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[The Dark Times]
Events that occur between 19 and 2 years before the Battle of Yavin.

Order 66 destroyed the Jedi Order and dispersed its survivors. The worlds of the former Republic are drawn inexorably into the iron grip of the first Galactic Empire and its self-declared Emperor, Palpatine. The rest of the galaxy is adrift in a sea of chaos, lawlessness and despair ever fearful of the Emperor, his stormtroopers and his henchman Darth Vader.
For billions of sentient beings across the galaxy, what they believed was a road to a better future has become an uncertain path.


Published Star Wars Legends book and comic stories* from The Dark Times era are, in approximate chronological order:
Click or tap on a book cover or title to discover more.
 

 

[Revenge of the Sith]

Revenge of the Sith
by Matthew W. Stover

This story occurs approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.
War! The Republic is crumbling under attacks by the ruthless Sith Lord, Count Dooku. There are heroes on both sides. Evil is everywhere. In a stunning move, the fiendish droid leader, General Grievous, has swept into the Republic capital and kidnapped Chancellor Palpatine, leader of the Galactic Senate.
As the Separatist Droid Army attempts to flee the besieged capital with their valuable hostage, two Jedi Knights lead a desperate mission to rescue the captive Chancellor...

[Kenobi]

Kenobi
by John Jackson Miller


This story occurs approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.
Known to locals only as “Ben,” the bearded and robed offworlder is an enigmatic stranger who keeps to himself, shares nothing of his past, and goes to great pains to remain an outsider. But as tensions escalate between the farmers and a tribe of Sand People led by a ruthless war chief, Ben finds himself drawn into the fight, endangering the very mission that brought him to Tatooine.

[A New Hope: The Life of Luke Skywalker]

A New Hope: The Life of Luke Skywalker
by Ryder Windham


This story begins approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.
Hidden away at birth, he would believe himself an orphan. Watched over by a mysterious hermit, he would discover incredible abilities. And by finding hope where others found only evil, he would restore balance to the galaxy.

[Imperial Commando: 501st]

Imperial Commando: 501st
by Karen Traviss


This story occurs approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.
The Jedi have been decimated in the Great Purge, and the Republic has fallen. Now the former Republic Commandos, the galaxy's finest special forces troops, cloned from Jango Fett, find themselves on opposing sides and in very different armour. Some have deserted, others, including men from Delta and Omega squads, now serve as Imperial Commandos, a black ops unit within Vader's own 501st Legion, tasked to hunt down fugitive Jedi and clone deserters...

[Death Star]

Death Star
by Michael Reeves & Steve Perry

This story begins approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.
Order 66 cleared the way for Palpatine to seize control of the Republic, declare himself Emperor, and usher in a fearsome, totalitarian regime. But even with Darth Vader to enforce his sinister will, the threat of rebellion still looms. And the Emperor knows that only abject fear and the ability to punish dissent with devastating consequences can ensure his unchallenged control of the galaxy. Enter ambitious and ruthless government official Wilhuff Tarkin, architect of the Emperor's terrifying dream come true...

[Purge]

Purge
by John Ostrander, Haden Blackman, Alexander Freed et al.

These stories occur approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.
Darth Vader brings death to the Jedi who survived Order 66. His legend grows as he roots out Jedi, crushing their lives, their hopes, and all memory of their kind from the civilizations that now bow to the Galactic Empire...
Collates Last Stand of the Jedi, Seconds to Die, The Hidden Blade and The Tyrant's Fist.

[The Path to Nowhere]

Dark Times: The Path To Nowhere
by Welles Hartley et al.

This story occurs approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.
On Coruscant, Darth Vader waits for his Master to reveal his vision for the future. But is there a plan beyond obtaining power? On New Plympto, Jedi Master Dass Jennir leads a Nosaurian army in a war they have already lost. Is this what it now means to be a Jedi? In the wake of the Clone Wars and the destruction of the Jedi Order, the dark times have begun. The future is grim, evil is on the rise and all paths seem to lead nowhere...

