My apologies for the belated Ghosts entry. Between the bleh few days of semi-illness on the one side and the wonderful celebration of the 100th post of the Ashukahwa Archives on the other, I’m afraid I haven’t really gotten around to it until now. Now let’s get back to that galaxy far, far away!
Set six years after the events of the Between the Conclaves series, Frontline (a title turned placeholder title which, I believe, was inspired by a song I had heard at the time) brings back characters introduced in earlier stories, introduces new ones and throws them all smack-dab intoain resistance here comes from the Federation of Defenders of the Republic (so linking the picture at the top to this particular entry might be a tad deceptive for the lore purists ^_^;). Founded and headed by Vhiran and Bultar, the Federation is an alliance of several groups seeking to resist and take down the Empire. And yes, I was going for a little pun with the organization’s acronym… I know. It makes very little sense in context… ^_^; Anyway…
Frontline is the story of Federation’s battle against the Empire and plans for a major gambit that, if successful, could severely weaken the Empire. It was initially supposed to be one big story, but as a friend of mine pointed out as he read the story while I wrote it, there were a lot of characters and plotlines going on at once and keeping up with all of them might become confusing. So I took the decision to make it into several stories, all of them taking place pretty much simultaneous to one another, but each with their own focus on specific characters and plotlines.
The first dealt with the leading characters in the Federation – mostly Vhiran and Bultar – and the member organizations, in particular the Ryloth based resistance group Crimson Thunder and the Welana family, the Twi’lek family that founded the organization, still leads it and has ties with Vhiran going back to the early Clone Wars. The focus on the second story switches between two perspectives that were planned to eventually come together: one on a Federation special operative coming to Zaloriis (by now a planet quite central to the overarching storyline) to retrieve a valuable asset for the Federation and the second on the travels and trials of two Crimson Thunder officers and two children they’ve taken in, including Order 66 supporting-character-now-promoted-to-a-more-significant-role Amakusa. The third, finally, brings back several familiar faces. On a large Imperial fortress planet it focuses on the Imperial side of things, bringing back the Inquisitor from Between the Conclaves, who has been charged with command of aforementioned planet. On Coruscant Master Jordan and Nor-Ca Ansto make contact with an anti-Imperial resistance group based on the Imperial capital itself and help it with a bold move to aid the Federation’s plans. There were also parts from the perspective of one other character, an Imperial whose identity up until the point I had written had purposefully been left in the dark. Up to this day I haven’t yet decided on which of the stories was best suited to include those parts in, as, while it is important, it doesn’t quite properly fit in with any of the others.
A fourth story would tie the previous three together and lead to the major final climax of Frontline. It was going to be an epic story and probably one of my most ambitious (personal) projects thus far. Unfortunately, unlike Between the Conclaves, and thus like most of my other stories, Frontline has yet to be finished. Quite a lot has already been written, but I think the halted progress has something to do with both waiting too long with writing a certain scene that I actually forgot what I wanted to write (not lying here!) and getting stuck when trying to rearrange the storylines into the individual stories. This is definitely one I intend to finish, though. It is a major part in the storyline. There are important events that drastically shape the story and characters alike and lead up to the stories that follow. Plus, I’ve come way too far with it to just drop it like that. I’m going to see it through to the end!
One final note: the story’s setting, main focus and primary antagonist? Sound familiar? Yeah… I’ll probably be saying it again once I’ll post Frontline, but I just want to make clear that the similarities between Frontline and the upcoming Star Wars: Rebels TV series (which I’m actually really looking forward to, by the way!) are purely coincidental. I thought up Frontline at least six years ago, so at least five years before Rebels was actually announced, so unless I’m a Time Lord or Lucasarts stole my ideas (wouldn’t be the first time… ^_~) no plagiarism or anything similar was involved in the making of this story. Now if you don’t mind, I have an astromech to catch before it goes off with my plans!
^_^ Well, see you next time!