A Guide To The Star Wars Universe by Bill SlavicsekA Guide To The Star Wars Universe by Bill Slavicsek

A Guide To The Star Wars Universe

byBill Slavicsek

Paperback | October 3, 2000

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How did Exar Kun nearly destroy Luke Skywalker's Jedi academy?  When did Han Solo first meet Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian? Where was Mara Jade when the Emperor died? What are the secrets of the terrible super weapons--the Death Stars, the Sun Crusher, and the World Devastators? What are the Qom Qae? How powerful is the Black Sun criminal organization?

Looking for facts about the characters, starships, weaponry, droids, alien species, and historic battles in the most amazing adventure of them all? From airspeeders to N-1 starfighters, Coruscant to Tatooine, Nom Anor to Leia Organa--you'll find the whole universe of Star Wars covered here:

¸  The original Star Wars trilogy movies
¸  The novels--from Star Wars to Vector Prime
¸  The animated TV series Droids and Ewoks
¸  National Public Radio dramatizations
¸  Young Adult novels
¸  The Star Wars comic-books
¸  Role-playing books
¸  Video games and CD-ROMs
. . . plus sourcebooks, storybooks, sketchbooks, portfolios, and more!

Featuring new material on Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace . . . the latest Star Wars series: The New Jedi Order . . . and the entire thrilling saga!
Title:A Guide To The Star Wars UniverseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 8.18 × 5.59 × 1.3 inPublished:October 3, 2000Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345420667

