The Courtship Of Princess Leia: Witches and Hapans

The Courtship of Princess Leia is only one book, and a controversial one at that. Some loved it, others hated it. But it has to be given credit for two of the most popular cultures in the EU. It is set 4 years after the destruction of the 2nd Death Star.

It introduces the world of Dathomir, home of the witches of Dathomir. These Force Users are descended from a rogue Jedi.  Those among them who use the Force or magic for the Dark Side are called Nightsisters. There are also nightbrothers, mostly of zabrak descent. For the most part males of this world are considered inferior and slaves, as few can use the Force or the magic. The world is largely a primitive wilderness, and the witches often use rancors as transportation. In the time of the Empire, it was an interdicted planet.

It also introduces the Hapan Empire, another world ruled by woman. Unlike Dathomir, this is an entire group of planets. Led by a ruthless Queen mother, the people there are human and by most standards beautiful. They are descendents of pirates, the Lorell Raiders. The male pirates kidnapped beautiful woman and took them home. However eventually the pirates were destroyed by the Jedi and the woman and children were left to fend for themselves. They shunned the outside galaxy during both the Old Republic and the Empire.

Chief Characters:

Princess Leia Organa
Han Solo
Luke Skywalker
Chewbacca
R2-D2
C3PO

Augwynne Djo (Head of the Singing Mountain Clan)
Tenenial Djo (Member of the Singing Mountain Clan)
Ta’a Chume (Queen Mother of the Hapes Cluster)
Prince Isolder (Heir to the Hapes Cluster)
Gethzerion (Nightsister)
Warlord Zsinj (Imperial warlord)

Synopsis

Han Solo has been chasing Imperial warlord Zsinj for months. Now he’s finally coming home to his beloved Princess. But on arrival, he finds that Princess Leia’s mission to open diplomatic ties and borrow money from Hapes has had unexpected results. The Hapans have agreed…on the condition Leia marry Prince Isolder, heir to the throne.

To his horror, Leia, torn between how the Hapan worlds reminded her of Alderaan and her duty to the needs of the Republic, seems interested. When Leia refuses to give him equal time, he goes off and in desperation wins a serious sabaac game…the most serious in years. He wins the planet Dathomir.

But the planet is in the presumed dead warlord’s territory. Heartbroken and desperate, he kidnaps Leia and spirits her off to Dathomir. But Leia is furious at his apparent betrayal, Zsinj is not only not dead, but has a prison on the planet, and they get shot down, encountering both the suspicious Singing Mountain Clan (who still keep men as slaves) and the nightsisters who at all costs must not be allowed to leave the planet.

Luke Skywalker has been pursuing leads on long lost Jedi teachings. One leads him to a brief message involving Yoda, a ship called the Chu’unthor  and Dathomir. He abandons this pursuit on hearing of the crisis.

Luke and Prince Isolder team up and race against the Queen Mother, the Nightsisters, and Zsinj to find Han and Leia first.

The After Effects

SPOILER WARNING for the End of Courtship of Princess Leia.

Spoiler for Courtship of Princess Leia

Tenenial Djo marries Hapan Prince Isolder. She is the mother of Tenel Ka, who goes on to become a Jedi Knight.

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

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

Prince Isolder marries a woman of Dathomir, their daughter, Tenel Ka, joins the Jedi Academy and is a friend in many adventures with Jacen and Jaina Solo. In the future, these political ties prove to be a great help to the Jedi.

Star Wars Jedi Search (which was released the same year) introduces Kirana Ti, a witch of Dathomir who joins the Jedi Academy.

The nightsisters, decades later are recreated and join with forces with the Shadow Academy.

Allana, daughter of Tenel Ka, has an unknowing influence on the decisions of Jacen Solo in both the Swarm Wars and the Legacy of the Force series.

Spoiler for Swarm Wars and the series following it

Allana’s father is Jacen Solo

 

In Fate of the Jedi, it is revealed that a Jedi Enclave had been formed on Dathomir since the end of the Yuuzhan Vong War. A sith apprentice fleeing Luke and Ben Skywalker hides there amongst the witches, and they find themselves battling nightsisters to survive as well as help the clans.

