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Tales of the Jedi


Tales of the Jedi is a series of comic books published by Dark Horse comics between 1993 and 1998. They are set in the Star Wars universe, centuries before the events of the Star Wars films. The series, which was primarily written by Kevin J. Anderson, is renowned for its contributions towards expanding the Star Wars Expanded Universe, detailing the history and lore of the Jedi and the Sith. The series focuses on an extensive cast of characters from different backgrounds and their various personal and political conflicts.

The comic book series is subdivided into several story arcs. It begins with the 'Golden Age of the Sith' and 'The Fall of the Sith Empire', which introduce the ancient Sith Empire and its conflict with the Galactic Republic. These arcs elaborate on Sith mythology and explore the origins of longstanding Sith-Jedi rivalry.

Subsequent arcs such as 'Tales of the Jedi', 'The Freedon Nadd Uprising', 'Dark Lords of the Sith' and 'The Sith War', delve into intricacies about the Dark side of The Force and it's allure. Key characters like Exar Kun and Ulic Qel-Droma are central to these stories. These characters are initially Jedi Knights, but ultimately succumb to the allure of the Dark side, leading to a series of wars and conflicts that shape the galaxy's future.

In the 'Redemption' arc, the focus shifts to the character of Ulic Qel-Droma, now a fallen Jedi, in his quest for redemption. This arc humanizes the previously villainous character and portrays his struggle to regain his lost honor and sense of self. It serves as a reflection on the concept of redemption within the Star Wars universe.

Lastly, Tales of the Jedi is crucial for its role in setting up the backdrop for the Knights of The Old Republic video games and further Star Wars lore. The comics establish the history, politics, philosophies, and aesthetics of this ancient era in Star Wars history, creating a richly-detailed foundation for future storytellers. While it does not directly connect to the events of the Star Wars films, Tales of the Jedi provides a deeper understanding and appreciation of the timeless struggle between the Sith and the Jedi.

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