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[Vector]
A Guide to Star Wars: Vector.

[ Star Wars: Vector ]

Star Wars: Vector was Dark Horse Comics' most ambitious Star Wars project ever. Nearly four thousand years before the Skywalker legacy, a trio of Jedi seers have a vision of an ancient evil whose influence stretches far into the future. Manifesting itself to some of the most powerful Force-users in the history of the galaxy and possibly ending up in the hands of one of the secret Jedi Covenant's sworn enemies! Star Wars: Vector spans more than 4,100 years on the Star Wars timeline; is spread across four eras: The Old Republic (chapter 1), The Rise of the Empire (chapter 2), The Rebellion (chapter 3) and Legacy of the Force (chapter 4) and crossovers four of Dark Horse Comics' series: Knights of the Old Republic; Dark Times, Rebellion and Legacy.

When Dark Horse Comics began the Vector storyline they had three goals to attain:

1. Make the events in the crossover mean something to the characters in each of the four series. Vector must change the course of every series it touches.
2. The series must be reader-friendly. The events in Vector must be easily accessible to both new and long-time readers.
3. Readers must not feel that they are forced to purchase issues of series they wouldn't ordinarily read in order to follow the story of the crossover. Every chapter of Vector must work as a stand-alone story within the series in which it takes place.



 

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[ Vector - Volume 1 ]

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Vector - Volume 1: Chapters 1 & 2
by John Jackson Miller, Scott Hepburn, Mick Harrison, Douglas Wheatley et al.
Publication date: January 28th 2009 [US]; February 27th 2009 [UK]

In Chapter One (aka Knights of the Old Republic: Volume 5), a terrible vision reaching far into the future alerts the secret Jedi Covenant to the importance of Taris. They activate operative Celeste Morne. She encounters a monstrous threat, an ancient Sith artifact, an army of Mandalorians, and Zayne Carrick, the Padawan accused of killing his fellow students!
Collects parts 1 through 4 of Vector.

Then, over 4,000 years into the future, Chapter Two (aka Dark Times: Volume 3) crosses into the period immediately following the events in Revenge of the Sith. The unfortunate misfit crew of the Uhumele is thrown into the path of Darth Vader and the now, ancient Jedi Master, Celeste! Both Sith and smugglers will not leave this meeting without grave consequences.
Collects parts 5 and 6 of Vector.


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Vector - Volume 2: Chapters 3 & 4
by Rob Williams, John Ostrander, Dustin Weaver, Jan Duursema et al.
Publication date: May 28th 2009 [US]; August 28th 2009 [UK]

In Chapter Three (aka Rebellion: Volume 4) Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia have to deal with Vector as it crosses their paths and changes the galaxy! On the dark surface of a desolate moon, Luke meets his first Jedi since Obi-Wan Kenobi, only to realize too late that Celeste Morne is far different than his fallen friend: twisted by a Sith Talisman and enraged by Darth Vader!
Collects parts 7 and 8 of Vector.

Then, over 135 years later, in Chapter Four (aka Legacy: Volume 6), Cade Skywalker's plan to assassinate Emperor Darth Krayt is aided by a "secret weapon" in the form of Celeste Morne, the Jedi Knight of the Old Republic who is in possession of, and possibly possessed by, the powerful Muur Talisman. Cade and Celeste will change the galaxy: for better, or for worse!
Collects parts 9 through 12 of Vector.


Chapter One: The Old Republic Era - approximately 3,963 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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[ Knights of the Old Republic ]

What Has Gone Before:
Weeks after the surprise attack by the nomadic Mandalorians, the forces of the Republic have fallen back to protect more populated systems leaving Outer Rim worlds like Taris to fend for themselves.
The Jedi Knights reject official involvement in the war, a view applauded by the Covenant, a secret organisation founded by the Order's greatest seers. The Covenant works, instead, to predict and prevent the return of the Sith and its prime suspect for triggering that event in the future is an unlikely one: Zayne Carrick, an undistinguished Padawan.
Even after being framed by his Masters for a crime he did not commit, Zayne proves hard to capture, fleeing with con-artist Gryph and finding refuge in the Under City of Taris. There, Zayne and Gryph learn there are worse things on Taris than Mandalorians.