Affects on the Past
Nightsister of Black Sun

Mighella, a Nightsister working for Black Sun Crime Syndicate

Darth Maul (Dark Horse) reveals a nightsister working with the Black Sun Crime Syndicate

Nightsister

Nightsisters, Star Wars Republic #23 Infinities End by Dark Horse Comics

Star Wars Republic, Infinities End (Dark Horse Comics) introduces the nightsisters attempt to reactivate the Infinity Gate, an ancient device that can destroy worlds (as a side effect!). The first face painted or tattooed versions of the witches appeared here.

The Chu’unthor is also mentioned.

In Darth Maul, Son of Dathomir by Dark Horse Comics, Darth Sidious clashes with the witches and has a one on one battle with the leader of the nightsisters.

In the novel The Last Jedi, Jax Pavan travels to Dathomir to enlist the witches aid and meets with the Singing Mountain Clan and a (younger) Augwynne Djo. This book actually is the first to add The Clone Wars TV interpretation of the Witches of Dathomir, the Infinity Gates story line and the Courtship version of the witches all in one sitting.

Affects on Non Print Media
witch of Endor

The Witch of Endor

The Witch of Endor from the movie Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, was retconned into being a nightsister.

Felucian Rancor and Rider,

Felucian Rancor and Rider, The Force Unleashed by Dark Horse Comics

The Force Unleashed Game used the idea of rancor riding that was for the Felucians. It originally came from the idea of the witches riding rancors.

Nightsister Witches in  The Clone Wars TV show

The Nightsisters appear in The Clone Wars TV show, working both for and against the Sith

During the Clone Wars, a group of nightsisters make deals with the Sith.

Ventress - nightsister, witch and sith candidate

Ventress, from Star Wars Republic 52: The Face of War by Dark Horse comics

She was originally written as a slave from Rattattak, who had been freed and trained by a Jedi who was slain. The Clone Wars TV series added a twist: that she was born on Dathomir.

Darth Maul and Savage Oppress, in The Clone Wars

Darth Maul and Savage Oppress, in The Clone Wars

Darth Maul was retconned from being an Iridonian Zabrak, to being a Zabrak from the nightbrother tribe on Dathomir, descendents of slaves.

 

 

During the Clone Wars, a group of nightsisters make deals with the Sith.

Millenium Falcon Review

Millenium Falcon
James Luceno
sci fi/fantasy
Del Rey

Allana introduces new adventure into her grandparents’ lives when she discovers a strange device hidden aboard the Millennium Falcon–a discovery that sparks a fact-finding expedition to retrace the people, places, and events in the checkered history of the famous spaceship. But the Solos are not alone in their quest: Crime lords, galactic pirates, rogue politicians, and fortune hunters alike will race to a final standoff for a prize some will risk everything to find–and pay any cost to possess.

The Millenium Falcon is a treasure hunt. Frequent mentions are made of stories told elsewhere: how Han acquired her from Lando (Han Solo trilogy by A.C. Crispin) and how Lando acquired her (Lando Calrissian trilogy), as well as frequent mentions referring to the Brian Daley stories.

The story alternates between present day (for the Solo’s) when Allana, their granddaughter, finds a strange object on the Falcon that even Han knows nothing about. Backtracking the history of the ship is their role and they find themselves colliding with some strange people en route.

Meanwhile Jadak is tracking the Falcon’s history from the other end. Known to him as ‘Stellar Envoy’ he last saw the ship right after the Battle of Coruscant, during the Clone Wars. His last mission for the secret Republic Group was derailed, leading to a catastrophic collision and him in a coma for decades.

