Heir to the Empire
The Story So Far
Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa Solo have been on the run from a mysterious taskforce set on abducting them, directed from the shadows of Imperial Command by Grand Admiral Thrawn. On Kashyyyk, Leia uncovers the identity of the Noghri assailants from one they manage to pull into custody.
In the Sluissi Sector, Thrawn and Captain Pellaeon are prepared for their assault on the Sluis Van Shipyards, prototype cloaking technology in-hand and operational.
On Myrkr, Luke ends up captured, disarmed, and recaptured, trekking through the wilderness with ex-Imperial operative Mara Jade. Thrawn had left a contingent of Stormtroopers at their exitpoint to intercept whom Thrawn suspected was Skywalker. Talon Karrde worked with Han Solo and Lando Calrissian to extract Luke and Mara, hoping to delay retribution from the Grand Admiral for his concealed (albeit reluctant) partisanship.
In the ensuing ambush, Lando stakes his life on Luke's Jedi intuition. The gamble costs him dearly, leaving him mortally wounded, but betting on Luke wins out even without use of the Force.
In the aftermath of the firefight, Karrde directs his people to evacuate Myrkr, believing their ruse impossible to hide from Thrawn's observational and inferential prowess. Before parting ways, he asks Solo to loan one of the New Republic 's gutted warships to help with the evacuation.
Luke and Han help an injured but very much alive Lando onto the Millennium Falcon. They debrief each other as they depart, and Han says that he wants to take a detour through Sluis Van to give Lando proper medical treatment and Luke some much needed rest before diving into the political hotbed on Coruscant.
However: Lying in wait at Sluis Van, Thrawn has begun his operation to take ships out of the shipyard. Upon hearing that the Imperial detachment on Myrkr has failed to report in, he concludes that Skywalker was indeed there, undoubtedly aided by Karrde. He makes a point of deferring retribution to focus on the imminent battle.
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Wanting to steal a warship ostensibly borrowed seems very uncharacteristic
Everyone impressed with Luke
Does Han owe Karrde or does Karrde owe the NR?
Karrde realizing he came to love Myrkyr is a sweet moment
“Skywalker shrugged, ‘It worked,’ he said simply.” Such a Luke moment
Luke not thinking he had something to do with the Emperor's death is pure fantasy
We talked about how Jade can improve their relationship, but what about Luke?
Why wouldn’t Luke tell Han about Mara?
I like the description of the Force returning to Luke.
“You look like something the proom dragged in” I love this saying.
I genuinely thought it could go either way whether or not Thrawn would go after Karrde
I just realized how smart it is to have Pellaeon be an older character. It’s easy to empathize with someone who’s longing for the past
“Our final victory over the Rebellion begins here” oooooooooooo