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

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. I gave it 4 stars.

“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!

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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

Clones & Cloners

In the Star Wars Galaxy, Kaminoans are the most famous cloners but not the only ones.  The Clone Armies of the Republic too, are famous. But again, they are not the only clones.

Clones:

Jango Fett clones:

Republic Commando - Triple Zero Clones

Republic Commando – Triple Zero Clones

While the first clones were born on Kamino and trained by mostly Mandaloreans, later clones were born on Centax 2. The latter were grown using a different method with Spaarti cloning cylinders. They had less physical training and more flash imprinting to get them ready for the job. They were trained differently, without the respect for the Jedi as leaders and even led to believe that Centax 2 was Kamino. This led to the realization by some of the early Mandalorean trainers that the someone in the government was about to pull something, while the Jedi seemed not to notice.  Some of the original clones, resentful of being used as a slave army, realized the threat would affect them as well and deserted. They had the aid of their own trainers as well as a few Jedi who had decided on their own that the Jedi relying on ‘bred for war’ clones was a violation of their beliefs. On their own, these clones sought out a cure for the Kaminoan genetics that sped up their aging for a cure.

Eventually some of the Kaminoans, realizing the Empire were a threat to them, created some of these with loyalties to the Kaminoans. This led to the Imperial Fleet and the Vader’s Fist Imperial 501st to do battle with the Kaminoan clones. It also led to the clones being phased out and different clone ‘templates’ being used for the DNA. The Spaarti method proved to have downsides as well, as the forced speed of growing clones often led to mental instability.

Jango Sources:

Attack of the Clones
Hero of Cartao
– Timothy Zahn, Star Wars Insider 68 Short Story – 2003
Republic Commando – LucasArts Video Game – 2005
Republic Commando Series by Karen Traviss, Del Rey Books -2004
Battlefront 2 – Pandemic Studios & LucasArts Video Game

Morgukai Clones:

The Morgukai Nikto were born and bred to fight Jedi. Their numbers were few, so the Separatists grew clones of them on Saleucami into a Shadow Army. They were stopped by the Republic and Jedi from leaving the planet. They were trained by the Anzati.

Morgukai Sources:

Republic Trackdown – John Ostrander & Duursema, Dark Horse comics
Republic Seige at Saluecami – John Ostrander & Duursema, Dark Horse comics

Starkiller Clone:

Starkiller's Clone

Vader captured by Kota and Starkiller’s Clone in The Force Unleashed 2. This story arc was not given an ending.

Galen Marek was cloned by Vader and the Empire as his secret Apprentice. Until this time, cloning of Force Sensitives had repeatedly failed, always ending with a mentally unstable clone.

Starkiller Sources:

The Force Unleashed 1
Book by Sean Williams – 2008 – Del Rey Books
Graphic Novel by Haden Blackman, Brian Ching, Bong Dazo, Wayne Nichols – Dark Horse Comics -2008
Video Game by Lucasarts

The Force Unleashed 2
Book by Sean Williams – 2010 – Del Rey Books
Graphic Novel by Haden Blackman, Omar Francia,  Manuel Silva – Dark Horse Comics 2010
Video Game by Lucasarts – 2010

Thrawn clones:

Thrawn had himself cloned in case anything happened to him, with the goal of defending the Empire from threats in the Unknown Regions. The timer was set to not release the clone unless the timer ticked down 10 years.

Mount Tantiss Clones: Thrawn chose the best of his troops for the Mount Tantiss cloning project, in order to have a ready made fleet for his captured Katana fleet. This would have proven a huge threat the New Republic but for his error in relying on his ability to control the discovered clone of Jedi Joruus C’baoth, who subverted his efforts by easily breaking the mind’s of the clone templates. Ultimately the entire cloning chamber was destroyed by a New Republic strike team.

Thrawn’s Jedi Clones:  Thrawn’s purpose for these is as yet unknown. However Jaden Korr discovered Clones that apparently combined Palpatine’s Sith DNA with those of numerous Jedi of the new Order, including Kam Solusar, Mara Jade, Kyle Katarn and others. It’s unknown how he got all of this DNA, though some was certainly from former Imperials. Katarn, Mara and Solusar had once served the Empire. These clones proved to have a serious genetic illness. They also proved mentally unstable, killing the scientist who created them.