ISBN - 13:9780345420664

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AA-3DO (ThreeDee)This multitalented service droid was in the service of Jedi Andur Sunriderwhen Sunrider died at the hands of Great Bogga the Hutt's gang ofcriminals. Programmed as a mechanic and pilot, A-3DO later served Andur'swife, Nomi, while she trained to take her husband's place among the Jedi.[TOJ]A-9 Vigilance InterceptorAn Imperial starfighter that first saw action against New Republic forcesduring the events that led to the return of the Emperor six years afterthe Battle of Endor. It was designed as an answer to the Republic's A-wingfighters, but has limited maneuverability and a weak hull. [DE, SWVG]Aalun, SyronOne of three famous Gand ruetsavii, or observers, who were assigned toRogue Squadron pilot Ooryl Qrygg. They were sent to observe Qrygg'sactivities and determine his worthiness to become janwuine, the highestpossible honor in the communal Gand society. In addition to watchingQrygg, Aalun and the other ruetsavii served as pilots and undercoveroperatives for the squadron. [BW]Aar'aaMembers of a reptilian species of skin-changers, they are able to changethe color of their pebbly textured skin to match their surroundings. TheYlesian priests used Aar'aa to guard their spice-processing plants. [PS]AbaA Wookiee doll, named by its owner, young Jacen Solo. [CS]A'baht, General EtahnCommander of the New Republic's Fifth Fleet. A'baht led from aboard hisflagship, the fleet carrier Intrepid. His disregard for orders and thedefeat of the fleet at the Koornacht Cluster led Princess Leia Organa Soloto relieve him of command and place the fleet under the authority of herhusband, Han Solo. [BTS]AbbajiThis planet is home to the Irugian Rain Forest, whereone-hundred-meter-tall firethorn trees grow in a single grove. PrinceXizor, leader of the Black Sun criminal organization, counted a600-year-old dwarf firethorn tree among his most prized possessions. [SOTE]aboAn old Imperial slang word for the native inhabitants of a planet, oftenused in a derogatory manner. [SME]Abregado-raeThis manufacturing and trade-oriented planet within the Abregado starsystem was part of the New Republic some five years after the Battle ofEndor. During the time of the Empire, the spaceport was considered on parwith the worst places in the Rim Territories. Since the birth of the NewRepublic, the place has cleaned up its act. A bright, painfully cleancityscape towers over its landing pits, but the wild air of allspaceports, created by the mix of cultures and species, cannot be washedfrom the place. A repressive bureaucracy that struggled to bring outlyingclans into line rules the world. [DFR, HE, HESB]Abregado systemThis planetary system is located in the Borderland Regions, a militarizedzone that separates the New Republic from the remnants of the Empire. Avast manufacturing infrastructure links the system's planets, and thegoods produced there are vitally important to the New Republic. [HE, HESB]Abrion sectorThe location of the planet Ukio, one of the top-five food-producing worldsin the New Republic. [LC]AbyssinA primitive and violent species that inhabits the planet Byss, located inthe binary star system of Byss and Abyss. Averaging about two meters tall,each humanoid Abyssin has long limbs and a single eye in its forehead.[GG4]Academy, theDuring the time of the Old Republic, this elite educational institutionproduced highly trained personnel to fill posts in Exploration, Military,and Merchant Services. Under the rule of the Emperor, the Academy slowlyturned into the training ground for Imperial officers, especially theRaithal Academy in the Core region. All of its numerous campuses, spreadacross the galaxy, had a reputation for a competitive selection processand a rigorous curriculum. [ISB, SW, SWR]acceleration compensatorThis device provides artificial gravity and neutralizes the effects ofhigh-speed maneuvering for crew and cargo aboard space vessels. TheMillennium Falcon, for example, is equipped with such a device. [HSE]acceleration strapsThese passenger safety harnesses, usually built into seats, serve torestrain passengers during takeoffs, landings, and adverse travelingconditions. [SW]Access ChuteThis kilometers-long tunnel snakes through the decaying buildings anddocking towers of the spaceport moon Nar Shaddaa, leading to Shug Ninx'srepair facility. An advertising holoscreen hides the entrance to theChute. [DE]AccuserSee Emancipator.Ackbar, AdmiralA respected and highly regarded member of the Mon Calamari species, Ackbarovercame hardship and adversity to take a pivotal role in the RebelAlliance and later the New Republic. His public life began when he servedas the leader of Coral Depths City on the Mon Calamari homeworld. TheEmpire attacked the watery planet and enslaved many of its citizens,including Ackbar. He eventually became Grand Moff Tarkin's interpreter,and while in the Imperial's service he heard about the Rebellion andlearned of a new superweapon. Ackbar made a study of Imperial tactics anddefenses while serving the grand moff. Rebel agents released him fromservitude during a failed attempt to assassinate Tarkin. Ackbar returnedto his homeworld and convinced the normally peaceful Mon Calamari to jointhe Rebels, bringing a much-needed fleet of capital ships into theAlliance arsenal.Shortly after the Battle of Yavin, the newly ranked Commander Ackbarproposed a plan for dealing with Imperial escort frigates. He argued thata specially designed starfighter was the Alliance's best hope--at leastuntil more funds became available or the number of Rebel capital shipsdramatically increased. With the aid of the Verpine, a renowned species ofshipbuilders, Ackbar developed the B-wing starfighter.Ackbar then became one of Mon Mothma's two senior Rebel Alliance advisers.He was promoted to admiral and helped develop the plans for the Alliancesurprise attack on