Kyle Katarn

Kyle Katarn’s Claim to Fame as the man who stole the First Death Star Plans.

Kyle Katarn with Bryar Pistol

Katarn in Dark Forces 2, Jedi Knight

The beginnings of Kyle Katarn.

Kyle Katarn is a farmer’s son who only went to the Carida imperial Academy for the educational opportunities. He had no idea his father was head of a local Alliance Resistance cell. His life turned upside down when he was told the Alliance murdered his Father. It turned upside down again when he ran into Jan Ors for the second time after his Cadet leader graduation mission, where he went against a Rebel communication center. She proved that his beloved father was murdered by the Empire. And so a Rebel was born.

His first missions include stealing the first Death Star plans from Danuta. He then investigated a secret Imperial project, Dark Troopers, that started out wiping out a Rebel Base. He broke Crix Madine out of an Imperial Prison and even fought Boba Fett on Nar Shaddaa. He also met up with Rianna Saren, who stole an updated set of the Death Star plans.

Opinions:

While some on Wookieepedia see the physical difference between Kyle having a beard in the Soldier for the Empire book and the video game Dark Forces to be a conflict, I don’t. His escape from the Empire alongside Jan Ors had the side effect of a dead Imperial Governor, and even in Soldier for the Empire it’s revealed that news of his defection has spread among his graduating class. It makes sense that he would grow or even wear a fake beard when going straight into an Imperial base when news of his defection is on the holonet and so recent.

Source:

  • Soldier for the Empire (Novella and audiodrama)
  • Dark Forces (Lucasarts)
  • Lethal Alliance (Lucasarts)

Continuity:

  • Nar Shaddaa, where he fights Boba Fett, again appears in Jedi Knight, Jedi Academy, Han Solo Trilogy by Ann Crispin, Star Wars The Old Republic, and various prequel era Dark Horse Comics.
  • Carida is the place Han Solo went to the Academy and was destroyed in Jedi Academy Trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson, and mentioned in detail in Han Solo Trilogy by Ann Crispin.
Rebel Agent Novella

Dark Forces, Rebel Agent cover art.

Kyle Katarn’s Destiny is the Force

After the death of the Empire, its revealed that while working for the Alliance he still considered himself an independent agent. He was trying to track down who, exactly was responsible for his Father’s death. This led to the revelation of the Spirit of the Jedi, Rahn. The Dark Jedi who killed Morgan Katarn is now seeking the location of the Valley of the Jedi, a place of great power. Morgan took the knowledge of its location to his death and now, a race is on to find the message he left for Kyle to find it. Kyle finds himself learning to be a Jedi on the fly as he pursues the map and finds the lightsaber his Father ’s friend Rahn left him. One at a time, or occasionally two at a time he took on Jerec’s dark Jedi crew and his Imperial troops, until it was Kyle against Jerec to save the Valley of Jedi and free the Jedi spirits trapped there.

Source:

  • Rebel Agent (Novella and audiodrama)
  • Jedi Knight (Novella and audiodrama)
  • Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight (Lucasarts)

Continuity:

  • Jerec also makes an appearance in the Galaxy of Fears YA series : Spore.
  • Ruusan and the Valley of the Jedi, as well as how the Valley gained its power, are shown in the Darth Bane series novels and Jedi VS Sith story arc by Dark Horse comics.

 

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Mara Jade in Mysteries of the Sith, seeks to save Kyle Katarn

Kyle Katarn Discovers Dromund Kaas!

Katarn joined forces with Mara Jade for a time. During this he was led to Dromund Kaas where the intense Dark Side presence drew him to the Dark Side. Mara however, successfully found and drew him back to the light. This rattled his confidence though and led him to turn in his lightsaber over to Luke Skywalker.

Source:

  • Jedi Knight 2 Mysteries of the Sith (Lucasarts Expansion)

Continuity:

  • Dromund Kaas also appears in Legacy of the Force, Fate of the Jedi series and is a playable planet in Star Wars the Old Republic.
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Kyle Katarn and Jan Ors begin their mission in Jedi Outcast

 The Force Reclaims Kyle Katarn

The Force wasn’t through with Katarn. He and Jan Ors discovered the Empire using crystals and experimenting on creating Force sensitivity in their droids and people. Driven to pick up his lightaber again, Kyle would end up in  showdown with a fallen Jedi, Dasaan, who had attended Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Academy.

  • Source:
    Jedi Knight: Jedi Outcast (Lucasarts)

Continuity:

  • Luke’s Jedi Academy on Yavin 4 was established in the Jedi Academy Trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson. It also is the location of much of the Young Jedi Knight and Junior Jedi Knight series.
  • Katarn went on to train Jedi apprentices, including Jaden Korr and Rosh Penin.

Source:

  • Jedi Academy (Lucasarts)
  • Crosscurrent by Paul S. Kemp
  • Riptide by Paul S. Kemp

Kyle Katarn in the New Jedi Order era.

Kyle went on to become the Jedi Battlemaster, fighting and surviving the Yuuzhan Vong war along with Jan Ors. He was on the Jedi Council during the crisis with Darth Caedus and fought him personally. He also was involved with the conflict with Daala during the Fate of the Jedi era.

  • Star Wars Tales 21: Equals & Opposites
  • Dark Nest Series
  • Legacy of the Force Series
  • Fate of the Jedi Series

Character Growth:

Over the course of his stories, Kyle starts out as angry and cynical. The murder of his Father left a mark and his life as an agent of Rebellion pretty much is about revenge. He isn’t entirely trusted, partly as a former Imperial and partly because he’s so much a free agent they don’t trust him to put the rebellion’s needs before his own.

As he learns about being a Jedi he is still keeping much to himself, in spite of his close working relationship with Jan Ors, who continuously saves him from trouble by backing him up even without knowing what his is doing or where he is doing it. In spite of some mistakes, he finally succeeds in defeating Jerec in a way that doesn’t send him spiraling into the Dark Side.

Kyle is still a lone wolf though at this point. A Jedi Academy exists but he is apart from it, teaming up at most with Mara Jade. Overconfident and going alone against the likes of the Sith world Dromund Kaas, his fall causes him to doubt himself, even though he is redeemed.

At last though a mission comes up, once more with Jan Ors, that brings him full circle. Once more the Empire is in pursuit of a way to use the Force against the New Republic. Only this time Jan is the one who gets hurt. Kyle is furious at her loss and desperate to track down who his responsible, someone who clearly can use the Force. Once more he returns to the Valley of the Jedi, using a shortcut to regain the power he is out of practice using. Kyle’s fury now is bypassed on finding Jan might be alive. But in the end there still is a showdown. Confidence regained, Katarn now shows himself a Jedi.

Now Katarn is ready to move on and become a full member of the Jedi, helping train others in hope (not always successful) that they will not make his mistakes. He doesn’t much go for the formal approach but cares about his students. Eventually he is on the Jedi Council and a full Master of the Order.

It’s an impressive character arc given that the vast majority of it is in video games. His wit in them stands out an anyone playing his character can appreciate those moments he wise cracks. “Not another thing to fall from!”  comes after many missions where sure enough, one may steer him over a cliff in spite of best efforts.  “Your joking right?” is another of his signature lines.

One of the great virtues of Kyle Katarn as that as a game character he has so much personality and character growth, yet the player is invested in him and in his mission. We get the opportunity to steal the Death Star Plans, and the missions only gets more amazing from there, taking on the Empire, Boba Fett, becoming a Jedi Knight, fighting the Dark Side and on into becoming one of his students.

Star Wars Sourcebook Review

star-wars-sourcebookThe Star Wars Sourcebook by West End Games even predates Heir to the Empire. merchandise, the first new companies to put out new products. It came out in 1987. Coming out even before Heir to the Empire, let alone the prequels, there were a lot of unknowns.

Some might assume the later works are contradictory. But that’s not really true. In fact, most of the later works are built on the inventions created by these West End Games Role Playing Games sources. One of the biggest advantages to countering contradictions is that they are written from an in universe perspective. That means one can expect limitations based on what the character writing knew.

Characters.

Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda all have a brief biography. According to the book, they are excerpt from the Official History of the Rebellion, Volume One by Arhul Hextrophon. The author served as secretary to Mon Mothma.  According to the excerpts the information comes from interviews with Obi-Wan, Yoda, Bail Organa and Luke Skywalker.  Boba Fett’s information is based on whatever vague sources they can find and they admit being unsure about some of it.  Here’s an obvious loophole: if you see a contradiction, the information is clearly presented as coming from people who had a vested interest in keeping the whole thing quiet. None of them are going to come out and admit Darth Vader was Anakin Skywalker.  None are going to blare out to the galaxy anything that could reveal a truth that might endanger Luke or Leia.

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Mon Mothma and friends discuss what to do about Palpatine’s refusal to call for peace and taking more power.

Mon Mothma, is an example of the prequels drawing from the Expanded Universe. The character who first appears in Return of the Jedi, also has scenes in the novelization of Revenge of the Sith based on scenes cut from the movie. In these scenes the sourcebook revelations are confirmed, that she distrusted Palpatine and was debating with other Senators – including not only Bail Organa, but Padme – what to do about it. Various books and comics reveal that the events involving the changes Palpatine made to the Republic preparatory of making a new Empire and include her in them.

Boba Fett.

Boba Fett’s account is based on research and in itself admits a lot of emotions. The most out of step element might be the description that his armor is from the Mandaloreans defeated by the Jedi in the Clone wars.  This is one of those things Filoni, more than anyone blew up by altering it in the cartoon (for no reason). However the Expanded universe is consistent: the Mandaloreans hired out as mercenaries and cared little about sides at the time. Some were hired by Jango Fett to help train the clones (and being a Mando he is one defeated at the opening of the clone wars.) All the way from Tales of the Jedi to The Old Republic the Mandaloreans have gone to war with the Republic, leading to the Knights of the Old Republic 1 & 2 backstory that Revan was the leader of the Jedi against the Mandaloreans and that it was when he returned from that war he turned to the Dark Side.

