Han Solo Trilogy by Brian Daley Continuity

Long before Ann Crispin fleshed out Han Solo’s life, someone else had already explored some of his adventures.

The trilogy of books about Han Solo was by Brian Daley, who also scripted the radio drama versions of the Original Trilogy.

Han’s adventures are in the Corporate Sector, which is semi independent from the Empire. He has both Chewbacca with him and his beloved Millenium Falcon. He is free to fly, but cash poor. He is on the run from the Corporate Sector authorities who take a dim view of smugglers as well as from loan sharks.

Introduced and reappearing years later:

The Corporate Sector itself is mentioned repeatedly over the years, even in the prequel stories where they are clashing with Naboo artisans and Padme has to negotiate with them.

Badure,  an instructor from the Imperial Academy Han once attended. He reappears in New Jedi Order. We also hear hints of how Han was court-martialed from the Imperial Navy over a certain wookiee. The story of Han and the Imperial Academy is expanded on by Ann Crispin’s Han Solo trilogy.

Also expanded on is why he fled to the Corporate Sector in the first place. One of his missions was to look up Doc and his Outlaw Techs, who would be mentioned in Dark Empire as being the best in the business for hot starships with owners who don’t want any questions asked.

Roa and his wife Lwyll also are expanded on as Han’s former smuggling mentor in the Ann Crispin books. Roa makes another appearance in the New Jedi Order.

The Freedom’s Sons is a throw away line in the books about a heroic group, but is used in West End Games for an organization of vigilante sorts who supported the Republic in the Clone Wars. We meet them and their leader at last in Jedi Trial fighting alongside Anakin Skywalker and Nejaa Halcyon.

Ruria, homeworld of Skynx, a fellow adventurer on one of the Falcon’s quests, is mentioned in later stories.

Bollux, the labor droid, is mentioned again when Han meets a similar droid again in New Jedi Order.

Z-95 Headhunter, this ship began here but continued to be a workhorse of a fighter, being used by the rebellion and on into the New Republic. Mara Jade has one in Jedi Academy by Kevin Anderson, Luke flies one undercover in Allegiance by Timothy Zahn. Wedge Antillies flew one in Dark Horse Comics (though the name was Z-95 it was mistakenly illustrated as an X-Wing.)  According to the episode guide, it also appears in The Clone Wars TV series. It is used or mentioned in stories from the Bantam era as well as the Del Rey era, and was expanded on by West End Games

Spray / Odumin, a Corporate Sector leader, introduces his homeworld of Tynna, which comes under attack in the New Jedi Order.

Han’s encounter with Kamar insects leaves him with issues years later, when his daughter becomes involved with the killik species of insects in the Dark Nest Crisis.

Gladiator Droids as Bollux the Labor Droid was forced to face and the concept of Droid fighting reappears in Dark Horse Comics Droids Graphic Novels.

Han and Chewbacca’s issue with slavers is first revealed here, with them going head to head with slavers who try and force them to move their ‘wares’. It’s later brought up that Chewbacca was a slave, and their opinion of slavers is reinforced in both Ann Crispin’s trilogy and mentioned in the Thrawn trilogy.

The Corporate Sector’s Star’s End prison used stasis fields to keep prisoners suspended in time, long before The Empire Strikes Back used carbon freeze to do the same to Han.

Lift Tubes, elevators that use forced air instead of a moving platform to shift between floors are used  Jedi Outcast, Jedi Academy

Nashtahs, hunting beasts, are mentioned in other stories. Aurra Sing, the bounty hunter in the Dark Horse Comic books was nicknamed Nashtah.

The Corporate Sector would be visited again in Agent of the Empire: Iron Eclipse (Dark Horse Comics) starring Imperial agent Jahan Cross.  Han Solo and Chewie also make an appearance. This story is set during the same time period as the Han Solo Adventures.

The Truce at Bakura, Aftermath of Endor, Influence

Truce at Bakura, in the Aftermath of EndorThe Truce at Bakura is the literal aftermath of the Battle of Endor and deals with the emotional and very real strategic fall outs of it. As such, its a great place to dive into the Expanded Universe.

The Truce at Bakura starts immediately after Return of the Jedi. It is literally the day after the Death Star’s destruction and our heroes are still nursing wounds. Luke is feeling the effects of the Emperor’s Force Lightning and the pain at losing his Father. Leia still has an arm injury as well as the new realization that Darth Vader was her biological father.

The Imperial’s Primary Fleet is shattered, with the best of the ships and crews (since Vader only took the best.) The Emperor and Darth Vader being dead, leaves the Empire leaderless, but not yet surrendered. In the aftermath of a hard won victory, even though word is getting out about the battle, many worlds are still under Imperial control.

When the world of Bakura sends a message for help to the now scattered Imperial fleet, the message is intercepted and self destruct averted by Wedge Antillies.  Aliens are invading and the Imperial held world is desperate. So desperate that offering them aid might just win them over to the Alliance..

The Aftermath of Endor for the Heroes

Luke Skywalker

In the aftermath of  Emperor’s Force lightning, Luke is still in the medical ward for treatement.  Then Obi-Wan’s spirit appears, warning him of terrible danger if he does not go to Bakura and deal with matters there personally. This is one of very few appearances of the Force Spirit’s in the books.

Luke is given command of a battlegroup and once more is left unable to fly with Rogue Squadron. This is a step toward passing command to Wedge in the comic immediately following: Rogue Leader. His next step up will be to General in Shadows of Mindor.

His first after the movie era female attraction is here, Gaeriel Captison. She will not be the last, but their friendship will eventually come into play in the Corellian trilogy. His questions about his family are still troubling him here.

He meets his first potential apprentice: a boy enslaved by the alien Ssi’ruuk.

Leia Organa

Leia is still nursing a blaster wound to the arm, much more, she is nursing the shock of finding out Darth Vader is her biological father. He visits her as a Force spirit to apologize. Her confusion and deep seated anger at him is an issue she will have to confront many times in various other books. It will also make her hesitant to have a child.

Leia has reason to distrust Imperial governor’s but she finds herself making the first ever official truce between the Empire and Alliance.

Han Solo

Han has only just gotten to enjoy the fact that he is in love with Leia in she in love with him. Luke is no longer a threatening suitor, but he still finds himself jealous and out of step. When Luke is out of touch, Han will once again end up as leader.

R2 D2 and C3PO

Find themselves called upon to translate the Ssi Ruuk speech. While they don’t know the language, Artoo can emulate do to the whistling, tweeting sound it mimics. They also do their best to cure the Bakuran anti droid sentiment, left over from a Droid Rebellion and the Clone Wars conflict.

Chewbacca

Faces a world largely unaccustomed to non humans. But he doesn’t let it bother him in the slightest, even when it means dealing with Imperials (without bashing heads.)

