Some friendships are forged in a single moment, others from a lifetime of experiences shared. Poets have devoted countless pages to celebrating such friendships, but there is another about which far less has been written. That friendship is forged in chrome.
C-3PO, built by nine-year-old Anakin Skywalker from the scrapped remains of several Cybot Galactica protocol droids, had a marked tendency toward fretting and prissiness. The smaller R2-D2, an Industrial Automaton astromech with an amazing knack for thinking his way out of trouble, had little tolerance for such qualities. And yet, theirs is a friendship that has stood the test of time.
Introduced to each other just before the Battle of Naboo and reacquainted ten years later, R2-D2 and C-3PO went on to share many adventures together. The droids’ circuits recoiled as they watched the Republic transform into the Empire, Anakin Skywalker fall to the dark side, and Padmé Amidala die in child birth. But they also witnessed the birth of a new hope, the Skywalker twins Luke and Leia.
However, Senator Bail Organa was all too conscious of the need to maintain the secrecy of these newborns. While R2-D2 was spared a droid’s worst nightmare, a mindwipe, due to his inability to verbalize the secret of the Skywalkers, holo-recordings he’d made of Padmé’s death and Luke and Leia’s births were ultimately restrictively encoded. As a talkative protocol droid, meanwhile, C-3PO had worse luck. Senator Organa ordered that C-3PO’s memory be erased before giving possession of the droids to Raymus Antilles and Jeremoch Colton, the at-times-conflated captains of the Corellian Corvettes Sundered Heart and Tantive IV. However, the droids found themselves accidentally jettisoned in an escape pod during an attack in the Maramere system by pirates known as the Lok Revenants — a trick R2-D2 remembered when fleeing the Empire over Tatooine years later. The quarreling companions were captured and shared an adventure or two with the raucous freebooters. Suddenly, though, they found themselves free of their captors, and began a series of adventures across the galaxy with a string of new masters as they tried to return to the House of Alderaan.
Outlined below are the duo’s exploits as portrayed in the popular Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO animated television series, which aired on ABC starting in September 1985 and ran for a thirteen-episode season, as well as a one-hour special titled The Great Heep. The cartoon also spun off into a series of comic books published under Marvel Comics’ Star Comics imprint, as well as a Spanish-language strip that ran in the pages of MyComyc magazine. Set approximately fifteen years before A New Hope, these adventures shed new light on an unexplored corner of the Star Wars universe and the enduring friendship of C-3PO and R2-D2.
A Dangerous Affair
Realizing they were short on alternatives, the droids sought employment with the Intergalactic Droid Agency and were soon boarding an IDA delivery shuttle to meet their newly-assigned master on Dodz. Other droids on the shuttle mocked them for choosing such a backwater world, which was especially telling given that the shuttle’s next stop was the Sulphur Pits of Vulcar. On Dodz, the droids set out for the home of crystal merchant Lott Kemp, only to find it decimated when they arrived. Jost Ellon, a startled youth scavenging the ruins, pulled a blaster on them, mistaking them for employees of the corrupt Governor Kugg.
Relaxing, Jost loaded Kemp’s belongings into a landspeeder. Kugg, he explained, owned a killer-droid named the Destroyer and punished those who wouldn’t pay him exorbitant taxes. Since Kemp had fled off-world to avoid the deadly droid, Jost offered to be their new master. They accepted, and the youth took them to the junk-filled cave in which he lived. Ever since Kugg murdered his family, he had gotten by fixing and selling salvage.
Looking around the cave, C-3PO was surprised to see a box labeled “X-1.” Inside was a Ranger X-1, an antiquated defense droid programmed to fight any act of hostility. The series had been terminated years before, when the Intergalactic Law Agency was founded. Realizing it might be able to defeat the Destroyer, the trio opened the box, which morphed into a fearsome droid. Excited, Jost decided to bring it the Citizens’ Council of Dodz.
At that moment, the Council had its own problems, having refused to pay Kugg anymore. When the governor sent the Destroyer in to kill them, they relented, and Kugg tripled the taxes in retribution. Jost and the droids arrived as Kugg departed, but Head Councilman Althon refused their help, fearing the X-1 as much as he feared the Destroyer. An old man outside urged Jost to follow his heart, and the next day, as the Council convened to pay Kugg, Jost and the X-1 crashed the meeting.
Unfortunately, the X-1 was no match for the Destroyer. Jost tried to shoot the killer-droid, but it struck him down as well. With one last hope, R2 channeled energy to the X-1, which fought back hard, blowing up the Destroyer before running out of energy in a permanently heroic pose. Kugg was arrested and Althon thanked the droids for their help.
