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[Young Jedi Knights]
Events that occur between 22 and 24 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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Short Story
First published in
Star Wars Gamer #5:

[Star Wars Gamer - issue 5]

The Crystal
Elaine Cunningham
Wizards of the Coast
Published as:
Short Story (2001, 2004)

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As the celebration at the Jedi Academy winds down, Jaina Solo finds herself troubled by the question “What are your plans for the future?” Jacen and Anakin are to become Luke’s apprentices, and Jaina wonders if Mara will do the same with her. Han and Leia arrive to present Jaina’s graduation present: a Z-95 Headhunter specially modified by Han. Mara shows up as well, and Jaina is stunned to see her desperately ill. Mara does agree to take her as an apprentice despite her illness. The young woman takes her new starfighter on a test spin, to join her family at Mon Calamari. But on her way out of the Yavin system, she comes upon an X-Wing coming in the other way – an X-Wing that opens fire on her!! The pilot of the X-Wing declares her to be in a stolen ship, a prototype(?!?). He also seems to think he is in the Bajic sector, and he is to prevent the Z-95’s from entering production, something that occurred fifty years ago. Jaina finds herself in a fierce dogfight with the clearly insane X-Wing pilot. She senses the pilot is a cyborg, which would probably explain the insanity. Drawing upon Mara’s words about her lightsaber, she uses the Force to essentially become her starfighter. After several difficult minutes of battle, she blows up the X-Wing. Summoning help for the ejected cyborg pilot, she continues on to Mon Calamari where Mara presents her with the nameplate of her new ship: the Crystal.

This story occurs approximately 24 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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