New Characters, Creatures and Technology Introduced

 Gaeriel Captison (Imperial Bakuran Politician)

Governor Nereus (Imperial Govenor)

Pter Thanas (Imperial Officer)

Senator Orn Beldan (Rebel sympathizer Bakuran)

Ssi Ruuk (invading alien lizards)

Xwee (invading alien lizards, slave race)

Dev Sibwarra – (Force sensitive, human slave to Ssi Ruuk)

Entechment – Devices that steal a person’s Force life energy to power war machines. This is the first mention in novels of a device combining the Force with Technology.

 

Connections in the Books

The Clone Wars: Wild Space: mentions Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker battling Grievous here.

The Tie Fighter captured at Bakura will be used by Tycho Celchu on a recon mission to Coruscant. (X-Wing, Wedge’s Gamble)

Bakura is mentioned in Shadows of Mindor as well as several of the X-Wing series novels, and Jedi Academy trilogy.

The Corellian Trilogy sees the World of Bakura and Gaerial Captison return to the stories, an important player with their special ships that can break through gravity wells that otherwise prevent hyperspace travel.

Bakura is mentioned as temporarily being a member of the New Republic in Black Fleet Crisis.

The New Jedi Order sees Bakura come under the influence of the Peace Brigade, collaborators with the Yuuzhan Vong.

Luke Skywalker’s white shipboard outfit matches that shown in the Classic Marvel Comic book series.

Han’s black uniform with silver trim matches the one he used to infiltrate Star’s End, in Han Solo at Star’s End by Brian Daley.

The Truce at Bakura Sourcebook :

specifically calls the Alliance at this stage, before an official New Republic is formed,  the Alliance of Free Planets, just as the Classic Marvel Comic Books and Dark Force Comics Vandelhelm Mission.

It also lists the Doctor serving under Govenor Nereus as being the same woman who served under Captain-Supervisor Grammel during Luke and Leia’s escape from him on Mimban. (Splinter of the Mind’s Eye)

It also reveals discussions that the Alliance should classify the Bakuran incident, for fear Imperials who discovered more about it would try and attack the ssiruuk and steal the entechment weapons technology. This gives an early explanation why the incident itself is rarely mentioned in other stories.

Luke’s feeling of Pter Thanas future is revealed to be from a vision in the sourcebook. This vision (and the future) is confirmed in the Corellian Trilogy.

Effects on other Media

Dark Horse’s Clone Wars era comics reveal that Dooku had a base on Bakura, where he was encountered by Jedi Sora Bulq and Tholme.

The Clone Wars video game has the Force Harvester used here.

Bakura is used in the Empire at War , Rogue Squadron III and Rebellion video games.

Bakura in Jedi Academy

Bakura in Jedi Academy

Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy video game, the player as Jaden Korr has to prevent the Imperials from blowing up a power station on Bakura.

 

 

 

Wedge Antillies Expanded

ROTJ-Wedge-briefing

Wedge at the briefing on the Endor mission to take out Death Star 2

Wedge Antillies started as a mere background character in the original trilogy movies. He was the sole survivor of all 3, survivor of 2 Death Stars and the Battle of Hoth. He had very few lines.

Wedge gets a big boost in the Thrawn trilogy when he and the Rogues join the heroes in winning the Katana fleet and fighting Thrawn. This is followed by his own series X-Wing, leading up into how the Alliance took Coruscant. Then the Rogues get their own comic series, set before that.

Antillies was given temporary command of the Rogues when Luke went off to work on his Jedi training and save Han from Jabba. (Shadows of the Empire)

During the battle of Endor, Rogue Squadron was temporarily renamed by Wedge  in honor of their roots in Red Squadron. Some of the pilots were scattered to fill out other squadrons.

After the battle of Endor, Luke was given his first battlegroup at Bakura. This mission was instigated by Wedge, when he had a close encounter with an Imperial message drone which tried to self destruct. The drone’s message encouraged the Alliance to check out Bakura’s situation. Wedge remained in command of the squadron while there. (Truce at Bakura)

Afterward Luke invited Wedge and some his fellow Rogues on a recon mission to Corellia. At the end of the adventure there, he told Wedge that he would have less and less time to fly with them and handed over command. This made Wedge Antillies Rogue Leader AKA Rogue One, and put him in position of rebuilding the squadron. (Dark Horse Comics, Rogue Leader)

Wedge rebuilt Rogue Squadron, leaving only the survivors of Tycho Celchu, Wes Janson and Hobbie Klivian from the original group. (Follow these adventures in Dark Horse Comics X-Wing Rogue Squadron series)

Wedge having led the Rogues into a victory that wins its way to Coruscant, goes on to form and lead Wraith squadron. This led to him being made general. But this was with the condition that he could still, at times, fly with Rogue squadron. (X-Wing Novels)

Family
Rogue Squadron, The Phantom Affair

Rogue Squadron, The Phantom Affair flashes back to Wedge’s family

Wedge’s parents were Jagged and Zena Antillies. They were responsible for the Gus Treta Space station in the Corellian sector. Sadly, they sacrificed themselves to save the station when pirates caused an explosion and fuel leak that could’ve destroyed it.
Wedge’s sister, Syal Antillies, had gone off to become the movie star, stage name Wynssa Starflare.  She in turn married Soontir Fel. (This led to some awkwardness as Fel was a top Imperial pilot).
This left Wedge alone  in the care of Smuggler Booster Terrik. He became close friends, like a brother, to Mirax Terrik. He introduced her to her husband Corran Horn (whose father in CorSec once arrested Terrik.) 
Having insurance payout and the help of Smuggler Booster Terrik he became a trader.
Wedge’s earliest love was Mala Tinero, who he lost to the Empire. At this point he becomes a weapon smuggler for the Alliance, before becoming an X-Wing Pilot.
Wedge finds a first love with Qwi Xux, a deceived Imperial scientist who was brainwashed into helping design the first Death Star. However, eventually they break up, though remaining friends, and he finally marries Iella, a former Corellian Security agent and current Alliance Intelligence agent. They go on to have 2 daughters, Myri and Syal.

Wedge-in NJO Rebel Dream

Wedge Antillies leads the defense-in NJO Rebel Dream by Aaron Allston

As late as the Yuuzhan Vong War, he was still flying, though it was rarer due to arthritis. He was highly successful once Coruscant to the Vong and the reluctant government was no longer in the way. At this point he finally met one of his nephews, Jagged Fel.

Friends

Wedge was close to Biggs Darklighter and Jek Porkins. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia and company. He also stayed close to his Rogue friends, including Janson, Hobbie, Gavin Darkligher and Corran Horn.

The marriage of his nephew, Jag Fel, to Jaina Solo, daughter of Han and Leia Solo connects him to the infamous Skywalker/Solo clan.

