Vector Prime is the first installment of the New Jedi Order series. It is a science fiction novel written by R. A. Salvatore and published by Del Rey in October 1999. The galactic maps printed inside were designed by Daniel Wallace and Chris Barbieri. The audio version was narrated by Anthony Heald.
With the exciting arrival of The New Jedi Order series, the next era of Star Wars history is about to begin. Here, fantasy and science fiction's most acclaimed authors propel the legendary epic into the next millenium [sic], introducing us to a rich cast of characters that features old favorites—Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia Organa Solo—along with the next generation of Jedi and never-before-seen creatures, droids, and deadly agents of darkness. In Vector Prime, the launch novel for this thrilling new saga, New York Times bestselling author R. A. Salvatore takes the Star Wars universe to previously unscaled heights of action and imagination, expanding the beloved story of a galaxy far, far away…
Twenty-one years have passed since the heroes of the Rebel Alliance destroyed the Death Star, breaking the power of the Emperor. Since then, the New Republic has valiantly struggled to maintain peace and prosperity among the peoples of the galaxy. But unrest has begun to spread; tensions erupt in outbreaks of rebellion that, if unchecked, threaten to destroy the Republic's tenuous reign.
Into this volatile atmosphere comes Nom Anor, a charismatic firebrand who heats passions to the boiling point, sowing seeds of dissent for his own dark motives. In an effort to avert a catastrophic civil war, Leia travels with her daughter Jaina, her sister-in-law Mara Jade, and the loyal protocol droid C-3PO, to conduct face-to-face diplomatic negotiations with Nom Anor. But he proves resistant to Leia's entreaties—and, far more inexplicably, within the Force, where a being should be, was…blank space.
Meanwhile, Luke is plagued by reports of rogue Jedi Knights who are taking the law into their own hands. And so he wrestles with a dilemma: Should he attempt, in this climate of mistrust, to reestablish the legendary Jedi Council?
As the Jedi and the Republic focus on internal struggles, a new threat surfaces, unnoticed, beyond the farthest reaches of the Outer Rim. An enemy appears from outside known space, bearing weapons and technology unlike anything New Republic scientists have ever seen. Suddenly Luke, Mara, Leia, Han Solo, and Chewbacca—along with the Solo children—are thrust again into battle, to defend the freedom so many have fought and died for. But this time, all their courage, sacrifice, and even the power of the Force itself may not be enough.…
Twenty-one years after the Battle of Endor, the New Republic will face an even darker enemy…
Into this fragile moment comes Nom Anor, a mysterious and charismatic firebrand who is sowing seeds of mistrust and anger through his call for a simpler time. Little do his followers know the truth which hides behind his words.
When ExGal 4, a scientific outpost on Belkadan, discovers an odd comet-like object coming through the vast distance between the galaxies, astrophysicist Danni Quee takes it upon herself to investigate. She journeys to the Helska system, unaware of the danger which threatens the survival of the entire galaxy: the Yuuzhan Vong.
Jedi Masters Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade Skywalker, along with the Solo's and Chewbacca are thrust into the middle of the danger once more, forced to fight with all they have to save the galaxy.
But this time, the Force itself may not be enough.
Luke Skywalker struggles with the New Republic with the formation of the Jedi Council. Leia, Mara Jade Skywalker, along with Jaina Solo meet the ominous prime minister of Rhommamool. An extra-galactic object enters the galaxy and crash lands on the planet of Helska 4 and a team of scientists go to the planet to investigate. They soon realize that the object isn't just a normal celestial object.
Leia Organa Solo rides on the Jade Sabre. She, Jaina Solo, and Mara Jade Skywalker are going to Rhommamool to speak with its leader, Nom Anor. Rhommamool and its neighboring planet, Osarian, are on the brink of war. The Osarians don’t want Leia to go to Rhommamool, because they figure that it would rally support for the planet, which they considere their enemy. As a result, they send some Z-95’s out at them, piloted by Rodians. The Jade Sabre is originally going to just evade the attackers, when Wurth Skidder, a Jedi that is staying on the Mon Calamari cruiser Mediator, which is between the two planets, comes out and destroys them. It is clear that it was mostly just so that he could have some fun. Leia is furious.
