BEFORE THE REPUBLIC
(37,000 – 25,000 Years Before Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)
This is an ancient time, lost in the annals of history. It is a time before the great Republic united the galaxy. A time before the first Jedi emerged to serve as the guardians of peace and justice. In this era, mysterious alien civilizations with unimaginable powers ruled their own dominions.
Author: John Ostrander
Medium: Short story
Publication Date: April 30, 2013 in Star Wars Insider #141
- Reprinted in Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void
Timeline Placement: 25,793 Years Before the Battle of Yavin (BBY), as seen in Episode IV
This is it, the earliest EU story published before the Disney reboot and thus the first on our timeline. We take our first steps into the huge world of this galaxy far, far away with this opening line: “Hawk Ryo drifted in and out the shadows, a shadow himself.”
How weak is that?
I mean John Ostrander founded this era with the Dawn of the Jedi comics, so you’d think if he was going to write a story even further back he’d at least try to make sure this moronic undertaking of ours started out with some pizzazz. “The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed” this ain’t.
In this story, we follow Lanoree Brock and Hawk Ryo, two Je’daii Rangers, which apparently are like prototypical Jedi Knights, except they use real swords and carry guns and draw equally from both the light and dark sides of the Force. Sounds like some fedora tabletop gamer’s overpowered fantasy character class. The Je’daii have been sent by the Je’daii Council, because that just had to be a thing, to resolve some boring mining dispute on some moon of a planet I don’t care about. Apparently Hawk Ryo’s brother is a terrorist who kidnapped the daughter of the mining president to disrupt his plans to marry her to the son of the union boss or something, I don’t know, but there’s some kind of social commentary on labor unrest in there somewhere. Anyway, Hawk kills some people and rescues the girl, but—twist ending!—after she’s saved she refuses to marry the guy anyway! You go, girl!
Basically I don’t care about any of this, although I do like the character of Lanoree Brock because she seems just as bored with this plot as I am and terrorizes innocent people by repeatedly firing a gun over their heads when they annoy her. Shortly afterward, she channels Jorah Mormont and forces an assassin to drink the poisoned wine he tried to serve her. “Eruption” really doesn’t have a lot of meat to it, either in plot or character development, but given the little page-time she has, Lanoree stands out as the only interesting part of this story. I’m now slightly more excited to get to the first novel on our timeline, Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void, which is all about her.
I’d like to say more about this, since it’s the earliest point on the Star Wars timeline, but there’s nothing more to say.
2/5 Death Stars. Don’t waste your time.→