Seggor Tels

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Quarren Isolationist join the Separatists against the Republic & Mon Cals in Clone Wars by
Genndy Tartakovsky

The Quarren Seggor Tels apparently brought the shields down on Dac/Mon Calamari to allow the invasion of the Empire. He also talks about how Ackbar and his Council welcomed the visitors from the stars and his regrets. He indicates the Mon Calamari wanted to share things out in the galaxy but his people, the Quarren, did not want that.

Given that all the way back in the Old Republic game, people might assume its a contradiction.  But  by the era of Knight Errant by John Jackson Miller and the Darth Bane era vast stretches of the galaxy had been cut off from the Republic by war. Dac/Mon Calamari is far enough from the core that it likely would be among those cut off.

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The Mon Calamari fought back. Here 2 use their eel-like steeds to smash a Separatist droid.

What about the fact that they are already in the Republic by the Empire’s arrival if Ackbar was involved in getting them back to the stars? Well given that they never gave a first name that leaves plenty of room. Ackbar is a family name. Admiral Ackbar is Gial Ackbar, his niece was Jesmin Ackbar, who later joined Wedge Antillies Wraith Squadron. Those who welcomed the Republic back to their world might well have been related to him. But it isn’t specified. And even the future Admiral Ackbar, being on a world far from the Core, may well not have known that the new Empire which claimed to stand for security meant to subjugate non human species.

Kit Fisto and the Grand Army of the Republic

Jedi Kit Fisto and the Grand Army of the Republic come to the aid of the Mon Calamari. Remember, this is the same Republic that became an Empire RESCUING the Mon Calamari.

Seggor Tel’s account is a memory. A journal entry, and it’s a single person account. Given that the Republic did come become the Empire that isn’t really much of a leap.

Details such as starships often may seem contradicted. What appears to be an A Wing is in the Droids cartoon, set long before its said to be invented. This was later explained to be the A Wings predecessor, which makes sense in the same way Z-95 and Arc 170s are also predecessors to X-Wings and look similar in design.

Customs and details about species are so common place in the Expanded Universe  now we often forget this is where they began: that twilek  use their lekku (head tails) for communication, or the wookiee’s honor code.

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Jedi Tott Doneeta leads twileks thru a heatstorm on Ryloth. The culture came from the Star Wars Sourcebook.

Twileks:

The Bright Lands and the environment, the cunning of the twileks, the head clans with 5 members are confirmed in:
 X-Wing: Rogue Squadron books & comics, 
Tales of the Jedi: Redemption and more.

Wookiees:

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Knights of the Old Republic takes you into the dangers of wookiee homeworld Kashyyyk’s depths.

The wookiee ecology of the tall trees with the it growing more dangerous as you go down.
This is used and confirmed in:
 KOTOR (game), 
Young Jedi Knights,
 Heir to the Empire,
 the Chewbacca tribute,
Legacy of the Force,  
the Han Solo trilogy by Ann Crispin and 
Chewbacca and the Slavers of the Shadowlands and more. The wookiee honor code is mentioned in many places regarding Chewbacca especially. It has a lot of fleshing out in the Han Solo trilogy by Ann Crispin.

Ithorians:

The Ithorian people and their reverence for mother jungle, their herdships, their devotion to plant life and harmony of the ecology, all appears in later stories.:
Tales of Mos Eisley names Momaw Nadon as a priest that was forced into exile, forced to choose between the destruction of the Ithorian jungle and giving up secrets of their genetic manipulation he was sworn to protect.
In Galaxy of Fear: Spore, we meet his mate and visit Ithor, where it is confirmed that the Ithorians  do not visit or allow anyone to visit the surface of the planet.
In Children of the Jedi Leia and Han visit the herdships with their 3 children.
In the New Jedi Order:Dark Tide II  Ithor is an important player and has a major role.

The Jawas and their natures:

Jawas and the fact that trading and scavenging is basically their whole culture:
Tales of Mos Eisley
Jedi Academy (game)
The Old Republic (game)

Quarren and Mon Calamari:

The quarren and their disagreement of and with the mon cal also appears in:
Clone Wars (Microseries)

Ewoks:
their worship of the trees and other details appear in:

Ewok cartoons
Ewok Adventures AKA Caravan of Courage
Ewoks: the Battle for Endor
Shadows of Endor
Illustrated Star Wars Universe

Gamorrean Culture of males and females:

Murder in Slushtime
Children of the Jedi

Sullustans and their living in caves:


Medstar 1 and 2 (Den Dhur)

Young Jedi Knights

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

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    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.

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    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.

    Star Wars Women of the Old Republic

    Just in Time for Woman’s History month, a celebration of some of the  strong women in Star Wars Old Republic era.

    From the most ancient of times before the Republic to its very end before it became the Galactic Empire, brave woman have stood up for their beliefs and supported others. These are some of them, heroes, villains and the fringe types that live in between.

    Lanoree Brock

    Lanoree BrockThis Je’daii Ranger of the ancient era lived before the division before war with light and dark caused the order to remade as the Jedi. Her metal sword and ship were her closest friends. Fighting, negotiating and traveling the Tython system, nothing challenged her more than facing her own brother, who  was so determined to escape the Tython system their ancestors had been trapped in that he endangered the system.
    Introduced: Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void by
    Timing: ancient era, pre Republic
    Allegiance: Jedaii

    Shae Koda

    shae kodaTython Je’daii journeyer she fought the Rakatan empire when it invaded Tython and dared fall for the Force Hound Xesh. She helped draw him back the the light when he despaired, remembering his enslavement.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Dawn of the Jedi
    Timing: ancient era, pre Republic
    Allegiance: Jedaii

    Tasha Ryo

    Tasha_RyoTwilek Je’daii journeyer, her skill was in telekinesis and force seeing.  Her mother was Jedaii, her cousin was too. She balanced duty the Order with dealing with a criminal father.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Dawn of the Jedi
    Timing: ancient era, pre Republic
    Allegiance: Jedaii

    Trill

    trillThis female force hound was very close to Xesh when they grew up, but their Rakatan Masters forced betrayal on them.  Hating Xesh and furious that he bested her in battle, it was she who first sensed Tython and its Jedaii.  When Xesh went missing there, she pursued him, blending in with the natives and seeming to help against the Rakata. She still served the Rakata however and reported all she learned to them.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Dawn of the Jedi
    Timing: ancient era, pre Republic
    Allegiance: Infinite Empire

     

    Star Wars Women of the Old Republic

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

    Nomi Da Boda AKA Sunrider

    A simple wife of a Jedi with a daughter, until her husband was murdered. Hearing her husband’s spirit she picked up the lightsaber and slew his killers before they could harm her or their daughter. She then trained under the Jedi master she sought and became one of the most powerful Jedi and a leader of her age. She fought in the Great Sith War. Nomi also lent her wisdom and appearance to a hologram in one of the Jedi Noetikons, a special kind of holocron meant to interact with other Noetikons to form a group of their very wisest and greatest Jedi Masters.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic – Sith War era
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic

    Vima Sunrider

    vima-totj-redemptionThe daughter of Andur and Nomi, she was raised among the Jedi.  Her mother being so busy with Jedi business, this impatiant young Jedi would be the one who sought the fallen Uliq Qel Droma and drew him all the way back into the light.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic – Sith War/post Sith War
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic

    Sylvar

    Sylvar-warrior-Tales of the JediThe cathar Jedi was apprentice to Vodo Siosk Baas and fought against Exar Kun. She was suspicious of Exar Kun’s motives even when they trained together and very disturbed by his apparent bias against all non humans (odd, given his Master was not human). She stood up against her mate Crado when he chose to follow Kun. Her people were so proud of her they held parades and created monuments in her honor. She bore a grudge for many years against those involved with Crado’s fall to the Dark Side who were involved with Exar Kun, until she faced the redeemed Uliq Qel Droma.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic – Sith War/post Sith War
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic

    Jori Daragon

    jori-daragon-totj-fotseThis early hyperspace explorer lost both parents when they tried to delivers supplies to soldiers and were caught in a crossfire. Desperate to escape creditors and assassins, Jori with her brother accidentally discovered the Sith Empire. Forced to escape alone, Jori was locked up on returning for taking their ship without paying for repairs. She broke prison to warn Empress Teta and the Jedi about the Sith. Her horror at Gav helping the Sith convinced him he was wrong and led to his helping stop them at the cost of his own life.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Tales of the Jedi: Golden Age of the Sith
    Timing: ancient Old Republic/Fall of the Sith Empire
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic

    Empress Teta

    Empress_TetaShe united the worlds of the Koros system in peace under the Republic. The system was renamed for her. When the Sith Empire attacked she was one of the only ones who heeded the Jedi premonitions of danger as well as the young escaped prisoner Jori. She prepared for war and helped stop the Sith.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Tales of the Jedi: Golden Age of the Sith
    Timing: ancient Old Republic, Fall of the Sith Empire
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic/Koros System

    Aleema Keto

    SithSorceryAleemaThis seductress was a dark descendent of Empress Teta, who along with her cousin Satal overthrew the government of their home in a bloody coup using dark side powers. The minor powers they dabbled in were amplified when they went to Onderon while the battle against the Freedon Nadd cultists was going on. They came away with a deadly Sith book. Aleema’s powers leaned to illusion and sorcery. Her attack was partly foiled by Nomi, but succeeded in harming Uliq with Sith magic. It was she who helped seduce him when he landed and tried to infiltrate the Krath. Ultimately though he turned against her after she betrayed him.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic – Sith War
    Allegiance: Sith/Krath

    Princess Galia

    Princess GaliaDaughter of the King Ommin and Queen Amanoa, she broke the mold of the Dark Side royalty by falling in love with Orin Kira, leader of the beast riders and helping the Jedi overthrown the followers of Freedon Nadd.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic – Sith War
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic/Onderon

