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this was the callsign of one of the multitude of clone troopers who fought for the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars, serving under the command of Jedi Master Shaak Ti. A-1707's gunship was forced to crash-land on a remote jungle world about a year after the Battle of Geonosis, and A-1707 was the only member of his squad to survive the next two decades. His presence on the jungle world was discovered by Commander Narra and Luke Skywalker, during the search for a new Alliance base in the wake of the Battle of Yavin. The Alliance forces scouting the planet had been tracked by Imperial forces, and ambushed once they were on the ground. A-1707 had also been tracking the Alliance team, and was unsure how to proceeed when he saw Imperial stormtroopers chasing them through the jungle. Narra, in order to gain A-1707's confidence, explained the state of the galaxy since the Clone Wars, and indicated that Luke was a Jedi Knight as well as a "General" in the military. A-1707's ingrained training kicked in, and he agreed to support Narra's forces. A-1707 - who preferred to simply be called Able - assisted the Alliance forces in defeating the Imperials, and was helped off the planet by Skywalker during the Alliance's retreat. Able agreed to join the Alliance's Intelligence agency, and was later part of the assault team that infiltrated the Imperial labor colony on Kalist VI, about eight months after the Battle of Yavin. (SWEGS, SWEWW)

Alavar, Nee
this Lorrdian woman was a Senator to the Old Republic, during the years following the Battle of Geonosis. She represented the entire Kanz Sector during the Clone Wars, and was one of the first Senators to join the Delegation of the Two Thousand. Like many Lorrdians, Nee Alavar wore heavy robes and clothing that helped mask her body language. (SWI75, SWDB, SWI85)

Alema Rar
this blue-skinned Twi'lek female and her sister, Numa, were part of the new order of Jedi Knights who trained under Luke Skywalker in the years leading up to the Yuuzhan Vong invasion of the galaxy. A former dancer, Alema and Numa trained briefly under Daeshara'cor before being dispatched to assist with the resistance on New Plympto. The strength of the sisters helped rally the natives of the planet, but the Yuuzhan Vong simply unleashed a plague which destroyed all life on the surface. Alema and Numa fled with several thousand refugees, managing to escape the system aboard the Nebula Chaser. Unfortunately, the cruiser was intercepted by the Yuuzhan Vong and searched. During their attempt to avoid being captured, Numa was the first of the Jedi to be killed by a voxyn. Alema managed to survive the mission, and she continued to serve the war effort as part of Twin Suns Squadron. During the final stages of the battle against the Yuuzhan Vong, after the living planet Zonama Sekot agreed to help bring about an end to the conflict, Alema was one of several Jedi Knights were bonded to seed-partners and provided with Sekotan starships. Five years later, when UnuThul sent out his call for help, Alema was among seven young Jedi who dropped whatever mission they were currently on and traveled to the Unknown Regions to answer the call. Unlike Zekk and Jaina Solo, Alema believed that the Chiss were planning to destroy every hive of the Colony, despite the fact that the Force had given the Jedi no indications of the true nature of the conflict. Thus, when the Chiss sent a team of ships to defoliate the worlds of Ruu and Zvbo, Alema chose to take the fight to the Chiss, before they could deploy their chemicals. She gleefully shot down Chiss clawcraft, hoping to make the survivors understand the consequences of trying to exterminate the Colony. When Han Solo and his wife, Leia Organa Solo, tried to extricate Jaina and her fellow Jedi from the Colony, Alema agreed to accompany them to negotiate a peaceful solution to the Colony's conflict with the Chiss. Although she claimed to simply plan to serve as their guide through Colony space, Alema actually planned to sabotage their mission. They were able to incapacitate her and bind her, preventing her from killing them, and brought her to Ossus for interrogation. She managed to steal a ship and flee to Kr, where she rejoined the Gorog nest. However, Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade Skywalker followed her there, and confronted Alema beneath the moon's icy surface. In a raging lightsaber battle, Luke managed to get through Alema's defenses and slash her from the shoulder to the sternum. As she collapsed, Alema dropped her lightsaber. Master Skywalker recovered the weapon for safekeeping, and left her to die. However, she refused to give in, and eventually returned to the Gorog and recovered. However, the wound to her shoulder never fully healed, and hampered her lightsaber techniques. While she healed, Alema Rar began to refer to herself as the Night Herald of the Dark Nest, claiming that she took the role after BedaGorog was killed. According to the story she gave to Luke Skywalker on Woteba about a year later, it was BedaGorog whom Luke had injured on Kr, not Welk, and that BedaGorog died from the wounds she suffered. Alema then tried to sow distrust between Luke and Mara by claiming that Mara was hiding information on the truth behind the death of Daxar Ies. When the Gorog were ready to launch their escape from the Utegetu Nebula, Alema Rar was aboard the frigate that tried to commandeer the Admiral Ackbar. During the fighting, she was confronted by Leia Organa Solo, who managed to sever one of her lekku before Alema could escape. (SBS, EL1, FP, UF, DN1, DN2)

Alpha-plus Charge
this was a compact device that was filled with highly-explosive material, and was used most often in mining operations. Alpha-plus charges were incredibly powerful, and were used only when other, more conventional methods of excavating rock proved futile. (JAL, LJ2)

this agricultural planet was the homeworld of the Ret, a race of smooth-skinned, cold-blooded humanoids. Before the planet was conquered by the Annoo-dat, however, the planet was known as Gelefil. When the Annoo-dat defeated the Ret some 322 years before the Battle of Yavin, the two races eventually became a single society. After a century or so of peace, the planet was renamed to Annoo, in honor of its conquerors. The planet was thrown into turmoil a few years before the onset of the Clone Wars. General Ashaar Khorda led a military coup to overthrow the government, but was thwarted by the forces of the Old Republic. General Khorda fled into hiding, and the Republic installed its own government on Annoo. Annoo (DCAR, ZW, OWS, DM111)

although this race of reptiloids was considered native to the planet Gelefil, they were originally native to a planet known as Annoo. These hulking humanoids had drowsy eyes, flat noses, and spots on their faces. Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the Annoo-dat physiology was the fact that each individual had four eyes, allowing them to see into a variety of spectra and with incredible clarity. The crown of the Annoo-dat head was ringed with short horns, and their chins ended in a bony point. A thick tail helped to counterbalance their long bodies, and the legs of an Annoo-dat had two knee joints. The spots on their face changed color with their emotional state, getting brighter as an individual became angrier. About 322 years before the Battle of Yavin, the Annoo-dat were forced to abandon their dying homeworld of Annoo. They eventually discovered to the planet Gelefil, and defeated the Ret to take control of the planet. Over the following decades, the two races merged into a single society, with both referring to themselves as the Annoo-dat. They renamed the planet Annoo, in honor of the original homeworld of the Annoo-dat. In order to avoid confusion, xenobiologists referred to the Annoo-dat as the Annoo-dat Prime, while the Ret came to called Anno-dat Blue. (DCAR, ZW, OWS, DM111)

this young woman succeeded Jamillia as the Queen of Naboo when she was just thirteen, during the height of the Clone Wars. Despite her age, Apailana knew much of the history of the Old Republic, and respected its ways and the support it received from the Jedi Order. Thus, when she learned that Senator Padme' Amidala had been murdered by the Jedi during the Jedi Rebellion, she found herself unable to believe it. She secretly knew that something was wrong, especially after seeing Senator Amidala's body and its mysterious pregnancy. In response to the new Empire's demands, Queen Apailana only marginally agreed to support it. In her private chambers, however, she told her advisors that Naboo would welcome any Jedi who escaped the Order 66 command. Meanwhile, Naboo officials went out of their way to appear compliant, yet worked to thwart the Empire at every opportunity. Apailana herself refused to remove the word "Republic" from any government documentation, and never gave Inquisitor Malorum a straight answer to any of his questions. Her actions eventually caught up with her, however, when Queen Apailana's actions found their way to Darth Vader. The Sith Lord dispatched the Imperial 501st Legion to Naboo, where they quickly eliminated Apailana and her supporters. She was succeeded by a more compliant monarch, who was loyal to the Empire. (OWS, VD3, SWDB)

Arkanian Microtechnologies
this Arkanian corporation was ostensibly a manufacturer of medical supplies and technologies, but specialized in the advanced development of genetic engineering. Like the Arkanians who founded it, Arkanian Microtechnologies was highly fearful of outsiders, and much of its security system centered on the prohibition - or elimination - of non-Arkanians. This made entering the premises nearly impossible for off-worlders, unless they were provided with specialized security badges. During the early stages of the Clone Wars, Arkanian Microtechnologies struggled to produce a cheaper clone trooper for the Army of the Republic. Their plan did not involve cloning, but a new form of development which remained a corporate secret for many years. Emperor Palpatine took advantage of the new technologies developed as Arkanian Micro, creating Force-sensitive clones from the genetic material of Sa Cuis, in an effort to produce a small army of Dark Jedi. This new technology could produce a useful clone in just over a year. (PH, SWI85)

Ashaar Khorda
this Annoo-Dat Prime radical started a small rebellion on his homeworld of Annoo, shortly after the Old Republic thwarted his attempt to take power for himself. General Khorda, a strong-willed being who didn't take well to failure, tried to take control of Annoo using military forces he had usurped from the government, but the Republic managed to install its own leader. General Khorda then went underground, fomenting rebellion while searching for the Infant of Shaa. He proclaimed to be a freedom fighter, combatting the injustice and tyranny of the Old Republic, and managed to gather a large following. General Khorda nearly succeeded in destroying the Infant near Coruscant's central power core, but was killed in a struggle with Jango Fett and the Jedi Master, Yarael Poof. (ZW)

Autem, Reymet
this young man, the son of Blue Guard member Sagoro Autem, was twenty years old at the time of the Battle of Geonosis. He had been educated at the Leadership School on Andara, but as a scholarship student. This meant that he was snubbed by most of his wealthier classmates, and was something of a loner during his education. During the years following the Battle of Naboo, Sagoro sent Reymet to be trained as a Senate Guard, although Reymet chafed at the education. He wanted to spend his time racing through the garbage pits of Coruscant, risking his life for thrilling activities. This frustrated Sagoro, whose father and grandfather had both served the Senate Guard with honor and distinction, especially when there were a number of arrests during the illegal races. Reymet, however, had noble intentions while racing, hoping to earn enough credits to book passage for his girlfriend, Riao Siao, back to her homeworld of Felacat. When his uncle, Venco Autem, agreed to help get Riao back to Felacat, Reymet gladly provided his father's Senate Guard access codes to Venco, unaware that Venco was planning to use them for illicit actions. When the Senate Guard and the Jedi Knights implicated Venco in the murder of Jheramahd Greyshade and the attempted murder of Simon Greyshade, Reymet was forced to reveal his misuse of the authorization codes to his father. Sagoro managed to thwart Venco's plans, but began to realize that his family meant more to him than his loyalty to the Guard. Rather than allow Reymet to be arrested as an accomplice to Greyshade's murder, Sagoro sacrificed his own career to allow Reymet and Riao to escape Coruscant. Shortly before the onset of the Clone Wars, Reymet was arrested for stealing the souped-up speeder of Senator Simon Greyshade, the man his father had been assigned to protect. After being arrested, the Senator's speeder was "stolen" by Anakin Skywalker, during his attempt to rescue his Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, from the ASN-121 droid which tried to assassinate Senator Padme' Amidala. After being released from prison, Reymet went underground, taking up the life of a smuggler until he reappeared in the disguise of the bounty hunter known as Evan Hessler. Using this alias, Reymet was able to save his father from being hunted down and killed by a group of bounty hunters hired by Darth Vader. He took Sagoro aboard his own starship and set off to reunite his father with the rest of his family. (HNN5, RHD, JQ5, RL)

Autem, Sagoro
this man was a Senate Guard, serving the Blue Guards under Commander Zalin Bey during the years following the Battle of Naboo. He refused to be promoted, preferring active duty to a desk job. He also felt a deep-seated hatred of his older brother, Venco, a former Senate Guard who had been taking bribes and payoffs to overlook certain evidence against Senators. It was Sagoro himself who discovered this, and he never forgave Venco for his actions. The decision to remain an active Guard came back to haunt him when Senator Jheramahd Greyshade was murdered, eight years after the Battle of Naboo. Sagoro and his partner, Isaru Omin, were assigned to investigate the murder of Greyshade, allowing the Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker to protect Simon Greyshade. When it was discovered that Venco Autem was behind the assassination of Jheramahd Greyshade, Sagoro was taken off the investigation, and assigned to keep watch over Simon Greyshade. Upon returning home, Sagoro discovered that his son, Reymet, had provided Venco with Sagoro's own authorization codes. Rushing to the Senate Rotunda, Sagoro found that Venco had infiltrated Simon Greyshade's chambers and was planning to kill him. Sagoro was forced to shoot his own brother, killing him to ensure that Greyshade survived. When a full-scale investigation into Venco's actions was launched, Sagoro realized that family meant more to him that he thought. He sacrificed his own career to ensure that Reymet was able to leave Coruscant and avoid being implicated in Venco's plans. His own partner, Isaru, was forced to arrest him as an accomplice to Venco's plans. He was imprisoned on Brentaal, until Shogar Tok and his Separatist forces took control of the prison and began to use it as their base of operations. Sagoro led a team of insurgent prisoners - along with Lyshaa and Ryyk - in a revolt, only to be cut off by Jedi Master Shaak Ti and a squad of clone troopers. With the Republic's forces pinned down, Shaak Ti offered the three their freedom in exchange for helping the Jedi to destroy Tok's hold on Brentaal. They reluctantly agreed, seeing no better path to freedom. Autem agreed to accompany Quinlan Vos on a mission to destroy the weapons emplacements defending the fortress, which might allow the Republic's forces to gain access to the facility. Just before Vos could set the explosives, however, they were apprehended by Tok's forces. Unknown to the Separatists, though, was that Korto Vos and Sagoro Autem had planted a series of explosives. Many of the undetected explosives went off spectacularly, destroying much of the weaponry protecting Tok's fortress and allowing Vos and Autem to escape. After Shaak Ti defeated Shogar Tok in combat, they kept their end of the bargain and allowed Sagoro to go free. Sagoro later decided to join the Republic's military, serving as a Captain in the Navy during the final months of the Clone Wars. He was in command of the space-based forces of the Republic during the siege of Saleucami, working with the various Jedi Masters to bring down the Separatists' defenses once their planetary shields were disabled. After the Jedi Rebellion, Autem found himself forced to serve the newly-founded Galactic Empire, which went against his own beliefs. Although ostensibly loyal to the Empire, Autem was targeted for arrest for supposed collusion with rebel forces on Coruscant. He arranged to flee Coruscant with the help of Ch'ord Sy'fon, unaware that the Bothan later provided information on his location to Darth Vader himself. Vader dispatched a group of bounty hunters to track him down, but Sagoro escaped when Evan Hessler revealed himself to be Sagoro's son, Reymet. Note that this character is referred to as Saguro Autem in Star Wars: Jedi - Shaak Ti. (RHD, HNN5, J2, RSOS, RL)

