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[Fate of the Jedi]
 A beginner's introduction to Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi series.

Began in 2009, Fate of the Jedi is a nine-book series that continues after the dramatic events of Legacy of the Force and details the efforts and struggles of the Solo family, of Luke and Ben Skywalker, of the Jedi, and of the rest of the galaxy following Darth Caedus' brief but brutal reign.

Starting at the conclusion to Return of the Jedi, this introduction recaps the major events that occur in the Star Wars Legends galaxy leading up to Outcast, the first book in the Fate of the Jedi series.

This page contains plot spoilers for Legacy of the Force books

The New Republic
Nearly forty years have passed since the deaths of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader on the second Death Star over the forest moon of Endor in Return of the Jedi. In this time the victorious Rebel Alliance reformed itself into the New Republic: restoring the political and democratic rights of all citizens that were previously eroded under Imperial rule. However, the New Republic and the galaxy did not witness the peace promised by the Emperor's death and instead found itself fighting remnants of Imperial leaders and Warlords, all attempting to restore Imperial power over the galaxy. Notable was the formidable threat of Grand Admiral Thrawn and Captain Gilad Pellaeon who almost completely destroyed the New Republic's military and government. Thrawn's military campaign was eventually defeated, when Thrawn was killed by one of his own Noghri bodyguards (the Noghri were secret assassins of Vader, whom Thrawn commandeered, but their loyalty was to Vader. Recognising Princess Leia's lineage, they swore allegiance to her and have been her personal bodyguards ever since). However the legacy of Thrawn's near victory would haunt both the New Republic military and government for almost a decade. In between, Admiral Natasi Daala would be a thorn in the New Republic's side with several attacks that never really amounted to much, but nonetheless her access to a top secret Imperial research center gave her some of the most devastating weapons ever conceived. Eventually Admiral Daala would be forced into exile hiding away from the rest of the galaxy.
The New Republic survived its formative early years and Luke Skywalker, once believed to be the last of the Jedi, established his own Jedi Academy when he began to discover that more Force-sensitive people had survived the Emperor's purge and to train them in the ways of the Force. Under Luke's tutelage and leadership this new Jedi Order would be philosophically distinct from the Jedi Order of Yoda's time by a new Jedi Code and a broadened view of the Force. Luke's sister, Princess Leia, returned to politics: first becoming a member of the Inner Council that ran the government on a day-to-day basis before eventually becoming the New Republic's Chief of State, replacing Mon Mothma. Leia would eventually marry Han Solo and give birth to three children: twins Jacen and Jaina; and Anakin (named after his grandfather Anakin Skywalker). But her political position meant that not only were the lives of Han and herself under continual threat, but so were their children and so Leia would eventually resign her position as Chief of State, allowing the politically opportunistic Bothan Borsk Fey'lya to accede to position as Chief of State. However Fey'lya's reign would see the New Republic becoming embroiled in the same petty inter-planetary squabbles and corruptness that beset the pre-Empire government. Over the years Han and Leia's children would eventually attend their uncle's Jedi Academy and become Jedi Knights themselves. Meanwhile Luke Skywalker married Mara Jade, a Force-sensitive who used to be an assassin for Palpatine but was eventually redeemed by Luke after she attempted to eliminate him during Thrawn's campaign.
Nearly twenty years after the death of Palpatine, the galaxy witnessed the formal declaration of peace between the Imperial Remnant and the New Republic, thus ending more than forty years of galactic civil war. However not long after the peace declaration the galaxy, the New Republic, the Imperial Remnant, the Jedi, Luke, Leia, Han, Mara, and the Solo children would face the greatest threat ever seen as an extragalactic alien race invaded.

