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Dark Force Rising | Chapter 5 | The Lost Holocron

7/17/2024
Chapter 5 of Star Wars: Dark Force Rising (1992) (EU: 9 ABY) by Timothy Zahn. The Story So Far In her veiled past, Mara Jade was the Emperor's Hand, a high-functioning operative with a mental connection directly to the Emperor. With his assassination at the hands of Luke Skywalker and the Rebellion, she holds a deep hatred for those that wrought her ruination. She has spent the interstitial five years tortured by her fragmented Force-powers. That is until she came into the employment of Smuggling Lord Talon Karrde on Myrkr, where the indigenous ysalamiri create bubbles that neutralise the Force. Several weeks before, Karrde declined to participate in a hunt for Luke Skywalker, but on return from a mission Mara dropped the Wild Karrde out of hyperspace to find his X-Wing stranded in deep space. Under the protection of ysalamiri, Karrde detained him at his base-of-operations on Myrkr while he decided how best to proceed. New Republic representatives Han Solo and Lando Calrissian arrived on his doorstep with a proposal, however this too Karrde declined. His values of honour and independence collide when he receives a surprise call from the astute and vindictive Imperial Warlord Grand Admiral Thrawn. In the balancing act, Skywalker escaped into the wilderness pursued by Mara. Thrawn left a contingent of Stormtroopers to assist recovery of the missing persons, forcing Karrde to ally with the New Republic to cover up his initial deception. To escape Thrawn's retribution, Karrde and Mara uprooted the organisation from Myrkr and made to leave the system. Karrde gambles on staying behind to collect intelligence on the Imperial strike, barely averting capture owing to Mara's precognition, which exposes her secret Force-sensitivity. Chapter 5 Karrde has retreated his organisation to Rishi. Mara bickers with him over having chosen such a populus location, and to avoid addressing her past she pushes Karrde to elaborate on a deferred conversation. He shares a memory of stumbling upon what he suspects to be the Katana Fleet, a scandalous fleet of several hundred slave-circuited warships lost sometime before the outbreak of the Clone Wars. With an Imperial bounty on warships, he believes it may be pertinent to delivering them from Imperial ire. They are interrupted with a request for supplies, which Karrde sends Mara to collect from one of their caches. On her way, Mara tracks, then is ambushed by a bounty hunter. With her reemerging Force-powers, she manages to distract him long enough to turn the tables. Returning to the store house, Mara tells Karrde of her run-in and they promptly order the retreat. That night, Mara experiences a relapse of harrowing Force-induced dreams. Links, Share, and Support Documentation for this chapterCross platform link for this chapterDiscordYouTubeRedditSupport us on PatreonOur WebsiteSupport the Show.

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Dark Force Rising | Chapter 4 | The Lost Holocron

7/10/2024
Chapter 4 of Star Wars: Dark Force Rising (1992) (EU: 9 ABY) by Timothy Zahn. The Story So Far The New Republic is beleaguered by numerous Imperial hit-and-fade operations with a recent assault leaving an entire shipyard of capital ships crippled. Admiral Ackbar has been accused by political rival Borsk Fey'lya of colluding with the Imperials due to suspicious financial activity on the day of the assault. Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, and Luke Skywalker have intel that a non-human Grand Admiral is behind the recent coordination. Arriving ahead of Lando and Luke, Han gives his testimony on the assault and divulges the intel before they can verify it in the ex-Imperial Archives. Meanwhile, Leia Organa Solo has been evading abduction from a mysterious alien task force. On Kashyyyk, Leia and the Wookiees neutralise another attempt, capturing the Noghri operative Khabarakh, but not before Chewbacca 's childhood friend Salporin is killed. During the subsequent interrogation, Khabarakh identifies Leia as daughter-and-heir to the revered Lord Vader. Leaning on that reverence, she offers a one-on-one meeting as a show of good faith from the New Republic towards the Noghri people. She returns to Coruscant in the interim to prepare for her meeting in one-month’s time over the forest Moon of Endor. Luke has been lacking confidence to both train Leia and become the teacher of the next generation of Jedi. Beckoned through the Force to Jormark by a Jedi Master identified by rumour as Jorus C’Baoth, apprehension urges Luke to seek out this possible new mentor to lighten his burden. He is unsuspecting that it is really a Clone of the original C’Baoth in league with the Imperial Grand Admiral. Chapter 4 Luke is back on Coruscant. While looking through the Palace Archives for information on C'Baoth, Winter interrupts him to deliver Leia’s summons. They discuss the digressive Jedi and his place in both Galactic and Alderaanian history. Winter leaves Leia, Luke, and Han to discuss the conspiracy surrounding Ackbar, and (if any) throughlines with Fay'lya and the Bothans. With nothing left to contribute on Coruscant, Han and Luke will investigate New Corv, in the Churba Sector where the Bothans were involved in a brief-but-violent skirmish during the Galactic Civil War. It’s at this point that Chewbacca exposes Leia’s rendezvous with the Noghri. With Han and Leia staring expectantly at each other, Luke excuses himself. Leia and Han argue in earnest, but ultimately her idealism wins his support for her mission. Han insists that she take the Falcon and Chewie as a pilot. Links, Share, and Support Documentation for this chapterCross platform link for this chapterDiscordRedditSupport us on PatreonOur WebsiteSupport the Show.

