Tim Lebbon's Star
Wars: Dawn of the Jedi -- Into the Void is a new novel set at the same
period as the Dawn of the Jedi comics by John Ostrander and Jan Duursema. The earliest novel yet in the Star Wars universe, it follows the
adventures of Lanoree Brock, Je'daii Ranger, as she confronts a deadly menace
threatening all she holds dear. Below is an exclusive excerpt from her ship's
Ironholgs, enter this in my journal,
there's a good droid. Okay. Where to begin...
So, the Je'daii Council asked me back to
Tython, which meant only one thing –– they had a mission for me. I'm a Ranger, it's to be expected, although
the last time they did this I ended up flying out to Ska Gora and getting
involved in the Wookie land wars. I
thought that was going to be a breeze.
It ended ... messily.
But this is different. So very different. The way I see it, there are two reasons they
called me back. The first is that the
mission is so serious, so delicate, and potentially so deadly that they
couldn't risk any form of communication to fill me in. They couldn't transmit the information, even
on the Je'daii's own secured channels. They couldn't send anyone – –a droid, a Ranger –– with encrypted files. This had to be face to face.
And when I met them in the valley, even
that meeting was done in extreme secrecy. Strange to see the Council like that.
Almost as if they were scared.
The second reason they chose me is just how
personal this mission is to me.
At first, I thought the latter might
compromise the former. But I've had time
to let it sink in. I've had time to
dwell on the past –– those early years on Tython with my dear brother Dal, and
the later years without him –– and I can see why the Je'daii Council are so wise.
The danger of the mission and its personal
aspect are so intertwined that they couldn't choose anyone else. It's me.
It always had to be me.
They say a Je'daii's training is what makes
them the person they are, and in some respects that's true. My journey across Tython shaped me. I found my true calling at Anil Kesh, the
Je'daii Temple of Science. There I learned
to temper my doubts and channel my talents. There I first discovered the alchemy of flesh.
But it was I who made that long, ultimately
tragic journey that really formed the person I am now.
So now I'm embarking on my new
mission. First stop will be
Kalimahr. I've been told to meet a
Twi'lek called Tre Sana there. I'm told
he will help me. And already I'm
unsettled. I'm used to dealing with
non-Tythans, but for something as sensitive as this? Why is there something a Twi'lek can tell me
that the Council cannot?
Not the best way to start a mission, eh,
Ironholgs? In mystery. In darkness.
Nevertheless, I returned to Tython with
peace of mind, and now I'm leaving again with a great weight bearing down on
me. A personal pressure the likes of
which I never thought I'd have to face.
And such a danger for the whole Tythan system.
I feel that I'm about to test every moment
of training I've ever undertaken.
But that's fine, Ironholgs. I'll have you with me, grumpy droid that you
are. I have my Peacemaker ship, refined
and customized to my liking. Faster
engine. Bigger guns.
And I have the Force. Whatever happens, whatever I'm about to
face –– and whoever I might meet––the Force is always there.
Set course for Kalimahr. And may the Force go with me.