[Vector - part 1]
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Part 1: Knights of the Old Republic (issue #25)
by John Jackson Miller, Scott Hepburn, Dan Parsons et al.
Publication date: January 30th 2008
When a terrible vision reaching more than four thousand years into the future alerts the secret Jedi Covenant to the importance of Taris, they activate an operative already on this planet overrun by Mandalorians. There, in the deadly Undercity, Celeste Morne encounters a monstrous threat as many war refugees as well as Undercity residents have transformed into Rakghouls: hulking, mindless monsters bent on destruction. One bite from a Rakghoul and the transformation begins! Also seeking refuge from the invading Mandalorians in the Undercity are Zayne and Gryph who are desperately trying to escape a horde of Rakghouls when they bump into Celeste. Reluctantly Celeste rescues the bungling twosome from the monsters but they all end up in the deepest catacombs of the Undercity when they fall through the floor. There the trio discover a Mandalorian search party, not looking for refugees but for a lost ancient Sith artefact!


[Vector - part 2]
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Part 2: Knights of the Old Republic (issue #26)
by John Jackson Miller, Scott Hepburn, Dan Parsons et al.
Publication date: March 19th 2008
The Mandalorian search party return with their find to the iceworld of Jebble, now a Mandalorian stronghold. Unbeknown to the Mandalorians they have three stow-aways: Zayne, Gryph and Celeste. En-route to Jebble Celeste tries a Jedi mind-trick on Pulsipher, the leader of the Mandalorian search party, to throw the artefact, known as the Muur Talisman, away. However, Pulsipher is drawn to it and is surprised when the talisman wraps itself round his wrist, but when his colleagues try to remove it they are killed by a mysterious power.
Arriving on Jebble, Zayne and Gryph are discovered but fortunately are believed to be part of a group of new recruits and are bundle off with the other recruits for armour and weapons. But when Zayne spots Celeste spying the Mandalorian command post, Gryph uses one of the oldest tricks to get all of them past the guards. Once inside, Celeste plans to continue searching for the Talisman. However, it is not long before they are discovered due to the clumsy actions of Gryph. Just as it appears to be all over, some of the Mandalorians suddenly transform in Rakghouls and both our trio and the unaffected Mandalorians are fighting for their lives. Celeste is mystified as to why Rakghouls are here and why the transformation was so quick. Just barely escaping the rampaging monsters, Celeste, Zayne and Gryph discover a massive staging area for the imminent invasion of Alderaan, an invasion that could see the Rakghoul plague going galactic!


[Vector - part 3]
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Part 3: Knights of the Old Republic (issue #27)
by John Jackson Miller, Scott Hepburn, Dan Parsons et al.
Publication date: April 23rd 2008
It is clear that the Muur Talisman is somehow responsible for the transformation of the Mandalorian army into a new form of Rakghouls: able to use modern weapons these are Mando-Raks! Instead of invasion, the unaffected Mandalorians are now fighting a bitter struggle to hold back the rampaging Mando-Raks and amongst this chaos an unlikely friendship begins between Zayne and Celeste as they desperately try to warn the Republic of the Mando-Rak threat. Meanwhile, Gryph is rummaging for the possibility of financial gain when he inadvertently stumbles upon an old message from Lucien Draay - leader of the Jedi Covenant and Zayne's old Master - commanding Celeste to recover the Talisman and describing its power and effects. The Talisman's purpose is to turn those within its proximity into mindless thralls that could be commanded like soldiers; it has no effect on Force-sensitive's and many non-human species; and those already affected could spread further the infection. For these reasons, the Covenant believes there is a connection between the Talisman and the ancient, unexplained Rakghoul plague.
As Zayne stands guard outside the comm-dome, Celeste's only message is to her employer: Lucien Draay. He instructs Celeste to obtain the Talisman and to kill Zayne! But when Zayne enters the dome to send a message warning the rest of the Mandalorians to keep away from Jebble, her doubts of Zayne's guilt prevent her from slaying him. Leaving Celeste behind, Zayne goes in search of Gryph when he is captured by Pulsipher - holder of the Talisman and controller of the Mando-Raks. The power of the Talisman will restore Pulsipher's position in the Mandalorian hierarchy and he believes that Zayne can unlock its full potential. Instead the Talisman suddenly uncoils itself from Pulsipher's arm and while he finds himself the target of his own Mando-Rak guards, the Talisman is attracted to Zayne. Suddenly, Celeste bursts in killing the Mando-Raks and pulls the Talisman away from Zayne. It quickly attaches itself to Celeste whereupon she glimpses a vision - a vision of the future?