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Dark Force Rising | Chapter 3 | The Lost Holocron

7/3/2024
Chapter 3 of Star Wars: Dark Force Rising (1992) (EU: 9 ABY) by Timothy Zahn. The Story So Far The New Republic is beleaguered by numerous Imperial hit-and-fade operations. To fulfil the needs of the victimised member worlds, New Republic warships have been pressed into relief shipping. With many vulnerable capital ships funnelled through Sluis Van, the Imperial Remnants used mole miners stolen from Lando Calrissian’s enterprise to assault the shipyard in an attempt to hijack warships. Leia Organa Solo has been evading abduction from a mysterious alien task force. Leia and Chewbacca go to ground on Kashyyyk, where another incident occurs. Together with the Wookiees, she neutralises the threat, capturing the Noghri operative Khabarakh, but not before Chewbacca 's childhood friend Salporin is killed. During the subsequent interrogation, Khabarakh identifies Leia as daughter-and-heir to the revered Lord Vader. Leaning on that reverence, she offers a one-on-one meeting as a show of good faith from the New Republic towards the Noghri people. She returns to Coruscant in the interim to prepare for her meeting in one-month’s time over the forest Moon of Endor. Meanwhile, from a chance sighting while on Myrkr, Han Solo and Lando are informed by an unforthcoming Talon Karrde of the recent Imperial reformation under a non-human Grand Admiral after he declines to supply the New Republic with logistical support. Han and Lando arrive with Luke Skywalker at Sluis Van in time for Lando’s override codes to foil the Imperial assault. They are alerted to a political emergency on Coruscant and Han leaves ahead of Luke and Lando. Chapter 3 Admiral Ackbar is under house arrest on suspicions of treason. On the day of the attack on Sluis Van, money had been transferred into his account on the crossroads planner of Palanhi — known for its fence-sitting during the Galactic Civil War. Han arrives back to Coruscant and is quickly shepherded by Leia to a special hearing of the New Republic Council. Mon Mothma presides as Han recounts his experience over Sluis Van. During Fey'lya's allegations against Ackbar, Han blurts out his uncorroborated discovery that the Imperials are being led by a Grand Admiral. The council suspends further inquiry to investigate this new claim and continue with Han's Sluissi testimony. Han, Leia, and Chewbacca visit Ackbar. Ackbar doubts that the old Imperial files will contain useful information; the position of Grand Admiral was one of Emperor Palpatine's efforts to exercise direct control over both military and political spheres. Since landing, Han senses unease in Chewbacca, but Leia is not yet ready to speak about their time on Kashyyyk. Links, Share, and Support Documentation for this chapterCross platform link for this chapterDiscordRedditSupport us on PatreonOur WebsiteSupport the Show.

Duration:00:57:51

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Dark Force Rising | Chapter 2 | The Lost Holocron

6/26/2024
Chapter 2 of Star Wars: Dark Force Rising (1992) (EU: 9 ABY) by Timothy Zahn. The Story So Far The New Republic is facing logistical strains to fulfil their promises to new member worlds. They have stripped warships to pick up the slack. While escaping entanglement with Imperial Star Destroyer Chimera, Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing is crippled. Grand Admiral Thrawn puts out a bounty for Skywalker’s capture, knowing that his hyperspace motivator will fail, stranding him in deep space. After the events on Myrkr, Luke, Han, and Lando make it in time to Sluis Van as Thrawn’s assault begins. With so many warships running materiele through the shipyards, Thrawn uses stolen mole miners in an attempt to hijack them. Having stolen them from Lando’s mining operation on Nkklon, Lando uses his override codes to scupper the whole enterprise. With the capital ships all but ruined, the Imperials pull out leaving the shipyard in disarray. Chapter 2 With hours ticking away since Admiral Ackbar’s arrest, Luke’s status as a civilian has him grounded at Sluis Van; his X-Wing has no priority to receive Sluissi repairs, and despite Wedge tacitly offering up his own X-Wing, Wedge would face a court martial to hand over military property to a civilian. Lando — given his stable condition — is similarly unlikely to see medical care soon. As he talks to Luke, he notices the signature scent of an old associate lingering on Luke’s clothing; professional ship thief Niles Ferrier. Using a Jedi memory-enhancing technique, Luke leads Lando in pursuit of Ferrier. After a brief firefight, they convince Ferrier and his crew to leave Sluis Van for another mark, receiving intel on an Imperial bounty for captured warships as well as slicer codes that might be used to sordidly expedite Luke’s repairs. Links, Share, and Support Documentation for this chapterCross platform link for this chapterDiscordRedditSupport us on PatreonOur WebsiteSupport the Show.

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Dark Force Rising | Chapter 1 | The Lost Holocron

6/18/2024
Chapter 1 of Star Wars: Dark Force Rising (1992) (EU: 9 ABY) by Timothy Zahn. The Story So Far Enigmatic Grand Admiral Thrawn has taken control of the Imperial Remnants after the Empire’s defeat over Endor five years prior. He has established a base on the obscure world of Wayland, taking possession of technology locked away in the late Emperor’s storehouse and negotiating the allegiance of clone Dark Jedi Joruus C’Baoth in exchange for the capture of Luke Skywalker, and Leia Organa Solo and her unborn twins. Chapter 1 Grand Admiral Thrawn holds a blockade over Myrkr, while General Covell co-ordinates an instructive assault on smuggling Lord Talon Karrde's already-evacuated base. Having seen the kind of art Karrde collects, Thrawn correctly induces that Karrde is surveilling the operation for information. Aboard the Wild Karrde, Mara Jade senses danger and errantly prepares the ship for departure, vindicated moments later as an Interdictor drops out of hyperspace. They escape before the gravity well generator powers up, but Mara feels uneasy about her premonition, fearing another imminent cycle of self-destructivism. Thrawn is intrigued by the implications of the escape, noting it for later. He leaves orders for Covell to commend troopers for reassignment to Mount Tantis on Wayland. Captain Pellaeon reports on Joruus C'Baoth's impetuously frequent contact; he is impatient for the delivery of the promised Skywalkers to Jormark. He smoulders over his unremembered past; all that matters to him is his connection to and dominion over the Force. Links, Share, and Support Documentation for this chapterCross platform link for this chapterDiscordRedditSupport us on PatreonOur WebsiteSupport the Show.

