Star Wars: Mara Jade #5
December 1998
"By The Emperor's Hand" part 5, 22ppg, $2.95

Writer: Timothy Zahn
Artist: Carlos Ezquerra
Colorist: James Sinclair
Color Separation: Chris Chuckry
Letterer: Michael Taylor
Cover Artist: Kilian Plunkett
Book Design: Kristen Burda
Assistant Editor: Mike Hansen
Editor: Peet Janes
Publisher: Mike Richardson

Qiaxx, Ifron

Black Nebula

Astral (Allic's shuttle)

stokhli spray stick

According to the inside cover, the events in this issue takes place 4 years after the Battle of Yavin.
Mara has made her way to Ifron where she is pouring over the data she stole from Dequc's courier on Svivren, trying to identify the location of Black Nebula's base. She finally decides that Qiaxx must be the best location to check.

She checks into the hotel and begins constructing her backup plan, an explosive brooch to aide in her charade. Then disguised as a baroness she makes her way to the gambling tables, to begin her Force-aided winning streak.

Mara's plan works, and she attracts the attention of Lord Allic. He questions her about her cheating. She indicates that her brooch is the device she used, but it's secrets must remain a mystery, and it bursts into flame. She indicates what she's really looking for is an introduction to Black Nebula.

Allic denies knowing anyone in Black Nebula, but he says he'll make some inquiries. Mara doesn't need her Force abilities to know that he is lying but gives him the necessary time. When she leaves Allic makes a call to Duquc at his hidden base and Mara listens in.

When Allic then leaves to deliver the brooch device to Duquc, Mara stows away on board his shuttle, the Astral. She watches Allic enter the base, making note of akk the guards, security devices and other things she will need to avoid.

The next morning, Mara meets again with Lord Allic, who lets her know that Prince Duquc will indeed see her. Duquc's associate Fitch frisks her and the set off for the Black Nebula headquarters.

Mara figures out a way to get her lightsaber past security, and she causes a distraction by making a guards blaster fire. While everyone is looking at accident, Mara uses the Force to float her lightsaber on top of a lighting disc. It's at this point that she notices a fatal flaw in her plan. Captain Strok is here, and he's the only one that can identify her as an Imperial agent.

Related Issues
Mara Jade #0 Mara Jade #1 Mara Jade #2 Mara Jade #3 Mara Jade #4 Mara Jade #6

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