Lando Calrissian Expanded

general-landoLando apparently wanted to be a gambler and con artist from an early age. And he succeeded well enough to win fortunes (and lose them), starships, robots, and a mining colony. He also smuggled part time and even tried his hand at legitimate shipping.

He had an entreprenurial streak, but while on the surface he seemed selfish getting dragged into other people’s fights slowly helped mature him. The game to let him win Cloud City was rigged apparently (but not by him) in order to let him win. Yet being administrator made him responsible for the citizens. When Vader showed up looking for his buddy Han, Lando knew that the best thing for the citizens was to give him up. But how was he to know that Vader never intended to honor the deal? And so, he went for a rescue of Han’s friends, then Han, pausing only long enough to warn the citizens the Empire was taking control.

Lando was loyal, and even though Han had caused him a lot of trouble in the past, it was never intentional. His own guilty concious sent him out to find and rescue him even after they escaped Cloud City.

Ultimately, Lando would become a General in the Alliance, lead the final attack of the starfighters at Endor and fire the fatal shots that destroyed the Second Death Star.

AKA: Drebble (basically this was identity theft, he and the real Drebble hated each other.)

Family

Not much is known about them except he grew up in the Corellian system and definitely had a Mother. But he did find a wife through unconventional means. He was looking for a rich woman who would put up with (and back) his expensive schemes when he stumbled onto Tendra Risant. While not immediately rich (she had a trust fund) he did fall genuinely in love. They would marry and have a son, Lando Jr, who they called ‘Chance’.

In many ways however, Han, Luke, and Leia were also his family with the kids practically knowing him as an Uncle.

Friends

Han Solo was his most famous friend and also the one who got him in the most trouble. Not that he ever meant to, but somehow when Han was involved he often ended up with the short end of the stick somehow.

Vuffi Raa was another good friend, the small unique droid was created by a race of ‘sentient starships.

He continued working closely with Lando Calrissian and for a time actually smuggled along with Salla Zend.

Kyle Katarn was fortunately a friend, which is a good thing because while he wasn’t in charge of Cloud City he did have interest there, and investigating the gangs taking over got Lando caught by them on Nar Shaddaa.

Zak and Tash Arranda were two kids with Jedi Potential who stumbled on an Imperial plot on Hologram Fun world while Lando was there looking into investing. Fortunately for them, he proved friend enough for a rescue.

Lando had various other smuggling acquaintences, but its debatable how many he could truly count on.

Enemies

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Lando did not set out to make an enemy of the Sorceror of Tund. However when Gepta’s manipulations of him backfired, he set out to destroy Lando. In the end however Lando won.

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Shanga and his men weren’t really Lando’s enemies, he just inherited them from his pal Vuffi over a misunderstanding. They thought he was the organic being who destroyed their world. Until it was sorted, he often got caught int he crossfire.

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In all probability Vader himself gave little thought to him. But no doubt being forced to turn Han in and abandoning Cloud City left Lando thinking of him as the enemy.

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Lando had no idea how convinced she was that he would pursue her. But he did destroy her antics on Cloud City that involved the brutal torture and murder of the droid workforce.

Accomplishments and Challenges – Character growth

Lando’s earliest aspirations apparently were just ‘be the best gambler’. He loved the thrills and the winning. He also had no problem conning people out of their money. Presumably he targeted the rich (not much to fleece from the poor for one thing.) He went on to be a smuggler as well.

But while his primary goals were selfish, he still made friends along the way and still found himself helping out. His helping out the Sharu earned him some consideration, his saving the Oswaft made him rich. These were side effects rather than goals.

Still, while putting himself in harms way for profit was usually the modus operandi, he did do it for friends as well. He rescued Han from Boba Fett once before he even knew him, convinced a pirate ex-girlfriend to pay off Fett to save Han’s Ex girlfriend from the same bounty hunter and even rescued Zak and Tash Arranda from Hologram Fun World with no profit to himself. He could’ve fled when the Empire decided to make an example of the Smuggler’s Moon of Nar Shaddaa but instead stayed to fight. When he landed Cloud City, he had to balance the desire to gamble (but not take advantage) and the needs of the populace. He didn’t turn on Han for greed, but to save the City’s citizens from Imperial takeover and when that failed, warned them.

Conscience stirred at being forced to choose between equally bad sacrifices, he now found himself working with the Rebellion and using old contacts to help them and find Han.

For a man who preferred a certain culture, it would’ve been no small sacrifice to go undercover in the dregs of Jabba’s court for the rescue. After that instead of jaunting off to gamble for credits or riches, he was gambling his neck against the Empire and Death Star 2.

While he still enjoyed gambling, he largely went back to being an entreprenuer and investing. Once more he found himself seeking to save and help Cloud City, even to the point of poking around Nar Shaddaa to find out who the kingpins taking over were when he had no authority and needing a rescue by Kyle Katarn.

Even while pursuing his own interests and having given up the rank of General, Lando continued to be available when the New Republic needed his aid.

Stories starring Lando Calrissian

Movie Years:

The Empire Strikes Back Radio Drama by Brian Daley
Return of the Jedi Radio Drama by Brian Daley
(Note these radio dramatization of the movies includes extra and extended scenes not available elsewhere. Also star the original actor as the voice of Lando.)

Classic Marvel Comics:
TESB adaptation
regular issues 83-197
ROTJ adaptation
regular issues 46-79
Lando Calrissian Trilogy by L Neil Smith (this is set between Hutt Gambit and Rebel Dawn)
Han Solo Trilogy by A.C. Crispin specifically:
Han Solo: Hutt Gambit
Han Solo: Rebel Dawn
Underworld: Yavin Vasillika (Dark Horse Comics)
Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn (Check out an Audio Excerpt!)
Galaxy of Fear Series –  by Whitman – Cameo only
Shadows of the Empire: Evolution (Dark Horse Comics)
Tales of Jabba’s Palace (various short stories)

Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn
Heir to the Empire
Dark Force Rising
The Last Command

Dark Empire – Dark Horse Comics – Also Audio Adaptation where Billy Dee Williams Reprises the role
Dark Empire2- Dark Horse Comics
Empire’s End – Dark Horse Comics

Jedi Academy Trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson
Jedi Search
Dark Apprentice
Champions of the Force

Lando in Jedi Outcast

Lando in Jedi Outcast

Jedi Outcast (game)- Cameo by Lando where Billy Dee Williams Reprises the role

Black Fleet Crisis by McDowell

The New Rebellion by Kristin Kathryn Rusch

The Corellian Trilogy by Roger Allen McBride
Ambush at Corellia
Assault at Selonia
Showdown at Centerpoint

Thrawn Duology by Timothy Zahn
Specter of the Past
Vision of the Future

Young Jedi Knights by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta
Trouble on Cloud City
Crisis at Crystal Reef

New Jedi Order Era by Multiple authors

Chewbacca (tribute) – Dark Horse Comics

Legacy of the Force Series by multiple authors
Millenium Falcon by James Luceno
Fate of the Jedi series by multiple authors
Crucible by Troy Denning

Luke Skywalker Expanded

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A New Hope: The Life of Luke Skywalker by Ryder Windham

Luke Skywalker was just a farm boy with big dreams. It looked like would never act on them. But he had a past even he knew nothing about. And a destiny that was greater than he could imagine.

