Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi – The Freedon Nadd Uprising #1
August 1994
"The Freedon Nadd Uprising", 24ppg, $2.50

Writer: Tom Veitch
Artist: Tony Akins
Artist: Denis Rodier
Letterer: Willie Schubert
Colorist: Suzanne Bourdages
Cover Artist: Dave Dorman
Editor: Dan Thorsland
Book Design: Scott Tice


CREATURE
Dxun Beasts, Onderonian lizard mount (hauling sarcophagus)

DROID
spaceport landing droid (directing flight traffic)

LOCATION
Onderon, Ossus, Coruscant, Galactic Museum

ORGANIZATION
The Jedi Order, Naddists, Beast Warriors (also referred to as Beast Riders), Senate

STARSHIP
Krath Enchanter (Tetan Royal Space Yacht), Onderonian shuttle (transporting the remains on Nadd and Amanoa), Nebulon Ranger, Republic Space Fleet, Ossun Jedi cruiser (transporting Jedi to Onderon)

TECHNOLOGY
adegan crystals

VEHICLE
Naddist War Machine

COMMENTS
As with other issues of the Tales of the Jedi series, the first page is a "opening crawl" describing the events, briefly, from the first mini-series.

Page 6 has what is possibly a typo. The third block of text ends abruptly in the middle of a sentence, "Warb Null, an.."
SYNOPSIS
Amidst the remaining civil unrest on the planet Onderon, the funeral procession for Queen Amanoa and Freedon Nadd continue towards the Iziz spaceport. Oss Wilum with the twi'lek Tott Doneeta arrive in the Nebulon Ranger to assist Master Arca and his other two apprentices, Ulic and Cay Qel-Droma in bringing lasting peace to the ravaged planet.

Queen Galia and her husband Oron Kira lead the procession toward the waiting shuttle that will take the remains of the Sith lord and the ex-queen to one of the planets four moons, Dxun. Master Arca is anxious to move the remains because he still feels much Dark Side energy on the planet and believes that Freedon Nadd still has a large following, including some Dark-Side Magicians.

Before the sarcophagi can be loaded into the waiting ship, a giant war machine, drills it's way up from under the spaceport spilling dissident royal armed forces members loyal to Freedon Nadd and their armored leader Warb Null. The Naddists eliminate the Queen's troops while the Jedi form a protective barrier around Master Arca who suffers invisible blows from some sort of dark energy. Oron Kira and his beast-riders stand firm facing the enemy, while the other Jedi begin to have their minds clouded in the darkness.

But the distraction has had its effect. The Naddists recover the two sarcophagi and retreat in the war machine back underground. As the Jedi see to Master Arca, Queen Galia mentions that her father might be able to help. Arca asks that they be taken to see him.

In a secret nursing facility deep within the city of Iziz, Arca confronts King Ommin, questioning him about the darkness within the city. Ommin releases the spirit of Freedon Nadd which allows this withered old man to rise and cast off Arca in a blast of Dark Side energy. Warb Null and the Naddists join Ommin as he attempts to take his daughter with him, but Ulic steps forward to protect her from the dark warrior. Ommin escapes, taking Arca with him. Ulic, with much effort and passion, dispenses Warb Null with a powerful swing of his lightsaber.

Unable to determine where Master Arca has been taken, Ulic rejoins with his fellow Jedi and they decide to take refuge in Modon Kira's citadel while they await assistance from the Jedi and Republic forces.

On the Jedi learning planet of Ossus in the Adegan system, Jedi Master Thon has brought his new apprentice Nomi Sunrider and her daughter Vima to train and study. He introduces her to Master Vodo-Siosk Baas who is teaching Dace Diath how to assemble his lightsaber. Master Baas tells Thon that he senses Nomi will be a great Jedi.

Taking Nomi and her box of Adegan crystals, given to her by her dying husband, Master Baas introduces Nomi to Shoaneb Culu and together they work on crafting their own lightsabers. Nomi originally resisted building the destructive weapon of the Jedi, but now sees it as a means in which to come in contact with the Force.

As she completes her own blade, an assembly of Jedi are called together. They are asked to send some of their members to assist Master Arca. Five Jedi are chosen that include Nomi, Dace, Shoaneb, Qrrrl Toq and Kith Kark. They depart the Jedi planet to take up arms against the dark siders.

Elsewhere on the Republic capital world of Coruscant, Senator Netus, the Defense Minister is debating the merits of sending assistance with his fellow senators.

On another part of the city-planet, Satal Keto and his cousin Aleema, two heirs to the throne of the Empress Teta System, wander through the Galactic Museum seeking out some Sith artifacts to return home with. They and some other friends have formed a secret society called "The Krath" in which the members dabble in the lore of magic. Seeing an opportunity of an inattentive curator, Satal steals a Sith book.

Upon returning to their quarters, the two young Tetans hear of the Sith unrest on Onderon and decide that this is the place they need to visit to unlock the secrets of the new found book. They make an unscheduled jump to Onderon in their Royal Space Yacht, nearly colliding with a large Republic fleet sent to aid the Onderonians. Satal dives the yacht through the fleet vowing to get to the Sith magicians before the Republic can.


Related Issues
The Freedon Nadd Uprising #2


Trade Paperbacks and Alternate Covers
Star Wars Omnibus: Tales of The Jedi #2 Tales of the Jedi – The Freedon Nadd Uprising Trade Paperback 30th Anniversary Collection #1



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