Guts and Glory: A Chronicle of The Amazing Story of The Twisted Rancor Trio


Guts and Glory: A Chronicle of The Amazing Story of The Twisted Rancor Trio

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"It was a risk, but The Twisted Rancor Trio was founded on 'Guts and Glory'."
―last line of Gilthos Uksaris's draft of the book[src]

Guts and Glory: A Chronicle of The Amazing Story of The Twisted Rancor Trio was a planned book authored by Gilthos Uksaris about the exploits of the jatz band the Twisted Rancor Trio, which operated during the time of the Jedi Civil War and found popularity on its homeworld of Taris. As the band's manager and founder, Uksaris compiled the book to chronicle its entire history, a task he began even while that history was still in the making. It covered the group's humble beginnings and eventual rise to prominence, as the band eventually attracted the favor of crime lord Davik Kang of the Exchange shortly before the destruction of Taris at the hands of the Sith Empire.


"Many felt that without Elinda's singing the band would crumble. But Gilthos came up with a brilliant plan to save the group by hiring Elinda's sister, Ashana, as the new lead singer on the eve of their scheduled appearance at Davik's estate."
―excerpt from Guts and Glory[src]

An incomplete draft of this planned book left in an apartment in the Lower City of the planet Taris provided a brief summary of the history of the Twisted Rancor Trio, [1] a jatz band well known for its heavy bass instrumentals.[3]

As written by the band's founder Gilthos Uksaris, the band originated as a mere ploy on his part to secure a date with the singer Elinda. The narrative recounts the recruitment of the Bith brothers Ujaa and Ujii, and the band's early struggles as a result of Ujaa's lackluster performance, resulting in their replacement by Loopa and Fodo respectively. Uksaris describes the growing success of the band with these new members, especially on their homeworld of Taris, and their eventual invitation by the business tycoon Davik Kang to perform at his estate.[1]

At the time that the draft was written, the invitation and the conflict that ensued were recent developments, as the narrative ended with Ashana replacing her sister Elinda as lead singer on the eve of the scheduled performance when the latter refused to accept the invitation for fear of Kang's association with the Exchange, a powerful crime syndicate.[1]

Because Ashana's musical skill was untested and failure to please the crime lord could provoke the Exchange's wrath, the band was aware that the last-minute plot could endanger their lives. Nevertheless, Uksaris was adamant that the reward—for Kang to sign them onto a major touring contract—outweighed these risks. It is thus in allusion to this bold gamble that Uksaris based the theme of his book: "guts and glory".[1]

Though authored by Uksaris, he had chosen to write it in the third-person, but this did not stop it from being tinged with his perspective, as he refers to Kang as a "legitimate businessman" whose affiliation with the Exchange are unsubstantiated rumors—rumors that were in fact entirely true.[1]


"Davik won't be happy if Ashana can't fill in for her sister. And you don't want to get Davik mad or you might never come out of that estate again. Anyway, good luck. And if this works, think about what a great chapter it'll make in that biography of the band you've been working on."
―message to Gilthos Uksaris from his friend[src]

The book was a work in progress in the year 3956 BBY,[4] as its author Gilthos Uksaris was compiling the chronicle while the life story of the Twisted Rancor Trio was still in the making.[1]

A draft of it was discovered on a datapad at an apartment on Taris by the amnesiac former Sith Lord Revan while he, the Republic soldier Carth Onasi, and the Jedi Bastila Shan were stranded by the Sith blockade in the aftermath of the attack on the Republic warship Endar Spire. During his exploration of the Lower City, he visited the apartment and encountered a security crate delivered by a friend of Uksaris that was rigged by a Holo-Sec Corp anti-theft explosive device as part of a holographic security system. To disarm the trap, Revan had to activate the six holoprojectors of the band's members in chronological order of their recruitment, as this comprised the device's passcode system. Through the draft of Guts and Glory found on a table at the corner of the room, Revan easily learned this order, and thus the passcode, allowing him to deactivate the explosive and retrieve the crate's contents: a suit of Echani fiber armor and 50 credits.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

The only known version of this book is the incomplete draft in the video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic that the player, Revan, can discover at a Lower City apartment on Taris. The draft appears in the form of a datapad, and its sole purpose is to provide the solution to crack the security system of the footlocker in the same apartment. Because this is the only known version of the planned book, and it is a work in progress, it is unknown whether Gilthos Uksaris ever completed it. In the same vein, since it ended with Ashana's recruitment as the replacement for Elinda on the eve of the band's scheduled performance for Davik Kang, it is not known whether his plan was a success or failure.[1]

If sold in-game, the datapad is worth one credit.[1]



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