|Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic|
- "It's all Star Wars, whenever it takes place."
- ―John Jackson Miller
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, abbreviated as KotOR, is a comic book series published by Dark Horse Comics. It began with the first issue on January 25, 2006 and was published generally monthly since then. It was written solely by John Jackson Miller, with the absence of other writers, which provided strong continuity within the series. As of 2008, KotOR was one of the four ongoing Star Wars comic series produced by Dark Horse.
Set in the Old Republic era, the series is a sequel to Dark Horse's earlier Tales of the Jedi comics and a prequel to the video games Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. It takes place during the Mandalorian Wars and nominally focuses on a Padawan named Zayne Carrick, who has been framed for the Padawan Massacre of Taris, suddenly finding himself on the run from the Jedi Order. Finding himself unexpected new allies and trying to prove his innocence, he learns about a secret Jedi organization operating without any attention from the Jedi High Council. His attempts to enlighten the Council to the existence of the Covenant result in a shocking and terrible event that threatened to change the Jedi Order forever.
The new and fresh storyline awarded Knights of the Old Republic a solid fanbase and robust sales, making it Dark Horse's third-best selling title. In 2008 the series started its run with four issues laying the foundation for Star Wars: Vector, the crossover event going through all four ongoing Dark Horse series.
The series ran for 50 issues, ending with the release of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 50: Demon, Part 4 on February 17, 2010. It was followed by the series Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic—War on January 11, 2012.
Dark Horse's involvement with the Old Republic era began with the Tales of the Jedi series, which also marked the first appearance of the name "Knights of the Old Republic" in the history of Star Wars, in the form of the first trade paperback subtitle, Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic. The name was later applied to the video games, conceived as relatively distant sequels to TotJ. (The last TotJ story, Tales of the Jedi: Redemption, takes place in 3,986 BBY, while the video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is set in 3,956 BBY, 30 years later.)
From 1999 to mid-2005, Dark Horse produced no Old Republic era stories until the release of issues #23 and #24 of the Star Wars Tales series, the last ones so far; each had a story tied with the KotOR games (Shadows and Light and Unseen, Unheard, respectively). Shadows and Light, set in the year 3,993 BBY, between Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War and Redemption, was notable for the involvement of penciller Dustin Weaver, letterer Michael Heisler and colorist Michael Atiyeh, all of whom later became involved with the KotOR comic series.
According to writer John Jackson Miller, the series was conceived when Dark Horse editors Randy Stradley and Jeremy Barlow approached him looking for writers for the 2006 relaunch of the company's Star Wars line, which was tied to their 20th anniversary celebration. At that point, Miller and artist Brian Ching had just finished Star Wars: Empire 35. One of their objectives was "boiling down" the Star Wars films to their core aspects and recapturing them in print; one of these concepts was the "camaraderie feel" of the original trilogy, while another involved the heroes becoming involved by being at the wrong place at the wrong time.
One of Miller's original ideas was to make the core conflict of the series understandable to all Star Wars fans, including those who had seen nothing but the films, and the idea was to reverse the roles: while, according to Miller, the films involved a student betraying his Jedi Master, his series was about a student betrayed by his Masters. Another role-reversal revolved around a Jedi becoming a scoundrel (based on the imaginary idea of Luke Skywalker becoming a smuggler with Han Solo and Chewbacca). After a discussion with Stradley, this idea formed the basis of the first story arc, developed under the working title Renegade; eventually, it became Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: Commencement.
The Knights of the Old Republic series was officially announced at Comic-Con 2005 in July 2005, as part of Dark Horse's 20th anniversary celebration; the official StarWars.com newsletter Homing Beacon called it "the biggest and most welcomed surprise" from Dark Horse, while John Jackson Miller reported that the announcement was met with a "great response," which signified "a lot of pent-up demand" for the Old Republic era.
Before issue #1 was released, the year 2006 had already been "completely plotted and approved," which allowed Miller to plan an overarching story further ahead. However, there were two unforeseen disruptions that affected the 2006 "season."
With the first few issues still in production, Miller came up with the idea of a short prologue story that would serve as an introduction to the setting for unfamiliar readers, addressing continuity issues that the regular issues, focusing on Zayne Carrick's personal story, did not cover. When he approached Dark Horse with the idea, Jeremy Barlow suggested integrating it in a 25-cent special proposed earlier. Thus, the prologue, titled Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 0: Crossroads, was integrated into the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic/Rebellion flip-book, the other half of which served as a preview to the then-upcoming series Star Wars: Rebellion.
Ultimately, the unplanned special, which was released after regular issues #1 and #2, drew some of the creative team's time away from the regular issues. Penciller Brian Ching, who was working on the Commencement arc, provided the art for Crossroads, but this switch necessitated bringing in a guest artist, Travel Foreman, for issue #5. This move was generally ill-received by fans, especially those who got the trade paperback version of Commencement, complaining about the inconsistent art.
For the Flashpoint arc, which involved Mandalorians, Miller collaborated with Star Wars writer Karen Traviss for information about the Mandalorian culture and their language, Mando'a. He intended to "shift gears immediately after Commencement," from Zayne's conflict with his Masters to its background event, the Mandalorian Wars. However, as artist Dustin Weaver could not finish the intended KotOR #9: Flashpoint: Part 3 in time, the order of the issues was swapped, and it became issue #10. Meanwhile, the original issue #10, Homecoming, was released ahead of schedule as issue #9, with an unusual title, Flashpoint Interlude: Homecoming. The originally intended order was restored for the Flashpoint TPB.
For 2007, Miller conceived a singular story, a "meta-arc" broken down into four smaller arcs: Days of Fear, Nights of Anger, Daze of Hate, and Knights of Suffering. These interconnected, wordplay-based titles (Days/Daze, Nights/Knights) came to be referred to collectively as Days/Knights, first unofficially by Miller himself and later officially, as part of the publisher's summary for issue #23.
The second parts of the arc titles (Fear/Anger/Hate/Suffering) are a reference to Yoda's warning in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace: "Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering." Miller maintains that "they very much fit the moods of the individual sequences."
With many different characters involved, Miller used a dry-erase board to track every individual character's path and knowledge of the others' actions. Eventually, this came to a payoff in issue #19 (unofficially named "Arrivals") during the big meeting on the Arkanian Legacy, for which Miller worked with galaxy maps to ensure that everyone was "in the logical proximity" needed for the arrivals to occur as presented.
Days/Knights saw the regular involvement of Glass House Graphics, with its pencillers Harvey Tolibao and Bong Dazo (Tolibao was previously involved with issue #12 as a guest artist). Work on the final arc, Knights of Suffering, drawn by Dustin Weaver, had begun before Nights of Anger was finished, and continued simultaneously with Daze of Hate.
