Crucible Review & Continuity

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

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

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

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

The Story itself and what I thought of it:

Our original trilogy heroes have stayed true to themselves through long years in spite of the violent changes. And that means that even though the galaxy has problems, they never forget to make time for an old friend. While the path has been long and winding, while it took terms I didn’t expect (and would prefer not to have been done) this story restores something I’d missed. A sheer adventure, clearly meant to be a last hurrah for the original trilogy heroes, not due to failure of their mission to restore democracy and the Jedi,  but because they had succeeded and it was time to let a new generation lead. I gave it 4 stars.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clones & Cloners

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

Clones:

Jango Fett clones:

Republic Commando - Triple Zero Clones

Republic Commando – Triple Zero Clones

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

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

Jango Sources:

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

Morgukai Clones:

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

Morgukai Sources:

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

Starkiller Clone:

Starkiller's Clone

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

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

Starkiller Sources:

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

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

Thrawn clones:

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

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

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

Thrawn Sources:

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

The Emperor’s Clones:

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

Emperor’s Sources:

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

Khommites

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

Khomm Sources:

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

 

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

 

 

 

Jedi Academy Game Review & Continuity

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

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

Jedi Academy Player Character Options

Jedi Academy Player Character Options

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

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

Jedi Academy Temple Training Area

Jedi Academy Temple Training Area

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jedi Academy Video Game - Vader's Stature on Vjun

Jedi Academy Video Game – Vader’s Stature on Vjun

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

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

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

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

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

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

marka-ragnos-ghost

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

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

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

For a real walkthrough, Check out this Gamespot article.

Jaden Korr - canon version

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

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

Medstar I: Battle Surgeons Review & Continuity

SW-CloneWars-Battlesurgeons-BarrissOffee

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

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

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

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

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

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

Influence on the Expanded Universe

Expanded Characters:

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

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

Expanded Cultures:

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

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

Introduced:

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

Introduced Culture:

Nedijii

Other Introductions:

Bota: a powerful healing plant native to Drongar.

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

Also mentioned:

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

Darth Maul Shadowhunter Review & Continuity

Darth Maul-ShadowHunter

The first adult novel with a Darth Maul adventure.

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

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

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

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

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

I5YQ-closeup

I5YQ-from the New Essential Guide to Droids

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

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

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

Affect on Continuity:

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

Notable Continuity Mentions:

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

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

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

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

Complications:

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

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

This book was a New York Times Best Seller

Han Solo Trilogy by Brian Daley Continuity

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

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

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

Introduced and reappearing years later:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Truce at Bakura, Aftermath of Endor, Influence

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

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

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

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

The Aftermath of Endor for the Heroes

Luke Skywalker

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

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

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

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

Leia Organa

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

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

Han Solo

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

R2 D2 and C3PO

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

Chewbacca

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

New Characters, Creatures and Technology Introduced

 Gaeriel Captison (Imperial Bakuran Politician)

Governor Nereus (Imperial Govenor)

Pter Thanas (Imperial Officer)

Senator Orn Beldan (Rebel sympathizer Bakuran)

Ssi Ruuk (invading alien lizards)

Xwee (invading alien lizards, slave race)

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

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

 

Connections in the Books

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Truce at Bakura Sourcebook :

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

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

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

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

Effects on other Media

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

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

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

Bakura in Jedi Academy

Bakura in Jedi Academy

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

 

 

 

Prequels and Continuity

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

From Print to Movie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Leia and her Mother

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

Rebel Je’daii observation:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Republic History

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

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

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

Uncle Owen

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

 

Clever Repairs, Tweaks and Corrections After the Fact

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

This includes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Rogue Squadron Influence

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

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

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

Baron Fel and Hobbie action figure 2 pack with comic

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

The Rebellion Years.

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

The Empire Strikes Back – M, N, C, R

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

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

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

Shadows of the Empire (N, C, G)

rogue squadron game

rogue squadron game

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

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

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

Rogue Squadron Influence
Rogue Squadron Influence

 

Return of the Jedi (M, N, C)

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

New Republic

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

Rogue Leader (DH)

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

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

Rogue Squadron, The Phantom Affair

Rogue Squadron, The Phantom Affair

X-Wing Rogue Squadron (DH)

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

X-Wing (N)

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

XWing Rogue Squadron by Michael Stackpole, the first novel

XWing Rogue Squadron by Michael Stackpole, the first novel

Wraith Squadron (N)

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

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

Thrawn Trilogy (N, C)

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

Dark Empire (C)

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

I,Jedi/Jedi Academy (N)

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

Thrawn Duology (N)

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

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

NJO Destinies Way

NJO Destinies Way

New Jedi Order (N)

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

Galactic Alliance Years

Legacy (N)

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

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

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

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

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

Legacy (C)

Legacy by Dark Horse Comics Return of the Rogues

Legacy by Dark Horse Comics Return of the Rogues

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

Known Rogue Leaders usually flying as Rogue One:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Jedi Academy Trilogy Continuity

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

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

People Introduced

The Jedi introduced:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other Introductions:

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

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

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

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

Places Introduced.

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

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

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

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

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

Major Events:

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

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

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

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