- "There will be pages. Lots and lots of pages. Most of the pages will have letters on them, and a vast majority of these letters will be in the Roman alphabet."
- ―Aaron Allston in an interview
Legacy of the Force, also known as LOTF, is a nine-book series contained in the Legacy era, set five years after the events of the Dark Nest Crisis. It deals with the fall of Jacen Solo to the dark side of the Force, mentored by the returning villain Lumiya. The backdrop to this story arc is the conflict between Corellia and the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances, which later erupts into a full-scale war. The books are written in a cycle of Aaron Allston, Karen Traviss, Troy Denning repeated three times, with Denning finishing the series with the ninth novel, Invincible. Also, books one, five, and nine are hardcovers, giving each author the opportunity to write a hard-bound book.
Legacy of the Force also saw the return of Boba Fett, Lando Calrissian, Thrackan Sal-Solo, and Natasi Daala, amongst other characters. The new generation was being primed, which in turn led to speculation that one of the major movie characters (Luke, Leia, Han) would die. Ultimately, however, all three survived to the end of the series.
- Betrayal by Aaron Allston—May 30, 2006
- Bloodlines by Karen Traviss—August 29, 2006
- Tempest by Troy Denning—November 28, 2006
- Exile by Aaron Allston—February 27, 2007
- Sacrifice by Karen Traviss—May 29, 2007
- Inferno by Troy Denning—August 28, 2007
- Fury by Aaron Allston—November 27, 2007
- Revelation by Karen Traviss—February 26, 2008
- Invincible by Troy Denning—May 13, 2008
Legacy of the Force has seen the re-emergence of several characters, both from the EU and from the films, who had until the series been untouched by EU literature for some time. Most notably the Dark Lady of the Sith Lumiya made her first appearance in a novel in Betrayal, and Boba Fett, last seen in a cameo role in The Unifying Force, re-entered the galactic scene in Bloodlines. Other characters, such as Thrackan Sal-Solo, Gilad Pellaeon, and Ailyn Vel, as well as Lumiya, had their story-arcs brought to a conclusion.
The series saw a number of major character deaths, more than even the New Jedi Order series, which was longer and itself controversial for the number of deaths in it.
Deaths of major characters introduced in the seriesEdit
Deaths of pre-existing charactersEdit
As in The New Jedi Order, there were several characters whose deaths were mentioned but not depicted, including Lensi, Twool, Liegeus Vorn, the World Brain, which was wounded in Tempest and who is mentioned as dead, and Reh'mwa, who never made an appearance in a novel but is mentioned previously and is mentioned as dying in the series.
As the series concluded many issues were yet to be resolved, and many questions unanswered.
- The transition from the current government to that found in Star Wars: Legacy.
- Vergere's true plans for Jacen have still not been brought into the light. In what may be a retcon, Vergere was indeed a Sith trained under Palpatine.
Legacy of the Force was not released in Japan due to a declining fanbase after the release of Revenge of the Sith. As of December 2007, the series was not planned to be released in the next six months.
Behind the scenesEdit
When a nine-book series was first proposed in 2004, it was originally slated to be set in the Sith Era. It is unknown when in the era the series would have taken place, but Sue Rostoni said the following on the forums at starwars.com:
- "Shelly and I, and the authors, will be reading through all the comics and other material to decide where in time to set the series and what, if any, existing characters we want to use."
- ―Eeusu Estornii
About a month later, Rostoni posted the following information in the thread:
- "Hi -- I haven't read all the pages of posts, but there's been a change.... We've reconsidered where to set this 9-book series and have decided that the old Old Republic era may not be the best place. We're now seriously considering post-NJO, something like 35 years after A New Hope. The thinking is that there is more opportunity here for substantial storylines using characters that people already have feelings about, and the outcome wouldn't be known at the start of things. We still want to play in the Old Old Republic time frame, and will try to get a trilogy there. I hope you all aren't disappointed - I'm trying to gauge whether it's best to give you NO information at all, or information (like this) that's subject to change."
- ―Eeusu Estornii
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Legacy of the Force series speculation (possible SPOILERS), StarWars.com forums, posted by Eeusu Estornii, May 21, 2004 09:47 AM