[Darth Vader and the Lost Command]

Darth Vader and the Lost Command
by Haden Blackman, Rick Leonardi, Dan Green, Wes Dzioba et al.

This story occurs approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.
Still haunted by the events in Revenge of the Sith, Darth Vader must set aside his past and put his future on hold for a mission to the mysterious Ghost Nebula to locate and if possible, rescue a missing Imperial expeditionary force. But what seems a perfect opportunity to lose himself in his duty is complicated by two factors: he is paired with a wilful yet highly competent co-commander, and the officer they are being sent to locate is the son of Vader’s rising nemesis, Moff Tarkin.

[The Empire: Volume 1]

The Empire: Volume 1
by John Ostrander, Randy Stradley, Haden Blackman & Alexander Freed et al.

These stories occur approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.
After the Clone Wars’ end, the Republic has fallen and Palpatine exerts his grip on his new Galactic Empire and the few Jedi that remain must decide whether to hold true to their faith, or abandon it completely in the face of a brutal purge.
Collates Loyalties, Into the Unknown, The Path to Nowhere, Darth Vader and the Lost Command, Last Stand of the Jedi, Seconds to Die, The Hidden Blade and The Tyrant's Fist.

[Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader]

Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
by James Luceno

This story occurs approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.
On the Outer Rim world of Murkhana, Jedi Masters Roan Shryne and Bol Chatak and Padawan Olee Starstone are leading a charge on a Separatist stronghold, unaware that the tide has turned against them. When the three narrowly elude Order 66 it’s neither clone soldiers, nor the newly deployed stormtroopers, nor even the wrath of the power-hungry Emperor himself they must fear most. The deadliest threat rests in the hideously swift and lethal crimson lightsaber of Darth Vader...

[Parallels]

Dark Times: Parallels
by Welles Hartley et al.

This story occurs approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.
In the last days of the Clone Wars, Jedi Master K'Kruhk finds his fate altered by Order 66 in ways he could not have imagined. Now it is not just his own life that depends on his skills, but the lives of many. Elsewhere, Bomo Greenbark and the crew of the smuggler vessel Uhumele are being pursued by the Empire, even as they head for a potentially dangerous rendezvous. The crew of the Uhumele heads for what they hope will be a big payday...

[Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison]

Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison
by Haden Blackman, Agustin Alessio, Dave Wilkins et al.

This story occurs approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.
The graduation celebration for the first class of Imperial cadets is disrupted by a sudden terrorist strike! But the real targets of the attack are the new Emperor and his second in command, Darth Vader. Only one man -a disabled, brilliant cadet who, up until the moment of the attack, was experiencing the best moment of his life - stands ready to fight alongside Vader for the life of his Emperor!

[Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin]

Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin
by Tim Seidell, Stephen Thompson, Mark Irwin, Michael Atiyeh et al.

This story occurs approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.
Eight assassins hired to murder Darth Vader: eight assassins dead. Now the man who enlisted them seeks a ninth assassin. The price? A cost higher than all the credits in his bottomless coffers. But when it comes to avenging his son, no sacrifice is too great to acquire the one man who can kill the Dark Lord of the Sith...

[Fire Carrier]

Dark Times: Fire Carrier
by Randy Stradley, Gabriel Guzman et al.

This story occurs approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.
Jedi Master K’Kruhk is on the run with a group of young Padawans. In a galaxy suddenly hunting Jedi, they are forced to land on an Imperial-run planet, hiding in the refugee camp, among other beings who were displaced by the Clone Wars. But K’Kruhk senses there is something wrong!

[Vector]

Dark Times: Vector
by Mick Harrison et al.

This story occurs approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.
The Uhumele is travelling en-route for a rendezvous with a potential buyer for the mysterious crate in their cargo hold. Captain Heren 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...

[Omnibus: Dark Times - Volume 1]

Omnibus: Dark Times - Volume 1
by Mick Harrison et al.

