Legacy of the Force Sourcebook created by Thor Thorson Jr., Matthew Norton, and Christian Fernandez-Duque.
The Second Galactic Civil War has erupted! With the secession of Corellia, the Corellians have started a revolt against the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances. Caught between the increasingly authoritarian Galactic Alliance and the insurgent Confederation, LUKE SKYWALKER and the Jedi Order find themselves at odds even with their own families.
Becoming increasingly brutal with the Confederation, Colonel JACEN SOLO is elevated to the office of Co-Chief of State of the Galactic Alliance. He hopes that in his new position, he can end the destructive conflict and bring order to the galaxy.
Little does Luke know, his nephew Jacen Solo has secretly been seduced by the DARK LADY LUMIYA to be the new Dark Lord of the Sith. With DARTH CAEDUS seemingly unstoppable, the fate of the Galactic Alliance, the Jedi, the Confederation, the Mandalorians, the Imperial Remnant... Indeed, the entire galaxy hangs in the balance.
- 1 Notes from the Authors
- 2 Introduction
- 3 Heroic Traits
- 4 The Galactic Federation of Free Alliances
- 5 The Confederation
- 6 The Jedi Coalition
- 7 The Sith Return
- 8 The Fringe
- 9 Mandalore Rising
- 10 Galactic Gazetteer
- 11 Starships
- 12 Droids
Notes from the Authors[edit | edit source]
Thor A. Thorson Jr.[edit | edit source]
"The Jedi are no one's mercenaries- not even the Galactic Alliance's."
-Kyp Durron (Star Wars: Dark Nest I: The Joiner King, pg. 237)
After two sourcebooks, the Rise of the Empire Infinities Sourcebook and the Rebellion Era Infinities Sourcebook, Matt and I turn our attention to the events, places, characters, et al of the era immediately following the New Jedi Order. While our previous two sourcebooks dealt with a purely hypothetical "What-ifs" of which Infinities material primarily deals with, we wanted to try our hand at a "Quasi-official" attempt at an era that is currently being fleshed out by the Legacy of the Force series of novels.
For those that contributed to our previous two sourcebooks, we couldn't have done them without your support or your help, and I would like to convey our thanks to you. We will continually strive to improve each sourcebook in the future. Please forgive any discrepancies.
-Thor A. Thorson Jr. (December 29, 2007)
Addendum[edit | edit source]
At the time that I had written my original foreword, I had not considered that this sourcebook would take nearly a decade to complete. With real life continuously intruding in on the progress of this sourcebook, it wasn't until the crash of my original harddrive that I nearly abandoned this body of work.
Luckily, about six months ago, I had the foresight to burn all my files to dvd. With the rediscovery of my most recent files I decided to continue on in the completion of this body of work.
Now that Disney owns the Star Wars franchise and has released two very successful films, the events, individuals, and technology of the former Expanded Universe have now been rendered non-canon. Personally, I find that this gives the Star Wars universe a new lease on life, without having to do massive retcons, and though the material within is now the stuff of Star Wars Legends, I think that the Legacy of the Force Sourcebook will prove to be an homage to the Expanded Universe.
-Thor A. Thorson Jr. (February 13, 2017)
Matthew Norton[edit | edit source]
"My son didn't die to put a sadistic despot in power. I look to you to ensure his life wasn't wasted."
-Captain Kral Nevil to Admiral Niathal (Star Wars Legacy of the Force: Revelation)
Legacies we leave behind can be double-edged swords. For example, fans view George Lucas's Star Wars saga with positive and negative legacies (Original and prequel trilogy, respectively, if you follow their logic). The Legacy of the Force series deals with the legacies of the Skywalker/Solo families. For Luke, Jacen and Jaina, Han and Leia, they grapple with choices made in the New Jedi Order, and in the process, leave a legacy of a galaxy torn asunder. I mention this because this is part of what attracted me to write about this series with Thor back in 2007. Another reason is that unlike other eras, the Legacy of the Force era was for the most part ignored by Wizard of the Coast, the Star Wars RPG proprietor at the time. This was an era that deserved a proper sourcebook. Likewise, I felt that Thor and I should try to make a sourcebook in the style of the old West End Gaming sourcebooks. My hope is that this book proves fun for fellow Star Wars gamers, opening adventures that until now were unavailable.