At ExGal-4, on the planet Belkadan, Yomin Carr, a Yuuzhan Vong, is waiting for the invasion to begin. When Carr sees the blip he was waiting for, he disables the communications of ExGal-4 and contactes Nom Anor, letting him know that it has begun. On the way back, he picks up a beetle, a creature that he had brought, hoping that it would spread; indeed, it is spreading quickly. The other scientists discover the blip and think that it is an asteroid, because it is not transmitting any signals. Someone suggests contacting ExGal Command, but they decide against it because it could be something from their galaxy that just rebounded back in. Yomin Carr is instrumental in having them arrive at this decision.
Luke Skywalker and Jacen Solo meet with the New Republic Advisory Council, headed by Chief of State Borsk Fey’lya on Coruscant. Luke is hounded by some councilors because some Jedi are playing law keeper too strongly. Luke suspects that their complaints are because Jedi are giving smugglers a hard time; he suspects that some councilors have illegal dealings with them, thus, when Jedi attack the smugglers, it affects the councilors. Luke and Jacen discuss their differences of opinion of what the Jedi should be, and whether or not the Jedi Council should be re-established.
Nom Anor discusses with his underlings, explaining that he’s behind Mara’s disease. He hopes to learn how Mara was doing at this meeting. The meeting is terrible for Leia; Nom Anor is terribly rude to her. They leave. Anor instructs his underlings to see to it that their departure takes them by the Square of Hopeful Redemption.
The protagonists share their opinion of Nom Anor, and show their reaction as they fly over the Square of Hopeful Redemption.
Han and Luke discuss the meeting and Lando Calrissian’s whereabouts with the council. Luke thinks if he could get someone from the Outer Rim’s thoughts and insights, he could use that to get the councilors to see his point of view.
The scientists at ExGal-4 track the asteroid to the Helska system. With its current vector, it will collide with the fourth planet in that system, which iss made of ice. At this point they tried to contact ExGal Command. It doesn't work.
The extragalactic “asteroid” is actually a living worldship, led by Prefect Da'Gara. Tu Shoolb tells the Prefect that he’d been consulting his yammosk, the worldship's genetically engineered war coordinator. It is anxious to begin.
The ExGal scientists detect a tail on their extragalactic object. They reason that it must be a comet. Only Yomin Carr knows the truth. He does something that will destroy the planet.
Prefect Da'Gara and the 5,000 that are on board prepare for landing, and put on their protective ooglith cloaker and gnullith, which help them to breathe. They follow the yammosk down into the ice to establish a base.
The ExGal-4 scientists see the “comet” impact with the 4th planet of the Helska system; to their surprise, there is no explosion. They want to contact ExGal, but the communications aren’t fixed yet. They considered taking their unreliable ship, Spacecaster, to send a communication, but decide to wait.
Leia and Jaina, in cockpit of Jade Sabre, near Coruscant. Mara was tired, so Jaina is piloting alone. Leia thinks of Nom Anor, and attempts to contact again. There is a huge Mon Calamari Star Defender, the Viscount, newly commissioned by the New Republic. Since they are nearing Coruscant, Leia goes to get Mara, as she requested. The disease had attacked Mara's womb this time, which greatly disturbs her.
Jacen talks to Anakin, who is constantly practicing with his lightsaber, saying that Jedi are not to use the Force to right every wrong, and not to use the Force to gain glory for themselves. They decide to spar, to see whose philosophy wins out in a fight. Despite not practicing with the saber nearly as much as Anakin, Jacen wins out. He says, “We’re not a galactic patrol.” Jacen then goes to see how Han and Chewie are doing. He finds Chewie in a very disagreeable mood.
Mara meets back up with Luke, and they exchange stories. They decide to take a trip to the Outer Rim.
Leia meets with the councilors to tell them of her mission. Han sends Chewie with her. Councilor Rodan comes out and begins hounding Chewie. Chewie disposes of him by hanging him by his collar on a coatrack. They meet up and inform Leia that they are going on a trip to talk to Lando.
The people of ExGal-4 decide to go to the ice planet. They ask Carr, but he politely declines. His real reason is that he has orders to stay away from them. He discreetly damages the Spacecaster. He then contacts Prefect Da’Gara, and tells him to beware of Danni Quee. Belkadan will soon be destroyed, yet Carr will survive on it, because he’ll have his ooglith cloaker.
Yomin goes out with Garth Breise to fix the transmitter. They see some reddish brown beetles. Carr suggests that they may be the source of the problem. They decide to climb anyway. They find the problem. Carr, however, cuts Breise’s rope, and he falls to his death.