Unfortunately, Artoo had suffered micro-synapse damage while powering the X-1. An IDA shuttle was dispatched to retrieve them for repairs, piloted by the humans Vik Idd and his sister Nikki Idd. To keep him from short-circuiting, Nikki slipped an energy feedback shield into the little astromech until their father, Lonn Idd, could fix him.
Preparing to land at their father’s droid repair depot, the Idd siblings were perplexed to find the docking post deserted. Spotting an unknown ship in the bay, Vik assigned the droids to repair stations while Nikki searched for their father and was captured by Tig Fromm and Vlix Oncard, two of the highest-ranking members of the notorious Fromm Gang, who had taken over the station and were using an interrogator droid to torture Lonn into installing a powerful experimental laser on their ship. Ever happy to mock the younger Annoo-dat, Vlix joked that the laser they were forcing Lonn to build just might make his father, crimelord Sise Fromm, proud enough to overlook all his son’s mistakes. The tales of Sise’s temper were well known — including the fate of his former right hand and eldest son Sonko, who botched a transport raid. Sise freed him from incarceration on the planet Umax just to hear the fool wail in agony from the dungeons of his own Annoo palace.
Kicking Vlix hard, Nikki activated a monitor allowing Vik to see what was going on, and as Vlix locked her in a supply shed, Vik and the droids set out to rescue her. They entered a spare parts storage room to find the shell of an aged HK Guardian Droid. When these automatons realized their superior armor was almost impervious to blaster fire, they became difficult to control and ultimately contributed to the common prejudice against droids. R2-D2 suggested they attack Tig’s group using the Guardian Droid. Since Lonn had never allowed weapons on the station, R2 volunteered himself to be the weapon, and as they faced Tig Fromm, Vik removed Artoo’s energy feedback shield, causing him to overload in a shower of electricity.
Vik freed his sister amid the chaos, but a hoverguard — a small floating droid with mounted weaponry — blocked their way, striking Artoo down and taking the Idds captive. Knowing he was the only hope left for freeing his friends, C-3PO donned the Guardian Droid shell. As Lonn finished installing the experimental laser on Tig’s ship, the thug tried to use it to kill the Idds and destroy the station. Threepio suddenly crashed into the room in Guardian Droid disguise, allowing Nikki to throw perfume in Tig’s face, blinding the gangster.
The hoverguards attacked, but the Guardian Droid armor was unscathed and C-3PO made quick work of them while Vik ensnared the gangsters in a packing net and turned them over to the authorities. When he was finally released from jail, Tig avoided contacting Sise for some time before risking his father’s wrath. Grateful for the droids’ assistance in defeating the Fromm Gang, Lonn Idd fixed R2-D2′s damaged circuits, after which his pilot progeny returned the droids to the IDA so they could move on to their next masters.
In Trouble Again
Almost immediately, Artoo and Threepio were purchased by Ambassador Zell of Majoor, who made them nannies for his bratty son, Llez. Threatening to scrap them if Llez got into trouble, Zell went on a peace mission to the planet Armath. Once alone with his nannies, Llez proved how annoying a spoiled child can be by showing them his room full of toys. The ambassador was rarely home, Llez said, and bought him a lot of gifts to compensate.
Watching his favorite show, Space Pirates of Galaxy, Llez pretended to be the show’s protagonist, the Scarlet Pirate. The show was interrupted by an announcement that Captain Reddjak, a noted corsair of the Red Fury Brotherhood, had been captured by local authorities and was scheduled for a prison term. Llez idolized Reddjak, having only a child’s romanticized notion of what a pirate was like. Intent on joining his brigand’s band, Llez stole one of his father’s landspeeders and headed for the Majoor penitentiary. Recalling the ambassador’s warning, the droids followed, arriving just as droid guards were escorting Reddjak to the prison. Using a magno-neutralizer to deactivate the guards, Llez freed the pirate and escaped aboard the droid guards’ ship, unaware that R2 and 3PO had secreted themselves aboard her. Feigning interest in the boy’s complaints about how his father ignored him, the pirate had other plans that were not so fatherly.
Reddjak brought Llez and the droids aboard his spaceship, the Consular III-class cruiser Blood Brother, where his gang was preparing to attack Zell’s convoy. Llez protested, but Reddjak showed his true colors by manhandling the boy. Mistaking R2-D2 and C-3PO for members of his own droid team, he ordered them to bring Llez to a cell. Instead, they hurried to the ship’s control room, where a two-headed Dyclops gunner was firing plasma torpedoes at the convoy. Llez attacked the surprised pirate, and Artoo accessed the computer to input a destruct order.
