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.

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.

 

 

Shadows of the Empire Influence

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

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

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

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

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

There was also a junior novelization by Christopher Golden.

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

Introduced Characters

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

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

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

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

Expanding Main Characters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Affects on other Media

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

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

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

YT2400 ship from Miniatures Game

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vehicles:

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

Follow up Stories:

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

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

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

The Thrawn Trilogy Influence

The Thrawn trilogy was a big bang in the creation of the Expanded Universe. For years there had been no new Star Wars. Even the ewoks and droids cartoons had faded away.

Then came the Thrawn trilogy, set 5 years after Return of the Jedi. The Alliance to Restore the Republic has succeeded in creating a new one. But remnants of the old Empire still exist, and they seem to have a new leader, a tactical genius with mysterious gray assassins, and the aid of a crazed old Jedi Master.

The Thrawn trilogy kicks in after Han and Leia are married and Luke is seeking information on the old Order to restore it.

Introduced are new characters that will be in multiple story arcs for years to come, including Borsk Fey’lya, the bothan politician, Winter, an old friend of Leia’s, Thrawn, a rare alien risen to the rank of Imperial Grand Admiral and Pellaeon, an Imperial Officer, who started his rise in the Clone Wars.

More importantly the recurring characters Mara Jade, former Imperial known as the Emperor’s Hand, a secret Force sensitive operative would become very important in Luke Skywalkers life and Han and Leia have twins, Jacen and Jaina, bound to follow in the family tradition of always being in the center of things.

Influence on the Overall Story:
Outbound Flight, Thrawn, Art by Dave Seeley

Outbound Flight, Thrawn, Art by Dave Seeley

Thrawn:
Thrawn’s influence affected the condition of the New Republic and how it responded to threats in future stories, due to the damage inflicted by his campaigns. His species, Chiss, was relatively unknown before hand.

He also left behind a reputation that others sought to exploit, including a con artist who was encouraged by an Imperial governor to impersonate him and a clone, who died still in the cloning facility.

In addition to the original trilogy, Thrawn’s backstory is told in ‘Outbound Flight’, another short story tells how he was found, a duology called the Hand of Thrawn reveals the clone and the secret Empire he left. Lastly, Survivor’s Quest tells of how the remnants of Outbound Flight are discovered by the Chiss and his people are finally formally introduced.

Mara Jade, comic version

Mara Jade, comic adaptation version

Mara Jade
The former secret agent and Force sensitive, Emperor’s Hand, goes on to be a reluctant, on again off again ally to the New Republic even as she remains a smuggler. Her backstory is told in Allegiance and Choices of One. The comic book story arc ‘By the Emperor’s Hand’ tells of what happened during and directly after Return of the Jedi and short stories explain how she met her smuggler chief, Talon Karrde.
Her future includes appearing in Jedi Academy and I, Jedi, with a bigger role in the Corellian Trilogy. By the Hand of Thrawn series, her last encounter with Luke has him asking her to marry him. The comic book story arc Union shows us this, with many a cameo of old friends. She is a full fledged Jedi Knight in the New Jedi Order series, acting as Jaina Solo’s Master. She fights alongside Luke in Swarm Wars and finally, in Legacy of the Force defends her teenage son, Ben, against the Sith.

Talon Karrde:
the smuggling chief Talon Karrde is one of the ‘go to’ smuggler’s who gets sucked into our heroes wake. Like Han Solo before him but with an organization, Karrde becomes a recurring information broker in later stories.

Borsk Fey’lya:
A bothan politician, this character is a thorn in the side of our heroes as he refuses to concede that not everyone has his type of determination to put his own advancement over the greater good. He continues in this role through many stories, causing much chaos through his political style in Black Fleet Crisis, disaster in New Jedi Order and others.

Garm Bel Iblis:
This cornelian politician is retroactive introduced as one of the founders of the Corellian treaty which initially created the Alliance. Due to differences in opinion on tactics, he’d left. He continues as an Alliance leader in future stories and has a short story that explains his involvement, though it does contradict the later ‘Force Unleashed’ story which also involves him.

Pellaeon:
An Imperial Officer who began in the Republic Judiciary Force, his backstory comes up in The Clone Wars: No Prisoners, and after the Thrawn trilogy he becomes increasingly influential, but still seeking a leader for the Empire to whom he can place his trust. It’s Pellaeon who is first broached by a third party about a peace treaty with the New Republic in Crimson Empire 3 story arc by Dark Horse comics, seeks to implement it in The Hand of Thrawn trilogy and who even steps up and aids the Republic during the New Jedi Order’s Yuuzhan Vong war.

Winter, from Star Wars X-Wing Dark Horse comics

Winter, from Star Wars X-Wing Dark Horse comics

Winter:
This childhood friend of Leia’s from Alderaan turns up in Jedi Academy as the nanny of her children, but also sees action in the X-Wing comic book series as the Intelligence agent known as Targeter, later X-Wing books, and eventually marries Captain Celchu of Rogue Squadron.

Wedge Antillies (Expanded): A mere background player in the movies, this trilogy moves him to a bigger role and he quickly becomes the action star of the X-Wing comic books and novels. He features prominently in any story told in this later era where military action by the Alliance is in play. Oddly, he was absent in the Corellian Trilogy, but reappeared in The Hand of Thrawn Duology, New Jedi Order, and Legacy of the Force when Corellia sought independence from the Republic.