In this case, the journey is more important than the ending. I found the end rather disappointing. After much fighting which involves even young Allana, and hints to upcoming stories, one expects there to be something at the end. The short in between tales of finding former owners of the Millenium Falcon and how those owners acquired and lost the ship are good. The ships quirkiness shines through each one.  The realization that these foes are going to have to try and steal the Falcon is amusing (one can see how that will turn out) But one is suggested a treasure of some sort, a secret, at the end.

While any reader of the Han Solo and the Lost Treasure knows that a previous generations treasure may be today’s junk may see it coming, one does expect a twist right up until the book ends. It left me feeling wanting, as if there should have been more.

Who was the Republic Group really? What was the point of this mission? Was it really just this object that the Millenium Falcon was meant to find?

The book started well, and continued nicely. To me, though, something feels missing. It left me wanting more answers with no means to get them.

New Jedi Order Review

NJO Destinies Way

NJO Destinies Way

The New Jedi Order series drove some fans right out the door. But it had a reason. When you know beyond a doubt that your heroes always survive an win, the story doesn’t seem quite so cutting, you know that eventually you turn the page and find them escaping and defeating the foe. The New Jedi Order will make you feel because this time, they are not guaranteed victory.

The New Jedi Order series changed all that rather explosively with a tragedy so big that it hit the newspapers in our world. The death of a main character. A heroic, fitting death, but still, a hero falls. After the Rebellion and the many books dealing with battling the Imperial Remnant, this was a shock wave.

And if it affects us, it affects them. We find the other main characters still reacting to the shock of realizing their string of luck, or fate of the Force, no longer guaranteed their safety. And so grief drives one family apart for a time, young Jedi must become the new heroes of their age, in spite of, or because of their guilt and pain and loss. The Jedi must decide how they will respond when the Republic government continues to play politics at the expense of the people, and what actions should they take in this war.

Worlds and cultures are destroyed by an enemy invisible in the Force itself, so even that constant is being questioned.

Wedge-in NJO Rebel Dream

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

Every book begins with trepidation, which of our heroes is the focus? Will they even survive, and at what cost? Some books are more character driven, like Traitor and Dark Journey. Some are sheer heart stopping adventure like Star by Star. Others are tactical driven, the points of the war where the warriors are now in control and determined to defeat or at least hold off the brutal foe until the innocent have time to escape.

The New Jedi Order is both heartbreaking pain of losing characters we knew and loved on the movie screen and from books die. It is soaring courage of watching young Jedi like Jaina, Jacen and Anakin Solo face the temptations of the Dark Side, and find a cause that is their own, not a left over from their parents era.

By the end of the series, one has new heroes. One has wept for the pain of tragedy and horror, from the devastation of worlds, to grieved families and the loss of friends. One has cheered over the triumph of heroes smart enough and wise enough to win without genocide, against all odds.  And that is the essence, to me, of a great story: if its made me laugh, cry and everything in between, than its done something rare and hard to accomplish. And this series does just that.

Vector Prime Japanese

Vector Prime with Japanese Cover Art

 

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New Jedi Order Review

Tales of the Jedi and it’s Continuity Influence

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

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

The series included :

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

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

The chief characters often featured frequently:

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

Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

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

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

The After Effects:

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

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

I Jedi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Affects on Non Print Media:

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

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

In Revenge of the Sith, a bas relief of the ancient battle between Jedi and Sith was used in Palpatine’s office.
sith-battle-frieze1

Onderon and Dxun

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

 

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

Ahsoka helps Lux train rebels on his home world of Onderon

Ahsoka helps Lux train rebels on his home world of Onderon

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

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

Movie Character – Leia Organa – Expanded

Leia Organa Solo in Swarm Wars

Leia Organa Solo in Swarm Wars, as a Jedi Knight

Princess Leia Organa faces many trials not only during her time with the Rebellion, but also afterward. The first personal challenge is dealing with her discovery that Luke Skywalker is her brother and Darth Vader AKA Anakin Skywalker is her biological Father.

Adopted and raised by Bail Organa of Alderaan, her skills led to her being both a leader of the Rebel Alliance and a chief architect of the New Republic.  This led to unusual challenges, such as suitors wanting to marry her for political alliance, rather than love. Due to her duties to the Alliance, she seriously considered this but ultimately marries Han Solo.