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COMING SOON: Dark Force Rising | Heir to the Empire Recap

6/5/2024
Return on the Fifth! The Lost Holocron is back with Dark Force Rising, book two of the Thrawn Crisis Trilogy. Read with us or just follow the discussion as we guide you chapter-by-chapter through this Star Wars Legend. Find us on your favourite podcast platform Find more at lostholocron.com We would be honoured if you joined us Support the Show.

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Heir to the Empire | Chapter 32 | The Lost Holocron

8/30/2023
Chapter 32 of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (1991) (EU: 9 ABY) by Timothy Zahn. The Story So Far It is the aftermath of the Galactic Civil War. The New Republic and Imperial Remnants struggle for stability. On Kashyyyk, Leia Organa Solo and Chewbacca uncover the identity of the aliens responsible for their many attempted abductions, and head back to Coruscant with a promise of parley over the Forest Moon of Endor. Grand Admiral Thrawn and Captain Pellaeon had prepared an assault on the Sluis Van Shipyards, presently a hive for repurposed warships that are filling the logistical demands of the burgeoning New Republic. Using prototype cloaking technology, a freighter positions itself among the skeleton-crewed warships to unload a swarm of mole miners and TIE fighters, intended to board and hijack them. Wedge Antilles is already running escort to one such freighter Larkhess, and engages the threat forthwith. The Millenium Falcon, having just arrived from Myrkr, also engages the swarm of TIE fighters. Han Solo and Luke Skywalker identify the mole miners as the ones stolen from Lando Calrissian’s mining operation on Nkllon. Injured though he is, Lando uses his override codes to disable the hijacked warships, though in the process leaving them all but destroyed. Thrawn graciously admits defeat to Pellaeon, edifying him on the importance of keeping the long game in mind. Chapter 32 Lando’s override of the mole miners has brought a quick end to the assault. However with capital ship support withdrawn, the remaining Imperial forces prove obstinate; with many space troopers willing to act as suicide bombers rather than assent to the call for surrender. The captain of the Larkhess voices the bleak outcome of the battle: this many decapitated warships is going to be hard to spin as a victory. Han receives a call from Leia: Akbar has been arrested for treason. Han will head immediately to Coruscant, with Luke just a few hours behind as soon as his X-Wing is able. TO BE CONTINUED … Links, Share, and Support Documentation for this chapterCross platform link for this chapterDiscordYouTubeRedditSupport us on PatreonOur WebsiteHosts’ Thoughts Support the Show.

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Heir to the Empire | Chapter 31 | The Lost Holocron

8/23/2023
Chapter 31 of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (1991) (EU: 9 ABY) by Timothy Zahn. The Story So Far Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa Solo have been on the run from a mysterious taskforce set on abducting them, directed from the shadows of Imperial Command by Grand Admiral Thrawn. On Kashyyyk, Leia uncovers the identity of the Noghri assailants from one they manage to pull into custody. On Myrkr, Luke crashes in the wilderness with Mara Jade, an ex-Imperial operative with a mortal rancour for him. Caught in the act of an incidental kidnapping, Talon Karrde feels morally obliged to break his long-fought independence to work with Han Solo and Lando Calrissian in extracting Luke and Mara from the wilderness. Hoping to delay retribution from Grand Admiral Thrawn for his concealed (albeit reluctant) partisanship, Karrde stages an ambush in which Lando stakes his life on Luke's Jedi intuition. The gamble costs him dearly, leaving him mortally wounded, but betting on Luke wins out even without use of the Force. After a few weeks unconscious and imprisoned, a short-lived escape attempt, and days trekking through the wilderness with an animus Jade, Luke leaves Myrkr a free man with Han Solo and injured Lando Calrissian. Bound for Sluis Van, they hope to get Lando much needed medical attention, as well as repairs to Luke’s crippled X-Wing. However, at the edge of the Sluissi system, Grand Admiral Thrawn and Captain Pellaeon are prepared for their assault on the Shipyards. Chapter 31 The Sluis Van Shipyards are mired with repurposed warships trying to make up for the logistical deficiencies of the New Republic. While awaiting the processing of his charge, Wedge Antilles’s instincts tell him to investigate an approaching freighter. Just before Rogue Squadron's approach, it literally explodes with activity, releasing TIE fighters and unidentified snub crafts. Having presently arrived, the Millenium Falcon jumps the docking regulations to enter the fray; Han and Luke both identify the snubs as Lando’s stolen mole miners. At the edge of the Sluissi system, Thrawn and Pellaeon direct the Imperial assault. Upon seeing the Falcon, Thrawn is now certain of Karrde’s earlier deception, but tucks that away for a later time. As the battle continues, Wedge, Han, and Luke discover the mole miners are being used to hijack the repurposed warships running materiel through the shipyard. Injured though he is, Lando activates his override codes for the mole miners, boring through the bridge of every escaping warship. Links, Share, and Support Documentation for this chapterCross platform link for this chapterDiscordYouTubeRedditSupport us on PatreonOur WebsiteTranscriptHosts’ Thoughts Support the Show.

