Hand in Hand is a novella by Atarumaster88. It is within the Yanibar Tales as part of the Force Exile Series. Hand in Hand follows the continuing adventures of the Force exiles from Force Exile III: Liberator in 11 BBY.
Welcome, my friend, to a galaxy far, far away. Enter the realm of Jedi and bounty hunters, soldiers and droids, rulers and beggars, aliens and humans. From Stackpole’s Corellians to Traviss's Mandalorians, immerse yourself in a universe with the exotica of Zahn, the wit of Allston, the grimness of Stover, the daring of Ostrander, the imagery of Luceno, the detail of Wallace, and most importantly, the vision of George Lucas, to whom we owe it all. And if you listen close enough, you’ll hear the sweet sounds of John Williams’ score in the background. Welcome to Star Wars.
Greetings, traveler. What brings you here to our remote corner of space? There’s little of value here if you’re after money, and little action for a thrill-seeker. After all, what significance does a dusty Outer Rim world have to the big galaxy out there? No, we’re a simple folk here on Yanibar, content to mind our own business and let the galaxy minds its own. Now, what did you say you wanted? Stories? Ah, you want to know if the scattered myths of three hundred years ago are true, if the legends of a great power that once lived here are more than old wives’ tales. They are. Once, this world was home to a great people-nothing special by themselves, but united, capable of great things. They lived and died here, all those years ago, as surely as you and I are standing right here. So, pull up a chair, grab something to drink, and I’ll tell you some of the old Yanibar tales.
Set in 11 BBY, Hand in Hand finds the heroes of Force Exile almost five years into the existence of the Yanibar refuge. It has prospered and the inhabitants have come together, uniting the Force exiles into one people. As if that wasn't enough cause for celebration, once again the Yanibar community has been blessed with another joyous wedding, an occasion of festivity for the lucky couple and their friends and family. However, little do the newlyweds know what sinister plans have been laid for them on their wedding night.
Olno Mada continued his address, reminding the assembled of the sanctity of marriage and the importance of the vows the couple would take. He spoke of the enduring love that bound them together and the need to nurture and provide for it. Changing tacks, he reminded them of their duty to one another and to the light side of the Force. The Yanibar community was a refuge for Force exiles of many different groups, but the light side of the Force bound them all together, just as it would bind the couple standing before him together. That was not a Jedi precept, the idea of loyalty to one’s family, but a Zeison Sha one, but when Olno Mada had asked the groom about it, he had said to leave it in. Apparently time among other Force traditions had eased his adherence to Jedi traditions, or else he had already decided to forgo the ban on familial bonds practiced by the Jedi Order for a thousand years. For his part, Olno Mada was glad it had remained. The idea of allowing marriage without sanctioning the bonds between the two on their nuptials was utterly foreign to him. His voice, while lacking the eloquence of an Alderaanian orator, was rich and warm, its deep vibrant tones resonating through the hall as he spoke. After the address was complete, he focused his full attention once more to the bride and groom, who had thus far just stood there, hand in hand, waiting for this very moment.
- Annita Daowot Knrr, shipping magnate
- Jorgesoll Knrr, shipping magnate
- Cassi Trealus Kraen, teacher
- Sarth Kraen, corporate executive and engineer
- Supreme Commander Selusda Kraen, Yanibar Guard
- General Spectre Kraen, Yanibar Guard Army
- Director Milya Tayrce, Yanibar Guard Intelligence
- Sheeka Tull, starship pilot
- Located at Hand in Hand
In 11 BBY, Selu Kraen weds Milya Tayrce on Yanibar. They journey to Bespin for their honeymoon, but Milya falls asleep during the trip, which incites self-doubt in her. The unease remains with her even as they arrive and reminisce about their courtship while sharing a romantic dinner and stroll through the hotel. However, on their wedding night, the Dark Jedi Asajj Ventress suddenly appears, seeking revenge against Selu for his actions against her years earlier. Selu and Milya manage to hold off Ventress and she leads them through a harrowing chase across Cloud City. With Ventress too strong for either of them to individually defeat, they must place their lives into each other’s hands when Ventress leads them into a volatile Tibanna processing plant. Although Ventress is nearly able to kill Selu, Milya finds a gap in her defenses. Together the two Jedi slay Ventress. Although shaken by the ordeal, their triumph helps restore Milya’s spirits. No longer haunted by demons, they are free to enjoy the rest of their honeymoon.
Behind the scenes
Hand in Hand was released in June 2008 as the second entry in the Yanibar Tales. At approximately 16,400 words long, it is slightly above median length for the Yanibar Tales. Hand in Hand is one of several Yanibar Tales to be set between the prequel and original trilogies. Hand in Hand was the last Force Exile work not to be previewed by a beta-reader.
Hand in Hand was the first of the Yanibar Tales conceived. Due to the already protracted length of Force Exile III: Liberator, Force Exile author Atarumaster88 had realized that certain plot elements would have to be moved to different stories. As such, the Yanibar Tales and Hand in Hand were created originally to tell pieces of the story that had been unable to fit into Force Exile III: Liberator. In particular, Atarumaster88 wanted to show the wedding of Selu Kraen and Milya Tayrce in a story rather than treat it as a past event in Force Exile IV. The major plot for Hand in Hand was originally set to be in either Force Exile II: Smuggler or in Force Exile III before the fourth draft.
The main theme of Hand in Hand is the strength of love and particularly the bonds of marriage. The author had to make fairly extensive cuts to part of the story to remove elements that he deemed too sensual and would detract from the story and/or have a negative impact on younger readers. In particular, Atarumaster88 enlisted the help of former Wookieepedia administrator Greyman in judging the appropriate nature of the content.
As is common in Force Exile stories, Atarumaster88 used a number of references to both canonical works and other media. A number of canonical works influenced Hand in Hand, particularly The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Union. Selu's line "You always know the right thing to say" to Milya is an homage to a similar statement made by Mara Jade Skywalker in Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand. Outside of Star Wars canon, Olno Mada's wedding service is intentionally similar to the one present at the end of Force Exile III.
Recognition and reception
Hand in Hand currently has no awards or featured work status.
Notes and references
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