But underestimating the fury of the Sith will make them targets. But the struggle against the dark side and the Sith order is not over. Luke Skywalker , Princess Leia , Han Solo , Lando Calrissian , and their faithful comrades have had little time to savor victory before being called on to defend the newly liberated galaxy. Powerful remnants of the vanquished Empire, hungry for retaliation, are still at large, committing acts of piracy , terrorism, and wholesale slaughter against the worlds of the fledgling Republic.
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In the first installment of the sequel trilogy, The Force Awakens , the opening crawl reveals that Luke Skywalker had mysteriously vanished some time in the thirty years after the destruction of the second Death Star. Luke went into hiding after his nephew and apprentice, Ben Solo, turned to the dark side and was later dubbed Kylo Ren.
When Ren killed all of his fellow apprentices and ushered in the despotic reign of the First Order , Luke felt responsible, and disappeared. He then seals himself in his home, refusing to talk with Rey. However, when he sees Chewbacca without Han Solo and that Rey came on the Millennium Falcon, he inquires about what has gone on with his family. Rey asks Luke to train her in the ways of the Force. Luke is initially reluctant to train Rey, telling her that it is time for the Jedi Order to end.
After some persuasion from R2-D2, Luke starts training Rey, originally for the purpose of showing her why the Jedi Order needs to end, but grows increasingly afraid of her power. Luke also initially tells Rey that Kylo was corrupted by Supreme Leader Snoke and that when he confronted his nephew, he retaliated by destroying his Jedi temple.
This is proven false, however, and, after a furious moment with his new apprentice, Luke tells Rey that he had briefly considered killing the sleeping Ben after seeing a vision of the destruction he could cause, but immediately relented; Ben woke to see Luke with his lightsaber drawn and turned to the dark side because he felt betrayed.
Upon learning this, Rey urges Luke to help her redeem Ben, but he refuses to participate in this nor help the Resistance, saying, "This is NOT going to go the way you think. Luke appears on the planet Crait , as the Resistance are staging a standoff against the First Order, and he apologizes to Leia for allowing Ben to fall to the dark side.
Ren charges at Luke in hand-to-hand combat, seemingly bisecting him with his lightsaber, but Luke remains unscathed; still on Ahch-To, Luke has sent a projection of himself to Crait, using the Force. This distraction allows the Resistance to escape the planet.
Luke tells Kylo that he will not be the last Jedi before his projection disappears. Luke appears as a Force ghost, and reprimands Rey for treating the lightsaber with disrespect, and admitting, for the first time, that he was wrong to not participate in the Resistance.
Luke and Rey converse, and Luke convinces Rey not to give up on her battle against Palpatine. After Rey vanquishes Palpatine once and for all, she visits the moisture farm on Tatooine where Luke was raised.
A local asks Rey who she is. The novel is written from the first-person perspective of Luke, and is only the second Star Wars novel to attempt this type of narrative voice. Novels In the novel The Truce at Bakura , set one day after the battle of Endor, Luke and his friend Wedge Antilles recover a message droid from the titular planet, which was being invaded by the Ssi-Ruuk. Luke commands a task force, turning back the enemy army.
He also meets Dev Sibwarra, a Force-sensitive human who had been captured by the Ssi-Ruuk, who is killed in the battle after turning against his captors. There, he discovers a group of Force-sensitive witches called the Witches of Dathomir , banded into two separate groups: a collective of benign, matriarchal clans; the one he is in contact with being the Singing Mountain Clan, and the witches who have turned to the dark side, called the Nightsisters.
Discovering a prophecy in which it was told a Jedi would change the way of life on the land, Luke eventually realizes truly what the Force is for the first time in his life.
Thanks to the help of the prophecy and witches, Luke recovers old Jedi records left by Yoda about years prior. He decides to start a new Jedi Academy , something he has been trying to do for six months before the start of the novel by finding old Jedi records and archives.
Mara Jade is working with her boss, a fringe-of-the-galaxy smuggler named Talon Karrde , who also plays a crucial role in this era. Although she was ready to fulfill that order to stop the voice, circumstances force her to keep him alive long enough to have him help escape a mutual danger.
He is forced to contend with the spirit of ancient Sith Lord Exar Kun, who lures one of his most powerful students, Kyp Durron, to the dark side. He falls in love with her and they eventually marry.
He idealises a new conclave, made up of Jedi, politicians and military officers. In Force Heretic: Remnant , he spearheads the mission into the Unknown Regions during the Yuuzhan Vong invasion to find the mysterious planet of Zonama Sekot , a planet that creates living starships.
In The Swarm War , the New Jedi Order moves to Ossus, the site of former famous Jedi temples and libraries that were mostly destroyed 4, years prior. The Dark Nest is controlled by a former Nightsister named Lomi Plo , who became their Unseen Queen with her ability to become invisible by exploiting the doubts of inferiors.
