The Marvel Expanded Universe Connection

The early Marvel comics were a huge part of helping Star Wars become a success. 20th Century Fox’s reluctance to promote the film meant that Lucas had to do it himself. This included setting up comics to whet fans appetites for a new sci adventure that would change the face of film making in spite of Hollywood’s doubts. The first 2 issues of the comic adaptation came out even before the movie, in some cases using early concept art. The ‘Star Wars Corporation’ as it was called at the time did plan to execute creative control and while the Expanded Universe initially did not incorporate them, eventually they were added in by the loving attention of the young fans had grown into adult novelists and storytellers themselves. With the new announcement that a special issue is up for Marvel’s Star Wars anniversary its a good time to explore these stories and what they have to offer.


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Marvel’s early Star Words in the letters column is explains how Lucas was involved in story arc planning. Click for full size view.

Even in these early days, Lucas’s company wanted to maintain some control over the story.  The series ran from 1977 (the adaption beginning before the movie release) to 1986,  so some ideas were derailed by the powers that be without Marvel knowing why, only to find out they were hitting into the next 2 movies territory.  Years later Allen Kausch as continuity editor did not include the stories in his notebooks of the timeline as Dark Empire and Heir to the Empire powered up a full Expanded Universe. As Leland Chee created the datacron database, these stories were initially ignored relegated to S-Canon. Later authors began to incorporate these stories, characters and places into the main Expanded Universe. Wizards of the Coast RPG and their Gamer magazine in particular went to great lengths to fit it in.

Art Styles:


Jaxxon is in the very first post movie adaption story arc.

Due to alternating artists, writers and editors these changed as did the quality of the story.  The first story arc involved Han and Chewie, as Marvel as yet had no guidance. Even so the character of Jaxxon did not please Lucas who said no more of Jaxxon.  He apparently was a bit too much like his inspiration Bugs Bunny. There was even an issue where he got beaten up by Dafi and Fud.  Yet later, characters called Hoojibs were allowed in (basically intelligent, telepathic bunnies). For many issues Luke was relegated back to his ‘farm boy’ outfit.  In fact, they hardly ever seem to change clothes or hair styles in early issues. Nor do the artists seem to have used photos of the actors.

Strong female characters and aliens?

They had them, even back then. It was common even at the time for their to be scantily clad females in the stories (occasionally even males – Crimson Jack had one bare leg and one not).   Examples include Shira/Brie AKA Lumiya,  who would go on to be involved in the Legacy of the Force novels. Dariel Angleworth is a moisture farmer, female, brigand hunter, Captain Cinda Tarheel an x wing pilot female as well as an unnamed female in charge of an major imperial databank. Then there are the fringe characters like Joli and Dani.

In addition, before there was Thrawn, there were various alien characters involved with the Empire. One was in charge of enslaving Mandaloreans, another with seeking out an ancient weapon.

Characters and Situations that were used in the main Expanded Universe canon:

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The Wheel – introduced in Marvel just after the original movie and dark horse comics Republic / Prequel era

The Wheel, a space station full of gambling and fringe sorts. Introduced early in Marvel, it is revisited in Republic comics more than once.

Senator Greyshade is introduced on the above mentioned wheel. He interacts with Anakin and Obi-Wan in the pre clone wars era. According to the visual guide, Anakin actually stole his speeder when Obi-Wan leaped out of Padme’s apartment window in order to catch him.

Human Replica Droid –  the first we see is Viscount Tardi. This droid is programmed to imitate a real man and may not be sentient.

Yinchor – the  Yinchorri are visited by Leia on a diplomatic mission.  Earlier in history these people were tricked by Sidious into attacking the Jedi in Jedi Council: Acts of War.

Jedi Breath Control – first mention is in Jedi breath control – issue 75 Iskalon Effect

Stone Mite’s such as Han and Chewie encountered are mentioned in Clone Wars 28. appears in Coruscant Nights 1 Jedi Twilight, Republic 49 and 54 among others

Realistic looking prosthetics – Valance the cyborg may have hated what he was, but even before Luke lost a hand Valance showed no outward signs of injury before he was shot.

