"Red Sky, Blue Flame" is a short story by Elaine Cunningham, published in Star Wars Gamer 7 in 2001. It is set in a Chiss military training outpost in the Rata Nebula, a few years before the events of the Yuuzhan Vong War.
"Red Sky, Blue Flame" tells the story of how Jagged Fel proved his command abilities to Shawnkyr Nuruodo and his other Chiss comrades, how he came to acquire the distinctive scar across his forehead, and also how the Chiss came to trust the Fel family.
The place of "Red Sky, Blue Flame" in Star Wars chronology is problematic. Several internal references strongly imply that it occurs very soon after Vision of the Future in 19 ABY, and that was almost certainly the author's intent, but the story apparently describes the death of Stent, who is alive in Timothy Zahn's subsequent novel, Survivor's Quest, set in 22 ABY.
When the discrepancy became apparent, LucasBooks editor Sue Rostoni initially suggested that the story ought to be relocated to occur after Survivor's Quest. However, the novel Dark Nest I: The Joiner King appears to abandon an important part of Rostoni's fix, the proposed equation of Jag's brothers Davin and Chak, and some fans feel that it is easier to explain Stent's survival and Jag's age than to force the backstory of "Red Sky, Blue Flame" to fit around the events of Survivor's Quest.
The Essential Reader's Companion states that the The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia resolved the problem by clearly stating that Stent surived the attack on Rhigar, but the entries in the encyclopedia relating to this are still vague in their depiction.
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