the second Death Star battle station. He led theassault from the bridge of his personal flagship during the Battle ofEndor. With the rise of the New Republic, Ackbar was named commander inchief of Republic military operations. As a member of both the ProvisionalCouncil and the ruling Inner Council, he helped forge the new galacticgovernment.During the events surrounding the return of Grand Admiral Thrawn, Ackbarwas falsely accused of embezzling New Republic funds thanks to fakeevidence planted by Thrawn. Ackbar was later cleared, through the effortsof Luke Skywalker and his companions, and the Mon Calamari led the NewRepublic fleet to victory over Thrawn's forces at the Bilbringi Shipyards.A few days after Thrawn's defeat, survivors of the Emperor's ruling circleand a handful of Imperial fleet commanders attacked and recapturedCoruscant. Ackbar and other New Republic leaders planned a counterstrike,and their forces regained Coruscant a few months later.Later, on a diplomatic mission to Vortex, Ackbar's personal B-wing fightercrashed into the Cathedral of Winds. This towering crystalline structurewas considered to be the world's greatest artistic treasure, and Ackbarwas once again accused of a serious crime. His chief mechanic wasdiscovered to have been an Imperial operative who had sabotaged theB-wing, and Ackbar was cleared of any wrongdoing.After he resumed his role in the New Republic, Ackbar returned to Vortexto attend the ceremony dedicating the rebuilt Cathedral of Winds. Winter,Princess Leia's aide, accompanied him on the trip, and the two developed aclose relationship. [DA, DE, DFR, DS, HE, LC, RJ, SFS, SWCG, SWSB]AdamantAdmiral Ackbar commanded this New Republic bulk space cruiser. Somenineteen years after the Battle of Endor, the Adamant was attacked whiletransporting a cargo of hyperdrive cores and turbolaser batteryemplacements to the Kuat Drive Yards. It was boarded and captured byonetime Imperial TIE fighter pilot Qorl and his troops, who set the crewadrift in escape pods and made off with the cruiser and its cargo. [YJK]AdamantineThis New Republic escort cruiser visited the planet Nam Chorios. The shipand its crew were lost when the Death Seed plague was unleashed on thesurrounding sector of space. [POT]AdegaThis star system located in the Outer Rim Territories was the site of animportant Jedi stronghold in ancient times. [DE]Adegan crystalsThese crystals were the types most commonly used in ancient times in theconstruction of lightsabers. They spontaneously emit powerful bursts oflight and energy when resonant frequencies are transmitted through them.These crystals are also known as Ilum crystals. [DE]AdinThis former Imperial stronghold was the homeworld of Senator Meido. [NR]AdjudicatorOne of two Imperial Star Destroyers captured by the Alliance during theBattle of Endor, the Adjudicator was renamed the Liberator and placedunder the command of Luke Skywalker. After the Empire recapturedCoruscant, Liberator crashed into Imperial City as the result of damagesustained during combat. Skywalker's skillful deployment of the StarDestroyer's shields and repulsorlifts prevented the death of the crew.[DE, DESB]AdrianaThis gas giant, the third planet in the Tatoo system, has rings of ice.The rings are periodically mined to provide the planet Tatooine withwater. [GG7]Af'ElThe homeworld of the Defels, or Wraiths, this high-gravity world orbitingKa'Dedus specializes in the export of meleenium, a metal used to builddurasteel. Af'El is the only known source of the metal. [GG4]affect mindA Jedi Knight can use this Force technique to tamper with the perceptionsof a person or creature. It creates illusions or blocks the senses so thatthe target can't understand what's really happening. It can also be usedto alter a person's memories, replace them with false memories, or totallywipe out memories of a particular event. [DFRSB, SWRPG, SWRPG2]AffytechanA sentient form of plant life that originated on the Outer Rim world ofDom-Bradden. Each Affytechan appears beautiful, with a high musical voiceand a body composed of thousands of colorful petals, tendrils, and stalks.However, it also smells of ammonia and musk. [COJ]Afyon, CaptainNative of Alderaan and New Republic captain at the helm of the escortfrigate Larkhess, Afyon grew bitter over the years, believing that menlike him were doing the real work of the new government, while the creditwas going to hotshot starfighter pilots. Right before the appearance ofGrand Admiral Thrawn, his warship was relegated to cargo transport duty.During the Battle of Sluis Van, he proved himself to be an excellentcommander. [HE, HESB]AgamarHome to the famous Rebel pilot Keyan Farlander, this planet is located inthe Lahara sector of the Outer Rim Territories. Sites of interest includethe large city Calna Muun and the backwater town Tondatha. The Empirewiped out the latter for harboring Rebel collaborators. [FP]AggregatorThis Imperial Interdictor cruiser was the property of High AdmiralTeradoc. He leased it to Ysanne Isard to aid her quest to destroy RogueSquadron. The cruiser was badly damaged during a battle in the section ofspace known as the Graveyard of Alderaan. [BW]

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Bill Slavicsek presents this comprehensive, expanded version of the Star Wars guide, covering all the key components from Alderaan to Zorba the Hutt. Discover why Han Solo first met Chewbacca and Boba Fett, where Mara Jade was when the Emperor died and what the Qom Qae are. Guide to the Star Wars Universe, Third Edition provides key data on all Star Wars’ characters, starships, weapons, druids, alien speices and historic battles. You’ll find the whole Star Wars universe here, including airspeeders, N-1 starfighters, Coruscant, Tatooine, Nom Anor, Leia Organa, the novels, national public radio dramatizations, comic books, sourcebooks, storybooks, sketchbooks and portfolios.