Star Wars Women New Republic era & Beyond

Leia Organa Solo

Leia Organa Solo in Swarm Wars

Leia Organa Solo in Swarm Wars, as a Jedi Knight

After the heroism of the Rebellion, Leia found the talents in diplomacy inherited from her mother, Padme Amidala Skywalker and her adoptive father, Bail Organa, in high demand. It was Leia who brought the aid of the Hapans to the New Republic as well as helping free Dathomir from Nightsisters and Warlord Zsinj. She had 3 children and began Jedi training. Her life was complicated not only by threats on her life, but the threats to her children. She was often apart from them while in hiding. The demands of the New Republic provisional Council kept her from doing much training. She also was challenged dealing with her Jedi heritage, and the realization that her birth father was the man who became Darth Vader. But over the years she did indeed practice her skills in spite of no time for formal training. She was elected Chief of State of the New Republic after Mon Mothma stepped down and faced continuous challenges to people who wanted political power at the expense of others. When she retired from that job a new war loomed and she was forced to watch her children, now trained Jedi, go to war and face their own challenges of life, death and the Dark Side. Eventually Leia herself finally took the time and decided to bcome a full Jedi knight. Training under Master Saba was a humbling experience, but she succeeded in making it her second career.

Mara Jade

Shannon McRandle as Mara Jade

Shannon McRandle as Mara Jade

Starting as the Emperor’s Hand, Mara faced a tough battle to adapt to life after his death. Joining the smuggling crew of Talon Karrde she eventually discovered some hard truths about the man she once served, courtesy of Luke Skywalker. Her loyalty to those she considered allies was strong and she was a firm believer in keeping a promise. Over time she aided the New Republic time and again with trouble. She temporarily headed up the Smuggler’s Alliance with Karrde and even ran her own legit shipping company. That was right up until she married Luke Skywalker and truly chose to become a Jedi. She went on to become Jaina Solo’s Jedi Master and have a son, Ben Skywalker.
Recurring Character Introduced: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn
Timing: After Return of the Jedi

Mirax Terrik

Mirax TerrikDaughter of famous smuggler Booster Terrik, she smuggled and dealt in rare and exotic artworks. Already a close friend of the famous (or infamous) pilot Wedge Antillies who was now running Rogue Squadron. This led to her aiding the New Republic, especially the Rogues. It also led to meeting the future Jedi Corran Horn, whose father put hers in prison. They were married and she continued to aid the New Republic, including efforts to track Leonia Tavira, who was terrorizing the space lanes. Eventually she had 2 children, both of whom would become Jedi.
Recurring Character Introduced: I,Jedi by Michael Stackpole (novel) X-Wing Rogue Squadron the Phantom Affair (comics) by Michael Stackpole 
Timing: Post Return of the Jedi

Tionne

TionneA historian and musician, she was one of the first Jedi trained by Luke Skywalker. While not the strongest in the Force, her enthusiasm helped recover much of the lost Jedi history. She passed this on to the others and to the youngling potentials in the form of ballads.  She is credited with both training new Jedi as a Master as well as becoming one of the Master’s responsible for the Academy when Luke moved on to other things. She is a member of the first Jedi council Luke Skywalker formed.
Recurring Character Introduced: Jedi Academy Trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson
Timing: Post Return of the Jedi

Plourr Ilo

Plourr IloYet another princess, this one in exile and disguised. Plourr fled her homeworld as a child when her family was murdered by the Empire. She ends up joining Rogue Squadron, where her love of a good fight and her hatred of the Empire make her an invaluable ally. Eventually she has the opportunity to return and restore her place as leader of Eiattu, a challenge she rises too reluctantly as it means leaving the squadron. But with it, comes the opportunity to bring her people into the New Republic.
Recurring Character Introduced:
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Elscol