Gordion Reach first appeared in issue 25 Seige at Yavin. It later is mentioned in several sources including Star Wars the Old Republic and several Essential Guides.


Zeltrons – Dani in Marvel Rebellion era, Chantique in Dark Horse KOTOR era

Zeltron are a reddish skinned species with strong pheromones and passions. We are introduced through the fringe character Dani, who was part of a smuggling gang.  They later appear in Coruscant Nights, the Knights of the Old Republic comics, Legacy comics, Knights of the Old Republic 2 (the game) and more.


Opportunities for explanations and further stories:

Leia’s mother (Breha who didn’t yet have a name) died when Alderaan destroyed. mentions Bail and her mother issue 53. This is fuzzy in other places in the Expanded Universe as well. Issue 91 has gundarks that bear no resemblance to later designs. they have four feet, long tongues a that behave more like nos monsters.

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Even early on fans were concerned about continuity. Perhaps its past time Marvel explained the lightsaber goof! Issue 48. Click for full size view.

Luke still having a lightsaber after he loses his in TESB. Given that Don-Wan Khihotay had one, and years later in Young Jedi Knights Anja Gallandro appears with one, there are other ways for him to get a hold of a temporary replacement.

Y-Wings modified for more than 2 people into a full sized cockpit.

Issue 81 is soon after ROTJ. In this its shown that the jawas find a sand blasted ‘droid’ near the sarlaac that is really BobaFett. Leia and Han are there looking to retrieve credits Han left on Tatooine and chasing the jawas who stole R2. The sand crawler falls back into the sarlaac after its attacked by sand people. This predates the Bounty Hunter Trilogy story bringing him back by being found by Dengar, as well as Dark Horse comics Dark Empire.

Issue 85 post Endor mentions Bossk and IG-88 this is after all of the droid bodies were destroyed except one, that had uploaded its intelligence into the DS? Bossk had been captured at one point but also (maybe?) showed up later in other sources.

Then there are other characters like Bey, a young (very tall) man raised with Han, whose mother was Nagai and father was Corellian. What happened to them? To Dani, Kiro, Rik Duel and Chihdo?  The possiblities of more stories about these characters is appealing. There is a gap regarding the foundation of the Alliance of the Federation Planets and it’s successor, the New Republic as well as potential tie ins to the many old Imperial holdouts. Some of these were detailed primarily in games. The hatred of cyborgs mentioned in these comics was never explained either.

Alterations that have been explained in later stories.

The early Mandaloreans along with Fenn Shysa work with the Rebels when they are enslaved by the Empire and the Nagai. A large structure, formed of the skeleton of an ancient beast was thought by these Imperials to be sacred to them. Karen Traviss’s Republic Commando series goes on to say that in reality it was part of an amusement park and the ‘sacred’ place idea was a scam the Imperials fell for.

The Long Hunt was one of the annuals. This story was later explained in the story ‘Skyewalkers’. That retconned that the second apprentice was Halagad Ventor, a name similar enough to explain the mistake.

The Bespin situation: Lando falls to the ‘surface’ of Bespin but there can be no surface on a gas planet issue 56-57. Later stories reveal that the Ugnaughts did some engineering and terraforming in order to have floating areas within the planet that resemble their original homeworld.

“Jabba the Hut” the yellow skin version is later retconned into being Jabba’s accountant who used his name and was a stand in during certain events. His real name was Mosep Binneed and was first revealed in WOTC: Ultimate Alien Anthology.


The prequels era gets mentioned in advance in The Long Hunt,  Silent Drifting, and Valance’s ‘The Hunter’ story arc. The Long Hunt’s story arc was retconned in Skyewalkers as mentioned earlier, and Valance’s hatred of droids ties in nicely with a man who served during Clone Wars fighting battle droids. Silent Drifting, is a stand alone story contradicts nothing and is merely a short adventure remembered by Leia as told to her by Bail Organa.

One story totally contradictory:

One story that is more a flop is the one suggesting Wedge knew Luke on Tatooine. In fact the story details suggest the writer mistook Wedge for Biggs Darklighter. Biggs was his best friend on Tatooine and the scene was cut from the final movie. This therefore was not a case of contradicting the Expanded Universe but rather contradicting Star Wars (now known as A New Hope) since Biggs was detailed in the novelization even after he was largely cut from the final film.

