Splinter of the Mind’s Eye and Canon

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Splinter of the Mind’s Eye by Alan Dean Foster was the first book published based on the movies. Cover art was by Ralph McQuarrie

Splinter of the Mind’s Eye often pops up when people complain about contradictions in the Expanded Universe.

However, people perhaps aren’t noticing the publishing date. Splinter of the Mind’s Eye was written before The Empire Strikes Back, and is the story Lucas considered doing if Star Wars initial movie had not made enough for the rest of the movies. The ‘official’ Expanded Universe did not begin until a decade later.

The story tells of one of Luke and Leia’s adventures. En route to convince planetary leaders to support the Alliance, they are forced to crash land on the wild world of Mimban. The muddy swamp hides an Imperial mining colony. They sneak into the colony searching for a way offworld and encounter Halla, a Force Sensitive who has found out about a treasure: the Kaiburr Crystal, which increases the Force power of the user. Figuring out they are not locals, they reach an agreement, help her find the crystal and she helps them escape the planet. Unfortunately, they are side tracked and taken prisoner by the Imperials, who fortunately have no idea who they have. Not so fortunately, the Imperial in charge calls higher authorities…and word reaches Darth Vader.

Misconception:

There are some serious misconceptions taking place about this book. The biggest one is that Luke and Leia had an incestuous relationship here. In fact, the closest they come is Luke watching Leia sleep and being tempted to kiss her. In fact, most of their behavior, after the movies, comes across very much like sibling squabbles. Luke’s temptation to kiss her is no more contradictory than the kiss she gave him in A New Hope for luck, before the swing across the chasm, or her kiss in Empire in an obvious attempt to annoy Han. There is certainly no evidence of anything physical beyond that. And at the time, neither knew of their relationship. Alan Dean Foster’s style isn’t toward romantic encounters in detail in any case. Nor is it common at all In Universe to detail physical romantic encounters.

A Dark Horse Comics graphic novel adaptation of this book basically skips the whole temptation bit, and adds in Admiral Piett and a mention of Vader thinking of Luke as his son. This brings it more in line with the rest of the Expanded Universe and movies.

Splinter of the Mind’s Eye is considered part of the Star Wars Expanded Universe canon, and the worlds of Circourpous (the intended destination) and Mimban are mentioned elsewhere, as are the aliens involved. Both Halla and the Kaiburr crystal go largely unmentioned elsewhere, except the brief factoid that Luke tested a piece of the crystal in a lightsaber and that the powers of the crystal diminish the farther it is from its temple. The kaiburr crystal (yes that was the spelling) was mentioned in early drafts of the scripts in the Making of Star Wars books.

Consistency with the later published official canon:

Leia kissing Luke did happen in the movies, as I mentioned before. Once for luck, once to make Han Solo jealous. Nothing in the book goes beyond that.

Obi-Wan apparently directing Luke’s actions is a reasonable link to the movies. While his Force ghost does not appear, Luke instinctively replies once ‘I’m Ben Kenobi’ when fighting Vader and more than once ponders how he sometimes feels someone else directing his actions. Given Obi-Wan’s earlier speaking to him and later appearance in the movies, this is believable that he was helping guide Luke’s Force connection. In later stories such as Allegiance, by Timothy Zahn, Obi-Wan directly gives him advice and directions.

Darth Vader, while appearing a bit ‘off’ from his movie appearance with his ‘toying’ with the heroes is actually also consistent with later stories. As Anakin, he toys with his enemies in Approaching Storm (also by Alan Dean Foster). He also has a tendency to pursue other objects like the Kaiburr crystal, including the Bota entrusted to Jax Pavan in the Coruscant Knights series, as well as a special stone Anakin himself had given Jax. He also pursued the Murr Talisman in the Empire/Rebellion era comic series in the Vector cross over. His harshness with subordinates that fail him is legendary, the only difference here being he uses his lightsaber rather than the Force Choke.

Spoiler
Vader actually loses his arm to Luke’s lightsaber in this. However, Luke does note there is no blood. Since Vader’s arm was already largely replaced by a prosthetic at this point, its not a real contradiction either…his pursuit of the Jedi may well have cost him his limbs repeatedly by now, in any case.