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Heir to the Empire | Chapter 30 | The Lost Holocron

8/16/2023
Chapter 30 of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (1991) (EU: 9 ABY) by Timothy Zahn. The Story So Far Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa Solo have been on the run from a mysterious taskforce set on abducting them, directed from the shadows of Imperial Command by Grand Admiral Thrawn. On Kashyyyk, Leia uncovers the identity of the Noghri assailants from one they manage to pull into custody. In the Sluissi Sector, Thrawn and Captain Pellaeon are prepared for their assault on the Sluis Van Shipyards, prototype cloaking technology in-hand and operational. On Myrkr, Luke ends up captured, disarmed, and recaptured, trekking through the wilderness with ex-Imperial operative Mara Jade. Thrawn had left a contingent of Stormtroopers at their exitpoint to intercept whom Thrawn suspected was Skywalker. Talon Karrde worked with Han Solo and Lando Calrissian to extract Luke and Mara, hoping to delay retribution from the Grand Admiral for his concealed (albeit reluctant) partisanship. In the ensuing ambush, Lando stakes his life on Luke's Jedi intuition. The gamble costs him dearly, leaving him mortally wounded, but betting on Luke wins out even without use of the Force. Chapter 30 In the aftermath of the firefight, Karrde directs his people to evacuate Myrkr, believing their ruse impossible to hide from Thrawn's observational and inferential prowess. Before parting ways, he asks Solo to loan one of the New Republic 's gutted warships to help with the evacuation. Luke and Han help an injured but very much alive Lando onto the Millennium Falcon. They debrief each other as they depart, and Han says that he wants to take a detour through Sluis Van to give Lando proper medical treatment and Luke some much needed rest before diving into the political hotbed on Coruscant. However: Lying in wait at Sluis Van, Thrawn has begun his operation to take ships out of the shipyard. Upon hearing that the Imperial detachment on Myrkr has failed to report in, he concludes that Skywalker was indeed there, undoubtedly aided by Karrde. He makes a point of deferring retribution to focus on the imminent battle. Links, Share, and Support Documentation for this chapterCross platform link for this chapterDiscordYouTubeRedditSupport us on PatreonOur WebsiteTranscriptSupport the Show.

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Heir to the Empire | Chapter 29 | The Lost Holocron

8/9/2023
Chapter 29 of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (1991) (EU: 9 ABY) by Timothy Zahn. The Story So Far Grand Admiral Thrawn and Captain Pellaeon are engaged in preparations to assault the Sluis Van Shipyards. They have left a contingent of Stormtroopers at Hyllyard on Myrkr to intercept the survivors of a crash. Thrawn correctly suspects it may involve Luke Skywalker, but has insufficient evidence to implicate Talon Karrde in his duplicity. Han Solo and Lando Calrissian however sleuth out the truth, begrudging Karrde into cooperating to bring Luke back to safety. In the forest, Luke is marched by Mara Jade towards Hyllyard. Between the dangers of the forest and sleepless rotations, her animosity has boiled over to the point of confession. Before the deposition of the Emperor, she had held the position of Emperor’s Hand: a covert operative answering to Palpatine’s very mind. Disguised as best they can, Mara and Luke exit the forest into Imperial custody. As they are marched through Hyllyard, Karrde’s men hand over a roughed up Han Solo. Han covertly alerts Luke and Mara of an imminent ambush, but Luke sees a tactical alternative. He creates a ruckus so that R2-D2 can inform the ambushers (via C-3PO in binary droid-speak) on the optimal timing for their attack. Chapter 29 The ambush is set, but with new information from C-3PO, Lando and Karrde’s administrator Aves butt heads over whether to abide by their strategic preparations or Luke’s intuition. Blaster to Ave’s head, Lando stakes his and Karrde’s mens’ lives on Luke; a gamble that leaves him mortally wounded. In the firezone, Luke, Mara, and Han take cover until Luke can engage his plan. On his command, Han creates a distraction for R2-D2 to toss Luke’s lightsaber for him. In the confusion, Luke fells the very archway the Imperials are using for cover, destroying the armoured Imperial Chariot. Links, Share, and Support Documentation for this chapterCross platform link for this chapterDiscordYouTubeRedditSupport us on PatreonOur WebsiteTranscriptHosts’ Thoughts Support the Show.

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Heir to the Empire | Chapter 28 | The Lost Holocron

8/2/2023
Chapter 28 of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (1991) (EU: 9 ABY) by Timothy Zahn. The Story So Far After Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing sustained damage to its hyperdrive in an altercation with an Imperial Star Destroyer, Grand Admiral Thrawn puts out a bounty for his capture. Perchance (or perhaps something more sinister) Luke is picked up by smuggling lord Talon Karrde, who is reluctant to break his neutrality in the struggle between the Imperial Remnants and the New Republic. They return to Myrkr, but Luke escapes followed by Mara Jade. Luke crashes both his and his pursuer’s Skipray starfighters in the harsh Mykyr forest. Jade recaptures Luke, marching him at blasterpoint through the forest. Circumstantially present to witness the chase, Thrawn is told by Karrde that it is an internal dispute. Thrawn departs to prepare for a military operation, but suspecting subterfuge leaves a contingent of stormtroopers to receive the crashed pilots trekking through the wilderness. Having uncovered the incidental abduction of Luke, Han Solo and Lando Calrissian work with the indebted Karrde to guide Mara and Luke to safety. In the forest, Luke and Mara receive the encrypted warning of the waiting stormtroopers. After sleepless days of marching, Mara reaches a breaking point and reveals that she was an operative, known as the Emperor’s Hand; the Emperor's death and her own subsequent ruination she blames entirely on him. Chapter 28 After the catharsis about her past, Mara has dropped her overt hostility and adopted a more surly attitude towards Luke, more willingly working with him to exit the forest. With the sound of the Imperial speeders echoing around them, Luke and Mara discuss the best strategy for emergence; he stows his lightsaber into R2-D2’s dome for safekeeping, they exchange weapons to swap apparent roles, and Mara applies some erythrogenic/anaphylactic local flora to Luke’s face to obscure his identity. Prepared, they emerge from the forest into the hands of the Imperials. They are taken to the major in charge of the Imperial contingent who regards them with suspicion. In spite of Luke’s feigned protests, they are both detained until further interrogation in the city. On Hyllyard’s highstreet, a group of Karrde’s henchmen is relieved of their weapons while delivering a scoundrel — a roughed up Han Solo — for Imperial Justice. However, Han is a plant, here to warn the Imperial detainees of Karrde’s imminent ambush. Seeing a tactical opportunity, Luke creates a commotion so that R2-D2 can inform the ambushers (via C-3PO in binary droid-speak) on the optimal timing for their attack. Links, Share, and Support Documentation for this chapterCross platform link for this chapterDiscordYouTubeRedditSupport us on PatreonOur WebsiteTranscriptHosts’ Thoughts Support the Show.