After the death of her husband, she plunged into despair and became so reckless she was kicked out of Rogue Squadron due to disobeying orders. However she took this new freedom from the team to create her own squad of insurgents to infiltrate Imperial held worlds and throw off the shackles off tyranny. She aided in the liberation of Thyferra among others.
Recurring Character Introduced: X-Wing Rogue Squadron: The Phantom Affair by Michael Stackpole
Timing:
Post Return of the Jedi

Lara Notsil/Kirney Slayne

Starting as an Imperial agent and daughter of agents, she initially joined Wraith Squadron to make herself an appealing hire for the latest warlord. But during this time she increasingly grew fond of the Wraiths and more and more won over. She also came to realize the Empire had probably done something to her (mental manipulation) during her training. Unfortunately long after she had decided to stay on as a true Wraith, her past was revealed. Forced to run to avoid charges of treason, rather than turn against the Wraith’s she infiltrated the Warlord’s ship and sabotaged it. After her escape, she changed her name to Kirney Slayne. Eventually she indirectly made contact with the Wraith she was falling for and they continued their relationship. Eventually they would marry and have children.
Recurring Character Introduced: X-Wing Wraith Squadron by Aaron AllstonTiming: Post Return of the Jedi

Mirith Sinn

A leader of a New Republic base, Mirith Sinn found herself in an awkward position. Kir Kanos, former Imperial Royal guard, sometimes helped and sometimes hindered her mission. His mission to destroy those who aided the emperor’s death put them at odds, as that included Leia and Luke in that number. Unfortunately she was also in an awkward position with them. Knowing they were fathered by the man who became Darth Vader – who killed her husband.  Nonetheless, Mirith Sinn managed to help protect Leia and her children from assassins. She championed Kanos efforts to help against those leading the Empire (who he also blamed for the Emperor’s death.)
Recurring Character Introduced: Crimson Empire  by Mike Richardson and Randy Stradley
Timing: Post Return of the Jedi

Gaerial Captison

Faced with the challenge of being an Imperial trained senator on a world only recently joined the Empire was not easy. Especially with the unwanted advances of the governor. Then an alien invasion brings rebel aid to her doorstep. Now she was faced without the challenged to her religion that Luke Skywalker, Jedi presented, she found herself able to reconcile her various beliefs and joined the movement on Bakura to overthrow the Empire. While her people did not join the New Republic itself they remained allies.
Recurring Character Introduced: Truce at Bakura by Kathy Tyers
Timing:
Immediately after Return of the Jedi

Tenenial Djo

The Force strong woman from Dathomir lived alone in the wilderness for a long time. When Leia and her allies arrived with the Hapan Prince Isolder, she aided them in destroying the nightsisters. Unfortunately a near slip to the Dark Side led to her being exiled from her clan. But in the course of events she would fall in love (and make him fall in love with her) leading to a marriage to the powerful Hapan Prince in spite of the anger of his domineering Mother the Queen. She goes on to lead the Hapan as a capable leader and had a daughter,  Tenel Ka.
Recurring Character Introduced: Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton
TimingPost Return of the Jedi into New Jedi Order

Tendra Risant

Tendra is a woman of the Corellian system, heir to a decent fortune. She meets Lando Calrissian on his quest for a wife. When he’s kicked off planet she discovers an alarming military buildup and decides he needs to know about it no matter the risk. New to flying her own ship, she nonetheless takes off to follow him to Corellia just in time to run into an interdiction field. Nonetheless she soldiers on at sublight speeds until able to contact Lando with information that proves crucial. Ultimately they do marry and become a powerful team in business and continue to aid both the Jedi and the New Republic. She has one son, Lando Jr, aka Chance.
Recurring Character Introduced: The Corellian Trilogy: Ambush at Corellia by Roger  MacBride Allen
Timing: Between Return of the Jedi and New Jedi Order