These stories occurs approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.
Master Dass Jennir will strive to find out what it means to be a Jedi in a changed galaxy now ruled by the Empire. Master K’Kruhk, suddenly responsible for a group of Jedi younglings, will sacrifice much for their safety. The struggles of the Jedi will intertwine with those of others now living in fear, including the diverse crew of a smuggling ship, the Uhumele, and a Nosaurian whose troubles begin when the Clone Wars end.
Collects Into the Unknown, The Path to Nowhere, Parallels and Vector (Chapter Two).

[Blue Harvest]

Dark Times: Blue Harvest
by Mick Harrison et al.

This story occurs approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.
Dass Jennir begins his first job since the destruction of the Jedi Order only to discover that the job description he was given is not entirely accurate. Facing great odds is all in a day's work for a Jedi, but Jennir isn't a Jedi anymore and his lightsaber must stay hidden. Meanwhile, Darth Vader returns to Coruscant and must face his master and fallout from his first encounter with Celeste Morne and the Muur Talisman...

[Out of the Wilderness]

Dark Times: Out of the Wilderness
by Randy Stradley et al.

This story occurs approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.
Everyone is after fugitive Jedi Dass Jennir. An assassin broke into an Imperial facility seeking information about Jennir's whereabouts, and the specifics of what was stolen have put Darth Vader on Jennir's trail - with the Emperor's blessing!
Even the outlaw crew of the
Uhumele are searching for their erstwhile companion...

[The Empire: Volume 2]

The Empire: Volume 2
by Randy Stradley, Douglas Wheatley, Dave McCaig et al.

These stories occur approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.
As the Empire strengthens its grip in the wake of Order 66, the remaining Jedi are marked for death! Jedi Master K'kruhk faces a battle for his life - one with deadly parallels for Bomo Greenbark and the crew of the smuggler vessel Uhumele.
Collates Parallels, Vector (Chapter 2), Blue Harvest and Out of the Wilderness.

[ Dark Times: A Spark Remains ]

Dark Times: A Spark Remains
by Randy Stradley, Doug Wheatley et al.

This story occurs approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.
Reunited with the ragtag crew of the Uhumele, Jedi Dass Jennir is surprised to find them plotting with another Jedi to take down the iron fist of the new Galactic Empire: Darth Vader himself! Having only just found love and a reason to live, Jennir is reluctant to join, but their plan may be too good to pass up...

[The Empire: Volume 3]

The Empire: Volume 3
by Haden Blackman, Randy Stradley, Tim Siedell et al.

These stories occur approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.
When Emperor Palpatine is left at death's door will Darth Vader find a way to save him in the Ghost Prison? And as the Dark Lord takes a killer under his wing, it could be grave news for a group of Jedi youths...
Collates Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison, Fire Carrier, A Spark Remains and Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin.

[Omnibus: Dark Times - Volume 2]

Omnibus: Dark Times - Volume 2
by Mick Harrison et al.

These stories occurs approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.
Jedi Dass Jennir takes a job that attracts the attention of Lord Vader himself! Meanwhile, Jedi Master K’Kruhk tries to shield a group of Padawans from the Empire’s hunt for Jedi. Culminating in a confrontation between the Jedi and Darth Vader, the galaxy’s dark times continue...
Collects Blue Harvest, Out of the Wilderness, Fire Carrier and A Spark Remains.

[Jedi Twilight]

Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight
by Michael Reaves

This story occurs approximately 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.
Jax Pavan is one of the few Jedi Knights who miraculously survived the slaughter that followed Palpatine's ruthless Order 66. Now, deep in Coruscant's Blackpit Slums, Jax ekes out a living as a private investigator, trying to help people in need while concealing his Jedi identity and staying one step ahead of the killers out for Jedi blood. Others search for the elusive Jax too...