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Heir to the Empire | Chapter 27 | The Lost Holocron

7/26/2023
Chapter 27 of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (1991) (EU: 9 ABY) by Timothy Zahn. The Story So Far The New Republic is in the painful process of transitioning from a military power to a political one. However, the continuing threat of the Imperial Remnants have come under the command of a new, unknown and prestigious commander, Grand Admiral Thrawn. The Admiral’s plot to overthrow the New Republic and reestablish the Galactic Empire involves kidnapping the New Republic’s Force-sensitive heroes, pregnant Leia Organa Solo and Luke Skywalker, in order to negotiate the allegiance of Dark Jedi clone, Joruus C’baoth. On Kashyyyk, Leia and Chewbacca thwart another abduction and, during the interrogation of a captured Noghri operative, Leia is identified by Khabarakh as the heir of Darth Vader, whom the Noghri people revere. Despite Salporin — Chewbacca’s childhood friend — having died in the attempted abduction, Leia grants clemency in the hopes of being granted a solo parley on the Noghri homeworld. On Myrkr, Luke is at the mercy of the unforgiving wilderness and animus Mara Jade, as she marches him at blasterpoint back to civilization. Reaching a breaking point, Jade reveals that she was an operative subordinate to the Emperor himself: the Emperor’s Hand. Blaming Luke for the despoliation of the Emperor and all that buttressed her existence, she begrudges the charity that he shows her in spite of all her animosity. Chapter 27 Grand Admiral Thrawn and Captain Pelleaon are entering active preparation for the raid on Sluis Van. The Imperial Remnants have stretched their resources to implement the prototype shield technology they recovered from the Emperor’s storehouse on Wayland, and now is the final test. Thrawn is pleased with the outcome of both their preparations and the prototype test, and greenlights the Sluissi operation. Pellaeon raises objections to Thrawn’s self-assurance, but has his points thoroughly rebuked by the Admiral. The operation will go ahead as planned without the involvement of C’baoth. On Coruscant, the political climate is reaching a boiling point, with support waning from the bureaucratic Admiral Akbar in favour of the sentient-of-the-people Fey'lya. Wedge grimly accepts his marching orders to fly escort for a shipment bound for Bpfassh via Sluis Van. Links, Share and Support Documentation for this chapterCross platform link for this chapterDiscordYouTubeRedditSupport us on PatreonOur WebsiteTranscriptHosts’ Thoughts Support the Show.

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Heir to the Empire | Chapter 26 | The Lost Holocron

7/19/2023
Chapter 26 of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (1991) (EU: 9 ABY) by Timothy Zahn. The Story So Far On Kashyyyk, Leia Organa Solo has gone into hiding with Chewbacca but they are once again set upon by their attempted abductors. Through a mixture of struggle, luck, and perceptiveness, the kidnapping is thwarted with an assailant in custody. During the interrogation, the Noghri Khabarakh identifies Leia as the Mal’ary’ush — the daughter and heir to Darth Vader, whom the Noghri people hold in high esteem. Despite having killed Chewbacca’s childhood friend, Leia grants clemency in the hopes of being granted a solo parley on the Noghri homeworld. On Myrkr after having crashed in the wilderness, Luke Skywalker and sworn mortal enemy Mara Jade have to rely on each other’s skills to survive the return to civilization. Mara marches Skywalker at blasterpoint as she struggles with her ideals, vendetta, and the realities of her situation. Despite the obvious enmity, she remains reticent about her past and his transgression. To make matters more complicated, Grand Admiral Thrawn has left a contingent of stormtroopers at their exit point to catch Mara’s superior Talon Karrde in the lie of having no involvement with Skywalker, as Karrde also hides Han Solo and Lando Calrissian away from the observant Imperial Commander. Han and Lando are first to uncover the deception and gain valuable intel that may lead the New Republic to identify Thrawn as the mysterious commander of the reorganised Imperial Remnants. Privately, Karrde laments his predicament and reluctantly gives the order for his people to execute Skywalker should his deception be exposed to the Imperials. Chapter 26 After two days straight using stimpills to evade sleep, Mara is starting to crack; she can feel her reflexes dulled in a close encounter with a vornskr. To her chagrin, Skywalker seems to be taking every opportunity to sleep. They stop to retrieve information from Skywalker’s X-Wing, finally receiving a message from Karrde. To Mara’s surprise, a New Republic droid is representing both Karrde and Solo in their debrief. They learn that the Grand Admiral’s suspicions have led to an Imperial detachment awaiting their emergence from the forest at Hyllyard. Given that Karrde’s explanation to Thrawn gendered the identities of neither the “disgruntled employee” nor the pursuer, Karrde suggested that Skywalker and Mara swap roles to obfuscate Skywalker’s identity. They are set upon by another vornskr, but this time Mara is too slow to react and is knocked unconscious. Luke jumps into action, reclaiming his lightsaber and cutting down the threat. Jade regains consciousness, but menaces Luke with her blaster to disarm. He acquiesces to throwing down his lightsaber, imploring once more to understand his transgression against her; to which bitterly she too acquiesces. Mara Jade was known as the Emperor’s Hand; an operative outside Imperial bureaucracy that could utilise any means necessary to achieve Palpatine’s machinations. With the Emperor assassinated, she lost everything, and had been scrounging a life together since Imperial defeat over the Forest Moon of Endor. Share and Support Release DocumentShare this episodeDiscordYouTubeRedditSupport us on PatreonOur WebsiteSupport the Show.