Jaina Solo

Jaina, on the Japanese cover of Destiny's Way

Jaina, on the Japanese cover of Destiny’s Way

The daughter of Han and Leia Solo isn’t even  in her teens when she starts to cause the Imperials and terrorists trouble. She was already learning to take things apart and put them together. And in her desire to fly she took after both her father Han, and grandfather, Anakin. By her teens and her years training as a Jedi, the terrorists of the Shadow Academy, the trying to rise Black Sun syndicate and the Alien League all find her trouble. By adulthood she’ll be a full blown warrior taking on the Yuuzhan Vong and resurgent Sith. The greatest challenge though, is when one of her own family falls to the Dark Side.  Jaina is one of the newest members of the Jedi Councilor.
Recurring Character Introduced: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn (born)
Timing: Post Return of the Jedi

Tenel Ka

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

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

Daughter of Isolder and Tenenial Djo, this Hapan Princess is challenged to overcome her own pride at the Jedi Academy and suffers a terrible loss. She rises above it to continue to be a formidable warrior. In time, against her preferences but for the welfare of her people, she will become Queen. When her daughters life is threatened she is strong enough to let her go into hiding and let everyone believe she is dead.
Recurring Character Introduced: Young Jedi Knights: Heirs to the Force by Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta
Timing: Between Return of the Jedi and New Jedi Order

Ysanne Isard

A cold blooded Intelligence agent who made it to the top under Palpatine, she’s know for turning her own father, former leader of Intelligence in and claiming he was a traitor. After the Emperor died she realized she probably couldn’t prevent the Rebels from taking Coruscant and decided to sell it as dearly as possible. She created a deadly virus to be unleashed specifically on the alien population that could only be cured with massive doses of batch in an effort to turn them against the humans in the New Republic. Then she retreats to take control of Thyferra, thereby controlling the bacta supply.
Recurring Character Introduced: X-Wing Rogue Squadron by Michael Stackpole.
Timing: Post Return of the Jedi, minor appearances Rebellion era

Natasi Daala

Admiral Daala was a protege of Moff Tarkin. Isolated in a secret base that helped develop Death Star technology in the Maw, she and her fleet had no connection to the outside. When discovered, it was to revealed that not only was Tarkin dead but the Emperor as well. Daala started with launching strikes against the New Republic and then turned to the Empire, trying to force the squabbling moffs and warlords to ally against the New Republic. When her plans fall through she retreats for years, finding peace with a long lost love, Ligeus Vorn. Enemies however would not leave her in peace and she returned with a vengeance to help stop Darth Caedus. Elected leader of the Galactic Alliance, her military style approach failed to endear her to the Jedi order that she sought to control.
Recurring Character Introduced: Jedi Academy: Jedi Search by Kevin J. Anderson
Timing: Post Return of the Jedi onward. Brief appearance in Death Star by Michael Reaves & Steve Perry

Winter

Winter, from Star Wars X-Wing Dark Horse comics

Winter, from Star Wars X-Wing Dark Horse comics

AKA Targeter, the Alderaan native grew up with Princess Leia and has a photographic memory. Even as a teenager she assisted the Organa’s in important meetings. She went on to become a Rebel Agent. Most of her Rebellion years were classified top secret. But after the fact she remained with them, helping dismantle Empire with the help of Rogue Squadron. She was directly involved with retaking Coruscant as well as the liberation of Thyferra. In addition to helping New Republic Intelligence, Winter took on the challenge of helping raise Leia’s 3 children. She even remained isolated with them on Anoth to protect them and was a nanny and babysitter. Perhaps one of her greatest challenges was falling in love with the hotshot Rogue Pilot, Tycho Celchu, who was accused of treason after being captured and then returned. She aided in his defense. Eventually he was cleared and they were married.
Recurring Character Introduced: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn
Timing: Post Return of the Jedi

Tahiri Veila

Tahiri Veila

Tahiri – The New Jedi Order – The Final Prophecy by Gregory Keyes
Japanese cover art: Tsuyoshi Nagano

The young Jedi was raised by a tusken raider named Sliven, chief of the very tribe that killed her parents in a misunderstanding. Going to the Jedi Academy she became best friends with young Anakin Solo. Tahiri was still a teen when captured by the Yuuzhan Vong and had to overcome brainwashing and go to war. The terrible losses during the war tempted her to the Dark Side but her dearest friends would not let her stay in the dark without a fight.
Recurring Character Introduced: Junior Jedi Knights: The Golden Globe by Nancy Richardson
Timing: Post Return of the Jedi onward right before New Jedi Order and onward.

