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Origins of the Exiles is an anthology of stories set within the Force Exile Series written by Atarumaster88. It is chronologically the first of the Force Exile Series and incorporates stories originally in the Yanibar Tales that were set before Force Exile I: Fugitive as well as new works. This anthology tells of the origins of Selusda Kraen and other prominent members of the Yanibar refuge.

Preface

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.


Before the dark times and before the Empire, the Jedi Knights were guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy. Their presence sustained the Republic for centuries, but even they could not stop or foresee their own downfall. In the waning years of the Republic, Jedi, soldiers, and explorers strove to find their path, fought for causes dearly held, and discover themselves. Little did they know that these experiences would shape and try them to face the coming storm of exile—or worse. These are the origins of the exiles.

Tales

A New Course (49 BBY)

Story at A New Course

A hyperspace mishap leaves a group of hyperspace explorers stranded on an incredibly hostile alien world. They are alone, friendless, and faced with daunting odds if they hope to survive the harsh conditions, but their chances of rescue dwindle even faster than their supplies and health. This is a story of survival and what strange furnaces destiny can use to refine the character and shape the fate of individuals placed in the most trying circumstances. See how the tale of the Force exiles really began, starting in 49 BBY.

First Impressions (24 BBY)

Story at First Impressions

Before the devastating Clone Wars, before the purge that wiped out the Jedi Order, the Jedi were the galactic guardians of peace and galaxy. To perpetuate this role, Jedi Masters took apprentices, called Padawans, to pass on the Jedi way. This story tells of a Padawan named Selusda Kraen and his struggle to earn recognition and become a Jedi. Even at the relative sanctity of the Jedi Temple, Selu must overcome external obstacles and emotional conflicts to stay on the Jedi path, and he can only succeed with the help of those around him.

Second Guessed (24 BBY)

Story at Second Guessed

As the fires of Separatism smolder across the Republic in 24 BBY, Jedi Masters Plo Koon and Ylenic It'kla, along with their Padawans Selusda Kraen and Skip are sent to the watery world of Ando to investigate and stop a weapons smuggling ring that is supplying militants in the surrounding sector with arms. However, what they find there is a hotbed of intrigue, mystery, and double-dealing that may prove too much even for the vaunted Jedi.

Knight of the Order (21 BBY)

Story at Knight of the Order

Four Jedi journey to Bespin at the head of a clone army to liberate it from the Separatist droid army. Yet even the Jedi are unaware of the dark secrets and trials that await them among the clouds, nor how perilously they will be tested. The dark side has pervaded Bespin and only by defeating it can the Jedi prove themselves to be true Knights of the Order.

The Cauldron (21 BBY)

Story at The Cauldron

Amidst the strife and battle of the Clone Wars, the ARC troopers are the best of the best of the Republic's clone army, tasked with completing the hardest missions with the least assistance. Yet after a harrowing escape in space, ARC trooper Alpha-28 is assigned a top-secret mission to the volcanic world of Orin that will pit him against a duplicitous Republic official with intrigue that will challenge even a soldier of his abilities.

Behind the scenes

Development

A New Course, First Impressions, Second Guessed, and The Cauldron were originally part of the Yanibar Tales. In 2020, those stories were moved from the Yanibar Tales to a new anthology, Origins of the Exiles to partner with other new stories set in the Clone Wars that Atarumaster88 was writing. Atarumaster88 chose to add on to the early part of the series because he was no longer satisfied with Force Exile I: Fugitive and wanted to do a major rewrite of it. Since some events originally set in Fugitive needed to be reworked or rewritten, and some moved earlier than Fugitive's timeline, Atarumaster88 chose to group all stories set before Fugitive into a new anthology. Other options included including the new stories in the Yanibar Tales, or splitting just those new ones off to a separate anthology. After consulting with two of his beta-readers, Atarumaster88 thought it made more sense to group all of the pre-Fugitive stories into one anthology with a separate title, as those stories wouldn't have anything to do with Yanibar specifically.

Set in 49 BBY, A New Course is the earliest-set work in all of the Force Exile Saga and Atarumaster88 has no intention of going back further in time than that. It tells the story of Sarth and Selu Kraen's parents. Though written earlier, in 2009, First Impressions is the next work and introduces the protagonist of the series, Selu Kraen, as a Jedi Padawan in 24 BBY. Atarumaster88 later revisited the mission to Ando referenced in First Impressions, writing the sequel to that story, Second Guessed, after several years delay as a venture into the mystery genre. While the concept of a story about the mission to Ando had existed for some time, it wasn't until August 2012 that he was able to fully define the plot and write the story. The Clone Wars story The Cauldron would take nearly three more years to complete. It was finally released in 2017 and gave backstory to Spectre and Roxana Taskien in Force Exile III: Liberator. The Cauldron also established the origins of Spectre's nom de guerre.

The first unique work written for Origins of the Exiles is Knight of the Order, set in 21 BBY during the Clone Wars, and features both Selu Kraen and Serra Keto. It was written in 2020 as part of an overall re-imagining of the early parts of the series.

Recognition and reception

Thus far, three Origins of the Exiles stories, First Impressions, Iron Maiden, A New Course, and Second Guessed have won featured work status on the Star Wars Fanon Wiki. A New Course won "Runner-up, Best Short Story" and "Best Movie Era Short Story" in the 2011 short story contest.


Disclaimer

This work aims to not conflict with the Legends continuity, as established by Lucasfilm, Ltd. As with all Force Exile works, all terms copyrighted by Lucasfilm, Ltd. are their sole intellectual property, and the author does not seek to infringe on those copyrights. All comments should be left on the author's talk page or on the Origins of the Exiles talk page. Also, edits to the anthology should be confined to spelling and grammar corrections. This work contains sci-fi action violence, mild profanity, some implied sexuality, and scenes that may not be appropriate for children. User discretion is advised.

Force Exile Series
Origins of the Exiles (49–23 BBY)
A New Course · First Impressions · Second Guessed · Knight of the Order · The Cauldron
Dawn of the Exiles (19 BBY-11 BBY)

Force Exile I: Fugitive · Man in the Mirror · Explanations · Harsh Light · Force Exile II: Smuggler · Force Exile III: Liberator · Crossroads · Paradigm Shift · The Price of Loyalty · Hand in Hand

The Early Years (12 BBY-10 ABY)
Thunderchief · Iron Maiden · Hard Code · Force Exile IV: Guardian · Deception on R'alla · Rogues and Paladins · Cloak and Datapad
The New Generation (14 ABY–27 ABY)

· Redemption's Call· Through Her Eyes · Closure · Champion of Yanibar · Boundaries

Trials of the Exiles (27 ABY—38 ABY)
Nine Riders · Blaze of Glory · Force Exile V: Warrior · The Final Voyage · Force Exile VI: Prodigal
Heir of the Exiles (328 ABY)
Convergence
Supplemental
The Essential Guide to Force Exile · Yanibar Guard Sourcebook · The Art of Force Exile · Inside Force Exile
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