IGN recently gave us a surprisingly detailed except from Light of the Jedi the novel by Charles Soule that will kick off the High Republic era of publishing, set 200 years before The Phantom Menace.
I’m reading through the chapter and commenting as I go but I’m keen to share as many observations as I can about this time period.
The Republic and the Galaxy
The Republic is led by Chancellor Lima So, a visionary who plans to bring the frontier worlds into the protection and civilization of the Republic.
The Capital of the Republic is Coruscant, same as in the Prequel era
The territory of the Republic has established the Core, the Colonies and the Inner and Mid Rim, but the Outer Rim is largely unexplored space beyond Republic control. Only the Jedi can maintain order along it’s borders
Mallastare and Sullust established a joint task force, protecting their area of space. This suggests the Republic had a decentralised military at this time
There is a reference to Hutt Armadas, making the Hutts a greater military threat in this era
Ships and Technology
Starlight beacon is part of an ambitious outreach program to connect the Outer Rim with the Core Worlds.
One starfighter class of the High Republic is the Incom Z-24 Buzzbug. It’s a single seat fighter and clearly a predecessor to the Clone Wars era Z-95 Headhunter (pictured). Another starfighter class mentioned is a Longbeam – I’m hoping we get to see both these classes visualised in the comic
The Legacy Run is a Kaniff Yards Class-A Modular freight transport. Essentially a triangular prism connected to a bridge module, it was capable of hauling up to 140 cargo modules. It was used by the Byrne Guild
Droids are commonly used in this era. Functions referenced are sanitation and navigation so it would seem they are a part of every day life in this time.
The Great Disaster
We get our first hint at the events of the great disaster as the Legacy Run encounters a massive object blocking their hyperlane.
And that’s everything I picked up. Let me know if I’ve missed something. This chapter has certainly whetted my appetite for January!!