    Jarael

    Jarael_LightsaberThis Arkanian had a rough life as a slave and broke free with the aid of a  half crazy genius inventor known as Camper. They were hiding in a ship in a junkyard when they were exposed accidentally by Zayne Carrik to their opponents. They helped each other escape and she even pretended to be a Jedi once, as well as helping with other con jobs.  Zayne helped her deal with her past and fell in love. She fought against Mandalorians and alongside Jedi.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Knights of the Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic,  Mandalorean Wars
    Allegiance: Republic,/ Gorman Vandryke AKA Camper/ Zayne Carrik

    Bastila Shan

    Bastila ShanA promising young Jedi her mastery of battle meditation was instrumental in the war against Revan and Malek. She helped stop Revan and eventually, as he slowly regained memory and power, aided his quest to stop Malak. Malak captured her and for a brief time turned her. But Revan found her and his love drew her back, together they stopped the Star Forge and Malek. They married and had a son. When Revan vanished, she was left to raise their son alone.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Knights of the Old Republic – Lucasarts
    Timing: Old Republic, Mandalorean Wars, Jedi Civil War
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic

    Juhani

    juhaniThe Cathar Jedi briefly fell to the dark side and turned on her Jedi Master. But Revan, still lacking his memory, found her and drew her back into the light. She aided him in his quest to destroy the Star Forge, overcoming her anger at the slavers and bigots who had destroyed her family.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Knights of the Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic, Jedi Civil War
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic

    Mission Vao

    mission vaoMission was just a teenager when left alone by her brother on Taris. She hooked up with Zaalbar (Big Z) a wookiee and they became a team, living by their wits. The young scoundrel hooks up with an amnesiac Revan when he’s searching for Bastila on Taris and Big Z has been taken prisoner. Her stealth skills prove invaluable in his quest to find and stop the Star Forge and Malak. She and Big Z went on to have a successful import/export business after the war.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Knights of the Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic, Jedi Civil War
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic

    Kreia / Darth Traya

    kreiaShe abandoned the Jedi way after the Jedi chose to blame her for her most famous padawan, Revan’s actions in encouraging Jedi to rebel against the Council to fight in the Mandalorean war. Discovering Malachor V she fell to the Dark Side and formed a Sith triumvirate with Darth Sion and Darth Nihilus, but they too, cast her out. She developed a hatred for not only Jedi and Sith but for the Force and it’s ‘will’. She determined to use the Jedi Exile, Meetra Surik and her unique situation with the Force to destroy the Force itself.
    Character Introduced: Knights of the Old Republic 2
    Timing: Old Republic,  Mandalorean Wars, Jedi Civil War, post Jedi Civil War
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic, then Sith, then herself

    Meetra Surik AKA The Exile

    Meetra_Surik_GhostMeetra followed Revan and Malak into the Mandalorian War. It had a terrible effect on her, especially the catastrophic events on the world of Malachor V that would alter her very connection to the Force. Her strong ability to connect with people caused a ‘wound’ in the Force, the devastating pain of being in proximity and directly involved with the death and destruction of the world. On her return to Republic space she found the Jedi virtually wiped out in spite of Revan’s victory over Malak and saving of the Republic. The Sith who had escaped the destruction were hunting Jedi, and they still considered her one. This set her on course for the truth about what had happened to her, about Revan’s former Master, and Malachor V. Daring to remember her Jedi training, Meetra confronted Sion, a Sith who was so mortally injured he was held alive only by the Dark side and his own will, and Nihilus, whose hunger could wipe out whole worlds. Finally it would set her against the very one who had helped her remember her powers, Kreia.
    Character Introduced: Knights of the Old Republic 2
    Timing: Old Republic – Mandalorean Wars, Jedi Civil War, post Jedi Civil War
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic/Revan

    Queen Talia

    taliaDescendant of Galia, the ruler of Onderon’s home managed to escape the worst of the Jedi Civil War. But her treacherous officer General Vaklu with surviving Sith plotted to overthrow her and secede from the war weary Republic. After fomenting unrest he finally had the backing he needed to storm the castle. He came to find her blow by blow with swords until the Exile managed to break through his army and he was dealt with for his treason.

    Timing:  Old Republic, post Jedi Civil War
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic/Onderon

    Satele Shan

    2sateleDescendent of Bastila and Revan, this Jedi went on to become a grand Master, surviving against the likes of Darth Malgus and the reborn Revan. She also faced the Zakuul Invasion, eventually going into Exile but giving advice to the Outlander when discovered.
    It was Satele with Nichos Mar that warned the Rebublic of the return of the Sith – they had killed her Master and chased the Republic away from Korriban. She had a son, fathered by Jace Malcolm who she gave up to be raised by her Jedi Master. She realized with her powers the temptation to do literally anything to protect him would be too strong, and she feared Jace’s increased anger and darkness.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars: The Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic – Return of the Sith Empire
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic

    Leontyne Saresh

    sareshThis twilek from Taris was supreme chancellor when the Sith broke the truce. She had a hard line anti sith stance. She doesn’t like secrets kept from her, but her goal is protection of the Republic from those she considers enemies and every decision is based on this.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars: The Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic – Return of the Sith Empire
    Allegiance: Republic

    Teff’ith

    TeffithThis rough tough street scoundrel twilek was into gangs when found by Theron Shan and the Jedi who raised him, Ngani Zo. While initially she was arrested, she did help Theron and Ngani escape the Sith and stop Darth Mekhis. She also sent stood up to her employers and warned Satele Shan that Theron Shan and Gnost Dural  were going to take on the Ascendent Spear to trick it to attack the fleet so they should destroy it.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars: The Old Republic: The Lost Suns
    Timing: Old Republic – Return of the Sith Empire
    Allegiance: mostly herself, but has allied with Republic

    Nadia Grell

    Nadia GrellThis young Sarkhai became a Jedi padawan under the Barsen’thor of the Jedi after the Jedi Master helped secure the Rift Alliance with the Republic.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars: The Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic – Return of the Sith Empire
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic

    Kira

    kiraJedi Padawan of Master Kiwiks, she soon teams up with Master Orgus’s former padawan in a quest to stop Darth Angral’s super weapon. She was a street thief on Nar Shaddaa just trying to survive when the Jedi took her in,  but few knew until Orgus’s padawan discovered that she’d once been what they called a ‘Child of the Emperor’.  She had been fleeing Korriban and hiding from her ‘siblings’ when she had been discovered. This made some of the Council suspect her, but her insider information helped them gather clues to an internal threat. With the help of the Jedi she travelled with, she would be set on a collison course with the Sith Emperor himself.

    Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars: The Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic – Return of the Sith Empire
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic

     

    Risha

    rishaHeir to the throne of Dubrillion as well as daughter of a ruthless criminal kingpin, Risha enlists a smuggler to help find the a secret treasure. In spite of winning her prize she remains on her crew while she plans for a way to claim the throne.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars: The Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic – Return of the Sith Empire
    Allegiance: mostly herself and the smuggler, sometimes Republic

    Akaavi Spaar

    akaavi-spaarA red and black Zabrak Mandalorian with a grudge against a fellow Mando her destroyed her clan. Joining up with a smuggler she remains in transition but holds true to her mandalorian ideas.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars: The Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic – Return of the Sith Empire
    Allegiance: Mandalore, herself, the smuggler, sometimes Republic

    Shae Viszla

    shae viszlaThis impressive Mando leader also is known as Flame, both having flame colored hair and using fire as a weapon. She aided the Sith in their attack on Coruscant and the Jedi Temple. Ultimately she aids in the battle against the reborn Revan as well, unwilling to miss out on a good fight and allies with the Outlander against Zakuul.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars: The Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic – Return of the Sith Empire
    Allegiance: Mandaloreans

    Lana BenikoLana Benika

    This sith warrior has the courage to dare to ally with Republic SIS as well as the Jedi, at least long enough to deal with the Revanites. She respects her enemies and is respected in turn.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars: The Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic – Return of the Sith Empire
    Allegiance: Sith/Empire/Outlander

     Senya

    senyaWife of the Emperor of Zakuul and Zakuul Knight herself, Valkorian, she had no knowledge that he was also the Sith Emperor that wiped out all of Ziost. What she did know was a marriage that started with strong bonds frayed after their twin boys, Thexan and Arcann came along, with their younger sister Vaylin. Senya fled but tried to return and rescue her children, but they spurned her.  She would later joint the Outlander in trying to  stop Arcann and Vaylin’s rule of Zakuul on their father’s death (Thexan was already deceased.). But she is  in a terrible position, having to stop her children’s reign of terror but still she is their mother.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars: The Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic – Return of the Sith Empire
    Allegiance: Zakuul/The Outlander/her family

    Vaylin

    vaylinVaylin was the daughter of Emperor Valkorian  (who was secretly also the Sith Emperor). She was strong in the Force, but her powers early on began leaning very much to the Dark Side. Her mother, Senya, was concerned about how casual she could take a life and also at how her father wasn’t concerned at all. She tried to take her and flee. But the child was having none of it and they were caught. Senya was cast out. Years later she assists Arcann in his rule.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars: The Old Republic
    Timing: Old Republic – Return of the Sith Empire
    Allegiance: Zakuul/The Outlander/her family

    Kerra Holt

    kerraholtTrapped alone behind Sith lines with no hope for the Jedi to come save her, she makes it her mission to save as many as she can. Her courage takes down several Sith Lords while saving and inspiring many, especially children.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Knight Errant
    Timing: Old Republic – ??
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic

    Arkadia

    Sith warrior, her icy realm was based on chaos: not overt threats but continually promoting or moving her people between jobs and keeping them unsettled. Her attempt to assassinate the dowager of the Sith as well as enlist Kerra will prove a near fatal failure.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Knight Errant
    Timing: Old Republic – ??
    Allegiance: Sith/herself

