The force pike includes stun modules at each end, while the solar pike — used in ritual combat — has conductive tips that glow cherry red with heat. You spoke earlier of holothrillers, did you not? General Kurumenga: Admiral, if you would. I will not be the butt of jokes. ISDI . THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO THE ULTIMATE INTERGALACTIC BATTLEFIELD Like many a great epic, Star Warsis rooted in a rich history of armed conflict. Jason Fry: After being mad for a couple of days I realized Erich was right and crafted a new beginning, one that put the reader in the middle of the action Star Wars-style and introduced themes that would run throughout the book. But most people know only a fraction of the ninth — the 10 verses popularly known as “The Maker Comes to Unmake.” No matter what school, junior academy or crèche you belonged to, if you’re Coruscanti you either memorized the strange syllables of these 10 verses for recitation or had a schoolmate who did. All has been buried — by kilometers of city and eons of time.”. Hu Jibwe, scholar of military history at the Salmagodro Grand Academy, notes that there is another song popularly known as “Dha Werda Verda” — the Mando’a war chant known as “Rage of the Shadow Warriors.” During the Clone Wars, some Mandalorian trainers taught this chant to their clones, and it became a hallmark of those units. TAGS: essential guide to warfare, Expanded Universe, Star Wars Books, the celestials, TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Sun Guard armor is routinely studded with heat grids, vibroblades, knee and toe spikes, dart shooters and miniature flamethrowers. Dr. Bowen is an academic, and as such we must allow him some leeway in discussing the mistakes and misapprehensions of the past. The galaxy contains many ancient artifacts that are now all that remains of long-vanished species and civilizations, their origins and histories lost in the ceaseless sweep of stars and eons. The Thyrsians have always been a spiritually restless and hungry people, and more than a century before the fall of the Republic, they became obsessed with the prophecy that the galaxy’s savior would be known as “the son of suns.” That attracted the attention of the hidden Sith, who ensnared legion after legion of the Guard and aided Thull Wulain in his ascendancy through the Sun Guard ranks. Reading it now, I can tell I was still feeling my way into Warfare, and this reads more like something from The Essential Atlas. Lemelisk: Doctor, let’s grant for a moment that Centerpoint Station is a Celestial artifact. Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare Author’s Cut, Part 10: The Rise of the Empire By Jason Fry with Paul Urquhart Welcome to the tenth of 12 articles revealing – for the first time ever — material cut from The Essential Guide to Warfare before its April 2012 publication. The odds against the kind of mixed chemical signature we see in the Corellian system would be measured in the trillions. Or look at this one, from Caulus Tertius. They were too reduced in number — and their former slaves exterminated them wherever they found them. The Sun Guard served both purposes, but they’d already been covered in the RPG guide Galaxy in War, so this further exploration of their history wound up feeling like it didn’t pull its own weight enough to be included in Warfare. “But by the time the Taungs reached Roon these were ritual objects — species capable of traveling through hyperspace don’t still rely on edged weapons. We know that they crossed interstellar space in skipships defended by energy shields, devastated entire planets with disruptor fields and built armies of war droids armed with lethal plasma cannons. Using these species and doubtless others as labor, the Celestials built a number of astonishing technological projects for their own purposes. The western barrier, essentially, is what’s left of the string. So did the Sharu. “It doesn’t matter that the poem was composed by some Taung, or that Taung wanted to kill an ancestor of ours, or what weapon he wanted to do it with or what language he spoke. Sidious had other plans for the Sun Guard — during the Clone Wars, he tested Dooku’s protégé Asajj Ventress by ordering her to eliminate them. The gauntlet of Mandalore strikes without mercy. Bowen: That’s unlikely, Admiral. Twisuns Legates command two to four legions; the ranks above Legate are Twisuns Praetor, Thychani Commander, Thychani Dictator, and the Supreme Sun Guardian. Most Thyrsians were strong supporters of the Emperor, and saw the Royal Guard as the successors to the Sun Guard, with many Thyrsians winning renown as elite members of the Imperial Army and stormtrooper units. The primary accounts of the Vultar Cataclysm would have been part of the Jedi Archives, which are restricted. From this new homeworld they became the scourge of the Republic, routinely raiding its outlying worlds and sometimes penetrating the very