Accomplishments and Challenges

Wedge was Luke’s second in command at the Battle of Hoth and Gall and regularly stood in as leader when Luke was away.

He reformed the Rogues when they shrank due to attrition and led the Rogues to victory at Brentaal V, Mrlsst, Eiattu, and perhaps most importantly Coruscant.

When Ysanne Isard fled Coruscant and an internal coup by the Xucphra bacta cartel put her in charge of Thyferra, a world with a monopoly on bacta, Wedge quit. Bacta was a prime ingredient in medicine, critical for any emergency. Yet the New Republic government could not officially sanction going after her. They might be seen as a conquering tyrant for interfering with internal politics. Wedge followed Corran Horn’s instant resignation, knowing that someone had to stop her, sanctioned or not. In the process they assisted the native ashern and competing Zaaltin bacta cartel free their planet, as well as capture her super star destroyer, the Lusankya.

Later, he finally agreed to accept the rank of General, on the condition he could still fly with the squadron and remain in command. He aided in the rescue of the Lusankya prisoners, who had been scattered when Isard took the ship and fled Coruscant. He also aided in bringing Adumar to the Republic. These are only a few of his victories after the second Death Star was destroyed and the Emperor’s death at Vader’s hand.

After the Vong war he again retired, only to be caught in the middle between the Galactic Alliance government and his homeworld of Corellia. He tried to stay neutral, however trickery on the part of Galactic Alliance leaders who pre-emptively arrested him, led him to joining up with the Corellians. He was also caught between family and friends as Rogue Squadron still flew for the Galactic Alliance, and one of his daughters was among them.

Through it all, Wedge Antillies remained a great friend to the Jedi Order.

Stories with Wedge Antillies

  • Rogue Leader (comic)
  • X-Wing Rogue Squadron (comics)
  • X-Wing (9 novels)
  • Rogue Squadron I, 2, 3, Rogue Leader (games)
  • Choices of One
  • Thrawn Trilogy (Dark Force Rising/Last Command)
  • Jedi Academy Trilogy
  • Thrawn Duology
  • Union
  • New Jedi Order: especially  Rebel Dream & Rebel Stand
  • Legacy of the Force

Minor Appearances:

  • Crimson Empire (Dark Horse Comics)
  • Dark Empire (Dark Horse Comics)

 

 

 

Prequels and Continuity

The prequels introduced to the movie screen things that were, until now, only in print. Things that some viewers complain about were actually explained in print, in some cases, long before the movies.

From Print to Movie

The world of Coruscant was glimpsed in Return of the Jedi’s Special Edition. But until The Phantom Menace, only expanded universe fans knew it was named Coruscant, capital of the Republic and Empire. The name came from Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn trilogy.

Aayla Secura, the blue skinned twilek in the background of Attack of the Clones, was originally created in Dark Horse Comic, Republic series. We’d seen hints of her life all the way back to childhood.

Obi-Wan and Anakin’s adventure at Cato Nemoidia was actually told in Labyrinth of Evil before the reference made by Obi-Wan in Revenge of the Sith.

Quinlan Vos, mentioned in Revenge of the Sith was also created in Dark Horse comics, Republic series. He was based on a background character seen in Mos Espa in The Phantom Menace. His career as a Jedi was a regular feature in the series. He was considered for a physical role and concept art bears that out.

Buzz Droids were first mentioned in the short story Murder in Slush Time by Barbara Hambly, in the Star Wars Adventure Journal of West End Games. They appear in Revenge of the Sith.

Wheelbikes, such as General Grievous used, first appeared in the animated Droids cartoons.

Solar Sailer Ships, Such as Count Dooku’s are first scene in the Tales of the Jedi Comics, as well as Firestorm and Junior Jedi Knights. In the latter stories a ship with solar sails was piloted by Jedi historian Tionne.

Double Bladed Lightsaber, such as used by Darth Maul, first appeared in Tales of the Jedi comics and was used by Exar Kun.

 

Leia and her Mother

Leia remembering her Mother in Return of the Jedi is a much complained about detail about the prequels. However, the Revenge of the Sith novelization says the infant was looking at Padme and Luke also seems to unknowingly remember her on the subject of Anakin with the line “There is still good in him.”
The version of Leia remembering her Mother, hiding and running was taken from an early version of the Return of the Jedi script, and removed from the movie as Lucas didn’t want to tie himself down in the future. At the time, there was no expanded universe, hence no conflict.

Rebel Je’daii observation:

It is also mentioned in various stories that Force sensitivity can be used (knowingly or not) to enhance memories. For instance:

In the Thrawn trilogy, Luke sees a vision of a possible past.

In Children of the Jedi, also published before the movies, he mentions ‘finding’ something with the Force as a child and upsetting his Uncle. It’s well established even before the prequels that a Force Sensitive may have unusual recall and use the Force, unknowingly, even as children.

In Jedi Apprentice, The Hidden Truth, Obi-Wan remembers his brother, Owen, who he would have last seen when he himself was only an infant.

Therefore it’s not a stretch to consider that the Force sensitive Leia remembered her mother through ‘visions’ of the Force. She also knew she was adopted, suggesting she discussed it with her adoptive family and had it confirmed that these were ‘memories’ of her mother.

Finally, Padme was bound body and blood to the offspring of the most powerful Jedi of his age. This may have enhanced her own Force sensitivity. This is conjecture based partly on how she knew to look at the Temple right when Anakin was looking from their to her. Also, it’s been proven possible in other ways. See Yoda, Dark Rendezvous and Jedi Knight, Jedi Outcast for cases where this was done.

 

Republic History

In Attack of the Clones, Palpatine claims the Republic had stood for 1000 years. This initially seems to clash with Obi-Wan’s statement in A New Hope: “For over a thousand generations, the Jedi were the guardians of peace and justice of the Old Republic.”  According to the dictionary, a generation is about 30 years, making the Republic at the minimum 3000 years old.

In fact though, 1000 years ago was the time of a massive reorganization of the Republic. It was known as the Ruusan Reformations. Ruusan was the place of the last battle between Jedi and Sith, when the Sith (they thought) were defeated. The reorganization put the Jedi in the government structure as a loose branch of the Judicial department. Hence this was a ‘newer’ Republic Palpatine referred too.

The story is told in the Darth Bane stories, and Jedi VS Sith mini series by Dark Horse comics.

Uncle Owen

Owen’s confusion comes from the novelization of Return of the Jedi, a piece cut (fortunately) from the final movie script. In it, Kenobi’s spirit claims Owen was actually his brother. Cleverly, the writers hedged their bets on this. In Jedi Apprentice it reveals Obi-Wan really did have a brother named Owen, barely remembered. It does not name any details on him. The short story ‘Lone Wolf’ also has Obi-Wan noting the realization that he remembered a brother named Owen, and he was now searching for Owen Lars, step brother of a man he thought of like a brother.

