The Star Wars Spy Game: SPIN Declassified

Greg Mitchell | December 12, 2013

Star Wars: The Glove of Darth Vader

In 1992, authors Paul and Hollace Davids released the first book in their Star Wars series of young adult novels: The Glove of Darth Vader. This six-book series featured the adventures of Jedi Prince Ken as he fought alongside Luke Skywalker and friends in a New Republic spy organization known as SPIN. Perhaps most famously, the Glove of Darth Vader series introduced the world to the Prophets of the Dark Side, not one but two three-eyed mutants rumored to be the son of Emperor Palpatine, Jabba the Hutt’s long-haired father Zorba and, of course, the titular indestructible Sith gauntlet. Since then, authors have integrated these children’s stories into the larger Star Wars tapestry. This article seeks to pull back the curtain on SPIN, to reveal its origins and place in the New Republic as well as its lasting legacy.

I. A NEW KIND OF WAR

Emperor Palpatine was dead, betrayed by his own apprentice Darth Vader. The second Death Star — that symbol of terror that kept the galaxy in constant fear of the Galactic Empire’s cruel rule — was obliterated over the forest moon of Endor. Emerging from the fires of the final battle was Luke Skywalker, the resurgent Jedi Knight, come to bring hope to a galaxy mired in Sith evil for too long.

With the newly-dubbed New Republic — still thought of as the Rebel Alliance in many circles — wresting territories away from the feuding Imperial warlords, star systems found themselves caught between two dominant factions locked in a pitched battle for supremacy. While many of these skirmishes were fought with fleets and laserfire, a more subversive war was being waged across the recently liberated HoloNet. A war of hype, misdirection, gossip and popularity.

The New Republic was not unlearned in the ways of propaganda. The Rebellion circulated pamphlets such as “A Call to Reason” lambasting the Empire — printed on synth-paper, no less, to evoke nostalgia for an idealized past in the Old Republic — while its leader herself, Mon Mothma, personally visited seditious worlds to deliver fiery, carefully choreographed speeches written by all-purpose scrivener Arhul Hextrophon. But the Alliance’s enemy in this battle was a master manipulator who wielded media as deadly as an Echani warrior a vibroblade: the one-time Imperial Intelligence Director, Lord Cronal, codenamed “Blackhole.” A former Prophet of the Dark Side and rival to Supreme Prophet Kadann, Cronal was elevated from the prophets’ ranks by Palpatine himself and placed at the head of the HoloNet’s operations. For years, the mysterious agent and Emperor’s Hand held sway over the perceptions of military and civilians alike, keeping them in a tight grip of lies and cowing them with his menacing, phantom-like guise projected via aural-visual holographic “distorter” technology.

With Palpatine’s defeat, the HoloNet was slowly returned to the people as in the days before the Empire, and the Imperial propaganda machine found itself in an unusual position — for the first time in nearly two decades they had competition. To be sure, illegal channels of dissemination, such as Cynabar’s InfoNet and Rebel-affiliated NewsNets like the Alderaan Expatriate Network, were consumed far and wide during Palpatine’s reign but could never compete on the scale of the government-sponsored Imperial HoloVision or omnipresent Imperial recruitment posters, alternately patriotic and titillating. But now, free speech was on the rise, with the New Republic fanning the flames of dissension. Cronal, however, remained unfazed. Rather than threaten and intimidate citizens to return to an Imperial mindset, the crafty operative simply gave the people what they wanted. Or, rather, who they wanted: Luke Skywalker, Hero of Yavin and Jedi Knight.

Still riding a wave of favorable poll ratings, the 20-something farmboy was thrust into the spotlight. Not only had Luke defeated Vader, but he’d cemented his extraordinary reputation by repelling the recent Ssi-Ruuk, Nagai and Tof galactic invasions. Shrewdly, Cronal exploited this by privately producing such blockbuster holothrillers as Luke Skywalker and the Dragons of Tatooine and Luke Skywalker and the Jedi’s Revenge, the latter with a pro-Imperial slant to the final duel aboard the second Death Star. Cheap productions with elaborate, if not hokey, sets, the thrillers were nonetheless commercial powerhouses that spawned a successful line of action figures and depicted Luke as a hero of the Empire and Palpatine’s chosen successor to the throne. Luke was an icon—an icon Cronal had every intention of using to further his own agenda.