Due to his Uncle’s interference, he kept procrastinating at going away to the Imperial Academy. Falling for his Uncles manipulative (if well meaning, for he knew what Luke didn’t) line that his family needed him.

His naive dream of just becoming a heroic star pilot takes a dark turn when his Aunt and Uncle are killed by stormtroopers. The mere presence of a droid carrying rebel plans they were ignorant of leads Luke on a quest to join with Obi-Wan Kenobi to deliver them and become a Jedi like his Father.

What he didn’t know was that he was destined to not only destroy the Empire’s greatest weapon, but to resurrect the Jedi within Darth Vader, that had once been Anakin Skywalker.

Along the way he discovers the Princess, whose holo message R2 once carried is his sister, gained a best friend in a smuggler, wookiee and a con artist, and sets out to rebuild all his Father once destroyed.

Family

Luke knew nothing of his sister as a child. His Uncle was step son to his grandmother. His mother a Queen of Naboo and Senator who died tragically when her husband fell from being heroic Jedi to a dark lord of the Sith.

Once Luke brought Anakin back from the darkness, he spent some time learning about him in old records.

Luke’s sister Leia had 3 children, Jacen, Jaina and Anakin. Luke went on to train all 3 as Jedi knights.

Eventually, he married Mara Jade, the former Emperor’s Hand, turned smuggler, then Jedi. They had one son, Ben. It is known that he had direct descendants in Kol Skywalker, his brother Bantha, and Kol’s son Cade.

Friends

Luke made a great many friends in his journeys. His closest childhood friend, Biggs Darklighter, joined the Rebel Alliance before him and was killed in the battle over the first Death Star.

Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Lando became friends who stuck with him through everything for a lifetime, even if they didn’t understand the Force guiding him or how it worked.

In the more ‘normal’ career department, as a pilot Luke made lifelong friends in Rogue Squadron as well including Wedge Antillies, Wes Janson and Hobbie, all of whom survived multiple wars with him.

Accomplishes and Challenges – Character Growth

Luke’s initial dream was to go to the imperial academy to become a star pilot. The imperial academy was the only real shot at higher education. When he bypassed that he jumped straight into a Rebel X-Wing. This test of character growth involved dealing with the loss first of his Aunt and Uncle, then his best friend Biggs Darklighter. He realized his dream of being a hero, but those he loved did not survive to see it.

Military Command

On joining the Rebellion, Luke successfully destroyed the Death Star and went on many missions to scout for new bases, protected (or at least escorted) Leia as she gained new allies, and formed Rogue Squadron, starting it out as Rogue Flight under Commander Narra’s reformed Red Squadron. When Narra and his Renegade Flight was destroyed Luke was promoted to Commander.  Rogue became the squadron name.  As an independent flight group, it was loosely tied to headquarters but available to back up other Rebel groups at need. Rogue Squadron became infamous for any time of mission but the attrition rate was high. When Luke, as Rogue Leader, was unavailable he left Wedge Antillies to run it. After the Battle of Endor Luke knew he would be too busy to handle the squadron and officially turned it over. Rogue Squadron remained loyal friends and allies to both him and the Jedi.

Luke’s first command of a battle group was at Bakura, where he found he far preferred his X-Wing to the command chair. Nonetheless Luke himself was eventually promoted to General.  This felt wrong to him, in spite of Jedi of the past having been General’s. He didn’t feel ready for the responsibility. Orders had him fly a battle group into what he sensed through the Force might be a trap. Doubting his own senses and unsure how to justify or avoid the confrontation he went ahead. The resulting massacre shook his confidence badly. He resigned his commission. While some after his leaving the military still referred to him as Commander, he preferred not to be referred to as General.

Dealing with his fury over the loss of his family to the Empire.

(including, he thought initially, his father.) He was tempted to get revenge over their continued torment of those he cared about. Forgiving his father, once he accepted who he was, was a feat beyond many people. But saving Anakin and inspiring him to kill the Emperor didn’t stop Luke’s destiny.

Restoring the Jedi Order

It was a new beginning. Luke now had an entire Jedi Order to recreate. His crash course was far shorter than Jedi of old who had studied a lifetime, and he could hardly start at one child at a time or there would be a bottleneck. After all, if anything happened to him and that student, there would be no one left! The Empire had done a thorough job destroying old records of the Jedi. But he had the Force to guide him. In the process he learned much of their strategies on how to run, to hide, a lesson he would put to good use later on.

At one point, confronted with a clone of the Emperor, Luke pretended to go over to the Dark Side in order to ferret out the secret of how to find out how this cloned emperor, or transferred essence was possible and prevent it. This did him harm, though there is no evidence he actually killed an innocent, the true initiation to the dark side. Leia helped him break free, as he had once helped Anakin.

Luke’s erratic instruction showed as he tried to train a generation of Jedi. He was torn between the need to protect them from the Dark Side and the mistakes that could destroy them, and the need to allow them to face it in order to grow. He was unprepared in finding himself confronted with the sith spirit Exar Kun that he wasn’t ready for, and students with weaknesses he didn’t know how to help them with. Nonetheless he persevered and overcame, as did they. In overcoming Exar Kun’s spirit, the first crop of Jedi essentially passed their true trial. They overcame the initial setbacks and soon the Jedi were flourishing. As the older students came into their full experience and powers and were able to help instruct, Luke converted the academy gradually for younger students, including his niece and nephews.

While his students became self sustaining at helping each other learn, when one would fall and wreak havoc he would be on the move to help stop them. This included the likes of Kueller, Brakiss and Desann.

A New Enemy

When the Yuuzhan Vong invaders attacked, Luke was confronted with a Republic that he had helped found turning on the Jedi out of fear. He also was forced to let his niece, nephews and the younger Jedi step into war. This led to some painful losses. In counterbalance to this, his son Ben was born.

SPOILERS.

Not long after his greatest pain hit: the return of the Sith, in the form of Lumiya, an old enemy, who would be out to destroy his own family by turning someone close to him to the Dark Side and killing another.

SPOILERS.

Luke fought to find the right balance between serving the Republic/now Galactic Alliance and the Force. After their betrayal by the government, and seeing the corruption it overlooked (because politicians had vested interest in keeping it that way) he withdrew it from their oversight. The battle of the politicians led by Daala to force them to become an official branch of the government forced the issue. The Jedi sought to preserve and protect all, and they couldn’t remain neutral if controlled by people that wanted them used only as warriors or diplomats while ignoring the many who needed them that the government ignored. In addition, the Jedi discovered a Lost Tribe of the Sith and a dangerous threat called Abeloth that only they could defeat. Therefore they had to hold themselves at readiness for enemies the Galactic Alliance and politicians wanted to ignore because it was inconvenient to have such enemies appear.