 

Clever Repairs, Tweaks and Corrections After the Fact

The biggest glitch caused by the prequels was to the timeline. It had long been considered that the clone wars occurred around 30 or 40 years before A New Hope. While no one had written directly about that time, even a mention of events or of a parent or grandparent for a character could be thrown off.

This includes:

Leia and the Empire’s deception to the Noghri. discovering Honoghrs Clone Wars catastrophe…the sourcebook suggests she accidentally used the planets own rotational period for the count.

Halcyons and Horns. Corran Horn’s father’s age is thrown off, as he was considered about 10 in the clone wars. Also Nejaa Halcyon, his grandfather was said to be killed right after. Nejaa’s explanation was that for some worlds, the war already had moved on.

Spaarti cylinders and Unstable Clones.  Naturally, when the Thrawn trilogy was writing it was assumed the Clones were the ‘bad guys’ against the Jedi. However it was revealed in the Republic Commando stories that there really were clones grown by people other than the Kaminoans, and the results weren’t always emotionally stable. This was to hide the extra clones from the Jedi Generals. Also Dark Horse Comics revealed that certain Nikto were being cloned to fight for the Separatists.

Pellaeon and the long Naval Career.  This may seem off after one sees in the prequels that the Republic had no standing army or navy. However, they did have a judiciary fleet. Member worlds also had fleets. These actually tied into the ‘Katana’ storyline. Pellaeon is directly mentioned in The Clone Wars TV series tie in books.

The Jedi didn’t marry.  One has to consider that this began with Tales of the  Jedi, by Dark Horse comics, set long before the prequels. The transition to banning marriage seems to have started in between the Tales of the Jedi era and the Knights of the Old Republic era. That means a change within one generation. It’s not a stretch to believe Anakin Skywalker isn’t the only one who would disagree on the rule. In Jedi Trial, Nejaa Halcyon confesses to him that he has a secret family. In The Clone Wars: No Prisoners, book, Djinn Altis (master of the Jedi from Children of the Jedi) was revealed to be leader of a Splinter Faction. And in Knights of the Old Republic itself, Jolee Bindo has a great deal to say about why he left the Jedi that ties into the subject.

As for Master Ki-Adi-Mundi’s family, it’s apparently because Cereans have a very low birth rate, especially among males, that he was given special dispensation.

Only Masters sit on the Jedi Council.  Anakin said this long after Dark Horse Comics Ki-Adi-Mundi had been praised for gaining a seat while a mere Jedi Knight. This was explained as Master Mundi was only a temporary sit in for Master Giett, who was on an extended mission and out of touch.

Greedo.   Greedo had long had a backstory, written in the Tales of Mos Eisley Anthology. This got damaged by the Phantom Menace novelization, which had Anakin Skywalker (at age 9) getting into a fist fight with him. It was later explained that one was Greedo the Elder and the other was Greedo the Younger, relatives.

Boba Fett.  Boba Fett’s tale from the Bounty Hunter Wars claimed he started life as Jaster Mereel of Concord Dawn, exiled for murder. Naturally his new ‘cloned’ birth alters this. The expanded universe explained this by having Jaster Mereel of Concord Dawn being the man who adopted Jango Fett when his family was killed. Boba’s life did mimic his, in that he moved at one point to Concord Dawn, became a Journeyman Protector, only to be exiled for murder. Dark Horse Comics tells the story in the Jango Fett mini series and Republic Commando gives mention as well.

Tombstones. A minor, niggling background detail but still a puzzle. In Attack of the Clones there are clearly headstones on the Lars farm. The represented relatives of the Lars, not only Shmi. In A New Hope they are just gone. According to the Life of Luke Skywalker, he remembers overhearing a discussion about how his Uncle didn’t see any need for anyone to know where they were buried.

 

 

 

 

Rogue Squadron Influence

Keys: M = Movie |  N = Novel |  C = Dark Horse Comics | G = Video Games | R = Audio/Radio Drama

Rogue Squadron was never a planned multimedia event. It became one without any help, featuring novels, comic books, video games and action figures.

In Universe Influence
Baron Fel and Hobbie action figure 2 pack with comic

Baron Fel and Hobbie action figure 2 pack with comic

The most important thing about the Rogues is their pilots. The top gun hotshots of the Rebellion, followed by the New Republic and the Galactic Alliance. They have a long history of serving with Jedi. A few of them actually were Jedi but all, all were skilled in both space combat and ground battle. Rogue Leader is also known as Rogue One and was first held by Luke Skywalker on Hoth. Wedge was the second, and very possibly, the longest to hold the title.

The Rebellion Years.

Red Squadron Leaders
Garven Dreis (A New Hope)
Arhul Narra (Pre-The Empire Strikes Back)

The Empire Strikes Back – M, N, C, R

Arhul Narra, working with Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antillies, formed 2 flights out of Red Squadron. One, Renegade Squadron, he led.

Renegade destroyed at Derra IV on a convoy mission. The other, Rogue Flight, was led by Luke Skywalker with Wedge as his second. Luke was promoted on Narra’s death to Commander. And the Rogues were now more or less a squadron.

Luke led Rogue Flight as Rogue One AKA Rogue Leader in the battle of Hoth. He was forced to cover for others, including Rogue Three, Wedge Antillies, when his own gunner was taken out. Without the gunner, he couldn’t use his harpoon to take down AT ATs directly.

Shadows of the Empire (N, C, G)

rogue squadron game

rogue squadron game

When a lead suggested Boba Fett with the frozen Han Solo was on Gall, Luke and the Rogues attacked the Imperial Navy stationed there to give time for Leia, Lando and Chewbacca to attempt a rescue, which did not succeed. In spite of overwhelming odds and sabotage by a traitor, they only lost a single pilot.

When Princess Leia fell into the snare of Black Sun’s Prince Xixor on Coruscant, Luke went to rescue her. Their retreat was complicated by Xixor’s starfighters, until Rogue Squadron showed up to lend aid. Nonetheless they would not have escaped had Vader not taken a hand in decimating Xixor’s forces for daring to put a price on his son, Luke Skywalker’s head.

During this time, Wedge Antillies was promoted to commander he and Luke shared command, since Luke was off on other missions.

Rogue Squadron Influence
Rogue Squadron Influence

 

Return of the Jedi (M, N, C)

At this point, the rather diminished Rogues were scattered into different ships (X-Wings, Y-Wings) and some to different squadrons. Wedge, taking the lead as Luke was joining the ground assault, temporarily christened the group ‘Red Squadron’ to honor their fellows who assaulted the first Death Star. Just as the previous group, they successfully destroyed it.

New Republic

Wedge intercepted a message drone which led the Alliance to aiding Bakura, temporarily forming a truce with the Imperials in charge. The desperate battle against alien conquerors saw Luke once more out of his cockpit and on the command deck, this time in charge of a battle group.