2008: Vector and beyondEdit
The 2008 run of KotOR began with the first part of Star Wars: Vector, a multi-era crossover between all four of Dark Horse's ongoing series: KotOR, Rebellion, Dark Times, and Legacy. In creating his part of it, John Jackson Miller had to collaborate closely with other members of the creative team. For instance, Mick Harrison, writer of Star Wars: Dark Times provided the title for the series and Jan Duursema, penciller and co-writer of Star Wars: Legacy worked on the designs for Celeste Morne and Karness Muur, the characters which played essential parts in the story of Vector.
This year also saw the release of Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide, a supplement to the Wizards of the Coast Star Wars Roleplaying Game, co-written by John Jackson Miller, which provided additional info about characters, vessels, and organizations, originating in the series.
Major characters who appears in more than one arc:
Zayne Carrick, the only male offspring of the banker Arvan and the gardener Reiva, is also their only Force-sensitive child, with a proficiency for the Force that Vandar Tokare identifies as "marginal." As the worst Padawan of his class, he is initially worried about his chance to receive the rank of Jedi Knight, but when he is framed for the Padawan Massacre of Taris, a crime committed by his Masters, his life and good name become his primary concerns; and even when Zayne does discover the truth about the massacre, he still has to find someone to believe him.
Zayne is the protagonist of the Knights of the Old Republic series. An overarching theme is his quest to clear his name, which he hopes to accomplish by getting one of the Masters to confess. His grasp of the Force strengthens gradually as the plot progresses.
"The Gryph," as he was known on Taris, was a small-time Snivvian black marketer in the Upper City whom Zayne used to chase. On his ninth attempt, Zayne finally caught Gryph, but the unexpected turn of events—the Padawan Massacre, for which Zayne was blamed—put them both on the same side of the barricades. Even on the run, Gryph never missed an opportunity, which eventually backfired on Serroco when he, obsessed with running a profitable business, refused to listen to Zayne's plea to leave the planet that would soon come under Mandalorian attack. He managed to escape the planet however and eventually reunited with Zayne again.
Jarael is an female Arkanian Offshoot, her birth name, Edessa, was given to her by parents she does not remember. She was protector to the mechanic she knew only as "Camper" prior to and during the Mandalorian Wars. Jarael is a hot-tempered Arkanian Offshoot with eyes and hands like Humans and pointed ears, a feature unseen in other Arkanians, which often brought her to attention. She is a fierce fighter who demonstrated an extreme loyalty to Camper and her other allies; normally armed with a shockstaff, she is a tough opponent when fending off enemies, whether they be bounty hunters, Mandalorians or Jedi Masters.
Jarael, throughout the series, proves herself to be a master of disguise—so far, she has disguised herself as the Sith Lord from the Jedi Masters' vision, as Q'Anilia, as "Baron Hyro Margryph"'s aide Chantique, as a pure Arkanian and as Jedi Shadow Celeste Morne. She has a love-hate relationship with Zayne, moving towards the "love" end of the spectrum in Days/Knights. A few other characters, such as Rohlan Dyre, Alek Squinquargesimus and Arkoh Adasca, also seem to be at least somewhat romantically interested in her.
Commander Rohlan Dyre is nicknamed "Rohlan the Questioner" for his tendency to question the Mandalorians' motives behind their war against the Republic and their unusual tactics. Determined to find the truth, he has often deserted, but was always put back on the front lines once recaptured. Eventually, after a failed attempt to hijack The Last Resort, he sides with its crew in their effort to rescue Jarael from the Mandalorian-controlled Flashpoint Station. Later, he parts with them, but secretly boards The Last Resort again and reveals himself after Zayne and Gryph leave the ship, and plays a significant role in the exogorth negotiations aboard the Arkanian Legacy by summoning his superior, Mandalore the Ultimate.
Mocked as frail and meek by even his own mother, Slyssk did not enjoy "the hunt" like most Trandoshans, so instead he made himself a career as a pirate. Slyssk was a skilled starship thief, but his career was hindered by incompetence as a pilot. Slyssk joined the Raff Syndicate pirate group before quickly being kicked out. He later joined Marn Hierogryph and Jedi Zayne Carrick through their adventures in the Mandalorian Wars. He is also notable as an excellent chef, both as a legitimate business, and as a cover identity for various clandestine ruses his friends find themselves part of.
Alek, nicknamed "Squint," is a pragmatic, stoic Jedi Knight with a certain, sometimes inappropriate, sense of humor. He travels with The Revanchist, whom he calls his "Master". Alek believes that the Jedi Order should take immediate action against the current threat, the Mandalorians, instead of focusing on the phantom menace of the Sith. After briefly meeting Zayne on Taris, the two quickly forge a friendship, which is further reinforced when Zayne rescues him from Flashpoint Station, after Doctor Demagol's experiments result in Alek completely losing his hair.
A Human male known only by the nickname the Revanchist is both a charismatic and enigmatic leader, a renowned tactician and expert strategist. Attracting attention amongst his fellow Jedi, he spreads his message to rally against the Mandalorian threat across the order. Amongst his stronger supporters is young Jedi Knight named Alek Squinquargesimus.
Chantique was a female Zeltron Force-sensitive member of the Crucible, a slaver organization active prior and during the Mandalorian Wars. She was the Magister Impressor of the organization and the nemesis of Jarael. Also, she was the daughter of Antos Wyrick, alias sadistic Mandalorian scientist Demagol, who sold her to the Crucible in the first place for her disruptive behavior.
Doctor Demagol, born Antos Wyrick, was a Zeltron Mandalorian Neo-Crusader scientist, who served under the banner of Mandalore the Indomitable during the Great Sith War and later under Mandalore the Ultimate during the Mandalorian Wars. After the capture of Flashpoint Station by the Mandalorians, all Jedi prisoners were sent there to be studied by Demagol, in hopes of finding the secret of their powers to negate and/or replicate them, not understanding the complexity of the Force. He showed a strong interest in Jarael, his former student in the school on Osadia.
Recurring characters, only in the Covenant subplot ( Issue #01-35 )Edit
Vandrayk used to work for the Arkanian company Adascorp on Project Black Harvest, dedicated to the research of the spacefaring species known as the exogorths. When he heard about the possible uses of the exogorths proposed by Argaloh, the Sixth Lord Adasca, Vandrayk went into hiding in the Lower City of Taris under the alias "Camper," under Jarael's care. Eventually, his health failing after having had to leave Taris on The Last Resort forced Jarael to take him to Arkania, where he was unexpectedly reunited with Adascorp—the very company he used to run away from.
During the ventures of The Last Resort, Camper was the mechanic of the team and the "fix-it guy," whose abilities were probably best demonstrated when he rebuilt the droid T1-LB from scrap and gave him the previously-nonexistent ability to speak.
Born to a Human mother and Miraluka father, Krynda Draay was apprenticed to Vodo-Siosk Baas and became a Jedi Consular. She married Barrison Draay, with whom she had a child, Lucien Draay. After the Great Sith War, she left the Jedi Order, but eventually went on teaching Jedi for thirty years without the supervision of the Jedi Council. She founded a Jedi cabal known as the Jedi Covenant, aimed at preventing the return of the Sith, but was exposed to the Jedi Council by a member of one of her WatchCircles who sought to end the repercussions of the Padawan Massacre of Taris.
