It wasn't until The Essential Atlas that it was given a name, which was also the name of the series it originated in. Luckily, Luke managed to install a code into R2-D2's memory banks to shut down the Devastators. During the writing of the Thrawn Trilogy, Timothy Zahn was asked to incorporate references and elements from Dark Empire into his books, since they were set chronologically later than the comic. In the series (set six years after Return of the Jedi), Palpatine is resurrected as the Emperor Reborn Wookieepedia is a FANDOM Movies Community. Format Publisher Imperial Citadel, Byss She found Luke, who claimed he was free of the dark side, despite his eyes continuing to shine yellow. General information The Emperor offered him apprenticeship and the prospect of controlling the enormous fleet of Devastators, as well as the rest of the Imperial fleet. Personally, I'm not convinced it was actually him".  In the late 1980s, Lucasfilm expressed interest in a Star Wars proposal from Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy, based on their work on The Light and Darkness War series. They arrived in the nick of time to rescue Lando and the crew of the Liberator. , The original idea for Dark Empire revolved around the Empire using an impostor in Darth Vader's armor (or a replica of it) to use as a continuing symbol of fear to help force far-flung worlds into obedience. Timeline There he met face-to-face with the Emperor reborn; he revealed that for many years, he took to transferring his mind and consciousness to clone bodies to attain immortality. Capital Palpatine had planned to replace the Galactic Empire with his Dark Empire since prior to the Galactic Civil War. Though the great war machines were down, the crew managed to power up the factories until control was restored, but R2-D2 created a new code to make the Devastators recycle each other. Dark Empire was a series of comic books written by Tom Veitch and illustrated by Cam Kennedy. The Dark Empire, also referred to as the Empire Reborn (not to be confused with Hethrir's "Empire Reborn" movement), was the titular portion that ruled over parts of the former First Galactic Empire led by the reborn Emperor Palpatine. The War of the Resurrected Emperor was a conflict that took place in 50 ABY. Imperial Sentinels, mindless bodyguards used by Dark Side Adepts, often accompanied them on missions across the galaxy. His rule introduced a new line of superweapons to take the place of the two Death Stars his earlier Empire had. This article or section needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of article quality. Similar to the Galactic Empire prior to 4 ABY, the Dark Empire's official title for its head of state was the Galactic Emperor, and it utilized several portions of the Imperial Military to enforce the Emperor's will via a Diet of Imperial Planetary Governors. Though they were able to break through the Star Destroyer defenses, the Devastator Silencer-7 turned the Emancipator to scrap and launched squadrons of robotic TIEs. In 10 ABY, when the Dark Empire retook the planet Balmorra, a few SD-9 battle droids were sold to the Imperial arsenal. In the Expanded Universe, the Dark Empire comics by Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy revealed that Palpatine had the ability to transfer his consciousness between cloned bodies. Historical information Dark Empire Despite Han's objections, Leia boarded the shuttle, which took her to the Emperor's Eclipse-class Super Star Destroyer. Wookieepedia is a FANDOM Movies Community. Organization type With both the Holocron and Luke Skywalker under his control, the Emperor appeared to reign supreme in the Force. Palpatine purportedly experimented for years, transferring his spirit from body to body. In 10 ABY, having recovered more than enough of his strength, he eventually decided to reveal himself via summoning a Force-created wormhole that resulted in damage to Coruscant — which had already seen enough damage from feuding warlords after it was reconquered by the Galactic Empire — although he deliberately didn't stop the mutiny sooner out of revenge, wanting them to "cull the weak." Ultimately, Princess Leia … Scheming, powerful, and evil to the core, Darth Sidious restored the Sith and destroyed the Jedi Order. Date reorganized Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. It saw the emergency of the resurrected Palpatine and the union of many Imperials with the New Republic. Both of them, the Eclipse and later Eclipse II, were destroyed. Briefly, the first series concerns the resurrection of Emperor Palpatine as a clone of himself, revealing Palps has the ability to transfer his soul/essence/whatever into … This article or section is in need of referencing per Wookieepedia's sourcing guidelines. Even before the release of the prequel trilogy, some contributors to the Expanded Universe made known publicly their dissatisfaction with the decision to bring Palpatine back to life.