The Fandom Redemption

Luke with George Lucas kindness quoteThere is a wide variety among Star Wars fans.  There is a wide variety in the characters in its media.  But ultimately Star Wars itself (under Lucas) had one very important theme set:  love, hope, and redemption.   Anakin Skywalker is the central character of the six movies he made and the entire arc goes through  his fall to his redemption.  I question how many realize this, for they seem unwilling to realize it translates to reality and how we can treat other fans.

Anakin’s redemption can guide us in fandom.  In terms of chronological release, Return of the Jedi we get our first real look at Anakin Skywalker.  A fallen, broken man who had once loved someone enough to father a son.  A former Jedi who had once been a great hero and friend of Obi-Wan.  It wasn’t until the prequels though that we found out more. We found out he was gifted from childhood but was still an ordinary child who dearly  loved his mother. He was an anxious teen,  who was forbidden to get attached yet had a secret crush and then a real romance for a Senator.

Contrary to some beliefs Anakin didn’t become Vader on killing the sandpeople. He broke, yes.  Justifiably angry and horrified he snapped, in a way some real world people have.  That didn’t make them Vader either.   In fact,  Yoda certainly knew something had happened.  The Jedi already sensed he had shadows, but were he Vader they would have already known and acted. Anakin was not Palpatine. He wore his emotions on his sleeve. Palpatine was a politician with decades of training to hide or fake them! No, Anakin became Vader when his ideal of the Jedi failed.

Anakin believed as the Jedi taught him that is wrong to kill an unarmed prisoner.  At the least the sandpeople were armed. But he did regret it.  ‘I know I’m better than this’ he said.  When he killed Dooku (at Palpatine’s urging) he said the same. ‘I shouldn’t have done that.”  So while he had an ulterior motive on saving Padme in rushing to Palpatine’s arrest, it was Mace Windu that finally struck the last blow to Anakin’s faith in the Jedi. As far as Anakin knew,  Palpatine was down and unarmed.  Mace was clearly going to kill him.  And so the fall. He knew the Sith were evil, but he also no longer believed the Jedi were good.

Anakin-redeemed-by-LukeSkip ahead two decades and Luke Skywalker, his son confronts him in a replay of his own fight with Dooku.  Only this time he is the Sith, and Luke the one told to cut him down.  Luke displays all the characteristics of the Jedi that Anakin had once believed in. He refuses.  Anakin in this moment is reborn.  After decades in darkness, the light has shown forth.

Being reunited with Yoda and Obi-Wan was the indication that he was redeemed and forgiven. Not due to earning it so much as his act of selfless sacrifice in stopping the Emperor.

Lucas considered this scene,  particularly the death scene, so important that he directed it himself.  What’s more he did it when being hurt by a divorce.

Lucasfilm in turn recognized that and it crossed multimedia lines. Here are a few examples:

  • Jedi Uliq Qel-Droma’s fall and redemption are featured in Tales of the Jedi Comics.
  • Cade Skywalker, due to a tragedy that killed his father ends up raised by pirates, becoming a bounty hunter and turning people in, even to the Sith.  His path to redemption is told in Star Wars: Legacy
  • Revan is famous or infamous (depending on your POV) in the video games Knights of the Old Republic and even Star Wars: The Old Republic through a twist of fate.  The canonical story has Revan’s redemption after his fall to the dark,  losing his memory and getting it back.
  • Kyp Durron is introduced in the Jedi Academy novels. He is led to the dark side by a Sith spirit when Luke Skywalker tries to train him as a Jedi.  He performs terrible acts, but is brought back into the fold.

That is every medium and every era of Star Wars!  While not the only theme, redemption and forgiveness certainly is one of the most important. Even in real life terrible people have been redeemed.  It’s rare, but it does happen.

Yet here we are, claiming to be Star Wars fans, and ignoring this incredibly important message.  Assuming that this fan or that fan can not be redeemed, can never be swayed to our side. Slurs are cast like ‘misogynist’ or ‘racist’ or even ‘Nazi’.  Some are true accusations but others are cast simply because someone doesn’t agree with a certain point of view. Often they seem to be cast out by people who don’t even want to listen to see if maybe the perceived insult isn’t what it seems.  But even the ones that may be true ignore the fact that forgiveness and reconciliation are possible.  Most people aren’t Palpatine.  There aren’t many who can say they wiped out a whole planet, plotted and pulled off the destruction of an entire established government, tortured people floating around the internet. In fact I suspect there are none among the fan base. For one thing, they would not root for our heroes. For another they are too busy doing more of the same.

So let’s remember that three of the core things of Star Wars have always been faith, hope, love which in turn to forgiveness of many flaws. If we truly are Star Wars fans, we should offer each other the same grace.

 

Tales of the Jedi impact on Continuity

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

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

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

Star Wars Tales of the Jedi Golden Age of the Sith

Star Wars Tales of the Jedi Golden Age of the Sith

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    ShadowsandLight

    Shadows and Light starred Duron Qel-Droma

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

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

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

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

    Knights of the Old Republic

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

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

    Knights of the Old Republic 2

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

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

    Star Wars the Old Republic

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

    Star Wars The Old Republic the game

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

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

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

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

    Clone Wars 2002 references Tales of the Jedi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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