Although referred as a "failed Padawan" by Lucien Draay, Haazen had fought in the Great Sith War alongside Lucien's father, Barrison. However, after he was secretly tempted by the dark side of the Force, he led Barrison to his death, which ended for the traitor by receiving terrible injuries. When he received a strange new power that kept his allegiance secret from the Jedi Order, Haazen returned as close associate of Barrison's wife, Krynda, founder of the Jedi Covenant. He was also Lucien's former mentor during that time.
The revelation of Haazen being the puppet master of the entire Jedi Covenant and the servant of the Sith is one of the major events in the Vindication story arc.
The son of Barrison and Krynda Draay, Lucien spent his apprentice years on Coruscant training under Haazen, an aide of his mother. He was eventually assigned to the four seers of the Jedi Covenant as their protector, but retained a sense of inferiority for not being a seer himself. After witnessing a troubling vision on the rogue moon, Lucien, along with the other Jedi Masters with him, murdered those they were protecting. When Zayne, his Padawan on Taris, was the only one to escape the Padawan Massacre, Lucien initially did not consider him the threat foretold in the vision on the rogue moon, but has since come to regret underestimating his apprentice and made Zayne's capture his top priority.
Lucien is one of the main antagonists of the series, as well as Zayne's personal archenemy.
In 3,993 BBY Q'Anilia began her training with Krynda Draay, who she remained with for over a decade. It was during this time that she became a Jedi Consular and member of the First WatchCircle within the Jedi Covenant, making Krynda's mission to prevent the return of the Sith her own. She was stationed at the Jedi Tower as of 3,964 BBY and was one of the five masters implicated in the Padawan Massacre of Taris. She is a close associate and companion of Jedi Master Lucien Draay, the son of her former master.
A member of the Jedi Covenant and First WatchCircle stationed on Taris, Xamar along with his fellow Masters participated in the Padawan Massacre of Taris after a vision that suggested one among their Padawans would become a Sith Lord. Lucien had Xamar join the Republic Navy, so as to intercept Zayne on his way to Coruscant, and after his capture of the fugitive Padawan, he found himself persuaded to admit to the Council the existence of the Covenant, as well as implicate himself and the Taris Masters in the Padawan massacre, as he wished to ensure the safety of Krynda.
Raana Tey maintained a reputation among the Jedi Order as being intense and untamed due to her individualism in combat, in no small part caused by her Togruta background. Dedicated to her training, Tey became a Jedi Consular and member of the First WatchCircle of the Jedi Covenant, later teaching Kamlin, a Falleen padawan. However, the WatchCircle's devotion to preventing the rise of the Sith again led to a vision of a Sith Lord, and so the members struck down each of their own Padawans during their Knighting ceremony with the exception of Zayne Carrick, on whom the Covenant would lay blame for the murders, resulting in a galaxy-wide chase. As a result of murdering her own apprentice, Tey's sanity began to erode as her headaches and nightmares turned for the worse and the WatchCircle she had grown to depend on for support was dissolved by the Jedi High Council.
A Feeorin Sage Master stationed on Taris around 3,964 BBY, Feln was also one of five members of the First WatchCircle of the Jedi Covenant. After witnessing a prophecy which he and the rest of the First Watchcircle believed foretold the return of the Sith, Feln committed the murder of his own Padawan, Oojoh. However, Jedi Padawan and witness to the massacre, Zayne Carrick, escaped, leading Feln and the rest of the First WatchCircle in pursuit. Feln eventually caught up with Zayne on his homeworld of Odryn where he used his influence as leader and Exalted of his people, the Feeorin, to capture Zayne.
Captain Saul Karath felt the Republic's forces were too few to face the Mandalorians—and was proven right in the Onslaught that followed. He was forced to abandon Courageous at Serroco—but was promoted to Admiral and put into command of a Republic Force tasked to intercept Zayne Carrick, whom he viewed as Mandalorian spy.
Carth lived on his homeworld of Telos IV, a planet in the Outer Rim, with his wife, Morgana, and son, Dustil. He became part of the planetary militia and later—the Republic Navy, where one of his first posts was in an orbital watchstation over Serroco. He served aboard the Courageous as a helmsman and was later promoted to Lieutenant. He participated in several battles, including the Battles of Vanquo and Serroco, where he met the fugitive Padawan Zayne Carrick, disguised as a janitor named Shad Camper, whom we would later help on several occasions.
Mandalore the UltimateEdit
Mandalore the Ultimate, the successor of Mandalore the Indomitable, is leading the Mandalorians during the Mandalorian Wars. The last known Taung to claim the Mandalore title, he regrouped the Mandalorian forces into the Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders and slowly began to conquer fringe worlds that had been left defenseless in the wake of the Great Sith War. Mandalore takes full advantage of the Galactic Republic's halfhearted efforts to oppose his aggression and is personally leading his forces as they invaded Republic territory.
Cassus Fett is a Mandalorian Field Marshal and an aide-de-camp to Mandalore the Ultimate, leader of the Mandalorians, and is highly influential in areas throughout Mandalorian society. Fett spearheaded the promotion of the Neo-Crusader movement, a sect of Mandalorian society with a more regimented structure and standardized armor than the hitherto dominant Mandalorian Crusaders. By exerting control over the clans and providing a means of converting conquered cultures into Neo-Crusaders, Fett turned the Mandalorians into a war machine intent on galactic conquest.
Arkoh, the Eighth Lord Adasca, is the owner of Adascorp and its ultimate planetary-destruction weapon: the slug-like exogorths. Having set up an auction for these creatures aboard his flagship, the Arkanian Legacy, he hopes to use them as a tool of political manipulation to receive his own due from all involved sides. He was also know to be Lucien Draay's best friend, since they were children.
It is Arkoh's plotting that is responsible for bringing most of the previously-introduced characters together in a restricted environment in Daze of Hate. He even forced Zayne's reunion with Lucien, which serves as a catalyst for the forthcoming events.
The Brothers Dob and Del Moomo are bounty hunters, but have an incredibly low success rate. Despite their antagonism towards each other, they always work together, taking assignments from Valius Ying, Jervo Thalien, Marn Hierogryph, and even the Jedi Covenant member Raana Tey.
Vandar Tokare was a male Jedi Master who was the head of the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine during the Mandalorian Wars and Jedi Civil War, holding a seat on both the Jedi High Council and the Council of the Jedi academy during this time span. He was friends with fellow Council member Vrook Lamar, usually having the last word in their frequent disagreements, most notably on the choice to train Revan once again in the ways of the Jedi after his fall to the dark side of the Force.