Jesmin Ackbar

Jesmin the niece of Admiral Ackbar and faced the challenge of having to live in his shadow. She passed her tests easily – too easily, for she knew she was given an easy pass due to her family. Deciding she needed a true challenge, she applied for and was accepted in the infamous Wraith Squadron and went after Warlord Zsinj.
Recurring Character Introduced: X-Wing Wraith Squadron by Aaron Allston
Timing: Post Return of the Jedi

Tyria Sarkin

A Force sensitive Antarean Ranger, she was disappointed when Luke Skywalker didn’t believe she was strong enough to be a Jedi. When in flight training, she faced the challenge of nearly failing grades and a flight instructor who wanted her to participate in thefts in exchange for a passing grade. She turned him down but didn’t (at the time) report him. Joining Wraith Squadron, she had a chance fly and fight to take down Warlord Zsinj. Eventually she and another member, Kell Tainer fell in love and had children. Her greatest victory may have been successfully and determinedly training herself to be a Jedi, to the point where Luke Skywalker knighted her.
Recurring Character Introduced: X-Wing Wraith Squadron by Aaron Allston
Timing: Post Return of the Jedi

Belindi Kalenda

A member of New Republic Intelligence, her concerns that enemies had a mole inside the division were confirmed when she was shot down infiltrating Corellia, which was in turmoil. But her initial concern had led her to warn Han Solo that the trip he, Leia, Chewie and the 3 Solo kids were taking could be dangerous. Belindi’s warning proved a life saver. Having survived her crash landing, she kept watch alone for days until they arrived. She helped assist the New Republic and the Solo’s in bringing down the blockade and stopping the coup.
Recurring Character Introduced: The Corellian Trilogy : Ambush at Corellia by Roger Macbride Allen
Timing: Post Return of the Jedi onward.

Mirta Gev

Mandalorean and granddaughter of the infamous Boba Fett, she is a warrior all the way. Her greatest grudge is against Fett himself. She leads the Mandos and survives torture at the hands of a Sith lord.
Recurring Character Introduced: Legacy of the Force: Bloodlines by Karen Traviss
Timing: Post New Jedi Order

Marcha

A drall who found herself temporary guardian with her nephew Ebrihim of the Solo kids. In addition to the challenge of 3 Force sensitive children whose parents were in danger, she also realized there was some sort of government takeover and secret right there on Drall. Helping track down the trouble while wrangling the kids wasn’t easy, but her success led her to become the new Governor General of Corellia.
Recurring Character Introduced:  The Corellian Trilogy : Ambush at Corellia by Roger Macbride Allen
Timing: Post Return of the Jedi onward.

Ania Solo

Legacy 2 Ania SoloAlone in the civil war between Sith Empire, Galactic Alliance and the Fel Empire, Ania was making a living as a junk trader when she found a lightsaber. This led her on a wild adventure revealing a Jedi captured and impersonated by Sith. Her heroics led to her helping stoop the Sith Darth Wredd and helped enslaved people on Mon Calamari, all the while dealing with an impersonator of her own who framed her for murder. She gathered her own gang of impressive allies in the process.
Recurring Character Introduced: Legacy 2 Prisoner of the Floating World by Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman
Timing: Post New Jedi Order

Marasiah Fel

This descendent of the infamous Solo’s was an Imperial Knight, serving the Fel Empire under her father. As a knight she was the heir to the throne and sworn to serve the light side of the Force along with the Empire. She didn’t hold back from joining battle with the Sith herself and when she took the throne she did her best to heal the damage to the galaxy, caused by the recent war.
Recurring Character Introduced: Legacy 2 Broken by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema
Timing: Post New Jedi Order