Leia picks up Luke’s lightsaber and fights Vader at one point in this. Given no one knew Leia was Luke’s sister at this point, it makes it an unintentional but welcome hint that maybe the Force is with her. Leia’s Jedi training doesn’t come until the stories after Return of the Jedi, starting at Heir to the Empire but interrupted repeatedly until the Dark Nest Crisis by Troy Denning when she completes it. Leia also flies a Y-Wing in this, suggesting her skills as a pilot. And in later Dark Horse comics she is again shown flying a fighter.

Artoo and Threepio also are in the story, with their usual bantering. While its likely a coincidence, it’s perhaps a foreshadowing one that Vader is able to simply turn them off at one point. This could be due to simply his skill with droids and machines, subconscious recognition on his part, or even some command leftover from their ownership by Anakin that kicked into play.  A coincidence almost certainly…but one that fits.

 

 

Han Solo Trilogy by Ann Crispin Continuity

The Paradise Snare coverThis is one of the most amazing trilogies ever regarding continuity. Han Solo’s story is followed from his childhood taken in by a thief to right before A New Hope.

It explains many things never seen but clearly implied by the movies. Less a case of how it influenced future stories and far more the case of how it seamlessly interwove stories previously published into its story, giving the history behind things later in the chronology.

We have how Han learned to understand Wookiee as well as Hutteese. Where, how and why he learned to fly starships. How he was a respected officer in the Empire and went to a smuggler with a Wookiee with a life debt at his side. Of course, it also tells us how he won the Falcon. We even see him dump a shipment of spice that led to his trouble with Jabba. What got Han in so much trouble with Lando that he feared he might hold a grudge. We see his first brush with Rebels here and why he might have been so concerned about getting paid.

This story interweaves multiple characters and threads from the rest of the Expanded Universe. It also expertly weaves around Han Solo adventures by Brian Daley that occurred in the Corporate Sector, even giving why he went there in the first place.

Influence on later stories:

Han’s Alias: Jenos Idanian, was later used by Corran Horn in I,Jedi

Togorians. The feline species later shows up in Knights of the Old Republic (comic) Knight Errant ,Jedi Apprentice, Republic (comic), Shatterpoint, Dark Times,  Tatooine Ghost, Thrawn Duology, Survivor’s Quest, New Jedi Order, Dark Nest, Crucible.

Tlanda’ Til – Appear later in the New Jedi Order.

Ylesia – the planet is mentioned in various games and stories, and is visited in the New Jedi Order.

Bria Tharen – Han’s former girlfriend and fiance also appears in Underworld: the Yavin Vassilika by Dark Horse Comics.

Chewbacca’s marriage to Mallatobuck happens here. While she was introduced in the Wookiee storybook and the Holiday Special with their son, this is our first true look at events that lead into scenes from Chewbacca, the tribute comic by Dark Horse.

Characters drawn from other stories include:

Salporin and Ralrracheen, (wookiees) from the Thrawn trilogy.

Mako Spince (smuggler), Shug Ninx (mechanic), Salla Zend (smuggler and lover) , Vima Da Boda (former Jedi / fortune teller) – Dark Empire

Kid DXo’ln, Zeen Afit, Wynni and Sinewy Ana Blue (smugglers) – The New Rebellion

Xaverri (stage magician and expert con artist out for revenge on Imperials) – The Crystal Star

Roa and Lwyll – (Smuggler who taught Han the Kessel Run and his wife) Han Solo Adventures (Han Solo’s Revenge)

Durga the Hutt (Rival of Jabba & Black Sun Vigo)- Darksaber and Shadows of the Empire

Thracken Sal Solo (Unwanted Relative) – The Corellian Trilogy

Senator Garm Bel Iblis, Winter (Leia’s aid and intelligence agent) – Thrawn Trilogy

Vuffi Raa (Droid) – Lando Calrissian Trilogy

Dash Rendar – Shadows of the Empire

Vima Da Boda (fallen/lost Jedi/ Vagrant) – Dark Empire

 

Dark Forces & Katarn Influence

dark forces: dark troopersDark Forces: The first video game.