    Vilia

    This wily dowager Sith juggled the power of her rule by doling out to her grandchildren rewards, depending on who conquered the most. She also set out to wipe out those not related utterly. She did however also protect the twin children that were unable to stand against the others.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Knight Errant
    Timing: Old Republic – ??
    Allegiance: Sith/herself/her family

    zannahRain /Zannah

    As a child Rain was taken with her cousins by the jedi for training during war. Separated in a disaster, she survived with the aid of the native bouncers of Ruusan. but when her rescuer was killed by a Jedi mistaking it for a threat, she turned on him and her fledgling powers killed the unprepared Jedi. She was discovered immediately by Darth Bane who had just plotted to destroy the weakened Sith and resurrect it with the rule of 2. She quickly gained a taste for power and went on to become his apprentice. Eventually, she would defeat him and in turn become the Master with an apprentice, continuing the rule of two that culminated with Palpatine.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars: Jedi VS Sith
    Timing: Old Republic – pre Ruusan Reformation
    Allegiance: formerly her family/jedi Republic then Sith/herself

    Traa Saa

    TraSaa the Neti JediThis elegant long lived Jedi was at her peak in the Old Republic, surviving the Clone Wars, evading Order 66 with Tholme and reuniting with the New Jedi Order sometime before Krayt’s empire rose.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars: Republic series
    Timing: Old Republic / clone wars
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic

    Tahl

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    Qui-Gon Jinn and Tahl, Dark Horse’s Dark Side Comic. Artist: Stéphane Roux

    Growing up in the Temple beside Qui-Gon Jinn, she was fiercely determined and independent. She and Qui-Gon were quietly in love though neither realized it for some time. She was blinded on a mission, making her reluctant to take on a padawan. Her blindness filled her with a need to prove herself and her mothering nature was reluctant to be the protected rather than protector. When Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon had a falling out, it was she who helped them resolve their differences. Her research skills proved invaluable to the 2 on many a mission. Eventually she did accept Padawan Bant. Tahl was murdered not long after she and Qui-Gon finally acknowledged their love for each other. She was greatly honored.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Jedi Apprentice series by Jude Watson
    Timing: Old Republic/pre Clone Wars
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic

    Soara Antana

    A lightsaber master, this jedi warrior had skill and courage. She trained Darra Thel Tanis as a Jedi and specially tutored Anakin Skywalker. She called off the tutoring when she realized that Anakin’s ability to see how his emotions were affecting his judgement in battle were a liability. This led to him being even more determined to prove himself.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Jedi Apprentice by Jude Watson
    Timing: Old Republic/pre clone wars – post Order 66
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic

    Siri Tachi

    Jedi Master Siri Tachi with her apprentice, Ferus Olin and Anakin SkywalkerTrained by Master Adi Gallia, she grew up with Obi-Wan Kenobi and even has a young girl was fiercely determined and one of the best fighters in her generation. Daring to take on challenges, she refused to back down when she knew she was right. Nonetheless she didn’t hesitate to admit she’d been wrong either. Siri bravely went undercover as an assistant slaver to bring down the entire slaver’s nest. She went on to train a padawan, Ferus Olin, who left the Order after a disaster he blamed himself for. She never took another. She sacrificed her life fighting Separatists in the clone wars.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Jedi Apprentice by Jude Watson
    Timing: Old Republic/pre clone wars/Clone Wars
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic

    Jenna Zan Arbor

    This immoral scientist was not satisfied with a life of fighting for funding for noble causes. Deciding to make sure she was well funded, she took to introducing illness just so she could cure it and make a fortune. She also came off looking like a hero. Her secret ambition was to scientifically study the Force and this is where she made a mistake: she committed murder and this led to Qui-Gon Jinn’s capture. Obi-Wan, Siri and Adi Gallia would go on to rescue him and eventually expose her. But she wasn’t done yet. Years later she worked for the Empire. Vader himself employed her seeking a way to block memories in a Force user. Ultimately her successful drug was used on her by Ferus Olin and crew, thereby deleting her memory and the threat she posed.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Jedi Apprentice by Jude Watson
    Timing: Old Republic
    Allegiance: herself

    An’ya Kura AKA Dark woman

    Dark Woman AKA An-ya KuraThis Jedi was so determined to be unattached she even gave up her name. It was she who discovered future Jedi Council Master Ki-Adi-Mundi as a child and brought him to the Temple. When her difficult padawan Aurra Sing was lost to pirates she felt it the will of the Force and did not pursue. She regretted this years later when the girl became a Jedi Killer and bounty hunter. Surviving Order 66 she went on to face Vader – and realize that he still had the potential to be Anakin Skywalker.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars/ Star Wars Republic series
    Timing: Old Republic/pre clone wars
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic

    Ona Nobis

    This unscrupulous Sorrusian bounty hunter took on any challenge, legal or not. Her skill was with a whip that had both laser and wire modes. She was not above poisoning or assassination. She worked fairly often for Jenna Zan Arbor. She also took pride in her work and held a grudge: Obi-Wan Kenobi bested her by escaping as a mere boy. She was stopped at last by Adi Gallia
    Recurring Character Introduced: Jedi Apprentice by Jude Watson
    Timing: Old Republic
    Allegiance: herself

    Etain Tur-Murkan

    A mere padawan and not the most skilled when she met Darman, the clone trooper. She had been cut off when the war started, her less than disciplined Master killed in a fight leaving her trapped on planet and out of touch. She went on to appreciate the clones and become very concerned about how they were treated as canon fodder, basically grown to fight. She was also concerned for how the Jedi handled it. She in turn earned the troops respect for relating to them on their terms. Coming to respect the Mandalorean Kal Skirata in spite of his rocky relationship with Jedi, she and Darman secretly married and she had a child. She waited until the last moment to resign her commission and was caught on Coruscant when Order 66 hit.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Republic Commando: Hard Contact by Karen Traviss
    Timing: Old Republic – Clone Wars
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic/The Clones/Mandaloreans

    Scout Tallisibeth Endwandung-Esterhazy

    The padawan only had marginal Force skill and many thought she’d be sent to the agricorp. The one Master who accepted her as padawan died before she could go with her for a single mission: at Geonosis. But Scout made up for lack of Force with sheer determination and focused research in combat and other skills. Winning what may have been the final padawan tournament ever, she won herself a new Master Jai Maruk, courtesy of a bet he lost with Master Yoda. Ultimately he learned more from her, than she from him. She survived an attack by Ventress early on and managed to escape Order 66. She was last seen on Ord Mantell hiding with Skirata’s family.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Yoda: Dark Rendezvous by Sean Stewart
    Timing: Old Republic – Clone Wars
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic

    Tolk

    This determined nurse survived a clone wars war zone and pursued the man she loved in spite of his world’s antiquated ideas on marrying an offworlder. Nonetheless when she realized how badly he’d be ostracized, she backed off. He in turn refused to allow others to tell them how to live and they went on together.
    Recurring Character Introduced:  Medstar I: Battle Surgeons by Michael Reaves
    Timing: Old Republic – Clone Wars
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic

    Darsha Assant

    This Jedi padawan seemed to fail her Jedi trials. But when her Master returned with her to the scene of the failure she found her trial had just begun. They were among the first Jedi to spot the Sith Darth Maul. Her master killed she went on the run with Jax Pavan and I5, trying to get word to the Temple about the threat. It wasn’t helped that she had lost all her gear but her lightsaber and was traveling the underworld of Coruscant gang territory with a man who had reason to  hate Jedi. She faced the challenge with courage that made a lasting impression on Pavan and I5.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter by Michael Reaves
    Timing: Old Republic  – pre Clone Wars
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic

    Khaleen Hentz

    Quinlan and Khaleen in Dark Horse comics Republic Series

    Quinlan and Khaleen in Dark Horse comics Republic Series

    Her past largely a mystery, Khaleen was a woman of street smarts who falls in love with the man they called Korto Vos: an undercover Jedi better known as Quinlan who was acting as a spy. Starting with the underworld, he went on to infiltrate Dooku’s group as a fallen Jedi. Khaleen risked prison and death to be with him and loyally helped keep communication open between Jedi Master Tholme and Quinlan. She and Quinlan married and had a child, escaping Order 66 together.
    Recurring Character Introduced:  Star Wars Republic series
    Timing: Old Republic – Clone Wars
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic / Quinlan Vos

    Aayla Secura

    Aayla and Quinlan VosTrained by Quinlan Vos and then Tholme, she was a child destined for slavery when the boy Quinlan discovered her Force sensitivity. Brought into the Order, he would become her master. They were a formidable team until the trail of criminals led them to Ryloth where they were dosed with spice that caused amnesia. Aayla freed the dark Jedi Anzati, lured by the dark side of the Force and lack of memory. But Quinlan had been found and was relearning what he’d lost and deep need to find her led him to her rescue. Aayla went on to train under Tholme, since both she and Vos needed to recover. They helped Quinlan stay balanced in the light, just barely, when he was undercover flirting with darkness. Aayla refused to give up on him. She fought alongside Anakin Skywalker and others in the Clone Wars and died in Order 66.
    Recurring Character Introduced:  Star Wars Republic series
    Timing: Old Republic – pre Clone Wars – Clone Wars
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic

    Aurra Sing

    Aurra-assassin-sm This former Jedi padawan of unknown ancestry was kidnapped by Anzati pirates and given an implant which helped her ‘taste’ fear. She went on to become not only a bounty hunter but a known Jedi killer, passionate with revenge for their abandoning her. She was active during the Clone Wars but captured and imprisoned. Many years after the Vong war she was on the loose again.
    Recurring Character Introduced:  The Phantom Menace / Star Wars / Republic series
    Timing: Old Republic
    Allegiance: herself

    Lorana Jinzler

    Lorana jinzler & Anakin Skywalker in Outbound Flight, art by Tsuyoshi Nagano.Padawan of Jorus C’baoth, she suffered an inferiority complex due to his apparent lack of confidence in her. Nonetheless he promoted her to Jedi Knight to go on Outbound Flight with him. Unexpectedly meeting her brother and finding him hostile, she agreed to go. She found herself caught between his increasingly tyrannical behavior and the other Jedi who were growing concerned about him breaking code and imposing his will on people. She was one of the only survivors when C’baoth escalated his disagreement with the Chiss Thrawn and it was she who helped the people escape and crash land on a remote world. Decades later few knew of her sacrifice, or that they owed their lives to her.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn
    Timing: Old Republic – pre Clone Wars
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic

    Barriss Offee

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    Barriss Offee faces a trial: find corruption while dealing with the ethical issues of the Clone Wars.