Danni Quee and the other scientists in the Spacecaster see a storm moving toward their ExGal-4 Base. They try to establish contact, but can hear very little. They decide to move on.
Nom Anor launches missiles at Osa-Prime. He knows he’ll have to flee, but he does it mainly as a distraction for the New Republic.
The Millennium Falcon, Jade’s Sabre, and Luke’s X-wing (piloted by a thrilled Jaina) arrive at Reecee. Leia manages to leave without her Noghri guards noticing. Luke and Jacen talk about re-creating the Jedi Council.
Han and Chewie go to Riebold’s Foam and Sizzle—a place where fights, even deadly ones, are not frowned upon, as long as you clean up after yourself—to find out about Lando. They find a Sullustan Han knows, Dugo Bagy, and he tells them that Lando is looking for new mining techniques to apply to more profitable areas, like the asteroid in the Hoth system, known as Kerane’s Folly, which contains pure platinum. Many have tried mining it, but were killed because of other asteroids. They also learn that Kyp Durron is causing a lot of trouble for the smugglers--Kyp and other pilots, known as “The Dozen-and-Two Avengers.”
Four of the ExGal-4 scientists leave the base to investigate the storm Danni told them about as she was taking off. They find it; it isn’t a storm. It is a plague, probably caused by beetles, causing a molecular change in the plant life. It fills the air with poisonous gas. They don’t have enough air for all of them to get back. They all sacrifice their air so that one scientist, Jerem, will have a chance to make it.
Danni and the crew in the Spacecaster arrive at Helska 4. They are confused as to why the planet appears to be untouched. They assume that a ball of gas must have been what collided. They detect strange energy from the planet. They begin to circle the planet, when they detect hundreds of chunks of debris. They find out that they are ships of some kind. The ships take out the Spacecaster’s ion engines and hyperdrive so they can’t escape, meaning they knew about the workings of their ship. The Yuuzhan Vong send a villip, and Prefect Da’Gara communicates to them through that. He tells them to follow the coralskippers. They refuse, and are shot down.
Jerem makes it back to base, only to be killed (honorably) by Yomin Carr. Yomin takes his sample of the deadly gas and the beetle. Yomin Carr could still do as he was ordered—he would see if the scientists that remained would be able to find a cure of the “Plague.”
Danni wakes up down on the planet. She watches her crew be killed by the Yuuzhan Vong. Da’Gara says the Yomin Carr demanded honor for her. He throws her down a hole, and he jumps in after her.
Luke, Leia, Han, and others go to visit Lando’s new venture, Dubrillion, and its twin, less-habitable planet, Destrillion. They give Jaina a test, in Luke’s X-wing. They have R2 feed her the wrong coordinates; she arrives just a little ways away. She adapts well and finds her way. They meet Lando again here. He shows them his TIE advanced fighters he uses to run the belt. They were modified to be very safe. Jaina wants to do it.
The Solo kids do the run here, all making it on to Lando’s board of best times. Jaina's run is incredible.
The plague is spreading at the ExGal-4 base. As the communications are being fixed, Carr re-destroyes them, and kills the person making repairs.
Nom Anor and his assistant escape from Rhommamool in a hidden, modified A-Wing. They do considerable damage to the Mon Cal cruiser in the process. Nom Anor contacts Da’Gara, and reports that his next target is Sernpidal. They discuss using the tactic called Yo’gand’s Core, which uses gravity to pull a moon and a planet into a collision.
Jacen and Anakin argue again about the Force, using Jaina’s amazing flight to debate whether it was a result of the Force guiding her actions or the fact that she practiced piloting a lot. Then, Kyp Durron walks in to say hello. He is obviously a little upset that Jaina has taken his record in running the belt. He offers them the opportunity to join his squadron, The Dozen-and-Two Avengers. Kyp leaves, and takes off with his squadron; the kids watch the disciplined and high-profile take-off, complete with music.
Leia, Luke, Lando, and Mara watch the takeoff, too. Lando then offers to let Luke and Mara run the belt. Lando would have loved to have such names on his leader board, but they don’t want to fly. They do, however, get Han and Chewie go together in the TIE bomber, in hopes of beating Moss and Twingo, a pair of cocky smugglers. When they go, there is a malfunction in the communications and shields. They are in trouble.
Kyp ponders the future of the Dozen-and-Two. They check for recent traffic. They detect a Spacecaster class vessel coming from Belkadan. They were headed to the Helska system. Kyp sends out a signal for someone to investigate Belkadan, while he takes his squadron to the Helska system.