Thrawn Sources:

Dark Force Rising – Timothy Zahn – Bantam Books 1992
The Last Command
– Timothy Zahn – Bantam Books 1993
Vision of the Future
– Timothy Zahn – Bantam Books – 2013
Crosscurrent – Paul S. Kemp – Del Rey Books – 2010
Riptide – Paul S. Kemp – Del Rey Books – 2011

The Emperor’s Clones:

Emperor Palpatine discovered how to clone Force sensitives with Vader’s experiments using Starkiller, along with his own Master Darth Plagueis’ training. The ability for the Sith to transfer their spirit to another had originally been lost, but he reclaimed that knowledge from a Jedi called Ashka Boda and a Jedi holocron. Using the cloning, he planned to ‘jump’ to a new body when the old wore out or was damaged. This was foiled by treacherous doctor’s paid off to sabotage the clone DNA as well as Luke Skywalker destroying the inactive clones.

Emperor’s Sources:

Dark Empire – Tom Veitch & Cam Kennedy, Dark Horse comics – 1991
Crimson Empire – Mike Richardson, Randy Stradley, Paul Gulacy – Dark Horse Comics, 1997
Crimson Empire 2 –  Mike Richardson,  Randy Stradley, Paul Gulacy -Dark Horse Comics, 1998

Khommites

Khommites froze their culture at the level they felt was ‘perfect’ by using cloning. Rather than procreate as other species, each individual was cloned and trained by their predecessor. They were differentiated by a number. Rarely did things change, even under the Empire.  However a massive change occurred when Dorsk 81 found that he was Force Sensitive and went off to become a Jedi. He successor also followed in his wake. Khomm civilization received a serious cultural blow when the Imperial Remnant led by Admiral Daala attacked their world, causing damage to the cloning facilities and stored clone DNA.

Khomm Sources:

Jedi Academy Trilogy – Kevin J. Anderson – Bantam books – 1994
Dark Saber – Kevin J. Anderson – Bantam books – 1995

 

Ultimately, cloning is a complicated business in any galaxy. Cloning a person has moral implications that in all probability, they will question if misused. Cloning for slave labors doesn’t mean they are not sentient with rights, intelligence and feelings. The Kaminoans also bred the shovel handed miner slaves of Subterrel, they had no ‘moral’ problems as they considered all species but their own inferior. Using cloning even to clone oneself has problems as well. For what if your ‘double’ does not wish to be a true duplicate? And basing an entire culture and society on cloning risks stagnation, which will be threatened when the unexpected (such as Imperial attack or unavoidable natural disaster) occur. The expedience of using a mysterious clone army nearly brought about the end of the Jedi Order in the prequels. The blind belief that paid for Kaminoan scientists would never question the danger to themselves caused the clone on clone battle for Kamino.

 

 

 

Jedi Academy Game Review & Continuity

The Jedi Academy Game is a tie in that goes in all directions. By this I mean previous games, comics and books, as well as those that come after. For that alone I would love it. I also find it most helpful in that I had previously been stuck on Jedi Outcast. After playing this I found it gave me skills I needed to succeed at the earlier game.

Released the year after Attack of the Clones, it is a follow up on the popular ‘Dark Forces’ series. In this game, instead of playing Kyle Katarn, you play his apprentice, Jaden Korr. As you work up through the levels, you start out choosing whether to play male or female from 4 species and what styles to wear. You also get to choose from different lightsaber hilts.

Jedi Academy Player Character Options

Jedi Academy Player Character Options

The opening encounter introduces Rosh Penin, a fellow student and involves a shuttle crash onto the Yavin moon. We quickly find trouble at work in the form of Imperial allies who have dark Jedi companions. This sets the story for the game.  We also learn Jaden does already have at least some skill in the Force: already has built a lightsaber with no training.

The very important detail to continuity comes in the form of Jedi Master Luke Skywalker assigning students to teachers. He explains that the ‘old’ Jedi Order kept it one on one, but they did not yet have enough Jedi for that. This explains that this is not a contradiction with the Phantom  Menace and Attack of the Clones, (Revenge of the Sith wasn’t out yet) but a natural result of a decimated order. As he assigns students to teachers, familiar names from the Jedi Academy books are among them.

Jedi Academy Temple Training Area

Jedi Academy Temple Training Area

The first level is an awesome tie in  level. Jaden gets to run through the Yavin Academy and solve puzzles as the player learn about using the Force and the lightsaber. We get the basics immediately: push, pull, speed, jump. Some of this scenery we experienced in Jedi Outcast. And previously we had to earn (or re-earn) those powers. But it also ties in to other stories. This is what Jaina, Jacen, Anakin Solo and their friends would’ve gone through between scenes of the Young Jedi Knights and Junior Jedi Knights books.

Having warmed up, we are now ready to take on missions. We get to choose our weapons and which Force powers to boost first. Here we get to choose which order they come in. On one, we get to team up with Chewbacca. Some of the missions are just good deeds, others are a quest to find out why the Empire was sneaking around Yavin 4. We meet sandpeople, jawas, pirates and (of course) imperials.