Duration:00:50:36

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Heir to the Empire | Chapter 25 | The Lost Holocron

7/12/2023
Chapter 25 of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (1991) (EU: 9 ABY) by Timothy Zahn. The Story So Far Leia Organa Solo and Luke Skywalker are on the run as a mysterious race of aliens are trying to kidnap them. Unbeknownst to them, they are a task force under the control of a new, clandestine leader — Grand Admiral Thrawn: a leader with machinations to overthrow the burgeoning New Republic and re-establish the Galactic Empire. Han Solo and Lando Calrissian have met with smuggling lord Talon Karrde, offering stable contracts fulfilling the logistical needs of the New Republic. Karrde however wishes to remain independent, but caught by his own ideals and the burden of entertaining both sides, he is caught in the act and forced to divulge information that may lead Han and Lando to the identification of the mysterious Imperial Commander, as well as to admit to being complicit in the capture of Luke Skywalker. Only moments before the revelation, Luke managed to escape but crashes both his own ship and that of his pursuer. Tethered to each other for survival, Karrde's maverick lieutenant, Mara Jade, marches the recaptured Rebel Hero through the Mrkyr wilderness, a species of which has been used to suppress Luke's connection to the Force and leave him vulnerable. On Kashyyyk, Leia and Chewbacca have gone into hiding, under the protection of Chewbacca’s childhood friend Salporin and Ralracheen. Almost immediately after their arrival, Leia spots one of their kidnappers. Despite their quick response, the wookiees find no evidence of having been watched. Chapter 25 Leia awakens before dawn with a vague sense of having overstayed her period of safety. She is indeed correct as the grey-skinned aliens appear out of the gloom. She smites one of her would-be kidnappers and another — after mysteriously faltering — is knocked unconscious by Chewbacca. Together with Ralracheen, they descend the Great Tree. The assailants want Leia alive, and so pursue at a distance, which Leia uses to her advantage to lay a trap to disable the remaining kidnappers. With one assailant in custody, Leia proceeds with an interrogation. The kidnapper, Khabarakh, identifies Leia as the Mal'ary'ush — the daughter and heir to Lord Darth Vader. Khabarakh divulges the identity and motivations of the noghri people through their debt of gratitude to Vader and — by extension — the Empire. Leia manoeuvres negotiations to extend a parlay between the noghri and Leia herself. Khabarakh is sent offworld to convey Leia's offer of a parlay to the noghri, as begins a period of mourning for Chewbacca's lifelong friend Salporin, who was killed in the attack. Links Kill Bill Prop What is 'oral posture'? Stuart's post on the r/MawInstillation Share and Support Share this episode (cross platform link) Discuss this chapter on Discord, YouTube, or Reddit Support us on Patreon Our Website More in Release Document Support the Show.

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Heir to the Empire | Chapter 24 | The Lost Holocron

7/5/2023
Chapter 24 of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (1991) (EU: 9 ABY) by Timothy Zahn. The Story So Far Leia Organa Solo has gone into hiding with Chewbacca on his homeworld of Kashyyyk, though their attempts seem like they may be for not. On Myrkr, Luke Skywalker, having just escaped from the capture of smugglers Talon Karrde and Mara Jade, crashes his and his pursuer’s starfighters into the forest. Jade and Skywalker are tethered and dependent on each other for survival. Luke is now at the mercy of this woman whose life he supposedly ruined and wants him dead. Back at his compound, Karrde is hosting an Imperial visitation while trying to hide from both Imperials and New Republic representatives, Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, his dealings with each side, while also dealing with his escaped prisoner, Skywalker. Chapter 24 Karrde apologises to Han and Lando after their dinner interruption by the Imperials. Han presses Karrde about his dealing with them but Karrde refuses to sell them information but does convince them to stay for their safety. Han and Lando ostensibly return to the Falcon but break off behind the treeline to play detective on the prisoner that Karrde had been keeping in one of the storehouses. While their investigation is interrupted by the reappearance of Karrde, they piece the clues together that Luke had been the prisoner. Karrde admits to the situation and tells them that — as far as they know — Luke and Jade are safe and making their return through the forest. On the Chimera, Thrawn suspects the truth of Karrde's deception and dispatches a contingent of Stormtroopers to lie in wait for the survivors of the crash to emerge from the forest at the closest settlement. In the forest as dusk fades away, Mara grapples with her cognitive dissonance between newfound loyalties and her fierce independent streak. She is frustrated at the encumbrance of Skywalker and his droid. After putting down a wild vornskr, she takes some stimpills and renews her determination to be the one to kill Skywalker when this is all through. At his compound, Karrde laments his choices and how they have brought him to this predicament. He is reluctant to order the execution of Skywalker, but would rather that than taking his chances having crossed Grand Admiral Thrawn. Karrde wonders if — like his pet vornskrs — his domestication of Mara has taken enough to navigate a safe return. Links Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Get on with it!)Speak No Evil (2022)The Fall of The Simpsons: How it HappenedTerminal vs instrumental goalsHal fixing a light bulb (from Malcolm in the Middle)Share and Support Share this episodeDiscordYouTubeRedditSupport us on PatreonOur WebsiteRelease DocumentTranscriptHosts’ Thoughts [see our doc] Support the Show.