Ambassador Zell witnessed the torpedoes self-destructing and — as a former elite Republic Space Ranger — led a security team to defeat the pirates. As the ambassador rescued his son from Reddjak’s clutches and subdued the corsair, Llez was awed by his father’s bravery. Touched, Zell promised to take a far more active role in raising his son. No longer needing their services, he dismissed the droids to find a new master. Still, the droids’ adventures in babysitting were not quite over yet.
The IDA arranged for their sale to an impoverished branch of the Republic Diplomatic Corps in the Thanium sector, where they were assigned as diplomatic couriers after the sector’s last ASN automatons fizzled out. C-3PO was pleased at the posting, believing such a job would make them droids of distinction. Upon arrival at the Royal Palace of the planet Sooma, they found King Zornog fighting with King Gokus of Alzar. Gokus’s toddler-age son, Prince Plooz, had somehow gone missing and now appeared on Sooma. Believing he’d been kidnapped, Gokus was ready to wage war to get him back, ignoring Zornog’s insistence that he had not abducted the child.
In truth, Gokus’s advisor, First General Sludd, had tricked the youngling prince onto a Sooman freighter hoping to spark just such a war. The plan worked, and Gokus ordered Sludd to prepare his warships. Seeing Zornog’s frustration as Plooz yanked on the monarch’s cape, nearly choking him, Artoo and Threepio offered to bring the boy back to his father. En route, Plooz proved to be ten times the trouble Llez had been, hiding in the food synthesizers and generally wreaking havoc.
When Sludd’s ship tried to shoot them down, Plooz panicked and overloaded the antimatter controls of the hyperdrive, propelling the ship into a wormhole that Artoo calculated warped spacetime anywhere from ten to one hundred years and deposited them at Endor’s Forest Moon. Frightened by the bizarre events, the youngling prince shot himself out of an escape pod in an attempt to return home. The droids were forced to follow the pod to the nearby moon, where they encountered the playful Ewoks of Bright Tree Village. The fascinated Ewoks helped the droids find the missing child, so awed by C-3PO’s shiny exterior that they assumed him to be a god. Thus, when he returned to Endor years later, they recognized him immediately and dropped to their knees in reverence.
Returning through the Endor Gate wormhole to Alzar, the droids arrived just in time to avoid an all-out war. Determined to have his battle, Sludd shot down their ship. They barely made it to Alzar’s royal palace, where R2-D2 played for the king a recording exposing Sludd’s treachery. As the general and his troops were taken into custody, Gokus happily called off the attack and made peace with his Sooman neighbors, realizing it had all been a misunderstanding. As for the Endor Gate, years later, the mysterious wormhole was thought to have sucked up Darth Vader’s indestructible gauntlet after the destruction of the second Death Star and flung it to the far away Mon Calamari system…where that emblem of evil was claimed to anoint a new Galactic Emperor.
Separated at Berth
Though grateful to the droids for averting the war, the fidgety King Zornog quickly grew annoyed with their incessant bickering. When R2-D2, distracted by an argument with his golden friend, mistook a power socket for a computer port and shorted out the entire palace, Zornog decided to end their employment, and fast.
Abandoning the duo on R-Duba, a minor trading planet of oceans and deserts in a backwater province of the Empire, Zornog was happy finally to be rid of them. Heading into town, they were nearly run down by a hovercraft driven by a bullyish droid called BX-00. Visiting The Droid Store, they entrusted themselves to droid broker Van P. Quist, an unhappy being who threatened to scrap them if they didn’t sell.
Kirk Windjammer, a teen born to the deserts of Vanqor who’d relocated to R-Duba and was now the captain of the anti-grav loader Seaskimmer, purchased Artoo but could not afford Threepio. To the droids’ astonishment, they seemed truly separated for the first time since their initial meeting almost twenty years ago. Soon thereafter, C-3PO was bought by Baron Gavern Starlock, an advisor to Prince Jagoda. To C-3PO’s horror, the Baron’s driver was BX-00.
He was taken directly to the throne room of Jagoda’s royal palace, located in Dunstirn, the planet’s capitol city. While translating a proposal from Ambassador Fez Kawakal of Dorande, C-3PO overheard him and Starlock conspiring to have BX-00 kill the prince so Dorande could invade R-Duba. C-3PO tried to tell the prince what he’d heard, but before he had a chance, BX-00 attacked them. Threepio slammed the larger droid’s head with a statue, and Jagoda banished Starlock and Ambassador Fez from R-Duba, firing his entire staff and naming C-3PO his chief advisor.