Tie ins in the first set of missions:  (Jedi Initate)

Emergency Assistance – Bakura: is set on the world introduced in the Truce of Bakura by Kathy Tyers, first novel after the Thrawn trilogy.

Cult Investigation – Corellia: We’ve long heard Han Solo was Corellian, but the movies never showed it. It has popped up in Rogue Leader & X-Wing Rogue Squadron comics, I,Jedi and the Corellian trilogy novels. It is a hotspot in the Legacy of the Force novel series. We admittedly don’t see much outside of the flying tram.

Nod to another franchise:
Merchant Rescue – Blanjeel was inspired apparently by the Dune series.

Tie ins in the second set of missions: (Jedi Apprentice)

Jedi Academy Video Game - Vader's Stature on Vjun

Jedi Academy Video Game – Vader’s Stature on Vjun

Vjun – Exterior / Vjun – Castle Basement / Vjun – Vader’s Castle : the planet Vjun was first revealed in Dark Empire 2 comics and visited by Anakin Solo in Junior Jedi Knights, Vader’s Fortress. The planet was also base to Dooku in Yoda: Dark Rendezvous.

Now we need to choose whether to add a new style of lightsaber combat. Or we can choose to stick with what we got but choose duel lightsabers (pick your hilts and colors) like Anakin used in Attack of the Clones, or a double bladed saber, such as introduced by Exar Kun and later used by Darth Maul as well as Bastila Shan.

Tie ins in the third set of missions: (Jedi Knight)

Dismantle Device – Yalara – This level features the Noghri, made famous in the Thrawn trilogy. These noghri have been out of touch for awhile. They are not allies, even though they are fighting Imperials and will attack with poison gas.

Force Theft Investigation – Byss :  The planet Byss was first revealed in Dark Empire comics. It was destroyed in Empire’s End comics. It is the destroyed system that is visited in the game.

Taspir (which is all new) is where you are faced with the test of rescuing Rosh Penin, fellow student who (apparently) was captured and turned. At this point you have to choose whether to forgive him (and stay in the light) or kill him (and go to the Dark side.)

marka-ragnos-ghost

Korriban, Tomb of Marka Ragnos. He was first introduced in Golden Age of the Sith by Dark Horse Comics

Korriban – Catacombs / Korriban – Valley of the Dark Lords  : Korriban first appears in Tales of the Jedi,  comics. It reappears in Empire’s End (comics),  Knights of the Old Republic (game and comics), The Old Republic (game and comics), Legacy of the Force, Fate of the Jedi, Jedi Quest: The Final Showdown,Crosscurrent and Riptide (both of the latter starring Jaden Korr).

Somewhere in the third set of missions you have to choose to stay a Jedi of the Light or fall to the Dark Side.

For a real walkthrough, Check out this Gamespot article.

Jaden Korr - canon version

Jaden Korr – canon version as he is described in the books.

Each video game has one ending which is considered canon. In this case, it’s the light side ending. While Jaden Korr can be played with various options, the canon version is a white human male since that is ow he appears in the follow up books Riptide and Crosscurrent. (Which is a bit disappointing to me, given how many other options there were.)

Medstar I: Battle Surgeons Review & Continuity

SW-CloneWars-Battlesurgeons-BarrissOffee

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

This is not an adventure in the sense where the heroes are running from or blasting bad guys. These are the kind of heroes who fight to save lives with medical supplies. This is the Star Wars version of M*A*S*H with a mystery twist set during the Clone Wars.

Barriss Offee is sent to the RIMSOO (really RMSU: Republic Mobile Surgical Unit) for 2 reasons. She is a Jedi healer to help the doctors, but she is also to investigate suspicious issues with the BOTA healing substance being shipped from the planet.

Barriss Offee finds herself among people asking hard questions, and what its like to have power but not be able to help. It’s a thought provoking journey into what the doctors and other personnel behind the lines are going through. Clones were bred for war, does that make them less human? Droids are built, but what if they grow beyond their programming. What makes one truly alive? And what makes one a hero? If a murderer is on your side, does it make him a hero instead of a criminal?

The war going on sometimes hits too close. In addition Black Sun (crime syndicate) has agents involved. Murder and sabotage ensue and there is a traitor in their midst.

This kind of story had to grow on me. At the time of this novel’s writing we’d only glimpsed Barriss in the background in Attack of the Clones and Genndy’s Clone Wars. We did get a deeper story on her in The Approaching Storm. Here, she really grows as a character and is forced to confront the temptations of the Dark Side.

Influence on the Expanded Universe

Expanded Characters:

Barriss Offee: Jedi Padawan & Healer  is expanded on in this. She remembers details of her past training with Luminara Unduli. This is our first serious view of Jedi Healing powers.