Luke flys into the asteroids to try to rescue Han and Chewie; Luke also has no shields. He finds and rescues them. They were exactly tied with Moss and Twingo when they lost communications, but Lando adds five seconds, so they hold the record for a twosome.
Lando asks Han to go to Sernpidal to run some cargo and Han reluctantly agrees. Luke and Mara go to Belkadan (as per Kyp’s call for someone to go there).
Kyp’s X-wing has been damaged by the grutchins. He rerouts some power, and began making short hyperspace hops toward Sernpidal, the closest inhabited planet.
The Yuuzhan Vong bring a man in with Danni Quee. He says he is a Jedi with the Dozen-and-Two. The Yuuzhan Vong say he is not worthy. They begin looking for a way to escape.
Da’Gara reports to Nom Anor about the attack. He says that he thinks the two ships that had escaped were destroyed. They are now going to begin “breaking” the Jedi, in order to test the extent of his willpower. More Yuuzhan Vong are on the way soon: one more ship today, and one within the week.
Danni and Miko knock out some Yuuzhan Vong that come in, and take their cloakers and breathing creatures. Da’Gara stops them, and takes them to an assembly of Yuuzhan Vong. Another worldship arrives, and Prefect Ma’Shraid enters. They speak through the telepathic war coordinator, the yammosk. Then, they feed Miko to the giant creature.
Han, Chewie, and Anakin arrive at Sernpidal, and something strange is going on. The moon is very, very close. Their ship is raided, and people make off with some of their cargo. They then take off, and do a reading. They find that something on the planet was pulling the moon closer and closer. The item is just east of Sernpidal City. Anakin volunteers to go investigate, and the mayor goes with him, while Han and Chewie round up as many people to take on the Falcon as possible. The planet has less than seven hours.
Luke and Mara arrive at Belkadan, only to find it covered with gas. They decide to land to see if there are any survivors. They go down, and have trouble locating ExGal-4, but eventually, they do.
Yomin Carr readies his weapons as he watches the Jade Sabre land.
Luke and Mara land. The ground is covered with dead beetles. They get into the compound, and find one living beetle, but it is slowing down. Mara notices some goo at its mandibles. They search through, and all the computers are still on and working. They have R2 begin downloading everything from the main computer, as they split up to explore the compound.
Mara finds the journal of a scientist, and a beetle in a bottle. In the journal, it says that Carr kept saying that the disaster was just a weather pattern. It ended saying, “I believe it is linked to”. It ends here. She hears a screech from R2 in the other room, and runs there.
R2 was hit by Yomin Carr. Mara rushes in and fights him. She has many surprises from his fighting tactics and equipment, but endes up killing him. Before he dies, Yomin Carr says that she was worthy. They then regroup, finish the download, and take off. Mara’s disease worsens. They think that there might be some sort of connection between the beetles, Belkadan, and her disease. They find two balls there. One of them inverts, and says many things in a foreign tongue. They then look at some of the data R2 downloaded. They find out that the comet came in the Helska system. They set coordinates for there.
Miko struggles. The yammosk desn’t kill him; it just brings him in close many times over again, tormenting him. Danni feels bad for him in his suffering, but is only able to watch.
Anakin and the mayor arrive at a crater, and find a living thing inside, the source of the problem. Anakin shoots at it, but it has no effect. The creature then reverses its pull, resulting in it moving deeper into the ground. The Falcon then comes to pick them up. The mayor refuses to go, and instead takes a thermal detonator and destroys both himself and the creature to ensure that it wouldn’t hurt any other planet.
Da’Gara connects his mind to that of the yammosk, and they exchange thoughts. He then contacts Nom Anor. He says that Sernpidal would die that day, but that several ships were escaping. He had dispatched four full battle groups to intercept and follow them to the next planet. There, open warfare would begin.
Chewbacca puts two children into the relative safety of the Falcon, and then debris falls onto a shuttle. He and Anakin go to remove it. They succeed, allowing many lives to be saved. The winds are bad now. The moon is approaching. Anakin and Chewbacca save another toddler. The Falcon is too high for Chewbacca to get in. He tosses Anakin up to Han. Then, the ground shifts, and Chewbacca is thrown. Anakin rushes to the controls to move the ship to Chewbacca. Just as he is getting into position, the wind knocks a building onto the Falcon. Anakin realizes that if he waits any longer, they will all die. He heads skyward, leaving a helpless Chewbacca on the doomed planet.
