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[The New Republic]
Events that occur between 5 and 25 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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Tales from the New Republic

Simple Tricks
Chris Cassidy and Tish Pahl
Bantam Spectra
Published as:
Short Story (1999)

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Smugglers Fen Nabon and Ghitsa Dogder are stuck on the planet Lesvol for a month until some decent repair parts can arrive for their wrecked hyperdrive. Ever the conwoman, Ghitsa, who decides to take advantage of the opportunity by passing herself off as a Jedi Knight, making judgments for cash. The month quickly passes, and Ghitsa lets the successful con job go to her head. Just as she learns what caused the energy flux that caused the hyperdrive to blow in the first place (sabotage), Fen gets a visitor: Zeth Vost, a Jedi student from the Academy. He is heard about Ghitsa and wants to meet her. Only they find Ghitsa has been kidnapped. 
Working together they find Ghitsa has been taken aboard the freighter Rook, at the nearby town of NadíRis. They start to open up about each other, but Zeth reveals a little too much, and Fen realises to her horror that Zeth is really Kyp Durron, the most infamous mass murderer since Palpatine. She would love nothing better than to kill him, but she needs his help to get her partner out of danger. Together, they get Ghitsa out of the grip of Counsellor Ral (of the Hutt Desilijic Clan, who wants to know what the heck Durga the Hutt is up to), who takes off only to have his ship destroyed by a hole Kyp put in the hull to allow escape. Kyp flies them to the Jedi Academy, where they arrive at the same time as the injured Luke Skywalker and the newly re-embodied Callista. Fen and Ghitsa take off, studying over what little evidence they have on Durgaís scheme. It is clearly something military in nature. With Ghitsa now reformed from her conning ways, they decide to take their info to Talon Karrde.

This story occurs approximately 12 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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