    Trained as a Jedi healer, Barriss once showed her commitment by healing the mentally addled ansionians who kidnapped her. This gained her their loyalty. Nonetheless she was capable of anger – particularly when she met the Hutt that ordered it. It was Barriss who befriended the little Tooqui who proved an invaluable ally. She stood alongside Masters Luminara and Obi-Wan and fellow Padawan Anakin in a fight where they could not kill, to bring a peace treaty to keep Ansion in the Republic. During the Clone Wars her skills as healer led her to Rimsoos on Drongar where both her medical and investigative skills were tested. She sought both to heal the wounded soldiers and find a spy. She was also faced with the temptation of a new discovery: a form of the miracle drug Bota that enhanced Force powers. On Ilum she and her Master were nearly buried alive in the crystal caves when Luminara declared her training complete, moments before Separatist chameleon droids attached.
    Recurring Character Introduced: The Approaching Storm by Alan Dean Foster
    Timing: Old Republic – Clone Wars
    Allegiance: Jedi/Republic

    Asaaj Ventress

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

    When the man who raised her was killed, Ventress was discovered by a lost Jedi. The Jedi trained her and helped stand up to the warlords of her homeworld, Rattattaki. When he was murdered she sought revenge on those that harmed him. Blaming the Jedi for abandoning  him, she made her way offworld to Dooku’s gladiator arena. Convincing him of her skills and desire to be a Sith, she served with him. She consistently challenged both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, threatening all they held dear. She successfully killed many Jedi.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Jedi: Mace Windu
    Timing: Old Republic – Clone Wars
    Allegiance: Sith

    Obi-Wan X-Box Review & Continuity

    Continuity and the Story Obi-Wan plays.

    Obi-wan x-boxIn between the story bits there are training / sparring levels in between the main ones.

    The game starts out before The Phantom Menace, and has Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon investigating the Black Heth gang and their Jin Ha allies. It starts on Coruscant and moves to Obredaan. On Coruscant Obi-Wan actually meets Chewbacca for a brief alliance.

    From here we move on to the Phantom Menace. The adventures are ‘in between’ bits. Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon apparently separate to find the Queen in Theed before coming together in the movie scene with Jar Jar where they find her.

    Getting through here one finds oneself on Tatooine in another ‘in between’ scene. Apparently while Qui-Gon and Padme were in Mos Espa meeting Anakin, the decoy queen, Sabe was taken by sandpeople. No clue how this happened. Possibly she and her entourage got a bit of cabin fever in the ship and stepped out to watch the sunset or sunrise. It’s more likely than the sandpeople coming aboard ship. Obi-Wan has to rescue her.

    Returning to Naboo, in yet another in between scene, Obi-Wan is sent to rescue captured pilots before the main attack. He has to break them out, return and then destroy turbolasers that could stop the starfighters from launching.

    At last we get to the hanger where we (temporarily) block the doors to keep out the Trade Federation troops long enough for the launch. After that is the infamous ‘defeat Darth Maul’ bit.

    As is usual in these games the how you defeat Maul isn’t canon. However nothing in the in between scenes contradicts anything.

    Obi-Wan Review:

    The basic game itself is fun. The graphics are nothing to brag about. But Obi-Wan has a fun jump/ force push/pull ability (and probably more I didn’t get the hang of). One gets to use a sniper rifle and grenades too. There is a fair bit of jumping and some hanging off ledges inching around.

    There is some strategy needed. I liked that.

    Sandpeople with firebombs need to be dealt with from a distance if possible, maybe with force push.
    Exploding droids you deal with from a distance.
    Grenade launcher droids you hit fast and up close.
    Droids with the pikes you don’t let get too close.
    There are explosive items and things you can throw.
    some of the assassins as well as the droids drown if you toss them in water or just lure them in.

    The downside of game play is bugs. At first I thought it my controller but eventually decided it wasn’t.

    One bug had Obi-Wan’s lightsaber stuck ‘on’ when he jumps in water so he can’t climb out. Another had him just stop moving. The annoying bit was when one couldn’t look away from the enemy. There is supposed to be a trigger to lock on, but I wasn’t hitting that trigger. It was fatal when I needed to retreat and give Obi-Wan’s force power time to recharge or grab a health power. The most bizarre one was Darth Maul. End level involves breaking his lightsaber, then fighting him again as he re-powers. Several times he did not re-power. He froze, leaving the game stuck unable to finish since one can’t beat him when he’s just stuck.

    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

    Tionne

    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:
    Timing:sss

    Elscol

    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
    Timing:
    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
    Timing:
    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

    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

    Marcha

    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

    Star Wars Women – Rebellion Era

    Princess Leia and Mon Mothma were not the only women to lead the charge for freedom and democracy. There were others that made a huge impact, overcoming long odds and adversity to become strong leaders in their chosen causes in the years the Galactic Empire was in control.  These blurbs may include minor spoilers, and more on the characters may be under different eras. I shall avoid spoiling their fate, however. If you want to know more you’ll find the starting points listed.

    Mon Mothma

    Mon-MothmaThis senator had long been quietly against Palpatine’s changes to the Senate, even before he declared himself Emperor. She was openly involved in Rebellion before the Alliance was formed, and forced to go on the run. Eventurally she and allies quietly formed the Rebellion. Things took a turn for the worse on destruction of Alderaan, as without Bail Organa there was no tie breaker between her and Garm Bel Iblis on how to lead the Rebellion. He left with his people quietly, leaving her in charge.

    Laranth Tarak

    Laranth Tarak Streets_of_ShadowsBefore there was even a formal Rebel Alliance, there were Resistance cells. Laranth Tarak, a twilek, was a Gray Paladin, an offshoot branch of the Jedi looked on less than favorably with the Jedi Council. Surviving Order 66, Laranth helps the Whiplash resistance cell on Coruscant, aiding refugees flee the new regime. In addition she teams up with Jax Pavan, a fellow Jedi and survivor to investigate murder and mayhem while staying ahead of Darth Vader and the Empire’s Inquisitors. Laranth’s preferred weapon is a blaster rather than a lightsaber, which is just as well since in this day and age, a lightsaber would make her more of a target.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Coruscant Nights 1 : Jedi Twilight
    Timing: Set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

    Fy Tor Ana AKA Solace

    Fy Tor Ana - Solace - Tangled WebThis Jedi was another who escaped Order 66 to the deepest darkest depths of Coruscant. Building a settlement there she took control, and led refugees to shelter there. When her hideout was discovered, she fled, aiding the Bellassan Resistance by rescuing there members and followed up by rescuing Astri Oddo and her son.
    Recurring Character Introduced: The Last of the Jedi: Underworld by Jude Watson. Mentioned also in Jedi Quest, the Dangerous Games
    Timing: Set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

    Astri Oddo Divinian

    Astri’s tale begins in the prequel era. A friend of Jedi, she is raising her son, Lune and hiding from his Imperial sympathizer father when the Empire is declared. Lune is Force sensitive, and this means he is in danger of being picked up by Imperial agents as well. Juggling protecting her son with aiding resistance, she meets up with the former Jedi Ferus Olin and helps him try and protect Jedi. Astri soon is befriended by another resistance member. Together they continue the battle while raising Lune and the orphan they adopted, Trever Flume.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Jedi Apprentice: The Deadly Hunter by Jude Watson: first Rebellion era: The Last of the Jedi: A Tangled Web by Jude Watson
    Timing: Set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

    Jessica Meade

    This freelance trader and pilot jumps into action to fight a crime lord to help Jann Tosh, a young miner looking to travel. She stays on to help defend the true king of Tammuz-an , Mon Julpa and help him claim the throne. She sticks around to help deliver his cargo through an attack by Kybo Ren’s pirate gang.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Droids (animated) The Lost Prince
    Timing: Before A New Hope

    Leia Organa

    RebelForceHostageIn her early years Leia was already learning about the darkness in the government. The first time she met Palpatine as Alderaan’s junior representative she could feel the evil surrounding him, even before she knew she was Force sensitive. The anti alien bias of the government horrified her. It was Leia who encouraged Starkiller, still ostensibly working from Vader, to destroy the Imperials ability to ship wookiee slaves off Kashyyyk before she fled the base she was held hostage there.  It was Leia, after this was smoothed out, that found the Rebel trooper who had information about the Death Star to deliver to Bail Organa. She also helped lure more info out of Lord Tion on the subject. Surviving the destruction of Alderaan and the torture of Darth Vader, she had to mourn her loss largely in private. Officially Leia was a general in the Aliance, though the title was rarely used. Leia also had to deal with her own people at times blaming her for the destruction of Alderaan, believing if the Organa family hadn’t been courting the Rebellion they’d not have been targeted. She also had to juggle her duties with the growing feeling for Han Solo, and the need to take time from her Alliance duties to rescue him.

    Bria TharenBria Tharen

    The Corellian woman was initially a dupe of the Ylesian colony but was freed and rescued by a young Han Solo. While she loved Han, Bria found she was continuously fighting the addiction she was introduced to at Ylesia and simultaneously outraged that slavery was allowed in the Empire. She joins the Rebellion and is involved in Operation Skyhook, which sends the captured Death Star plans to Princess Leia on the Tantive.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Han Solo and the Paradise Snare by Ann Crispin
    Timing: Set before A New Hope.