[Vector - part 4]
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Part 4: Knights of the Old Republic (issue #28)
by John Jackson Miller, Scott Hepburn, Dan Parsons et al.
Publication date: May 14th 2008
Nearly overwhelmed by an ancient evil run rampant, the Jedi Celeste Morne has made a choice of cosmic significance: her attempt to use the Muur Talisman to stop the spread of the Rakghoul plague has failed as the Talisman contains something else: an ancient Sith personality that strives to conquer the galaxy. Zayne quickly realises that something or someone is controlling Celeste, that she is not in full control of the Mando-Raks and that she is merely performing the wishes of someone else. However, for the time being, Zayne and Gryph share Celeste's protection from the Mando-Raks.
Gryph recites to Zayne the truth of Celeste and her working for Lucien Draay. When Zayne confronts Celeste he reminds her of her primary goal: to protect the galaxy from the Sith. But, so long as she wears the Talisman, she'll be working for the Sith. Celeste pleads with Zayne to kill her, but Zayne cannot do this. Instead he recalls a machine he'd seen and discussed by Pulsipher: Lord Dreypa's Oubliette, an isolation chamber capable of imprisoning Jedi and Sith alike. As Celeste enters the chamber, Zayne promises to take the chamber to the Sanctum of the Exalted on Odryn, the place Celeste was instructed to take the Muur Talisman. To assist Zayne's entry to the Sanctum, Celeste gives Zayne her key.

But as the chamber is sealed, the control previously held over the Mando-Raks is lost and both Zayne and Gryph are soon fighting for their lives and have to leave the chamber where it is. Zayne and Gryph are forced to run for their lives when they are rescued by their own ship, the Williwaw. As the Williwaw enters orbit, the Mandalorian relief force Zayne had previously contacted arrives. But as Zayne attempts communication with the Mandalorian fleet, he witnesses their total and complete annihilation of the planet's surface to ensure the Rakghoul plague is destroyed. Realising he has lost Celeste, Zayne promises to take down the Covenant and to clear all their names in the process.

Chapter Two: The Rise of the Empire Era - approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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[Dark Times]

What Has Gone Before:
The crew of the Uhumele has been through plenty in these recent dark times. In an effort to sell a mysterious crate, one of the crew has been killed and another has been arrested by the Empire for, as yet, unknown reasons... The remainder of the company suffered capture and interrogation courtesy of the crate's potential buyer. The Uhumele's easy payday went horribly wrong; but, thanks to Bomo Greenbark, escape was realised!
Now, Captain Heren is more eager than ever to quickly dispose of the crate and its desirable contents: whatever that happens to be. Bomo, Ratty and Crys Taanzer are reluctant to follow the captain into another situation that could end worse than the last.


[Vector - part 5]
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Part 5: Dark Times (issue #11)
by Mick Harrison, Douglas Wheatley, Dave McCaig et al.
Publication date: May 28th 2008
Approximately three months after Order 66, captured Uhumele crewman Janks, who has already been heavily interrogated, faces an unimaginable torture by Darth Vader - for reasons Janks cannot understand.
A short time later, the Uhumele is travelling en-route for a rendezvous with a potential buyer for the mysterious crate in their cargo hold. Captain Heren's explains to his ragbag crew the known history of the crate: around 1,400 years ago it was discovered buried under a kilometre of ice on Jebble, but it could not be opened nor scanned to ascertain its contents. Since then, the "Jebble Box", as it began to be known, grew in stature and value amongst antiquity collectors. It was rumoured that the box contained an ancient Jedi treasure and could only be opened by a Jedi.
For Heren and his crew, the temptation of the Jebble Box had cost them too much and now they only wanted rid of it, so they have arranged for Fane Peturri, an historian, to purchase it. However, upon their rendezvous with Fane, the Uhumele's crew are captured by Darth Vader, who has taken a keen interest in the Jebble Box. Working for Vader, Fane takes the crate and unlocks a holo-message recorded four thousand years ago warning of the dangers that are contained within Lord Dreypa's Oubliette. Ignoring Fane's pleas not to open it, Vader slices the lid off the box and reveals a hibernation chamber containing Celeste Morne!
Celeste is perturbed to be awakened after four thousand years still with the Muur Talisman around her neck, but is even more alarmed to discover that the Republic was overthrown by the Sith and that Vader is a Sith Lord. Recognising that her masters and the Covenant have failed to prevent the return of the Sith, Celeste immediately attacks Vader, but Vader senses Celeste's anger and hatred and attempts to turn Celeste to the Dark Side. During this lightsaber melee, the Uhumele's crew realise that whoever wins the battle does not bode well for them and they must escape their bonds soon.