Luke and Mara arrive at Helska 4. Luke takes off in his X-wing to get a look. His systems are shut down, and he begins plunging toward the planet, caught in some sort of tractor beam.
Han is very upset about Chewie's death. He takes his anger out on Anakin, saying that he was the one that left Chewie.
Luke fires up his shields, only to have them depleted almost immediately. However, this distracts the beam, and he is able to move back up just a little bit. Luke shoot nine torpedoes and manages to get to the surface safely, but several of the coralskippers begin bearing down on him. He is having trouble escaping in his damaged X-wing.
Han decides to go back to Sernpidal for a hopeless search for Chewie, when someone calls for help. Several insects are attacking them. The ship blows up, destroying the attackers, too. Then, Han sees a ship in the distance transmitting a distress signal. It is Kyp. Han calles Anakin for a copilot, but while he accepts his help as copilot, he showed no sign of forgiveness.
The Falcon breaks from the convoy to get Kyp’s X-wing. Han thinks it is a trap when several of the insects are there, and starts attacking the Falcon. Anakin rushes to the guns, but can’t get them all, as some are on the hull. He rushes to the power re-routing area, and puts the main cable on the hull. This shocks all of the creatures, and they fall off. He then goes back to the gun and shoots them. They then shoot the tow cable onto the X-wing and bring it back to the convoy.
The Jade Sabre comes to pick up Luke’s X-wing. They decide to go back to Dubrillion. There are thousands of rock-like ships on Helska 4. Who knows how many there are on nearby planets?
Kyp is indeed alive, and he joins Han on the Falcon and tells him what happened. Then, they detect some of the rocky starfighters. They have to get all of the ships, even the slow ones, to Dubrillion. Anakin does some calculations. They will beat the enemy there…but not by much.
Han is clearly angry. Here, he tries to blame Lando, saying that it’s his fault that he was there. Lando points out that Han saved many people’s lives. He says that he has plenty of guns and ships; it won’t be a problem of a shortage of equipment; rather, it’ll be a shortage of people to operate them. Leia tries to console Han.
The kids sympathize with Anakin.
Leia tries to contact the New Republic for assistance. The Rejuvenator is the closest ship with substantial firepower. It is 3 days away. The Yuuzhan Vong ships will be there in less than 2. They still haven’t heard from Luke. The kids convince their parents to let them fly in some TIEs. They have to stay close to the planet, where they could use the projected shields. Leia would occupy Chewie’s seat as copilot of the Falcon. Kyp would fly as a gunner.
The battle begins. The outer ships have trouble. Finally, they fall back near the Falcon. The Falcon’s screen practically turns red, as the enemy blips were so concentrated.
The Solo children start in the atmosphere, where Belt-Runner I could provide shielding for them, as they were instructed by their parents. When the Belt-Runner I is disabled, they decided that they’d be just as safe here as they were in space. They go up. They save a pilot, but as soon as their parents find out, they are not happy. The coralskippers are overwhelming them. They are instructed to go back. Anakin, however, has an idea; they’d run the belt before, so they should be able to outfly the enemy. They go in, and connect their minds and senses through the Force, giving them each extra pairs of eyes and ears. The link didn’t last long though, and Anakin soon finds himself spinning. He pulls the hyperspace lever to avoid being hit. Han and Leia are not happy. They instruct the twins to return to planet as they search for their youngest son.
The twins landed and were greeted by cheering crowds. Jacen thought about their mind connection, and thought his view of the Force needed amending.
Anakin hoped that his siblings were alright; he didn’t want to have caused their deaths. Even though he was all alone, he could accept his death, but not the death of Jacen and Jaina. He, too, considered his view of the Force, and considered amending.
The third worldship had arrived. They had tested the planetary defenses. The yammosk will soon spawn, and they will put the new one on either Dubrillion or Destrillion. Also, Belkadan was almost finished with its transformation; they would be able to grow yorik coral there. They were soon ready to begin the second level of conquest—perpetuation.
Han was furious. They went out looking for Anakin. Leia sensed him--he was alive, at least.
Luke and Lando study the coralskipper, which was actually a living thing. Luke then learns of Chewie’s death.
Luke told Lando that he needed to get into Helska 4. He knew that’s where they were. He asked if he had any mining ships that could get through ice. Lando just laughed. Of course he did. Later, when Luke was alone, he heard Anakin’s call…he was alright. He knew that Leia heard it too, and that she’d soon bring him back.