     

    Juno Eclipse

    Juno EclipseA top Imperial pilot in one of Vader’s squadrons, she finds herself reluctant to bomb an already conquered population. Then she finds herself charged with ferrying his Secret Apprentice all over the galaxy on missions – a job that has provenly a high turnover of pilots. When Vader apparently turns to murder the apprentice only to have him reawaken in a medley, she herself is locked up and scheduled for execution since he wants no witnesses. The fleeing apprentice ignores orders to leave no witnesses (destroying the whole base) and rescues her. Now thoroughly turned against an Empire that cast her off, Juno is all for joining a Rebellion that doesn’t exist yet. Ultimately her influence is what inspires Starkiller to go from his assigned mission to reveal traitors and leads to him sacrificing himself to save them at the critical moment to form the Alliance. By the time his apparent clone returns, she is already a Captain in the Alliance.
    Recurring Character Introduced: The Force Unleashed by Lucasarts (game) Dark Horse Comics: W. Haden Blackman, Brian Ching, Bong Dazo and Book: Sean Williams .
    Timing: Set before A New Hope.

    Jan Ors

    Jan Ors - Dark Forces 2An alliance agent from Alderaan, she finds herself on a communication station under attack by the Empire at a critical moment. That moment is when Kyle Katarn was the cadet leader of the Imperial troops. She met him once again during a trip on a starliner and reveals the truth of how his father died at the hands of the Empire, bringing him into the Rebellion. From then on he and Jan are often paired on missions. Often she rescues him in the nick of time. Jan tends to carry everything from garrotes to explosives: that’s not makeup in her carry bag!
    Recurring Character Introduced: Dark Forces by Lucasarts, Dark Forces Soldier for the Empire Novella: William C. Dietz, Dean Williams
    Timing: Set before A New Hope – to the New Republic era.

    Deena Shan

    Deena ShanJust an average Alliance recruit that found it overwhelming working with heroes like Luke, Han and Leia, she rose to the challenge to become a hero herself when faced with the daunting challenge of destroying a star destroyer single handed. Set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back
    Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars Empire 21: Alone Together, Dark Horse Comics
    Timing: Set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back

    Shira Brie

    This imperial agent infiltrated the Alliance as an X-Wing Pilot in Rogue Squadron. Her mission: discredit Luke Skywalker and drive a wedge between him and the Rebel alliance. Raised on Coruscant she was trained by COMPNOR and recommended for Imperial Intelligence by Vader. He trained her as a shadow hand. She came close to succeeding in her mission with Luke Skywalker but was nearly killed by him. Vader put her back together as a cyborg and presented her to the Emperor who accepted her as an Emperor’s Hand.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Classic Marvel Star Wars 56
    Timing: After The Empire Strikes Back

    Fiolla of Lorrd

    A corporate Sector employee hot the the trail of corrupt higher ups, this Lorrdian woman had a reason to hate slavery. Her people’s were once subjugated by slavers. Tracking down a slavery ring in the Corporate Sector Authority, she found herself unable to rely on the official authorities when she found they were involved. She went on to become a top player in the corporate sector after she and Han Solo uncovered the CSA officers involved in the ring. Knowing the Corporate Sector was highly corrupt, she chose to work her way to the top and do her fighting from the inside.
    Character Introduced: Han Solo Adventures: Han Solo ‘s Revenge by Brian Daley
    Timing: Set before A New Hope.

    Jessa

    Jessa the Outlaw TechThe daughter of a the leader of the Outlaw Techs in the Corporate Sector, she became leader when her father ‘Doc’ vanished. Leading the Outlaw techs into hiding from the Corporate Sector Authority, she also struck a bargain with Han Solo that gave him a upgrades to his ship in exchange for helping a band of infiltrators looking for lost ones like Doc.
    Character Introduced: Han Solo Adventures: Han Solo at Star’s End by Brian Daley
    Timing: Set before A New Hope.

    Attuare

    This female Trianni Ranger had lost a husband to the Corporate Sector and had already dealt with recovering a child who had been tortured until he went mute. She bravely sought out the deepest secret prison to free her mate and challenge the CSA security police.
    Character Introduced: Han Solo Adventures: Han Solo at Star’s End by Brian Daley
    Timing: Set before A New Hope.

    Hasti

    This down and out young woman had nothing. Then she joined forces with a team including Badure, Skynx the ruurian professor, Bollux, Blue Max and of course, Han Solo and Chewie. The set out on a quest to find a treasure and along the way deal out some revenge to the people who killed her sister. After the fact she joined up with a university.
    Character Introduced: Han Solo Adventures: Han Solo and the Lost Legacy by Brian Daley
    Timing: Set before A New Hope.

    Tash Arranda

    Tash Arranda in Planet PlagueYes she’s young, but this orphan of Alderaan is already making inroads and dealing havoc to the Empire.  Barely in her teens she keeps wrecking Imperial Secret weapons projects, alongside her Uncle Hoole (in spite of his efforts to keep her out of it) and her brother, Zak. Her greatest gaol is to become a Jedi and she already has what it takes.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Galaxy of Fear series 1, Eaten Alive by John Whitman
    Timing: Set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back to after Return of the Jedi.

    Iella Stark

    Apparent daughter of the outlaw Iaco Stark that caused the Great Hyperspace War, she is desperate to get out of her brother’s repeated attempts to get her married off to some rich boor for financial gain.  She gets her chance when Jahan Cross, Imperial Agent comes along. Helping him uncover Iaco’s secret threat, she discovers Stark isn’t really her father and escapes to a new life on Coruscant.
    Character Introduced: Dark Horse Comics Agent of the Empire 1 Iron Eclipse by  John Ostrander, Stephane Roux
    Timing: Set before A New Hope.

    Candra Tymon

    Candra Tymon, security cheif - Agent of Empire, Hard TargetsHead of House Dooku security. She was given the job in spite of the fact that few on Serenno believed a woman could handle it. But Adan Dooku (nephew of the former Jedi Dooku) believed in her. She was his protector as well as that of his son, Bron. When Adan was assassinated the battle to protect Bron from being used as a pawn by a regent led to her to risk it all to save him.
    Character Introduced: Dark Horse Comics Agent of the Empire 2 Hard Targets by John Ostrander
    Timing: Set before A New Hope.

    Aveca Dunn AKA Vex

    This freelance spy once worked for the bothan spy net as well as Imperial Intelligence. One of her last known missions was to kidnap young Bron Dooku for the man who wanted to be regent. His goal: to rescue Bron and silence the opposition who didn’t believe him suitable. Stopped by Jahan Cross he helped her break prison in exchange for info on the buyer. She then hired Boba Fett to go after Bron and hasn’t been seen since. Character Introduced: Dark Horse Comics Agent of the Empire 2 Hard Targets by John Ostrander
    Timing: Set before A New Hope.

    Mara Jade

    MaraJade-EmperorsHandMara Jade was the Emperor’s Hand, one of his personal agents. She exposed corruption in the Empire and traitors, she also performed assassinations. A bit naive but firmly believing in the Emperor, she nonetheless was known to use unorthodox means and stand up for the individual who aided her, requesting (and often getting) protection for the individual. Her 2  missions were to kill Luke Skywalker, which was her only failure. Her last mission before the Emperor’s death was to take out the leader Black Nebula gang.
    Recurring Character Introduced: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn, first Rebellion era: Mara Jade by the Emperor’s Hand by Timothy Zahn and Michael Stackpole, Dark Horse Comics
    Timing: Set before The Empire Strikes Back to after Return of the Jedi – stay tuned for more on her in the women of the New Republic era.

    Dusque Mistflier

    Dusque was a xenobiologist reluctantly working for the Empire. While she loved her job and the science, she was held back from advancement because she was a woman. When Finn Darktrin approached her, he convinced her to aid him in seeking a holocron of rebel sympathizers for the Rebellion. Dusque’s skills proved invaluable in the mission. Her choices were tested when someone she was close too turned on her. Dusque chose to continue on as a member of the Rebel Alliance after the mission.
    Character Introduced: Star Wars Galaxies: The Ruins of Dantooine by Voronica Whitney-Robinson and Haden Blackman
    Timing: Between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back

    Tinian I’att

    This Druckenwell native was heir to Iatt arms until the day and Imperial officer decided he wanted to take credit for an invention that would’ve given stormtroopers shielding for their armor.  When the officer couldn’t convince her grandparents to go along willingly (as they were planning retirement), he had them executed.  Tinian was wearing the armor for the demonstration, she fled with the help of Wrrlevgebevc, a wookiee who owed her a life debt, and her friend and lover Daye Azur-Jamin.  She went and apprenticed herself to the wookiee bounty hunter Chenlambec.
    Character Introduced: Tinian on Trial, Star Wars Adventure Journal 4 by Kathy Tyers
    Timing: Right before A New Hope

    Scarlet Hark

    Rebel agent, independent and determined, this spy was skilled in undercover work, combat (including unarmed) and crime.  She was a thrill seeker and loved the rush of being in danger.  Her work included convincing an Imperial to turn over next generation star destroyer plans after being ordered to attack an innocent world, as well as finding an ancient weapon that was capable of disrupting hyperdrive.
    Character Introduced: Honor Among Thieves by James A. Corey
    Timing: Between ANH and TESB

     

    Platt O’ Keefe

    Infamous and independent smuggler allied with the Rebels, she was from a well known Brentaal IV merchants family.  Her adventures in smuggling included getting sold into slavery, escaping, and running many cargoes for the Alliance. She is one of few who landed on Dagobah (in company of Tash and Zak Arranda with their Uncle Hoole) while Yoda was there.  She also advised others on the smuggler life via a handbook.
    Character Introduced: Chessa’s Doom, Star Wars Adventure Journal 1 by Peter M. Schweighofer
    Timing: ANH – Post ROTJ

    SWTOR Continuity

    I expect this to get long as I am still playing the Star Wars The Old Republic game and I can’t walk a few steps without running into references. This isn’t surprising as its a follow up to the Knights of the Old Republic series which itself was based on the Tales of the Jedi comic books and graphic novels.