[Vector - part 6]
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Part 6: Dark Times (issue #22)
by Mick Harrison, Douglas Wheatley et al.
Publication date: June 25th 2008
Captain Heren and the crew of the Uhumele find themselves unwilling witnesses to the conflict between Celeste Morne and Darth Vader over the Muur Talisman. Although Celeste now knows that the Covenant have failed in preventing the return of the Sith, she realises that she alone has the power to destroy this Dark Lord of the Sith. However, the spirit of the Talisman's creator, Lord Karness Muur, senses that Vader should be the rightful owner of the Talisman and goads both Celeste, to give Vader the Talisman, and Vader with images of the power he could have with it. But Vader realises that Karness Muur is only offering him the change of one master for another and after cornering Celeste orders his troopers to guard her.
Turning his attentions to Fane Peturri, who was trying to escape the battlefield, Vader accuses Fane of spying for the Emperor - spying on Vader's attempts to find himself an apprentice. Fane's protestations of innocence are quickly subdued by a Force choke, and Fane admits his complicity as a spy for the Emperor. But before Fane dies, he transforms into a Rakghoul and begins attacking Vader.
During this respite in the fighting, the Uhumele's begin their bid for freedom when Heren successfully breaks his bonds and takes a blaster from their unconscious guard. Freeing the rest of his crewmates, they silently make their way to the Uhumele.
Vader quickly dispatches the Rakghoul that was Fane, but Celeste uses the distraction to free herself from her guards and, with Karness still taunting her weaknesses, realises that victory over Vader will only be accomplished if she uses the power of the Talisman. Before Vader's eyes, his own stormtroopers begin the change into Rakghouls, and he knows that the battle is lost and beats a hasty retreat to his ship. Karness also understands he has, for the moment, been beaten by Celeste.
However, the Uhumele's crew have not survived unscathed for during their escape Crys Taanzer became infected with the Rakghoul plague and was reluctantly killed by Heren.
Back on the planet, Celeste contemplates her future: stranded on a desolate world with only the spirit of an ancient Sith Lord and Rakghouls for company. But, she can console herself that the spirit of Karness Muur and his Talisman are as much a prisoner as she is.

Chapter Three: The Rebellion Era - approximately 1 year after the Battle of Yavin.

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[Rebellion]

What Has Gone Before:
Twenty years have passed since Darth Vader found Celeste Morne and the Muur Talisman.
The Rebellion has begun: Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca and many others fight to overthrow the evil Empire. The Rebel Alliance has achieved its first victory - the destruction of the Death Star at Yavin. But, the Alliance's victory celebrations are short lived on Yavin as they are forced to abandon its sanctuary and the Rebel fleet takes to hiding in space.
Attempting to strike back for the loss of the Death Star, the Empire continually seeks new means to undermine the Rebel Alliance. Their latest success is the turning of Rebel spy Wyl Tarson into a double agent. However the Empire seeks a weapon with which to crush the rebels and Darth Vader, ever aware of his failings at Yavin, recalls his encounter with Celeste Morne...


[Vector - part 7]
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Part 7: Rebellion (issue #15)
by Rob Williams, Dustin Weaver et al.
Publication date: July 30th 2008
On Coruscant Darth Vader monitors the landing of a taskforce sent to ascertain the likelihood of Celeste Morne and the Talisman's continued survival. As they approach the moon for landing, the taskforce's shuttle commander notices the figure of a solitary female on the moon's surface. But before they can land, the effects of the Talisman change every member of the taskforce into Rakghouls. Vader is convinced that if the Rebel Alliance obtain the Talisman and its power, it will destroy them and so instructs double-agent Wyl Tarson to communicate the Talisman's whereabouts to the Rebels.
The Rebel Alliance forms its own taskforce, commanded by Luke Skywalker and including Deena, Basso and Able, and dispatches it to discover the truth of the "secret Imperial weapon abandoned on a moon". Accompanying Luke and his taskforce is Leia, with Han and Chewie flying shotgun in the Millennium Falcon. Unlike the Imperial taskforce, the Rebel's landing is unopposed but no sooner have they discovered the crashed shuttles of the failed Imperial taskforce, when Able finds the Rakghoul army. Very quickly the Rebels witness the effects of the Rakghoul plague when several of their comrades are bitten and are transformed into Rakghouls. In the midst of the ensuing fighting, Luke hears a voice in the Force, but it is not that of Obi-Wan. It is a voice that senses Luke's Jedi abilities and reaches out for him to follow it.
Meanwhile Han, Leia, Chewie, Deena and Basso are desperately fighting a retreating action back towards to the safety of the Falcon. But just as the Falcon's loading ramp is closing to seal the Rakghouls outside, Leia is suddenly captured by the Rakghoul army.