[source?] On one of these raids to the Coruscant system, in the Star Destroyer Liberator (formerly the Adjudicator), an Imperial-class Star Destroyer captured at the Battle of Endor and, over a five-year period, repaired and modified for covert missions, and its sister ship, the Emancipator (originally the Accuser) entered the Coruscant system, where three Star Destroyers demanded novel and unusual codes for clearance. October 20, 1992 Dark Empire Remove this notice when finished. Remove this message when finished. When Luke attempted to subdue Palpatine, the Sith Lord seized one of the lightsabers he kept stored in the lab and engaged Luke. A map of Emperor Palpatine's territories and military incursions, Palpatine had planned to replace the Galactic Empire with his Dark Empire since prior to the Galactic Civil War.. Despite trying to fight back, Leia was rendered unconscious and was brought to Palpatine's quarters to be turned. How Wookieepedia treats Canon and Legends, Boba Fett: Mystery Man in Not-So-Shining Armor, The Secrets of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, Of Rebel Dreams and Dark Empires: The Making of a Star Wars Legend, Of Light and Darkness: The Making of Dark Empire – Part II, Legends Epic Collection: The New Republic Vol. But if the veil between life and death is unusually thin on Exegol, then it would work for the light side of the Force as well as the dark. Starfighters also included several TIE/LN starfighters (including the elite Dark Squadron), TIE/sa bombers, TIE/IN interceptors, TIE/D automated starfighters, I-7 Howlrunners and GAT-12 Skipray Blastboats. Prior to the Eclipse's arrival, the Holocron Leia stole from the Emperor delivered a thousand-year-old prophecy to Leia, which told of her battle against the young Emperor: As the Eclipse came out of hyperspace, the Emperor demanded to the Alliance for Leia to come to his ship alone, with the holocron; he even promised to discuss a truce. Its remaining assets were later reorganized into the Crimson Empire led by Carnor Jax, although it was short-lived thanks to a joint effort by the New Republic and Kir Kanos, the latter intending to avenge Palpatine's death. The newly resurrected Palpatine scoffed at Luke's attempts to vanquish him. The ground vehicles were AT-ATs (and its aquatic variant), AT-STs, Century tanks, XR-85 tank droids, Reconnaissance Troop Transporters and AQ-5 Waveskimmers, and its ground weaponry included the X-1 Viper "Automadon.". Palpatine … Later, at the Alliance base on the fifth moon of Da Soocha, code-named Pinnacle Base, the Alliance leaders reported that the separate Imperial factions had disappeared into the unknown regions of the Galactic Core. And he can do it from across the galaxy. Help us. Palpatine eventually traveled to the New Republic's headquarters, Pinnacle Moon, in his flagship, the Eclipse, and created a Force storm to destroy the Pinnacle Moon, although his plan backfired when Luke and Leia cut him off from the dark side and had him consumed by his own creation. Years ago, Emperor Palpatine chose Byss as his private retreat, and Imperial architects and engineers were commissioned to build him an opulent palace. Unfortunately, this was only a small part of the Emperor's plan. "He'd seen … Luke Skywalker in his father's armor with World Devastators and Star Destroyers in the background, Six years after the Battle of Endor, the fight for freedom rages on. Societal information Pursued by the hunters, Han and Leia made it to the Starlight Intruder, the ship that brought them to the Deep Core. The empire that the reborn Palpatine ran was not actually given a name when the comic series was released. Meanwhile, Luke has been captured by the Imperials and taken before the resurrected Emperor Palpatine. This forced the crew of the Republic Destroyer to abandon ship. Dreadnaught-class heavy cruisers, and Carrack-class light cruisers, Lancer-class frigates, Lictor-class dungeon ships, Guardian-class patrol ships, Imperial Hunters, and Imperial Customs Frigates were also used. He revealed that he planned to overshadow Leia's third child stirring in her womb as his next new body. Palpatine, needing to recover his strength before resuming his conquest and revealing his revival, observed the crumbling state of his Empire from behind the scenes. Living a double life, he was also Palpatine, a Naboo Senator and phantom menace. It is unclear whether Lucas suggested the concept himself or merely approved it when pitched; Veitch has made conflicting comments regarding this.. After Palpatine's death at 4 ABY, his spirit traveled to Byss by possessing Jeng Droga, one of his Emperor's Hands, a process that cost the latter his sanity until he managed to gain a clone body as well as contact Sate Pestage, who was also partially responsible for his revival. Help us. Shadow Hand Fleet The codes the Alliance had stolen or bartered with slicers for did not work, and Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian were shot down over the former Imperial City. You're my only hope. Palpatine made his first major appearance in Star Wars-related comic books in 1991 and 1992, with the Dark Empire series written by Tom Veitch and illustrated by Cam Kennedy. [Source]. However, Luke revealed that he had cast an illusionary projection of himself to make them believe he had boarded so they would escape. However, the Dark Empire's leader suffered a loss of sanity as a result of this brush with death, and utilized the Galaxy Gun to destroy various targets, eventually cowing several former Imperial worlds into surrendering and having the New Republic scattered. Meanwhile, the Rebels in combat over the planet Mon Calamari received aid from the Alliance reserves, including the new E-wings. Palpatine proceeded to complete Skywalker's turn to the dark side, reducing him to an obedient watchdog. Although his renewed regime itself was formed when Palpatine revived himself in a clone body in 4 ABY, it officially revealed itself in 10 ABY, when he became strong enough to resume conquest of his broken Empire that had all but fallen into civil war. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Once safely aboard an Alliance cruiser, Luke, his eyes once again blue, proclaimed: Dark Empire was originally planned to be published by Marvel Comics (a single print ad for it was even released) but eventually found its way as a project at Dark Horse Comics when they acquired the Star Wars license. Galactic Emperor (10–11 ABY) Completed December 12, 1991 Luke told everyone to go but R2-D2 stayed with him. End date Darth Vader is dead, but a reborn Empire—under a mysterious new leader—strikes back at the struggling Rebel Alliance. Schedule Cam Kennedy For the next several days, Luke, Lando, and their forces hid and fought Imperial battalions. Emperor Palpatine / Darth Sidious. As the Falcon took off, Luke and R2-D2 were sucked in by the anomaly. The Emperor's Citadel on Byss, capital of the Dark Empire. Published as a … J.J. Abrams' decision to bring back Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars: ... comes in the controversial series Dark Empire. The Sith baddy was resurrected in the non-canon Dark Empire comic series. At Pinnacle base, Leia received a message from Luke, telling her not to follow him. The most notable difference between the Dark Empire and Palpatine's earlier Galactic Empire was that the latter was not openly run by dark-side users. 6 However, Lucas himself praised the series according to Tom Veitch.. We all know by now that Emperor Palpatine was resurrected on Exegol in the Unknown Regions where he, somehow, had amassed a huge army of Sith Eternal to carry out his Final Order. After being joined by Leia, Luke and the droids, the Falcon took off from Byss. Letterer(s) Publication information Characters and events mentioned in the holocron used in Dark Empire later formed the basis of the original Tales of the Jedi series. 5, https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Dark_Empire?oldid=9682726. There, she discovered that he held hostage an even greater treasure: a mysterious and intelligent artifact called the Jedi Holocron, which the Emperor had stolen during the Great Jedi Purge from Ashka Boda. Imperial Basic The name generally applies to both the original Dark Empire, as well as its two sequels Dark Empire II and Empire's End. Darth Vader is dead, but a reborn Empire—under a mysterious new leader—strikes back at the struggling Rebel Alliance. After landing the Falcon in Shug Ninx's garage, meeting Han's former girlfriend, Salla Zend, Han and Leia went to Han's old living quarters. In addition, after Cronal's presumed death at the Battle of Mindor, it was rumored that Pestage used Cronal's codename and identity of Blackhole to further push the Dark Empire into open existence. Interim Ruling Council (11 ABY)Diet of Imperial Planetary Governors (11 ABY) As the Eclipse was destroyed, the twins fled on a shuttle. Inquisitors Also known as Jedi Hunters, the Inquisitorius was a group of Dark Side users founded by Palpatine following the end of the Clone Wars and the Galactic Empire's rise to power. Along with Lando, Chewbacc… Outraged, the Emperor fought Luke in a lightsaber battle, ultimately losing his hand. It collapsed less than a year later in 11 ABY, upon Palpatine's final death on Onderon, as well as the destruction of Byss, the capital of the Dark Empire. Penciller(s) Official language Dark Horse Comics Dark-side magocracy (10–11 ABY) The sequel trilogy later used the idea of the Emperor's rebirth from this comic. However, Luke informed them of a great disturbance in the Force. The first was consumed by Palpatine's Force Storm, which he lost control of, and the second was destroyed when R2-D2 set it on a collision course with the Galaxy Gun, another superweapon, similar to the Tarkin. As with the Dark Empire, the Sith Eternal was led by a resurrected Emperor Palpatine and sought to dominate the galaxy like its predecessor, the Galactic Empire, and reestablish Sith rule. 10 ABY Formed from Additionally, Dark Empire was originally set shortly after the Battle of Endor (as that was the timeframe in which the previous Marvel Comics series had left off). Diet of Imperial Planetary Governors (c. 11 ABY) Meanwhile, Shug and Salla gained control of a Hunter Killer patrol droid to blast Han and Chewie free. The four were brought before the Emperor and Luke. Help us improve this article by referencing valid resource material. Another difference was that Palpatine designed the Dark Empire to run on autopilot in the event that he was killed before he could do a soul transference, at least while Byss was still in existence.. Palpatine, needing to recover his strength before resuming his conquest and revealing his revival, observed the crumbling state of his … Suddenly, three Devastators fell into the sea because Luke Skywalker shut them down from Byss. Zahn refused, however, so Dark Empire was relocated to being set after the events of Zahn's books. In The Rise of Skywalker, Rey had a vision of Ochi of Bestoon, the Acolyte assassin who was hired by Emperor Palpatine to kill her parents and capture her. However, he designed a reboot method in case this were to happen and proceeded to take over another clone body, although the rest of his clone bodies were destroyed by Sa-Di and Nefta, and orchestrated Operation Shadow Hand. Using knowledge taught to them, brother and sister turned the Force storm upon him. The war ended with the deaths of Adam Harmon who led the True Imperials and Emperor Palpatine. One issue every two months The Dark Empire first appeared in Tom Veitch's Dark Empire comic book series. 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