The new publishing initiative from Lucasfilm, a series of novels titled Star Wars:The High Republic has revealed some of the villains of the series. The novels are set 200 years before the events of The Phantom Menace and will have Jedi Master Yoda invovled to some extent.
First up we have a plant-like being called The Drengir. Cavan Scott, High Republic writer:
“As the Jedi struggle to deal with the aftermath of the Great Disaster, a new creeping terror rises from the ground beneath their feet,” shared Scott. “The seed for the vegetation-based villains came from a sketch by [legendary Star Wars concept artist] Iain McCaig in the early days of The High Republic’s development.”
You can check out an official image below.
“It’s been great to see the Drengir’s threat grow throughout the initiative. They are one of my new favourite Star Wars monsters to write. They are sinister, unstoppable and, as we’ll find out, inescapably linked to the fate of one of our High Republic Jedi…”
The next new baddies are the Nihil.
Writer of the novel Light of the Jedi, Charles Soule:
“They’re the stuff of nightmares, able to appear anywhere almost at will. They use bizarre, intimidating tactics – chemical weapons, poison – anything that might kill you, they’ll use. They are frightening in a way that feels great for Star Wars, in part because their ‘code,’ if you can call it that, is so simple: the Nihil take what they want. If you stand in their way, they will kill you and everyone you love. But even chaos agents can have goals…and the Nihil’s plans run directly through both the Republic and the Jedi Order.”
Their ability to teleport is interesting. That’s a power I’ve never seen the Jedi or Sith wield, even with the Force at their side. An even more terrifying image of the Nihil can be found below.
And finally, another member of the Nihil.
“Marchion Ro holds an important post within the greater Nihil organization – he is the Eye of the Nihil, as was his father before him. The things that make the Nihil more than just a bunch of Outer Rim raiders all come from Marchion. He is also, in every sense, a bad guy. And it’s been fantastic building someone around which to focus the darker elements of our High Republic story.”
I assume he is some sort of an oracle for the Nihil? That’s what I gather.
The series is shaping up nicely. Again, I must complain that it’s not a live-action television series, or a set of films. I think the setting and characters revealed so far are great, but I just don’t know when I’d find the time to read these novels. Hopefully the series will be popular enough to eventually be adapted.
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