Dark Forces primarily starts life as a video game. Built on the old Dos System, by modern standards its pretty out of date. But this pixelated adventure starring Kyle Katarn (the player) is the first critical movie tie in. That’s because it is Kyle Katarn who steals the primary, complete plans of the Death Star that allows Luke Skywalker to blow it up.
Kyle’s adventure only begins here. The game continues with him tracking down piece by piece the details of the special Dark Trooper project and rescuing General Madine from an Imperial prison.

Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire Novella and Audio Drama.

This is the story of how and why Kyle ends up going after those Death Star plans in the first place. The son of a craftsman, he went to the Imperial Military Academy at Carida as it was the cheapest way to get an education. He was unaware that his father was a leader of the moon of Sulon’s resistance. His final test as a cadet before graduation was to take a Rebel held asteroid. There, in the chaos, he meets Jan Ors and finds himself unable to kill her. But even as he is on this mission, the Dark Jedi Jerec is pacifying Sulon, the moon of Sullust, framing the Rebels for the deed and Morgan Katarn pays the price.
Kyle himself receives word that his father was killed by Rebels. But on shipping out on leave, he runs into Jan again, who has evidence to the contrary. Kyle, motivated to join the Rebels, agrees to his first mission, an apparent suicide mission to steal the Death Star Plans from a secure Imperial base.
The novella has the added perspective of showing things from Jan Ors point of view as well as Kyle’s. It includes a very important quote, which explains why it seems so many others seem responsible for the Death Star Plans:

The only thing better than a well-laid plan is a well conceived backup plan. Our forces on Toprawa may have a shot at the Death Star plans as well. The problem is, that while the Toprawa plans include the battle station’s hull design and life support infrastructure, the Danuta plans include additional engineering schematics and, if we’re lucky, a complete map to the offensive and defensive weapons impalements. We need both sets to ensure success. – Mon Mothma to Jan Ors.

Influences on the Galaxy:

  • Danuta will appear in the video game Lethal Alliance, where Rianna Saren steals an updated set of the same plans. She does meet Kyle who offers her a job that eventually leads her to join the Alliance.
  • Sullust is mentioned in the movies, but the Sorusuub corporation mentioned here is mentioned in West End games and other books as being a Sullustan company that supports the Empire. The colonists were building there own G-Tap power source to avoid dealing with the company. Sorusuub also builds starships, such as Han Solo’s first ship, the Bria.
  • Meck Odom, AKA Odom Meck, a friend of Kyle’s is a mentioned as being a member of the Bomarr monks. These spiritualists are seen in Galaxy of Fear series, Tales of Jabba’s Palace and mentioned in X-Wing Rogue Squadron as well as DarkSaber.
  • Carida the military academy is visited and mentioned in the Han Solo Trilogy by Ann Crispin, and is  a major player in the Jedi Academy Trilogy.
  • Thrawn, at the time a Captain, is revealed to have served under the Dark Jedi Jerec.
  • Lando Calrissian meets Kyle here on the Star of Empire, and his droid Vuffi Raa (from the Lando Calrissian trilogy) is mentioned though not by name.
  • Phrik: the substance Kyle discovered being mined for Dark Troopers is lightsaber resistant and appears again in Knights of the Old Republic (comic), Darth Plagueis, Republic Commando: Triple Zero, Labyrinth of Evil, Star Wars Galaxies, Scourge, The Old Republic, and the Clone Wars micro series.

Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight Video Game

Kyle KatarnKyle discovers that the dark Jedi Jerec is his father’s killer. Details of how and why lead Kyle (the player) through Nar Shadaa’s city after a data disc containing information. Upon retrieving it, Kyle has to return to Sulon, and find his father’s droid Wee Gee, the only one who can decrypt the message on it. Kyle discovers his Father’s secret and what Jerec seeks: the Valley of the Jedi. He inherits the lightsaber of his father’s Jedi advisor, Rahn and has to go on a quest to find the valley and stop Jerec and his dark Jedi allies from gaining power enough to make him a new Emperor or worse.

Dark Forces: Rebel Agent Novella and Audio Drama.

