"There is no emotion, there is peace."
If you have the sort of mind that can’t help but wonder how things got to be the way they are—who was the first to do something, who first explored a place, or any number of other people and events that influenced everything that followed—then the Star Wars universe offers plenty of tantalizing threads to pull.
In building a universe that was both completely original and “lived in,” George Lucas didn’t hesitate to make references to things that made sense to his characters but left the inquisitive among us with questions.
Clone Wars? Senate? Republic? Why are there only two Sith Lords at one time? For that matter, where did the Jedi and Sith come from in the first place?
In some cases, our patience is rewarded on screen. The Prequel Trilogy shows us the Senate and the Republic that the Emperor discards, and—along with an entire animated series—the Clone Wars that Ben Kenobi and Luke Skywalker first obliquely mention in 1977.
In other cases, our answers lie in books in comics, and the Expanded Universe lives up to its name by expanding on these enticing references peppered throughout the franchise. In books, we get a fuller understanding of the depths of Palpatine’s machinations, and we even learn why “only two there are” when it comes to Sith Lords.
The Expanded Universe also delivers when it comes to the earliest roots of the Jedi and Sith. Starting more than 25,000 years before the rise and fall(s) of Palpatine, books and comics explore the time before the galaxy’s Force-users fractured into opposing light and dark side camps, and then go on to explore some of the earliest conflicts that set the stage for millennia of galactic history.
If you’ve ever wondered about the roots of the endless conflict between light and dark that shapes the Star Wars universe, here are the titles that show you where it all began.
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Books in this Collection
Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void
On the planet Tython, the ancient Je’daii order was founded. And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force—and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. But as strongly as the Force flowed within Lanoree and her parents, it remained absent in her brother, who grew to despise and shun the Je’daii, and whose training in its ancient ways ended in tragedy.
Now, from her solitary life as a Ranger keeping order across the galaxy, Lanoree has been summoned by the Je’daii Council on a matter of utmost urgency. The leader of a fanatical cult, obsessed with traveling beyond the reaches of known space, is bent on opening a cosmic gateway using dreaded dark matter as the key—risking a cataclysmic reaction that will consume the entire star system. But more shocking to Lanoree than even the prospect of total galactic annihilation, is the decision of her Je’daii Masters to task her with the mission of preventing it. Until a staggering revelation makes clear why she was chosen: The brilliant, dangerous madman she must track down and stop at any cost is the brother whose death she has long grieved—and whose life she must now fear.
Dawn of the Jedi Volume 1
Here begins the tale of the dawn of the Jedi, the Star Wars of 25,000 years ago—before lightsabers, before hyperspace travel, before the Jedi spread throughout the galaxy, when connections to the Force were new.
On the planet Tython, a group of beings—scientists, philosophers, and warriors—strive to maintain peace and to balance the mystifying power known as the Force. But a stranger is coming, one who will disrupt the balance with his arrival and his own connection to the Force. Everything in their system is about to change . . . The doors to the galaxy have been opened! Collects Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi—Force Storm #1–#5.
Dawn of the Jedi Volume 2
Xesh, a mysterious alien warrior, is enthralled with the madman Daegen Lok and his obsession with conquering known space. Hunter teams are dispatched by the Je’daii to stop Lok and save the misguided Xesh, but they’re not alone. Xesh’s former masters have sent their own hunter—with orders to kill!
Dawn of the Jedi Volume 3
The Rakata, powerful users of the dark side of the Force, have invaded the Tython system to enslave the Je’daii… With Forcesabers in hand, the Je'daii fight, led by mad Je'daii Daegen Lok and the mysterious Force Hound Xesh. But when Xesh is captured, the direction of the war is changed…
Tales of the Jedi: The Fall of the Sith Empire #2: Forces in Collision
Tales of the Jedi: The Fall of the Sith Empire
The Sith Empire has rallied its forces for an all-out battle for control of the galaxy. Its goal: Crush the Republic. And with so many Sith Masters among them, the goal is not unachievable. As Naga Sadow readies his fleet to attack, one lone person threatens to undermine the entire campaign — Jori Daragon. She isn't a Jedi. She's an explorer, a mapper of hyperspace who stumbled on the plans of the Sith. And she just may be the savior of the Republic.
Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic
Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith
The history of the Old Republic has become legend: how the bold explorations of young Gav and Jori Daragon brought two galactic empires crashing together, how Odan-Urr became a powerful Jedi, and how the seven worlds of the Koros system were finally united by the wise and skilled Empress Teta.
Five millennia before the birth of Luke Skywalker and the fall of Palpatine's Empire, our story unfolds…
Tales of the Jedi: The Freedon Nadd Uprising
Determined to uproot Sith magic from Onderon, Jedi Master Arca orders the sarcophagi of Queen Amanoa and Dark Jedi Freedon Nadd removed to the Dxun moon. When the spirit-avatar of Nadd appears and captures Arca, Ulic Qel-Droma faces the task of saving Arca and the planet from being completely swallowed by evil.
Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith
In the depths of galactic space, a foolish and arrogant young Jedi awakens an ancient, deadly power. This seductive evil leads him down a path that will make him a Dark Lord of the Sith
Tales of the Jedi: Redemption
Ten years after the Sith War, the Dark Lord of the Sith's chief lieutenant has been stripped of his force powers. Seeking isolation in a distant corner of the galaxy, the rejected Ulic Qel-Droma is desperate to escape all ties to the life he would rather forget - until the young and mysterious Vima appears and Ulic sees in her a chance at redemption. But, as Ulic discovered long ago, mistakes are not easily left behind. When a search party from Vima's homeland comes looking for the missing girl, Ulic finds himself face-to-face with a vengeful Jedi from his past whose own redemption will be marked by the spilling of Ulic's blood.
Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War
To become a Jedi, it is not the Force one must learn to control but oneself. Ulic Qel-Droma has spent a lifetime learning to control the Force. But now, having tasted power, Qel-Droma cannot fight the dark hunger inside him...