Given the discovery of who her Father is, Leia is reluctant (if not outright afraid) to use her birthright of Force sensitivity and Jedi potential. She’s also afraid to have children.

This fear she eventually overcomes, and she has three, Jacen and Jaina (twins) and young Anakin, who she named, in part, to redeem her Father’s name and remind herself that great evil can be redeemed for good.

Leia Organa and her Career:

High points of Leia’s career include her becoming Chief of State of the New Republic for several decades, until right before a peace treaty is reached with the Empire. She also went on to become a full Jedi Knight.

The vast majority of stories after Return of the Jedi feature Leia, but here are some highlights:

Dealing with her relationship with Vader / Anakin as her biological father:

Truce at Bakura,
Tatooine Ghost
Planet of Twilight.

Birth of her children and it’s consequences:

Thrawn trilogy
Dark Empire
Jedi Academy trilogy

Her past as a Princess of Alderaan:

Children of the Jedi
Razor’s Edge (rebellion era)
Star Wars Rebel Girl

DH Empire 5 and 6 – Princess, Warrior
DH Empire 20 and 21 – A Little Piece of Home

 

Tenel Ka

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spoiler for New Jedi Order

Tenel Ka was forced to choose to take the throne when her mother, Tenenial Djo was assassinated or let it fall to other’s of her family who would have cast the New Republic refugees to the Yuuzhan Vong.

Spoiler for Legacy of the Force

 

Featured In

Young Jedi Knights (all)
New Jedi Order
especially: Star by Star, Dark Journey
Legacy of the Force
Fate of the Jedi

Movie Character – Chewbacca – Expanded

Chewbacca

Chewbacca, in his own tribute comic book by Dark Horse. This was a mini series of 4 issues.

Chewbacca the wookiee was of the village,  Rwookrrorro. His family included  his father, Attichicuk, a sister, Kallabow, nephew, Lowbacca, and eventually a wife named Mallatobuck and son named Lumpawarrump.

Chewbacca lived through the Clone Wars as well as the Rebellion. During his early years he was adventurous and brave, battling would be slavers on his home world. Eventually he left home and was captured by Trandoshan’s, and released for the Great Hunt. This was a mistake on the trandoshan’s part, as it led to meeting with Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker’s jedi apprentice who had also been captured. They, with the others taken for the Hunt, turned the tide and escaped.

By the end of the Clone Wars when his world was invaded, he returned to fight, but not, apparently to his home village, and fought alongside old friends like Tarfful. During this time the Clones turned on the Jedi and he helped Yoda escaped.

He fought the Empire in his own way for a time, freeing the young captive wookiees enslaved even if they were from rival tribes. When captured himself, he urged them to rise up together to fight. When the Empire arrived, all were gone. The soldier finding him refused to kill him on direct orders….more than once, even after he was put on a slave detail. That soldier was Han Solo, who lost his career over it. Chewbacca felt he owed him a life debt and over time the two became partners and confidants. Chewbacca was his co pilot even before he won the Millenium Falcon.

‘Chewie’ helped Han in his smuggling career, often acting as his conscience.  Eventually he made his way home of a visit and proposed marriage to his old flame, Mallatobuck, in traditional wookiee fashion. She accepted. Afterward he went back to adventuring with Han, but in the meantime he had a son, Lumpawarrump. His father, Attichicuk, looked after them.

Chewbacca went on to help the Rebellion with Han and after Han and Leia were married and had children, he was often time both body guard and baby sitter. For him, nothing was more important than family, both his and Han’s.  His own nephew was trained as a Jedi.

Spoiler
Chewbacca died on Sernpidal when it’s moon was brought down by the Yuuzhan Vong assault. He died heroically, rescuing Anakin Solo from certain death.