Cronal was approached by acting-Imperial sovereign Sate Pestage with a novel idea. For so long, religion had been restricted by the Empire, but Pestage believed now was the time to lift that ban by introducing a new state religion, the Church of the Dark Side, loosely based on the practices and teachings of Cronal’s former brotherhood, the Prophets of the Dark Side. Cronal agreed and populated the dark clergy with the retinue of deep-cover intelligence operatives and holomelodrama hack actors at his disposal. The real Supreme Prophet Kadann and his loyal followers had since fled to Bosthirda after a falling-out with Palpatine, electing to remain hidden until the galaxy’s turmoil settled down. Cronal therefore assigned the Bimm thespian Rajah Ubooki and his trusted Null agent Heingort Giddis to pose as the diminutive Supreme Prophet and his towering henchman, respectively, serving as a mouthpiece to Cronal’s manipulative message.

Cronal of the Church of the Dark Side

Cronal orchestrated the Church of the Dark Side despite being so hoary and enfeebled he spent most of his time in a life-support chamber atop a mobile Neimoidian mechano-assembly.

The Church of the Dark Side made regular HoloNet special broadcasts from its Space Station Scardia proclaiming the latest of “Supreme Prophet Kadann’s” prophecies. A public enjoying their new freedom of religion ate up the mysticism, dazzled by the Prophet’s starry black robes and commanding onscreen presence. Presenting himself as Kadann, the Bimm con artist’s cryptic riddles were pronounced in non-rhyming quatrains, exactly four lines long. Often nonsensical and sensational, they nonetheless captured the imagination of the Empire until, soon, only a new Emperor with the Church’s dark blessing would be accepted by the people.

Shortly after the Church’s establishment, however, Cronal and his loyal cadre of black-armored Stormtroopers — coated in a stygian-triprismatic polymer and made up of Jango Fett-style clones and gold-skinned Hrakians — disappeared from the Empire while reports of a mysterious Lord Shadowspawn and his similarly habilimented soldiers laying siege to the Inner Rim began.

II. FORMATION AND ORGANIZATION

With a new religion preaching spiritual and worldly prosperity in exchange for unmitigated submission gathering steam and Luke Skywalker as the stolen poster boy for Imperial loyalty, the New Republic’s grip on the public consciousness was quickly slipping. Since Chief of State Mon Mothma and the Provisional Council signed the Declaration of the Alliance of Free Planets, the grassroots movement had but one immediate goal: take back the symbolic seat of galactic legitimacy, Coruscant. But the Empire was not giving up the Core without a fight, as Pestage gathered defenses around the capital. Mon Mothma wisely held off from a direct attack, choosing to use public image to sway more systems to her cause. While it was true many senators, dignitaries and military personnel made up their ranks, the Alliance also had its share of scoundrels, mercenaries, thieves and the like — the sort that could scare off those who still perceived the Rebellion as little better than the terrorists of the Justice Action Network. Now, more than ever, it was crucial that the New Republic legitimize its operations into a lawful, above-board government.

To that end, many branches of the old Rebellion were streamlined with great fanfare. The Alliance Intelligence was reorganized and simplified into the Senate (Inter)Planetary Intelligence Network, colloquially known as SPIN — a not-so subtle reveal of the agency’s intention to bolster the New Republic’s public perception as a valid governing body. After years of being accused by Senator Garm Bel Iblis of attempting to set herself up as Empress of the galaxy, Mon Mothma dispersed leadership of SPIN to the entire acting “Senate,” i.e. the governmental body of less than a dozen beings called the Provisional Council, which included the Chief of State herself as well as Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Gial Ackbar dividing his time between serving SPIN and leading the New Republic’s fleets against squabbling Imperial warlords. While a true senate akin to that of the Old Republic was still only a Rebel dream, the homage in SPIN’s name was hoped to reflect the sincerity and determination of the New Republic. The abrasive and unpredictable Alliance Special Operations were ostensibly phased out in the reshuffling, however many of the more reliable SpecOps operatives remained visible during the change-over, with Generals Airen Cracken and Crix Madine making frequent reports to SPIN leaders and Provisional Council fleet Admiral Hiram Drayson sitting in on meetings. But it was the Provisional Council calling the shots, as more systems joined the New Republic on promise of greater control in the burgeoning government.

SPIN founder and Chief of State Mon Mothma

SPIN founder and Chief of State Mon Mothma was a ruthless leader when necessary and especially fond of the spy game.