this Bothan cruiser was outfitted by Reh'mwa and his fundamentalists, some five years after the defeat of the Yuuzhan Vong, as they set out to locate Zonama Sekot and complete the ar'kai placed on the alien invaders. The ship's progress was closely monitored by Luke Skywalker and the new Jedi order, since the Yuuzhan Vong on Zonama Sekot had been given the opportunity to live there in peace. After the vessel got too close to Zonama Sekot, the Jedi arrested the entire crew and sent them to the MaxSec Eight prison facility for violating the secrecy of the planet's location. (DN1, DN2)

this man was part of a militant group which supported the Alliance forces on Ralltiir, shortly before the Battle of Yavin. Basso, his older brother Jiir, and their men planned to rescue Leia Organa after she was apprehended by Lord Tion. With a diversion, they also planned to have Basso deliver vital information to the Princess, which had been imprinted in his mind with a hynoptic suggestion. Their plans were nearly smashed when the Imperial stormtroopers protecting Tion shot Basso, but he managed to reach Leia and eventually recovered from his wounds. When the Tantive IV was caught by Imperial forces on Kattada, Basso agreed to help with the coordination of Leia's meager ground forces. It was Basso who forced Leia to recognize that the war against the Empire would be bloody, no matter how much planning she did. She then decided to keep Basso safe until they could return to Alderaan, while Leia put herself in command of the battle. Later, Basso posed as a stormtrooper during the Alliance's assault on the Imperial labor colony on Kalist VI. (SWEP, SWEWW)

this low-bodied reptile, distinguished by the two fans that rose from its back, was native to several planets, including Talus and Mustafar. They were pack hunters, and pursued their prey for days before attacking. (SWGAL)

a planet known for its organized speeder races, Boonta was also the site of an orbiting scrap yard. For many centuries, the planet was known as Ko Vari. It was later renamed Boonta in honor of Boonta the Hutt. Many sports historians believed that the Boonta Eve Classic podrace originated on this planet, before gaining prominence on Tatooine. Sise Fromm employed Boba Fett to eliminate Thall Joben during a race there, but the attempt was foiled when a bomb - planted by Fromm's gang - was exploded near Fett's speeder. Fett, angry that he had missed a chance to kill Joben, took Fromm and his gang hostage and turned them over to Jabba the Hutt. (DCAR, EGC, DM111)

this creature, found in the subterranean realms of Coruscant but not native to the city-world, could grow to be two meters in length. These creatures were protected by tusks, spines, armored flesh, and hard claws, making them dangerous when encountered. Borrats tended to be solitary. (WG, SWEMO)

Breemu, Bana
this almond-eyed woman served as a Senator to the Old Republic, representing her homeworld of Humbarine in the Galactic Senate during the years following the Battle of Geonosis. Senator Breemu was part of a small group that supported Bail Organa's call for Chancellor Palpatine to relinquish the unprecedented control he had been given during the Clone Wars. She preferred to take up the issue through diplomatic channels, and put to present the Petition of the Two Thousand to Palpatine. (SWI71, E3, LEV, SWDB)

Bunker Buster
this was the term used to describe the two-stage, rocket-propelled torpedoes that were first produced during the Clone Wars. The primary profile of the bunker buster was to destroy hidden bunkers and buried command posts during a siege. These weapons continued to see usage for many decades, because their basic design was exceptionally effective. The outer casing of the bunker buster was filled with thermal detonators that were set off by the impact with the ground, allowing the inner weapon to bury itself deep below the surface. The initial impact triggered a time-delayed explosion within the inner weapon, detonating the main payload of proton bombs only after it had been buried in the ground. (SWI64, DN2)

Chi Eekway
this female, Rutian Twi'lek was the Senator who represented the planet Wroona in the Galactic Senate, during the height of the Clone Wars. Senator Eekway was noted for her compassion and patience with her constituents, many of whom were pirates or fiercely independent explorers. There was even talk of her having a slight connection to the Force, although Eekway claimed it was her own adoption of Wroonian religion. In order to fit in better among the Wroonians, Senator Eekway wore a voluminous cloak that covered her from head to toe. The cloak was woven with religious motifs, but its primary function was to cover her lekku, giving her the appearance of a Wroonian upon first glance. Senator Eekway was part of a small group that supported Bail Organa's pettion to ensure Chancellor Palpatine relinquished the unprecedented control he had been given during the Clone Wars. She was also one of the first to openly speak of the role of the Jedi Order in the war, voicing the popular opinion that the Jedi were purposely prolonging the war, in order to achieve a level of control over the galaxy. Palpatine claimed that the utilization of the Jedi as military commanders was a necessary decision, and that the popular fall-out - which was especially strong in the more remote parts of the galaxy - was a regrettable by-product of the war. Because of this exchange, many other Senators came to believe that Chi Eekway was too impetuous or too bold. Her views were often supported by veiled threats, which many came to associate with the actions of Baron Papanoida. Senator Eekway was often seen in the company of the enigmatic Baron, leading to an assortment of rumors about their relationship. (OWS, LEV, VD3, SWDB, SWI85)

this mammalian creature was native to the moon of Yavin 4. Note that the quick reference guide to Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided indicates that the choku is an avian creature. (GQRG, SWGAL)

Colony, The
this was the collective name given to the various hives of insectile creatures that were believed to have included the Killik race. At the Colony's height of growth and expansion, which occurred some five years after the Galactic Alliance defeated the Yuuzhan Vong, there were some 375 different hives, all acting together to carry out the Will of the Colony. The expansion of the Colony was traced by to an event known as Ub Ruur, or The Crash, when the Unu hive discovered the burned body of Raynar Thul. Until Thul's arrival, the Colony had existed for centuries as a small collection of hives deep in the Unknown Regions. After Thul was nursed back to health, he became the first true Joiner. His complete submission to the Will of the Colony gave the insect hives a connection to the Force, and showed them life in other forms. Under the guidance of UnuThul, the Unu hive became the dominant hive in the Colony, and the Colony flourished. New hives were established with surprising regularity, and the Colony began taking over planets that were very close to the borders of Chiss space. The Colony expanded its use of the Joiners, who transported goods to the Colony's worlds and accepted no real payment. Instead, they carried shine-balls and other items produced by the Colony back to the Outer Rim, where they were traded for more supplies. In this way, the Colony established trade relations with many planets. Unknown to even UnuThul, the rise of the Colony was being directed by the Gorog hive. This so-called Dark Nest served as the unconscious Will of the Colony, and was led by Lomi Plo and Welk. The two Dark Jedi were powerful enough to hide their actions, and the other hives of the Colony simply refused to believe that it existed. When the Gorog began capturing Chiss and using their bodies to feed their larvae, it directed the Colony to expand toward Chiss space. This nearly led to a war between the Colony and the Chiss near Qoribu, which was narrowly averted when Luke Skywalker and the Jedi Order brokered a solution. To appease the Chiss and ensure the continued survival of the Colony, entire hives were relocated to uninhabited worlds within the Utegetu Nebula. The appearance of the Fizz, which seemed to attack only Killiks, brought the conflict between the Colony, the Chiss, and the Galactic Republic to another head about a year later. (DN1, DN2)

this tavern was located in Gadrin, on the planet Cularin, during the height of the Clone Wars. The bar was decorated with weapons both real and non-lethal, a sort of memorial to the ways in which the natives of the Cularin System defended themselves over the millennia. A plaque on the wall contained a list of friends of the owners who had died in battle, either in direct defense of Cularin or in the galaxy at large. (LFCW)

this planet was the primary world of the Cularin System. Covered with lush rainforests and tropical jungles, Cularin was the homeworld of the Tarasin race. It was also known as the native planet of the rare ch'hala trees. Shortly after the Battle of Naboo, the planet as well as the entire Cularin System, suddenly disappeared from the sector. No one knows exactly what happened, not even the inhabitants of the planet. What was known was that Cularin reappeared several years later, almost as suddenly as it disappeared, shortly after the onset of the Clone Wars. Senator Lavina Wren, despite the fact that Cularin technically did not exist, continued to represent the system in the Galactic Senate. Many linked the disappearance of the Cularin System, often referred to as The Blink, to the rediscovery of the ancient artifact known as the Darkstaff. When Cularin reappeared, many felt that things would be different. However, things only got worse on Cularin and in the surrounding system, especially when public sentiment turned against the Jedi Order. Shortly before the First Battle of Coruscant and the end of the Clone Wars, the HoloNet aired a statement from an unspecified woman, in which she explained that the Cularin System was seceding from the Republic. It was later learned that the woman was Senator Lavira Wren herself. Although it was explained that the government had no desire to join the Confederacy of Independent Systems, Cularin found itself completely alone when the forces of the Old Republic were withdrawn from the Cularin System and disptached elsewhere. (LFC, LFCW)

Cularin System
this Mid-Rim solar system was located in the Expansion Region, close to the Corellian Trade Route. The system was located some 200 years before the Battle of Naboo by Reidi Artom, who named it Reidi Artom VI before learning that the system had been already catalogued. It was unique and unusual in many ways. First, its primary star was actually a pair of stars that existed in extremely close proximity, the yellow Morasil and the white dwarf Termandus. Second, three of the system's five planets were incredibly dense, giving the entire system an incredibly large gravitational pull and causing all sorts of problems for starship navigational computers. Third, the system was also a nexus for the energies of the Force, both the Light Side and the Dark. Navigation in and around the system is made even more dangerous by the existence of a dense cloud of comets, whose positions change regularly and cannot be adequately predicted. The asteroid belt which located between the planet of Genarius and Almas was believed to be the remnants of a lush, jungle planet, which was later identified as Oblis. Data revealed that the asteroid belt passed completely around the twin suns of Morasil and Termadus once every 3,924 standard days. Shortly after the Battle of Naboo, the entire Cularin System suddenly disappeared from the sector. No one knows exactly what happened, not even the inhabitants of the system's planets. What was known was that the Cularin System reappeared several years later, almost as suddenly as it disappeared, shortly after the onset of the Clone Wars. Many linked the disappearance, known as The Blink, to the rediscovery of the ancient artifact known as the Darkstaff. Many years later, the entire Cularin System was placed under martial law by the Old Republic, after Senator Lavira Wren was arrested as a traitor for supposedly working in collusion with the Separatists. The cruisers Reliant and Devout were dispatched to bring the system under control. As the Clone Wars ground to a climax, however, the HoloNet suddenly broadcast a message from an unknown Cularin representative. The message explained that Cularin was seceding from the Republic, and that it would remain completely neutral in the greater conflict. The woman in the message was later revealed to have been Senator Lavira Wren herself. In a matter of days, all Republic forces were withdrawn from Cularin, and the system found itself utterly alone. (LFC, LFCW)

Dallin, Jace
a native of Rendili, this man was a member of Ranulph Tarkin's command circle, during the era of the Stark Hyperspace War. Dallin was on board the Invincible when it emerged from hyperspace near Troiken, as part of Tarkin's plan to destroy the Stark Commercial Combine. Instead of seeing Tarkin back down from his tenuous position and admit defeat, Dallin witnessed Tarkin's madness. Tarkin refused to give up, even after the lost of the Invincible and poor field position in the Lycinder Plain where Tarkin's forces landed. Tarkin even blamed then-Senator Finis Valorum for all the problems perpetrated by Iaco Stark. Dallin, like many of his fellow officers and soldiers, began to question Tarkin's motives, and began to side with the Jedi Knights who came to rescue them. Dallin found that his own xenophobia was an extension of Tarkin's, and quickly shed any pretenses he might have had. Dallin, and many of his peers, refused to serve any longer under Tarkin's command. He later befriended a native Xexto named Billibango, who helped the remaining forces escape from Stark's soldiers. When Billibango threw himself in front of a blast meant for Dallin, Dallin realized that Tarkin's xenophobia was misguided. He allied himself with the Jedi, and worked to get the forces off Troiken. He suffered serious injuried to his head and face, injuries which he allowed to heal naturally. The scars, he later admitted, helped him to remember the War and how he very nearly fought on the wrong side. During the Clone Wars, Captain Dallin was caught between his loyalty to the Republic and his loyalty to his homeworld. When Rendili's leadership chose to side with the Separatists, Dallin was among the small number of military veterans who wanted to keep the Rendili Dreadnaughts out of the hands of Count Dooku. His willingness to negotiate with Jedi Master Plo Koon aboard his flagship, the Mersel Kebir, led to the mutiny of his subordinate officers. Dallin and Koon were held captive, and Mellor Yago threatened to kill them if the Republic's forces didn't leave. Ultimately, Plo Koon and Dallin were freed by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Quinlan Vos, and Dallin was forced to shoot Yago in order to prevent any further hostilites. In the wake of the Clone Wars, Dallin followed many other naval officers in being assigned commands within the newly-formed Imperial Fleet. However, he chose to openly question Emperor Palpatine's reports of the so-called Jedi Rebellion, earning him the attention of Darth Vader himself. Rather than allow Dallin to continue, Vader used the Dark Side of the Force to grab Dallin by the throat and fling him into the air. Dallin was dead before he hit the ground, and his death served as an deadly example to the other officers to keep their feelings to themselves. (SHW, RDR, RL)

