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Events that occur between 5 and 25 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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Short Story
First published in
Star Wars Adventure Journal #4:

[Star Wars Adventure Journal - issue 4]

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Shadows of Darkness
Charlene Newcomb
West End Games
Published as:
Short Story (1994, 2005)

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Stormtroopers bust into the house of Dr. Carl Barzon on Garos IV, making off with his son Cord. Elsewhere, Chance and Alex Winger studies the mining complex, where the shuttle landing platform is almost complete. They return to headquarters, where they learn of Cord's kidnapping. The Empire has been cracking down hard on Garos lately. Alex pleads with her father to take a stand against what the Empire is doing. She learns the Star Destroyer Tempest is arriving soon. She and Chance go on another scouting mission, only to witness a cargo shuttle arriving to pick up a load of ore. More bad news awaits them when they return: the Empire has blockaded Coruscant. They decide on an act of pure desperation; using her "governor's daughter" cover, and on the pretence of an inspection tour, Alex must plant bombs in the shuttle platform.
The tour begins, with Alex, Tork, and General Zakar examining the platform. She is horrified to spot Cord being dragged into the platform. She strikes now, Carl's son will die. She has no choice: she sets the bombs and leaves with her father and Zakar as the platform explodes. A short time later, Zakar arrests Carl and drags him to their secret research facility, ordering the scientist to finish his research on how to harness the local ore as a weapon. He holds Cord's life out as incentive (Carl does not know Cord is dead). At underground headquarters, Alex tearfully confesses her act to Dair Haslip. He and Paca refuses to blame Alex for this death. Then they learn of Carl's arrest. It is too late to save him and Alex suddenly realises that her visions of the mountainside and the brown-haired man are tied into Carl's arrest. Her destiny is at hand.

This story occurs approximately 9 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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