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The Unseen Queen

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The Unseen Queen

Author:
Troy Denning

Publisher:
Del Rey

Release date:
September 27, 2005

Series:
Dark Nest Trilogy

Star Wars Saga Timeline:
36 ABY

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PLOT

The epic Star Wars odyssey enters a new frontier as the heroes of the New Jedi Order confront a monstrous evil-insidious, unseen, and insatiable....

Though the insectoid Killiks have been given new worlds, they have not found peace yet. Their new colonies are under attack from a mysterious foe and the furious Killiks blame the Jedi. Racing back to the Unknown Regions to investigate, the Skywalkers and Solos discover a threat more familiar and terrifying than they had ever expected. Worse, the Dark Nest wants to kill Mara Jade. Will Jacen's apocalyptic vision create yet another galactic war or prevent one? Most mysterious and deadly of all, the Killiks are hiding a deadly secret.

To find out, Luke, Mara, Han and Leia must embark on a perilous journey into the unknown void between right and wrong. For a strange yet devastating dispute is about to explode into chaos, pitting Jedi against each other and threatening the galaxy itself.

SUMMARY

The Murgo Choke is a group of four blue-white stars near the Utegetu Nebula. The intense gravity wells exerted by the four stars prevent any sort of hyperspace travel, hence the name "Murgo Choke". The Killiks had built fifteen hive ships, with which they were going to leave Utegetu and attack both the Chiss and the Galactic Alliance.

The Fifth Fleet, under the command of the Bothan Admiral Nek Bwau'tu, had blockaded the Choke because of an attempted Jedi mediation mission to the Utegetu Nebula. They wished to capture the Jedi on the mission. Leia Organa Solo and Saba Sebatyne were being held on the Admiral Ackbar (Bwau'tu's flagship) at the time because they were trying to rescue the Jedi on the mission, but were captured. Their team of Jedi in StealthX's, Mara Jade and Kyp Durron among them, had no choice but to put themselves in Jedi trances and wait for rescue. Bwau'tu wanted to capture these StealthX pilots.

Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Jae Juun, and Tarfang were meanwhile trying to find and kill Lomi Plo, the Queen of the Gorog. To achieve this end, they stowed away on the Gorog nest ship. Earlier on, the partnership of Juun and Tarfang had delivered Killik spinglass busts of Bwua'tu to the Admiral Ackbar. Unbeknownst to them, the busts each contained a number of tiny Gorog assassin bugs, which were released at about the same time as the Killik hive ships made their move on the blockade. The blockade largely consisted of the Admiral Ackbar, the Mon Mothma, and the capital ships's starfighter squadrons.

With his ship being invaded and the Killiks trying to break his blockade, Bwua'tu ordered the StealthX pilots onto his ship for refueling, then to go out and fight. Although Bwua'tu and his crew, aided by Leia Organa Solo and Saba Sebatyne, fought bravely, they could not hold the Ackbar, and had to abandon it. The Killiks seized the Ackbar, and left the Choke with it to go and attack the Chiss.

Meanwhile, Luke and his team had to face down Lomi Plo on the surface of the Gorog nest ship. They managed to send Plo into retreat, but Luke was hurt. The battle ended with four Killik nest ships and the Ackbar escaping the Choke. Which side gained victory is questionable. The Galactic Alliance managed to hold their blockade (partially) and keep eleven nest ships at the Choke, but the Chiss now thought that the Galactic Alliance had actually given the Ackbar to the Killiks to use against them.

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