After the release of The Rise of Skywalker, Disney has devoted more attention and resources to television projects like Star Wars: Visions and the new release Boba Fett book. Many more Star Wars TV shows like Kenobi, Ahsoka, and The Acolyte have been announced. However, little is known about future Star Wars film projects.
The sequel trilogy focused on new characters like Rey and Kylo Ren, who shared some traits with characters from Star Wars Legends lore. Future Star Wars filmmakers have a deep well of content to extract and play. There are hundreds of Legends novels that tell stories spanning thousands of years before A new hope and decades later.
ten Thrawn’s Legendary Trilogy
Written by Timothy Zahn, the Thrawn Trilogy consists of three books: heir to the empire, Rising Dark Force and The last order, all released in the early to mid-1990s. The books are set approximately five years after the fall of the Emperor and Empire. Leia, pregnant with twins, works to rebuild a New Republic while Luke plans to establish a new Jedi Order.
The trilogy’s conflict revolves around a Grand Admiral named Thrawn who takes command of the weakened Empire. His tactical genius is unparalleled. He enlists the help of a former Jedi master turned Dark Jedi who wants Leia’s twins for himself. The Legends novels are considered some of the best Star Wars stories ever written.
9 The tragedy of Darth Plagueis
Palpatine’s monologue to Anakin Skywalker in Revenge of the Sith is featured in what is considered one of the show’s best scenes by many fans. Ian McDiarmid’s chilling and disturbing retelling of an old Sith legend is so captivating and seductive to watch. It tells the story of Darth Plagueis, the Sage, a Sith Master who seemed to control life and death.
Although Palpatine is a little vague on the specifics, it is strongly implied that he was the apprentice who killed Plagueis in his sleep. James Luceno expands on the origins of Plagueis and Palpatine in the 2012 novel, Darth Plagueis. Finally, fans were able to read more about their meeting, their alliance, and Palpatine’s betrayal.
8 New origins in Dawn Of The Jedi
According to the order of the Legends book, Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void is the first book in the timeline, set over 25,000 standard years before the events of A new hope. The galaxy is a very different place in this primeval era. There’s no hyperspace travel, no Jedi grand order, and no lightsabers. The Jedi on the book’s cover wields a sword.
Dawn of the Jedi really stands out from any other Star Wars novel. He is not bogged down by existing lore because his time is so far removed from anything seen before. However, the narrative itself is quite familiar to Star Wars fans. A Jedi in training must contend with a brother who has turned his back on the Force and pursued heinous goals.
seven The Lost Tribe of the Sith
Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith brings together nine short stories written by John Jackson Miller. The first story takes place about 5000 years before the events of A new hope. The galaxy is, as usual, on the brink of war. During a space battle between Jedi and Sith, a large Sith cruiser is damaged as it escapes through hyperspace. The ship veers off course and crashes into an isolated planet that is home to almost no technology.
The following stories explore this lost group of Sith who find themselves in a new, sometimes dangerous world. The Sith quickly dominate the inhabitants of the world, proclaiming themselves gods. The reign of the Sith would last generation after generation for thousands of years. But wherever the Sith go, the Jedi aren’t far behind.
6 The origins of Mara Jade in the Empire
Mara Jade, also known as the Hand of the Emperor, was first introduced in the Thrawn Trilogy, written by Timothy Zahn. She’s one of the most interesting characters to come out of Legends history, as her allegiances change multiple times while her connection to Luke Skywalker grows stronger.
Speaking of allegiances, Zahn has also written two books titled Star Wars: Allegiances and Star Wars: Choice One. Both take place between A new hope and The Empire Strikes Back and they flesh out Mara’s backstory. In the Thrawn trilogy, readers never received more than vague acknowledgments about Mara’s time in the Empire, but in Allegiances and Choice of one, this time is fully explored.
5 Darth Bane’s Rule of Two
The famous Sith “rule of two” was first mentioned in a conversation between Yoda and Mace Windu at the end of The Phantom Menace. Yoda states that there is only ever a maximum of one master and one apprentice. In the lore of legends, this rule was established by Darth Bane after centuries of infighting within the Sith Empire.
“One to embody power, the other to crave it,” Bane said. Darth Bane’s backstory and rise to power are explored in three books titled Path of destruction, rule of two, and evil dynasty. His rule reshaped the structure of the Sith and inspired many would-be apprentices to betray their masters, including Palpatine.
4 The Coruscant Nights Trilogy
The era following Order 66 was a dark time for the Jedi Order and the entire galaxy. The Jedi were almost hunted to extinction. This era has been presented in many forms through comic books, television, and video games. A series of Legends books written by Michael Reaves also explored this period.
The Coruscant Nights Trilogy, consisting of Twilight Jedi, street of shadows, and Strength models, follows a Jedi Knight named Jax Pavan – one of the only Jedi to survive Order 66. Jax lives in the most dangerous parts of Coruscant, hiding his Force abilities. But when his master is killed, Jax steps out of the shadows, catching the eyes of Darth Vader and the new Empire.
3 The greatest Jedi/Sith, Revan
Revan is known as one of the most powerful Jedi and Sith to ever exist. Her story is explored in the critically acclaimed video game Knights of the Old Republic. This game offers players a lot of choices, so the conclusion of the game is very different depending on the alignment of the player character.
In 2011, a novel titled Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan came out, written by Drew Karpyshyn, who also worked on the original KOTOR Game. Revan’s novel follows the two KOTOR games and provides each of them with a canon ending. With a KOTOR remake on the way, now is the perfect time for Disney to provide fans with even more Revan content.
2 Jedi and Sith form fatal alliances
A series of novels related to The old republic game was released in 2011, including Fatal Covenant, written by Sean Williams. An auction attracts the attention of many dangerous individuals from across the galaxy. The auction is filled with Republic and Empire representatives, a Jedi Padawan, a Sith apprentice, a bounty hunter, and a Mandalorian.
Each of the main characters is based on archetypes available to players in the game. While the novel is meant to be a prequel/extension to the game’s plot, the story holds its own. The alliances formed by these individuals, all of whom share opposing ideologies, provide an interesting dynamic rarely seen in other Star Wars stories.
1 The Future of the New Jedi Order
From 1999 to 2003, a total of 19 Star Wars books were published under the banner: The New Jedi Order. More than half a dozen writers contributed to this era of novels. It is the longest running Star Wars book series, requiring a shared story bible by all writers and editors to maintain consistency.
The New Jedi Order follows the lives of the children of Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade, and Han Solo and Leia Organa 21 years after the fall of the Empire. The galaxy is invaded by a new threat: aliens from the Unknown Regions called Yuuzhan Vong. The books feature classic Star Wars tropes like epic space battles, lightsaber duels, as well as a deep character arc for Jacen Solo.
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