As for other contradictions, the primary is simply a matter of mistaken color choices ie blue eyes on a character with brown, misspelled planet names and so on. These are merely typos and editing errors.

Wrap up:

Star Wars original Marvel comics have a great many fun adventures to offer and ties to the later Expanded Universe AKA Legends. You can buy original comics off Ebay and reprints were offered by Dark Horse comics during their tenure as the official publishers of Star Wars comics, and on the return to Marvel,  in new Omnibuses. We shouldn’t miss the new anniversary issue #108 either!

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View of the Letters Column and some Explanations from Issue 8 about Lucas’s involvement


Tales of the Jedi impact on Continuity

Tales of the Jedi is one of the biggest tie-ins to the Expanded Universe. The Dark Horse Comics story was later subtitled ‘Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic’ and was followed three sequels arcs: Dark Lords of the Sith,  The Sith War and Redemption. It also had a prequel, Golden Age of the Sith and the Fall of the Sith Empire.

The first Dark Horse comic released was Dark Empire, which mentions in the narrative the events that will be told in the Tales of the Jedi series.

But lets start in chronological (in universe) order: (warning: here there be spoilers!)

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Star Wars Tales of the Jedi Golden Age of the Sith

We have Golden Age of the Sith and Fall of the Sith Empire which tell how Naga Sadow attacks the Ancient Old Republic on when they are discovered by a pair of desperate Hyperspace Explorers, Gav and Jori Daragon. He is resisted by Empress Teta of the Koros system.

Tales of the Jedi Golden Age of the Sith and Fall of the Sith Empire Introduced:

  • Sith Lord Marka Ragnos
  • Sith Lord Naga Sadow
  • Sith Lord Ludo Kressh
  • Empress Teta and Koros system (which will become Empress Teta system)
  • Odan Urr, Jedi
  • Celegians (species)
  • Sith Species
  • Massassi as a sub species.
  • Korriban – planet (first in universe reference)
  • Ziost – planet
  • Solar Sailor starships
  • Crosscurrent by Paul Kemp begins during Naga Sadow’s attack.  The Sith ship called the Harbinger, due to Jedi sabotage, has a hyperspace mishap that lands them in the New Jedi Order era. The ship was to meet Naga Sadow’s forces.

    Lost Tribe of the Sith by John Jackson Miller is involved in the same events as Crosscurrent. The Sith ship Omen, collides with Harbinger as they are heading for Hyperspace and crash lands on Kesh. The descendents remain there until the New Jedi Order era. Ludo Kressh was one of the mentioned Sith Lords, the ship was to meet with Naga Sadow’s forces.

    Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic – Redemption eras Introduced:

    • Jedi Uliq Qel Droma
    • Jedi Cay Qel Droma
    • Jedi Tott Doneeta
    • Jedi Master Arca
    • Jedi Oss Willum
    • Jedi Nomi Sunrider
    • Jedi Vima Sunrider
    • Jedi Master Thon
    • Jedi Sylvar
    • Jedi Crado
    • Jedi Vodo Sioskk Bas
    • Jedi Ood Bnar
    • Jedi / Sith Exar Kun
    • Alema and Satal Keto, heirs to Teta and Sith followers
    • Freedon Nadd (Sith spirit)
    • Planet Onderon and moon Dxun, City of Iziz,
    • Ambria – dark side world
    • Ossus – Jedi library
    • beast riders
    • Mandalore culture
    • Rhen Var


    Tales of the Jedi had a huge impact on the Legends Expanded Universe

    Tales of the Jedi history and worlds will be referenced all the way up until the last stories of the timeline.

    Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic introduces Uliq Qel Droma, his brother Cay, Tott Doneeta, Arca, the planet of Onderon and it’s moon of Dxun, the city of Iziz, Freedon Nadd and their conflict. It’s other part entails Nomi Sunrider losing her husband and with her daughter Vima, traveling to be trained by Master Thon as a Jedi.

