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"I had fought the worst of all wars, and witnessed the redemption of evil. I've seen balance restored to the Force. But order can turn to chaos… as it did when I was born. Now, with my loved ones and my loyal allies, I face a new challenge unlike any before. And I'm not sure if this time we can win."
Mark Hamill's voiceover as Luke Skywalker in the Vector Prime television commercial.
Vector Prime, the first of The New Jedi Order series.

The New Jedi Order (commonly abbreviated NJO) is a series of 27 stories (primarily 19 novels) that take place from 25 to 29 ABY.[1] The primary plotline follows the invasion of the Star Wars galaxy by the extragalactic Yuuzhan Vong, who through the course of their war deal previously unseen damage. The series also deals with the war's proceeding after effects, along with showing the changing lives of the characters on both sides in the conflict. Across the series, institutions like Luke Skywalker's New Jedi Order, the New Republic and the relationships of the Star Wars heroes are stretched, changed and tested.

The series was planned by Sue Rostoni and Lucy Wilson of Lucas Licensing, Shelly Shapiro of Del Rey Books and James Luceno in 1998. The group sketched out the general storyline, created a "series bible" and began contracting authors to write each book. Published from 1999-2003, the series was a collaboration by the following authors: R.A. Salvatore, Michael A. Stackpole, James Luceno, Kathy Tyers, Troy Denning, Greg Keyes, Elaine Cunningham, Aaron Allston, Matthew Stover, Walter Jon Williams, Shane Dix, and Sean Williams. Various parts of the series have been published in novel, comic, magazine and e-book format. However, the core of the series is made up of 19 novels, and a further four were cancelled.

The series was followed by the Dark Nest trilogy in 2005 by Troy Denning, who also wrote Star by Star for the original series.

Contents

Entries

Further details of The New Jedi Order storyline may be gained by accessing the entries below:

Year Name Author Notes
(1999) Vector Prime R.A. Salvatore novel
(2006) Boba Fett: A Practical Man Karen Traviss ebook novella
(2000) Dark Tide I: Onslaught Michael Stackpole novel
Dark Tide: Siege Michael Stackpole cancelled novel
(2000) Dark Tide II: Ruin Michael Stackpole novel
(2000) Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial James Luceno novel
(2000) Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse James Luceno novel
(2000) Balance Point Kathy Tyers novel
(2002) "Emissary of the Void" Greg Keyes short story
Knightfall I: Jedi Storm Michael Jan Friedman cancelled novel
Knightfall II: Jedi Fire Michael Jan Friedman cancelled novel
Knightfall III: Jedi Blood Michael Jan Friedman cancelled novel
(2001) "Recovery" (during Edge of Victory I: Conquest) Troy Denning ebook novella
(2001) Edge of Victory I: Conquest Greg Keyes novel
(2001) Edge of Victory II: Rebirth Greg Keyes novel
(2001) Star by Star Troy Denning novel
(2002) Dark Journey Elaine Cunningham novel
(2002) "The Apprentice" (during Dark Journey) Elaine Cunningham short story
(2002) Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream Aaron Allston novel
(2002) Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand Aaron Allston novel
(2002) Traitor Matthew Stover novel
(2002) Destiny's Way Walter Jon Williams novel
(2002) "Ylesia" (during Destiny's Way) Walter Jon Williams ebook novella
(2003) Force Heretic I: Remnant Sean Williams & Shane Dix novel
(2004) "Equals and Opposites" Nathan Butler comic book
(2003) Force Heretic II: Refugee Sean Williams & Shane Dix novel
(2003) "Or Die Trying" Sean Williams & Shane Dix short story
(2003) Force Heretic III: Reunion Sean Williams & Shane Dix novel
(2003) The Final Prophecy Greg Keyes novel
(2003) The Unifying Force James Luceno novel
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Background

Alongside the main series, there were several direct spin-offs and tie-ins made to the series:

Fiction

Nonfiction

Plot synopsis

The series begins 21 years after the Rebel Alliance destroyed the second Death Star. The New Republic is facing internal conflict while trying to maintain peace. A new, unknown enemy called the Yuuzhan Vong, emerges from the outer galaxy, beginning what will be known as the Yuuzhan Vong invasion. The Jedi, along with the New Republic, struggle to resist this new alien race while it steadily pushes forward, annihilating or occupying different parts of the galaxy.