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Heir to the Empire | Chapter 23 | The Lost Holocron

6/28/2023
Chapter 23 of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (1991) (EU: 9 ABY) by Timothy Zahn. The Story So Far Luke Skywalker is disarmed and immobilised in a sequence of events leading to his capture by smuggling lord Talon Karrde and his leftenant Mara Jade. While appraising the situation, Karrde finds himself playing host to New Republic representatives. Offworld, Leia Organa-Solo has gone to ground on the wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk with Chewbacca, but she has already spotted one of her attempted-kidnappers. Han Solo and Lando Calrissian fail to convince Karrde to provide logistical support for the New Republic, but during dinner Grand Admiral Thrawn announces his own visitation. Karrde hurries them out of dinner to receive the Grand Admiral. Luke escapes his confinement and steals a Skipray, but Jade is not far behind. Chapter 23 Luke has made his escape attempt in a stolen Skipray but Jade is in hot pursuit. He skims the tree canopy to avoid notice from the Imperials coming in to land from orbit. Just as he is about to pull a manoeuvre to shake Jade from his tail, he clips the trees and crashes into the forest. Back at the compound, Karrde receives Thrawn's landing party. Unaware of the crash, Karrde is unable to refuse the ostensible repayment for supplying Thrawn with ysalamiri. Thrawn orders his already-prepared troops to investigate the crash. From behind the treeline, Han and Lando watch the conversation. Their chaperon, the slicer Ghent, is anxious to get them back to the cover and safety of the Falcon. Ghent has little to offer to appease their curiosity, but it is enough for Han and Lando to investigate elsewhere. At the crash site, Luke returns to consciousness unharmed. Before he can escape, his moral compunction presses him to check on Jade, only for her to be lying in wait for such Jedi drivel. As they leave the ruined craft, Jade hears an approaching craft that she recognises as Imperial. They hide as the crash is searched and left. Luke struggles to convince Jade to keep him alive for the long trek to salvation. She is reluctantly won over by the necessity to send an encrypted transmission to Karrde using the idiosyncratic encoding shared between R2-D2 and Luke's captured X-Wing. Links GAT-12 Skipray Blastboat | WookieepediaPIT maneuver - WikipediaTime dilation - WikipediaAvatar: the Last AirbenderVenture Bros.Class of 3000Share and Support Share this episodeDiscordYouTubeRedditSupport us on PatreonOur WebsiteRelease DocumentTranscriptHosts’ Thoughts Support the Show.

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Heir to the Empire | Chapter 22 | The Lost Holocron

6/21/2023
Chapter 22 of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (1991) (EU: 9 ABY) by Timothy Zahn. The Story So Far Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa Solo are evading Imperial capture by the unknown leader of the Imperial remnants, Grand Admiral Thrawn. Thrawn uses the ysalamiri to void the Force so that he may negotiate the continued allegiance of dark Jedi clone Joruus C'Baoth, who has called to Luke to meet on Jormark through the Force. Leia has taken shelter with Chewbacca on Kashyyyk, while Luke — desiring help to rebuild the Jedi Order — follows the mysterious beckon. Meanwhile, Han Solo and Lando Calrissian find a point of contact with Smuggling Lord Talon Karrde's organisation, hoping to extend legitimate business relationships fulfilling the logistical needs of the New Republic. Luke was ambushed by Imperials on his way to Jormark, narrowly escapes, but is eventually captured by Independent Talon Karrde in deep space, after being disarmed both technologically and metaphysically. He awakens a week later to find himself still firmly in Karrde's grasp while Karrde deliberates his fate and his leftenant — Mara Jade — seethes over the pain Luke has seemingly caused in her veiled past. With Solo and Calrissian inbound and Skywalker detained, Karrde and Jade make temporary arrangements to keep the New Republic representatives unaware of each other. Luke is trying to take advantage of the impromptu situation to mount his escape. Chapter 22 Han’s pitch to join the New Republic fails to win over Karrde, who values independence — thus the appearance of neutrality — over all. So when Han offers a covert arrangement, Karrde warns not to underestimate the reach of Imperial Intelligence, which strikes a sore spot and reminds Han to ask for an adept slicer, whom Karrde graciously agrees to introduce over dinner. During their meal and shortly after introductions, Karrde has to excuse himself to tend to an emergency: the Grand Admiral is announcing that he himself will be making a courtesy call. Mara is impatient to propitiate Thrawn by handing over the people she sees as impediments but — among other considerations, being the gracious host that he is — Karrde views Solo and Calrissian as his guests and thus entitled to his protection. He orders her to prepare for Thrawn’s arrival and obfuscate any indications of non-neutrality. Unknowing of the developing predicament, Luke escapes from the storehouse with R2-D2 they were being held in and head for his X-Wing. When it’s not where they expects it to be, they commandeer one of Karrde’s fighters to facilitate their escape. Jade witnesses the unauthorised flight and deduces that Skywalker has escaped. Chiding herself over her failures to exact her vendetta, she is now in unhindered pursuit of him. Links We've reached our character limit. Please check the Release Document below for all links and thoughts. Share and Support Share this episode DiscordYouTubeRedditSupport us on PatreonOur WebsiteRelease DocumentTranscriptHosts’ Thoughts Support the Show.