    Tales of the Jedi: Freedon Nadd Uprising.  In this the victory against Freedon Nadd supporters of Iziz gets set back by their retaliation. Ultimately though the remains are entombed on Dxun.

    Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith:  Heir to Empress Teta are now dabbling in the Dark Side and pay a visit to Iziz, gaining Sith knowledge just before its locked down. Meanwhile Exar Kun, is resisting his Jedi Master’s teachings and goes hunting knowledge there. The Tetan heirs wage war on the Republic, with Uliq receiving an unhealing Dark side infused wound and many Jedi falling in a sneak attack. Meanwhile Kun follows what he finds in Freedon Nadd’s tomb to Korriban (first mention of the Sith homeworld), then Yavin 4 and finally becomes a full Sith Lord. Uliq’s attempts to conquer the Dark Side from within by pretending to join Alema and Satal, the Tetan heirs, ends in his fall to the Dark side. Jedi Cathar Sylvar, Crado are introduced as well as Vodo Siosk Baas.

    Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War:  How Exar Kun led so many Jedi to the Dark Side is told here, the fall of the great Jedi world of Ossus,  Uliq’s conquering of the Mandalore and winning their allegiance and how he finally turned away from the Dark side and Exar Kun was stopped are here. Ood Bnar makes an appearance. Odan Urr dies.

    Tales of the Jedi: Redemption: How Vima Sunrider seeks out Uliq to train her, as he is hiding on Rhen Var trying to forget his past and be forgotten. Sylvar also is at a crossroads, filled with rage over


    Shadows and Light starred Duron Qel-Droma

    Shadows and Light: Dark Horse Comics Tales. This is one of the few stories in Tales that fits with EU canon. Duron Qel Droma is related to Uliq and Cay. His quest for the left over monsters of the Sith War and his love for a fellow Jedi are the basis of the story.

    Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic reveals Exar Kun's lightsaber

    Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic reveals Exar Kun’s lightsaber and other Tales of the Jedi trivia

    Knights of the Old Republic by John Jackson Miller, the Dark Horse comic book series inspired by the games, follows the adventures of Jedi Padawan from Taris, Zayne Carrik. He is framed for murder. Among these adventures he encounters weapons and items left over from the great Sith War, such as Exar Kun’s lightsaber. Part of his troubles arise from a Jedi Covenant which arose specifically to prevent the return of the Sith, by those traumatized by Exar Kun and his followers.

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    Knights of the Old Republic: Jolee Bindo remembers the Sith War and Nomi Sunrider

    Knights of the Old Republic Lucasarts game
    The Mandalorean war with the Republic was ended by Jedi heroes Revan and Malek. But they went against the Jedi Council to do it and have now returned as Dark Lords of the Sith. As the player pieces together the secrets of his lost past, the mission to find Malek includes meeting Jolee Bindo who talks about the Great Sith War. Initially Vima Sunrider was to be a part of this, but was changed to Bastila Shan due to trademark issues with the name Sunrider. In game discoveries include gear that belonged to the heroes. Worlds visited include Taris (first intro) and Korriban where you explore the Tales of the Jedi Sith Lor’ds tombs.

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    KOTOR 2 visits the world of Onderon, moon of Dxun and Telos.

    Knights of the Old Republic 2 the game
    The Exile was a Jedi who served as general alongside Revan and Malek. She returned to face the Council judgement and did not join the Sith. However she loses her powers and in her quest to regain them finds someone has been stalking and killing the Jedi. The fallout of what became known as the Jedi Civil War (Malek and Revan vs the Jedi) has left the galaxy untrusting of the Jedi. Among the missions here one visits Dxun and Onderon, where the Great City of Iziz still thrives with comparative peace between beast riders and the city inhabitants. The Queen is Talia, descendent of Galia who helped the Jedi overthrow her parents, who worshipped Freedon Nadd. Telos, a world badly damaged in the war, and even Korriban itself are other locations.