Though the Provisional Council maintained a roving command post, Yavin 4 became SPIN’s de facto headquarters, existing as a sort of counter-balance to corrupt Coruscant, known at the time as Imperial Center. The jungle moon of Yavin remained a powerful symbol to the people—the site of the Rebellion’s tide-turning victory against the first Death Star. Its selection also made for a strategic advantage. The endless jungles teemed with any number of deadly wildlife from howlers to piranha beetles to viper wasps, not to mention the various flesh-eating diseases one could contract. The Rebellion had already learned to adapt to these perils during their first tenure on the moon, which put them ahead of any foolhardy Imperials who thought to traverse the rainforests to find them. Located on the edge of the Val’Arnos jungle, the Provisional Council transformed the decomposing Palace of the Woolamander into an inconspicuous base of operations, while SPIN also created offices on Dac and other key Alliance member worlds, projecting strength. A separate research and development division, the Defense Research and Planetary Assistance Center (or DRAPAC) was rushed into construction at the peak of Mount Dagger on Dagobah, renamed Mount Yoda in honor of the Grand Master of the Jedi Order. The facility boasted twelve levels including housing, a full commissary and private tutoring for the children of the military and civilian staff, among them Luke’s informal apprentices: the Jedi Prince Ken and Zak and Tash Arranda. A thirteenth floor restricted only to top-level SPIN personnel — Sublevel D-13 — contained a number of classified experiments, including Project Decoy, overseen by Chadra-Fan scientists Fandar and Fugo.

Oddly, almost no one in the New Republic knew the actual significance of the planet as the adopted home of Yoda, save for Luke, his astromech R2-D2, his apprentices and, surprisingly, Rebel historian Arhul Hextrophon, who had doggedly tracked down the impish Jedi for his magnum opus: Official History of the Rebellion. In fact — with Luke’s approval — it was Hextrophon who had suggested Dagobah as the location for DRAPAC immediately after the Battle of Endor, based on its reputation for being “haunted” or “cursed,” and slyly suggested renaming its most majestic alp.

Luke’s own experiences at the Dark Cave certainly vouched for the planet’s unflattering description. Despite its relative close proximity, Luke never did revisit Yoda’s old homestead until many years later while looking into tales of marauding Bpfasshi Dark Jedi. He had already achieved closure in the months since his master shed the crude matter of his flesh by communing with Yoda’s spirit in Force-enraptured dreams.

III. AGENTS OF S.P.I.N.

Though SPIN had access to such accomplished agents as Kyle Katarn, Mirith Sinn and Kea Moll, they instead selected arguably the most recognized faces in the galaxy to serve as the Rapid Response Team for their clandestine operation: The Heroes of Yavin. Led by RRT Commander Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, the team was an organic outgrowth of the Rapid Response Task Force that neutralized Lord Shadowspawn. For missions, the siblings’ team was provided with a BTL-S3 Y-Wing Courier with Rendili-custom modifications that allowed for a larger crew and, of course, General Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon.

While Luke’s involvement in SPIN no doubt bolstered the morale of the Provisional Council leadership, his celebrity status was not ideal for a spy. In fact, when the time came to infiltrate a secret meeting of the Central Committee of Grand Moffs on Kessel, Luke’s droids were elected to carry out the mission. Yet C-3PO and R2-D2 had become so recognizable — even in a galaxy full of duplicates — that they had to undergo cosmetic modification as green-plated Kesselian security and spice-mining droids, respectively, to ensure their anonymity on the mission.

Luke’s icon status was only the beginning of the team’s problems. General Lando Calrissian, fresh from helping hunt down Shadowspawn, took an ancillary position due to his duties as Baron Administrator of Cloud City, opting for eccentric assignments undertaken by his own team of idiosyncratics dubbed Lando’s Commandos. In spite of his skills as a pilot and mechanic, Chewbacca was sometimes burdened with overseeing security at the temple, due to his mighty Wookiee strength and vast knowledge of tropical environs. Admiral Ackbar sometimes found himself split between duties in the Third Fleet and participating in SPIN ops, such as a planetside mission to Kessel during the Kessendra Coronation.

Originally serving alongside her fellow Provisional Council members in a leadership role at Yavin 4, Leia Organa grew restless sitting in committee meetings and insisted entering the field with her brother. Her adventurous nature continued to grow and, like a particular young senator from Naboo a generation earlier, she followed her heart and a reckless scoundrel. It was no surprise when greater funds were diverted to Project Decoy to speed up production on a human replica droid in Leia’s likeness in an effort to keep the future Chief of State of the New Republic out of harm’s way.