[Last of the Jedi]

The Last of The Jedi
by Jude Watson

These stories occur approximately 18½ years before the Battle of Yavin.
Following the events of Revenge of the Sith, the Empire has risen and as far as the Emperor is concerned the Jedi are all but extinct. But a few have survived and they must be warned of the treachery of Anakin Skywalker and of the Emperor. Although exiled to Tatooine, Obi-Wan Kenobi recruits a failed Jedi Padawan, Ferus Olin, to organise any surviving Jedi and their supporters to formulate an organised rebellion against the new Galactic Empire...more

[Street of Shadows]

Coruscant Nights II: Street of Shadows
by Michael Reaves


This story occurs approximately 18 years before the Battle of Yavin.
Deep in the bowels of Coruscant, Jedi Jax Pavan ekes out a living as a private investigator; a go-to, can-do guy for the downtrodden. Now a mysterious Zeltron knockout named Deejah approaches Jax with a case that needs to be cracked: to find out who killed her artist lover Volette, brutally murdered hours after his triumphant unveiling of a dazzling new light sculpture with obvious links to lightsaber pyrotechnics...

[Patterns of Force]

Coruscant Nights III: Patterns of Force
by Michael Reaves

This story occurs approximately 18 years before the Battle of Yavin.
Throughout the galaxy, a captured Jedi is a dead Jedi, even in Coruscant's most foul subterranean slums, where Jedi Knight Jax Pavan champions the causes of the oppressed with the help of hard-nosed reporter Den Dhur and the wisecracking droid I-5YQ. But Jax is also involved in another struggle: to unlock the secrets of his father's death and his own past...

[The Last Jedi]

The Last Jedi
by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

This story occurs approximately 18 years before the Battle of Yavin.
The Emperor’s ruthless Order 66 has all but exterminated the Jedi. But not Jax Pavan, who’s been steadily striking blows against the Empire: as a lone guerrilla fighter and a valued partner of Whiplash, a secret Coruscant-based resistance group. Now he’s taking on his most critical mission: transporting a valued Whiplash leader, targeted for assassination, from Coruscant to safety on a distant world.

[Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows]

Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows
by Tim Seidell, Gabriel Guzman, Michael Atiyeh, Felipe Massafera et al.

This story occurs approximately 17 years before the Battle of Yavin.
During the Clone Wars, a single trooper - left for dead during battle - comes to hate the Jedi generals who abandoned him. Years later, he lives on, bitter and angry, until hearing tales of a great warrior. Now, this clone believes he may have found the leader he should have been following all along... Darth Vader!

[The Paradise Snare]

The Han Solo Trilogy I: The Paradise Snare
by A. C. Crispin

This story occurs approximately 16 years before the Battle of Yavin.
He was a child without a past, a Corellian street urchin, abandoned, foraging for scraps of food, when the cruel Garris Shrike whisked him away to a nomadic band of spacefaring criminals. Now, years later, chafing under Shrike's sadistic tyranny, driven by dreams of adventure and glory, Han Solo fights his way free, his goal to become an Imperial Navy pilot. But first he needs hands-on experience flying spacecraft, and for that he takes a job on the planet Ylesia: where dreams are destroyed and escape is impossible.

[The Kalarba Adventures]

Droids: The Kalarba Adventures
by Dan Thorsland & Ryder Windham et al.


These stories occur approximately 10 years before the Battle of Yavin.
Artoo-Detoo and See-Threepio journey to the Kalarba system where they encounter the notorious Olag Greck. After Artoo and Threepio are acquired by the Pitareeze family, the droids find themselves in a series of misadventures with pirates, bounty-hunters, and rock monsters...

[Rebellion]

Droids: Rebellion
by Ryder Windham et al.


This story occurs approximately 9 years before the Battle of Yavin.
Olag Greck is a con man and arch criminal and he's hiding out exactly where you might expect: among his own, wretched kind on the smuggler planet Nar Shaddaa. But knowing where he is and actually arresting him are two completely different matters as the newly-deputized Artoo-Detoo and See-Threepio discover. Smugglers and criminals have no affection for old droids, particularly when they're carrying badges...

[Season of Revolt]

Droids: Season of Revolt
by Jan Strnad et al.


This story occurs approximately 9 years before the Battle of Yavin.
Some believe heroism is a result of genetics; others, that it is a result of teaching. But for Artoo-Detoo, it's the result of a computer virus! Following their fateful encounter with Boonda the Hutt, See-Threepio and Artoo are acquired by an Ithorian on Nar Shaddaa. When the Ithorian's herd ship is attacked by alien kidnappers, Artoo is compelled to protect an apparently helpless human...