This tells the story of Kyle’s journey through the perils of Nar Shadaa, his rescue (again) by Jan Ors and his visions of Rahn which warn him of the dangers ahead. An additional detail one gets from the book is how Weegee ended up with them (the game skips this bit). It also reveals that for all his accomplishments, their is mistrust at the higher echelons of the now New Republic. This is because he hasn’t ‘officially’ joined the Alliance though he works for them. He is not a team player and often goes off on his own.

Dark Forces: Jedi Knight Novella and Audio Drama.

In this we get not only details of Kyle’s arrival on Ruusan, where the Valley of the Jedi lies and his adventures there. Here he faces his worst enemies: not only those who killed his father, but his own desire for revenge which, as a potential Jedi could lead him to the Dark Side. Luke is involved in this, when the Alliance discovers the details of Jerec’s plan, he supports Kyle’s need to be the one to act.
Between book and video game, the book versions are the ‘canon’ versions of events, since one’s choices in game could ultimately turn Kyle either to the Dark Side or the Light.

In Galaxy Influence

  • Ruusan, Valley of the Jedi, will get it’s official backstory in Jedi VS Sith by Dark Horse comics and the Darth Bane trilogy by Karparshyn.
  • Jerec will officially be revealed as a Miraluka Jedi Archaelogist trained by Jocasta Nu before becoming an Inquisitor. He is mentioned in Dark Horse Comics during the Clone Wars era, SkyeWalkers: A Clone Wars Story and during the Empire in Galaxy of Fear.
  • Boc is mentioned as being missed for potential Jedi training due to the watchman Anoon Bondara (Darth Maul Shadow Hunter) being killed. He was discovered too late by Nejaa Halcyon (I,Jedi, Jedi Trial). He was enslaved by Admiral Screed (Droids) before being discovered by Jerec.
  • Nar Shadaa: The Smuggler’s Moon is also featured in Dark Empire and the Han Solo Trilogy by Ann Crispin.
  • Rahn is mentioned as being part of a part of an underground to help Jedi escape the purge that included Halagad Ventor (Skyewalkers: A Clone Wars Story) and Djinn Altis (Children of the Jedi).

Dark Forces: Mysteries of the Sith (Video Game Expansion)

Kyle is training with Mara Jade when the New Republic base is attacked. His (the players) initial mission involves taking on the attackers and infiltrating their main base disguised as an asteroid to stop the attack.
The game shifts here to Mara Jade (now the player) as Kyle has gone on an investigation to Dromund Kaas. When he doesn’t return her adventures involve tracking him down past pirates and other enemies to the Sith infested swamp world, where he has succumbed to it’s Dark Side power. There she has to win him back.

Scenes in the game imply that Mon Mothma now has implicit trust and a need for the services of both Kyle Katarn and Mara Jade. This is the only game in which Jan Ors does not appear.

In Galaxy Influences:

  • Mara Jade is a recurring character in the novels, created in Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn trilogy and well into the Legacy of the Force era. She also appears in Dark Horse Comics “By the Emperor’s Hand” and “Union”.
  • Dromund Kaas appears again in Fate of the Jedi series and is mentioned in The Old Republic.

Jedi Outcast

Kyle (the player) begins Jedi Outcast back to his mercenary agent ways. Back with Jan, he is investigating an Imperial outpost. But this leads him to discover the Imperial Remnant is trying to artificially give people the power to use the Force. Running headlong into a fallen Jedi from the Academy, he loses Jan to them. Believing her dead and seeking revenge, he returns to the Valley of the Jedi to regain the abilities he’d walked away from. Then he returns to the Jedi Academy of Yavin 4, where he left his lightsaber. Kyle finds himself once more chasing through familiar locales: Nar Shadaa, Bespin’s Cloud City, Yavin 4, as well as Imperial Outposts and bases. His goal: find out if Jan could still be alive and stop Desann and his allies from creating a Force powered army.

In Galaxy Influence:

  • Ruusan (again) is back.
  • Morgan Katarn’s Force Spirit appears.
  • Luke’s Jedi Academy on Yavin 4 appears just as it did in the Jedi Academy trilogy, complete with a Jedi training course. It will appear again in Young Jedi Knights, Junior Jedi Knights and on into the New Jedi Order era.
  • Cortosis: Kyle discovers they are mining this alloy. In Specter of the Past/Vision of the Future duology cortosis is revealed as being lightsaber resistant. It also is used in the Darth Bane trilogy.

Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy Video Game

Jedi Academy game with Katarn, Luke Skywalker and Jaden Korr (rodian male version)Jaden Korr (the player) is apprenticed to Kyle Katarn who is back, now as a Jedi Master. Some missions are with Kyle, some without. They proceed through Tatooine, Yavin 4, Bakura, Corellia, Hoth, Coruscant, Vjun, Taanab, Byss, Ord Mantell, Chandrila and more. The enemy: the Empire Reborn, led by Tavion. Tavion was apprenticed to Desann in the Jedi Outcast game. Now she too, seeks to give Force powers to an army. But her goal is to resurrect an ancient Sith Lord.

In Galaxy Influence:

  • Bakura is from Truce at Bakura, the novel set right in the aftermath of Return of the Jedi. It also returns in the Corellian Trilogy.
  • Byss is from the Dark Empire comics.
  • Vjun is from the Dark Empire comics and Junior Jedi Knights, as well as being visited pre empire in Yoda: Dark Rendezvous. Vader’s statue is shown here, fallen, just as it is in Junior Jedi Knights.
  • Korriban and the Valley of the Sith is visited in Dark Horse comics Golden Age of the Sith, Jedi Quest series, The Old Republic series, Darth Bane trilogy, Knights of the Old Republic, and Fate of the Jedi era.
  • The ancient Sith Lord Marka Ragnos is from Golden Age of the Sith.
  • Chandrila is Mon Mothma’s homeworld.
  • Jaden Korr gets his own duology: Crosscurrent and Riptide.
  • Kyle Katarn and Jan Ors are seen in a Tales comic fighting the Yuuzhan Vong (canon possibly)
  • In the Legacy of the Force era Kyle is officially a Jedi BattleMaster.

MedStar 2: Jedi Healer Review & Continuity

Medstar 2 picks up the pace from the first book. Barriss makes a startling discovery about the Bota that brings her to face the real, subtle temptations of the Dark Side. Her questioning is a serious question on what one should do for the greater good.

The drama is high with this one and it just gets more intense. The saboteur is still on the loose and targeting what most civilized species avoid in a war: the medics. The characters are all face to face with their own mortality and concerns about the future. The jokes and camaraderie and shared pain make them easy to empathize with. Love, friendship and lives are at stake and one is a traitor. Here we finally get clues to narrow down who the traitor might be.

This story left me wanting more about the characters and lives the door open for many of them to carry on.

Influence on the Continuity

Introductions

Uli Divinian: male human doctor from Tatooine. He will appear in later stories.

Eyar Maranth: sullustan singer. Will be mentioned in future stories.

Teedle: serving droid

Expanded Characters:

Barriss faces a bigger challenge this time, a temptation new to her.

I-Five faces the slow return of memory on events from Darth Maul: Shadowhunter that will influence his course.

Den Dhur faces the temptation to settle down with a female sullustan. But he also faces the challenge of whether a public’s right to know and his duty as a journalist is more important than danger it could bring to friends.

Jos Vandar has to deal with loss, having his world view upended on top of an attraction not considered acceptable by his people.

Mentions:

Sorcerer of Tund (Lando Calrissian Trilogy)

Falleen (Shadows of the Empire)

Cultural Expansion:

Umbaran people.

Major Connections:

Implied Death Star Superlaser

 

Games, Mechanics and Continuity

Star Wars games have a continuity set in the Expanded Universe.  Some would prefer to assume that they have no canon versions since there are many different endings. There are even some that are determined to believe that game mechanics mean the games contradict any other source and try and use it to give credence to their thinking that the Expanded Universe was all contradictions.

There is no reason the games various endings should be any less fun just because they aren’t the canon version, or why people should get upset that their head canon isn’t true. I’ve played various versions of Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars the Old Republic and Dark Forces.  I have played male and female, aliens, Light Side…in fact I haven’t played Dark Side much at all even when I played a Sith. I have sampled it. I’m just not very good at it.