    Playing as Jedi Consular and Smuggler so far, this is what I have found.

    Possible Acknowledgement:  The Wanderlust freighter that helps Force Sensitives flee Balmorra is co-owned by Rostoni. This may (likely) be a nod to Sue Rostoni, former executive editor and fiction and comic editor at Lucas Licensing.

    Lore: the vast majority of the codex involves Tales of the Jedi and Knights of the Old Republic.

    The Jedi Code first appeared in the Star Wars Role Playing game but the first novel use of it was probably Jedi Academy: Dark Apprentice. It afterward became the foundation of the Jedi Order, mentioned in many stories.

    The Sith Code first appeared in Knights of the Old Republic. This continued use on to Darth Bane trilogy and into Legacy of the Force.

    Objects:

    The Noetikons reference Jedi Masters from the comic books. These include Tales of the Jedi characters Nomi Sunrider AKA Da Boda (name change due to copyright. Da Boda is ‘maiden name’), Arca Jeth, Master Chamma, Knights of the Old Republic comics and game Vandar Tokar and more.

    Armor based on Expanded Universe characters:

    Jori Daragon – Hyperspace Explorer,  Source:  Tales of the Jedi, Golden Age of the Sith

    Gav Daragon – Hyperspace Explorer, Source:  Tales of the Jedi, Golden Age of the Sith

    Naga Sadow – Source:  Tales of the Jedi, Golden Age of the Sith, Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith

    Uliq Qel Droma – fallen Jedi/Sith/Redeemed Jedi,  Source: Dark Empire, Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic, Dark Lords of the Sith, The Sith War, Redemption, Clone Wars (game 2003)

    Exar Kun – fallen Jedi/Sith/Sith Spirit, Source: Source: Jedi Academy trilogy (books), Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic, Dark Lords of the Sith, The Sith War,

    Mandalore the Indomitable – Mandalorean war chief , Source: Tales of the Jedi:Dark Lords of the Sith, The Sith War

    Mandalore the Ultimate – Mandalorean war chief ,  Source: Knights of the Old Republic (comics)

    Cassus Fett – Mandalorean, Source: Knights of the Old Republic (comics)

    Zayne Carrik – Jedi padawan/henchman,  Source: Knights of the Old Republic (comics)

    Lucien Draay – Jedi Master of the Covenant, Source: Knights of the Old Republic (comics)

    Jarael – Arkanian fringer,  Source: Knights of the Old Republic (comics)

    Ajunta Pall – Exiled Fallen Jedi/Founder of the Sith/conqueror of the sith species, Source:  Tales of the Jedi, Golden Age of the Sith, Knights of the Old Republic (game)

    Zoxann – Exiled Fallen Jedi/Founder of the Sith/conqueror of the sith species,  Source:  Tales of the Jedi, Golden Age of the Sith, Knights of the Old Republic (game)

    Revan – Jedi/Sith/redeemed jedi/war hero and war criminal,  Source: Knights of the Old Republic (game)

    Jolee Bindo – former jedi padawan, self proclaimed exile and survivor of the Sith War, Source: Knights of the Old Republic (game)

    Juhani – cathar jedi, Source: Knights of the Old Republic (game)

    Mission Vao –  Twilek fringer, Source: Knights of the Old Republic (game)

    Bastila –  Jedi Knight, Source: Knights of the Old Republic (game)

    Calo Nord – bounty hunter, Source: Knights of the Old Republic (game)

    Carth Onasi – pilot/soldier, Mandalorean war, Source: Knights of the Old Republic (game), Knights of the Old Republic 2 (game)

     

    Nihilus – Sith, Source: Knights of the Old Republic 2 (game)

    Atton Rand – fringer,   Source: Knights of the Old Republic 2 (game)

    Atris – Jedi Master, Source: Knights of the Old Republic 2 (game)

    Visas Marr – Jedi,  Source: Knights of the Old Republic 2 (game)

    Kreia – jedi/sith/mystery Source: Knights of the Old Republic 2 (game)

    Karness Muur  – sith lord,  Source: Knights of the Old Republic (comics) (Vector cross over with Dark Times, Rebellion, Legacy series)

     

    Tund Sorceror – mysterious race with ties to the Sith,  source: Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu.

    Minor Finds:

    Hapan Gloves: Hapan is introduced as an insular cluster of planets in Courtship of Princess Leia. Items from Hapes would be luxury goods.

    Rendili : Rendili watchman and other such vehicles first appeared in West End Game books and permeate the EU vehiclescape.

    Model Starships (pet):  The Ebon Hawk – Source: Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2.

    Places:

    Carrick Station is named for the Knights of the Old Republic comic series Zayne Carrick.

    Gav Daragon (ship) is named for the Hyperspace Explorer who (re) discovered the Sith in Tales of the Jedi, Golden Age of the Sith.

    Balmorra: first appears in Dark Empire 2 comic books as a place with many corporations building war droids.

    Carida (starship): The planet Carida is famous for being the Imperial Academy. It was destroyed in the Jedi Academy Trilogy. Famous graduates include Han Solo (Han Solo Trilogy), Kyle Katarn (Dark Forces Novellas/audio books). It’s not uncommon to name ships for planets.

    Korriban: first appears in Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith and Dark Empire 2.  Its also explored in Golden Age of the Sith, Knights of the Old Republic 1 & 2, Jedi Academy (the game), visited in Jedi Quest series by Jude Watson and many other places. Sith Warrior and Sith Inquisitor both begin on this world in this game.

    Taris: first appears in Knights of the Old Republic. What you see in SWTOR is how  it was left due to events in KOTOR. There is class story and planetary story here. One of the minor story arcs you can play in that game has a corresponding minor quest on this you can follow to find out what became of people you met if you played the other game. (warning. It’s depressing.)

    Ilum: first appears in Jedi Quest: The Path to Truth and  Genndy Tartoski’s Clone Wars Microseries as a kind of sacred place Jedi to gather lightsaber crystals and see visions. In game it continues to do so, with the Empire and Republic warring over the crystals.

    Nar Shaddaa:  first appears in Dark Empire as the world Han and Chewie hung out on when beginning their smuggling career in earnest. It’s further fleshed out in the Han Solo Trilogy by Ann Crispin.

    Hutta AKA Nal Hutta: first appears in Dark Empire, also mentioned in Han Solo Trilogy by Ann Crispin and Dark Saber.

    Ziost: was first established in Tales of the Jedi Golden Age of the Sith as one of their worlds.

    Kuat Shipyards which has its own flashpoint first appears in the Bounty Hunter Wars Trilogy.

    Space Battles:

    New Cov Mission: New Cov first appears in Dark Force Rising of the Thrawn trilogy.

    People:

    Killiks: first appear in Dark Nest trilogy set in the NJO era where there history is revealed. Joiners were a major part of the story arc.

    Morgukai Nikto: first appear in the Republic: Clone Wars comics. This branch of the Nikto is specifically a warrior who takes on Jedi. The Separatists were cloning them during the prequel era..

    CorSec:  short for Corellian Security, the name first appears in X-Wing: Rogue Squadron. Corran Horn was a member, as was his father and adopted grandfather. Corsec lasted until the rise of a New Republic when the Empire was phasing it out.

    Corellian Jedi AKA The Green Jedi:  the reputation of Corellian Jedi begins in X-Wing: Rogue Squadron. Their contrary nature is mentioned repeatedly in I,Jedi and Legacy of the Force: Betrayal. Nejaa Halcyon who appears with Anakin Skywalker in Jedi Trial was one of them. Here is a bit on the HoloNet news regarding them entering the Clone Wars: Archive 

    Flesh Raiders: appear again (or previously, depending on POV) in Dawn of the Jedi comics. They were introduced to Tython when the Rakata Empire invaded.

    Trandoshans: while the species appears in the movies (Bossk) it is in the Bounty Hunter Wars and Tales of the Bounty Hunters novels that their culture of wookiee hunting and worship of the Scorekeeper evolve.

    Chiss: Chiss first appear in the Thrawn trilogy novels. More of their  cultural history appear in the Thrawn Duology, Survivor’s Quest, Outbound Flight and some in New Jedi Order novels. The first video game appearance ‘may’ be in the Dark Forces games as an occasional bartender with bad grammar.

    Black Sun Crime Syndicate:  was introduced as a multi species criminal Empire in Shadows of the Empire multimedia project. Xixor the falleen was head Vigo at the time but it also included notables like Durga the Hutt. It also gets attention in Coruscant Nights (another Hutt), a get out jail free card by the New Republic to help retake Coruscant in X-Wing: Wedge’s Gamble. It received a serious pruning of leadership and bodyguards (including a nightsister of Dathomir) by Darth Maul (title) in the comics. It attempted to reform in the Young Jedi Knight books and was alive and active in the Legacy era, over 100 years after the New Republic and the original trilogy.

    Selonians and Drall first appear in The Corellian Trilogy of books, the first time the world and cultures were ever fleshed out. Human Jedi, Rogue Squadron Pilot  and Corsec member Corran Horn even dated a selonian which is mentioned in I,Jedi.

    Genoharadan is a secret bounty hunter guild with an interest in influencing Galactic Politics via assassination. you can first meet during Knights of the Old Republic

    Rakata: first appear in Knights of the Old Republic (game) and get greatly expanded on in game, especially during quests such as Tatooine, Nar Shaddaa and the Forged Alliances Flashpoint.

    Individuals:

    Names like Organa, Dodonna and Madine may be ancestors of those in the movies. Following on from that:

    The House of Thul (Alderaan) : Raynar Thul is a Jedi in Luke’s New Jedi Order. He first appears as a student in Young Jedi Knights. He comes of a successful business family that runs the Bornaryn Trading Fleet.