Droo Rawk

This kiffar had the challenge of being a healer and a Kiffu guardian in war time. She was married to Nat Skywalker who went by the alias Bantha Rawk. She also had 3 adopted kids with him, one of whom was disabled and none of whom knew their Dad was a Skywalker and a former Jedi. Her life was challenged by Cade Skywalker appearing on scene, and she and her family were drawn into battle with both Pirates and indirectly with Sith.
Recurring Character Introduced: Legacy: Loyalties by John Ostrander
Timing: Post New Jedi Order

Vestara Khai

Fate of the Jedi Ben & VestaraThis Lost Tribe of the Sith teen was honored to be the first chosen by ‘Ship’ the ancient Sith training vessel when it first came to their lost world. She was at the forefront of change, an isolated world brought to the wider galaxy with plans of conquest. One of her first missions brought her into contact with Abeloth and she was the only one of the tribe to recognize the threat. Her next mission brought her into conflict with Luke and Ben Skywalker. She was the only survivor of the team that assaulted him, not even her Master escaped. She infiltrated and tricked the Dathomiri tribes including the Nightsisters and gave them to a Sith team. She also helped secure the temporary alliance between the Skywalkers and the Sith against Abeloth. When things took a turn for the worse and the Sith tried to claim instead of destroy her, she turned on the leader as he was infected and changed by the alien. Ultimately this forced her to flee with the Skywalkers and conflict with her own Sith father. For a time she considered becoming a Jedi but ultimately decided it was not going to work, she simply did not share their beliefs. While she stood with them against Abeloth her selling out Allana Solo as the heir to the Hapan throne set her against Ben who had championed her. She ended up freelancing, seeking a way to gain enough power to return to the Lost Tribe.
Recurring Character Introduced: Fate of the Jedi: Backlash by Aaron Allston
Timing: Post New Jedi Order

Deliah Blue

This Zeltron was all or nothing for Cade Skywalker, and a part of his team. She stuck with him through everything. Piracy, smuggling and even his time pretending to be Sith didn’t keep her away. She stuck with him through it all as his mechanic and lover, even if it required rescuing him from himself.
Recurring Character Introduced: Legacy: Broken by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema
Timing: Post New Jedi Order

Azlyn Rae

A Jedi padawan she was once in love with Cade Skywalker. She was once a joker that dared prank Jedi Masters. This was destroyed with the Sith attack on Ossus. But Azlyn survived, did some time as a bounty hunter before joining the Imperial Knights, becoming a loyal Knight, then a Master to Emperor Fel. She went as a Scout and undercover agent, at one point reuniting with the Jedi at the hidden temple. At various times she faced infection by the rhakghoul plague and was nearly killed by the Sith. Against her wishes, Cade convinced Droo she desired to live at any cost and she ended up in a life support suit similar to Vader’s. Nonetheless she continued to serve Emperor and then Empress Fel.
Recurring Character Introduced: Legacy: Loyalties by John Ostrander
Timing:  Post New Jedi Order

Morrigan Corde/Nyna Calixta

This mysterious double agent was the lover of Kol Skywalker and Mother of Cade. In spite of this her ambitions led to her return to her life with Imperial intelligence, leaving them behind when Cade was an infant. She also bore a daughter whose father was an Imperial Moff. She had the dubious distinction of being the Imperial agent who brought the Sith’s offer of an Alliance to the Fel Empire and manipulated the Moffs to siding with her. Nonetheless she came to regret this decision and set about to undermine the Sith and indirectly, to protect Cade. She both tormented his friends his friends for information on him but also led them to his rescue.
Recurring Character Introduced: Legacy: Broken by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema
Timing: Post New Jedi Order

Crucible Review & Continuity

Crucible Book Cover Crucible
Star Wars
Troy Denning
Sci Fi
Ballantine Del Rey
January 1, 2013
Hardcover & Paperback

Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, and Luke Skywalker return in an all-new Star Wars adventure, which will challenge them in ways they never expected—and forever alter their understanding of life and the Force.