[Vector - part 8]
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Part 8: Rebellion (issue #16)
by Rob Williams, Dustin Weaver et al.
Publication date: September 3rd 2008
Four thousand years ago, Jedi Padawan Zayne Carrick promised Celeste Morne that he would take her to the Sanctum of the Exalted on Odryn, the place Celeste was instructed to take the Muur Talisman. Zayne failed to keep that promise. For four thousand years Celeste lay trapped in Lord Dreypa's Oubliette along with the Force ghost of the ancient Sith Lord, Karness Muur, mentally torturing her with visions of power and greatness - only Celeste's Jedi training has kept her emotions in control. But now, twenty years after confronting and resisting the power of the Sith and Darth Vader, Celeste has at last met a Jedi. It was the Jedi who betrayed her four thousand years ago - Celeste releases all of her anger against the untrained Luke Skywalker.
Meanwhile Leia survives the Rakghoul battle and somehow sensing that Luke is in mortal danger heads towards the cave where Celeste and Luke are fighting. Able has also survived the battle and although alone, his clone training kicks in and he is searching for the whereabouts of Leia.
Luke is no match for a real Jedi Knight like Celeste, especially one now consumed by hate, and although he gallantly defends himself, it isn't long before Celeste has bettered him. Leia attempts to kill Celeste just as she is about to kill Luke, but Celeste detects Leia's presence and believes that both Luke and Leia are assassins sent to kill her. Her anger and hate explode when she turns Able, who rushes into the fray to protect Leia, into a Rakghoul. Karness Muur notices that Luke and Leia are unaffected by the transformation, and wonders why. Through Celeste, he senses a destiny in Luke that is more powerful than Celeste's and the Talisman releases itself from around her neck and tries to attach itself to Luke. But it attaches itself to Leia as she tries to defend Luke from the Talisman.
After four thousand years Celeste is finally free and utterly alone in the galaxy. Muur's constant whispers are now a deathly silence that threaten to crush her. For four thousand years she has been a victim but now, free of the Talisman, Celeste knows for certain where her destiny lies. With a sweeping arc of her lightsaber she cuts the Talisman free of Leia's neck and places it around her own, proclaiming that she will now imprison Muur and he will have to listen to her.
As Celeste makes to leave the cave with her gathering Rakghoul army, Luke asks her to train him but Celeste walks away saying that there is darkness in Luke - it's in his blood, his past and his future. Celeste leads her Rakghoul army to the abandoned Rebel shuttle and leaves the planet that has been her prison for twenty years.
Back on Coruscant, Vader is displeased to learn that his plan to infect the Rebels with the Rakghoul plague has failed and orders the Star Destroyer orbiting the planet to destroy Celeste's shuttle. However, through his comlink with the Star Destroyer, Vader witnesses its crew transform into Rakghouls and its eventual self-destruction into the planet.

Chapter Four: Legacy of the Force Era - approximately 137 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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[Legacy]

