Saturday, May 7, 2011

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Wish List: The Hapes Consortium



Season 3 of The Clone Wars saw George Lucas, Dave Filoni and TCW crew dipping into the Expanded Universe and incorporated the planet of Dathomir and the evil Nightsisters into canon.

Dathomir was first introduced by Dave Wolverton in his 1994 book, The Courtship of Princess Leia.  But Dathomir and the witches of that planet were not the only interesting planet and culture introduced into the Star Wars universe by Mr. Wolverton. 

The planet Hapes, the Hapes Consortium and the Hapan people are both visually interesting and provide the opportunity for an interesting tale to tell.

For those unfamiliar with the Hapans, a brief summary.  They are a matriarchal society descended from mixed group of pirates and their female captives.  Hapan society is ruled by the Queen Mother and Hapan politics is rife with plotting and intrigue. 

The Hapans were isolated from the rest of the galaxy by a spacial phenomenon, the transitory mists and as such developed with only limited interaction with the Republic and later the Empire.  They have their own technologies (Battle Dragons) and their own unique culture. 

One of the fascinating aspects of Hapan culture is that they selectively have breed over the generations for beauty.  (A bit similar to the Lost Tribe of the Sith). 

I can't help but get a little Amazonian/Wonder Woman image in my head when I think about the Hapans, and I would be intrigued to see George Lucas and Dave Filoni's take on this planet and the Hapan people. 

As for the story telling opportunity.  The Republic is currently involved in a massive civil war with the Confederacy.  The Republic could send  special envoy mission to the Hapes Consortium in an attempt to recruit them to throw in against the Confederacy.  While on this mission, the Jedi (Ahsoka? Anakin? Obi-Wan? ) we could see the Queen Mother or members of her court try to seduce Anakin and Obi-Wan in order to gain powerful potential breeding stock, only to be rebuffed by the Jedi there by creating a bit of an inter-galactic incident.  The Queen Mother declaring the Jedi's enemies of the Hapan state and using the incident as an excuse to stay out of the Republic's civil war. The rest of the story arc could focus on the Jedi attempt to escape Hapan space to the safety of Republic space.

SOURCE: Wookieepedia (Images)

3 comments:

  1. I agree with you, I've recently been reading through the Legacy of the Force series for the first time and found myself intrigued as well to see what the Hapes Consortium would look like. A potential story arc could branch off to other different planets in the Consortium.

    -Daniel

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  2. I thought - before LOTF ended, anyway - that they should one day do a Jane Austen style 'comedy of manners' novel with Allana on Hapes once she was grown up a bit. I suppose they still could, but with more of a fish-out-of-water element to it.

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  3. That would be a good idea for a Clone Wars episode.

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