When Han and Leia Solo arrive at Lando Calrissian’s Outer Rim mining operation to help him thwart a hostile takeover, their aim is just to even up the odds and lay down the law. Then monstrous aliens arrive with a message, and mere threats escalate into violent sabotage with mass fatalities. When the dust settles, what began as corporate warfare becomes a battle with much higher stakes—and far deadlier consequences.

Now Han, Leia, and Luke team up once again in a quest to defeat a dangerous adversary bent on galaxy-wide domination. Only this time, the Empire is not the enemy. It is a pair of ruthless geniuses with a lethal ally and a lifelong vendetta against Han Solo. They will stop at nothing to control the lucrative Outer Rim mining trade—and ultimately the entire galactic economy. And when the murderous duo gets the drop on Han, he finds himself outgunned in the fight of his life. To save him, and the galaxy, Luke and Leia must brave a gauntlet of treachery, terrorism, and the untold power of an enigmatic artifact capable of bending space, time, and even the Force itself into an apocalyptic nightmare.

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

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

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

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

The Story itself and what I thought of it:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tusken Raiders Expanded

Our first look at the sandpeople AKA Tusken Raiders, is a brief violent attack in A New Hope. For a very long time, that was it. Beyond Kenobi’s comments that they are easily startled by krayt dragon calls and ride in single file to hide their numbers, we knew little.

And of course, they rode on giant, hairy steeds with curly horns, known as banthas.

McQuarrie Tusken Raider storyteller

McQuarrie Tusken Raider storyteller from the Illustrated Guide to the Star Wars Galaxy

The Illustrated Star Wars Galaxy changed that. Using McQuarrie illustrations, we were taken into their world from the point of view of anthropologist and shapeshifter, Hoole. The tuskens showed no difference between the sexes, all wrapped in the same garb and sharing duties. The very young became full members of the tribe at around ten years old. Most important, they never shed their masks or clothes. It was anathema and would lead to the perpetrator being cast out. It was said in legend it came of one of the suns (the brother) attacking the other, and showing his true face. So now the one eternally pursued the other.

Based on hints in Dawn of the Jedi and others, this may have been based on the use of a super weapon on the primitive natives of Tatooine, which turned it’s lush beauty into the desert millenia ago.

Also fatal was to lose a hand or limb in combat. Combat with a creature like a krayt dragon was a rite of initiation. But there is no mercy for the weak or maimed. Those so crippled committed ritual suicide. Often, their banthas, with whom they formed a special bond, would mourn to the point of wandering alone into the desert to die as well.

Years later, the new Dark Horse Comics Star Wars series, set in the Prequel era fires up and gives us new views.

Soon to be called Star Wars Republic, it visits Tatooine early on. It turns out the former Jedi, Sharad Hett is living among the tribes, with a son, and calling himself a war leader. It’s more than simple settler vs tusken fighting: the Hutt’s are involved, stoking the conflict to sell weapons. Sharad’s tribe fairs badly at the hand of the Hutt’s and this begins a cultural change. Asharad Hett, his son, goes on to join the Jedi.

The few tusken raiders seen without masks are gray faced with feline like muzzles. (Dark Forces 2. These are outcasts and were taken off world by Dark Jedi.) They cannot interbreed with humans, so the matches among tuskens have to be carefully chosen to allow the tribe to flourish. Hence Asharad’s parents were both human.

Attack of the Clones revealed what appeared initially to be conflicts with our established views of Tuskens. We saw them as having brutally tortured Shmi Skywalker to death. But we see woman and children are garbed differently, unlike those Hoole encountered. This incident too, would have a profound effect on the tusken culture. Anakin Skywalker took his revenge on the entire tribe.

Between the loss of Hett’s clan and then the clan Skywalker decimated, the numbers remaining of the Tusken warriors were fewer. Losses which would’ve have been absorbed before were no longer easily accepted. They had long kidnapped people to add to their numbers, but it was no longer enough.