Yet through it all, Luke never gave up. He focused on finding the positive in everyone and every situation, always there for his friends and family. He remained the determined but still compassionate man that Mara affectionately called ‘Farm Boy’.

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Luke, with Han and Leia in Crucible by Troy Denning, 45 ABY and there last story. He was about 64 at the time.

Stories starring Luke Skywalker

Early years

  • A New Hope the Life of Luke Skywalker (all eras)

Movie Years:

  • Star Wars Radio Drama by Brian Daley
  • The Empire Strikes Back Radio Drama by Brian Daley
  • Return of the Jedi Radio Drama by Brian Daley
    (Note these radio dramatization of the movies includes extra and extended scenes not available elsewhere.)
  • Shadows of the Empire
  • Luke Skywalker and the Treasure of the Dragonsnakes
  • Rebellion years
  • Galaxy of Fear Series – – by Whitman – Cameos only
  • Splinter of the Minds Eye ( written pre TESB and considered as a possible low budget script. the comic adaptation came out much later and was adapted to fit better into continuity.)
    Rebellion
  • Rebel Forces
  • Allegiance
  • Choices of One

New Republic

  • Heart of the Jedi
  • Truce at Bakura
  • Shadows of Mindor
  • Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton
  • Thrawn trilogy by Timothy Zahn
    • Heir to the Empire
    • Dark Force Rising
    • The Last Command
  • Dark Empire
    • Dark Empire – Dark Horse Comics (full cast audio also available)
    • Dark Empire2- Dark Horse Comics (full cast audio also available)
    • Empire’s End – Dark Horse Comics (full cast audio also available, but only in the collector’s CD edition)
  • Jedi Academy Trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson
    • Jedi Search
    • Dark Apprentice
    • Champions of the Force
  • I, Jedi by Michael Stackpole
  • Children of the Jedi by Barbara Hambly
  • Darksaber by Kevin J. Anderson
  • Planet of Twilight by Barbara Hambly
  • The Crystal Star by Vonda McIntyre
  • Black Fleet Crisis by McDowell
  • The New Rebellion by Kristin Kathryn Rusch
  • The Corellian Trilogy by Roger Allen McBride
    • Ambush at Corellia
    • Assault at Selonia
    • Showdown at Centerpoint
  • Thrawn Duology by Timothy Zahn
  • Specter of the Past
  • Vision of the Future
  • New Jedi Order Era by Multiple authors
  • Dark Nest trilogy by Troy Denning
    • Joiner King
    • The Unseen Queen
    • Swarm War
  • Legacy of the Force Series by multiple authors
  • Fate of the Jedi series by multiple authors
  • Crucible by Troy Denning

Cameos:

  • Dark Forces: Jedi Knight 2
  • X-Wing, Rogue Squadron, Wedge’s Gamble by Michael Stackpole
  • Galaxy of Fear by John Witman:
  • Eaten Alive
  • Army of Terror
  • Chewbacca Tribute
  • Invasion – – Dark Horse Comics
  • Legacy

 

Kyle Katarn

Kyle Katarn’s Claim to Fame as the man who stole the First Death Star Plans.

Kyle Katarn with Bryar Pistol

Katarn in Dark Forces 2, Jedi Knight

The beginnings of Kyle Katarn.

Kyle Katarn is a farmer’s son who only went to the Carida imperial Academy for the educational opportunities. He had no idea his father was head of a local Alliance Resistance cell. His life turned upside down when he was told the Alliance murdered his Father. It turned upside down again when he ran into Jan Ors for the second time after his Cadet leader graduation mission, where he went against a Rebel communication center. She proved that his beloved father was murdered by the Empire. And so a Rebel was born.

His first missions include stealing the first Death Star plans from Danuta. He then investigated a secret Imperial project, Dark Troopers, that started out wiping out a Rebel Base. He broke Crix Madine out of an Imperial Prison and even fought Boba Fett on Nar Shaddaa. He also met up with Rianna Saren, who stole an updated set of the Death Star plans.

Opinions:

While some on Wookieepedia see the physical difference between Kyle having a beard in the Soldier for the Empire book and the video game Dark Forces to be a conflict, I don’t. His escape from the Empire alongside Jan Ors had the side effect of a dead Imperial Governor, and even in Soldier for the Empire it’s revealed that news of his defection has spread among his graduating class. It makes sense that he would grow or even wear a fake beard when going straight into an Imperial base when news of his defection is on the holonet and so recent.

Source:

  • Soldier for the Empire (Novella and audiodrama)
  • Dark Forces (Lucasarts)
  • Lethal Alliance (Lucasarts)

Continuity:

  • Nar Shaddaa, where he fights Boba Fett, again appears in Jedi Knight, Jedi Academy, Han Solo Trilogy by Ann Crispin, Star Wars The Old Republic, and various prequel era Dark Horse Comics.
  • Carida is the place Han Solo went to the Academy and was destroyed in Jedi Academy Trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson, and mentioned in detail in Han Solo Trilogy by Ann Crispin.
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Dark Forces, Rebel Agent cover art.

Kyle Katarn’s Destiny is the Force

After the death of the Empire, its revealed that while working for the Alliance he still considered himself an independent agent. He was trying to track down who, exactly was responsible for his Father’s death. This led to the revelation of the Spirit of the Jedi, Rahn. The Dark Jedi who killed Morgan Katarn is now seeking the location of the Valley of the Jedi, a place of great power. Morgan took the knowledge of its location to his death and now, a race is on to find the message he left for Kyle to find it. Kyle finds himself learning to be a Jedi on the fly as he pursues the map and finds the lightsaber his Father ’s friend Rahn left him. One at a time, or occasionally two at a time he took on Jerec’s dark Jedi crew and his Imperial troops, until it was Kyle against Jerec to save the Valley of Jedi and free the Jedi spirits trapped there.

Source:

  • Rebel Agent (Novella and audiodrama)
  • Jedi Knight (Novella and audiodrama)
  • Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight (Lucasarts)

Continuity:

  • Jerec also makes an appearance in the Galaxy of Fears YA series : Spore.
  • Ruusan and the Valley of the Jedi, as well as how the Valley gained its power, are shown in the Darth Bane series novels and Jedi VS Sith story arc by Dark Horse comics.

 

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Mara Jade in Mysteries of the Sith, seeks to save Kyle Katarn

Kyle Katarn Discovers Dromund Kaas!

Katarn joined forces with Mara Jade for a time. During this he was led to Dromund Kaas where the intense Dark Side presence drew him to the Dark Side. Mara however, successfully found and drew him back to the light. This rattled his confidence though and led him to turn in his lightsaber over to Luke Skywalker.