Darklighter, Gavin
a native of Tatooine, Gavin was one of the most decorated members of Rogue Squadron. He was a cousin of Biggs Darklighter, and was just ten when Biggs died at the Battle of Yavin. He was only sixteen when Wedge Antilles suggested that he be allowed to join. He was responsible for creating the emblem of Rogue Squadron, which featured a twelve-pointed, red star surrounding the blue symbol of the Alliance. Radiating from the points of the star were X-Wing fighters. When the Squadron resigned its commission with the New Republic after the liberation of Coruscant, he painted his X-Wing to resemble a krayt dragon. As the Rogues liberated Ciruscant, Gavin found himself drawn to the Bothan pilot, Asyr Sei'lar, and they became romantically involved. Their relationship was nearly shattered when Gavin's X-Wing was damaged during the capture of the Xucphra Alazhi. He limped to Halanit, only to have the Corrupter and the Thyferran Home Defense Corps track the colony down. Erisi Dlarit made him believe it was his own flight that led the Imperials to Halanit, but it was really Ysanne Isard tracing the shipment of bacta to its source. Gavin assisted the settlers as much as he could, but he was unable to stop the destruction of their outpost. After several more battles and as their relationship deepened, Gavin and Asyr decided to get married and adopt children. Unbeknownst to Gavin, Asyr was blocked in her attempt to locate a Bothan child by Borsk Fey'lya. She resolved to bring about change to the Bothan society, but was unsure how to do it. When she collided with an enmy fighter over Corvis Minor Five, everyone believed she was dead, including Gavin. He mourned her deeply, but resolved himself to continue her noble ways. He was unaware that she survived the crash, but that was Asyr's wish. In the years that followed, Gavin grew more and more into a capable leader. Gavin eventually married Sera Faleur, and the couple adopted two boys who had been orphaned by the campaign against Grand Admiral Thrawn. Later, the couple gave birth to a daughter, a third son, and eventually a second daughter. Shortly after the birth of his second daughter, Gavin was chosen to succeed Wedge Antilles and Tycho Celchu as Commander of Rogue Squadron some twenty years after the Battle of Endor, and was in command of the squadron when the Yuuzhan Vong invasion of the galaxy began. Despite his military background, Gavin found himself embroiled in a political struggle when Jaina Solo joined the Rogues. Her stature as a Jedi Knight put her at odds with many members of the Senate, and Gavin was forced to placed her on extended leave. He realized his mistake, however, and allowed Jaina to fly with the Rogues during the destruction of the Yuuzhan Vong shipwomb near the remains of Sernpidal. As the struggle against the Yuuzhan Vong intensified, Gavin and Rogue Squadron were called back to defend the planet Coruscant. Gavin found himself serving under the reinstated Colonel Tycho Celchu, as part of the Planetary Defense Force. In the wake of the defeat of the Yuuzhan Vong, Gavin promoted to Commodore and given command of the Star Destroyer Mon Mothma, and was serving under Nek Bwua'tu during the blockade of the Utegetu Nebula. (XWN, KT, BW, IR, DTO, EVR, SBS, NEGC, DN2)

this ancient Sith artifact was believed to have been the cause of the disappearance of the planet Cularin and the entire Cularin System, shortly after the Battle of Naboo. Len Markus was observed removing something from the Cularin System's asteroid belt, an event which preceded the appearance of strange creatures hiding among the asteroids. Shortly afterward, the Cularin System disappeared for several years, before reappearing just as suddenly. According to ancient tomes unearthed on Almas, the Darkstaff was originally discovered by Darth Rivan, who had strange dreams about being called by the artifact. Rivan believed that it was the Darkstaff that drew him to Almas and the Cularin System, hoping to use him as a way to leave the system. Further investigation led Rivan to believe that the Darkstaff was not intentionally created, but was rather the byproduct of another experiment in which the Oblee race had nearly been destroyed in an effort to acquire power for the artifact. Measuring a meter in length and four centimeters in diameter, the Darkstaff seemed to consume any light around it. It also consumed any Force energy around it, literally feeding on the Force. The Darkstaff, according to Rivan's dreams, had already caused some ancient tragedy in the Cularin System, and had been hidden away to prevent any further catastrophe. The nexus of dark side power, he believed, was the aftermath of this event. The Darkstaff wanted to be discovered by Rivan so that he could use it as a weapon against his enemies, so it invaded his dreams. Its release would allow the Darkstaff to gain power, both for itself and over Rivan, until it eventually consumed Rivan himself. Rivan, however, refused to go in search of the artifact, fearing that its release would cause great damage to the galaxy. Millennia later, Darth Rivan's writings were discovered by the Jedi Knights who built the Almas Academy. Word of the Darkstaff reached the ears of Len Markus, who set out to locate it. Many believe that Markus actually found the Darkstaff, and that its release from captivity was the cause of the disappearance of the entire Cularin System, shortly after the Battle of Naboo. The eventual destruction of the Darkstaff returned Cularin to the normal galaxy and freed the Oblee, who were the unusual beings discovered in the Cularin System's asteroid field. (WOTC, LFCW)

Defender Droid
this version of bodyguard droid was produced by Tendrando Arms during the years following the Yuuzhan Vong invasion of the galaxy. The Defender was essentially a YVH combat droid crossed with the TDL Nanny droid, a combination that made it the perfect protection for children, adults, and starships. They were programmed to protect a child from harm, and were specially programmed to be suspicious of the secrets kept by children. Because the Defender Droid was essentially a combat droid, it would fight with everything in its arsenal to protect its charges. (DN1, DN2)

a holographic game played on a circular board with holographic pieces, dejarik was one of the oldest and most popular games ever created in the galaxy. It was believed that dejarik originated as a game played by the ancient Jedi Order, as an educational tool that taught players to consider the entire board, rather than a single gamepiece, when planning their actions. In this way, Jedi could train their minds to seek out all information on a given situation before acting. Chewbacca had a dejarik table on board the Millennium Falcon, and was considered something of a master player. The exact origins of dejarik have been lost in time, and scholars and historians continue to argue over them. Dejarik was sometimes referred to as holochess, although the two games had different styles of play. (CCG, CCG2, GFT, DN2)

Delegation of Two Thousand
this was the term used to describe the 2,000 Senators of the Old Republic who signed the so-called Petition of the Two Thousand, which called for the elimination of certain emergency powers that had been granted to Chancellor Palpatine during the height of the Clone Wars. Although Palpatine agreed to hear the petition, he twisted its intentions when discussing it later with Anakin Skywalker. Palpatine told Anakin that the petition was not a call for a return to normalcy in the Republic, but the opening salvo in a Jedi-led plot to overthrow the Chancellor's office and place control of the galaxy in the hands of the Jedi Council. According to Palpatine, the Delegation of the Two Thousand that drafted and signed the petition was under the control of the Jedi Council's powers of persuasion. The Petition later became the basis upon which Palpatine began his purge of the Senate, since he knew that most every Senator in the Delegation of the Two Thousand had opposed his control of the galaxy. (IS3, E3N, SWI85)

this Imperial Commander succeeded Moff Giedt as governor of Tiss'sharl, during the months following the Battle of Yavin. He was later assigned to command Darth Vader's flagship Imperial-class Star Destroyer on a mission to recover Luke Skywalker on Jabiim. Although Skywalker and the rebels managed to escape, Demmings survived to continue his command. A second error, the destruction of a rebel blockade runner that might have provided more clues as to the fleet movements of the Alliance, nearly cost Demmings his life. It was alter revealed that the "mistakes" that were occurring on Demmings' watch were the result of Garil Dox, who had been trying to exact a measure of revenge against the Empire for the destruction of Alderaan. The destruction of the outpost on Ejolus led to Dox's capture, and Demmings was allowed to command the Reprisal a little longer. (SWEPP, SWESF, SWEMO)

this being was a member of a near-human species which implanted various mechanical systems into their bodies, often replacing major limbs and organs with cybernetic weapons. They coordinated their actions via an internal communications package. D'harhan was also a bounty hunter, and was well-suited to the task. His body was covered by heavy, black armor which protected the power and support systems for the huge laser cannon which served as its head. The weapon had an enormous bore, and was studded with sophisticated optical systems that allowed D'harhan to "see" its surroundings as well as target its prey. The subsystems of the laser were draped down his back, along his spine. The immense weight of all these systems would have overbalanced a normal creature, but D'harhan also had a segmented, armored "tail" which extended from his lower back and hips. Heavy, black gloves protected D'harhan's hands, and thick-soled booted supported his feet. In order to communicate, D'harhan used an archaic keyboard attached to its central processors, and typed out its words. The words were interpreted and "spoken" by a vocabulator module. Boba Fett, the closest thing D'harhan had to a friend, had been present as his creation during the last years of the Old Republic, and partnered with the near-human on a couple of occasions. One of their first missions was working for Inquisitor Malorum on Bellassa, shortly after the Clone Wars, during the search for Ferus Olin and Roan Lands. The two bounty hunters pursued Ferus and Obi-Wan Kenobi to the Red Twins, but D'harhan was badly injured when they managed to escape. For much of his career, D'harhan was known to shoot first and not bother to ask questions later. His last mission with Boba Fett was the hunt for Oph Nar Dinnid, in which D'harhan was forced to give up his weapons systems in order to land on the planet Circumtore. This nearly killed D'harhan, for his weapons systems were his primary essence. Fett maintained his life support with minimal power until his skills were needed. Then, using armaments from a hidden weapons cache unloaded from within the Shell Hutt fortress, D'harhan's main laser cannon was reactivated. D'harhan managed to eliminate a huge number of the mercenaries hired by Gheeta to protect the Shell Hutts, but their combined firepower eventually felled D'harhan. Boba Fett then used the near-human's laser cannon - which was still operational - to destroy Gheeta. It was believed that D'harhan was the last of his kind. (MA, LJ1, LJ2)

a religion that grew out of the theory that the Bantha, being such a simple, easily-adaptiable creature, was the source of a hidden message from some all-powerful being. The priests of the Dim-U religion devoted their lives to searching for the Divine Bantha's message to the galaxy. Each priest carried a staff carved from the tusk of a bantha. At the top of the staff was a small carving of a bantha itself. A group of these priests brought banthas with them to Tatooine, as part of the first colony ship that arrived on the planet. (TM, GG7, HG)

this was a species of near-human stock, note for its wild hair coloration. Note that this is actually a reference to the Theelin race, specifically the females. (YJC6, SWDB)

Diva Arroquitas
this Theelin woman was a noted artist and a member of the Divas religious order. She was invited to serve as the Master of Ceremonies at the 2,344th Priole Danna Festival shortly before the onset of the Clone Wars. She refused to accept the honor the next year, citing the dangers of traveling across the galaxy as separatists began rising up against the Old Republic. (HNN4)

Diva Funquita
this red-haired, Theelin slave was owned by Gardulla the Hutt, who had received the young female as a gift from Jabba the Hutt. A trained dancer and singer, she was also Gardulla's chief aide and majordomo. After Gardulla tried to trick Jabba into betting on Gasgano just prior to the Boonta Eve Classic podrace, Gardulla ordered Diva Funquita to ensure that Anakin Skywalker failed to compete in the race. She tried to enlist the aid of Ark "Bumpy" Roose, but the alien refused. Note that the Young Jedi Collectible Card Game - Boonta Eve Podrace expansion indicates that Diva was this character's species. (IG1, PRT, YJC6, SWDB)

Diva Shaliqua
this blue-haired Theelin woman was one of Jabba the Hutt's favorite slave dancers. She was in his control during the years leading up to the Battle of Naboo. Her parents - one human, the other Theelin - had been indentured to Ingoda the Hutt, and had conceived Shaliqua in secret. When Ingoda learned of their duplicity, he could barely contain his rage. However, he kept Shaliqua alive, hoping that she would mature into a true Diva. Shaliqua made friends with another Theelin female, Diva Funquita, and both were later sold by Ingoda to Jabba the Hutt as payment for a business deal. Shaliqua became a member of Jabba's house band, although Funquita was later sold to Gardulla the Hutt. During the Boonta Eve podrace that saw young Anakin Skywalker defeat Sebulba, Shaliqua found herself the object of attention of a Corsucant human named Romeo Treblanc. Treblanc later purchased Shaliqua from Jabba and freed her. They returned to Coruscant, and Treblanc provided Shaliqua with the chance to study and train with the staff of the Galaxies Opera House. Shaliqua felt no loyalty to Treblanc, and later robbed his residence and fled into the underworld, unaware that he was planning to give her a role in an upcoming opera. Shaliqua managed to have a legitimate career in the entertainment district of Coruscant, working under a stage name that hid her true identity. Note that the Young Jedi Collectible Card Game - Boonta Eve Podrace expansion indicates that Diva was this character's species. (IG1, YJC6, SWDB)

Djo, Tenel Ka
the daughter of Isolder and Teneniel Djo, Tenel Ka was raised on Dathomir in the tradition of the other witches in Teneniel's clan. Tenel showed great aptitude with the Force, and later attended Luke Skywalker's Jedi Academy on Yavin 4, at the same time as Jacen and Jaina Solo. She was a reserved, distant companion to the twins, in keeping with the strength she learned on Dathomir. When Luke discovered the connection between Lando Calrissian's lost corusca gems and the space station Borgo Prime, he took Tenel Ka with him to search out any leads on the Shadow Academy. Later, she posed with him on Dathomir as Force sensitives, and were transported to the Shadow Academy. There, they helped rescue Jaina and Jacen. Her Jedi training nearly came to an end when Luke Skywalker requested that the students at his praxeum built their own lightsabers, in preparation for battling the Shadow Academy. Tenel Ka felt that the weapon was no the important link, but the warrior was. She didn't focus all of her energies in her lightsaber, which she built from an old rancor tooth. In a practice duel with Jacen Solo, Tenel pushed herself and Jacen to their limits. Her lightsaber failed to maintain its energy beam, and Jacen's blade passed through it, severing Tenel Ka's left arm above the elbow. The wound was instantly cauterized, and replacing the hand was impossible. She travelled back to Hapes to recover from the incident, secretly wondering about her own abilities. She found herselve in the midst of Ambassador Yfra's treacherous plans. The series of ensuing battles forced Tenel Ka to realize that, although the warrior is very important, how the warrior maintains their touch on the Force is most important. Her injury was of minimal importance if she truly mastered the Force. She returned to Yavin 4, and built a new lightsaber. She kept to her original design of using a rancor tooth, but worked with the Force to create a weapon superior to the original. It used a rainbow gem from Gallinore, and produced a turquoise-colored blade. After becoming a full Jedi Knight, Tenel Ka and the rest of her friends were thrust into the struggle against the Yuuzhan Vong. She was one of the Jedi who were sent to Myrkr to destroy the voxyn queen, and one of just a handful to survive the mission. The Jedi team stole the Yuuzhan Vong frigate Ksstarr and took it to Hapes, where Tenel had to face the real possibility that her mother might die or be assassinated. The Hapan people were demanding stronger leadership, and feared that Teneniel Djo might lead them to ruin. Tenel Ka refused to take her mother's place, deciding that she wanted to remain a Jedi Knight. It was also during this period on Hapes when she declared - at least to herself - that she had loved Jacen Solo. When she discovered that her mother had been poisoned, Tenel Ka used what little political power she had to turn the Hapan fleet over to Colonel Jagged Fel, in the hopes that he could command them in battle against the Yuuzhan Vong. Tenel Ka then confronted her grandmother, announcing that she would take her mother's place as Queen. In the wake of the Yuuzhan Vong invasion of the galaxy, Tenel Ka allied the Hapes Consortium with the fledgling Galactic Alliance. She also found herself wanting to answer the call of UnuThul. She resisted the urge to travel to the Unknown Regions, understanding that her place was on Hapes. However, when Jacen Solo arrived to request her help, Tenel Ka was more than happy to assist. She was able to requisition a small fleet of ships, led by the Kendall, that traveled to Qoribu to help defend the Colony against the Chiss. Unknown to most people on Hapes, Tenel Ka and Jacen had shared an intimate night together, and Tenel Ka managed to adjust her reproductive system to capture Jacen's genetic material and hold it until it was safe to become pregnant. She kept the pregnancy a secret, knowing that an heir would cause all sorts of trouble. Even Jacen was unaware of the situation for an entire year, until a tremor in the Force brought him back to Hapes. Tenel Ka was forced to admit to her plan when Jacen discovered the child, at which point they both had to fight for their lives against a swarm of Gorog assassin bugs sent by the former Queen Mother, Ta'a Chume. Once Tenel Ka and the baby were safe, Jacen arranged for Ta'a Chume to be held indefinitely, after Tenel Ka ordered that she be kept alive for a public trial. Note that Tenel Ka has been named several times as Kenel Ka or Tenel Ta throughout the Young Jedi Knights books. (HTF, SA, L, DK, JUS, SBS, DJ, DN1, DN2)

