Heir to the Empire
The Story So Far
While looking for hints on Dagobah on how best to train the next generation of Jedi, Luke Skywalker finds a strange device in the Dark Side Cave outside Yoda’s hut. This hint points him to Lando Calrissian and his path converges with Leia Organa-Solo and Han Solo as they head to the Athega system. After two foiled kidnappings on separate diplomatic missions, the couple are looking to get help outside New Republic jurisdiction.
Meanwhile, Grand Admiral Thrawn’s schemes are coming to a head as he has allied himself with Master Joruus C’baoth, clone and Dark Jedi. Captain Pelleaon devises a plan to disseminate information that might lure Luke to C’baoth instead of sending more noghri to capture him.
All paths converge over Nkllon just as Luke and the Millenium Falcon arrive. Leaving us in the suspense as the space battle commences.
Luke and the Falcon engage in a dogfight over Nkllon, during which Luke’s mind is touched by another Jedi, commanding Luke to seek him out. Despite losing time during the contact, Luke and the Falcon chase off the Imperial raid.
Our point of view then switches to Thrawn and Pellaeon reflecting on the aftermath. Thrawn’s satisfaction at the successful acquisition of 51 mole miners is overshadowed by C’baoth’s declaration of making contact with Luke. The Jedi Master insists that it is time for his own trap to be laid, leaving Pellaeon and Thrawn to scheme on the disillusionment of C’baoth’s self-importance.
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It was so easy for Luke to use the Force to check on Leia, why didn't they do that to confirm each other in the previous chapter?
"Five years ago … using the force to befuddle the gamorrean guards." So it wasn't a force choke!
Thrawn: "At any rate, I suppose it's your own time to waste."
What's going on on Wayland?!
Spaarti tubes and ysalamiri
What’s the difference between influencing minds for good, and influencing them for evil?
C’Baoth certainly knows how to tap into Luke’s anxieties. OMG THIS IS WHY ZAHN WANTED OBI TO PEACE OUT.
It’s getting tiring to see all these bursts of action that end in retreat. Is Thrawn’s strategy basically just tactical edging?
LOOK AT PELLAEON MAKING POINTS.
Artoo suffers from anxiety
Leia's "anger and frustration and quiet fear", she could be the one from the dark side cave
Interesting that Luke considers himself a full Jedi now, five years after Endor — "he witnessed of this was how the Jedi of the Old Republic handled such battles"
What is the dark side from Luke's description: distorting perception is closer to the edge where Jedi were forbidden to go.
Was C'Baoth compelling Luke? "You will come to me … I will await you … the Jedi shall rise again"
Not a fan of the Lost Time cliche
"Let him save his talents and cunning for [the other challenges of reestablishing the Empire]" as though they aren't hormetic resources.
Luke just checks out and goes on a killing spree for 30 minutes
So anti climatic