Source:

  • Jedi Knight 2 Mysteries of the Sith (Lucasarts Expansion)

Continuity:

  • Dromund Kaas also appears in Legacy of the Force, Fate of the Jedi series and is a playable planet in Star Wars the Old Republic.
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Kyle Katarn and Jan Ors begin their mission in Jedi Outcast

 The Force Reclaims Kyle Katarn

The Force wasn’t through with Katarn. He and Jan Ors discovered the Empire using crystals and experimenting on creating Force sensitivity in their droids and people. Driven to pick up his lightaber again, Kyle would end up in  showdown with a fallen Jedi, Dasaan, who had attended Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Academy.

  • Source:
    Jedi Knight: Jedi Outcast (Lucasarts)

Continuity:

  • Luke’s Jedi Academy on Yavin 4 was established in the Jedi Academy Trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson. It also is the location of much of the Young Jedi Knight and Junior Jedi Knight series.
  • Katarn went on to train Jedi apprentices, including Jaden Korr and Rosh Penin.

Source:

  • Jedi Academy (Lucasarts)
  • Crosscurrent by Paul S. Kemp
  • Riptide by Paul S. Kemp

Kyle Katarn in the New Jedi Order era.

Kyle went on to become the Jedi Battlemaster, fighting and surviving the Yuuzhan Vong war along with Jan Ors. He was on the Jedi Council during the crisis with Darth Caedus and fought him personally. He also was involved with the conflict with Daala during the Fate of the Jedi era.

  • Star Wars Tales 21: Equals & Opposites
  • Dark Nest Series
  • Legacy of the Force Series
  • Fate of the Jedi Series

Character Growth:

Over the course of his stories, Kyle starts out as angry and cynical. The murder of his Father left a mark and his life as an agent of Rebellion pretty much is about revenge. He isn’t entirely trusted, partly as a former Imperial and partly because he’s so much a free agent they don’t trust him to put the rebellion’s needs before his own.

As he learns about being a Jedi he is still keeping much to himself, in spite of his close working relationship with Jan Ors, who continuously saves him from trouble by backing him up even without knowing what his is doing or where he is doing it. In spite of some mistakes, he finally succeeds in defeating Jerec in a way that doesn’t send him spiraling into the Dark Side.

Kyle is still a lone wolf though at this point. A Jedi Academy exists but he is apart from it, teaming up at most with Mara Jade. Overconfident and going alone against the likes of the Sith world Dromund Kaas, his fall causes him to doubt himself, even though he is redeemed.

At last though a mission comes up, once more with Jan Ors, that brings him full circle. Once more the Empire is in pursuit of a way to use the Force against the New Republic. Only this time Jan is the one who gets hurt. Kyle is furious at her loss and desperate to track down who his responsible, someone who clearly can use the Force. Once more he returns to the Valley of the Jedi, using a shortcut to regain the power he is out of practice using. Kyle’s fury now is bypassed on finding Jan might be alive. But in the end there still is a showdown. Confidence regained, Katarn now shows himself a Jedi.

Now Katarn is ready to move on and become a full member of the Jedi, helping train others in hope (not always successful) that they will not make his mistakes. He doesn’t much go for the formal approach but cares about his students. Eventually he is on the Jedi Council and a full Master of the Order.

It’s an impressive character arc given that the vast majority of it is in video games. His wit in them stands out an anyone playing his character can appreciate those moments he wise cracks. “Not another thing to fall from!”  comes after many missions where sure enough, one may steer him over a cliff in spite of best efforts.  “Your joking right?” is another of his signature lines.

One of the great virtues of Kyle Katarn as that as a game character he has so much personality and character growth, yet the player is invested in him and in his mission. We get the opportunity to steal the Death Star Plans, and the missions only gets more amazing from there, taking on the Empire, Boba Fett, becoming a Jedi Knight, fighting the Dark Side and on into becoming one of his students.

Star Wars Women – Rebellion Era

Princess Leia and Mon Mothma were not the only women to lead the charge for freedom and democracy. There were others that made a huge impact, overcoming long odds and adversity to become strong leaders in their chosen causes in the years the Galactic Empire was in control.  These blurbs may include minor spoilers, and more on the characters may be under different eras. I shall avoid spoiling their fate, however. If you want to know more you’ll find the starting points listed.

Mon Mothma

Mon-MothmaThis senator had long been quietly against Palpatine’s changes to the Senate, even before he declared himself Emperor. She was openly involved in Rebellion before the Alliance was formed, and forced to go on the run. Eventurally she and allies quietly formed the Rebellion. Things took a turn for the worse on destruction of Alderaan, as without Bail Organa there was no tie breaker between her and Garm Bel Iblis on how to lead the Rebellion. He left with his people quietly, leaving her in charge.

Laranth Tarak

Laranth Tarak Streets_of_ShadowsBefore there was even a formal Rebel Alliance, there were Resistance cells. Laranth Tarak, a twilek, was a Gray Paladin, an offshoot branch of the Jedi looked on less than favorably with the Jedi Council. Surviving Order 66, Laranth helps the Whiplash resistance cell on Coruscant, aiding refugees flee the new regime. In addition she teams up with Jax Pavan, a fellow Jedi and survivor to investigate murder and mayhem while staying ahead of Darth Vader and the Empire’s Inquisitors. Laranth’s preferred weapon is a blaster rather than a lightsaber, which is just as well since in this day and age, a lightsaber would make her more of a target.
Recurring Character Introduced: Coruscant Nights 1 : Jedi Twilight
Timing: Set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

Fy Tor Ana AKA Solace

Fy Tor Ana - Solace - Tangled WebThis Jedi was another who escaped Order 66 to the deepest darkest depths of Coruscant. Building a settlement there she took control, and led refugees to shelter there. When her hideout was discovered, she fled, aiding the Bellassan Resistance by rescuing there members and followed up by rescuing Astri Oddo and her son.
Recurring Character Introduced: The Last of the Jedi: Underworld by Jude Watson. Mentioned also in Jedi Quest, the Dangerous Games
Timing: Set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

Astri Oddo Divinian

Astri’s tale begins in the prequel era. A friend of Jedi, she is raising her son, Lune and hiding from his Imperial sympathizer father when the Empire is declared. Lune is Force sensitive, and this means he is in danger of being picked up by Imperial agents as well. Juggling protecting her son with aiding resistance, she meets up with the former Jedi Ferus Olin and helps him try and protect Jedi. Astri soon is befriended by another resistance member. Together they continue the battle while raising Lune and the orphan they adopted, Trever Flume.
Recurring Character Introduced: Jedi Apprentice: The Deadly Hunter by Jude Watson: first Rebellion era: The Last of the Jedi: A Tangled Web by Jude Watson
Timing: Set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

Jessica Meade

This freelance trader and pilot jumps into action to fight a crime lord to help Jann Tosh, a young miner looking to travel. She stays on to help defend the true king of Tammuz-an , Mon Julpa and help him claim the throne. She sticks around to help deliver his cargo through an attack by Kybo Ren’s pirate gang.
Recurring Character Introduced: Droids (animated) The Lost Prince
Timing: Before A New Hope

Leia Organa

RebelForceHostageIn her early years Leia was already learning about the darkness in the government. The first time she met Palpatine as Alderaan’s junior representative she could feel the evil surrounding him, even before she knew she was Force sensitive. The anti alien bias of the government horrified her. It was Leia who encouraged Starkiller, still ostensibly working from Vader, to destroy the Imperials ability to ship wookiee slaves off Kashyyyk before she fled the base she was held hostage there.  It was Leia, after this was smoothed out, that found the Rebel trooper who had information about the Death Star to deliver to Bail Organa. She also helped lure more info out of Lord Tion on the subject. Surviving the destruction of Alderaan and the torture of Darth Vader, she had to mourn her loss largely in private. Officially Leia was a general in the Aliance, though the title was rarely used. Leia also had to deal with her own people at times blaming her for the destruction of Alderaan, believing if the Organa family hadn’t been courting the Rebellion they’d not have been targeted. She also had to juggle her duties with the growing feeling for Han Solo, and the need to take time from her Alliance duties to rescue him.

