The Starkiller Timeline
By Brendon Wahlberg
This timeline describes the second draft script of the original Star Wars. It contains a few details invented by myself which serve to make sense out of the sketchy details present in the Lucas script. These invented but logical details served to make writing a sequel much easier. Some of the details were based on plot elements of my script sequel. All other material was derived from the Lucas draft.
BTSW= Before The Star Wars
100,000 BTSW – A holy man called the Skywalker became aware of a powerful energy field which he believed influenced the destiny of all living creatures…The “Force of Others”. After much study, he was able to know the force, and it communicated with him. He came to see things in a new way. His “aura” and powers grew very strong. The Skywalker brought a new life to the people of his system, and became one of the founders of the Republic Galactica.
The Skywalker entrusted the secret of The Force only to his twelve children, and they in turn passed on the knowledge only to their children, who became known as the “Jedi Bendu of the Ashla”: “the servants of the force”. The respected Jedi were the most powerful warriors in the Universe. For a hundred thousand years, generations of Jedi Bendu knights learned the ways of the mysterious Force of Others, and acted as the guardians of peace and justice in the Republic. There were once several hundred Jedi families. The Republic spread throughout the galaxy, encompassing over a million worlds.
300+ years BTSW – The Starkiller is born on Aquillae. Aquillian biotic science will enable him to live for over three centuries.
200 years BTSW – Chewbacca is born Prince of the Sawas to Auzituck, Chief of the Kaapauku tribe.
100 years BTSW – During one of his lessons, a young Padawan-Jedi, a boy named Seig Darklighter, came to know the evil half of the force, and fell victim to the spell of the dreaded Bogan. He ran away from his instructor and taught the evil ways of the Bogan Force to a clan of Sith pirates, who then spread untold misery throughout the systems.
60 years BTSW – Montross is born.
55 years BTSW – Owen Lars is born.
53 years BTSW – Cos Dashit is born.
45 years BTSW – Darth Vader is born.
40 years BTSW – Espaa Valorum is born.
36 years BTSW – Bail Antilles is born.
25 years BTSW – Deak Starkiller is born.
24 years BTSW – Han Solo is born.
20-15 years BTSW – The Great Senate has grown to such overwhelming proportions that it no longer responds to the needs of its citizens. After a series of assassinations and elaborately rigged elections, the Great Senate becomes secretly controlled by the Power and Transport guilds. When the Jedi discover the conspiracy and attempt to purge the Senate, they are denounced as traitors. This is the tragic Holy Rebellion. Several Jedi allow themselves to be tried and executed, but most of them flee into the Outland systems (such as Utapau) and try to tell people of the conspiracy. But the elders choose to remain behind, and the Great Senate diverts them by creating civil disorder. Led by Senator Cos Dashit, the Senate secretly instigates race wars, and aids anti government terrorists. This slows down the system of justice, which causes the crime rate to rise to the point where a totally controlled and oppressive police state is welcomed by the systems. Espaa Valorum, the chief disciple of Seig Darklighter and the First Knight of the Sith, takes his place as Bogan Master when Darklighter dies. Another powerful Sith Knight, Darth Vader, is raised to First Knight in Valorum’s place. Cos Dashit joins forces with the Sith in order to have a defense against his Jedi opponents, and Espaa Valorum becomes Dashit’s close ally.
18 years BTSW – Luke Starkiller born on Utapau in the absence of his father.
16 years BTSW – Leia born. [Leia is the daughter of the Queen of Ondos and Espaa Valorum. In this period, the Great Senate’s campaign of disorder included allowing the Sith to pillage worlds. Valorum sacked Ondos and raped the Queen. The Jedi Bendu were unable to do anything about it. The Queen killed herself after childbirth, and her baby was taken by the Starkiller to be raised by the Lars family. Thus Leia is actually the Princess of Ondos.]
15-10 years BTSW – The First Galactic Empire is born under the new Emperor Cos Dashit. The systems are exploited by a new economic policy which raises the cost of power and transport to unbelievable heights. Many worlds are destroyed this way and many people starve. The Sith become the personal bodyguards of the Emperor, and the Master of the Bogan, Espaa Valorum, moves to Alderaan to share power with the Emperor. The Jedi are outlawed and sentenced to death. The Republic Galactica is now dead. Ruthless trader barons, driven by greed and the lust for power, have replaced enlightenment with oppression, and “rule by the people” with the Empire. But the Seers speak a prophecy that the Son of the Suns, the last of the Starkiller line, will bring down the Empire.