    Gormak Vandrayke: the Vandrake generator the Cedrax is trying to build comes from ‘Camper’ AKA Vandrayke, a genius gone into hiding in the Knights of the Old Republic comic series.

    Revan goes back to the main character Knights of the Old Republic.  The Force Ghost of the Exile (AKA Meetra Surik) goes back to Knights of the Old Republic 2.  Both they and Lord Scourge are the focus of the novel Revan.

    Exar Kun,  Marka Ragnos, Naga Sadow all are Sith spirits floating about Yavin 4.  These characters came from Golden Age of the Sith and Tales of the Jedi.  Ragnos would be seen again as a spirit in Jedi Academy (the game) as would Exar Kun, in Jedi Academy (the books)

    Theron Shan got his start in Dark Horse Comics,  The Lost Suns, followed by SWTOR Annihilation (novel) before appearing in the game as a recurring character and finally as a companion.

    Bao Dur gets a mention as Ogoruub the Hutt recieved the Bao Dur Science Prize. Bao Dur was a companion of the Exile in KOTOR 2 who served as an engineer in the Mandalorean War.

    Mounts:

    Boma beast first appears in Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic.

    Rancors appear in Return of the Jedi,  but the first idea to ride them comes from The Courtship of Princess Leia. The witches of Dathomir used them as mounts.

    Kybuck first appeared as Yoda’s mount, given him by the wookiees, in the Genndy Tartroski Clone Wars Microseries.

    Animals:

    Thranta:  first mentioned in McQuarrie paintings but also in The Illustrated Star Wars Galaxy and seen off Alderaan in the Young Jedi Knights series.

    Terentatek first appear in Knights of the Old Republic.

    Tukata first appear in Tales of the Jedi guarding Korriban’s tombs.

    Kath hounds first appear on Dantooine in Knights of the Old Republic.

    Rakghouls first appear in Knights of the Old Republic. They also feature in the comics in a cross over event between several eras of the saga, beginning in KOTOR comics and ending in the Legacy era.

     

     

     

    Vague Connections:

    It may or may not be a coincidence.

    Port Nowhere of the smuggler storyline has a very similar line to Fort Nowhere on Ruusan in the Dark Forces novellas and audio books. Both were founded by smugglers.

    Crucible Review & Continuity

    Crucible Book Cover Crucible
    Star Wars
    Troy Denning
    Sci Fi
    Ballantine Del Rey
    January 1, 2013
    Hardcover & Paperback

    Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, and Luke Skywalker return in an all-new Star Wars adventure, which will challenge them in ways they never expected—and forever alter their understanding of life and the Force.

    When Han and Leia Solo arrive at Lando Calrissian’s Outer Rim mining operation to help him thwart a hostile takeover, their aim is just to even up the odds and lay down the law. Then monstrous aliens arrive with a message, and mere threats escalate into violent sabotage with mass fatalities. When the dust settles, what began as corporate warfare becomes a battle with much higher stakes—and far deadlier consequences.

    Now Han, Leia, and Luke team up once again in a quest to defeat a dangerous adversary bent on galaxy-wide domination. Only this time, the Empire is not the enemy. It is a pair of ruthless geniuses with a lethal ally and a lifelong vendetta against Han Solo. They will stop at nothing to control the lucrative Outer Rim mining trade—and ultimately the entire galactic economy. And when the murderous duo gets the drop on Han, he finds himself outgunned in the fight of his life. To save him, and the galaxy, Luke and Leia must brave a gauntlet of treachery, terrorism, and the untold power of an enigmatic artifact capable of bending space, time, and even the Force itself into an apocalyptic nightmare.

    The Last Adventure Of Han, Luke, Leia and Lando – the Original Trilogy Heroes

    This is the culmination of a lifetime of service that began with the Original Trilogy, as well as a chance to unexpectedly reflect on the past and decide on the future.  Youth has been replaced with age, but also with wisdom and confidence in each other.Han, Luke and Leia are off on a last adventure to help old friend Lando Calrissian.

    Luke and Leia had devoted their lives to one thing, fighting the power of the dark side. It was that simple. Wherever the dark side rose, wherever the the Sith had dared show themselves – there Luke and Leia had rushed, never hesitating, never flinching. It had been their destiny to shepherd the galaxy into a new era of hope, and not once had they shrunk from that calling.
    ~Crucible, by Troy Denning.

    From the release of the first Star Wars novelization of the original trilogy, to this, the last book published with Han, Luke, Leia and Lando Calrissian, this quote sums up these characters perfectly. And it’s a story..a story of shepherding in hope, that you can ONLY get in the true Expanded Universe. For there to be hope, their must be more victory than failure, more triumph than tragedy, and love and friendship that overcomes all failings.

    The Story itself and what I thought of it:

    Our original trilogy heroes have stayed true to themselves through long years in spite of the violent changes. And that means that even though the galaxy has problems, they never forget to make time for an old friend. While the path has been long and winding, while it took terms I didn’t expect (and would prefer not to have been done) this story restores something I’d missed. A sheer adventure, clearly meant to be a last hurrah for the original trilogy heroes, not due to failure of their mission to restore democracy and the Jedi,  but because they had succeeded and it was time to let a new generation lead.

    “A Jedi can’t get so caught up in matters of galactic importance that it interferes with his concern for individual people.”  ~ Luke Skywalker, Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn.

    Decades later, this is still true. Leia Organa Solo, fully a Jedi Knight is off with husband Han Solo to a meeting with old friend Lando Calrissian, who is having pirate troubles at one of his mining operations. To make matters worse, they may be involved with someone threading Lando’s family. As usual, this leads to some shocking discoveries, an old enemy who Han did not even realize he’d made, and some true villains who are plotting a galactic takeover. Their advantage: vast wealth, vaster intelligence, hired Mandaloreans, and an ally who is of the lost tribe of the Sith. Their weakness: a hatred of Han Solo for a crime he did not commit.

    Han and Lando though have an advantage too: allies who are Jedi, including the Grand Master Luke Skywalker who is ready for a little time away from being the Grand Master. He’s also ready to check in with his son, Ben Skywalker and Tahiri Veila, who happen to be in the area investigating a Jedi who is missing. She was off searching for the mysterious Force rich and legendary ‘Mortis’.

    There are some surprising new twists in the story, not least of which is the mystery of what the villainous Qrephs have found and are protecting. The battle to stop them from unleashing…something…is a view of not only the sheer toughness of Luke and Leia (no matter their age), but also how Han Solo has come to view them and what he has learned from them, life and the Force.

    A little history for the story and it’s continuity:

    This book stands alone, but it also ties into both The Clone Wars TV series Mortis story arc and Fate of the Jedi series. While The Clone Wars had continuity clashes that Fantasy Flight Games (RPG) retconned as ‘COMPNOR altering the records’ the Mortis arc stands pretty well on its own, with no specific reference to continuity to really alter.  It is a mysterious place where the Chosen One is challenged by beings known as the Ones who are ancient and those who for eternity have, until the clone wars era, kept the Force in balance.

    According to Fate of the Jedi, Yoda did mention this odd adventure of Anakin and Obi-Wan’s to Luke. In Fate of the Jedi an entity known as ‘Abeloth’ who was associated with these ‘Ones’ caused chaos in the galaxy. Mortis seems like the kind of place the New Jedi Order might just be interested in finding. At the same time an ancient tribe of Sith, who had long ago been lost and marooned for generations on a forgotten world return to cause chaos.  Among them: a young Sith named Vestara Khai, whose deception caused deep pain for young Ben Skywalker.

    Recent events of the battle with Abeloth, the Sith, the fall of one of their own to the Dark Side (Legacy of the Force), the wars with the Yuuzhan Vong (New Jedi Order series) are mentioned, highlights and tragedies of Luke, Han and Leia. Lando’s wife and son are also mentioned, his wife, Tendra, first appeared in the Corellian Trilogy by Roger Macbride Allen. Chance AKA Lando Jr.  first shows up in Fate of the Jedi series.

    A little planned (and canceled) future for the story:

    Crucible is the ending of an era, that of the original trilogy heroes taking lead, and the intended setup of another, one curtailed by the Disney purchase. This is where our heroes decide to step aside and retire and why they make that decision. The stories after were meant to be about the next generation, Jaina Solo, Jagged Fel, Ben Skywalker, Tahiri, Allana Solo and their friends. There was just enough mystery left at the end of this to lead to interesting stories for the future. One can but hope those now in charge of the franchise come to realize that these stories deserve to be told.

    Crucible-HC - Troy Denning, with the original trilogy trio

    There were 2 promotional covers and 3 actual of Han, Luke and Leia for the Crucible novel. The hardcover shows a grayer, older looking Han. The paperback (seen at top) shows a grayer but not quite as gray Han. The third one, the last release, features different art for all 3 characters. But the oddest choice is giving Luke a beard as in the ‘other’ galaxy. Luke in the expanded universe never wore a beard except when needing a disguise.

    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!

    Major Storyline Plot Developments Ahead this Section! SPOILERS. Click here

    Han’s life takes a turn for the painful when his best friend Chewbacca sacrifices himself to save young Anakin Solo, a teenage Jedi at this point. Forced to leave him to save the majority, Anakin takes the brunt of Han’s anger and pain. Eventually though the relationship works itself out as the grief’s pain gives way to time. But Anakin Solo is a hero through and through and finds a new battle that is too much…so much he sacrifices all for his friends. Han finds himself hit by the massive pain of losing his youngest son to war.

    As one war ends and a new one begins, Han finds himself torn between his homeworld Corellia and the Galactic Alliance, heir to the Republic. But a worse pain awaits, his older son, Jacen, is leading the fight against Corellia, falls to the Dark Side. Only one person can stop him..fatally…his sister Jaina. Left with only one surviving child, Han and Leia carry on together in spite of their pain.

    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