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The Corellian woman was initially a dupe of the Ylesian colony but was freed and rescued by a young Han Solo. While she loved Han, Bria found she was continuously fighting the addiction she was introduced to at Ylesia and simultaneously outraged that slavery was allowed in the Empire. She joins the Rebellion and is involved in Operation Skyhook, which sends the captured Death Star plans to Princess Leia on the Tantive.
Recurring Character Introduced: Han Solo and the Paradise Snare by Ann Crispin
Timing: Set before A New Hope.

 

Juno Eclipse

Juno EclipseA top Imperial pilot in one of Vader’s squadrons, she finds herself reluctant to bomb an already conquered population. Then she finds herself charged with ferrying his Secret Apprentice all over the galaxy on missions – a job that has provenly a high turnover of pilots. When Vader apparently turns to murder the apprentice only to have him reawaken in a medley, she herself is locked up and scheduled for execution since he wants no witnesses. The fleeing apprentice ignores orders to leave no witnesses (destroying the whole base) and rescues her. Now thoroughly turned against an Empire that cast her off, Juno is all for joining a Rebellion that doesn’t exist yet. Ultimately her influence is what inspires Starkiller to go from his assigned mission to reveal traitors and leads to him sacrificing himself to save them at the critical moment to form the Alliance. By the time his apparent clone returns, she is already a Captain in the Alliance.
Recurring Character Introduced: The Force Unleashed by Lucasarts (game) Dark Horse Comics: W. Haden Blackman, Brian Ching, Bong Dazo and Book: Sean Williams .
Timing: Set before A New Hope.

Jan Ors

Jan Ors - Dark Forces 2An alliance agent from Alderaan, she finds herself on a communication station under attack by the Empire at a critical moment. That moment is when Kyle Katarn was the cadet leader of the Imperial troops. She met him once again during a trip on a starliner and reveals the truth of how his father died at the hands of the Empire, bringing him into the Rebellion. From then on he and Jan are often paired on missions. Often she rescues him in the nick of time. Jan tends to carry everything from garrotes to explosives: that’s not makeup in her carry bag!
Recurring Character Introduced: Dark Forces by Lucasarts, Dark Forces Soldier for the Empire Novella: William C. Dietz, Dean Williams
Timing: Set before A New Hope – to the New Republic era.

Deena Shan

Deena ShanJust an average Alliance recruit that found it overwhelming working with heroes like Luke, Han and Leia, she rose to the challenge to become a hero herself when faced with the daunting challenge of destroying a star destroyer single handed. Set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back
Recurring Character Introduced: Star Wars Empire 21: Alone Together, Dark Horse Comics
Timing: Set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back

Shira Brie

This imperial agent infiltrated the Alliance as an X-Wing Pilot in Rogue Squadron. Her mission: discredit Luke Skywalker and drive a wedge between him and the Rebel alliance. Raised on Coruscant she was trained by COMPNOR and recommended for Imperial Intelligence by Vader. He trained her as a shadow hand. She came close to succeeding in her mission with Luke Skywalker but was nearly killed by him. Vader put her back together as a cyborg and presented her to the Emperor who accepted her as an Emperor’s Hand.
Recurring Character Introduced: Classic Marvel Star Wars 56
Timing: After The Empire Strikes Back

Fiolla of Lorrd

A corporate Sector employee hot the the trail of corrupt higher ups, this Lorrdian woman had a reason to hate slavery. Her people’s were once subjugated by slavers. Tracking down a slavery ring in the Corporate Sector Authority, she found herself unable to rely on the official authorities when she found they were involved. She went on to become a top player in the corporate sector after she and Han Solo uncovered the CSA officers involved in the ring. Knowing the Corporate Sector was highly corrupt, she chose to work her way to the top and do her fighting from the inside.
Character Introduced: Han Solo Adventures: Han Solo ‘s Revenge by Brian Daley
Timing: Set before A New Hope.

Jessa

Jessa the Outlaw TechThe daughter of a the leader of the Outlaw Techs in the Corporate Sector, she became leader when her father ‘Doc’ vanished. Leading the Outlaw techs into hiding from the Corporate Sector Authority, she also struck a bargain with Han Solo that gave him a upgrades to his ship in exchange for helping a band of infiltrators looking for lost ones like Doc.
Character Introduced: Han Solo Adventures: Han Solo at Star’s End by Brian Daley
Timing: Set before A New Hope.

Attuare

This female Trianni Ranger had lost a husband to the Corporate Sector and had already dealt with recovering a child who had been tortured until he went mute. She bravely sought out the deepest secret prison to free her mate and challenge the CSA security police.
Character Introduced: Han Solo Adventures: Han Solo at Star’s End by Brian Daley
Timing: Set before A New Hope.

Hasti

This down and out young woman had nothing. Then she joined forces with a team including Badure, Skynx the ruurian professor, Bollux, Blue Max and of course, Han Solo and Chewie. The set out on a quest to find a treasure and along the way deal out some revenge to the people who killed her sister. After the fact she joined up with a university.
Character Introduced: Han Solo Adventures: Han Solo and the Lost Legacy by Brian Daley
Timing: Set before A New Hope.

Tash Arranda

Tash Arranda in Planet PlagueYes she’s young, but this orphan of Alderaan is already making inroads and dealing havoc to the Empire.  Barely in her teens she keeps wrecking Imperial Secret weapons projects, alongside her Uncle Hoole (in spite of his efforts to keep her out of it) and her brother, Zak. Her greatest gaol is to become a Jedi and she already has what it takes.
Recurring Character Introduced: Galaxy of Fear series 1, Eaten Alive by John Whitman
Timing: Set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back to after Return of the Jedi.

Iella Stark

Apparent daughter of the outlaw Iaco Stark that caused the Great Hyperspace War, she is desperate to get out of her brother’s repeated attempts to get her married off to some rich boor for financial gain.  She gets her chance when Jahan Cross, Imperial Agent comes along. Helping him uncover Iaco’s secret threat, she discovers Stark isn’t really her father and escapes to a new life on Coruscant.
Character Introduced: Dark Horse Comics Agent of the Empire 1 Iron Eclipse by  John Ostrander, Stephane Roux
Timing: Set before A New Hope.

