Chaos Theory – Or – How it all connects

April 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Posted in Comic Books, Speculation, Star Wars Books, The Clone Wars | 3 Comments

So you’ve finished up Troy Denning’s amazing Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse and you’re left wondering how in the world will we ever get to the Legacy comics now?  So many new possibilities were opened up by the finale of Fate of the Jedi that one could almost assume that parts of Legacy are no longer canon.  In order to answer these burning questions I went back and read all 56 issues of the awesome Star Wars Legacy series, trust me no one had to twist my arm to get that done, and I found a very specific and unique connection between the two series.  But it doesn’t stop there; the chaos thread also flows into Dawn of the Jedi and it got me wondering if we’ve seen the last of Abeloth.  After the break you can read my Chaos Theory.

To start off I’m going to separate the mentions of the word chaos into each respective series.  I’m approaching this way because there is a definite shift in viewpoints on chaos between the first fifty issues of Legacy and the final six of Legacy: War.  I believe that change in thought is very important to the connections between Fate of the Jedi and Legacy, especially considering that only one character in Legacy ever mentions chaos; and that character is none other than Darth Krayt himself.  As a brief refresher on why chaos is important here is the discussion between Thuruht and Raynar Thul from Apocalypse discussing Abeloth:

Thuruht: “Is a river current not in motion? And will it not carry a boat to many different places, depending on how the riders paddle? They do not ever free her, because they have not changed the current. They have only ridden it to one of many different destinations. But if they wish to go where the current cannot carry them, the current must be turned.”

Raynar: “And to do that, the river itself must be altered.”

Thuruht: “Yes. The Force guides the current. It is impossible to turn the current without also changing the Force.”

Raynar: “And that is what frees Abeloth.”

Thurht: “Yes. The Force is the dominion of the Celestials. When their power is usurped, the Bringer of Chaos comes.

So now we have the reason why Abeloth was freed, more on this later, and we have her referred to as the Bringer of Chaos as well.  Now the reason why this is important to Legacy is quite interesting.  During the first fifty issues of the series Darth Krayt is very concerned with controlling chaos and bringing his vision of peace to the galaxy through the One Sith.  In Legacy itself there are nine mentions of the word chaos, here are the quotes from Darth Krayt:

‘Nearly a hundred years ago, the Yuuzhan Vong invaded, plunging the galaxy in deep chaos.’

‘The galaxy writhes in chaos and disorder. It requires a man of vision. I am that mine of vision. I am the new Emperor.’  This quote was used again in Legacy #8

‘Jedi are agents of chaos.’

‘The galaxy is chaotic.’ Krayt to Vergere

‘Democracy is inherently chaotic.’

‘Don’t be a fool! There is no escape through that window– it’s a sheer drop! If you jump, you die — and you doom the galaxy to chaos!’

‘I have known insurrection! It breeds disorder and chaos and I will not tolerate it!’

‘I created the One Sith to impose order on chaos and unite the galaxy under my rule. But I fear my Sith Order — my vision — will not survive my death.’

So with all those mentions of chaos I noticed a theme with Darth Krayt from the first fifty issues. He’s trying to prevent chaos.  Now knowing that Darth Krayt helped Luke defeat Abeloth in Apocalypse it puts a very unique twist on Krayt’s character.  It’s almost like he knew that as long as he was inflicted by the Vong spores he wouldn’t be able to face off against Abeloth again if she ever returned.  Now going by the discussion between Raynar and Thuruht about the course of the Force having to be changed to release Abeloth we need to look at Cade Skywalker’s actions during the first fifty issues.

Remember how Cade had that nifty healing ability by using the Dark Side of the Force?  Yeah I bet Darth Krayt remembered that as well.  Cade used that ability ten times to save/keep people from dying, he also used it twice to shatter things.  Once for his lightsaber in the Sith Temple, and second to shatter the Muur Talisman.  Now Karness Muur is incredibly important here as well, it was through him that Krayt finally learned how to heal himself.  During this time Cade had started using the Light Side of the Force to heal so he finally stopped imposing his own will over that of the Force and that is the key to this.  By imposing his own will over that of the Force Cade was changing the current of the Force, thus helping to release the Bringer of Chaos.  But he’s not alone here, Krayt was using those techniques to heal himself which brings us to a dramatic shift in Krayt’s belief in and of chaos for Legacy: War.

During Legacy: War chaos is mentioned three times, once again all by Darth Krayt.

‘I will bring chaos. It is time for war.’