Kenobi, the novel of this character’s life on Tatooine, reveals much.

 Tribes, adapting to the loss had finally accepted their woman as warriors, explaining the differences Hoole discovered from the tuskens of Attack of the Clones era, as well as the other apparent conflicts in the Expanded Universe. 

Between this, and opportunities in the Knights of the Old Republic game, one sees that the sandpeople can, on occasion, be negotiated with. One man even came close to succeeding in brokering peace but was stopped by the Empire (Tales of Mos Eisley anthology.)

There are even a few cases of Tusken Raiders being taken off world to act as security to places like Sulon. Given their nature, I suspect these may have been outcasts even of their own people. However it’s also possible they were kidnapped, as they were in Children of the Jedi.

Famous members include:

Alkhara (rogue human?)

Sharad Hett (Former Jedi, adopted human)

Asharad Hett (Former Jedi, born of adopted humans)

Plug Eye (Leader of a small tribe, a rare female)

Tahiri Veila (Jedi, adopted human)

Find Out More about Tusken Raiders:

  • Illustrated Star Wars Galaxy
  • Dark Forces Jedi Knight 2 (game, novella)
  • Knights of the Old Republic (game)
  • The Last One Standing (an Obi Wan story by Jude Watson)
  • Drawing the Maps of Peace: The Moisture Farmer’s Tale (Tales of Mos Eisley short story)
  • Dark Horse Comics: Empire: Darklighter story arc
  • Dark Horse Comics: Republic: Outlander story arc
  • Tatooine Ghost
  • Children of the Jedi

 

Read More about these characters:

Alkhara

Illustrated Star Wars Galaxy

Tahiri Veila

Tahiri – The New Jedi Order – The Final Prophecy by Gregory Keyes
Japanese cover art: Tsuyoshi Nagano

Tahiri Veila

Junior Jedi Knights

  • The Golden Globe (First appearance)
  • Lyric’s World
  • Promises
  • Anakin’s Quest
  • Vader’s Fortress
  • Kenobi’s Blade

New Jedi Order

  • Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse
  • Edge of Victory I: Conquest
  • Edge of Victory II: Rebirth
  • Star by Star
  • Dark Journey
  • Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream
  • Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand
  • Destiny’s Way
  • Ylesia
  • Force Heretic I: Remnant
  • Force Heretic II: Refugee
  • Force Heretic III: Reunion
  • The Final Prophecy
  • The Unifying Force

Dark Nest

  • The Joiner King
  • The Unseen Queen
  • Swarm War

Legacy of the Force

  • Legacy of the Force: Betrayal
  • Legacy of the Force: Inferno
  • Legacy of the Force: Revelation
  • Legacy of the Force: Invincible

Fate of the Jedi

  • Fate of the Jedi: Outcast
  • Fate of the Jedi: Omen
  • Fate of the Jedi: Abyss
  • Fate of the Jedi: Backlash
  • Fate of the Jedi: Allies
  • Fate of the Jedi: Vortex
  • Fate of the Jedi: Conviction
  • Fate of the Jedi: Ascension
  • Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

Other

  • Crucible

Plug Eye

  • Kenobi

Sharad Hett

Dark Horse Comics: Republic:

  • Outlander story arc

Asharad Hett

Asharad Hett, Dark Horse Comics

Asharad Hett, Dark Horse Comics

Dark Horse Comics:Republic:

  • Outlander story arc
  • Emmisaries to Malastare story arc
  • The Hunt for Aurra Sing
  • Battle of Jabiim part 4
  • Enemy Lines
  • Siege of Saleucami

Dark Horse Comics:

  • Obsession

Fate of the Jedi:

  • Apocalypse

Other

  • The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi
Spoiler for Dark Horse Comics, Legacy
Asharad Hett becomes Darth Krayt.

Featured in these stories:

Dark Horse Comics: Legacy:

  • Broken
  • Ready to Die
  • The Wrath of the Dragon
  • Claws of the Dragon
  • War