There is a great deal of books and comics available in the Old republic era. Here’s a list of them to get you started!
- Book: Revan
- Book: Deceived (Darth Malgus)
- Book: Annihilation (Theron Shan)
- Book: Fatal Alliance
- Book: Red Harvest
- Short Stories
- Comic: Knights of the Old Republic
- Comic: The Old Republic
- Comic: Tales of the Jedi
- Reference: Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia
- Reference: The Art and Making of Star Wars: The Old Republic
- Reference: The Journal Of Master Gnost-Dural
- Other Books and Comics
A storm is coming, and there is no escape.
Revan: hero, traitor, conqueror, villain, savior. A Jedi who left Coruscant to defeat Mandalorians — and returned a disciple of the dark side, bent on destroying the Republic. The Jedi Council gave Revan his life back, but the price of redemption was high. His memories have been erased. All that’s left are nightmares—and deep, abiding fear.
What exactly happened beyond the Outer Rim? Revan can’t quite remember, yet can’t entirely forget. Somehow he stumbled across a terrible secret that threatens the very existence of the Republic. With no idea what it is, or how to stop it, Revan may very well fail, for he’s never faced a more powerful and diabolic enemy. But only death can stop him from trying.
The most well-known Old Republic book is probably Revan by Drew Karpyshyn, which starts about two years after the older Knights of the Old Republic games, and covers his life and legacy after the games end, including the fates of Meetra Surik, Lord Scourge, and Bastilla Shan.
Book: Deceived (Darth Malgus)
Malgus brought down the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a brutal assault that shocked the galaxy. But if war crowned him the darkest of the Sith heroes, peace would transform him into something far more heinous—something Malgus would never want to be, but cannot stop, any more than he can stop the rogue Jedi fast approaching.
Her name is Aryn Leneer—and the lone Knight that Malgus cut down in the fierce battle for the Jedi Temple was her Master. And now she’s going to find out what happened to him, even if it means breaking every rule in the book.
If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about Darth Malgus, one of the most well-known Sith of the Old republic era, Deceived by Paul S. Kemp is going to be your best resource. Timeline wise, the book covers the sacking of the Jedi Temple on Coruscant and the death of Master Ven Zallow up until the signing of the peace treaty.
Book: Annihilation (Theron Shan)
The Sith Empire is in flux. The Emperor is missing, presumed dead, and an ambitious Sith Lord’s attempt to seize the throne has ended fatally. Still, Darth Karrid, commander of the fearsome Imperial battle cruiser Ascendant Spear, continues her relentless efforts to achieve total Sith domination of the galaxy.
But Karrid’s ruthless determination is more than matched in the steely resolve of Theron Shan, whose unfinished business with the Empire could change the course of the war for good. Though the son of a Jedi Master, Theron does not wield the Force – but like his renowned mother, the spirit of rebellion is in his blood. As a top covert agent for the Republic, he struck a crucial blow against the Empire by exposing and destroying a Sith superweapon arsenal – which makes him the ideal operative for a daring and dangerous mission to end Ascendant Spear’s reign of terror.
Joined by hot-headed smuggler Teff’ith, with whom he has an inexplicable bond, and wise Jedi warrior Gnost-Dural, Darth Karrid’s former master, Theron must match wits and weapons with a battle-tested crew of the most cold-blooded dark side disciples. But time is brutally short… And if they don’t seize their one chance to succeed, they will surely have countless opportunities to die…
Annihilation follows Theron Shan, a member of the Republic’s intelligence agency, whose background often precedes him. This novel is great to read if you’d like to learn more about Grand Master Satele Shan of the Jedi Order, the war hero Jace Malcolm of Havoc Squad, Grand Master Gnost-Dural Keeper of the Jedi Archives, or of course, Theron himself.
Book: Fatal Alliance
Tassaa Bareesh, a matriarch in the Hutt crime cartel, is holding an auction that’s drawing attention from across the galaxy. Representatives of both the Republic and the Sith Empire are present, along with a Jedi Padawan sent to investigate, a disenfranchised trooper drummed out of the Republic’s elite Black Star Squad, and a mysterious Mandalorian with a private agenda. But the Republic’s envoy is not what he seems, the Empire’s delegate is a ruthless Sith apprentice, the Jedi Padawan is determined to do the right thing and terrified that he can’t, the trooper hopes to redeem her reputation, and the Mandalorian is somehow managing to keep one step ahead of everyone.
None of these guests – invited or uninvited – have any intention of participating in the auction. Instead they plan to steal the prize, which is locked inside an impregnable vault: two burned chunks of an exploded star cruiser, one of which may hold the key to the wealth of an entire world.