The New Jedi Order and the Yuuzhan Vong invasion
The Yuuzhan Vong were a species never encountered before. Although humanoid in appearance, they were unique in that they were invisible to the Force. They also had religious ideologies of masochistic pain suffering through organ grafting and ferment anti-technology beliefs. During the long five year war the Yuuzhan Vong would conquer almost half of the galaxy, including its capital Coruscant; lay waste to complete planetary systems; split the Jedi Order; and trillion's of beings would lose their lives including Chewbacca, Anakin Solo and around half the Jedi Order.
In the beginning, splits in both the New Republic government and the Jedi Order, now with over 100 Jedi Knights, hampered initial defences and counter-attacks against the alien invaders. A division in the government held back important military assets while a schism evolved amongst the Jedi Order: those who believed it should be used peacefully and those who held the view that the Jedi should take a more proactive, aggressive stance against the invaders.
The invasion would ultimately destroy the New Republic government as the Yuuzhan Vong conquered the galactic capital, Coruscant. Fey'lya's last act as Chief of State would, in a way, redeem his past political mistakes. With a massive bomb connected to his own heartbeat, it exploded when the invasion commander killed Fey'lya, killing an estimated 25,000 Yuuzhan Vong - a massive blow to the Yuuzhan Vong's strategy and conquest plans for the rest of the galaxy. The New Republic survivors formed the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances, or Galactic Alliance under the leadership of Cal Omas with its provisional capital on Mon Calamari. But amidst the death and destruction of the war, Luke and Mara had a son, Ben, named after Luke's mentor Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi.
Victory against the Yuuzhan Vong was secured with an unlikely alliance with the Imperial Remnant, still militarily powerful, but no longer seeking conquest, and commanded by, now a Grand Admiral himself, Gilad Pellaeon. Meanwhile, the Jedi discovered the living planet Zonama Sekot (believed to be the Yuuzhan Vong's spiritual homeworld), and a combined effort of Alliance, Imperial and Jedi forces finally retook Coruscant, killing the Yuuzhan Vong's supreme leader. The end of the war would see the uniting of the Jedi Order which now swore to protect the Galactic Alliance with Luke Skywalker as its Grandmaster, and once again becoming guardians of galactic peace.
Although the alien invaders had been defeated, the galaxy would never be the same again. Many planets were now uninhabitable due to a terra-forming process called Vongforming, millions of citizens were homeless and destitute, even the Jedi Academy had to relocate from Yavin IV to Ossus. It was during this time of recovery and rebuilding that Jacen Solo, who had been captured and tortured by the Yuuzhan Vong, set out on a five-year voyage of self-discovery seeking out the different forms of Force use across the galaxy. At the end of his journey he sired a daughter, Allana, with fellow Jedi Knight Tenel Ka, who was also the Royal leader of the Hapes Consortium, a small confederation of planets. Allana's lineage was kept secret by both Jacen and Tenel Ka from the rest of the galaxy including Leia, Han and Luke.

Legacy of the Force and the Second Galactic Civil War
However, peace was relatively short-lived as within ten years of victory against the Yuuzhan Vong, the galaxy would once again tear itself apart in a terrible Civil War. What began as an independence dispute between Han Solo's home planet of Correllia and the Galactic Alliance government quickly spread as more and more planets wanted to break away from the Galactic Alliance. Very quickly the dispute escalated into full Civil War dividing the galaxy and the Skywalker/Solo family friendships. Han Solo found himself loyal to his homeworld of Correllia and its Federation, while Luke Skywalker's Jedi Order was loyal to the Galactic Alliance. Even worse, Leia Organa-Solo, now a fully trained Jedi Knight had to choose between loyalties to her husband or to her brother and the Jedi Order. In the end, that decision was made for her by her son, Jacen.
Believing he had the ability to unite the galaxy and restore peace, Jacen Solo, under the tutelage of a secret Sith assassin and teacher, found himself embracing the Dark Side more and more, but at the same time convinced that he would not make the same mistakes as his grandfather, Darth Vader. Events and situations would eventually place him as the Galactic Alliance's Chief of State when Cal Omas was killed and in a serious of devastating military moves he subdued the Federation's forces. However, Jacen's Dark Side motives where becoming more and more apparent and harder to justify as he instigated biological weapons and merciless attacks on rebellious Galactic Alliance systems. In an attempt to protect his identity as the Sith Lord Darth Caedus he even killed Luke's wife and his own aunt, Mara Jade Skywalker. Devastated at both the loss of his wife and Jacen's fall to the Dark Side, Luke and the Jedi Order abandoned their oath to serve the Galactic Alliance and move against Jacen with support from the Wookiees and Mandalorians. Requiring further military reinforcements to deal with the Jedi and disaffected Galactic Alliance forces, Jacen, now revealed to be Darth Caedus, reaches out for support from Pellaeon and the Imperial Remnant (it still maintained a formidable military fleet). Unwilling to support the Sith Lord, Pellaeon declined Jacen's offer and contacted Daala, still in exile, to request support in removing Jacen from his seat of power. However Pellaeon was killed by Jacen's apprentice, Tahiri Veila, and the Imperial Remnant was forced into an alliance with Darth Caedus and the Galactic Alliance.
The final battle witnessed a coalition of Jedi, Mandalorians, Admiral Daala (who had sworn revenge for Pellaeon's death) and disaffected Alliance forces being attacked by Darth Caedus and the Galactic Alliance. In that battle Jaina Solo was forced to kill her own brother to save the galaxy, but not before he pre-warned Tenel Ka and his daughter Allana of the existence of an Imperial nano-virus that targeted the Hapan Royal family. In the end, the Federation surrendered and the Imperial Remnant was forced to switch allegiances to the Jedi coalition. Tenel Ka entrusts the safety of her and Jacen's daughter, Allana, to Han and Leia who adopt her.

Restoring the Galactic Alliance, Admiral Natasi Daala is named as its new Chief of State but distrust of the Jedi ferments in many people's minds and Daala swears to bring it under full governmental control or disband it all together. Can Luke Skywalker bring his Jedi Order back under control following Darth Caedus' brutal reign and does a new start for the Galactic Alliance mean the beginning of the end for the Jedi Order? Find out in Fate of the Jedi, a nine book series beginning with Outcast by Aaron Allston.

This is a brief recap of the events that have occurred since Return of the Jedi, if you would like to discover more on the events discussed as well as links to published novels telling these events, then why not have a look at our summaries to The New Republic (Chronicles of the New Republic) and The New Jedi Order (Chronicles of the New Jedi Order).

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