Ancient Artifice is a short story written by HarmonyGrex. Set during the Galactic Civil War, the story introduces several original characters and is the author's debut piece of Star Wars fan fiction. Several of the characters' stories will be continued in the planned sequel, Survival.
In 3 ABY, several days after the Battle of Hoth, Lieutenant Delof Terallo and Sergeant Zekk Ryen, accompanied by astromech droid R5-C3, are sent to the jungle moon of Yavin 4 to find any worthwhile machinery or material that the Galactic Empire would be able to use in the construction of the second Death Star. The planet's surface has been the scene of many minor conflicts since the first Death Star's destruction, with lots of equipment and defunct devices being left by scavenging groups or rebel sects.
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Behind the Scenes
Ancient Artifice is HarmonyGrex's first attempt at writing Star Wars fan fiction. The author chose to mostly include original characters and an original story for their first short story to allow for more creative freedom. Despite this, the story takes place during the events of The Empire Strikes Back on a well-known planet in the universe. Some Legends material is also incorporated into the story, such as Exar Kun and his Sith Empire.
The Imperial Reclamation Service depicted in the story is heavily based on the organisation of the same name featured in Star Wars: The Old Republic. As stated in the story, the pirate group the Eellayin Wanderers are named after an extinct species in the franchise.
The story itself is only several thousand words long, and took the author around a week to write fully. Originally, the chapters were going to have individual titles, but this idea was later scrapped. In chapter order, the titles would have been: Premonition, Dark Discovery, A Question of Spirit and Ancient Artifice.
The author originally planned to have Darth Vader visit Yavin 4 in the story instead of Inquisitor Kavos, but due to the timeframe of the story taking place mere days after the conclusion of the Battle of Hoth, the author deemed it unlikely that the Sith Lord would have time to retrieve it personally.