[Droids]

Droids
by various

These stories occur between 10 & 9 years before the Battle of Yavin.
Sold to a junk trader and shipped off to the treacherous Kalarba System, Artoo-Detoo and See-Threepio begin a journey that takes them from the jaws of a droid-eating beast to the frontlines of a revolution...
Collates: The Kalarba Adventures, Rebellion, Season of Revolt and The Protocol Offensive.

[The Hutt Gambit]

The Han Solo Trilogy II: The Hutt Gambit
by A. C. Crispin

This story occurs approximately 5 years before the Battle of Yavin.
Han Solo is now a fugitive from the Imperial Navy but he has made a valuable friend in a former Wookiee slave named Chewbacca, who has sworn Han a life debt. Han will need all the help he can get. For the Ylesian Hutts have dispatched the dreaded bounty hunter Boba Fett to track down the man who already outsmarted them once. But Han and Chewie find themselves in even bigger trouble when they agree to lend their services to the crime lords Jiliac and Jabba the Hutt...

[The Art of the Deal]

Jabba the Hutt: The Art of the Deal
by Jim Woodring et al.

These stories occur approximately 5 years before the Battle of Yavin.
Jabba the Hutt lives to negotiate, and the art of the deal is his only discipline. But the goods he trades are the lives of others, and in that line of business you can't lose your head. These stories hold a valuable lesson: In a deal with the devil, you can always refuse. In a deal with Jabba, it's not advised...

[The Lando Calrissian Adventures]

The Lando Calrissian Adventures
by L. Neil Smith

These stories occur between 5 & 4 years before the Battle of Yavin.
You know him as a gambler, rogue, and con-artist; Lando's always on the frontier scanning his sensors for easy credits and looking for action in galaxies near and far...
Collates: Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu, Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon and Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of Thonboka.

[Rebel Dawn]

The Han Solo Trilogy III: Rebel Dawn
by A. C. Crispin

This story begins approximately 3 years before the Battle of Yavin.
The Millennium Falcon is 'the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy'. So when Han Solo wins it in a game of sabacc, he and Chewbacca become kings of the smugglers - uncatchable, unstoppable. But, with the Empire clamping down, Han knows his luck can't last. Still, when an old girlfriend and leader of an insurgent rebel group offers him a shot at an incredible fortune, Han can't resist. The plan seems a sure thing. The resistance will be light and the take enormous...

[Enemy of the Empire]

Boba Fett: Enemy of the Empire
by John Wagner et al.

This story occurs approximately 3 years before the Battle of Yavin.
Boba Fett must discover and return to Darth Vader a single small box, the contents of which could change the fate of the galaxy. For such an important mission, Vader cannot rely on a single operative, nor can he allow that operative to walk away alive...

[Iron Eclipse]

Agent of the Empire: Iron Eclipse
by John Ostrander et al.


This story occurs approximately 3 years before the Battle of Yavin.
There's a new secret agent in the galaxy, and he has the weight of the Empire behind him!
Jahan Cross's mission takes him and his assistant IN-GA 44 to the affluent Corporate Sector. There, on the trail of stolen droid technology, they will rub elbows with diplomats and desperadoes, captains of industry and sergeants of the local police and rub most of them the wrong way...

[Hard Targets]

Agent of the Empire: Hard Targets
by John Ostrander et al.

This story occurs approximately 3 years before the Battle of Yavin.
Imperial agent Jahan Cross returns to his homeworld of Alderaan for a celebration hosted by Bail Organa in honor of the current Count Dooku. But the situation turns deadly when an assassin kills the Count, and Cross finds himself working both sides of the intrigue! Thus begins a new assignment for Cross: one that will tear at his loyalties, strain his friendships, and bring him into close contact with his own estranged father...

*Notes:

  • For a full story listing (incl. short stories, etc) visit the Time Line.
  • This list is neither definitive nor exhaustive.
  • Cover images are representative and may vary by territory and medium.

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