Leia and Han find Anakin through the Force. He comes back on the ship. Han hugs him, then scolds him. There is a description of how the mining craft will work here.
3PO translated the message to Yomin Carr. It said that his work was done for now and that the movement of the Praetorite Vong was under way. 3PO was then taken to the coralskipper to see what he could learn from it. He learned that it was living, and “refueled” by eating rocks, which it could spit out for ammo, or as one method of moving (getting an opposite reaction). The other method was by the thumb-sized creature on the nose, which worked by focusing gravity fields. Luke reasoned that the same type of creature was used to “pull” the shields from his ship in his earlier encounter with them. There was good news, though…some considerable New Republic firepower arrived to help guard.
Mara was skeptical about Luke’s mining plan. Luke reassured her that everything would be alright.
Jacen and Jaina had different plans. They decided to take the mining vessel and its carrier ship, instead of Luke and Mara. They left a message with R2.
The Star Destroyer Rejuvenator’s captain, Commander Warshack Rojo wanted to go face the coralskippers on Helska 4 immediately in order to get back to the “more important” issues of the New Republic. Leia wanted to wait six days, when more firepower could be out to the system. Rojo was convinced he could handle it, though. Just then, they saw the mining ship take off, and R2 came in with a message. Han was furious at first, but Luke explained that they were Jedi…they would start having many big responsibilities. They then decided to move out (at the insistence of Rojo), with Han, Leia, Anakin, and Lando in the Falcon, Luke and Mara in the Jade’s Sabre, and Kyp leading a squadron of fighters.
Jacen fired off toward the ice planet. He fired a booster jet, and that may have alerted the enemies to his presence. Once he got into the planet, he felt a cry for help.
Jaina was concerned about that thruster jet Jacen fired. She tried to hide her carrier ship, the Merry Miner. She was not successful, and some coralskippers were closing in on her weaponless ship.
Jacen began swimming, and saw a base in the water. He sensed the strange call near him, up near the crust. Several other swimmers came near him.
Just as Jaina was about to be destroyed, the Rejuvenator came out of hyperspace to her rescue. Kyp Durron called to her asking sarcastically if she needed help.
Jacen was waved toward the end of the line. The person in front had many tattoos and scars, and only one eye. The people had progressively fewer marks around their eyes (the only part visible), and Jacen figured that’s why we was to be last. They got to a small room near the crust, and there were two people in there. Jacen recognized the Jedi Miko, but he wasn’t the source of the call. It was the girl with him. He was grunted at, and it was clear that he, as the lowest ranking warrior, was to wait outside as a sentry. Just as they were to take Miko away to “kill” him, they noticed the saber on Jacen’s belt. He began to fight them.
Prefect Da’Gara “watched” the battle unfold through the yammosk.
Battle. At first things went well; then, thousands of coralskippers were launched from the planet. Then, things went downhill; republic ships were being taken out.
Rojo was taking his star destroyer down to the planet, but the brilliant coordination of the coralskippers was causing major damage to him.
Anakin caught on to the tactic. He knew that the ships were somehow connected, like he and his siblings were earlier, through the Force.
Jacen’s fight. Danni managed to get one of the Yuuzhan Vong’s suits off and send him into the cold water. Then, a thud bug hit her.
Rojo had underestimated these forces. They took out the Rejuvenator.
Jacen was having trouble against the remaining 4 Yuuzhan Vong. He could defend for now, but could not concentrate on attacking, or he’d be killed. Just then, 2 of the Yuuzhan Vong were struggling, a Human hand on their faces...
Miko managed to get their noses, the release point of the cloakers, and then he took them down into the cold water as a last, heroic act against the Vong. Jacen then was able to take out the other two. He took Danni, and the two squeezed uncomfortably into the cramped mining ship.
The space battle was going terribly. They needed to retreat, but Jacen was still down there. Just as they were getting desperate, Jacen blasted out of the planet. Jaina wasted no time, and picked him up in a very impressive maneuver, and, as if in one action, escaped to hyperspace at the same time. The others followed her.