I first want to give a large, heartfelt thank you to Thor. When life delayed completion of this book, he found the time to put it finish it. Truly a labor of love, as it took us almost 10 years to complete, thank you Thor for getting this over the finish line. As always, I should add, thank you again for giving me an outlet for my love of Star Wars. Secondly, I would like to thank my fellow Holonetters of SWRPG Holonet. It was thanks you to you that I got my first proper taste of Star Wars RPG, and you all inspired me to write all of these sourcebooks.
-Matt Norton (February 12, 2017)
Christian Fernandez-Duque[edit | edit source]
In the cockpit of his StealthX heading for Hapes, Luke Skywalker felt a hand brush his hair, and as he involuntarily reached out to touch it, he knew his world had ended.
-Star Wars Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice, page 332
When I noticed Thor's post of his 1.0 version of the Legacy of the Force fanbook on the Rancor Pit and I asked him if I could help edit it, I wasn't sure if he would agree. After he actually did agree and I presented my ruthless editing corrections for the first chapter, being the grammar nazi that I am, I fully expected him to be offended by my scathing and unsparing critique of the book's incomprehensible sentence structures, exceedingly long run-on sentences, eldritch misspellings and ill-matched inconsistency errors, and therefore expected him to reject my editing out of hand and tell me never to contact him again. (This sort of thing is not entirely without precedent for me. Go figure.)
Needless to say, that's not what happened in this case.
So yeah, it surprised me a great deal when Thor took my critiques in stride and told me to keep up the good work. People don't usually react well when a lawyer (Or anyone else, really, but especially us lawyers) tells them what they're doing is wrong. It is to Thor's credit that he saw past my irascible nature concerning bad grammar and knew that we both had the same objective: to make the Legacy of the Force fanbook as good as it could be. It is even more to Thor's credit that whenever he disagreed with one of my editing decisions, he would always point to precedent in one of the d20 or D6 books to settle the dispute. (What can I say, I'm a lawyer so precedent carries weight for me. Not to mention that this is his book, not mine, so whatever he says, goes.)
While editing this book, I found misspellings, grammar errors, and labeling inconsistencies all over the place. (Not that that's actually surprising, of course; if you're an editor, you're supposed to find that kind of stuff.) I found so many, in fact, that it very much hurt the eyes of a self confessed (And aforementioned) grammar nazi like myself. (In short, this was a typical fanbook.) Errors like these are a humongous pet peeve for me (As you might well imagine) and, being an avid Star Wars fan and gamer, I felt vindicated in offering my editing services (Such as they are) to Thor and do what I could to make this a better book. Needless to say, editing even a relatively short book like this one is hard and time-consuming work.
But make no mistake, dear reader: compared to the work that Thor and Matthew have done to create this book, I'm barely more than a spectator. You may have heard the story of the sculptor who said that he didn't create the statue since it was always there in the block of marble; he merely smoothed away the rough edges. If I am that sculptor, then Matthew and Thor are the guys who wandered for ten years far and wide to find the perfect quarry with just the right type of marble, cut out the block, lifted it out of the quarry, dragged it by hand down the road and through the countryside under epic, tempestuous gales that would tear the flesh off the gods themselves, crawled exhausted to my door, knocked on said door and, when I answered, managed to gasp out "Hey, dude, since you offered, could you do a little bit of work on this?"
After all that, it would have been rude to refuse.
Here's hoping that you enjoy this fan sourcebook. May your blaster always be charged, your ship always fully fueled, your friends always by your side and may the Force always be with you.
-Christian "Su-tehp" Fernandez-Duque (March 23, 2017)
Introduction[edit | edit source]
Main Article: Introduction
In the intervening years from the end of the Yuuzhan Vong Invasion to the start of The Legacy Era, the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances has weathered many storms.