‘It is out of this forge of fire and death — of chaos and anger — that you will be reborn.’ Krayt to Cade

‘I promised chaos and I brought it here.’ Krayt to Cade

The biggest shift in thought is that Darth Krayt is now willingly bringing chaos instead of trying to prevent it.  I believe that a healed Krayt felt that he had nothing to fear from a returned Abeloth, especially if he had Cade at his side as his apprentice.  It’s almost enough to make you wonder if Abeloth will make an appearance in 138 After the Battle of Yavin, more on this later.

Now all of this brought me to Dawn of the Jedi and the Je’daii code of that era:

There is no ignorance; there is knowledge.

There is no fear; there is power.

I am the heart of the Force.

I am the revealing fire of light.

I am the mystery of darkness,

In balance with chaos and harmony.

Immortal in the Force.

Once again chaos is mentioned.  What’s really intriguing is that following the timeline set up by Fate of the Jedi it was right around this time that Abeloth was imprisoned by the Killiks and the Celestials.  It could be incredibly interesting to see that at some point.  Speaking of Celestials, I won’t even get into the similarities between the Tho Yors and the domain of the Ones from the Mortis trilogy.  But knowing that the Rakata and their Infinite Empire will play a big role in Dawn of the Jedi I found this quote from EUCantina’s interview with Jason Fry regarding the Celestial Overlap to be incredibly intriguing:

‘Originally, Warfare began with Admiral Motti and a bunch of Imperials interrogating this scientist who explains to them how galactic civilization emerged from the remnants of the Rakata Empire, which had been powered by the Force, and how the Rakata had seized power from the Celestials. Motti, as you might imagine, regarded that testimony as equal parts fairy tales and treason.

Considering all the different connections between Fate of the Jedi, Legacy and now the Clone Wars, it makes me wonder if the Rakata stole away Mother from the Ones and implanted her in the mother machine from The Old Republic video game?  Now this is what’s known about the Mother Machine:

The Mother Machine: Before humans and Twi’leks, Rodians and Hutts, Chiss and Sith, there was the Rakata Infinite Empire. The Rakata used their Force sensitivity to seize power and subjugate all in their path, but as time went by, they began to lose their connection to the Force and appeared to die off. In reality, a few Rakata lived on, and in the ancient prison on Belsavis they continued experiments designed to restore their Force sensitivity. At the heart of these experiments was a device designed to create new Force-sensitive species–the Mother Machine. A sentient artificial intelligence, the Mother Machine gave herself the name Ashaa and felt a strong connection to each species she created–from Twi’lek to Esh-kha–growing ever more furious at the Rakata who enslaved her and imprisoned her “children.” The Rakata who created her maintain that the Mother Machine is merely mimicking the idea of motherhood, and that the connection between the machine and her children is purely fabricated; deep down, they claim, the Mother Machine is just that–a machine, heartless and incapable of real empathy. 

From this we learn that Twi’leks were created from the Mother Machine, very interesting considering that Twi’leks are present in Dawn of the Jedi.  Speaking of Infinite Empire technology we know from Paul S. Kemp’s Crosscurrent and Riptide that the One Sith were actively seeking out Rakatan technology.

All of this loops back around to Legacy and Legacy: War and the current state of the galaxy at the final conclusion of the series.  I think it’s fair to say that the Bringer of Chaos could easily strike again during this era.  This just shows all the amazing connections between Fate of the Jedi, Legacy, Legacy: War, Dawn of the Jedi, and Paul Kemp’s duology. So, now I implore you to make your own decisions, was Abeloth connected to all of this somehow?  By the way, did any one else notice those tentacle/root looking things growing out of nothing on the final page of Legacy: War #6? Now, could this be a hint about Abeloth or her planet?

Posted by Corax for Roqoo Depot
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  1. Very interesting article. However I thought it was clear from last page of Legacy: War #6 that what we were seeing were the ruins of the Hidden Temple on Taivas with T’raa Saa’s saplings growing out of the ground.

  2. Yes, I contacted Jan and asked her about it just to be sure and she said that’s what that was.

  3. Unfortunately, if there was anything that could turn me off of my beloved EU, it was Denning’s Apocalypse. I barely struggled through it (and its repeated passages, cardboard stereotypes and awful plotting) until, when it was finally, blessedly over, declared myself done with the EU and sadly pulled out my boxes and boxes of books to – so help me – sell ’em off on eBay. The Celestials are the worst thing to be inflicted on SW since Waru.

    I’m only sad that Jan’s fabulous work has been tainted by it too. It’s hard to see something you love so much become so incomprehensible and awful.

    I’m going to try one more time with Allston’s new novel, but if it can’t redeem the EU for me, I think I’m done. A decade of love, down the drain…


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