Rogue Leader (DH)

Luke took a few scattered Rogues on a recon trip to Corellia, not long after Bakura. The Empire attacked Corellia, intent on showing them who was still officially in charge. Wedge’s initial urge to retire evaporated, though Luke informed him that command and his Jedi training would reduce how much time he could fly. Wedge became Rogue One AKA Rogue Leader and a new era began for the Rogues.

Though Luke Skywalker had been with them sporadically of late, his founding of the  squadron left with them an extra edge. Even among the Alliance, not everyone knew he’d stepped aside. His reputation added to the intimidation of flying against such a famous, lucky squadron long after he was gone.

Rogue Squadron, The Phantom Affair

Rogue Squadron, The Phantom Affair

X-Wing Rogue Squadron (DH)

Wedge reformed the Rogues with his few survivors: Tycho, Janson and Hobbie.   New members joined up, some left, and some died. They battled warlords and freed worlds from Brentaal 7 to Eiattu to Mrlsst.  They blazed away for a campaign to the Core Worlds. But the price was high in personnel.

X-Wing (N)

The old core group still survived, though Tycho was under a cloud of suspicion due to being compromised on a mission. The new appointees were excellent pilots but many were politically motivated. Thyferrans represented the Bacta cartel. Corellia was well represented by Wedge as well as newcomer, former CorSec officer Corran Horn. Gavin Darklighter, cousin to Biggs Darklighter who died over the first Death Star joined the team at the tender age of 16. These, among others, would dare to blaze the path to take the capital world without which the galaxy would not recognize the legitimacy of the New Republic.

XWing Rogue Squadron by Michael Stackpole, the first novel

XWing Rogue Squadron by Michael Stackpole, the first novel

Wraith Squadron (N)

During this time, Antillies took the lessons of the Rogues and made a complimentary group. Wraith’s had the commando skills plus piloting skills, just as the Rogues had pilot skills with a touch of commando. They partnered on missions and occasionally even exchanged members. Wedge temporarily took command of the Wraiths, leaving Tycho Celchu as Rogue One. Wes Janson went with Wedge to help set up the group.

Both groups served under General Han Solo’s Command in support of Warlord Zsinj. (Courtship of PL)
Once the Wraith’s were fully established Wedge again became Rogue One and Tycho, Rogue Two. Wes Janson rejoined and they added Kell Tainer, a pilot who had lost his nerve but regained it in the Wraiths.

Thrawn Trilogy (N, C)

The Rogues joined with founder Luke Skywalker and their former General Solo in skirting the provisional council’s authority as embodied in Politician Borsk Fey’lya in seeking to find the Katana fleet first. Only partially successful, they went on to take on the Bilbringi ship and were ambushed by Thrawn’s fleet. With help from the inside, they decimated the shipyards.

Dark Empire (C)

The Rogues with the rest of the New Republic were chased by Coruscant by a devastating surprise attack by the cloned Emperor. Wedge was forced once more out of the Rogue One position to lead as General from the command ships. The Rogues went on to do battle with new ships (E-Wings) in attempt to save Dac from the World Devastators.

I,Jedi/Jedi Academy (N)

Wedge had momentarily had enough of warfare and chose to lead in rebuilding the retaken Capital world of Coruscant, then aiding the attack on Maw Installation and acting as body guard for former Imperial Scientist Qwi zux.
Tycho remained as Rogue One while Rogue Squadron went in hot pursuit of the Warlord Admiral Tavira and her star destroyer, the Invidious, who they had tangled with not long after the Battle of Endor. During this time, Rogue Nine, Corran Horn, had the horrible sense of losing his wife, Mirax. Unable to get her whereabouts from General Cracken who had employed her on a mission, he took a break from the Rogues to join Luke Skywalker’s Jedi academy. From there he infiltrated the pirates who served her and helped bring down her supporters. During the infiltration, he actually found himself facing off against his own Rogue Squadron colleagues. Unaware he was undercover and flying with the enemy, he ended up fighting to survive the encounter with them without killing or being killed. Mirax’s rescue was the downfall of Tavira’s control over both the Invids (the pirate group) and the splinter group of Force sensitives aiding her (the Jensaraii). At this point, it allowed Corran to return as Rogue Nine. Luke Skywalker chose to give Tavira a taste of her own medicine, by helping the Rogues track her.

Thrawn Duology (N)

Once more with the Rogues, Wedge found himself on scene when an Imperial ship attempted to make contact with the New Republic. The attempt was sent my Admiral Pellaon in attempt to feel out the possibility of a truce, but foiled when another uncooperative Imperial swooped in, jamming them and tractored in the ship before escaping.

Meanwhile critical documents falling into the New Republic hands flamed the ashes of interspecies war with the bothans, revealing just enough data to confirm their involvement in a attempted genocide decades ago but without names of the actual criminals. Suspecting Imperial involvement, members of Rogues were sent to their world to look for spies seeking to lower the defense shields. They were close to success when they were forced to withdrawal. The New Republic had chosen attack an Imperial Ubiquorate base seeking the names of the Bothans to defuse the situation, and given it was impossible, of course they sent in the Rogues.

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NJO Destinies Way

New Jedi Order (N)

By this time Tycho was a general and Gavin Darklighter was Rogue One. When the Yuuzhan Vong invaded, the mostly new members of the squadron found themselves rejoined by Corran Horn (now a full Jedi) and Jaina Solo (also a full Jedi). However political concerns and an injury forced Jaina out, while politics and duty to the Jedi once again forced out Corran. Nonetheless the Jedi (from the Rogues point of view) were considered allies. When the Core government fell, Wedge found himself once more in command as a General and even flying. He and the Rogues with Gavin as Rogue One helped keep a retreat passage open for the citizen’s fleeing the enemy advance.

Galactic Alliance Years

Legacy (N)

In this era, the New Republic had been reformed as the Galactic Alliance. At one point both Jaina Solo took a turn as Rogue One. However, Jacen Solo was increasingly becoming involved with politics and was sacrificing freedoms and the Jedi code in his determination to quash the rebelling Corellians. For the Rogues as well as the Skywalker – Solo clan, a division of loyalties would bring them to chaos.

The GA made the mistake of recalling the retired reserve officer Wedge Antillies to Coruscant, and placing him into custody. As a native Corellian they feared he would go over to the other side. In fact, he had already refused but being forced to escape, and seeing his own side betraying the freedom’s he had fought for, led him to join the Corellians.

Meanwhile flying under the Rogue banner for the GA was his own daughter, Syal Antillies.

Rogue One at the time was Lensi, who soon found himself pitted against one of the earliest Rogue One’s and bested in combat.