R2-D2 and Kirk, meanwhile, fell on a string of bad luck. Hoping to find work, they visited the Red Asteroid Bar, where a cloaked figure awaited. The job: to load the Seaskimmer with cargo, then drop it out in the open sea. Though confused by such an assignment, Kirk was desperate and accepted the job without question.
At an arranged drop-off point, R2-D2 and Kirk met a fleet of ships and parked alongside the flagship via tractor beam anchor. They boarded and met the captain, but as the astromech activated an anti-gravity unit to transfer the cargo to the fleet, choppy waves caused him to drop it, spilling illegal blasters all over the deck. Realizing the danger he was in, Kirk jumped overboard back onto his ship. As he fled, the fleet crew removed their R-Duban disguises to reveal their Dorande origins. The Dorande soldiers pursued the hapless young man, their vessel converting into a gunship that badly outmatched Kirk’s. As Kirk and R2-D2 descended to safety in an underwater escape pod, the soldiers’ missiles destroyed the Seaskimmer.
Kirk and R2-D2 hurried to the royal place, hoping to warn Prince Jagoda of the impending attack, but a guard refused to let them pass until C-3PO recognized his astromech friend and happily admitted them. Once warned, Jagoda asked Kirk to lead a defense force of forty heavily-armed ships against the Dorande fleet. Unprepared for a coordinated attack, Dorande’s fleet retreated. Grateful for Kirk’s help, Jagoda granted him any wish, keeping his word when Kirk asked that he lift travel taxes in order to allow for easier commerce.
Glad to be together once more, R2-D2 and C-3PO departed Jagoda’s court to continue their journey through the stars. They suggested Kirk Windjammer as C-3PO’s successor, and were gratified when Prince Jagoda took their suggestion to heart and named him his new chief advisor. The droids stowed away aboard a ship bound for Ord Gertoth — and were summarily kicked off at the one-woman refueling station of the long-eared Bimm businesswoman Sindee. The hairy half-pint became their master and taught Artoo how to play dejarik holo-chess. Though shrewd, she harbored a gambling addiction and lost the droid duo in a game of Liar’s Cut to the infamous smuggler Zevel Hortine. Thus began some of R2-D2 and C-3PO’s deadliest exploits in a series of encounters with the criminal underworld.
When authorities arrested Hortine while in orbit over the planet Ingo, the criminal flushed his contraband-laden cargo bay into the planet’s atmosphere to avoid further persecution. Stationed in the bay at the time, C-3PO and R2-D2 plummeted to the surface, landing with a crash in the forbidding Vaj Desert.
Luckily, they were found by Thall Joben, a young racer from a nearby settlement. Thall hired the droids to help him in the speeder repair shop he maintained with his friend and racing partner, Jord Dusat. This brought the droids into direct conflict with the evil Fromm Gang, a crime syndicate led by the blue Annoo-dat Sise Fromm and his angry punk of a son, Tig. Known as the “Ruthless Gangmaster of Annoo” and one of Jabba the Hutt’s greatest rivals, Sise was a mastermind of crime, a killer without a conscience, whose very name reduced even the most stalwart of Annoo-dat to shivers.
Jord and Thall had built themselves a speeder called the White Witch, which they believed could tear up the tracks against any opponent. However, when they accidentally witnessed Tig Fromm’s secret project, the Trigon One, the young gangster became obsessed with eliminating them before they could reveal what he was up to. To that end, he kidnapped Jord Dusat.
With help from a woman named Kea Moll, who had come to the repair shop to have her ship (a Starrunner-class starship called The Sand Sloth) repaired, Thall and the droids sped to Tig Fromm’s secret base. Thall used a decoy to get R2-D2 inside the base so the droid could hack into the computer and locate Jord’s cell and rescue him. Kea later gave them a ride to the Boonta Speeder Race on Ko Vari, also known as Boonta. Tig, meanwhile, was humiliated and feared what would happen when his father found out about his failure.
En route, Kea’s ship suffered more malfunctions, and she diverted to the planet Annoo to effect repairs. Secretly, she and her mother Demma were members of a resistance group against the Empire. The Trigon One, Kea told the droids, was a weapons satellite that represented a danger to the galaxy if it ended up in the wrong hands. Demma had sent Kea to find Tig’s base so the resistance could destroy it. This was not the first time the droids had crossed paths with such resistance groups, and it certainly would not be the last.