Candra Tymon

Candra Tymon, security cheif - Agent of Empire, Hard TargetsHead of House Dooku security. She was given the job in spite of the fact that few on Serenno believed a woman could handle it. But Adan Dooku (nephew of the former Jedi Dooku) believed in her. She was his protector as well as that of his son, Bron. When Adan was assassinated the battle to protect Bron from being used as a pawn by a regent led to her to risk it all to save him.
Character Introduced: Dark Horse Comics Agent of the Empire 2 Hard Targets by John Ostrander
Timing: Set before A New Hope.

Aveca Dunn AKA Vex

This freelance spy once worked for the bothan spy net as well as Imperial Intelligence. One of her last known missions was to kidnap young Bron Dooku for the man who wanted to be regent. His goal: to rescue Bron and silence the opposition who didn’t believe him suitable. Stopped by Jahan Cross he helped her break prison in exchange for info on the buyer. She then hired Boba Fett to go after Bron and hasn’t been seen since. Character Introduced: Dark Horse Comics Agent of the Empire 2 Hard Targets by John Ostrander
Timing: Set before A New Hope.

Mara Jade

MaraJade-EmperorsHandMara Jade was the Emperor’s Hand, one of his personal agents. She exposed corruption in the Empire and traitors, she also performed assassinations. A bit naive but firmly believing in the Emperor, she nonetheless was known to use unorthodox means and stand up for the individual who aided her, requesting (and often getting) protection for the individual. Her 2  missions were to kill Luke Skywalker, which was her only failure. Her last mission before the Emperor’s death was to take out the leader Black Nebula gang.
Recurring Character Introduced: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn, first Rebellion era: Mara Jade by the Emperor’s Hand by Timothy Zahn and Michael Stackpole, Dark Horse Comics
Timing: Set before The Empire Strikes Back to after Return of the Jedi – stay tuned for more on her in the women of the New Republic era.

Dusque Mistflier

Dusque was a xenobiologist reluctantly working for the Empire. While she loved her job and the science, she was held back from advancement because she was a woman. When Finn Darktrin approached her, he convinced her to aid him in seeking a holocron of rebel sympathizers for the Rebellion. Dusque’s skills proved invaluable in the mission. Her choices were tested when someone she was close too turned on her. Dusque chose to continue on as a member of the Rebel Alliance after the mission.
Character Introduced: Star Wars Galaxies: The Ruins of Dantooine by Voronica Whitney-Robinson and Haden Blackman
Timing: Between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back

Tinian I’att

This Druckenwell native was heir to Iatt arms until the day and Imperial officer decided he wanted to take credit for an invention that would’ve given stormtroopers shielding for their armor.  When the officer couldn’t convince her grandparents to go along willingly (as they were planning retirement), he had them executed.  Tinian was wearing the armor for the demonstration, she fled with the help of Wrrlevgebevc, a wookiee who owed her a life debt, and her friend and lover Daye Azur-Jamin.  She went and apprenticed herself to the wookiee bounty hunter Chenlambec.
Character Introduced: Tinian on Trial, Star Wars Adventure Journal 4 by Kathy Tyers
Timing: Right before A New Hope

Scarlet Hark

Rebel agent, independent and determined, this spy was skilled in undercover work, combat (including unarmed) and crime.  She was a thrill seeker and loved the rush of being in danger.  Her work included convincing an Imperial to turn over next generation star destroyer plans after being ordered to attack an innocent world, as well as finding an ancient weapon that was capable of disrupting hyperdrive.
Character Introduced: Honor Among Thieves by James A. Corey
Timing: Between ANH and TESB

 

Platt O’ Keefe

Infamous and independent smuggler allied with the Rebels, she was from a well known Brentaal IV merchants family.  Her adventures in smuggling included getting sold into slavery, escaping, and running many cargoes for the Alliance. She is one of few who landed on Dagobah (in company of Tash and Zak Arranda with their Uncle Hoole) while Yoda was there.  She also advised others on the smuggler life via a handbook.
Character Introduced: Chessa’s Doom, Star Wars Adventure Journal 1 by Peter M. Schweighofer
Timing: ANH – Post ROTJ

Han Solo Expanded Movie Character

Han Solo started out as just a smuggler with a fast mouth and fast blaster. But he had something different from the start. He had the intense loyalty of the wookiee copilot and an incredible ship, the Millenium Falcon. Far from the piece of junk she appeared to be, the Falcon was in fact a smuggling vessel. That meant looking like junk was an advantage when nosey authorities were around. He had some heavy debts and was pretty desperate to pay. So desperate he’d take a job as long as it paid enough, even if he knew nothing of his passengers.

His mercenary nature hid the fact that people grew on him. He couldn’t just leave Luke and his naive idealism to get blown up. Nor could he leave him to freeze on Hoth. Han Solo was nothing if not courageous, he could easily have frozen to death too. It’s easily overlooked but his mercenary need for money was just a desire to pay back his debts. Maintaining his ship and his freedom did not come cheap.

The cost of refusing to abandon his friends while in danger came high. He was taken by Boba Fett simply as a means to get to Luke Skywalker.  Once rescued, he went on to lead the ground assault as an official General in the Alliance. Following orders was something he was not so good at. But leading others and giving them were something else again. It was his clever trick that enabled the rebels back into the shield generator station to destroy it.

Known Aliases:
Vykk Drago
Jenos Idanian

Family

Han Solo was an orphan. He grew up on the streets, taken in by Garris Shrike,  a criminal, with a bunch of other street kids. He learned pickpocketing, con artistry, stealing. But he couldn’t remember his family and he wanted to. This led him on a quest that revealed no parents names at the time, but did reveal cousin Thracken Sal-Solo. Unfortunately Thracken was an evil little bully. So his closest family at the time was the wookiee Dewlanna, who encouraged his dreams of one day being respectable.
His next family member – by wookiee life debt – was Chewbacca. Han sacrificed his post as an Imperial Officer to save him, fed up with the less than respectable behavior of the Imperial authority figures he’d fought so hard to join.

Han Solo Hutt gambit

Han’s smuggling years start here.

As he was becoming set in his smuggling career, Han more or less ‘adopted’ a young man named Jarik Solo. Han knew the boy lied about the name but figured he earned it by being loyal and helping out. Jarik died in a battle for Ylesia with a group of smugglers.

Han appears to have discovered his Mother’s name was Jaina, and named his daughter for her. It’s also hinted that New Republic Intelligence may have known more of his family history than he knew himself.

Then he met Luke and Leia and had a new family. Han married Leia after nearly losing her to a marriage for political convenience for the New Republic. A year later and he was the father of twins, Jacen and Jaina Solo. Only a year or so after that, Anakin Solo came along.  Han has to awaken to reality he’d long denied: the Force is real. When toys float off shelves by themselves, there aren’t too many ways to explain it!

