Here’s a rundown of all the Interludes in Star Wars: Aftermath, which I gotta say were pretty cool. Some I liked better than others, but all in all, it was a neat snapshot of the micro and macro of the post-ROTJ universe. Some of them I want to become larger stories on their own, or at least be followed through when the action picks up in the second novel of the trilogy.
Chandrila: Interview with Olia Choko, PR rep for the new Galactic Senate.
Saleucami: Family with brothers on opposite sides of the fight argue over dinner. One turns in the other to the Imperials; dad stuns the Imperial brother and himself to let the Rebel sympathizing brother escape.
Naalol: Mon Mothma tours a battlefield, talks of resigning war powers and reducing the military to a peacekeeping force.
Uyter: Orphans being brought to an Imperial Academy find the Academy has been destroyed. A sympathetic Rebel gives them money and directions to go catch a shuttle to Hanna City on Chandrila and go to the New Republic Academy instead.
Chandrila: A protestor from Gan Moradir is co-opted into the new Senate by Olia Choko.
Coronet City, Corellia: Dengar versus Mercurial Swift; Dengar recruiting for a bounty hunter union so that they don’t all get hunted down themselves, as they won’t fit into a New Republic world.
Sevarcos: A Weequay, a Quarren, and a Wookiee (all slaves) free three rancors to help defeat Imperials in a skirmish with Rebels.
Taris: We meet “Acolytes of the Beyond” – “adherents” to something, buying a red lightsaber to “destroy it…so that it can be returned to its master in death.” They’re told who it supposedly belonged to (though we don’t get to know, and it’s implied that it’s Vader’s). And after the acolytes leave, the seller tells his partner he doesn’t if it was the real deal, but who cares?
Hyperspace: 65% of the way through the book, Han with a beard misses Leia and Luke and Lando “something fierce.” Going to Dasoor, hunting down supply lines. Get a call from Imra, a former associate who knows he’s with Princess Leia. Han has asked more than once about freeing Kashyyyk, and has been told no, there’ll get to it, and there’s a larger plan. But there’s an opportunity with a depleted Imperial force, and they decide to go rogue and attack the Imperials and take back the planet.
Coruscant: Anklebiter Brigade kid Jak saves an associate of a crime lord; Jak asks for an EMP in return, as Jak plans to kill the Imperial commander who killed his (Jak’s) dad. The crime lord agrees, only if Jak joins his team, and Jak agrees.
Theed, Naboo: Orphans from Anklebiter Brigade being adopted; one kids sneaks away to go back to Coco-town on Coruscant to continue the fight against the Imperials.
Tatooine: Cobb Vanth takes Boba Fett’s armor, is the new law in town.
Bespin Cloud City: Ties to Star Wars Uprising. We read that Adelhard sealed off the sector with massive blockades. A Palpatine stand-in on Coruscant has been video analyzed and proven not to be an actor portraying him. Adelhard has a chamber in Cloud City’s “prime tower.” Lobot is still on Cloud City! Calrissian offered to pay Kars Kal-Tora and his “pirates” to help with the fight against Adelhard, but Kal-Tora says it’s on the house, so that he can call in a later favor.
Jakku: Corwin Ballast came to Jakku to escape the war, his wife and daughter killed on Mordal; Rebels and Imperials fought there but neither won. We meet an Uthuthma, folks called “anchorites” are mentioned (to whom one might take some kind of vow), we find out there are “Wheel Races ” in the north and mining on the far side of the planet, and then there’s Ergel’s Bar. Ergel says he’ll buy all the Knockback Nectars Corwin wants if the war comes to Jakku. Which we know it will, based on the Star Wars Battlefront DLC.
Chandrila: A hundred or more senators, heading to the new old Chandrila senate house, with some Outer Rim planets represented.
Trivia Time!Test your knowledge of the Star Wars universe!
Yesterday’s answer: Bespin
Today’s question: What part of Threepio’s dismembered body did Chewie start attaching first in Cloud City?