Tycho Celchu and Gavin Darklighter, both of whom also had at one time or another been Rogue One / Rogue Leader, found themselves caught between an increasingly out of control Jacen Solo and former Rogue founder Luke Skywalker, another former Rogue Leader in Jaina Solo, and Rogue Nine, Corran Horn, as the Jedi, realizing Jacen’s turn from the light, as well as the GA abuses of power, withdrew from the conflict in spite of Jacen’s threats.

Legacy (C)

Legacy by Dark Horse Comics Return of the Rogues

Legacy by Dark Horse Comics Return of the Rogues

Many generations of later the Rogues still flew under the GA, Rogue One Jhorham Bey was succeeded on his promotion by Anj Dahl. But both flew in very trying times. the One Sith Empire had come out of hiding and tricked the Fel Imperial Empire into betraying the truce with the Galactic Alliance. They saw massive action as the Sith attacked and virtually destroyed Dac, home of both Mon Calamari and Quarren.

Known Rogue Leaders usually flying as Rogue One:

  • Luke Skywalker
  • Wedge Antillies
  • Tycho Celchu
  • Corran Horn
  • Gavin Darklighter
  •  Jaina Solo
  • Lensi
  • Jhorham Bey
  • Anj Dahl
Influence on the Media

Rogue Squadron’s brief bit in The Empire Strikes Back opened them to a world of other media.

The video game Rogue Squadron also spawned Rogue Leader and various other sequels. The original game was created due to the popularity of the level playing as a Rogue in Shadows of the Empire.

The comics were spawned by the popularity of the novels, and had the same author.

 Corran Horn is created in Rogue Squadron stories, a pilot with a Jedi history and skills. He would appear in  many future novels and also star in his own popular novel, I, Jedi. His family history is explored further in the prequel era Clone Wars where Anakin Skywalker fights alongside his grandfather.

Mirax Terrik and Booster Terrik would go on to other future stories involving Rogue Squadron and the Jedi.

Winter was originally created as an aid to Princess Leia as well as Rebel Operative in the Thrawn trilogy. However, most stories after that in the timeline only show her as a nanny and the protector of the Solo children. The Rogue Squadron stories are the first to explore her role as an Intelligence operative.

Wraith Squadron was created as a commando equivalent of Rogue Squadron.

Wedge Antillies, Wes Janson and Hobbie Klivian, seen in the movies, are expanded upon and given full personalities, likes, dislikes and interests which carry over into all future (and past) adventures.

Biggs Darklighter, Jek Porkins and other previous pilots of Red Squadron, from which the Rogues were drawn, were expanded on both by the pilots memories and these stories, and the popularity of these which inspired the stories to be further fleshed out in their own comic book adventures. Darklighter in particular got his own comic book story arc in ‘Empire’. Hobbie Klivian also played a part in it.

Alderaan’s destruction is given even more personal impact, through the memories of both Winter (who has perfect recall) and Tycho (who was an Imperial whose family was on Alderaan when it was destroyed.)

Coruscant’s Defenses, which the Rogues are to bring down are a hint of what is involved in Revenge of the Sith when the General Grievious fleet attack the planet.

Bacta – The cure all of medicine, is hardly thought about until ‘The Bacta War’. Rogue Squadron introduces the politics of the Bacta creators and distributors. Much like any medicine, one takes it for granted when you  have it.  But from Medstar I series to the Republic Commando games, to the many tales of the New Republic, the substance and it’s lack can have serious affects.

 

 

 

 

Jedi Academy Trilogy Continuity

The Jedi Academy trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson is the new beginning of the Jedi Order. At the time of writing, the Jedi philosophy of the prequels the specifics of Jedi training were unknown, including the rules of no attachments (families), one master to one apprentice and that usually they began as infants.

Even if it had been known, sheer practicality suggested having only one Jedi left was a crisis waiting to happen. If anything happened to Luke Skywalker, there would be no one left to pass on the Jedi teachings. Therefore the rule of one master and one apprentice could not be kept. No attachments would rule out Luke himself, still very much in touch with his sister, Leia. And obviously he was in no position and had no time to wait for a child to reach knighthood. Leia’s children were obvious candidates, but no one could wait the decades it would take to train them for the Order to grow stronger.

People Introduced

The Jedi introduced:

  • Tionne
  • Kirana Ti
  • Streen
  • Dorsk 81
  • Gantoris
  • Kyp Durron
  • Cilghal

and others that (at the time) remained unnamed. Later, Corran Horn of the X-Wing Series was named and his story told from his own point of view in I, Jedi, by Michael Stackpole. Brakiss was named in The New Rebellion, and also mentioned again in I,Jedi.

Mentioned from other stories: Kam Solusar (Dark Empire 2) and Mara Jade (Thrawn trilogy) attend the academy.

TionneTionne goes on to be the historian and teacher, on in the Young Jedi Knight, Junior Jedi Knights, New Jedi Order and into Legacy of the Force years. She is mentioned but not seen in the game Jedi Academy.

Dorsk 81 was of a species that procreates only through cloning. His kin, Dorsk 82 would also come to the Academy in Jedi Academy: Leviathan.

Kyp Durron would go on to fame (and infamy), starring in Darksaber, in short stories in the Anthologies as well as action in the Jedi Academy mini series by Dark Horse comics and to fight the Yuuzhan Vong in the New Jedi Order.

Cilghal goes on to be an ambassador in Young Jedi Knights as well as becoming one of the rare Jedi Healers. She is mentioned as well in New Jedi Order, Legacy of the Force, Fate of the Jedi and is seen in the Union comic story arc.

Kirana Ti and Streen shows up again in Dark Saber and Jedi Academy: Leviathan in Dark Horse Comics

All off them also appear in I,Jedi, since it interweaves its storyline. It adds Corran Horn using the alias Kieren Halcyon.

Cilghal, Dark Horse Comics UnionOnce begun the Academy of Yavin 4 continues rolling out graduates until the Yuuzhan Vong invasion.

Other Introductions:

Admiral Natasi Daala was in charge of several Star Destroyers and the Maw installation think tank. Left in charge by Moff Tarkin, she had been out of touch since before his death. Daala is mentioned in ‘Death Star’ as well as playing a role in Darksaber, Planet of Twilight, Legacy of the Force and Fate of the Jedi.

Qwi Xux was a scientist who brings in the Omwati culture and people. She reappears in Darksaber and Starfighters of Adumar and is mentioned again in the New Jedi Order.

Moruth Doole and Skynxnex are both criminals who appear in the later published but earlier chronologically ‘X-Wing’ novels.

Exar Kun from Tales of the Jedi appears as a Force Spirit as does Jedi Odan Urr.

Places Introduced.

The planet and naval academy at Carida are first mentioned here. Carida would go on to be mentioned as the place both Han Solo (Ann Crispin’s Han Solo trilogy among others) and Kyle Katarn (Dark Forces novellas) attended the Imperial Academy.