Vrook Lamar was a Human male who served as a Jedi Master as early as the time of the Great Hunt, holding a seat on the Dantooine Jedi Enclave Council. He was also a member of the Jedi High Council throughout the Mandalorian Wars, the Jedi Civil War, and the Dark Wars. He was friends with fellow Council member Vandar Tokare, despite rarely concurring with him on anything, most notably the decision of accepting Revan back into the Jedi Order after his fall to the dark side of the Force.
On the city-planet of Taris, Jedi Padawan Zayne Carrick attempts to catch Marn "Gryph" Hierogryph, a small-time con man. He fails and nearly falls to his death, but is rescued in time by a mysterious Jedi who identifies himself as Squint. As Squint leaves to join his Master on the way to the Mandalorian Wars front lines, Jedi Master Q'Anilia feels a disturbance in the Force, and Zayne's Master Lucien Draay decides to investigate it.
Alerted by Q'Anilia's warning, the Masters conduct a final survival test of the Padawans on the rogue moon in the Taris system. The Padawans remain ignorant about the real purpose of the test: allowing the four Jedi Consulars among the Masters to open themselves to the Force. This subsequently presents the Masters a disturbing vision of a menacing red figure, apparently a Sith Lord, bringing doom to the Jedi Order and the Republic.
Some time after returning from the test, the Masters announce an upcoming knighting ceremony. Here, it would be revealed which Padawans were selected to receive the Jedi Knight title. Shortly before it starts, Zayne finally catches Gryph and intends to bring him to justice, but, noticing he was late for the ceremony, instead rushes to the Jedi Tower. When he arrived, however, Zayne witnesses the other four Padawans lying on the floor dead, and the Masters standing right there with lightsabers drawn.
Zayne immediately retreats, Gryph following closely, away from the five pursuing Masters. The two fugitives find a way to the Lower City. There, they discover that Zayne had been tagged as a criminal, framed for the murder of his fellow Padawans, with Gryph listed as his "accessory." Though the Masters were still attempting to track the escapees, they were misled into the dangerous Undercity of Taris. Zayne and Gryph move into a refugee camp outside Machineville, where they approach a pair of Arkanians—the aging mechanic Camper and his protector Jarael. Unfortunately, soon after they are discovered by the Taris Civil Authority, led by Constable Sowrs. When ordered to surrender, however, the group heads into space on Camper's old starship, The Last Resort.
Zayne contacts Master Vandar Tokare on Dantooine and tells him what happened, only to find that Vandar does not believe him, and instead believes the word of the elder Jedi members. Meanwhile, in seeking escape from Taris Civil Authority, Jarael drives the ship into the Taris system debris field; she decides to land on the rogue moon, the last place where the Masters and Padawans were together before the ceremony, in the hope to get some answers. On the moon, Zayne and Jarael find the remains of T1-LB, nicknamed "Elbee"—a bulk-loader droid that was with the Masters during their stay while the Padawans were away taking a survival test. Soon after they repair Elbee and watch his holorecords, which reveal the true reason behind the Padawan Massacre, The Last Resort is captured by Captain Valius Ying of the Oroko, who intends to bring Zayne back to Taris and receive the bounty for him.
Valius brings Zayne back to the Jedi Tower, dragging him through a triumphant mob. There, Master Lucien reveals what happened before Zayne's late arrival to the murder scene. As Lucien prepares to execute his former Padawan on the spot, Zayne is suddenly saved by a figure in a red spacesuit, like the one the Masters saw in their vision—the figure turns out to be Jarael in disguise, allowing Zayne to escape once again.
Three weeks later, as riots ensue all over Taris, the five Masters are recalled to Coruscant. As they are preparing to leave, a messenger from the Lower City delivers a holorecord from Zayne, who tells the Masters that he had a vision of one of them clearing his name, and intends to hunt them down and only spare the one who confesses.
The Last Resort, in search for supplies, lands on the planet Vanquo, where the crew tricks the nearby miner camp into believing that the Mandalorians are landing. However, once the camp is abandoned, the Mandalorians do attack Vanquo, kidnapping Jarael, who was disguised as Jedi Master Q'Anilia. During Jarael's capture, Mandalorian Commander Rohlan Dyre tries to steal the Last Resort, but is instead captured by Zayne, Gryph and Camper. As the Mandalorians engage in a space battle with Captain Saul Karath, the detained Rohlan agrees to guide The Last Resort to Flashpoint Station, where Mandalorian scientist Demagol is experimenting on Jedi, including Squint, and where Jarael (mistaken for a Jedi) was taken.
With Rohlan's help, Zayne infiltrates Flashpoint and disguises himself as scientist Demagol. Together with Gryph, disguised as a Republic admiral, he tricks the Mandalorians into believing that the Republic is attacking and that the captured Republic starships are rigged with explosives. This forces the Mandalorians to evacuate quickly, leaving the Republic vessels behind. Squint, Jarael, and the other captured Jedi head for Coruscant with Demagol in tow, as he had been captured. Rohlan, unknown to everyone, boards The Last Resort as a stowaway.
Meanwhile, Lucien and the other four Tarisian Masters arrive on Coruscant, only to find the gates of the Draay Estate closed to them. They are summoned by the Jedi High Council, blamed for the disorders on Taris, and therefore separated, barely avoiding the exposure of their secret organization—the Jedi Covenant, led by Lucien's mother Krynda Draay and Haazen. The rogue Masters continue their attempts to capture Zayne.
After the showdown at Flashpoint, The Last Resort arrives on the banking planet of Telerath, where Camper tries to take money from one of Gryph's accounts by posing as "Baron Hyro Margryph." Unknown to the crew, the banker assigned to them is Zayne's father, Arvan Carrick, who ends up captured by two Ithorian bounty hunters, the Moomo Brothers. These two hunters were contracted by Jedi Master Raana Tey in an attempt to use Arvan as bait. When Zayne learns about both developments, he begins an operation, aided by Gryph and Camper, to rescue his father and investigate the actual occurrence. This operation consists mainly of Gryph pitting the two Ithorians against each other and planting false information, while Zayne infiltrates the Moomo Brothers' ship and eventually results in Arvan being freed; as he is convinced that Zayne did not commit the Padawan Massacre, he assists his son in unlocking the account and withdrawing the funds. In return, Zayne directs his father to a safer workplace—the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine.
Days of Fear, Nights of AngerEdit
The Last Resort leaves Zayne and Gryph on Ralltiir, where Gryph contracts Slyssk, a Trandoshan ship thief, in order to secure another ship. Unfortunately for them, the vessel that Slyssk steals, the Little Bivoli, turns out to be a provisioning ship for the Republic Navy, and as such is noticed by the Republic fleet above Ralltiir. Zayne, Gryph and Slyssk are forced to join the fleet, as it moves to the planet Serroco, and pose as fringers, so as to avoid suspicion.