The default version is that all games, except for the Imperial side in Star Wars the Old Republic, the ending is the Light Side one. This goes back to Star Wars being about light and redemption as George Lucas established.

RevanRevan of Knights of the Old Republic is canonically male. I have played Revan myself as a female and a male, with various faces. The fact that he was a man was established in the novel of the same name by Drew Karparshyn. The version that later appears in Star Wars the Old Republic is as well. There are different romance options (nothing huge) in both. If you play as female you find out Juhani is attracted to you. This is the first attraction between same sexes mentioned in the Star Wars Universe. Whether it was intentional or a game glitch I’m not sure. But in Star Wars The Old Republic MMO, you actually have missions on the Republic side to free him, held by the Sith Emperor’s power for far beyond his normal life span. You are led on this mission in part by the Exile’s Force ghost. The imperial side mission is to kill him. However, mysteriously, you encounter Revan again later, in game. Or is it him, or an imposter?

SPOILERS.
The Emperor’s power weakened Revan in a way that his dark side ‘split’ on death from his light side. His light side joined the Force. His dark side used it’s power to hold on to life, waging war still against everyone. The goal: reawaken the Sith Emperor in physical form so he could be destroyed at last.
SPOILERS.
During the last expansion, you finally face the Sith Emperor in the Spirit Realm in all 3 of his incarnations. Revan joins this battle.

The Exile with Visas MarrThe Exile in Knights of the Old Republic is canonically female. Again this is shown in the Revan novel by Drew Karparshyn as well in Star Wars The Old Republic as a Force ghost.  I haven’t played this one as a male yet at all, but I do plan to eventually.  There is one companion that changes based on male or female playthrough. Also of course the limited romance options do change.

Anakin Skywalker in Clone Wars 2003 for XBoxThe Clone Wars 2003 for XBox is an excellent part of continuity. While the ‘Dooku’ in game is said to be a clone, it ties in with Tales of the Jedi era (and to a lot of other stuff that tie to that.)  The Separatists have found a super weapon of the Ancient Sith War, when Exar Kun and Uliq Qel-Droma battled the Republic. The Jedi have to stop it.  You play as Anakin Skywalker,  where you might find out (as I did) that I’m not nearly the pilot Anakin is!  You interact with a holocron and the spirit of Uliq to get clues on defeating the Dark Reaper, which is powered by the Force Harvester., an ancient Sith artifact.  You start off (as I recall) on Raxus Prime, where you get (unfortunately) captured. From there it’s a race to escape the wookiee moon that the weapon is tested on. Following the trail eventually leads you to the final battle: the Dark Reaper.  It’s a tough fight (which my malfunctioning XBox doesn’t much like now.) This would be set in the same era as the Republic: Clone Wars comic books, while Anakin is still Obi-Wan’s apprentice (and ignoring the disruptive Filoni Clone Wars which came later and blew up the entire timeline.)

Games, Mechanics and ContinuityThe Force Unleashed has you play as Vader’s Secret Apprentice. Code named Starkiller, Galen Marek was taken as a child when his Jedi father was slain.  You get to  play this level as Vader.  From then on, you play as Starkiller.  His powers are literally unleashed and amped up in ways we only saw before in Clone Wars ’03 by Genndy Tartakovsky. The book and comic tie in shows the powers are actually more limited than what we see. For instance:  you don’t actually pull the star destroyer from the sky.  Instead you are steering it down because you can’t get out of the way.  You can at best aim it where you want it to land. It’s a very challenging level even on the easy setting and has led to a lot of frustrated players.  (This is in the PC version.  Console versions tended to have the cut scene instead).  The game mechanics are hyped up. You visit various planets including Raxus Prime (again,  as in the one Anakin visited in Clone Wars.)  Starkiller’s mission isn’t ‘Mary Sue’ as some think.  No one for real would want to be raised as he was, raised by his Father’s killer to be a Sith warrior. One look at the scars reveal a hard life.  Raised in chains by Vader the missions he is sent on are to assassinate Jedi. But along the way Starkiller finds his own path to redemption with the help of his pilot, Juno Eclipse, the Jedi he tried to kill, Kota, and his droid Proxy. But confronting Vader and the Emperor is guaranteed to cost him his life.  Can he (and the player) succeed? While there is an ‘Ultimate Sith” version,  the story where Starkiller is redeemed and becomes a Jedi in the end is the canon one, as evidenced by the tie in media. The story does use ‘The Corellian Treaty” from West End Games Rebel Alliance Sourcebook. Bail Organa, Mon Mothma,  as well as Garm Bel Iblis, first mentioned in the Thrawn trilogy by Zahn appear.