The first major test of The Galactic Alliance was the reappearance of The Killiks on the border with The Chiss Ascendancy. After former Jedi Raynar Thul and Dark Jedi Lomi Plo and Welk crash-landed the Tachyon Flier, Thul was absorbed by the Yoggoy nest and subsequently became the leader of what would later become the UnuThul. Simultaneously, Lomi Plo and Welk were similarly absorbed and thus created an unconscious Dark Nest within the Colony, otherwise known as the Gorog Nest.
With the Dark Nest subtly manipulating the Colony, The Killiks began to expand their nests, eventually coming into conflict with The Chiss Ascendancy. This war widened when fellow Jedi Knights of the Myrkr Mission were drawn to Raynar Thul through The Force, and assisted the UnuThul in engaging the Chiss.
After Leia Organa Solo successfully negotiated to have the Yoggoy Nest migrate to the Utegetu Nebula, the brief peace was shattered when Jacen Solo tricked his sister and her fellow Joiners Zekk, Lowbacca, and Tesar Sebatyne to attack an Ascendancy munitions depot. This event, coupled with the Fizz, a disease that infected the Killiks who had settled the Utegetu Nebula, further escalated the conflict into full-blown war.
The Swarm War ended after Luke Skywalker killed Lomi Plo and removed UnuThul from the Colony. Without the two fallen Jedi to provide direction and a will, the Colony could no longer function.
Heroic Traits[edit | edit source]
Main Article: Heroic Traits
Each of the Heroic Classes is presented here as it relates to the Legacy of the Force. Each Heroic Class has new Talents, adding to existing Talent Trees, as well as new Feats. These Heroic Traits can also be used in other Eras of Play, subject to the Gamemaster's approval.
The Galactic Federation of Free Alliances[edit | edit source]
Main Article: The Galactic Federation of Free Alliances
Affiliation Page: The Galactic Alliance
The Galactic Federation of Free Alliances is the direct successor to The New Republic. Formed during the chaos of the Yuuzhan Vong Invasion, this government was created in response to the crisis that had befallen the galaxy. For the first time since the declaration of The New Republic, The Galactic Alliance brought all planets of the known galaxy under the rule of a single government by unifying The New Republic, The Hapes Consortium and the remnants of The Galactic Empire. This reorganization was critical for the success of The Galactic Alliance and for its survival against external enemies during the Yuuzhan Vong Invasion and the Swarm War. With the Second Galactic Civil War, brought on by the Dark Lady of the Sith Lumiya, the strength of The Galactic Alliance was now being tested for the first time from within.
The Confederation[edit | edit source]
Main Article: The Corellian Confederation
The Corellian Confederation was originally a tight-knit government similar to a federation, much like The Galactic Alliance. It was led by a Prime Minister, governing with a cabinet of ministers. This cabinet consisted of the Heads of State representing each world of the Corellian System. After other planets had joined, the form of government changed dramatically, becoming a union of sovereign systems fighting to protect the integrity of their territory from the restrictions of The Galactic Alliance.
Originally Corellia held the leadership position in the Confederation, with Bothawui and Commenor as co-equals, but as Corellian leaders were assassinated, the Bothans and Commenorians stepped in to fill the breach. The Council deferred military control to the Supreme Commander of the Confederation military. The Council also did not interfere in the internal workings of the Confederation's member systems, wanting to avoid emulating the heavy-handed restrictions of the Alliance. Overall, it was the goal of the Confederation to be a union for defense, trade, finances and galactic affairs, but nothing more.
The Confederation is made up of planetary navies and armies pooled together in mutual defense. While some members' ships lack the quality of the Bothans' or Corellians' ships, every member world brings with them highly dedicated and willing soldiers. Initially the Corellians commanded inferior forces, with few ships equal or superior to The Galactic Alliance. But with the introduction of new ships during the war like the Corellian Dreadnought and the addition of members like Bothawui and Commenor, the Confederation Fleet has now become a formidable navy.