At Camp Three on Serroco, Zayne has a Force vision of the Mandalorians devastating the planet and tries to alert Gryph, but the latter dismisses his warnings, being too concerned about his own profit from the Little Bivoli fringer business. Desperate to alert Saul Karath, now a Rear Admiral, Zayne stows away on Lieutenant Carth Onasi's ship when it heads for Karath's flagship, the Courageous; however, he is not believed and is detained on the Courageous as a suspected Mandalorian spy. Shortly thereafter, the Mandalorian fleet seen in Zayne's vision appears out of hyperspace. Strangely, though, the Mandalorian fleet does not engage the Courageous, instead launching missiles around it towards the planet's surface.
While Carth manages to get seventeen of the Stereb cities evacuated underground, the Battle of Serroco results in a major disaster for the Republic. The Little Bivoli is destroyed among most of the Republic fleet; Gryph's and Slyssk's respective fates were unknown after the battle. Later, the Courageous itself is boarded and destroyed by Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders. Admiral Karath, Lieutenant Onasi and Karath's second-in-command Dallan Morvis were left with no other choice but to evacuate through Zayne's prison cell, having to rely on him to get to the cargo bay and escape on Carth's ship, the Deadweight.
Meanwhile, having parted with Zayne and Gryph, The Last Resort heads for the Arkanian homeworld, Arkania, where Jarael hopes to find a cure for Camper's illness. They are engaged by an HK-24 assassin droid sent after Camper, hidden inside a shipment crate. After attempting to help Jarael (whom the invader does not care about) and Camper, T1-LB proves to be no match for the HK-24; however, Rohlan Dyre, hiding aboard the ship, reveals himself and destroys the droid.
On Arkania, whose society is in a state of segregation between pure Arkanians and Offshoots, Jarael disguises herself as a pure specimen to get an analysis of Camper's blood. However, this move attracts the attention of Adascorp, which recognizes Camper as one of its former employees; as such, The Last Resort is captured by the Adascorp flagship, the Arkanian Legacy, and Jarael and Camper are brought before Arkoh, Lord Adasca. After Rohlan's unsuccessful attempt to free Jarael, she is kept close to Adasca to ensure that Camper finishes the secret project he used to work on before fleeing and hiding on Taris.
It is aboard the Arkanian Legacy that Jarael learns about the past life of "Camper", actually named Gorman Vandrayk. His past research has attracted Adascorp's attention to giant space slugs, or exogorths, which it intended to use as weapons of planetary destruction. As Vandrayk has now finished his debt to the corporation, giving it full control over the exogorths, Adasca intends to use the newfound weapons as means of political pressure.
Daze of HateEdit
The interested parties arrive on the Arkanian Legacy to discuss this new Arkanian development, each at a different time. First, Admiral Karath of the Republic arrives; however, his appearance is disrupted by a sudden kiss from Jarael to Zayne, resulting in his removal from the area being carried away. Alek arrives next, representing the Revanchist Jedi faction in the absence of his Master. Lucien appears next, taking Adasca by complete surprise. Adasca then resorts to drugging Lucien by feigning friendship and offering him a spiked drink.
Finally, Mandalore the Ultimate arrives with his Neo-Crusaders, summoned by Rohlan on the grounds that he promised safety for Jarael. After giving Rohlan a new suit of Neo-Crusader armor to change into and seeing a live demonstration of the exogorths' power, Mandalore proposes a military alliance to Adasca, asking his corporation to supply the Mandalorian war effort in exchange for eliminating its competition a proposal which Adasca prefers to Admiral Karath's offer of a seat in the Senate.
Meanwhile, Lucien awakens in a prison cell, tied up back-to-back with his former Padawan and sworn enemy, Zayne. After some unpleasant discussion, in which Lucien accuses Zayne of drifting further toward the dark side and reveals his family's former business ties to Adascorp. The two cooperate long enough to destroy the HK-24 droids holding them captive and free themselves. However, this cooperation does not last long—when Lucien recovers his lightsaber, he immediately attempts to murder Carrick. However, when he fails and his lightsaber is disabled by Zayne's vambraces, Lucien decides to deal with Adasca first, with Zayne's help, and settle his score with the Padawan later.
In the observation dome, Mandalore further extends his offer to Adasca by granting him stewardship of the Mandalorian war effort which Admiral Karath countered by offering Republic territory for Adasca's own state. Adasca muses that perhaps he could the Mandalorians his army and create his own Jedi Order. After destroying the HK-24 units assigned to guard them as well as the units in the security room, Zayne and Lucien watched in shock as Adasca allied with Mandalore. Carth soon joined in, bringing Zayne's lightsaber with him. Seeing Jarael guarded by HK-24 units, Zayne realizes that she is being use as leverage to force Camper to cooperate and control the exogorths. Lucien suggested killing Jarael to stop Adasca when out of nowhere, Rohlan appears with a blaster at Lucien's back saying to the Jedi Master that he will be dead before he can get near Jarael. Once Rohlan calmed down, Zayne made a plan in order to save Jarael. Using Rohlan's spare armor as a disguise, Zayne started short fight with Carth as well as distracting both Adasca and Mandalore until he was close enough to decapitate the droids guarding Jarael, surprising everyone in the vicinity. Zayne then removed his mask at the same time Lucien emerged from the crowd seemingly to arrest Mandalore. Assuming that Adasca was allied with the Republic and had planned this from the beginning, Mandalore ordered his forces to fire on both Adasca's and Republic forces alike. During the fight, Zayne freed Jarael, contacted Camper on Jarael's bracelet to tell him that Jarael was safe. Meanwhile on board The Last Resort, Camper managed to transfer the ship's systems to a laptop and destroyed the assassin droid assigned to him as well as taking control of the exogorths. Back in the observation dome, the Mandalorians retreated back to Mandalore's shuttle. Enraged, Adasca ordered the Jedi to be killed but one of Arkoh's underling's told him that the exogorths were attacking the Legacy. On Camper's command, the exogorths tore the observation dome apart and killed Adasca. Meanwhile, during the brawl, Admiral Karath was wounded and carried back to the Deadweight by Command Morvis who ordered Carth to take Zayne with them but Carth let the Padawan go. saying that Zayne wasn't a criminal and he didn't want to be a bad officer. In the hangar bay, Zayne, Jarael, Rohlan, and Alek were contacted by Camper who told them that he was taking the exogorths and removing all of their implants. Despite Jarael's protests, Camper told her that he was going alone, after a tearful goodbye, Camper left with the exogorths for Wild Space. After Camper's departure, Lucien appeared and informed him that there was enough room in his shuttle for all of them but would only take them if Zayne came along. Zayne agreed but suddenly the Moomo Williwaw came out of nowhere and down the ramp came Dob Moomo and to Zayne's surprise Slyssk who informed him that Gryph was still alive and joined the local resistance on Taris. Lucien overheard them and escaped on his shuttle.