There is some question how the Emperor’s knowledge of Bail’s treason ties in with the Radio drama. In the radio drama, Leia goes on a mercy mission and finds a Rebel hiding from an Imperial takeover. He has critical information about the Death Star. This leads her to another planet which triggers fighting there, then home. At this point, she and Bail invite ‘Lord Tion’ (in charge of the  now occupied world)  to dinner to pump him for information on the Death Star.  Did word not get out yet Bail was a traitor? Possibly. Events were moving very quickly at this point.  Also there is a story that Garm’s family was murdered to stop him speaking out.  How does this tie in?  However, a complicated story is not itself a contradiction.

The Force Unleashed 2:  I have not played this yet.  But I do know Starkiller is reborn, either as a clone or in a completely healed, scar free body.  Unfortunately, since this was supposed to lead to a The Force Unleashed 3, it does leave some loose threads that look like continuity errors. Likely they would’ve been tied up in third game. For one thing the first major victory against the Empire by the Rebellion was getting the Death Star plans. So the idea of a successful raid on Kamino would contradict that. But if that successful raid was part of a trap, if it cost more than they initially thought, that would work fine.  That seems likely to be the case as they literally left Vader a prisoner of the Rebels in this!

dark forces: dark troopersIn Dark Forces you always play as Kyle Katarn, a guy. But his features vary from pixelated beardless face (the first game during briefings) to bearded.  Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire’s artwork in the novella shows him beardless (right after graduating the academy) to bearded (breaking into an Imperial base to steal the Death Star plans.) All games and stories after that show him bearded. While never explicitly stated, one might think a beard a minor detail yet some assume its a contradiction.  Personally I’d say it makes sense that Kyle would grow a beard to go on the mission. He was, as his friend Meck stated in an audio drama, the most famous graduate of their Carida Academy graduating class. The Empire would’ve arrested, if not shot him on the spot. Growing a beard is the least he could do to hide his features. Kyle Katarn’s daring Death Star plan raid is just his first mission. Stopping the production of Dark Troopers is his ongoing quest.

Shadows of the Empire Dash vs Xixor hologramShadows of the Empire is as many know a huge, multimedia event set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.  Since Han Solo is cooling his heels in bounty hunter hands, a new smuggler is brought in by the name of Dash Rendar. The video game largely centers around Dash.  Tracking down the bounty hunters who have Han is part of his mission. You get to participate in the Battle of Hoth (where he’s smuggling supplies and hops in a snowspeeder), track down bounty hunters, ride a swoop, and finally infiltrate Xixor’s palace.  The game events in general (particularly in the Xixor’s palace) are not specifically the canon version, although some may have happened.  The book focuses on first finding Han, but then a new mystery crops up: someone is trying to kill Luke.  And it isn’t Vader, who has the higher price on hisLuke’s head for live capture only. This ultimately leads to the discovery that it is Black Sun (and only Vader and Xixor know why.)  The infiltration in book is different than in game  (although the game events could’ve happened in most cases and just gone unmentioned.)   The comic book focuses on things from the point of view of the bounty hunters.  That has one minor conflict: where Luke feels it is Vader trying to kill him, whereas in the novel he is sure it isn’t. (Although his angst at the subject of Vader is pretty accurate either way.) I for one found the game very challenging until I invested in a controller.  Dash kept sliding off cliffs until I did so.

Kyle KatarnIn Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight, Weegee is being used to attack continuity. Weegee is the droid built by Katarn’s father who decrypted both his father’s message and the map to the Valley of the Jedi. Because Weegee is not seen during the escape from Sulon after Katarn gets the lightsaber from him even the Wookiepedia claims a contradiction that doesn’t exist since the novella Rebel Agent has the droid escorting him out. But in game you can see Weegee (just as the novella states) during a cut scene post the escape.  This is no more a contradiction than the game mechanic that lets one man carry an arsenal without a backpack. You also don’t see his lightsaber, E-11 trooper rifle, Bryar pistol, missile launcher, grenades unless you are using them and those are not considered contradictions.