The racing team agreed to help Kea complete her mission, but when she and Jord slipped aboard Sise’s ship, they were captured by the gangster’s guards. Thall managed to free them from their bonds, and they escaped the Fromm ship by stealing the Trigon One from the cargo bay. Sise was not pleased; his son had failed — again.
Desperate to get back in his father’s good graces and frustrated at the mocking he took from Vlix Oncard, his father-appointed bodyguard, Tig Fromm vowed to get back the Trigon One, and to avenge himself on the racers and their droids. Again capturing Kea and Jord, the Annoo-dat youth offered Thall an ultimatum: if he didn’t return the satellite, his friends would die; but as with most of Tig’s plans, this, too, went awry. Helping their masters escape, R2-D2 and C-3PO rigged the Trigon to crash into Sise’s Ingo fortress, destroying both the fortress and the satellite. Needless to say, Sise Fromm was not amused.
At last, Thall and Jord made their way to Boonta with Kea and the droids. This was to be the youths’ first major competition, but they almost never made it to the starting gate. As soon as the group settled into their assigned berthing, Tig’s shuttle opened fire on their speeder, forcing R2-D2 to use an emergency control on its outer hull to launch it to safety. The speeder crashed into a junkyard and was damaged on impact, but the junkyard’s attendant, a rickety droid called Proto One, offered to fix it for them.
Meanwhile, the Fromm gang hired the infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett to destroy the droids and their human masters. Though Jabba had put a bounty on the Fromms’ heads, Fett owed them a favor and took their job instead. Fett first tried to eliminate the group from within, sending his personal Mandalorian Battle Legionnaire droid, BL-17, to befriend C-3PO and kill the humans. The droid gassed Thall and Jord’s garage, but Artoo saved Kea from asphyxiation. Not realizing BL-17 was responsible, C-3PO accepted his offer to move the White Witch to a more secure location until the race. This gave the droid just the access he needed to sabotage the White Witch by placing a thermal detonator in the Witch‘s engine.
On the morning of the Boonta, Fett entered the race in his own Silver Speeder to ensure the deaths of the Joben-Dusat racing team. Extending winches from the Silver Speeder to the White Witch, Fett tried to make the other speeder crash, but R2-D2 saved his masters by severing the cords. He tried again using a magnetic beam, which caused the thermal detonator to dislodge and destroy his racer instead. Thall won the race, and Fett (who escaped the explosion thanks to his jetpack) took the Fromms prisoner to collect Jabba’s bounty as payment for his lost droid and racer.
Speeder mogul Zebulon Dak, impressed by Thall’s handling of the Witch, offered him, Jord, and Kea full-time jobs. Not since Sebulba the Dug had threaded the Stone Needle during the Boonta Eve Classic some two decades earlier had Dak seen such expert flying. They accepted immediately, but upon learning they’d not be able to bring R2-D2 and C-3PO along, they declined the offer. Unwilling to deprive their masters of this opportunity, the droids entered an escape pod and blasted off as Thall’s ship jumped to lightspeed.
The Fromm Gang
The Annoo-dat crime boss known as Sise Fromm made a fast name for himself by eliminating rival Klin Kartoosh, a big name in the spice-running racket, and a long-time associate of the Desilijic Hutt clan. Controlling through fear a number of planets in the vicinity of the Annoo System, the elderly criminal made an immediate enemy of Jabba the Hutt when he hired notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett to execute Kartoosh. As arrogant as he was dangerous, Sise never took Jabba’s threats seriously, believing he, not the Hutt, would come out on top in the end. The many failures of his son Tig, unfortunately, made it increasingly difficult to maintain his reputation, especially after Tig accidentally destroyed Sise’s vacation palace on Bolad. Tig’s failures were legendary, earning him the nicknames Baby-Face Fromm and Junior, and the humiliation this caused Sise was immeasurable. To that end, he assigned a personal bodyguard, Vlix Oncard, to keep watch over his embarrassment of a son. Vlix never let the younger Fromm forget it.