IFive: the independent droid of Darth Maul: Shadowhunter makes a return appearance and is striving to regain some of what he lost.

Expanded Cultures:

Sakiyans haven’t had much insight up until now, Admiral Bleyd makes up for this by pondering on his past and future.

Corellia is revealed to have traditionalists who strongly disapprove of marrying anyone not from their own planet. A minor hint of this was revealed in The Corellian Trilogy in it’s outerworlds.

Introduced:

Den Dhur: Sullustan journalist. Dhur will have many adventures in future books.
Jos Vandar: Chief surgeon
Zan Yant: Zabrak Surgeon
Klo Merit: Minder. (AKA Mental Health Therapist)
Tolk: Lorrdian Nurse
Admiral Bleyd (Sakiyan)
Yanth (Hutt, supply officer)
Phow Ji – Bunduki marshal arts instructor.
Kaird – Black Sun Agent

Introduced Culture:

Nedijii

Other Introductions:

Bota: a powerful healing plant native to Drongar.

Admiral Bleyd’s private ship: will appear in future stories and will be revealed in the future under the name ‘Stinger’.

Also mentioned:

Black Sun is heavily involved in this story.
Teras Kasi is mentioned. It’s a fighting style and had a video game (with a less than stellar reputation).

Darth Maul Shadowhunter Review & Continuity

Darth Maul-ShadowHunter

The first adult novel with a Darth Maul adventure.

If one has seen Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and realizes where this book lies in the timeline, one might assume one knows how it ends. If Darth Maul gets halved by Obi-Wan there, he clearly doesn’t die here. But sometimes the journey is more important than the destination. Sometimes, things don’t turn out as one would expect. Even the Sith are not infallible.

One of the Trade Federation neimodians has bolted, taking information that could reveal the Sith’s plans to have them blockade Naboo. Darth Maul is tasked with finding him and destroying all who have that information.

This story is shockingly good.The characters pull one into their lives and make them root for their victories. With a Darth Maul breathing down their necks, its hard to put down. I cringed every time one made a wrong choice, knowing it could be there last.

Darsha Assant is a a Jedi padawan facing what she thinks are the trials to grant her Knighthood. But the trials laid out by the Jedi Council are not the worst of the trial she faces. What she ends up with is a journey through the worst of Coruscant, with a corellian who bears a grudge against a Jedi, his droid partner, and a Sith on there trail.

Lorn Pavan, Corellian information broker, lives on the shady side of the street. But this is only because of a very personal falling out with the Jedi Order. But now he has to deal with one or die and that means he gets to know the person, not just the Order. Lorn’s fate will impact future stories. His reasons for disliking the Order are revealed slowly through the book. But now that Darth Maul is on his trail, he’ll take what help he can get.

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I5YQ-from the New Essential Guide to Droids

IFive, independent partner and droid, proves to be very far removed in abilities and attitude from C3PO, though they both started life as protocol droids. IFive has had a rough existence, bringing up the question of just what is ‘life’ and what rights do droids have, or should they have. Loyal partner that he is, he thinks for himself. He too has an important future.

Darth Maul remembers some of his training under the Sith and is forced to use stealth and cunning to deal with many of his targets. Kill them however he likes, but he cannot reveal the existence of the Sith. There must be no witnesses.

The destination is less important than the journey in this book making this an amazing story of forgiveness, redemption and growth for the hero characters.

Affect on Continuity:

Introduced Characters:
  • IFive will go on to star in the Medstar Duology followed by the Coruscant Nights series.
  • Tuden Sal, Pavan’s shady contact, will also appear in Coruscant Nights.
  • Anoon Bondara, Darsha’s Jedi Master, is mentioned again in Cloak of Deception, set right before this in the timeline.

Notable Continuity Mentions:

Black Sun, introduced in Shadows of the Empire (which is set during the Empire) is thriving. Their circumstances tie into the Darth Maul comic book storyline set before this.

Cthons, the mutants of the underworld of Coruscant are first named here, after being indirectly mentioned in Jedi Search.

Darsha thinks of other Jedi Padawans, notably those from the Jedi Apprentice series by Jude Watson.

The Teräs Käsi fighting style used by Darth Maul and Anoon Bondara first appeared in the Shadows of the Empire novel.

Complications:

Darth Maul is mentioned as being the other half of the Sith, though Darth Plagueis was alive at this time. However, future stories suggest Maul did not know there were any others besides he and his Master.

Darth Maul is mentioned as Iridonian Zabrak. The Clone Wars stories later change his history to a Dathomiri Zabrak. There was no time for this to be explained in continuity due to the Disney buyout and cancellation of both The Clone Wars and the Expanded Universe immediately after.

This book was a New York Times Best Seller