Drake, Ivor
this woman represented her homeworld of Kestos Minor to the Galactic Senate, during the final years of the Old Republic. She was also one of the many Senators who signed the Petition of the Two Thousand. In the wake of the Clone Wars and the establishment of the New Order, Senator Drake was among the sixty-three Senators who were arrested for allegedly supporting the so-called Jedi Rebellion. (SWI84, SWI85)

this deadly martial art was practiced by the Royal Imperial Guard during their training on Yinchorr. It was an ancient art that involved the use of a pair of short, sharp-bladed knives. The roots of the Echani martial arts could be traced back to the era before the Great Sith War, and were based on the military styles of the Echani race. Many Echani warriors developed their own specialized body armor and weapons, to further distinguish themselves from fighters who employed other styles. The martial arts of the Echani were later adopted and modified by the Sun Guards of Thyrsus, and it was this form that was later used by the Royal Imperial Guard. This modified form concentrated on jabs, chops, kicks, and other quick strikes that focused on deadliness over finesse. (CE, KOTOR, HG)

Elegos A'Kla
under the command of General Wedge Antilles, this Imperial-class Star Destroyer was part of a New Republic fleet which was commandeered by Garm Bel Iblis to assist in the defense of the Jedi base on Eclipse, some two years after the Yuuzhan Vong began their invasion of the galaxy. The Elegos A'Kla accompanied the Mon Mothma to Talfaglio, against the wishes of the New Republic military, to ensure that the Jedi Knights escaped without mishap. It was later learned that Chief of State Borsk Fey'lya himself authorized the use of the Star Destroyers, legitimizing their appearance in rescuing the Jedi. Both ships were able to transport thousands of Talfaglion refugees away from the Yuuzhan Vong, in addition to defending Eclipse against discovery. The Elegos A'Kla, named for the Caamasi diplomat who was killed by the Yuuzhan Vong, was one of the first Star Destroyers equipped with a new form of gravity-well projector, but even that weaponry was no match for the sheer numbers of the Yuuzhan Vong. During the Second Battle of Coruscant, the Elegos A'Kla fought valiantly, but was unable to stem the tide of alien attackers and was ultimately forced to retire from the battle. It underwent repairs for many months, and eventually became one of the backbones of the navy of the Galactic Alliance. (SBS, DN2)

this woman served as one of Senator Padme' Amidala's handmaidens, during the years following the Battle of Geonosis. She was one of the few individuals who knew of Padme's marriage to Anakin Skywalker. (SWI71, E3, OWS)

this female Squib was part of a trio who worked behind the scenes, gathering information about the shadier parts of the galaxy and providing it to the New Republic Intelligence agency. They worked from a base on Tatooine, and were known to have extensive knowledge of the planet's deserts. Emala accompanied Leia Organa Solo and her husband, Han Solo, to Tatooine, as part of a mission to intercept a group of Imperial agents. Emala worked with her partners, Sligh and Grees, to complete their non-human entourage. After Tatooine, the Squibs decided that selling art to the Imperials was not only profitable, but an excellent way to obtain more information about Imperial activities. They also aligned themselves with the Invisible Shell to help further their efforts in obtaining rare artwork. They made no effort to correct the NRI's assumption that it was Ludlo Lebauer providing the artworks to the Empire, since it ensured they could continue their efforts without being identified. Unfortunately, Grees had gotten too greedy and was captured by Ludlo Lebauer and frozen in carbonite, after a deal had gone bad between them. Emala and Sligh were forced to manipulate the Solos into helping rescue Grees, who had become known as the Second Mistake to Lebauer. Using their NRI contacts, the Squibs met up with the Solos on Pavo Prime and convinced them to recover the Second Mistake in addition to the ten Alderaanian boasas which were the real object of the Solos' mission. In the wake of the Yuuzhan Vong invasion and the subsequent galactic reconstruction, the three Squibs established a transport operation known as Second Mistake Enterprises, and were hired by the Colony to transport spinglass sculptures to the rest of the galaxy. The Squibs were unaware that each sculpture contained a handful of Gorog assassin bugs. Note that this character is referred to as Elama several times during the early chapters of Tatooine Ghost. (TG, SWI67, DN2)

this planet was the homeworld of the Mistryl Shadow Guards warrior sect. During the Clone Wars, the Eleven Elders of the planet decided to side with the Confederacy of Independent Systems. This allowed the leaders to tap into the vast wealth of Separatist military, which helped them conquer nearby worlds and convert them to Separatist holdings. In the wake of the Clone Wars, however, many of the worlds that had been subjugated by the Mistryls banded together and rebelled against their oppressors. These worlds eventually won their freedom and attacked Emberlene itself. The population of the planet was decimated in this attack, leaving just a handful of survivors. These survivors, however, remembered a different history, which was taught to subsequent generations. These survivors believed that Emberlene was once an idyllic world, but it became one of the first worlds destroyed by the Empire for supposedly rebellious activity. According to the survivors, this was the primary reason the Mistryl were created, as a way to exact revenge on the Empire. The Mistryl of subsequent generations felt all the more cheated when the destruction of the planet Caamas was made public, and there was a great swelling of outrage - and still Emberlene remained a nearly lifeless hulk. Eventually, Jorj Car'das revealed the truth behind Emberlene's destruction to Shada D'ukal, explaining that the Eleven Elders who ruled the planet set out to conquer and plunder any and all worlds within their reach. According to Car'das, the backlash that occurred after the Clone Wars was "overly thorough" in its results, since the forces arrayed against Emberlene nearly wiped out all life on the planet. Car'das offered to give Shada the information that would lead her to source of the mercenary group that attacked Emberlene, but she decided that the time had come for her people to simply start living again, rather than existing only for revenge. (SOP, VOF, HG)

Emperor's Hand
this was the codename given to many beings, including Mara Jade, by Emperor Palpatine. Like nearly every other member of this secret group, Mara believed that she was the only person given the codename, until Grand Admiral Thrawn suggested that she was one of many "Hands." In fact, records from the years following the Clone Wars revealed that there many Emperor's Hands. Roganda Ismaren was one of them, and Maarek Stele's rise to prominence revealed that the Emperor's Secret Order of the Empire was overseen by them. Shira Brie and Arden Lyn were also discovered to have served as an Emperor's Hand. The Emperor's Hand was an agent dispatched to do the work that stormtroopers and Imperial officers couldn't handle. The Emperor's Hand was chosen because of their sensitivity to the Force, which allowed Palpatine to call to them from across great distances. The Hands could also report status across this link. Among the many roles of the Emperor's Hand were executioner, spy, and informant, and they were assigned missions that helped ensure Palpatine retained control of the bureaucracy of the Empire. Most beings who served as an Emperor's Hand believed themselves to be unique, the only being chosen to be Palpatine's special agent. This was a mentality that was fostered by Palpatine at every turn, for he believed that men and women needed to feel unique and irreplaceable. By withholding the true nature of the Emperor's Hands, Palpatine was able to motivate them to do incredible things. Often, however, individual Hands discovered that they were not unique, and found themselves torn between their so-called loyalty to Palpatine and their feelings of anger at his betrayal. (HTTE, DFR, COJ, TIE, SWI85)

Fel'Kona, Minos
this noted Jedi Knight was a descendant of Jonas Fel'Kona, and did a series of investigations into the origin of the Sith fortress on the planet Almas during the years following the Battle of Naboo. Fel'Kona's analysis was able to date the fortress's construction to a point more than 1,132 years before the Battle of Naboo, and discovered many strange and wondrous things below the surface. Skeletons of krayt-dragon-like creatures littered the strata underneath the fortress, and massive carvings in black marble slabs were found to have traced the Dark Lords of the Sith backward from Darth Rivan to Naga Sadow. During the early stages of the Clone Wars, Minos spoke openly on what he believed the "official stance" of the Jedi Order should be with regards to the Cularin System and the presence of the Thaereian Military. When the command was issued to execute Order 66, Master Fel'Kona was still in the Cularin System, as indicated by the files discovered on his lost datapad. In these personal log files, he questioned the continued role of the Jedi in the New Order, and what path he should take. He recognized the need to fight back against Palpatine's tyranny, but he also believed that Palpatine and Darth Vader would be ready for any attempt on their lives, and would utterly destroy any being who tried to harm them. He vowed to take any surviving Jedi he could find in the Cularin System and flee into the depths of the gaalxy, where they could be relatively safe while contemplating their next actions. (LFCW)

Fifth Battle Group
also known as the Fifth Fleet, this was the New Republic's latest defensive fleet, created about twelve years after the Battle of Endor. The Fifth Battle Group was the first to be completely comprised of the Navy's new classes of starship, such as the Sacheen- and Hajen-class frigates. It was initially placed under the command of Etahn A'baht, and was deployed to the Koornacht Cluster during the Yevethan Great Purge. It initially contained 106 starships, but it took a number of losses in the blockade of Doornik-319. The Fifth Fleet was part of the Republic's defenses during the Yuuzhan Vong invasio of the galaxy, and was the first fleet dispatched to the Utegetu Nebula to blockade the hives of the Colony from spreading beyond its borders. During the blockade, the Fifth Battle Group was commanded by Admiral Nek Bwua'tu, from his position aboard the flagship Star Destroyer Admiral Ackbar. (BTS, SOL, DN2)

Flume, Trever
this young man, distinguished by his spiky blue hair, was orphaned on his homeworld of Bellassa when his parents were killed during the final years of the Old Republic. His mother served as a Captain in the Grand Army of the Republic, but was killed during the Battle of T'olan. His father was a doctor who died shortly after the Clone Wars, when the Empire tried to take control of Bellassa. Trever's father had gone into a defense plant to recover his brother, Tike, but both were killed when the plant exploded. Trever was about nine when his mother died, and he was forced to eke out a living as a scavenger, relying on the goodness of others for scraps of food and shelter. When Obi-Wan Kenobi arrived on Bellassa about a year after the Clone Wars ended, the thirteen-year-old Trever ran into him in an alley in the Bluestone Lake district of Ussa, and reluctantly agreed to help him locate Ferus Olin. Although he said he would help Obi-Wan, Trever quickly escaped from the Jedi Master and set out on his own. They met up again after Obi-Wan rescued Ferus, when Trever revealed that he had stolen an old power droid from the Olin/Lands Agency. The droid, which seemed to have a bad motivator, was sold by Trever for a handful of credits. Unfortunately, the bad motivator was actually used to disguise the fact that Ferus and Roan Lands had hidden secret codes and data inside the droid's computer banks. Trever explained that he had sold it to another youth, but Obi-Wan quickly discovered that this youth was actually Boba Fett. Although they told Trever to remain out of sight, the youth managed to stow away aboard their starship when they fled Bellassa for the space station in orbit around the Red Twins. He remained with the Jedi until they split up, and Trever went with Ferus to Ilum on a mission to rescue Garen Muln. (LJ1, LJ2)

Foul Moudama
this Talz was trained as a Jedi Knight during the last decades of the Old Republic. Known for his grace and agility, Moudama was often underestimated by his opponents, who simply believed that he was a hulking brute. He was, however, mentally strong, and had an insatiable desire for knowledge. Moudama was one of the many Jedi who participated in the Clone Wars, and was part of the task force that was dispatched to protect Chancellor Palpatine when General Grievous launched his attack on Coruscant, some thirty-six months after the Battle of Geonosis. Unfortunately, Grievous was able to kill both Master Moudama and Master Roron Corobb before taking Palpatine hostage. (SWDB, LEV)

this Jedi Knight was known for her split-second reflexes, grace, agility. She was one the foremost instructors in the Art of Movement exercise, and personally trained Obi-Wan Kenobi in its forms. In the wake of the Clone Wars, Fy-Tor-Ana was one of a handful of Jedi who decided to hide on Ilum during the Jedi Purge. Her need for information overcame her, and she left Garen Muln on Ilum and returned to Coruscant, where she hoped to infiltrate the Jedi Temple and learn about the state of the galaxy. When she didn't return, Garen feared that she was dead. (JQ3, LJ2)

Gallia, Adi
this beautiful, brown-skinned woman was a Jedi Master during the last years of the Old Republic. Born to Corellian parents who were diplomats on Coruscant, she was quickly recognized for her strength with the Force. After years of training, she became one of the twelve members of the Jedi Council shortly before the Battle of Naboo. Her skills with a lightsaber were notable in that she used a reverse, one-handed grip. Adi Gallia chose to dress in the plain brown robes of a Jedi, but wore a Toloth headdress. She was known among the Jedi for her abilities of intuition and information gathering, and maintained a vast network of informants across the planet of Coruscant. Through this network, she discovered that the Trade Federation was building droid-controlled starfighters and was planning to blockade the small planet of Naboo, in an effort to force the Old Republic to lift its taxation of trade routes. The Federation attempted to stop her on Esseles, but she was rescued by Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi. She brought this information to the attention of Chancellor Valorum, who requested that two Jedi be dispatched to Naboo to negotiate a settlement without the interference of the Senate. Although she chose not to use it unless all other options had failed, Adi Gallia owned a crimson-bladed lightsaber. Just prior to the Battle of Geonosis, Master Gallia was dispatched to the Karthakk System, where she teamed up with Nym and the Lok Revenants to smash the plans of Cavik Toth to use Trihexalon on the clone troopers of the Grand Army of the Republic. She remained with Nym for many months, until the Karthakk System was finally secured. During the height of the Clone Wars, Adi Gallia was part of the task force that was dispatched to Boz Pity, some two years after the Battle of Geonosis. The initial landing party was forced to crashland on the planet, in order to bypass the Separatist blockade of the planet. Once on Boz Pity, however, the Jedi discovered that General Grievous was waiting for them. After Grievous killed Soon Bayts, he turned his attention to Master Gallia. Grasping her by the neck, Grievous plunged two lightsabers into her body, killing Master Gallia on the spot. (SW1, IG1, E1A1, FFT, SWDB, O, JSF)