11 years BTSW – On Corellia, Montross saves and befriends Han Solo.
10-5 years BTSW – One by one, the now outlawed Jedi are hunted down and destroyed by the deadly Sith knights until only two or three Jedi families remain in hiding, still fighting to free the systems from the grip of the Empire. First Knight Darth Vader kills many Jedi Bendu, but is terribly wounded in one battle. He is forced to wear a breath mask and life support equipment built into his armor. In the campaign against the Jedi, Espaa Valorum kills four of the sons of the Starkiller, and thinks that he has killed all of them.
7 years BTSW – Luke Starkiller’s mother dies on Utapau, giving birth to Biggs and Windy.
4 years BTSW – Chewbacca’s tribe is enslaved. Han Solo rescues Chewbacca, and the Wookiee swears a life debt.
3 years BTSW – Artoo and Threepio begin to serve Master Deak Starkiller.
2-0 years BTSW – It is a period of civil wars. The Empire has begun to crumble into lawless barbarism. From the celestial equator to the farthest reaches of the Great Rift, seventy small solar systems (including Ogana Major) unite in a common war against the tyranny of the Empire. A mighty Jedi warrior known as The Starkiller returns to the fight, organizing the Rangers of Aquillae. Bail Antilles comes to his side. Under the command of The Starkiller, the Alliance wins a crushing victory over the deadly Imperial Star Fleet. The Empire knows that one more such defeat will bring a thousand more solar systems into the rebellion, and Imperial control of the Outlands could be lost forever. In response, the Empire builds the Death Star to use against the Starkiller’s forces. Down on their luck, Montross, Chewbacca, and Han Solo go to work for Captain Oxus as smugglers.
TSW – The Empire lays siege to Ogana Major. The Starkiller sends his sons Cliegg and Deak to get the Kiber Crystal from Owen Lars on Utapau and bring it and Luke to Ogana Major, to aid in the fight against the Empire. When Deak runs the blockade of Ogana Major and escapes, Darth Vader chases him. Near Utapau, Darth Vader attacks Deak’s ship with Four Star Destroyers. Cliegg is killed, and Deak is captured. Believing they have captured the son of the suns, the Empire attacks and destroys Ogana Major with the Death Star. The Starkiller and his forces, overcome by the Bogan, escape to Yavin Four. Deak is taken to the dungeons of Alderaan, where he is tortured.
Deak’s droids, Artoo and Threepio, have escaped the Imperials and a group of Jawas to find Luke at the home of Owen Lars, bringing the message that the crystal is needed. A Tusken Platoon scouts Utapau, making a report about the droids who were looking for Lars. Luke decides to bring the Crystal to his father on Ogana Major. He travels to Mos Eisley spaceport with the droids and meets Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Montross, who promise Luke transport to Ogana Major. Finding that Captain Oxus will not cooperate, Han Solo tricks Oxus and steals his ship, letting Luke believe it belongs to him. The group flies to Ogana Major but finds it destroyed. Assuming the Starkiller might be dead, and playing on Han’s greed, Luke convinces everyone to try to rescue Deak from Alderaan. The daring heroes manage to get Deak out of the Imperial city after a series of narrow escapes. Luke begins to heal Deak with the Kiber crystal, and gets a telepathic message from The Starkiller to come to Yavin Four. Still chasing a reward, Han Solo takes them there.
Darth Vader is also on his way to Yavin with the Death Star, hoping to finish off the Starkiller. Luke meets his father at the rebel outpost of Masassi, where the Starkiller’s forces plan to attack the Death Star. The Force has shown the Starkiller a weakness in the battle station. Han Solo takes his reward and leaves, but Luke joins the air battle, flying with Bail Antilles, Artoo, and Threepio.
In the Battle of Yavin, The Starkiller uses the Kiber crystal to fight the Bogan force of the Sith on the Death Star, enabling the Rebel fighters to try for the exhaust port. Darth Vader flies his fighter against the Rebel ships. Han Solo returns to save Luke from Darth Vader’s fighter, which crashes into Solo’s ship. Luke and his team make the fatal shot, and the Death Star is destroyed.
1 year After TSW – A thousand new systems join the rebellion, causing a significant crack in the great wall of the powerful Galactic Empire. The kidnapping of the Lars family, and the perilous search for: “The Princess of Ondos.”