Knights of SufferingEdit
After hearing Gryph is alive and well on Taris, the group, along with Alek and Dob Moomo, return to the planet, now under Cassus Fett's control. Using the Mandalorian armor that was given to him by Rohlan, Zayne dives into the Lower city from above. Once there, he manages to find the Hidden Beks in one of the alleys, and reunites with Gryph. After returning to the Beks' base, Zayne learns of the peculiar situation on the lower city: the Constable refuses to cooperate with the Beks, believing they've kidnapped her children. Moreover, Gryph is involved with Jervo Thalien, the head of Lhosan Industries, who hired Gryph to find the Tarisian senator Goravvus in the Lower City. In return, the bounties on Gryph and Zayne's heads will be removed.
During their stay in the Beks' base, Constable Sowrs's children are found, and it's decided that they should return them to the Constable and become a part of the official resistance. In the Constable's base, Zayne meets Shel Jelavan, sister of the murdered Padawan Shad Jelavan and a onetime friend of him. Unfortunately for Zayne, Shel believes that Zayne was responsible for Shad's death; Raana Tey, Shel's mentor and influencer, encourages her to kill Zayne. A fight ensues between Raana and Del Moomo, who distracts her with blaster shots as Gryph disarms Shel. At this point, Senator Goravvus steps in, stopping the fight and ordering Raana to suspend her pursuit of Zayne—while at the same time relieving the tension between the Beks and the Taris Civil Authority officers by pointing the Constable to her children.
After the encounter, Gryph tells the Senator that Jervo is searching for him. Using Gryph's briefcase communicator, they contact Jervo on Coruscant but at the same moment, Del Moomo captures Goravvus. It is revealed that, after the Senator threatened to expose Lhosan Industries' illegal practices following the company's decision to abandon Taris, Jervo decided to dispose of him by placing a bounty on him for the Moomo Brothers to pursue. Raana appears and orders Del to release his hostage, which he does; Jervo, presuming that she was sent by the Chancellor to find Goravvus, proceeds with a backup plan by activating a bomb in Gryph's briefcase. However, the bomb does not detonate due to the briefcase having previously taken a blaster shot. Using the situation to his advantage, Goravvus blackmails Jervo and Lhosan Industries into offering military aid for the Tarisian Resistance.
Meanwhile, Zayne has a heated argument with Shel, during which he unsuccessfully tries to convince her that he did not murder her brother, while Raana tries to convince her that Zayne has fallen to the dark side. Goravvus interrupts the debate, informing them that Cassus Fett has come to Taris and is residing in the former Jedi Tower. When the Resistance members—including the Beks and Constable Sowrs's officers—gather in their headquarters, devise a plan to destroy the Tower, using parts recovered from Jervo's bomb in conjunction with the Resistance's own stockpiles of explosives. Zayne, Raana and Shel volunteer for this mission, the latter treating it as little more than an opportunity to fulfill her revenge against Zayne. Raana discreetly provides her with her brother's lightsaber crystal, which she wants her to install in the lightsaber itself which is locked in the Jedi Tower and then use it against Zayne.
In orbit aboard the Moomo Williwaw, Jarael, Rohlan and Alek wait for a signal from below. Noticing that Jarael is distraught over Camper's loss, Rohlan offers to "occupy her mind" by putting her in a sparring duel against Alek, which Jarael wins. However, afterwards, Alek's pursuit for a more romantic relationship, which Rohlan secretly observes, makes Jarael even more troubled, prompting her to leave.
Back on the surface, Zayne and Shel infiltrate the Jedi Tower. After seeing him shed a tear over her brother's death, Shel can't bring herself to kill Zayne. After Zayne leaves to see if Cassus Fett is in the building, Raana enters. Enraged that Shel didn't kill Zayne, she runs after him, determined to end the "threat" he posed. Meanwhile in the tower's council chamber, Zayne finds out Fett moved out to attack the Taris Resistance, but his way out is blocked by Raana, who intends to kill him where no one can see them. Despite Zayne's improved lightsaber skills, he was no match for the Jedi Master's wild swordplay and Raana ultimately disarmed him. As Raana is about to deliver the killing blow, Shel uses her brother's lightsaber to stab her in the back. Shel then tells Zayne she no longer believes he killed her brother. As the resistance arrives to rescue Zayne and Shel, Zayne offers Raana help to get back to a medic. Raana, amazed that Zayne would try to help her, tries to cut herself free. But Gryph, seeing Raana's raised weapon as an attack on Zayne, blows the bombs set at the Tower's base. Raana is able to ask Zayne to tell her master Krynda that she is sorry before plummeting to her death. Somewhere else, both Lucien and Q'Anilia sense Raana's death, but Q'Anilia was more concerned that Zayne now knows who leads the Covenant.
A month later at the memorial for Raana Tey the member of the First WatchCircle have a vision of Karness Muur conquering the galaxy using an army of rakghouls, created by Muur Talisman. Fearing that Zayne Carrick might use the dangerous artifact located somewhere on Taris, they decide to send a Jedi Shadow—a secret agent of the Jedi Covenant—named Celeste Morne to intercept him.
In the Undercity of Taris constable Noana Sowrs is chased by the rakghouls. When she is about to be overwhelmed, Celeste Morne appears and quickly gets rid of all the monsters. Constable reveals that Cassus Fett's plan to ambush and scatter the resistance has succeeded and the remaining members had been driven into the Undercity. Celeste notices that Noana is bitten and kills her moments after she transforms into a rakghoul. After a huge explosion Zayne Carrick and Marn Hierogryph appear, chased by a swarm of rakghouls. When Celeste saves them, they decide to follow her, despite her reluctance. Shortly after they come up on the group of Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders, led by Pulsipher, who had just found the Muur Talisman. Celeste follows them, with Zayne and Gryph keeping behind her.
The trio hides on the ship taking Pulsipher's team to Jebble. Shortly before the landing Pulsipher manages to activate Muur Talisman which attaches itself to his arm and infects the Mandalorians around him. When the ship lands, Pulsipher goes to his lab and Celeste follows him, while Zayne and Gryph are spotted by a Mandalorian Sergeant, who mistakes them for new recruits and directs them back into "their group". The group consists of all kind of scum and villainy from Outer Rim worlds, including Wargo and Frazznik, whom Zayne and Gryph previously encountered on Taris. The Rally Master declares that every recruit who follows the Resol'nare will be considered Mandalorian and announces that the army is going to invade Alderaan. Reuniting with Celeste, Zayne and Gryph, who is now wearing Mandalorian armor, decide to infiltrate the Ice Citadel. Gryph pretends to lead Tarisian slicers to assist Pulsipher, which is convincing enough for the guard to let them inside the War Forge. Once inside Gryph is separated from Zayne and Celeste, who encounter a group of Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders. Suddenly the warriors transform into rakghouls and Zayne and Celeste have no choice but to run. However they realize soon that they have nowhere to run, because there are millions of recruits outside the Citadel and with forthcoming invasion the Rakghoul plague is about to become intergalactic.
