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[This story occurs during The Old Republic era]
Events occurring between 5,000 and 67 years before the Battle of Yavin.

[Shadows And Light]

Graphic Novel
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[Star Wars Tales - volume 6]

Star Wars Tales: Volume 6

e-Comic Book
Published May 2005 in
Star Wars Tales #23 by Dark Horse Comics:

[Star Wars Tales - issue 23][Star Wars Tales - issue 23 (photo cover)]

e-Comic Book
Published 2012 by Dark Horse Digital.

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Shadows And Light
Joshua Ortega, Dustin Weaver, Michael Atiyeh, Michael Heisler et al.
Dark Horse Comics
Story published as:
Comic Book (2005)
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e-Comic Book (2012)

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Though the Sith War has ended, several Jedi are disappearing mysteriously throughout the galaxy – only to have their mutilated corpses turn up thereafter. The Jedi Council orders a full investigation, and it is determined that the Jedi are being killed by Sith-spawned terentatek. In what comes to be known as “The Great Hunt,” the Jedi track down and hunt down these insatiable creatures until they are almost extinct. When rumor is heard of terentateks on the ancient Sith world of Korriban, the Council on Dantooine declares the hunt over yet secretly sends three of the best Jedi beasthunters to Korriban: Duron Qel-Droma, Guun Han Saresh and Shaela Nur. It is hoped that these three friends can overcome the tarentatek quickly and quietly -- and withstand the strong temptation toward the Dark Side that Korriban would offer. This decision is not a unanimous one, as some feel that three Jedi are not enough. “And sending a Qel-Droma to Korriban? That’s just asking for trouble…”
The three arrive at Dreshdae, a settlement near the Sith ruins, and start their investigation. A week later, the trio are already struggling against temptation. Duron is tormented by visions of a dark not-too-distant future, Shaela is becoming increasingly attracted to Duron, and Guun is bedding local women to get information. When Guun intervenes in Duron and Shaela’s relationship, the two accuse him of arrogance and self-righteousness. (Understandable though unfair -- Saresh came from a wealthy family on Taris known for arrogance and cruelty.) He asks a simple question: “Can you control your passion?” If it means renouncing their love for each other, Duron replies, no they can’t. Guun gives them a datadisc with the coordinates of the Valley of the Sith Lords – coordinates he got out of a local woman’s bed – and leaves the "fools" behind.
Although disheartened by the path his former companions have taken, Guun nonetheless vows to uphold the mandate given him by the Jedi Council to exterminate the Terentatek creatures wherever he finds them. He hears rumors that one such beast may exist in the lower jungles of Kashyyyk, and he journeys there in an attempt to prove that he requires the presence of neither Duron nor Shaela to win his victory. Guun Hal Saresh is slain in the Shadowlands, three days after leaving Korriban, by the very beast he is hunting. His personal journal will remain lost for decades to come, as will the powerful headband created for him by his father.
On Korriban, Shaela and Duron are overwhelmed by the Sith beasts in the Valley. Duron is the first to fall, leaving a shattered and revenge-minded Shaela to head alone into the tomb of Naga Sadow. As she attacks the tarentatek with blind fury, her lightsaber – the Solari crystal of which can only be used by the pure of heart – deactivates itself. The Council senses their deaths, and decides not to send any Jedi in search of their remains.

This story occurs approximately 3993 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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