- "It was a risk, but The Twisted Rancor Trio was founded on 'Guts and Glory'."
- ―last line of Gilthos Uksaris's draft of 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 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.
A draft of this memoir was found by the amnesiac former Dark Lord of the Sith Revan in one of the Lower City Apartments on Taris while he was stranded on the planet shortly before its destruction by the Sith Empire. With the aid of the draft, he uncovered the passcode needed to deactivate a holographic security system guarding a crate in the apartment, allowing him to retrieve the package's contents.
- "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 Uksaris's draft of Guts and Glory: A Chronicle of The Amazing Story of The Twisted Rancor Trio
An incomplete draft of Guts and Glory: A Chronicle of The Amazing Story of The Twisted Rancor Trio left in an apartment in the Lower City of the planet Taris provided a brief summary of the history of The Twisted Rancor Trio, a jatz band well known for its heavy bass instrumentals.
As written by the band's founder and manager 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 musician 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.
The narrative as the amnesiac former Dark Lord of the Sith Revan found it 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.
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 plan 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 was thus in allusion to this bold gamble that Uksaris based the theme of his book: "guts and glory".
Though authored by Uksaris, he had chosen to write Guts and Glory: A Chronicle of The Amazing Story of The Twisted Rancor Trio in the third person, but this did not stop it from being tinged with the author's perspective, as he referred to his plot to replace Elinda with Ashana as a "brilliant plan" in spite of the warning of a friend of his and Uksaris's own awareness that he was taking a dangerous risk.
|Source: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic|
Guts and Glory: A Chronicle of The Amazing Story of The Twisted Rancor Trio
The origins of what would eventually become the most famous band in the galaxy are surprisingly humble. The brains behind the group, manager Gilthos Uksaris, founded the Trio to earn a date with a young singer named Elinda.
The ploy worked, and Elinda became the first member of the band. Gilthos scrambled to find musicians to back her, and signed a Bith named Ujaa to be the lead musician. Soon after that he signed Ujaa's brother Ujii to complete the trio.
The band struggled at first. Elinda was a fantastic singer, but Ujaa wasn't much of a musician. When Elinda threatened to quit, Gilthos fired Ujaa and signed another Bith named Loopa.
Of course this didn't go over well with Ujaa's brother, and Ujii quit. Fortunately, Loopa knew another musician named Fodo, who joined to replace Ujii.
Led by Elinda's singing, the second incarnation of The Twisted Rancor Trio became quite popular on their home world of Taris, eventually attracting the attention of local legitimate businessman Davik Kang.
Davik asked Gilthos to bring his group in for a command performance. Gilthos agreed, realizing this could be the band's big break. Unfortunately, Elinda had heard certain unsubstantiated rumors about Davik Kang and his connections to the Exchange. Fearing for her life, she refused to go to his estate to perform.
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.
Gilthos knew he was taking a risk. If Ashana couldn't perform at Elinda's level, Davik's infamous temper could have dire consequences for the entire band. However, if Ashana could match her sister's performance then Davik was likely to sign the band to a big time touring contract.
It was a risk, but The Twisted Rancor Trio was founded on "Guts and Glory".
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- "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
The book was a work in progress during the Jedi Civil War in the year 3956 BBY, as its author Gilthos Uksaris was compiling the chronicle while the life story of The Twisted Rancor Trio was still in the making.
A draft of Guts and Glory: A Chronicle of The Amazing Story of The Twisted Rancor Trio was discovered on a datapad at an apartment in the Lower City on Taris by 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 Revan's exploration of the Lower City shortly before the destruction of Taris by the blockading Sith fleet, 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 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: A Chronicle of The Amazing Story of The Twisted Rancor Trio 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.
Behind the scenesEdit
Guts and Glory: A Chronicle of The Amazing Story of The Twisted Rancor Trio appears as an incomplete draft in the 2003 video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic that the player, Revan, can discover on a datapad at a Lower City apartment on Taris. The sole purpose of the draft 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, given that the memoir is the only source on the band's history.
In Knights of the Old Republic, the image of the datapad containing the draft is that of one of the several generic models of datapads in the game. If sold in-game, the datapad is worth one credit.
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (First appearance)