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[The New Republic]
Events that occur between 5 and 25 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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Short Story
Frst published in
Star Wars Adventure Journal #1:

[Star Wars Adventure Journal - issue 1]

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[Tales from the Empire]

Tales from the Empire

First Contact
SHORT STORY
Timothy Zahn
West End Games
Published as:
Short Story (1994, 1997, 2004)

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Synopsis:
Talon Karrde travels to the Morodin-hunting safari on the Great Forest of the planet Varonat with a sabotaged hyperdrive, to find out what the operation (run by a Krish named Gamgalon) is about. He meets a red-headed hyperdrive mechanic named Celina Marniss. The safari starts well, though Karrde notes a few things amiss in the forest (like metal transponders). It turns out that Morodins are not very dangerous game at all. He and his assistant Quelev Tapper sneak out of the camp at night to do some snooping - and finds a herd of Morodins, and evidence that they are sentient - and hunting sentients is illegal on even Imperial worlds. The two are caught by Gamgalon, who explains that the Imperial governor of Varonat is fully aware of his operation, and complies in return for certain aleudrupe berries that, exposed to Morodin-fertilised soil, turns into a powerful blaster catalyst. Tapper tries to escape and is killed; Karrde is saved by a sudden attack by Celina. The two escape on Karrde's repaired ship. Karrde offers Celina a job with his corporation. She accepts, but adds that her name is not really Celina; it's Mara Jade....


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This story occurs approximately 8 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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