With incredible luck, Zayne and Celeste are able to lose their pursuit. In the following conversation Zayne reveals to Celeste that his masters, not him, are responsible for the Padawan Massacre of Taris, as well as some knowledge about the Jedi Covenant and its leader, Krynda Draay. Celeste is shocked by this and tries to justify Covenant's action, without revealing to Zayne that she herself is a part of it. Meanwhile in the Data Center Gryph finds Lucien's record about the history of Muur Talisman and its creator Karness Muur, as well as the mention of Celeste Morne as one of the Covenant's agents. In the communication dome Celeste contacts Lucien Draay, who orders her to retrieve Talisman and to kill Zayne Carrick. Celeste, however, is unsure about that and when she has the chance to strike him down, she does not. Meanwhile, Zayne contacts Cassus Fett and warns him not to land because of the plague. Fett is suspicious of him, but decides to check if his report was true.
Zayne heads back to the citadel to find Gryph, but is ambushed by rakghouls and taken to Pulsipher's laboratory, where the latter demands any knowledge of the talisman Carrick possesses. Zayne tries to persuade Pulsipher to get rid of the artifact and Pulsipher threatens to put Zayne into another Sith artifact in his possession—Dreypa's Oubliette—for any living being put inside it will remain there, enduring an eternal life that is worse than death for ages, until the galaxy collapses on itself. Suddenly the Talisman detaches itself from Pulsipher and heads towards Zayne. Losing control of the rakghouls, Pulsipher is immediately torn apart by them, but Celeste appears and slays them afterward. Zayne hopes that by controlling the Talisman he could stop rakghoul plague from spreading, but Celeste demands that he is not supposed to and struggles to stop the talisman from attaching itself to Zayne. Gryph comes in and demands that both stay away from the talisman, and in that moment Celeste calls talisman to herself. The artifact immediately attaches itself to her and, after a moment of shock and pain, Celeste is able to see the spirit of Karness Muur. More rakghouls arrive, but at the moment they are no danger to Zayne and Gryph, because they are now controlled by Celeste.
Now, under command by Celeste Morne the rakghouls dispose of remaining Mandalorians using their own vehicles and weapons. Celeste has gone through a radical metamorphosis—she now sees the destruction of the Mandalorian army as a right thing and even justifies the killing of a person by saying that the rakghouls have to eat sometimes. Meanwhile, Gryph tells Zayne that Celeste is working for Lucien and the Covenant. Zayne is shocked and angered by that and asks how Celeste could work for them after so many wrongs they have done. This pushes Celeste even further to the Dark Side, so she decides to kill Carrick, but he finally manages to get her to sense her lunacy by indicating that she is now commanding the Sith army she was devoted to stop. Celeste becomes herself again—she now feels Karness Muur struggling to use rakghouls to do unthinkable damage to the galaxy and, weeping, asks Zayne to kill her and run. Zayne however has a different idea—he decides to put Celeste into Dreypa's Oubliette, so the power of the talisman could not penetrate it. Before getting inside Celeste gives Zayne the key of the Sanctum of the Exalted on Odryn and asks him to get her there and to contact Krynda afterwards. Zayne closes the Oubliette, promising that he'll see her again later.
The again mindless rakghouls are chasing Zayne and Gryph, who escape from them to the top of the citadel, where they are picked up by timely arriving Moomo Williwaw. Zayne asks Alek to go back for Celeste, but there is no time—the Mandalorians have arrived. It becomes clear that Fett took Carrick's warning seriously—the fleet executes nuclear bombardment of Jebble, wiping out all life on its surface. Cassus Fett thanks Zayne and says that he is in his debt, but Zayne is crushed by the repetition of Serroco. While Alek is amazed by what a single talisman could do, Shel asks Zayne what he plans to do next. Zayne decides to honor Celeste by doing exactly what she told him to do—expose the crimes of the Jedi Covenant and clear his name in process. The crew takes Moomo Williwaw to Odryn, unknowing that the Oubliette with Celeste Morne and Muur Talisman inside it is perfectly intact.
Exalted and TurnaboutEdit
On Coruscant Lucien Draay is given a seat on the Jedi High Council. After the ceremony he is contacted by Haazen, who delivers astounding news—Celeste Morne has returned with success. Meanwhile Moomo Williwaw lands on Odryn, the homeworld of Feeorin. Jarael, disguised as Celeste Morne, and the Moomo Brothers, carrying a big crate, are escorted by Borjak to the Sanctum of the Exalted. After Borjak leaves, Zayne Carrick and Marn Hierogryph emerge from the crate and use Celeste's key to enter the Sanctum. Inside they find countless Sith relics and artifacts, each covered in green shell, shielding them from the Force. Soon, Jarael and Ithorians leave, while Zayne and Gryph stay to gather the pictures of what Jedi Covenant is doing. About a day and a half later they decide that they have enough evidence and prepare to leave, but on their way back to Moomo Williwaw they are spotted and captured by the Feeorin. To make matters worse, Jedi Master Feln arrives to deal with Carrick personally.
Feln contacts Lucien and describes the situation. Both come to conclusion that Zayne has killed Celeste and took her key and the Muur Talisman. Lucien gives Feln an order to destroy the Sanctum if its safety is compromised. At this moment, Haazen enters the conversation and strictly forbids Feln to destroy the Sanctum. Leaving Lucien and Haazen argue with each other, Feln decides to deal with Zayne Carrick first. But when he is about to strike him down, he is stopped by Borjak, who reminds him that Rime Feeorin forbids to harm with weapons anyone who has been inside the Sanctum of the Exalted. Feln decides to fight Zayne hand-to-hand, but Zayne hits him first and runs away. When Feln catches with him and is about to finish him, he is stopped again—this time by the news that Moomo Williwaw has returned to the system. Believing that Zayne's friends are about to raid the Sanctum, Feln decides to execute Option Ossus and detonates the charges planted underneath it. But the explosion destroys not only the Sanctum, but also the entire Feeorin village. Shocked by the act he committed, Feln decides to finish Zayne off once and for all. He heads back to his mount for his lightsaber, but—just as in his Vision on the Rogue Moon— he finds only a wooden stick in its place. In this moment, Borjak stabs him in the head with a primitive knife and declares that by destroying the Sanctum, Feln has violated the Rime Feeorin, which allows the Feeorin to change the rules. Badly wounded and unable to defend himself, Feln is killed by the furious villagers.
This evening Zayne and company are parting with Borjak, the new Exalted, and prepare to depart Odryn. First distressed by the loss of all of their evidence, Zayne and Gryph are encouraged again when they find out that the Moomo Brothers had stolen some artifact from the Sanctum in the same crate they brought Zayne and Gryph in. On Coruscant Q'Anilia and Xamar discuss the death of Feln with Lucien. He encourages them to continue their mission and reveals that he has told Admiral Saul Karath on Swiftsure that Zayne will be raiding Coruscant for Mandalorians, knowing that Karath will want to stop him. He ordered Xamar to join Karath within an hour, despite the fact that the prophecy has Xamar dying next, among the Republic Navy, shot down by the friendly fire. Unable to talk Lucien out of it, Xamar decides to deal with the threat in his own way.