What Has Gone Before:
A hundred years since the end of the Second Galactic Civil War, the Imperial Remnant has grown into a larger, more benevolent Empire with Emperor Roan Fel on its throne and its own order of Imperial Jedi Knights. Elsewhere a new Sith Order is secretly formed on Korriban, infusing themselves with the Dark knowledge found in the ancient Sith temples, and planning to retake the galaxy. When the Jedi Order attempts to use friendly Yuuzhan Vong shapers to restore previously devastated worlds to their previous fertile states, the Sith Order sabotages the Jedi's attempts to incite war between the Empire and the Galactic Alliance. During the ensuing conflict the Jedi Order was all but destroyed with only a handful of survivors, including one named Skywalker. Darth Krayt, the Sith leader, proclaims himself as the new Emperor.
Former Jedi Cade Skywalker, now a bounty hunter and pirate, reluctantly picks up his lightsaber after vowing never to use it again following his father's death at the hands of a Sith Lord, finds himself being hunted by Darth Krayt and his Sith Order.
The Jedi Council has denied Cade Skywalker's request for assistance in his plot to assassinate the Emperor, Darth Krayt, but the Council is not Cade's only potential ally. Cade and his bounty-hunter crew, Jariah Syn and Deliah Blue, have acquired conspirators in the form of three Imperial Knights: Antares Draco, Ganner Krieg and Azlyn Rae, who already shares a past with Cade. Also along for the trip is Jedi Knight Shado Vao, who worries that his friend is another Skywalker coming too close to the Dark Side.
Cade's ship the Mynock and her crew and passengers journey into the galaxy's Deep Core to prepare the downfall of the Emperor, expecting nothing but empty space...


[Vector - part 9]
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Part 9: Legacy (issue #28)
by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema et al.
Publication date: September 24th 2008
For over a hundred years Celeste Morne has been travelling the galaxy's space lanes with only the Force ghost of the ancient Sith Lord, Karness Muur, as her companion. Now travelling the hyperspace lanes of the Deep Core, she commands the Imperial Star Destroyer Iron Sun, presumed destroyed by either a mass shadow or black hole, and its crew long since transformed into Rakghouls and most of them dead after turning to cannibalism to survive.
The Mynock, enroute to Abbadon in the Deep Core, is pulled from hyperspace by an interdictor field and the crew are surprised to find themselves face-to-face with the Iron Sun. When scans of the Star Destroyer reveal internal damage, the Mynock's crew decide to investigate. Although Shado Vau senses lifeforms onboard, Cade himself senses a Jedi or a Sith following a vision of Celeste. Cautiously the Mynock's crew board the Iron Sun's hangar bay and are mystified to discover the bones of unknown creatures in a hundred-year-old shuttle craft. Splitting themselves up, Antares and Ganner investigate the hangar's corridors while Cade, Shado, Azlyn and Jariah continue to search the hangar bay. Just as Cade and his group decide to leave the hangar and rendezvous with the two Imperial Knights on level three, they are attacked by Rakghouls. During the melee both Cade and Azlyn are bitten and scratched by the Rakghouls before Celeste commands the monsters to back down. Realising that two of the strangers have been infected with the Rakghoul plague, Celeste uses a powerful Force blast to separate Cade and Azlyn from the others and imprisons them and herself behind a blast door. Celeste senses the Force within Cade and Azlyn, and when she tries to explain what will happen to them, Cade accuses her of of being a Sith. Through the Iron Sun's records Celeste is fully aware of the state of the galaxy, but retorts Cade's accusation explaining that he sensed the Muur Talisman's Dark Side rather than her own Force inclinations and that she herself can sense the Darkness within Cade.
Meanwhile Shado and Jariah are attempting to break through the blast door even though they are surrounded by passive Rakghouls. Seeing their colleagues predicament, Deliah Blue uses the Mynock's cannons to blast at the creatures while Antares and Ganner return to assist Shado and Jariah in fighting the now aggravated Rakghouls.
Realising that Cade's surname is Skywalker she tells Cade of her encounter with a young Luke Skywalker as she recalls the story of how she took the Talisman to save a young Jedi not dissimilar to Luke, Zayne Carrick, four thousand years ago, but became a prisoner to its Dark Side effects and how another Skywalker, one Darth Vader, abandoned her after telling her that the Jedi Order was dead. However Cade is uninterested in his namesakes and when Azlyn enquires about the monsters they ask why doesn't she just bury the Talisman? Celeste warns them of its power to control and create the Rakghouls and doesn't want such an army set loose on the galaxy. As Cade's and Azlyn's transformation begins, Celeste ignites her lightsaber and apologises for what she as to do since they have both been infected by the Rakghoul plague. Realising that he has been infected by a disease Cade uses his Force lightning technique to expel the plague from himself and Azlyn.
Sensing Cade's true potential for good, Celeste agrees join him in his quest to kill Darth Krayt.