Character arcs

As the longest continuous series of novels in the EU, the NJO was able to establish several long-term character arcs. Many new or previously underused characters were put into the spotlight and were developed extensively over the course of the series. Among the most prominent character arcs:

  • Ganner Rhysode: Rhysode began the series as an arrogant young Jedi, a trait best shown when, on assignment with Corran Horn, he mocked Horn's inability to use telekinesis, claiming that this made him a lesser Jedi. Rhysode gradually became more humble over the course of the series, especially after watching many of his friends die on the mission to Myrkr. After Jacen Solo was captured during this mission, Rhysode went searching for him, even though, in Jacen's words, "we weren't even friends"; Rhysode died fighting thousands of Yuuzhan Vong warriors so that Jacen and Vergere could escape. It was foreseen that in the future, the Yuuzhan Vong would eventually worship a new god called "the Ganner", referring almost admiringly, to Rhysode's last stand.
  • Tahiri Veila: Not fully developed in her original role—Anakin's friend from Junior Jedi Knights—Tahiri was pushed to a starring role in the NJO. When the Yuuzhan Vong captured Yavin 4, she was taken prisoner and subjected to experiments designed to create a Vong-Human hybrid. Anakin eventually rescued her, which stirred the romantic feelings they had had for years; when Anakin died above Myrkr, Tahiri was devastated. At this time, the Yuuzhan Vong personality implanted in her began to periodically take control, and Tahiri would wrestle with this for the duration of the series. Unlike most of the other Jedi, she had a peculiar empathy with the Yuuzhan Vong; at the end of the series, she chose to stay on Zonama Sekot in order to continue learning about the Yuuzhan Vong and to help them build a better society.
  • Jacen Solo: Jacen underwent perhaps the most complete and controversial arc of the NJO. He began the series as someone who actively questioned whether it was right to use the Force as a weapon. Many fans were frustrated by what they saw as his inaction; in some fannish circles, he received the nickname "Jacen Prufrock". After being captured by the Yuuzhan Vong he withstood weeks of torture at the hands of Vergere, an Old Republic Jedi and Vong familiar. He emerged with a new view of the Force, including a willingness to use it offensively. During the battle to retake Coruscant, Jacen achieved a state of oneness with the Force that gave him a 'perfect mastery' and also aged him five years. At the end of the series, he was one of the most powerful Jedi in the galaxy.

The New Order vs. the Old Order

The Order itself is philosophically distinct from the Jedi Order of the Old Republic (thus the Old Jedi Order) by a new Jedi Code and broadened view of the Force. The Order's titular head is Luke Skywalker, but other senior Jedi such as Kyle Katarn, Mara Jade and Kyp Durron have significant say in the Order's activities. The Order during the Yuuzhan Vong incursion polarizes into two major factions: that of Luke Skywalker, who feels that the Force should be used peacefully, like the Old Republic-era Jedi; and the faction of Kyp Durron, who holds that the Jedi should take a proactive, aggressive stance against enemies, hoping that in that way to live up to the Jedi's roles as "protectors" of the galaxy.

Character deaths

Several major characters die within the New Jedi Order series, an unusual departure from earlier Star Wars stories, and a source of criticism. The most controversial deaths among fans were Chewbacca and Anakin Solo. In a number of New Jedi Order books the characters who die seemed to be of key importance in the novels. The books also revealed the death of some major characters in the Star Wars universe that were not even introduced in the series.

It should be noted that while Mon Mothma did not die in the New Jedi Order series, she died directly prior to Vector Prime; her death was first revealed in the series.

Similarly, while Nom Anor is indicated to have died during the events of The Unifying Force, many fans believe he is still alive as his off-screen death allows for uncertainty as to whether he did in fact die.

Deaths of major characters introduced in the series

Character Introduction Death
Yomin Carr Vector Prime Vector Prime
Da'Gara Vector Prime Vector Prime
Bolpuhr Vector Prime Dark Tide I: Onslaught
Krag Val Dark Tide I: Onslaught Dark Tide II: Ruin
Shedao Shai Dark Tide I: Onslaught Dark Tide II: Ruin
Deign Lian Dark Tide II: Ruin Dark Tide II: Ruin
Reck Desh Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial
Elan Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial
Olmahk Dark Tide II: Ruin Balance Point
Randa Besadii Diori Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse Balance Point
Mezhan Kwaad Edge of Victory I: Conquest Edge of Victory I: Conquest
Vua Rapuung Edge of Victory I: Conquest Edge of Victory I: Conquest
Ulaha Kore Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse Star by Star
Eryl Besa Star by Star Star by Star
Jovan Drark Star by Star Star by Star
Bela Hara Recovery Star by Star
Krasov Hara Recovery Star by Star
Adarakh Edge of Victory II: Rebirth Star by Star
Viqi Shesh Dark Tide I: Onslaught Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand
Tsavong Lah Dark Tide II: Ruin Destiny's Way
Nen Yim Edge of Victory I: Conquest The Final Prophecy
Malik Carr Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial The Unifying Force
Drathul Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial The Unifying Force
Shimrra Jamaane Edge of Victory II: Rebirth The Unifying Force
Onimi Edge of Victory II: Rebirth The Unifying Force

Deaths of pre-existing characters

Although there were many deaths in the New Jedi Order series, several were only mentioned and had occurred before or during the series. These include Dynba Tesc, Lwyll, Eelysa, Lusa, Lyric, Roganda Ismaren and more notably Mon Mothma and Ackbar.

