What happened to Darth Tenebrous

The High Republic: How long does it take to go from fairy tale to drama?

Apart from the announcement that THE ACOLYTE will be set at the end of the High Republic era, we don't know anything too specific about this "mystery thriller" with shadowy secrets and powers of the dark side, but one can perhaps already speculate that this series will be ours will serve as a prequel to the prequels. A long time ago there were rumors about a series with a young Palpatine, although this story was basically told through the novel DARTH PLAGUEIS. The designation as THE ACOLYTE in the planned High Republic series would at least suggest that the dark side will play an important role and thus maybe even the Sith. The Plagueis novel might contain clues, but at first it is no longer canonical, even if it was once written in collaboration with George Lucas. THE ACOLYTE should, in my opinion, be more in the life span of Darth Plagueis and could deal with a topic that both in the JEDI QUEST "youth novels" of the Legends or in DARTH PLAGUEIS and the second part of the DARTH BANE trilogy was once discussed - there are only two Sith Lords, but also other acolytes of the dark side, who sometimes stand in the way of the Sith, but are otherwise well suited to distract from the survival of the Sith order.

It is also not clear who the eponymous acolyte could be. In the Legends there were definitely personalities like Granta Omega or the noble Hetton who wanted to get a place in the Sith Order. Granta Omega wasn't even power-sensitive, but still had hopes for a place in the Sith hierarchy. Collecting Sith relics and dark side artifacts was a lucrative black market activity in the Legends, and historians and archaeologists also engaged in them. Thanks to Doctor Aphra, we now have a canonical counterpart to these. Nevertheless, the Jedi Order endeavored to confiscate and store as much as possible all artifacts known to it, whereby these collections are now known in the canon as Bogan collections and are only accessible to the highest-ranking Jedi masters in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. In DARTH PLAGUEIS the dark lord of the Sith has to deal with potential "rivals" after the death of his master Darth Tenebrous, such as Darth Venamis the descendant or pseudo-clone of his master Darth Tenebrous. There are enough secret students in Kanon and Legends, examples of which would be Asajj Ventress, Savage Opress or even Darth Maul in the Legends (since Sidious told Plagueis that he was only training him as a killer and not as a Sith student). Even in the Darth Bane trilogy, both members of the Rule of Two strive to find a suitable student at the end of Darth Bane's career. While Darth Bane envisaged the power-sensitive huntress as a replacement for Darth Zannah, Zannah tried to win the dark Jedi Set Harth (a collector of all kinds of artifacts from the dark side) as a student in order to be able to overthrow her master Bane. Set Harth may even be a fitting example of a stray Jedi knight who used his expertise as a relic collector to amass a remarkable personal fortune.

LIGHT OF THE JEDI already seems to be introducing some kind of Sith artifact, but it remains to be seen what effect this will have. Knowledge of the Jedi Order and the weaknesses of the Jedi Knights passed on to Marchion Ros through his omnivorous grandmother could also point to a possible connection to the dark side. The stationing of the Jedi Knights in the Outer Rim, probably also the edge of the known galaxy for the time, offers other possible overlaps - it doesn't always have to be the Sith. Especially in the new canon one can ask what other prominent organizations of the dark side could be doing at this time, such as the Night Sisters and the Night Brothers on Dathomir or the Knights of Ren known from the sequels, who are said to come from the Unknown Regions , but could well have been banished there. In the Legends there were all sorts of local groups that could be described as servants of the dark side, mainly thanks to role-playing games. Such an organization were also the prophets of the dark side on Dromund Kaas, founded by a renegade Sith lord, or the Jensaarai, which arose from a misunderstood Sith ideology. Such cultist groups in the form of the Krath and the Naddists also belonged to the Tales of the Jedi / Jedi chronicles, making them part of the era of the Old Republic.

Jedi knights who stray from the path do not necessarily have to join a freshly canonized cool troop, but can also become a problem for their Jedi colleagues on their own. The events in LIGHT OF THE JEDI may have already massively traumatized some Jedi Knights, although I can well imagine that with a certain Jedi Master imprisoned by Marchion Ro. Others may suffer from the experience of the Battle of Kur (such as Master Sskeer, who lost his arm and wingwoman there in the Jedi Squadron) and could turn to more violent methods. The crimes of the Nihils are far from being comparable to the ongoing suffering of the Jedi Order during the Clone Wars, but the results could be very similar to some extent, except that this time we could explore these fates in more detail in novel form. Loden Greatstorm's fate at the end of LIGHT OF THE JEDI might also be comparable to that of Quinlan Vos in DARK DISCIPLE. And then there is still a lot of fate that we were teased in Cavan Scott's audio book DOOKU: JEDI LOST, of all places. Scott himself is one of the authors who will work on The High Republic in this phase and so the Jedi Padawan / Knight Keeve Trennis could well be that Master Trennis who was one of the lost Jedi who left the Order during Dooku's lifetime . Of course, that doesn't have to mean that Master Trennis became a Sith like Dooku or Anakin Skywalker (only Dooku was officially counted as a Lost Jedi, as Order 66 got rid of anyone who put Anakin on that list). Keeve Trennis as the padawan of Sskeer, traumatized by the Battle of Kur, could well await a fate that has nothing to do with the dark side.