As anyone from Vanqor could attest to, childhood on the barren, gundark-infested planet is not much fun at all. Kirk Windjammer certainly knew this to be true, but he also learned something many Vanqor youths never get a chance to find out — life off of the planet isn’t always much better. Kirk left Vanqor at age fourteen, stowing away aboard a Republic cruiser hoping to find his fortune in the vast galaxy that awaited him. Jumping ship at Corellia, he spent two miserable years living among the smugglers of that world before making enough money to book passage off-planet. He had only enough, however, to make it to R-Duba, where he found that oceans instead of deserts do not necessarily amount to much difference in the end. Instead of transporting cargo across the sands to make ends meet, now he was doing the same but across water…and no more lucratively than he had on the world of his birth. Had he not met up with a certain astromech droid, in fact, his luck might never have changed for the better.
Thall Joben and Jord Dusat
Ever since he was ten years old, Thall Joben knew he wanted to be a speeder racer. He’d studied the history of the sport more than some astronomers studied the heavens, and he knew it was his destiny to race. His father refused to let him try, saying the only place racing would ever get him would be a medical bed. Furious, Thall left his home on Beheboth, stowing away aboard a freighter bound for the planet Boonta. The planet, he’d read, had once been called Ko Vari but had been re-named by the Hutts to cash in on an untapped market by letting humans take part in the deadly Boonta races. The races were named for a decadent Hutt holiday commemorating Boonta the Hutt’s ascendence to godhood. Lasting three days and spanning three worlds (Tatooine, Ko Vari, and Arami), the holiday marked the Hutt’s three-day epic battle (and victory) against the Parliament of Moralan, which had long encroached on Hutt territory. On Boonta, Thall met a rebellious youth named Jord Dusat, an orphan, who challenged him to a race on his first day and was impressed when Thall beat him by more than five seconds. The two became fast friends and eventual business partners, and Jord accompanied him back to Beheboth when he received news of his father’s death. It was only at the funeral that his mother revealed a stunning secret: his father had once been a champion speeder himself, but he’d left the sport after a crash nearly killed him, a mere two days before Thall’s birth. Thall’s his mother died a few months later, leaving Jord his only real family.
A native of the planet Annoo, Kea was an accomplished pilot at an early age. Much of her childhood was spent living on the farm her mother managed, which left her a good deal of free time to practice flying. When she was fifteen, her mother revealed a secret she’d kept to protect her: she was an agent for a local resistance cell against the Empire. Having witnessed many atrocities committed by the Empire on her world and others, Kea quickly joined her mother in helping the resistance, and when she was 17, she was assigned her first solo mission: to make her way to Ingo and destroy the Fromm Gang’s Trigon One. The mission was a success, not only in ending the Fromms’ plans but also in allowing her to make contact with businessman Zebulon Dak, a resistance operative who used his wealth and success as a cover so none would suspect his activities. Dak offered her a job along with Thall Joben and Jord Dusat, but neither of her friends suspected her true function: to spy on Balmorra, Millennium Engineering and other manufacturing plants working for the Empire. Kea later went on to become a valuable member of the Rebel Alliance, and was among the founders of New Republic Intelligence (NRI).
To be continued…
Information for this article was taken from the following titles:
- C-3PO: Tales of the Golden Droid (Chronicle Books)
- Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO (Nelvana, 13 episodes plus hour-long special, Droids: The Great Heep)
- Droids (Marvel Comics, issues #1-5)
- Ewoks #10 (Marvel Comics, issue #10—a Droids crossover)
- Force Heretic I: Remnant (Del Rey Books)
- Galactic Phrase Book & Travel Guide (Del Rey Books)
- Shadows of the Empire soundtrack liner notes
- www.holonetnews.com issues #45-49 and 55-59 (Lucasfilm)
- The New Essential Guide to Characters (Del Rey Books)
- The New Essential Gudie to Droids (Del Rey Books)
- The Essential Guide to Warfare (Del Rey Books)
- “Droids and Ewoks Return: Spain’s Lost Star Wars Comic Strips” (starwars.com)
Rich Handley is the editor and co-founder of Hasslein Books, the managing editor of RFID Journal, a frequent contributor to Bleeding Cool Magazine and the author of four reference books (Timeline of the Planet of the Apes, Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes, The Back to the Future Lexicon and The Back to the Future Chronology). He has written numerous articles and short stories for the licensed Star Wars universe over the past two decades, and was a columnist and reporter at Star Trek Communicator magazine for several years.
Abel G. Peña is the author of dozens of Star Wars fiction and nonfiction articles for Star Wars Insider, Star Wars Gamer, Star Wars Fact Files and StarWars.com and a co-author of Vader: The Ultimate Guide and Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide. Abel’s work has also appeared in the anthology Italy From a Backpack, Dungeon/Polyhedron and the Wizards of the Coast official website. Abel can be found at abelgpena.com, Facebook and Twitter.