Jedi Masters Vrook Lamar and Vandar Tokare are visiting a cantina on Coruscant, looking for a person who calls himself Captain Malak, but turns out to be none other than Alek. He and Shel Jelavan are telling the masters Zayne's true story—from Padawan Massacre to the bombardment of Jebble, and deliver the most shocking news—Zayne Carrick is about to come in. Meanwhile, on board of Swiftsure Xamar witnesses that Admiral Karath has initiated a blockade of Coruscant to make sure no ship reaches the planet without going through the Republic Navy. When Moomo Williwaw enters the system, it is intercepted by the Lance Squadron under command of lieutenant Carth Onasi. Moomo Williwaw and Lance Squadron engage each other, while Carth and Zayne are ordering his wing mates and the Moomo Brothers respectively to shoot only to disable targets. Meanwhile, the Republic Hammerhead cruisers take out all shields of Moomo Williwaw, to the joy of Saul Karath. Zayne and Jarael decide that they only can get to Coruscant on the different ship and prepare to execute their insane plan. Jarael takes control of the Moomo Williwaw and directs it straight to the Swiftsure's hangar on full speed, which results in all crew evacuating from the hangar. When Saul Karath and his men finally arrive in the hangar, they only find Jarael, the Moomo Brothers and sleeping T1-LB aboard the ship, because Rohlan Dyre choose to hide. Meanwhile, Carth witnesses his old ship, Deadweight flying away from the Swiftsure. Knowing that Zayne is aboard the ship, Carth orders his wingmate to let it go. After landing on the surface, Gryph sends Slyssk away and right when he and Zayne are about to deliver the evidence, they are caught by Xamar, who hid himself aboard Deadweight and now takes them to Vrook and Vandar, seeking justice.
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References to the video games and Tales of the JediEdit
The planet Taris and the Mandalorian Wars, which the series heavily revolves around, were first described in the first Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video game. Much of the game's backstory was revealed by two participants in the war from both sides: the Republic officer Carth Onasi and the Mandalorian warrior Canderous Ordo. Carth, along with his superior and mentor Saul Karath, were characters originally introduced in the game, who later went on to play a significant role in the Days/Knights meta-arc.
In the second video game, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, Canderous appears as the new Mandalore of the Mandalorians, having inherited the helmet of the previous Mandalore, introduced in Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War and mentioned in the first game. According to the game backstory, Mandalore the Ultimate led his people during the Mandalorian Wars, and he later appeared in the KotOR comics in that role, starting with the Flashpoint arc. However, the helmet Canderous wears in the game is different from the version seen in TotJ and the KotOR comics. However, this issue was cleared up in the Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide released in 2008, where it is stated that the old mask was incorporated into Canderous' helmet. Overall, the Mandalorian aesthetics presented in the ongoing series (including armor designs) are in a transitional state between TotJ and the games and more diverse than in either.
Other references to Tales of the Jedi include mentions of such characters as Jedi Master Vodo-Siosk Baas, his former student and later Dark Lord of the Sith Exar Kun, and Jedi Master Arca Jeth. In addition, Alek references the Great Sith War in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 0: Crossroads. In Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 33: Vindication, Part 2, the Great Sith War and Arca Jeth appear in a flashback telling Haazen's backstory.
The design of the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine and the composition of the Dantooine Jedi Council and the Jedi High Council on Coruscant are taken directly from the games, with one exception: Master Dorak is not yet a member of the Dantooine Council, and his place is occupied by Bala Nisi. This character debuted as a Dantooine Council member in the comic story Shadows and Light from Star Wars Tales 23, which also featured the Jedi Enclave and served as a backstory to a certain quest featured in the first KotOR game.
Both Alek and the Revanchist are revealed in Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force and later in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 31: Turnabout and the Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide to be one and the same with future Dark Lords Darth Malak and Darth Revan; more about their fate will be revealed in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 42: Masks.
According to Freddye Lins, there are no plans for characters from Tales of the Jedi or The Sith Lords to appear in the comic.
Continuity errors and peculiaritiesEdit
Until issue #10 was released, it had been presumed by some fans that the depiction of Arkanians Camper and Jarael with five-fingered hands and evident eye pupils was a continuity error or a deliberate attempt to retcon the look of the species. However, this later turned out to be a plot point as Mandalorian scientist Demagol clarified Jarael's status as an Arkanian Offshoot, and when pure Arkanians were featured on their home planet in issue #16.
One actual continuity error that was left unaccounted for, even in the Commencement trade paperback, was the mention of bacta before it was invented, in an era where bacta's niche was occupied by kolto. Miller acknowledges this and suggests "a number of remedies," including the idea that the name "bacta" coincidentally referred to as "something Mama Hierogryph used to make." Presumably this is not canon. It has since been retconned in The Essential Atlas that bacta has been available in the galaxy since at least 4,100 BBY.
- "As a fan of Star Wars I was not disappointed by this book. Without giving much away, it really captured the feel of Star Wars for me with high action, comedy, some drama, and the occasional serious overtones. It both entertained me and made me think a little. It has some interesting plot points which make you think and creates a mystery type feel to the book."
- ―Review of Commencement by "Thomas Lorraine" on Amazon.com
Reviews of the pilot issue have been mixed. ComicCritique gave KotOR #1 a 2/5 rating, citing it as containing "a lot of stereotypical fiction and dialogue that will work for most fans of the series, but not for comic book readers looking for their money's worth." IGN gave it a "Check It" rating and said that "for a first issue, this isn't a bad start," despite adding that "KOTOR is a pale shadow to the original Tales of the Jedi, which remain among the best Star Wars comics of all time." User reviews on the Jedi Council Forums have been consistently positive.
Comments about trade paperbacks, on the other hand, have been largely positive. Grovel rated the Commencement TPB as 4/5 overall, with 3/5 for the story and 4/5 for the artwork. As of December 15, 2007, Amazon.com lists a 4/5 rating for the Commencement TPB, with 7 customer reviews, and a 4.5/5 rating for the Flashpoint TPB, with 6 customer reviews.
The sales figure estimates for the series are based on John Jackson Miller's calculations performed for Diamond Comic Distributors, the largest comic book distributor in North America. These estimates place the KotOR sales consistently between 21,000 and 25,000 copies for each individual issue, with the position in the overall comic sales chart for the particular month varying between 80 and 120, but generally staying in the 90s. According to these figures, Knights of the Old Republic is Dark Horse's third-best selling title, after Star Wars: Legacy (roughly 33,000 copies on average) and Conan (roughly 26,000 copies), with high consistency.
Notes and referencesEdit
John Jackson Miller interviewsEdit
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