Featured in:

  • Chewbacca and the Slavers of the Shadowlands / Star Wars Adventures – Dark Horse
  • Han Solo trilogy – Brian Daley
  • Han Solo trilogy – Ann Crispin
  • Han Solo and the Hollow Moon of Khorya / Star Wars Adventures – Dark Horse
  • Scoundrels
  • Jedi Academy Trilogy
  • Chewbacca (tribute) mini series – Dark Horse comics
  • Corellian Trilogy
  • Black Fleet Crisis
  • New Jedi Order – Vector Prime
  • Chewbacca (tribute) mini series – Dark Horse comics

Appears in:

  • Jedi Academy (Video Game)
  • Young Jedi Knights
  • Allegiance
  • Choices of One

 

 

 

 

 

Thrawn

Grand Admiral Thrawn, from the Essential Atlas

Grand Admiral Thrawn, from the Essential Atlas

His chiss name is Mitth’raw’nuruodo but he uses the core name as few humans can pronounce it.

At different times to different people, Thrawn was both hero and villain. He was conqueror and savior.

Grand Admiral Thrawn premiers in ‘Heir to the Empire’ by Timothy Zahn and helped catapult the Star Wars Expanded Universe into high gear.

His species, the Chiss, live in what the Republic and Empire know as the ‘Unknown Regions’. First encountered by representatives of the Republic (including some working for Darth Sidious), he was a Captain of the Chiss Expansionary Defense Fleet. His attitude of planning ahead to deal with threats and willingness to create situations which would allow a preemptive strike to deal with threats is very much in disagreement with his government and culture’s philosophy.

The military tactical genius can often predict his enemies strategies by studying their artwork. His first encounters with the Republic included the Trade Federation, a representative of Sidious, and smugglers. The smugglers taught him their language in exchange for learning some of his. Thrawn is an excellent teacher as well as a leader who inspires great loyalty.

Outbound Flight, Thrawn, Art by Dave Seeley

Thrawn, as a Member of the Chiss Expansionary Defense Force, Outbound Flight, Thrawn, Art by Dave Seeley

Thrawn has been known to defend his turf from conquest and slavers. Two of his fiercest opponents were Master C’baoth (Jedi Master) and Nuso Esva (Warlord and Enslaver). He also was fiercely determined to stop the slaver species known as the Vaagari, which traveled as nomads near Chiss space. He’s one of the few Imperial Officers who has defeated the Jedi.

Outcast eventually over disagreements with his leaders, he joins the Empire and becomes one of very few humans to rise the ranks, and the only one to  make Grand Admiral.

Thrawn strongly believes one government, one authority, is needed over the masses, due to the threats he’s seen in the unknown regions.

Early in his career he was assigned to the Dark Jedi Jerec’s command. Surviving that, he was assigned to the Unknown Regions for much of his Imperial career in command of a fleet, he returned after the Emperor’s death (Return of the Jedi) to take the reins and restore the glory of the Empire. Thrawn chose the Chimera as his flagship with Pellaeon as it’s Captain.

Thrawn has a unique talent to understand cultures by studying the art and using the cultural weaknesses against them in battle.

Featured In:

  • Outbound Flight – by Timothy Zahn (prequel era)
  • Choices of One – by Timothy Zahn  (rebellion era)

Thrawn Trilogy (first appearance)

  • Heir to the Empire
  • Dark Force Rising
  • The Last Command

Mentioned In:

  • Specter of the Past
  • Vision of the Future
  • Survivor’s Quest

His legacy would influence the Empire and the Chiss for long after he was gone.

 

 

“Learn about art, Captain,” Thrawn said, his voice almost dreamy. “When you understand a species’ art, you understand that species.” Timothy Zahn, Star Wars: Heir to the Empire, Bantam

 

Spoiler
Thrawn was killed by his Noghri bodyguard, Rukh, during the battle of the Bilbringi shipyards in retribution for the lies the Empire told to keep the Noghri people in debt.