this Hutt was known by most of her kind as a female, and was one of Jabba the Hutt's closest friends. There were also rumors of a romance, as Gardulla was often Jabba's guest at his Tatooine townhome. However, these rumors couldn't be farther from the truth. Gardulla had originally traveled to Tatooine at the urging of her family, the Besadii kajidic, in order to protect her from the Desilijic clan. Angry and upset at being deposited on the desert planet, Gardulla took control of her adopted city of Mos Taike and began to create her own criminal empire. When the organization got too big, Gardulla was ordered to remain on Tatooine inorder to protect it. As if this weren't enough, she was also ordered to court Jabba with the intent of marrying him, in oder to strengthen Besadii's position. After the wedding, she was free to kill Jabba in any manner she pleased. Jabba, meanwhile, decided that Gardulla was worth the effort, and tried a number of tactics to earn her approval. He even used his own smugglers to raid her holdings, then returned them to her as "gifts." All this effort on Jabba's part was doomed to earn Gardulla's affections, but it did manage to degrade her holdings on Tatooine, thereby allowing Jabba to grow more powerful. Seeing the error in her ways, Gardulla decided to renegotiate with Jabba for control. Jabba allowed her to take complete control of the slaving operations on Tatooine, in return for her smuggling operations and protection rackets. Gardulla owned many slaves, and was at one time the owner of Shmi and Anakin Skywalker, so this seemed to be a good deal. However, she lost the Skywalkers in a bet with the Toydarian junk dealer, Watto, six years before Watto lost Anakin to Qui-Gon Jinn in a similar wager. Years later, when the Old Republic began enforcing its anti-slavery laws, Gardulla also lost the slave trade on Tatooine, and was left with nothing. Many knew that Gardulla maintained a large, underground pleasure garden, complete with ponds and plantlife and streams. She paid Sebulba to acquire a group of Ghostling children to serve as living statues in the gardens, shortly before the Battle of Naboo. She also planned to import creatures to hunt the Ghostlings, as part of a cruel, living ecosystem. Unfortunately, her plans were thwarted by Anakin and his friends. Aurra Sing later revealed that she had been hired by Gardulla to upset the plans of Jabba, in an effort to overthrow his control of Tatooine and claim it for herself. Just prior to the Boonta Eve Classic podrace won by Anakin, Gardulla went to great lengths to create a scale model of the racecourse. She then tried to convince Jabba that her analysts had predicted that Gasgano would win the race, in an effort to destroy Jabba by getting him to bet on the Xexto. Jabba, however, refused to bite on the ruse. Following the race, she offered to buy Anakin back from Watto, but Watto was unable to secure Anakin before Qui-Gon whisked him away to Coruscant. Later, Gardulla was implicated in the work of the Bando Gora cult, and was questioned by Jango Fett as to the whereabouts of Komari Vosa. It was later discovered that much of Gardulla's interest in the Bando Gora had been part of an intricate plot created by Count Dooku to test Jango's abilities and his usefulness as the source of clones for the Army fo the Republic. In the aftermath of the Republic's crackdown on slavery, Gardulla was arraigned on charges of slave trafficking. She chose to flee Tatooine, rather than serve time in prison, and was never seen again. Note that the comic adaptation of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace indicates that Gardulla was a male Hutt. Also note that the Star Wars Databank indicates that Gardulla died on Tatooine some time after the Battle fo Naboo. (SW1, QGJ, TPMC, E1A5, SWO, PRT, SOT, BH, SWDB)

Gillmunn, Nolan
a direct descendant of Orliss Gillmunn, this man led the small band of Loyalist rebels that opposed the Imperial occupation of Jabiim during the height of the Galactic Civil War. Nolan had been a young man during the Clone Wars, and witnessed the treachery of both Anakin Skywalker and Thorne Kraym, who murdered his father during the fighting. Nolan called in help from the Alliance, in the wake of the Battle of Yavin, hoping to put an end to twenty years of pillaging at the hands of the Empire. He was amazed when he learned that one of the Alliance's representatives was Luke Skywalker, the son of Anakin Skywalker. Like many Jabiimites, Gillmunn believed that Anakin had betrayed the Jabiimites during the Battle of Jabiim, when he was forced to abandon the planet in the face of the overwhelming size of the Separatist force that was controlling the planet. However, he also understood that the assistance of the Alliance team was the only way he could ensure that his people were truly free. After Gillmunn's Loyalists ordered all Alliance starships out of the system, while holding Luke and Leia Organa prisoner, Gillmunn himself was forced to confront his own demons while trying to keep the Loyalists from self-destruction. When an Imperial ambush destroyed much of the Loyalist headquarters, Nolan and Luke were captured and held for questioning by commander Thorne. Thorne would have executed Nolan and his leaders, had not Darth Vader himself arrived at Jabiim and ordered the planet razed from orbit. The turbolaser fire sent Thorne's stormtroopers into chaos, and Nolan found himself armed with an Imperial blaster. When Thorne tried to kill Luke, Gillmunn fired his weapon. Thorne died from his injuries, and Gillmunn and the Loyalists were able to escape. Nolan politely refused Luke's offer to remain on Jabiim and help the rebels secure their positions, claiming that Luke's assistance in defeating Thorne had redeemed the Skywalker name. Gillmunn then politely refused Luke's offer to join the Allaince, choosing to focus his energies on rebuilding Jabiim instead. (SWESF)

Gillmunn, Orliss
this Jabiimite led the faction which remained loyal to the Old Republic, during the height of the Clone Wars. As hostilities on Jabiim reached a head some twelve months into the conflict, Gillmunn was caught in the crossfire at Shelter Base. He survived that initial assault, and was able to rally the surviving troops to a staging point at Monsoon Mesa. There, they were forced to hope for an extraction force to rescue them. Luckily, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine was able to communicate with Anakin Skywalker, who led the rescue mission and ensured that the survivors were able to get off-planet after forty-three days of fighting. When Anakin was forced to limit the number of survivors when two of the rescue ships were damaged on approach to Jabiim, Gillmunn lashed out in anger at the decision to leave the Jabiimites behind. He blamed Anakin and the Republic for bringing the war to Jabiim, and threatened to shoot the young Jedi in order to get off the planet. Anakin, in an angry fit, used the Force to briefly strangle Gillmunn, forcing him to drop his weapon and stand down. As Anakin and the troopers of the Republic lifted off, Gillmunn swore that he and his people would never forget their betrayal. Like many Jabiimite Loyalists, Gillmunn continued to fight against the Separatists, although his son Nolan often questioned his orders. Gillmunn was killed in battle at the High Rock Canyon, where he believed that Loyalist forces had trapped the main Separatist force. However, the Separatists unleashed a deadly virus, which killed the Jabiimites but had no effect on their own battle droids. Gillmunn and his team were believed to have died in the canyon from the virus, although Nolan witnessed his father's execution at the hands of Governor Thorne Kraym. (SWI69, RBJ, SWESF)

Gizor Dellso
this Geonosian became a fugitive of the Empire, during the early days of the New Order, after clone troopers set out to eliminate any Geonosians who once supported Poggle the Lesser and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Rather than allowing himself to be executed, Dellso fled to Mustafar, carrying with him the secret plans to a new starfighter. It took the entire might of the Imperial 501st Legion to locate and finally dispose of Dellso, once he had gone to ground on the lava-covered planet. (SWDB)

Goblin Moss
this form of moss was known for its intense green color, as well as its ability to grow just about anywhere. (SWED, LJ2)

this huge, furred predator was native to the planet Ilum. They preferred the lowlands of the planet, but would sometimes venture into the mountains in search of prey. Resembling a lizard-like, fur-covered gorilla, gorgodons moved about on all-fours, but could rear up on their thick tails to intimidate prey. The tail could also be used as a bludgeon or whip to subdue prey. The mouth of the gorgodon had three rows of vicious teeth lining their formidable jaws, and their keen senses of smell and hearing made up for their poor eyesight. The thick, brown saliva of a gorgodon had many uses, primarily the binding of prey and the formation of nesting areas. Once a gorgodon subdued its prey, the creature wrapped its long body around it and squeezed tightly, thereby suffocating the prey. Their bodies were thick and heavy, with layers of muscle and fat surrounding an incredibly strong skeleton. The only way a gorgodon could be killed was to have its spine severed just behind the head, which paralyzed the beast and left it incapable of movement. (JQ, WOTC, LJ2)

this was one of the two new hives that were created from Yoggoy, after the crash of the Tachyon Flier on the planet Yoggoy, during the Yuuzhan Vong invasion of the galaxy. Like its counterpart, the Unu hive, the Gorog hive was formed when a Force-sensitive individual joined with the hive mind and began to influence it. However, where the Unu were created from the beliefs of former Jedi Knight Raynar Thul, the Gorog were created under the influence of the Dark Jedi Welk and Lomi Plo. Distinguished by their dark blue carapaces and barbed mandibles, the Gorog stood nearly two meters in height, and made imposing figures when compared to other hives within the Colony. Individual Gorog were excellent fighters, and would literally explode if their carapace was breached, which made them living bombs that could be used to attack other nests. Because of the influence of the Dark Jedi, the Gorog were able to keep their existence a secret from the rest of the Kind, tapping into the Force in order to mask their presence. In fact, not even UnuThul knew about the existence of the Gorog hive on Kr, and vehemently denied its existence was questioned by Han Solo and his wife, Leia Organa Solo, who had seen them first-hand. The Jedi Master Cilghal found that the Will of the Gorog was actually an unconscious kind of Will, acting independently from the Will of the Colony and subtly working to advance the Colony by any means. When the Chiss began taking steps to stop the encroachment of the Colony on their section of the Unknown Regions, many Chiss were captured in battle and held as prisoners of war. Many of these Chiss chose to become Joiners of the Gorog hive, while others were held for interrogation. These Chiss Joiners added their own unique mentality to the Gorog hive's collective mind, including the use of subterfuge to further their own goals. Luke Skywalker and the new Jedi order came to refer to the Gorog as the Dark Nest, since they were operating without the knowledge or consent of UnuThul and the Colony, and seemed to have their own agenda. When they Jedi were able to infiltrate the Gorog nest on Kr, they found that the Gorog had been using Chiss prisoners as sources of food in their grub caves, allowing the growing larvae to feed on living Chiss. The Jedi believed that Will of the Gorog nest was broken when Skywalker killed Welk in combat on Kr, but over the next twelve months, evidence of the Dark Nest's survival became increasingly apparent. The appearance of black membrosia was the primary indicator, since none of the other Colony hives admitted to its production. When the Skywalkers approached UnuThul about the reappearance of the Gorog, UnuThul then presented them with a new version of the creation of the Gorog hive. According to UnuThul, the Gorog were formed when they took in Beda and Eremay Ies, who Joined with the hive and imparted their own fear of being discovered to the hive. UnuThul reasoned that this was why the Gorog had targeted Mara Jade Skywalker, in order to kill her before she could discover the presense of Beda and Eremay among them. This new theory held certain grains of truth, but did little to explain the other actions of the Gorog. By putting all these bits of information together, however, Luke Skywalker was able to postulate that the Gorog hive was trying to break his will and invade his mind, in an effort to make him a Joiner and gain control of the new Jedi Order. Jacen Solo also had a similar revelation, although it came in the form of a Force-induced vision that showed a galaxy in flames, the result of Gorog's desire to take control of the galaxy. It was Jacen who realized that all of the things taking place in the galaxy - the clouding of the Colony's collective mind with alternate truths, the black membrosia, the pirates near the Utegetu Nebula, Luke's interaction with Alema Rar, and the confrontations with the Chiss - were all meant to destablized the Galactic Alliance and give the Gorog hive a chance to take control of the galaxy. (DN1, DN2)

this Squib was part of a trio who worked behind the scenes, gathering information about the shadier parts of the galaxy and providing it to the New Republic Intelligence agency. They worked from a base on Tatooine, and were known to have extensive knowledge of the planet's deserts. Grees accompanied Leia Organa Solo and her husband, Han Solo, to Tatooine, as part of a mission to intercept a group of Imperial agents. Grees worked with his partners, Sligh and Emala, to complete their non-human entourage. After Tatooine, the Squibs decided that selling art to the Imperials was not only profitable, but an excellent way to obtain more information about Imperial activities. They also aligned themselves with the Invisible Shell to help further their efforts to obtain rare artwork. They made no effort to correct the NRI's assumption that it was Ludlo Lebauer providing the artworks to the Empire, since it ensured they could continue their efforts without being identified. Unfortunately, Grees had gotten too greedy and was captured by Ludlo Lebauer and frozen in carbonite, after Ludlo discovered that the information on the MS-19 provided by the Squibs was false. Emala and Sligh were forced to manipulate the Solos into helping rescue Grees, who had become known as the Second Mistake to Lebauer. Using their NRI contacts, the Squibs met up with the Solos on Pavo Prime and convinced them to recover the Second Mistake in addition to the ten Alderaanian boasas which were the real object of the Solos' mission. Grees was eventually freed, and the Squibs fled into space. In the wake of the Yuuzhan Vong invasion and the subsequent galactic reconstruction, the three Squibs established a transport operation known as Second Mistake Enterprises, and were hired by the Colony to transport spinglass sculptures to the rest of the galaxy. The Squibs were unaware that each sculpture contained a handful of Gorog assassin bugs. (TG, SWI67, DN2)

Grugara, Yara
this woman reported on the high-society events of the Cularin System for Eye on Cularin. She was one of the few beings who was allowed to enter the lair of the crimelord Nirama, shortly after the Battle of Naboo, for an exclusive interview. Unfortunately, Yara's inane interview skills were more than Nirama could take. He ended the interview - which wasn't really an interview as much as it was Yara trying to poke fun at the crimelord - and returned her to Cularin. She was unharmed but unconscious when she was found, and her interview only served as proof of her vapid nature and inane style. However, as the galaxy spiraled downward into the Clone Wars, Yara became a more intuitive reporter, and actually came to interviews with background information and pertinent questions. It was even believed that a popular Coruscant-based news agency had interviewed her for a position in the Core Worlds, although no formal offer was ever made. Among her most popular interviews were those with Jedi Master Lanius Qel-Bertuk, whom Yara seemed to regard as a potential paramour. Lanius worked hard to maintain his composure around Yara, and eventually began to ask her for airtime. Not only did she grant these requests to Lanius, but she also began doing more interviews with the Jedi in general, hoping to provide a balanced approach to her reporting of the events in the Cularin System. Just after the end of the Clone Wars, she was upset to learn that a holovid had been produced without her permission, detailing her life story. Yara Grugara: Unauthorized and Totally Real was little more that a sensationalized version of her life, lacking any shred of truth and completely without her own support. (LFCW)

this man was one of Emperor Palpatine's High Inquisitors, and was the being who interviewed Canna Omonda shortly before she was executed. Halmere served under High Inquisitor Tremayne, during the early years of the New Order. (SWJ4, EAR)