Jacen and Jaina Solo
The twins are born in these stories and start life with an instant kidnapping attempt. They appear again in Dark Empire comics, Jedi Academy, Crystal Star, The Hand of Thrawn duology, Union, Young Jedi Knights series (all about their adventures) New Jedi Order sees them take on adult Jedi responsibilities during war, with appearances in the Invasion comic, Swarm Wars see them caught in a border war and Legacy of the Force has them at odds.

Vornskrs and Ysalimiri, native animals to Myrkr will come up again in new stories but their appearance will return with a vengeance in the New Jedi Order books.

Noghri from Star Wars: Republic, Dark Horse Comics

Noghri from Star Wars: Republic, Dark Horse Comics
Penciller :Jan Duursema
Inker: Dan Parsons

Noghri:
The gray assassins used by Thrawn worship Vader as a hero and only Leia, his daughter, can convince them they were deceived by a man who deceived Vader as well: the Emperor.  They are so grateful they reappear in future novels such as Planet of Twilight and The New Jedi Order as her body guards. The backstory of how their world was poisoned into needing the Empire’s aid is told in Republic, Clone Wars comic books. Noghri appeared in Dawn of the Jedi, Into the Void and indications from the comic books show they worshipped the Rakata, giving them KOTOR connections.

Outbound Flight:
This mission of Jedi to explore outside the Republic was led by the original C’baoth. It’s story was afterward told in full in ‘Outbound Flight’. It’s crashed remains were explored in Survivor’s Quest.

Chimera:
An Imperial Star Destroyer, this ship saw service at the Battle of Endor, became Thrawn’s flagship and was captained by Pellaeon. It continued to see use through numerous campaigns in the novels right up into the Swarm Wars.

Spaarti Cloning:
Set before the prequels, these explained how early clones when mad, to fast growth with too similar minds in proximity. This initially seems contradicted in Attack of the Clones, until Republic Commando series leads to the discovery that Palpatine secretly was using them to grow a secret army even the Jedi knew nothing about. It also explains the difference in quality and results.

The Katana Fleet:
This lost fleet of dreadnaughts will have mention in Dark Horse Comics, Clone Wars era comics.

The Chiss  home world isn’t actually encountered until Dark Nest Crisis, after the Yuuzhan Vong War but the people are seen in other stories.

Sluis Van shipyards appears again repeatedly as a point of contention in the various galactic conflicts, from Imperial to Yuuzhan Vong.

Praesitlyn Communications Center becomes the focus of a major battle starring Anakin Skywalker in Jedi Trial during the Clone Wars.

Coruscant: This center of galactic government continues to be so through all eras of books, comics and even movies that follow.

Rishi: The planet Rishi’s first appearance is in Dark Force Rising. The Essential Atlas confirms Rishi is the gateway world to the Rishi Maze, that Obi-Wan sought out in Attack of the Clones.

Wayland, the planet of the Emperor’s storehouse also appears in later stories, including Dark Horse comics ‘Legacy’.

Influence on other Media:

The Thrawn Trilogy was also adapted to comic book/graphic novel format.

Mara Jade and Thrawn both had action figures made of them and appeared in video games including Star Wars Galaxies and Dark Forces Mysteries of the Sith.

Jacen and Jaina Solo also get action figures, based on their New Jedi Order appearances.

Coruscant itself, made it into the prequel movies as the Capital of the Republic and then the Empire.

The Marg Sable Maneuver used by Thrawn appears in The Clone Wars episode ‘Storms Over Ryloth’.

The Chiss as a species have appeared in games including Jedi Knight 2, Jedi Outcast, Star Wars Galaxies, and The Old Republic. A boy of a lost group of Chiss is a Jedi padawan in the clone wars era in children’s books.

Coincidence or not:
Han & Leia’s quoted their own lines from The Empire Strikes Back as a shortcut to remind them of a past argument and acknowledge each other’s opinion. (Han: There wasn’t time to discuss it in commitee. Leia: I am NOT a commitee.) In Attack of the Clones Anakin and Padme do something similar, using the term ‘aggressive negotiations’ to bring back a pleasant reminder of their feelings for each other in the midst of the Geonosis arena.

The first time Artoo Detoo is mentioned as piloting a ship by himself is in these stories. In The Clone Wars TV Show episode: “Artoo Come Home” Artoo goes for help in Anakin Skywalker’s fighter when Anakin is trapped.

 

The Courtship Of Princess Leia: Witches and Hapans

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

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

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

Chief Characters:

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

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

Synopsis

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

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

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

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

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

The After Effects

SPOILER WARNING for the End of Courtship of Princess Leia.

Spoiler for Courtship of Princess Leia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spoiler for Swarm Wars and the series following it

Allana’s father is Jacen Solo

 

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

Affects on the Past
Nightsister of Black Sun

Mighella, a Nightsister working for Black Sun Crime Syndicate

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

Nightsister

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

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

The Chu’unthor is also mentioned.

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

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

Affects on Non Print Media
witch of Endor

The Witch of Endor

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

Felucian Rancor and Rider,

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

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

Nightsister Witches in  The Clone Wars TV show

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

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

Ventress - nightsister, witch and sith candidate

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

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

Darth Maul and Savage Oppress, in The Clone Wars

Darth Maul and Savage Oppress, in The Clone Wars

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

 

 

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

Tales of the Jedi and it’s Continuity Influence

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

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

The series included :

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

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

The chief characters often featured frequently:

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

Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

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

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

The After Effects:

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

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

I Jedi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Affects on Non Print Media:

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

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

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

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

 

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

Ahsoka helps Lux train rebels on his home world of Onderon

Ahsoka helps Lux train rebels on his home world of Onderon

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

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