 

 

Mara Jade

Mara Jade, Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice by Karen Traviss

Mara Jade, Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice by Karen Traviss

Mara Jade’s earliest history is unknown. What is known is that she was taken as a child by the Emperor and trained to be ‘The Emperor’s Hand’. She could hear his voice from across the galaxy. Her training in using the Force allowed her to fight for Imperial justice and take down criminals as well as corrupt Imperial officials. Mara truly believed in the Empire and it’s Justice.

As the Emperor died, he reached out one last time and gave her a false message of both Luke and Vader turning on him and killing him.

After his death she fell in with Talon Karrde, a smuggler chief who began grooming her as his right hand. It was working for him that led her to a meeting with Luke Skywalker which would affect the rest of her life.

“Victims run off and hide. Prey runs off and hides. But I’m not a victim. And I’m not prey. I’m the Emperor’s Hand. I am the ultimate predator. And it’s time for Dequc and Black Nebula to die.” ―Mara during her hunt for Dequc Mara Jade, By the Emperor's Hand, Dark Horse Comics

Mara was introduced in the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn.

Featured in:

Allegiance
Choices of One
Mara Jade, a Night on the Town (Star Wars Tales (DH))
Sleight of Hand: The Tale of Mara Jade – from Tales of Jabba’s Palace
Mara Jade, by the Emperor’s Hand
First Contact – from Tales of the Empire
Thrawn Trilogy
-Heir to the Empire
-Dark Force Rising
-The Last Command
I, Jedi
Mysteries of the Sith (Dark Forces Jedi Knight video game expansion)
The Corellian Trilogy
Spectre of the Past/Vision of the Future Duology
Survivor’s Quest
New Jedi Order
Swarm War

Legacy of the Force, Sacrifice

Spoiler title
Mara Jade made her peace with Luke Skywalker and even briefly attended his Jedi Academy. They were off and on again allies for years. Eventually they married. They had one son, Ben. Mara was killed by Darth Caedus when she went to stop his influence over her son.

 

Star Wars Heir to the Empire Review

Star Wars Heir to the Empire
Star Wars
Timothy Zahn
sci fi/fantasy
Bantam

It is a time of renewal, five years after the destruction of the Death Star and the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire.

But with the war seemingly won, strains are beginning to show in the Rebel Alliance. New challenges to galactic peace have arisen. And Luke Skywalker hears a voice from his past. A voice with a warning.

Beware the dark side….

First in a 3 book trilogy that fired up the Star Wars franchise novels.
This first book introduces thrilling new characters and challenges. The New Republic leadership is ripe with political backbiting. A new Imperial Warlord is uniting the remnants of the fleet and striking back successfully. And he has secrets of the Emperor and a dangerous new threat that could threaten Luke Skywalker, his friends and all they stand for.

The characters in these books are some of the most enduring of the Expanded Universe. It’s a can’t put down read that came out after a long hiatus and naturally it’s well loved. Mysterious species and unknown enemies this is a heart pounding adventure.

But the best thing is, that now if you get hooked you no longer need to wait a whole year until the next installment.

The Rest of the Trilogy:

Book 2: Dark Force Rising
Book 3: The Last Command

Characters Introduced:

  • Mara Jade,
  • Grand Admiral Thrawn,
  • Admiral Pellaon,
  • Talon Kardde,
  • Borsk Fey’lya

Other books / series / comics with these characters:

Books

  • I, Jedi
  • New Rebellion
  • The Corellian Trilogy
  • New Jedi Order
  • Legacy of the Force
Comics

  • Thrawn trilogy adaption
  • Mara Jade, by the Emperor’s Hand
  • Union

 

Other Star Wars Books by Zahn:

Outbound Flight (prequel era)

Scoundrels

Allegiance

Choices of One
Spectre of the Past

Vision of the Future

Survivor’s Quest

Other books / series with the characters created in these:

I, Jedi

New Rebellion

The Corellian Trilogy

New Jedi Order

Legacy of the Force

Comic / Graphic Novels with these Characters:

Thrawn trilogy adaption

Mara Jade, by the Emperor’s Hand

Union