The Maw Installation would go on to hide the Jedi Academy during the Yuuzhan Vong invasion.

Kessel, while mentioned in other stories, is visited for the first time seriously here. A follow up visit occurs in the X-Wing series (later published but earlier in the timeline).  It will go on to play a role in Young Jedi Knights and Fate of the Jedi.

Yavin 4 Jedi Academy, while the moon & base itself were visited in A New Hope, it will now play a major role as the academy, including being attacked (Dark Saber by Kevin J. Anderson, Young Jedi Knights by Anderson and Moesta, and Jedi Outcast video game) as well as being the place where training begins for Jaden Korr (Jedi Academy video game.)

Dantooine, again had been mentioned in A New Hope, but this was our first serious visit. Dantooine would eventually be revealed as a place that once housed a Jedi Enclave (Knights of the Old Republic game and comic), a rebel base, and years later would be a temporary hideout from the Yuuzhan Vong. It also appears in the Star Wars Galaxies video game.

Major Events:

Leia Organa Solo becomes full time ‘Mom’ when her children leave hiding, on top of becoming full time Chief of State, a title she will hold right up until a Leave of Absence as of the Thrawn Duology. She is still Chief of State while her children attend the Academy.

Lando comes into possession of Kessel. This will be fortuitous in the future.

A new Jedi Academy is formed, and it’s new Jedi are immediately put to the test.

This strong foundation is also key in Jedi Academy (the Dark Forces sequel) video game. Many of the characters are mentioned. You train as a Jedi under Kyle Katarn here at this location. In the future, this academy will be geared to younger generations, including Leia’s children.

 

 

Asajj Ventress

Asaaj Ventress origin story is first told in Dark Horse Comics republic series

Asaaj Ventress origin story is first told in Dark Horse Comics republic series

Asajj Ventress grew up on Rattataki. When the man who raised her was killed in war, a Jedi Master named Ky Narec found and began training her. The two went on to become heroes, fighting unknown to the Jedi Council for peace. They became heroes. But their enemies struck back, killing Narec and orphaning Ventress once again.

“On her own, Asajj would have died. Left to his own devices, the stranger would have undoubtedly been captured and killed. But together…they became something our world had never known…they became heroes.”
―Osika Kirske, one of those who fought against her and Narec.

Ventress wielded 2 lightsabers, hers and her former Master Narec’s, until Dooku gave her new ones, with curved hilts and red blades.

She blamed the Jedi for abandoning her Master on her world and never aiding him or their people. The Jedi, however, had presumed him dead.

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Ventress fights in the arena to win a place at Dooku’s side in Genndy Tartakovsky, Clone Wars Microseries

Filled with anger, she sought out Count Dooku to train her as a Sith. She won the right to serve him in a gladiator tournament. Her first assignment was to aid in a biologic weapon assignment on Oma Dun, moon of Naboo. Here she battled Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin at the same time and proved a formidable foe. She was ordered directly by both Dooku and Sidious to kill the padawan Anakin Skywalker. They clashed over Muun before leaping to He fought her in the sky and on planet before defeating her for that day on Yavin 4.

“Come, Padawan, your fall will be my ascension to the Sith!” ~ Ventress to Anakin

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Ventress vs Anakin in Clone Wars

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

Ventress eventually resurfaced, continually clashing with Obi-Wan in particular. After she captured him and he escaped, she bore a grudge. She was particularly upset he’d gotten away with her Jedi Master Narec’s lightsaber.
She also, critically, discovered Anakin’s relationship with Padme and threatened to kill her. Anakin again defeated her, apparently to death. But unconvinced Obi-Wan sought her out, again. And again, he found her.

At one point she attempted to assassinate Master Yoda, who was on a secret mission.

“Confusion to the Enemy” ~ Ventress, considering the confusion of the Republic forces on Yoda’s death….even though she knew that it was a Yoda impersonator she’d taken and they didn’t.
Ultimately Dooku would betray Ventress and she faked her death to escape.

The Clone Wars TV series throws in some additions:

It suggests she was taken to Rattak as a child by someone who took her from Dathomir, making her akin to the witches.

It also suggest that for a time at some point after breaking with Dooku, she worked as a bounty hunter and even at one point teamed up with Ahsoka Tano. However, due to the cancellation of The Clone Wars TV show and discontinuation of the Expaned Universe, this ends any contributions to her fate into the Expanded Universe Canon.

Appearances:

Dark Horse Comics:

Republic series.

Obsession (mini series)

TV

Star Wars Clone Wars by Genndy Tartakovsky, an animated microseries. There is also a flash game based on it, duel as Anakin against her here.

The Clone Wars

Novels

The Cestus Deception

Yoda: Dark Rendezvous

Jedi Trial (Briefly)

 

 

 

Quinlan Vos

Quinlan in Dark Horse Comics TwilightQuinlan Vos led a tumultuous life. His early years were spent training under Master Tholme on Kiffar, an unusual move as it meant growing up with his biological family.

But when his parents were brutally murdered, the Sheyf, his grandmother, encouraged him to use his rare skill to ‘read’ an object and see how they died and who killed them. The vision so traumatized him that Tholme immediately took him away to Coruscant for healing. It left him with a deep hatred of Anzati to overcome, since he witnessed them killing his parents.

It was Quinlan Vos, who, while on a mission with Tholme, discovered the youngling female twilek Aayla Secura, planned for slavery by her relatives. They took her to the Temple and years later the knighted Vos would take her as padawan.

But their missions took a turn for disaster when enemies overcame them and used a drug to destroy their memories. It took a desperate search by the Jedi to find him as he tracked down those who had injured him. They retrained him and helped search for his apprentice Aayla. But most of Vos’ memories remained elusive, including his earlier trial to overcome his hate of the Anzati.

Quinlan and Khaleen in Dark Horse comics Republic SeriesVos was sent undercover during the Clone Wars to infiltrate Dooku’s Confederacy. This brought him dangerously close to the Dark Side and he did, in fact, commit murder. Even the Jedi were no longer sure on whose side he was on.

During this difficult time, he met Khaleen Hentz and ultimately, she became not only his companion but wife. Vos did return to the Jedi, with help from those who knew him. They remained largely ignorant of Khaleen. During Order 66 he was on Kashyyyk and barely escaped with is wife. They went into hiding with their son, Korto.