Core. The Taungs emigrated to the Outer Rim and eventually settled Mandalore, named for a legendary clan leader. Many fell to Ventress’ red sabers; others were spared and became members of Emperor Palpatine’s Royal Guard, Imperial Shadow Guard, or clone templates for the stormtrooper ranks. Thyrsus became an isolationist world after the Emperor’s demise, resisting the entreaties of various Imperial warlords as well as the New Republic. But some contended that the Thyrsians had been beguiled by the Sith, and sought to revive the Sun Guard. “All we have is a poem, but what a poem!” he says. As Supreme Sun Guardian, Wulain swore fealty to Darth Sidious. Reference books A Guide to the Star Wars Universe. Rakatan shields and energy weapons worked the same way — they used crystals to focus the Force and create sheets of defensive energy, or spin that energy into destructive beams of light. Bowen: Let me activate the holoprojector. From the original movie tie-in novel through the monumental Fate of the Jedi series, legions of devoted readers have helped expand science fiction’s most celebrated film saga into a page-turning print sensation. Encompassing all of the Star Wars media, including the legendary films, the hit TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the bestselling books, comics, and videogames, and packed with original full-color artwork, Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare is a conquering achievement. I was curious to see what this veteran defender of Imperial Center would think about the irony of a Taung war poem giving rise to a Mandalorian tradition, and that tradition in turn being passed on by Imperial Center’s guardians. You give us the sitrep, and we’ll figure out what it means. As Burzon explains, the Zhell nations were battered by the loss of their capital, but not broken: They recovered and drove the Taungs off Notron entirely. The Diatian Clockwork: Diatia Major is a planetless star on the edge of the Deep Core surrounded by an immense ring of metallic alloy etched with deep, regular grooves. Regardless, this is a cool little section and I’m glad we get to publish it here. Bowen: Correct, General — in fact, the Rakata were careful to keep Force-sensitive slaves away from their machines. “This leaves us with a few different possible explanations, none of which can be proven or disproven. This article kicks off a 12-part series revealing — for the first time ever — material cut from Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare before its April 2012 publication. They simply are. Kurumenga: Doctor, the origin of the universe is a bit beyond our purview. Not just our galaxy but indeed our entire universe may be a Celestial construct. Astrophysicists insist the Quintarad must be artificial, but no probe has ever survived a trip into the region enclosed by the stars’ orbits. The Aur system’s 11th orbital position, meanwhile, contains a cloud of tumbling diamond fragments. The basic technologies that underpin our common civilization are all of Rakatan — and perhaps ultimately Celestial — origin. Packed with original full-color artwork, it includes facts, figures, and fascinating backstories of major clashes and combatants in the vast Star Wars universe. Their names adorn ancient neighborhoods that claim some connection to long-ago battles, as well as new developments whose builders want a patina of tradition for their durasteel and clari-crystalline palaces. Bowen: They built star systems, yes, Master Lemelisk. Is that it, Doctor? Essential Guide To Warfare Author's Cut #8: Tales Of The Clone Wars Posted by Eric on May 6, 2014 at 08:13 PM CST Jason Fry and Paul Urquhart have posted the eighth blog post in their ongoing series detailing the material from their book, Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare , that ended up getting cut before the book was published. We are the rage of the Warriors of the Shadow, Each section will be preceded by brief comments from Jason Fry and Del Rey editor Erich Schoeneweiss discussing why the material wound up on the cutting-room floor. Bowen: The Rakatan hyperdrive was of no use for traveling between arbitrary points in realspace, General. In the Begali Uprising of 1154 BBY, the sun-baked world of Thyrsus joined Begali in its rebellion against the Six Sisters. But hyperdrives and blasters don’t require the Force. Bowen: Hundreds, Master Lemelisk. Please continue, Doctor. Including this one. Not shown: TIE Fighter, TIE Interceptor, Executor renders. Kurumenga: Conan, if you would. “I’ve always thought it a poignant work — a plea that the Taungs not be forgotten by the newborn culture they knew would outlive them.”. Kurumenga: And you say there are 17 of these systems? Bowen: Perhaps they’re tentacles. The Clockwork has attracted awestruck visitors for millennia, and generated many theories about what its purpose might have been. But it was too late. Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's, Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare, Galactic Architecture 101 and the History of Centerpoint Station. Hu says he knows it may be unromantic to imagine the confrontation at Zhell occurring between armies that possessed aircraft and atomic weapons. Those who survive the Sun Guard’s rigorous initiation become Stellar Legionnaires and begin a probationary term of one year, during which they must prove themselves in battle. Bowen: I agree wholeheartedly, Master. A longer manuscript means more pages, which means the book costs more to produce. And so as that civilization expanded, it needed the Force for fuel, fuel it obtained by finding planets rich in life and —. But as Hu notes, “Rage” is far more recent than Dha Werda Verda. An editor has to be willing and able to make tough calls. They were bipeds, bigger than humans, with amphibian features. Motti: That order was issued for public safety and civil progress, Doctor. Very happy to announce the posting of the first of 12 installments of material cut from The Essential Guide to Warfare when the manuscript proved far too long. Or some combination of the three. Members of the Sun Guard are famed for their heavy black armor and their use of pikes as a weapon of choice. Talk to scholars, and they tell you the only thing clear about the Zhell and the Taungs is just how unclear their histories are. Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare Author's Cut is a twelve-part blog series published through the Star Wars Blog, beginning on September 27, 2013.It features The Essential Guide to Warfare author Jason Fry and Del Rey editor Erich Schoeneweiss presenting cut material from The Essential Guide to Warfare, authored by Fry, Paul R. Urquhart, and Michael Kogge. I’m impressed, Doctor. Or perhaps the Taungs were native to Coruscant, and the Zhell were the invaders. They may have been trapped inside our galaxy by their barrier and destroyed by the Rakatan revolt. Nebula-class destroyer . Ianane III is nearly as bright as its star, and for ages was wrongly identified as a stellar companion. Motti: It’s a good story, I’ll give you that. Our vengeance burns brighter still. Credit to Jason as a writer that he saw it that way too. Now, for the first time, the facts, figures, and fascinating backstories of major clashes and combatants in the vast Star Wars universe have been documented in one fully illustrated volume. Also destroyed eons before the dawn of the Republic. Yet I can come to no other conclusion. I suspect this Turbine was of Celestial origin. The chemical composition of the Corellian planets matches no known model of the formation of stars or planetary discs. Motti: Ah, the Rakata! In case the words of academics don’t stir you, let me close with a more personal story. Bowen: Indeed, Master Lemelisk. Bowen: I agree, Master. Scientists believe the Shards are the remnants of a vast shell that once enclosed Penegelen. The Kwa built them. But its brightness is a product of sunlight reflecting off the hundreds of meters of glassine sand that encase the planet’s surface — sand that whips through the planet’s atmosphere in monstrous storms of razor-sharp particles. But that isn’t to say we know nothing: Researchers on several worlds are working tirelessly to knit together scraps of legend and bits plucked from archaeological discoveries, in hopes of one day reconstructing the ancient chronicles. But it’s clear that the Celestials, for all their power, dwelled in a dangerous galaxy. But indulge me. As well as doing other things. But it seems we remember them. Bowen: Imagine that our galaxy is a child’s top, and what we call the circumferential barrier is a collection of countless whorls and eddies spinning around it too quickly to safely traverse at faster-than-light speeds. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts The grimoiries of the Gree Enclave say the work of the Ancient Masters — the Celestials — was undone by two curses unleashed by the Soul Hunters, whom we identify as the Rakata. Bowen: Possibly not, Admiral. Reprinted From Imperial Center Today, 2 ABY: The Zhell and the Taungs Are Names to Conjure By, But the Truth About These Long-Lost Combatants Is Hard to Pin Down. The Penegelen Shards: The star Penegelen, in the Inner Rim, is orbited by a spherical cloud of tumbling fragments. In addition to Jupiter Pirates, I've written or co-written more than 30 novels and short stories set in the Star Wars galaxy, including The Essential Atlas, The Essential Guide to Warfare, The Weapon of a Jedi, and the Servants of the Empire quartet. The assembled Taungs watched in awe as ash blotted out the sun and rained down upon them. The entire Rakatan civilization was built on such uses of the Force. But there’s something odd about our veneration of an ancient epic, notes University of Byblos historian Mesh Burzon. “We know of no species able to travel through hyperspace 200,000 years ago,” Manaxa says. Motti: Not to mention they were written by nonhumans, and thus untrustworthy. Or perhaps they withdrew into some dimension beyond the reach of the Rakata and ourselves. Unfortunately, gentlemen, travel to the Vultar Nebula is interdicted. Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare Author’s Cut, Part 2 – Ancient Coruscant Jason Fry with Paul Urquhart Welcome to the second of 12 articles revealing — for the first time ever — material cut from The Essential Guide to Warfare before its April 2012 publication. And their technology, it’s believed, was based on the Force — which had interesting consequences for their rule. Bowen: Very well, General. A Guide to the Star Wars Universe compiled by Raymond L. Velasco; A Guide to the Star Wars Universe, 2nd Edition compiled by Bill Slavicsek; A Guide to the Star Wars Universe, 3rd Edition compiled by Bill Slavicsek; Visual dictionaries. I wanted something that took us right into the action and prepared the reader for the two hundred pages that followed. Bowen: And then they would enslave those planets. Now, for the first time, the facts, figures, and fascinating backstories of major clashes and combatants in the vast Star Wars universe have been documented in one fully illustrated volume. Edited transcript of debriefing of Insmot Bowen, Pre-Republic specialist at the Obroan Institute, as conducted by Bevel Lemelisk, Master of Imperial Projects; Admiral Conan Antonio Motti; and General Arhul Kurumenga, Department of Military Research, dated 1 BBY. Erich Schoeneweiss: That’s correct. Bowen: I assure you no disrespect was intended, Admiral. Their empire was ruled from a planet called Lehon, in the Tempered Wastes. TAGS: essential guide to warfare, Expanded Universe, Star Wars Books, TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved. But not unique? I believe the Celestials spun up that barrier by tapping the energies of the galactic center. We don’t even know what they looked like. The other apparent legacy of a Celestial connection is pyramid-building. Bowen: Not something this strange, Admiral. Bowen: They disappeared. The Essential Guide to Warfare: Author's Cut (starwars.com) Part 4: The Rise of the Republic The Waymancy Storm . The best-preserved record of the Taung epic poem, written in Notron Cant and housed in the Baobab Archives on distant Manda, contains none of the verses of “Rage.”, “It’s my belief that ‘Rage of the Shadow Warriors’ dates from the reign of Mandalore the Ultimate, when the Taungs knew they were being eclipsed,” Hu explains. Cantina tales tell of scouts who found wondrous machinery within Ciratu’s labyrinthine spheres — as well as scouts who returned curiously altered by experiences they couldn’t describe, if they returned at all. Erich Schoeneweiss: I don’t recall this one — either I’m losing too many brain cells, Jason has Jedi mind-wiped me, or this is one of the cuts he made before I read the manuscript. “Not even the histories of the Columi date back that far. The humans of the Tetrahedron, the Herglics, the Tionese and the Hutts all quickly established their own territories. Bowen: Well, they’re not like the Celestials — we know what they look like, for one. Sadly, what records exist from those civilizations are either fragmentary, have decayed into legend, or both. We never saw the body — they simply disappeared. And I believe they engineered the chain of hyperspace anomalies that have long frustrated exploration west of the Deep Core. Whatever they are, they’re a recurring motif in the art of ancient civilizations we believe had contact with the Celestials — contact that ended with those civilizations’ destruction. TIE Predator I’d rather you tell me things I already know than inadvertently leave out something I don’t. We are the rage of the Warriors of the Shadow, Ophidian grotesques, I believe they’re called? Lemelisk: And from that you conclude there was a Rakata revolt? Yet there’s no record that they were ever conquered. Some of these have been subsequently finished, or are renders of existing models. If our researchers could just —. Bowen: All we have are a few guesses — and some secondhand sources that are little better than legends. Extrapolating from the technologies they employed, it’s believed the Gree and the Kwa became Celestial servant species, as did the Killik hives. Nothing has lived there for hundreds of thousands of years, but something once did — and whoever they were, they carved this. 7000 BBY . The Zhell and the Taungs have been powerful names here on Imperial Center nearly as long as civilization has existed on our planet — and that’s an awfully long time. Bowen: That’s correct, General. Once those challenges were solved, those territories began to coalesce into the Republic. One with a string? “Two hundred thousand years is an almost unfathomable amount of time,” says Arhul Manaxa, scholar emeritus at the University of Rudrig. 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