As for Han Solo, after losing nearly a year of his life frozen in carbonite, the Corellian smuggler-turned-war hero seemed to suffer from an identity crisis. Aside from a rarely-frequented and rundown apartment on lawless Nar Shaddaa, Han didn’t have a home to call his own and, after a lifetime on the run, the rogue was considering settling down at last, planting permanent roots in picturesque Cloud City. He briefly renounced SPIN membership to work on his sky house with his first mate Chewbacca. Han felt ready to enjoy the bachelor life, though his feelings for Leia couldn’t be denied, and he struggled between keeping her at a distance and suddenly wanting to elope, ready for a house full of “pip-squeak Solo kids” tugging at his boots. As Leia spent more time in the field, Solo began to fly missions for SPIN as a means of being close to her: Leia was his home, he soon understood.

Luke Skywalker was not immune to this time of personal examination, either. The young man had grown increasingly uncomfortable with his role as a soldier, unable to shake Yoda’s admonishment against revering “great warriors” or the charge given him by the late Jedi Master to “pass on what you have learned.” More and more, Luke doubted his place in the New Republic and felt he would better serve the galaxy by reigniting the light of the Jedi. Complicating matters were the ancient Massassi temples on Yavin 4 — brimming with Sith history and magick — and hidden Jedi secrets. A dark presence permeated the very jungles (Luke would many years later encounter the spirit of the bygone Dark Lord Exar Kun trapped in the Great Temple) and his dreams were plagued by visions of Obi-Wan Kenobi directing him to the fabled Lost City of the Jedi. During his tour with SPIN, Luke was often aloof, even temperamental, as he spent many days exploring the surrounding selvas, trying to make sense of his premonitions. It was no surprise that, some time later, Luke would return to Yavin 4 to found his Jedi Praxeum, continuing his investigations into the moon’s many mysteries.

IV. THE TRIOCULUS AFFAIR

Since at least the end of the Nagai-Tof War, rumors persisted that a piece of Darth Vader’s armor — specifically his right-hand glove — survived the second Death Star’s explosion, perhaps disappearing through the nearby Endor Gate wormhole. Many dismissed these stories as fanciful children’s tales; nevertheless New Republic spies noted a significant amount of effort being expended by factions within the Empire to locate the gauntlet. Despite their own misgivings that a mere fashion accoutrement would hold any sort of supernatural power, SPIN grew curious of its importance and tasked their network with keeping an eye out for the gage — just in case.

Much to SPIN’s surprise, the mythical glove of Darth Vader found its way into the Prophet Kadann’s recent prophecies. The supposed mystic proclaimed that only the one who obtained the enchanted gauntlet would rule the Empire. What neither the public, nor SPIN, could know was that Vader’s right glove was fashioned around an indestructible Sith amulet of unimaginable power once belonging to Lord Skere Kaan during the New Sith Wars. For the Kadann imposter, the glove was only another trophy in an already impressive collection—largely amassed by Lord Cronal and Rajah Ubooki’s many junk dealer brothers—that included a set of blood-red Mandalorian armor seized in the Imperial enslavement of Mandalore and the Ryloth Ark, once in the possession of Emir Wat Tambor (though, whether this chest was in truth one of several known replicas was uncertain). But Sate Pestage, who had tipped the Bimm impersonator off to the talisman’s existence in the first place, had an altogether different motive for wanting the amulet retrieved—one that even Cronal in his immense knowledge had never guessed.

Palpatine was alive.

The Dark Lord’s body perished in the Death Star, but with Pestage’s help, Sidious’ wicked soul clawed its way out of Chaos and entered a clone body on Byss. Palpatine was still weak, but Kaan’s amulet could be very useful in amplifying the reborn Emperor’s dark side power and speeding along his return to the galactic stage.

Almost as quickly as the glove appeared in the public lexicon, the Central Committee of Grand Moffs held a coronation in Kessendra Stadium on Kessel and revealed the existence of Palpatine’s supposed three-eyed heir: the handsome and charismatic imposter, Trioculus.

