Five character profiles have been released allowing us insight into the Jedi we’ll be meeting this August in the multi-platform publishing event, Star Wars: The High Republic. Starwars.com has released concept art and bios for five of the Jedi Knights and Masters.
Announced in late February, The High Republic event will be set 200 years before The Phantom Menace in a time when the Republic, and the Jedi, are at the height of their glory.
The interwoven stories will be told through adult and young adult novels, children’s books and comic books published by both Marvel and IDW.
Lucasfilm Publishing creative director Michael Siglain had this to say about the characters:
This is a hopeful, optimistic time, when the Jedi are good and noble, and we want to reflect that in their characters while still giving them enough depth and dimension so that their individual personalities and idiosyncrasies shine through. The Jedi Knights of the High Republic are both aspirational and inspirational. In short, they’re the good guys.
Here are our first five Jedi from Star Wars: The High Republic:
Avar is the brightest, most noble example of Jedi-hood. She always tries to see the good in people and situations, and never puts herself first. She is invigorated about life on the frontier and the challenges it brings, and is an inspiration for those who work with her. She is compassionate, not dogmatic, and always ready to sacrifice herself over others. Avar Kriss is the best of the best.
Loden is a Twi’lek Jedi Master, and is considered to be one of the best teachers in the Jedi Order. Strong and wise, with a good sense of humor, Loden looks at every moment as a learning experience, always trying to better himself and those around him, especially his Padawans.
Keeve is a young firebrand Jedi, believed to have a great future ahead of her, if only she would believe it herself. Quick-witted and more impulsive than she should be, Keeve has only been a Jedi Knight for a few weeks and is a little starstruck around Avar, knowing many of the great things Kriss has done in the past. She is determined to prove herself to Avar and the other legendary Jedi stationed on Starlight Beacon, but first she must learn to trust in herself as much as she trusts the Force.
Stellan is an optimistic and well-respected Jedi Master. Stellan came up through the Order with Avar Kriss, and although they are often on different assignments for the Jedi or the Republic, when the two work together they are a powerhouse team of two noble heroes in action. Strong in the Force and a natural teacher, Stellan is currently stationed at one of the Jedi Temple outposts on the distant planet of Caragon-Viner.
Vernestra “Vern” Rwoh
Vern is a newly-minted Jedi Knight. Vernestra, Mirialan, was Padawan to Stellan Gios. She works hard and is devoted to the Jedi Order, more so than most others her age. At sixteen she is one of the youngest Knights in a generation. She struggles to fit in with the adults while also setting a good example for the younger Jedi.
Authors Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, DJ Older, Cavan Scott, and Charles Soule are writing for the project that’s due to start this August.
With the pausing of both TV series production and now comics due to COVID-19, this announcement is an optimistic look as Lucasfilm still plans to publish Soule’s The High Republic: Light of the Jedi novel (the first in the publishing campaign) on time to meet its August 25th release date.
This is an unprecedented era of scale and coordination in Star Wars publishing and with the addition of these five new heroes, it’s setting up to be a wild ride in the High Republic.
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