Han was in an awkward position in this family by marriage, the lone non Force Sensitive. Since he and Leia were both influential heroes of the New Republic, he constantly faced the danger of kidnappings. Once the children were old enough to undergo Jedi training, new issues arose.

Now Han had to deal with his children going into danger as Jedi. Danger was in their blood, both sides of the family tended to attract it!

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Han Solo has one granddaughter we know of, during his lifetime. Her name is Allana Djo Solo, daughter of Tenel Kan, Queen of Hapes and Jacen. At one point he and Leia were raising her as an adopted child, to hide her lineage from those who wanted to claim the Hapan throne.

One of the last big events for Han with his family was to give away his daughter Jaina in marriage to Jagged Fel, of the Empire. Jag bore the interesting lineage of nephew of old friend Wedge Antillies, and son of rival Baron Soontir Fel.  It’s unknown when they had children. But generations later Force sensitive Fel descendents are Emperor’s of a new (non Sith) Empire that remained allied for generations with the Galactic Alliance. At this time it is known of Roan Fel, daughter Marasiah Fel, and a descendent of unknown lineage named Ania Solo.

Friends
Han Solo in Scoundrels

Han, Chewie and Lando about to get up into trouble.

Han had a varied list of friends through his life. His mentor in the smuggling world was Roa, who lived to retire. He wasn’t fond of droids, but did have a few like Bollux and Blue Max grow on him. His friends knew he’d come through for him, even when they manipulated him into it. Badure convinced him to go treasure hunting. Friends like Salla Xend (who wanted to marry him),  Shug Ninx and Xaverrii came through for him even after he went ‘respectable’.

Some did turn on him, Mako Spince of his academy days turned ugly after being crippled in a battle. He sold him out to bounty hunters for the Hutt price on his head for helping kill Jabba. Bria (a girlfriend he wanted to marry) betrayed him for the Rebellion itself.

Lando Calrissian had an off on argument with him because of his taste in hiring out for jobs where the employer leaves them high and dry. However selling him out to Vader was merely a lack of choice: a whole city of people he was responsible for who could be killed if he refuses. As soon as he realized Vader would never hold to a bargain, he corrected this. Lando is still there helping years later even when it’s against his best interest.

Han also had a good friendship with Wedge Antillies of Rogue Squadron.

Aside from Luke he also remained friends with the Jedi Kyp Durron.

Accomplishments and Challenges – Character Growth

Han Solo’s biggest challenge is being a hero. He simply could not go back to being ‘just Han’ and doing what he wanted after this. His actions were no longer affecting himself and Chewie alone. They affected the entire New Republic and soon his family. Even during the Alliance days, the danger worked both ways: to get to Luke, go through Han. But to get to Han, go through Luke and Leia. They were threatened by bounty hunters seeking him.

He had the difficult challenge of wanting to help the Rebels, yet not wanting to give up his independence and a resentment of being taken for granted as being a member (which he’d not officially become, not as of Yavin.)

Han was responsible for the mission to take down Warlord Zsinj, an Imperial carving out territories for himself. He even dared an unofficial truce with an Imperial counterpart who was assigned to deal with the upstart as well. Returning from this he was so desperate to win back Leia he gambled everything, won a planet, but found it was still in Zsinj territory. He resigned his commission when politicians tried to reassign him to get him out of the way of a political marriage. He dealt with Leia planning to go off with the Hapan Prince by kidnapping her to Dathomir. Leia lectured him on his responsibilities but it didn’t hit home until Zsinj made a deal with the local nightsisters, an evil group of force users who threatened hostages to get him. His response to that was so self sacrificial it won Leia back.

While not commissioned, Han still was the go to guy for when they needed a mission pulled off without red tape and bureaucrats interfering. It was his idea to hire smugglers for honest work when the New Republic was short on legitimate shipping companies due to Imperial raids. It was his mission as ambassador to the prisoners of Kessel that went wrong which revealed the Maw and the Imperial threat inside. It was Han who dared go into the Imperial Remnant to seek out Intel.

During his painful years during the Yuuzhan Vong invasion, he still was charging into battle, leading and inspiring even when his heart felt ripped out.

Stories Starring Han Solo:

The Early Years:

Han Solo Adventures by Brian Daley:
Han Solo at Star’s End
Han Solo’s Revenge
Han Solo and the Lost Legacy
(note: these are among the earliest of the Expanded Universe, before it had a name. They were published in 1979 – even before The Empire Strikes Back!)

Han Solo Trilogy by Ann Crispin:
The Paradise Snare
The Hutt Gambit
Rebel Dream
(note: this does not contradict the Brian Daley trilogy. It incorporates it, as well as many other details of Han’s friendships and adventures from the Expanded Universe.)

Agent of the Empire: Iron Eclipse Dark Horse comics

Underworld: The Yavin Vassilika – Dark Horse comics

Movie Years:

Star Wars Radio Drama by Brian Daley
The Empire Strikes Back Radio Drama by Brian Daley
Return of the Jedi Radio Drama by Brian Daley
(Note these radio dramatization of the movies includes extra and extended scenes not available elsewhere.)

Star Wars Adventures: Han Solo and the Hollow Moon of Khorya – Dark Horse comics

Death Troopers by Joe Scheibert

Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn (Check out an Audio Excerpt!)

Allegiance by Timothy Zahn
Choices of One by Timothy Zahn
Rebellion Series – Dark Horse Comics
Galaxy of Fear Series – – by Whitman  – Cameos only
Rebel Force series – by John Wheeler

Honor among Thieves by James S.A. Corey

Rebel Mission to Ord Mantell  (Listen on Youtube!)

Star Wars Adventures: Princess Leia and the Royal Ransom – Dark Horse Comics

Post Movie Years

Truce at Bakura by Kathy Tyers
Shadows of Mindor by Matthew Stover
X-Wing: Wraith Squadron by Aaron Allston
X-Wing: Iron Fist by Aaron Allston
X-Wing: Solo Command by Aaron Allston
Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton
A Forest Apart (short story)
Tatooine Ghost – by Troy Denning

Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn
Heir to the Empire
Dark Force Rising
The Last Command

Dark Empire – Dark Horse Comics
Dark Empire2- Dark Horse Comics
Empire’s End – Dark Horse Comics

Jedi Academy Trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson
Jedi Search
Dark Apprentice
Champions of the Force

Children of the Jedi by Barbara Hambly
Darksaber by  Kevin J. Anderson
Planet of Twilight by Barbara Hambly
The Crystal Star by Vonda McIntyre

Black Fleet Crisis by McDowell

The New Rebellion by Kristin Kathryn Rusch

The Corellian Trilogy by Roger Allen McBride
Ambush at Corellia
Assault at Selonia
Showdown at Centerpoint

Thrawn Duology by Timothy Zahn
Specter of the Past
Vision of the Future

New Jedi Order Era by Multiple authors

Chewbacca (tribute) – Dark Horse Comics
Invasion – – Dark Horse Comics

Dark Nest trilogy by Troy Denning
Joiner King
The Unseen Queen
Swarm War

Legacy of the Force Series by multiple authors
Millenium Falcon by James Luceno
Fate of the Jedi series by multiple authors
Crucible by Troy Denning

Wedge Antillies Expanded

ROTJ-Wedge-briefing

Wedge at the briefing on the Endor mission to take out Death Star 2

Wedge Antillies started as a mere background character in the original trilogy movies. He was the sole survivor of all 3, survivor of 2 Death Stars and the Battle of Hoth. He had very few lines.