For years, wild tales circulated in the darker corners of the galaxy that Palpatine sired a son in secret, some said by one of his concubines while others said he was a three-eyed mutant. Grand Moff Bertroff Hissa sought to use these superstitions to lead a “spiritually awakened” culture by the nose. But in order for Trioculus, the Supreme Slavelord of Kessel, to prove himself to the public and prominent detractors such as Grand Admiral Josef Grunger, he first had to locate the glove of Darth Vader—which he soon did, down in the depths of watery Dac, though the glove had unexpected consequences when Trioculus was unable to withstand the bombardment of Sith energy. The glove was believed lost once more not long after that. Vader’s former apprentice Lumiya laid claim to the genuine article, possibly through Rajah Ubooki’s clan of shifty merchant brothers. Nevertheless, a fake glove was crafted that Trioculus wore throughout his reign.

The encounter with the glove left Trioculus scarred, but resolved. Immediately he extended his influence, building a weapons and munitions factory on Bespin—upon a stolen hovering platform engineered by the autarchic Ugnaughts of clan Irden—that harvested the planet core and filled the once-beautiful skies of Cloud City with toxic braze. He also hired the merciless Hoth asteroid belt pirates of Salmakk and Clabburn to raid food storehouses on Cloud City for his own troops’ stomachs, before Commander Skywalker foiled that plot.

During his impassioned public speeches, Trioculus was the model of strength. Behind the scenes, though, his passion and naïveté were often used against him. While Grand Moff Hissa treated him as an equal, he wasn’t oblivious to the motives of his Central Committee peers, who had their own designs on the seat of power. Yet, beyond these plotters lay still more, as the Church of the Dark Side, Sate Pestage — and by extension, Palpatine, himself—manipulated the slavelord with talks of “destiny” and “prophecy.” Trioculus was an unknowing attack massif, and Palpatine was the secret master who held his leash, leading him on a holy crusade to search for Sith talismans and the secrets of the Lost City of the Jedi.

The charismatic Trioculus

The charismatic Trioculus was a perfect lightning rod to distract from a more terrible threat lurking in the Deep Core.

Matters were only complicated for Trioculus when Cronal’s successor, Imperial Intelligence Director Ysanne Isard, released vengeance-driven Zorba Desilijic Tiure from his imprisonment on Kip, and sent him into the fray to confuse the Central Committee’s claim for the throne.

V. TRIAL BY FIRE

Trioculus’ short reign before his death would define SPIN’s duration. The organization’s dissolution, though, was brought about by its own inherent weaknesses.

From the start, SPIN was beset by flaws, as secrecy concerns vied with security measures. The New Republic had set up a Strategic Air Defense Network around Yavin 4 to monitor for enemy probes, and the palace itself kept a squadron of fighters in its hangar ready to scramble at a moment’s notice to intercept an airborne threat. Yet the modern mounted heavy laser cannons that decorated the ancient Massassi temple’s roof might as well have been a painted bull’s-eye. SPIN’s de facto HQ housed the Provisional Council, top Intelligence personnel and Luke and Leia’s strike team under one roof: Mothma had inadvertently put all her marlello eggs in one basket, and a single precision airstrike from a Star Destroyer could have eradicated the New Republic’s entire ruling body. Such was nearly the case when Trioculus razed Yavin 4 in his mad search for the Lost City of the Jedi and the rumored “Jedi Prince” who dwelled there.

As the grandson of Emperor Palpatine, Jedi Prince Ken is a legitimate claimant to the Imperial throne.

As the grandson of Emperor Palpatine, Jedi Prince Ken is a legitimate claimant to the Imperial throne. But would he serve as a Supreme Chancellor -- like Jedi Master Genarra of the Old Republic -- or rule as a “Jedi Emperor”?

After that close call, Mothma relocated their operations to DRAPAC for a time before returning to Yavin 4. Mount Dagger had its own set of problems, though. Due to Dagobah’s isolation, security checkpoints were sometimes lax, as even Sublevel D-13 could be accessed by a good word from a trusted agent, and at times drastic circumstances forced information to be shared at SPIN meetings with strangers in close proximity, potentially cultivating disaster. When the SPIN Rapid Response Team rescued the pacifist Triclops — the Emperor’s real son, whom Palpatine considered among his greatest personal failures — from his Imperial imprisonment and torture, they were unaware that the man had been unwittingly outfitted with a two-way HoloNet transceiver implant and a mind-control device duplicating the effects of Nihil smokestone. They had a spy in their midst and only just learned of it in time to exploit their own security leak to trick their eavesdropping enemies.