Jacen comforts Danni in the small, cramped ship
The protagonists exchanged stories, and they figured out that it was the yammosk that allowed the extreme coordination of the coralskippers. They decided they had to take it out. They decided to use shieldships, things Lando used to use on Nkllon, in order to evaporate some ice, thus stealing energy from the planet, making it cold, causing destruction. The commanders of the republic Ranger ships didn’t want to go in; they wanted to wait for reinforcements. Luke knew that they needed to catch the enemy by surprise, and the way to do that was to go back immediately. Kyp decided to go with his starfighters.
Some ships were lost coming out of hyperspace, for they had to come in extremely close in order to gain the full surprise. The battle began.
When Da’Gara realized there was another attack, he rushed to the yammosk. He thought the only reason they’d come back was to rescue Danni, who still must have been on the planet (his assumption was wrong). He was baffled as to the use of the shield ships. The yammosk thought it was to reflect energy to take out the dovin basals and surface cannons. He wanted Danni Quee to remain with him.
Luke (down close to the planet), noticed a drop in temperature. Dense fog gave him cover.
Jaina was piloting the Jade Sabre with Mara next to her on the guns. She couldn’t establish a Force link with the Falcon’s pilot, her dad, because he wasn’t Force-sensitive. But he was an excellent pilot, and they flew well together anyway. She was startled when she made a run on a coralskipper, and Mara failed to fire. She had passed out. Jaina jumped over to her, and the ship was hit, and they began plummeting toward the planet. Jaina rushed back to the controls, but they kept falling.
Luke kept detecting the temperature dropping. He was dismayed when he saw his wife’s ship falling toward the planet. Leia and Han saw it, too. Luke rushed to intercept, and just as he passed under it, he flipped over, and fired his repulsors, giving the Sabre a lift, and it re-stabilized. It was getting very cold. Ice crystals were forming in the air.
It was looking bad for the republic forces. Some shield ships were being destroyed. Suddenly, some coralskippers began colliding. The coordination was lost! Coralskippers began retreating back to the planet. The planet looked distorted, like they were looking at it through a glass globe. It was the fourth state of matter, the Mezzicanley Wave. Now the ice would begin expanding, and the planet would soon explode. Han had to turn the Falcon around, despite the fact that Luke was still down there…similar to Anakin’s retreat from Chewie. He had other lives to save on the Falcon; he couldn’t put them in danger for Luke. The planet blew. They were relieved to see that Luke’s X-wing had escaped.
R2 was quite frozen from that chilling experience on Helska 4. The remaining Vong forces were being hunted by Kyp and others. Mara was losing her fight with her disease, and there was nothing Luke could do directly. But he could study the bug that she felt was connected to it on Belkadan. Mara had discussed going alone to Dagobah, or some other Force-filled place, to meditate on what was happening inside her.
Leia realized what a threat they’d just faced and how much trouble they’d be in if more came. She knew she’d have to take on new responsibilities that she really didn’t want…as Ambassador Leia.
Nom Anor was on a small core world, stirring hatred for the New Republic. He knew that there were Yuuzhan Vong warriors running throughout the galaxy with no way to control them. He knew they would recover, though.
Han remembers Chewie here, at the destroyed Sernpidal. He then felt as if the bubble that protected his family was broken, and the galaxy was suddenly a more dangerous place. He now wasn’t so confident that Mara would survive. Leia tried to reassure him that she would, though.
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At the time of its first publication, Vector Prime was extremely controversial among Star Wars fans because its plot called for the death of Chewbacca, making the Wookiee the first major character from the original trilogy to be permanently killed off in the Expanded Universe novels. Opinion was sharply divided as to whether this death of a beloved character was a cheap ploy to boost sales and interest in the new series, or if it served the dramatic purpose of declaring that not even the core characters were necessarily "safe" anymore.
While Chewbacca's death marked the first major character from the original trilogy to die in an Expanded Universe novel, the death of Crix Madine in Darksaber was the first death of a speaking character.
Chewbacca's death was later marked as Number One in Star Wars Insider's 20 Most Memorable Moments of the Expanded Universe.
It was one of the few EU books to have its own television commercial.
Originally Luke and Mara were to already have children in this book but author R.A. Salvatore refused to write them in.
According to an interview in The Unifying Force Sue Rostoni, Shelly Shapiro, and Lucy Wilson all expressed that one of their biggest regrets from the series were death threats author R.A. Salvatore received due to Chewbacca's death.
This is a gallery of the different cover variations of Vector Prime.
Dansk - Vector Prime - Ingangsportalen til galaksen
French hardcover - Vecteur Prime
German - Die Abtrünnigen
Polish - Wektor pierwszy