Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith
Part 3: Paragon
The third part of a companion eBook series to the Fate of the Jedi novel line, this story is now only available in the collected edition, in print and eBook form. Click here to find it at online retailers.Aaron Allston's novel. Fate of the Jedi: Backlash.
As with all my "production notes," consider a Spoiler Warning attached. Please read the story first.
Seelah Korsin, the point-of-view character for this episode, is one of the most evil characters I’ve ever written; I felt like I needed a bath after living in her brain for a while.
The Lost Tribe seen in the Fate of the Jedi novels differs in many respects from the Sith as seen in the Kevin Anderson Tales of the Jedi comics stories, and in those differences, I found quite a few story springboards. “Paragon” has a major example in the fate of the so-called “red Sith,” the tentacle-faced characters so prominent in those stories.
Kesh’s harmful effect on the Massassi warriors having been dealt with in part 1, the fate of Ravilan’s people was a little more complicated. As it happened, it worked in very well with what the novel authors had decided do with the Lost Tribe. The all-human Tribe we see later on prizes physical perfection; the ancient origins of that were easy to plant in Seelah’s desire for racial purity. Seelah’s life story also presented an opportunity to deal with the issue of lightsabers, which worked differently in their previous appearances in this timeframe.
This episode also deals with what I assumed would exist – tensions within the Lost Tribe about how much effort was going into making their escape from the planet. No one else knowing what Yaru knew from the first episode, we can easily see factions breaking along this line.
Importantly, this episode also introduces Nida Korsin, Yaru's daughter with Seelah. She’s well away from the action here, but we see how Yaru’s first thought goes to her when danger arises.
- Water is a prominent thematic device in this
episode, which is probably the first Star wars story to start with a
of the trickier things about writing in this milieu is that we keep
tabs on time via “standard years,” and it was assumed that the Sith on
Kesh would do so too. We don’t ever really say what Kesh’s orbital
period is; that would make things too complicated. It’s fiction, not
- The Star Wars Atlas had just appeared as this
work was being prepared, which gave me a chance to work in the Stygian
- The substance cyanogen silicate hearkens back to
the deadly cyanogen gas seen in the early Tales of the Jedi comics.
of the Knights of the
Old Republic comics may see the very small Easter
egg hidden here: the pedicure kit for Ludo Kressh handled by Gryph in KOTOR #29
was originally used by Seelah Korsin!