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Heir to the Empire | Chapter 21 | The Lost Holocron

6/14/2023
Chapter 21 of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (1991) (EU: 9 ABY) by Timothy Zahn. The Story So Far Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa Solo are evading Imperial capture as — unknown to them — Grand Admiral Thrawn has promised them to dark Jedi clone Joruus C'Baoth in exchange for his allegiance. While Chewbacca and Leia go to ground on Kashyyyk, Luke is captured by Talon Karrde in deep space, after being disarmed both physically and metaphysically. He awakens a week later to find himself still firmly in Karrde's grasp while the smuggling lord deliberates his fate and his lieutenant — Mara Jade — seethes over the pain Luke has seemingly caused in her mysterious past. Meanwhile, Han Solo and Lando Calrissian find a point of contact with Karrde's organisation, hoping to extend legitimate business relationships from the New Republic. Tipping Fynn Torve off to escape the entanglement with local authorities of a cargo seizure, Han and Lando broker a deal with Torve to get a face-to-face with Talon Karrde back at Karrde's base of operations. Chapter 21 Mara Jade convenes with Talon Karrde to discuss the conundrum facing them: Han and Lando will be arriving presently, escorting an indebted Fynn Torv. Even though they hold Luke hostage, Karrde is unwilling to tip his hand without first determining Thrawn's specific interest in Skywalker, and thus his fair market value. Karrde decides the best course of action is for Jade to relocate Skywalker to a storeroom while he plays host to Skywalker's unwitting allies. In the storeroom, Luke presumes that he has been left to his own devices in a sudden scramble. He makes contact with R2 in the next room of the storehouse, but — underestimating Karrde's thoroughness — he finds no purchase on which to mount an escape. That is, until he realises an advantage hiding right under his own (prosthetic) skin. Links HK47: How to kill a jediThing is LSw’s HandWilly Wonka is the surviving Weasly Brother theorytFA original openingThe Lightsaber blaster rifleGL’s opinion on the EUWhen Luke is directing Leia to destroy Jabba’s Barge, he gets shot in the handComment your favourite poster on our Instagram storyShare and Support Share this episodeDiscordYouTubeRedditSupport us on PatreonOur WebsiteRelease DocumentTranscriptHosts’ Thoughts Support the Show.

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Heir to the Empire | Chapter 20 | The Lost Holocron

6/7/2023
Chapter 20 of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (1991) (EU: 9 ABY) by Timothy Zahn. The Story So Far Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa Solo are evading Imperial capture as — unknown to them — Grand Admiral Thrawn has promised them to dark Jedi clone Joruus C'Baoth in exchange for his alliance. While Leia and Chewbacca have gone to Kashyyyk, Han Solo and Lando Calrissian are broadcasting decoy messages using C-3PO as a voice mimic. They are also trying to contact smuggling lord Talon Karrde in hopes to extend legitimate business relationships from the New Republic. Thrawn is preparing to attack Sluis Van so rather than continue their own pursuit he orders a bounty on Luke's capture. Luck would have it that Mara Jade drops the Wild Karrde out of hyperspace for a routine procedure to find a stranded Luke leading to his capture by Karrde. When Luke awakens, he finds himself helpless, severed from the Force, while Karrde weighs his fate. Chapter 20 Han and Lando arrive on Abregado Rae looking for a point of contact with Karrde's organisation. Before leaving the ship, Han exchanges coded messages with Winter over comms about the increasingly strained situation on Coruscant. They disembark and enter LoBue, a local casino. Han spots a familiar face, Fynn Torve, and wedges himself into their ongoing game of sabacc. Han surreptitiously reports to Torve that his ship is being seized. Before the game can progress past the deal, though, Han is accused of cheating by a burly reverend. In the ensuing commotion, Lando escapes with the contact. Back on the Falcon, Han and Lando broker a deal with Torve to get a face-to-face with Talon Karrde back at Karrde's base of operations. Links Gial Ackbar | Wookieepediaxkcd - What If: Everybody JumpThe Mandalorian - IMDb Scott’s toysShare and Support Share this episodeDiscordYouTubeRedditSupport us on PatreonOur WebsiteRelease DocumentTranscriptHosts’ Thoughts Support the Show.

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Heir to the Empire | Chapter 19 | The Lost Holocron

5/31/2023
Chapter 19 of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (1991) (EU: 9 ABY) by Timothy Zahn. The Story So Far Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa Solo are evading Imperial capture as — unknown to them — Grand Admiral Thrawn has promised them to dark Jedi clone Joruus C'Baoth in exchange for his alliance. While Leia and Chewbacca have gone to Kashyyyk, Han Solo and Lando Calrissian are broadcasting decoy messages using C-3PO as a voice mimic. They are also trying to contact smuggling lord Talon Karrde in hopes to extend legitimate business relationships from the New Republic. Luke is ambushed following the call of a mysterious Jedi Master to Jomark by Thrawn. In the escape, his X-Wing fails, leaving him stranded in deep space. While R2-D2 completes repairs on the subspace radio, Luke is hailed by the Wild Karrde. Luke is offered passage by Karrde, however is caught off-guard and knocked unconscious, falling into Karrde’s capture. Chapter 19 Luke awakens in some kind of barrack dorm on an unfamiliar forest world. He attempts to use his Jedi powers to refresh himself and takes in his surroundings. His attempts are apparently unsuccessful and he is startled by the presence of Mara Jade, whom he could not sense in the Force. In fact, he can sense nothing at all, and his lightsaber hangs from her hip. She takes him from his holdings across the forest-side compound to have another conversation with Karrde about politics, intrigue, and his predicament. Luke learns of the ysalamiri and a little of the circumstances of how he came to be (in no small measure due to Jade's influence) in the possession of Karrde's group. This interaction does not end with Luke unconscious; he is instead marched icily back to his "accommodation" by Jade. Links Why Zebra Are Terrible HorsesConversation pit - WikipediaSTAR WARS - THE FORCE UNLEASHED Ep 1DL-21 blaster pistol | WookieepediaStar Wars: Heir to the Empire - Chapter 19 (DarthAngelus | YouTube)Froffli | WookieepediaBroccoli HairstyleThe Lost Holocron on InstagramShare and Support Share this episodeDiscordYouTubeRedditSupport us on PatreonOur WebsiteRelease DocumentTranscriptHosts’ Thoughts Support the Show.

Duration:00:55:08