Hammertong Project
this was the codename of the development project assigned the task of upgrading the primary laser cannons used to form the superlasers for the Death Star projects. Hammertong was begun during the final stages of the Clone Wars, when Chancellor Palpatine secretly dispatched the 501st Legion to Mygeeto to acquire an experimental power source. Just before the Battle of Yavin, the project was going to move its base. The scientists hoped to enlist Manda D'ulin's Mistryls to help keep the base secure, but the Empire didn't like the idea. It killed Manda and Pav D'armon when they attempted to enter the base. However, Shada D'ukal and the surviving Mistryls managed to steal the laser cannons and carry it to Tatooine. (TME, SWDB)

this fiery-tempered man was part of the small band of rebels that opposed the Imperial occupation of Jabiim during the height of the Galactic Civil War. Hesz served under Nolan Gillmunn for many years, until Nolan asked for assistance from the Alliance in defeating the Imperials. After arguing that the Loyalists should turn over the Alliance's agents - Princess Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker among them - Hesz revealed himself to be an Imperial spy. Hesz had agreed to turn Luke over to Vader in exchange for Jabiim's complete freedom. When he returned to Vader with only Jorin Sol, Vader was less than pleased. Rather than freeing Jabiim, Vader ordered the planet razed from orbit after Skywalker was finally captured. (SWESF)

Horn, Corran
this Corellian was a Captain at one time in Wedge Antilles' Rogue Squadron. Corran was a member of the Corellian Security Force before trying out for Rogue Squadron. He joined the training academy as his father, Hal, had before him, and excelled in the training at a level above his father's. He worked with Iella Wessiri under Gil Bastra, and fell in with Bastra's anti-Imperial philosophy. During an undercover mission with his father, Corran's mother was fatally injured in an accident with a drunk driver. They rushed to the hospital, where she died after seeing them one last time. With the appointment of Kirtan Loor as his superior, and with Hal's death at the hands of the Trandoshan bounty hunter Bossk, Corran knew that his future on Corellia was limited. Corran and Bastra created false smuggler ids for each other, the Wessiri's, and two other Alliance supporters, and then staged a scenario in which Corran killed them in cold blood. Corran claimed that he was only following the orders of Kirtan Loor, but Loor felt that Corran was trying to upstage him. When Corran defected to the Alliance, Loor put out an Imperial deathmark on Corran's head. During one of his training simulations, Corran tried to change the basic set of maneuvers for the Requiem scenario, slowing to a near-stop to trying and draw the TIE Fighters, and TIE Bombers to him and away from the Redemption. He succeeded, making nine kills and surviving even Tycho Celchu, who was piloting a TIE Fighter. Corran later became one of Antilles' best pilots, taking on the hardest missions and surviving them. Corran kept his grandfather's JedCred on a chain around his neck, rubbing it for luck during these missions. He was instrumental in the liberation of Borleias from the Empire, and went undercover to assist the New Republic in gaining information on Coruscant. However, while on the Coruscant mission, Corran's Z-95 Headhunter was brought down by remote control - presumably by Tycho Celchu - and crashed in the Invisible Sector of Coruscant's Imperial City. He was captured and brought to Ysanne Isard at Lusankya for interrogation. He proved to be incorrigible, and Isard consigned him to the rock mines. There, he met the prisoner Jan and devised an escape plan. Corran discovered that the gravity at Lusankya was reversed to keep the prisoners disoriented, and escaped to discover that Lusankya was buried beneath Imperial City. After spending six weeks in the Lusankya facility, he arrived at Tycho's trial and proved Tycho innocent. He also relayed information on a hidden Jedi museum buried near Lusankya to Luke Skywalker, who found the museum in a hidden section of the Galactic Museum. Luke offered Corran the chance to become a Jedi Knight, but Corran refused. He opted to continue to serve with Rogue Squadron. It was at about this time that Corran became romantically involved with Mirax Terrik, a situation whose irony was not lost on either of them. Corran's father, Hal, had been the one to send Booster Terrik to Kessel for smuggling. Mirax, though, held none of her father's enmity, and wasted no time in agreeing to marry Corran. After the Battle of Thyferra, they were married by Wedge Antilles aboard the Lusankya, in order to avoid any interference from Booster. A more elaborate ceremony was held on Coruscant upon their return. Corran remained with Rogue Squadron, and spent time battling Grand Admiral Thrawn and the reborn Emperor Palpatine's forces at Coruscant - the home he and Mirax build was one of the first victims of the falling Star Destroyer Liberator. When the battle to eliminate the Invid pirates led Mirax into danger, Corran joined Luke Skywalker's Jedi praxeum on Yavin 4 and began to learn more about the Force. A rival of Gantoris, Corran was a slow but steady learner. However, after the defeat of Exar Kun and following a visit with his grandfather on Corellia, Corran realized that he didn't need to become a Jedi to find Mirax. He infiltrated the Khuiumin Survivors and joined the Invids, attracting the attention of Leonia Tavira. In order to scatter the Invids, he started portraying an "avenging Jedi" on Courkrus, killing Shala the Hutt before getting most of the Invids to flee. When he came under the attack of Tavira's Jensaarai warriors, though, he was rescued by Luke Skywalker and took off to rescue Mirax on Suarbi 7/5. They succeeded in rescuing here, then Corran used his ability with the Force to lead Tavira to believe she was under attack by the New Republic and the destroyed Sun Crusher. Tavira fled, and things slowly returned to normal. Corran opted not to return to Yavin 4, a decision which Luke agreed to wholeheartedly. Luke did allow Corran one parting gesture, though: Corran destroyed Exar Kun's statue and temple on Yavin 4 with a volley of proton torpedoes, forever eliminating the focal point of Sith energy on the moon. After he resigned his commission with the New Republic and Rogue Squadron, Corran returned to Yavin 4 to complete his Jedi training, where he was known for his ability to project images into the minds of others. By the time of the Yuuzhan Vong invasion, Corran was a full Jedi Knight. Like his grandfather, Corran found that he had no ability to move objects through the Force, something that many considered a basic skill of a Jedi. He was one of the Jedi who felt Luke was doing his best to bring new Knights along slowly, although he often found himself in the minority. Corran was teamed up with Ganner Rhysode during the early stages of the Yuuzhan Vong invasion, and the pair struggled to agree on virtually everything. They eventually discovered a grudging respect for each other. When Corran and Ganner attempted to rescue the slaves they found on Bimmiel, Corran was mortally wounded by a Yuuzhan Vong amphistaff. Ganner returned to recover Corran's body, quickly dunking him in bacta and drawing the poison out so that Corran survived. In the wake of the battle, Corran learned that the planet Garqi had been invaded, and that he had been called up to serve as a Colonel in their militia. This mission allowed him to scout out the Yuuzhan Vong actions on the planet, as well as forming a resistance group and planning for the evacuation of civilians if necessary. He was allowed to take a group of six Noghri with him, and they discovered that the pollen of the bafforr tree was deadly to vonduun crab armor. However, before the New Republic could take advantage of this, the Yuuzhan Vong attacked Ithor. The Yuuzhan Vong commander, Shedao Shai, also murdered Elegos A'Kla, and sent his bones back to Corran as a threat. Corran and the rest of the Jedi were allowed to defend the planet from ground assault, and Corran eventually confronted Shedao Shai. They agreed to a duel: Corran fighting for Ithor and Shedao Shai for the remains of Mongei Shai. Corran barely managed to defeat the Yuuzhan Vong commander, but that defeat left Deign Lian in command of the alien fleet. Lian fired on Ithor with a bacteria-riddled bioweapon which destroyed all life on Ithor's surface. Then, the Legacy of Torment was destroyed, and it crashed into Ithor's surface. As the ship exploded and flames engulfed Ithor's surface, Corran was labeled in the news media as "the man who killed Ithor." For his own part, Corran felt himself slipping dangerously close to the Dark Side of the Force, having wanted to kill Shedao Shai in revenge for Elegos A'Kla's death, rather than to protect Ithor. He resigned his position with the Jedi Knights in order to meditate on his actions and try to return to an equilibrium. Corran returned to action during the struggle to free the students of the Jedi praxeum on Yavin 4, helping to rescue the crew of the Idiot's Array. He was later reinstated to the New Republic Navy, and he took command of Rogue Squadron during the period following the Battle of Borleias. When the planet Zonama Sekot was discovered to be hiding in the Unknown Regions by Luke Skywalker and a band of Jedi, Corran was assigned to lead Tahiri Veila on a mission to meet with the Yu'shaa, the Yuuzhan Vong Prophet who was searching for Zonama Sekot himself. During the final stages of the battle against the Yuuzhan Vong, after the living planet Zonama Sekot agreed to help bring about an end to the conflict, Corran was one of several Jedi Knights were bonded to seed-partners and provided with Sekotan starships. For his actions during the conflict with the Yuuzhan Vong, Corran was elevated to the rank of Jedi Master, and spent several years training a Padawan known as Raltharan. In the wake of the Qoribu Crisis, Corran found himself in an odd position when Luke Skywalker was stranded on Woteba. The Chief of State of the Galactic Alliance, Cal Omas, demanded that a leader be chosen for the new Jedi Order, in order to bring about an end to the problem of the Dark Nest. With Master Skywalker mission, Omas pushed for Corran to become the new leader of the Jedi Order. (XWN, WG, KT, BW, IJ, IR, DTO, DTR, EVC, DW, NEGC, FP, UF, DN2)

a gourd found in the desert oases of Tatooine, the hubba provided the primary basis for the diets of Sand People and Jawas. These round, yellow fruits grew in the shadows of cliffs, and their tough, stringy inner fibers held a great deal of water. The water could be wrung or sucked from them, providing fluids to the eater. The name "hubba" was derived from a Jawa term which meant "the staff of life." Dried or fried slices of hubba flesh were consumed as snack chips, and dried fibers were also ground into a form of tobacco. The rind of the gourd was also dried, but was pulverized and sifted. Small crystals which were imbedded in the rind were removed, and the remaining rind was steeped in water to create a pungent form of tea. The blossoms of the hubba plant were often used to create mildly-scented bouquets. (TME, TJP, EGA, TG, P, DN2)

Humbarine Sector
this was one of the most industrialized sectors of the Old Republic, rivalled only by the Corellian and Kuat Sectors. During the Clone Wars, many of the planets in the Humbarine Sector either sided with the Confederacy of Independent Systems or were subjugated by it, providing a key industrial resource for the Separatist cause. (X2, SWDB)

Hypervelocity Gun
this planetary defense weapon used a huge powerplant to drive a firing mechanism. In most situations, the powerplant was buried underground, as were the weapon's ray- and particle-shield generators. This substructure supported the weapon during firing, when it blasted super-accelerated slugs at its target. The HVG could fire up to 120 slugs per minute, in between shield bursts. The slugs could penetrate ray shielding, and could make quick work of most particle shields. During the height of the Galactic Civil War, the Empire built several hypervelocity guns into orbital space stations, providing the weapons with additional mobility. (BTS, LAWS)

Imperial 501st Legion
this company of Imperial stormtroopers, known as the Vader's Fist, was once the personal guard of Darth Vader himself, during the height of the New Order. The origins of the 501st were found during the Clone Wars, during which time they were known simply as the 501st Legion, and were part of the ground forces that were protecting Coruscant. As such, the 501st was secretly trained on Coruscant alongside Chancellor Palpatine's personal shock troopers, and was dispatched to accompany Darth Vader to destroy the Jedi who were found within the Jedi Temple. The 501st then either accompanied Vader or were dispatched by him on a variety of missions, including the elimination of Queen Apailana of Naboo and Gizor Dellso on Mustafar. They were even sent to Kamino to put down a rebellion of clones who had been created to be loyal to the Kaminoans. During the era of the New Order, the Imperial 501st was known for its fanatic adherence to the pro-human stance of the Emperor, a trait that manifested itself in their combat training and the efficiency with which they executed their orders. The unit was eventually assigned to guard the prison facilities aboard the first Death Star during its construction. After appearing unprepared for a prison break, the 501st was split up and sent on a variety of missions to hunt down the spies who stole the Death Star plans. This resulted in the 501st surviving the Battle of Yavin, allowing the unit to continue its service to the Empire. In the wake of the Battle of Endor, the 501st Legion was split up among the various Imperial warlords. The 501st eventually became part of the military forces of the Empire of the Hand, at least in name, several years after the Battle of Yavin. The legion had been reformed by Admiral Voss Parck, although it was reborn with the beliefs and tenets of the Empire of the Hand. Even the anti-alien sentiment of the old unit was gone, especially after the Eickarie known as Su-mil joined the Aurek-Seven unit. (FB, SQ, VD3, SWDB)

this planet, located in the Bortele Cluster in the Mid Rim, was covered with desolate salt flats and craters. Humans colonized the world, but their existence was a constant struggle against the elements. (DCAR)

Izal Waz
this Arcona, known for his nasty salt addiction and his ability to fire most starship weapons systems, was also a Force-sensitive individual who joined the crew of the Jolly Man during the hunt for a Yuuzhan Vong yammosk. He had been a student at the Jedi praxeum on Yavin 4, until he consumed too much of a nerfloaf made by Kenth Hamner. The salt in the meal was too much for his system, and he was forced to leave the moon in order to maintain his salt habit. He eventually met up with the Jedi Master Eelysa, who helped him focus his energies on recovering from his addiction and growing into a Jedi. It was Izal Waz who developed the technique of using the Force to collect ambient light, creating a "glowball" which hid a starship from the alien invaders as if it was inside a small star. Izal approached Han and Leia Organa Solo on Corellia, shortly before Coruscant fell to the Yuuzan Vong, on orders from Eelysa to get the Jedi off Corellia aboard his ship, the Sureshot. Izal Waz was ultimately one of the handful of Jedi Knights to survive the conflict with the Yuuzhan Vong, and served as one of the Jedi who flew an X-Wing during the years leading up to the Qoribu Crisis. (REC, SBS, WOTC, UF, DN2)

this was the human race which was native to the planet Jabiim. During the Clone Wars, the Jabiimite leaders sided with the Separatists, despite the fact that there had been an Old Republic military base on the planet for years. When the Old Republic sent a force to liberate the planet, many Jedi Masters were killed in battle, forcing Anakin Skywalker and a group of Padawans to carry on the battle. Ultimately, the Separatist force proved too strong, and Skywalker was force to order a complete retreat. Despite the fact that they had allied themselves with the Separatists, the Jabiimites believed that the Republic had abandoned them, especially after the Separatist forces there were soon replaced with Imperial forces that virtually enslaved the population. For nearly twenty-one years, the Jabiimites were left to fend for themselves, held in thrall by the Imperial agents sent to oversee the planet. Some eight months after the Battle of Yavin, their enslavement was to have been permanent when Darth Vader arrived to ship a large percentage of the population offworld as slaves. The Jabiimi people were saved when Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa arrived on the planet, and helped the Jabiimites overthrow Governor Thorne Kraym. Although large portions of Jabiim's surfaces were bombarded with turbolaser fire, the planet was abandoned by the Empire, and the Jabiimites were freed. (SWI68, SWI69, SWESF)

