound to the arm, much more, she is nursing the shock of finding out Darth Vader is her biological father. He visits her as a Force spirit to apologize. Her confusion and deep seated anger at him is an issue she will have to confront many times in various other books. It will also make her hesitant to have a child.
Leia has reason to distrust Imperial governor’s but she finds herself making the first ever official truce between the Empire and Alliance.
Han has only just gotten to enjoy the fact that he is in love with Leia in she in love with him. Luke is no longer a threatening suitor, but he still finds himself jealous and out of step. When Luke is out of touch, Han will once again end up as leader.
R2 D2 and C3PO
Find themselves called upon to translate the Ssi Ruuk speech. While they don’t know the language, Artoo can emulate do to the whistling, tweeting sound it mimics. They also do their best to cure the Bakuran anti droid sentiment, left over from a Droid Rebellion and the Clone Wars conflict.
Faces a world largely unaccustomed to non humans. But he doesn’t let it bother him in the slightest, even when it means dealing with Imperials (without bashing heads.)
Gaeriel Captison (Imperial Bakuran Politician)
Governor Nereus (Imperial Govenor)
Pter Thanas (Imperial Officer)
Senator Orn Beldan (Rebel sympathizer Bakuran)
Ssi Ruuk (invading alien lizards)
Xwee (invading alien lizards, slave race)
Dev Sibwarra – (Force sensitive, human slave to Ssi Ruuk)
Entechment – Devices that steal a person’s Force life energy to power war machines. This is the first mention in novels of a device combining the Force with Technology.
The Clone Wars: Wild Space: mentions Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker battling Grievous here.
The Tie Fighter captured at Bakura will be used by Tycho Celchu on a recon mission to Coruscant. (X-Wing, Wedge’s Gamble)
Bakura is mentioned in Shadows of Mindor as well as several of the X-Wing series novels, and Jedi Academy trilogy.
The Corellian Trilogy sees the World of Bakura and Gaerial Captison return to the stories, an important player with their special ships that can break through gravity wells that otherwise prevent hyperspace travel.
Bakura is mentioned as temporarily being a member of the New Republic in Black Fleet Crisis.
The New Jedi Order sees Bakura come under the influence of the Peace Brigade, collaborators with the Yuuzhan Vong.
Luke Skywalker’s white shipboard outfit matches that shown in the Classic Marvel Comic book series.
Han’s black uniform with silver trim matches the one he used to infiltrate Star’s End, in Han Solo at Star’s End by Brian Daley.
specifically calls the Alliance at this stage, before an official New Republic is formed, the Alliance of Free Planets, just as the Classic Marvel Comic Books and Dark Force Comics Vandelhelm Mission.
It also lists the Doctor serving under Govenor Nereus as being the same woman who served under Captain-Supervisor Grammel during Luke and Leia’s escape from him on Mimban. (Splinter of the Mind’s Eye)
It also reveals discussions that the Alliance should classify the Bakuran incident, for fear Imperials who discovered more about it would try and attack the ssiruuk and steal the entechment weapons technology. This gives an early explanation why the incident itself is rarely mentioned in other stories.
Luke’s feeling of Pter Thanas future is revealed to be from a vision in the sourcebook. This vision (and the future) is confirmed in the Corellian Trilogy.
Dark Horse’s Clone Wars era comics reveal that Dooku had a base on Bakura, where he was encountered by Jedi Sora Bulq and Tholme.
The Clone Wars video game has the Force Harvester used here.
Bakura is used in the Empire at War , Rogue Squadron III and Rebellion video games.
Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy video game, the player as Jaden Korr has to prevent the Imperials from blowing up a power station on Bakura.