Thursday, March 15, 2012
From the Ashes of Apocalypse: Where does the Star Wars Expanded Universe go after Fate of the Jedi?
1) Chume'da/Jedi Queen Allana Djo Solo
One of the major subplots of both the Fate of the Jedi series and it's predecessor the Legacy of the Force series is the destiny of Allana Djo Solo, the daughter of Jacen Solo and Hapan Queen Tenel Ka.
Apocalypse leaves the secret identity and the fact that Allana survived the Second Galactic Civil War revealed to all. The Lost Tribe of the Sith learns from Vestara Khai of Allana's identity as the Jedi Queen seen in a vision by High Lord Sarasu Taalon. It can also be assumed from the ending of the novel that the most likely destination for Vestara and Ship is with the One Sith. So potentially the One Sith will be aware of the vision of a Jedi Queen and Allana's identity as that Queen of vision making her a big target.
The closing scenes of Apocalypse also have an official coming out of Allana, being announced as the Chume'da during the wedding ceremony of Jag and Jaina. It also sets up future plans for Allana, where her time will be split between spending it with her Mom and at the new Jedi Temple on Shedu Maad.
It would be interesting to see Allana's Jedi training on Shedu Maad. Could this be set up for another young adult or young reader series in the same vein as the Young Jedi Knights or Junior Jedi Knights series? On the other hand it could simply be a recurring subplot in the adult fiction line, visited upon when it makes sense for the stand-alone book or series purposes.
2) Jag and Jaina's Honeymoon
A lot of fans really enjoy the couple novels, whether it is the adventures of Luke and Mara or the adventures of Han and Leia, heck on of my favorite books is I, Jedi which in the end is all about Corran Horn trying to rescue his wife Mirax.
Now we have an interesting situation with Jaina's elevation to Master and Jag's Imperial burden being lifted from his shoulders. Will Jaina take an apprentice? Will Jaina and Jag spend some time traveling, spending time together and away from the craziness of the galaxy at large? It would be cool to see a story focused on Jaina and Jag trying to go away on a honeymoon, only to stumble upon some minor adventure or crisis that they can solve.
3) Imperial Politicial thriller with Jag re-assuming power
Well Apocalypse certainly leaves some interesting connections to be made between this era of publishing and Dark Horse Comics' Legacy series. If Jag Fel is no longer Imperial Head of State, then how does the Fel line of Emperor's come about. Does Vitor Reige become the first Fel Emperor and merely take the name "Fel" as an honorific to pay tribute to the man that paved his way to power. In ancient Rome, the name of Caeser became a title that every Emperor used. Or will some crisis occur that leads Fel back to stabilize the Empire and assume the throne?
I am not sure which direction they will go, but I am very intrigued and I think now would be a good time for a two or three book series set in the Imperial Remnant.
4) Tahiri establishing the Imperial Knights
The fate of Tahiri, who is one of my personal favorite characters is one I am very interested in reading. For a supporting character, she got a ton of page time in Fate of the Jedi. Denning did an interesting job in telling the story, as an Imperial prisoner and Force-sensitive bodyguard for Jag Fel, you could easily see her future in Imperial service. On the other hand in her role in the Barabel rescue she is referred to by Master Sebatyne as "Jedi Veila," presumably marking the Jedi Order's forgiveness and acceptance of her within their ranks.
Tahiri is once again a character at a cross-roads with two viable choices ahead of her. To me the more intriguing choice would be for her to join the Empire and be the one to establish the Imperial Knights.
5) What are the One Sith up to?
While his identity is not called out specifically, the appearance of Darth Krayt was a huge connecting link between this series and the Dark Horse Comics series. While the One Sith had appeared briefly in Legacy of the Force as well as Paul S. Kemp's Jaden Korr novels, this marks the One Sith as potentially a big bad for the SWEU for a new trilogy or even spanning multiple series.
6) A Ben Skywalker novel
After reading the evolution of the Ben Skywalker character in the last two series, I think it is high time for Ben to get a book where he is the focus on his own adventure without his father being involved. Give the character a real chance to breath as a young adult outside of his father's shadow.
I don't have an obvious mission or story idea for Ben, but I think something interesting could be crafted.
7) Hunt for Kesh
The dead Sith corpse in the room, is what exactly the Jedi intend to do about the Lost Tribe of the Sith. The Jedi need some serious intelligence on this group and it strikes me that locating the planet Kesh is an essential mission for the Jedi to undertake.
8) Rescue of Raynar Thul
Poor Raynar Thul, finally pretty much healed physically and mentally from his time as UnuThul as a Killik joiner, Raynar is forced to potentially doom himself to that fate again to get the information the Jedi needed to stop Abeloth.
Will Raynar or the Killiks resist the Jedi's attempts to rescue Raynar. Will the Chiss become involved or catch wind of this. There are some interesting storytelling possibilities for this.
9) New Jedi Temple/Academy establishing story line
I know sometimes the Jedi Academy Trilogy gets trashed, but the idea of the Jedi Academy in some ways is more entertaining then the Master-Apprentice system that later EU books have returned to. It's Harry Potter with lightsabers guys. I wouldn't mind a return to more of a Jedi Academy instead of Jedi Temple feel on Shedu Maad. I would love to see the introduction of a new generation of young Jedi to follow.
10) A return to Mandalore
Boba Fett, the Fett Nanovirus, and Mandalorian continuity are all things I want to read more about. Unfortunately anything involving the Mandalorians may have to wait until after The Clone Wars animated series. I want more Fett, I want more of the Null ARCs and Republic Commandos. There is no reason to expect Imperial Commando II to be resurrected at this point, but It would be interesting to revisit these characters again after Fate of the Jedi.
11) The Hunt for the Mortis Monolith
Is this Troy Denning's Outbound Flight? Denning sends ten Jedi Knights in StealthX's out in search of the Mortis Monolith and the Dagger of Mortis. Will this be an open mission that continues until Mortis is found, or will it eventually be abandoned. Will we actually have a story featuring the finding of Mortis and the return of Abeloth? I tend to think, floating tentacles aside, that Abeloth won't resurface for a long while. But I wonder what other mysteries or adventures Mortis could hold. Conveniently it was never mentioned whom the Jedi Knights were who left on this mission, leaving their ultimate fate very up in the air.
12) Han, Leia and the Millennium Falcon's Empty Nest
With Allana dropping her false identity as Amelia, and returning to her mother, Han and Leia are left in an interesting position. What do Han and Leia do now that all their kids and grand daughter are out of the house, do they simply walk off into retirement and settle at Casa de Tatooine? Do they stay aboard the repaired (for the one trillionth time) Falcon and travel the galaxy? What is in store for these two? I have no idea but I have a feeling we will be seeing them and of course the droids again.
In the end Apocalypse left us with a ton of potential story lines in the Expanded Universe, these are just a few of the ones that stuck out at me. What stories or characters are you looking forward to seeing set in the post-Fate of the Jedi time period?