    Star Wars the Old Republic

    Star Wars the Old Republic had many nods to the Legendary Expanded Universe, especially Tales of the Jedi

    Star Wars The Old Republic the game

    Places like Carrick Station and fleet ships names tend to be nods to other eras. Korriban and Ziost is a playable world on the visit list. Nomi and Arca of Tales of the Jedi are among the Noetikon Masters.You visit the tombs of Naga Sadow. Many datacrons are full of info straight out of the Tales of the Jedi comics and the server names too, refer to other stories. .

    Star Wars The Old Republic: Annihilation by Drew Karpyshyn has SIS agent Theron Shan (who also appears in game) visit Ziost to steal a black cipher.

    Darth Bane: Path of Destruction, Rule of Two, and Dynasty of Evil all have visits to Ambria, home base of Jedi Master Thon in Tales of the Jedi.

    Attack of the Clones: Dooku’s solar sailer is similar to the ones in Tales of the Jedi: Golden Age of the Sith.

    Clone Wars 2002 references Tales of the Jedi

    Clone Wars 2002 game has Tales of the Jedi’s Uliq Qel Droma’s spirit guide Anakin Skywalker to fight an ancient Sith weapon

    Clone Wars (2002 game) Among the missions to stop the Separatists and Dooku, one finds he is on Raxus Prime looking for components of the Dark Reaper and Force Harvester, a weapon that harvests the Force. The trail leads to Rhen Var and the spirit of Uliq Qel Droma, who instructs Anakin in how to defeat the machine without being consumed by it.

    Dark Empire has Leia discover the story of Uliq's fall in Tales of the Jedi

    Dark Empire has Leia discover the story of Uliq’s fall in Tales of the Jedi

    Dark Empire, Dark Empire 2, Empire’s End: When Leia Organa Solo steals a holocron from the clone emperor, it warns her that those who try and defeat the Dark side from within ways fall. It tells the tale of Uliq. Also Vima Da Boda is said to be descendant of Vima Sunrider. They also end up visiting Iziz.

    Jedi Academy by Kevin J. Anderson Luke Skywalker's first students have a run in with the spirit of Tales of the Jedi's Sith Exar Kun.

    In Jedi Academy, Luke Skywalker’s first students have a run in with the spirit of Tales of the Jedi’s Sith Exar Kun.

    Jedi Academy trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson: Luke Skywalker opens a Jedi training academy on Yavin 4, awakening the trapped spirit of the Sith Exar Kun. The students unite to defeat him.

    In Jedi Academy we find that millenia later, Sith Lord Marka Ragnos of the Golden Age still has followers.

    In Jedi Academy we find that millenia later, Sith Lord Marka Ragnos of the Golden Age still has followers.

    Jedi Academy the game: Jaden Korr, apprentice to Kyle Katarn, helps track down the disciples of ancient Sith Marka Ragnos from Golden Age of the Sith. They are using similar technology to the Force Harvester but on a much smaller scale.

    Junior Jedi Knights the Golden Globe we seen a device left by Exar Kun during Tales of the Jedi

    Junior Jedi Knights the Golden Globe we seen a device left by Exar Kun during Tales of the Jedi

    Junior Jedi Knights: The Golden Globe: by Nancy Richardson Young Anakin Solo and his friend Tahiri find a powerful Sith artifact containing the spirits of Massassi children, held prisoner since the time of Exar Kun.

    Young Jedi Knights Lightsabers the Solo kids are told the story of Nomi from Tales of the Jedi

    Young Jedi Knights Lightsabers the Solo kids are told the story of Nomi from Tales of the Jedi

    Young Jedi Knights: Lightsabers by Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta, A traumatic lightsaber accident causes Jaina and Jacen Solo with their friends to doubt their abilities. Jedi historian Tionne gives them a lesson of Nomi Sunrider’s struggles with the same issue.

    Legacy of the Force: Exile by Aaron Allston and Sacrifice by Karen Traviss has Ben Skywalker visit Ziost on a mission.

    Obi-Wan X-Box Review & Continuity

    Continuity and the Story Obi-Wan plays.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Obi-Wan Review:

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

    There is some strategy needed. I liked that.

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

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

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

    SWTOR Continuity

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

    Armor based on Expanded Universe characters:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

    Minor Finds:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Space Battles:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

    Terentatek first appear in Knights of the Old Republic.