Wedge gets a big boost in the Thrawn trilogy when he and the Rogues join the heroes in winning the Katana fleet and fighting Thrawn. This is followed by his own series X-Wing, leading up into how the Alliance took Coruscant. Then the Rogues get their own comic series, set before that.

Antillies was given temporary command of the Rogues when Luke went off to work on his Jedi training and save Han from Jabba. (Shadows of the Empire)

During the battle of Endor, Rogue Squadron was temporarily renamed by Wedge  in honor of their roots in Red Squadron. Some of the pilots were scattered to fill out other squadrons.

After the battle of Endor, Luke was given his first battlegroup at Bakura. This mission was instigated by Wedge, when he had a close encounter with an Imperial message drone which tried to self destruct. The drone’s message encouraged the Alliance to check out Bakura’s situation. Wedge remained in command of the squadron while there. (Truce at Bakura)

Afterward Luke invited Wedge and some his fellow Rogues on a recon mission to Corellia. At the end of the adventure there, he told Wedge that he would have less and less time to fly with them and handed over command. This made Wedge Antillies Rogue Leader AKA Rogue One, and put him in position of rebuilding the squadron. (Dark Horse Comics, Rogue Leader)

Wedge rebuilt Rogue Squadron, leaving only the survivors of Tycho Celchu, Wes Janson and Hobbie Klivian from the original group. (Follow these adventures in Dark Horse Comics X-Wing Rogue Squadron series)

Wedge having led the Rogues into a victory that wins its way to Coruscant, goes on to form and lead Wraith squadron. This led to him being made general. But this was with the condition that he could still, at times, fly with Rogue squadron. (X-Wing Novels)

Family
Rogue Squadron, The Phantom Affair

Rogue Squadron, The Phantom Affair flashes back to Wedge’s family

Wedge’s parents were Jagged and Zena Antillies. They were responsible for the Gus Treta Space station in the Corellian sector. Sadly, they sacrificed themselves to save the station when pirates caused an explosion and fuel leak that could’ve destroyed it.
Wedge’s sister, Syal Antillies, had gone off to become the movie star, stage name Wynssa Starflare.  She in turn married Soontir Fel. (This led to some awkwardness as Fel was a top Imperial pilot).
This left Wedge alone  in the care of Smuggler Booster Terrik. He became close friends, like a brother, to Mirax Terrik. He introduced her to her husband Corran Horn (whose father in CorSec once arrested Terrik.) 
Having insurance payout and the help of Smuggler Booster Terrik he became a trader.
Wedge’s earliest love was Mala Tinero, who he lost to the Empire. At this point he becomes a weapon smuggler for the Alliance, before becoming an X-Wing Pilot.
Wedge finds a first love with Qwi Xux, a deceived Imperial scientist who was brainwashed into helping design the first Death Star. However, eventually they break up, though remaining friends, and he finally marries Iella, a former Corellian Security agent and current Alliance Intelligence agent. They go on to have 2 daughters, Myri and Syal.

Wedge-in NJO Rebel Dream

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

As late as the Yuuzhan Vong War, he was still flying, though it was rarer due to arthritis. He was highly successful once Coruscant to the Vong and the reluctant government was no longer in the way. At this point he finally met one of his nephews, Jagged Fel.

Friends

Wedge was close to Biggs Darklighter and Jek Porkins. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia and company. He also stayed close to his Rogue friends, including Janson, Hobbie, Gavin Darkligher and Corran Horn.

The marriage of his nephew, Jag Fel, to Jaina Solo, daughter of Han and Leia Solo connects him to the infamous Skywalker/Solo clan.

Accomplishments and Challenges

Wedge was Luke’s second in command at the Battle of Hoth and Gall and regularly stood in as leader when Luke was away.

He reformed the Rogues when they shrank due to attrition and led the Rogues to victory at Brentaal V, Mrlsst, Eiattu, and perhaps most importantly Coruscant.

When Ysanne Isard fled Coruscant and an internal coup by the Xucphra bacta cartel put her in charge of Thyferra, a world with a monopoly on bacta, Wedge quit. Bacta was a prime ingredient in medicine, critical for any emergency. Yet the New Republic government could not officially sanction going after her. They might be seen as a conquering tyrant for interfering with internal politics. Wedge followed Corran Horn’s instant resignation, knowing that someone had to stop her, sanctioned or not. In the process they assisted the native ashern and competing Zaaltin bacta cartel free their planet, as well as capture her super star destroyer, the Lusankya.

Later, he finally agreed to accept the rank of General, on the condition he could still fly with the squadron and remain in command. He aided in the rescue of the Lusankya prisoners, who had been scattered when Isard took the ship and fled Coruscant. He also aided in bringing Adumar to the Republic. These are only a few of his victories after the second Death Star was destroyed and the Emperor’s death at Vader’s hand.

After the Vong war he again retired, only to be caught in the middle between the Galactic Alliance government and his homeworld of Corellia. He tried to stay neutral, however trickery on the part of Galactic Alliance leaders who pre-emptively arrested him, led him to joining up with the Corellians. He was also caught between family and friends as Rogue Squadron still flew for the Galactic Alliance, and one of his daughters was among them.

Through it all, Wedge Antillies remained a great friend to the Jedi Order.

Stories with Wedge Antillies

  • Rogue Leader (comic)
  • X-Wing Rogue Squadron (comics)
  • X-Wing (9 novels)
  • Rogue Squadron I, 2, 3, Rogue Leader (games)
  • Choices of One
  • Thrawn Trilogy (Dark Force Rising/Last Command)
  • Jedi Academy Trilogy
  • Thrawn Duology
  • Union
  • New Jedi Order: especially  Rebel Dream & Rebel Stand
  • Legacy of the Force

Minor Appearances:

  • Crimson Empire (Dark Horse Comics)
  • Dark Empire (Dark Horse Comics)

 

 

 

Movie Character – Leia Organa – Expanded

Leia Organa Solo in Swarm Wars

Leia Organa Solo in Swarm Wars, as a Jedi Knight

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

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

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

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

Leia Organa and her Career:

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

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

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

Truce at Bakura,
Tatooine Ghost
Planet of Twilight.

Birth of her children and it’s consequences:

Thrawn trilogy
Dark Empire
Jedi Academy trilogy

Her past as a Princess of Alderaan:

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

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

 

Movie Character – Chewbacca – Expanded

Chewbacca

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spoiler

Featured in:

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

Appears in:

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