Jae Juun
this Sullustan was an independent spacer and part-time smuggler who worked from a base on Regel Eight during the years following the Yuuzhan Vong invasion of the galaxy. Juun and his partner, the Ewok named Tarfang, worked out of Juun's starship, the XR808g for many years, before being drawn to the Unknown Regions and going to work for the Colony. When Han Solo and his wife, Leia Organa Solo, arrived in search of their twins, Jaina and Jacen, Jae Juun reluctantly agreed to help them get to Yoggoy. Although not fully a Joiner, Jae understood that the Colony - and UnuThul in particular - did not want the Solos to locate their children, out of fear that they might interfere with the struggle against the Chiss. Jae Juun, however, accepted at face value the Solos' offer of assistance. Although he was dismayed to learn that the Solos were trying to remove their children and the other Jedi from the hive, he realized that he was not ready to become a Joiner. Thus, he worked to earn Han's trust, drawing on his knowledge of the history of the Galactic Civil War to try and anticipate his actions. Jae Juun discovered that much of Han's skill was based on spur-of-the-moment decisions, which was hard to fathom but easy to acknowledge. During the height of the so-called Qoribu Crisis, Jae Juun found himself working with the Solos to try and avoid all-out warfare between the Chiss and the Colony. He was forced to sacrifice the XR808g on a mission to infitrate the Colony's hives in the Qoribu moons, and later joined Han as part-time co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon. When the Colony was relocated to the Utegetu Nebula, Han arranged for Jae Juun to purchase a new transport vessel from Lando Calrissian, and convinced Lando to give them a lucrative transport contract. The Sullustan found the new vessel - a Mon Calamarian Sailfish model - too expensive to operate, and traded it in on the Ronto-class transport designated DR919a. He also declined to renew his contract with Lando, and instead went to work for Second Mistake Enterprises. In this new capacity, Jae Juun and Tarfang inadvertently provided shipments of spinglass sculptures containing Gorog assassin bugs to the Galactic Alliance's Fifth Fleet, which was blockading the Utegetu Nebula. In an effort to atone for this, they allowed Solo and Luke Skywalker to commandeer the DR919a and attack the Gorog nest ship hidden within the Utegetu Nebula. The DR919a was badly damaged in the attack, and Jae Juun did all he could to control its crash-landing on the hull of the Gorog nest ship. Jae Juun and Tarfang fought valiantly alongside Solo and Skywalker, and managed to disable the vessel before it could escape. In the aftermath of the blockade, Jae Juun and Tarfang found themselves being approached by Admiral Nek Bwua'tu, who offered them positions as intelligence agents. Bwua'tu knew that their knowledge of the Colony, as well as their contacts at Second Mistake Enterprises, put them in a position to gather information about the Killiks. Jae Juun and Tarfang heartily agreed to the offer. (DN1, DN2)

Jedi Order
this was the name given to the complete membership of Jedi Padawans, Knights, and Masters, as well as the guidelines for their training and actions. During the era of the Old Republic, the Jedi Order was separate from the government, although its actions were governed by the Galactic Senate. In this relationship, the Senate oversaw the activities of the Jedi Order, but the Jedi were free to carry out their missions within their own guidelines. The Jedi Order of the Old Republic was governed by the twelve-member Jedi Council, which made the final decisions on the missions that were carried out by the Jedi Knights. After Emperor Palpatine destroyed the Jedi Knights with the exeuction of Order 66, the Jedi Order was all but eliminated for many decades. When Luke Skywalker finally established his Jedi praxeum on Yavin 4, he started out by using the basic guidance he had received from Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda as the basis for his own training style. However, he avoided the formation of a new Jedi Order in an effort to separate his students from the government. While this allowed Master Skywalker to rebuild the Jedi Knights, he still had to battle the old prejudices that were formed against the Jedi during the final decades of the Old Republic and the era of the New Order. When the Yuuzhan Vong invaded the galaxy and challenged all known beliefs about the Force, Master Skywalker was forced to form a new Jedi Order that was based on the knowledge that both the Light and Dark Sides of the Force were simply aspects of a single power. Based on this, the new Jedi Order was founded on the belief that a Jedi Knight should act to ensure that there was balance in the Force, regardless of the way in which they achieved balance. Unfortunately, in the wake of the Qoribu Crisis, Master Skywalker found that the Jedi Order was losing its way. While embracing this new philosophy, Master Skywalker felt that the Jedi had lost their identity and their place in the galaxy. Thus, he vowed to become more of a leader and less of a guide, hoping that the re-establishment of a leadership council would restore the Jedi to their rightful place as the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy. (PJSB, DN1, DN2)

this man served the Alliance at Echo Base, on Hoth, during the height of the Galactic Civil War. A veteran of the Battle of Hoth, Corporal Jobin was believed to have been the brother of Lieda Mothma, and the son of Mon Mothma herself. At Echo Base, Jobin was part of the team that controlled the base's ion cannon, and was believed to have fired the shot that disabled a Satr Destroyer and opened an escape route for the first of the Alliance's transports. He was then the first to report on the breach of Echo Base's defenses by Imperial forces, before he was forced to abandon his post and retreat to a pre-defined escape point. (SWI82, VIS)

Kalist VI
this planet was the site of an Imperial labor colony. Dak Ralter was born at the colony, and escaped when he was seveteen, with the help of Breg, a downed Alliance pilot. Kalist VI was a world dominated by rocky deserts that were broken only by rugged, arid mountain ranges. (MTS, GG3, SWEWW)

this was the Mandalorian term for a cape. A shortened variant of the kama was adopted by the ARC Troopers of the Grand Army of the Republic as protection for their legs. It was made from a special material that provided camoflage as well as anti-blast protection. The troopers of the 327th Star Corps also found that the kama protected their legs from the backwash of their jetpacks. Because of its use in the question Tion'ad hukaat'kama?, or "Who's watching your back?", the word kama came to refer to one's backside or back. (SWI80, SWI84, OWS)

this planet was the homeworld of the Kamarian race. It was a hot, dusty world, being very close to its white sun. Han Solo once ran a holotheater there during the early years of the New Order, catering to the local Kamarians whle trying to make repairs to the Millennium Falcon and earn some spare cash. The planet was home to a number of incredibly adaptive plants and animals, including the howlrunner. In the wake of the Galactic Civil War, the planet was discovered to have a wealth of crystalline formations hidden beneath the sands of its deserts. The crystals exported from Kamar were prohibitively expensive, since the native Kamarians refused to allow offworld interests to establish mining operations on the planet. (HSR, DE1, DN2)

this alien race was native to the planet Kamino, and was descended from a species of amphibians that once lived in Kamino's marches. The average Kaminoan was a tall, thin being with pale skin and a small, knob-like skull. The skull sat atop a thin, seven-boned neck. The male of the species had a thin ridge running along the back their heads, which the females did not display. Their almond-shaped eyes could see into a variety of spectra beyond that of visible light. The Kaminoans were considered one of the most adept species at the creation of clones, although very few beings in the galaxy at large even knew of the existence of the Kaminoans. The Kaminoans had been developing cloning technology for many centuries prior to the Clone Wars. This technology was developed shortly after the Great Flood, when the Kaminoans struggled to survive the global warming of their planet. Genetic manipulation and cloning ensured that the Kaminoans remained a strong and viable species. It was believed that their aloof nature was due, in part, to the genetic manipulation of the Kaminoan gene-pool, which kept the race vital without sacrificing individuality. Many beings speculated that the modern Kaminoans were cloned, rather than created by natural reproduction. Since the post-flood Kamino provided little natural resources, the Kaminoans discreetly sold their cloning services in return for the import of raw materials. The Kaminoans aloof nature, coupled with Kamino's location in Wild Space, kept them isolated from the Old Republic until Jedi Master Syfo-Dyas contacted them about the creation of a clone army. Their anonimity was further ensured when Darth Tyranus filled Sifo-Dyas and erased evidence of the Kamino System from the Jedi Archives, having no desire to have the Jedi discover their former Master's plans. In the wake of the Clone Wars, the Kaminoans tried to fight back against Imperial oppression by secretly creating their own army of clones, loyal only to the Kaminoans themselves. This rebellion was swiftly stamped out by the 501st Legion of Imperial stormtroopers. (SWI60, TCG1, BF1, AOTCN, VD2, SWDB, GORW)

this Hapan Battle Dragon was the flagship of the task force Tenel Ka Djo assembled to assist the Colony in defending itself against the Chiss, some five years after the Yuuzhan Vong were defeated. The ship and its small fleet were under the command of Dukat Aleson Gray. After the conflict was ended with the death of Welk on Kr, the Kendall was quickly refitted to accommodate the many Qoribu hives that were to be relocated to Woteba, a planet that was deeper in the Unknown Regions and well away from Chiss space. (DN1, DN2)

this grizzled Ewok shaman served under Chief Chirpa during the Battle of Endor. Keoulkeech grew up with his brother, Leektar, in the Red Bush Grove. He was believed to have perished when lightning struck the trees of the village and destroyed it. The only other survivor was Leektar, who eventually brought Keoulkeech to Bright Tree Village. Following the struggle to free Endor from Imperial control, Keoulkeech set out to find his calling among the great trees of the forest. Opening himself up to the spirits of Endor, he found himself at Salfur's Trading Post. There, he met a Carosite trader who was bringing medical supplies to Yir Tangee. He heard the spirits calling, and joined the crew of the Sudden Restoration as a healer and medic. (HR, SWDB)

Koth Melan
this Bothan was a native of Bothawui. His father was a teacher on the planet during the early stages of the Galactic Civil War, but was killed by Imperial forces on false charges of espionage. A member of the Alya clan, Koth Melan removed the Bothan honorific 'lya' in memory of his father, and chose not to replace it after the War was over. Melan rose to power in the Bothan resistance, and was placed in charge of the Bothan Spynet. The death of his father led Melan to slowly turn the Bothan Spynet's activities to support the Alliance. He was among the first to realize that the Bothans had access to the secret plans to the second Death Star, although he did not know the exact details. He sent word to Leia Organa to come to Bothawui and receive the information, but Leia was on Rodia and the message was delivered to Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian instead. They arrived, and after stealing the information from the Tuk Previz, took it to Kothlis. There, Koth Melan was killed in the firefight during an Imperial raid on the planet. (SE, SSE, SESB, HG)

Kraym, Thorne
this man was one of the military leaders who supported the Jabiimi Nationalists, during the Imperial occupation of Jabiim. Years earlier, he was among the military officers who were supporting the Separatist forces during the Clone Wars, and nearly died when Orliss Gillmunn and his guerrillas boxed his detachment into High Rock Canyon. However, Thorne and his forces used a specially-designed virus to wipe out the Loyalists and escape, with Thorne taking Gillmunn's life himself during their escape. Thorne confronted Gillmunn's son, Nolan, some twenty years later, when the Imperial forces on Jabiim raided the Loyalist headquarters. He claimed to have finally ousted the Empire and reclaimed complete mining rights to the planet without firing a single shot, by giving in to two conditions: a large portion of the Jabiimite population was to be shipped off-planet as indentured workers, and Gillmunn had to turn over Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa as prisoners. Gillmunn refused on both counts, and although Leia was allowed to escape, Thorne was more than pleased to learn that Luke was the son of Anakin Skywalker. His pleasure at confronting the son of the man who doomed Jabiim's Loyalists to subjugation by the Empire was short-lived, however, when it was learned that Darth Vader himself was on his way to Jabiim to take Luke into custody. In a final attempt to break the will of the rebels, Thorne tried to execute Nolan and his Loyalist leaders. The exeuction was cut short when Vader ordered the bombardment of Jabiim from space, sending the stormtroopers scurrying for cover. In the ensuing chaos, Thorne tried to kill Luke, but was instead fatally shot by Nolan Gillmunn. With his dying breath, he railed against the Loyalists, but ultimately died from his wounds. (SWESF)

this was an Imperial swear word that found widespread use in the wake of the Yuuzhan Vong invasion of the galaxy. It could be used in a variety of forms, including the adjective "kriffing." (VOF, DN1, DN2)

this was a style of hand-to-hand martial arts studied by the Alliance's Special Forces division. The emphasis of the K'tara style was the maximization of damage to the opponent while minimizing the amount of noise created by the attack. Thus, much of the K'tara martial art was focused on short, quick motions. Alliance agents trained in the use of the K'tara arts could disarm an opponent and render them unconscious in a few swift motions, therby attracting as little attention as possible. (ROE, HG)

K'thri Arts
this ancient style of martial arts emphasized unarmed combat. Those beings who understood and practiced the K'thri Arts marked themselves with specialized facial tattoos. Practitioners of the K'trhi Arts focused their movements on speed and fluidity, with sweeping motions that counterpointed quick jabs and fancy footwork. For many decades during the height of the Old Republic, the K'thri style of combat was relegated to a form of sport, because its flowing, fast-paced motions lent themselves as well to entertainment as to combat. (TTSB, LFCW, HG)

Lands, Roan
this man was a native of the planet Bellassa, during the last years of the Old Republic. It was also believed that Lands was an officer in the Grand Army of the Republic, and it was during his service that he met Ferus Olin. The two became fast friends, and after the Clone Wars they retired to Bellassa and created the Olin/Lands Agency in Ussa. Ferus later explained that it was Roan who took him in after the destruction of the Jedi Order, and helped him get back on his feet. The idea for the agency had been Ferus', but Roan sold off all his assets to fund it. The business was set up to assist those Bellassans who had exposed criminals and were placed in witness-protection programs, providing them with new identities and new homes. After the Empire arrived on Bellassa and replaced the elected governor with an Imperial supporter, their work became more involved with protecting those individuals who blew the whistle on corruption officials. Their experiences led them to form the Eleven and begin speaking to the Bellassan population about refusing to submit to Imperial control, which earned them positions on the Empire's wanted lists. They remained free for a while, but were eventually cornered by stormtroopers. Ferus managed to escape, but Roan was captured and interrogated. He was later recovered and brought to Doctor Amie Antin, who was unable to treat him without knowing what drugs had been used on him. Obi-Wan Kenobi managed to infiltrate the Imperial garrison and find the information, which allowed Doctor Antin to treat Roan and restore him to health. Roan later helped Ferus establish a base of operations on a hidden asteroid, bringing all manner of supplies to help his friend create a safeworld for any surviving members of the Jedi Order. (LJ1, LJ2)

this milky, nonfabricant stone was quarried in the Roche Asteroid Field. It was used in the making of tiles and other flooring materials, and was known for its hardness and durability. (SBS, DN2)