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

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

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




    Vague Connections:

    It may or may not be a coincidence.

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

    Crucible Review & Continuity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The Story itself and what I thought of it:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Clones & Cloners

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


    Jango Fett clones:

    Republic Commando - Triple Zero Clones

    Republic Commando – Triple Zero Clones

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

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

    Jango Sources:

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

    Morgukai Clones:

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

    Morgukai Sources:

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

    Starkiller Clone:

    Starkiller's Clone

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

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

    Starkiller Sources:

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

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

    Thrawn clones:

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

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

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

    Thrawn Sources:

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

    The Emperor’s Clones:

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

    Emperor’s Sources:

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


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

    Khomm Sources:

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


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




    Jedi Academy Game Review & Continuity

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

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

    Jedi Academy Player Character Options

    Jedi Academy Player Character Options

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

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

    Jedi Academy Temple Training Area

    Jedi Academy Temple Training Area

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jedi Academy Video Game - Vader's Stature on Vjun

    Jedi Academy Video Game – Vader’s Stature on Vjun

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

    For a real walkthrough, Check out this Gamespot article.

    Jaden Korr - canon version

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

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

    Medstar I: Battle Surgeons Review & Continuity

    Medstar I: Battle Surgeons Book Cover Medstar I: Battle Surgeons
    Star Wars
    Michael Reaves & Steve Perry
    Ballantine Del Rey

    As Civil War between the Republic and the Separatists rages across the galaxy, nowhere is the fighting more fierce than on the swamp world of Drongar, where a beleaguered mobile hospital unit wages a never-ending war of its own . . .

    A surgeon who covers his despair with wise-cracks; another who faces death and misery head-on, venting his emotions through beautiful music . . . A nurse with her heart in her work and her eye on a doctor . . . A Jedi Padawan on a healing mission without her Master . . .  These are the core members of a tiny med unit serving the jungle world of Drongar, where battle is waged over the control of a priceless native plant, and an endless line of medlifters brings in the wounded and dying -- mostly clone troopers, but also soldiers of all species.

    While the healers work desperately to save lives, others plot secretly to profit from the war -- either by dealing on the black market or by manipulating the events of the war itself. In the end, though, all will face individual tests, and only those of compassionate hearts and staunch spirits can hope to survive to fight another day.


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

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

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

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

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

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

    Influence on the Expanded Universe

    Expanded Characters:

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

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

    Expanded Cultures:

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

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


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

    Introduced Culture:


    Other Introductions:

    Bota: a powerful healing plant native to Drongar.

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

    Also mentioned:

    Black Sun is heavily involved in this story.
    Teras Kasi is mentioned.

    Darth Maul Shadowhunter Review & Continuity

    Darth Maul: Shadowhunter Book Cover Darth Maul: Shadowhunter
    Star Wars
    Michael Reaves
    Ballentine Del Rey
    Hardcover & Paperback

    After years of waiting in the shadows, Darth Sidious is taking the first step in his master plan to bring the Republic to its knees. Key to his scheme are the Neimoidians of the Trade Federation. Then one of his Neimoidian contacts disappears, and Sidious does not need his Force-honed instincts to suspect betrayal. He orders his apprentice, Darth Maul, to hunt the traitor down.

    But he is too late. The secret has already passed into the hands of information broker Lorn Pavan, which places him right at the top of Darth Maul’s hit list. Then, in the labyrinthine alleyways and sewers of Coruscant, capital city of the Republic, Lorn crosses paths with Darsha Assant, a Jedi Padawan on a mission to earn her Knighthood. Now the future of the Republic depends on Darsha and Lorn. But how can an untried Jedi and an ordinary man, stranger to the powerful ways of the Force, hope to triumph over one of the deadliest killers in the galaxy?

    Darth Maul-ShadowHunter

    The first adult novel with a Darth Maul adventure.

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

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

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

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

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


    I5YQ-from the New Essential Guide to Droids

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

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

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

    Affect on Continuity:

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

    Notable Continuity Mentions:

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

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

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

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


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

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

    This book was a New York Times Best Seller

    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.