Mysteries of the Sith expansions ties into the end of Dark Forces 2 and the books via Mara Jade.  It also confirms that the canon version of the main game is Light Side since Kyle is still serving the New Republic. The game is set during the years she is with (possibly leading) the Smuggler Alliance. Interestingly Mara is trusted by Mon Mothma in this, although years later Leia no longer does due to lack of contact. Then again, it wasn’t Mon Mothma’s brother she had a passionate need to shoot, left over from the Emperor’s last psychic message. The game has the same mechanics as Dark Forces 2. (Although the underwater parts are even more difficult) The game is later connected to Star Wars The Old Republic via Dromund Kaas. Even though Mara has some training you are starting from nearly nothing in this game in the Force mechanic department.

Jan Ors in Jedi KnightJedi Outcast picks up where the Mysteries of the Sith leaves off,  with a time gap. Katarn, turned off the Force due to his brush with the Dark Side is back to being a mercenary with Jan Ors. He’s lost many of his skills and the player has to earn them back. This game did not have a novella or audio drama alongside (sadly). It goes perfectly alongside the Jedi Academy trilogy and I,Jedi.  A brief cut scene even mentions the original students helping training the next generation of apprentices. You get to go on a brief tour of the Jedi Academy on Yavin, the same Temple we seen in Star Wars the Old Republic and in the Young Jedi Knights books.

Jedi Academy game with Katarn, Luke Skywalker and Jaden Korr (rodian male version)Jedi Academy (the video game) is the next in line, maintaining continuity with Katarn now the instructor. But you can play as male or female or a several different species. Zabrak, Kel Dor, Twilek, Rodian or human (of course) are available. The canon version is a white male human (I find that rather bland.)  Personally my preference was male Rodian or female Zabrak. I don’t find that affects my game play enjoyment any less just because it isn’t canon to the Expanded Universe. In any case the canon version was established in Riptide and Crosscurrent by Drew Karparshyn. Another neat tie in is that Katarn is acting a bit crazy when you visit Vjun. We also see Vjun in Dark Empire (comics), Junior Jedi Knights: Vader’s Fortress. We even see the statue of Vader, toppled. But most critically we find in Yoda: Dark Rendevouz that an entire family went mad there,  on this Dark Side world long ago. The residual effects are still felt, suggesting why Kyle’s attitude might be a bit off!

These of course are not all the Star Wars video games!  I haven’t had a chance to play them all. Sadly it’s unlikely for some that I ever will. Some just are not working on a modern PC.  (Starfighter is not cooperative with Windows 10).  Some just were made for console. One can’t simply buy console’s willy nilly unless one is rich.  (I would love to play Bounty Hunter. Unless they make a PC port, it’s not happening.) But so far all the games I’ve tried have been part of the Expanded Universe, except of course Lego Star Wars saga which is Infinities.  Rogue Squadron, for instance, takes you from the Battle of Hoth clean up to the Battle of Mon Calamari in Dark Empire comics.

 

 

 

 

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.

History:

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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:

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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.

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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. https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Ugnaught_Surface/Legends

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“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.

Backstories:

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

 

Star Wars Sourcebook Review

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

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

Characters.

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

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

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

Boba Fett.

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

Seggor Tels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Twileks:

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

Wookiees:

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

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

Ithorians:

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

The Jawas and their natures:

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

Quarren and Mon Calamari:

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

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

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

Gamorrean Culture of males and females:

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Children of the Jedi

Sullustans and their living in caves:


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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

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    Shadows and Light starred Duron Qel-Droma

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

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    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.

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    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.

    Objects:

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

    Armor based on Expanded Universe characters:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

    Minor Finds:

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

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

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

    Places:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Space Battles:

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

    People:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Individuals:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Mounts:

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

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

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

    Animals:

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

    Terentatek first appear in Knights of the Old Republic.

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

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

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

     

     

     

    Vague Connections:

    It may or may not be a coincidence.

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