Lo'gaan, Drake
this young Jedi Padawan was being trained by Jedi Master Roron Corobb during the years leading up to the Clone Wars. They were part of the task force that was dispatched to protect Chancellor Palpatine when General Grievous launched his attack on Coruscant. Unfortunately, Grievous was able to kill both Master Corobb and Master Moudama before taking Palpatine hostage, leaving Drake disconsolate and directionless. After the First Battle of Coruscant, Drake learned that a mission was being formed to go after Grievous. He approached Anakin Skywalker about joining the mission, hoping to avenge the death of his Master. Anakin explained that only Obi-Wan Kenobi had been sent after Grievous. Meanwhile, Drake and Ekria were both assigned to the mission led by Aayla Secura to Felucia. It was on Felucia that Ekria intercepted the communication of Order 66, but was unable to decrypt it before Commander Bly received it an acted on it. After escaping from Felucia, Ekria, Zonder, and Drake returned to Coruscant as refugees, then slipped into the Jedi Temple. There, Ekria erased all information on them from the computer banks of the Jedi Archives, allowing them to continue to operate undercover. Then, while trying to blend in, Drake and Zonder tried to get normal jobs. However, they were split up when Zonder was assigned to a work crew, and Drake - posing as Jodd Sonta - was taken to a meeting of COMPNOR. At the meeting, Drake found himself listening to an early speech from High Inquisitor Tremayne, and was stunned to find out how easy it was to slip into his pro-Imperial disguise. He was also surprised at how easily he was attracted to Onnelly Praji, one of the young aristos who was traveling to the Emerald Splendor Estates on Byss. After the meeting, Tremayne singled out Drake for investigation, when his background story didn't check out. Drake was unaware of the attention he had attracted, until he discovered that Zonder had been assigned to a non-human work detail that was to be eliminated. He set out to rescue his friend, blowing his cover and alerting the Imperial authorities to his presence on Coruscant. When he was confronted by Tremayne, however, Drake was not immediately captured and sent to prison. Instead, Tremayne offered Drake a chance to join him, and be trained in the ways of the Dark Side of the Force. (ROF, EAR)

this stern-looking man was a Senator to the Old Republic during the height of the Clone Wars, representing his homeworld of Uyter. A native of the Visdic territory, Senator Male'-Dee wore his red hair in a style that signified a plea for peace, with just a strip of hair running from his forehead over the top of his skull to the nape of his neck. Male'-Dee assumed the role of Senator after the assassination of Lexi Dio, a Senator who was considered a much more controversial representive. (OWS, VD3, SWDB, SWI85)

Maneeli Tuun
this Polis Massan was one of the many members of the archaeological team that was investigating the ancient civilization of the sundered world of Polis Massa, during the last years of the Old Republic. Maneeli Tuun was trained as a physician, and served the archaeological team as a doctor and surgeon. He was also a strong supporter of the ideals of the Old Republic, and often assisted the Jedi Order with certain missions during the years leading up to the Clone Wars. Thus, when Padme' Amidala was brought to Polis Massa by Obi-Wan Kenobi, Maneeli Tuun was on duty to assist in helping her deliver her twin babies. Many months later, he was forced to submit to the demands of Inquisitor Sancor, but he knew that he could never turn over all of Polis Massa's records to the Imperial agent. Maneeli Tuun destroyed what evidence he could, then provided only the minimum to Sancor in order to keep information on Padme's presence on Polis Massa a secret. After Sancor was killed while fighting Obi-Wan, Maneeli Tuun remained behind to cover up Sancor's death, and further safeguard any information on Padme' and the Jedi Order. (VD3, LJ2)

March, Reina
this woman was the leader of the anarchist group known as Edge-9, during the last decades of the Old Republic. Known for her skills as a hand-to-hand fighter, Reina often dressed in non-descript clothing in order to blend in with a crowd. She was sometimes seen in the company of Dannl Faytonni. (CCW, DAG)

Master Jaing
this man was one of the many Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders who survived the Mandalorian Wars and set out to take control of several clans of mercenaries, some 4,000 years before the Battle of Endor. Like Canderous Ordo, Master Jaing was a former shock trooper who remained loyal to the Canons of Honor, but realized that he needed to earn credits in order to survive. Jaing managed to rein in some of the old Neo-Crusader clans, and made a relatively honest living as a soldier for hire. It was rumored that Jaing was the first true mentor of the armored bounty hunter Durge, and it was believed that Jaing was killed in a Mandalorian attack while arranging for Durge to receive his various cybernetic implants. (SWI80, VIS)

this young girl was one of the many slaves owned by Gardulla the Hutt. She grew up on the desert world of Tatooine, during the years leading up to the Battle of Naboo, but had no recollection of her parents or where she had been born. Growing up in this environment forced Melee to become tough, and she made friends with the local bully, Seek. She often made fun of the other slave children, although she found herself secretly adoring Anakin Skywalker. Melee served on Gardulla's cleaning staff, until her skills as a mechanic earned her a position on Gardulla's garage. With her knowledge, Melee outwardly stated that Anakin Skywalker's homemade podracer would never fly. Secretly, however, Melee dreamed that Anakin would win the Boonta Eve podrace and gain his freedom, so that he could later return to Tatooine and free the slaves. After Anakin's departure, Melee became friends with Shmi Skywalker, who taught the young girl to read and write. After Gardulla's death, Melee was sold to Bryyn Woolery, although she remained in Mos Espa for several years before Wollery moved to Mos Eisley. There, Melee was eventually freed when Woolery became wealthy, although she continued to work for him as a delivery agent. Several years later, she learned of the existence of a boy named Luke Skywalker. Melee set out to locate the boy, hoping that he would know something about Anakin. However, after tracing Luke to the moisture farm of Owen and Beru Lars, Melee found the homestead a charred ruin. She never learned if Luke was connected to Anakin. (SW1, SWDB)

this thick, amber-colored liquor was produced by the Colony. It was as potent as it was sweet, and made most beings feel warm throughout their entire bodies. Pure membrosia was produced by a bantha-sized variant of the Kind, and was exuded as a dark fluid from their swollen abdomen. Workers then consumed the fluid and processed it internally, further refining the membrosia into small, waxy balls that were deposited from their own abdomens. The balls were then transported throughout the hive, and were later heated to the melting point and served as a beverage. In the years following the Yuuzhan Vong invasion of the galaxy, a more potent variety of membrosia - known simply as black membrosia - was produced by the Gorog hive. (DN1, DN2)

Mistryl Shadow Guards
this mysterious sisterhood formed the basic unit of society on the planet Emberlene. The Mistryl Shadow Guards were personally commissioned by the Eleven Elders of the People to protect and defend not only Emberlene but other down-trodded peoples as well. Any pay the Mistryls acquired was returned to Emberlene, in order for the native population to purchase the necessities of life. During the height of the Clone Wars, the government of Emberlene allied itself with the Separatists, which allowed them to obtain the military resources to expand their sphere of control. The Mistryl grew larger and more powerful with every subjugation, until the Clone Wars suddenly came to an end. Without Separatist backing, the Mistryl Shadow Guards were unable to continue their subjugation of the neighbors, and could no longer defend the worlds they had conquered. The planets that had been subjugated by the Mistryl joined together, combining their meager resources to form a huge army of soliders and mercenaries that staged a massive rebellion against Emberlene and the Mistryl. The rebellion was exceptionally devastating, as it nearly wiped out all life on Emberlene. The few natives who survived chose to rewrite history, blaming the Empire for the destruction of their homeworld. This new history also provided a new reason for the existence of the Mistryl, claiming that the Mistryl had been created to exact torturous and devastating acts of revenge against the Empire. Despite this, many independent Mistryl sometimes worked for the Empire in order to obtain funds, although they never aligned themselves with Palpatine's forces. At their heart, the Mistryl Shadow Guards worked at every opportunity to exact some form of revenge on the Empire for its part in Emberlene's destruction, although most never knew that the Empire had nothing to do with the devastation of the planet. (SWJ9, HG)

Mon Mothma
this Imperial-class Star Destroyer was part of a New Republic fleet which was commandeered by Garm Bel Iblis to assist in the defense of the Jedi base on Eclipse, some two years after the Yuuzhan Vong began their invasion of the galaxy. The Mon Mothma accompanied the Elegos A'Kla to Talfaglio, against the wishes of the New Republic military, to ensure that the Jedi Knights escaped without mishap. It was later learned that Chief of State Borsk Fey'lya himself authorized the use of the Star Destroyers, legitimizing their appearance in rescuing the Jedi. Both ships were able to transport thousands of Talfaglion refugees away from the Yuuzhan Vong, in addition to defending Eclipse against discovery. The Mon Mothma was one of the first Star Destroyers equipped with a new form of gravity-well projector, but even that weaponry was no match for the sheer numbers of the Yuuzhan Vong. During the Second Battle of Coruscant, the Mon Mothma fought valiantly, but was unable to stem the tide of alien attackers. The Mon Mothma retreated to Borleias, and assisted in the retaking of the planet by Wedge Antilles and his Inner Circle. Once at Borleias, the Mon Mothma and her crew again fought well, driving back wave after wave of Yuuzhan Vong attackers until the Starlancer project could be launched. Then, the ship was hidden at the edge of the Pyria System during the evacuation of Borleias. When the battle had turned enough to allow escape, the Mon Mothma jumped back to Borleias and pounded the Yuuzhan Vong worldship until the refitted Lusankya could be brought to bear on the Yuuzhan Vong. Later, the Mon Mothma served as the flagship of General Wedge Antilles' fleet, which set out to pound the Yuuzhan Vong at Duro. Once again, the Mon Mothma took heavy damage, but it was all part of a plan which drew Yuuzhan Vong ships into the Duro System, where they coud be trapped using gravity-well projectors. The plan nearly failed when Commander Yurf Col broke ranks, but the rest of the ships completed their mission. With the formulation of Operation Trinity, the Mon Mothma was repaired and sent back into action, this time at Bilbringi. With the loss of the Holonet, General Antilles' task force was cut off without reinforcements. She took a heavy pounding, and several other ships in the fleet were destroyed. In order to stay in the fight, Antilles ordered the ship's shielding to be dminished, making it appear as if the Mon Mothmas's main reactors were about to explode. The ruse worked, as the Yuuzhan Vong pulled back to escape the ship's blast radius. The Mon Mothma then limped back to Mon Calamari for repairs. Years later, the Mon Mothma was paired with the Admiral Ackbar in a blockade of the Utegetu Nebula, in an effort to prevent the Killiks of the Dark Nest from escaping into the galaxy. When the Gorog launched their escape, the Mon Mothma took the brunt of the fire, and was badly damaged. Admiral Bwua'tu was forced to call for a retreat, but the fleet was saved when the Gorog ship was finally disabled. Unfortunately, the Admiral Ackbar was captured by the crew of UnuThul's frigate, and four of the Colony's nest ships escaped with the Star Destroyer in tow. The crew of the Mon Mothma then had to split time between rescuing lifepods from her sister ship and keeping the rest of the nest ships contained within the nebula. Once Admiral Bwua'tu was aboard, he ordered the Mon Mothma to open fire on the remaining nest ships, hoping to eliminate as much of the Colony as he could. (SBS, EL1, EL2, FP, UF, DN2)

this woman served as one of Senator Padme' Amidala's handmaidens, during the years following the Battle of Geonosis. She would often stand in for Padme', when the Senator snuck away to be with her husband, Anakin Skywalker. (SWI71, E3, OWS)

Muln, Garen
this restless boy was one of Obi-Wan Kenobi's friends, during the time he trained at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. The two boys fought over the most trivial things, but maintained a strong friendship. Because they were of similar size, Garen was used as Obi-Wan's double during the search for Xanatos. Xanatos had infiltrated the Jedi Temple with the intent of stealing a cache of vertex crystals and destroying the Temple, but Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon Jinn managed to thwart the attempt. Garen later trained as a starfighter pilot, in an effort to augment the ranks of pilots among the Jedi. Garen was among the first Jedi chosen to train at Clee Rhara's starfighter facility on Centax 2, later apprenticed with Clee Rhara as a Padawan. Despite their efforts, the starfighter training facility eventually closed its doors, but Garen and Clee went on to have distinguished careers among the Jedi. Just prior to the Clone Wars, Muln was elevated to the rank of Jedi Knight, and accompanied Siri Tachi on a mission to the Xanlanner System. While en route, they discovered Obi-Wan's distress signal from TY44, and helped him reach Vanqor to rescue his apprentice, Anakin Skywalker. When the Clone Wars broke out, Garen was placed in charge of a small group of clone troopers. Just before the First Battle of Coruscant, Muln and his team were dispatched to Acherin to free the planet from Separatist control. He managed to broker the surrender of General Toma's forces, and was about to sign a peace treaty with the Acherin government when the command to execute Order 66 was given. For his actions in the fighting, Garen had earned the respect of Toma, and Toma was able to hide him from the clone troopers for several weeks. In order to protect his friend, however, Garen took the first ship to Ilum, and chose to hide in the Crystal Cave. He left Toma with orders to tell only a true Jedi about his location, hoping to gather other Jedi on Ilum. (RF, HP, CT, JAD, JQ7, LJ1, LJ2)

this volcanic world was the smaller of three worlds that orbited a remote star. The surface of the planet was continually being shaped and reformed by eruptions of lava and gas, as well as the gravitic strain imposed by its neighbors, Jestefad and Lefrani. In fact, Mustafar's orbit was so close to that of Jestefad that several astrophysicists believed it could be considered one of the gas giant's moons. Because of these forces, Mustafar appeared to glow a deep orange-red from space, as molten rock was constantly moving across and just below its surface. Amazingly, a race of tall, thin humanoids known as Mustafarians managed to eke out a civilized existence on the planet, as did a species of immense insect known as Mustafar lava fleas. The Techno Union established a mining outpost on Mustafar some 300 years before the onset of the Clone Wars, laying claim to ownership and extracting precious metals and ores from the free-flowing lava that covered much of the planet's surface. It was on Mustafar that General Grievous hid the Council of Separatists, after the Jedi discovered the presence of Grievous on Utapau. This was all part of the schemes of Darth Sidious, who knew that he needed to eliminate the Separatists before he could assume control of the galaxy. By gathering the Council of Separatists on Mustafar, Sidious had them trapped in one location. Then, he dispatched his new apprentice, Darth Vader, to eliminate the Separatist leaders. This event served as the final act of both the Clone Wars and the Old Republic, solidifying Chancellor Palpatine's position as Emperor of the galaxy. The loss of the mining facility on Mustafar, and the deaths of the Separatist leaders who were on the planet, were later reported as an "industrial accident" by the HoloNet News agency. (SWI80, IS3, VD3, E3N, SWDB, SWI84)

Nadin Paal
this Gran served as a sort of trade envoy for the criminal organization run by Nirama during the last decades of the Old Republic. Nadin Paal's role was to interface between Nirama's organization and the planetary officials of the Cularin System, ensuring that there is no misunderstanding about Nirama's outward goals. Riboga the Hutt once put a conditional bounty on Nadin Paal's head, a bounty which could only be claimed if the Gran was captured outside the Cularin System. This forced him to remain a member of the criminal underworld, although he longed to find more respectable work. Nirama, for his part, trusted Nadin implicitly, and was grateful that the Gran remained loyal to him over the years. (LFC, LFCW)

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