Ultimately, a Provisional Council-led spy organization proved itself a misstep and Mon Mothma returned to her more ruthless, secretive roots and instituted a second spy organization independent of SPIN or the Provisional Council. These Shadow Operations were originally overseen by Airen Cracken and carried out off the record by SpecOps outliers such as the human replica droid Guri, the Red Moons and Black Curs — even elements of the Justice Action Network — remaining entirely hidden from her fellow councilors. In due course, this officially non-existent agency evolved into the ultra-clandestine Alpha Blue under the aegis of Admiral Hiram Drayson. (Years after Mothma’s death, the identities of these agents and the nature of their missions remained almost totally unknown.) Behind the scenes, she was also working with Cracken towards SPIN’s eventual dissolution, laying the groundwork for the New Republic Intelligence agency. In NRI, the more intricate command of the former Alliance Intelligence would be restored, with leadership returned to military personnel rather than the politicians. Once they took Coruscant back from the Empire, the Provisional Council matured into the new and fully-restored Senate, which had plenty of work to do shaping the government and was more than happy to delegate control of any intelligence operations to those more suited for the task.

SPIN’s return to Yavin 4 following Trioculus’ attack marked its twilight, bringing about subtle but important changes for the group. Security was heightened, and the Provisional Council had a lesser presence in the temple chambers, wisely staying mobile and evasive aboard Mothma’s ship New Hope, and skipping between Noquivzor, the Milagro system and other hideouts. In its latter days, SPIN became more of a New Republic outpost guarding the secrets of the Lost City than an intelligence agency. Once Luke and his young apprentice — the Jedi Prince Ken — sealed off the entrance to the subterranean city, SPIN was quietly disbanded. Its resources were immediately funneled into the already-operational NRI, its personnel — including Luke and Leia’s Rapid Response Team — were reassigned closer to the front in the war effort to reclaim Coruscant. Cracken and NRI resumed all covert operations and continued to grow and thrive into a successful and necessary agency within the New Republic.

VI. LEGACY

SPIN was founded on a noble purpose but, in reality, the organization was not without its failings. Even in Intelligence circles, the short days of SPIN are met with either total derision or remembered fondly as a more innocent time. Despite SPIN’s short lifespan, it still occupies an important place in galactic history, a time capsule of a young and untried government struggling to determine what was best for the people. It also served as a test bed for Mothma’s efforts to build the New Republic Intelligence Service, and drew the undivided attention of would-be Emperor Trioculus, his co-conspirator Moff Hissa and the entire Church of the Dark Side, giving the budding New Republic’s other forces more freedom to act in their own individual campaigns.

As for Palpatine, ultimately the architect of Trioculus’ and the Church of the Dark Side’s power grabs, his complicated scheming bought him enough time to build his forces in secret on Byss in the Deep Core. Not long after SPIN closed its doors following a harrowing attack by a mind-controlled Triclops that ruined Han and Leia’s attempt to become bride and groom, and set their wedding back for years (though the circumstances were such that the princess still thought of herself on occasion as Leia Organa Solo), Cronal’s agents in the Church of the Dark Side — including the Kadann imposter — met a grisly end at the hands of Grand Admiral Afsheen Makati. The Church quickly fell out of favor with the public and faded into obscurity. Despite Cronal’s seeming death at Mindor, conflicting tales of his activities persisted.

Indeed, after the Battle of Mindor, the codename “Blackhole” was, in a way, inherited by Grand Vizier Sate Pestage. Having fulfilled the Church of the Dark Side’s prophecy that Palpatine would be reborn and confiscating one of the “distorters” with which Cronal holographically projected his intimidating persona throughout the Empire, Pestage co-opted this façade as a cover for himself, exploiting the darksider’s connections in service to the reincarnated Emperor’s Grand Plan: an envisaged Dark Empire…

The reborn Emperor Palpatine used the Church of the Dark Side and Trioculus as pawns in his plans to create a new Dark Empire

The reborn Emperor Palpatine used the Church of the Dark Side and Trioculus as pawns in his plans to create a new Dark Empire.

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Greg Mitchell is a screenwriter and novelist and the author of The Coming Evil Trilogy and Rift Jump. Along with Rich Handley, he co-authored the reference book Back in Time: The Unauthorized Back to the Future Chronology for Hasslein Books. Through StarWars.com’s “What’s the Story” feature, he authored the Dusty Duck databank entry and contributed to the Silya Shessaun databank entry. He can be found at thecomingevil.com, Facebook, and Twitter.

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, a co-author of Vader: The Ultimate Guide and Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide, and a translator of rare and forgotten Star Wars comics. 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.

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