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Part 10: Legacy (issue #29)
by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema et al.
Publication date: October 29th 2008
With their new found ally, Celeste Morne, Cade his companions attack the Imperial outpost on Nad Abbadon in a lure to draw Drath Krayt away from his throne on Coruscant. During the fighting they encounter a larger garrison than expected commanded by Sith lord, Darth Reave, and using the Muur Talisman, Celeste converts the stormtroopers into Rakghouls and commands them to turn on their Sith commander. During his escape, Darth Reave is scratched by several of the Rakghouls and Cade, eager to confront Krayt, wants to follow him. But Celeste stops Cade reminding him that the Sith will report what he has witnessed and thus Krayt will come looking for Cade and Celeste.
With the outpost secured, Imperial Knight Antares Draco, forever loyal to his emperor Roan Fel, informs him of Celeste and the power of the Muur Talisman. Fel believes that if the Talisman were in his possession, he could regain his throne from Krayt and orders Antares to bring Celeste and the Talisman to him.
However fellow Imperial Knight, Ganner Krieg, believes that the Talisman is evil and reminds Anatares of its effects on the Imperial garrison they assisted in attacking. Anatares is enraged, concluding that the garrison were traitors to the Empire as they served Krayt, not Fel, and so deserved their fate. Ganner argues that since the Talisman is of Sith origin, their Empire and Emperor should shun it. As Imperial Knights, they serve their Emperor only if their Emperor serves the light side of the Force. Should Fel fall to the dark side, it is their duty to bring him back to the light, or remove him from power.
But it is not only the Imperial Knights who are having divided feelings about the Talisman, Celeste envisages that Jedi Knight Shado Vao is tempted by the power of the Talisman and warns him that control of it is not easy, her own self-imposed 4,000 year exile should be enough evidence of that. While Azlyn Rae believes that Celeste and the Talisman represent a greater threat to the galaxy than even Darth Krayt and in an assassination attempt is intercepted by Cade. Reminding her of their shared experiences as young Padawans, Cade and Azlyn share a moment together. However, when Azlyn begins to hear a voice, Cade realises that its source is Celeste and the Talisman and its effects are being felt by everyone.
Confronting Celeste, or rather the spirit of Karness Muur through Celeste, Cade belittles the Sith Lord's spirit and acting through Celeste, Muur attacks Cade. After a brief flurry, Celeste regains control and explains to Cade that Muur's only wish is for a weaker minded person to kill her, so that Muur can control her killer and that is why Muur has been tempting others with the power of the Talisman. Although Celeste can control Muur, as he is her prisoner, at the same time, she is also a prisoner of Muur, and at times he can influence the weak minded and those who lust for power. However, Celeste has sensed that Cade is different, he is not tempted by the power of the Talisman, so perhaps he is the solution to her dilemma.


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Part 11: Legacy (issue #30)
by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema et al.
Publication date: November 26th 2008
On Coruscant Darth Reave tells Darth Krayt of his encounter with Cade Skywalker and Celeste Morne. But halfway during his debriefing, Reave begins his transformation into a Rakghoul whereupon Reave is cut down by one of Krayt's acolytes. Lady Maladi, one of Krayt's Sith acolytes recognises that Darth Reave was infected with the Rakghoul virus, but believed that Rakghouls were extinct. Not long after and via a holonet transmission, Krayt is contacted by Karness Muur (communicating through Celeste) and using a captured Cade as the inducement, Muur demands a meeting between himself and Krayt on Had Abbadon.
Consulting with scrolls taken from former Sith Lord Darth Andeddu's tomb, Krayt learns Muur's history: more than seven millennia ago, and thus pre-dating the creation of the Sith Order, Karness Muur was a dark side user who used his powers to twist life itself and create monstrous creations. However, these dark siders were hunted by both Jedi and other dark side users and after the last stand at Corbos, the Hundred-Year Darkness fell. Survivors fled to Korriban where the native Sith welcomed them as gods. It appears that Muur's goal, like so many Sith, was to find a way to defy death and so he created the Talisman as a means to preserve his mind and will. Believing that Muur could heal him, Krayt was implanted with coral seeds by the Yuuzhan Vong during their invasion of the galaxy 100 years ago and they now threaten to kill him unless he can find a cure, the Sith Lord and entourage head to Nad Abbadon.
Once on Nad Abbadon, Muur explains that he wants Krayt to kill Celeste so that the Talisman can join with him and begin curing him. Wary, Krayt asks for proof and so Muur beckons him closer so that the healing process may start. As Krayt is distracted by the apparent healing process, Cade breaks his bonds and orders the rest of his friends to attack - the trap is sprung! From the shadows, Imperial Knights Antares Draco, Ganner Krieg and Azlyn Rae, joined by Jedi Knight Shado Vao attack Krayt's entourage while Celeste regains total control of herself and the Talisman. The battle is long and hard as each member of Cade's group face an individual Sith Lord: Celeste against Krayt, Cade versus Darth Talon, and Shado fights Maladi. Very soon the Imperial Knights find themselves cut off from the rest when Celeste's Rakghouls form a barrier between them and the Sith.
Feeling left out, Anatares turns his attention from Krayt and the Sith to Celeste and in an determined effort to secure the Talisman abandons his fellow Knights and attacks Celeste. However, realising Antares' intentions of securing the Talisman for Emperor Roan Fel, Muur regains control of Celeste and with a powerful Force blast, knocking Antares unconscious. Back in control, Muur turns his attentions to his own requirements: he will kill the Jedi and Imperial Knights, transform Cade and his companions into Rakghouls and take Krayt's body as his own!