What spurred Dooku to quit the Jedi Order was the Jedi Order's willing sacrifice for a corrupt republic, something that doesn't seem to be a problem in the idealistic era of the High Republic. At the moment everything is still shining and the Jedi Knights' mission to civilize the Outer Rim still seems free of imperialist undertones. LIGHT OF THE JEDI has left out this dark side of an expansion into the "uncivilized" Outer Rim and even the Nihils are reduced to their role as unscrupulous and greedy villains. The fact that the Jedi can be used as a strike force for republican colonialism is at most one aspect that is touched on in the reviews at the beginning of the new era. The High Republic and its Jedi are still true idealists, in contrast to the Jedi and the Republic we know from the prequels. But there are still around 200 years to Episode I and a lot can happen there. At some point the whole thing has to go down the drain if the anti-slavery laws of the republic in the Outer Rim don't gain a foothold. And the network of Starlight Beacons no longer exists 200 years in the future. So if you feel completely committed to dystopia, sooner or later you will get what you want from Star Wars and what you are used to - happy endings in the saga only exist for individuals.

Something that made me prick up my ears (because I only own LIGHT OF THE JEDI as an audio book so far) was the mention that Senator Izzet Noor from Serenno represents not only his planet, but almost the entire Outer Rim. This "concentration of power" on one person certainly brings back memories of Willhuff Tarkin's role as Grand Moff / Governor of the Outer Rim. Serenno's role as a stronghold for separatists already played a role in the Darth Bane trilogy of Legends and in Dooku's canonical youth (as described in DOOKU: JEDI LOST) the planet still played an important role, so that Dooku & Co as part of a PR The Republic or Jedi Order Campaign on Serenno were invited to demonstrate their Jedi skills. However, Dooku's father as the ruler of the planet doesn't seem to have been a huge fan of the Jedi Order and that could have been not only personal but also historical. Perhaps that goes back to some event in the High Republic. Serenno itself is one of the worlds that were once retaken from the canonical Sith and became part of the Republic. Izzet Noor's role as the patron saint of the Outer Rim in the Senate is arguably a concession to the power of this world, but it also raises the question of whether this is a rivalry with the self-proclaimed pearl of the Outer Rim - Eriadu. According to James Luceno's novel TARKIN, Eriadu feels like a core world that has been planted in the Outer Rim and therefore also strives for a corresponding status. But unlike the real core worlds of the republic, Eriadu is constantly confronted with the usual threats in the Outer Rim - pirates, looters and whatever else hangs around. In Tarkin's generation, Eriadu feels abandoned by a largely demilitarized republic and compelled to use means for self-defense that do not quite comply with the laws of the republic. In the High Republic there seems to be a republican defense coalition that acts as the republic's military and yet Eriadu still has its own fleet at this point in time. Are you not one of the contractual worlds of the defense coalition? Of course, TARKIN can only reflect Tarkin's point of view, which can certainly be skewed in favor of Eriadus. Perhaps Eriadu is also not inclined to join a comparatively weak coalition that cannot guarantee it the protection that can be achieved with its own fleet. I am very curious whether Eriadus militarism could play an even bigger role in the High Republic, especially since there was Ranulph Tarkin in the Legends, who as Eriadus Senator pushed for a remilitarization of the republic and finally even built a fleet that was not sanctioned by the republic (which was sabotaged during the Stark Hyperspace War). According to TARKIN, the family history of the Tarkins is so closely linked to Eriadu's efforts in self-defense that there should have been well-known commanders named Tarkin a generation before the later Grand Moff - only one such is still missing in LIGHT OF THE JEDI, although Eriadu in the battle of Kur against the Nihil moved out.

After The High Republic made Sana Starros the descendant of Senator Ghirra Starros and made the San Tekkas the heirs of a lucrative hyperspace route / navigation empire, I'm almost a little disappointed that I didn't get any of the Clone Wars among the politicians and soldiers of the High Republic can find familiar names. Will the Valorums, Tarkins and Organas appear later? In the Legends there was even something like Jedi dynasties, whose power-sensitive offspring were often given over to the Jedi Order. Examples of this are naturally more common in the Old Republic, as well as in Luke Skywalker's Jedi Order, which in the Legends also had no problem with Jedi starting families. Skywalkers, Solos, Sunriders, Draays and Horns ignored, there were also the Qel-Dromas or the Plo Koons family, whose niece even survived Order 66, only to later fall victim to Darth Vader. But maybe at least Finn is a descendant of Master Trennis, since she has left the Jedi Order and maybe settled somewhere in the Outer Rim, where children will be kidnapped by the First Order over 200 years later. The LEGACY comics once played in a different way with the concept of "family traditions" and continuing family trees so that obscure supporting characters could have significant descendants like Antares Draco. Other protagonist families like the Antilles, however, only survived in the form of a supporting character, like Lieutenant Ona Antilles. At least for the Starros family, according to the author Justina Ireland, a full story arc should be planned that will lead the Starros from politicians and scientists to the smuggler Sana Starros.