The second stage by Lucasfilm High Republic The era takes big steps backwards, mostly backwards, as we move away from the dramatic climax of the first phase of the transmedia campaign for a while. hundreds of years ago. And now io9 introduces you to one of the next big steps in this second chapter.
Although The High Republic phase two has already started with releases like the YA novel path of deception and Marvel’s relaunch of the accompanying High Republic comic, Convergence-the new novel by Zoraida Córdova—probably going to be a big leap-on point for many fans as the first adult novel in this next chapter.
It is all good in a period of the expansionist history of the Republic 150 years before the events of The High Republicthe first stage– where communication across a galaxy opening up more and more to the universe is still rare, the Republic is still in a nascent period of its evolution, and the Jedi are not yet hand in hand with the governance of the Galaxy. At the same time, new factions are emerging, with potentially major ramifications for The High Republic as it advances – like the strange Path of the Open Hand, a religious movement that believes the Force should never be used by sentient beings…like the Jedi.
In Convergence, the Way begins to make great strides when the Jedi and the Republic are called to the orbiting planets of Eiram and E’ronoh, in an attempt to forge peace between the warring worlds. When an assassination attempt against the royal families of Eiram and E’ronoh is Made in a marriage meant to unite the planets, the Jedi and the Republic find themselves trying to work together and uncovering the mysterious movers and shakers who play behind the scenes… some of whom you can meet in our clip exclusive below, both in text and Convergence‘s audiobook, read by Marc Thompson!
Serrena took the EX comms droid apart piece by piece. He would have been lost in hyperspace if she hadn’t moved quickly. With all attention on the drillships rising through E’ronoh space, Serrena had slipped undetected and intercepted the Republic capsule with her Vane-class transport shuttle, a two-person shuttle that she had scavenged scrap metal and armed with retractable magnetic clamps. . She had welded and assembled it with her bare hands.
She had landed in the Brushlands, in an abandoned mining village bordering the capital. There, Serrena had found everything she needed to fulfill her mission. A quiet place to hide and serve your master well.
The front door hissed open, letting in the cold and dust of the windy night. Abda was back, and the smell of fried scorpion filled the room. Serrena didn’t look up.
“I brought food. You’ve been working on it for hours,” Abda said, sitting on the threadbare carpet.
She resented Abda watching over her shoulder, pointing out every detail as if Serrena hadn’t thought of it first. But the elders had insisted on working in pairs, to ensure that they were never vulnerable to the corruptions of the outside world. Serrena and Abda were, of course, both Kage, born into the dark, shimmering world of Quarzite. Banished by their clans for refusing to fight. For Serrena, it wasn’t violence she was turning away from. That was its insignificance. Through the Path of the Open Hand, she had learned that every part of herself lived in harmony, and her misfortunes? They were the fault of those who used the Force, like the Jedi. After years on Dalna, she had been called to a higher purpose, which she would accomplish with her last breath, because she was one of the mother’s children, and Abda was not.
She grunted, “I’ll eat when the work is done.”
Abda sighed as she took a bite of her meal. “If you rip out the wrong thread, everything will be erased and we won’t be able to find out why the Republic came to this sector now. And if you can’t send it after we’re done, they might get suspicious and it’ll come back to us.
“I know what I’m doing.” Serrena pushed back her hood. Her pale skin was covered in red burns from the unforgiving sun. She bared her teeth and bubbled. “You forget that she chose me for this honor.”
“And you failed,” Abda mumbled, rolling her gem pink eyes. “Princess Xiri lives. The ceasefire still holds and your jamming beacon has been destroyed.
Serrena slowly put down Louar’s claws. “Patience.”
“You sound like a Jedi.”
Serrena swore, but concentrated on her work. She needed something useful to bring back. Everything else was a distraction, even his partner.
A bead of sweat ran right down her nose, and she caught it with her tongue. Her fingers were firm with determination as she pulled a silver wire that would trigger a system reset. Then she turned on the EX droid, and a holo of two old Jedi, judging by their robes, flashed.
“It’s not Chancellor Mollo,” grumbled Abda as they listened. She has always been myopic.
“Even better,” Serrena said. “We need to tell the Mother the Jedi have arrived.”
Abda awoke to the soft beep of a holoprojector. His holoprojector. Since they were stationed on E’ronoh monitoring the crisis, all communications went through Serrena. But Abda was not jealous. She knew the Force provided. Her time would come to prove herself, to show everyone in the Path of the Open Hand that she was grateful for her second chance at life. That was all everyone wanted, right? A chance.
She crawled out from under her covers. Once the sun set behind the orange and red canyons, the nights of E’ronoh were unforgiving in their coldness. Abda was used to cooler climates. His homeworld of Quarzite was naturally cool, with its underbelly full of shimmering crystals and twisting tunnels. It was another life. Another version of herself, too weak to be the violent and ruthless warrior her family expected of her.
Abda had found people who accepted the broken parts of herself. They welcomed her. From the minute she left the house… no. It was no longer home. She had to put the blinders on in her mind. From the minute she left Quarzite, she had become a different person with a new name and a new purpose. She had seen how wide the galaxy was. How cruel it was too.
Her feet were a whisper against the stone as she shivered out of their abandoned shelter and into the night. She answered the call and the pixelated holo appeared.
Abda’s lips quivered with utter and complete joy. She lowered her head. “Mother, it’s you!”
Her lips were all that was visible under her long hooded cloak, but Abda recognized her anyway. She only wished to be on Dalna to admire the beauty of the Mother and to listen as she whispered the truth of the universe. Now she was smiling for Abda. “Hello Abda.”
“Do you want me to wake Serrena?” Abda turned, but the Mother clicked her tongue against straight teeth.
“Let’s not wake her up just yet. She has her instructions.
“I’m sorry we let you down. I-”
“Never,” she said, her image shaking. The private relay systems in their sector were unstable, and Abda cursed them for interrupting even a breath of his audience with the Mother. “You did not disappoint me.”
Abda nodded, her cheeks aching from smiling. She didn’t know smiling could hurt. “I never would.”
“I know you wouldn’t. That’s why I think it’s time for you to go out on your own.
“Of course, anything for the Path of the Open Hand.”
“Oh no Abda. It’s something for me. The Mother smiled, placing her palm over her heart. “I want you to take your rightful place as one of my children.”
Abda’s stomach tightened with nerves. She had waited and waited to be noticed. To be one of the mother’s children. She wasn’t ready. Was she? Serrena always reminded her that she wasn’t ready. But the only voice that mattered, the only voice of truth was that of the Mother.
“I will do everything.” His voice quivered with need. “Anything.”
“Good, Abda.” The Mother glanced over her shoulder. “You must do exactly as I tell you. Can I believe you?”
“Yes,” cried the young Kage. “With every part of my being.”
Reprinted from Star Wars: Convergence (The High Republic) by Zoraida Cordova. Copyright © 2022 by Lucasfilm Ltd. Published by Del Rey, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Audio excerpt courtesy of Penguin Random House Audio from Star Wars: Convergence (The High Republic) by Zoraida Córdova, read by Marc Thompson.
Star Wars: The High Republic – Convergence on the shelves tomorrowNovember 22.
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