But the truth about the treasure is dangerous and deadly. And in the end, Sith and Jedi, Republic and Empire, must do something they’ve never done before, something that all the agents of good and evil could never make them do: join together to stop a powerful threat that could destroy the galaxy…
While the other three Old Republic books focus on famous lore characters, Fatal Alliance features its own unique cast, and the eight main characters are based on the eight class archetypes present in the online game Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Book: Red Harvest
The era of the Old Republic is a dark and dangerous time, as Jedi Knights valiantly battle the Sith Lords and their ruthless armies. But the Sith have disturbing plans – and none more so than the fulfillment of Darth Scabrous’s fanatical dream, which is about to become nightmarish reality.
Unlike those other Jedi sidelined to the Agricultural Corps – young Jedi whose abilities have not proved up to snuff – Hestizo Trace possesses one extraordinary Force talent: a gift with plants. Suddenly her quiet existence among greenhouse and garden specimens is violently destroyed by the arrival of an emissary from Darth Scabrous. For the rare black orchid that she has nurtured and bonded with is the final ingredient in an ancient Sith formula that promises to grant Darth Scabrous his greatest desire.
But at the heart of the formula is a never-before-seen virus that’s worse than fatal – it doesn’t just kill, it transforms. Now the rotting, ravenous dead are rising, driven by a bloodthirsty hunger for all things living – and commanded by a Sith Master with an insatiable lust for power and the ultimate prize: immortality… no matter the cost.
While not technically part of the Old Republic book series, Red Harvest takes place smack dab in the middle of the four Old Republic books. This book is meant to be a precursor to the Death Troopers book, and rather than revolving around the Rakghoul plague, is instead a zombie-outbreak-infused botanical gore horror story.
If you like reading, there are dozens of official short stories set in the Old republic era.
Here is a list put together by a fan of the short stories available on SWTOR.com:
In addition, there are some other short stories available around the web:
- Smuggler’s Vanguard about Hylo Visz, from StarWars.com
- The Last Battle of Colonel Jace Malcom, which was in a Star Wars magazine and is not available online
Comic: Knights of the Old Republic
It is a time of upheaval for the galaxy. Nearly four thousand years before the birth of Luke Skywalker, the Mandalorian Wars have strained the Old Republic’s resources to the breaking point.
With so many Republic forces at the front, systems in the Outer Rim teeter on the edge of lawlessness – even the city-world of Taris, which was once a thriving commercial center. Here, as elsewhere, the Republic relies increasingly on Jedi Knights and their students to help maintain order.
But some Knights, frustrated with the conduct of the Wars, argue for a more active Jedi role, appealing to others for support. Even from those Jedi – and their untried students – who are struggling to maintain order at home…
The Knights of the Old republic comics are set not too long before the older Knights of the Old republic game, and focus on a new character named Zayne Carrick, a young padawan on Taris, and heavily explore the idea of prophecy within the Jedi Order, the original meaning of the name Jedi Shadows and Jedi Seers, and many elements from the series made their way into the online game Star Wars: The Old Republic. During the comic series you’ll also see some lore-famous characters including Darth Revan and Darth Malak before their fall to the dark side, and other unique characters including the Arkanian Jarael, Jedi Master Lucien Draay, and the ex-mandalorian Rohlan Dyre.
Physical copy: The comic series was released in a series of about 50 issues, but can now be found in combined omnibus versions which have multiple issues in one book. They physical issues and omnibuses can be harder to find these days, so you might not be able to find it online, but you can try contacting your local comic store or book store and they may be able to find it for you. There are two versions – the ones with the white cover, or the ones with the “Legends” cover which are a bit newer.
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Digital copy: They are easily found in digital form if you would like to read on your phone, tablet, or computer
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Comic: The Old Republic
Before the online game Star Wars: The Old republic was released, a series of web comics were created, and some of them were originally published for free online to help promote the game’s upcoming launch. There are three distinct storylines: The Threat of Peace, the Blood of the Empire, and the Lost suns, the last of which was never released online.
Comic: The Threat of Peace
War between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire has gripped the galaxy for generations, but the sacking of Coruscant and a subsequent peace treaty are changing everything. As the Republic scrambles to re-establish order, the Sith Empire moves quickly to consolidate power within its new dominion. Behind closed doors, however, individual Sith Lords engage in a quiet but deadly power struggle, and discord breaks out among the Jedi as they wrestle with the moral implications of the new galactic balance. During these chaotic days, the stories of several critical characters interweave as they pursue their passions, stand up for their convictions and ultimately lead the galaxy back to the brink of a catastrophic conflict.
The Threat of Peace series focuses on the Treaty of Coruscant, an important event that happens approximately ten years before the online game Star Wars: The Old republic starts. Many well-known lore figures are seen in the comic, including Satele Shan, Darth Baras, and Orgus Din. Rather than focusing on a single character’s story like the Knights of the Old Republic comics, the Threat of Peace series showcases events happening across the galaxy.