This allows Lomi to escape from Luke. Because of this, he is able to overcome his doubts about Mara and defeat Lomi Plo in the final battle of the Swarm War, cutting her into four pieces. He has told the Jedi to either follow his leadership or make the order their priority, or leave. In the Legacy of the Force series, Luke begins having visions of a figure cloaked in darkness destroying the galaxy and the Jedi Decree.
Luke has been troubled by the fact that he has been unable to discern the identity of this figure. Complicating matters even more is the recent schism that has developed between Luke and his nephew, Jacen Solo. Already a tremendously powerful Jedi Knight, Jacen has begun adopting radical and extreme interpretations of the Force, causing a dramatic change in his personality.
Luke must also battle his wife, who refuses to confront Jacen for fear of alienating Ben. Luke and Lumiya had fought several times over the years, but when Mara is murdered in Sacrifice , Lumiya deceives Luke into believing that she killed her.
They battle again, and Luke saves a weaponless Lumiya from falling to her death simply so that he can kill her himself. Later in his private cabin, Luke breaks down over the death of his wife, knowing that her murderer is still at large. He does not realize that the killer is his own nephew, Jacen, who has now taken the Sith name Darth Caedus. In Revelation , Ben proves that Jacen killed Mara, but Luke is now reluctant to kill Jacen out of fear that he or his son will fall to the dark side in the process.
The decision is taken out of his hands in Invincible , when Jaina kills Jacen in a final lightsaber duel. In Fate of the Jedi novels, set about 40 years after the first film, Luke Skywalker, now in his early sixties, is deposed by the government from his position as Grand Master, and exiled from Coruscant. However, if he finds the reason of why Jacen Solo fell to the dark side, he can be allowed to return.
Ben insists on coming with him. Together, father and son explore dangerous and little-known portions of the galaxy. Luke and Ben learn much about each other, about the Force, and about the great dangers threatening the Jedi. The novel was written by Matthew Stover and released in December When Dark Horse acquired the license two years later, he appeared in numerous projects based on the franchise as well.
In Star Wars: Legacy , set years after the events of the original films, Luke appears as a spirit in the Force to his descendant Cade Skywalker and persuades him to once again become a Jedi in order to defeat the evil Darth Krayt and his burgeoning Sith empire. Scholars argue that Luke is a Christ-like figure, while Yoda represents a god and Darth Vader represents the temptations of evil. The second version involved a father, his son, and his daughter; the daughter was the heroine of the film.
There was also the story of two brothers where I transformed one of them into a sister. The older brother was imprisoned, and the young sister had to rescue him and bring him back to their dad. The "Starkiller" surname remained for the first few months of production;   Hamill used the name "Luke Starkiller" the sole time he referred to himself during filming  dubbed "Skywalker" in the film.
Though Lawrence Kasdan favored the idea, Lucas ultimately declined, since the films were made for children. In , Hamill stated that his return to the franchise would be "either be another plane of existence or not the same character". Hamill recalled shaving his beard to portray the Trickster in The Flash , then letting it grow back for the filming of Star Wars. Abrams said it allowed him to remain involved and that his reading helped make a "better experience for everyone".
You should not be ashamed of it. Judge Luke by his character, not by who he loves. In his first scene in The Last Jedi, Luke refuses the saber from Rey, throwing it away, and later again in a flashback, to prevent himself from killing his nephew. This for returning the fictional Jedi towards their pacifist roots inspired by the Buddhism real-life religion.
However it negatively criticized J. Abrams writing of both Luke and the Jedi fictional-religion, calling it an anti-Star Wars due to perceiving it as out of character for Luke. As well as Kylo Ren throwing his red-saber only to grab a blue one an scene later, without guilt. In fact, Luke Skywalker is often still used by child psychotherapists to help children to project their thoughts and state of being in a way that is understandable to both the child and their therapist.
Another way that therapists utilize Star Wars in sessions is to teach their patients that the Force represents the self-understanding that they achieve in therapy. Children are taught that they are Luke and their therapist is Obi-Wan as eventually, as Luke no longer needed his mentor, patients will one day no longer need their therapist. Star Wars has been related back to cultural events of its time, such as The Cold War and Nixon-era politics.
Using the planet Mindor as a base of operations, his shadow stormtroopers committed acts of terrorism and piracy , in addition to wholesale slaughter against worlds allied to the New Republic—the successor to the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Shadowspawn also proclaimed himself as the new Galactic Emperor in attempt to breed fears of an Imperial—and Sith—resurgence. In response to this threat, the New Republic dispatched Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker—now a general —to free the worlds of the Inner Rim that Cronal had conquered, resulting in a protracted and bloody string of battles that left thousands dead. Seeking to lure Skywalker into a trap, Shadowspawn devised a trap for the Jedi by entrenching his forces on Mindor.
Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor
Timothy Zahn got it, Michael Stackpole got it. Greg Keyes understands it. A few others have come close. It shines through in everything he writes.