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[The Dark Times]
Events that occur between 19 and 2 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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Short Story
First published in
Star Wars Adventure Journal #5:

[Star Wars Adventure Journal - issue 5]

Turning Point
Charlene Newcomb
West End Games
Story published as:
Short Story (1995)

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Dair Haslip is more than ready for the shuttle that will take him off Garos IV and on to the Raithal Academy. He chats with Assistant Minister of Commerce Magir Paca about many things - his late father West, Minister Tork Winger's attempts to end the violence between Garos IV and Sundari, his grandmother Keriin's recent sale of the family mines to the Empire (unbeknownst to him, she was forced to). An Imperial shuttle arrives, and Senior Lieutenant Brandei steps out, ordering an immediate meeting with Winger and his wife Sali at the medical center. There, Brandei presents them with a battered young girl they pulled from the wreckage of Sreina of Janara III. It's Alex Turhaya, whom Brandei offers to sell to Winger as his foster daughter. They privately hear from a shaken lieutenant Chancellor the truth of what happened - how half the city was wiped out to capture Rebels that weren't there. They tearfully accept custody of young Alex. 
A few nights later, Dair and his friend Jos go out for one last hike on the old mine mountains. Jos is conflicted by the fact that his father has joined a rebel group. Suddenly, they are set upon by scout troopers looking for Chancellor (who has gone AWOL). The scouts declare the two young men spies despite their protests, and Jos is murdered - shot in the back, unarmed. Dair is forced to attack and kill the two scout troopers. He staggers back home, where he tearfully reveals all to Keriin. She decides it's time to reveal a secret to Dair - she is a rebel. She brings the shaken young man to meet with the local underground and tell his story. He is stunned to find Paca among their number. He is surprised when they tell him he should join the Academy after all - as a rebel working undercover in the Empire, he can do a lot of damage. He agrees.

Synopsis taken from Christopher G. McElroy's Time Tales, www.theforce.net/timetales.

This story occurs approximately 5 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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