Character Introduction Death
Chewbacca Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) Vector Prime (1999)
Elegos A'Kla I, Jedi (1998) Dark Tide II: Ruin (2000)
Dynba Tesc Missed Chance (1995) Dark Tide II: Ruin (2000)
Lwyll Han Solo's Revenge (1979) Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial (2000)
Dorsk 82 Darksaber (1995) Edge of Victory I: Conquest (2001)
Ikrit Junior Jedi Knights: The Golden Globe (1995) Edge of Victory I: Conquest (2001)
Eelysa The New Rebellion (1996) Star by Star (2001)
Lusa The Crystal Star (1994) Star by Star (2001)
Lyric Junior Jedi Knights: Lyric's World (1996) Star by Star (2001)
Anakin Solo Dark Empire II (1994) Star by Star (2001)
Borsk Fey'lya Heir to the Empire (1991) Star by Star (2001)
Teneniel Djo The Courtship of Princess Leia (1994) Dark Journey (2002)
Roganda Ismaren Children of the Jedi (1995) Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand (2002)
Irek Ismaren Children of the Jedi (1995) Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand (2002)
Ganner Rhysode Union (1999) Traitor (2002)
Vergere Rogue Planet (2000) Destiny's Way (2002)
Blaine Harris The Truce at Bakura (1993) Force Heretic II: Refugee (2003)
Molierre Cundertol Shield of Lies (1996) Force Heretic II: Refugee (2003)
Ackbar Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983) The Unifying Force (2003)
Nom Anor Crimson Empire II: Council of Blood (1998) The Unifying Force (2003)

Criticism and reaction

Leia during the NJO series

Timothy Zahn felt the series was too dark and straying from the "feel" of Star Wars.[2] Randy Stradley, alleged that Del Rey used an invasion idea originating with Dark Horse and took it in directions they did not intend. Michael Stackpole, just after the publication of his NJO Dark Tide books, when asked what his new BattleTech books would involve, responded, "An alien invasion? No, a thousand times, no." However, author John Ostrander read and enjoyed the series.

In an interview published in The Unifying Force, Shelly Shapiro, the Editorial Director of Del Rey, expressed some regret over the "grimmer" aspects of the series and the Yuuzhan Vong themselves, as well as the timing of the novel Star by Star, coming so soon after the September 11 attacks.

Media

Television commercial

An image from the Vector Prime commercial.

In 1999, Mark Hamill reprised his role as Luke Skywalker in a brief speaking role for the series. Hamill spoke as Luke in a TV commercial for the first novel in the series, Vector Prime. In the commercial, Luke recalls the state that the galaxy is in at the present, compared to the times of the Empire.

The animated project

A project by a group of fans is underway to create an animated show based on the series. The link to this project can be found here.

See also

External links

Notes and references

  1. The series originally spanned the years from 25 to 30 ABY. The timelines presented in each of the novels, as well as comments in The Unifying Force, supported this. However, following the end of the series, it was retconned to have ended a year earlier.
  2. [1]
The New Jedi Order
Vector Prime · Dark Tide I: Onslaught · Dark Tide II: Ruin · Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial · Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse
Balance Point · Edge of Victory I: Conquest · Edge of Victory II: Rebirth · Star by Star · Dark Journey
Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream · Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand · Traitor · Destiny's Way · Ylesia
Force Heretic I: Remnant · Force Heretic II: Refugee · Force Heretic III: Reunion · The Final Prophecy · The Unifying Force
Short stories
Recovery · Emissary of the Void · The Apprentice · Or Die Trying
The Star Wars Saga
Episodes:
I: The Phantom Menace · II: Attack of the Clones · III: Revenge of the Sith
IV: A New Hope · V: The Empire Strikes Back · VI: Return of the Jedi
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The Great Heep · The Haunted Village · The Pirates and the Prince
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Television series:
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Other media:
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Shadows of the Empire · Clone Wars · The Force Unleashed

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