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Part 12: Legacy (issue #31)
by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema et al.
Publication date: January 2nd 2009
In high orbit above Nad Addadon onboard the Relentless, Darth Wyyrlok senses that Darth Krayt will soon be in need of him.
Meanwhile on the planet's surface the battle ensues: Krayt and Karness Muur, through Celeste Morne, lock lightabres as Krayt mocks the ancient Sith Lord; Imperial Knights Azlyn Rae and Ganner Krieg and Jedi Knight Shado Vao are attacked by Rakghouls; and Cade Skywalker, having successfully felled Darth Talon, finds himself fighting a new Sith, Darth Stryfe. However Stryfe is inexperienced against Cade as a quick Force kick throws the Sith against a column where Jariah Syn launches a devastating grenade attack against the Sith.
Celeste regains control over Muur just as Krayt is joined in his attack by Lady Maladi. As Celeste struggles to fight two Sith on the outside and one inside her, Azlyn sees an opening to attack Krayt and launches herself at the Sith Lord. Landing on top off Krayt, Azlyn forces her lightsabre through Krayt's Yuuzhan Vong armour and into his shoulder. Sensing the opportunity Muur strikes out with a powerful Sith Lightning strike on Krayt that hits both Azlyn and Krayt. Azlyn is thrown to the ground unconscious while Muur grabs Krayt with the Force and throws him off the landing platform. Krayt falls to the hard rock surface hundreds of metres below.
Cade is furious with Celeste for striking out at Azlyn and wants to kill her, but Celeste explains that Azlyn knew the dangers of facing Krayt and so accepted her destiny. Perhaps Cade should accept his. But Cade believes his destiny is his own. However, Celeste, slowly losing control to Muur after more than four millennia of being his controller and keeper, once again senses Cade's true potential: Cade is not tempted by the power of the Muur Talisman. Celeste is reminded of Zayne Carrick and his promise 4,000 years ago to help her get rid of the Talisman: did Zayne send Cade?
Knowing what must be done, Cade hits Celeste with a single mortal strike from his lightsabre. As the Talisman attaches itself to Cade's wrist, Celeste's four-thousand year-old body crumbles to dust. Immediately Muur attempts to assert his control over Cade, but Cade has other ideas. Using his Force power for healing he is able to destroy the Talisman once and for all. Karness Muur and the Rakghouls die.
Syn and Shado discover that Azlyn is still alive, barely, and so Cade tries to use his Force healing powers on her. But it is not working as well as it did in the past and so the he and his crew along with Shado will take her to Kiffex. However, the two Imperial Knights Antares Draco and Ganner Krieg demand to go with them as Azlyn is an Imperial Knight, but Cade refuses calling them traitors for attempting to gain the Talisman for themselves. Antares and Ganner find alternative transport to leave Nad Abbadon.
Soon afterward, Darth Wyyrlok arrives on the planet and discovers that Krayt is still alive: he protected himself during his fall using the Force. Krayt believes his dream for One Sith will live as he learned from Muur how to heal himself of the Yuuzhan Vong infection. However, Wyyrlok has different plans: for the dream to live, the dreamer must die.


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