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.
An outbreak of the Krytos virus on Yanibar in 7 ABY creates a bacta shortage. With the former Director of Imperial Intelligence, Ysanne Isard, controlling the bacta-producing world of Thyferra and inflating the price, the people of Yanibar Guard can ill-afford to pay outrageous prices to combat a virus that Isard created. Their only recourse is to steal some. Enter Paladin Squadron, an elite unit of B-wing starfighter pilots employed by the Yanibar Guard for the riskiest, highest-priority missions. Their veteran leader, Hasla Almani, leads the unit on a convoy heist deep into Isard's territory, determined to blast through its mercenary escort. What she doesn't know is that Wedge Antilles and his Rogue Squadron are waging their own private war against Isard, and they're targeting the same convoy.
Hasla automatically flew through the preflight checklist. Her fighter was in perfect shape; all systems were functioning just like they should. The little details that made hers were all there—there was a little airfresher panel tucked away at one point to hide the odor on long missions and the tiny Arkanian wrist-bracelet she’d worn as a girl was still suspended from the cockpit ceiling for good luck. The rows of kill markers on the fuselage were hers, earned through the hellish adrenaline-pumping frenzy of two dozen combat missions. The ship felt comfortable, as if she was just another part of it and not trying to control tons of complex machinery. Powering up the heavy starfighter, she waited until the engines were fully online before lifting it off the deck on repulsorlifts. In short order, she and her squad received clearance to launch from the Fisto’s flight controller. With practiced ease, she flew the fighter out from the hangar and hauled sharply back on her stick to send her B-wing surging out of the dorsal hangar exit on a trail of hot red ion exhaust.
- Commander Hasla Almani, Yanibar Guard Fleet
- Commander Wedge Antilles, starfighter pilot
- Captain Tycho Celchu, starfighter pilot
- Lieutenant Corran Horn, starfighter pilot
- Elite Morgedh clan Kel'nerh, Yanibar Elite Guardians
- Located at Rogues and Paladins
When an outbreak of the Krytos virus hits Yanibar, Hasla Almani and Paladin Squadron are sent to hijack bacta from a convoy operated by the racketeering Bacta Cartel. However, little do the Yanibar Guardsmen know that the convoy has also been targeted by Rogue Squadron, which is waging a war of their own against the cartel. The X-wings of Rogue Squadron and the B-wings of Paladin Squadron make short work of the defenders, but an uneasy standoff follows. Complicating matters is Hasla's own past history with the leader of Rogue Squadron, Wedge Antilles. Having previously done a stint as a Rebel pilot before her death was faked, Hasla knows her reappearance will cause Antilles to realize she was a spy. With no other option to avoid a fight, she reveals her identity to him and pleads with him to let her people have the bacta, even offering to let him kill her to satisfy his desire for revenge. Her selflessness impresses Antilles, who lets her have the bacta freighter in exchange for credits and her never seeing him again unless she turns herself in, on pain of death. Hasla accepts and the two squadrons part ways, with the much-needed bacta returning to Yanibar.
Behind the scenes
Rogues and Paladins was released in August 2009 as the eighth entry in the Yanibar Tales. At approximately 12,600 words long, it is below median length for the Yanibar Tales. Rogues and Paladins is the second of the Yanibar Tales to be set after the original trilogy.
Rogues and Paladins was originally planned to introduce a new character as the leader of Paladin Squadron. A sequel was also planned. These concepts were dropped after Atarumaster88 gave a larger role to Hasla Almani in Force Exile IV: Guardian. Instead, the story was made stand-alone and the action shifted to more of a personal conflict between Hasla and Wedge Antilles. Atarumaster88 felt that the final resolution of Hasla's relationship with the Rogues had yet to be resolved and opted to do so in Rogues and Paladins. Whether or not Hasla would survive the story was not decided until the final stages of writing. The title of Rogues and Paladins, as well as the unit name of the Paladins, was chosen to highlight the contrast between the two units.
As is common in Force Exile stories, Atarumaster88 used a number of references to both canonical works and other media. The reference to Rebel/New Republic entanglements made by Hasla Almani is a reference to Obi-Wan Kenobi's use of the phrase "Imperial entanglements" in A New Hope. Hasla's claim about destroying the freighter was similar to a bluff made by Antilles to another bacta freighter captain in The Bacta War. That novel heavily influenced the writing of Rogues and Paladins. Wedge's reaction to Hasla was largely influenced by how he handled another situation with a defector in the ranks of his unit in Solo Command, Lara Notsil.
Recognition and reception
Rogues and Paladins currently has no awards or featured work status.
Notes and references
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