Appears In:

Star Wars Republic: Twilight

Star Wars Republic: Infinities End
Heart of Fire

Star Wars Republic: Darkness
Stark Hyperspace War

Star Wars Republic: Rite of Passage
Defense of Kamino
Jedi: Mace Windu
Jedi: Shaak Ti
Jedi: Aayla Secura
Jedi: Count Dooku

Star Wars: Republic : Striking from the Shadows

Star Wars: Republic Show of Force
Star Wars: Republic Armor
Star Wars: Republic: Dreadnaughts of Rendili

Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Volume 9 – “Life Below”

Star Wars: Republic: Siege of Saleucami
Star Wars: Dark Times 6: Parallels, Part 1

Star Wars: Republic: Hidden Enemy

Mentioned in/Brief appearance :
The Phantom Menace
Star Wars Republic: Emissaries to Malastare
Reversal of Fortune
Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
Imperial Commando: 501st

Shadows of the Empire Influence

Shadows of the EmpireShadows of the Empire was the first multimedia event. Everything was tied in but an actual movie.

The story takes place between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. The mission: to find and rescue Han Solo before Boba Fett gets him to Jabba the Hutt. The complication: someone has put a hit out on Luke Skywalker. The puzzle: The Black Sun crime cartel may have the answers. But they also might be the problem.

The Shadows of the Empire video game for Nintendo 64 and the PC focused on Dash Rendar, a rogue like Han who is hired to help out. As yet it has not had a rerelease anywhere. It was created by LucasArts.

The comic books and graphic novel by Dark Horse focuses more on the Boba Fett who is trying to get Han to Jabba, while fellow bounty hunters and the rebels try and stop him.  John Wagner was the author and Kilian Plunkett illustrated.

The novel Shadows of the Empire focuses on the criminal mastermind Prince Xixor and his competition with Vader and our heroes. Steve Perry was the author

There was also a junior novelization by Christopher Golden.

The story answers several questions brought up by Return of the Jedi. Where did Luke get a new lightsaber? Where did they get the idea for Leia to infiltrate the palace as the bounty hunter Boussh? What was Luke doing if he didn’t go back to Yoda before Return of the Jedi? The story of the bothans who stole the Death Star plans is here too.
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Here is the untold story of the events that take place between the movies The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Introduced Characters

Dash Rendar: Smuggler and sometimes bodyguard who occasionally helps out the Rebel Alliance. Dash has a grudge against the Empire. He receives his own novel, Shadow Games, set right before A New Hope. Dash shows up in Galaxy of Fear series and some of the other video games as well. He has his own novel, Shadow Games, set right before A New Hope.

Prince Xixor: Criminal kingpin and rival of Darth Vader, Xixor appears in the Han Solo Trilogy novels by Ann Crispin, manipulating the Hutt Besadii clan. He also appears in Coruscant Nights I and The Last Jedi. (pronounced /shē’zōr/) according to the audio book Shadows of the Empire and  the game Empire at War, Forces of Corruption.

Guri: A human replica droid owned by Prince Xixor. She has a follow up story by Dark Horse Comics  ‘Shadows of the Empire: Evolutions.’

Wrenga Jixton: A human agent who works for Darth Vader, sent to protect Luke Skywalker from Jabba the Hutt and capture him if possible.. Jix gets his own single issue Dark Horse comic, Shadow Stalker. Jix’s story ties into the events in Classic Star Wars comic strips.

Expanding Main Characters

Luke Skywalker: In this he is building his new lightsaber and practicing his skills. But he has put off returning to Yoda in order to rescue Han. He is also wrestling with Vader’s revelation and what to believe.

Darth Vader: Is torn between his desire to find Luke and his concerns that Prince Xixor is up to something. On top of that, Palpatine has ordered him to work with Xixor.

We actually see some comparison moments of Luke and Vader in this, for instance, in their love of flying.

Princess Leia: She’s stepped aside from her Alliance duties for Han, and for her this is a very big thing. She’s also dealing with Black Sun to investigate who is out to get Luke killed, and misleading them into thinking it’s the Alliance who wants dealings.

Lando: He’s out to redeem himself but it’s clear Leia and the others finally understand his reasons. Without Han available, he is now the only link they have to the underworld connections.

Chewbacca: We see here how seriously how he takes Han’s request to take care of Leia.

R2 and C3PO: They get to fly the Falcon. No kidding. Really. And since C3PO had a memory wipe long ago and doesn’t recall learning to help Padme fly…well, it’s messy.

The Emperor: Not a big part for him, but given Heir to the Empire and Mara were long ago introduced, one has to wonder what his goal was in letting Xixor hear some of his conversations with Vader.

Affects on other Media

Dash Rendar’s ship the Outrider can be seen added into A New Hope Special Edition, Mos Eisley Tatooine scenes.

Events from Shadows of the Empire are mentioned in the Return of the Jedi radio drama.

A mini figure of Prince Xixor is helping populate the crowd in The Phantom Menace podrace arena.

YT2400 ship from Miniatures Game

YT2400 is the class of freighter invented for Dash Rendar’s Outrider. This is from the X-Wing Miniatures Game

The Star Wars miniatures game still includes the Outrider in it’s addons.

Xixor’s ship, The Virago had a model kit made by AMT. Xixor himself was also available, as was the Emperor.

Micro Machines also made a set of the ships with mini figures.

The Falleen species introduced by Xixor go on to appear in stories all the way from the Old Republic era (books, comics, game) to the prequel era (Jedi Quest and Clone Wars comics) to New Jedi Order and Fate of the Jedi (decades after Return of the Jedi.)

The Black Sun Criminal Organization  was apparently founded sometime in The Old Republic era as it appears in the Old Republic era novel Fatal Alliance. It was partially dismantled by Darth Maul in the Dark Horse Comic of the same name. It goes on to have characters involved in the X-Wing novels and tries to resurrect itself in the Young Jedi Knights series. Black Sun is also mentioned in The Clone Wars TV series. In the Bounty Hunter Wars books, Prince Xixor is described as building, it presumably due to the events in Darth Maul and the clone wars that nearly destroyed it. How Durga the Hutt ends up working for Xixor is detailed in the Han Solo Trilogy by Ann Crispin.

A complete set of action figures plus ships was released to go with this, as well as trading cards with art by Greg and Tim Hildebrandt and a soundtrack by Joel McNeely.

Action figures included:
Luke in Imperial Guard Disguise.
Chewbacca as Snoova the Bounty Hunter
Leia as Boussh (she gets the outfit in this)
Prince Xixor
Dash Rendar
Swoop Trooper

Comic Packs with figures:
Boba Fett VS IG 88
Xixor VS Vader

Vehicles:

Outrider (Dash Rendar’s ship)
Slave I (Fett’s ship)
Swoop

Follow up Stories:

There is a sequel series: Shadows of the Empire: Evolution starring Guri and a one shot,  Shadow Stalker starring Jix, Vader’s Agent. Big Gizz and Spiker, members of Jabba the Hutt’s gang, see more action in The Jabba Tapes.

There is also a non fiction book, The Secrets of Shadows of the Empire by Mark Cotta Vaz on the creation of the entire project.

Rogue Squadron, the video game, was born of the popularity of flying with Rogue Squadron in Shadows of the Empire.