Star Wars Novels: The Old Republic Revan (Part 1)

Star Wars Novels: The Old Republic Revan (Part 1)

Star Wars Novels: The Old Republic Revan (Part 1)

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Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic has for many fans, myself included, been the pinnacle of Star Wars gaming. This RPG (Role Playing Game) puts you back in the old republic around 4000 years before the formation of the Galactic Empire. It throws you in to a galaxy in turmoil with war raging between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire. The leader of the Sith onslaught is Darth Revan, he along with his apprentice Darth Malak are tearing through the republic. That is until a daring raid is attempted by the Jedi to take Revan out was helped by Malak using this moment of distraction/weakness to strike and take sole possession of the mantle of Dark Lord of the Sith. Throughout this stunningly well-made game you collect a crew of misfits and other Jedi from around the galaxy. Some of these characters include the astromech droid T3, Jedi Bastila Shan, Juhani, and Jolee, the scoundrel Mission Vao, the Mandalorian Mercenary Canderous Ordo, and let’s not forget everyone’s favorite assassin droid HK-47. The climax of this story **SPOILER WARNING** is that you find out that your character is actually Darth Revan and you have had your memory stripped by the Jedi council. From here you can choose to stick to the Jedi life or turn full on to the Dark Side. Regardless you will end up with a final confrontation against Malak and defeat him. Though you can play this game a multitude of different ways the old canon version is that Revan was a male and he returned to the light side.

In the second installment of the Knights of the Old Republic franchise we play as a Jedi Exile named Meetra Surik who has had her connection to the force stripped due to her allegiance to Revan during the Mandalorian wars which preceded Revan’s fall to the Dark Side. Through this adventure, you are again joined by companions as you seek out the answer to why all the Jedi are being hunted and executed as well as the mystery of why you are in possession of Revan’s ship the Ebon Hawk. You also play to reestablish your connection to the force and use your new powers to defeat the Sith lords that have been plaguing the galaxy. Again, you can play this game many ways but the old canon was to play as a Female. Trust me there is a reason I felt like i needed to do a recap of the first two games.

SO finally getting to the book itself. The book is around two or three years after the events of the first game and it opens with Revan and his wife, Bastila, on Coruscant talking about the child that they are about to bring into the galaxy. Since the ending of the first game Revan has reconciled with the Jedi order but they keep him at arm’s length, not only because of the fall to the Dark Side but also because of his relationship with Bastila. Revan has been suffering from insomnia due to parts of memories that are coming back to him as dreams. To find out more information on what has been happening to him he decides he will reach out to an old ally, Meetra Surik (see why I did the recap). When he tries to reach out to her he finds that she has been sent into exile by the Jedi order and is unreachable. Revan then reconnects with his old ally Canderous Ordo, again in a chance to try and regain his memories. Canderous asks Revan to help him find the mask of Mandalore that was taken by him when he was Darth Revan. This mask is worn by the traditional leader of Mandalore, so the reason Revan took it was to prevent the Mandos from ever forming together under one strong ruler. During this time the Sith Empire has been slowly rebuilding itself after it was pushed out of the galaxy by the Republic around 1000 years previous. They have set up their home base on Dromund Kass, here we meet the pure blood Sith Lord Scourge. Here we learn that the Sith are ruled by an all-powerful emperor and he is advised by a group of Sith called the Dark Council. Scourge is brought in by one of the council members to provide security and look into the other council members and make sure they are not going to pose a threat to his patron Darth Nyriss.

Revan finds out that the answers he is looking for leads him to the unknown reaches. Before he leaves he convinces Bastila to stay behind for the benefit of their unborn child. Revan takes off in the Ebon Hawk with his trusty Droid T3 to find what he needs. His journey leads him to a planet where terrible things have happened, it is there that the Ebon Hawk was shot down by Darth Nyriss, Revan is captured by Nyriss and Scourge and taken back to Dromund Kaas as their prisoner. T3 is able to get the Ebon Hawk working again and sets off to go get help and the first name that pops up for him is the Jedi Exile Meetra Surik. This is where the second game picks up and where this article will end part one.

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Luke Hunsaker
Luke Hunsaker

Luke Hunsaker, also known as The Podcaster Without Fear, is the host of The Nerd Dome Podcast. He also writes a comic book review column on thenerddome.com. You will also find him as a frequent panelists at Salt Lake City Comic Con, and Fan X.

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