Physical copy: The comic was original released in three issues, but has since been released as a full collection called Star Wars: The Old Republic Volume 2: Threat of Peace.
Digital copy: You must buy each issue individually, and they are lumped together with the Blood of the Empire issues. Here is all the digital issues. (Threat of Peace is #1, #2 and #3)
Comic: Blood of the Empire
The war begins here! A Sith apprentice pitted against a Republic army; an alien slave caught in the crossfire; a mysterious true-blood on a journey through the crime-ridden streets of Peragus spaceport. These individuals will fall under the shadow of the Emperor and the Dark Council, and their actions will define the future of the Empire and the Old Republic.
While both the Threat of Peace and the Blood of the Empire were created as tie-ins to the Old republic game, Blood of the Empire is quite different and follows the story of Sith apprentice Teneb Kel and his place in the Empire. There are also some legendary lore figures including Darth Marr, Darth Thanaton, and Darth Vowrawn in this series.
Physical copy: The comic was original released in three issues, but has since been released as a full collection called Star Wars: The Old Republic Volume 1: Blood of the Empire.
Digital copy: You must buy each issue individually, and they are lumped together with the Threat of Peace issues. Here is all the digital issues. (Blood of the Empire is #4, #5, #6)
Comic: The Lost Suns
The galaxy is at peace, but no one believes peace can last forever. To learn the truth behind the cease-fire between the democratic Galactic Republic and the tyrannical Sith Empire, the Republic’s espionage service has sent Theron Shan – a maverick spy and son of the Grand Master of the Jedi Order – on a mission into Imperial space.
The final comic set in the Old Republic era, the writer gave a great interview about the comic on the official website and said, The Lost Suns is the story of Theron Shan – a Republic spy sent on a mission to learn what the Sith Empire has been up to since it signed a peace treaty with the Republic and why the Empire made certain mysterious demands in that treaty. For Theron, this means getting through closed borders without starting a war, working alongside a Jedi Master who may not be in his right mind and skirting the murk of the criminal underworld.
The events in the comics run parallel and concurrent to the stories in the game, and these comics are where the now well-known character Theron was first introduced.
Physical copy: The comic was original released in five issues, but has since been released as a full collection called Star Wars: The Old Republic Volume 3: The Lost Suns.
Digital copy: You must buy each issue individually. Here is all the digital issues.
Comic: Tales of the Jedi
If you’ve ever wanted to explore the lore that happens long before the Old republic books, games and comics take place, many of the comics in the sprawling Tales of the Jedi series take place in the Old republic era, including up to two thousand years before Knights of the Old republic takes place. The comics are where the lore of the Ancient Sith comes to life, including many lore characters like Exar Kun, Gav and Jori Daragon, Naga Sadow, Ulic Qel-Droma, Nomi Sunrider, Freedon Nadd, and the planets Onderon and Ossus’s chaotic histories.
Digital copy: You’ll need to buy each issue individually – click the links below to see the wiki pages with a list of issues at the bottom of each page.
Physical copy: These comics are older and hard to find these days. Contact your local comic or book store as well.
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Reference: Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia
An-depth companion which overs the spectrum of characters, weapons, vehicles, events, and planets of Star Wars : The Old Republic at its launch, this illustrated encyclopedia is a guided tour of the dangerous and mysterious universe found in the online game of the same name. The pages of this encyclopedia are great to flip through, and feature a lot of concept art created for the game.
Reference: The Art and Making of Star Wars: The Old Republic
As fans excitedly anticipated the launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic, an art book containing character sketches, interviews, and artwork featuring the game’s new weapons, starships, and previously unexplored worlds was released.
Reference: The Journal Of Master Gnost-Dural
The most interesting of the three reference books, the The Journal Of Master Gnost-Dural is also the hardest to find as it was only released as a piece of the expensive collector’s edition of Star Wars: The Old Republic. The beautifully bound book is a chronicle of the Old Republic, up to the events of the game, told by Jedi Master Gnost-dural, Keeper of the jedi Archives, with “hand written” annotations by Grand Master Satele Shan, and concept art and illustrations on almost every page.
Other Books and Comics
While that’s the complete list of all the Old republic comics and books, there are some more series you might be interested in. The first is the Lost Tribe of the Sith, which is both a comic and book series set both before and after the other Old Republic series. The second is the Darth Bane book series, which is much beloved by both fans of the Old republic and fans of the expanded lore, and where the “Rule of Two” was first instituted. Also in that timeframe is the Knight Errant comic series. Lastly is the Dawn of the Jedi, a comic series set over 20,000 years before the Old Republic. And of course, there’s an incredibly large library of books, comics, movies, and tv series set in the “current” era of Star Wars for you to explore and enjoy!